Radke says mood 'suicidal' over run support

Updated: September 4, 2005, 1:17 PM ET
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Minnesota Twins: Right-hander Brad Radke is growing more frustrated with the lack of run support he's receiving, calling his mood "suicidal," the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.

"It's to the point where ... it just drives you crazy," Radke told the paper.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said Radke can't get frustrated about run support.

"All he can do is go out and throw the baseball," Gardenhire told the paper, "You have to think of where Radke is at. He has been our No. 1 starter for how many years? When you're the No. 1 starter, who are you facing? You're facing the other teams' No. 1, No. 2 starter pretty much the whole year."

Baltimore Orioles: Right-handed pitcher James Baldwin returned to the team, two days after fainting on the team charter to Boston, the Baltimore Sun reported.

Baldwin was discharged from the hospital Saturday after spending a night and undergoing tests.

"I didn't want to go back, but that was the only way I was going to get on the field," Baldwin told the paper.

"They said it was just from being exhausted and whatever. They said it was a typical thing that happens in life. They said it's common. You know how sometimes you get up too fast? That's what happened."

Houston Astros: Astros ace Roger Clemens had to leave his start Saturday night after five innings with a strained left hamstring.

Clemens, who leads the major leagues with a 1.52 ERA, said he tweaked his hamstring during his at-bat in the second inning, when he struck out while trying to bunt.

"I'm just going to treat it all week," Clemens told the Houston Chronicle. "My next outing is Friday on the road [at Milwaukee]. So I'll start [today] rehabbing and getting ready to go again."

Arizona Diamondbacks: Third baseman Troy Glaus left Saturday night's game against San Francisco because of pain in his left knee.

Glaus, who has a strained tendon in his knee, only recently gave up having cortisone shots in the back of the joint before games because it was improving. But he appeared to hurt himself in the third inning, running out a grounder on which Luis Gonzalez was forced at second.

As was the case in the past, Glaus hopes it takes just a few days of rest to recover.

"We'll see," Glaus told The Arizona Republic. "Hopefully, it will feel a little bit better. We'll see. It is what it is. It's not going to feel better until probably December.

"I understand that. It's just being able to A, tolerate the pain and B, be able to perform the way I want to, relatively speaking."

St. Louis Cardinals: Albert Pujols might miss several games down the stretch to receive treatment on the plantar fasciitis that bothered him last season, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

Head trainer Barry Weinberg told the paper that doctors would evaluate Pujols during the coming home stand, and a time may be set for him to undergo a procedure that typically sidelines him for three or four days.

Oakland Athletics: Right-hander Rich Harden is eyeing a return to the ratation on Sept. 11, the Oakland Tribune reported.

But for that to happen, "everything has to go absolutely perfect for that to happen," trainer Larry Davis told the paper.

Harden has a strained lat muscle in the back of his shoulder.

Detroit Tigers: The Rolling Stones were a huge hit at Comerica Park -- and the damage wasn't as bad as expected.

Damage to the sod in the outfield from the Aug. 31 Stones concert was expected to be repaired in time for Monday's Tigers game against the Indians, the team's groundskeeper said.

Heather Nabozny told the Detroit Free Press that about 22,500 square feet of sod mashed down by the crowd would be replaced. A typical concert at Comerica requires 13,500 square feet of new sod.

"It turned out better than I thought," Nabozny said.

After the Stones' two concerts earlier at Boston's Fenway Park, the Red Sox replaced 40,000 square feet of sod.

Colorado Rockies: The Rockies recalled pitcher Zach Day on Sunday and started him against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Day was traded to the Rockies from Washington on July 13 as part of deal that brought Preston Wilson to the nation's capital. Day made two relief appearances for Colorado, including a July 16 game against the Nationals when he gave up two runs without recording an out.

In 14 games between both teams, Day is 1-2 with a 7.05 ERA.

The 27-year-old has battled injuries and mechanics problems all season. He was still recovering from a fractured forearm at the time of the trade and has also dealt with shoulder problems.

After being optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs of the Pacific Coast League on July 25, Day notched a 2-3 record with a 5.89 ERA in seven starts.

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

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