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  • MLB notebook: Kershaw (back tightness) headed for DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, July 23, 2017

    Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw left Los Angeles' game against the Atlanta Braves after two innings Sunday due to right lower back tightness.

    • Kershaw was scheduled to see Dr. Robert Watkins on Sunday evening for tests. Manager Dave Roberts said Kershaw would go on the 10-day disabled list no matter the results.

      This is not the first time Kershaw has dealt with a back issue. Last year, he missed 2 1/2 months during the season with a herniated disk that didn't require surgery. He said he felt something different on his final warmup pitch in the second inning.

      Kershaw struck out two, walked one and didn't allow a hit or a run while throwing 21 pitches before exiting. He is 15-2 with a 2.04 ERA and is having another Cy Young Award-caliber season. Kershaw hasn't lost a start since May 1.

      --Washington Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg was lifted after pitching two scoreless innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

      Strasburg said after the game that he was experiencing achiness in his forearm that he felt in his last outing and that exiting early was a precautionary measure.

      Strasburg has been injury-free this season, but he has a lengthy list of ailments that date to his rookie season in 2010. He is 10-3 with a 3.25 ERA this season.

      --The Nationals recalled catcher Pedro Severino and selected the contract of outfielder Andrew Stevenson from Triple-A Syracuse.

      Outfielder Ryan Raburn was placed on the bereavement list, and outfielder Chris Heisey was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a left groin strain.

      Additionally, outfielder Jayson Werth (left foot contusion) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

      --Houston Astros rookie third baseman Colin Moran was placed on the 10-day disabled list a day after he sustained a facial fracture from a deflected inside pitch.

      Moran was carted off the field in the sixth inning of the Astros' 8-4 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday after the left-handed hitter fouled off a pitch from reliever Darren O'Day straight up and into the area near his left eye.

      The 24-year-old Moran started this series 3-for-6, including a 1-for-2 effort Saturday. He was playing in only his second game this season after being called up Tuesday following an injury to All-Star shortstop Carlos Correa.

      --New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro returned to the 10-day disabled list with another injury to his right hamstring.

      Castro was activated off the DL on July 15 but reinjured the hamstring while running out a ground ball on Wednesday at Minnesota. The latest move is retroactive to Saturday. Castro played in the first two games of the series at Seattle on Thursday and Friday, with one hit in eight at-bats.

      Castro is hitting .307 with 12 home runs and 45 RBIs in 79 games this season.

  • MLB roundup: Dodgers win, but Kershaw leaves with injury
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, July 23, 2017

    LOS ANGELES -- Logan Forsythe hit a bases-loaded, walk-off single in the 10th inning to give the Los Angeles Dodgers a 5-4 win over the Atlanta Braves on Sunday.

    • Despite the win, the Dodgers got some bad news, as ace Clayton Kershaw left the game after two innings with right lower back tightness. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Kershaw would go on the 10-day disabled list.

      Austin Barnes and Cody Bellinger homered for the Dodgers, but Kenley Jansen blew a save by giving up a three-run homer to Matt Adams that tied the game at 4 in the ninth inning. Jansen was perfect in his first 24 save opportunities but couldn't get the four-out save on Sunday.

      Cubs 5, Cardinals 3

      CHICAGO -- Willson Contreras snapped a tie with a two-run home run in the sixth inning, leading Chicago to a victory over St. Louis and a tie for first place in the National League Central.

      The Cubs caught Milwaukee in the division with their eighth victory in nine games. Chicago has made up a 5 1/2-game deficit on the Brewers since the All-Star break. The Cardinals absorbed their fourth loss in five games.

      Cubs starter Jose Quintana, 2-0 since coming from the Chicago White Sox on July 13 and 6-8 overall, worked six innings for the victory. He allowed three runs on five hits, walked two and struck out seven.

      Nationals 6, Diamondbacks 2

      PHOENIX -- Brian Goodwin homered to start a four-run first inning, and Washington overcame the early departure of star right-hander Stephen Strasburg to beat Arizona.

      Wilmer Difo, Washington's No. 2 batter, also homered, and the National League East-leading Nationals coaxed seven innings out of five relievers in their often unreliable bullpen to win for the second time in the three-game series and the eighth time in 10 games overall.

      The anticipated pitching duel between All-Star pitchers Strasburg and Robbie Ray never developed as Washington roughed up the left-handed Ray for five runs in the first three innings, and Strasburg was pulled after two innings for precautionary reasons due to forearm soreness.

      Orioles 9, Astros 7

      BALTIMORE -- Zach Britton set the American League record with his 55th consecutive save, Adam Jones tied a career high with four hits, and Baltimore avoided its first home sweep by Houston.

      Houston lost for just the second time in the past 14 games against the Orioles.

      Britton picked up his first save since April 14 and sixth of the season, breaking Tom Gordon's AL mark for consecutive saves.

      Indians 8, Blue Jays 1

      CLEVELAND -- Corey Kluber struck out 14 in 7 2/3 innings, and Michael Brantley had two hits, including a home run, and three RBIs, as Cleveland completed a three-game sweep of Toronto.

      Kluber posted season highs for strikeouts and pitches (120) while dominating the Blue Jays' lineup. Kluber struck out every Toronto hitter at least once. After the first inning, 14 of the 20 outs that Kluber recorded were strikeouts.

      Francisco Lindor had three hits for Cleveland, and Brandon Guyer hit a three-run double.

      Phillies 6, Brewers 3

      PHILADELPHIA -- Jerad Eickhoff collected two hits, pitched six solid innings and was helped by a homer from rookie outfielder Nick Williams as Philadelphia beat reeling Milwaukee.

      Williams opened the scoring in the fourth inning after Eickhoff and Brewers starter Junior Guerra were dominant early. After walking Maikel Franco, Guerra left a 1-0 fastball up in the zone that Williams hit the other way to left for his fourth homer in his 19th game in the big leagues.

      The Brewers have lost seven of their past eight games.

      Athletics 3, Mets 2

      NEW YORK -- Matt Chapman atoned for a baserunning blunder by hitting the tiebreaking solo homer in the seventh inning for Oakland.

      Chapman had two hits, including a leadoff double with the Athletics nursing a 2-1 lead in the fifth. He then advanced to third on a wild pitch by Mets right-hander Rafael Montero but was picked off two pitches later by catcher Rene Rivera, a mistake that was magnified when Jaycob Brugman followed with a single.

      However, Chapman redeemed himself in his next at-bat when he crushed a 2-0 pitch by Montero deep into the left field seats.

      Rangers 6, Rays 5

      ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- For the third day in a row, Texas rallied to erase a two-run deficit and stunTampa Bay.

      The Rays led 5-3 in the eighth inning, but the Rangers got a two-run home run from Rougned Odor -- his second of the game -- to tie it, then a solo home run from Carlos Gomez off reliever Brad Boxberger put them ahead.

      The Rays entered the series with a 42-4 record when leading after seven innings, but went 0-2 in those situations against Texas, losing another lead in the sixth inning Saturday.

      Reds 6, Marlins 3

      CINCINNATI -- Scooter Gennett, Eugenio Suarez and Tucker Barnhart homered and rookie Sal Romano allowed one run over six innings, lifting Cincinnati over Miami.

      Romano, making his fourth career start, walked one and had a career-high seven strikeouts.

      A.J. Ellis homered and doubled for Miami, which failed to complete its first sweep of the Reds in Cincinnati since 2003.

      Royals 5, White Sox 4

      KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Brandon Moss hit a walk-off RBI double in the ninth as Kansas City edged Chicago.

