Yankees-Blue Jays
NEW YORK: DH Jason Giambi was activated from the 15-day DL before Tuesday's game in Toronto. Giambi has not played since May 30, when he tore tissue in his left foot. The Yankees also purchased the contract of RHP Joba Chamberlain from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre, optioned RHP Brian Bruney to their top farm club and designated INF Miguel Cairo for assignment. ... OF Hideki Matsui got the day off but will start in the outfield Wednesday, manager Joe Torre said. Johnny Damon started in left and Shelley Duncan was the DH.
TORONTO: RHP A.J. Burnett (sore shoulder) is expected to come off the 15-day DL Sunday to pitch at Kansas City. Burnett is 5-6 with a 4.31 ERA in 15 games this season. He has not pitched since June 29. ... SS Royce Clayton was released Tuesday, four days after he was designated for assignment. ... Both 3B Troy Glaus and 1B Lyle Overbay were slumping heading into Tuesday night's game. Glaus had just two hits in his last 34 at-bats, while Overbay was batting .222 (16-for-72) since coming off the DL on July 12.
SEATTLE: OF Ben Broussard missed Tuesday's game to be with his wife, Brenda, after the birth of their second daughter, Laynie Brooke, on Monday. He was expected to rejoin the team in time for Wednesday's game. ... OF Ichiro Suzuki loves playing against Baltimore. He entered Tuesday's game batting .376 (97-for-258) against the Orioles in his career and had a .383 (44-for-115) average at Camden Yards, both career bests against an AL team and in an AL park. He singled in his first at-bat Tuesday. ... Five Mariners opened the series with lifetime batting averages of .354 or better against the Orioles, all with 48 or more at-bats.
BALTIMORE: Manager Dave Trembley will send LHP Erik Bedard to the mound Friday night in the opener of a three-game series against the Boston Red Sox. Baltimore had an off day Monday, and Trembley decided it would be better to keep Bedard working on four days' rest instead of pushing each starter back a day. So Brian Burres will start Saturday on six days' rest. ... Utility player Freddie Bynum's return from the 15-day DL has been delayed. Bynum is over the strained hamstring that put him on the DL, but received five stitches in his left hand sliding into a base during a rehab assignment with Class-A Delmarva on Sunday.
MINNESOTA: 1B Justin Morneau doubled in the second, snapping an 0-for-17 skid. ... The Twins hit .229 and scored only 17 runs with one home run in their just completed 4-3 homestand, while the pitching staff logged a 2.53 ERA. In the past nine games, the pitching staff has a 2.30 ERA. ... LHP Johan Santana, who starts Wednesday at Kansas City, is 11-3 with a 3.63 ERA in 28 appearances, including 17 starts, against the Royals. ... OF Rondell White started for the first time since July 30.
KANSAS CITY: LHP Jorge De La Rosa, who went on the DL Aug. 1 with a left elbow strain, had an MRI exam Monday, which detected nothing major. De La Rosa played catch before the game. Manager Buddy Bell said De La Rosa would need at least one minor league rehab start before returning to the rotation. ... RHP Joe Nelson, who logged nine saves in 10 opportunities as a rookie last season but required shoulder surgery in March, joined the club Tuesday for the first time since spring training. Nelson, who lost 25 pounds after a pulmonary infection, is throwing off the mound. He is optimistic he will be able to pitch in September. ... RHP Brandon Duckworth, who is on the DL with a strained left oblique, made his first minor league rehab start since the June 13 injury, throwing 2 1-3 scoreless innings for Class-A Wilmington (Del.).
Indians-White Sox
CLEVELAND: OF David Dellucci, who is on the 60-day DL with a strained left hamstring and is coming off surgery, has started running, taking batting practice in the cage and throwing. He is eligible to come off the DL on Aug. 19 and team trainer Lonnie Soloff said he is ``progressing well.'' ... INF Asdrubal Cabrera, who was promoted from Triple-A Buffalo on Tuesday, is expected to play third base, shortstop, and second base for the club. Manager Eric Wedge expects him to fill in as a starter at times. ``He's had a very good year, offensively and defensively, switch-hitter, he gained some experience this spring as well,'' Wedge said. ... The Indians signed INF Russell Branyan to a minor league deal Tuesday and assigned him to Triple-A Buffalo. But Wedge isn't expecting him to help the Indians. ``We just signed him to go to Buffalo to help them out. There is nothing more to comment,'' Wedge said.
