Sunday, June 23, 2002

Notes from Saturday's games

The Associated Press


        TEXAS: INF-OF Frank Catalanotto (lower back pain) and RHP Rudy Seanez (right shoulder tendinitis) are expected to begin rehab assignments Monday at Triple-A Oklahoma. ... RHP Jeff Zimmerman threw 25 pitches off a mound Saturday for the second time in three days. Zimmerman is recovering from May 1 surgery to remove scar tissue from his right elbow. ... Newly named pitching coach Orel Hershiser said one of the challenges of his first coaching job will be adjusting the mindset of his pitchers: “The pitchers of the modern day are beaten up at just about every turn. The highlights are the home runs. The pitcher walking off the mound and throwing the glove in the dugout is a pretty nice scene. It's going to be my job to be their advocate and be their friend and encourage them, and to call them on the carpet and treat them like men when it's time to.”

        PITTSBURGH: RHP Josias Manzanillo threw on the sidelines Saturday and expects to begin a minor league rehabilitation assignment Sunday at Triple-A Nashville. Manzanillo had arthroscopic elbow surgery last month. ... Manager Lloyd McClendon said the short meeting after Friday night's 2-0 loss to Texas wasn't a rah-rah session meant to prop up a skidding team. After winning four of five from June 4-9, the Pirates lost eight of their next 10 to fall a season low 8 1/2 games out of the NL Central lead. However, they weren't nearly as far out of the race as they were a year ago, when they had long since settled into last place. ... The Pirates held a moment of silence before Saturday night's game for St. Louis pitcher Darryl Kile and former Pirates pitcher Ron Kline. Both died Saturday.


        DETROIT: 2B Damion Easley snapped an 0-for-25 slump with a second-inning single Saturday. It was just his second hit in his last 40 at-bats. ... Making his fifth rehabilitation start, RHP Brian Moehler allowed five hits and three runs in six innings Friday night at Triple-A Toledo. In three starts there, he is 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA. Moehler had arthroscopic surgery last July to repair a torn rotator cuff and labrum. He is expected to return to the club at the end of this month. ... RHP Jose Lima on St. Louis pitcher and former Houston teammate Darryl Kile: “He was an adviser for me. He told me one time that tough times never last; tough people do. I took it to heart.”

        FLORIDA: RHP Hansel Izquierdo lasted just two innings Saturday, giving up six hits and four runs. He also walked two and struck out four. It was the shortest outing for any Marlins starter since May 29, when Josh Beckett failed to get out of the second inning against Cincinnati. ... RHP Brad Penny's scheduled rehab start Saturday in Tampa was rained out, meaning he probably will return to the Marlins' rotation on three days' rest. Penny is scheduled to pitch Thursday against Philadelphia. But with his rehab start postponed to Sunday, pitching coach Brad Arnsberg said it will limit the number of pitches he will be able to throw against the Phillies. Arnsberg expects Penny, on the DL since May 19 with a biceps inflammation, to throw between 55 and 60 pitches in his return.


        CLEVELAND: OF Todd Dunwoody was placed on the 15-day DL Saturday. Dunwoody sprained his left foot and ankle when he landed awkwardly after making a leaping catch in the sixth inning of Cleveland's 3-1 loss to the Expos the night before. ... 1B-OF Ben Broussard was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo to make his major league debut. Broussard was acquired from Cincinnati on June 7 in a trade for Russell Branyan. The Reds' second-round pick in the June 1999 draft, Broussard began the season with the Reds' Triple-A Louisville affiliate after posting a combined total of 28 homers and 90 RBIs between Class-A Mudville and Double-A Chattanooga last season. He hit .267 with 13 homers and 36 RBIs in the minors this season, including .245 with two homers and six RBIs in 14 games with Buffalo.

