|Notes from Friday's games|
|Written by Admin|
|Friday, 07 September 2007 16:59|
SEATTLE: If the Mariners end the season tied with either the New York Yankees or Detroit Tigers for the wild-card playoff spot, they would play a one-game playoff on the road, it was determined by a coin flip by Major League Baseball. Seattle would play at New York if tied with the Yankees, and at Detroit if tied with the Tigers. ... RHP Jorge Campillo was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma. He was 9-6 with a 3.07 ERA.
DETROIT: Should they finish the season tied for the wild-card playoff spot with either the New York Yankees or Seattle Mariners, the Tigers would play a one-game playoff at New York, or would host Seattle in the contest, it was determined by a coin flip by Major League Baseball. ... RHP Jair Jurrjens, on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation, is scheduled to throw on Saturday. If all goes well, he'll start one of the games of Tuesday's doubleheader with Texas.
BOSTON: C Doug Mirabelli said his injured left hamstring, which forced him out of Thursday's game, remains sore and it might be Saturday before he has a sense of how serious the problem is. ``I just want to get back here and play,'' said Mirabelli, who was activated Sept. 1 after missing 14 games with a strained right calf muscle. ``I've already been gone for three weeks. I don't want to be gone for another three weeks.'' Manager Terry Francona said the Red Sox had no plans to add another catcher to the roster. ... OF Brandon Moss has been working at first base with Francona and coach Luis Alicea and will play the position in winter ball.
BALTIMORE: The Orioles purchased the contract of RHP Victor Santos from the Cincinnati Reds. Santos, who went 1-4 in 32 games with the Reds this season, is expected to report Saturday. To clear room on the 40-man roster, Baltimore designated OF Jon Knott for assignment. ... 1B Kevin Millar entered Friday's game needing four plate appearances to reach 475 for the season, thereby triggering a vesting option that guarantees him a contract in '08. ... OF Corey Patterson missed a second straight game with a sprained left ankle. ... LHP Garrett Olson, who left Thursday's game against Boston with stiffness in his forearm, will miss his next start, manager Dave Trembley said.
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TORONTO: RHP Casey Janssen, who was hit on the right ankle by a liner Wednesday, said he is available to pitch this weekend. ``It's fine,'' Janssen said. ``I'm ready to go.'' Janssen had his ankle taped Friday, but doesn't expect to tape it on Saturday. ... Tampa Bay LF Carl Crawford entered Friday hitting .388 (19-for-49) with five homers and 13 RBIs against Toronto this season. The All-Star outfielder is appealing a two-game suspension given to him Wednesday, which means he can play until a hearing is held. ``I can't blame him,'' Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said with a smile.
TAMPA BAY: The Devil Rays scored 118 runs in winning 10 of their previous 13 games. Almost going unnoticed was Tampa Bay's improved ERA of 4.19 over the previous 12 games, which was 11th overall in the majors. ``They're smoking,'' Toronto manager John Gibbons said. ``I have said it all along, the nights they pitch, they win.'' ... Devil Rays manager Joe Maddon said there could be some news on tests performed on injured CF Rocco Baldelli in the next few days. Baldelli had his minor league rehab assignment for a strained left hamstring shutdown late last month.
OAKLAND: RHP Rich Harden will throw two innings or 30 pitches in a simulated game on Saturday. Harden has been on the 15-day DL since July 8 due to a strained right shoulder. Harden has pitched in only seven games this season. ... When newly acquired OF Kevin Thompson makes his A's debut, it will raise the number of players used this season to a major league-high 52, fourth highest in team history. The club record is 56 by the 1915 Philadelphia A's.
