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Postby wrveres » Fri Aug 01, 2003 4:49 am

The Associated Press News Service wrote:
July 31, 2003 AP



DETROIT: The Tigers played Thursday's game without Dmitri Young, who was given the day off. He leads Detroit's offense with a career-high 22 homers and 59 RBIs. ... The Tigers (28-78) are the only team in baseball with fewer than 30 wins, while every other team has at least 40 victories. ... Detroit was 1-8 against Seattle this season and lost seven games in a row.

SEATTLE: Joel Pineiro is 3-0 against the Tigers this season and 5-0 in his career. ... The Mariners got their 13th shutout and the Tigers were shut out for the 12th time, both highs in the majors.

Devil Rays-Blue Jays

TAMPA BAY: RHP Al Levine, traded by the Devil Rays to the Royals during the day, flew with the Devil Rays to Kansas City - Tampa Bay plays at Kansas City this weekend. Levine pitched for the Devil Rays on Thursday afternoon and said he'd be available to pitch for the Royals on Thursday night. "If I pitch, I pitch," Levine said.

TORONTO: 1B Carlos Delgado was the DH for the fourth straight game because of sore knees. DH Josh Phelps played first. ... The Blue Jays have lost 20 of their last 28 games. ... The Blue Jays have won just six of their last 20 home games. ... CF Vernon Wells went 0-for-5, ending his 16-game hitting streak.


BALTIMORE: The Orioles transferred right-hander Willis Roberts from the 15-day to the 60-day DL. Roberts has a slight ligament tear in his right elbow. ... Orioles manager Mike Hargrove said Melvin Mora, who is bothered by a sore left wrist, would be out for a minimum of five more days and "probably closer to 7-to-10."

MINNESOTA: 1B Doug Mientkiewicz has a .490 on-base percentage since being moved to the third spot in the order on July 19. He also made an outstanding diving stop and flip to pitcher Eddie Guardado for the game's final out Wednesday that gained manager Ron Gardenhire's praise. "He saves our lives a thousand times," Gardenhire said. "You can say all you want about big-hitting first basemen. When we're playing well, he's a big part of all we do." ... The Twins gave struggling CF Torii Hunter the day off Thursday. Hunter went 0-for-4 Wednesday and is batting .249. Dustan Mohr took Hunter's spot in center. ... The usually sure-handed Twins have made errors in five consecutive games, their longest streak since last August. Their last streak of more than five games came in May 2002, when they committed errors in seven straight.

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CHICAGO: No White Sox player had faced the Royals' rookie starter, RHP Kyle Snyder, before Thursday night's game. Chicago RHP Esteban Loaiza, meanwhile, made his eighth career start and second of the season against the Royals.

KANSAS CITY: Injured 1B Mike Sweeney took on-field batting practice for the first time since June 18. Sweeney has been on the disabled list since June 26 - retroactive to June 19 - with upper back tightness.


CLEVELAND: The Indians have lost 12 of 15 after dropping two of three in Oakland. ... OF Coco Crisp has a 13-game hitting streak. He's hitting .400 (24-for-60) with six runs scored and three RBIs in the streak. "He had been pressing to hit, and then he really started to buckle down and become very serious about playing every day and hitting," manager Eric Wedge said. "He realized it's a very serious business. He's very diligent about his work ethic, and it's starting to show. He's working on being a very well-rounded player." ... C Tim Laker thinks Jake Westbrook's recent control problems are a result of working too fast. Westbrook couldn't get out of the fifth inning Thursday against Oakland, allowing four hits and four walks. "I thought Jake just rushed everything too much," Laker said. "He needs to settle down out there. He has good stuff. He just needs to use it, and not worry about picking corners."

OAKLAND: OF Jose Guillen, acquired from Cincinnati on Thursday, got to the A's dugout in the third inning on Thursday. Wearing his new No. 6 uniform, Guillen shook hands with his teammates and watched the game. "I appreciated Cincinnati for giving me the opportunity to play, but I'm glad I'll get to play every day now," said Guillen, who's expected to be Oakland's starting right fielder. ... Guillen is a good friend of AL MVP Miguel Tejada, and he played with relievers Ricardo Rincon and Jim Mecir during previous stops in his peripatetic career. ... 2B Mark Ellis has an eight-game hitting streak - the longest of his career. ... The A's begin a three-game series against the Yankees on Friday with their Big Three lined up to face the AL East leaders. Tim Hudson pitches against Mike Mussina in the opener; Barry Zito faces Jeff Weaver in the second game; and Mark Mulder goes against Andy Pettitte in the Sunday finale.

