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  • Tigers release struggling reliever Rodriguez
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, June 23, 2017

    Francisco Rodriguez lost his job as closer last month. On Friday, the veteran right-hander simply lost his job.

    • The Detroit Tigers released Rodriguez one day after the 35-year-old served up a grand slam to Robinson Cano during Thursday's 9-6 loss to the Seattle Mariners.

      Rodriguez was just 2-5 with a 7.82 ERA in 28 appearances this season. He served up nine homers in 25 1/3 innings and blew six save opportunities and converted seven.

      The six-time All-Star ranks fourth in baseball history with 437 career saves but was hit hard this season. He was unhappy to be removed as closer and publicly criticized manager Brad Ausmus' communication style last week.

      "To be honest, no one talked to me," Rodriguez told the Detroit News. "No one tells me anything. They never ask my opinion. They never ask me if I am ready to do that or not. It was their decision. Nobody asks me anything."

      The Tigers have dropped a season-worst six straight games to fall into last place in the American League Central.

      Detroit recalled right-hander Bruce Rondon from Triple-A Toledo to fill the bullpen opening.

      The Tigers also placed outfielder Alex Presley on the seven-day concussion list and recalled outfielder Matt den Dekker from Toledo.

  • Mariners' Hernandez set to return vs. Astros
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, June 23, 2017

    The Seattle Mariners activated right-hander Felix Hernandez and the former Cy Young Award winner is starting Friday's contest against the Houston Astros.

    • Hernandez has been sidelined nearly two months due to a shoulder injury but told reporters on Thursday that he is no longer experiencing pain.

      Hernandez was 2-2 with a 4.73 ERA in five April starts before being shut down. Opponents batted .348 against him.

      Seattle manager Scott Servais is expecting to see a much sharper version of the 31-year-old known as "King Felix."

      "Felix pitches with a lot of emotion, and the adrenaline will be up," Servais told reporters. "He's anxious to get back out there and help the team."

      The Mariners have won a season-best five consecutive games, while the Astros are the first team in the majors to reach 50 victories.

      Right-hander Andrew Moore, who beat the Detroit Tigers in his major league debut on Thursday, was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma to open up the roster spot. Moore gave up three runs and six hits in seven innings against Detroit.

  • MLB roundup: Homer-happy Dodgers win seventh straight
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, June 22, 2017

    LOS ANGELES -- The homer-happy Los Angeles Dodgers blasted three more Thursday night and ran their winning streak to a season-high seven games as they finished a four-game sweep of the New York Mets, 6-3.

    • Justin Turner, Enrique Hernandez and Joc Pederson all homered for Los Angeles. It was the 14th straight game that the Dodgers have hit a home run, tying a franchise record set last season.

      Los Angeles hit 15 home runs and scored 36 runs in the series against the injury-depleted New York pitching staff. The Dodgers moved 1 1/2 games ahead of Colorado and Arizona in the National League West.

      Los Angeles' Hyun-Jin Ryu went five innings, allowing home runs to Curtis Granderson and Travis d'Arnaud. The Dodgers needed five relievers to close it out. Kenley Jansen got four outs for his 16th save of the season.

      Cubs 11, Marlins 1

      MIAMI -- Former Cy Young winner Jake Arrieta turned in a vintage all-around performance and Kris Bryant crushed a three-run homer to lead Chicago over Miami.

      It was Bryant's 16th homer of the season, and it propelled Chicago to its fourth win in their past five games. Arrieta (7-5) allowed one run and six hits in seven innings and was 2-for-4 with a run scored and RBI, helping spark two rallies.

      Wilson Contreras hit a two-run homer, and Addison Russell and Ian Happ each went 4-for-5 with two RBIs for the Cubs. Chicago's Mark Zagunis made his major league debut and got an RBI in his first at-bat, grounding out to shortstop. He finished 0-for-5.

      Mariners 9, Tigers 6

      SEATTLE -- Andrew Moore pitched seven strong innings in his major league debut and Robinson Cano hit two home runs, including a grand slam, and drove in six runs as Seattle won its fifth straight game.

      Moore, a 23-year-old right-hander who was a second-round draft pick out of Oregon State in 2015, allowed three runs on six hits. He didn't walk a batter and struck out four. Cano hit a two-run shot in the third inning and added his slam in the seventh.

      Miguel Cabrera and Ian Kinsler homered for Detroit, which suffered its season-high sixth consecutive defeat and was swept in a four-game series by the Mariners for only the second time. The other occurred in 1998 at Tiger Stadium.

      Indians 6, Orioles 3

      BALTIMORE -- Austin Jackson had three hits with three RBIs and Erik Gonzalez homered as Cleveland defeated Baltimore for the third time in their four-game series.

      The Indians have won eight of their past nine games and outscored the Orioles 28-10 in the series. Baltimore has allowed at least five runs in 19 consecutive games -- one shy of the major league record set by the 1924 Philadelphia Phillies.

      Mike Clevinger (3-3) got his first victory in five starts. He allowed two runs on six hits, with four strikeouts and four walks, over five innings.

      Angels 10, Yankees 5

      NEW YORK -- Albert Pujols began a big comeback with a third-inning RBI single and delivered the go-ahead hit with a seventh-inning RBI single as Los Angeles routed reeling New York.

      The Angels trailed 5-1 in the second inning but scored the final nine runs to win the rubber game of a three-game series with the Yankees, who have lost eight of nine. Cameron Maybin hit a leadoff homer and scored three runs for Los Angeles.

      Starlin Castro had an RBI single in the first inning for the Yankees. Brett Gardner hit into a run-scoring groundout in the second before rookie Aaron Judge launched his major-league-leading 25th homer, a three-run shot for New York.

      White Sox 9, Twins 0

      MINNEAPOLIS -- Matt Davidson had three hits, including a towering home run, while Jose Abreu and Todd Frazier each supplied first-inning, two-run homers following a lengthy rain delay as Chicago routed Minnesota.

      Jose Quintana (4-8) enjoyed the run support to win his second straight start as the White Sox snapped a three-game losing streak. Davidson, who hit his team-leading 17th home run, is second to Judge among American League rookies.

      Twins starter Nik Turley (0-2) got only two outs in his third major league start, allowing five runs on six hits. Turley, who owns a 16.39 ERA in his three career appearances, was optioned to Triple-A Rochester after the game.

      Braves 12, Giants 11

      ATLANTA -- Lane Adams' pinch-hit home run -- his first in the major leagues -- sparked an eight-run fifth inning that carried Atlanta past San Francisco.

      The Braves also counted homers from Nick Markakis, Matt Adams and Brandon Phillips. Markakis had four of the team's 16 hits as Atlanta took three of four games in the series and won for the seventh time in the last 10 contests.

      The Giants made it interesting in the ninth inning against closer Jim Johnson. San Francisco scored twice and had runners on first and second when Hunter Pence grounded out to end the game. Johnson earned his 14th save.

      Rangers 11, Blue Jays 4

      ARLINGTON, Texas -- Carlos Gomez went deep twice to power a home run barrage by Texas in its victory over Toronto.

      Gomez, Mike Napoli and Robinson Chirinos each homered off Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman (7-4), who lost for the first time in six road decisions this season. Gomez added another homer, a two-run shot, in the eighth to finish with five RBIs.

      Rangers starter Martin Perez (4-6) wasn't sharp but enjoyed plenty of offensive support. He worked six innings, giving up four runs (three earned) on nine hits, improving to 4-0 this season when backed by at least three runs.

