|Notes from Sunday's games|
|Written by Admin|
|Sunday, 26 August 2007 14:43|
DETROIT: The Tigers placed rookie starter Jair Jurrjens on the 15-day disabled list after Sunday's 5-4 win over the Yankees. Jurrjens left the game after just 23 pitches with inflammation in his right shoulder. Detroit plans to recall RHP Zach Miner from Triple-A Toledo on Monday. ... Reliever Bobby Seay's win against the Yankees on Sunday was just the second of his major league career, and his first since Sept. 1, 2001. Detroit closer Todd Jones presented him with the game ball in the clubhouse. ``It's been a long time coming,'' said Seay, who had gone 116 outings without a decision since getting both his first loss and first win in a six-day span with Tampa Bay in 2001. ... Curtis Granderson's leadoff inside-the-park homer was the first by a Tiger since Jake Wood on June 14, 1963.
NEW YORK: Shortstop Derek Jeter plans to be back in the lineup Monday after missing just his third game of the season Sunday with a sore right knee. ``I'll play tomorrow,'' he said after Sunday's 5-4 loss at Detroit. ... Detroit's Curtis Granderson's inside-the-park home run off Phil Hughes on Sunday was the second the club has given up this season. Pittsburgh's Chris Duffy hit one off Andy Pettite on June 8. ... RHP Roger Clemens developed a blister on the top of his right foot during Friday's start at Detroit, but manager Joe Torre said he'll make his next scheduled start Wednesday against visiting Boston. ... Robinson Cano leads all AL second basemen with 74 RBI.
MINNESOTA: The Twins recalled catcher Chris Heintz from Triple-A Rochester to provide another backup to Joe Mauer, who injured his left hamstring Saturday night while running the bases in the eighth inning of the Twins' 8-1 win over Baltimore. ... To make room for Heintz, Minnesota placed left-hander Dennys Reyes (left elbow inflammation) on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 22. Reyes was 2-1 in 50 relief appearances with a 3.99 ERA.
urday night against the Minnesota Twins. ``For my first time, I think it was OK,'' Liz said Sunday. ``It's not my best. I think I can do a better job.'' ... The Orioles had only three steals in their last eight tries entering Sunday's game, but manager Dave Trembley has no plans to slow down his runners on the basepaths. ``You live by the sword and you die by it. It's a big part of our game,'' Trembley said Sunday. ``I think if you pull back the lanes, you're really playing defense first and you really can't do that.''
OAKLAND: 3B Eric Chavez (lower back) continues working out at the Athletics' spring training complex in Arizona. His status will be updated this week. ... RHP Rich Harden (right shoulder) could throw around 20 pitches off a bullpen mound in the next couple days. ... The 12-2 loss Friday and 14-3 defeat Saturday was the fifth time in Oakland history that the Athletics have dropped consecutive games by 10 or more runs. It was the first time since May 18-19, 1999, when Oakland was beaten at Kansas City 13-3 and 14-3.
TAMPA BAY: 3B Akinori Iwamura was rested. ... DH Jonny Gomes batted leadoff for the second time this season in place of Iwamura. ... The Devil Rays will play a makeup game Monday at the Chicago White Sox. The Tampa Bay-Chicago game on May 26 was postponed by rain. ... Manager Joe Maddon said no decision has been reached on whether 3B Evan Longoria, taken in the first round of the 2006 amateur draft, will be called up from Triple-A Durham when rosters can be expanded on Sept. 1.
CLEVELAND: RHP Joe Borowski picked up his 37th save Sunday, which established a career high. He logged 36 saves last season with the Florida Marlins. ... RHP Rafael Betancourt worked two spotless innings against the Royals to lower his ERA to 1.45. In 53 appearances, he has held the opponent scoreless 43 times. He has yielded just 39 hits in 62 innings, while striking out 56 and walking only six. ... RHP Fausto Carmona gave up 10 hits, which matches his season high. It was the third time this season he had permitted 10 hits with the previous on June 22 at Washington. ... The Indians won for just the sixth time in 50 games when they trailed after eight innings. They improved to 8-6 in extra-inning games.
Emil Brown drove in two runs to take over the club lead with 53 RBIs, one more than CF David DeJesus and RF Mark Teahen, who is on the disabled list. Brown is hitting .444, 12-for-47, in his seven-game hitting streak. ... RHP Gil Meche is 0-5 in seven starts since a July 20 victory at Detroit.
