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  • After rainout, Twins host Indians in doubleheader Thursday
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, August 16, 2017

    MINNEAPOLIS -- Rain has been a big problem for the Minnesota Twins in their eighth year in the outdoor Target Field. Cleveland has been a problem for Minnesota, too, but the Indians have had their share of the weather-related headaches at Target Field.

    • The Wednesday game between the teams never began, and it was officially postponed 30 minutes after the scheduled start time. It was the fourth postponement of the season at Target Field this season and the second involving Minnesota and Cleveland. The two teams were rained out on April 19, as well.

      The game will be made up Thursday as part of a split doubleheader. Thursday's original day game will start at 12:10 p.m. CT, and the makeup will start at 6:10 p.m. CT.

      The Indians won the series opener on Tuesday 8-1. Cleveland is 8-0 in Minnesota this season and has outscored the Twins 56-15 in Target Field.

      "It doesn't really make sense, but there's a lot of things in our game that you spin your head around trying to figure out," Minnesota manager Paul Molitor said of the Indians' dominance in Target Field. "I'm well aware that they've come in here and dominated us in our own park. We've got a couple more chances to get in the win column against them here before we go there and play them there in September."

      The two teams had only one other common day which could have been used as a makeup, Sept. 25. Cleveland manager Terry Francona said pregame that he hoped for a doubleheader instead of returning to Minnesota for one solo game, but the schedule was in the hands of Major League Baseball.

      Carlos Carrasco (11-5, 3.83 ERA) will start the first game of doubleheader for the Indians with Ryan Merritt (0-0, 3.60) recalled as the 26th man for the doubleheader to start the second game. Mike Clevinger, originally scheduled to start Thursday, will be skipped in the rotation and be available out of the bullpen, according to MLB.com.

      Twins right-hander Kyle Gibson (6-9, 6.02) will matchup with Carrasco in the first game after the two were originally scheduled for Wednesday. Jose Berrios will have his scheduled start moved back, with Minnesota calling up right-hander Aaron Slegers for his major league debut in the nightcap.

      Whoever is on the mound for Cleveland lately is getting the job done. After trailing much of the league for the first part of the year in ERA, the Indians now own the AL's best starting pitching ERA at 3.98. They also lead the league in strikeouts from their starters, and the rotation has a league-high 51 wins.

      "I don't think you get too satisfied in the middle of August," Francona said. "I think we're trending in the right direction. But I think with those types of things, you just show up every day and keep plugging away or the trend can go the other way, until you're done. But it does feel better. When you show up and you feel like you're going to get a pretty well-pitched game, that helps everybody."

      Carrasco is 3-6 with a 4.43 ERA in his career against the Twins. He beat Minnesota on June 16 when he allowed one run in 6 1/3 innings.

      Merritt has faced the Twins twice in his career, producing a 3.60 ERA. The young left-hander also made a spot start in the earlier doubleheader between the two teams because of the first postponement. Merritt gave up three runs (two earned) in four innings on June 17.

      Gibson is 2-5 with a 5.75 ERA in 12 career starts against Cleveland. He is 0-2 with a 3.94 ERA in three starts against the Indians this season.

      Gibson has yielded 20 earned runs in his past 27 1/3 innings. The team has tried to get Gibson to be more aggressive in the zone and early in the counts, trusting his ground-ball tendencies will be successful.

      "We've seen him definitely improve down those lines," Molitor said. "(Cleveland's) lineup for anybody, the way they're playing right now, is going to be challenging. But you don't want to add to their cause, at least minimize times you're going to give them counts where they can just swing from their heels or free baserunners with base on balls.

      "If you don't pitch from ahead, you're going have a lot of trouble. The hard part about that is that they can ambush that first pitch, so you've got to make a quality pitch to start the sequence, and then hopefully be able to get weak contact from there."

      Slegers, 24, is enjoying a strong season in his first year at the Triple-A level. He is 13-4 with a 3.18 ERA in 21 starts for Rochester, with 97 strikeouts and 27 walks in 130 1/3 innings.

      The Twins' fifth-round draft pick in 2013 out of Indiana University, Slegers is 9-0 with a 2.10 ERA in his past 10 starts.

      The Indians have won five games overall and look ready to defend their AL title. Francona was asked why his teams have a tendency to play better in the second half of the season.

      "I think some of it goes to our pitchers' work ethic," Francona said. "Our pitchers don't seem to tire as you get into August, September. I think that helps a ton. I'd like to think that our clubhouse, our chemistry, however you want to say it, we don't bail on each other. We keep plugging away, and I think it's a good characteristic. It's helped us a lot."

  • MLB notebook: RHP Weaver announces retirement
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, August 16, 2017

    Three-time All-Star right-hander Jered Weaver announced his retirement on Wednesday, ending his 12-year career spent primarily with the Los Angeles Angels.

    • Weaver spent 11 seasons with the Angels before joining the San Diego Padres in February. The 34-year-old recorded an 0-5 mark with a 7.44 ERA in nine starts with the Padres before sitting out the last three months with an inflamed left hip.

      "I've decided to step away from baseball," Weaver said in a statement released on Twitter. "While I've been working hard to get back on the mound, my body just will not allow me to compete like I want to. Many thanks to the Padres' organization for the opportunity to play in the amazing city of San Diego. You have been very professional and respectful during this process, and I really appreciate that.

      "I would also like to thank my teammates for welcoming me in with open arms and for all the support throughout the season. I'm excited for the next chapter in life and making up for lost time with my family. Thank you to everyone who has supported me over the years. It was a great ride."

      Weaver's career hit its high note from 2010-12, as he finished in the top five in American League Cy Young Award voting in each season. He led the majors with 233 strikeouts and 34 starts in 2010 and notched 18- and 20-win campaigns in each of the following years.

      --Los Angeles Angels right-hander Ricky Nolasco left Wednesday afternoon's 3-2 victory over the Washington Nationals in the sixth inning in the midst of pitching to Jose Lobaton.

      The Angels were nursing a 3-2 lead and Nolasco had a 2-2 count on Lobaton before leaving the game due to cramps in his calves and dehydration.

      "It was a hot one today," the 34-year-old Nolasco said. "I just tried to slow the game down a bit."

      Nolasco (6-12) picked up the win after allowing two runs on five hits with three walks and four strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. He threw 112 pitches, with 66 going for strikes.

      --The Washington Nationals placed outfielder Brian Goodwin on the 10-day disabled list with a left groin strain.

      Goodwin left Sunday's first game of a doubleheader against the San Francisco Giants with tightness in his groin after stealing a base in the eighth inning. The move is retroactive to Aug. 14.

      The 26-year-old Goodwin joins a list of Nationals outfielders currently sidelined with injuries -- Bryce Harper (hyperextended knee), Ryan Raburn (trapezius strain), Jayson Werth (foot contusion) and Adam Eaton (torn ACL).

      In a corresponding move, the Nationals called up outfielder Alejandro De Aza from Triple-A Syracuse. De Aza, 33, joins the Nationals for his first major league assignment of the season. The Nationals become his sixth MLB team over parts of nine seasons.

      --The Toronto Blue Jays activated catcher Miguel Montero from the disabled list and right-hander Dominic Leone from the bereavement list.

      Left-hander J.P. Howell and catcher Mike Ohlman were designated for assignment to make room on the roster.

      Montero went on the 10-day disabled list on Aug. 4 with a strained right groin. He was 0-for-3 in one rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Buffalo.

      Leone is 2-0 with a 2.55 ERA in 45 games with Toronto.

      --The Oakland Athletics acquired minor league left-hander Sam Moll from the Colorado Rockies.

      The A's will send the Rockies a player to be named later or cash considerations. Moll, 25, was optioned to Triple-A Nashville.

