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Zambrano, Carlos (Chicago Cubs) (05/18/2005)

RHP Carlos Zambrano, who left Saturday's game against Washington with tennis elbow-like symptoms, will throw on the side Wednesday but he is confident he will make a start against the Chicago White Sox over the weekend.

Perez, Oliver (Pittsburgh Pirates) (05/18/2005)

LHP Oliver Perez will return to the Pittsburgh Pirates' starting rotation Saturday night when he faces Colorado at PNC Park. He will be pitching again for the first time since May 6, when he allowed eight runs in 5 1/3 innings in a loss at Arizona. Perez, who admitted he was bothered by shoulder stiffness in that game, played long toss Tuesday night before a 4-3 loss to the Chicago Cubs and threw in the bullpen for the third time in a week. "I threw the ball hard and I felt really good," Perez said. Perez is 1-4 with an 8.03 ERA in seven starts this season after going 12-10 with a 2.98 ERA in 30 starts last season, his first full year in the major leagues. Perez said he is over his shoulder problem and has also worked out some mechanical flaws in his delivery with the help of pitching coach Spin Williams. "I have to just try to forget everything that's happened so far this season," Perez said. "I'm just going to go out there, try not to think too much, and pitch my game." Perez was the Pirates' opening day starter but certainly has not pitched like an ace to this point. However, Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon believes the time off couple with his work on the side should get Perez back on track. "I'm very encouraged about Oliver," McClendon said. "I'm certainly curious to see how it turns out Saturday." Because Perez will have had two weeks off between starts, McClendon said he would be limited to 75-90 pitches.

Lyon, Brandon (Arizona Diamondbacks) (05/18/2005)

RHP Brandon Lyon has a sore right elbow that the Diamondbacks are treating very cautiously. Lyon underwent nerve transposition surgery last season, missing virtually the whole year save for six rehab appearances at Triple-A Tucson, and has been nursing tendonitis in the elbow since pitching in three consecutive games from Tuesday to Thursday last week. He has now had five consecutive days off, however, and manager Bob Melvin plans to closely monitor his ace out of the bullpen and be careful not to overuse him. "He's pitched a lot and when you pitch a lot, sometimes you can come up with some ... It's nothing we're very concerned about, but being that he didn't pitch last year and ... we've run him out there as much as we have, we really want to make sure we don't tax him too much," Melvin said. Melvin turned to Brian Bruney for Arizona's last save opportunity on Sunday in Denver against the Rockies, but the manager indicated Lyon should now be ready for regular closer's duty after getting so much rest. "(But) If I feel I need to give him a rest for two or three days or whatever, I will do it," Melvin said.

Loretta, Mark (San Diego Padres) (05/18/2005)

2B Mark Loretta, the Padres' Most Valuable Player each of the last two seasons, suffered a sprained left thumb Tuesday night sliding into first on an infield single in the third inning. Loretta played one more inning in the field before coming out. "The win could be costly," admitted Padres manager Bruce Bochy after the Padres came from behind with two runs in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Atlanta Braves 3-2. Loretta will be examined by a hand specialist Wednesday morning. "We're hoping for the best," said Bochy. If the Padres' recent run continues, Loretta will be fine. The Padres Tuesday night won for the 15th time in 18 games. And for the 12th time, they came from behind. The win was the Padres' sixth straight and their eighth straight at home -- equaling their longest winning streak at Petco Park. The Padres are also 8-1 in one-run decisions at home.

Schmidt, Jason (San Francisco Giants) (05/18/2005)

RHP Jason Schmidt (strained shoulder) is tentatively scheduled to rejoin the rotation Tuesday. He's eligible to return Sunday, but the Giants prefer to use him Tuesday against the Dodgers.

Clark, Brady (Milwaukee Brewers) (05/18/2005)

CF Brady Clark turned in his third four-hit game of the month to raise his batting average to .350 and his on-base percentage to .419. Clark ranks among the leaders in many offensive categories in his first season as a regular player.

Hampton, Mike (Atlanta Braves) (05/18/2005)

LHP Mike Hampton threw about 15 pitches Tuesday afternoon but still felt stiffness in his left forearm. As a result, his next scheduled start -- Friday in Boston -- has been pushed back a day, at least.

