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  • Cubs 3B Bryant out with shoulder soreness
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, September 23, 2018

    Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant wasn't in Sunday's lineup against the Chicago White Sox due to left shoulder fatigue.

    • That is the same shoulder that caused Bryant to spend five-plus weeks on the disabled list earlier this season. He returned from that injury on Sept. 1.

      Cubs manager Joe Maddon said it wasn't a serious situation.

      "His shoulder is just a little fatigued, not hurting," Maddon told reporters prior to the game. "You want to be proactive."

      Bryant played Saturday night and was 1-for-5.

      Overall, he is batting .276 with 12 homers and 49 RBIs in just 96 games.

      David Bote was set to start Sunday's game at third base.

      --Field Level Media

  • Former Red Sox pitcher Stange dies
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, September 23, 2018

    Former major league pitcher Lee Stange died Friday, according to the Boston Red Sox. He was 81.

    • Stange was a member of Boston's "Impossible Dream" team in 1967 that won the team's first American League pennant in 21 years. The right-hander went 8-10 with a 2.77 ERA in 35 appearances (24 starts) that season and pitched two innings of relief in Game 3 of the World Series that was won in seven games by the St. Louis Cardinals.

      Stange pitched 10 big league seasons and went 62-61 with 21 saves and a 3.56 ERA. He won a career-best 12 games for the Minnesota Twins in 1963.

      Stange pitched for the Twins from 1961-64 before moving on to the Cleveland Indians (1964-66), Red Sox (1966-70) and Chicago White Sox 1970).

      Stange was later the Red Sox pitching coach on two occasions and spent 23 years in the organization as a player, coach and instructor.

      Among Stange's survivors is step-son Jody Reed, a former major league second baseman with Boston and four other teams.

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB roundup: Braves wrap up NL East
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, September 23, 2018

    Atlanta starter Mike Foltynewicz opened the game with six no-hit innings, and the Braves survived a late Philadelphia comeback for a 5-3 win, clinching the National League East title and sending them back to the playoffs for the first time since 2013.

    • Foltynewicz (12-10) did not allow a hit until Odubel Hererra led off the seventh with a single. The right-hander worked 7 1/3 innings and allowed two runs on two hits and three walks. He struck out five.

      Arodys Vizcaino pitched a perfect ninth inning to earn his 16th save. It was his first save since missing 55 games with right shoulder inflammation and being activated from the disabled list on Sept. 14. His last save came June 17 against the New York Mets.

      The Atlanta offense was led by center fielder Ender Inciarte, who went 2-for-3 and scored three runs. Freddie Freeman and Johan Camargo each drove in two runs.

      Yankees 3, Orioles 2 (11 innings)

      Aaron Hicks hit an RBI double with one out in the bottom of the 11th inning, and New York clinched a wild-card spot with a victory over visiting Baltimore.

      The Yankees are assured of playing in the one-game playoff on Oct. 3 for the second straight season. They entered with a magic number of two over the Tampa Bay Rays, who lost 5-2 to the Toronto Blue Jays in a game that went final while the Yankees were in the eighth inning.

      Didi Gregorius started the 11th inning by singling on the second pitch from Paul Fry (0-2). After Giancarlo Stanton struck out, Hicks ensured the champagne celebration in the clubhouse by hitting Fry's 2-2 breaking ball down the left field line.

      A's 3, Twins 2

      Host Oakland recorded its second consecutive walk-off win, scoring the game-ending run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning on a wild pitch by Minnesota reliever Trevor.

      The result lowered Oakland's magic number for clinching an American League playoff spot to one. A win by the A's on Sunday or a loss by the Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto would assure Oakland's first trip to the playoffs since 2014.

      Stephen Piscotty led off the ninth in a 2-2 tie with a double, then advanced to third on a one-out throwing error by Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco. After Matt Joyce was intentionally walked to load the bases, Hildenberger (4-5) struck out Mark Canha. With Matt Chapman at the plate, Hildenberger uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Piscotty to scamper home.

      Dodgers 7, Padres 2

      Joc Pederson opened the game with a home run, and Manny Machado capped a five-run third inning with a three-run homer as Los Angeles defeated visiting San Diego to retain a 1 1/2-game lead in the National League West over the second-place Colorado Rockies.

      Dodgers starter Rich Hill (10-5) limited the Padres to a solo homer by Hunter Renfroe in the sixth. Hill gave up four hits with no walks while striking out seven in seven innings to become the first Dodger pitcher to win 10 games this season. It was also Hill's longest outing since July 26.

      In the ninth, the Padres scored a run on a Manuel Margot single and had the bases loaded with one out when Kenley Jansen entered. The Dodgers closer recorded his 37th save by striking out Cory Spangenberg and Travis Jankowski.

      Rockies 5, Diamondbacks 1

      Chris Iannetta had two hits and three RBIs, and Antonio Senzatela pitched seven strong innings as Colorado topped Arizona in Phoenix.

      Iannetta's two-out, two-run single highlighted a four-run third inning off Patrick Corbin.

      Senzatela retired the first 14 batters he faced. He wound up yielding one run on three hits. He struck out four and did not walk a batter while tying a season high for innings pitched.

      Indians 5, Red Sox 4 (11 innings)

      Michael Brantley's RBI single with no outs in the 11th inning lifted Cleveland past visiting Boston.

      By winning the middle game of the three-game series, the American League Central champion Indians delayed, perhaps only momentarily, the AL East champion Red Sox clinching the top seed in the AL playoffs.

      One more win by Boston or one more loss by Houston will lock the Red Sox into the top seed and ensure the Indians and Astros play each other in the AL Division Series.

      Cardinals 5, Giants 4 (10 innings)

      Tyler O'Neill hit a two-out, walk-off home run off Mark Melancon in the 10th inning, allowing host St. Louis to top San Francisco.

      Yadier Molina powered a two-run, game-tying homer in the seventh for the Cardinals, who remain 1 1/2 games up on Colorado in the race for the second National League wild card. St. Louis pulled within two games of the Milwaukee Brewers for the first NL wild card.

      Melancon (0-3), the losing pitcher Friday when he was charged with two runs in the eighth inning in a 5-3 defeat, retired the first two batters he faced in the 10th inning Saturday before O'Neill hit a 2-2 pitch over the fence in left-center to end the game.

      Astros 10, Angels 5

      Helped by a key error, Houston rallied for nine runs in the eighth inning to pull out a victory over visiting Los Angeles.

      Angels center fielder Mike Trout bashed his 38th home run to key a five-run top of the eighth inning for a 5-1 Los Angeles lead before the Astros responded.

      Yuli Gurriel, Brian McCann, and Evan Gattis all recorded RBI singles. When Tyler White stepped to the plate with one out and the bases loaded, the Astros trailed 5-4. White hit a sharp grounder to third base that Taylor Ward fielded cleanly before throwing over the head of second baseman Sherman Johnson. The runs scored on the play, and Houston subsequently got a two-run single from George Springer and a two-run homer by Jose Altuve.

      Cubs 8, White Sox 3

      Javy Baez homered and drove in three runs, and Ben Zobrist singled home two runs in a three-run fifth inning as the Chicago Cubs beat the host Chicago White Sox.

      The Cubs extended their lead in the National League Central to 2 1/2 games over the Milwaukee Brewers.

      The Cubs got a big break in their fifth-inning rally when White Sox left fielder Ryan LaMarre misjudged a fly ball that went as a go-ahead RBI double by Daniel Murphy and left runners on second and third, setting up Zobrist's two-run single.

