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  • MLB roundup: Scherzer sharp in Nationals' victory
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, August 25, 2016

    WASHINGTON -- Max Scherzer gave up two hits, no walks and no runs in eight innings and Jayson Werth had two key hits, including a tiebreaking solo homer in the fourth as the Washington Nationals beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-0 on Thursday to salvage the finale of the two-city, four-game series.

    • Scherzer (14-7), who lowered his ERA to 2.92, did not allow a run for the fifth time this season. Closer Mark Melancon pitched the ninth in a non-save situation and retired the side while allowing one hit.

      The hard-luck loser was Ubaldo Jimenz (5-11), who made the start after ace right-hander Chris Tillman went on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday. Jimenez gave up one run and five hits with four strikeouts and no walks in six innings before Logan Ondrusek took over in the seventh.

      First-place Washington (73-54) snapped a four-game slide and had dropped its last six games to Baltimore over the past two seasons, including four straight at Nationals Park.

      Angels 6, Blue Jays 3

      TORONTO -- Mike Trout had three hits and four RBIs as Los Angeles claimed the rubber match of the three-game series with Toronto.

      Jered Weaver (9-11) allowed two runs (one earned), five hits and three walks while striking out four in 5 2/3 innings to win for the first time since July 17. The right-hander improved to 11-2 in 14 career starts against the Blue Jays.

      Toronto starter J.A. Happ (17-4) took his first loss since June 6 to end a string of 11 straight winning decisions. Josh Donaldson homered for the Blue Jays, who remained in a tie for first place in the American League East with the Boston Red Sox.

      Rays 2, Red Sox 1

      ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Mikie Mahtook snapped an 0-for-34 slump with an RBI double in the seventh inning that lifted Tampa Bay to a four-game series split with Boston.

      Mahtook, whose batting average slumped to .130, was approaching Luke Scott's 0-for-41 mark as the worst slump in Rays' history. Tampa Bay starter Jake Odorizzi (9-5) improved to 6-0 since the All-Star break after allowing one run in seven innings.

      Rays reliever Enny Romero struck out pinch hitter David Ortiz for the final out.

      Tigers 8, Twins 5

      MINNEAPOLIS -- James McCann recorded his first career four-hit day as Detroit completed a three-game series sweep of Minnesota.

      McCann's afternoon capped a red-hot last month for the catcher, who entered the day hitting .212 on the season. In 21 games since July 25, McCann is hitting .313 with five homers and 19 RBIs.

      Victor Martinez had three hits and knocked in two runs and Daniel Norris (2-2) pitched 6 1/3 solid innings as the Tigers ran their overall winning streak to four games. Detroit improved to 10-2 against the Twins this season.

  • Mets rookie RHP Lugo exits with leg injury
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, August 25, 2016

    ST. LOUIS -- New York Mets starting pitcher Seth Lugo was forced out of Thursday night's game against the St. Louis Cardinals prior to the bottom of the sixth inning with an apparent leg injury.

    • While warming up for the inning, Lugo appeared to pull up short after a pitch and started stretching his leg. Manager Terry Collins and a trainer came out to examine Lugo at the behest of catcher Rene Rivera and the rookie right-hander was removed shortly thereafter.

      Lugo left with a 7-0 lead and was in line for his first career win. He allowed only two hits and three walks while striking out five.

      It was the third straight game in which the Mets had to remove a player due to injury.

      Starting pitcher Jonathon Niese left Tuesday's contest in the first inning with a knee injury and right fielder Jay Bruce departed in the second on Wednesday night with a right calf cramp.

  • Dodgers, Phillies swap veteran catchers Ellis, Ruiz
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, August 25, 2016

    LOS ANGELES -- In a move that shook up the Los Angeles Dodgers' clubhouse, popular backup A.J. Ellis was dealt to the Philadelphia Phillies for fellow catcher Carlos Ruiz on Thursday.

    • "Obviously, it was tough decision on a personal level," Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said. "We felt like from a baseball standpoint, Carlos fit our team extremely well. I could go on and on about A.J. and his attributes and what he brings to a team. And if Carlos didn't possess similar things, we wouldn't have made the move."

      Ellis was known as one of the leaders in the Dodgers' locker room despite limited playing time this year behind starter Yasmani Grandal. Ellis also is a close friend of Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw.

      "Shocked. Quiet," Ellis said of Kershaw's reaction upon hearing the news, according to MLB.com. Kershaw did not speak with the media about the trade. "The shock kind of hit us both simultaneously and we both cried."

      Ruiz, 37, helped lead the Phillies to a World Series title in 2008, when he hit .375 against the Tampa Bay Rays. Ruiz, an All-Star in 2012, had mixed emotions about the move.

      "I really love Philadelphia and all of the fans, my teammates, the front office, the organization, everybody," Ruiz told Philly.com. He is expected to join the Dodgers on Friday when they open a three-game set against the Chicago Cubs.

      "I know I'm going to miss them," Ruiz said. "I really appreciate everything we did together. On the other side, I am happy because I have a chance to go to the (postseason)."

      Ruiz is batting .261 with a .368 on-base percentage, a .352 slugging percentage, three homers and 12 RBIs in 48 games. Ruiz will work as the backup to Grandal in Los Angeles.

      In his 11-season career, all spent with the Phillies, Ruiz has a .266/.352/.393 hitting line with 68 homers and 401 RBIs in 1,069 games.

      Friedman said Ruiz's ability to hit left-handed pitching better than Ellis factored in the exchange. Ruiz has compiled an .830 OPS in 24 games this season against left-handers, while Ellis has a .616 OPS in 29 games against southpaws.

      "I think that's a big part of it, (Ruiz) against left-handed pitching," Friedman said. "With Carlos, we felt like we could get more offensive production out of that position."

      Ellis, who is batting .194 with one home run and 13 RBIs, heads to Philly along with minor league pitcher Tommy Bergjans and a player to be named later or cash considerations. Ellis played in 544 games for the Dodgers from 2008-16, becoming a full-time player in 2012 and posting his best season that year, hitting .270 with 13 homers and 52 RBIs.

      He hit .237 with 36 homers and 161 RBIs in his Dodger career. In the postseason, Ellis batted .365 in 17 games.

      Bergjans, an eighth-round draft pick in 2015, spent the year at Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, where he was 3-13 with 4.98 ERA in 24 games (21 starts).

  • MLB notebook: Bautista returns to Toronto lineup
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, August 25, 2016

    Jose Bautista returned to the Toronto Blue Jays' lineup for the first time since August 9 on Thursday for the series finale against the Los Angeles Angels.

    • Bautista strained his left knee making a throw from right field and also spent six weeks earlier this summer on the disabled list with a toe injury.

      Bautista was in the leadoff spot as the Blue Jays' designated hitter against Jered Weaver.

      He's batting .222 with 15 home runs and 48 RBIs in 80 games this season.

      The Blue Jays optioned Ryan Goins to Triple-A Dunedin.

      --The Seattle Mariners activated left-hander James Paxton from the 15-day disabled list and slated him to start Thursday's game against the Chicago White Sox.

      Paxton will be back in action for the first time since being drilled on the left elbow by a line drive off the bat of Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons on Aug. 7. He is 4-5 with a 3.53 ERA in 13 starts this season.

      Seattle also designated left-hander Wade LeBlanc for assignment. LeBlanc was 3-0 with a 4.50 ERA in 11 appearances (eight starts) for the Mariners.

      --The Washington Nationals acquired left-hander Marc Rzepczynski and cash from the Oakland Athletics for Max Schrock.

