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  • Court documents: Authorities aren't investigating Hanley Ramirez
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, June 24, 2018

    Hanley Ramirez is not the subject of a federal drug investigation, the Boston Globe reported Sunday, negating an earlier media report about the former Boston Red Sox designated hitter.

    • The newspaper reported that Ramirez merely became tangentially connected to the drug case when a suspect name-dropped the slugger during an arrest in an unsuccessful attempt to avoid suspicion.

      The attorney of a man arrested in April and accused of moving fentanyl from New York to Massachusetts said that his client knew Ramirez from the Dominican Republic.

      When detained in western Massachusetts as part of a drug investigation, the unnamed man told police that he was delivering a box of books from Ramirez's mother to Ramirez, the Globe reported, citing a Drug Enforcement Administration affidavit filed in U.S. District Court in Boston.

      The man reportedly then phoned Ramirez and had him speak to the state trooper. Ramirez reportedly said he didn't know about a package from his mother, and he gave police permission to open the box, which was then found to contain two kilograms of fentanyl, according to the affidavit.

      The suspect then told police that Ramirez had no involvement with the drugs, per the affidavit.

      Both Ramirez and the Red Sox had denied any knowledge of Ramirez being under investigation. The team released Ramirez on June 1.

      "The organization didn't know about this," Boston manager Alex Cora said Friday when asked about the report that Ramirez was linked to a federal drug probe. "I didn't know about this. I hope it's not true."

      Ramirez remains a free agent even though another team would only have to pay him the pro-rated major league minimum for this season with Boston responsible for the remainder of his $22 million salary.

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB roundup: Boston's Sale overpowers Seattle
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, June 24, 2018

    Chris Sale struck out 13 in seven innings as the Boston Red Sox defeated the visiting Seattle Mariners 5-0 on Sunday afternoon at Fenway Park.

    • Sale (7-4) allowed only four hits and walked one. Mitch Moreland homered for the Red Sox, who took two of three games in the weekend series after splitting a four-game set last week in Seattle.

      Joe Kelly and Matt Barnes each pitched a perfect inning of relief for the Red Sox to complete the shutout.

      Sale didn't reach a three-ball count on a batter until walking Guillermo Heredia with two outs in the seventh. Seattle left-hander Marco Gonzales (7-5) matched Sale for the first four innings before running into trouble in the fifth and taking the loss.

      Reds 8, Cubs 6

      Pinch hitter Jesse Winker smashed a three-run homer and Joey Votto hit a go-ahead, RBI double as host Cincinnati rallied to win its seventh straight game and sweep a four-game series from Chicago.

      The Reds won the game with a seven-run seventh inning that included RBI hits by Winker, Votto, Tucker Barnhart and Jose Peraza, who had two run-scoring plate appearances in the frame with a single and a walk.

      The Reds scored a run earlier as pitcher Michael Lorenzen hit a pinch-hit solo homer. It was his third career homer. Chicago, which blew a five-run lead, was swept in a four-game series by the Reds for the first time since April 1983.

      Rays 7, Yankees 6 (12 innings)

      Rookie Jake Bauers homered on the first pitch in the bottom of the 12th inning as host Tampa Bay completed a three-game sweep of New York in St. Petersburg, Fla.

      Bauers lifted a fastball from Chasen Shreve (2-2) over the center field fence. It was his second career homer and Tampa Bay's first hit since the third inning.

      It also occurred after Bauers nearly hit a grand slam off Shreve in Saturday's 4-0 win, and four innings after Giancarlo Stanton hit a game-tying homer off Vidal Nuno.

      Indians 12, Tigers 2

      Jose Ramirez had a home run among his three hits, Edwin Encarnacion hit a grand slam, and Adam Plutko gave up two runs over six innings in his return to the rotation as host Cleveland extended its winning streak to seven games by beating Detroit.

      Ramirez extended his on-base streak to 31 games as the Indians moved to a season-best 10 games over .500 with the three-game sweep. Francisco Lindor and Jason Kipnis also hit home runs.

      Tigers starter Matthew Boyd (4-6) lasted just three-plus innings as Detroit saw its losing streak reach five games.

      Dodgers 8, Mets 7 (11 innings)

      Justin Turner capped a homer-happy game for Los Angeles by hitting a solo shot in the 11th inning to beat host New York at Citi Field.

      Enrique Hernandez and Cody Bellinger hit two solo homers apiece for the Dodgers, who swept the three-game series and have won nine of 12, while Max Muncy and Joc Pederson had a solo shot apiece. The seven homers tied for the second-highest single-game total in team history, and the seven solo shots matched the major league record.

      Kevin Plawecki had a homer and a career-high four RBIs for the Mets, who have lost six straight and 18 of their past 22.

      Braves 7, Orioles 3

      Nick Markakis had two hits and drove in a run against his former team to help Atlanta defeat visiting Baltimore.

      Markakis, who played for the Orioles from 2006-14, was 2-for-4 and went 6-for-14 against the Orioles in the three-game series.

      Brandon McCarthy (6-3) earned the win in his first start since June 15 as the Braves salvaged a game in the weekend series. The big right-hander allowed three runs on five hits in five innings, striking out five. He gave up home runs to Trey Mancini and Mark Trumbo.

      Twins 2, Rangers 0

      Jose Berrios struck out a career-high 12 batters during seven shutout innings as host Minnesota snapped Texas' seven-game win streak.

      Berrios (8-5) allowed just three hits in picking up his fifth win in his past six decisions. He walked two and left after throwing 107 pitches, 70 of which were strikes.

      Robbie Grossman and Eddie Rosario each had two hits for the Twins, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Fernando Rodney struck out the side in the ninth to pick up his 17th save.

      Cardinals 8, Brewers 2

      Jose Martinez capped a five-run fourth inning with a three-run home run, sending St. Louis past host Milwaukee.

      Luke Weaver (4-6) struck out nine in 5 2/3 innings, limiting Milwaukee to two runs as the Cardinals gained a split of the four-game series.

      Christian Yelich homered for the Brewers, who had allowed three or fewer runs in eight of their previous 10 games.

      White Sox 10, Athletics 3

      Oakland set a major league record for consecutive road games with a home run, but host Chicago erupted with two big innings for the win.

      Yoan Moncada went 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and a career-high six RBIs for the White Sox. Chicago scored five runs in the fifth inning and five more in the sixth to salvage a series split.

      Mark Canha's blast in the fifth gave Oakland a home run in 25 games in a row on the road. That surpassed the previous mark of 24 straight road games with a homer, which was set by a 1996 Baltimore Orioles squad that featured Brady Anderson, Rafael Palmeiro, Bobby Bonilla and Cal Ripken Jr.

      Astros 11, Royals 3

      Yuli Gurriel recorded three extra-base hits, including a grand slam to cap an eight-run second inning, pacing host Houston in the rubber match of the three-game series with Kansas City.

      Gurriel finished 3-for-5 with two doubles and two runs, but it was his second career grand slam that turned the tide fully in favor of the Astros. He struck the decisive blow in the two-out rally against Jason Hammel (2-9), posting his fourth home run of the season and second in as many days to double the Houston lead to 8-0 in the second.

      Astros right-hander Gerrit Cole (9-1) struck out eight while throwing five innings of one-run ball.

      Giants 3, Padres 2 (11 innings)

      Hunter Pence connected on his second career walk-off hit against San Diego closer Brad Hand, a bases-loaded, two-run double in the bottom of the 11th inning to give host San Francisco the win.

