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  • Red Sox prospect Steen injured in crash
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, April 27, 2017

    Boston Red Sox pitching prospect Kevin Steen was seriously injured in a car accident on Wednesday night near Fort Myers, Fla.

    • Steen, 20, was taken to Lee Memorial Hospital after his SUV was hit by another vehicle that had went airborne after crossing the median on Lee Boulevard. The driver of that vehicle died at the scene, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

      Steen, who is a ninth-round selection of the 2014 amateur draft, was set to begin his fourth season with the Red Sox organization. The right-hander, who posted a 5.91 ERA last season with the Class-A Lowell Spinners, was in Florida for extended spring training.

      "The thoughts and prayers of the entire Red Sox organization are with minor league player Kevin Steen, who sustained serious injuries in a car accident in Florida (Wednesday) night. The club will update his condition at the appropriate time," the Red Sox said in a statement.

  • Mets RHP Syndergaard dealing with biceps discomfort
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, April 27, 2017

    New York Mets starter Noah Syndergaard was scratched from his scheduled start and sent to see a specialist due to tightness in his right biceps, pushing fellow right-hander Matt Harvey to the mound for Thursday's matinee with the Atlanta Braves.

    • Manager Terry Collins told reporters that Syndergaard is dealing with a "tired arm" and that the 24-year-old had been bothered by discomfort since his last start a week ago against the Philadelphia Phillies.

      "I played catch yesterday, felt great playing catch," Syndergaard told Newsday on Thursday morning. "And it just kind of stiffens up once it gets cold. I couldn't really lift my arm above my shoulder at that point."

      Robert Gsellman started Wednesday night for Syndergaard, who has posted a 1-1 mark with a 1.73 ERA and 0.88 WHIP with 30 strikeouts and no walks in 26 innings this season.

      The 28-year-old Harvey (2-0, 2.84 ERA) is moving up a day in the rotation as the Mets bid to end their five-game losing skid.

  • Mets' Syndergaard scratched as Dickey returns
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, April 27, 2017

    NEW YORK -- Mets starter Noah Syndergaard was scratched from his scheduled Thursday start and sent to see a specialist due to tightness in his right biceps, pushing right-hander Matt Harvey to the mound for New York for a matinee with the Atlanta Braves.

    • Manager Terry Collins said Thursday morning the Mets suspect Syndergaard is dealing with biceps tendinitis but will await confirmation before determining when the right-handed ace might return to the mound.

      Syndergaard has 30 strikeouts and no walks in a fast start to the season for the 24-year-old.

      The Mets will face a familiar foe.

      R.A. Dickey has never before met the players he was traded for following his National League Cy Young Award-winning season in 2012. However, the former New York Mets right-hander will share a field Thursday with at least one of the players with whom he will be forever linked.

      Dickey will make his debut at Citi Field as a visiting pitcher on Thursday when he takes the mound in the finale of an abbreviated two-game series.

      The Braves (7-12) won 8-2 on Wednesday to snap a six-game losing streak. The Mets (8-12) have lost nine of 10.

      Dickey, a knuckleballer, captivated Mets fans during an otherwise dour season in 2012, when he led the NL in victories (20) and strikeouts (230) for a 74-win team while becoming the franchise's first Cy Young Award winner since Dwight Gooden in 1985.

      "When you share a season like I did in 2012, on a team that (wasn't) competing, really, at the end, it gave everybody something to look forward to, including myself," Dickey said Wednesday afternoon. "So to be able to kind of share that connection with those guys -- the New York fan base has always treated me so great. I've always appreciated that."

      However, with Dickey nearing his 38th birthday as the 2012 season ended, and the Mets still in rebuilding mode, he realized general manager Sandy Alderson likely would try to sell high. Alderson did just that when he traded Dickey and catchers Mike Nickeas and Josh Thole to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for Syndergaard, minor league catcher Travis d'Arnaud, minor league outfielder Wuilmer Becerra and catcher John Buck.

      Dickey spent four seasons with the Blue Jays before signing as a free agent last November with the Braves, whose Opening Day utility man was Chase d'Arnaud -- Travis' older brother.

      "Of course, he brought it up that I was someone his brother was traded for," Dickey said with a grin. "We had a conversation around that. I didn't spend any time with either of them. Only follow what they've been able to do on the field. I wish them both the best."

      Harvey, 28, is 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA and 17 strikeouts this season. He beat the Braves on April 6 in a 6-2 victory, going 6 2/3 innings while throwing just 77 pitches.

      Fans at CitiField will be holding their breath waiting on Syndergaard news.

      Mets fans have fallen in love with the long-haired Syndergaard, whose fastball regularly hits 100 mph. He also occupies Dickey's old locker at the end of New York's clubhouse.

      But both Dickey and Collins would rather leave it to others to get excited about the narrative involved in the clash of the intertwined aces past and present.

      "I understand where I am and I understand that that's a story for a lot of people," Dickey said. "For me, it's kind of just a by-product of something that happened once. I'm much more concerned with turning in a quality outing."

      Said Collins with a laugh on Tuesday: "I don't think about that stuff. That's newspaper things."

      Dickey took the loss in his most recent start on April 20 despite giving up three runs on three hits and two walks while striking out three over seven innings in a 3-2 setback to the Washington Nationals. He is 2-0 with a 1.59 ERA in three games (two starts) against the Mets.

      Syndergaard could pitch as soon as Sunday, Collins said, depending on the prognosis.

      He took the loss in his most recent start, giving up five runs (three earned) on seven hits and no walks while striking out 10 over seven innings as the Mets fell to the Philadelphia Phillies 6-4 on April 20. He is 0-1 with a 3.92 ERA in four career starts against the Braves.

  • Nationals place RHP Glover on DL, recall LHP Grace
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, April 26, 2017

    The Washington Nationals placed right-hander Koda Glover on the 10-day disabled list with a left hip impingement and recalled left-hander Matt Grace from Triple-A Syracuse on Wednesday.

    • Glover is 0-1 with two saves and a 4.15 ERA in 11 relief appearances this season. He allowed two runs on two hits in an inning of work in Tuesday night's 15-12 win at Colorado.

      Grace, who joins the Nationals for his first major league assignment of the season, has a 3.60 ERA in 31 career games.

  • Brewers' Thames leaves game with tight hamstring
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, April 26, 2017

    Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Eric Thames exited Wednesday's game against Cincinnati Reds in the seventh inning with a tight left hamstring.

    • "It's not a big deal," Brewers manager Craig Counsell of Thames, who had been plagued by the injury for the past five days.

      Thames entered play on Wednesday as the major league leader in homers (11) and pushed his league-best total in runs scored to 27 after crossing the plate twice in Wednesday's 9-4 win over Cincinnati. The 30-year-old homered in each of Milwaukee's first six games versus Cincinnati before being held in the park on Wednesday.

      Thames, who is batting .370 with 19 RBIs, had a single and two walks in the afternoon contest.

