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  • Phillies shut out Diamondbacks
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, June 28, 2016

    PHOENIX -- Cesar Hernandez had three hits, including two hits and two RBIs in a six-run seventh inning, and Odubel Herrera tied a career high with four hits in the Philadelphia Phillies' 8-0 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on Monday.

    • Hernandez singled off left-hander Robbie Ray (4-7) to open the seventh inning and scored on Cody Asche's hit-and-run double into the right-field corner to give the Phillies a 3-0 lead.

      Ray was removed with an apparent injury to his pitching hand, and the Phillies broke the game open with four more runs off relievers Jake Barrett and Josh Collmenter to make it 8-0.

      Maikel Franco and Hernandez had two-run singles in the seventh to complete the scoring for the Phillies (33-45), who were outscored 22-5 while being swept by Arizona in a four-game series at home June 17-20.

      Franco had two of the Phillies' season-high 16 hits and drove in three.

      Right-hander Vincent Velasquez (6-2) gave up five hits in five scoreless innings in his first start since June 8, when he was removed after facing one batter and throwing two pitches in the Phillies' 8-1 loss to the Cubs. He was placed on the disabled list with a right biceps strain on June 10.

      On Monday, Velasquez struck out seven and did not issue a walk.

      Paul Goldschmidt and Nick Ahmed had two singles apiece for Arizona (36-43), which fell to 13-26 at home. The Diamondbacks entered the game off a franchise-record-tying 7-3 road trip that began with that sweep in Philadelphia.

      Arizona was shut out for the fourth time this season after setting a franchise record for hits in a four-game series with 56 last weekend in Colorado.

      Herrera's fourth hit came on a routine fly ball that fell behind left fielder Rickie Weeks Jr.

      Ray gave up nine hits and was charged with four runs. He struck out seven and did not walk a batter.

      Ray gave up singles to Herrera and Peter Bourjos to open the game but got out of the inning with two strikeouts and a tapper to the mound.

      Velasquez pitched around two-out singles by Yasmany Tomas and Ahmed in the second by striking out Ray.

      Velasquez doubled to open the third but only got as far as third base when Ray got two groundouts to first base and a strikeout.

      Ray retired the next nine batters before Herrera and Bourjos singled again to open the sixth. Arizona left fielder Weeks misjudged Bourjos' pop fly to short left field on a ball that should have been caught. The runners moved up on a one-out wild pitch before Franco and Cameron Rupp singled for a 2-0 lead.

      NOTES: The Phillies are 0-10-2 in their last 12 series. Arizona swept a four-game series from Philadelphia in Citizens Bank Park on June 17-20. ... Nine years ago Monday, Phillies 1B Ryan Howard reached 100 home runs faster than any player in major league history with a three-run blast against Cincinnati in his 325th career game. The homer was measured at 505 feet. ... Arizona set a franchise record for a four-game series with 56 hits while splitting four games last weekend in Colorado. ... Phillies RHP David Hernandez, who signed as a free agent last winter, has the Diamondbacks' holds record with 70.

  • MLB roundup: Historic night for Cubs' Bryant
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, June 28, 2016

    CINCINNATI -- Kris Bryant had a historic night at the plate with three home runs, two doubles and six RBIs, lifting the Chicago Cubs to an 11-8 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday at Great American Ball Park.

    • Bryant became the first player in major league history to hit three homers and two doubles in a game. His 16 total bases were a franchise record.

      Bryant, who went 5-for-5, homered in consecutive at-bats, including a three-run homer in the fourth, then went deep again in the eighth when he and first baseman Anthony Rizzo hit back-to-back homers off Ross Ohlendorf.

      Jake Arrieta (12-2) also homered as part of a 17-hit outburst by the Cubs as they overcame a rough outing for the right-handed ace. Making his first start against the Reds since no-hitting them on April 21, Arrieta gave up five earned runs and walked five in five innings.

      Rangers 9, Yankees 6

      NEW YORK -- Texas was annoyed with one out in the top of the ninth inning when New York asked for the tarp to be put on the field because Aroldis Chapman could not grip the ball.

      Nearly four hours later, the dugout erupted in jubilation.

      Adrian Beltre and Elvis Andrus created the joy with two-run singles off Kirby Yates and the Rangers left Yankee Stadium with a win in a game that was twice delayed by rain for nearly four hours and ended 7 1/2 hours after the scheduled first pitch.

      Chapman took the mound with a heavy downpour and could not find the strike zone, prompting Yankees manager Joe Girardi to ask umpires to put the tarp on the field. Play was halted at 10:40 pm and the Rangers were angered.

      Players were yelling at umpires about how they had to pitch in the same conditions and Banister made his feelings known during an animated discussion with umpires that featured several hand gestures before he headed back to the clubhouse.

      Rays 13, Red Sox 7

      ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Tampa Bay ended its 11-game losing streak, tagging Boston starter Eduardo Rodriguez for nine runs in the first three innings and cruising to a win at Tropicana Field.

      The Rays hadn't scored more than six runs during the losing streak, but found their bats Monday, with six hits in the first eight batters and a 9-0 lead after three. Boston has dropped six of its last seven, giving up at least six runs in six straight as well. The 13 Rays runs match their most and the most allowed by Boston this season, and the 18 hits is their season high and the most allowed by Red Sox pitching.

      The Rays got a career-high five RBIs from designated hitter Nick Franklin, who got his first three hits of the season after being recalled Tuesday. Logan Forsythe went 3-for-5 with three RBIs, two on a home run that chased Rodriguez (1-3) from the game before he could finish the third inning.

      Indians 8, Braves 3

      ATLANTA -- Lonnie Chisenhall and Jason Kipnis homered, Trevor Bauer turned in his sixth consecutive quality start and Cleveland stretched its winning streak to 10 games with an interleague victory over Atlanta.

      The Indians are a perfect 11-0 at home in June, but had been just a .500 team on the road before sweeping a three-game series in Detroit before coming to Atlanta.

      The three-run homer by Chisenhall and solo blast by Kipnis gave the Indians 21 homers during the winning streak, and they have outscored foes 68-22 over the 10 games.

      Nationals 11, Mets 4

      WASHINGTON -- Ben Revere had four hits and stole three bases, Danny Espinosa had three hits and drove in two runs and Anthony Rendon had two hits and drove in three as hit-happy Washington overcame an early 4-0 deficit to record a win against New York.

      The first-place Nationals are now four games ahead of the Mets, who won two of three in Washington last month. Washington tied a franchise record with six steals in the game and had 17 hits.

      Every starter in the Nationals starting lineup had at least one hit, while Bryce Harper had two hits after batting just .232 in his previous 15 games. Daniel Murphy added two hits for Washington to lift his average to .350.

      Royals 6, Cardinals 2

      KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Danny Duffy pitched eight impressive innings and Kendrys Morales continued his torrid streak with four hits and two RBIs as Kansas City topped St. Louis Cardinals.

      Duffy's outing matched the longest of his career. He gave up two runs in the first inning and nothing after that. He allowed six hits, struck out eight and walked none.

      Duffy (3-1), who walked four in his previous start and lasted just 4 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the New York Mets, lowered his ERA to 3.24. He threw 68 strikes in 101 pitches before Joakim Soria replaced him in the ninth.

      Dodgers 5, Pirates 4

      PITTSBURGH -- Los Angeles rode a four-run fifth inning to a victory over Pittsburgh to avoid a four-game series sweep.

      The Pirates blew an early 4-0 lead as the Dodgers ended an eight-game losing streak at PNC Park.

      With the win, the Dodgers avoided their first four-game series sweep against Pittsburgh since 1944.

      Rockies 9, Blue Jays 5

      DENVER -- Colorado erupted for six runs in the seventh inning to beat Toronto.

      This is just the Blue Jays' third trip to Coors Field, where they have played and lost seven games. This one was close for six innings with the Blue Jays building a 4-0 lead thanks to Devon Travis' homer in the first and Edwin Encarnacion's three-run shot with two outs in the sixth.

      In the bottom of the inning, Carlos Gonzalez got those three runs back with one swing when he lofted a three-run homer to right. Starter Marco Estrada walked leadoff hitter Charlie Blackmon and Crishtian Adames followed with a double to left. With one out, Gonzalez hit his 17th homer and his 189th with the Rockies, enabling him to pass Troy Tulowitzki for fifth all-time in Rockies history.

      Phillies 8, Diamondbacks 0

      PHOENIX -- Cesar Hernandez had three hits, including two hits and two RBIs in a six-run seventh inning, and Odubel Herrera tied a career high with four hits in Philadelphia's victory over Arizona at Chase Field.Monday.

      Hernandez singled off left-hander Robbie Ray (4-7) to open the seventh inning and scored on Cody Asche's hit-and-run double into the right-field corner to give the Phillies a 3-0 lead. Ray was removed with an apparent injury to his pitching hand, and the Phillies broke the game open with four more runs off relievers Jake Barrett and Josh Collmenter to make it 8-0.

      Maikel Franco and Hernandez had two-run singles in the seventh to complete the scoring for the Phillies, who were outscored 22-5 while being swept by Arizona in a four-game series at home June 17-20.

