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For editions of Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Baltimore: 2B Brian Roberts was scheduled to head for extended spring training in Sarasota, Fla., but he wound up in a Baltimore-area hospital instead and was diagnosed with pneumonia. He has been on the disabled list since the first weekend of the season because of an abdominal injury and a herniated disk in his back. ... The Baltimore Sun reported that 1B Michael Aubrey would be called up from Class AAA Norfolk (Va.) on Friday, with LH reliever Alberto Castillo probably being sent down to open a roster spot. Aubrey is expected to provide a left-handed bat off the bench or platoon with 1B Garrett Atkins, who was 0-for-15 and out of the lineup Thursday.
Boston: RF J.D. Drew tweaked his right hamstring Tuesday during unseasonably cold conditions and left the game, but he soldiered on Wednesday because OFs Jacoby Ellsbury and Mike Cameron are on the disabled list. Drew said it was a matter of the hamstring tightening in the cold weather while he's compensating for a tight left calf muscle. He went 0-for-4 Wednesday, ending a streak of 17 games in which he reached base. ... LH reliever Scott Schoeneweis was designated for assignment after posting a 7.90 ERA in 15 appearances this season. The 36-year-old said he was not sure if he will continue playing. ... SS Angel Sanchez was called up from Class AAA Pawtucket (R.I.) and was in the lineup, replacing SS Marco Scutaro, who had a cortisone shot in his ailing left elbow.
Chicago: LHP Mark Buehrle's start was pushed back to Friday against Florida, with RHP Jake Peavy taking Buehrle's spot on Thursday. The White Sox wanted to break up having left-handers Buehrle and John Danks pitch on back-to-back days. Buehrle was 0-5 and with a 6.44 ERA in his last six starts but had a 19-6 record in interleague play, including 5-0 with a 1.95 ERA in his last eight starts. ... OF Alex Rios, having gone 0-for-8 in his last two games, was not in the lineup, with Andruw Jones moving over to center field, Carlos Quentin back in right and Juan Pierre in left field.
Cleveland: RHP Justin Masterson threw 106 pitches in five innings and wasn't involved in the decision Wednesday. Since his last victory on Aug. 20, Masterson has started 15 games and is 0-10 with a 5.27 ERA, including 0-4 this season. ... According to the Elias Sports Bureau, C Mike Redmond set a major league record for catchers Tuesday when he played his 253rd consecutive game without an error. His last error came on July 22, 2004, with the Marlins. He broke the record held by Mike Matheny.
Detroit: The Tigers had 10 hits Wednesday, and seven came from rookies. 2B Danny Worth had three singles, LF Casper Wells collected his first big-league hit, a run-scoring single, and added a two-run double, and CF Austin Jackson had two singles. RF Brendan Boesch joined Wells and Jackson to give Detroit an all-rookie starting outfield. ... Both of Detroit's catchers are batting under .200. C Gerald Laird beat out a bunt on Wednesday and lifted his average to .157, while rookie C Alex Avila had two hits Thursday and raised his average to .164.
Kansas City: DH Jose Guillen was 0-for-16 against Indian pitchers this season before getting two hits, including a home run. Guillen also had three RBI and is tied with 3B Alberto Callaspo for the team lead at 28. ... With a day off Monday and two more on June 7 and 14, manager Ned Yost might rearrange his rotation. He wants RHP Zack Greinke, the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner, to start every fifth day. "It's not set in stone yet," Yost said. "I'm still polishing up on it."
Los Angeles: The Angels, who are at St. Louis for a weekend series, had a 14-4 record in interleague play last season, the best in baseball, and led the majors with 118 runs, 29 home runs and a .297 team average in those games. Since Mike Scioscia became manager in 2000, the Angels were 108-72 against NL teams, tied with Minnesota for the best interleague record during that time. ... DH Hideki Matsui was hitless in his last 12 at-bats heading into Thursday and had only 10 hits in his previous 75 at-bats (.133). With no designated hitter in St. Louis, Scioscia said Matsui probably would play left field once or twice against the Cardinals.
