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  • Tuesday, April 28, 2015
    Cruz returns to Texas as majors' power leader
    By The Sports Xchange

    ARLINGTON, Texas -- Seattle Mariners right fielder Nelson Cruz returned to Texas on Monday for the first time as a division rival.

    • "It's still special," Cruz told reporters before Monday's game. "But last year was a bigger deal."

      Cruz made his first return to Arlington last season as a member of the Baltimore Orioles. After a solid season, the 34-year-old slugger signed a free agent contract with the Mariners, and he hasn't disappointed his new club.

      A major component to the Texas Rangers' 2010 and 2011 World Series appearances, Cruz leads the major leagues with nine home runs and 21 RBI through Seattle's first 19 games.

      Cruz, who is batting .307, knocked in a first-inning run to give the Mariners a 1-0 lead Monday in their 3-1 win over the Rangers. The result broke a tie with Texas and moved Seattle out of last place in the American League West.

      Cruz remains sure that he joined the right team to fulfill his goal of returning to the postseason.

      "No doubt, I think we have what it takes," Cruz said. "Pitching has to be what takes us to the next step. We pitched pretty good last year, and I think we're improving and taking small steps this year. We're on the right track."

  • Tuesday, April 28, 2015
    Axford replaces ailing Ottavino as Rockies' closer
    By The Sports Xchange

    PHOENIX -- After placing closer Adam Ottavino on the disabled list Monday, the Rockies turned to right-hander John Axford as their primary ninth-inning man, their third closer this season.

    • Early results were promising, as Axford pitched out of a first-and-third, two-out situation in the ninth inning Monday to preserve the Rockies' 5-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

      Ottavino is sidelined due to right triceps inflammation, and manager Walt Weiss said the Rockies will be proactive to keep the injury from getting worse.

      "He's been pitching around that triceps injury for the last three, four times out," Weiss said. "Just felt like a day here or two days there wasn't going to do the trick. So we want to let that thing calm down for the next couple of weeks. We think that is the best way to go."

      Ottavino was 3-for-3 in save conversions since taking the closer role after LaTroy Hawkins failed to seal a win April 13. Ottavino is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA this season, having allowed no runs on three hits in 10 appearances, with 13 strikeouts and two walks.

      The Rockies had an MRI exam performed on Ottavino on Monday but had not seen the results before the start of the game at Arizona. Weiss did not want to speculate on how long Ottavino would be out.

      "I don't know anything other than he had some soreness and a little bit of inflammation in there that we gave him treatment for," Weiss said.

      Axford, who signed a minor league contract with a spring training invitation this year, recorded 118 career saves in seven previous major league seasons. He had 46 saves with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2011 and 35 in 2012 before falling out of that role and into a setup situation in 2013. He had 10 saves with the Cleveland Indians last season before being replaced by Chad Allen and then going to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

      Right-hander Rafael Betancourt, who missed last season with an elbow injury, had 47 saves for the Rockies in 2012-13. He remains a member of the Colorado bullpen.

      "'Ax' would probably be the first guy in line, but there are going to be nights when he is not available," Weiss said.

  • Tuesday, April 28, 2015
    Another rocky outing for Giants righty Lincecum
    By The Sports Xchange

    LOS ANGELES -- Another rocky performance against the Los Angeles Dodgers by right-hander Tim Lincecum cost the San Francisco Giants.

    • Lincecum (1-2) lasted just four innings, giving up four runs on eight hits with three walks and two strikeouts as the Giants (8-12) lost for the second time in three games Monday night in a 8-3 defeat to the National League West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers. Lincecum, who was scheduled to pitch Sunday against the Colorado Rockies before the weather forced a postponement, had beaten the Dodgers (12-7) almost a week earlier, earning a 6-2 romp last Tuesday in San Francisco.

      This time, things didn't go as well.

      "He made mistakes early there in the count," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "They were aggressive out there. That big inning hurt him. He came back, bounced back well, had his best inning after that crooked number they put up on him, but they were aggressive on him. He left some pitches up there and they took advantage."

      It was the shortest stint this season for Lincecum. Still, Bochy didn't appear overly concerned.

      "More than anything, it's his command," Bochy said. "It was a little bit off. But give them a little credit, they made a little bit of an adjustment on him. That's the only difference. It's not so much stuff. I think his stuff has been pretty close when he's out there."

      Lincecum is 10-8 in 28 career games (26 starts) against the Dodgers. He has failed to complete five innings against them in three of his last four outings.

  • Tuesday, April 28, 2015
    Amarista proving to be the answer at shortstop for Padres
    By The Sports Xchange

    SAN DIEGO -- The smallest Padre is standing tall at shortstop.

    • Alexi Amarista, all 5-foot-6, of him, has helped answer a question that has followed this team: your shortstop, please?

      "We've seen him make all the plays a shortstop needs to make," Padres manager Bud Black said.

      The Padres were confident, based on Amarista's play last year in place of Everth Cabrera, that he could handle the load.

      They did acquire Clint Barmes in the offseason, but that was a move based more for depth.

      Amarista, through nearly a month of baseball, has shown the Padres what they anticipated.

      "We saw it last year," said Black, after Amarista appeared in a career-high 148 games last year and hit .239. "He has the ability to go to his left, go to the hole and he's really good at charging the ball."

      Amarista started his 16th game on Monday; Barmes has five starts.

      "With that position, you want steadiness, reliability," Black said. "Alexi has proven he's done his part defensively."