      Astros 12, Athletics 9

      OAKLAND, Calif. -- Jake Marisnick and Marwin Gonzalez hit three-run homers in the second inning and rookie David Paulino pitched 5 1/3 solid innings to help Houston complete a four-game sweep of Oakland.

      The Astros defeated the Athletics at Oakland Coliseum for the 10th straight time and have won 15 of the past 16 games overall against the Athletics. Houston recorded its seventh series sweep of the season and fifth on the road.

      Former Oakland player Josh Reddick went 3-for-4 with a double, a triple and a solo homer, his seventh home run of the season, for the Astros. He also walked and scored four runs, matching his career high.

      Brewers 4, Pirates 2

      MILWAUKEE -- Eric Sogard had two doubles, scored a pair of runs and prevented a run with a defensive gem in the eighth inning as Milwaukee earned a split of their four-game series against Pittsburgh.

      Sogard missed all of the 2016 season recovering from knee surgery but has been red-hot since the Brewers called him up in early May. He is batting .366 with a .985 OPS.

      Travis Shaw had two doubles and a home run, and Milwaukee tagged Pirates starter Ian Nova (7-5) for four runs on 11 hits and two walks over seven innings. Chase Anderson (6-2) went six innings and allowed two runs on two hits while striking out seven.

      Diamondbacks 10, Rockies 3

      DENVER -- Chris Owings and Paul Goldschmidt hit three-run homers as Arizona beat Colorado in the rubber match of their three-game series.

      Arizona starter Zack Godley (3-1) gave up two hits in the first inning, including Charlie Blackmon's 24th career leadoff homer and second this season, but then retired 13 straight batters. Godley also singled home a run in the eighth inning for his second career RBI in 45 at-bats.

      The Diamondbacks have won nine of their past 10 games.

      Phillies 5, Cardinals 1

      PHILADELPHIA -- Aaron Nola had one of his best efforts of the season, striking out a season-high eight batters and allowing one run in 7 1/3 innings to help Philadelphia snap a five-game losing streak.

      Freddy Galvis and Tommy Joseph hit a home runs for the Phillies. Joseph went 2-for-3 with three RBIs.

      Paul DeJong homered for the Cardinals, who fell to 13-3 against the National League East this season.

  • MLB notebook: Cubs send Schwarber to Triple-A
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, June 22, 2017

    The Chicago Cubs demoted struggling outfielder Kyle Schwarber to Triple-A Iowa on Thursday and also placed outfielder Jason Heyward on the disabled list with a cut hand.

    • Schwarber is batting just .171 with 12 homers and 28 RBIs this season. The 24-year-old has struck out 75 times in 222 at-bats.

      "There is no actual timetable," Cubs manager Joe Maddon told reporters in reference to how long Schwarber will be with Iowa. "I don't anticipate it to be long. We'll see how it plays out."

      Schwarber batted .412 and drove in two runs in his team's World Series victory over the Cleveland Indians.

      The Cubs recalled outfielder Mark Zagunis and right-hander Dylan Floro from Iowa.

      --The Oakland Athletics designated catcher Stephen Vogt for assignment.

      Vogt was named to the All-Star Game in both 2015 and 2016, but has struggled mightily this season. The 32-year-old is batting .217 with four homers and 20 RBIs in 2017.

      Oakland also placed rookie third baseman Matt Chapman on the 10-day disabled list with a knee infection and recalled catcher Bruce Maxwell and first baseman Matt Olson from Triple-A Nashville.

      --Houston Astros center fielder George Springer was hit by a pitch on his left hand while leading off in the top of the first inning against Oakland and left the game at the Oakland Coliseum.

      Springer, according to the Astros, is day to day.

      Springer was hit by A's right-hander Jesse Hahn's 92 mph fastball on a 3-1 count. Springer has 21 home runs overall and leads the major leagues with eight leadoff homers.

      --Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez isn't interested in rushing his way back from a herniated disk in his back and plans to miss the next month rehabilitating the injury.

      Gonzalez, who was placed on the disabled list June 13, tentatively has set a late July date for his return to the diamond.

      Manager Dave Roberts is more optimistic as he said the team is hopeful that the 35-year-old would return prior to the All-Star break, which begins July 10.

      --Former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz will have a street named in his honor in Beantown.

      The Boston mayor's office declared that a street near Fenway Park will be renamed David Ortiz Drive. It is currently known as Yawkey Way Extension.

  • Astros CF Springer departs after getting hit by pitch
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, June 22, 2017

    OAKLAND, Calif. -- Houston Astros center fielder George Springer was hit by a pitch in his left hand while leading off in the top of the first inning Thursday against Oakland and left the game at the Oakland Coliseum.

    • Springer, according to the Astros, is day to day.

      Springer was hit by A's right-hander Jesse Hahn's 92 mph fastball on a 3-1 count. The pitch sailed high and tight. Springer was replaced by pinch runner Jake Marisnick and went to the clubhouse, accompanied by a team trainer.

      Springer has 21 home runs overall and leads the major leagues with eight leadoff homers. That ties the franchise record for leadoff homers that he already shared with Craig Biggio. He had homered in three of his previous four games before Thursday.

      Marisnick remained in the game in center field.

  • Cubs' Schwarber sent to Triple-A; Heyward goes on DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, June 22, 2017

    The Chicago Cubs demoted struggling outfielder Kyle Schwarber to Triple-A Iowa on Thursday and also placed outfielder Jason Heyward on the disabled list.

    • The move with Schwarber was done so he can "clear his head," CSN Chicago's David Kaplan posted on Twitter.

      Schwarber is batting just .171 with 12 homers and 28 RBIs this season. The 24-year-old has struck out 75 times in 222 at-bats.

      "There is no actual timetable," Cubs manager Joe Maddon told reporters in reference to how long Schwarber will be with Iowa. "I don't anticipate it to be long. We'll see how it plays out."

      Schwarber had a much better time of it last year when he played a key role in leading the Cubs to their first World Series title since 1908. Although his knee injury kept him from being cleared to play in the field, Schwarber batted .412 and drove in two runs in his team's World Series victory over the Cleveland Indians.

      Heyward is dealing with a cut hand suffered in Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The move was made retroactive to Monday.

      Heyward is batting .258 with six homers and 29 RBIs this season.

      The Cubs recalled outfielder Mark Zagunis and right-hander Dylan Floro from Iowa.

  • Athletics designate C Vogt for assignment
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, June 22, 2017

    The Oakland Athletics designated catcher Stephen Vogt for assignment on Thursday.

    • Vogt was named to the All-Star Game in both 2015 and 2016, but has struggled mightily this season. The 32-year-old is batting .217 with four homers and 20 RBIs in 2017.

      Vogt was shuffled into left field in Wednesday's 5-1 loss to the Houston Astros, marking the first time he's played that position since July 2, 2014.

      Oakland also placed rookie third baseman Matt Chapman on the 10-day disabled list and recalled catcher Bruce Maxwell and first baseman Matt Olson from Triple-A Nashville.

      Chapman, who is nursing a left knee infection, was recalled from Nashville last Thursday and went 3-for-14 with three RBIs in four games.

      Maxwell is batting .211 in nine games over his first two stints with the Athletics. He is hitting .286 with two homers and 14 RBIs in 25 games with the Sounds.

      Olson is 0-for-9 in six games with Oakland. He has fared significantly better with Nashville, batting .271 with 17 homers and 43 RBIs in 58 games.

  • Dodgers 1B Gonzalez 'not going to rush' return from injury
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, June 22, 2017

    Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez isn't interested in rushing his way back from a herniated disk and plans to miss the next month rehabilitating the injury.

