Cubs-White Sox
CHICAGO CUBS: As manager Lou Piniella made his way to the interview area after Saturday's game, he was confronted by several female fans who pleaded with him to pose for a picture. Piniella obliged before finally excusing himself. ``They want to take a picture of me. That's what you really call desperate housewives,'' Piniella said with a laugh. ... RHP Bob Howry replaced RHP Ryan Dempster as the team's closer Saturday because Dempster has a strained oblique muscle. Dempster first felt it when he delivered his first pitch Friday. He plans to get more treatment and then play catch Monday to see how it is. ... 3B Mark DeRosa apparently had a reaction to medication he's been taking for several ailments, including a bout of blurred vision earlier this week in Texas, and was a late scratch Saturday.
y run. He went 1-for-4. ... Erstad was put back on the DL after re-injuring his sprained left ankle in the first inning Friday when he made a diving catch. He'd initially been on the DL since June 1. Manager Ozzie Guillen said Erstad was put back on the DL because an MRI of the ankle was not clean. ``I didn't set myself back a long ways. Like I said, it's just not ready,'' Erstad said. ``I felt like it was good enough to play. I still feel that way, I don't second guess myself. For some reason, it was one of those plays where you have to make a play and it happened.'' ... Dye sat out Saturday with a sore quadriceps muscle that has been bothering him and forced him out of a game Monday. He may also be headed to the DL and might have been put on if Erstad had not. ``I can't play,'' Dye said. ``I pulled it again coming out of the box yesterday. I don't want to go out there and risk tearing it again. Then I would be in a real bad situation.''
Rockies-Blue Jays
COLORADO: OF Matt Holliday went 2-for-5 Saturday and leads the major leagues with 108 hits. ... SS Troy Tulowitzki hit a solo homer in the second, his third in the past three games. ``I'm feeling good at the plate, recognizing pitches early,'' Tulowitzki said. ... OF/1B Jeff Baker was hit by a pitch Saturday for the first time in his three-year career.
TORONTO: DH Frank Thomas hit his 498th career home run Saturday, a two-run shot in the first inning. Thomas has homered against every major league team except Pittsburgh. ... The Blue Jays are 6-0 when they reach double figures in runs. ... RHP Brian Wolfe has won two games in the past two days despite working just 1 1-3 innings and throwing only 15 pitches. He's the first Toronto pitcher to win in consecutive games since LHP Scott Downs did it against Seattle July 15-16, 2006.
DETROIT: RF Magglio Ordonez, who left Friday night's game in the eighth inning after he was hit on his left hand by a pitch, was back in the lineup and was 1-for-4. X-rays on the hand, which was bruised, were negative. ... CF Curtis Granderson was 0-for-5 with four strikeouts, dropping his batting average to .291 and ending his seven-game hitting streak.
ATLANTA: LF Willie Harris was the leadoff hitter for only the second time this season. CF Andruw Jones hit seventh for the first time this season and went 0-for-2 with two walks, dropping his batting average to .198. ... 3B Chipper Jones hit his 13th homer as he moved back into the starting lineup after testing his sore groin in batting practice. Jones missed Friday night's game. ... The Braves have been outscored 14-2 in John Smoltz's four losses, including Friday night's 5-0 loss.
HOUSTON: CF Hunter Pence is playing as a major leaguer for the first time in his hometown of Arlington, but manager Phil Garner said he doesn't detect that the rookie has approached the games against the Texas Rangers with any more urgency. ``I don't notice any difference,'' Garner said. ``He's been fired up since he's been here.'' ... LHP Stephen Randolph was uncharacteristically wild in Friday night's two-inning relief stint against Texas, issuing four walks. ``He's been pitching better than that,'' Garner said.
TEXAS: RHP Kevin Millwood has won his last two starts after going winless in his previous seven starts dating back to April 13. Millwood gave up three runs in six innings as the Rangers beat the Astros 11-3 Friday night. ``The big thing is he's kept us in games,'' manager Ron Washington said. ``He didn't have his best stuff and he still made the best of it.'' ... RHP Brandon McCarthy is scheduled to make a rehab start Sunday at Triple-A Oklahoma. McCarthy has been on the DL since June 14 with a blister on his right middle finger. He will be on a 65-pitch count.
ld hits Friday gave the Twins 99, most in the majors. ... Jason Kubel's double Friday was the first extra-base hit by a Twins pinch-hitter this season.
FLORIDA: Former leadoff hitter SS Hanley Ramirez remained in the third spot in the batting order Saturday, even with the return of 1B Mike Jacobs from the disabled list. ``I thought about it a lot,'' manager Fredi Gonzalez said. ``Hanley has been getting more and more comfortable in that three hole.'' ... LHP Dontrelle Willis, who has been nursing a tight forearm, threw a bullpen session Saturday and is expected to start Tuesday against Pittsburgh. ... On Friday, 2B Dan Uggla became the first player in Marlins history to achieve the hat trick of a homer, sacrifice bunt and sacrifice fly. ... Florida has slipped behind Tampa Bay to last in the majors in home attendance. The Marlins were averaging 16,181 through Friday.
soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Bethesda Naval Hospital on Saturday. ``It's about as real as you get,'' Wedge said. ``They're all heroes.''