      Pirates 3, Brewers 0

      Trevor Williams pitched six scoreless innings, and Starling Marte hit a two-out, two-run double as Pittsburgh beat visiting Milwaukee.

      Richard Rodriguez, Kyle Crick and Felipe Vazquez (36th save) each pitched an inning of relief to preserve the five-hit shutout for Pittsburgh, which has won six of seven.

      Williams (14-9) allowed four hits and a walk while striking out seven. He has a 1.00 ERA over his past 12 starts.

      Nationals 6, Mets 0

      Trea Turner hit a two-run homer, Matt Wieters added a three-run shot as five Washington pitchers combined to one-hit New York.

      The result came hours after the Nationals (78-77) were eliminated from postseason contention when St. Louis defeated San Francisco. Turner hit his two-run shot in the third inning off starter Corey Oswalt (3-3). Wieters went deep in the sixth off Jerry Blevins.

      Austin Voth (1-1) went five scoreless innings and earned his first major league victory. He allowed only a fourth-inning infield single to Michael Conforto. Matt Grace, Justin Miller, Jimmy Cordero and Austen Williams followed with one hitless inning apiece.

      Mariners 13, Rangers 0

      Robinson Cano had a three-run homer and four RBIs in a three-hit game, Marco Gonzales allowed one hit in six shutout innings, and visiting Seattle routed Texas.

      Dee Gordon added a two-run homer, Mike Zunino had a solo shot, Mitch Haniger had two doubles and a single to extend his hit streak to 11 games, and Guillermo Heredia had three hits including an RBI double as the Mariners had a season-best run total.

      Gonzales (13-9) issued one walk and struck out three to win for the first time since July 29, a span of six winless starts.

      Blue Jays 5, Rays 2

      Rowdy Tellez had three hits, including a two-run homer, and three RBIs, and Thomas Pannone pitched into the seventh inning as Toronto defeated visiting Tampa Bay.

      Reese McGuire added an RBI double for the Blue Jays in their three-run fourth inning.

      Pannone (4-1) allowed two runs, six hits and three walks while striking out five in 6 2/3 innings in his fifth career major league start.

      Tigers 5, Royals 4

      Mikie Mahtook blasted a go-ahead, two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth, lifting host Detroit over visiting Kansas City.

      Mahtook followed Niko Goodrum's leadoff single with his ninth long ball of the season to left off Jason Hammel (3-14). Goodrum, who hadn't played since Sept. 12 due to a right quad contusion, had three hits, as did teammate Nicholas Castellanos.

      Detroit designated hitter Victor Martinez, who announced a day earlier that Saturday's game would be the last of his career, was removed after an infield single in the first.

      Marlins 5, Reds 1

      Rookie Austin Dean homered and drove in three runs to lead host Miami past Cincinnati.

      It was Dean's fourth homer since making his major league debut on Aug. 15. The three RBIs were his career high.

      The Reds were led by pinch hitter Gabriel Guerrero, who hit his first major league homer, an eighth-inning blast that ended Miami's hopes of a shutout.

      --Field Level Media

  • White Sox activate Leury Garcia from DL
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, September 22, 2018

    The Chicago White Sox activated utility man Leury Garcia from the 10-day disabled list on Saturday.

    • Garcia, 27, went on the DL on Aug. 21 with a strained left hamstring.

      Garcia is batting .280 with seven doubles, four triples, four home runs and 31 RBIs in 77 games this season.

      He has started games this season at all three outfield positions, second base, shortstop and third base.

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB roundup: Red Sox tie franchise wins record
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, September 22, 2018

    Tzu-Wei Lin delivered the tie-breaking RBI infield single in the seventh inning Friday night and hit his first major league homer in the ninth as the Boston Red Sox beat the Cleveland Indians, 7-5, in the opener of a three-game series between division champions at Progressive Field.

    • The Red Sox, who clinched the American League East on Thursday, improved to 105-49 despite fielding a lineup that included only two regulars -- third baseman Rafael Devers and AL MVP candidate J.D. Martinez. Boston needs just one win to clinch the best record in MLB for the season.

      The Red Sox's 105th victory tied the franchise record for wins, set by the 1912 team.

      The Indians, who will be locked into a first-round postseason date with either the Astros or Oakland Athletics as soon as the Red Sox win the top seed, have lost three of five since clinching their third straight AL Central title last Saturday.

      Yankees 10, Orioles 8

      Aaron Hicks became the fifth Yankee to reach 25 homers, CC Sabathia rebounded from his shortest outing in over three years by pitching six effective innings, and New York moved closer to clinching a wild-card spot by holding on for a victory over visiting Baltimore.

      The Yankees lowered their magic number to clinch a wild-card spot to two after nearly blowing a 6-0 lead.

      Hicks extended the Yankees' lead to 6-0 lead with two outs in the fourth when he reached the second deck in right field by hitting a 3-1 fastball from Yefry Ramirez (1-7). The switch-hitting outfielder hit New York's 249th homer, putting them 14 away from the major league record set by Seattle in 1997.

      A's 7, Twins 6 (10 innings)

      Khris Davis led off the bottom of the 10th inning with his second home run of the game, delivering Oakland a walk-off victory over visiting Minnesota.

      A ninth walk-off win of the season kept Oakland 6 1/2 games ahead of Tampa Bay in their battle for the second wild-card spot in the American League. The A's remain 3 1/2 games back of the Astros for the AL West lead.

      Davis' game-winner, his 45th homer of the season, came on the third pitch of the 10th inning by Matt Magill (3-3), who had stranded the potential winning run at third base to end the ninth. A's closer Blake Treinen (8-2), who worked two perfect innings, was credited with the win.

      Astros 11, Angels 3

      Yuli Gurriel slugged a pair of home runs, including a first-inning grand slam, and drove in seven, and Gerrit Cole worked seven strong innings as reigning World Series champion Houston clinched a postseason berth with a win over visiting Los Angeles.

      The Astros secured their 12th postseason appearance in club history and shaved their magic number to six to win the American League West for a second consecutive season.

      Houston (96-57) reached 96 victories for just the fifth time in franchise annals. The Astros finished 96-66 in 1986 before winning a club-record 102 games in 1998, 97 in 1999, and 101 last season.

      Cardinals 5, Giants 3

      Pinch hitter Matt Adams stroked a tie-breaking, two-run double with two outs in the eighth inning, sending St. Louis to a victory over visiting San Francisco.

      The win kept the Cardinals 1 1/2 games ahead of Colorado in the race for the second wild-card spot in the National League. St. Louis also made up a game on the Cubs for the division lead, but remain three games back of the Brewers.

      After the Giants had scored twice in the seventh to forge a 3-3 tie, Harrison Bader drew a two-out walk from San Francisco's fourth pitcher, Mark Melancon (0-2), in the eighth. After Yairo Munoz singled Bader into scoring position, left-hander Tony Watson replaced Melancon and served up Adams' difference-making double to left field.

      Rockies 6, Diamondbacks 2

      First baseman Ian Desmond drove in three runs, two on a single to cap a four-run eighth inning, and visiting Colorado received seven strong innings from right-hander German Marquez for a victory over Arizona.

      DJ LeMahieu had two hits, and Charlie Blackmon extended his hitting streak to 13 games, the longest active streak in the majors, as the Rockies broke a three-game losing streak to remain 1 1/2 games behind St. Louis for the second NL wild-card spot. Colorado also moved within 1 1/2 games of the Dodgers for the NL West lead after L.A. lost to San Diego.

