Devil Rays-Red Sox
TAMPA BAY: The Devil Rays play 18 of their final 81 games against Boston. ... The Devil Rays reinstated RHP Juan Salas from the restricted list after serving a 50-game suspension for violating baseball's drug testing program. ... RHP Tim Corcoran (right elbow strain) was transferred to the 60-day DL. ... 3B Akinori Iwamura, who was 2-for-8 against Daisuke Matsuzaka in Japan, struck out in his first two at-bats against him on Tuesday.
BOSTON: OF Coco Crisp returned from a four-game absence with a sprained left thumb. ... Kevin Youkilis was back in the lineup after missing one game with a sore left quadriceps. ... Hideki Okajima led the early balloting to be the final player on the AL roster at the July 10 All-Star game in San Francisco. Voting continues until Thursday.
DETROIT: C Ivan Rodriguez caught the 2000th game of his career Tuesday, becoming just the fourth catcher in major league history to reach that mark. Barring injury, Rodriguez should pass Gary Carter (2,056) for third place on the all-time list before the end of the season. ... RHP Joel Zumaya, who has been disabled since May 3 after dislocating a tendon in the middle finger of his pitching hand, will start playing catch after the All-Star break. His success with that will determine the next steps in his rehabilitation schedule. ... CF Curtis Granderson needs one stolen base this week to become just the seventh player since 1957 to reach double figures in doubles, triples, homers and steals before the All-Star break.
CLEVELAND: The Indians won their 50th game of the season Monday, over a month faster than they accomplished the same mark in 2006. Cleveland improved to 50-32 with a weekend sweep of Tampa Bay, a year after winning on August 11 to improve to 50-64. ... Tuesday is the 60th anniversary of the Indians signing Larry Doby. Two days later, Doby broke the American League's color barrier when he made his Cleveland debut at Chicago. ... Paul Byrd made his first start of July Tuesday after not issuing a single unintentional walk in May or June. ... Grady Sizemore and Casey Blake started Monday's game with back-to-back singles, which might not have been a surprise. The two hits raised the duo's career batting average against Nate Robertson to .400 (10-for-25).
MINNESOTA: SS Jason Bartlett was 16-for-16 on stolen-base attempts this season until he was thrown out by Yankees C Jorge Posada in the fourth inning. ... Two-time Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana goes for his 10th win of the season when he starts Wednesday. Santana is 2-0 with a 2.67 ERA against the Yankees in his career. ... Injured OF Rondell White (strained right calf) played seven innings Monday night at Class-A Fort Myers and was slated to play nine on Tuesday. ``Everything went good,'' manager Ron Gardenhire said. ``Just keep playing. Play game after game, get in game shape and get some swings, see what happens.'' White has been out since April 5.
s been ``so automatic'' that he overlooks him sometimes.
SEATTLE: John McLaren chose Gary Thurman as his first base coach. Thurman is in his ninth season in the organization and had been outfield/baserunning coordinator. He replaces Mike Goff, who moved to bench coach. ... 1B Richie Sexson will be out at least a few days after bruising his left thumb Monday. McLaren said there was no thought now of putting him on the DL. ``We're not going to make a hurried decision. We'll just see if he starts recuperating in a hurry,'' McLaren said. ... RHP Jon Huber, out since June 9 with right forearm strain, threw on Tuesday and felt good. A decision will be made regarding him on Wednesday, McLaren said.
KANSAS CITY: DH Mike Sweeney will not be activated before the All-Star break, manager Buddy Bell said. Out since June 19 with right knee inflammation, Sweeney had hoped to return on Friday. But 2B Mark Grudzielanek is still a possibility to rejoin the lineup before the break. ... Mike Moustakas, the power-hitting shortstop KC drafted overall No. 2 in the June draft, was chosen high school player of the year by Baseball America. Moustakas hit a California state high school record 24 home runs and batted .577 for Chatsworth High in the Los Angeles area. A Scott Boras client, Moustakas has not agreed to a contract.