Moehler, Brian (Florida Marlins) (05/18/2005)

RHP Brian Moehler is in the rotation to stay, manager Jack McKeon said Tuesday. "You've got to be crazy," he said when asked if Moehler would return to the bullpen when Ismael Valdez recovers from a fractured leg bone. Largely overlooked in the shadow of Dontrelle Willis, Josh Beckett and A.J. Burnett, Moehler improved his ERA to 2.17 after earning his second win Monday in a 6-2 win. He allowed two runs in 6 2/3 innings. "Five or six starts don't make a year, but the guy has certainly done the job for us," McKeon said.

Beltran, Carlos (New York Mets) (05/18/2005)

OF Carlos Beltran is the only Met who has started all 40 games this season. Willie Randolph plans to end that streak Wednesday. While Beltran is hitting a respectable .298 with six homers and 24 RBI, the manager senses that his center fielder is pressing a bit and will give him a day off. "I've watched a lot of players come to New York -- from (Dave) Winfield to ARod (Alex Rodriguez) -- and it takes a while before you can tell that they're comfortable," Randolph said. Beltran readily acknowledged Randolph's suspicions. "I don't feel real, real, real comfortable at the plate. I'm adjusting to the ballpark; adjusting to the background, things like that," he said. "I'm doing fine but I can't wait to feel comfortable every day and every at-bat. Sometimes I feel I have a good game and it's coming and the next day I feel lost again."

Thome, Jim (Philadelphia Phillies) (05/18/2005)

1B Jim Thome was cranking line drives to all fields Tuesday afternoon in an empty Citizens Bank Park. It was Thome's first batting-practice session on the field after a few days of swinging in the cages, but the Phillies have him on the fast track. After taking his hacks, Thome was packing his equipment bag and preparing to fly to Clearwater, Fla., where he'll load up on at-bats in extended spring training games for two days in preparation for a return as the Phillies' designated hitter in Baltimore Friday. Thome, who has been on the disabled list since May 1 with a strained back, will get at least a dozen plate appearances in the minor-league exhibition games and not worry taking the field defensively. If he were to play in Double- or Triple-A games he would get four or five plate appearances per game and have to play first base. "I get the feeling from him that he feels a lot better," said Charlie Manuel, who had a long chat with Thome before the workout. "He's ready to go." Thome paid a visit to Los Angeles-based back specialist Dr. Robert Watkins two weeks ago. Although the diagnosis for his back wasn't any different, Thome left the West Coast feeling more educated about his condition and the proper exercises to perform in order to prevent a recurrence. "That was huge," Thome said of the trip. "That was the best thing I did. I got a lot of great advice out there."

Guillen, Jose (Washington Nationals) (05/18/2005)

OF Jose Guillen missed his first game of the season Tuesday night, sidelined with a bruised ribcage. Guillen, who had been the only Nationals player to appear in all of the club's first 38 games, will be given a couple of nights off to recover. OF Ryan Church started in right field in Guillen's place.

Wilson, Enrique (Chicago Cubs) (05/17/2005)

INF Enrique Wilson was in uniform for Tuesday night's game at Pittsburgh but did not play. He could get a start on Wednesday afternoon. Wilson has been in the majors nine seasons with Cleveland, Pittsburgh and the New York Yankees. He has a lifetime .246 batting average with 22 home runs and 141 RBI in 540 games. Last year, he played in 93 games with the Yankees and drove in a career-high 31 runs. But he opened the 2005 season with Baltimore's Triple-A team. The Cubs will primarily use him as a backup to Neifi Perez at short, Jerry Hairston at second and Aramis Ramirez at third.

Walker, Todd (Chicago Cubs) (05/17/2005)

2B Todd Walker (left knee strain) was 0-for-8 with a run and two RBI in a doubleheader for Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday. He is 0-for-15 in four rehab games with the I-Cubs and it's doubtful he will be called up for a weekend series against the White Sox.

Borowski, Joe (Chicago Cubs) (05/17/2005)

RHP Joe Borowski (recovering from a fractured right wrist) pitched two scoreless innings for Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday. He will still need to pitch back-to-back days before the Cubs bring him up.

