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MILWAUKEE -- Brewers shortstop Alex Gonzalez has a torn ligament in his right knee and will have season-ending surgery, the third Milwaukee player to sustain a serious injury since opening day.

Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said Monday that Gonzalez had a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Gonzalez was injured Saturday, sliding into second base during a 5-2 loss at San Francisco.

Last week, Brewers first baseman Mat Gamel also tore the ACL in his right knee chasing a foul popup. Last month, left-hander Chris Narveson underwent surgery to repair a torn left rotator cuff.

Center fielder Carlos Gomez also went to the disabled list last week with a strained left hamstring.

Signed to a one-year deal before the season with the hopes of shoring up the Brewers' defense, Gonzalez had performed well at shortstop and at the plate, where he was hitting .259 with four home runs and 15 RBIs.

For the time-being, veteran infielder Cesar Izturis will be the Brewers' starting shortstop. The 32-year-old spent the last three seasons with Baltimore and has played for six teams during his 12-year career, hitting .255 with 15 home runs and 291 RBIs.

Izturis is hitting .208 with one RBI in 14 games this season, five of them starts.

"I like Izzy," Roenicke said. "I like what he's been doing in the couple days that Alex has been out. He's a veteran who's played every day before."

A Gold Glove winner with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2004, Izturis underwent elbow surgery last season, repairing his right ulnar nerve. He signed with the Brewers over the winter as a non-roster player with an invitation to major league camp.

"Now my job is to go out there and try to help the team win," Izturis said. "We'll see what happens."

To provide Izturis with an occasional day off, the team summoned Edwin Maysonet from Triple-A Nashville, where he was hitting .214 in 25 games. Maysonet impressed Roenicke during spring training, where he hit .296 and played at several infield positions.

"He's got a very good arm, good hands, very smooth fielder," Roenicke said. "In spring training both years I saw pretty good at-bats from him. So I'm OK with him."

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NEW YORK -- After retiring and being away from the major leagues for more than a year, Andy Pettitte will make his return to the New York Yankees on Sunday against the Seattle Mariners, the team announced.

"I'm excited," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "I think it will be a great day at the stadium."




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Yankees general manager Brian Cashman nor Girardi would say whose spot in the rotation Pettitte will take. Rookie David Phelps, who will make his second career start in the majors on Wednesday against the Tampa Bay Rays, is the most likely candidate. Phelps is 0-1 with a 3.74 ERA. Phil Hughes, who is 2-4 with a 6.67, is another possibility.

In four games in the minor leagues, Pettitte was 0-2 with a 3.71 ERA.

"The reports I've gotten have been pretty good," Girardi said.

After consulting with Girardi, pitching coach Larry Rothschild and his evaluators, Cashman felt Pettitte was ready to go. Girardi and Rothschild decided Sunday would be the best day to slot Pettitte in.

"We feel that he's physically ready," Girardi said. "He feels he's physically ready."

Girardi said the bullpen would be better set up with Pettite going Sunday. Pettitte will follow Hiroki Kuroda on Friday and Hughes on Saturday against Seattle.

By Sunday, Phelps could be rested enough to resume as the team's long reliever. It will depend on how many pitches he throws in Wednesday's start. If he throws well enough, Phelps could cause the Yankees to change their minds on if he is the odd man out.

Pettitte, 39, will train near his home in Westchester, N.Y., in anticipation for his start. He threw at his home in Houston the other day, Cashman said. Cashman said that Pettitte could throw his bullpens at Yankee Stadium, but can't be with the team during games.

"He is a jack of all trades," Cashman added. "He knows exactly what he needs in order to get it done. That's not an issue."

When the Yankees signed Pettitte in the middle of March, it appeared he was the team's seventh legitimate starter. However, the Yankees' starting pitching has performed below expectations while dealing with injuries. Michael Pineda, the main prize of the Jesus Montero winter blockbuster trade, is out for the season after shoulder surgery.

"We are looking forward to adding another healthy arm to the mix," Cashman said. "Because, yes, our depth has been challenged and some of our healthy starters have been inconsistent."

Pettitte, who will turn 40 in a month, came out of retirement in mid-March. The Yankees signed Pettitte to a $2.5 million deal. He last started a major league game on Oct. 18, 2010. He went seven innings in a Game 3 loss to the Texas Rangers in the ALCS. Texas starter Cliff Lee outpitched Pettitte in the Rangers' 8-0 win over the Yankees. Pettitte threw seven innings of two-run ball.