      At the plate, it hasn't been as easy, although he hit his first homer of the year on Sunday in a win over the Dodgers.

      But in a lineup that features outfielders Justin Upton, Wil Myers and Matt Kemp, that's not a big issue.

      Similar, in ways, to Amarista's height.

  • Tuesday, April 28, 2015
    Twins righty May likely to be ready for next start
    By The Sports Xchange

    MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Twins right-hander Trevor May was looking forward to his outing last Saturday when calamity nearly struck.

    • May was pitching against his hometown Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field for the first time in his career. With dozens of family and friends in attendance, the Longview, Wash., native had made it into the fourth inning when Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager lined a pitch off May's throwing elbow.

      May staggered, retrieved the ball and threw to first for the out before writhing in pain.

      "I freaked out a little bit," May said. "You don't want to get hit in your pitching arm ever, or anywhere. It stung pretty good and it was in a weird spot where a lot of stuff is connecting, some small bones that can really be nagging for a long time."

      Luckily for May and the Twins, the pain subsided rather quickly.

      May was removed from the game and the more pressing issue was reassuring his family, including his grandmother, who May said was watching him pitch for the first time in his life, that he was fine.

      "I had to get in (the clubhouse) and let them know that it was just a bruise and everything was fine," May said. "It's frustrating to come out with an injury in your hometown."

      By Monday, prior to Minnesota's 5-2 loss against the Detroit Tigers, May was playing long toss. On Tuesday, he'll resume his normal pre-start routine. Scheduled to pitch Thursday against the Chicago White Sox, May said he's feeling as though he'll be ready.

      "I don't think any definite decision has been made yet, but right now I feel good," May said.

      Twins manager Paul Molitor said the team dodged a bullet when tests following the game revealed no structural damage to the 25-year-old righty, viewed by the Twins as one of their better pitching prospects.

      "I've seen enough of those, but it's never a comfortable moment, particularly when you're talking about a young pitcher like that," Molitor said. "You're always concerned about potential fractures and long-term setbacks. We came out of that one pretty good considering the things that could have happened."

  • Tuesday, April 28, 2015
    Last-place Nats still searching for offense
    By The Sports Xchange

    ATLANTA -- Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams said there is sense of worry in the clubhouse about the team's poor offensive start.

    • The Nationals rank next-to-last in the major leagues with a .215 batting average and have struck out 166 times, behind only the Miami Marlins for the most in the National League.

      "For me, I have to be patient," Williams said.

      He pointed to first baseman Ryan Zimmerman, who is batting .205 with two homers, and left fielder Jayson Werth, who is hitting .156 with no home runs. Zimmerman was 1-for-5 on Monday and left four runners on base during Washington's 8-4 loss to the Atlanta Braves. Werth was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and left two runners on base.

      "You have to understand that Jayson is still in spring-training mode (after shoulder surgery in January)," Williams said. "And Zim missed most of last year and is still trying to find his rhythm."

      The Nationals also are hurt by the loss of sparkplug Anthony Rendon, the third baseman who is rehabbing a sprained left knee in Double-A.

      "They'll find it. It will come," Williams said. "It will, and when it does, we'll roll. It's all about weathering that storm."

      In the meantime, a sixth consecutive loss Monday left last-place Washington with a 7-13 record and a eight-game deficit behind the first-place New York Mets in the NL East.

  • Tuesday, April 28, 2015
    Kluber, Indians can't wait for end of April
    By The Sports Xchange

    CLEVELAND -- The Indians can't wait for the month of May. The month of April has been a nightmare. That nightmare continued Monday as the Indians lost to the Kansas City Royals 6-2. The loss dropped the Indians' record to 6-12, the worst in the American League.

    • The Indians have lost 11 of their last 15 games. They haven't won consecutive games since the second and third games of the season, when they beat Houston. The loss Monday to Kansas City was particularly frustrating because the Indians had more errors (3) than runs (2).

      "We're not scoring runs in bunches, so we need to pay attention to detail," said manager Terry Francona. "Until we get going, we can't sit around losing games until we get hot. We've got to win some games that are hard to win."

      The Indians have had such a dismal month of April that their Cy Young Award-winning pitcher made five starts and didn't win any of them. Corey Kluber will exit the month of April winless. In five starts in April, Kluber was 0-3 with a 4.24 ERA.

      Kluber also had a slow start last season. He was 18-9 last year, but in the month of April he was 2-3 with a 4.14 ERA. He is struggling again this April. "He's where he was last year at this time," said Francona. "He's trying to get on a roll."

      Kluber's last two starts, against division rivals the Royals and White Sox, have been particularly alarming. In those two starts, Kluber has a 7.20 ERA and opposing batters have hit .418 against him. In 12 1/3 innings, he has given up 10 runs on 23 hits.

  • Tuesday, April 28, 2015
    Marlins part ways with Saltalamacchia
    By The Sports Xchange

    MIAMI -- The Miami Marlins gave up on catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia on Monday, making him their $21 million mistake.

    • When the Marlins signed him to a three-year contract prior to the 2014 season, it was universally praised as a good move.

      He was coming off a season in which he hit a career-high 40 doubles and posted a career-best .804 on-base-plus-slugging percentage with the Boston Red Sox.

      Saltalamacchia was 28 years old -- a switch hitter with pop who belted 55 homers in his last three years with Boston.

      And he was coming home to South Florida, where he played his high school ball at West Palm Beach's Royal Palm Beach High.

