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Monday, 23 July 2007 15:06
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 AMERICAN LEAGUE
Red Sox-Indians
BOSTON: To make room for LHP Jon Lester, who made his first start for the Red Sox since beating cancer, the club designated RHP Joel Pineiro for assignment. Pineiro was 1-1 with a 5.03 ERA in 31 appearances. ``This doesn't mean the guy can't pitch,'' manager Terry Francona said. ``I would love to have 26 on the roster, but you can't.'' ... Former Indians OF Coco Crisp played his first game at Jacobs Field for the Red Sox. Traded to Boston before the 2006 season, Crisp was injured when the Red Sox played in Cleveland last year. He entered play Monday batting .384 (43-for-112) over his previous 30 games. Crisp declined an interview request before the game. ... The Red Sox play 15 of their next 18 and 25 of their next 35 games on the road. Boston had lost six straight road games entering the four-game series in Cleveland and had not won in an AL ballpark other than Fenway Park since June 7 in Oakland.
CLEVELAND: The Indians didn't take batting practice on the field after arriving home at 5 a.m. Monday from Texas, where they played on Sunday night. ... Manager Eric Wedge started C Kelly Shoppach in place of All-Star Victor Martinez. ``Victor needs a day off, Boston started a lefty, so we got Kelly in there and gave Victor a break,'' Wedge said. ... The Indians are in the midst of playing 17 straight days following the All-Star break. ``Victor can't play them all,'' Wedge said, adding that he is not looking forward to Cleveland's 23-day stretch without a break in August, either. ... LHP Aaron Fultz, sidelined since June 24 with a right ribcage strain, played catch on the sidelines before the game. ... Wedge denied reports that LHP Aaron Laffey would soon be called up from Triple-A Buffalo.
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Twins-Blue Jays
MINNESOTA: DH Rondell White played for the first time since going on the disabled list April 10 with a strained right calf. ... OF Torii Hunter started despite suffering from allergies. Hunter complained of watery eyes, a headache and nasal congestion. ... LHP Glen Perkins (strained left shoulder) flew to the Twins' complex in Fort Myers, Fla. Monday where he will begin a throwing program. Perkins, 0-0 with a 3.80 ERA in 12 games this season, was placed on the disabled list May 22.
TORONTO: C Curtis Thigpen made his first start since being recalled from Triple-A Syracuse on Saturday, while Matt Stairs started at first base in place of Lyle Overbay. ... DH Frank Thomas hot a two-run home run in the first inning of Monday's game and has 51 career homers against Minnesota. Rocky Colavito hit 52 career homers against the Twins, while Reggie Jackson and Mickey Mantle each hit 51. ... LHP Gustavo Chacin (sore shoulder) allowed three runs on five hits over three innings in his first rehab start with Triple-A Syracuse Monday. Chacin gave up a home run, walked none and struck out one. ... The Blue Jays held a moment of silence before Monday's game in honor of Tulsa Drillers coach Mike Coolbaugh, who died Sunday after being struck by a line drive. Coolbaugh, 35, was drafted by the Blue Jays in the 16th round in 1990.
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Yankees-Royals
of the eighth when the game was halted by rain on June 28. The scheduled game will follow.
KANSAS CITY: LHP Odalis Perez made his first AL start - and only the second start of his career - against the Yankees. His only previous start came with Atlanta on July 17, 1999. ... RHP Scott Elarton was scheduled to come off the DL to start Tuesday's game. Elarton has been sidelined since June 22 with a sprained right foot.
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Tigers-White Sox
DETROIT: RHP Virgil Vasquez will be called up after the first game and will start the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader, manager Jim Leyland announced. Leyland said a reliever would be sent down to make room for Vasquez, who made his major league debut on May 13 and pitched 2 2-3 innings while giving up six runs against the Twins. ...RHP Joel Zumaya (right middle finger strain) threw off a mound before Monday's game and reported no problems. ``I felt really good,'' he said. Manager Jim Leyland said he was told that Zumaya's right hand has 99 percent of the strength of his healthy left hand. ... RHP Fernando Rodney (right shoulder tendinitis) was scheduled to throw a bullpen session Tuesday and could start a rehab assignment soon. ``If it's as good as he was Sunday, he's going out,'' Leyland said.
CHICAGO: Manager Ozzie Guillen said the White Sox will activate OF Scott Podsednik (strained left ribcage) from the DL on Tuesday. Podsednik has only played 19 games this season. ... 3B Joe Crede was in the White Sox clubhouse before Monday's game. Crede is recovering from lower back surgery. ``I don't think they want (me) to come back this year. There is a chance of reinjuring or reherniating the disk is pretty high. We've just been doing a lot of minimal rotational stuff and just trying to take it easy. Everything feels great. I can definitely tell the difference already and the only thing right now there is a lot of stiffness right there,'' Crede said. ... Duane Shaffer, former senior director of amateur scouting, criticized GM Ken Williams on a Chicago radio show on Monday. Williams fired him in his 35th season with the White Sox on June 22. ``This won't be the first time someone rips me. I'm getting used it,'' said Williams. ... The White Sox planned to recall RHP Gavin Floyd to start in one of the games of a doubleheader against the Tigers on Tuesday. RHP Javier Vazquez was to start the other game.
