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  • Monday, May 25, 2015
    Tigers face long stretch without break
    By The Sports Xchange

    DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers do not possess an imposing bench but they'll have to lean on their reserves during their seven-game road trip that begins Monday night.

    • The Tigers left for Oakland after their 10-8 loss to Houston on Sunday afternoon and will not get any days off this week. They play the A's for three games, then open a four-game series against the Los Angeles Angels. Their last day off was May 11 and they don't get another one until they return on June 1.

      Tired legs and reduced energy could be an issue with the heavy workload the regulars have already endured, compounded by some injuries. Catcher Alex Avila and designated hitter Victor Martinez are on the disabled list and shortstop Jose Iglesias missed the game Sunday with a left knee contusion suffered during Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Astros

      That means players like reserve infielders Hernan Perez and Andrew Romine, catcher Bryan Holaday and outfielder Tyler Collins could see more than just spot duty during the trip. Romine has been the most effective of that group, hitting .333 in 33 at-bats. Shortstop Dixon Machado was promoted from Triple-A Toledo on Sunday, though he may get sent right back down when the team recalls Buck Farmar to pitch Thursday's game against the Los Angeles Angels.

      "I guess you're right, just because it's a long stretch on the road," manager Brad Ausmus said of the bench playing an important role on the West Coast. "Guys will probably need a day (off), as opposed to having a scheduled off-day."

      Three regulars -- Ian Kinsler, Miguel Cabrera and Yoenis Cespedes -- have appeared in every game. Nick Castellanos and J.D. Martinez have played in 44 of the 45 games this season.

      Ausmus said it's almost become a competition between Kinsler and Cabrera as to which can go longer without a breather. It's especially surprising that Cabrera has not required a day off, given that he underwent offseason surgery to his foot and ankle and was questionable for Opening Day entering spring training.

      "I don't want to give those guys a day off," Ausmus said, while adding, "they'll get one soon."

  • Monday, May 25, 2015
    Astros struggling 2B Altuve gets day off
    By The Sports Xchange

    DETROIT -- A.J. Hinch insists Jose Altuve is not in a slump. That didn't stop the Houston Astros manager from giving Altuve a day off on Sunday.

    • Altuve, who had been the only Astro to appear in every game this season, was hitting .094 (3-for-32) in his last eight games with two runs scored, one RBI, one walk and four strikeouts. The 2014 American League batting champ has seen his average dip from .338 to .294 during that stretch.

      "It's 30 at-bats, so I don't call it a slump," Hinch said. "It's a tough league, man."

      The pint-sized Altuve is one of the league's toughest players but he has fallen into a mental rut lately, chasing more pitches than usual while trying to get back into his usual groove. In his last at-bat on Saturday, he swung at a pitch from Detroit Tigers reliever Al Alburquerque that was a foot outside and struck out.

      He took the news of his one-game benching well and will be back in the lineup at Baltimore on Monday.

      "He's not mad at me," Hinch said. "It's part of a long season. It's no secret he's been grinding mentally and physically, so this is more of a mental day off to clear his mind a little bit. He wasn't going to play 162 games, so this one makes sense."

      Hinch is hoping that Altuve will wind up playing more than 162 games, now that the team has realistic postseason aspirations.

      "The goal is to play deep into the playoffs and the mentality has to be that way, more than some accomplishment of playing every day during the regular season," Hinch said. "With the travel and him expanding the zone a little bit, guys have to have days off. He plays as hard as anybody, so a day off doesn't hurt anybody."

  • Monday, May 25, 2015
    OF Holliday a late scratch for Cardinals
    By The Sports Xchange

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Matt Holliday's batting practice swings were not pain free as he was a late scratch from the St. Louis Cardinals lineup Sunday, which caused wholesale changes in the lineup.

    • Holliday was hit in the left forearm by an Edinson Volquez pitch on Saturday. Manager Mike Matheny said that's the same spot he was hit by Indians right-hander Corey Kluber on May 13.

      "The muscle kind of shut down," Matheny said. "He tried to take some BP right before the game. We didn't have a whole lot of time right there to get things switched up ourselves."

      Outfielder Jayson Heyward was already out with a hip strain.

      In the revamped lineup, shortstop Jhonny Peralta switched to DH, while Pete Kozma played shortstop. Mark Reynolds went from first base to left field. Matt Adams, who was the original DH, played first base.

      The revised lineup produced 10 hits, including four for extra bases, in a 6-1 victory over the Royals.

      Holliday's injury was described as a contusion. He received treatment on it throughout the game. Matheny said "hopefully" he would be able to play Tuesday against the Diamondbacks.

  • Monday, May 25, 2015
    Giants part ways with struggling 3B McGehee
    By The Sports Xchange

    DENVER -- The San Francisco Giants designated struggling third baseman Casey McGehee for assignment and added Hunter Strickland, deciding that they need to go with a 13-man pitching staff and that Matt Duffy is ready to be the regular third baseman.

    • McGehee, 32, was acquired in an offseason trade with Miami but never got untracked with the Giants. In 35 games, he hit .200 (22-for-110) with three doubles, two homers and nine RBIs.

      The Giants have 10 days to trade, release or outright McGehee if he clears waivers. The latter is likely to happen, since McGehee has roughly $3.5 million remaining on his $4.8 million contract. McGehee said the decision to accept an assignment to Triple-A is not one he could make so soon after being cut loose and without consulting his family. McGehee can refuse the assignment and declare himself a free agent. Even if he leaves, he gets his remaining salary. Giants general manager Bobby Evans said, "If he opts to do that, we'll respect that and handle his decision when he makes it."