      It seemed like a dream marriage -- but the honeymoon did not last long.

      The Marlins designated him for assignment Monday -- just nine games into his second season with the team.

      "Salty" just returned to the team after taking a paternity leave, and his 30th birthday is coming up Saturday. However, there is no time in big league baseball to be influenced by such personal milestones.

      This is business, and the Marlins, who will pay him every penny of the $14 million still left on his contract, prefer him off the team. They will, in essence, pay him not to play.

      Given that, it is fair to ask why the Marlins couldn't have kept him around as a backup catcher. Miami's usual backup catcher, Jeff Mathis, is out several weeks due to a broken hand. However, the Marlins likely were worried about Salty's attitude if relegated to backup duty.

      Team insiders say that getting rid of Salty is the right move because he was so awful -- just a .681 OPS last season and an abysmal .389 OPS this month.

      He struck out a career-high 143 times last season and hit just .220. This year, he was hitting .069 with 12 strikeouts in 29 at-bats.

      And as bad as he was offensively, he may have been even worse as a fielder, committing a career-high 15 errors last season while allowing six passed balls.

      Perhaps the Marlins in 2014 should have been more wary of signing a player whose offensive numbers were likely spiked by playing in a hitter's stadium such as Fenway Park.

      Regardless, what happens now is fairly clear:

      Rookie J.T. Realmuto, who is showing potential with his all-around game, especially his plus speed in relation to most catchers, is the starter going forward.

      Jhonatan Solano is the backup until Mathis returns.

      And Salty likely clears waivers until some team picks him up on the cheap -- the Marlins still would be responsible for his contract at that point. Bottom line: Saltalamacchia will get his money, and the Marlins will put their faith in Realmuto.

  • Tuesday, April 28, 2015
    Phils' Hamels: No comment on possible trade
    By The Sports Xchange

    ST. LOUIS -- Cole Hamels is the most marketable player on a Philadelphia Phillies team making a 162-game trip into 90-something loss mediocrity.

    • However, when asked after Monday night's 4-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals if he would like to be traded to a St. Louis team now in need of a No. 1 starter after Adam Wainwright's season-ending Achilles injury, Hamels pooh-poohed that notion quickly.

      "I don't think I'm going to address that," he said. "Sorry."

      Even so, the issue may get addressed -- and more than once -- prior to the July 31 trading deadline. A left-hander with Hamels' track record is a rare commodity, which might explain why a Boston Red Sox scout was in the press box to eyeball Monday's outing.

      After needing 62 pitches to make it through three innings, Hamels found a rhythm in the last four innings, allowing just a hit and an intentional walk in that span. And when Philadelphia experienced a rare spasm of offense, scoring three two-out runs in the top of the seventh, Hamels had his first win of the season.

      Hamels wound up allowing one run on four hits and four walks in seven innings, and he struck out nine.

      Will it be his only win in Busch Stadium this year? Hamels might not want to address it at this point, but one can't discount the chance he could ride the trade winds to the Midwest by July's end.

  • Tuesday, April 28, 2015
    Rays acquire Cedeno from Dodgers to bolster bullpen
    By The Sports Xchange

    NEW YORK -- Tampa Bay acquired left-handed reliever Xavier Cedeno from the Dodgers for cash on Monday. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Rays moved DH/outfielder John Jaso from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL.

    • Rays manager Kevin Cash said prior to the game against the Yankees that Cedeno won't join the Rays for a couple days, so they don't have to make room on the 25-man active roster until then.

      Cedeno, 28, has pitched in the majors over parts of the last five seasons with the Astros and Nationals. The Dodgers acquired him a few days ago from Washington.

      "We anticipate factoring him (Cedeno) in the next series," Cash said. He (Cedeno) hasn't thrown in a while and I'm sure he has to go through all the physicals and get checked out.

      "But another left-handed reliever will definitely be helpful."

      Everett Teaford is the lone lefty in Cash's bullpen.

      After the three-game series with the Yankees in New York, the Rays travel to Baltimore for a weekend series with the Orioles.

  • Tuesday, April 28, 2015
    Yankees 1B Teixeira off to strong start
    By The Sports Xchange

    NEW YORK -- April has not been kind for Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira during the first 12 years of his career. The switch-hitting Teixeira hit .236 with 36 home runs in those months.

    • This season, the average is still down (.242), but Teixeira has already slugged eight home runs and driven in 18 runs. For his efforts, Teixeira was named the American League Player of the Week on Monday.

      Teixeira went 8-for-24 with five home runs, 10 RBIs and six runs scored across a seven-game stretch to earn the award for the fifth time in his career.

      "There's been some games that he's single-handedly won for us," said Yankees manager Joe Girardi of his first baseman. "His average is starting to climb now as it's started to get a little bit warmer. His run production is so important to us, and I've been able to pencil him in there basically every day in the same spot and not move him around."

      Teixeira has also benefitted from the protection that Alex Rodriguez has provided hitting in front of him in the three spot in the order.

      "That certainly helps," said Girardi, "but the fact that he had a normal winter to recuperate from some nagging injuries I think is also a factor."

      Teixeira missed time in 2014 with injuries to his wrist and hamstring.

  • Tuesday, April 28, 2015
    Brewers' Braun sits out again
    By The Sports Xchange

    CINCINNATI -- Based solely on his career numbers against Cincinnati Reds starter Jason Marquis, right fielder Ryan Braun is among the least likely Milwaukee Brewers players to be out of the lineup for Monday's series opener at Great American Ball Park.

