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Postby wrveres » Mon Aug 04, 2003 6:39 am

Aug. 3, 2003 AP wrote:
AMERICAN LEAGUE

Red Sox-Orioles

BOSTON: The Red Sox activated RHP Jeff Suppan, who was acquired Thursday from Pittsburgh. OF Lou Collier was designated for assignment to make room for Suppan, who is scheduled to make his debut with Boston on Tuesday. ... Fourteen of the last 15 runs the Red Sox have scored, including all seven on Sunday, have come as a result of home runs. ... Eighteen of Trot Nixon's 21 homers have come in his last 49 games, after he hit only three in his first 48 games. ... Tim Wakefield became the ninth Red Sox pitcher to win 100 games. Nine of the wins have come against the Orioles. ... When a bolt of lightning and a loud thunderclap reverberated through the stadium in the bottom of the seventh inning, 2B Todd Walker almost ran from the field. "I was ready to jump through the dugout, out the door and see you later. It sounded like it was right above my head, like someone was taking cannon shots at me," Walker said. ... 1B David Ortiz had his third two-homer game of the year and fifth of his career. ... 3B Bill Mueller is hitting .364 (39-for-107) in his last 30 games with 10 homers and 28 RBIs. Fifty-three of his 112 hits have gone for extra bases, including 11 of his last 17. ... All four of Doug Mirabelli's homers this year have been against right-handers.

BALTIMORE: Of the 77 runs Orioles starter Rick Helling has allowed this season, 41 have come via home runs. Helling has given up at least one homer in 16 of his 22 starts. ... 2B Brian Roberts has reached base safely in 57 of his 62 (92 percent) games. ... Newly acquired LHP Damian Moss will make his Orioles and AL debut Monday against Minnesota. "I've pitched against the American League in interleague. I'm not nervous at all," he said Sunday. "I'm actually looking forward to it." ... RHP Kerry Ligtenberg allowed four homers in his 42 appearances before yielding two Sunday. ... The Orioles are 4-4 against the Red Sox after going 6-13 against them last year.


Tigers-Twins

DETROIT: The Tigers activated C A.J. Hinch from the 15-day disabled list. He'd been out since July 17, when he left a game in Chicago with a pulled groin. To make room, Detroit optioned OF Andres Torres to Triple-A Toledo. Torres is batting .217 in 138 at-bats this season. Hinch was in the starting lineup, catching and batting eighth. ... Tigers manager Alan Trammell said Saturday the team has no plans to pull Jeremy Bonderman (4-15) and Mike Maroth (6-15) from the starting rotation to make sure they don't lose 20 games. "They want to pitch," Trammell said. "It might make them stronger down the road - that's the way we feel today. We think that's the best way to handle it." No major league pitcher has lost 20 games since Oakland's Brian Kingman went 8-20 in 1980. ... The Tigers were missing two coaches. Third-base coach Juan Samuel left the team to join his wife as she gives birth to the couple's first child, and bench coach Kirk Gibson left to attend a funeral. Bullpen coach Lance Parrish filled in at third base.

MINNESOTA: The Twins sent outfielder Lew Ford to their training facility in Ft. Myers, Fla., to continue therapy and rehabilitation on his broken right arm. He's been sidelined by the hairline fracture since July 20. ... OF Shannon Stewart is hitting .428 with three home runs, nine RBIs and 15 runs scored since the Twins acquired him from Toronto on July 16. ... SS Cristian Guzman was caught attempting a straight steal of home with two outs in the fourth inning of Saturday's 9-2 loss to the Tigers. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire blamed the play on a miscommunication between the bench and Guzman. "It pretty much shocked everybody when it happened," Gardenhire said. Rich Becker was the last Twins player to pull off a straight steal of home, on Sept. 27, 1997.


