TEXAS: RHP Willie Eyre made the first start of his major league career. His first 61 games, totaling 95 1-3 innings, had all been in relief. His last start came in 2004 for Triple-A Rochester. ... The Rangers were hitting .335 with runners in scoring position since June 6, second in the majors to Detroit's .376. ... Jerry Hairston lined consecutive third-inning pitches into the Tigers' dugout, leading two Detroit players to jokingly wave white towels in surrender.
his rehab assignment, and expects to make two relief outings before being activated.
OAKLAND: RHP Rich Harden, who left Monday night's game after one inning because his shoulder was bothering him, threw about 10 minutes of long toss Tuesday. Manager Bob Geren played catch with him and said Harden will try to go two innings - which was Monday night's plan - Friday or Saturday against the Yankees. ``He felt good,'' Geren said. ``From last night to today, that's good news.'' Harden was on the DL from April 23 to June 21. ... RHP Justin Duchscherer (right hip strain) threw 21 pitches from the front part of the mound and will throw again Thursday. Geren said Duchscherer will probably throw a simulated game and go on a rehab assignment before he is activated. ... Geren said DH Mike Piazza (sprained right shoulder) is three weeks from returning. The A's want to give Piazza playing time at catcher when he returns and he's on a throwing program to stretch out his arm. ... OF Chris Snelling, on a rehab assignment at Triple-A Sacramento, left Monday night's game with a sore left knee. He's been on the DL since May 11.
CLEVELAND: Several Indians think RHP Rafael Betancourt deserves consideration for the All-Star team. He entered with a 1.10 ERA in 29 appearances as a setup man. In 32 2-3 innings, he had 32 strikeouts, only three walks, and had allowed 19 hits. ``I don't think about the All-Star game because it's out of my control,'' Betancourt said. ``What means more to me is what my teammates, coaches and manager think of me.'' ... LHP C.C. Sabathia, 11-2 with a 3.24 ERA and 108 strikeouts, appears certain to get his third All-Star berth, but also denies dwelling upon it. ``I've got two more starts for my own team and that's all that matters,'' Sabathia said. ``After that, we'll see.'' ... Entering play, Cleveland relievers had a 2.39 ERA over their last 19 games. Overall, they were 12-9 with a 3.89 ERA and 21 saves in 26 attempts. At the same point a year ago, Cleveland relievers had only 10 saves in 21 chances. ... The Indians' six minor league affiliates have a combined 188-141 record (.571), second only to Milwaukee's 184-126 mark (.594).
,'' Torre said. ... RHP Roger Clemens, scheduled to start Wednesday in search of his 350th career win, was not with the team. A friend of his mother's died, and he attended the funeral in Connecticut.
BALTIMORE: SS Miguel Tejada (broken wrist) can't resume baseball activities for another month, which means he probably won't return from the 15-day DL until sometime in August. ``I don't want to rush it,'' he said. ... RHP Danys Baez (forearm tendinitis) threw around 20-25 pitches. He will rest Wednesday and increase the workload on Thursday, interim manager Dave Trembley said. Baez has been on the disabled list since June 16. ... LHP Erik Bedard, who left with a hamstring strain after his last appearance, will make his scheduled start Tuesday against the Yankees.
White Sox-Devil Rays
CHICAGO: Manager Ozzie Guillen said recent speculation about his job status is not surprising. ``Obviously, the question is there with the team not playing good,'' Guillen said. ``That doesn't bother me at all. I go out and take it day by day. If my players are not playing good, my name should be out there.'' GM Ken Williams said again Sunday that Guillen's job is not in jeopardy. ... The 5-4 win over Tampa Bay on Monday was just the third time the team won a game since 1970 when Chicago batters struck out 15 or more times in a nine-inning contest.
