|Notes from Thursday's games|
|Written by Admin|
|Thursday, 12 July 2007 15:30|
Blue Jays-Red Sox
TORONTO: The Blue Jays activated first baseman Lyle Overbay from the 15-day disabled list (broken right hand). ... RHP Roy Halladay allowed four runs in the first inning, more runs than he's allowed total in 11 of his first 16 starts this season.
BOSTON: Manager Terry Francona confirmed that DH David Ortiz's knees have been bothering him, but declined to address reports that Ortiz was scheduled for an MRI. ... RHP Joel Pineiro (sprained right ankle) and RHP Brendan Donnelly (strained right forearm) are scheduled to make rehab assignments at Class-A Lowell on Friday.
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BALTIMORE: The Orioles activated RHP Danys Baez from the 15-day disabled list and optioned LHP Kurt Birkins to Triple-A Norfolk. Baez (strained forearm) was 0-4 with a 6.52 ERA before being placed on the DL on June 16. ... RHP Steve Trachsel (strained gluteus muscle) will make a rehab start Saturday with Class-A Frederick. ... 3B Melvin Mora (bruised foot) made his first start since July 1, then left the game after the first inning.
NEW YORK: Manager Joe Torre, whose contract expires after the season, said there have been no discussions about his future. ... The Yankees are carrying 13 pitchers, but that should change in the next few days. Torre said GM Brian Cashman is currently talking with other teams about a trade for a position player. If nothing develops, New York will likely call up a player from the minors. ... RHP Jeff Karstens (broken right leg) gave up one run and four hits over five innings for Class-A Staten Island in his second minor league rehab start. ... RHP Phil Hughes (sprained left ankle) is scheduled to make his second rehab start Friday night at Double-A Trenton.
TAMPA BAY: 2B-CF B.J. Upton, sidelined for the past month with a left quad strain, was expected to be activated from the 15-day disabled list. But manager Joe Maddon said the Devil Rays are still waiting for Upton to test his leg for Class-A Vero Beach by running as hard as he can to first base. ``We want him to push himself to find out exactly how that's going to respond, and whether he's ready to play every day,'' Maddon said. Whenever Upton is activated, he'll likely take over in center field, allowing Delmon Young to return to right. ... Closer Al Reyes, who converted 17 of 18 save opportunities before going on the DL with a mild rotator cuff strain, threw 25 pitches in a bullpen session for the second straight day. ``It feels good so far,'' he said. Reyes is eligible to come off the DL next Wednesday.
OAKLAND: The A's limped into Thursday night's game having used a major league-leading 45 players this season. Manager Bob Geren said the All-Star break couldn't have come at a better time. ``Physically, a lot of guys needed some days,'' he said. ``Mentally, too.'' ... Geren's scouting report on Andrew Brown, who was called up from Triple-A after Rich Harden was placed on the DL: ``He throws a very hard slider and curveball. ... He really throws firm.'' ... Closer Huston Street (elbow) threw on the side on Wednesday and plans to throw 25-30 pitches against hitters Sunday in Phoenix. ``Tomorrow's a big day for him,'' Geren said.
MINNESOTA: After being eliminated from the Home Run Derby in the first round at the All-Star festivities on Monday night, Justin Morneau said he doesn't know if he'd participate again. ``It's a lot of sitting around and you get pretty tight,'' Morneau said. ... Garrett Jones was recalled from Triple-A on Thursday and immediately inserted into the lineup at DH. ``I'm just going to try and drive the ball, drive in some runs,'' Jones said. The Twins could use it after getting only two homers from their designated hitters this season. ``If he gets going and swinging the bat, that would be great,'' manager Ron Gardenhire said.
CINCINNATI: Cincinnati started the second half of the season on a four-game winning streak and was 5-1 under new manager Pete Mackanin, who replaced Jerry Narron before the All-Star break. ... OF Josh Hamilton was placed on the disabled list with a sprained right wrist. Hamilton received 151,245 All-Star write-in votes, most for any NL player. ... The Reds will retire Dave Concepcion's uniform number in a ceremony on Aug. 25. Concepcion's No. 13 will be the ninth number retired by the team.
NEW YORK: The Mets lost six of their last eight games before the All-Star break and started the second half of the season in first place in the NL East, two games in front of Atlanta. ... Manager Willie Randolph had his right arm in a sling after shoulder surgery during the All-Star break. ... OF Ricky Ledee was outrighted to Triple-A New Orleans and RHP Lino Urdaneta was outrighted to Double-A Binghamton.