|Notes from Thursday's games|
|Written by Admin|
|Friday, 14 September 2007 15:11|
NEW YORK: Andy Pettitte extended his streak to 64 starts without allowing a first-inning homer. ... 1B Jason Giambi was back in the lineup after sitting out Thursday night's 2-1 loss in Toronto and allowed J.D. Drew's third-inning grounder to go through his legs for a run-scoring error. ``Giambi is feeling better. There has been no tightness in his shoulder,'' manager Joe Torre said. ... Torre confirmed that Roger Clemens will start the series finale Sunday night. Clemens had said Thursday he had ``no doubt'' he'd start after he threw 40 pitches in a bullpen session before the game against Toronto. He had been feeling discomfort in his right elbow. ... Boston's Josh Beckett and New York's Chien-Ming Wang, both 18-6, face each other Saturday. ``I can't fault whoever votes for Beckett or Wang for the Cy Young, but they're two different type pitchers,'' Torre said.
BOSTON: CF Coco Crisp was a late scratch from Boston's lineup with a sore left hip. Rookie Jacoby Ellsbury replaced him in the field and in the No. 9 spot in the lineup. ... Ellsbury had an RBI single in the second inning, extending his hitting streak to 12 games since he was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket. ... Manager Terry Francona downplayed consecutive fastballs from New York's Joba Chamberlain that went over 1B Kevin Youkilis' head in the previous game between the teams on Aug. 30. Chamberlain was suspended for two games. ``That was a long time ago,'' Francona said. ``I think we have a way of moving on with things maybe better than the media.'' In the first inning Friday, Boston's Daisuke Matsuzaka hit Alex Rodriguez with a curveball in the left thigh, loading the bases.''
y night, they'll play the Indians six times, including a three-game series in Kansas City to end the season. The Royals have a three-game series against the second-place Tigers in Detroit next weekend.
CLEVELAND: If LHP C.C. Sabathia ever wanted to hire a campaign manager to help him win the AL's Cy Young vote, Joe Borowski would be the guy. Sabathia entered Friday ranked third in the AL in wins (17), fourth in strikeouts (185), third in ERA (3.15), second in complete games (4) and he led the majors in innings (220). To Borowski, Sabathia is second to none. ``C.C has stepped it up in every way,'' the closer said. ``If the bullpen needs a rest, he'll go out there and throw eight or nine innings. If we're coming off a two- or three-game losing streak, he'll go out there and give us the best opportunity to get a win. ``He'll go out there for seven or eight games in a row and get only a run of support and he'll never complain.'' The only Indians pitcher to win the Cy Young was Gaylord Perry in 1972. ... In Sabathia (17-7), Fausto Carmona (16-8) and Paul Byrd (15-6), the Indians are baseball's only team with three 15-game winners.
BALTIMORE: OF Corey Patterson, who has missed the previous seven games, tested his sprained left ankle by running before Friday's game. Manager Dave Trembley said Patterson could return in time for the start of a three-game series against the New York Yankees that begins Monday in the Bronx. ... 3B Melvin Mora (tight lower back) was held out of the starting lineup Friday and is expected to miss one or two more days, Trembley said. ... RHP Danys Baez (sore elbow) did not travel with the team to Toronto, remaining in Baltimore to undergo an MRI exam. He is day to day. ... LHP Kurt Birkins will start Saturday in place of RHP Victor Zambrano, because the Orioles want Zambrano to be available out of the bullpen. Entering play Friday, Baltimore starters had pitched more than five innings just once in the team's past eight games. RHP Jon Leicester worked 5 2-3 innings Thursday against the Los Angeles Angels
TORONTO: The Blue Jays claimed INF Joe Inglett on waivers from Cleveland and placed 3B Troy Glaus on the 60-day DL to make room on the 40-man roster. Inglett will not report to Toronto, which has 16 games remaining. Blue Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi said Glaus is scheduled to undergo season-ending surgery Monday to repair a nerve in his left foot. He will not return this season. ... Ricciardi said the Blue Jays will wait until after the season to work on a new contract for free agent OF Matt Stairs, who has hit 19 home runs in 306 at-bats this season. ... Ricciardi said he will make a decision ``very soon'' after the end of the season on the status of Toronto's coaches, all of whose contracts are about to expire. Only manager John Gibbons is signed through 2008.
