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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Pirates 7, Astros 1

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

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

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

      Blue Jays 7, Angels 2

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

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

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

      Reds 3, Rangers 0

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

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

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

      Royals 1, Marlins 0

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

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

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

      Red Sox 2, Rays 1

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

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

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

      Orioles 8, Nationals 1

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

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

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

      White Sox 9, Phillies 1

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

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

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

      Tigers 8, Twins 3

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

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

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

      Mets 7, Cardinals 4

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

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

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

      Brewers 6, Rockies 4

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

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

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

      Yankees 5, Mariners 1

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

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

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

      Braves 7, Diamondbacks 4

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

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

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

      Athletics 9, Indians 1

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

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

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

      Dodgers 9, Giants 5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Yankees place RHP Swarzak on DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, August 23, 2016

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

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

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

  • Mariners recall Walker to start versus Yankees
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, August 23, 2016

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

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

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

      Martin, who started the series opener on Monday, owns a 1-2 record with a 4.50 ERA in seven appearances (two starts) with Seattle this season. The 26-year-old fared better with Tacoma, posting a 9-7 mark with a 3.93 ERA in 23 games (18 starts) in 2016.

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

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

    • ESPN reported 20 teams are confirmed to attend when Tebow shows his baseball ability, a shift from the football career that gained the former Florida Gators Heisman Trophy winner notoriety. Tebow, a broadcaster for ESPN who played in the NFL with the Denver Broncos and New York Jets and was in training camp with the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles, focused his attention on baseball following a private workout for the Los Angeles Dodgers before the 2016 season began.

      "This may sound like a publicity stunt, but nothing could be further from the truth," Brodie Van Wagenen, co-head of Creative Artists Agency, said of Tebow's transition. "I have seen Tim's workouts and people inside and outside the industry -- scouts, executives, players and fans -- will be impressed by his talent. As an agent, I have a genuine respect for how hard it is to succeed at the game of baseball and a true admiration for those who possess the talent to play it at the major-league level. Tim's tool set is real."

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

      But not all athletes are expecting success. Terry Francona, manager of the Cleveland Indians, was the manager of the Birmingham Barons when Michael Jordan left the Chicago Bulls to attempt to play pro baseball.

      Per Francona, this is "a little harder jump than I think people realize."

      Baltimore Orioles All-Star Adam Jones chided Tebow via Twitter on Aug. 9 with a humorous spin: "After this @MLB season I'm going try out for the @NFL this offseason. I haven't played since HS but I've played in a few TurkeyBowls since!!"

  • Gooden refutes Strawberry's allegations
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, August 23, 2016

    Dwight Gooden fired back Monday, one day after Darryl Strawberry publicly called his former New York Mets teammate a "complete junkie-addict."

    • Strawberry said he was hoping to get help for his long-time friend.

      Gooden, however, issued a statement to USA Today that read, "I don't do cocaine and have not in years."

      He also went on Joe Piscopo's radio show on WNYM-AM and said, "Everything's good. I am healthy. I don't have a drug problem. I mean, I am an addict ... that don't mean I'm an active addict."

      Gooden later told the New York Post, "He's trying to take the heat off himself, people who (are) in glass houses do not throw stones. He's cheating on his wife, he's having an affair with people. ...

      "Darryl has a drug rehab in his name, he is supposed to be a pastor. I call him Lucifer. ... (Going public) was a weak shot, and he did it to make himself look better, because he is running a drug rehab."

      Strawberry responded on ESPN Radio, "He's not Doctor K. He's an addict. ... He needs someone to help him, and I just felt like I needed to do this, regardless of what anyone thinks or says. As long as I know I did what I could to save his life."

      Gooden's son, Dwight Gooden Jr., issued a statement that said his father's recent behavior -- including a no-show for a scheduled appearance with Strawberry at an event last week -- was caused by sadness over the recent death of Gooden Sr.'s mother and a busy work schedule.

      "His problems have been well documented and publicized through the years," Gooden Jr. wrote. "At this time our only concern is his health and that he takes care of himself."

      Gooden Sr., 51, played the first 11 seasons of his career with the Mets and was a four-time All-Star and won three World Series titles. He had a career 194-112 record with a 3.51 ERA and 2,293 strikeouts over 430 games.

  • Giants-Dodgers preview
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, August 23, 2016

    LOS ANGELES -- Despite having a starting rotation that continues to be ravaged by injuries, the National League West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers remain a confident bunch heading into a three-game showdown beginning Tuesday with the second-place San Francisco Giants.

    • "We're looking forward to it," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.

      Adrian Gonzalez launched three of the Dodgers' seven home runs and had a career-high eight RBIs in Monday's 18-9 romp against the Reds in Cincinnati. However, the injury bug struck again as neck and back problems plagued starter Scott Kazmir, who couldn't make it out of the third inning and allowed four runs on six hits with three walks and a strikeout.

