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  • LeMahieu gives Yankees record homer streak
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, June 25, 2019

    The New York Yankees made history in a hurry Tuesday.

    • Leadoff man DJ LeMahieu went deep leading off the bottom of the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays, allowing the Yankees to break the major league record for most consecutive games with a home run, 28.

      The Yankees broke a tie with the 2002 Texas Rangers for longest home run streak, with LeMahieu getting the record out of the way early on the sixth pitch from Blue Jays starter Clayton Richard. Aaron Judge then followed with another homer as New York's second batter of the game at Yankee Stadium.

      New York has not failed to hit a home run during a June game. A total of 14 different Yankees players have gone deep during the streak. Judge, who returned Friday from an oblique injury, became the 14th.

      The last time the Yankees went without a home run was May 25 in the second game of a doubleheader against the Kansas City Royals. They still hit a home run that day, though, as Luke Voit had one in the first game of the twin bill.

      LeMahieu's home run was his 11th of the season and seventh since the team's homer streak began.

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB notebook: Cardinals' Hicks to have Tommy John surgery
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, June 25, 2019

    The St. Louis Cardinals confirmed Tuesday that hard-throwing reliever Jordan Hicks will undergo Tommy John surgery on his injured right elbow.

    • Cardinals president John Mozeliak told reporters on Tuesday that the ligament-replacement procedure was necessary after an ulnar collateral ligament injury was revealed Monday.

      Hicks, who routinely throws fastballs in excess of 100 mph, was removed from the Cardinals' 4-2 victory against the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday after striking out David Fletcher for the second out of the ninth inning.

      According to ESPN, Hicks has thrown 211 pitches that registered at least 100 mph on the radar gun. It is over 100 more 100 mph pitches than the next closest pitcher. The Cardinals already announced that Hicks would be out for the remainder of the season.

      --The Houston Astros activated George Springer from the injured list after he missed a month because of a strained left hamstring.

      Springer was leading the American League in homers (17) and RBIs (43) on May 24, when he last played. The two-time All-Star is hitting .308 in 48 games.

      Springer hit two home runs in three rehab appearances at Double-A Corpus Christi.

      --The Boston Red Sox activated right-handed pitcher Steven Wright from the restricted list after he served an 80-game suspension without pay for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.

      Boston transferred pitcher Nathan Eovaldi (elbow) to the 60-day injured list to make room on the 40-man roster. Pitcher Josh A. Smith was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket to clear a spot on the 25-man roster.

      Wright, 34, is likely to fill a role for the Red Sox as a multi-inning reliever. The knuckleballer appeared in 20 games last season with four starts, posting a 3-1 record and a 2.68 ERA in 53 2/3 innings.

      --The Miami Marlins reinstated infielder Neil Walker from the injured list after the veteran missed the first 3 1/2 weeks of June with a right quadriceps strain.

      To make room on the active roster, the Marlins optioned right-hander Jeff Brigham to Triple-A New Orleans.

      Walker was batting .295 with four home runs and 14 RBIs in 51 games before being injured on May 30. Primarily a second baseman throughout his 11-year career, Walker has played only at first base and designated hitter this season.

      --The Washington Nationals will look to make a pair of recent minor league signings pay off as the team recalled right-hander Fernando Rodney and left-hander Jonny Venters to help in the major league bullpen.

      Rodney, 42, who signed a minor league deal with the Nationals in early June, was 0-2 at Triple-A Fresno with a 4.50 ERA in nine outings. In 17 games with the Oakland A's this season, Rodney was 0-2 with a 9.42 ERA. The 17-year major league veteran has 325 career saves while pitching for 10 teams.

      Venters, who was signed to a minor league deal by Washington in late May, had a 1.29 ERA at Double-A Harrisburg in nine appearances. The 34-year old had a 17.36 ERA in nine appearances earlier this season with the Atlanta Braves.

      --The Texas Rangers activated outfielder Joey Gallo from the 10-day injured list in time to start Tuesday night's game in Detroit.

      The Rangers had a spot open on the roster after optioning left-handed pitcher Kyle Bird to Triple-A Nashville on Sunday.

      Gallo, 25, last played June 1 and came out of that game against Kansas City in the fifth inning while he was at the plate with a 3-2 count. He went on the injured list the following day due to a strained left oblique muscle.

      --The New York Yankees reinstated veteran Kendrys Morales from the 10-day injured list and then designated him for assignment.

      The Yankees acquired the first baseman/designated hitter from the Oakland A's on May 14 in exchange for a player to be named or cash considerations. Oakland had designated him for assignment a day earlier.

      Morales, 36, went on the injured list on June 13 because of a strained left calf. In his month with the Yankees, he appeared in 19 games and had just 11 hits in 62 at-bats (.177). He had one home run and five RBIs.

      --New York Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen denied a report that he ordered manager Mickey Callaway to pull starting pitcher Jacob deGrom from the June 1 game against the Arizona Diamondbacks because of a hip cramp.

      The New York Post reported on Monday that the first-year general manager reached Callaway through support staff to have deGrom removed from his start in Phoenix. The right-hander left after 6 2/3 innings and gave up one run on five hits, striking out seven and walking one.

      DeGrom was irate at the time and after the game said he felt fine.

      --Field Level Media

  • Cardinals RHP Hicks to undergo Tommy John surgery
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, June 25, 2019

    The St. Louis Cardinals confirmed Tuesday that hard-throwing reliever Jordan Hicks will undergo Tommy John surgery on his injured right elbow.

    • Cardinals president John Mozeliak told reporters before Tuesday's game against the Oakland Athletics that the ligament-replacement procedure was necessary after an ulnar collateral ligament injury was revealed Monday.

      Hicks, who routinely throws fastballs in excess of 100 mph, was removed from Saturday's 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels after striking out David Fletcher for the second out of the ninth inning.

