Aug. 5, 2003,AP wrote:Notes From Tuesday's Games
ANAHEIM: The Angels scored five runs in the first two innings after scoring a total of 15 in their previous 10 games. They had two runs or fewer in nine of them. ... Adam Kennedy's homer in the second inning was Anaheim's ninth in 15 games. He has five of them. ... Scott Spiezio also homered in the inning, batting left-handed. Only one of his 11 homers this year was hit right-handed. ... Tuesday was the 39th anniversary of Angels' pitcher Dean Chance's 1-0 win over Baltimore. It was among his six 1-0 wins in 1964 as the Angels set a club record with 28 shutouts.
BOSTON: The Red Sox claimed 1B-OF David McCarty off waivers from Oakland and placed DH Jeremy Giambi on the 15-day disabled list with tendinitis in his left shoulder. ... After going 2-4 on a road trip to Texas and Baltimore, the Red Sox opened a seven-game homestand. Starting with Tuesday night's game, 30 of their last 52 games are at Fenway Park. ... Boston has been a much better hitting team at home. Going into the game, the Red Sox were batting .326 at Fenway and .264 on the road. ... Of the 25 players on Boston's roster after McCarty was picked up, 15 were not with the team last season. And RHP Jeff Suppan, who started the game, is the 25th pitcher to appear for the Red Sox this year. The team record of 26 was set in 1995.
TEXAS: The Rangers came into Yankee Stadium after a three-game sweep of Cleveland, their third sweep of the season (all in three-game series). ... Texas had won four straight against the Yankees and led the season series 4-2. ... The Rangers swept a three-game set in New York May 16-18. ... SS Alex Rodriguez appeared in his 500th consecutive game, making him the 35th player in major league history to appear in 500 or more games in a row. ... Rodriguez is second among active players in consecutive games played behind Oakland SS Miguel Tejada, who had played in 543 straight entering Tuesday night. ... Rodriguez last missed a game on July 24, 2000. ... Rodriguez had also homered in four straight games, one shy of the club record set earlier this season by Carl Everett (April 14, 16-20). ... DH Rafael Palmeiro had homered in the last three games, and moved up to 15th on the career list with 517, four from tying Hall of Famers Willie McCovey and Ted Williams.
NEW YORK: LF Hideki Matsui, technically a rookie despite 10 seasons in Japan's major leagues, leads all big league rookies with 78 RBIs, the most for a Yankees rookie since 1996 when SS Derek Jeter had 78 and won the AL Rookie of the Year Award. ... Besides Jeter, three Yankees have led AL rookies in RBIs - Tony Lazzeri with 114 in 1926, Joe DiMaggio with 125 in 1936 and Billy Johnson with 93 in 1943. ... The Yankees were 43-8 when they outhit their opponents, contrasted to 2002 when they were 79-3. ... The Yankees had five grand slams this season but none since Matsui's on June 28 against the Mets. ... Thanks to the recent spate of trades, the Yankees had already used 40 players this season, two more than all of last year. The club record is 50 in 1989.
OAKLAND: Scott Hatteberg played first base after being given a game off and a five-game stint as the designated hitter to rest his strained groin. Manager Ken Macha didn't consider relegating him to DH duties for another game after Comerica Park was soaked by rain Tuesday afternoon. "I've been assured he's 100 percent," Macha said. ... Macha said RHP Jim Mecir, on the 15-day DL with an injured right knee, might pitch Sunday at Triple-A Sacramento and could rejoin the A's when they return home next week. ... Oakland lost 33-year-old OF David McCarty, a productive minor league player, to Boston on waivers Tuesday. "I'm glad for him because he's a pro and a gentleman," Macha said. "I can't say I wish him luck, though."
DETROIT: Alan Trammell has not been a rah-rah, in-your-face manager this season, but he did pull his team together for a meeting during its last series in Minnesota. "The one thing that bothers me is sloppiness," Trammell said he told the team. "Getting beat is one thing, but giving games away ticks me off." Trammell said he told his young players, again, that they shouldn't take the opportunities they're getting for granted. "Every one of them will not be back next year," he said. ... Dmitri Young was in left field after resting his sore Achilles' tendons the previous four games. ... A.J. Hinch will be given an opportunity to play regularly as the Tigers continue their search for a catcher. "A.J. is going to get a chance to catch more than the others for now," Trammell said. Hinch was on the DL from July 17-Aug. 3.