      Strickland was added to the Giants' roster as the 26th man for Saturday's doubleheader and worked two scoreless innings with three strikeouts in the first game. The Giants optioned him back to Triple-A Sacramento on Saturday night and then recalled him Sunday to take McGehee's roster spot.

      The Giants are in a stretch where they play 17 games in 16 days before their next scheduled day off June 4.

      "We're in a tough situation with all these games being played and all the pitchers being used," manager Bruce Bochy said before the Giants lost 11-2 to the Rockies. "We need to stay with 13 pitchers. And of course the way Strickland threw the ball, that's impressive. We just felt like we need him right now."

      Long reliever Yusmeiro Petit made a spot start in the second game Saturday and threw 81 pitches in six innings. Bochy said when Petit is ready to pitch, it will help stabilize the bullpen. Meanwhile, he'll be unavailable for several days.

      Duffy entered Sunday hitting .299 in 31 games with four doubles, two homers and 19 RBIs. After hitting .239/.294/.348 in April, Duffy entered Sunday hitting .353/.365/.451 in May.

      "I think he's earned his playing time, to be honest," manager Bruce Bochy said. "For right now, he'll be out there at third pretty much every day."

      After getting the news, McGehee took Duffy aside and spoke with him in a room off the visiting clubhouse at Coors Field. When McGehee was starting out with Milwaukee, he took over for veteran Bill Hall and remembered feeling bad about it.

      "I wanted to make sure 'Duff' knew that he has nothing to feel bad about," McGehee said. "He's doing his job. He's doing it real well. He forced the issue where you've got to get him on the field."

      McGehee suffered a left knee strain in the first week of the season but downplayed the injury as a reason he struggled. He hit .169 in the first month of this season after winning the National League Comeback Player of the Year with the Marlins in 2014 when he finished fourth in the NL with 177 hits while batting .287 with four homers and 76 RBIs in 160 games following a year playing in Japan.

      "The only thing I could say is I wish I would have gotten off to a little bit different start," McGehee said. "Now it's just trying to figure out what the next step is and where to go from here. I'm pretty sure yesterday wasn't the last day that I have played.

      "I still feel I have a lot left in the tank and a lot left to offer. I feel like I'm the same guy that was third or fourth in the league in hits last year. I expect to get back to that level and no matter where or when it is, I'm going to keep working to try to do that until there is nobody left that will permit it."

  • Monday, May 25, 2015
    Rockies RHP Lyles leaves start with sprained big toe
    By The Sports Xchange

    DENVER -- Jordan Lyles left his start in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader with a sprained big left toe. It's uncertain whether he'll be ready for his next scheduled start on Friday at Philadelphia.

    • "As far as the status of his next start, we're not sure yet," manager Walt Weiss said before the Rockies beat the Giants 11-2. "There are some things that have to happen in between starts. He has to be able to throw his side (session). So those are determining factors."

      Lyles, who was walking gingerly on Sunday, said, "I just overextended my big toe, and something popped. Hopefully, I can be out there next start. I'm going to try my best like I did with my hand."

      He was hit on his pitching hand with an Albert Pujols line drive in the first inning on May 13. The hand began swelling immediately, but Lyles finished the inning before leaving the game. He was able to make his next start on schedule on May 18.

      If Lyles is unable to make his next start, David Hale would replace him. Added to the roster as the 26th man on Saturday, Hale started the second game of the doubleheader and allowed three runs, two earned, in 6 2/3 innings.

      Weiss and head trainer Keith Dugger twice visited Lyles on the mound in the fourth inning after he sprained his toe, watched him throw a few warm-up pitches and left. They came back again in the fifth after Lyles hit Joe Panik with a pitch, and this time decided to pull Lyles from the game. He was diagnosed with a sprained toe but will undergo more tests.

      "He was throwing the ball well to start but noticeably different after that," Weiss said. "It got to the point where we thought he was spinning off of it when he tried to protect his landing foot."

      Lyles held the Giants hitless for three innings. He gave up a single to start the fourth, followed by a double-play grounder but was then hit hard while yielding four straight singles and three runs.

      "It wasn't the biggest of differences, maybe a little bit hesitation," Lyles said when asked about the effects of the injury. "Maybe it was not the same, but still, I made some pitches that weren't my best -- maybe not with the same intensity or conviction as the first couple of innings."

      Hale was a candidate for the Rockies' Opening Day rotation until he strained his left oblique late in spring training and ended up starting the season on the disabled list. The Rockies acquired him from Atlanta in the offseason in a four-player trade.

      "We were excited about getting him this winter," Weiss said. "He comes from a very pitching-rich organization. We liked the weapons, the two-seamer and changeup in particular. That's why he was a guy that we targeted. We liked him this spring. From day one, we watched him throw bullpens and we're like, 'This profiles for us.'

      "He confirmed some of those feelings last night. It was a great performance and that was a tough assignment, parachuting in and performing like he did. That's encouraging."

  • Monday, May 25, 2015
    Goins' injury scare turns out to be false alarm
    By The Sports Xchange

    TORONTO -- During the fifth inning of the Blue Jays' game against the Seattle Mariners on Saturday, Toronto shortstop Ryan Goins took a bad step leaving the batter's box.

    • While Mariners shortstop Chris Taylor flipped the ball to first for the uncontested out, Goins was rolling on the ground along the first base line, not far from home plate.

      It looked as if it could be a heartbreaking moment for Goins, who has done such a superb job filling in with regular Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes out due to a cracked left rib.

      Goins eventually arose and made his way gingerly off the new artificial bog the Blue Jays play on at Rogers Centre. Goins eventually came out of the dugout for the sixth inning and stayed in the game.

      He also played Sunday and hit a two-run homer and drove in three runs as Toronto beat Seattle 8-2.