      According to ESPN, Hicks has thrown 211 pitches that registered at least 100 mph on the radar gun. It is over 100 more 100-mph pitches than the next closest pitcher.

      The Cardinals already announced that Hicks would be out for the remainder of the season. Recovery from Tommy John surgery is known to take at least a full calendar year.

      Hicks was 2-2 with 14 saves and a 3.14 ERA in his second season with the Cardinals. He has 20 career saves in 102 appearances, with a 3.47 ERA and 101 strikeouts in 106 1/3 innings.

      --Field Level Media

  • Marlins activate INF Walker from injured list
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, June 25, 2019

    The Miami Marlins reinstated infielder Neil Walker from the injured list Tuesday after the veteran missed the first 3 1/2 weeks of June with a right quadriceps strain.

    • To make room on the active roster, the Marlins optioned right-hander Jeff Brigham to Triple-A New Orleans.

      Walker was batting .295 with four home runs and 14 RBIs in 51 games before being injured on May 30. Primarily a second baseman throughout his 11-year career, Walker has played only at first base this season. He has 34 starts at first base and two as the designated hitter.

      Walker, 33, is a career .269 hitter with 145 home runs and 582 RBIs. Brigham had a 5.87 ERA over six appearances this season, all in relief.

      --Field Level Media

  • Nationals add Rodney, Venters to struggling bullpen
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, June 25, 2019

    The Washington Nationals will look to make a pair of recent minor league signings pay off as the team recalled right-hander Fernando Rodney and left-hander Jonny Venters to help in the major league bullpen.

    • Rodney, 42, who signed a minor league deal with the Nationals in early June, was 0-2 at Triple-A Fresno with a 4.50 ERA in nine outings. In 17 games with the Oakland A's this season, Rodney was 0-2 with a 9.42 ERA. The 17-year major league veteran has 325 career saves while pitching for 10 teams.

      Venters, who was signed to a minor league deal by Washington in late May, had a 1.29 ERA at Double-A Harrisburg in nine appearances. The 34-year old had a 17.36 ERA in nine appearances earlier this season with the Atlanta Braves.

      The Nationals, who have struggled out of the bullpen all season, released veteran reliever Trevor Rosenthal on Sunday. Nationals relievers have a 6.29 ERA this season, the worst in the majors heading into Tuesday.

      --Field Level Media

  • Rangers activate Gallo from IL
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, June 25, 2019

    The Texas Rangers activated outfielder Joey Gallo from the 10-day injured list in time to start Tuesday night's game in Detroit.

    • The Rangers had a spot open on the roster after optioning left-handed pitcher Kyle Bird to Triple-A Nashville on Sunday.

      Gallo, 25, last played June 1 and came out of that game against Kansas City in the fifth inning while he was at the plate with a 3-2 count. He went on the injured list the following day with a strained left oblique muscle.

      On the season, Gallo is batting .276 with 17 home runs and 41 RBI in 50 games. When he went on the injured list, he led the American League in OPS (1.074) and slugging percentage (.653), and was second in walks with 42.

      In a four-game rehab assignment in the Arizona League, Gallo batted .273 (3-for-11) with two home runs, a double, three RBIs and five walks.

      --Field Level Media

  • Red Sox activate P Wright following 80-game suspension
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, June 25, 2019

    The Boston Red Sox activated right-handed pitcher Steven Wright from the restricted list Tuesday after he served an 80-game suspension without pay for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.

    • Boston transferred pitcher Nathan Eovaldi (elbow) to the 60-day injured list to make room on the 40-man roster, while optioning pitcher Josh A. Smith to Triple-A Pawtucket to clear a spot on the 25-man roster.

      Wright, 34, is likely to fill a role for the Red Sox as a multi-inning reliever. The knuckleballer appeared in 20 games last season with four starts, posting a 3-1 record and a 2.68 ERA in 53 2/3 innings.

      Wright did not appear for the Red Sox during their postseason run to the World Series title. He was replaced on the roster after Game 1 of the American League Division Series because of inflammation and a loose body in his left knee, which was surgically repaired in May 2017.

      His suspension started with the beginning of the season after he tested positive for Growth Hormone Releasing Peptide 2 (GHRP-2), according to the league.

      Wright made five rehab appearances with Triple-A Pawtucket this month, going 1-0 with a 1.86 ERA in 9 2/3 innings. He last pitched on Saturday, throwing two scoreless innings against Indianapolis.

      Wright has appeared in 75 games (44 starts) for Boston over the past six seasons, earning All-Star status in 2016, when he finished 13-6 with a 3.33 ERA in 24 starts. He has a career mark of 24-15 with a 3.77 ERA, striking out 266 and walking 128 in 341 1/3 innings.

      Smith is 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA in 10 appearances (two starts) with the Red Sox this season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Astros activate Springer (hamstring) from IL
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, June 25, 2019

    The Houston Astros activated George Springer from the injured list after he missed a month because of a strained left hamstring.

    • Springer was leading the American League in homers (17) and RBIs (43) on May 24, when he last played. The two-time All-Star is hitting .308 in 48 games.

      Springer hit two home runs in three rehab appearances at Double-A Corpus Christi.

      The Astros' leadoff hitter suffered the hamstring injury while chasing a foul ball against the Boston Red Sox. He slid so that he wouldn't collide with the wall and grabbed his hamstring.

      Houston also activated right-hander pitcher Collin McHugh (elbow) from the 10-day injured list. McHugh is 3-4 with a 6.04 ERA in 10 appearances (eight starts) this season. He began the season as a starter before being demoted to the bullpen after being rocked for eight runs and seven hits in three innings in a loss to the Kansas City Royals on May 7.

      He last pitched on May 14.

