Sunday, June 02, 2002

Notes from Saturday's games

The Associated Press

       Athletics-Devil Rays

        OAKLAND: Manager Art Howe said OF David Justice should be activated from the 15-day disabled list early in the week. Justice has been out since straining his right groin May 7. ... LF Adam Piatt was in the lineup one day after being hit twice by pitches. “He's a little bruised, but he's ready to go,” Howe said. ... 2B Esteban German, who went 1-for-10 with five strikeouts in the first two games of the series, was out of the starting lineup. Randy Velrade replaced German. “Hopefully, Randy will get some knocks tonight and who knows, he might be out there again tomorrow,” Howe said.

        TAMPA BAY: Manager Hal McRae believes instant replay should used for balls hit into the catwalks at Tropicana Field. The overhanging structures have been hit by 42 fair balls since the Devil Rays started play in 1998. Two catwalks are in play, while two others are automatic home runs. “They should let them look at replays — the umpires — so they get the call right,” McRae said. With a light-colored roof, the players and umpires usually lose sight of the ball when it heads into the catwalks. ... LHP Nick Bierbrodt said he is “doing all right” after throwing 51 of 71 pitches for strikes in an extended spring training game Friday. Bierbrodt was dropped from the rotation during spring training after experiencing severe wildness. ... The first two games of the series (Thursday and Friday) with Oakland lasted a total of eight hours, eight minutes. There were 774 pitches, including a Tampa Bay team-record 235 during Friday's game.

       Blue Jays-Tigers

        TORONTO: Manager Buck Martinez talked about the challenge of playing in Comerica Park and its big dimensions. “There's a lot of hits out there,” Martinez said. “You have to spread the outfield so thin. ... You have to have athletes out there to play.” ... Friday's 4-2 win over the Tigers gave Toronto 167 wins against Detroit, more than any other opponent.

        DETROIT: The Tigers activated 2B Damion Easley from the 15-day DL Saturday, but he did not start. Easley played in eight games at Triple-A Toledo and hit .115. “When I finally felt like I had really good timing, I wasn't being pitched to,” Easley said. OF Jacob Cruz was moved to the 15-day DL with inflammation in his right knee. ... The Tigers finished May with a 12-15 record despite a seven-game losing streak. They were 8-17 in April. “I think the club settled down ... after all the changes,” manager Luis Pujols said. Phil Garner began the season as manager, but was fired after an 0-11 start. ... Before Saturday's game, actor Jason Priestley read Lou Gehrig's famous retirement speech. Sunday marks the 61st anniversary of Gehrig's death from the neurological condition that has become known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. Actors around the country read the speech at different ballparks.


        SEATTLE: SS Carlos Guillen, who left Friday's game with a strained left ring finer, will miss at least the rest of the weekend series in Baltimore. Guillen is experiencing soreness in his left hand, making it difficult for him to grip the bat. Manager Lou Piniella said that until Guillen returns, Desi Relaford will get the bulk of the playing time at shortstop. With Guillen out, 2B Bret Boone returned to the third spot in the batting order. “By default,” joked Boone. ... 3B Jeff Cirillo, 2-for-11 on the Mariners' current road trip, got Saturday off. He was replaced at third base by Mark McLemore. ... CF Mike Cameron, 1-for-13 on the road trip, was dropped to ninth in the lineup. ... RHP Paul Abbott, on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation, will make a rehabilitation start for Class A San Bernadino on Monday night. ... RHP James Baldwin, Saturday night's starter, has beaten Baltimore more than any other team during his career. Baldwin came into the game 8-4 lifetime against the Orioles. He has beaten the A's and Royals seven times each.

        BALTIMORE: RHP Sean Douglass will start Sunday against Seattle, provided he doesn't pitch in long relief Saturday night. Douglass replaces struggling Calvin Maduro, who has one win since April 14. It would be Douglass' first start since May 6 against Cleveland. ... 2B Jerry Hairston got a second straight start Saturday, in part because he's hitting well. Hairston raised his batting average 41 points to .252. He's the backup to Brian Roberts, who's hitting .179. ... CF Chris Singleton said Saturday that he's still feeling lingering effects of the heat exhaustion that forced him to leave Thursday's game in the third inning. “There's still a little bit of cramping in the abdomen,” he said. “From here on out, I'm going to have to stay on top of it.”

       Red Sox-Yankees

        BOSTON: The Red Sox are concerned about their relievers, especially struggling RHP Rich Garces, who has an 11.77 ERA in 16 appearances. “If there are no health issues involved, we have to figure out how to correct the problems in the bullpen,” general manager Mike Port said. “We have guys who have pitched better for us before and we have to get them back on track.” Port hinted that the team might make a move soon. “In the American League, we don't play seven-inning ballgames, so we need to correct the problem, be it from (Triple-A) Pawtucket or elsewhere. I think we would like to sit down and discuss it.” ... C Jason Varitek is 1-for-22 career against Yankees RHP Mike Mussina. ... SS Nomar Garciaparra hit his 200th career double.

