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  • Brewers' 2B Moustakas out with finger fracture
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, April 21, 2019

    Milwaukee Brewers second baseman Mike Moustakas was out of the lineup Sunday against the Los Angeles Dodgers after X-rays uncovered a fracture at the tip of his right ring finger.

    • The Brewers elected not to put the veteran on the injured list just yet, considering him day-to-day moving forward.

      "He is pretty sore today, but it doesn't change the timeframe for him," said manager Craig Counsell, who took Moustakas out of Saturday's game with finger discomfort. "We'll see how it responds. It's really a (pain)-tolerant thing, but if it's going to be really sore and we have to give him 10 days, we will."

      The injury occurred in the fifth inning Saturday on a ground ball by the Dodgers' Rocky Gale. Moustakas remained in the game and came to the plate one more time, but struggled to grip the bat and came out in the seventh inning.

      Initial X-rays were negative, but additional examinations Sunday morning showed the slight fracture.

      Moustakas has six home runs in 21 games, second on the team to National League-leader Christian Yelich, who had 13 heading into play Sunday.

      --Field Level Media

  • Rays place OF Meadows on 10-day IL, activate Wendle
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, April 21, 2019

    The Tampa Bay Rays made a flurry of roster moves Sunday in advance of their game against the Boston Red Sox, including placing outfielder Austin Meadows on the 10-day injured list with a sprained right thumb.

    • Meadows was injured on a slide into third base while hitting a triple in Saturday's game against the Red Sox. He was replaced on the roster by infielder Joey Wendle, who was activated from the IL where he was recovering from a strained left hamstring.

      The Rays also placed right-handed reliever Hunter Wood on the paternity list, while sending right-hander Jake Faria to Triple-A Durham. Right-hander Emilio Pagan was recalled from Durham, as was utility man Andrew Velazquez.

      Meadows was batting .351 with six home runs and 19 RBIs in 20 games this season. He had a hit in nine of his last 10 games, including a three-game stretch April 9-12 when he had 10 hits -- including four homers -- and nine RBIs.

      --Field Level Media

  • Judge lands on IL, adding to Yankees' injury woes
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, April 21, 2019

    Right fielder Aaron Judge became the 13th New York Yankees player to hit the injured list as the team officially took the slugger out of action for at least 10 days on Sunday with a left oblique strain.

    • The Yankees recalled infielder Thairo Estrada to take Judge's place on the roster.

      Judge injured himself on a swing in the sixth inning of Saturday's 9-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals. He hit a home run earlier in the game, his fifth of the season.

      Yankees manager Aaron Boone called it a "significant" oblique strain, but no timetable has been given for Judge's return.

      The Yankees were 10-10 heading into Sunday's game against the Royals as they continued to tread water despite all the injuries. They were still 2 1/2 games better in the American League East than the World Series champion Boston Red Sox.

      Boone said he saw better days ahead as players continue to heal.

      "I truly feel like it's just going to make it that much sweeter, having gone through all of this," Boone said Saturday. "We have a resilient group in there, we're getting plenty of good news with players continuing to make progress as they work their way back, and we'll find our way through this."

      Gary Sanchez (strained left calf) could be ready to come off the injured list later this week when the Yankees visit the Los Angeles Angels. Sanchez is scheduled to play in a rehab game Monday.

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB roundup: Yankees win game, lose Judge to injury
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, April 21, 2019

    Aaron Judge homered in the first inning but exited five innings later with a left oblique injury as the New York Yankees rolled to a 9-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

    • After hitting a single in the sixth with his team up 6-1, Judge appeared to feel something as he swung and ran gingerly to first base. After trainer Steve Donahue checked him over, Judge exited the game and was replaced by Tyler Wade.

      Speaking to reporters after the game, manager Aaron Boone said that Judge was getting an MRI exam. Asked if Judge could avoid a trip to the injured list, Boone replied, "Probably not. No."

      Masahiro Tanaka (2-1) surrendered a homer to Whit Merrifield in the sixth among the four hits he gave up, but rebounded from a sub-par outing Sunday against the Chicago White Sox with seven strong innings. Judge and Clint Frazier homered in the opening two innings off Royals starter Heath Fillmyer (0-1), and Mike Tauchman and DJ LeMahieu hit New York's first set of back-to-back homers this season in the fourth.

      Brewers 5, Dodgers 0

      Christian Yelich hit two more home runs -- giving him eight in his last six games and a league-best 13 on the season -- as host Milwaukee ended a three-game losing streak with a convincing victory over Los Angeles.

      Yelich went deep in both the third and sixth innings against Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu (2-1). Ryan Braun also hit a home run for the Brewers, who had lost their last three games against the Dodgers going back to a series at Los Angeles last weekend.

      The high-powered Dodgers offense was held to just two hits in the game and just one hit over five innings against Brewers spot starter Chase Anderson (2-0).

      Indians 8, Braves 4 (Game 1)

      Max Moroff belted a solo homer in the fourth inning and added an RBI single as part of a six-run fifth as host Cleveland doubled-up Atlanta in the opener of their doubleheader.

      Carlos Santana had a run-scoring single among his three hits for the Indians, while Moroff, Greg Allen, Tyler Naquin, Leonys Martin and Jason Kipnis each drove in a run in a fifth inning that saw Cleveland send 11 batters to the plate and score all six runs with two outs.

      Corey Kluber (2-2) bounced back after giving up six runs in two of his previous three starts, going seven innings and giving up four runs on five hits and two walks while striking out eight. Braves starter Julio Teheran (2-2) gave up five runs in 4 2/3 innings.

      Braves 8, Indians 7 (Game 2)

      Ronald Acuna Jr. ripped a two-run double to cap a five-run uprising in the ninth inning and Atlanta salvaged a split of the doubleheader and spoiled the season debut of Francisco Lindor.

      With the Braves trailing 7-3, Ozzie Albies ripped a two-out, two-run single down the first-base line in the ninth. Adam Cimber (1-1) issued his third walk of the inning before departing in favor of Tyler Olson, who walked Freddie Freeman with the bases loaded to bring Atlanta within one. The late uprising made a winner out of Luke Jackson (2-0), who retired the side in the eighth inning.

      Lindor batted in the leadoff position and went 1-for-5 and scored a run -- part of the Indians' five-run spurt in the second inning. The three-time All-Star shortstop was activated prior to the doubleheader after being sidelined since the end of spring training with an ankle injury.

      Red Sox 6, Rays 5

      Boston's Andrew Benintendi hit a grand slam and drove in the game-winning run with a ninth-inning sacrifice fly to lead Boston to a win over host Tampa Bay -- despite the Rays setting a team record with four triples in the game.

      The Rays had runners on first and second with two outs in the bottom half of the ninth, but Boston catcher Christian Vazquez picked off Tommy Pham at first base to end the game.

      Reliever Matt Barnes (2-0) earned the win, Ryan Brasier recorded his fifth save and Mookie Betts had two hits for the Red Sox, who won their second straight. Jose Alvarado (0-1) took the loss as the Rays lost their third in a row.

      Phillies 8, Rockies 5

      Bryce Harper and Andrew McCutchen homered, Phil Gosselin drove in three runs with a double, and Philadelphia topped Colorado in Denver.

      Aaron Nola (2-0) struck out nine in 5 2/3 innings for the win, giving up nine hits and walking one while surrendering three runs. Hector Neris got the last five outs for his third save.