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BOSTON: Newly acquired RHPs Scott Williamson and Jeff Suppan will join the team on Friday in Baltimore. The Red Sox will have to open two roster spots. ...Suppan will take over Ramiro Mendoza's rotation spot Tuesday night against Anaheim. Suppan was due to start on Saturday for the Pirates, and will have a side throwing session on Saturday in Baltimore to keep him on schedule. ...Suppan will become the 25th different Boston pitcher to appear in a game this season. The club record is 26 in 1995. ...Manny Ramirez started at DH for the second straight night to rest a strained quad. Ramirez is day-to-day.

TEXAS: 3B Hank Blalock had his first career stolen base on Wednesday night, and his teammates jokingly presented him with the second base bag. Teammates signed the base and Blalock said he would take it home and display it on his wall. "I'm not a hunter," Blalock said. "Some people have moose heads on their wall. I'm going to have a base.". ... RHP Chan Ho Park will have his ailing ribs and back examined by doctors in Colorado in mid-August. Park has been on the disabled list since June 8.


NEW YORK: Manager Joe Torre said the acquisition of 3B Aaron Boone from Cincinnati doesn't mean the Yankees have lost faith in Drew Henson. "Like a lot of young players, he gets very impatient with himself," Torre said. A former quarterback at Michigan, Henson was a sixth-round draft pick of the Houston Texans. He's been considered the Yankees' third baseman of the future. "I hope he plays baseball, he's got the tools to play baseball," Torre said. Henson is playing for the Yankees' Columbus farm club. ... When informed OF Raul Mondesi was upset with the way he was treated before the Yankees traded him to Arizona earlier this week, Torre replied: "I don't know if being mad at me doesn't mean he was treated fairly." Mondesi also said he didn't like where he was used in the lineup, prompting Torre to say: "He had every opportunity like everybody else to hit in key situations. With this ballclub, I'm proud to say, he had quality people in front of him and behind him." ... The Yankees are left without a proven everyday right fielder, but Torre said he's not concerned. "I think we can get the job done, let's put it that way," Torre said. "I think we have the depth to get the job done." Newcomer David Dellucci played RF on Thursday night. Karim Garcia and Ruben Sierra are others who can play the position.

ANAHEIM: RF Tim Salmon didn't start for the third straight game because of a back injury that occurred while he was taking batting practice Tuesday. Salmon said he felt better and hoped to be back in the lineup Friday night against Toronto. ... Garret Anderson, who usually hits cleanup, hit third Thursday night. Manager Mike Scioscia said Anderson would bat fourth when Salmon returns. ... The Angels made no trades before Thursday's deadline. "It takes two to make a deal," general manager Bill Stoneman said. "A lot of the return we talked about was short-team stuff. When we finished last night, it pretty well looked like nothing was going to happen. We had some calls this morning with some fresh ideas."



ST. LOUIS: The trading deadline passed without Cardinals GM Walt Jocketty taking part in any deals. "For what was being asked, it just didn't make sense, and I don't think it improved us that much," Jocketty said. ... Despite Thursday's 3-2 loss, St. Louis finished its season series with five wins in six games against the Expos. The Cardinals, who swept three straight from Montreal at home from May 2-4, outscored the Expos 32-9 overall this season. ... RHP Woody Williams failed in his bid to become the NL's second 15-game winner. Williams, who had won four straight starts, allowed seven hits and three runs in six innings. "I'd rather give up five runs and win than three and lose," Williams said.

MONTREAL: RF Vladimir Guerrero moved into second place on Montreal's career home run list. Guerrero homered twice Monday to tie new Hall of Famer Gary Carter on the Expos' list, then hit his 221st in the second inning. Guerrero, who returned from a herniated disc on July 21, needs four homers to match Andre Dawson, who played for the Expos from 1976-86. ... RHP Zach Day allowed one run and five hits in six innings in his second start since a stint on the DL caused by a strained right shoulder. Day shattered a pair of Cardinals' bats while inducing consecutive grounders in the first. Drew's broken bat head went flying toward 2B Jose Vidro and Albert Pujols' bat narrowly missed hitting SS Orlando Cabrera. "His location was good and he kept his pitch count to a minimum, and made them hit the ball and we got them out," Expos manager Frank Robinson said.


MILWAUKEE: The Brewers stranded 19 runners the past two games and still won a road series against the Mets. "We missed some opportunities, but the good thing about it is we won three out of four," manager Ned Yost said. "You make do with what you have." ... Milwaukee pitchers had a 2.06 ERA during the series. The bullpen allowed just one earned run in 10 innings. ... With runners at the corners, C Eddie Perez grounded into his third double play in two days to end the fourth. He snapped an 0-for-17 skid with an RBI single in the eighth. ... 3B Wes Helms, in an 0-for-14 slump, was back in the starting lineup after sitting out two games. But he left in the fifth after aggravating his right hamstring. ... Richie Sexson has started all 108 games at first base this season. ... Milwaukee improved to 16-15 in one-run games.