Patterson, Corey (Chicago Cubs) (05/17/2005)

CF Corey Patterson was moved from leadoff to sixth in the batting order because he wasn't getting on base enough recently batting first.

Vazquez, Javier (Arizona Diamondbacks) (05/18/2005)

RHP Javier Vazquez, after pitching seven innings without a walk Tuesday night against the Astros, has not allowed a walk in his past four starts, spanning 120 batters. His last walk was to the Dodgers' Ricky Ledee in the eighth inning of an April 25 game in Los Angeles. Vazquez has pitched seven innings in each of his past six starts and has allowed two runs or fewer in each of them.

Glaus, Troy (Arizona Diamondbacks) (05/18/2005)

3B Troy Glaus was back in the lineup Tuesday after sitting out Arizona's last game, Sunday in Denver, to rest a sore left leg. Glaus, who had an injection Saturday to help relieve pain cause by a strained tendon behind his knee, went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts against the Astros.

Aquino, Greg (Arizona Diamondbacks) (05/18/2005)

RHP Greg Aquino threw 25 pitches off the mound Tuesday and impressed pitching coach Mark Davis in the reliever's effort to return to the active roster after dealing with an irritated ulnar nerve in his elbow. "I was pleased with how he threw and I'm sure he was, too. He was smiling," Davis said.

Holliday, Matt (Colorado Rockies) (05/18/2005)

OF Matt Holliday was scuffling a couple weeks ago. Manager Clint Hurdle responded by leaving Holliday out of the lineup four times in a five-game stretch. Now Holliday is back and his presence is being felt. He had a home run, single, walk and scored twice in the Rockies' 9-4 victory against San Francisco at Coors Field on Tuesday. In five games since he returned to the lineup he is 8-for-21. "He has to let the game be his friend, not an enemy," Hurdle said. It is, however, a challenge. Holliday is a key part of the team's long-term hopes. He was the one part of the foundation who got his rookie season out of the way a year ago, and is expected to help the rookies of this year settle in. First, however, Holliday has to get his own feet on the ground. He was hitting only .255 when he was given some unexpected rest, and Hurdle feels the time to reassess himself was a bonus. Maybe, said Holliday, but if it helped it was only secondary. "I think it was more a commitment to hard work," said Holliday. "It was more confidence." For Holliday the confidence is due in large part to his play last year when he was more productive a hitter in his big-league rookie season than he had been in the minor leagues. "Anybody who plays pro sports has confidence in himself," said Holliday. "We all get her for a reason. Sometimes it is nice to remind yourself you have a reason to be here."

Witasick, Jay (Colorado Rockies) (05/18/2005)

RHP Jay Witasick has pitched himself into the eighth-inning relief role now that Brian Fuentes is the closer. Witasick has worked seven shutout innings, striking out nine, his last five appearances.

Cook, Aaron (Colorado Rockies) (05/18/2005)

RHP Aaron Cook experienced no setbacks during his start on Tuesday at extended spring training in Tucson. Cook, who is recovering from surgery to correct blood clots in his lungs, pitched six innings and allowed seven hits and two earned runs while notching a pair of strikeouts. Cook threw 79 pitches and reached the low-90's on the radar gun.

Perez, Antonio (Los Angeles Dodgers) (05/18/2005)

INF Antonio Perez's minor-league injury-rehabilitation assignment ended Tuesday. He did not play in Triple-A but traveled to Los Angeles and is expected to be activated before Wednesday's game against the Florida Marlins. The Dodgers are expected to send either Mike Edwards or Oscar Robles to Triple-A to make room for Perez.

Izturis, Cesar (Los Angeles Dodgers) (05/18/2005)

SS Cesar Izturis tied a career-high with five hits in Tuesday's victory -- three singles and a double. He leads the National League with 20 multi-hit games and is hitting .339 after Tuesday's 5-for-6 night. "You can't say enough about what this guy has become," Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said of the Gold Glove defender who blossomed offensively in 2004.

Dessens, Elmer (Los Angeles Dodgers) (05/18/2005)

RHP Elmer Dessens has begun a light throwing program and will throw 20 to 30 pitches off a mound Wednesday. Dessens has not pitched off a mound since going on the disabled list with a small spur in the back of his pitching shoulder April 20.

