Originally created 04/12/06

Halladay will miss start vs. Chicago



BOSTON - Roy Halladay will miss his next scheduled start for the Toronto Blue Jays because of a forearm injury.

He had been expected to make his third start Saturday in Chicago against the White Sox, but now is slated to work during a three-game series against Boston in Toronto beginning April 21.

The Blue Jays will stick with Scott Downs to start Friday against Chicago. A.J. Burnett and Josh Towers were each moved up one day for the other two games of the series.

RED SOX: Boston center fielder Coco Crisp was placed on the 15-day disabled list after injuring his finger sliding into third base.

Manager Terry Francona expects Crisp to miss several weeks. To fill the roster spot, Boston called up outfielder Dustan Mohr from Triple-A Pawtucket.

CUBS: Derrek Lee is staying put. The NL batting champion's lucrative new contract is a reward for his breakout season and a deal he helped negotiate.

"I don't think you ever envision a contract like this," Lee said at a news conference where the Cubs made official his five-year, $65 million deal.

BREWERS: Milwaukee ace Ben Sheets struck out nine, walked none and scattered three hits over 5w scoreless innings in a rehab start for Triple-A Nashville.

Sheets showed no ill effects from the strained back muscle that landed him on the disabled list March 24. He appears on track to rejoin the Brewers for this weekend's series against the New York Mets.

LOST VOICE: Public-address announcer Bob Sheppard's distinctive voice was missing from the New York Yankees' home opener for the first time since 1950 because of a hip injury.

Sheppard threw out his left hip Monday night at his Long Island home, the Yankees said. He hopes to be back April 21.

VP PITCH: Greeted with loud boos and some cheers, Vice President Dick Cheney threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Washington Nationals' home opener.

He stood directly in front of the mound and released a ball that hit the dirt in front of home plate.

PITCHERS SUSPENDED: Four minor league pitchers were suspended 50 games each by the commissioner's office for violating baseball's minor league drug program, the first penalties since the sport toughened its rules during the offseason.

Two of the pitchers were in the Cincinnati Reds' organization: Ramon Ramirez and Justin Mallet. Also suspended were Waner Mateo of the New York Mets and Ryan Rafferty of the Kansas City Royals.

None have ever pitched in the majors.