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Tuesday, 17 July 2007 15:16
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 AMERICAN LEAGUE
Angels-Devil Rays
LOS ANGELES: C Mike Napoli (ankle) ran the bases and took batting practice. Manager Mike Scioscia said Napoli will repeat the workout Wednesday and is ``closer'' to returning, but still won't for a few more days. ... OF Juan Rivera (broken leg), who was placed on the 60-day DL on April 26, has started running 90-foot intervals as part of his rehab program. Scioscia said there is no timetable for when Rivera, who is continuing to do other baseball activities, will return.
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KANSAS CITY: The Royals recalled RHP Leo Nunez from Triple-A Omaha before Tuesday's game to make his first major league start at Fenway Park and optioned LHP Neal Musser to Omaha. Nunez didn't get the decision, leaving with a 3-0 lead after allowing Julio Lugo's leadoff double in the fifth. Nunez allowed one run and six hits and a walk, striking out three. ... SS Tony Pena Jr., who hadn't gotten a hit since the All-Star break, singled and doubled in his first two at-bats on Tuesday night.
BOSTON: RHP Brendan Donnelly was examined in California on Tuesday by Dr. Lewis Yocum, who agreed with the previous diagnosis of a strained right forearm. Donnelly was to return to Boston and resume strengthening exercises. He was scratched from a rehab start because of soreness in the forearm on Friday. ... The Red Sox have scored 16 runs in RHP Tim Wakefield's previous 19 losses.
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White Sox-Indians
e plate at Jacobs Field. Asked if he ever expects that to change, Thome only shrugged. ... OF Scott Podsednik, out since July 2 because of a strained left ribcage, is due to start a rehab assignment Wednesday at Triple-A Charlotte. ... OF Darin Erstad, sidelined since June 23 by a sprained left ankle, started a rehab stint at Charlotte on Monday. ... RHP Mike MacDougal, on the disabled list since June 6 with shoulder tendinitis, threw in the bullpen Monday and is scheduled for another session Wednesday.
ut whom the club had hoped would become a key member of its bullpen this season. ... LHP Aaron Fultz (strained ribs) reported no problems after playing catch on Monday and will likely make a rehab appearance next week before the Indians consider bringing him off the 15-day disabled list. ``We're going to give it as much time as we need to,'' Wedge said.
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DETROIT: Jim Leyland said he was honored to manage the American League in the All-Star Game, but it wasn't all fun and games. ``It wasn't a fun game to manage. It was a real chore,'' Leyland said, pointing to the lack of a DH and the AL's 10-game winning streak in games that went to a decision. ``There was a lot of pressure.'' ... Relievers Fernando Rodney (right shoulder) and Joel Zumaya (finger) played catch again on Tuesday. Rodney said he felt good and Zumaya said the only thing holding him back is some weakness in his throwing shoulder. Zumaya said his middle finger, which had a dislocated tendon on May 3, felt fine. ``My finger feels great,'' Zumaya said. ``It's just retaining my arm strength now.'' Neither pitcher is considered close to returning.
MINNESOTA: After two straight solid days at the plate (4-for-6), Jason Tyner was in LF against LHP Nate Robertson rather than regular Jason Kubel, also a lefty. Tyner is 4-for-9 (.444) lifetime against Robertson, and manager Ron Gardenhire likes how he has been swinging the bat. ``He's seemed to have a couple pretty good ballgames in a row,'' Gardenhire said. ``I like the way he's going about it.'' ... There's been plenty of talk about the Twins making a trade before the deadline to acquire a veteran hitter. GM Terry Ryan was predictably tight-lipped. ``I'm not going to predict how this thing is going to play out,'' Ryan said. ``We'll make a decision that makes sense for the near term and long future.''
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NATIONAL LEAGUE
Reds-Braves
CINCINNATI: Jeff Keppinger made his first start at shortstop. He has made two starts at third base and also plays second base. ``He's a good little hitter,'' said interim manager Pete Mackanin. ``And I want to give him a chance, see how he does at shortstop. I think he can handle himself for a stint. He impressed me last night against that side-winder (Atlanta's Peter Moylan) throwing 95 miles an hour, hitting that rocket up the middle.'' Keppinger batted second. ... Mackanin said he believes LHP Bobby Livingston deserves another start after giving up two runs in five innings in a win over the Braves on Monday night. ``For me he certainly has,'' Mackanin said. ``They have some pretty good right-hander hitters on that (Atlanta) team. He made some of them look bad on swings.''
ATLANTA: Manager Bobby Cox would not rule out the possibility of RHP Kyle Davies returning to the minors to work on his control after Davies did not record an out while facing only five batters on Monday night. Davies is 4-8 with a 5.76 ERA. ``I haven't heard anything yet,'' Davies said. ``I don't know. I'm going to prepare like I normally would and that's it. That's all I can do.'' ... LHP Wil Ledezma, who has been battling visa problems in Venezuela, where he returned home for the All-Star break, may be cleared to return to Atlanta on Thursday or Friday.
