MLB: LaRoche, Gload lose home runs
MILWAUKEE ó Florida Marlins pinch-hitter Ross Gload had a home run taken away after a video replay review Wednesday night ó hours after Pittsburgh’s Adam LaRoche became the first player to lose one that way.
Gload’s drive in the sixth inning was down the right-field line and into a corner with an 8-foot wall. Milwaukee led 8-5 at the time.
First base umpire Bruce Dreckman called it fair for a two-run homer. Dreckman, plate umpire Gary Darling and second base umpire Bill Hohn then went to replay.
They took just two minutes to return to call it foul. Gload struck out two pitches later.
LaRoche’s long drive with a runner on in the first inning struck either a railing or small protective screen above the 21-foot wall in right field ó both objects are in play ó but first base umpire Lance Barksdale signaled a home run. LaRoche, who had stopped at second, hesitated momentarily before rounding third and touching the plate.
Crew chief Randy Marsh, Barksdale and Alfonso Marquez watched the replay, and Marsh quickly changed the call to a double. The Pirates did not argue, and no TV replay showed LaRoche’s flyball reaching the seats.
NEW YORK ó Tom Glavine had another successful bullpen session, and he thinks he could be pitching in the major leagues by the end of the month.
CHICAGO ó Carlos Zambrano threw a bullpen session and remained on track to make a rehab start this weekend.
NEW YORK ó Prosecutors say a streaker who disrupted a Mets game by jumping onto Citi Field naked except for a stuffed monkey tied around his waist has pleaded not guilty to trespassing charges.TIGERS
MINNEAPOLIS ó Detroit Tigers right-hander Jeremy Bonderman has been scheduled for his first rehab start.
Bonderman is expected to pitch for the Class A West Michigan on Saturday. He hasn’t appeared in the majors in nearly a year due to a circulation problem in his throwing shoulder that required surgery.
ARLINGTON, Texas ó Texas closer Frank Francisco’s right arm feels better, but he won’t be available until at least Friday.
BALTIMORE ó Tampa Bay designated hitter Pat Burrell was sent back to Florida so he can have his sore neck examined by team doctors.
CLEVELAND ó Travis Hafner, who’s been out with right shoulder soreness, will begin a rehab assignment Friday with Triple-A Columbus.
The same injury limited him to 57 games last year. No timetable has been set for his return.