TAMPA BAY: RHP Jorge Sosa struck out eight in 5 1-3 innings Sunday -- a team record for a reliever. ``He belongs in the bullpen,'' manager Lou Piniella said of the right-hander. ``He showed us where to put him.'' ... OF Carl Crawford leads the AL with 38 stolen bases, including 17 in a row. That streak ties the team record sent by Jason Tyner in 2001. Overall, the Devil Rays have been successful on 33 of their last 37 steal attempts. ... DH Aubrey Huff has batted .340 (17-for-50) during a 13-game hitting streak. ... The Devil Rays got two infield hits Sunday and lead the majors with 139. ... An error by 3B Damian Rolls on Sunday was just the Devil Rays' 22nd in their last 52 games. ... The Rays' 13-31 record at Jacobs Field is the second-worst in team history, behind only the 13-38 mark in games played in Oakland. ... Tampa Bay is the youngest team in the majors with an average age of 26.37. Cleveland is second at 27.21.
CLEVELAND: RHP David Riske gave up a tie-breaking homer Sunday in his first appearance as the team's closer -- though not in a save situation. It was the first run he allowed in 11 innings. ``We're going to let David close for a while and see how it goes,'' manager Eric Wedge said. Riske is 2-2 with a 2.51 ERA and 64 strikeouts in 61 innings this season. He switched roles with Danys Baez (0-7, 3.51 ERA), who has seven blown saves in 32 chances. Wedge said he still has confidence in Baez's ability, too. Baez struck out three of the four men he faced in his first outing preceding Riske in the bullpen rotation. ... RHP Bob Wickman said he is scheduled to pitch an inning Tuesday at Double-A Akron. The 34-year-old closer is recovering from elbow surgery. ``Hopefully I can get in 14 to 16 innings this season and get ready for 2004,'' Wickman said. ``I'm throwing the fastball without any pain. I want to see what happens when I cut loose a slider in a game.'' ... Cleveland is 10-5 at home since the All-Star break. ... LHP Terry Mulholland has a win in each of his last two appearances, giving him 10 relief wins in 18 major league seasons. ... The Indians are 7-1 in the last eight games started by C Tim Laker. ... LHP Brian Anderson pinch-ran for DH Travis Hafner in the ninth inning and was technically the DH until Josh Bard pinch-hit for him in the 11th. ... RHP Jake Westbrook has worked into the sixth inning in 11 of 16 starts.
NEW YORK: 3B Todd Zeile was released before Sunday's game against the Orioles. Zeile became expendable when the Yankees acquired All-Star 3B Aaron Boone from Cincinnati on July 31. ``It wasn't a complete surprise. I understand to some degree,'' Zeile said. New York recalled RHP Jorge De Paula from Triple-A Columbus to fill the roster spot. De Paula was 9-10 with a 4.09 ERA in 25 starts at Columbus. ... Alfonso Soriono broke a 1-for-12 slide with a first-inning double Sunday. ... Five of RF Karim Garcia's nine homers this season have come against the Orioles. ... Sunday's shutout was the 21st of Mike Mussina's 12-year career. He has not allowed a run in his last two starts. Mussina is 6-2 with a 3.34 ERA in nine career starts against his former team. ... The Yankees hit eight homers and outscored the Orioles 27-13 in their first four-game sweep in Baltimore since May 2001. ... LF Hideki Matsui's went 0-for-3, ending his nine-game hitting streak.
BALTIMORE: After losing seven in a row, the Orioles get a much-needed day off Monday. ``We've played 21 games in 20 days. Th last seven haven't been good for us, even though we've played well,'' manager Mike Hargrove said. ``It's a good time for a day off.'' ... With 1B Jeff Conine nursing a sore biceps, OF-DH B.J. Surhoff has played five games at 1B since being activated from the disabled list on Tuesday. ... RHP Rick Bauer pitched 3 2-3 innings in relief Sunday, his longest outing of the year. ... The Orioles are 18 1/2 games out of first place, a season high. ... Sunday's sellout of Camden Yards was the third straight and the sixth in 62 home games. ... RHP Rodrigo Lopez suffered his first career loss against the Yankees. In four games he's 1-1 with a 6.62 ERA. ... The Orioles have been blanked eight times. They were shut out 15 times in 2002.
