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Saturday, 14 July 2007 16:42
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 AMERICAN LEAGUE
Blue Jays-Red Sox
TORONTO: OF Matt Stairs, who homered against Boston on Thursday night, was not in the lineup for the second consecutive game. Reed Johnson was in left field instead. ... Vernon Wells snapped an 0-for-7 slump with a leadoff double in the first.
BOSTON: DH David Ortiz hit his first homer at Fenway Park since April 24, a span of 34 games. Eleven of his 15 homers this season have come on the road. ... RHP Brendan Donnelly (strained right forearm) felt tightness in his injured arm while warming up for a Class-A rehab appearance on Friday night and was scratched. He's going to Anaheim, Calif., for a second opinion on Tuesday. ... J.D. Drew, who left Friday's game with a sore right hamstring, was not in the starting lineup. Manager Terry Francona said he did not expect a lengthy recovery.
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Royals-Indians
KANSAS CITY: LHP John Bale was activated from the 60-day disabled list Saturday. He was placed on the DL in spring training because of tightness in his shoulder. Bale also strained his left gluteus while on a rehabilitation assignment at Triple-A Omaha in early June. LHP Neal Musser was optioned to Omaha. To make room for Bale on the 40-man roster, the Royals placed RHP Roman Colon on the 60-day DL. Colon, acquired Friday from Detroit for a player to be named, has spent the entire season on the DL while recovering from offseason neck surgery. ... Manager Buddy Bell, who had surgery for a cancerous growth behind his left tonsil in September, got a checkup during the All-Star break. ``They said I was doing really good,'' Bell said. ... LHP Jimmy Gobble has made a team-leading 44 appearances. In a statistical oddity, he earned all three of his wins in a seven-day span (May 9-16) against one team, Oakland. ... RHP Scott Elarton (right foot sprain) allowed five runs and five hits in a rehab start at Triple-A Omaha on Friday.
RHP Fernando Cabrera had walked 16 in his last 15 2-3 innings. ... OF Shin-Soo Choo, on the disabled list at Triple-A Buffalo with a sprained elbow, will begin a throwing program next week. He's expected to return in August. ... RHP Cliff Politte, who has been pitching at Double-A Akron, is done for the season because of recurring pain in his shoulder. The Indians were hoping Politte, who had rotator cuff surgery last year, might be able to help them in the bullpen in the second half.
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White Sox-Orioles
CHICAGO: RHP Jose Contreras continues to be concerned about his loss of velocity, but manager Ozzie Guillen says how hard Contreras is throwing isn't the issue. ``I don't think his problem is velocity,'' Guillen said. ``His problem is making pitches, throwing strikes.'' Contreras (5-10, 5.19 ERA) will start on Sunday. ... DH Jim Thome walked twice Friday night to move past Frank Robinson into 21st place on the career list with 1,421. ``I have always taken a lot of pride in walking because of my strikeouts,'' Thome said. ``By walking, you give your team a chance to score more runs.'' ... OF Darin Erstad (ankle) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte on Monday. ... INF Pablo Ozuna had the screw in his right ankle removed.
BALTIMORE: The Orioles placed 3B Melvin Mora (sprained left foot) on the 15-day disabled list. Mora had only two at-bats since he hurt his foot July 1 in a collision at the plate, the final out in a loss to the Los Angeles Angels. To replace Mora on the roster, the Orioles recalled OF Jon Knott from Triple-A Norfolk. ... LHP Garrett Olson will make his second major league start Sunday, both against the Chicago White Sox. Olson allowed five hits, five walks and two runs in 4 1-3 innings on July 4, but expects better results the second time around. ``I felt like last start was more of just getting my feet wet and just kind of getting acclimated to the level a little bit,'' he said. ... SS Miguel Tejada (wrist) could begin hitting off a tee as soon as Monday, interim manager Dave Trembley said.
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Yankees-Devil Rays
throwing program. He threw at 75 feet in his third session.
TAMPA BAY: RHP Al Reyes, who converted 17 of 18 save opportunities before going on the 15-day disabled list with a mild rotator cuff strain, will throw one inning Monday in a minor league rehab appearance at Class-A Vero Beach. Barring a setback, he's expected to be activated on Wednesday. ... C Josh Paul (left elbow strain) took batting practice and is scheduled to play for Vero Beach on Monday. ... LHP Scott Kazmir struck out seven during Friday's 6-4 victory over the Yankees, becoming the 15th left-hander to fan at least 500 batters before his 24th birthday. Kazmir turns 24 on Jan. 24.
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Athletics-Twins
Sacramento on Friday. He is penciled in for seven to 10 games at Triple-A. ... Kurt Suzuki started at catcher in place of Jason Kendall. Geren said it was just a breather for Kendall.
ot his role along with the rest of them,'' Gardenhire said.
