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  • MLB roundup: Nationals run past Cubs
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, June 28, 2017

    WASHINGTON -- Trea Turner had two hits, two runs and four of his team's seven steals, and Max Scherzer allowed one run while collecting two hits and an RBI at the plate as the Washington Nationals ran past the Chicago Cubs 6-1 on Tuesday.

    • Scherzer (9-5, 2.06 ERA) gave up two hits in six innings and has allowed two runs or fewer in his last seven starts. He struck out six Tuesday after fanning at least 10 in his previous six outings.

      Turner has a major-league-leading 32 steals this year. Michael A. Taylor was 2-for-3 with two steals for first-place Washington.

      Chicago's Jake Arrieta (7-6), who has gone less than five innings in three of his last four starts, took the loss. He allowed six runs (five earned) and walked six in four-plus innings.

      Giants 4, Rockies 3 (14 innings)

      SAN FRANCISCO -- Denard Span's two-out single scored Gorkys Hernandez from second base in the 14th inning, giving San Francisco a victory and handing Colorado its seventh straight loss.

      Six Giants relievers shut out the Rockies on four hits over the final eight innings, delivering San Francisco a second straight win over Colorado. The loss was the Rockies' first in 46 games this season leading entering the eighth inning.

      Hernandez doubled off Colorado's seventh pitcher, right-hander Chad Qualls (1-1), with one out in the 14th. After pitcher Cory Gearrin (2-2) struck out, Span grounded a sharp single into right field, and Hernandez easily beat the throw to home plate.

      White Sox 4, Yankees 3

      CHICAGO -- Jose Abreu's two-run single off Dellin Betances in the bottom of the ninth inning gave Chicago a victory over New York.

      Yankees relievers Domingo German and Tyler Clippard each walked two batters in the eighth as the White Sox cut their deficit to 3-2. In the ninth, Betances walked two and then hit Yolmer Sanchez, loading the bases with one out. After Melky Cabrera fouled out to shallow left, Abreu hit a ground ball through the hole on the left side of the infield.

      New York's Luis Severino was overpowering with a career-high 12 strikeouts and no walks in seven innings of one-run ball. Chicago's Jose Quintana tossed 6 1/3 scoreless innings, striking out six.

      Diamondbacks 6, Cardinals 5 (10 innings)

      PHOENIX -- Chris Herrmann hit a walk-off single with one out in the 10th inning to give Arizona the victory over St. Louis.

      Reymond Fuentes singled to open the 10th off Matt Bowman (1-3) before pinch hitter Zack Godley sacrificed Fuentes to second. Herrmann followed with his game-winning hit. The Diamondbacks are 30-10 at home.

      David Peralta tied the game with a leadoff homer in the ninth inning off Cardinals closer Seung Hwan Oh. Fernando Rodney (2-2) pitched the 10th for the victory. He has not given up a hit in his past 10 games and an earned run in his past 19.

      Rangers 2, Indians 1

      CLEVELAND -- Adrian Beltre's solo home run with two outs in the ninth inning lifted Texas over Cleveland.

      With the score tied at 1-1, Indians closer Cody Allen (0-4) entered the game and retired the first two batters of the ninth inning. However, Beltre hit Allen's first pitch over the left field wall for his 450th career home run, which ranks 39th on the all-time list.

      Keone Kela (4-1) pitched one scoreless inning to get the win, and Matt Bush pitched the ninth to pick up his 10th save. Four Rangers pitchers combined on a three-hitter, as did four Cleveland pitchers.

      Red Sox 9, Twins 2

      BOSTON -- Chris Young belted a three-run homer and Christian Vazquez ended a 265-at-bat homerless drought as Boston overcame two rain delays to defeat Minnesota.

      Red Sox manager John Farrell was suspended for the game for making contact with umpire Bill Miller on Saturday night. Bench coach Gary DiSarcina ran the team. Drew Pomeranz (7-4) worked the first five innings -- coming back after a long delay -- and yielded only an unearned run for his first win in four starts.

      With the Yankees surrendering a late lead and losing to the Chicago White Sox, the Red Sox moved a game ahead of New York in the AL thanks to their second straight win over the Twins. Minnesota remained a half-game behind the Cleveland Indians in the AL Central.

      Dodgers 4, Angels 0

      LOS ANGELES -- Kenta Maeda pitched seven shutout innings, and Joc Pederson hit a three-run homer in a four-run sixth as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Los Angeles Angels.

      Maeda (6-3), making his second spot start since losing his slot in the rotation, had his best outing of the season, allowing four hits and no walks while striking out six. Only two of the hits were out of the infield, and he didn't allow a runner past second.

      Pederson slugged an 0-1 pitch against Jose Alvarez just over the center field fence for his seventh home run of the season and first of the year against a left-hander. Pederson had been 5-for-30 against left-handers this season, with one RBI and 11 strikeouts.

      Athletics 6, Astros 4

      HOUSTON -- Ryon Healy belted his first career grand slam to snap a sixth-inning deadlock and lead Oakland to its fourth straight victory -- all on the road.

      Healy smacked his 18th home run the opposite way to right field off the Astros' James Hoyt, who entered with the bases loaded and two outs in relief of Houston starter Mike Fiers (5-3). Healy ran the count full before his drive plated Matt Joyce, Jed Lowrie and Yonder Alonso, whose two-out walk chased Fiers.

      The Athletics' Sean Manaea (7-4) notched his first career win against the Astros by continually sidestepping danger. He allowed nine hits and three walks over 5 2/3 innings, yet Houston managed only one run.

      Reds 8, Brewers 6

      CINCINNATI -- Joey Votto and Adam Duvall hit two-run homers, and Billy Hamilton and Eugenio Suarez added solo shots to lift Cincinnati over Milwaukee.

      Tim Adleman (5-4) got the win for the Reds despite allowing five runs and three home runs in five innings. Cincinnati won for only the third time in 17 games and for the second time in eight meetings this season against the Brewers.

      Travis Shaw hit a three-run homer and Orlando Arcia and Manny Pina added solo shots for Milwaukee. The Brewers' Ryan Braun went 1-for-5 with a double in his first game back after missing 31 games with a left calf strain.

      Tigers 5, Royals 3

      DETROIT -- Miguel Cabrera ripped a three-run homer and Justin Verlander recorded his first victory since May 20 as Detroit topped Kansas City.

      Cabrera, moved into the cleanup spot for the first time this season, hit his ninth home run of the season in the third inning, and it proved to be the game-winner. J.D. Martinez added a solo homer and reached base three times for the Tigers.

      Mikie Mahtook added two hits and a run scored for Detroit, which won its second straight following an eight-game losing streak. Verlander (5-4) gave up three first-inning runs, then settled in and tossed six strong innings.

      Phillies 8, Mariners 2

      SEATTLE -- Aaron Nola pitched seven strong innings, and Maikel Franco and Aaron Altherr hit home runs as Philadelphia won for only the second time in 10 interleague games this season.

      Nola (5-5) won his second straight start, helping the Phillies snap a three-game losing streak. He allowed two runs and five hits, walked four and struck out a season-high nine batters.

      Seattle starter James Paxton (5-3) lost his third straight decision despite allowing only three runs on four hits in seven innings. Paxton walked three and matched his season high with nine strikeouts.

      Rays 4, Pirates 2 (10 innings)

      PITTSBURGH -- Tampa Bay scored twice in the 10th off normally reliable reliever Felipe Rivero to defeat Pittsburgh.

