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Saturday, 07 July 2007 15:34
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 AMERICAN LEAGUE
Indians-Blue Jays
CLEVELAND: C Victor Martinez left Saturday's game in the fifth inning after fouling a ball off his left knee and is listed as day to day. ``It's a little sore but it's nothing to worry about,'' Martinez said. ``I think I'll be able to play (Sunday).'' ... LHP Aaron Fultz (right intercostal strain) threw a bullpen session before Saturday's game and will throw live batting practice on Thursday. ... The Indians hit four home runs Saturday and have hit an American League-leading 109 so far this season. ... RHP Fausto Carmona (10-4) got the win Saturday. Along with LHP C.C. Sabathia (12-3), the Indians have two 10-win starters before the All-Star break for the first time since 1956, when Bob Lemon and Early Wynn both had 10 wins.
TORONTO: OF Reed Johnson went 0-for-4 Saturday, snapping a seven-game hitting streak that dated to April 11. Johnson, who underwent surgery in April to repair a herniated disk in his back, was activated from the 60-day disabled list Friday. ... Aaron Hill snapped an 0-15 slump with a single in the fourth inning. ... DH Frank Thomas had two infield hits Saturday and finished 3-for-4. Thomas also scored his 1,440th career run, eighth most among active major leaguers. ... RHP Shaun Marcum (4-3) lost for the first time in 11 starts since joining Toronto's rotation May 13. Marcum allowed eight earned runs, the most he's allowed since giving up nine runs to Baltimore on Aug. 19, 2006.
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Twins-White Sox
the second game Friday was the 500th as manager for Ron Gardenhire, putting him ino third place on the team's career list behind Tom Kelly (1,140) and Same Mele (522). Gardenhire reached the 500 mark in his sixth season.
CHICAGO: Paul Konerko's homer was his 500th extra base hit with the White Sox. ... To honor Mark Buehrle in what might have been his final game with the White Sox, Konerko tried to get all this teammates to remain in the dugout while Buehrle ran to the field to warm up for the eighth inning. It didn't work. ``He said the fans didn't really pay too much attention to it because they didn't start cheering,'' Buehrle said. ``I didn't know what he was doing and I guess the fans didn't know what he was doing either.'' ... Buehrle's next start, if he remains with the White Sox, would probably come Friday in Baltimore after the All-Star break. ``Buehrle is a special kid, we all know, everybody knows. When people are talking about different scenarios, it's emotional,'' White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. ``Hopefully when we come back we pencil his name in the lineup.''' ... Jermaine Dye was a late scratch with flu-like symptons.
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Angels-Yankees
LOS ANGELES: 1B Casey Kotchman snapped an 0-for-13 slide with a 12th-inning single. ... The Angels have won 19 of their last 28 games against the Yankees and lead the season series 4-1. ... Howie Kendrick made several fine plays at second base. ``He's obviously separating his defense from his offense and keeping his head in the game,'' manager Mike Scioscia said. ... RHP Scot Shields threw three innings for the first time since Sept. 16, 2004, at Seattle. He hasn't allowed a run in his last 18 outings. ``I don't think there's any doubt what his value is,'' Scioscia said. ``This guy is, in our estimation, the best setup guy in our league. ... He's been terrific for the last four years.'' ... Los Angeles improved to 4-1 in extra-inning games.
orre said. ``Guys made diving plays to stop balls. ... Sure, it cost you a ballgame, but it's certainly not something I'm going to dwell on for sure, because these guys played their tails off.'' ... New York lost for the fifth time in 17 home games. ... CF Melky Cabrera struck out five times, the fourth time in franchise history a Yankees player has fanned five times. Phillips was the previous player to do it on May 2, 2005, at Tampa Bay. ... New York struck out a season-high 14 times.