May, Darrell (San Diego Padres) (05/18/2005)

LHP Darrell May, the Padres' No. 5 starter with RHP Tim Redding on the disabled list, gave up only one run on three hits over five innings Tuesday. Although he didn't get the decision, he won praise from Padres manager Bruce Bochy. "I can't speak highly enough of the job May did," said the Padres manager.

Giles, Brian (San Diego Padres) (05/18/2005)

RF Brian Giles is 21-for-40 (.525) with five doubles, two triples, two homers and both 13 runs scored and RBI over his last 12 games -- since an 0-for-22 streak.

Blum, Geoff (San Diego Padres) (05/18/2005)

INF Geoff Blum homered Monday night in his first rehab assignment with Class A Lake Elsinore. He is scheduled to rejoin the Padres Friday in Seattle, but could be back in San Diego Wednesday if Mark Loretta's sprained thumb forces the second baseman to the disabled list.

Greene, Khalil (San Diego Padres) (05/18/2005)

SS Khalil Greene is 5-for-11 with two doubles and two crucial RBI over the last three games after going 1-for-16 in his first five games back from the disabled list (fracture in his right ring finger).

Lowry, Noah (San Francisco Giants) (05/18/2005)

RHP Noah Lowry lost his fifth straight decision after starting his big-league career 7-0. The last time he held a team to fewer than four runs was April 20. He was pulled in the fourth inning after throwing 99 pitches. In the second, Lowry gave up back-to-back homers.

Lane, Jason (Houston Astros) (05/18/2005)

RF Jason Lane, who missed two games because of a bruised left foot he suffered sliding into home plate on Sunday, returned to the starting lineup Tuesday and went 1-for-4.

Obermueller, Wes (Milwaukee Brewers) (05/18/2005)

RHP Wes Obermueller admitted he learned a valuable lesson Tuesday. "I won't ever second-guess my catcher again," he said. On the only pitch the Brewers' spot starter shook off catcher Damian Miller all night, Washington's Jamey Carroll ended Obermueller's bid for a perfect game with a one-out single in the seventh inning Tuesday night at RFK Stadium. Thanks to the Brewers' resounding 8-2 victory over the Nationals, Obermueller could laugh about it afterward. "(Miller) called for a fastball in and I called a fastball away," said Obermueller, who won his first game of the season with eight innings of two-hit ball. "That's what happens."

Sheets, Ben (Milwaukee Brewers) (05/18/2005)

RHP Ben Sheets threw 90 pitches in a live batting practice session and moved a step closer to returning from an inner ear infection that has sidelined him since April 21.

Branyan, Russell (Milwaukee Brewers) (05/18/2005)

3B Russell Branyan has been trying to play through a sore right shoulder that has affected his swing and resulted in only six hits in his last 37 at-bats. His average has fallen to .247.

Edmonds, Jim (St. Louis Cardinals) (05/18/2005)

CF Jim Edmonds was back in the lineup after coming out early on Sunday because of a muscle tendon strain in his left foot.

Jones, Chipper (Atlanta Braves) (05/18/2005)

3B Chipper Jones was scratched just before game time Tuesday in San Diego after pulling his left oblique muscle in batting practice.

Thomson, John (Atlanta Braves) (05/18/2005)

RHP John Thomson has been placed on the 15-day disabled list and sent back to Atlanta to see hand specialist Gary Lourie after straining the flexor tendon in his right middle finger throwing a 1-0 fastball to the Padres' Mark Loretta Monday night in San Diego. X-rays taken after Thomson exited in the fifth inning were negative for a break.

Willis, Dontrelle (Florida Marlins) (05/18/2005)

LHP Dontrelle Willis' flawless record ended Tuesday night as the Marlins lost, 8-4, to the Dodgers. Bidding to become the National League's first eight-game winner, Willis (7-1) allowed four runs in the first inning then shut down the Dodgers for the next five. A native of Alameda, Calif., he is 1-3 with a 8.25 ERA in five starts in his home state, one in Los Angeles and two each in San Francisco and San Diego. Willis went into Tuesday's start as the second pitcher in 15 years to win his first seven starts while posting an ERA below 1.10. Randy Johnson first did it for the 2000 Arizona Diamondbacks; he finished 19-7 record and won the NL Cy Young Award.

