AMERICAN LEAGUE
Orioles-Blue Jays
BALTIMORE: RHP Victor Zambrano, who worked four scoreless innings out of the bullpen in his Baltimore debut Saturday, will start the opener of a four-game series at Texas on Thursday in place of left-hander Kurt Birkins. ... RHP Jeremy Guthrie (strained left oblique) played catch Saturday but LHP Garrett Olson (strained forearm) has not yet been cleared to resume throwing. Olson will not start again this season, manager Dave Trembley said, while Guthrie will only pitch again if he's stretched out enough to start. ``There are quite a few hurdles both these guys have to cross before they will be considered,'' Trembley said. ``Quite frankly, we're running out of time.'' Baltimore has 14 games remaining. ... LHP Jamie Walker made his 77th appearance of the season, breaking the club record held by B.J. Ryan and Tippy Martinez.
TORONTO: 2B Aaron Hill hit his 42nd double, breaking Roberto Alomar's club record for second basemen set in 1991. Hill needs one home run to match Alomar's team mark of 17 set in 1993. ... DH Frank Thomas hit his 487th double, claiming sole possession of 56th place on the career list. ... Russ Adams' home run was his first since July 4, 2006, at Texas. ... The Blue Jays open a three-game series against the Red Sox on Monday. It is Boston's first visit to Toronto since sweeping a three-game set from May 8-10.
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Rangers-Athletics
TEXAS: RHP Vicente Padilla, ejected in the first inning after a fight with Nick Swisher, did not get an out in a game for the first time as a starter - and the first time overall since July 3, 1999, in St. Louis when he walked the only batter he faced as a Philadelphia Phillies reliever. ... C Gerald Laird, who ended a 1-for-24 slump with two hits Friday night, was scratched from the starting lineup with a sore right knee. ... SS Michael Young is hitting .347 (58-for-167) since Aug. 1. He needs 14 hits in his final 13 games for his fifth consecutive 200-hit season. He was batting .192 after going 0-for-9 in a day-night doubleheader against the New York Yankees on May 3. Young's grand slam was the Rangers' eighth of the year, matching the club record.
against Texas. ... RHP Dan Haren brings a season-long three-game losing streak into Monday's start against Seattle. He has six wins against the Mariners, his most against any team. ... RHP Andrew Brown allowed the first home run of his career - a grand slam to Michael Young. ... LHP Jerry Blevins made his major league debut when he came in to pitch the ninth.
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Yankees-Red Sox
NEW YORK: LF Johnny Damon had a rough early going: He dropped a sinking blooper for an error in the first inning, and in the third he was called out on a slow chopper to shortstop even though replays showed he was safe. ... Jorge Posada was in the lineup as the DH instead of catcher, one day after he was knocked over in a home plate collision with Eric Hinske.
BOSTON: Red Sox manager Terry Francona held off on announcing his starter for Wednesday, allowing for the possibility that he might juggle his rotation in preparation for a potential playoff series. It is Daisuke Matsuzaka's day to pitch. ... 2B Dustin Pedroia got knocked to the ground by RF J.D. Drew shortly after catching Johnny Damon's popup in the first. ... RHP Curt Schilling and Roger Clemens had not faced each other since Game 7 of the 2001 World Series. ... 1B Kevin Youkilis was out of the lineup a day after being hit on the right wrist with a pitch. It was diagnosed as a bruise.
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Royals-Indians
KANSAS CITY: RHP Joakim Soria earned his first save since Aug. 24. Soria, who has 15 saves in 19 opportunities, had pitched in four non-save situations before Sunday. His previous save situation came on Aug. 26 against the Indians when he blew his fourth chance of the season. ... DH Mike Sweeney (strained right groin) missed his second consecutive game. He got hurt while hitting an RBI double in the fifth inning Friday. Sweeney hopes to play Monday against the White Sox. ... 2B Mark Grudzielanek didn't start, but came in as a defensive replacement in the ninth. After batting .301 in August, Grudzielanek has struggled at the plate in September, batting .216 (11-for-51). ... The Royals are 4-10 this month. ... Kansas City is 19-20 in one-run games.