CHICAGO: In just two weeks, the White Sox have made up six games in the AL Central. They were 16.5 games off the lead on July 23. ... Before Tuesday's game, closer Bobby Jenks had retired 32 straight batters, which is a White Sox record. It's the longest streak in the majors since Greg Maddux retired 32 straight for the Dodgers in 2006, according to Elias Sports Bureau. Jenks' streak began at Cleveland on July 17. ... Since the All-Star break, OF Jermaine Dye leads the AL with 19 extra-base hits and ranks second with 10 home runs. ... Manager Ozzie Guillen has RHP Jose Contreras in his bullpen. But Guillen said Contreras will at some point return to the rotation.
Devil Rays-Tigers
DETROIT: Placido Polanco started Tuesday's game at DH, temporarily halting his run at Luis Castillo's record for consecutive games at second base without an error. Polanco has not made an error in his last 139 games, four short of Castillo's streak that ended on June 7. ... Curtis Granderson hit his 30th double in the first inning, making him just the second player in Tigers history to have 30 doubles, 15 triples, 15 homers and 10 steals in the same season. Charlie Gehringer had 47 doubles, 15 triples, 16 homers and 19 steals in 1930. ... OF Marcus Thames started a rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo on Tuesday, and could be back with the Tigers as soon as Thursday.
TAMPA BAY: C Dioner Navarro's third-inning homer was his third since July 20. He had only hit one in the first two-plus months of the season. ... 1B Carlos Pena still holds the record for the longest home run in Comerica Park history, a 461-foot shot onto the concourse in right-center in 2005, his last season with the Tigers. ... Rookie SS Josh Wilson hit eighth for just the third time this season, with Navarro hitting ninth. Wilson had hit ninth in 25 of his previous 30 starts this year.
OAKLAND: The 21 strikeouts by A's pitchers against the Rangers in Monday night's 13-inning game marked the third time in Oakland history that the team struck out 20 or more in a game. The club record is 26 strikeouts in a 20-inning game against the Angels on July 9, 1971. ... The A's took batting practice in the indoor cages to stay out of the heat.
TEXAS: SS Michael Young had a rare ejection when he was tossed for mildly protesting a called third strike by plate umpire Bill Miller in the 11th inning of Monday night's game against Oakland. ``It didn't take much, but every umpire is different,'' Young said. ``He thought I crossed the line and that was it. I'm not going to waste time thinking about it.'' Manager Ron Washington also was ejected for rushing onto the field to protect his player and picking up the argument. ``It was obvious to us that it was a pitch that was a ball and he called it a strike,'' Washington said. ``I shouldn't be suspended. I never touched him or bumped him. We didn't have that kind of confrontation. I just said what I had to say.'' Young and Washington were both ejected for the first time this season. ... Washington said he wasn't concerned about his team's club-record 21 strikeouts in Monday night's 13-inning game won by the A's, 9-7. ``When you look at the lineup we're putting out there, those guys are going to swing and miss a lot,'' Washington said. ``Hopefully they'll start swinging and hitting a lot.''
Red Sox-Angels
BOSTON: LHP Jon Lester's start on Wednesday will be his first at Angel Stadium since Aug. 23, 2006, when he pitched his last game in the majors before undergoing chemotherapy for lymphoma. This will be the fourth start of his comeback - all on the road. He finally gets to pitch at Fenway Park next Tuesday against Tampa Bay, and his parents will be in the stands - just like they were at Cleveland for his first game back after undergoing chemotherapy for lymphoma. ``I think it'll be a little more exciting getting back to Fenway,'' Lester said. ``It's one of my most favorite places to pitch, so I can't wait to go back to see the fans and do it there. It's going to be fun.'' ... OF Bobby Kielty, who was signed to a minor league contract by the Red Sox on Tuesday after getting released by Oakland on July 31, joined Triple-A Pawtucket for a series in Scranton, Pa., and will play his first game on Wednesday. ... Manager Terry Francona plans to start RF J.D. Drew in CF for the first time this season on Wednesday so that switch-hitting Coco Crisp can get some much-needed rest. Crisp, who has started in 100 of Boston's first 113 games, had only one RBI in his previous eight games. ``I think Coco's running on fumes,'' Francona said. ``I would have preferred to do it tonight, but they've got a lefty going. So I said to Coco, `If you can make it one more night, we'll give you two in a row.' And he said, `Okay.'''
