Indians-White Sox
CLEVELAND: Manager Eric Wedge rested DH Travis Hafner and SS Jhonny Peralta on Wednesday with an off-day Thursday. ``They each needed a day off,'' Wedge said. Ryan Garko hit third and Franklin Gutierrez fifth, each for the first time this season. Kenny Lofton hit sixth for the first time since rejoining the club. ... In the 7-4 loss, the Indians picked up 10 hits, but went 4-for-14 with runners in scoring position. ... Two years ago, the Indians nearly took the AL Central from the front-running White Sox during a second-half surge. This season the Indians have been in front and Wedge thinks the experience the remaining players got from that season might be benefiting the club. ``That experience is part of who we are today,'' the manager said. ``What we've gone through the last four years is part of who we are.'' ... Asdrubal Cabrera singled in the first Wednesday to extend his hitting streak to 11 games.
2 1-3 innings of scoreless relief. ... Scott Podsednik started in center for the first time this season. He played there once before this season and in seven games in 2005.
MINNESOTA: Wednesday's loss was the first in Kauffman Stadium for Carlos Silva. He had been 3-0 in five career starts. ... Glen Perkins pitched one inning Wednesday, his first appearance since May 21 at Texas. He had been on the DL with a shoulder strain and missed 100 games. ... The Twins' 106 home runs are the second-fewest in the AL, ahead of only the Royals' 95. ... With his run-scoring double Wednesday, Torii Hunter moved to within one RBI of his career-high of 102 set in 2003. His 705 RBIs are seventh all-time for the Twins. Rod Carew is next with 733.
KANSAS CITY: The Royals and Twins broke even in their season series at 9-9. It's the first time the Royals have finished .500 or better against Minnesota since they went 11-8 in 2003, their only winning season since 1993. ... The Royals are 20-7 when rookie Billy Butler has at least one RBI. ... Mark Teahen had his 10th three-hit game of the year. Six of Teahen's seven home runs this year have come at home. ... Alex Gordon's double was his 34th, breaking the team's rookie record. The mark had been shared by Kevin Seitzer in 1987 and Mark Quinn in 2000. ---
TEXAS: RP Scott Feldman flew back to Texas Wednesday to have his right knee examined. ``He didn't feel it was getting any better, so we decided the best thing was for him to get an MRI,'' said Rangers manager Ron Washington. ... The Rangers' bullpen threw 7 1-3 innings in the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader. Texas relievers have pitched at least seven innings in three of its previous four games, a first in team history. ... Michael Young's first-inning single extended his hitting streak to a season-best 12 games and matched Mark Teixeira for the longest this year by a Ranger. Young needs 22 hits to reach 200 for the fifth straight year. ... Edinson Volquez entered Wednesday's start with an 0-4 record and a 16.50 ERA in four career starts against the AL Central.
lamacchia's hard grounder hit off 1B Carlos Guillen's glove, but deflected right to 2B Placido Polanco, who threw to Guillen for the out.
Devil Rays-Red Sox
TAMPA BAY: B.J. Upton, who began the game as the majors' top road hitter with a .352 batting average, hit a two-run homer in the first inning. ... The Devil Rays' 16-10 loss Tuesday night was the eighth time in their 10 seasons that they scored at least 10 runs and lost. ... Jonny Gomes stole his 10th base of the season in the first. He's been thrown out just once. ... Tampa Bay's four-run first was the third time in a span of nine innings that it scored exactly four runs. It did it in the second and fourth Tuesday.
-A Pawtucket on Sept. 1.
LOS ANGELES: INF Chone Figgins made his first start of the season in the outfield, playing right field on Wednesday. It was the 13th time in 648 career starts that he played in right field. ... OF Gary Matthews Jr. was in a soft cast and on crutches after leaving Tuesday's game in the third inning with a right ankle sprain. Though X-rays were negative, manager Mike Sciosia said no timetable had been set for his return, but that Matthews would not play before the end of the road trip Sunday ... Vladimir Guerrero was the DH for the second straight night after missing four games due to an inflamed right triceps. Sciosia said Guerrero wasn't quite ready to play the field. ... OF Tommy Murphy was recalled from Triple-A Salt lake City. It is his third stint with the Angels this season.
yielded six runs in the first two innings.