      "We have an off-day (Thursday), and I'm going to take full advantage of that," Thames said.

  • MLB notebook: Mariners put Hernandez, Haniger on DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, April 26, 2017

    The Seattle Mariners placed ace right-hander Felix Hernandez and rookie right fielder Mitch Haniger on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday.

    • Hernandez, who is dealing with inflammation in his right shoulder, allowed four runs and six hits in two innings of Tuesday's 19-9 loss to the Detroit Tigers. The 2010 American League Cy Young Award winner and six-time All-Star owns a 2-2 mark with a 4.73 ERA in five starts this season.

      Hernandez is expected to be sidelined for at least two to three weeks, MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi reported, citing a source.

      Haniger sustained an oblique strain after hitting a single in the third inning of Tuesday's contest. The 26-year-old is batting .338 and leads the American League in runs (20) heading into Wednesday's action.

      --Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu left Wednesday's game against the Kansas City Royals with a mild right hip flexor strain sustained while attempting to backhand a ground ball in the top of the fifth inning.

      After failing to field the ball cleanly, Abreu remained on the ground before being examined by team trainers.

      Abreu, who had an RBI double in the first inning and another double in his next at-bat, was able to limp off the field. He was replaced at first base by Todd Frazier.

      Abreu, who is considered day-to-day by the team, will be re-evaluated in Detroit when the White Sox visit the Tigers this weekend.

      --Gift Ngoepe is another step closer to becoming the first African-born player to compete in Major League Baseball after the Pittsburgh Pirates recalled the infielder from Triple-A Indianapolis.

      Right-hander Dovydas Neverauskas was sent to Indianapolis to open a roster spot for the 27-year-old Ngoepe, who is from Pietersburg, South Africa. Ngoepe is being called up on the heels of David Freese sustaining a hamstring injury.

      Ngoepe, who was signed as a non-drafted free agent as an 18-year-old on Sept. 29, 2008, is batting .241 with four RBIs in 15 games this season with Indianapolis.

      The 24-year-old Neverauskas became the second Lithuanian-born player to compete in the majors in 74 years after allowing one earned run in two innings against the Chicago Cubs on Monday night.

  • MLB roundup: Severino, Yanks slow Red Sox
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, April 26, 2017

    BOSTON -- Aaron Judge socked a two-run homer, and Luis Severino tossed seven scoreless innings as the New York Yankees defeated the Boston Red Sox 3-1 on Wednesday night at Fenway Park.

    • Judge, who was celebrating his 25th birthday in his first game at Fenway Park, has a team-leading seven homers and 15 RBIs for New York. The right fielder became the third Yankees player to hit a birthday homer at Fenway and the first since Roger Maris did so on his 32nd birthday, Sept. 10, 1966.

      Severino (2-1) limited Boston to three hits and two walks while notching six strikeouts to earn his first career victory against the Red Sox. Greg Bird also drove in a run for New York.

      Reigning American League Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello (1-3) struggled with his command, walking four while allowing all three runs (two earned) on five hits in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out nine.

      Nationals 11, Rockies 4

      DENVER -- Daniel Murphy, Ryan Zimmerman and Trea Turner hit home runs to power Washington past Colorado.

      Bryce Harper went 4-for-4 with a double, a walk and an RBI in his fifth career four-hit game and second this year for the Nationals, who won for the ninth time in 10 games. After hitting for the cycle Tuesday night, Turner finished a triple shy of doing it again.

      Rockies starter Tyler Chatwood (2-3) gave up the homers to Turner and Zimmerman while working a season-low five innings. Washington has scored 26 runs on 28 hits while winning two straight from Colorado.

      Phillies 7, Marlins 4

      PHILADELPHIA -- Maikel Franco recorded his second grand slam in as many weeks and Vince Velasquez pitched a season-high 6 1/3 innings to pick up his first win of the season as Philadelphia topped Miami.

      Freddy Galvis added a solo home run and Michael Saunders hit his first homer of the season, a two-run shot in the eighth inning, as the Phillies won their fifth straight game. Velasquez enjoyed his best outing of the season, allowing three runs on six hits and throwing 68 of his 97 pitches for strikes.

      Wei-Yin Chen (2-1) took the loss for the Marlins, who received a solo home run by Martin Prado, a pair of RBIs by Adeiny Hechavarria and an RBI groundout by Christian Yelich. Miami saw its two-game win streak end.

      Indians 7, Astros 6

      CLEVELAND -- Michael Brantley had two hits and three RBIs, and Trevor Bauer struck out eight in six innings as Cleveland beat Houston.

      Bauer (2-2) gave up four runs, which came on two-run homers by Evan Gattis in the fourth inning and Brian McCann in the sixth. The Indians' Cody Allen got the last four outs for his fourth save of the season.

      Houston's Lance McCullers (2-1) allowed five runs, seven hits and three walks in five innings. The Astros' Jose Altuve did not play because of general soreness after a violent collision with teammate Teoscar Hernandez on Tuesday.

      Rangers 14, Twins 3

      ARLINGTON, Texas -- Ryan Rua clubbed his first career grand slam, Shin-Soo Choo belted a three-run homer in the same inning, and Texas blasted Minnesota.

      The Rangers, helped by an eight-run eighth inning, salvaged the finale of the three-game series after dropping the first two. Texas' Cole Hamels (2-0) made it through 6 2/3 innings and allowed three runs, seven hits and three walks.

      The Twins had a four-game winning streak against Texas snapped, but are still 7-3 against the Rangers dating back to last season. Minnesota's Hector Santiago started a day after his grandmother died, managing to get through five innings and allowed two runs while not factoring in the decision.

      Orioles 5, Rays 4 (11 innings)

      BALTIMORE -- Seth Smith drew a bases-loaded walk off Danny Farquhar with two outs in the bottom of the 11th inning to give Baltimore the victory over Tampa Bay.

      The Rays took a 4-3 lead in the 11th on a Jesus Sucre single off Alec Asher (1-0), but Jonathan Schoop's sacrifice fly tied the game in the bottom of the inning. Tampa Bay rallied from an early 3-0 deficit thanks to a pair of Tim Beckham solo homers -- his first multi-homer game -- and Brad Miller's RBI fielder's choice in the eighth.

      The Orioles wasted another strong start from Dylan Bundy, who gave up two runs on four hits in 6 1/3 innings. The Rays' Alex Cobb allowed three runs (two earned) in five innings.

      Braves 8, Mets 2

      NEW YORK -- Tyler Flowers tied a career high with four RBIs, and six Atlanta players collected at least two hits apiece in a rout of New York.

      Flowers' three-run double capped a five-run first inning. Nick Markakis recorded three hits while Flowers, Matt Kemp, Jace Peterson, Freddie Freeman and Adonis Garcia had two hits apiece as the Braves snapped a six-game losing streak.

