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Ordonez Injured; Listed Day-To-Day

Tigers outfielder Magglio Ordonez left Wednesday's game with the Astros because of an injured left shin.

In the fourth inning, Ordonez fouled a pitch off his left leg before singling to center. After running to first, he signaled to the dugout for the training staff. He was replaced by pinch-runner Alexis Gomez.

X-rays were negative, and he's listed as day-to-day.

Via ESPN.com

MLB Suspends Garner, Bard One Game

Astros manager Phil Garner was suspended one game Wednesday after tossing a chair onto the field following his ejection during a loss in Detroit.

The commissioner's office also suspended Padres catcher Josh Bard one game for his aggressive actions during a game against Seattle on Sunday. Both were fined an undisclosed amount by baseball's chief disciplinarian, Bob Watson.

Via Yahoo.com

Clemens Not Happy About Being Taken Out

Roger Clemens threw six strong innings before giving up a pair of one-out walks in the seventh and the Tigers made him pay for it.

Craig Monroe hit an RBI double off reliever Dan Wheeler in the three-run seventh and Nate Robertson threw seven scoreless innings to give Detroit a 4-0 victory over the Astros on Tuesday night.

In his second start this season, Clemens allowed two runs, one earned, and three hits with two walks in 6 1-3 innings. He struck out three consecutive batters over the fifth and sixth innings, but didn't fan another Tiger in his 84-pitch night.

The seven-time Cy Young winner left the field angry, and wasn't in a much better mood in the clubhouse.

Clemens did say he wasn't happy about being taken out of the game by Manager Phil Garner.

Via ESPN.com

Major League Tantrum Thrown By Minor League Manager

Once the umpire called Roger Clemens' kid safe, a minor league manager threw a major league tantrum that would have made Lou Piniella, Earl Weaver and Tommy Lasorda proud.

It also cost Asheville Tourists manager Joe Mikulik a seven-day suspension and $1,000 fine.

Mikulik, who used to write "Never Surrender" on his wristbands when he played in the minors, put on a throwing, kicking and screaming show Sunday that was still the talk of baseball a day later.

Via AP

Garner Picks Tracy, Narron As NL All-Star Coaches

Pirates manager Jim Tracy and Jerry Narron of the Reds were picked Thursday by Houston's Phil Garner to be National League coaches in the All-Star game.

Garner will manage the NL team on July 11 in Pittsburgh after guiding the Astros to their first World Series last season.

Via Associated Press

Astros Jun 2006 Archive

  • Twins Win 4-2 Over Astros In Clemens' Debut

    While Roger Clemens returned to the mound for his 23rd major league season, his Astros teammates got a close look at a future ace in Francisco Liriano.

  • Clemens Is Ready For '06 ML Debut Thursday Night

    Roger Clemens is prepared for his 2006 major league debut on Thursday night against the Twins just 23 days and three minor league starts after rejoining the Astros.

  • Solid Minor-League Finish For Clemens

    Roger Clemens gave up three runs on three hits in the first inning before settling into a groove Friday night against the New Orleans Zephyrs.

  • Clemens Dominant In Double-A Start

    Chalk up another strikeout record for Roger Clemens, who looks as dominant as ever less than two weeks from his scheduled return to the majors.

  • Clemens Begins Latest Comback With Strikeout

    Roger Clemens showed pinpoint control and a sharp fastball during his tuneup for the Astros' Class-A Lexington Legends on Tuesday night.

  • Astros Place Oswalt On DL

    The Houston Astros placed right-hander Roy Oswalt on the 15-day disabled list prior to their game with the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday and purchased the contract of left-handed pitcher Phillip Barzilla from Triple-A Round Rock.

  • Could The Rocket Be Traded?

    There actually already is talk that if poor play continues, perhaps Clemens would want to be traded to the Yanks, Red Sox or Rangers, according to the New York Post.

  • Oswalt Scratched From Sunday's Start

    Roy Oswalt woke up with a sore back last Friday and figured he'd slept on it wrong.