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CHICAGO: DH Jim Thome remained out of the lineup on Friday against Detroit after leaving Thursday's game against the Yankees because of back spasms. ... INF Alex Cintron was also unavailable on Friday with the flu after he also left Thursday's game. ... LHP Mark Buehrle, Friday night's starter, has been away from the team with his family tending to the birth of his first child and his grandfather's illness, since his last start on Sunday.
DETROIT: Tigers' INF Neifi Perez was suspended for 80 games after testing positive for a third time for a banned stimulant, a penalty that finishes his season. Perez was suspended for 25 games on July 6 when he tested positive for a second time. Under baseball's labor contract, a player who tests positive for the first time is sent for counseling. ... DH Gary Sheffield is day-to-day and will undergo therapy and rehab for shoulder soreness and numbness in his right arm and hand. ... RHP Jose Capellan was optioned to Triple-A Toledo to make room for RHP Zach Minor, who returned from the bereavement list on Friday.
KANSAS CITY: The Royals arrived in New York early after their game against Minnesota on Thursday afternoon was postponed because of the fatal freeway bridge collapse. ``It's an unfortunate situation in Minneapolis obviously,'' said manager Buddy Bell, whose team left Minnesota around noon Thursday. ``It's quite unusual that we travel like that.'' The game will be made up on Aug. 31 as part of a day-night doubleheader. ... RHP Kyle Davies will make his Royals debut Saturday against the Yankees. Kansas City acquired Davies from Atlanta for reliever Octavio Dotel on Tuesday. ``I'm anxious to see him,'' Bell said. ``Heard a lot of great things about him.''
eld. He was batting .292 with five homers and 10 RBIs in just eight games entering the day. ... 1B-DH Jason Giambi (left foot) was scheduled to play for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in a doubleheader against Buffalo on Friday. Torre said Giambi could be back with the team during its series in Toronto next week. ... RHP Roger Clemens celebrates his 45th birthday on Saturday.
Rangers-Blue Jays
TEXAS: With Mark Teixeira traded and Sammy Sosa starting infrequently, manager Ron Washington intends to use OF Marlon Byrd predominantly in the clean up spot because Byrd handles off-speed pitches better than Jason Botts or Nelson Cruz. ... RHP Vicente Padilla (right triceps irritation) pitched just one inning in a rehab start at Double-A Frisco on Thursday before the game was interrupted by rain. Padilla will pitch at Frisco again on Sunday or Monday. ... Washington said he will use the Rangers' next off day on August 9 to reorder his starting rotation, splitting up left-handers John Rheinecker and Kason Gabbard.
n and 26 RBIs in 97 games at Triple-A, making 16 errors. The Blue Jays have 10 days to trade Clayton, release him or send him to the minor leagues. ... Starting Friday, the Blue Jays play 15 of their next 19 games at home, where they are 31-20 overall and have won 10 of their past 12 series.
Orioles-Devil Rays
BALTIMORE: LHP Kurt Birkins was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk for the fourth time this season. He will be a swing man out of the bullpen. ... RHP Cory Doyne was optioned to Norfolk. ... LHP Erik Bedard, the AL pitcher of the month for July, will make his next start Sunday. He went 5-0 with a 2.21 ERA over six starts in July, allowing 19 hits in 40 2-3 innings. ... Bedard is 12th Orioles' pitcher to win the AL monthly pitching honor, and the first since RHP Ben McDonald in April 1994.
. RHP Doug Waechter, coming back from shoulder surgery, is 0-4 with a 9.35 ERA in four starts at Class-A Vero Beach.