Yankees-Blue Jays
NEW YORK: OF Shelley Duncan underwent an MRI in New York on Wednesday that revealed a bone bruise in his left pelvis and a small hernia. Duncan was expected to rejoin the team in Toronto during Wednesday's game. He's listed as day-to-day. ... RHP Luis Vizcaino's sore back felt better Wednesday, manager Joe Torre said. Vizcaino, who has also been bothered by a sore shoulder, threw a side session Wednesday and could be ready to pitch Thursday or Friday. ... Torre said C Jorge Posada will likely get the day off Thursday, then catch all three games when the Yankees visit Boston over the weekend. Posada started behind the plate Wednesday, his 131st game of the season. ... Torre said the Yankees might use six starters for the remainder of the season once RHP Roger Clemens (sore elbow) is healthy again. ``We may find an extra day here or there won't hurt anybody,'' Torre said.
alks since the all star break.
OAKLAND: Manager Bob Geren has altered the A's rotation to get a couple of starts for LHP Dan Meyer. Meyer will now start on Friday at home against Texas, and scheduled starter Lenny DiNardo will be moved to Sunday. LHP Dallas Braden will move to the bullpen. ``I would like to see Dan Meyer get a couple of starts,'' Geren said. ... 2B Mark Ellis has 10 hits in his last three games, the first Oakland player to have double-digit hits over three games since Carney Lansford in 1988. ... DH Mike Piazza hit the first home run of his career 15 years ago Wednesday. Piazza, then with the Dodgers, homered in a 7-0 win over San Francisco.
SEATTLE: C Kenji Johjima was not in the lineup on Wednesday, a day after being hit in the left wrist by a throw while sliding into second base. Johjima was sliding in to break up a double play when SS Donnie Murphy's throw hit Johjima's wrist. Manager John McLaren said the wrist is not broken and Johjima would be day-to-day. ... RHP Jon Huber was activated off the 15-day DL. He'd been on the DL since June 9 with a strained right forearm. ... 1B Richie Sexson has been diagnosed with tendinitis in his right hamstring, near his hip. Sexson has been told not to do anything for the next 10 days, but could possibly return for the last week of the regular season. Sexson has missed nine of the last 11 games.
MILWAUKEE: LHP Brian Shouse wasn't available for the final two games in Pittsburgh as he returned home to be with his wife, Trish, for the birth of their third child. Shouse is expected to rejoin the Brewers on Friday. ... The Brewers are a combined 8-4 at home against the Reds and Astros, the two opponents on their upcoming homestand. ... Manager Ned Yost on reliever Derrick Turnbow, who gave up three runs in the eighth Wednesday after Milwaukee had rallied from four runs down in Pittsburgh: ``When he got the first guy out, I thought he was going to roll, but it was just one of those days.'' Turnbow said he couldn't control his fastball, which led to the difficult inning.
10 as a rookie. But manager Jim Tracy plans to start him most of the way down the stretch as the Pirates play mostly against contenders. Paulino had the go-ahead single in the eighth inning Wednesday and is 16-for-38 (.421) this month.
WASHINGTON: OF Austin Kearns did not start Wednesday's game because of swelling in his left elbow. Kearns was hit by a pitch from Matt Lindstrom in Tuesday night's game. He pinch-hit in the 12th inning on Wednesday and struck out. ... RHP John Patterson was scheduled to have surgery Thursday to repair a damaged nerve in his right elbow. He has only 15 starts the past two seasons due to injury.
