KANSAS CITY: RHP Joakim Soria, out since May 23 with an inflamed shoulder, threw a bullpen session Tuesday. ``I felt fine,'' said the rookie, who is expected to be activated Thursday. Everything is OK.'' Soria was the closer when he went out and will be the setup man when he returns. Manager Buddy Bell is using RHP Octavio Dotel as his closer. Dotel got his first save since May 16, 2005, when he closed out a 4-1 win over Tampa Bay on June 1. Dotel had 36 saves for Houston in 2004, but missed most of the last two seasons with elbow problems. ... 3B Alex Gordon, hitless in his last 18 at-bats, didn't start Tuesday against Indians LHP C.C. Sabathia. ... OF Mark Teahen, in a 3-for-17 slump, did start. ... C John Buck had the third multi-homer game of his career Monday in Tampa. With 10 homers in 40 games, he is the quickest catcher in team history to reach that plateau. Mike Macfarlane hit 10 in 42 games in 1993.
CLEVELAND: Entering Tuesday, the Indians had hit .300 with 44 homers and 199 runs in their last 33 games since May 1. ... OF Trot Nixon took grounders at first base during batting practice. ``Maybe it will extend my career,'' said Nixon, who has played first once - in the minors in 1998 - in 14 years as a professional. ... RHP Jake Westbrook, sidelined since May 3 with an abdominal strain, threw a bullpen session Tuesday. ``I felt pretty good,'' he said. ``I got after it. I threw all my pitches. I felt fine.'' Westbrook is scheduled to make a rehab start Friday at Double-A Akron. ... 3B Andy Marte, who opened the season with the Indians, went 2-for-3 with his fourth homer Monday night at Triple-A Buffalo, where's he's hitting .237. ``He's had a couple good days,'' Indians manager Eric Wedge said. ``Right now, being there is the best thing for his career and best thing for the Cleveland Indians.''
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TAMPA BAY: C Raul Casanova got the start Tuesday for RHP Andy Sonnanstine's major league debut because the two have worked together at triple-A Durham. ``There's more of a comfort zone,'' manager Joe Maddon said. ``It just seemed like the right thing to do today.'' ... Casanova joined the Devil Rays Tuesday when C Shawn Riggans (right elbow) was placed on the 15-day disabled list. ... Maddon said RHP Gary Glover's breaking ball makes him effective against left-handed batters. ``I'm comfortable bringing him in against tough left-handers because of the curveball,'' Maddon said. ... Tampa Bay has a major league-leading 19 come-from-behind wins this season.
TORONTO: 1B Lyle Overbay (broken right hand) had surgery Monday and was placed on the 15-day disabled list. He's expected to miss four to six weeks. Toronto purchased the contract of C/IF Curtis Thigpen from triple-A Syracuse and transferred RHP John Thomson (sore shoulder) from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL ... C Gregg Zaun (broken right thumb) is expected to join the team in Los Angeles Friday for the start of a three-game series against the Dodgers. ... RHP Shaun Marcum, who left Sunday's start after three innings with a stiff back, is feeling better and is expected to make is next scheduled start Saturday in Los Angeles.
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e yelled something as he passed between two infielders, causing one to back off and let a popup drop. Chicago's Jerry Owens stepped on Jeter's left foot on a play at second base in the second inning Monday, but Jeter stayed in the game. ... RHP Carl Pavano underwent surgery to repair the ulna collateral ligament in his right elbow on Tuesday, likely bringing his unproductive stint with the New York Yankees to an end. The right-hander will be sidelined for most - if not all - of what remains on the $39.95 million, four-year deal he signed before the 2005 season. ... The Yankees recalled LHP Sean Henn and purchased the contract of INF Chris Basak from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, while sending OF Kevin Thompson back to Triple-A.
s possible, manager Ozzie Guillen said. ``I'd rather lose him for 15 days than lose him for three, four or five months,'' Guillen said. ``I talked to him and I told him, 'You have to think about your life after the game.'''
DETROIT: C Vance Wilson began a rehab assignment for Triple-A Toledo on Tuesday night. Wilson has been on the DL since March 30 due to a sore right elbow. ...The Tigers' game on June 24 at Atlanta has been changed from a day to a night game and will air on ESPN. ...Former Tiger relievers Willie Hernandez and Aurelio Lopez and current C Ivan Rodriguez are among the nominees for ESPN's Latino Dream Team.