    • Braun is batting .536 against Marquis, going 15-for-28 with a home run. He went 2-for-3 against Marquis just last Tuesday at Miller Park. Also, Braun had a day off on Sunday.

      So, why was the five-time All-Star out of the lineup on Monday? Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said there is nothing wrong physically with Braun that would necessitate two days off.

      "He's fine physically. He's fine to play," said Roenicke.

      But, with just four wins in 19 games and Milwaukee coming off a 6-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday when several starters, including Braun, were rested, the Milwaukee skipper bucked convention.

      "We need to try to do something different," Roenicke said. "When guys are performing, you want to get them in there when they're hot."

      Braun is batting .230 with a homer and four RBIs in 17 games with paltry slugging (.279) and on-base (.279) percentages.

      Roenicke said Braun was a little banged up, necessitating the day off on Sunday. Roenicke added that he was fully aware of Braun's success against Marquis.

      "I did look at that. I liked what I saw yesterday. I liked (Gerardo) Parra, I liked (Logan) Shafer. I talked to Ryan about it earlier. With us winning yesterday, he was fine with it. Gives him a chance to get 100 percent."

      Parra started in right field and batted third on Monday. Schafer was in center, hitting second. It was the 19th different lineup in Milwaukee's first 20 games.

      "To just go status quo just isn't getting it done," said Roenicke, prior to the Brewers losing 9-6 to Cincinnati on Monday.

  • Tuesday, April 28, 2015
    Dodgers' Crawford leaves with side injury
    By The Sports Xchange

    LOS ANGELES -- Left fielder Carl Crawford left the Los Angeles Dodgers' game against the San Francisco Giants on Monday due to tightness in his right side.

    • Crawford, who led off the second inning with a triple but was stranded, left the contest in the third. He apparently was hurt while sliding into third on the three-bagger.

      The 33-year-old veteran is batting .245 with a .260 on-base percentage, a .408 slugging percentage, one homer and three RBIs in 15 games this season.

  • Tuesday, April 28, 2015
    Mariners 3, Rangers 1
    By The Sports Xchange

    ARLINGTON, Texas -- In his first three starts this season, young Seattle Mariners right hander Taijuan Walker racked up a 10.66 ERA. Against the Texas Rangers' light-hitting lineup Monday night, he delivered the kind of stuff that made him the club's top prospect just a couple years ago.

    • The 22-year-old mowed down the Rangers through seven innings and he outdueled his Texas counterpart Yovani Gallardo to earn his first victory of the season, 3-1, in front of a sparse crowd that waited out a 55-minute rain delay before the game could get started at Globe Life Park.

      The delay might have affected Gallardo (2-3), who surrendered a pair of runs in the top of the first while having to throw 34 of his 101 pitches.

      Former Rangers slugger Nelson Cruz, who signed a free-agent contract with Seattle after one season in Baltimore, got his new team off to the fast start with a sharp single to right for the first of two first-inning runs.

      Nelson's single was one of just three hits Gallardo allowed in his six innings of work, but he walked three, all of which led to Seattle's runs.

      The delay certainly didn't hurt the 6-foot-4 Walker (1-2), who was in total control, scattering six hits and striking out five, while walking one. The single run he allowed in the fourth inning was unearned. Walker dropped his ERA nearly full four points to 6.86.

      A trio of Seattle relievers -- Charlie Furbush, Carson Smith and Fernando Rodney with the save -- kept the Rangers' lineup, which couldn't get the ball out of the infield with runners in scoring position, from mounting a late-inning threat. Texas left eight men on base.

      The victory pushed the Mariners (8-11) out of a last-place tie with the Rangers (7-12) in the American League West.

      Mariners designated hitter Seth Smith made it 3-1 in the top of the fifth with a two-out single up the middle.

      Cruz put Seattle ahead 1-0 when he hit a Gallardo fastball for an opposite-field single with one out in the first to drive in center fielder Justin Ruggiano. Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus allowed the second run to score when his throw to first trying to complete a double play sailed wide.

      In the bottom of the fourth, Seattle shortstop Brad Miller returned the favor when his deep throw from the hole skipped past first baseman Willie Bloomquist. Texas designated hitter Prince Fielder came home to make 2-1.

      That gave struggling Rangers right fielder Shin-Shoo Choo a chance to do some damage with runners at second and third and two outs. However, Choo, batting .102 for the season when he came to the plate, bounced a routine hopper to second base to strand the runners.

      NOTES: The start of the game was delayed 55 minutes due to rain. ... The Rangers acquired OF Josh Hamilton from the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. As part of the transaction, Texas also will receive cash considerations from Los Angeles. Hamilton remains on the 15-day disabled list as he continues to rehab from right shoulder surgery performed Feb. 3. ... The Rangers recalled LHP Alex Claudio from Round Rock and optioned RHP Tanner Scheppers to the Triple-A club. ... The Mariners didn't arrive in Arlington, Texas, until 3:30 a.m. CT on Monday due to heavy thunderstorms in the Dallas area. The team was scheduled to arrive around midnight after flying from Seattle, but its plane had to be diverted to San Antonio, where the Mariners spent about two hours sitting on the runway. ... The Rangers also had travel issues, as they were diverted to Austin on their flight back from Anaheim, Calif.

  • Tuesday, April 28, 2015
    MLB roundup: Murphy's homer helps Mets win
    By The Sports Xchange

    MIAMI -- Second baseman Daniel Murphy hit a three-run homer in the top of the ninth inning, leading the red-hot Mets to a 3-1 win over the Miami Marlins on Monday night at Marlins Park.

