Red Sox OF Gabe Kapler ruptured his left Achilles' tendon while rounding second base on Tony Graffanino's fifth-inning homer last night in Toronto.
Graffanino's ball went over the wall, and Kapler fell to the ground. He got up on one knee but couldn't continue. After a five-minute delay, Kapler was carted off the field.
"I felt like I got hit at the back of my ankle," said Kapler, who wasn't in pain after the game.
Kapler will be evaluated in Boston on Thursday. The Red Sox already were missing CF Johnny Damon, who has a sore left shoulder. Damon hopes to play today.
* OFFENSIVE OUTBURST: Mariners OF Raul Ibanez went 4 for 5 with his 19th homer last night and finished 9 for 14 with two homers and six RBI in Seattle's three-game sweep of the Angels. Ibanez hit .419 (31 for 74) with three homers and 17 RBI against the Angels this season. . . .
White Sox SS Juan Uribe is hitting .478 (22 for 46) with seven doubles, six home runs and 13 RBI in his last 13 games. . . .
Devil Rays OF Carl Crawford is hitting .420 (34 for 81) against the Yankees this season.
* ORTIZ SETS DH MARK: Boston's David Ortiz has hit 38 of his 42 home runs this season as a designated hitter, one more than the major league record set by the Mariners' Edgar Martinez in 2000.
* PROMISING TWIN: Minnesota LHP Francisco Liriano gave up two runs, two hits and a walk while striking out six over five innings in his first major league start. The highly touted prospect made his major league debut earlier this month with his first of two relief appearances.
With a mid-90s fastball, change-up and slider, he retired his first seven batters, striking out four in a row. He wound up with a no-decision.
Liriano, 21, was acquired in a trade with the Giants after the 2003 season along with two-time all-star closer Joe Nathan and right-hander Boof Bonser for C A.J. Pierzynski.
"What a trade they made getting Nathan and Liriano and another guy that led the International League in strikeouts," Tigers Manager Alan Trammell said. "They got three quality players for A.J. Pierzynski."
* GUILLEN DOUBTS MARTE: White Sox Manager Ozzie Guillen questions whether Damaso Marte is really hurt and criticized the reliever for showing up late for a game last weekend.
"If Marte's not ready to help this team, he can have a nice trip to the Dominican Republic by himself," Guillen said before last night's game against the Royals.
Marte's sore neck was examined yesterday in Chicago by team physician Charles Bush-Joseph, and the team said Marte has a strained muscle in his back.
"He said Marte is fine. He's 100 percent ready to go," Guillen said.
"It makes you wonder."
-- From News Services