      Robert Gsellman (0-2) took the loss after giving up six runs (five earned), 10 hits and three walks while striking out two in four innings as the Mets lost for the ninth time in 10 games. Jay Bruce reached base four times (via two hits and two walks).

      Pirates 6, Cubs 5

      PITTSBURGH -- Josh Bell's homer in the sixth inning provided the winning margin as Pittsburgh avoided being swept by Chicago.

      The game featured the major league debut of Gift Ngoepe, making him the first Africa-born player to appear in a major league game. Ngoepe, who was recalled by the Pirates from Triple-A Indianapolis earlier in the day, entered the game at second base in the fourth inning. He singled up the middle in his first at-bat in the fourth, walked in the sixth and struck out in the eighth.

      The Cubs' Jon Lester (0-1) got his first decision in his fifth start. He allowed six runs, five of them earned, on 10 hits over 5 2/3 innings, with five strikeouts and two walks.

      Angels 8, Athletics 5

      ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Cameron Maybin had his best day in a Los Angeles uniform, smacking three hits and driving in three runs as the Angels battered Oakland.

      Maybin, acquired from Detroit in the offseason to hopefully fill an offensive abyss in left field, had his first multiple-hit game since the second game of the season and his three RBIs was one more than he had all season.

      He singled in Los Angeles' first run in the second, singled again in fourth and broke the game open with a bases-loaded two-run single in the seventh. Kole Calhoun also had three hits as the Angels had 14 on the night.

      Giants 4, Dodgers 3 (10 innings)

      SAN FRANCISCO -- Hunter Pence hit a bases-loaded, walk-off sacrifice fly in the 10th inning, lifting San Francisco to a come-from-behind 4-3 victory against Los Angeles.

      Pence fell behind 0-2 to Dodgers right-hander Ross Stripling but worked a full count and sent a fly ball to left on the 10th pitch of his at-bat, driving in Gorkys Hernandez from third.

      Hernandez led off the 10th inning with a sharp single to right and stole second base. Conor Gillaspie walked, and the Giants loaded the bases when first baseman Adrian Gonzalez fielded Nick Hundley's bunt and tried to get the force at third but was late with his throw.

      Padres 8, Diamondbacks 5

      PHOENIX -- Ryan Schimpf hit a go-ahead three-run homer with one out in the ninth inning, and Yangervis Solarte capped the five-run inning with a two-run double in San Diego's victory over Arizona.

      Erick Aybar singled, stole second and took third on pinch hitter Hector Sanchez's single before Schimpf hit a 96 mph fastball from Fernando Rodney (1-1) into the right field seats for a 6-5 lead.

      Manuel Margot and Cory Spangenberg singled and pulled a double steal before Solarte's double.

      Mariners 8, Tigers 0

      DETROIT -- James Paxton cooled down Detroit with seven shutout innings as Seattle rolled.

      Paxton (3-0), who hasn't given up a run in four of his five starts, allowed four hits and a walk while striking out nine. The Tigers had scored a combined 32 runs in their previous two games, including a 19-9 win over the Mariners on Tuesday.

      Leadoff hitter Jean Segura led Seattle's offense with three hits, two runs and two RBIs. Guillermo Heredia and Nelson Cruz each supplied two-run homers for the Mariners.

      White Sox 5, Royals 2

      CHICAGO -- Avisail Garcia hit a two-run, go-ahead homer, and Jose Quintana struck out 10 as Chicago completed a three-game sweep.

      Quintana earned his first win of the season after allowing only one earned run and scattering five hits over six innings. The outing marked the eighth time in his career that Quintana (1-4) has struck out at least 10 hitters.

      Nate Karns (0-2) allowed four runs and seven hits and struck out five over six innings as Kansas City dropped its seventh straight game.

      Brewers 9, Reds 4

      MILWAUKEE -- Cincinnati's Scott Schebler hit two home runs, but Wily Peralta struck out seven batters and Milwaukee jumped on Rookie Davis early to finish off a three-game sweep.

      Davis (0-1), back for the first time since taking a pitch to the arm and landing on the disabled list April 11, allowed seven hits and a sacrifice fly to open the game -- the third of his big-league career.

      Ryan Braun tagged him for a two-run double during that first inning as part of a two-hit day. Jett Bandy led the team with three hits but Eric Thames, who has belted a major league-best 11 homers, exited the game with a tight left hamstring.

      Blue Jays at Cardinals, ppd.

      ST. LOUIS -- The scheduled game between Toronto and St. Louis was postponed because of rain forecasted throughout the afternoon and night. It will be made up Thursday as part of a day/night doubleheader.

  • Mariners place Hernandez and Haniger on disabled list
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, April 26, 2017

    The Seattle Mariners placed ace right-hander Felix Hernandez and rookie right fielder Mitch Haniger on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday.

    • Hernandez, who is dealing with inflammation in his right shoulder, allowed four runs and six hits in two innings of Tuesday's 19-9 loss to the Detroit Tigers. The 2010 American League Cy Young Award winner and six-time All-Star owns a 2-2 mark with a 4.73 ERA in five starts this season.

      Hernandez is expected to be sidelined for at least two to three weeks, MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi reported, citing a source.

      Haniger sustained an oblique strain after hitting a single in the third inning of Tuesday's contest. The 26-year-old is batting .338 and leads the American League in runs (20) heading into Wednesday's action.

  • Pirates recall INF Ngoepe from Triple-A Indianapolis
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, April 26, 2017

    Gift Ngoepe is another step closer to becoming the first African-born player to compete in Major League Baseball after the Pittsburgh Pirates recalled the infielder from Triple-A Indianapolis on Wednesday.

    • Right-hander Dovydas Neverauskas was sent to Indianapolis to open a roster spot for the 27-year-old Ngoepe, who is from Pietersburg, South Africa. Ngoepe is being called up on the heels of David Freese sustaining a hamstring injury.

      Ngoepe, who was signed as a non-drafted free agent as an 18-year-old on Sept. 29, 2008, is batting .241 with four RBIs in 15 games this season with Indianapolis.

      Ngoepe was rated by Baseball America as the "Best Defensive Infielder" in the Pirates minor league system each of the last five seasons (2013-2017). He led all qualifying International League shortstops in fielding percentage (.984) while playing with Indianapolis last year.

      The 24-year-old Neverauskas became the second Lithuanian-born player to compete in the majors in 74 years after allowing one earned run in two innings against the Chicago Cubs on Monday night

  • White Sox 1B Abreu exits game vs. Royals
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, April 26, 2017

    CHICAGO -- Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu left Wednesday's game against the Kansas City Royals with a mild right hip flexor strain sustained while attempting to backhand a ground ball in the top of the fifth inning.

    • After failing to field the ball cleanly, Abreu remained on the ground before being examined by team trainers.

      Abreu, who had an RBI double in the first inning and another double in his next at-bat, was able to limp off the field. He was replaced at first base by Todd Frazier.

