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  • Tuesday, September 2, 2014
    Jays' Lawrie to miss rest of season
    By The Sports Xchange

    Toronto Blue Jays infielder Brett Lawrie will not return for the remainder of the season after he was moved from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list.

    • Lawrie suffered an oblique injury in early August and has not played since then. In 70 games this season, he batted .247 with 12 homers and 38 RBIs.

      The 24-year-old has struggled to remain healthy since he debuted with the Blue Jays in 2011. In three major league seasons, he has a .269 average with 31 homers and 119 RBIs while missing 184 games.

  • Tuesday, September 2, 2014
    Phillies activate RHP Adams
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Philadelphia Phillies recalled right-hander Mike Adams from the 60-day disabled list on Tuesday.

    • Adams has worked only 17 innings in 19 games this year for the Phillies after a shoulder injury sidelined him in June. He is 2-1 with a 2.12 ERA.

      In three minor league rehab games before he was activated, Adams gave up one hit and no runs in three innings.

      Last year, Adams pitched in 28 games and was 1-4 with a 3.96 ERA. His career ERA is 2.40 in 10 major league seasons.

      The 36-year-old is in the final month of a two-year, $12 million contract.

  • Tuesday, September 2, 2014
    Mariners' Walker states case for rotation shot
    By The Sports Xchange

    OAKLAND, Calif. -- Right-hander Taijuan Walker, one of seven September call-ups Monday morning for the Seattle Mariners, pitched six strong innings of relief in a 6-1 loss to the Oakland A's on Monday afternoon.

    • Walker allowed just one run on six hits while striking out five and walking two. Before the game, Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said the highly touted Walker initially would work as a long reliever but would have a chance to force his way into the rotation.

      "Hopefully it gets to a point where he's so dominating that he's in the rotation," McClendon said. "We'll see. I don't know. I had a talk with him today, and that's totally up to him. We've all heard the hype. We know he's a very talented individual. I want to see it on the field. We'll see."

      Walker showed off plenty of skills Monday, including a mid-90s fastball.

      "I needed to step up," Walker said. "I felt good. I had good fastball command in and out, and (catcher Mike Zunino) and I were on the same page. It was a quick pace. They told me to be ready. It's been seven days since I pitched. I was ready to go. I made sure to get ready before the game and just kept myself loose."

      Walker, the No. 43 overall pick in the 2010 draft, went 6-4 with a 4.81 ERA in 14 starts for Triple-A Tacoma.

      "He did a nice job," McClendon said after Monday's game. "He threw the ball pretty darn good. Taijuan shut them down."

      The Mariners activated designated hitter Corey Hart (bruised right knee) from the 15-day disabled list after a rehab stint with Tacoma. They also called up first baseman Justin Smoak, outfielder Stefen Romero, catcher Humberto Quintero, left-hander Lucas Luetge and right-hander Carson Smith from Tacoma. Lefty James Paxton and right-hander Erasmo Ramirez will be recalled from Tacoma on Tuesday, with Paxton due to start in the second game of the Oakland series.

      Smith made his major league debut, retiring third baseman Josh Donaldson, the only batter he faced, in the eighth inning. Luetge allowed one hit in one-third of an inning. Smoak started at first base and went 0-for-3. Romero was hit by a pitch as a pinch hitter.

      "I think all of them bring something to the table, and hopefully they'll get opportunities to help us win games," McClendon said of his call-ups.

  • Tuesday, September 2, 2014
    Indians ace Kluber needs to regain winning touch
    By The Sports Xchange

    CLEVELAND -- It's difficult to say which was more surprising, the score of the Indians' loss to the Tigers Monday, or the Indians' starting pitcher. The Indians, who led the major leagues with a 2.39 ERA in the month of August, gave up 20 hits and 12 runs in a 12-1 loss to the Tigers.

    • Equally shocking was that the Indians' starting pitcher was their ace, right-hander Corey Kluber. Kluber, who has been one of the top pitchers in the American League and a Cy Young Award candidate, gave up five runs on seven hits in a season-low 2 2/3 innings.

      Kluber's record is now 13-9, with a 2.72 ERA, which is very good. What's not so good, however, is the Indians have lost the last three games Kluber has started, which is not a good trend for a contender that is counting on its ace to win the big games that will be played in September.

      After an eight-game stretch in which he was 6-0 with a 1.31 ERA, Kluber in his last three starts, is 0-3 with a 6.19 ERA. Monday he gave up three home runs in the span of 12 batters after giving up just one home run over the last 241 batters he had faced.

      Indians manager Terry Francona said he does not think Kluber is in a slump, and Kluber said he is fine physically. But the last thing the Indians need as they attempt to catch Kansas City and Detroit in the Central Division race are less than Kluber-caliber starts in the month of September.

  • Tuesday, September 2, 2014
    Rockies' Ynoa shines in long-awaited debut
    By The Sports Xchange

    DENVER -- The journey began for infielder Rafael Ynoa in the Dominican Summer League. He played there in 2006 and 2007 and then came to the United States, where he toiled for six more seasons in the Los Angeles Dodgers' organization.

    • After 2013, Ynoa signed a minor league contract with the Colorado Rockies. He spent this season at Triple-A Colorado Springs. On Monday, Ynoa, 27, finally made his major league debut -- a very memorable one, as it turned out.

      All told, it took Ynoa nine years and 2,765 at-bats to get to the big leagues.

      In the Rockies' 10-9, walk-off win over the San Francisco Giants, Ynoa entered the game at second base on a double switch in the fifth. In the bottom of that inning, he led off with an infield single, one of two such hits for the switch-hitter, who went 3-for-4. He drove in a run with his second hit, a single to left-center.

      Ynoa became the 15th Rockies player to have multiple hits in his major league debut and the second this year. First baseman Ben Paulsen did it on July 21 against Washington.

      Ynoa is just the third Rockies player to collect three or more hits in his major league debut, the last being pitcher Jason Jennings on Aug. 23, 2001, at the New York Mets. Ynoa also became the first player since Brandon Boggs of the Texas Rangers on April 29, 2008, to get a hit from each side of the plate in his first two plate appearances.

      This year at Colorado Springs, Ynoa hit .297 with 31 doubles, five home runs, 32 RBI and 66 runs in 115 games.

  • Tuesday, September 2, 2014
    Hosmer's return puts Butler on Royals bench
    By The Sports Xchange

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- First baseman Eric Hosmer came off the disabled list and was in the lineup.

    • First baseman-designated hitter Billy Butler was not.

      The Royals are 22-11 when Butler starts at first, which is where he played in August with Hosmer out with a fractured right hand. Butler's offense perked up with him playing first base. He has a .645 OPS while DHing this season, compared to a .815 OPS while playing first.

      In addition, Butler homered against Rangers right-hander Colby Lewis on Aug. 28 at Texas and is 3-for-9 off him. Manager Ned Yost started Raul Ibanez, who is 1-for-9 off Lewis, as the designated hitter.

      Butler turned down interview requests before the game, but he could not have been happy with being on the bench.

      "Whoever gets hot is going to play," Yost said of his lineup.

      He said he wanted to give Butler a breather after he played every game in Hosmer's absence.

  • Tuesday, September 2, 2014
    Rangers LHP Holland finally ready to make season debut
    By The Sports Xchange

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Left-hander Derek Holland will make his long overdue debut Tuesday for the Rangers.

    • Holland tore cartilage in his left knee while falling while playing with his dog in January. He would require microfracture surgery. Nearly eight months after the surgery and with the Rangers mired in last place in the American League West, Holland will make his 2014 debut against the Royals.

      "Just to know where he is, really just finding out No. 1 his physical abilities," said Rangers manager Ron Washington, of the significance of Holland pitching in September. "To find out where he is in executing pitching. Those type of things."

      "He'll go into the winter knowing that he's just got to do his winter stuff to be strong in spring training. He made his way back. He's healthy."

      Holland won 16 games in 2011 and has been a double-figure winner the past three seasons.

      Holland made six rehab starts with Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Round Rock, going 2-1 with a 4.43 ERA, throwing 98 pitches on Thursday in his previous start, so he has progressed to throw 100-plus pitches Tuesday.

  • Tuesday, September 2, 2014
    Hudson finally back with D-backs
    By The Sports Xchange

    SAN DIEGO -- The first September addition to the Arizona Diamondbacks' roster is not exactly a young prospect.

    • Right-handed pitcher Daniel Hudson, who hasn't pitched in the major leagues since June 26, 2012, was reinstated from the 60-day disabled list Monday. The Diamondbacks also activated outfielder Cody Ross from the 15-day DL.

      Hudson was 7-1 with a 1.69 ERA for the Diamondbacks in the second half of 2010, and he went 16-12 with a 3.49 ERA in 33 starts in 2011. Then he had two Tommy John surgeries in a span of two years.

      Hudson was 25 when he suffered his initial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament while pitching at Atlanta on June 26, 2012. Dr. Lewis Yocum performed Hudson's first elbow reconstruction surgery on July 9, 2012. Yocum died in May 2013.

      The second failure of Hudson's UCL occurred on June 4, 2013, during a rehab start with Double-A Mobile. Dr. James Andrews performed Hudson's second Tommy John procedure on June 18, 2013.

      Many of Arizona's projected call-ups were delayed when Triple-A Reno advanced to the Pacific Coast League playoffs with a win Sunday.

  • Tuesday, September 2, 2014
    Cards' Descalso thrives with rare regular action
    By The Sports Xchange

    ST. LOUIS -- Daniel Descalso is a utility infielder in name only this year, lacking a role on a St. Louis Cardinals team with a set starting lineup at the three positions he plays.

    • With rookie Kolten Wong at second, Jhonny Peralta at shortstop and two-time All-Star Matt Carpenter at third, Descalso at times has gone weeks without starting. However, a perfect storm of 18 games in 17 days, the need for rest days and a clear slump by first baseman Matt Adams finally made the utility man an everyday man -- at least for now.