Indians-Rangers

CLEVELAND: The Indians will honor hitting coach and 2003 Hall of Fame inductee Eddie Murray before Tuesday's game against Seattle. SS Omar Vizquel and general manager Mark Shapiro will address the crowd. The club will also present Murray with a $10,000 donation to the Eddie Murray Fund for the research and prevention of kidney ailments. ... The Indians have 13 rookies on their 25-man roster - including six in the starting lineup Sunday. There were just three on the opening day roster. ... Vizquel needs just 15 hits to reach 2,000 in his career. He is on the 15-day disabled list after undergoing surgery for torn cartilage in his right knee June 12.

TEXAS: Manager Buck Showalter said OF Juan Gonzalez will not accompany the team on its six-game road trip this week to New York and Toronto. Gonzalez is eligible to come off the disabled list Monday but has not yet resumed baseball activity. The two-time AL MVP went on the DL July 23 with a strained right calf. ... RHP Jeff Zimmerman made a successful step forward in his comeback attempt from ligament transplant surgery on his throwing elbow. Showalter said Zimmerman had a good throwing session Sunday and will throw a simulated game this week. Zimmerman last pitched on the final day of the 2001 season and underwent surgery on July 30, 2002.


Devil Rays-Royals

TAMPA BAY: Devil Rays starter Jeremi Hernandez beat the Royals 6-3 on June 24, 1998, when he was with the Chicago Cubs. He didn't win again until a 3-1 victory over Anaheim on May 23 - a span of 1,757 days. ... Although the Devil Rays are in the AL East cellar, Tampa Bay is one of only five AL teams with a winning record since the All-Star break. ... Rocco Baldelli went 0-for-4, snapping a 10-game hitting streak. ... Carl Crawford stole two bases, giving him sole possession of the AL lead and the Devil Rays' single-season record with 33. He had been tied with Jason Tyner (31 steals in 2001).

KANSAS CITY: LHP Jimmy Gobble won his major league debut. He was called up Saturday from Double-A Wichita, where he went 12-8 with a 3.19 ERA. ... The Royals open a three-game series at Chicago on Monday. Kansas City leads the AL Central by two games over the White Sox. ... Kansas City's three inside-the-park homers this season are its most since hitting four in 1992. The club record is seven in 1979. ... Kansas City is 37-0 this season when holding opponents to three or fewer runs.


Blue Jays-Angels

TORONTO: The Blue Jays won the season series against the Angels 7-2 - reversing last year's result - and won five games in Anaheim for only the second time in their 27-year history. They were 5-1 in 1980. ... The Blue Jays have won consecutive games for the first time since July 17-18 at Boston - and only the second time since June 26-27 against Baltimore. ... RHP Kelvim Escobar came within two outs of his fourth career shutout, combining with two relievers on a 4-0 win. Escobar, moved into the rotation May 18 after 92 consecutive relief appearances, has a 3.35 ERA since. He is 5-1 with a 2.05 ERA on the road, but only 2-5 with a 4.82 ERA at SkyDome. "I'm very confident that he can start on a full-time basis, because of how hard he throws and the quality of his pitches - as we saw today," manager Carlos Tosca said. "He's a big, strong guy who's in good physical condition, and he's a good athlete." ... Mike Bordick extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a pair of singles. He had a career-best 14-game streak earlier this season.