        MONTREAL: RF Vladimir Guerrero's 16-game hitting streak is well off the longest streak of his career, and still five games short of the Expos' longest of the season. Guerrero had a team-record 31-game streak from July 27-Aug. 26, 1999. 2B Jose Vidro had a career-high 21-game streak earlier this season from May 4-27 to tie Delino DeShields' 1993 streak for the second-longest in team history. ... RHP Zach Day will make his first career start against the Indians, who traded him to Montreal last July 31 for OF Milton Bradley. Day has two wins in two major league appearances while pitching four hitless shutout innings out of the bullpen since he was recalled from Triple-A Ottawa on June 14. ... Steve Rogers, the Expos' career wins leader with 158 from 1973-85, will be on hand Sunday for the team's second of six bobblehead giveaways this season. A likeness of Rogers will be given to the first 5,000 fans to attend the finale of the three-game series.


        MINNESOTA: Heading into Saturday's game, the Twins had struck out 513 times, including 98 in their last 11 games. The team is on pace to break the franchise record of 1,121 set in 1997. ... The last Twins pitcher to hit a home run was Jim Kaat on May 14, 1972, vs. Milwaukee. . ... LHP Johan Santana (2-1, 3.37 ERA) will start Sunday before the team begins a seven-game home stand on Monday against the Chicago White Sox.

        PHILADELPHIA: 3B Scott Rolen took BP but missed his fourth straight start with a sprained left ankle. He is day to day. Amid trade rumors and vocal displeasure from Phillies fans, Rolen is in a 2-for-23 slump. Tomas Perez started his fourth consecutive game in Rolen's absence. ... LF Pat Burrell had his streak of reaching base in 34 consecutive games halted on Friday with an 0-for-4. ... 1B Travis Lee's best offensive month of his career has been June with a .286 average, 18 homers and 70 RBIs


        OAKLAND: OF Jermaine Dye was out of the lineup for a second consecutive game with a tight right hamstring. “I'm going to give him another day,” manager Art Howe said. “No need to rush him back. I've had hamstring problems and I know they don't go away overnight.” ... Howe loaded his lineups with right-handed batters against lefty-hander Bruce Chen, who made his first start for the Reds. ... Closer Billy Koch, who set a club record by saving five consecutive games, was lobbying Saturday for a chance to make it six in a row, if the chance arose. “He's been in here campaigning ever since I got here,” Howe said. The answer: No way. ... Howe was deeply touched by the death of Cardinals right-hander Darryl Kile on Saturday. Howe was his first big-league manager with Houston in 1991. “Tragic, tragic news,” Howe said. “Just unbelievable. He pitched for me when he was a kid. He was just a fine young man. It's hard to believe something like this could happen.” ... Olmedo Saenz's two-run double in the first inning Saturday was right in character for the A's. They've scored in the first inning of eight of the last 11 games — 21 runs total. ... Miguel Tejada started at shortstop, extending his streak to 343 consecutive games played. The club record is 347 by Alfredo Griffin from April 9, 1985 to April 30, 1987. Tejada last missed a game on May 31, 2000.

        CINCINNATI: Darryl Kile's death hit the Reds' clubhouse hard. Stunned players stopped talking and had blank stares after hearing the news on the clubhouse television sets. They canceled batting practice and held a moment of silence before the first pitch. ... LHP Gabe White was released from a hospital, a day after his pitching hand swelled so badly that he couldn't move his fingers. He'll have to take intravenous antibiotics for several more days. He's the only left-hander in the bullpen, and the Reds are likely to put him on the disabled list. ... Manager Bob Boone shook up his slumping lineup for the second consecutive game, giving left fielder Adam Dunn and second baseman Todd Walker a day off. “I wanted to give Dunn and Walker a mental break,” Boone said. “Part of this is that it's a convenient time to get the bench into the game. I've been trying to find a way to get those guys some playing time. It coincides with a shake-up.” The Reds had lost their last five games, scoring only seven runs — two of them unearned. .... First-round draft pick Chris Gruler visited Cinergy Field on Saturday and was presented with a Reds jersey that bore his name, but no number. Gruler, a right-hander from Liberty High School in Brentwood, Calif., signed with the Reds a few hours after they made him the third overall pick on June 4.

