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2011-Jul-19, 07:58

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- When reliever Rafael Soriano appears in a rehab game for the Class A Yankees in nearby Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, he won't be alone. Eric Chavez will be joining him. After going through baseball activities for a few weeks at the Yankees' Minor League complex, Chavez was cleared to play in his first rehab game on Tuesday, though manager Joe Girardi wasn't sure if he'd play the field or serve as a designated hitter. Chavez has been out since May 5 with a fractured fifth metatarsal in his left foot and had been working his way back slowly. How much longer until he returns? With Alex Rodriguez recently undergoing right knee surgery and Ramiro Pena being placed on the 15-day disabled list after undergoing an emergency appendectomy on Monday, the Yankees need Chavez back sooner than later. "I mean, he's been out for a while, so I think he's going to need some at-bats," Girardi said. "The question is, how long can he go in those first couple of games? That's the question. If he was out a shorter period of time, it'd probably be easier to build him up. But we need him to be able to play nine innings when he gets here, so that can take some time." Chavez -- winner of six consecutive Gold Glove Awards before injuries derailed his career -- was a valuable commodity as a reserve third baseman and lefty pinch-hitter before being placed on the shelf. In his first 17 games, the 33-year-old hit .303, with a .410 on-base percentage. Soriano, out since May 13 with right elbow inflammation, would probably need a minimum of three rehab appearances before being cleared to return, though Girardi hasn't provided a specific number.     & ;nbsp;     & nbsp;     &n bsp;     &nb sp;     &nbs p;       ;           Girardi not focused on potential additions     &a mp;nbsp;     &am p;nbsp;    ST. PETERSBURG -- The Trade Deadline is 13 days away and the Yankees' starting-pitching needs have been a big talking point all year. Joe Girardi's club has been heavily linked to Rockies ace Ubaldo Jimenez -- seemingly one of few quality starters attainable via the trade market. But the Yankees' skipper only wants to concern himself with who he has right now.   "I don't ever go through the what-ifs -- 'What if you're going to get this guy?'" Girardi said prior to Monday's game against the Rays. "I don't think you can count on that. My concern is how our guys are throwing, and if they're not throwing well, what do you do to fix it? How do you get them back on track? There's too many variables when you start talking about how to obtain people." Reports have speculated that it would take a lot to obtain Jimenez, which is no surprise, considering he's locked up for a while and affordable. The 27-year-old right-hander is signed through 2014 -- including the two club options the Rockies sport -- and he doesn't make any more than $8 million in either of those seasons. On the year, he's 5-8 with a 4.08 ERA in 18 starts, but his ERA is 2.56 since the start of June. Jimenez would provide a boost for the Yankees' rotation. But he won't come cheap. "We would have to be absolutely overwhelmed; it would have to be a Herschel Walker deal," Rockies general manager Dan O'Dowd recently said, in reference to the NFL trade that made the Dallas Cowboys a dynasty a couple decades ago.Prospects Manuel Banuelos, Dellin Betances, Ivan Nova and Jesus Montero have come up as players from the Yankees the Rockies would be interested in. But several other teams are believed to have interest, and most reports still peg the possibility of a Jimenez deal as slim. While talking to YES Network's Jack Curry on Monday, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said the Yankees "aren't going to do anything stupid" in their potential quest to add an arm. He also named Banuelos, Betances, Montero and Austin Romine as guys he has "no inclination to move." "To be close, you'd have to get to the stage of exchanging names with other clubs, and I haven't done that," Cashman added to ESPNNewYork.com. "I have had no conversations with any other team regarding anyone. And besides, I don't think I'll find anyone on the market who is better than [Phil] Hughes, or [Bartolo] Colon or [Rafael] Soriano." Hughes provided an encouraging outing while hurling his first quality start and notching his first win on Sunday. But Colon and Freddy Garcia each struggled to begin the second half, raising questions of whether the Yankees have already received the best from their two back-of-the-rotation starters. In tune with that, Girardi was asked if he felt his rotation was good enough without a major addition.   "This is what we have, yeah," he responded. "This is what we have, and we've gotten to this point because of that, and they've thrown the ball really well and there's no reason that can't continue."

