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  • Mariners reacquire LHP Elias from Red Sox
    By Field Level Media / Monday, April 23, 2018

    The Seattle Mariners reacquired left-hander Roenis Elias from the Boston Red Sox on Monday for a player to be named or cash considerations, both teams announced.

    • Seattle assigned Elias to Triple-A Tacoma.

      Elias was 15-20 with a 3.97 ERA in 51 appearances (49 starts) over two seasons for Seattle (2014-15). He was traded to the Red Sox following the 2015 campaign in a package that brought left-hander Wade Miley to the Mariners.

      The 29-year-old Cuban made just four major league appearances (one start) in two-plus seasons with the Red Sox. Elias spent most of 2017 on the disabled list with an oblique injury.

      Elias is 1-0 with a 1.23 ERA in four appearances for Triple-A Pawtucket this season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Bautista could join Braves on road trip
    By Field Level Media / Monday, April 23, 2018

    Joey Bats may be back in MLB before May 1.

    • Slugger Jose Bautista, who signed a minor-league contract with Atlanta last week, has reportedly looked good in the minors thus far and could join the big club on its upcoming road trip.

      First, he will reportedly play in a doubleheader Monday with the Braves' Triple-A affiliate in Gwinnett (Ga.) County.

      Braves MLB.com beat writer Mark Bowman said the reports on Bautista's progress in the minors "have been good." He has been playing with the club's Single-A club in Florida, going 2 for 7 with a double in two games.

      The Braves (12-8) are in third place in the NL East, and begin a 10-game, 11-day road trip across three cities on Monday in Cincinnati.

      Bautista, 37, is a career .250 hitter with 331 home runs and 927 RBIs over 14 major league seasons. Last season, however, he hit just .203 with just a .308 on-base percentage with 23 home runs and 65 RBIs in 157 games with Toronto last season.

      After failing to find any takers in the offseason, the two-time AL home run champ signed with the Braves and former Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos, now in charge of the organization.

      --Field Level Media

  • Tigers designate VerHagen for assignment, recall Gerber
    By Field Level Media / Monday, April 23, 2018

    The Tigers on Monday designated right-hander Drew VerHagen for assignment and promoted outfielder Mike Gerber to the 25-man roster.

    • VerHagen compiled a 6.30 ERA in nine relief appearances with the Tigers and must clear waivers before being outrighted to Triple-A Toledo.

      Gerber made his big-league debut Friday as a pinch runner. He was the 26th man for a doubleheader against the Kansas City Royals.

      VerHagen was drafted by the Tigers in the fourth round in 2012 out of Vanderbilt.

      --Field Level Media

  • Cubs 3B Bryant day-to-day
    By Field Level Media / Monday, April 23, 2018

    Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant is considered day-to-day but will be evaluated before the team resumes play Tuesday in Cleveland.

    • Bryant departed Sunday's game against the host Colorado Rockies in the first inning with a left eye laceration after he was plunked in the head by a 96 mph fastball.

      Bryant joined the team on the charter flight to Cleveland and the opening of a two-game series with the Indians. The Cubs will continue to monitor Bryant.

      Manager Joe Maddon said Bryant was doing "as good as can be expected."

      Bryant was hit by an up-and-in fastball on a 1-2 count by Rockies right-hander German Marquez. The pitch made contact around the forehead but Bryant didn't fall to the ground.

      --Field Level Media

  • White Sox RP Farquhar 'progressing well'
    By Field Level Media / Monday, April 23, 2018

    Danny Farquhar, the Chicago White Sox relief pitcher who collapsed in the dugout Friday in Chicago, is making progress in his recovery from multiple brain surgeries.

    • The White Sox issued a statement Monday confirming Farquhar is communicating with family and doctors and has use of all of his extremities.

      "Danny remains in critical but neurologically stable condition in the ICU unit at Rush," the statement said. "Farquhar's wife, Lexie, and family members are present at the hospital as he continues to receive treatment and close monitoring by the neurosurgical team. He is expected to remain in the neurosurgical ICU at Rush for the next few weeks."

      Farquhar was transferred to the 60-day disabled list by the White Sox on Monday.

      "He's a fighter, and he's in the fight of his life right now," White Sox vice president Kenny Williams told USA Today earlier Monday.

      Williams said Farquhar, who suffered a brain hemorrhage Friday, required a second surgery "cracking his skull open and putting a clamp on it" to reduce brain swelling.

      Farquhar, 31, passed out in the dugout during the sixth inning of Friday night's game against the Houston Astros. Overnight testing revealed that a ruptured aneurysm caused the brain bleed.

      Farquhar, 1-1 in eight appearances this season, faced four batters and threw 15 pitches to get the final two outs in the top of the sixth before he passed out after the inning. He was attended to by White Sox personnel and emergency medical technicians.

      The team said Farquhar was conscious when he was taken from Guaranteed Rate Field to the Rush University Medical Center.

      Farquhar signed with the White Sox on July 24, 2017. He has played for three other teams over seven big league seasons. He has a 10-15 record and 3.93 ERA in 253 regular-season games.

      --Field Level Media

  • Angels' Simmons day-to-day with bruised forearm
    By Field Level Media / Monday, April 23, 2018

    Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons, who left Los Angeles' game Sunday due to a right forearm contusion, is listed as day-to-day.

    • X-rays were negative on Simmons' arm, which was hit by a second-inning pitch from San Francisco Giants right-hander Johnny Cueto. Simmons stayed in the game through the third inning before leaving for a defensive replacement.

      "It's a little sore, but it's not that bad," Simmons said, according to the Los Angeles Times, after the Angels' 4-2 loss. "I could throw, but not easily. I'm waiting for the swelling to go down. But I think I should be ready to go (Monday) if they let me."

      Simmons was batting .356 through April 12, but he has slumped the past 10 days, going 2-for-19. His average is down to .295, and he has one homer and eight RBIs in 22 games this year.

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB roundup: Belt battles through 21-pitch AB in Giants' win
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, April 22, 2018

    Brandon Belt had a home run and two singles, and Johnny Cueto threw six scoreless innings to propel San Francisco past Los Angeles, but Belt had another at-bat in the game that was just as significant as any of the hits, even though he made an out.

    • In the first inning, Belt battled through a 21-pitch plate appearance against Angels starter Jaime Barria, ultimately lining out to right field. The 21 pitches in a single at-bat were the most since records have been kept in 1988, passing the mark of 20 set by Houston Astros infielder Ricky Gutierrez against Indians pitcher Bartolo Colon in June 1998.

      Cueto (2-0) took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, and he wound up allowing two hits, two walks and two hit batters while striking out seven.

      One of the hit batters was Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons, who had to leave the game due to a right forearm contusion. Simmons is listed as day-to-day.

      Cubs 9, Rockies 7

      Javier Baez homered, starter Jose Quintana reached a career milestone, and visiting Chicago overcame a major injury scare to Kris Bryant to beat Colorado.

      Bryant was hit in the helmet on a 96 mph pitch from Rockies starter German Marquez in the first inning. He appeared groggy and walked to the clubhouse with the help of the training staff, but the Cubs later released a statement saying Bryant had passed all tests and there were no signs of a concussion.