      The injury to Goins did not receive much notice. It turns out he has a trick left ankle that he turns from time to time.

      "I've done it before, like when I was a little kid, you just roll it," Goins said after Sunday's game while wearing a wrap on the ankle. "It's the worst I've ever had it. I mean, usually the pain goes away in a couple of minutes. But that pain I thought I'd done something worse. Luckily, it wasn't. I just stayed in and played and did what I could."

      Sunday's game could be Goins last at shortstop for a while. Reyes, on the disabled list since April 28, is scheduled to be activated Monday. That means Goins will slide over to play second base because regular second baseman Devon Travis is on the DL with an inflamed left shoulder.

      It is no big deal for Goins, He merely wants to play, wherever he is placed.

      "We have a guy who's making $100 million to play shortstop and he's making that money for a reason, he's a good player," said Goins, who has formed a good relationship with Reyes. "We're pretty close."

      When Travis returns, Goins will take over what manager John Gibbons refers to as a "super-utility" role that will include the outfield. Goins was used in the outfield a times during spring training with that in mind.

      Gibbons said he handled it well and his throwing arm is suited to the outfield.

      With all the bad injury news the Blue Jays have had, this one turned out well.

  • Monday, May 25, 2015
    Slumping Cano remains positive
    By The Sports Xchange

    TORONTO -- Robinson Cano is in a big-time slump.

    • Even a turn at designated hitter couldn't help the Mariners' star second baseman Sunday in Seattle's 8-2 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.

      Cano bounced into double plays in his first two at-bats while going 0-for-4 with a strikeout as his batting average dipped to .247. He has a .290 on-base percentage and a .333 slugging percentage.

      "I'm sure he's frustrated," manager Lloyd McClendon said. "He's probably a little bit embarrassed. It's only natural. The fact is, he's going to hit. He hasn't got results here, but I see better positioning at the plate. I see his hands in a better position."

      Cano is in an 0-for-12 drought, and he has not homered since April 14. That was his only lone ball of the season, in 43 games. He has 11 RBIs, 19 runs, 10 walks and 31 strikeouts. Those numbers are not why he is getting the big bucks.

      "We straightened some things out in Baltimore (Tuesday to Thursday) and thought it was better, and it continues to get better," McClendon said. "Sometimes as instructors you can take it for granted because a guy is so good that he doesn't need help, but that's not the case. In this game, we all struggle, particularly with our mechanics from time to time. The film doesn't lie. You take a look at the film. You slow it down, you analyze, you'll see your flaws and see what you are doing wrong."

      Cano said, "You're trying to figure it out every single day. You keep the same energy. I get here (to the ballpark) and do the same thing every single day. And I know one day, things are going to change around.

      "The last thing I want to do is hang my head and change my attitude. I will never do that. I will keep being the same guy. Always root for the guys and try to do my job when I get to the plate."

  • Sunday, May 24, 2015
    Napoli power surge boosts Red Sox
    By The Sports Xchange

    BOSTON -- Better late than never, Mike Napoli found his swing.

    • There was no a shortage of explanations for the team-wide slump that the Boston Red Sox lugged into their weekend series with the Los Angeles Angels at Fenway Park, but Napoli was prime culprit. The slugging first baseman was batting below .200 and failing to supply his typical power from the middle of the order.

      For that reason, there was no more positive development for the Red Sox than Napoli's outburst in three games against his former team. He went 5-for-9 with four homers, including a two-run shot in the second inning Sunday during Boston's 6-1 victory, giving the offense a jolt at exactly the right time.

      "I've been there before. I've had a slump in my career," Napoli said. "I know I'm just one swing, one at-bat away from feeling good. I kept grinding. I wasn't going to give up. I knew I was struggling, but I kept at it and worked with (hitting coach) Chili (Davis), got some good info from Pee-Wee (second baseman Dustin Pedroia), and everything has been going good since then."

      Indeed, Napoli credits his turnaround to a conversation with Pedroia on the Red Sox's flight home from a recent trip to Seattle. Pedroia was watching video from last season and noticed Napoli's hands were staying back longer.

      Napoli made the adjustment in batting practice, and over the past six games, he is 9-for-21 (.429) with five homers and 10 RBIs.

      However, there might be another secret to Napoli's success. Before Thursday night's game against the Rangers, Napoli met a 9-year-old who was visiting Fenway Park and asked the boy to sign his bat. The child wrote his name in red ink on the barrel.

      "Everyone is always asking me for my autograph. I think it's cool to go up to the kids and go, 'Hey, let me get your autograph,'" Napoli said. "They love that. They write their name on the bat. It's pretty cool. The first home run I hit (Friday) actually hit where he signed it. It was crazy. I kissed it (for luck) where he signed it."

      Whatever works. If Napoli keeps producing, he happily will ask every kid in Boston for an autograph.

  • Sunday, May 24, 2015
    Hard-throwing Bedrosian's rejoins Angels' bullpen
    By The Sports Xchange

    BOSTON -- Cam Bedrosian will try to bring the Los Angeles Angels' bullpen up to speed.

    • With the Angels lacking a hard-throwing reliever and right-hander Mike Morin going on the disabled list, Bedrosian was recalled Sunday from Triple-A Salt Lake City, where he had a 3.15 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 20 innings.

      "He definitely gives you a different look," manager Mike Scioscia said. "But overall, you're evaluating pitchers just on effectiveness. There are some guys who throw hard who just aren't effective."

      Bedrosian, whose father Steve was a Cy Young Award-winning closer, has posted an average fastball velocity of 94.3 mph in the big leagues. According to MLB.com, the Angels don't have a reliever who averages better than 90 mph.

