FIRST WOMAN STARTER: Ila Borders, who made history a year ago by becoming the first woman to pitch in a regular-season professional baseball game, has broken new ground.
Borders, 23, became the first woman to start a pro game, pitching five innings for the minor league Duluth-Superior Dukes Thursday night. Her team lost 8-3 to the Sioux Falls Canaries."I was a lot more nervous for this game than I was for the first time I pitched professionally," said Borders, who scattered five hits, struck out two batters and allowed two walks.
Of her 71 pitches, 43 were strikes.
Borders got a huge ovation as she left the mound in the first inning. She took a 2-1 lead into the fifth, but former Salt Lake Trapper Benny Castillo and Eddie Gerald hit home runs off her to put the Canaries ahead 3-2.
SURGERY FOR COACH: Cleveland Indians hitting coach Charlie Manuel will have quadruple bypass surgery on Monday after having a mild heart attack during the All-Star break.
Doctors discovered Friday that Manuel, 54, had 100 percent blockage in three arteries and 90 percent blockage in a fourth, Indians manager Mike Hargrove said.
"They say that although it was a mild heart attack, he was a very lucky man," Hargrove said.
METS REGAIN MCMICHAEL: The New York Mets, who traded reliever Greg McMichael to Los Angeles last month, got him back Friday night in a deal that sent pitcher Brian Bohanon to the Dodgers. The Mets also received an undisclosed amount of cash.