    • Gonzalez, who was placed on the disabled list June 13, tentatively has set a late July date for his return to the diamond.

      "This time around, I'm not going to rush," Gonzalez said, per the Los Angeles Times. "Obviously, I felt fine, but then the more baseball I (played), the more it started to stiffen up. I think slower is better than faster right now, at this point."

      Manager Dave Roberts is more optimistic as he said the team is hopeful that the 35-year-old would return prior to the All-Star break, which begins July 10.

      Gonzalez, who is now in his second stint on the disabled list, is batting .255 with one home run and 23 RBIs in 49 games this season.

  • Boston to rename street after retired slugger Ortiz
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, June 22, 2017

    Former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz will have a street named in his honor in Beantown.

    • The Boston mayor's office declared that a street near Fenway Park will be renamed David Ortiz Drive. It is currently known as Yawkey Way Extension.

      Ortiz will attend the ceremony on Thursday, one day before the Red Sox are scheduled to retire his No. 34 prior to their game against the Los Angeles Angels.

      Ortiz's number will be the 11th on the right field facade of Fenway Park, joining Bobby Doerr (No. 1), Joe Croin (No. 4), Johnny Pesky (No. 6); Carl Yastrzemski (No. 8); Ted Williams (No. 9); Jim Rice (No. 14); Wade Boggs (No. 26); Carlton Fisk (No. 27); Pedro Martinez (No. 45); and Jackie Robinson (No. 42), which is retired throughout Major League Baseball.

      A 10-time All-Star, Ortiz retired last season after spending 14 seasons of his 20-year major league career in Boston. He powered the Red Sox to three World Series championships, including their first in 86 years in 2004.

      Ortiz retired as Boston's all-time postseason leader in homers (17), doubles (19), extra-base hits (38), hits (80), runs (51), RBIs (57) and walks (59). Ortiz was named MVP of the 2004 AL Championship Series and the 2013 Fall Classic.

      Ortiz belted 483 career homers with the Red Sox, a total that trails only Williams (521) on the franchise's all-time list. He also ranks third with the club in RBIs (1,530), sixth in hits (2,079), third in doubles (524), third in extra-base hits (1,023) and fifth in runs scored (1,204).

  • Mariners SS Segura (ankle) activated from DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, June 21, 2017

    Seattle Mariners shortstop Jean Segura, who has been sidelined since June 2 with a high ankle sprain, was activated prior to Wednesday's game against the Detroit Tigers.

    • Segura is hitting .341, which ranks second in the American League, to go along with four homers and 20 RBIs. This was Segura's second stint on the disabled list this season after being sidelined April 11-24 with a strained hamstring.

      Segura suffered his latest injury during the fifth inning of a June 1 game against Colorado.

      Segura, 27, hit .125 in two rehab games with Triple-A Tacoma.

      To make room on the roster, the Mariners optioned infielder Tyler Smith to Tacoma. Smith, 25, hit .188 in 10 games with Seattle this season.

  • Indians, Twins to play two-game set in Puerto Rico
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, June 21, 2017

    The Cleveland Indians and the Minnesota Twins will play a two-game series early next season in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Major League Baseball announced Wednesday.

    • The two regular-season games will be played April 17 and 18 at Hiram Bithorn Stadium.

      It will be the first time that either team has played in Puerto Rico, and will represent the first regular-season games played there since the New York Mets and the Miami Marlins held a three-game series at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in June 2010.

      In 2001, the Texas Rangers and the Toronto Blue Jays opened the regular season in Puerto Rico, and in 2003 and 2004 the Montreal Expos played a portion of their home schedule at Hiram Bithorn Stadium.

      "The Minnesota Twins are honored to visit Puerto Rico and represent Major League Baseball in this international showcase," Twins President & CEO Dave St. Peter said in a statement. "The Twins look forward to joining MLB and the Cleveland Indians organization in celebrating Puerto Rico's rich baseball heritage and growing influence on our game."

      "It is a dream come true for me to play in Puerto Rico," Indians All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor said in a statement. "When the Montreal Expos played in Puerto Rico, I remember going to those games and thinking to myself, 'I would love to be here playing in front of my country and people.' Now that we have the opportunity next April, it is a dream realized for me. These will be the most memorable regular season games of my career, for sure."

  • MLB roundup: Marlins outlast Scherzer, Nationals
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, June 21, 2017

    MIAMI -- The Miami Marlins, who were being no-hit and shut out for 7 1/3 innings by Max Scherzer, rallied to defeat the Washington Nationals 2-1 on Wednesday.

    • Scherzer (8-5) had his attempt at a third career no-hitter broken up by backup catcher A.J. Ellis, who hit a comebacker for an infield single with one out in the eighth inning.

      Ellis, who is hitting only .204, didn't hit the ball particularly hard, but the ball bounced off Scherzer's glove, and shortstop Trea Turner couldn't make the play in time.

      Pinch hitter J.T. Realmuto reached on a two-out fielding error credited to first baseman Adam Lind, who could not come up with Turner's low throw. Dee Gordon was hit by a pitch to load the bases, and the Marlins tied the score on a high wild pitch by Scherzer. Giancarlo Stanton's single gave Miami the lead.

      Diamondbacks 16, Rockies 5

      DENVER -- Brandon Drury had four hits and drove in a career-high six runs, Nick Ahmed homered and Arizona used a 10-run fourth inning to beat Colorado.

      David Peralta had four hits, Paul Goldschmidt had three and Taijuan Walker (6-3) went six innings and added a single to help the Diamondbacks end the Rockies' six-game winning streak. Walker allowed three runs and struck out eight.

      The 10 runs and nine hits are a club record for one inning on the road. Arizona finished with season highs in runs and hits (20).

      Dodgers 8, Mets 2

      LOS ANGELES -- Rich Hill allowed one run in five innings and Yasiel Puig hit a three-run homer as Los Angeles won its sixth straight game.

      The Dodgers moved into first place in the National League West, a half-game ahead of the Colorado Rockies. Since May 25, the Dodgers are 20-6. They are 28-10 in home games this year.

      Yasmani Grandal hit solo home runs in the sixth and eighth innings, giving him nine homers this season. The Dodgers have 30 in their past 11 games. Hill (4-3) went five innings, allowing four hits and three walks while striking out eight.

      Braves 5, Giants 3 (11)

      ATLANTA -- Matt Kemp hit a two-run homer in the 11th inning to give Atlanta the victory over San Francisco.

      Nick Markakis walked with one out, and Kemp connected on a 0-1 pitch for an opposite-field homer to right field off Cory Gearrin (1-2). It was Kemp's 12th home run of the season and his seventh career game-ending hit.

      Hunter Pence's fifth home run of the season, on the first pitch from Braves closer Jim Johnson with one out in the ninth inning, tied the game and cost Sean Newcomb his first major league victory. Newcomb allowed three hits and one run over six innings while lowering his ERA to 1.96.

      Yankees 8, Angels 4

      NEW YORK -- Austin Romine tied a career high with three hits, including a two-run double in the sixth inning, as New York snapped a seven-game losing streak.

      Romine's fifth career three-hit game helped the Yankees stop their longest losing streak since April 2007 and avoid dropping an eighth straight game for the first time since Aug. 19-26, 1995.

      New York's Didi Gregorius hit a two-run homer, and Matt Holliday became the fifth active player to reach 1,200 RBIs when he hit a solo homer. Aaron Hicks, Starlin Castro and Chase Headley added RBI singles for the Yankees.