      Athletics 8, Giants 3

      SAN FRANCISCO -- Marcus Semien blasted a three-run homer off former trade partner Jeff Samardzija in a five-run second inning and rookie Daniel Mengden posted his first major-league win with 7 2/3 strong innings as Oakland blitzed San Francisco in the opener of a four-game interleague series.

      Semien drove in four runs and Khris Davis two, helping the A's extend the all-time lead over their San Francisco Bay Area rival to 55-52.

      The series continues Tuesday night in San Francisco, after which it moves across the San Francisco Bay Bridge to Oakland for games Wednesday and

      Astros 4, Angels 2

      ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Carlos Correa's sacrifice fly scored Jason Castro from third base in the top of the ninth inning, breaking a tie and helping lift Houston to a win over Los Angeles at Angel Stadium.

      The Astros rallied in the later innings after falling behind 2-0 through six innings. Mike Trout scored both runs for Los Angeles, hitting a solo homer in the fourth inning and scoring from second on a C.J. Cron single after reaching on a double in the sixth. Trout also had a double in the eighth.

      The Astros put together their winning rally in the ninth when Castro hit the first pitch of the inning by Fernando Salas for a double. A walk to George Springer and a single by Luis Vabuena loaded the bases for Jose Altuve.

  • MLB notebook: Kershaw receiving treatment for back
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, June 27, 2016

    Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confirmed Monday morning that ace Clayton Kershaw was receiving treatment for minor back discomfort.

    • Kershaw gave up nine hits and four runs during a 4-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday night, both marking his second-highest numbers of the season, but Roberts insisted the back was not an issue. Kershaw was on the field Monday morning at PNC Park for his regular workout the day following a start, and Roberts said the lower-back discomfort is an "off-and-on issue," per ESPN.

      He spent time on the disabled list in 2014 with a back injury that was diagnosed as inflammation of the Teres Major muscle in his upper back.

      Roberts said he "absolutely" expects Kershaw to make his next scheduled start on Friday against the Colorado Rockies.

      --Philadelphia pitching prospect, left-hander Matt Imhof, has suffered a career-threatening eye injury.

      Imhof, the team's second-round pick in the 2014 draft, has undergone surgery for what's been described as a "significant" eye injury.

      According to ESPN, the 22-year-old was taking part in a routine stretching regimen after a game at Brevard County when a piece of equipment malfunctioned and he was struck in the right eye.

      Imhof likely will need further procedures, the source said.

      --One of the Washington Nationals top prospects will be getting his first taste of the major leagues on Tuesday.

      Right-handed pitcher Lucas Giolito, one of the top prospects in the minors, will make his debut against the Mets.

      Giolito, 21, has made 14 starts this year for Double-A Harrisburg of the Eastern League and is 5-3 with an ERA of 3.17 in 71 innings. He has struck out 72 and walked 34 while giving up 67 hits.

      "He's ready for the task. I like what I saw in spring training," Baker said of Giolito.

  • Phillies prospect suffers career-threatening eye injury
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, June 27, 2016

    Philadelphia pitching prospect, left-hander Matt Imhof, has suffered a career-threatening eye injury.

    • Imhof, the team's second-round pick in the 2014 draft, has undergone surgery for what's been described as a "significant" eye injury.

      According to ESPN, the 22-year-old was taking part in a routine stretching regimen after a game at Brevard County when a piece of equipment malfunctioned and he was struck in the right eye.

      Imhof likely will need further procedures, the source said.

      The Phillies signed Imhof -- 47th pick in the 2014 year's draft -- for a $1.2 million.

      He went 8-5 with a 3.94 ERA last season with Advanced 'A' Clearwater. This season, he was pitching out of the bullpen and had posted a 4.33 ERA.

  • Dodgers' Kershaw receiving back treatment
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, June 27, 2016

    Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confirmed Monday morning that ace Clayton Kershaw was receiving treatment for minor back discomfort.

    • Kershaw gave up nine hits and four runs during a 4-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday night, both marking his second-highest numbers of the season, but Roberts insisted the back was not an issue. Kershaw was on the field Monday morning at PNC Park for his regular workout the day following a start, and Roberts said the lower-back discomfort is an "off-and-on issue," per ESPN.

      He spent time on the disabled list in 2014 with a back injury that was diagnosed as inflammation of the Teres Major muscle in his upper back.

      Roberts said he "absolutely" expects Kershaw to make his next scheduled start on Friday against the Colorado Rockies.

  • Mets give contrite Reyes a second chance
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, June 27, 2016

    NEW YORK -- Jose Reyes is not a victim.

    • He seemed to have a firm grasp of this fact Sunday, his first day back as part of the New York Mets' organization -- playing third base for Class A Brooklyn -- and that is very important. It may be the key for him to change and be a better person. It could open the door for him to be exemplary going forward instead of a bad example.

      The Colorado Rockies' release of Reyes after returning from a 52-game suspension under Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy was complete on Saturday, and he signed with the Mets that day.

      Reyes was arrested last October for allegedly grabbing his wife, Katherine Ramirez, by the throat and pushing her into a sliding glass door at a hotel in Maui. She did not cooperate with prosecutors and the charges were dropped, but MLB still issued the suspension that cost Reyes $6.25 million and required him to get counseling.

      Transgressions by athletes are often forgiven too easily because they can help a team win games. And with the Mets, Reyes has his best chance to be seen as something other than a wife-beater. He spent a dozen years in the organization, built a good reputation within it and was beloved by its fans.

      Though his game has somewhat diminished over the past five years, he probably could help the Mets win. And with the Rockies footing the bill for about $38 million over this season and next, the Mets are giving him a second chance. But he realizes there is much more to do now than just play baseball.

      "Be a better man. Be a better husband. Be a better dad to my girls," a very contrite-sounding Reyes said. "I've got three girls. I need to be an example for them. I'm a human being. I made a huge mistake. I say sorry to everybody. I say sorry to my wife, my dad, my mom -- everybody -- because they know me. They know that I'm a better person than that.

      "Every step that I take -- I paid my suspension from MLB, I went to counseling, I'm going to be open to going again -- it's whatever it takes."

      Reyes said that when he was preparing to return to the Rockies in their minor league system, he spoke with players about what he did in an effort to raise their awareness to this societal plague. He sounds as if he will continue to do that in the Mets organization.

      And he knows that many will never see him the same again, even though he was greeted in Brooklyn with loud ovations and people singing his name as they used to before his departure following the 2011 season.

      "I know some people out there, they're going to be hard on me, and I respect that," Reyes said. "I understand. I put myself in that situation. But I'll stand up here like a man and (admit) I made a bad mistake. That was a terrible mistake. I'll do everything I need to do to try to get better, and we'll see what happens."

      His wife and children attended the game, in which he went 0-for-3 but cleanly fielded a tough ground ball and a pair of popups in his first action at third base. Reyes tried to make a big point that the incident in Hawaii did not lead to the breakup of his marriage. It is hard to know what to make of that. Many women who are the victims of domestic violence struggle to leave their situations.

      However, agent Peter Greenberg explained the couple has been going to joint marriage counseling, and he sees something has healed.

      "They've been working on it ever since ... and when I see them together, they're a happy couple, a happy family," he said.

      The details about what happened in that hotel room and why it happened, however, must remain private for some time, Greenberg said, because the prosecution against Reyes in Hawaii could be re-opened for some period of time.

      Reyes probably needs five to 10 days playing in the minors to be ready to join the Mets. Greenberg said the team wants Reyes to familiarize himself with playing third base and first base and that there is a chance he could play some left field.

      When Reyes does return, it would not be a surprise if there are demonstrations at the ballpark. It also would not be a surprise if Mets fans take him back in a warm embrace. He was the club's most dynamic player.

      And winning has a way of changing people's minds. But Reyes sounds as if he wants to earn the adoration again, with his actions on and off the field.

      "People liked me a lot here in New York. I didn't know what to expect," Reyes said. "When I was stretching before the game (Sunday), I saw people calling my name. That was a good feeling. People still like me.

      "They know that this is the first time that I got in this kind of trouble. Through all those years that I played here in New York, I never got in trouble. ... We're human beings. We make mistakes. But I feel like I need a second chance."

  • Pirates' Mercer leaves with ailing head, ear
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, June 26, 2016

    PITTSBURGH -- Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer was pulled from Pittsburgh's Sunday night game against the Dodgers after inadvertently being clipped in the head by Los Angeles second baseman Chase Utley's knee in the first inning.

    • Mercer singled leading off the Pirates' first, but his head bumped against Utley's knee while sliding into second on David Freese's grounder. As Mercer went to one knee, apparently a bit woozy, Utley leaned down to talk with him.

      Mercer, who extended his hitting streak to 11 games with his single, was lifted before the second inning. The Pirates later tweeted that he was being evaluated for head and right ear discomfort.

      Utley broke Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada's leg with a hard takeout slide during the 2015 National League playoffs, a play that led Major League Baseball to adopt a rule prohibiting such slides.