      Marquez (13-10) gave up a two-run homer to David Peralta in the first inning but did not permit another runner past second base while extending his streak of quality starts to 11.

      Padres 5, Dodgers 3

      Hunter Renfroe and Freddy Galvis hit home runs, while left-hander Eric Lauer went five strong innings as San Diego won at Los Angeles.

      The Dodgers entered with seven victories in their last eight games to take over first place in the National League West, but the last-place Padres held off a late rally.

      Lauer (6-7) was in control against the Dodgers for a third time this season. The rookie gave up one run on four hits with two walks and five strikeouts. He has now given up just two runs over 19 2/3 innings against the Dodgers this season. Kirby Yates picked up his 10th save.

      Brewers 8, Pirates 3

      Travis Shaw, Mike Moustakas and Erik Kratz hit homers in a six-run sixth inning for Milwaukee in a win at Pittsburgh.

      Keon Broxton also homered, and Jesus Aguilar added an RBI double for the Brewers, who moved to within 1 1/2 games of the first-place Cubs in the National League Central. The Brewers kept a three-game lead for the first NL wild-card spot.

      Josh Bell and Corey Dickerson hit homers for Pittsburgh (77-75), which had its five-game winning streak squashed.

      White Sox 10, Cubs 4

      Daniel Palka and Kevan Smith hit home runs to highlight a 19-hit attack as the White Sox cruised to a victory over the visiting Cubs.

      Palka's two-run homer in the sixth off reliever Dillon Maples was his fifth in five games and 27th of the season, tops for any rookie in the majors. It also was his team-record fourth pinch-hit home run this season.

      Ryan LaMarre, Yoan Moncada and Welington Castillo each had three hits, and LaMarre and Smith each drove in three runs for the White Sox. Reynaldo Lopez (7-9) allowed one run and five hits over seven innings to pick up the win. He struck out eight and didn't allow a walk.

      Braves 6, Phillies 5

      Johan Camargo's two-run two-out single in the seventh inning capped a five-run rally and helped boost Atlanta to a come-from-behind win over visiting Philadelphia.

      The win allowed the Braves to extend their lead in the National League East to 7 1/2 games over the Phillies. Atlanta lowered its magic number to two.

      The Phillies broke open a 1-1 tie by scoring three runs in the top of the seventh, but Atlanta surged back for its 35th comeback victory.

      Rays 11, Blue Jays 3

      September callup Austin Meadows had three hits and three RBIs, Tommy Pham added two RBIs and Tampa Bay overcame two home runs by Lourdes Gurriel Jr. to win at Toronto.

      The Rays (86-67) have split the first two games of a four-game series with the Blue Jays (70-84) as they try to keep their flickering playoff hopes alive.

      Randal Grichuk also homered for Toronto.

      Diego Castillo allowed one run on the first Gurriel homer in the first inning as the Rays' opening pitcher. Jalen Beeks (5-1) allowed two hits and two runs over the next three innings.

      Rangers 8, Mariners 3 (six-plus innings)

      Adrian Beltre homered and drove in five runs as Texas defeated visiting Seattle in the rain-shortened debut for interim manager Don Wakamatsu.

      The Rangers fired Jeff Banister, the 2015 American League Manager of the Year, earlier in the day. Banister was replaced for the rest of the season by Wakamatsu, who managed the Mariners in 2009-10.

      Beltre, a former Mariner, hit a three-run homer in the first inning and a two-run single in the third, both off right-hander Erasmo Ramirez, to give the Rangers a 5-0 lead. The home run was the 14th of the season for Beltre and the 476th of his career, moving him past Stan Musial and Willie Stargell for 30th place in major league history.

      Mets 4, Nationals 2

      New York ace Jacob deGrom continued his record-breaking season -- and his push for the National League Cy Young Award -- by beating Washington on the road.

      DeGrom (9-9) yielded one run on three hits and one walk, while striking out eight over seven innings. The right-hander lowered his MLB-leading ERA to 1.77 and extended his major league single-season record of allowing three runs or fewer to 28 consecutive starts.

      With one more expected start, deGrom will look to earn a 10th victory and finish above .500. The fewest wins by any starting pitcher to win the Cy Young is 14 by Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners in 2010.

      Marlins 1, Reds 0 (10 innings)

      Rookie Isaac Galloway hit a one-out, walk-off double to the right field corner in the 10th inning to lead Miami over visiting Cincinnati.

      Another rookie, Brian Anderson, started the rally with a one-out double. He scored the winning run when Galloway pounced on a 3-2 slider from reliever David Hernandez (5-2).

      Reliever Kyle Barraclough (1-6) earned the win after pitching two-thirds of an inning.

      Royals 4, Tigers, 3

      Ian Kennedy recorded his second straight victory after going winless in 17 consecutive appearances and Alex Gordon supplied three hits and drove in a run, leading visiting Kansas City to a win over sloppy Detroit.

      Kennedy (3-8) lasted seven innings, giving up three runs (two earned) on seven hits while striking out six. Wily Peralta escaped a ninth-inning jam for his 12th save.

      Rosell Herrera doubled, tripled, scored a run and added an RBI for Kansas City.

      --Field Level Media

  • Power-hitting Gurriels make sibling history
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, September 22, 2018

    Yuli Gurriel and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. have made sibling history, becoming the first brothers to each hit multiple home runs on the same day, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

    • Lourdes Gurriel, a rookie infielder for the Toronto Blue Jays, hit solo shots in his first two plate appearances in Toronto, accounting for two-thirds of the Jays' offense in an 11-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.

      Yuli Gurriel, a third-year infielder for the Houston Astros, also homered in his first two plate appearances, but he had the decidedly more productive day. He blasted a first-inning grand slam and adding a two-run shot in the third inning.

      Yuli Gurriel tacked on another RBI with a fifth-inning single before letting his teammates take over, as the Astros clinched a postseason berth in an 11-3 rout over the Los Angeles Angels.

      The brothers were stars in Cuban baseball before defecting to the U.S. in 2016.

      --Field Level Media

  • Rockies end skid, push D-backs to brink of elimination
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, September 22, 2018

    Colorado first baseman Ian Desmond drove in three runs, two on a single to cap a four-run eighth inning, and the Rockies received seven strong innings from right-hander German Marquez for a 6-2 victory over the host Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on Friday.

    • DJ LeMahieu had two hits and Charlie Blackmon extended his hitting streak to 13 games, the longest active streak in the majors, as the Rockies broke a three-game losing streak to remain 1 1/2 games behind St. Louis for the second NL wild-card spot.

      Marquez (13-10) gave up a two-run homer to David Peralta in the first inning but did not permit another runner past second base while extending his streak of quality starts to 11.

      Marquez struck out 11 and has 210 strikeouts this season, joining Pedro Astacio and Ubaldo Jimenez as the only pitchers in Rockies' history with 200 strikeouts in a season.

      Peralta and Jon Jay had two hits apiece for the Diamondbacks (79-75), who have lost 10 of 13 and are six games behind St. Louis in the wild card race and have an elimination number of three.

      The Rockies sent 10 men to the plate against four Rockies pitchers to break a tie in the eighth inning, and they scored all four runs with two outs.

      Zack Greinke (14-11) gave up a single to pinch-hitter Gerardo Parra and struck out Matt Holliday before being replaced by Jake Diekman, who then hit Blackmon with a pitch.