ANAHEIM: CF Darin Erstad was fitted for a custom-made knee brace of stronger material than his old one. It should arrive by Tuesday, when the Angels begin a road trip in Boston. The two-time Gold Glove winner, who began wearing a brace on his right knee after coming off the disabled list in mid-June because of lingering tendinitis in his hamstring, broke two different braces in a nine-day stretch while making diving catches. He took himself out of Saturday night's game with the Angels already trailing 6-0 because it would have required at least 15 minutes to replace it. "The umpires basically said I could do it, but I'm not going to put a pitcher in that position because that's a long time to wait." ... Troy Percival, the Angels' career saves leader, has come into a game with a one-run lead 56 times since the start of the 2000 season, and protected it 49 times. That .875 percentage is the best in the majors over that span. And he doesn't show any signs of slowing down, despite a change in his delivery that has reduced the big leg kick that resulted in a degenerative hip condition that put him on the DL for two weeks. "His ability to adapt to some of the physical changes that happen to a pitcher over the course of time has been remarkable," manager Mike Scioscia said. "Time is really the true test in this game, and Percy has shown over a long period of time that he's one of the top closers in the game." ... All-Star 3B Troy Glaus, on the disabled list with an injured right shoulder, is waiting to see how it responds to the extensive throwing he did Saturday. He is expected to DH for a while once he comes off the DL, perhaps as early as next week. ... Scot Shields became the eighth pitcher to start a game for the Angels this season, matching last year's total. Shields threw 261 pitches in a 16-inning complete game in college, a 7-6 loss in 1997 for Division II Lincoln Memorial University of Harrogate, Tenn. ... The Angels have been shut out eight times, matching last season's total.


White Sox-Mariners

CHICAGO: Manager Jerry Manuel rested several regulars. "I probably need to freshen up some guys," he said. ... Reliever Kelly Wunsch has been solid for the White Sox, but his best performance might have come in the minors. In 1997, Wunsch donned the uniform of the Stockton (Calif.) Ports mascot and stunned his unsuspecting fiance ("She didn't recognize me") by dropping to one knee during a phony on-field promotion and presenting her with an engagement ring. "I wasn't afraid," Wunsch said with a smile. "I knew what the answer would be." Wunsch said he was more concerned about the reaction of children in the crowd when he removed the head of "Casey," the Ports mascot. "I traumatized 300 kids: 'What happened to Casey?"' Wunsch joked.

SEATTLE: Manager Bob Melvin said closer Kazuhiro Sasaki, out since June 5 with fractured ribs, will pitch one more minor league game Tuesday, then rejoin the club in Cleveland. Sasaki, tied with second baseman Bret Boone for the highest salary on the Mariners ($8 million), has pitched just 19 2-3 innings for Seattle this season. ... Another high-priced Mariners player who has struggled with injuries and results this season is 3B Jeff Cirillo (.210, two homers). Melvin said Cirillo ($6.7 million) is working on hitting mechanics during a minor league rehab assignment and has yet to play in the field due to his injured right shoulder. ... The children of Seattle players took turns batting and running the bases before the game. Reliever Shigetoshi Hasegawa handled some of the soft, underhand pitching duties. "I hope Shiggy didn't throw too many pitches," Melvin deadpanned.


Yankees-Athletics

NEW YORK: David Dellucci still can't believe he's a Yankee. He was one of the first players in New York's clubhouse Sunday, trying to learn all of his coaches' names and talking to his new teammates. "It's a multistep process to get comfortable here," said Dellucci, acquired from Arizona last Wednesday in a trade for Raul Mondesi. "It probably won't happen until I put the pinstripes on for the first time and stand on the field when they play the national anthem. It's an excitement that I can't explain. It's almost like feeling I'm a major leaguer all over again for the first time." Dellucci and fellow New York newcomer Aaron Boone discussed potential neighborhoods to live in with Nick Johnson and Jorge Posada on Sunday morning. ... One day after a series of near-misadventures in right field, Ruben Sierra was back on the Yankees' bench. "I told Ruben, 'I've got to pick a little different outfield for you,"' manager Joe Torre said. "It's not fair to put him out in an outfield as big as this one. Ruben smiled and shrugged his shoulders. I think he understood." Karim Garcia got a rare start in right. ... Torre said David Wells' back problems and Mike Mussina's bruised leg won't prevent either pitcher from making his next start.