MINNESOTA: OF Dustan Mohr was held out Sunday after going to the hospital with severe heat cramps on Saturday. The temperature in Kansas City both Saturday and Sunday was around 100. Manager Ron Gardenhire said Mohr had IVs and was doing well. ... A third-inning single stretched Cristian Guzman's hitting streak to seen games. ... Twins pitchers Rick Reed, Joe Mays and LaTroy Hawkins did not issue a walk or strike out a batter.
KANSAS CITY: Manager Tony Pena said he wasn't sure what kind of pitch count he would put on RHP Jose Lima for his next start Monday night at New York. Lima went on the DL on Aug. 2 with a groin strain. ... Runelvys Hernandez, who started the season 4-0 but was shelled for nine runs on Saturday night, was sent down to Double-A Wichita. GM Allard Baird said he hoped Hernandez could get straightened out and be back in September. ... Mike Sweeney has hit in eight of nine games since coming off the DL.
BOSTON: The Red Sox, who lead the majors with a .288 team batting average, are hitting .248 in August, when they're 8-9. ... Trot Nixon, who came into Sunday's game in the midst of a 1-for-14 slump on Boston's road trip, went 2-for-3, with his 23rd homer and a double. ... RHP John Burkett retired 11 of the game's first 12 batters. ... The Red Sox completed their road trip with a 3-4 record. ... The Red Sox will pitch RHP Derek Lowe Tuesday night, RHP Tim Wakefield Wednesday night and RHP Pedro Martinez Thursday night against Oakland at Fenway Park.
SEATTLE: Freddy Garcia has surrendered 27 home runs this season, second on the Mariners to Ryan F 29. ... All three games of the Red Sox series were sellouts, giving the Mariners 19 for the season. They had 36 sellouts last season when they led the majors in attendance for the second straight year with 3.5 million fans at Safeco Field. They have 15 home games left in 2003. ... Since the Mariners installed their new, black batter's eye in center field at Safeco Field after the All-Star break, the team is hitting .285 (180-for-631) with 18 homers in 19 games, when they're averaging 5.63 runs per game. Before that, the Mariners hit .259 (400-for-1,047) with 40 homers in 47 games, when they averaged 4.25 runs per game. They were 27-20 at home before the All-Star break. They're 12-7 at Safeco since then. ... All-Star Shigetoshi Hasegawa on Sunday extended his club record scoreless streak as a reliever to 28 2-3 innings with his shutout ninth inning. LHP Mark Langston holds the team record at 34 1-3 innings from Sept. 14-29, 1988.
DETROIT: The Tigers (31-91) would have to go 25-15 the rest of the way just to match last season's 55-106 record. The worst winning percentage in Tigers history was .325, when they finished the 1952 season 50-104. ... Detroit, which began Sunday with a 5.01 team ERA, is trying to avoid finishing at 5.00 or worse for the sixth time in 10 seasons. Prior to this stretch, the staff did not have an ERA of 5.00 or higher since 1953. ... The Tigers have only one home run all season from their center fielders. ... Detroit optioned RHP Chris Mears to Triple-A Toledo after Sunday's loss and will call up LHP Nate Robertson from the Mudhens to start against Texas at Comerica Park. ... C Brandon Inge, who has hit safely in a career-high 10 straight games since being recalled from Triple-A Toledo, Dmitri Young hit better than .300 in each of his first four full major league seasons with Cincinnati. Last year, his first with the Tigers, he was limited to 54 games because of a hernia that required surgery. This year, he has 24 homers and 63 RBIs despite being hampered by a troublesome left Achilles' tendon that has limited him to DH duty. So the Tigers dismal record is the least of his problems. ``I can't speak for the other guys that put on the uniform, but I'm holding up just fine,'' Young said. ``Last year was an injury setback, so I had a lot to prove this year from an individual standpoint. At this particular juncture, you've just got to kind of look out for yourself. Just go out there and play, and hopefully people will feed off your vibes and try to win.'' ... The Tigers are 0-73 when they trail after six innings.
