|Notes from Sunday's games|
|Written by Admin|
|Sunday, 08 July 2007 15:03|
BOSTON: OF Manny Ramirez was out of the lineup Sunday because of ``intestinal turmoil,'' but antibiotics helped him feel well enough to pinch-hit in the eighth inning. ... OF Coco Crisp was 0-for-4 with a walk, ending a nine-game hitting streak. ... INF Jeff Bailey homered for his first major league hit in his third game after more than 10 seasons in the minors. ... Bailey and SS Julio Lugo gave the Red Sox two straight homers for the fourth time this season. ... Boston's six-game road losing streak is its longest since it dropped six straight Aug. 25-30, 2006.
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LOS ANGELES: Ervin Santana fell short in his bid to become the first pitcher to win his first five regular-season decisions against the Yankees since Mark Guthrie improved to 6-0 in 1992, the Elias Sports Bureau said. ... The Angels are 59-54, plus a pair of playoff series victories, against New York since Joe Torre became its manager for the 1996 season. The Yankees visit Anaheim for three games Aug. 20-22. ... 3B Chone Figgins had a little fun when the Yankees' Melky Cabrera reached third base in the opening inning. After a piece of paper blew on the field, Figgins picked it up and stuffed it in Cabrera's back pocket.
NEW YORK: All-Star C Jorge Posada threw out Reggie Willits trying to steal second for the first out of the game. ... Postscript Dept.: Umpire Doug Eddings said Robinson Cano admitted that he missed third base while trying to score Friday night. The Angels alertly appealed, and Eddings called Cano out for failing to touch the bag. ``I went up to him Saturday and he said, yeah, he missed it,'' Eddings said. ``It's the first time I've called it in my nine years in the big leagues. I might see it one or two times a season, but it's up to the team in the field to notice it. That's the first time they did.''
CLEVELAND: The Indians head into the All-Star break having played 65 games in the past 68 days, including 52 games in the past 54 days. The busy schedule is the result of four April games that were snowed out. The Indians don't play again until Friday, when they host Kansas City. ... Manager Eric Wedge said RHP Jake Westbrook will start Friday, followed by LHP C.C. Sabathia, RHP Fausto Carmona, LHP Cliff Lee and RHP Paul Byrd. The move gives Sabathia, who is expected to pitch in Tuesday's All-Star game, an extra day of rest, and breaks up the two left-handers in Cleveland's rotation. ... Victor Martinez, who left Saturday's game with a bruised left knee, started at first base Sunday.
TORONTO: The Blue Jays optioned C/1B Curtis Thigpen to Triple-A Syracuse on Sunday, clearing a spot on the roster for 1B Lyle Overbay (broken hand), who is expected to rejoin the team in Boston Thursday when it resumes play following the All-Star break. ... SS Royce Clayton went 2-for-3 Sunday, his first multi-hit game since June 3 against the Chicago White Sox. ... LHP Scott Downs pitched in his team-leading 44th game Sunday. ... OF Reed Johnson scored the only run of the game in Sunday's 1-0 victory over Cleveland. It was Johnson's first run since April 11 against Kansas City. He returned to action Friday after missing nearly three months following surgery to repair a herniated disk in his back.
MINNESOTA: Twins CF Torii Hunter, who could be one of the most sought-after free agents once the season ends, said he's made an effort to talk to the Twins about a new deal but got no response. ``I don't know what's going on. We haven't talked. I tried to talk to them several times and they turned me down,'' Hunter told reporters before Sunday's game. ``All I can do is go out there and have fun. ... It might not even be because of the money. It might be just because they don't want me there. `` ... Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire, a coach for the AL All-Star team, said he'll probably pitch to Justin Morneau during the Home Run Derby on Monday in San Francisco. ... Morneau was 9-for-18 in the four-game series against Chicago with four home runs and 11 RBIs. ... The Twins optioned reliever Carmen Cali to Triple-A Rochester after Sunday's 6-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox. The Twins will make a corresponding move before Thursday's game against Oakland.