OAKLAND: Adam Piatt was the DH and Erubiel Durazo played first base to give Scott Hatteberg a day off. Hatteberg has a sore hamstring. Manager Ken Macha hopes consecutive days off will return Hatteberg to full strength in time for Tuesday's game in Detroit. ... The A's are impressed by new outfielder Jose Guillen's throwing abilities, but it'll take a while to get used to them. On Friday night, C Ramon Hernandez was so surprised by Guillen's throw that he failed to block the plate as David Dellucci slid home with a run. Macha had a talk with Hernandez on the bench Saturday. "I think we all didn't realize what kind of arm we have here," Macha said. "No one is going to be safe." ... Rookie RHP Rich Harden will get the first start of Oakland's road trip Tuesday. The A's have planned their rotation down to the final day of the regular season to make sure they get as many starts as possible from Tim Hudson, Mark Mulder and Barry Zito. That means Harden and Ted Lilly will be shuffled around; Lilly's next start will be Saturday in Chicago - 10 days after his loss to Cleveland last Wednesday.


NATIONAL LEAGUE

Rockies-Pirates

COLORADO: RF Larry Walker (contusion, left quadriceps) did not play Sunday. He was hurt in a full-speed collision with CF Preston Wilson in Saturday's game. Wilson caught the ball, and both players stayed in the game. ... Walker is second on Colorado's career RBI list with 809. Dante Bichette is No. 1 with 826. ... All-Star RHP Shawn Chacon will start Tuesday against the Phillies, looking to increase his home record to 8-1.

PITTSBURGH: Manager Lloyd McClendon said he will not sit 3B Jose Hernandez later in the season to keep him from breaking Bobby Bonds major league record for strikeouts (189) in a season, .. You go Lloyd .. set in 1970. Hernandez had 188 strikeouts in 2001 with Milwaukee, but Brewers manager Jerry Royster sat him to prevent him from setting the ignominious mark. Hernandez had 137 strikeouts through his first 103 games this season. "He'll be playing. We're trying to win games," McClendon said. ... RF/1B Matt Stairs (strained right hamstring) was available for pinch-hitting duty Sunday but will not play the field until Tuesday at San Francisco at the earliest. ... RHP Kip Wells will be looking to match his career-best winning streak (four) Tuesday. ... GM Dave Littlefield said that recently acquired infielder Freddie Sanchez, who has spent most of his career as a second baseman, might be converted to shortstop. Sanchez is with Triple-A Nashville... Bobby Hill as the PTBL?

Padres-Phillies

SAN DIEGO: 2B Mark Loretta leads the team with 33 multihit games. ... RHP Rod Beck celebrated his 35th birthday. He is 15-for-15 in save opportunities since being signed as a minor league free agent on June 2. ... C Miguel Ojeda stole his first career base. ... 1B Ryan Klesko hit .161 (5-for-31) with one RBI on the 10-game road trip. ... OF Phil Nevin, who played both ends of Saturday's doubleheader, was given the day off. He has hit in eight of 10 games since being activated from the disabled list on July 23. ... The Padres are 5-15 against NL East.

PHILADELPHIA: 1B Jim Thome reinjured a groin injury during the second game of Saturday's doubleheader. He wasn't in the starting lineup but is expected to be back on Tuesday when the Phillies play at Colorado. ... RF Bobby Abreu was also out of the starting lineup with a sore knee. He is listed as day-to-day. ... The Phillies set a season-high with 17 strikeouts. ... Burrell hit his first home run off a left-handed pitcher since Sept. 14, 2002, when he homered off Scott Sauerbeck. ... LHP Rheal Cormier had his 15-inning scoreless streak snapped. ... The Phillies sold 9,189 walk-up tickets - the highest total since opening day in 2002.


Cardinals-Mets

ST. LOUIS: The Cardinals allowed 19 hits Sunday, the third time this season that they have allowed that total. ... Garrett Stephenson has now won only once in his last eight starts (1-6) and two relief appearances since June 22. ... Bo Hart opened the game with a homer, his second leadoff shot of the season. He also did it June 25 vs. Cincinnati. ... The Cardinals have allowed 13 runs in a game twice this season, both times in New York (Sunday at the Mets and June 14 at the Yankees). ... Albert Pujols is hitting .408 (29-for-71) during his 18-game hitting streak. ... Pujols was hit above the right ankle by Miguel Cairo's foul liner while leading off third base in the ninth inning, but is not expected to miss any time.

