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Friday, 27 July 2007 15:39
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 AMERICAN LEAGUE
Twins-Indians
ile Punto was 5-for-18 (.278).
CLEVELAND: LHP C.C. Sabathia was the first to greet Kenny Lofton when the outfielder arrived in Cleveland's clubhouse to begin his third stint with the Indians. Sabathia was thrilled to have Lofton back. ``He's exactly the same,'' Sabathia said. ``He plays the game hard. He steals a lot of bags, takes a lot of pitches. He's the same Kenny.'' Sabathia was a rookie the last time Lofton was with Cleveland. Now, he's one of just two players - Jake Westbrook is the other - still with the Indians, whose roster has undergone massive changes since 2001. The Indians haven't been to the playoffs since Lofton left, and Sabathia is hoping the five-time All-Star can help get them back. ``He's been there more than a few times,'' Sabathia said. ``He can teach us a few things about how to finish off.'' ... 1B Ryan Garko entered the weekend with the highest batting average in majors since the All-Star break. He's batting .463 (19-for-41).
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Yankees-Orioles
gawa, who was 2-3 with a 6.79 ERA in 12 games, took the loss Thursday at Kansas City, allowing seven hits and five runs in 5 2-3 innings.
BALTIMORE: The Orioles activated SS Miguel Tejada from the disabled list and optioned OF Jon Knott to Triple-A Norfolk. Tejada, who broke a bone near his left wrist on June 20, was originally not expected to return until next month. ... With Tejada back, the Orioles have three backup infielders: Chris Gomez, Brandon Fahey and rookie Luis Hernandez, who took a .321 batting average into Friday. ``To be honest with you, and I don't say this very often, I think Hernandez earned the opportunity to be here,'' interim manager Dave Trembley said.
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Red Sox-Devil Rays
BOSTON: RHP Matt Clement (right shoulder surgery) has joined the team for the weekend series at Tampa Bay and will throw a bullpen session. He has been working out at the Red Sox spring training complex in Fort Myers, Fla. ... RHP Brendan Donnelley (strained right forearm) threw at 110-feet before the game. ... LHP John Lester, who allowed two runs over six innings to beat Cleveland on Monday in his first start since undergoing treatment for lymphoma, will make his second start Saturday against the Devil Rays. When asked what he wanted from Lester, manager Terry Francona smiled and said, ``Complete game shutout.'' ... 2B Dustin Pedroia was rested.
TAMPA BAY: CF B.J. Upton, who left Thursday's game with leg and lower back cramping, was in the starting lineup. ``I talked to him and he felt good,'' manager Joe Maddon said. ``I'm anticipating full-speed ahead.'' ... LHP Casey Fossum rejoined the team after leaving earlier this week to be with his wife for the birth of the couple's third child. Andrew Casey Fossum was born on Tuesday.
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Rangers-Royals
TEXAS: Rangers manager Ron Washington said he would platoon Frank Catalanotto and Brad Wilkerson in left field, although both are left-handed hitters. He said Wilkerson would start against left-handed pitchers. ... Minor league C Max Ramirez, who was acquired for Kenny Lofton, went 1-for-3 with a double and scored a run in the All-Star Futures Game earlier this month. His .418 on-base percentage ranked second in the Carolina League before the trade. ... The Rangers have been outscored 71-40 in the first inning. ... Texas entered Friday night with a 3.60 ERA in July, which tied Boston for the best ERA in the month.
third time since his June 13 injury.
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Blue Jays-White Sox
TORONTO: During Toronto's five-game winning streak, their starting pitchers won each game. It was the first time Toronto starters won five straight decisions since June 8-13 2003. ... C Gregg Zaun caught 37 straight scoreless innings before the Twins scored a run in the fourth inning on Wednesday. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it's the longest streak in club history and longest since C Javy Lopez caught 42 scoreless innings for the Braves in 1998. ... Since the All-Star break, OF Alex Rios has hit .386 in 13 games. ... DH Frank Thomas makes his first return to Chicago since hitting his 500th home run. He played 16 seasons with the White Sox before parting ways after the 2005 season as a free agent. Thomas is hitting .255 on the season with 16 home runs. He was honored on the jumbotron for his achievement before the bottom of the first inning. He acknowledged the fans by tipping his hat.