Orioles-White Sox
BALTIMORE: LHP Garrett Olson will be called up from Triple-A Norfolk on Wednesday and make his first major league start in place of the injured RHP Steve Trachsel. Interim manager Dave Trembley said the club considered promoting Olson, who is 7-6 with a 3.46 ERA at Norfolk, earlier. ``We feel he deserved a chance,'' Trembley said. ``He's coming off some real good outings.'' The Orioles will announce a corresponding move before the game. ... 3B Melvin Mora was out of the starting lineup for a second straight game with a bruise on the instep of his left foot. Mora took batting practice and fielded some ground balls before Tuesday's game. Trembley said he could have started Mora but didn't want to rush his recovery. Trembley added that he hoped to have Mora back in the lineup Wednesday. ... RHP Scott Williamson said his bruised left foot felt better before heading out for a bullpen session.
st closer Bobby Jenks - to rally for a 7-6 win. That meltdown spoiled a fine start by Mark Buehrle and left the bullpen with a 5.60 ERA and 14 blown saves in 37 chances. ``You look at the names, what they did in the past, you feel pretty comfortable with the bullpen,'' Guillen said. ``But what they've done this year, everything went backward. We thought we could do a lot better. You see over a period of time how good they can be. All of a sudden, you're seeing the other side - how bad they can be.'' ... Guillen is leaning toward starting RHP Nick Masset in the second game of Friday's day-night doubleheader with Minnesota.
LOS ANGELES: Manager Mike Scioscia said the prognosis on C Mike Napoli's sprained left ankle is better than anticipated. Scioscia said the injury ``is more of a contusion and low ankle sprain than a high sprain, so it might not be as long as it could have been.'' Napoli was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Monday. Napoli will be in a walking boot for a week to promote healing. ... OF Garret Anderson, activated on Monday from his second stint on the DL this season, was the DH on Tuesday night. Scioscia said Anderson will also see action in LF. ``We're not going to see him in the outfield every day,'' Scioscia said. ``Hopefully he'll be able to get enough at-bats to get some continuity and consistency in his swing.''
TEXAS: 1B Mark Teixeira could begin a minor league rehab assignment as soon as this weekend and expects to return to the lineup soon after the All-Star break. Out with a strained left quadriceps since June 9, Teixeira has been taking batting practice and will begin taking ground balls in a few days. ``I feel great right now,'' he said. ``If it was up to me, I'd go out and play today. In a week I'll be ready to go.''. ...Manager Ron Washington doesn't want to overuse RHP Eric Gagne, who saved back-to-back games over the weekend in Boston. ``I'm not going to run him out there four days in a row,'' Washington said. ``A lot will have to do with his workload. If he gets three outs in nine or 10 pitches, he'll go out there the next day, and then gets another save in six or seven pitches, I'll use him again. But if he has to use 25 pitches, that's different.''. ...Washington said that with Ian Kinsler on the DL, Jerry Hairston Jr. will take over the 2B job on Wednesday night until Kinsler returns. Kinsler could be out for from two to six weeks. Hairston didn't start Tuesday night because of a sore left knee.
Blue Jays-Athletics
o well,'' Towers said. ``It's hard on the body to go from the bullpen to starting. I tried to throw a bullpen session every two days but when you don't see action, you lose some of your pitches. I lost my slider. I told them I'm about two starts away from my body really understanding starting again.'' Towers won his second straight start on Monday night, something he regards as a positive development, even though he allowed four runs in five innings. ``I just felt good,'' he said. ``That's a good sign that I'm close to where I want to be.'' ... OF Alex Rios batted third for just the fourth time this season. He entered play batting .167 (2-for-12) with a home run in that spot. Rios is hitting .283 as a leadoff hitter.
n sometime around the All-Star break. ... RHP Huston Street (right ulnar nerve irritation) took a day off from his throwing program. He could return to action as soon as July 20, when the A's open a three-game home series against the Baltimore Orioles. ... C-DH Mike Piazza (sprained right shoulder) caught a bullpen session on Monday and has been improving in his attempt to be game ready. He has yet to catch a game this season. ``He's having better success getting his arm slot,'' Geren said. ``He's coming along.'' ... OF Chris Snelling was scheduled for arthoscopic surgery by Dr. Stephen Lombardo on his injured left knee.
