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  • Red Sox 2B Pedroia (knee, ankle) out of lineup again
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, April 23, 2017

    BALTIMORE -- Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia (knee, ankle) was out of the lineup for the second consecutive game against the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday.

    • He is expected to undergo an MRI exam on Monday in Boston.

      Pedroia was forced to leave Friday's game in the eighth inning against the Orioles when he was spiked in the left calf by Manny Machado. Pedroia still has swelling in both the knee and ankle.

      "There was legitimate concern the moment it took place," manager John Farrell said prior to Sunday's game. "The fact that he still has the symptoms he does, we're going to rule everything out. HIs importance to us speaks for itself. With any of our players you get into a situation like this you give it 24-to-48-hour period to see how it responds. At this point it warrants a further look."

      Also, Red Sox right-hander Matt Barnes was ejected Sunday after hitting Manny Machado with a pitch in the eighth inning. Machado had injured Pedroia with a hard slide Friday.

  • Tigers OF Jones placed on DL with a lip laceration
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, April 23, 2017

    MINNEAPOLIS -- Detroit Tigers outfielder JaCoby Jones was placed on the disabled list with a left lip laceration after being hit in the face by a pitch from Minnesota Twins reliever Justin Haley during Saturday's game.

    • Jones suffered a split lip that needed nine stitches, but he avoided any further damage. Jones left the game with his mouth bleeding. He was taken to a hospital and underwent a CT scan.

      "Everything feels normal," Jones told the Detroit News. "My teeth are sore. Other than that, it just feels like I got punched in the face."

      The Tigers selected the contract of outfielder Jim Adduci from Triple-A Toledo prior to Sunday's finale in Minnesota. Adduci, 31, was signed by the team in the offseason after playing in Korea. He was hitting .349 for Toledo with a home run and three RBIs.

      Adduci, who last played in the majors in 2014 with Texas, was in the lineup Sunday in right field.

      Jones took a 90-mph fastball to the side of his face and then he ran down the third-base line, gesturing immediately to the dugout. Jones stopped around the third base coach's box and went down to his knees before trainers brought towels to put on his face.

      "It was nasty," Detroit manager Brad Ausmus said after Saturday's game. "I don't get squeamish very much. That made me a little squeamish. It wasn't even blood. It was probably a half-inch long cut and you could see the meat inside. ... I don't even know. It might have been split all the way through. That's how deep it was."

      Jones was 0-for-1 on Saturday and is hitting .150 with one homer and four RBIs in 16 games.

      The Tigers are also without first baseman Miguel Cabrera, shortstop Jose Iglesias and outfielder J.D. Martinez. Cabrera was placed on the disabled list Saturday with a right groin strain. Iglesias went on the seven-day concussion disabled list on Friday. Martinez has been out all season with a foot injury.

  • Salazar aims to continue Indians' dominance of White Sox
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, April 23, 2017

    CHICAGO -- After losing four of five games, the Cleveland Indians have found their groove.

    • The reigning American League champions look to extend their winning streak to six games as they conclude their three-game series against the Chicago White Sox on Sunday afternoon at Guaranteed Rate Field.

      Indians starter Danny Salazar (1-1, 3.57 ERA) will take the mound after having possibly his best start of the season his last time out.

      The right-hander allowed a run and two walks, scattered seven hits and struck out seven in a 3-1 victory against the Minnesota Twins. His 27 strikeouts are tied for fifth in the AL, and his 13.75 strikeouts per nine innings paces the majors.

      "We've all seen when he's got it going, he can really do some damage out there," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "I think he's learning that maybe when he doesn't have his best stuff, you gotta go compete and find a way to keep your team in a game."

      Salazar struck out 11 and held the White Sox to two runs in six innings in a 2-1 loss to Chicago on April 12. In 10 career starts against the White Sox, he is 5-3 with a 3.65 ERA.

      Salazar will try to continue the Indians starting pitching dominance

      over Chicago. After Corey Kluber limited the White Sox to three hits in a complete-game shutout Friday, Carlos Carrasco gave up three hits in eight scoreless innings in Saturday's 7-0 victory.

      "When you can start getting into the season where guys have repetition, you can let them play or pitch and not worry about pitch counts and things like that, it's nice," Francona said. "When you pitch, it makes the rest of your ballclub look pretty crisp. You catch the ball, the runs you score are meaningful, it's a good way to play."

      The White Sox (7-9) haven't scored for 23 consecutive innings.

      "We want to make sure that we give ourselves a chance by staying and trusting with the approaches we take into the at-bats," manager Rick Renteria said. "Try not to focus too much in the results and stay focused on the approaches.

      "It's a great learning lesson for all of us as a club, every single player, from one through nine, to the guys on the bench, see how they're going after us," he added. "We just have to make some adjustments."

      Left-hander Derek Holland (1-2, 2.16) will make the start for Chicago after a rough outing in his last start. He allowed seven runs (two earned) and a season-high nine hits in a season-low 4 2/3 innings against the New York Yankees.

      Holland is 6-1 with a 2.35 ERA in 10 career starts against Cleveland. He held the Indians to a hit in six scoreless innings but issued four walks on April 12.

      The Indians (10-7) lead the season series with the White Sox 3-2.

      Francona said he was considering giving second baseman Jason Kipnis the day off Sunday. Kipnis, who is coming back from a strained right rotator cuff, was activated from the 10-day disabled list Friday.

  • MLB roundup: Cubs ride HR barrage past Reds
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, April 22, 2017

    CINCINNATI -- Willson Contreras hit his first career grand slam and Anthony Rizzo and Jason Heyward each hit three-run shots, lifting the Chicago Cubs to a 12-8 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on a chilly Saturday afternoon at Great American Ball Park.

    • Contreras went 3-for-4 with a double, four RBIs and four runs. Heyward also had four RBIs. The home run barrage helped Jake Arrieta (3-0) earn the victory despite allowing four runs in the first. Arrieta struck out eight and didn't walk a batter, but allowed five earned runs and a pair of home runs.

      The Cubs (10-7) have won four straight and 20 of 24 against the Reds (9-9), who've lost four straight.

      Joey Votto hit a three-run homer and Eugenio Suarez hit a solo shot to briefly put Cincinnati ahead in the first. Suarez added a solo shot in the eighth off Justin Grimm to snap a 14 2/3-inning scoreless streak for Chicago's bullpen.

      Yankees 11, Pirates 5

      PITTSBURGH -- New York has been searching for more offense on the road and found it against Pittsburgh, surging for 11 runs after the fifth inning in a come-from-behind victory.

      Starlin Castro got the Yankees moving with a three-run home run off Pirates starter Jameson Taillon in the sixth. Ronald Torreyes followed with a two-run single to give the Yankees their first lead of the day later that inning. After the Pirates battled back to tie it, another five-run outburst in the eighth put the Yankees over the top.

      Chris Carter hit a three-run pinch-hit home run off Pirates reliever Felipe Rivero (1-1) to put New York ahead for good. It was Carter's first home run of the season and first with the Yankees after he hit 41 last year with Milwaukee.

      Nationals 3, Mets 1

      NEW YORK -- Washington's Gio Gonzalez continued his mastery of New York at Citi Field, when the left-hander carried a no-hitter into the sixth and earned the win with 6 1/3 strong innings.

      Gonzalez allowed one run on two hits and three walks while striking out six in improving to 9-1 with a 1.62 ERA in 14 career starts at Citi Field. The Nationals (12-5) have won six straight. The Mets (8-10) have lost seven of eight.