      A free agent at the end of the season, Rzepczynski posted a 3.00 ERA in 56 relief appearances for the A's in 2016. The 30-year-old struck out 37 batters in 36 innings and is holding right-handers to a .226 batting average this season; left-handers have an average of .296.

      Rzepczynski keeps the ball on the ground with a 70.5 percent ground-ball rate; only Orioles closer Zach Britton is better in all of baseball in 2016.

      Schrock, 21, is primarily a second baseman who played primarily in Class A. He was drafted in the 13th round in 2015 and was rated Washington's No. 17 prospect by MLBPipeline.com. Schrock had a batting average of .333 at two levels of Class A this season.

      --The Boston Red Sox placed rookie outfielder Andrew Benintendi on the 15-day disabled list due to a sprained left knee.

      Benintendi was injured during the seventh inning of Wednesday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays. He is slated to undergo an MRI exam to determine the severity.

      Benintendi is batting .324 in 68 at-bats since reaching the majors on Aug. 2. He has one homer and 10 RBIs in 21 games.

      Boston recalled infielder Marco Hernandez from Triple-A Pawtucket to fill the roster spot. Hernandez was batting .309 with five homers and 29 RBIs at Pawtucket.

      Hernandez has a .295 average in 44 at-bats with the Red Sox this season.

  • Blue Jays activate Bautista
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, August 25, 2016

    TORONTO -- Jose Bautista returned to the Toronto Blue Jays' lineup for the first time since August 9 on Thursday for the series finale against the Los Angeles Angels.

    • Bautista strained his left knee making a throw from right field and also spent six weeks earlier this summer on the disabled list with a toe injury.

      Bautista was in the leadoff spot as the Blue Jays' designated hitter against Jered Weaver.

      He's batting .222 with 15 home runs and 48 RBIs in 80 games this season.

      The Blue Jays optioned Ryan Goins to Triple-A Dunedin.

  • Knee injury lands Red Sox OF Benintendi on DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, August 25, 2016

    The Boston Red Sox placed rookie outfielder Andrew Benintendi on the 15-day disabled on Thursday due to a sprained left knee.

    • Benintendi was injured during the seventh inning of Wednesday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays. He is slated to undergo an MRI exam to determine the severity.

      Benintendi is batting .324 in 68 at-bats since reaching the majors on Aug. 2. He has one homer and 10 RBIs in 21 games.

      Boston recalled infielder Marco Hernandez from Triple-A Pawtucket to fill the roster spot. Hernandez was batting .309 with five homers and 29 RBIs at Pawtucket.

      Hernandez has a .295 average in 44 at-bats with the Red Sox this season.

  • Mariners activate Paxton to start vs. White Sox
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, August 25, 2016

    The Seattle Mariners activated left-hander James Paxton from the 15-day disabled list and slated him to start Thursday's game against the Chicago White Sox.

    • Paxton will be back in action for the first time since being drilled on the left elbow by a line drive off the bat of Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons on Aug. 7. He is 4-5 with a 3.53 ERA in 13 starts this season.

      Seattle also designated left-hander Wade LeBlanc for assignment. LeBlanc was 3-0 with a 4.50 ERA in 11 appearances (eight starts) for the Mariners.

  • Nationals acquire LHP Rzepczynski from A's
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, August 25, 2016

    The Washington Nationals acquired left-hander Marc Rzepczynski and cash from the Oakland Athletics for Max Schrock on Thursday.

    • A free agent at the end of the season, Rzepczynski posted a 3.00 ERA in 56 relief appearances for the A's in 2016. The 30-year-old struck out 37 batters in 36 innings and is holding right-handers to a .226 batting average this season; left-handers have an average of .296.

      Rzepczynski keeps the ball on the ground with a 70.5 percent ground-ball rate; only Orioles closer Zach Britton is better in all of baseball in 2016.

      Schrock, 21, is primarily a second baseman who played primarily in Class A. He was drafted in the 13th round in 2015 and was rated Washington's No. 17 prospect by MLBPipeline.com. Schrock had a batting average of .333 at two levels of Class A this season.

  • MLB roundup: Darvish homers; Rangers edge Reds
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, August 25, 2016

    CINCINNATI -- Yu Darvish hit his first career home run in a no-decision and Adrian Beltre drove in the eventual winning run with a double in the eighth inning, lifting the Texas Rangers to a 6-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night at Great American Ball Park.

    • The Rangers gained a split of the two-game interleague series and lead the Seattle Mariners by 6 1/2 games in the American League West.

      Jake Diekman (4-2) picked up the victory. Darvish didn't allow a hit until the fifth and wound up yielding five runs (three earned), four hits and five walks while striking out five, but Cincinnati rallied from a three-run deficit to hand Darvish a no-decision.

      Texas regained the lead in the eighth on Beltre's two-out RBI double off Blake Wood. It was career hit No. 2,900 for Beltre.

      With two outs in the fifth, Darvish crushed a pitch onto the grassy knoll in center for his third career hit. Ian Desmond followed with his 21st homer to give Texas a 5-2 lead.

      Dodgers 1, Giants 0

      LOS ANGELES -- Justin Turner's homer was the difference for Los Angeles.

      The win boosted LA's cushion in the National League West to three games over San Francisco, which lost its fourth in a row. The Dodgers won (71-55) their fourth straight.

      Pedro Baez, Adam Liberatore and Joe Blanton combined to blank the Giants for two innings. Kenley Jansen posted his 37th save by striking out two in a perfect ninth.

      Adrian Gonzalez went 1-for-3 and extended his hitting streak to 17 games, and Corey Seager had his end at 14 in a row with an 0-for-4 outing. Giants outfielder Angel Pagan went 0-for-3 with a walk, snapping his 19-game hitting streak.

      Marlins 3, Royals 0

      MIAMI -- Jose Fernandez improved his career home record to 27-2 and set a franchise record for strikeouts, leading Miami over red-hot Kansas City.

      The Royals had their nine-game win streak snapped.

      Fernandez (13-7) set his personal best with his 13th win. He also finished the game with 213 strikeouts this year, breaking the Marlins' previous season record of 209 set by Ryan Dempster in 2000.

      Fernandez went 2-for-2 as a hitter, raising his batting average to .286. His one-out single in the sixth inning started a three-run Miami rally. Dee Gordon and Martin Prado followed with singles, and Christian Yelich, up with the bases loaded, lined a two-run single to right. Marcell Ozuna capped the rally with a sacrifice fly.

      Orioles 10, Nationals 8

      WASHINGTON -- Manny Machado had four hits and four RBIs, Matt Wieters had two hits and four RBIs and Wade Miley picked up his first win in five starts with Baltimore.

      Machado drove in Hyun Soo Kim, who also had two hits, with a single and Jonathan Schoop had an RBI single in the eighth to give the Orioles a 7-3 lead. Wieters then hit a three-run homer to make it 10-3. That came after an RBI single by Washington's Daniel Murphy had trimmed the margin to 5-3 in the seventh.

      Murphy (three hits) hit a grand slam with one out in the ninth to pull the Nationals to 10-7. That brought on closer Zach Britton, who gave up an RBI double to Anthony Rendon to make it 10-8 before Ryan Zimmerman hit into a double play to end the game.

      Rays 4, Red Sox 3 (11)

      ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Boston dropped the ball on potential third outs twice on one play and Tampa Bay walked off with an 11-inning win as Kevin Kiermaier drove in Luke Maile.

      With two outs and two on in the 11th, Kiermaier hit a ground ball to first base, but the throw to reliever Heath Hembree went off his glove for a fielding error. The throw home was in time to get Maile at the plate, but catcher Sandy Leon didn't hold onto the ball and the winning run scored.