       Red Sox-Dodgers

        BOSTON: The Red Sox, who have gone 83 years without winning a World Series, began the day leading the AL with a .282 team batting average a 3.57 team ERA. The last time they finished a season leading the league in both categories was 1903 (.272 average and 2.57 ERA). ... Rickey Henderson, who has played in 32 of Boston's 71 games since winning a job with the Red Sox in spring training, hit his 293rd career homer in Saturday's loss. “Every once in a while, Rickey will mention that he'd like to play more,” GM Mike Port said. “I mean, you can't fault anybody for wanting to play more. But, as I've told him, he's on time, he plays hard and he hasn't broken any rules. So if the worst thing he ever does is aggravate the general manager on occasion, I'll live with that. But otherwise, he's been a positive addition and he's done a great job for us.” ... The home run Derek Lowe gave up to Shawn Green on Saturday was only the third he's allowed this season. ... Manny Ramirez, sidelined since breaking his left forefinger while sliding headfirst into home plate on May 12, is expected to be activated Tuesday in time for the opener of a series against Cleveland at Fenway Park. ... Closer Ugueth Urbina, who has blown only one of 21 save opportunities, has pitched 18 innings in his last 18 outings without allowing an earned run. ... OF-DH Brian Daubach, who has only 15 hits in his last 91 at-bats and is 2-for-19 on the road trip, struck out as a pinch-hitter Saturday. “It's something that he goes through every year, and it's something we've seen him come out of,” manager Grady Little said. “It's like getting a bad cold. It'll take a while for him to get over it, and he'll be all right after it's gone. He's a good hitter. He's just having a bad spell right now.”

        LOS ANGELES: The hiring of former Dodgers Cy Young Winner Orel Hershiser Saturday as Texas Rangers pitching coach puts him in an impressive group of ex-Dodgers who became pitching coaches in the majors. The list includes Roger Craig, Ron Perranoski, Claude Osteen, Bob Welch, Charlie Hough, Burt Hooton, Phil Regan and Johnny Podres. ... 2B Mark Grudzielanek was ejected in the third inning Saturday by plate umpire Kerwin Danley. Grudzielanek hit a dribbler to the left of the mound, and was hit by pitcher Derek Lowe's errant throw while running illegally inside the first base line. ... Manager Jim Tracy feels that 1B Eric Karros should be added to the NL All-Star team for the first time in his 12-year career, but he didn't think a phone call to NL manager Bob Brenly would help. “I made one such call last year, but that's no guarantee it's going to work out for you,” said Tracy, who wouldn't name the player for whom he politicked. “My relationship with Bob Brenly is immaterial. He's the All-Star manager, and those are his calls. But our first baseman has been very special to this team since opening day.” ... Paul Lo Duca, who entered Saturday with an NL-leading .396 average in day games, was 1-for-4 in Saturday's victory. Los Angeles' 15-6 record in matinees is the best in the majors by winning percentage.


        NEW YORK: 1B Jason Giambi was back in the lineup and batting third after missing Friday night's game with a jammed right thumb. ... Alfonso Soriano extended his hitting streak to seven games when he doubled on the first pitch of the game from Jake Peavy, who was making his major league debut. Soriano finished 1-for-3 and scored the game's only run. ... RHP Mike Mussina, who will start Sunday's series finale, is 11-7 with a 3.73 ERA against NL opponents. He beat Colorado in his last start, on Tuesday.

        SAN DIEGO: The Padres were shut out for the second time in three games. They lost 5-0 to Boston on Thursday. The Padres have been shut out seven times this year, second-most in the NL. ... Reliever Alan Embree struck out a career-high seven over a season-best three scoreless innings. Embree fanned six in a row and has yet to allow a run in 22 home appearances. ... 1B Ryan Klesko missed his second straight start with a sore right wrist and forearm, which he hurt while diving for a a grounder in Thursday night's loss to Boston. Klesko tried to hit off a tee before the game but couldn't go. ... The Padres will set an attendance record for a three-game series this weekend. As of Friday night, the team had sold 159,335 tickets for the Yankees series, breaking the old record of 158,010 set June 15-17, 2001, against Seattle.