      The no-hit bid for Gonzalez ended when Juan Lagares delivered a clean single up the middle with none out in the sixth The hit sent Jose Reyes, who led off with a walk, to second. Reyes scored on a one-out single by Asdrubal Cabrera, but Gonzalez struck out Jay Bruce and Neil Walker to end the threat.

      Athletics 4, Mariners 3

      OAKLAND, Calif. -- Adam Rosales and Ryon Healy hit first-inning home runs, propelling Oakland past Seattle for its fifth straight win.

      Right-hander Jharel Cotton (2-2) and four relievers combined to limit the Mariners to nine hits, helping the Athletics win their third in a row over the Mariners to start the four-game series.

      Rosales got the game-opening uprising going against Seattle left-hander Ariel Miranda (1-2) with his second homer of the season. After Jed Lowrie followed with a single, Healy belted his third homer of the season, a two-run shot to left field that gave Oakland a 3-1 lead.

      Tigers 5, Twins 4

      MINNEAPOLIS -- Nicholas Castellanos belted his third homer as Detroit outlasted Minnesota in a long, mistake-filled afternoon game that included a benches-clearing altercation.

      Detroit's Justin Upton also launched his third homer and John Hicks had two hits in his season debut after being recalled earlier in the day as Miguel Cabrera went on the disabled list with a strained right groin.

      Blaine Hardy (1-0) pitched 1 1/3 innings of relief after Matt Boyd was ejected for throwing behind Minnesota's Miguel Sano. Francisco Rodriguez allowed a solo homer to Jason Castro in the ninth but recorded his sixth save in eight chances.

      Angels 5, Blue Jays 4

      ANAHEIM -- Andrelton Simmons hit a grand slam in the third inning to turn a tie game into a 5-1 lead, and Tyler Skaggs pitched seven strong innings for the second consecutive start as Los Angeles picked up just its second win in 11 games.

      Toronto's Kevin Pillar hit a two-run home run in the seventh off reliever Tyler Yates to extend his hitting streak to 10 games, and Justin Smoak had three hits, including a ninth-inning home run, for Toronto.

      Marlins 6, Padres 3 (11 innings).

      SAN DIEGO -- Miami scored two runs in the top of the 11th inning on a swinging bunt single and two errors to break a 2-2 tie.

      Pinch-hitter Justin Bour led off the inning with a single to center off Padres left-handed rookie reliever Jose Torres. Dee Gordon then chopped a ball 30 feet up the first base line for a hit, and Torres' wild throw to first allowed Bour to score. Gordon kept running on the play and scored when Hunter Renfroe bobbled the ball in the right field corner.

      Giancarlo Stanton hit his second homer of the game and third in two nights to cap a four-run 11th to extend Miami's lead to 6-2.

      Diamondbacks 11, Dodgers 5

      PHOENIX - Yasmany Tomas hit two bases-empty homers and Jake Lamb and Chris Herrmann had two-run homers as Arizona improved its home record to 8-1.

      David Peralta set an Arizona franchise record with four doubles and scored three runs.

      Arizona has won five of seven games, and the Dodgers have lost five of six.

      The Dodgers' Kenta Maeda (1-2) gave up four homers in five innings.

      Rockies 12, Giants 3

      DENVER -- Backed by a strong offensive performance, rookie right-hander Antonio Senzatela gave Colorado another superb start.

      The Rockies reached season-highs in runs and hits (14), getting home runs from Mark Reynolds, who had three hits and four RBIs, Trevor Story and Charlie Blackmon.

      Senzatela (3-0) held the Giants to one run-- that coming on a Joe Panik homer in the sixth -- and four hits in seven innings with no walks and three strikeouts.

      Five losses in six games have dropped the Giants' record to 6-12, the worst in the National League.

      Phillies 4, Braves 3 (10 innings)

      PHILADELPHIA -- Maikel Franco drove in two runs with a single with two outs in the bottom of the 10th to give Philadelphia a walk-off win.

      The Phillies won their third straight game and fourth in five games. Atlanta dropped its fifth consecutive game.

      Atlanta's Brandon Phillips sent the game into extra innings with a two-out home run in the ninth to tie the score 2-2.

      Rangers 2, Royals 1

      ARLINGTON, Texas -- Elvis Andrus lined an RBI single to left field in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift Texas to its third straight win.

      The Royals have lost three straight overall and nine consecutive games against the Rangers. Two of the three losses in this series have come in walk-off fashion.

      Cardinals 4, Brewers 1

      MILWAUKEE -- Aledmys Diaz broke a 1-1 tie with a pinch-hit home run to lead off the seventh inning and the St. Louis bullpen worked three scoreless innings in the Cardinals' victory.

      That combination made a winner of Lance Lynn (2-1), who allowed three hits with two walks while striking out seven.

      The Cardinals managed just one unearned run off Chase Anderson, who gave up six hits and a walk with six strikeouts.

      Indians 7, White Sox 0

      CHICAGO -- Carlos Carrasco allowed three hits while pitching eight scoreless innings to help Cleveland extend its winning streak to five games.

      The Indians shut out the White Sox on back-to-back nights after Corey Kluber limited them to three hits in a complete-game shutout Friday.

      Michael Brantley, Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Ramirez homered for the reigning American League champions.

      The White Sox haven't scored in 23 consecutive innings.

      Orioles 4, Red Sox 2

      BALTIMORE -- Trey Mancini and Jonathan Schoop hit back-to-back homers in the fourth inning off Boston knuckleballer Steven Wright, and that helped Baltimore starter Jayson Aquino get his first major league win.

      It also extended the Orioles' winning streak to four games.

      Aquino (1-0) gave up two runs on six hits in six innings and needed to escape jams in each of his last three innings.

      Rays 6, Astros 3

      ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Tampa Bay used a four-run sixth to record its seventh come-from-behind win.

      Rays shortstop Tim Beckham had three hits out of the No. 9 spot in the batting order, and he drove in the go-ahead run in the sixth.

      Evan Longoria and Peter Bourjos each had two RBIs for the Rays.

      Evan Gattis and Jose Altuve hit homers for Houston, which had only two other hits and went 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position.

  • Tigers CF Jones hit in face by pitch, leaves game
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, April 22, 2017

    MINNEAPOLIS -- Detroit Tigers center fielder JaCoby Jones left Saturday's game after being hit in the face by a pitch from Minnesota Twins reliever Justin Haley in the top of the third inning.

    • Jones took a 90-mph fastball to the side of his face and then he ran down the third base line, gesturing immediately to the dugout. Jones stopped around the third base coach's box and went down to his knees before trainers brought towels to put on his face.

      Video showed Jones bleeding from the mouth and he immediately accompanied trainers off the field into the clubhouse. Jones was replaced by Andrew Romine, who stayed in the game in Jones' center field spot.

      The rookie Jones was 0-for-1 on Saturday and is hitting .150 with one homer and four RBIs in 16 games. No announcement has been made by the team regarding the injury.

  • Tigers 1B Cabrera lands on DL with groin injury
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, April 22, 2017

    MINNEAPOLIS -- The Detroit Tigers placed first baseman Miguel Cabrera on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right groin, the team announced Saturday.