      Steven Souza led off the 10th with a single up the middle and scored when a grounder by Wilson Ramos went off the glove of third baseman David Freese for an error. After Tim Beckham walked and both runners advanced on a wild pitch, Ramos scored on Adeiny Hechavarria's sacrifice fly to left.

      Rivero (3-2), recently converted to the Pirates closer, saw his ERA rise from 0.68 to 0.88. Pittsburgh tied it in the ninth on Andrew McCutchen's one-out, two-run double against closer Alex Colome (2-3).

      Braves 3, Padres 0

      SAN DIEGO -- Rookie left-hander Sean Newcomb threw six scoreless innings, and Johan Camargo delivered a two-run double as Atlanta beat San Diego.

      Newcomb (1-2), in his initial career road start, was sensational in securing his first major league win. The former first-round pick surrendered six hits and recorded seven strikeouts while issuing one walk.

      In all four of his outings since being called up from Triple-A Gwinnett on June 10, Newcomb has gone at least six innings. Newcomb, who was acquired by the Braves as part of a trade that sent shortstop Andrelton Simmons to the Los Angeles Angels in 2015, has allowed one run in his past 12 innings.

      Orioles 3, Blue Jays 1

      TORONTO -- Mark Trumbo hit a two-run double in the first inning, and Kevin Gausman pitched 5 1/3 scoreless innings as Baltimore won its third straight game.

      Gausman (4-7) allowed four hits and two walks while striking out four to earn his first win since May 31. Brad Brach served up a home run to Troy Tulowitzki with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning before earning his 14th save of the season.

      Joe Biagini (2-7) gave up five hits, four walks and three runs in 5 1/3 innings for the Blue Jays, who lost for the fourth time in five games.

      Marlins 6, Mets 3

      MIAMI -- Ichiro Suzuki slapped a go-ahead RBI single past third base in the seventh inning to lead Miami past New York.

      Christian Yelich followed one out later with a two-run single. Yelich went 3-for-4, the sixth time this season that he produced a three-hit game -- three of them this month.

      Mets starter Robert Gsellman lasted three innings after he sustained a left hamstring injury while running out a ground ball. Curtis Granderson homered leading off the first inning for New York, which had its three-game win streak snapped.

  • Former Mets pitcher Young dies of brain tumor
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, June 27, 2017

    Former major league pitcher Anthony Young died Tuesday following a lengthy illness. He was 51.

    • Diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor in January, Young went into a coma Monday night, according to a Twitter posting by former New York Mets teammate Lenny Harris.

      Young was best known for his tenure with the Mets, specifically a run of futility that spanned two seasons when he set a major league record with 27 consecutive losses in 1992-93.

      Young, who broke in with the Mets in 1991, finished a combined 3-30 during the 1992-93 seasons. From May 1992 to July 1993, he went 0-14 as a starter and 0-13 as a reliever, gaining unwanted notoriety that even led to an appearance on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."

      "I got a bad rap on that," Young told the New York Daily News in 2009 of the streak. "I always said I didn't feel like I was pitching badly. It just happened to happen to me. I don't feel like I deserve it, but I'm known for it."

      Young pitched two seasons with the Chicago Cubs in 1994-95 and ended his career the following year with the Houston Astros -- in the city where he starred collegiately at the University of Houston.

      In his six seasons in the majors, Young compiled a 15-48 record and a 3.89 ERA in 181 appearances (51 starts). He also had 20 career saves, 15 coming with the Mets in 1992.

  • MLB notebook: Indians manager Francona to miss game
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, June 27, 2017

    After spending Monday night at the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona was home resting Tuesday and did not manage the team in its game against the Texas Rangers.

    • Francona became ill during Monday night's game. He was taken to the Cleveland Clinic where he underwent a series of tests.

      "The doctors ruled out any major health issues, which was a big relief to all of us," said Indians president Chris Antonetti.

      It was the second such episode for Francona in less than two weeks. During a home game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on June 13, Francona had to leave the dugout and was taken to Cleveland Clinic for tests after experiencing spells of dizziness and light-headedness. Tests at that time also revealed no major health issue, and his discomfort was attributed to dehydration.

      Antonetti said Francona will return to the dugout for Wednesday's game with Texas. Francona will continue to be monitored by doctors over the next several weeks to determine the nature of his recent symptoms. Bench coach Brad Mills managed the team in Francona's absence.

      --Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell was suspended one game and fined an undisclosed amount due to his actions in Saturday's contest against the Los Angeles Angels, Major League Baseball announced.

      Farrell was ejected for arguing a balk call in the game against the Angels. Farrell served the suspension Tuesday night when the Red Sox host the Minnesota Twins.

      The incident occurred in the seventh inning on Saturday when Boston reliever Fernando Abad was called for a balk by third base umpire Bill Miller, allowing Cameron Maybin to score from third and increase Los Angeles' lead to 5-1. However, Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia came rushing in and pointed at home plate umpire Ryan Blakney, who appeared to call timeout just before the balk was called.

      After the umpiring crew met and decided the balk was the proper call, Farrell became enraged and had a face-to-face argument with Miller. Eventually, Farrell made contact with Miller and was ejected.

      --The Washington Nationals and veteran right-hander Francisco Rodriguez have agreed to a minor league deal, according to published reports.

      Rodriguez, who ranks fourth in baseball history with 437 career saves, was released by the Detroit Tigers on Friday. He had a horrid 7.82 ERA and had lost his job as the club's closer.

      Rodriguez, 35, will report to the Nationals' minor league facility in West Palm Beach, Fla.

      The six-time All Star was appealing to Washington due to its deep bullpen troubles this season. Rodriguez earned the nickname "K-Rod" as a youngster with the Angels due to his high number of strikeouts per innings pitched. He saved 40 or more games in four consecutive seasons for the club and set the major league record with 62 in 2008.

      --The New York Yankees placed second baseman Starlin Castro on the 10-day disabled list.

      Castro suffered a strained right hamstring while running out a ground ball on Monday night in the opener of a four-game series at the Chicago White Sox.

      The 27-year-old Castro is batting .313 with 12 home runs and 45 RBIs in 73 games in his second season with New York.

      To fill Castro's roster spot, the Yankees promoted infielder Tyler Wade from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Wade has played three infield positions at Triple-A and also played four games in the outfield.

      --The Toronto Blue Jays designated right-handed reliever Jason Grilli for assignment and called up right-handed reliever Chris Smith from Triple-A Buffalo.

      Grilli, 40, was 2-4 with a 6.97 ERA in 26 games with the Blue Jays this season. He allowed nine home runs in only 20 2/3 innings. Grilli recorded a career-high 33 saves with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2013 and added 24 saves with the Atlanta Braves in 2015.

      Smith, 28, was 1-2 with a 3.93 ERA in 14 games with Triple-A Buffalo. The Blue Jays also activated outfielder Ezequiel Carrera (fractured right foot) from the 10-day disabled list and returned outfielder Dwight Smith Jr. to Triple-A Buffalo.

      --Right-hander Antonio Bastardo was recalled by the Pittsburgh Pirates from his rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis and reinstated from the 10-day disabled list, the team announced.

      In a corresponding move, the Pirates optioned catcher Jacob Stallings to Triple-A Indianapolis.

      Bastardo, 31, has not pitched in the majors since April 24 as he dealt with a left quad strain. He is 0-1 with a 16.20 ERA in six appearances this season. Stallings, 27, hit .286 (2-for-7) with a double and a strikeout in two games this season with the Pirates.

  • Blue Jays designate RHP Grilli for assignment
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, June 27, 2017

    TORONTO -- The Toronto Blue Jays designated right-handed reliever Jason Grilli for assignment Tuesday before the game with the Baltimore Orioles and called up right-handed reliever Chris Smith from Triple-A Buffalo.