      The Giants responded after Manuel Margot celebrated a return to the leadoff spot by walking and scoring the go-ahead run on a two-out single by Cory Spangenberg in the top off the 11th, giving the Padres a 2-1 lead.

      Seeking his 22nd save of the season, Hand (1-4) struck out Brandon Belt to start the 12th before Andrew McCutchen laced a double. The Padres intentionally walked Buster Posey, but Hand hit Brandon Crawford in the back to load the bases with one out. Pence then sliced a liner past Padres first baseman Eric Hosmer.

      Blue Jays 7, Angels 6 (10 innings)

      Kendrys Morales' two-out, pinch-hit home run in the top of the 10th inning lifted Toronto over Los Angeles in Anaheim, Calif.

      Morales was pinch-hitting for Aledmys Diaz, who homered earlier in the game. Angels reliever Hansel Robles threw a 2-1 slider that Morales hit into the right field bleachers for his eighth homer of the season.

      The Blue Jays hammered four homers in the game, also getting long balls from Devon Travis and Curtis Granderson. Justin Smoak chipped in with three hits, including two doubles. Ryan Tepera (5-2) got the win, and Tyler Clippard pitched the 10th for his fourth save.

      Marlins 8, Rockies 5

      Derek Dietrich homered for the third straight game and tied a career high with four hits, and visiting Miami overcame the loss of starter Caleb Smith to beat Colorado. Dietrich matched his career high with four hits, first accomplishing the feat earlier this month at St. Louis.

      Nolan Arenado and Gerardo Parra homered for the Rockies. The start of the game was delayed 1 hour, 31 minutes when heavy rain and hail hit Coors Field shortly before first pitch.

      Smith exited in the second inning due to left shoulder tightness. He is day-to-day. Drew Rucinski (2-1) tossed 2 2/3 innings for the win, and Kyle Barraclough earned his seventh save.

      Diamondbacks 3, Pirates 0

      David Peralta and John Ryan Murphy hit early homers to power Arizona to a four-game series sweep of host Pittsburgh.

      After a strong start, Arizona's Clay Buchholz (2-1) left after five innings because of tightness in his left side. He gave up two hits while striking out five and walking none. Buchholz later said he hoped he would be ready for his next scheduled start.

      Brad Boxberger pitched the ninth inning for his 17th save.

      --Field Level Media

  • Yanks' Sanchez (groin) likely DL-bound, Boone says
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, June 24, 2018

    The Yankees are bracing for bad news about slugger Gary Sanchez, who left Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays with a groin injury.

    • "We'll have an MRI [Monday] to get a more clear diagnosis, but we think it's probably going to be a DL situation," manager Aaron Boone told reporters after the game, calling it a groin or hip adductor injury.

      The Yankees catcher, who has 14 home runs and 41 RBIs but is hitting just .190 this season after going 0-for-4 on Sunday, was hurt when he tried unsuccessfully to beat the throw to first on his double-play grounder in the 10th inning.

      Backup catcher Austin Romine finished the game, which the Rays won 7-6 on a walk-off home run by rookie Jake Bauers in the 12th inning.

      The Yankees have only one other catcher on the 40-man roster -- Kyle Higashioka, who is at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre -- making him the likely roster replacement, Boone said.

      Higashioka has 20 career big league plate appearances, having been in nine games for the Yankees last season. He was hitless in 18 at-bats, with two walks.

      At Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this season, he is hitting .191 with five home runs and 22 RBIs in 51 games.

      Last season, Sanchez slugged 33 home runs and drove in 90 runs while hitting .278.

      --Field Level Media

  • Pirates place Feliz (shoulder) on DL
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, June 24, 2018

    The Pittsburgh Pirates placed right-hander Michael Feliz on the 10-day disabled list Sunday due to inflammation in his throwing shoulder.

    • Feliz's fastball velocity had reduced in recent outings, dipping to just 92.8 mph, according to Statcast, after averaging 94.8 on the season.

      "Hopefully ... Michael will be able to battle through this and get that inflammation out of there and be ready to go soon after the end of the DL stint," general manager Neal Huntington told reporters. "We'll re-evaluate the bullpen at that point in time."

      Pittsburgh recalled right-hander Clay Holmes from Triple-A Indianapolis in a corresponding move.

      Feliz, who turns 25 on Thursday, is 0-2 with a 5.51 ERA in 33 appearances.

      He had a 2.70 ERA after working a scoreless inning against the San Diego Padres on May 20. But his ERA ballooned as he gave up 12 runs over 5 2/3 innings in his next six appearances.

      Holmes, 25, pitched two hitless innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday in his second major league appearance. Earlier this season, he gave up one run and two hits in two innings against the Cincinnati Reds on April 6. He was 6-3 with a 3.39 ERA in 13 appearances (12 starts) at Indianapolis.

      Huntington said Holmes will be used primarily in long relief.

      --Field Level Media

  • Rockies place RHP Shaw (calf) on DL
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, June 24, 2018

    The Colorado Rockies placed right-handed reliever Bryan Shaw on the 10-day disabled list with a right calf strain, the team announced on Sunday.

    • In a corresponding move, Colorado recalled righty Yency Almonte from Triple-A Albuquerque.

      Shaw, 30, last pitched on Saturday, allowing two runs on two hits -- one homer -- and a walk in two-thirds of an inning in a 6-2 loss to the Miami Marlins, his seventh time this year allowing at least two runs in an outing.

      He joined the Rockies as a free agent in December and has appeared in an MLB-high 41 games this season, but his 7.57 ERA is more than double his career worst in any previous season. Entering 2018, Shaw had a 3.13 ERA in 475 career games across seven seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Cleveland Indians.

      Almonte, who turned 24 earlier this month, made his MLB debut for the Rockies last week, allowing two unearned runs on a hit and a walk across two combined innings of work on Thursday and Friday.

      He has gone 1-4 with a 6.27 ERA in nine appearances (all starts) in Albuquerque this year.

      --Field Level Media

  • Cubs scratch Chatwood after wife goes into labor; Montgomery to start
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, June 24, 2018

    Mike Montgomery's time in the Chicago Cubs rotation will go on, thanks to some help from a teammate's family.

    • The club named Montgomery their starter for Sunday's game in Cincinnati only hours before first pitch as scheduled starter Tyler Chatwood was scratched when his wife went into labor.

      After pitching out of the bullpen for his first 18 appearances this season, Montgomery has started each of his last five games, dating back to May 28. As a starter, Montgomery is 2-1 with a 1.21 ERA with 19 strikeouts and seven walks. What's more, the Cubs are 4-1 in the games he has started.

      He has also grown increasingly consistent, giving up exactly one run in exactly six innings pitched in each of his last four starts (after pitching a scoreless 5 2/3 innings in his first start). Montgomery seems to be making manager Joe Maddon's decision a little tougher with each outing when it comes to what to do with the rotation once Yu Darvish returns. Darvish has been out since May 23 with inflammation in his right triceps.

      Darvish pitched a simulated game Wednesday and reports were he felt fine the next day. He is expected to make one rehab start then join the Cubs if that goes well. When asked earlier in the week what his plans were for the rotation this weekend, Maddon acknowledged the impending birth of Chatwood's child was in his mind.

      "We want to make sure everything works out well for the Chatwoods, and then we'll make our decisions," Maddon told the media.

      Chatwood, 28, is 3-5 with a 3.95 ERA in 14 starts this season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Yankees' Tanaka throws 'encouraging' bullpen session
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, June 24, 2018

    New York Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka threw a 26-pitch bullpen session before Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays, a key step in his rehab from strains in both hamstrings.