      Moss' double off Tyler Clippard scored Lorenzo Cain, who was running for Mike Moustakas, who led off the inning with a single.

      Kelvin Herrera pitched a spotless ninth to pick up the victory.

      Yankees 6, Mariners 4

      SEATTLE -- Didi Gregorius hit two home runs, and New York's bullpen was dominant as New York defeated Seattle.

      The Yankees won three of the four games in the series to move into sole possession of the American League's top wild-card spot. Chad Green (1-0), Dellin Betances and David Robertson combined for 4 1/3 innings of perfect relief before turning it over to closer Aroldis Chapman, who yielded two hits but no runs.

      Ben Gamel and Guillermo Heredia drove in two runs apiece for Seattle.

      Padres 5, Giants 2

      SAN FRANCISCO -- Wil Myers homered for the third consecutive day, and Dinelson Lamet (4-4) pitched 6 2/3 innings of two-run ball, propelling San Diego past San Francisco.

      Hector Sanchez had two hits, including a run-scoring double, to help the Padres win their fourth consecutive series against the Giants by taking three of four.

      Eduardo Nunez had three hits for the Giants. San Francisco starter Ty Blach (6-6) allowed five runs in seven innings.

      Tigers 9, Twins 6

      MINNEAPOLIS -- Jose Iglesias had three hits, including a tiebreaking two-run homer in the seventh inning, as Detroit pulled away late against Minnesota.

      Matthew Boyd pitched into the seventh inning to win his second straight start since being recalled from Triple-A. Detroit gained the series win with its 15th victory at Target Field in its past 17 games there.

      Ian Kinsler, James McCann and Alex Presley each had three hits for the Tigers.

      Rockies 13, Pirates 3

      DENVER -- Colorado belted five home runs, including three in one inning, to overwhelm Pittsburgh in the rubber game of their series.

      The victory completed a 5-1 homestand for the Rockies, who have won six of their past seven games.

      Mark Reynolds hit two homers, and Charlie Blackmon, Trevor Story and Pat Valaika each added a home run for the Rockies, who took an early 4-0 lead with a four-run third and blew the game open with a seven-run sixth.

      Angels 3, Red Sox 2

      ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Parker Bridwell pitched a career-high seven innings, allowing five hits and two runs as Los Angeles won the series against Boston.

      Bridwell made just his seventh start, and the Angels are 6-1 in those seven games. He is 4-1 with a 3.09 ERA, has five quality starts and has allowed three runs or fewer six times.

      The Angels hit three homers against Boston's Rick Porcello -- all leadoff shots, by Andrelton Simmons (11th) in the fourth, Mike Trout (19th) in the sixth and Luis Valbuena (ninth) in the seventh.

  • Strasburg leaves game vs. Diamondbacks after 2 innings
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, July 23, 2017

    PHOENIX -- Washington Nationals All-Star right-hander Stephen Strasburg was lifted Sunday after pitching two scoreless innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

    • The Nationals did not offer an explanation for Strasburg's early departure or indicate if it was injury related. The team does not make injury updates during games.

      The Nationals were leading 5-0 at the time he was removed from the game. He walked three but gave up only one hit and struck out two, throwing 29 of his 51 pitches for strikes.

      Strasburg has been injury-free this season but has a lengthy list of problems that date to his rookie season in 2010. He tore an elbow ligament that season and needed Tommy John surgery that kept him out for all but five games in 2011.

      He was on the disabled list four times during the 2015 and 2016 seasons and limited to 19 starts last season by a sore right elbow and an upper back strain.

      Strasburg is 10-3 with a 3.25 ERA this season in 20 starts, striking out 141 in 121 2/3 winnings.

  • Kershaw forced to leave after 2 innings vs. Braves
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, July 23, 2017

    LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Dodgers ace left-hander Clayton Kershaw left his start against the Atlanta Braves on Sunday after two innings with right lower back tightness, the team announced.

    • Kershaw uncharacteristically bounced a curveball in the dirt and was visited by a trainer and manager Dave Roberts in the second inning during Tyler Flowers' at-bat. Kershaw eventually walked Flowers and then struck out Matt Adams to end the inning.

      Trainers talked to Kershaw in the dugout and then went into the clubhouse. Long reliever Ross Stripling warmed up in the bullpen and entered the game in the third.

      Several Dodgers players are sick, including Justin Turner -- who has bronchitis -- and Rich Hill.

      Kershaw was 15-2 with a 2.07 ERA before Sunday's game and is having another Cy Young-caliber season for the National League West-leading Dodgers. He threw 21 pitches and struck out two and walked one.

      Tracye Thompson pinch hit for Kershaw in the second inning.

  • Nationals promote minor leaguers to fill roster spots
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, July 23, 2017

    The Washington Nationals recalled catcher Pedro Severino and selected the contract of outfielder Andrew Stevenson from Triple-A Syracuse on Sunday.

    • Outfielder Ryan Raburn was placed on the bereavement list, and outfielder Chris Heisey was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a left groin strain.

      Additionally, outfielder Jayson Werth (left foot contusion) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list. Nationals president of baseball operations and general manager Mike Rizzo made the announcements.

      Stevenson, 23, was the Nationals' top selection in the 2015 MLB First-Year Player Draft (second round, No. 58 overall) out of LSU and would be making his major league debut. He is hitting .268 with two home runs and 26 RBIs in 93 minor league games this season (20 with Double-A Harrisburg, 73 with Triple-A Syracuse).

      It is Heisey's second trip to the disabled list after missing 40 games with a right biceps rupture earlier this year. He's hitting .162 (12-for-74) with one home run and five RBIs in 38 games off the Nationals' bench this season.

      Werth, 38, was placed on the disabled list June 5 (retroactive to June 4) and has missed 42 games with a left foot contusion. In 47 games before the injury, Werth hit .262 with eight home runs and 18 RBIs.

  • Yankees put 2B Castro back on DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, July 23, 2017

    New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro returned to the 10-day disabled list with another injury to his right hamstring, the team announced Sunday.

    • Castro was activated off the disabled list July 15 but reinjured the hamstring while running out a ground ball on Wednesday at Minnesota. The latest move is retroactive to Saturday.

      Castro played in the first two games of the series at Seattle on Thursday and Friday, with one hit in eight at-bats.

      "We're not sure it's the exact same spot," Girardi told reporters Saturday. "It's frustrating. He's frustrated. He had an MRI (Saturday) morning and we've got to put him down for a bit."

      Castro is hitting .307 with 12 home runs and 45 RBIs in 79 games this season.

      "It's frustrating because my job is to come here and play hard every day," Castro said. "It's kind of in my head right now.''

      The Yankees also called up infielder/outfielder Tyler Wade from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in a move announced before Sunday's game against the Mariners. He is hitting .313 with six homers and 30 RBIs in the minors.

      Wade was optioned to Triple-A on July 15 after a nine-game stint with the Yankees when Castro was previously injured. Wade batted .107 (3-for-28) with one RBI in his first major league action.

      The Yankees also outrighted first baseman Ji-Man Choi to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He was hitting .267 (4-for-15) in six games.

      In addition, the Yankees acquired first baseman Ryan McBroom from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for minor league infielder/outfielder Rob Refsnyder.

      McBroom, 25, batted .243 with 12 home runs and 54 RBIs in 96 games with Double-A New Hampshire this season.

      Refsnyder, 26, was recently designated for assignment by the Yankees after hitting just .135 (5-for-37) this season. In 94 career major league games with the Yankees, he has a .241 batting average with two home runs and 17 RBIs.

