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Monday, 06 August 2007 16:49
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 AMERICAN LEAGUE
Yankees-Blue Jays
NEW YORK: DH Jason Giambi (left foot) wrapped up his minor league rehab stint Sunday and will join the Yankees in Toronto on Tuesday. It's not yet known when Giambi will be activated. ``I'll talk to him, see how comfortable he feels and go from there,'' manager Joe Torre said. ... RHP Jim Brower made his Yankees debut Monday, hours after his contract was purchased from Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre. Brower pitched to two batters, giving up a single and recording one out. He replaces LHP Mike Myers, who was designated for assignment. ... LHP Andy Pettitte made his 300th start as a Yankee on Monday and tied Waite Hoyt for eighth on the team's victory list (157).
. ... C Curtis Thigpen swiped second base in the sixth inning for his first major league steal.
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Devil Rays-Tigers
TAMPA BAY: 1B Carlos Pena, who played for the Tigers from 2002-2005, had trouble finding the field in his first game at Comerica Park as a visiting player. ``Oops,'' he said after turning the wrong way and ending up in the umpire's tunnel. ``I guess I'm not used to being on this side.'' ... CF Carl Crawford shared AL player of the week honors for the second time in three weeks after hitting .591 with six RBIs and eight runs in six games. ``He's playing at a very high level, and I expect him to stay that way,'' manager Joe Maddon said. ``He just has that look about him.''
DETROIT: DH Gary Sheffield (right shoulder) said he is more encouraged than worried about his injury, which kept him out of the lineup for the fourth straight game. Sheffield said he might be ready to play after another day or two of rest. ... C Ivan Rodriguez (ankle) was a late scratch. ... OF Marcus Thames (pulled hamstring) is scheduled to play Tuesday and Wednesday for Triple-A Toledo and if all goes well, he will be activated Thursday. He ran sprints and did agility drills on the field four-plus hours before Monday's game. ... LHP Andrew Miller said his hamstring ``doesn't feel bad at all.'' The rookie was put on the DL on Aug. 4.
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Indians-Twins
CLEVELAND: Manager Eric Wedge moved DH Travis Hafner into the cleanup spot, behind Victor Martinez. Hafner usually hits third. ``You want Haf in the middle of things,'' Wedge said. ... The Indians are sticking with Aaron Laffey in the rotation, for now. Laffey will start again on Thursday against the White Sox. ... Wedge on whether another pitcher will get to 300 wins, like Tom Glavine did on Sunday: ``I think it will be a long shot. Such longevity. You have to be a warrior and stay healthy for a long time to even have a chance to do that.''
MINNESOTA: CF Torii Hunter was in the lineup Monday after a scary fall Sunday during which he jammed his wrist. ``It's a little sore,'' Hunter said. ``But I thought it would be a lot worse.'' ... Nick Punto was playing SS to let starter Jason Bartlett recover after scraping up his face while sliding into second base on Saturday night. Bartlett also is 1-for-15 lifetime against Indians starter Paul Byrd. ... Manager Ron Gardenhire when asked if Glavine will be the last 300-game winner: ``No. I think there's going to be people to challenge that, just like every other record. We always thought there's no way you could get to Hank Aaron, and people are doing it.''
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Athletics-Rangers
OAKLAND: Blame a bad bed for SS Donnie Murphy sitting out the Athletics' 4-3 loss Sunday to the Angels with stiffness in his lower back. ``I moved into my apartment, got some rental furniture,'' he said. ``I think that maybe the bed they gave me kind of messed me up a little.'' Murphy felt a lot better Monday and was back in the lineup. ... 2B Mark Ellis set an Oakland club record Sunday when he played his 71st consecutive game without an error. Ellis, who set a major league record last season for the highest fielding percentage ever by a second baseman (.997), didn't even know about the milestone until he set it. ``Hopefully it doesn't jinx me,'' Ellis said. ``It's a pretty storied organization, so it's a cool record.''
TEXAS: For their first homestand after multiple trades, the Rangers clubhouse had a slightly different look. Newcomer 1B/C Jarrod Saltalamacchia found himself occupying the locker next to All-Star SS Michael Young. ``He's a good guy,'' the 22-year-old rookie said. ``It's definitely good to be around someone who can take care of me, kind of teach me a little about the game.'' ... Saltalamacchia changed his uniform number to 25 from 16 Monday, after OF Jerry Hairston switched from 25 to 3. Hairston, in the midst of an 8-for-66 (.121) slump over his last 23 games, hoped the new digit would help alter his luck. Manager Ron Washington also changed his number, from 37 to 38, which belonged to departed closer Eric Gagne.
