Quotable

"I'm not happy. . . . It was a very frustrating loss in a lot of different ways. And as far as we've come, these games show how far we've got to go."

Pirates Manager Lloyd McClendon, who said yesterday's 7-5, 13-inning loss to the Devil Rays was "absolutely" Pittsburgh's worst loss of the season

PERSONNEL DEPT.

Braves: Sent RHP Roman Colon to Class AA Mississippi and recalled RHP Blaine Boyer.

Cardinals: Activated RHP Cal Eldred, two months after he went on the disabled list with an infection in his heart lining. Designated LHP Gabe White for assignment.

Dodgers: RHP Brad Penny signed a three-year, $25 million contract extension.

Giants: Released RHP Jim Brower. Recalled RHP Jesse Foppert recalled from Class A San Jose.

Reds: Sent OF Austin Kearns to Class AAA Louisville. Placed C placed Jason LaRue on the bereavement list. Purchased the contract of OF (and former Miami quarterback) Kenny Kelly from Louisville and recalled C Dane Sardinha.

Umpire Ill

Home plate umpire Derryl Cousins left the Yankees-Cardinals game after 41/2 innings because of an undisclosed illness. A member of the crew said after the game that Cousins had been hospitalized, but said nothing further.

By The Numbers

7.05

ERA of the Giants' starters in the last 16 games, in which they have a 1-10 record.

-- Compiled by

Mick Heller