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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

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AUGUST 6, 2008. Kevin Youkilis-1B- Red Sox
Kevin Youkilis left Wednesday's game after one inning because of a right hand contusion.
Youkilis was hit by a Luke Hochevar pitch. He stayed in to run, but Sean Casey replaced him on defense. Youkilis is day-to-day.

Joba Chamberlain-R- Yankees The Yankees said Joba Chamberlain was diagnosed with rotator cuff tendinitis and that he's been told to rest his arm for a week. The smart move for the Yankees would be to try to get by without Joba for the rest of the month and bring him back when rosters expand. They'll definitely be careful with such a big piece of their future.

Jason Isringhausen-R- Cardinals The Cardinals said they're going to a closer-by-committee following Jason Isringhausen's poor outing on Tuesday. Izzy still hasn't blown a save since returning from the disabled list, but neither has he done anything to inspire much confidence. The Cards could go back to giving save opportunities to Ryan Franklin for now, and they still haven't ruled out bringing Adam Wainwright back as a closer.

Chris Britton-R- Yankees Yankees recalled RHP Chris Britton from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Britton has a 3.38 ERA in 10 2/3 innings for the Yankees this season. He'll get another chance to pitch in middle relief.

Brian Giles-OF- Padres Brian Giles has been claimed off revocable waivers, according to FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal. Giles and dozens of other players, but this one qualifies as news for some reason. It's highly unlikely that Giles will be traded. The Padres intend to pick up his option and keep him for 2009.

Tim Lincecum-S- Giants Tim Lincecum allowed just two runs in eight innings to lead the Giants past the Braves on Wednesday afternoon. Lincecum allowed just five hits while striking out eight, although he did issue four walks on the afternoon. Still, he picked up his first win since July 13 and lowered his ERA to 2.68 on the season. He'll pitch in Houston in his next outing.

Eric Chavez-3B- Athletics thletics transferred third baseman Eric Chavez from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list. Chavez is out for the season after surgery on his right shoulder.

Jeff Karstens-S- Pirates Jeff Karstens took a perfect game into the eighth inning and complete a two-hit shutout to defeat the Diamondbacks on Wednesday. Karstens, who gave up 18 earned runs in 14 2/3 innings for the Yankees last year, is unscored upon in 15 innings for the Pirates. The fast start practically guarantees that he'll remain in the rotation for the rest of the season, but it barely alters his long-term outlook. The poor man's Bronson Arroyo shouldn't last as more than a fifth starter or be a particularly good one of those.

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