      Abreu, who is considered day-to-day by the team, will be re-evaluated in Detroit when the White Sox visit the Tigers this weekend.

  • Blue Jays-Cardinals postponed due to rain
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, April 26, 2017

    The St. Louis Cardinals announced their home game against the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday night was postponed due to the continuous rain forecasted throughout the afternoon and night.

    • The two teams will make up the game at Busch Stadium on Thursday as part of a day/night split doubleheader.

      The first game will start as scheduled at 1:45 p.m. ET, with the makeup game beginning at 7:15 p.m. ET.

  • Rays look to hand Orioles first series loss
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, April 26, 2017

    BALTIMORE -- The Tampa Bay Rays can become the first team to win a series against the Baltimore Orioles this year when the teams meet in the finale of a three-game set Wednesday at Camden Yards.

    • The Rays rebounded from a loss in the series opener with a 2-0 victory on Tuesday. Tampa Bay (11-11) won for only the second time in nine road games and improved to 3-9 in Baltimore since the beginning of the 2016 season.

      "This team is playing really well right now," Rays manager Kevin Cash said about the Orioles. "For us to be able to play well with them, that's our goal to win series."

      To get the series win over the Orioles, the Rays will have to go through right-hander Dylan Bundy (3-1, 1.37 ERA).

      Bundy has been the Orioles' most dominant pitcher over the past month. In his last outing, Friday against the Boston Red Sox, Bundy pitched seven shutout innings, allowing six hits with three strikeouts and just one walk.

      The second-year starter was the Orioles' top prospect and is showing he can be the ace of the staff.

      "I don't know if it means a whole lot to me, but just more to the team," Bundy said about his solid start to the season. "Like I've said before, I always want to go six innings and just try to give my team a chance to win. I was able to do my job (against Boston)."

      Bundy, however, struggled in his short history vs. the Rays. In three appearances (two starts), he is 0-1 with an 8.10 ERA.

      The Rays will counter with Alex Cobb (1-2, 4.88 ERA). The right-hander has lost two of his past three starts and given up at least one home run in all four of his appearances this season.

      Cobb took the loss Friday against the Houston Astros when he allowed four runs on nine hits with seven strikeouts and one walk over six innings. He acknowledged there will be little margin for error against Baltimore's powerful lineup.

      "Those are established hitters one through nine," said Cobb, who is 4-1 with a 1.84 ERA in eight career appearances against the Orioles. "They are about as deep as it gets. They even have guys on the bench who can come off and do some damage. The key is going to come down to not walking people, making them put the ball in play and using our defense."

      The Rays have battled injuries throughout the season, especially in the bullpen. Cash hopes his starters can go deeper into the game to take some pressure off the relievers.

      Nonetheless, the Rays' bullpen is rising to the challenge. In the win Tuesday, Tampa Bay's relievers retired 17 consecutive batters before Orioles first baseman Chris Davis earned a two-out walk in the ninth.

      "There's no doubt we have to start getting some length from our starting pitchers," Cash said. "At the end of the day, our starters take a lot of responsibility for going deeper and they will."

      The Orioles are 6-0-1 in series so far this year. However, the Rays have proven to be a big challenge, and they have the potential to end that impressive run.

      "You've got to tip your hat to them," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.

  • Giants ace Bumgarner avoids surgery
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, April 26, 2017

    No structural damage was detected in the left shoulder of San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner.

    • A follow-up MRI exam on Monday revealed that Bumgarner's sprained left shoulder will not require surgery, but the Giants are bracing to be without their left-handed ace for two months.

      Giants general manager Bobby Evans said before Tuesday's game against the Dodgers there is no definitive timetable for Bumgarner's return even after the MRI was read. A more detailed schedule for treatment and Bumgarner's eventual return is likely to become clearer in May.

      The former World Series MVP sustained bruised ribs and a sprained AC joint in his pitching shoulder in a dirt bike accident during last Thursday's off day in Colorado. He will wear a sling on his pitching arm for at least another week.

      "Our focus is getting him healthy," Evans said.

      Bumgarner never previously was on the disabled list during his eight-plus major league seasons.

      He said Monday he regretted the decision to ride trail bikes in the mountains outside of Denver with two family members.

      "Obviously, it was not my intentions when we set out to enjoy the off day," Bumgarner said. "I realize that's definitely not the most responsible decision I've made. It sucks not being able to be out here with my guys."

      Bumgarner, 27, is 0-3 with a 3.00 ERA this season.

  • MLB roundup: Turner hits for cycle in Nats' 15-12 win
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, April 26, 2017

    DENVER -- Trea Turner hit for the cycle and drove in a career-high seven runs Tuesday night as the Washington Nationals raced to a seven-run lead and held off the Colorado Rockies 15-12.

    • Turner, who went 4-for-6, singled in the first, doubled home two runs in the second, hit his first homer of the season in the sixth (a two-run shot), and tripled home three runs in the seventh.

      Daniel Murphy tied his career high with five RBIs while going 3-for-5 with a three-run triple that highlighted a five-run second against German Marquez, who was making his 2016 debut. Marquez (0-1) lasted four innings, giving up nine hits and eight runs, the final seven with two outs.

      Nationals starter Joe Ross was unable to qualify for the win as he worked only 4 2/3 innings, allowing seven hits and five runs.

      Tigers 19, Mariners 9

      DETROIT -- Ian Kinsler had four of Detroit's 24 hits, scored four runs and knocked in two more and Detroit enjoyed its biggest inning in nine seasons while pounding Seattle.

      Kinsler collected two of his hits during the Tigers' nine-run fifth. James McCann, Justin Upton, Alex Avila and Mikie Mahtook homered for the Tigers, who combined with the Mariners for a Comerica Park-record 40 hits.

      Nelson Cruz had three hits, including a solo homer, and drove in three runs for Seattle. Mariners starter Felix Hernandez (2-2) lasted two innings, allowing four runs on six hits.

      Brewers 9, Reds 1

      MILWAUKEE -- Hernan Perez delivered two triples and a home run, and Eric Thames hit his major league-leading 11th homer as Milwaukee beat Cincinnati.

      Zach Davies (2-2) struck out six while allowing six hits and a walk to earn his second consecutive victory. Keon Broxton doubled and drew a pair of walks as Milwaukee recorded 10 hits.

      Thames went deep against the Reds for the eighth time this season, joining Hall of Famer Willie Stargell as the only players to hit eight April homers against a single team. Stargell did it for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1971 versus the Atlanta Braves.

      Blue Jays 6, Cardinals 5 (11 innings)

      ST. LOUIS -- Pitcher Marcus Stroman doubled for his first major league hit in the top of the 11th inning and scored the winning run to give Toronto a wacky victory over mistake-prone St. Louis.

