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  • Giants ace Bumgarner avoids surgery
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, April 26, 2017

    No structural damage was detected in the left shoulder of San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner.

    • A follow-up MRI exam on Monday revealed that Bumgarner's sprained left shoulder will not require surgery, but the Giants are bracing to be without their left-handed ace for two months.

      Giants general manager Bobby Evans said before Tuesday's game against the Dodgers there is no definitive timetable for Bumgarner's return even after the MRI was read. A more detailed schedule for treatment and Bumgarner's eventual return is likely to become clearer in May.

      The former World Series MVP sustained bruised ribs and a sprained AC joint in his pitching shoulder in a dirt bike accident during last Thursday's off day in Colorado. He will wear a sling on his pitching arm for at least another week.

      "Our focus is getting him healthy," Evans said.

      Bumgarner never previously was on the disabled list during his eight-plus major league seasons.

      He said Monday he regretted the decision to ride trail bikes in the mountains outside of Denver with two family members.

      "Obviously, it was not my intentions when we set out to enjoy the off day," Bumgarner said. "I realize that's definitely not the most responsible decision I've made. It sucks not being able to be out here with my guys."

      Bumgarner, 27, is 0-3 with a 3.00 ERA this season.

  • MLB roundup: Tigers pound Mariners 19-9
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, April 26, 2017

    DETROIT -- Ian Kinsler had four of Detroit's 24 hits, scored four runs and knocked in two more and the Tigers enjoyed their biggest inning in nine seasons while pounding the Seattle Mariners 19-9 on Tuesday night.

    • Kinsler collected two of his hits during Detroit's nine-run fifth. James McCann, Justin Upton, Alex Avila and Mikie Mahtook homered for the Tigers, who combined with Seattle for a Comerica Park record 40 hits.

      Tyler Collins supplied three hits, two runs scored and three RBIs, while Avila, Jim Adduci and Andrew Romine also contributed three hits. McCann had four RBIs while Jordan Zimmermann (2-1) gave up five runs and 11 hits in six innings.

      Nelson Cruz had three hits, including a solo homer, and drove in three runs for the Mariners. Seattle starter Felix Hernandez (2-2) lasted two innings, allowing four runs on six hits.

      Brewers 9, Reds 1

      MILWAUKEE -- Hernan Perez delivered two triples and a home run and Eric Thames hit his major league-leading 11th homer as Milwaukee beat Cincinnati.

      Zach Davies (2-2) struck out six while allowing six hits and a walk to earn his second consecutive victory. Keon Broxton doubled and drew a pair of walks as Milwaukee recorded 10 hits.

      Thames went deep against the Reds for the eighth time this season, joining Hall of Famer Willie Stargell as the only players to hit eight April homers against a single team. Stargell did it for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1971 versus the Atlanta Braves.

      Astros 4, Indians 2

      CLEVELAND -- Dallas Keuchel pitched his first complete game of the season and Josh Reddick had two hits and three RBIs to lead Houston.

      Keuchel (4-0) gave up six hits, struck out five and walked three. The Astros lost two players as second baseman Jose Altuve and right fielder Teoscar Hernandez collided while chasing a fly ball. Altuve appeared to get hit in the jaw and Hernandez, who had to be carted off the field, appeared to have a left leg injury.

      Austin Jackson and Michael Brantley homered for Cleveland. The Indians' Josh Tomlin (1-3) pitched six innings, allowing three runs on eight hits with six strikeouts and no walks.

      Rays 2, Orioles 0

      BALTIMORE -- After scheduled starter Erasmo Ramirez was a late scratch, Tampa Bay used five pitchers and limited Baltimore to two hits en route to victory.

      The Rays' bullpen retired 17 consecutive batters before Chris Davis earned a two-out walk in the ninth. Chase Whitley (1-0), the fourth Tampa Bay pitcher, threw three perfect innings with three strikeouts to get the Rays into the ninth.

      Wade Miley (1-1) struggled with his command but managed to keep the Orioles in the game. Miley allowed two runs on four hits with eight strikeouts and six walks, one shy of a season high.

      Cubs 1, Pirates 0

      PITTSBURGH -- Chicago scored an unearned run in the second inning as Pittsburgh wasted a brilliant performance by Gerrit Cole.

      Cole pitched seven innings, yielding two hits and striking out eight with no walks. The Cubs' Kyle Hendricks held the Pirates scoreless over six innings, allowing four hits, walking two and striking out three.

      Koji Uehara, Hector Rondon and Wade Davis completed the shutout with an inning each of shutout relief. Davis recorded his fifth save.

      Yankees at Red Sox, ppd.

      BOSTON -- The scheduled game between New York and Boston was postponed because of rain. It will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader July 16 at 1:05 p.m.

      Braves at Mets, ppd.