  • Last meeting with Phils sparked Diamondbacks
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, June 26, 2016

    PHOENIX -- The last time the Diamondbacks saw the Philadelphia Phillies, Arizona was coming off a loss to Clayton Kershaw and a 4-5 homestand. That was then.

    • The Phillies provided a salve, and the D-backs used a four-game sweep at Citizens Bank Park as a springboard to a 7-3 road trip, tying the franchise record for the best 10-game trip in club history.

      After both Arizona and Philadelphia endured walk-off losses Sunday, the teams will meet again in a three-game series that begins Monday in Phoenix, where the Diamondbacks have had much more trouble winning.

      Arizona is 13-25 at home, and only Atlanta has fewer home victories (11). The Diamondbacks, however, are 23-17 on the road, and only the San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals have more road wins.

      The D-backs got their bats working on the road and finished on a high note at Coors Field over the weekend, setting a franchise record for a four-game set with 56 hits while spitting the series.

      It started at the top.

      Leadoff man Jean Segura, who started three of the four games at shortstop after spending the rest of the season at second base, was 13-for-35 (.371) with 12 runs, nine walks and six stolen bases on the road trip.

      Arizona's No. 2 hitter, center fielder Michael Bourn, was 10-for-39 (.256) with six RBIs and three stolen bases. The No. 3 hitter, first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, was 16-for-37 (.432) with two homers and nine RBIs, and the cleanup hitter, third baseman Jake Lamb, was 15-for-36 (.417) with three homers and 11 RBIs.

      Diamondbacks left-hander Robbie Ray (4-6) will face Phillies right-hander Vincent Velasquez (5-2) in the series opener Monday. Ray beat the Phillies with a quality start to open the trip. Velasquez was the only starter Arizona missed.

      The Phillies have not had much go right since moving five games above .500 with an 8-5 victory over the Detroit Tigers on May 25. They are 6-25 since and have lost 12 of their past 14.

      They ended a nine-game losing streak in the final game of a three-game series at Minnesota on Thursday, but they lost two out of three at San Francisco over the weekend despite roughing up potential All-Star starter Johnny Cueto for six runs in six innings on Sunday.

      Center fielder Odubel Herrera, who appears to be the Phillies' top All-Star candidate, hit his eighth homer of the season Sunday before the Giants scored a run in the last of the ninth for an 8-7 victory.

      Herrera has seven doubles and 27 RBIs, and opponents know he is the man to avoid. Herrera has 41 walks, almost twice as many as any other teammate. Third baseman Maikel Franco, who has 12 homers and 37 RBIs while batting .240, has walked 23 times.

      Franco missed eight weeks after being struck in the left wrist injury on Aug. 11, the last time the Phillies were in Arizona.

      Velasquez will be starting against the Diamondbacks for the first time in his career. In two relief outings against Arizona, he has allowed just one run, which was unearned, in 3 2/3 innings.

      The June 17 outing at Philadelphia was Ray's first appearance against the Phillies. He allowed two runs on seven hits in six innings, striking out seven and walking one.

  • MLB notebook: Nationals place Strasburg on DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, June 26, 2016

    Washington Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to an upper-back strain, the team announced Sunday.

    • The move is retroactive to June 16 and comes after the right-handed Strasburg missed his second consecutive start.

      Strasburg told reporters on Friday that he was injured during a weight room workout. He said two ribs were out of alignment and later adjusted back into place. He attempted to throw Saturday and felt discomfort and was scratched from Sunday's scheduled start.

      Strasburg is 10-0 with a 2.90 ERA in 14 starts for the Nationals. He is the first National League starter to begin a season with 10 straight wins since San Diego's Andy Hawkins in 1985.

      --Pete Rose's No. 14 was officially retired by the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday.

      The pregame ceremony wrapped up a weekend in which Major League Baseball's all-time hits leader was inducted into the franchise's Hall of Fame on Saturday and honored as part of the 1976 World Series winning team on Friday.

      The Reds had been unable to honor Rose in the past due to his lifetime ban for betting on baseball. But MLB approved the club's request to pay tribute to a player long recognized as one of the best in team history.

      "It is our salute to that person whose impact transcends their lifetime and spares any future player the impossible task of living up to a legacy too large to fill," Reds CEO Bob Castellini said during the ceremony.

      Rose finished his 24-season major-league career with 4,256 hits. He spent 18-plus seasons with the Reds and also played for the Philadelphia Phillies and Montreal Expos.

      --The Toronto Blue Jays placed right-hander Gavin Floyd on the 15-day disabled list after he suffered shoulder tightness during a brief appearance on Saturday.

      The team also called up right-hander Bo Schultz from Triple-A Buffalo, who pitched in Chicago for Sunday's series finale. Schultz had a 4.24 ERA with 14 strikeouts with the Bison.

      --Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter said right-hander Darren O'Day (right hamstring strain) threw well Saturday except for one small detail.

      Showalter said that if everything went right, O'Day could be activated during the West Coast trip which starts on Tuesday.

      --Minnesota Twins manager Paul Molitor said the report on outfielder/third baseman Miguel Sano's (hamstring) rehab games with Triple-A Rochester are that he is moving well but his timing at the plate remains off.

      Sano will play at least three more games there through Wednesday before the team makes another evaluation.

  • Reds retire Rose's No. 14 in pregame ceremony
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, June 26, 2016

    Pete Rose's No. 14 was officially retired by the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday.

    • The pregame ceremony wrapped up a weekend in which Major League Baseball's all-time hits leader was inducted into the franchise's Hall of Fame on Saturday and honored as part of the 1976 World Series winning team on Friday.

      The Reds had been unable to honor Rose in the past due to his lifetime ban for betting on baseball. But Major League Baseball approved the club's request to pay tribute to a player long recognized as one of the best in team history.

      "It is our salute to that person whose impact transcends their lifetime and spares any future player the impossible task of living up to a legacy too large to fill," Reds CEO Bob Castellini said during the ceremony.

      Rose's number is the 10th retired by Cincinnati.

      Pete Rose Jr., who briefly played for the Reds in 1997, threw out the first pitch with Rose behind home plate to catch the ceremonial toss.

      The Reds defeated the San Diego Padres on Sunday, their only victory in the four-game series. Rose urged fans prior to the game to not give up on the struggling last-place team.

      "Keep supporting the Cincinnati Reds," Rose said. "They need your help. They need your help on a daily basis.

      "And who knows? It won't be long before (Castellini) is here again recognizing a guy who's in the dugout for tonight's game."

      Rose finished his 24-season major-league career with 4,256 hits. He spent 18-plus seasons with the Reds and also played for the Philadelphia Phillies and Montreal Expos.

      Florida Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki has 4,262 professional hits but 1,278 of them came when he played in Japan.

  • MLB roundup: Sale stops Jays for 13th win
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, June 26, 2016

    CHICAGO -- Chris Sale earned his major league-leading 13th victory as the Chicago White Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-2 on Sunday for their second straight series win.

    • Sale (13-2) pitched seven scoreless innings before the Blue Jays broke the shutout with a pair of eighth-inning solo homers.

      The White Sox left-hander won his fourth straight game, allowing two runs on five hits, walking two and striking out seven in an eight-inning effort -- his longest since a 2-1 complete game victory over Houston on May 19. Reliever David Robertson worked a perfect ninth for his 20th save.

      Chicago took two of three games from Toronto after winning three of four at Boston. The White Sox have five victories in their last six games after losing 18 of 24 between May 23 and June 19. Toronto suffered its fifth loss in seven games.

      Indians 9, Tigers 3

      DETROIT -- Mike Napoli and Lonnie Chisenhall each hit two-run homers while Cleveland was scoring six times on four home runs off Justin Verlander in the fifth inning to overpower Detroit.

      The Indians completed their third straight sweep of a three-game series with Detroit.

      Josh Tomlin (9-1) struggled with his control for four innings before settling in to help Cleveland win its ninth straight game and improve to 9-0 over Detroit. Three of the six hits he allowed were solo home runs.

      Verlander (7-6) allowed nine hits, walked two and struck out five in 4 2/3 innings, his shortest start since lasting 4 1/3 innings in his second outing of the year.

      Marlins 6, Cubs 1

      MIAMI -- Jose Fernandez struck out 13 and continued his dominance at home as Miami defeated slumping Chicago.

      The Marlins took three out of four in the series against the Cubs, who have lost six of their past seven games overall. The Marlins, meanwhile, are six games over .500 of the first time since June 2012.

      Fernandez is 24-1 with a 1.48 ERA in his career at Marlins Park. Fernandez, who is 10-3 overall this season with a 2.28 ERA, held the Cubs to four hits -- all singles -- three walks and one run in seven innings.

      Braves 5, Mets 2

      ATLANTA -- A first-inning homer by Freddie Freeman was the only offense Atlanta could muster against New York nemesis Bartolo Colon, but Bud Norris was even better.

      Norris (3-7) allowed just four singles over seven scoreless innings and the Mets' bullpen imploded in the eighth inning as the Braves gained a split of the four-game series.