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Red Sox-Angels
ity of a game up here,'' Francona said.
LOS ANGELES: INF Erick Aybar was activated from the DL after missing 28 games because of a hand injury that required surgery. RHP Marc Gwyn was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake. ... The Angels began a three-game series against the AL East-leading Red Sox, who outscored them 25-3 at Boston in April in a series that was shortened to three games because of a rainout. ... The Angels entered Monday needing two stolen bases for their seventh straight season of 100 or more. They have more steals than any AL team, and are attempting to join the White Sox and Brewers as the only franchises in history to lead their league in that category four years in a row.
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NATIONAL LEAGUE
Padres-Cardinals
SAN DIEGO: RHP Chris Young threw a side session for about 20 minutes. Barring a setback, he is scheduled to come off the DL on Thursday and start the finale of a four-game series in St. Louis. ``He extended himself and came out of it good,'' manager Bud Black said. ... C Michael Barrett was a lineup scratch a day after taking a foul tip off his facemask.
a different way,'' La Russa said. ``But I think it makes sense when you have a third-place hitter like Albert (Pujols), who becomes a fourth-place hitter when you turn the lineup around.'' ... CF Jim Edmonds says he wouldn't be opposed to a move to RF if asked. Edmonds, 37, has battled a pinched nerve in his lower back, an injury related to offseason surgery on his foot, but has looked better in the field in recent weeks.
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Cubs-Astros
tis. ``No more easing him in,'' Piniella said. ``We'll use Kerry as we need him. He'll probably pitch the sixth or seventh innings. That's a nice entering point for him.''
HOUSTON: Rookie CF Hunter Pence, placed on the DL on July 23 with a sprained right wrist, hit off a tee for the second straight day and reported only ``a little discomfort.'' Pence, a Rookie of the Year candidate, was leading the team with a .330 average when he got hurt. He feels ahead of the initial four-to-six weeks prognosis. ``I felt a lot better today than yesterday,'' he said. ``I was a little more fluid and had less pain.'' ... SS Adam Everett, out since June 15 with a fractured right fibula, has been doing some light workouts. ``Adam's a little better,'' manager Phil Garner said. ``He's just going to have to get through some of that pain.''
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Brewers-Rockies
fore July 15.
COLORADO: The numbers caught up with C Chris Iannetta, who was hitting .179 in 51 games with the Rockies before being optioned Monday. ``He did everything he could,'' manager Clint Hurdle said. ``It got to the point where when trying hard isn't enough.'' ... Hurdle likes Iannetta's replacement, Edwin Bellorin, who was hitting .326 at Triple-A Colorado Springs. ``He swings the bat well and has handled the staff there well,'' Hurdle said. ... LHP Brian Fuentes (strained left lateral) said his shoulder was fine a day after throwing 25 pitches in a bullpen session in Atlanta.
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Nationals-Giants
WASHINGTON: Manager Manny Acta wasn't worried about any of his pitchers dealing with long-term damage to their psyche should they give up Barry Bonds' record-breaking home run. ``I don't think that will hurt their development at all,'' Acta said. ``I don't see what the problem is with people having their name linked to history. He has to hit it off somebody. ... A lot of people are making it out to be like you're going to be deported from the country or something. I know a lot of them are saying that they don't want to be the guy to do it but someone has to.'' ... 3B Ryan Zimmerman shared NL player of the week honors with Arizona pitcher Brandon Webb after hitting .519 with two homers and 11 RBIs last week. ``He was as good as you can get in a week. A very nice honor,'' Acta said.
SAN FRANCISCO: The Giants recalled RHP Scott Atchison from Triple-A Fresno to add to their taxed bullpen and give them an extra arm heading into a tough stretch. San Francisco sent down OF Fred Lewis, who has lately been pinch running for Barry Bonds late in games and then taking over the slugger's spot in LF. ... RHP Russ Ortiz will start either Thursday or Friday, manager Bruce Bochy said. The Giants still weren't sure whether LHP Noah Lowry would need to miss his next start Friday after leaving Sunday's game at San Diego with tightness in his forearm. An MRI exam on Monday was negative.
 

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