ld championship season. ``I will definitely be a lot more comfortable with Aaron Rowand there, who I played a full season with. As well as Ryan Howard, who I got to play with during the Japan Series. So yes, it is very comforting to know that I know a couple of people there,'' said Iguchi through a translator. ... Iguchi will be a free agent after the season and he didn't rule out a return to the White Sox. ``There is a lot of things going through my head right now, I'm always opened to all angles, obviously I'm going to leave my family here for the last two months of the season. I'm always opened minded,'' Iguchi said. ... Iguchi will be back in Chicago on Monday when the Phillies begin a four-game series against the Cubs. ... White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen gave 1B Paul Konerko the night off.
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Tigers-Angels
t feeling before, and I want it at least once or twice more. That's why I go out and do it.''
LOS ANGELES: Kelvim Escobar and John Lackey both are being given an extra day's rest before their next start. RHP Dustin Moseley will make his fifth big league start and third this season on Sunday in place of the injured Bartolo Colon. Moseley started two games in April, allowing a run and five hits in each game. He pitched six innings in a 5-2 victory against Oakland, then went five innings in a no-decision against Cleveland. ``Dustin has the versatility to step out of the pen and start, and he did a terrific job for us starting earlier this season,'' manager Mike Scioscia said. ``It's a concern, to take a guy from 50 pitches to 100. But if he's pitch-efficient, he have enough of a pitch count to get deep enough into a game, for what our needs are.''
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NATIONAL LEAGUE
Pirates-Phillies
PITTSBURGH: The Pirates gave up two runs in the first inning and have allowed eight first-inning runs in the last four games. ... The Pirates faced a left-handed starter for the third straight game. ... Pittsburgh is playing the Phillies for the first time since last July and has a winning record against Philadelphia since 2003.
PHILADELPHIA: It was a busy day on the transaction wire for the Phillies. All-Star 2B Chase Utley underwent surgery to have a pin placed in his broken right hand and was placed on the 15-day disabled list. Utley was struck by a pitch from Washington's John Lannan in the fifth inning of the pitcher's major league debut on Thursday. ... CF Aaron Rowand was not in the starting lineup against the Pirates. Rowand said he ``tweaked'' his left shoulder while playing tag with neighborhood kids after Thursday's game, and was day to day. ... RHP Brett Myers was activated from the disabled list and was ready to pitch for the first time since late May. ... They also acquired 2B Tadahito Iguchi from the Chicago White Sox for minor league pitcher Michael Dubee. ... The Phillies also purchased the contract of utility player Joe Thurston from Triple-A Ottawa. To make room on the 40-man roster, INF Danny Sandoval was designated for assignment. LHP Mike Zagurski was optioned to Ottawa.
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Nationals-Mets
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NEW YORK: Through 49 home games, Mets are averaging 45,228 fans, third in the majors behind the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers. Mets attendance for the season was at 2,216,150 before Friday, an increase of 215,770 over last year. ... Former Met 2B Tim Teufel, manager of the Savannah Sand Gnats, has been picked as a coach for the Scottsdale Scorpions of the Arizona Fall League. ...Saturday's day-night doubleheader will be just the second in Shea Stadium history. The only other one was May 11, 1972, against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Tom Seaver won his 100th game in the first game that day.
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Cubs-Reds
CHICAGO: The Cubs optioned RHP Billy Petrick and C-IF Jake Fox to Triple-A Iowa on Friday and recalled OF Matt Murton and RHP Rocky Cherry from Iowa. Cherry is in his third stint with the Cubs this season and Murton is in his second. ``It seems like I'm shaking hands with these guys three or four times this season,'' manager Lou Piniella joked. ... Going into Friday's game, Cubs' batters were just a combined 2-for-20 (.100) in their last six games. Despite being shut out in those innings, Chicago still had scored a total of 73 runs in first innings this season, more than in any other inning. ... At 53-47, the Cubs were 14 games better through their first 100 games of this season than last year's 39-61.
