Yankees-Red Sox
BOSTON: RHP Eric Gagne is getting his first taste of the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry. ``It's like the Montreal Canadiens against the Quebec Nordiques. You guys know anything about that?'' said Gagne, from Canada. ``It's going to be exciting.'' ... Backup catcher Doug Mirabelli, on the disabled list with a strained right calf, was with the team and planned to take batting practice before the game. Mirabelli is expected to come off the DL when he is eligible on Sunday.
oston slugger David Ortiz, a longtime Yankees nemesis: ``I don't think that because he's hit fewer home runs that he scares you any less.''
MINNESOTA: Manager Ron Gardenhire met with RHP Carlos Silva following Monday's 8-3 loss to the Indians. Silva was upset with where his infield was playing on DH Travis Hafner's two-run single up the middle in the fourth. Following the hit, the pitcher was removed and had an animated discussion with first-base coach Jerry White in the dugout. Later, he and Gardenhire met. ``We talked for a long time,'' Gardenhire said. ``Carlos is an emotional guy. I wanted to take care of it.'' ... C Mike Redmond re-aggravated a knuckle injury while batting in the fifth inning Monday. The injury has bothered him for six weeks, but with starting C Joe Mauer (strained hamstring) out of the lineup, Redmond has no choice but to keep playing. ``It is what it is,'' said Redmond, who grounded into a triple play on Monday. ``These games are big.'' ... Gardenhire is still unsure when Mauer will return. ... RHP Scott Baker is scheduled to start one of the games of Friday's doubleheader with Kansas City. Baker is at his Louisiana home to be with his wife, Leann, who gave birth to a son, Easton, five weeks premature. Baker is slated to rejoin the team in Cleveland on Wednesday and throw a side session.
CLEVELAND: DH Travis Hafner may finally be back in the swing. Slumping all season, he's showing signs his struggles may be over. Hafner, who has batted just .235 - .073 points below his 2006 average - since April 26 is stinging the ball again. ``He's closer now than maybe he has been all year,'' manager Eric Wedge said. ``You watch in BP, you watch the swings he takes in games and you watch the way the ball comes off his bat. There's a lot of good things happening there.'' Sure enough. About two hours after Wedge's comments, Hafner hit his first homer since Aug. 6 to give the Indians a 2-0 lead. It was his 125th career homer as Cleveland's DH, matching Andre Thornton's club record. ... The triple play turned by the Indians in Monday's series opener against Minnesota was the 29th in club history. Interestingly, two Indians Hall of Famers grounded into double plays against Cleveland. In 1915, Nap Lajoie, then with Philadelphia, hit into one. And in 1939, in Early Wynn's rookie season with Washington, the right-hander grounded into one turned by Kenny Keltner and Lou Boudreau.
Devil Rays-Orioles
TAMPA BAY: A single in the first inning Tuesday gave Carl Crawford 43 hits in August, most in the majors and one hit shy of matching Aubrey Huff's club record for hits in a month, set in August 2002. ... A makeup game Monday forced Tampa Bay to play three games in three cities in three days for the first time in franchise history. The Rays closed out a homestand Sunday with a win over Oakland, made up a May 26 rainout against the White Sox in Chicago on Monday and began a three-game series Tuesday in Baltimore.
BALTIMORE: The Orioles designated RHP Paul Shuey for assignment Tuesday and recalled LHP Kurt Birkins from Triple-A Norfolk. Shuey, who had not pitched in the majors since 2004 after undergoing hip surgery, was 0-1 with a 9.82 ERA and one save in 25 games. He allowed nine runs in the final two innings of a 30-3 loss to Texas on Aug. 22. ``It hurt to tell (Shuey) he was done with us,'' manager Dave Trembley said. ``I thought he did so much more than just suck up some innings for us when a lot or lesser guys wouldn't have.'' Birkins, in his fifth stint with the Orioles this year, is 0-1 with a 9.95 ERA in seven games. ... Trembley didn't say when rookie RHP Radhames Liz would start again, but said that Liz will not pitch out of the bullpen. Liz lost in his major league debut Saturday against Minnesota.
likely start Friday at Oakland. He would replace rookie RHP Jair Jurrjens, who left a start Sunday in the second inning with right shoulder inflammation and was placed on the disabled list. Leyland said Jurrjens would likely pitch out of the bullpen when he returns.
