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  • Braves' Dickey hopes to keep Mariners in the yard
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, August 23, 2017

    ATLANTA -- The cozier dimensions were obviously going to make SunTrust Park more hitter-friendly than Turner Field, the Atlanta Braves' former home.

    • Throw in the uptick on home runs this season, and it often hasn't been the best place to pitch. Already there has been 138 homers hit at the new ballpark compared to 130 all last year at the Ted.

      Atlanta knuckleball pitcher R.A. Dickey will try to prevent Seattle from going deep as the Braves conclude their three-game interleague series with the Mariners on Wednesday night.

      The teams split the first two games, with Seattle winning 6-5 on Monday and Atlanta earning a 4-0 victory on Tuesday.

      Dickey, signed as a free agent by the Braves in November, has for the most part adapted well to SunTrust Park, going 6-3 with a 3.50 ERA.

      The right-hander hasn't been able to avoid the long ball, though.

      Of the 22 home runs the 42-year-old has allowed while going 8-8 with a 3.98 ERA, 16 have come at home, including three in four batters against Cincinnati on Friday in a loss that snapped a personal two-game winning streak.

      "In a different park, maybe one of those is a fly ball," Dickey said.

      Erasmo Ramirez, making his fifth start for Seattle after being acquired from Tampa Bay, will oppose Dickey.

      Ramirez (5-4, 4.52 ERA) defeated the Rays -- his former team -- in Tampa Bay on Saturday. He is 1-1 with a 3.54 ERA for the Mariners.

      The 27-year-old right-hander is being stretched back out to fill one of the holes in the Seattle rotation after being moved to the bullpen by the Rays.

      Ramirez has gone six innings in each of his past two starts, allowing a combined one earned run and five hits.

      "Every time I'm feeling stronger," Ramirez said. "When you're able to throw strikes in the sixth and have the same speed is something you're looking for all the time."

      Ramirez's last of eight starts for the Rays was June 28. He pitched out of the bullpen for Tampa Bay in 2016 after being a starter the year before and during three partial seasons with Mariners, his original team.

      "He's done a good job of expanding himself, working that pitch count up, and you could see him get stronger as he gets deeper in games now," Mariners catcher Mike Zunino said.

      Dickey, the National League Cy Young Award winner in 2012 with the New York Mets, has won 118 career games. He still is at the mercy of his knuckleball, though.

      "You've got to live or die with the knuckleball, and it kind of bit me," Dickey said after the loss to the Reds.

      "It was pretty much three pitches," Braves manager Brian Snitker said. "Otherwise, they were taking some pretty ugly swings."

      Ugly has been the only description for the Mariners' defense so far in the series. Seattle made four errors in the opener and two more Tuesday. Three of the Braves' runs have been unearned.

      "We just haven't played clean baseball. We've got to tighten that up," Servais said.

  • MLB roundup: Gonzalez collects 2,000th hit in Dodgers' win
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, August 23, 2017

    PITTSBURGH -- Adrian Gonzalez's 2,000th career hit helped propel the Los Angeles Dodgers to an 8-5 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night at PNC Park.

    • Gonzalez led off the sixth inning with a double down the right field line. After advancing to third, he scored when Corey Seager singled to right, giving Los Angeles a 6-5 lead.

      The Dodgers have won 15 of 19 games in August. The Pirates have gone in the opposite direction, losing eight of their past 10.

      Yasmani Grandal put Pittsburgh away with a two-run homer in the seventh that gave Los Angeles an 8-5 lead.

      Angels 10, Rangers 1

      ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Kaleb Cowart and Albert Pujols hit three-run homers and Los Angeles remained a half-game out of the second American League wild-card spot after a win over Texas.

      Pujols blasted the 610th homer of his career in the seventh inning to pass Sammy Sosa for the most home runs by a foreign-born player. His 19th home run of the season gave the Angels a 10-1 lead en route to their 10th win in the past 13 games. He is now eighth on the all-time list, two homers behind Jim Thome.

      Cowart hit his three-run homer in the fifth inning to give the Angels a 6-1 lead. Kole Calhoun had three of Los Angeles' season-high 16 hits and added two RBIs.

      Brewers 4, Giants 3

      SAN FRANCISCO -- Hernan Perez threw out Nick Hundley at the plate from right field to preserve a one-run lead in the eighth inning, helping Milwaukee hold off San Francisco.

      Ryan Braun and Travis Shaw drove in runs in a two-run seventh inning for the Brewers, who rallied from a 3-2 deficit to win for the third time in five games on their nine-game trip.

      Brandon Crawford had a two-run homer for the Giants, who had won five straight at home over the Brewers.

      Red Sox 9, Indians 1

      CLEVELAND -- Doug Fister pitched a one-hitter and Eduardo Nunez had two hits, including a home run, and a career-high five RBIs as Boston rolled past Cleveland at Progressive Field.

      In his third start against Cleveland in the last 23 days, Fister gave up a home run to Francisco Lindor leading off the first inning, then held Cleveland scoreless and hitless for the rest of the way for his first complete game since Sept. 26, 2014.

      Nunez had a two-run double in the seventh inning and a three-run homer in the eighth.

      Diamondbacks 7, Mets 4

      NEW YORK -- Patrick Corbin earned his third consecutive victory, allowing one run over eight innings as Arizona defeated New York.

      Corbin (11-11) gave up four hits and two walks while striking out six. The left-hander had his scoreless streak snapped at 20 1/3 innings when he gave up a homer to Amed Rosario in the fifth inning.

      J.D. Martinez hit a three-run homer in the first for the Diamondbacks. Paul Goldschmidt had two doubles, and he drove in runs with a fifth-inning double and a bases-loaded walk in the seventh. Adam Rosales homered in the fourth, and Chris Iannetta had two hits and two runs.

      Royals 3, Rockies 2

      KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Danny Duffy took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, and Kansas City escaped with a victory over Colorado.

      Nolan Arenado's two-out, two-run homer off Duffy spoiled the no-hit bid. Duffy (8-8) was pulled after six innings of one-hit, two-run ball. He walked three and struck out seven. Mike Minor, Peter Moylan, Kelvin Herrera and Scott Alexander (first save) finished the victory.

      Salvador Perez had two hits, including an RBI double, for the Royals.