WASHINGTON: RHP Shawn Hill's sore right elbow is not healing as hoped, so he will get a second opinion Monday from Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala. Hill felt pain in the elbow May 11 after he altered his mechanics to compensate for a left shoulder injury he suffered while running the bases. Hill missed the 2004 season after having ligament replacement surgery on the elbow. ... LHP Matt Chico opened with a 1-2-3 inning Saturday night, the first time a Nationals pitcher has retired the side without damage in the first inning in 12 games. ... It certainly wasn't like the old days Friday night, when manager Manny Acta used seven pitchers to limit Cleveland to one run in a 4-1 victory. ``That time has gone, the time when Juan Marichal used to throw 30 complete games,'' Acta said. ``We just have to adjust to the times. We have cell phones now.''
dually building up his strength and endurance for a return to the rotation. The team hopes he'll be starting again by the All-Star break. ... Former Mets slugger Mike Piazza brought the lineup card to home plate before the game and received a warm ovation. He tipped his cap several times and blew a kiss to the crowd. Piazza has been on the DL since May 3 with a sprained right shoulder. He is on a throwing program to build up arm strength because the team wants to use him as a catcher when he comes back. He began the season strictly as a DH.
NEW YORK: The Mets need a starting pitcher for a doubleheader Friday at Philadelphia, so RHP Mike Pelfrey could be recalled from Triple-A New Orleans. New York manager Willie Randolph said the team was still thinking about that decision. Pelfrey is 2-2 with a 3.44 ERA at New Orleans since being demoted. He opened the season 0-5 with a 6.53 ERA in six starts with the Mets. Pelfrey pitched Friday for New Orleans, allowing four runs and eight hits in 5 1-3 innings of a 4-0 loss to Omaha. He struck out five and walked one. ... LHP Dave Williams began a rehab assignment Friday night with Class-A St. Lucie. He allowed three runs and four hits in five innings against Vero Beach. Williams had surgery for a herniated disk in his neck on Jan. 31.
Dodgers-Devil Rays
LOS ANGELES: 1B Nomar Garciaparra was taken out of the starting lineup due to flulike symptoms. Manager Grady Little said Garciaparra was sent back to the team hotel. ``It's bad enough we didn't want him around the other players,'' Little said. ``We'll see how he is tomorrow.'' ... The Dodgers signed LHP Michael Watt, their second round pick in this year's amateur draft. Watt, from Capistrano Valley High School (Calif.), is a graduate of the Los Angeles RBI (Reviving Baseball in Innercities) program.
TAMPA BAY: Manager Joe Maddon said pitching coach Jim Hickey will undergo surgery Monday for a detached retina and will miss an upcoming road series at Cleveland that starts Friday. Hickey was struck by a golf ball on a just completed road trip. Minor league pitching coordinator Dick Bosman will fill in for Hickey. ... RHP Edwin Jackson (0-8. 7.85 ERA) is not facing a make-or-break start Sunday. ``We knew coming into the season there would be ups and downs,'' Maddon said of the 23-year pitcher.
who was claimed off waivers on Friday after the Yankees designated him for assignment. ``The goal is still the same whether I'm playing for the Yankees or the Pirates. It's my first National League experience, other than interleague, so it'll be a learning one.'' ... RHP Ian Snell didn't have to bat in Saturday night's start against the Angels because of the DH rule in AL ballparks during Interleague play. Snell has nine sacrifice bunts, tying Roy Oswalt for the major league lead - but six of the nine baserunners he has advanced have been stranded.
LOS ANGELES: Manager Mike Scioscia is having trouble coming up with fresh ideas for how to tell LHP Joe Saunders he's going back to Triple-A after making a spot start for an injured pitcher. Friday night was the third time that scenario played out this season, and Saunders is 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA in those outings. ``I think it's gone from explaining it to Joe - which he's come to understand - to last night, where it was just, 'Joe, you know the routine,''' Scioscia said. ``Joe's like any other kid who thinks he's ready for the challenge of pitching in the big leagues, but understands the situation.''
BALTIMORE: The Orioles have won three straight, their longest streak since winning six in a row May 26-31. ... Baltimore starters have worked at least seven innings in 19 of the Orioles' last 36 games after reaching the seven-inning mark only four times in the team's first 27 games. ... The Orioles are second in the AL with 58 stolen bases. ... SS Freddie Bynum started Saturday night after Chris Gomez replaced injured Miguel Tejada on Friday.
ARIZONA: The Diamondbacks have committed 55 errors this season, second most in the National League behind Cincinnati. ... RHP Doug Davis, Sunday's scheduled starter, is 0-2 with an 11.08 ERA in his last three starts. ... SS Augie Ojeda made his second start of the season Saturday in place of Stephen Drew, who was 0-for-4 in Friday's season opener. ... 3B Mark Reynolds has hit safely in 20 of 30 games since his recall from Double-A Mobile on May 16.