      However, Bedrosian struggled in the majors last season, giving up 17 runs (14 earned) on 23 hits and 12 walks in 19 1/3 innings for the Angels.

      "A couple outings last year he really opened some eyes where you say, 'He's making improvements,' and then all of a sudden you come out there and just see a kid who needed to work on some stuff," Scioscia said. "I think the consistency is certainly better with his breaking ball, but we'll see how he reacts when he's out here in a major league game."

      Bedrosian's first game back with the Angels was unimpressive. He faced five batters Sunday and allowed three hits and four runs while recording one out in the Angels' 6-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox. Including two scoreless appearances for the Angels earlier this season, Bedrosian has an 8.10 ERA.

  • Sunday, May 24, 2015
    Maybin right at home in Atlanta
    By The Sports Xchange

    ATLANTA -- An excited Cameron Maybin didn't waste any time joining the Atlanta Braves, making it to Miami for Opening Day barely 18 hours after he was traded by San Diego.

    • Playing for the Braves meant he would be just three hours from his hometown of Asheville, N.C.

      Even better, it offered the outfielder a chance to restart his once-promising career.

      Maybin is taking advantage, truly finding a home with the team he rooted for growing up.

      He started 19 of the Braves 21 games in May after platooning with Eric Young Jr. in April and is having one of his better months at the plate.

      Maybin, who extended his hitting streak to nine games on Sunday, is batting .307 (20-for-65) with six extra base hits 13 RBIs and 11 runs scored during May. His on-base percentage for the season is .355 and he has settled into the second spot in the Braves batting order.

      Maybin, the 10th overall pick in the 2005 draft, was dealt from Detroit to the Marlins in the Miguel Cabrera trade, and then was moved again to San Diego.

      The 28-year-old stole 40 bases with the Padres in 2011, but was limited to 109 games the past two seasons because of injuries. That made the $15 million remaining on his contract through 2016 a little steep.

      With the addition of Justin Upton, Matt Kemp and Wil Myers, Maybin had no spot this season with the Padres. The Braves, though, offered an opportunity after he became part of the Craig Kimbrel trade.

      "He's healthy this year, knock on wood. And I think (hitting coach Kevin) Seitzer has been good for him," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said.

      Maybin said he's gotten a lot out of working with Seitzer.

      "I'm competing, man," he said. "Working my tail off every day with Seitz, trusting all the work we're putting in. I think just the quality of the at-bats, the consistency and quality of the at-bats, I couldn't be happier with the direction we're going."

  • Sunday, May 24, 2015
    Braun finds his form for Brewers
    By The Sports Xchange

    ATLANTA -- After striking out as a pinch hitter April 27, Ryan Braun was hitting .226 with just one homer and three RBIs in 18 games.

    • The Milwaukee Brewers right field had a four-hit game the next day, though, and has been one of the game's hottest hitters since.

      Braun leads the major with 30 RBIs since that low point and his 10 homers trail only Washington's Bryce Harper.

      Braun, who lined out as a pinch hitter Sunday against Atlanta, was 11-for-31 with five homers and 16 RBIs in nine games during the Brewers' three-city road trip, and is again looking like the feared hitter he was a few years ago.

      This is the first time Braun has been healthy since early in the 2013 season, when he hurt his right thumb. He had an offseason cryogenic procedure and no longer has the nerve pain he had been experiencing.

      "Obviously, I wasn't able to use my top hand for the better part of two years," Braun said. "I can let the ball get a lot deeper now. My swing is a lot more consistent than it was."

      So is Braun's plate discipline. He has 13 walks in May after just three in April.

      "When I couldn't use my top hand, I had to start my swing a lot earlier," he said.

      Braun has been a plus for manager Craig Counsell, who took over for Ron Roenicke after the Brewers' dismal start.

      "When he's getting balls in the strike zone and not chasing, there's going to be good results," said Counsell. "... Since I've been aboard, he's been fun to watch. It's been good at-bat after good at-bat."

      Still booed on the road for his PED suspension, Braun is reluctant to say he is all the way back at the plate.

      "The challenge isn't doing it over a month," he said. "The challenge is doing it over the course of a season. But the last month, I've swung the bat much better than I have for a long time."

  • Sunday, May 24, 2015
    MLB notebook: Giants designate 3B McGehee for assignment
    By The Sports Xchange

    The San Francisco Giants obtained third baseman Casey McGehee from the Miami Marlins in December hoping he would be an adequate replacement for Pablo Sandoval, but because of his lack of production the team designated McGehee for assignment Sunday.

    • McGehee, 32, is hitting just .200 with just two home runs and nine RBIs in 35 games this season. He has been benched for a number of games recently.

      The Giants acquired McGee in December in a trade that sent two minor-league pitchers to the Marlins.

      Last season, he hit .287 with four homers and 76 RBIs for the Marlins and was named National League Comeback Player of the Year. He hit just .217 in 2012 and spent the 2013 season in Japan.

      McGehee is unlikely to be claimed by another team off waivers because he is due $4.8 million in his final year of arbitration.

      ---The Cleveland Indians activated catcher Yan Gomes from the disabled list and inserted him into the lineup against the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday.

      It will mark the first time Gomes has played in the majors since April 11 when he was injured on a play at the plate. He has been on the DL since April 12 with a sprained MCL in his right knee.

      Gomes, who hit .333 during a four-game rehab assignment with Triple-A Columbus, is batting .150 in five games this season with the Indians. He hit .278 with 21 homers and 74 RBIs last season.

      To make room on the roster, the Indians designated catcher Brett Hayes for assignment.

      ---The Oakland Athletics and the Tampa Bay Rays each had a player leave Sunday's game because of injury.