In 2010, he went 11-3 with a 3.28 ERA. He made the All-Star team, but missed much of the second half due to injuries.

"I think all of us expect to see Andy Pettitte," Girardi said. "I think you can only go back to what you've seen. ... Will I be right? I hope so."

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LOS ANGELES -- Kenley Jansen will replace Javy Guerra as the Los Angeles Dodgers closer immediately, manager Don Mattingly announced before Monday night's game with the San Francisco Giants.


The decision by Mattingly comes on the heels of Guerra's third blown save of the season on Sunday against the Chicago Cubs.



 



Mattingly informed Guerra of the decision several hours before the game. He later hinted to reporters that Guerra won't necessarily take over the eighth-inning setup role that Jansen is vacating because he wants to ease Guerra back into situations in which he can hopefully regain his flagging confidence.


"I have said all along I didn't want to have to do this," Mattingly said. "But really, it's one of those things where I don't want to be hard-headed, either. ... The game will tell you when to do it. With Javy, the game made the decision. I didn't have to make it. The game made it for me."


Although Mattingly didn't identify a primary setup man, the most likely candidate for the eighth-inning role probably is right-hander Josh Lindblom, who arguably has been the Dodgers' best reliever this season, posting a 2.35 ERA in 13 appearances -- his ERA would be even more impressive if not for a lone bad outing in which the Colorado Rockies tagged him for three runs in two-thirds of an inning.


Jansen has a 2.70 ERA and is averaging 14.6 strikeouts per nine innings after setting a major league record with 16.2 per nine innings last year, but he also has been inconsistent -- he has two saves and one blown save, and his career ninth-inning ERA is 5.59 compared to 0.70 in the eighth -- and he is getting the job on a trial basis.


He is going to get the first shot at it,'' Mattingly said. "Kenley, with all the strikeouts, really profiles more as that guy, but the ninth inning is a different animal.''


Mattingly also declined to assign a specific role to Guerra, who took over the closer's role midway through last season and saved 21 games as a rookie.


"I will use Javy all over," Mattingly said. "We're going to try to get (his confidence) back as much as anything else because he is going to be a valuable guy. We are going to need big outs from all our guys no matter how you define their roles."

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PHILADELPHIA -- New York Mets catcher Josh Thole landed on the seven-day disabled list Tuesday with a concussion, a day after receiving a blow to the head from the Philadelphia Phillies' Ty Wigginton on a play at the home plate.

Manager Terry Collins said Thole still was experiencing headaches Tuesday.




Thole also suffered a concussion when he was struck with a backswing two years ago while catching for Triple-A Buffalo.

The Mets promoted former Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres catcher Rob Johnson from Buffalo to share catching duties with Mike Nickeas. Right-hander Pedro Beato (shoulder) was transferred to the 60-day DL to clear a 40-man roster spot for Johnson.

Neither Collins nor Nickeas said he found anything dirty about the hard-nosed Wigginton's collision with Thole. Wigginton's left shoulder struck Thole in the right side of the face and knocked the catcher from the game.

"That's your buddy and your teammate," Nickeas said. "You get hit like that, it's never a good thing. But it is part of the game. I think he was just trying to kind of dislodge the ball and go in there hard. Wigginton was just playing hard and unfortunately caught Josh in a vulnerable spot.

"We've all been crushed," Nickeas continued. "I haven't ever been hit in the face, in the head, that it's jarred me like it looks like it got Josh. You get good ones. You get guys coming into you hard. Hopefully it just hits you in the right spot and you're able to absorb the impact. Josh kind of got clocked."

The seven-day DL for concussions was added last year. Brian Roberts, Al Alburquerque, Denard Span, Matt Treanor, Ronny Cedeno, Craig Gentry, Erick Almonte and Eli Whiteside all used it in 2011. Eric Chavez is the only other active player on the list.

General manager Sandy Alderson said shortstop Ruben Tejada also was evaluated Tuesday in New York for a concussion but was cleared. Tejada landed on the disabled list Monday with a right quadriceps strain.