  • Astros 3B Moran suffers facial fracture from foul ball
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, July 23, 2017

    BALTIMORE -- Houston Astros rookie third baseman Colin Moran was placed on the 10-day disabled list after he suffered a facial fracture from a deflected inside pitch during Saturday night's game, the team announced Sunday.

    • Moran was carted off the field in the sixth inning of the Astros' 8-4 win over the Baltimore Orioles after the left-handed hitter fouled off a pitch from reliever Darren O'Day straight up and into the area near his left eye.

      The trainers rushed out, and immediately applied pressure with towels. They tried to help Moran walk off but his knees momentarily buckled, so they sat him down. The cart came out and they loaded him on it carefully before he was taken to a Baltimore hospital.

      "Colin spent the night in the hospital and went through a ton of tests," Astros manager A.J. Hinch told reporters before Sunday's game. "Came away from it with a facial fracture.

      "Obviously he's not feeling very well. He's stable. He's got his dad here, his fiancee is here, so he's surrounded by some loved ones. ... He'll stay in the hospital in Baltimore for the foreseeable future until they decide what is next."

      The 24-year-old Moran started this series 3-for-6, including a 1-for-2 effort Saturday. He was playing in only his second game this season after being called up Tuesday following an injury to All-Star shortstop Carlos Correa.

      "It was a pretty scary incident. I go on the field and he's got blood on the face," Hinch said after Saturday's game. "Blood, it isn't generally seen in our sport."

      The Astros called up infielder Tyler White from Triple-A Fresno to take Moran's spot on the roster.

  • Rays acquire RHP Romo from Dodgers
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, July 22, 2017

    The Los Angeles Dodgers traded right-hander Sergio Romo and cash considerations to the Tampa Bay Rays Saturday night for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

    • Romo, 34, was designated for assignment by the Dodgers on Thursday after going 1-1 with a 6.12 ERA in 30 appearances this season.

      Before signing a one-year deal with the Dodgers in February, Romo contributed to three championship teams in San Francisco and recorded 82 saves in eight seasons with the Giants.

  • Astros 3B Moran leaves game with scary facial injury
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, July 22, 2017

    BALTIMORE -- Houston Astros rookie Colin Moran fouled a ball off or near his left eye and was removed from the field by cart in the sixth inning of Saturday night's game with the Baltimore Orioles.

    • On the first pitch of the at-bat, Moran fouled off a pitch by Darren O'Day and the ball went straight up and hit the third baseman.

      The trainers rushed out, and immediately put towels with pressure there and tried to help Moran walk off but his knees momentarily buckled, so they sat him down.

      The cart came out and they loaded him on it carefully and took him off a few minutes later.

      Marwin Gonzalez took over the at-bat and hit a three-run homer.

  • MLB roundup: Dodgers beat Braves, snap slide
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, July 22, 2017

    LOS ANGELES -- Corey Seager, Chase Utley and Chris Taylor homered, and Rich Hill pitched 6 1/3 strong innings to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 6-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday night at Dodger Stadium.

    • Hill (7-4) struck out eight and allowed two runs and six hits. Los Angeles snapped a two-game slide after winning 11 in a row.

      Taylor also delivered a two-run triple in the eighth inning to provide the final margin. His home run made it 4-2 in the seventh.

      Julio Teheran (7-8) gave up four runs and nine hits, including three solo home runs, in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out six and walked one.

      Indians 2, Blue Jays 1 (10 innings)

      CLEVELAND -- Francisco Lindor's home run leading off the bottom of the 10th inning lifted Cleveland over Toronto.

      Lindor hit a 3-2 pitch from reliever Danny Barnes (2-3) over the right field wall for his 15th home run. Bryan Shaw (3-4) got the last out of the top of the 10th to get the win.

      Indians starter Danny Salazar, in his first major league appearance since June 3, allowed one hit in seven scoreless innings, with eight strikeouts and no walks. He had been sidelined since June 6 with right shoulder soreness.

      Mets 6, Athletics 5

      NEW YORK -- Wilmer Flores' walk-off homer in the ninth inning capped a stirring comeback by New York, which scored the final six runs to stun Oakland.

      Flores' line-drive homer into the left field seats off Simon Castro (0-1) gave the Mets their fourth straight win. New York tied the score in the eighth when Travis d'Arnaud doubled with two outs and scored on Lucas Duda's pinch-hit RBI single.

      Flores doubled and Jay Bruce homered to start the Mets' four-run sixth inning. One out later, Jose Reyes legged out a triple. D'Arnaud followed with an RBI single and scored on a two-out double by Michael Conforto.

      Mariners 6, Yankees 5 (10 innings)

      SEATTLE -- Nelson Cruz singled home Ben Gamel with the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning as Seattle overcame another home run by Aaron Judge to defeat New York.

      Gamel, a former Yankee, led off the 10th with a double off the center-wall field against New York reliever Adam Warren (2-2). After an intentional walk to Robinson Cano, Cruz lined a single to left field to score the winning run.

      The Yankees tied the score in the ninth against closer Edwin Diaz, who had converted all five of his save opportunities since the All-Star break, on Ronald Torreyes two-out RBI single.

      Cubs 3, Cardinals 2

      CHICAGO -- Anthony Rizzo hit a go-ahead double in a three-run eighth inning as Chicago rallied past St. Louis.

      The Cubs tied the score in the eighth with Ben Zobrist's RBI double and Kris Bryant's broken-bat, RBI single. Paul DeJong and Randal Grichuk hit back-to-back home runs off Jon Lester (7-6) in the eighth inning to put the Cardinals ahead.

      St. Louis starter Adam Wainwright threw seven scoreless innings before being charged with two runs in the eighth. He gave up four hits and no walks and struck out three.

      Angels 7, Red Sox 3

      ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Albert Pujols had three hits and Andrelton Simmons hit his 10th home run of the season and drove in three runs as Los Angeles defeated Boston.

      The Angels' JC Ramirez (9-8) had a rough two innings, allowing four hits and two walks and making an error, then bounced back and retired 12 straight at one point to pick up the win. Ben Revere had two hits and a stolen base for Los Angeles.

      The Red Sox's David Price (5-3), who had allowed only two runs in his previous 23 innings, gave up six runs (five earned), seven hits and walked three in five innings, his worst outing since an early June loss to the Yankees.

      Brewers 9, Phillies 8

      PHILADELPHIA -- Domingo Santana hit the tiebreaking single with one out in the top of the ninth inning as Milwaukee blew a seven-run lead against Philadelphia but snapped a six-game losing streak.

      Ryan Braun returned after missing three games with a sore wrist and drove in four runs for the Brewers by going 3-for-3 and finishing a triple shy of the cycle. Milwaukee's Brent Suter scattered five hits and allowed one run in six solid innings.

      Jacob Barnes (3-1) gave up a three-run homer to Cameron Rupp in the eighth to forge an 8-8 deadlock, but Santana quickly helped the Brewers recover with a base hit off closer Hector Neris (2-4).

      Nationals 4, Diamondbacks 3

      PHOENIX -- Bryce Harper homered and doubled and Tanner Roark held Arizona to two runs in seven innings as Washington edged Arizona.

      Roark (8-6) gave up three hits while striking out 11 and walking one. Anthony Banda (0-1) allowed four runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings in his major league debut with five strikeouts and zero walks.

      Harper hit his 25th homer, a solo shot deep into the right-field pavilion in the first inning. The homer extended his hitting streak to 15 games, the longest active run in the majors.