      Kazmir is expected to undergo an MRI in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

      Kazmir is the latest in a string of casualties that have hurt the club's starters for much of the season. Ace Clayton Kershaw (herniated disk), who is scheduled to throw another bullpen session Tuesday and could return in September, Brandon McCarthy (right hip soreness) and Rich Hill (blisters on pitching finger) remain on the disabled list.

      However, Hill, who has yet to make his Dodgers' debut since being acquired from the Oakland Athletics at the trading deadline, and Brett Anderson are penciled in to start against the Giants on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively. Anderson, who returned Aug. 14 from herniated disk surgery against the Pittsburgh Pirates, served up five runs and lasted just one inning before departing with a wrist injury. Anderson also had his last start Saturday cut short by a blister on his left index finger Saturday at Cincinnati.

      Another starter, Bud Norris, has been in and out of the rotation with injuries, while Hyun-Jin Ryu (left shoulder surgery) has yet to pitch this season.

      Still, despite all those painful scenarios, they haven't short-circuited the Dodgers (69-55) battling the Giants for the division lead.

      The Giants (68-56), who were off Monday and trail the Dodgers by a game after a four-game split with the New York Mets over the weekend, have stumbled to an 11-23 record since the All-Star break.

      "I do think we're playing better ball," manager Bruce Bochy said, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. "The guys are swinging it pretty good. Some games we've scored some runs and the pitching has not been quite as sharp."

      Giants All-Star Madison Bumgarner (12-7, 2.25 ERA) will oppose the Dodgers' Kenta Maeda (12-7, 3.29 ERA) in the opener.

      Bumgarner is 0-1 with a 4.09 ERA in two starts against the Dodgers this season. In his last start Thursday against the Mets, Bumgarner gave up four runs on six hits in five innings but claimed the decision in a 10-7 win. He also homered.

      The Giants have claimed six of the 10 meetings against the Dodgers.

      Maeda last pitched Aug. 16 at Philadelphia, fanning nine, walking one and holding the Phillies to two runs on three hits in six innings. Maeda is 4-0 with a 3.45 ERA since July 23.

      He beat the Giants in his only start against them on April 17, limiting San Francisco to a run on four hits in seven innings with seven strikeouts and a walk in a 3-1 decision.

  • A's players Valencia, Butler fined for clubhouse fight
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, August 23, 2016

    OAKLAND -- A clubhouse fight between Oakland A's teammates Friday in Texas led to one of the combatants landing on the disabled list Monday and the team fining both players.

    • Before the Monday game against the Cleveland Indians, the A's announced that first baseman Danny Valencia and designated hitter Billy Butler were fined, but not suspended, for their fight.

      Butler, who was injured in the incident, was placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list Monday.

      Meanwhile, A's manager Bob Melvin said Valencia was being given Monday off to improve his mental state in the wake of his discipline, but that he would be back in the starting lineup Tuesday.

      The San Francisco Chronicle reported that the scuffle was over Valencia's endorsement deal with a shoe company.

      According to the newspaper, an equipment company representative was in the Oakland clubhouse speaking to Valencia when Butler told the rep that Valencia doesn't always use the spikes he is paid to wear.

      Valencia expressed his displeasure to Butler, who reportedly responded, "I can say whatever I want and (you aren't) going to do anything about it."

      A pushing match ensued, and Valencia punched Butler in the temple, the Chronicle reported.

      On Monday, Valencia told the newspaper, "You'd like to handle things differently, but we're handling it in here (in the clubhouse). ... As with anyone in the game, you have to overcome obstacles. We all have to persevere in here."

      Catcher Stephen Vogt downplayed the incident, telling the Chronicle, "This happens in every clubhouse in America."

      Butler, 30, is hitting .286 with a .338 on-base percentage, a .419 slugging percentage, four homers and 30 RBIs in 79 games this season.

      The A's recalled infielder Arismendy Alcantara from Triple-A Nashville to replace Butler on the active roster. Alcantara went 3-for-13 (.231) in five games for Oakland earlier this season.

  • Rangers-Reds preview
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, August 22, 2016

    CINCINNATI -- Derek Holland is expected to be reinstated from the disabled list on Tuesday and start for the Texas Rangers that night when they begin a two-game interleague series against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park.

    • Holland has been on the disabled list since June 22 with left shoulder inflammation and hasn't pitched for the Rangers since June 20. He made three rehab starts for Triple-A Round Rock and had a bullpen session on Saturday.

      "We're hopeful he'll be ready to go, but when a guy has worked his way back from the disabled list you don't know what's going to happen until you get through it," said manager Jeff Banister. "It's a much different pace pitching back in a major league game."