      Before Longoria's 30th home run, Boston's David Ortiz got his 30th, becoming the oldest player in baseball history to reach 30 in a season. Ortiz, 40, also got to 100 RBIs with the home run, giving him 10 seasons of 30-plus home runs and 100-plus RBIs, the most ever for a Red Sox player.

      Phillies 5, White Sox 3

      CHICAGO -- Jerad Eickhoff allowed a sixth-inning home run and little else to help lead Philadelphia over Chicago and a split in the two-game interleague series.

      Eickhoff (9-12) made it three straight wins while allowing two runs on four hits and striking out two in six innings.

      White Sox starter James Shields (5-16) suffered his fourth straight loss and seventh since July 10. He gave up two home runs, including Tommy Joseph's 17th of the season to open a 4-0 Phillies lead in the sixth.

      Tigers 9, Twins 4

      MINNEAPOLIS -- Miguel Cabrera homered and finished a triple short of the cycle as Detroit hammered Minnesota.

      Cabrera's solo home run in the first inning gave Detroit the lead and the Tigers never trailed, scoring five runs in the third and tacking on three in the eighth to put the game out of reach.

      Justin Upton also homered and now has four consecutive two-hit games after a 1-for-31 skid put him on the bench for a few games last week.

      Cardinals 8, Mets 1

      ST. LOUIS -- Carlos Martinez Martinez limited New York to four hits and a run in eight dominant innings and St. Louis pounded Jacob deGrom.

      Martinez (12-7) walked three and struck out five while inducing two more double play balls, giving him a National League-high 27 for the year. Meanwhile, deGrom (7-7), who allowed 13 hits and eight runs Thursday night at San Francisco, was ripped for 12 hits and five runs in 4 2/3 innings, walking two and fanning three.

      The Cardinals (67-58) tied a season high with 19 hits. Stephen Piscotty went 3-for-5 with three RBIs, and Yadier Molina also went 3-for-5, singling home the last run in the eighth to cap the onslaught.

      Brewers 7, Rockies 1

      MILWAUKEE -- Ryan Braun hit two home runs, Zach Davies struck out eight and Milwaukee finished a three-game sweep of Colorado at Miller Park.

      Davies (10-6) had lost two in a row coming into the game but scattered five hits and three walks in six innings. The only blemish on his line was a first-inning home run by Nolan Arenado, who moved into sole possession of first place on the National League leaderboard with 34 for the season -- one ahead of Chicago's Kris Bryant.

      Colorado starter Tyler Anderson (4-5) struck out 10 while allowing three hits and two walks in five innings.

      Astros 5, Pirates 4

      PITTSBURGH -- Evan Gattis belted a two-run homer and three others drove in a run as Houston built an early lead and held on for a victory over Pittsburgh at PNC Park.

      Houston claimed the rubber match of the interleague series and has won five of its past six games.

      Gregory Polanco drove in two runs and Jordy Mercer hit a homer for Pittsburgh, which has lost five of its past six.

      Cubs 6, Padres 3

      SAN DIEGO -- Kyle Hendricks tossed six strong innings and Ben Zobrist hit a two-run triple and scored two runs as the Cubs completed a three-game sweep.

      The Cubs outscored the Padres 16-7 in the three games and their pitchers held the San Diego hitters to 16 hits.

      Hendricks (12-7) allowed two runs and four hits and struck out eight in the win. Left-handed closer Aroldis Chapman picked up his second save in as many games, giving him nine with Chicago and 29 for the season.

      Athletics 5, Indians 1

      OAKLAND, Calif. -- Oakland's Kendall Graveman (10-8) took a shutout into the seventh inning and yielded just one run in 6 2/3 innings against first-place Cleveland.

      Khris Davis triggered a five-run second inning with a triple off Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer, helping the A's win a second straight game against an Indians team that was held to one run in each of the three games in the series.

      The only run Graveman allowed was a disputed solo home run by Roberto Perez with two outs in the seventh inning. The ball appeared to hit the top of the right-field fence and bounce back into play, but the umpires ruled it had cleared the wall and replay confirmed the call.

      All three Indians runs in the series came on homers.

      Yankees 5, Mariners 0

      SEATTLE - Red-hot rookie Gary Sanchez homered for the seventh time in eight games and Masahiro Tanaka outdueled former Japanese league teammate Hisashi Iwakuma to lift New York.

      Besides his first-inning homer, Sanchez doubled in the fifth and was walked intentionally in the seventh and ninth with runners aboard and first base open.

      Tanaka (11-4) allowed six hits in seven scoreless innings, striking out five and walking one to improve to 5-0 in five career starts against the Mariners.

      Iwakuma (14-9), who had won eight of his 10 previous starts, allowed three runs and six hits in six innings to lose consecutive decisions for the first time since April.

  • Marlins acquire Francoeur from Braves in 3-team trade
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, August 25, 2016

    MIAMI -- Upgrading the bench as they continue to push for a wild-card playoff berth, the Miami Marlins acquired outfielder Jeff Francoeur from the Atlanta Braves as part of a three-team trade Wednesday.

    • The Marlins sent minor league catcher Matt Foley to the Braves, who also got minor league infielder Dylan Moore from the Texas Rangers.

      The Braves sent cash and an international bonus-pool slot to Texas, which also acquired two international slots from the Marlins. According to the Dallas Morning News, the Rangers netted more than $860,000 in signing room.

      Atlanta is sending cash to Miami to cover a portion of Francoeur's salary, which is $1 million for the season.

      Francoeur, 32, has 160 major league homers and will be used in a reserve role. He is hitting .249 with a .290 on-base percentage, a .381 slugging percentage, seven homers and 33 RBIs through 99 games this year.

      "Once the (groin) injury to (right fielder Giancarlo Stanton) happened, we wanted to get a right-handed outfielder," Marlins general manager Michael Hill said. "He wanted someone who could give us punch against left-handed pitching.

      "As well as our team has played, we wanted to do anything we could to get us to where we want to be, which is October baseball."

      Francoeur broke into the majors in 2005 with the Braves, and he played for the New York Mets, Texas, the Kansas City Royals, San Francisco Giants, San Diego Padres and Philadelphia Phillies before rejoining Atlanta this season.

      Moore, 24, hit .263/.377/.440 with 14 homers and 59 RBIs in a combined 118 games for two Class A teams this season.

      Foley, 22, was batting .257/.386/.257 with no homers and three RBIs in 14 games in the low minors this year.

  • MLB roundup: Darvish homers; Rangers edge Reds
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, August 25, 2016

    CINCINNATI -- Yu Darvish hit his first career home run in a no-decision and Adrian Beltre drove in the eventual winning run with a double in the eighth inning, lifting the Texas Rangers to a 6-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night at Great American Ball Park.

    • The Rangers gained a split of the two-game interleague series and lead the Seattle Mariners by 6 1/2 games in the American League West.

      Jake Diekman (4-2) picked up the victory. Darvish didn't allow a hit until the fifth and wound up yielding five runs (three earned), four hits and five walks while striking out five, but Cincinnati rallied from a three-run deficit to hand Darvish a no-decision.

      Texas regained the lead in the eighth on Beltre's two-out RBI double off Blake Wood. It was career hit No. 2,900 for Beltre.

      With two outs in the fifth, Darvish crushed a pitch onto the grassy knoll in center for his third career hit. Ian Desmond followed with his 21st homer to give Texas a 5-2 lead.