      Astros 8, Orioles 4

      BALTIMORE -- Marwin Gonzalez belted a pinch-hit, three-run homer off Darren O'Day, sparking a five-run sixth inning that gave Houston the lead for good en route to a victory over Baltimore.

      The Orioles took a 4-1 lead into the sixth, but Chris Tillman gave up a two-run homer to Yuli Gurriel that was originally ruled a double. After a review, it was changed to a home run.

      Francis Martes (3-0) relieved Collin McHugh and picked up the win thanks to 2 1/3 innings of hitless relief. McHugh pitched in his first game of the season (elbow impingement) and sailed through the early going until giving up two-run homers to Adam Jones and Jonathan Schoop in the fifth that gave Baltimore its 4-1 lead.

      Pirates 7, Rockies 3

      DENVER -- Rookie German Marquez stymied Pittsburgh for seven innings and won his third straight start to lift Colorado.

      Closer Greg Holland pitched the final 1 1/3 innings for his 31st save in 32 opportunities. It was Holland's fourth save where he pitched more than one inning, something he hadn't done before this season in nearly six years.

      Marquez (8-4) gave up three hits and two runs in seven innings before a sellout crowd of 48,235 at Coors Field. He walked two and struck out a career-high-tying nine for the third time this season and second time in as many starts.

      Rangers 4, Rays 3

      ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- For the second night in a row, Texas rallied from a late two-run deficit as a fielding error doomed Tampa Bay.

      Mallex Smith let a line drive from Adrian Beltre go off his glove in deep center field for an error with two outs in the sixth inning, allowing two runs to score and putting the go-ahead run in scoring position. Tampa Bay's Chris Archer (7-6) compounded the problem with two wild pitches, allowing Beltre to score.

      Andrew Cashner (5-8) was the beneficiary, allowing three runs and four hits in six innings to win for the second time in three starts. Archer struck out 11 while allowing four runs (one earned) and four hits in seven frames.

      Twins 6, Tigers 5

      MINNEAPOLIS -- Kyle Gibson dazzled for seven innings before tiring late and rookie Zack Granite had his first career three-hit game as Minnesota held off Detroit.

      Max Kepler, Eddie Rosario and Jason Castro each had two hits for the Twins, who built a 6-0 lead before the Tigers' late five-run eighth inning. Gibson (6-8) pitched a season-high 7 1/3 innings with three runs allowed, five hits and three walks.

      Detroit's Jordan Zimmerman (6-8) lasted only 3 2/3 innings, yielding five runs, nine hits and four walks. Alex Presley had three hits for the Tigers and Justin Upton homered during the late rally.

      Royals 7, White Sox 2

      KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Salvador Perez hit a two-run blast and Mike Moustakas homered twice as Kansas City rallied past Chicago.

      Brandon Moss and Jorge Bonifacio added solo shots for the Royals. Scott Alexander (2-3) picked up the victory after replacing Jason Vargas in the sixth.

      Melky Cabrera went 4-for-4 with a home run and drove in both runs for the White Sox, who lost their eighth in a row.

      Marlins 5, Reds 4

      CINCINNATI -- J.T. Realmuto hit two two-run homers, including a tiebreaking drive in the sixth inning that propelled Miami past Cincinnati.

      Realmuto's homers, which give him 10 this season, went to left field and followed singles to center by Justin Bour while helping drop the Reds' record on its 10-game homestand to 1-8. Bour also turned in a key defensive play, snaring Patrick Kivlehan's line drive and doubling Eugenio Suarez off first base to end the eighth with a run in and the tying run at third base.

      Cincinnati has allowed 69 runs during the homestand, tying the franchise record for the most allowed in a homestand of 10 or fewer games.

      Giants 5, Padres 4 (12)

      SAN FRANCISCO -- Nick Hundley drove in Kelby Tomlinson with a single to the base of the fence in left field with two outs in the 12th inning, giving San Francisco a victory over San Diego.

      Eduardo Nunez drove in two runs with three hits and the Giants' bullpen pitched six innings of one-hit ball, helping San Francisco beat the Padres for only the second time in their last nine meetings at AT&T Park.

      Wil Myers homered for the second straight day for San Diego, which posted a 12-9, 11-inning victory over the Giants on Friday.

  • MLB notebook: Sandoval back with Giants
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, July 22, 2017

    The San Francisco Giants made their reunion with third baseman Pablo Sandoval official on Saturday when he signed a minor league contract.

    • The 30-year-old Sandoval spent his first seven major league seasons with San Francisco (2008-14), winning World Series titles with the Giants in 2010, 2012 and 2014. Sandoval will report to Class A San Jose.

      Sandoval was the 2012 World Series MVP with the Giants but struggled since leaving San Francisco for Boston as a free agent. He signed a five-year, $95 million contract after the 2014 season and was released by the Red Sox on Wednesday when he did not report after being designated for assignment.

      Injuries and poor performance plagued Sandoval in Boston. He hit .245 with 10 home runs and 47 RBIs in 2015, played in only three games in 2016, and batted only .212 with four homers and 12 RBIs in 32 games with the Red Sox this season. Sandoval left San Francisco on bad terms after the 2014 season, claiming the team disrespected him during contract negotiations leading up to his departure.

      --Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant, who missed Friday's game with a left finger injury, returned to the lineup for Saturday afternoon's game against the St. Louis Cardinals.

      Bryant sprained his little finger on his left hand in a headfirst slide in the first inning of Chicago's 8-2 victory over the Braves at Atlanta on Wednesday. X-rays were negative, but the 25-year-old was experiencing soreness while gripping the bat.

      Cubs manager Joe Maddon on Friday expressed doubt about Bryant playing Saturday. He batted second and played third base.

      Bryant is coming off a National League MVP season when he helped the Cubs to their first World Series title since 1908.

      --The Milwaukee Brewers activated infielder Eric Sogard from the 10-day disabled list and optioned slumping center fielder Keon Broxton to Triple-A Colorado Springs, the team announced.

      Sogard, 31, sustained a left ankle strain in late June and has not played since July 4. He is batting .331 with three home runs and 14 RBIs in 43 games this season.

      Broxton, 27, has gone hitless in his last five games while striking out seven times in 12 at-bats. He was forced out of the starting lineup because of his slump for Friday night's 6-1 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. He struck out on three pitches as a pinch hitter.

      Broxton is batting .218 with 14 home runs, 36 RBIs, 17 stolen bases and 124 strikeouts in 293 at-bats this season.

  • Tigers 1B Cabrera out for Saturday's game
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, July 22, 2017

    MINNEAPOLIS -- Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera will miss Saturday's game in Minnesota after sustaining a right clavicle contusion in Friday's game.

    • Detroit manager Brad Ausmus said Saturday that Cabrera is still sore. The big first baseman had a ground ball take a high hop and deflect off his right chest on Friday.

      He stayed in the game defensively but was pinch-hit for in his at-bat in the next half-inning.

      Ausmus said after Friday's game that he didn't consider the injury to be long-term and Cabrera was classified as day-to-day. Still sore on Saturday, Cabrera was held out of the starting lineup as Andrew Romine started at first base.

      Cabrera is hitting a career-low .261 in 82 games this season. He's hit 12 homers and driven in 47 runs. Ausmus said he had been considering a day off Saturday for Cabrera anyway.

  • Sandoval signs minor-league deal with Giants
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, July 22, 2017

    The San Francisco Giants made their reunion with third baseman Pablo Sandoval official on Saturday when he signed a minor league contract.

    • The 30-year-old Sandoval spent his first seven major league seasons with San Francisco (2008-14), winning World Series titles with the Giants in 2010, 2012 and 2014.