      Charlie Blackmon homered and fell a double short of the cycle and Raimel Tapia also went deep for the Rockies, who had their five-game winning streak snapped. Antonio Senzatela (1-1) gave up four runs on seven hits in six innings. He struck out three and walked one.

      Pirates 3, Giants 1 (5 inn.)

      Cole Tucker hit a go-ahead two-run home run in his major league debut as Pittsburgh extended its winning streak to five games with a rain-shortened win over visiting San Francisco. The game was called after a 3-hour, 8-minute delay.

      In just his third at-bat in the big leagues, Tucker crushed a 2-2 pitch against Giants left-hander Derek Holland (1-3) onto the grass berm beyond the center field wall. The blast, into a stiff breeze, came in the bottom of the fifth, minutes before the infield was covered because of an arriving rainstorm.

      The Giants' Steven Duggar had tied the game 1-1 in the top of the fifth on an RBI single against Pirates starter Jameson Taillon (1-2). San Francisco lost its fourth consecutive game and fell for the fifth time in its past six contests.

      Cardinals 10, Mets 2

      Miles Mikolas gave up two runs in eight innings and drove in two runs with a second-inning single to help host St. Louis rout New York.

      Mikolas (2-1), who led the National League with 18 wins last season, allowed four hits, struck out four and walked two on 100 pitches. Jose Martinez had three hits and three RBIs, Yadier Molina had two hits and two RBIs, and Paul DeJong had two hits and two runs for the Cardinals in the second game of the three-game series.

      Mets right-hander Chris Flexen (0-1) was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse to start in place of Jacob deGrom, who was placed on the 10-day injured list on Friday with elbow discomfort. He had had an easy first inning, but gave up three runs in the second and two more in the third.

      Rangers 9, Astros 4

      Texas knocked two-time All-Star Gerrit Cole out of the game after 4 1/3 innings and rolled to a win over in-state rival Houston in Arlington, Texas.

      The Rangers scored five runs in the first inning as Cole (1-3) gave up nine runs (eight earned) and nine hits, striking out eight and walking three in what he told reporters was, "probably the worst (start) of my career."

      Danny Santana had three hits and Joey Gallo had two -- including his eighth home run of the season -- for the Rangers, who got four shutout innings from starter Adrian Sampson before he struggled in the fifth and left the game two outs shy of qualifying for his first major league win. Shawn Kelley (3-0) got the final two outs in the fifth and pitched a scoreless sixth to earn the victory.

      Diamondbacks 6, Cubs 0

      Eduardo Escobar, David Peralta and John Ryan Murphy each homered, and Arizona got a solid outing from starter Zack Greinke to top host Chicago.

      Christian Walker added a career-high four hits and scored a run for Arizona, which earned its fifth win in the past six games. Chicago's four-game winning streak came to an end as Greinke (3-1) pitched six innings to register his first career victory at Wrigley Field. Diamondbacks right-hander Taylor Clarke earned a three-inning save in his major league debut.

      Cubs right-hander Yu Darvish (1-3) gave up three runs -- including back-to-back solo homers in the first -- on five hits in five innings. He walked three and fanned seven.

      Marlins 9, Nationals 3

      Miami clinched its first series win of the season, beating three-time Cy Young winner Max Scherzer and visiting Washington.

      Besides the loss, there was more bad news for Washington as third baseman Anthony Rendon left the game after he was hit on his left elbow by a 95 mph fastball thrown by Marlins starter Jose Urena (1-3). Rendon went 0-for-1, ending the majors' longest active hit streak at 17 games.

      Scherzer (1-3) gave up 11 hits -- one short off his career worst -- and seven runs, six earned. He struck out nine and walked none.

      Twins 6, Orioles 5 (Game 1)

      Eddie Rosario hit two home runs for the second consecutive game and Byron Buxton had a two-run double to lead visiting Minnesota past Baltimore in the first game of a doubleheader.

      Rosario, who also reached over the fence at the 364-foot sign in left-center field to rob Chris Davis of a leadoff home run in the sixth, became just the third Twins player to have back-to-back multi-homer games, joining Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett (1987) and Don Mincher (1963). His eight home runs are the most by a Minnesota player in the first 17 games of the season, breaking a tie with Tony Oliva, who had seven in 1966.

      Jose Berrios (3-1) gave up four runs, including three home runs, on eight hits over six innings to improve to 4-0 all-time against the Orioles. He walked three and struck out five. Reliever Jimmy Yacabonis (1-1) took the loss, giving up three runs on two hits and a hit batter while recording only two outs in the sixth inning.

      Twins 16, Orioles 7 (Game 2)

      Rosario hit another home run and Minnesota tied a franchise record with eight home runs to complete the doubleheader sweep with an easy win in the nightcap.

      Mitch Garver (five RBIs), Nelson Cruz (four hits, four runs scored) and Jonathan Schoop (four RBIs) each hit two home runs, while C.J. Cron also homered. Rosario's five home runs over three games tied the Twins' franchise mark for any three-game span -- originally set by Harmon Killebrew (Sept. 21-22, 1963) and later tied by Brian Dozier (Sept. 4-6, 2016).

      Martin Perez (2-0) picked up the win for the Twins, giving up four runs on six hits and a walk over six innings while striking out two. Alex Cobb (0-1), making his first start since coming off the injured list after a bout of back spasms, tied his career high by allowing nine runs on 10 hits in 2 2/3 innings.

      Blue Jays 10, Athletics 1

      Rowdy Tellez and Brandon Drury hit back-to-back home runs in a five-run fourth inning as Toronto overcame an injury to starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker to thump host Oakland.

      Even though he left after three innings with a knee injury, Shoemaker teamed with Sam Gaviglio (2-0) and Elvis Luciano on a six-hitter for Toronto's second consecutive win of the series. Mike Fiers (2-2) took the loss for the A's, who also were beaten 5-1 by the Blue Jays in the opener of the three-game set on Friday night.

      The blowout ended with former Blue Jays slugger Kendrys Morales making his second career relief appearance. Facing his old teammates, he gave up one run on a single, two walks, a hit batter and a sacrifice fly in his one inning.

      Reds 4, Padres 2

      Right-hander Luis Castillo held slumping San Diego to one run on four hits over six innings as visiting Cincinnati won for the third straight time at Petco Park.

      The Padres have lost six in a row and five straight at home. They are down to.500 after an 11-5 start to the season.

      Castillo (2-1) recorded nine of the Reds' 14 strikeouts on the night while issuing one walk. Right-hander Raisel Iglesias struck out the side in the ninth to pick up his fourth save. The Reds scored three runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks in five innings against left-handed Padres starter Eric Lauer (2-3).

      Mariners 6, Angels 5

      Seattle hit four home runs, giving the Mariners 11 in the first three games of the series, and again beat Los Angeles in Anaheim, Calif. The Angels have lost six in a row overall and all five games against Seattle this season.

      Mariners center fielder Mitch Haniger homered off Trevor Cahill (1-2) to lead off the game, and Edwin Encarnacion, Domingo Santana and Daniel Vogelbach also homered in the game -- giving the team 53 thus far. Seattle has homered in all but one of 24 games this season.

      The Angels' offense, however, kept them in the game, getting 10 hits against Mariners starter Yusei Kikuchi (1-1), who went five innings and allowed four runs to get the victory. Albert Pujols hit an RBI double and solo home run as he tied and then passed Babe Ruth on the career RBIs list. Pujols is now fifth in MLB history with 1,993. Next up is Lou Gehrig at No. 4 with 1,995.