Lowell, Mike (Florida Marlins) (05/18/2005)

3B Mike Lowell was back in the startling lineup Tuesday after being benched two games because of a slump. He was 0-for-3 before he hit an RBI double in the eighth inning.

Ishii, Kazuhisa (New York Mets) (05/18/2005)

RHP Kaz Ishii threw 6 1/3 strong innings in his return from the disabled list.

Looper, Braden (New York Mets) (05/18/2005)

RHP Braden Looper, the closer, did not start the ninth inning with the Mets up 2-1. With three left-handers -- Sean Casey, Ken Griffey Jr. and Adam Dunn -- due up for the Reds, Dae-Sung Koo was Willie Randolph's choice to close. "I understood it but I was surprised," Looper said. He shouldn't have been. Left-handers were hitting .360 against Looper, .158 against Koo. "I knew right away what I was going to do," Randolph said. "I'm not going to go with the so-called traditional way. I'm going to go with what I feel and what I feel is best for the club. ... I'm not trying to reinvent the game, I'm just going with what I feel." Koo got only one out, however. Looper came in and got the final two outs for his 10th save.

Cameron, Mike (New York Mets) (05/18/2005)

OF Mike Cameron has been on base 26 times in 49 plate appearances since coming off the disabled list.

Abreu, Bobby (Philadelphia Phillies) (05/18/2005)

OF Bobby Abreu hit his 10th home run of May in his first at-bat Tuesday, a solo shot in the first inning of the Phils' 7-5 win over the Cardinals. "Bobby's amazing," manager Charlie Manuel said of Abreu, who became the 12th Phillie in history to rack up double-figure home runs in a month -- and he has two more weeks left in May. "What makes him a great hitter is that he's the same guy every day. Whether he goes 4-for-4 or 0-for-4, he has the same demeanor."

Lofton, Kenny (Philadelphia Phillies) (05/18/2005)

OF Kenny Lofton didn't come off the disabled list as expected. The Phillies aren't in a rush to activate the veteran, out since May 1 with a chronically sore hamstring, since they have speedy left-handed hitting OF Endy Chavez, acquired from the Nationals Friday for OF Marlon Byrd.

Howard, Ryan (Philadelphia Phillies) (05/18/2005)

1B Ryan Howard is starting to heat up. After crushing a drive off the left-center field fence for one of his three hits Sunday, he hit his first home run since getting called up Tuesday off Jeff Suppan. Howard is 5-for-9 with two doubles and a HR since starting his big-league stint 1-for-19.

Hernandez, Livan (Washington Nationals) (05/18/2005)

RHP Livan Hernandez said he will make his scheduled start Thursday despite inflammation in his right knee. Hernandez had an MRI taken Monday, and though the Nationals were worried he might need to skip a start, the veteran right-hander pronounced himself healthy enough to take his turn. Hernandez has won his last five starts, one shy of his career best.

Vargas, Claudio (Washington Nationals) (05/18/2005)

RHP Claudio Vargas struggled mightily in his second start of the season Tuesday night. The right-hander, who was impressive in his debut last week against Arizona, was tagged for six runs and seven hits in only 1 1/3 innings by the Brewers. Manager Frank Robinson is likely to stick with Vargas (who is coming off an elbow injury) for the time being, but RHP Tomo Ohka pitched well in mop-up duty Tuesday and could work his way back into the rotation if Vargas continues to struggle.

3370 Wagner, Ryan (Cincinnati Reds) (05/17/2005)

When RHP Ryan Wagner appears in a game the club is 12-7 and it is 11-6 when RHP/closer Danny Graves appears, the only two pitches on the staff for which the team has a winning record when they appear.

Freel, Ryan (Cincinnati Reds) (05/17/2005)

INF/OF Ryan Freel, the man without a position, leads the team with a .330 average and has started games at five different positions (2B, 3B, LF, CF, RF), the only players in the majors to do it.

Wigginton, Ty (Pittsburgh Pirates) (05/17/2005)

3B Ty Wigginton has been working out at first base. With 1B/OF Craig Wilson on the disabled list, the Pirates do not have a true backup for 1B Daryle Ward, who has started 11 straight games.