    • An 11-time All-Star, Cabrera sustained the injury diving for Robbie Grossman's ground ball in the sixth inning of Friday's game. Cabrera had an MRI on Saturday morning and the team called up catcher John Hicks from Triple-A Toledo prior to the Tigers' afternoon game in Minnesota.

      Brad Ausmus didn't have results of the MRI when he met with reporters for his pregame media session, but the Detroit manager already had indicated Cabrera wouldn't play the rest of the series.

      Detroit was granted an extension on the roster move because of the day game following Friday night's contest. The roster decision would have been needed three hours before game time, but the Tigers had until noon on Saturday, one hour before the contest.

      Cabrera dove for Grossman's two-run single in the decisive sixth inning on Friday. The 34-year-old felt the injury again while stretching for a throw from third baseman Nicholas Castellanos to end the inning and was replaced by Alex Avila to start the seventh.

      Cabrera, who is batting .268 this season, was hitting .429 with three homers and nine RBIs over the previous eight games after a slow start.

  • Rockies' rookie Senzatela looks to improve to 3-0
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, April 22, 2017

    DENVER -- Antonio Senzatela, a 22-year-old rookie who had never pitched above the Double-A level before this season, will try to continue his impressive career start for the Colorado Rockies and beat the slumping San Francisco Giants on Saturday.

    • The Rockies have won the three games started in the big leagues by Senzatela, who is 2-0 with a 2.37 ERA and has allowed four walks with 14 strikeouts in 19 innings. He is 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA against the Giants, having pitched into the eighth inning in his last start, Sunday at AT&T Park, while allowing three runs in seven innings.

      "He has a nice self-assurance to him that will play as he moves forward," Rockies manager Bud Black said. "He pitches aggressively with his fastball. He doesn't back down. There's a calmness to this fellow that we like."

      The Rockies are 11-6 -- the fifth-best start in franchise history through 17 games -- with wins in four of their past five games and are 4-1 against the Giants this season. The Giants are 6-11, their worst start through 17 games since 2008, when they were also 6-11.

      Left-hander Matt Moore will start for the Giants. He is 1-2 with a 4.26 ERA this season and lost his last start to the Rockies on Saturday at AT&T Park 5-0 when he allowed 10 hits and five runs in 5 2/3 innings. That was the most hits he has yielded since May 23, 2016, at Miami when he gave up 10 hits in five innings while pitching for Tampa Bay. Moore is 0-1 with an 11.74 ERA in two career starts at Coors Field.

      "The last start, his stuff actually came down," Giants pitching coach Dave Righetti said. "We weren't sure if it was the (radar) gun or not, but he didn't have his real good fastball. He threw a lot of changeups and cutters ... There's a way he's successful and when he is, he's real aggressive with his fastball. All the slower stuff off of that works a lot better."

      Moore typically averages 93 mph with his fastball, which averaged 91 mph in his last outing against the Rockies.

      The Giants are facing the grim prospect of being without ace Madison Bumgarner for a significant period. He sustained a sprained left shoulder and bruised ribs in a motorized dirt bike accident when the Giants were off Thursday. He was diagnosed with a Grade 1 or 2 sprain of the AC joint the severity had not been determined.

      "Whether it was him or anybody else on your staff, you just worry about their health and how they're going to be," Righetti said. "You can't go, 'How do you make that up?' You don't; you go to the next guy and try to do your best there. But in general, pretty damn good pitcher we're going to be without for a while."

      Giants catcher Buster Posey said: "The main thing is you have to be grateful he's not hurt worse than he is. You have to look at it in that light...I don't know the timetable. I'm not sure anybody does. Just be thankful he's not hurt any worse.

      "You're surprised. Again, we ought to just look forward and go out and play hard baseball, and hopefully he'll be back before too long."

  • MLB roundup: Bundy masterful in Orioles' win vs. Red Sox
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, April 22, 2017

    BALTIMORE -- Dylan Bundy took a shutout into the eighth inning, Manny Machado homered in the fifth inning and the Baltimore Orioles blanked the Boston Red Sox 2-0 Friday night.

    • Bundy was masterful for the second straight outing as he allowed six hits in seven-plus innings.

      Pomeranz allowed two runs and five hits in 5 1/3 innings. The Red Sox also lost Dustin Pedroia, who was forced to leave the game in the eighth when he was spiked in the left calf by Machado.

      Nationals 4, Mets 3 (11 innings)

      NEW YORK -- Pinch-hitter Trea Turner drew a bases-loaded walk in the 11th inning as Washington outlasted New York.

      Bryce Harper and Jose Lobaton homered for the Nationals, who won their fifth straight.

      Michael Conforto and Curtis Granderson hit solo home runs for the Mets.

      Pirates 6, Yankees 3

      PITTSBURGH - Josh Bell and Jordy Mercer homered off CC Sabathia and Pittsburgh beat New York in an interleague game.

      Bell hit a two-run home run in the second inning while Mercer opened the game with his first home run of the season.

      Sabathia lasted five innings, allowing season highs of four runs and seven hits.

      Phillies 4, Braves 3

      PHILADELPHIA -- Jeremy Hellickson turned in another solid outing, outdueled Bartolo Colon and got just enough run support to help Philadelphia to a win over Atlanta.

      Hellickson allowed two runs and three hits in seven innings. Cesar Hernandez collected three hits and scored two runs as Philadelphia stopped a seven-game losing streak to the Braves.

      Colon allowed four runs and 11 hits in seven innings. Freddie Freeman and Adonis Garcia homered for the Braves.

      Cardinals 6, Brewers 3

      MILWAUKEE -- Adam Wainwright did a little of everything as St. Louis beat Milwaukee.

      Wainwright struck out nine in five innings for his first win of the season. He also hit a two-run homer and added a two-run bases-loaded single.

      Ryan Braun homered for Milwaukee.

      Indians 3, White Sox 0

      CHICAGO -- Corey Kluber pitched a three-hitter as Cleveland blanked Chicago.

      Kluber struck out nine in his fourth career shutout and 11th complete game. He only allowed one baserunner to reach second base.

      Chicago's Jose Quintana allowed three runs and five hits in six innings to fall to 0-4.

      Cubs 6, Reds 5 (11 innings)

      CINCINNATI -- Anthony Rizzo hit a three-run home run in the ninth inning and Kris Bryant lifted a sacrifice fly in the 11th as Chicago outlasted Cincinnati.

      The Cubs rallied from a 5-2 deficit when Rizzo homered off Michael Lorenzen with two outs in the ninth. Albert Almora scored on Bryant's sacrifice fly.

      Adam Duvall homered and starting pitcher Tim Adleman added a two-run double for the Reds.

      Twins 6, Tigers 3

      MINNEAPOLIS -- Eddie Rosario hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning and Minnesota beat Detroit.

      Jorge Polanco hit the game-tying single before Rosario connected against reliever Joe Jimenez.

      James McCann homered for Detroit and Miguel Cabrera collected three hits. Cabrera exited the game in the eighth inning with a strained right groin.

      Astros 6, Rays 3

      ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Carlos Beltran hit a home run for the second day in a row as Houston beat Tampa Bay.

      Mike Fiers allowed three runs and seven hits in five innings while Brian McCann and Yuli Gurriel collected three hits apiece for Houston.

      Corey Dickerson, Logan Morrison and Evan Longoria hit solo home runs off Fiers.

      Rangers 6, Royals 2

      ARLINGTON, Texas -- Joey Gallo and Robinson Chirinos each homered twice beat Kansas City.