      Holland will be facing the Reds for the first time in his career. With Holland going on Tuesday, Yu Darvish will start Wednesday's series finale for Texas on six days' rest.

      The American League West-leading Rangers lost two of three at Tampa Bay over the weekend but remain in control of the division.

      Cincinnati split a four-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers that concluded on Monday afternoon.

      Texas is below .500 this season against teams with a losing record. Cincinnati (53-71) isn't the typical losing team, at least not at the moment.

      Since the All-Star break the Reds are 21-14 and have won eight of 11 series.

      "I just think that part of it is one of those stats you can look at and scratch your head at," said Banister of the poor mark against losing clubs. "But I don't think there is any merit to saying we don't play as hard or we let down, we're not focused. No that's not the case."

      The Rangers will be facing one of Cincinnati's most consistent starting pitchers in right-hander Dan Straily, who was a member of three teams during spring training before finally sticking with the Reds.

      Straily is no stranger to facing the Rangers, having made 11 career appearances against them, including 10 starts.

      In seven starts since the All-Star break, Straily is 5-0 with a 2.25 ERA. Opponents are batting .217 against him and he hasn't allowed more than two runs in any of his starts since the break.

      Control has been the key for Straily, who hasn't walked a batter in 22 2/3 innings. He leads the Reds' pitching staff in wins, innings, strikeouts and quality starts.

      This after being traded, waived and eventually claimed by the Reds prior to Opening Day.

      "I didn't know where I was going to be," Straily said. "I just wanted to keep that carrot out there."

      Texas and Cincinnati enter this week's series tied 7-7 and one series apiece in their interleague matchups. The teams split a two-game series at Globe Life Park in Arlington in June.

      Cincinnati will try to rebound from a rough 18-9 loss to the Dodgers on Monday.

      "It's a loss," said Reds manager Bryan Price. "It was uglier and took a lot longer than 1-0 or 4-3. We just didn't have an answer for their offense. We had a lot of hits and scored some runs. That's what you take out of it. You move on. It's one ballgame. You start fresh tomorrow."

  • MLB roundup: Dodgers' Gonzalez hits 3 homers
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, August 22, 2016

    CINCINNATI -- Adrian Gonzalez hit three home runs, and Andrew Toles and Rob Segedin became the first players in Dodgers history to hit their first career homers in consecutive at-bats, lifting Los Angeles to an 18-9 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday.

    • Gonzalez had a career-high eight RBIs. The Dodgers' seven home runs were their most since Sept. 18, 2006, against the San Diego Padres. and their 21 hits were a season high. The 18 runs were the most for the Dodgers since Sept. 28, 2006, at Colorado.

      Corey Seager and Yasmani Grandal also went deep for Los Angeles. Seager finished with four hits and three RBIs, while Chase Utley and Howie Kendrick each added three hits.

      Cincinnati's Jose Peraza had a career-high four hits, including two doubles, while Joey Votto fell a home run shy of the cycle and drove in four runs.

      Red Sox 6, Rays 2

      ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Red Sox starter David Price threw eight innings of shutout baseball, getting his first win as a visitor at Tropicana Field and leading Boston past his old team, Tampa Bay.

      Price (12-8) took a one-hitter into the eighth inning, then got a huge save from left fielder Andrew Benintendi, who made a leaping grab over the wall in the corner to rob Steven Souza of what would have been a two-run home run. The former Rays ace was 0-3 in three previous starts against Tampa Bay at Tropicana Field.

      Evan Longoria spoiled the shutout with a two-run home run, his 29th this season, off reliever Matt Barnes in the ninth inning. The Rays had more hits in the ninth (three) than in eight innings against Price.

      Astros 3, Pirates 1

      PITTSBURGH -- Doug Fister pitched three-hit ball for seven scoreless innings, and Teoscar Hernandez and Alex Bregman hit home runs as Houston beat Pittsburgh.

      Houston has won four games in a row after a four-game losing streak. Pittsburgh lost its fourth straight.

      Fister (12-8) allowed only one baserunner though the first 4 2/3 innings, a second-inning walk, before Gregory Polanco doubled with two outs in the fourth. He finished with six strikeouts and one walk.

      Orioles 4, Nationals 3

      BALTIMORE -- Mark Trumbo hit a two-run homer, Dylan Bundy pitched six innings, and the Baltimore Orioles defeated the Washington Nationals 4-3 Monday night.

      Jonathan Schoop added a solo home for Baltimore, which had lost three straight. Bundy (7-4) allowed two runs on three hits while walking four and striking out four. He permitted at least one baserunner in five of his six innings.

      Danny Espinosa and Anthony Rendon homered for Washington.

      Brewers 4, Rockies 2

      MILWAUKEE -- Jimmy Nelson snapped a six-game losing streak with six solid innings, and Chris Carter hit his 30th home run of the season as Milwaukee opened a 10-game homestand with a win over Colorado.

