President invited Palmeiro, family to dinner
The Washington Post reported the two spoke for about five minutes.
"It's a great honor," Palmeiro told the Post. "We had a nice conversation. He was very proud for me to reach that milestone."
Palmeiro and Bush have been friends for more than decade, dating back to the time the president was owner of the Texas Rangers. Palmeiro and his family were also invited to dinner at the White House.
"It was very nice of him to take the time to call me," Palmeiro said. "That means a lot to me."
"He [Pavano] said it was going in the right direction," Cashman told the Post.
Pavano -- out with a shoulder injuiry -- could be back from the DL as early as July 25.
The Post also reported Yankees rookie right-hander Chien-Ming Wang is traveling to Birmingham, Ala., to have his right shoulder examined by Dr. James Andrews on Monday. Wang is also on the DL, and no timetable has been set for his return.
Outfielder Melky Cabrera was optioned to Columbus on Sunday, and outfielder Bubba Crosby is expected to be called up on Monday. The Yankees will have to make another move on Monday to make room for scheduled starter Kevin Brown.
Small is scheduled to start on Wednesday against the Texas Rangers, manager Joe Torre said before Sunday night's game against the Boston Red Sox. Small was in spring training with the Yankees but was sent to the minors at the end of camp.
Cabrera hit .211 in six games with the Yankees since being called up after a short stint in Triple-A. He also misplayed Trot Nixon's line drive into an inside-the-park homer on Friday night.
Wilson, who returned from the disabled list July 9, injured his hand in the first inning of Saturday's game when he got hit by a pitch.
Wilson already missed two months this season with a finger injury. He tore a sheath protecting a left middle finger tendon May 6 against Arizona.
Last year, Wilson hit a team-high 29 homers in his first full season as a regular but has one home run in 31 games this season.
"It's unfortunate with the issues he had with his same left hand, although this had nothing to do with it," Pirates general manager Dave Littlefield said. "It's unfortunate because he hasn't been able to get out there much this year. Particularly for us offensively, since he led our team in home runs and RBIs last year."
The Pirates promoted Chris Duffy from Triple-A Indianapolis before the game. Duffy made his major league debut with the Pirates on April 7 and played in seven games with the club. He hit .309 in 77 games for Indianapolis this season with seven homers and 31 RBI.
Nix left the game after making a diving catch in the sixth inning of Oakland's 6-0 victory. He will be examined by team doctors when the Rangers return to Arlington on Monday.
Jason Botts from Triple-A Oklahoma was recalled to replace Nix. A switch-hitter, Botts was batting .296 with 17 home runs and 63 RBI.
Nix has started 60 games for the Rangers, hitting .240 with six home runs and 32 RBI.
Molina, who's been unable to play since getting hit by a pitch July 7, still has considerable soreness. The move is retroactive 10 days, which still might not be long enough.
"He's just not ready yet," trainer Barry Weinberg said Sunday. "And I don't predict in the next three, four, five days that he'll be quite ready, as sore as he is today. He got a little better initially and then kind of hit a plateau."
Molina is batting .255 with five home runs and 30 RBI and has shown one of the better arms in the NL. But manager Tony La Russa doesn't want to rush Molina back.
"He's still sore," La Russa said. "It's better just to keep him in shape, let him heal and not be tempted to use him in an emergency."
The Rockies intend to activate right-hander Jose Acevedo off the 15-day disabled list on Monday for the start of a series in Washington, D.C. Acevedo has made four rehabilitation starts with Colorado Springs, recovering from a strained groin.
The Rockies got Seay from Tampa Bay on April 8, after the Devil Rays designated him for assignment. Seay was on the disabled list from April 17 to June 5 with a strained chest muscle.
He left a game July 8 because of a swollen left thumb. He had given up five earned runs in his last two appearances before the demotion.
Tadano was called up Saturday when right-hander Matt Miller went on the 15-day disabled list with tightness in his right forearm. The 25-year-old native of Tokyo pitched four innings in relief during a 7-5 loss to the Chicago White Sox, allowing one run and four hits while striking out four without a walk.
Carmona, a right-hander, started the season at Double-A Akron and went 6-5 with a 4.07 ERA in 14 starts before being promoted to Buffalo. In three starts for the Bisons, he went 2-0 with a 2.57 ERA.
Boston Red Sox: When it came time for Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein to kick off the first fund-raising event for his charity, he wanted to do something a little different and a lot more laid back.
So Epstein took the popular winter fund-raiser, the "Hot Stove-Cool Music" concert held each January, and brought it outside.
"It beat having a rubber chicken dinner," said Epstein, who estimated Saturday night's event for The Foundation To Be Named Later would raise more than $250,000.
The show featured a lineup that included Ben Kweller, The Gentlemen, Juliana Hatfield, Kay Hanley, Fountains of Wayne and a slew of bands featuring baseball luminaries making guest appearances.
"It's always special when baseball and music come together, but to do it in this setting, in Fenway Park, under the stars makes it a memorable night," Epstein said. "We're raising a lot of money for a great cause so it's pretty special."
Epstein played guitar with local band Buffalo Tom. Red Sox pitcher Bronson Arroyo, who recently released his debut CD also performed, as did writer Peter Gammons, who played with his band, the Hot Stove All Stars.
Pitcher Tim Wakefield appeared on stage with The Gentlemen in a cowboy hat and strummed along on an acoustic guitar. Mike Timlin joined Wakefield and master of ceremonies Mike O'Malley on stage to help auction Red Sox items.
The charity was established by Epstein and his twin brother, Paul, a social worker. The Foundation To Be Named Later is a branch of the Red Sox Foundation that will benefit eight nonprofit organizations that support community programs focusing on at-risk, underprivileged and disadvantaged youth.
"Hot Stove-Cool Music" has been held at the Paradise Rock Club every year since 1999, with the proceeds going to the team's main charity, the Jimmy Fund.
Hansen, hitting .194 in 25 games, went on the DL on July 3 with an inflamed left elbow. Considered one of the game's best pinch hitters, he joined the Mariners for the second time in two seasons on May 3.
Snelling was called up July 3 when the Mariners designated Bret Boone for assignment. He appeared in four games, going hitless in five at-bats. He walked July 6 in his first major-league plate appearance since June 4, 2002, missing the 2004 season after several injuries.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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