      Twins 4, White Sox 1

      CHICAGO -- Minnesota shrugged off an early deficit and used three long balls to beat Chicago.

      Jorge Polanco, Kennys Vargas and Eddie Rosario each homered against rookie Lucas Giolito, called up Tuesday from Triple-A Charlotte for his Chicago debut. Kyle Gibson (7-10) allowed one run and seven hits for his first victory since July 22.

      Padres 12, Cardinals 4

      ST. LOUIS -- Yangervis Solarte knocked in a career-high six runs as San Diego became the latest team to plunder St. Louis pitching at Busch Stadium.

      Solarte capped his big evening in the eighth inning with a two-run homer that traveled an estimated 455 feet, his 14th blast of the year. He became the first player in franchise history to drive in six runs in a game at St. Louis.

      San Diego snapped a 4-4 tie in the seventh with six runs. Austin Hedges hit a three-run homer.

      Marlins 12, Phillies 8 (Game 1)

      PHILADELPHIA -- Ichiro Suzuki, only two months shy of his 44th birthday, hit a pinch-hit, three-run homer to break a tie in the seventh inning as Miami won the opener of a doubleheader with Philadelphia.

      Two batters after Ichiro homered, Giancarlo Stanton continued his torrid pace since the All-Star break by taking Aaron Nola (9-9) deep over the right field fence and knocking him out of the game. It was Stanton's league-leading 46th home run and 99th RBI.

      Miami's J.T. Realmuto belted a three-run homer in the top of the ninth before the Phillies' Andres Blanco and Tommy Joseph hit the game's eighth and ninth home runs in the bottom half.

      Marlins 7, Phillies 4 (Game 2)

      PHILADELPHIA -- Miami swept Philadelphia in the 43rd doubleheader in franchise history behind a combined 23 hits in two games.

      Four RBIs from Christian Yelich was just enough for starter Jose Urena to walk off the mound after five innings with his 12th victory.

      Miami's Marcell Ozuna added a two-run homer.

      Cubs 13, Reds 9

      CINCINNATI -- Ben Zobrist drove in the go-ahead runs with a pinch-hit, two-run double in the seventh inning as Chicago rallied past Cincinnati.

      The Cubs (67-57) moved 10 games above .500 for the first time this season. Zobrist, who was scratched from the starting lineup after he was late arriving from his hometown of Nashville, Tenn., because of a rental car snafu, also had an RBI groundout in the eighth. Javier Baez delivered a two-run single in the seventh.

      Eugenio Suarez homered twice and had a career-high five RBIs, and Jesse Winker and Scooter Gennett each hit solo homers for Cincinnati.

      Nationals 4, Astros 3

      HOUSTON -- Tanner Roark recovered from a rocky start, and Washington claimed an interleague win over Houston at Minute Maid Park.

      Roark (10-8) pitched into the sixth inning after struggling early before handing over a one-run lead to his bullpen.

      With the Astros leading 3-2 in the fourth, Matt Wieters socked a two-run home run to center, his ninth homer of the season, to give the Nationals the lead.

      A's 6, Orioles 4

      BALTIMORE -- Ryon Healy homered twice and drove in three runs, and Jed Lowrie and Khris Davis also went deep as Oakland defeated Baltimore.

      Healy (solo) and Lowrie (two-run) both homered in a three-run first inning as Oakland took a 3-0 lead after just five batters against Ubaldo Jimenez. In the fifth, Healy added a two-run homer. It was his fourth multi-homer game this season, and he stretched his hitting streak to 10 games.

      Simon Castro (1-1) went two innings and gave up Manny Machado's two-run homer but still earned the win.

      Yankees 13, Tigers 4

      DETROIT -- Masahiro Tanaka came off the disabled list and pitched seven solid innings, and Aaron Judge's record-breaking strikeout streak ended at 37 games as New York pummeled Detroit.

      Tanaka (9-10) was making his first start since Aug. 9 after recovering from shoulder inflammation. He held the Tigers to three runs and six hits and didn't walk a batter while striking out four.

      Judge had struck out at least once in every game in which he appeared since July 8. He walked on full counts in his first three trips to the plate and added an RBI single. New York's Gary Sanchez hit a pair of two-run homers, including a mammoth blast in the first inning.

      Braves 4, Mariners 0

      ATLANTA -- Nick Markakis homered and drove in a second run with a single as Atlanta defeated Seattle behind rookie Lucas Sims' six spotless innings.

      Markakis, who had three hits in the series opener, has a career .326 average with six homers and 30 RBIs in 69 games against Seattle. His homer came in the fourth inning and his RBI single in the fifth.

      Sims (2-3) followed up his first victory Thursday at Colorado by giving up three hits and two walks.

      Rays 6, Blue Jays 5

      ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Kevin Kiermaier hit a two-run triple in the second inning to help Tampa Bay beat Toronto.

      Kiermaier was 2-for-5 and Wilson Ramos had three hits as the Rays won their second consecutive game. Toronto lost its fourth straight.

      Alex Colome allowed a run in the ninth but got his major-league-leading 37th save.

  • MLB notebook: Dodgers place Bellinger, Wood on 10-day DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, August 22, 2017

    The Los Angeles Dodgers placed first baseman/outfielder Cody Bellinger and left-hander Alex Wood on the 10-day disabled list on Tuesday.

    • Bellinger, the standout rookie, suffered a mild right ankle sprain while playing the outfield in Detroit on Sunday. The All-Star leads MLB-best Los Angeles with 34 home runs and 79 RBIs.

      Wood is making his second trip to the DL this season with a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder. The 26-year-old All-Star went six innings and allowed three runs at Pittsburgh on Monday before coming out of the game and is 14-1 with a 2.41 ERA.

      In a pair of corresponding moves, the Dodgers recalled right-handers Josh Ravin and Brock Stewart from Triple-A Oklahoma City. Stewart owns a 1.64 ERA in nine previous appearances -- two starts -- for Los Angeles, while Ravin has a 3.38 ERA in four appearances for the Dodgers this season.

      --The Cleveland Indians placed left-hander Andrew Miller and right-hander Danny Salazar on the 10-day disabled list, the team announced.

