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TORONTO: RHP Jesse Litsch, Tuesday's scheduled starter, is a former Tampa Bay bat boy. He expects 40 to 50 family members and friends to be in attendance. ... The Blue Jays voided Friday's option of LHP Gustavo Chacin to Syracuse and put him back on a major league rehab assignment. He will remain with Syracuse to continue a rehab program for a left shoulder strain. ... RHP A.J. Burnett (right shoulder) remains scheduled to make a rehab start Wednesday for the Gulf Coast League Blue Jays. Barring any setback, he is expected to make a second rehab start Monday with Syracuse.
TAMPA BAY: With the trade of Ty Wigginton to Houston, Brendan Harris has been moved from shortstop to second base. Josh Wilson and Ben Zobrist will both see time at shortstop. ``A shortstop by committee,'' manager Joe Maddon said. ... Maddon said there is still ``no finish line in sight'' for injured CF Rocco Baldelli, who has been sidelined since May 17 by a strained left hamstring.
KANSAS CITY: Manager Buddy Bell said there was ``nothing new'' to report on the Royals' trade front, with the non-waiver deadline approaching Tuesday afternoon. Speculation has been swirling around veteran closer Octavio Dotel. ... With Sunday's win over Texas, the Royals secured their 47th victory. It took the team until Aug. 26 last season to win 47 games. Bell said the main reason for the upgrade is starting pitching. ``That's the most important part of the team,'' Bell said. ``Guys have pitched well here lately. If we can get innings out of our starters, we'll win.''
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DETROIT: RHP Jordan Tata was recalled from Triple-A Toledo to take Kenny Rogers' spot in the rotation. He made his first major league start, following eight relief appearances with the Tigers last year. Tata allowed 10 earned runs and 14 hits in 14 2-3 innings while with the Tigers last year during April, and then again in September. Rogers went on the DL on Sunday with left elbow inflammation. Oakland is one of Rogers' favorite places to pitch. He owns a 25-4 career mark in the Coliseum, his most wins in any stadium outside of Arlington. ... OF Curtis Granderson entered play needing one double to become the second Tiger to collect at least 30 doubles, 15 triples, 15 home runs and 10 stolen bases. Charlie Gehringer (1930) is the only Tiger to accomplish the feat. ... RHP Justin Verlander has never won in Oakland despite a 2.57 ERA. The only other AL park in which he is winless is Chicago.
fourth straight game with back problems. ``He's better today but he's not ready,'' manager Bob Geren said. ``The plan was to give him a few days.'' ... SS Donnie Murphy has hit safely in all four games he's started since being recalled on July 25. ``I'm happy with what I've seen from him,'' Geren said. ``He has good range; he's impressive.''
LOS ANGELES: The Angels have apparently missed out on acquiring 1B Mark Teixeira, who is about to go from Texas to Atlanta in a trade. But not for lack of trying by Bill Stoneman, according to manager Mike Scioscia. ``I know Bill made a terrific pitch,'' Scioscia said. ``Unfortunately, it didn't work out.'' Scioscia said he wasn't disappointed on not getting the slugger, because of the prospects the Angels will keep. ``On some of the names being bandied about with our side, I wouldn't say I'm disappointed, because it would have created a huge hole in what we need to do.'' ... The reason the Angels were seeking Teixeira: They entered Monday with just four home runs in their last 21 games. And two of those came in one game, Saturday. RF Vladimir Guerrero hadn't homered since June 23, a span of 27 games. But he was still wearing his blue, ``Superman'' S T-shirt under his uniform while heading out to batting practice.
SEATTLE: RHP Chris Reitsma will have arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow Thursday, his fifth surgery on the joint. The 29-year-old thinks his season is over, saying ``I'm done,'' after he met with team medical director Dr. Edward Khalfayan. But the Mariners say Reitsma is only out a minimum of six weeks. With Reitsma out, rookie RHP Brandon Morrow and RHPs Sean Green and Mark Lowe will ``mix and match'' as eighth-inning setup men, manager John McLaren said. ... The Mariners know this series with the Angels, whom they trailed by four games for the AL West lead entering Monday, is their prime chance to put heat back into the race. But McLaren didn't want to think about what could be after possibly sweeping or being swept by Wednesday night. ``I'm not looking at seven (games back). I'm not looking at one (game back). I'm looking at tonight,'' he said. ``We know what's at stake. ... I think they know we're right there with them, you know what I mean?''
pate at the major league level then we will see what happens after that. Again, we can't break out the crystal ball until he's actually up and throwing and progressing.'' Amaro is holding out hope that Madson will be able to return this season. ... 2B Tadahito Iguchi was 3-for-7 in his first two games with the Phillies since being traded from the White Sox on Friday. Iguchi was glad to be back in Chicago, even if it's just for a four-game series. ``I have my home here, my family here it's not strange at all,'' Iguchi said through a translator. ... Phillies general manager Pat Gillick expects to be able make moves after the non-waiver deadline on Tuesday. ``There is always possibilities after the deadline'' Gillick said.
as a possible trade candidate. Hendry rebuffed that rumor with a very clear message. ``Felix Pie isn't going anywhere and has never been talked about,'' Hendry said. ``It's really unfair to the young man to hear about that on television or to read about that in the papers that he's being shopped around. That couldn't be further from the truth.''

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