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Yoenis Cespedes: Hurts Hand
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Update: Cespedes injured his hand during batting practice before Tuesday's game against the Blue Jays according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Recommendation: Cespedes's injury allowed Josh Reddick to shift to center field and Michael Taylor to start in right field. Manager Bob Melvin stated the Cespedes will have an X-ray and MRI on Wednesday. Cespedes is leading the A's with 21 RBI, this injury could result in a stronger need for Manny Ramirez's return from a 50 game suspension. Ramirez is expected to return on May 30th.



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lobo316 wrote: Pitcher Dontrelle Willis is filing a grievance against the Baltimore Orioles, alleging the club placed him on the restricted list and is preventing him from signing with another organization even though he left the Orioles' Triple-A affiliate with the consent of a team official.


Willis received permission from Tripp Norton, Baltimore's director of baseball administration, before leaving the Norfolk Tides last Wednesday, said agent Matt Sosnick.


Dan Duquette, Baltimore's executive vice president of baseball operations, didn't immediately respond to a phone call or email. But Duquette told CBSSports.com on Monday that Willis left Norfolk without the organization's permission. Duquette added that the Orioles would welcome Willis' return and think he can be a successful reliever in the big leagues.


As long as Willis remains on the restricted list, he can't sign with another club without Baltimore receiving compensation. Sosnick said Duquette has not returned his phone calls, and that the Orioles are holding Willis "hostage" by refusing to discuss the matter.


"Dan has said nobody gave Dontrelle permission," Sosnick told ESPN.com. "Dan knows that's not true. I can't imagine making this kind of deal over something so trivial. We're talking about a minor league player that Baltimore has relatively no financial investment in whatsoever. It's the dumbest thing ever and a waste of everybody's time. Dan has had a thousand chances to ratchet this down a notch, and all he's done is ratchet it up."


Willis, 30, is 72-69 with a 4.17 ERA in parts of nine major league seasons. After capturing the Rookie of the Year award with Florida in 2003 and winning 22 games in 2005, he went to Detroit with Miguel Cabrera as part of an eight-player trade in December 2007. Willis has since struggled with injuries, anxiety-related issues and a decline in velocity, and he's had limited success in stops with Arizona, San Francisco and Cincinnati.


Willis signed with Baltimore in late March after being released by the Philadelphia Phillies late in spring training. The Orioles said they planned to use Willis out of the bullpen, and the pitcher appeared to be on board with the idea. But Willis later had second thoughts because his arm wasn't responding well to relieving and he did not feel comfortable in the role. He expressed a desire to start in a conversation with Norton last week.


"Tripp told Dontrelle, 'If Dan isn't open to him starting, of course we'll give him his release. We don't want a player doing something he doesn't want to do,' " Sosnick said. "I've known Tripp Norton for 15 years and had good, direct, honest dealings with him time after time. I'm disappointed for Tripp that he's been placed in the middle of this."


Willis went home after meeting with Duquette, Norfolk manager Ron Johnson and pitching coach Mike Griffin and failing to reach agreement with the Orioles over whether he would start or relieve for the Tides. Willis told MASNSports.com that he was "dumbfounded" when the Orioles placed him on the restricted list, because he thought he had clearance to leave Norfolk.


"I thought it was a mutual parting of ways," Willis said. "It's one of those things where, if he had told me he was putting me on the restricted list, I wouldn't have left. I didn't grab my book bag and run out of the class. I'm almost dumbfounded. I'm not even upset. I don't know if it's personal because I don't know Dan."


According to Baseball-reference.com, "A team can request that a player be placed on the restricted list if that player has left the team without a valid reason, or has announced his intention to retire but is still of an age or level of skill that could allow him to return to professional baseball in the future. In effect, the team states that it retains rights to the player if and when he becomes active again."


Several players with legal or off-field issues have been placed on the restricted list in recent months. The Cleveland Indians placed pitcher Roberto Hernandez (aka Fausto Carmona) on the list in January after he was arrested on charges of using a false identity. The Tampa Bay Rays did the same with minor league pitcher Matt Bush after he was charged with DUI and leaving the scene of an accident in March.


Sosnick denied speculation that Willis has received interest from a club in Japan or Korea. He said he would be happy to reach a financial accommodation with the Orioles should Willis pursue opportunities in Asia.