        BALTIMORE: SS Mike Bordick was 1-for-12 on the Orioles' current road trip before going 4-for-7 in Baltimore's first two games at Pacific Bell Park. Bordick had a two-run triple and a single in Saturday's 4-2 victory. ... The only Baltimore player with a significant connection to St. Louis pitcher Darryl Kile was Pat Hentgen, who's on the 60-day disabled list with a sprained right elbow. Kile and Hentgen were teammates with the Cardinals. “I'm sure this hit Pat really hard,” reliever Buddy Groom said. “Pat always spoke very highly of him and said he was a great gentleman and a father.” ... Groom has been quietly outstanding in his first full season since ceding the closer's job to Jorge Julio. He allowed one hit over two scoreless innings Saturday, making it his 29th scoreless appearance in 33 games. He has retired his first hitter 26 of 33 times.

        SAN FRANCISCO: Shawon Dunston got a rare start on Saturday despite his depression over Kile's death. Dunston went 1-for-4, then wiped away tears at his locker. He and Kile were teammates in St. Louis in 2000. “We were very close,” Dunston said. “I still had a job to do. I didn't really want to play, but I did. It's just very difficult.” ... 3B Pedro Feliz, starting in place of David Bell, went 3-for-4 with his first homer since May 9. His three hits tied a career high. ... Jay Witasick, Aaron Fultz and Felix Rodriguez combined for four scoreless innings of relief on Saturday. Bordick's ninth-inning single was the Orioles' only hit against the Giants' relievers, whose 2.99 ERA is third-best in the NL.


        MILWAUKEE: Manager Jerry Royster can sympathize with St. Louis manager Tony La Russa, who is coping with the death of Darryl Kile. Royster managed Triple-A Las Vegas when shortstop Mike Sharperson died in a traffic accident on May 26, 1996, just after being called up to the San Diego Padres. “I had just sent him to the major leagues, told him he was called up,” Royster said. “He packed his bags and headed to his house to get his wife to go to the airport. He was killed on the way to his house in a car accident.” ... Four of the Brewers were former teammates with Kile: Curtis Leskanic, Jamey Wright, Mike DeJean and Lenny Harris. Leskanic, who is on the DL, inscribed the initials “DK” on his cap before Saturday night's game.

        ANAHEIM: John Lackey, the Angels second-round choice in the 1999 free agent draft, will make his major league debut Monday at Texas. Lackey is 8-2 with a 2.70 ERA at Triple-A Salt Lake, and gets to start because Texas and Anaheim have a doubleheader Monday. “He's the guy who has stepped up and pitched the best baseball in Triple-A, so we're going to give him the opportunity,” manager Mike Scioscia said. ... Jarrod Washburn, a native of La Crosse, Wis., made his first career start at Miller Park on Saturday night. Scioscia believes the 27-year-old left-hander will become one of baseball's best pitchers. “Once he can show he has the stamina to go 33 starts, he's going to be one of the top pitchers in the league,” Scioscia said. Washburn finished 11-10 with a 3.77 ERA last season, but went 0-5 with a 5.76 ERA in his final five starts of 2001.

       White Sox-Braves

        CHICAGO: RHP Todd Ritchie was hardly feeling sorry for himself after losing a game in which he gave up just two hits in 7 1-3 innings. Ritchie (4-9) walked four in Friday night's 3-2 loss to the Braves, and two of those runners came around to score. Atlanta pushed across the winning run in the eighth after Ritchie walked the leadoff hitter, Keith Lockhart. “I'm embarrassed by that,” Ritchie said. “When you walk guys and give them the opportunity to have big innings, it's going to get you.” ... RF Magglio Ordonez was hit on the right hip while scrambling back to first base on a throw over by Braves P Damian Moss in the third inning. Ordonez needed some time to walk off the pain, but he was able to stay in the game after a visit from the trainer. ... The lack of a designated hitter forces the White Sox to bench one of their most effective hitters when playing in NL parks. Frank Thomas sat out Saturday, allowing Paul Konerko to return to first base. Konerko, leading the AL with 60 RBIs, didn't start Friday night's game.

