TOP NEWS : When will David Ortiz become Big Pappi again? Ortiz went 0-for-7 Thursday night with three strikeouts and left 12 men on base while lowering his batting average to .202.
American League Notes
Frank Francisco is targeting his return for this Sunday, instead of today, as originally reported by the team...
So much for the win for Felix Hernandez. Even though Hernandez shutout the Rangers over seven innings, the Mariners bullpen couldn't hold the lead.
Julio Lugo is batting .359 since coming off the DL. Thursday night Lugo went 5-for-6 with a steal.
According to Mariners' manager Ken Wakamatsu, Erik Bedard will miss his next start because of a tight hamstring.
Justin Verlander dominated once again Thursday. Verlander struck out 13 while allowing two runs over six and a third innings.
Chris Davis hit his 10th homer of season, this one, a game-winner.
Brandon Morrow blew another save opportunity Thursday night. Morrow has allowed nine runs and walked 10 in eight and a third innings this season.
Carl Crawford was out of the Rays' lineup Thursday with a sore right shoulder he hurt diving for a ball Wednesday night. Crawford should return to the lineup today.
Asdrubal Cabrera, now batting .336 on the season, went 4-for-5 with a double, a triple and four runs scored.
Ervin Santana, back from a partially torn elbow ligament, gave up three runs over five innings against the Red Sox.
Torii Hunter had a monster Thursday night against the Red Sox. Hunter went 3-for-5 with a triple, a double, two stolen bases and three RBI.
Rays' Manager Joe Maddon said that Pat Burrell will get a cortisone shot in his stiff neck and miss the next few games.
C.C. Sabathia held the Blue Jays to two runs while striking out five and walking four for the win.
Victor Martinez went 4-for-5 with four RBI and raised his batting average to .400 and his RBI total to 25.
National League News
Josh Johnson left Thursday night's game after four innings. Johnson said after the game that he was experiencing "shoulder weakness." Johnson also said, "I wanted to go back out there. It's not tight. Almost weak. But then I came in here and did all the strength stuff, and they told me it's not weak. I've heard stories of people leaving Colorado and feeling absolutely awful their next start."
The Mets will wait until after this weekend to make a decision on Carlos Delgado and his ailing hip.
Shane Victorino is in a 1-for-27 slump after going 0-4 Thursday night.
Edgar Renteria had to leave Thursday night's game in the eighth inning with an apparent leg injury.
Cole Hamels was masterful Thursday night. Hamels gave up one earned run and struck out nine over seven innings.
J.J. Putz will miss at least two games with a bone spur in his right elbow.
Chad Billingsley matched the effort of Cole Hamels Thursday night with nine strikeouts over seven innings.
David Wright went 3-for-3 with two RBI and four stolen bases against the Giants.
Wandy Rodriguez is off to a fast start this year. Thursday night, Rodriguez struck out 11 while allowing two earned runs over seven innings.
My favorite player of the year, Michael Bourn, went 4-for-5 and stole two bases.
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