      Nelson (7-13) shook off a shaky opening inning and held the Rockies to two runs and seven hits. He didn't walk a batter in his longest start since July 16. He hadn't won since then.

      Tyler Thornburg worked a perfect ninth for his fifth save of the season.

      Indians 1, Athletics 0

      OAKLAND, Calif. -- Carlos Santana ended a scoreless tie with a solo home run with one out in the eighth inning, leading Cleveland to a victory over Oakland in the opener of a three-game series.

      Right-hander Carlos Carrasco pitched eight shutout innings, allowing just four hits, for the Indians, who won for the ninth time in their last 12 games.

      The loss was the 17th in the last 23 games for the A's, who were dealing with the aftermath of a clubhouse fight between Danny Valencia and Billy Butler on Friday night in Texas.

      Diamondbacks 9, Braves 8

      PHOENIX -- Paul Goldschmidt homered to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning, giving Arizona a walk-off victory over Atlanta at Chase Field.

      Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman tied the game with a leadoff homer in the top of the ninth, his second homer of the game, before Goldschmidt hit the second pitch he saw from John Gant (1-3) for his 19th homer of the season.

      Welington Castillo hit a three-run double to cap a four-run seventh inning as Arizona overcame a 5-0 deficit to take an 8-7 lead. Yasmany Tomas hit his 26th homer for the Diamondbacks.

      Mariners 7, Yankees 5

      SEATTLE -- Three-run homers from Kyle Seager and Mike Zunino were enough to overcome another big night from Yankees rookie Gary Sanchez as Seattle came back twice to beat New York.

      Seager's fourth-inning shot gave Seattle its first lead, at 3-2, while Zunino delivered a three-run homer of his own to put the Mariners ahead 6-5 in the sixth. Designated hitter Nelson Cruz added an eighth-inning solo shot, his 32nd home run of the season.

      Sanchez and Yankees teammate Starlin Castro each homered twice, but it wasn't enough as New York dropped its second game in a row to fall seven games back in the American League East. Sanchez, who was named American League player of the week earlier in the day, had hits in each of his first three at-bats. He went 3-for-4 with two home runs and three RBIs to bring his batting average up to .385 in the 17 games he's played since getting recalled on Aug. 3.

      Cubs 5, Padres 1

      SAN DIEGO -- Left-handed starter Jon Lester took a shutout into the seventh inning and Kris Bryant, Addison Russell and Jason Heyward supplied the power as Chicago rebounded from a series loss in Colorado to defeat San Diego in the opener of a three-game series at Petco Park.

      The win was the Cubs' 20th in their last 25 games and improved their major-league-best record to 79-45.

      Lester improved to 14-4 with his second win over the Padres this season. He held the Padres scoreless on three hits over six innings before giving up two straight hits opening the seventh that resulted in the Padres' run. Lester's official line was one run allowed on five hits and two walks with eight strikeouts over six-plus innings.

  • Mariners place reliever Storen on DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, August 22, 2016

    The Seattle Mariners placed right-hander Drew Storen on the 15-day disabled list prior to Monday's game against the New York Yankees.

    • Seattle recalled outfielder Guillermo Heredia from Triple-A Tacoma to fill the roster spot of Storen, who is dealing with right shoulder inflammation. Storen's move is retroactive to Aug. 20.

      Storen posted a 3-3 mark with three saves and a 5.77 ERA in 48 combined outings with Toronto and Seattle this season. The 28-year-old has made 10 appearances with the Mariners since being acquired from the Blue Jays for fellow right-hander Joaquin Benoit on July 26.

      Heredia has batted .280 with one homer and three RBIs in 12 games with Seattle this season. The 25-year-old is hitting .312 with two homers and 13 RBIs in 35 contests with Tacoma in 2016.

  • MLB notebook: Sore elbow lands Nationals' Strasburg on DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, August 22, 2016

    The Washington Nationals placed right-hander Stephen Strasburg on the 15-day disabled list on Monday with right elbow soreness.

    • Strasburg, 28, was scratched from his start Monday night against the Baltimore Orioles.

      Strasburg has struggled in his last three starts. He gave up seven runs in the first inning last Wednesday against the Colorado Rockies and was pulled in the second inning. In his last three starts, Strasburg posted a 14.66 ERA and allowed 24 hits in 19 2/3 innings.

      Strasburg is 15-4 with a 3.59 ERA in 23 starts this season. His second stint on the disabled list this season is retroactive to Aug. 21. He missed 17 games with an upper back strain, from June 16-July 3.

      --The New York Mets placed left-hander Steven Matz on the 15-day disabled list with a mild shoulder strain and rotator cuff irritation.

      The move is retroactive to Aug. 15.