,'' Williams said. ``We are going to keep pushing the envelope.'' ... Manager Ozzie Guillen said he'll address his team when the season resumes in Baltimore. ``We really, really were real bad in the first half,'' Guillen said. ``We had issues everywhere. We have to get better everywhere. I don't think we're going to get worse.''
TAMPA BAY: LF Jonny Gomes, who had a four-hit day Sunday with a home run and two doubles, is a career .452 hitter (19-for-42) against the Royals with nine home runs and 15 RBIs. ... LHP Scott Kazmir has just six wins in his past 27 starts, dating to last June, despite a 4.06 ERA in that stretch. ... The Devil Rays' 1-9 trip to Kansas City, Boston and Cleveland that ended Sunday was the worst record for a trip of 10 or more games in franchise history. ... Kazmir and RHP James Shields have combined to strike out 231. ... CF Delmon Young's 96 hits are the 10th most by a rookie at the All-Star break in the past 25 years.
Jorge De La Rosa has won three straight starts after going 0-6 from May 24-June 22. ... The Royals are 27-24 in the past 51 games after starting the season 11-26. The Royals' 38 wins is their second highest total at the All-Star break in the past seven seasons, surpassed only by the 51 victories by the 2003 club. ... CF David DeJesus has scored 66 runs, which ranks fifth in the American League.
BALTIMORE: 3B Melvin Mora was out of the starting lineup for the seventh straight game Sunday because of a bruised left instep but appeared in the game as a pinch hitter and flew out. Mora expressed confidence he would be full strength after the All-Star break. ... With eight players on the DL, interim manager Dave Trembley has been forced to use reserves 3B Chris Gomez and SS Brandon Fahey as starters. The change in roles requires an adjustment. ``They have to learn how to get their bodies in shape to play every day,'' Trembley said. ``A guy might play once a week, now he's playing seven, eight days in a row.''
nstead will fly back to Texas only to return to Los Angeles with his team the following day. ... 2B Ian Kinsler is still wearing a protective boot because of a stress fracture in his left foot. Washington doesn't have a timetable for Kinsler's return, but said the second baseman has been taking batting practice even with the boot.
SEATTLE: RHP Feliz Fernandez will start Thursday against the Detroit Tigers when the Mariners resume their schedule following the All-Star Break. He'll be followed by LHP Jarrod Washburn, RHP Miguel Batista and RHP Jeff Weaver. LHP Horacio Ramirez, on the disabled list because of left shoulder tendinitis, is expected to assume the fifth spot in the rotation. ... INF Yuniesky Betancourt was a late scratch when his back stiffened up on him. OF Jason Ellison took his place in the lineup and responded with a career-high four hits, just his second multi-hit game of the season. ... RHP Mark Lowe (right elbow surgery) is scheduled to make a rehab appearance at Everett on Monday. ... Manager John McLaren, who finished his first week at the helm, said the All-Star Break will help him ``get my feet on the ground and give me a chance to go home and relax.''
OAKLAND: Manager Bob Geren remains confident that DH Mike Piazza will catch during the second half. ``It all depends on how his arm feels,'' Geren said. ``I'm very optimistic. He's improving.'' ... RHP Chad Gaudin is slated to start Thursday at Minnesota, the A's first game following the All-Star Break. RHP Joe Blanton will pitch Saturday. Who else pitches when depends on how RHP Dan Haren is used in the All-Star Game, and the health of RHP Rich Harden. Geren said he has ``no official word'' on Harden. ... OF Bobby Kielty was activated from the DL and inserted into the lineup. ``I see him against left-handed pitching for sure,'' Geren said. ``He's one of the best in the league against left handers.''
ARIZONA: LHP Randy Johnson might be able to resume throwing by the end of the week. Johnson is on the DL for the third time this season because of a bad back. He's eligible to return on July 14. ``He potentially could play catch when were done with the break,'' manager Bob Melvin said. ... Melvin plans to start Doug Davis, Livan Hernandez and Brandon Webb in the first three games after the All-Star break. He hasn't decided on his fifth starter. ... The Diamondbacks went 2-8 on their trip. They've lost five in a row for the third time this season - they also did it April 19-24 and May 1-5. ... Arizona pitchers struck out 16 Reds, matching the season high for both teams.