    • The game was played quickly, in 1:58. It was the fastest game in the majors in three years, according to STATS LLC.

      New York got all its runs off of Marlins closer Steve Cishek (0-1). Center fielder Juan Lagares led off the ninth with a double on a fly that went over the head of Marlins center fielder Marcell Ozuna, who did not judge the ball properly.

      After first baseman Lucas Duda walked and left fielder Michael Cuddyer popped out, Murphy pulled a 1-1 pitch over the fence in right-center, putting the Mets up 3-1.

      Jeurys Familia record his major-league-leading ninth save. He has yet to blow a save this season, and he set a Mets record for most saves in April, breaking the mark previously shared by John Franco and Armando Benitez.

      Cubs 4, Pirates 0

      CHICAGO -- Right-hander Jason Hammel worked eight shutout innings while first baseman Anthony Rizzo went 2-for-3 with two RBIs to lead the Cubs to their third straight win while ending Pittsburgh's five game winning streak.

      Rookie second baseman Addison Russell was 1-for-3 and scored a run in his Wrigley Field debut. Rookie third baseman Kris Bryant went 2-for-4 with two RBIs while right fielder Jorge Soler and center fielder Dexter Fowler also had two hits apiece.

      Braves 8, Nationals 4

      ATLANTA -- Right fielder Kelly Johnson hit a homer and drove in three runs to help left-hander Eric Stults earn his first victory for the Braves.

      It was Atlanta's sixth straight loss.

      Johnson, who made the club in spring training as a minor league free agent, was 3-for-4 with his third homer. His two-run shot in the sixth inning sparked a three-run rally.

      Reds 9, Brewers 6

      CINCINNATI -- Jay Bruce hit a two-run home run, and right hander Jason Marquis pitched eight strong innings, as the Reds held on for the victory.

      Marquis (2-1) allowed two runs and seven hits over 113 pitches, helping Cincinnati (9-10) improve to 4-1 this season against Milwaukee.

      The Brewers (4-16) issued a season-high nine walks and uncorked four wild pitches while losing for the ninth time in 11 games.

      Yankees 4, Rays 1

      NEW YORK -- The Yankees moved into sole possession of first place in the American League East with their win. They are 9-2 in their last 11 games.

      The Yankees received a solo homer from catcher Brian McCann and a run-producing double from second baseman Stephen Drew, both in the sixth inning.

      Lefty Andrew Miller picked up his eighth save in as many chances.

      Red Sox 6, Blue Jays 5

      BOSTON -- The Red Sox opened a nine-game homestand against AL East opponents by rallying to defeat the Blue Jays with a run in the bottom of the ninth inning.

      Center fielder Mookie Betts lined a game-winning single off loser Miguel Castro in the ninth as the Red Sox (11-9) ended a two-game losing streak and handed Toronto (9-11) its fourth straight loss on its current 10-game trip.

      Boston third baseman Pablo Sandoval had a two-run single and a solo homer but left the game in the sixth inning with a sore neck suffered when he dove face-first catching a popped bunt.

      Phillies 4, Cardinals 1

      ST. LOUIS -- After announcing that Cardinals ace starter Adam Wainwright would miss the rest of the season with a torn Achilles, St. Louis couldn't solve Phillies ace Cole Hamels.

      Hamels (1-2) fanned a season-high nine over seven innings, allowing just four hits and a run while walking four, one intentionally. Relievers Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon picked up the last six outs, with Papelbon registering his fifth save.

      Philadelphia left fielder Ben Revere had a two-run double in the seventh inning.

      Royals 6, Indians 2

      CLEVELAND -- The Royals broke open a close game with a three-run seventh inning, and reigning American League Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber of Cleveland will go winless in the month of April.

      Royals left-hander Jason Vargas (2-1) gave up five walks in five innings but allowed only three hits to get the win.

      In 6 1/3 innings Kluber gave up six runs, including four earned, on 10 hits, with two strikeouts and five walks. In five starts in April, Kluber was 0-3 with a 4.24 ERA. Last year, Kluber was 2-3 with a 4.14 ERA in six April starts.

      Orioles-White Sox postponed

      BALTIMORE -- Major League Baseball commissioner Ron Manfred announced less than one hour before the scheduled first pitch that Monday's game between the Chicago White Sox and Baltimore Orioles was postponed due to violence in the streets of Baltimore.

      The Orioles called off the game in consultation with the Baltimore City Police Department, according to a release by the team. Manfred said it is possible the rest of the series could be played at another site, and he did not rule out Nationals Park in Washington.

      Mariners 3, Rangers 1

      ARLINGTON, Texas -- In his first three starts this season, Seattle right hander Taijuan Walker racked up a 10.66 ERA. Against Texas' light-hitting lineup, he delivered the kind of stuff that made him the club’s top prospect just a couple years ago.

      The 22-year-old mowed down the Rangers through seven innings and he outdueled his Texas counterpart Yovani Gallardo to earn his first victory of the season, in front of a sparse crowd that waited out a 55-minute rain delay before the game could get started at Globe Life Park.

      The delay might have affected Gallardo (2-3), who surrendered a pair of runs in the top of the first while having to throw 34 of his 101 pitches.

      Rockies 5, Diamondbacks 4

      PHOENIX -- Justin Morneau hit a three-run home run in the first inning, and Corey Dickerson added three hits and an RBI in Colorado's victory over Arizona at Chase Field.

      Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki doubled, walked and scored twice, and Tyler Matzek (2-0) remained undefeated despite leaving in the sixth inning due to a left hamstring cramp.

      Morneau and Charlie Blackmon had two hits for the Rockies, who earned their fourth win in five games.

      Tigers 5, Twins 4

      MINNEAPOLIS -- Detroit got three hits from Jose Iglesias and a quality start from left-hander David Price in a win against Minnesota at Target Field.

      Iglesias finished a double short of the cycle, hitting his first homer of the season to get the Tigers on the board in the first.

      Price got the win, improving to 2-1 on the season, allowing three earned runs on six hits and two walks over 6 1/3 innings of work. Both of Price’s wins this season have come against Minnesota.

      Dodgers 8, Giants 3

      LOS ANGELES -- Joc Pederson and pinch-hitter Justin Turner homered, and Los Angeles rolled to a victory over San Francisco before 46,704 at Dodger Stadium.

      Pederson went deep off reliever George Kontos in the sixth for his fifth home run this season. Turner added a three-run blast --- his first homer of the season --- in the eighth off Yusmeiro Petit for the final margin. Pederson also made a nifty grab of a drive to the wall in center by Giants center fielder Angel Pagan to double off Nori Aoki in the first inning.

      Dodgers reliever Carlos Frias (1-0) worked 1 1/3 innings, helping the National League West-leading Dodgers capture their eighth in a row at home.

      Astros 9, Padres 4

      SAN DIEGO -- Jed Lowrie, Jason Castro and Colby Rasmus hit home runs, and Houston defeated San Diego for its fourth consecutive win.

      The Astros broke a 4-4 tie with three runs in the eighth inning off reliever Joaquin Benoit (3-1), then added two more in the ninth on Rasmus' homer.

      George Springer scored the go-ahead run in the eighth when catcher Derek Norris' throw to third on Springer's steal attempt sailed into left field for an error.

  • Monday, April 27, 2015
    Rockies put closer Ottavino on DL
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Colorado Rockies placed right-handed closer Adam Ottavino on the 15-day disabled list with right triceps inflammation on Monday and recalled right-hander Jorge Rondon from Triple-A Albuquerque.

    • Ottavino said he felt soreness while pitching against the San Francisco Giants on Saturday. He was still in pain on Sunday and underwent an MRI on Monday.

      Ottavino has not allowed a run in 16 games, throwing 16 scoreless innings and giving up just six hits and two walks while striking out 17.

      This season, he had recorded three saves in 10 games, allowing three hits, one walk and no runs while striking out 13.

      "Hopefully we can nip this in the bud now early in the season," Ottavino told the Denver Post. "It's not easy to wait around. But facts are better than anything I can create in my mind."

      John Axford and Rafael Betancourt are the top options to fill in for Ottavino, manager Walt Weiss said.

      The Rockies also activated right-hander David Hale from the 15-day disabled list and optioned him to Albuquerque.

  • Monday, April 27, 2015
    Red Sox's Sandoval exits with sore neck
    By The Sports Xchange

    BOSTON -- Boston Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval left Monday night's game in the sixth inning with neck soreness that resulted when he earlier dived to field a popped bunt.

    • Sandoval, who hit a two-run single in the first inning, made the play in top of the fourth after a sacrifice attempt by Toronto Blue Jays left fielder Dalton Pompey. Sandoval seemed to be checking his mouth after the play but stayed in the game and then homered in the bottom of the inning -- his second home run in as many days, his first two with his new team.

      However, when the Red Sox took the field for the sixth inning, Brock Holt moved from right field to third base, one of three changes caused by Sandoval's departure.

  • Monday, April 27, 2015
    Dodgers' McCarthy out for season with torn UCL
    By The Sports Xchange

    LOS ANGELES -- Brandon McCarthy will miss the rest of the season after being diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament.

    • The Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander left in the sixth inning of Saturday's game against the San Diego Padres with what the team said was tightness in his elbow. However, manager Don Mattingly confirmed the season-ending injury Monday before the Dodgers faced the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium.

      "Obviously, not good news for us," Mattingly said.

      McCarthy is expected to undergo Tommy John surgery, and he said he hopes to return before the 2016 All-Star break.

      The Dodgers signed McCarthy to a four-year, $48 million deal during the offseason despite his history of shoulder injuries. McCarthy, 31, compiled a 3-0 record in four starts this season with a 5.87 ERA in 23 innings. He gave up nine home runs.

      McCarthy's loss puts a dent in the Dodgers' rotation -- at least temporarily -- with left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu, who has yet to pitch this season, sidelined indefinitely due to shoulder inflammation. The club placed McCarthy on the disabled list Sunday and selected the contract of right-hander Scott Baker from Triple-A Oklahoma City. Baker, who started Sunday and took the loss that day in a 3-1 setback to the Padres, is expected to remain in the rotation for the time being.

      Mattingly seemed blindsided by the McCarthy news, delivered to him earlier in the day by Dodgers trainer Stan Conte.

      "I really kind of expected him to go on the DL today," Mattingly said. "We thought more along the lines of tendinitis or something like that and that he would bounce back from this. (McCarthy) had talked about having something similar last year, and kind of pitched through it. I felt like that's what I was going to hear today. But, obviously, when I saw Stan's face, I could tell right away it wasn't good news."