MILWAUKEE: C Damian Miller wasn't in the lineup Tuesday afternoon against the Pirates despite his two-homer, seven-RBI game Monday that included his sixth grand slam. Miller, the backup to Johnny Estrada, didn't expect to play. He said, ``Nah, let the kids play. I'm having success playing once or twice a week.'' ... Milwaukee is 23-13 against the NL Central but 18-22 overall on the road. ... Because it came in the final inning of a 10-3 victory, CF Bill Hall's exceptional catch of Jack Wilson's drive into the right-center gap in the ninth inning Monday wasn't a big factor in the win. But it was one of the best plays at PNC Park this season, if only because of the amount of ground Hall had to cover before stretching out to make the catch.
PITTSBURGH: Despite beating the Brewers 6-2 Tuesday, the Pirates (18-23) still aren't close to .500 at home. They are 18-24 on the road. ... Of the eight starting pitchers the Pirates have used this season, six came up through their farm system - including Shane Youman, who got his first career win on Tuesday. Youman was 0-2 in three late-season starts last season, but did pitch seven shutout innings against Cincinnati in the final game of the season. ... All-Star infielder Freddy Sanchez was 0-for-12 until he singled Tuesday to start a three-run sixth. ... While Milwaukee was committing four errors, the Pirates played their ninth consecutive errorless game.
CHICAGO: 3B Aramis Ramirez was given the day off despite a seven-game hitting streak in which he's hitting .414 (12-for-29). ... Chicago scored a run in the first inning. It was the 66th run they scored in the first - by far the most in any inning. ... Entering Tuesday's game, RHP Michael Wuertz has stranded all 18 of his inherited runners this season. ... C Rob Bowen did not start. He's in an 0-for-17 slump. ...The Cubs have won 115 games on July 4 - more than any other date.
WASHINGTON: Dmitri Young was the only National named to the All-Star team, and it's his second trip. Young didn't get in the game the first time he made it in 2003 ... Tim Redding became the 10th Washington starting pitcher when he started Tuesday's game; tying the Nationals with Philadelphia for the most in the National League. ... Matt Chico will start Wednesday afternoon. He hasn't won in his past eight starts.
SAN FRANCISCO: The series opener featured two players with 1,336 homers between them: Barry Bonds at 751 (after his first-inning shot off Aaron Harang) and Ken Griffey Jr. at 585. It was the highest total for two players in the same game since Aug. 1, 1976, when Cleveland's Frank Robinson (586) faced Milwaukee's Hank Aaron (755), according to the Elias Sports Bureau. ... The top combined-homer came on July 17, 1973, when Willie Mays - Bonds' godfather - played against Aaron. They had a combined 1,356. ... Omar Vizquel played in his 2,500th game at shortstop. Only two others have played that many in the majors: Luis Aparicio (2,583) and Ozzie Smith (2,511). ... The Giants activated INF Rich Aurilia off the DL, placed RH Vinnie Chulk on the bereavement list and called up LH Pat Misch from Triple-A Fresno.
tanton, out with a pulled hamstring, threw off the mound. He plans to make a rehab appearance for Class-A Dayton on Wednesday, then return to the roster. ``I told them only one rehab start,'' Stanton said with a smile.
PHILADELPHIA: RF Shane Victorino was back in the lineup on Tuesday after a Superman-style dive into the seats in the seventh inning of Monday's 7-5 loss. ``I'm glad I got up and I feel good today,'' he said. Victorino couldn't make the catch and said after the game he hurt his ribs. ``Dude, I don't know what I was thinking,'' he said. ``Stupid - that's my new nickname.'' ... OF Aaron Rowand was out of the starting lineup on Tuesday with a bruised right thumb. Manager Charlie Manuel said Rowand, one of Philadelphia's three All-Stars, was questionable for Wednesday's series finale in Houston, depending on how the minor injury responds to treatment. ``We'll see how it goes,'' Manuel said. ... RHP Jon Lieber will undergo season-ending surgery on Friday to repair a ruptured tendon in his left foot. Lieber got injured on June 20. The 37-year-old right-hander was 3-6 with a 4.73 ERA in 12 starts this season. He was the Phillies' opening day starter in 2005 and '06. ``He pitched some good baseball for us,'' Manuel said. ``If things had been a little bit different, he could've pitched better. He had the talent.''