      Gallo hit a two-run homer and a solo homer for his first career two-homer game, while Chirinos blasted a pair of solo homers. It marked the 16th time in club history at least two Rangers had multi-homer games in the same game.

      Cole Hamels allowed a run and three hits in eight innings for Texas. Kansas City's Nate Karns gave up six runs and five hits in 4 2/3 innings.

      Rockies 6, Giants 5

      DENVER -- Trevor Story hit a grand slam in the fourth inning off Johnny Cueto and Colorado edged San Francisco.

      Charlie Blackmon added a two-run, inside-the-park homer off Cueto in the fourth while Tony Wolters contributed three hits.

      Brandon Belt homered for San Francisco. Cueto allowed six runs and eight hits in five innings.

      Padres 5, Marlins 3

      SAN DIEGO – Austin Hedges hit a three-run home run in the seventh inning and San Diego beat Miami.

      Hedges hit his fourth home run in six games against David Phelps to cap a four-run inning. Trevor Cahill allowed one run and three hits in seven innings for the Padres.

      Marcell Ozuna and Giancarlo Stanton homered for the Marlins.

      Diamondbacks 13, Dodgers 5

      PHOENIX -- Paul Goldschmidt, Yasmany Tomas and Chris Iannetta had two RBIs apiece and Arizona sent 14 men to the plate in the eighth inning for a comeback win over Los Angeles.

      The Diamondbacks improved to 7-1 at home by getting six hits and five walks in the decisive inning. Arizona also scored a run on a balk by Sergio Romo.

      Corey Seager and Chris Taylor homered for Los Angeles.

      Athletics 3, Mariners 1

      OAKLAND, Calif. -- Trevor Plouffe and Yonder Alonso hit solo home runs as Oakland edged Seattle.

      Sean Manaea held the Mariners to one run on five hits over six innings.

      Hisashi Iwakuma gave up three runs on five hits, including two home runs, over 5 1/3 innings.

      Blue Jays 8, Angels 7 (13 innings)

      ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Jose Bautista hit a three-run home run in the top of the 13th and Toronto held on to beat Los Angeles.

      Bautista hit his first home run of the season off Jesse Chavez, who was scheduled to start Sunday.

      Mike Trout homered and was hit by a pitch with the bases-loaded in the 13th when the Angels sent nine men to the plate. The marathon ended when C.J Cron lined out.

  • White Sox put Shields on disabled list
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, April 21, 2017

    The Chicago White Sox placed right-hander James Shields on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right lat, the team announced Friday.

    • The White Sox do not believe the injury is serious.

      Shields is 1-0 with a 1.62 ERA and 16 strikeouts in his first three starts. Last season, the White Sox acquired Shields in a June trade from the San Diego Padres, and the 35-year-old was a combined 6-19 with a 5.85 ERA.

      Shields was slated to start Saturday against the Cleveland Indians.

      To replace Shields, Chicago purchased the contract of veteran right-hander Mike Pelfrey from Triple-A Charlotte. He is expected to start Saturday's game in place of Shields.

      The White Sox signed Pelfrey to a minor-league deal after the Detroit Tigers released him during spring training.

      Pelfrey is 65-91 with a 4.57 ERA in 241 appearances since making his major-league debut for the New York Mets in July 2006.

  • MLB notebook: Bumgarner injured in dirt bike accident
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, April 21, 2017

    San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner will be sidelined six-to-eight weeks after injuring his pitching shoulder and suffering bruised ribs in a dirt bike accident, the team announced Friday.

    • Bumgarner was injured on the team's Thursday off-day in Denver. He was taken to a hospital, where he was diagnosed with a sprained left shoulder as well as the rib injury.

      Bumgarner was released from the hospital and the team said he was resting at their Denver-area hotel on Friday. He was placed on the 10-day disabled list.

      The 27-year-old Bumgarner is 0-3 with a 3.00 ERA this season. He lost to the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night.

      --The Texas Rangers released Josh Hamilton from his minor league contract after the veteran outfielder sustained a right knee injury while rehabilitating his left knee.

      Hamilton re-signed with the Rangers in January before undergoing left knee surgery the following month. Hamilton, a five-time All-Star and the 2010 American League MVP, was placed on the disabled list at Triple-A Round Rock at the end of spring training and began rehab for his left knee.

      Hamilton said he is not sure what he will do following the surgery.

      --The New York Mets have a number of health issues. They scratched right-hander Jacob deGrom from Friday's start against the Washington Nationals and placed first baseman Lucas Duda and infielder Wilmer Flores on the 10-day disabled list.

      Right-hander Matt Harvey (2-0, 2.45 ERA) moved up a day to start in place of the 28-year-old deGrom (0-0, 1.89 ERA), who is nursing a stiff neck. DeGrom is expected to start Saturday's game, but left-hander Sean Gilmartin, who joined infielder T.J. Rivera in being recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas, would get the start on Saturday should deGrom be unable to pitch, manager Terry Collins said.

      Also, Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes will undergo an MRI on his left hamstring and Collins called the injury "a concern." Cespedes, 31, suffered the hamstring injury while running to second base in the fifth inning Thursday night against the Philadelphia Phillies.

      --The Cleveland Indians activated second baseman Jason Kipnis from the 10-day disabled list before their game against the Chicago White Sox.

      Kipnis was in the lineup and slotted to bat sixth in his first game this season.

      Before the game, manager Terry Francona said Kipnis, 30, was available to play without limitations. Kipnis was limited to two exhibition games with a right shoulder strain. He then appeared in seven rehab games with Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus beginning April 9.

      To make room for Kipnis, the Indians assigned infielder Yandy Diaz to Triple-A Columbus.

      --The Washington Nationals activated shortstop Trea Turner from the 10-day disabled list.

      Turner, 23, missed the past 10 games with a hamstring injury.

      Turner did not start Friday's game but was available off the bench. Turner, who finished second in National League Rookie of the Year voting last season, is hitting .158 in 19 at-bats this season.

      --The Boston Red Sox activated center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. prior and placed infielder Brock Holt on the 10-day disabled list.

      Bradley played in just four games this season before sustaining a sprained right knee. Holt is dealing with a bout with vertigo. He told reporters that he has been experiencing "a little dizziness, a little light-headedness."

      Boston shortstop Xander Bogaerts will miss Friday's game against the Orioles due to a sore left thumb that he injured during Thursday's contest against the Toronto Blue Jays.

  • Mets scratch deGrom, place two on DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, April 21, 2017

    The New York Mets scratched right-hander Jacob deGrom from Friday's start against the visiting Washington Nationals and placed first baseman Lucas Duda and infielder Wilmer Flores on the 10-day disabled list.

    • Right-hander Matt Harvey (2-0, 2.45 ERA) moved up a day to start in place of the 28-year-old deGrom (0-0, 1.89 ERA), who is nursing a stiff neck.

      Left-hander Sean Gilmartin, who joined infielder T.J. Rivera in being recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas on Friday, would get the start on Saturday should deGrom be unable to pitch, manager Terry Collins said.

      Gilmartin, 26, allowed one hit in two-thirds of an inning in his lone appearance with the Mets this season.

      The 28-year-old Rivera, who was in the lineup Friday at third base, is 0-for-3 with two walks, three strikeouts and a run scored in five games this month with New York.

      Duda exited Wednesday's game against Philadelphia with a hyperextended elbow while Flores was ruled out of Thursday's contest versus the Phillies with a knee infection.