      Sandoval and will report to Class A San Jose.

      Sandoval was the 2012 World Series MVP while with the Giants, but he struggled since leaving San Francisco and joining the Red Sox as a free agent. He signed a five-year, $95 million-contract with Boston after the 2014 season and was released by the Red Sox on Wednesday when he did not report after being designated for assignment.

      Injuries and poor performance plagued Sandoval in Boston. He hit .245 with 10 home runs and 47 RBIs in 2015, played in only three games in 2016, and batted only .212 with four homers and 12 RBIs in 32 games with the Red Sox this season.

      Sandoval left San Francisco on bad terms following the 2014 season, claiming the team disrespected him during contract negotiations leading up to his departure.

      "I have always loved and appreciated the Giants organization, my Giants teammates and the fans of San Francisco," Sandoval said in a statement Saturday. "I have so many great memories and I want to thank the organization for giving me another chance to come back here. When I left the Giants in 2014, my comments were emotional, insensitive and misguided and I truly regret and apologize for my actions. I am committed to working hard to contributing to the success of the Giants."

      In his seven seasons in San Francisco, Sandoval hit .294 with 106 homers. In 39 postseason games, Sandoval owns a .344 average with six homers and 20 RBIs. He hit .429 in the 2014 World Series.

      Sandoval hit three home runs in Game 1 of the 2012 World Series and the Giants swept the Detroit Tigers in four games.

  • Brewers activate Sogard, demote Broxton
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, July 22, 2017

    The Milwaukee Brewers activated infielder Eric Sogard from the 10-day disabled list and optioned slumping center fielder Keon Broxton to Triple-A Colorado Springs, the team announced on Saturday.

    • Sogard, 31, sustained a left ankle strain late in June and has not played since July 4. He is batting .331 with three home runs and 14 RBIs in 43 games this season.

      Broxton, 27, has gone hitless in his last five games while striking out seven times in 12 at-bats. He was forced out of the starting lineup because of his slump for Friday night's 6-1 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. He struck out on three pitches as a pinch hitter.

      Broxton is batting .218 with 14 home runs, 36 RBIs and 17 stolen bases, plus 124 strikeouts in 293 at-bats this season.

  • Cubs 3B Bryant returns to lineup
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, July 22, 2017

    Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant, who missed Friday's game with a left finger injury, returned to the lineup for Saturday afternoon's game against the St. Louis Cardinals.

    • Bryant sprained his little finger on his left hand in a headfirst slide in the first inning of Chicago's 8-2 victory against the Braves at Atlanta on Wednesday. X-rays were negative but the 25-year-old Bryant was experiencing soreness while gripping the bat.

      Cubs manager Joe Maddon on Friday expressed doubt about Bryant playing Saturday. Bryant is batting second and playing third base.

      Bryant is hitting .275 with 19 home runs and 40 RBIs in 88 games this season. He is coming off a National League MVP season when he helped the Cubs to their first World Series title since 1908.

  • Pitching matchup favors Dodgers vs. Braves
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, July 22, 2017

    LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves square off on Saturday night with two pitchers showing opposite results.

    • Los Angeles' Rich Hill (6-4, 3.55 ERA) has never lost to the Braves, sporting a pristine 3-0 mark with a sparkling 1.89 ERA.

      Atlanta's Julio Teheran (7-7, 4.69) has never beaten Los Angeles, dropping all five decisions and pitching to a 4.69 ERA.

      Something figures to give as the Braves go for the third straight win over a team that had won 11 consecutive games before Atlanta arrived.

      Hill has put his blister problems behind him of late and produced some of his best pitching of the season. The left-hander found his groove this month, producing some stellar numbers in three starts, two of which he won. Hill has thrown 19 innings during that span and allowed but two runs and 11 hits. His 29 strikeouts to one walk is hard to ignore, too.

      Hill, who was expected to be team's No. 2 starter behind Clayton Kershaw before Alex Wood's emergence, has tinkered with his release point for most the season, aching to get his offspeed offering just right.

      Make that his entire 12-year career that Hill has adjusted something with his delivery.

      "I guess all pitchers have to have feel, for the most part,'' Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "But with Rich and the curveball being 50 percent of his mix, he's got to have that feel.''

      Hill's a tough draw as batters seldom see the same pitch from the same location. He's a master at adding and subtracting velocity, all in a quest to catch someone on his knee-bending curveball.

      "He is changing trajectory or angles and he is varying speeds and then there's the striking with the fastball,'' Roberts said. "He is where he had hoped he would be.''

      Hill was on the mark in beating the Miami Marlins in his first start after the All-Star break. He worked five innings and surrendered one run and five hits. It was a nifty nine-strikeout, no-walk outing.

      "Really the last four or five starts he has been very good for us,'' Roberts said. "He's logging innings and that was what was expected from him.''

      Teheren is enjoying a solid July as well. He has won two of his three starts this month, with the loss coming his last time out against the Chicago Cubs. He was done in by his four walks as much as the five hits in being charged with two runs in six innings.

      Braves manager Brian Snitker said Teheran, a two-time All-Star, pitched better than what his line revealed.

      "He's been really good on the road, real good,'' Snitker said. "And he was good at home the other day. So hopefully things are turning. He's been keeping the ball down and hitting his spots.''

      Teheran still leans on the fastball-curveball-changeup mixture and Snitker said there has been more giddy-up lately with the heater.

      "The velocity has kind of been back,'' Snitker said. "As well as the location and whole bit. He's been real good the last two times out."

      The Braves have won seven of their past nine road games.

  • MLB roundup: Astros hold off Orioles
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, July 22, 2017

    BALTIMORE -- Yuli Gurriel, Brian McCann and Colin Moran all homered, and starter Mike Fiers tossed seven solid innings as the Houston Astros took a big early lead and hung on for an 8-7 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night.

    • Gurriel (4-for-5) hit a two-run shot in the first inning and McCann added a solo homer in the sixth. Moran, who had tripled earlier for his fourth major league hit, then belted a solo shot in the eighth and finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs.

      Gurriel ended up a triple short of the cycle with his career-best four hits. Fiers (7-4) allowed one run and six hits in seven inning. He struck out nine with just one walk and won his second straight start.

      The Astros banged out five runs and five hits off Baltimore starter Ubaldo Jimenez (4-6) in the first two innings. Jimenez allowed six runs and 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings as the Astros rolled to the early 5-0 lead and eventually stretched it to 8-1.

      Pirates 13, Rockies 5

      DENVER -- After five successive comeback victories, onrushing Pittsburgh avoided another down-to-the-wire ending and breathed easier.

      They took advantage of Coors Field, revved up their offense and extended their season-high winning streak to six games by pounding Colorado.

      The Pirates have won nine of their past 10 games, 12 of their past 14 and have won nine of their past 10 games at Coors Field, dating back to July 27, 2014. The loss ended Colorado's four-game winning streak.

      Indians 13, Blue Jays 3

      CLEVELAND -- Edwin Encarnacion fell a triple shy of the cycle and had four RBIs as Cleveland beat Toronto.

      Encarnacion, who played eight years in Toronto before signing with Cleveland as a free agent last winter, leads the Indians with 20 home runs and 54 RBIs.

      Cleveland starter Trevor Bauer (8-8) threw 112 pitches in five innings but got the win. He gave up three runs and six hits, with six strikeouts and four walks. Toronto starter Marco Estrada (4-7) gave up five runs in 4 2/3 innings and took the loss.