      Freeman added a double, single and walk to his 13th home run, and Adonis Garcia connected for a three-run homer in the eighth inning

      Twins 7, Yankees 1

      NEW YORK -- Tyler Duffey retired the first 17 hitters and took a shutout into the eighth inning and Minnesota hit three of its season-high six home runs in the sixth inning during a victory over New York.

      Brian Dozier, Trevor Plouffe and Max Kepler hit consecutive homers in the sixth as the Twins ended a three-game skid. Danny Santana, Eduardo Nunez and Juan Centeno also homered.

      Duffey (3-6) pitched a career-high eight innings, allowing one run and two hits, but he spent a good portion of his 22nd career start flirting with perfection. The right-hander did not allow any Yankee to reach base through his first 75 pitches, getting eight groundouts, five outs in the air and four strikeouts. His bid for a perfect game ended on a 0-1 pitch to Aaron Hicks, who lined a double into right field.

      Reds 3, Padres 0

      CINCINNATI -- Anthony DeSclafani pitched eight shutout innings and Jay Bruce homered as Cincinnati Reds avoided the sweep with a victory over San Diego in the finale of a four-game series.

      DeSclafani allowed just five hits to help the Reds avoid their first-ever four-game sweep at the hands of the Padres. It was the first shutout this season for Cincinnati, the last National League team to record one. DeSclafani (2-0) had five strikeouts, no walks and one hit batter. It was his fourth start since coming off the disabled list with an oblique injury suffered late in spring training.

      Orioles 12, Rays 5

      BALTIMORE -- Chris Davis hit a first-inning grand slam and Jonathan Schoop and Mark Trumbo both homered later as Baltimore wrapped up a four-game sweep of Tampa Bay.

      The Orioles now head out on a nine-game West Coast road trip on a five-game winning streak. The Rays have dropped 11 straight.

      Power carried the Orioles yet again, as Davis' homer in the first gave them a quick 4-0 lead. Schoop's solo homer and Trumbo's two-run blast gave the Orioles some insurance.

      Royals 6, Astros 1

      KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kendrys Morales homered twice and rookie Cheslor Cuthbert blasted a two-run shot as Kansas City topped Houston to avoid being swept in the three-game series.

      Morales began the five-run seventh with a shot into the Astros' right field bullpen to break a 1-1 tie. It was Morales' 15th career multi-home run game. He homered in the fourth for the first Kansas City run.

      Alcides Escobar singled before Cuthbert's home run, his seventh, on an 0-1 Doug Fister pitch. Left-hander Tony Sipp was summoned to get the final out of the seventh, but instead allowed a single to Alex Gordon, a double to Lorenzo Cain, which was his third hit, and a two-run double to Eric Hosmer.

      Nationals 3, Brewers 2

      MILWAUKEE -- Tanner Roark threw seven shutout innings while Jose Lobaton and Clint Robinson homered as Washington snapped a seven-game losing streak with a win over Milwaukee at Miller Park.

      Roark held Milwaukee to seven hits and a walk while striking out seven to pick up a victory for the third time in his last four starts.

      He had little to show for his work early on as the Nationals managed just one hit off Brewers starter Jimmy Nelson, who only lasted five innings in large part because of five walks.

      Angels 7, Athletics 6

      ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Jefry Marte hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning as Los Angeles rallied for a win over Oakland in front of 36,715 at Angel Stadium.

      Mike Trout and Albert Pujols each had three of the Angels' 13 hits, with Trout adding a two-run home run, as Los Angeles broke a six-game losing streak. Right-hander Huston Street received the win in relief.

      Coco Crisp hit a grand slam for the A's and Marcus Semien added a solo homer.

      Giants 8, Phillies 7

      SAN FRANCISCO -- Conor Gillaspie followed a double by Ramiro Pena with a double into the right-field corner, providing San Francisco with a walk-off win over Philadelphia.

      Angel Pagan had four hits, scored three runs and drove in a pair for the Giants, who provided manager Bruce Bochy with win No. 800 in his San Francisco career.

      The one-run win was the Giants' 19th of the season. They've now won 13 of their last 15 games overall, 13 of 16 at home and 14 of 18 against the Phillies.

      Cardinals 11, Mariners 6

      SEATTLE -- St. Louis used 13 extra-base hits, including six solo home runs over the final four innings, to beat Seattle and salvage the final game of a three-game series.

      Tommy Pham hit his first two home runs of the season with solo shots in the seventh and ninth innings. Matt Carpenter added a pair of homers, and Cardinals teammates Jedd Gyorko and Matt Holliday also hit solo home runs.

      The Mariners had 12 hits and a pair of home runs in the loss. Nelson Cruz hit his 19th home run of the season in the third inning.

      Rangers 6, Red Sox 2

      ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas jumped on Boston starter Clay Buchholz for three runs before he retired a batter and eased to victory.

      The win moved the Rangers 22 games over the .500 mark for the first time since the end of the 2011 season.

      Martin Perez won his sixth straight decision after allowing one run in six innings. That run came in the sixth as the Red Sox cut the Texas lead to 3-1 on the first career homer by Bryce Brentz.

      Rockies 9, Diamondbacks 7

      DENVER -- Mark Reynolds hit a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth, giving Colorado a 9-7 win over Arizona and a split of the four-game series.

      Leading off the ninth, Trevor Story, who tied the game in the seventh with his 19th homer, was hit with a Silvino Bracho pitch on the left forearm. Bracho struck out Carlos Gonzalez and got pinch-hitter Tony Wolters to fly out, before Reynolds belted his eighth homer, a 464-foot blast to center on a 2-1 pitch.

      It was the Rockies' first walk-off win of the season and the first walk-off homer of Reynolds' career.

      Pirates 4, Dodgers 3

      PITTSBURGH -- Los Angeles ace Clayton Kershaw lost for the first time in two months, giving up David Freese's three-run double during a four-run second inning that carried Pittsburgh to the win.

      Justin Turner drove in all three Dodgers runs with a two-run homer and an RBI double against Pirates right-hander Chad Kuhl, who was making his major league debut, but it wasn't enough to support Kershaw in a rare uneven start by the former NL MVP and Cy Young Award winner.

      Kershaw lost for the first time since allowing five runs in seven innings against Miami on April 26 -- giving up nine hits and four runs, striking out two and walking four in six innings. The left-hander hadn't allowed more than two earned runs in his 10 starts since then.

  • Nationals place RHP Strasburg on disabled list
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, June 26, 2016

    Washington Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to an upper-back strain, the team announced Sunday.

    • The move is retroactive to June 16 and comes after the right-handed Strasburg missed his second consecutive start.

      Strasburg told reporters on Friday that he was injured during a weight room workout.

      Strasburg said two ribs were out of alignment and later adjusted back into place.

      He attempted to throw Saturday and felt discomfort and was scratched from Sunday's scheduled start.

      Strasburg is 10-0 with a 2.90 ERA in 14 starts for the Nationals. He is the first National League starter to begin a season with 10 straight wins since San Diego's Andy Hawkins in 1985.

      In May, Strasburg signed a seven-year, $175 million contract extension with the Nationals.

      Tanner Roark started in place of Strasburg on Sunday against the Milwaukee Brewers.

  • Padres-Reds preview
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, June 25, 2016

    CINCINNATI -- The San Diego Padres are without center fielder Jon Jay, one of their better hitters against left-handed pitching throughout this weekend's series in Cincinnati.

    • But, no matter. Despite facing a trio of left-handers in each of the first three games, the Padres scored 23 runs.

      On Friday night, Andy Green's club became the first team in franchise history to score runs in each of the first eight innings in a 13-4 victory. Saturday, they needed only three runs to shut out the Reds, assuring them of a series victory.

      San Diego hasn't lost a season series against the Reds since 2012, going 15-6 against them since.

      On Sunday, the Padres get a reprieve from lefties with right-hander Anthony DeSclafani making his fourth start since coming off the disabled list.

      He'll be opposed by rookie right-hander Luis Perdomo (2-2, 9.00 ERA) as the Padres go for the sweep. He is making his fifth career start and 20th career appearance Sunday.

      Green said as first baseman Wil Myers and right fielder Matt Kemp go, so go the Padres.

      "We've always been driven by Matt and Wil," Green said. "When those guys are swinging the bats well, they kind of drive the bus for us."

      Lately, it's been everyone up and down the lineup.

      Catcher Derek Norris, who was batting .167 in mid-May, has hit safely in 14 of 19 games. Left fielder Melvin Upton Jr. is on pace for 23 homers and 34 stolen bases.

      "Melvin Upton has been outstanding," Green said. "Those numbers are a rare feat."

      Over 23 games this month, the Padres have hit .281 and averaged 5.7 runs while posting a 13-10 record.

      San Diego's average is the best in the National League and second-best in the major leagues this month behind only the Detroit Tigers. The Padres' 132 runs also rank first among NL clubs and second in baseball behind only the Orioles.

      DeSclafani will be looking to reverse that trend Sunday. DeSclafani, among the key elements in the Reds' rebuilding process, is 1-0 with a 2.30 ERA since returning from an oblique injury suffered late in spring training.

