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O's Scratch Cabrera From Start

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Orioles RHP Daniel Cabrera was scratched from his next scheduled start and sent back to Baltimore to visit the team doctor after experiencing pain in his elbow during a side session yesterday.

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"He went out to throw a side today and he felt some discomfort and had some tingling in his elbow so they had to shut him down," Manager Dave Trembley said.

Cabrera (8-10, 5.25 ERA) had an MRI exam in late August after experiencing elbow pain, but it came back negative. The latest pain is in a different area, Trembley said.

RHP Radhamés Liz will move up one day to start tomorrow when the Orioles open a three-game series against the Yankees. LHP Chris Waters will start Sunday's final regular season game at Yankee Stadium, but Trembley wouldn't say who will handle the middle game.

Cabrera's injury comes two days after Baltimore placed LHP Jeremy Guthrie (right shoulder) on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Sept. 6. Guthrie, 10-11 with a 3.57 ERA in 29 starts, reported no pain after throwing from flat ground in the outfield Tuesday. Guthrie, who hopes to return next week, will play catch in the outfield again today and could throw a bullpen session on Saturday.

Also yesterday, the Orioles put RHP Dennis Sarfate on the 15-day disabled list. Sarfate is expected to have surgery to repair a fractured clavicle on Sept. 25, but intends to seek a second opinion. Sarfate, 4-3 with a 4.74 ERA in 57 games, suffered the injury while moving into his Baltimore apartment in April, and has pitched hurt all season.

· MARINERS: Ichiro Suzuki matched Wee Willie Keeler's major league record of eight straight 200-hit seasons, beating out an infield single for his third hit against Kansas City.

The Japanese star received a standing ovation from the Kansas City crowd after reaching 200 hits in 151 games. He did it in 136 games a year ago.

Suzuki broke the AL record he shared with Wade Boggs (1983-89).

Keeler set the record from 1894 to 1901.

· RED SOX:3B Mike Lowell was out of the starting lineup for last night's game against Tampa Bay because of a sore right hip. Lowell felt more soreness and stiffness in his hip -- which could require offseason surgery -- making a barehanded pickup and throw on a slow roller in Tuesday's 2-1 loss to the Rays. He hopes to return during this weekend's series with Toronto.

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