      White Sox at Tigers, ppd.

      Chicago's scheduled game at Detroit was rained out and will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Aug. 6.

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB notebook: Judge may be next Yankee headed to IL
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, April 20, 2019

    New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge exited Saturday's game against the Kansas City Royals with one out in the bottom of the sixth inning with a left oblique injury.

    • Already with a home run in the first inning -- his fifth of the season -- Judge singled to right field in the sixth but appeared to feel something on the swing. He gingerly ran to first base and was lifted from the game after a brief consultation from trainer Steve Donahue.

      Manager Aaron Boone told reporters afterward that Judge was getting an MRI exam. Asked if Judge could avoid a trip to the injured list, Boone replied, "Probably not. No."

      New York began the game with 12 players on the injured list, including Giancarlo Stanton (strained left biceps), Gary Sanchez (strained left calf) and Luis Severino (right rotator cuff inflammation).

      --The Cleveland Indians activated All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor from the 10-day injured list ahead of his team's doubleheader against the Atlanta Braves and designated veteran Hanley Ramirez for assignment.

      Lindor, who suffered a right calf strain before spring training play began and later sprained his left ankle, hit .417 with two home runs, a double and two RBIs in three games in a rehab stint with Triple-A Columbus.

      Lindor is a career .288 hitter who delivered career bests with 38 home runs and 92 RBIs last season. The three-time All-Star finished second in the voting for Rookie of the Year in 2015. Ramirez was hitting just .184 with a double and two home runs in 49 at-bats this season.

      --The Boston Red Sox placed right-hander Nathan Eovaldi on the 10-day injured list with a loose body in his right elbow, a move retroactive to Thursday.

      The Red Sox called up left-hander Bobby Poyner from Triple-A Pawtucket in a corresponding move. They face the Rays in Tampa Bay on Saturday night.

      Eovaldi has yet to get a decision and sports a 6.00 ERA in four starts this season, the first of a four-year deal he signed with Boston in the offseason. The 29-year-old was 6-7 with a 3.81 ERA in 22 games (21 starts) in 2018 but was 3-3 with a 3.33 ERA after being acquired by the Red Sox from Tampa Bay in late July and turned in a superb postseason for the eventual champions.

      --A day after the New York Mets placed ace Jacob deGrom on the injured list, he threw in the outfield and told reporters he "felt completely normal."

      He played catch from 120 feet in the outfield at Busch Stadium in St. Louis and reported a positive outcome.

      The team announced Friday that deGrom would undergo an MRI exam on Monday, but that is now up in the air, manager Mickey Callaway told reporters. DeGrom will meet with team medical director Dr. David Altchek in New York, who will make the call on the MRI.

      --The Pittsburgh Pirates placed center fielder Starling Marte and shortstop Erik Gonzalez on the injured list, one day after the two were hurt in a fierce collision chasing after a pop fly.

      Marte suffered a bruised abdominal wall while Gonzalez fractured his left clavicle in the collision during Friday's win over San Francisco. Marte was placed on the 10-day IL and Gonzalez went on the 60-day IL.

      Pittsburgh recalled shortstop Cole Tucker and outfielder Bryan Reynolds from Triple-A Indianapolis. Both players started Saturday's game against the Giants in their major league debuts.

      --Pitcher Gio Gonzalez opted out of his contract with the Yankees and intends to become a free agent, MLB.com reported.

      Per the terms of Gonzalez's contract, the Yankees have 48 hours to grant his release or add him to the roster. If he is put on the roster, Gonzalez will be paid a $3 million base salary, along with $300,000 per start.

      In three starts at Triple A-Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, he as a 2-1 record with an ERA of 6.00.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: P Gonzalez opts out of Yankees contract
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, April 20, 2019

    Pitcher Gio Gonzalez opted out of his contract with the New York Yankees and intends to become a free agent, MLB.com reported Saturday.

    • Now, the next move belongs to the Yankees.

      Gonzalez signed a minor league contract with the Yankees in March, and under the terms, he could opt out on April 20. The Yankees have 48 hours to grant his release or add him to the roster.

      If he is put on the roster, Gonzalez will be paid a $3 million base salary, along with $300,000 per start.

      In three starts at Triple A-Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, he as a 2-1 record with an ERA of 6.00.

      Gonzalez, 33, made his major league debut in 2008 with Oakland. Last season, split between Washington and Milwaukee, he was 10-11 in 32 starts and had a 4.21 ERA.

      --Field Level Media

  • Pirates place Marte, Gonzalez on IL after collision
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, April 20, 2019

    The Pittsburgh Pirates placed center fielder Starling Marte and shortstop Erik Gonzalez on the injured list Saturday, one day after the two were hurt in a fierce collision.

    • Marte suffered a bruised abdominal wall while Gonzalez fractured his left clavicle in the collision during Friday's win over the San Francisco Giants. Marte was placed on the 10-day injured list and Gonzalez went on the 60-day IL.

      The two crashed into one another while pursuing a pop fly in the eighth inning. Gonzalez took the brunt of the collision but was able to walk off despite holding his left shoulder. Marte was down longer and rode off the field in a cart.

      "It's unfortunate. You hate to see your men laying on the field," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle told reporters. "It was a yard sale out there. There's hats. There's gloves. That's hard. We kind of got in a tough spot and ran into each other, both guys trying to make a play. That's the hard part of it."

      Pittsburgh recalled shortstop Cole Tucker and outfielder Bryan Reynolds from Triple-A Indianapolis. Both players started Saturday's game against the Giants in their major league debuts.

      Marte was batting .203 with two homers and nine RBIs in 16 games, while Gonzalez was hitting .216 with no homers and two RBIs in 16 games.

      Tucker was hitting .333 with three homers and seven RBIs in 13 games at Indianapolis. Reynolds was batting .367 with five homers and 11 RBIs in 13 games.

      --Field Level Media

  • Mets P deGrom 'completely normal' after throwing
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, April 20, 2019

    A day after the New York Mets placed ace Jacob deGrom on the injured list, he threw in the outfield and "felt completely normal," he told reporters Saturday.

    • He played catch from 120 feet in the outfield at Busch Stadium in St. Louis and reported a positive outcome.

      "After getting some treatment (Friday) and getting things moving around, I started feeling a little better," deGrom said. "So I decided to throw today and actually felt good with how it went."

      He was scheduled to have an MRI exam on Monday, but that is up in the air, manager Mickey Callaway said. He still will meet with team medical director Dr. David Altchek in New York, who will make the decision about the MRI.

      "I had a phone call with Dr. Altchek and he doesn't seem concerned," deGrom said.

      DeGrom was placed on the injured list retroactive to April 16 and can be activated on Friday when the Milwaukee Brewers come to town.

      The pitcher said he had strep throat last week and his illness got him out of his throwing routine and "when I don't throw, it seems that things pop up."

      DeGrom, the reigning National League Cy Young Award winner, was roughed up badly in each of his past two starts to see his ERA soar to 3.68.

      After allowing no runs and eight hits over 13 innings while winning his first two starts, deGrom allowed nine runs and 13 hits in nine innings over the past two. Most alarming was that he served up five total homers in the two setbacks.

      The 30-year-old right-hander recently signed a five-year, $137.5 million extension.