SEATTLE: Closer Kazuhiro Sasaki will rejoin the club in Cleveland on Wednesday. Sasaki, sidelined since June 6 with broken ribs, was scheduled to pitch one inning Tuesday night on a rehab assignment for Class-A Everett of the Northwest League. "What we're looking for is for him to feel comfortable out there and to have some sort of velocity," manager Bob Melvin said. "The big thing is to make sure he feels good." ... Melvin said he spoke with 3B Jeff Cirillo, who said his right shoulder is "feeling better." Cirillo is eligible to be activated from the DL on Friday, but Melvin said the team probably will not make a move until it returns to Seattle on Aug. 11. "One of the parameters of his rehab is being able to play third," Melvin said. "Jeff is doing that." ... Melvin hopes 1B John Olerud can keep hitting on the road. Olerud went 13-for-41 (.317) with four homers and 19 RBIs on the Mariners' 12-game homestand, their longest this season. "What John has done has solidified the lineup," Melvin said. "He is providing great protection for Edgar (Martinez) and is just making everyone around him that much better."
CLEVELAND: OF Milton Bradley appears to have gotten off easy. Bradley went into a tirade last week in Oakland, throwing his bat and helmet in the direction of plate umpire Bruce Froemming and having to be restrained after being ejected. Bradley could have drawn a suspension, but Indians manager Eric Wedge said he was informed that Bradley was only fined by Major League Baseball for his outburst. It was just the latest problem involving Bradley, whose solid season - he was tied for second in the AL in hitting - has included several on-field altercations. "When things don't work out, he's got to handle it," Wedge said. ... OF Matt Lawton is close to returning from the disabled list after being sidelined for nearly a month with a dislocated right finger. Lawton took early batting practice and will begin a minor league rehab assignment Wednesday at Double-A Akron. ... Bradley entered leading the AL in on-base percentage (.434). The last Indians player to lead the league for a season was Mike Hargrove (.432) in 1981.
MINNESOTA: OF Jacque Jones started his seventh game at DH since reinjuring his groin July 27. "He says he feels good, but he said he felt good right after the All-Star break, too, and then it came back out," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He can DH for a little while. We need his bat in the lineup." ... The Twins came in 12-6 since trading Bobby Kielty for Shannon Stewart on July 16. Stewart had at least one hit in 14 of the 18 games, including 11 multihit games. "I'm just trying to have good at-bats. If I do, good things are going to happen," Stewart said. ... Stewart's arrival appears to have perked up the offense. The Twins scored five or more runs 13 times in the first 18 games after the All-Star break; they scored at least five in only seven of the prior 20 games. ... LHP Kenny Rogers entered as the only Minnesota pitcher to allow at least five hits in every start this season. ... Michael Restovich went hitless Sunday and Monday after a five-game hitting streak. Restovich has appeared in all eight games since being recalled from Triple-A Rochester on July 28.
BALTIMORE: The Orioles placed Melvin Mora on the 15-day disabled list with a hand injury, retroactive to Aug. 1, and recalled OF Jack Cust from Triple-A Ottawa. It is Cust's third call-up of the season, but he had not appeared in any games. ... Brian Roberts' errant throw Monday was only his third error in 63 games this season. Roberts made 19 errors in the first 88 games of his career, from 2001-02. ... Jeff Conine went hitless Sunday and Monday, the first time he failed to get a hit in consecutive games since going 0-for-11 from July 11-13. ... Jason Johnson started after allowing nine earned runs in 11 innings over his last two outings. Johnson seemed to return to his early season form in the previous two starts, when he allowed just one earned run and struck out 12 in 15 innings.
Blue Jays-Devil Rays
TORONTO: OF Frank Catalanotto left the team to see a doctor in Texas for an undisclosed matter. Manager Carlos Tosca said it's not a situation where Catalanotto would go on the disabled list. "It's nothing like that," Tosca said. "He'll be fine. He's going to try and get back (Wednesday), but it's a day game so it may be difficult for him." ... Tosca said C Greg Myers, hit by a foul ball in the right biceps last weekend, remains unavailable. ... Dave Berg replaced Josh Phelps as the DH. Phelps was hitless in seven at-bats against Tampa Bay starter Jorge Sosa. ... RHP Pete Walker (right shoulder) allowed one hit in a rehabilitation start for Triple-A Syracuse on Monday.
