became the 21st pitcher in major league history to reach 300 saves.
remonial load of dirt, officials from Goodyear, Ariz., broke ground on the Indians' $75 million spring training ballpark and recreation center on Monday. The Indians will return to Arizona - they trained in Tucson from 1947 to 1992 - in 2009 after spending one more spring in Winter Haven, Fla.
BALTIMORE: All-Star 2B Brian Roberts was batting .167 since Aug. 23 before hitting a leadoff double in the first inning. ... OF Corey Patterson was headed back to Baltimore for an MRI exam on his sprained left ankle Tuesday. Patterson missed the previous 10 games. ... INF Scott Moore was not in the starting lineup. Orioles manager Dave Trembley said Moore rolled his ankle during Sunday's game in Toronto. ``I think he caught his spikes in a seam in the turf,'' Trembley said, adding that Moore told him he could play Monday if needed. ``I'm hoping he might be able to play the last day here.'' ... Trembley on slumping 1B Kevin Millar: ``I think what Kevin's got to do is be a little more patient.'' ... LHP Garrett Olson (strained forearm) threw in the outfield for the first time since getting hurt. ... Trembley said improving the bullpen will be an offseason priority.
NEW YORK: SS Derek Jeter singled in the first inning, tying Bernie Williams for fourth place on the club's career list with 2,336 hits. ... CF Melky Cabrera was rested. In a 1-for-27 skid, he was hitless in his past 14 at-bats. ``I think he's just a little scrambled eggs up here,'' manager Joe Torre said, pointing to his head. Johnny Damon started in center. ... Slumping LF Hideki Matsui was back in the lineup after getting a night off Sunday in Boston. Matsui hit a solo home run in the third, his first homer in 123 at-bats since Aug. 8 at Toronto off Roy Halladay. ... Jorge Posada was back behind the plate after serving as the DH on Sunday night. Posada was knocked over in a home plate collision with Eric Hinske on Saturday. ... Torre said RHP Roger Clemens felt fine after Sunday night's start and would probably pitch again this weekend against Toronto. ... After a 7-2 road trip that ended with Sunday night's victory in Boston, the Yankees were permitted to report to the ballpark an hour later than usual. They skipped batting practice on the field.
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HP and knuckleballer Tim Wakefield on Monday. ``He wants to play right now but I don't think he's ready,'' Francona said. Kevin Cash got the start behind the plate.
TORONTO: 3B Troy Glaus had surgery on his left foot in Los Angeles on Monday and is expected to be healthy in time for spring training, general manager J.P. Ricciardi said. ... 1B Lyle Overbay, who suffered a broken right pinkie when he was hit by a pitch in June, will have a procedure next week to remove four screws from his hand, ending his season. Matt Stairs has started at first base the past three games for the Blue Jays. ... LHP Scott Downs is expected to miss the three-game series against Boston because of a suspected case of gout in his right foot. ... LHP B.J. Ryan, who had elbow-ligament replacement surgery in April, resumed throwing three weeks ago, Ricciardi said. He joined the team Monday to throw in front of Toronto's training staff.
f we have to use him, we'll have to cross that bridge when we get to it,'' Washington said. ... RHP Kameron Loe, sidelined with right elbow inflammation, was expected to play catch Monday. If all goes well he would likely throw off a mound Tuesday. ... Guillermo Quiroz started behind the plate for the first time this year. He was called up from Triple-A Oklahoma on Sept. 3. Gerald Laird, who has started 108 games at catcher, missed his second straight game with a sore right knee. He is listed as day to day. ... 2B Ian Kinsler was not in Monday's starting lineup. Washington said Kinsler looked ``a little sluggish at the plate'' in Oakland. Kinsler is 1-for-17 in his past five games.
all six, when we could have won all six. That's the difference. We haven't come up with the plays this year,'' he said. ... Garrett Jones got his first start of the year in left field. ... Before Monday's game, Torii Hunter received the Bill Shea Distinguished Little League Graduate Award. The award is given to a former little leaguer in the major leagues who best exemplifies the spirit of Little League Baseball. Previous winners include George Brett and Robin Yount.