DETROIT: The Tigers have sustained a series of injuries in their rotation this season, and rookie Yorman Bazardo will be the latest youngster to get a start, on Saturday. Manager Jim Leyland said he's not looking at it like a tryout, though. ``I think he's a good choice. They haven't seen him. I'm trying to win the game,'' Leyland said. ... Leyland said DH Gary Sheffield, who missed two weeks with a shoulder problem and has had trouble with the injury all season, could play the outfield some next season. The manager downplayed the issue of whether Sheffield was in better shape now than earlier this summer. ``I just think it's sore, and some days it's more sore than others,'' Leyland said. ... Leyland said he was sad to see Twins GM Terry Ryan resign. Leyland was managing in Class A for Clinton in 1973, when Ryan went 10-0 as a pitcher for Wisconsin Rapids in the Midwest League.
MINNESOTA: The Twins have removed struggling RH Boof Bonser from the rotation. He'll be replaced by Kevin Slowey, who is scheduled to start Monday against the Rangers. ... RHP Carlos Silva, who hurt his groin and was pulled from his start Wednesday against the Royals after only two innings. Silva was upset by the early hook, claiming he could still pitch. He'll throw a bullpen session on Saturday, when the Twins will decide if he's healthy enough to stay on track and start again on Tuesday. If not, he'll be pushed back.
LOS ANGELES: OF Vladimir Guerrero (inflamed right triceps) was relegated to DH duties for a fourth straight game, but manager Mike Scioscia hopes to have his slugger back in right field within a few days. ``But it will still probably going to take a bit of a progression to get him out to play right field,'' Scioscia said. Guerrero was 6-for-14 with two homers and eight RBIs the previous three games. ... OF Gary Mathews Jr. missed his third consecutive game with a sprained right ankle but did get in some work before Friday's game. ``He's going to play some catch today but it's still tough to put a time frame on,'' Scioscia said. ... RHP Justin Speier found out why he had been experiencing some discomfort in his right knee. ``I thought it was just knee tendinitis, and then I got it evaluated and it was a slight strain of the MCL,'' he said before throwing on the side.
said he has no plans to buy a new house or car after agreeing on a contract extension that runs through 2012 on Tuesday. ``I already got all those,'' Guillen said. ``My kids are going to be more comfortable, I guess.''
ATLANTA: 3B Chipper Jones returned to the lineup Friday night after missing three consecutive starts because of a strained muscle on his right side. He hurt himself Monday during batting practice and was a late scratch from that day's game at the New York Mets. Jones wound up missing the rest of that series. Jones entered Friday batting .330 with 25 homers and 87 RBIs and singled in his first at-bat. ... GM John Schuerholz and four players - John Smoltz, Tim Hudson, Brian McCann and Jeff Francoeur - went to the White House and visited with President Bush. ``He said, 'We need some pitchers' - that's what I heard,'' Schuerholz said of his Oval Office chat. ``I said, 'We've been trying for two months. We can't get any.''' And Bush's reply? ``No, John, pictures.''
a runner in scoring position,'' Nationals GM Jim Bowden said. ... RHP John Patterson had surgery Friday on a nerve in his right arm. Patterson went 1-5 with a 7.47 ERA in seven starts this season. He went on the DL on May 6. ... LHP Micah Bowie is going to St. Louis to have surgery to repair a sports hernia and will be put on the 60-day DL.
PHILADELPHIA: RHP Antonio Alfonseca was suspended for four games, a day after he was ejected for hitting Colorado's Todd Helton with a pitch. Alfonseca appealed the suspension and was available for the opener of Philadelphia's crucial weekend series against the NL East-leading New York Mets. ``I think four days is kind of harsh,'' manager Charlie Manuel said. ... Entering Friday's game against New York, the Phillies were leading the major leagues with 43 come-from-behind wins.
the next couple days or so,'' Randolph said.
CINCINNATI: With RHP David Weathers, the team's closer with 30 saves, and RHP Jared Burton having pitched three days in row, manager Pete Mackanin said that the two relievers were unavailable for Friday night's game. While the decision leaves the team ``somewhat in jeopardy,'' he was not going to use them regardless of the situation. Instead, left-handed relievers Mike Stanton, who has plenty of experience as a closer, and Bill Bray would get the call with the game on the line. ... INF Joey Votto, called up Sept. 4, made his seventh start at first base. He came in batting .455 with two homers and eight RBIs. ``I'm pleased with what I've seen so far,'' Mackanin said. ``He's keeping his ears open and his mouth shut.''