      After Bryant was replaced by David Bote, the Cubs had four consecutive singles to take a 3-0 lead. Baez hit his seventh homer run in the second and Jason Heyward had a two-run single in the third to give Chicago a 6-0 lead.

      Yankees 5, Blue Jays 1

      Luis Severino pitched seven strong innings, Didi Gregorius had a home run and two RBIs, and Austin Romine hit a two-run double as New York defeated visiting Toronto.

      Miguel Andujar added four hits and an RBI for the Yankees, who took the four-game series 3-1, the first series loss this season for the Blue Jays.

      Severino (4-1) allowed one run, three hits, two walks, a hit batter and had six strikeouts. Toronto's Jaime Garcia (2-1) took the loss Sunday, allowing four runs, six hits and three walks while striking out six in 5 1/3 innings.

      Dodgers 4, Nationals 3

      Yasmani Grandal hit a two-run double, and Corey Seager's sacrifice fly in the seventh inning completed a late rally that gave Los Angeles a series victory over visiting Washington.

      Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen gave up a pair of singles to start the ninth inning, then retired three consecutive batters to end it, getting former teammate Howie Kendrick on a fly ball to the edge of the warning track for the final out. It was Jansen's third save of the season and second in two days.

      Washington led 3-0 before Grandal's two-run hit to right in the sixth. Cody Bellinger followed with a game-tying double off the wall in center field.

      Astros 7, White Sox 1

      Jake Marisnick snapped an 0-for-22 slump with a leadoff single that ignited a five-run seventh inning as Houston completed a three-game sweep of host Chicago and extended its winning streak to six games. The White Sox have dropped seven straight. Chicago (4-14) is off to its worst start since 1968.

      Astros right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. (3-1) lacked his best stuff yet proved elusive enough to log six innings of one-run ball. McCullers entered leading the majors averaging 14.57 strikeouts per nine innings but finished with just three while allowing eight hits and plunking a pair of batters.

      Marisnick had posted 13 strikeouts in his previous 19 plate appearances before opening the seventh with a soft line drive to center field off White Sox right-hander Aaron Bummer. Bruce Rondon entered in relief of Bummer (0-1) but failed to stem the tide, issuing walks to George Springer and Carlos Correa while allowing run-scoring singles to Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman.

      Phillies 3, Pirates 2 (11 innings)

      Aaron Altherr singled with one out in the bottom of the 11th inning as host Philadelphia completed a four-game sweep of Pittsburgh, its first against the Pirates since May 12-15, 1994.

      Philadelphia also improved to 9-1 at Citizens Bank Park, its best start at home since also going 9-1 at Connie Mack Stadium in 1964. After stranding two in the 10th, the Phillies put together the winning rally. Andrew Knapp nearly hit a game-ending homer off Richard Rodriguez (0-1). Knapp settled for a triple when his fly ball caromed off the top of the left field wall in front of the metal gate between the seats and the fence.

      The umpires reviewed the play and confirmed the triple. Five pitches later, Altherr won it by slapping a 1-2 slider from Rodriguez at 110 mph off the bat into left field, capping a 3-for-3 day. Altherr entered the game in the seventh in a double switch and collected his 10th career three-hit game.

      A's 4, Red Sox 1

      Oakland couldn't hold visiting Boston hitless for a second straight day, but the Athletics kept the Red Sox out of the win column again.

      Khris Davis hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the eighth off Boston starter David Price and finished with four RBIs as the Athletics beat the Red Sox in the finale of a three-game series.

      Oakland won for the sixth time in seven games. After going hitless Saturday, the Red Sox notched a hit in the game's first at-bat as Jackie Bradley Jr. laced a leadoff single to right field.

      Diamondbacks 4, Padres 2

      Nick Ahmed hit a two-run homer in a four-run fourth inning and Patrick Corbin became the fourth four-game winner in the majors with Arizona's victory over visiting San Diego.

      Ahmed's homer, his third of the season, made it a 3-0 lead, and Corbin's two-out single drove in the final run of the inning as the Diamondbacks (15-6) tied a franchise record for the best 21-game start to a season. Arizona is the first team since the 2003 San Francisco Giants to win its first seven series.

      Christian Villanueva broke up Corbin's shutout with a two-run homer in the sixth inning as the Padres lost for the fifth time in six games.

      Rays 8, Twins 6

      Carlos Gomez hit a two-run, walk-off homer with no outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, and Adeiny Hechavarria and C.J. Cron also homered in Tampa Bay's win over visiting Minnesota.

      Cron singled to lead off the ninth against Addison Reed (0-1) and was replaced by pinch runner Rob Refsnyder before Gomez hit the first pitch he saw for his third homer of the season as the Rays completed their first home sweep of Minnesota in franchise history.

      Daniel Robertson had four hits, Jesus Sucre had three and Joey Wendle had two for the Rays, who have won four in a row. They hit six homers and scored 26 runs in their sweep of the Twins. Rays closer Alex Colome (2-2) struck out the side in a 1-2-3 ninth inning for the victory.

      Brewers 4, Marlins 2

      Christian Yelich belted a go-ahead, two-run homer against his former team as Milwaukee swept the four-game series against visiting Miami.

      Yelich, traded by the Marlins to the Brewers in the offseason, hit his shot to center field in the fourth inning. It was his second homer of the season, and it helped the Brewers win their sixth consecutive game.

      Junior Guerra (2-0) earned the win, allowing five hits, one walk and one unearned run in five-plus innings. He left the game with the bases loaded in the sixth, but reliever Jeremy Jeffress got out of the jam by striking out Brian Anderson, getting a pop out from J.B. Shuck and striking out Lewis Brinson.

      Indians 7, Orioles 3

      Jose Ramirez homered twice, and Michael Brantley drove in the go-ahead run with a fifth-inning single as Cleveland defeated host Baltimore. Corey Kluber (3-1) earned the win, allowing three runs in seven innings.

      Cleveland has won its past two games while the injury-riddled Orioles have lost eight of their past nine. Ramirez hit a solo homer and a two-run shot and finished with three RBIs.

      Indians relievers Andrew Miller and Cody Allen each threw a scoreless inning to close out the victory. Baltimore's Andrew Cashner (1-3) took the loss after giving up four runs in six innings.

      Rangers 7, Mariners 4

      Martin Perez pitched six strong innings as Texas defeated visiting Seattle to avoid a sweep in the three-game series.

      Perez (2-2), who entered the game with a 13.14 ERA, allowed two runs on seven hits in six innings. He walked one and struck out four. Keone Kela pitched the ninth inning for his third save of the season.

      Nomar Mazara and Joey Gallo homered for Texas in a three-run fourth off Mariners starter Erasmo Ramirez (0-1), who was making his season debut. With Texas leading 1-0, Mazara hit a solo homer to center field. After a walk to Adrian Beltre, Gallo hit a two-run shot to left-center field, his seventh of the season.

      Cardinals 9, Reds 2

      Miles Mikolas beat hapless Cincinnati for the second time in eight days, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits and striking out six with no walks in St. Louis' home victory.