Red Sox-White Sox
BOSTON: OF Manny Ramirez was held out of the starting lineup Sunday. While manager Terry Francona said Ramirez was just getting a day off, Francona added that Ramirez has been dealing with a sore back recently. ``I'm just trying to balance out everybody playing enough and not too much,'' Francona said. ``His back was bothering him the other day. This just makes sense.'' Ramirez had been struggling at the plate as well, with a .235 average over his last 18 games, dropping his average from .300 to .290. Bobby Kielty started in left and Mike Lowell hit cleanup. ... J.D. Drew's home run in the second inning Sunday was only his seventh of the season and his first since June 20 at Atlanta, a span of 51 games. The Red Sox came into Sunday's game 28 games over .500 for the first time since 2005, when they were 95-67. The Red Sox outscored Chicago 35-6 in the first three games of the series, scoring double-digit runs in three straight contests for the first time since July 3-5, 2000.
CHICAGO: Josh Fields started in left field Sunday and it doesn't look like he'll be returning to third base any time this season. White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen joked that it was his mother's idea to move Fields, and his eight errors in 71 games, off the hot corner. ``It was a national game (Saturday) and my mom said, 'Can you move that kid out of there before you have a heart attack?''' Guillen said. Guillen said it's a move the White Sox had been considering since last season in order to get Fields' bat in the lineup along with regular third baseman Joe Crede. Fields started in left in the Venezuelan winter league but had played third with Chicago since Crede went out with back surgery. Crede has been rehabbing his back and could be re-signed for next season. Fields was hitting .238 with 16 homers, an AL rookie-high, and 48 RBIs coming into Sunday's game with the Red Sox. He made an error that led to three unearned runs in the ninth. ... Guillen said if outfielder Scott Podsednik returns, he'll get some starts in left, but he expects Fields to get the majority of games in September. Andy Gonzalez started at third Sunday for the second time this season and will likely share the position with Alex Cintron when he returns from a bereavement leave.
TORONTO: The Blue Jays, who haven't won a road series since early July, were 8-for-28 with runners in scoring position during their four-game split with the Angels. In the previous series against Oakland, they went 2-for-31 in those situations while getting swept in three games by the Athletics - who host them in a three-game set starting Monday night. ... All six of Toronto's hits on Sunday were singles, ending a franchise-record streak of 32 games with at least one double. The last time the Blue Jays came up empty in that department was July 21, when they beat Seattle 1-0 despite a complete-game four-hitter by the Mariners' Jeff Weaver.
Ryan in 1974. ... LF Garret Anderson's home run was the 250th of his career, making him the 17th player in history with at least 250 home runs, 2,000 hits, 1,000 RBIs and 450 doubles with one franchise.
SEATTLE: The Mariners host a key three-game series against the division-leading Los Angeles Angels beginning on Monday night, and Seattle scheduled starter Miguel Batista went home a day ahead of the team to be rested for Monday. ``We've done it before for late-night games,'' manager John McLaren said. ``It's up to the player.'' Batista is 2-1 with a 4.91 ERA in three starts against the Angels this season. ... The Mariners expect big crowds for the Angels series. ``We know we'll have good support,'' McLaren said. Less than 5,000 tickets remain for games Monday and Wednesday night. There are a few more tickets remaining for Tuesday.
TEXAS: RHP Jamey Wright is headed back to the bullpen after throwing five innings in a start against Seattle on Saturday night. Instead of Wright starting again next Saturday night, manager Ron Washington said that spot will ``probably'' be filled by a September call-up. But he hasn't decided who that will be. ... INF/OF Jerry Hairston, out since Aug. 8 with a sore back, was throwing for the first time in three weeks.
SAN DIEGO: OF Milton Bradley went 0-for-3, but still had a productive road trip. He hit .360 (9-for-25) with three homers and 10 RBIs in the six games. ... INF Craig Stansberry had a single in his first major league at-bat on Saturday. Stansberry is the first major leaguer born in Saudi Arabia. ... Monday's starter Jake Peavy (14-5, 2.21) needs one strikeout to claim sole possession of first place on the Padres all-time list. Peavy, who leads the NL with 186 strikeouts, is currently tied with Andy Benes with 1,036 career strikeouts.
