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Notes from Tuesday's games
Notes from Tuesday's games
July 19, 2005
By The Associated Press
Devil Rays-Red Sox
TAMPA BAY: With wins in four of their first five games since the All-Star break, the Devil Rays clinched their first winning trip since 2004. ... LHP Casey Fossum left the game in the fifth inning due to leg cramps after allowing singles on consecutive pitches.
BOSTON: The Red Sox made two trades, acquiring INF Tony Graffanino from the Royals and OF Adam Hyzdu from the Padres. They also designated LHP Alan Embree for assignment. ... Boston has dropped six consecutive series openers. ... During his 29-game hitting streak, his average went up just .003, from .339 to .342.
KANSAS CITY: LHP Brian Anderson, out since May 9 with an inflamed pitching elbow, remains uncertain of his status. ``I saw a doctor Monday and we've got options from A to Z,'' he said. ``It could be trying to rehab it further, taking a shot, or surgery. We'll gather all the input and I'll have to make a decision. When that will be, I don't know.'' ... 1B Mike Sweeney again is the subject of trade talks. ``There's rumors, but Allard Baird (Royals GM) told me that before anything is close I would know about it,'' Sweeney. ``My phone hasn't rung.'' Sweeney, leading the club with 13 homers, 48 RBIs and a .308 average through Monday, isn't looking to move. ``Even though we've had a couple of tough seasons, I don't doubt why I'm here. I believe in this team.'' ... Manager Buddy Bell said any potential deals would be to add prospects. ``We're obviously in a different situation than a Boston or New York, though we would like to get somebody who can help relatively soon.''
CLEVELAND: DH Travis Hafner remains bothered by dizziness, three days after he got hit in the head with a pitch by Chicago's Mark Buehrle. ``Anytime I get my heart rate up I start getting dizzy,'' said Hafner, who leads the Indians in batting average (.310) homers (18) and RBIs (63). Manager Eric Wedge said the club doesn't think Hafner will have to go on the disabled list and that it usually takes a player 5-to-7 days to fully recover after being hit the way Hafner was. ... OF Jason Dubois, acquired in a trade with the Chicago Cubs on Monday night, replaced Hafner in the starting lineup. The Indians are hoping Dubois can develop into the everyday right-handed power hitter missing from the middle of their lineup. ... The Indians are the only AL team to have nine players with at least eight homers.
SEATTLE: A day after saying they were going to activate INF Dave Hansen from the 15-day DL and send OF Chris Snelling back to Triple-A Tacoma, the Mariners changed their mind and decided not to make the move. Snelling was already in Tacoma when they reversed the decision. Hansen, hitting .194 in 25 games, went on the disabled list on July 3 with an inflamed left elbow. ... INF Willie Bloomquist didn't start Tuesday night's game because he was ill.
TORONTO: Manager John Gibbons all but said RHP David Bush will be called up from Triple-A Syracuse to start Saturday's game against Kansas City. Bush went 2-2 with a 4.42 ERA in nine starts at Syracuse. He went 0-5 with a 4.89 ERA in 10 starts with Toronto earlier this season. ``We just wanted him to go down and get his confidence back,'' Gibbons said. ``All the reports have been good.'' The Blue Jays need a fifth starter with ace Roy Halladay on DL with a broken bone in his lower left leg. ... 3B Corey Koskie is expected to return to the Blue Jays next Tuesday. Koskie is on a rehab assignment at Triple-A Syracuse. He is recovering from a broken right thumb and ligament tear since hurting himself May 19.
NEW YORK: A day after dropping a flyball in center field that led to three Texas runs, Bernie Williams was the Yankees DH. Bubba Crosby started in center. ``The error had nothing to do with it,'' manager Joe Torre said. ``We don't want to play Bernie in the outfield every day of this series.'' Williams has started 51 games in CF, and 15 at DH. ... SS Derek Jeter, who had just two hits his previous 20 at-bats before Tuesday, dropping his average below .300, took extra batting practice before the game. ``He felt he wanted to tune it up a little bit,'' Torre said. ``He's jumping at the plate. He wanted to give himself a little extra hitting to see if he could find something.'' Jeter flied out and grounded into a double play his first two at-bats Tuesday.
TEXAS: 2B Alfonso Soriano apologized to his teammates and coaches for his baserunning blunder Monday night when he got only to first base on a ball that ricocheted off the top of the wall in CF and then was relayed to home plate to get another runner out. Soriano, 4-for-5 against his former team, thought the ball was going to be a home run. Manager Buck Showalter said he had a discussion with Soriano. ``It's the same one Joe's (Torre) had and I've had multiple times.'' ... RHP Frank Francisco, who is out for the season after ligament replacement surgery, was back with the team Tuesday.