      DeGrom posted a spectacular 1.70 ERA and struck out 269 in 32 starts last season while winning the Cy Young Award despite having a 10-9 record.

      --Field Level Media

  • Yankees' Judge (oblique) leaves early, likely headed to IL
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, April 20, 2019

    New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge exited Saturday's game against the Kansas City Royals with one out in the bottom of the sixth inning with a left oblique injury.

    • Judge singled to right field but appeared to feel something on the swing. He gingerly ran to first base and was lifted from the game after a brief consultation from trainer Steve Donahue.

      Manager Aaron Boone told reporters afterward that Judge was getting an MRI exam. Asked if Judge could avoid a trip to the injured list, Boone replied, "Probably not. No."

      Judge hit his fifth homer of the season in the first inning and is batting .288 with five homers and 11 RBIs, appearing in all 20 games.

      The Yankees held a 6-1 lead when Judge exited and won 9-2.

      New York began the game with 12 players on the injured list, including Giancarlo Stanton (strained left biceps), Gary Sanchez (strained left calf) and Luis Severino (right rotator cuff inflammation).

      --Field Level Media

  • Cubs closer Morrow struggling, starter Lester readying for return
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, April 20, 2019

    Chicago Cubs closer Brandon Morrow will be sidelined longer as he recovers from offseason surgery on his right elbow, but starter Jon Lester is inching closer to a return, manager Joe Maddon said Saturday.

    • Maddon said Morrow, who currently is on the 10-day injured list, struggled in his recovery from throwing off the mound earlier this week.

      "The bounceback after the last time out wasn't as good," Maddon said. "So, we've got to back off of him once again and just slow things down. That's just where he's at. It's not unlike what had been going on (last season). It was all trending very well and then, like I said, this last time, just not as good. So, we just have to pay attention to what he's saying."

      Morrow, 34, is in the second season of a two-year, $21 million contract. A 12-year-veteran, the Cubs are his fifth team.

      Last season, he was 0-0 with 22 saves and a 1.47 ERA. He threw 30 2/3 innings over 35 relief appearances.

      Veteran lefty Lester threw from the mound at Wrigley Field on Saturday in a 45-pitch simulated game, and Maddon told reporters he did well. Lester hasn't pitched since he injured his left hamstring on April 8.

      "He was very hypercritical of himself. I thought he looked good," Maddon said. "He did not hold back at all, so that's very encouraging. The next step is tomorrow, and see how he feels coming off that: ‘How does the leg feel? How does your arm feel?' And then, once we get our minds wrapped around that, we'll definitely make our plans."

      Before the injury, Lester, 35, started three games and threw 14 innings. He is 1-0 with a 2.37 ERA on the season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Red Sox place Eovaldi on 10-day injured list
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, April 20, 2019

    The Boston Red Sox placed right-hander Nathan Eovaldi on the 10-day injured list on Saturday with an elbow injury.

    • The team said the starting pitcher has a loose body in his right elbow and that the move is retroactive to Thursday.

      The Red Sox called up left-hander Bobby Poyner from Triple-A Pawtucket in a corresponding move. They face the Rays in Tampa Bay on Saturday night.

      Eovaldi is 0-0 with a 6.00 ERA in four starts this season, the first of a four-year deal he signed with Boston in the offseason.

      The 29-year-old was 6-7 with a 3.81 ERA in 22 games (21 starts) in 2018 but was 3-3 with a 3.33 ERA after being acquired by the Red Sox from Tampa Bay in late July.

      However, it was the postseason where Eovaldi shined brightest for the champion Red Sox. He finished 2-1 with a 1.61 ERA, with his one loss coming in an extra-inning affair in Game 3 of the World Series. He pitched six innings of relief before giving up the decisive solo home run to the Los Angeles Dodgers' Max Muncy in the 18th inning.

      Eovaldi is 44-53 with a 4.21 ERA in 160 major league appearances (152 starts) for the Dodgers (2011-12), Miami Marlins (2012-14), New York Yankees (2015-16), Rays (2018) and Red Sox (2018-19). He missed the 2017 season while recuperating from Tommy John surgery.

      --Field Level Media

  • Indians activate Lindor, designate Ramirez for assignment
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, April 20, 2019

    The Cleveland Indians activated All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor from the 10-day injured list ahead of Saturday's doubleheader against the Atlanta Braves.

    • Lindor, who suffered a right calf strain before spring training play began and later sprained his left ankle, just finished a successful rehab stint with Triple-A Columbus. He hit .417 with two home runs, a double and two RBIs in three games with Columbus.

      He expressed his excitement about his return in a piece posted Friday on The Players' Tribune.

      "And after having missed this game so much for the past several weeks, and spending some time thinking about the ups and downs I've experienced to get here, I am going to cherish every single second I am able to play this game," Lindor wrote, in part.

      Lindor is a career .288 hitter who delivered career bests with 38 home runs and 92 RBIs last season. The three-time All-Star finished second in the voting for Rookie of the Year in 2015.

      In a corresponding move, designated hitter Hanley Ramirez was designated for assignment.

      Ramirez was hitting just .184 with a double and two home runs in 49 at-bats this season.

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB roundup: Dodgers get to Hader, win 6th straight
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, April 20, 2019

    Enrique Hernandez hit a three-run home run with two outs in the eighth inning and the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers extended their winning streak to six games with a 5-3 victory Friday over the Milwaukee Brewers.

    • Hernandez connected on an 0-2 pitch against Brewers All-Star closer Josh Hader (0-1) to break a 2-2 tie and score A.J. Pollock and David Freese, both of whom walked. It was Hernandez's fifth home run of the season.

      Christian Yelich hit a home run for the second consecutive game and for the sixth time in five games as the Brewers lost their third consecutive game overall and their third consecutive against the Dodgers since Sunday. Milwaukee's Eric Thames hit his third home run in the eighth.

      Pedro Baez (1-1) recorded two outs in the seventh inning to pick up the victory. Kenley Jansen pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his seventh save and his third in three days.

      Yankees 6, Royals 2

      CC Sabathia allowed an unearned run in five innings and Brett Gardner hit a two-run homer as New York beat Kansas City at Yankee Stadium.

      After throwing 62 pitches in his return from cardiac surgery and a knee injury in his season debut Saturday against the Chicago White Sox, Sabathia (1-0) was stretched out further this time and delivered an 86-pitch outing. He worked around four walks and held the Royals to three hits while getting five strikeouts for his 247th career win.

      Gardner provided the Yankees with a 2-1 lead when he blasted 2-0 fastball from Kansas City starter Jakob Junis (1-2) over the right-center field fence in the third. Mike Tauchman also homered in the fifth as the Yankees won for the third time in four games despite committing three errors.

      Rockies 4, Phillies 3 (12 innings)

      Charlie Blackmon hit a two-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the 12th inning as Colorado rallied to beat Philadelphia in Denver.

      Bryce Harper had five hits and Rhys Hoskins and Maikel Franco had three hits apiece for the Phillies, who saw two players leave with injuries -- Andrew McCutchen was hurt on a swing in the second inning and shortstop Scott Kingery suffered a right hamstring injury running to first in his third at-bat.

      The Phillies took a 3-2 lead on Harper's RBI double in the top of the 12th off Chad Bettis (1-2) but Colorado came back against Juan Nicasio (0-1). Tony Wolters drew a one-out walk and after Raimel Tapia popped out, Blackmon hit a 1-2 fastball into the Philadelphia bullpen to end it.