PHILADELPHIA: RHP Kyle Kendrick is 6-0 with a 3.26 ERA in nine starts at Citizens Bank Park. ... 2B Chase Utley is expected to return to the starting lineup Monday against the New York Mets. Manager Charlie Manuel said that Tadahito Iguchi will be relegated to the bench. There had been rumors about trying Iguchi at third base, but Manuel said that Iguchi had never played the position. ... SS Jimmy Rollins scored twice, raising his NL-leading run total to 110. ... RHP John Ennis made his Phillies debut, making him the 27th pitcher used by the Phillies. That ties the club record set in 2000. Ennis played 13 games between Atlanta (2002) and Detroit (2004).
FLORIDA: RHP Byung-Hyun Kim, who signed as a free agent on Saturday, pitched in relief for the second straight game. He retired the four batters he faced - much better than he did on Saturday, when he gave up four hits and four runs in an inning. ... Reliever Lee Gardner tried to beat out his grounder for a hit in the fifth inning, and wound up face-down on the ground. He was thrown out at first and lost his balance as he crossed the base, making him land awkwardly on his chest. ``I hope everybody got a laugh out of it,'' Gardner said. ``I did. Everybody in the Reds dugout felt it the same way I did. They were laughing with me instead of at me.''
CINCINNATI: Two days shy of his 30th birthday, RHP Tom Shearn was the oldest Reds player to make his debut since outfielder Greg Tubbs did it in 1993 at age 30. He's the oldest Reds pitcher to debut since 1956, when Pat Scantlebury did it at age 38. ... Shearn might get to spend some time in the majors. ``This was a great first audition,'' interim manager Pete Mackanin said. ``It probably warrants another start.'' ... Despite his grand slam, C Ryan Jorgensen is likely to get sent back to Triple-A Louisville this week when C David Ross returns from a concussion. ``That's just the game,'' Jorgensen said. ``I'm glad to see Ross healthy.''
PITTSBURGH: OF Jason Bay was given Saturday off to rest since he already had played in a team-high 124 games. But manager Jim Tracy wasn't about to hold him out Sunday against Astros LHP Wandy Rodriguez. Bay was hitting .563 with 11 RBIs in 16 at-bats in his career against Rodriguez. Bay went 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored against Rodriguez Sunday. ... Romulo Sanchez made his major league debut in the seventh inning Sunday and pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting Hunter Pence to hit into a double play. Sanchez was called up from Double-A Altoona on Saturday, the first player ever called up who was signed by Rene Gayo to the majors from the team's Latin American program.
ith 449, had his No. 5 retired in a pre-game ceremony Sunday. ``If you're going to retire somebody's number, you can't lose the game,'' said longtime friend Craig Biggio, who pinch hit in the sixth and popped up to short. ``Besides, Pittsburgh's been a thorn in our side this year. We needed this.''
ATLANTA: 3B Chipper Jones (groin) and CF Andruw Jones (knee, elbow, shoulder) were both out of the lineup with nagging injuries. Manager Bobby Cox isn't sure whether Chipper Jones, who can swing left-handed ``fairly well'' but not so well right-handed, will be able to play Monday at Florida. Matt Diaz started in place of Andruw in the outfield, and Chris Woodward started at third. ``Those are the guys you count on day in and day out to step up, and when they need a day off like today, it's an opportunity for someone else to step up,'' said Diaz, who had two hits. ``We didn't do that.'' ... Diaz is batting .367 (81-for-221) since April 30. ... The Braves were 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position and 2-for-15 with runners on base. ... Atlanta is 44-34 against right-handed starters, best in the NL, but lost the last two against Joel Pineiro and Adam Wainwright.
ST. LOUIS: The Cardinals are using their last day off of the season on Monday to shuffle their rotation, pushing RHP Anthony Reyes back to the weekend while using Kip Wells and Joel Pineiro on regular rest at Houston on Wednesday and Thursday. Reyes is 0-1 with a 6.30 ERA in two starts at Houston and has a 4.24 record at home. ... Manager Tony La Russa has 1,040 wins in his 12th season in St. Louis, and is one win shy of tying Red Schoendienst as the franchise career leader. ... Jason Isringhausen, who earned his 200th career save, has an 0.96 ERA in 27 appearances at home. He has allowed only 13 hits and nine walks. ... The Cardinals finished 4-3 against the Braves, only their third series win against Atlanta this decade and the first since 2004. ... RHP Adam Wainwright has a 3.86 ERA, his lowest since his third start of the year when it was at 3.20. He's 5-2 with a 2.51 ERA in nine starts since the All-Star break.