Minnesota: Manager Ron Gardenhire said SS J.J. Hardy (left wrist contusion) probably would not come off the disabled list when eligible on Friday. That means Hardy would not get a chance to face the Brewers for the first time since they traded him to the Twins during the offseason. Gardenhire said he hopes Hardy can play by Tuesday. ... RH reliever Clay Condrey signed with the Twins during the offseason but has yet to pitch an inning because of a right elbow strain. Condrey has been throwing off a mound, Gardenhire said, and soon will go on a rehab stint.
New York: C Chad Moeller was called up from Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Moosic, Pa.) to back up C Francisco Cervelli with C Jorge Posada (broken foot) on the disabled list. IF Kevin Russo also was called up from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and 1B Nick Johnson was moved from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list. ... OF/DH Marcus Thames sprained his left ankle when he stepped on his bat while running out a single Wednesday. Thames left the game when he had trouble putting weight on his foot. He was listed as day-to-day, and manager Joe Girardi said a trip to the disabled list is unlikely. ... RF Nick Swisher was back in the lineup after missing five games because of a strained left bicep.
Oakland: RHP Vin Mazzaro was recalled from Class AAA Sacramento (West Sacramento, Calif.). Mazzaro was 3-1 with a 3.13 ERA in seven games with Sacramento and was in Oakland's rotation much of last season. He made one spot start for the A's this year, allowing four runs in three innings. To make room on the roster, RH reliever Henry Rodriguez was sent to Sacramento. ... OF Coco Crisp (broken finger) went 4-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in his first rehab game with high-A Stockton (Calif.) on Tuesday, and the next day he hit a triple in his first at-bat before finishing 1-for-2 with a walk. He was scheduled to play for Sacramento on Friday. ... RH reliever Edwar Ramirez, had been designated for assignment, cleared waivers and was sent to Sacramento.
Seattle: RHP Doug Fister ran into trouble in the third and fourth innings Wednesday but set down the last 14 batters he faced. He pitched eight innings for the fourth time in eight starts this season, but he has only one victory in those games because of meager run support. ... SS Jack Wilson, on rehab at Class AA West Tenn (Jackson, Tenn.), flew back to Seattle to be re-examined by the Mariners' medical team because he's still feeling discomfort in his right knee.
Tampa Bay: SS Jason Bartlett entered play Wednesday with 19 RBI, the most by any player in the majors without a home run this season, but changed that when he went deep on the second pitch he saw from RHP A.J. Burnett. ... About a dozen New York writers crowded around free agent-to-be LF Carl Crawford on Wednesday to see what he thought about playing for the Yankees. He didn't give them much fodder. "I don't think about it at all," Crawford said. "Everyone knows, when you're winning, it lets you be carefree all the time, where you don't have to think about that stuff too much. ... It's something I don't have to think about right now. I have plenty of time to think about that stuff (later)."
Texas: RHP Rich Harden walked only one batter in 5 1/3 innings Wednesday, five days after allowing six walks in 2 2/3 innings. It was the third time in eight starts that Harden has walked fewer than three batters. In his career, Harden is 34-16 with a 2.97 ERA when he walks fewer than three hitters in a game. ... 3B Michael Young had his second consecutive three-hit game Wednesday, his third such game in eight days. Young was batting .380 for May with a .464 on-base percentage. In two weeks, Young raised his average from .256 to .309.
Toronto: C John Buck's third-inning single Wednesday extended his hitting streak to 10 games. That's a career high and the most for any Blue Jay this season. He was 13-for-31 (.419) during that stretch. ... LHP Brett Cecil, who won Wednesday in Seattle, is 3-1 with a 3.42 ERA on the road and 0-1 with a 10.13 ERA at Rogers Centre this season. ... RH closer Kevin Gregg started the season as a setup man, but he picked up his league-leading 12th save on Wednesday before taking the loss Thursday.
Arizona: After getting only one extra-base hit in his first 65 at-bats this season around a stop on the disabled list, LF Conor Jackson has seven doubles in his last nine games but still is looking for his first home run since April 14, 2009. Jackson missed the final five months of 2009 because of valley fever. ... C Miguel Montero (right knee surgery in April) is scheduled to catch a bullpen session today. Montero believes he will need at least seven to 10 days in the minors before he is able to return to the majors, but no date has been set for his rehab assignment.