    • Grilli, 40, was 2-4 with a 6.97 ERA in 26 games with the Blue Jays this season. He allowed nine home runs in only 20 2/3 innings.

      Grilli recorded a career-high 33 saves with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2013 and added 24 saves with the Atlanta Braves in 2015.

      Toronto acquired Grilli from the Braves at the end of May last year. He appeared in 46 games with the Blue Jays in 2016, posting a 6-4 record and 3.46 ERA.

      Smith, 28, was 1-2 with a 3.93 ERA in 14 games with Triple-A Buffalo. He had his contract selected by the Blue Jays on Sept. 27, but did not make an appearance.

      The Blue Jays also activated outfielder Ezequiel Carrera (fractured right foot) from the 10-day disabled list and returned outfielder Dwight Smith Jr. to Triple-A Buffalo on Tuesday.

      Carrera has been on the disabled list since June 14. He is batting .297 with five homers and 15 RBIs in 56 games with Toronto. He made one appearance with Buffalo on a rehabilitation assignment Monday and was 1-for-2 for with two walks and a stolen base.

  • Yankees place 2B Castro on DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, June 27, 2017

    The New York Yankees placed second baseman Starlin Castro on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday.

    • Castro suffered a strained right hamstring while running out a ground ball on Monday night in the opener of a four-game series at the Chicago White Sox.

      The 27-year-old Castro is batting .313 with 12 home runs and 45 RBIs in 73 games in his second season with New York.

      To fill Castro's roster spot, the Yankees promoted infielder Tyler Wade from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Wade has played three infield positions at Triple-A and also played four games in the outfield.

      New York also made a pair of moves in its bullpen, optioning right-hander Jonathan Holder to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and recalling lefty Tyler Webb from the Triple-A affiliate.

      Holder appeared in 32 games with the Yankees this season, logging a 1-1 mark and 3.78 ERA. Webb made a pair of scoreless appearances last week for New York.

  • Indians' Francona to miss game due to illness
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, June 27, 2017

    CLEVELAND -- After spending Monday night at the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona was home resting Tuesday and did not manage the team in its game against the Texas Rangers.

    • Francona became ill during Monday night's game. He was taken to the Cleveland Clinic where he underwent a series of tests.

      "The doctors ruled out any major health issues, which was a big relief to all of us," said Indians president Chris Antonetti.

      It was the second such episode for Francona in less than two weeks. During a home game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on June 13, Francona had to leave the dugout and was taken to Cleveland Clinic for tests after experiencing spells of dizziness and light-headedness. Tests at that time also revealed no major health issue, and his discomfort was attributed to dehydration.

      Antonetti said Francona will return to the dugout for Wednesday's game with Texas. Francona will continue to be monitored by doctors over the next several weeks to determine the nature of his recent symptoms.

      "It raises a red flag, but Tito underwent every test you could possibly imagine, and they all came back clean," said Antonetti on Tuesday. "He wanted to come back to manage tonight but we told him to go home and rest."

      In Francona's absence, bench coach Brad Mills managed the team Monday night. Mills also ran the ballclub for Tuesday's game.

      Francona's health issues haven't affected his sense of humor. A release issued by the Indians Tuesday updating Francona's condition included the line:

      "Mr. Francona also wanted to express that medical personnel have not yet ruled out an allergy to bench Coach Brad Mills."

  • Pirates recall RHP Bastardo
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, June 27, 2017

    Right-hander Antonio Bastardo has been recalled by the Pittsburgh Pirates from his rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis and reinstated from the 10-day disabled list, the team announced Tuesday.

    • In a corresponding move, the Pirates optioned catcher Jacob Stallings to Triple-A Indianapolis.

      Bastardo, 31, has not pitched in the majors since April 24 as he dealt with a left quad strain. He is 0-1 with a 16.20 ERA in six appearances this season.

      With Indianapolis, Bastardo posted a 2-0 record with a 3.18 ERA over 12 outings (one start) from May 27 to June 25.

      Stallings, 27, hit .286 (2-for-7) with a double and a strikeout in two games this season with the Pirates.

  • Red Sox manager Farrell suspended, fined for ump confrontation
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, June 27, 2017

    Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell was suspended one game and fined an undisclosed amount due to his actions in Saturday's contest against the Los Angeles Angels, Major League Baseball announced Tuesday.

    • Farrell was ejected for arguing a balk call in the game against the Angels.

      Farrell will serve the suspension Tuesday night when the Red Sox host the Minnesota Twins.

      The incident occurred in the seventh inning on Saturday when Boston reliever Fernando Abad was called for a balk by third base umpire Bill Miller, allowing Cameron Maybin to score from third and increase Los Angeles' lead to 5-1.

      However, Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia came rushing in and pointed at home plate umpire Ryan Blakney, who appeared to call timeout just before the balk was called.

      After the umpiring crew met and decided the balk was the proper call, Farrell became enraged and had a face-to-face argument with Miller. Eventually, Farrell made contact with Miller and was ejected.

      "When he came to me and we discussed it, we got together as a crew and Ryan told us what he had," Miller told a pool reporter after the contest. "We went back to John and told him the balk happened before time was called. John didn't accept that answer and he was quite adamant that time had been called first and therefore the balk should have been nullified.

      "After that he just decided to argue and poked me in the chest. That's why he was ejected."

  • Nationals ink minor league deal with RHP Rodriguez
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, June 27, 2017

    The Washington Nationals and veteran right-hander Francisco Rodriguez have agreed to a minor league deal, according to published reports.

    • Rodriguez, who ranks fourth in baseball history with 437 career saves, was released by the Detroit Tigers on Friday. He had a horrid 7.82 ERA and had lost his job as the club's closer.

      Rodriguez, 35, will report to the Nationals' minor league facility in West Palm Beach, Fla.

      The six-time All Star was appealing to Washington due to its deep bullpen troubles this season.

      Rodriguez was just 2-5 in 28 appearances this season for the Tigers. He served up nine homers in 25 1/3 innings, blew six save opportunities and converted seven.

      Rodriguez earned the nickname "K-Rod" as a youngster with the Angels due to his high number of strikeouts per innings pitched. He saved 40 or more games in four consecutive seasons for the club and set the major league record with 62 in 2008.

      He also has pitched for the New York Mets, Milwaukee Brewers, Baltimore Orioles and the Tigers.

  • Yankees try to build on series-opening win over White Sox
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, June 27, 2017

    CHICAGO -- The New York Yankees will try to jump-start a winning streak when they meet the Chicago White Sox in the second game of a four-game series on Tuesday night.

    • The Yankees held on for a 6-5 win in Monday's series opener despite a rocky ninth inning in which the White Sox scored four runs and left the tying run on second base. Now, New York (41-33) will try to build upon the victory and move past an ugly stretch in which it lost 10 of the previous 12 games.

      New York might have to do so without starting second baseman Starlin Castro, who strained his right hamstring in the series opener. Castro is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Tuesday after pulling up lame while running to first base on a ground ball.

      "When I tried to run, I felt something tight, but I stopped before the pop," Castro said. "To be honest, I'm walking, I don't feel anything. I've had hamstring situations before and it hurt when I walk, but right now, I feel good walking. I don't know what the MRI is going to say tomorrow, but we'll see."

      In the opposite dugout, Chicago (32-43) is looking to stop a four-game losing streak. The White Sox have lost seven of the past eight games to fall a season-worst 11 games below .500.