      Miller, who is dealing with patellar tendonitis in his right knee, exited Monday's game against the Boston Red Sox after making seven pitches in the seventh inning. The All-Star reliever had just returned from a 16-day stint on the disabled list.

      Miller owns a 4-3 mark with two saves and a 1.65 ERA in 48 appearances this season.

      Like Miller, Salazar is also making his second trip to the disabled list this season. The 27-year-old, who is being plagued by right elbow inflammation, has posted a 5-6 record with a 4.30 ERA in 18 appearances this season.

      -- Umpire Hunter Wendelstedt is being monitored for concussion-like symptoms and won't work the rest of the series between the Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians.

      Wendelstedt left Monday's game after getting hit on his facemask by a warmup pitch from Boston pitcher Joe Kelly in the sixth inning.

      Kelly entered the game with two outs in the sixth, and Carlos Santana the batter. As Kelly was warming up, Wendelstedt crouched behind Boston catcher Christian Vazquez, to get a look at Kelly's pitches.

      One of Kelly's pitches, which appeared to be a high fastball, glanced off Vazquez's glove and hit Wendelstedt on the upper part of his mask. Wendelstedt was staggered by the impact, and went down on one knee. After being checked by the Indians' assistant athletic trainer Michael Salazar, Wendelstedt remained in the game.

      --The Texas Rangers placed slugger Joey Gallo on the seven-day concussion list.

      The infielder, who is tied for second in the American League with 35 homers, was injured in Sunday's game against the Chicago White Sox. Gallo collided with right-hander Matt Bush while chasing after a popup near third base and suffered a fractured nose as well as experiencing concussion-like symptoms.

      Gallo, who has 10 homers in August, has been a prime factor in Texas' recent improvement. The Rangers have won nine of their past 12 games entering Tuesday's contest against the Los Angeles Angels.

      The Rangers recalled infielder Phil Gosselin from Triple-A Round Rock to fill the roster opening. Gosselin is batting .146 in 29 major league games with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Rangers this season.

      --The Chicago White Sox recalled right-hander Lucas Giolito from Triple-A Charlotte and optioned right-hander Brad Goldberg.

      Giolito, who was acquired along with right-handers Reynaldo Lopez and Dane Dunning in the deal that sent center fielder Adam Eaton to the Washington Nationals over the winter, is getting his first chance to impress his new major league club after going 6-10 with a 4.48 ERA in 24 starts for Charlotte.

      The 23-year-old former first-round pick went 3-1 with a 1.71 ERA in his last five starts for Charlotte and will start for the White Sox on Tuesday against the Minnesota Twins.

      --The Boston Red Sox placed right-hander Matt Barnes on the 10-day disabled list with a lower back strain, the team announced.

      Fellow right-hander Hector Velazquez was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket to replace Barnes, who owns a 6-3 mark with a 3.60 ERA this season.

      Barnes has limited the opposition to a .210 batting average with 66 strikeouts against 27 walks in 59 appearances in 2017.

      --New York Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka was activated from the 10-day disabled list to start Tuesday's series opener against the Detroit Tigers, the team announced.

      Tanaka, who was sidelined due to right shoulder inflammation, has battled elbow injuries over the last two years.

      "I feel good," Tanaka said through an interpreter. "All I can say is that I'm able to do what I just did, as far as flat grounds and bullpens, because the arm is feeling better. I feel like there have been more exercises that I've gone through this time around, so I feel like I am coming back at a faster pace."

      --Hall of Fame broadcaster Rafael "Felo" Ramirez, who served as the Spanish radio voice of the Miami Marlins since their inaugural season, died on Monday at the age of 94, the team announced.

      Ramirez had been hospitalized since April 26 after he hit his head while falling off the team bus in Philadelphia.

      Ramirez, who joined the Marlins as the team's Spanish announced in 1993, was enshrined in Cooperstown after receiving the Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasters in 2001.

      "The entire Marlins organization is deeply saddened by the loss of a great friend, Hall-of-Fame broadcaster and community icon, Felo Ramirez," the team said in a statement. "Since our inaugural season, he brought home practically every magical moment in franchise history to generations of fans. A true broadcast legend, Felo lent his voice to over 30 World Series and All-Star Games and his extensive contributions to our game will never be forgotten."

  • Rangers' Gallo placed on 7-day DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, August 22, 2017

    The Texas Rangers placed slugger Joey Gallo on the seven-day concussion list on Tuesday.

    • The infielder, who is tied for second in the American League with 35 homers, was injured in Sunday's game against the Chicago White Sox. Gallo collided with right-hander Matt Bush while chasing after a popup near third base and suffered a fractured nose as well as experiencing concussion-like symptoms.

      Gallo, who has 10 homers in August, has been a prime factor in Texas' recent improvement. The Rangers have won nine of their past 12 games entering Tuesday's contest against the Los Angeles Angels.

      The Rangers recalled infielder Phil Gosselin from Triple-A Round Rock to fill the roster opening. Gosselin is batting .146 in 29 major league games with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Rangers this season.

  • Umpire Wendelstedt sidelined with concussion-like symptoms
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, August 22, 2017

    CLEVELAND -- Umpire Hunter Wendelstedt is being monitored for concussion-like symptoms and won’t work the rest of the series between the Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians.

    •    Wendelstedt left Monday’s game after getting hit on his facemask by a warmup pitch from Boston pitcher Joe Kelly in the sixth inning.

         Kelly entered the game with two outs in the sixth, and Carlos Santana the batter. As Kelly was warming up, Wendelstedt crouched behind Boston catcher Christian Vazquez, to get a look at Kelly’s pitches.

         One of Kelly’s pitches, which appeared to be a high fastball, glanced off Vazquez’s glove and hit Wendelstedt on the upper part of his mask. Wendelstedt was staggered by the impact, and went down on one knee. After being checked by the Indians’ assistant athletic trainer Michael Salazar, Wendelstedt remained in the game.

         Santana flew out to end the inning. Between innings, fellow umpires Bill Welke, Alan Porter and Andy Fletcher, along with Salazar, met with Wendelstedt, and the decision was made for him to leave the game. Porter replaced him as the home plate umpire.

         Umpire Pat Hoberg arrived in Cleveland on Tuesday and will work with the crew for the remainder of the four-game series.