      The Cardinals, who swept the three-game series and sent the Reds to their fifth straight loss and 18th in 21 games this season, got home runs from Kolten Wong and Paul DeJong to back Mikolas (3-0). It was also the 11th straight time the Cardinals beat the Reds, dating back to last September.

      The biggest blow Sunday was DeJong's three-run shot in the sixth inning on a hanging breaking ball from Reds reliever Kevin Quackenbush. The homer extended the Cardinals' lead to 6-2 after the Reds had scored two runs in the top of the inning to pull to within one.

      Royals 8, Tigers 5

      Mike Moustakas hit a go-ahead three-run homer, Abraham Almonte blasted his second career grand slam, and Kansas City defeated host Detroit to split a four-game series.

      Almonte hit his second homer this season and Whit Merrifield added a solo shot for the Royals, who won for just the second time in 12 games.

      Kevin McCarthy (1-0) gave up one unearned run in an inning of relief to get the win. Royals starter Erik Skoglund gave up four runs on four hits in five-plus innings. Kelvin Herrera pitched the ninth to notch his fourth save.

      Mets-Braves, ppd.

      New York's scheduled game in Atlanta was postponed due to inclement weather. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader on May 28.

      --Field Level Media

  • Giants' Belt lines out after 21-pitch at-bat
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, April 22, 2018

    Brandon Belt's home run Sunday ranks as his second-most notable at-bat of the game.

    • The San Francisco Giants first baseman battled Los Angeles Angels pitcher Jaime Barria for 21 pitches in the first inning before lining out to right fielder Kole Calhoun.

      The plate appearance was the longest since such records began being recorded in 1988. The old mark was a 20-pitch duel between Houston shortstop Ricky Gutierrez and Cleveland Indians pitcher Bartolo Colon on June 26, 1998, that resulted in a swinging strikeout.

      Belt, the second batter of the game, fell behind in the count 1-2. He fouled off two pitches, took a ball, fouled off two more, then took ball three. Belt hit foul balls on the next 11 pitches before putting the ball in play on a four-seam fastball.

      "It's probably not the record I'd choose to break, but I didn't give the at-bat away," Belt said. "When I'm in the field I hate it when a batter keeps fouling pitches off. I'm like, 'Dude, just put it in play. It's not that hard. Let's go.' So I basically had to apologize to everybody after that."

      The at-bat lasted 12 minutes, 45 seconds.

      "He kept throwing strikes," Belt said, according to the Los Angeles Times. "He didn't really hang anything, maybe a couple. He did enough to throw me off, so I wasn't hitting it on the barrel. I was getting tired, but I didn't want to give in. I put too much effort into it."

      Barria said, according to MLB.com, "I tried some changeups and used all my pitches, then finally with a fastball in, I got him out. Yeah, there were some good pitches that I threw to him, especially with the curveball. But in the end, he kept making contact and fouling them off."

      Belt singled off Barria to cap an eight-pitch at-bat in the third inning, helping set up the game's first run. Leading off the fifth inning against Angels reliever Blake Parker, Belt belted the ninth pitch of his plate appearance for a home run to right field.

      Leading off the seventh against reliever Jim Johnson, Belt hit the first pitch for a single. He again swung at the first pitch he saw from reliever Jose Alvarez in the eighth, flying out to end the inning.

      Belt, 30, finished 3-for-5 as the Giants beat the Angels 4-2. He improved his batting average to .288, and the homer was his fifth of the season.

      Barria, hampered by having to throw 21 pitches to a single batter, lasted just two-plus innings in his second major league outing. The 21-year-old Panamanian took the loss, falling to 1-1, after yielding two runs on five hits with one walk and one strikeout. He threw 77 pitches.

      "I've never seen anything like it," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of the Barria-Belt battle. "That was really amazing what happened there, on both sides, Belt and the pitcher to keep throwing strikes, too, and end up winning (the battle). No question that played a part in his early exit because he had good stuff."

      Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons said, "I don't want to do it again, but regardless of the result, it was fun to watch."

      --Field Level Media

  • Cubs 3B Bryant exits after beaned in head
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, April 22, 2018

    Chicago Cubs standout third baseman Kris Bryant departed Sunday's game against the host Colorado Rockies in the first inning with a left eye laceration after he was plunked in the head by a pitch.

    • Bryant was hit by an up-and-in 96 mph fastball on a 1-2 count by Rockies right-hander German Marquez. The pitch made contact around the forehead but Bryant didn't fall to the ground.

      Instead, he unsteadily wobbled toward the Cubs' dugout and manager Joe Maddon rushed out to hold him and provide both physical and emotional support. Trainers quickly arrived to examine Bryant, and they decided to remove him from the game.

      The team later announced that Bryant "passed all tests thus far" and has no signs of a concussion. The Cubs said the laceration was caused by Bryant's sunglasses.

      Bryant's condition will continue to be evaluated, the team said.

      Bryant's beaning irritated the Chicago coaching staff as both hitting coach Chili Davis and assistant hitting coach Andy Haines were ejected by home plate umpire Cory Blaser.

      David Bote pinch ran for Bryant, who is batting .319 with two homers and 11 RBIs.

      Colorado was involved in a bean-ball situation with the San Diego Padres earlier this month, which led to suspensions for third baseman Nolan Arenado and outfielder Gerardo Parra, among others.

      --Field Level Media

  • Mets-Braves rained out, setting record for postponed games
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, April 22, 2018

    It's only April 22, but Major League Baseball has already set the record for most weather-related postponements through April in recent league history.

    • The Braves announcing Sunday's game in Atlanta against the New York Mets would be postponed clinched the record. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on May 28.

      Weather.com reported a 100 percent chance of rain, with one to two inches expected on Sunday and flood warnings for Fulton County in effect through Monday morning.

      That makes 26 games to be called off due to weather-related factors, the most since the league started tracking such things in 1986.

      There were 26 postponements in April of 2007, but one of those was in response to the death of St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Josh Hancock.

      Zach Wheeler, who was set to start for the Mets, will pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals Tuesday instead, with the Mets other starters moving back accordingly.

      Right-hander Mike Foltynewicz, the Braves starter, will open Atlanta's series against the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night, with Atlanta simply pushing its rotation back a day as well.

      --Field Level Media

  • Mariners activate Ramirez to start vs. Rangers
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, April 22, 2018

    The Seattle Mariners activated right-hander Erasmo Ramirez to start Sunday's game against the Texas Rangers.

    • Ramirez, 27, was on the 10-day disabled list with a lat injury. He went 0-1 with a 2.13 ERA in three minor league rehab starts.

      Ramirez went 5-6 with a 4.39 ERA in 37 appearances (19 starts) in 2017 while splitting the season with the Tampa Bay Rays and Mariners. He is 30-35 lifetime with a 4.20 ERA since reaching the majors in 2012.

      Outfielder Guillermo Heredia was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma despite a .310 average with two homers in 16 games.

      Veteran Ichiro Suzuki, who is batting just .212 in 11 games entering Sunday, was retained as the club's fourth outfielder.

      Seattle's top three outfielders are Dee Gordon, Mitch Haniger and Ben Gamel.