      NEW YORK -- The scheduled game between Atlanta and New York was postponed because of rain. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader Sept. 25.

      Marlins at Phillies, ppd.

      PHILADELPHIA -- The scheduled game between Miami and Philadelphia was postponed because of rain. There was no immediate makeup date announced, but the Marlins return to Philadelphia from Aug. 22-24 and Sept. 12-14.

  • Red Sox 2B Pedroia ready to return vs. Yankees
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, April 25, 2017

    BOSTON -- Dustin Pedroia was ready to return to the Boston Red Sox lineup Tuesday night after missing two games in Baltimore because of a left leg injury suffered when he was spiked by the Orioles' Manny Machado on Friday night.

    • But the game was rained out and will be made up as part of a July 16 day/night double-header.

      Pedroia, who had an MRI exam on his knee and ankle Monday, was ready to return after finding himself in the middle of a controversy resulting from the spiking, and his words shouted at Machado that could be easily read by television cameras.

      Matt Barnes threw a pitch up near Machado's head and drawing a four-game suspension and a fine. Pedroia could be seen saying, "It wasn't me," a sign he had nothing to do with the retribution for the play at second base.

      The fiery second baseman, seen as a team leader after the retirement of David Ortiz, was apparently acting on his own, leading some to hint at dissension in the clubhouse. Tuesday, Pedroia said, "We talked about that. We're going to keep it in house."

      While Pedroia was ready to go, Pablo Sandoval, who suffered a knee injury Sunday, was placed on the 10-day disabled list. Josh Rutledge, coming back from knee surgery, was activated and could enter a third base platoon with Marco Hernandez -- with Brock Holt (vertigo) still on the DL.

      Rick Porcello and Luis Severino, two right-handers with something to prove, were the scheduled starters and will be pushed back to open what is now a two-game set Wednesday night.

      Boston's Porcello, the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner, hopes to continue what he hopes is the climb back to showing last year's 22-4 was no fluke.

      Severino comes in 1-1 with a 4.05 ERA in his three starts on the young season. He has struck out 27 in 20 innings, with 21 strikeouts over the last two starts. He lost his last time out, but pitched a career-high eight innings, struck out 10 and didn't walk a batter while allowing two Chicago White Sox home runs.

      Porcello (1-2) allowed three unearned runs in the second inning -- courtesy of two infield errors -- and then shut the Toronto Blue Jays down the rest of his seven innings. He suffered the loss, but the no earned runs in seven innings only brought his ERA down to 7.56.

      The Yankees are 11-7, surprising to some, but are 8-1 at home and just 3-6 on the road after dropping two of three over the weekend in Pittsburgh. They now have two at Boston and then come home for three against the Orioles and three more against the Toronto Blue Jays.

      "It's an important stretch," Girardi said in Pittsburgh on Sunday.

      The Red Sox (11-8) just finished a 3-3 road trip by salvaging the series finale in Baltimore.

      Porcello is 7-5 with a 3.28 ERA lifetime against the Yankees, while Severino is 0-3 with a 4.71 ERA with a 5.71 ERA in four outings, three starts, against Boston. He does have 20 strikeouts in 17 1/3 innings against the Red Sox.

      The struggling Brett Gardner is hitting .417 lifetime against Porcello, while Pedroia is 3-for-7 with a home run against Severino.

      Meanwhile, Boston left-hander David Price, recovering from an elbow injury, reported he was feeling good Tuesday after his throwing session Monday.

      Price tweeted: "Feel great today. This is my media session. All questions answered, if you have any more ask Manager John (Farrell)."

  • Astros' Hernanez, Altuve leave game after collision
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, April 25, 2017

    CLEVELAND -- Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve and right fielder Teoscar Hernandez were removed from Tuesday night's game against the Cleveland Indians following a jarring collision in shallow right field in the eighth inning.

    • Chasing a fly ball hit by Yan Gomes, Altuve raced into the outfield and Hernandez came sprinting in. Both players were racing at full speed and watching the ball when the collision occurred. The two players remained on the ground for several minutes.

      Altuve, who appeared to get hit in the jaw, eventually got to his feet and walked off the field. Hernandez, who appeared to have a left leg injury, had to be carted off the field.

  • Phillies-Marlins game postponed because of rain
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, April 25, 2017

    Tuesday night's series-opening game between the Phillies and Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia was postponed because of rain.

    • Details for a makeup date will be announced at a later time.

      Vince Velasquez, who was scheduled to pitch Tuesday for the Phillies, will now start Wednesday night's game, while Jeremy Hellickson will start Thursday afternoon.

      The Marlins will push everyone back one day, with left-hander Wei-Yin Chen starting Wednesday and right-hander Edinson Volquez pitching Thursday.