      Brad Ziegler entered and got LeMahieu to ground into a fielder's choice at second base, a call that was upheld after a video review confirmed the Blackmon did not violate the slide rule when he held his hands high while going into second.

      David Dahl singled to drive in Parra on the first pitch after play resumed, and Nolan Arenado singled in LeMahieu for a 4-2 lead. Carlos Gonzalez walked before Desmond's single drove in two more.

      Greinke gave up four hits and three runs in 7 1/3 innings, with six strikeouts and two walks. He will have at least one more chance to reach the 15-win plateau for the eighth time in his career.

      Jay doubled on the first pitch of the first inning and scored on Peralta's two-run homer, also on the first pitch he saw. Peralta has 29 homers. His previous career high was 17, set in 2015.

      Colorado did not get a ball out of the infield against Greinke until the fourth inning, when Blackmon and Dahl flied out, but Desmond broke up the no-hitter with an RBI single in the fifth inning after Gonzalez walked and took second on a wild pitch.

      Colorado tied it at 2 on consecutive two-out doubles by Blackmon and LeMahieu in the sixth inning.

      --Field Level Media

  • Yelich: Mayfield's shoutout a 'cool moment'
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, September 22, 2018

    Cleveland Browns rookie Baker Mayfield has played one NFL game, and he's already settled on the league MVP.

    • The National League MVP, that is.

      Mayfield, who entered Monday night's Browns-New York Jets game in the second period with the host Browns losing 14-0, led Cleveland to a field goal before halftime and a game-winning drive late in the fourth quarter for a 21-17 win.

      The victory ended the Browns' 19-game losing streak, and amid the postgame euphoria, Mayfield ended his press conference by shouting "Christian Yelich for NL MVP."

      Milwaukee Brewers' hot-hitting outfielder Yelich called Mayfield's postgame endorsement "a cool moment."

      Mayfield, the first player taken in this year's NFL draft, and Yelich know each other from working out at the same facility last winter, and Yelich signed a Brewers jersey for him. He wore the jersey into the stadium before the game Thursday night, and Yelich tweeted a photo with the comment, "I [see] you @bakermayfield!"

      --Field Level Media

  • Tigers DH Martinez to play final game Saturday
    By Field Level Media / Friday, September 21, 2018

    Detroit Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez announced Friday he will retire after Saturday night's game at Comerica Park.

    • The Tigers have planned a ceremony to honor Martinez before the game against the Kansas City Royals. He said he wanted his last at-bat to be before the home fans.

      "It's just thanking the Detroit Tigers fans and thanking everybody here," he told reporters Friday. "After tomorrow, it's going to be it. That will be my last game. This is one way to thank everybody."

      Martinez, 39, has spent seven of the 16 years in his career in Detroit, following seven-plus seasons in Cleveland and a shorter stint in Boston.

      He has appeared in 1,972 games -- almost half of them in a Tigers' uniform. He had one hit Friday night in a loss to Kansas City and now has 2,152 career hits.

      Martinez had his best career season in 2014 as a member of the Tigers, belting 32 home runs and adding 103 RBIs. He lead the league in on-base percentage and finished second in the most valuable player voting. He was a five-time All-Star.

      "We had some good teams. Unfortunately we didn't accomplish the final goal, which was winning the championship," said Martinez, who plans to return to his Florida home. "I had the best year of my career here in Detroit. I'll take a lot from this city and keep it with me.

      "It is what it is. When I say I'm leaving this game with no regrets, I'm going to leave the game with no regrets. I'm going to go home happy because I know I left everything. I wouldn't do anything else. I'm going to be at home sitting on that couch, saying that I left everything in this game."

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Showalter out as Orioles' manager
    By Field Level Media / Friday, September 21, 2018

    A record for Major League Baseball futility will be the undoing of manager Buck Showalter with the Baltimore Orioles.

    • USA Today reported Friday that Showalter will be dismissed at the conclusion of the 2018 season.

      The Orioles entered the weekend with a 44-108 record and traded away All-Star shortstop Manny Machado and closer Zach Britton at the non-waiver deadline.

      While Showalter is expected to be shown the door, general manager Dan Duquette will reportedly receive a contract extension, USA Today reported.

      Baltimore could finish with the second-most losses ever in a single season. The Cleveland Spiders' record 134 losses in 1899 (20 wins) is safe.

      The 62-year-old Showalter was hired in 2010 and is 666-677 entering Friday's game.

      --Field Level Media

  • Indians activate Bauer to start vs. Red Sox
    By Field Level Media / Friday, September 21, 2018

    The Cleveland Indians activated right-hander Trevor Bauer from the disabled list to start Friday's game against the Boston Red Sox.

    • Bauer has been sidelined with a broken right fibula. He was hit by a line drive off the bat of Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu on Aug. 11

      Manager Terry Francona told reporters that Bauer will be brought along slowly to regain his strength before the postseason.

      "Trevor will go a couple of innings and then we'll finish up in the bullpen," Francona said of Friday's contest.

      Bauer is expected to make three starts before the end of the regular season.

      The 27-year-old was in the midst of a strong season before the injury as he was 12-6 with a 2.22 ERA and 214 strikeouts. He was also named to his first All-Star team.

      Bauer won his last four starts and five straight decisions before going on the disabled list due to the leg injury.

      --Field Level Media

  • Rangers fire manager Banister
    By Field Level Media / Friday, September 21, 2018

    Jeff Banister was dismissed as manager of the Texas Rangers on Friday.

    • Bench coach Don Wakamatsu was named interim manager for the remainder of 2018 season starting with Friday's game against the Seattle Mariners.

      "I informed Jeff Banister of our decision earlier today," Rangers president of baseball operations and general manager Jon Daniels said in a statement. "I want to thank Jeff for his dedication and efforts with the Texas Rangers over the last four years. This organization is very appreciative of what he has contributed to the club on the field and in the community."

      Banister had one year remaining on his contract. The Rangers were 64-88 this season and 325-313 in four seasons under Banister.

      "This was not an easy decision and comes after a long period of evaluation," said Daniels. "However, we feel that a change in the leadership of our Major League club is necessary as we move forward. Once this conclusion was reached, I felt it was appropriate to make the move now. On behalf of the entire organization, I wish Jeff and his family the best."

      A disappointed Banister released a statement through the team later Friday.

      "I want to thank Rangers ownership and Jon Daniels for giving me this opportunity. We had some great times here, but it doesn't last forever. I also want to thank the coaches, field staff, and especially the players who made it an honor for me to wear the Rangers uniform. And to the fans, I can't tell you how much I have appreciated your support and kind words over the last four years. I certainly regret that we were not able to make a deeper playoff run for you in 2015 and 2016.

      "Certainly I am disappointed that I was not able to finish the job. But this has been the experience of a lifetime. Thank you"

      Wakamatsu, 55, rejoined the Rangers last year after four seasons as a bench coach with the Kansas City Royals. He was 127-147 as the Mariners' manager from the start of the 2009 season to Aug. 9, 2010. In addition to previous stints with the Rangers (bench coach from 2003-06 and third base coach in 2007), he has also has been a big league coach with Oakland (2008) and Toronto (2011-12).

      --Field Level Media

  • Cubs' Russell on administrative leave after ex-wife's abuse claim
    By Field Level Media / Friday, September 21, 2018

    Major League Baseball placed Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell on administrative leave following a blog post by his ex-wife alleging verbal and physical abuse she suffered during their marriage.

