Steinbrenner: 'I have nothing to say'

Updated: August 12, 2005, 9:26 PM ET
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New York Yankees: Apparently even a win can't make George Steinbrenner happy with his skipper anymore.

Earlier Thursday, Joe Torre told the New York Post he wouldn't risk distracting his team during the playoff chase by getting into a war of words with Steinbrenner. Later that evening, the Boss refused to give assurances that Torre's job was safe, the Post reported Friday.

"I have nothing to say," Steinbrenner told the Post before the Yankees' 9-8 win over the Rangers on Thursday night. He also refused to comment when leaving the stadium later.

Steinbrenner's comments came two days after he had questioned Torre's managerial decisions in Tuesday's loss to the White Sox. According to the Post, Torre has two years and $14 million remaining on his contract.

Florida Marlins: Former major-league infielder Wilson Delgado was suspended for 30 games, the second time he's been penalized this season for violating the minor-league drug policy.

Delgado, playing in the Florida organization, was suspended for 15 games in May under the steroids policy. He was hitting .285 with six home runs and 37 RBI for Triple-A Albuquerque.

Delgado, 33, played in 42 games last year for the Mets, batting .292 with two home runs. He is a career .251 hitter over parts of nine major-league seasons with the Giants, Yankees, Royals, Cardinals, Angels and Mets.

There have been 82 suspensions issued this season for violations of the minor-league drug program.

Los Angeles Angels: A day after falling out of first place in the AL West, the Angels activated lefthander Jarrod Washburn from the 15-day disabled list.

Washburn had been sidelined with a strained left forearm since making his last start on July 24. He will start on Friday when the Angels face the Mariners.

The Angels optioned righthander Chris Bootcheck to Triple-A Salt Lake of the Pacific Coast League to make room for Washburn. They also placed catcher Josh Paul on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right thumb and recalled catcher Jeff Mathis from Salt Lake.

Washburn is 6-6 with a 3.28 ERA in 21 starts this season. He has won 50 games for the Angels over the previous four years.

The Angels held an 8 1/2-game lead over the A's on July 17. Since then, the A's won 19 of 22 games to move ahead of the Angels, who have dropped 12 of their last 21 contests.

Los Angeles Dodgers: Katie Brownell, the Little League pitcher who tossed a perfect game against a team of boys, is getting called up to the majors.

The 12-year-old hurler who plays for the Oakfield-Alabama Little League Dodgers has been invited to throw out the first pitch Saturday at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

"They're giving her a jersey with her name and her original number on it," Katie's mom, Denise Bischoff, told The Daily News of Batavia. "I can't wait to see her face" when that happens.

Brownell etched her name in baseball lore on May 14 when she threw a perfect game for her western New York Little League team by striking out all 18 batters she faced. An avalanche of national media attention followed, and last month Brownell's No. 3 jersey went into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

The only girl in the Oakfield-Alabama Little League, Brownell has already spent some time in the minors, throwing out the first ball in games played by the Batavia Muckdogs, Rochester Red Wings and Buffalo Bisons.

Her big-league debut Saturday comes as the Dodgers square off against the Mets. Brownell will also visit Disneyland and Universal Studios

"It will be fun," she said.

St. Louis Cardinals: The Cardinals are going Hollywood.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the Cardinals will appear in a segment of HBO's "Costas Now" (airing at 8 ET Friday). During the segment, manager Tony La Russa discusses Mark McGwire's testimony before Congress in March.

"I wish Mark would call and thank me, because I've been told how much credibility I've lost," La Russa said, adding that he still thinks McGwire added muscle "the legal way."

The Post-Dispatch also reported that La Russa thinks McGwire decided not to "discuss the past" in front of Congress because he was told what to say.

"He got flustered and he kept saying that, when it was a response that was making him look really damaged," La Russa said. "He got over-coached and got flustered."

McGwire isn't the only focus of the segment. The Post-Dispatch reported that Bob Costas and an HBO crew filmed eight to nine hours at Busch Stadium last month, following La Russa during games and coaching players during practice.

Baltimore Orioles: A California judge has ruled that the Orioles can't have the best of both worlds.

The Baltimore Sun reported Friday that the judge denied the team's bid to dismiss a lawsuit by Van Halen's management company. The suit, filed last year in federal court in Los Angeles, claims the Orioles backed out of a deal for the band to perform the first ever concert at Camden Yards in September 2004.