      In corresponding moves, the Astros optioned lefty relief pitcher Reymin Guduan (1-0, 11.81 ERA in 5 1/3 innings) and right-hander reliever Rogelio Armenteros (0-0, 3.60 ERA in five innings) to Triple-A Round Rock.

      The Astros, who led the American League West by 6 1/2 games heading into Tuesday, are making progress toward getting back to full strength. Second baseman Jose Altuve (hamstring) returned last week, and shortstop Carlos Correa (rib) is eying a return after the All-Star break. He has missed a month of action.

      --Field Level Media

  • Yankees designate veteran Morales for assignment
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, June 25, 2019

    The New York Yankees reinstated veteran Kendrys Morales from the 10-day injured list and then designated him for assignment on Tuesday.

    • The Yankees acquired the first baseman/designated hitter from the Oakland A's on May 14 in exchange for a player to be named or cash considerations. Oakland had designated him for assignment a day earlier.

      Morales, 36, went on the injured list on June 13 with a strained left calf. In his month with the Yankees, he appeared in 19 games and had just 11 hits in 62 at-bats (.177). He had one home run and five RBIs.

      He became expendable with the acquisition of another veteran designated hitter, Edwin Encarnacion, and the emergence of Luke Voit at first base. Morales has played for seven teams over his 13-year career and has a lifetime batting average of .265 with 213 home runs and 740 runs driven in.

      In a corresponding move, the Yankees recalled left-hander Stephen Tarpley from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

      In previous stints with the Yankees this season, he has pitched in 6 1/3 innings over eight games and has an 8.53 ERA with one save.

      --Field Level Media

  • Mets GM: 'Not true' he made in-game decisions
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, June 25, 2019

    New York Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen denied a report the he ordered manager Mickey Callaway to pull starting pitcher Jacob deGrom from the June 1 game against the Arizona Diamondbacks because of a hip cramp.

    • The New York Post reported on Monday that the first-year general manager reached Callaway through support staff to have deGrom removed from his start in Phoenix. The right-hander left after 6 2/3 innings and gave up one run on five hits, striking out seven and walking one.

      DeGrom was irate at the time and after the game said he felt fine.

      "It's not true," Van Wagenen said of the report, but did say the front office exercises its right to check with training staff if a player is injured.

      "No in-game decisions are ever called down from the dugout," Van Wagenen said. "We're not allowed to communicate with Mickey or his coaching staff during the games. We're not doing that."

      Callaway said he believes Van Wagenen is giving him complete authority to make in-game decisions and is not concerned about the June 1 matter. However, he did indicate there was some level of input from the front office.

      "I think that we got information from all parties and we made the decision to take care of our ace pitcher that's going to be here for a long time," Callaway said. "We all thought it was prudent at that point."

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB roundup: Yanks tie homer-streak record
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, June 25, 2019

    Giancarlo Stanton hit his first homer of the season to highlight a seven-run sixth inning, and the New York Yankees tied a major league record by homering for the 27th straight game Monday night before holding on for a 10-8 victory over the visiting Toronto Blue Jays.

    • The Yankees matched the mark set by the Texas Rangers in 2002 and won for the ninth time in 10 games by holding off a late Toronto comeback attempt.

      Aaron Hicks connected for the record-tying drive when he got a hold of a fastball by Aaron Sanchez (3-10) and lined it into the right field seats for a three-run shot that gave New York a 3-2 lead in the fifth inning. Stanton's 445-foot drive to a social gathering area beyond the center field fence put the Yankees up 10-2.

      CC Sabathia (5-4) allowed two runs and six hits in six innings while striking out a season-high nine hitters and issuing two walks. Aroldis Chapman gave up an unearned run in the ninth before sealing his 22nd save.

      Indians 3, Royals 2 (10 innings)

      Jason Kipnis homered to lead off the 10th inning, and host Cleveland recorded a victory over Kansas City.

      Kipnis deposited a 1-0 slider from Wily Peralta (2-4) over the wall in right-center field for his sixth homer of the season and his third career walk-off shot.

      Rookie Bobby Bradley and Jose Ramirez each had an RBI double for the Indians, who have won four in a row and nine of their past 11 games. Brad Hand (4-2) picked up the win after retiring the side in order in the 10th inning.

      Diamondbacks 8, Dodgers 5

      David Peralta drove in the go-ahead run in a four-run eighth inning, pitcher Zack Greinke hit a home run, and Arizona stopped Los Angeles' six-game winning streak with a victory in Phoenix.

      Arizona's Ketel Marte, returning to the lineup after missing two games because of a groin cramp, went 2-for-4 to tie Luis Gonzalez's franchise record with seven consecutive multi-hit games.

      Greinke gave up four runs and seven hits in six-plus innings. He struck out six and walked one. Yoan Lopez (1-1) pitched a scoreless eighth inning for his first career victory in 45 appearances, and Greg Holland got the last out for his 11th save of the season and the 200th of his career.

      Rockies 2, Giants 0

      Jon Gray combined with three relievers on a six-hit shutout, and David Dahl provided all the offense with a two-run home run, giving Colorado a victory at San Francisco.

      Gray combined with Jairo Diaz, Scott Oberg and Wade Davis on Colorado's fourth shutout of the season, all of which have been recorded on the road. The Colorado foursome outdueled Drew Pomeranz and two Giants relievers, who combined to allow just five hits while striking out 13. Pomeranz tied a career high with 11 of those strikeouts.

      Dahl delivered the game's only scoring after a one-out single by Charlie Blackmon in the third inning. The left-handed hitter went the opposite way to left field against Pomeranz.

      Red Sox 6, White Sox 5

      Marco Hernandez beat out an infield single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning to lead host Boston past Chicago.

