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Tuesday, 24 July 2007 15:35
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 AMERICAN LEAGUE
White Sox-Tigers
ood for him,'' manager Jim Leyland said.
CHICAGO: Manager Ozzie Guillen said there are no immediate trade plans for the White Sox. He met before the doubleheader with GM Kenny Williams. ``There's nothing there. Maybe what they offer Kenny is not enough for us, for those guys, I don't know, but we had a meeting this morning and there's nothing out there,'' Guillen said. ... OF Scott Podsednik is back from a second stint on the DL, and OF Darin Erstad is on a rehab assignment, but neither will likely dislodge rookie Jerry Owens, who's taken over in center and the leadoff spot. After struggling in his first stint this season, Owens is feeling more comfortable and using his speed in both the field and on the bases. He's pushed his average up to .246. ... Javier Vazquez wants to stay with the White Sox and after getting a three-year, $34.5 million contract extension in spring training, he's probably not going anywhere. But still this is the time for trade talk and Vazquez knows that. He's been traded three times already in his career and he's pitching his best right now with a 5-0 record in his last seven starts. ``For me a lot of years I've been hearing my name, especially around this time,'' Vazquez said. ``I don't give it any importance.''
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Mariners-Rangers
SEATTLE: Manager John McLaren can't explain the split personality of Horacio Ramirez, the left-hander who's 5-0 with a 2.27 ERA at home and 0-3 with a 15.22 ERA on the road. ``He seems more confident at home. I don't know whether it's the big ballpark, the cool air or the Seattle coffee,'' McLaren said. ``But we need to find out because we're going to need for him to pitch well on the road.'' ... After Ramirez lost Monday night, the Mariners started left-handers Ryan Feierabend and Jarrod Washburn in Tuesday's doubleheader. It's only the second time since July 1999 that the Mariners had left-handed starters in three consecutive games.
TEXAS: 2B Ian Kinsler, on the DL since July 2 with a stress fracture in his left foot, ran the bases Tuesday while still waiting for a special made set of cleats to begin defensive drills. Manager Ron Washington said Kinsler could rejoin the Rangers as early as Tuesday's game at Cleveland after a rehab assignment at Triple-A Oklahoma, where he could play four games Friday through Monday. ... 3B Hank Blalock still isn't making throws to first base. He's running, hitting and fielding grounders, but Blalock still doesn't have all the feeling back in his fingers to make accurate throws. He had surgery in mid-May to remove a rib that was affecting nerves.
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Red Sox-Indians
BOSTON: DH David Ortiz (strained left shoulder) is expected to in the lineup Wednesday night. ``David's doing real well,'' manager Terry Francona said. ``I will be surprised if he doesn't play.'' Ortiz took batting practice before Tuesday's game. ``I'm feeling better,'' he said. Ortiz was injured when he slid into second base Friday night while trying to stretch a hit into a double. ... With Ortiz out of the lineup, Manny Ramirez was used as the DH for the fourth straight game. ``I think it makes sense,'' Francona said. ``I think it will help us down the road. I think we have to take advantage of it the times when we can do it.'' ... CF Coco Crisp, who has a seven-game hitting streak, was moved into the fifth spot in the batting order Tuesday. ``With the way Coco's swinging the bat, I thought we'd hit him in the middle of the lineup,'' Francona said.
CLEVELAND: RHP Adam Miller, the top pitcher in the Indians' minor league system, will be shut down for the next 10-14 days with an elbow injury the club is hoping is nothing more than inflammation and soreness. An MRI taken Monday in Cleveland revealed swelling in Miller's elbow, an injury the team does not believe is related to the elbow ailment he suffered in 2005 and limited him to 15 starts that season. Miller missed about six weeks earlier this season with a strained ligament in the middle finger of his right hand, a setback that probably cost the 22-year-old a spot in Cleveland's rotation. ... LHP C.C. Sabathia, who turned 27 last Saturday, entered Tuesday's start with more wins (94) than any pitcher in the majors under 28. Chicago's Jon Garland, who will turn 29 on Sept. 2, is second with 89 wins.
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Devil Rays-Orioles
TAMPA BAY: RHP Juan Salas, suspended May 7 for 50 games for violating baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, rejoined the Devil Rays after being recalled from Triple-A Durham. Salas said he tested positive for a banned substance that was in something he drank while in the Dominican Republic before spring training. ``The thing I regret is that I wasn't able to help the team the two months I was out,'' Salas said through a translator, bullpen coach Bobby Ramos. ... C Josh Paul, on the 60-day DL since May 24 with a left elbow strain, began a rehabilitation assignment with Double-A Montgomery on Tuesday that will last through Thursday, manager Joe Maddon said. Paul could be activated Friday, Maddon added.