      Matz, who underwent Tommy John surgery early in his minor-league career, has been dealing with a bone spur in his left elbow since May. The Mets skipped Matz's start on Friday after the 25-year-old admitted to feeling a twinge in side sessions.

      Matz has posted a 9-8 mark with a 3.40 ERA and 129 strikeouts in 132 1/3 innings this season.

      --The Pittsburgh Pirates signed infielder David Freese to a two-year contract extension beginning in 2017 with a club option for the 2019 season.

      Pittsburgh had signed Freese to a one-year, $3 million free agent contract in March.

      The 33-year-old Freese is hitting .276 with 12 home runs, 49 RBIs, 54 runs scored, a .355 on-base percentage, .437 slugging percentage and .792 OPS in 107 games in his first season with the Pirates.

      Freese's average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage are his highest totals since the 2012 season as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals.

  • Mets place LHP Matz on disabled list
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, August 22, 2016

    The New York Mets placed left-hander Steven Matz on the 15-day disabled list Monday with a mild shoulder strain and rotator cuff irritation.

    • The move is retroactive to Aug. 15.

      Right-hander Robert Gsellman and infielder T.J. Rivera were recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas to replace Matz and second baseman Neil Walker, who was placed on the paternity list.

      Matz, who underwent Tommy John surgery early in his minor-league career, has been dealing with a bone spur in his left elbow since May. The Mets skipped Matz's start on Friday after the 25-year-old admitted to feeling a twinge in side sessions.

      Matz has posted a 9-8 mark with a 3.40 ERA and 129 strikeouts in 132 1/3 innings this season.

      Walker's wife will have labor induced on Monday. He is expected to return to the team on Friday prior to its series versus Philadelphia.

      Gsellman, 23, has posted a 1-5 mark and 5.73 ERA in nine starts with Las Vegas.

      Rivera, 27, enjoyed success in his brief stint with New York, going 11-for-31 with three RBIs in nine games this season.

  • Pirates sign INF Freese to two-year contract extension
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, August 22, 2016

    The Pittsburgh Pirates signed infielder David Freese to a two-year contract extension beginning in 2017 with a club option for the 2019 season.

    • Pittsburgh had signed Freese to a one-year, $3 million free agent contract in March.

      The 33-year-old Freese is hitting .276 with 12 home runs, 49 RBIs, 54 runs scored, a .355 on-base percentage, .437 slugging percentage and .792 OPS in 107 games in his first season with the Pirates.

      "David has been a consummate professional while producing offensively and playing solid defense at both third and first base to help this team win games," general manager Neal Huntington said in a statement. "We are very pleased to have the opportunity to extend that impact into future seasons."

      Freese's average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage are his highest totals since the 2012 season as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals.

      Since breaking into the big leagues in 2009 with St. Louis, Freese has hit .276 with 80 home runs and 397 RBIs in 828 games with the Cardinals (2009-13), Los Angeles Angels (2014-15) and Pirates (2016).

      The Pirates have now signed three players to multiyear deals since the start of the 2016 regular season (Gregory Polanco, Francisco Cervelli and Freese).

  • Nationals place RHP Strasburg on DL with sore elbow
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, August 22, 2016

    The Washington Nationals placed right-hander Stephen Strasburg on the 15-day disabled list on Monday with right elbow soreness.

    • Strasburg, 28, was scratched from his start Monday night against the Baltimore Orioles.

      Strasburg has struggled in his last three starts. He gave up seven runs in the first inning last Wednesday against the Colorado Rockies and was pulled in the second inning. In his last three starts, Strasburg posted a 14.66 ERA and allowed 24 hits in 19 2/3 innings.

      Strasburg is 15-4 with a 3.59 ERA in 23 starts this season. His second stint on the disabled list this season is retroactive to Aug. 21.

      Strasburg missed 17 games with an upper back strain, from June 16-July 3.

      Right-hander A.J. Cole was promoted from Triple-A Syracuse to start Monday night against the Orioles.

      Cole, 24, is 8-8 with a 4.26 ERA in 22 starts for Syracuse this season. He has a 5.79 ERA in three appearances (one start) for the Nationals, all recorded last season.

  • Strawberry: Gooden needs help to kick cocaine
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, August 22, 2016

    Dwight "Doc" Gooden, the 1985 National League Cy Young Award winner who played 16 seasons in the majors, has relapsed in his recovery from a cocaine addiction, former teammate Darryl Strawberry said Sunday.

    • Strawberry, one of Gooden's teammates on the World Series-winning 1986 New York Mets, told the New York Daily News that Gooden is a "complete junkie-addict" and "won't listen" to behind-the-scenes attempts at an intervention.

      "The condition Doc is in, it's bad, it's horrible," Strawberry told the Daily News. "It's like cocaine poison. I feel like I've got to get it out there because nobody else is doing anything to help him, and it might be the only way to stop him."