      Hernandez beat the throw of shortstop Tim Anderson, who got to the ball in the hole but couldn't get the runner on a jump throw to first. Andrew Benintendi came home after starting the inning with a double off Jace Fry (1-3) as the Red Sox battled back to tie the score on three separate occasions in the late innings.

      Eduardo Nunez was responsible for two of the rallies, including an RBI single grounded through the infield in the eighth inning to knot the score at 5. Brandon Workman (7-1) got the win, striking out Anderson (four K's) with a runner on second to end the top of the ninth. It was the only batter Workman faced.

      Phillies 13, Mets 7

      Jean Segura, Rhys Hoskins, Jay Bruce and Maikel Franco homered to lead host Philadelphia past New York. Segura led the way with four hits, Franco added three hits and three RBIs, and Cesar Hernandez had three hits.

      Scott Kingery also had three hits for the Phillies, who snapped a season-long seven-game losing streak. Bryce Harper added a pair of doubles and two RBIs. The Phillies, who had a season-high 19 hits, had scored 12 runs combined in their previous five games.

      Philadelphia starter Zach Eflin (7-7) tied his career high by giving up 11 hits to go along with six runs in five innings. Michael Conforto, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos and Dominic Smith homered for the Mets.

      Cubs 8, Braves 3

      Jon Lester pitched six strong innings and sparked a five-run rally that put the game away with a fifth-inning single, leading Chicago to a win over visiting Atlanta.

      Lester (7-5) allowed two runs, both unearned, on five hits with no walks and seven strikeouts.

      Lester singled with one on and none out in the fifth, then the next five batters each drove in a run to make it 7-0 -- all runs charged to Atlanta starter Julio Teheran (5-6). During the outburst, Chicago got an RBI double from Kyle Schwarber, run-scoring singles from Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo, an RBI double from Javier Baez and a run-scoring grounder by Willson Contreras.

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB notebook: Dodgers to extend netting
    By Field Level Media / Monday, June 24, 2019

    One day after a fan a Dodger Stadium got hit in the head by a foul ball, the Los Angeles Dodgers announced Monday that they would extend the protective netting further down the foul lines.

    • The Dodgers issued a press release that read, "Fan safety is of the utmost importance to the Dodgers and during the offseason, we began the process of studying how the netting at Dodger Stadium could be configured to provide better protection for our fans. Once this study is completed, the team will implement the recommended changes and extend the netting at Dodger Stadium."

      Asked whether the addition would occur this season, Dodgers team president and CEO Stan Kasten told the Orange County Register, "I can't say that for sure, although I think it's likely. For sure, something is going to be done. As for the exact timing, I don't know that yet."

      The women who was struck Sunday at Dodger Stadium stayed briefly at the game, given an ice pack to put on her head, but she later left to seek additional medical attention, according to multiple media reports.

      --St. Louis Cardinals right-handed closer Jordan Hicks was diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow.

      The severity of the injury was determined in an MRI exam. The Cardinals said the team is still determining the "next course of action." Hicks sustained the injury Saturday when he was removed after striking out a batter on the ninth inning.

      A torn UCL typically leads to Tommy John surgery. Regardless, the injury will likely be season ending. The 22-year-old Hicks, who regularly throws pitches upwards of 100 mph, is 2-2 with a 3.14 ERA and 14 saves in 29 appearances this season.

      --New York Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon called Newsday reporter Tim Healey "to apologize on behalf of the organization" for Sunday's clubhouse confrontation between manager Mickey Callaway, pitcher Jason Vargas and Healey.

      "The Mets sincerely regret the incident that took place with one of our beat writers following today's game in the clubhouse," the team said in a statement. "We do not condone this type of behavior from any employee. The organization has reached out and apologized to this reporter and will have further discussions internally with all involved parties."

      General manager Brodie Van Wagenen said the team issued fines to Callaway and Vargas. Van Wagenen called the altercation "regrettable on many levels" and "disappointing." Callaway also issued a public apology.

      --Texas third baseman Asdrubal Cabrera had his suspension reduced from four games to three and will begin serving it Tuesday when the Rangers visit the Detroit Tigers.

      Cabrera received the punishment for throwing equipment -- batting gloves and shin guards -- after he was ejected during the sixth inning of a game against the Cleveland Indians last Thursday. The items hit the feet of umpire Bill Miller and Rangers manager Chris Woodward, who were discussing why Cabrera was ejected.

      The incident began after Cabrera was called out on strikes. He went to view video of the pitch, and from the dugout, yelled his displeasure about the calls, earning the ejection.

      --No. 1 overall draft pick Adley Rutschman signed with the Baltimore Orioles, receiving a majors-record $8.1 million signing bonus, according to MLB.com.

      The All-America catcher's bonus eclipsed the $8 million Gerrit Cole received to sign with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2011.

      Rutschman batted .411, slugged .751 and recorded a .575 on-base percentage this season for Oregon State. He won the Golden Spikes Award and the Dick Howser Trophy, both awarded to the nation's top player.

      --The Chicago White Sox reinstated outfielder Jon Jay from the 60-day injured list. He started the Monday night game in Boston as the right fielder and batted sixth.

      In a corresponding move, the team designated Odrisamer Despaigne for assignment. The 32-year-old right-hander was 0-2 with a 9.45 ERA in three starts.

      Jay, 34, had been out since spring training due to a strained right hip. The White Sox signed the veteran to a one-year contract on Jan. 10.

      --Field Level Media

  • Dodgers to extend netting after latest fan injury
    By Field Level Media / Monday, June 24, 2019

    One day after a fan at Dodger Stadium got hit in the head by a foul ball, the Los Angeles Dodgers announced Monday that they would extend the protective netting further down the foul lines.

    • Dodgers team president and CEO Stan Kasten told the Orange County Register that the move to add more netting already was in the works before a fan was struck Sunday by a line drive from Los Angeles slugger Cody Bellinger.

