BOSTON A 13-year-old girl touring Fenway Park on a school trip was attacked by a resident red-tailed hawk that drew blood from her scalp Thursday.
She wasn't seriously hurt, but some observers saw an omen for a certain New York Yankees slugger in the attack at the home of the Boston Red Sox. The girl's name is Alexa Rodriguez.
Vince Jennetta, a teacher who chaperoned her class trip from Memorial Boulevard Middle School in Bristol, Conn., told The Boston Globe that Alexa is "a little shaken, but OK."
The hawk was perched on a railing in the upper deck behind home plate while the group toured the stadium. The hawk flew at the girl and swooped with its talons extended, scratching her scalp.
A single egg lay in the hawk's nearby nest in an overhang near the stadium's press booth.
The nest and egg were removed at the direction of state wildlife officials.
HAMPTON SIDELINED: Mike Hampton is headed back to the disabled list after hurting himself in pregame warmups Thursday night, preventing him from making his first start in almost three years.
Hampton strained his left pectoral muscle while warming up in the bullpen before Atlanta's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was seen grimacing after throwing a pitch.
"It's the toughest thing I've had to deal with," Hampton said. "Having to step off the mound and say 'I just don't want to do it,' it's definitely a tough pill to swallow."
Hampton said he tried to "push through it a few times" before giving up after repeated questions from pitching coach Roger McDowell.
Braves manager Bobby Cox said Hampton's first 23 warm-up pitches were "excellent."
"Then it started grabbing him," Cox said. "It's unbelievable something else could pop up like that but it did. He felt it a little bit the other day tossing the ball and we didn't think much of it, to be honest with you."
PIRATES' WILSON HURTS LEG: Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Jack Wilson strained his left calf while running out a single and had to leave Thursday night's game against the Atlanta Braves. Wilson will likely miss Friday's game at Florida and was listed as day to day. He hurt himself while running out a run-scoring single in the seventh inning.
COLON LOOKS STRONG: At Pawtucket, R.I., Bartolo Colon struck out five and allowed one hit in five scoreless innings for Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday night. The former AL Cy Young Award winner, who signed a minor league deal with Boston during the offseason, walked one and faced just 16 batters. He threw 45 of his 74 pitches for strikes and topped out at 96 mph. "I know I'll be pitching again in five days," Colon said through an interpreter. "I'm not sure if it will be here or with the big club. It's their decision. Whatever management wants me to do, I'll be more than happy to accommodate them. But my arm feels good. I feel healthy."
Pawtucket beat the Indianapolis Indians 3-0.
HERNANDEZ HURLS 5 INNINGS: At Port St. Lucie, Fla., New York Mets pitcher Orlando Hernandez threw five innings in a rehab start for the Class A St. Lucie Mets on Thursday, allowing two runs and striking out six. Hernandez, who had changed the way he was pushing off to alleviate pressure from a bunion on his foot during spring training, went back to his familiar mechanics and said it felt better. He threw 64 pitches, including 42 strikes. The right-hander allowed an opposite field solo home run by Vero Beach first baseman Matt Fields. "It's a little tough, but I think day-to-day, it's getting better," he said.
GLAVINE PREPARING FOR START: Tom Glavine won't have to wait long for his first look at the New York Mets. The Atlanta Braves open a three-game series against the Mets on Friday, and Glavine, who spent the last five years in New York, will pitch the second game on Saturday. "It's the kind of thing I knew obviously would happen at some point of the year," Glavine said Thursday. "I guess it's happening now sooner than I anticipated. Of course it's going to be weird. It's going to be very similar to when I faced the Braves for the first time after leaving here." Glavine pitched for Atlanta from 1987-2002, winning 242 games and two NL Cy Young Awards. He was the winning pitcher in the Braves' decisive 1-0 win over Cleveland in Game 6 of the 1995 World Series.
CRUZ SENT TO MINORS: The Texas Rangers sent Nelson Cruz outright to Triple-A Oklahoma on Thursday after the outfielder cleared waivers. Cruz was designated for assignment Saturday when the team made its final moves to complete its 25-man roster. Cruz hit .261 with two home runs in 27 spring games, raising his average 50 points in the four games he played after being told early last week that he wasn't going to make the team. The Rangers got Cruz as part of a six-player deal in July 2006 that also brought All-Star outfielder Carlos Lee from Milwaukee. Texas wanted Cruz in that deal because of his long-term potential.