      Shortstop Tim Anderson plans to wear corrective lenses at the plate again Tuesday after he debuted them Monday night. Anderson said the glasses corrected a "small" problem with his vision, but teammates joked that they seemed to make a big difference with his three-run home run.

      To Anderson, Chicago's ninth-inning rally was a bigger story than his glasses heading into Tuesday.

      "It's the beginning of something that can be something good," Anderson said. "We definitely hopefully can build off of this and keep going."

      White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana (4-8, 4.69 ERA) is slated to make his 16th start of the season. The 28-year-old has a 2-2 record with a 4.35 ERA in four career starts against the Yankees but has yet to oppose them this season.

      Quintana has struggled this season since inheriting the role of staff ace from left-hander Chris Sale. He is averaging 3.3 walks per nine innings, which is the worst mark of his career. However, he has improved recently with a 2-1 record and 2.25 ERA in his past four outings.

      Yankees right-hander Luis Severino (5-3, 3.30 ERA) is set to make his 15th start of the season. During three career starts against the White Sox, he is 1-2 with a 5.40 ERA.

      Severino will look to bounce back from his worst outing of the year. He allowed six runs (five earned) in six innings his last time out against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The ugly performance was out of character for the talented 23-year-old, who has 24 walks and 95 strikeouts in 87 1/3 innings.

      Severino could be challenged by White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu, who is 3-for-8 with two RBIs against him. Avisail Garcia is 1-for-5 against Severino, but his lone hit was a home run. Meanwhile, outfielder Melky Cabrera has managed only one hit in eight at-bats against the Yankees' youngster.

      Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius is 3-for-3 with a double and an RBI in his career against Quintana. Castro (0-for-14) and outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury (0-for-6) have yet to notch a hit against the southpaw.

  • Yankees' Castro exits due to hamstring strain
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, June 26, 2017

    CHICAGO -- Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro left New York's game against the Chicago White Sox on Monday because of a strained right hamstring.

    • Castro pulled up lame while running out a ground ball in the second inning. He was replaced in the field by Rob Refsnyder in the bottom of the second.

      Castro, 27, is hitting .313 with 12 home runs and 45 RBIs in 73 games. He didn't play Sunday after getting a cortisone shot in his right wrist a day earlier.

  • Indians' Francona leaves bench due to illness
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, June 26, 2017

    CLEVELAND -- Indians manager Terry Francona became ill in the fifth inning of Cleveland's game against the Texas Rangers on Monday night and had to leave the dugout. Bench coach Brad Mills managed the team for the remainder of the game, a 15-9 Cleveland victory.

    • After the game, the Indians announced that Francona was evaluated by the team's medical staff and checked out fine after experiencing symptoms similar to the ones during a June 13 game.

      In that game, a 7-5 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers, Francona left the dugout in the ninth inning after feeling light-headed. He was taken to the Cleveland Clinic for a battery of tests that found nothing. He was released, and the condition was attributed to dehydration. Francona was not taken to the hospital after the Monday night episode.

      Francona also missed a game last year in Washington after experiencing chest pains.

      "We're always concerned when this happens," Mills said. "It's a concern for me, for the staff and for the team. We're just glad that the doctors checked him out, and hopefully we'll know more tomorrow."

      Francona, 58, is in his fifth year as Indians manager, and he guided Cleveland to the World Series last year. He led the Boston Red Sox to World Series championships in 2004 and 2007.

  • Dodgers' McCarthy lands on DL with knee injury
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, June 26, 2017

    The Los Angeles Dodgers placed right-hander Brandon McCarthy on the 10-day disabled list Monday due to right knee tendinitis.

    • The move occurred a day after McCarthy lasted three innings and threw three wild pitches in the second inning of the Dodgers' 12-6 win over the Colorado Rockies.

      McCarthy is 6-3 with a 3.25 ERA in 13 starts this season after being limited to nine starts last season.

      The injury is not expected to sideline McCarthy more than 10 to 12 days, according to manager Dave Roberts.

      Besides putting McCarthy on the disabled list, the Dodgers also optioned right-hander Ross Stripling to Triple-A Oklahoma City and recalled right-hander Brock Stewart and outfielder Trayce Thompson from Triple-A.

      Striping pitched two innings Sunday. In 22 appearances, he is 0-3 with one save and a 4.03 ERA.

      Stewart threw three scoreless innings for a save against the New York Mets on June 20 in his lone major league appearance of the season. He went 0-1 with a 5.19 ERA in four minor league starts this season.

      Thompson went 0-for-8 in three April games with Los Angeles. He hit .211 with a .273 on-base percentage, seven homers and 25 RBIs in 62 games for Oklahoma City.

  • Questions abound in bullpens as Rays, Pirates open series
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, June 26, 2017

    PITTSBURGH -- Eyes could be on the closers when the Pittsburgh Pirates and Tampa Bay Rays open a three-game series Tuesday at PNC Park.

    • The reasons, however, are different.

      For Tampa Bay (40-38), Alex Colome fell to 1-3 after he blew two games in a row on Saturday and Sunday against Baltimore.

      "We've just got to go in and finish teams off," Rays manager Kevin Cash said.

      Colome, who has 20 saves in 23 opportunities, does not describe himself as struggling.

      "I feel like every time I go out, there's nothing different. I just missed, like, one pitch," Colome told the Tampa Bay Times after Sunday's 8-5 loss.

      Cash also stopped way short of raising a red flag.

      "I'm not reading anything into Alex's issue (Sunday)," Cash said. "We've got other things we need to worry about."

      That includes the rest of the Rays' bullpen.

      "Obviously, there's always concern," Cash said. "We need to find a way to get the ball to Alex and not always be a one-run game and not always have Alex come in in the eighth. That's not an ideal scenario to play a full season with, when you ask your ninth-inning guy to come in early."

      To help address that, Tampa Bay has moved Eramso Ramirez back to the bullpen. In addition, reliever Brad Boxberger is expected to return from a back injury soon. His rehab appearance scheduled for Tuesday at Single-A Charlotte could be his last one before being activated.

      "We've given that message to Erasmo and (Boxberger) both -- 'We need you guys. We've seen you good in this spot,'" Cash said. "Hopefully, it can clean up a lot of things for us.

      "Erasmo, you can make the argument he's done some really good things in the rotation; you can also argue he's done some really good things in the bullpen."

      For Pittsburgh (35-41), if there was an "ace" of the bullpen, it would be Felipe Rivero, who recently moved into the closer role and has come through in all three of his save opportunities. He has an 0.68 ERA and 43 strikeouts in 40 innings. Among those with at least 40 innings, he leads the major leagues with an 0.70 WHIP and is sixth overall with 14 holds.

      The rest of the Pirates relievers have struggled.

      "Our bullpen has gone through some turbulence, but I see signs of it working its way back right," manager Clint Hurdle said Sunday -- shortly before St. Louis rallied against that bullpen for an 8-4 win that ended Pittsburgh's road trip at 4-3.

      That trip, however, included taking two of three against the Cardinals as the Pirates claw to stay alive in a competitive if mediocre National League Central.

      "It's a good step forward," Hurdle said. "We're working hard to play better. ... To come in here and win two out of three, we'll take it and we'll move on and get ready to start the homestand."

      Trevor Williams (3-3, 5.09 ERA) gets the start for Pittsburgh looking for a winning record after he struck out a career-high seven in six innings against Milwaukee on Wednesday.