  • White Sox recall RHP Giolito to start versus Twins
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, August 22, 2017

    The Chicago White Sox recalled right-hander Lucas Giolito from Triple-A Charlotte on Tuesday and optioned right-hander Brad Goldberg.

    • Giolito, who was acquired along with right-handers Reynaldo Lopez and Dane Dunning in the deal that sent center fielder Adam Eaton to the Washington Nationals over the winter, is getting his first chance to impress his new major league club after going 6-10 with a 4.48 ERA in 24 starts for Charlotte.

      The 23-year-old former first-round pick went 3-1 with a 1.71 ERA in his last five starts for Charlotte and will start for the White Sox on Tuesday against the Minnesota Twins.

      Giolito went 0-1 with a 6.75 in six games -- four starts -- for Washington last season.

  • Indians place Salazar, Miller on 10-day DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, August 22, 2017

    The Cleveland Indians placed left-hander Andrew Miller and right-hander Danny Salazar on the 10-day disabled list, the team announced Tuesday.

    • Miller, who is dealing with patellar tendonitis in his right knee, exited Monday's game against the Boston Red Sox after making seven pitches in the seventh inning. The All-Star reliever had just returned from a 16-day stint on the disabled list.

      Miller owns a 4-3 mark with two saves and a 1.65 ERA in 48 appearances this season.

      Like Miller, Salazar is also making his second trip to the disabled list this season. The 27-year-old, who is being plagued by right elbow inflammation, has posted a 5-6 record with a 4.30 ERA in 18 appearances this season.

      Cleveland recalled right-hander Shawn Armstrong and utility man Yandy Diaz from Triple-A Columbus in a pair of corresponding moves.

      Armstrong owns a 1-0 mark with a 4.22 ERA in 18 appearances with the Indians. He also has posted a 1-1 record with 10 saves and a 2.96 ERA in 26 relief showings with Columbus.

      Yandy will make his third stint with Cleveland this season, and first since May 8-15. He is batting .350 with five homers and 33 RBIs in 85 games with Columbus.

  • Red Sox place RHP Barnes on DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, August 22, 2017

    The Boston Red Sox placed right-hander Matt Barnes on the 10-day disabled list with a lower back strain, the team announced Tuesday.

    • Fellow right-hander Hector Velazquez was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket to replace Barnes, who owns a 6-3 mark with a 3.60 ERA this season.

      Barnes has limited the opposition to a .210 batting average with 66 strikeouts against 27 walks in 59 appearances in 2017.

      The 27-year-old has posted a 13-10 record with a 4.23 ERA in 158 career appearances, all with the Red Sox.

      Velazquez owns a 2-1 mark with a 4.08 ERA in four appearances with Boston this season. The 28-year-old has a 7-4 record with a 2.39 ERA in 17 starts with Pawtucket.

  • Yankees' Tanaka activated from DL to start vs. Tigers
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, August 22, 2017

    New York Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka was activated from the 10-day disabled list to start Tuesday's series opener against the Detroit Tigers, the team announced.

    • Tanaka, who was sidelined due to right shoulder inflammation, has battled elbow injuries over the last two years.

      "I feel good," Tanaka said through an interpreter. "All I can say is that I'm able to do what I just did, as far as flat grounds and bullpens, because the arm is feeling better. I feel like there have been more exercises that I've gone through this time around, so I feel like I am coming back at a faster pace."

      Tanaka last pitched on Aug. 9 in a poor outing against the Toronto Blue Jays. The 28-year-old walked a career-high five batters and allowed three runs -- two earned -- and two hits in four-plus innings in the Yankees' 11-5 win in Toronto.

      Tanaka owns an 8-10 mark with 4.92 ERA in 23 starts.

  • Hall of Fame broadcaster 'Felo' Ramirez dies
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, August 22, 2017

    Hall of Fame broadcaster Rafael "Felo" Ramirez, who served as the Spanish radio voice of the Miami Marlins since their inaugural season, died on Monday at the age of 94, the team announced.

    • Ramirez had been hospitalized since April 26 after he hit his head while falling off the team bus in Philadelphia.

      Ramirez, who joined the Marlins as the team's Spanish announced in 1993, was enshrined in Cooperstown after receiving the Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasters in 2001.

      "The entire Marlins organization is deeply saddened by the loss of a great friend, Hall-of-Fame broadcaster and community icon, Felo Ramirez," the team said in a statement. "Since our inaugural season, he brought home practically every magical moment in franchise history to generations of fans. A true broadcast legend, Felo lent his voice to over 30 World Series and All-Star Games and his extensive contributions to our game will never be forgotten.

      Luis Quintana, his broadcast partner for the last 16 seasons, went a step further.

      "There's never been anybody in Spanish broadcasting who has called as many games as he has. He's dedicated his life to baseball," Quintana told the Miami Herald. "When the season ended here in the United States, he would go call games in Venezuela, Puerto Rico. He would call winter league games -- even juvenile games.

      "His life is baseball, and there isn't a broadcaster in Spanish radio today who isn't influenced by Felo."

  • Dodgers bracing for Wood to hit DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, August 22, 2017

    Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Alex Wood could land on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation.

    • Wood started Monday for the Dodgers at Pittsburgh and allowed three home runs in six innings pitched but did not factor in the decision. Los Angeles edged Pittsburgh 6-5 in 12 innings.

      Manager Dave Roberts said the left shoulder injury is a recurrence of the same malady that sent Wood to the 10-day disabled list in May: inflammation in the sternoclavicular joint on the front side of his pitching shoulder.

      "It's a little concerning considering his history," Roberts said. "We have got to be cautious."

      Wood is 14-1 with a 2.41 ERA for the MLB-leading Dodgers this season. Los Angeles is without ace left-hander Clayton Kershaw (back) and newly acquired right-hander Yu Darvish (back). Kershaw last pitched July 23 and is scheduled for a rehab start at Oklahoma City on Saturday.

      The Dodgers announced Darvish will not pitch this week.

  • AL Rookie of the Year race might not be closed
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, August 22, 2017

    BOSTON -- In the wake of a singular first half, the die was cast. New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge would be the 2017 American League Rookie of the Year. No one was even close. No one had a chance to catch up to him. It didn't even merit discussion.

    • It may be turning into a conversation now, six weeks later.