      Astros 7, Rangers 2

      Justin Verlander worked seven strong innings and was backed by an offense that produced seven extra-base hits as Houston claimed the opener of its three-game series with Texas at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

      Verlander (3-0) gave up his first hit with two outs in the fourth inning and carried a shutout into the sixth. He surrendered a leadoff home run to Rangers second baseman Danny Santana in that frame but recovered to complete his outing with flair, getting three successive called strikes against Texas center fielder Delino DeShields.

      The Astros got off to a rousing start against Rangers left-hander Drew Smyly (0-2), with George Springer (double), Jose Altuve (home run) and Alex Bregman (home run) reaching in succession to open the game. When Altuve added an RBI single in the second, Houston led 4-0 and cruised from there.

      Cubs 5, Diamondbacks 1

      Kyle Hendricks pitched seven scoreless innings and struck out 11 as Chicago snapped visiting Arizona's four-game winning streak on a cold, blustery Friday afternoon.

      Hendricks (1-3) gave up three hits and walked two. Steve Cishek pitched the eighth to run the Cubs' scoreless innings streak to 31 before the Diamondbacks rallied off Brad Brach in the ninth.

      Arizona starter Merrill Kelly (1-2) worked around two walks in a 33-pitch first inning and was almost out of a no-out, bases-loaded jam in the second when Kris Bryant hit what normally would have been a lazy fly behind second base. But the wind took over and second baseman Wilmer Flores stumbled while chasing the ball, which fell into shallow right field for a two-run double.

      Pirates 4, Giants 1

      Right-hander Jordan Lyles pitched six four-hit, scoreless innings before leaving because of a hand injury, and Pittsburgh earned a fourth consecutive win, beating visiting San Francisco.

      Lyles (2-0), Pittsburgh's fifth starter and part of a rotation that led the National League entering the night with a collective 2.09 ERA, struck out six and walked one. He lowered his ERA to 0.53. Lyles left after an inning-ending double-play comebacker by Joe Panik in the sixth grazed his pitching hand as he instinctively ducked and raised his hands. He was being evaluated for a contusion. The Pirates also lost center fielder Starling Marte and shortstop Erik Gonzalez when they collided while chasing a fly ball in the eighth.

      Giants starter Madison Bumgarner (1-3) gave up four first-inning runs before settling down to go another five innings. He allowed six hits and one walk while striking out seven.

      Marlins 3, Nationals 2

      Miami ended its 24-inning scoreless streak early in the game and went on to defeat Washington at Marlins Park, ending a four-game losing streak and winning for just the third time in its last 16 contests.

      Left-hander Caleb Smith (2-0) earned the victory, giving up one run on five hits without walking a batter while striking out eight in six innings. He has 29 strikeouts in 23 innings this year.

      Washington's Anibal Sanchez -- who made his major league debut with the Marlins in 2006 and had a no-hitter in six-plus seasons with the franchise -- took the loss to fall to 0-2. He allowed five hits, four walks and three runs in 5 1/3 innings. He also struck out six.

      Mets 5, Cardinals 4

      Wilson Ramos and J.D. Davis had back-to-back RBI hits in the first inning for visiting New York, which never trailed but needed to survive a late comeback by St. Louis to end a two-game losing streak. The Cardinals have lost three of four.

      St. Louis starter Adam Wainwright (1-2) retired the first two batters of the game before giving up a double to Robinson Cano, who had a season-high three hits. Michael Conforto walked, after which Ramos singled home Cano before Davis doubled to score Conforto.

      Seth Lugo (1-0), the first of five Mets relievers, earned the win despite allowing two runs in two innings. Edwin Diaz allowed a pair of baserunners before retiring Molina on a lineout to close out his seventh save. The two runs Lugo gave up came off the bat of pinch hitter Lane Thomas, who hit a two-run homer in his first big league plate appearance.

      Reds 3, Padres 2 (11 innings)

      Derek Dietrich hit a two-run homer off Craig Stammen with one out in the 11th inning to lead Cincinnati past host San Diego and hand the Padres their fifth straight loss after an 11-5 start to the season. The Reds scored a second straight win following four consecutive defeats.

      Right-handed reliever Jared Hughes (2-0) pitched one scoreless inning for the win, and Michael Lorenzen recorded his first save. Stammen (2-1) took the loss after yielding two runs (one earned) in two innings.

      Dietrich's homer followed a pitching duel between starters Anthony DeSclafani of Cincinnati and Matt Strahm of San Diego, each of whom gave up a solo home run and only two hits.

      Red Sox 6, Rays 4

      Mookie Betts and Mitch Moreland hit back-to-back home runs to break an eighth-inning tie as Boston beat Tampa Bay in St. Petersburg, Fla.

      Betts, critical of himself earlier this week for his poor play to begin the season, went deep to dead center to lead off the eighth for a 5-4 lead, and Moreland followed with a blast to right-center as Boston snapped a three-game losing streak, with Brandon Workman (1-1) getting the win in relief.

      The Rays lost for just the third time in their past 11 games. Diego Castillo (0-2), who served up both eighth-inning homers to the only two batters he faced, took the loss.

      White Sox 7, Tigers 3

      Yoan Moncada homered, scored twice and drove in two runs, Carlos Rodon pitched six strong innings, and Chicago topped host Detroit.

      Moncada hit his sixth homer this season, a solo shot in the first inning. Leury Garcia and Jose Abreu also drove in two runs apiece, while Ryan Cordell scored twice. Rodon (3-2) held the Tigers to one run on three hits, walking three and striking struck out six.

      Tigers starter Jordan Zimmermann (0-3) allowed five runs on six hits in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out four and walked four against the White Sox, who were without shortstop Tim Anderson and manager Rick Renteria as they served one-game league suspensions for their conduct during a benches-clearing incident against Kansas City on Wednesday.

      Mariners 5, Angels 3

      Tim Beckham and Omar Narvaez hit back-to-back solo homers in the ninth inning to lift Seattle over host Los Angeles for the second straight night.

      As they did on Thursday, the Mariners broke a tie in the ninth off Angels reliever Cody Allen (0-2) and spoiled a late-game comeback by Los Angeles. The Angels rallied from a 10-2 deficit in the seventh inning of the series opener on Thursday, tied the score in the eighth, but lost 11-10.

      Mike Trout hit a two-run homer off Mariners starter Marco Gonzales in the eighth on Friday to tie the score at 3-3, ending Gonzales' bid to become the first 5-0 pitcher in the majors. Zac Rosscup (2-0) got the final two outs of the eighth, and Roenis Elias pitched the ninth for his fourth save.

      Blue Jays 5, A's 1

      Danny Jansen highlighted a four-run second inning with a two-RBI double and right-hander Marcus Stroman pitched into the ninth for his first win of the season as Toronto rolled over host Oakland in the opener of a three-game series.

      Brandon Drury took A's starter Aaron Brooks (2-2) deep for his first home run of the season, helping Toronto win for the fourth time in five games on their seven-game trip. Stroman (1-3), who had watched the Blue Jays score a total of six runs in his first four starts, got an early boost from the four-run second.

      Stroman was dominant in his eight-plus innings, allowing one run and six hits. He walked two and struck out six.

      Twins at Orioles, ppd.

      Minnesota's scheduled game at Baltimore was rained out. The contest will be made up as part of a doubleheader Saturday.