      Dodgers 1, Giants 0

      LOS ANGELES -- Justin Turner's homer was the difference for Los Angeles.

      The win boosted LA's cushion in the National League West to three games over San Francisco, which lost its fourth in a row. The Dodgers won (71-55) their fourth straight.

      Pedro Baez, Adam Liberatore and Joe Blanton combined to blank the Giants for two innings. Kenley Jansen posted his 37th save by striking out two in a perfect ninth.

      Adrian Gonzalez went 1-for-3 and extended his hitting streak to 17 games, and Corey Seager had his end at 14 in a row with an 0-for-4 outing. Giants outfielder Angel Pagan went 0-for-3 with a walk, snapping his 19-game hitting streak.

      Marlins 3, Royals 0

      MIAMI -- Jose Fernandez improved his career home record to 27-2 and set a franchise record for strikeouts, leading Miami over red-hot Kansas City.

      The Royals had their nine-game win streak snapped.

      Fernandez (13-7) set his personal best with his 13th win. He also finished the game with 213 strikeouts this year, breaking the Marlins' previous season record of 209 set by Ryan Dempster in 2000.

      Fernandez went 2-for-2 as a hitter, raising his batting average to .286. His one-out single in the sixth inning started a three-run Miami rally. Dee Gordon and Martin Prado followed with singles, and Christian Yelich, up with the bases loaded, lined a two-run single to right. Marcell Ozuna capped the rally with a sacrifice fly.

      Orioles 10, Nationals 8

      WASHINGTON -- Manny Machado had four hits and four RBIs, Matt Wieters had two hits and four RBIs and Wade Miley picked up his first win in five starts with Baltimore.

      Machado drove in Hyun Soo Kim, who also had two hits, with a single and Jonathan Schoop had an RBI single in the eighth to give the Orioles a 7-3 lead. Wieters then hit a three-run homer to make it 10-3. That came after an RBI single by Washington's Daniel Murphy had trimmed the margin to 5-3 in the seventh.

      Murphy (three hits) hit a grand slam with one out in the ninth to pull the Nationals to 10-7. That brought on closer Zach Britton, who gave up an RBI double to Anthony Rendon to make it 10-8 before Ryan Zimmerman hit into a double play to end the game.

      Rays 4, Red Sox 3 (11)

      ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Boston dropped the ball on potential third outs twice on one play and Tampa Bay walked off with an 11-inning win as Kevin Kiermaier drove in Luke Maile.

      With two outs and two on in the 11th, Kiermaier hit a ground ball to first base, but the throw to reliever Heath Hembree went off his glove for a fielding error. The throw home was in time to get Maile at the plate, but catcher Sandy Leon didn't hold onto the ball and the winning run scored.

      Before Longoria's 30th home run, Boston's David Ortiz got his 30th, becoming the oldest player in baseball history to reach 30 in a season. Ortiz, 40, also got to 100 RBIs with the home run, giving him 10 seasons of 30-plus home runs and 100-plus RBIs, the most ever for a Red Sox player.

      Phillies 5, White Sox 3

      CHICAGO -- Jerad Eickhoff allowed a sixth-inning home run and little else to help lead Philadelphia over Chicago and a split in the two-game interleague series.

      Eickhoff (9-12) made it three straight wins while allowing two runs on four hits and striking out two in six innings.

      White Sox starter James Shields (5-16) suffered his fourth straight loss and seventh since July 10. He gave up two home runs, including Tommy Joseph's 17th of the season to open a 4-0 Phillies lead in the sixth.

      Tigers 9, Twins 4

      MINNEAPOLIS -- Miguel Cabrera homered and finished a triple short of the cycle as Detroit hammered Minnesota.

      Cabrera's solo home run in the first inning gave Detroit the lead and the Tigers never trailed, scoring five runs in the third and tacking on three in the eighth to put the game out of reach.

      Justin Upton also homered and now has four consecutive two-hit games after a 1-for-31 skid put him on the bench for a few games last week.

      Cardinals 8, Mets 1

      ST. LOUIS -- Carlos Martinez Martinez limited New York to four hits and a run in eight dominant innings and St. Louis pounded Jacob deGrom.

      Martinez (12-7) walked three and struck out five while inducing two more double play balls, giving him a National League-high 27 for the year. Meanwhile, deGrom (7-7), who allowed 13 hits and eight runs Thursday night at San Francisco, was ripped for 12 hits and five runs in 4 2/3 innings, walking two and fanning three.

      The Cardinals (67-58) tied a season high with 19 hits. Stephen Piscotty went 3-for-5 with three RBIs, and Yadier Molina also went 3-for-5, singling home the last run in the eighth to cap the onslaught.

      Brewers 7, Rockies 1

      MILWAUKEE -- Ryan Braun hit two home runs, Zach Davies struck out eight and Milwaukee finished a three-game sweep of Colorado at Miller Park.

      Davies (10-6) had lost two in a row coming into the game but scattered five hits and three walks in six innings. The only blemish on his line was a first-inning home run by Nolan Arenado, who moved into sole possession of first place on the National League leaderboard with 34 for the season -- one ahead of Chicago's Kris Bryant.

      Colorado starter Tyler Anderson (4-5) struck out 10 while allowing three hits and two walks in five innings.

      Astros 5, Pirates 4

      PITTSBURGH -- Evan Gattis belted a two-run homer and three others drove in a run as Houston built an early lead and held on for a victory over Pittsburgh at PNC Park.

      Houston claimed the rubber match of the interleague series and has won five of its past six games.

      Gregory Polanco drove in two runs and Jordy Mercer hit a homer for Pittsburgh, which has lost five of its past six.

      Cubs 6, Padres 3

      SAN DIEGO -- Kyle Hendricks tossed six strong innings and Ben Zobrist hit a two-run triple and scored two runs as the Cubs completed a three-game sweep.

      The Cubs outscored the Padres 16-7 in the three games and their pitchers held the San Diego hitters to 16 hits.

      Hendricks (12-7) allowed two runs and four hits and struck out eight in the win. Left-handed closer Aroldis Chapman picked up his second save in as many games, giving him nine with Chicago and 29 for the season.

      Athletics 5, Indians 1

      OAKLAND, Calif. -- Oakland's Kendall Graveman (10-8) took a shutout into the seventh inning and yielded just one run in 6 2/3 innings against first-place Cleveland.

      Khris Davis triggered a five-run second inning with a triple off Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer, helping the A's win a second straight game against an Indians team that was held to one run in each of the three games in the series.

      The only run Graveman allowed was a disputed solo home run by Roberto Perez with two outs in the seventh inning. The ball appeared to hit the top of the right-field fence and bounce back into play, but the umpires ruled it had cleared the wall and replay confirmed the call.

      All three Indians runs in the series came on homers.

      Yankees 5, Mariners 0

      SEATTLE - Red-hot rookie Gary Sanchez homered for the seventh time in eight games and Masahiro Tanaka outdueled former Japanese league teammate Hisashi Iwakuma to lift New York.

      Besides his first-inning homer, Sanchez doubled in the fifth and was walked intentionally in the seventh and ninth with runners aboard and first base open.

      Tanaka (11-4) allowed six hits in seven scoreless innings, striking out five and walking one to improve to 5-0 in five career starts against the Mariners.

      Iwakuma (14-9), who had won eight of his 10 previous starts, allowed three runs and six hits in six innings to lose consecutive decisions for the first time since April.

  • Mets' Bruce leaves game with calf cramp
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, August 24, 2016

    ST. LOUIS -- New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce left Wednesday night's game the St. Louis Cardinals in the second inning with a right calf cramp.