      Judge has stumbled into a protracted slump. His batting average has fallen almost 50 points. His strikeout rate has doubled. He has followed a first half in which he hit to a spectacular 1.139 on-base-plus slugging percentage with a second half of a pedestrian .684. He has the dubious distinction of striking out in a record-tying 37 consecutive games.

      And New York manager Joe Girardi now has to consider moving his star out of the No. 3 spot in the batting order to maybe take some weight off Judge's shoulders.

      In August, Judge is hitting .169 with three home runs and five RBIs in 18 games as the Yankees have given up five games in the standings to the Boston Red Sox. That includes losing two of three to Boston at Yankee Stadium two weekends ago and two of three at Fenway Park last weekend.

      Girardi said Sunday the "the plan" is to leave him where he is, but even Judge had to admit after going 1-for-12 with five strikeouts in the three-game Boston series, "I am not getting the job done. I am a No. 3 hitter ... and I have to be that guy for this team."

      In order to turn the AL Rookie of the Year award into a conversation, it takes more than just one guy slumping. And that brings us to the surging Andrew Benintendi of the Red Sox. Benintendi was anointed the favorite for the award at the start of the season. Outlets that track such things called him the No. 1 prospect in baseball.

      Before the All-Star break, the Boston left fielder hit .279 with 12 homers and 51 RBIs. Those are pretty good numbers, but were dwarfed by Judge's first-half feats: .329 with 30 homers and 66 RBIs.

      Things have changed. In 33 games since the All-Star break, Benintendi is hitting .280 with six home runs and 19 RBIs. Judge since the break: .169 with seven homers and 14 RBIs in 35 games.

      Perhaps what is happening is a discourse on how the pressure of expectations can weigh on a young player.

      Judge faced no expectation entering the season, having surprisingly made the 25-man roster when the Yankees broke camp after hitting .179 in 27 games the year before. By the end of June, he was the AL's top vote-getter for the All-Star Game. In Miami he not only owned the Home Run Derby -- which frankly turned the game into the undercard -- but commissioner Rob Manfred said Judge is "the kind of player that can become the face of the game."

      So what greeted him in the second half? The attention of baseball fans everywhere and a fascination for whether he would continue to dominate. Would he conquer Mark McGwire's rookie homer record of 49? Would he keep pace and become the MVP?

      Benintendi had all the expectations in the first half, and when he didn't match Judge, the pressure was off. At the break, he had no chance to even get into a conversation about Rookie of the Year. And yet here we are six weeks later.

      In August, Benintendi is batting .375 with six homers and 16 RBIs.

      He has 19 home runs and won't catch Judge (37). He is 11 RBIs behind Judge's 80 and could close that gap or pass Judge. If trends continue, he might hit for a higher average; Benintendi is at .279, Judge at .282. Still, there is a long way to go.

      Other players now have a shot to make their way into the conversation if one emerges. Baltimore's Trey Mancini is hitting .283 with 21 home runs and 62 RBIs. Houston's Yuli Gurriel is batting .295 with 15 home runs and 61 RBIs.

      There is still nearly a quarter of the season remaining. It still is not a debate yet. If the voting were to happen today, Judge would come out with an overwhelming win.

      Girardi believes that Judge's issue is mechanical. A shoulder is lower. The swing plane is different.

      "I believe in him," the manager said, though whether he moves him in the lineup could say more.

      "I am putting in the work and grinding," Judge said. "The results are going to come."

      If they don't, a great debate is in the offing.

  • MLB roundup: Puig, Dodgers down Pirates in 12th
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, August 22, 2017

    PITTSBURGH -- Yasiel Puig homered leading off the 12th inning, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 6-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday.

    • The Dodgers erased a 3-0 Pirates lead with five runs in the seventh inning, four on Curtis Granderson's grand slam off Gerrit Cole.

      Josh Harrison's one-out RBI double for the Pirates off Pedro Baez cut the Dodgers' lead to 5-4 in the eighth. Andrew McCutchen and David Freese walked, loading the bases, and Josh Bell hit into a force play that scored Harrison with the tying run.

      The Pirates had taken a 3-0 lead on back-to-back homers by Jose Osuna and Sean Rodriguez in the second inning and Harrison in the third against Alex Wood.

      Indians 5, Red Sox 4

      CLEVELAND -- A throwing error by first baseman Brock Holt in the bottom of the ninth inning allowed the winning run to score as Cleveland beat Boston.

      Brandon Guyer led off the ninth with a double to left field off Brandon Workman (0-1). Roberto Perez laid down an attempted sacrifice bunt that rolled halfway to the mound.

      Holt raced in, fielded it, and threw wildly to third base in an attempt to get Guyer. The ball rolled into foul territory and Guyer raced home with the winning run.

      Diamondbacks 3, Mets 2 (10 innings)

      NEW YORK -- A.J. Pollock hit a two-run homer in the top of the 10th inning as Arizona beat New York.

      The Diamondbacks snapped a three-game losing streak to move within a half-game of the idle Colorado Rockies for the first wild-card spot in the National League. The Mets lost for the seventh time in eight games.

      Fernando Rodney gave up a solo homer to Michael Conforto in the bottom of the 10th but still recorded his 28th save.

      Orioles 7, Athletics 3

      BALTIMORE -- Adam Jones homered twice as part of a four-hit night, and Jonathan Schoop and Welington Castillo also went deep as Baltimore defeated Oakland.

      Jones tied a career high with the four hits, going 4-for-4. He hit a solo shot in the second inning to give Baltimore a 2-1 lead. His second homer came right after Schoop's three-run shot in the fifth inning.

      The back-to-back homers gave the Orioles a 6-1 lead.

      White Sox 7, Twins 6 (Game 1)

      CHICAGO -- Yolmer Sanchez and Jose Abreu homered, and Carlos Rodon struck out nine in 6 1/3 innings as Chicago beat Minnesota in the first game of a doubleheader.

      Sanchez, who drove in four runs, gave the White Sox a 5-1 lead in the fourth inning with a three-run homer. After Abreu homered to lead off the fifth inning, Sanchez's sacrifice fly later in the inning extended Chicago's lead to 7-1.