KANSAS CITY: RHP Kyle Davies, who gave up seven runs on eight hits, including two home runs, in two innings Saturday in a loss to the Indians, has been pushed back a day in the rotation. Instead of starting Thursday against the Tigers, Davies will start the first game of a doubleheader Friday at Minnesota. RHP Leo Nunez, who has been skipped a start with two days off in the past week, will start in Davies' place Thursday. ... LHP Jorge De La Rosa, who is on the disabled list with an elbow strain, will make at least one more rehab start in the minor leagues. De La Rosa yielded five runs on four hits, including two home runs, in two innings Monday against Tulsa for Class AA Wichita. ---
White Sox-Rangers
get here, you're here for good. He should be here in the next couple days.'' ... LHP John Danks is trying to scrape together tickets for the contingent of family and friends expected to be on hand for his first big league start in his home state against the Rangers on Thursday night. Danks was in the Texas organization until he was traded to the White Sox in a five-player deal that brought RHP Brandon McCarthy to the Rangers last December. Danks said he had no hard feelings toward the Rangers. ``Baseball's a business,'' Danks said. ``I understand why they traded me. I expected to be a Ranger, but they had to fill their needs. I wish Brandon the best but I'm happy the White Sox wanted me and gave me an opportunity.''
TEXAS: SS Michael Young was back in the lineup after sitting out one game and having an off day to rest a sore back. ``It worked out,'' Young said. ``I don't feel anything in my back. It was good to take two days off and put it behind me.'' Young has missed four games this season. ... C Adam Melhuse, designated for assignment by the Rangers, cleared waivers and is now a free agent. ... RHP Edinson Volquez is expected to be among the Rangers' callups when rosters are expanded on Saturday, and Volquez will probably get the start Saturday night at the Angels. ... 1B Jarrod Saltalamacchia was scratched from the original lineup due to a cold.
Blue Jays-Athletics
TORONTO: The Blue Jays signed LHP Joe Kennedy to a minor league contract Tuesday and assigned him to Triple-A Syracuse. Kennedy, who started the season in Oakland and most recently pitched for Arizona, is expected to be called up to the major leagues in September. He had a 20.25 ERA in three relief appearances for the Diamondbacks before being designated for assignment on Aug. 15. ... RHP Roy Halladay will make his third attempt at win No. 15 on Wednesday night against Oakland. In his two previous attempts, Toronto lost 3-2 in extra innings to Baltimore and was shut out by the Angels. ... DH Frank Thomas is one of three AL players to lead his team in home runs, walks and RBIs. New York's Alex Rodriguez and Tampa Bay's Carlos Pena are the others.
plans for an MRI exam Monday because of claustrophobia and said he might consult an ear specialist if the condition continues. ... LHP Dallas Braden, sent down to Triple-A Sacramento on Aug. 13, struck out 17 batters Monday, two short of the Pacific Coast League record.
REDS: C David Ross was activated for Tuesday's doubleheader in Pittsburgh and started the second game after being out two weeks because of a concussion. ... RHP Tom Shearn, who finally made it to the majors after pitching 12 years in the minors, turned 30 on Tuesday. He beat the Marlins on Sunday in his first major league start. Shearn became the eighth player to debut with the Reds this season. The Yankees lead the majors with nine rookie debuts. ... The Reds began a six-day, seven-game road trip to Pittsburgh and St. Louis. On their most recent trip, they went 4-2 at Chicago and Milwaukee - their first winning trip since June 2006.
), also out since late June, will see a specialist Wednesday, as will LHP Sean Burnett (elbow). Duffy was initially sidelined with a sprained ankle, but had to shut down a rehabilitation stay at Bradenton, Fla., when the shoulder problem developed. ... OF-1B Ryan Doumit (sprained left wrist) has been cleared to resume throwing, though his return remains uncertain.
FLORIDA: Commissioner Bud Selig was in South Florida to meet with city and county officials on the Marlins' ballpark, but did not stay for Tuesday's game. Proposals to build a new stadium for the team have repeatedly failed. ... Injured LHP Renyel Pinto threw a bullpen session Tuesday. Pinto is on the disabled list because of a strained shoulder. ... The Marlins have lost 12 of their past 13 games. The past three games, they have allowed an average of 11 runs. ... 2B Dan Uggla has 26 HR this year, one shy of the 27 he hit this past season. ... Manager Fredi Gonzalez apologized Tuesday for his behavior with reporters following Monday's 13-2 loss. ``I apologize to you guys for being short. I was worse than short,'' he said. Gonzalez responded to three questions after Monday's game by saying only ``We lost.''
ATLANTA:3B Chipper Jones was scheduled to start Tuesday. Jones had three hits and scored three runs Monday, but left the game in the fifth. He missed Sunday's game at St. Louis because of a strained right groin. ... Tuesday was the Braves' ninth game of a 10-game road trip. The Braves are 3-5 on this road trip ... For the first time this season, RHP John Smoltz started on three days of rest Tuesday.
