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Tuesday, 04 September 2007 16:08
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 AMERICAN LEAGUE
Mariners-Yankees
SEATTLE: OFs Jeremy Reed and Wladimir Balentien were recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on Tuesday along with INF Nick Green and C Jeff Clement. The moves gave Seattle 35 active players. ``We brought up a lot of guys up to have depth and also to reward some people,'' manager John McLaren. ``We've got some pinch-runner types.'' ... McLaren might go to his bullpen faster now that rosters have expanded. ``It's kind of a two-sided coin. If you don't have your stuff going that day, we can go get you and save you strong for the next start, and give some guys we called up a chance to work,'' he said. ``We've always tried to give the starter an opportunity to pitch his way through it. It's not panic mode. It's more or less something that's actually good for everybody.''
NEW YORK: 1B Andy Phillips had surgery Tuesday to remove a broken bone in his right wrist, an injury sustained when he was hit by a pitch Sunday. With Phillips out for the season, Jason Giambi figures to see more action at first base. ``My body feels great,'' he said. ``It's the best my legs have felt in a long time.'' ... New York's left-handed hitters are slumping all at the same time. Entering Tuesday, Johnny Damon was hitless in his last 17 at-bats, Hideki Matsui was 1-for-14, Bobby Abreu 2-for-15, Robinson Cano 2-for-16 and Jason Giambi 2-for-20. Damon and Giambi were given a night off from the starting lineup with LHP Horacio Ramirez starting for Seattle. ... Actor Brad Pitt attended the game along with director Spike Lee.
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Indians-Twins
could potentially activate him and then he could be an option off the bench,'' Wedge said.
MINNESOTA: LHP Glen Perkins, out since May 22 with a strained left shoulder, played catch Tuesday and felt good. ``When they say he can go out, we'll get him out there,'' said manager Ron Gardenhire, who indicated Perkins has been talked to about possibly playing winter ball. ... LHP Dennys Reyes, out since Aug. 22 with inflammation in his left elbow, is scheduled to see orthopedic surgeon Dr. Lewis Yocum in Los Angeles next week. Reyes tried to play long toss Monday but felt pain. ``We'd like to have him at least know where we're at before he leaves. We don't want this to linger into spring training,'' Gardenhire said. ... Nick Blackburn pitched one inning of relief Monday in his major league debut. He was a combined 10-4 in 24 Double-A and Triple-A starts. Gardenhire wants to see more of Blackburn in either a starting or relief role. ``I liked what I saw,'' Gardenhire said. ``He had a good angle, went right at it and had good movement.'' ... The Twins' minor league affiliates finished their seasons Monday, going a combined 421-339. The .554 winning percentage was the fourth-best overall, behind the Yankees, Giants and Brewers farm teams.
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White Sox-Tigers
CHICAGO: White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said he hopes the Detroit Tigers' Magglio Ordonez, a former White Sox player, wins the AL MVP Award. Guillen and Ordonez feuded in the press in 2005, Ordonez's first year with the Tigers, but they made up. ``It will be special for him, his family, the country (Venezuela),'' said Guillen, who is also from Venezuela. He added, ``I'm sorry Alex (Rodriguez). I go for my Venezuelan boy, my countryman.'' ... Chicago purchased the contract of RHP Lance Broadway from Triple-A Charlotte, and recalled LHP Heath Phillips from the same team.
DETROIT: DH Gary Sheffield, on the 15-day disabled list because of a troublesome right shoulder that has bothered him since late July, said he should be ready to play when he is scheduled to come off the DL on Thursday. ... Omar Infante was in the lineup as the DH batting third for Tuesday night's game against Chicago because he is 15-for-35 lifetime against White Sox starter Jon Garland.
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Blue Jays-Red Sox
TORONTO: Recalled RHP Josh Banks and IF Hector Luna from Triple-A Syracuse and selected the contract of C Sal Fasano from Syracuse. Transferred LHP Gustavo Chacin from the 15-day to the 60-day DL. ... RHP Brandon League was activated from the 15-day disabled list (strained oblique muscle).