      The Athletics also optioned right-hander Josh Smith to Nashville to clear a 25-man roster spot for right-hander Chris Hatcher, who was acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday.

      Moll spent the entire season at Triple-A Albuquerque, where he was 3-2 with a 4.18 ERA and limited opponents to a .292 batting average in 44 relief appearances. He walked 18 and struck out 39 in 47 1/3 innings before he was designated for assignment on Friday. He was 9-10 with a 3.46 ERA in 145 career appearances over five seasons in the Colorado farm system.

  • Blue Jays activate C Montero, RHP Leone
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, August 16, 2017

    TORONTO -- The Toronto Blue Jays activated catcher Miguel Montero from the disabled list and right-hander Dominic Leone from the bereavement list Wednesday.

    • Left-hander J.P. Howell and catcher Mike Ohlman were designated for assignment to make room on the roster.

      Montero went on the 10-day disabled list on Aug. 4 with a strained right groin. He was 0-for-3 in one rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Buffalo.

      Montero is 3-for-36 (.083) with one home run, three RBIs and six walks in 13 games with Toronto after he was released by the Chicago Cubs.

      Leone is 2-0 with a 2.55 ERA in 45 games with Toronto.

      Howell owns a 1-1 mark with a 7.35 ERA in 16 games with the Blue Jays. He was on the disabled list twice with left shoulder issues. He is 36-30 with a 3.83 ERA and 22 saves in 547 major league games.

      Ohlman batted .231 (3-for-13) with one RBI in seven games with Toronto. In 82 games at Buffalo, he batted .222 with 12 homers and 38 RBIs.

  • Jered Weaver announces retirement
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, August 16, 2017

    Three-time All-Star right-hander Jered Weaver announced his retirement on Wednesday, ending his 12-year career spent primarily with the Los Angeles Angels.

    • Weaver spent 11 seasons with the Angels before joining the San Diego Padres in February. The 34-year-old recorded an 0-5 mark with a 7.44 ERA in nine starts with the Padres before sitting out the last three months with an inflamed left hip.

      "I've decided to step away from baseball," Weaver said in a statement released on Twitter. "While I've been working hard to get back on the mound, my body just will not allow me to compete like I want to. Many thanks to the Padres' organization for the opportunity to play in the amazing city of San Diego. You have been very professional and respectful during this process, and I really appreciate that.

      "I would also like to thank my teammates for welcoming me in with open arms and for all the support throughout the season. I'm excited for the next chapter in life and making up for lost time with my family. Thank you to everyone who has supported me over the years. It was a great ride."

      Weaver's career hit its high note from 2010-12, as he finished in the top five in American League Cy Young Award voting in each season. He led the majors with 233 strikeouts and 34 starts in 2010 and notched 18- and 20-win campaigns in each of the following years.

      Weaver tossed the 10th no-hitter in Angels history on May 2, 2012.

      Weaver finished his career with a 150-98 record and a 3.63 ERA. The No. 12 overall pick in the 2004 draft, Weaver guided an Angels team that won three straight AL West division titles from 2007-09. He is second in Angels franchise history in wins and games started (322) and is third in innings pitched (2,025) and strikeouts (1,598).

      "Over the past decade, Jered established himself as one of the premier pitchers and fiercest competitors in baseball," Padres general manager A.J. Preller said in a statement. "He built a tremendous reputation throughout the game, not only for his track record of success, but also as a consummate teammate and professional. On behalf of the Padres' organization, I want to congratulate Jered on an outstanding career."

  • MLB roundup: Puig gives Dodgers walk-off win
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, August 16, 2017

    LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers did it again.

    • Down by two runs in the bottom of the ninth, they got to the Chicago White Sox bullpen. Facing Jake Petricka with one out, Yasiel Puig hit a two-run, walk-off double as the Dodgers scored a 5-4 comeback win Wednesday.

      Chicago led 4-2 entering the ninth. Reliever Gregory Infante recorded the first out, then was replaced by Aaron Bummer. Pinch hitter Cody Bellinger singled, and the White Sox changed pitchers again, bringing in Petricka (1-1).

      Logan Forsythe's double to left scored Bellinger, cutting the deficit to 4-3. Austin Barnes' single put runners at the corners for Puig, who hit a 3-2 pitch to center field, ending the game.

      Red Sox 5, Cardinals 4

      BOSTON -- Mookie Betts ripped a two-run double off the Green Monster to cap a three-run, ninth-inning rally that gave Boston a victory over St. Louis.

      Betts, who drove in a run earlier in the game, hit a 3-2 pitch from John Brebbia off the left field wall, knocking in Chris Young and Jackie Bradley Jr.

      The win, which completed a four-game Red Sox sweep of the Cardinals this season, kept them 4 1/2 games ahead of the New York Yankees in the American League East. Boston has won 12 of their past 14 games.

      Rockies 17, Braves 2

      DENVER -- Trevor Story hit two home runs and had a career-high six RBIs while going 3-for-4 as Colorado scored 14 runs in the first five innings en route to crushing Atlanta.

      Mark Reynolds belted his 25th home run and had three hits and four RBIs. Gerardo Parra added three hits and four RBIs for the Rockies.

      DJ LeMahieu had his fifth four-hit game of the season and the ninth of his career while scoring four runs. Nolan Arenado drove in a pair, giving him a major-league-most 103 RBIs.

      Jon Gray (5-2) allowed five hits and two runs in six innings with two walks and six strikeouts, improving to 4-0 with a 3.00 ERA in five starts at Coors Field this season.

      Cubs 7, Reds 6

      CHICAGO -- Javier Baez scored the winning run on a two-out wild pitch by Blake Wood as Chicago claimed a walk-off victory.

      The Cubs' Wade Davis (3-1) worked one scoreless inning for the victory. Anthony Rizzo went 2-for-4 with his third career grand slam for Chicago. Rizzo's team-leading 28th home run of the season gave the Cubs a 4-1 first-inning lead.

      The Reds' Joey Votto saw his bid to match a record held by Ted Williams fall short as he went 1-for-4. Votto had reached base at least twice in a game in 20 consecutive games until Wednesday. Williams' record of 21 was set in 1948.

      Yankees 5, Mets 3

      NEW YORK -- Didi Gregorius laced a tiebreaking, two-run double in the seventh inning as the Yankees made it three straight over the Mets in the Subway Series.

      Aaron Judge went an eventful 2-for-5 for the Yankees. The rookie blasted his American League-leading 37th homer, a mammoth shot into the upper deck in left field. He also struck out for the 33rd straight game, setting a season record for position players. Chase Headley was 2-for-4 with a sacrifice fly and Garrett Cooper had a run-scoring groundout.

      Rene Rivera hit a homer for the Mets, and Yoenis Cespedes and Travis d'Arnaud each lofted sacrifice flies.

      Astros 9, Diamondbacks 5

      HOUSTON -- Josh Reddick lined a two-run homer as Houston answered Arizona's three-run eighth with four runs in the bottom half of the inning to prevail.

      Reddick clubbed his 12th home run of the season, off Andrew Chafin, for his first homer against a left-hander to drive home George Springer. The Astros scored two runs earlier in the inning via a wild pitch and Jose Altuve's sacrifice fly that plated Derek Fisher.

      The Diamondbacks shaved a four-run deficit to 5-4 with two home runs in the top of the eighth. Houston native Paul Goldschmidt socked a two-run blast, his 29th, off Luke Gregerson before former Astro J.D. Martinez followed with his 24th home run of the year.

      Padres 3, Phillies 0

      SAN DIEGO -- Clayton Richard threw his first complete-game shutout in five seasons, and Wil Myers became the first player in team history to steal three bases in an inning as San Diego finished a three-game sweep of Philadelphia.

