"I'm embarrassed. I'm embarrassed to go into a bar. The people would say, 'They lost 18 in a row. They really stink this year.' "

Royals RHP Jose Lima after Kansas City continued its losing streak with an 11-5 setback to the Mariners. Lima will start tonight against the Athletics.

Personnel Dept.

Red Sox: Activated 1B John Olerud from the 15-day DL. Optioned IF Kevin Youkilis to Class AAA Pawtucket.

Indians: Claimed RHP Jason Young off waivers from Colorado and optioned him to Class AAA Buffalo. Designated RHP Francisco Cruceta for assignment.

Tigers: Placed SS Carlos Guillen on the 15-day DL, retroactive to Aug. 11. Recalled 1B Carlos Pena from Class AAA Toledo. . . . C Ivan Rodriguez (hip flexor) missed his third straight game and is day-to-day.

Rangers: OF Kevin Mench was a late scratch from the starting lineup with back spasms. He was replaced by Mark DeRosa.

By the Numbers


Consecutive hits Boston LHP David Wells gave up to Detroit batters to start the game

Today in Baseball

1989: The Orioles' Cal Ripken passed Steve Garvey for the third-longest consecutive games streak by playing in his 1,208th straight game.

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