      Stroman, pinch-hitting for winning pitcher Jason Grilli (1-2) because the Blue Jays were out of position players, laced a 1-2 pitch from Miguel Socolovich (0-1) into the left field corner. Stroman raced home from second when shortstop Aledmys Diaz threw wide of first on Ezequiel Carrera's two-out bouncer for the Cardinals' fourth error of the game.

      Ryan Tepera worked around a leadoff single by pinch hitter Eric Fryer in the bottom of the 11th for his first save, handing St. Louis its second loss in eight games.

      Angels 2, Athletics 1 (11 innings)

      ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Kole Calhoun's two-out single to center field off Ryan Madson scored Danny Espinosa from second base in the bottom of the 11th inning, lifting Los Angeles over Oakland.

      The Angels and Athletics played nine innings without a baserunner stepping foot on second base. But on the first pitch of the 10th inning, Oakland's Josh Phegley hit a home run on a 90 mph fastball grooved by Los Angeles' Jose Alvarez.

      Not to be outdone, the Angels' Mike Trout led off the bottom of the 10th with a home run just inside the right field foul pole against A's closer Santiago Casilla, tying the game at 1-1.

      Dodgers 2, Giants 1

      SAN FRANCISCO -- Clayton Kershaw limited San Francisco to one run in seven innings and teamed with a pair of relievers on an eight-hitter to lead Los Angeles.

      Yasiel Puig and Adrian Gonzalez had RBIs in a two-run fourth inning that provided all the offense the Dodgers pitchers needed to deliver a second win in five games on the club's current road trip. Los Angeles had lost six straight in San Francisco.

      In running his career record against the Giants to 19-8, Kershaw (4-1) allowed six hits and one walk. He struck out seven and was removed from the game after throwing 90 pitches.

      Astros 4, Indians 2

      CLEVELAND -- Dallas Keuchel pitched his first complete game of the season and Josh Reddick had two hits and three RBIs to lead Houston.

      Keuchel (4-0) gave up six hits, struck out five and walked three. The Astros lost two players as second baseman Jose Altuve and right fielder Teoscar Hernandez collided while chasing a fly ball. Altuve appeared to get hit in the jaw and Hernandez, who had to be carted off the field, appeared to have a left leg injury.

      Austin Jackson and Michael Brantley homered for Cleveland. The Indians' Josh Tomlin (1-3) pitched six innings, allowing three runs on eight hits with six strikeouts and no walks.

      Diamondbacks 9, Padres 3

      PHOENIX -- Paul Goldschmidt had four hits, including his fourth homer, and he and Chris Owings each had three RBIs in Arizona's victory over San Diego.

      Daniel Descalso homered, Brandon Drury had three hits and Owings, A.J. Pollock, Nick Ahmed and Yasmany Tomas had two hits apiece for the Diamondbacks, who lead the majors with 121 runs and are 10-2 at home, tying the best start in franchise history.

      Arizona's Patrick Corbin (2-3) gave up two runs on eight hits in seven innings. He struck out a season-high nine and walked two. The Padres' Yangervis Solarte had three singles for the second game in a row and drove in a run.

      White Sox 10, Royals 5

      CHICAGO -- Todd Frazier finished 2-for-3 with two doubles, three RBIs and three runs as Chicago cruised past Kansas City.

      Leury Garcia and Omar Narvaez drove in two runs apiece as the White Sox bombarded the Royals for double-digit runs for the second consecutive night. Chicago, which beat Kansas City 12-1 on Monday, won its third game in a row.

      Brandon Moss and Mike Moustakas homered for the Royals, who lost their sixth consecutive contest. Kansas City's Danny Duffy (2-1) surrendered six runs on nine hits in 4 2/3 innings.

      Twins 8, Rangers 1

      ARLINGTON, Texas -- Minnesota scored seven runs in the fifth as it defeated Texas for the seventh time in the last eight meetings dating to last season.

      Miguel Sano homered among his three hits and drove in two runs for the Twins, who pounded out 14 hits and also drew six walks as they had baserunners in all but two innings. Ervin Santana (4-0) allowed one run and struck out six in seven innings.

      Andrew Cashner (0-2) was charged with two runs in four-plus innings, walking six and allowing five hits. Anthony Bass allowed six runs (four earned) and nine hits in three frames.

      Rays 2, Orioles 0

      BALTIMORE -- After scheduled starter Erasmo Ramirez was a late scratch, Tampa Bay used five pitchers and limited Baltimore to two hits en route to victory.

      The Rays' bullpen retired 17 consecutive batters before Chris Davis earned a two-out walk in the ninth. Chase Whitley (1-0), the fourth Tampa Bay pitcher, threw three perfect innings with three strikeouts to get the Rays into the ninth. Alex Colome got his fifth save.

      Wade Miley (1-1) struggled with his command but managed to keep the Orioles in the game. Miley allowed two runs on four hits with eight strikeouts and six walks, one shy of a season high.

      Cubs 1, Pirates 0

      PITTSBURGH -- Chicago scored an unearned run in the second inning as Pittsburgh wasted a brilliant performance by Gerrit Cole.

      Cole pitched seven innings, yielding two hits and striking out eight with no walks. The Cubs' Kyle Hendricks held the Pirates scoreless over six innings, allowing four hits, walking two and striking out three.

      Koji Uehara, Hector Rondon and Wade Davis completed the shutout with an inning each of shutout relief. Davis recorded his fifth save.

      Yankees at Red Sox, ppd.

      BOSTON -- The scheduled game between New York and Boston was postponed because of rain. It will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader on July 16.

      Braves at Mets, ppd.

      NEW YORK -- The scheduled game between Atlanta and New York was postponed because of rain. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Sept. 25.

      Marlins at Phillies, ppd.

      PHILADELPHIA -- The scheduled game between Miami and Philadelphia was postponed because of rain. There was no immediate makeup date announced, but the Marlins return to Philadelphia from Aug. 22-24 and Sept. 12-14.

  • Red Sox 2B Pedroia ready to return vs. Yankees
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, April 25, 2017

    BOSTON -- Dustin Pedroia was ready to return to the Boston Red Sox lineup Tuesday night after missing two games in Baltimore because of a left leg injury suffered when he was spiked by the Orioles' Manny Machado on Friday night.

    • But the game was rained out and will be made up as part of a July 16 day/night double-header.

      Pedroia, who had an MRI exam on his knee and ankle Monday, was ready to return after finding himself in the middle of a controversy resulting from the spiking, and his words shouted at Machado that could be easily read by television cameras.

      Matt Barnes threw a pitch up near Machado's head and drawing a four-game suspension and a fine. Pedroia could be seen saying, "It wasn't me," a sign he had nothing to do with the retribution for the play at second base.

      The fiery second baseman, seen as a team leader after the retirement of David Ortiz, was apparently acting on his own, leading some to hint at dissension in the clubhouse. Tuesday, Pedroia said, "We talked about that. We're going to keep it in house."