      After a 19-minute rain delay to start the eighth inning, Jorge Polanco got the Twins within a run with a three-run homer off White Sox reliever Derek Holland. However, after Brian Dozier doubled with two outs to represent the tying run, Jake Petricka got Joe Mauer to fly out.

      Twins 10, White Sox 2 (Game 2)

      CHICAGO -- Dillon Gee allowed two hits in six innings, and Jorge Polanco, Brian Dozier, Byron Buxton and Jason Castro homered as Minnesota picked up a doubleheader split against Chicago.

      In his first start since being acquired from the Texas Rangers earlier this season, Gee threw four perfect innings before allowing a solo home run and a sixth-inning double. Gee (1-0) got more than enough offensive support, including the four homers.

      Chris Gimenez had an RBI single in the eighth inning to cap the scoring for the Twins. Adam Engel led off the ninth with a solo home run for Chicago.

      Mariners 6, Braves 5

      ATLANTA -- Yonder Alonso had three hits and three RBIs in support of left-hander Andrew Albers, who worked five effective innings in Seattle's win over Atlanta.

      Alonso was 3-for-5 with two doubles, extending his hitting streak to eight games. Two of his hits came with two outs, and the veteran is 6-for-14 on the first four games of the Mariners' road trip.

      Albers (2-0), who was acquired from Atlanta's Triple-A team on Aug. 11, allowed four runs (three earned) and six hits in five innings in his second start. Albers also helped himself at the plate with two sacrifice bunts to set up two runs and with an infield single that produced his first career hit and RBI.

      Giants 2, Brewers 0

      SAN FRANCISCO -- Chris Stratton combined with three relievers on a four-hitter, delivering San Francisco a victory over Milwaukee.

      Brandon Crawford's RBI double highlighted a two-run fourth inning off Brewers starter Zach Davies, which was enough to hand the right-hander his first road loss of the season.

      The Brewers fell 2 1/2 games behind the first-place Chicago Cubs in the National League Central and 3 1/2 games back of the Arizona Diamondbacks for the second NL wild-card spot.

      Rangers 5, Angels 3

      ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Adrian Beltre homered and drove in four runs to lead Texas to a win over Los Angeles.

      The win moved the Rangers within two games of the Minnesota Twins for the second American League wild card.

      Rangers starter Cole Hamels (9-1) gave up two runs on three hits and two walks in seven innings. He struck out three.

  • Indians' Miller exits game due to knee ailment
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, August 21, 2017

    CLEVELAND -- Indians reliever Andrew Miller left Cleveland's Monday night game against the Boston Red Sox in the seventh inning with a recurrence of right patellar tendinitis.

    • Miller came on to start the inning and walked Mookie Betts, the first batter he faced. The 6-foot-7 left-hander threw one pitch to the next hitter, Andrew Benintendi, and walked off the mound.

      Miller was making his second appearance since being activated from the disabled list on Aug. 18. He had been out since Aug. 2 due to right patellar tendinitis.

  • Umpire Wendelstedt hit on mask by pitch, exits game
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, August 21, 2017

    CLEVELAND -- Home-plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt left the Monday night game between the Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox after getting hit on his facemask by a warmup pitch from Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly in the sixth inning.

    • Kelly entered the game with two outs in the sixth and Carlos Santana at the plate. As Kelly was warming up, Wendelstedt crouched behind Boston catcher Christian Vazquez to get a look at Kelly's pitches.

      What appeared to be a high fastball glanced off Vazquez's glove and hit Wendelstedt on the upper part of his mask. Wendelstedt was staggered by the impact and went down on one knee. After being checked by Indians assistant trainer Michael Salazar, Wendelstedt remained in the game and Santana flied out to end the inning.

      Between innings, fellow umpires Bill Welke, Alan Porter and Andy Fletcher, along with Salazar, met with Wendelstedt, and the decision was made for him to leave the game. Porter replaced him as the plate umpire.

  • Mets' Matz faces DL stint with mystery 'issue'
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, August 21, 2017

    Terry Collins announced that left-hander Steven Matz is headed to the disabled list because of an "issue," but the New York Mets manager didn't elaborate much on Monday.

    • Multiple outlets reported that Matz is dealing with a nerve problem in his elbow. The 26-year-old had a shot on Monday and could be in need of surgery.

      "This is not an injury," Collins said. "It's just an issue of ... he needs to shut it down for a little while. If he had to, he could pitch tomorrow."

      As it stands, Matz was scheduled to pitch Tuesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks, although fellow left-hander Tommy Milone appears likely to get the nod instead.

      Matz began the season on the disabled list and has been struggling since his return, posting a 2-7 mark with a 6.08 ERA. He is 0-6 with a 10.19 ERA in his last eight starts.

  • Diamondbacks' Tomas to have surgery, unlikely to return in 2017
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, August 21, 2017

    Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Yasmany Tomas will undergo surgery for a core injury and isn't expected to play again this season, the team announced Monday.

    • Manager Torey Lovullo said Tomas will have a 45-minute procedure on Tuesday in Philadelphia.

      Tomas, who has been on the disabled list retroactive to June 3, visited a specialist after having issues while running the bases last week.

      "We'd been very optimistic on a return," Lovullo said of the 26-year-old Tomas. "It had looked like he was getting close."

      Tomas batted .241 with eight homers and 32 RBIs in 47 games this season.

  • MLB notebook: Tigers' Kinsler fined $10K for ripping ump
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, August 21, 2017

    Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler was fined $10,000 for his rant about umpire Angel Hernandez that sparked a one-day league-wide protest by the umps, ESPN's Buster Olney reported Monday.

    • Kinsler was not suspended for arguing balls and strikes before getting ejected in last Monday night's game against the Texas Rangers or for his comments about Hernandez the next day. Kinsler said Hernandez should find another job after he was tossed in the fifth inning for questioning two pitches during his at-bat. Detroit manager Brad Ausmus came out of the dugout to argue and also was ejected by Hernandez.

      "This has to do with changing the game," Kinsler said last week in ripping Hernandez. "He's changing the game. He needs to find another job. He really does. I'm not mad at him. He just needs to go away. But when it becomes blatant like this, there is a problem. ... What is he doing on the field? What is he doing out there? It's pretty obvious he needs to stop ruining baseball games."

      --Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw went the extra mile during his scheduled three-inning simulated game.

