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Postby wrveres » Tue Aug 19, 2003 4:31 am

Notes From Monday's Games Aug. 18, 2003 wrote:


TEXAS: Texas SP Ismael Valdes started Monday for the first time since July 23. He had been on the disabled list with knee tendinitis. He also missed nearly a month earlier in the season with shoulder tendinitis. ... To make room for Valdes, the Rangers sent SP Rob Ellis outright to Triple-A Oklahoma on Sunday evening. Ellis was 1-1 with an 8.35 ERA in four starts while filling in for Valdes. ... Texas entered Monday with a 12-4 record in August, its best start to a month since going 13-4 at the beginning of April in 1996.

DETROIT: OF Bobby Higginson and bench coach Kirk Gibson learned before Monday's game that they had been suspended for an Aug. 10 incident that saw them both ejected in the first inning of Detroit's loss to Minnesota. Higginson, fined $2,000 and suspended for two games, is appealing the suspension and was in Monday's lineup. Gibson, fined an undisclosed amount, served his one-game suspension Monday. ... The Tigers recalled Nate Robertson from Triple-A Toledo to start against the Rangers on Monday. Robertson went 0-1 in six appearances with Florida last season, his first in the majors.

Devil Rays-Indians

TAMPA BAY: Manager Lou Piniella loves what he has seen of late - but he insists on more. "It is not too far-fetched to say we're going to be competitive real soon," Piniella said of the Devil Rays, who went 12-7 from July 29 thru Aug. 17. "This winter is going to be very important. We add a big bat to the nucleus of young players and we can accelerate our progress." ... LHP Joe Kennedy left the team to be with his ailing grandfather, but is expected to make his regular start Friday night. ... Piniella said he wants to get a look at both LHP Jon Switzer and RHP Chad Gaudin, who were recalled from Double-A Orlando on Aug. 1. "I hate to play contenders with two young starters in the rotation, so we'll see how it plays out," Piniella said. ... OF Rocco Baldelli had hit safely in eight of nine games entering Monday night and was on pace for 191 hits this year at age 21. Only 11 players in history had that many at a younger age - including Joe DiMaggio and Ty Cobb.

CLEVELAND: OF Matt Lawton was activated from the disabled list Monday and singled in his first at-bat against Tampa Bay. He had been out since July 12 with a dislocated middle finger on his right hand. ... Manager Eric Wedge said Lawton will only play as the DH until he is able to throw. "There's no exact timetable. We'll let him get some at-bats, then see if Matt can grip a ball and start a throwing program," Wedge said. ... To make room for Lawton, Cleveland optioned infielder Zach Sorensen to Triple-A Buffalo. He had hit .143 with one homer and two RBIs in 27 games. ... Entering play Monday night, Indians pitchers had compiled a 10-4 record and 2.56 ERA since August 5. ... Cleveland signed RHP Jeffrey Pry, a 17th-round selection in the June draft.


KANSAS CITY: The Royals began a key seven-game road trip (three in New York, four at Minnesota). ... 1B-DH Mike Sweeney entered hitting .491 (27-for-55) with runners in scoring position, the best mark in the majors in 30 seasons. Since 1974, the player with the highest batting average in such situations for a full season was Kansas City's George Brett, who hit .469 (61-for-130) in 1980. ... RHP Jose Lima came off the disabled list (groin strain) to start against the Yankees. He entered 7-0 with a 2.96 ERA since being signed to a minor league contract out of the independent Atlantic League on June 11. He was called up by the Royals four days later.

NEW YORK: LHP David Wells, who missed his last scheduled start because of a bad back, expects to make his next one Friday night against Baltimore. Wells got a painkilling shot last week and threw in the bullpen for 10-12 minutes Monday. "I just threw all my pitches, it was pain free," Wells said. The Yankees have a club option on Wells' contract for next season. If they pick it up, the 40-year-old Wells (12-3, 3.91 ERA) said he will play one more year, then retire. He didn't say what he planned to do if the team doesn't pick up the option. "This is the situation: I'm at the end of my career. Obviously, I want to go out on top and we've got the team to do it. If I do play one more year, that'll be it." ... RHP Mike Mussina was the AL player of the week after going 2-0 with 17 shutout innings. ... LHP Gabe White threw a scoreless inning in his first minor league rehab start in the Gulf Coast League. "It was encouraging," White said. "Everything felt fine physically." White was acquired from Cincinnati at the trade deadline to boost a struggling bullpen. He has been on the 15-day disabled list since June 21 with a groin strain.

Angels-White Sox

ANAHEIM: The Angels requested waivers on infielder Benji Gil on Monday for the purpose of granting his unconditional release. Gil appeared in 63 games this season, hitting .192 with one homer and nine RBIs. In four seasons with Anaheim, he hit .257 with 18 homers and 91 RBI in 337 games. During the 2002 postseason, Gil hit .667 with two runs, one double and one RBI in six games as the Angels won their first World Series championship. ... SS David Eckstein stayed in Anaheim for an MRI on the inflamed nerve in his lower back. He will see the team doctor Tuesday, when his status will be updated, the team said. ... Going into Monday's game, the Angels were 17-5 versus the AL Central and were in the midst of stretch of 29 straight games against that division.