      "He was such a big part of our rotation last year," said manager Bryan Price. "He was scheduled to be our Opening Day starter this year. It's good. He's put in a lot of hard work."

      It will be another day of pomp and circumstance at Great American Ball Park on Sunday as the Reds continue the festivities honoring Pete Rose and the 1976 World Series championship club.

      Prior to Sunday's game, the Reds plan to retire Pete Rose's No. 14. He is being inducted into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame in a gala Sunday night. Twenty members of the Reds Hall of Fame are participating in the weekend's festivities.

      Rose is not eligible for induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., because of his lifetime banishment for gambling on baseball.

  • MLB notebook: Mets sign Reyes to minor league deal
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, June 25, 2016

    The New York Mets signed free agent shortstop Jose Reyes to a minor league contract on Saturday.

    • Reyes, who was recently let go by the Colorado Rockies, became a free agent at 1 p.m. ET. He started the season on the suspended list related to a domestic violence incident.

      Reyes will report to Class A Brooklyn and is expected to play Sunday.

      The Rockies are still on the hook for more than $39 million remaining on Reyes' contract minus the prorated league minimum of $507,500 for which the Mets are responsible.

      The Rockies placed Reyes on waivers after he returned from a 59-game suspension under Major League Baseball's Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy. Reyes was charged with physically assaulting his wife in a Hawaii hotel room last October.

      Reyes, 33, played with the Mets the first nine years of his career before signing a free agent deal with the Miami Marlins after the 2011 season. He had a batting line of .274/.310/.378 for the Toronto Blue Jays and Rockies last year.

      --The Cleveland Indians left Comerica Park on Friday night believing they had beaten the Detroit Tigers 7-4, and returned Saturday afternoon to learn they had won 7-5.

      The Tigers had scored a run, making it 7-4, and had runners on first and second with one out when Miguel Cabrera hit a long fly ball to right center off Indians closer Cody Allen.

      Center fielder Rajai Davis flagged the ball down but it squirted out of his glove and bounced off his left arm. Davis snatched it out of the air and held on as he ran into the scoreboard.

      Ian Kinsler, from second base, and Cameron Maybin, starting from first, had rounded their next bases and hesitated, unsure if a catch had been made or not. With Cabrera running behind them, both took off again. Kinsler retouched third before crossing the plate.

      Davis threw to cutoff man Jason Kipnis, who threw to catcher Chris Gimenez instead of to a base. The ball bounced but Gimenez scooped it up and finally followed the urging of his teammates and threw to Kipnis, covering first for a double play to end the game.

      Afterwards, the Elias Sports Bureau, official statisticians for Major League Baseball, informed MLB that Kinsler had scored because, as explained by a spokesman for the Tigers, the Indians failed to appeal on the play and Kinsler had crossed the plate before the final out was recorded.

      Thus Cabrera gets credited with a sacrifice fly (and RBI), Kinsler has a run added to his totals and right-hander Allen gets an unearned run added to his season's total. Both Detroit runs in the inning were unearned because Gimenez hit Andrew Romine in the back with his throw to first after dropping a third strike. Gimenez was charged with an error on the play.

      --Pete Rose, baseball's all-time hits leader who was banned for gambling on the game, was inducted into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame in a pregame ceremony.

      "I've already cried on the field one time," Rose said Saturday, referring to the time he got his record-setting hit. "That's enough."

      --The New York Yankees designated first baseman Ike Davis for assignment.

      New York needed to make room on the active roster for first baseman Mark Teixeira, who was coming off the 15-day disabled list.

      Davis was 3-for-14 in eight games and said he was not surprised to be designated while also adding he would consider joining Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre if he clears waivers.

      Teixeira started Saturday's game against the visiting Minnesota Twins. He was batting .180 with three homers and 12 RBIs in 167 at-bats this season.

  • MLB roundup: Indians extend win streak to eight
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, June 25, 2016

    DETROIT -- Carlos Carrasco pitched a four-hit shutout while getting two home runs from Francisco Lindor and one each from Carlos Santana and Yan Gomes on Saturday to help the surging Cleveland Indians to a 6-0 victory that was their eighth straight win overall and eighth in as many games with the Detroit Tigers.

    • Carrasco (3-2) only saw two Detroit runners get as far as second base -- on doubles in the first and fifth innings -- as he struck out seven and walked one. He threw 117 pitches in his third career shutout.

      Cleveland jumped on Detroit starter Anibal Sanchez right away, getting two solo home runs in the first inning en route to a 4-0 lead. Santana whacked a hanging 0-1 slider for his 16th home run of the season and third from the leadoff spot. Two batters later, Lindor ambushed a flat 2-1 spitter for his ninth home run of the year.

      Lindor added his second of the game and 10th this season in the eighth, a long fly ball to right off Mark Lowe. Lowe also gave up Gomes' home run, his eighth of the season, with one out in the ninth.

      Mets 1, Braves 0 (11 innings)

      ATLANTA -- Pinch hitter Kelly Johnson hit a solo home run to lead off the 11th inning and give New York a shutout win over Atlanta at Turner Field.

      Johnson, who was acquired from the Braves on June 8, hit a 3-1 pitch from reliever Dario Alvarez off the top of the right-field fence to break a scoreless tie. It was Johnson's third homer of the year, his second with Mets.

      Jeurys Familia pitched a scoreless bottom of the 11th to earn his league-leading 26th save.

      Marlins 9, Cubs 6

      MIAMI -- Giancarlo Stanton and Justin Bour drove in three runs each as Miami defeated Chicago at Marlins Park.

      The Marlins entered the fifth inning trailing 4-3 but took control with a four-run inning. Martin Prado had a tying single, Stanton had a go-ahead single and Bour had an RBI double.

      Marlins closer A.J. Ramos, who inherited one runner in the ninth, got the last two outs for his 24th save of the season. Dating to last season, he has 33 consecutive saves, which ties Steve Cishek for the franchise record.

      Miami has won two of three games in the series, which concludes Sunday. Chicago has suddenly slumped, losing five of its past six games.

      Brewers 6, Nationals 5

      MILWAUKEE -- Chris Carter hit a three-run homer and Matt Garza picked up his first victory of the season as Milwaukee extended Washington's losing streak to a season-high seven games.

      Jonathan Villar had three hits and stole his 26th base of the season and Aaron Hill had two hits for the Brewers, who won their third in a row.

      Milwaukee inflicted most of its offensive damage against Nationals right-hander Gio Gonzalez (3-7), who lasted just three innings and allowed six runs on six hits and a walk while striking out five. Back-to-back singles by Villar and Hill set the stage for Carter's first-inning blast -- his 19th of the year -- that gave Milwaukee a 3-0 lead.

      Yankees 2, Twins 1

      NEW YORK -- Starlin Castro's ground ball off shortstop Eduardo Escobar's glove allowed the tiebreaking run to score with one out in the bottom of the eighth inning, lifting New York over Minnesota.

      The Yankees went ahead in the eighth against Ryan Pressly (2-4). Alex Rodriguez, who heard boos for two strikeouts and flied out to right on a 3-and-0 count for the final out of the fifth, opened the inning with a slow roller that went for an infield hit when third baseman Eduardo Nunez could not make a play.

      Brian McCann's single into right field put runners at first and third for Mark Teixeira. Batting from the left side of the plate, Teixeira fouled off four straight full count pitches before hearing boos for a strikeout on the 10th pitch. On the next pitch with the Twins playing the infield in, Castro hit a hard grounder that deflected off the front of Escobar's glove for an error, allowing pinch runner Aaron Hicks to score the tiebreaking run.

      Orioles 5, Rays 0 (Game 1)

      BALTIMORE -- Kevin Gausman pitched 7 2/3 innings of four-hit ball to pick up his first win this season as Baltimore extended Tampa Bay's losing streak to nine games in the first game of a doubleheader.

      Gausman (1-5) struck out seven without a walk, tying a career-high with 113 pitches. He lowered his ERA from 4.37 to 3.93.

      J.J. Hardy, Manny Machado, Adam Jones and Jonathan Schoop each had two hits for the Orioles.

      Orioles 8, Rays 6 (Game 2)

      BALTIMORE -- Chris Davis homered and later singled in the go-ahead run, and Matt Wieters banged out two homers as Baltimore hit four blasts overall en route a victory over Tampa Bay to complete a sweep.

      The Orioles have won four straight games, including the first three of this series and sit a season-high 14 games over .500. Tampa Bay has dropped 10 in a row.

      It's a big victory for the Orioles, who head out on a long West Coast trip after Sunday's series finale.

      Blue Jays 10, White Sox 8

      CHICAGO -- Edwin Encarnacion drove in four runs as Toronto outlasted Chicago.

      The Blue Jays earned just their second victory in six games despite the White Sox's season-high seven home runs, all solo blasts. R.A. Dickey (5-8) gave up five runs -- four earned -- in 5 1/3 innings. Roberto Osuna earned his 15th save.

      Miguel Gonzalez (1-3) allowed a season-high eight runs and 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings.