      "We have been talking for some time with different providers and looking at different options," Kasten told the Register. "Surely we will be expanding netting. I don't know yet the final configuration. Obviously, there are some different choices to be made and different products which each come with their own set of challenges."

      Asked whether the addition would occur this season, Kasten replied, "I can't say that for sure, although I think it's likely. For sure, something is going to be done. As for the exact timing, I don't know that yet."

      The Dodgers subsequently issued a press release that read, "Fan safety is of the utmost importance to the Dodgers and during the offseason, we began the process of studying how the netting at Dodger Stadium could be configured to provide better protection for our fans. Once this study is completed, the team will implement the recommended changes and extend the netting at Dodger Stadium. The team will provide more information on the project timeline and scope when available."

      The women who was struck Sunday at Dodger Stadium stayed briefly at the game, given an ice pack to put on her head, but she later left to seek additional medical attention, according to multiple media reports.

      Bellinger said Sunday regarding stadiums adding to their netting, "I would assume that would be a smart decision, just to protect those people in the front row that don't have reaction time. I mean, I'm over at first base and I've got to be ready, and they're 10 feet over from me."

      Dodgers manager Dave Roberts added, "Talks like (extending the netting) need to intensify, and for me, as we talk about getting ahead of things, I don't see anything wrong with that idea."

      The Dodgers' announcement comes a week after the Chicago White Sox said they would extend netting from foul pole to foul pole. That came in the wake of a woman at Guaranteed Rate Field getting struck by a hard line drive on June 10.

      The Washington Nationals also announced Thursday that they would extend the netting further down the left and right field lines, past the dugouts.

      The movement for baseball teams to add more fan protection ramped up after a 4-year-old girl was hit by a line-drive foul ball off the bat of the Chicago Cubs' Albert Almora Jr. during a game against the Astros in Houston in late May.

      Kasten told the Register, regarding teams coming to the same conclusion as the Dodgers, "I think it was expected in baseball because all of us have been talking about doing more. All of the teams have. It wasn't a surprise at all. One of the things that has changed and has been helpful is that the modern-day fan has more of an expectation of seeing netting than they ever have before. And that's useful to know because customer opinions are very important."

      Last season, 79-year-old Linda Goldbloom was struck by a foul ball at Dodger Stadium on Aug. 25 and died four days later. An autopsy determined the cause of death was acute intracranial hemorrhage caused by the impact of the baseball.

      According to Erwin Goldbloom, the widower of Linda, the Dodgers offered to pay for funeral expenses. He told reporters that the family filed a wrongful death suit against the team and the two sides reached a settlement in January. He declined to disclose terms.

      After several injuries in 2017, all major league teams had nets that went out at least as far as the end of the dugouts for the start of 2018, according to commissioner Rob Manfred.

      --Field Level Media

  • Rangers 3B Cabrera gets suspension cut to 3 games
    By Field Level Media / Monday, June 24, 2019

    Texas third baseman Asdrubal Cabrera had his suspension reduced from four games to three on Monday and will begin serving it Tuesday when the Rangers visit the Detroit Tigers.

    • Cabrera received the punishment for throwing equipment -- batting gloves and shin guards -- after he was ejected during the sixth inning of a game against the Cleveland Indians last Thursday. The items hit the feet of umpire Bill Miller and Rangers manager Chris Woodward, who were discussing why Cabrera was ejected.

      The incident began after Cabrera was called out on strikes. He went to view video of the pitch, and from the dugout, yelled his displeasure about the calls, earning the ejection.

      When the suspension was announced Friday, Woodward termed it as "pretty steep."

      Cabrera, 33, is batting .231 with 11 homers and 43 RBIs this season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Orioles sign C Rutschman to record $8.1 million bonus
    By Field Level Media / Monday, June 24, 2019

    No. 1 overall draft pick Adley Rutschman signed with the Baltimore Orioles on Monday, receiving a major-league-record $8.1 million signing bonus, according to MLB.com.

    • The All-America catcher's bonus eclipsed the $8 million Gerrit Cole received to sign with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2011.

      Rutschman batted .411, slugged .751 and recorded a .575 on-base percentage this season for Oregon State. He won the Golden Spikes Award and the Dick Howser Trophy, both awarded to the nation's top player.

      The Orioles announced the signing on their Twitter account, showing Rutschman shaking hands with general manager Mike Elias.

      The Orioles said Rutschman would be introduced Tuesday at Camden Yards before the game against the San Diego Padres.

      Coincidentally, Padres third baseman Manny Machado will be making his first appearance as a visiting player Tuesday since the Orioles traded him to the Los Angeles Dodgers last July. He signed with San Diego as a free agent in the offseason.

      --Field Level Media

  • Cardinals RHP Hicks diagnosed with torn UCL
    By Field Level Media / Monday, June 24, 2019

    St. Louis Cardinals right-handed closer Jordan Hicks was diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow on Monday.

    • The severity of the injury was determined in an MRI exam. The Cardinals said the team is still determining the "next course of action."

      A torn UCL typically leads to Tommy John surgery. Regardless, the injury will likely be season ending.

      Hicks suffered the injury Saturday when he was removed after striking out David Fletcher of the Los Angeles Angels for the second out of the ninth inning.

      The 22-year-old Hicks, who regularly throws pitches upwards of 100 mph, is 2-2 with a 3.14 ERA and 14 saves in 29 appearances this season.

      St. Louis is expected to use right-hander Carlos Martinez as its primary closer. Veteran left-hander Andrew Miller also figures to receive some opportunities.

      --Field Level Media

  • White Sox reinstate OF Jay from 60-day IL
    By Field Level Media / Monday, June 24, 2019

    The Chicago White Sox reinstated outfielder Jon Jay from the 60-day injured list on Monday.

    • In a corresponding move, the team designated right-handed pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne for assignment.