      In the Cardinals' 5-4 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday, Descalso started at third and went 2-for-4. He became the first player in St. Louis history to start four consecutive games at four different infield spots, as well as the first major-leaguer to do it since the Texas Rangers' Michael Young accomplished the feat two years ago.

      Increased playing time is leading to increased hitting. Descalso is batting .421 since Aug. 9 and has a hit in 15 of the last 16 games he started, going 22-for-56 (.393) in those assignments and raising his season average to .243.

      Manager Mike Matheny mentioned on several occasions this year how Descalso hasn't received the playing time his versatility and skills merit. Circumstances made Descalso's name a fixture in his lineups lately, though, at the season's critical juncture.

      "We've seen him do this before," Matheny said of Descalso's key contributions down the stretch. "I don't know why anybody would be surprised."

  • Tuesday, September 2, 2014
    Span homers twice as Nationals dump Dodgers
    By The Sports Xchange

    LOS ANGELES -- The ball was carrying well at Dodger Stadium on Monday. No player took advantage of it more than Washington Nationals center fielder Denard Span.

    • Span homered twice, guiding the Nationals to a 6-4 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the opener of a three-game set between the clubs with the best records in the National League.

      "It's been a while since I've done that," said Span, whose only other multi-homer game occurred Sept. 13, 2008, when he hit two as a member of the Minnesota Twins against the Baltimore Orioles. "Just a good feeling, a good day. It ended up being two big hits and a win for us."

      Span has four home runs this season, three of them coming in the past week.

      "I've been seeing the ball pretty good," said Span, who finished with a season-high three RBIs. "I'm not trying to hit a home run, just trying to hit the ball hard somewhere. That's all I'm trying to do. I'm just seeing the ball and reacting."

      The East Division-leading Nationals (78-58) handed the West-leading Dodgers (77-61) their third setback in four games. Washington won for the third time in four games.

      Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez limited the Dodgers to three hits -- two by center fielder Matt Kemp, including a home run -- but was charged with three runs in six-plus innings.

      Gonzalez (7-9) struck out four and walked two, throwing only 74 pitches (48 strikes). After giving up a hit and two runs in the first inning, Gonzalez retired 16 of the next 17 batters before allowing a single by Kemp to open the seventh inning.

      "I still kept attacking the strike zone. Willie was calling a great game and mixing it up, just helping me build confidence," Gonzalez said, referring to catcher Wilson Ramos. "All of the credit in the world goes to Ramos and the offense."

      Closer Rafael Soriano gave up a run in the ninth before he retired Dodgers pinch hitter Joc Pederson on a called third strike with runners on the corners for his 31st save. Pederson, called up earlier in the day, made his major league debut.

      Dodgers starter Roberto Hernandez (8-10) served up a career-high four home runs to the Nationals, who tagged him for five runs on five hits in 4 1/3 innings.

      "You get behind in the count and you get in predictable counts where you have to throw strikes, you help (the opposition) a lot," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.

      Right fielder Jayson Werth deposited a 2-2 Hernandez fastball over the wall in center for a 1-0 Nationals lead with two outs in the first inning.

      After a walk to first baseman Adrian Gonzalez in the bottom of the inning, Kemp drove a 1-1 pitch from Gio Gonzalez into the bleachers in right for a two-run homer and a 2-1 Los Angeles lead.

      Nationals second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera hit a solo home run to lead off the third inning to tie the score. Two batters later, Span took Hernandez deep for a solo shot and a 3-2 Washington lead.

      Span homered again in the fifth, smacking a two-run shot into the visitors' bullpen in right for a 5-2 Nationals advantage.

      Span shared a secret for his success Monday.

      "Last night, I did eat Roscoe's Chicken & Waffles," Span said of the small but popular Los Angeles-based restaurant chain. "I think that might have helped a little bit tonight."

      Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe hit RBI singles in the seventh and ninth innings.

      NOTES: Washington 1B Adam LaRoche strained his back in his fifth-inning at-bat and left the game. He is listed as day-to-day. ... The Dodgers recalled C Tim Federowicz, RHP Yimi Garcia and INF/OF Alex Guerrero from Triple-A Albuquerque. They also selected the contract of OF Joc Pederson from Albuquerque. Pederson was this season's Pacific Coast League MVP, batting .303 with 33 home runs and 30 steals, becoming only the fourth league player to accomplish a 30-30 season. ... Los Angeles activated RHP Chris Perez (bone spurs in right ankle) from the disabled list after he completed five rehab appearances at Class A Rancho Cucamonga. ... The Nationals called up RHP Aaron Barnett, LHP Xavier Cedeno, C Sandy Leon, 1B/OF Tyler Moore and RHP Blake Treinen from Triple-A Syracuse. The club also reinstated OF Steven Souza Jr. (left shoulder contusion) from the 15-day disabled list. ... Boxer Manny Pacquiao threw out the ceremonial first pitch. ... The game drew a crowd of 41,856.

  • Tuesday, September 2, 2014
    Perez knocks in three as Royals edge Rangers
    By The Sports Xchange

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- After driving in 20 runs in August, his career high for a month, Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez is off to a similarly strong start in September.

    • Perez stroked three hits, including a home run, and drove in three runs to lead the Royals to a 4-3 victory over the Texas Rangers on Monday night.

      "A pretty good day," Perez said. "Tomorrow is going to be a new day. I just try to stay in my approach, let the ball come to me and try to put a good swing on the ball."

      Kansas City starter Yordano Ventura (11-9) held the Rangers to three runs, two earned, on five hits in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out seven and walked four.

      "He was pretty good," Perez said. "He walked a couple of guys, and I go out there and tell him to calm down. Everybody knows he throws hard, but sometimes he needs to come down a little bit (on his velocity). I think he got a little tired in the seventh inning."

      Greg Holland worked a perfect ninth to pick up his 41st save. Wade Davis worked a spotless eighth to run his scoreless streak to 27 2/3 innings.

      Texas starter Colby Lewis (9-12) allowed four runs on nine hits, including Perez's two-run homer in the third, in his seven-inning outing.

      "I could have hit that fastball out," Lewis said. "I'd be geared up, too, 2-0. I didn't hit my spot."

      Kansas City jumped out to a 4-0 lead through four innings, then held off Texas' comeback attempt.

      First baseman Adam Rosales doubled during the Rangers' two-run seventh, with catcher Tomas Telis and left fielder Michael Choice driving in runs with singles to trim Kansas City's lead to one run.

      "He was throwing hard, but he gave us decent pitches to hit," Rosales said of Ventura. "It was nice to keep coming back, climbing back. We just came up short one run."

      Rangers manager Ron Washington said of the Royals right-hander, "Sometimes he scatters his breaking ball and can get you out that way. A guy who throws that hard is hard to hit when he's able to make his pitches.

      "We were finally able to get on Ventura a little in the sixth and seventh and got across a couple of runs, but it wasn't enough."

      Perez staked the Royals to an early lead. His two-out, first-inning double scored left fielder Alex Gordon, who singled and stole second.

      In the third, Perez drove a Lewis pitch over the left field fence, knocking in Gordon, who walked. It was Perez's 16th home run.

      Third baseman Mike Moustakas, who entered the game 3-for-23 on the homestand, singled home right fielder Carlos Peguero in the fourth. Peguero, a September call-up making his Royals debut after hitting 15 home runs in August with Triple-A Omaha, doubled to left.

      "We scored some runs early and kind of let our defense and our bullpen (finish the job)," Moustakas said. "It's always nice to get the 'W' the first game of the series."

      Ventura limited the Rangers to one hit -- third baseman Adrian Beltre's two-out single in the fourth -- in the first five innings.

      Ventura pitched out of trouble in the second when he walked designated hitter Ryan Rua before Rosales reached on first baseman Eric Hosmer's error. Telis rolled into a double play on the first pitch to end the inning. Washington challenged the call, arguing that Telis beat the throw to first, but replay officials did not overturn the ruling on the field.

      NOTES: The Royals activated 1B Eric Hosmer off the disabled list after he sat out August with a fractured right hand. ... Kansas City selected the contract of LHP Brandon Finnegan, the team's top pick in the June draft, from Double-A Northwest Arkansas, and the contract of OF Carlos Peguero from Triple-A Omaha. Peguero started in right. The Royals designated LHP Chris Dwyer and RHP Blake Wood for assignment to make roster space for Finnegan and Peguero. ... The Royals also recalled RHP Casey Coleman, INF Johnny Giavotella and C Francisco Pena from Omaha and OF Lane Adams from Northwest Arkansas. ... Texas LHP Derek Holland will start Tuesday, his first major league outing after having left knee surgery in January. Holland will be the 60th player used by the Rangers this season, a major league record. RHP Jeremy Guthrie (10-10) will pitch for the Royals.

  • Tuesday, September 2, 2014
    Game roundup: Four Phillies pitchers combine for no-hitter
    By The Sports Xchange

    ATLANTA -- Wildness cost Cole Hamels a chance at his first no-hitter, but the Philadelphia Phillies left-hander got to share in a combined one.

    • Hamels (8-6) didn't allow a hit through six innings and the bullpen did the rest as the Phillies recorded their first shared no-hitter and 12th overall in a 7-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Monday before 34,178 at Turner Field.

      Hamels, who came in 3-0 with a 1.16 ERA in his four starts against the Braves, walked five and hit a batter, but also struck out seven. He threw 108 pitches in the heat and humidity, with 66 of them strikes.

      Left-hander Jake Diekman struck out two in the seventh inning, right-hander Ken Giles fanned the side in the eighth and closer Jonathan Papelbon closed it out in the ninth, getting Phil Gosselin to line out softly to first baseman Ryan Howard for the final out of the combined no-hitter.

      The Phillies have 11 regular no-hitters in their history, the past two in 2010 by Ray Halladay -- one in the postseason.

      Ben Revere, who came in with just 15 RBIs in 125 games, drove in a career-high five runs against the Braves.

      Tigers 12, Indians 1

      CLEVELAND -- Miguel Cabrera had four of Detroit's 20 hits and belted two of its five home runs as the Tigers routed Cleveland in the first game of a crucial four-game series between the two Central Division rivals at Progressive Field.