      According to the Sun-Sentinel in Florida, both teams have options regarding a makeup date. Miami comes back to Philly Aug. 22-24 and Sept. 12-14. Both teams have days off immediately before both of those series.

  • MLB notebook: Jeter-Bush group wins auction to buy Marlins
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, April 25, 2017

    Former New York Yankees star Derek Jeter and Florida Governor Jeb Bush are the leaders of a group that won an auction to purchase the Miami Marlins, multiple media outlets reported on Tuesday.

    • The group made a bid of $1.3 billion to purchase the team from owner Jeff Loria, according to the reports.

      Loria, a New York art dealer, bought the team in 2002 for $158 million. Forbes reported that the franchise was valued at $940 million.

      There has been no official confirmation of the deal, and details of the accepted bid have not been made public.

      The Miami Herald reported that the team and the Bush-led group are optimistic that a deal can be finalized, although it may be months before the purchase is complete.

      A change of ownership requires approval from Major League Baseball. Theoretically, the move could be approved at the next Major League Baseball owners meeting, which is scheduled for May 16-18 in New York.

      --Pablo Sandoval is headed back to the disabled list. The Boston Red Sox third baseman was placed on the 10-day DL with a right knee sprain and infielder Josh Rutledge was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket.

      Sandoval, 30, sustained the injury while fielding a ground ball in the sixth inning of Sunday's 6-2 win against the Orioles in Baltimore.

      Sandoval missed 195 of a possible 324 games over his first two seasons of a five-year, $95 million deal with the Red Sox.

      --Tuesday's series opener between the Atlanta Braves and the host New York Mets has been postponed due to rain.

      The contest will be made up on Sept. 25 as part of a doubleheader.

      Atlanta ace Julio Teheran will be pushed back one day to face Noah Syndergaard of the Mets. There will again be a heavy threat of rain on Wednesday.

      --Tuesday night's scheduled game between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees in Boston has been postponed because of rain, the Red Sox announced.

      The game has been rescheduled for July 16 at 1:05 p.m., and will be part of a day-night doubleheader that will be part of that series at Fenway Park.

      --Tuesday night's series-opening game between the Phillies and Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia was postponed because of rain.

      Details for a makeup date will be announced at a later time.

  • Mets-Braves game rained out
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, April 25, 2017

    Tuesday's series opener between the Atlanta Braves and the host New York Mets has been postponed due to rain.

    • The contest will be made up on Sept. 25 as part of a doubleheader.

      Atlanta ace Julio Teheran will be pushed back one day to face Noah Syndergaard of the Mets. There will again be a heavy threat of rain on Wednesday.

      Teheran will start in place of knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, who was originally slated to start on Wednesday. Robert Gsellman was the scheduled Tuesday starter for the Mets.

      New York left fielder Yoenis Cespedes was slated to be in Tuesday's lineup after being sidelined since injuring his left hamstring last Thursday.

      The now two-game series concludes on Thursday.

  • Group led by Jeb Bush, Derek Jeter win auction to buy Marlins
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, April 25, 2017

    Former New York Yankees star Derek Jeter and Florida Governor Jeb Bush are the leaders of a group that won an auction to purchase the Miami Marlins, multiple media outlets reported on Tuesday.

    • The group made a bid of $1.3 billion to purchase the team from owner Jeff Loria, according to the reports.

      Loria, a New York art dealer, bought the team in 2002 for $158 million. Forbes reported that the franchise was valued at $940 million.

      There has been no official confirmation of the deal, and details of the accepted bid have not been made public.

      The Miami Herald reported that the team and the Bush-led group are optimistic that a deal can be finalized, although it may be months before the purchase is complete.

      A change of ownership requires approval from Major League Baseball. Theoretically, the move could be approved at the next Major League Baseball owners meeting, which is scheduled for May 16-18 in New York.

      The Herald also reported that Bush is expected to be the owner in control of franchise decisions.

      Bush is a former presidential candidate, and his brother, former President George W. Bush, owned the Texas Rangers at one time.

      Jeter, a future Hall-of-Famer, is a resident of Florida, and has said in the past that he would like to own a team.

      Other bidders included Quogue Capital LLC founder Wayne Rothbaum, and Solamere Capital co-founder Tagg Romney. Former major league pitcher Tom Glavine was part of the Romney group.

      Bloomberg reported that Loria had been close to completing a deal with the Kushner family, but no agreement was reached. The Kushners are relatives, by marriage, to President Donald Trump's family.

      The team has drawn small crowds in recent years, but it has averaged 24,313 in home attendance this season, which ranks 24th out of 30 teams.

      The Marlins suffered a huge blow late last season when highly popular star pitcher Jose Fernandez was killed in a boating accident.

      The ballpark, Marlins Park, is relatively new, having opened in 2012.