      Jay, 34, was placed on the injured list on March 25 with a strained right hip and has yet to make his regular-season debut. The White Sox signed the veteran to a one-year contract on Jan. 10.

      He played in 16 rehab games between Triple-A Charlotte and Double-A Birmingham, batting .333 (21 of 63) with a pair of doubles, seven RBIs and eight runs.

      Jay is a career .285 hitter best known for his defense. He is the all-time leader in fielding percentage among outfielders at .9961.

      He played six seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals (2010-15) but has been well-traveled since: San Diego Padres (2016), Chicago Cubs (2017), and the Kansas City Royals and Arizona Diamondbacks in 2018.

      Despaigne, 32, was 0-2 with a 9.45 ERA (14 earned runs in 13 1/3 innings) in three starts with the White Sox since they brought him up from Charlotte on June 10. He signed as a free agent on May 19.

      --Field Level Media

  • Mets issue apology, fine Callaway, Vargas
    By Field Level Media / Monday, June 24, 2019

    New York Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon called Newsday reporter Tim Healey "to apologize on behalf of the organization" for Sunday's clubhouse confrontation between manager Mickey Callaway, pitcher Jason Vargas and Healey.

    • "The Mets sincerely regret the incident that took place with one of our beat writers following today's game in the clubhouse," the team said in a statement. "We do not condone this type of behavior from any employee. The organization has reached out and apologized to this reporter and will have further discussions internally with all involved parties."

      Callaway did not directly address the matter at a press conference prior to Monday's game, but general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said the team issued fines to Callaway and Vargas. Van Wagenen called the altercation "regrettable on many levels" and "disappointing."

      "My confidence remains the same in Mickey's ability to do his job," Van Wagenen said before the Mets opened a series with the Philadelphia Phillies.

      On Sunday after the Mets coughed up a late lead in a loss to the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, Healey said "see you tomorrow" to Callaway as he walked past him. Intended or not, Healey's comment enraged Callaway.

      "I thought he was leaving for the day, so I said, 'See you tomorrow, Mickey,'" Healey said. "And then he said, 'Don't be a smartass.'

      "I tried to tell him, I didn't mean anything by it," Healey added. "I was just saying, 'I'll see you tomorrow.' And then he said, 'Get this guy out of here,' and that got the attention of Jason Vargas."

      Healey said he tried to tell Callaway he didn't mean anything by the comment. Callaway didn't take it that way.

      Callaway responded by calling Healey a "m----f----." Callaway walked away briefly, but came back cursing at Healey and telling him to leave the clubhouse.

      Vargas stared down Healey and screamed, "I'll knock you the f-- out, bro." Starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard helped to restrain Vargas.

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB roundup: Pinch-hit HR lifts Braves over Nats in 10
    By Field Level Media / Monday, June 24, 2019

    Johan Camargo hit a two-run, pinch-hit homer in the top of the 10th inning to give the Atlanta Braves a 4-3 win over the host Washington Nationals on Sunday.

    • The Braves took two of three from the Nats to win the series.

      Luke Jackson pitched the 10th inning for his 11th save despite giving up a run, two hits and a walk. Trea Turner drove in a run with a fielder's choice, but the Nats could not plate the tying run.

      Tanner Rainey (1-2) gave up a walk to Ozzie Albies with one out in the 10th and then Camargo smashed his second pinch-hit homer of the year into the bleachers in right for a 4-2 lead. A.J. Minter (2-4) pitched one inning to earn the win, fanning Gerardo Parra for the last out of the ninth with the winning run on second.

      Dodgers 6, Rockies 3

      Will Smith gave Los Angeles its third game-ending home run in three days, all from rookies, with a three-run shot in the ninth inning for a spectacular three-game sweep of visiting Colorado.

      Smith, who was called back up to the major leagues earlier in the day, crushed his pinch-hit shot to right-center off Rockies right-hander Scott Oberg (5-1). The Rockies elected to walk veteran Russell Martin to face Smith.

      It was the third home run of the season for Smith, two of which gave the Dodgers a walk-off victory. It was the first time since 2010 the Dodgers put together three consecutive walk-off victories.

      Astros 9, Yankees 4

      Justin Verlander pitched seven innings and Tyler White hit his first career grand slam as Houston snapped a season-high seven-game losing streak with a victory over host New York.

      The Astros hit four homers to halt their longest losing streak since June 4-10, 2015. Houston avoided losing eight straight for the first time since a 15-game skid in September 2013.

      Verlander (10-3) helped the Astros get their first win since June 15 by allowing three runs on four hits. Verlander struck out nine and walked two.

      Cubs 5, Mets 3

      On a day for noteworthy home runs, Javier Baez made the 100th of his career one to savor, rallying Chicago to victory over visiting New York.

      Baez's three-run shot in the eighth inning off right-hander Seth Lugo helped prevent Chicago's first three-game losing streak at home this season. It was just the second home run for the Cubs in a four-game series against the Mets, while New York hit nine.

      The Mets' Pete Alonso also went deep, setting the club record for rookie home runs with 27 a day after tying Darryl Strawberry's rookie mark, set in 1983. Alonso hit his home run to center field against Cole Hamels in the fourth.

      Pirates 11, Padres 10 (11)

      Kevin Newman's two-out, bases-loaded walk brought in the fourth run of the 11th inning as Pittsburgh completed a three-game sweep of visiting San Diego.

      San Diego took a 10-7 lead in the top of the 11th against Francisco Liriano (2-1) for its second three-run lead.

      In the bottom of the inning, Phil Maton walked Bryan Reynolds, struck out Starling Marte and gave up a single to Josh Bell. Melky Cabrera's RBI double made it 10-8. Matt Wisler (2-2) relieved and gave up a tying two-run single to Jacob Stallings. A single and walk loaded the bases before Wisler walked Newman.