TEXAS: Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Saturday night's game against the A's. Team owner Tom Hicks is a major Giuliani supporter, and Hicks has arranged for a Giuliani rally outside the stadium on Saturday afternoon. ... With nine OFs on the roster, manager Ron Washington has a difficult time keeping everyone sharp. Rookie David Murphy has moved into contention for a roster spot next spring by playing all three OF positions and batting .367 in his first 22 games for Texas. Meanwhile, Nelson Cruz has taken a step back with a 4-for-33 slide. Cruz remained out of the starting lineup on Friday night while he worked with hitting instructor Rudy Jaramillo to correct some mechanical problems with his swing. ``Cruz will be out there Saturday and Sunday,'' Washington said. ``They're trying to work some things out at the plate.''
ger Joe Torre said Roger Clemens could make his next start next weekend in Boston. The Rocket last pitched on Sept. 3 before receiving a cortisone shot in his right elbow.
KANSAS CITY: RHP Gil Meche, who started Friday night against the Yankees, came into the game with the sparest run support of any qualifying AL pitcher, getting an average of 3.85 runs per nine innings while he was in the game. Meche reached the 30-start plateau for the third time in his career. ... Attendance at Kauffman Stadium on Friday night was guaranteed to bring the season total past that of each of the past two years. Kansas City entered Friday night with a total draw for 2007 of 1,370,678 - 1,960 shy of last year and only 504 behind the 2005 total.
The last game was kind of nerve racking, to tell you the truth. That's not the way you like to go into a game, so it's nice to have a (second) catcher here.''
CHICAGO: White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen didn't want to comment on whether Chicago would be interested in Torii Hunter when he becomes a free agent after the season. ``Everybody wants that guy. I wish I'm Torii Hunter's agent,'' said Guillen, who deferred questions to GM Ken Williams. ``He is in a great situation right now. If he is in the White Sox plans, you have to ask Kenny. Wow. There is going to be a lot of cake for that kid this year. He is going to go where the cash is. You can't send your kid to college with a ring.''
CLEVELAND: The Indians entered Friday 70-20 when scoring four or more runs and 11-39 when scoring no more than three. ... LHP Rafael Perez came in with a 0.98 ERA since the All-Star break. ... The Indians' starting pitchers had compiled 880 innings entering the second game of their four-game series with the Angels, the most by any rotation in the majors. ... LHP C.C. Sabathia, who starts on Saturday night against Ervin Santana, is one victory away from tying his career high, and 18 strikeouts shy of his first 200-strikeout in the big leagues. He is already the first Indians pitcher in 50 years to reach double digits in wins for seven consecutive seasons.
LOS ANGELES: RF Vladimir Guerrero missed his second straight game because of inflammation in his right triceps. But 3B Chone Figgins was in the starting lineup for the first time since Aug. 21 after being sidelined because of a sprained left wrist. But he admits there's still some soreness. ``None of us are ever 100 percent, but I feel like I can go out and compete at a high level without hurting the team,'' said the switch-hitting Figgins, who has less pain batting left-handed than right-handed.
CHICAGO: RHP Carlos Zambrano, 0-5 with a 9.42 ERA since he last won, starts Saturday night in Pittsburgh. He is 7-6 in 18 games against the Pirates but is 0-2 this season. Zambrano hasn't won since July 29, going 0-4 with a 7.06 ERA in August. The slump prompted him to criticize the team's fans, but he apologized a day later. ... Cubs coach Ivan DeJesus (prostate surgery) hopes to rejoin the team next week. ... Beginning Friday, the Cubs began a closing stretch in which they play 16 of 23 away from Wrigley Field, including 10 of 11. Their only time home during that span will be a makeup game Monday against St. Louis.
PITTSBURGH: LHP Zach Duke, the Pirates' opening-day starter, will be used out of the bullpen the rest of the season and won't return to the rotation when he is activated. He hasn't pitched in the majors since late June because of elbow inflammation. Duke allowed one run in 5 2-3 innings for Double-A State College during his fourth and final rehabilitation start Thursday. ... LHP Paul Maholm (lower back stiffness) is expected to throw a side session Saturday. He hasn't thrown since being scratched from a scheduled start Sunday in Milwaukee. ... How's this for a goal? The Pirates had to go 21-1 in their final 22 games for their first winning season since 1992.
