BASEBALL TONIGHT EXTRA
By Mark Simon, ESPN Research
There was a letdown for the Yankees after their series win over the Red Sox -- and the Athletics took full advantage, pulling off a rare sweep in the Bronx. Oakland got back over .500 with three big wins, including two by one-run margins. The Athletics were the best team in the ballpark at the beginning and end of each game, with Huston Street closing the Yankees out on each occasion. The Bronx Bombers have some issues, injury and otherwise, to straighten out, and have to be careful in this stretch not to fall back too far in the AL East.
FORWARD THINKING: MONDAY
" Devil Rays at Tigers, 7:05 ET: Scott Kazmir is 0-2 in three starts (14 ER in 13 2/3 IP) since his last win on May 21. After winning four straight starts from May 10-27, the Tigers' Justin Verlander has been touched for 10 earned runs and 14 hits in his last two outings.
" Orioles at Blue Jays, 7:07 ET: Rookie Casey Janssen (5-3, 3.07) has four wins and a no-decision in his last five starts. Kris Benson (6-5, 4.64), the Orioles' team leader in wins, is 4-2 with a 5.85 ERA on the road.
NEWS AND NOTES
" Braves starting pitcher Horacio Ramirez left
Sunday's game against the Astros after being hit on the forehead with a ball hit by Lance Berkman in the second inning. Ramirez got up under his own power and was escorted to the bullpen as a
trainer pressed a towel to his forehead.
" Toronto RHP A.J. Burnett (sore elbow) will make a rehab
start for Triple-A Syracuse on Monday instead of Class A Dunedin (it's expected to rain in Dunedin).
" Rockies reliever Mike DeJean will have
season-ending arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder and is expected to be sidelined six to eight months.
" Red Sox reliever Mike Timlin (strained right shoulder) pitched a simulated game Sunday morning at Triple-A Pawtucket. "It went well. I felt great," Timlin said. "I threw 24 pitches, but I've been feeling good for a week."
" Yankees slugger Jason Giambi was held out of the lineup Sunday because of a sore left hand that was hit by a pitch Saturday. X-rays were negative, and the Yankees hope he'll be able to play Tuesday.