      Marlins 6, Phillies 4

      Jordan Yamamoto allowed the first runs of his career but made franchise history by winning his third start in as many tries as Miami completed a three-game sweep at Philadelphia.

      The Marlins, who have the worst record in the National League at 30-46, completed their third series sweep of the season. The Phillies, who have dropped seven straight, were swept for the third time.

      Yamamoto (3-0), who opened his career by throwing seven scoreless innings in back-to-back starts against the St. Louis Cardinals, saw his shutout streak end in the first inning Sunday. He walked the first three batters before Jean Segura gave the Phillies a 2-1 lead with a two-run, one-out single.

      Blue Jays 6, Red Sox 1

      Marcus Stroman pitched six scoreless innings, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. had three hits and an outfield assist and visiting Toronto defeated Boston.

      Eric Sogard added a home run and Danny Jansen had a two-run single for the Blue Jays.

      The Blue Jays won the three-game series -- their fourth series win on the road this season -- despite losing the opener. They have six wins in their past 12 games after going 2-11.

      Indians 8, Tigers 3

      Bobby Bradley belted an RBI double in his first major league at-bat to ignite a five-run second inning as host Cleveland completed their second straight sweep of Detroit.

      Carlos Santana launched his team-leading 17th homer and rookie Zach Plesac (3-2) tossed seven strong innings for the Indians, who have won eight of nine against Detroit this season.

      Jason Kipnis ripped a two-run single and Francisco Lindor, Kevin Plawecki and rookie Oscar Mercado each drove in a run as Cleveland cruised to its eighth victory in 10 games.

      Angels 6, Cardinals 4

      Tommy La Stella and David Fletcher each had two hits and two RBIs as visiting Los Angeles held on for a win against St. Louis to avoid getting swept in the three-game series.

      Albert Pujols started his third straight game at first base and went 2-for-5 for the Angels, who ended a three-game losing streak.

      Pujols played 11 seasons in St. Louis and won two World Series titles and three National League Most Valuable Player awards for the Cardinals before signing with the Angels following the 2011 season.

      Brewers 7, Reds 5

      Milwaukee scored five runs in the third inning, and Brandon Woodruff earned his team-high ninth win in a victory over visiting Cincinnati.

      The five-run inning helped Milwaukee earn a split in the four-game series, taking the last two games against their National League Central rivals.

      Woodruff (9-2) worked seven strong innings, allowing three runs on seven hits with a career-high 12 strikeouts and one walk.

      Royals 6, Twins 1

      Hunter Dozier had two extra-base hits, including a three-run home run, and Alex Gordon had two run-scoring doubles as Kansas City defeated visiting Minnesota.

      Homer Bailey (7-6) picked up the win for Kansas City. He allowed just one run on five hits in 5 1/3 innings. He threw 108 pitches, one outing after a season-high 121 pitches against Seattle. His final batter was Eddie Rosario, who struck out after a 14-pitch at-bat.

      Kevin McCarthy pitched the final 2 1/3 innings for his first career save.

      Rays 8, A's 2

      Travis d'Arnaud contributed a key hit to each of two big early uprisings and left-hander Ryan Yarbrough pitched six strong innings, allowing visiting Tampa Bay to earn a split of its four-game series against Oakland.

      Avisail Garcia and Joey Wendle collected three hits apiece, while Austin Meadows matched d'Arnaud with three RBIs, helping the Rays win for just the second time in seven games on their 10-game trip.

      After the A's had taken a 1-0 lead in the second on a Rays error, the visitors grabbed the lead for good in the third off Oakland starter Brett Anderson (7-5). With one out, Mike Zunino walked and d'Arnaud belted his fourth home run of the season.

      Mariners 13, Orioles 3

      J.P. Crawford went 4-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs as Seattle defeated visiting Baltimore.

      Mac Williamson also homered for the Mariners, who took three of four games in the series.

      Trey Mancini homered for Baltimore, which was trying to win back-to-back games for the first time since May 6 after snapping a 10-game losing streak Saturday with an 8-4 victory.

      Rangers 7, White Sox 4

      Adrian Sampson allowed just one run in seven innings as Texas held on to win the rubber game of its three-game series over visiting Chicago.

      Sampson (6-4) scattered seven hits with one walk and four strikeouts in winning for the sixth time in his past seven decisions. The Rangers turned three double plays.

      Tim Federowicz and Danny Santana both hit homers in the Rangers' four-run second inning against White Sox starter Ivan Nova (3-6), who allowed another run in the fifth. In six innings, he gave up eight hits and a walk, striking out six. Only three of the five runs were earned.

      Diamondbacks 3, Giants 2 (10)

      Tim Locastro lined a bases-loaded single over third base with one out in the 10th inning as Arizona ended a season-high six-game losing streak with a victory over San Francisco in Phoenix.

      Christian Walker singled to open the 10th inning off Mark Melancon (3-2), and Jarrod Dyson walked with one out. The runners advanced on a wild pitch, and Carson Kelly was intentionally walked to load the bases for Locastro, who delivered his second walk-off hit this season.

      Walker had three hits and an RBI, Locastro had two singles and two RBIs and Eduardo Escobar had two hits for the Diamondbacks, who were in danger of falling three games below .500 for the first time since April 13.

      --Field Level Media

  • Mets' Callaway, Vargas confront reporter after loss
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, June 23, 2019

    New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway cursed and pitcher Jason Vargas had to be restrained from a confrontation with a reporter during a postgame incident in the team's clubhouse Sunday.

    • Tensions were running high after a 5-3 loss in Chicago to the Cubs, after which reporters questioned Callaway about his choice of reliever Seth Lugo, who gave up a three-run homer to Javier Baez in the bottom of the eighth inning.