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CHICAGO: 3B Joe Crede, who had back surgery on June 12, joined the team in the clubhouse Monday, driving over from Westphalia, Mo. ``I'm not 100 percent yet, but obviously I'm getting there,'' Crede said. ``I'm in the second phase of my rehab. I should be hitting at the end of October or early November.'' ... This season the White Sox have had LHP Mark Buehrle throw a no-hitter, RHP Bobby Jenks retire 41 straight batters - matching the longest streak in baseball history - and DH Jim Thome hit his 500th home run on Sunday. ``We've got more milestones than wins,'' White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen quipped. ... Alex Cintron made his 10th start at 3B. ... LHP Mike Myers has witnessed a 500th home run three times in his career: Alex Rodriguez and Thome this season and Eddie Murray on Sept. 6, 1996, at Baltimore while he was with Detroit.
KANSAS CITY: DH Mike Sweeney was out of the lineup for the third straight game with tightness in his right groin. Sweeney, who started his career as a catcher, has requested he catch an inning in the Royals' season finale on Sept. 30, which could be his final game with Kansas City. He is eligible for free agency after the season. ``We've got to get him to hit first,'' Royals manager Buddy Bell said. ... LF Emil Brown has 228 fewer at-bats than CF David DeJesus, 164 fewer than 3B Alex Gordon and 159 fewer than RF Mark Teahen, but went into Monday leading the team with 59 RBIs. DeJesus has 58 and Gordon and Teahen each have 57. ... The Royals are 24-24 in series finales after winning Sunday at Cleveland.
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Fausto Carmona. Kazmir pitched 13 scoreless innings in his two starts last week and had 21 strikeouts in road wins against Boston and Seattle. ``Kaz has gotten better as the year's progressed. His fastball against Seattle was the best I've seen him throw a fastball in two years,'' Maddon said.
LOS ANGELES: RHP Dustin Moseley, who gave up Jim Thome's 500th career home run in Sunday's loss at Cleveland, was bummed about losing on Thome's walkoff two-run shot. But some of the sting went away Monday at the start the season's final homestand when he was informed that his former pitching coach with the Angels - Bud Black - served up Reggie Jackson's 500th homer while pitching for Kansas City against the Halos. ``He never told me that,'' Moseley said with a grin. ``I've learned that things like that are going to happen. You don't want them to happen, but you go get prepared the next day and try to bounce back. I'm sure that's what Buddy Black would tell me. It's just a matter of getting over it. It just happened to be a memorable home run for him. Somebody was going to give it up.'' ... The Angels' rookie level team in the Pioneer League, the Orem Owlz, won their third league championship in four years under manager Tom Kotchman - whose son plays first base for the parent club.
FLORIDA: RHP Sergio Mitre may be done for the season. The Marlins will start Chris Seddon on Tuesday, and they're not sure if Mitre will be able to make another appearance. ``We've given him some time off,'' manager Fredi Gonzalez said. ``The other day he had some pretty good innings, and then he just hit the wall a little bit.'' Mitre (5-8) has not undergone an MRI exam or X-rays. He may be suffering from a tired arm after working 149 innings. ``The velocity's OK, but the life on the ball, it's not the same,'' Gonzalez said. ``Why risk injury right now?''
ATLANTA: The Braves aren't likely to make the playoffs, but they have at least one player in the running for a championship. OF Brandon Jones, who was called up from Richmond over the weekend, will return to Triple-A for one night only: Tuesday's Bricktown Showdown between the champions of the International and Pacific Coast leagues. Richmond, which won the IL, will meet Pacific Coast champion Sacramento in a one-game playoff at Oklahoma City. ``It's the last game of the year,'' Jones said. ``I thought it would be a lot of fun, so I decided to go.'' He'll be back in Atlanta on Wednesday. ... LHP Jo-Jo Reyes will get another shot at his first major league win Tuesday. The Braves plan to start the rookie in place of Buddy Carlyle (8-6), who is bothered by a hyperextended right elbow. Reyes (0-2) has pitched in eight games for the Braves, including seven starts. He has an ERA of 7.75, giving up 41 hits and 23 walks in 33 2-3 innings.