    • After blooping a double down the left-field line to start the inning, Bruce held at second as James Loney flied out to left field. Manager Terry Collins and a trainer popped out of the dugout before Asdrubal Cabrera's at-bat and removed Bruce.

      Alejandro De Aza pinch-ran for Bruce and scored on Cabrera's double to even the score at 1. De Aza stayed in the game to play center and Curtis Granderson moved to right.

      Bruce is batting .248 with 27 homers and 86 RBIs for the year. He was acquired on July 31 from the Cincinnati Reds to bolster New York's offense, but is only 13-of-77 since the trade.

  • MLB roundup: Darvish homers; Rangers pull out 6-5 win over Reds
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, August 24, 2016

    CINCINNATI -- Yu Darvish hit his first career home run in a no-decision and Adrian Beltre drove in the eventual winning run with a double in the eighth inning, lifting the Texas Rangers to a 6-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night at Great American Ball Park.

    • The Rangers gained a split of the two-game interleague series and lead the Seattle Mariners by 6 1/2 games in the American League West.

      Jake Diekman (4-2) picked up the victory. Darvish didn't allow a hit until the fifth and wound up yielding five runs (three earned), four hits and five walks while striking out five, but Cincinnati rallied from a three-run deficit to hand Darvish a no-decision.

      Texas regained the lead in the eighth on Beltre's two-out RBI double off Blake Wood. It was career hit No. 2,900 for Beltre.

      With two outs in the fifth, Darvish crushed a 1-2 pitch onto the grassy knoll in center for his third career hit. Ian Desmond followed with his 21st home run to give the Rangers a 5-2 lead.

      Marlins 3, Royals 0

      MIAMI -- Jose Fernandez improved his career home record to 27-2 and set a franchise record for strikeouts, leading Miami over red-hot Kansas City.

      The Royals had their nine-game win streak snapped.

      Fernandez (13-7) set his personal best with his 13th win. He also finished the game with 213 strikeouts this year, breaking the Marlins' previous season record of 209 set by Ryan Dempster in 2000.

      Fernandez went 2-for-2 as a hitter, raising his batting average to .286. His one-out single in the sixth inning started a three-run Miami rally. Dee Gordon and Martin Prado followed with singles, and Christian Yelich, up with the bases loaded, lined a two-run single to right. Marcell Ozuna capped the rally with a sacrifice fly.

      Brewers 7, Rockies 1

      MILWAUKEE -- Ryan Braun hit two home runs, Zach Davies struck out eight and Milwaukee finished a three-game sweep of Colorado at Miller Park.

      Davies (10-6) had lost two in a row coming into the game but scattered five hits and three walks in six innings. The only blemish on his line was a first-inning home run by Nolan Arenado, who moved into sole possession of first place on the National League leaderboard with 34 for the season -- one ahead of Chicago's Kris Bryant.

      Colorado starter Tyler Anderson (4-5) struck out 10 while allowing three hits and two walks in five innings.

      Astros 5, Pirates 4

      PITTSBURGH -- Evan Gattis belted a two-run homer and three others drove in a run as Houston built an early lead and held on for a victory over Pittsburgh at PNC Park.

      Houston claimed the rubber match of the interleague series and has won five of its past six games.

      Gregory Polanco drove in two runs and Jordy Mercer hit a homer for Pittsburgh, which has lost five of its past six.

      Cubs 6, Padres 3

      SAN DIEGO -- Kyle Hendricks tossed six strong innings and Ben Zobrist hit a two-run triple and scored two runs as the Cubs completed a three-game sweep.

      The Cubs outscored the Padres 16-7 in the three games and their pitchers held the San Diego hitters to 16 hits.

      Hendricks (12-7) allowed two runs and four hits and struck out eight in the win. Left-handed closer Aroldis Chapman picked up his second save in as many games, giving him nine with Chicago and 29 for the season.

      Athletics 5, Indians 1

      OAKLAND, Calif. -- Oakland's Kendall Graveman (10-8) took a shutout into the seventh inning and yielded just one run in 6 2/3 innings against first-place Cleveland.

      Khris Davis triggered a five-run second inning with a triple off Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer, helping the A's win a second straight game against an Indians team that was held to one run in each of the three games in the series.

      The only run Graveman allowed was a disputed solo home run by Roberto Perez with two outs in the seventh inning. The ball appeared to hit the top of the right-field fence and bounce back into play, but the umpires ruled it had cleared the wall and replay confirmed the call.

      All three Indians runs in the series came on homers.

      Yankees 5, Mariners 0

      SEATTLE - Red-hot rookie Gary Sanchez homered for the seventh time in eight games and Masahiro Tanaka outdueled former Japanese league teammate Hisashi Iwakuma to lift New York.

      Besides his first-inning homer, Sanchez doubled in the fifth and was walked intentionally in the seventh and ninth with runners aboard and first base open.

      Tanaka (11-4) allowed six hits in seven scoreless innings, striking out five and walking one to improve to 5-0 in five career starts against the Mariners.

      Iwakuma (14-9), who had won eight of his 10 previous starts, allowed three runs and six hits in six innings to lose consecutive decisions for the first time since April.

  • MLB notebook: Orioles ace Tillman headed to DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, August 24, 2016

    The Baltimore Orioles placed starting pitcher Chris Tillman on the disabled list Wednesday with right shoulder bursitis.

    • "We're trying to be safe, get this thing in the rear-view mirror," Tillman said. "That way I'm not fighting it all year."

      Tillman, 28, is 15-5 with a 3.76 ERA this year. His win total is tied for third most in the American League.

      Tillman has 15 quality starts, and leads the Orioles in quality-start rate and innings per start.

      -- Los Angeles Angels right-hander Huston Street underwent season-ending arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.

      A three-time All-Star, Street struggled to a 3-2 mark with a career-low nine saves and a 6.45 ERA during an injury-plagued season.

      Despite a tough year, the 33-year-old Street was able to keep a sense of humor judging by his response on Twitter shortly after surgery.

      "Just got out of surgery, still pretty loopy, but the doc said I should come back throwing 98, but it could have been 89," Street tweeted.

      -- The New York Mets placed left-hander Jonathon Niese on the disabled list with a left knee injury after his early exit Tuesday night.

      Niese was lifted against the St. Louis Cardinals only four batters into the bottom of the first inning due to left knee pain. He was placed on the DL shortly after the Mets' 7-4 win in St. Louis.

      The Mets announced that Niese had the ailment previously but did not feel anything wrong while warming up.

  • Four minor-league pitchers suspended for PED use
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, August 24, 2016

    Three minor-league pitchers within the Cincinnati Reds organization were suspended on Wednesday for violations of the league's drug prevention and treatment program.

    • Right-handers Israel Cuevas, Enyer Morales and Felix Jimenez each received a 72-game suspension after testing positive for Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance. Cuevas and Morales play for the rookie-level Dominican Summer League Reds while Jimenez is on the roster of the rookie-level DSL Reds2.

      Also on Wednesday, Atlanta Braves minor-leaguer pitcher Erick Abreu received a 72-game suspension for testing positive for Stanozolol. Abreu, an 18-year-old left-hander, has posted a 1-1 mark with a 5.52 ERA in 16 games with the rookie-level Dominican Summer League Braves.

      Cuevas, 22, owns a 1-2 record with four saves and a 4.18 ERA in 12 appearances this season.

      The 18-year-old Morales is 4-3 with a 4.14 ERA in 12 games in 2016.

      Jimenez, 20, posted a 1-4 mark with a 12.13 ERA in 18 appearances this season.

