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May 9th, 2007 1:33 am by Staff Report










Minor leaguer suspended for 100 games


Speier placed on 15-day disabled list


Braves cut Colyer to make room for Lerew


Sanchez goes on minor league DL


Nationals put Cordero on bereavement list


Royals send Greinke to bullpen


Dodgers' Anderson to have elbow surgery


Bonds hits 745th career homer


• SAN FRANCISCO - Barry Bonds hit his 745th career home run Tuesday night, moving within 10 of Hank Aaron's record 755.


The San Francisco slugger connected on the first pitch from New York's Tom Glavine for a solo shot over the center-field wall with one out in the fourth, pulling the Giants within 4-1 on his 11th homer of the season.


It was Bonds' fourth career homer off Glavine and the first in 10 years against the left-hander - since an inside-the-park homer April 23, 1997, at Candlestick Park when Glavine was with the Atlanta Braves.


The seven-time NL MVP tipped his hat as he walked out to his spot in left field in the top of the fifth to a standing ovation. It was Bonds' fourth career homer off Glavine and the first in 10 years against the left-hander - since an inside-the-park homer April 23, 1997, at Candlestick Park when Glavine was with the Atlanta Braves. Bonds, 42, homered on May 8 for the first time in his career, leaving Aug. 5 and Sept. 30 as the only days in the regular season he has yet to hit one out.



Minor leaguer suspended for 100 games

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• NEW YORK - A pitcher in the New York Mets' minor league system was suspended Tuesday for 100 games by the commissioner's office after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.


Jorge Reyes is the 12th player this year to be suspended for violating the minor league drug policy and the first to draw a 100-game suspension for a second violation.


A 22-year-old native of the Dominican Republic, Reyes made one start this season for Class A Savannah of the South Atlantic League, allowing no runs on four hits in five innings.


"The Mets are disappointed that a member of our organization has violated Major League Baseball's policy," the team said.


Speier placed on 15-day disabled list

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• ANAHEIM, Calif. - Reliever Justin Speier was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday because of what the team called a medical condition unrelated to baseball.


Speier wasn't at Saturday's game against the Chicago White Sox, but returned Sunday and said he had flu-like symptoms. He said then he was getting better and hoped to be available to pitch in the near future.


"It doesn't seem like he's going to be available to pitch here this series," manager Mike Scioscia said, referring to a three-game set with the Cleveland Indians that ends Thursday. "It just looks like it's going to take a little bit of time."


Citing federal privacy laws, Scioscia said he couldn't discuss Speier's health, although he did say the pitcher "was weak and was having trouble sleeping."


Speier was placed on the DL retroactive to April 30, making him eligible to return May 15. To replace Speier on their 25-man roster, the Angels recalled infielder Kendry Morales from Triple-A Salt Lake of the Pacific Coast League.





Braves cut Colyer to make room for Lerew

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• ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves cut left-handed reliever Steve Colyer to clear a roster spot for Tuesday night's starting pitcher, Anthony Lerew.


Colyer was designated for assignment to Triple-A Richmond and has 10 days to decide if he will accept the assignment.


The 28-year-old Colyer was 0-1 with a 4.91 ERA in seven appearances, giving up nine hits and two runs in 3 2-3 innings.


"We want him back if he'll come back, but if other teams want him we won't stand in his way," said Braves manager Bobby Cox.


The move leaves Mike Gonzalez as the team's only left-handed reliever.


Sanchez goes on minor league DL

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• MIAMI - The sophomore jinx struck again for Florida Marlins right-hander Anibal Sanchez when he went on the minor league disabled list.


Demoted last week to Triple-A Albuquerque, Sanchez was placed on the Isotopes' DL complaining of a sore right shoulder. The injury was diagnosed as tendinitis, and he'll wait at least a week before he resumes throwing.


Sanchez threw a no-hitter for the Marlins last September and finished his rookie year 10-3 with a 2.83 ERA. He nursed a sore shoulder during the offseason and struggled during the first month of this season, allowing 43 hits and 19 walks in 30 innings. He's 2-1 with a 4.80 ERA in six starts.



Nationals put Cordero on bereavement list

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• MILWAUKEE - The Washington Nationals placed reliever Chad Cordero on the bereavement list Tuesday and called up pitcher Winston Abreu to take his place.


Cordero left the team to return to California to be with his grandmother, who has brain cancer. Cordero said Sunday he wasn't sure if she'd live through the week.


According to league rules, players on the bereavement list must miss at least three games, but no more than seven, before returning to their club.


Cordero has saved four of the Nationals' nine wins and has a 4.70 ERA in 15 appearances. During his absence, the Nationals most likely will look to setup man Jon Rauch to close.


Royals send Greinke to bullpen

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• KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Zack Greinke, who gave up three two-run homers in one inning Sunday in a loss to Detroit, has been dropped from the Kansas City Royals' rotation and will work out of the bullpen.


Greinke, who left the club in spring training 2005 and received treatment for social anxiety, is 1-4 with a 5.71 ERA in seven starts. Opponents are hitting .338 against him.


"I just hope he can regain some confidence," Royals manager Buddy Bell said Tuesday. "He's hard to read. He's pitched away from contact at times and pitched behind in the count. Sometimes, I can tell he's just not as comfortable as he needs to be. That is basically why we're doing it."


Greinke was the sixth overall pick in the 2002 draft and he made his major league debut in 2004 at age 20. He led the American League with 17 losses in 2005.


Dodgers' Anderson to have elbow surgery

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• MIAMI - Los Angeles Dodgers utilityman Marlon Anderson will undergo arthroscopic elbow surgery Friday and is expected to be sidelined at least two months.


Anderson, a backup infielder and outfielder, went on the disabled list last week. He experienced lingering problems following offseason surgery, and an MRI exam Monday in Los Angeles revealed bone chips and scar tissue.


Anderson was hitting .222 in 18 at-bats.


"He was trying to operate not totally sound, and that's not good," manager Grady Little said Tuesday.


Devil Rays recall Orvella, Corcoran• BALTIMORE - The Tampa Bay Devil Rays bolstered their bullpen with the addition of right-handers Chad Orvella and Tim Corcoran from Triple-A Durham on Tuesday. They replace right-hander Ruddy Lugo, who was optioned to Durham after Sunday's game, and right-hander Juan Salas, who was suspended for 50 games Monday for violating baseball's drug treatment program. Manager Joe Maddon said that Orvella and Corcoran would be used in sixth- and seventh-inning situations. Orvella was 1-0 with a 2.76 ERA and five saves with Durham. Corcoran was 1-1 with a 2.51 ERA in 10 relief appearances.

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