Blue Jays-Red Sox
TORONTO: Lyle Overbay, who went on the disabled list after a pitch broke his right hand on June 3, is 6-for-14 since he was activated on Thursday. ... RHP Jesse Litsch has an 0.66 ERA in two starts since being recalled from Triple-A Syracuse for the second time, on June 28. ... All eight of Toronto's hits came from the bottom five spots in the order. The top four spots combined to go 0-for-16.
ad been among the league leaders in run support, getting 98 runs while on the mound for his 17 starts. He has 100 strikeouts for the season.
KANSAS CITY: After dropping two of three in Cleveland, the Royals will continue a tough nine-game trip to open the second half with three games apiece in Boston and Detroit. ... OF Mark Teahen has hit .462 (6-for-13) since the All-Star break and is batting .347 (41-for-118) in his last 27 road games. He threw out the Indians' Travis Hafner trying to stretch a single into a double Sunday for his 11th assist, second among AL outfielders. ... DH Billy Butler has 11 RBIs in his last six games. ... 2B Mark Grudzielanek has batted .394 (13-for-33) during an eight-game hitting streak. ... SS Tony Pena Jr., is batting .197 (30-for-152) on the road and .345 (57-for-165) at home, where he also has made only one of his 15 errors.
ranklin Gutierrez has hit safely in 12 of 14 games, going 17-for-45 (.378) with two homers and seven RBIs. ... RHP Rafael Betancourt has allowed a homer to Royals SS Jason Smith Sunday - just the second run he has yielded over his last 25 appearances covering 28 innings, an 0.64 ERA. Betancourt is 1-0 with a 1.30 ERA in 38 relief outings overall.
White Sox-Orioles
CHICAGO: Jermaine Dye had his 250th home run and 16th career multihomer game in Sunday's loss at Baltimore. Dye went 7-for-13 in the series after finishing the first half in a 1-for-25 slump. ... The White Sox snapped a streak of 21 consecutive stolen bases allowed when C Toby Hall threw out Paul Bako in the second inning. It was the first time in 11 tries this season that Hall threw out a would-be basestealer. Hall later threw out AL stolen-base leader Brian Roberts. ... Starter Jose Contreras allowed two homers for the second time in 18 starts this season. Contreras also extended his losing streak to a career-high four games. ... Chicago is 9-18 vs. left-handed starters this year.
BALTIMORE: Orioles interim manager Dave Trembley has his first three-game winning streak since taking over for the fired Sam Perlozzo on June 20. Baltimore is 12-10 under Trembley. ... The Orioles won the season series (5-3) against Chicago for the first time since 1999. ... OF Corey Patterson hit .469 (15-for-36) with three homers vs. the White Sox this season. ... RHP Danys Baez has retired all seven batters he's faced since coming off the disabled list Thursday. ... On Sunday morning, the official scorer awarded 2B Brian Roberts a stolen base in the 10th inning of Saturday's game against Chicago. Roberts leads the AL with 28 steals. ---
Yankees-Devil Rays
NEW YORK: Manager Joe Torre doesn't plan to respond to negative comments by former Yankees RF Gary Sheffield and CF Kenny Lofton. During an interview scheduled to air Tuesday night on HBO's ``Real Sports,'' Sheffield claimed that black players were handled differently in the clubhouse than white players - specifically Lofton and Tony Womack. ``I don't think I need to respond to anything,'' Torre said. ``I feel comfortable with who I am.'' ... The Yankees may continue carrying 13 pitchers for a couple more days. Torre said GM Brian Cashman is talking with a few teams about a potential trade involving a position player. ... 1B Doug Mientkiewicz (broken right wrist) hopes to resume swinging a bat late this week.
TAMPA BAY: A four-game series with the Yankees drew an announced crowd total of 123,806, the fourth highest home total in team history. The franchise record is 166,711, set July 9-12, 1998 against the Yankees. ... The Devil Rays lost for the second time this season when having 16 or more hits. ... 1B Carlos Pena has 22 homers in the Devil Rays' first 91 games this season. Only Jose Canseco, with 31 in 1999, hit more homers after 91 games in team history.