ANAHEIM: All-Star MVP and Home Run Derby champ Garret Anderson, had three hits Sunday to increase his career total to 1,591 and break Brian Downing's franchise record by three. Downing, who played on all three of the Angels' division championship teams, set the previous hits record on June 14, 1989, with a single against Nolan Ryan at Texas -- eclipsing Jim Fregosi's 1,408 hits. It happened the same summer that Anderson won the Los Angeles city championship with Kennedy High School in Granada Hills, Calif. Both Anderson and Downing were born in Los Angeles. The Angels obtained Downing in a six-player deal that sent Bobby Bonds to the White Sox. ``If Brian was proud of that record at all, he didn't let on. For him, everything he did was matter-of-fact,'' recalled former Angels teammate Lance Parrish, now a bullpen coach for the Detroit Tigers. ``Brian was a tremendous competitor who loved the game and played it with everything he had on every play, but he was just very quiet about it. He never really sought the limelight, and I don't think he wanted any accolades. He just came in every day and played hard to help the ballclub win. That's Brian Downing in a nutshell.'' ... Reliever Ben Weber, who sustained a bruised right thumb when he deflected a grounder by Detroit's Kevin Witt with his bare hand in the seventh inning Saturday night, had X-rays that showed no break. ``We'll have to look at it in the next day or two to see where it is. But right now, it doesn't look like anything that's going to be long-term,'' manager Mike Scioscia said on Sunday. ... SS David Eckstein will not accompany the team on its trip to Chicago. He will have an MRI on the inflamed nerve in his lower back. ... RHP Brendan Donnelly will have X-rays on the his non-pitching hand, which was struck by a batted ball while he was shagging flies in the outfield a couple of days ago.
TORONTO: RHP Pete Walker made a rehab start in Syracuse. He was limited to 80 pitches and is expected to rejoin the Blue Jays when they return for a series against the Seattle Mariners beginning Tuesday. Walker, on the DL with a left knee strain since June 4, will throw on the side in Toronto and is tentatively scheduled to start Saturday's game against the Oakland Athletics. ``He's been throwing the ball very well,'' Blue Jays manager Carlos Tosca said. ``There's no pain in his knee and he says he feels good.'' ... RHP Cory Lidle, on the DL since Aug. 5 with a left groin strain, was scheduled to throw on the side in Syracuse to test the injury. After two days off, Lidle will then make a rehab start with a 75-80 pitch limit. ``If he gets through that OK he should be able to come back for his following start.'' ... Tosca thinks that RHP Roy Halladay, who started Sunday's game against reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Barry Zito, is a serious candidate for this year's honor. ``I think he's the Cy Young in both leagues,'' Tosca said. ``He doesn't surprise me any more and I mean that in a good way. His pitch counts are down and he's holding runners on better.'' Halladay was 19-7, with a 2.93 in 34 starts last year. He currently leads the AL in victories.
OAKLAND: RHP Tim Hudson is cautiously optimistic he will make his next start on Thursday in Boston. ``Mentally I want to make it,'' Hudson said. ``I don't want to be moved back. Physically we'll see how the treatment goes once we get to Boston and I can play some catch.'' Hudson, forced out of Saturday's game when he was hit on the top of his right hand by Dave Berg's line drive in the seventh inning, had his bruised right hand wrapped and won't pick up a ball until the team arrives in Boston for the start of a three-game series. ``He had some mild swelling in there but we won't know anything until we get to Fenway Park,'' A's manager Ken Macha said. ``He'll get as much treatment as possible to get the swelling out. I just hope we can stick with scenario No. 1 and have him make his start on Thursday.'' Macha said if Hudson can't go, then RHP Rich Harden will start on Thursday and Hudson would be moved back to Saturday. LHP John Halama would start on Saturday if the injury persists that long. A's trainers have already ruled out the disabled list. ``It was a lot better than I thought it was going to be,'' Hudson said. ``The pain eased as time went on. We'll just have to see how it goes.'' ... OF Terrence Long hit in the leadoff spot for the 11th time this season. He's spent most of the season in the No. 7 spot. Long was the A's primary leadoff hitter in his rookie year in 2000, when he set a rookie record with 104 runs and 168 hits. ``I'm hoping he can give us some of that again,'' Macha said.