        NEW YORK: The Yankees have hit at least four home runs in a game six times this season. ... Despite a 4.26 ERA, RHP Mike Mussina is 8-2 for the first time since 1997, when he started 10-2 for Baltimore. ... 3B Robin Ventura is 1-for-15 lifetime against Boston RHP Rolando Arrojo. ... OF Rondell White has 13 hits in his last 26 at-bats to raise his average to .262. ... Manager Joe Torre said Mike Thurman will get another start in place of injured Orlando Hernandez on Tuesday night against Baltimore. ... Rookie 1B Nick Johnson went 2-for-3 to lift his average to .239. “He seems to be having much better at-bats,” Torre said before the game. “He doesn't seem to be pressing as much. I think he got through a tough time with all the talk about sending him to the minors. He's going to be a good hitter. It's just something I see in him.” ... C Jorge Posada was the only starter without a hit. ... The Yankees had been 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position in the series before Enrique Wilson's grand slam in the sixth.

       White Sox-Indians

        CHICAGO: C Sandy Alomar was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning of Saturday's game when he became dizzy as he got to the plate. Alomar, who suffers from a heart condition, said he gets lightheaded if he drinks a cold liquid too quickly. “I'm fine,” he said. “It just takes a second. I have to be more careful with what I drink.” Alomar had a similar spell earlier this season in Texas and had one last season in Boston. ... RHP Todd Ritchie has lost five straight decisions, but the White Sox made two errors behind him in the fifth inning Saturday, leading to eight Cleveland runs. It was Ritchie's first loss in 12 career appearances against the Indians. ... Chicago has lost six in a row for the first time since dropping eight straight from May 15-23 last season. ... OF Kenny Lofton missed his second straight game Saturday with inflammation in his right rotator cuff. Lofton's next steal will be the 500th of his career.

        CLEVELAND: The Indians' eight-run fifth inning on Saturday was their largest since scoring nine in the second inning against Tampa Bay on April 7, 2000. ... With Saturday's 8-4 win, Cleveland is now 22-4 when scoring four runs or more and 15-0 when scoring at least six. ... 1B Jim Thome, who has four homers in his last three games, is three shy of career No. 300. “I never really thought about it,” said Thome, the club's career leader. “It's kind of neat. It means a lot and it means even more to do it with one team.” Thome's last four homers have been tape-measure shots, averaging 457 feet. ... Like everyone else, RHP Bob Wickman has had a hard time figuring out the Indians, who have been up and down all season. “I'll be honest, I don't know how good we are,” he said. “I'm not sure if we got all the pieces or not. But we're starting to play a lot better, and I'll tell you one thing, we're starting to get a lot more confident.”


        ANAHEIM: DH/1B Shawn Wooten, who's on a minor league rehab assignment at Triple-A Salt Lake, hurt his side while swinging Friday night against Colorado Springs. Manager Mike Scioscia said Wooten would be examined on Saturday. Wooten had surgery on his right thumb in spring training. ... David Eckstein could be ready to play defense at shortstop on Sunday. Eckstein, who sprained his knee May 20, has appeared in just four of the last 11 games, starting just two as DH. If he can't play on Sunday, Scioscia said he hopes to have him in the lineup for Monday's game against Texas. “He's definitely at a level where he can play defense. And I'm sure if there's an emergency we'll have him,” Scioscia said.

        MINNESOTA: 2B Luis Rivas had soreness in his left wrist after a minor league game Friday night in Fort Myers, Fla. Manager Ron Gardenhire said he was waiting for word on how Rivas was feeling Saturday. Gardenhire had hoped to have Rivas, who broke a bone in his wrist when he was hit by a pitch April 3, back as early as next week. “That may be a little bit of a setback,” Gardenhire said. ... The team inducted former pitcher Bert Blyleven into the Twins Hall of Fame before the game Saturday night. Blyleven played 11 seasons for the Twins, from 1970-76 and again from 1985-88. He is second on the team's all-time win list (149) and owns team pitching records in single-season shutouts (9 in 1973), single-season strikeouts (258 in 1973), career complete games (141) and career strikeouts (2,035). His record with the team was 149-138 with a 3.28 ERA. Blyleven ranks fourth on baseball's all-time strikeout list (3,701). Former Twins Harmon Killebrew, Mickey Hatcher and former manager Tom Kelly participated in the pre-game ceremony.