OAKLAND: Manager Bob Geren said that Dallas Braden will be called up from Triple-A Sacramento to start Monday against the Texas Rangers. Braden, the 24th overall selection in the 2004 draft, is 1-3 with a 6.41 ERA during two previous stints with the A's this season. Braden is 1-0 with 18 strike outs in 10 2-3 innings in his last two minor-league starts. ``His last two starts were very impressive,'' Geren said. ``You can tell he's getting better each time out.'' Braden was previously with the club from April 23-29 and May 12-17. ... Oakland has scored three runs or less in nine straight games, which is the longest such streak since scoring three or less in 10 straight games from September 10-17 in 1978. ``A lot of guys have been struggling the last few days,'' Geren said. ``But we had some good swings against (Johan) Santana and hit the ball hard last night. I think we'll be fine.''
MINNESOTA: Twins' All-Star CF Torii Hunter was not in the lineup on Sunday, but was available to hit late in the game. ``He hasn't really had a day off because of the All-Star game and he's a little sore and tired,'' manager Ron Gardenhire said. The Twins are off on Monday, giving Hunter a two-day rest. ... LHP Glen Perkins, on the DL since May 22 with a muscle strain in his left shoulder, suffered a setback last night during a start with Class-A Fort Myers. Gardenhire said that Perkins experienced pain in the same spot as the original injury after four pitches. ``It's not good,'' Gardenhire said. ``The trainer told me is probably back to square one with him.'' ... The Twins are batting .327 and have scored a major-league best 57 runs in their last eight games.
DETROIT: 1B Sean Casey was the target of jokes after Sunday's game when he got his second stolen base of the season in the fourth inning. It was a missed hit-and-run by Mike Rabelo, but Casey was taking full credit for the steal. ``I want to thank Rabelo for missing the pitch,'' Casey said. Casey also hit his 300th career double in the second inning. ... RHP Justin Verlander threw two wild pitches on Sunday, raising his league-leading total to 12. Cincinnati's Aaron Harang is second with nine. ... Detroit stole five bases on Sunday, the most since July 18, 2001 when they stole five against the Yankees.
SEATTLE: CF Ichiro Suzuki left Sunday's game in the fifth inning with a bruised right thigh after getting hit by a 96 mph fastball from Detroit's Justin Verlander. Suzuki is day-to-day and will be re-evaluated on Monday. ... LHP Jake Woods was designated for assignment after Sunday's game. Woods pitched 2 innings on Sunday, giving up two runs and one hit. His roster spot is likely to be taken by LHP Horacio Ramirez, who will start on Monday night against Baltimore. ... Ramirez is ready for Monday to arrive, having been on the DL since May 25 with left shoulder tendinitis. ``Yeah, it got real frustrating when I got real close to coming back and you're just chomping at the bit to get back on that mound and help the team win.'' Ramirez is 4-2 with a 6.47 ERA in eight starts.
ave allowed only one home run in 11 games this month. The bullpen has given up just one home run over the last 22 games, a two-run shot by Gary Sheffield against Scott Feldman. ... Rangers starting pitchers have worked 466 2-3 innings this season, the fewest in the majors. The relievers have pitched 332 1-3 innings, also highest.
record in a 10-inning 4-3 loss at Angel Stadium.
HOUSTON: The Astros have been swept five times this season. ... Astros starter Wandy Rodriguez had his scoreless inning streak snapped in the second inning. He pitched 17 scoreless innings. He also had his shortest outing of the season after pitching a four-hit shutout against the New York Mets in his previous start. ``I felt good, but I think the break hurt me,'' Rodriguez said through a translator. Rodriguez pitched 3 1-3 innings and gave up seven runs on nine hits against the Cubs on Sunday. ... Houston's bullpen pitched 7 1-3 scoreless innings in the past two games. ... The Astros are 12 1/2 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Central and 14 games below .500.