NEW YORK: CF Carlos Beltran's two-run shot in the first inning Monday night was his 30th homer of 2007 and pushed his RBI total to 101. ... LF Moises Alou singled in the first inning Monday to extend his hitting streak to 21 games. ... RHP Pedro Martinez will stay on five days' rest during the regular season. ``I'm as tired as I would be if I was here all year. I'm probably as tired as the guys who've been here all season,'' he said. ``My rehab was double the work. My rehab was very long, very intense.'' ... 1B Carlos Delgado doesn't know when he'll return from the strained right hip flexor that has sidelined him since Sept. 4. ``I think swinging is going to be the biggest test,'' he said. ``You have to start somewhere.'' Manager Willie Randolph said Delgado might be able to play toward the end of the Mets' seven-game road trip that closes Sunday at Florida.
ly good arm.'' ... 1B Dmitri Young missed a second consecutive start Monday after getting hit in the neck by a hard one-hopper Saturday night. ``His neck is very sore and I don't think he's able to play yet,'' manager Manny Acta said.
CINCINNATI: 1B Scott Hatteberg was set to miss his 12th straight game because of a sore right oblique muscle. ... Marcus McBeth pitched a perfect inning both Saturday and Sunday against the Brewers. McBeth, called up from Triple-A Louisville on Sept. 1, hasn't allowed a run in five of six appearances this month. ``He's got a good slider and a very good changeup,'' interim manager Pete Mackanin said. ``The thing I like about him is his changeup. It's a nice-looking pitch and it could be effective, especially against lefties.'' McBeth is 2-2 with a 6.60 ERA in 18 games this season. ... INF Jeff Keppinger entered with a .341 average since the All-Star break (62-for-182) with four home runs and 26 RBI. His production hasn't gone unnoticed. ``He gives you good at-bats,'' Mackanin said.
y advantageous matchups over the final nine games of the season. ``You get to September, and you cut back on their side stuff in between, and you go after it,'' general manager Jim Hendry said. ``You have to look at the whole package of 12 games, and give yourself the best chance to win.'' Rich Hill and Jason Marquis are expected to complete the four-man rotation during the final two weeks, with Steve Trachsel and Sean Marshall the dropped - although Trachsel could start a game against in Florida the final week. ... The Cubs entered with 24 homers in September. They had only 19 in August and just 13 in July.
aulino and Juan Gutierrez, both recalled from the minors on Sept. 4, were the Astros' scheduled starters for the rest of the series. ``Every game is a huge game for us,'' Yost said. ``If I feel fortunate that we're not facing Oswalt, that takes away from what Gutierrez and Paulino can do against you. If you think, for one second, that you've got an advantage because those two guys are pitching over the other guys, you're going to get your butt whipped.''
not afraid to go out to the mound and talk to them in key situations,'' Cooper said. ``That's a rookie doing that, so that's pretty impressive.''
PHILADELPHIA: LHP Cole Hamels (elbow) was on track to come off the DL Tuesday and make his first start since Aug. 16. Manager Charlie Manuel said Hamels, 14-5 with 3.50 ERA, would have a 65-70 pitch limit depending on how well he felt. ... The Phillies entered with a four-game winning streak, while the Cardinals had lost 10 of 11. ``It means nothing,'' Manuel said. ``We have tremendous respect for them.'' ... The bullpen had an 0.93 ERA during the winning streak, allowing two earned runs in 19 1-3 innings and had the decision in the last five victories, with Geoff Geary going 2-0 and Brett Myers, Tom Gordon and Antonio Alfonseca getting a win. ... The Phillies began the night 76-58 since April 21, best in the NL.
ST. LOUIS: RF Rick Ankiel batted fifth for the first time. He had been in a 2-for-29 slump before getting two hits on Sunday. The slump coincided with a (New York) Daily News report that he had received human growth hormone with a prescription in 2004, before the substance was banned by baseball. ... The injury-riddled Cardinals fielded a lineup featuring only four players from the opening-day lineup. ... RHP Brad Thompson made his 15th start but first since Sept. 9, and manager Tony La Russa still had not revealed a starter for Tuesday, likely a bullpen-type game that could be started by RHP Todd Wellemeyer.

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