      Duda, 31, is batting .238 with four homers and seven RBIs in 13 games this season.

      Flores, 25, is hitting .171 with two homers and three RBIs in 12 games in 2017.

  • Red Sox activate CF Bradley, place IF Holt on DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, April 21, 2017

    The Boston Red Sox activated center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. prior to Friday night's game against the Baltimore Orioles and placed infielder Brock Holt on the 10-day disabled list.

    • Bradley played in just four games this season before sustaining a sprained right knee. The 2016 All-Star batted .267 with 26 homers and 87 RBIs last season.

      Holt is dealing with a bout with vertigo. He told reporters that he has been experiencing "a little dizziness, a little light-headedness."

      Holt is batting just .133 in 15 at-bats this season.

      Shortstop Xander Bogaerts will miss Friday's game against the Orioles due to a sore left thumb that he injured during Thursday's contest against the Toronto Blue Jays.

  • Nationals activate SS Turner from disabled list
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, April 21, 2017

    The Washington Nationals activated shortstop Trea Turner from the 10-day disabled list prior to Friday night's game against the host New York Mets.

    • Turner, 23, missed the past 10 games with a hamstring injury.

      Manager Dusty Baker told reporters that Turner won't start Friday's game but will be available off the bench.

      Turner batted .158 in 19 at-bats prior to the injury.

      Turner was runner-up for National League Rookie of the Year honors last season when he batted .342 with 13 homers and 33 stolen bases in just 73 games.

      Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy was back in the lineup after missing one game due to leg tightness.

      To make room on the roster for Turner, Washington designated infielder Grant Green for assignment.

  • Rangers release OF Hamilton after latest knee injury
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, April 21, 2017

    The Texas Rangers released Josh Hamilton from his minor league contract on Friday after the veteran outfielder sustained a right knee injury while rehabilitating his left knee.

    • Hamilton re-signed with the Rangers in January before undergoing left knee surgery the following month. The former American League MVP was placed on the disabled list at Triple-A Round Rock at the end of spring training and began rehab for his left knee.

      "I am disappointed but not discouraged that my knee problems have not allowed me to play this season," Hamilton said in a statement. "I plan to have surgery on my right knee and then evaluate the situation. I want to thank the Rangers and all of the great fans for the support and encouragement. I really appreciate it."

      Hamilton, who turns 36 in May, was a five-time All-Star for the Rangers and won MVP honors in 2010 when he led the AL with a .359 average and had 32 homers and 100 RBIs. He hit a career-best 43 homers in 2012 and departed as a free agent to sign with the Angels.

      Hamilton's career went into a deep decline and he hit 31 homers in two seasons with the Angels before they dealt him back to the Rangers. He batted .253 with eight homers and 25 RBIs in 2015 while batting injuries.

      "Josh will forever hold a place in Rangers history as one of the most talented, charismatic and productive players to wear our uniform," Rangers president of baseball operations and general manager Jon Daniels said in a statement. "We wish him all the best in his upcoming recovery, and with his family."

      Hamilton has 200 career homers and 701 RBIs in 1,027 games. Hamilton possesses a career batting average of .290.

  • Indians activate 2B Kipnis from disabled list
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, April 21, 2017

    The Cleveland Indians activated second baseman Jason Kipnis from the 10-day disabled list before Friday night's game against the Chicago White Sox.

    • Kipnis was in the lineup and slotted to bat sixth in his first game this season.

      Before the game, manager Terry Francona said Kipnis was available to play without limitations.

      The 30-year-old two-time All-Star was limited to two exhibition games with a right shoulder strain. He then appeared in seven rehab games with Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus beginning April 9.

      Kipnis, a two-time All Star, batted .275 with a career-high 23 home runs in the 2016 regular season. In postseason play, he hit .215 with four homers and eight RBIs as the American League Champion Indians extended the Chicago Cubs to seven games in the World Series before losing.

      To make room for Kipnis, the Indians assigned infielder Yandy Diaz to Triple-A Columbus. Diaz batted .236 with nine runs scored in the first 15 games of the season with Cleveland.

  • Giants' Bumgarner hurts shoulder, ribs in dirt bike accident
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, April 21, 2017

    San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner will be sidelined six-to-eight weeks after injuring his pitching shoulder and suffering bruised ribs in a dirt bike accident, the team announced Friday.

    • Bumgarner was injured on the team's Thursday off-day in Denver. He was taken to a hospital, where he was diagnosed with a sprained left shoulder as well as the rib injury.

      Bumgarner was released from the hospital and the team said he was resting at their Denver-area hotel on Friday. He was placed on the 10-day disabled list.

      Bumgarner will be re-evaluated next week.

      The 2014 World Series hero had never previously been on the disabled list during his eight-plus major league seasons.

      The 27-year-old Bumgarner is 0-3 with a 3.00 ERA this season. He lost to the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night.

  • Mets LF Cespedes to undergo MRI on hamstring
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, April 21, 2017

    New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes will undergo an MRI on his left hamstring and manager Terry Collins called the injury "a concern."

    • Cespedes, 31, suffered the hamstring injury while running to second base in the fifth inning Thursday night against the Philadelphia Phillies.

      Cespedes, who said it felt like a "shock" in his hamstring, was scheduled to undergo an MRI on Friday, though both he and Collins are hopeful he will miss only a couple of days.

      "It's not a cramp," Cespedes said after the 6-4 loss at Citi Field. "It felt like a shock. I've had this type of injury before. This time it doesn't feel as serious."

      Cespedes, who signed a four-year, $110 million deal in the offseason, is hitting .263 with six home runs and 10 RBIs in 16 games this season.

      "Any time you're talking about a hamstring, it's a concern," Collins said. "When you talk about a hamstring and a guy like that, with his muscle strength, you've got to be careful."

  • MLB roundup: Nationals sweep Braves
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, April 21, 2017

    ATLANTA -- Not even facing R.A. Dickey's dancing knuckleball could disrupt the grooved swing of Washington's Ryan Zimmerman as the Nationals completed a three-game series sweep of the Atlanta Braves.

    • Zimmerman, who hit a grand slam Wednesday, connected for a two-run homer off Dickey in the sixth inning, and Washington prevailed 3-2 on Thursday night behind a 10-strikeout effort from Stephen Strasburg.

      Strasburg (2-0) allowed two runs over seven innings while giving up six hits and walking two. He threw 76 of his 103 pitches for strikes. Zimmerman scored the Nationals' first run after a double and is batting .389 with five homers and 13 RBIs.

      Dickey (1-2) allowed three hits and a pair of walks over seven innings while getting 12 groundouts and striking out three. Washington has won 32 of 41 games against Atlanta since the start of the 2015 season.

      Athletics 9, Mariners 6

      OAKLAND, Calif. -- Trevor Plouffe hit a three-run homer and Ryon Healy went 3-for-3 with a double and two RBIs as Oakland won its third straight game.

      Rajai Davis went 2-for-5 with an RBI and two runs for the Athletics but left the game after the bottom of the eighth inning with an apparent leg injury. Jed Lowrie had two hits, including a double, and scored while Ryan Dull (1-1) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings in relief for the win.

      Seattle's James Paxton entered the game with a franchise-record 21 straight scoreless innings to start the season and blanked the A's in the first and second. However, his streak ended in the third when Oakland scored three runs.