TAMPA BAY: Manager Lou Piniella has spoken with DH Ben Grieve, who is recuperating at home after undergoing season-ending surgery to remove a rib last Thursday. The surgery was done as part of a treatment program for a blood clot in Greive's upper right arm. "He's getting along good," Piniella said. "He's home. He'll be resting for about three weeks." ... There has been speculation the Devil Rays might drop LHP Joe Kennedy from the rotation if he keeps struggling. Wednesday's scheduled starter is 0-3 with a 6.55 ERA in five starts since returning from a left shoulder injury. "I'd like to see him pitch well and leave it at that," Piniella said. ... Blue Jays manager Carlos Tosca said Devil Rays CF Rocco Baldelli would be his choice for AL Rookie of the Year because of "his impact on the game ... each game," Tosca said. "Offensively, defensively and running the bases."
KANSAS CITY: 1B Mike Sweeney remained on the disabled list after rejoining the team following a minor league rehabilitation stint. The Royals had planned to activate Sweeney in time for Monday's game, but he said the stiffness in his upper back that has kept him out since June 19 returned Monday afternoon. Sweeney said the back felt better Tuesday, though no timetable was given for his return to action. ... Bullpen coach Tom Gamboa was hit in the side by a batting-practice line drive Monday and taken for X-rays. Gamboa was the team's first base coach last September when he was attacked in Chicago by a father and son during a game. The son received probation and the father, William Ligue Jr., is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday. ... The Royals came in 33-14 against AL Central teams, the best record of any major league club within its own division. ... SS Angel Berroa had played in 43 consecutive games without making an error and needed six home runs to tie the club record for shortstops of 21 set by Jay Bell in 1997.
CHICAGO: Starter Jon Garland was pulled from Monday's 13-9 loss in the sixth inning despite throwing just 79 pitches. The White Sox were leading 6-3 at the time, and Garland was visibly upset at being removed. He did not speak to reporters after the game. Manager Jerry Manuel said Garland has a history of losing big leads, which he explained to the right-hander after the game. "Jon is sometimes one of those guys who, if you're winning 1-0, it's going to stay 1-0. But if you're winning 9-2, it might be 9-8. Sometimes that's tough when you're trying to put a team away," Manuel said. ... The White Sox had homered in 16 consecutive home games, a franchise record. ... Manuel doesn't expect the White Sox to make any more major changes to their roster. Chicago traded for Roberto Alomar, Carl Everett and reliever Scott Schoeneweis before the trade deadline. "I think we're in pretty good shape," Manuel said.
PITTSBURGH: The Pirates have lost 26 of their last 36 games against the Giants, losing the season series for five straight years. In their trip to San Francisco last season, Tuesday starter Kip Wells gave up Barry Bonds' 600th homer - but at least the Pirates won the game. ... The Pirates recalled former Giants RHP Ryan Vogelsong from Triple-A Nashville on Tuesday. Vogelsong, acquired two years ago in the deal that sent Jason Schmidt to San Francisco, went 10-7 with a 4.45 ERA in Nashville. ... Only four NL teams have won more games than Pittsburgh since June 14: Atlanta, Florida, Philadelphia and San Francisco.
SAN FRANCISCO: Neifi Perez will be an everyday player while SS Rich Aurilia is recovering from his emergency appendectomy, and he's thrilled. Perez has been a backup for Aurilia and 2B Ray Durham all season, and he has chafed over the lack of playing time. "It's tough to play so little and then come in full time," Perez said. "I'm glad I'm on a good team. Second base is actually easier for me than shortstop to play, but at least now I can count on getting at least four at-bats a game. This year, anybody on this team has to be ready to play with anybody else because of the injuries." Perez played second base on Tuesday night, joining Cody Ransom in an unlikely double-play combination. ... Durham should start at second base on Wednesday night after resting his hamstrings, which forced him to miss the final two games of San Francisco's road trip. ... RHP Dustin Hermanson will start for the Giants on Saturday. After that, manager Felipe Alou has no idea who will take that spot in the rotation. It could be Kirk Rueter, if his shoulder feels good enough; Jim Brower, who has shuttled in and out of the rotation for months; or Hermanson again.
ATLANTA: Milwaukee fans haven't forgotten RF Gary Sheffield, who played for the Brewers from 1988-91. As he was announced stepping to the plate in the first inning, he was booed. ... RHP Greg Maddux (10-8, 4.40 ERA) makes his 26th start Wednesday. He hasn't faced the Brewers this season. He was 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA in two starts last year and 6-2 with a 1.43 ERA in 10 career starts against Milwaukee.