      While Pedroia was ready to go, Pablo Sandoval, who suffered a knee injury Sunday, was placed on the 10-day disabled list. Josh Rutledge, coming back from knee surgery, was activated and could enter a third base platoon with Marco Hernandez -- with Brock Holt (vertigo) still on the DL.

      Rick Porcello and Luis Severino, two right-handers with something to prove, were the scheduled starters and will be pushed back to open what is now a two-game set Wednesday night.

      Boston's Porcello, the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner, hopes to continue what he hopes is the climb back to showing last year's 22-4 was no fluke.

      Severino comes in 1-1 with a 4.05 ERA in his three starts on the young season. He has struck out 27 in 20 innings, with 21 strikeouts over the last two starts. He lost his last time out, but pitched a career-high eight innings, struck out 10 and didn't walk a batter while allowing two Chicago White Sox home runs.

      Porcello (1-2) allowed three unearned runs in the second inning -- courtesy of two infield errors -- and then shut the Toronto Blue Jays down the rest of his seven innings. He suffered the loss, but the no earned runs in seven innings only brought his ERA down to 7.56.

      The Yankees are 11-7, surprising to some, but are 8-1 at home and just 3-6 on the road after dropping two of three over the weekend in Pittsburgh. They now have two at Boston and then come home for three against the Orioles and three more against the Toronto Blue Jays.

      "It's an important stretch," Girardi said in Pittsburgh on Sunday.

      The Red Sox (11-8) just finished a 3-3 road trip by salvaging the series finale in Baltimore.

      Porcello is 7-5 with a 3.28 ERA lifetime against the Yankees, while Severino is 0-3 with a 4.71 ERA with a 5.71 ERA in four outings, three starts, against Boston. He does have 20 strikeouts in 17 1/3 innings against the Red Sox.

      The struggling Brett Gardner is hitting .417 lifetime against Porcello, while Pedroia is 3-for-7 with a home run against Severino.

      Meanwhile, Boston left-hander David Price, recovering from an elbow injury, reported he was feeling good Tuesday after his throwing session Monday.

      Price tweeted: "Feel great today. This is my media session. All questions answered, if you have any more ask Manager John (Farrell)."

  • Astros' Hernanez, Altuve leave game after collision
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, April 25, 2017

    CLEVELAND -- Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve and right fielder Teoscar Hernandez were removed from Tuesday night's game against the Cleveland Indians following a jarring collision in shallow right field in the eighth inning.

    • Chasing a fly ball hit by Yan Gomes, Altuve raced into the outfield and Hernandez came sprinting in. Both players were racing at full speed and watching the ball when the collision occurred. The two players remained on the ground for several minutes.

      Altuve, who appeared to get hit in the jaw, eventually got to his feet and walked off the field. Hernandez, who appeared to have a left leg injury, had to be carted off the field.

  • Phillies-Marlins game postponed because of rain
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, April 25, 2017

    Tuesday night's series-opening game between the Phillies and Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia was postponed because of rain.

    • Details for a makeup date will be announced at a later time.

      Vince Velasquez, who was scheduled to pitch Tuesday for the Phillies, will now start Wednesday night's game, while Jeremy Hellickson will start Thursday afternoon.

      The Marlins will push everyone back one day, with left-hander Wei-Yin Chen starting Wednesday and right-hander Edinson Volquez pitching Thursday.

      According to the Sun-Sentinel in Florida, both teams have options regarding a makeup date. Miami comes back to Philly Aug. 22-24 and Sept. 12-14. Both teams have days off immediately before both of those series.

  • MLB notebook: Jeter-Bush group wins auction to buy Marlins
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, April 25, 2017

    Former New York Yankees star Derek Jeter and Florida Governor Jeb Bush are the leaders of a group that won an auction to purchase the Miami Marlins, multiple media outlets reported on Tuesday.

    • The group made a bid of $1.3 billion to purchase the team from owner Jeff Loria, according to the reports.

      Loria, a New York art dealer, bought the team in 2002 for $158 million. Forbes reported that the franchise was valued at $940 million.

      There has been no official confirmation of the deal, and details of the accepted bid have not been made public.

      The Miami Herald reported that the team and the Bush-led group are optimistic that a deal can be finalized, although it may be months before the purchase is complete.

      A change of ownership requires approval from Major League Baseball. Theoretically, the move could be approved at the next Major League Baseball owners meeting, which is scheduled for May 16-18 in New York.

      --Pablo Sandoval is headed back to the disabled list. The Boston Red Sox third baseman was placed on the 10-day DL with a right knee sprain and infielder Josh Rutledge was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket.

      Sandoval, 30, sustained the injury while fielding a ground ball in the sixth inning of Sunday's 6-2 win against the Orioles in Baltimore.

      Sandoval missed 195 of a possible 324 games over his first two seasons of a five-year, $95 million deal with the Red Sox.

      --Tuesday's series opener between the Atlanta Braves and the host New York Mets has been postponed due to rain.

      The contest will be made up on Sept. 25 as part of a doubleheader.

      Atlanta ace Julio Teheran will be pushed back one day to face Noah Syndergaard of the Mets. There will again be a heavy threat of rain on Wednesday.

      --Tuesday night's scheduled game between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees in Boston has been postponed because of rain, the Red Sox announced.

      The game has been rescheduled for July 16 at 1:05 p.m., and will be part of a day-night doubleheader that will be part of that series at Fenway Park.

      --Tuesday night's series-opening game between the Phillies and Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia was postponed because of rain.

      Details for a makeup date will be announced at a later time.

  • Mets-Braves game rained out
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, April 25, 2017

    Tuesday's series opener between the Atlanta Braves and the host New York Mets has been postponed due to rain.

    • The contest will be made up on Sept. 25 as part of a doubleheader.

      Atlanta ace Julio Teheran will be pushed back one day to face Noah Syndergaard of the Mets. There will again be a heavy threat of rain on Wednesday.

      Teheran will start in place of knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, who was originally slated to start on Wednesday. Robert Gsellman was the scheduled Tuesday starter for the Mets.

      New York left fielder Yoenis Cespedes was slated to be in Tuesday's lineup after being sidelined since injuring his left hamstring last Thursday.

      The now two-game series concludes on Thursday.

  • Group led by Jeb Bush, Derek Jeter win auction to buy Marlins
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, April 25, 2017

    Former New York Yankees star Derek Jeter and Florida Governor Jeb Bush are the leaders of a group that won an auction to purchase the Miami Marlins, multiple media outlets reported on Tuesday.

    • The group made a bid of $1.3 billion to purchase the team from owner Jeff Loria, according to the reports.

      Loria, a New York art dealer, bought the team in 2002 for $158 million. Forbes reported that the franchise was valued at $940 million.

      There has been no official confirmation of the deal, and details of the accepted bid have not been made public.

      The Miami Herald reported that the team and the Bush-led group are optimistic that a deal can be finalized, although it may be months before the purchase is complete.