      The two home runs by designated hitter Cabrera ended his career-long 27-game homerless streak.

      The Tigers belted three home runs off Cleveland Indians ace Corey Kluber in less than three innings, while Detroit left-hander David Price pitched seven strong innings to get the win.

      Twins 6, Orioles 4

      BALTIMORE -- Joe Mauer had four RBIs, including a go-ahead two-run double in the eighth inning, to lead Minnesota to a victory over Baltimore.

      Minnesota avoided being swept in at least a four-game series in Baltimore for the first time in 48 years. The first-place Orioles took a five-game set in July 1966.

      Twins right-hander Phil Hughes (15-9) put together another effective outing. He allowed three runs (all unearned) on five hits with five strikeouts over eight innings. Baltimore rookie right-hander Kevin Gausman (7-7) lost his third straight game. He allowed five runs (four earned) on five hits with seven strikeouts and two walks over 7.1 innings.

      Padres 3, Diamondbacks 1

      SAN DIEGO -- Cory Spangenberg hit a two-run single in his major league debut and right-hander Tyson Ross registered his 14th straight quality start as the Padres defeated Arizona at Petco Park.

      Spangenberg, the 10th overall pick in the 2011 draft, hit a bases-loaded single in the bottom of the fifth for his first major league hit. He was promoted from Double-A San Antonio earlier in the day.

      Ross allowed one run on six hits and two walks over eight innings while extending his franchise record for quality starts. He also recorded his 14th straight start in which he allowed six or fewer hits.

      A's 6, Mariners 1

      OAKLAND, Calif. -- Designated hitter Adam Dunn hit a two-run homer in his first at-bat for Oakland, sparking his new team to a victory over Seattle at the O.co Coliseum.

      One day after being traded to Oakland from the Chicago White Sox, Dunn went 2-for-3 with 21st home run of the season and 461st of his career as he tied Boston's David Ortiz for 35th on baseball's all-time list. Dunn became the 12th player in Oakland history to homer in his first at-bat for the A's.

      The A's snapped a four-game losing streak and cut the Los Angeles Angels' lead in the American League West to 4 1/2 games. The A's, who had scored a total of four runs while being swept in their four-game series against the Angels, scored five runs in the first inning.

      Marlins 9, Mets 6

      MIAMI -- Miami lost All-Star right-hander Henderson Alvarez to an injury but rallied to defeat New York at Marlins Park.

      The Marlins scored three runs in the eighth inning to break a 6-6 tie. Only one of those runs was earned as Mets reliever Jeurys Familia, who entered the game with a 2.00 ERA, had two throwing errors, a wild pitch and a bases-loaded walk in the inning. Overall, the Marlins took advantage of six Mets errors.

      Alvarez, who entered the game with a 1.46 ERA at home this season, was removed due to a left-oblique strain. He angrily left the mound having allowed four runs (three earned) in 2 1/3 innings.

      Cubs 4, Brewers 2

      CHICAGO -- Catcher Welington Castillo went 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs as Chicago opened a three-game series with a victory over slumping Milwaukee at Wrigley Field.

      The loss was the sixth straight for the Brewers, who temporarily slipped into second place in the National League Central after they held or were tied for first since the season's opening week.

      Cubs rookie Jorge Soler went 2-for-4 in his Wrigley Field debut as he doubled and scored in his first at-bat in the second inning. In the sixth, he doubled and reached third on an error. He became only the third major league player since 1900 with extra base hits in each of his first five games.

      Rays 4, Red Sox 3

      ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Matt Joyce singled home the game-winner in the bottom of the 10th inning as Tampa Bay beat Boston to split a four-game series.

      Ryan Hanigan led off the 10th inning with double to left against Burke Badenhop that was upheld after a video review. Red Sox manager John Farrell had challenged the ruling on the field that Hanigan's left hand reached the base before second baseman Brock Holt took a throw from left fielder Yoenis Cespedes and tagged him near the crook of his elbow.

      Kevin Kiermaier was walked intentionally. After Ben Zobrist advanced the runners with a bunt, Wil Myers was walked intentionally to load the bases. Joyce flicked the first pitch he saw to left field for the game-winner.

      Cardinals 5, Pirates 4

      ST. LOUIS -- Matt Holliday continues to rack up video-game stats, dragging St. Louis to the top of the National League Central by itself for the first time this year. The left fielder's RBI single in the bottom of the seventh snapped a tie and gave the Cardinals a come-from-behind win over Pittsburgh at Busch Stadium.

      Holliday, whose two-run double in the third started St. Louis' comeback from a 3-0 deficit, is 7-for-11 in the last three games with three homers and 12 RBIs. His go-ahead hit knocked in center fielder Jon Jay, who tripled down the left field line to knock out starter Gerrit Cole.

      Coupled with the Chicago Cubs' 4-2 win over Milwaukee, the result put the Cardinals (74-63) a game ahead of the Brewers. The Pirates (71-66) dropped three games off the pace.

      Giants 4, Rockies 2 (completion of suspended game)

      DENVER -- Trying to make sense of a strange situation, Colorado manager Walt Weiss called the resumption Monday of a game suspended May 22 with San Francisco "a 3 1/2-month rain delay, basically."

      For the onrushing Giants, it was worth the wait as they scored two runs with two outs in the eighth to beat the Rockies. The teams played their regularly scheduled game later Monday.

      Hunter Pence doubled home the tie-breaking run and scored on pinch-hitter Travis Ishikawa's broken-bat single to short right field. Both hits came off Adam Ottavino, who took over for Christian Friedrich.

      Rockies 10, Giants 9

      DENVER -- Colorado, soon after losing the completion of a suspended game, erased a five-run deficit Monday, blew a two-run lead in the ninth yet ended up beating San Francisco on Charlie Blackmon's walkoff single.

      Michael McKenry led off the ninth with a single against Sergio Romo (5-4) and was sacrificed to second by Josh Rutledge. Pinch hitter Charlie Culberson fouled out, but Rafael Ynoa, who made his major league debut, followed with an infield hit, his third hit of the game, setting the stage for Blackmon's first-pitch single.

      The loss ended San Francisco's six-game winning streak.

      Royals 4, Rangers 3

      KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Salvador Perez stroked three hits, including a home run, and drove in three runs to lead Kansas City to a victory over Texas.

      Yordano Ventura (11-9) picked up the victory, holding the Rangers to three runs, two earned, on five hits, while striking out seven and walking four. Colby Lewis (9-12) suffered the loss, allowing four runs on nine hits, including Perez's two-run homer in the third.

      Greg Holland worked a perfect ninth to pick up his 41st save. Wade Davis worked a spotless eighth to run his extended scoreless-inning streak to 27 2/3 innings.

      Nationals 6, Dodgers 4

      LOS ANGELES -- Denard Span homered twice, guiding Washington to a victory over Los Angeles before 41,856 at Dodger Stadium.

      In a matchup of clubs with the two best records in the National League, the East Division-leading Nationals (78-58) handed the West front-running Dodgers (77-61) their third setback in four games.

      Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez limited the Dodgers to three hits -- two by Matt Kemp, including a home run -- but was charged with three runs in six-plus innings. Roberto Hernandez (8-10) served up a career-high four home runs to the Nationals, who tagged the Dodgers starter for five runs on five hits in 4 1/3 innings.

  • Tuesday, September 2, 2014
    Rockies rally, end Giants' 7-game win streak
    By The Sports Xchange

    DENVER -- The Colorado Rockies have only pride at stake in the final month of the season. Unlike the San Francisco Giants, their October hopes long since vanished.

    • Even so, the Rockies, soon after losing the completion of a suspended game, erased a five-run deficit Monday, blew a two-run lead in the ninth yet ended up beating the Giants 10-9 on Charlie Blackmon's walk-off single.

      Blackmon dug out a first-pitch changeup from Sergio Romo and pulled it to right field for the game-winning hit.

      "I faced him in the first game, he threw me all heaters in," said Blackmon, who flied out earlier against Romo. "I figured I wouldn't get a really good pitch to hit, and I didn't. I swung at a ball. I thought (the) first pitch would be close, and that might be the closest pitch to the zone I see. I figured they'd probably try and jump off the plate and get me to chase after that."

      Catcher Michael McKenry led off the ninth with a single against Romo (5-4) and was sacrificed to second by shortstop Josh Rutledge. Pinch hitter Charlie Culberson fouled out.

      Second baseman Rafael Ynoa, making his major league debut, followed with an infield hit off the glove of shortstop Brandon Crawford. It was Ynoa's third hit of the game and set the stage for center fielder Blackmon, who gave the Rockies (55-83) their seventh walk-off win of the season.

      San Francisco's six-game winning streak ended.

      "That infield hit killed us," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "Seeing-eye hit there, it set up the winning hit. You see so many of these type games here. It's a game that's not over until that last out, obviously. It's easy to get a rally going here."

      The Giants (75-63) proved that in the ninth, scoring twice off closer LaTroy Hawkins to tie the game at 9.

      Second baseman Joe Panik opened the inning by blooping an opposite-field double over third base, and he scored when Buster Posey grounded a single up the middle. Juan Perez pinch-ran for Posey and took second on a wild pitch. Perez scored to tie the game when third baseman Pablo Sandoval grounded a single to center, tagging Hawkins (3-2) with just his second blown save in 24 chances.

      After tying the game in the seventh on shortstop Josh Rutledge's single, the Rockies took their first lead of the game when pinch hitter Ben Paulsen, recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs earlier in the day, hit a two-run homer off Jean Machi on a 1-1 split-fingered pitch.

      Paulsen said he benefited from a scouting report on Machi, courtesy of catcher Jackson Williams, who caught Machi in 2012 and 2013 before signing a minor league contract with the Rockies after the 2013 season. Blackmon also gave Paulsen information about the Giants right-hander.

      "Everybody said he goes to his split," said Paulsen, who also had a pinch-hit single in the completion of the suspended game. "It got 1-1, and that's a good count for it, and I just put (the) barrel to it."