CLEVELAND: RHP Scott Elarton signed a minor league contract Friday, and was assigned to pitch out of the bullpen for Triple-A Buffalo. Elarton, an Indians pitcher in 2004-05, was released last week by Kansas City after going 2-4 with a 10.46 ERA in nine starts. ... LHP Aaron Laffey is expected to be called up from Buffalo to start Saturday's game and take Cliff Lee's spot in the rotation. It will be the first major league action for Laffey, who is 7-3 with a 3.28 ERA in 14 games (13 starts) with the Bison. The 22-year-old began the year at Double-A Akron, going 4-1 with a 2.31 ERA in six starts. ``We don't want him to do anything special, just come up here and pitch his ballgame. He deserves the opportunity,'' said Cleveland manager Eric Wedge. ... After getting Thursday off, DH Travis Hafner batted fifth Friday. Hafner entered the game 6-for-39 in his last 10 games.
at. The 37-year-old has talked about retiring. ``His mobility wasn't as good as he wanted it to be, but he did his job here,'' Gardenhire said. Cirillo batted .261 with 13 extra-base hits in 153 at-bats. ... Minnesota's game against Kansas City that was postponed Thursday due to the nearby bridge collapse will be made up on Friday, Aug. 31, as part of a day-night doubleheader.
at-bat this season. ... Carlos Delgado's four walks tied a career high first set in 1999 against the White Sox.
CHICAGO: Carlos Zambrano was treated with the usual summer staples - water and Gatorade - after he left in the sixth inning with heat-related cramping. Zambrano vowed to start drinking more water, saying he's never been a big water drinker. It's his second heat-related problem in a month and Friday's temperature was only 77 degrees. ... Kerry Wood came off the DL and it appeared as he warmed up in the seventh inning that he might get in his first game since last June 6. But Bob Howry, who'd warmed up earlier, got the call after the fans went wild thinking that Wood would enter the game. ... The Cubs have lost 16 games in an opponent's final at-bat this season. ... Shawn Marshall, who scratched his cornea the night before his start on Thursday, was given eye drops and will not wear his contact lenses until next week. Marshall said his vision was fine and was not responsible for his poor outing against the Phillies in which he gave up nine hits and seven runs in 2 2-3 innings.
HOUSTON: The Astros placed RHP Chris Sampson on the 15-day DL on Friday with a right ulnar collateral ligament sprain. LHP Stephen Randolph was brought up from Triple-A Round Rock. Randolph, 33, appeared in five games this season, with no decisions and a 17.36 ERA. He has appeared in 100 major league games and is 10-6 with a 5.29 ERA. Sampson (7-8, 4.53 ERA) was scheduled to pitch Sunday. Instead, RHP Matt Albers will start on Sunday against the Marlins. ... RHP Brandon Backe made his first rehab start on Thursday night for Double-A Corpus Christi at San Antonio. Backe allowed three runs on five hits over 5 innings. Backe had surgery on his right elbow on Sept. 7, 2006. This was his first appearance since Aug. 18, 2006, at Milwaukee.
FLORIDA: The Marlins placed LHP Renyel Pinto on the 15-day DL with a left shoulder strain. RHP Carlos Martinez was recalled from Double-A Carolina to replace Pinto, who left Thursday's game against the Colorado Rockies after throwing only five pitches in the fifth inning. ... RHP Josh Johnson underwent season-ending surgery on his elbow. Johnson made only four starts this season He pitched 15 2-3 innings and was 0-3 with a 7.47 ERA.
also was the Pirates' interim manager after Lloyd McClendon was fired at the end of 2005 season. Mackanin had a 12-14 record.
PITTSBURGH: RHP Matt Morris makes his Pirates debut Saturday night, facing Cincinnati in his first outing since being traded by the Giants on Tuesday. Morris was 0-4 in his final four starts with San Francisco and is 8-6 in his career against Cincinnati. ... Maybe this is why the Pirates traded for Morris: He is 6-0 with a 2.37 ERA in eight career starts at PNC Park, though he usually played for better teams than the Pirates team he was facing. ... No. 5 starter Tony Armas won't be taken out of the rotation despite the addition of Morris and will start Wednesday at Arizona. Armas limited the Cardinals to one run in 6 1-3 innings on Wednesday night, his first start since May 17.