      McCarthy began last season with the Arizona Diamondbacks, then was traded to the New York Yankees along with cash on July 6 in exchange for left-hander Vidal Nuno. Overall last year, he went 10-15 with a 4.05 ERA in 32 starts.

      In 10 major league seasons, including time with the Chicago White Sox, Texas Rangers, Oakland A's, Diamondbacks, Yankees and Dodgers, McCarthy has a 55-65 career record with a 4.13 ERA in 211 games (157 starts).

  • Monday, April 27, 2015
    MLB notebook: Rangers officially acquire Hamilton
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Los Angeles Angels completed their trade of outfielder Josh Hamilton to the Texas Rangers on Monday.

    • The Angels said they will receive a player to be named later or cash.

      Hamilton returns to Texas, where he played for five seasons before signing a five-year contract worth $125 million with the Angels in December 2012.

      The Rangers reportedly will pay no more than $15 million of the $83 million remaining on Hamilton's contract.

      At the insistence of the Major League Baseball Players Association, Hamilton's contract also would give him a chance to opt out after two years, the Dallas Morning News reported Saturday.

      Hamilton, recovering from shoulder surgery, is expected to go through extended spring training at the Rangers' facility in Surprise, Ariz. Then he would undertake a rehabilitation assignment at Triple-A Round Rock (Pacific Coast League) before joining the Rangers in June.

      -- The St. Louis Cardinals confirmed what had been suspected the past few days, that pitcher Adam Wainwright will miss the rest of the season due to a torn Achilles tendon in his left foot.

      Wainwright will undergo surgery on Thursday, and the team set a recovery time of nine to 12 months. The team is hopeful for his return.

      Wainwright suffered the injury on Saturday when he stumbled out of the batter's box after hitting a popup.

      -- Major League Baseball commissioner Ron Manfred announced less than one hour before the scheduled first pitch that Monday's game between the Chicago White Sox and Baltimore Orioles was postponed due to violence in the streets of Baltimore.

      Manfred said it is possible the rest of the series could be played at another site.

      --Miami Marlins manager Mike Redmond was sitting on the proverbial hot seat last week as rumors of his imminent firing were circulating.

      A five-game win streak and a week later, Redmond received a vote of confidence from team owner Jeffrey Loria.

      Speaking to CBSSports.com after the Marlins defeated the Washington Nationals on Sunday, Loria said, "(Redmond is) the manager. Period. All teams go through bad moments. Ours came early."

      --Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander has not thrown a pitch since March 27, when he left a spring training start with a triceps strain.

      One month later, there is still no timetable for Verlander to return. He currently is on the disabled list for the first time in his career.

      About 10 days ago, Verlander cut short a bullpen session because of what was described as "fatigue."

      The 32-year-old "won't throw until he's not only pain-free, but free of soreness."

      --Two-time All-Star relief pitcher Chris Perez opted out of his minor league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers.

      The 29-year-old right-hander struggled in six appearances with Triple-A Colorado Springs. In less than eight innings of work, Perez allowed 18 runners and compiled a 9.39 ERA.

      Perez is now free to sign with any team.

      --Cincinnati Reds right-hander Homer Bailey is headed back to the disabled list.

      After making it through a six-month rehabilitation process without a setback following season-ending surgery last September to repair a torn flexor tendon in his right forearm, the 28-year-old is back on the shelf, retroactive to Friday, with a sprained right elbow ligament.

      In a corresponding move, right-hander Carlos Contreras was recalled from Triple-A Louisville.

      -- The Miami Marlins designated for assignment catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

      In the second year of a three-year, $21 million contract, Saltalamacchia had been a major disappointment. He was hitting .069 with one homer and one RBI in 32 at-bats this season and had hit .209 since signing his deal.

      He recently had been replaced in the lineup by rookie J.T. Realmuto.

  • Monday, April 27, 2015
    Reds RHP Bailey back on DL
    By The Sports Xchange

    CINCINNATI -- Homer Bailey is back on the disabled list.

    • After the Cincinnati Reds right-hander made it through a six-month rehabilitation process without a setback following season-ending surgery last September to repair a torn flexor tendon in his right forearm, the 28-year old is back on the shelf.

      On Monday, the Reds placed Bailey on the 15-day DL -- retroactive to April 24 -- due to a right elbow ligament sprain. In a corresponding move, right-hander Carlos Contreras was recalled from Triple-A Louisville.

      "It's unbelievably unfortunate for Homer, and for us as a ballclub," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "How we deal with it is something that will evolve over the next couple of days. There are options."

      Bailey went 0-1 with a 5.56 ERA in two starts since returning to the rotation in mid-April. He wasn't sharp, allowing seven earned runs, including three homers, in 11 1/3 innings while walking four and striking out three.

      After Saturday's game against the Cubs was postponed due to rain, the Reds adjusted their rotation, pushing Bailey's next scheduled start to Thursday at Atlanta. Price said the rainout provided an opportunity to give Bailey an extra day of rest.

      "We just wanted to give him a couple days," Price. "He just had typical stiffness, consistent with a guy who's coming off surgery or a guy who's perfectly healthy. We didn't anticipate anything that would lead to problems that would shut him down."

      Injuries have plagued Bailey throughout his career.

      The La Grange, Texas, native has been on the DL five times in his career, including 2014, when his season ended with surgery on Sept. 5. He also landed on the DL twice in the minor leagues.

      Bailey is 58-51 with a 4.19 ERA in 168 career starts, including a pair of no-hitters.