CINCINNATI: OF Josh Hamilton had his sprained right wrist in a cast. He'll have it examined again on Thursday. ... Scott Hatteberg's four hits left him batting .380 at Great American Ball Park this season. His leadoff homer in the first inning was the second of his career. He also did it on Aug. 28, 2003 against Baltimore. ... The homer gave Hatteberg his 500th career RBI. ... The Reds got their first series sweep of the season and their first over Arizona since 1999. They've gone 5-1 under interim manager Pete Mackanin. ... Closer David Weathers ended his streak of converting six consecutive save chances. He's 17-for-20 overall.
CHICAGO: C Henry Blanco (herniated disc) and P Wade Miller (back spasms) may end long layoffs and begin rehabilitation assignments by the end of next weekend. Blanco has been out since May 31; Miller went on the 60-day disabled list April 23. ... RHP Ryan Dempster, the Cubs' closer, continues to be bothered by rib cage soreness and won't go to the minors for a one-game rehabilitation assignment early this week as initially planned. Dempster (16 saves) hopes to return for the Cubs' second series after the break July 16-18 against the Giants. ... LHP Carlos Zambrano started the Cubs' final game before the break Sunday and is scheduled to start their next game Friday against Houston.
PITTSBURGH: 1B Adam LaRoche returned Sunday after sitting out Saturday night with knee irritation, going 1-for-3 and reaching base twice. He is 18-for-45 (.400) in his last 11 games. ... C Ryan Doumit didn't play Sunday because of a sore hamstring, an injury that has troubled him previously. ... RHP Salomon Torres, the demoted closer who has been out since June 9 with elbow pain, is scheduled to throw off a mound Wednesday in Pittsburgh before going on a rehabilitation assignment at Triple-A Indianapolis.
MILWAUKEE: 1B Prince Fielder's will be accompanied at his first All-Star Game by three teammates. RHP Ben Sheets, SS J.J. Hardy and RHP Francisco Cordero will also represent the Brewers in San Francisco. ``It shows how good this team is doing this year to have three (other) guys at the All-Star Game,'' Fielder said. ``It's nice to be able to share the experience.'' ... The Brewers, losers of five of six games, have dropped three consecutive series and are 25-29 after starting the season 24-10... 3B Ryan Braun has hit in 10 of 11 games, going .409 in that span. ... LHP Chris Capuano, Sunday's loser, is winless in eight starts since beating the Nationals on May 7.
lot of things can happen in eight days,'' Acta said. ``But right now, it doesn't seem like he's going to be able to make it.'' ... Saturday's 5-4 victory over Milwaukee marked the fifth time in franchise history the Nationals have won despite being outhomered by four or more, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The Brewers hit four homers to none for Washington.
NEW YORK: It's been three years since CF Carlos Beltran left the Astros after one season to sign with the Mets, but fans in Houston still have hard feelings toward the star. There were choruses of boos every time he was at bat or came anywhere near the ball throughout the weekend series. He said he's not surprised by the treatment and that he's gotten used to it. ``I don't care anymore,'' he said. ``The first year I probably did care, no one wants to be booed. But I don't really even think about it anymore.'' ... SS Jose Reyes swiped two bases Sunday to tie Howard Johnson for second on the Mets list for career stolen bases with 202. ``I don't worry about things like that,'' Reyes said. ``I just go out and try to steal bases.''
HOUSTON: RHP Roy Oswalt's victory Sunday ties him with Nolan Ryan for fifth place on Houston's wins list with 106. Oswalt was excited about reaching the mark. ``It means a lot,'' he said. ``Nolan was a guy that I watched growing up and to be there with the same amount of wins that he had here with the Astros is pretty special.'' As nice as reaching this milestone was, Oswalt said he'll be a lot more excited if he can match Ryan's career win total. ``The biggest thing for me is that he has about 225 more wins than me,'' Oswalt said. ``If I can catch him on that it will be a big plus.'' He actually needs just 218 more victories to match Ryan's 324 career wins. ... Rookie Hunter Pence hit his sixth triple of the season on Sunday. That number leads all rookies and is fifth in the majors. His six triples are the most by an Astros rookie since Roger Metzger hit 11 in 1971.