      Rockies 11, Diamondbacks 6

      DENVER -- Tony Wolters went 3-for-3 with a double and his first career home run to lead Colorado over Arizona.

      Wolters had a career-high four RBIs and tied his career high with three hits as the Rockies broke a three-game losing streak and won for just the third time in nine games. The Diamondbacks lost for just the second time in nine games and fourth time in their past 14 games.

      Padres 3, Reds 0

      CINCINNATI -- Drew Pomeranz starred at the plate and on the mound, hitting a homer, driving in two runs and pitching seven shutout innings to lift San Diego over Cincinnati at Great American Ball Park.

      Pomeranz (7-7) allowed three hits as the Padres took the first three games of the four-game weekend series.

      Pirates 6, Dodgers 1

      PITTSBURGH -- Andrew McCutchen led a five-run sixth inning that powered Pittsburgh to a win against Los Angeles at PNC Park.

      After the Pirates surrendered a 1-0 lead in the top of the sixth, McCutchen cracked his second home run of the game, his 11th of the season, over the left-field wall with two men on and no outs in the bottom half of the inning. Right-hander Kenta Maeda, who allowed two hits in his previous five innings, served up a four-seam fastball that McCutchen turned into a 4-1 lead to chase Maeda from the game.

      Saturday marked McCutchen's 11th career multi-home run game and his second of the season, with the other coming April 26 against the Colorado Rockies. McCutchen, the 2013 National League MVP, has struggled this season and particularly in recent weeks, as have the Pirates.

      Astros 13, Royals 5

      KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Jose Altuve homered and had two doubles in his career 15th four-hit game as Houston blasted Kansas City.

      It was the second straight game the Astros scored 13 runs. They have won seven consecutive games and are 19-7 in their past 26 games.

      The Royals used catcher Drew Butera in the ninth for the final two outs. It was the fourth time Butera has pitched in the majors, the previous being May 17, 2014 while with the Los Angeles Dodgers at Arizona.

      Phillies 3, Giants 2

      SAN FRANCISCO -- Cameron Rupp capped a three-run seventh inning against San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner with a two-run home run, propelling the Philadelphia Phillies into a 3-2 victory Saturday night.

      Right-hander Jeremy Hellickson (5-6) and three relievers combined to limit the Giants to six hits, helping the Phillies beat the Giants for just the second time in their last 10 meetings.

      The loss denied manager Bruce Bochy an 800th win in his Giants career. He was attempting to become just the third in Giants history to achieve the milestone.

      Bumgarner, who lost a 1-0 decision to Pittsburgh in his previous start, took a two-hit shutout and 2-0 lead into the seventh inning before the Phillies rallied.

      Rangers 10, Red Sox 3

      ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas jumped on Boston starter Steven Wright and shaky defense for eight runs on the way to a victory over the Red Sox.

      Wright (8-5), the American League ERA leader entering the game, was tagged for eight runs (three earned) in 4 2/3 innings as the Rangers broke open the game by scoring five unearned runs in the fifth inning.

      Texas took a 3-1 lead against Wright in the bottom of the fourth on a homer from Ian Desmond and a two-run single from Mitch Moreland.

      Mariners 5, Cardinals 4

      SEATTLE -- Seattle jumped out to a big early lead and held on to beat St. Louis.

      Six singles over the first two innings allowed Seattle to pull out to a 5-0 lead before the Cardinals rallied to get within a run in the fifth.

      Seattle relievers Mike Montgomery, Edwin Diaz and Steve Cishek finished off the game with four shutout innings to make the lead hold up as St. Louis managed only three hits after chasing Seattle starter Nathan Karns (6-2) after the fifth.

      Cishek gave up a one-out double in the ninth but got the final two outs to earn his 17th save of the season.

      Athletics 7, Angels 3

      ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Coco Crisp collected three hits, including two doubles, drove in two runs and scored four times to lead Oakland to a victory over Los Angeles in front of 40,643 at Angel Stadium.

      Danny Valencia added three hits and three RBIs with a two-run homer and a run-scoring single as the A's posted their third successive win and their fourth in five games.

      Left-hander Dillon Overton won his major league debut despite allowing three home runs. In 5 2/3 innings, Overton permitted three runs, seven hits and two walks while collecting three strikeouts and throwing 108 pitches.

  • Scoring change made in Indians-Tigers game
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, June 25, 2016

    DETROIT -- The Cleveland Indians left Comerica Park on Friday night believing they had beaten the Detroit Tigers, 7-4, and returned Saturday afternoon to learn they had won, 7-5.

    • The Tigers had scored a run, making it 7-4, and had runners on first and second with one out when Miguel Cabrera hit a long fly ball to right center off Indians closer Cody Allen.

      Center fielder Rajai Davis flagged the ball down but it squirted out of his glove and bounced off his left arm. Davis snatched it out of the air and held on as he ran into the scoreboard.

      Ian Kinsler, from second base, and Cameron Maybin, starting from first, had rounded their next bases and hesitated, unsure if a catch had been made or not. With Cabrera running behind them, both took off again. Kinsler retouched third before crossing the plate.

      Davis threw to cutoff man Jason Kipnis, who threw to catcher Chris Gimenez instead of to a base. The ball bounced but Gimenez scooped it up and finally followed the urging of his teammates and threw to Kipnis, covering first for a double play to end the game.

      Afterwards, the Elias Sports Bureau, official statisticians for Major League Baseball, informed MLB that Kinsler had scored because, as explained by a spokesman for the Tigers, the Indians failed to appeal on the play and Kinsler had crossed the plate before the final out was recorded.

      Thus Cabrera gets credited with a sacrifice fly (and RBI), Kinsler has a run added to his totals and right-hander Allen gets an unearned run added to his season's total. Both Detroit runs in the inning were unearned because Gimenez hit Andrew Romine in the back with his throw to first after dropping a third strike. Gimenez was charged with an error on the play.

      The ruling confused Cleveland manager Terry Francona, who heard second-hand early reports of the score change.

      "Supposedly they decided that they changed it," Francona said in his pregame press gathering. "I'd like to hear an explanation, not that it matters really. I heard there was something about an appeal not being made.

      "I'm guessing that they saw Kinsler touching third and thought maybe he was tagging up. I'd be interested to get their view on that. I don't know what the heck they saw. Seems impossible. You sound like you're confused and now I'm getting confused."

  • Yankees DFA Davis, activate Teixeira
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, June 25, 2016

    The New York Yankees designated first baseman Ike Davis for assignment Saturday.

    • New York needed to make room on the active roster for first baseman Mark Teixeira, who was coming off the 15-day disabled list.

      Davis was 3-for-14 in eight games and said he was not surprised to be designated while also adding he would consider joining Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre if he clears waivers.

      Teixeira started Saturday's game against the visiting Minnesota Twins. He was batting .180 with three homers and 12 RBIs in 167 at-bats this season.

  • Mets sign SS Reyes to minor league deal
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, June 25, 2016

    The New York Mets signed free agent shortstop Jose Reyes to a minor league contract on Saturday, the team announced.

    • Reyes, who was recently let go by the Colorado Rockies, became a free agent at 1 p.m. ET. He started the season on the suspended list related to a domestic violence incident.

      Reyes will report to Single-A Brooklyn and is expected to play Sunday.

      The Rockies are still on the hook for more than $39 million remaining on Reyes' contract minus the prorated league minimum of $507,500 for which the Mets are responsible.

      The Rockies placed Reyes on waivers after he returned from a 59-game suspension under Major League Baseball's Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy. Reyes was charged with physically assaulting his wife in a Hawaii hotel room last October.

      New York is in need of infield depth with third baseman David Wright and first baseman Lucas Duda on the disabled list. Reyes has not played this year.

      Reyes, 33, played with the Mets the first nine years of his career before signing a free agent deal with the Miami Marlins after the 2011 season. He had a batting line of .274/.310/.378 for the Toronto Blue Jays and Rockies last year.

      Reyes, a four-time All-Star, is a career .290 hitter with 479 stolen bases over 13 seasons.

  • MLB roundup: Two-out, ninth-inning rally lifts Red Sox
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, June 24, 2016

    ARLINGTON, Texas -- Boston rallied for four runs with two outs in the ninth inning to stun the Texas Rangers 8-7 at Globe Life Park.

    • The Red Sox trailed 6-0 after starter David Price struggled and were down 7-4 heading to the ninth.

      But pinch-hitter Sandy Leon doubled with two outs to make it a one-run game. The Rangers brought in Matt Bush (2-1) to face Mookie Betts, and Betts hit a two-run homer to center to tie the game.

      After Dustin Pedroia walked, Xander Bogaerts moved him to third with a single. Bush then uncorked a wild pitch to allow Pedroia to score the winning run.

      Koji Uehara retired the Rangers for his second save and made a winner of Heath Hembree (4-0).

      Pirates 8, Dodgers 6

      PITTSBURGH -- Jung Ho Kang and Matt Joyce hit homers and manager Clint Hurdle got the 1,000th win of his career as Pittsburgh ended Los Angeles' six-game winning streak.

