TORONTO (AP) -- The Blue Jays' victory Saturday might prove to be
Blue Jays slugger Carlos Delgado left after the fifth inning of
Saturday's 6-2 win over the Texas Rangers with an irritated right
ribcage and was taken to a hospital for evaluation."He was hurting pretty good," Toronto manager Carlos Tosca
said.Delgado grimaced after swinging his bat on a groundout in the
fifth inning. Dave Berg replaced him at first to start the sixth.Tosca said the ribcage has bothered Delgado sporadically."Today was the first day that it really grabbed him," Tosca
said.The Blue Jays already are missing regulars Frank Catalanotto
(right groin), Orlando Hudson (strained left hamstring), Kevin Cash
(bruised ribcage) and Chris Woodward (straight right hamstring)."With the other guys that we have down, it's going to be a big
blow," Tosca said.Delgado was second in AL MVP voting last year after hitting .302
with 42 homers and a major league-leading 145 RBI. He's hitting
.227 with eight home runs and 32 RBI this season."You can't even say how big of a loss it would be. He's our
leader," Toronto third baseman Eric Hinske said. "I don't know
how long he's going to be out, or what the prognosis is, but that's
going to hurt us big time."Toronto starter Miguel Batista (3-4) struck out a season-high
seven in eight innings. Batista allowed two runs, five hits and
three walks, taking a shutout into the seventh before allowing
Laynce Nix's RBI grounder and a run-scoring wild pitch, which
pulled Texas to 3-2. Batista was coming off a 7-2 loss to Boston on
May 23 in which he gave up five runs in three innings."We'll keep our fingers crossed about Delgado," Batista said.
"He's a very strong guy. You don't count him out easily. He wants
to play, especially now that he's playing better."Hinske, who went 2-for-4 and raised his average to .216, hit a
two-run single in the seventh off Erasmo Ramirez for a 5-2 lead.
Reed Johnson added a solo homer in the eighth off Ramirez.The Rangers have lost a season-high four straight and have
scored in just three of their last 36 innings."We can't seem to catch a break," Texas manager Buck Showalter
said. "We got within a run, but the tack-on runs they had hurt us.
The Hinske single really hurt us."Juan Dominguez (0-1), recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma on Friday,
allowed three runs and eight his in 5 1-3 innings."I'm sure he had a lot of anxiety," Showalter said. "He gave
us a chance to win, but the walks and hit by pitches didn't help.
He's a work in progress."Johnson's RBI grounder in the fourth and Dominguez's run-scoring
wild pitch in the sixth made it 3-0. Toronto scored in the seventh
after reliever Frank Francisco walked Gregg Zaun, hit Josh Phelps
with a pitch and walked Alexis Rios, loading the bases.
Delgado left Monday's game against Anaheim after the third
inning with a jammed right knee. ... Berg ended a 0-for-12 slump
with a single in the seventh. ... The Rangers have lost five of
six. ... Texas is 1-4 on its 11-game trip.