  • Orioles ace Tillman headed to DL with shoulder issue
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, August 24, 2016

    The Baltimore Orioles placed starting pitcher Chris Tillman on the disabled list Wednesday with right shoulder bursitis.

    • "We're trying to be safe, get this thing in the rear-view mirror," Tillman said. "That way I'm not fighting it all year."

      Tillman, 28, is 15-5 with a 3.76 ERA this year. His win total is tied for third most in the American League.

      Tillman has 15 quality starts, and leads the Orioles in quality-start rate and innings per start.

      However, he had a start pushed back three days last week because of right shoulder discomfort. According to Orioles manager Buck Showalter, Tillman did not have a good workout Tuesday, prompting the team to lean toward putting him on the disabled list.

      Pitching on eight days' rest Saturday against the Houston Astros, Tillman lasted only two-plus innings, giving up six runs on as many hits and five walks in a 12-2 loss. In his past five starts, Tillman is 1-3 with a 6.66 ERA.

      The only other Orioles pitcher with more than seven wins is reliever Mychal Givens, who is 8-1.

      Baltimore also recalled right-handed pitcher Mike Wright from Triple-A Norfolk.

      Wright, 26, is 3-4 with a 5.97 ERA in 14 games, including 12 starts, for the Orioles this season. He went 3-3 with a 3.17 ERA in 11 starts with the Tides in 2016.

  • Angels RHP Street undergoes season-ending knee surgery
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, August 24, 2016

    Los Angeles Angels right-hander Huston Street underwent season-ending arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Wednesday.

    • A three-time All-Star, Street struggled to a 3-2 mark with a career-low nine saves and a 6.45 ERA during an injury-plagued season.

      Despite a tough year, the 33-year-old Street was able to keep a sense of humor judging by his response on Twitter shortly after surgery.

      "Just got out of surgery, still pretty loopy, but the doc said I should come back throwing 98, but it could have been 89," Street tweeted.

      Fernando Salas is serving as the closer for the American League West cellar-dwelling Angels (52-73), who have lost 15 of 18 overall and 11 straight on the road.

  • Mets place LHP Niese on DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, August 24, 2016

    The New York Mets placed left-hander Jonathon Niese on the disabled list with a left knee injury after his early exit Tuesday night.

    • Niese was lifted against the St. Louis Cardinals only four batters into the bottom of the first inning due to left knee pain. He was placed on the DL shortly after the Mets' 7-4 win in St. Louis.

      The Mets announced that Niese had the ailment previously but did not feel anything wrong while warming up.

      Niese walked two batters, sandwiched around a lineout by Stephen Piscotty, before allowing an RBI single to Brandon Moss. Mets manager Terry Collins and a trainer came out to the mound, and Collins motioned to the bullpen.

      "He reached down to his knee after the second batter," Collins said of Niese. "Then when we went out there, he said it was killing him. I thought something was wrong when he walked the leadoff hitter."

      Niese was flying back to New York on Wednesday to be examined by team doctors to determine the exact nature of the injury.

      "It progressively got worse and worse," Niese said after Tuesday's game. "Every pitch, there was just a sharp, shooting pain down my leg.

      "Got to get it fixed. I can't keep going out there like that. There's a lot of pain, it's altering my mechanics, I'm not able to stay behind each pitch. Just not able to locate and I'm really not helping myself out or the team."

      Niese, 29, is 0-1 with an 11.45 ERA in six games (two starts) since the Mets re-acquired him in an Aug. 1 trade that sent left-hander Antonio Bastardo to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Overall this year, Niese is 8-7 with a 5.50 ERA in 29 games (20 starts).

      Right-hander Erik Goeddel was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas to fill the roster spot.

      Goeddel, 27, was 1-0 with a 4.18 ERA in 28 relief outings for New York earlier this season. In 21 appearances for Las Vegas, he went 1-1 with one save and a 4.94 ERA.

  • Brewers rally to beat Rockies
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, August 24, 2016

    MILWAUKEE -- Jon Gray struck out 10 batters and Nolan Arenado hit a three-run home run for Colorado, but the Rockies' bullpen allowed three runs in the seventh as the Milwaukee Brewers rallied for a 6-4 victory Tuesday night at Miller Park.

    • Trailing 4-2 heading into the seventh, Rockies pinch-hitter Orlando Arcia and Jonathan Villar hit back-to-back one-out doubles off Jake McGee and Boone Logan to make it a one-run game.

      Logan (2-3) struck out Scooter Gennett and intentionally walked Ryan Braun to put two runners on first and second before giving way to Carlos Estevez. Estevez got ahead 0-2 to Hernan Perez, who ripped the next offering down the line in right for a triple that scored the tying and go-ahead runs. That made a winner out of Brent Suter (1-1) for the first time in his career.

      A pinch-hit sacrifice fly from Domingo Santana provided some breathing room for relief pitcher Corey Knebel, who put two on with two outs in the ninth but got Nick Hundley to bounce into a game-ending force out at second for his first career save.

      Gray worked six innings and allowed only two runs on four hits while walking three. He also helped his own cause on offense, adding an insurance run with an RBI double in the sixth off Jhan Marinez.

      Arenado finished with three hits in four trips while Ryan Raburn added a pair of singles for the Rockies, who have dropped two in a row and three of their last four.

      Chase Anderson went five innings for Milwaukee, allowing three runs on six hits. He walked a pair and struck out seven in his first start since taking a line drive to the knee a week ago at Wrigley Field.

      An RBI single from Martin Maldonado and a wild pitch from Gray gave the Brewers a 2-0 lead in the second.

      Charlie Blackmon and David Dahl opened the third with back-to-back singles against Anderson, who saw the lead disappear one batter later when Arenado sent a first-pitch changeup to left for his 33rd home run of the season.

      Anderson retired the next three in order and stranded runners in each of the next two innings. He gave way to a pinch hitter in the bottom of the fifth.

      NOTES: 2B DJ LeMahieu was scratched from the Rockies' lineup with inflammation in his left wrist three hours before first pitch Tuesday. LeMahieu began the day second in the NL with a .344 average. ... The Rockies did get CF Charlie Blackmon back in the leadoff spot Tuesday after he missed four consecutive starts with a bruised big toe on his right foot. ... Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell gave rookie SS Orlando Arcia got the day off Tuesday following another hitless showing Monday night against the Rockies. In his past 10 games, the Brewers' top prospect is batting just .059 (2-for-34) with 11 strikeouts and three walks. ... Brewers RHP Junior Guerra (right elbow soreness), RHP Jacob Barnes (right elbow impingement) and INF Will Middlebrooks (lower right leg strain) all felt good after taking part in a simulated game Tuesday. They will begin minor league rehabilitation assignments later this week with the expectation of returning to Milwaukee in early September.

  • MLB roundup: Cubs' Arrieta posts 16th victory
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, August 24, 2016

    SAN DIEGO -- Jake Arrieta shut out the Padres on two hits over eight innings Tuesday and Kris Bryant and Addison Russell each hit their second homers in as many nights at Petco Park as the Cubs held on to defeat the Padres 5-3 before a crowd of 33,614 that was packed with Cubs partisans.

    • Arrieta took over the National League lead with his 16th win.

      The Padres' first hit was a clean single to right by left fielder Alex Dickerson leading off the second. Catcher Christian Bethancourt doubled with two out in the eighth after Arrieta had retired 10 straight Padres.

      Arrieta (16-5, 2.62 earned run average) had six strikeouts and issued three walks, although he faced only one batter over the minimum. The Cubs defense turned three inning-ending double plays and catcher Willson Contreras picked a runner of third.