      Braves at Indians, ppd.

      Atlanta's scheduled game at Cleveland was rained out. The contest will be made up as part of a doubleheader Saturday.

      --Field Level Media

  • D-backs acquire C Swihart from Red Sox
    By Field Level Media / Friday, April 19, 2019

    The Arizona Diamondbacks acquired catcher Blake Swihart on Friday, three days after the Boston Red Sox designated the former first-round pick for assignment.

    • Arizona also received international bonus-pool money in the deal, while shipping Double-A outfielder Marcus Wilson to the Red Sox.

      Swihart, selected 26th overall in the 2011 draft, batted .255 with nine homers and 58 RBIs in 203 games over parts of five seasons for Boston.

      Swihart, primarily a catcher, was batting .231 with one homer and four RBIs in 12 games this season before Friday's surprising move. The 27-year-old also saw playing time at first base and left field.

      Arizona manager Torey Lovullo is familiar with Swihart. Lovullo served as Boston's bench coach from 2013-16, including a seven-week stint as interim manager to end the 2015 season.

      Wilson was batting .235 with two homers and seven RBIs in 12 games for Jackson of the Southern League.

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB notebook: Suspensions issued over Royals-White Sox melee
    By Field Level Media / Friday, April 19, 2019

    Kansas City pitcher Brad Keller, Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson and manager Rick Renteria received suspensions for taking part in a benches-clearing incident between the teams on Wednesday.

    • Joe Torre, chief baseball officer for Major League Baseball, announced the suspensions on Friday.

      Keller was suspended for five games and fined an undisclosed amount for intentionally throwing at Anderson. Anderson and Renteria both were suspended one game and also fined an undisclosed amount for their actions during the skirmish.

      Renteria served his suspension Friday night when the White Sox took on the Tigers in Detroit. The suspensions for Keller and Anderson are delayed pending appeals.

      --Mets ace Jacob deGrom was scratched from his scheduled Saturday start and instead will undergo an MRI exam after his right elbow was "barking," according to New York manager Mickey Callaway.

      Callaway told reporters that deGrom felt pain while playing catch on Thursday. The Mets sent deGrom back to New York on Friday.

      Callaway said the team would proceed cautiously with deGrom, who underwent Tommy John surgery in 2010. DeGrom, the reigning National League Cy Young Award winner, was roughed up badly in each of his last two starts to see his ERA soar to 3.68.

      --The New York Yankees signed veteran first baseman Logan Morrison to a minor league contract. MLB.com reported that Morrison has an opt-out date of July 1. He reportedly will make $1 million if added to the big league roster.

      Morrison, 31, was an unsigned free agent after batting .186 with 15 homers and 39 RBIs in 95 games for the Minnesota Twins last season. He suffered a torn labrum and underwent season-ending surgery in August.

      The signing of Morrison gives the Yankees insurance in case a foot injury suffered by first baseman Greg Bird turns to out be more serious than expected. Bird is one of 12 Yankees on the injured list.

      --The Boston Red Sox placed infielder Eduardo Nunez on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to April 18, due to a mid-back strain. Nunez, 31, is batting .159 with five RBIs in 17 games this season.

      The team also designated right-hander Erasmo Ramirez for assignment and recalled infielders Tzu-Wei Lin and Michael Chavis from Triple-A Pawtucket.

      --Field Level Media

  • Mets' deGrom (elbow) headed to IL, to undergo MRI exam
    By Field Level Media / Friday, April 19, 2019

    Mets ace Jacob deGrom was scratched from his scheduled Saturday start and instead will be placed on the injured list and undergo an MRI exam on his pitching elbow, according to New York manager Mickey Callaway.

    • Callaway told reporters before a Friday road game against the St. Louis Cardinals that deGrom felt pain while playing catch on Thursday and said his right elbow was "barking." The Mets sent deGrom back to New York on Friday, and he will undergo the MRI exam on Monday.

      Callaway said the team will proceed cautiously with deGrom, who underwent Tommy John surgery in 2010.

      "We're not sure exactly what it is, so we want to get it checked out," Callaway said. "He's just a little tender in the elbow. We don't know if it's just from general fatigue, so we're being overly cautious at this point. We have 90 percent of the season left and feel no reason to push him too much at this point. There's just no reason to do it."

      Callaway said Thursday's session was the initial time deGrom felt the pain.

      According to ESPN, Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen anticipates that deGrom could return April 26 for the start of a home series against the Milwaukee Brewers.

      Callaway also told reporters that while he has yet to decide on a starting pitcher for Saturday, Noah Syndergaard will make his scheduled start Sunday in St. Louis and Steven Matz will make his scheduled Monday start against Philadelphia.

      DeGrom, the reigning National League Cy Young Award winner, was roughed up badly in each of his past two starts to see his ERA soar to 3.68.

      After allowing no runs and eight hits over 13 innings while winning his first two starts, deGrom allowed nine runs and 13 hits in nine innings over the past two. Most alarming was that he served up five total homers in the two setbacks.

      The 30-year-old right-hander recently signed a five-year, $137.5 million extension.

      DeGrom posted a spectacular 1.70 ERA and struck out 269 in 32 starts last season while winning the Cy Young Award despite having a 10-9 record.

      --Field Level Media

  • Yankees sign 1B Morrison to minor-league deal
    By Field Level Media / Friday, April 19, 2019

    The New York Yankees signed veteran first baseman Logan Morrison to a minor-league contract on Friday, the club announced.

    • Morrison, 31, was an unsigned free agent after batting .186 with 15 homers and 39 RBIs in 95 games for the Minnesota Twins. He suffered a torn labrum and underwent season-ending surgery in August.

      Morrison established career highs of 38 homers and 85 RBIs the previous season when he played for the Tampa Bay Rays.

      The signing of Morrison gives the Yankees insurance in case a foot injury suffered by first baseman Greg Bird turns to out be more serious. Bird is expected to miss at least a month after suffering a plantar fascia tear to his left foot.

      Bird is one of 12 Yankees on the injured list.

      MLB.com reported that Morrison has an opt-out date of July 1. He reportedly will make $1 million if added to the big league roster.

      Morrison has a career average of .239 with 137 homers and 421 RBIs in 959 games over nine seasons with the Marlins (2010-13), Mariners (2014-15), Rays (2016-17) and Twins (2018).

      --Field Level Media

  • Anderson, Keller among 3 suspended for White Sox-Royals incident
    By Field Level Media / Friday, April 19, 2019

    Kansas City pitcher Brad Keller received a five-game suspension while Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson and manager Rick Renteria each received one-game bans for taking part in a benches-clearing incident between the teams on Wednesday.

    • Joe Torre, chief baseball officer for Major League Baseball, announced the suspensions on Friday.

      All three participants were also fined undisclosed amounts. Keller was suspended for intentionally throwing at Anderson, while Anderson and Renteria were sanctioned for their actions during the skirmish.

      The incident was sparked in Anderson's previous at-bat, when the American League's leading hitter smashed a home run and threw his bat toward his team's dugout.

      While the official language offered up by MLB regarding Anderson's suspension was "for his conduct after the benches cleared," according to multiple reports Friday, Anderson's suspension actually stemmed from what he said rather than anything he did.

      Per ESPN's Jeff Passan, Anderson yelled multiple profanities at Keller during the skirmish, including calling the Royals pitcher the N-word.