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2011-Jul-19, 07:52

MINNEAPOLIS -- When the Twins took on the Rangers at Target Field on June 10, Michael Acosta made the trip up from Fort Worth, Texas, for the game.But Acosta is no Rangers fan. A longtime Twins fan, Acosta met Twins manager Ron Gardenhire and got a chance to manage the Minnesota Twins for a day. "I always liked his antics," Acosta said of Gardenhire. "When he's out there, arguing with the umpires, it's a good laugh every time."Acosta's big day, made possible by the Make-A-Wish Foundation, was featured on a special episode of ESPN SportsCenter's "My Wish" series. Acosta is a testicular cancer survivor.The episode aired at 5 p.m. CT on Monday night, showing Acosta interacting with the Twins in various ways while an ESPN camera crew followed him around Target Field.Among the moments featured in the episode were Acosta meeting Gardenhire in his office and discussing the Twins' strategy for that night's game against the Rangers.Gardenhire was asked before the game that night whether he or Acosta made out the lineup card."He did, if we lose ..." Gardenhire joked.Acosta showed a quick wit himself, adding his own comeback."I'll take his game check," Acosta said with a laugh.Viewers also got to watch Acosta and Gardenhire shagging baseballs in the outfield during batting practice. Acosta was shown answering questions from the media in the Twins' dugout before the game, throwing out the ceremonial first pitch and delivering the Twins' lineup card to the umpiring crew before the game at home plate with first-base coach Jerry White."I didn't even know any of this was possible, that I would be able to be down and do all this stuff," Acosta said. "It's really an honor and a pleasure to be able to experience all of this. It was always a dream, since Target Field was built. I've always wanted to get out here."