      Hurdle joined Bruce Bochy (1,749), Dusty Baker (1,714), Mike Scioscia (1,447), Buck Showalter (1,381) and Terry Francona (1,328) as the only six active managers with 1,000 wins. He is 1,000-1,043 but has won 315 games with the Pirates over the past four seasons; only the Cardinals (325) and Dodgers (319) have won more games in that time.

      Sean Rodriguez drove in three runs for Pittsburgh, which snapped a three-game losing streak but is 7-21 since a five-game winning streak in May.

      Cubs 5, Marlins 4

      MIAMI -- Rookie catcher Willson Contreras homered in the first and hit the go-ahead, run-scoring single in the seventh to lead Chicago over Miami.

      The Cubs (48-24), who have the best record in baseball, snapped a season-worst, four-game losing streak. They have split the first two of a four-game series against Miami.

      Contreras, who had three RBIs, got both of those hits by going to the opposite field in right. In the seventh, working against reliever Mike Dunn, Chicago’s Kris Bryant walked, advanced to second on a hit-by-pitch and scored on Contreras' one-out single.

      Indians 7, Tigers 4

      DETROIT -- Jason Kipnis drove in three runs with two triples and Lonnie Chisenhall had a two-run triple to lead Cleveland over Detroit, their seventh straight win over the Tigers this season.

      Danny Salazar wasn't his sharpest but kept Detroit scoreless through four and wound up lasting 5 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on four hits plus five walks to help Cleveland extend its season-best winning streak to seven games.

      Dan Otero pitched 1 1/3 shutout innings, Brian Shaw worked a scoreless eighth and Cody Allen allowed an RBI single to Cameron Maybin in the ninth before finishing up the win.

      Padres 13, Reds 4

      CINCINNATI -- Wil Myers had three hits and drove in five runs and Melvin Upton Jr. hit a pair of two-run homers lifting San Diego over Cincinnati.

      Adam Rosales also homered for the Padres, who have won the first two games of the four-game series.

      Rosales' solo homer against Raisel Iglesias leading off the sixth inning put San Diego ahead 6-4. It was his fifth homer this season.

      Orioles 6, Rays 3

      BALTIMORE -- Chris Davis hit a go-ahead, two-run single and Adam Jones and Manny Machado both homered as Baltimore stretched Tampa Bay's losing streak to eight games.

      The Rays jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning but never scored again. The Orioles scored once in the fifth and turned the game around thanks to Jones, Davis and an error in a four-run sixth that gave them a 5-3 lead.

      Orioles starter Yovani Gallardo, in his second start since coming off the disabled list, allowed three quick runs in the first inning but settled down and gave up nothing else through 5 1/3 innings.

      Mets 8, Braves 6

      ATLANTA -- Hansel Robles came out of the bullpen with some timely long relief to save New York for the second time this week.

      Robles threw 2 2/3 hitless innings, struck out two and stopped a six-run Atlanta rally that threatened to wipe out an 8-0 New York lead. On Tuesday, he pitched 3 2/3 innings after Bartolo Colon was struck by a line drive and had to leave after throwing only four pitches.

      This time Robles bailed out starter Steven Matz, who went 4 1/3 innings and allowed six runs on nine hits – eight in the fifth inning.

      Yankees 5, Twins 3

      NEW YORK -- Rob Refsnyder had the tiebreaking single, Masahiro Tanaka struck out seven in six innings and New York reached the .500 mark.

      Refsnyder, who has been playing first base for the first time because of Mark Teixeira's knee injury, gave the Yankees a 4-3 lead with two outs in the fourth inning against Tommy Milone.

      Before Refsnyder's eighth RBI in 21 games, the Yankees also scored on an RBI double by Carlos Beltran, a run-scoring single by Alex Rodriguez and a sacrifice fly by Austin Romine.

      Astros 13, Royals 4

      KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- George Springer drove in five runs, four with a first inning grand slam, and Colby Rasmus had four hits, including a solo homer in the eighth inning, as Houston crushed Kansas City.

      Springer, who led off the game with a triple, missed the cycle by a double. Rasmus scored three runs and had two RBIs.

      Dallas Keuchel picked up his first victory in five June starts. Keuchel allowed four runs on 11 hits in 6 1/3 innings, throwing 70 strikes in 98 pitches.

      Brewers 5, Nationals 3

      MILWAUKEE -- Keon Broxton and Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit home runs and Zach Davies tied a career-high with nine strikeouts to lead Milwaukee over Washington. Brewers pitchers combined to strikeout 14 Washington batters.

      Wilson Ramos had four hits and an RBI for the Nationals. He represented the winning run with two out and two on in the ninth, but struck out against right-hander Jeremy Jeffress, who earned his 20th save.

      Starter Max Scherzer lost his first decision since May 27, allowing five runs on five hits and three walks while striking out 10.

      White Sox 3, Blue Jays 2

      CHICAGO -- Chicago closer David Robertson worked out of a bases-loaded jam with one out in the ninth inning for his 19th save of the season and Nate Jones pitched a scoreless inning of relief for the win.

      Jesse Chavez allowed a run in one inning to take the loss for the Blue Jays, who've dropped four of their past five games.

      Melky Cabrera went 3-for-4 with an RBI for the White Sox and was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle.A Brett Lawrie went 3-for-4 and Todd Frazier went 2-for-4 with an RBI single that scored the winning run.

      Mariners 4, Cardinals 3

      SEATTLE -- Former Cardinal Adam Lind hit a three-run, walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning as Seattle snapped its six-game losing streak.

      Lind homered off St. Louis closer Trevor Rosenthal, who suffered his third blown save in 17 chances this season, with no outs.

      Seattle third baseman Kyle Seager, whose eighth-inning error had allowed St. Louis to take a 3-1 lead, led off the bottom of the ninth with a double off the left-field wall. Dae-Ho Lee walked, setting the table for Lind to beat his former team with his 11th home run of the season, a no-doubt shot to right field.

      Athletics 7, Angels 4

      ANAHEIM, Calif. — Khris Davis hit a three-run home run in the eighth inning to snap a 4-4 tie and lift the Oakland over Los Angeles.

      The win moved the A's ahead of the Angels in the American League West, dropping the Angels into last place, 16 games behind first-place Texas.

      The A's offense, which has struggled most of the season, pounded out 14 hits, including three each from Stephen Vogt (homer, two singles) and Marcus Semien (double, two singles).

      Diamondbacks 10, Rockies 9

      DENVER -- Arizona blew a four-run lead but scored twice in the ninth inning to beat Colorado.

      Yasmany Tomas tied the game with a home run with one out in the ninth off Rockies closer Carlos Estevez. It was the second homer of the game and 12th of the season for Tomas.

      The Diamondbacks won it with two outs when Jean Segura doubled and scored on a Michael Bourn single. Estevez blew his third save in seven opportunities.

      Giants 5, Phillies 4

      SAN FRANCISCO -- Brandon Belt cleared the bases with a three-run double in a four-run seventh inning to rally San Francisco over Philadelphia.

      Jake Peavy limited the Phillies to two runs in seven innings for his second consecutive win as the Giants won for the 12th time in their last 13 games overall and 12th time in their last 14 home dates.

      The win was the Giants' 31st in their last 40 games, the club's best 40-game run since also going 31-9 from June 12-July 21, 1954.

  • MLB notebook: Nationals' Strasburg expects to start Sunday
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, June 24, 2016

    Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg expects to make his scheduled start on Sunday, he told reporters on Friday.

    • Strasburg missed Monday's start against the Los Angeles Dodgers due to an upper back strain. The right-hander said he was injured during a weight room workout.

      Strasburg said two ribs were out of alignment and later adjusted back into place.

      Strasburg threw a light bullpen session Friday and didn't have any setbacks, making it a near-certainty he will start the contest against the Milwaukee Brewers.

      The missed start on Monday prevented a marquee matchup between Strasburg and Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw. Strasburg is 10-0 with a 2.90 ERA in 14 starts this season.

      --The Boston Red Sox placed Chris Young on the disabled list one day after the outfielder strained his right hamstring.

      Young suffered the injury after hitting a single and making an aggressive turn around first base. He fell to the ground, was attended to by the training staff and had to be helped off the field.

      Boston recalled outfielder Bryce Brentz from Triple-A Pawtucket to fill the roster spot.

      Young is the third different Boston left fielder to get hurt this season. Brock Holt (concussion) and Blake Swihart (ankle) remain sidelined.

      --Baltimore Orioles left-handed pitcher Brian Duensing's had surgery to remove bone chips from his pitching elbow, and manager Buck Showalter said the operation went fine. Duensing goes to Sarasota, Fla., in the next day or two to begin rehab work, Showalter said.

      --The Tampa Bay Rays acquired outfielder Oswaldo Arcia from the Minnesota Twins in a deal that will send a player to be named later or cash considerations to Minnesota.

      The Twins had recently designated Arcia for assignment, but they found a trade partner in Tampa Bay.

      To make room on their roster, the Rays have designated right-hander Andrew Bellatti for assignment.

      --New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is expected to be activated by the Yankees Saturday after missing three weeks with a right knee injury. Teixeira appeared in three rehab games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre before having Friday off.

