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Monday, 27 August 2007 16:35
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 AMERICAN LEAGUE
Devil Rays-White Sox
eason. ... Tampa Bay went 1-6 against the White Sox this season. ... Delmon Young's homer was his first since June 22, a span of 231 homerless at-bats.
CHICAGO: Catcher A.J. Pierzynski said it was no big deal after he and hitting coach Greg Walker got into a shouting match Sunday in the dugout. It was caught by a TV camera. ``It was just the heat of the moment. Just one of those things that's not a big deal at all. Walk and I have gotten into it before and today we're fine,'' Pierzynski said. ``Just a frustrating weekend. It's just a shame someone happened to see it.'' Manager Ozzie Guillen said what Pierzynski did was wrong. The catcher acknowledged it was probably his fault and he would apologize if necessary. ``It wasn't like there were punches thrown or anybody was fighting or anything like that,'' Pierzynski said. Guillen said Pierzynski was unhappy when Boston reliever Manny Delcarmen threw a pitch Pierzynski didn't know was in his repertoire. ``Walker said 'I prepare myself real well for this game and I expect everyone to do it.' That's why Walker get real mad. ... Walker wanted to kick his butt,'' Guillen said. Walker's take: ``It was A.J. being A.J. and Walk being Walk,'' he said. ... Bobby Jenks has retired 50 of the last 51 batters he's faced and has pitched 15 straight scoreless innings.
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Yankees-Tigers
NEW YORK: SS Derek Jeter was back in the lineup after sitting out Sunday afternoon's loss at Detroit with a bruised knee. ``I'm fine,'' he said. ... The Yankees juggled their usual defensive alignment Monday, using Hideki Matsui at DH to rest a sore knee. Jason Giambi played 1B, Johnny Damon was in LF and Melky Cabrera played CF.
DETROIT: The Tigers put DH Gary Sheffield (shoulder) and RHP Jair Jurrjens (shoulder) on the DL, replacing them with OF Timo Perez and RHP Zach Miner. Jurrjens said he would not throw for six days, then expected to work his way back on to the roster. Manager Jim Leyland said there was a ``strong possibility'' he would be used out of the bullpen after spot starting this season. Leyland said RHP Chad Durbin will likely take Jurrjens' spot in the rotation Friday night in the series opener at Oakland. ... Leyland said the Tigers are looking at all options to bolster their banged-up team, but said fans shouldn't get too excited about the possibilities. ``Babe Ruth doesn't clear waivers,'' Leyland said.
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Twins-Indians
MINNESOTA: Manager Ron Gardenhire recognizes the importance of a three-game series against first-place Cleveland, but he's wary of placing too much emphasis on it. ``It's a fun series, but we can't put it ahead of the rest of our season,'' said Gardenhire, whose team came in on a five-game winning streak that had pulled the Twins within 5 1/2 games of the Indians. ``We're playing a team in front of us and their goal is to knock us crazy. Our goal is to keep winning and stay close.'' ... C Joe Mauer did not start Monday for the second straight game because of a strained left hamstring. ``Right now, he's Kirk Gibson waiting to pinch hit,'' Gardenhire said. ``He's limping around. He'll do exercises in the swimming pool and try to get better.'' The defending AL batting champ missed a month earlier this season with a strained left quad. ... RHP Scott Baker is home in Louisiana with his wife, Leann, who delivered their second child five weeks prematurely. ``He's taking care of his wife and we'll never go against that,'' said Gardenhire, who hopes Baker will be able to rejoin the team soon. ``We want him back with the team, not throwing to his father in the backyard.'' ... Gardenhire got a good report on a throwing session by LHP Glen Perkins, sidelined since May 22 with a strained left shoulder. ``He's supposedly healthy,'' Gardenhire said, adding that the rookie would throw on the side again Thursday.
CLEVELAND: Rookie 2B Asdrubal Cabrera has become more than just a fixture in Cleveland's infield lately. ``He has been in the middle of quite a bit,'' manager Eric Wedge said. The 21-year-old has been a much-needed spark for the Indians, who were teetering on self destruction before Cabrera replaced slumping Josh Barfield in Cleveland's lineup and at second base. In 13 games since being called up from Triple-A Buffalo, Cabrera is batting .318 (14-of-44) with one homer and seven RBIs. On Sunday, the switch-hitting Cabrera delivered a clutch, two-out RBI single in the ninth inning as the Indians rallied to tie Kansas City 3-3 before beating the Royals 5-3 in 13 innings. Wedge has been impressed by Cabrera's seemingly seamless transition to the majors. ``He has a great feel for the game for a young player,'' Wedge said. ``He plays with no fear. He goes out there and has fun and just plays.'' ... LHP C.C. Sabathia, who leads the AL with 197 innings pitched, is trying to become the first Cleveland pitcher in 53 years to lead the league in that category. Hall of Famer Early Wynn worked 270 2-3 innings for the Indians' pennant-winning team in 1954.
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Blue Jays-Athletics
s with Toronto. Loaiza beat Toronto with 7 2-3 strong innings last week in his first major league game of the season.