CHICAGO: Manager Jerry Manuel said he's happy to be back for a seven-game homestand after a 1-6 trip to Anaheim and Texas. "They just flat outplayed us, so it made for a tough road trip for us," Manuel said. "That's how it goes sometimes. But we're still in the race, we still have a good shot and we're at home." The White Sox, who were three games behind Kansas City in the AL Central going into Monday's game, have won 14 of their last 18 at home. ... Since June 20, the White Sox have gone 17-7 against teams with winning records and 13-15 against opponents with losing records - including a weekend sweep at the hands of the Rangers.



ARIZONA: 2B Junior Spivey finally saw his career average against the Braves dip below .500. He went 1-for-3, dropping his mark vs. Atlanta to .492 (31-of-63). ... LF Luis Gonzalez has hit safely in 25 of his last 29 games. He is batting .315 (35-of-111) during that span. ... Miguel Batista allowed five runs in five innings to match a season high. He allowed five runs three other times, most recently on July 12 vs. San Francisco. ... If Arizona doesn't make the playoffs, it will easy to pinpoint the reason. The offense has been downright anemic since the All-Star break, scoring three runs or fewer in 21 of 30 games. They are 7-14 in those games.

ATLANTA: Braves 1B Julio Franco was clearly upset about having to go on the 15-day disabled list following a freak accident in the weight room. An 80-pound dumbbell rolled on the middle finger of Franco's left hand, fracturing a bone and causing a cut that needed four stitches. General manager John Schuerholz tried to console Franco. "You'll be fresh and strong when you come back," the GM said. ... LHP Kent Mercker, acquired from Cincinnati last week, is living with retired Braves pitcher Pete Smith. The two pitched together in Atlanta during the early 1990s and remained close friends after leaving the Braves. ... Darren Bragg was told to be ready in case LF Chipper Jones couldn't play. Jones had a throbbing headache before the game, but he was in the lineup after taking some medication and laying down. He went 1-for-4. ... Mark DeRosa has gotten used to playing a lot of different positions. He started at third on Sunday, then filled in for SS Rafael Furcal on Monday. DeRosa made one of the biggest plays of the game in the fourth when he dove to catch a liner up the middle and flipped to second for a double play.


SAN FRANCISCO: LF Barry Bonds is likely to return to the lineup Tuesday after missing the Giants' four-game series in Montreal. Currently on bereavement leave, Bonds returned home from New York on Thursday to be with his ailing father. But after Monday's 4-0 loss to Montreal, manager Felipe Alou told reporters that "Barry will probably be back (Tuesday)." ... San Francisco suffered a historic season sweep, finishing 0-7 against Montreal overall. It was the first time in the franchise's 121-year history it was swept in a season series involving more than three games, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Nothing is over ....... RHP Felix Rodriguez was activated from the 15-day disabled list following Monday's game. Rodriguez, out with strained muscles in his right side since Aug. 3, is 6-2 with two saves and a 3.59 ERA. SS Rich Aurilia, on the disabled list since Aug. 4 after having an appendectomy, will be activated when he becomes eligible on Tuesday. Aurilia was hitting .269 with nine homers and 42 RBIs before his operation. ... LHP Chad Zerbe and SS Cody Ransom were optioned to Triple-A Fresno.

MONTREAL: The Expos swept a four-game series for the second time this season to complete their second season sweep this year. Montreal, which swept a three-game series in San Francisco from May 12-14, also went unbeaten against Milwaukee this season, going 6-0 against the Brewers. The Expos' only previous season sweep was a 12-0 mark against San Diego in 1994. why do they need to bring that up ... RHP Javier Vazquez pitched a three-hitter for his first shutout in nearly two years. Vazquez struck out seven and walked three for his sixth career shutout - his first since Aug. 28, 2001. He won for the fifth time in seven starts, pitching his third complete game over that span. ... 2B Jose Vidro extended his hitting streak to 11 games with an RBI single in the sixth. ... The Expos won their fifth in a row, ending a 6-1 homestand. ... Robinson said RHP T.J. Tucker would start Tuesday's series opener against Kevin Brown in Los Angeles. ouch.....


COLORADO: Chin-Hui Tsao has now allowed a first-inning homer in three of his five big league starts. ... Tony Womack was heavily booed by the Mets fans for trying to bunt for a hit in the sixth inning of what was then a perfect game. Womack was thrown out on an excellent play by Steve Trachsel. ... The Rockies road record is 20-47, worst in the NL.

NEW YORK: Trachsel became the first pitcher in Mets history to throw two one-hitters in the same season .. In there HISTORY? . Trachsel's one-hitter was the 25th in Mets history. The Mets, who began play in 1962, have never thrown a no-hitter. ... New York's four-game sweep was its first ever over the Rockies. ... Reyes' 17-game hitting streak is the longest for the Mets since 2000, when Mike Piazza hit in 21 in a row. ... Roger Cedeno has now hit in 13 of his last 15 games.
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Postby Madison » Tue Aug 19, 2003 12:00 pm

Thanks Wrveres! ;-D A few interesting things in there.
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Sick of those who are hypocrites.
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Yes doctor, there will be blood.....
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