NEW YORK: Tony Clark matched his career high with five RBIs. He last did it June 21, 1997, for the Detroit Tigers against the Boston Red Sox. ... Jason Phillips also matched his career-best with three RBIs. ... Clark is third Met to hit two homers in a game this season but the first to do it at home (Mike Piazza on May 13 at Colorado and Jeromy Burnitz on June 15 at Anaheim). ... The Mets had 19 hits Sunday for the first time since September 27, 2001, at Montreal. ... Clark homering from both sides of the plate had been done for the Mets 12 previous times, most recently by Todd Hundley on July 30, 1997, against Cincinnati. ... RF Roger Cedeno is hitting .393 in his last 10 games (13-for-33) with four doubles and a home run.


Giants-Reds

SAN FRANCISCO: RHP Dustin Hermanson became the 11th starting pitcher used by the Giants. RHP Sidney Ponson, who was acquired from Baltimore just before the trading deadline Thursday, will become the 12th when he starts Wednesday against Pittsburgh. The Giants last used that many starters in one season in 1997 ... The Giants became the fifth major league team Hermanson has played for, joining San Diego, Montreal, St. Louis (twice) and Boston ... Andres Galarraga's pinch-hit homer Saturday allowed the Giants to maintain the NL's best pinch-hit average (.271) going into Sunday's games ... San Francisco, which opens a six-game homestand Tuesday, has won 12 of its last 13 home games.

CINCINNATI: The Reds optioned RHP Josh Hall to Double-A Chattanooga Sunday, one day after he allowed four hits and two runs in five innings during his major league debut. Cincinnati won't need another starter until Saturday, and the Reds wanted Hall to stay on his regular schedule. "At least I got my foot in the door," Hall said. ... OF Mark Budzinski, a college teammate and close friend of Reds first baseman Sean Casey, replaced Hall with Cincinnati. Budzinski hit .282 with one home run, 11 RBI and six stolen bases in 53 games with Triple-A Louisville. ... OF Austin Kearns will begin a medical rehab stint with Chattanooga on Monday. Kearns hit .264 with 15 homers and 58 RBI before going on the disabled list July 9 with an inflamed right rotator cuff ... RHP Scott Sullivan, who's been sidelined since July 18 with right shoulder tendinitis, threw 30 pitches off the bullpen mound Sunday. If he is pain-free Monday, he will throw in the bullpen and in simulated action at Los Angeles Tuesday.


Dodgers-Braves

LOS ANGELES: Lost in the shuffle of Saturday's loss to the Braves: OF Jeromy Burnitz was ejected by umpire Joe West after taking a called third strike to end the game. Burnitz argued with West as both men walked off the field, and the umpire had enough when Burnitz questioned his integrity. "Officially, it goes down as ejection," West said Sunday, even though the game was over. Asked if he might face possible disciplinary action, Burnitz said, "For what?" ... LHP Scott Mullen had about 50 family and friends cheering him on from behind home plate in his first major league start. He lives in Beaufort, S.C., about a five-hour drive east of Atlanta. "It was probably the only time I ever rooted against the Braves," Mullen said. "It was exciting." ... Mullen, filling in for injured Kazuhisa Ishii, was told before the game that he would be sent back Triple-A Las Vegas after making the start. Still, Mullen was glad to get the opportunity. "It shows they have an interest and confidence in me," he said. "They brought me up for a spot start. They could have brought somebody else up." ... The Dodgers finished their nine-game road trip with only two wins. They return home Tuesday to face Cincinnati. ... Closer Eric Gagne pitched a scoreless ninth, even though it wasn't a save situation. With the Dodgers going through a five-game losing streak, he had gotten in just one game over the past week. "It's good to win a game," Gagne said. "It's been a tough road trip."