      Astros 5, Athletics 1

      OAKLAND, Calif. -- Mike Fiers pitched six strong innings for his fourth consecutive victory, Carlos Correa hit his 14th home run, and Houston continued its mastery of Oakland.

      Fiers (5-2) allowed one run on three hits, struck out five and walked three as he beat the Athletics for the first time in seven career starts (1-2). Evan Gattis and Jake Marisnick each had two RBIs for the Astros. Correa went 2-for-5 with a solo shot and scored twice.

      Houston defeated Oakland for the ninth straight time at the Oakland Coliseum and improved to 5-0 there this season. The Astros have won 14 of their past 15 games against the Athletics.

      Mariners 7, Tigers 5

      SEATTLE -- Robinson Cano broke a 4-4 tie with a two-run double with two outs in the seventh inning and Nelson Cruz followed with a run-scoring single as Seattle won its fourth straight game.

      The Mariners' Mitch Haniger led off the seventh with a home run to left field, his sixth homer of the season, to even the score at 4-4. Seattle didn't have a baserunner for the first five innings against Justin Verlander.

      Reliever Tony Zych (3-2) got the victory and Edwin Diaz, despite allowing a ninth-inning solo homer by Ian Kinsler, got his 12th save. Shane Greene (1-1) allowed four runs on three hits in one inning of relief for Detroit, which dropped its fifth in a row.

      Royals 6, Red Sox 4

      KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Salvador Perez went 3-for-3 with a grand slam as Kansas City rallied to defeat Boston.

      Perez homered in the eighth inning after Red Sox relievers Matt Barnes and Robby Scott (0-1) walked the bases loaded with nobody out. Perez worked the count full before propelling a Scott pitch out to left, scoring Jorge Bonifacio, Lorenzo Cain and Eric Hosmer.

      Kelvin Herrera pitched around Jackie Bradley Jr.'s leadoff double in the ninth to collect his 17th save. Joakim Soria (3-2) worked a perfect eighth to pick up the victory.

      Indians 5, Orioles 1

      BALTIMORE -- Francisco Lindor hit a two-run homer and finished with three RBIs, and Carlos Carrasco threw six-plus solid innings as Cleveland defeated Baltimore.

      Lindor's homer was the big hit in a three-run fifth inning against Orioles starter Kevin Gausman (3-7), which gave the Indians a lead they never lost. Roberto Perez lined an RBI double just before the home run.

      In the ninth, Lindor added an RBI single as did Jason Kipnis to make it 5-0. That also extended Baltimore's American League-record streak of allowing at least five runs to 18 games -- two shy of the major league mark set by the 1924 Philadelphia Phillies.

      Brewers 4, Pirates 3

      MILWAUKEE -- Domingo Santana hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning as Milwaukee rallied past Pittsburgh.

      The Pirates' Trevor Williams cruised through his first six innings, leading 3-1, before giving up a single to Keon Broxton and a double to Orlando Arcia to open the seventh. Tony Watson came on to face pinch hitter Eric Thames, who drove in Broxton to make it a one-run game.

      Watson struck out Eric Sogard and was replaced by Daniel Hudson. Hudson (1-3) fell behind 2-0 and left a fastball over the plate just enough for Santana, who connected for his 12th of the season to cap a two-hit, three-RBI performance.

      Twins 4, White Sox 2

      MINNEAPOLIS -- Jose Berrios allowed two runs and four hits in eight strong innings and Miguel Sano's solo blast in the third inning gave Minnesota the lead for good.

      Berrios (7-1), who was 3-7 with an 8.02 ERA in 14 starts for Minnesota as a rookie in 2016, struck out eight and walked one. Brandon Kintzler pitched a scoreless ninth for his 19th save in 22 opportunities.

      The Twins jumped on David Holmberg (1-1) for three runs, one earned, in the third, starting with Sano's leadoff homer. Sano turned on Holmberg's 3-0 fastball, sending it 414 feet into the second deck in right-center field for his 18th home run of the season.

      Blue Jays 7, Rangers 5

      ARLINGTON, Texas -- Darwin Barney capped Toronto's six-run first inning with a two-run homer and the Blue Jays hung on to defeat Texas.

      Justin Smoak got the Jays on the board with an RBI single off Tyson Ross (1-1) and, two batters later, Steve Pearce added an RBI double. Ryan Goins followed with a two-run double before Darwin Barney capped the inning with his blast.

      Joe Biagini (2-6) made those runs stand up for his first win since May 12. Pearce went 3-for-3, Smoak was 2-for-5 with two runs and Kendrys Morales also had a pair of hits for the Jays, who finished with 11.

      Padres 3, Cubs 2

      CHICAGO -- Wil Myers scored on an eighth-inning bases-loaded walk as San Diego beat Chicago to salvage the finale of a three-game series.

      Cubs reliever Koji Uehara filled the bases in the Padres' eighth, then walked Luis Torrens with two outs to bring in Myers from third for the go-ahead run.

      San Diego releiver Phil Maton (1-0) worked a scoreless seventh for the victory as the Padres broke a three-game losing streak.

      Cardinals 7, Phillies 6 (10)

      PHILADELPHIA -- Tommy Pham hit two home runs, including a game-tying blast in the ninth inning, as St. Louis erased a 5-0 deficit to defeat Philadelphia.

      The Cardinals took the lead when Jose Martinez led off the 10th inning with a double and advanced to third on a balk by Edubray Ramos (0-6). Martinez scored when Ramos made an errant pickoff throw to first base. Yadier Molina added an RBI single.

      Seung-Hwan Oh allowed an RBI single to Cameron Perkins in the bottom of the 10th but still picked up his 16th save of the season. Rookie starter Nick Pivetta struck out a career-high 10 for the Phillies, who have lost 13 of their last 14 games.

      Rays 8, Reds 3

      ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Erasmo Ramirez dominated early and Tampa Bay's bats broke open a close game, getting four runs in the sixth on the way to a victory over Cincinnati.

      The Rays won two of three vs. the Reds, and Ramirez (4-2) took a no-hitter into the fifth inning. Up only 3-2 in the sixth, Tampa Bay got two-out RBI singles from Corey Dickerson and Steven Souza and a two-run double by Logan Morrison.

      Cincinnati has dropped 11 of its last 12 road games and still has four more ahead before it returns home. The Rays have won nine of their last 12 at home, with three more ahead this weekend.

  • Negro Leagues Museum receives $1M gift from MLB, players' union
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, June 21, 2017

    The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum received a $1 million gift from Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association.

    • Commissioner Rob Manfred and players' union executive director Tony Clark were at the museum in Kansas City, Mo., on Wednesday to announce the donation that will help with operating costs, expansion plans and educational opportunities.

      "Because of the sacrifices and triumphs of the men and women of the Negro Leagues, the museum is an inspirational experience for fans of any age," Manfred said. "We appreciate the museum's contributions to baseball and the role it can play in encouraging young people."

      The Negro Leagues had their share of stars, including future Hall of Famers Ernie Banks, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron and Jackie Robinson -- who broke the color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947 -- getting their start on teams.

      "The Negro Leagues played an important role in not only changing the game but America, too," said the museum's president, Bob Kendrick.

      Clark, the first black executive director of the players' union, said he hopes the grant will help ensure the Negro Leagues and their players are never forgotten.

      "Today's players are committed to providing opportunities for underserved populations to play baseball," Clark said, "and we all believe the Negro Leagues' storied history can play an important role in our game's future by inspiring minority youth to play the sport we all love."