    • "Major League Baseball takes all allegations of Domestic Violence seriously," a statement from the league reads. "When the allegations against Addison Russell became public on June 7, 2017, the Commissioner's Office's Department of Investigations immediately commenced an investigation. Melisa Russell declined to participate in the investigation at that time. Our investigation of this matter has remained open and we have continued our efforts to gather information. With the new details revealed in today's blog post by Ms. Russell, Mr. Russell has been placed on Administrative Leave in accordance with the Joint MLB-MLBPA Domestic Violence Policy. We are hopeful that this new information will allow us to complete the investigation as promptly as possible."

      The investigation mentioned in the statement was launched after his ex-wife accused him of being unfaithful and a friend commented that he had also been abusive. She refused to cooperate with the MLB investigation after filing for divorce.

      Reidy-Russell linked to Friday's blog post detailing her abuse from the bio in her Instagram account.

      "The first time I was physically mistreated by my spouse, I was in shock," the blog post reads, in part. "I couldn't wrap my head around what just happened ... Why did he get so angry? What did I do for him to want to put his hands on me? Of course I forgave him & assumed it would never happen again. I just thought he had let his emotions get the best of him, he loves me and he's sorry. I was deeply hurt that he could even be capable of this behavior towards me."

      "I couldn't understand how the man I was so in love with, the FATHER of my child, the man I married just a few months ago could show such aggression towards me... I simply could not wrap my head around it, it tore me apart. As much as I tried to pretend it never happened, I noticed myself avoiding making him angry in anyway in fear of it happening again. I saw a darkness in him I've never seen or experienced in him or anyone else. Slowly but surely I realized the man I grew to love so much was becoming more and more of a stranger to me everyday that went by."

      Russell, 24, and his ex-wife were divorced in August after 19 months. They had a son in late 2015, shortly before they were married.

      The Cubs released a statement Friday before they played in the Crosstown Classic against the White Sox.

      "We take allegations of domestic violence seriously and support the League's decision to place Addison Russell on administrative leave given new details revealed today. We will continue to cooperate with the League's investigation so the appropriate action can be taken."

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB roundup: Red Sox beat Yanks for 3rd straight AL East title
    By Field Level Media / Friday, September 21, 2018

    Mookie Betts helped the Boston Red Sox clinch their third straight American League East title by collecting four hits, including a towering three-run homer off Aroldis Chapman in the eighth inning of an 11-6 victory over the host New York Yankees on Thursday night.

    • Betts tied a season high with five RBIs to help the Red Sox win their 10th division crown. Per Elias Sports Bureau, it marks the first time the Red Sox ever clinched a division by beating the Yankees.

      "To be able to do it here, obviously, I know the history. It feels great," Red Sox first-year manager Alex Cora said.

      Luke Volt homered and Giancarlo Stanton hit a grand slam for New York, setting a franchise single-season mark with 247 homers this season. The Yankees saw their lead over the Oakland A's reduced to 1 1/2 games in the race for the top AL wild card.

      Blue Jays 9, Rays 8

      Justin Smoak hit his third career walk-off home run to complete a seven-run ninth inning, and Toronto came back to stun visiting Tampa Bay after the Rays took an 8-2 lead into the ninth.

      Toronto's winning inning began with consecutive double by Dwight Smith Jr. and Rowdy Tellez, who also had a two-run homer in a three-RBI game, and was capped by back-to-back homers by Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and Smoak.

      C.J. Cron had three RBIs and Tommy Pham had three hits and two RBIs for the Rays, who dropped to 6 1/2 games behind Oakland in the race for the second American League wild-card spot.

      Braves 8, Phillies 3

      Dansby Swanson and pinch hitter Lucas Duda ripped back-to-back doubles in the seventh inning to put Atlanta ahead and send the Braves to victory over visiting Philadelphia.

      The Braves added four runs in the eighth inning to put the game away and lower their magic number to win the National League East to four.

      Atlanta leads Philadelphia by 6 1/2 games. The Braves are 8-5 against the Phillies; the two teams meet six more times over the last two weeks.

      A's 21, Angels 3

      Stephen Piscotty, Nick Martini and Chad Pinder smacked home runs to highlight a 22-hit assault, powering Oakland to a blowout of visiting Los Angeles.

      Marcus Semien collected three hits and five RBIs as the A's amassed a season-high for runs en route to their second straight win.

      Mike Trout hit his 36th homer for the Angels, who were outscored in the series' last two games 31-3. Los Angeles' Francisco Arcia became the first player in the modern era (since 1900) to catch, pitch and hit a home run in the same game, per Elias Sports Bureau.

      Mets 5, Nationals 4 (12 innings)

      Jose Lobaton delivered a sacrifice fly in the top of the 12th inning that gave New York an extra-inning win at Washington.

      Nationals starter Max Scherzer broke the team's record for strikeouts in a season -- a mark that he set two years ago. The right-hander fanned 13 in seven innings and now has 290 strikeouts this year. However, Scherzer gave up two homers and three runs and left trailing 3-2.

      New York starter Jason Vargas outdueled Scherzer. The veteran gave up two runs on three hits and struck out eight in 5 2/3 innings. Both starters finished with a no-decision.

      Reds 4, Marlins 2

      Scooter Gennett, bidding for a National League batting title, homered, doubled and drove in four runs to lead Cincinnati to a win at Miami.

      Gennett, who is now hitting .318 and trails only Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich (.319), went 2-for-3. He hit a two-run, two-out double that one-hopped the wall in left-center field in the third inning, then hit a two-run, two-out homer that landed in the upper deck in right in the seventh.

      Miami was held to seven hits -- six singles and one double.

      White Sox 5, Indians 4 (11 innings)

      Matt Davidson singled home the go-ahead run with two outs in the top of the 11th inning as Chicago defeated host Cleveland.

      The White Sox avoided not only a sweep of the three-game series, but also a sweep of the games between the teams played at Progressive Field this season. The White Sox finished 1-8 in Cleveland.

      The Indians, who rallied from a 4-0 deficit to eventually tie the score in the eighth, nearly won it in the 10th. With two outs and runners at first and second, Jason Kipnis hit a ball that appeared headed for right field. However, the ball struck runner Brandon Barnes, ending the inning.

      Tigers 11, Royals 8

      Christin Stewart hit the first two homers of his career during the first two innings and drove in six runs, powering host Detroit to victory over Kansas City.

      Stewart hit a two-run shot and a three-run blast and added a bases-loaded walk for Detroit. Nicholas Castellanos tripled, homered and scored twice, while JaCoby Jones had two hits and also scored two runs. Zac Reininger (1-0) collected his first major league win while giving up two runs in 2 1/3 innings of relief.

      Jorge Bonifacio, Brian Goodwin, Hunter Dozier and Adalberto Mondesi homered for the Royals. Whit Merrifield supplied three hits and two runs.

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB notebook: Marlins' Jeter says Mattingly will return in 2019
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, September 20, 2018

    With the Miami Marlins trying to avoid their third 100-loss season in franchise history, CEO/part-owner Derek Jeter on Thursday portrayed manager Don Mattingly's job as safe for the 2019 season.

    • When asked by reporters before Miami's home game against the Cincinnati Reds about his skipper's job status for next season, with the team entering Thursday owning a 59-92 record, Jeter replied, "Is he going to be back in 2019? He's under contract. Yeah."

      Next year marks the final season of Mattingly's four-year contract. In his three seasons, the Marlins have not finished with a winning record. However, expectations entering this season were lowered after an offseason spent shedding higher-priced veteran players as the organization underwent a rebuild.

