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Monday, 16 July 2007 15:50
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 AMERICAN LEAGUE
Royals-Red Sox
KANSAS CITY: The Royals plan to call up RHP Leo Nunez from Triple-A Omaha to make his first major league start on Tuesday. He was 1-1 with a 2.00 ERA in three starts with Omaha. He made 48 relief appearances for Kansas City the past two seasons. ... Nunez will start in place of RHP John Thomson, who went on the DL Monday with low back spasms. LHP Neal Musser was called up from Omaha. ... Royals batters, third in the AL in most strikeouts, fanned five times in their first nine at-bats Monday.
o played for Colorado, Milwaukee, Kansas City and Boston, was named a pro scouting consultant.
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Blue Jays-Yankees
to have him back,'' Gibbons said. ``We're counting on him. Coming into the season, he was going to be our eighth-inning guy.''
NEW YORK: LF Hideki Matsui homered in the second inning, giving him five homers and nine RBIs during his season-best 11-game hitting streak. He also has scored in 11 straight games, the longest current streak in the majors and the longest by a Yankee this year. ... 2B Robinson Cano also connected in the second and 3B Alex Rodriguez went deep in the third, giving New York 14 homers in its past six games. ... The Yankees entered 7-14 in one-run games after winning three of their last four such contests. ... New York manager Joe Torre said he's sticking with shaky reliever Kyle Farnsworth (4.58 ERA) as his eighth-inning setup man.
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White Sox-Indians
nd for next year.'' Owens singled in his first at-bat. ... Guillen said any trades by GM Kenny Williams will be fine with him. ``I'm not going to give up, but if Kenny wants to make moves, I go along with that. We work well together. He knows the kind of lineup we want.'' ... White Sox relievers went 3-13 with a 7.57 ERA and nine blown saves in 57 games entering Monday, putting their season ERA at 5.99, second-highest in the majors.
CLEVELAND: Manager Eric Wedge's three-year contract extension through 2010 was greeted positively by his players, who have adopted his no-nonsense approach on the field. ``He's our guy,'' RHP Jake Westbrook said. ``He's our leader.'' Westbrook has spent more time with Wedge than any other Cleveland player. Westbrook, who was with Wedge for parts of two seasons at Triple-A Buffalo, said Wedge's style hasn't changed much from his days in the minors. Travis Hafner, Cleveland's DH who signed a four-year, $57 million extension last week, said Wedge has had a dramatic influence on the Indians. ``We've taken on his personality,'' he said. ``We show up early and play hard every day and I think that's a reflection of the manager. He knows his players well and he's been here for a long time. I think everyone in here is really excited that they got this done.''
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NATIONAL LEAGUE
Reds-Braves
CINCINNATI: Interim manager Pete Mackanin started C Javier Valentin, who entered Monday hitting .239 with one homer and 14 RBIs, for the second time in four days. Against the Braves, though, Valentin was hitting .324 with three homers and nine RBIs. ``I want to see Valentin get some at-bats,'' Mackanin said. ``I think he can help us.'' ... CF Ryan Freel, just 1-for-16 since play resumed after the All-Star break, singled and scored in his first at-bat. ``He needs to get on track,'' Mackanin said. ``We need to see the real Ryan Freel. We know what a spark plug he can be.'' ... Mackanin was hoping 2B Brandon Phillips, who leads the majors at his position with 19 homers and raised his average 14 points by hitting .375 (18-for-48) and driving in 15 runs over the last 11 games, would win NL Player of the Week honors on Monday. St. Louis' Albert Pujols was recognized instead. ``He certainly deserves it,'' Mackanin said. ``He's been put in that cleanup spot. A lot of guys don't respond to it. Everything about his play has been stellar.'' ... OF Josh Hamilton, on the DL with a sprained right wrist, has no immediate timetable for his return. ``I don't even know what to tell you on that,'' Mackanin said. ``It's such a day-to-day thing. That's a guy that was doing extremely well when it happened. Talk about a shock.''
ATLANTA: As expected, RHP John Smoltz (shoulder inflammation) will come off the DL Wednesday and start against the Reds. ``He's ready to go,'' manager Bobby Cox said. ``He feels great.'' ... Cox has yet to decide who the Braves will send down to make room for Smoltz. Atlanta currently has 13 pitchers on the 25-man roster. ... 3B Chipper Jones entered with a .390 average (39-for-100) since coming off the DL June 13 with bruised hands. ``It never takes Chipper any time, for some reason,'' Cox said. Overall, Jones was tied for third in the NL with a .335 average. ... LHP Mike Gonzalez is rehabbing in Atlanta and no longer wears a sling after undergoing elbow ligament replacement surgery in May. Gonzalez has treatment every day and watches games from the dugout before leaving in the eighth inning. Trainers have allowed him to begin light weight training, but no baseball related activities. ... RF Jeff Francoeur has 28 two-out RBIs, ranking sixth in the NL and tied with Philadelphia's Chase Utley. 2B Kelly Johnson and Cincinnati's Adam Dunn each have 26 and are tied for 10th.
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Astros-Nationals
d. Qualls put a box atop the TV in the visitors' clubhouse at RFK Stadium labeled ``Qualls' Suspension Box - Donations Appreciated.'' ... The Astros entered Monday having lost six consecutive road games.