  • Nationals' Scherzer tries to keep Marlins down
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, June 21, 2017

    MIAMI -- The Washington Nationals (43-28) and host Miami Marlins (31-38) play the rubber game of their three-game set on Wednesday, and the visitors figure to have a big advantage with Max Scherzer on the mound.

    • Scherzer, the Washington Nationals' star who will face fellow right-hander Dan Straily, has been dominant this season with an 8-4 record and a 2.26 ERA.

      But he has been even better lately, posting a 1.21 ERA in his past three starts (2-1).

      Making matters even scarier for the Marlins is the fact that Scherzer has been better on the road than at home this season. He is 6-1 with a 1.84 ERA while allowing 31 hits in 58 2/3 innings away from Nationals Park.

      He is also 4-1 with a 2.60 ERA in five career starts at Marlins Park.

      In his past five games this season, Scherzer has struck out 58 batters. He has an active streak of five consecutive games striking out at least 10 batters.

      "It's a cool accomplishment -- that's not easy to do," Scherzer told the media after his last start. "You have to be on your game. Your pitches have to be sharp every time out."

      Scherzer has been on his game pretty consistently this year. Even in his losses, he has not been bad, allowing a total of 11 earned runs in those games.

      This year, he has yet to face the Marlins, who are counting on Straily -- their most consistent starter -- to give them a chance to steal a win.

      Straily, 19-12 since the start of last season, is 5-4 with a 3.58 ERA this season. The sixth-year major-leaguer is on pace to have the lowest ERA of his career. His 1.12 WHIP and his 9.2 strikeouts per nine innings would also be career bests.

      But in three career games against Washington -- all starts, Straily is 0-1 with a 5.19 ERA. He has allowed three homers in those three games.

      The Nationals scored five runs against Straily in 3 1/3 innings when they met at the start of this season in a Washington home game.

      Then again, Straily has been a much better pitcher at home than on the road this year. He is 3-1 with a 2.27 ERA at home. On the road, he is 2-3 with a 4.93 ERA.

      Straily is coming off a 5-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves, allowing four hits and no walks in 6 1/3 innings Friday.

      "I was able to control my fastball more than anything," Straily told the media after that game in which he struck out eight batters. "That's something I was frustrated with (in previous starts). I was focused on that, and it comes down to fastball command.

      "Once I get that, my other stuff plays a lot better."

      As for the offenses in Wednesday's game, Washington would seem to have the edge based on their overall performance this season.

      After posting a 12-3 victory Tuesday, the Nationals boasted 3-4-5-6 hitters -- the middle of their order -- that drove in 10 runs.

      Bryce Harper, the three-hole hitter and team star, is the tone-setter, and Marlins manager Don Mattingly is highly aware, walking him intentionally on one occasion Tuesday.

      After all, Harper is batting .315 with 18 homers and 55 RBIs, and is on a career-best 13-game hit streak.

      "He plays all sides of it," Mattingly said of Harper. "He runs the bases. He plays good defense. It's just not about him hitting homers."

  • Indians try to bounce back versus Orioles
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, June 21, 2017

    BALTIMORE -- The Cleveland Indians are playing with confidence.

    • As a result, manager Terry Francona was looking forward to getting back on the field Wednesday after a 6-5 loss to the Baltimore Orioles that tied their four-game series at one win apiece. The loss snapped the Indians' longest winning streak of the season at six games.

      "Nobody wants to lose, but I don't think this loss will affect us (Wednesday)," Francona said. "That's good. I also don't feel like going back and talking about six games ago because that's not what we do."

      Even with the victory, the Orioles extended their American League record in allowing five or more runs in 17 consecutive games. It's also the second-longest streak in the majors over the past 100 years.

      Baltimore, however, was just elated to be in the win column.

      "This was a great team win," said Machado, who went 4-for-4 with two home runs. "Just happy I was able to do something for us today, and come out with a victory. We played great baseball. That's what we've got to keep doing as a team, keep playing as a team. One another will pick each other up. That's all we can ask for."

      The challenge won't get easier for the Orioles against Indians' right-hander Carlos Carrasco (7-3, 3.21 ERA), who has been one of the major's best pitchers on the road this season, going 5-1 with 2.89 ERA over seven starts. He is third in the American League with a 1.01 WHIP and 11th with 79 strikeouts.

      Francona said Carrasco has been dominant, regardless of whether he pitches at Progressive Field or on the road.

      "When he's good, I don't think it matters where he is," Francona said.

      In his last outing, Carrasco allowed one run on four hits and had seven strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings against the Twins on Friday. Carrasco has been especially tough when he gets an early lead from Cleveland's offense.

      "It was nice to get an early lead," Carrasco said. "Then all we have to do is come in there and throw some zeroes on the board. That's what we try to do every day."

      Carrasco is 1-2 with a 3.79 ERA in four appearances (three starts) against Baltimore.

      The Orioles will counter with Kevin Gausman (3-6, 6.60), who has been one of the team's biggest disappointments this season. He has lost his past two decisions and is ranked last among eligible American League pitchers with a 1.92 WHIP.

      In his last outing Friday against the Cardinals, Gausman struggled with his command, allowing five runs on nine hits with three walks over 5 2/3 innings. He threw 116 pitches (69 for strikes) and allowed 12 base runners.

      Gausman, like most of the Orioles' starters this season, has struggled to go late in the game, which has put added stress on an already short-handed bullpen. Setup man Darren O'Day and closer Zach Britton are on the disabled list.

      "I think that as a starter our job is to go at least six innings," Gausman said. "Whether we give up 10 runs or two runs, it's to get through six. Most times when you get through six with less than two runs, you're going to go back out there for the seventh. We're just killing our bullpen right now as starters, so that was kind of my goal, to get through that sixth."

      Gausman is 2-1 with a 1.72 ERA in three career appearances (two starts) against Cleveland.

  • Braves' Necomb replaces Colon for start against Giants
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, June 21, 2017

    ATLANTA -- Promising rookie Sean Newcomb -- not struggling veteran Bartolo Colon -- will start for the Atlanta Braves against the San Francisco Giants in the third game of the four-game series Wednesday night at SunTrust Park.

    • Colon was slated to come off the 10-day disabled list and rejoin the rotation, but that changed when the 44-year-old experienced back tightness during a bullpen session Monday.

      "He tried to throw and it didn't go very good," Braves manager Brian Snitker said. "It's kind of best, I think, if we hold off on him for a while."

      Colon, who has 235 career victories, went on the DL with a left oblique strain June 6 after the right-hander fell to 2-7 with a 7.78 ERA, which is the worst among regular major league starters.

      Snitker said the back stiffness was unrelated to the oblique issue.

      "We told him we don't need you to go out there until you're ready to go," the manager said.

      Colon had a 10.03 ERA and .380 opponents' average in his last eight starts before going on the DL.

      In contrast, Newcomb (0-2, 2.19 ERA) has given up just three earned runs over 12 1/3 innings in his first two major league starts.

      The Braves had planned to temporarily go with a six-man rotation with Colon's return, so Newcomb will be starting on regular rest. The 23-year-old left-hander had been slotted to pitch the series finale Thursday against the Giants.

      Newcomb will be opposed by right-hander Jeff Samardzija (2-9, 4.81 ERA).

      Samardzija hit his third career homer, a 448-foot blast, at Colorado in his most recent start, but gave up a season-worst eight runs in the loss.

      The right-hander, who didn't face the Braves when they played at San Francisco in May, has a 1-5 record and 5.13 ERA on the road. He is 3-2 with a 2.86 ERA in 12 career games (six starts) against Atlanta.