      Richard (6-12) allowed three hits and a walk with six strikeouts to end a personal five-game losing streak. He entered the game tied for the most losses in the National League and led the league with 188 hits allowed.

      With Austin Hedges at-bat in the fourth inning, Myers stole second and third as Hedges walked. Hedges broke from first and got in a rundown as Myers stole home on the front end of what became a double steal to make it 2-0.

      Brewers 7, Pirates 6

      MILWAUKEE -- Manny Pina wiped out a late-inning deficit with a two-run homer as Milwaukee won its fourth consecutive game.

      All of the Brewers' offense came by way of the home run with Keon Broxton hitting two of the five. Neil Walker and Travis Shaw also went deep for Milwaukee.

      Pirates starter Gerrit Cole had only allowed three runs in three starts against Milwaukee this season, but he was charged with four Wednesday on five hits and two walks while striking out nine in six innings.

      Angels 3, Nationals 2

      WASHINGTON -- Kole Calhoun belted a two-run homer and Ricky Nolasco picked up a rare road win as Los Angeles earned a split of a two-game series with Washington.

      It was the 14th homer of the year for Calhoun, who went deep against starter Tanner Roark to make it 3-2. Nolasco (6-12) picked up his first win road victory since June 26 at Dodger Stadium.

      Nolasco left the game with cramps in his calves and dehydration. He allowed two runs on five hits with three walks and four strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.

      Marlins 8, Giants 1

      MIAMI -- Giancarlo Stanton's streak of home runs in six consecutive games was snapped, but Miami still had enough to defeat San Francisco.

      Jose Urena (11-5) allowed an unearned run in five innings. He worked around seven hits and a walk while striking out two.

      Stanton, who leads the majors with 44 homers, went 2-for-4 with two singles, and he also was hit in the back by a Matt Cain pitch that registered 91 mph.

      Rangers 12, Tigers 6

      ARLINGTON, Texas -- Elvis Andrus had a home run and four RBIs, and Nomar Mazara added a homer and three RBIs as Texas completed a three-game sweep.

      Andrus was 3-for-5 with a walk, a stolen base and three runs. Mazara, who has 20 RBIs in his past 18 games, was 3-for-5. He hit a two-run homer off the Tigers' Anibal Sanchez in the second and an RBI single in the sixth for the Rangers, who have won six of seven.

      Texas' Cole Hamels (8-1) improved to 6-0 this season at home, giving up four runs, eight hits and five walks in six innings. He improved 16-2 in his career at Globe Life Park.

      Blue Jays 3, Rays 2

      TORONTO -- Steve Pearce homered, and Marcus Stroman pitched into the seventh inning as Toronto defeated Tampa Bay.

      Stroman (11-6) allowed six hits, three walks and two runs in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out seven. The Blue Jays lost shortstop Ryan Goins to injury in the sixth inning. Roberto Osuna pitched around a leadoff single in the ninth for his 31st save of the season.

      Rays starter Jake Faria (5-4) allowed six hits, two walks and three runs in 5 1/3 innings. He hit a batter and struck out three.

      Mariners 7, Orioles 6

      SEATTLE -- Yonder Alonso went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs as Seattle defeated Baltimore in the finale of a three-game series.

      Alonso, an All-Star acquired Aug. 6 from Oakland, hit a two-run homer. He snapped a 1-1 tie with his fourth-inning homer, which was his 23rd of the season and his first with the Mariners. Alonso's run-scoring single in the next inning gave Seattle a 5-4 lead.

      Leonys Martin also homered for the Mariners, who won the last two games of the series to get back to the .500 mark at 61-61.

      Royals 7, Athletics 6

      OAKLAND, Calif.-- Lorenzo Cain launched a two-run homer in the fourth inning, and Alex Gordon hit a tiebreaking single in the ninth to lift Kansas City.

      Alcides Escobar hit a leadoff double off Blake Treinen in the ninth, and Gordon lined a single to right for his second hit of the day. Escobar went 3-for-4 and scored two runs.

      Cain went 2-for-3 with his 13th blast of the year. He also walked and was hit by a pitch. Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas each went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run.

      Indians at Twins, ppd., rain

      MINNEAPOLIS -- The game between Cleveland and Minnesota was postponed because of rain and will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader Thursday.

      The Indians won the series opener 8-1 on Tuesday. Cleveland is 8-0 at Target Field this season, outscoring the Twins 56-15.

  • Angels RHP Nolasco exits game vs. Nationals
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, August 16, 2017

    WASHINGTON -- Los Angeles Angels right-hander Ricky Nolasco left Wednesday afternoon's 3-2 victory over the Washington Nationals in the sixth inning in the midst of pitching to Jose Lobaton.

    • The Angels were nursing a 3-2 lead and Nolasco had a 2-2 count on Lobaton before leaving the game due to cramps in his calves and dehydration.

      "It was a hot one today," the 34-year-old Nolasco said. "I just tried to slow the game down a bit."

      Nolasco (6-12) picked up the win after allowing two runs on five hits with three walks and four strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. He threw 112 pitches, with 66 going for strikes.

      "Ricky battled," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "With (Ryan Zimmerman's two-run homer), he missed a spot with his fastball. It was hot out there. He started to cramp with two outs in the sixth and we made the change. It was just dehydration. It looked like he was a little uncomfortable out there."

      Nolasco, who was replaced by Jesse Chavez, entered the game with a 5-12 mark and 5.24 ERA. He had not won on the road since June 26 against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

      Chavez fanned Lobaton to end the inning.

  • Athletics acquire LHP Moll from Rockies
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, August 16, 2017

    The Oakland Athletics acquired minor league left-hander Sam Moll from the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday.

    • The A's will send the Rockies a player to be named later or cash considerations.

      Moll, 25, was optioned to Triple-A Nashville.

      The Athletics also optioned right-hander Josh Smith to Nashville to clear a 25-man roster spot for right-hander Chris Hatcher, who was acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday.

      Moll spent the entire season at Triple-A Albuquerque, where he was 3-2 with a 4.18 ERA and limited opponents to a .292 batting average in 44 relief appearances. He walked 18 and struck out 39 in 47 1/3 innings before he was designated for assignment on Friday. He was 9-10 with a 3.46 ERA in 145 career appearances over five seasons in the Colorado farm system.

      Smith was recalled from Nashville on July 24 for his second stint with the A's this year and did not allow a run in seven of his eight appearances. He compiled an 0.82 ERA during his second stint and is 2-1 with a 4.89 ERA in 26 relief appearances overall with the A's. Smith is 4-1 with a 3.62 ERA in 14 relief appearances with Nashville.

  • Nationals place OF Goodwin on DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, August 16, 2017

    The Washington Nationals placed outfielder Brian Goodwin on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday with a left groin strain.

    • Goodwin left Sunday's first game of a doubleheader against the San Francisco Giants with tightness in his groin after stealing a base in the eighth inning. The move is retroactive to Aug. 14.

      The 26-year-old Goodwin joins a list of Nationals outfielders currently sidelined with injuries -- Bryce Harper (hyperextended knee), Ryan Raburn (trapezius strain), Jayson Werth (foot contusion) and Adam Eaton (torn ACL).

      Goodwin is hitting .251 this season with 13 home runs, 30 RBIs, 23 walks, six stolen bases and 41 runs scored. Appearing at all three outfield positions, Goodwin is also tied for second among all National League rookies (tied for third in the majors) in doubles with 21.

      In a corresponding move, the Nationals called up outfielder Alejandro De Aza from Triple-A Syracuse.

      De Aza, 33, joins the Nationals for his first major league assignment of the season. The Nationals become his sixth MLB team over parts of nine seasons.