CHICAGO: The White Sox look forward to opening a seven-game homestand starting Monday night against Anaheim after an unsuccessful seven-game road trip. The White Sox have won 14 of their last 18 at home and are averaging over 30,000 fans for their last 21 dates at U.S. Cellular Field. ``I just hope we get those same crowds and start rolling,'' manager Jerry Manuel said. ``We knew we'd hit a bump in the road at some point, but the good thing is we're still there.''. ... By dropping the first two games of the three-game series to the Rangers, the White Sox have lost a series to Texas for the first time since Sept. 3-6, 1999. In the previous nine series between the teams, the White Sox had won four and split five.
TEXAS: OF Shane Spencer was back in the lineup after missing two straight games due to a sore calf. ... OF Juan Gonzalez continues to take treatment for the strained right calf that has kept him out since he was placed on the DL on July 23. Gonzalez has a small pocket of fluid in the calf area. Further treatment will be determined in the next few days.
ARIZONA: RHP Curt Schilling hasn't allowed a home run in seven starts and hasn't allowed a run in his last two outings, covering 15 innings. He had 23 strikeouts in those two games. Schilling struck out 12 on Sunday, his seventh game with double-figure strikeouts, and moved past Don Drysdale for 25th place on the career strikeout list with 2,494. ... Arizona 2B Junior Spivey, who came in with a .526 career average against the Braves, was hitless in three at-bats. ... C Rod Barajas was back in the lineup, two days after he was struck on the right thumb by a foul tip. ``He made an amazing recovery,'' manager Bob Brenly said.
ATLANTA: Gary Sheffield singled off Matt Mantei in the ninth, extending his hitting streak to 21 games. ... RHP Greg Maddux will probably get eight more starts this season. He needs to win four to become the first pitcher with at least 15 wins in 16 consecutive seasons. ... Andruw Jones struck out four straight times and Chipper Jones had three Ks, accounting for nearly half of Atlanta's season-high 15 strikeouts. ... The Braves were shut out for only the fourth time this year -- the first since April 19. Their two hits were a season low.
SAN FRANCISCO: RHP Sidney Ponson came within two outs of his first NL win, complete game and shutout, yet ended up with his third loss in three starts with the Giants when closer Tim Worrell allowed a two-out grand slam to Brad Wilkerson in the ninth. Acquired from Baltimore on July 31, Ponson scattered three singles through eight shutout innings before allowing Jose Vidro's one-out double in the ninth. Leading 2-0, he left after walking Vladimir Guerrero and Orlando Cabrera. ``He gave it all he had and he's got nothing to be ashamed of,'' said RF Jose Cruz Jr., who scored both Giants runs. ``I'm sure he wants to get that first win and we want to give it to him.'' ... Worrell has five blown saves this season. ... San Francisco, winless in six games against Montreal this season, played its third straight game without Barry Bonds, who is on bereavement leave to be with his ailing father. The Giants fell to 0-5 on a road trip that was shortened to six games when Thursday's game in New York was postponed because of the blackout. ... CF Marquis Grissom started and went 1-for-5 despite a bruised left hand. Grissom left Saturday's 4-1 loss when he was struck on his left hand by a pitch and sent for X-rays, which revealed no fracture.
MONTREAL: LF Brad Wilkerson's two-out grand slam in the ninth inning was his second of the season and Montreal's third. Wilkerson hit his first career slam off New York's David Cone in a 10-0 win over the Mets on April 11 in Montreal's first of 22 games in Puerto Rico this season. 1B Wil Cordero hit his fourth career slam July 11 off Florida's Brad Penny. ... Wilkerson's slam was Montreal's sixth game-ending homer of the season, and first since Cordero's in a 3-2 win over Philadelphia on May 24. ... It was Dennis Martinez bobblehead day. Martinez, who pitched a perfect game for the Expos in Los Angeles on July 28, 1991, was given a warm ovation when he threw out the ceremonial first pitch, and again when he was introduced to the crowd on the video board during the game.
COLORADO: Tony Womack appeared as a pinch-runner in the ninth inning, marking his 1,000th big league game and his 20th for the Rockies. ... Before his double in the eighth inning, Preston Wilson had been hitless in nine at-bats in the series against the Mets, who drafted him in 1992. ... Todd Helton, with two hits and a walk, is hitting .351 lifetime against New York. ... The Rockies are 20-46 on the road, worst in the NL. ... The Rockies are four games under .500 for the first time since May 25. ... Jason Jennings has lost his last six decisions on the road but is 7-0 at home this season.