      For Tampa Bay, Alex Cobb (6-5, 4.05 ERA) could be in the midst of a hot streak. He is 2-0 with a 2.29 ERA over his past three starts. Those three games and seven of his last 10 outings were quality starts. He might finally be getting past a string of injuries, including 2015 Tommy John surgery.

      "Throughout the course of the year we all struggle with our mechanics and we lose it and it's hard to find," Cobb said. "After piecing this whole thing back together again, the ability to identify problems and realize where I'm off ... just getting back to peak form, it's going to happen that much quicker for me.

      "The crispness and repetitiveness of each pitch is showing up more each time out. I obviously wanted it to be back by now, but by the second half, it's going to kind of transition to not even thinking about anything. Just going out there and trying to execute pitches, and this whole process will be over with, hopefully."

  • MLB roundup: Indians rally with 13 straight runs
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, June 26, 2017

    CLEVELAND -- Trailing by seven after the top of the fourth inning, the Cleveland Indians rallied for 13 unanswered runs in a wild 15-9 victory over the Texas Rangers on Monday night at Progressive Field.

    • Texas hit four home runs to none for Cleveland, but the Indians pounded five Rangers pitchers for 19 hits. With the exception of Jason Kipnis, every hitter in the Cleveland lineup had two or more hits. Francisco Lindor, Carlos Santana and Lonnie Chisenhall had three RBIs each.

      For Texas, Elvis Andrus had three hits, including two home runs and four RBIs, and Adrian Beltre added a three-run homer.

      Indians reliever Bryan Shaw (2-2) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings to get the win. Six Cleveland pitchers combined for 17 strikeouts.

      Red Sox 4, Twins 1

      BOSTON -- Chris Sale earned his 10th win, and Mitch Moreland delivered a solo homer and sacrifice fly to lead Boston to a victory over Minnesota.

      The Twins had their three-game winning streak stopped. The Red Sox won for just the second time in five games.

      Sale (10-3) worked 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball to go to 9-1 since April 27. He walked two and struck out nine, yielding four hits and leaving with runners on first and second and one out with Boston ahead 2-1 in the seventh. Heath Hembree came on and got Chris Gimenez to bounce into a double play.

      Yankees 6, White Sox 5

      CHICAGO -- Chase Headley went 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run, and New York held on for a win over Chicago.

      Tyler Austin belted a home run and notched two RBIs for the Yankees. New York snapped a two-game skid and won for only the third time in the past 13 games.

      Todd Frazier and Tim Anderson each homered for the White Sox, who scored four runs in the ninth inning and left the tying run on second base to end the game. Chicago has lost four games in a row and seven of eight.

      Cubs 5, Nationals 4

      WASHINGTON -- Starter Eddie Butler and the Chicago bullpen combined to hold off Washington until the ninth inning, and Willson Contreras led off the game with a homer as the Cubs beat the Nationals.

      Washington scored four runs in the ninth before Chicago closer Wade Davis recorded the last two outs, getting Ryan Zimmerman on strikes for the last out with runners on second and third.

      Butler (4-2) went five scoreless innings before he was lifted for pinch hitter Addison Russell in the top of the sixth. Russell struck out with two runners on base to end the inning with the Cubs ahead 1-0, and the score remained that way into the eighth inning.

      Angels 4, Dodgers 0

      LOS ANGELES -- Ricky Nolasco broke a long personal streak of losses and the Dodgers' 10-game winning streak in the Angels' shutout win over their crosstown rival.

      Nolasco (3-9) pitched 6 1/3 shutout innings as the Angels won the first game of their inter-league series against the Dodgers.

      Nolasco had lost seven straight starts, tying the Angels' franchise record. The Angels had lost 10 straight of his starts before Monday's effort. They were 3-12 in his 15 starts this season.

      Giants 9, Rockies 2

      SAN FRANCISCO -- Buster Posey went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs as San Francisco routed Colorado.

      Posey, Joe Panik and Denard Span were a combined 7-for-13 as the Giants snapped a nine-game losing streak to the Rockies. Jeff Samardzija allowed two runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings.

      Trevor Story and Tony Wolters drove in the runs for the Rockies, who lost their sixth straight game.

      Cardinals 8, Reds 2

      ST. LOUIS -- Randal Grichuk and Jedd Gyorko each homered and knocked in three runs as St. Louis walloped Cincinnati in a makeup game.

      Both went deep to key three-run rallies. Gyorko cracked a two-run shot off Brandon Finnegan (1-1) in the bottom of the first inning for a 3-0 lead. Grichuk skied a two-run blast off reliever Austin Brice in the fourth to cap St. Louis' second three-spot of the day, making it 6-1.

      Given plenty of run support, Michael Wacha (4-3) delivered one of his best outings of the season. Wacha allowed five hits and a run in six innings with a walk and five strikeouts in his second win over Cincinnati this year.

      Diamondbacks 6, Phillies 1

      PHOENIX -- Chris Herrmann homered and drove in two runs, and Daniel Descalso had three RBIs as Arizona extended its franchise-record start with a victory over Philadelphia.

      Herrmann homered to lead off the last of the first inning in his first career start in the leadoff spot. Descalso had an RBI single in a two-run second inning and a two-run single in a three-run third.

      Zack Greinke (9-4) gave up one run and three hits in five innings as the Diamondbacks (48-28) won for the 15th time in their last 18 games. They are three games ahead of the record pace set by the Randy Johnson/Luis Gonzalez 2001 team.

  • MLB notebook: Rays acquire Hechavarria from Marlins
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, June 26, 2017

    The Tampa Bay Rays acquired shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria from the Miami Marlins for two minor leaguers on Monday.

    • Outfielder Braxton Lee and right-hander Ethan Clark were included in the deal and sent to Miami, Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said.

      Hechavarria has been on the disabled list since May 10 with an oblique injury. The 28-year-old Cuban signed with Toronto as a free agent in 2010 and has batted .255 over parts of six seasons with the Blue Jays and Marlins.

      Lee, who was batting .318 with two homers and 12 stolen bases for Double-A Montgomery, is a former 12th-round pick in the 2014 draft out of Ole Miss.

      Clark, who was a 15th-round selection in 2015, owns a 3-2 mark with a 3.11 ERA for Bowling Green in the Class A Midwest League.

      -- Cincinnati Reds starter Brandon Finnegan's first game since April 15 ended abruptly in the bottom of the fourth inning when he left the game after throwing a 1-1 pitch outside to St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Paul DeJong.

      After the pitch, Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco trotted out to the mound, urgently waving for manager Bryan Price and pitching coach Mack Jenkins. After trainer Steve Baumann examined Finnegan for a couple of minutes, Price removed him.

      Austin Brice relieved Finnegan, who was activated off the 60-day disabled list Monday after missing more than two months with left shoulder soreness. In three innings, Finnegan allowed three hits and three runs, walking four and fanning two.

      The exact nature of Finnegan's injury wasn't immediately known.

      --The Texas Rangers activated left-hander Cole Hamels from the 10-day disabled list ahead of the team's game against the Cleveland Indians.

      To make room on the roster, the Rangers optioned infielder/outfielder Drew Robinson to Triple-A Round Rock.

      Hamels, 33, has been out for eight weeks with a right oblique muscle strain. He was placed on the disabled list May 3 (retroactive to April 30) after sustaining the injury while warming up for his start on May 2 at Houston. He was 1-0 with a 1.04 ERA in two rehab starts with Double-A Frisco.

      Hamels is 2-0 with a 3.03 ERA in 32 2/3 innings in five starts with Texas this season.

      --Chicago Cubs infielder Addison Russell was not in the starting lineup against the Washington Nationals, one day after he left a game with a sore shoulder in Miami against the Marlins.