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Tigers-Mariners
DETROIT: C Ivan Rodriguez appealed his one-game suspension that Major League Baseball issued Saturday after he made contact with an umpire during an argument Thursday. Rodriguez said the penalty, which also included an undisclosed fine, is ``just not right.'' ... 2B Placido Polanco was back in the lineup for the first time since getting one at-bat as the starter in Tuesday's All-Star game. Polanco has had a sore back for more than a week. Manager Jim Leyland said he will rest Polanco again on Sunday so he can have consecutive off days. The Tigers don't play Monday.
leheader at Texas. LHP Horacio Ramirez will return to from the DL he's been on since May 25 on Monday and start against Baltimore. LHP Jake Woods was recalled from Tacoma and put into the bullpen.
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Rangers-Angels
tuation where we've overworked anyone with him down.''
LOS ANGELES: RHP Ervin Santana, the only member of the Angels' starting rotation with a losing record, had a bullpen session that he hopes will help turn things around. He is 5-10 with a 5.97 ERA, and entered Saturday having allowed the most home runs (23), runs (75) and earned runs (69) in the majors. But manager Mike Scioscia insisted that he is not going to be on a short leash, or that he should be looking over his shoulder at a possible demotion to the bullpen. ``We're not going to talk about stuff like that,'' Scioscia said. ``I mean, we'll always evaluate things. Obviously, with any player, if there's options that come up that are going to make you a better team, you consider them at that time. But our goal is to get Ervin where he needs to be.''
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NATIONAL LEAGUE
Astros-Cubs
aight to the Cubs, dating back to July 5, 2006. ... Carlos Lee went 0-for-3 to snap his nine-game hitting streak. Strangely enough with a 15 mph wind blowing out, a ball he hit well to center field didn't carry out. ... Chris Burke, who will get more playing time in the second half with Craig Biggio getting more time off, started at second and went 1-for-4. He got a triple leading off the game when Cubs right fielder Cliff Floyd missed a diving catch and hurt his shoulder.
6th overall. The other 14 have been solo shots.
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Nationals-Marlins
WASHINGTON: CF Nook Logan came to Dolphin Stadium on Saturday with his legs feeling a little more worked than usual. Logan scored four times Friday, becoming just the third Nationals player ever to score four runs in a game. ``It's fun when you score runs,'' Logan said. ``I don't mind running a little more.'' ... LHP Matt Chico made his 19th career start Saturday, and is the only Nationals starter to begin 2007 in the rotation and not miss a turn. ... The 14 runs Washington scored Friday were the most by the team in a single game since the franchise relocated from Montreal. The previous high was 12, set twice: May 23 at Cincinnati and April 8, 2006, against Houston.
his left knee during a cutoff play and was placed on the 15-day disabled list June 27. The injury flared up again while trying to field balls as part of a rehab assignment Friday.
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Cardinals-Phillies
ST. LOUIS: LHP Mike Maroth's RBI in the second inning was the third of his career and first since June 24, 2005. ... After ending a 22-game homerless skid on Friday, Albert Pujols went deep again on Saturday ... The Cardinals are on their longest road trip (10 games in 10 days) to open the second half of the season since an 11-game trip in 2001. The Cardinals went 4-7 on that trip.
PHILADELPHIA: SS Jimmy Rollins hit his 22nd career leadoff home run. It also was his fifth this season, setting a new team record. Juan Samuel (1989), Lenny Dykstra (1993) and Rollins (2004-06) all hit four in a season. ... Rollins also had his 10th three-hit game and 37th multi-hit game, the most among NL players. ... CF Aaron Rowand tied his career high with three doubles. ... The Phillies optioned RHP Anderson Garcia to Triple-A Ottawa. They also purchased the contract of RHP Clay Condrey from Ottawa and moved RHP Jon Lieber to the 60-day disabled list. ... Injured closer Brett Myers threw a bullpen session in Clearwater, Fla., and will throw to live batters on Tuesday.
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Pirates-Braves
PITTSBURGH: LHP Zach Duke was eligible to come off the disabled list on Saturday, but instead he remained shut down until he is free of pain caused by tendinitis in his left elbow. Duke is at the team's spring headquarters in Bradenton, Fla. ... C Ryan Doumit took batting practice and is expected to start on Sunday as he recovers from a strained left hamstring. ... RHP Salomon Torres, on the 15-day disabled list because of inflammation in his right elbow, gave up only one hit in 1 1-3 innings for Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday. Torres could be activated after making one more rehab appearance.
ATLANTA: Hitting coach Terry Pendleton had a scare with an irregular heartbeat on Friday. He was examined at Piedmont Hospital and was cleared to return to the stadium for Friday night's game. He supervised batting practice as normal on Saturday. Pendleton, who turns 47 on Monday, said ``It's something that happens at our age.'' ... Manager Bobby Cox said he hasn't seen the new ESPN miniseries ``The Bronx is Burning,'' which details the New York Yankees' 1977 season - when Cox was the team's first-base coach. When asked who should play him in the show, Cox said ``George Clooney.''