TAMPA BAY: 2B B.J. Upton (strained left quadriceps) is set to work out Wednesday with Class-A Vero Beach and start playing in minor league games Thursday. His status will be evaluated after he plays Friday. ... Manager Joe Maddon said pitching coach Jim Hickey, who underwent surgery Monday to repair a detached retina, is doing better but still is in pain. Hickey is expected rejoin the team next Tuesday in Boston. ... University of Mississippi RHP William Kline, Tampa Bay's second-round pick in this year's amateur draft, worked out before the game. He has been assigned to Class-A Columbus.
Blue Jays-Twins
TORONTO: With 12 homers in 58 games this season, veteran Matt Stairs jokingly had a message for injured 1B Lyle Overbay, whose broken hand opened the door for Stairs to get playing time. ``He's going to have a hard time knocking me out. He's going to be a bench player,'' Stairs said with a chuckle. ``I know when O gets back, he's a great hitter and his job is to be the first baseman every day. I'll move back in the outfield or whatever they need.'' ... Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said his club, which started the day 10 games behind the Red Sox in the AL East, can look at the Twins for inspiration. Last year the Twins rallied from 12 1/2 games back to win the AL Central. ``It gives other teams hope,'' he said. ``We're hoping that Boston has to cool off someday. But what's great about the game now is the wild card, and that's still in reach.''
MINNESOTA: 2B Luis Castillo was in the lineup with his left hand bandaged after it was inadvertently stepped on by Blue Jays starter Roy Halladay during a play at the plate on Monday. Castillo needed a pinch hitter in the ninth, but said it was feeling better on Tuesday. ... Manager Ron Gardenhire is worried that so much youth in the starting rotation is starting to wear down his bullpen. Boof Bonser, Scott Baker and Kevin Slowey have all had short starts recently, putting the pressure on one of baseball's best relief units. ``That's my biggest concern, overtaxing the bullpen trying to get these young men to figure it out,'' Gardenhire said.
an't catch up from. This team has to be perfect.''
LOS ANGELES: RHP Francisco Rodriguez was glad to hear that his mentor, Troy Percival, has revived his career with the St. Louis Cardinals after 1 1/2 years out of baseball due to injuries. ``You know how he is. He's a competitor,'' said Rodriguez, who followed Percival as the Angels' closer. ``We talked in spring training and he told me his arm didn't bother him when he was throwing batting practice to his son, but he never said anything about coming back - as far as I know. That's why I was surprised that he did. But good for him. All I can say is I wish him the best.'' ... Manager Mike Scioscia also expressed his pleasure about the news concerning Percival, who still holds the club record with 316 saves and got the final three outs in Game 7 of the 2002 World Series when the Angels beat the Giants. ``I don't know if you want to call it unfinished business, because he's accomplished so much in his career. But you have to understand how much he loves to pitch and how much he loves to compete,'' Scioscia said. ``And if he can do it, he wants to try and be a part of something.''
Red Sox-Mariners
BOSTON: SS Julio Lugo, hitless in his past 29 at-bats, did not start. One of those outs Monday was a foul out in the fourth inning near the third-base line on which Lugo turned and walked back to the dugout instead of running to first base. Yet manager Terry Francona said Lugo's slump was the reason he sat. ``That's frustration. I'm not saying that's good, but that's frustration,'' Francona said. ``But if you are asking me if I care about that, yeah.'' Francona said Lugo will likely start Wednesday against left-hander Ryan Feierabend. ... 3B Mike Lowell and the team don't know whether he will be fined for arguing with Jim Reynolds after the plate umpire called him out on strikes to end Monday's 9-4 loss. ``He was kind of jawing. It was no big thing,'' Francona said.
SEATTLE: LF Raul Ibanez missed his third straight game with a tight right hamstring. Ibanez said he still has tightness in the muscle, but it's coming along ``nicely.'' He and manager Mike Hargrove expect the No. 3 hitter to return in Friday's series opener against Toronto. ... RF Jose Guillen was back in the lineup after missing four games with soreness and tightness in his right arm - the same arm on which Guillen had reconstructive elbow surgery last summer. Hargrove gave Guillen the authority to decide when he would return. ... Seattle is in the middle of a season-high 12-game homestand, its longest stint at home since a 13-game homestand in September 2004.
