OAKLAND: OF Nick Swisher will return from his three-game suspension Saturday. He was suspended for charging the mound after being hit by Texas RHP Vincente Padilla last Sunday. ``I need to have something to do,'' Swisher said. ``I haven't been doing anything.'' ... RHP Rich Harden has been limited to seven appearances this season because of a sore shoulder, but is scheduled to start Sunday. ... Oakland's starters are 4-12 with a 6.62 ERA over the last 25 games. ... The A's have used the disabled list 22 times, which ties the club record set in 1992. The 22 players on the DL have combined to miss a team-record 1,186 games.
r last division title on Sept. 30, 2001, at Jacobs Field. ... The Indians are 46-23 against the AL Central with three games left against Kansas City - the best record of any team against its division. ... LHP Jeremy Sowers pitched a simulated game Friday and will start a game in the Indians' doubleheader Wednesday against Seattle. ... RHP Fausto Carmona entered his start Friday night leading the AL with a 3.07 ERA, just ahead of Oakland's Dan Haren, who was scheduled to pitch Saturday night against Cleveland.
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TORONTO: Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said backup C Sal Fasano left the team to be with his wife, who is expecting a baby. ... Toronto recalled INF Joe Inglett from Triple-A Syracuse. Inglett was claimed off waivers from Cleveland last Friday. ... SS John McDonald was held out of the starting lineup for the third consecutive game because of a sore groin, the result of a hip flexor injury. Ray Olmedo started at shortstop again. McDonald was to be examined by a doctor on Friday afternoon, Gibbons said.
NEW YORK: SS Derek Jeter doubled in the first inning, tying manager Joe Torre for 118th place on the career hits list with 2,342. ... The Yankees will honor Hall of Fame SS Phil Rizzuto in a pregame ceremony Sunday.
KANSAS CITY: RHP Brian Bannister is scheduled to start Tuesday, and the Royals plan to shut him down after that. Including starts in the minors, Bannister has already surpassed his career high in innings pitched. ``They are going to do what is in the best interest of the team, for me and next year,'' Bannister said. ``There is no reason in doing something that would hurt me in getting ready for next year.'' ... LHP Jorge De La Rosa will start Sunday at Detroit, pushing RHP Gil Meche to Monday, and is also scheduled to start the final game of the season. ... INF Jason Smith hit his career-high sixth homer Friday night.
1B Sean Casey hit his fourth home run Friday night.
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BOSTON: Manager Terry Francona didn't get to enjoy Thursday's off day because he had flulike symptoms. ``It was great,'' he joked. ... Francona said he had known for a couple weeks that Red Sox minor league manager and former Boston OF Gabe Kapler was planning to try and make a comeback. ``You have to follow your heart and he is,'' Francona said. ``I'm a little surprised because I thought he was really on his next course. We were excited about the path he was on.''
TAMPA BAY: All-Star LF Carl Crawford (strained left groin) was out of the lineup for the fourth straight game. Manager Joe Maddon didn't rule out Crawford playing again this season. ``He's doing better,'' Maddon said. ``He's feeling better. It was more encouraging that I thought.'' ... 2B Brendan Harris (strained left lat muscle) could return to the lineup in the next few days. He has been out since Tuesday. ... C Josh Paul (lower back tightness) was available.
BALTIMORE: Manager Dave Trembley said he hasn't had discussions with SS Miguel Tejada about a potential move to 3B. But Trembley thinks that Tejada would put aside personal pride for team goals. ``I think Tejada wants to win, I think he loves to play, and I think he'll do whatever he can to help the team,'' Trembley said. ... Scott Moore got his first start for the Orioles at 1B. He has also played at 3B and LF. ``I'd like to know what we have going into spring training,'' Trembley said.
TEXAS: RHP Brandon McCarthy downplayed reports that his latest injury (forearm tendinitis) could shut him down for the season. ``I'll do everything I can to get out and make my last two starts. I would say it's better than 50-50,'' he said. McCarthy will play catch Saturday, and is scheduled to start again Tuesday against the Angels. ... With RHP Vicente Padilla serving a seven-game suspension, the Rangers haven't listed a starter for Monday. Manager Ron Washington wouldn't confirm that rookie RHP Armando Galarraga will make his first major league start.
s horrendous to play on. As bad as I've ever seen it in the big leagues. It's not a major league caliber outfield.'' ... SS Cesar Izturis, who had an error, a double and a triple against his former team, left in the fourth inning because of right elbow irritation. Tracy said Izturis had numbness in the last two fingers of his throwing hand and it had to do with his ulnar nerve. ... LHP Zach Duke starts Saturday against the Cubs, his first for the club since June 28. Duke was activated off the disabled list on Sept. 11 after being shelved for more than two months with two months with elbow tendinitis. Tracy said Duke doesn't have a definitive pitch count, but he is on restrictions. ... SS Jack Wilson is expected to rejoin the team this weekend. He's been in Los Angeles with his wife, who gave birth to their third child on Thursday.