MILWAUKEE: The Brewers hope to forget a dismal 10-game road trip that dropped their record to a season-worst 23 games below .500. They lost the first three games to Colorado, but then took three of four from the New York Mets before losing three to Montreal. ... LHP Wayne Franklin (7-8, 5.16 ERA) makes his 25th start of the season on Wednesday. It will be his fourth career appearance and second start against Atlanta this season. He got a no-decision in a 3-2 loss to the Braves April 26 at Turner Field.
NEW YORK: In the Mets' two previous games, they totaled 36 hits and 22 runs. The last time they had more than 36 hits in back-to-back games was April 29-30, 2000, at Colorado.
HOUSTON: General manager Gerry Hunsicker said injured RHP Roy Oswalt would not have surgery on his strained right groin and would instead go into a physical therapy program. Oswalt, who has been on the disabled list since July 30, will rehab with hopes of returning by Sept. 1. ... RHP Pete Munro has cleared waivers and was outrighted to New Orleans. Munro was 3-4 with a 4.67 ERA, mostly as a reliever. He allowed 28 earned runs and 26 walks while striking out 27 in 54 innings.
FLORIDA: LHP Dontrelle Willis, who won his 10th game in his last start July 30 at Arizona, will oppose fellow rookie RHP Dan Haren on Wednesday in the second game of the series. Willis is one victory shy of the franchise rookie record for victories (11) set by Brian Meadows in 1998. Willis is 5-1 with a 3.12 ERA in seven career road starts. ... The Marlins, who began a six-game trip, have been .500 or better in each of their last four trips. ... RHP Brad Penny, Tuesday's starter, is the third Marlins pitcher to make 100 starts. He joins Ryan Dempster (121) and Pat Rapp (115). ... In the last 13 games, Marlins starters had a 2.71 ERA and had worked six or more innings 10 times. ... The Marlins' bullpen entered the game with a 17 1-3 inning scoreless streak dating to July 26.
ST. LOUIS: CF Jim Edmonds returned to the lineup after missing nine games with an injured right shoulder. He had played in only four of 17 games since the All-Star break. ... OF-C Eli Marrero, who went on the DL with ankle surgery on May 13, could begin a rehab assignment this weekend. Manager Tony La Russa thought Marrero would need a week to 10 days to get back in playing form, and also said he believed Marrero would be able to catch when he returned. ... RHP Matt Morris, on the DL with a broken hand since July 22, is "maybe a little ahead of schedule," La Russa said. The original timetable was that Morris would be out 3-to-6 weeks. ... LHP Pedro Borbon, whose contract was purchased from Triple-A Memphis on July 28, allowed five runs in one inning Sunday at New York. La Russa said the only reason Borbon was still with the team was the damage came against right-handed hitters in a blowout loss. "It was worse than shaky - earthquake bad," La Russa said. "If he had been beat up like this by left-handers he probably wouldn't be here today."
PHILADELPHIA: 3B David Bell experienced some dizziness while taking ground balls before Tuesday's game. Bell is on the DL with a strained lower back. "The problem was he took his medication without eating anything," manager Larry Bowa said. "He felt some dizziness and came off the field." Bowa said there were no plans yet for a rehab assignment for Bell. ... OF Bobby Abreu has hit safely in 16 of his last 18 games and was in the lineup despite being in some pain. Abreu hurt his lower back sliding into second base last Saturday in the second game of the doubleheader with San Diego. "It was just a matter if he could stand some pain," Bowa said. "He might not be 100 percent, but he's good enough to play." ... The Phillies are 15-10 since Marion Byrd moved into the leadoff spot. ... RHP Jose Mesa, who has lost his closer role, threw off the mound. Mesa has been reached for nine runs and 10 hits over 2 1-3 innings in his past five appearances. "He did some good things," Bowa said. "He's not happy with the way things have gone, but we'll have to wait and see." ... Jimmy Rollins and Todd Pratt took early batting practice. ... Bowa has mixed feelings about Coors Field. "I wouldn't want to come in here nine times a year," Bowa said. "You get a lot of runs here, but the last time we were here, neither team scored."