      Giants starter Tim Hudson, who has 214 wins in 17 seasons, again failed to earn his first victory at Coors Field. He gave up six runs, five earned, in five-plus innings. He is 0-2 with a 7.29 in eight starts at Coors Field.

      Hudson might have fared better had the Giants turned a double play on a sixth-inning grounder DJ LeMahieu hit to third baseman Pablo Sandoval with one out, a runner on first and a run home that trimmed the Giants' lead to 7-4. Sandoval bobbled the ball but threw to second in time to get a forceout, only to have Panik drop the ball. Colorado scored two more runs on Ynoa's single and a fielder's choice, pulling within 7-6.

      "We get a double play on the ball, it's a different inning," Bochy said.

      Colorado starter Franklin Morales was tagged for nine hits and seven runs in 4 1/3 innings, hardly what the Rockies were looking for after they lost 4-2 in the completion of a May 22 game that was suspended in the sixth in a 2-2 tie. San Francisco scored two runs in the eighth on right fielder Hunter Pence's double and pinch hitter Travis Ishikawa's single.

      "The bottom line is the guys keep fighting, regardless of where we're at in the standings," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "Giving up four in the first after losing that suspended game was a tough way to go. Got down 7-2, still no quit."

      NOTES: Giants 1B Michael Morse was scratched from the lineup due to soreness in his left side that arose during batting practice. He will undergo an MRI exam Tuesday... In addition to 2B Rafael Ynoa, the Rockies brought up 1B Ben Paulsen and LHP Yohan Flande from Triple-A Colorado Springs. To make room on the 40-man roster for Ynoa, LHP Boone Logan (elbow) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list. ... The Giants recalled LHP Mike Kickham and OF Juan Perez from Triple-A Fresno and RHP Hunter Strickland from Double-A Richmond. Strickland gave up two hits but pitched a scoreless eighth in his major league debut. The Giants also selected the contracts for C Guillermo Quiroz and INF Chris Dominguez from Fresno. To make room on the 40-man roster for Quiroz and Dominguez, C Hector Sanchez (concussion) and INF Ehire Adrianza (hamstring) were transferred to the 60-day DL.

  • Monday, September 1, 2014
    Cabrera hits two homers in Tigers' win
    By The Sports Xchange

    CLEVELAND -- Miguel Cabrera could be getting hot again, and that's not good news for American League pitchers.

    • Designated hitter Cabrera had four of Detroit's 20 hits and belted two of the team's five home runs as the Tigers routed the Cleveland Indians 12-1 in the first game of a crucial four-game series between the two Central Division rivals Monday at Progressive Field.

      The two home runs ended Cabrera's career-long 27-game homerless streak.

      "That was good to see from Miggy," said Detroit manager Brad Ausmus. "I know it's been awhile. Who knows, maybe this is a flashpoint for him."

      The Tigers belted three home runs off Cleveland Indians ace Corey Kluber in less than three innings, while Detroit left-hander David Price (13-10) pitched seven strong innings to get the win.

      "Early on the Cleveland hitters had some good at-bats, but he's a horse and he kept on going," said Ausmus of Price.

      Cabrera, first baseman Victor Martinez and left fielder J.D. Martinez all homered off the right-hander Kluber (13-9), who in his shortest outing of the season gave up five runs on seven hits in just 2 2/3 innings. In his last three starts, Kluber is 0-3 with a 6.19 ERA.

      The Indians had a short turnaround from their game Sunday night in Kansas City, not landing in Cleveland until 3:15 a.m. Monday morning, and then having to be on the field for a 4:05 p.m. start with the Tigers. At the start of play Monday, second-place Detroit trailed division-leading Kansas City by one-half game, and third-place Cleveland was 3 1/2 games behind the Tigers.

      Detroit wasted no time in jumping on Kluber as second baseman Ian Kinsler led off the game with a triple and scored on the first of Cabrera's two home runs. Cabrera was 2-for-2 against Kluber, improving his career average vs. Kluber to .567 (17-for-30) with four home runs and nine RBIs.

      The Indians scored their only run off Price in the bottom of the first inning on a two-out RBI single by first baseman Carlos Santana. It was all Detroit after that.

      With two outs and nobody on in the top of the third inning, Cabrera hit a sinking liner that was dropped by right fielder Mike Aviles for what was generously scored a single. Victor Martinez then pounded an 0-2 pitch into the seats in right field for his team-leading 28th home run, giving the Tigers a 4-1 lead. J.D. Martinez followed with another home run into the seats in right field, his 18th, stretching the lead to 5-1.

      Kluber was removed from the game after the homer by J.D. Martinez. He threw a season-low 57 pitches.

      "I elevated some pitches and they took advantage of it," said Kluber.

      Detroit added two more runs in the seventh inning on RBI singles by catcher Alex Avila and shortstop Eugenio Suarez. Cabrera's second home run, his 19th of the season, came in the eighth inning off right-hander Bryan Price, who was making his major league debut. The Tigers' fifth and final home run was a three-run shot by outfielder Tyler Collins in the ninth inning.

      The Indians weren't able to do much with Price, who in his last start was pounded by the Yankees for eight runs on 12 hits in two innings. After the first inning, Price held Cleveland scoreless on six hits over his last six innings.

      "It feels a lot better than five days ago. That left a bad taste in my mouth. It was good to go out there and throw the ball the way I did today," said Price

      "He can sink his fastball, and it has good life and movement. He's been pitching for a while now and he knows what he's doing," said Indians manager Terry Francona.

      NOTES: The Indians activated DH Jason Giambi off the disabled list, activated C Chris Gimenez from the paternity-leave list and recalled RHP Austin Adams, RHP Bryan Price and 1B Jesus Aguilar from Triple-A Columbus. The 43-year-old Giambi had been on the DL since June 12 with an inflamed knee. ... The Indians' charter jet touched down in Cleveland at 3:15 a.m. Monday, from Kansas City, where their game with the Royals on Sunday night was suspended in the bottom of the 10th inning with the Indians leading 4-2. It made for a short night for the Indians, who played the Tigers on Monday at 4:05 p.m. ... The Tigers recalled INF Hernan Perez, OF Tyler Collins and C James McCann from Triple-A Columbus, and OF Steven Moya from Double-A Erie. The Tigers also placed RHP Drew VerHagen on the 60-day disabled list with a lower back stress fracture. ... On Tuesday, the Tigers will recall LHP Kyle Lobstein, LHP Robbie Ray and LHP Kyle Ryan from Triple-A Toledo. Lobstein will start the game Tuesday night in Cleveland.

  • Monday, September 1, 2014
    Spangenberg gets key hit in Padres' win
    By The Sports Xchange

    SAN DIEGO -- Upon learning that he was headed to the major leagues Saturday afternoon, infielder Cory Spangenberg did what most 23-year-olds do these days.

    • He reached for the Twitter app on his cellphone.

      "Can't believe my childhood dream has come true!" Spangenberg tweeted. He went on to thank family and friends and everyone in the 570 area code around his Clarks Summit, Pa., home.

      About the only people he didn't notify were the San Diego Padres, whose official announcement was pre-empted by Spangenberg's tweet.

      Ooops.

      "We had a discussion about that," Padres manager Bud Black said Monday afternoon after Spangenberg hit a two-run single and made several excellent defensive plays at third in his major league debut, leading the Padres to a 3-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Petco Park.

      Tyson Ross (13-12) allowed one run on six hits and two walks with eight strikeouts over six innings while extending his franchise record for quality starts to 14 straight. Monday also marked the 14th straight start for Ross in which he allowed six or fewer hits.

      After Ross departed, right-handed Padres relievers Nick Vincent, Dale Thayer and Kevin Quackenbush retired the nine Diamondbacks they faced with the rookie Quackenbush striking out the side in the ninth to record his second save.

      The win was the fifth in the last six games for the Padres. Arizona has lost five of its last seven games.

      A second baseman since the Padres made him the 10th overall pick in the 2011 draft, Spangenberg made his major league debut at third base -- a position that he played only seven times this season for Double-A San Antonio and hadn't played regularly since he attended Florida's Indian River Junior College in 2011.

      In the first inning, Spangenberg dived to his left to stop a sharp grounder hit by first baseman Mark Trumbo -- not only saving a run but getting a force at second. In the top of the fifth, Spangenberg charged and barehanded a slow grounder hit by Aaron Hill, then threw a strike to first to get the second baseman to end the inning and strand two Diamondbacks.

      His bat came into play in the bottom of the fifth.

      The Padres were already ahead 1-0, breaking up a scoreless tie in the bottom of the fourth on a two-out, bases-loaded single by shortstop Alexi Amarista.

      Right fielder Will Venable opened the fourth inning with a single and a stolen base. The Padres loaded the bases on walks to catcher Rene Rivera and center fielder Abraham Almonte before Amarista singled to right.

      First baseman Yasmani Grandal opened the fifth with a single and moved to third on second baseman Jedd Gyorko's double over the head of right fielder David Peralta. Left-handed reliever Eury De La Rosa replaced starter Trevor Cahill and struck out Venable before intentionally walking Rivera to get to Spangenberg -- who was 0-for-2.

      Spangenberg pulled a single through the right side of the infield to make it 3-0.

      "It was a fun day," said Spangenberg, who said he hit an 0-2 slider left up by De La Rosa.

      Spangenberg said he didn't know he was starting until Black posted the lineup at 10:30 a.m. His family had flown in from Pennsylvania for his debut.

      "He looked calm and not overwhelmed," said Black of Spangenberg. "It was a good first day in the major leagues. He made two nice plays and just missed getting to another single."

      But hours after the game, Spangenberg still hadn't tweeted a word about his debut.

      Cahill (3-10) allowed three runs on five hits and six walks in four-plus innings to suffer the loss for the Diamondbacks.

      "He walked six guys, that's too many in four innings," said Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson. "He wiggled out of it the best he could."

      Arizona got on the board when Peralta, Trumbo and catcher Miguel Montero opened the sixth with three straight singles. But with the tying run at first, Ross struck out the side -- third baseman Jake Lamb, left fielder Nolan Reimold and shortstop Didi Gregorius -- to prevent further damage and end his afternoon.