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Mariners-Athletics
SEATTLE: LHP George Sherrill pitched a scoreless ninth inning and has allowed only one run in his last 28 appearances spanning 18 2-3 innings. ``I'll say it again, George is an All-Star. He's been great,'' manager John McLaren said. ... McLaren announced his rotation for after the All-Star break, with Felix Hernandez opening a four-game series against Detroit on Thursday, followed by Jarrod Washburn, Miguel Batista and Jeff Weaver. ... 3B Adrian Beltre is 10-for-21 with three doubles, three homers and 10 RBIs in the first six games of Seattle's road trip.
OAKLAND: LHP Lenny DiNardo threw 6 1-3 scoreless innings in relief of Rich Harden, the longest relief outing in the majors without giving up a run since Aaron Small went 6 2-3 scoreless for the Yankees on Sept. 24, 2005, against Toronto. DiNardo pitched longer in relief Saturday than he did in any of his seven starts. ... Closer Huston Street threw breaking balls off flat ground for the first time as he works his way back from irritation in his right ulnar nerve. ... OF Shannon Stewart had one of Oakland's two hits to extend his hitting streak to 13 games, his longest since a 13-gamer in 2002. He is batting .464 (26-for-56) during the streak. ... OF Bobby Kielty could be activated from the DL on Sunday after being out since April 29 with a calf injury.
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Red Sox-Tigers
BOSTON: Red Sox manager Terry Francona said RHP Curt Schilling, on the diasbled list with tendonitis in his right shoulder, is ``making very good progress.'' Schilling threw on Tuesday and Wednesday and will be evaluated again after the All-Star Break... 1B Kevin Youkilis missed his third straight game with tightness in his right quadriceps, but he and Francona are hoping he'll be able to play after the All-Star break. ... David Ortiz ended two slumps with his first-inning homer Saturday. He hadn't homered in 13 games, and was hitting just .105 in 19 career at-bats against Jeremy Bonderman. ... The Red Sox were trying for their 1000th victory over the Tigers on Saturday.
DETROIT: RHP Jeremy Bonderman continued to struggle at the beginning of games, allowing two runs in the first inning Saturday night. Opponents are hitting .373 against Bonderman in the first inning, including seven homers. After the first, he has allowed only three homers and a .222 batting average. ... The Tigers were anticipating an eighth-straight sellout Saturday night, which would be the longest streak since Comerica Park opened in 2000. ... Craig Monroe returned to left field on Saturday after a day off on Friday. Monroe is hitting .219 this season. ... Ninety-year-old Virgil Trucks and 80-year-old Joe Ginsberg will be at Sunday's game to honor Justin Verlander and Ivan Rodriguez. Verlander's no-hitter against Milwaukee on June 12 was the first by a Tiger at home since Trucks did it against Washington on May 15, 1952. Ginsberg and Rodriguez were the catchers in the two games.
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Devil Rays-Royals
t Triple-A Vero Beach. Also playing rehab games at Vero is C Shawn Riggans, whose return is not so certain.
KANSAS CITY: The prognosis for DH Mike Sweeney is worse than originally thought. The Royals now say he'll be out at least another six weeks following arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. ``They had to do a little more than they anticipated,'' said manager Buddy Bell. ``He had a couple of chunks of cartilage that was underneath the surface. It was a little more than they thought, so it's going to be six weeks at least.'' Billy Butler will continue to fill in as DH, which is both good and bad for the 21-year-old rookie. It's good because he won't be sent back to Triple-A Omaha. But it's bad because the Royals want him to learn to play first base and do not feel comfortable putting him there in the majors. ... Saturday - 07-07-07 - was C John Buck's birthday. He turned 27. And he was batting seventh.