      Rangers 4, Rays 3

      ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Texas rallied on Shin-Soo Choo's two-run homer to tie Tampa Bay in the ninth inning and then won on Elvis Andrus' RBI single in the 10th to end a five-game losing streak.

      Jonathan Lucroy led off the 10th with a walk from Brad Boxberger (2-1), advanced on a sacrifice bunt and flyout, then scored when Andrus beat the throw to first on a ground ball deep to third base.

      Rangers reliever Alex Claudio (2-0) got the win after pitching the final two innings. The Rays had been 44-1 this season when leading after eight innings.

      Cardinals 11, Cubs 4

      CHICAGO -- Paul DeJong's bases-loaded, two-base hit delivered the go-ahead runs while nine straight batters scored in a decisive eighth inning in St. Louis' come-from-behind victory over Chicago.

      The victory snapped the Cardinals' two-game losing streak and also ended a six-game winning run by the Cubs. DeJong (1-for-5) doubled off Cubs reliever Hector Rondon to score Tommy Pham and Dexter Fowler for a 5-3 lead with none out.

      Rondon then gave up an RBI single to Randal Grichuk to make it 6-3. Carl Edwards Jr. (3-2), who started the inning and loaded the bases, took the loss.

      Phillies 6, Brewers 1

      PHILADELPHIA -- Aaron Nola pitched seven innings of one-run ball, striking out nine as Philadelphia sent Milwaukee to its sixth consecutive loss.

      Nola (7-6) lowered his ERA in July to 1.61, allowing two earned runs or fewer in every start this month. The Phillies went to work against the Brewers' bullpen in the bottom of the sixth. Carlos Torres gave up four earned runs, four hits and two walks, including a two-run double off the center-field fence to Tommy Joseph, to give the Phillies a 6-1 advantage.

      All-Star setup man Pat Neshek relieved Nola in the eighth and pitched his 22nd scoreless inning at home this season in as many attempts. Right-hander Hector Neris pitched a scoreless ninth.

      Mets 7, Athletics 5

      NEW YORK -- Michael Conforto hit a pair of two-run homers and New York staved off a late rally by Oakland.

      The Mets have won three straight and the Athletics have lost three of four. Conforto's first homer put the New York on the board in the third inning and his second blast provided what proved to be vital insurance runs in the seventh. T.J. Rivera had the go-ahead two-run single in the sixth and scored from second when third baseman Matt Chapman threw past second base and into deep right field.

      Yoenis Cespedes, the former Athletics outfielder who created a stir before the game when he told an Oakland newspaper he'd like to finish his career with the Athletics, had three hits for the Mets.

      Marlins 3, Reds 1

      CINCINNATI -- Jose Urena allowed a run on three hits through six innings and Christian Yelich had two RBIs, lifting Miami to a victory over Cincinnati.

      Urena (8-4) walked two and struck out four over his 90-pitch outing. He also doubled for the first time for just his second hit this season. The start of Friday's game was delayed one hour and 47 minutes by rain.

      Christian Yelich went 1-for-3 with two RBIs for Miami, which snapped a three-game losing streak to the Reds. A.J. Ramos retired the side in order in the ninth for his 18th save.

      Tigers 6, Twins 3

      MINNEAPOLIS -- Victor Martinez homered twice to support Anibal Sanchez's sixth start of the season as Detroit beat Minnesota.

      Nicholas Castellanos, Mikie Mahtook and Jose Iglesias each had two hits as the bottom five of the Detroit batting order went 9-for-18. The Tigers beat Minnesota for the fifth time in seven games this season.

      Sanchez (2-0) surrendered three runs in 5 2/3 innings. Four relievers combined for 3 1/3 scoreless innings with one hit allowed and Justin Wilson secured his 11th save in 13 chances. Twins right-hander Ervin Santana (11-7) had his shortest outing of the year, pulled after 3 1/3 innings while yielding five runs, seven hits and two walks.

      Royals 7, White Sox 6 (10 innings)

      KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Whit Merrifield drove in three runs, including the game-winner in the 10th inning, as Kansas City rallied to beat Chicago.

      Merrifield's sacrifice fly with the bases loaded in the 10th brought home Alcides Escobar for the walk-off victory.

      Escobar and Alex Gordon, who had three hits and three RBIs, started the inning with singles. They advanced on a wild pitch and pinch-hitter Jorge Bonifacio walked to load the bases to set the stage for Merrifield's sacrifice fly.

      Red Sox 6, Angels 2

      ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Chris Sale shut out Los Angeles on four hits in six innings, riding a five-run first inning from his teammates and lifting Boston to the win.

      Sale (12-4) struck out nine, reaching the 200-strikeout milestone for the season. It took him just 141 1/3 innings to get there, the fastest to 200 in major league history. Only three other pitchers -- Nolan Ryan, Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez -- have reached 200 in 20 starts or fewer.

      The Red Sox had nine hits, all coming against Ricky Nolasco (4-11), who gave up all six runs and lasted just four innings. Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley Jr. each had two hits for Boston, which increased its lead in the American League East to 3 1/2 games over the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees.

      Braves 12, Dodgers 3

      LOS ANGELES -- Jaime Garcia hit a grand slam and pitched seven effective innings as Atlanta thumped Los Angeles.

      Garcia (4-7) also had a hand in two other runs when Alex Wood botched Garcia's popup in the fourth inning for a two-run error. Tyler Flowers added a three-run shot in the sixth to give him four RBIs to match Garcia in the Braves' 13-hit attack.

      Wood (11-1) lost for the first time since May 30, 2016, a span of 14 consecutive starts. He also was defeated for the initial time this year at Dodger Stadium.

      Yankees 5, Mariners 1

      SEATTLE -- Aaron Judge hit a three-run homer that nearly left Safeco Field and drove in four runs as New York defeated Seattle.

      Judge's fifth-inning blast, his major league-leading 31st homer of the season and his first since winning the Home Run Derby, landed in the third-to-last row of the second deck in left field. It came on a 2-1 hanging curveball from Mariners rookie right-hander Andrew Moore and traveled an estimated 450 feet.

      Yankees starter CC Sabathia (9-3) allowed one run and four hits in five-plus innings to get the win. He walked three and struck out five. Moore (1-2) struggled, giving up five runs and nine hits in six innings.

      Diamondbacks 6, Nationals 5

      PHOENIX -- David Peralta, A.J. Pollock and Jake Lamb homered off Max Scherzer to lead off the Arizona first inning, but the Diamondbacks needed a walk-off single by Brandon Drury with one out in the ninth inning for a victory over Washington.

      Pollock tripled to open the ninth inning off Enny Romero (2-4) before Nationals manager Dusty Baker intentionally walked Jake Lamb and Paul Goldschmidt to load the bases.

      Adfter Gregor Blanco hit a short fly to left field, Drury grounded a single into right as the Diamondbacks recovered after blowing a 5-0 lead. Pollock and Perlta had three hits and an RBI and Lamb had two hits and two RBIs for Arizona (56-40), which has won three of four. It was its seventh walk-off victory of the season.

      Padres 12, Giants 9

      SAN FRANCISCO -- The fourth hits of the game by Matt Szczur, Jose Pirela and Carlos Asuaje drove in runs in the 11th inning, delivering San Diego a victory over San Francisco.

      Wil Myers and Hector Sanchez homered for the Padres, who have prevailed in eight of their last 11 games against the Giants and seven of their last eight visits to AT&T Park.

      Hunter Pence had three hits and two RBIs for the Giants, who led 4-0, 5-1 and 6-2 at different stages of the first four innings.

