White Sox-Blue Jays
CHICAGO: Manager Ozzie Guillen said changes are likely coming for Chicago's bullpen after White Sox relievers gave up six runs in the final two innings in a 9-3 loss to Toronto on Saturday. Guillen said any roster move would likely happen once the White Sox return to Chicago on Monday to face the Yankees. ... The White Sox matched a season high by allowing 16 hits Saturday. The last time they allowed 16 hits was May 28 at Minnesota. ... OF Darin Erstad has been diagnosed with a Grade II sprain of his left ankle, indicating a partial ligament tear. He's expected to miss at least two weeks.
TORONTO: Troy Glaus (tight left hamstring) and Vernon Wells were held out of the starting lineup Saturday. Wells pinch-hit for Matt Stairs in the seventh inning and hit a game-tying, two-run single off Chicago White Sox left-hander Matt Thornton, snapping an 0-for-7 slump. ... Lyle Overbay had three hits, ending an 0-for-17 slide. ... Royce Clayton (sore toe) returned to the lineup after missing the past two games and went 1-for-4. ... Stairs picked up his 600th career walk in the third inning.
TIGERS: Manager Jim Leyland said RHP Todd Jones wouldn't be available Saturday night. Jones threw 46 pitches in trying for a four-out save in Friday night's 12-11 loss, but still has the confidence of his manager. ``Todd Jones is my closer,'' Leyland said. ``It was a freak night. It could happen to anybody. It happened to us.'' ... 3B Brandon Inge (chip fracture of left big toe) and SS Carlos Guillen (left groin strain) were out of the lineup again Saturday. It's unclear when they will return. Inge was hit on the foot by a pitch Tuesday while Guillen was injured running out a ground ball Wednesday. ... For the third straight night, Omar Infante started at third base and Neifi Perez played shortstop. ... Leyland would like to give 2B Placido Polanco a day off, but can't because of the injuries. ``When you have injuries, it not only affects the people who aren't playing, but the people who are playing because you can't give them a day off,'' Leyland said.
ch count closely. Carmona threw 70 pitches in six innings against Kansas City in his next start and 91 in six innings Friday night. ... RHP Fernando Cabrera's problems continued Friday night. He allowed two runs, one hit, three walks and struck out three in 1 2-3 innings. Cabrera has walked 11 in his past 4 2-3 innings. ... The Indians have the 13th pick in the first round of the major league draft, which begins Thursday. Because of signing outfielder David Dellucci and reliever Roberto Hernandez, the Indians lost their second and third-round picks and won't choose again until the 137th pick.
Royals-Devil Rays
KANSAS CITY: RHP Scott Elarton, Sunday's scheduled starter, is 0-5 with a 9.13 ERA in five career games against Tampa Bay. ... OF David DeJesus, mired in an 0-for-11 slide, started Saturday after being out of the lineup Friday. ... LHP John Bale (left shoulder tightness) is scheduled to start Sunday at Triple-A Omaha. ... RHP Leo Nunez (fractured right wrist) struck out one and walked one over two scoreless innings in his second rehab appearance for Double-A Wichita on Friday.
or. ``I thought their pitcher had a lot to do with that,'' Maddon said. ``Whenever you don't hit, it always seems as though you are flat. I just thought that guy pitched a really good game.'' ... 3B Akinori Iwamura hit leadoff for the first time. ``Take it out for a test drive,'' Maddon said.
MINNESOTA: Catcher Joe Mauer, the AL batting champion, sprinted on the field, ran the bases and did agility drills in right field as part of his recovery from a strained left quadriceps from a game on May 5. As long as he feels OK on Sunday, Mauer will probably do more on-field work. The Twins are considering sending Mauer to extended spring training in Florida rather than on a rehab assignment. ``He felt good today,'' manager Ron Gardenhire said. ``He did push the issue. Taking off from first base, that's the hardest I've seen him run. We're all trying to figure out the best thing to do. ... Because of the setbacks the last time he ran, you get a little nervous. We're going to do the right thing.'' ... Gardenhire is gaining confidence in his starters - and plans to keep using this rotation - including Kevin Slowey after his impressive major league debut Friday night. ``I'm going to keep running them out there,'' Gardenhire said. ``It's about letting people do their jobs. If guys in there right now struggle, we'll make adjustments.''
OAKLAND: 2B Mark Ellis returned to the team and was in the lineup a day after the birth of his first child. Ellis missed games Tuesday and Wednesday with a swollen right knee. ... LF Shannon Stewart was off for the second straight day but will be back in the lineup for Sunday's series finale. ... CF Milton Bradley is clearly discouraged with the team's lack of offensive production. ``It's the same story every day,'' he said after the A's lost in 10 innings Friday night. ``We get runners on, but we can't get them in. We need to execute in those situations. We need to start bearing down. It's frustrating when you have a starting rotation that's pretty much lights out and you can't support them.'' ... Injured RHP closer Huston Street, nursing an irritated nerve in his throwing elbow, plans to begin a throwing program Wednesday.