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2011-Jul-19, 07:44

In the first month of the 2000 season, Pedro Martinez was literally unbeatable.  In five starts in April, Martinez was 5-0, owned a 1.27 ERA, was holding his opponents to a .475 OPS and had struck out 50 batters in 35 1/3 innings. In other words, it was most likely going to take an otherworldly performance from an opposing pitcher to keep his team in the game against Pedro.  On May 6 of that season, that's exactly what Steve Trachsel contributed.In that game, Pedro went the distance, surrendered six hits, struck out 17 and allowed one run.  Which was one more than Trachsel gave up.  The Tampa Bay right-hander also went the distance, allowed half as many hits, struck out a career high 11 batters and beat Pedro and the Red Sox, 1-0.Red Sox-RaysBoston's Josh Beckett (eight innings, one hit, six strikeouts, zero walks) and Tampa Bay's Jeff Niemann (eight innings, two hits, 10 strikeouts, two walks) each compiled an 86 game score.  The last time a game featured both starters putting up at least an 86 was on May 28, 2002, when Arizona's Miguel Batista (87) and San Francisco's Jason Schmidt (86) dueled.  The last time an American League game witnessed both starters getting an 86 (or better) was on May 6, 2000, and also featured the Red Sox and Rays.  That day, Trachsel had an 89 game score and Martinez had an 87.• It was the longest game (by innings) to finish with a 1-0 score since the Brewers beat the Angels in 17 innings on June 8, 2004.• For the Red Sox, it was the longest game (by innings) to finish 1-0 in the live-ball era.• For the Rays, it was the longest game (by innings) to finish 1-0 in franchise history.• It was the longest AL game (by innings) to finish with a 1-0 score since the Orioles beat the Brewers on Sept. 27, 1974.• With his eight innings and one hit allowed, Beckett has allowed a total of two hits in 17 innings against the Rays this season.  On June 15, he threw a one-hit shutout.TigersDetroit's Jose Valverde pitched a scoreless ninth inning to record his 25th save of the season and remain perfect in save opportunities for the year.  Valverde's streak is the second longest for a Tigers pitcher from the beginning of the season forward; Willie Hernandez converted his first 32 opportunities of the 1984 season.  Valverde is the 12th pitcher to begin a year by converting his first 25 or more opportunities.CardinalsLance Berkman hit his 25th home run of the season -- the ninth time in his career he has reached that mark.  Berkman and his nine seasons tie him with Mark Teixeira for the fourth most by a switch-hitter.  Eddie Murray had 12 seasons with 25+ homers, which is the most.  After Murray, Mickey Mantle and Chipper Jones are tied with the second most, with 10 such seasons.RedsCincinnati's Zack Cozart went 2-for-4 and hit his first Major League home run.  Cozart, who has hit safely in all six of his Major League games, is the seventh Reds player since 1919 to open his career with a hitting streak of at least six games.Reds streaks to begin careersPlayerStreakYearChuck Aleno171941Tony Gonzalez81960Adam Dunn72001Ival Goodman61935Joe Abreu61942Frank Baumholtz61947Zack Cozart62011*Since 1919PhilliesPhiladelphia's Antonio Bastardo saw his no-hit streak end when he allowed a one-out double to Daniel Murphy in the bottom of the ninth of the Phillies' 8-5 win over the Mets.  Before the double, hitters had been hitless in their past 39 at-bats with two walks against Bastardo.  Before Murphy's double, the last hit allowed by the Phillies left-hander was a single by Lyle Overbay on June 5.  For the season, Bastardo is allowing 3.31 hits per nine innings (13 hits in 35 1/3 innings).BravesBrian McCann hit his 16th home run and drove in three runs to bring his career totals in those two categories to 128 and 519.  His 128 home runs tie him with Mike Piazza for the seventh most by any catcher through his age-27 season, and his 519 RBIs leave him 33 shy of matching Joe Torre for the fifth most in history for any catcher in his age-27 season. Johnny Bench (240 homers and 855 RBIs) is the leader in both categories for this age.NationalsSecond baseman Danny Espinosa singled, tripled and homered.  Espinosa leads all NL rookies in home runs (17), runs (47), total bases (160) and extra-base hits (37), and is three homers away from tying Brad Wilkerson (2002) and Ryan Zimmerman for the franchise rookie home run record.TwinsIn the Twins' 4-3 victory over the Royals, Jim Thome hit his 596th career home run.  Thome has 48 home runs against Kansas City, his third-highest total against any one opponent.  He has 63 against the Tigers and 57 against the Twins. 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It was the highest-scoring first inning for Oakland since putting up nine runs in the first on Sept. 3, 2006, against the Orioles.  In this game, Oakland scored seven runs (on four walks, a single, a Conor Jackson grand slam and an error) before an out was recorded.  In all, the inning produced five walks, five hits and the error, and Angels starter Joel Pineiro was charged with all eight of the runs in one-third of an inning pitched.  Pineiro is the second starter in Angels history to have no more than one-third of an inning for the day and allow at least eight runs.  On June 4, 1995, Mark Langston recorded one out and finished his day with eight runs allowed on six hits.  GiantsThe Giants beat the Padres, 4-3, in 11 innings.• San Francisco improved to 26-12 in one-run games.  The total of 38 one-run games is second most in the Majors, behind the Twins' 41 (Minnesota is 20-21).•  The Giants stole six bases in the game -- their most since Sept. 8, 1987, against the Astros. In that game, Kevin Mitchell had three steals, Dave Henderson had two and Chris Speier chipped in with one. In this game, Nate Schierholtz and Emmanuel Burriss had two apiece, and Eli Whiteside and Andres Torres had one. The last time the Giants had more than six steals in a game was on April 22, 1922, when they had seven.Rangers-MarinersMatt Harrison (7 2/3 innings, 5 hits, 1 run) won his eighth game and the Rangers extended their winning streak to 11 games.  • The 11 straight wins tie this club with the 2010 Rangers for the second longest single-season winning streak in franchise history.  The 1991 team won 14 straight.• During this winning streak, the Texas pitching staff owns a 2.09 ERA.11-game Rangers streaksYearIPHRERAK/BB201010076302.70100/3120119969232.0936/2 3• Harrison's 144 ERA+ makes him one of three Rangers starters with an ERA+ of at least 130 (Alexi Ogando is at 144 and C.J. 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2011-Jul-19, 07:35