FLORIDA: The Marlins are almost assured of their second consecutive losing season after three straight winning years. ... Miguel Cabrera is on the verge of becoming the third player in the majors to top 100 RBIs in each of the last four seasons. ... Cody Ross extended his career-best hitting streak to nine games with an RBI double in the second inning. ... LHP Scott Olsen was pushed back to Monday instead of starting against the Phillies on Saturday. Rick VandenHurk pitches in Olsen's spot.
the wild-card spot. They would only host if tied with the Cubs.
HOUSTON: RHP Roy Oswalt is scheduled to face Pedro Martinez on Sunday in a marquee matchup. Martinez (.692) and Oswalt (.679) rank 1-2 among active pitchers in career winning percentage. Oswalt is 6-0 with a 1.78 ERA in his past seven starts. Houston has won 12 of his last 13 starts. ... 1B Lance Berkman homered in the first inning, giving him homers in three of his last five games and five of his past nine. ... The Astros interviewed another candidate for their vacant general manager job: Los Angeles Dodgers assistant GM Logan White. He was the seventh man to meet with the team about the position. Houston will interview more candidates next week.
ch count Sunday against Houston. The three-time Cy Young Award winner threw 76 pitches Monday at Cincinnati in his first start back from shoulder surgery last year. ``I'm going to be pushed a little further and I'm going to push myself and I'm going to try to improve from the other outing,'' Martinez said. ``It's nice to be back with the team and doing the routine that I'm going to do now for the rest of my career hopefully.'' ... In a pregame ceremony on the field, the Mets honored the late Gil Hodges, who managed them to the 1969 World Series title. Hodges was recently inducted into the United States Marine Corps Sports Hall of Fame. Tom Seaver and Yogi Berra were among those on hand for the ceremony. The team retired Hodges' No. 14 long ago. ... 3B David Wright was among several Mets who shot a music video with Jerry Seinfeld at Shea Stadium to promote an upcoming animated movie. ``All I did was catch a yellow baseball and get a little paint on my hands,'' Wright said. ... Speedy OF Carlos Gomez was activated from the 60-day disabled list. The rookie, who had been sidelined since July 5 with a broken left hand, could see action as a pinch-runner and defensive replacement down the stretch.
MILWAUKEE: Starter Dave Bush gave up six runs in the first, one short of the most scored against the Brewers in an inning this year. Milwaukee pitchers have twice allowed seven in an inning. The seven hits by the Reds tied the most against a Brewers' pitcher in an inning this season. ... Ken Griffey Jr.'s second-inning homer was the 593rd of his career and 30th this season. ... It was the shortest start of Bush's career. He went two innings on April 18, 2005 for Toronto against Boston. ... Brewers' starters were 6-0 in the past nine games. ... Friday night's game was the 10th in a stretch of 21 against NL Central opponents.
CINCINNATI: C Ryan Jorgensen, who appeared in four games with the Reds before being optioned to Triple-A Louisville on Aug. 27, was suspended for 50 games for an unspecified violation of baseball's drug prevention and treatment program, the commissioner's office said. Jorgensen had batted .200 (3 for 15) with 2 HR and 6 RBI in four games. ``Ryan understands the rules of the program and will serve the appropriate suspension,'' the club said in a statement and declined further comment. ... Reliever Victor Santos was traded to the Orioles for cash. He appeared in 32 games, was 1-4 with a 5.14 ERA. ... Josh Hamilton started in center field despite a sore hamstring. ``He's had a nagging issue with it,'' manager Pete Mackanin said. ``I talked with him today and he said it was fine.'' Hamilton doubled in his first at-bat.
WASHINGTON: OF Ryan Church is getting plenty of time on the bench while the Nationals go with Wily Mo Pena, who was acquired on Aug. 17. Church went into Friday's game hitting .265 with 11 homers and 55 RBIs, compared with Pena's .226 average, 10 homers and 27 RBIs. Asked how Church was taking the reduced playing time, manager Manny Acta said, ``Our relationship's been pretty normal. He understands what we're trying to do here.'' ... The Nationals aren't going to the playoffs, but their Dominican Summer League team won a championship. The team, managed by Sergio Mendez, beat the Yankees' affiliate for the title. Acta said he was ``really proud'' of the accomplishment, which shows the new ownership is making strides in its attempt to bulk up the farm system.