"I have not been contacted by any Asian team about Dontrelle," Sosnick said. "But I know that Dan has closer ties to Korea than I do, so maybe he knows something that I don't know."


 

 

 

 

 

Pitcher Dontrelle Willis has agreed to drop his grievance against the Baltimore Orioles after the team granted his request to pitch as a starter in the minor leagues, his agent told ESPN.com.

Willis, 30, will report to extended spring training in Florida this week and try to build up his innings and work his way to Baltimore, agent Matt Sosnick said. The Orioles signed Willis in late March after he was released by the Philadelphia Phillies late in spring training.

Willis left Baltimore's Triple-A Norfolk affiliate two weeks ago after a disagreement over whether he should start or relieve. Willis said he received permission to go home, but the Orioles maintained that he left the Tides without management's consent. They placed him on the restricted list, which prevented him from trying to find a job with another club. Willis responded by filing a grievance with the union.

Sosnick said the issue was settled after Tripp Norton, Baltimore's director of baseball administration, intervened in the dispute.

"This is what we suggested to the Orioles in the first place,'' Sosnick said. "I have no idea why it became so acrimonious. Cooler heads finally prevailed.''

Willis is 72-69 with a 4.17 ERA in parts of nine major league seasons. After capturing the National League Rookie of the Year award with Florida in 2003 and winning 22 games in 2005, he was dealt to Detroit with Miguel Cabrera as part of an eight-player trade in December 2007. Willis has since struggled with injuries, anxiety-related issues and a decline in velocity, and he's had limited success in stops with Arizona, San Francisco and Cincinnati.

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CHICAGO -- One day after Chicago Cubs reliever Kerry Wood tossed his glove and his cap into the crowd after a rough outing, manager Dale Sveum said it was not ideal behavior.


Sveum did understand where Wood was coming from, though.


"I don't condone it or wish it to happen all the time but we all know in this game there is frustration that happens," Sveum said. "Sometimes we regret things we do, that's for sure. We're not perfect human beings. But I missed the whole thing so I didn't see any of that."

What Sveum did see was Wood giving up two runs in the eighth inning that allowed the Atlanta Braves to break a tie game and eventually go on to a victory. Wood walked two batters in his inning of work.


As Wood got to the Cubs' dugout he started to launch his equipment into the paying customers. Asked about it by a reporter afterward, Wood barked, "Irrelevant, dude." He followed that with an expletive and walked away from his postgame interview.


It has been a rough season already for the 34-year-old right-hander. He barely pitched five innings in Cactus League play because of what turned out to be shoulder discomfort. He had a rough start to the season, walking three batters on Opening Day, blowing a save in the process. Two days later he took the loss by giving up three runs.


He had to return home during the middle of the Cubs' first road trip in April and received a cortisone injection in the shoulder. He eventually went on the disabled list. Tuesday was just the second outing for Wood since coming off the DL and he has given up two runs in each of those appearances.


"It's a matter of getting comfortable and getting into a rhythm," Sveum said of Wood. "Bottom line, it's throwing strikes and being able to use your fastball and getting back in counts. You still have to be able to use that breaking ball so there are a lot of things to work on. Sometimes it just takes a few times out on the mound."


Sveum is still determined to have Wood play a major role at the back end of the bullpen.


"We have to get him out there, we have to get him built up and get him comfortable on the mound in game situations, (even if) it's every other day for a little while," Sveum said.

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lobo316 wrote: CHICAGO -- One day after Chicago Cubs reliever Kerry Wood tossed his glove and his cap into the crowd after a rough outing, manager Dale Sveum said it was not ideal behavior.


Sveum did understand where Wood was coming from, though.


"I don't condone it or wish it to happen all the time but we all know in this game there is frustration that happens," Sveum said. "Sometimes we regret things we do, that's for sure. We're not perfect human beings. But I missed the whole thing so I didn't see any of that."

What Sveum did see was Wood giving up two runs in the eighth inning that allowed the Atlanta Braves to break a tie game and eventually go on to a victory. Wood walked two batters in his inning of work.


As Wood got to the Cubs' dugout he started to launch his equipment into the paying customers. Asked about it by a reporter afterward, Wood barked, "Irrelevant, dude." He followed that with an expletive and walked away from his postgame interview.