        KANSAS CITY: Kansas City's rally from a 5-1 deficit for a 10-7 victory in 11 innings on Friday night was its biggest comeback of the season. The Royals had rallied three times from three-run deficits. It was also the Royals' longest game of the season by time (four hours, 24 minutes) and innings. ...Sunday's starter, RHP Paul Byrd, will be looking to extend his winning streak to five games. Byrd already has two four-game streaks this season. Byrd has a 2.27 ERA during his current streak.

        TEXAS:C Ivan Rodriguez went 2-for-6 and caught three innings in an extended spring training game in Fort Myers, Fla. on Saturday. Rodriguez will be assigned to the Charlotte Rangers of the Class A Florida State League on Sunday as he continues his rehab from a back injury that has kept him on the DL since April 15. Rodriguez hasn't played in a minor league game since 1991. ... CF Calvin Murray was back in the lineup on Saturday night, batting leadoff for the first time with the Rangers. Murray appeared as a pinch runner in the three previous games but hadn't had an at bat since May 19. ... 3B Mark Teixeira, the team's first-round draft pick last June, is back in action after missing about two months with a left elbow injury suffered in spring training. Teixeira, the fifth overall pick in the 2001 draft is joining Class A Charlotte.




        NEW YORK: Rey Ordonez, who hit a game-winning, 10th-inning homer Friday, said an acquaintance helped him with his swing during a day-off private workout Thursday with former Mets outfielder Alex Ochoa. Ordonez couldn't provide any details about the acquaintance's hitting background and said he knows him only as Archie. “I'm not good with last names,” Ordonez explained.

        FLORIDA: Superstitious slugger Cliff Floyd, trying to end the team's slump, planned to use a new batting glove, new shoes and a new bat Saturday. “Everything's new,” he said. “If that doesn't work, I guess I can look for a new job.” ... C Ramon Castro, sidelined by a strained elbow, is scheduled to begin a rehabilitation assignment Monday at Class A Jupiter and could rejoin the Marlins within two weeks.


        HOUSTON: Richard Hidalgo continues to swing well at Wrigley Field. After hitting two home runs Friday and one more Saturday, he is 35-for-82 (.427) with 11 home runs lifetime at the park. After making only two starts in the Major League RHP Mark Prior has impressed many players and coaches throughout the league, but there is still an uncertainty to Prior. Many hitters and coaches have only been able to spend little time watching Prior. On Saturday Houston got their first look at Prior. “You try to read clippings of him. I don't know what to do,” said Houston manager Jimy Williams. “You try to get film to watch him to see what kind of pitches he has. We know he is a good pitcher, a power pitcher are scouts told us that. He throws strikes. There is a reason why he is here — he's good. It didn't take him too long to get here. There is a reason for that too. ... Despite the slow start for Houston this season they have been able to get quality starts from their starting rotation. “Our starters have pitched good and we got some young starters,” said Williams. On Friday, 22 year-old LHP Carlos Hernandez improved to 5-2 on the season pitching seven scoreless innings against the Cubs in a 4-1 victory. On Saturday 24 year old RHP Roy Oswalt pitched 7 2-3 innings to improve to 6-3 on the season.

        CHICAGO: P Mark Prior hit a two-run double Saturday against Houston. He was 3-for-7 with two home runs in his brief stint at Triple-A Iowa this season. ... Four-time NCAA wrestling champion Cael Sanderson was the guest conductor of the seventh-inning stretch at Wrigley Field. RHP Kyle Farnsworth is expected to be activated with the club on either Tuesday or Wednesday. Farnsworth pitched one scoreless inning in his first rehab assignment in Triple-A Iowa on Friday. Farnsworth retired three straight batters on seven pitches. He is recovering from a stress fracture in his right foot. “He was 98 and 99 and threw a couple of sliders,” said Cubs manager Don Baylor. ... Baylor expects to see more confidence in RHP Mark Prior after making several starts in the majors. “His concentration is going to be a little more relaxed. On your first start or your first at-bat you're a little on the edge.” ... After struggling throughout the season with a 1-8 record and a 5.61 ERA, RHP Jason Bere had two consecutive quality outings despite a no decision on May 26 at Houston where he went six shutout innings and went seven innings giving up just two runs in a loss against Houston on Friday. “Whatever spurred him on was a positive,” said Baylor. “We kicked around the bullpen idea, but that was not an option.”


        MONTREAL: The Expos were 11-17 in May, two losses shy of tying the team record for most losses in one month set in 1969 and equaled last year. ... RHP Britt Reames goes for his first career win against the Phillies on Sunday. He's 0-3 with a 7.79 ERA in six games against them. ... C Brian Schneider has hit in 14 of the 21 games he's played. ... LHP Scott Downs began a rehab assignment at Triple-A Ottawa. Downs, who had his left elbow reconstructed, allowed three runs and seven hits in nine innings with Class A Brevard County.