ATLANTA: SS Edgar Renteria came off the disabled list before the game, but he'll need a few more days before he returns to the lineup. Renteria sprained his right ankle while trying to field a hard-hit grounder on Aug. 2. He returned for one at-bat at Cincinnati but aggravated the injury and went back on the DL. While Renteria was out, the Braves went 14-17 and fell out of contention in the NL East. ``He's a clutch hitter,'' Andruw Jones said. ``He's one of those guys that, when his situation comes up, he's going to get it done. If he needs to draw a walk, he'll draw a walk. Little stuff like that. He's just clutch. He's been doing it forever. He knows how to play the game.'' ... C Brian McCann keeps having problems with his left ankle. He initially hurt the ankle last season in a home-plate collision, then tweaked it again earlier this season. On Wednesday, it began bothering him again while running the bases, forcing him out of the game. But, with benefit of an off day in the schedule, McCann was back in the lineup for the opener of the weekend series. ``It comes and goes,'' he said.
SAN DIEGO: 2B Marcus Giles (sprained left knee) will be activated Sunday. ... According to manager Bud Black, a decision has not been made about OF Scott Hairston (strained left oblique muscle). ``We have to see how he feels,'' Black said. ``There are different degrees of strains with the oblique and we want to be sure.'' ... OF Milton Bradley's ejection by umpire Phil Cuzzi last Tuesday had a simple explanation. ``Phil thought he should have left the game in a more timely fashion,'' Black said. ... Black likes the Sept. 4 signing of RHP Brett Tomko. ``I like his arm,'' Black said. ``He has something to prove the last couple of weeks.''
enez against Philadelphia on Monday and then LHP Franklin Morales on Tuesday. Hurdle is undecided about the starter for Wednesday. ... There's an excitement in the clubhouse with the Rockies playing meaningful games in September. ``It's a whole different mind-set compared to what we've been dealing with in the past,'' Hurdle said. ``These guys understand there's more in front of us. We have more work to do.''
LOS ANGELES: 3B Nomar Garciaparra returned to the starting lineup, three days after coming off the 15-day disabled list. Garciaparra, who went on the DL on Aug. 14 with a strained left calf, batted fifth. ``We wouldn't put him out there if we were nervous,'' manager Grady Little said. ... Little planned to rest 1B James Loney for Saturday afternoon's game and play Shea Hillenbrand at first. Also, Luis Gonzalez was scheduled to start in LF Saturday. ... The Dodgers had won 11 straight in San Francisco, their longest streak in a road ballpark since getting 13 straight victories at Candlestick Park from Aug. 1, 1976-Sept. 1, 1977.
nor irritation there,'' manager Bruce Bochy said. ``At this point we feel we should back him off. Could we pitch him? Sure. But we feel it's in our best interest to give him some rest. There's a very small outside chance (of him pitching again). I think Noah's had a great year - 14 wins before we shut him down.'' ... left-handed reliever Jack Taschner had an MRI exam on his troublesome shoulder that revealed a mild strain, which happened during his two scoreless innings Monday at Colorado. ``Basically strengthen and stretch, and hopefully (be ready) by the end of the homestand,'' Taschner said. ... The Giants transferred RHP reliever Vinnie Chulk to the 60-day disabled list with a circulatory ailment in his right arm that can be caused by tobacco use. Chulk, who had been chewing tobacco on and off for eight years, recently quit. By moving Chulk to the 60-day DL, it made room on the 40-man roster for infielder Scott McClain to come up from Triple-A Fresno. McClain is in the majors for the first time since playing 13 games late in the 2005 season for the Chicago Cubs. In 1,636 career minor league games, he has 262 home runs and 1,001 RBIs.