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Orioles-Rangers
by Knight on a close play. Trembley argued and after the game, Knight admitted to a pool reporter that after viewing a replay, he missed the call. ``I was told that they said the wrong call was made and that's good enough for me,'' Trembley said. Trembley said his team has been victimized by bad calls three times in his first 16 games in the Baltimore dugout, but he still would not be in favor of instant replay. ``I don't like it,'' he said. ``Baseball is the last sport standing. Let's keep it the way it is.''. ... Trembley said there was a good chance 3B Melvin Mora will return to the lineup on Sunday. Mora missed his sixth straight game due to a bruised left instep on Saturday night. Rangers DH Sammy Sosa sent Mora some food that is supposed to have healing powers. ``Hopefully that has a miraculous effect on his recovery abilities and he'll be able to play tomorrow,'' Trembley said.
id he's going to stay away from using him out of the bullpen before the All-Star break.
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NATIONAL LEAGUE
Braves-Padres
ATLANTA: Jarrod Saltalamacchia was back in the lineup Saturday against San Diego, but at first base, not catcher. On Friday night, he took a foul ball off his left temple and came out of the game as a precaution. ``I don't think he'll get hit in the head over there,'' manager Bobby Cox said. ``You never know. He might.'' Saltalamacchia came through unscathed, including hitting a double and scoring in the third inning of Atlanta's 8-5 loss.
SAN DIEGO: Reliever Doug Brocail's fourth-inning single was his first hit since he had an RBI triple for Houston on Sept. 16, 1995, in Montreal. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the 12 years between hits ties Brocail for the sixth-longest stretch ever. ... Brocail was in the game because starter David Wells was ejected for questioning home plate umpire Ed Hickox's calls. ... Trevor Hoffman has converted 21 straight save opportunities.
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Mets-Astros
NEW YORK: A day after All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes was replaced for the second time in a week after failing to run hard on a grounder, manager Willie Randolph insisted that his move shouldn't be made into a major issue. ``I have two rules: Be on time and play hard,'' he said. ``If you don't play hard, you sit next to me. It's no big deal.'' He said he never considered keeping Reyes out on Saturday. ``He's in my lineup,'' he said. ``I didn't really debate it.'' Randolph also said that he wasn't trying to amp his team up with the move. ``That's not why I did what I did,'' he said. ``I'm not here to spark anything or send any messages.'' ... Mets closer Billy Wagner showed off a picture of a group of soldiers in T-shirts that he sent to them. He got the idea to design a Mets T-shirt for the troops after tiring of seeing so many wearing Yankees gear. The shirt features a picture of him pitching and has a Mets logo.
HOUSTON: Lance Berkman didn't start on Saturday because of his career .111 batting average against Mets starter Tom Glavine. ``I'm like 1-for-50 on Glavine or something like that,'' Berkman exaggerated. It's not quite that bad as Berkman's actual number against Glavine is 2-for-18. ``He's not had very good success against Glavine so I decided to try something different,'' manager Phil Garner said. Mark Loretta, who entered the game batting .391 against Glavine, started in his place.
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Cubs-Pirates
CHICAGO: C Henry Blanco, on the 15-day disabled list since May 31 because of a cervical herniated disc, will begin throwing from behind the plate Sunday and manager Lou Piniella said he is close to being sent out for a minor-league rehabilitation assignment. ... The Cubs entered Saturday's action 21st in the majors with only 74 home runs. ``We thought coming out of camp we'd have more power than we've had,'' Piniella said. ``But the important thing is we are winning. It doesn't matter if it's with the home run ball or not.'' ... The Cubs are the only team in baseball with a .500 or better overall record that has a losing record at home. Chicago is 20-21 at Wrigley Field. ``We need to pick it up at home, there's no question,'' Piniella said.
PITTSBURGH: 1B Adam LaRoche was scratched an hour before the game Saturday night with what was described as left knee irritation. 1B Josh Phelps started in his place. LaRoche is hitting .432 with five home runs and 11 RBIs in his past nine games. ... OF Xavier Nady started in centerfield for only the seventh time this season Saturday. Manager Jim Tracy said it was an effort to keep the streaking Ryan Doumit in the lineup. Doumit, a catcher by trade, played in Nady's usual right-field spot so that C Ronny Paulino could stay in the lineup. Tracy continually lauds Paulino's abilities calling games behind the plate. ... After having a losing record in all but one homestand this season, the Pirates clinched a winning 10-game homestand by winning six of the first eight games of the current set.