WASHINGTON: RHP Jason Bergman (left hamstring tightness) was activated from the 15-day DL on Sunday. Bergman, who missed 32 games, was 2-1 with a 1.59 ERA in three rehab starts with Columbus. The Nationals optioned LHP John Lannan to Columbus. ... Austin Kearns is hitting .474 with six doubles, six RBIs and one home run in his last 11 games. ... With Sunday's loss to the Rockies, the Nationals have now been swept four times on the road this season. ... Ryan Zimmerman has a career-high 21 home runs this season.
COLORADO: RHP Jason Hirsh (fractured right fibula) continues to throw and hopes to take another step in his rehabilitation soon. ``Every day it feels better,'' he said. ``(Saturday) was the first day I didn't have pain to the touch.'' He has an x-ray scheduled for Tuesday wants to pitch off the mound when the team returns from their upcoming six-game road trip. ... RHP Aaron Cook (left abdominal strain) threw 35 pitches before Sunday's game and said he didn't feel any pain. ``It was sore, but it didn't hurt,'' Cook said. Cook is scheduled to pitch a simulated game Tuesday, and he will be evaluated after that.
MILWAUKEE: The Brewers fell to 16-26 since the All-Star break, worst in the NL Central. ... 3B Ryan Braun, who joined the team on May 24, became the 21st player in history to hit at least 25 home runs in his first year in the majors. He's already set the club record for home runs by a third baseman and is three shy of Prince Fielder for most homers by a rookie. Braun is hitting .332, which would put him among the leaders in the NL if he had enough plate appearances. He has 362 after Sunday, and needs 502 to qualify for the batting title, meaning he needs 140 plate appearances in the final 33 games, or 4.2 per game.
SAN FRANCISCO: RHP Brian Wilson attempted to bunt - successfully - in the eighth inning on Saturday night for the first time ever, at any level. ``I once had an opportunity to bunt last year but someone got picked off base so I hit away and grounded out,'' Wilson said. ``I knew I was going to bat third and I looked up to see who was pitching and saw it was (Derrick) Turnbow throwing. I had less reaction, but also less time to worry. I just stuck my bat out there.'' ... RHP Tim Lincecum had his scoreless streak of 11 innings against the Brewers snapped when J.J. Hardy singled home a run in the second inning. ... 2B Travis Denker was obtained as the player to be named in the trade that sent 1B Mark Sweeney to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Aug. 9.
LOS ANGELES: All-Star C Russell Martin wasn't in the starting lineup as he got some scheduled rest. ... Entering Sunday night's game against the Mets, the Dodgers were 12-30 when both Rafael Furcal and Juan Pierre failed to score. They were 28-6 when both of the top two hitters in their regular lineup scored. ... Pierre entered Sunday night's contest with a 13-game hitting streak, one shy of his season best. ... The Dodgers host Washington for a three-game series beginning Monday night. They are off Thursday before they play a crucial weekend series at San Diego.
NEW YORK: C Paul Lo Duca and OF Endy Chavez, both out because of hamstring injuries, were expected to be with the team for its four-game series in Philadelphia and could be activated in the next two days. Lo Duca went 1-for-3 and caught seven innings in a rehab game with Double-A Binghamton on Saturday night, and was at Shea Stadium on Sunday night to be re-evaluated. Chavez went 0-for-3, walked twice and played center field for Binghamton on Sunday. ... RHP Pedro Martinez is scheduled to make another rehab start on Monday for Class-A St. Lucie. ... NL East-leading New York opens an important three-city, 10-game trip at Philadelphia on Monday night. The Mets play four against the Phillies before taking on Atlanta in a three-game set. The Braves and the Phillies are their closest pursuers in the division. ``Keep pushing, that's all,'' manager Willie Randolph said. ``Get everybody off your heels.'' They wrap up the trip with three against Cincinnati. ... Luis Castillo, who tweaked his tender right knee Thursday night, wasn't in the starting lineup but Randolph said the second baseman should be able to play Monday night. ... LHP Billy Wagner played catch Sunday and said he was fine. Aaron Heilman saved Saturday's 4-3 win over Los Angeles when Wagner, hampered by a ``dead arm,'' got a day off. ``You go through it as a player every year,'' Wagner said.