      Bailey was selected by Cincinnati in the first round (seventh overall) of the 2004 draft. He signed a six-year, $105 million contract in February 2014.

  • Monday, April 27, 2015
    Orioles game postponed due to Baltimore violence
    By The Sports Xchange

    BALTIMORE -- Major League Baseball commissioner Ron Manfred announced less than one hour before the scheduled first pitch that Monday's game between the Chicago White Sox and Baltimore Orioles was postponed due to violence in the streets of Baltimore.

    • Manfred said it is possible the rest of the series could be played at another site. Manfred previously was scheduled to be at Monday's game to talk to both teams. He is touring various parks in his first year as commissioner.

      During batting practice, CNN broadcast shots of youths throwing objects at Baltimore police about 3.6 miles northwest of Camden Yards in another day of protests in the death of Freddie Gray, who died while in City of Baltimore police custody on April 19.

      The funeral for Gray, 25, was held Monday morning at a church in Baltimore.

      "They are all aware of what is going on," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said, referring to his players.

      At about 5:15 p.m. Eastern time, White Sox manager Robin Ventura was asked whether the discussion with Manfred included the possibility of postponing Monday's game.

      "That was not brought up," Ventura said.

      But less than one hour later, the game was postponed.

  • Monday, April 27, 2015
    Cardinals confirm Wainwright is out for season
    By The Sports Xchange

    The St. Louis Cardinals confirmed on Monday what had been suspected the past few days, that pitcher Adam Wainwright will miss the rest of the season due to a torn Achilles tendon in his left foot.

    • Wainwright will undergo surgery on Thursday, and the team set a recovery time of nine to 12 months. The team is hopeful for his return, but the prognosis suggests he might not be ready for the start of the 2016 season.

      Wainwright suffered the injury on Saturday when he stumbled out of the batter's box after hitting a popup.

      "My foot just shut down on me," Wainwright said after the game.

      Wainwright was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday and underwent an MRI on Monday in St. Louis.

      Wainwright's season ends with a 2-1 record and a 1.44 ERA. Last season, Wainwright was 20-9 with a 2.38 ERA. He finished second in the Cy Young Award voting in 2013 and third in 2014.

      It is unclear who will fill Wainwright's spot in the rotation.

      General manager John Mozeliak told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that either Tyler Lyons or Tim Cooney, both pitching for the Cardinal's Triple-A team in Memphis, will start Thursday in place of Wainwright.

  • Monday, April 27, 2015
    Saltalamacchia designated for assignment by Marlins
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Miami Marlins designated for assignment catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia on Monday.

    • In the second year of a three-year, $21 million contract, Saltalamacchia had been a major disappointment. He was hitting .069 with one homer and one RBI in 32 at-bats this season and had hit .209 since signing his deal.

      He recently had been replaced in the lineup by rookie J.T. Realmuto.

      Saltalamacchia went on paternity leave Friday, and the Marlins had called up catcher Jhonatan Solano from Triple-A New Orleans.

      Saltalamacchia, 30, is owed $7 million this season and $8 million next season.

  • Monday, April 27, 2015
    Angels send OF Hamilton back to Rangers
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Los Angeles Angels completed their trade of outfielder Josh Hamilton to the Texas Rangers on Monday.

    • The Angels said they will receive a player to be named later or cash.

      Hamilton returns to Texas, where he played for five seasons before signing a five-year contract worth $125 million with the Angels in December 2012.

      The Rangers reportedly will pay no more than $15 million of the $83 million remaining on Hamilton's contract.

      At the insistence of the Major League Baseball Players Association, Hamilton's contract also would give him a chance to opt out after two years, the Dallas Morning News reported Saturday.

      Hamilton, recovering from shoulder surgery, is expected to go through extended spring training at the Rangers' facility in Surprise, Ariz. Then he would undertake a rehabilitation assignment at Triple-A Round Rock (Pacific Coast League) before joining the Rangers in June.

      Hamilton, who in February admitted to relapsing and abusing drugs and alcohol, began this season on the disabled list after he underwent right shoulder surgery on Feb. 4.

      Hamilton, 33, has been rehabbing the shoulder in the Houston area for the past two months, while also dealing with the issue of his self-reported drug and alcohol-related relapse.

      After an arbiter ruled that Hamilton should not be suspended by Major League Baseball for violating his treatment program, Angels owner Arte Moreno said he wouldn't guarantee Hamilton would ever play again for the Angels.

      Since signing with the Angels in December 2012, Hamilton has struggled with injuries and production. Last season, he was limited to 89 games and batted .263 with a .331 on-base percentage, a .414 slugging percentage, 10 home runs and 44 RBIs. He has totaled 31 homers and 123 RBIs in the last two seasons.

      During his five seasons with the Rangers, Hamilton made the American League's All-Star team every year. He also helped Texas reach the 2010 and 2011 World Series, and received the American League's Most Valuable Player award in 2010.

  • Monday, April 27, 2015
    Perez opts out of minor league deal with Brewers
    By The Sports Xchange

    Two-time All-Star relief pitcher Chris Perez opted out of his minor league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday.

    • The 29-year-old right-hander struggled in six appearances with Triple-A Colorado Springs. In less than eight innings of work, Perez allowed 18 runners and compiled a 9.39 ERA.

      Perez is now free to sign with any team.

      Last season, he appeared in 49 games for the Los Angeles Dodgers and posted a 4.27 ERA.

      He previously saved 123 games with the Cleveland Indians and was named to two All-Star teams.