    • Sunday's session followed a Saturday workout where Tanaka threw off flat ground for a third straight day and participated in drills with the team.

      Tanaka has been on the disabled list since suffering the hamstring injuries while running the bases in a June 8 interleague game against the Mets. He scored the tying run on Aaron Judge's sacrifice fly in the top of the sixth inning and then departed the contest.

      Tanaka is 7-2 with a 4.58 ERA in 13 starts this season.

      "Went well," Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. "Encouraging sign. It looks like he's doing well."

      Boone plans to have Tanaka throw another session on Tuesday and said a simulated game would follow soon after.

      --Field Level Media

  • Braves put Vizcaino on DL, call up Phillips
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, June 24, 2018

    The Atlanta Braves put closer Arodys Vizcaino on the 10-day disabled list on Sunday as he continues to deal with right shoulder inflammation.

    • The move is retroactive to Thursday.

      The Braves also called up right-hander Evan Phillips from Triple-A Gwinnett ahead of their home game against the Baltimore Orioles.

      Phillips, who has yet to make his MLB debut, is 4-4 with six saves in 26 appearances with Gwinnett this season, striking out 50 over his 35 innings pitched.

      Vizcaino has 15 saves and a 1.82 ERA in 30 appearances this season.

      The Braves also designated infielder Phil Gosselin for assignment.

      --Field Level Media

  • Cubs hold Bryant (shoulder) out for second straight game
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, June 24, 2018

    Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant was left out of the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Reds as he continues to deal with left shoulder soreness.

    • Bryant also missed Saturday's game, and the team warns he may miss Monday's game, as well. But the Cubs are not considering a DL stint at the moment, according to MLB.com.

      Bryant missed four straight games in April after being hit in the head by a pitch.

      Ian Happ is in the lineup in his place, batting seventh.

      Bryant is batting .280 with nine home runs and 36 RBIs in 66 games this season.

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB roundup: Kershaw struggles in return
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, June 24, 2018

    Matt Kemp's pinch-hit grand slam blew the game open and capped a five-run eighth inning Saturday night for the Los Angeles Dodgers, who routed the New York Mets 8-3 at Citi Field.

    • Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, who was on the disabled list all month with a back injury, started for Los Angeles and allowed two runs on five hits and one walk while striking out four over three innings. It was just his second start since May 1. He missed most of May with a biceps injury.

      Mets ace Jacob deGrom (5-3) took the loss after allowing three runs on five hits and three walks while striking out six over six innings. It was the worst start in more than two months for deGrom, who had a 0.90 ERA in his previous 11 outings. His National League-leading ERA rose from 1.51 to 1.69.

      The Dodgers have won the first two games of the three-game series and eight of their last 11. The Mets have lost five straight, 17 of 21 and 42 of 62 since an 11-1 start.

      Astros 4, Royals 3 (12 innings)

      Carlos Correa delivered a walk-off single with the bases loaded and no outs in the 12th inning, and Houston rallied from a three-run deficit to defeat visiting Kansas City.

      Correa lined a 1-1 fastball from Royals right-hander Justin Grimm (1-3) into right-center field, scoring George Springer from third base. Springer was 0-for-5 before working a leadoff walk and reaching third on a popup single by Alex Bregman that dropped in shallow right.

      Right-hander Collin McHugh (3-0) struck out the side in the 12th. Five Houston relievers combined to allow one hit over six scoreless innings while producing seven strikeouts.

      Reds 11, Cubs 2

      Anthony DeSclafani pitched 6 1/3 strong innings and hit a grand slam to lead Cincinnati past visiting Chicago.

      DeSclafani (3-1) allowed two runs on three hits, with four walks and three strikeouts, as the Reds won their sixth straight game, matching their season high. Cincinnati will try to complete a sweep of the four-game series with the Cubs on Sunday.

      DeSclafani's home run, the first of his career, with two outs in the bottom of the third inning off Cubs reliever Brian Duensing gave the Reds an 8-1 lead. Tucker Barnhart and Joey Votto also homered for Cincinnati.

      Rays 4, Yankees 0

      Wilmer Font pitched a career-high 5 2/3 innings, recorded his first career win and combined with four other pitchers on a four-hitter as Tampa Bay blanked visiting New York.

      Font (1-3) allowed three hits while throwing a career-high 80 pitches. He struck out four, issued one walk and held the Yankees hitless in six at-bats with runners in scoring position before turning things over to the bullpen.

      Rookie Willy Adames homered and hit an RBI single for the Rays, who beat the Yankees for the third straight time after dropping the first five meetings. The Yankees lost consecutive games for the first time since May 22-23

      Mariners 7, Red Sox 2

      Mike Leake pitched eight scoreless innings as Seattle snapped a season-worst five-game losing streak in defeating host Boston.

      Leake (8-4) allowed three hits, walked two and struck out five. Although the right-hander threw just 98 pitches and it wasn't a save situation, the Mariners used closer Edwin Diaz in the ninth inning because he hadn't pitched in a week.

      Red Sox left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez (9-2) had his six-game winning streak snapped. Rodriguez lasted just four innings, giving up five runs (four earned) on seven hits. He walked two and struck out two.

      Cardinals 3, Brewers 2

      Yadier Molina's second homer of the game wiped out a Milwaukee lead and led visiting St. Louis to victory.

      With the Brewers leading 2-1 in the top of the sixth inning, Marcell Ozuna greeted reliever Jeremy Jeffress (5-1) with a single. Molina then clouted a 383-foot shot over the wall in right-center for his second two-homer game of a seven-game road trip.

      Molina led off the second with his first homer, a 398-foot wallop to right-center. It was the only run St. Louis mustered off starter Chase Anderson in his five innings.

      Athletics 7, White Sox 6

      Stephen Piscotty and Matt Olson homered, and Nick Martini drove in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning as visiting Oakland came back from five runs down to knock off Chicago.

      Piscotty hit a two-out double in the eighth inning, and Martini singled him home to put the A's in front. It was Martini's first career hit in the big leagues, a clutch single up the middle.

      Piscotty hit his sixth home run of the season, a two-run shot in the second inning. Oakland has hit a home run in 24 consecutive road games, tying the major league record set by the 1996 Baltimore Orioles.

      Rangers 9, Twins 6

      Adrian Beltre had three hits, including his 466th career home run, and Robinson Chirinos homered and drove in three runs to lead Texas over Minnesota in Minneapolis.

      Beltre's towering fourth-inning homer into the bullpen in left-center was his fourth of the season and broke a tie with Dave Winfield and Miguel Cabrera for 34th on the all-time list. Beltre needs two more home runs to catch Chipper Jones (468) for 33rd place.

      Shin-Soo Choo extended his consecutive on-base streak to 36 games with an RBI ground-rule double and a walk as the Rangers upped their winning streak to seven games.

      Phillies 5, Nationals 3

      Jesmuel Valentin delivered the tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the seventh, and Carlos Santana homered an inning later as visiting Philadelphia defeated Washington.

      Valentin's sacrifice fly to center scored Maikel Franco, who went 4-for-4, and snapped a 2-2 tie. The play stood up under a long review after the Nationals challenged it.

      Odubel Herrera of Philadelphia saw his home run streak of five games come to an end. The center fielder went 0-for-4.

      Diamondbacks 7, Pirates 2

      Zack Greinke pitched six two-hit, scoreless innings, Paul Goldschmidt homered and David Peralta doubled and tripled as Arizona rolled at Pittsburgh.

