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Staff Report • May 19, 2007 at 1:12 AM

Bergmann latest Nationals starter to go on DL

Clemens throws 58 pitches in minor league start

Rangers' Blalock to have surgery to remove rib

Marlins claim OF Linden

Angry White Sox manager vents on radio show

• CHICAGO - White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen unleashed a profanity-laced outburst on a radio show Friday morning after the host questioned why starting catcher A.J. Pierzynski wasn't in the lineup for the interleague opener against the Cubs.

Pierzynski had been on the show earlier, saying he was disappointed to be left out of the lineup. The White Sox started backup catcher Toby Hall.

Hall's first appearance of the season wasn't a good one. After coming off the disabled list Thursday, he made two errors and had a crucial passed ball in the White Sox's 6-3 loss.

"Ozzie called up and, after he swore the first time, I asked him nicely to take it easy. He swore again and that's when it blew up," WSCR-AM host Mike North said.

After Pierzynski went on the air and said he was disappointed to be sitting, North said there was no excuse for Pierzynski, a weekly guest on the show, to be sitting.

Guillen, on the way to Wrigley Field, phoned from his car and launched into North. North began responding angrily and Guillen subsequently hung up. North later went to Guillen's office and brought him some fudge.

Before the game, Guillen acknowledged he was very angry but did not apologize for his choice of words on the air.

"No. I already did it. It's too late," Guillen said. "No, I don't regret it."

Pierzynski said: "Ozzie and I are fine. That's the biggest thing. That Ozzie and I know where we stand with each other, and I have nothing but respect for Ozzie and what happened this morning was just a misunderstanding."

Bergmann latest Nationals starter to go on DL

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• WASHINGTON - Nationals right-hander Jason Bergmann went on the 15-day disabled list with a swollen pitching elbow Friday, meaning four-fifths of the team's opening day rotation is sidelined by injury.

Bergmann (1-3, 2.76 ERA) complained of a sore elbow Tuesday, a day after he threw a career-high 110 pitches while taking a no-hit bid into the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves.

Both he and manager Manny Acta said they don't expect Bergmann to be out longer than the minimum 15 days.

Bergmann joins fellow starters John Patterson, Shawn Hill and Jerome Williams on the DL.

Clemens throws 58 pitches in minor league start

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• TAMPA, Fla. - Roger Clemens allowed only a solo homer and threw 58 pitches in four innings for Class A Tampa on Friday night, his first minor league start as he prepares to rejoin the New York Yankees.

With owner George Steinbrenner watching from a private box at Legends Field, the 44-year-old right-hander gave up three hits and struck out two against the Fort Myers Miracle, a Minnesota Twins affiliate.

Erik Lis homered in the first inning off Clemens, who came out of the game after needing just eight pitches to get through a perfect fourth inning. He planned to put in additional work in the bullpen.

The seven-time Cy Young Award winner agreed to a $28,000,022, one-year contract on May 6. He's expected to make a start with Double A Trenton next week and could join New York's rotation as early as May 28 at Toronto or June 2 or 3 at Boston.

Rangers' Blalock to have surgery to remove rib

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• HOUSTON - Texas Rangers third baseman Hank Blalock, who has had shoulder discomfort in recent days, will have surgery to remove a rib Monday and could be out up to three months.

Blalock missed Thursday's game against Tampa Bay. Team team officials said Friday he had been diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome, which affects the nerves that pass through the shoulder into the neck. The surgery will remove a rib on the right side of his upper chest.

The two-time All-Star was hitting .285 with five home runs and 16 RBIs.

Marlins claim OF Linden

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• ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Florida Marlins claimed outfielder Todd Linden off waivers from San Francisco on Friday.

Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said Linden, who will be a backup corner outfielder and pinch hitter, is expected to join the team today.

Florida designated outfielder John Gall for assignment.

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