  • Tigers' Cabrera (clavicle) exits game vs. Twins
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, July 21, 2017

    MINNEAPOLIS -- Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera left Friday's game against the Minnesota Twins with a right clavicle contusion a half-inning after taking a bad hop off his chest at first base.

    • In the fourth inning, Cabrera fielded a ground ball off the bat of Robbie Grossman that took a high hop as the Detroit slugger got in front of the ball. The ball ricocheted off Cabrera's chest, and he collected it and still managed to get the out.

      Cabrera stayed in the game, but Andrew Romine pinch-hit for him in the top of the next inning.

      The Tigers announced that X-rays were negative, and Cabrera is considered day-to-day.

      Cabrera is hitting a career-low .261 this season and struck out in his two at-bats on Friday.

  • MLB notebook: Cubs 3B Bryant sits out vs. Cards
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, July 21, 2017

    Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant was not in the lineup with a finger injury for Friday afternoon's game and could miss this weekend's series against the St. Louis Cardinals.

    • Bryant sprained his little finger on his left hand in a headfirst slide in the first inning of Chicago's 8-2 victory against the Braves at Atlanta on Wednesday.

      X-rays were negative but the 25-year-old Bryant is still experiencing soreness while gripping the bat.

      "We're going to do this as a day-by-day thing," manager Joe Maddon told reporters before Friday's game. "I really don't know. If I had to guess, probably not tomorrow too and possibly on Sunday. But I really don't know. He healed well with the ankle, we did not expect that to come back very quickly and it did. So I'm just trying to not jump to conclusions right now. It's sore. It's just a soreness and he's got to grip the bat, and that's what it really comes down to."

      --The Cardinals activated left-handed reliever Zach Duke and outfielder Randal Grichuk from the disabled list prior to opening a three-game series against the Cubs.

      Duke made his season debut in the 11-4 win after undergoing Tommy John surgery during the offseason. He missed all of spring training and pitched nine scoreless innings in nine rehab appearances.

      Grichuk was activated after being out since July 10 with a lower back injury. He appeared in a rehab game with Double-A Springfield on Wednesday and was 1-for-4 with a three-run homer.

      Besides activating Duke and Grichuk, St. Louis also optioned right-handed reliever Sam Tuivailala to Triple-A Memphis and outfielder Magneuris Sierra to Springfield. St. Louis also recalled catcher Carson Kelly from Memphis and designated backup catcher Eric Fryer for assignment.

      --The Cleveland Indians placed left-handed reliever Boone Logan on the 10-day disabled list with a left lat muscle strain.

      Logan, 32, is out indefinitely, the team announced. The move is retroactive to July 20.

      Logan suffered the injury when he threw ball four to Brandon Belt in the eighth inning on Wednesday afternoon in the San Francisco Giants' 5-4 win. It sent the 6-foot-5, 240-pound Logan to his knee after he released the ball.

      "When the ball came out of my hand I felt it pull in the upper lat area," Logan said after the game.

      --The Oakland Athletics signed first baseman Chris Carter to a minor league contract, the team announced.

      Carter, 30, was assigned to Triple-A Nashville. He was released by the New York Yankees on July 11. He signed a one-year, $3.5 million deal with New York in February.

      Carter hit just .201 with eight home runs and 26 RBIs in 62 games with the Yankees, who twice designated him for assignment. He was initially designated on June 24 and again on July 5.

      Carter previously spent five years in the Oakland organization after originally being acquired in December 2007 from Arizona in an eight-player trade. He spent parts of three seasons in the majors with the A's (2010-12), appearing in 106 games and hitting 19 homers.

      --The Seattle Mariners acquired left-hander Marco Gonzales from the Cardinals in exchange for minor league outfielder Tyler O'Neill, the teams announced.

      Gonzales, 25, appeared in parts of three major league seasons (2014, 2015, 2017) with the Cardinals, compiling a 4-2 record with a 5.53 ERA over 40 2/3 innings in 12 games (seven starts).

      Gonzales also appeared in three games in the 2014 division series against the Los Angeles Dodgers and was 2-0 with a perfect 0.00 ERA over three innings. In addition, he made three appearances in the 2014 ALCS against the San Francisco Giants and was 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA over three innings.

      O'Neill, 22, hit .244 with 19 home runs and 56 RBIs in 93 games with Triple-A Tacoma this season.

  • Indians place LHP Logan on disabled list
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, July 21, 2017

    The Cleveland Indians placed left-handed reliever Boone Logan on the 10-day disabled list Friday with a left lat muscle strain.

    • Logan, 32, is out indefinitely, the team announced. The move is retroactive to July 20.

      Logan suffered the injury when he threw ball four to Brandon Belt in the eighth inning on Wednesday afternoon in the San Francisco Giants' 5-4 win. It sent the 6-foot-5, 240-pound Logan to his knee after he released the ball.

      "When the ball came out of my hand I felt it pull in the upper lat area," Logan said after the game.

      Logan, who is beginning his seventh career stint on the major league DL, is 1-0 with a 4.71 ERA over 21 innings in 38 appearances this season.

      Logan underwent imaging and an examination on Thursday, confirming a high grade latissimus strain.

      The Indians also purchased the contract of left-hander Tyler Olson from Triple-A Columbus.

      Olson, 27, has spent the entire season with Columbus, posting a 2-0 record with two saves and a 3.32 ERA over 40 2/3 innings in 33 relief appearances.

      Olson was claimed off waivers by Cleveland last July. He appeared in 12 major league games with the Seattle Mariners and New York Yankees during the 2015-2016 campaigns, going 1-1 with a 5.63 ERA over 16 innings.

  • Cardinals activate LHP Duke, OF Grichuk
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, July 21, 2017

    The St. Louis Cardinals activated left-handed reliever Zach Duke and outfielder Randal Grichuk from the disabled list prior to opening a three-game series against the Chicago Cubs on Friday afternoon.

    • Duke will make his season debut after undergoing Tommy John surgery during the offseason. He missed all of spring training and pitched nine scoreless innings in nine rehab appearances.

      The 34-year-old Duke was obtained from the Chicago White Sox a day before last season's non-waiver trade deadline for outfielder Charlie Tilson. He was 0-1 with a 1.93 ERA in 28 appearances after posting a 2.63 ERA in 51 appearances for the White Sox.

      Duke made his major league debut as a starting pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2005. In 441 appearances (169 starts), he is 60-84 with a 4.31 ERA for the Pirates, Arizona Diamondbacks, Washington Nationals, Cincinnati Reds, Milwaukee Brewers, the White Sox and St. Louis.

      Grichuk was activated after being out since July 10 with a lower back injury. He appeared in a rehab game with Double-A Springfield on Wednesday and was 1-for-4 with a three-run homer.

      In 2015, the 26-year-old Grichuk batted .276 in his first full season with the Cardinals but slumped to .240 last season despite hitting 24 homers. This season, Grichuk is hitting .215 with nine homers and 30 RBIs in 61 games.

      Besides activating Duke and Grichuk, St. Louis also optioned right-handed reliever Sam Tuivailala to Triple-A Memphis and outfielder Magneuris Sierra to Springfield.

      St. Louis also recalled catcher Carson Kelly from Memphis and designated backup catcher Eric Fryer for assignment.

  • Cubs 3B day-to-day with finger injury
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, July 21, 2017

    Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant was not in the lineup with a finger injury for Friday afternoon's game and could miss this weekend's series against the St. Louis Cardinals.

    • Bryant sprained his little finger on his left hand in a headfirst slide in the first inning of Chicago's 8-2 victory against the Braves at Atlanta on Wednesday.

