BASEBALL TONIGHT EXTRA
Santana takes the fifth
There are certain things that baseball fans have been able to count on every season. One would be Johan Santana being a dominating starting pitcher. In 2007, however, that's not the case. Santana lost again Sunday, suffering his fifth defeat of the season, as the Twins fell to the Athletics 4-2.
Santana's strength isn't necessarily pitching in the early part of the season. He tends to get better as the year goes on, but the Twins are going to need him to be a lot better if they expect to hang around in the highly-competitive AL Central.
FORWARD THINKING: MONDAY
• Giants at Phillies, 1:05 ET: Barry Zito (5-5, 4.21) blanked the Mets for seven innings in his last start, striking out seven and walking just one. Jon Lieber (2-3, 3.86) allowed 13 hits and five runs in his previous outing, an 11-5 loss to Arizona.
• Yankees at White Sox, 7:05 ET (ESPN): This should have been Roger Clemens' start, but the Rocket's groin injury keeps Matt DeSalvo (1-2, 5.40) in the rotation for another turn. Chicago's Jon Garland (3-3, 3.91) has allowed 10 earned runs in his past two starts.
• Orioles at Mariners, 10:05 ET: Erik Bedard threw eight scoreless innings in his last outing. He has walked at least two batters in 10 of 11 starts. Felix Hernandez (3-3, 4.10) is 1-2 with a 6.30 ERA since returning from the disabled list.
NEWS AND NOTES
• Roger Clemens will have tests on his ailing groin Monday, and the Yankees hope he can make his first start of the season next weekend. Manager Joe Torre said Sunday that Clemens could pitch Saturday against the Pirates. Clemens will have an MRI on Monday.
• Dodgers closer Takashi Saito was pulled from the ninth inning of Sunday's game in Pittsburgh with a tight left hamstring, but the problem is not believed to be serious.
• The Tigers released reliever Jose Mesa after their 7-2 victory over the Indians on Sunday. Mesa, signed as a free agent in December, went 1-1 with a 12.34 ERA in 16 appearances for Detroit.