Now that the Cubs are back in the race, Prior has been keeping up with his team. ``It's tough being away and watching it. I'm getting an ulcer. Some of these games are getting interesting. They're in a really good position and the next eight days are going to be really fun to watch,'' he said. He's especially happy for Kerry Wood, who has also battled injuries before making a comeback this season as a reliever. ``It's nice for Woody to be pitching well. He's worked hard to get back to where he has. We had some different things going on but it's nice to see him get back and be able to contribute because, I know early on, he thought it was going to be a lost season,'' Prior said. ... Steve Trachsel is the likely starter for the Cubs game on Sept. 27 at Florida. Trachsel hasn't pitched since Sept. 13 as the Cubs have gone with a four-man rotation. ... Carlos Marmol has thrown 21 1/3 straight scoreless innings.
exor. 2B Luis Castillo was also in the lineup after missing Thursday's game because of a sore knee. ... Closer Billy Wagner said the back spasms that left him unable to pitch Thursday were less severe following treatment, but he was unsure whether he would be available Friday night at Florida. He said the therapy included ``poking and jabbing and popping and cracking. Pretty exciting. ... We're going to do whatever it takes to get me out on the field, short of cutting the muscle out of my back.''
FLORIDA: LHP Chris Seddon will start Sunday against the Mets. Slumping RHP Sergio Mitre might not pitch again this season, manager Fredi Gonzalez said. ... With his 200th hit Thursday, SS Hanley Ramirez became the second Marlins player to reach the milestone. Juan Pierre had 204 hits in 2003 and 221 in 2004.
y night's game were 31-47 on the road. They were 2-2 on their current seven-game road trip before ending the season at home with three games against St. Louis and four against San Diego. ... Second baseman Rickie Weeks did not start because he's 0-for-8 against Atlanta starter Tim Hudson. Craig Counsell took his place and led off.
ATLANTA: RHP Rafael Soriano, who was suspended for four games on Thursday, will appeal. He will make his case on Tuesday in Philadelphia, where the Braves open a three-game series. ... RHP Peter Moylan leads all rookies with 74 games pitched, a 1.77 ERA and a .201 opponents batting average prior to Friday night's game. ... 1B Mark Teixeira had his 12-game hitting streak end Thursday Night. He began another one Friday night when he hit a solo home run in the second inning. Entering Friday night's game, Chipper Jones (77 walks, 71 strikeouts), Albert Pujols (94 BB/56 K) and Barry Bonds (132 BB/54K) are the only three NL players to hit 25 or more home runs and have more walks than strikeouts.
HOUSTON: Wandy Rodriguez had been 2-10 with a 7.31 ERA on the road before dominating the Cardinals on Thursday, allowing one run in eight innings. ``He showed me he's a quality big league pitcher,'' interim manager Cecil Cooper said. ``He was very smooth.'' ... RF Hunter Pence was in the lineup a day after he was a late scratch due to upper back soreness from crashing into a wall chasing a home run ball.
ST. LOUIS: CF Jim Edmonds underwent an MRI exam Thursday for persistent groin pain and was scheduled to visit with Dr. George Paletta, the team physician, later in the day. Manager Tony La Russa said it was too soon to say whether Edmonds, who missed his fourth straight start, would be shut down. ... 1B Albert Pujols (calf) took some ground balls before the game but missed his third straight start. ... RHP Anthony Reyes has mild tendinitis in his right shoulder and La Russa said he will not pitch the rest of the season. The injury is perhaps a result of Reyes, 2-14 with a 6.04 ERA, shuttling between starting and the bullpen. ``Who knows?'' Reyes said. ``I'm not really used to that, so that could be, but I have no idea.'' ... 3B Russell Branyan was hospitalized Friday to receive IV fluids for a flulike symptoms, but was expected to rejoin the team Saturday.
ay's game having allowed only two earned runs over 22 2-3 innings. The relievers have been busy this week, throwing 11 innings in an extra inning game against St. Louis on Tuesday and seven innings in Thursday's comeback win over the Nationals. ... The start time of the Sept. 29 home game against Washington has been moved from 7:05 p.m. to 3:55 p.m.
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