  • Yankees-Red Sox game rained out
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, April 25, 2017

    Tuesday night's scheduled game between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees in Boston has been postponed because of rain, the Red Sox announced Tuesday afternoon.

    • The game has been rescheduled for July 16 at 1:05 p.m., and will be part of a day-night doubleheader that will be part of that series at Fenway Park.

      Wednesday's game between the Red Sox and Yankees is also in jeopardy, because rain is forecast for that day as well.

      It remains uncertain how the pitching matchups will be affected by the rainout. The Yankees' Luis Severino was originally scheduled to start against Rick Porcello on Tuesday, with New York's Masahiro Tanaka scheduled to face Chris Sale on Wednesday night.

  • Red Sox place 3B Sandoval on DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, April 25, 2017

    Pablo Sandoval is headed back to the disabled list.

    • The Boston Red Sox third baseman was placed on the 10-day DL with a right knee sprain on Tuesday and infielder Josh Rutledge was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket before Tuesday's series opener against the New York Yankees.

      Sandoval, 30, sustained the injury while fielding a ground ball in the sixth inning of Sunday's 6-2 win against the Orioles in Baltimore.

      The three-time World Series champion and former World Series MVP with the San Francisco Giants played just three games last season before landing on the DL with a shoulder strain and later undergoing season-ending surgery.

      Sandoval missed 195 of a possible 324 games over his first two seasons of a five-year, $95 million deal with the Red Sox.

      In 2017, Sandoval is batting .213 (13-for-61) with three home runs and 10 RBIs in 17 games. He owns a .238 average with 13 homers and 57 RBIs in 146 games over three seasons in Boston.

      Rutledge, 28, began the season on the disabled list with a left hamstring strain.

      Boston (11-8) is third in the American League East and trails the Baltimore Orioles for first place by 2 1/2 games.

  • Royals look for some offense against White Sox
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, April 25, 2017

    CHICAGO -- Nineteen games into the season is too early for Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost to start fretting too much about his team's lack of offense.

    • However, as the Royals continues to struggle to score runs and collect hits heading into their Tuesday game against the Chicago White Sox, Yost will rely on pitching and defense until the bats warm up.

      "Starting pitchers have done a great job, the bullpen has been doing a really, really nice job," Yost said before Kansas City's 12-1 loss to the White Sox on Monday in which the Royals collected only two hits.

      Danny Duffy (2-0, 1.32 ERA) will take the mound for the Royals on Tuesday against Chicago's Dylan Covey (0-1, 7.84 ERA).

      Covey has never faced the Royals, while Duffy has a career record of 6-2 with a 3.20 ERA in 16 appearances, including 14 starts, against the White Sox.

      Duffy is coming off a no-decision in which he allowed no runs on four hits over 7 1/3 innings on Thursday against Texas.

      The Royals dropped a 1-0 decision to the Rangers, which started a seven-game stretch during which Kansas City has scored no more than two runs. While Duffy and his fellow starters have held up their end of the bargain, Kansas City's bats have remained cold.

      During their current five-game skid, the Royals have been out-hit by their opponents, 26-6.

      "We talk about it every day," Yost said. "We just wait for it to turn."

      Although the pitching and the defense have kept the Royals in games, the lack of run support has taken its toll. Despite the struggles from the plate, however, Yost points to the proven track records of hitters who historically have come around.

      "The way you get out of it is through patience and work," Yost said. "You just keep working and eliminate as much frustration as you can because that just leads to more (struggles) and a longer stretch, and so you just stay calm and just keep working at it."

      Like Yost, White Sox manager Rick Renteria has experienced his own share of frustration with how his team has hit for much of the young season.

      In the White Sox's past four losses, Chicago managed to score a total of three runs. As with the Royals, Renteria has seen his defense hold its own, sparked by second-year shortstop Tim Anderson.

      On Monday, Anderson had a career-high three hits, as did Matt Davidson, who drove in four runs in Chicago's lopsided victory. But while the offense hasn't usually been as proficient as it was Monday, Renteria -- like Yost -- is relying on other aspects of the game to keep the White Sox moving forward.

      Despite having a limited sample size with which to work, Renteria likes what he is seeing in the field.

      "We're playing good defense," Renteria said. "The guys are performing well, preparing every day to do what they need to do. ... I think it's just guys going out and playing the game. Guys are executing, and they're in the right spots."

      Yost won't give too much credence to the notion that defensive placement and shifts put on with certain hitters are behind the Royals' lack of offense. While shifts can make collecting hits more difficult, Yost said his hitters have struggled to be patience and have swung at too many pitches outside the strike zone.

      So until everything comes together offensively, Yost will continue to focus on what has worked, knowing that eventually things will turn around.

      "We're just not having great at-bats right now," Yost said, "but that changes."