The Sun reported that Van Halen's touring company is suing the Orioles for "at least" $2 million in damages for rearranging its schedule and losing other opportunities to perform in Baltimore. The deal would have paid the band $1.5 million, as well as 80 percent of ticket and merchandise sales.

In refusing to dismiss the case, U.S. District Judge Matthew Byrne Jr. said the team did not demonstrate that the offer made to Van Halen wasn't a promise.

Detroit Tigers: This weekend's Tigers-Royals series could actually have implications.

The Detroit News reported that -- for the Tigers, at least -- more than just pride is on the line heading into the three-game series. Jobs could be, too.

With 70 percent of the season finished, the Tigers have the same record (53-61) they had last season. Coming off a three-game sweep in Toronto, manager Alan Trammell is upset with his team.

"They have to do it themselves," he told the News after three Blue Jays pitchers combined to two-hit the Tigers in Thursday's 2-1 loss. "People have to take responsibility."

New York Mets: The White Sox didn't want reliever Shingo Takatsu, but the Mets do.

The New York Post reported that the 36-year-old right-hander has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Mets and will be in Triple-A Norfolk on Friday.

In 31 games with the White Sox this season, Takatsu went 1-2 with a 5.97 ERA and eight saves. In 2004, he had a 2.31 ERA and 19 saves.

"It's going to be a 2½-week tryout," Takatsu's agent, Joe Urbon, told the Post.

Teams must set their playoff rosters by the end of August.

Cleveland Indians: Reliever Arthur Rhodes was activated from the bereavement list.

The left-hander had missed the past week because of a family illness.

The team optioned left-hander Brian Tallet to Triple-A Buffalo to make room for Rhodes.

Tallet made just one appearance with the Indians, pitching 2 1/3 innings on Tuesday night when Cleveland scored 11 runs in the ninth inning and rallied to beat the Royals 13-7.

Before joining the Indians, Tallet went 6-5 with a 4.47 ERA with the Bisons.

San Francisco Giants: Outfielder Moises Alou was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Aug. 3 with a right hamstring strain.

The Giants are confident Alou will be healthy enough to be activated when he's eligible Thursday at Cincinnati, manager Felipe Alou said.

Alou is batting .328 with 13 home runs and 43 RBI.

Right-hander Scott Munter also went on the DL with right elbow inflammation.

San Francisco recalled outfielder Todd Linden and right-hander Jeremy Accardo from Triple-A Fresno. Linden, who leads the Pacific Coast League with 30 home runs in 95 games, was in the lineup Friday night against the Florida Marlins.

Atlanta Braves: Chipper Jones returned to the lineup Friday night after missing eight starts with a strained right rotator cuff.

Jones struck out as a pinch hitter in Thursday night's game, but he had not started at third base since hurting his shoulder on Aug. 2 at Cincinnati. He grounded out sharply to first in his first at-bat Friday night.

Jones was not in manager Bobby Cox's original lineup against Arizona. After Jones had success throwing the ball in pregame workouts, he persuaded Cox to let him start.

"I just want to be able to get the ball across the infield with something on it," Jones said. "Once I got loosened up, I was fine."

Jones replaced Wilson Betemit in the lineup and batted third.

Seattle Mariners: The Mariners placed outfielder Chris Snellingon the 15-day disabled list, two days after he sprained his left knee in a 14-inning loss to Minnesota.

Doctors discovered a new tear, which will require arthroscopic surgery, in a previous graft inside Snelling's knee. However, the operation can't be performed until an abrasion on his skin heals in two to three weeks.

The Mariners activated right-hander Ryan Franklin, who returned from a 10-day suspension for violating baseball's steroid policy. Manager Mike Hargrove said Franklin will start against the Los Angeles Angelson Saturday night.

Snelling has a history of injuries, but team doctors hadn't given him a sufficient examination to know if this one will be serious. After making his major-league debut in 2002, Snelling missed the 2003 and 2004 seasons with injuries.

San Diego Padres: The Padres activated right-hander Rudy Seanez from the 15-day disabled list.

Seanez, who had been on a rehab assignment at Class-A Lake Elsinore, was placed on the DL July 18 with a right shoulder strain. Seanez is 1-4 with a 2.97 ERA in 38 games.

Left-handed pitcher Craig Breslow was optioned to Triple-A Portland to make room for Seanez. Breslow has no record with a 2.08 ERA in six appearances with the Padres.

Information from The Associated Press and SportsTicker was used in this report.