BALTIMORE: SS Miguel Tejada had the broken bone near his left wrist examined Tuesday and was cleared to participate in baseball activities. He hopes to play in two minor league games before being activated from the disabled list Friday. ... Closer Chris Ray was unavailable Tuesday night because of inflammation in his right elbow. He also has a bone spur there, making him a possible candidate for the DL. His condition will be assessed Wednesday.
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Twins-Blue Jays
MINNESOTA: Manager Ron Gardenhire said DH Rondell White and C Joe Mauer will likely get the day off when the Twins and Blue Jays end their three-game series Wednesday afternoon. C Mike Redmond, who has missed the past four games with a sore hand, is expected to start. ... LHP Dennys Reyes has not allowed an earned run in 17 appearances since coming off the disabled list June 14. Reyes missed 17 games because of inflammation in his left shoulder. ... Entering Tuesday, Twins batters had struck out 500 times this season, the second-lowest total in the major leagues. Seattle (477) has the fewest strikeouts.
TORONTO: With an off day Thursday, manager John Gibbons said he will give each of his starters an extra day of rest, meaning RHP Josh Towers will start the opener of a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox on Friday. ... RHP A.J. Burnett (sore shoulder) will throw a simulated game Friday. Burnett landed on the disabled list for the second time this season July 1. ... OF Alex Rios is batting .408 (20-for-49) since the All-Star break. ... Blue Jays batters have hit 14 home runs since the break, the second-highest total in the AL. New York (22) has the most.
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Yankees-Royals
without waivers. ... The Yankees are playing their fourth straight four-game series since the All-Star break. They won three games in each of the first three and took the first game of the series against Kansas City, 9-2 on Monday.
KANSAS CITY: The Royals activated RHP Scott Elarton from the 15-day disabled list to start Tuesday night's game. Elarton had missed 26 games with a sprained right foot. To make room on the roster, the Royals optioned right-handed reliever Ryan Braun to Triple-A Omaha. ... Before the game, Kansas City honored broadcaster Denny Matthews, who will be inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame this weekend as the 2007 winner of the Ford C. Frick Award. ... Tuesday was the 24th anniversary of the ``Pine Tar Game'' between the Royals and Yankees. The Royals handed out T-shirts bearing the name and number of Hall of Famer George Brett - and also bearing black, tar-like smears.
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Athletics-Angels
er team to play on for a future big leaguer,'' Weissmann said. ``This is a great experience for both of them, as high school kids, to be able to get on a major league field and taste that. Hopefully they'll enjoy it and figure out the way you get here is to sign a contract, start playing ball and work your way up here.''
LOS ANGELES: RHP Bartolo Colon, the 2005 AL Cy Young winner, went on the 15-day DL with a sore right elbow. He left Monday night's game after pitching the first inning against Oakland. He gave up four runs on four hits and one walk during his brief stint in the Angels' 12-6 loss. The 34-year-old Colon will undergo further tests to determine the cause of irritation in his elbow. ... The Angels optioned INF Kendry Morales to Triple-A Salt Lake and called up right-handed pitchers Greg Jones and Marcus Gwyn from Salt Lake.
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NATIONAL LEAGUE
Nationals-Phillies
'' ... The Nationals are over .500 since early May, off their opening-month mark that had them well on pace for one of the worst records in baseball history. ``Those predictions to me were kind of ridiculous,'' Acta said. ``If you do things right, you'll win your share of games.''
PHILADELPHIA: That wasn't dirt rubbed on Cole Hamels' face for a recent magazine photo shoot that made him look like a coal miner. Hamels said it was crushed Oreos. ... Manager Charlie Manuel said he hoped injured closer Brett Myers (shoulder) would return for this weekend's series against Pittsburgh. ... 1B Ryan Howard was the NL player of the week. ... RHP Jose Mesa needs two more appearances to become the 11th pitcher in baseball history to reach 1,000.
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Pirates-Mets
PITTSBURGH: OF Xavier Nady, traded from the Mets last season, received warm applause when he was announced in the starting lineup. He doubled in his first at-bat. ... SS Jack Wilson was back in the lineup, batting eighth, after he sat on Sunday so the newly acquired Cesar Izturis could make his first start with the Pirates. The deal has freed up the Pirates to trade Wilson, a former All-Star. ... OF Jason Bay hit a solo homer in the fourth inning, tying him for the team lead with Nady and 1B Adam LaRoche.
NEW YORK: OF Moises Alou's expected return from the disabled list was pushed back to the end of the week, after an MRI exam on Tuesday showed tendinitis in the outfielder's right shoulder. The 41-year-old Alou hurt himself Sunday taking a swing in a rehab game. ``Actually, I'm pleased with the results. It could have been worse,'' Alou said. ``I'm feeling a lot better today.'' ... New York Islanders goalie and general manager Rick DiPietro took batting practice with the Mets before Tuesday's game. He was asked what would happen if Mets starter Tom Glavine, a draft pick of the Los Angeles Kings, were to shoot on him. ``During the offseason? He'd probably score a couple on me,'' DiPietro said. ... The Mets agreed to terms with their first pick in June's draft, right-hander Eddie Kunz. He agreed to a minor league contract with a $720,000 signing bonus.