      Gordon wasn't in Sunday's starting lineup due to a minor foot injury. Manager Scott Servais said the move was precautionary.

      --Field Level Media

  • DeShields returns to Rangers ahead of schedule
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, April 22, 2018

    Texas Rangers center fielder and leadoff hitter Delino DeShields is back well ahead of schedule after being placed on the 10-day disabled list with a broken left hand.

    • DeShields, who broke his hamate bone, had been expected to miss four to six weeks when he went on the DL on March 31.

      During an at-bat when he eventually walked in the seventh inning, DeShields apparently was hurt. He stayed in the game and eventually scored, but his hand was starting to swell by the time he was back in the dugout afterward.

      The Rangers also put Carlos Tocci, who made his first major league start in replacing DeShields in center field, on the 10-day DL, citing a bruised left hip.

      DeShields, 25, just began his fourth season with Texas. He hit .269 with six home runs, 22 RBIs and 29 stolen bases in 120 games last season.

      DeShields went 3-for-7 in three games with Double-A Frisco during a rehab assignment that ended Saturday.

      --Field Level Media

  • Rockies put Gonzalez on 10-day DL, recall two OFs
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, April 22, 2018

    The Colorado Rockies are getting a major (albeit short-term) overhaul in the outfield.

    • The team placed outfielder Carlos Gonzalez on the 10-day disabled list (retroactive to April 19) on Sunday with a hamstring injury and also optioned outfielder Mike Tauchman to Triple-A Albuquerque. The Rockies called up outfielders David Dahl and Noel Cuevas from the same club.

      Tauchman has just one hit in 23 at-bats this season.

      Dahl and Cuevas, manning the outfield corners, were both in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Cubs.

      Fellow outfielder Gerardo Parra also began his four-game suspension on Sunday for his part in an April 11 brawl with the San Diego Padres.

      Gonzalez, who has a .235 batting average with three home runs and 11 RBIs, initially hurt his hamstring in a 10-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday. He then missed the Rockies' first two games against the Cubs.

      Parra is hitting just .217, with one home run and four RBIs.

      --Field Level Media

  • Cardinals place RHP Wainwright on DL
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, April 22, 2018

    The St. Louis Cardinals placed right-hander Adam Wainwright on the 10-day disabled list due to right elbow inflammation, the team announced Sunday.

    • The move is retroactive to April 20.

      Wainwright was scheduled to start Tuesday against the New York Mets. The Cardinals are off on Monday.

      Right-handed reliever Jon Brebbia was recalled from Triple-A Memphis to fill the roster spot.

      Wainwright underwent elbow surgery in the offseason. Manager Mike Matheny said the pain Wainwright is feeling now is similar to last season's discomfort.

      "I think he seems OK with it. He doesn't want it to get to the point where it was before," Matheny told reporters. "What can he do proactively instead of being reactive to having it really flare up?

      "He's on a good program to get a little more rest, get a little more treatment with it to get ahead of it and then get back out there and compete. That's the thought right now."

      The 36-year-old Wainwright wrote the following on Twitter: "All will be well in a few days."

      Wainwright is 1-2 with a 3.45 ERA in three starts this season. He defeated the Chicago Cubs in his last outing when he gave up one unearned run and four hits over five innings.

      Wainwright has a 147-83 career mark with a 3.29 ERA since reaching the majors with the Cardinals in 2005. The three-time All-Star has won 19 or more games on four occasions.

      Brebbia has pitched two scoreless innings in two appearances for the Cardinals this season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Jeter gets defensive over tanking questions
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, April 22, 2018

    Derek Jeter defends the course of action he's set for the Miami Marlins in an interview with HBO's Real Sports airing on Tuesday.

    • Jeter, 43, is in his first season as the CEO of the rebuilding Marlins and was in charge when the team parted ways with several star players during the winter, including Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna, Christian Yelich and Dee Gordon.

      The roster overhaul has caused some to question whether the Marlins are trying to win games at all.

      "Tanking? What is ... tanking?" Jeter responded when asked by host Bryant Gumbel if that was the team's mindset, according to a transcript in the Miami Herald.

      "We're trying to win ballgames every day," said Jeter. "When you take the field, you have an opportunity to win each and every day. Each and every day. You never tell your team that they're expected to lose. Never."

      Jeter cut off Gumbel as he tried to interject and turned the conversation toward the host.

      "Now, you can think ... now, I can't tell how you think," he said. "Like, I see your mind. I see that's how you think. I don't think like that. That's your mind working like that. ... You don't get it.

      "You don't. ... I can't wait to get you on the golf course, man. We got ... I mean, I can't wait for this one. ... You're mentally weak."

      Gumbel also tells Jeter that it's "delusional" to believe the Marlins, who are off to a 5-15 start, can contend.

      "Well, call me delusional," Jeter responded.

      --Field Level Media

  • Twins' Hughes off DL, will start Friday
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, April 22, 2018

    Minnesota Twins right-handed pitcher Phil Hughes has been recalled from his rehab assignment at Single-A Ft. Myers and activated from the 10-day disabled list, the team announced Saturday.

    • Hughes is scheduled to start Sunday at Tampa Bay. He has pitched yet this regular season after straining his left oblique at the end of spring training. He made two rehab starts for Ft. Myers, pitching 10 innings, allowing three earned runs and recording nine strikeouts.

      Hughes, 31, has seen each of his past two seasons cut short by surgery to treat thoracic outlet syndrome. He appeared in just 14 games last season before undergoing surgery after pitching in just 12 games in 2016.

      Hughes has not pitched in the majors since July 14, 2017, at Houston and has not started a game since May 21 of last season.

      To make room for Hughes on the 25-man roster, the Twins optioned left-hander Gabriel Moya to Triple-A Rochester. Moya made five relief appearances for the Twins this season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Baseball roundup: Manaea fires no-hitter vs. Red Sox
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, April 21, 2018

    Sean Manaea pitched a no-hitter as the Oakland Athletics beat the red-hot Boston Red Sox 3-0 Saturday night at Oakland Coliseum.

    • Manaea (3-2) tossed the 12th no-hitter in franchise history, finishing the milestone with 108 pitches and facing three above the minimum. He was mobbed by his teammates after completing the seventh no-hitter in the Oakland era as "Celebration" by Kool and the Gang blared.

      "Oh man, my heart was beating out of my chest, and I was trying to do everything I could [to stay calm]," Manaea told Braden in a postgame interview. The effort also marked Manaea's first career complete game.

      The Red Sox were no-hit for the 12th time in team history and first time since April 22, 1993. The Red Sox dropped to 17-3 and saw an eight-game winning streak stopped.

      Indians 4, Orioles 0

      Mike Clevinger (2-0) pitched his first career shutout and Jose Ramirez went 3-for-4 with a homer as Cleveland cruised over host Baltimore at Camden Yards.

      Clevinger (2-0) was terrific while allowing just two hits in his first career complete game. The right-hander struck out three and walked two in throwing 107 pitches. Yonder Alonso and Yan Gomes also went deep for Cleveland, which won for just the second time in five games.

      Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman (0-4) served up the three homers and gave up four runs and eight hits in six innings. Tillman struck out five and walked one as Baltimore lost for the seventh time in eight games.