LOS ANGELES: C Mike Napoli, sidelined for the last 11 games with a strained right hamstring after injuring himself stealing second base, is on pace to be activated when he is eligible to come off the 15-day DL on Aug. 12. He is running, doing treadmill work and hitting in the cage. Despite the manner in which he was injured, manager Mike Scioscia said he would not discourage his first-string catcher from trying to steal bases. ... 2B Howie Kendrick, sidelined since July 9 because of a broken left index finger, is taking dry swings and is scheduled to be re-evaluated on Friday before the club gives him the green light to begin a minor league rehab assignment. ... There appear to be even more questions concerning DH/LF Juan Rivera's recovery from a broken left leg in the offseason than there were four months ago. ``It would be tough to evaluate a guy like that,'' Scioscia said. ``He's making progress, but the medical department feels that he's not ready to get into rehab games. It's their call. Every day that goes by works against us.''
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PHILADELPHIA: The Phillies gave updates on several players on the disabled list. All-Star 2B Chase Utley had stitches removed from his right hand on Tuesday. He hasn't been cleared to swing a bat, however. ... RF Shane Victorino (calf) began a running program Monday. He could start a rehab assignment this weekend. ... RHP Freddy Garcia (shoulder) was scheduled for a bullpen session Tuesday. ... OF Michael Bourn (ankle) could be ready for a rehab stint in two or three weeks. ... RHP Ryan Madson (shoulder) will not throw for one or two more weeks.
ATLANTA: The Braves recalled infielder Martin Prado from Triple A-Richmond, where he was hitting .320 in 93 games. To make room on the roster, RHP Joey Devine was optioned to Richmond. ... RHP Tyler Yates turned 30 and SS Edgar Renteria marked his 32nd birthday on the disabled list. Renteria's sprained right ankle could cost him a shot at 200 hits. If he returns when eligible, he would need 58 hits in about 40 games to become Atlanta's first 200-hit man since Marquis Grissom (207) in 1996. ... INF Julio Franco cleared waivers and agreed to report to Atlanta's Single-A club at Rome, N.Y. Franco will be 49 on Aug. 23.
NEW YORK: The Mets will honor 300-game winner Tom Glavine with an on-field ceremony before Sunday's game against the Florida Marlins. ... Through 53 home games, New York is averaging 45,525 fans, third in the majors behind the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers. The team has sold over 3.5 million tickets to date. ... Mets went into Tuesday night's game with a 24-12 record for the first game of series, best in the majors.
LOS ANGELES: It was 97 degrees at the first pitch. ... 2B Jeff Kent was back in the starting lineup after missing five games because of a strained left hamstring. His single extended his hitting streak to 12 games. He has reached base safely in his last 39 games, the longest current streak in the majors. ... LHP Mark Hendrickson doubled in his first at-bat, breaking an 0-for-21 start to the season. The hit left Hendrickson 4-for-56 career with one homer. ... RHP Chad Billingsley will make his first career start in his home state of Ohio on Wednesday. Billingsley, the 24th overall pick in the June 2003 draft, grew up in Defiance in the northern part of the state. He pitched in relief against the Reds on May 13 in Los Angeles.
had reconstructive surgery on his right elbow. He expects to be fully recovered by spring training. ... The Reds are one of six NL teams currently carrying 13 pitchers.