SAN FRANCISCO: After the game, the Giants optioned RHP Scott Atchison to Triple-A Fresno to make room for RHP Vinnie Chulk, who will come off the bereavement list before Friday's game against the Dodgers. Chulk missed the entire road trip to be in Florida for his father's heart surgery. ... LHP Barry Zito went only four innings for the third time in his last six outings. He hasn't won since June 4 at Philadelphia.
after the break at Philadelphia. Wells leads the majors with 11 losses but has allowed two earned runs in 16 innings since getting bumped from the rotation. Another starter, likely Brad Thompson, will have to go to the bullpen when Carpenter returns. ... Third base coach Jose Oquendo and batting coach Hal McRae will spend time with their families during the All-Star break instead of joining manager Tony La Russa's staff in San Francisco. ... OF Ryan Ludwick has doubled in five straight games and matched his career best with three hits Sunday.
PHILADELPHIA: OF Pat Burrell has homered in three of his last five games. ... 1B Ryan Howard will take bullpen coach Ramon Henderson with him to San Francisco to pitch as Howard tries to defend his Home Run Derby crown Monday night. ``I'll be nervous, too,'' Henderson said. ``I hope he kills a few sharks (in the San Francisco Bay).'' ... RHP Adam Eaton had two hits Sunday against Colorado, giving him nine career multihit games. ... SS Jimmy Rollins is hitting .361 in his last 13 road games. He went 3-for-4 on Sunday. ... The Phillies have 9,999 losses in franchise history. The publicity surrounding loss No. 10,000 has worn out the players. ``It's not worth talking about,'' 2B Chase Utley said. ``This team has been around a long time.''
COLORADO: Manager Clint Hurdle set his rotation for after the All-Star break. He'll go with Jeff Francis, Rodrigo Lopez, Aaron Cook, Taylor Buchholz and Josh Fogg. ... RHP Jason Hirsh will throw a bullpen session Thursday to test his sprained right ankle. Hirsh, who's on the 15-day DL, could be sent out for a rehab start after that. ``We'll take it one step at a time,'' Hurdle said. ... 1B Todd Helton has the highest career average against Philadelphia among active players, hitting .397. He was 5-for-12 in the series.
FLORIDA: LF Josh Willingham summed up the Marlins' 42-47 record in the first half. ``We've had a problem putting complete games together. It's always been that one aspect of the game has been missing - either hitting, pitching or defense,'' he said. ``What we have to do in the second half is just put all three of those together and play better. We have an optimistic second half ahead of us.'' ... 3B Miguel Cabrera will miss Monday's Home Run Derby because of a jammed left shoulder sustained while making a diving stop Saturday night. He didn't play Sunday. ``Our training staff said he had it last year a little bit,'' manager Fredi Gonzalez said. ``But it usually lasts only a day or two and then he's fine.''
LOS ANGELES: INF Tony Abreu has a strained lower abdominal muscle, but trainer Stan Conte said it's possible he could return Friday against the Giants. ``It looks mild and he will get treatment during the four-day break,'' said Conte, adding that appendicitis was ruled out during a hospital visit. ... LHP Randy Wolf, on the 15-day DL because of left shoulder pain, has resumed his regular exercise program after a cortisone shot ``knocked out most, if not all, of the pain,'' Conte said. ... INF Ramon Martinez was activated from the 15-day DL and RHP D.J. Houlton was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas.
ATLANTA: RHP John Smoltz is scheduled to start the Braves' sixth game back from the All-Star break, July 18 at Cincinnati. That's the day Smoltz is eligible to come off the DL. Smoltz has inflammation in his pitching shoulder and will miss Tuesday night's All-Star game. ... The Braves went into Sunday night's game at San Diego with an NL-best .289 road batting average. The Braves aren't nearly as good at home, hitting just .248 at Turner Field.
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