NEW YORK -- Whenever Jose Reyes stepped to the on-deck circle on the first-base side Monday at MCU Park, fans would crowd the prime seats behind the netting near the Brooklyn Cyclones' dugout.The contingent, mostly decked out in Reyes jerseys and other Mets apparel, got to see one of the game's most thrilling players make his last stop on the way back to the big leagues.After the Mets' 4-1 loss to the Marlins on Monday, the team announced that the All-Star shortstop would be activated from the disabled list on Tuesday before the series opener against the Cardinals. Reyes went 1-for-3 with a double in his Minor League rehab start with Class A Brooklyn, which lost to Lowell of the Red Sox organization, 11-5. Reyes cleanly fielded the only ground ball that came his way at shortstop.Reyes was pulled from Monday's game while warming up on the field in the top of the seventh, right before he would have led off the bottom half of the inning in his fourth at-bat."I wanted to [keep playing]," Reyes said. "But the manager said, 'No, that's enough. You look ready.' So OK, it is what it is."Reyes would have played no more than seven innings regardless, with temperatures in the mid-90s amid the backdrop of Coney Island Beach."Besides the hot weather," Reyes said, "everything was perfect. So I feel happy about it."With general manager Sandy Alderson, vice president of player development and scouting Paul DePodesta, head trainer Ray Ramirez and Reyes' agent, Peter Greenberg, all on hand, Reyes led off the first inning by flying out to center. He successfully fielded a grounder from Lowell's Garin Cecchini to end the top of the third, then grounded out to second in the bottom half of the inning.He led off the sixth by lacing a double off Luis Diaz that hit the wall in left-center field, trotting into second for a double. He came around with Cole Frenzel to score the Cyclones' first two runs on a two-out single by Charles Thurber.Asked if he was thinking three bases the moment the ball left his bat, Reyes replied: "I'll take a double. I'll save the triple for tomorrow."A walk and double added two more runs, and Reyes found himself back where he started the inning, in the on-deck circle, before Jonathan Clark struck out swinging to end the frame."That's good, I had a lot of fun here in New York," Reyes said. "This is Brooklyn. I still had fun here, so that's good to see people come out and still support me."Reyes signed baseballs for many of his teammates and took pictures with players from both teams. He said he would buy the Cyclones dinner later in the day.Reyes suffered a Grade 1 strain of his left hamstring on a first-inning infield single during a July 2 game against the Yankees. He has been on the DL since July 3 and was eligible to return on Monday.When he does return, Collins said, the Mets will be careful not to overextend their shortstop in game action."I'm going to be very cautious of him in Florida, and take a good hard look at how he's doing," Collins said, referring to the team's upcoming weekend series in Miami. "He said he's going to be fine, he's ready. And we'll do a much better job of monitoring him here."The 28-year-old shortstop leads the Majors in triples (15) and batting average (.354). Reyes ranks second in hits (124) and steals (30). The Mets have gone 6-5 without Reyes entering Monday night's makeup game with the Marlins.A Cyclones official said 8,126 fans were at the 7,500-seat ballpark Monday, with roughly 1,000 tickets being sold in the last 24 hours, when the Mets announced that Reyes would play here. A night contest would have no doubt increased that figure, though the day campers who made up a collage of different colored T-shirts seemed to enjoy every minute of the atmosphere, which included SpongeBob SquarePants videos on the scoreboard and a between-innings condiment race on the field.Reyes said there was no hesitation to go full speed in the carnival-like atmosphere Monday. "No, I mean, a game's a game," said Reyes, who had never played in Brooklyn before. "You have to run to first base, you have to run to second, you have to take a ground ball. It's the same game, the only problem is this is the Minor Leagues. I'm going to play tomorrow in the big leagues, so that's the only difference. But it's still baseball."