      Rangers 1, Royals 0 (13)

      ARLINGTON, Texas -- Delino DeShields lined an RBI single to left field with one out in the 13th inning to give Texas the victory over Kansas City.

      Joey Gallo doubled off Travis Wood (0-1) with one out. The first hit for Texas since the fifth inning brought up DeShields, who had one hit coming into the game. It marked only the fourth time the Rangers had entered the bottom of the 13th inning in a scoreless game.

      Dario Alvarez (1-0), the seventh Texas pitcher, picked up the win with two scoreless innings. He struck out three.

      Brewers 7, Cardinals 5

      MILWAUKEE -- Travis Shaw, Eric Thames and Jett Bandy each clubbed long home runs as Milwaukee slugged its way past St. Louis.

      Shaw and Bandy extended homer streaks to three games. Thames hit his seventh homer in the past eight contests and has a major-league-leading eight. The Brewers lead the majors with 32 round-trippers.

      Milwaukee starter Zach Davies (1-2) allowed four runs in 5 1/3 innings, but the home runs allowed him to pick up his first win. Jacob Barnes, normally the seventh-inning man, pitched the ninth for his first save of the season.

      Padres 4, Diamondbacks 1

      SAN DIEGO -- Wil Myers homered to extend his hitting streak to 11 games for San Diego, while Clayton Richard and two relievers shut down Arizona in the rubber match of a three-game series.

      The Diamondbacks, who scored 11 runs in the series opener and entered the finale leading the major leagues in runs scored, managed one run in the final two games against the Padres and struck out 14 times Thursday.

      Richard (2-2) yielded one run on nine hits in 6 2/3 innings while striking out a season-high eight and not issuing a walk. Brad Hand followed with four strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings. Brandon Maurer picked up his second save in as many nights with two strikeouts in a perfect ninth.

      Phillies 6, Mets 4

      NEW YORK -- Maikel Franco snapped out of a slump by delivering an RBI double and a solo homer as Philadelphia earned a rare series victory over New York. The Phillies took two of three from the Mets to snap a six-series losing streak against New York dating back to April 8-10, 2016.

      Franco, who was hitting .148 entering Thursday, doubled home the first run of a two-run third before leading off the eighth with a homer.

      Tommy Joseph and Andrew Knapp each had RBI doubles during a three-run second inning for the Phillies, and Aaron Altherr capped the third inning with an RBI groundout. Joseph finished with three hits while Altherr had two.

      Orioles 2, Reds 1 (10)

      CINCINNATI -- J.J. Hardy's single in the 10th inning drove home Mark Trumbo with the go-ahead run as Baltimore topped Cincinnati.

      Darren O'Day (1-1) pitched one inning with two strikeouts to earn the victory. Brad Brach retired the Reds in order in the 10th for his second straight save.

      Jonathan Schoop homered for the Orioles, who took two of three from Cincinnati. Baltimore starter Wade Miley allowed only one hit through seven innings as Joey Votto's solo home run in the fourth tied the score 1-1.

      Indians 6, Twins 2

      MINNEAPOLIS -- Carlos Santana had three hits, including a pair of RBI doubles, and Trevor Bauer had his best outing of the season as Cleveland swept Minnesota.

      Bauer (1-2) pitched 6 1/3 innings and struck out seven while allowing two runs on three hits and two walks. Abraham Almonte had two hits for the Indians, who lost seven of their previous nine games heading into the three-game rain-shortened series.

      Twins starter Ervin Santana went six innings before being relieved by Tyler Duffey (0-1) to start the seventh. Ervin Santana stretched his scoreless-inning streak to 22 before Carlos Santana doubled home Almonte in the fifth.

      Red Sox 4, Blue Jays 1 (10)

      TORONTO -- Mookie Betts hit a three-run double against Jason Grilli in the 10th inning to give Boston the rubber match of the three-game series.

      After the Red Sox took a 1-0 lead in the ninth on an RBI single by Xander Bogaerts against Roberto Osuna, Kendrys Morales tied the game when he led off the bottom half with a homer off closer Craig Kimbrel (1-0). Kimbrel pitched a perfect 10th.

      Boston's Chris Sale struck out 13 in eight scoreless innings in which he allowed four hits and one walk. Toronto's Marco Estrada pitched six scoreless innings, allowing three hits and two walks with seven strikeouts.

      Astros 2, Angels 1

      HOUSTON -- Lance McCullers continued his dominant pitching in his home park as Houston claimed a series victory.

      McCullers (2-0) did not allow a hit until Andrelton Simmons opened the fifth inning with a single to left. He pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings and has allowed three or fewer runs in each of his 23 career home starts. He improved to 11-4 at Minute Maid Park.

      Carlos Beltran and Jake Marisnick hit solo home runs against Los Angeles starter Matt Shoemaker (0-1).

      Rays 8, Tigers 1

      ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Tampa Bay got five strong innings from spot starter Erasmo Ramirez and completed a three-game sweep of Detroit.

      The Rays moved Ramirez (2-0) out of the bullpen to fill in for the injured Jake Odorizzi. After allowing a leadoff home run to Ian Kinsler, Ramirez held the Tigers to one hit and zero runs for the rest of his 66-pitch outing.

      Tampa Bay has won six straight at Tropicana Field, its longest home streak in nearly two years. Steven Souza Jr. went 3-for-5 with a homer, a double, a triple and three RBIs for the Rays.

  • MLB notebook: Kershaw rips Anderson's "disrespectful" move
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, April 20, 2017

    Three-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw expressed his displeasure at the "disrespectful" actions of Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Tyler Anderson at the start of Wednesday's game.

    • The Los Angeles Dodgers' ace was ready to deliver the first pitch of the game but had to halt as Anderson meandered in from the bullpen. Anderson threw a few extra pitches and finished his pregame routine a bit late and was heading to the dugout.

      "That was one of the more disrespectful things I've been a part of in a game," Kershaw told reporters. "I really didn't appreciate that. The game starts at 7:10 (p.m. PT), it started at 7:10 here for a long time. Just go around or finish earlier.

      "That wasn't appreciated, for sure. Not going to say any more, I'll get in trouble."

      Kershaw paced around the mound in obvious anger as Anderson made his stroll. Then he struggled in the inning by allowing one run on two hits and a walk before settling down and pitching the Dodgers to a 4-2 victory.

      --Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell acknowledged that left-hander David Price's recovery has been slowed by soreness in his ailing elbow.

      Price, who has been sidelined since spring training, was able to participate in long toss prior to Thursday afternoon's game against the Toronto Blue Jays. The former American League Cy Young Award winner is expected to throw from the mound Friday.

      Initial projections for Price to return to action were tentatively slated for May, but the Red Sox are taking their time with the 31-year-old hurler.

      --The St. Louis Cardinals placed infielder Jhonny Peralta on the 10-day disabled list with upper respiratory issues. The move is retroactive to Sunday.

      The 34-year-old Peralta has struggled mightily to begin the season, batting just .120 with three singles in 25 at-bats.

      St. Louis also activated left-hander Tyler Lyons from the disabled list. Lyons was recovering from a right knee stress reaction that ended his 2016 campaign in July.

  • Cardinals put Peralta on disabled list, activate Lyons
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, April 20, 2017

    The St. Louis Cardinals placed infielder Jhonny Peralta on the 10-day disabled list Thursday with upper respiratory issues.

    • The move is retroactive to Sunday.