      With their bullpen struggling and shorthanded without the suspended Hunter Strickland, the Giants need Samardzija to go as far as he can against the Braves.

      Continuing their poor work from Colorado, three relievers gave up seven runs in the eighth inning of a 9-0 loss to the Braves in the series opener Monday and that prompted a roster move Tuesday.

      Derek Law, expected to be a key part of the bullpen, was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento after not getting an out and giving up four runs on five hits, including a homer, and a walk.

      Law gave up 12 runs on 20 hits, including four homers, in 8 2/3 innings over his last nine appearances.

      "We've got to get him right," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "Sometimes a guy needs a mental break or a physical break. It's getting confidence back as much as anything. Hopefully we get him back here before long."

      The bullpen as a whole got a confidence boost in Tuesday's 6-3 victory over the Braves that snapped a seven-game losing streak. Four relievers allowed just one inherited runner to score after a meltdown the previous night.

      Third baseman Eduardo Nunez, who underwent an MRI, was out of the San Francisco lineup for the fourth time in five days Tuesday as he continues to deal with a tight hamstring.

      Nunez's 30-game on-base streak is the longest active in the majors.

  • MLB roundup: Seager brothers enjoy big night
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, June 21, 2017

    LOS ANGELES -- Corey Seager homered three times and drove in six runs, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 12-0 victory over the New York Mets on Tuesday night.

    • Seager went 4-for-5 and recorded the second three-homer game of his career. Seager hit three home runs against the Atlanta Braves on June 3, 2006.

      Cody Bellinger, who hit two home runs in Monday's victory over New York, and Yasmani Grandal also went deep for Los Angeles, which has won five in a row and 11 of its past 12 games. The five homers tied a season high for the Dodgers.

      Los Angeles' Brandon McCarthy threw six scoreless innings and limited the Mets to four hits. McCarthy (6-3) struck out four, walked one and hit a batter.

      Mariners 5, Tigers 4 (10 innings)

      SEATTLE -- Kyle Seager drove in the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning to give Seattle a victory over Detroit.

      Nelson Cruz walked against Justin Wilson (3-3) to open the inning. Pinch-runner Tyler Smith stole second base before Seager lined a double down the right-field line to score Smith and give the Mariners their third consecutive victory.

      Steve Cishek (1-1) pitched one scoreless inning of relief. The Tigers suffered their fourth straight loss.

      Red Sox 8, Royals 3

      KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Chris Sale gave up four hits and struck out 10 in 8 1/3 innings as Boston breezed past Kansas City and into first place in the American League East.

      Sale (9-3) increased his major league-leading strikeout total to 146, striking out 10 or more in 10 starts. The last Red Sox player with 10 or more such starts prior to the All-Star break was Pedro Martinez with 11 in 1999.

      Boston banged out a dozen hits, led by Chris Young going 3-for-4 with a run-producing double and scoring a run. Xander Bogaerts and Sandy Leon each collected two hits and two RBIs.

      Rockies 4, Diamondbacks 3

      DENVER -- Nolan Arenado, who hit a three-run, walk-off homer Sunday to complete a cycle and give Colorado a 7-5 victory, tripled home two runs in the eighth inning to give the Rockies a victory over Arizona.

      The Diamondbacks tied the game 2-2 when David Peralta hit a leadoff home run in the top of the eighth inning and Paul Goldschmidt followed with a shot into the right field stands. The homers gave Zack Greinke (8-4) his first lead, but he couldn't hold it.

      Greinke gave up consecutive one-out singles in the eighth to Charlie Blackmon and DJ LeMahieu, and Arenado followed with a triple off the wall in right on Greinke's 1-0 slider to give first-place Colorado its sixth straight victory.

      Astros 8, Athletics 4

      OAKLAND, Calif. -- George Springer sparked a five-run first inning with a leadoff home run, and rookie Francis Martes allowed three runs over 5 2/3 innings to lift Houston over Oakland.

      The Astros won for the eighth straight time at the Oakland Coliseum and beat the Athletics for the 13th time in the past 14 games. They've won the first two contests of the four-game series and own the best record in the major leagues at 48-24.

      Martes (2-0) allowed six hits, struck out four and walked three in his second career major league start and third appearance. Carlos Beltran went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, his 10th blast of the season, for Houston.

      Nationals 12, Marlins 3

      MIAMI -- Ryan Zimmerman and Stephen Drew had three RBIs apiece to lead Washington over Miami.

      Bryce Harper, who had a two-run single, extended his hitting streak to a career-high 13 games for the Nationals. Washington's 3-4-5-6 batters combined for 10 RBIs. In order, those batters were Harper, Zimmerman, Daniel Murphy and Drew.

      Gio Gonzalez, a native of Miami Dade County, improved his record to 7-1, allowing six hits, two walks and three runs in seven innings. He struck out eight. Miami's Marcell Ozuna hit a two-run homer and went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBIs.

      Orioles 6, Indians 5

      BALTIMORE -- Manny Machado had four hits, including a pair of home runs, and Baltimore beat first-place Cleveland.

      The Indians ended their longest winning streak of the season at six games. The Orioles extended their American League record in allowing five or more runs in 17 consecutive games. It's also the second-longest streak in the majors over the past 100 years.

      Edwin Encarnacion got his 17th home run for Cleveland. Jonathan Schoop added a solo homer for Baltimore.

      Pirates 7, Brewers 3

      MILWAUKEE -- Chad Kuhl struck out six batters and Pittsburgh erupted for six runs in the first inning before cruising past Milwaukee.

      Kuhl (2-6) held the Brewers to two runs, seven hits and two walks over five innings and earned his first victory since April 8. Jose Osuna hit a three-run homer in the first inning and Andrew McCutchen, who enjoyed a three-hit day, added a solo shot in the third.

      Both blasts came at the expense of Brewers right-hander Zach Davies (7-4), who gave up seven runs, 10 hits and a walk with four strikeouts in five innings. Davies retired his first batter, Adam Frazier, but didn't record another out he struck out Kuhl.

      Cubs 4, Padres 0

      CHICAGO -- Anthony Rizzo's leadoff homer provided the only run needed while four Chicago pitchers shut out San Diego.

      The Cubs' Mike Montgomery (1-3) allowed three hits and struck out four over six innings as Chicago won its third straight. Ian Happ hit a solo home run in the eighth inning and pinch-hitter Albert Almora later provided a run-scoring double.

      Jhoulys Chacin also worked six innings and saw a personal two-game winning streak snapped as the Padres dropped their third in a row.

      Angels 8, Yankees 3

      NEW YORK -- Cameron Maybin started a three-run seventh inning with a tiebreaking homer and had three hits as Los Angeles defeated New York.

      Maybin began the decisive inning when he lined a 1-0 changeup from Tyler Clippard (1-4) into the left-field seats. It was his fifth homer, surpassing his total in 94 games for the Detroit Tigers last season.

      Yunel Escobar hit an RBI triple off the left-field wall off Clippard and Luis Valbuena added an RBI single through a drawn-in infield during the inning off Jonathan Holder. Valbuena added a solo homer in the ninth for the Angels' final run.

      Twins 9, White Sox 7

      MINNEAPOLIS -- Kennys Vargas hit a three-run homer to pick up a struggling Ervin Santana as Minnesota outlasted Chicago.

      Vargas' blast was part of a five-run third inning for the Twins, who snapped a four-game losing streak. Miguel Sano added a two-run homer for Minnesota which was outhit 16-12.

      The Twins didn't get a clean outing from Santana (9-4), who has struggled in his last several outings. The veteran right-hander lasted five innings and allowed six runs on a season-high 10 hits.