  • Brewers' Thames looks to keep pounding Reds
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, April 25, 2017

    MILWAUKEE -- For the Cincinnati Reds to have success against the Milwaukee Brewers this season, they first must figure out a way to keep Eric Thames in the ballpark.

    • Thames homered twice Monday to lift the Brewers to an 11-7 victory in the series opener between the two teams, giving him seven long balls in five games against Cincinnati this season.

      "He's not missing," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "As the saying goes, you may get one good pitch to hit in your at-bat, you don't want to miss it. He's not missing it.

      "It's not that every pitch he's hit against us has been a terrible pitch. He's hit some good pitches, too, but he doesn't miss a mistake. That's where we've gotten into a lot of trouble with him."

      Cincinnati will send Scott Feldman (1-1, 2.38 ERA) to the mound Tuesday. The right-hander retired Thames three times April 14 when he limited the Brewers to two runs over five innings despite walking five.

      The Brewers have won four of five from the Reds to start the season series between the National League Central rivals.

      Thames has been a big reason why, as he is 9-for-19 (.474) with seven home runs, 11 RBIs and 11 runs against Cincinnati.

      "It has been fun to watch," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said of Thames' power show. "I know that. It is tough to even know what to say about it. Seven homers against a team in five games is incredible."

      Milwaukee signed Thames to a three-year contract this offseason, bringing the 30-year-old back to the major leagues after he had a successful run in South Korea.

      The decision has paid off better than anyone could have expected thus far.

      "When I was a prospect and in the big leagues, I stressed out a lot, I drank a lot and thought, 'Oh, my God, I have to hit a home run or I'm going back to Double-A or Triple-A,'" said Thames, who played for the Toronto Blue Jays (2011-12) and Seattle Mariners (2012). "In Korea and here, I'm just going to do my job and work as hard as I can so come game time I can relax and let it all go. It is amazing when stress levels decrease, you actually have fun and be loose and are able to relax. It is crazy."

      Feldman is 2-2 with a 3.46 ERA in five career starts against the Brewers. Ryan Braun and Travis Shaw each have homered against Feldman in their careers, but only Braun has more than 10 plate appearances against the veteran.

      The Brewers will counter with Zach Davies (1-2, 8.24 ERA), who will be looking to get on track after four poor outings to begin the season.

      Davies is 1-2 with a 4.28 ERA in six career starts against the Reds, including a no-decision after giving up three runs over five innings April 15.

      Braun is day-to-day with a bruised left foot after leaving Monday's game in the sixth inning. He fouled three different pitches off his left foot during his first-inning at-bat and continued to play until the injury stiffened enough to prevent him from running. X-rays were taken but came back negative.

      Brewers catcher Manny Pina enters the Tuesday game on a 10-game hitting streak, carrying a .472 batting average during that stretch.

      Reds shortstop Zack Cozart went 2-for-3 with a double, a triple and three runs Monday. His .386 average ranks second in the majors to the .394 mark of Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper.

  • MLB roundup: Cubs ring up 14 runs, 17 hits in win
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, April 25, 2017

    PITTSBURGH -- The Chicago Cubs scored early and often against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night, cruising to a 14-3 victory at PNC Park.

    • The Cubs battered Pirates starter Chad Kuhl and led 10-1 after two innings. Jason Heyward hit a three-run homer and had four RBIs, and Addison Russell had four of the Cubs' 17 hits. Kris Bryant and Miguel Montero each collected three hits.

      Kuhl (1-2) lasted 1 2/3 innings, giving up nine runs and eight hits while walking four.

      Cubs starter Brett Anderson (2-0) yielded three runs (one earned) in six innings, allowing five hits and six walks while striking out three.

      White Sox 12, Royals 1

      CHICAGO -- Matt Davidson homered and drove in four runs, and Miguel Gonzalez allowed only two hits in eight innings as Chicago handed Kansas City its fifth straight loss.

      Davidson capped Chicago's eight-run sixth inning with a two-run single after he drove in a run with a single earlier in the inning. Tyler Saladino also tripled in two runs before Todd Frazier followed with a two-run double. Tim Anderson, who had three hits, also had an RBI single in the inning.

      The eight-run rally marked the biggest output in one inning by the White Sox since they scored nine in the fifth inning of a 19-2 win over the Texas Rangers on July 3, 2012.

      Rockies 8, Nationals 4

      DENVER -- Charlie Blackmon hit a go-ahead two-run homer as Colorado overcame a three-run deficit and beat Washington, ending its seven-game winning streak.

      The Rockies pulled away with a three-run eighth inning, a rally that began with five straight singles off Blake Treinen. The spree included an RBI from Trevor Story on a broken-bat hit and Tony Wolters' third single. Blackmon picked up his third RBI of the game by grounding into a run-scoring force play to boost the lead to 8-4.