COLORADO: RF Larry Walker was out of the lineup. He has one hit in his last 16 at-bats. "He was awful beat up after the collision (with Preston Wilson last Saturday) and walking somewhat gingerly Sunday and I know he's had some headaches," manager Clint Hurdle said. "Larry came in today and told me he's ready to play so he'll be available in any capacity tonight." ... RHP Shawn Chacon is 7-1 with a 4.21 ERA in 10 starts at home and 4-4 with a 3.79 in 10 road starts. Chacon had allowed only a run and six hits over his previous two starts covering 14 innings. "It's more important for the team to get a win tonight than for Shawn Chacon to get a win tonight," Hurdle said. "He's pitched extremely well with nothing to show for it." ... Chris Stynes and Garrett Atkins will split to time at third base. Atkins was called up from Triple-A Colorado Springs, where he was hitting .320. "We're going to mix and match them a little bit," Hurdle said. "Chris Stynes is in uncharted waters as far as at-bats (311) and games played (99) and we want to keep him strong and get Atkins involved with the situation at third base."
MONTREAL: Expos starters have earned the win in four straight games for the first time in more than three years. Dustin Hermanson, Mike Thurman, Mike Johnson and Javier Vazquez won four starts in a row for Montreal from July 20-23, 2000.
ARIZONA: The Diamondbacks returned to Bank One Ballpark on Tuesday for just their fourth home game since the All-Star Break. Arizona opened the second half with an eight-game road trip, came home for three against Los Angeles and went back to the road for six more. ... In light of the Los Angeles Dodgers' firing of hitting instructor Jack Clark, Arizona manager Bob Brenly gave a vote of confidence to his hitting coach, Dwayne Murphy, before the game. "We just need to come out after the national anthem and start hitting," said Brenly, whose team has scored three or fewer runs in 13 of its last 15 games. ... Two of Arizona's three scheduled starters against Montreal, Randy Johnson and Miguel Batista, at one time pitched for the Expos.
CINCINNATI: Pitching coach Don Gullett can't walk into Dodger Stadium anymore without waxing nostalgic about the Reds-Dodgers rivalry of the 1970s, when they were NL West rivals and finished 1-2 in six consecutive seasons. "I wouldn't trade anything for it because we had a lot of fun," said Gullett, who helped pitch the Big Red Machine to five division championships and back-to-back World Series titles. "Every pitch and every play meant something, so it was always nonstop tension from the first pitch to the final out of the game. It's hard to find baseball games like that nowadays." ... RHP Joe Valentine was called up from Triple-A Louisville, six days after he was acquired from Oakland with RHP Aaron Harang and RHP Joe Bruksch in a trade that sent OF Jose Guillen to the Athletics. Valentine takes the roster spot that opened up when RHP Jimmy Haynes was placed on the 15-day DL. ... Freddie Benevides, the Reds' minor league infield coordinator, joined Cincinnati's coaching staff to work with the infielders while Ray Knight concentrates on his duties as 3B coach and hitting coach. The Reds had to wait for permission from Major League Baseball before Benevides could suit up during games and sit in the dugout. ... RHP Scott Sullivan, on the DL because of shoulder tendinitis, threw 30 pitches in a simulated game on Tuesday and did not experience any discomfort. "He had real good stuff. I saw enough stuff to get people out right now," Gullett said. "I'm very pleased with where he is right now. We'll re-evaluate him tomorrow and see how he feels, and then we'll make a determination whether he'll have another simulated game Thursday, or whether we'll activate him."
LOS ANGELES: Utilityman Ron Coomer was activated from the DL after being sidelined since July 11 with a jaw problem that caused him headaches. To make room, LHP Scott Mullen was designated for assignment. Mullen made his first major league start on Sunday in Atlanta because of LHP Kazuhisa Ishii's sprained left knee, allowing three runs over three innings after being staked to a 4-0 lead.
CHICAGO: Cubs manager Dusty Baker said Padres closer Rod Beck hasn't changed since he managed the right-hander with the San Francisco Giants in the early-to-mid 1990s. "He's the same `Shooter' now as when I met `Shooter,"' Baker said, referring to Beck by his nickname. ... Beck started this season at the Cubs' Triple-A affiliate, Iowa, where he lived in his RV parked beyond the outfield fence. The Padres signed him on June 1, and Beck has converted all 15 save chances.
SAN DIEGO: 2B Mark Loretta is batting .363 (87-for-240) since May 27. ... RF Phil Nevin has hit safely in eight of 10 games since being reinstated from the DL on July 23. He's hit three homers and driven in nine runs in 10 games
sorry I missed yesterday but there was no Real Games anyways ..