      Gooden, 51, was scheduled to appear at a WFAN event with Strawberry last Thursday, but he did not appear after sending a text to the Daily News saying that he was experiencing "minor health issues."

      That's when Strawberry decided to go public about Gooden's struggles.

      "The worst thing we can do for him is stay silent," Strawberry said. "That was a common thread in some of these other celebrity deaths, like Prince and Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson. Silence can kill people."

      An unnamed source told the Daily News that Gooden locked himself in the bedroom of his Jersey City apartment Thursday before his scheduled appearance with Strawberry and would not come out despite multiple pleas.

      Strawberry believes Gooden is in an especially vulnerable state after the death of his mother in July.

      Janice Roots, a woman who said she had a live-in relationship with Gooden for four years, told the Daily News that Gooden's most recent struggles began in January 2014.

      "It got to a point where he just succumbed to his addiction," Roots said.

      Gooden said in an interview with the Daily News back in May that he had not used cocaine since 2011.

      Gooden played the first 11 seasons of his career with the Mets and was a four-time All-Star and won three World Series titles. He had a career 194-112 record with a 3.51 ERA and 2,293 strikeouts over 430 games.

  • Report: A's Butler hurt in altercation with teammate
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, August 21, 2016

    Oakland A's designated hitter Billy Butler, who sat out the team's Saturday and Sunday games against the White Sox in Chicago, was sidelined with an injury he sustained in an altercation with teammate Danny Valencia, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

    • According to the newspaper, no one with the team would confirm or deny the report.

      Valencia told the Chronicle after the Athletics' 4-2 loss to the White Sox on Sunday, "No comment. What happens in the clubhouse stays in the clubhouse."

      Valencia went 2-for-4 on Saturday, then sat out Sunday.

      Manager Bob Melvin said Butler was out because of nausea and vomiting, adding that the player did not have the flu. The Chronicle noted that nausea and vomiting can be symptoms of a concussion.

      In 79 games this season, Butler is hitting .286 with a .338 on-base percentage, a .419 slugging percentage, four homers and 30 RBIs. He hasn't played since coming off the bench and going 0-for-1 on Wednesday in Oakland's 6-2 road loss to the Texas Rangers.

  • MLB notebook: Blue Jays option RHP Sanchez to minors
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, August 21, 2016

    The Toronto Blue Jays optioned right-hander Aaron Sanchez to Class A Dunedin on Sunday despite the All-Star pitcher having the fifth-lowest ERA in the American League this season.

    • The Blue Jays are trying to limit Sanchez's innings and it is unlikely he will pitch at Dunedin. Sanchez is expected to be recalled to start against the Baltimore Orioles on Aug. 31 after he spends the required 10 days in the minors.

      The 24-year-old Sanchez is 12-2 with a 2.99 ERA in 24 starts and a career-high 156 1/3 innings, with 132 strikeouts and 46 walks.

      Sanchez started Saturday against the Cleveland Indians but he gave up a five runs in the fourth. He pitched four innings, allowing five runs (four earned) and four hits with five strikeouts and one walk.

      Blue Jays manager John Gibbons had hinted that Sanchez would get a break after Saturday's outing.

      Left-hander Aaron Loup was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo to take Sanchez's spot on the roster.

      --Miami Marlins All-Star closer A.J. Ramos was activated from the 15-day disabled prior to Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

      The right-hander had been sidelined since Aug. 5. He suffered a fractured finger on his pitching hand while fielding a bunt and went on the disabled list four days later, retroactive to Aug. 6. The 29-year-old Ramos ranks fifth in the National League with 32 saves. He has a 3.05 ERA in 47 appearances.

      The Marlins optioned right-hander Brian Ellington to Triple-A New Orleans to clear a roster spot. Ellington is 2-1 with a 0.92 ERA in 19 major league appearances this season.

      --Los Angeles Angels closer Huston Street might require season-ending knee surgery, according to manager Mike Scioscia.

      The right-hander has been on the disabled list since Aug. 2, and his right knee hasn't responded to treatment. Scioscia said Street is consulting with a doctor in Texas about whether surgery might solve the issue. The club has only termed the injury as inflammation.

      Street, 33, has struggled this season with a 6.45 ERA in 21 outings. He has only nine saves and opponents are batting .337 against him. The two-time All-Star has 324 career saves in 12 big-league seasons.

      --Detroit Tigers center fielder Cameron Maybin was activated from the 15-day disabled list prior to Sunday's game against the Boston Red Sox.

      Maybin hasn't played since Aug. 3 due to a sprained left thumb. He suffered the injury while trying to make a diving catch.

      Maybin was placed on the DL on Aug. 11, retroactive to Aug. 4. He is batting .322 with two homers and 29 RBIs in 233 at-bats this season.