      Phillies 6, Pirates 2

      Rhys Hoskins drove in four runs, including three on a go-ahead home run in the sixth inning, as the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates in Philadelphia.

      Hoskins added a run-scoring single in a three-run eighth inning as the Phillies beat the Pirates for the third time in three days. Sean Rodriguez homered for Pittsburgh, which lost for the fifth time in its last six games.

      Aaron Nola (2-1) got the win for the Phillies, allowing two runs and six hits in seven innings. He struck out nine and did not walk a batter. Michael Feliz (0-1) took the loss in relief, coming in with two runners on base and allowing Hoskins' home run. Closer Hector Neris, who got the final out of the eighth inning, pitched a scoreless ninth for his fourth save.

      Cardinals 4, Reds 3

      St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina hit his sixth homer of the season to break a tie in the seventh inning and Paul DeJong and Dexter Fowler also homered as the Cardinals beat the reeling Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium.

      Molina homered off Jared Hughes (0-2) as the Cardinals regained the lead after Cincinnati tied the game with three two-out runs in the top of the seventh. The Cardinals (12-8) have won all six games against the Reds this season, extending their head-to-head streak to 10 games.

      Rookie Jordan Hicks (1-0) retired the final batter of the seventh inning and went the rest of the way for his first major league victory. Hicks' fastball has averaged 99 mph, the highest in the majors, according to Fangraphs.com.

      Rays 10, Twins 1

      C.J. Cron homered twice and drove in four runs and Blake Snell tossed seven solid innings to help Tampa Rays record a blowout victory over visiting Minnesota at Tropicana Field.

      Denard Span went 2-for-5 with three RBIs for the Rays, who have won four of their past five games. Daniel Robertson also homered and Joey Wendle went 3-for-4 as Tampa Bay was an impressive 7-for-9 with runners in scoring position. Cron doubled his homer total for this season while notching his ninth career multihomer game.

      Snell (3-1) allowed one run and five hits while winning his third straight decision. The left hander struck out six and didn't issue a walk. Twins right-hander Kyle Gibson (1-1) was charged with four runs and five hits over 6 1/3 innings. Gibson struck out seven and walked one.

      Brewers 6, Marlins 5

      Jesus Aguilar ended a 13-pitch at-bat with a walk-off solo homer in the ninth inning as Milwaukee rallied to defeat visiting Miami.

      Aguilar, who had entered the game as a defensive substitution in the top of the ninth, led off the frame and battled reliever Junichi Tazawa (0-1). It was Aguilar's first homer of the season, an opposite-field shot to right-center. He was the first batter Tazawa faced in the game.

      Miami was led by rookie center fielder Lewis Brinson, who slugged a three-run home run. Brinson, who entered this series batting just .131 with no homers and one RBI, has three homers and six RBIs in this series, which culminates on Sunday.

      Tigers 12, Royals 4

      Nicholas Castellanos and Miguel Cabrera drove in three runs apiece as the Detroit Tigers rolled over the struggling Kansas City Royals.

      Castellanos had three hits, including his first homer this season. Cabrera supplied two hits, walked twice and also scored twice as the Tigers won for the fifth time in six games.

      Winning pitcher Mike Fiers (2-1) allowed four runs (two earned) on 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings. Royals ace Danny Duffy (0-3) gave up six runs on 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings for the Royals, who have lost 10 of their last 11 games.

      Braves 4, Mets 3

      Center fielder Ender Inciarte's drag bunt scored Johan Camargo in the ninth inning and gave Atlanta a come-from-behind win over New York at SunTrust Park.

      The Braves won it against New York closer Jeurys Familia (1-1), who allowed his first runs of the season and failed in his effort to get a four-out save. The winning pitcher was Jesse Biddle (1-0), who pitched a scoreless inning in his major league debut.

      For the first seven innings, the game was a pitching duel between New York's Jacob deGrom and Atlanta's Julio Teheran. DeGrom allowed no runs on four hits and two walks, striking out 10. Teheran allowed no runs on four hits and one walk, whiffing six.

      Yankees 9, Blue Jays 1

      Aaron Judge hit a two-run homer and had three RBIs and Miguel Andujar keyed a seven-run sixth with a three-run double as the New York Yankees defeated the visiting Toronto Blue Jays.

      Jordan Montgomery (2-0) held the Blue Jays to one run on four hits and three walks. The left-hander struck out five in six innings for the Yankees, who have won two of the first three games of the series.

      Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman (0-2) allowed eight runs (six earned), five hits and four walks while striking out five in 5 1/3 innings.

      Rockies 5, Cubs 2

      Tyler Anderson pitched six strong innings and had a key at-bat in Colorado's fifth inning, and the Rockies beat the visiting Chicago Cubs.

      Anderson (1-0) got his first win in five starts this season after settling down following a rough beginning. Wade Davis got the last three outs for his ninth save. Nolan Arenado had two hits and Gerardo Parra drove in a pair of runs for Colorado, which prevailed in the cold weather. It was 41 degrees at first pitch and dropped to 35 degrees by game's end.

      Albert Almora Jr. followed Friday's four-hit night with two more for Chicago, and Willson Contreras had two RBIs.

      Astros 10, White Sox 1

      Josh Reddick belted two homers Saturday night, including his second grand slam of April, as Houston routed grief-stricken Chicago at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago.

      Dallas Keuchel (1-3) cruised through six innings, allowing four hits and a run with two walks and six strikeouts to pick up his first win in five starts. It was the fifth straight win for Houston (15-7), which has outscored Seattle and Chicago (4-13) by a whopping 40-5 in that span.

      Lucas Giolito (0-3) lost his third straight start, beset by crippling control problems. Giolito walked seven batters in two-plus innings, six of them scoring, and gave up nine runs on five hits with a strikeout. It was the White Sox's first game since reliever Danny Farquhar collapsed in the dugout during Friday night's 10-0 loss from a cerebral hemorrhage caused by a ruptured aneurysm.

      Diamondbacks 6, Padres 2

      Arizona center fielder A.J. Pollock had two hits including a homer and drove in two and Paul Goldschmidt had two extra-base hits and drove in a run as the Diamondbacks evened their weekend series with a victory over San Diego at Chase Field.

      Pollock's fifth homer of the season broke a tie at two in the third inning, and Goldschmidt tripled in a run and scored in on Pollock's RBI-single in a two-run seventh for the Diamondbacks (14-6), who have set a franchise record by winning their first six series.

      San Diego right fielder Franchy Cordero had a two-run double off the center field fence in the first inning, but the Padres (8-14) could get only two other runners as far as second base.

      Angels 4, Giants 3

      Garrett Richards struck out 11 over six innings, Mike Trout homered and Los Angeles ended a four-game losing streak with a win over San Francisco at Angel Stadium.

      Richards improved to 3-0 after holding the Giants to two runs on five hits and one walk. His 11 strikeouts were a season high.

      Brandon Belt hit a two-run homer and Evan Longoria had two hits for San Francisco. Albert Pujols homered for Los Angeles, his two-run homer in the sixth off Giants starter Derek Holland providing the margin for victory.