ATLANTA: Actor-director Rob Reiner, traveling around the country to get a look at different ballparks, stopped by Turner Field to take in the Braves-Dodgers game. He watched from the owner's box next to the Atlanta dugout after visiting the Braves clubhouse before the game. Reiner chatted with John Smoltz and got autographs from Gary Sheffield, Chipper Jones, Andruw Jones and Javy Lopez. Pitching coach Leo Mazzone couldn't pass up a chance to poke fun at Reiner's breakthrough role on "All in the Family," the classic 1970s TV show. "Meathead!" Mazzone shouted across the room. ... CF Andruw Jones sat out his second straight game with a strained right oblique that makes it painful to swing. He hopes to return to lineup Tuesday when the Braves begin a three-game series at Milwaukee. ... Darren Bragg, starting his second straight game in place of Jones, went 1-for-2 and now has 13 hits in his last 21 at-bats (.619). ... Despite the loss, the Braves are 40-17 at Turner Field. ... OF Gary Sheffield hit a seventh-inning homer, the 164th of the season for the team. That equals their total for all of 2002, with 51 games remaining.


Astros-Marlins

HOUSTON: 1B Jeff Bagwell went 0-for-4 Sunday, dropping his average in day games to .163 (20-for-123). ... RHP Jared Fernandez, the winning pitcher Sunday, earned his only other major league victory on July 14, 2002, for Cincinnati against Houston. ... C Brad Ausmus, who caught Fernandez's knuckleball Sunday, knows what it's like to try to hit the tricky pitch. "It comes down more to praying than it does ability sometimes," Ausmus said.

FLORIDA: In the past 13 games, Florida starters have an ERA of 2.71. ... CF Juan Pierre hit .355 (11-for-31) on Florida's 7-2 homestand. ... 1B Derrek Lee went 0-for-3 Sunday, dropping his average in day games to .189 (20-for-106).

Brewers-Expos

MILWAUKEE: RHP Ben Sheets, 3-0 with a 1.74 ERA in his three previous starts, left Sunday's 4-2 loss after six innings despite allowing just six hits and two runs. "He's been fighting a cold and has had diarrhea and a stomach virus," .. only in the cafe folks, only here will you find only the best inside info :-) .. manager Ned Yost said. "He was at 85 pitches and I think given the circumstances, he about had it." ... Milwaukee was swept in three straight by Montreal for the second time this season, finishing its season series against the Expos 0-6. The Brewers, who dropped three in a row to Montreal at home from Apr. 29 to May 1, have been swept nine times this season. ... Brewers 3B Wes Helms missed his third straight start because of a strained hamstring. ... The Brewers have not won at Olympic Stadium since Aug. 11, 2001.

MONTREAL: RHP Livan Hernandez got his team-leading 11th win, leaving after escaping a one-out, bases-loaded jam in the seventh by striking out the Brewers' Bill Hall and Keith Osik. Hernandez, who went the distance in a 2-1 loss to St. Louis on Tuesday, pumped his fist several times after Osik was caught looking at strike three as the crowd of 17,953 roared its approval. "I tried for a couple of strikeouts and it just happened, and I think that inning was the ballgame," Hernandez said. ... RF Vladimir Guerrero stole second after his RBI single in the first for his sixth steal of the season, and first since he was activated from the disabled list on July 21. In the second, Guerrero threw out John Vander Wal at second base when he tried to stretch a one-out single into the right-field corner. Guerrero, who missed 39 games because of a herniated disc, has six assists this season.... 2B Jose Vidro missed his second straight start - and seventh in 11 games - because of inflammation in his right knee.

Diamondbacks-Cubs

ARIZONA: Former Cubs 1B Mark Grace got a rare start at first base and went 0-for-3. Grace has started just three times in the club's last 36 games. Brenly said he didn't want to get sentimental but realized it could be Grace's last chance to play in Wrigley Field, where he spent 13 seasons with the Cubs. Many in the crowd stood and cheered at his first at bat but there were some boos, which was curious because it was the Cubs who decided to get rid of Grace. ... The Diamondbacks have gone 5-12 since the All-Star break to fall from five games out of the first place to 11½ games back.