      Signed as a minor league free agent on June 14, De Aza is batting .280 with four home runs and 19 RBIs in 56 games at Triple-A.

      A career .261 hitter who has extensive experience at all three outfield spots, De Aza spent the 2016 season with the New York Mets and was a non-roster invitee to the Oakland Athletics' 2017 spring training.

      Additionally, the Nationals transferred shortstop Trea Turner on the 60-day disabled list.

      Turner, 24, has been on the DL since June 30 with a right wrist fracture. Prior to the injury, he was hitting .279 with seven homers, 32 RBIs and 35 stolen bases in 68 games.

  • MLB roundup: Dodgers improve to 50 games over .500
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, August 16, 2017

    LOS ANGELES -- Joc Pederson was hit in the leg by a pitch with the bases loaded in the eighth inning to force in the go-ahead run as the Los Angeles Dodgers continued their winning ways with a 6-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday.

    • Pinch hitter Austin Barnes and Corey Seager added two-run singles as Los Angeles (84-34), which owns the best record in baseball, moved 50 games above .500 for the first time since 1953. Dodgers starter Alex Wood yielded six hits and one run while striking out six in seven innings.

      Chicago's Tim Anderson homered on the first pitch, giving him four home runs and eight RBIs in his past seven games. White Sox starter Miguel Gonzalez allowed one run on five hits in six innings. He struck out four and walked three.

      Red Sox 10, Cardinals 4

      BOSTON -- Hanley Ramirez and Sandy Leon drove in two runs apiece in an eight-run fifth inning that carried Boston past St. Louis.

      Ten consecutive Red Sox batters reached base, and 13 came to the plate while chasing Mike Leake (7-11) and propelling Boston to its 11th win in 13 games. Rick Porcello (7-14), helped by a fourth-inning triple play turned on a Yadier Molina grounder, allowed three runs in seven innings.

      Jackie Bradley Jr. also drove in two runs, and Xander Bogaerts contributed three singles to a 15-hit Boston attack that included two more hits for rookie sensation Rafael Devers.

      Indians 8, Twins 1

      MINNEAPOLIS -- Carlos Santana hit two home runs and Austin Jackson added a three-run blast as Cleveland went deep five times en route to its fifth straight victory.

      Jason Kipnis and Edwin Encarnacion added solo home runs as the Indians opened up a six-game lead on Minnesota in the American League Central. Santana socked one home run from each side of the plate, the fifth time he has done so during his career.

      The five homers were more than enough run support for Danny Salazar, who allowed three hits and one run in seven innings. Salazar (5-5) retired 12 consecutive batters in the middle innings and set down 16 of the final 17 Twins he faced.

      Nationals 3, Angels 1

      WASHINGTON -- Howie Kendrick hit two solo home runs, and Gio Gonzalez allowed no runs and two hits in six innings as Washington snapped Los Angeles' six-game winning streak.

      Gonzalez (11-5) walked three and struck out four. He didn't give up a hit until there were two outs in the sixth, when Cameron Maybin reached on an infield single.

      Kendrick hit solo homers in the third -- the 100th of his career -- and fifth innings to open a 2-0 lead. Sean Doolittle threw a perfect ninth to get his ninth save with the Nationals.

      Reds 2, Cubs 1

      CHICAGO -- Billy Hamilton delivered a ninth-inning RBI single, and Luis Castillo pitched six shutout innings as Cincinnati defeated Chicago.

      Scooter Gennett's eighth-inning sacrifice fly off the Cubs' Pedro Strop (3-3) broke a scoreless tie, driving in Joey Votto. In the ninth, Votto walked, reached third on an Adam Duvall single and scored on Hamilton's hit, making it 2-0.

      The Cubs got within a run in the ninth when Ben Zobrist singled in Kyle Schwarber, who led off the inning with a single. However, with the tying run on third base, the Reds' Raisel Iglesias struck out Ian Happ to end the game and pick up his 21st save.

      Astros 9, Diamondbacks 4

      PHOENIX -- Alex Bregman, Yuli Gurriel and Jose Altuve had two hits apiece, and George Springer doubled in two runs in Houston's victory over Arizona.

      Max Stassi doubled and homered, Gurriel and Bregman had RBI triples, and starting pitcher Brad Peacock also had a two-run double as the Astros pounded out eight extra-base hits while jumping to an 8-0 lead. Houston, which leads the majors in runs, hits, doubles and homers, had scored 17 runs while losing six of its previous seven.

      Ketel Marte and Paul Goldschmidt had two hits apiece, and Jake Lamb drove in two runs for the Diamondbacks, who have lost five of seven.

      Athletics 10, Royals 8

      OAKLAND, Calif. -- Matt Joyce hit a solo home run in the first inning and a three-run double during a six-run rally in the eighth as Oakland outlasted Kansas City.

      Khris Davis hit his 33rd home run for the A's, a two-run shot in the third inning, while Matt Olson had a solo blast in the second. Blake Treinen (1-0) was charged with two runs in the eighth, but he pitched a scoreless ninth for his first win with Oakland.

      The Royals' Drew Butera and Eric Hosmer hit two-run homers and Mike Moustakas a solo shot, all in the top of the eighth inning, when Kansas City overcame a 4-3 deficit to build an 8-4 lead.

      Mariners 3, Orioles 1

      SEATTLE -- Andrew Albers allowed one run in five innings as Seattle snapped its season-high, five-game losing streak.

      Albers, acquired in a minor league trade with the Atlanta Braves on Friday, took the injured James Paxton's spot in the rotation. He allowed six hits and one walk while striking out four. Four Mariners relievers combined for four perfect innings as the final 20 Baltimore batters were retired in order.

      Jonathan Schoop gave the Orioles a 1-0 lead with a solo homer in the first inning.

      Giants 9, Marlins 4

      MIAMI -- Giancarlo Stanton homered for the sixth consecutive game, but Miami blew a seventh-inning lead and lost to San Francisco.

      Stanton leads the majors with 44 homers. He has gone deep 11 times in his past 12 games and 23 times in 35 contests. He is on pace to hit 60 homers this year, a milestone reached by only five players in major league history.

      The Giants took advantage of a poor night by the Marlins' bullpen, especially Junichi Tazawa (2-3), who did not register an out in the seventh inning, allowing four hits and three runs. Denard Span went 3-for-4 with a home run, three runs and two RBIs for San Francisco.

      Yankees 5, Mets 4

      NEW YORK -- Sonny Gray pitched effectively into the seventh inning in his home debut, and the Yankees hit a pair of homers off Jacob deGrom before holding off the Mets.

      The Yankees won despite Aroldis Chapman wobbling to the finish. The closer allowed a two-run homer by rookie Amed Rosario with one out in the ninth but preserved Gray's first win for the Yankees and notched his 16th save.

      Gray (7-7) took a shutout into the seventh before giving up rookie Dominic Smith's first career home run, a two-run shot. He allowed two runs and five hits in six-plus innings before exiting to a nice hand from the crowd.

      Brewers 3, Pirates 1

      MILWAUKEE -- Keon Broxton blasted a pinch-hit home run, and Zach Davies worked into the seventh as Milwaukee won its third straight game.

      Davies (14-6) held the Pirates to one run, scattering six hits and two walks over 6 2/3 innings. He struck out two.

      Ivan Nova (10-10) went six innings and was charged with two runs (one earned), four hits and three walks while striking out four. Travis Shaw, who began the day 10-for-13 against Nova, reached three times against him Tuesday.

      Braves 4, Rockies 3

      DENVER -- Colorado's four-time Gold Glove third baseman Nolan Arenado committed a rare error that allowed Atlanta to score with two outs in the eighth inning as the Braves evened the four-game series at a game apiece.