      A's starter Sonny Gray left after five innings because of a left ankle contusion, and Rays right fielder Steven Souza departed in the third inning with a sprained left wrist.

      Gray was injured when he was hit in the leg by a comebacker hit by Rays first baseman James Loney in the fourth inning. Gray threw five shutout innings on 67 pitches and was in line for the win with the A's holding a 5-0 lead when he left the game. His injury doesn't appear to be serious.

      Souza had to leave after taking one swing in his second at-bat. Joey Butler replaced him in the at-bat and then went to left field in the top of the fourth. Brandon Guyer moved from left field to right field. Souza's status is officially listed as day-to-day.

      ---The Baltimore Orioles sent left-hander T.J. McFarland to Triple-A Norfolk and promoted right-hander Chaz Roe from the same team.

      Roe, 28, has major-league experience -- 24 relief appearances in the past two years with the Arizona Diamondbacks and New York Yankees.

      ---Detroit Tigers leflt-hander Kyle Lobstein, the losing pitcher in Saturday's game, was placed on the 15-day disabled list with left shoulder soreness.

      Shortstop Dixon Machado was recalled from Triple-A Toledo to take the roster spot.

      ---The Boston Red Sox placed right fielder Shane Victorino on the 15-day disabled list with a left calf strain and activated infielder Jeff Bianchi from Triple-A Pawtucket.

      Victorino, sidelined for the second time this season and 11th time since 2007, left Saturday's game in the third inning after injuring his leg while catching a fly ball.

      Red Sox right-hander Anthony Varvaro, designated for assignment earlier this season and claimed by the Chicago Cubs, returned to the team Sunday and was placed on the DL with a right flexor strain.

      ---The Los Angeles Angels recalled right-hander Cam Bedrosian from Triple-A Salt Lake to take the spot of right-hander Mike Morin, who was placed on the DL on Saturday after suffering a left oblique strain.

      ---Right fielder Jose Bautista (sore right shoulder) was out of the Toronto Blue Jays' lineup Sunday after receiving a cortisone injection. He has been restricted to designated hitter for the past month because the shoulder problem prevents him from throwing.

      ---Miami Marlins catcher Jeff Mathis (broken hand) was sent to Triple-A New Orleans for a rehab assignment.

  • Sunday, May 24, 2015
    MLB roundup: Padres' Upton hits slam, knocks in 6
    By The Sports Xchange

    LOS ANGELES -- Justin Upton drove in the game's first six runs, and James Shields took a shutout into the seventh inning, leading the San Diego Padres to a 11-3 rout of the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday at Dodger Stadium.

    • Upton hit a grand slam and a two-run double while matching his career best in RBIs for one game. Will Venable collected four hits and Cory Spangenberg added three to lead a 20-hit attack that enabled the Padres to break a four-game losing streak.

      Shields (6-0) became just the second pitcher in team history to begin a season with six consecutive wins. Andy Hawkins started 11-0 in 1985.

      In the first six innings, Shields allowed just two baserunners on a hit and a walk. San Diego held a 10-0 lead before he allowed Los Angeles to score. The right-hander finished with seven strikeouts and one walk in seven innings, allowing three runs and five hits.

      Red Sox 6, Angels 1

      BOSTON -- Wade Miley pitched eight dominant innings and Mike Napoli continued his torrid week with another home run and four RBIs to lead the Boston past Los Angeles.

      Miley (4-4) had little trouble with the Angels in his first time facing them, retiring the first 14 batters he saw en route to his third straight win. The right-hander allowed just one run on four hits with two strikeouts and one walk. Koji Uehara pitched a perfect ninth.

      Napoli's two-run homer in the second was his eighth of the season and fourth in his last three games. He added a two-run double in the eighth. Xander Bogaerts collected four hits as Boston won for just the third time in seven games.

      Athletics 7, Rays 2

      ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Oakland won back-to-back games for the first time since April 14, but the best news was right-hander Sonny Gray's ankle injury did not appear to be serious.

      Gray had to leave the game after five innings and just 67 pitches due to a right ankle contusion that resulted from being hit in the leg by a comebacker off the bat of James Loney in the fourth inning. Gray improved his record to 5-2 and reduced his earned-run average to 1.77.

      The big swing for the Athletics was a three-run homer in the sixth inning by Mark Canha off Rays starter Erasmo Ramirez, who pitched more than five innings in a game for the first time this season.

      Twins 8, White Sox 1

      CHICAGO -- Brian Dozier went 2-for-5 with two home runs and four RBIs to lead Minnesota over Chicago and a series victory.

      Dozier had his second career multi-homer performance, leading off the game with a solo home run and adding a three-run shot in the seventh.

      The effort helped make a winner of right-hander Kyle Gibson (4-3), who scattered four hits, tied a career high with eight strikeouts while walking none over eight innings as Minnesota won its second straight and took two of three from Chicago.

      Cardinals 6, Royals 1

      KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Matt Carpenter belted a two-run homer and right-hander Michael Wacha threw seven strong innings as St. Louis downed Kansas City to avoid being swept.

      Carpenter, who entered the game with a .486 batting average at Kauffman Stadium, homered in the sixth with Kolten Wong aboard.

      Wacha (7-0), a 2012 first-round draft pick who missed 68 games last season with a shoulder injury, stymied the Royals on five hits and one unearned run.

      Marlins 5, Orioles 2

      MIAMI -- Martin Prado homered and drove in two runs and Marcell Ozuna also had two RBIs for Miami.

      Prado went 2-for-4, Ozuna went 3-for-4, and starter Tom Koehler (3-3) allowed just one run in 6 1/3 innings for the Marlins. New closer A.J. Ramos worked the ninth for his second save of the season.