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Mariners-Rangers
SEATTLE: The Mariners' 12 hits at Toronto over the weekend were the fewest they've had in a three-game series since April 2002 against the New York Yankees. They were shut out the last two games in Toronto, also marking the ninth time in team history they were held to three hits or less in consecutive games. ... LHP Jarrod Washburn (8-7), who starts the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader, has pitched at least six innings in 15 of his 19 starts. This is the first time since 2004 that he had eight wins before the All-Star break.
TEXAS: C Gerald Laird, who left Sunday night's game after being hit on the left hand by a pitch while batting, expects to play in the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader. Laird wasn't in the lineup Monday, but said he's just ``dealing with a bruise'' and waiting for the swelling to go down. ... Manager Ron Washington is no fan of doubleheaders. ``I hate them,'' he said emphatically Monday. ``I hated them, especially as a player. I could go 0-for-10.'' The Rangers play a doubleheader Tuesday, making up a game against Seattle that was rained out April 24. It will be the Rangers' second doubleheader of the season. They were swept by the Yankees on May 3, that also making up for a rained-out game.
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NATIONAL LEAGUE
Brewers-Reds
e debut on May 25, the fastest pace for a rookie in franchise history. ... The solo homer extended Braun's hitting streak to six games.
CINCINNATI: RHP Aaron Harang rejoined the team after spending the last three days in San Diego following his grandfather's death. The Reds reinstated Harang off the bereavement list so he could start against the Brewers, and sent reliever Ricky Stone outright to Triple-A Louisville. ... LHP Eddie Guardado threw 30 pitches in the bullpen. He'll throw batting practice Tuesday. ``We'll see from there,'' he said. ``Hopefully, I'm real close. I feel good.'' Guardado had reconstructive elbow surgery last September. He had to end a minor league rehab assignment last month because of stiffness in his left forearm. The former closer hopes to pitch in the majors this season.
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Dodgers-Astros
ntinues to do that, his day will come,'' Little said. ``Since he came back from a shoulder injury, he has been tearing the cover off the ball and we're fully aware of that.'' ... With his bullpen wracked by injuries, Little said Brett Tomko will be available to pitch in relief either Monday or Tuesday but not after that because he is scheduled to start Friday against Colorado.
sn't get better tomorrow, we'll see a doctor.''
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Padres-Rockies
SAN DIEGO: RHP Royce Ring was optioned to Triple-A Portland. ``As disappointed as he was to go down, I let him know that, hey, there's good opportunity, at some point you'll be back up,'' manager Bud Black said. ... LHP Justin Hampson, who is 2-2 with a 2.30 ERA in 16 relief appearances with San Diego this year, was recalled from Portland. ... The Padres don't expect the league to take any disciplinary action against Black, who bumped home plate umpire Chris Guccione and was later ejected for arguing a third strike call in the fifth inning of Sunday's game. ``The umpire said it was incidental,'' general manager Kevin Towers said.
COLORADO: LHP Brian Fuentes played catch before Monday's game. ``It's a step,'' manager Clint Hurdle said. ``It's a first step and we will move on from here.'' ... RHP Jason Hirsh made a 70-pitch rehab assignment start for Triple-A Colorado Springs. ... Hurdle had mixed feelings about the team's split of the recent 10-game road trip. ``We were a few pitches and hits from doing better,'' he said. ``When you don't hit everything else is magnified.'' ... The Rockies want RHP Ubaldo Jimenez to show one specific area of improvement in his start Tuesday. ``His command of his fastball has to be better.''
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Marlins-Diamondbacks
SS Hanley Ramirez, who separated his left shoulder Sunday against Cincinnati, was scratched from the lineup and remains day-to-day. Ramirez leads the NL with 132 hits. ... The Marlins have scored 23 runs from the seventh inning on over their last three games. ... Florida has homered in nine of its last 10 games and has 31 homers overall in July, tops in the majors. ... LHP Dontrelle Willis entered Monday's start against Arizona on a three-game losing streak against the Diamondbacks. Willis outpitched Randy Johnson in his first start against Arizona, a 3-1 win on July 30, 2003, but since has allowed 11 earned runs on 22 hits over 18 innings.
ARIZONA
RF Eric Byrnes has a stolen base in seven of his last eight games and ranks fifth in the NL with 26 on the season. ... The Diamondbacks, who entered Monday's game with consecutive wins, have not won three straight since sweeping Baltimore on June 15-17. ... Arizona has not won a season series against Florida since 2002 and is 9-17 against the Marlins over the past four years. ... Scott Hairston and Augie Ojeda, the Diamondbacks' seventh- and eighth-place hitters Monday night, entered the game hitless in their last 15 at-bats combined.
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