OAKLAND: OF Nick Swisher still led the AL with 90 walks after the weekend's games despite not drawing a walk in eight games, his longest drought of the season. ... The A's returned home from a seven-game East Coast trip Monday with six position players and two key pitchers on their DL. Oakland has used its DL 22 times this year, tying the franchise record set in 1992. ... Injured 3B Eric Chavez and RHP Rich Harden are rehabilitating in Arizona. Manager Bob Geren said Harden would be back in Oakland on Tuesday after throwing off a mound in Arizona on Monday, while Chavez is back at work on a rehab program for his stiff back.
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NATIONAL LEAGUE
Braves-Marlins
start Wednesday. ... OF Pete Orr was recalled from Triple-A Richmond and RHP Joey Devine was optioned to Atlanta's top farm club.
FLORIDA: Manager Fredi Gonzalez said RHP Byung-Hyun Kim will start Saturday or Sunday against Philadelphia. ``We'll probably use him in the bullpen (Tuesday) or the next day,'' Gonzalez said. Kim was with the Marlins from May 13-Aug. 3 before being claimed off waivers by Arizona. He re-signed over the weekend after being released by the D-Backs. ... RF Jeremy Hermida entered Monday's game with a 10-game hitting streak that raised his average to .284 with 13 homers and 44 RBIs. ``I think that the more at-bats he sees and the more comfortable he gets, I think the better he's going to be at the plate,'' Gonzalez said. ... On-field lines and numbers used for Miami Dolphins games were painted green but still were visible.
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Mets-Phillies
NEW YORK: C Paul Lo Duca came off the DL and returned to the lineup, driving in the Mets' first run with a fifth-inning single. He aggravated a hamstring injury earlier this month. ... RHP Pedro Martinez was scheduled to make another rehab start on Monday for Class-A St. Lucie. ... OF Endy Chavez likely will come off the DL on Tuesday. Chavez has been sidelined by a hamstring injury since early June.
PHILADELPHIA: Manager Charlie Manuel earned his seventh ejection of the season and 18th with the Phillies for arguing a close play at first base in the first inning. ... Infielder-outfielder Russell Branyan was designated for assignment to make room for Chase Utley, who returned after having hand surgery a month ago. Branyan could rejoin the team next month after rosters are expanded. ... RF Shane Victorino was out of the lineup for the third straight game after tweaking a calf injury that landed him on the DL last month.
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Diamondbacks-Padres
ARIZONA: The NL West-leading Diamondbacks on Monday night entered a stretch of playing the two-time defending division champion Padres seven times in 10 games. The teams opened a four-game series at Petco Park, and will play three in Phoenix starting next Monday.
SAN DIEGO: Ace Jake Peavy struck out Orlando Hudson in the first inning Monday night to become San Diego's career leader with 1,037. He passed Andy Benes. ... All-Star RHP Chris Young was encouraged after throwing a bullpen session and is cautiously optimistic he can start Thursday or Friday. The 6-foot-10 right-hander was forced to leave his start against the Mets on Tuesday night after five innings because of lower back pain. He returned to San Diego to have his back checked and missed his scheduled start Sunday at Philadelphia.
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Nationals-Dodgers
WASHINGTON: The Nationals have played at least one game in four different time zones in a nine-game span that began Aug. 19 in Washington. Their record was 3-5 going into Monday night. ... LHP Mike Bacsik made his second start Monday since rejoining the rotation last week after spending the previous week in the bullpen. He gave up Barry Bonds' record-setting 756th home run on Aug. 7.
LOS ANGELES: The Dodgers didn't take batting practice and players were allowed to show up later than usual to the ballpark after arriving in Los Angeles at 4 a.m. from their East Coast road trip. ... RHP Takashi Saito received a box of spongecake-like treats from a fan in Japan and promptly shared the contents with his teammates. He handed one of the elegantly decorated boxes to RHP David Wells, who cracked, ``Japanese Twinkies? Can't read the ingredients. Is there a lot of sugar in it?'' Wells was diagnosed as a diabetic during spring training. ... Manager Grady Little said Wells will start Friday against his old team in San Diego. ... 3B Nomar Garciaparra, on the 15-day DL with a strained left calf, can field grounders but is still unable to run.
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Rockies-Giants
COLORADO: RHP Aaron Cook (left abdominal strain) is scheduled to pitch a simulated game on Tuesday. ... OF Willy Taveras (right quad strain) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment at Colorado Springs and should be able to return to action when the Rockies travel to Arizona to begin a three-game series on Friday.
SAN FRANCISCO: RHP Brad Hennessey had converted his last 11 save opportunities, and 14 of 16 overall, entering play Monday. He was handed the closer role when the Giants traded Armando Benitez to the Florida Marlins. ``I've always said that pitching the ninth doesn't much different from pitching the eighth,'' Hennessey said. ``It's more enjoyable to finish a game and people just give more credit to being a closer.'' ... With RHP Tyler Walker on board, manager Bruce Bochy has three pitchers who have closing experience. Walker, who was called up from Triple-A Fresno to take the place of RHP Vinnie Chulk (blood clot in right hand), has closed for the Giants and Tampa Bay Devil Rays. RHP Brian Wilson has two saves this year and was Fresno's closer before his recall. ``It's invaluable to have guys who have pitched in crisis situations,'' Bochy said. ``The guys who have closed before can draw on that experience.'' ... 2B Ray Durham did some running to test his mild left hamstring strain. He was available to pinch hit and will likely return to the lineup on Tuesday.
 

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