      Cardinals 8, Phillies 1 (11 innings)

      PHILADELPHIA -- Stephen Piscotty recorded a tiebreaking two-run double in the 11th inning and Yadier Molina and Tommy Pham added two-run homers as St. Louis beat Philadelphia.

      Neither team had scored since the fourth inning until Phillies reliever Edubray Ramos (0-5) walked Matt Carpenter and Dexter Fowler to begin the 11th. Piscotty followed with his hit off Casey Fien. Kevin Siegrist (1-1) pitched a perfect 10th inning.

      Philadelphia lost its fourth straight and 12th in the last 13 games. It was Ramos' second straight appearance giving up multiple runs without recording an out.

      Rangers 6, Blue Jays 1

      ARLINGTON, Texas -- Spot starter Nick Martinez threw 6 1/3 strong innings and made Texas' four runs in the first inning stand up in its victory over Toronto.

      Martinez (2-3), working on six days' rest, yielded one run on two hits and two walks while striking out three for the Rangers, who snapped a two-game losing skid. The right-hander worked around base runners in the second, third, fourth and fifth innings.

      Adrian Beltre had an RBI in the Rangers' four-run first and a solo home run in the eighth. Carlos Gomez and Nomar Mazara also homered, while Jonathan Lucroy and Mike Napoli each had an RBI.

      Rays 6, Reds 5

      ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Jesus Sucre belted a two-run homer and Logan Morrison provided a two-out, two-run single as Tampa Bay upended Cincinnati.

      The Rays improved to 9-16 versus left-handers this season after defeating rookie Amir Garrett (3-6), who didn't survive the fourth and raised his season ERA to 7.41. Alex Cobb (6-5) allowed two runs in seven innings for his third straight quality start.

      Garrett (3-6) didn't survive the fourth and raised his season ERA to 7.41, among the highest in the National League. The Reds scored three runs in the ninth off closer Alex Colome, who allowed Joey Votto's 20th home run of the season before recording his 20th save.

      Giants 6, Braves 3

      ATLANTA -- Rookie Austin Slater hit a three-run homer in a five-run eighth inning and Matt Moore picked up his first road victory of the season as San Francisco snapped a seven-game losing streak.

      Braves starter Julio Teheran (6-5) came into the eighth inning pitching a three-hit shutout, but Slater's homer put the Giants ahead and the Braves finished with three errors in the inning. The Giants had five hits, including a RBI single by Denard Span, in the frame.

      Moore (3-7) left after allowing a leadoff hit in the eighth. Brandon Belt gave San Francisco a cushion with his 12th homer of the season in the ninth, and Mark Melancon retired the Braves in order in the bottom of the inning for his 11th save.

  • Phillies making moves
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, June 20, 2017

    The Philadelphia Phillies may have the worst record in the major leagues, but they are still making moves.

    • In a somewhat surprising transaction, the Phillies designated right-handed pitcher Jeanmar Gomez and outfielder Michael Saunders for assignment.

      They called up left-hander Hoby Milner and outfielder Cameron Perkins from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to take their place on the roster.

      Gomez was the team's closer last season, when he recorded 37 saves, and is making $4.2 million this season. Gomez lost his closer's job early this season and has a 7.25 ERA in 18 appearances in 2017.

      Saunders was selected to the 2016 All-Star Game while playing for the Toronto Blue Jays. He was batting .298 with 16 homers at the break last season, although his numbers declined in the second half and he finished the season batting .253 with 24 homers.

      Signed as a free agent by the Phillies in the offseason, Saunders is making $9 million, but is hitting just .205 with six homers. He has four hits in his last 40 at-bats.

      It suggests the Phillies are ridding themselves of veterans in an attempt to rebuild.

      Hoby was 1-2 with a 2.60 ERA for Lehigh Valley this season, while Perkins was hitting .298 with six homers.

      The Phillies also placed Jerad Eickhoff on the 10-day disabled list with an upper back strain.

      Eickhoff, 26, went 11-14 with a 3.65 ERA last season, but he is 0-7 with a 4.81 ERA this year.

      The Phillies have not yet decided how they will fill Eickhoff's spot in the rotation.

      To replace Eickhoff on the roster, the Phillies called up first baseman Brock Stassi from Lehigh Valley. Stassi hit just .197 in an earlier stint with the Phillies this season.

  • MLB notebook: Red Sox 3B Sandoval back on DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, June 20, 2017

    Boston Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval is back on the 10-day disabled list with a left inner ear infection after the former two-time All-Star and World Series MVP missed 31 games earlier this season with a right knee sprain.

    • Sandoval, 30, has been in and out of the lineup since he returned from his knee injury on May 31. Sandoval is batting just .212 with four home runs and 12 RBIs over 32 games this season.

      In corresponding moves, the Red Sox recalled infielder Deven Marerro and first baseman Sam Travis from Triple-A Pawtucket. Right-handed relief pitcher Austin Maddox was also optioned to Pawtucket after Monday's game.

      Marrero, 26, hit .157 with three homers and 11 RBIs in 33 prior games with the Red Sox this season. Travis, 23, made his major league debut with Boston on May 24 and is 8-for-17 (.471) at the plate in six big league games this year.

      --The Los Angeles Angels placed right-handed reliever Bud Norris on the 10-day disabled list due to a knee injury.

      Norris felt knee soreness during Sunday's game and later underwent an MRI exam. Angels manager Mike Scioscia said no structural damage was found.

      Norris has been the club's top reliever this season and is 1-2 with 11 saves and a 2.43 ERA.

      The Angels recalled right-hander Mike Morin from Triple-A Salt Lake to fill the roster opening.

      -- Adam Engel is returning to the Chicago White Sox's 25-man roster after the team recalled the outfielder from Triple-A Charlotte.

      Engel, 25, made his major league debut with the White Sox on May 27 against the Detroit Tigers. He appeared in eight games during his first stint with the team from May 27 to June 9, batting .300 (6-for-20) with three runs scored and four steals.

      Over 46 games with Charlotte this season, Engel hit .218 with eight home runs, 19 RBIs and four steals.

      Chicago (31-37) is last in the American League Central, six games behind the division-leading Cleveland Indians.

  • Angels place P Norris on DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, June 20, 2017

    The Los Angeles Angels placed right-handed reliever Bud Norris on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday due to a knee injury.

    • Norris felt knee soreness during Sunday's game and later underwent an MRI exam. Angels manager Mike Scioscia said no structural damage was found.

      Norris has been the club's top reliever this season and is 1-2 with 11 saves and a 2.43 ERA.

      The Angels recalled right-hander Mike Morin from Triple-A Salt Lake to fill the roster opening.

      Usual closer Huston Street is close to finishing a rehab stint at Salt Lake. Street has been out all season due to a lat and triceps injuries.

  • Red Sox place 3B Sandoval on DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, June 20, 2017

    Boston Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval is back on the 10-day disabled list with a left inner ear infection after the former two-time All-Star and World Series MVP missed 31 games earlier this season with a right knee sprain.

    • Sandoval, 30, has been in and out of the lineup since he returned from his knee injury on May 31. Sandoval is batting just .212 with four home runs and 12 RBIs over 32 games this season.

      In corresponding moves, the Red Sox recalled infielder Deven Marerro and first baseman Sam Travis from Triple-A Pawtucket. Right-handed relief pitcher Austin Maddox was also optioned to Pawtucket after Monday's game.

      Marrero, 26, hit .157 with three homers and 11 RBIs in 33 prior games with the Red Sox this season. Travis, 23, made his major league debut with Boston on May 24 and is 8-for-17 (.471) at the plate in six big league games this year.