      Greinke (7-5) struck out seven and walked none. It was his first scoreless outing this season. The veteran right-hander returned after two rain delays, 25 minutes in the bottom of the first and 56 minutes in the middle of the fourth.

      The Diamondbacks have won three straight games and go for a four-game series sweep Sunday. The Pirates have dropped four in a row and five of six.

      Orioles 7, Braves 5

      Mark Trumbo hit a first-inning grand slam and Dylan Bundy struck out eight batters over 6 1/3 innings as Baltimore held on for a win at Atlanta.

      Chris Davis added a three-run double in the fifth inning as the Orioles picked up their seventh consecutive victory over the Braves going back to 2012. Zach Britton pitched the ninth inning for his first save.

      The Braves' Nick Markakis drove in three runs against his former team. He had an RBI single in the first inning and a two-run double in the seventh but struck out looking with the tying run on base in the eighth.

      Marlins 6, Rockies 2

      J.T. Realmuto slugged an opposite-field grand slam in the seventh inning as Miami beat Colorado in Denver.

      Colorado had its four-game win streak snapped, falling back under .500 at 38-39. Gerardo Parra led the Rockies with two RBIs, including his fourth homer of the season.

      Miami broke its three-game losing streak. Derek Dietrich had a solo home run for the Marlins after being added to the lineup when shortstop Miguel Rojas was scratched due to a left hand contusion.

      Giants 5, Padres 3

      Brandon Crawford drove in three runs with three hits and had a hand in three of four double plays turned by San Francisco in a win over visiting San Diego.

      Left-hander Andrew Suarez and three relievers scattered 11 hits, pitching the Giants to the fourth victory in their last five games overall and second in three days in the four-game series.

      The Padres not only lost the game, but also lost their starting pitcher, right-hander Jordan Lyles, even before he'd taken the mound. Lyles reported tightness in his right forearm after pregame warmups, prompting Padres manager Andy Green to send out Matt Strahm to pitch the bottom of the first inning.

      Indians 4, Tigers 1

      Trevor Bauer continued his mastery against Detroit, and Francisco Lindor homered for the second straight game as host Cleveland cruised to victory.

      Bauer (7-5) has won all four of his starts against Detroit this season in dominating fashion. In his latest gem, he held the Tigers to one run on five hits in 6 1/3 innings while striking out 11. He has given up just four runs over 29 1/3 innings while racking up 40 strikeouts in those four outings.

      Cleveland has defeated Detroit nine consecutive times on its home field. The Tigers are 3-9 against the Indians this season.

      Blue Jays 4, Angels 1

      Steve Pearce's two-out, three-run home run in the top of the ninth inning snapped a 1-1 tie and lifted Toronto to victory over Los Angeles in Anaheim, Calif.

      Pearce hit the blast off Angels reliever Justin Anderson (1-2), hooking an 86 mph slider just inside the left field foul pole and helping the Blue Jays get a win after losing the first two games of the series. It was Pearce's first home run since April 9 after he missed 43 games with a strained oblique muscle before returning to the lineup Friday.

      Down 1-0 in the bottom of the eighth inning, the Angels had two outs and nobody on when Luis Valbuena tied the game with a towering home run off Toronto reliever Seunghwan Oh. Despite giving up the homer, Oh (3-2) got the win and struck out the side in the inning.

      --Field Level Media

  • Royals mull signing controversial LHP Heimlich
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, June 23, 2018

    Luke Heimlich, Oregon State ace's left-hander who went undrafted this month for the second year in a row largely due to a past sexual-assault conviction, might yet land a pro baseball job.

    • The Kansas City Royals are looking into signing the 22-year-old Washington state native.

      In 2012, when Heimlich was 15 years old, he admitted to sexually assaulting his 6-year-old niece.

      Royals general manager Dayton Moore told the Kansas City Star this week, "We continue to seek information that allows us to be comfortable in pursuing Luke. ... You try to be open-minded. We're an organization that has constantly given players second and third chances."

      Moore added, "The easy thing is to wipe your hands of it and don't even look into it or deal with it. We're going to continue to look into it. I think that's what good organizations do. I think that's what good people do. And we try to be both."

      Heimlich, in recent interviews with Sports Illustrated and the New York Times, denied committing the sexual assault, saying he pleaded guilty to end the ordeal for the sake of the family. However, the girl's parents have rejected his denial, insisting the abuse took place.

      Heimlich is among the best college players in the nation, with a 16-2 record and a 2.80 ERA through 20 games (19 starts) for an Oregon State team that is participating in the College World Series. However, he has struggled in the CWS at Omaha, Neb., going 0-1 with a 14.50 ERA in two starts.

      A two-time Pac-12 pitcher of the year, he has 154 strikeouts and 26 walks in 125 1/3 innings.

      When Heimlich's conviction was first reported last year -- shortly prior to the 2017 draft -- he stepped away from Oregon State and missed the second round of the NCAA baseball tournament and the College World Series.

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB notebook: Kershaw back with Dodgers
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, June 23, 2018

    Los Angeles Dodgers ace left-hander Clayton Kershaw was activated from the disabled list to start Saturday night's game against the New York Mets.

    • Kershaw, who is returning from a back injury, was initially scheduled to make a rehab start Saturday for Triple-A Oklahoma City. But Kershaw lobbied to skip the minor league assignment, and expected rain for the contest in Omaha, Neb., helped lead to the decision to have the three-time Cy Young Award winner start against the Mets.

      Kershaw, 1-4 with a 2.76 ERA in eight starts this season, had made just one big league start since May 1. He went on the DL with biceps tendinitis and returned on May 31, but left after five innings against the Philadelphia Phillies due to a strained lower back.

      Los Angeles sent left-hander Adam Liberatore to Triple-A Oklahoma City. The 31-year-old is 2-1 with a 2.77 ERA in 17 appearances for the Dodgers.

      --Edwin Jackson is on the verge becoming one of baseball's greatest vagabonds.

      The 34-year-old right-hander will be called up by the Oakland Athletics for a Monday start against the Tigers in Detroit, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Most notable about the pending transaction is that Jackson would appear for a 13th major league club, tying the record set by former reliever Octavio Dotel.

      Jackson signed a minor league deal with the A's on June 6 after opening the season with the Washington Nationals' Triple-A Syracuse affiliate. Between Syracuse and Oakland's Triple-A Nashville affiliate, Jackson is 4-3 with a 3.53 ERA in 13 starts this year.

      --Texas Rangers slugger Joey Gallo departed an afternoon game against the Minnesota Twins due to left hamstring tightness, the team said.

      Gallo apparently was injured while running out a double in the top of the third inning. He departed prior to the bottom of the inning and was replaced at first base by Ronald Guzman.

      Gallo has smacked 18 homers with 42 RBIs but is batting just .194. He has struck out 109 times, most in the majors.

      --Injuries knocked both starters out of a day game between the Oakland Athletics and Chicago White Sox.

      A's right-hander Daniel Mengden was the first to go, leaving after two innings because of a sprained right foot. He was replaced by right-handed reliever Emilio Pagan before the start of the third inning. Mengden allowed five runs on four hits in two innings.

      Two innings later, White Sox right-hander Dylan Covey was forced to leave the game because of right hip soreness. He walked slowly off the field with a trainer and was replaced by veteran right-hander Chris Volstad. In four innings, Covey was tagged for four runs on two hits, four walks and a strikeout.

      --The Toronto Blue Jays activated right-hander Marcus Stroman from the disabled list and will send him to the mound against the Los Angeles Angels. They also brought up left-handed reliever Tim Mayza.