      Sam Freeman (2-0) pitched the seventh, benefiting greatly when Freddie Freeman started a nifty 3-6-3 double play on Charlie Blackmon's grounder after pinch hitter Pat Valaika began the inning with a single. Aroldys Vizcaino hit 100 mph with his fastball as he worked the ninth to earn his seventh save in nine opportunities.

      Nick Markakis tied the game at 3 for the Braves when he hit his seventh home run, a shot to right-center with two outs in the sixth.

      Rays 6, Blue Jays 4

      TORONTO -- Lucas Duda hit a two-run homer, Wilson Ramos hit a solo shot, and Blake Snell won for the first time in nearly a year as Tampa Bay defeated Toronto.

      Snell (1-6) allowed seven hits, one walk and four runs while striking out four in six innings. The left-hander had not won in the majors since Sept. 22, a span of 16 winless starts. Alex Colome earned his 35th save with a perfect ninth, striking out two.

      Josh Donaldson hit a three-run homer for the Blue Jays, who had a three-game winning string stopped. Marco Estrada (5-8) allowed 10 hits, four walks and six runs in 4 1/3 innings. He struck out three.

      Rangers 10, Tigers 4

      ARLINGTON, Texas -- Joey Gallo and Mike Napoli hit back-to-back home runs off Justin Verlander in the fourth inning, and Texas used a pair of four-run frames to roll past over Detroit.

      Gallo's two-run homer in the Rangers' four-run fourth was his 34th of the season. Napoli was 2-for-4 with three RBIs, including a two-run single in Texas' four-run eighth.

      Robinson Chirinos smacked his career-high 14th home run for the Rangers. Every hitter in Texas' lineup registered a hit except Rougned Odor, who had two walks and would have stolen home in the seventh had the Tigers' Daniel Stumpf not committed a balk.

      Padres 8, Phillies 4

      SAN DIEGO -- Cory Spangenberg homered and drove in four runs, and Hector Sanchez added a two-run homer as San Diego topped Philadelphia.

      Padres starter Dinelson Lamet (7-4) allowed two runs on three hits over seven innings to win his fourth consecutive decision. He didn't allow a hit until rookie Jorge Alfaro hit his first career home run, a two-run liner to center with two outs in the fifth.

      Spangenberg extended his hitting streak to seven games with a two-run double, capping San Diego's three-run first inning off Mark Leiter Jr. (1-3). The Phillies rookie allowed eight runs (four earned) on seven hits and three walks with a strikeout in five innings.

  • MLB notebook: Reds C Mesoraco suffers fractured foot
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, August 15, 2017

    Cincinnati Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco was placed on the disabled list Tuesday, one day after fracturing his left foot.

    • Mesoraco departed Monday's game against the Chicago Cubs in the second inning after being hit in the left foot by a pitch from Jose Quintana.

      X-rays displayed a fracture of the fifth metatarsal. Mesoraco is batting just .213 with six homers and 14 RBIs this season.

      Outfielder Phillip Ervin was recalled from Triple-A Louisville to fill the roster opening. Ervin is batting .256 with seven homers and 40 RBIs at Louisville and went 0-for-2 in three games with the Reds earlier this season.

      Meanwhile, outfielder Scott Schebler (shoulder), who has hit 23 homers, was sent to Louisville on a rehab assignment. Outfielder Scott Van Slyke, recently acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers, accepted an outright assignment to Louisville.

      --The Pittsburgh Pirates placed outfielder Gregory Polanco on the 10-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain, the team announced.

      Polanco will be making his third stint on the disabled list this season. The most recent move is retroactive to Sunday.

      Catcher Elias Diaz was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis to replace Polanco, who sustained his injury during Saturday's 7-2 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.

      Polanco, 25, is batting .255 with 10 homers and 32 RBIs in 91 games this season. Diaz is hitting .266 with two homers and 27 RBIs in 57 games with Indianapolis. The 26-year-old also batted .266 and had one homer and 14 RBIs during 30 games with the Pirates this season.

      --The New York Yankees placed right-hander Luis Cessa on the 10-day disabled list with a ribcage injury.

      Cessa has appeared in 10 games, making five starts, for New York this season. He was 0-3 with a 4.75 ERA, including 4 1/3 innings of two-run ball against the New York Mets on Monday.

      The 25-year-old Cessa started nine of 17 games with the Yankees in 2016, logging a 4-4 record and 4.35 ERA.

      In a corresponding move, New York recalled left-hander Caleb Smith from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Smith, 26, made three appearances (two starts) for the Yankees over a two-week span last month, going 0-1 with a 7.20 ERA.

      --The Los Angeles Dodgers traded right-handed pitcher Chris Hatcher to the Oakland Athletics.

      The Dodgers received international amateur signing bonus pool space in exchange for Hatcher, who has been sidelined since June 22 with thoracic inflammation.

      Hatcher made 26 relief appearances this season for Los Angeles, posting an 0-1 record with a 4.66 ERA. Acquired from Miami in 2015, Hatcher is 8-10 with four saves and a 4.64 ERA in three seasons with the Dodgers.

      Los Angeles also reinstated infielder/outfielder Rob Segedin (wrist) from the 60-day disabled list.

      --The Chicago White Sox activated right-hander Dylan Covey from the disabled list prior to the opener of a two-game interleague series versus the Los Angeles Dodgers.

      Covey will assume the available roster spot of Tyler Clippard, who was traded to the Houston Astros on Sunday for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

      The 26-year-old Covey had been sidelined with a strained left oblique sustained in his last start on May 23. He owns an 0-4 mark with an 8.12 ERA in eight starts during his first season with the White Sox.

  • Dodgers trade RHP Hatcher to A's
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, August 15, 2017

    The Los Angeles Dodgers traded right-handed pitcher Chris Hatcher to the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday.

    • The Dodgers received international amateur signing bonus pool space in exchange for Hatcher, who has been sidelined since June 22 with thoracic inflammation.

      Hatcher made 26 relief appearances this season for Los Angeles, posting an 0-1 record with a 4.66 ERA. Acquired from Miami in 2015, Hatcher is 8-10 with four saves and a 4.64 ERA in three seasons with the Dodgers.

      Los Angeles also reinstated infielder/outfielder Rob Segedin from the 60-day disabled list. He was 1-for-4 in two games with the Dodgers before going on the DL.

  • Yankees RHP Cessa placed on DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, August 15, 2017

    The New York Yankees placed right-hander Luis Cessa on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday with a ribcage injury.

    • Cessa has appeared in 10 games, making five starts, for New York this season. He was 0-3 with a 4.75 ERA, including 4 1/3 innings of two-run ball against the New York Mets on Monday.

      The 25-year-old Cessa started nine of 17 games with the Yankees in 2016, logging a 4-4 record and 4.35 ERA.

      In a corresponding move, New York recalled left-hander Caleb Smith from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

      Smith, 26, made three appearances (two starts) for the Yankees over a two-week span last month, going 0-1 with a 7.20 ERA. He failed to pitch beyond 3 2/3 innings in any of his outings.

  • Pirates place OF Polanco on DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, August 15, 2017

    The Pittsburgh Pirates placed outfielder Gregory Polanco on the 10-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain, the team announced Tuesday.

    • Polanco will be making his third stint on the disabled list this season. The most recent move is retroactive to Sunday.

      Catcher Elias Diaz was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis to replace Polanco, who sustained his injury during Saturday's 7-2 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.

      Polanco, 25, is batting .255 with 10 homers and 32 RBIs in 91 games this season.

      Diaz is hitting .266 with two homers and 27 RBIs in 57 games with Indianapolis. The 26-year-old also batted .266 and had one homer and 14 RBIs during 30 games with the Pirates this season.