      "He is not serious, but I don't want to push it," Chicago manager Joe Maddon said after talking to team athletic trainer P.J. Mainville. "We just have to get him on a steady diet of rehab. We will play it a little bit cautious."

      Russell is hitting .232 with seven homers and 29 RBIs in 228 at-bats in 68 games this season. Last year, he made the All-Star team and helped the Cubs win the World Series as he hit .238 with 21 homers and 95 RBIs.

      Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward (left hand abrasion), who went on the disabled list June 22, took indoor batting practice Monday.

  • Cubs' Russell sits out with sore shoulder
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, June 26, 2017

    WASHINGTON -- Chicago Cubs infielder Addison Russell was not in the starting lineup against the Washington Nationals on Monday, one day after he left a game with a sore shoulder in Miami against the Marlins.

    • "He is not serious, but I don't want to push it," Chicago manager Joe Maddon said Monday after talking to team athletic trainer P.J. Mainville. "We just have to get him on a steady diet of rehab. We will play it a little bit cautious."

      Russell is hitting .232 with seven homers and 29 RBIs in 228 at-bats in 68 games this season. Last year, he made the All-Star team and helped the Cubs win the World Series as he hit .238 with 21 homers and 95 RBIs.

      Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward (left hand abrasion), who went on the disabled list June 22, took indoor batting practice Monday.

      "It is getting better every day. It is healing. We will see what happens," Heyward said. He is hitting .258 with six homers and 29 RBIs.

      Maddon said, "I know he is not 100 percent."

      Infielder-outfielder Ben Zobrist (left wrist inflammation) continues to make progress. "No setbacks," Maddon said after Zobrist worked out Monday.

      Chicago catcher Willson Contreras (.248) was in the starting lineup as the leadoff hitter Monday. He said it was the first time he had hit leadoff at any level of pro baseball.

      Washington manager Dusty Baker said left fielder Jayson Werth, who has been on the disabled list since June 5 with a left foot contusion, may not return until after the All-Star break.

      "I'm doing a lot better," Werth said. "It's kind of getting going, looking at a schedule, maybe playing some rehab assignment. I'm not quite there, but definitely improving. It was something I knew was going to take some time. I had something similar in the past but nothing this bad.

      "This time was way worse, the MRI showed quite a bit of bone edema and we knew it was going to be four to six weeks."

      Werth is hitting .262 with eight homers and 18 RBIs. He still can't put weight on the foot, Baker said.

      "When it's ready, I’ll be ready to go play, and it's just a matter of getting my legs in shape. It's nice definitely the team having a nice lead and all that, but I want to be on the field," Werth said. "You hate to put a date on it or a timeline on it. But we're getting close to getting on the field and running. It's progressing, it's coming along. It's just taking time."

      The first-place Nationals entered Monday at 45-30 and the second-place Cubs were 38-37.

  • Rays acquire SS Hechavarria from Marlins
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, June 26, 2017

    The Tampa Bay Rays acquired shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria from the Miami Marlins for two minor leaguers on Monday.

    • Outfielder Braxton Lee and right-hander Ethan Clark were included in the deal and sent to Miami, Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said.

      Hechavarria has been on the disabled list since May 10 with an oblique injury. The 28-year-old Cuban signed with Toronto as a free agent in 2010 and has batted .255 over parts of six seasons with the Blue Jays and Marlins.

      Rookie J.T. Riddle has played at short for Miami in the absence of Hechavarria, who is a two-time finalist for the National League Gold Glove Award.

      Matt Duffy was expected to be Tampa Bay's shortstop this season, but has yet to play due to his recovery from left heel surgery. He had another procedure to remove a calcium deposit from the area last week.

      Tim Beckham has made 67 starts at shortstop this season for the Rays. He has provided some offensive pop by batting .278 with 10 homers and 31 RBIs, but has also committed nine errors.

      Lee, who was batting .318 with two homers and 12 stolen bases for Double-A Montgomery, is a former 12th-round pick in the 2014 draft out of Ole Miss.

      Clark, who was a 15th-round selection in 2015, owns a 3-2 mark with a 3.11 ERA for Bowling Green in the Class A Midwest League.

  • Rangers activate LHP Hamels to start vs. Indians
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, June 26, 2017

    The Texas Rangers activated left-hander Cole Hamels from the 10-day disabled list ahead of Monday night's start against the Cleveland Indians.

    • To make room on the roster, the Rangers optioned infielder/outfielder Drew Robinson to Triple-A Round Rock.

      Hamels, 33, has been out for eight weeks with a right oblique muscle strain. He was placed on the disabled list on May 3 (retroactive to April 30) after sustaining the injury while warming up for his start on May 2 at Houston. He was 1-0 with a 1.04 ERA in a pair of rehab starts with Double-A Frisco.

      Hamels is 2-0 with a 3.03 ERA over 32 2/3 innings in five starts with Texas this season.

      Robinson is 2-for-6 (.333) with a home run and one RBI in two games over three stints with the Rangers this season. He had his first two major league hits, a home run and double, in a start at second base on Sunday at Yankee Stadium in the Rangers' 7-6 win.

      The Rangers also announced infielder Joey Gallo had his sore left hamstring examined by their assistant team physician, Dr. Shane Seroyer, on Sunday in Arlington. The exam determined no structural damage.

      Gallo received an injection and rejoined the Rangers in Cleveland, and he will be in the lineup for Monday night's game.

  • Reds LHP Finnegan returns from injury, suffers another
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, June 26, 2017

    ST. LOUIS -- Cincinnati Reds starter Brandon Finnegan's first game since April 15 ended abruptly in the bottom of the fourth inning when he left the game after throwing a 1-1 pitch outside to St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Paul DeJong.

    • After the pitch, Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco trotted out to the mound, urgently waving manager Bryan Price and pitching coach Mack Jenkins to the mound. After trainer Steve Baumann examined Finnegan for a couple of minutes, Price removed him.

      Austin Brice relieved Finnegan, who was activated off the 60-day disabled list Monday after missing more than two months with left shoulder soreness. In three innings, Finnegan allowed three hits and three runs, walking four and fanning two.

      The exact nature of Finnegan's injury wasn't immediately known.

      Finnegan missed more than two months due to left shoulder issues. He allowed four runs over five innings Wednesday night in a rehab start for Triple-A Louisville, and he produced a 3.00 ERA in three rehab outings.

      To make room on the roster, the Reds optioned right-hander Lisalverto Bonilla to Triple-A Louisville and also transferred right-hander Bronson Arroyo (right shoulder) to the 60-day disabled list.

      The 24-year-old Finnegan suffered the first major injury of his career in his third start of the season on April 15.

      Finnegan was 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA over 10 innings in his first three starts this season. He was acquired from Kansas City at the 2015 trade deadline.

      Bonilla, 27, is 1-3 with a 7.59 ERA over 32 innings in eight appearances (four starts) with the Reds this season.

      The 40-year-old Arroyo told reporters last week his 16-year major league career might be over as he deals with a strained right shoulder.

  • MLB roundup: Twins finish sweep of Indians
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, June 25, 2017

    CLEVELAND -- Eddie Rosario had three hits, including a home run, and Ervin Santana pitched six scoreless innings as the Minnesota Twins completed a three-game sweep of the Cleveland Indians with a 4-0 victory on Sunday.

    • The Twins, who were swept by Cleveland in a four-game series in Minnesota last weekend, returned the favor this weekend in Cleveland. They shut out the Indians in two of the three games and outscored them 13-2.