Red Sox-Padres
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SAN DIEGO: Manager Bud Black said RF Brian Giles, out because of a bone bruise in his right knee is getting closer to returning from the DL. Giles took batting practice, ran the bases and took balls in the outfield on Saturday. Black said Giles probably will go on a rehab assignment with Single-A Lake Elsinore. ... Mike Cameron batted cleanup Saturday night even though he was 2-for-16 lifetime against Red Sox knuckleballer Tim Wakefield. ``He's due,'' Black said.
league complex without a protective boot on his left ankle, which he sprained May 25 while doing an agility drill during a rehab program for a strained left hamstring.
SAN FRANCISCO: Robin Williams needed three takes before he finally got the Giants starting lineup right for television, although he did need help from Billy Crystal, asking ``What does SP mean?'' Crystal did his Yankees' lineup on the first take. Omar Vizquel came over to get autographs from the two comedians and pose for pictures with them. Williams originally called Omar ``Pedro Vizquel.'' ... OF Fred Lewis (right oblique strain) began a rehab assignment at Triple-A Fresno on Saturday night. ``He swung the bat yesterday and felt great,'' manager Bruce Bochy said. ``We don't have a target date for him. We'll let him get his timing and everything.''
gnment in the next few days. Freel was injured in a collision with Norris Hopper on May 28. ... Sunday's starter, RHP Bronson Arroyo, has given up one earned run in two career starts in Seattle. On July 19, 2004, Arroyo struck out a career-high 12 against Seattle.
SEATTLE: Manager Mike Hargrove's ejection on Friday night was his first of the season. He watched the rest of the 16-1 rout from the Mariners video room. ``It wasn't any prettier on video than it was in person,'' he said. ... RHP Ryan Feierabend wasn't bothered by the boos that came his way when he threw to first base twice in the first inning on Friday night, before finally throwing a pitch to Ken Griffey Jr. Feierabend said he threw over twice until getting the pitch he wanted to throw. Griffey promptly grounded a single to right field. ... Hargrove said RHP Mark Lowe and LHP Horacio Ramirez are getting closer to going out on rehab assignments. Lowe has been out all year following elbow surgery. Ramirez went on the 15-day DL on May 25 with left shoulder tendinitis. ... Friday night's 16-1 loss was the largest margin of defeat for the Mariners since Safeco Field opened during the 1999 season.
KANSAS CITY: Friday's starter, former Brewer Jorge de la Rosa, has now lost six straight decisions, including losses in back-to-back games. ... Brian Bannister came into Saturday night's game having won his last four starts, all in the month of June. ... The Royals wore all-black uniforms with white pinstripes to honor the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro Leagues. ... Pitcher John Thompson arrived in Milwaukee prior to last night's game after signing a free agent contract. Thompson will wear jersey number 52. The Royals are his fifth major league team. ... The Royals signed their number two pick in this year's First Year Player Draft. Samuel Runion, a right-handed pitcher out of A.C. Reynolds High School in North Carolina was the 66th player selected overall. ... The Royals have been in last place in the American League Central since April 7.
e Negro Leagues. The team also gave away 15,000 replica Milwaukee Bears hats before the game. ... The Brewers have been in first place in the NL Central since April 21st.
PHILADELPHIA: Shane Victorino went 0-for-4, ending a career-best 14-game hitting streak during which he batted .311 (19-for-61) with three homers and seven RBIs. ... LHP Cole Hamels is coming off his worst outing of the year, allowing six runs in five innings, heading into Sunday's start against the Cardinals' Kip Wells. Last August, Hamels gave up two hits and a run in seven innings in his only career start against St. Louis. ... Jimmy Rollins had three hits and an RBI and is batting .458 (11-for-24) in five games at new Busch Stadium. Overall, he's hitting .342 (27-for-79) in his last 18 games. ... RHP Adam Eaton is 1-3 with a 5.93 ERA in six career starts against the Cardinals after getting knocked out in the sixth inning.
ST. LOUIS: RHP Chris Carpenter, rehabbing from surgery he had in May to remove bone spurs from his elbow, added breaking balls to his third bullpen session on Saturday. Carpenter expects to meet with team physician Dr. George Paletta on Monday in New York during the team's series against the Mets to map out the next phase in his rehab. He could return to a tattered rotation after the All-Star break. ``I basically did a normal warmup routine, threw all my pitches and everything felt good,'' Carpenter said. ... Aaron Miles had three hits and is 10-for-16 in the last three games, raising his average to .315. ``Sometimes it goes in streaks,'' Miles said. ``I'm not hitting it at guys, that's the main thing.'' ... So Taguchi is batting .393 (22-for-56) during a career-best 15-game hitting streak. ... RHP Russ Springer has a strikeout in each of his last 13 appearances, totaling 17.

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