      As Callaway came out of his office while reporters waited to talk to players, Newsday reporter Tim Healey said, "See you tomorrow, Mickey."

      Callaway, still agitated from the loss and his postgame interview, according to a report from Yahoo Sports, turned and yelled, "Don't be a smartass, (expletive)."

      Callaway continued to curse at Healey and asked a team official to remove him from the clubhouse. Vargas stared down Healey and eventually charged at him before being restrained by teammates. No contact was made with the reporter.

      Healey left the clubhouse soon after.

      "The Mets sincerely regret the incident that took place with one of our beat writers following today's game in the clubhouse," the team said in a statement. "We do not condone this type of behavior from any employee. The organization has reached out and apologized to this reporter and will have further discussions internally with all involved parties."

      The Mets open a four-game series in Philadelphia on Monday.

      --Field Level Media

  • Woman struck by Bellinger's foul liner taken to hospital
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, June 23, 2019

    A woman struck in the head by a foul ball off the bat of Los Angeles Dodgers star Cody Bellinger was transported to a hospital for tests and observation on Sunday.

    • The young woman was sitting close to the field down the first base line, just past where the protective netting at Dodger Stadium ends. Bellinger hit a sharp liner into the area in the first inning and it struck the woman, who hasn't been identified.

      The woman initially remained in her seat and Bellinger checked on her after the inning ended. She was given an icepack but left her seat approximately 15 minutes later to visit first aid at Dodger Stadium before being taken to the hospital via ambulance.

      Bellinger was shaken up by the incident. He stood looking down toward the area for nearly two minutes before resuming his at-bat.

      "I saw it literally hit her face, so it was tough," Bellinger told reporters after the game. "... Just tried to regroup, I'm sure it was tough for everyone."

      Bellinger said he would be in favor of the netting being extended further down the lines at Dodger Stadium.

      "I would assume that would be a smart decision just to protect those fans in the front row that don't have the reaction time," Bellinger said.

      Last season, 79-year-old Linda Goldbloom was struck by a foul ball at Dodger Stadium on Aug. 25 and died four days later.

      Fan safety has emerged as a priority for Major League Baseball over the last few years and all 30 teams have expanded their netting.

      Still, a young girl in Houston was struck by a foul ball off the bat of Chicago Cubs outfielder Albert Almora Jr., in late May, prompting an increase for netting to be further extended down the lines.

      Almora was visibly shaken by the incident and said, "I hope this never happens again, so whatever the league has to do to make that happen."

      --Field Level Media

  • Alonso homers, sets Mets rookie record
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, June 23, 2019

    First baseman Pete Alonso set the New York Mets record for home runs by a rookie in a season when he blasted his 27th on Sunday.

    • Alonso's solo home run in the top of the fourth inning against Cole Hamels of the Chicago Cubs traveled 454 feet and broke the record set in 1983 by Darryl Strawberry in 122 games.

      The Mets' 5-3 loss to the Cubs on Sunday was just the 77th game of the season for Alonso, who finished 1-for-2 with two walks.

      He also extended his National League record for most home runs by a rookie before the All-Star break, which he set Saturday. Cody Bellinger of the Los Angeles Dodgers hit 25 in 2017.

      Mark McGwire set the major league record for homers by a rookie before the break with 33 for the Oakland Athletics in 1987.

      Alonso also tied slugger Dave Kingman's record for most homers in Mets history before July 1, set in 1976.

      --Field Level Media

  • Rays reliever Castillo (shoulder) lands on IL
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, June 23, 2019

    The Tampa Bay Rays placed reliever Diego Castillo on the 10-day injured list Sunday due to inflammation in his right shoulder.

    • Castillo blew his first save of the season Thursday night at Oakland and also took the loss in Saturday's 4-2 setback against the Athletics.

      The Rays sent the 25-year-old right-hander back to Tampa to be examined by team doctors.

      Castillo is 1-6 with a team-high seven saves and a 3.93 ERA in 33 appearances this season. In June, he has pitched in six games and is 0-2 with a 14.40 ERA.

      The Rays recalled right-hander Hunter Wood from Triple-A Durham to replace Castillo on the active roster.

      Wood was 1-1 with a 2.11 ERA and one save in 13 appearances (two starts) earlier this season for Tampa Bay.

      --Field Level Media

  • Braves P Soroka exits game after being hit by pitch
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, June 23, 2019

    Atlanta Braves right-hander Mike Soroka left his start Sunday at Washington after being struck on the right forearm by a 93.3 mph fastball from Nationals right-hander Austin Voth in the third inning.

    • X-rays reportedly came back clean, with Soroka telling 680 The Fan that "it feels like a bruise."

      "I've been hit by enough pucks, baseballs in my lifetime to know the aftermath. It's just a bruise," the Calgary, Alberta native said following the Braves' 4-3 win in 10 innings.

      Voth was called up from the minors on Sunday.

      Soroka, 21, entered the game with eight wins in a row and a mark of 8-1 with ERA of 2.12.

      Soroka exited in a scoreless tie after allowing one hit in two innings. He was replaced in the bottom half of the third inning by Josh Tomlin.

      --Field Level Media

  • Dodgers place Freese (hamstring) on 10-day IL
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, June 23, 2019

    The Los Angeles Dodgers placed infielder David Freese on the 10-day injured list because of a left hamstring strain Sunday.

    • Freese, 36, is hitting .308 with eight homers and 23 RBIs in 56 games this season. He mostly has played first base along with a pair of games at third base.

      The Dodgers promoted catcher Will Smith from Triple-A Oklahoma City to take Freese's spot on the roster. The 24-year-old Smith hit .286 (6 for 21) with one double, two homers and three RBIs in six games with the Dodgers earlier this season.

      In 49 games at Oklahoma City, he hit .291 with 14 home runs and 39 RBIs.

      --Field Level Media