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Tuesday, 31 July 2007 15:29
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 AMERICAN LEAGUE
Orioles-Red Sox
BALTIMORE: 2B Brian Roberts homered on the first pitch of the game. The looping fly to right landed on the top of the wall behind Pesky's Pole, about 325 feet from home plate, and bounced into the seats. It was Roberts' ninth homer of the season and his third in the last five games. ... The Orioles announced that manager Dave Trembley will remove the interim tag from his title and finish the season.
BOSTON: RHP Mike Timlin (achy shoulder) threw 24 pitches on the side before the game and would be available Wednesday if needed. ... DH David Ortiz hit a two-run homer in the third inning - his first home run against a lefty this season. ... Boston acquired RHP Eric Gagne from the Texas Rangers for LHP Kason Gabbard and minor-league outfielders David Murphy and Engel Beltre. .. RHP Brendan Donnelly will have season-ending elbow surgery.
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Rangers-Indians
TEXAS: Manager Ron Washington eagerly welcomed back 2B Ian Kinsler, who missed 26 games with a broken left foot. ``He went on his rehab assignment with a vengeance,'' Washington said of the 25-year-old, who batted .385 (5-for-13) with three RBIs and two steals in three games at Triple-A Oklahoma. ``He told me he didn't want to be there. That's what you want to hear. He went there and played hard.'' ... RHPs Frank Francisco and Joaquin Benoit along with LHP C.J. Wilson will share the closer's role vacated by the trade of RHP Eric Gagne to Boston. ``I expect someone to step up and earn (the spot),'' Washington said. ... Brad Wilkerson started at 1B Tuesday, but Washington said Adam Melhuse and newly acquired Jarrod Saltalamacchia would see action there after the trade that sent Mark Teixeira to Atlanta. ... INF Desi Relaford was designated for assignment after batting .115 (3-for-26) in 14 games.
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White Sox-Yankees
CHICAGO: The White Sox traded OF-INF Rob Mackowiak to San Diego for minor league RHP Jon Link, but were mostly quiet on deadline day. ``We were not going to try to make up deals or change the face of the club for change's sake,'' general manager Kenny Williams said. ``It had to make sense both the short term and the long term. That didn't come about.'' ... OF Darin Erstad (sprained left ankle) was activated from the 15-day DL and took Mackowiak's roster spot. He batted .128 (6-for-47) in a 12-game rehab stint with Triple-A Charlotte.
NEW YORK: The Yankees traded reliever Scott Proctor to the Los Angeles Dodgers for INF Wilson Betemit. ... New York will activate another reliever on Wednesday. Jeff Karstens and Edwar Ramirez are among the candidates. Hard-throwing prospect Joba Chamberlain is not in the mix but could be promoted soon. ... RHP Phil Hughes will be activated in time to start Saturday's game against the Kansas City Royals. ... RHP Mariano Rivera on Boston's acquisition of Eric Gagne: ``I don't care, do not. (If) they got him, they got him.''
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Blue Jays-Devil Rays
TORONTO: The Blue Jays didn't make any last-minute deals before Tuesday's non-waiver deadline ... DH Frank Thomas and LF Reed Johnson were rested and out of the starting lineup. C Curtis Thigpen got first start at DH. ... RHP A.J. Burnett (right shoulder) is scheduled to make a rehab start Wednesday for the Gulf Coast League Blue Jays. However, with the forecast calling for rain, Burnett might pitch in a simulated game at Tropicana Field instead.
TAMPA BAY: RHP Wade Townsend, the Devil Rays' first round pick in the 2005 draft, has experienced some elbow discomfort at Class A Columbus. Executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said the problem is not considered serious and that the organization is taking extra precautions with Townsend, who missed all of last season after undergoing right elbow ligament surgery. Townsend could resume pitching shortly.... Manager Joe Maddon is hopeful that RHP Dan Wheeler, acquired from Houston Saturday, will become the eighth-inning setup man and fill in for Al Reyes when the closer is not available.
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Royals-Twins
was mentioned in some trade talks, but he didn't think he was going anywhere. ``It's out of your control,'' he said. ``It's not really something I worry about.''
MINNESOTA: Alexi Casilla was in the lineup at 2B, the day after Luis Castillo was traded to the Mets. The speedy 23-year-old is still raw and prone to erratic play in both the field and on the bases, but the Twins are confident he's improved over the past months in the minors. ``He's still going to have some snafus where he might get picked off at second base or something, but he's gotten better at all that,'' manager Ron Gardenhire said. ... Nick Punto will also play at 2B, as Brian Buscher and Jeff Cirillo get more time at 3B. ... Buscher is ``pretty basic'' in the field, and the Twins would like to ``get a little hot dog'' out of him, Gardenhire said of the team's attempt to work with him on his defense. ``We like consistency, but we also like to see a little leather and flash here and there.''
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NATIONAL LEAGUE
Rockies-Marlins
n July, got the day off.
FLORIDA: RHP Josh Johnson's exam in Birmingham, Ala., by specialist Dr. James Andrews has been scheduled for Thursday. The Marlins fear Johnson's stiff elbow will require surgery that would sideline him through at least part of the 2008 season. ... 1B Mike Jacobs' wife had twin girls five weeks prematurely Sunday. Each weighed less than 4 pounds, and are in newborn intensive care, and their mother came out of intensive care Tuesday, Jacobs said.
