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Olsen was chased from the mound, and for the 262nd consecutive game, Florida's starter did not go the distance, a new MLB record. Cody Ross drove in the last of his five runs in the top of the seventh inning, and the Marlins scored four times to lead by five, but Colorado wasn't going to be denied. Holliday hit a grand slam in the bottom of the seventh and then scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth on Iannetta's walk-off single, and the Rockies had manufactured the biggest comeback in team history. The teams combined for 43 hits, yet not all fantasy owners are going to smiling when they check the box score. While the top four hitters in Colorado's lineup (Spilborghs, Clint Barmes, Holliday and Atkins) were a combined 16-for-22 with five home runs and 13 RBIs, Brad Hawpe didn't partake in the fun, going 0-for-5 with three strikeouts, and lowering his average to .245 on the year. Troy Tulowitzki went 1-for-4, continuing his glacier-like pace toward the Mendoza line.
Then there's Todd Helton, who didn't get a hit last night, nor will he for quite some time after being placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Thursday, because of a bad back. "We feel we're best served by shutting this thing down for a while to give him a chance to heal rather than pushing his way through this. I don't think he's capable of pushing his way through this one," manager Clint Hurdle told reporters. Jeff Baker likely will get the bulk of playing time at first base until Helton returns.
Kelly Shoppach, Indians
Who needs Victor Martinez when you can have Kelly Shoppach? The fill-in catcher was 3-for-3 with a homer Friday and has hit .300 with six homers and nine doubles since the beginning of June. Power? That's something V-Mart wasn't providing.
Pittsburgh's Freddy Sanchez missed his second straight game. Manager John Russell thinks Sanchez, hitting just .229, is pressing too much. On Saturday, Chris Sampson will make his first start in more than a month, as Houston's Roy Oswalt skips a turn in the rotation because of a strained left hip. Feel free to cut Norris Hopper. He's scheduled to undergo season-ending surgery on his elbow, according to manager Dusty Baker. In other Reds news, Josh Fogg will start instead of Aaron Harang on Saturday. Harang (forearm) will be pushed back to Tuesday's game at Wrigley Field. Detroit catcher Ivan Rodriguez was ejected for arguing strikes while batting in the top of the ninth inning. Scott Feldman replaces Eric Hurley in the Rangers' rotation Saturday because of Hurley's hamstring woes. Ozzie Guillen says he is optimistic that Bobby Jenks will be available to pitch by Sunday. Jenks has missed all week because of shoulder soreness. Bobby Crosby has a strained right hamstring and is expected to miss his third straight game Saturday. Oakland hasn't ruled out the possibility of a trip to the disabled list, meaning Donnie Murphy could see a lot more time. Cleveland manager Eric Wedge confirmed that he'll be giving the bulk of former closer Joe Borowski's save to Masa Kobayashi but adds he isn't averse to experimenting. Twins' second baseman Alexi Casilla was scratched from the starting lineup because of a sore left finger and is day-to-day. Baltimore's Brian Roberts also missed Friday's game with flu-like symptoms. His replacement, Freddie Bynum, drove in three runs. Arizona's Micah Owings, who missed his last start because of a sore gluteus, pitched in relief to get work in. Depending on how Owings feels today, this may or may not spell the end of Yusmeiro Petit's stay in the rotation.
• The Cubs activated pitcher Carlos Zambrano from the 15-day disabled list and optioned pitcher Jose Ascanio to Triple-A Iowa. Zambrano came back at the right time, facing the Cardinals on Friday night. Zambrano, who is 9-4 with a 2.26 career mark against the Redbirds, pitched six scoreless innings, allowing only four hits and two walks with five strikeouts.
• The Dodgers brought back a pair of veterans Friday, activating both Nomar Garciaparra and Andruw Jones from the 15-day disabled list. Nomar went 2-for-4 with two RBIs in his return, but Jones was not as effective, taking the golden sombrero in an 0-for-5 performance. To make room for the pair, the team sent Jason Repko to Triple-A Las Vegas and placed Mark Sweeney on the 15-day disabled list. The team also moved Rafael Furcal to the 60-day DL, making the outlook for his return this season all the more bleak.
• Oakland placed Keith Foulke on the 15-day disabled list because of right shoulder inflammation. This is the second time Foulke has been on the DL this season. Santiago Casilla and Andrew Brown likely will take up the slack in the pen. The team recalled pitcher Jerry Blevins from Triple-A Sacramento as well.
• After fouling a ball off his face on Wednesday, Michael Barrett needed to be placed on the 15-day disabled list with multiple facial fractures. The bulk of the catching duties will now fall to Triple-A call-up Nick Hundley, who was hitting only .232 in the minors. Luke Carlin will serve as Hundley's backup. Expect teams to run on the Padres.
• The Braves made a bold move Friday, optioning Jeff Francoeur to Double-A Mississippi. The struggling outfielder, hitting only .234 this season, is expected to spend no more than three weeks in the minor leagues. "We were very clear with him last night it would be for less than 20 days and that we just want him to get a chance to relax and play well," GM Frank Wren said. Francoeur went 2-for-4 with a walk in his first game with the club. His new Mississippi teammate, Matt Diaz, went 0-for-3 with a walk. Diaz is attempting to come back from a knee injury.
• In the first game of his rehab assignment, Paul Konerko went 2-for-3 with a walk, playing first base for Triple-A Charlotte. Konerko (strained oblique) could return to the White Sox as early as Tuesday if things go well over the weekend.
• Yankees pitcher Brian Bruney made his first appearance in the Rookie Gulf Coast League, allowing one run in two innings. Bruney has been out since late April because of a torn ligament in his foot. He's attempting to avoid surgery, and this appearance is the first step back. If all goes well this month, he could be back in pinstripes. If not, he could be under the knife. Stay tuned.