WASHINGTON: Injured 1B Nick Johnson got a cortisone shot Monday to dull pain in his right hip that developed while working his way back from a broken leg that has sidelined him since late last season. Johnson will do only upper-body work until Thursday, when he will be allowed to resume exercises and drills involving his legs. ... Manager Manny Acta said LHP Micah Bowie is ``progressing slower than we thought'' as he recovers from a left hip injury. Bowie, on the DL retroactive to June 28, is ``going to have to feel close to 100 percent before he gets to the mound,'' Acta said. ... RHP Shawn Hill - on the disabled list since May because of a strained left shoulder - will throw a bullpen session Tuesday.
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Rockies-Pirates
a side session Monday and Hurdle said he would soon begin a rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Colorado Springs - assuming he feels fine Tuesday.
PITTSBURGH: OF Chris Duffy, who is rehabilitating at the team's complex in Bradenton, Fla., had a protective boot removed from his left foot Monday. Duffy, who has been on the disabled list since June 29 because of a left ankle sprain, has been cleared to throw but not run. His return to the Pirates is not imminent. ... Despite having never played third base in the majors prior to this season, INF Jose Castillo has made eight starts there this season and will continue to serve as the team's regular there as long as INF Jose Bautista is on the disabled list. ... After losing all three games in Atlanta over the weekend, the Pirates have been swept six times this season. They have swept three series.
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Cardinals-Marlins
He played in Florida from 1999-2003 and was a reliever and part-time closer on the 2003 World Series champion team.
FLORIDA: LHP Scott Olsen was suspended for two games without pay because of insubordination and conduct detrimental to the team, manager Fredi Gonzalez said Monday. Gonzalez would not elaborate. Olsen began serving the suspension Monday, and will not miss his scheduled start Friday at home against the Cincinnati Reds. ... INF Brett Boone will not do any physical activity for the next 2-3 days. Boone injured his knee during a cutoff play and was placed on the 15-day disabled list June 27. ... RHP Josh Johnson, who was placed on the 15-day DL July 4 because of stiffness in his right forearm, threw a bullpen session Monday. Gonzalez said he is hopeful Johnson will return when he is eligible to come off the DL.
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Giants-Cubs
ry Bonds was scratched and Roberts was back in there. Kevin Frandsen moved from RF to LF to fill in for Bonds and Randy Winn went from CF back to his regular spot in RF. ... Bonds homered in his final two games at Wrigley Field last September. He is a career. 247 hitter against the Cubs and has 45 homers.
CHICAGO: The Cubs acquired C Jason Kendall on Monday in a trade with the Oakland Athletics for C Rob Bowen and minor league LHP Jerry Blevins. Earlier in the day, the Cubs designated Bowen for assignment. Kendall, a .298 career hitter in 12 major league seasons with Pittsburgh and Oakland, was batting only .226 for the A's this season with two homers and 22 RBIs. The Cubs also have Geovany Soto and Koyie Hill as catchers. ... With Cliff Floyd still nursing a sore left shoulder, an injury he got while diving for a ball in the first inning Saturday, Daryle Ward made his second start of the season in right field. Ward, known for his pinch-hitting prowess, has also started six games at first base. ... Through 90 games this season, the Cubs were 47-33. A year ago they were 35-55.
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Diamondbacks-Brewers
aukee that will complete a stretch that has the club playing 17 of 20 away games. ... Yusmeiro Petit will make his third start Tuesday since being recalled July 3 from Tucson.
MILWAUKEE: Corey Hart hit Milwaukee's first leadoff homer of the season. He was the last Brewer to hit a leadoff homer, on Aug. 17 against Houston. ... Newly resigned Milwaukee Bucks guard Mo Williams threw out the first pitch. ... Milwaukee recorded its 15th sellout of the season Sunday. The team had 14 last year. ... RHP Claudio Vargas will make his first start since July 4 on Tuesday. The Brewers are 12-3 in his starts. Vargas will face the Diamondbacks for the first time since they traded him to Milwaukee in the off-season.
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Phillies-Dodgers
y will pick up a little better. The last couple of games I was at around 91, and I'd like to get up to around 93 if I could. Once that picks up and the adrenalin flow gets to pumping, there's no telling where I'll be.''
LOS ANGELES: LHP Randy Wolf, sidelined since July 4 because of shoulder soreness, threw off flat ground during a bullpen session. Manager Grady Little said he is progressing, but is not ready to pitch, and the medical staff is not going to rush him. Wolf is eligible to be activated on Wednesday. ... Little got to match wits with Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel for the first time this season. Little was Manuel's bench coach in Cleveland when the Indians won a division title in 2001. ``Grady's a character,'' Manuel said. ``He lets his players relax and play. As far as his communication skills, he's such a good presence as far as the atmosphere and the laughter in the dugout and things like that. I keep up with him and I'm happy for him. Grady's doing a good job and he'll continue doing a good job.'' ... RHP Roberto Hernandez, 42, made his first appearance for the Dodgers' Triple-A Las Vegas team on Monday night. The 17-year veteran signed a minor league deal with the Dodgers on July 6 after being released by the Indians.
 

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