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Bourn rests, Tejada plays in opener: Michael Bourn was not in the lineup Monday, but that had less to do with his body slam into the wall Sunday and more to do with manager Cecil Cooper's desire to give switch-hitter Jose Cruz Jr. consecutive at-bats from the right side of the plate. Meanwhile, Miguel Tejada talked his way into the lineup despite sore wrists from separate plunkings over the weekend.
ASTROS NOTES: Updates on Pence, Cruz, Bourn, Cardenas, Saenz:
Searching for a sparkMired in an 0-for-14 slump entering Tuesday, right fielderHunter Pencewas held out of the starting lineup against Arizona.Jose Cruz Jr.started in right, giving managerCecil Cooperfour switch hitters in the lineup.
ASTROS NOTES: Big day for Cruz family: Manager Cecil Cooper took outfielder Jose Cruz Jr. out of the game in the eighth inning Saturday, and then found an unusual way to let him know he made the 25-man roster to begin the season.
ASTROS NOTES: Cruz Jr. aims to make roster: Jose Cruz Jr. has left no doubt this spring that his performance, not bloodlines, will be the deciding factor if he makes the 25-man roster.
Cruz and Cruz ready to partner in Astros uniforms: Astros first base coach Jose Cruz pleaded with management for years to sign his son, so when the deal finally went down, he got an advance tip. Now it looks like outfielder Jose Cruz Jr. will make the roster.
Pence, Cruz Jr. shine but Astros fall to Marlins: Hunter Pence went 3-for-3 with a triple and Jose Cruz Jr. slugged his second homer of the spring, but it wasn't enough to rescue the Astros from an 8-3 loss to Florida today at Osceola County Stadium.
Cruz makes another statement as Astros top Rays: Jose Cruz Jr. continued his strong spring this afternoon, going 3-for-5 with two RBIs to lead the Astros past the Tampa Bay Rays 8-4 in Grapefruit League play.
Perez reviving baseball in Puerto Rico: Eduardo Perez was born in the fall but remains a child of the winter. The former Major Leaguer grew up watching baseball icons like Jose Cruz, Luis Tiant and Reggie Jackson play alongside his Hall of Fame father Tony in the stadiums across Puerto Rico.
Cruz Jr. among Astros signings: Jose Cruz Jr., son of Astros first-base coach Jose Cruz, is one of four players invited to the Astros' Spring Training camp after signing Minor League contracts with the Astros on Wednesday. The outfielder will be joined by infielders Kevin Hooper and Tomas Perez and left-handed pitcher Stephen Randolph.
Cruz Jr. signs minor-league contract with Astros: Jose Cruz Jr., the son of former Astros left fielder and current first-base coach Jose Cruz, was signed to a minor league contract by the club Wednesday with an invitation to major league spring training.
Rays trade Young to Twins for Garza:
Outfielder Delmon Young was traded by Tampa Bay to Minnesota on Wednesday night as part of a six-player deal that sent right-hander Matt Garza to the Rays.The Twins also gave up shortstop Jason Bartlett and minor league pitcher Eduardo Morlan while acquiring shortstop Brendan Harris and minor league outfielder Jason Pridie.Young, runner-up for AL Rookie of the Year, batted .288 with 13 homers and 93 RBI in his first full major league season. One of the game's top prospects, Garza went 5-7 with a 3.69 ERA after he was called up right before the All-Star break.La Russa pleads guiltySt. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa pleaded guilty to driving under the influence Wednesday, eight months after police found him asleep inside his running vehicle at a stoplight and smelling of alcohol.La Russa will serve at least six months'probation, pay a $678.50 fine, complete DUI school and any recommended treatment and complete 50 hours of community service.BrieflyIndians:Injuries sustained by reliever Juan Lara in a weekend car accident in the Dominican Republic make it too dangerous to move him to the United States for treatment, a team spokesman said. The 26-year-old left-hander, who remains in critical condition, suffered a fractured spine, severe brain trauma, two broken ribs and a punctured lung.Royals:Reliever Yasuhiko Yabuta agreed to a two-year contract and will compete for a spot as Kansas City's primary setup man.Astros:Outfielder Jose Cruz Jr., the son of first-base coach Jose Cruz, was among four players who signed minor league contracts.Awards:Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester, who came back from a cancer diagnosis in 2006 to win this year's World Series clincher for Boston, was honored with the Tony Conigliaro Award for overcoming adversity through spirit, determination and courage.Rays:A retractable roof made of fabric will be part of a new $450 million waterfront baseball stadium for the Tampa Bay Rays, who are without a completed plan on how to pay for it.Mets:New York acquired reliever Brian Stokes from the Rays for cash.
Padres go extras to stretch NL West lead: Jake Peavy and Brad Penny pitched to a seven-inning stalemate, Jose Cruz Jr. and Geoff Blum hit RBI doubles in the 12th, and the Padres beat the Dodgers 3-1 Saturday. San Diego tops Los Angeles by two games and Arizona by 1 1/2 games atop the NL West.
San Diego outlasts Los Angeles in 12 innings:
Padres 3, Dodgers 1, 12 innings
LOS ANGELESÂ— Jake Peavy and Brad Penny pitched to a seven-inning stalemate, Jose Cruz Jr. and pinch-hitter Geoff Blum hit RBI doubles in the 12th, and the San Diego defeated Los Angeles Saturday night to take a two-game lead on the Dodgers in the West Division.
Padres boost Maddux to victory: Seven strong innings by Padres pitcher Greg Maddux and a timely hit by Jose Cruz Jr. helped lift the Padres to a 4-2 victory over the Giants on Wednesday at AT&T Park.
Padres' Germano stays unbeaten: Right-hander Justin Germano allowed two runs on five hits in six innings to improve to 3-0 as the Padres beat the Brewers, 6-3, on Saturday night. Mike Cameron hit a two-run homer, Jose Cruz Jr. added a solo shot, and Trevor Hoffman earned his 14th save.
Cameron, Cruz Help Padres Defeat Brewers: SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Justin Germano keeps showing that he belongs in the big leagues. Backed by home runs by Mike Cameron and Jose Cruz Jr., Germano pitched well in his fourth start in place of injured Clay Hensley, helping the San Diego Padres to a 6-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday night....
Super stand-in Germano lifts Padres: Justin Germano keeps showing that he belongs in the big leagues. Backed by home runs by Mike Cameron and Jose Cruz Jr., Germano pitched well in his fourth start in place of injured Clay Hensley, helping the San Diego Padres to a 6-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday night.
Padres pull into tie for NL West lead (AP):
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Justin Germano keeps showing that he belongs in the big leagues. Backed by home runs by Mike Cameron and Jose Cruz Jr., Germano pitched well in his fourth start in place of injured Clay Hensley, helping the San Diego Padres to a 6-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday night. Germano allowed two solo homers, which raised his ERA from 0.47 to 1.08, but otherwise continued to impress manager...
Pads rookie shakes slump with RBI in 10th: Jose Cruz Jr. homered in the eighth inning to tie it and rookie Kevin Kouzmanoff singled with one out in the 10th to snap out of a 2-for-20 slump and give the San Diego Padres a 2-1 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Sunday.
Kouzmanoff the man in win over Rox: It was"The Cruz and Kooz Show"at PETCO Park on Sunday. Jose Cruz Jr. hit his first home run of the season in the eighth inning to tie the game at 1, and Kevin Kouzmanoff -- mired in a 2-for-20 slump -- lined a single to right field scoring Khalil Greene from third base in the 10th inning as the Padres beat the Rockies, 2-1.
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