      Dodgers 4, Nationals 0

      Hyun-Jin Ryu tossed seven scoreless innings while Joc Pederson, Kike Hernandez and Cody Bellinger each walloped homers as Los Angeles blanked Washington at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

      In winning his third straight start, Ryu (3-0) permitted just two hits, walking three and fanning eight. Trea Turner and Matt Wieters each managed harmless singles off Ryu, who threw 58 of his 89 pitches for strikes.

      Stephen Strasburg (2-2) pitched well enough to win on most nights. In seven innings, the right hander ceded only five hits and two runs, issuing two walks and striking out 10.

      Mariners 9, Rangers 7

      Robinson Cano hit a go-ahead, two-run home run as part of a five-run, eighth-inning uprising for Seattle, and Edwin Diaz got the final four outs for his MLB-leading eighth save as the Mariners came from behind to beat Texas in the middle game of a three-game series in Arlington, Tex.

      The start of the contest was delayed 1 hour, 25 minutes by rain and neither Seattle starter James Paxton nor Rangers starter Bartolo Colon figured in the decision. Paxton gave up five runs on six hits in four innings of work while Colon, coming off a game where he retired the first 21 batters he faced, allowed four runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings.

      Cano, Dee Gordon and Nelson Cruz had three hits each for Seattle, which pounded out 13 hits against five Rangers pitchers. The Rangers' offense was not the issue, as Texas had 11 hits, led by two each by Shin-Soo Choo, Isiah Kiner-Falefa, Nomar Mazara and Jurickson Profar.

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: Yankees set to promote top prospect Torres
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, April 21, 2018

    Gleyber Torres, the top prospect in the organization, will be called up to the New York Yankees, according to multiple reports Saturday.

    • The 21-year-old infielder reportedly will join the Yankees ahead of Sunday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. The club has not confirmed the move.

      Torres was batting. 370 with 11 RBIs in 13 games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in the International League after competing for the starting second base job in spring training.

      By keeping Torres in the minors for more than 20 days, the Yankees pushed back Torres' free agency eligibility by one year to 2024.

      Torres arrived from the Chicago Cubs in July 2016 as part of the Aroldis Chapman trade.

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB notebook: Farquhar critical with brain aneurysm
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, April 21, 2018

    White Sox right-handed reliever Danny Farquhar suffered a brain hemorrhage and was in stable but critical condition in a Chicago hospital on Saturday, the team announced.

    • Farquhar, 31, passed out in the dugout during the sixth inning of Friday night's game against the Houston Astros. Overnight testing revealed that a ruptured aneurysm caused the brain bleed.

      Farquhar, 1-1 in eight appearances this season, faced four batters and threw 15 pitches to get the final two outs in the top of the sixth before he passed out after the inning. The team said Farquhar was conscious when he was taken from Guaranteed Rate Field to the Rush University Medical Center.

      Farquhar signed with the White Sox on July 24, 2017. He has played for three other teams over seven big league seasons. He has a 10-15 record and 3.93 ERA in 253 regular-season games.

      --Matt Harvey will not take his next turn in the rotation and instead will head to the bullpen after another rough outing, Mets manager Mickey Callaway said.

      Jason Vargas will start in San Diego next weekend, and Harvey will be available in the bullpen by Tuesday, Callaway said.

      Harvey, 29, gave up six runs, all earned, in six innings in a 12-4 loss against visiting Atlanta on Thursday. He gave up four earned runs in each of the two outings before that and his record sits at 0-2 with an ERA of 6.00. He's given up 26 hits, four of them home runs, in 21 innings.

      --The New York Yankees will call up their top prospect, Gleyber Torres, according to multiple reports Saturday. The 21-year-old infielder reportedly will join the Yankees ahead of Sunday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. The club has not confirmed the move.

      Torres was batting. 370 with 11 RBIs in 13 games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in the International League after competing for the starting second base job in spring training.

      By keeping Torres in the minors for more than 20 days, the Yankees pushed back Torres' free agency eligibility by one year to 2024. Torres arrived from the Chicago Cubs in July 2016 as part of the Aroldis Chapman trade.

      --Baltimore Orioles left fielder Trey Mancini was not in the lineup after injuring his right knee Friday against the Cleveland Indians, but he said he doesn't expect to miss more than a few days.

      He received stitches to repair a wound after he ran into the wall down the left-field line. Postgame X-rays were negative. Mancini said a CT scan also was negative.

      Mancini was chasing a foul fly and slid into the wall in an area just below the padding. He is batting .284 with two homers and seven RBIs in 20 games this season.

      --The New York Yankees have placed reliever Adam Warren on the 10-day disabled list with a strained back, the team announced.

      The right hander threw 46 pitches in 2 2/3 relief innings in an 8-5 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night. Warren, 0-1 with a 3.24 ERA in eight games, is the 11th Yankees player to go on the disabled list this season.

      The team called up right-hander Jonathan Holder from Triple A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to take his place.

      --Field Level Media

  • Mets send defiant Harvey to bullpen
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, April 21, 2018

    Matt Harvey will not take his next turn in the rotation and instead will head to the bullpen after another rough outing, Mets manager Mickey Callaway said Saturday.

    • Jason Vargas will start in San Diego next weekend.

      Harvey, 29, gave up six runs, all earned, in six innings in a 12-4 loss against visiting Atlanta on Thursday. He gave up four earned runs in each of the two outings before that and his record sits at 0-2, with an ERA of 6.00. He's given up 26 hits, four of them home runs, in 21 innings.

      But while he was adamant Thursday night about wanting to remain a starter, Harvey has accepted a bullpen role.

      "The best thing I can do is go to the bullpen, get my stuff ready and ultimately get back in the rotation and be where I know I can be," Harvey said, per SNY. "I can best help this team as a starter. Right now I need to work on it, that's in the bullpen.

      "Get things going, then come back and dominate like I have in the past."

      Callaway said Harvey will be available in the bullpen by Tuesday, and added that Harvey is "motivated" to prove he should still be a starter.

      The oft-injured former star helped the Mets reach the World Series in 2015 coming off Tommy John surgery. An All-Star in 2013, he missed half of the 2016 season for surgery to alleviate thoracic outlet syndrome. A right shoulder injury cost him more than two months last season.

      Harvey is 34-37 in his career, and has started all but one of the 105 games he's played in with a career batting average against of .244 and an ERA of 3.60 over 633 1/3 innings.

      --Field Level Media

  • White Sox pitcher Farquhar in critical condition after brain hemorrhage
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, April 21, 2018

    White Sox right-handed reliever Danny Farquhar suffered a brain hemorrhage and was in stable but critical condition in a Chicago hospital on Saturday, the team announced.

    • Farquhar, 31, passed out in the dugout during the sixth inning of Friday night's game against the Houston Astros. Overnight testing revealed that a ruptured aneurysm caused the brain bleed.

      Farquhar, 1-1 in eight appearances this season, faced four batters and threw 15 pitches to get the final two outs in the top of the sixth before he passed out after the inning. He was attended to by White Sox personnel and emergency medical technicians.

      The team said Farquhar was conscious when he was taken from Guaranteed Rate Field to the Rush University Medical Center.