BOSTON: Dustin Pedroia was 0-for-11 against the Blue Jays' Roy Halladay before singling in the first inning. ... Jacoby Ellsbury hit his second major league homer in his 30th at-bat. He had two homers in 436 minor league at-bats at Double-A and Triple-A this season. ... RHP Clay Buchholz was named the AL player of the week after throwing a no-hitter in just his second major league start. ... Recalled RHP Devern Hansack from Triple-A Pawtucket.
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Orioles-Devil Rays
BALTIMORE: Manager Dave Trembley said SS Luis Hernandez, who was recalled from Double-A Bowie, will get some starting assignments during the final weeks of the season. ``I would expect Hernandez to get an opportunity to play somewhat,'' Trembley said. ``He did a nice job here before. He's a middle infielder, and if you're going to build this thing around pitching and defense, you need guys in the middle of the diamond that can catch the ball and he showed that when he was here before.'' The rookie was with the Orioles from July 7 to August 5.
getting better, making pretty good progress, but it's going to be hard to get him ready to play, that's my guess.''
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Royals-Rangers
KANSAS CITY: RHP Zack Greinke is finishing the season with a flourish, throwing 12 straight shutout innings in his three starts since returning to the rotation on Aug. 24. In that span the 23-year-old has allowed 11 hits and one walk while striking out 11. Greinke, who began the season in the rotation before being demoted to the bullpen for 3 1/2 months, has been on a strict pitch count since moving back to a starter's role. ... RHP Brian Bannister was named AL Rookie of the Month for August. The 26-year-old was 4-1 with a 2.90 ERA in six August starts. The Royals have won the award three straight months, including Bannister in June and IF/DH Billy Butler in July.
ith seven RBIs in his first 20 games for Texas while starting at all three outfield spots. ``He's making us put him in there,'' Washington said.
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Athletics-Angels
OAKLAND: DH Mike Piazza turned 39 on Tuesday - but hold the Jack Benny jokes and the violins. He still plans on playing at least another season after becoming a free agent at the end of the month. ``I couldn't be in a better place right now, personally and professionally,'' said Piazza, who arrived at his locker to find two shopping bags with four boxes of decadent-looking cupcakes sent by his wife Alicia and 7-month-old daughter Nicoletta. ``I've had such a great career and met a lot really amazing and wonderful people who have supported me, so I've really been blessed. I still enjoy a lot of things about the game. There are some things I know I can still do, and some things I know my body won't let me do.''
ered an 8-5 Angels lead on Sunday night. ``It wasn't the most professional thing to do, but I just had to let some emotion go. And to be honest, I don't think I missed a spot after that.''
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NATIONAL LEAGUE
Phillies-Braves
PHILADELPHIA: SS Jimmy Rollins, the NL Player of the Month for August, singled in his first three at-bats to maintain a .301 career average against the Braves (158-for-524). ... RF Jayson Werth was charged with a fielding error in the third, his first miscue of the season. The Phillies began the game with 74 errors, third-fewest in the NL. ... Philadelphia began the night with a 69-30 record when scoring at least three runs. ... RHP Kyle Kendrick will face the Braves for the first time in his career. Over his last three starts, Kendrick is 3-0 with a 3.20 ERA in 19 2-3 innings. ... In his 15th career game at Turner Field, CF Aaron Rowand singled and doubled to improve his average in Atlanta to .333 (18-for-54).
in a three-game home series against the Nationals. ... LHP Mike Hampton, who has missed the last two seasons with a torn ligament and tendon in his elbow, will make 50 tosses from 120 feet on Wednesday and 75 tosses from 120 feet on Saturday. Next week, Mets physician Dave Altcheck will examine Hampton's elbow and plan his next course of action. ... With singles in his first two at-bats, C Brian McCann improved his average to .315 (35-for-111) since Aug. 2. ... Over his last 30 games, RHP Tyler Yates had a 7.50 ERA, and opponents were hitting .324 against him.
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Marlins-Nationals
querque. Wolf pitched in six games for Florida with an 0-1 record and a 9.64 ERA. He was 4-3 with a 3.42 in 45 games at Albuquerque.