      Toronto sent two starting pitchers, right-hander Aaron Sanchez and left-hander Jaime Garcia, to the 10-day disabled list. Sanchez has a right index finger contusion and Garcia has soreness in his pitching shoulder. Sanchez is 3-5 with a 4.52 ERA in 15 starts this season. Garcia, 2-6 with a 6.16 ERA, has lost his last six decisions.

      Stroman last pitched May 8, struggling to an 0-5 start with a 7.71 ERA before being sidelined due to shoulder fatigue. He has allowed 46 hits and 18 walks in 37 1/3 innings. He was 13-9 with a 3.09 ERA last season.

      --Nick Senzel, the Cincinnati Reds' top-ranked prospect and a top-10 prospect in all of baseball by most outlets, tore a tendon in his right index finger on Friday and will undergo season-ending surgery next week. Senzel also missed nearly a month this season with vertigo.

      According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, Senzel suffered the injury in the first inning of Triple-A Louisville's game against Norfolk after fielding a ground ball at second base and making a throw home.

      He was batting .310 with six home runs, 25 RBIs and stolen bases in 10 chances in 44 games this season.

      --The Pittsburgh Pirates activated left fielder Corey Dickerson from the family medical emergency list prior to their game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Dickerson was placed on the list Wednesday.

      Pittsburgh optioned second baseman/outfielder Adam Frazier to Triple-A Indianapolis in a corresponding move. Frazier, 26, is batting .239 with three homers and eight RBIs for the Pirates in 58 games this season.

      Dickerson, 29, is batting .302 with five homers and 32 RBIs and is in the mix to earn a spot on the National League All-Star team. He made the American League All-Star team last year as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays.

      --Thirteen days after acquiring infielder Brad Miller from the Tampa Bay Rays, the Milwaukee Brewers called him up from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

      The Brewers acquired Miller in a swap for first baseman/outfielder Ji-Man Choi on June 10. Miller was plugged in at second base for the team's game against the St. Louis Cardinals and was batting sixth. To make room for Miller, struggling outfielder Domingo Santana was optioned to Colorado Springs.

      Santana hit .278 with 30 home runs last season, but was mired in a prolonged slump this season, hitting .249 with just three home runs. Miller was batting .256 with five homers and 21 RBIs this season. He is a career .240 hitter with 73 homers and 260 RBIs in 653 games.

      --The San Francisco Giants optioned outfielder Mac Williamson to Triple-A Sacramento and recalled Austin Slater from the same club to take his place.

      Williamson has struggled since returning from a concussion on May 25, hitting just .187 in 75 at-bats. He hit three home runs in his first five games with the club before hurting himself running into an outfield wall.

      Slater, meanwhile, has been on fire at Sacramento. In 52 games, he's hitting .344 with five home runs, 24 doubles, 32 runs and 32 RBIs. The 25-year-old Slater has three hits in 11 at-bats in spot duty with the Giants this season.

      --The Oakland Athletics recalled outfielder Nick Martini from Triple-A Nashville in time for their game against the Chicago White Sox, allowing the Crystal Lake, Ill., native the chance to play near his hometown.

      Oakland sent a pair of pitchers down to Nashville, right-handed starter Chris Bassitt and left-handed reliever Danny Coulombe. Bassitt gave up five runs (four earned) on six hits and a walk with four strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings in Oakland's 6-4 loss to Chicago in the second game of a doubleheader Friday. Bassitt, 29, is 0-3 with a 3.86 ERA, 13 strikeouts and three walks this season.

      Martini, who turns 28 on Wednesday, was hitting .360 with four home runs, 23 RBIs and a .437 on-base percentage in his last 34 games with Nashville. He made his major league debut with the A's on June 6.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: A's to be Jackson's record-tying 13th team
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, June 23, 2018

    Edwin Jackson is on the verge becoming one of baseball's greatest vagabonds.

    • The 34-year-old right-hander will be called up by the Oakland A's for a Monday start against the Tigers in Detroit, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Saturday. Most notable about the pending transaction is that Jackson would appear for a 13th major league club, tying the record set by former reliever Octavio Dotel.

      Oakland needs an extra starter after playing a doubleheader Friday against the Chicago White Sox. The A's have five starting pitchers on the disabled list -- Brett Anderson, Trevor Cahill, Andrew Triggs, Jharel Cotton and Daniel Gossett -- and Daniel Mengden exited his Saturday start due to a foot ailment.

      Jackson signed a minor league deal with the A's on June 6 after opening the season with the Washington Nationals' Triple-A Syracuse affiliate. Between Syracuse and Oakland's Triple-A Nashville affiliate, Jackson is 4-3 with a 3.53 ERA in 13 starts this year.

      Jackson went 5-6 with a 5.21 ERA in 16 appearances (13 starts) for the Baltimore Orioles and Washington last season. He exercised his June 1 opt-out clause after making 10 starts for Syracuse.

      Since spending his first three seasons in the majors with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Jackson has also played for the Tampa Bay Rays (three seasons), Detroit Tigers (one), Arizona Diamondbacks (less than one), Chicago White Sox (one), St. Louis Cardinals (less than one), Washington (two part-year stints), Chicago Cubs (two-plus), Atlanta Braves (less than one), Miami Marlins (less than one), San Diego Padres (less than one) and Baltimore (less than one).

      The Germany native made his lone All-Star appearance with Detroit in 2009, when he went 13-9 with a 3.62 ERA. Jackson threw a no-hitter for the D-backs in 2010.

      For his 15-season career, Jackson is 98-120 with a 4.67 ERA in 377 games (288 starts).

      --Field Level Media

  • Jays' Stroman shines in return from DL
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, June 23, 2018

    Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman, activated from the disabled list for a Saturday night start, threw five scoreless innings against the Los Angeles Angels.

    • Stroman, who had been sidelined due to shoulder fatigue, allowed six hits and a walk while striking out five. He was in line for the win before the Toronto bullpen gave up an eighth-inning run. The Blue Jays eventually won 4-1.

      The Jays also sent two starting pitchers, right-hander Aaron Sanchez and left-hander Jaime Garcia, to the 10-day disabled list. Sanchez has a right index finger contusion and Garcia has soreness in his pitching shoulder.

      Stroman last pitched May 8, struggling to an 0-5 start with a 7.71 ERA before Saturday. He had allowed 46 hits and 18 walks in 37 1/3 innings. He was 13-9 with a 3.09 ERA last season. His five shutout innings on Saturday lowered his ERA to 6.80.

      Sanchez is 3-5 with a 4.52 ERA in 15 starts this season. He is 28-18 in his five-year career, with an ERA of 3.28.

      Garcia, 2-6 with a 6.16 ERA, has lost his last six decisions. His last win came April 17. The longtime Cardinal is 69-61 in 10 big league seasons, with an ERA of 3.83.

      Tim Mayza, a left-handed reliever, also was summoned from Triple-A Buffalo. In 10 innings over 10 games with the Jays earlier this season, Mayza posted an ERA of 2.70, allowing 11 hits with two walks and eight strikeouts.

      --Field Level Media

  • Kershaw activated, goes 3 innings against Mets
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, June 23, 2018

    Los Angeles Dodgers ace left-hander Clayton Kershaw was activated from the disabled list and went three innings Saturday night in New York against the Mets.

    • Kershaw, who was originally supposed to make a minor league rehab appearance before returning to the Dodgers, called his outing a case of mission accomplished.