      The Orioles scored just two runs in the final 23 innings of this series. Miguel Gonzalez (5-3) had the worst start of his season, allowing 10 hits, three walks and five runs in just four innings.

      Astros 10, Tigers 8

      DETROIT -- Jason Castro's two-run single in the seventh brought in the go-ahead runs and Houston rallied from a four-run deficit.

      Evan Gattis had three hits, including a solo homer, while scoring three runs and driving in three others for the Astros. Joe Thatcher (1-1) pitched an inning of scoreless relief to notch the win and Luke Gregerson collected his 12th save for the American League West-leading Astros.

      Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez struck out a season-high 11 but squandered a four-run lead in the sixth by allowing two home runs, including pinch hitter Preston Tucker's three-run blast.

      Braves 2, Brewers 1

      ATLANTA -- Right-hander Mike Foltynewicz allowed just three hits over 7 2/3 innings as Atlanta beat Milwaukee.

      Foltynewicz (3-1) didn't allow a runner to reach second base until the seventh inning, when the Brewers scored on a sacrifice fly. The right-hander struck out seven, walked one and hit a batter in his longest of five starts since being promoted from Triple-A Gwinnett.

      Brewers starter Jimmy Nelson (2-5) took the loss, giving up two sixth-inning runs. He gave up five hits in 5 2/3 innings, walked five (one intentional) and struck out four.

      Pirates 9, Mets 1

      PITTSBURGH -- Francisco Liriano struck out a season-high 12 batters, and Starling Marte and Andrew McCutchen each hit home runs as Pittsburgh completed a three-game sweep.

      Liriano (2-4) gave up one run on six hits in six innings and walked two. Liriano's double-digit strikeout tally marked the first time since Sept. 11-12, 1969, that the Pirates had three consecutive starters strike out 10 or more hitters after Gerrit Cole and A.J. Burnett each struck out 10 in their starts Friday and Saturday, respectively.

      Marte broke the game open in the sixth with his ninth home run of the season. He sent the first pitch he saw from Mets right-hander Erik Goeddel to the bleachers in left field with McCutchen and Gregory Polanco on base, extending the Pirates lead to 7-1.

      Nationals 4, Phillies 1

      WASHINGTON -- Gio Gonzalez shook off his recent struggles to work into the seventh inning and help Washington stop Philadelphia.

      Bryce Harper had two hits, two RBIs and a key outfield assist for the Nationals, and Denard Span doubled twice and scored a run as Washington took the series rubber game and won for the seventh time in its last eight games.

      Gonzalez (4-2), the Nationals' only left-handed starter, had allowed 11 earned runs in his previous two starts (10 innings pitched). Against the Phillies, he allowed a run on seven hits and a walk over 6 1/3 innings, while striking out seven.

      Indians 5, Reds 2

      CLEVELAND -- Trevor Bauer pitched into the eighth inning and Cleveland took advantage of three Cincinnati errors to complete a three game sweep.

      Two of the Indians' five runs were unearned, thanks to an uncharacteristic three Reds errors. The Reds came into the game with 17 errors, the fewest in the major leagues.

      The win extends the Indians' winning streak to six games while the Reds have lost eight in a row, their longest losing streak since 2009.

      Blue Jays 8, Mariners 2

      TORONTO -- Ryan Goins and Edwin Encarnacion each hit two-run homers in the fifth inning as Toronto beat Seattle.

      Rookie right-hander Aaron Sanchez (4-4) allowed seven hits, two walks and two runs with four strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings to earn the victory and enable the Blue Jays to salvage the finale of a three-game series.

      Kyle Seager homered for the Mariners to extend his hitting streak to 10 games.

      Rockies 11, Giants 2

      DENVER -- Nolan Arenado four hits and four RBIs while finishing a double shy of the cycle, and Chad Bettis took a shutout into the ninth inning as Colorado walloped San Francisco Giants.

      Arenado, who also scored three runs, emphatically broke out of a slump as he tripled, singled and homered in his first three at-bats and singled in his fourth, tying his career high with his fifth four-hit game. Bettis threw 8 1/3 innings of two-run ball.

      The Rockies managed a split of the four-game series while earning back-to-back victories for the first time since they won three straight games April 22-24.

      Diamondbacks 4, Cubs 3

      PHOENIX -- Paul Goldschmidt homered and drove in three runs as Arizona beat Chicago Cubs.

      Goldschmidt singled home a run in the first inning and hit a two-run homer in the third, his 11th long ball of the season, to help Jeremy Hellickson (2-5) earn his first victory since April 19. Hellickson gave up three runs and four hits in 6 2-3 innings.

      Chris Coghlan and Miguel Montero homered, and Jorge Soler had two hits for the Cubs.

  • Sunday, May 24, 2015
    Giants designate 3B McGehee for assignment
    By The Sports Xchange

    The San Francisco Giants obtained third baseman Casey McGehee from the Miami Marlins in December hoping he would be an adequate replacement for Pablo Sandoval, but because of his lack of production the team designated McGehee for assignment Sunday.

    • McGehee, 32, is hitting just .200 with just two home runs and nine RBIs in 35 games this season. He has been benched for a number of games recently.

      The Giants acquired McGee in December in a trade that sent two minor-league pitchers to the Marlins.

      Last season, he hit .287 with four homers and 76 RBIs for the Marlins and was named National League Comeback Player of the Year. He hit just .217 in 2012 and spent the 2013 season in Japan.

      McGehee is unlikely to be claimed by another team off waivers because he is due $4.8 million in his final year of arbitration.

      Giants general manager Bobby Evans told the Bay Area News Group that he hopes McGehee will accept an assignment with the Giants' Triple-A team in Sacramento if he is not claimed.