WASHINGTON: The Nationals traded LHP Ray King to Milwaukee for a player to be named later. The 33-year-old King was 1-1 with a 4.54 ERA in 55 games with Washington. King, who will report to Milwaukee on Wednesday, was with the Brewers from 2000-2002. ``It was a shock,'' King said. ``I watched the trade deadline come and go. Anytime you get a phone call from the general manager's secretary, it's not good,'' King said. ...The Nationals reinstated LHP Micah Bowie from the 15-day disabled list and purchased the contracts of LHP Ross Detwiler, OF Justin Maxwell, RHP Jonathan Albaladejo, LHP Arnie Munoz and OF Ryan Langerhans. They transferred RHPs John Patterson and Jason Simontacchi from the 15-day to 60-day disabled list. ...Detwiler was the sixth overall pick in June's draft, and is the first player from the 2007 draft to be placed on a major league roster.
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Mets-Reds
l come Sunday in New York against the Astros. ``In front of the home fans, it'll be a little emotional,'' he said. ``I'm crazy with the fans and they're crazy with me.'' ... The Mets called up 41-year-old C Sandy Alomar Jr. from the minors, adding to their depth. ... 3B David Wright was in the lineup even though he had tightness in his right hamstring after Monday's game. ``He tried it and it feels fine,'' manager Willie Randolph said. ``Maybe it was the hot weather or a cramp. I'm going to try to get guys days off. That's why we added Alomar. Players need to back down on their routine.''
CINCINNATI: Six players were called up from Triple-A Louisville, including 1B Joey Votto, considered the Reds' top hitting prospect. The 23-year-old Votto refused to watch a Reds game on television while he was in the minors, waiting until his first promotion to see Great American Ball Park. He made the tour when he arrived. ``I sat on the bench for a second,'' he said. ``It smells like sweaty man out there. A bunch of sweaty ballplayers sit on the bench. I can't wait to join them.'' ... Votto is expected to start at first base on Wednesday in the final game of a series against the Mets. ... The Reds also called up RHPs Todd Coffey, Kirk Saarloos and Brad Salmon, OF Buck Coats and C Ryan Hanigan.
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Astros-Brewers
HOUSTON: With the season ended for Triple-A Round Rock, the Astros' September callups joined the team Tuesday. Interim manager Cecil Cooper said three of the callups with significant major-league experience - OF Jason Lane, C Humberto Quintero and INF Cody Ransom - could get some starts in the final month. He said, though, he would play his regulars when facing teams in the pennant race. ... Hunter Pence hit a double Monday, giving him 28 this year and tying the franchise rookie record held by Lance Berkman (2000) and Luis Gonzalez (1991).
MILWAUKEE: The team acquired left-hander reliever Ray King from the Washington Nationals for a player to be named. King will be used as a situational left-hander in a bullpen that has given up leads of three or more runs a major league-worst 15 times. ... OF Geoff Jenkins was back in the starting lineup Tuesday night, a day after being pulled in the fourth inning because of an injured left foot that he bruised while fouling off a pitch. ... Manager Ned Yost said he was avoiding being seen in public in Milwaukee because so many people were making comments about the team, even purchasing four big bags of Starbucks coffee so he did not have to go to that company's store near his home daily. ``It's like a nuclear winter,'' he said.
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Pirates-Cardinals
PITTSBURGH: Ian Snell's seven scoreless innings bailed out a bullpen that had to throw 12 innings while the Pirates were getting swept in a three-game weekend series at Milwaukee. ... The Pirates filled two rotation vacancies with RHP Tony Armas going on Wednesday and RHP Bryan Bullington making his first career start on Thursday. Bullington was the No. 1 overall pick in 2002. RHP John Van Benschoten, also among the September callups, was not under consideration because threw more than 100 pitches in a start on Sunday. For now he'll be used in the bullpen, although manager Jim Tracy said he would not use him in the middle of innings because he's been starting in the minors. ... Xavier Nady was not in the lineup a day after getting beaned by the Cardinals' Andy Cavazos. Manager Jim Tracy said Nady still had the ``remnants of a headache'' and that sudden movements with his head caused dizziness. ``All in all, everything is OK,'' Tracy said. ... LHP Paul Maholm, scratched from Monday's start due to back soreness, was improved but the team had no timetable for his return to the rotation.
