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Guerrero, Anderson to return for Angels

BOSTON — Vladimir Guerrero is likely to return to right field for the first time in a month when the Los Angeles Angels play the Boston Red Sox in Game 2 of their AL playoff series on Friday.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia also said that Garret Anderson could play left despite conjunctivitis that swelled his right eye so much it looks like he took a punch.

Guerrero hasn't started in right field since Sept. 4 because of an irritated right triceps that limited him to designated hitter.

"Everything looks good," Scioscia said after Guerrero worked out in right field Thursday, a day after the Angels lost 4-0 in the series opener.

Guerrero threw to second and third a few times and said there was no pain.

"It's gone," Guerrero said. "If I had any pain right now, I probably would not force Mike to put me in the outfield. I don't feel anything right now."

Anderson declined comment after the workout. He was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts against Boston's Josh Beckett in the opener.

"I think it looks a lot worse than it is," Scioscia said of Anderson's eye. "Garret assures us his vision's there, he's seeing the ball, and that's what's important. Unless his left eye looks as bad as his right eye tomorrow, he's starting."

Guerrero's return to the outfield would free up the DH spot for Juan Rivera or Kendry Morales.

CORPAS ALL WET: At Philadelphia, Rockies manager Clint Hurdle downplayed video that showed closer Manny Corpas pouring liquid on his body in the bullpen before pitching against Philadelphia in Game 1 of their NL playoff series. Corpas was caught by TBS cameras on Wednesday taking a sip of a liquid out of a cup, then pouring some down the back of his neck and all over the front of his jersey. Corpas, who earned the save in Colorado's 4-2 win, patted his chest and rubbed his fingers before throwing a pitch. "I still haven't looked at the tape, so I still don't know what happened," Hurdle said Thursday before Game 2. "Until I get further direction from somebody else, I think we'll handle it internally."

INTERIM GM WANTS JOB: The St. Louis Cardinals' interim general manager made it clear on Thursday that he wants Walt Jocketty's old job.

But John Mozeliak, who has been with the organization for a dozen years, doesn't feel the need to campaign. He'd like to believe ownership already has his resume.

"Obviously, I would want to be considered for the position," Mozeliak said. "I don't think I need to participate in the normal application process. They know what my strengths are."

The 38-year-old Mozeliak said it was more hectic than normal when he reported for work at Busch Stadium. He also noted this is a critical time of the baseball calendar, evaluating personnel from the current team and laying the groundwork for potential improvements.

"It's been busy, just like it would be any other day," Mozeliak said.

ESTRADA HAS SURGERY: Brewers catcher Johnny Estrada was scheduled to have surgery Thursday to repair a torn medial meniscus in his left knee.

The team said he would undergo the arthroscopic surgery in Birmingham, Ala. He was also going to have a bone spur removed from his right elbow.

Estrada, a switch-hitting catcher, batted .278 with 10 homers and 54 RBIs in 120 games. He threw out just 7.6 percent of runners attempting to steal, the worst among NL catchers.

Estrada hurt his knee trying to beat an infield grounder at Atlanta Sept. 22 and missed the season's last week.

FULL SHAREW FOR COOLBAUGH: The Colorado Rockies voted a full playoff share for the widow of minor league coach Mike Coolbaugh, killed by a line drive this season while coaching first base. Some of the veteran players decided to award a full share to Amanda Coolbaugh. Their two sons, five-year-old Joseph and three-year-old Jacob, will throw out the first pitch in Game 3 at Colorado. Coolbaugh was a first base coach for the Rockies' Double-A affiliate, the Tulsa Drillers. The former major leaguer was killed July 22, when a line drive struck him in the head. Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki said awarding the family a share was the right thing to do.

GILES HAS SURGERY: Padres right fielder Brian Giles had microfracture surgery on his right knee, which he hurt in mid-April. Giles played with the injury until being forced onto the disabled list in late May. He returned in late June, and moved into the leadoff spot in the batting order. The surgery was performed Wednesday, two days after the Padres lost a wild-card tiebreaker game at Colorado. The Padres had three chances to clinch the wild-card, and lost all three games.