      Pirates 7, Astros 1

      PITTSBURGH -- Ivan Nova pitched a six-hit complete game, and Gregory Polanco homered twice and drove in three runs to help Pittsburgh defeat Houston.

      After belting a home run to left field in the third inning, Polanco smashed his team-leading 19th off left-handed reliever Tony Sipp two innings later to give the Pirates a 6-0 lead through five. It marked the second time this season and in his career Polanco hit two home runs in a game. He also hit two and finished with three RBI against the St. Louis Cardinals on July 4.

      Nova (3-0) used 98 pitches to cruise through his fourth career complete game. He was only challenged by Marwin Gonzalez, who recorded three hits.

      Blue Jays 7, Angels 2

      TORONTO -- Russell Martin had three hits and two RBIs, Michael Saunders homered, R.A. Dickey pitched into the seventh inning as Toronto defeated Los Angeles.

      Saunders hit his 21st homer of the season in the eighth against A.J. Achter. Dickey (9-13) allowed six hits, two walks and two runs in 6 2/3 innings. The knuckleballer struck out two and allowed a home run in winning for the second time in his past seven starts.

      Nick Buss hit his first major league home run for the Angels. The left fielder also had an infield single and a stolen base.

      Reds 3, Rangers 0

      CINCINNATI -- Joey Votto continued his torrid pace, going 2-for-3 with two RBIs, and Dan Straily tossed six shutout innings to reach 10 wins on the season, lifting Cincinnati past Texas.

      Since the All-Star break, Votto is batting .455 with six homers and 32 RBIs.

      Straily (10-6) yielded three hits and two walks while striking out five. He outdueled Derek Holland (5-6), who gave up one run on four hits in six innings.

      Royals 1, Marlins 0

      MIAMI -- Lorenzo Cain's sixth-inning RBI single broke up a scoreless duel as Kansas City topped Miami to win its ninth game in a row.

      Paulo Orlando led off the sixth with a four-pitch walk. He stole second and scored when Cain drilled a 3-0 pitch to center.

      Yordano Ventura (9-9) tossed six shutout innings, and Kelvin Herrera earned his eighth save. Miami starter Andrew Cashner (4-10) limited the Royals to one run on four hits in six innings.

      Red Sox 2, Rays 1

      ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Mookie Betts' eighth-inning throw helped Boston beat Tampa Bay.

      The Rays had a shot at the setting up the tying run with one out when Kevin Kiermaier ripped a shot down the right field line. As he tried to turn a double into a triple, Betts threw a strike to third base, where Travis Shaw applied the tag on a head-first slide. Instead of the tying run at third base, the Rays had two outs and no rally.

      David Ortiz collected his 98th RBI with a third-inning single, and he scored in the inning on an error. Boston starter Clay Buchholz (5-9) threw 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball.

      Orioles 8, Nationals 1

      BALTIMORE -- Kevin Gausman threw six scoreless innings, Adam Jones tied a career high with four hits, and Baltimore topped Washington.

      Gausman (5-10) scattered six hits with two strikeouts and two walks to pick up his second consecutive win. Chris Davis hit his 30th home run for Baltimore, a solo shot in the ninth, and Matt Wieters contributed an RBI double and an RBI single.

      Washington shortstop Trea Turner had a career-high four hits, but he was called out twice attempting to steal second. Bryce Harper also had a pair of singles for the Nationals, who have lost three in a row.

      White Sox 9, Phillies 1

      CHICAGO -- Left-hander Carlos Rodon allowed just three hits over 6 2/3 shutout innings, and Jose Abreu and Justin Morneau each homered as Chicago beat Philadelphia to open a two-game interleague series.

      Rodon (4-8) picked up his second win in three starts while throwing 109 pitches, including 71 strikes. He walked one and struck out four.

      Rodon received ample offensive support as Chicago scored once in the first inning and added three runs apiece in the third and fifth, then two more in the sixth.

      Tigers 8, Twins 3

      MINNEAPOLIS -- Victor Martinez and Erick Aybar homered, and Anibal Sanchez pitched seven solid innings to lead Detroit to a win over Minnesota at Target Field.

      Both Martinez and Aybar went deep as part of a three-run seventh inning that helped put the game away for Detroit, which improved to 8-2 against Minnesota this season.

      The Twins got a home run from Brian Dozier, giving them a brief 3-2 lead in the fifth inning. However, in the next half-inning, the Tigers put together the first of two three-run rallies, scoring one on a wild pitch and two more on a single by Cameron Maybin.

      Mets 7, Cardinals 4

      ST. LOUIS -- Making an unexpected major league debut, Robert Gsellman picked up a win the New York Mets needed badly.

      Gsellman, relieving injured starter Jonathon Niese with one out in the first inning, worked 3 2/3 scoreless innings as New York stopped St. Louis at Busch Stadium in a matchup of National League wild-card hopefuls.

      Gsellman allowed two hits and three walks while striking out two. Five more relievers followed after that, with Jeurys Familia pitching the ninth for his 42nd save as the Mets (63-62) drew within 3 1/2 games of St. Louis for the NL's second wild-card spot.

      Brewers 6, Rockies 4

      MILWAUKEE -- Jon Gray struck out 10 batters and Nolan Arenado hit a three-run home run but the Colorado bullpen allowed three runs in the seventh as Milwaukee rallied for a victory at Miller Park.

      Trailing, 4-2, heading into the seventh, pinch-hitter Orlando Arcia and Jonathan Villar notched back-to-back one-out doubles off Jake McGee and Boone Logan to make it a one-run game.

      Logan (2-3) struck out Scooter Gennett and intentionally walked Braun before giving way to Carlos Estevez. Estevez got ahead, 0-2 to Hernan Perez, who ripped the next offering down the line in right to put the Brewers in front and make a winner out of Brent Suter (1-1) for the first time in his career.

      Yankees 5, Mariners 1

      SEATTLE -- CC Sabathia continued his mastery at Safeco Field, pitching seven strong innings to improve to 9-1 there as New York beat Seattle.

      Sabathia (8-10) allowed one run on three hits, with seven strikeouts, and now has a career ERA of 2.09 in 13 starts at Seattle. He retired the last nine batters he faced and didn't give up a hit after the fourth inning.

      New York center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning, while rookie third baseman Ronald Torreyes had three hits, an RBI and a run scored for the Yankees.

      Braves 7, Diamondbacks 4

      PHOENIX -- Matt Kemp hit an eighth-inning, bases-loaded double to drive in two runs, and a third run scored on an outfield error on the play, lifting Atlanta to a victory over Arizona at Chase Field.

      With Arizona in front 4-2, Dansby Swanson singled to open the eighth inning off Jake Barrett (1-2), and Ender Inciarte singled with one out. Freddie Freeman walked with two outs.

      Kemp followed with an opposite-field liner into the right field corner that Mitch Haniger bobbled at the fence as the bases cleared.

      Athletics 9, Indians 1

      OAKLAND, Calif. -- Danny Valencia returned to the starting lineup and collected two hits, and Khris Davis belted his 33rd home run, propelling Oakland to a victory over Cleveland.

      Left-hander Sean Manaea limited the American League Central leaders to one run and three hits over seven innings, helping the A's beat the Indians for the first time in five meetings this season.

      The loss was just Cleveland's seventh in its past 29 games against left-handed starters.

      Dodgers 9, Giants 5

      LOS ANGELES -- Andrew Toles and Rob Segedin homered for the second straight game, and Los Angeles defeated San Francisco before 46,899 at Dodger Stadium.