      A change of ownership requires approval from Major League Baseball. Theoretically, the move could be approved at the next Major League Baseball owners meeting, which is scheduled for May 16-18 in New York.

      The Herald also reported that Bush is expected to be the owner in control of franchise decisions.

      Bush is a former presidential candidate, and his brother, former President George W. Bush, owned the Texas Rangers at one time.

      Jeter, a future Hall-of-Famer, is a resident of Florida, and has said in the past that he would like to own a team.

      Other bidders included Quogue Capital LLC founder Wayne Rothbaum, and Solamere Capital co-founder Tagg Romney. Former major league pitcher Tom Glavine was part of the Romney group.

      Bloomberg reported that Loria had been close to completing a deal with the Kushner family, but no agreement was reached. The Kushners are relatives, by marriage, to President Donald Trump's family.

      The team has drawn small crowds in recent years, but it has averaged 24,313 in home attendance this season, which ranks 24th out of 30 teams.

      The Marlins suffered a huge blow late last season when highly popular star pitcher Jose Fernandez was killed in a boating accident.

      The ballpark, Marlins Park, is relatively new, having opened in 2012.

  • Yankees-Red Sox game rained out
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, April 25, 2017

    Tuesday night's scheduled game between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees in Boston has been postponed because of rain, the Red Sox announced Tuesday afternoon.

    • The game has been rescheduled for July 16 at 1:05 p.m., and will be part of a day-night doubleheader that will be part of that series at Fenway Park.

      Wednesday's game between the Red Sox and Yankees is also in jeopardy, because rain is forecast for that day as well.

      It remains uncertain how the pitching matchups will be affected by the rainout. The Yankees' Luis Severino was originally scheduled to start against Rick Porcello on Tuesday, with New York's Masahiro Tanaka scheduled to face Chris Sale on Wednesday night.

  • Red Sox place 3B Sandoval on DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, April 25, 2017

    Pablo Sandoval is headed back to the disabled list.

    • The Boston Red Sox third baseman was placed on the 10-day DL with a right knee sprain on Tuesday and infielder Josh Rutledge was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket before Tuesday's series opener against the New York Yankees.

      Sandoval, 30, sustained the injury while fielding a ground ball in the sixth inning of Sunday's 6-2 win against the Orioles in Baltimore.

      The three-time World Series champion and former World Series MVP with the San Francisco Giants played just three games last season before landing on the DL with a shoulder strain and later undergoing season-ending surgery.

      Sandoval missed 195 of a possible 324 games over his first two seasons of a five-year, $95 million deal with the Red Sox.

      In 2017, Sandoval is batting .213 (13-for-61) with three home runs and 10 RBIs in 17 games. He owns a .238 average with 13 homers and 57 RBIs in 146 games over three seasons in Boston.

      Rutledge, 28, began the season on the disabled list with a left hamstring strain.

      Boston (11-8) is third in the American League East and trails the Baltimore Orioles for first place by 2 1/2 games.

  • Royals look for some offense against White Sox
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, April 25, 2017

    CHICAGO -- Nineteen games into the season is too early for Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost to start fretting too much about his team's lack of offense.

    • However, as the Royals continues to struggle to score runs and collect hits heading into their Tuesday game against the Chicago White Sox, Yost will rely on pitching and defense until the bats warm up.

      "Starting pitchers have done a great job, the bullpen has been doing a really, really nice job," Yost said before Kansas City's 12-1 loss to the White Sox on Monday in which the Royals collected only two hits.

      Danny Duffy (2-0, 1.32 ERA) will take the mound for the Royals on Tuesday against Chicago's Dylan Covey (0-1, 7.84 ERA).

      Covey has never faced the Royals, while Duffy has a career record of 6-2 with a 3.20 ERA in 16 appearances, including 14 starts, against the White Sox.

      Duffy is coming off a no-decision in which he allowed no runs on four hits over 7 1/3 innings on Thursday against Texas.

      The Royals dropped a 1-0 decision to the Rangers, which started a seven-game stretch during which Kansas City has scored no more than two runs. While Duffy and his fellow starters have held up their end of the bargain, Kansas City's bats have remained cold.

      During their current five-game skid, the Royals have been out-hit by their opponents, 26-6.

      "We talk about it every day," Yost said. "We just wait for it to turn."

      Although the pitching and the defense have kept the Royals in games, the lack of run support has taken its toll. Despite the struggles from the plate, however, Yost points to the proven track records of hitters who historically have come around.

      "The way you get out of it is through patience and work," Yost said. "You just keep working and eliminate as much frustration as you can because that just leads to more (struggles) and a longer stretch, and so you just stay calm and just keep working at it."

      Like Yost, White Sox manager Rick Renteria has experienced his own share of frustration with how his team has hit for much of the young season.

      In the White Sox's past four losses, Chicago managed to score a total of three runs. As with the Royals, Renteria has seen his defense hold its own, sparked by second-year shortstop Tim Anderson.

      On Monday, Anderson had a career-high three hits, as did Matt Davidson, who drove in four runs in Chicago's lopsided victory. But while the offense hasn't usually been as proficient as it was Monday, Renteria -- like Yost -- is relying on other aspects of the game to keep the White Sox moving forward.

      Despite having a limited sample size with which to work, Renteria likes what he is seeing in the field.

      "We're playing good defense," Renteria said. "The guys are performing well, preparing every day to do what they need to do. ... I think it's just guys going out and playing the game. Guys are executing, and they're in the right spots."

      Yost won't give too much credence to the notion that defensive placement and shifts put on with certain hitters are behind the Royals' lack of offense. While shifts can make collecting hits more difficult, Yost said his hitters have struggled to be patience and have swung at too many pitches outside the strike zone.

      So until everything comes together offensively, Yost will continue to focus on what has worked, knowing that eventually things will turn around.

      "We're just not having great at-bats right now," Yost said, "but that changes."

  • Brewers' Thames looks to keep pounding Reds
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, April 25, 2017

    MILWAUKEE -- For the Cincinnati Reds to have success against the Milwaukee Brewers this season, they first must figure out a way to keep Eric Thames in the ballpark.

    • Thames homered twice Monday to lift the Brewers to an 11-7 victory in the series opener between the two teams, giving him seven long balls in five games against Cincinnati this season.

      "He's not missing," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "As the saying goes, you may get one good pitch to hit in your at-bat, you don't want to miss it. He's not missing it.

      "It's not that every pitch he's hit against us has been a terrible pitch. He's hit some good pitches, too, but he doesn't miss a mistake. That's where we've gotten into a lot of trouble with him."

      Cincinnati will send Scott Feldman (1-1, 2.38 ERA) to the mound Tuesday. The right-hander retired Thames three times April 14 when he limited the Brewers to two runs over five innings despite walking five.

      The Brewers have won four of five from the Reds to start the season series between the National League Central rivals.