      "I've been preaching patience," Jeter said, per the Miami Herald. "I've been finding I don't have much of it. But we're making progress and we're taking steps in that direction. It was an organization that had been broken. We have to fix that. I'd like for it to happen overnight."

      --International Tennis Hall of Famer Billie Jean King and partner Ilana Kloss have become members of the Los Angeles Dodgers' ownership group, the team announced.

      The 74-year-old King, who won 12 Grand Slam singles titles and 39 overall in a legendary career on and off the court, grew up as a Dodgers fan in Long Beach, Calif., and expressed her excitement to become minority owners along with her partner Kloss. The team will introduce the pair during a news conference Friday.

      "I'm totally going to pinch myself ... I'm pinching myself already,'" King told the Los Angeles Times Thursday from her New York residence. "When you're born and raised a Southern California kid, you dream your dreams of coming back, but how could I have ever dreamed of something like this? Joining the Dodgers is my life coming full circle.'"

      --Detroit Tigers right-hander Michael Fulmer underwent surgery to repair meniscus damage in his right knee, the team announced.

      Orthopedic surgeon James Andrews didn't find extensive issues inside the knee. Fulmer is expected to be fully recovered by the time pitchers report to spring training in mid-February.

      Fulmer underwent surgery on the same knee in 2013 when he was a member of the New York Mets' organization. The 25-year-old struggled through a poor season, going 3-12 with a 4.69 ERA in 24 starts. His last seven decisions were all losses.

      --New York Mets infielder Wilmer Flores will miss the rest of the season with soreness in both knees, manager Mickey Callaway told reporters.

      Callaway said that Flores has early-onset arthritis in both knees and will undergo injections. The 27-year-old hit .267 with 11 homers and 51 RBIs in 126 games this year.

      "It's not like surgery is recommended at this time," Callaway told reporters before the Mets' game against the Washington Nationals. "I think rest and a couple injections is supposed to knock this out pretty good."

      --Seattle Mariners slugger Nelson Cruz knows that his time with the franchise may be over soon with less than a dozen games left in the regular season.

      The 38-year-old Cruz is a free agent following his latest standout campaign, and he said the Mariners have made no overtures toward keeping him with the team. That leaves the nagging thought that Cruz's tenure with the club may not continue in 2019.

      Cruz has 359 career homers and 1,004 RBIs over 14 big league seasons, but there is no telling what the Mariners might decide after a strong start disintegrated into what will become the franchise's 17th straight season of missing the postseason, the longest such drought among the four major North American sports.

      --Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Chad Kuhl underwent Tommy John surgery, the team announced.

      The Pirates said the ulnar collateral ligament elbow reconstruction will sideline Kuhl approximately 14 to 16 months.

      Kuhl went 5-5 with a 4.55 ERA in 16 starts this season with his final appearance occurring on June 26. He is 18-20 with a 4.37 ERA in 61 career starts over three seasons.

      --Field Level Media

  • Jeter expects Mattingly back as Marlins manager
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, September 20, 2018

    With the Miami Marlins trying to avoid their third 100-loss season in franchise history, CEO/part-owner Derek Jeter on Thursday portrayed manager Don Mattingly's job as safe for the 2019 season.

    • Next year would be the final season in Mattingly's four-year contract.

      When asked by reporters before Miami's home game against the Cincinnati Reds about his skipper's job status for next season, with the team entering Thursday owning a 59-92 record, Jeter replied, "Is he going to be back in 2019? He's under contract. Yeah."

      In Mattingly's three seasons with the Marlins, the team has not finished with a winning record once and was 215-259 (.454) through Wednesday. However, expectations entering this season were lowered after an offseason spent shedding higher-priced veteran players as Jeter and the organization aimed to rebuild the team's minor league system.

      "I've been preaching patience," Jeter said, per the Miami Herald. "I've been finding I don't have much of it. But we're making progress and we're taking steps in that direction. It was an organization that had been broken. We have to fix that. I'd like for it to happen overnight."

      The Marlins have not reached the playoffs since winning the World Series in 2003 and last had a winning season in 2009.

      Miami has also continued to fall behind in attendance annually. The team will rank at the bottom in all of baseball in attendance this season, and it is expected to finish with the lowest attendance figures in the National League since the Montreal Expos in 2004.

      "That's something we need to improve," Jeter said. "Where we're starting from, the only way we can go is up."

      --Field Level Media

  • Tennis icon King, partner Kloss join Dodgers ownership group
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, September 20, 2018

    International Tennis Hall of Famer Billie Jean King and partner Ilana Kloss have become members of the Los Angeles Dodgers' ownership group, the team announced Thursday.

    • The Dodgers plan to introduce the tennis icon King and Kloss during a press conference at Dodger Stadium on Friday.

      The 74-year-old King, who won 12 Grand Slam singles titles and 39 overall in a legendary career on and off the court, grew up as a Dodgers fan in Long Beach, Calif., and expressed her excitement to become minority owners along with her partner Kloss.

      "I'm totally going to pinch myself ... I'm pinching myself already,'" King told the Los Angeles Times Thursday from her New York residence. "When you're born and raised a Southern California kid, you dream your dreams of coming back, but how could I have ever dreamed of something like this? Joining the Dodgers is my life coming full circle.'"

      In a statement released by the Dodgers, King praised the organization for being a franchise that demonstrated inclusion, from breaking the color barrier with Jackie Robinson and the team's many foreign player additions through the years.

      "[Dodger Owner & Chairman] Mark Walter and the entire Dodger organization are a first-class operation that have proven to be leaders in sports on and off the field of play," she said. "We share a commitment to equality and inclusion, including the LGBTQ community, and we hope to further expand the team's efforts in those areas as we move forward together."

      "We're excited and proud to welcome two trailblazing athletes, social advocates and businesswomen, Billie Jean King and Ilana Kloss, to our ownership group," said Walter. "Just like Billie Jean and Ilana, the Dodger franchise has a history of and commitment to breaking barriers, inclusion and winning, and we're looking forward to them continuing to promote these attributes within our organization."

      In addition to joining the Guggenheim Baseball Management Group headed by Walter and including Lakers legend Magic Johnson, King and Kloss also hope to become members of the LA Sparks' ownership group, pending WNBA approval.

      King's younger brother, Randy Moffitt, pitched 12 major-league seasons, 10 of them with the rival San Francisco Giants from 1972-81. He also pitched for the Houston Astros and Toronto Blue Jays and went 43-52 with a 3.65 ERA and 96 saves.

      --Field Level Media

  • Tigers RHP Fulmer undergoes knee surgery
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, September 20, 2018

    Detroit Tigers right-hander Michael Fulmer underwent surgery to repair meniscus damage in his right knee on Thursday, the team announced.

    • Orthopedic surgeon James Andrews didn't find extensive issues inside the knee.

      "We were pleasantly surprised with what Dr. Andrews saw when he got into the knee," Tigers trainer Doug Teter said. "It wasn't as in-depth or in need of as much work as we thought it may."

      Fulmer is expected to be fully recovered by the time pitchers report to spring training in mid-February.

      "Everything went good," Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. "I know he was happy about it. He texted me and he was excited how everything went. He's been through this before."

      Fulmer underwent surgery on the same knee in 2013 when he was a member of the New York Mets' organization.

      Fulmer left the Tigers' Saturday game against the Cleveland Indians after five pitches because of knee pain. He gave up two homers in his brief outing, and Gardenhire surmised Fulmer aggravated the knee while fielding a bunt that went foul on the first pitch of the game.