      "Pitching a rehab game is to make sure you're healthy, right? So I think tonight, same thing," Kershaw said. "Proved I'm healthy -- now it's just a matter of performance."

      Kershaw, returning from a back injury, gave up two runs on five hits and one walk. He struck out four and threw 55 pitches.

      "The most important thing, he came out of it feeling good, feeling strong," manager Dave Roberts said. "Felt like he could go longer. As far as the stuff, I thought the slider got better. I thought the fastball coming out of his hand was good from the first pitch, and the curveball I thought was pretty good."

      Kershaw was initially scheduled to make a rehab start on Saturday for Triple-A Oklahoma City. However, Kershaw lobbied to skip the minor league assignment, with rain expected rain for the contest in Omaha, Neb., helping lead to the decision to have the three-time Cy Young Award winner start against the Mets.

      Kershaw had made just one big league start since May 1. He went on the DL with biceps tendinitis and returned on May 31, but left after five innings against the Philadelphia Phillies due to a strained lower back.

      That led to the 30-year-old's fourth career DL stint caused by a back injury, including one in each of the last three seasons.

      Kershaw tossed a three-inning simulated game in Chicago on Monday. After his brief outing Saturday, he is 1-4 with a 2.94 ERA in nine starts this season.

      The Mets scored single runs in the second and third innings, driven in on a Jose Bautista double and a Wilmer Flores single, respectively.

      Los Angeles sent left-hander Adam Liberatore to Triple-A Oklahoma City to make room for Kershaw. The 31-year-old has 2-1 record with a 2.77 ERA in 17 appearances for the Dodgers.

      --Field Level Media

  • Pirates remove Dickerson from family emergency list
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, June 23, 2018

    The Pittsburgh Pirates activated left fielder Corey Dickerson from the family medical emergency list prior to Saturday's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

    • Dickerson was placed on the list Wednesday.

      Pittsburgh optioned second baseman/outfielder Adam Frazier to Triple-A Indianapolis in a corresponding move.

      Dickerson, 29, is batting .302 with five homers and 32 RBIs and is in the mix to earn a spot on the National League All-Star team. He made the American League All-Star team last year as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays.

      Dickerson was in Saturday's lineup against the Diamondbacks. He was batting second and playing left field.

      Frazier, 26, is batting .239 with three homers and eight RBIs for the Pirates in 58 games this season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Injuries knock A's, White Sox starters from game
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, June 23, 2018

    Injuries knocked both starters out of Saturday's game between the Oakland Athletics and Chicago White Sox.

    • A's right-hander Daniel Mengden was the first to go, leaving after two innings because of a sprained right foot. He was replaced by right-handed reliever Emilio Pagan before the start of the third inning.

      Two innings later, White Sox right-hander Dylan Covey was forced to leave the game because of right hip soreness. He walked slowly off the field with a trainer and was replaced by veteran right-hander Chris Volstad.

      Mengden allowed five runs on four hits in two innings before his early departure. He walked one and struck out one.

      In four innings, Covey was tagged for four runs on two hits, four walks and a strikeout.

      --Field Level Media

  • Rangers' Gallo (hamstring) hopes to play Sunday
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, June 23, 2018

    Texas slugger Joey Gallo downplayed his departure from the Rangers' Saturday night game with left hamstring tightness, saying he has been dealing with the issue all season long.

    • He expects to be in the lineup Sunday against the Minnesota Twins.

      Gallo aggravated the ailment while running out a double in the top of the third inning Saturday. He stayed in the game, moving to third on a passed ball and scoring on Robinson Chirinos' home run.

      "It's clearly frustrating to sit out, especially when you start the game," Gallo said, according to MLB.com. "But at the time we had a big lead."

      The Rangers were on top of the Twins 8-2 at the time and went on to a 9-6 victory.

      Gallo, who went 1-for-2 with a run, departed prior to the bottom of the third inning and was replaced at first base by Ronald Guzman.

      "It's nothing too serious," Gallo said, according to MLB.com. "I have been playing with it all season. I have been playing a lot the last couple of weeks, and today, running on the double, it flared up pretty good."

      Gallo said he had an injection in the second week of the season.

      Gallo has smacked 18 homers with 42 RBIs but is batting just .194. He has struck out 109 times, tops in the majors.

      --Field Level Media

  • Brewers option struggling OF Santana, recall Miller
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, June 23, 2018

    Thirteen days after acquiring infielder Brad Miller from the Tampa Bay Rays, the Milwaukee Brewers called him up from Triple-A Colorado Springs on Saturday.

    • The Brewers acquired Miller in a swap for first baseman/outfielder Ji-Man Choi on June 10.

      Miller was plugged in at second base for Saturday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals and was batting sixth.

      To make room for Miller, struggling outfielder Domingo Santana was optioned to Colorado Springs.

      Santana hit .278 with 30 home runs last season, but was mired in a prolonged slump this season, hitting .249 with just three home runs.

      Miller was batting .256 with five homers and 21 RBIs this season. He is a career .240 hitter with 73 homers and 260 RBIs in 653 games. He played with the Seattle Mariners from 2013-15 before his tenure with the Rays.

      In eight games at Colorado Springs, Miller had just five hits in 27 at-bats with one home run and two RBIs.

      --Field Level Media

  • Giants call up OF Slater, send Williamson down
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, June 23, 2018

    The San Francisco Giants optioned outfielder Mac Williamson to Triple-A Sacramento and recalled Austin Slater from the same club to take his place, the club announced on Saturday.

    • Williamson has struggled since returning from a concussion on May 25, hitting just .187 in 75 at-bats. He hit three home runs in his first five games with the club before hurting himself running into an outfield wall.

      Slater, meanwhile, has been on fire at Sacramento. In 52 games, he's hitting .344 with five home runs, 24 doubles, 32 runs and 32 RBIs.

      The 25-year-old Slater has three hits in 11 at-bats in spot duty with the Giants this season.

      Williamson returns to Sacramento, where he hit .446 with eight home runs and 23 RBIs in 16 games earlier this season, to try to regain his form.

      The Giants host the San Diego Padres at 4:05 p.m. ET on Saturday. The teams split the first two games of their four-game series.

      --Field Level Media

  • A's call up outfielder Martini, send down pair of pitchers
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, June 23, 2018

    The Oakland Athletics recalled outfielder Nick Martini from Triple-A Nashville in time for their game against the Chicago White Sox on Saturday, allowing the Crystal Lake, Ill., native the chance to play near his hometown.

    • To make room on the roster, Oakland sent a pair of pitchers down to Nashville, right-handed starter Chris Bassitt and left-handed reliever Danny Coulombe.

      Bassitt gave up five runs (four earned) on six hits and a walk with four strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings in Oakland's 6-4 loss to Chicago in the second game of a doubleheader Friday. Bassitt, 29, is 0-3 with a 3.86 ERA, 13 strikeouts and three walks this season.

      Coulombe, 28, was the added 26th player for the doubleheader Friday and gave up three hits with one strikeout in 2/3 scoreless innings of work in relief of Bassitt. He is 1-1 with a 4.56 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 26 relief appearances during three stints with the A's this season.

      Martini, who turns 28 on Wednesday, was hitting .360 with four home runs, 23 RBIs and a .437 on-base percentage in his last 34 games with Nashville. He made his major league debut with the A's on June 6.

      --Field Level Media

  • Reds' top prospect Senzel out for season
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, June 23, 2018

    The Cincinnati Reds' rebuilding project may take a little longer than originally planned, as perhaps the biggest pillar in the organization's future is out for the season.