      Toles hit a two-run shot in the eighth off reliever Javier Lopez.

      Adrian Gonzalez had three RBIs and has hits in 16 consecutive games. Justin Turner and Corey Seager added three hits apiece. Seager scored three times for the Dodgers, who increased their lead in the National League West to two games over the Giants.

  • Orioles' Tillman likely headed to DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, August 24, 2016

    Baltimore Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman is likely headed to the disabled list due to right shoulder discomfort.

    • Tillman, tied for third in the American League with 15 wins, had a start pushed back three days last week because of right shoulder discomfort. According to Orioles manager Buck Showalter, Tillman did not have a good workout Tuesday, prompting the team to lean toward putting him on the DL.

      Pitching on eight days' rest Saturday against the Houston Astros, Tillman lasted only two-plus innings, giving up six runs on six hits and five walks in a 12-2 loss.

      For the season, the 28-year-old veteran is 15-5 with a 3.76 ERA. He went 8-0 with a 2.49 ERA in a stretch of 11 starts from April 21 to June 14, and he won each of his first five starts in July.

      In his past five starts, Tillman is 1-3 with a 6.66 ERA.

      The only other Orioles pitcher with more than seven wins is reliever Mychal Givens, who is 8-1.

  • Mets' Niese leaves with knee injury, heads to DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, August 23, 2016

    ST. LOUIS -- Mets starter Jonathon Niese was lifted from New York's game against the St. Louis Cardinals four batters into the bottom of the first inning Tuesday due to left knee pain.

    • The Mets later announced that Niese had the ailment previously but did not feel anything wrong while warming up. After the game, multiple media outlets reported that Niese is headed for the disabled list, with New York calling up reliever right-handed reliever Erik Goeddel from Triple-A Las Vegas to fill the roster spot.

      Niese walked two men, sandwiched around a lineout by Stephen Piscotty, before allowing an RBI single to Brandon Moss. Manager Terry Collins and a trainer came out to the mound, and Collins motioned to the bullpen.

      Rookie right-hander Robert Gsellman relieved, his first big league appearance. Gsellman gave up a run-scoring double to Yadier Molina on his first pitch and an RBI groundout to Jhonny Peralta before escaping the inning.

      Gsellman wound up throwing 3 2/3 scoreless innings, and he got the won as the Mets posted a 7-4 victory. He becomes a leading candidate to take Niese's spot in the rotation.

      Niese, 29, is 0-1 with an 11.45 ERA in six games (two starts) since the Mets re-acquired him in an Aug. 1 trade that sent left-hander Antonio Bastardo to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Overall this year, Niese is 8-7 with a 5.50 ERA in 29 games (20 starts).

      Goeddel, 27, was 1-0 with a 4.18 ERA in 28 relief outings for New York earlier this season. In 21 appearances for Las Vegas, he went 1-1 with one save and a 4.94 ERA.

  • Astros' Valbuena (hamstring) out for season
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, August 23, 2016

    Houston Astros third baseman Luis Valbuena will undergo surgery to repair a right hamstring tendon and will miss the remainder of the season, manager A.J. Hinch announced Tuesday.

    • Rookie Alex Bregman has overcome a sluggish start and stepped up in the absence of Valbuena, who was been sidelined since July 26.

      "(Valbuena) tried to play through it and see if he could rehab it," Hinch said. "Turns out he couldn't. Surgery is the next consideration, and he'll miss the remainder of the season."

      Valbuena batted .260 with 13 homers and 40 RBIs in 90 games this season. The 30-year-old Venezuelan has hit .232 with 83 homers and 269 RBIs in 798 career contests with the Seattle Mariners, the Cleveland Indians, the Chicago Cubs and the Astros.

      Bregman endured a rough start to his major league career before finding his rhythm at the plate. The 22-year-old rebounded from a 1-for-32 stretch in his first eight games to bat .312 with four home runs, 14 RBIs and 15 runs in his past 18 contests.

  • MLB notebook: Tebow workout to draw 20 teams
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, August 23, 2016

    Two-thirds of Major League Baseball's 30 teams will be represented at the workout of Tim Tebow on Aug. 30.

    • ESPN reported 20 teams are confirmed to attend when Tebow shows his baseball ability, a shift from the football career that gained the former Florida Gators Heisman Trophy winner notoriety.

      Tebow, a broadcaster for ESPN who played in the NFL with the Denver Broncos and New York Jets and was in training camp with the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles, focused his attention on baseball following a private workout for the Los Angeles Dodgers before the 2016 season began.

      Tebow, 29, could get a minor-league offer according to former Broncos teammate Eric Decker, now a receiver with the Jets.

      -- The Texas Rangers placed Josh Hamilton on unconditional release waivers in a move that allows the veteran outfielder a chance to begin the 2017 season with the club.

      Texas also activated Derek Holland from the 60-day disabled list and plans to start the left-hander in Tuesday's interleague game against the Cincinnati Reds. To make room for Holland, the Rangers recalled Shawn Tolleson from Round Rock and placed him on the 60-day disabled list and optioned fellow right-hander Nick Martinez to the Triple-A squad.

      By releasing the 35-year-old Hamilton prior to Sept. 1, the Rangers can re-sign him to a minor-league contract and elevate him to the majors prior to May 15.

      -- The Seattle Mariners recalled right-hander Taijuan Walker from Triple-A Tacoma to start against the New York Yankees.

      Right-hander Cody Martin was demoted to the Rainiers to make room for Walker, who has been plagued by foot issues for parts of the last two months.

      Walker posted a 4-7 mark with a 4.10 ERA in 17 starts with the Mariners before being sent to Tacoma. The 24-year-old prospered in his time with the Triple-A club, highlighted by scattering three hits over 6 1/3 shutout innings against Nashville on Thursday.

      -- The Yankees placed reliever Anthony Swarzak on the 15-day disabled list and recalled fellow right-hander Ben Heller from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

      Swarzak, who is nursing an inflamed right rotator cuff, has struggled mightily following the All-Star break. The 30-year-old has posted an 0-2 mark with a 6.06 ERA in 14 contests since the Midsummer Classic to see his season mark drop to 1-2 with a 5.90 ERA.

      Heller is expected to provide a boost out of the bullpen. The 25-year-old has played for three teams in the minors this season, going 0-1 with one save and a 1.42 ERA in six appearances with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

  • Rangers place OF Hamilton on unconditional waivers
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, August 23, 2016

    The Texas Rangers placed Josh Hamilton on unconditional release waivers Tuesday in a move that allows the veteran outfielder a chance to begin the 2017 season with the club.

    • Texas also activated Derek Holland from the 60-day disabled list and plans to start the left-hander in Tuesday's interleague game against the Cincinnati Reds. To make room for Holland, the Rangers recalled Shawn Tolleson from Round Rock and placed him on the 60-day disabled list and optioned fellow right-hander Nick Martinez to the Triple-A squad.

      By releasing the 35-year-old Hamilton prior to Sept. 1, the Rangers can re-sign him to a minor-league contract and elevate him to the majors prior to May 15.

      "We plan to monitor Josh's progress as he continues his rehab process and is medically cleared this winter," Texas general manager Jon Daniels said in a statement. "Given the rules in place, releasing him before the end of this month allows us to keep the door open to extending the relationship in the future."

      Hamilton underwent surgery to repair lateral and meniscus cartilage in his left knee in June. The surgery revealed that he also had an ACL injury, which required reconstruction.

      Holland has been sidelined for the last two months due to shoulder inflammation. The 29-year-old owns a 5-5 mark with a 5.20 ERA in 14 outings this season.