BALTIMORE: 1B-DH Aubrey Huff, hitting .214 over his past 18 games, did not start Saturday night's game. ``He's pressing right now,'' manager Sam Perlozzo said. ``He wants to do well so badly that it's probably wearing a little bit on him, so I thought I'd probably give him a blow and free his mind up a little bit. But he's going to be fine and he's going to be a big contributor. He's had probably the toughest luck of all of our hitters. I mean, he's hit some balls on the screws and has nothing to show for it. But if he keeps centering it, the hits will start falling for him.''
LOS ANGELES: LHP Joe Saunders' emergency start against Baltimore was his first since April 20 at Anaheim, when he pitched six scoreless innings for the Angels in an 8-4 victory against Seattle while wearing a Virginia Tech hat to honor the memory of the 32 shooting victims at his alma mater. He was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake the following day when RHP Bartolo Colon came off the disabled list. ... Friday's 3-2 win marked the Angels' sixth when they've scored three runs or fewer. They entered Saturday 23-5 when they score five or more, but were 12th in the AL in home runs with 42. ``People should stop expecting us to hit a bunch of home runs and score seven or eight runs every night, because that's not the type of team we are,'' cleanup hitter Gary Matthews Jr. said. ``The team plays according to the talent that we have, and I think our guys do a really good job of staying within their game.''
ut. He also singled in the first inning. Escobar, who started at third, arrived just a few hours before the game after the Braves purchased his contract from Triple-A Richmond. He replaced 3B Chipper Jones, who went on the disabled list with a bruised right hand on Friday. ``He made a spectacular barehanded bunt play that looked like he belonged at third,'' manager Bobby Cox said. ``Took the extra base on a hit. He did all that in his first game. That's pretty darn good.'' ... CF Andruw Jones was 1-for-4 with a home run. He extended his hitting streak to eight games.
CHICAGO: After a rather slow start, OF Alfonso Soriano sees some signs that his swing is coming around. He went 2-for-5 and hit his fifth homer on Saturday, and is batting .318 (14-for-44) over his last 10 games. ``The last couple days, I feel very good at home plate,'' he said. ``I'm seeing the ball good.'' Soriano is now hitting .291. ... The Cubs reinstated RHP Juan Mateo from the 15-day disabled list and optioned him to Class-A Peoria. ... C Koyie Hill singled in the sixth inning for his first hit since Sept. 15, 2005, when he was with Arizona.
ARIZONA: 2B Orlando Hudson extended his hitting streak to nine games with a first-inning single. ... Arizona's eight-game winning streak was the longest for the Diamondbacks since they won 12 straight in June 2003. ... The Diamondbacks have lost 16 of their last 20 games against the Mets. ... Former Yankee LHP Randy Johnson did not make the trip to New York and is not expected to accompany the team to the city when Arizona plays the Yankees in June.
NEW YORK: Carlos Delgado's 415th career home run left him 40th all-time, five back of ex-Met Mike Piazza. ... Ruben Gotay has reached base safely in six of his last seven plate appearances with four singles, a home run and a walk. ... The Mets have gone 12 games without an error, tying a franchise record. ... Jose Reyes has three straight multi-hit games. ... Carlos Gomez snapped an 0-for-18 skid with an eighth-inning single.
ST. LOUIS: St. Louis optioned LHP Troy Cate to Triple-A Memphis and recalled infielder Brendan Ryan on Saturday. Ryan made his major league debut and was 0-for-1. ... C Brian Esposito also made his first appearance in the majors on Saturday, but did not have a plate appearance. ... 3B Scott Rolen, who injured his right hamstring in the second inning Friday night, missed Saturday's game and manager Tony La Russa said he will also sit out Sunday's series finale. The Cardinals are also without Chris Duncan, who has missed the last two series with an infection in his left knee. ... CF Jim Edmonds hit his sixth home run of the year and his fifth since May 25 on Saturday. He's hitting .323 with five home runs and eight RBIs since May 27.
HOUSTON: Manager Phil Garner said he thought Carlos Lee's 14-pitch at-bat that ended with an RBI double on Friday night was impressive. ``That was as good of an at bat as you'll ever see,'' Garner said. ``It had every ingredient in it that you want.'' ... Lance Berkman got his 782nd RBI on Saturday to tie him with Bob Watson for fourth on the Astros RBI list. ... Rookie Hunter Pence was 2-for-4 on Saturday for his eighth multi-hit game in the last 10 games. He is hitting .421 over that stretch. His 13 multi-hit games since May 12 are the most in the majors. ... C Eric Munson, whose contract was purchased from Triple-A Round Rock after Friday night's game, got hit first major league hit since August 19 on Saturday. ... Houston had three home runs on Saturday for its first game with more than one home run since the Astros hit four on May 15.
of,'' Gonzales said.
MILWAUKEE: Manager Ned Yost did not hesitate to bring in closer Francisco Cordero to face one batter in an 8-4 victory Friday night. ``It was a save situation,'' Yost said. ``I'm not taking my chances. It was a four-run lead against the meat of their order.'' Cordero is 20-for-20 in save opportunities this season. ... Yost used a different staring lineup for the ninth consecutive game, and the 34th different combination this season. ... The Brewers have used just five starting pitchers in 2007, the lowest mark in Major League Baseball. Tampa Bay has also used just five starters.
