PHILADELPHIA — Cliff Lee isn’t going anywhere if he pitches like this.
Adam Duvall hit a two-run homer to spoil Lee’s return from the disabled list and the San Francisco Giants beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-4 on Monday night.
Making his first start since May 18 because of an elbow injury, Lee (4-5) had a rare rough outing against San Francisco. Lee was 5-0 with a 0.88 earned-run average in six career games against the Giants. He allowed five earned runs in 51 innings in those six starts before giving up six runs and 12 hits in 52/3 innings in this one.
If Lee, a one-time Mariner, shows he’s healthy and pitches effectively, he is a prime candidate for a trade before the July 31 nonwaiver deadline. But he certainly didn’t impress several scouts watching him pitch at Citizens Bank Park.
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“I could care less about the scouts or trade rumors,” Lee said. “I’ve never cared about them. My goal is to go out there and give my team a chance to win. I’m in Philly and I want this team to win. … It’s not my job to make trades.”
• Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira will be sidelined for at least three games because of a strained muscle in his back, the latest injury to slow the team’s leading run producer.
Teixeira has been hampered by a left lower lat injury that was causing spasms in his back for about a month.
• The Giants signed three-time All-Star 2B Dan Uggla to a minor league contract. Uggla was released by Atlanta last Friday.
The Giants also placed right-hander Matt Cain on the disabled list because of elbow inflammation. Cain is only 2-7 with a career-worst 4.18 ERA in 15 games
• Colorado placed first baseman Justin Morneau on the 15-day disabled list with a strained neck. The move is retroactive to July 14.