      "It was tough," Gibson said of how the sixth played out. "Tyson Ross has been doing it all year. He has great stuff."

      Lamb and Reimold, the sixth and seventh hitters in the Arizona lineup, each struck out four times. Gregorius struck out twice.

      NOTES: The Padres promoted INF Cory Spangenberg and RHP Leonel Campos from Double-A San Antonio and recalled LHP Robbie Erlin from Triple-A El Paso to start their September call-ups. RHP Joe Wieland is expected to join the Padres from El Paso in a day or two and LHP Frank Garces will be returning from San Antonio . . . The Diamondbacks first September moves were to reinstate RHP Daniel Hudson from the 60-day disabled list and OF Cody Ross from the 15-day disabled list . . . Arizona RHP Trevor Cahill has given up 11 runs on nine hits and nine walks over 7 1/3 innings in his last two starts.

  • Monday, September 1, 2014
    Cubs hang loss on Brewers behind Castillo, Soler
    By The Sports Xchange

    CHICAGO -- There's no master plan that's allowed Chicago Cubs rookie Jorge Soler such an early hot bat.

    • "The success is not as easy as it looks," the Cuban outfielder said through a translator after going 2-for-4 with two doubles in his Wrigley Field debut on Monday. "I'm just very conscious at the plate and just trying to make the best out of it and just taking it pitch-by-pitch."

      Catcher Welington Castillo also went 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs as the Cubs opened a three-game series with a 4-2 victory over the slumping Milwaukee Brewers at Wrigley Field.

      The loss was the sixth straight for the Brewers (73-64), who slipped into second place in the National League Central after they held or were tied for first since the season's opening week.

      The Cubs (62-76) broke a two-game losing streak as left fielder Chris Coghlan and shortstop Starlin Castro also had two hits.

      Soler has four doubles and seven extra-base hits in his first five major league games. His second-inning opposite-field double made him only the third major league player since 1900 with extra-base hits in each of his first five games and first National Leaguer since St. Louis' Enos Slaughter in 1938.

      He's batting .526 (10-for-19) with four doubles, three home runs and seven RBIs.

      "He's a big man and leverages himself in the box and he creates some force," said Cubs manager Rick Renteria. "Pretty impressive."

      Cubs starter Jacob Turner (5-8) pitched 6 1/3 innings for the win. Brewers starter Jimmy Nelson (2-6) worked six full innings in the loss. Right-hander Hector Rondon worked the ninth for his 23rd save.

      Center fielder Gerardo Parra went 3-for-3 with a home run and an RBI to pace the Brewers, who had just seven hits against four Cubs pitchers.

      "We didn't swing the bat that well, obviously, didn't get a lot of hits. Couple guys -- KD (Khris Davis) was really good, Parra was really good -- but we need to get it going," Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said. "That order's got to produce some runs. It's still a nice lineup. We start off well (in the first inning) with two hits and then get a double play."

      That first inning proved critical for the Cubs' Turner, who built on that escape.

      "Getting through that (first) was what really kind of catapulted me through the rest of the game," said Turner, who allowed just three hits the rest of the way.

      Soler got a big hand as stepped in to bat in the second inning and looped a one-out double into the right field.

      He scored the Cubs' first run on Castillo's broken-bat single to left. Castillo later made it 3-0 with a two-run homer to left with two outs in the fourth The drive, which brought home Castro, was his career-high 11th of the season.

      The Brewers got one back in the seventh when left fielder Khris Davis lined Turner's 89th pitch to left field for his 21st home run of the year.

      Turner departed after that in favor of newly called-up right-hander Blake Parker. He was greeted by a first-pitch solo homer from Parra that cut the Cubs lead to 3-2.

      Turner worked 6 1/3 innings and allowed one earned run on five hits. He walked one and struck out seven.

      Nelson came out for the seventh but didn't throw a pitch. Roenicke called on left-hander Zach Duke to face two batters, then brought in right-handed reliever Jeremy Jeffress who got second baseman Javier Baez to ground into an inning-ending double play.

      Nelson went 6 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on nine hits while he struck out four and walked one.

      Third baseman Luis Valbuena restored a two-run lead at 4-2 in the eighth with his 16th homer of the season on a 1-1 pitch from Jeffress.

      NOTES: The Brewers activated RHP Jimmy Nelson and placed him on the mound for Monday's series opener in one of several transactions to open the month. RHP Matt Garza (left oblique strain) and LHP Wei-Chung Wang (left shoulder tightness) were both reinstated from the 15-day disabled list. ... Milwaukee also called up OF Logan Schafer and C Matt Pagnozzi from Triple-A Nashville while INF Jeff Bianchi (sore right elbow) was moved to the 60-day disabled list. ... The Brewers send RHP Yovani Gallardo (8-7, 3.26 ERA) against Cubs RHP Jake Arrieta (7-5, 2.88 ERA) in Tuesday night's second game. ... The Cubs recalled RHP Blake Parker from Triple-A Iowa prior to Monday's game but other September call-ups may wait until after Iowa completed its season on Monday. ... The Cubs honored Chicago's Little League U.S. champions -- Jackie Robinson West -- in pre- and in-game events while Cubs players wore JRW jerseys for pre-game warmups. ... RF Jorge Soler was among 21 players to make a Cubs debut this season. ... The Cubs finished August 16-14, their best August performance since going 16-13 in 2011.

  • Monday, September 1, 2014
    Dunn's homer paces A's to victory
    By The Sports Xchange

    By Eric Gilmore, The Sports Xchange

    • OAKLAND, Calif. -- Designated hitter Adam Dunn's heart was beating hard, and his adrenaline was flowing when he stepped to the plate as an Oakland Athletic for the first time Monday in the bottom of the first inning with two outs and a runner on second base against the Seattle Mariners.

      Dunn harnessed that energy and launched right-hander Chris Young's 1-1 changeup over the right-field fence for a two-run homer, sparking his new team to a much needed 6-1 victory against the Mariners at the O.co Coliseum.

      One day after being traded to Oakland from the Chicago White Sox, Dunn went 2-for-3 with his 21st home run of the season and 461st of his career as he tied Boston's David Ortiz for 35th on baseball's all-time list. Dunn became the 12th player in Oakland history to homer in his first at-bat for the A's.

      "That's the most excited, anxious, probably a little nervous, that I've been in a long time," said Dunn, who received a standing ovation from the sellout crowd of 36,067 after his home run. "It was just fun. It was real fun.

      "That's the best crowd I've ever ... played with. I'm serious. It's unbelievable. If it's like that every night here, it's going to be a fun little ride."

      The A's (79-58) snapped a four-game losing streak and cut the Los Angeles Angels' lead in the American League West to 4 1/2 games. The A's, who had scored a total of four runs while being swept in their four-game series against the Angels, scored five runs in the first inning Monday.

      A's manager Bob Melvin gave credit to Dunn for igniting the rally

      "It had a little bit of a storybook-type of thing to it," Melvin said. "The fans are lining up here at 7:30 this morning, out in full force to start the game. We've really been lacking early in games -- energy, runs. He comes up to the plate and you're thinking to yourself, 'Boy, wouldn't it be something?' And he delivers. You get goose bumps. It was awesome."

      A's right-hander Jason Hammel (2-5) made sure the A's didn't waste Dunn's big debut. He allowed just one run on three hits over a season-high eight innings in his fourth strong outing in his past five starts after going 0-4 in his first four starts with Oakland. He struck out five and walked one. Hammel blanked the Mariners until shortstop Brad Miller led off the sixth with a home run to right-center field.

      "When your slider disappears for a month, you kind of feel naked out there," Hammel said. "That's my go-to (pitch) when I'm in trouble. It finally showed up, and I was throwing with some confidence today. It's been pretty good for the last few times out."

      The Mariners (73-63) lost for the fourth time in their past five games and fell 1 1/2 games behind Detroit, which owns the AL's second wild card spot.

      Young (12-7) gave up five runs on four hits and lasted just two-thirds of an inning, his shortest outing of the season. In his previous start, Young lasted just 3 2/3 innings against Boston. He had his scheduled start pushed back two days to Monday, but the extra rest didn't help.

      "I wasn't sharp," Young said. "My stuff wasn't good. It was flat. They came out super aggressive. You could see it. They were motivated."

      Mariners right-hander Taijuan Walker, who was called up Monday from Triple-A Tacoma, allowed just one run on six hits over six innings of relief, making a strong opening bid to join the rotation. He struck out five and walked two.

      "I needed to step up," Walker said. "I felt good. I had good fastball command in and out."

      After Oakland's 8-1 loss Sunday to the Angels, a frustrated Melvin held a long close-door meeting with his team. He later called the A's recent performance "embarrassing" and "pathetic."

      Message delivered.

      Following Dunn's homer, the A's scored three more times in the first inning and knocked Young out of the game. Left fielder Brandon Moss walked, and shortstop Jed Lowrie, fresh off the disabled list, singled him to third. Young walked first baseman Stephen Vogt, loading the bases, and catcher Geovany Soto lined a two-run single to left. Second baseman Eric Sogard greeted reliever Lucas Luetge with an RBI single to left.

      Lowrie said Dunn's blast energized the entire team.

      "That's what he's here to do," Lowrie said. "It's just awesome that he did it on the first at-bat."

      NOTES: Oakland SS Jed Lowrie (hairline fracture, right index finger) was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list and started against Seattle. ... The A's recalled RHP Fernando Rodriquez and OF Billy Burns from Triple-A Sacramento and selected the contract of C Bryan Anderson from Sacramento. ... CF Coco Crisp (neck strain) missed his fourth straight game but took some right-handed swings in batting practice. He is scheduled to get some trigger-point injections in his neck Tuesday, which have worked well for him in the past. ... The Mariners added seven players to their roster Monday, including DH Corey Hart (bruised right knee), who was activated from the 15-day disabled list after a rehab stint for Triple-A Tacoma. ... The Mariners' other September call-ups from Tacoma were: 1B Justin Smoak, OF Stefen Romero, C Humberto Quintero, RHP Taijuan Walker, LHP Lucas Luetge and RHP Carson Smith. RHP Erasmo Ramirez will be recalled from Tacoma on Tuesday. ... Seattle RF Michael Saunders (strained left oblique) remained on the disabled list and reported to Mariners' Arizona Rookie League team as he continues to recover from a virus. ... The Mariners placed INF Jesus Montero on the suspended list, a move stemming from an altercation he had Tuesday night with a team scout during a game with Class A Everett in Boise. ... Mariners INF/OF Willie Bloomquist (right knee surgery) was transferred from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list.