PITTSBURGH: RHP John Wasdin (right thumb) was recalled earlier today from his rehab assignment and will re-join the Pirates bullpen. He was 1-1 with a 5.97 ERA in five rehab starts with Triple-A Indianapolis. ... 1B Josh Phelps went 2-for-5 in his Pirates debut on Sunday after being claimed off waivers from the Yankees. The Pirates have homered just twice in their last 11 games.
FLORIDA: Rookie CF Brett Carroll is batting leadoff for the second straight game despite a .158 batting average. ... LHP Dontrelle Willis leads the NL in run support average (7.03 runs/game). LF Josh Willingham has 44 RBI in the Marlins wins, but just three in the losses. ... 2B Dan Uggla is the only Marlin to have appeared in all 76 games this season, he is in the starting lineup tonight.... RHP Rick Vanden Hurk and INF Chris Coghlan have been selected to participate in the XM All-Star Futures Game on July 8 in San Francisco.
CINCINNATI: Ken Griffey Jr. hit a double for his 1,079th career extra-base hit to move ahead of Cal Ripken Jr. for 17th on the all-time list. Dave Winfield is 16th at 1,093. ... LHP Eddie Guardado was called off his minor league rehab assignment because of stiffness in his lower back. Guardado has been on the disables list all season, recovering from elbow ligament replacement surgery.
PHILADELPHIA: Struggling LF Pat Burrell wasn't in the lineup for the fifth time in nine games. He was batting .205 with eight homers and 31 RBIs, and is making a team-high $13 million this season. ``It'll take care of itself,'' manager Charlie Manuel said. ``I'm sure he wants to play.'' ... Carlos Ruiz stole home as part of a double steal with Michael Bourn swiping second base in the second inning. He was the first Phillies player to steal home since Scott Rolen in 1997 and first catcher since Bo Diaz in 1982.
ST. LOUIS: RHP Troy Percival was called up from Triple-A Memphis before Tuesday's game against the Mets. Percival, who last pitched in the majors for Detroit on July 9, 2005, will be used in short relief, manager Tony La Russa said. ``It feels like it's always felt,'' he said. ``It's good to be back. It feels like I never skipped a beat.'' Percival is 12th in career saves with 324. ... 3B Scott Rolen was not in the lineup against the Mets, two days after fouling a ball off his left foot. La Russa said Rolen was day-to-day. ... OF So Taguchi has hit in a career-high 17 straight games, and is batting .369 during that stretch.
in the 11th inning. It tied the Mets with Milwaukee, Oakland and Tampa Bay for most in the league. It's the first time in franchise history that the team compiled six walk-off wins before a walk-off loss, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. ... The Mets unveiled their ``GourMETS New York Mets Family Cookbook'' on Tuesday. Players and wives contributed 47 recipes, ranging from Carlos Delgado's grilled snapper with avocado salsa to Tom Glavine's family French toast. ``It's not rocket science,'' Delgado said. ``If you mess up fish, you're in trouble anyway.''
WASHINGTON: 1B Robert Fick returned to the team after the death of his mother. He took batting practice but won't be activated from his bereavement leave until Wednesday after missing seven games. ... The Nationals have been using CF Ryan Langerhans in the leadoff role, even though he came into the game hitting just .176. After flopping in Atlanta and Oakland, Langerhans had a .357 on-base percentage for the Nationals. ``He's done well for us since he's been here,'' manager Manny Acta said. ``You can't take away what he did for Atlanta and Oakland, but he's been doing it for us.''
ATLANTA: RHP Kyle Davies, who left his last start with a strained left oblique, threw his regular side session before the game. If he recovers from that with no problems, Davies expects to make his next start Friday. But, with an off day Thursday, manager Bobby Cox said he may play it safe, skip over Davies' turn and give him a few extra days to recover. ... Cox said he's not concerned about the Braves' offense, even after a five-game losing streak in which they scored only one run. ``Good hitters are going to hit, and we've got good hitters on this team,'' he said. ``You run into some buzz-saw pitching like we did and you're not going to score runs. That's all there is to it.''
shown up well,'' Hurdle said. ``He has grown all across the board as the season has gone on. He's gained confidence, leadership's developing in there and he can throw a big at-bat on you at a good time.''
flooded as well, according to manager Lou Piniella.