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2011-Jul-19, 07:24

SEATTLE -- The Rangers take an 11-game winning streak, tied for the second-longest streak in franchise history, into their three-game series with the Angels that begins on Tuesday. To match their club record of 14 consecutive wins set in 1991, the Rangers will need another sweep -- something they've done in each of their past three series. However, manager Ron Washington won't be disappointed if the Rangers fall a game short. "I don't look to sweep the Angels," Washington said. "I'd like to win two of three. If we lose two of three it's not the end of the world. I don't consider it necessarily a big series but I consider it a series we need to go in and play well." The Angels take the same view. This is still July and the Trading Deadline hasn't even arrived yet. But what is clear is that the Rangers and Angels will clash head-to-head having separated themselves from the two offensively challenged teams in their division.As the season heads deeper into the second half, it appears that the American League West is headed for a two-team donnybrook right down to the end between the defending champions and the team that has won the division in five of the past seven years.The Rangers have a four-game lead over the Angels but these two still have 13 games remaining between them, beginning with the three games at Angel Stadium, where the two will end the regular season with three games. There is also a four-game series in Anaheim on Aug. 15-18 and a three-game set in Arlington on Aug. 26-28."That's one reason I came here, to have this opportunity," Angels left fielder Vernon Wells said. "It's going to be a learning experience. At the same time, it's what you play this game for -- to play some meaningful baseball. That's what this game is truly about, and I'm looking forward to it." Wells is one of the reasons why the Angels have kept the Rangers from pulling away from everybody. The Angels lost three of four to the Athletics in Oakland over the weekend but are 21-10 since June 11. During that stretch, Wells hit .276 with 10 home runs, 22 RBIs and a .569 slugging percentage, helping to spark the Angels offense."We're playing good baseball," Wells said. "We're scoring runs when we need to, and the pitching is doing what they've done all year. It's especially important that we continue playing good defense now. You don't want to give a team like Texas, with all those weapons, any favors."Pitching remains the Angels' biggest strength and they will have their heavyweights going in the series. Rookie Tyler Chatwood will open the series for them on Tuesday and then be followed by veteran All-Star right-handers Dan Haren and Jered Weaver. The Rangers will have a pair of All-Stars pitching in the series as well. Alexi Ogando starts on Tuesday night and C.J. Wilson goes on Thursday. Derek Holland, who has pitched two consecutive shutouts, is to take the mound on Wednesday. Angels manager Mike Scioscia said the pitching in the AL West was terrific in 2010 and has been even better this season. The Rangers staff has allowed two runs in the past 47 innings, although the Angels figure to be a bigger challenge than the Mariners, outscored 17-2 in a four-game Texas sweep."It's the best pitching in our league," Scioscia said of the division's hurlers. "You're going to face tough pitching intradivision, which can impact offenses. In the American League West, you're facing a legitimate arm every night." The Rangers set their rotation for this series. Wilson was pushed up one day ahead of Colby Lewis so he could pitch on Thursday. Wilson is 3-1 with a 3.29 ERA in seven starts against the Angels over the past two seasons. Ogando hasn't started since July 6 against the Orioles, although he did pitch to two batters in the All-Star Game.The Rangers used the break to give Ogando some extra rest. Having him open a three-game series against the Angels had some appeal as well. Ogando beat the Angels, 5-1, on May 13 at the Ballpark in Arlington, allowing one run in 6 1/3 innings."I recognize it is an important series but I will do what I normally do and not add too much to it," Ogando said. The two teams have split six games at the Ballpark in Arlington this season, leaving 10 of 13 to be played in Anaheim. The Rangers are 40-42 against the Angels since Washington took over as manager in 2007, including 16-22 in Anaheim. They were 10-9 against them last season in winning the division, although the Angels won six of nine at their own park. "It will be fun," Rangers infielder Michael Young said. "Big games are always fun. That's what we play for. I don't think it's anything we haven't done before and we've played well in big games before. Anything that's a challenge we look forward to doing."

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