      Santana (10-4) gave up nine hits, with seven strikeouts and no walks. Cleveland starter Josh Tomlin (4-9) pitched 5 2/3 innings, giving up four runs on nine hits with five strikeouts and a season-high three walks.

      Reds 6, Nationals 2

      WASHINGTON -- Scooter Gennett went 4-for-5, including a homer, and drove in two runs, and Tucker Barnhart was 2-for-4 with two RBIs as Cincinnati beat first-place Washington, salvaging the finale of the three-game series and breaking a four-game skid.

      Gennett was 8-for-13 in the series with three RBIs. It was the second four-hit game for Gennett in less than a month, as he had five hits (four home runs) on June 6 against the St. Louis Cardinals.

      Reds starter Scott Feldman (6-5) gave up two runs in seven innings as last-place Cincinnati won for just the second time in 15 games. Washington starter Tanner Roark (6-5) gave up nine hits and six runs in six innings.

      Marlins 4, Cubs 2

      MIAMI -- Edinson Volquez maintained his perfect record against Chicago as Miami defeated the defending World Series champions.

      Giancarlo Stanton hit a solo home run, his 20th long ball of the season, and Martin Prado added a two-run double to lead the Marlins, who split their four-game series against the Cubs. Volquez (4-8) is 8-0 with a 3.12 ERA against the Cubs in 13 career appearances.

      Cubs left-hander Mike Montgomery (1-4) allowed four hits, two walks, three runs (none earned) in six innings. Chicago scored its runs on two sacrifice flies -- by Anthony Rizzo in the fourth and Tommy La Stella in the fifth.

      Rangers 7, Yankees 6

      NEW YORK -- Adrian Beltre and Shin-Soo Choo homered in the first two innings as Texas took a seven-run lead and held on for the victory over New York.

      Beltre hit a two-run homer and Choo added a three-run shot off Michael Pineda (7-4). Drew Robinson also homered as Texas won for the 11th time in 16 games.

      Gary Sanchez hit a three-run homer and Ronald Torreyes hit a solo homer for the Yankees. New York was unable to complete the comeback as Matt Bush ended his ninth save by striking out Sanchez with Aaron Judge on first base.

      Brewers 7, Braves 0

      ATLANTA -- Davies bounced back from his worst outing with one of his best, and the Milwaukee offense awoke from its slumber as the Brewers beat Atlanta.

      Davies (8-4) allowed a career-high eight runs in his previous start, but he fired seven shutout innings against Atlanta to help the Brewers salvage one game in the three-game series. Davies scattered four hits and walked one batter, retired the last eight men he faced and silencing an Atlanta team that had scored 128 runs in June, the second most in the major leagues.

      Atlanta starter Julio Teheran (6-6) continued to struggle at home. He lasted only three innings and allowed seven runs and seven hits, two of them homers, and two walks. In nine starts at SunTrust Park, Teheran is 1-6 with a 7.58 ERA. He is 5-0 with a 2.89 ERA on road games.

      Orioles 8, Rays 5

      ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Baltimore rallied to tie the game in the eighth, then won it with three in the ninth to take a three-game series against Tampa Bay.

      In a tie game in the ninth, Rays closer Alex Colome (1-3) gave up an RBI double to Joey Rickard, then after loading the bases with an intentional walk, he hit Jonathan Schoop to bring in a second run. Rickard scored on a sacrifice fly by Adam Jones.

      The Rays had been 35-3 this season when leading after seven innings, and the Orioles had been 3-34 when trailing after seven. Tampa Bay starter Jake Odorizzi served up a homer in his 11th straight appearance, matching the franchise mark set by Wilson Alvarez (1998).

      Angels 4, Red Sox 2

      BOSTON -- Los Angeles spoiled the Boston debut of Doug Fister.

      Fister went six innings, giving up three runs on seven hits with three walks and six strikeouts. He was recently waived by the Angels after three minor league outings, and the Red Sox claimed him on Friday.

      Angels rookie right-hander Parker Bridwell (2-0) went 6 2/3 innings, giving up two runs on seven hits with no walks, four strikeouts and a hit batter. Juan Graterol contributed a two-run single for Los Angeles.

      Athletics 5, White Sox 3

      CHICAGO -- Yonder Alonso and Khris Davis drove in runs in the eighth inning as Oakland rallied past Chicago to complete a three-game sweep.

      The Athletics swept a three-game series at Guaranteed Rate Field for the first time since July 2005. They also won their first road series since April 10-13 at Kansas City.

      Adam Rosales and Matt Joyce homered for two insurance runs in the ninth -- the fourth time this season Oakland has hit back-to-back home runs. Melky Cabrera homered in the ninth for the White Sox, who have lost six of seven.

      Blue Jays 8, Royals 2

      KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Francisco Liriano pitched six-plus sharp innings, Jose Bautista drove in four runs, and Toronto rolled past Kansas City.

      Liriano (4-3) picked up first victory since June 2 and only his second since April 29 as he stymied the Royals on six hits and two runs. The Blue Jays took control by pushing across five runs in the sixth inning.

      Bautista homered with Ryan Goins aboard in the fifth to tie the score at 2. Bautista got the green light on a 3-0 Jason Hammel pitch and hammered it an estimated 450 feet to the left-field grass.

      Astros 8, Mariners 2

      SEATTLE -- Houston hit three tape-measure home runs and got a solid performance from its bullpen in a victory over Seattle.

      Four Houston relievers -- Michael Feliz, Chris Devenski, Will Harris and Luke Gregerson -- combined for seven scoreless innings of three-hit relief as the Astros won the final two games of the series.

      George Springer and Yuli Gurriel both homered in a four-run fourth inning against Seattle starter Ariel Miranda. Springer hit his 22nd home run, a 456-foot blast to straightaway center field, and Gurriel hit his eighth homer, a two-run shot into the upper deck in left field that was estimated at 420 feet.

      Evan Gattis hit a two-run shot into the upper deck in left field in the ninth off Mariners reliever James Pazos.

      Dodgers 12, Rockies 6

      LOS ANGELES -- Cody Bellinger hit two home runs to give him a league-leading 24, and Los Angeles scored five runs on four wild pitches by Colorado reliever Adam Ottavino in the seventh and eighth innings, helping the Dodgers to their 10th straight win.

      The Dodgers trailed 6-4 but had the bases loaded when Ottavino (1-2) threw a hard cutter past catcher Tony Wolters, allowing a run to score. The right-hander's next pitch hit the same spot and it bounced past Wolters all the way to the backstop, allowing Forsythe and Barnes to score for a 7-6 lead.

      In the eighth, Ottavino threw two more wild pitches with runners on third, pushing the lead to 9-6.

      Tigers 7, Padres 5

      SAN DIEGO -- Mikie Mahtook grounded a tiebreaking, two-run, two-out, ninth-inning single to right off Brandon Maurer to give the Detroit the win over San Diego.

      The victory snapped an eight-game losing streak for the Tigers and halted a three-game winning streak for the Padres.

      The Tigers rallied from deficits of 3-0 and 5-3 to get the win. Right-hander Bruce Rondon (1-1) was credited with the win, with Justin Wilson earning his sixth save.

      Mets 8, Giants 2

      SAN FRANCISCO -- Rene Rivera hit two home runs to help New York complete a three-game sweep of San Francisco.

      Rafael Montero limited the Giants to one run in 5 2/3 innings for his second career win, helping the Mets record their second road sweep of the season and first in San Francisco since 2013.

