|Notes from Thursday's games|
|Written by Admin|
|Thursday, 16 August 2007 16:31|
CHICAGO: C A.J. Pierzynski was charged with a passed ball in the ninth, his 11th of the season. ... White Sox general manager Ken Williams called for a closed door meeting before Thursday's game against Oakland. The theme of the meeting was patience at the plate. ... Chicago is 6-27 at Oakland since 2001. ... The bullpen's streak of 29 consecutive innings without an earned run ended when LHP Boone Logan gave up a solo home run to Shannon Stewart in the seventh. ... DH Jim Thome had an RBI-single in the sixth to snap his streak of eight games without an RBI, his longest drought since 2004. ... SS Juan Uribe singled in the seventh to extend his hitting streak to seven games. Uribe is batting .393 (11 for 28) in that span.
fewer than seven innings in nine of his last 10 starts. He lasted six innings and didn't get the decision in Thursday's win over Chicago. ... RHP Andrew Brown allowed a run in the seventh, snapping his scoreless streak at 15 innings. ... LHP Dan Meyer will make the first start of his major league career Friday against Kansas City. He will also be the 49th player the A's have used this season, matching a team record set in 1997.
DETROIT: SS Carlos Guillen hit his third career grand slam and second this season. ... C Ivan Rodriguez returned to the lineup after a bout with the flu that has infected several Tigers players, but 2B Placido Polanco was still sidelined. Relief pitcher Todd Jones also was feeling better. The Yankees advised their players and staff not to have too much close contact with the Tigers to avoid catching the virus. New York manager Joe Torre said he called Detroit counterpart Jim Leyland to tell him it was ``nothing personal.'' ... Rookie RHP Jair Jurrjens is scheduled to get another start next Tuesday against Cleveland. He made his major league debut Wednesday night against the Indians and took the loss. ... LHP Andrew Miller is slated to make another rehab start for Triple-A Toledo on Monday. ... Injured reliever Joel Zumaya (finger) is expected to make another minor league rehab appearance Saturday. If all goes well, he is likely to be activated Tuesday.
NEW YORK: Minor league infielder Chris Basak was claimed off waivers by the Minnesota Twins. ... INF Miguel Cairo was released. ... Hideki Matsui extended his hitting streak to 11 games. ... In honor of his 500th homer, 3B Alex Rodriguez was given the Key to the City of New York by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. ... RHP Andrew Brackman, the first-round draft pick who agreed to a contract Wednesday night, was optioned to the Gulf Coast League Yankees. He saw Dr. James Andrews in Alabama on Wednesday and is expected to have ``Tommy John'' surgery. General manager Brian Cashman said that had not been determined yet.
LOS ANGELES: Manager Mike Scioscia said RHP John Lackey will start the first game of Friday's doubleheader at Boston, while RHP Earvin Santana will be called up from Triple-A Salt lake between games to start the nightcap. ... Scioscia said the Angels could make another roster move before Saturday night's game, and that INF Howie Kendrick (fractured finger) could be ready to be activated. ... RHP Bartolo Colon (right elbow) will throw between 30 and 40 pitches in a simulated game in Boston on Saturday. ... C Mike Napoli (strained right hamstring) ran Thursday but is still sore and will not be activated this weekend, Scioscia said. Napoli, who went on the disabled list July 28, will likely need a rehab assignment before returning, according to Scioscia.
TORONTO: Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi said exploratory surgery could be required to determine what is wrong with LHP Gustavo Chacin (left shoulder). Chacin (2-1, 5.60) has not pitched since April 28 and is not expected to pitch for the Blue Jays again this season. ... RHP Brandon League (strained right oblique) played catch in the outfield Thursday and reported no pain, manager John Gibbons said. League is eligible to return August 20. ... SS Ray Olmedo started Thursday in place of SS John McDonald, who got the day off.