Atlanta: RHP Kenshin Kawakami, plagued by blisters on his right foot, seemingly from his shoes, has a selection of several pairs of new shoes on hand for his scheduled start tonight. Kawakami will not acknowledge that anything is bothering him. ... OF Brent Clevlen sprained his ankle landing awkwardly after he crashed into the left field wall Sunday in Pittsburgh. He said it won't prevent him from playing, however. Clevlen's start was his first in the major leagues since June 15, 2008 with the Tigers.
Chicago: RHP Carlos Zambrano threw 73 pitches in a simulated game Monday morning at Wrigley Field and experienced no problems, team officials said, so Zambrano's return to the rotation could happen sometime next week. ... LHP Tom Gorzelanny threw a bullpen session over the weekend in Chicago, but the Cubs have not determined when he will make his next start. He was hit by a batted ball on his left ring finger last week in Philadelphia. RHP Ryan Dempster will start tonight, but the Cubs have not announced their rotation plans beyond that. Gorzelanny could be headed to the bullpen after Zambrano rejoins the rotation.
Cincinnati: RHP Homer Bailey (shoulder) was placed on the disabled list, RH reliever Enerio Del Rosario was called up from Class AAA Louisville (Ky.). Bailey said an MRI showed inflammation but no structural damage, and he refused a cortisone shot. GM Walt Jocketty said Bailey will be shut down for a week before the team decides how to proceed. Del Rosario was 1-1 with a 1.46 ERA in 20 appearances at Louisville. ... RH closer Francisco Cordero has converted 14 of 17 save opportunities, but his WHIP (walks/hits per inning) is 1.59 and his ERA is 4.09. Cordero has appeared in 24 games, the most of any closer in the NL. "He's been throwing a lot lately," manager Dusty Baker said.
Colorado: RF Brad Hawpe, who came off the disabled list May 10 after recovering from a strained left quadriceps, has five hits in his last 25 at-bats (.200), and manager Jim Tracy gave was concerned enough that he gave him Sunday off before the off day Monday. "He was starting to get down toward the bottom of his tank. ... When he gets tired, he gets lengthy (with his swing), and then we're not doing any good for anybody," Tracy said. ... IF/OF Eric Young Jr. (stress fracture in right leg) is pain-free. He will undergo an X-ray this week to determine the course of his rehab and when he can resume baseball activities.
Florida: 2B Dan Uggla, who finished the weekend tied for the NL lead with 12 homers, has seven in May going into tonight's game against Atlanta. His highest homer total for May was 12 in 2008. He has 18 homers vs. the Braves, his highest total against any team. ... The Braves might be just the team to jump-start LF Chris Coghlan, who went 3-for-22 on the team's recent road trip. Coghlan, batting .210, is a career .396 hitter in 13 games against Atlanta.
Houston: RH reliever Tim Byrdak (right hamstring) was activated from the disabled list, and LH reliever Gustavo Chacin was sent down to Class AAA Round Rock (Texas). ... C Humberto Quintero tweaked his groin in the ninth inning Sunday but said he did not expect to miss any time because of it. "It's a matter of just icing it down," Quintero said. ... 3B Pedro Feliz home run Sunday was the 1,000th homer hit by the Astros since moving from the Astrodome to Minute Maid Park in 2000.
Los Angeles: LF Manny Ramirez does not have a home run in his last 47 at-bats, dating to his game-winning homer April 18 against the Giants. Ramirez opened the season with a .417 average over his first 13 games before going on the disabled list with a calf injury. Since returning on May 8, Ramirez has batted .237 in 13 games. ... OF Garret Anderson got some much needed at-bats last week in the wake of injuries to Ramirez (toe) and RF Andre Ethier (broken finger). Since Ethier went on the disabled list May 15, Anderson has had 17 at-bats and four starts, leading to a 2-for-4 performance Sunday, his first multi-hit game of the year.
Milwaukee: IF/OF Joe Inglett (sprained left ankle) and OF Jody Gerut (heel) didn't play Sunday and will be evaluated today. The Brewers already are playing a man short on the bench by going with a 13-man pitching staff. ... LF Ryan Braun, known for his hitting exploits, is showing that he can be a factor on the bases as well. Braun is 10-for-10 in stolen-base attempts this season and has swiped 14 in a row dating to last season.