CINCINNATI: The Reds sent RHP Kirk Saarloos outright to Triple-A Louisville on Friday and recalled RHP Victor Santos. Saarloos was 1-4 with an 8.19 ERA in 29 games - including two starts - in two stints with Cincinnati this season. The last 10 batters he'd faced this season all reached base. ``We'd like to see him get back to throwing that sinker effectively,'' manager Pete Mackanin said. ... C David Ross returned to the starting lineup Friday after leaving Wednesday's game with a dislocated right pinky finger. ... RHP Matt Belisle will make his next scheduled start Sunday. Belisle hasn't won in nine starts since May 29, but Mackanin said the rotation won't change for a while, unless a July 31 deadline deal forces a move.
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Padres-Astros
``He's probably not ready to pick up a ball yet,'' Black said. ``This is an injury that takes time to heal. He feels better today than yesterday. He's gaining on it. We're just not sure how long it will be.'' The team intends to bring up a pitcher from the minors to take Young's start on Sunday.
HOUSTON: Lance Berkman, who entered Friday's game hitting .260, has gone 9-for-31 (.290) over the last nine games. ``I'm seeing the ball better and making consistently better contact,'' Berkman said. ``It's hard to explain. If I knew exactly what it was, I would have done it a long time ago.'' Jason Lane hit .165 when he was with the Astros, playing intermittently during the first two months of the season. He went down to Triple-A and hit .308 playing every day in Round Rock. He returned to the Astros this week to fill in for injured CF Hunter Pence and started off 2-for-7 with three walks in his first three games. ``I think any player is better off playing every day,'' manager Phil Garner said. ``It makes a difference knowing you're not going to be sitting down a lot of the time. We know Jason can play defense. I've always thought he was one of our better overall defensive players.''
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Brewers-Cardinals
MILWAUKEE: RHP Scott Linebrink arrived at Busch Stadium in plenty of time after making a stop in Houston to spend with his wife, who is scheduled have labor induced on Monday. It will be the couple's first child. ``It's a tad bit more important than a game,'' manager Ned Yost said. ... RHP Grant Balfour, 0-2 with a 20.25 ERA in three games, was designated for assignment to make room for Linebrink on the roster. ... RHP Manny Parra was to make his first career start on Saturday in the first game of a day-night doubleheader. He's made two relief appearances since being recalled from Triple-A Nashville on July 16 after starting the year at Double-A Huntsville. ... Rookie Ryan Braun was batting .352 with 17 homers and 45 RBIs in only 54 games. ``The stats don't lie,'' Yost said. ``He's an extremely talented offensive player that has the utmost confidence.''
ST. LOUIS: The Cardinals dedicated the Busch Stadium press box to Hall of Fame sports writers Rick Hummel and the late Bob Broeg, both of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The announcement was made in Cooperstown, N.Y., where Hummel will be honored Sunday as the 57th recipient of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing. ... RHP Anthony Reyes, who has lost 12 straight decisions since last September and is 0-10 this year, was to be recalled from Triple-A Memphis to start the second game of Saturday's day-night doubleheader. ... Scott Spiezio (infected finger) is likely to be activated from the DL on Sunday, the first day he can return. Spiezio has close to full range of motion with the finger.
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Dodgers-Rockies
LOS ANGELES: A day after RHP Derek Lowe left a game in the fifth inning because of an injury, the Dodger said it didn't appear to be serious. ``We're glad it wasn't a problem,'' manager Grady Little said. ``The MRI showed it was an irritated hip and not a groin injury.'' ... RHP Brad Penny, injured Thursday while beating out an infield single, had a cramp and still felt sore. ... C Russell Martin was given a rest from the starting lineup Friday and is to be off from the lineup Monday. ... Little hasn't decided on whether LHP Randy Wolf (sore left shoulder) will need another rehab start.
COLORADO: RHP Rodrigo Lopez's pitching arm remained sore a day after he was taken out of a game because of arm. Lopez was removed in the seventh inning on Thursday night after striking out Matt Kemp. ``The soreness is centralized in the forearm,'' manager Clint Hurdle said. ``We'll know more tomorrow. We're leaning toward (Lopez missing his next start).'' ... LHP Brian Fuentes threw again Friday. He's on the DL due to a mild back strain. ``It all went well,'' Hurdle said. ``We'll try it again tomorrow.'' ... RHP Jason Hirsh was to make a rehab start for Triple-A Colorado Springs on Saturday. He's been on the DL since July 3 with a sprained right ankle.
 

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