      The 34-year-old Peralta has struggled mightily to begin the season, batting just .120 with three singles in 25 at-bats.

      St. Louis also activated left-hander Tyler Lyons from the disabled list.

      Lyons was recovering from a right knee stress reaction that ended his 2016 campaign in July. He has appeared in three rehabilitation games with Triple-A Memphis, posting a 1.29 ERA in three starts.

  • Kershaw rips Rockies' Anderson for 'disrespectful' actions
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, April 20, 2017

    Three-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw expressed his displeasure at the "disrespectful" actions of Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Tyler Anderson at the start of the Wednesday's game.

    • The Los Angeles Dodgers' ace was ready to deliver the first pitch of the game but had to halt as Anderson meandered in from the bullpen. Anderson threw a few extra pitches and finished his pregame routine a bit late and was heading to the dugout.

      "That was one of the more disrespectful things I've been a part of in a game," Kershaw told reporters. "I really didn't appreciate that. The game starts at 7:10 (p.m. PT), it started at 7:10 here for a long time. Just go around or finish earlier.

      "That wasn't appreciated, for sure. Not going to say any more, I'll get in trouble."

      Kershaw paced around the mound in obvious anger as Anderson made his stroll. Then he struggled in the inning by allowing one run on two hits and a walk before settling down and pitching the Dodgers to a 4-2 victory.

      Anderson, who was making his 23rd major league start, said there was no intent to disrupt Kershaw.

      "It wasn't intentional at all," Anderson said. "We were in foul territory. I was surprised that they wouldn't let him pitch. So we started jogging."

  • Red Sox LHP Price dealing with elbow soreness
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, April 20, 2017

    Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell acknowledged Thursday that left-hander David Price's recovery has been slowed by soreness in his ailing elbow.

    • Price, who has been sidelined since spring training, was able to participate in long toss prior to Thursday afternoon's game against the Toronto Blue Jays. The former American League Cy Young Award winner is expected to throw from the mound Friday.

      Initial projections for Price to return to action were tentatively slated for May, but the Red Sox are taking their time with the 31-year-old hurler.

      Price experienced pain and swelling after throwing a simulated spring training game on Feb. 28 and was later examined by surgeons James Andrews and Neal ElAttrache, who concluded that the injury did not require surgery.

      In 2016, Price posted a 17-9 record with a 3.99 ERA and 228 strikeouts over 230 innings in 35 starts -- his first year of a seven-year, $217 million contract with the Red Sox.

  • MLB roundup: Russell's ninth-inning homer lifts Cubs
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, April 19, 2017

    CHICAGO -- Addison Russell capped a late-game rally with a walk-off, three-run homer in the ninth inning as the Chicago Cubs beat the Milwaukee Brewers 7-4 in a Wrigley Field series finale on Wednesday.

    • Russell's homer -- his second -- came on a 2-0 pitch off Brewers closer Neftali Feliz and brought home pinch-runner Carl Edwards Jr. from third and Kris Bryant from second.

      Cubs reliever Wade Davis (2-0) pitched one inning to get the win. Feliz (0-2) took the loss.

      Travis Shaw and Jett Bandy each added home runs to Milwaukee's major-league-leading total (29), but it wasn't enough as the Brewers couldn't hold a late-inning lead.

      Cardinals 2, Pirates 1

      ST. LOUIS -- Dexter Fowler broke out of an early-season skid with two solo homers as St. Louis swept Pittsburgh at Busch Stadium.

      Fowler, who fanned in the first inning to fall to 8-for-57 with 17 strikeouts, worked a 2-0 count against Gerrit Cole in the third and then lined his first homer for St. Louis into its bullpen in right-center field. Two innings later, Fowler ambushed a first-pitch fastball and lined it inside the right-field foul pole for the fourth multi-homer game of his career. It was his first since June 2, 2013, when he was playing for the Colorado Rockies.

      Michael Wacha (2-1) and three relievers made the lead stand. Wacha gave up one run and four hits in 6 2/3 innings, walking two and fanning three.

      Mariners 10, Marlins 5

      SEATTLE -- Mitch Haniger had three hits, a walk and four RBIs to lead Seattle past Miami.

      Kyle Seager nearly matched his teammate, driving in four runs on two hits.

      Miami outfielders Christian Yelich and Giancarlo Stanton each hit long home runs off Mariners starter Felix Hernandez (2-1), who gave up 12 hits and four runs while striking out five and walking one in 6 1/3 innings.

      Athletics 9, Rangers 1

      OAKLAND, Calif. -- Jesse Hahn delivered a premium start, breezing through six innings and allowing two hits with four strikeouts and four walks.

      Khris Davis of the A's slugged his seventh home run, a two-run blast to right on the first pitch he saw from struggling reliever Mike Hauschild in the fifth. Davis moved into a tie for the major league lead for homers with George Springer of Houston and Erik Thames of Milwaukee.

      Hahn (1-1) did not allow a hit until Mike Napoli's single to left with one out in the fourth.

      Nationals 14, Braves 4

      ATLANTA -- Bryce Harper smashed a grand slam in the second inning after a solo homer in the first off Julio Teheran and finished 4-for-4 with an intentional walk as Washington beat Atlanta.

      Harper, who is batting .404 with six homers and 18 RBIs, has driven in 17 runs against Teheran while going 15-for-33 against the right-hander.

      Ryan Zimmerman made it a rout with a grand slam off reliever Ian Krol in a five-run eighth. It was the first time the Nationals hit two slams in a game since Josh Willingham did it in 2009 at Milwaukee.

      Freddie Freeman hit his sixth homer of the season in the third inning to set the Atlanta record of reaching base in 12 consecutive plate appearances.

      Astros 5, Angels 1

      HOUSTON -- Josh Reddick finished a single shy of the cycle and scored three runs and Dallas Keuchel allowed one run in pitched seven strong innings as Houston defeated Los Angeles.

      In the seventh inning, Reddick blasted a 1-2 pitch from Mike Morin into the front row in right field for a two-run homer. It was Reddick's first home run since joining the Astros. Reddick tripled in the first inning, doubled in the sixth and struck out swinging in his only other at-bat, finishing 3-for-4.

      The lone run surrendered by Keuchel came off an RBI single from Yunel Escobar in the third inning.

      Rays 8, Tigers 7

      ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Tampa Bay blew a four-run lead and then rallied to win in the bottom of the ninth inning, getting two runs on a two-out throwing error to beat Detroit at Tropicana Field.

      The Rays trailed 7-5 after six innings but rallied for a run in the seventh and then got to closer Francisco Rodriguez in the ninth.

      Rookie reliever Austin Pruitt (1-0) threw 3 1/3 innings of scoreless one-hit relief, striking out five, to earn his first major league win.

      Royals 2, Giants 0

      KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Jason Vargas outdueled Madison Bumgarner as Kansas City beat San Francisco.

      Vargas (3-0) struck out nine, one shy of his career high, walked none and allowed four hits in seven innings. He was removed after 92 pitches, 61 of them strikes.

      Bumgarner (0-3), who went 2-0 plus a five-inning save in Game 7 of the 2014 World Series against the Royals, allowed one run and seven hits while walking one and striking out four in six innings.

      Blue Jays 3, Red Sox 0

      TORONTO -- Toronto snapped a two-game winless streak, ending Boston's four-game winning run.