CLEVELAND: C Victor Martinez's sixth-inning homer was his 23rd of the season, matching his career high. He also hit 23 in 2004. Martinez has an 11-game hitting streak in which he's batting .349 (15-for-43) with seven RBIs. ... LHP Aaron Laffey has allowed four or more runs in four of his seven starts. ... The Indians are 26-22 in one-run games. ... Cleveland is 11-31 when scoring three runs or fewer. ... 1B Ryan Garko started after leaving Saturday's game with a bruised middle finger on his right hand. He was hit by a wild throw from Royals SS Jason Smith. Garko singled in the second, extending his hitting streak to seven games. He's batting .346 (9-for-26) during that stretch.
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Angels-White Sox
LOS ANGELES: OF Garret Anderson was rested. ``Garret needs a day off,'' manager Mike Scioscia said. ``He's been grinding it and I wanted to give him a day.'' Anderson has 37 RBIs in his last 24 games and was tied for the major league lead with 62 RBIs since the All-Star break entering Sunday. ... OF Gary Matthews Jr. missed his fifth straight game with a sprained ankle. While there is no timetable for his return, he is improving and could do some baseball drills this week. ``We're very encouraged by the strides that he's made in the last three days,'' Scioscia said. ... The Angels fell to 16-19 against left-handed starters. They are 71-43 against right-handed starters. Despite its struggles, the team is batting .282 against southpaws.
in his final season with Cleveland; 96 with the Phillies, including an NL-best 47 in 2003; and now has 70 with the White Sox. ... Thome has 412 homers off right-handers and 88 off lefties. ... The Phillies are the only major league team that Thome has not homered against. He has 278 solo homers, 153 two-run shots, 61 three-run homers and eight grand slams.
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Tigers-Twins
DETROIT: The Tigers won their sixth straight game in Minneapolis, tying the record for most consecutive victories by an opponent at the Metrodome. ``If someone would've told me we'd win six straight at the Metrodome, I would've told them they're crazy, smokin' something,'' manager Jim Leyland said. ... Curtis Granderson has scored 115 runs, the most by a Tigers player since 1978 when Ron LeFlore had 126. ... Joel Zumaya's bases-loaded walk in the eighth ended the bullpen's streak of 14 2-3 straight innings without allowing an earned run.
MINNESOTA: Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said RHP Carlos Silva would make his next scheduled start Tuesday against Texas. Silva hurt his groin and was pulled from his start last Wednesday against Kansas City after only two innings. ... The Twins have lost seven straight overall at the Metrodome and have been outscored 40-17 in those games. ... Before Curtis Granderson's leadoff homer, RHP Scott Baker had not given up a home run in 30 1-3 innings, dating to the second inning on Aug. 21 against Seattle.
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Devil Rays-Mariners
SEATTLE: 1B Richie Sexson has missed 12 of the last 15 games because of a sore left hamstring. He last played on Sept. 9. It remains uncertain if Sexson will return this season. ``He's had a rough year and I certainly don't want him to rush a comeback,'' manager John McLaren said. ``He has nothing to prove. The main thing he has to do is get in good shape in the offseason and come out next year and put this year behind him.'' Sexson is batting .205 with 21 homers and 63 RBIs. ... Ichiro Suzuki went 2-for-2 and has an AL-leading 69 multihit games. ... The Mariners are 67-0 when leading after eight innings, second-best in the majors behind the Angels (79-0).
e first two games of the weekend series, both losses, because of a two-game suspension.
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NATIONAL LEAGUE
Phillies-Mets
PHILADELPHIA: The Phillies are a season-best 11 games over .500 with 13 games left. ... Jimmy Rollins committed an error in the sixth, ending a 54-game errorless streak. It was the longest in the majors this year by a shortstop. ... Philadelphia has homered in 32 of its last 34 games against New York for a total of 55. ... The last time the Phillies swept three series of at least three games against a team in the same season was 1983 against the Cardinals.
NEW YORK: LF Moises Alou went 3-for-4 and is hitting .382 (29-for-76) during his 20-game hitting streak, currently the longest one in the majors. ... Sunday was the first time the Mets have used eight pitchers since May 23, 2006, in a 16-inning game against Philadelphia. It was the first time in a nine-inning game since Sept. 8, 2001, at Florida. ... RHP Brian Lawrence will start Monday at Washington in place of Orlando Hernandez, who has a sore right foot.