        PHILADELPHIA: Manager Larry Bowa restructured his lineup, moving RF Bobby Abreu to center, 1B Jeremy Giambi to right, inserting Travis Lee at first and benching CF Doug Glanville. Bowa also moved Scott Rolen, Abreu, Pat Burrell, Giambi and Mike Lieberthal, the previous Nos. 3-7 hitters, up one spot in the batting order, putting Lee at No. 7 and dropping Marlon Anderson from the two slot to eighth. Anderson has hit well wherever he has batted. Rolen, hitting second for the first time in his major league career, batted just .194 (19-for-98) with one homer and five RBIs in May. ... Actor David Morse, a Philadelphia resident, recited the Lou Gehrig farewell speech before the game. ... The Phillies were 35-18 on June 1 last year. They were 21-32 on that date this season.


        ATLANTA: Andruw Jones hit his first homer since May 10, when he hit two against San Diego. ... Tom Glavine earned his 233rd career victory.

        CINCINNATI: The Reds activated backup infielder Juan Castro from the 15-day disabled list and optioned outfielder Brady Clark to Triple-A Louisville. Castro had been on the disabled list since May 29 with a pulled left hamstring. Clark had gone 4-for-34 since getting two hits in his first three at-bats of the season ... 1B Sean Casey left the game after six innings with tightness in his right hamstring, which has bothered him for about the last three weeks.


        PITTSBURGH: RHP Josh Fogg had that familiar feeling when J.D. Drew homered off him on Friday night. The two played against each other in college, Fogg at Florida and Drew at Florida State. “I was having flashbacks to college when he used to hit them off me,” Fogg said. ... OF Chad Hermansen will be examined again Sunday to see how his bruised shoulder is and when he can play. He ran into a wall Monday trying to make a catch. He played Tuesday and Wednesday and hit a home run. He received a cortisone shot on Thursday. The shot takes 48 to 72 hours to take effect.

        ST. LOUIS: 2B Fernando Vina was out with the flu Saturday night and likely will not play Sunday. The Cardinals are off Monday before beginning a nine-game road trip Tuesday. ... Matt Morris will make his club-high 13th start Sunday in the series finale against the Pirates. Morris is 4-3 with a 1.84 ERA career record against Pittsburgh. Last season, Morris was 3-0 with a 2.47 ERA against the Pirates.


        COLORADO: RHP John Thomson, who pitches on Sunday against San Francisco, needs two wins to match his career high of eight in a season. ... OF Larry Walker did not start again on Saturday because of elbow soreness. He missed his eighth game. ... The Rockies finished May with 3.48, the team's best ERA in a month. The previous best was 3.62 in June 1995.

        SAN FRANCISCO: SS Ramon Martinez, who sustained a mild concussion during Friday night's game when he was hit in the head by a tipped throw, will visit a neurologist as a precautionary measure. ... The Giants honored their 1962 team, which lost to the New York Yankees in seven games in the World Series after beating the Los Angeles Dodgers in a two-of-three playoff series. “It's a beautiful time to see all these guys,” said Hall of Fame pitcher Juan Marichal. “It's a great time for me. The wonderful thing is we'll all get together and tell stories.” The last time the same group got together was in 1999, at the last game played at Candlestick Park. ... C Yorvit Torrealba suffered a bruised thumb, X-rays revealed, after a collision at home plate on Friday night. He's available to catch in an emergency, but wouldn't be able to hit.


        ARIZONA: The Diamondbacks tied a franchise record with 18 victories in May. ... Craig Counsell, who tied a club record with five hits last Sunday against the Dodgers in a 10-inning victory, is 12-for-23 against them this season. ... Brian Anderson is 0-7 during his 16-game drought as a starter. “He's a pretty good pitcher. I played with him in Cleveland and I know he can pitch,” Dodgers outfielder Marquis Grissom said.

        LOS ANGELES: The Dodgers are a major league-leading 11-3 when opponents start a left-hander. ... The Dodgers became the fourth team Saturday to go over the 1 million mark in attendance. They reached the mark three dates earlier than last year.


        MILWAUKEE: The Brewers have never swept the Padres in a series of any length since joining the National League in 1998. They are 12-24 overall against the Padres, including a 4-13 mark in San Diego. ... Richie Sexson's current eight-game hitting streak equals the Brewers' season high.

        SAN DIEGO: LF Bubba Trammell, in an 0-for-25 slump, did not start. CF Ray Lankford (2-for-24) also did not start. ... Deivi Cruz has a 13-game hitting streak, the longest of his career. ... RHP Brian Tollberg has a torn elbow ligament that may need to have reconstructive surgery that would sideline him until next season. If surgery is needed, Tollberg would be the third Padres pitcher (Kevin Walker and Adam Eaton) in less than a year to have “Tommy John” surgery.


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