NEW YORK: Al Leiter struck out at least 10 for the 14th time in his career. ... Leiter is 4-1 since coming off the DL on July 20. ... Jose Reyes' 16-game hitting streak is not only the second-best ever by a Mets rookie, it is the longest on the team this season (Jason Phillips hit in 14 straight July 12-26). ... Roger Cedeno was charged with a caught stealing in the eighth inning, ending the Mets' streak of 19 straight successful steals. Cedeno was safe on an error. ... The Mets tied the all-time series with Colorado at 48-48 since the Rockies entered the NL in 1993. ... Leiter has won his last seven starts against Colorado.
HOUSTON: The Astros went 2-5 on their trip to Chicago and Cincinnati, largely because of a failing offense. Jeff Kent singled Sunday, extending his hitting streak to 12 games, but everyone else has been inconsistent. Jeff Bagwell went 6-for-21 on the trip, Lance Berkman was 2-for-23, Craig Biggio was 4-for-24, Adam Everett went 4-for-23 and Richard Hidalgo was 2-for-20. The one-run loss Sunday was typical for the trip. ``When you have runners out there and the right people hitting, at least you had your chance,'' manager Jimy Williams said. ... Biggio got a day off. Colin Porter made his second start in center and went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. ... Bagwell hit a solo homer in the first inning, his 28th of the season. He has 25 career homers in Cincinnati, his best total for any road city. ... Closer Billy Wagner has pitched 19 2-3 scoreless innings in his last 18 appearances. His career best is 23 consecutive scoreless innings in 1999. ... The Astros are 11-3 against the Reds this season. Their best marks against Cincinnati came in 1966 and 1986, when they went 14-4.
CINCINNATI: 3B Brandon Larson aggravated his sore left shoulder while diving for a ball Saturday and was out of the lineup for the final game of the series. He's scheduled to have tests Monday. He went on the disabled list at Triple-A Louisville with tendinitis in the shoulder earlier this season, and is concerned that it's not healing. ``I just kind of reaggravated it back to where it was,'' said Larson, hitting .101. ``It's been nagging me all year. It's pretty sore right now.'' ... SS Barry Larkin is expected back in the lineup Tuesday, one week after his last appearance. Larkin aggravated scar tissue from a hernia operation in 2001. ... RHP Paul Wilson (7-10) gave up five hits in six innings to win for the first time since July 27, the day before the Reds fired their manager and general manager and started trading players to cut payroll. Cincinnati is 9-10 overall since the firings.
SAN DIEGO: LHP Oliver Perez, hit on the left forearm by a groundball Friday night, should be ready to start Thursday against the Mets. ... 3B Sean Burroughs, hit on the right ankle by a line drive last Tuesday at Atlanta, is expected back in the lineup Tuesday. ... Count San Diego manager Bruce Bochy among those impressed with the Marlins. ``They're doing all the right things,'' Bochy said. ``They're getting clutch hitting and their pitching is outstanding.''
FLORIDA: LHP Mark Redman didn't let the birth of his daughter prevent him from watching his team win Friday and Saturday night. Redman's wife, Brandi, gave birth to Riley Elaine Redman at 7:55 on Friday night. ``The doctor and I were both watching the game, then we turned the television off when the baby was coming,'' Redman said. ``About an hour after the birth, we turned the game back on. I was cheering just like I was in the dugout.'' Both Redman and his wife watched Saturday night's game from the hospital. Redman makes his next start Wednesday at Colorado. ... Manager Jack McKeon wasn't at all disappointed with Dontrelle Willis' no-decision in Saturday's 6-3 win over San Diego. Willis (11-3), who hasn't won since Aug. 6 at St. Louis, left trailing 3-1 after six innings. ``He's had so many good outings he was due for a couple of rough ones,'' McKeon said. ``But for some reason our club usually wins when he pitches.'' The Marlins are 15-4 when Willis starts. ... LHP Tommy Phelps, on the 15-day DL with left elbow tendinitis, had an MRI exam Friday. It showed some fluid in the elbow, but Phelps hopes to be back by September.
