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Reds put Graves on disabled list

Houston Astros: Pitcher Roger Clemens, nursing a strained right calf muscle, anticipates being able to make his start Monday against Philadelphia.

"I don't plan on doing any serious running until I go out to
the mound on Monday," Clemens said after a bullpen session Friday.

Clemens left in the fourth inning of Wednesday's game against Philadelphia while running to first base after lining a two-run
single to right field.

The injury occurred just hours after the Astros said left-hander Andy Pettitte, Clemens' former teammate with the Yankees, would have season-ending elbow surgery.

Since then, however, Clemens said the calf has felt much better. The six-time Cy Young Award winner is 12-4 with a 2.94 ERA in his first season with the Astros.

Cincinnati Reds: The Reds, who are 10-22 since the All-Star break,
placed closer Danny Graves on the disabled list with lower
back spasms.

Graves began experiencing problems in the ninth inning of
Wednesday's 5-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. He allowed
two runs and three hits but was able to post his National
League-leading 37th save.

In 61 appearances, Graves is 1-5 with a 4.09 ERA. After posting
121 saves in four seasons beginning in 1999, he spent a majority
of last season in the Reds' rotation, going 4-15 with a 5.33
ERA.

To replace Graves on their roster, the Reds recalled Matt Belisle from Triple-A Louisville of the International League. Belisle was 9-9 with a 4.96 ERA in 25 starts with the Bats.

Pittsburgh Pirates: Pitcher Kip Wells will skip his second straight start after tests indicated rest would help his injured elbow.

An MRI exam showed muscular inflammation in his forearm but the
ligaments appeared fine, general manager Dave Littlefield said.
Wells will rest Saturday and Sunday, then start strengthening
exercises Monday, his scheduled day to pitch.

Wells is 5-7 with a 4.50 ERA in 23 starts.

John Van Benschoten, the Pirates' first-round draft pick in
2001, replaced Wells in the rotation on Wednesday. He was optioned
back to Triple-A Nashville after the game.

New York Yankees: First baseman Jason Giambi is getting
treatment for a strained left groin and might resume running
outdoors next week.

"That's not for sure," he said. "Tomorrow we're going
to see where I'm at. We'll see what I can do and what I can't do."

The five-time All-Star expects to rejoin the Yankees next month.
He has felt weak most of the season and has not played since July
23.

Giambi was hurt during a conditioning drill Tuesday. He has been
working out at the team's spring training complex the past 10 days
to get into shape after being diagnosed with a benign tumor last
month.

Before Giambi was put on the disabled list, he was hitless in 21
consecutive at-bats, dropping his average to .221. He has 11 homers
and 36 RBI after batting .250 with 41 homers and 107 RBI last
season.

San Francisco Giants: First baseman J.T. Snow was held out against the Mets with an inflamed bug bite on his left elbow. Snow woke up with an irritated elbow and called trainer Stan Conte.

"He got some kind of bite or something and the skin got
infected," Conte said.

Manager Felipe Alou had written him into the lineup, but had to put Pedro Feliz in Snow's spot.

"My elbow is inflamed for some reason. I don't know what
happened," Snow said, adding that it hurts to move it.

Snow has been the Giants' most consistent hitter lately. He is
riding a career-high 13 game hitting streak -- the longest on the
team this year -- and is batting .500 (24-for-48) with five home
runs, 14 RBIs and 16 runs scored during the stretch. He also has
five doubles and a triple and has drawn 11 walks during that time.

Baltimore Orioles: Javy Lopez was back in the starting lineup 48 hours after taking a rare day off because of lower back pain.

Lopez couldn't swing a bat without cringing Wednesday, but he was much better Friday afternoon after getting two days off -- and
taking a generous dose of painkillers.

"I feel great now," the catcher said, hours before manning his
customary spot behind the plate in the Orioles' game against
Toronto.

Lopez felt a twinge in his back in the latter stages of Tuesday
night's 11-0 loss to Oakland. He suspected the injury occurred
either when he tried to block a pitch or while making a throw to
second base.

By Wednesday, the pain was so intense that Lopez went into
manager Lee Mazzilli's office and asked for the night off. It was
only the fifth game he's missed this season.

Tampa Bay Devil Rays: Rookie shortstop B.J. Upton probably will see only limited playing time in the field for a while. Upton, who turns 20 on Saturday, has struggled defensively since he was called up from Triple-A Durham on Aug. 1. He has made five errors in 11 games at shortstop.

"He's just not quite ready for this right now at the shortstop
position," manager Lou Piniella said. "The shortstop position is
the most demanding position on the field. He's a talented kid.
Right now, at this time, he's not ready for the shortstop
position."

Upton will work with Tampa Bay infield coach Tom Foley.

Julio Lugo, who moved to second base when Upton was called up, will return to shortstop.

Outfielder Joey Gathright was optioned to Triple-A Durham to make
room for first baseman-DH Randall Simon, who was signed Thursday. Piniella said Simon will get playing time at first base and DH.

Boston Red Sox: Infielder Mark Bellhorn was activated from the disabled list and joined the team in Chicago as it opened a six-game road trip.

Bellhorn broke his left thumb Aug. 1 when he was hit by a pitch from Twins closer Joe Nathan.

Bellhorn, in his first season with Boston, is batting .256 with
13 home runs and 56 RBIs in 98 games. He played two games in a
rehabilitation stint with Triple-A Pawtucket.

To make room on the roster for Bellhorn, the Red Sox optioned infielder Earl Snyder to Pawtucket. Snyder was called up Tuesday when third baseman Kevin Youkilis was placed on the 15-day disabled list.

Information from The Associated Press and SportsTicker was used in this report.