      New York pitcher CC Sabathia remains on track to make his next scheduled start Tuesday against Texas. Sabathia injured his ankle Wednesday.

      --Minnesota Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe missed Friday's game with a mild right groin strain, the game but thinks he will avoid the disabled list.

      Minnesota outfielder Miguel Sano (strained left hamstring) began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Rochester Friday.Twins manager Paul Molitor said Sano's rehab could be brief.

      Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo (back) and catcher Miguel Montero (knee) were again left out of the starting lineup Friday, but manager Joe Maddon said they're closer to returning.

      Cubs pitcher Joe Nathan, 41, reported to Double-A Tennessee to begin his rehab assignment. He has impressed Chicago with his recovery from a second elbow surgery.

      -- Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto returned to the lineup on Friday after missing three straight starts with a stomach virus. He struck out as a pinch hitter in the ninth inning Thursday night.

      --San Diego Padres center fielder Jon Jay was out of the lineup again Friday. He is day to day after being hit by a pitch on Sunday

  • Nationals RHP Strasburg expected to start Sunday
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, June 24, 2016

    Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg expects to make his scheduled start on Sunday, he told reporters on Friday.

    • Strasburg missed Monday's start against the Los Angeles Dodgers due to an upper back strain. The right-hander said he was injured during a weight room workout.

      Strasburg said two ribs were out of alignment and later adjusted back into place.

      Strasburg threw a light bullpen session Friday and didn't have any setbacks, making it a near-certainty he will start the contest against the Milwaukee Brewers.

      "I think that's the plan," Strasburg told reporters.

      The missed start on Monday prevented a marquee matchup between Strasburg and Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw. Strasburg is 10-0 with a 2.90 ERA in 14 starts this season.

  • Rays acquire OF Arcia from Twins
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, June 24, 2016

    The Tampa Bay Rays acquired outfielder Oswaldo Arcia from the Minnesota Twins on Friday in a deal that will send a player to be named later or cash considerations to Minnesota.

    • The Twins had recently designated Arcia for assignment, but they found a trade partner in Tampa Bay.

      To make room on their roster, the Rays have designated right-hander Andrew Bellatti for assignment.

      Arcia, 25, was once considered a top prospect, and he hit .231 with 20 homers as the Twins' regular right fielder in 2014. However, he played just 19 games with the Twins in 2015, hitting .276 with two homers, and was hitting .214 with four homers in 32 games this season.

  • Red Sox place OF Young on disabled list
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, June 24, 2016

    The Boston Red Sox placed Chris Young on the disabled list Friday, one day after the outfielder strained his right hamstring.

    • Young suffered the injury after hitting a single and making an aggressive turn around first base. He fell to the ground, was attended to by the training staff and had to be helped off the field.

      "From what you saw on the field, we're hopeful it's not as severe," manager John Farrell said after Thursday's game against the Chicago White Sox. "He felt a little popping sensation when he was rounding first base. This is significant enough that we can make the DL call right now."

      Boston recalled outfielder Bryce Brentz from Triple-A Pawtucket to fill the roster spot.

      Young is the third different Boston left fielder to get hurt this season. Brock Holt (concussion) and Blake Swihart (ankle) remain sidelined.

  • Ump exits after hit in head with bat
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, June 24, 2016

    Home-plate umpire Paul Emmel was struck in the head by the bat of Los Angeles Angels pinch hitter Jefry Marte during the ninth inning of the Oakland Athletics' 5-4 victory in Anaheim, Calif., on Thursday.

    • Marte lost control of his bat on the first pitch he saw from Oakland reliever Sean Doolittle, and it hit Emmel, who was bleeding profusely before both teams' trainers rushed out to treat him. Emmel walked off the field under his own power with the trainers.

      After a delay of several minutes, third base umpire Quinn Wolcott replaced Emmel. Marte popped out to second on the next pitch to end the game.

      Emmel went to the hospital to receive stitches.

  • MLB roundup: Tigers win wild one in 10th
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, June 23, 2016

    DETROIT -- Steve Cishek's wild pitch to Ian Kinsler with the bases loaded and two outs in the 10th inning scored pinch runner Cameron Maybin from third base to give the Detroit Tigers a 5-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Thursday and a sweep of their four-game series.

    • The first pitch to Kinsler from Cishek (2-4) was away and in the dirt, with Maybin scoring when the ball eluded catcher Chris Ianetta.

      Kyle Ryan (3-2) picked up his second win in as many games with one inning of scoreless relief.

      Nelson Cruz's second home run of the game and 18th of the season came off Bruce Rondon's first pitch in relief of Daniel Norris to open the sixth and tied the score 4-4.

      Red Sox 8, White Sox 7 (10)

      BOSTON -- Craig Kimbrel pitched out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the top of the 10th inning, and Xander Bogaerts singled home the winner in the bottom half as Boston averted a four-game sweep.

      The White Sox were gunning for their first four-game sweep at Fenway Park since 1927 and handed the game away both offensive and defensively.

      After Kimbrel (1-3) performed his magic act, striking out the last two hitters, Marco Hernandez led off the bottom of the 10th with a walk against Matt Purke (0-1) and was forced at second by Mookie Betts. Dustin Pedroia worked a walk, and Bogaerts ended the game by dropping his fourth career walk-off hit into short right-center field.

      Jose Abreu cracked a three-run homer to give the White Sox a 7-5 lead in the seventh, but the Red Sox scored runs in the seventh, eighth and 10th to escape.

      Athletics 5, Angels 4

      ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Anaheim's Tim Lincecum lasted only three innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and two walks, in Oakland's victory.

      Lincecum, who signed with the Angels on May 20 and made three minor league starts after recovering from hip surgery performed last September, beat the Athletics on June 18 with a solid performance over six innings, giving up one run and four hits.

      Oakland tagged him for six hits in the second inning alone Thursday, including a three-run homer by Marcus Semien that set the tone for the game.

      Khris Davis added a solo homer in the fifth inning for the Athletics, who got at least one hit from everybody in the starting lineup.

      Giants 5, Pirates 3

      PITTSBURGH -- Joe Panik had a bases-clearing triple in the third inning that propelled San Francisco over Pittsburgh at PNC Park.

      Mac Williamson also drove in a run in the third and another in the fifth with his second career home run.

      San Francisco took three of four in the series and has won 11 of their past 12 games.

      Phillies 7, Twins 3

      MINNEAPOLIS -- Freddy Galvis had a career-high five RBIs to lead Philadelphia over Minnesota at Target Field. The win snapped a nine-game losing streak for the Phillies, giving them their first win since June 13.

      Galvis knocked in a run on a safety squeeze in the second inning and an RBI triple in the sixth. He capped his day with a three-run homer off Kevin Jepsen in the eighth.

      Ryan Howard also homered and had his first two-hit day since the end of April. Cesar Hernandez contributed four hits and a walk and scored three times.

      Braves 4, Mets 3

      ATLANTA -- Adonis Garcia celebrated his return to the starting lineup with a game-winning, two-run homer in Atlanta's victory over New York.

      Garcia started for the first time since June 16, when he injured his left ankle against the Reds. After going hitless in his first three at-bats, he slammed a two-run homer, his fourth, against Addison Reed (1-2) in the eighth inning to put the Braves ahead for the first time.

      Jim Johnson (1-4) pitched a perfect eighth inning for the win. Arodys Vizcaino threw a scoreless ninth to earn his ninth save.

      Marlins 4, Cubs 2

      MIAMI -- Giancarlo Stanton homered and hit a go-ahead single in the eighth inning to lift Miami over suddenly slumping Chicago.

      The Cubs own the best record in baseball, but they have lost four games in a row, their longest skid of the season.

      Miami broke a 2-2 tie with two runs in the eighth. Christian Yelich walked, advanced on a wild pitch by reliever Pedro Strop (1-2) and scored on Stanton's two-out, opposite-field single to right. J.T. Realmuto doubled to drive in Stanton.

      Diamondbacks 7, Rockies 6

      DENVER -- Nick Ahmed's single with two outs in the ninth inning gave Arizona the victory over Colorado.

      The hit came off closer Carlos Estevez, who started the inning by striking out the first two batters he faced including Paul Goldschmidt on a 100 mph fastball. But Jake Lamb singled and Chris Herrmann lined a single off the glove of Estevez (1-4) to set the stage for Ahmed, who entered the game in the eighth.

      Ahmed was 7-for-31 with runners in scoring position and two outs when he grounded a first-pitch 99 mph fastball up the middle, scoring Lamb from second.

      Padres 7, Reds 4

      CINCINNATI -- Derek Norris hit a three-run home run and Matt Kemp added a solo shot, lifting San Diego to a victory over Cincinnati in the opener of a four-game series.

      The Padres trailed 4-3 in the seventh before Norris connected for his three-run shot off J.C. Ramirez (1-3). It was the 54th home run allowed by the Reds' bullpen this season.

      Melvin Upton Jr. went 2-for-4 and scored twice for San Diego. Adam Duvall had two hits, including a homer, for Cincinnati.