      The Jays took an early 3-0 lead in the second inning when Darwin Barney singled up the middle, driving in Troy Tulowitzki and Russell Martin. Both reached base on back-to-back throwing errors by Pablo Sandoval and Mitch Moreland.

      Ezequiel Carrera drove in Barney from second after he advanced to second on a single by Kevin Pillar.

      Yankees 9, White Sox 1

      NEW YORK -- Aaron Judge hit another mammoth home run when he clubbed a 448-foot blast with two outs in the fifth inning as New York concluded its first homestand with a rout of Chicago.

      Judge hit four home runs as the Yankees won eight of nine games.

      With the Yankees already leading 7-1, Judge got hold of a 2-0 curveball from Dylan Covey. He hit a high-arching shot into the upper rows of the left-field bleachers near the flagpole.

      Mets 5, Phillies 4

      NEW YORK -- Jay Bruce continued his resurgence as he accounted for his team's entire offense by hitting two homers -- a three-run shot in the sixth and a tiebreaking two-run blast in the eighth -- to lift New York past Philadelphia.

      The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Mets, who scored just 10 runs during the skid.

      The Mets trailed 2-0 with two outs in the sixth before Asdrubal Cabrera singled and Yoenis Cespedes worked a walk to set up Bruce's three-run homer to right off Phillies starter Vince Velasquez.

      Orioles 2, Reds 0

      CINCINNATI -- Ubaldo Jimenez pitched 7 2/3 innings and Jonathan Schoop's RBI single and a sacrifice fly by Manny Machado provided all the offense, lifting Baltimore over Cincinnati.

      Jimenez (1-0) allowed two hits with four walks and three strikeouts.

      The Orioles handed Jimenez an early lead after Welington Castillo doubled and scored on Schoop's single in the second. Baltimore led 2-0 after Machado's sacrifice fly in the fifth.

      Padres 1, Diamondbacks 0

      SAN DIEGO -- Erick Aybar, hitless in his previous 16 at-bats, homered off Zack Greinke with one out in the eighth inning as San Diego beat Arizona to snap a five-game losing streak.

      The Padres' Jhoulys Chacin (2-2) allowed three hits and a walk with five strikeouts in eight innings. Arizona had one runner in each of the first four innings before Chacin closed out his night by retiring the final 14 Diamondbacks he faced. Chacin has pitched 14 2/3 innings at Petco Park this season without allowing a run.

      Greinke had allowed two hits and a walk through the first 7 1/3 innings before Aybar came to the plate with a .128 average.

      Dodgers 4, Rockies 2

      LOS ANGELES -- Clayton Kershaw struck out 10 and Scott Van Slyke homered as Los Angeles ended a three-game slide with a victory over Colorado.

      Kershaw (3-1) walked one and gave up two runs on five hits in seven innings to improve to 10-0 in his last 11 starts at home. Kershaw is 19-6, including an 11-2 mark at Dodger Stadium, in 34 career starts against the Rockies.

      Enrique Hernandez, Corey Seager and Adrian Gonzalez each drove in a run for the Dodgers.

  • Twins-Indians wrap up series shortened by rain
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, April 19, 2017

    MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Indians square off in the finale of a rain-shortened series at Target Field on Thursday thanks to Mother Nature washing out the third of a scheduled four-game set.

    • Wednesday's postponed game was rescheduled for Saturday, June 17, as the nightcap of a day/night doubleheader. The teams already were scheduled to play at 1:10 p.m. that afternoon.

      Cleveland right-hander Trevor Bauer (0-2, 8.44 ERA), who was scheduled to face Minnesota left-hander Adalberto Mejia (0-1, 4.05) on Wednesday, will be pushed back a day to go head-to-head with Twins' ace Ervin Santana (3-0, 0.41 ERA).

      Cleveland's No. 1 starter Corey Kluber (1-1), who has a 6.38 ERA with six walks and 18 strikeouts, will make his next start on Friday night against the White Sox in Chicago.

      Although Mejia is only a rookie, the rainout allows Cleveland to avoid facing its seventh left-handed starter of the season. Lefties have been particularly troublesome for the Indians, who are hitting only .219 and slugging .303 against them.

      In contrast, Cleveland is batting .272 and slugging at a .468 clip when facing right-handers.

      After winning six of nine games to start the season, Minnesota dropped four of five to begin its homestand. The Indians, meanwhile, have won three of their last four, including the first two games of series in Minnesota.

      Despite a rough outing by starter Phil Hughes and three relievers on Tuesday, the Twins' 2.98 staff ERA is third in the major leagues and it opponents' batting average of .211 is tied for first with Cincinnati.

      "It's been a stretch where our pitching has not been a problem, from the way our starters have thrown for the most part, to the fact that everybody that I've called upon in almost every situation has been able to do the job," Twins manager Paul Molitor said.

      "It's nice to have the depth. It’s nice to have the flexibility. A team like Cleveland that can do a lot of things with switch-hitters and their bench, it's good to have as many weapons as you can, especially if they're all throwing the ball well. Hopefully, it continues."

      Bauer, despite his lofty ERA through two starts, has recorded 13 strikeouts with only two walks in 10 2/3 innings.

      Minnesota first baseman Joe Mauer (10-for-28, .358, six RBIs) and outfielder Eddie Rosario (8-for-18, .444, five RBIs) have proven to be Bauer's toughest outs in the Twins' lineup.

      But Mauer (.216) and Rosario (.217) are off to slow starts in 2017.

      Sluggers Brian Dozier (3-for-26) and Miguel Sano (1-for-17), on the other hand, have not fared well historically against the Cleveland righty.

      Santana, who is 5-11 with a 4.35 ERA all-time versus the Tribe, has allowed a total of only one run over 22 innings in his three 2017 starts.

      With only five hits allowed so far, Santana is limiting opposing batters to a major-league low .071 average.

      Santana was 7-11 with a 3.38 ERA last season, but went 4-4 and posted an impressive 2.65 ERA after the All-Star break.

      The 12-year veteran is coming off of a one-hit shutout over the White Sox on Saturday, in which he walked only one and struck out eight.

      Santana retired the final 18 batters to record his second career one-hitter.

      Only Jose Ramirez (9-for-13, .692, three home runs, seven RBIs) and Edwin Encarnacion (7-for-25, .280, seven RBIs) are batting higher than the team average of .246 versus Santana among Cleveland batters with at least 13 at-bats against the Twins' No. 1 starter.

      Ramirez is 14-for-24 with seven runs, three home runs and 10 RBIs in his last six games, including 4-for-9 with a home run, two RBIs and two runs in the series.

      After Tuesday's win, Cleveland manager Terry Francona referred to Ramirez, who hit .312 with 76 RBIs in 2016, as a blessing.

      "He's continuing to get better and he's a force," Francona said. "He may not look like it in stature, but he's a force. He's a good player."

  • Indians-Twins rained out in Minnesota
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, April 19, 2017

    Wednesday's game between the Cleveland Indians and host Minnesota Twins was rained out at Target Field.

    • The game will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader on June 17.

      The teams will conclude their scheduled four-game series on Thursday, with Cleveland right-hander Trevor Bauer (0-2, 8.44) being pushed back a day to start the contest. Minnesota rookie left-hander Adalberto Mejia (0-1, 4.05) will be skipped in favor of Ervin Santana (3-0, 0.41) to keep the right-hander on normal rest.

      Cleveland won the first two games of the series by a 14-5 margin, with Edwin Encarnacion collecting a total of two hits and four RBIs.