DETROIT: Manager Jim Leyland will give RHP Justin Verlander an extra day of rest this week to set the starting rotation to his liking. Verlander will pitch Saturday at Atlanta, a day after LHP Kenny Rogers' return from the disabled list. Leyland was determined to slot Rogers between RHP Jeremy Bonderman and Verlander. LHP Andrew Miller will start Sunday. ... LHP Nate Robertson, who is on the 15-day DL with a tired arm, will be assigned to Double-A Erie to make a rehabilitation start Thursday. He will likely be limited to approximately 75 pitches. ... More than 20 members of the organization, including 6 players, visited Capitol Hill for a luncheon hosted by U.S. Reps. Mike Rogers and John Dingell. Rogers and Dingell presented team members with a copy of a Congressional resolution they have introduced highlighting the team's numerous accomplishments, including winning the 2006 American League championship.
WASHINGTON: OF Brandon Watson will join the team Wednesday, two days after his International League-record 43-game hit streak ended. Watson will see playing time after 1B Robert Fick left the team Tuesday following the death of his mother, Gloria, from lung cancer. Watson will take OF Alex Escobar's roster spot following Escobar's move from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL. Watson hit .330 with no home runs and 14 RBIs in 57 games with Triple-A Columbus this season, but only a combined .176 in 68 at-bats with Washington in 2005 and 2006. ... RHP Luis Ayala will be activated from the 60-day disabled list Friday. Ayala hasn't pitched for Washington since 2005 because of right elbow surgery. ... RHP Jason Bergmann will come off the 15-day disabled list Tuesday to start at Atlanta. Bergmann, who has been sidelined with right elbow inflammation, is 1-3 with a 2.76 ERA in eight games.
and C.C. Sabathia in the series. ... OF Aaron Rowand leads NL center fielders in hits (82), batting average (.322), runs (45), on-base percentage (.397), slugging percentage (.502) and total bases (128). ... 1B Ryan Howard, who was the DH on Monday, was back in the field Tuesday. ... RHP Tom Gordon (strained rotator cuff) threw 32 pitches in a bullpen session Monday at the Phillies spring training facility in Clearwater, Fla. ... RHP Brett Myers (shoulder strain) is expected to start a minor league rehab assignment within the next week.
in June, batted second for the first time this season Monday. ``He did a real good job (Monday) night for us,'' manager Eric Wedge said. ``He's been pretty consistent lately for us.''
Dodgers-Blue Jays
LOS ANGELES: RHP Jason Schmidt will undergo shoulder surgery in Los Angeles on Wednesday and his return date is uncertain. Schmidt, who missed 45 games earlier this season with bursitis, was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday after being hit hard in his past two starts. ... OF Marlon Anderson, activated from the DL to take Schmidt's spot on the roster, started as DH for Tuesday's game in Toronto. ... RHP Yhency Brazoban will have surgery Friday to repair a torn labrum and will be sidelined indefinitely. ... IF James Loney, who injured his right knee Sunday when he ran into a wall, was held out of the lineup Tuesday. Manager Grady Little said Loney was ``probable'' for Wednesday's game.
batted in the second spot for the second time this season when OF Vernon Wells moved down to the third spot. Manager John Gibbons said he was more comfortable using Zaun in hit-and-run situations. ``He's a very disciplined hitter,'' Gibbons said. ... Gibbons spoke on the phone Monday with OF Reed Johnson (herniated disk), who is working his way back at extended spring training in Florida. Johnson hopes to return following the All-Star break, but his rehab has been slowed by soreness in his legs.
MINNESOTA: SS Jason Bartlett entered with 13 errors, but manager Ron Gardenhire said he's pleased with the way Bartlett has been working on his defense. ... RF Michael Cuddyer extended his hitting streak to 10 games with an RBI infield single in the fifth. ... The Twins scored nine runs in the first five innings, a rare offensive outburst on the road. Coming in, they had scored only 135 runs away from home, the second-lowest total in the AL to Kansas City's 129.
own, and switch-hitter Ruben Gotay has done a good job in spot duty, so Randolph said he'll try to find playing time for all three. ``We'll just play with it a little bit ... and try to give everybody a shot,'' Randolph said. ... Minnesota is the fourth of six consecutive 2006 playoff teams on the Mets' schedule. After visiting Detroit, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Yankees, the Mets host Minnesota, Oakland and St. Louis. New York began the night 3-7 during that stretch.
KANSAS CITY: C John Buck has a career-best with 13 home runs less than halfway into the season. He hit 11 last year, and 12 the previous two seasons. ``From the first day of spring training he had a little different approach, more of a power approach, and it's paying off for him,'' manager Buddy Bell said. ... 3B Alex Gordon made the defensive play of the game on Monday when he leaped to glove So Taguchi's high chopper and then made a strong, on-target throw in the third inning. ``I haven't seen a play like that in a long time,'' said Bell, a former third baseman. ``You've got to be pretty doggone good. That's not a lucky play.''