New York: RH closer Francisco Rodriguez was operating on fumes Sunday, having thrown 28 pitches in a five-out save Saturday night in the high-pressure spotlight of the Subway Series. His 21st pitch Sunday was a changeup that Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez swung at and missed. "Sometimes I have fans up there watching and almost give them a heart attack," Rodriguez said. "Just take it easy. I know what I'm doing out there." ... 1B Daniel Murphy (right knee) was activated from the disabled list and sent to Class AAA Buffalo.
Philadelphia: C Brian Schneider (left Achilles) was activated from the disabled list Monday, and C Paul Hoover was designated for assignment. Schneider was 0-for-8 with a walk during a three-game rehab assignment at Class AAA Lehigh Valley (Allentown, Pa.) over the weekend. ... LHP Jamie Moyer, who has 99 career wins since turning 40, faces the Mets tonight in New York. Moyer, 47, is 4-2 with a 3.35 ERA in his last six starts but was 0-1 with a 10.80 ERA in two games at Citi Field last year.
Pittsburgh: The developing platoon between OFs Ryan Church and Lastings Milledge continued with Church getting another start in left field. Milledge still does not have a home run, but he ranks third in the NL with a .424 average (14-for-33) with runners in scoring position. "That'll come," Milledge said of the home run. "I hit four home runs in a week once. It'll come as long as I keep tacking on my RBIs and extra-base hits." ... 3B Andy LaRoche (back) was out of the lineup for the third straight game and will be evaluated today. "He's feeling better," manager John Russell said.
St. Louis: RHP Kyle Lohse (right forearm) underwent a battery of tests conducted by Dr. George Paletta, the Cardinals' medical supervisor. While no structural damage was found, Lohse still was instructed to see a specialist in Los Angeles. "They saw something in there, and now we need to talk with a specialist to determine exactly what I'm dealing with here," Lohse told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. ... With Lohse and RHP Brad Penny sidelined by injuries, the Cardinals are likely to have three rookies in their rotation for a while. "If it turns out there's three rookies in the rotation, that's just the way it is," manager Tony La Russa said. "The rookie that's in there now (LHP Jaime Garcia) is one of our best pitchers."
San Diego: 2B David Eckstein was 8-for-15 in the weekend series at Seattle, and Sunday was Eckstein's sixth multi-hit game in his last seven games and his 11th in his last 17 games. Since April 25, Eckstein has hit .349 to raise his batting average from the .236 to .310, with a .412 on-base percentage. Eckstein leads the Padres with 16 multi-hit games on the season. ... RHP Mat Latos allowed just one run on four hits Sunday even though he came down with a migraine headache just before the game. "I'm proud of him," manager Bud Black said. "When he came in and told me he had a migraine headache, he also said he wanted to pitch. He didn't have his best stuff, but overall that was a well-pitched game. Lesson learned. You are not always going to feel 100 percent."
San Francisco: LH reliever Jeremy Affeldt (left hamstring) will be re-examined today before the Giants decide whether to put him on the disabled list. Affeldt was hurt fielding a bunt in the eighth inning Sunday, but he stayed in the game before it became obvious he was ailing. ... RHP Todd Wellemeyer is scheduled to start at home tonight, meaning RHP Tim Lincecum will go on extra rest and start Wednesday. The Giants were considering skipping the struggling Wellemeyer (2-4, 5.71 ERA and coming off a 13-1 loss in Arizona in which he gave up three home runs). What's working in Wellemeyer's favor: He's better at home (3.04 ERA) than on the road (9.35).
Washington: C Ivan Rodriguez, who aggravated a lower back strain with a third-inning swing Saturday, was placed on the disabled list. The team had hoped he'd be able to return after a few days off, but it changed directions before a West Coast trip that starts tonight. The Nationals did not immediately announce a roster replacement, though Wil Nieves figures to assume the regular catching duties. ... C Carlos Maldonado is the top candidate to be called up from Class AAA Syracuse (N.Y.) to take Rodriguez's roster spot. Maldonado, 31, last played in the majors in 2007. He has played 21 big-league games in a couple of stints with the Pirates.