      "He was comeback player for a reason," Evans said.

      McGehee is not sure what he will do.

      "That's not a decision I feel I'm capable of making in 10 minutes," McGehee said. "There's other people involved, my family. When I'm here I try to play for the team and do what the team asks, but as far as life, you've got another team you've got to consider and that's your wife and your kids.

      "I told (Bruce Bochy) and Bobby both, there's a lot of good here. It's obvious the team's playing good, it's a great organization, it's home, pretty much, for me. There's a lot of good here. So I've got some things to think about."

      Matt Duffy, a 24-year-old rookie, now will serve as the Giants' primary third baseman. McGehee took the time to talk with Duffy, telling him not to feel guilty about the move.

      "I just want Duff to make sure he has nothing to feel bad about," McGehee said. "He's doing his job, he's doing it really well, and you know, the rest of it I'll leave between us. But basically I wanted to make sure that he knew he has absolutely nothing to feel bad about. He should be proud that he's forced the issue to the point where you've got to get him on the field, and that's what his job is. That's what he's supposed to do."

      Duffy is batting .299 with two homers and 19 RBIs. He has started just 22 games, playing at both third base and second base.

      Evans said the Giants plan to keep 13 pitchers until their next day off on June 4.

  • Sunday, May 24, 2015
    A's Gray, Rays' Souza leave game with injuries
    By The Sports Xchange

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Oakland Athletics and the Tampa Bay Rays each had a player leave Sunday's game because of injury.

    • A's starter Sonny Gray left after five innings because of a left ankle contusion, and Rays right fielder Steven Souza departed in the third inning with a sprained left wrist.

      Gray was injured when he was hit in the leg by a comebacker hit by Rays first baseman James Loney in the fourth inning.

      Gray threw five shutout innings on 67 pitches and was in line for the win with the A's holding a 5-0 lead when he left the game.

      Gray entered the game with a 4-2 record and a 1.92 ERA. It is unclear whether he will miss his next scheduled start.

      Souza had to leave after taking one swing in his second at-bat. Joey Butler replaced him in the at-bat and then went to left field in the top of the fourth. Brandon Guyer moved from left field to right field.

      Souza's status is officially listed as day-to-day.

      Souza may have been injured on a collision at the plate in the bottom of the first when he knocked over A's catcher Stephen Vogt. Vogt held onto the ball and Souza was called out.

  • Sunday, May 24, 2015
    Indians activate C Gomes from DL
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Cleveland Indians activated catcher Yan Gomes from the disabled list and inserted him into the lineup against the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday.

    • It will mark the first time Gomes has played in the majors since April 11 when he was injured on a play at the plate. He has been on the DL since April 12 with a sprained MCL in his right knee.

      Gomes, who hit .333 during a four-game rehab assignment with Triple-A Columbus, is batting .150 in five games this season with the Indians. He hit .278 with 21 homers and 74 RBIs last season.

      To make room on the roster, the Indians designated catcher Brett Hayes for assignment.

  • Sunday, May 24, 2015
    Orioles reliever ejected for using foreign substance
    By The Sports Xchange

    Baltimore Orioles reliever Brian Matusz was ejected in the 12th inning of Saturday night's game against the Marlins in Miami for using a foreign substance on the mound.

    • After Matusz retired the first two batters he faced, Marlins manager Dan Jennings came out of the dugout to speak with home plate umpire Jordan Baker. Crew chief Paul Emmel and Baker went to the mound along with Orioles manager Buck Showalter to inspect Matusz and then tossed him from the game.

      Matusz was seen on television replays reaching for a forearm with his left hand between pitches. He was replaced by left-hander T.J. McFarland with the score tied 0-0.

      The Marlins won in the 13th on a walk-off hit by Martin Prado.

      Matusz is the second pitcher ejected this week for having a foreign substance on his arm. Milwaukee Brewers reliever Will Smith was tossed earlier in the week and later suspended for eight games by Major League Baseball. Smith appealed and pitched Saturday for the Brewers.

  • Sunday, May 24, 2015
    Rangers to activate Hamilton
    By The Sports Xchange

    Josh Hamilton is ready to make his 2015 season debut with the Texas Rangers.

    • The 2010 American League MVP is expected to join the Rangers in Cleveland for the start of a three-game series against the Indians.

      The Rangers will activate Hamilton on Monday from the disabled list, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Saturday.

      After the Rangers reacquired Hamilton from the Los Angeles Angels a month ago, he went to extended spring training in Arizona to continue his recovery from offseason surgery on his right shoulder. He then spent the past two weeks on rehab assignments with Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Round Rock.

      In 28 at-bats with Round Rock, Hamilton hit .250 with two RBIs. Between Round Rock and Frisco, he had a combined .364 average.

      "Josh is physically and game-ready to get started," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels told The Dallas Morning News. "The team is playing well, and we're looking forward to welcoming him to the club."

      Hamilton's last scheduled game for Round Rock was rained out Saturday.

      "I'm excited about it," said Hamilton, a five-time All-Star. "It's good to work hard and get back and get healthy and get mentally focused and get back to where I want to be."

  • Saturday, May 23, 2015
    Royals' Moustakas exits with bruised clavicle
    By The Sports Xchange

    Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas was forced to leave Saturday night's game against the St. Louis Cardinals with a left clavicle contusion, the team announced.

    • A line drive off the bat of Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina struck Moustakas in his chest and neck area in the second inning. He stayed in the game but was pulled in the fourth inning after going 1-for-2 with a double.

      The team said Moustakas is considered day to day with the injury. The Royals have the best record in the American League and can ill afford to lose his bat in their lineup.

      Moustakas is hitting .327 with 15 RBIs in 155 at-bats this season.