  • Reds C Mesoraco placed on DL with broken foot
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, August 15, 2017

    Cincinnati Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco was placed on the disabled list Tuesday, one day after fracturing his left foot.

    • Mesoraco departed Monday's game against the Chicago Cubs in the second inning after being hit in the left foot by a pitch from Jose Quintana.

      X-rays displayed a fracture of the fifth metatarsal.

      "If you've got a broken foot, you can't play," Mesoraco said after the contest. "It doesn't even feel remotely close to being able to play at the moment."

      Mesoraco is batting just .213 with six homers and 14 RBIs this season as he once again is plagued by injuries.

      "I went through worse stuff; I've had worse injuries," said Mesoraco, who has dealt with hip and shoulder injuries. "You kind of play the hand you're dealt. Not everything is a fairy-tale ending; not everything works out as perfectly as you expect."

      Outfielder Phillip Ervin was recalled from Triple-A Louisville to fill the roster opening. Ervin is batting .256 with seven homers and 40 RBIs at Louisville and went 0-for-2 in three games with the Reds earlier this season.

      Meanwhile, outfielder Scott Schebler (shoulder), who has hit 23 homers, was sent to Louisville on a rehab assignment.

      Outfielder Scott Van Slyke, recently acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers, accepted an outright assignment to Louisville.

  • White Sox activate RHP Covey from disabled list
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, August 15, 2017

    The Chicago White Sox activated right-hander Dylan Covey from the disabled list on Tuesday prior to the opener of a two-game interleague series versus the Los Angeles Dodgers.

    • Covey will assume the available roster spot of Tyler Clippard, who was traded to the Houston Astros on Sunday for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

      The 26-year-old Covey had been sidelined with a strained left oblique sustained in his last start on May 23. He owns an 0-4 mark with an 8.12 ERA in eight starts during his first season with the White Sox.

      Covey made three starts with the Arizona League White Sox and two relief appearances with Charlotte during his rehab assignment.

  • MLB roundup: Stanton sets Marlins record with 43rd HR
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, August 14, 2017

    MIAMI -- Giancarlo Stanton broke the Marlins' season-single homer record and knocked in three runs, leading Miami to an 8-3 win over the San Francisco Giants on Monday night at Marlins Park.

    • Facing Ty Blach (8-8), Stanton lined a 2-0 pitch over the left field fence in the first inning for his 43rd homer, breaking Gary Sheffield's season record that stood for 21 years. Stanton has hit 10 homers in his past 11 games and 22 in his past 34 games, putting him on pace for 60 this year.

      It was the fifth straight game in which Stanton homered, setting another club record. The Marlins earned their fourth consecutive win.

      Rockies 3, Braves 0

      DENVER -- Chad Bettis made a dazzling return, pitching seven scoreless innings in his comeback from cancer, helping Colorado beat Atlanta.

      Bettis was not involved in the decision, but his storybook start paved the way the Rockies. Colorado scored its runs in the eighth inning, the first on a single by Gerardo Parra and the final two on a single by Carlos Gonzalez.

      Bettis was diagnosed with testicular cancer and underwent surgery in late November. In March, Bettis learned the cancer had spread to his lymph nodes, forcing him to undergo nine weeks of chemotherapy. On Monday, he allowed six hits with no walks and two strikeouts and got 13 outs on ground balls.

      Orioles 11, Mariners 3

      SEATTLE -- Manny Machado hit a grand slam off former teammate Yovani Gallardo as Baltimore defeated Seattle.

      Tim Beckham, Seth Smith and Trey Mancini also homered for the Orioles, and Kevin Gausman pitched seven strong innings. Gausman (9-8) allowed two runs on six hits with one walk and six strikeouts.

      Nelson Cruz and Mike Zunino hit solo home runs for the Mariners. Cruz increased his AL-leading RBI total to 95.

      Diamondbacks 2, Astros 0

      PHOENIX -- Zack Greinke blanked slumping Houston over 6 2/3 innings as Arizona beat the Astros.

      Run-scoring doubles by Ketel Marte and J.D. Martinez were the difference. Greinke, Jorge De La Rosa, Archie Bradley and Fernando Rodney combined for Arizona's sixth shutout of the season. Greinke (14-5) allowed five hits and two walks while striking out nine, and Rodney recorded his 27th save.

      The Astros dropped their sixth in seven games and 10th in 13 games.

      Cubs 15, Reds 5

      CHICAGO -- Jon Jay went 3-for-5 with a double, a triple and three runs, and Anthony Rizzo was 3-for-5 with a homer and five RBIs to lead Chicago past Cincinnati.

      Tommy La Stella also had three hits and scored twice, and Kris Bryant and Javier Baez each had a pair of hits -- including a home run -- and scored twice for Chicago. Jason Heyward went 2-for-4 with three runs as part of a 17-hit Cub attack, including 10 off Reds starter Asher Wojciechowski (3-2).

      The victory was the third in four games for the Cubs, while the Reds dropped their third straight.

      Royals 6, A's 2

      OAKLAND, Calif. -- Rookie catcher Cam Gallagher hit a grand slam in the sixth inning for his first major league home run, powering Kansas City to its third consecutive win.

      Gallagher homered in his 10th major league at-bat, third game and second start since being called up from Triple-A Omaha on Aug. 6.

      Rookie right-hander Jake Junis (5-2) was called up Monday from Omaha and allowed two runs on four hits over six innings for his third straight victory, including one in relief. He struck out two, walked none and hit two batters.

      Padres 7, Phillies 4

      SAN DIEGO -- Cory Spangenberg had a home run among his three hits as San Diego beat Philadelphia.

      Austin Hedges and Jose Pirela each had two RBIs for San Diego. Spangenberg, who scored three runs and extended his hitting streak to six games, stroked his 11th homer in the seventh for a 7-4 margin. It was his third home run in two games.

      The Phillies, losers of four of their past five, squandered rookie Rhys Hoskins' first two major league homers.

      Indians 7, Red Sox 3

      BOSTON -- Edwin Encarnacion crushed a pair of two-run homers as Cleveland beat Boston at Fenway Park.

      Rookie Rafael Devers hit two homers for the Red Sox, giving him five in 16 games since making his major league debut on July 25.

      Trevor Bauer (11-8) struck out 11 in 6 2/3 innings. He gave up three runs (all on solo homers), seven hits and two walks. Tyler Olson, Bryan Shaw and Joe Smith combined for 2 1/3 scoreless innings to close out the win.

      Yankees 4, Mets 2

      NEW YORK -- Aaron Hicks led off the eighth inning with a go-ahead homer, lifting the Yankees past the Mets at Yankee Stadium.

      Hicks hit a 1-1 fastball from Hansel Robles (7-4) into the right-field seats. It was his career-high 12th homer. Gary Sanchez added insurance in the inning with a homer into the right-field seats. Aaron Judge hit his first homer in two weeks in the sixth inning.

      Curtis Granderson and Yoenis Cespedes homered for the Mets.

      Blue Jays 2, Rays 1

      TORONTO -- Josh Donaldson hit a two-run homer, Nick Tepesch pitched into the seventh inning for his first win in nearly three years, and Toronto defeated Tampa Bay.

      Tepesch (1-2) last won in the majors on Sept. 16, 2014, when he was with Texas. He allowed four hits, three walks and one run in six-plus innings. Roberto Osuna threw a perfect 1 1/3 innings for his 30th save of the season.

      Wilson Ramos homered for the Rays.

      Rangers 6, Tigers 2

      ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas used RBIs from six different hitters to beat Detroit.