Mesa, Jose (Pittsburgh Pirates) (05/17/2005)

RHP Jose Mesa missed a chance to make a bit of history Tuesday when he gave up a game-winning two-run homer to Cubs 1B Derrek Lee in the ninth that gave the Cubs a 4-3 win. It was Mesa's first blown save in 14th attempts this year and ended his streak of 23 in a row that dated back to last Aug. 19. Mesa missed a chance to break the club record for consecutive saves as Mike Williams also converted 23 in a row in 2000-01.

Bay, Jason (Pittsburgh Pirates) (05/17/2005)

LF Jason Bay, after a slow start, is showing that he is not a one-year wonder. Bay hit his eighth homer of the season, tying 1B Daryle Ward for the club lead, off Cubs RHP Mark Prior. Bay, last year's NL Rookie of the Year, has homered six times in his last 14 games.

Snell, Ian (Pittsburgh Pirates) (05/17/2005)

RHP Ian Snell (Class AAA Indianapolis) was named International League Pitcher of the Week. Snell threw a no-hitter against Norfolk in his only start of the week, striking out nine and walking one.

Bonifay, Josh (Pittsburgh Pirates) (05/17/2005)

1B Josh Bonifay (Class AA) was named Eastern League Player of the Week. Bonifay went 6-for-13 (.462) with two doubles, one triple, three homers and 10 RBIs in five games.

972 Suppan, Jeff (St. Louis Cardinals) (05/17/2005)

RHP Jeff Suppan, who gave up six runs in four innings the first time he faced the Phillies, allowed seven runs in three innings Tuesday in a 7-5 loss. Suppan (3-4) lost for just the third time on the road in two seasons as a Cardinal. Suppan gave up home runs to RF Bobby Abreu, LF Pat Burrell and 1B Ryan Howard. An error by SS David Eckstein on a possible double-play ball also hurt Suppan.

Cruz Jr., Jose (Arizona Diamondbacks) (05/18/2005)

CF Jose Cruz Jr., who grew up in Houston where he attended high school and college (Rice), went 2 for 4 against in his homecoming against the Astros. Cruz, whose father, Jose Sr., is the first base coach for the Astros, is now 5 for 11 lifetime at Minute Maid Park.

Chacon, Shawn (Colorado Rockies) (05/18/2005)

RHP Shawn Chacon, who starts Wednesday, needs to pretend every game he is facing Arizona. Chacon opened the season with consecutive starts against the Diamondbacks, compiling nine strikeouts and only one walk in 12 innings. In his next three starts -- two against the Dodgers and one at Florida -- Chacon issued 20 walks in 15 2/3 innings. Chacon rebounded to surrender only two walks and two earned runs in his most recent start against Arizona on Thursday. "It's a combination of everything-trying to be too fine, trying not to make mistakes," Rockies pitching coach Bob Apodaca said. "It's as much mechanical as it is the brain trying to eliminate mistakes. I thought he pitched much too conservatively instead of being aggressive."

Hawpe, Brad (Colorado Rockies) (05/18/2005)

OF Brad Hawpe returned to the Rockies on Tuesday after missing Sunday's contest because of a family illness. Hawpe was not in the starting lineup against San Francisco left-handed starter Noah Lowry, but came off the bench. He singled and scored the Rockies final run in the seventh.

Barmes, Clint (Colorado Rockies) (05/18/2005)

SS Clint Barmes was 2-for-5 on Tuesday, extending his hitting streak to 12 games, longest current streak in the big leagues and his second multi-game hitting streaks of the season. Barmes' average, however, has dropped from .402 to .387 during the streak.

Kent, Jeff (Los Angeles Dodgers) (05/18/2005)

2B Jeff Kent went into Tuesday's game with one hit in his past 16 at-bats and an average that dropped below .300 Sunday for the first time all season. He had a two-run single in the first inning and added RBI singles in the seventh and eighth innings.

Lowe, Derek (Los Angeles Dodgers) (05/18/2005)

RHP Derek Lowe outpitched Marlins LHP Dontrelle Willis Tuesday -- but just barely. Lowe gave up three runs in 6 2/3 innings and left with a 4-3 lead. The Dodgers blew the game open with 10 runs in the final two innings. "Coming to pitch today, you're excited for the challenge," Lowe said of the matchup against Willis (unbeaten in his first seven starts). "You want to face a guy who's pitching the way he is. You want to face guys who are pitching well so when you come out on top you know you've pitched well yourself." Lowe was 1-3 with a 4.94 ERA in his previous four starts.

