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Monday, 13 August 2007 15:19
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 AMERICAN LEAGUE
Devil Rays-Red Sox
TAMPA BAY: RHP James Shields was hit in the back of his right shoulder by a Julio Lugo liner to lead off the first inning. Shields remained in the game. ... OF Carl Crawford's next triple will give him 60 over a four-year span. Stan Musial and Lance Johnson are the only other players in the last 75 years to accomplish that. ... Neither team took batting practice because of pregame showers.
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Athletics-Tigers
OAKLAND: LHP Dallas Braden (1-7) was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento and LHP Dan Meyer was recalled Monday. Meyer missed most of last season because of shoulder tendinitis. ``His strikeouts are going up, his fastball is in the 90's again,'' manager Bob Geren said. ... CF Nick Swisher (hamstring) was not in the lineup after leaving Sunday's game, but was available to play in an emergency. ... RHP Estaban Loaiza was scheduled to throw on the side on Monday. He has been on the DL since March because of spasms in his right trapezius.
DETROIT: RHP Jair Jurrjens is scheduled to make his major league debut Wednesday at Cleveland, where he will take LHP Kenny Rogers' place in the rotation. ``Don't ask me what's going to happen after that because I don't have a clue,'' manager Jim Leyland said, adding he would rather keep 13 pitchers than 11. Rogers (elbow) played catch Monday, and hopes to come off the DL by the end of the week. ... RHP Justin Verlander was feeling ill Monday. ``He's got a bad bug,'' Leyland said. ... Leyland downplayed the upcoming series on the road against the Indians and Yankees. ``At some point, they all get crucial - but we're not to that point yet,'' he said.
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Orioles-Yankees
BALTIMORE: OF Jay Gibbons (torn labrum) was placed on the 15-day DL on Monday and will have season-ending surgery on his injured left shoulder Tuesday. C-1B J.R. House was promoted from Triple-A Norfolk to take Gibbons' spot. ... Utility player Freddie Bynum was expected to work out with Double-A Bowie on Monday and Tuesday before possibly beginning another rehab assignment. Bynum is over the strained hamstring that put him on the DL, but received five stitches in his left hand after sliding into a base during a rehab assignment with Class-A Delmarva on Sunday. He could join the Orioles in Toronto later this week.
NEW YORK: C Jorge Posada was back in the lineup after missing three straight days because of a stiff neck. ... The Yankees honored 3B Alex Rodriguez in a pregame ceremony for becoming the 22nd member of the 500-homer club on Aug. 4 against the Kansas City Royals. ... CF Melky Cabrera made a tumbling catch to take a hit away from Tike Redman in the second inning.
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Blue Jays-Royals
going to do? He made two great plays.'' Said Blue Jays manager John Gibbons: ``You kidding me? What's the odds of that happening by the same guy on back-to-back nights. Hilly's not living right or something.'' ... The Blue Jays open a nine-game homestand on Tuesday. They are 28-12 at Rogers Centre with a 3.59 ERA and six shutouts since May 11.
KANSAS CITY: RF Mark Teahen's first inning home run was his first since May 29. ... DH Billy Butler made his second big league start at first base. Butler, who has started 40 games as the DH, was moved to first base this season. He was drafted as a third baseman and the Royals moved him to the outfield before switching him to first. ... LHP Jorge De La Rosa threw only fastballs and change ups in a bullpen session before the game. De La Rosa, who went on the disabled list Aug. 1 because of an elbow strain, will have at least one more bullpen before being sent out on a minor league rehab assignment. ... Manager Buddy Bell said RHP Brandon Duckworth, who is rehabbing in the minors, is a candidate to start Sept. 1 at Minnesota. The Royals have a day-night doubleheader on Aug. 31 against the Twins. Duckworth began the season as the No. 5 starter and made two starts.
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NATIONAL LEAGUE
Giants-Pirates
SAN FRANCISCO: LF Barry Bonds was asked to consider skipping Monday's makeup doubleheader in Pittsburgh and instead fly to Atlanta for a series that starts Tuesday. Bonds understood the PR mess that might cause in the city where he once played. Bonds said, ``They thought about sending some of us early. I said, `Don't send me, it will be a media frenzy. I'd be criticized all day, don't do that. I'll take the trip.''' ... When Bonds left Pittsburgh with 176 homers in 1992, he never guessed he might break Hank Aaron's home run record. Bonds said, ``No, never in my lifetime.'' ... During his brief time in Pittsburgh on Monday, Bonds mentioned how much of an influence minor league managers Ed Ott and Tommy Sandt were. Sandt later became a coach with Pittsburgh. When Bonds reported to Class A in 1986, he asked Ott how to get to the majors. Bonds said, ``He didn't say a word, he just went to my locker and grabbed my bat and glove. I said, `I can do that.' ``
1:35 p.m. Sunday night, about 17 hours before the twinbill. The doubleheader resulted from rainouts April 14-15 at PNC Park. ... The teams played even faster in the first game, 1 hour, 51 minutes - four minutes off the shortest game in the majors this season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
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