KANSAS CITY: RHP Brandon Duckworth had a shaky rehab start for Triple-A Omaha on Wednesday night, giving up five runs in the first inning of a two-inning stint in a 6-3 loss to Iowa. The organization is going slow with Duckworth, who remains on a 45-50 pitch limit after he went on 15-day DL on June 14 due to a left rib cage strain. Duckworth will have at least one more rehab start and the Royals would like to add him to the rotation by the end of August. ... The Royals started the night with 52 wins, a number they didn't attain last season until Sept. 5.
for Kevin Millwood, Vicente Padilla, Brandon McCarthy and Kameron Loe to be the mainstays of the rotation. McCarthy became the latest to go on the 15-day DL because of a stress fracture in his right shoulder. ``People talk about how many times we've actually been able to go through our rotation and it hasn't been very much, three or four times,'' pitching coach Mark Connor said. ``It's been a hard year, a frustrating year, whatever you want to call it. Everybody's had some issue but life goes on and you've got to deal with it.'' ... 3B Hank Blalock's goal in his comeback from rib surgery is to be in the lineup on Aug. 31 against the Los Angeles Angels. But he avoids shorter-term goals. ``You set yourself up for disappointment,'' Blalock said. ``But I'd love to play in Anaheim on the 31st.''
s not sure about the availability of OF Juan Encarnacion for the team's upcoming series against the Cubs. Encarnacion (sore left knee) was out of the lineup for the seventh straight game.
MILWAUKEE: The Brewers' 8-0 loss Thursday to the Cardinals was their 13th in 18 games. St. Louis swept the three-game series as it beat Milwaukee for the fifth straight game. Brewers starters are 1-9 in their last 17 outings. The loss marked a season-high four-game home losing streak. ... RHP Ben Sheets, on the disabled list since July 16 with a partial tendon tissue tear in his right middle finger, threw a bullpen session Thursday morning and is expected to throw a simulated game in Arizona next week. Brewers manager Ned Yost knows the team needs its ace back in the rotation, but Yost won't rush his return. ``I want to make sure he feels good and he's free and easy,'' Yost said.
wasn't off the bone or a joint, so I think he's going to be fine.'' ... OF Ken Griffey Jr. made three outstanding catches Thursday and went 3-for-4. Griffey batted .500 (7-for-14) over the three-game series in Chicago and has a career batting average of .315 (41-for-130) at Wrigley Field. ... The 20 hits were the most allowed by Reds pitching since giving up 21 to the Indians on June 25, 2005.
CHICAGO: The Cubs last had a 20-hit game against the Pirates at Pittsburgh last Aug. 30. ... Aramis Ramirez's four hits tied his career high. He's done it 15 times. ... Rookie lefty Carmen Pignatiello, from the Chicago suburbs, made his major league debut by pitching a scoreless eighth. He's the 11th rookie to appear for the Cubs this season and the eighth player to make his major league debut for the team. ... Jason Marquis has reached double digit wins for the fourth straight year, but won't get to pitch against the Cardinals this weekend because his turn in the rotation won't come up. He's not surprised St. Louis, his former team, is making a run after a slow start. ``They've been playing better, Milwaukee is stumbling and we've been treading water,'' Marquis said. ``One thing Tony (La Russa) always preached over there was execution and minimizing mental mistakes. You don't have to have the most talented team to do that and it doesn't take the most talented team to win.''
NEW YORK: 1B Carlos Delgado (hyperextended left knee) and RF Lastings Milledge (flu-like symptoms) were out of the lineup Thursday night in Pittsburgh. Neither player is expected to be out more than a day or two. ... OF Endy Chavez, on the disabled list for than two months with a strained left hamstring, was 2-for-3 with a walk as a designated hitter for the Mets' Gulf Coast League team Thursday afternoon. ... RHP Pedro Martinez's next rehabilitation start will be Monday for Class A St. Lucie, with Mets pitching coach Rick Peterson expected to attend on his off day. ... C Ramon Castro (sore lower back) is expected to be ready to start this weekend in Washington. He hasn't played since Sunday.
ort-season Class A State College.