`We haven't seen him. We will find out soon enough. He is certainly dangerous, he is certainly very capable, he's had a great career and he's after probably the most hollowed record in all of baseball,'' Piniella said. ``I'm going to let him get his at-bats, but if the ballgame is on the line I will probably let someone else try to beat us.'' ... Piniella said C Henry Blanco, who is on the disabled list with a herniated disc had a minor setback that will push back his rehab a few days. He was scheduled to begin on Monday. ... Cubs closer Ryan Dempster is getting closer to returning from the disabled list. Piniella said Dempster threw without soreness on Sunday and he may start a rehab assignment on Tuesday. Dempster is out with a left oblique strain.
B Jose Valentin to hit into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded in the eighth inning. He has a 2.25 ERA in his past 22 appearances and hasn't allowed a run in seven July games.
NEW YORK: The Mets activated RHP Jorge Sosa off the 15-day DL and optioned RHP Mike Pelfrey to Triple-A New Orleans. Sosa will start Monday night at San Diego. Pelfrey was 0-7 with a 6.12 ERA in nine games, including eight starts. ... It was Military Appreciation Day at Shea Stadium, and four F-18s from the Marine Corps Air Station in Beaufort, S.C., performed a flyover after the national anthem. ... The Mets drew a franchise record 203,515 fans for the four-game series against the Reds. The previous record was 199,547 fans against Pittsburgh from July 29-Aug. 1, 1988. ... The New York Mets bullpen has allowed one earned run in its past 29 innings.
said. ``His batting average lifetime says so.'' ... 1B Nick Johnson (fractured right femur) accompanied the team to Florida but a team spokesman said there was no timetable on Johnson's return. Johnson has not played this season.
FLORIDA: Manager Fredi Gonzalez said RHP Rick Vanden Hurk will be recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque to pitch Tuesday against St. Louis. ``He might stay until (RHP Josh Johnson) comes back, or he might stay for the rest of the year.'' Gonzalez said. The manager also said he was encouraged after Johnson (right forearm strain) threw in the bullpen Sunday. ``We'll wait a couple of days to see how he feels, and then we might run him out for a couple of starts on a rehab assignment,'' Gonzalez said. ... By taking two of three against Washington, the Marlins earned their first home series win since taking two of three from Philadelphia on May 22-24. ``We have to improve our home record if we want to compete with the teams ahead of us,'' LHP Scott Olsen said. ``This is a good start.''
ST. LOUIS: Utilityman Scott Spiezio was placed on the 15-day disabled list with an infected left index finger. Spiezio was hospitalized at the end of June because of the infection. He was hitting .281 with three home runs and 27 RBIS. ... Infielder Brendan Ryan was recalled from Triple-A Memphis. ... Five years after the Phillies traded him to St. Louis, Scott Rolen is still loudly booed before every at-bat. ... RHP Braden Looper (6-7, 4.72 ERA) makes first career start against Florida on Monday night after facing his former team 16 times in relief.
PHILADELPHIA: RHP Tom Gordon threw again on Sunday and could be activated in time for the Phillies' seven-game West Coast road trip. Manager Charlie Manuel said he'd like to ease Gordon into a few non-pressure situations before resuming his closer's role. ... Injured reliever Brett Myers will throw to batters on Tuesday and Manuel said if all goes well, Myers could soon begin a rehab assignment. ... The Reds-Mets game was being closely watched in the Phillies clubhouse, and Manuel said both New York and Atlanta could be caught. ``I want to get in a situation where when we do play the Braves and the Mets, it really means something,'' he said.
Roche said of the Braves. ``They have everything going, and we didn't have it going.'' ... Pittsburgh is 5-41 when trailing after six innings. ... Left-handed hitters are batting .095 (4-for-43) against LHP Damaso Marte, who worked a scoreless eighth on Saturday. Overall, Marte has no decisions and a 1.65 ERA in 27 1-3 innings. ... A chance to win five straight series, something the Pirates last accomplished in 1992, ended with a 5-4 loss on Saturday. ... After going 0-for-3, LF Jason Bay lowered his batting average two points to .249. Bay was hitting .312 on June 4. ... LHP John Grabow's ERA climbed to 6.17 after giving up a run in the eighth. Grabow hadn't allowed a run in six outings when he allowed two in one-third of an inning on Friday.
with the bases loaded to end the eighth to finish 0-for-4, lowering his average to .211. Entering the game, Jones had hit safely in 13 of 14 games for a .302 average, six homers and 15 RBIs.