Thompson from Triple-A Memphis and purchasing the contracts of C Kelly Stinnett and RHP Brian Falkenborg. Memphis manager Chris Maloney and batting coach Rick Eckstein, older brother of Cardinals SS David Eckstein, also have joined the team for the remainder of the season. ... Manager Tony La Russa anticipated no hangover from the 11-0 loss to the Pirates, given that the Cardinals have allowed double-digit runs in 17 games and remain in the NL Central race. ``We've lost that game a lot of times,'' La Russa said. ``We're not going to lose tonight because we're still thinking about it.''
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Giants-Rockies
SAN FRANCISCO: OF Barry Bonds was back in the lineup after sitting out Monday's day game. ... LHP Jack Taschner will be sent back to San Francisco Wednesday to have his left shoulder examined. ``Jack strained it in yesterday's outing,'' manager Bruce Bochy said. ``It's calmed down, but we'll still get it looked at.'' Bochy said OF Eugenio Velez could see playing time in the outfield and at second base. ... The Giants purchased the contract of RHP Dan Giese from Fresno and placed him on the 40-man roster. ... To make room on the 40-man roster for Giese, the Giants moved RHP Merkin Valdez to the 60-day disabled list.
COLORADO: RHP Taylor Buchholz had been experiencing soreness in his right elbow. ``He had an MRI on it today,'' manager Clint Hurdle said. ``We have no results, but he won't be available for the rest of this series.'' ... LHP Dan Serafini will assume Buchholz's long relief role. ``Dan is an experienced veteran with a good track record,'' Hurdle said. ... OF Cory Sullivan was in center field to give OF Willy Taveras a day off. ``The trainers advised me it would be best to give Willy the night off,'' Hurdle said.'' ... Hurdle said he would wait until Sunday to name his rotation for the Sept. 10-13 series in Philadelphia.
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Dodgers-Cubs
ake room for Valdez on the 40-man roster.
CHICAGO: The Cubs brought up three players from their minor league system Tuesday - recalling LHP Carmen Pignatiello and selecting RHP Kevin Hart and OF Sam Fuld - but it was the player they sent down that the most surprising. Infielder/outfielder Eric Patterson, who'd been promoted from Triple-A just last Saturday, was demoted to Double-A after he arrived late for pre-game activities Monday. ``Obviously he made a mistake. It wasn't the first time this year in the system,'' general manager Jim Hendry said. ``Its nothing to be looked upon lightly. It's a privilege to be called up from the minor league system in the middle of the pennant race. We decided to make the switch. It's a tough lesson learned.'' Patterson, the brother of former Cubs and current Orioles outfielder Corey Patterson, had a brief earlier stint with the Cubs. He was named to the all-Pacific Coast League team as a second baseman after batting .297 with 14 homers and 65 RBIs this season. ... After starting the season 2-12 in one-run games, the Cubs were 17-8 in their last 25.
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Padres-Diamondbacks
SAN DIEGO: RHP Greg Maddux has faced 191 straight batters since his last base on balls, a walk to Houston's Roy Oswalt on July 28. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it's the second-longest such streak of his career. Maddux went 289 batters without a walk from June 20-Aug. 12, 2001. ... The Padres plan to add a third catcher in the next few days, general manager Kevin Towers said. C Pete LaForest was claimed off waivers by Atlanta on Tuesday. ... RHP Jake Peavy will face the Diamondbacks on three days' rest Wednesday night. Peavy is 3-0 with a 1.71 ERA against Arizona this year, with 45 strikeouts in 26 1-3 innings. He matched his career high by striking out 16 Diamondbacks on April 25. ...
ARIZONA: OF Carlos Quentin, who came off the disabled list Sept. 1, is hitting only .212, but manager Bob Melvin said he would consider starting him down the stretch. Quentin's replacement, Justin Upton, entered Tuesday hitting .231. ... RHP Livan Hernandez faces San Diego in the final regular-season meeting between the clubs. Hernandez 10-4 with a 3.80 ERA in 21 career games, all starts, against San Diego. ... SS Stephen Drew led off Tuesday night for the 19th time, replacing Chris Young, who had 7 hits in his previous 33 at-bats.
 

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