AMERICAN LEAGUE
White Sox-Tigers
CHICAGO: Bobby Jenks had struck out Detroit's Curtis Granderson seven times in nine tries before hitting him with a pitch during the Tigers' ninth-inning rally. Placido Polanco followed with a game-winning single. ``Ozzie (Guillen) came out and asked me if I wanted to walk (Granderson), but I said no,'' Jenks said. ``I knew my numbers against him. I threw the right pitch, and I don't know if it hit his foot or what. It was just one of those things.'' ... Jenks lost his streak of 17 scoreless innings, extending over 18 appearances, when the Tigers scored their two ninth-inning runs. ... The White Sox have lost 13 of their last 15 road games, and their 59-81 record is their worst since 1989.
e. In his first game since Aug. 21, he went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts, but launched two foul balls into the third deck in left field. ``Those are both home runs if I can just keep them in the field,'' he said. ``My timing is still a little off.'' ... Detroit faces Seattle RHP Jeff Weaver on Saturday. Weaver started his career with the Tigers, then won the World Series-clinching game against them last year for St. Louis.
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Red Sox-Orioles
BOSTON: RHP Eric Gagne is now on a throwing program, according to manager Terry Francona. Gagne, who has not pitched since Aug. 26 due to right shoulder soreness, still has pain in his arm and is throwing on the side, but not off a mound. ... With knuckleballer Tim Wakefield pitching, C Doug Mirabelli started for just the 31st time this season, including 25 of Wakefield's 27 starts. Mirabelli had caught 42 straight Wakefield starts before going on the DL from Aug. 17 to Sept. 1. ... Wakefield had a run of 22 straight scoreless innings before giving up a run in the first against the Orioles. ... OF Jacoby Ellsbury was not in the starting lineup but had hit in all five games since being recalled from Pawtucket on Sept. 1.
BALTIMORE: LHP Erik Bedard has stopped participating in baseball activities, increasing the likelihood that the AL strikeout leader will soon be shut down for the season with a strained muscle near his right rib cage. Bedard has not pitched since Aug. 26. ... RHP Jaret Wright has left the team and is done for the season. Traded to Baltimore from the New York Yankees during the offseason, Wright went 0-3 with a 6.97 ERA before being placed on the DL on April 30 with right shoulder soreness. ... The Orioles wore throwback uniforms honoring the 1932 Baltimore Black Sox Negro League team.
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Indians-Angels
CLEVELAND: OF David Dellucci, who underwent surgery to repair a tear in his left hamstring and hasn't played since June 19, was activated from the 60-day disabled list. The 11-year veteran, in the first season of a three-year contract, was hitting .234 with four home runs and 20 RBIs in 54 games before the injury. ... INF Joe Inglett, who was playing for Triple-A Buffalo, was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for Dellucci.
me guys won't get as many starts as some other guys, but I'm probably not leaning toward that.''
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NATIONAL LEAGUE
Pirates-Cardinals
PITTSBURGH: C Ronny Paulino, 12-for-22 with three homers and 10 RBIs in his last five games against the Cardinals, walked as a pinch hitter in the eighth. Paulino was 8-for-12 with a homer, two doubles, five RBIs and six runs in the first three games of the four-game series. ... The Pirates wrapped up an 18-game stretch that included 14 road contests, going 9-9. ... Bautista has eight RBIs in his last six games. ... RHP Bryan Bullington was the 10th starter used this season by the Pirates, who also used 10 in 2006. ... Josh Phelps is batting .472 (17-for-36) with three homers and 11 RBIs in 10 starts. ... The Cardinals' 22-hit attack was the most against the Pirates since Aug. 3, 2003, when the Rockies totaled 24.
g 23 pitchers. It's seven off the franchise record of 51 in 1997 but three more than last year's total. ... The Cardinals are 36-26 against the NL Central, including 9-6 against the Pirates. ... Manager Tony La Russa used his 131st lineup in 137 games. ... The Cardinals have not lost a four-game series all season.
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Dodgers-Cubs
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CHICAGO: Manager Lou Piniella says rookie Geovany Soto could be the team's top catcher next spring. Soto had two hits and threw out a runner Wednesday night and is coming off a minor league season in which he was named Player of the Year in the Pacific Coast League with a .353 average, 26 homers and 109 RBIs in 110 games. ``He's a good looking player. We're going to give him some playing time here in September. How much, we'll see. But he didn't come here just to sit,'' Piniella said. The 24-year-old Soto is ready. ``I've been in this organization for seven years and I'm progressing every year,'' he said. ``I think I'm ready to play up here in the big leagues and hopefully they give me a chance.'' Soto was initially a third baseman but was converted early in his minor league career. ... Alfonso Soriano's seven leadoff homers are one shy of Rick Monday's club record set in 1976. His 39 career leadoff homers rank fourth in major league history ... Derrek Lee celebrated his 32nd birthday with two hits but didn't homer. He had homered on his birthday the last four years. ... The Cubs now go on a tough 10-game road trip to Pittsburgh, Houston and St. Louis, broken up Monday by a makeup game at Wrigley Field against the Cardinals.

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