It has been a rough season already for the 34-year-old right-hander. He barely pitched five innings in Cactus League play because of what turned out to be shoulder discomfort. He had a rough start to the season, walking three batters on Opening Day, blowing a save in the process. Two days later he took the loss by giving up three runs.


He had to return home during the middle of the Cubs' first road trip in April and received a cortisone injection in the shoulder. He eventually went on the disabled list. Tuesday was just the second outing for Wood since coming off the DL and he has given up two runs in each of those appearances.


"It's a matter of getting comfortable and getting into a rhythm," Sveum said of Wood. "Bottom line, it's throwing strikes and being able to use your fastball and getting back in counts. You still have to be able to use that breaking ball so there are a lot of things to work on. Sometimes it just takes a few times out on the mound."


Sveum is still determined to have Wood play a major role at the back end of the bullpen.


"We have to get him out there, we have to get him built up and get him comfortable on the mound in game situations, (even if) it's every other day for a little while," Sveum said.
And yet they sent Scott Maine back to the minors to make room for this washed up over paid piece of shit.

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Chicago White Sox pitcher Chris Sale will undergo an MRI on his left elbow, Sox pitching coach Don Cooper told ESPN Baseball Insider Jim Bowden on SiriusXM's MLB Network Radio show Wednesday.


"It's scheduled right now to be done," Cooper said. "I'm not sure what day it is, but we're going to be looking at it real fast, because obviously he's a big part of the now, as well as the future. And he's kind of a special guy, he has a chance to be very good. And we want to make sure that we're doing everything in our power to make that happen.

"If you look at our track record, I bet if we're not the top in baseball, we're close to that in keeping guys healthy."

Sale was one of the American League's more effective starters with a 3-1 record and 2.81 ERA before elbow tenderness led to the team moving him to the closer's role on Friday.

His first stint out of the bullpen was Tuesday, when he gave up an unearned run and blew the save in a 5-3 win over the Cleveland Indians. A source familiar with the situation told ESPNChicago.com's Bruce Levine that the MRI was scheduled before that outing.

Cooper told Bowden that Sale has soreness and stiffness and the team is going to continue to discuss his role in a couple of days.

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Marooned at the bottom of the AL Central division with an MLB-worst 8-22 record, the Minnesota Twins couldn't wait any longer for Francisco Liriano and Danny Valencia to get going.

The Twins moved Liriano from the rotation to the bullpen and sent Valencia, once a promising third base prospect, to Triple-A Rochester as part of a major shakeup to try and instill some energy and life into a team that has shown very little of either through the first 30 games.




The moves were made after another lackluster performance in a 6-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night.
"We need to make some changes," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We need some hits. We need some new life in here, the whole package."

Josh Willingham hit his sixth homer of the season, but Carl Pavano (2-3) was knocked out of the game before there was an out in the fifth inning. He gave up five runs -- four earned -- and 10 hits in his shortest outing of the season.

Ervin Santana (1-6) gave up two runs and six hits in 7 1-3 innings for the Angels, getting some run support for the first time in six starts.

The Twins entered the season desperately needing Liriano to assert himself at the top of the rotation and Valencia to give them some power at third base.

But Liriano is 0-5 with a 9.45 ERA in six starts in the final season before he is set to become a free agent. Gardenhire said the team still wants him in the starting rotation, and hopes that the move to the pen will help him regain some of his lost confidence.

"Maybe a couple innings here, a couple innings there, he blows some people away and gets some kind of mojo going," Gardenhire said. "Then we see if we can get him back in there. We need him as a starter. We told him that. He has the best arm on this team and we need to get him some confidence going, get some quality innings out of him, maybe help us win a few ballgames out of the bullpen right now. Eventually we're going to need him as a starter."

Liriano left the clubhouse before the Twins announced the news, but Gardenhire said the lefty took the move in stride.

"Frankie said, `Whatever you need me to do," Gardenhire said. "He made sure that he told Andy and I that he understood, and that he's not upset about it, and he wants to help the baseball team any way he can."

In the meantime, the Twins selected the contract of right-hander P.J. Walters from Rochester. Walters is 3-1 with a 2.70 ERA in six starts for the Red Wings this season. He will start on Saturday against Toronto.

Valencia is hitting .190 with one homer and 11 RBIs. He went 0 for 4 on Wednesday night and said the news didn't come as a surprise. The 27-year-old Valencia has improved defensively this season, but is slugging just .290 with a .204 on-base percentage.