      The three-time Cy Young Award winner tacked on a fourth inning as he attempts to return from a strained lower back that landed him on the 10-day disabled list July 24.

      Kershaw told SportsNetLA that he feels ready to pitch in a major league game on Tuesday, but that's for the team to decide. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Sunday that the 29-year-old left-hander is expected to pitch a rehab game this weekend with either Double-A Tulsa or Triple-A Oklahoma City.

      Kershaw was on his way to a runaway Cy Young season when he encountered tightness in his back after the second inning against the Atlanta Braves on July 23. He owns a 15-2 mark with a major league-best 2.04 ERA in 21 starts this season.

      --The Texas Rangers placed right-hander Matt Bush on the 10-day disabled list after he was put in concussion protocol following a collision with teammate Joey Gallo.

      Bush and Gallo collided while chasing a popup in the eighth inning of Texas' 3-2 home loss to the Chicago White Sox. Bush bruised his right knee and Gallo sustained a non-displaced nasal fracture and a swollen upper lip.

      Outfielder Ryan Rua was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock to fill the roster spot of the 31-year-old Bush, who has a 3-4 record with 10 saves and a 3.04 ERA in 49 appearances.

      Texas also optioned infielder Phil Gosselin to Round Rock and selected the contract of right-hander Nick Gardewine from Double-A Frisco to take Gosselin's place on the 25-man roster.

      --The Minnesota Twins placed infielder Miguel Sano on the 10-day disabled list with a left shin stress reaction.

      Sano, who is batting .267 with 28 home runs and 77 RBIs this season, fouled a ball off his shin Friday night in the same game that he hit two home runs in a 10-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. He had to leave the game in the seventh inning because of soreness in the shin. The move is retroactive to Sunday.

      To replace Sano on the 25-man roster, the Twins recalled infielder Kennys Vargas from Triple-A Rochester.

      The Twins also called up right-hander Tim Melville, who will start the first game of Monday's doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox. Additionally, the Twins optioned left-hander Nik Turley to Triple-A but then recalled him as the 26th man for Monday's doubleheader in Chicago.

      --The Chicago White Sox added right-hander Carson Fulmer from Triple-A Charlotte to serve as the 26th player on the roster for Monday's doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins.

      The 23-year-old Fulmer is 7-8 with a 5.61 ERA in 122 innings with 95 strikeouts in 24 starts this season for Charlotte. He made eight relief appearances for the White Sox last season in his major league debut, going 0-2 with an 8.49 ERA in 11 2/3 innings and 10 strikeouts.

  • Rangers move Bush to DL after nasty collision
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, August 21, 2017

    The Texas Rangers placed right-hander Matt Bush on the 10-day disabled list Monday, one day after he was put in concussion protocol following a collision with teammate Joey Gallo.

    • Bush and Gallo collided while chasing a popup in the eighth inning of Texas' 3-2 home loss to the Chicago White Sox. Bush bruised his right knee and Gallo sustained a non-displaced nasal fracture and a swollen upper lip.

      Outfielder Ryan Rua was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock to fill the roster spot of the 31-year-old Bush, who has a 3-4 record with 10 saves and a 3.04 ERA in 49 appearances.

      Rua has batted .202 with three homers and 11 RBIs in 45 games with the Rangers this season.

      Texas also optioned infielder Phil Gosselin to Round Rock and selected the contract of right-hander Nick Gardewine from Double-A Frisco to take Gosselin's place on the 25-man roster.

      Gosselin entered as a defensive replacement Sunday after Gallo's exit in the eighth inning. He is batting .146 with two RBIs in 29 games with Pittsburgh and Texas this season.

      Gardewine has posted a 1-2 record with four saves and a 2.41 ERA in 30 relief appearances at Frisco.

  • Dodgers' Kershaw goes 4 innings in simulated game
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, August 21, 2017

    Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw went the extra mile during his scheduled three-inning simulated game on Monday.

    • How so? Well, the three-time Cy Young Award winner tacked on a fourth inning as he attempts to return from a strained lower back that landed him on the 10-day disabled list July 24.

      Kershaw told SportsNetLA that he feels ready to pitch in a major league game on Tuesday, but that's for the team to decide.

      The team made its decision later on Monday, saying Kershaw is slated to pitch for Triple-A Oklahoma City against the Omaha Storm Chasers on Saturday. Pitching coach Rick Honeycutt told reporters that Kershaw will throw approximately 60 pitches in that encounter.

      Kershaw was on his way to a runaway Cy Young season when he encountered tightness in his back after the second inning against the Atlanta Braves on July 23. He owns a 15-2 mark with a major league-best 2.04 ERA in 21 starts this season.

  • Tigers' Kinsler fined $10K for umpire comments
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, August 21, 2017

    Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler was fined $10,000 for his rant about umpire Angel Hernandez that sparked a one-day league-wide protest by the umps, ESPN's Buster Olney reported Monday.

    • Kinsler was not suspended for arguing balls and strikes before getting ejected in last Monday night's game against the Texas Rangers or for his comments about Hernandez the next day.

      Kinsler said last Tuesday that Hernandez should find another job after he was tossed in the fifth inning for questioning two pitches during his at-bat. Detroit manager Brad Ausmus came out of the dugout to argue and also was ejected by Hernandez.

      "This has to do with changing the game," Kinsler said last week in ripping Hernandez. "He's changing the game. He needs to find another job. He really does. I'm not mad at him. He just needs to go away.

      "But when it becomes blatant like this, there is a problem. ... What is he doing on the field? What is he doing out there? It's pretty obvious he needs to stop ruining baseball games."

      Kinsler confirmed Friday that he was fined by Major League Baseball but did not reveal the amount.

      Some umpires wore white wristbands on Saturday as a show of solidarity after Kinsler was not suspended.

      The umpires ended their protest Sunday after MLB commissioner Rob Manfred offered to meet with their union's governing board.

      Ausmus called Kinsler's fine the biggest he has seen during his career and termed the umpires' protest as "petty."

      "To single out one player as a union is completely uncalled for," Ausmus said Saturday. "It's the biggest fine I've ever seen Major League Baseball give a player. So I don't want to hear that he's not being punished. I'm not going to put a number on (the fine). It's the biggest I've ever seen."