      The 25-year-old Fulmer struggled through a poor season, going 3-12 with a 4.69 ERA in 24 starts. His last seven decisions were all losses.

      "It's been a very frustrating year for him," Gardenhire said. "He's still a very talented guy."

      --Field Level Media

  • Mets INF Flores shut down due to pain in knees
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, September 20, 2018

    New York Mets infielder Wilmer Flores will miss the rest of the season with soreness in both knees, manager Mickey Callaway told reporters on Thursday.

    • Callaway said that Flores has early-onset arthritis in both knees and will undergo injections.

      "It's not like surgery is recommended at this time," Callaway told reporters before the Mets' game against the Washington Nationals. "I think rest and a couple injections is supposed to knock this out pretty good."

      Flores, 27, batted .267 with 11 homers and 51 RBIs in 126 games this year. He saw most of his action at first base, starting 73 games and appearing in 83.

      The Venezuela native has played six major league seasons, all with the Mets. He has a career .262 average with a .303 on-base percentage, a .424 slugging percentage, 68 homers and 253 RBIs in 581 games.

      --Field Level Media

  • Cruz hopeful of remaining with Mariners
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, September 20, 2018

    Nelson Cruz has topped 35 homers in each of his four seasons with the Seattle Mariners and also drove in at least 90 each year.

    • But his time with the franchise may be just 10 games from ending. Not because he wants it to conclude.

      The 38-year-old Cruz is a free agent following his latest standout campaign, and he said the Mariners have made no overtures toward keeping him with the team. That leaves the nagging thought that Cruz's tenure with the club may not continue in 2019.

      "Even if you don't want to, it's going to happen a little bit," Cruz told the Seattle Times of having thoughts about his future. "But it's something you try to avoid. We are still playing and you have to focus on what is important and that is to win every game.

      "When the offseason comes, you have that challenge. You never know what's going to happen. I've been through it before. You just wait for the best."

      Cruz joined the Mariners prior to the 2015 campaign when he signed a four-year, $57 million contract. He has six career 30-homer seasons, and four have come with Seattle. Two of his three 100-RBI campaigns have come in the Pacific Northwest.

      This season, Cruz is batting .262 with 36 homers and 90 RBIs. The homers are the fifth most in the majors.

      He has 359 career homers and 1,004 RBIs over 14 big league seasons, but there is no telling what the Mariners might decide after a strong start disintegrated into what will become the franchise's 17th straight season of missing the postseason, the longest such drought among the four major sports.

      "It's something as a player that you can't control," Cruz said. "They are the ones that decide. My spot is to wait and see what happens."

      Cruz doesn't officially become a free agent until after the World Series concludes. At that point, his leverage increases.

      "After the market is open," Cruz said. "Hopefully a few more teams would be involved and want me."

      --Field Level Media

  • Burglary of Puig's home causes $10K in damages
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, September 20, 2018

    Police say burglars caused $10,000 worth of damage at Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig's home earlier this week, in the fourth burglary incident at one of Puig's residences in the last year and a half.

    • The Los Angeles Police Department said Puig's San Fernando Valley, Calif., home was broken into Tuesday night, while the Dodgers were playing the Rockies. Per police, suspects ransacked the house and dragged a safe from the second floor downstairs to the front door, where they left it before fleeing.

      Police are seeking three African-American suspects in their 20s who left the scene in a black, four-door Toyota, the same suspects police believe were involved in a burglary attempt on Puig's home at the end of August.

      Puig said little about the incident on Wednesday -- before hitting the go-ahead home run in a win over the Colorado Rockies -- but did say he didn't "sleep too much yesterday."

      Puig's home was also burglarized during Game 7 of the World Series in November, about eight months after he had about $170,000 of jewelry stolen from a different home in Sherman Oaks, Calif.

      --Field Level Media

  • Pirates RHP Kuhl undergoes Tommy John surgery
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, September 20, 2018

    Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Chad Kuhl underwent Tommy John surgery on Wednesday, the team announced Thursday.

    • The Pirates said the ulnar collateral ligament elbow reconstruction will sideline Kuhl approximately 14 to 16 months.

      Kuhl posted a picture on Twitter from his hospital bed, giving a thumbs-up with his left hand while displaying his right arm is heavily bandaged.

      "After a few months of being on the DL, I decided to move forward with the next step and have surgery on my elbow," Kuhl said. "This decision was obviously very difficult as I tried to use conservative management, with little to no improvement.

      "I feel confident moving forward that I'll be pitching in the Major League again. I'm ready to tackle this next step, and take rehab day by day."

      Kuhl went 5-5 with a 4.55 ERA in 16 starts this season with his final appearance occurring on June 26.

      Kuhl is 18-20 with a 4.37 ERA in 61 career starts over three seasons.

      --Field Level Media

  • Athletics' Manaea undergoes shoulder surgery
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, September 20, 2018

    Oakland Athletics left-hander Sean Manaea underwent what the team called successful left shoulder surgery on Wednesday.

    • Manaea, who was 12-9 with a 3.59 ERA and a no-hitter in 27 starts this season, was shut down indefinitely in late August with was then called rotator cuff tendinitis.

      A release from the club on Wednesday said the surgeons performed a subacromial decompression, acromioplasty and posterior labral repair. The procedure was done at Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles, the Athletics announced.

      Manaea, a first-round draft pick of the Kansas City Royals in 2013, is expected to miss all of the 2019 season. In three seasons covering 81 games (80 starts) and 464 innings, Manaea is 31-28 with a 3.94 ERA.

      When he went on the disabled list, Manaea was tied for second in the American League in games started, ninth in innings pitched and sixth in fewest walks per nine innings (1.79).

      He tossed the seventh no-hitter in Oakland history on April 21 against the Boston Red Sox, striking out 10 and walking two in a 3-0 victory.

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB roundup: Indians walk off on Kipnis' slam
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, September 20, 2018

    Jason Kipnis hit a walk-off grand slam with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Cleveland Indians rallied for a 4-1 victory over the visiting Chicago White Sox on Wednesday.

    • It was the 17th homer of the season for Kipnis and his second career grand slam. It was also the 1,000th career hit for Kipnis and the 10th grand slam homer hit by the Indians this season.

      Josh Donaldson led off the ninth with an infield single off reliever Juan Minaya, and Rajai Davis entered as a pinch runner. Caleb Frare (0-1) replaced Minaya and was greeted by a ground single to left by pinch hitter Yandy Diaz that sent Davis to second. After Melky Cabrera popped out to Frare trying to sacrifice, Ian Hamilton replaced Frare and hit Yan Gomes with his first pitch to load the bases.

      Kipnis then worked the count to 3-2 and before drilling a changeup 399 feet into the bleachers in right field for his fourth career walk-off hit.

      Yankees 10, Red Sox 1

      Luke Voit went 4-for-4 with homers in consecutive at-bats off David Price, and New York beat Boston at Yankee Stadium, preventing the Red Sox from clinching the American League East title.

      Voit hit a solo homer to right to start the fourth inning and give the Yankees a 4-0 lead. In his next at-bat, the burly first baseman hit a two-run homer into the first row of the right field seats -- in nearly the same spot as his first -- for a 6-1 edge. After replay confirmed that a fan did not interfere by reaching over, Voit's second homer knocked out Price (15-7).