NEW YORK: RHP Pedro Martinez could rejoin the rotation in September after making at least one more rehab start in the minor leagues. Mets general manager Omar Minaya said he was hopeful that if all goes well, Martinez could start during the final two weeks of the regular season. ... RF Endy Chavez was activated from the DL and batted eighth. ... RHP Brian Lawrence (1-2) was sent to Triple-A New Orleans to make room for Chavez. ... Mets manager Willie Randolph said Lawrence likely would be called up again in September after the rosters expand. ... 1B Carlos Delgado hit his 426th career homer, tying him with Billy Williams for 38th on the career list. ... LHP Tom Glavine recorded his 2,557th career strikeout, putting him 26th on the career list.
hits in nine straight at-bats.
MILWAUKEE: The slumping Brewers were hoping to get their ace Ben Sheets back to start Wednesday's second game. Sheets (10-4) has been out since mid-July because of a sprained finger on his right hand. Milwaukee has fallen out of first during his absence. Sheets threw before Tuesday night's game, from the outfield and not the mound. ``He was fine,'' Yost said. ``We don't have to make a move right now but if he feels as good as he feels today, then we'll probably go with Benny tomorrow. ... Claudio Vargas was put on the disabled list because of a strained lower back. He lasted just two-thirds of an inning in his last start against the Giants, giving up six runs and five hits with a walk and hit batter. ... Yost is confident the Brewers can rediscover their winning ways after losing 10 of 13. They're in second place after holding first for 125 days this season. ``It's just been a combination of things,'' he said. ``We've been giving up runs early and we've been giving up runs late. We've been scoring runs early, but we haven't scored them late.''
CHICAGO: A media mob descended on the Cubs' clubhouse for the start of their three-game series with the Brewers, the final meeting of the season between the top two teams in the AL Central. Asked how much was riding on the series, manager Lou Piniella had this observation: `` So much riding in August? I don't know. ... You want to win this series no question. We don't play Milwaukee anymore the rest of the time, it's the last time we'll see them and it would be nice to pick up ground. But the secret to this thing is to be ahead the last day of the season.'' ... The Cubs' schedule the rest of the way has only seven games against teams not in the NL Central - four against the Dodgers at Wrigley Field next week. ... The Cubs are one of three NL teams to have three starters with at least 10 wins - Carlos Zambrano, Ted Lilly and Jason Marquis. The others are the Mets and Brewers. ... The Cubs were 8-11 after Alfonso Soriano went on the DL.
potential to be an impact guy,'' La Russa said. ... Counting Tuesday's game, the Cardinals have 35 games without an open date over the final 34 days of the regular season. If no games are canceled, that would set a major-league record for most consecutive games without an off day to end a regular season.
HOUSTON: New manager Cecil Cooper had a hectic first day on the job. Cooper took over the team after Phil Garner was fired Monday. He started his Tuesday by running errands for his wife, Octavia, then returned several phone calls from family members and friends, congratulating him on his promotion. He planned to call Garner after Tuesday's game or early Wednesday. ... 1B Lance Berkman said he and his teammates are to blame for Garner's firing. ``Phil never threw a pitch or swung the bat or took the field in the three years he was here,'' said 1B Lance Berkman. ``We're the ones that do that. We had to either win or lose the game on the field.'' ... SS Adam Everett jogged in the outfield before batting practice as Astros' trainer Dave Labossiere watched him. Everett broke his right leg in June in a collision with LF Carlos Lee.
COLORADO: RHP Aaron Cook, nursing a strained muscle in his left side, threw 46 pitches in a simulated game, stopping and starting three times to more closely mimic a true game. He was able to throw all of his pitches, an encouraging sign to manager Clint Hurdle. ``We were going to play it by ear (with number of segments),'' Hurdle said. ``As he went, he said he felt good. Tomorrow we'll see how he feels. That will lead us further on our trail - hopefully in the right direction.'' ... OF Willy Taveras (right quad strain) had two of the three hits that Triple-A Colorado Springs managed Monday against Sacramento's Dallas Braden, who struck out 17. Taveras was scheduled to play again Tuesday night and is expected to return to action when the Rockies travel to Arizona to begin a three-game series on Friday. ... LHP Jeremy Affeldt left the team to be with his wife when she gives birth.
SAN FRANCISCO: RHP Vinnie Chulk does not have a blood clot in his arm after all. He has Buerger's Disease in his middle finger, a circulatory disorder affecting the arms and legs that can be caused partially from the use of chewing tobacco. Athletic trainer Dave Groeschner said he and doctors are still doing some investigating to determine what course of action to take. ``If he continues to use tobacco products it could be an issue that could spread to other fingers or his toes,'' Groeschner said. ... Manager Bruce Bochy said rookie RHP Tim Lincecum likely will have his next turn in the rotation skipped as a precaution - and the other starters will likely have one or two extra days between outings after Thursday's off day. ``We may make an adjustment,'' Bochy said. ``We're talking about it now.'' A six-man rotation for September also is a possibility.

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