      X-rays were negative but the 25-year-old Bryant is still experiencing soreness while gripping the bat.

      "We're going to do this as a day-by-day thing," manager Joe Maddon told reporters before Friday's game. "I really don't know. If I had to guess, probably not tomorrow too and possibly on Sunday. But I really don't know.

      "He healed well with the ankle, we did not expect that to come back very quickly and it did. So I'm just trying to not jump to conclusions right now. It's sore. It's just a soreness and he's got to grip the bat, and that's what it really comes down to."

      Bryant is hitting .275 with 19 home runs and 40 RBIs in 88 games this season. He is coming off a National League MVP season when he helped the Cubs to their first World Series title since 1908.

      Javier Baez started at third in the series opener against the Cardinals.

  • A's sign 1B Carter to minor league contract
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, July 21, 2017

    The Oakland Athletics signed first baseman Chris Carter to a minor league contract, the team announced Friday.

    • Carter, 30, was assigned to Triple-A Nashville. He was released by the New York Yankees on July 11. He signed a one-year, $3.5 million deal with New York in February.

      Carter hit just .201 with eight home runs and 26 RBIs in 62 games with the Yankees, who twice designated him for assignment. He was initially designated on June 24 and again on July 5.

      Carter previously spent five years in the Oakland organization after originally being acquired in December 2007 from Arizona in an eight-player trade. He spent parts of three seasons in the majors with the A's (2010-12), appearing in 106 games and hitting 19 homers.

      The A's also recalled right-hander Frankie Montas and first baseman/outfielder Matt Olson from Triple-A.

      Montas, 25, joins Oakland for the second time this year. He was on the Athletics' Opening Day roster and went 1-1 with a 6.91 ERA in 21 relief appearances before he was optioned to Nashville on June 11. He went 0-1 with a 4.22 ERA in seven games (six starts) with Nashville.

      Olson, 23, reports to Oakland for the fifth time and is batting .184 with four home runs and nine RBIs in 16 games over his previous four stints. His most recent stay was from June 22 to July 2 when he went 9-for-40 (.225) with all four of his home runs and eight RBIs in 10 games. He is hitting .267 with 19 homers and 51 RBIs in 68 games with Nashville.

  • Mariners acquire LHP Gonzales from Cardinals
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, July 21, 2017

    The Seattle Mariners acquired left-hander Marco Gonzales from the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for minor league outfielder Tyler O'Neill, the teams announced Friday.

    • Gonzales, 25, appeared in parts of three major league seasons (2014, 2015, 2017) with the Cardinals, compiling a 4-2 record with a 5.53 ERA over 40 2/3 innings in 12 games (seven starts).

      Gonzales also appeared in three games in the 2014 division series against the Los Angeles Dodgers and was 2-0 with a perfect 0.00 ERA over three innings. In addition, he made three appearances in the 2014 ALCS against the San Francisco Giants and was 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA over three innings.

      "Marco is a quality athlete with high character and a strong pitching pedigree who we feel fits our roster well in both the near and long term," Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said in a statement. "We find his current performance, preparedness and proximity to the major leagues to be very appealing traits in a pitcher, particularly a young lefty who is now under club control through the 2023 season."

      Gonzales also made appearances with Triple-A Memphis and advanced-A Palm Beach this season. In 11 starts at AAA, he was 6-4 with a 2.90 ERA over 68 1/3 innings with 57 strikeouts and 17 walks.

      Gonzales missed part of the 2015 season after suffering a severe left pectoral injury. He was out all of 2016 recovering from Tommy John surgery on his left elbow.

      O'Neill, 22, hit .244 with 19 home runs and 56 RBIs in 93 games with Triple-A Tacoma this season.

      In parts of five minor league seasons in the Mariners organization, O'Neill hit .269 with 89 home runs, 300 RBIs, 44 stolen bases, a .344 on-base percentage and a .505 slugging mark in 418 career games.

      The Canadian-born outfielder played in three games for Team Canada in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

      "This was more of a traditional trade in the sense that O'Neill was an outfielder with upside in the Mariners organization and Gonzales was a pitcher with upside in our organization," Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak said. "If you look at the depth we have with the pitching in our system, it allowed us to make a move like this to improve. We are excited for Tyler to join our organization."

      O'Neill will report to Memphis Redbirds of the Pacific Coast League.

  • Mariners, Yanks continue series with better bullpens
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, July 21, 2017

    SEATTLE -- Let the arms race begin.

    • At least, the race for relievers.

      The New York Yankees and Seattle Mariners, who are in the midst of a four-game series at Safeco Field, have taken the first shots.

      The Yankees acquired right-handed relievers David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle, as well as two-time All-Star third baseman Todd Frazier, on Tuesday night from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for reliever Tyler Clippard and three prospects.

      The Mariners, who are chasing the Yankees for an American League wild-card berth, countered Thursday by getting reliever David Phelps from the Miami Marlins for four prospects: outfielder Brayan Hernandez and right-handed pitchers Pablo Lopez, Brandon Miller and Lukas Schiraldi.

      "David's really been tested in the bullpen and as a reliever," Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said. "He's been under-the-radar good."

      Phelps, a 30-year-old right-hander, is scheduled to join the Mariners for the Friday game. He was 2-4 with a 3.45 ERA in 44 appearances for Miami, with 51 strikeouts in 47 innings. His 18 holds were tied for second in the National League.

      Phelps, who made his major league debut with the Yankees in 2012, is in his first full season as a reliever after bouncing between the rotation and a long-relief role for most of his first five seasons.

      "It's nice to have another arm on the way," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "He can pitch anywhere from the sixth, seventh or eighth inning."

      The Yankees and Mariners are still in the market for starting pitching.

      Seattle expected left-hander Drew Smyly would return by the All-Star break, but he is going to miss the remainder of the season and perhaps most of 2018 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. Right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma has been on the disabled list since May 10 with inflammation in his pitching shoulder, and it is unclear when, or whether, he will return after setbacks in his rehabilitation.

      The Yankees recently lost right-hander Michael Pineda, a former Mariner who has a partial ligament tear in his pitching elbow and might undergo surgery.

      "We wanted to be careful buyers and we wanted to improve areas on the club," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told NJ.com. "The biggest areas would be with the Michael Pineda injury if we can find a spot in the rotation as well as improve the bullpen. We do believe clearly that this (trade) adds some significant weapons to the high-caliber pieces that we already possess in the bullpen, and hopefully it plays out that way as we move forward."

      Dipoto said he has talked with "every team in the league" about acquiring a starter.

      "The demand exceeds the supply," Dipoto said. "The market for (starting) pitching is high. We've got to be realistic about what we can offer."

      With that in mind, the Mariners announced Thursday that veteran right-hander Yovani Gallardo would return to the rotation and start the series finale Sunday. Gallardo was 3-7 with a 6.30 ERA in 14 starts before being banished to the bullpen a month ago.

      Dipoto was asked whether the Mariners would consider a "rental" player who is signed only through this season.

      "I would if the rental costs much less," he said. "In theory, it should be toward the end of the month (at the trading deadline)."

      But Dipoto admitted that theory might be skewed this season, with nearly every AL club still in the wild-card race.

      "You're still going to pay a premium for a short-term buy," he said.

      The Mariners are scheduled to send rookie right-hander Andrew Moore (1-1, 5.25 ERA) to the mound Friday to make his first appearance against the Yankees.

      New York plans to pitch veteran left-hander CC Sabathia (8-3, 3.54), who is 13-6 with a 2.64 ERA in 26 career starts against the Mariners.