CHICAGO: Manager Dusty Baker is glad to have Ramon Martinez on the roster to take injured Mark Grudzielanek's spot in the lineup. "I love Ramon. He's a heck of a player. He's been a heck of a player for us," Baker said. "This is where your bench really comes in." ... The Cubs are headed to San Diego and Los Angeles this week for six games. "There's a lot of distractions on the West Coast," Baker said. "It's a business trip. This isn't a pleasure trip." :-) ... The Cubs are 7-3 in extra-inning games this year. Last year they were 5-9 in such games
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Re: Notes From Sunday's Games

Postby DieHardCubbie » Mon Aug 04, 2003 10:43 am

wrveres wrote:... GM Dave Littlefield said that recently acquired infielder Freddie Sanchez, who has spent most of his career as a second baseman, might be converted to shortstop. Sanchez is with Triple-A Nashville... Bobby Hill as the PTBL?



I hope that is not how it turns out....but that is the only rumor I can find....

Thanks wrveres... ;-D
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Postby Madison » Mon Aug 04, 2003 1:47 pm

Wrveres wrote:PITTSBURGH: Manager Lloyd McClendon said he will not sit 3B Jose Hernandez later in the season to keep him from breaking Bobby Bonds major league record for strikeouts (189) in a season, .. You go Lloyd .. set in 1970. Hernandez had 188 strikeouts in 2001 with Milwaukee, but Brewers manager Jerry Royster sat him to prevent him from setting the ignominious mark. Hernandez had 137 strikeouts through his first 103 games this season. "He'll be playing. We're trying to win games," McClendon said. ... RF/1B Matt Stairs (strained right hamstring) was available for pinch-hitting duty Sunday but will not play the field until Tuesday at San Francisco at the earliest. ... RHP Kip Wells will be looking to match his career-best winning streak (four) Tuesday. ... GM Dave Littlefield said that recently acquired infielder Freddie Sanchez, who has spent most of his career as a second baseman, might be converted to shortstop. Sanchez is with Triple-A Nashville... Bobby Hill as the PTBL?



That's how it should be.

Lots of other useful info in there as well. Thanks Wrveres!
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Re: Notes From Sunday's Games

Postby d » Mon Aug 04, 2003 1:53 pm

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KANSAS CITY: LHP Jimmy Gobble won his major league debut. He was called up Saturday from Double-A Wichita, where he went 12-8 with a 3.19 ERA. ... The Royals open a three-game series at Chicago on Monday. Kansas City leads the AL Central by two games over the White Sox. ... Kansas City's three inside-the-park homers this season are its most since hitting four in 1992. The club record is seven in 1979. ... Kansas City is 37-0 this season when holding opponents to three or fewer runs.

TORONTO: The Blue Jays won the season series against the Angels 7-2 - reversing last year's result - and won five games in Anaheim for only the second time in their 27-year history. They were 5-1 in 1980. ... The Blue Jays have won consecutive games for the first time since July 17-18 at Boston - and only the second time since June 26-27 against Baltimore. ... RHP Kelvim Escobar came within two outs of his fourth career shutout, combining with two relievers on a 4-0 win. Escobar, moved into the rotation May 18 after 92 consecutive relief appearances, has a 3.35 ERA since. He is 5-1 with a 2.05 ERA on the road, but only 2-5 with a 4.82 ERA at SkyDome. "I'm very confident that he can start on a full-time basis, because of how hard he throws and the quality of his pitches - as we saw today," manager Carlos Tosca said. "He's a big, strong guy who's in good physical condition, and he's a good athlete." ... Mike Bordick extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a pair of singles. He had a career-best 14-game streak earlier this season.



Thanks for the summary. ;-D
I'm keeping an eye on Gobble 8-o ...
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