      Maddox, 26, allowed one hit and struck out one over two innings in two relief appearances with Boston.

  • White Sox promote OF Engel
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, June 20, 2017

    Adam Engel is returning to the Chicago White Sox's 25-man roster after the team recalled the outfielder from Triple-A Charlotte before Tuesday night's game against the Twins in Minnesota.

    • Engel, 25, made his major league debut with the White Sox on May 27 against the Detroit Tigers. He appeared in eight games during his first stint with the team from May 27 to June 9, batting .300 (6-for-20) with three runs scored and four steals.

      Over 46 games with Charlotte this season, Engel hit .218 with eight home runs, 19 RBIs and four steals.

      Chicago (31-37) is last in the American League Central division, six games behind the division-leading Cleveland Indians. The White Sox are 3 1/2 games back in the AL wild-card race.

  • MLB roundup: Kershaw allows four homers but gets 10th win
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, June 20, 2017

    LOS ANGELES –- Clayton Kershaw tied a career-high by allowing four homers but became the National League's first 10-game winner as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the New York Mets 10-6 on Monday.

    • Kershaw improved to 10-2 despite allowing six runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out 10 but the Dodgers provided enough offense.

      Rookie Cody Bellinger homered twice and drove in four runs. He became the fastest player to hit 21 homers in major league history, doing so in just 51 games.

      Justin Turner and Chris Taylor also homered as Los Angeles won for the 10th time in 11 games.

      Jose Reyes homered twice, Gavin Cecchini hit his first career homer and Jay Bruce hit a solo shot off Kershaw.

      Marlins 8, Nationals 7

      MIAMI -- Marcell Ozuna hit a bases-loaded single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning and Miami rallied from a 6-0 deficit to beat Washington

      Ozuna helped the Marlins pull off their biggest comeback of the season when he singled to deep center field of Enny Romero.

      Justin Bour hit a grand slam during a six-run third against Taylor Roark, and Giancarlo Stanton hit the game-tying solo homer in the seventh against Jacob Turner.

      Bryce Harper hit a two-run homer and Anthony Rendon hit a solo shot for the Nationals.

      Indians 12, Orioles 0

      BALTIMORE -- Corey Kluber struck out 11 and pitched a complete-game shutout as Cleveland totaled 17 hits in a rout of Baltimore.

      Kluber faced three above the minimum in his 12th career complete game. He was backed by homers by Carlos Santana and Jason Kipnis.

      Baltimore starter Dylan Bundy was tagged for six runs and six hits in 4 1/3 innings.

      Royals 4, Red Sox 2

      KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Whit Merrifield and Lorenzo Cain delivered RBI singles in the seventh inning and Kansas City continued its surge by beating Boston.

      Eric Hosmer homered and Jason Hammel pitched seven strong innings as Kansas City won for the eighth time in 10 games.

      Jackie Bradley Jr. homered for the Red Sox.

      Cubs 3, Padres 2

      CHICAGO -- Javier Baez scored the go-ahead run on a fielding error by Jose Pirela in the seventh inning and Chicago edged San Diego.

      Anthony Rizzo extended his career-high hitting streak to 13 games and Willson Contreras homered for the Cubs.

      Pirela and Yangervis Solarte homered off Jon Lester, who allowed two runs and five hits in six innings.

      Pirates 8, Brewers 1

      MILWAUKEE -- Andrew McCutchen hit his 13th homer and drove in three runs as Pittsburgh routed Milwaukee.

      Gerrit Cole allowed one run and three hits in seven innings while Adam Frazier drove in two runs for Pittsburgh.

      Travis Shaw homered for Milwaukee and Matt Garza allowed four runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings.

      Braves 9, Giants 0

      ATLANTA -- Matt Adams hit his 10th homer for Atlanta in a rout of San Francisco, which dropped its seventh straight game.

      Adams added an RBI single and has 27 RBIs in 28 games since being acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals on May 21. R.A. Dickey allowed three hits in seven innings while pinch hitter Danny Santana hit a three-run homer.

      San Francisco's Johnny Cueto allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings.

      Reds 7, Rays 3

      ST. PETERSBURG, Fla -- Jesse Winker hit the tiebreaking two-run single in the eighth and Cincinnati snapped a nine-game losing streak by beating Tampa Bay.

      Winker snapped a 3-3 tie after being called up from the minors earlier in the day. Scooter Gennett hit a two-run homer and scored the go-ahead run on Winkler's hit.

      Steven Souza Jr. and Daniel Robertson homered for Tampa Bay.

      Blue Jays 7, Rangers 6

      ARLINGTON, Texas –- Josh Donaldson hit the game-tying single and Kendrys Morales hit the tiebreaking single with one out in the ninth inning as Toronto rallied by Texas.

      Justin Smoak hit his 20th homer and Steve Pearce hit a three-run double for Toronto.

      Adrian Beltre hit an RBI double and Elvis Andrus contributed a two-run single for Texas.

      Astros 4, Athletics 1

      OAKLAND, Calif. -- Jake Marisnick, George Springer and Derek Fisher homered and Houston beat Oakland.

      Marisnick hit a two-run shot while Springer and Fisher hit solo shots in the late innings. Brad Peacock pitched 5 2/3 strong innings as Houston won its seventh straight game in Oakland.

      A's rookie right-hander Daniel Gossett (0-2) gave up two runs and six hits in 6 2/3 innings in his second career major-league start

      Mariners 6, Tigers 2

      SEATTLE –- Mike Zunino hit a pair of two-run homers and Seattle beat Detroit.

      Zunino hit the tiebreaking homer in the sixth and added his second homer two innings later. Guillermo Heredia also homered for Seattle.

      Detroit was held to five hits as slugger Miguel Cabrera went 0-for-4.

  • Dodgers activate RHP Romo from DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, June 19, 2017

    The Los Angeles Dodgers activated Sergio Romo from the 10-day disabled list on Monday and optioned fellow right-handed reliever Josh Fields to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    • Romo, who had been sidelined with a left ankle sprain, allowed one run on three hits in two innings on Friday in an appearance with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga. The 34-year-old permitted one run in three innings while striking out two in a pair of rehab performances with the Quakes.

      Romo has posted a 1-1 mark with a 6.41 ERA in 24 relief appearances with the Dodgers this season.

      Fields yielded a season-high three runs on two hits in two-thirds of an inning in Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Reds. The 31-year-old has a 3-0 mark with one save and a 3.00 ERA in 27 games this season.

  • Blue Jays place RHP Smith on DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, June 19, 2017

    The Toronto Blue Jays placed reliever Joe Smith on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation Monday and recalled fellow right-hander Leonel Campos from Triple-A Buffalo.

    • Smith has posted a 3-0 mark and 3.41 ERA with 47 strikeouts against just eight walks in 31 2/3 innings this season. The 33-year-old is in his first season with Toronto after signing as a free agent in February.

      Smith received treatment for his shoulder during a three-game series with the Chicago White Sox. He began experiencing pain during his most recent outing on Wednesday against the Tampa Bay Rays.

      The move is retroactive to June 16 and Smith is eligible to return on June 27 for the opener of a three-game series with the Baltimore Orioles.

      Smith is the 19th Blue Jay to be placed on the disabled list this season and his 34 appearances are tied for the second-most in the American League.

      Campos has a 2.25 ERA without recording a decision in eight innings this season with the Blue Jays. The 29-year-old Venezuelan was claimed off waivers from the San Diego Padres in November.