Seanez, Rudy (San Diego Padres) (05/18/2005)

RHP Rudy Seanez has worked 10 straight scoreless relief appearances over which he has allowed five hits and three walks over 12 1/3 innings while striking out 15.

Walker, Tyler (San Francisco Giants) (05/18/2005)

RHP Tyler Walker seems to be the Giants' new closer, but you can't tell because the Giants haven't lacked save situations of late because of their struggles. Manager Felipe Alou tried several others but appeared to have settled on Walker for now despite Walker's 11 walks in 16 2/3 innings. On the other hand, he had two perfect innings Thursday and Friday. Walker didn't pitch in Tuesday's 9-4 loss to the Rockies.

Hennessey, Brad (San Francisco Giants) (05/18/2005)

RHP Brad Hennessey will make his Coors Field debt Wednesday. He beat Andy Pettitte and the Astros 6-4 Thursday.

Tucker, Michael (San Francisco Giants) (05/18/2005)

OF Michael Tucker wasn't ejected, but 1B coach Luis Pujols was. The Giants argued that the Tucker wasn't hit by a grounder by Ray Durham. Tucker was ruled out, though replays suggest he never was hit.

Niekro, Lance (San Francisco Giants) (05/18/2005)

1B Lance Niekro had three hits, including his first career triple. He was close to four hits, but he was robbed by Colorado RF Brad Hawpe.

Oswalt, Roy (Houston Astros) (05/18/2005)

RHP Roy Oswalt improved to 4-0 in four career starts against Arizona with a 0.90 ERA by throwing eight innings in Tuesday's victory. In the process, Oswalt, who surrendered just five hits, ran the Astros' scoreless innings pitched streak to 23 innings. RHP Brad Lidge pushed it to 24 with a scoreless ninth. It's Houston's longest such streak since a 32-innings run in 1997, and the longest in the majors this season. "Roy threw the ball extremely well tonight," Astros manager Phil Garner said. "He got in a really nice groove and he finished out strong in the eighth." Oswalt's and Lidge's effort followed five scoreless innings from Roger Clemens and nine from Brandon Backe.

Duckworth, Brandon (Houston Astros) (05/18/2005)

RHP Brandon Duckworth decided to accept his assignment to Triple-A Round Rock after a few days to take care of personal business. He will join the Express' starting rotation.

Self, Todd (Houston Astros) (05/18/2005)

INF Todd Self scored is first career run Tuesday.

Grudzielanek, Mark (St. Louis Cardinals) (05/18/2005)

2B Mark Grudzielanek got hits Nos. 1,499 and 1,500.

Eckstein, David (St. Louis Cardinals) (05/18/2005)

SS David Eckstein picked on a curveball from Philadelphia LHP Billy Wagner for his first Cardinals home run.

White, Gabe (St. Louis Cardinals) (05/18/2005)

LHP Gabe White made his Cardinals debut and threw two scoreless innings Tuesday. The bullpen was brilliant, allowing just two hits in five innings. LHP Randy Flores worked two scoreless frames and Al Reyes had one.

Seabol, Scott (St. Louis Cardinals) (05/18/2005)

3B Scott Seabol got his first big league start and went 0-for-4.

2390 Pujols, Albert (St. Louis Cardinals) (05/18/2005)

1B Albert Pujols, who had been 3-for-17, had three hits in five at-bats.

Jones, Andruw (Atlanta Braves) (05/18/2005)

CF Andruw Jones spent the offseason working out for the first time. That meant both conditioning and installing a batting cage in his home. Andruw wanted to bat cleanup, and his improvement on offense this spring earned the spot for him. Which worked as long as pitchers were in spring training mode, but not when they got serious. But since he broke out of a career-long 0-for-28 slump on April 22, Jones has lifted his batting average more than a hundred points. "Andruw's settling down," said Chipper Jones, who has been big-brothering Andruw. "He was too anxious out of spring training."

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