ST. LOUIS: 2B Adam Kennedy was out of the lineup for the fourth straight game, with utilityman Scott Spiezio supplanting him the last two games. Manager Tony La Russa said he plans on starting Kennedy, who signed a three-year, $10 million free agent deal but is batting .211 with 12 RBIs in 175 at-bats, on Thursday in the final game of a three-game series against the Royals. ... RHP Chris Carpenter, rehabbing from surgery to remove bone spurs in his elbow in May, is scheduled to throw in the bullpen for the second time on Wednesday. ... RF Juan Encarnacion entered the night with an 18-game hitting streak, longest for the team this season and one off his career best, despite still having problems with his surgically repaired left wrist. ... La Russa didn't seem concerned that the Brewers' Prince Fielder had moved ahead of Albert Pujols in balloting for the NL All-Star starter at first base. ``We've been on the road,'' La Russa said. ``It wouldn't surprise me next week for Albert to jump Prince.''
Marlins-White Sox
ning in an extended spring game Tuesday and will likely pitch again Wednesday. ... Gonzalez said before the game, that OF Jeremy Hermida, who is out of the lineup on Tuesday, wasn't being penalized after misplaying a fly ball in the fourth inning. Gonzalez favored to go with Brett Carroll, a right-handed hitter, against White Sox LHP John Danks. The Marlins lead the majors in errors with 64. ... 1B Mike Jacobs was 1-for-4 with an RBI-single in Monday's rehab assignment with Class-A Jupiter. Jacobs is out with a fractured right thumb.
erm Schneider busy. ``I went to the training room today and started laughing. I told Hermie you should be paid more money than me,'' Guillen said. ``You have more people there than I have in the lineup. We have people laying on tables.''
CHICAGO: Manager Lou Piniella used Cliff Floyd at DH on Tuesday night for the first of the three-game series against Texas, and Piniella said he would ``mix and match'' at the position for the final two games. Piniella said he would consider using first basemen Daryle Ward and Derrek Lee at DH over the next two games. ... 3B Aramis Ramirez, on the DL since June 7 with left patellar tendinitis, went through batting practice and took infield before Tuesday's game. Ramirez is on schedule to be activated on Friday. ... Piniella and the coaches are checking out the possibility that LHP Rich Hill has been tipping his pitches. ``We're definitely looking into it,'' Piniella said.
3 errors in his first 65 games this season, after 18 errors in 119 games as a rookie. Before Tuesday's game, Kinsler got extra fielding drills with manager Ron Washington. Washington expects those sessions to become more frequent. ``We just want him to know that he has a lot to offer this team. We just don't want him to lose that,'' he said. ... RHP Michael Main, taken by Texas with the 24th pick of the amateur draft, agreed to a minor league contract with a $1.2 million signing bonus.
y. To see him go after 3,000 hits these last four years, you've got to have some respect for it because it's not easy.''
LOS ANGELES: Manager Mike Scioscia was 16 years old and living in Morton, Pa., about seven miles outside of Philadelphia when his beloved Flyers won their last Stanley Cup title in 1975. Now, 32 years later, Scioscia got his first chance to hold the Cup when the world champion Anaheim Ducks brought it down the road from the other side of Katella Avenue to Angel Stadium for a pregame salute. The Flyers finished dead-last in the NHL standings this season. ``It stings a little. But if the Flyers couldn't do it, it obviously thrills us that it happened right next door,'' said Scioscia, who attended the Ducks' Cup clincher. ``I'm pumped because it's the same Cup that I saw the Flyers win a couple of times. And when they won those two Cups, there was dancing in the streets. I never got to touch the Cup or get real close to it before, so this is a thrill for me.''
Red Sox-Braves
ugo. ``I said, 'I'm not giving up on you. Don't panic. Let Cora take your at-bats.''' ... Braves OF Willie Harris didn't do much with the Red Sox last season, but he's quickly become an integral part of the Braves lineup. ``I'm so glad for him,'' Francona said. ``He's a good kid. I'm really happy he's having success.''
ATLANTA: Jarrod Saltalamacchia is still learning his way around first base, which shouldn't be surprising. He hasn't played the position with any regularity since his sophomore year of high school. ``In baseball terms, it is a long time,'' the 22-year-old catcher said. ``There wasn't really too much I could remember.'' Saltalamacchia has started two games at first, making an error in his first appearance. But he isn't complaining - especially if it gets him onto the field. Saltalamacchia was off to an impressive start at the plate, hitting .324 with two homers and eight RBIs in his first 24 games. ... RHP Peter Moylan is quietly putting together an impressive season. Working in long and middle relief, the Aussie right-hander led all NL rookies with a 2.21 ERA and had allowed opponents to hit just .194 after two-thirds of an inning against Boston in the series opener.
MILWAUKEE: SS J.J. Hardy was a late scratch from the starting lineup with left hip tightness. He was replaced in the lineup by INF Craig Counsell. ... Pitchers Chris Capuano and Jeff Suppan, along with OF Bill Hall and Hardy will make their acting debuts in ``The Young and the Restless'' Wednesday. The show was taped during the Brewers recent trip to Los Angeles. ``I am not saying baseball is easy, but I felt more comfortable on the baseball field than acting,'' Suppan said. ... OF Corey Hart made his 15th start in the leadoff position Tuesday as 2B Rickie Weeks, who started the season as the leadoff hitter, batted eighth for the second straight game since coming off the disabled list. In his first 14 games as a leadoff hitter, Hart hit .345 with 6 home runs, 13 RBIs, seven stolen bases and scored 13 runs.
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