FLORIDA: SS Hanley Ramirez did not play Wednesday afternoon to be at the hospital with his wife, who is expecting their second child. Doctors planned to induce labor. He is expected to travel with the team for this weekend's series at Colorado. ... C Matt Treanor will likely return to the lineup this weekend, according to manager Fredi Gonzalez. Treanor has been nursing a bruised knee since Sept. 2. ... LHP Renyel Pinto, who pitched a simulated game on Tuesday, might join the join in its upcoming road trip. Pinto has been on the DL since Aug. 3 because of a shoulder strain.
COLORADO: C Yorvit Torrealba was ejected in the second inning after getting called out on strikes by plate umpire Bill Welke. ... Todd Helton extended his hitting streak to nine games with a second-inning double. ... Denny Bautista was the 12th different starting pitcher used by the Rockies this season. He escaped a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the first inning.
PHILADELPHIA: Ace Cole Hamels threw 30 pitches in the bullpen and could return to the mound Tuesday in St. Louis. The All-Star lefty has been sidelined since Aug. 22 with an elbow strain. ``It was completely different. That was the best I've felt,'' Hamels said. Hamels will throw a simulated game Saturday. If all goes well, he'll return to the rotation. ... RF Shane Victorino was out of the lineup again after tweaking the calf injury that's hampered him since early last month. Victorino said he's fine, but manager Charlie Manuel wasn't buying it. ``Every time he gets in a game, he keeps grabbing it,'' Manuel said.
the restricted list since Aug. 9 after admitting abuse of an unidentified substance, has been working out at Busch Stadium. ``I expect to see him Friday,'' La Russa said. ... RF Rick Ankiel struck out and flied out in his first two at-bats Wednesday to extend to 19 his streak of consecutive hitless at bats.
CINCINNATI: RHP Kirk Saarloos will start Saturday at Milwaukee in place of LHP Phil Dumatrait, who gave up three consecutive home runs to lead off the game in his last start Sunday against Milwaukee. Saarloos' start will be his third of the season in 33 appearance and first since May 27. ``He's been stretched out, and I saw some movement in his changeup and sinker and slider his last time out,'' manager Pete Mackanin said. ... SS Alex Gonzalez returned to the lineup. Gonzalez missed two games after fouling two balls off of his lower left shin last Saturday. ... With two home runs and five RBIs Tuesday, Dunn matched in one game his production for the entire month of September last season.
hitters make any drastic changes. ``You look for approaches in April and May,'' he said. ``Now, what counts are results. You can have approaches, good or bad or indifferent. But you want results this time of the year.'' ... Piniella said he's got his pitching rotation mapped out for the rest of the season, except for two days - Sept. 22, against Pittsburgh and Sept. 27, against Florida. ``The rest of the time, we're slotted pretty well, just the way we want it,'' he said. Carlos Zambrano and Ted Lilly, both 15-game winners, will each make one start on three days' rest before the end of the regular season.
... Cooper and pitching coach Dave Wallace were mapping out a schedule for RHP Dennis Sarfate, acquired on Tuesday from Milwaukee. ``I just had a chance to say hello to him,'' Cooper said before Wednesday's game.
SAN DIEGO: Padres RHP Brett Tomko, released by the Dodgers last month, presented a portrait he painted of Nomar Garciaparra to his former teammate before the game. ``I knew he was working on it,'' Garciaparra said. ``He's pretty gifted, isn't he? It's going up in my house.'' Tomko said it took him about 8 or 9 hours to paint the portrait. He said he also painted portraits of Los Angeles pitchers Derek Lowe and Brad Penny. ... Padres manager Bud Black, in his first year on the job after spending seven years as pitching coach of the Los Angeles Angels, acknowledged ``it would be great'' to face the Angels in the World Series. But, Black quickly added, ``there's so much work between now and the World Series for every team. We're just happy to be in a position to challenge for a playoff spot.'' ... RHP Jake Peavy, who won his 17th game Tuesday night, has the most wins by a Padres pitcher since Kevin Brown won 18 in 1998.