      Rivera, who began the day with just three homers, smacked a two-run shot in the second inning and a solo blast in the fourth, both off Giants left-hander Matt Moore. Jay Bruce added a two-run homer in the eighth inning and Curtis Granderson hit a solo shot in the ninth, increasing the Mets' total of road home runs this season to a major-league-best 68.

      Diamondbacks 2, Phillies 1 (11 innings)

      PHOENIX -- Daniel Descalso singled home the winning run with two outs in the 11th inning, and Arizona extended its best start in franchise history with the win over Philadelphia.

      Paul Goldschmidt singled to center with two outs in the 11th off Edubray Ramos (0-7) before Chris Owings walked on a 12-pitch at-bat. Descalso hit the first pitch he saw to right field for the D-backs' fourth walk-off victory of the season.

      Arizona (48-28) is 20 games over .500 for the first time this season and is two games ahead of the pace set by the 2001 team. Philadelphia has lost 15 of 18.

      Cardinals 8, Pirates 4

      ST. LOUIS -- Catcher Yadier Molina's RBI single in the bottom of the seventh snapped a tie and helped St. Louis avoid a series sweep at the hands of Pittsburgh.

      The Cardinals halted a three-game losing streak, banging out 11 hits and taking advantage of two walks, a hit batter and an error in a four-run seventh that saw them manage only two hits. The other hit was a two-run single through a drawn-in infield by Paul DeJong, plating Molina and Aledmys Diaz to cap the inning.

      The Cardinals trailed 4-2 in the sixth when Randal Grichuk blasted a 478-foot solo homer into the third deck in left field, the second-longest homer in Busch Stadium III history. Pinch hitter Jedd Gyorko tied the game with a two-out, RBI ground-rule double to right-center.

  • MLB notebook: Mets to promote Tebow
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, June 25, 2017

    The New York Mets will promote former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow from Class A Columbia to Class A Advanced St. Lucie on Sunday.

    • St. Lucie is the Mets' third-highest ranked minor league affiliate.

      The 29-year-old Tebow is batting .222 with three home runs, 23 RBIs, a .311 on-base percentage and a .340 slugging percentage in 63 games for the Columbia Fireflies. He has 69 strikeouts and 23 walks in 212 at-bats.

      Tebow was scheduled to play in his final game Sunday for Columbia, before reporting to St. Lucie on Tuesday.

      "It's not like he's tearing up the league, but at the same time all of the indications are positive in terms of various things we look at -- chase rates and exit velocity," Mets general manager Sandy Alderson told reporters Sunday. "The bottom line is the average isn't there, but he's improving."

      --The Milwaukee Brewers claimed catcher Stephen Vogt off waivers after he was designated for assignment by the Oakland Athletics.

      Vogt, 32, was batting .217 with four home runs and 20 RBIs in 54 games with the A's this season when was designated for assignment on Thursday.

      Vogt was a two-time American League All-Star with the Athletics (2015-16), hitting .261 with 18 home runs and 71 RBIs in 2015 and .251 with 14 homers and 56 RBIs in 2016.

      --The Los Angeles Dodgers placed outfielder Franklin Gutierrez on the 10-day disabled list with an episode of ankylosis spondylitis, the team announced.

      Gutierrez's gastrointestinal/autoimmune and arthritic condition has affected his hips and lower body that cost him the 2014 season. Gutierrez, 34, is batting .232 with one home run and eight RBIs in 35 games in his first season with the Dodgers this season.

      The Dodgers also recalled up infielder/outfielder Mike Freeman from Triple-A Oklahoma City to take the roster spot.

      --Chicago White Sox left-hander Carlos Rodon has rejoined the team and appears ready to make his first start of the season this week after being sidelined due to left biceps bursitis.

      Manager Rick Renteria said a return date is not set but Rodon likely will start on the current homestand. The White Sox open a four-game series against the New York Yankees on Monday.

      Rodon is 18-16 with a 3.90 ERA in 54 games (51 starts) over two seasons major league seasons.

  • Mets to promote Tebow
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, June 25, 2017

    The New York Mets will promote former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow from Class A Columbia to Class A Advanced St. Lucie on Sunday.

    • St. Lucie is the Mets' third-highest ranked minor league affiliate.

      The 29-year-old Tebow is batting .222 with three home runs, 23 RBIs, a .311 on-base percentage and a .340 slugging percentage in 63 games for the Columbia Fireflies. He has 69 strikeouts and 23 walks in 212 at-bats.

      Tebow was scheduled to play in his final game Sunday for Columbia, before reporting to St. Lucie on Tuesday.

      "It's not like he's tearing up the league, but at the same time all of the indications are positive in terms of various things we look at -- chase rates and exit velocity," Mets general manager Sandy Alderson told reporters Sunday. "The bottom line is the average isn't there, but he's improving.

      "His recent last three weeks are actually trending pretty well. Given all the other circumstances, age and so forth, we thought this was the right time to promote him."

      Tebow signed with the Mets in September and spent time in the Florida Instructional League and the Arizona Fall League.

      Tebow captured the 2007 Heisman Trophy as part of a stellar college football career at the University of Florida, leading the Gators to two national championships.

      The Broncos made him a first-round draft pick in 2010, and he led Denver to an overtime playoff victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in his second season. He spent one season with the New York Jets and played in 35 NFL games. He also spent time in training camps with the New England Patriots (2013) and Philadelphia Eagles (2015).

  • Brewers claim former All-Star C Vogt off waivers
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, June 25, 2017

    The Milwaukee Brewers claimed catcher Stephen Vogt off waivers on Sunday after he was designated for assignment by the Oakland Athletics.

    • Vogt was batting .217 with four home runs and 20 RBIs in 54 games with the A's this season when was designated for assignment on Thursday.

      The 32-year-old left-handed hitter made 42 of his 43 starts (36 at catcher, seven at designated hitter) in games started by a right-handed pitcher and batted .229 against righties compared to .077 against lefties.

      Vogt was a two-time American League All-Star with the Athletics (2015-16), hitting .261 with 18 home runs and 71 RBIs in 2015 and .251 with 14 homers and 56 RBIs in 2016.

      Vogt started all five games at catcher for the A's in the 2013 American League Division Series against the Detroit Tigers and had a walk-off single to win Game 2 in Oakland. He made his major league debut with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2012 and spent all or parts of the last five seasons with Oakland. He is a .251 career hitter with 49 home runs and 198 RBIs in 476 games.

  • Dodgers place OF Gutierrez on DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, June 25, 2017

    The Los Angeles Dodgers placed outfielder Franklin Gutierrez on the 10-day disabled list with an episode of ankylosis spondylitis, the team announced Sunday.

    • Gutierrez's gastrointestinal/autoimmune and arthritic condition has affected his hips and lower body that cost him the 2014 season.

      Gutierrez, 34, is batting .232 with one home run and eight RBIs in 35 games in his first season with the Dodgers this season.

      The Dodgers also recalled up infielder/outfielder Mike Freeman from Triple-A Oklahoma City to take the roster spot.

      Freeman, 29, will make his first stint with the Dodgers after being claimed by the team on May 26 from the Seattle Mariners. In 20 games with Oklahoma City, he is hitting .295 with four RBIs and three stolen bases. He also appeared in 16 games with the Mariners this season, going 2-for-30 (.067) and hitting his first career major league home run on April 12 against the Houston Astros. He appeared in three games (two starts) at first base, three games (two starts) at second base and two starts at third base with Seattle.

      In 37 major league games in two seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Mariners, Freeman is batting .135 with one home run and two RBIs. He has a .292 career batting average with 132 steals, 19 home runs and 279 RBIs in 757 minor league games.