  • Monday, September 1, 2014
    MLB roundup: Astros fire Porter
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Houston Astros fired manager Bo Porter on Monday after a 59-79 record in his second season.

    • General manager Jeff Luhnow named Tom Lawless as the interim manager for the remainder of the 2014 season. Luhnow also fired bench coach Dave Trembley.

      "This was not an easy decision to make. We wish Bo nothing but the best in the future," Astros owner Jim Crane said in a statement. "Jeff has my full support moving forward. Our goal to bring a championship to Houston remains."

      Porter, 42, had been the Astros manager since the start of the 2013 season after being named to the position on Sept. 27, 2012, while serving as third base coach for the Washington Nationals. He compiled a 110-190 record (.367 winning percentage) in parts of two seasons as Astros manager.

      Adam Everett will join the coaching staff, replacing Trembley as bench coach. The remaining coaches will continue in their current roles.

      ---The Seattle Mariners' suspended catcher Jesus Montero for the remainder of the season following an altercation with a team scout last week.

      Montero was on a rehab assignment with short-season Everett when he went after a cross-checker scout with a bat during Thursday's game when the scout heckled him.

      Montero went into the stands with a bat after the scout ordered him to hustle off the field in Spanish and had an ice cream sandwich sent to him in the dugout.

      ---The Philadelphia Phillies traded outfielder John Mayberry Jr. to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for minor league third baseman Gustavo Pierre.

      The trade was made before Sunday's midnight waiver trade deadline

      Mayberry, 30, batted .213 with six home runs and 21 RBI in 63 games (29 starts) for the Phillies this season and had recently been on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Lehigh Valley for left wrist inflammation.

      ---St. Louis Cardinals right hander Michael Wacha threw 34 pitches in a rehab game Sunday night for Double-A Springfield at Tulsa. He allowed a hit and a walk with a strikeout.

      Cardinals right hander Jason Motte pitched the eighth inning of that game and threw 12 pitches in a 1-2-3 inning. The organization hasn't decided the next step for either pitcher yet.

      ---The Cleveland Indians activated designated hitter Jason Giambi off the disabled list. The 43-year-old Giambi had been on the DL since June 12 with an inflamed knee.

      He also has missed time this season because of a broken rib and strained calf.

      In 47 at-bats this year, Giambi is hitting .128 with two home runs and five RBIs.

      ---With rosters eligible to be expanded up to 40 players as of Sept. 1, Miami activated LHP Dan Jennings and RHP Carter Capps off the disabled list.

      Capps, who has hit 100 mph with his fastball, has a 4.78 ERA in 96 career innings in the majors, including 3.00 in nine innings this season.

      Capps, 24, hasn't pitched in the majors since May 25.

  • Monday, September 1, 2014
    Hamels, Phillies bullpen combine to no-hit Braves
    By The Sports Xchange

    ATLANTA -- Wildness cost Cole Hamels a chance at his first no-hitter, but the Philadelphia Phillies left-hander got to share in a combined one.

    • Hamels (8-6) didn't allow a hit through six innings and the bullpen did the rest as the Phillies recorded their first shared no-hitter and 12th overall in a 7-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Monday afternoon before 34,178 at Turner Field.

      Hamels, who came in 3-0 with a 1.16 ERA in his past four starts against the Braves, walked five and hit a batter, but also struck out seven. He threw 108 pitches in the heat and humidity, with 66 of them strikes.

      "It wasn't a hard decision," said Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg of removing Hamels. "He was pretty much spent ... and he wasn't going to go nine (innings)."

      Left-hander Jake Diekman struck out two in the seventh inning, right-hander Ken Giles fanned the side in the eighth and closer Jonathan Papelbon closed the no-hitter out in the ninth, getting second baseman Phil Gosselin to line out softly to first baseman Darin Ruf for the final out of the combined no-hitter.

      "I understood coming around the sixth inning that it was going to be a short game," Hamels said. "It was nice to see what we could do together. It was fun to watch them and create something very special."

      Roy Halladay hurled the past two no-hitters for the Phillies, both in 2010 -- one in the postseason.

      "It's a big moment for the team," Sandberg said. "We got to do a little champagne toast."

      Center fielder Ben Revere, who came in with just 15 RBIs in 125 games, drove in a career-high five runs against the Braves (72-66).

      There have been three no-hitters at Turner Field since it opened in 1997. Randy Johnson of Arizona threw a perfect game in 2004 and Ubaldo Jimenez no-hit the Braves for Colorado in 2010.

      "It seemed like against one guy he couldn't throw a strike, he'd be all over the place," Gosselin said of Hamels. "And then against the next guy, he'd be boom, boom, boom and he's dotting up on you. So it was one of those effectively-wild days where he had the good stuff and couldn't control it with everybody."

      Already headed out of the game, Hamels was pinch hit for in the seventh inning as the Phillies broke the game open against Braves starter Julio Teheran (13-10) with three unearned runs after an error by shortstop Andrelton Simmons.

      Revere, who had plated the Phillies' first run with a sacrifice fly in the third inning, chased Teheran with his two-out bases-loaded triple to the fence in right-center field after the error and two walks, one of which was intentional.

      Teheran, who had been 2-0 with a 0.75 ERA in three previous starts against the Phillies this season, gave up five hits and five runs (two earned) over 6 2/3 innings. Two of his four walks were intentional and he struck out three.

      Hamels, now 16-8 lifetime against the Braves, walked the first two batters of the game, hit the leadoff man in the second and walked two of the first three batters in the third. Right fielder Marlon Byrd made a diving catch on a sinking liner by third baseman Chris Johnson to end the third, though, and the Braves stranded five runners in scoring position during the first three innings.

      "It was nice I brought my glove, because I didn't bring my bat," said Byrd, who was 0-for-5 with three strikeouts. "Right before the pitch, I creeped up a little bit and then I got a pretty good jump."

      The Phillies manufactured a run off Teheran in the third inning. Third baseman Cody Asche led off with a double, moved to third on a bunt by Hamels and scored on Revere's sacrifice fly to left field.

      Hamels had a leadoff single in the sixth inning and came around to score on a triple by shortstop Jimmy Rollins, who had doubled in the first inning, as the Phillies made the score 2-0.

      The 3-for-5 outing was the 658th career multihit game for Rollins, breaking a tie for the Phillies' record with Richie Ashburn.

      Revere drove in his fifth run with a single off reliever Juan Jaime in the two-run ninth inning.

      "It just feels like a loss," Johnson said. "No matter if we get 20 hits or zero hits, we lost one. Tomorrow, we'll come out and try to win one."

      "The game of baseball is kind of funny," said Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez, whose team won 1-0 over Miami on Sunday after being blanked by the Marlins the game before. "You feel like you're in a good stride and then you go through a stretch of scoring one run in 27 innings."

      NOTES: The Phillies traded OF John Mayberry Jr., who had been on the disabled list since July 21 with inflammation of the left wrist, to the Toronto Blue Jays just before Sunday's midnight deadline to be eligible for the postseason. He hit .213 with six homers and 21 RBIs in 138 plate appearances. ... In exchange for Mayberry, the Phillies received 3B Gustavo Pierre, a 22-year-old minor leaguer who was assigned to Double-A Reading. ... The Braves promoted four players from Triple-A Gwinnett when rosters could expand on Monday, adding OF Jose Constanza and OF-1B Joey Terdoslavich and RHP Juan Jaime and LHP Chasen Shreve to the bullpen. ... C Christian Bethancourt will be recalled from Gwinnett on Tuesday. ... The Phillies will expand their roster with minor league call-ups on Tuesday. ... LHP Mike Minor (6-8, 4.70 ERA) will start the middle game of the series for the Braves on Tuesday night against RHP Kyle Kendrick (7-11, 4.97 ERA).

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  • Monday, September 1, 2014
    Cardinals win, take over sole possession of first
    By The Sports Xchange

    ST. LOUIS -- It took a lot longer than most people figured it would, but last year's National League champion has finally taken sole possession of first place in the Central Division.

    • Left fielder Matt Holliday continued his torrid stretch of hitting with a tie-breaking RBI single in the bottom of the seventh Monday as the St. Louis Cardinals rallied for a 5-4 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium.

      With Milwaukee losing 4-2 at the Chicago Cubs, St. Louis (74-63) established a one-game lead over the Brewers, while dropping the Pirates (71-66) three games off the pace.

      It was the Cardinals' second straight comeback from an early deficit. In Sunday's 9-6 victory over the Cubs, the Cardinals trailed 5-0 after the top of the second.

      "No parades," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said when asked about owning the top spot. "But we're happy. I'm running out of ways to describe being down by five, being down by three runs against a good team and a good pitcher, and watching how we're doing it. We're going to keep the throttle down."

      Holliday's throttle has been stuck in overdrive since the nightcap of Saturday's doubleheader against the Cubs. Dating back to the fifth inning of that game, when he jacked a three-run homer, Holliday has knocked in 12 runs in the last 20 innings.

      That included his grounder between third and short off reliever John Axford that drove in center fielder Jon Jay for St. Louis' first lead of the day.

      In the last three games, Holliday is 7-for-11 with three homers and 12 RBIs, giving him 81 for the season. That included a rocket two-run double off starter Gerrit Cole in the third that pulled the Cardinals within 3-2.

      "I guess it wasn't high enough or low enough because he put a good swing on it," Cole said of Holliday. "He's probably the strongest human in the world. You jam him and he puts it on the warning track in right-center. You put him on his front foot and he about takes (shortstop Jordy) Mercer's glove off.