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Brewers-Reds
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CINCINNATI: OF Josh Hamilton is to have his sprained right wrist examined Thursday or Friday. Hamilton, who hurt the wrist while swinging, has been on the DL since July 12. ``It's OK,'' Hamilton said. ``It doesn't hurt. That's a good sign.'' ... RF Ken Griffey Jr. made an over-the-shoulder catch of Damian Miller's fly to the wall in the second inning. In the third, he made a diving catch of Craig Counsell's sinking liner and doubled Rickie Weeks off first base. ... SS Alex Gonzalez, who went on the bereavement list July 14 and was moved to the restricted list on Saturday, worked out at the ballpark. ``He's not ready to play,'' interim manager Pete Mackanin said. ``Were in a holding pattern. His wife's still in the hospital, but he might be ready to go on Friday. Everything's up in the air.''
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Dodgers-Astros
he season. ``He's scuffling but even guys hitting .300 go through that,'' Little said. ``He could get three tonight and be all right. He's feeling good and he's still playing good behind the plate.'' Dodgers reliever Jonathan Broxton hasn't allowed a home run in one year, since the Padres' Mike Cameron hit one July 24. ``I wish you hadn't told me that,'' Little said with a laugh. ``But with his kind of stuff, you can see how that might happen.''
HOUSTON: CF Hunter Pence, placed on the DL Monday with a broken wrist, was in the clubhouse before the game. Pence wore a Velcro-type brace on the wrist, which he hurt while sliding into second Sunday against Pittsburgh. He's expected to be out 4-to-6 weeks. ``It feels better today,'' Pence said. ``It's frustrating but there's nothing I can do. I'll just deal with it and do everything I can to get back as soon as I can.'' Pence has injured both wrists in the past sliding into bases. ``I just need to make an adjustment. I need to work on it,'' he said. Jason Lane, just up from Triple A Round Rock to replace Pence, started Tuesday in center field. Manager Phil Garner says several players will vie for playing time in that spot including Eric Bruntlett, Lane, Chris Burke and Luke Scott ``in that order.''
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Cubs-Cardinals
CHICAGO: 1B Derrek Lee returned to the lineup after serving a five-game suspension for his role in a June 16 brawl with the San Diego Padres. Lee dropped his appeal, in part, because of a sore left ankle after fouling a pitch off it last Tuesday. The Cubs were 3-2 without Lee and manager Lou Piniella said ``we were fortunate. You lose your big bats like that, you start missing them.'' The Cubs' No. 3 hitters were 5-for-14 with four walks and scored five runs while Lee was out. ... GM Jim Hendry is accompanying the team on a six-game trip with the team surging and the trade deadline nearing. ``We've gotten ourselves in a good position,'' Piniella said.
ST. LOUIS: The Cardinals began a stretch of seven games in six days against the two teams they're chasing in the NL Central, starting with a three-game series against the Cubs followed by four games in three days against the Brewers. ``Whoever we're playing, we can't afford to have a bad week,'' manager Tony La Russa said. ... RHP Anthony Reyes, 0-10 this year and with 12 straight losses dating to last September, is likely to be recalled from Triple-A Memphis to pitch one game of a double-header against Milwaukee on Saturday. Reyes could stay, given the team's dire shortage of starters, if he fares well. ``I think he's the guy that makes the most sense,'' La Russa said. ... La Russa loaded his lineup with left-handed hitters against Carlos Zambrano, resulting with a day off for SS David Eckstein but said Eckstein would start the next two days.
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Padres-Rockies
SAN DIEGO: C Michael Barrett is appealing the one-game suspension and fine he received Tuesday. Barrett and manager Bud Black were ejected in the fifth inning of Sunday's game with the Phillies after Barrett argued with home plate umpire Chris Guccione on a called third strike. ... Black and RHP Scott Linebrink had a meeting a day after Linebrink surrendered a game-tying three-run homer to Matt Holliday. ``Maybe it is time for him to step back,'' Black said. ``I've decided that he would no longer be used exclusively in the eighth inning.''
COLORADO: RHP Jason Hirsh (right ankle) said he felt fine after a 66-pitch rehab start at Triple-A Colorado Springs. ``I didn't feel like I was impeded, minimal soreness, I got after it like I normally would,'' said Hirsh, who gave up two runs on six hits in five innings. Manager Clint Hurdle said the next step is an 85-pitch rehab start at Colorado Springs on Saturday. ... SS Troy Tulowitzki was a scratch because of an undisclosed illness. Jamey Carroll started in his place.
 

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