SAN DIEGO: OF Milton Bradley (right hamstring) did not start for the fourth straight game and manager Bud Black said he was ``still a few days away'' from returning to the lineup. If the injury lingers, the Padres will consider placing him on the DL. ... RF Brian Giles (ankle) was in the lineup for the second straight day. He was replaced in the sixth on Monday by Scott Hairston. ``He felt a little bit of swelling as the game went on, but nothing that should keep him from playing,'' Black said. ... OF Terrmel Sledge, recalled from Triple-A Portland on Tuesday when RHP Mike Thompson was sent down to Portland, gives the Padres insurance with both Giles and Bradley hampered.
nly the second time since June 9, with La Russa stacking left-handed hitters first, second and fourth in the order against Jake Peavy. ``I've got my reasons for doing it,'' La Russa said, declining to elaborate.
CHICAGO: Eric Patterson was called up from Triple-A on Monday and got his first major league start on Tuesday, playing left field. Patterson eagerly called his brother, Corey, who played for the Cubs from 2000-2005 to tell him about his experience. ``I'm excited,'' Eric said. ``I talked with Corey by phone yesterday and the day before. This is nice, just being able to share a common bond with him.'' ... The Cubs have called up 10 rookies from the minors this season. ``We're giving a lot of them a chance to play,'' manager Lou Piniella said. ``We've been fortunate so far with our young kids. But we're getting a lot off them now.'' ... 3B Aramis Ramirez rested Tuesday night, but Piniella said he'd be back in the lineup on Wednesday.
rom a right wrist sprain suffered July 23. He also took some full swings at soft-toss pitches and will repeat the drill on Wednesday. ``It's a little better every day,'' said Pence, who was expected be out 4-to-6 weeks. ``It's definitely progressing ahead of schedule.'' ...Manager Phil Garner says Jason Lane will continue to start in center field despite his .165 batting average. ``He does a good job on defense,'' Garner said. ``That's the reason he's out there.''
MILWAUKEE: OF Corey Hart needs two homers and two steals to become the fifth player in club history with 20 of both in the same season. The last player to do it was Marquis Grissom, in 1999, when he had 20 homers and 24 stolen bases. ``He can hit some homers and has nice base-running instincts,'' manager Ned Yost said. ``He has a nice blend of power and speed. He can get hot and carry a team.'' Wednesday's scheduled starter, RHP Yovani Gallardo is 4-0 with a 2.47 ERA in his seven starts, including six quality starts.
of Hirsh's rehab starts.'' ... OF Ryan Spilborghs hit sixth in the batting order to get him more chances to drive in runs. ... RHP Ryan Speier's role out of the bullpen will be to work the fifth or sixth innings.
WASHINGTON: 3B Ryan Zimmerman was able to chuckle about getting hit in the helmet by Giants rookie pitcher Tim Lincecum on Monday night. ``It's scary when you have a guy like Lincecum out there who throws the ball so hard,'' manager Manny Acta said. ``But you could tell it didn't hit him solid. He was actually joking around when we got to the plate.'' It was the third time Zimmerman has been hit by a pitch. ... 1B Dmitri Young has enjoyed a renaissance of sorts now that he's back in the NL. After five years with Detroit, including an injury-plagued season in 2006, he's hitting over .300, something he never did with the Tigers. If he maintains his average, it will be his fifth season with a .300 average or better. He's third in the NL with his .339 average entering play and could remain in contention for a batting title. ``That would mean a lot to him, especially after what he went through last year,'' Acta said. ``From day one he's had solid at-bats and has worked closely and hard with (hitting coach) Lenny Harris. He's legit. He's a good guy not just to me but in the clubhouse with the players and to the organization.''
SAN FRANCISCO: LHP Steve Kline has pitched on seven straight days in relief for the Giants, allowing one run in 3 1-3 innings in that span. Manager Bruce Bochy said his rubber-armed reliever was ready to go again if needed. ``You ask him and he kind of laughs at you, 'You can't hurt me,''' Bochy said. ``I don't know whether we'll use him or not, but he is available.'' ... SS Omar Vizquel was scratched from the lineup after bruising his knee Monday night. Kevin Frandsen started in his place. ... LHP Noah Lowry, who lefty his start Sunday after three innings with tightness in his forearm, will throw a side session Wednesday and a bullpen session Friday before the Giants determine when he will next be able to pitch. ... If Barry Bonds didn't break Hank Aaron's record Tuesday, ESPN planned to televise Wednesday night's game against Washington. That would be the 11th Giants game added since Bonds approached the record.

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