COLORADO: The Rockies are 2-11 in their past 13 road games. ... They have not won a road series since June 12-14, when they took two of three at Boston. ... Rockies pitchers have allowed more home runs on the road (49) than at home (41). ... The Rockies are 8-22 on the road when the bullpen allows at least one run. ... Kaz Matsui had his 18th multi-hit game of the season. ... Jeremy Affeldt had retired 16 of the past 17 batters before allowing back-to-back extra-base hits to Geoff Jenkins and pinch-hitter Kevin Mench. ... The Rockies have lost 22 games in which they held the lead. ... The Rockies are 0-20 when trailing after eight innings on the road. ... Brad Hawpe leads the National League with 39 two-out RBIs.
o beat the Red Sox on opening day in 1980. The Chorizo racing sausage was honored with a bobblehead giveaway. ... Attendance was 42,754, the 15th sellout of the season for the Brewers, already surpassing last season's total of 14. ... RHP Jeff Suppan's RBI single in the fifth was his second career single and RBI off the Colorado right-hander. ... Francisco Cordero's save was the first for the Brewers since June 20, a span of 18 games.
SAN DIEGO: SS Khalil Greene hit his 16th home run on Saturday night, breaking his own record for the most by a Padres shortstop in a single season. Greene downplayed the achievement, noting that other Padres shortstops were known for their speed or fielding prowess. ``I'm not going to say it's insignificant,'' he said. ... RHP Heath Bell allowed 31 hits in 50 2-3 innings before the All-Star Game. He gave up five in one-third of an inning Saturday night. Bell bounced back by getting the only batter he faced, Arizona C Chris Snyder, to ground into an inning-ending double play in the Padres' 4-0 victory on Sunday.
ARIZONA: 3B Chad Tracy sat out Sunday with tendinitis in his right knee. Manager Bob Melvin said Tracy, who was 4-for-9 in the first two games after the All-Star break, is expected to be back in the lineup at Milwaukee on Monday night. ... OF Carlos Quentin, optioned to the minors on July 6, hit .455 with one homer and seven RBIs in his first seven games at Triple-A Tucson. Jeff Salazar, who has replaced Quentin in right field, started his fifth straight game Sunday and is hitting .333 (7-for-21). ... The Diamondbacks rallied from a 4-0 deficit against San Diego ace Chris Young in Saturday night's 5-4 victory. It's the fifth time Arizona has won when trailing by four or more runs.
LOS ANGELES: RHP Brett Tomko allowed one earned run to win in his first start since May 21, earning another chance in the rotation Friday against the New York Mets. ``It's a good starting point,'' Tomko said. ``I just want to build on it. It's definitely nice to have success and get some people out.'' ... LHP Joe Beimel struck out Barry Bonds in the seventh inning and has allowed only one hit in 14 career at-bats against the slugger. ``I watched guys in the past try to pitch around him and mentally I think he can feel that and he can sense when somebody is afraid of him,'' Beimel said. ``I've always tried to go right at him and be aggressive.''
SAN FRANCISCO: Barry Bonds had one 0-for-5 day between May 30, 2001, and Friday, a span of 2,236 days. He then did it in back-to-back games against the Dodgers, calling himself an ``embarrassment'' after the game. ... RHP Russ Ortiz (strained right forearm) threw about 55 pitches, including warmups, in a simulated game. His next step will likely by pitching an inning for Triple-A Fresno on Tuesday and again on Thursday. ``He felt good throwing today so he's not far now. Probably within a week,'' manager Bruce Bochy said. ... OF Randy Winn missed the game with a bruised right foot after fouling a ball off himself Saturday. Winn, who hit the next pitch for a grand slam, should be available Monday. ...

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