  • White Sox, Twins open 5-game series with doubleheader
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, August 21, 2017

    CHICAGO -- With six weeks remaining in the regular season, the Minnesota Twins find themselves in the thick of the American League playoff race. The Chicago White Sox, meanwhile, are reduced to playing the spoiler role.

    • The Twins enter their Monday doubleheader against the White Sox having won four straight after sweeping three from the Arizona Diamondbacks, capped by 12-5 victory on Sunday when the Twins scored nine runs in the first inning.

      Now, they are looking to extend their winning streak with a five-game series against the White Sox, who have won just two of their last eight games. The Twins will be without third baseman Miguel Sano, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list Sunday due to a stress fracture in his left tibia.

      "I really don't know how it is going to proceed," Twins manager Paul Molitor said Sunday, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. "I think given the situation, dealing with the information that was passed on from our staff, was that they are concerned enough to feel that they need to get him off of his feet for a little bit."

      Kennys Vargas will replace Sano on the roster after he was removed from his game with Triple-A Rochester on Sunday.

      Right-hander Tim Melville was called up to start Game 1 of the doubleheader for the Twins after spending the season at Rochester. In his past eight Triple-A starts, Melville has recorded a 2.42 ERA with 49 strikeouts and 15 walks in 49 innings. Overall, he is 4-3 with a 2.70 ERA in 11 games (10 starts).

      His lone major league action came last year with the Cincinnati Reds, and he went 0-1 with an 11.00 ERA in three games (two starts). Melville, 27, has never faced the White Sox.

      Twins right-hander Dillon Gee (0-0, 3.16 ERA) will make his second start of the season in the nightcap after working primarily out of the bullpen.

      The White Sox return home after finishing a 2-3 road trip. Chicago held on for a 3-2 win against the Texas Rangers on Sunday.

      Carlos Rodon (1-4, 4.00 ERA) will open the series against the Twins on the mound for the White Sox, who will call up right-hander Carson Fulmer from Triple-A Charlotte to pitch the Monday nightcap.

      Rodon will make his first start against the Twins this season. The left-hander is 3-2 against Minnesota lifetime.

      Fulmer will make his initial major league start, and first big-league appearance of the season. He is taking the place of Reynaldo Lopez, who landed on the 10-day disabled list Saturday after straining his back in his Thursday start against the Rangers.

      Manager Rick Renteria told reporters Sunday that he expects Fulmer only to make one start before he returns to the minors, but Fulmer could return to the big-league club in September.

      Fulmer, 23, was projected as a starter when he was drafted in 2015, but worked exclusively as a reliever for Chicago last season, going 0-2 with an 8.49 ERA in eight appearances. He opposed the Twins once, allowing a run in 1 2/3 innings on July 31, 2016.

      In 24 starts this year at Triple-A, Fulmer is 7-8 with a 5.64 ERA, 95 strikeouts and 63 walks in 122 innings.

      Renteria said Fulmer has worked to slow down his delivery to eliminate some of the inconsistencies with his performance. Now, Fulmer will help try to help slow down the surging Twins.

      "He's worked on it -- seemingly the numbers aren't really playing to that right now, but this kid's pretty determined to do what he needs to do in order to become a better and more accomplished major league pitcher," Renteria said Sunday. "It's just continually evolving. I think he's going to be OK."

  • Twins place Sano on DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, August 21, 2017

    The Minnesota Twins placed infielder Miguel Sano on the 10-day disabled list Monday with a left shin stress reaction.

    • Sano fouled a ball off his shin Friday night in the same game that he hit two home runs in a 10-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. He had to leave the game in the seventh inning because of soreness in the shin. The move is retroactive to Sunday.

      Sano is hitting .267 with 28 home runs and 77 RBIs in 111 games this season.

      To replace Sano on the 25-man roster, the Twins recalled infielder Kennys Vargas from Triple-A Rochester.

      The Twins also called up right-hander Tim Melville, who will start the first game of Monday's doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox.

      Vargas will be making his fifth stint with the Twins, hitting .243 with eight home runs and 30 RBIs in 51 games. He is batting .253 with nine home runs in 51 games with Rochester this season, including hitting .394 (13-for-33) with two doubles, a home run and four RBIs in nine games since being optioned Aug. 9.

      Melville, 27, signed with the Twins as a minor league free agent in June and has gone 4-3 with a 2.70 ERA in 11 games (10 starts) for Rochester this season.

      Additionally, the Twins optioned left-hander Nik Turley to Triple-A but then recalled him as the 26th man for Monday's doubleheader in Chicago. He will be available for both games.

  • White Sox add RHP Fulmer to start vs. Twins
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, August 21, 2017

    The Chicago White Sox added right-hander Carson Fulmer from Triple-A Charlotte to serve as the 26th player on the active roster for Monday's doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins.

    • Fulmer, a top prospect in the White Sox organization, is scheduled to start the second game in Chicago on Monday night.

      The 23-year-old Fulmer is 7-8 with a 5.61 ERA over 122 innings with 95 strikeouts in 24 starts this season for Charlotte. He made eight relief appearances for the White Sox last season in his major league debut, going 0-2 with an 8.49 ERA over 11 2/3 innings and 10 strikeouts.

      Fulmer was selected by the White Sox in the first round (eighth overall) of the 2015 draft out of Vanderbilt. He was named to the All-Star Futures Game in 2016.

  • Rangers' Gallo, Bush placed in concussion protocol
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, August 20, 2017

    ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Texas Rangers might be without two key performers when they open an important four-game series against the Los Angeles Angels on Monday.

    • Third baseman Joey Gallo and right-hander Matt Bush are both in the concussion protocol, and they did not travel to Anaheim with their teammates.

      Gallo and Bush collided while chasing a popup in the eighth inning Sunday in Texas' 3-2 home loss to the Chicago White Sox. Gallo sustained a non-displaced nasal fracture and a swollen upper lip while Bush bruised his right knee.

      Both players are due to be re-evaluated Monday, and if cleared, they could head to California

      Gallo has 35 homers, tied for second in the American League. The 23-year-old is batting .205 with 65 RBIs in 113 games this season.

      Bush, 31, has a 3-4 record with 10 saves and a 3.04 ERA in 49 appearances.