LOS ANGELES: A bruised hand forced RHP Derek Lowe out of Wednesday night's start against the Padres, and will keep him on the sidelines until this weekend at the earliest. RHP Chad Billingsley replaced Lowe, and LHP David Wells will be moved up to pitch Thursday night in the finale of a crucial three-game series. Lowe was injured while playing catch with RHP Jonathan Broxton before Tuesday night's game. ... The Dodgers will celebrate the 50th anniversary of their move from Brooklyn to Los Angeles in 2008 with a float in the Rose Parade and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Dodger players from throughout the years will ride on a float in the 119th Tournament of Roses parade in Pasadena on Jan. 1. ... If Russell Martin starts every game for the rest of the season, he will have a club-record 147 starts for a catcher and the most by a catcher since San Diego's Benito Santiago started 148 games in 1991.
ATLANTA: 3B Chipper Jones missed his third straight start because of a strained muscle on his right side. Jones said he felt pretty good after taking batting practice indoors and he might be able to play this weekend at Washington. The switch-hitting slugger said swinging left-handed felt better than right-handed. Yunel Escobar started at 3B again. ... Escobar entered batting .333 since the All-Star break, tops among major league rookies.
probably just regular soreness,'' manager Willie Randolph said, pointing out that he hadn't yet spoken to Hernandez. ``Right now he's on his regular turn.'' El Duque called it normal pain. ... 2B Luis Castillo was rested after coming up slow on a recent slide. Castillo is fighting a tender right knee, which was wrapped heavily as he walked around the clubhouse. ``He's fine,'' Randolph said. ``He'll be ready to go Friday.'' Ruben Gotay started at 2B. ... Marlon Anderson started at 1B in place of injured Carlos Delgado and homered off John Smoltz in the fifth inning. ... Randolph said it's ``no guarantee'' that backup C Ramon Castro will have a spot on a potential playoff roster unless he can get healthy and back playing in the big leagues before the regular season ends. Castro, on the disabled list with lower back arthritis, is on a rehab assignment with Class-A Brooklyn, which advanced to the New York-Penn League championship series. ``From what I've been hearing, ups and downs with him. He's not fully 100 percent yet,'' Randolph said. ... Minor league RHP Marcos Carvajal was claimed off waivers by Florida. He was designated for assignment last Friday.
ARIZONA: 3B Chad Tracy took live batting practice ahead of schedule, a day after hitting soft-toss swings in the indoor cage as part of his recovery from tendinitis in his right knee. He has been on the DL since Aug. 15, and had originally been slated to hit BP this weekend in Los Angeles. ... Manager Bob Melvin plans to mix and match his starting lineup for the season's final weeks, having little choice with All-Star 2B Orlando Hudson recovering from surgery on his left thumb. LF Eric Byrnes was back in the leadoff spot, 1B Conor Jackson batted third and Chris Young with his 30 home runs was in the cleanup spot. ``It's a completely different dynamic with Orlando out,'' Melvin said.
SAN FRANCISCO: Barry Bonds had the night off from starting in LF. The slugger will probably play two out of three games this weekend at San Diego, then two more during a three-game set at Arizona early next week. ``Barry's been playing a lot,'' manager Bruce Bochy said. ``Just watching, I think he needs a day.'' ... OF Fred Lewis hit two home runs Tuesday night for Class-A San Jose, where he was on a rehab assignment for an ankle injury. Lewis will be called up to the majors once San Jose's season ends. ... LHP Jack Taschner played catch to test his sore throwing shoulder and is slated to throw again Thursday. Bochy said Taschner likely would be ready to pitch Sunday. ``It stretched it out and it felt good,'' Taschner said. ``I'm at their mercy.'' ... SS Omar Vizquel, the 40-year-old 11-time Gold Glove winner, will play three weeks of winter ball in his native Venezuela for the Caracas team. It will be his first time doing so in more than a decade after he was asked by baseball officials back home to play there once more before he retires.

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