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Cubs-Cardinals
set, as opposed to 5-18-2 when dropping the first game.
ST. LOUIS: Albert Pujols, who has hit in 12 of 13 games, went 1-for-4 with a single in the ninth. Pujols did not score or drive in a run and needs eight RBIs and nine runs in the Cardinals' last 14 games to reach 100 in those categories for the seventh straight season. ... Jim Edmonds was ejected by plate umpire Paul Schieber in the seventh for throwing his bat after popping up to first with the bases loaded. ... Skip Schumaker's pinch-hit single in the seventh inning Sunday was the Cardinals' major league-leading 68th pinch hit.
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Reds-Brewers
CINCINNATI: RHP Matt Belisle struck out six of the first seven Milwaukee batters he faced, including five in a row to open the game. He finished with nine, tying a career-high set against Florida on Aug. 25. ... C Javier Valentin left the game in the sixth with lower-back soreness. ... SS Alex Gonzalez (knee) pinch-hit in the ninth inning of Sunday's game. He struck out.
hree-game series Monday night in Houston. Gallardo has posted a 0.90 ERA in his last three starts and has thrown 13 consecutive scoreless innings.
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Braves-Nationals
ATLANTA: The Braves purchased the contract of OF Brandon Jones Class Triple-A Richmond. He was immediately put in the starting lineup, giving Atlanta three players named Jones in the starting lineup: Chipper, Andruw and Brandon. It was the first time that three players with the same last name started a game since the Pittsburgh Pirates had Adrian, Emil and Brant Brown in the first three places of the batting order on Sept. 29, 1999. To make room for Jones on the 40-man roster, the Braves designated OF T.J. Bohn for assignment. ... RHP Buddy Carlyle, who left Saturday's game with a hyperextended right elbow, is still stiff. ``I was hoping he could start Tuesday,'' manager Bobby Cox said. In his place, Cox will use either Lance Cormier or Jo-Jo Reyes. ... RHP Tim Hudson's complete game was Atlanta's first of the season.
two days after undergoing surgery on his right elbow at Duke University Medical Center by Dr. David Ruch. Patterson plans to play winter ball and be ready for spring training. ``I have no reason to think I wouldn't be. I feel great,'' he said. ... 2B Ronnie Belliard's 10-game hitting streak ended.
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Pirates-Astros
PITTSBURGH: The Pirates have gotten a lot out of the lower part of their lineup, with normal No. 8 hitter Jack Wilson hitting .294 with 56 RBIs and No. 7 hitter Ronny Paulino hitting .264 with 54 RBIs. In Saturday's 9-7 loss, the two drove in all seven runs. ``We take a lot of pride in our hitting down there,'' Wilson said. ``Just because we are hitting down there doesn't mean we can't go out there and produce like everyone else.'' Manager Jim Tracy gave C Paulino the day off Sunday, partly in anticipation of Thursday's upcoming day game after a night game in San Diego. ``We caught Pauly the entire homestand last week,'' Tracy said. ``Somewhere you've got to give him a chance to catch up.'' ... Tracy looks forward to playing the Padres, Cubs and Diamondbacks, all either in first place in their divisions or contending for a wild card spot, over the next 10 days. The Pirates have played contenders much of the last six weeks and have gone 24-20 since Aug. 1, the best record in the Central Division in that span. ``What's been going on for us lately has been great for us,'' Tracy said.
HOUSTON: Interim manager Cecil Cooper said Roy Oswalt will be bumped from his Wednesday starting spot this week due to the pending birth of his second child. He will fly home to Weir, Miss., on Monday and his wife, Nicole. Oswalt is expected back with the team on Friday and tentatively will start Saturday's game in St. Louis. ``He wouldn't be in any shape to pitch Wednesday,'' Cooper said. ``We'll bump him and hopefully by the weekend in St. Louis he'll be ready.'' ... Cooper has let many of the veterans know they are going to see their playing time cut the rest of the season. Pitcher Woody Williams volunteered to go to the bullpen so rookie Felipe Paulino could get some starts, beginning Tuesday. ``I talked with Woody and he volunteered to step aside and go to the bullpen for the rest of the season so we can see some of these young kids,'' Cooper said. ``Woody's a real professional.'' Williams said he didn't mind the move. ``It's sad the season has come down to this but this will be a good time to look at some young kids,'' he said. ``Whether I'm here next year or with some other team, the bottom line is they need to see some young kids.'' ... Cooper announced SS Adam Everett, out since breaking his leg June 15, would be activated from the DL Monday and likely would play ``in a week or so.'' Everett said he was anxious to get back. ``I don't know if I'm 100 percent but I'm close to it,'' Everett said.