      "We're going to keep moving forward," Anderson told reporters Friday. "That happened a couple days ago, so we're going to keep having fun and keep playing with a lot of energy and a lot of confidence."

      Renteria and Anderson served their suspensions Friday night against the Tigers in Detroit. Keller is appealing his suspension.

      --Field Level Media

  • Red Sox place INF Nunez on 10-day IL
    By Field Level Media / Friday, April 19, 2019

    The Boston Red Sox placed infielder Eduardo Nunez on the 10-day injured list on Friday, retroactive to April 18, with a mid-back strain.

    • The team also designated right-hander Erasmo Ramirez for assignment and recalled infielders Tzu-Wei Lin and Michael Chavis from Triple-A Pawtucket.

      Nunez, 31, is batting .159 with five RBIs in 17 games this season.

      Ramirez, 28, made his debut for the Red Sox on April 16, giving up four runs in three innings against the New York Yankees. He is an eight-year major-league veteran with a career 32-39 record and 4.40 ERA.

      This will be the second stint with the Red Sox this season for Lin, 25. He pinch hit and was retired in the team's 5-4 loss to Arizona on April 6. In seven games in Pawtucket, he has hit .286 with three doubles and three walks.

      This is the first callup to the majors for the 23-year-old Chavis, who was selected by the Red Sox in the first round of the 2014 draft. In 12 games with Pawtucket this season, he is batting .250 with four home runs, two doubles and seven walks. He has hit homers in three of his last five games, going 7-for-17 in that time.

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB roundup: Mariners blow 8-run lead, win in 9th
    By Field Level Media / Friday, April 19, 2019

    Ryon Healy homered twice and drove in five runs, and the Seattle Mariners ended a six-game losing streak with an 11-10 win against the Los Angeles Angels in the opener of the four-game series on Thursday in Anaheim, Calif.

    • After the Mariners squandered a 10-2 lead with the Angels scoring seven runs in the seventh and tying the game in the eighth, Jay Bruce moved Seattle ahead 11-10 with a pinch-hit single in the ninth off Cody Allen (0-1).

      Omar Narvaez had three hits, including a three-run homer, and a career-high four RBIs, and Daniel Vogelbach reached base all five times with two hits and three walks for the Mariners. Kole Calhoun and David Fletcher homered during the rally for the Angels.

      Seattle starter Felix Hernandez went six innings and allowed four runs and nine hits. The six-time AL All Star struck out three and walked one. Roenis Elias pitched the ninth for his third save.

      Dodgers 3, Brewers 1

      Julio Urias gave up just one hit over six innings, while Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy hit home runs as visiting Los Angeles extended its winning streak to five games by beating Milwaukee.

      In what was likely his final start before moving to the bullpen with Hyun-Jin Ryu and Rich Hill about to come off the injured list, Urias (1-1) did not give up a hit until Orlando Arcia singled to center field with two outs in the fifth inning. The left-hander had a career-high nine strikeouts.

      The Brewers' Christian Yelich hit a home run to lead off the ninth inning against Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen, his 10th of the season and fifth of the week. It was also his 12th RBI of the week. The Dodgers extended their National League lead in home runs to 40. The Brewers are second with 36.

      Nationals 4, Giants 2

      Behind Patrick Corbin's strong start and a home run by Wilmer Difo, Washington beat San Francisco to win its first home series of the season.

      Corbin (1-0) got a nice ovation as he left the mound with two outs in the eighth after an RBI double by Erik Kratz trimmed the margin to 4-1. Corbin allowed one run on two hits, striking out nine and walking one.

      Giants manager Bruce Bochy was ejected in the fifth inning by plate umpire Ryan Additon after Brandon Belt was called out on strikes. Belt was later ejected by Additon after being called out on strikes in the seventh. Seven of the 11 Giants who struck out did so taking the third strike.

      Orioles 6, Rays 5 (11 innings)

      Joey Rickard delivered a tiebreaking, two-out double in the top of the 11th inning, giving visiting Baltimore a victory over first-place Tampa Bay.

      The double capped a 4-for-5 night for Rickard, who drove in two runs. Trey Mancini went 3-for-5 with a run, and Pedro Severino hit his first homer of the season and the fifth of his career.

      The Rays' Avisail Garcia had tied the score in the bottom of the ninth when he hit a solo homer off Mychal Givens. Tommy Pham also homered for Tampa Bay.

      Royals 6, Yankees 1

      Homer Bailey won consecutive starts for the first time in nearly two years as Kansas City won at New York.

      Bailey (2-1) held the Yankees to one run on three hits in six innings, walking one and striking out six. He won consecutive starts for the first time since July 4-9, 2017, when he earned victories at Colorado and Arizona while pitching for the Cincinnati Reds. He had gone 6-22 since then before Thursday.

      Jorge Soler and Ryan O'Hearn hit solo homers off Yankees starter Domingo German (3-1) as the Royals won for the fifth time in seven games since losing 10 in a row. The Yankees were unable to reach .500 after sweeping a two-game series against the Boston Red Sox, dropping to 8-10.

      Tigers 9, White Sox 7

      Nicholas Castellanos and Grayson Greiner each had three hits, scored a run and drove in two more and host Detroit snapped a five-game losing streak by defeating Chicago.

      Castellanos brought in the go-ahead run in the eighth. Miguel Cabrera supplied two hits and drove in two runs on his 36th birthday. Drew VerHagen (1-0) struck out a batter to end the eighth inning and picked up the victory. Shane Greene notched his ninth save.

      Eloy Jimenez, Welington Castillo and Ryan Cordell homered for White Sox.

      Diamondbacks 4, Braves 1

      Christian Walker continued his late-inning magic, belting a two-run homer in the seventh inning as visiting Arizona completed a three-game sweep of Atlanta.

      Walker has six homers, all of them coming in the seventh inning or later. He also hit a ninth-inning blast in the first game of the series. He is batting .619 (13-for-21) with two doubles and 11 RBIs in the seventh inning or later.

      Atlanta scored its only run when Freddie Freeman hit a homer, his second, in the eighth inning off reliever Matt Andriese. Freeman was hit by a pitch in the sixth and has reached base in 18 consecutive games. Ronald Acuna Jr. extended his hitting streak to nine games for the Braves.

      Blue Jays 7, Twins 4

      Eric Sogard had a three-run double to highlight a five-run fourth inning, and Justin Smoak, Randal Grichuk and Teoscar Hernandez each homered to lead Toronto over Minnesota in Minneapolis.

      The win was the third in four games for the Blue Jays, who got their first series victory of the season. Joe Biagini (1-1) picked up the win in relief of starter Clay Buchholz, who gave up three runs on six hits over 4 2/3 innings, walking three and striking out four.

      Eddie Rosario hit two home runs and Willians Astudillo and Jonathan Schoop each had two hits for Minnesota. Michael Pineda (2-1) took the loss, allowing six runs on seven hits with a walk and a strikeout in 3 2/3 innings.

      Rockies 6, Phillies 2

      Ryan McMahon, in his first game back from the injured list, hit two home runs and drove in five as Colorado beat Philadelphia in Denver.

      Kyle Freeland (2-3) gave up just two hits over six scoreless innings to get his first win since Opening Day, and Tony Wolters had three hits for Colorado. The Rockies have won four straight following an eight-game slide, and they earned their first home victory in six tries this season.

      J.T. Realmuto homered, and Cesar Hernandez singled three times for the Phillies. Zach Eflin (2-2) allowed three runs (two earned) on seven hits and three walks while striking out two over six innings.