      Delino DeShields' safety squeeze brought in Rougned Odor with the go-ahead run in the second inning. Nomar Mazara, Adrian Beltre, Drew Robinson and Robinson Chrinos also drove in runs, as did Joey Gallo, who belted his 33rd homer, a solo shot in the third inning. The homer was Gallo's 12th since the All-Star break, tops in the American League.

      Odor led Texas' 11-hit attack by going 3-for-4 with two stolen bases and three runs. Mazara also had three hits. The Rangers have won four of their last five games.

  • McCann injury leaves Astros with two catchers on DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, August 14, 2017

    Houston Astros catcher Brian McCann was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a sore right knee, the team announced Monday.

    • McCann's injury is the second in short order for the catchers with the Astros, who sent Evan Gattis to the disabled list with a concussion sustained when he was hit on the head by a backswing on Thursday.

      Max Stassi was recalled from Triple-A Fresno to replace the 33-year-old McCann, who is batting .232 with 13 homers and 48 RBIs in 75 games this season.

      Stassi, 26, is hitting .266 with 12 homers with the Grizzlies in 2017.

  • MLB notebook: Miller close to returning to Indians' bullpen
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, August 14, 2017

    Cleveland Indians All-Star reliever Andrew Miller will embark on a rehab outing at Triple-A Columbus on Wednesday and could return to the team two days later, manager Terry Francona announced Monday.

    • Miller, who has been sidelined since Aug. 3 with patellar tendinitis in his right knee, has progressed through bullpen sessions on Friday and Sunday.

      Miller owns a 4-3 record with a 1.67 ERA and 78 strikeouts in 54 innings this season. The 32-year-old left-hander has issued 10 walks in his last 19 games (22 2/3 innings), eclipsing the nine walks he had during the 2016 season (74 1/3 innings).

      -- Tyler Clippard, traded out of a pennant race last month, is headed to a contender.

      The Houston Astros acquired the right-handed reliever from the Chicago White Sox late Sunday night in exchange for a player to be named or cash considerations.

      The White Sox had picked up Clippard, 32, from the New York Yankees as part of a seven-player deal on July 18. He is 2-6 with three saves and a 4.27 ERA in 51 combined appearances this season between the Yankees and the White Sox. Since the All-Star break, Clippard has a 1.50 ERA in 13 appearances.

      The Astros need help in their bullpen, as their relievers came into Sunday ranked last in the American League since the All-Star break in ERA, at 5.45.

      -- The Toronto Blue Jays recalled left-handed reliever Tim Mayza from Triple-A Buffalo before Monday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

      They optioned Lionel Campos to Buffalo and cleared space on the 40-man roster by giving fellow right-hander Taylor Cole his unconditional release.

      Mayza, 25, was 2-2 with a 3.25 ERA in 40 games with four saves in seven opportunities in the minor leagues between Double-A New Hampshire and Triple-A Buffalo. In 11 games at Buffalo, he was 1-1 with an 0.93 ERA.

      -- The Blue Jays recalled right-hander Chase Whitley from Triple-A Durham.

      Whitley replaced left-hander Jose Alvarado, who was optioned to Durham on Sunday. Whitley is 2-1 with a 3.45 ERA in 31 games for the Rays. He was optioned to Durham on Aug. 1.

      -- The Seattle Mariners recalled right-hander Thyago Vieira from Triple-A Tacoma, the team announced.

      Vieira, who has yet to pitch in the majors, will take the roster spot of right-hander Christian Bergman, who was demoted to Tacoma.

      The 24-year-old Vieira posted a 3.18 ERA and collected two saves in seven appearances at Tacoma. He also had 29 relief appearances at Double-A Arkansas, registering a 3.72 ERA and two saves while striking out 35 in 36 1/3 innings.

      Bergman, 29, is 4-4 with a 4.91 ERA in 11 outing (eight starts) for Seattle this year.

  • Miller set for rehab outing, return to Indians
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, August 14, 2017

    Cleveland Indians All-Star reliever Andrew Miller will embark on a rehab outing at Triple-A Columbus on Wednesday and could return to the team two days later, manager Terry Francona announced Monday.

    • Miller, who has been sidelined since Aug. 3 with patellar tendinitis in his right knee, has progressed through bullpen sessions on Friday and Sunday.

      "The way he threw the ball the last couple of days was so nice to see," Francona said. "You could tell he felt better with his delivery. It was a good thing. It was hard to do it, but I'm glad we did it."

      Miller owns a 4-3 record with a 1.67 ERA and 78 strikeouts in 54 innings this season.

      The 32-year-old left-hander has issued 10 free passes in his last 19 games (22 2/3 innings), a total that eclipses the nine walks he had during the 2016 season (74 1/3 innings).

  • Blue Jays recall LHP Mayza
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, August 14, 2017

    TORONTO -- The Toronto Blue Jays recalled left-handed reliever Tim Mayza from Triple-A Buffalo prior to Monday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

    • They optioned Lionel Campos to Buffalo and cleared space on the 40-man roster by giving fellow right-hander Taylor Cole his unconditional release.

      Mayza, 25, was 2-2 with a 3.25 ERA in 40 games with four saves in seven opportunities in the minor leagues between Double-A New Hampshire and Triple-A Buffalo. In 11 games at Buffalo, he was 1-1 with an 0.93 ERA.

      In another move, right-hander Chris Smith cleared waivers and was assigned outright to Buffalo.

  • Trout, surging Angels set to face Harper-less Nationals
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, August 14, 2017

    WASHINGTON -- There will be no showdown between young stars Mike Trout and Bryce Harper when the Los Angeles Angels begin an abbreviated two-game interleague series against the host Washington Nationals on Tuesday night.

    • Both All-Stars have been on the disabled list this year, but Los Angeles' Trout (.341, 23 homers) returned July 14 after a thumb injury.

      Harper (.326, 29 homers) was put on the 10-day disabled list Sunday after he hyperextended his left knee while trying to beat out a ground ball on a wet field late Saturday night against the San Francisco Giants.

      Harper had an MRI exam on Sunday and saw a doctor who tested his agility.

      "I just said to the doctor: 'I'm just going to jump back and forth on both sides, and if I collapse on the ground, then so be it,'" Harper said. "So I jumped back and forth, and did some figure skater stuff and tried to put as much force on it as I could to see if I hit the ground. It was definitely sore. But I felt fine, didn't feel like anything that I never felt before. So that was definitely good."

      The depth of Washington's outfield has helped overcome injuries to Adam Eaton, Jayson Werth and now Harper. The Nationals have used 12 outfielders this year and that includes rookie Andrew Stevenson, who started in center and right in a day-night doubleheader Sunday and had three hits.

      "It is a testament to the leadership of (general manager) Mike Rizzo. Everyone had a hand in it," Mark Scialabba, the director of player development for the Nationals, told The Sports Xchange on Monday. "We have enough depth when these guys come to the major leagues. Stevenson is advanced defensively. He plays the corners exceptionally well."

      It will be a battle of lefties on Tuesday as Tyler Skaggs (1-2, 3.63 ERA) of the Angels (61-58) makes his second career start against the first-place Nationals (70-46). Washington will counter with Gio Gonzalez (10-5, 2.59), whose ERA last year was 4.57.

      Trout is just 1-for-13 (.077) in his career against Gonzalez while Albert Pujols is 3-for-5 with a homer. Pujols hit his 500th career homer at Nationals Park in 2014 against Taylor Jordan, who is no longer in the Washington system.

      Skaggs went 6 1/3 innings on Thursday against the Seattle Mariners and gave up two runs in seven innings. He is 1-0 against Washington, having beat the Nationals in 2014 in his only appearance.

      Gonzalez is 7-3 with a 2.92 ERA in 12 career starts against the Angels. He got the loss against them earlier last month when he gave up four runs in 5 2/3 innings.