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Rockies-Brewers
COLORADO: Rookie SS Troy Tulowitzki became the seventh player in Rockies history to hit at least 10 home runs in his first season in the Major Leagues. Todd Helton holds the franchise record with 25 home runs in his rookie season in 1998. Eight of Tulowitzki's home runs have come in the past five weeks. ... The Colorado bullpen pitched four shutout innings Friday, the third time in the past four games relievers have pitched at least four shutout innings. ... RHP Aaron Cook (5-6) will try to even his record when he starts the series finale Sunday against Milwaukee. Cook has lost five of his last eight starts during which he's gone 1-5 with a 5.47 ERA.
MILWAUKEE: With his home run Friday night in the 88th game of the season, 1B Prince Fielder became the fastest player in Brewers' history to reach 30 home runs in a season. The record was previously held by OF Greg Vaughn, who reached 30 home runs in the 101st game in 1996. ``Prince is having a great year,'' Brewers manager Ned Yost said. ``He started the second half just like he played the first half.'' ... Entering Saturday's game, the Brewers have gone 17 consecutive games without a save. The last save came from Francisco Cordero on June 20 against San Francisco. ... RHP Jeff Suppan will try to get his season turned around when he starts the series finale Sunday against Colorado. Suppan is 3-6 with 6.65 ERA in his last 12 games after starting the season 5-2 with a 2.63 ERA.
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Padres-Diamondbacks
SAN DIEGO: RHP Jake Peavy threw a bullpen session on Saturday and is on schedule to start Tuesday night against the New York Mets in San Diego. Manager Bud Black said Peavy, who started the All-Star game, had come out of the break with a tired arm. ... Black gave OF Milton Bradley a day off Saturday but said he'll be back in the lineup against Brandon Webb on Sunday. ... Former University of Arizona baseball coach Jerry Kindall dropped in at Chase Field on Saturday to say hello to RHP Trevor Hoffman, a former Wildcat. Hoffman, the career saves leader, played shortstop for Kindall. ``I still get a lot of ribbing about that,'' Kindall said. ... With his loss Friday night at Arizona, RHP Greg Maddux fell to 1-10 with a 5.28 ERA in 16 career starts against the Diamondbacks.
ARIZONA: With OF Jeff Salazar making a strong first impression, the Diamondbacks aren't likely to rush OF Jeff DaVanon back from a rehabilitation assignment at Triple-A Tucson. DaVanon has missed the entire season with a shoulder injury. ... RHP Brandon Webb faces the Padres on Sunday for the third time this season. Webb pitched eight innings in each of his first two starts, allowing one earned run once and two the other time. Webb is 3-5 with a 3.66 ERA lifetime against San Diego and has not beaten them in his last four starts.
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Reds-Mets
CINCINNATI: Brandon Phillips hit another early homer off the Mets. His 19th led off the second inning, a night after he hit a first-inning grand slam. ... SS Alex Gonzalez was placed on the bereavement list. ... Manager Pete Mackanin said he wanted to rest Ken Griffey Jr. either Saturday or Sunday. Junior hit third and played RF Saturday night. ... Cincinnati is on an 11-game road trip to start the second half. The Reds have no off days during the trip, and won't get one until July 30.
NEW YORK: RHP Jorge Sosa will be ready to start Monday. He said his strained left hamstring is better. Mike Pelfrey, who made his first relief appearance on Friday night, would have started in his place. ... Ruben Gotay extended his hitting streak to a career-best nine games with a single in the first. Cincinnati 2B Brandon Phillips was able to barehand the bouncing grounder, but was caught flat-footed and Gotay beat the throw. ... Paul Lo Duca ended a hitless stretch of 17 at bats with a single leading off the second. ... The Mets will give two tickets to an August home game to anyone who donates blood for the New York Blood Center at Shea Stadium on Thursday.
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Dodgers-Giants
LOS ANGELES: LHP Mark Hendrickson pitched two innings of relief to get the win. Earlier in the game, Hendrickson threw a side session as he prepares for his scheduled start on Tuesday against Philadelphia. ``He's fine. He hadn't pitched since last Sunday,'' manager Grady Little said. ``He will be fine for the start on Tuesday.'' ... After converting 23 of his first 24 save chances, All-Star closer Takashi Saito has blown two in a row. ``My job as a closer is to come in and get outs,'' Saito said through an interpreter. ``When I'm on the mound that's all I care about.'' ... LHP Randy Wolf played catch before the game as he works his way back from a shoulder injury. ``It's feeling better every day,'' Wolf said.
SAN FRANCISCO: OF Randy Winn hopes to play Sunday despite bruising his right foot when he fouled off a pitch in the eighth inning. After being treated by the trainer, Winn hit the next pitch for a grand slam before leaving the game. ``There's a lot of ice in my future,'' Winn said. ... With the Giants in a stretch of playing 48 games in 48 days, manager Bruce Bochy said he'll have to monitor Barry Bonds' playing time. Bonds played all 12 innings Saturday, going 0-for-5 with a walk. ``He's going to need his days,'' Bochy said. ``I don't know how many. It's a rough schedule. We're going to be in some hot weather. We'll see where he's at as we go deeper into this.'' ... LHP Jonathan Sanchez (rib cage strain) was scheduled to pitch one inning in a rehab assignment Saturday night for Class-A San Jose.
 

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