      Thames has been a big reason why, as he is 9-for-19 (.474) with seven home runs, 11 RBIs and 11 runs against Cincinnati.

      "It has been fun to watch," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said of Thames' power show. "I know that. It is tough to even know what to say about it. Seven homers against a team in five games is incredible."

      Milwaukee signed Thames to a three-year contract this offseason, bringing the 30-year-old back to the major leagues after he had a successful run in South Korea.

      The decision has paid off better than anyone could have expected thus far.

      "When I was a prospect and in the big leagues, I stressed out a lot, I drank a lot and thought, 'Oh, my God, I have to hit a home run or I'm going back to Double-A or Triple-A,'" said Thames, who played for the Toronto Blue Jays (2011-12) and Seattle Mariners (2012). "In Korea and here, I'm just going to do my job and work as hard as I can so come game time I can relax and let it all go. It is amazing when stress levels decrease, you actually have fun and be loose and are able to relax. It is crazy."

      Feldman is 2-2 with a 3.46 ERA in five career starts against the Brewers. Ryan Braun and Travis Shaw each have homered against Feldman in their careers, but only Braun has more than 10 plate appearances against the veteran.

      The Brewers will counter with Zach Davies (1-2, 8.24 ERA), who will be looking to get on track after four poor outings to begin the season.

      Davies is 1-2 with a 4.28 ERA in six career starts against the Reds, including a no-decision after giving up three runs over five innings April 15.

      Braun is day-to-day with a bruised left foot after leaving Monday's game in the sixth inning. He fouled three different pitches off his left foot during his first-inning at-bat and continued to play until the injury stiffened enough to prevent him from running. X-rays were taken but came back negative.

      Brewers catcher Manny Pina enters the Tuesday game on a 10-game hitting streak, carrying a .472 batting average during that stretch.

      Reds shortstop Zack Cozart went 2-for-3 with a double, a triple and three runs Monday. His .386 average ranks second in the majors to the .394 mark of Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper.

  • MLB roundup: Cubs ring up 14 runs, 17 hits in win
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, April 25, 2017

    PITTSBURGH -- The Chicago Cubs scored early and often against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night, cruising to a 14-3 victory at PNC Park.

    • The Cubs battered Pirates starter Chad Kuhl and led 10-1 after two innings. Jason Heyward hit a three-run homer and had four RBIs, and Addison Russell had four of the Cubs' 17 hits. Kris Bryant and Miguel Montero each collected three hits.

      Kuhl (1-2) lasted 1 2/3 innings, giving up nine runs and eight hits while walking four.

      Cubs starter Brett Anderson (2-0) yielded three runs (one earned) in six innings, allowing five hits and six walks while striking out three.

      White Sox 12, Royals 1

      CHICAGO -- Matt Davidson homered and drove in four runs, and Miguel Gonzalez allowed only two hits in eight innings as Chicago handed Kansas City its fifth straight loss.

      Davidson capped Chicago's eight-run sixth inning with a two-run single after he drove in a run with a single earlier in the inning. Tyler Saladino also tripled in two runs before Todd Frazier followed with a two-run double. Tim Anderson, who had three hits, also had an RBI single in the inning.

      The eight-run rally marked the biggest output in one inning by the White Sox since they scored nine in the fifth inning of a 19-2 win over the Texas Rangers on July 3, 2012.

      Rockies 8, Nationals 4

      DENVER -- Charlie Blackmon hit a go-ahead two-run homer as Colorado overcame a three-run deficit and beat Washington, ending its seven-game winning streak.

      The Rockies pulled away with a three-run eighth inning, a rally that began with five straight singles off Blake Treinen. The spree included an RBI from Trevor Story on a broken-bat hit and Tony Wolters' third single. Blackmon picked up his third RBI of the game by grounding into a run-scoring force play to boost the lead to 8-4.

      The victory was the fourth straight and seventh in eight games for the Rockies. Their 14-6 record matches the 2011 team for the second-best start in franchise history. The Rockies began the 1997 season 15-5.

      Twins 3, Rangers 2

      ARLINGTON, Texas -- Phil Hughes limited the damage early, and Brian Dozier delivered the big blow in Minnesota's win over Texas at Globe Life Park.

      The Twins won for only the second time in eight games and snapped Texas' season-high four-game winning streak in the opener of a three-game series.

      Hughes (3-1) worked around six hits and a walk to limit Texas to two runs in six innings. He is 3-0 on the road this year, and improved to 3-3 lifetime against the Rangers.

      Orioles 6, Rays 3

      BALTIMORE -- Adam Jones went 3-for-3 and capped the perfect night with a tiebreaking two-run homer in the seventh inning that helped Baltimore top Tampa Bay.

      The Orioles banged out three homers off Chris Archer, all of them in the sixth and seventh innings. Archer (3-1) had not allowed a homer this season before that.

      Hyun Soo Kim and Jonathan Schoop hit back-to-back solo shots in the sixth that tied the score at 3. Seth Smith walked to start the seventh and Jones followed with his two-run blast.

      Brewers 11, Reds 7

      MILWAUKEE -- Eric Thames continued his torrid start to the season by blasting two home runs and driving in three to lead Milwaukee over Cincinnati.

      Thames leads the majors with 10 homers, matching Milwaukee's franchise record for April. He also set a club record for runs scored in April with 24.

      Hernan Perez homered and drove in four runs for the Brewers, who scored four times in the first inning and led 10-4 through four.

      Angels 2, Blue Jays 1

      ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Jesse Chavez gave up one run in six innings and got help from three relievers as Los Angeles held on for a victory over Toronto at Angel Stadium.

      Chavez gave up a solo homer to Russell Martin in the fourth inning but nothing more as the Angels and Blue Jays split the four-game series.

      Bud Norris pitched the ninth for his second save and David Hernandez, acquired earlier in the day in a trade with the Atlanta Braves, got two outs in the eighth inning in his Angels debut.

      Giants 2, Dodgers 1

      SAN FRANCISCO -- Matt Cain pitched six shutout innings and teamed with four relievers on a four-hitter, delivering San Francisco a victory over Los Angeles in the opener of a four-game series.

      Joe Panik and Hunter Pence drove in runs for the Giants, who staggered home from a 1-4 trip on which they were outscored 29-10.

      Cain, whose 5.64 ERA was the eighth highest in the majors last season among pitchers with more than 15 starts, threw his third consecutive strong game, allowing only two hits and one walk. He struck out three.

      Diamondbacks 7, Padres 6

      PHOENIX -- Chris Owings hit a grand slam, and David Peralta also homered as Arizona equaled the best home start in franchise history with a victory over San Diego at Chase Field.

      Arizona is 9-2 at home and leads the majors with 112 runs. The Diamondbacks did not win their ninth home game last season until May 29.

      Owings' slam in the fifth inning gave Arizona a 6-0 lead and helped Zack Greinke avenge a 1-0 complete-game loss at San Diego last Wednesday.