"Obviously nobody wants to get sent down, but it's hard not to say I didn't see it coming because I haven't been hitting very well," Valencia said. "I've been inconsistent. My defense has been good, but I'm a guy that needs to contribute offensively. He's right, they're right. I just have to go down there and work hard."

The Twins also recalled outfielder Darin Mastroianni, who has played a little second base as well, and designated left-hander Matt Maloney for assignment.

Mastroianni hit just .143 at Double-A New Britain before being promoted to Triple-A, but he hit .346 with two doubles, two triples and 11 RBIs in 19 games for the Red Wings.

"Mastroianni's been playing the living fire out of the game down there," Gardenhire said. "They told me he's the most exciting player down there."



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lobo316 wrote: Chicago White Sox pitcher Chris Sale will undergo an MRI on his left elbow, Sox pitching coach Don Cooper told ESPN Baseball Insider Jim Bowden on SiriusXM's MLB Network Radio show Wednesday.
First, I'll respect the point that the White Sox have a very good track record of pitcher health the past 10 years or so. That's absolutely true.

But with so many closers going on the shelf this season, what exactly made them think that Sale's elbow would be better off in the bullpen?

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Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Toronto Blue Jays have signed veteran OF/DH Vladimir Guerrero to a minor-league deal.

Guerrero, who began his career as a member of the Montreal Expos, hit .290 with 13 home runs and 63 RBI with the Baltimore Orioles last season.

According to the report, the 37-year-old veteran will be placed in extended spring training.

The report also indicates that the deal will be worth $1.3M, prorated for the time spent on the major league roster over the course of the season.

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PeteF3 wrote: lobo316 wrote: Chicago White Sox pitcher Chris Sale will undergo an MRI on his left elbow, Sox pitching coach Don Cooper told ESPN Baseball Insider Jim Bowden on SiriusXM's MLB Network Radio show Wednesday.
But with so many closers going on the shelf this season, what exactly made them think that Sale's elbow would be better off in the bullpen?
probably because it would be used way less than the amount per start.  If he only pitches 1 inning every day, that may be anywhere from 3-20 pitches a game

Pitching has gone wacky this year for sure though. 

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mike3775 wrote:


Pitching has gone wacky this year for sure though. 


 

 

BALTIMORE -- Texas Rangers starting pitcher Colby Lewis took peaks and valleys to a new extreme in Thursday's 6-5 loss to the Baltimore Orioles in Game 1 of a doubleheader.

Lewis gave up five hits -- all home runs -- yet he also had a career-high 12 strikeouts. That made him the first pitcher since 1918 to give up five home runs and have at least 10 strikeouts in the same game.

"It was a freakin' weird game," Lewis said. "I don't know how to justify that game."




Lewis gave up home runs to the first three batters, falling behind 3-0 after just eight pitches as Ryan Flaherty, J.J. Hardy and Nick Markakis all hit home runs. It was the first time in American League history that a team started a game with three straight homers (fourth time overall).

Lewis then retired the next 18 batters -- 11 of them on strikeouts. It was an impressive run and unlikely, given his start.

But in the seventh, he lost his form and gave up two more home runs -- a solo shot to Adam Jones and a two-run homer to Wilson Betemit, allowing six runs in seven innings.

"It seemed like one of those days where you have really good stuff and if you miss your spot and it's not just a hit, it's a homer," Lewis said. "It was weird. You can't really look at it any other way. It was a weird game."

Lewis, now second in the AL in homers allowed with 11 on the year, said he felt he threw good pitches on three of the homers. He threw a slider to Markakis in the first, who hit it off the foul pole in right. And he threw a 2-0 fastball too high to Hardy, who was looking for a fastball on that count.

"He kept us in the game," manager Ron Washington said. "He settled down and made some adjustments. It was just two innings. It just so happened it was the first and the seventh."

Lewis was still shaking his head after the game. He said he felt great, had good stuff and thought he had the energy to even pitch longer. He said the three straight homers in the first didn't rattle him.

"I'm not worried about it," Lewis said. "Somebody's going to get out. The best hitters get out seven out of 10 times. Eventually, something is going to happen."

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It is amazing how normally good pitchers are just getting shelled this year. 

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