      Farquhar signed with the White Sox on July 24, 2017. He has played for three other teams over seven big league seasons. He has a 10-15 record and 3.93 ERA in 253 regular-season games.

      --Field Level Media

  • Yankees place reliever Warren on 10-day DL
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, April 21, 2018

    The New York Yankees have placed reliever Adam Warren on the 10-day disabled list with a strained back, the team announced on Saturday.

    • Warren, a righty, threw 46 pitches in 2 2/3 relief innings in an 8-5 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night.

      The team called up right-hander Jonathan Holder from Triple A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to take his place.

      Warren, 0-1 with a 3.24 ERA in eight games, is the 11th Yankees player to go on the disabled list this season.

      The Yankees fell to 9-9 on the season with Friday's loss.

      --Field Level Media

  • Orioles LF Mancini sidelined with knee injury
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, April 21, 2018

    Baltimore Orioles left fielder Trey Mancini was not in Saturday's lineup one day after injuring his right knee during Friday's game with the Cleveland Indians.

    • Mancini said he doesn't expect to miss more than a few days. He received stitches to repair a wound after the contest due to his collision with the wall down the left-field line.

      Mancini was chasing down a foul fly hit by Cleveland's Yonder Alonso in the eighth inning. He made a sliding attempt and his right knee slammed into the wall in an area just below the padding.

      He was attended to on the field and removed from the game.

      "Obviously doesn't feel too good but luckily avoiding anything serious, no tears or break," Mancini told reporters prior to Saturday's game. "Just had to get a couple stitches. It's just really swollen today. Tough to bend my knee, but I'm hoping in a couple days it'll be good."

      Postgame X-rays were negative. Mancini said a CT scan also was negative.

      Mancini is batting .284 with two homers and seven RBIs in 20 games this season.

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB roundup: Moreland's slam lifts Red Sox to eighth straight
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, April 21, 2018

    Mitch Moreland hit reliever Emilio Pagan's first pitch of the evening for a tie-breaking grand slam in the sixth inning Friday night, propelling the Boston Red Sox to their eighth straight win, a 7-3 triumph over the Oakland Athletics in Oakland, Calif.

    • The Red Sox trailed the opener of a three-game series 3-0 after one inning, but quickly evened the score on a three-run home run by Jackie Bradley Jr. in the second, setting the stage for Moreland's game-winning blow four innings later.

      Right-hander Hector Velasquez (3-0) pitched three innings of shutout relief to get the win. A's starter Kendall Graveman (0-4), who loaded the bases in the sixth, took the loss.

      Graveman had retired 11 straight batters following Bradley's homer before Mookie Betts, Andrew Benintendi and Hanley Ramirez singled consecutively to open the sixth. Pagan then came on and immediately served up Moreland's grand slam, the third of his career and first since 2016. The homer was Moreland's second of the season.

      Mets 5, Braves 3 (12 innings)

      New York's Robert Gsellman pitched two innings of scoreless relief and scored the winning run in the 12th inning to give his team a win over Atlanta at SunTrust Park.

      Gsellman, who batted for himself in the 12th, was hit by a pitch by Atlanta reliever Josh Ravin. He advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a single by Yoenis Cespedes. Gsellman slid in ahead of the throw from right fielder Nick Markakis. The Mets added an insurance run when Asdrubel Cabrera doubled to right to drive in Cespedes.

      New York closer Jeurys Familia pitched a scoreless 12th, giving him 11 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings, to earn his eighth save.

      Nationals 5, Dodgers 2

      Max Scherzer struck out nine in six innings and outdueled Clayton Kershaw in a matchup of three-time Cy Young Award winners as Washington defeated Los Angeles in the opener of a three-game series at Dodger Stadium.

      The right-handed Scherzer (4-1) allowed one run and four hits and walked three as the Nationals improved to 3-1 on a nine-game road trip. Kershaw (1-3) gave up four runs and nine hits over seven innings. The left-hander struck out four and walked none.

      Michael A. Taylor, Trea Turner and Ryan Zimmerman each had two hits and one RBI for Washington. Bryce Harper added a run-scoring single for his 19th RBI of the campaign.

      Rays 8, Twins 7 (10 innings)

      Pinch runner Johnny Field scored the decisive run from second base on an infield grounder with two out in the bottom of the 10th inning as Tampa Bay posted a victory over Minnesota at Tropicana Field.

      The Rays had runners on first and second when Denard Span sent a bouncer to the right of Joe Mauer. The Minnesota first baseman gloved the ball and made the throw to left-hander Zach Duke (1-1) at first but Duke missed the bag and Span was ruled safe. Mauer pointed toward home, but Duke's throw was off the mark and Field easily scored the game-winning run. The play was reviewed and it was confirmed Duke missed the bag and he was charged with an error.

      Alex Colome (1-2) pitched a perfect 10th for the Rays, who have won three of their past four games.

      Blue Jays 8, Yankees 5

      Lourdes Gurriel Jr. experienced a memorable major league debut when he drove in three runs as Toronto beat New York at Yankee Stadium.

      Gurriel, Toronto's fifth-best prospect according to Baseball America, was recalled before the game and started at second base. The Cuban infielder produced a two-run single in the fourth off Sonny Gray and a two-strike single in the fifth off Domingo German (0-1) after batting .347 (17-for-49) in 12 games with Double-A New Hampshire. Gurriel is the younger brother of Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel.

      Teoscar Hernandez hit a two-run homer and Yangervis Solarte added a solo homer for Toronto, which won for the eighth time in 10 games.

      Padres 4, Diamondbacks 1

      San Diego third baseman Christian Villanueva singled in the tie-breaking run in a three-run ninth inning and Franchy Cordero hit the third-longest homer in Chase Field history in the team's Arizona.

      Wil Myers singled to open the ninth off Brad Boxberger (0-2) and took second on a passed ball before Eric Hosmer beat out an infield single to put runners on the corners. Villanueva followed with a single to left off Boxberger, pitching for the third straight day, and the Padres added runs on infield errors by Nick Ahmed and Jorge De La Rosa, who replaced Boxberger after Villanueva's single.

      San Diego starter Tyson Ross lost his no-hitter and his shutout with two outs in the eighth inning, when pinch hitter Christian Walker doubled over Cordero's head to tie the game at 1 after Ahmed opened the inning with a walk.

      Astros 10, White Sox 0

      George Springer drove in four runs, Carlos Correa belted two home runs and Justin Verlander logged his third scoreless appearance as Houston extended its winning streak to four games with a victory over Chicago at Guaranteed Rate Field.

      Springer recorded a pair of two-run doubles, extending a five-run fourth inning with his first double off White Sox right-hander James Shields (1-2) before adding his second against Chicago reliever Danny Farquhar in the sixth. Springer scored on an error by White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson in the fourth after driving in Brian McCann and Marwin Gonzalez with a liner to right.

      After scoring one run three times during a six-game stretch, the Astros (14-7) have totaled 30 runs during their winning streak. McCann and Springer scored twice each while Correa added a multi-hit game, finishing 3-for-5 with three RBIs and his third and fourth homers this season.