    • Infielder Nick Senzel, the Reds' top-ranked prospect and a top-10 prospect in all of baseball by most outlets, tore a tendon in his right index finger and will undergo season-ending surgery next week.

      According to the Cincinnati Enquirer's Bobby Nightengale, Senzel suffered the injury in the first inning of Triple-A Louisville's game against Norfolk on Friday night after fielding a ground ball at second base and making a throw home.

      It is the second lengthy absence this season for Senzel, who also missed nearly a month with vertigo. He will reportedly undergo surgery on his finger Tuesday.

      The No. 2 overall pick in 2016, the former University of Tennessee star is ranked the No. 6 overall prospect in baseball by MLB Pipeline and, with the Reds firmly planted in last place in the NL Central, was definitely a candidate for a 2018 call-up.

      He was batting .310 with six home runs, 25 RBIs and stolen bases in 10 chances in 44 games this season.

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB roundup: O's earn 15-inning win over Braves
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, June 23, 2018

    Baltimore's Manny Machado broke a 14-game homerless streak with a two-run shot in the 15th inning to give the Orioles a 10-7 win over the host Atlanta Braves on Friday.

    • Craig Gentry was hit by a pitch to open the inning and was sacrificed to second. Machado connected on an 0-2 pitch from reliever Peter Moylan (0-1) and placed it in the visitors' bullpen in left field for his 19th homer. It was Machado's first long ball since June 2, ending his longest homerless streak of the season.

      Atlanta forced extras by scoring four times in the bottom of the ninth against Baltimore closer Zach Britton. He loaded the bases and allowed an RBI single to Ozzie Albies, a two-run single to Freddie Freeman and an RBI double to Nick Markakis, whose liner got over the head of right fielder Jace Peterson. Freeman tried to score but was thrown out at the plate.

      Baltimore had taken a four-run lead by scoring six times in the top of the ninth against Atlanta relievers Dan Winkler and Sam Freeman. The Orioles got an RBI single from Danny Valencia, an RBI double from Jonathan Schoop and a Chris Davis sacrifice fly. Caleb Joseph added a run-scoring double, Steve Wilkerson knocked in a run with a single, and Craig Gentry drove in a run with a base hit to complete the rally.

      Red Sox 14, Mariners 10

      J.D. Martinez went 4-for-5 with a home run and five RBIs, including a tiebreaking two-run single with the bases loaded in the seventh inning, as Boston rallied to defeat visiting Seattle.

      The Mariners blew a five-run lead for the second time in three games to lose their season-high fifth straight. They also wasted a big night from designated hitter Nelson Cruz, who went 4-for-5 with two homers and seven RBIs.

      Cruz, who now has 20 home runs this season, hit three-run blasts in the first and fourth innings. Ryon Healy added a solo shot, his 14th, for Seattle.

      Brewers 2, Cardinals 1

      Jesus Aguilar's second homer of the game with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted host Milwaukee past St. Louis.

      Aguilar blasted his 16th homer off Bud Norris (3-2), lining an 0-2 fastball on the outer half of the plate over the wall in right-center. The long ball gave Milwaukee its third straight win.

      Aguilar's homer in the bottom of the seventh not only evened the score, but it also ended rookie Jack Flaherty's bid at history. Aguilar golfed a low slider into the Milwaukee bullpen in left with one out for the Brewers' first hit. Flaherty struck out 13, matching a career high, in seven innings while walking two. He gave up just the one run and one hit.

      Royals 1, Astros 0

      Rosell Herrera followed a marvelous defensive play in the bottom of the eighth inning with a run-scoring triple in the top of the ninth as visiting Kansas City snapped a nine-game losing skid in blanking Houston.

      Herrera scored Adalberto Mondesi with his drive to center field off Ken Giles (0-2), who surrendered a leadoff single to Mondesi to open the ninth.

      Herrera began the eighth by snatching a home run from Houston's Alex Bregman, timing his jump in right field to make the catch at the wall. Bregman went 0-for-4 as his streak of reaching base safely was snapped at 31 games.

      Rangers 8, Twins 1

      Shin-Soo Choo extended his on-base streak to 35 games with two hits, including a two-run homer, and Mike Minor gave up just one run over six innings as Texas cruised to its sixth straight win by beating Minnesota in Minneapolis.

      Choo finished with three RBIs. Nomar Mazara and Adrian Beltre each had two hits and drove in two runs, and Robinson Chirinos also had two hits for the Rangers, who had lost seven in a row before starting their win streak. Mazara has 11 hits and seven RBIs over his past five games.

      Minor (5-4) faced the minimum 15 batters over the first five innings, allowing just a first inning two-out single to Brian Dozier, who was easily gunned down by left fielder Joey Gallo trying to stretch it into a double. The Texas left-hander allowed three hits and walked two to go along with three strikeouts while picking up his first win in four starts.

      Rockies 11, Marlins 3

      Nolan Arenado homered for the fourth consecutive game, Jon Gray struck out 12 in seven innings, and Colorado routed Miami in Denver.

      Arenado finished with three hits. After going hitless in the first game of the current seven-game homestand, Arenado is 10-for-17 with four home runs and 11 RBIs over the past four games.

      Tom Murphy had three hits and two RBIs for Colorado, which has won a season-high four in a row at home. Derek Dietrich homered among his three hits, and J.T. Realmuto also had three hits for the Marlins, who have lost three in a row.

      Angels 2, Blue Jays 1

      Andrew Heaney threw seven strong innings, and Los Angeles made two first-inning runs stand up in a victory over Toronto in Anaheim, Calif.

      Heaney (4-5) held the Blue Jays scoreless for six innings before giving up a run in the seventh, but Cam Bedrosian (eighth inning) and Blake Parker (ninth inning, ninth save) finished it off.

      Mike Trout started as the Angels' designated hitter for the third consecutive game, still feeling the effects of a sprained right index finger. He went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.

      Padres 6, Giants 2

      Clayton Richard pitched six strong innings to win his fourth consecutive start, helping San Diego snap a five-game losing streak with a win at San Francisco.

      Richard (7-6) combined with five relievers on a five-hitter, snapping the Giants' three-game winning streak in the process.

      Cory Spangenberg scored twice, and Eric Hosmer and Manuel Margot each drove in two runs for the Padres.

      A's 11, White Sox 2 (Game 1)

      Franklin Barreto hit two home runs and racked up six RBIs, and Sean Manaea delivered a strong start as Oakland won the opener of a doubleheader in Chicago for its fifth straight victory. The White Sox lost their eighth in a row.

      Barreto hit a three-run homer off James Shields in the second inning to give Oakland a 4-0 lead. The A's have now homered in 22 straight road games, a franchise record. Barreto tacked on another three-run blast in the eighth inning, his third of the season -- all in his past two games.

      Khris Davis, Jed Lowrie and Jonathan Lucroy each had RBIs for Oakland, which took advantage of three White Sox errors.

      White Sox 6, A's 4 (Game 2)

      Omar Narvaez went 3-for-4 with two RBIs, and Chicago snapped its season-worst skid with a victory over Oakland to earn a doubleheader split.

      Tim Anderson went 2-for-4 with a homer and three runs as Chicago beat the Athletics for the first time in five meetings this season. Adam Engel added a two-run single for the White Sox.

      Matt Olson homered and drove in two runs for the Athletics. Khris Davis contributed a two-run single.

      Phillies 12, Nationals 2

      Carlos Santana homered and drove in four runs, and Odubel Herrera homered for the fifth consecutive game as Philadelphia won at Washington.