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Marlins-Rockies
FLORIDA: Manager Fredi Gonzalez is leaning toward LHP Chris Seddon to make the start Tuesday in Atlanta. Gonzalez said it came down to Seddon and RHP Daniel Barone. ... OF Josh Willingham was out of Florida's starting lineup with a sore back. ``The back was acting up and he needed a break,'' Gonzalez said. ... OF Jeremy Hermida went 0-for-4 to snap his 11-game hitting streak. ... Gonzalez expected more than managerial duties when the team arrives in Atlanta early Monday morning to begin a three-game series. ``I still have a home there and I will have a lot to do at home before I get to the ballpark,'' Gonzalez said.
COLORADO: OF Jeff Baker had three hits and scored twice as Brad Hawpe's replacement in right field. Hawpe's .177 batting average against left-handers kept him out of the starting lineup. ... Manager Clint Hurdle didn't mince words when talking about what the Rockies needed to make the playoffs. ``We have 13 games left and have to win a lot of them,'' Hurdle said. ``And just winning series isn't going to do it.'' ... Hurdle said Iannetta, who homered and drove in four runs Sunday to end a 2-for-22 slide, was a candidate for winter ball. ... OF Matt Holliday collected his fourth four-hit game of the year and ninth of his career.
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Giants-Padres
SAN FRANCISCO: The Giants dropped to 3-12 against San Diego this season, with three more games to be played Sept. 24-26 at San Francisco. ... Padres fans might have booed Barry Bonds for the final time. Bonds didn't play in Sunday's series finale because of a toe injury sustained the night before. If Bonds plays next year, it could be as a designated hitter for an American League team rather than with the Giants.
SAN DIEGO: Rookie 3B Kevin Kouzmanoff batted third, the first time in his career he'd started a game batting higher than fifth in the order. He went 3-for-3 with an RBI double. Kouzmanoff has hit safely in seven of his last eight games. ... Adrian Gonzalez hit his 40th double, the eighth time that's happened in team history. Gonzalez and Khalil Greene are the first Padres teammates to reach that mark in a season. ... CF Mike Cameron sat out after tweaking his left knee in Saturday night's 6-0 win, when he hit a two-run homer. ... Manager Bud Black said LF Milton Bradley isn't expected to play in the next few days. He's been out since straining his right oblique on Sept. 7 at Colorado. ``I think he's gaining on it,'' Black said.
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Diamondbacks-Dodgers
0-655 and having an NL-low .247 batting average. ``We have to keep grinding,'' said Chris Snyder, who hit a three-run homer Sunday. ``We're in first place, but in no way is it a lock.'' ... The Diamondbacks begin a three-game series Monday night against San Francisco, and probably won't have to face slugger Barry Bonds, who injured his right big toe Saturday night at San Diego. ``I wouldn't hate to see him out,'' manager Bob Melvin said.
LOS ANGELES: Jonathan Broxton appeared in his 78th game Sunday - the second-highest total in the majors. Washington's Jon Rauch has appeared in 82 games. ... Bruce Froemming, umpiring his final game at Dodger Stadium, was honored in a pregame ceremony. Froemming, the longest-tenured umpire in big league history, is retiring after 37 years on the job. ... Manager Grady Little said RHP Chad Billingsley and LHP David Wells will start in Tuesday's doubleheader at Colorado, and tentative plans call for the 44-year-old Wells to start on three days' rest Saturday at Arizona. Colorado trails the Dodgers by two games and San Diego by 4 1/2 games in the wild-card race. ... C Russell Martin wasn't in the starting lineup for only the 15th time in 149 games. ``He's the skipper, he knows what he's doing,'' Martin said of Little. ``I've been mentally preparing myself for a day off. I feel great. I could catch another hundred, I bet.'' ... Mark Sweeney singled in the ninth for his major league-leading 21st pinch hit this season.
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