DETROIT: With RHP Troy Percival likely out for the rest of the season, the closer's role falls to RHP Kyle Farnsworth, who has pitched well in Detroit since coming over from the Chicago Cubs in the offseason. Farnsworth was 1-1 with three saves and a 1.85 ERA entering Tuesday. ``We're all looking forward to see if he can close games and see how he handles it,'' Tigers manager Alan Trammell said. Fernando Rodney will be the main setup man (1-1, 2.87 ERA). ... OF Dmitri Young took batting practice and worked out before Tuesday's game. Trammell said Young was close to being able to play after missing the last three games with a sore left calf. ... Nook Logan slightly injured his thumb diving for a ball in center field late in Monday's game but started Tuesday. ... RHP Justin Verlander (0-1, 6.75 ERA) will be called up to start the second game of Saturday's doubleheader and then go back down to minors.
CHICAGO: RHP Dustin Hermanson's sore back likely won't force him to go on the disabled list after an MRI exam on Monday showed no problems, manager Ozzie Guillen said. ``Hermie right now is still a little tight,'' Guillen said, noting that he would probably wait until Wednesday to consider using him. RHP Cliff Politte came out in the ninth in a save situation Monday, giving up a home run to Ivan Rodriguez before collecting his first save of the season in the 7-5 victory. ``I'm not afraid to use him,'' Guillen said of Politte. ``I'm not afraid to use (Damaso) Marte.'' Guillen said the team would probably consider trading for bullpen help if Hermanson (22 saves) is unable to contribute.
BALTIMORE: C Javy Lopez continues to progress toward a comeback from his broken right hand, an injury suffered on May 24 that required surgery two days after. Lopez took batting practice again before the game, and manager Lee Mazzilli said Lopez is doing very well. A rehabilitation assignment should start this weekend. ... The Orioles were 19-5 entering Tuesday when Sammy Sosa drives in a run.
MINNESOTA: 1B Justin Morneau returned as a starter, batting eighth against Orioles RHP Daniel Cabrera. But manager Ron Gardenhire said he was trying to split the lefties up in his lineup and downplayed it as a demotion. ``It's not about seventh, eighth and ninth - it's about being in the top nine right now,'' Gardenhire said. ``It's a good spot. You're playing.'' ... The Twins are struggling to hit, and Gardenhire was asked if he thought another batter ought to be brought in. ``If there's a deal out there that you can make to bring help, then that'd be great,'' he said. ``But we have to live with what's here right now. ... We have to get it done, these 25 guys that we have here right now.''
HOUSTON: Manager Phil Garner had a familiar visitor in the clubhouse before Tuesday's doubleheader: former pitcher Don Robinson, a teammate of Garner's on the Pirates' 1979 World Series championship team. ... Roger Clemens is working out with rookie league Greeneville, Tenn., before making his next start, Friday in Washington. Clemens' son, Koby, made his pro debut for Greeneville on Monday, going 0-for-3 with a walk. ... C Raul Chavez has reported to Triple-A Round Rock after being given an outright assignment Saturday. Chavez was sent down when C Humberto Quintero was activated off the 15-day disabled list.
PITTSBURGH: Not only did the Astros and Pirates have a doubleheader Tuesday, they are to return to PNC Park for a 12:35 p.m. EDT game Wednesday - their third game in less than 24 hours. Manager Lloyd McClendon doesn't anticipate any particular problems with player fatigue, unless both teams went deep into their bullpens Tuesday. He said, ``If you win the doubleheader, the day game doesn't seem too bad. But you're concerned a little bit about the pitchers bouncing back.'' ... RHP Josh Fogg, who starts Wednesday, has lost his last four decisions to Houston and is 3-5 in his career against them. ... SS Jack Wilson arrived at the ballpark in time to play Tuesday after his wife, Julie, gave birth to the couple's second child earlier in the day. Jaidyn Faith Wilson weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces when she arrived just after noon.
COLORADO: OF Matt Holliday was activated from the 15-day DL and OF Ryan Spilborghs was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs. Holliday, who missed 33 games with a broken right pinkie finger, started Tuesday night in left field and batted sixth. ... With Holliday in left, Eric Byrnes moved to right field, and manager Clint Hurdle said Byrnes could also be tried in center eventually. ``I don't want him to feel he's in a revolving door or a tryout camp,'' Hurdle said. ... RHP Jose Acevedo's win Monday night was the first by a Rockies reliever on the road since Brian Fuentes' at San Diego on Sept. 29, 2004. ... Colorado entered this series having lost 12 and split two road series in 2005.
WASHINGTON: SS Cristian Guzman and 3B Vinny Castilla were dropped from the starting lineup Tuesday, part of a series of changes. Only two position players were in spots in the batting order they already had occupied this season. ... Guzman entered Tuesday 0-fo5 since the All-Star break, putting his average at .190 for the season. Castilla, hampered by tendinitis in his left knee, was hitting .255. ... 1B Nick Johnson, sidelined since June 27 with a bruised right heel, played catch Tuesday but put off testing his foot by jogging until Wednesday. ``It's sore. I know I'm going to have to deal with that. I know I'm not going to be 100 percent,'' he said. ... Asked whether RHP Tony Armas Jr., who left Monday's start in the third inning because of dizziness, would miss his next start, manager Frank Robinson said: ``No. He missed one last night.''