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Astros-Nationals
HOUSTON: RHP Brad Lidge, who came off the DL last week, will move back into the closer's role, replacing Dan Wheeler. ... RHP Brandon Backe, who had surgery on his right elbow in September and hasn't pitched this season, threw two simulated innings Tuesday. He'll have another simulated game July 23, manager Phil Garner said. After that, a minor league rehab assignment will be considered. ... 2B Craig Biggio wasn't in the lineup Tuesday - Chris Burke started in his place - and isn't scheduled to play on Wednesday. Biggio will play on Friday at Pittsburgh. ... RHP Chad Qualls began serving a three-game suspension Tuesday for throwing a ball into the stands last month.
WASHINGTON: CF Nook Logan made his second consecutive start against a right-handed pitcher, even though he's been platooning with lefty-hitting Ryan Langerhans. Logan could join Langerhans on the bench soon, because Alex Escobar is expected to join the Nationals as soon as this weekend after missing all season because of right shoulder surgery and an ankle injury. ``We all know the platoon will be history anyway when Escobar comes back,'' manager Manny Acta said. Logan went 0-for-4 on Monday batting leadoff, and struck out in his first two at-bats in that spot Tuesday. ... RHP Shawn Hill threw 40 pitches, a mix of fastballs and changeups, on Tuesday during his second bullpen session as he works his way back from the DL. On Friday, he'll try all of his pitches. GM Jim Bowden said he hopes Hill can return in time to make eight to 10 starts. ... LHP Josh Smoker, an unsigned high school prospect the Nationals took with the 31st overall pick in June's amateur draft, switched advisers on Tuesday. Smoker was taken with one of the two picks Washington received as compensation for losing Alfonso Soriano to free agency.
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Rockies-Pirates
COLORADO: 1B Todd Helton was not with the team for Tuesday's game in Pittsburgh. He stayed at the team hotel because of what the team said were strong headaches. Manager Clint Hurdle did not elaborate on the severity or impetus for the illness or speculate when Helton would be able to return to the lineup. ... Hurdle said there is a chance that RHP Ubaldo Jimenez - recalled from Triple-A on Tuesday - will only be with the Rockies for a few days. He was brought up as a long-inning man as insurance in case a starter has to leave a game early. ... Hurdle was still upset with Monday night's official scorer, Tony Krizmanich, after a sharply hit ball to Helton was scored an error. Hurdle, who was also upset with at least two other scoring decisions Monday, attempted to contact Krizmanich through a team official Monday night but the scorer declined to speak to Hurdle. ``I never had that happen before,'' said Hurdle, who sent video of the plays to the league office for review in hopes of changing the scoring on the plays.
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Cardinals-Marlins
ST. LOUIS: RHP Chris Carpenter met with doctors Tuesday to discuss recurrent elbow pain, Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. The 2005 NL Cy Young award winner has pitched only one game this season, throwing six innings and giving up five runs and nine hits in a loss. La Russa did not provide any more details on Carpenter's status. ``When I know, you'll know,'' La Russa said. ... CF Jim Edmonds' return to the active roster is nearing. La Russa said Edmonds informed him that he feels ready to play after sitting out since June 16 due to back trouble. Edmonds also passed a team conditioning test Tuesday.
with four home runs in 53 at-bats this season.
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Giants-Cubs
SAN FRANCISCO: CF Dave Roberts entered the night trying for a career-high 11-game hitting streak. He also went 10 straight games with a hit from May 1-12, 2006, while with the San Diego Padres. ... Slugger Barry Bonds didn't start for the second straight night to rest his sore legs. He also didn't start June 5-6 at Arizona but was a pinch-hitter in one of those games. He hadn't missed two entire games back-to-back this year. Manager Bruce Bochy said his star player might miss Wednesday afternoon's contest as well. ... The Giants are facing three lefty starters in the four-game series with the Cubs.
-the-order right-handed punch against a left-handed pitcher, Barry Zito. The Cubs entered play Tuesday with a 9-14 record against southpaw starters. Soriano has batted leadoff 76 times. ... The Cubs started the season 2-12 in one-run games. Since June 7, they are 10-3.
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Diamondbacks-Brewers
ARIZONA: OF Jeff DaVanon was in the leadoff spot Tuesday night, marking his first appearance of the 2007 season. He was activated from the disabled list after Monday night's contest. DaVanon had been out since injuring his ankle last August. ... LHP Doug Davis will start against his former team on Wednesday night. Davis, along with LHP Dana Eveland and OF Dave Krynzel, was traded by Milwaukee to Arizona last winter in exchange for C Johnny Estrada, RHP Claudio Vargas and RHP Greg Aquino. Davis was 11-11 with a 4.91 ERA in 34 starts with the Brewers last year and set a team record with 208 strikeouts in 2005.
arter Chris Capuano is 0-6 with a 7.74 ERA in his last nine starts, and is 0-1 with a 10.03 ERA in two starts since coming off the disabled list June 30.
 

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