      Reds 4, Padres 1

      A game-opening homer by Joey Votto and home runs by Tucker Barnhart and Jesse Winker led visiting Cincinnati over San Diego in the opener of a four-game series.

      The Reds snapped a four-game losing streak while handing the Padres a fourth straight loss. The Votto and Barnhart homers were among the three hits allowed by Padres rookie starter Chris Paddack (0-1), whose only walk came in front of Barnhart's first homer of the season in the fifth inning.

      Cincinnati's final run came on a ninth-inning homer by Winker off reliever Phil Maton. Reds right-hander Tanner Roark (1-0) allowed one run on four hits and two walks with five strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings. Manny Machado's RBI double accounted for the Padres' only run.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Yankees pull Kate Smith tape amid racism claims
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, April 18, 2019

    Since Major League Baseball resumed play in the days following 9/11, the New York Yankees have played "God Bless America" in the middle of the seventh inning during home games. Most games, the version played was that sung by Kate Smith in 1939.

    • But this season, the team has stopped using Smith's version. And on Thursday, the New York Daily News reported the reason is because the Yankees "were made aware of Smith's history of potential racism."

      In its reporting, the Daily News referenced two songs that Smith recorded in the years before and during World War II -- "Pickaninny Heaven" and "That's Why Darkies Were Born." Both songs, per the report, contain racist language and references to racial stereotypes.

      There is some debate as to the true nature of the latter song, according to the Daily News, as it was considered satire at the time of its release in 1939 and was recorded with Paul Robeson, an African-American singer.

      "The Yankees have been made aware of a recording that had been previously unknown to us and decided to immediately and carefully review this new information," a team spokesperson told the Daily News. "The Yankees take social, racial and cultural insensitivities very seriously. And while no final conclusions have been made, we are erring on the side of sensitivity."

      In 2009, the Yankees cut ties with tenor Ronan Tynan, who also sang "God Bless America" during some games, after allegations he used an anti-Semitic remark, though he claimed the comment was a joke.

      --Field Level Media

  • Red Sox 2B Pedroia goes on 10-day IL
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, April 18, 2019

    Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia was placed on the 10-day injury list Thursday with left knee irritation, the club announced.

    • The Red Sox will recall right-handed pitcher Marcus Walden from Triple-A Pawtucket before Friday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

      Pedroia, 35, started this season on the IL with left knee inflammation. He was reinstated on April 9, and appeared in six games with Boston, starting four games at second base and two as a designated hitter. He batted .100 (2-for-20) with a walk, an RBI and a run scored. A three-time World Series champion, Pedroia is in his 14th season with the Red Sox, the majors' fifth-longest continuous tenure for any player with their current team.

      Pedroia left Boston's road game on Wednesday against the New York Yankees following the top of the second inning due to left knee discomfort.

      "In the first swing of that at-bat, the one he fouled off to right field, he felt something weird," Red Sox manager Alex Cora said after Wednesday's game. "It was his knee. He finished the at-bat. He came up to me and was like I don't (feel) right there (in the knee), so I decided to take him out. He'll see a doctor (Thursday) and we'll see where we're at."

      Last season, Pedroia appeared in three games while missing most of the season due to left knee inflammation. He also underwent surgery on his left knee for a complete cartilage restoration after appearing in 105 games in 2017.

      In five appearances with the Red Sox earlier this season, the 30-year-old Walden went 2-0 with a 3.38 ERA, picking up his first career victory in a 1-0 win over Arizona on April 7.

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB notebook: A's sign Davis through 2021
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, April 18, 2019

    Oakland Athletics slugger Khris Davis signed a contract extension Thursday that covers the 2020 and '21 seasons for a reported total of $33.5 million. Davis was scheduled to become a free agent in November.

    • Davis' 143 home runs since the start of the start of the 2016 season are the most in baseball over that span -- 19 more than second-place Giancarlo Stanton.

      Davis, acquired from the Milwaukee Brewers in a 2016 trade, has a league-leading 10 home runs in 77 at-bats this season. Home runs have become the 31-year-old's niche, as Davis has produced three consecutive 40-plus homer seasons since joining the A's.

      --The Detroit Tigers placed left fielder Christin Stewart on the 10-day injured list due to a strained quadriceps muscle.

      Stewart, 25, sustained the injury Tuesday while running the bases in the ninth inning of the Tigers' 5-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. An MRI revealed no structural damage, but bruising and soreness limited his mobility.

      Stewart is batting .222 with three homers and a team-high 13 RBIs through 16 games. The Tigers recalled infielder/outfielder Brandon Dixon from Triple-A Toledo to fill the vacant roster spot.

      --The Chicago White Sox placed starting pitcher Lucas Giolito on the 10-day injured list with a strained left hamstring, the club announced.

      Giolito, 24, sustained the injury Wednesday during the third inning of his outing against the Kansas City Royals. He had thrown 2 2/3 scoreless innings with five strikeouts to that point. Giolito is 2-1 with a 5.30 ERA and 23 strikeouts over four starts this season, his third with the White Sox.

      The White Sox recalled outfielder Ryan Cordell and right-handed pitcher Carson Fulmer from Triple-A Charlotte. They optioned struggling outfielder Daniel Palka to Charlotte after Wednesday's game.

      --Field Level Media

  • A's sign DH Davis through 2021
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, April 18, 2019

    Oakland is keeping KD through the 2021 season.

    • Athletics slugger Khris Davis signed a contract extension that covers the 2020 and '21 seasons for a reported total of $33.5 million. Davis was scheduled to become a free agent in November.

      "Oakland has been a special place for me since I arrived," said Davis in a team-issued statement. "I love playing here in front of our fans, and my teammates make this feel like a family. I never hid the fact that I wanted to stay in Oakland because that is how I feel and I'm glad that I can continue to call the city of Oakland my baseball home. This team has a bright future, and I'm thrilled to be a part of it."

      Oakland's basketball team, the Golden State Warriors, has its own KD -- Kevin Durant -- to worry about holding onto, but Davis will continue mashing in the Bay Area.

      Davis' 143 home runs since the start of the start of the 2016 season are the most in baseball over that span -- 19 more than second-place Giancarlo Stanton.

      Davis, acquired from the Milwaukee Brewers in a 2016 trade, has a league-leading 10 home runs in 77 at-bats this season. Home runs have become the 31-year-old's niche, with three consecutive 40-plus homer seasons since joining the A's.

      He hit a career-high 48 homers last season with 123 RBIs and 28 doubles.

      --Field Level Media

  • Tigers place OF Stewart (quad strain) on IL
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, April 18, 2019

    The Detroit Tigers placed left fielder Christin Stewart on the 10-day injured list Thursday with a strained quadriceps muscle.

    • Stewart, 25, sustained the injury while running the bases in the ninth inning of Tuesday night's 5-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. An MRI revealed no structural damage, but bruising and soreness limited his mobility.

      Stewart is batting .222 with three homers and a team-high 13 RBIs through 16 games.

      "It's not a big deal, yet he's really sore, so that is a big deal," Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He walked in limping, walked out limping."

      The Tigers recalled infielder/outfielder Brandon Dixon from Triple-A Toledo to fill the vacant roster spot.

      Dixon, 27, appeared in 74 games as a Cincinnati Reds rookie last season, batting .178 with five homers and 10 RBIs.

      --Field Level Media