      New York's Luis Severino (18-8) won for the first time in four starts by pitching one-run ball for seven innings. The Red Sox maintained a magic number of two to clinch their third straight division title and 10th overall.

      Dodgers 5, Rockies 2

      Walker Buehler struck out a career-high 12 batters, and Yasiel Puig had a pinch-hit, three-run home run in the seventh inning as Los Angeles widened its lead in the National League West with a victory over visiting Colorado.

      The Dodgers finished off a three-game sweep, boosting their lead in the division to 2 1/2 games, their largest advantage at any point this year. Los Angeles went 12-7 against the Rockies this season.

      Los Angeles, which was nine games out of the division lead on May 9, has won seven of eight games. The Rockies have lost five of six and are 1 1/2 games out of the NL's second wild-card spot.

      Diamondbacks 9, Cubs 0

      Christian Walker, Chris Owings and Jeff Mathis homered, and Robbie Ray threw six scoreless innings as Arizona used an unorthodox lineup to break a four-game losing streak with a victory over visiting Chicago.

      Patrick Kivlehan tied a franchise record with two triples, and Owings had three hits in a game in which manager Torey Lovullo gave regulars Paul Goldschmidt, David Peralta, A.J. Pollock and Eduardo Escobar the night off.

      Ray (6-2) gave up only Addison Russell's third-inning single while striking out eight and walking four. The Cubs did not have another hit, and they did not have more than one runner on base in any inning.

      Mariners 9, Astros 0

      Kyle Seager, Mitch Haniger and Guillermo Heredia slugged solo home runs, and Seattle claimed the season series with a victory at Houston.

      The Mariners took the rubber match of the three-game and season series by jumping to a 3-0 lead on Astros left-hander Dallas Keuchel (11-11) in the first inning and never looking back.

      Houston won the season series from all four of its American League West rivals last season and needed a win over Seattle to accomplish that feat again. Instead, the Mariners won for the seventh time in nine games in Houston, stalling the Astros' postseason march. The Astros' magic number to secure a postseason berth remained at two.

      Rays 9, Rangers 3

      Tommy Pham had three hits including a pair of solo home runs as part of a 16-hit barrage as visiting Tampa Bay remained the hottest team in baseball with a win over Texas to sweep a three-game series.

      The victory was the fifth in a row for the Rays and their 14th in their past 17 games, all in September.

      Tampa Bay stayed 5 1/2 games behind Oakland for the second American League wild-card spot with 11 games left in the season.

      A's 10, Angels 0

      Brett Anderson combined with three relievers on a four-hit shutout, and Stephen Piscotty matched a career-high with five RBIs, delivering Oakland a victory over visiting Los Angeles.

      Jed Lowrie and Ramon Laureano drove in two runs apiece for the A's, who snapped a three-game losing streak during which they allowed 21 runs.

      Anderson (4-5) retired the first eight batters he faced and took a three-hit shutout two outs into the seventh inning before giving way to right-hander Ryan Dull. The veteran lefty struck out three and did not walk a batter.

      Brewers 7, Reds 0

      Gio Gonzalez pitched six shutout innings, and Jesus Aguilar drove in four runs, three on a third-inning home run, lifting Milwaukee to a victory over visiting Cincinnati.

      Manny Pina also had a three-run homer for the Brewers, who moved three games ahead of St. Louis in the race for the first National League wild card.

      Starting for the third time since joining the Brewers in a trade from Washington in August, Gonzalez (9-11) allowed a second-inning single to Phil Ervin and a fourth-inning single to Scooter Gennett in his six innings. He walked two and struck out five while improving to 2-0 with a 1.65 ERA as a Brewer.

      Braves 7, Cardinals 3

      Freddie Freeman had three hits, one of them his 23rd homer, to help Atlanta snap a four-game losing streak and beat visiting St. Louis.

      The win trimmed Atlanta's magic number for clinching the National League East to six. The loss ended a three-game winning streak for the Cardinals.

      Freeman broke open the scoreless tie with a two-run homer to left-center in the fourth inning. He added an RBI single in Atlanta's three-run fifth inning and finished 3-for-3 with a walk, a run and three RBIs. Freeman has hit safely in four straight and is 9-for-17 with two homers during that span.

      Phillies 4, Mets 0

      Zach Eflin struck out nine over five scoreless innings, and Rhys Hoskins and Odubel Herrera each homered as Philadelphia kept its flickering playoff hopes alive by beating visiting New York.

      The second straight win by the Phillies kept them 5 1/2 games behind the National League East-leading Braves heading into a four-game series beginning Thursday at SunTrust Park.

      The Mets (70-82) have lost four of five and are assured of their second straight losing season.

      Padres 8, Giants 4

      Freddy Galvis had a homer and four RBIs, and Wil Myers capped a five-run second inning with a tiebreaking, two-run homer to lead San Diego to a victory over visiting San Francisco.

      The win snapped the Padres' six-game losing streak to the Giants and prevented San Francisco from sweeping back-to-back series at Petco Park for the first time since the ballpark opened in 2004.

      Eight of the game's 12 runs were scored in the second, including five by the Padres, with Myers' 414-foot drive into the San Diego bullpen being the decisive blow. Padres starter Robbie Erlin (4-7) broke a four-start losing streak by allowing three runs on five hits and two walks with three strikeouts over five innings.

      Twins 8, Tigers 2

      Willians Astudillo had three RBIs, Stephen Gonsalves pitched six strong relief innings, and Minnesota completed a three-game sweep at Detroit.

      Gonsalves (1-2) allowed one hit, one walk and struck out four to earn his first career major league win. Robbie Grossman and Ehire Adrianza each had three hits and Tyler Austin added two hits and two RBIs for the Twins, who have won four in a row.

      The Twins have a 10-6 lead in the season series with the Tigers.

      Pirates 2, Royals 1

      Adam Frazier hit a go-ahead solo home run in the fifth inning to give Pittsburgh a win and a three-game series sweep of visiting Kansas City.

      The Pirates won each game in the series by one run. They have won five straight games and six of seven in their quest to finish above .500. They also have an eight-game home winning streak.

      Adalberto Mondesi hit a solo homer for Kansas City (52-100), which reached 100 losses for the fifth time this century. The Royals have lost four straight.

      Orioles 2, Blue Jays 1

      DJ Stewart homered, doubled and scored twice, and Cedric Mullins added an RBI single in the seventh inning as host Baltimore defeated Toronto.

      Toronto saw its four-game winning streak end.

      Jimmy Yacabonis was a last-minute starter for the Orioles. The right-hander went four shutout innings and gave up two hits. Mike Wright Jr. (4-2) then came on for two scoreless innings to get the win.

      --Field Level Media

  • Yankees activate closer Chapman from DL
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, September 19, 2018

    New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman was activated from the disabled list ahead of Wednesday's game against the Boston Red Sox.

    • Chapman (2.11 ERA with 31 saves in 33 chances) hasn't pitched since Aug. 21 because of tendinitis in his left knee.

      Dellin Betances, who has frequently filled the closer role in Chapman's absence, is expected to go back to an eighth-inning setup role.

      Chapman threw a simulated game on Monday and reported that he felt good on Tuesday.

      Chapman owns 235 saves in his nine-year career, recording 146 for his first team, the Cincinnati Reds, 73 for the Yankees and 16 for the Chicago Cubs, with whom he pitched for half a season after being deal before the trade deadline in 2016. He helped guide the Cubs to a World Series championship before re-signing with the Yankees on a five-year, $86 million free agent deal.

      --Field Level Media