LOS ANGELES: INF Andy LaRoche, optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas on Friday night, stayed in Pittsburgh an extra day so he could hook up with father Dave LaRoche, the former major league pitcher. Dave LaRoche traveled to Pittsburgh to see both of his sons play - Andy for the Dodgers, and 1B Adam LaRoche for the Pirates - only to have Andy sent down to the minors. Andy LaRoche flied out as a pinch-hitter Friday night, then was sent out following the game. The Pirates had an Adam LaRoche bobblehead doll giveaway Saturday night. ... LHP Hong-Chih Kuo was called up from Las Vegas to start Saturday, his first start since Game 2 of the division series against the Mets last year.
PITTSBURGH: RHP Dan Kolb, who signed a minor league contract with the Pirates during the winter, is pitching again for Triple-A Indianapolis after being sidelined for several weeks because of a hamstring injury. The right-hander is 1-1 with a 1.17 ERA in 14 games and is throwing in the mid-90s again. Given the Pirates' season-long problems with middle relief, he could be called up soon. ... Former Pirates 1B-OF Craig Wilson, cut by the Braves earlier this season, agreed to a minor-league deal with the Chicago White Sox. ... LHP Tom Gorzelanny, who opposes the Dodgers on Sunday, had a 1.83 ERA in six May starts despite going only 3-2. Gorzelanny has allowed two earned runs or fewer in each of his last six starts and has lasted at least seven innings six times in 11 starts.
SAN DIEGO: Cs Josh Bard and Rob Bowen, and relievers Doug Brocail, Scott Linebrink, Justin Hampson, Kevin Cameron and Trevor Hoffman spent two hours Saturday at Bethesda Naval Hospital, visiting with veterans wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. ... OF Jose Cruz Jr. continues to undergo treatment for back spasms, but the process is going slowly. ``He's getting better,'' Padres manager Bud Black said. ``I don't think he's going to be able to play today. Tomorrow's going to be a stretch, too.''
WASHINGTON: RHP Luis Ayala, who is on the 60-day disabled list, continued his recovery from ligament replacement surgery in his right elbow by throwing 2-3 of an inning Friday for Single-A Potomac on a rehabilitation assignment. ``I was working on my location, throwing balls down and working my sinker on the corners. I threw pitches with good location. It felt good to come back,'' he said. ... Manager Manny Acta said RHP John Patterson, who is on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow and biceps soreness, would work on offspeed pitches in his next bullpen session. If all goes well, Patterson would then move on to pitch in a simulated game.
SAN FRANCISCO: Barry Bonds isn't supposed to start Sunday, but will return to the lineup Monday. ... Newly acquired RHP Randy Messenger changed to No. 23 Saturday. He wore No. 28 in his first appearance on Friday. ... OF Fred Lewis, who hit his first-career grand slam Friday, wasn't in the starting lineup Saturday against LHP Cole Hamels. Lewis was hitting .268 with two homers and 12 RBIs since coming up May 9. ``He has good discipline. He can lay off pitches, choose pitches and hit a good pitch. One area where Freddy has to improve is against left-handers and the more he sees of those, the more comfortable he's going to get,'' manager Bruce Bochy said.
the NL East-leading New York Mets. ``I think they've got a good lead, but without a doubt we can catch up real quick,'' he said. ... Manuel said he won't let Pat Burrell's salary ($13 million) dictate how much he'll continue to play the struggling left fielder. ``I put the lineup in and try to help the team have the best chance possible to win,'' he said. ``You play long enough, there comes a time when you have to make some kind of decision.'' Burrell was hitting .229 with six homers.
CINCINNATI: The Reds returned LHP Bobby Livington to Triple A Louisville Saturday, but haven't forgotten his 6 2-3 inning outing the night before. ``If we need a spot start he might be a high possibility,'' said manager Jerry Narron. ``Next Saturday is a possibility.'' ... RHP Marcus McBeth took Livingston's roster spot. ``Marcus will be in the bullpen, but won't work long relief,'' Narron said. ... Narron said the need for another reliever arose in part from watching the Colorado seventh inning Friday night when the Rockies loaded the bases with a single off Livingston and two walks issued by RHP Brad Salmon. ... Narron doesn't mind using closer RHP David Weathers in more than one inning. ``I'd prefer he would only have to get three outs,'' Narron said. ``We don't always have that luxury.''
COLORADO: OF Matt Holliday showed no signs of the head contusion that took him out in the fifth inning of Friday night's game. ``I'm OK and let's leave it at that,'' Holliday said. ... Holliday was in the starting lineup Saturday night. ``He's a tough guy and a constantly improving hitter,'' manager Clint Hurdle. ``He hits the ball where it's pitched and is taking some of the game's best pitchers out of the park.'' ... RHP Josh Fogg (strained left groin) is eligible to come off the DL on June 7. ``We'll have six starters, but we'll use five,'' Hurdle said.

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