      The victory was the fourth straight and seventh in eight games for the Rockies. Their 14-6 record matches the 2011 team for the second-best start in franchise history. The Rockies began the 1997 season 15-5.

      Twins 3, Rangers 2

      ARLINGTON, Texas -- Phil Hughes limited the damage early, and Brian Dozier delivered the big blow in Minnesota's win over Texas at Globe Life Park.

      The Twins won for only the second time in eight games and snapped Texas' season-high four-game winning streak in the opener of a three-game series.

      Hughes (3-1) worked around six hits and a walk to limit Texas to two runs in six innings. He is 3-0 on the road this year, and improved to 3-3 lifetime against the Rangers.

      Orioles 6, Rays 3

      BALTIMORE -- Adam Jones went 3-for-3 and capped the perfect night with a tiebreaking two-run homer in the seventh inning that helped Baltimore top Tampa Bay.

      The Orioles banged out three homers off Chris Archer, all of them in the sixth and seventh innings. Archer (3-1) had not allowed a homer this season before that.

      Hyun Soo Kim and Jonathan Schoop hit back-to-back solo shots in the sixth that tied the score at 3. Seth Smith walked to start the seventh and Jones followed with his two-run blast.

      Brewers 11, Reds 7

      MILWAUKEE -- Eric Thames continued his torrid start to the season by blasting two home runs and driving in three to lead Milwaukee over Cincinnati.

      Thames leads the majors with 10 homers, matching Milwaukee's franchise record for April. He also set a club record for runs scored in April with 24.

      Hernan Perez homered and drove in four runs for the Brewers, who scored four times in the first inning and led 10-4 through four.

      Angels 2, Blue Jays 1

      ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Jesse Chavez gave up one run in six innings and got help from three relievers as Los Angeles held on for a victory over Toronto at Angel Stadium.

      Chavez gave up a solo homer to Russell Martin in the fourth inning but nothing more as the Angels and Blue Jays split the four-game series.

      Bud Norris pitched the ninth for his second save and David Hernandez, acquired earlier in the day in a trade with the Atlanta Braves, got two outs in the eighth inning in his Angels debut.

      Giants 2, Dodgers 1

      SAN FRANCISCO -- Matt Cain pitched six shutout innings and teamed with four relievers on a four-hitter, delivering San Francisco a victory over Los Angeles in the opener of a four-game series.

      Joe Panik and Hunter Pence drove in runs for the Giants, who staggered home from a 1-4 trip on which they were outscored 29-10.

      Cain, whose 5.64 ERA was the eighth highest in the majors last season among pitchers with more than 15 starts, threw his third consecutive strong game, allowing only two hits and one walk. He struck out three.

      Diamondbacks 7, Padres 6

      PHOENIX -- Chris Owings hit a grand slam, and David Peralta also homered as Arizona equaled the best home start in franchise history with a victory over San Diego at Chase Field.

      Arizona is 9-2 at home and leads the majors with 112 runs. The Diamondbacks did not win their ninth home game last season until May 29.

      Owings' slam in the fifth inning gave Arizona a 6-0 lead and helped Zack Greinke avenge a 1-0 complete-game loss at San Diego last Wednesday.

  • Twins' Sano suspended one game for "aggressive actions"
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, April 24, 2017

    Minnesota third baseman Miguel Sano was suspended one game by Major League Baseball on Monday for what the league termed "aggressive actions" that caused benches to clear during the Twins' Saturday game against the Detroit Tigers.

    • The players' association appealed the suspension, so the discipline issued to Sano will be held in abeyance until the process is complete.

      Sano was in the lineup on Monday for the opener of a three-game series against the Texas Rangers.

      "It makes me happy that they (the players' association) support me that way," the 23-year-old Dominican said through a team translator, via the Twin Cities Pioneer Press. "It (stinks) that I've been suspended but it's part of the deal. It's in MLB's hands, and they'll take care of it."

      Detroit's JaCoby Jones was drilled in the face by a pitch from right-hander Justin Haley in the third inning on Saturday, raising tension between the American League Central rivals. Matthew Boyd threw behind Sano two innings later, prompting the latter to point his bat and yell toward the Tigers left-hander.

      Detroit catcher James McCann attempted to intervene, but Sano reacted by launching a right hand to McCann's chest.

      Boyd received an undisclosed fine from MLB, which ruled that he intentionally threw at Sano.

  • Pirates promote Lithuanian RHP Neverauskas
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, April 24, 2017

    The Pittsburgh Pirates called up Dovydas Neverauskas from Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday, giving the right-hander an opportunity to become the second Lithuanian-born player to compete in the majors in 74 years.

    • Pittsburgh placed outfielder/infielder Adam Frazier on the 10-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain to make an available roster spot for Neverauskas.

      Neverauskas, who appeared in the All-Star Futures Game last summer, secured one save and posted an 0.00 ERA in five relief appearances this season with Indianapolis.

