Man accused of tossing beer faces battery charge

Updated: June 28, 2005, 11:29 PM ET
Associated Press

New York Yankees: A man who allegedly threw a cup of beer on Jason Giambi has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor battery charge.

Eric Anduri, 30, did not attend Monday's court hearing. His attorney, Michael Roman of Berkeley, entered the plea on his behalf in Alameda County Superior Court.

Giambi said after the May 14 incident at McAfee Coliseum in Oakland that he wasn't interested in pursuing charges against the man, but prosecutors went ahead with the case.

If convicted, Anduri could face a maximum sentence of six months in jail and/or a $2,000 fine.

Giambi was allegedly doused with the beer by a yelling Anduri as he walked back to the Yankees' dugout after flying out in the eighth inning of a game the Yankees won 15-6.

Giambi, the longtime A's slugger who won the 2000 AL MVP award while playing for Oakland, has been booed loudly at the Coliseum ever since he signed a seven-year contract with the Yankees in December 2001.

Texas Rangers: The team activated right-hander Joaquin Benoit from the 15-day disabled list and optioned catcher Gerald Laird to Triple-A Oklahoma.

Benoit had been on the disabled list since June 12 with right elbow tendinitis. He allowed just one run in 14 1/3 innings in six games before going on the DL for the second time this season.

Laird had been recalled Monday and started in place of Rod Barajas (strained back muscle), who was back in the lineup Tuesday night against the Angels. Laird was 0-for-4 and had an error on a catcher's interference call against the Angels on Monday night.

Florida Marlins: The team recalled right-hander Chris Resop from Double-A Carolina and optioned right-hander Randy Messenger to Triple-A Albuquerque.

Resop was 1-0 with 18 saves and a 2.60 ERA in 27 appearances for Carolina. He was selected by the Marlins in the fourth round of the 2001 draft.

Messenger went 0-0 with a 16.20 ERA in three games for the Marlins, who recalled him from Albuquerque on June 22. He was charged with three runs in a third of an inning in the Marlins' 7-2 loss against Atlanta Monday night.

Los Angeles Angels: The team recalled infielder Robb Quinlan and designated outfielder Curtis Pride for assignment.

Manager Mike Scioscia said the move was necessary because of the team's lack of infield depth with Orlando Cabrera (right elbow) and Dallas McPherson (groin tightness) unavailable to play in Texas.

Pride can refuse the assignment. Scioscia said he already has cleared waivers.

Quinlan batted .172 in 28 games for the Angels before being optioned June 18 to Triple-A Salt Lake, where he hit .238 with a homer in five games.

Pride started the season at Salt Lake and hit .305 with six homers and 35 RBI in 43 games before his contract was purchased by the Angels on May 21. He played in just five games, went 1-for-6 and spent 15 days on the disabled list with a strained right wrist.

Chicago Cubs: The team recalled infielder Ronny Cedeno from the Triple-A Iowa and sent down infielder Enrique Wilson.

Cedeno batted .371 with seven home runs and 30 RBI in 52 games for Iowa. He was on Chicago's roster from April 21 to May 17. He played in 10 games, batting .313 with one homer and two RBI.

Cedeno figures to back up Neifi Perez at shortstop.

Wilson batted .136 in 15 games for Chicago. He signed with the Cubs as a free agent on May 17 after beginning the season in the Orioles' organization.

San Francisco Giants: Two days after lasting just 2 2/3 innings in the biggest shutout loss in San Francisco history, Brett Tomko was demoted to the Giants' bullpen.

Pitching coach Dave Righetti broke the news to Tomko (5-10), who has lost three straight starts and hasn't won since beating the Mets in New York on June 5.

"He took it like a man," said Righetti, who acknowledged the move was a demotion, but denied it was punishment.

Tomko started Sunday's 16-0 defeat at Oakland and allowed six runs and 10 hits in his shortest outing of the season. Manager Felipe Alou and Righetti declined to say who would start Friday at San Diego, which would have been Tomko's 17th start.

Tomko has the tools and easy warmup style to be a setup man or closer but is an obvious candidate to pitch long relief as well.

"He's somebody who can go out there and throw three or four innings of baseball, so you've got yourself a backup for a young pitcher," Righetti said. "But there's a fine line there. This guy is still in the middle of his career in terms of his age and everything, and you want to see him be able to start for this team in the future, maybe end up relieving in the future, but either way you want his so-called arsenal for himself be broadened."

Tomko was the Giants' top starter down the stretch last season, posting a 5-1 record and 1.43 ERA in his last eight starts. He missed his third straight 200-inning season because of a stretch on the disabled list in June.

This season, he has worked 100 2/3 innings, pitching the only two complete games among the rotation, with a 5.19 ERA.

Arizona Diamondbacks: The team activated outfielder Luis Terrero from the disabled list.

To make room on the roster, Arizona optioned outfielder Scott Hairston to Triple-A Tucson.

"He understands," manager Bob Melvin said. "He knows there's a good chance he'll be back at some point."

Terrero, who had been sidelined since straining his left groin on June 5 in Philadelphia, started in center field against the Giants on Tuesday night.

Seattle Mariners: The team recalled catcher Miguel Olivo from Triple-A Tacoma and optioned catcher Rene Rivera to Double-A San Antonio.

Olivo was available for Tuesday night's game at Oakland and will be the backup to starter Pat Borders. Manager Mike Hargrove expects the 26-year-old Olivo, the team's Opening Day catcher, to play once or twice every four or five days.

Olivo worked before the game with minor-league catching coordinator Roger Hansen, who will remain with the team through this weekend's series against Texas at Safeco Field. In 23 games at Tacoma, Olivo batted .244 with three home runs, 21 RBI and 13 runs. He also had eight stolen bases.

Seattle wants Rivera to focus on his defense and the team believes it will benefit him to play every day in the minors.

Rivera batted .364 with one homer and five RBI in his second stint with the Mariners this season.

"The reason we sent Rene out was to work on his defensive abilities and separate his hitting from his catching," Hargrove said. "The more his hitting woes went on, it affected him behind the plate. His focus would wander. ... He'd done everything we asked and more. He did enough to show us he can be a No. 1 guy. To achieve that as quickly as possible, he needs to play every day."

Tampa Bay Devil Rays: The team activated left-handed reliever Trever Miller from the 15-day disabled list and optioned right-hander Tim Corcoran to Triple-A Durham before Tuesday night's game against the Blue Jays.

Miller was 0-0 with a 4.24 ERA in 29 appearances before going on the DL with a right hamstring strain. Corcoran appeared in two games out of the bullpen, going 0-0 with a 2.25 ERA during Miller's absence.


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