        ATLANTA: LHP Tom Glavine soaked his left index finger in ice water before the game. The 11-game winner developed a small blister during his start Friday. Asked how his finger felt, Glavine replied, “Not bad. It's a little sore.” He said the injury was likely caused by his desire to get better control of his fastball. “I was making a conscious effort to stay through the ball a little longer. I was probably squeezing the ball a little harder or getting a little more of the seam with my finger.” Glavine has developed blisters only two or three times during his long career. “It's usually thing kind of thing,” he said. “I'm struggling with a pitch and trying to correct it.” ... Manager Bobby Cox said he won't make a decision until Sunday on whether RHP Greg Maddux can make his next start on Tuesday against the New York Mets. Maddux has left his last two starts because of a sore left calf muscle. “If he can't move, he can't pitch,” Cox said. “I'm going to wait until (Sunday) to see how he can skeedoodle around the park and all.” ... C Javy Lopez was back in the lineup after sitting out Friday's game because of a welt on his left arm, the result of getting hit by a pitch. ... RHP Kevin Gryboski has been one of the Braves' most successful relievers, and now he has his first major-league win. He earned the victory Friday night by retiring the final two hitters in the eighth. ... RHP Kris Keller is set to report to Atlanta's Triple-A team in Richmond. Keller, who was acquired Wednesday from the Detroit Tigers for OF George Lombard, has been on the disabled list since May 31 with a strained right triceps.


        KANSAS CITY: The Royals activated RHP Jason Grimsley from the disabled list Saturday, and optioned RHP Jeff Austin to Omaha. Kansas City also purchased the contract of Aaron Guiel from Omaha, and designated Donzell McDonald for assignment. ... With Oaxaca of the Mexican League, Guiel nearly quit the game in 2000. “I was within days of packing it up. I told my agent he needed to find me another place to play or I was going home,” Guiel said. “Three days after I told him the Royals called.” ... Manager Tony Pena said he hoped McDonald would accept a minor league assignment, but wasn't positive if he'd stay in the organization. ... Pena was with the Houston in 1997, when St. Louis pitcher Darryl Kile was on the Astros' pitching staff. “Baseball lost a great man — not only a great pitcher, but a great human being,” Pena said. “It's very tough to take this. Nobody can say a bad thing about Darryl Kile.” ... The Royals opened their nine-game interleague road trip by losing seven straight, and have won only two of their first 13 interleague games.

        NEW YORK: Catcher Mike Piazza, scheduled for a day off Sunday, took Saturday's game off and is scheduled to start in the final game of the series with the Royals. Vance Wilson started in Piazza's place ... Before the game, the Mets welcomed over 200 family members of the 23 New York Police officers, 37 Port Authority officers and three Court officers who lost their lives on Sept. 11. Piazza, manager Bobby Valentine and pitchers Al Leiter and John Franco accepted an Emergency Service Unity Flag that flew over Ground Zero from NYPD officials. ... Saturday's starting pitcher, Pedro Astacio, played in Colorado with St. Louis pitcher Darryl Kile in 1998 and 1999, and was visibly upset before the game. “He's feeling like he should feel: he played with Darryl for a couple of years, and he was friendly with him,” Mets GM Steve Phillips said. “His eyes were red.” ... Mets' third base coach Matt Galante was a coach with Houston when Kile no-hit the Mets on Sept. 8, 1993, and the two had remained friendly. “It doesn't seem like the game means a whole lot when something like this happens,” said Galante, who has a blown up copy of the box score from Kile's no hitter at his house. “The guy would give you the shirt of his back.”


        HOUSTON: With the addition of Kirk Saarloos, 23, to the Houston starting rotation, all five of the Houston starters are 25 or younger. ...Wade Miller is 25, while Roy Oswalt and Tim Redding are 24 and Carlos Hernandez is 22. ...Craig Biggio's 10-game hitting streak was stopped Friday night. Biggio hit 390 (16-for-41) during the streak and raised his average from .230 to .256.

        SEATTLE: Jamie Moyer recorded a season high 11 strikeouts Friday night against Houston. Moyer had made 138 starts since his last double digit strikeout game, April 6,1999 against the Yankees. ... Ruben Sierra's grand slam Friday night against Houston was the fifth this season by the Mariners and the sixth of Sierra's career.