      The 24-year-old will look to join Joe Zapustas of the Philadelphia Athletics in 1933 as the only Lithuanian-born players to appear in a major league game. Zapustas was born in Lithuania but grew up in Boston.

      Frazier is batting .306 with one homer and five RBIs this season. The move to the disabled list was made retroactive to Sunday.

  • Red Sox RHP Barnes gets four-game suspension for pitch
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, April 24, 2017

    Boston Red Sox right-hander Matt Barnes was suspended four games and fined an undisclosed amount by Major League Baseball on Monday for intentionally throwing a pitch in the area of the head of Baltimore Orioles star Manny Machado.

    • Barnes, who was ejected after the pitch in the eighth inning on Saturday, has decided to appeal the suspension. Therefore, the discipline issued to the 26-year-old Barnes will be held in abeyance until the process in complete.

      Barnes' offering may have been in retaliation to Machado's slide into second base that sidelined four-time All-Star second baseman Dustin Pedroia in the series opener on Friday. Pedroia has missed his team's last two games and is considered day to day with a calf and ankle injury.

      Barnes has posted a 2-0 record with a 3.60 ERA in nine appearances this season.

  • MLB notebook: Phillies place RHP Nola on DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, April 24, 2017

    Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Aaron Nola was placed on the 10-day disabled list Monday with a lower back strain.

    • The move was made retroactive to Friday.

      Nola has posted a 2-0 record with a 4.50 ERA in his first three starts this season, but the 23-year-old admitted to feeling soreness while picking up the win in his last start on Thursday against the New York Mets.

      Philadelphia did not make a corresponding roster move, however. CSN Philly's Jim Salisbury reported the team is likely to call up right-hander Nick Pivetta from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to make his major league debut on Wednesday against the Miami Marlins.

      Pivetta owns a 3-0 mark with an 0.95 ERA in three starts this season with the IronPigs. The 24-year-old has yielded two earned runs and 12 hits with 24 strikeouts in 19 innings.

      --Second baseman Dustin Pedroia of the Boston Red Sox is considered "day to day" by the team after sitting out the last two games because of left knee and ankle injuries.

      Pedroia was expected to undergo an MRI and was seen by team doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital, but Boston did not offer more than the quick response in regard to his health.

      The four-time All-Star was forced to leave Friday's game in the eighth inning against the Baltimore Orioles when he was spiked on the left calf by Manny Machado.

      The 33-year-old Pedroia still has swelling in the knee and ankle.

      --Former All-Star pitcher Steve Delabar was one of three pitchers suspended for using performance-enhancing drugs.

      Delabar, who pitched for the Seattle Mariners, Toronto Blue Jays and Cincinnati Reds during a six-season span, was banned 80 games after a positive test for Ostarine under baseball's minor league drug program. Ostarine is used to retain lean mass.

      The 28-year-old right-hander resides on the roster of Cleveland's Triple-A team in Columbus. He posted a 15-9 mark with a 4.07 ERA in 190 appearances with the three clubs, earning an All-Star invite in 2013.

      Seattle pitcher Jonathan Aro was suspended 50 games for an unspecified violation. The 26-year-old appeared in six games with the Boston Red Sox in 2015 and one with the Mariners the following year before being sent outright to Triple-A Tacoma prior to spring training.

      Free agent right-hander Jeffry Hernandez was banned for 80 games after a positive test for the performance-enhancing substance Stanozolol.

  • Delabar among 3 pitchers suspended for PED violations
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, April 24, 2017

    Former All-Star pitcher Steve Delabar was one of three pitchers suspended on Monday for using performance-enhancing drugs.

    • Delabar, who pitched for the Seattle Mariners, Toronto Blue Jays and Cincinnati Reds over a six-season span, was banned 80 games following a positive test for Ostarine under baseball's minor league drug program. Ostarine is used to retain lean mass.

      The 28-year-old right-hander resides on the roster of Cleveland's Triple-A team in Columbus. He posted a 15-9 mark with a 4.07 ERA in 190 appearances with the three clubs, earning an All-Star invite in 2013.

      Seattle pitcher Jonathan Aro was suspended 50 games for an unspecified violation. The 26-year-old appeared in six games with the Boston Red Sox in 2015 and one with the Mariners the following year before being sent outright to Triple-A Tacoma prior to spring training.

      Free agent right-hander Jeffry Hernandez was banned for 80 games following a positive test for the performance-enhancing substance Stanozolol.

  • Phillies place P Nola on DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, April 24, 2017

    Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Aaron Nola was placed on the 10-day disabled list Monday with a lower back strain.

    • The move was made retroactive to Friday.

      Nola has posted a 2-0 mark with a 4.50 ERA in his first three starts this season, but the 23-year-old admitted to feeling soreness while picking up the win in his last start on Thursday against the New York Mets.