NEW YORK: Manager Art Howe said the Mets will wait until Saturday to decide whether to put LHP Tom Glavine on the disabled list. Glavine left Tuesday night's outing after one inning because of a right ribcage strain, and it sounds as if he probably won't make his next start Sunday against St. Louis. "We're leaning on the safe side," Howe said. "If he's not feeling much better, we'll skip this time. We'll try to keep him away from the DL if at all possible." Glavine did say he felt better after Thursday's game. ... OF Cliff Floyd did not start because of soreness, routine for a day game after a night game. But he must have been itching to grab a bat - Floyd is 7-for-8 lifetime with two homers against Brewers starter Matt Kinney. Floyd pinch-hit in the seventh and struck out against reliever Leo Estrella. ... LHP Jaime Cerda retired all four of his batters in relief, including Geoff Jenkins and Richie Sexson. ... OF Timo Perez batted third for the second time this season. ... Rookie SS Jose Reyes had his fifth three-hit game. ... 2B Marco Scutaro, called up from Triple-A Norfolk before the game, doubled in his first at-bat and finished 1-for-2. He is 3-for-19 this season (.158). ... The Mets dropped to 8-16 in one-run games.


SAN DIEGO: The Padres went 14-12 in July, their first winning month since April 2002. ... San Diego was only 11-24 in day games before beating the Pirates 10-7 Thursday. ... The Padres are 26-26 since Rod Beck became their closer, compared to 16-41 before his arrival from the minors. Beck, who is 14-for-14 in save opportunities, has allowed only one run in his last 11 appearances. ... Padres utilityman Keith Lockhart is on an injury rehabilitation assignment at Triple-A Portland, going 1-for-4 in his first two games. ... GM Keith Towers had several discussions as the trading deadline approached Thursday, but isn't certain how close he was to pulling off a trade. (I have arranged a toilet paper party Kevin. How can you not know? and No Giles? .Tee Pee Party)

PITTSBURGH: Reggie Sanders became one of only six players to hit 20 homers in a season with five different clubs when he homered twice Wednesday night against San Diego. Others who did it were Fred McGriff, Jose Canseco, Dave Winfield, Jack Clark and Bobby Bonds. Sanders also had 20-homer seasons with the Reds, Padres, Diamondbacks and Giants. ... The Pirates went 15-13 in July despite losing two of three to the Padres, giving them their first winning record in the month since 1997. ... Pittsburgh is 11-13 against the NL West, compared to 10-20 last season. The Pirates have nine more games remaining in a 12-game stretch against the NL West.


LOS ANGELES: 3B Adrian Beltre homered in the second inning of Thursday's game. It was the 63rd upper-deck home run in Veterans Stadium history. The last to do so was the Expos' Will Cordero on July 7, 2002, of Carlos Silva. ... IF/OF Jolbert Cabrera - Wednesday's starting 1B - became the first Dodger since Cory Snyder in 1994 to start at six different positions in a single season.

PHILADELPHIA: General manager Ed Wade addressed the team's lack of a move at the trading deadline, saying there were few players available who piqued their interest. "There was one possibility, but in mid-morning it dried up," Wade said. "There was a clear indication by that club that they had someone else." ... Wade also attempted to end speculation that struggling LF Pat Burrell (.200, 13 HRs, 40 RBIs heading into Thursday's game) would be sent down to the minors. "Pat's not going to (AAA) Scranton. I can tell you that flat out," Wade said. "He's our left fielder. Larry Bowa has the flexibility and mix-and-match with (Ricky Ledee) and (Jason) Michaels. ... 1B Jim Thome sat out Thursday with a strained left groin and is listed as day-to-day. It was just the third game Thome has missed this season. Todd Pratt started in his place.


HOUSTON: RHP Rodrigo Rosario will have exploratory surgery Friday in Dallas, hoping to discover the source of his shoulder pain. The Astros' team doctor, David Lintner, recommended the surgery, and Rosario agreed to the surgery after getting a second opinion. Lintner will help perform the arthroscopic procedure. The 25-year-old Rosario has been on the disabled list since June 28 with what initially was diagnosed as tendinitis. The pain hasn't gotten any better, so doctors decided surgery was in order. Rosario (1-0) made two starts for the Astros this season, allowing just one earned run in eight innings. ... RHP Dan Miceli made his first appearance for the Astros, becoming just the second player in major league history to play for teams in four different divisions in one season. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the only other player to accomplish the feat was OF Dave Kingman, who played for the New York Mets, San Diego Padres, California Angels and New York Yankees in 1977. Miceli started this year Colorado (NL West), moved to Cleveland (AL Central) in May and was acquired by the Yankees (AL East) in June. This week, he was sent to Houston (NL Central) for a player to be named or cash. (OMG)