      Santana hit a two-run homer and added a two-run single while finishing 2-for-4 with three runs. He also walked twice.

      Herrera went 4-for-5 with four runs and two RBIs. Nick Williams added three RBIs for the Phillies.

      Diamondbacks 2, Pirates 1 (13 innings)

      Ketel Marte hit a two-out RBI single in the 13th inning to give visiting Arizona a win at Pittsburgh.

      Jon Jay drew a walk from Tyler Glasnow (1-2) to lead off the 13th. After Paul Goldschmidt flied out and Jake Lamb struck out, David Peralta walked. Marte drove a full-count pitch up the middle to bring Jay home and break a 1-1 tie.

      The Pirates lost their third straight while the Diamondbacks won for the third time in four games.

      Rays 2, Yankees 1

      Six Tampa Bay pitchers combined on a five-hitter during a victory over New York in St. Petersburg, Fla.

      Tampa Bay employed its unorthodox pitching strategy, using an "opener" for the 13th time since May 19. The Rays improved to 5-8 in those games while beating the Yankees for the second time in seven meetings this season.

      Ryne Stanek threw a scoreless first inning for the Rays. Ryan Yarbrough (6-3) worked around three walks and allowed a hit in 3 1/3 scoreless innings. Sergio Romo tossed a shutout ninth for his fifth save.

      Reds 6, Cubs 3

      Eugenio Suarez homered for the fourth time in six games, and Luis Castillo broke a four-game losing streak as Cincinnati beat visiting Chicago.

      The Reds trailed 3-1 before scoring three runs in the fifth, two on Suarez's 16th home run of the season, which followed an RBI single by Joey Votto.

      Chicago lost for the fourth time in six games. Cincinnati has won five in a row and eight of 10.

      Indians 10, Tigers 0

      Yonder Alonso hit a grand slam, Edwin Encarnacion homered and drove in three runs and Cleveland overpowered visiting Detroit.

      Encarnacion and Francisco Lindor each hit his 17th homer of the season. Jose Ramirez walked four times and scored twice.

      Rookie Shane Bieber (2-0) handcuffed the Tigers through seven innings, allowing just four hits and a walk while striking out a career-best nine in his third major league start. Zach McAllister and George Kontos each threw a scoreless inning to complete a five-hitter.

      Dodgers 5, Mets 2

      Cody Bellinger crushed a grand slam to snap a scoreless tie in the sixth inning and lift Los Angeles to a win at New York.

      The Dodgers snapped a two-game losing streak and won for the seventh time in 10 games. The Mets have lost four straight and 16 of their last 20.

      Los Angeles starter Alex Wood (3-5) allowed two runs -- on Jose Bautista's two-run shot in the sixth -- on six hits and one walk while striking out seven over six innings.

      --Field Level Media

  • Agent: Ex-Red Sox DH Ramirez has no knowledge of alleged investigation
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, June 23, 2018

    The agent of former Boston Red Sox slugger Hanley Ramirez released a statement to the media Friday night saying his client is unaware of any potential connection to a federal and state investigation.

    • The statement came in response to a report from ABC News investigative journalist Michele McPhee, who tweeted, "#HanleyRamirez, former @RedSox infielder, has some.. well, issues. Being eyed in connection with an ongoing federal and state investigation. Stay tuned."

      "Hanley has no knowledge of any of the allegations contained in this media report and he is not aware of any investigation," Ramirez's agent, Adam Katz, said in his statement.

      The investigation pertains to a fentanyl trafficking ring in Lawrence, Mass. McPhee said during a radio appearance on 98.5 The Sports Hub that a man stopped by police with drugs in his car FaceTimed Ramirez in front of police and that the incident coincided with the timing of the Red Sox designating the 34-year-old for assignment.

      That happened May 25 as a corresponding move for second baseman Dustin Pedroia's brief activation from the disabled list, and Ramirez was released June 1 after clearing waivers. Team spokesman Kevin Gregg reiterated to reporters Friday that the Red Sox released Ramirez for baseball reasons and were unaware of any investigation.

      "The organization didn't know about this," said manager Alex Cora when asked about the report. "I didn't know about this. I hope it's not true."

      Ramirez, who is free to sign with any organization for the major league minimum despite having the remainder of his $22 million salary this season being paid by the Red Sox, remains a free agent.

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB notebook: MLB suspends Osuna 75 games
    By Field Level Media / Friday, June 22, 2018

    Toronto Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna accepted a 75-game suspension from Major League Baseball on Friday in connection with an assault charge.

    • The 23-year-old right-hander was arrested May 8 and charged with one count of assault in Toronto. The woman who was the alleged victim was not identified, and further details of the case weren't announced. Osuna is due in court on July 9 and will plead not guilty to the charge, according to his lawyer.

      Osuna would have had the right to appeal his suspension under baseball's collective bargaining agreement, but he waived that possibility, according to a press release from MLB. The suspension was backdated to May 8 and will run through Aug. 4. Based on his $5.3 million salary for this year, the 75-game suspension will cost Osuna approximately $2.45 million.

      The league initially placed Osuna on administrative leave, during which he was paid but could not play, on May 8. The administrative leave subsequently was extended at least four times as MLB investigated the alleged incident.

      --Los Angeles ace left-hander Clayton Kershaw will be activated from the disabled list and start Saturday night's game against the New York Mets, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts announced. Kershaw will oppose Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom, who leads the majors with a 1.51 ERA entering Friday.

      Kershaw, who is returning from a back injury, was initially scheduled to make a rehab start on Saturday for Triple-A Oklahoma City. However, Kershaw lobbied to skip the minor league assignment and expected rain for the contest in Omaha, Neb., helping lead to the decision to have the three-time Cy Young Award winner start against the Mets.

      Kershaw had made just one big league start since May 1. He went on the DL with biceps tendinitis and returned on May 31, then left after five innings against the Philadelphia Phillies due to a strained lower back. That led to the 30-year-old's fourth career DL stint caused by a back injury, including one in each of the past three seasons.

      --The Dodgers activated veteran infielder Chase Utley prior to the team's game against the Mets, with infielder Kyle Farmer optioned to Oklahoma City in a corresponding move.

      Utley had been on the disabled list since May 30 due to a sprained left thumb. He was batting .216 with one homer and 14 RBIs in 45 games this season before getting hurt.

      Farmer, 27, had a .238 batting average with no homers and eight RBIs in 32 games for the Dodgers.

      --The Oakland Athletics reinstated outfielder Matt Joyce from the 10-day disabled list prior to the team's doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox.

      Joyce had been out since June 3 due to a lumbar strain in his lower back. Joyce, 33, was batting just .196 with seven homers and 13 RBIs in 55 games prior to the injury.

      Oakland demoted outfielder Jake Smolinski to Triple-A Nashville in a corresponding move. Smolinski, 29, hit .128 with no homers and two RBIs in 19 games with the A's this season.

      --The White Sox activated outfielders Avisail Garcia and Leury Garcia from the disabled list ahead of their home doubleheader against the Athletics.

      Avisail Garcia went on the DL on April 24 with a strained right hamstring; Leury Garcia had been on the DL since May 24 with a sprained knee. In rehab assignments for Triple-A Charlotte, Avisail Garcia hit .360 with three doubles and three home runs in seven games while Leury Garcia hit .429 with three doubles in four games.

      Infielder Jose Rondon was optioned to Charlotte in a corresponding move. Outfielder Trayce Thompson, batting just .116 with three home runs and nine RBIs in 51 games, was designated for assignment.

      --Field Level Media