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Cardinals-Pirates
ST. LOUIS: RHP Joel Pineiro, acquired Tuesday from the Boston organization after being demoted to the minors last week, figures to start for the Cardinals on Saturday at Washington. ... Cardinals GM Walt Jocketty accompanied the team on the road trip to Pittsburgh. ... Braden Looper, who starts Wednesday, is 2-0 with an 0.69 ERA in two starts against Pittsburgh this season. He is 1-1 with a 1.10 ERA in nine appearances in PNC Park. Looper has a 1.38 ERA in his eight wins this season and a 10.12 ERA in his eight losses. ... Anthony Reyes (1-10, 6.11 ERA) will start on Thursday in Pittsburgh.
ck Tanner said Tuesday, ``He drove in as many big runs as anyone on that team.'' ... The Pirates talked to the Tigers about possibly dealing SS Jack Wilson at the deadline, but no deal could be worked out. One obstacle is the $14 million-plus Wilson is owed over the next two seasons. ... Newly acquired RHP Matt Morris welcomes working with the Pirates' younger pitchers, one of the reasons cited by Pittsburgh GM Dave Littlefield for acquiring him. Morris said, ``I'm definitely comfortable with talking with guys, and some of mentors I had like Darryl Kile and Todd Stottlemyre have been tremendous in my career to learn from while I'm sitting on the bench. ... Morris on Barry Bonds' pursuit of Hank Aaron's home run record: ``It's been a media circus, and the anticipation of waiting on him to hit it has not been fun.''
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Reds-Nationals
lso recalled RHP Elizardo Ramirez and INF Mark Bellhorn from Triple-A Louisville, put INF Juan Castro (elbow) on the 15-day DL (retroactive to July 29), and sent C Chad Moeller to Louisville.
WASHINGTON: LHP Micah Bowie, on the 15-day DL retroactive to June 28 because of a hip injury, made a rehab appearance Tuesday for the Nationals' Gulf Coast League rookie team. He went three shutout innings, allowing two hits and striking out three. He threw 29 pitches, 22 for strikes. ... RHP Shawn Hill said he felt good Tuesday, a day after pitching three shutout innings at Single-A Potomac. Hill went on the DL in May because of left shoulder and right elbow problems. Manager Manny Acta saw the rehab appearance and called it an ``encouraging outing. ... His velocity was there.''
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Astros-Braves
HOUSTON: The Astros are concerned about a drop in the velocity of RHP Jason Jennings' pitches. The location of the pitches also are a concern. Jennings gave up 11 runs in two-thirds of an inning in an 18-11 loss to San Diego on Sunday. ``He says he's fine,'' said manager Phil Garner. ``It's a mystery. He's a control pitcher that's missed his spots.'' Jennings is scheduled to start in Saturday's game at Florida.
ATLANTA: The Braves called up C Corky Miller from Double-A Mississippi after C Jarrod Saltalamacchia was included in the trade with Texas for 1B Mark Teixeira. The choice for a new backup catcher might have been Brayan Pena at Triple-A Richmond, but manager Bobby Cox said Pena has been playing first base and left field. Miller was in uniform for the game. ... RHP Chad Paronto was optioned to Richmond before the game.
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Mets-Brewers
NEW YORK: 2B Luis Castillo, acquired from the Minnesota Twins on Sunday for two minor-leaguers, catcher Drew Butera and outfielder Dustin Martin, made his debut for the Mets. ``I'm happy to be here,'' he said. ``I'm going to be ready to play the game and play hard.'' ... Carlos Beltran was placed on the 15-day disabled list before Tuesday's game. The All-Star outfielder was scratched from last Wednesday's night's 6-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates after straining his left abdominal muscle during batting practice. He missed six games before going on the DL, and the move was retroactive to July 25. ... C Paul Lo Duca was out because of the strained right hamstring that forced him to leave during the Mets' 6-5 loss to the Washington Nationals on Saturday night. He wanted to play, especially with Mets pitcher Tom Glavine going for his 300th career victory, but Mets manager Willie Randolph said it didn't make sense to rush Lo Duca back into the lineup.
MILWAUKEE: The Brewers, who lost out when reliever Eric Gagne went to Boston, didn't make any trades before the deadline. ``You want to try to find ways to improve your club a little bit, but not at the sake of giving away some of our really special young prospects,'' manager Ned Yost said. ``I think we're fine. I like our team.'' ... RHP Scott Linebrink, acquired from San Diego last Wednesday for three minor-league pitchers, returned to his home in Austin, TX following Sunday's game to be his wife, Kelly, for the birth of their first child. Ellie Jane, a daughter, was delivered by an unplanned cesarean section. Yost said that Linebrink probably would not return until Friday. The team was looking into administrative relief for a roster move, but doubted that major league baseball would honor the request.
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Phillies-Cubs
from first-place Atlanta, manager Charlie Manuel knows his team can't afford another injury. ``I was looking at the (dugout) steps,'' he said. ``I was scared someone was going to go up those steps or go down them and get hurt.''
CHICAGO: General manager Jim Hendry didn't make a move at the non-waiver trade deadline, but will continue to look for options in the next month. ``A lot of that depends on how we're doing over the next two to four weeks, who stays healthy, and when is 1B Daryl Ward coming back, how (Kerry) well Wood pitches, things like that,'' said Hendry. ... If Wood performs well in a two-inning rehab appearance for Double-A Tennessee on Tuesday, he will likely be activated off the disabled list on Thursday or Friday. Wood has not pitched this season for the Cubs, but Hendry is optimistic that Wood can return successfully. ``I don't think anybody in the clubhouse wants to see him come back more than him. I see a different bounce is his step. I feel real good about his chances,'' said Hendry. ... C Henry Blanco had a setback in his rehab assignment. He hurt his shoulder and the Cubs will make a decision if he will continue to rehab.
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