HOUSTON: 2B Craig Biggio has more doubles than any right-handed hitter in major-league history. His 658th two-base hit in the 10th inning Sunday night moved him past Nap Lajoie and into sixth place on the career list. ... 3B Mike Lamb's career-best, 10-game hitting streak ended Monday night. He hit .500 during that stretch (20-for-40) with three doubles, three home runs, and 13 RBIs. Lamb raised his average from .248 to .317 during the streak. ... Houston came in Tuesday night batting at a .316 clip with 48 extra-base hits since June 13, the second-best mark in the majors. ... RHP Woody Williams (3-10, 5.75 ERA) starts for Houston Wednesday in the series finale. He is 12-6 lifetime vs. Milwaukee.
MILWAUKEE: LHP Chris Capuano, on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left groin, is expected to throw a simulated game Wednesday. If all goes well, he is a possible starter on Tuesday when the Brewers face the Pittsburgh Pirates. ... RF Corey Hart made his 21st start leading off since May 30. ... RHP Jeff Suppan (8-7, 4.90 ERA) makes his 17th start of the season tomorrow against Houston. Milwaukee is 8-8 in his previous 16 starts.
LOS ANGELES: OF Luis Gonzalez singled Monday night to pass former Arizona teammate Mark Grace for 98th on the all-time hit list with 2,446. Grace was in the Diamondbacks' broadcast booth at the time. ... RHP Derek Lowe faces Arizona ace Brandon Webb Wednesday night. Lowe went 2-1 with a 3.60 ERA in four starts against the Diamondbacks last year. ... RHP Brad Penny improved to 7-2 lifetime against Arizona in an 8-1 victory Monday night. The Diamondbacks drafted Penny in the fifth round in 1996, two years before they played their first game. He was named Arizona's minor league pitcher of the year in 1998, but the next season the Diamondbacks traded Penny, still in the minors, to Florida.
ARIZONA: RHP Brandon Webb, the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner, starts against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night. Webb is 7-5 with a 3.24 ERA. Last year, Webb didn't lose his fifth game until Aug. 17, when he was 13-5. ... Outfield prospects Justin Upton and Carlos Gonzalez of Double-A Mobile have been named to the All-Star Futures Game at San Francisco July 8. Upton will be on the U.S. team and Gonzalez, a Venezuelan, will be on the World team. ... Monday's 8-1 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers marked the fifth time in six series that the Diamondbacks have dropped a series opener.
s are better. Weight training in baseball didn't really start until the late 80s early 90s. There weren't even weight rooms in baseball when I first came up. Now everybody has one.'' ... OF Jose Cruz Jr. was held out of the starting lineup because he is 2-for-20 in his career against Barry Zito. Russell Branyan and Hiram Bocachica started in the corner outfield spots. ... OF Brian Giles (bruised right knee) played his second game of a rehab assignment for Class-A Lake Elsinore and is expected to be activated from the DL on Friday.
SAN FRANCISCO: SS Omar Vizquel was held out of the game after leaving Monday's game with tightness in his right groin. Vizquel could miss Wednesday's game as well, but said he should be back for the weekend series against Arizona. Vizquel is 7-for-17 with a homer in the first four games of the homestand. ``He was swinging the bat well so the timing is not great for him to miss a day or two,'' manager Bruce Bochy said. ... Injured INF Rich Aurilia (neck strain) received acupuncture treatments in his neck, shoulder and ankles and plans to do so again Thursday. His goal is to begin a rehab assignment as soon as this weekend. He would like to rejoin the Giants before the All-Star break. ``It feels good right now,'' he said.

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