TEXAS: Manager Ron Washington is keeping a roster spot open until the club learns about the availability of RHPs Brandon McCarthy and Vicente Padilla. McCarthy is scheduled to start Saturday night against Milwaukee but has been bothered by a blister on his right hand. Padilla was scratched from Tuesday night's start against Detroit due to right triceps irritation and his ability to make Sunday night's scheduled start against Milwaukee is in doubt. Washington would have to call up a minor league starter to fill the open roster spot if McCarthy or Padilla can't take the mound.
MINNESOTA: Rookie LHP Justin Miller waxed philosophical the day after he retired only one of 10 batters in the eighth inning of the Twins' 16-3 loss and saw his ERA to from 0.00 to 18.00. ``You knew eventually you're going to give up some runs, but you don't think you're going to give up eight runs in one-third of an inning,'' said Miller, who has made only four appearances in the big leagues. ``It happened so quick, there was nothing I could really do about it. I guess it's a lesson learned that up here you have to make quality pitches and you can't get behind hitters because they'll hit your mistakes. But it happens to everybody at least a couple of times in a career, so you have to put it behind you. Once I felt the park, it's over and done with. Today's a new day. You can't really let it affect you, because you can be in the game tonight and it could affect your performance if you let it.''
he way he smiled with no teeth. I liked Moose Dupont, too - and Bob Kelly, who was like liquid excitement on the ice because of his short strides and the way he hit people. You couldn't get a ticket back then because they were sold out every game, and to get in to watch a hockey game was almost an act of Congress.''
FLORIDA: The Marlins recalled RHP Rick Vanden Hurk from Double-A Carolina to start the second game of the doubleheader. Vanden Hurk made his first appearance for the Marlins since April 24, when he lasted one inning against the Braves. He was sent down after surrendering six runs, four hits and four walks. ... OF Todd Linden was designated for assignment. He was batting just .174 in 43 games. ... Hanley Ramirez argued briefly about the final pitch of Game 1, a high breaking ball that he took for a called strike three. Manager Fredi Gonzalez didn't bother making much of a stink since the game was over. ``You can't complain,'' he said. ``It's a tough call. There's no sense ... moaning.''
wanted an extra arm in the bullpen. Boyer was glad to fill the role, even though he had to hustle to make it to Atlanta for the nightcap. ``I don't even have my equipment,'' he said. ``I found an old glove and borrowed some spikes.'' ... C Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a two-run homer in Game 1 that put the Braves ahead, but he was more excited about his defense. The rookie threw out two runners attempting to steal second. ``The home run is fun, but my job is behind the plate,'' he said. ``That was obviously the better of the two.''
PITTSBURGH: CF Rajai Davis batted leadoff Tuesday in his first game following his recall from Triple-A Indianapolis late Monday. 3B Jose Bautista, who had been batting .316 in the leadoff spot, dropped to second. ... LF Jason Bay entered the game with 22 RBIs since May 13, tops in the NL and third in the majors behind Minnesota's Torii Hunter (24) and Cleveland's Victor Martinez (23). ... On Wednesday, representatives from the Pirates, Nationals and the Negro Leagues will unveil an exhibit at a Washington hotel featuring Hall of Fame pitcher Josh Gibson, who played for both the Homestead Grays and Pittsburgh Crawfords.
WASHINGTON: RHP Ryan Wagner is out for the season following surgery on a torn labrum in his shoulder. He had been on the DL since May 8. He went 0-2 with a 5.74 ERA in 14 games. ... Levale Speigner will have to wait an extra day before his next start. Manager Manny Acta said Jason Simontacchi will start Friday when Washington opens an interleague series with Minnesota, with Speigner moving back to Game 2 on Saturday. Speigner has struggled as a starter, but he settled down to throw three scoreless innings after a defense-marred six-run first-inning in his last outing. ``He threw the ball well,'' Acta said. ``It wasn't his fault.'' ... The franchise is scheduled to start left-handers - Mike Bacsik, Micah Bowie and Matt Chico - in three consecutive games for the first time since Kirk Rueter, Rheal Cormier and Jeff Fassero started for the Montreal Expos in 1996.