MILWAUKEE: Manager Ned Yost said that his team's collective approach in the final 17 games is to do all the things necessary to win. ``There's no egos involved anymore this time of year,'' he said. ``We've got to show up every day with the intention of winning this baseball game.'' ... The Brewers sent OF Andrew Lefave from their Class-A affiliate in West Virginia to Washington as the player to be named in the Sept. 4 trade that brought LHP Ray King to Milwaukee.
PITTSBURGH: OFs Jason Bay and Xavier Nady were out of Friday's starting lineup, but manager Jim Tracy said both will see action before the end of the Houston series. Bay has tendinitis in his knee, while Nady is recovering from a concussion he suffered when he was hit by a pitch in St. Louis on Sept. 3. ... Rookie Steve Pearce, who made his major league debut on Sept. 1, started in right field on Friday night. Pearce has started 10 games since his call-up from Triple-A Indianapolis and was hitting .438 in his last five games. ``Let's let him have a look at Roy Oswalt,'' Tracy said. ``It's very prudent for us to do that because of the progress this kid has made.'' ... Tracy said John Van Benschoten will start in San Diego on Monday, replacing Tony Armas. Van Benschoten, recalled from the minors on Sept. 4, went 0-5 in seven starts for Pittsburgh between June 15 and July 28. Tracy said Armas will pitch out of the bullpen.
league start and was playing CF. Ransom was starting his third game at SS. Cooper said he would start another rookie, C J.R. Towles, on Saturday and Sunday. ``We're just looking to see how they respond in this atmosphere,'' Cooper said. ``Hopefully, we'll get them in some games where they'll be able to strut their stuff a little bit.''
CHICAGO: 1B Derrek Lee returned to the lineup. He was a late scratch on Thursday after fouling a ball off his knee. Lee was batting .370 in September, second best in the NL. ... The Cubs had 20 homers this month, one more than their total from August and seven more than their total from July, and had connected in six straight games. ... Alfonso Soriano hit his eighth leadoff homer on Thursday, tying the franchise record set by Rick Monday in 1976, including three this month. ... The Cubs were 58-33, a percentage of .637, whenever starting pitchers worked at least six innings, and 17-38 otherwise.
one 73 at-bats and 20 games since his last home run on Aug. 22 against the Marlins. ... Prior to the game, members of the 1987 NL pennant-winning team were honored, including manager Whitey Herzog, Ozzie Smith, Jack Clark, Bob Forsch and Vince Coleman. ... La Russa said he didn't think the Cardinals had been reduced to spoilers after an 0-7 trip, the franchise's worst since 1972. ``That's not a label that comes to my mind,'' he said. ``What comes to mind is we've got four games against the team that's ahead of us.''
FLORIDA: The Marlins left RHP Armando Benitez behind in Miami. ``He will work with a physical therapist to work on his back problems,'' manager Fredi Gonzalez said. ``There was no sense of making him get on a plane for four hours with his sore back.'' ... Gonzalez will start RHP Byung-Hyun Kim on Monday in Atlanta and start either LHP Chris Seddon or RHP Daniel Barone on Tuesday. ... C Matt Treanor was in the lineup on Friday because he was 5-for-6 against RHP Josh Fogg. ... LHP Renyel Pinto was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list.
COLORADO: OF Brad Hawpe wasn't in the starting lineup Friday night since the Rockies were facing LHP Dontrelle Willis. Hawpe is hitting .179 against lefties this season. ``There have been challenges from that side,'' manager Clint Hurdle said. ``We need to explore every opportunity to help him get better.'' ... OF Jeff Baker made his first start since suffering a mild concussion on Aug. 10 when Chicago Cubs starter Jason Marquis hit him in the helmet. Baker has appeared as a pinch hitter, going 0-for-3. ... Hurdle grew irritated at being asked about Philadelphia RHP Antonio Alfonseca's four-game suspension for hitting 1B Todd Helton with a pitch Thursday. ``I'm not going to stay here for 15 minutes talking about Alfonseca's suspension,'' Hurdle said.