MILWAUKEE: Manager Ned Yost wasn't even aware he'd been ejected from Sunday's game against the Pirates. He walked the length of the dugout and hollered at umpire Sam Holbrook after Richie Sexson was called out at first to complete a double play. ``I went down to the end of the bench and said, 'Bear down and get the play right,''' Yost said. ``I was walking back and he threw me out right then and there. Nobody saw it.'' Yost then went onto the field to argue with Holbrook. ... Broadcaster Bob Uecker is recuperating from double knee replacement surgery. In his absence, injured players are helping out on the radio broadcasts. Wes Helms took a turn while the Brewers were in Philadelphia and Glendon Rusch sat in the booth for Saturday's game in Pittsburgh.
PITTSBURGH: Reliever Julian Tavarez has been pitching effectively and some opponents suspect he's applying a foreign substance to the baseball. The San Francisco Giants claimed Tavarez has a supply of pine tar on his soiled cap. Tavarez said he's not guilty. ``I just like a dirty hat,'' he said. ... The Pirates had a Charlie Brown bobblehead doll giveaway Sunday. The ceremonial first pitch was thrown out by Charlie Brown, an attorney who is a longtime Pirates' season ticket holder. ... The Pirates are 20-15 in their last 35 home games after starting the season 8-21 at home. They have just two homestands remaining. ... The Pirates played a man short after Saturday's trade of 1B Randall Simon to the Cubs. They will add a player in time for Tuesday's game in St. Louis.
LOS ANGELES: RHP Eric Gagne converted his 41st straight save, the longest streak to start a season in major league history. Jose Mesa, who had 38 straight saves to open the 1995 season for Cleveland, held the previous record. Gagne has saved 49 in a row dating to last Aug. 28, the second-longest streak in big league history behind Tom Gordon, who converted 54 in a row for Boston from 1998-99. Gagne's last blown save was Aug. 26, 2002, against Arizona. ... LHP Kazuhisa Ishii will throw in the bullpen again Tuesday and, depending on how that goes, to batters Thursday. ``It's kind of where we expected him to be,'' manager Jim Tracy said. Ishii is on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained knee ligament. ... 3B Adrian Beltre has been traditionally tough in August, and this year is no different. He leads the majors with 19 RBIs for the month. ``You can see the confidence rising with every at-bat,'' Tracy said.
CHICAGO: The Cubs optioned 1B Hee Seop Choi and OF David Kelton to Triple-A Iowa. The moves were made to make room for OF Tom Goodwin, who's expected to come off the disabled list this week, and 1B Randall Simon, acquired in a trade with Pittsburgh on Saturday. Manager Dusty Baker said Choi is still the team's first baseman of the future, but he's been struggling and needs to get at-bats -- which isn't going to happen with Simon and Eric Karros at first. ... Simon went 1-for-4 in his Cubs debut. ... Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne sang during the seventh-inning stretch, drawing cheers and chants from the crowd. Other distractions came from the jets at a nearby air show that repeatedly buzzed the ballpark.
ST. LOUIS: The Cardinals optioned LHP Pedro Borbon to Triple-A Memphis and purchased the contract of LHP Jason Pearson from Memphis. Pearson was 3-4 with a 3.30 ERA at Memphis. He appeared in two games with San Diego in 2002 -- his only experience in the majors. ... C Mike Matheny, mired in an 0-for-14 slump, wasn't in the starting lineup. ... Albert Pujols has a hit in his first at-bat nine times during his 30-game hitting streak -- and six times in his final at-bat. ... The Cardinals were 3-for-21 with runners in scoring position in the first two games of the series.
PHILADELPHIA: The Phillies played their first Sunday night game at Veterans Stadium since Sept. 1, 1996. ... INF Nick Punto was sent down to Triple-A Scranton to make room for Sunday's starter, Amaury Telemaco. ... Telemaco, who hadn't pitched in the majors since July 16, 2001, was 10-9 with a 3.24 ERA at Scranton and won his last four starts. ... Dan Plesac came in tied with Kent Tekulve for fourth place on the career appearances list with 1,050. Hoyt Wilhelm is third with 1,070.