' ... The Cardinals' bullpen threw a total of 9 2-3 innings Wednesday and Thursday, so La Russa said three relievers wouldn't be available Friday - though he wouldn't say who.
WASHINGTON: RHP Jason Simontacchi won't need surgery on his right elbow. Instead, he got a second cortisone shot and will be shut down for four to six days. Simontacchi is one of seven Nationals pitchers on the DL. Manager Manny Acta said Simontacchi eventually will head to the team's spring training complex in Viera, Fla., for what could be about two weeks. ... Three other injured Washington RHPs are headed to Florida: John Patterson, Jason Bergmann and Jesus Colome. Bergmann, sidelined by a hamstring injury, threw a bullpen session Friday ``with no problems,'' Acta said. The righty, 2-5 with a 4.56 ERA, is probably 10 to 15 days away from returning. ... RHP Ross Detwiler, the team's first-round pick in June's amateur draft, threw four innings of one-hit ball Thursday for the Gulf Coast League Nationals. He'll be promoted to Class-A Potomac and start there Wednesday or Thursday.
his arm, and it's still swollen,'' said Manuel. ``We'll know more on Sunday. If he gets the soreness and tightness out of there, he might be able to go.'' The Phillies have a day off Monday, so Lohse could get an extra day of rest. ... Catcher Rod Barajas was placed on the 15-day DL Friday with a right groin strain. Manuel also confirmed that he has a slight hamstring injury that has been bothering him for ``about the last five or six days.'' ... Manuel joked that the team would have no problems regardless of how many players were injured. ``We'll play who we have to,'' said Manuel. ``You never know - tomorrow may never get here.'' ... LHP Cole Hamels gets the start in Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader. Hamels is 12-5 with a 3.50 ERA. In his other start against Milwaukee, he went eight innings and allowed two earned runs to get the victory.
going to be good for all of us. It just shows you the desire and intensity we all have to win.'' ... The 12 runs and 18 hits allowed to the Mets on Wednesday were both a season high. ... Saturday night's starter is RHP Dave Bush, who is 9-8 with a 4.87 ERA. Bush is 0-0 with a 5.40 ERA in three career starts against the Phillies.
ARIZONA: CF and leadoff hitter Chris Young entered Friday night's game at Los Angeles leading all rookies with 19 home runs. ... RF Justin Upton, the younger brother of Tampa Bay's B.J. Upton, made his first big league start one night after debuting as a late-inning defensive replacement against San Diego and fouling out in his only at-bat. Justin is one of two players on the Diamondbacks' roster who's a kid brother of an established big league veteran. The other is Stephen Drew, whose brother J.D. plays for the Red Sox. OF Scott Hairston, whose brother Jerry plays for the Texas Rangers, was traded by the D'Backs to San Diego last Saturday. ... Rookie C Mark Reynolds turned 24 years old on Friday.
LOS ANGELES: That strange interlude in the Dodgers' schedule - otherwise known as the Barry Bonds traveling circus - was replaced on Friday night at Chavez Ravine by a real live pennant race between the home team and the Arizona Diamondbacks. Four teams in the NL West - excluding Bonds' San Francisco Giants - were separated by 3 1/2 games entering Friday. ``This is a good opportunity for us,'' LF Luis Gonzalez said. ``If we can take all three of these games and San Francisco gets hot and plays well in San Diego, it'll definitely turn things around in a hurry. The way everybody's all piled up together in our division, you can go from first to fourth in a matter of four days.'' ... According to team spokesman Josh Rawitch, 60 daily press credentials were distributed for the series opener with the Diamondbacks - as opposed to 300 for each of the three games with the Giants. ... Gonzalez's single in Thursday night's 4-2 loss was the 250th of his career against San Francisco - the most he has against any team. ... 2B Jeff Kent didn't start for the fourth consecutive game because of a strained left hamstring.

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