      "He's just unbelievable."

      Cole (7-5) took a 4-2 lead to the seventh after center fielder Andrew McCutchen unloaded a 454-foot homer to the third deck in left as the leadoff man in Pittsburgh's half of the inning.

      But St. Louis equalized with one swing from pinch-hitter Kolten Wong. He jumped on a meaty 1-2 fastball from Cole, lining it over the fence in right-center with second baseman Pete Kozma aboard for his 11th homer.

      Wong, who didn't start at second due to a neck injury, didn't take batting practice, but took heat packs and moved around constantly in the dugout to stay loose.

      "I just had to push that aside and try to help this team somehow," he said. "I was kind of surprised that I hit the ball because Gerrit is such a good pitcher."

      Jay then sliced a triple down the left-field line, ending Cole's day after 6 1/3 innings, eight hits, and five runs with three walks and four strikeouts. Axford walked right fielder Oscar Taveras and fell behind 3-1 before Holliday collected his major-league-leading 21st game-winning RBI of the year.

      Reliever Seth Maness (6-3) got the last two outs of the seventh for the win, and closer Trevor Rosenthal worked around a two-out error in the ninth for his 41st save.

      The Pirates jumped out to a 3-0 lead against Lance Lynn. Second baseman Neil Walker doubled home two runs in the first, and right fielder Anthony Lambo delivered an RBI double in the second.

      Lynn steadied after the shaky start, pitching six innings and allowing eight hits. He gave up three runs, walked three and fanned three.

      Holliday didn't stick around to discuss the continuation of his tear, but his teammates certainly didn't mind talking about him.

      "I hope he keeps doing it all month long," Lynn said.

      NOTES: St. Louis activated 2B Mark Ellis (left oblique) from the 15-day disabled list Monday. Ellis, who was injured in mid-August during infield practice, is hitting .192 with 12 RBIs in 167 at-bats. ... Pittsburgh called up RHPs Gerrit Cole and Stolmy Pimentel, as well as C Tony Sanchez, from Triple-A Indianapolis. ... Cardinals RHP Michael Wacha threw 34 pitches in a rehab game Sunday night for Double-A Springfield at Tulsa. He allowed a hit and a walk with a strikeout. St. Louis RHP Jason Motte pitched the eighth inning of that game and threw 12 pitches in a 1-2-3 inning. The organization hasn't decided the next step for either yet.

  • Monday, September 1, 2014
    Alvarez injured in Marlins' win
    By The Sports Xchange

    MIAMI -- Henderson Alvarez, the Miami Marlins' All-Star pitcher, was livid.

    • His teammates were upset.

      And don't even ask how the New York Mets felt on the other side after making a season-high six errors.

      In the end, Miami rallied to beat the Mets 9-6 at Marlins Park in an emotional game on Monday.

      Alvarez, who entered the game with a 1.46 ERA at home this season, was removed due to a left-oblique strain, an injury he has been battling for the past week.

      Slamming the baseball into the hand of manager Mike Redmond, Alvarez angrily left the mound after having allowed four runs (three earned) in 2 1/3 innings.

      Redmond, a former major-league catcher, was not upset by the gesture.

      "With all the foul tips I've taken in my life, that was nothing," Redmond joked. "It felt like a feather.

      "Henderson's a competitor. We had a rough road trip (3-6) and everyone was on edge."

      Redmond said the entire Marlins team was extremely vocal after reaching their dugout in the middle of the third inning trailing 4-2.

      The fired-up Marlins rallied from two deficits to tie the score 6-6 after seven innings. Miami then scored three runs in the eighth.

      Only one of those runs in the eighth was earned as Mets reliever Jeurys Familia (2-4), who entered the game with a 2.00 ERA, had two throwing errors, a wild pitch and a bases-loaded walk in the inning.

      Familia said he rushed his throws to first and to home on his two errors.

      "Sometimes I try to be too perfect, and I throw the ball away," Familia said. "I just had a bad day."

      Overall, the Marlins scored five unearned runs.

      "I can't tell you publicly," Mets manager Terry Collins said when asked to assess his team's play. "It wasn't a big-league baseball game, I can tell you that."

      The anticipated pitching duel between Alvarez and Mets standout Zack Wheeler never materialized. Wheeler, who took a no-decision, lasted just 4 2/3 innings, allowing five runs (two earned).

      Neither Miami (67-69) nor New York (64-74) is in true playoff contention in the NL East. Miami started the day in sixth place in the wild-card chase, 6 1/2 games out.

      Miami scored first on a solo home run by right fielder Giancarlo Stanton, who pulled a breaking ball to left on a 1-1 pitch. That gave him 34 homers and 99 RBIs this season, making him the National League leader in both categories.

      "If it were back at our place today, he would have hit three homers against me," Wheeler said of Stanton, who hit two other long drives on Monday that were caught. "I hung a lot of breaking balls against him, and that's what he does -- he crushes mistakes."

      The Marlins made it 2-0 in the second when first baseman Garrett Jones walked and center fielder Marcell Ozuna tripled to left-center.

      But Wheeler struck out the next three batters to strand Ozuna, getting catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia on a fastball, shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria on a curve in the dirt and Alvarez with a fastball away.

      New York broke through in the third when rookie second baseman Dilson Herrera pulled a homer to left. The homer, the first of his career, was hit off of Alvarez, who is the second-toughest NL starter to go deep against this season.

      After the homer, the Mets loaded the bases with no outs and got a two-run single to center by third baseman David Wright. Ozuna threw wildly to third to allow another run to score, giving New York a 4-2 lead.

      That was it for Alvarez, who was asked after the game if he will pitch again this season.

      "I don't know how to answer that question," he said. "I don't know.

      "It hurts. I felt it for the first time in Anaheim (August 27)."

      The Marlins took a 5-4 lead in the fifth, getting an RBI double from third baseman Casey McGehee and run-scoring singles by Jones and Ozuna.

      In the sixth, New York went back ahead 6-5 on a two-run triple to right by Herrera. In addition to his homer and triple, Herrera also made two errors.

      "He has to get used to the speed of the fields (in the majors)," Collins said. "They are shaved down pretty good. But he's a good-looking little player."

      The Marlins tied the score 6-6 in the bottom of the sixth on a run-scoring single by left fielder Christian Yelich.

      NOTES: With rosters eligible to be expanded to 40 players as of Sept. 1, Miami activated LHP Dan Jennings (concussion) and RHP Carter Capps (elbow) off the disabled list. ... Capps, who has hit 100 mph with his fastball, has a 4.78 ERA in 96 career innings in the majors, including 3.00 in nine innings this season. Capps, 24, hasn't pitched in the majors since May 25. ... The Mets recalled C Juan Centeno and LHP Dario Alvarez from Double-A Binghamton and RHP Erik Goeddel and INF Josh Satin from Triple-A Las Vegas. ... Alvarez started the season in low-A ball and moved all the way up because of a 10-1 record and a 1.10 ERA in 29 games, including six starts. He struck out 114 in 73 1/3 innings and walked just 17. ... Satin and Centeno have played in the majors, but Alvarez and Goeddel (5.37 ERA in Las Vegas) are waiting to make their debuts.

  • Monday, September 1, 2014
    Rays foil Red Sox strategy, win in 10
    By The Sports Xchange

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The scenario made a lot of sense to Boston manager John Farrell. It made a lot of sense to Rays manager Joe Maddon, too.

    • But ultimately, Burke Badenhop's sinker didn't sink and Matt Joyce ruined the whole thing.

      Joyce singled home the game-winner with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th inning on Monday as the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Boston Red Sox 4-3 to split a four-game series.

      "For me, I was just trying to see the ball up," said Joyce who was 1-for-5 with two strikeouts. "That was the biggest thing; hit the ball to left field."

      It worked. Left fielder Yoenis Cespedes made a quick move back, shook his head, and began jogging toward the dugout as Boston suffered its ninth walk-off loss of the season and third against Tampa Bay.

      Catcher Ryan Hanigan went 2-for-4. He led off the 10th inning with double to left against Badenhop (0-3) that was upheld after a video review.

      Center fielder Kevin Kiermaier, a left-handed hitter, was then walked intentionally so Badenhop could face Ben Zobrist. The second baseman advanced both runners with a bunt to bring up right fielder Wil Myers, who was walked intentionally to load the bases.

      Against a drawn-in defense, Joyce turned the first pitch he saw into his 51st RBI of the season.

      "He had a tough night to that point," said Maddon, who liked Joyce's prospects as a fly-ball hitter. "But Badenhop right there I thought was a pretty good matchup. That's a tough moment to be in because Badenhop throws so many ground balls."

      Cespedes' two-out single off just-promoted right-hander Steve Geltz had tied the game 3-3 in the eighth inning. Rookie Mookie Betts scored from second on bounder through the hole. Betts had singled and moved to second on a fielder's choice against Jeff Beliveau.

      It was Cespedes' 90th RBI of the season overall was his 23rd since being acquired from Oakland on Aug. 1.

      Tampa Bay improved to 67-71. Boston fell to 61-77.

      Right-hander Grant Balfour improved to 2-6 after working a scoreless tenth.

      Rays starter Drew Smyly had left with a 3-2 lead in the sixth after allowing two runs on three hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.

      The left-hander, acquired from Detroit as part of a trade for former Cy Young Award winner David Price, had worked at least seven innings in four consecutive starts

      Red Sox counterpart Rubby De La Rosa allowed three runs on six hits with four strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.

      Boston took a 1-0 lead in the third on Betts' RBI single to center. Catcher Christian Vazquez had begun the rally innocently enough with a two-out walk, but hustled home when Betts ripped a Smyly pitch to the wall for his ninth RBI since being recalled from Triple-A on Aug. 19.

      Tampa Bay responded with a three-run third, powered by third baseman Evan Longoria's two-run single.

      Boston got a run in the top of the fourth on designated hitter Mike Napoli's 17th homer of the season.

