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Monday, 10 September 2007 15:36
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 AMERICAN LEAGUE
Twins-Royals
MINNESOTA: LHP Francisco Liriano, who has been out all season, is scheduled to throw off the mound Nov. 1 for the first time since having ``Tommy John'' surgery last Nov. 6. Liriano is rehabbing at the Twins' complex in Fort Myers, Fla. ... Rookie 2B Alexi Casilla, who did not play in the past four games and in six of the past eight games, returned to the lineup Monday. ``He needs to step back and shorten his swing,'' Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. ... The Twins have used 41 players, compared to 39 last season. ... The Twins have struck out 716 times, which is the lowest in the majors. They are averaging 5.01 strikeouts in their first 143 games.
elievers has logged 404 strikeouts in 479 1-3 innings. ... OF Emil Brown is two doubles shy of 100 for his career. ... The Royals top the majors with 81 HBPs. The team leader is CF David DeJesus with 18, which ties the club record.
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Tigers-Blue Jays
DETROIT: An MRI exam of RHP Jeremy Bonderman's sore right elbow showed pinched cartilage, which will not require surgery. Manager Jim Leyland said he doubts Bonderman will pitch again this season. ... OF Curtis Granderson and DH Gary Sheffield are only the third pair of Tigers teammates to hit 20 homers and steal 20 bases during a season. Alan Trammell and Kirk Gibson accomplished the feat during the 1986 and '87 seasons. ... Twenty-two of Detroit's final 37 games are at Comerica Park.
TORONTO: OF Matt Stairs' eight-game RBI streak ended Sunday at Tampa Bay, leaving him tied with Carlos Delgado (2000, '03) and Willie Upshaw (1983) for the club record for consecutive games with an RBI. Stairs, who did not start Monday at Detroit, is batting .433 with 19 RBIs and five homers in his last 25 games. ... 2B Aaron Hill's 15 homers are two off the club record for a second baseman set by Roberto Alomar in 1993. ... The Blue Jays' 48 one-run games are the most in the AL and one behind Arizona's league-leading total.
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Devil Rays-Red Sox
TAMPA BAY: The Devil Rays promoted INF Jorge Velandia from Triple-A Durham. To make room on the 40-man roster, they moved SS Ben Zobrist from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL with a strained muscle in his right side. ... Three of Tampa Bay's minor league teams are in their league championship series: Durham in the Triple-A International League, Montgomery in the Double-A Southern League and Columbus in the Class-A South Atlantic League. ... The Devil Rays began the day with 19 games left - all against teams with a chance to make the playoffs.
BOSTON: DH David Ortiz didn't start against LHP Scott Kazmir. Ortiz said his troublesome right knee was more sore than usual. ``I'd rather take a day off, especially against a guy that's been owning you,'' Ortiz said. He is 5-for-34 in his career against Kazmir. ... Manager Terry Francona said Doug Mirabelli's strained left hamstring will keep him from catching Tim Wakefield on Tuesday night. Mirabelli, outstanding at handling Wakefield's knuckler, likely will be replaced by Kevin Cash. ... Julio Lugo started in Ortiz's place at DH and led off the bottom of the first with a single. It was the shortstop's first game as DH this year.
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Indians-White Sox
is former team. ``I hope we don't see it. I hope he does it against somebody else,'' Wedge said. ... In the first seven games of a 10-game road trip, the Indians were 5-2. They had gained seven games on the Detroit Tigers in the second half and Wedge just wants to stay in the background during their successful stretch. ``I believe it's the manager's job to stay the hell out of the way when things are going good and get out in front when a team is struggling,'' he said.
CHICAGO: The White Sox are 61-82 through 143 games, the worst mark since going 59-84 in 1989. ... Mark Buehrle is scheduled to start on Sunday against Anaheim. RHP Gavin Floyd started in place of Buehrle on Monday night. The White Sox were trying to get a look at the rookie right-hander. ... Before Monday night's game against the Indians, Jim Thome is 6-for-12 in his last three games with three homers. He was two homers shy of 500 and the rest of his teammates feel excitement for Thome. ``He's been great with it. He has let everyone in. I imagine sometimes when guys get into that situation, they're probably not the friendliest guys to begin with and they go out and make it their own thing, but he's proving again he's a great teammate by letting everyone share with him,'' Paul Konerko said.
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NATIONAL LEAGUE
Rockies-Phillies
COLORADO: Manager Clint Hurdle still isn't sure who the Rockies will pitch Wednesday in Philadelphia. ``We don't have to name a starter,'' he said. ... Hurdle said RHP Elmer Dessens (hamstring) isn't a candidate and likely won't return to pitch until next week's series against the Dodgers, at the earliest. ... The Rockies are still without 2B Kaz Matsui (strained right hamstring). Hurdle said Matsui was being evaluated daily and would be back in the lineup as soon as ``he can go out and do a good job.''