      Philadelphia did not make a corresponding roster move, however CSN Philly's Jim Salisbury reported the team is likely to call up right-hander Nick Pivetta from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to make his major league debut on Wednesday against the Miami Marlins.

      Pivetta owns a 3-0 mark with an 0.95 ERA in three starts this season with the IronPigs. The 24-year-old has yielded only two earned runs on 12 hits with 24 strikeouts in 19 innings.

  • Red Sox say 2B Pedroia is 'day to day'
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, April 24, 2017

    Second baseman Dustin Pedroia of the Boston Red Sox is considered "day to day" by the team after sitting out the last two games because of left knee and ankle injuries.

    • Pedroia was expected to undergo an MRI exam and was seen by team doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital on Monday, but Boston did not offer more than the quick response in regard to his health.

      The four-time All-Star was forced to leave Friday's game in the eighth inning against the Baltimore Orioles when he was spiked on the left calf by Manny Machado.

      The 33-year-old Pedroia still has swelling in the knee and ankle.

      Pedroia is batting .258 with five RBIs in 16 games this season for the Red Sox (11-8), who host the opener of a three-game series against the New York Yankees on Tuesday.

  • Unbeaten Keuchel leads Astros into matchup vs. Indians
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, April 24, 2017

    CLEVELAND -- Two of the hotter teams in the American League will meet Tuesday night at Progressive Field when the Cleveland Indians host the Houston Astros in the first of a three-game series.

    • Both teams got off to lukewarm starts this season, but both are rolling now. Cleveland returns home following a 5-1 trip to Minnesota and Chicago, while the Astros are 9-2 since April 11.

      The Indians' recent surge has been anchored by their starting rotation. In winning the first five games of the trip that concluded on Sunday, Cleveland starting pitchers were a combined 5-0 with a 1.53 ERA. One of those wins was by Josh Tomlin (1-2,11.68), Tuesday night's starter.

      Tomlin's first two starts of the season were disasters. After those two games, he was 0-2 with an 18.47 ERA, giving up 13 runs on 15 hits in 6 1/3 innings.

      But in his third start, an 11-4 win over the Minnesota Twins on April 18, Tomlin pitched six solid innings, allowing three runs. What was the difference in his last start compared to his first two?

      "I limited the amount of mistakes I made," Tomlin said. "I kept guys off the barrel. I was throwing the ball more consistently to the edges of the plate, instead of over the middle of it."

      Tomlin was one of the Indians' most underrated starters last year. He finished second on the team in wins with a record of 13-9. Only Corey Kluber (18-9) won more games for Cleveland.

      Although he is in his eighth season in the majors, Tomlin has never started against Houston and has only one career appearance against the Astros. That came last year, a one-inning relief appearance in which he did not give up a run.

      Houston will counter with former Cy Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel (3-0, 0.96), who will be making his fifth start of the season. In his first four starts, Keuchel pitched seven innings and allowed one or fewer runs in each of those games. The only other Astros pitcher to have accomplished that feat was Roger Clemens in 2005.

      "A lot of it is his breaking ball," Houston manager A.J. Hinch told MLB.com. "He can back-door his breaking ball, he can front-foot it. He can do anything he wants with his breaking ball when his fastball command is right, and that tandem is very, very good. When he mixes in the changeup, he is a complete pitcher that we've come to expect."

      Houston outfielder George Springer's status for Tuesday's game is uncertain. Springer strained his left hamstring on Saturday, causing him to miss Sunday's game and snapping his major league-leading streak of playing in 205 consecutive games. His status is day-to-day.

      Cleveland second baseman Jason Kipnis is expected to make his first appearance in a home game this year. Kipnis started the season on the disabled list because of an inflamed right shoulder, but he returned to play in two of the last three games on the trip that concluded Sunday.

      The Indians will be happy to have Kipnis in the lineup. He is a .333 career hitter (5-for-15) vs. Keuchel.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Salazar will try to continue the Indians starting pitching dominance

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Yankees 11, Pirates 5

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

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

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

      Nationals 3, Mets 1

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

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

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

      Athletics 4, Mariners 3

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

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

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

      Tigers 5, Twins 4

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

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

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

      Angels 5, Blue Jays 4

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

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

      Marlins 6, Padres 3 (11 innings).

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

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

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

      Diamondbacks 11, Dodgers 5

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

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

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

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

      Rockies 12, Giants 3

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

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

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

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

      Phillies 4, Braves 3 (10 innings)

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

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

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

      Rangers 2, Royals 1

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

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

      Cardinals 4, Brewers 1

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

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

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

      Indians 7, White Sox 0

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

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

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

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

      Orioles 4, Red Sox 2

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

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

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

      Rays 6, Astros 3

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

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

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

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