      The Nationals have enough starting pitching and outfield depth to cruise to a division title without Harper, who hit his 150th career homer last Tuesday. Harper hopes he can return in time for the playoff drive.

      The Angels have won six in a row and are very much in the race for a wild-card spot in the American League. Trout got his 1,000th hit the same day Harper hit homer No. 150.

      Angels reliever Keynan Middleton got two wins and a save over the weekend against the Mariners.

      "Keynan answered the bell this week," Angels manager Mike Scioscia told reporters Sunday.

      Middleton began this year as the No. 9 prospect in the Angels system, according to Baseball America.

      "He's given us a shot in the arm," Angels infielder C. J. Cron said of Middleton. "He's kind of like that stopper for us. He's done a good job and continues to impress."

      Former Nationals now with the Angels include outfielder Ben Revere (.252) and reliever Yusmeiro Petit (3-0, 2.36 ERA).

      Former Washington and Angels infielder Danny Espinosa was let go by Los Angeles last month and signed with the Mariners. Former Washington minor league prospect Alex Meyer (4-5, 3.74) is on the disabled list with the Angels and last pitched in the majors on July 19 against the Nationals.

      Former Washington infielder Yunel Escobar (.274), now with the Angels, went on the disabled list last Tuesday with a Grade 1 right oblique strain.

  • Mariners recall RHP Vieira, demote RHP Bergman
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, August 14, 2017

    The Seattle Mariners recalled right-hander Thyago Vieira from Triple-A Tacoma on Monday, the team announced.

    • Vieira, who has yet to pitch in the majors, will take the roster spot of right-hander Christian Bergman, who was demoted to Tacoma.

      The 24-year-old Vieira posted a 3.18 ERA and collected two saves in seven appearances at Tacoma. He also had 29 relief appearances at Double-A Arkansas, registering a 3.72 ERA and two saves while striking out 35 in 36 1/3 innings.

      Bergman, 29, is 4-4 with a 4.91 ERA in 11 appearances (eight starts) for Seattle this season. He tossed four scoreless innings of one-hit ball vs. the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday, striking out three.

      He spent his first three major league seasons with the Colorado Rockies, making 10 starts in 2014 and a career-high 30 appearances the following year.

  • Astros add Clippard in trade with White Sox
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, August 14, 2017

    Tyler Clippard, traded out of a pennant race last month, is headed to a contender.

    • The Houston Astros acquired the right-handed reliever from the Chicago White Sox on Sunday night in exchange for a player to be named or cash considerations.

      The White Sox had picked up Clippard from the New York Yankees as part of a seven-player deal on July 18.

      Clippard, 32, is 2-6 with three saves and a 4.27 ERA in 51 combined appearances this season between the Yankees and the White Sox.

      Since the All-Star break, Clippard has a 1.50 ERA in 13 appearances.

      He is a free agent at the end of this season, and he is owed approximately $1.2 million for the rest of the season.

      The Astros need help in their bullpen, as their relievers came into Sunday ranked last in the American League since the All-Star break in ERA, at 5.45.

      In his 11 major league seasons, Clippard has a 48-41 record with a 3.04 ERA, 59 saves and 738 strikeouts in 609 career appearances, including eight starts.

      The Astros will make a corresponding roster move on Monday, when Clippard is expected to join the team for the series opener at Arizona.

      To fill their vacant roster spot, the White Sox will make a corresponding move prior to their Tuesday game against the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

  • MLB notebook: Nationals OF Harper out indefinitely
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, August 13, 2017

    The news is not as bad as it looked initially for Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper after he was injured in the bottom of the first inning Saturday night against the San Francisco Giants.

    • The right fielder and 2015 National League MVP has a bone bruise in his left knee but no ligament damage, general manager Mike Rizzo said at Nationals Park on Sunday morning. Harper is out indefinitely, but the Nationals hope he can return at some point this season.

      Harper collapsed in a heap after he went flying through the air when his spike slipped on a wet first base bag while trying to beat out a groundball.

      Harper was placed on the 10-day disabled list, and outfielder Michael A. Taylor was recalled from his minor league rehab assignment with the Double-A Harrisburg. Taylor had been sidelined due to a right oblique strain.

      --The San Diego Padres extended the contract of manager Andy Green for three years through the 2021 season.

      Green, 40, is finishing his second year at the helm.

      The Padres, made up of mostly young players, are 51-65 this season and 119-159 during Green's tenure.

      --Giancarlo Stanton hit his 42nd home run of the season, tying a Marlins franchise record, and his 250th career homer during Miami's 5-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies.

      Stanton, who leads the majors in homers, now shares the Marlins' single-season record with Gary Sheffield, who set the mark in 1996.

      Stanton moved ahead of Mickey Mantle into 16th place in major league history for the most homers in a player's first eight years.

      --The Los Angeles Dodgers reinstated right-hander Chris Hatcher from the 10-day disabled list after he missed 42 games due to a thoracic inflammation.

      Hatcher, 32, was sidelined since late June. He last pitched on Wednesday in a rehab appearance for Triple-A Oklahoma City, allowing just one hit and striking out one in an inning of relief.

      Hatcher is 0-1 with a 4.66 ERA over 36 2/3 innings in 26 relief appearances for the Dodgers, with 43 strikeouts against 12 walks.

      In a corresponding move, the Dodgers optioned catcher/infielder Kyle Farmer to Triple-A.

  • Tigers' Fulmer expected to return for start vs. Rangers
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, August 13, 2017

    The Detroit Tigers should be getting a valued member of their rotation back when a three-game series opens against the Texas Rangers on Monday in Arlington, Texas.

    • All-Star right-hander Michael Fulmer (10-9, 3.59 ERA) is on the disabled list with ulnar neuritis but has been performing his in-between-starts routine with the intent to return against Texas.

      It would be a welcome sight for the Tigers. The last time Fulmer started at Globe Life Park in August 2016, he threw a four-hit shutout.

      However, Fulmer struggled a bit in his last start, allowing seven runs in six innings.

      Fulmer will square off with Texas left-hander Martin Perez (6-10, 5.18), who is coming off of his strongest start of the year.

      After having his start moved up to accommodate Andrew Cashner's stiff neck, Perez shut the Mets down on Wednesday. He allowed just one run -- a solo homer from Wilmer Flores -- and three hits in eight innings, the first time since Aug. 2, 2015, that Perez had thrown that many innings.

      The Rangers could use another performance like that as they try to jockey for position in the American League wild-card race. They're coming off a series win over the Houston Astros, and another series win over the Tigers could prove extremely valuable as the calendar churns through August.

      "That's the name of this game," Rangers pitcher Andrew Cashner said. "It's such a long season, if you can win series you usually come out on top in the end."

      Detroit is searching for bullpen answers right now.

      Moving Shane Greene to the closer's role removed a key part of the equation since Tigers manager Brad Ausmus was using the right-hander to get critical outs anywhere from the fifth through eighth innings.

      "Someone is going to have to step up and take that (setup) job," Ausmus said after Bruce Rondon was eliminated from the list of candidates by getting optioned to Triple-A Toledo. "Right now, it will depend on who is pitching well and how the matchups look."

      Rondon threw nine pitches, eight out of the strike zone, and one of the two batters he walked was trying to sacrifice. Ausmus demoted him right after the game.

      "Yeah, you have to take the out in that situation when they are giving it to you," Ausmus said.

      Greene was being overused as the setup/critical out guy on his way to 80 games or more, but with Detroit having a dearth of save opportunities, Ausmus finds himself having to use his closer in non-save situations just to get him work.

      Drew Ver Hagen was facing demotion with the return of Fulmer to the active roster but the subtraction of Rondon means he will shift from the rotation to the bullpen if Fulmer is ready Monday.