      Cubs 16, Rockies 5

      Javier Baez and Kyle Schwarber each homered and drove in four runs as visiting Chicago beat Colorado to open a three-game series.

      Baez and Albert Almora Jr. had four each hits and Schwarber had three for Chicago (9-8), which had a season-high 18 hits. Starter Kyle Hendricks lasted just five innings but picked up his first win of the season. Hendricks (1-1) didn't walk a batter and struck out six before leaving for a pinch hitter in the sixth inning.

      Nolan Arenado homered and had three hits for Colorado in his return from a five-game suspension.

      Mariners 6, Rangers 2

      Jean Segura ripped a one-out, two-run double in the top of the ninth inning to break open a tie game as Seattle defeated Texas at Globe Life Park in the first game of a three-game set.

      Segura battled Texas reliever Keone Kela in a seven-pitch at-bat before his ringing double to the gap in right-center field drove home Andrew Romine and Dee Gordon with the deciding runs.

      Kyle Seager and Mitch Haniger then added insurance runs with RBI singles that plated Segura and Ben Gamel, respectively, to break open the game.

      Phillies 2, Pirates 1

      Odubel Herrera broke an eighth-inning tie with a run-scoring triple, sending host Philadelphia to a victory over Pittsburgh.

      In a game that featured a strong pitchers' duel between Pirates right-hander Ivan Nova and Phillies righty Ben Lively, Philadelphia broke through for the game-winning run against the Pittsburgh bullpen.

      Cesar Hernandez led off the last of the eighth with a double off the third Pirates pitcher, George Kontos (1-2). After Hernandez took third on an infield out, Herrera lashed his triple to right field, giving the Phillies their first lead of the game at 2-1.

      Tigers 3, Royals 2 (10 innings) (Game 1)

      JaCoby Jones hit a game-winning homer in the bottom of the 10th, and host Detroit captured its fourth straight victory by edging the slumping Kansas City in the first game of a doubleheader.

      Jones ripped his first homer this season over the left-field wall off reliever Brad Keller (0-1). It was the Tigers' second walk-off homer in three games as Dixon Machado achieved the same feat against Baltimore on Wednesday.

      Jones had two hits, two runs scored and two RBIs. James McCann contributed two hits and a run scored and Machado added an RBI for Detroit. Joe Jimenez (2-0) tossed an inning of scoreless relief to collect the win.

      Royals 3, Tigers 2 (Game 2)

      Kansas City rallied with two runs in the ninth and snapped a nine-game losing streak by topping host Detroit in the second game of a doubleheader.

      Abraham Almonte had a pinch-hit RBI single during the comeback. Whit Merrifield homered earlier in the game, and winning pitcher Jakob Junis (3-1) gave up two runs on four hits with a walk and four strikeouts over eight innings. Kelvin Herrera pitched the ninth for his third save.

      JaCoby Jones scored a run and knocked in the other for Detroit to complete a big day after hitting a walk-off homer in the 10th inning of the opener. He had three hits on the day, with three runs scored and three RBIs. Tigers starter Daniel Norris gave up one run on three hits and struck out five in 4 2/3 innings.

      Giants 8, Angels 1

      Home runs by Andrew McCutchen and Mac Williamson highlighted a six-run fifth inning and helped lift San Francisco over Los Angeles at Angel Stadium.

      Nick Hundley also homered for the Giants, who scored more on Friday than they did in their previous four games combined (five runs).

      San Francisco starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija (1-0), coming off the disabled list (strained pectoral muscle) to make his first start of the season, was not particularly sharp but managed to work his way through five scoreless innings to earn the victory.

      Orioles 3, Indians 1

      Manny Machado homered for the third time in two games and Trey Mancini added a tiebreaking two-run double in the fifth inning as Baltimore defeated visiting Cleveland.

      The victory ended a six-game losing streak for the Orioles, who had fallen to last place in the American League East, 11 1/2 games behind first-place Boston.

      Dylan Bundy (1-2) again gave the Orioles a strong start. The right-hander allowed one run on five hits in six innings, striking out nine while walking just two. Bundy now has a 1.42 ERA and has pitched well in all five of his starts, though Baltimore has lost in three of those games.

      Cardinals 4, Reds 2

      St. Louis scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning, two of those on a double by Yadier Molina, and the offense was more than enough to back right-hander Michael Wacha in a victory over struggling Cincinnati at Busch Stadium.

      Wacha (2-1) has been a perennial nemesis of the Reds, running his career record against them to 10-1, with an ERA of 2.88. He went 6 2/3 innings, giving up six hits and one run, with one walk and three strikeouts.

      The defeat spoiled the debut of Reds interim manager Jim Riggleman, who was promoted after manager Bryan Price was fired on Thursday. The Reds have lost 16 of their first 19 games this season.

      Brewers 8, Marlins 0

      Ryan Braun and Travis Shaw homered on consecutive pitches in the fourth inning as host Milwaukee defeated Miami.

      Shaw finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs, falling a triple short of the cycle. Needing that triple, Shaw grounded out to second in the eighth inning.

      Braun went 2-for-5 with two RBIs and his fifth homer of the season as Milwaukee won its fourth straight game. Eric Thames went 1-for-3 with a double off the wall and two walks.

      --Field Level Media

  • Padres top D-backs late after Ross flirts with no-no
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, April 21, 2018

    San Diego third baseman Christian Villanueva singled in the tie-breaking run in a three-run ninth inning and Franchy Cordero hit the third-longest homer in Chase Field history in the Padres' 4-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday.

    • Wil Myers singled to open the ninth off Brad Boxberger (0-2) and took second on a passed ball before Eric Hosmer beat out an infield single to put runners on the corners. Villanueva followed with a single to left off Boxberger, pitching for the third straight day, and the Padres added runs on infield errors by Nick Ahmed and Jorge De La Rosa, who replaced Boxberger after Villanueva's single.

      San Diego starter Tyson Ross lost his no-hitter and his shutout with two outs in the eighth inning, when pinch hitter Christian Walker doubled over Cordero's head to tie the game at 1 after Ahmed opened the inning with a walk.

      Ross struck out 10 and walked three and Brad Hand (1-2) got the final four outs as the Padres (8-13) broke a three-game losing streak. They are still the only team in the majors that has never thrown a no-hitter.

      Cordero's 489-foot homer off right-hander Matt Koch broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning for a 1-0 lead, the longest homer by a visitor at Chase Field. Adam Dunn (504 feet) and Richie Sexson (503) have the only longer ones.

      Ross struck out two in each of the first four innings and retired 18 straight batters between a walk to Jarrod Dyson in the first inning and another to Paul Goldschmidt in the seventh.

      Koch gave up two hits in six innings while making his first start of the season in place of Taijuan Walker, who is scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery on Wednesday. Koch struck out four and walked two in his first start since Oct. 2, 2016, when he gave up one run in six innings of a no-decision against the Padres.

      Arizona (13-6) played without center fielder A.J. Pollock and right fielder Chris Owings, who collided when Owings caught a fly ball in the third inning Thursday. Owings was removed from the game but passed the concussion protocol. Pollock suffered a hand injury on the play and was held out.

      --Field Level Media