PHILADELPHIA: Injured reliever Tom Gordon was set to begin a light throwing program at the team's complex in Clearwater, Fla. Fellow RHP Brett Myers (strained shoulder) was slated to start a light throwing program, at Shea Stadium. Both are on the DL. ... Abraham Nunez started at 3B. He entered 10-for-26 (.385) against Mets LHP Tom Glavine. ... RHP Jon Lieber, not scheduled to pitch in the series, went home for family reasons. He was expected to rejoin the team Friday in Kansas City and start Saturday against the Royals. ... Mets SS Jose Reyes stole second base in the seventh inning, the first steal the Phillies allowed in three weeks. New York entered with 65 steals, most in the majors.
to deal with.''
CHICAGO: Cubs bench coach Alan Trammell knows his role as manager is temporary as Lou Piniella serves his four-game suspension. ``When Lou comes back on Thursday, we'll welcome him,'' Trammell said. ``It's his team. He's the captain of the ship. We'll try to hold the fort down until he comes.'' ... LF Alfonso Soriano had five hits, including a three-run homer Monday night, but said that he's still not 100 percent healthwise. His left hamstring has been bothering that past couple of weeks, but not enough to keep him out of the game. ``It's more important to be in the lineup,'' he said. ... Chicago needs a win Tuesday or Wednesday at Milwaukee to snap a four-series losing streak.
MILWAUKEE: LF Geoff Jenkins took batting practice and reported that he was fine. Cubs pitcher Jason Marquis hit him in the ankle during the fifth inning of Monday night's game. Jenkins stayed in the game until the seventh when he left with a right ankle contusion. Brewers manager Ned Yost said that Jenkins could play, if needed. ... C Damian Miller was behind the plate for the first time since taking a foul tip off his wrist in a game against the Atlanta Braves on May 30. Johnny Estrada, who normally starts, got the night off after taking several hard foul tips during Monday night's game. ... The Brewers have the seventh overall pick in the 2007 first-year player draft that begins Thursday.
CINCINNATI: SS Alex Gonzalez, who left Sunday's game with a strained right hamstring, was out of the lineup with Juan Castro getting the start and batting eighth. Gonzalez was 8-for-13 against St. Louis with two homers and five RBIs. ... OF Norris Hopper's hot bat kept him in the lineup, with Ken Griffey Jr. getting a day off. Hopper was 12-for-25 the first six games of a nine-game trip. ... Reds pinch hitters led the majors with 24 hits. ... The Reds are the only team in the NL with four 10-homer players (Adam Dunn 14, Griffey 12, Gonzalez 11, Brandon Phillips 10). ... RHP Bronson Arroyo, who starts Wednesday, is 0-2 with a 16.36 ERA in his last three starts. ... RHP Todd Coffey, recalled from Triple-A Louisville, was tied for the major league lead with 26 appearances before being optioned on May 24 to make room for RHP Gary Majewski.
n before the game but there's no timetable for his return. ... To make room for C Kelly Stinnett on the roster, C Brian Esposito was optioned to Triple-A Memphis and RHP Josh Kinney (elbow) was moved to the 60-day DL.
HOUSTON: RHP Jason Jennings will miss pitching in the three-game series in Colorado. ``I'll miss it and it was strange coming back in here for the first time,'' said Jennings, who was acquired from the Rockies in the offseason. ``I did go to the right clubhouse.'' ... Manager Phil Garner had mixed feelings about the deal. ``It was a deal that helped both teams and we got the pitcher we needed,'' he said, ``but I really liked Willie Taveras and Jason Hirsh and Taylor Buchholz are going to be good.'' ... The Astros began a seven-game road trip.
COLORADO: SS Troy Tulowizki had his right groin taped tightly. Tulowitzki had missed two games with a strained right groin. ``We taped him, worked him out before the game and thought he was OK,'' manager Clint Hurdle said. ... OF Steve Finley was designated for assignment. ``When we brought John Mabry and Steve up from spring training we were hoping for more,'' Hurdle said. ``I still think they added some things for us.'' ... The contract of OF Sean Barker was purchased from Triple A Colorado Springs to fill the roster spot. ``He plays all three outfield positions and has some usable speed,'' Hurdle said.

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