ARIZONA: RHP Brandon Webb takes a franchise-record streak of 33 consecutive scoreless innings into his start Friday at Atlanta. He's 1-1 with a 1.53 ERA in four starts against the Braves. ... For the first time, the Diamondbacks will face a Braves lineup that includes slugger Mark Teixeira. ``It seems like he hits a home run for them every day,'' Arizona manager Bob Melvin said. ... Rookie RF Justin Upton was held out of the lineup Thursday at Florida, with recently recalled Jeff Salazar making the start. Melvin said he may give OFs Chris Young and Eric Byrnes a day off soon. ``That's the luxury of having another outfielder here,'' Melvin said.
FLORIDA: 1B Mike Jacobs had four hits Wednesday, making him 10-for-18 since an 0-for-33 slump. ... LHP Scott Olsen will try to change his luck against the NL West when he starts Friday against San Francisco. He's 0-4 with an ERA of 8.10 against the West this year.
since the beginning of July. Entering Thursday's game, Philadelphia's bullpen ERA since July 1 was 3.11 - third best in the NL behind leader Washington (2.55 ERA) and Colorado.
WASHINGTON: 1B Nick Johnson will have another surgery on his broken right leg and will not play this year. Johnson broke his right femur in a collision with Austin Kearns on Sept. 23, 2006. His recovery has been slowed by an ailing hip. ``We just couldn't quite get over the hump with his hip,'' GM Jim Bowden said. ... The Nationals reached an unusual deal with draft pick LHP Jack McGeary, a high schooler dropped to the sixth round because he was expected to pitch for Stanford. He will go to Stanford but will pitch in Washington's farm system from June to September for the next three years. ``All my life I've wanted to go to Stanford, and all my life I've wanted to be a major league baseball player,'' McGeary said. ``So if you can do two at the same time, why wouldn't you do it?''
SAN FRANCISCO: One night after hitting his 759th homer, LF Barry Bonds wasn't in the Giants lineup. Dave Roberts took over his spot in the field. ... LHP Pat Misch joined the Giants bullpen, his third stint with the big league club this season. Misch was called up after Wednesday's game to replace RHP Randy Messenger, who went on the disabled list after breaking his left hand in a batting-practice mishap. ``We need some help in the pen,'' manager Bruce Bochy said. ``He gives us a fresh arm.'' ... IF Rich Aurilia is expected to come off the disabled list before Friday's game at Florida. He went out Aug. 2 with a strained right hamstring.
ATLANTA: SS Edgar Renteria worked out his sprained right ankle before the game, doing some light running from the foul line to center field. He's eligible to come off the disabled list Saturday but may have to spend a few extra days on the sideline. ``It's close,'' Renteria said. ``I can walk perfectly. But in this game you have to run.'' ... The Braves went past 2 million in attendance this week, the 17th year in a row they've reached that milestone. Atlanta came into Thursday's game having drawn 2,068,562 - an average of just under 34,000 per outing. If the Braves can maintain that pace, they would draw their highest attendance since over 2.8 million tickets were sold in 2001.
h a 1.65 ERA in 12 starts at home and an 8.16 ERA in 11 starts on the road. His difference of 6.51 was the largest in the majors since 1957. ... OF Carlos Lee has started all 121 games this season. He played in at least 161 games in each of the last two seasons.
LOS ANGELES: Astros 2B Craig Biggio has certainly made an impression on Dodgers manager Grady Little during his career. ``Consistency. He played the game right,'' Little said, adding that the one thing that stood out about Biggio was he played the same way no matter what the score might be. ... OF Matt Kemp, in and out of the lineup since being recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas on June 12, batted third for the third straight game. ``You never know,'' Little said when asked if Kemp was in the lineup at No. 3 indefinitely. ``His productivity will dictate that.'' ... Little said there were no new developments with LHP Randy Wolf, a nine-game winner who hasn't pitched since July 3 because of a sore left shoulder. ... OF Juan Pierre entered with 10 hits in 17 at-bats during a four-game stretch, raising his average to .288. Pierre has 142 hits, but has drawn only 23 walks for a .324 on-base percentage. ``He needs to be better than he has been,'' Little said. ``He's capable.''