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Brewers-Nationals
MILWAUKEE: With two homers Friday night in his 38th game, 3B Ryan Braun shattered a franchise record the quickest 10 home runs to start a major league career. The previous record holder was Bill Schroeder, now a Brewers' broadcaster, who needed 61 games to reach that number in 1984. ... 2B Rickie Weeks remained in the lineup despite entering Saturday's game mired in a 2-for-35 slump. Manager Ned Yost said he's sticking with Weeks. ``He has zero luck,'' Yost said. ... OF Tony Gwynn, who was recalled from Triple-A Nashville to replace injured OF Bill Hall on Friday, started in center field Saturday. Gwynn is likely to bat seventh in most games, Yost said.
ny Acta said. ``We'll see, but right now, it doesn't look like he'll be able to make that turn,'' Acta said.
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Diamondbacks-Reds
ARIZONA: RHP Brandon Webb, the NL's 2006 Cy Young winner, was chosen for the NL All-Star team, replacing injured Colorado LHP Brian Fuentes. He also made the All-Star game last season, pitching one perfect inning. ... Webb's selection forced manager Bob Melvin to reconsider his pitching plans for next week. He hadn't decided on his starters for a home series against San Diego. ... SS Stephen Drew's error in the first inning ended the Diamondbacks' four-game streak without an error, their best of the season. ... RHP Yusmeiro Petit makes his third start on Sunday. Melvin hasn't decided whether he will stay in the rotation after the All-Star break.
e (designated for assignment) and Marcus McBeth (optioned to Triple-A Louisville.) ``It's a constant tryout,'' interim manager Pete Mackanin said. ``You've got to get the right mix.''
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Giants-Cardinals
layed catch Friday for the first time in his healing process. Alfonzo hopes to begin some light jogging after the All-Star break.
ST. LOUIS: After viewing a replay of CF So Taguchi's dropped fly ball at the wall on Bengie Molina's drive that allowed three runs in the fifth inning of Friday's 4-3 loss, manager Tony La Russa agreed with the official scoring call of an error. ``He should have caught it,'' La Russa said. ``I'm surprised he didn't catch it.'' ... 3B Scott Rolen was in a yearlong power slump with only four home runs and 19 extra-base hits. He hit 22 homers last year. ... The Cardinals have four days off for the All-Star break instead of the usual three, so La Russa has scheduled a mandatory workout for Thursday before the start of a three-game series in Philadelphia that begins the following day. ... Scott Spiezio, who missed nine games with an infected left index finger that had him hospitalized for a few days last week, started in RF on Saturday after returning with a pinch-hit single on Friday.
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Phillies-Rockies
PHILADELPHIA: RHP Ryan Madson continues to experience tightness and soreness in his right arm. ... Manager Charlie Manuel said he can't predict how soon after the All-Star break RHP Tom Gordon would return to the team. ``I don't know other than when he's 100 percent,'' he said. ... Manuel remained upset with RHP Antonio Alfonseca for giving up a tying home run to OF Brad Hawpe with two outs in the ninth. ``I told him to throw sinkers down and away,'' Manuel said. ``That means down and away.''
COLORADO: The Rockies aren't planning on using reliever Brian Fuentes again until after the All-Star break thanks to a strained back muscle. Fuentes also will miss the All-Star game. He would've been making his third appearance. ... Manager Clint Hurdle wants to take a cautious approach with OF Willy Taveras, who's battling a tweaked right quadriceps injury. Taveras was lifted in the sixth inning Friday night and may not play again before the break. ``He wasn't moving around very well in the outfield,'' Hurdle said. ``We'll keep our fingers crossed we can get him back to full strength.'' ... Hurdle hasn't set his pitching rotation for after the break. He's waiting to see how RHP Jason Hirsh is recovering. Hirsh is on the 15-day DL with a sprained right ankle.
 

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