HOUSTON: RHP Brad Lidge said his strained left oblique muscle felt fine after he threw 28 pitches off the mound on Monday. Now, Lidge said his right knee is hurting and that will delay his return until after the All-Star break. Lidge has been on the disabled list since June 16 with the strained oblique. He had a bone bruise in the knee in May, but said the latest flareup was nothing serious. ``It's not really a big problem,'' Lidge said. ``For whatever reason, it kind of acted up on me again. It's a little frustrating because I was trying to get back before the break.'' ... SS Mark Loretta and 3B Mike Lamb were both in the starting lineup Tuesday. Both have been keys to the Astros' recent offensive surge, with each hitting near .400 through the first five games of Houston's 11-game homestand. ``We'll continue to use that combination as long as they continue to swing the bats like that,'' Houston manager Phil Garner said.
one of the few guys. If I sat for two weeks and didn't play when Randy Johnson came to town I was in the lineup,'' Melvin said. ``It's not like I hit 12 bombs, it was a little single over there and a little single over there. Not a lot of damage.''
latest step in his rehab from shoulder surgery last September, although there's no timetable for his return.
NEW YORK: RHP Pedro Martinez threw a 50-pitch, three-inning simulated game on Tuesday. ``It is a step in the right direction,'' manager Willie Randolph said. ``The schedule for the next move is pending.'' ... LHP Oliver Perez (strained lower back) was sent back to New York and will fly to the team's training center in Port St. Lucie, Fla., while he's on the disabled list. ... Several Mets coaches went on a morning fishing trip west of Denver. Howard Johnson had the most success, landing three, 2-pound rainbow trout. ... RHP Jorge Sosa received treatment on his strained left hamstring.
COLORADO: Matt Holliday's three-run home run Monday night extended his hitting streak at Coors Field to 22 games ... RHP Matt Herges was called up from Triple-A Colorado Springs to replace LHP Jason Hirsh, who sprained his right ankle on the bases Monday. Hirsh was placed on the 15-day DL. .. LHP Jeremy Affeldt has plenty of fond July 4 memories. The reliever grew up on various military bases across the country. ``It was great. They'd always have big productions on the Air Force bases. It was a really big thing,'' Affeldt said.
FLORIDA: SS Hanley Ramirez, who tweaked his left hamstring while doubling in the third inning of Monday's game was on the bench last night, but was available for pinch-hitting duty. ``He's available to pinch-hit, the trainer told me,'' Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said. ``He's going to take batting practice and take all the pre-game workouts and everything drills and we'll shoot for tomorrow. Gonzalez described the injury as ``a discomfort.'' ``It's not a strain and not a pull. And if I don't have to use him, it's even better for tomorrow. Ramirez, the 2006 NL Rookie of the Year, has played in 80 of the Marlins past 83 games.
' Black said. ``We liked his delivery, we liked his arm action. His fastball and change had nice movement. I think there's some deception in there.''
ATLANTA: CF Andruw Jones, mired in the worst slump of his career, entered Tuesday hitting just .199 with a .297 on-base percentage and 83 strikeouts - just 44 fewer than he had last season in 669 plate appearances. On Sunday, he snapped an 0-for-24 skid. ``To me, he's got the same approach he's always had,'' manager Bobby Cox said. ``He's always had some parts of the season where he's looked like this - although not as long - but hitting .200 hasn't changed Andruw one bit. He's our biggest cheerleader in the dugout, and he's still the best center fielder in baseball. At the end of the year he's going to have 100 ribbies and 30 homers, and hopefully he'll have his average higher.'' ... RHP Tyler Yates, who allowed one earned run over 10 2-3 innings during June, allowed three earned runs in one-third of an inning during his first appearance of July - giving up hits to three of the four batters he faced in Monday night's 8-2 loss to the Dodgers.
tions on your start - It's been a long time.'' LF Luis Gonzalez and reserve INF Olmedo Saenz collaborated on the prank. ``It's just my teammates showing the love, showing the support,'' said Lieberthal, who took the ribbing in stride. ... Manager Grady Little said he isn't giving up on RHP Brett Tomko, who has been struggling lately out of the bullpen with a 5.89 ERA. He was converted back to reliever on May 26 after being moved out of the starting rotation. ``We need him to step it up and get him back to where he needs to be,'' Little said. ``His confidence level is down a little bit, but we need the guy, so we'll keep running him out there.''

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