PHILADELPHIA: Manager Charlie Manuel isn't counting the Phillies out of catching the New York Mets in the NL East. ``There are a lot of teams that have lost six, seven, eight straight,'' Manuel said. The Phillies swept a four-game series against the Mets two weeks ago and the rematch is this weekend in New York. ... OF Michael Bourn (ankle) was activated from the DL. ... Injured LHP Cole Hamels will throw in the bullpen on Wednesday.
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Nationals-Marlins
WASHINGTON: The Nationals needed just one win in three games at Florida this week to earn the franchise's first season-series victory against the Marlins since 1998, when Montreal went 7-5. ... Relievers entered Monday night's game having posted a 2.09 ERA and .210 (39-for-186) batting average against in 14 games since Aug. 25. ... RF Austin Kearns was hitting .369 (31-for-84) with 10 RBIs in his previous 23 games. ... 3B Ryan Zimmerman had 33 RBIs in his previous 38 games and was on pace for 94 RBIs overall.
FLORIDA: RHP Rick VandenHurk has been removed from the rotation and will not pitch again this season. The Marlins are being careful with VandenHurk, who pitched just 25 innings last season following Tommy John surgery. ``It's been a great year,'' VandenHurk said. ``I've got a lot to learn.'' ... LHP Chris Seddon will make his first major league start Tuesday night, and RHP Sergio Mitre has been pushed back from Tuesday to Saturday. RHP Byung-Hyun Kim will start against Washington on Wednesday and LHP Dontrelle Willis at Colorado on Friday night. ... Matt Treanor (bruised left knee) was available but manager Fredi Gonzalez was unsure whether the catcher would be used.
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Brewers-Pirates
MILWAUKEE: The Brewers have settled on a rotation for the start of next weekend's series in Cincinnati, with Ben Sheets (12-4) going Friday and Jeff Suppan (9-11) on Saturday. Manager Ned Yost has not yet said who will start Sunday. Carlos Villanueva (7-3) made only his third start in 55 appearances Monday night in Pittsburgh. ... Ryan Braun hit 30 homers in his first 94 major league games, including two Sunday in Cincinnati. No player has hit as many homers in so few at-bats since Mark McGwire hit 30 in 84 games during the 1986 and 1987 seasons for Oakland. ... Nashville Sounds manager Frank Kremblas joined Milwaukee's staff for the rest of the season.
PITTSBURGH: OF Xavier Nady (concussion) remained out of the lineup Monday with recurring headaches. ... OF Jason Bay has no structural damage in his right knee, based on an MRI exam Monday. He hopes to resume playing later this week. ... SS Jack Wilson was chosen as the NL Player of the Week for the first time in his career. He was 16-for-26 with six doubles, two homers and 11 RBIs last week. Bay and LHP Tom Gorzelanny were chosen earlier this season. ... From Aug. 1 through Sunday, Wilson's .418 average was the highest in the majors.
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Cubs-Cardinals
series. He gave up eight hits and six runs in 3 1-3 innings. ... The Cardinals best hope in the final three weeks is how well they've played against NL Central opponents. St. Louis is 36-25 in the division. Seventeen of their final 21 games are against divisional teams.
Mark DeRosa had swelling in his elbow after being hit by a pitch and could miss Tuesday's game in Houston.
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Braves-Mets
ATLANTA: 3B Chipper Jones and CF Andruw Jones were scratched from the lineup minutes before the first pitch. Chipper Jones strained a muscle on his right side during batting practice. It was uncertain how long he might be out. Andruw Jones was removed from the lineup because of an illness. Both sluggers were day to day. ... C Brian McCann had hit safely in 28 of his last 33 games.
NEW YORK: In a pregame ceremony on the field, the Mets honored RHP Pedro Martinez for reaching 3,000 career strikeouts. The three-time Cy Young Award winner was joined by family members, including his brother, Ramon, a former big league pitcher, and doctors who handled his shoulder surgery last year. Of the 15 major league pitchers with 3,000 strikeouts, Martinez is one of only three with more Ks than innings pitched. Nolan Ryan and Randy Johnson are the others. The jersey Martinez wore on Sept. 3 in Cincinnati, when he reached the milestone, will be displayed at the Hall of Fame. ``I would like to thank the fans for all the support and all the beautiful letters that I received even when I wasn't with the team,'' Martinez said after a video tribute. ... Backup C Ramon Castro, on the DL with lower back arthritis, was expected to play for Class-A Brooklyn on Monday night, which would be the third game of his rehab assignment. Castro caught eight innings Sunday night and went 2-for-3 with a walk.
 

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