      NOTES: The Rays recalled C Curt Casali from Class-A Charlotte and RHP Brandon Gomes and RHP Steve Geltz from Triple-A Durham. C Alex Solis was out-righted from the 40-man roster and accepted an assignment to Durham. ... Boston is not expected to call up players until the season ends for Pawtucket, which clinched an International League wild-card spot Sunday. Likely promotions include highly touted OF Jackie Bradley Jr., who struggled beginning the season with the Red Sox and Cuban OF Rusney Castillo, who signed a seven-year, $72.5 million deal last week. Castillo went 1-for-3 with a walk on Sunday in a Gulf Coast League game before being assigned to Double-A Portland. ... Tampa Bay activated OF David DeJesus (left hand fracture) from the disabled list. ... Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia sat out again Monday as he works through MLB concussion protocols. Dizzy after being elbowed in the head attempting to tag out a runner Saturday, he will have to complete set stages, including an evaluation by a concussion specialist. ... Rays CF Desmond Jennings sat out a third straight day recovering from left knee soreness. Kevin Kiermaier again replaced him in center field but 2B Ben Zobrist took his leadoff slot. ... The Rays went errorless for the first time in nine games.

  • Monday, September 1, 2014
    Mauer leads Twins' victory
    By The Sports Xchange

    BALTIMORE -- Joe Mauer served as the designated hitter in the Minnesota Twins' series against the Baltimore Orioles to give his sore left shoulder some rest.

    • After the final game of the series, Mauer said he was feeling much better, especially after Minnesota finally managed a much-needed victory.

      Mauer had four RBIs and hit a go-ahead two-run double in the eighth inning as the Twins rallied past the Orioles, 6-4 on Monday.

      Minnesota avoided being swept in at least a four-game series in Baltimore for the first time in 48 years. The first-place Orioles took a five-game set in July 1966.

      "To come back and get this win will make for a better plane ride, that's for sure," said Mauer, who is batting .276. "I've had some experience with the [DH]. It was good to get a couple of days out of the field."

      Twins right-hander Phil Hughes (15-9) put together another effective outing. He allowed three runs (all unearned) on five hits with five strikeouts over eight innings.

      "I felt I had pretty good stuff," Hughes said. "My command wasn't as good as in the past. I felt I got away with a lot of mistakes today. But I had good enough stuff to overcome that."

      Mauer had three hits, including a triple in the sixth that scored two runs. Rookie first baseman Kennys Vargas had two hits and two RBIs for Minnesota (60-77). Left-hander Glen Perkins got his 33rd save despite allowing Baltimore designated hitter Nelson Cruz to hit his league-leading 36th home run.

      "Let's have a good September. That's kind of our battle cry," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "That's going to be led by [Mauer], no doubt."

      Baltimore rookie right-hander Kevin Gausman (7-7) lost his third straight game. He allowed five runs (four earned) on five hits with seven strikeouts and two walks over 7 1/3 innings.

      "I thought threw the ball where I wanted to," Gausman said. "A lot of their hitters are down hitters, so I think fastball up was a big pitch for me today. I used it effectively. I mixed in all my pitches. It kind of sucks that I walked the leadoff guy in the eighth inning -- that kind of came back to bite us. It was just one of those days. It was kind of hot out there and you really had to kind of battle from the start."

      Catcher Nick Hundley got his fourth home run of the season, a three-run shot in the seventh that

      tied the game at 3-3. First baseman Chris Davis had two hits for the Orioles (79-57).

      Minnesota took a 3-0 lead in the sixth when center fielder Danny Santana and second baseman Brian Dozier had back-to-back singles before Mauer cleared the bases with a triple to left. Vargas then hit a sacrifice fly.

      The Orioles rallied in the seventh when a throwing error by Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe helped extend the inning. With runners on the corners, third baseman Jimmy Paredes hit into a fielder's choice for the second out. However, Hundley followed with a homer off Hughes.

      Paredes then helped the Twins regain the lead when he failed to handle a sharp grounder by Santana that allowed him to take second and put left fielder Jordan Schafer on third. Left-hander Andrew Miller entered and allowed Mauer to hit a double that scored two runs and a 5-3 lead.

      Vargas followed with an RBI single to increase the margin.

      Orioles manager Buck Showalter said the difference in the game was Hughes' ability to stay ahead of hitters.

      "He's had a solid year for them," Showalter said. "He's always taking the ball, giving innings. He's a good addition for them. We knew he was going to present a challenge. Gauz was good today too. I liked the way he went about his business today. He made a lot of good pitches."

      NOTES: Baltimore recalled RHP Evan Meek and LHP Joe Saunders from Triple-A Norfolk on Monday. ... INF Kelly Johnson, acquired from Boston on Saturday, officially reported to Baltimore and was available off the bench. ... RHP Kevin Gausman was recalled from the Orioles' Gulf Coast League affiliate to start against the Twins. ... Minnesota plans to add eight players to the roster when the season for Triple-A Rochester ends Monday. The Twins plan to recall LHP Logan Darnell, RHP Michael Tonkin, C Josmil Pinto, C/OF Chris Herrmann and OF Aaron Hicks. ... Minnesota will also select the contracts of RHP Lester Oliveros, RHP A.J. Achter and INF Doug Bernier. ... The Twins will have Triple-A hitting coach Tim Doherty with the club from Sept. 2-14 while Red Wings manager Gene Glynn will be with them from Sept. 15-28.

  • Monday, September 1, 2014
    Giants 4, Rockies 2
    By The Sports Xchange

    DENVER -- Trying to make sense of a strange situation, Colorado Rockies manager Walt Weiss called the resumption Monday of a game suspended May 22 with the San Francisco Giants "a 3 1/2-month rain delay, basically."

    • For the onrushing Giants, it was worth the wait. They scored two runs with two outs in the eighth to beat the Rockies 4-2.

      The teams played their regularly scheduled game later Monday.

      Right fielder Hunter Pence doubled home the tie-breaking run and scored on pinch-hitter Travis Ishikawa's broken-bat single to short right field. Both hits came off Adam Ottavino, who took over for Christian Friedrich (0-1).

      The game had been suspended on May 22 with score tied at 2-2 in the bottom of the sixth after two rain delays that totaled 2 hours, 46 minutes. When play was suspended, there were two outs and a runner on first for the Rockies. That runner was right fielder Michael Cuddyer, who had singled but is now on the disabled list.

      Before play resumed Monday, Giants manager Bruce Bochy quipped, "I got to look at how Cuddyer got on first. Maybe I can challenge that."

      In addition to Cuddyer, Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and catcher Wilin Rosario played on May 22 but are now on the disabled list. So is reliever Tommy Kahnle, who worked one inning on May 22, and pitcher Jhoulys Chacin, who pinch hit on May 22.

      The Giants designated left fielder Tyler Colvin and second baseman Brandon Hicks for assignment after May 22, but both players started on that day and appear in the box score.

      Friedrich took the mound for the Rockies in the seventh and retired the side in order. But Giants catcher Andrew Susak led off the eighth with a single and was sacrificed to second. He took third on a wild pitch, and Pence, who had tied the game at 1-1 with a fourth-inning homer in May, followed with his double.

      Officially, Susak's hit was the first of his major league career, since it is part of the May 22 game. The Giants selected his contract from Triple-A Fresno on July 26, and he had appeared in 17 games, 11 starts, before Monday when he time-traveled back to the May 22 box score.

      Upon resumption of play, the Giants sent Jeremy Affeldt (1-1) to the mound. He finished the sixth and retired the side in order in the seventh before Sergio Romo worked the eighth and Santiago Casilla the ninth for his second save.

      Rockies pinch hitter Ben Paulsen led off the ninth with a hit. As with Susak, that officially was Paulsen's first hit in the big leagues, since the Rockies had selected his contract from Triple-A Colorado Springs on July 21. After shortstop Josh Rutledge grounded into a double play, first baseman Justin Morneau singled. But Casilla got third baseman Nolan Arenado to ground out to end the game.

      Notes: The Rockies recalled 1B Ben Paulsen and LHP Yohan Flande and selected the contract of IF Rafael Ynoa from Triple-A Colorado Springs. To make room on the 40-man roster for Ynoa, LHP Boone Logan was transferred to the 60-day disabled list...The Giants recalled LHP Mike Kickham and OF Juan Perez from Triple-A Fresno and RHP Hunter Strickland from Double-A Richmond and selected the contracts for C Guillermo Quiroz and IF Chris Dominguez from Fresno. To make room on the 40-man roster for Quiroz and Dominguez, C Hector Sanchez and IF Ehire Adrianza were transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

  • Monday, September 1, 2014
    Mariners suspend Montero for rest of season
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Seattle Mariners' suspended catcher Jesus Montero for the remainder of the season on Monday following an altercation with a team scout last week.

    • Montero was on a rehab assignment with short-season Everett when he went after a cross-checker scout with a bat during Thursday's game when the scout heckled him.

      Montero went into the stands with a bat after the scout ordered him to hustle off the field in Spanish and had an ice cream sandwich sent to him in the dugout.

      Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik called the behavior of Montero and cross-checker Butch Baccala "unacceptable" and "embarrassing."

      "We are extremely disappointed in both of their actions. It is unacceptable," Zduriencik said. "This organization doesn't condone that type of behavior. It is being addressed as we speak. There are no excuses for either party. We have none. We don't intend to make any. It's something that is extremely disappointing and embarrassing for the organization and for those two individuals."

      Baccala, who was overseeing other Mariners scouts, was apparently teasing Montero about his weight. Montero had reported to spring training 40 pounds overweight. At the time of the incident, Montero was acting as first base coach.

      After exchanging words, Montero had to be physically restrained when he tried to enter the stands where the scout was sitting while carrying a bat in his hands. Montero swore at the scout, threw the ice cream sandwich at him and then was pulled back by Everett pitching coach Nasusel Cabrera, according to the Boise official scorer.

      Montero was not ejected from the game. He remained in the Everett dugout until the end of the contest. Everett won 13-8.

      Montero, 24, is batting .286 with 16 home runs and 74 RBIs in 97 games with Triple-A Tacoma this season.