       Devil Rays-Rockies

        TAMPA BAY: Darryl Kile, who was found dead in a Chicago hotel on Saturday, had many ties to the Devil Rays and Rockies. Milt May, Tampa Bay's hitting coach, coached Kile at Colorado in 1999. “He had trouble pitching here, but who didn't,” May said. “He handled it like a pro from day one. He never missed a start and there were times when he wasn't 100 percent. He was a pro, a class guy.” ... Manager Hal McRae was still angry about his team blowing a 7-3 lead in the ninth inning Friday night when he heard the news of Kile's death. “I thought last night was as bad as it could be, and then this. This isn't like when Dick Howser died. We'd had time to get used to it. Kile was instant. The team was already at the ballpark.” ... Including a two-hour rain delay, Friday's 8-7 Colorado victory in 10 innings lasted 5:58, making it the longest day the Devil Rays had ever spent at a ballpark. ... Tampa Bay set dubious pitching records in three straight games. Ryan Rupe tied a record by hitting three batters Wednesday against the Giants, Tanyon Sturtze tied another by allowing 13 hits the next night, then Victor Zambrano and Esteban Yan broke a record by allowing five extra-base hits in the ninth inning against Colorado Friday.

        COLORADO: Kile played two years for Colorado (1998-99) and news of his death hit particularly hard in the Rockies' clubhouse. “Our hearts are broken,” Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said with tears in his eyes. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Flynn Kile and her children, and Darryl's family.” OF Larry Walker, who played two seasons with Kile in Colorado, broke down several times during a news conference before Saturday's game with Tampa Bay. Teammate Mike Hampton was too emotional to speak and stayed in the clubhouse. “It really puts things into perspective, doesn't it,” Walker said. “We lose a teammate, and even worse, a friend.” ... Brent Butler has a hit in all five games since being named the everyday second baseman. ... The Rockies' 10-inning victories over the Yankees on Thursday and Tampa Bay on Friday marked the first time they won consecutive interleague games since July 17-18, 2000, against Oakland. It was also the sixth time the Rockies had ever played consecutive extra innings games — first since June 2-4, 1999, against Atlanta and Milwaukee.

       Blue Jays-Diamondbacks

        TORONTO: The Blue Jays optioned RHP Brandon Lyon to Triple-A Syracuse and activated RHP Chris Carpenter to start this game. Carpenter went on the 15-day DL on April 26 for the second time this season, both for muscle tendinitis in the back of his right shoulder. ... Carpenter has 45 victories, one short of tying Doyle Alexander and John Cerutti for ninth in franchise history. ... Although Darrin Fletcher hit a two-run homer in the previous game and is a left-handed hitter, Tom Wilson got the nod to make his 33rd start behind the plate. Fletcher is 0-3 against Arizona starter Miguel Batista, a right-hander. Wilson had never faced Batista. ... Toronto's last four losses have been by one run, including 4-3 on Friday night in their first meeting with the Diamondbacks.

        ARIZONA: Todd Stottlemyre, a former Arizona starter doing rehab in middle relief, allowed one hit, one walk, one run and had one strikeout in two innings for Triple-A Tucson on Friday night. ... RF Quinton McCracken, who got his chance to start when World Series hero Danny Bautista hurt his shoulder last month, has hit safely in 11 of 12 games and batted .480 (12-for-25) the last seven. He scored from third on a groundout in the ninth inning to beat the Blue Jays the previous game. ... Regular 3B Matt Williams and INF Jay Bell will report to Triple-A Tucson on Tuesday to continue their rehabilitation. Williams, returning from a broken left leg and ankle dislocation, will play in his first rehab-assignment game Wednesday against New Orleans, but Bell, who has had problems with both calves, won't see action until July 1. ... Rod Barajas, Damian Miller's understudy at catcher, started this game, but manager Bob Brenly said it wasn't a reward for the game-winning RBI from Friday night. “I hesitate to call him Miguel's personal catcher, but that's the way it seems to work out,” Brenly said about the battery of Miguel Batista and Barajas. “They work very well together and we need to give Damian a day off from time to time anyway.”


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