      The Tigers optioned shortstop Dixon Machado to Triple-A Toledo to open up a roster spot for Maybin. Machado went 1-for-9 in four games for Detroit.

      --The Los Angeles Dodgers recalled outfielder Andrew Toles from Oklahoma City and optioned infielder Chris Taylor to the Triple-A club.

      Toles, 24, is hitting .316 (12-for-38) with an RBI in 16 games with the Dodgers this season. He made his major league debut on July 8. He is hitting .331 with seven home runs and 38 RBIs in 82 minor league games with Oklahoma City, Double-A Tulsa and Class A Rancho Cucamonga.

      Taylor, 25, is batting .218 with a homer and seven RBIs in 29 games with the Dodgers after being acquired on June 19 from the Seattle Mariners.

  • MLB roundup: Mets shut out Giants
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, August 21, 2016

    SAN FRANCISCO -- Yoenis Cespedes provided Noah Syndergaard all the offensive support he needed with a two-run home run in the seventh inning Sunday night as the New York Mets duo combined to overpower the San Francisco Giants in a 2-0 victory.

    • Syndergaard limited the Giants to two hits over eight innings as the Mets managed a split of the four-game series after losing the first two games Thursday and Friday. He walked two and struck out six. Jeurys Familia completed the shutout with a one-hit ninth for his 41st save.

      Curtis Granderson led off the Mets' seventh inning with a double, ending the no-hit bid of San Francisco starter Jeff Samardzija, before Cespedes launched a tremendous blast just inside the left field foul pole.

      Samardzija (10-9) was pulled after the seventh inning, having allowed two runs on three hits. He walked one and struck out seven.

      Indians 3, Blue Jays 2

      CLEVELAND -- Jose Ramirez hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift Cleveland past Toronto.

      With one out in the eighth inning and Toronto leading 2-1, Brett Cecil relieved starter Marcus Stroman. Cecil retired Jason Kipnis on a fly out for the second out, but Francisco Lindor reached on an infield single.

      Ramirez then hit the first pitch over the left field wall for his 10th home run, giving Cleveland a 3-2 lead. It was Ramirez's second late-game homer of the series.

      Tigers 10, Red Sox 5

      DETROIT -- Justin Upton hit a pair of three-run homers, J.D. Martinez squibbed a two-run double and Justin Verlander held Boston to one run in six innings to help Detroit gain a split of a four-game series.

      Upton, hitting .228 at game time, was in his second game back from three days of not starting. He came up in the third with two on and tagged Boston emergency starter Henry Owens (0-1) for his 14th home run of the season. Owens, subbing for injured Eduardo Rodriguez, fed Upton a 2-0 changeup that Upton hit halfway up the stands in left to give Detroit a 5-0 lead.

      Rays 8, Rangers 4

      ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Logan Forsythe hit a three-run homer in his return to the lineup to lead Tampa Bay over Texas.

      Forsythe's home run completed a five-run fourth inning that gave the Rays a 6-2 lead as Tampa Bay took two out of three games from the American League West leaders.

      Tampa Bay trailed 2-1 going into the bottom of the fourth when second baseman Tim Beckham hit a double down the right field line. Right fielder Steven Souza Jr. and left fielder Corey Dickerson followed with singles and Beckham scored to tie the game. Catcher Bobby Wilson executed a perfect bunt on a squeeze play that Souza Jr. scored on to give the Rays a 3-2 lead. Forsythe came up with two on and sent a 2-1 offering from Rangers starter Martin Perez over the wall in left center.

      White Sox 4, Athletics 2

      CHICAGO -- Jose Quintana reached a career high with his 10th victory as Chicago beat Oakland.

      Quintana (10-9) struck out six, walked one and gave up two runs and eight hits in seven innings. He exited after issuing a leadoff walk in the eighth. Quintana reached nine victories in each of his last three seasons.

      Jose Abreu homered for the White Sox, who have won five of their last nine games. The Athletics have lost seven of eight and 16 of 22.

      Royals 2, Twins 1

      KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Danny Duffy pitched superbly into the seventh inning as Kansas City nipped Minnesota for its eighth straight victory.

      The Royals' winning streak is their longest since winning eight in a row in August 2014. They swept a four-game series from the Twins at Kansas City for the first time since 1975.

      Duffy (11-1) won his 10th straight decision, holding the Twins to one run on eight hits over 6 2/3 innings before being replaced by Peter Moylan after throwing 95 pitches. Duffy lowered his ERA to 2.66, which ranks second in the American League.

      Dodgers 4, Reds 0

      CINCINNATI -- Chase Utley homered and Julio Urias pitched six shutout innings to send Los Angeles over Cincinnati.

      The Dodgers snapped a three-game losing skid. The loss ended a five-game winning streak for the Reds.