ATLANTA: RHP Paul Byrd is brace-free, though he's still a long way from pitching for the Braves. Byrd was allowed to remove the brace from his arm, about a month after "Tommy John" reconstructive surgery on his pitching elbow. The full recovery is expected to take at least a year, which means Byrd won't rejoin the Braves until the middle of next season at the earliest. A 17-game winner for Kansas City in 2002, Byrd pitched only one inning in spring training for the Braves before a sore elbow shut him down. In April, doctors removed bone chips from the elbow and thought he would be able to return this season. But the pain never subsided, forcing Byrd to undergo a more radical procedure. ... Another sign of Atlanta's success: Since June 1991, the Braves have had a winning record in 62 of 72 months. They've been .500 a couple of times and had a losing record in just eight months during that span. Atlanta went into the final game of July with a 19-8 record, their ninth straight winning month.


SAN FRANCISCO: Giants pitching coach Dave Righetti wasn't surprised the Giants closed the deal for RHP Sidney Ponson after LHP Kirk Rueter couldn't make his start after suffering stiffness in the back of his left shoulder on Thursday. Rueter was supposed to start against the Cubs on Thursday, but was a late scratch after experiencing stiffness in his left shoulder during warm-ups. "I can't answer that, I'm sure it accelerated things, that's just a guess." Rueter didn't talk to reporters after the game - he was already on his way back to San Francisco for an MRI. Rueter was on the disabled list July 9-24 with a strained left shoulder and the shoulder problems is adding to Righetti's worries. "It's definitely recurring, for me it's a red flag," said Righetti. Rueter threw two warm-up tosses off the mound and stopped after feeling stiffness. Giants head athletic trainer Stan Conte was on the phone with Giants general manager Brian Sabean before the Giants made the deal to get Ponson. Conte was trying to give all the details to Sabean regarding Rueter's injury. "The hardest part is to predict where (Rueter) will be the next start or the start after that, but we were discussing other things in regard of the actual trade in itself, for the health standpoint of everyone else," said Conte.

CHICAGO: Mark Prior experienced no discomfort after throwing a simulated game on Thursday. The right-hander is on schedule to return to the Cubs rotation Tuesday against San Diego. Prior was placed on the disabled July 21 with a right shoulder contusion. He is 8-5 with a 3.01 ERA and 150 strikeouts before going down with the shoulder injury prior to the All-Star break. "He was throwing the ball excellent," Cubs manager Dusty Baker said. "He still needs a little feel on the breaking ball but the velocity was good and his location was good. He threw the ball awesome."


COLORADO: RF Larry Walker was back in the Rockies lineup after missing three games with a sore hamstring. He was 0-for-4 and grounded into a double play. ... The Rockies finished July with a winning record for only the second time in the franchise's 11-year history. The went 17-11 in July 1995 and 14-13 this month.

CINCINNATI: Jason LaRue's home run in the bottom of the 10th inning Thursday gave Cincinnati its 12th game-ending hit of the season. The Reds lead the majors with 25 wins in their last at-bats.
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Re: Notes From Thursdays Games

Postby DieHardCubbie » Fri Aug 01, 2003 5:00 am

wrveres wrote:

CHICAGO: Mark Prior experienced no discomfort after throwing a simulated game on Thursday. The right-hander is on schedule to return to the Cubs rotation Tuesday against San Diego. Prior was placed on the disabled July 21 with a right shoulder contusion. He is 8-5 with a 3.01 ERA and 150 strikeouts before going down with the shoulder injury prior to the All-Star break. "He was throwing the ball excellent," Cubs manager Dusty Baker said. "He still needs a little feel on the breaking ball but the velocity was good and his location was good. He threw the ball awesome."

Looks like he is about to be back.... ;-D

I notice you only highlight NL league stuff...wrveres...any bias.... :-?

Thanks for posting though.... ;-)
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Postby d » Fri Aug 01, 2003 5:02 am

Thanks wrveres :-)
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Postby wrveres » Fri Aug 01, 2003 5:04 am

That is so funny you should mention that. When I was posting it tonight, I kept thinking to myself ... damn this is long, I am going to cut out the minor league stuff tomorrow. :-)
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Postby Madison » Fri Aug 01, 2003 5:44 am

Reyes has 5 straight 3 hit games!? :-? Wow, I did not know that. Thanks for the updates Wrveres. ;-D
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