DODGERS: 3B Oscar Robies led off the game with his first homer of the season ... OF Milton Bradley and 3B Jose Valentin both reported no pain after Monday's rehab game at Triple-A Las Vegas. Manager Jim Tracy didn't rule out Bradley to return by the weekend. ``With the progress that they've made, you have to be encouraged by it,'' Tracy said. ... LHP Wilson Alvarez was activated from the disabled list and OF Jason Grabowski was sent to Las Vegas.
PHILLIES: LHP Randy Wolf was hopeful he can return to the Phillies next year after season-ending elbow surgery in June. Wolf just started rehab and said he probably wouldn't throw until October. ``The ligament was so deteriorated that it was only a matter of time before it snapped,'' he said. Wolf, an All-Star in 2003, was 6-4 with a 4.39 ERA in 13 starts this season. He was just 5-8 with a 4.17 ERA last season when he missed time with elbow problems. Wolf was surprised how he straightened out his arm already and hadn't experienced any pain in his elbow. ``My arm feels relatively comfortable, which is kind of weird,'' he said. ... Manager Charlie Manuel hoped injured 1B Jim Thome could begin a rehab assignment this weekend.
SAN DIEGO: The Padres don't face another NL West opponent until hosting the Colorado Rockies Aug. 26-28. ... INF Damian Jackson is hitting .346 (18-for-52) in July - 14 games. ... Robert Fick, who found a kitten two years ago at Shea Stadium while here with the Atlanta Braves, reported ``Shea'' is doing ``real well.''
NEW YORK: C Mike Piazza batted sixth for the first time since May 12, 1993, for the Dodgers. Mets manager Willie Randolph angrily deflected questions about the move, saying ``the bottom line is having a feel for the team and putting the best lineup out there.'' David Wright batted fifth. Piazza, who is hitting .252 with 10 homers and 39 RBIs, was not bothered by the move. ``I go out and do the best I can, it's not a big deal,'' he said. ``I'm very aware of where I am, and outside of the average, the numbers aren't that bad.'' ... Mets minor league RHP Philip Humber, the third overall pick in the 2004 amateur draft, underwent Tommy John surgery Tuesday in Alabama. Humber felt discomfort during his last outing for Double-A Binghamton. He went to Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., for a second opinion and decided to have the surgery right away. Mets general manager Omar Minaya said Humber will likely be out a year.
CHICAGO: OF Jody Gerut joined the Cubs, a day after they acquired him in a trade with Cleveland. ``We're at the time of the year that you don't want to experiment too much,'' manager Dusty Baker said. ``I've got to get him in there when I can. You tell him to get in where you fit in.'' ... The Cubs optioned OF Ben Grieve to Triple-A Iowa to open a roster spot. ... Aramis Ramirez hit his 150th career homer in the third inning. Ramirez has homered in three consecutive games for the second time this season. He also did it May 28-30.
CINCINNATI: OF Jason Romano chose free agency rather than accept a demotion to the minors. Romano hit a homer and drove in three runs in each of his two seasons in Cincinnati ... Utility player Ryan Freel is expected to rejoin the Reds in the next few days. He's on a medical rehabilitation assignment, recovering from a swollen foot. ... The Reds have yet to win more than three games in a row all season. Only once this century have the Reds gone an entire season without winning more than three in a row - in 1982.
MILWAUKEE: Rickie Weeks' upper-deck home run Monday was estimated at 460 feet, the second-longest by an opposing player at Busch Stadium since measuring began in 1988. The Reds' Wily Mo Pena hit a homer estimated at 492 feet in June. ``It felt good,'' Weeks said. ``I really didn't get a chance to see it but it felt good off the bat.'' ... Carlos Lee was 3-for-3 Monday against the Cardinals after starting the season 0-for-23 against St. Louis pitching.
ST. LOUIS: CF Jim Edmonds was rested due to tightness in his hamstring and groin, an injury that he said has been gradually getting a bit worse. RF Larry Walker also got a day off after playing the first four games following the All-Star break. But manager Tony La Russa expects both back in the lineup on Wednesday and emphasized the days off have nothing to do with the team's double-digit lead in the NL Central. ``If this was a big lead in September, then you might start planning ahead,'' La Russa said. ``But I'm a big fan of baseball history and we all know leads that have disappeared.'' ... The only left-handed batter in the lineup against LHP Doug Davis was 27-year-old rookie John Rodriguez, who made his major league debut. ``If Jim or Walker were available, they'd be playing,'' La Russa said. ``This guy is tough on righties and lefties. This is one of those easy lineups to write out because this is what you've got, and it's fine, we can win with it.''
The Associated Press News Service