      Urias (4-2) allowed six hits and had six strikeouts over 97 pitches.

      Cardinals 9, Phillies 0

      PHILADELPHIA -- Brandon Moss' 23rd home run of the season helped open up the St. Louis offense and seven strong innings from Mike Leake paved the way to a win over Philadelphia.

      Leake (9-9) gave up seven hits and struck out eight.

      Vince Velasquez (8-6) took the loss. Since picking up a win on July 8 that moved him to 8-2 with a 3.32 ERA, the 24-year-old is 0-4 with a 6.25 ERA.

      Marlins 3, Pirates 2

      PITTSBURGH -- In a somewhat sloppy ballgame, Miami held it together to sweep Pittsburgh.

      Christian Yelich hit a solo home run to get the Marlins on the board in the first inning and Miami took advantage of poor defense by the Pirates to add two more runs in the fifth.

      Marlins right-hander Jose Urena (2-4) allowed two earned runs on four hits through six innings for his first win since allowing one earned run in three innings of a relief appearance against the Washington Nationals on May 14.

      Rockies 11, Cubs 4

      DENVER -- Nolan Arenado hit two three-run homers as Colorado piled on Chicago for seven runs in the first inning and walloped them in the rubber game of the three-game series.

      The Rockies won for the fourth time in five games as they finished a 4-2 homestand against the Cubs and Washington Nationals. The loss was just the fifth in 24 games for the Cubs.

      Arenado went 4-for-5 with six RBIs, one shy of his career high. He tied his career high with four hits. It was the seventh four-hit game of his career and second this season.

      Brewers 7, Mariners 6

      SEATTLE -- Milwaukee pinch hitter Scooter Gennett delivered an RBI single in the top of the ninth, capping off a four-run frame as Milwaukee rallied from three down to beat Seattle while snapping a six-game losing streak.

      Brewers center fielder Keon Broxton had a pair of solo home runs, including a leadoff shot that sparked the four-run ninth. Broxton entered the Seattle series with three home runs on the season, then hit three more in three games against the Mariners.

      Ryan Braun's two-out, two-run double in the sixth cut the deficit to 6-3.

      Padres 9, Diamondbacks 1

      SAN DIEGO -- Right-hander Luis Perdomo took a shutout into the seventh inning and hit a run-scoring double, and fellow rookies Travis Jankowski and Alex Dickerson homered as San Diego defeated Arizona at Petco Park.

      Patrick Kivlehan, the third rookie member of the Padres outfield, reached base in all four of his plate appearances and scored three runs.

      Perdomo, 23, allowed one unearned run on five hits and no walks over seven innings while striking out five in easily the best of his 14 starts this season. Perdomo improved to 6-7 while lowering his earned run average from 6.68 to 6.24.

      Braves 7, Nationals 6

      ATLANTA -- Jace Peterson hit a 3-2 hanging slider from Shawn Kelly over the right-field fence with two outs in the 10th inning for an Atlanta win over Washington.

      It was just the second win for the Braves over the Nationals in 13 games this season.

      Peterson, playing his first game in center field, made a catch crashing into the fence early in the game and then won it with his seventh homer of the season.

      Angels 2 Yankees 0

      ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Right-hander Jhoulys Chacin earned his first victory in nearly 10 weeks by combining with three relievers on a six-hit shutout in Los Angeles' win over New York Yankees at Angel Stadium.

      Chacin, who had lost four successive decisions, conceded six hits and one walk in 5 2/3 innings while collecting five strikeouts.

      Andrelton Simmons drove in both runs while Albert Pujols collected three hits.

      Astros 5, Orioles 3

      BALTIMORE -- Dallas Keuchel allowed just two runs in eight innings for his first road win since June 29 and Carlos Correa had two hits and two RBIs as Houston defeated Baltimore in a rain-delayed series finale.

      Keuchel allowed seven runs in five innings in his last road start -- at Detroit on July 31. He last tasted victory away from home when he gave up two earned runs in six innings against the Angels nearly two months ago.

      The Astros won three of four games in the series while the Orioles have lost five of their last six.

  • Angels' Street may need season-ending knee surgery
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, August 21, 2016

    Los Angeles Angels closer Huston Street might require season-ending knee surgery, according to manager Mike Scioscia.

    • The right-hander has been on the disabled list since Aug. 2, and his right knee hasn't responded to treatment.

      Scioscia said Sunday that Street is consulting with a doctor in Texas about whether surgery might solve the issue. The club has only termed the injury as inflammation.

      If Street undergoes surgery, he is expected to be healthy for the start of the 2017 season.

      Street, 33, has struggled this season with a 6.45 ERA in 21 outings. He has only nine saves and opponents are batting .337 against him.

      The two-time All-Star has 324 career saves in 12 big-league seasons.