  • Saturday, May 23, 2015
    Angels' Morin leaves with injury
    By The Sports Xchange

    BOSTON -- Los Angeles right-handed relief pitcher Mike Morin left the game with a left oblique strain after throwing six pitches in the bottom of the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox on Saturday night at Fenway Park.

    • He was able to walk off the field and into the Angels' dugout under his own power. Right-hander Vinnie Pestano replaced him on the mound for Los Angeles.

      Morin was 1-1 with a 6.00 ERA, four walks and 13 strikeouts in 19 appearances coming into Saturday's game.

      Boston led Los Angeles 4-2 at the time of Morin's injury.

  • Saturday, May 23, 2015
    Red Sox's Victorino departs with calf injury
    By The Sports Xchange

    BOSTON -- Shane Victorino left with left calf tightness in the third inning of the Boston Red Sox's game against the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday night at Fenway Park.

    • The right fielder, who missed time earlier this week because of the same ailment, appeared to reaggravate the calf while pursuing a deep fly ball in the top of the third.

      Mookie Betts pinch-hit for Victorino in the bottom of the inning and drove in Boston's second run of the game with a line-single to left. The score was tied 2-2 through three innings.

      Victorino, who entered Saturday night batting .241 with a home run and three RBIs in 19 games this season, singled in his only at-bat against the Angels in the first inning.

  • Saturday, May 23, 2015
    MLB notebook: Mets' Wright suffers injury setback
    By The Sports Xchange

    Third baseman David Wright of the New York Mets suffered another setback in his recovery from injuries when his back stiffened up, and he will be shut down for a week.

    • Mets assistant general manager John Ricco said Wright has been diagnosed with stenosis, which is a narrowing of the spinal column in the lower back. He is taking medication for the condition.

      Wright will continue to receive treatment in the next week for the injury, which the team is calling lower back tightness, Ricco added.

      Ricco said Wright, who went on the disabled list in mid-April because of a hamstring injury, did not take batting practice as planned on Friday.

      Wright developed lower back pain early in May after he recovering from the hamstring injury. He began baseball activities this week and was expected to return before the end of May prior to the latest setback.

      ---Manager Bryan Price of the Cincinnati Reds was ejected from Saturday's game against the Cleveland Indians before the game even started.

      During the pre-game meeting at home plate, Price and second base umpire Jim Reynolds got into a lengthy and animated argument that ended with Reynolds tossing Price from the game.

      ---New York Yankees right-hander Chase Whitley, who underwent Tommy John surgery Tuesday, said he will have the sling removed Sunday.

      Whitley also said that when he was injured May 14 in Tampa Bay, it was the first time he had ever asked to come out of any game in any sport that he had ever played.

      Right-hander Chris Martin (right elbow tendinitis) threw a second bullpen session Saturday and the Yankees said they hope to get into him a rehab game next week.

      ---Colorado Rockies right-hander Brooks Brown (right shoulder inflammation) was activated from the disabled list, and left-hander Ken Roberts (left elbow inflammation) was placed on the DL.

      The Rockies recalled right-hander David Hale from Triple-A Albuquerque as their 26th man for the day-night doubleheader, and he was scheduled to start the night game.

      ---San Francisco Giants right-hander Jake Peavy (back strain) began a rehab assignment Friday at high Class A San Jose and threw 50 pitches while in 3 1/3 scoreless innings. He is scheduled to pitch Wednesday for Triple-A Sacramento.

      The Giants recalled right-hander Hunter Strickland from Sacramento as their 26th man for Saturday's doubleheader.

      ---The Baltimore Orioles sent right-hander Tyler Wilson to Triple-A Norfolk and promoted right-hander Oliver Drake from the same team.

      ---The Miami Marlins called up two right-handers from Triple-A New Orleans: Andre Rienzo and Vin Mazzaro. Both will pitch out of the bullpen.

      ---The Boston Red Sox recalled right-hander Heath Hembree from Triple-A Pawtucket and optioned left-hander Robbie Ross Jr. to Pawtucket.

      ---Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew Lambo has not shown any improvement since being placed on the disabled list on May 4 because of plantar fasciitis.

      Lambo is at the Pirates' extended spring training camp in Bradenton, Fla., and there is no timetable for when he might be ready to begin a rehab assignment.

      ---Cincinnati Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto has been scratched from his scheduled start Sunday due to general stiffness. He has been bothered by the condition since his last start May 19 at Kansas City.

      Right-hander Raisel Iglesias will start Sunday's game in place of Cueto.

      ---Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco suffered a setback Friday in his attempt to come back from a left hip impingement that has prevented him from catching since April 12. A decision will be made on the next step for Mesoraco when the Reds return home Monday.

  • Saturday, May 23, 2015
    MLB roundup: Rangers ride 10-run inning to rout Yanks
    By The Sports Xchange

    NEW YORK -- Shin-Soo Choo drove in four runs during a 10-run third inning as the Texas Rangers rolled to a 15-4 rout of the New York Yankees on Saturday.

    • Choo started the inning with an RBI single and finished the inning with a three-run homer. Prince Fielder added an RBI single in the third and homered in the seventh.

      In the third, Elvis Andrus added a two-run single, Carlos Corporan had a run-scoring double and Jake Smolinski lifted a sacrifice fly for Texas, which is 12-for-18 and has scored 17 times in the third inning during its last two games. Every starter had at least one hit, and Mitch Moreland was the only starter who did not score. Texas had 15 hits, went 8-for-14 with runners in scoring position and 12-for-25 with men on base.

      Rangers right-hander Nick Martinez (4-0) took a shutout into the sixth before allowing a home run to Carlos Beltran. Martinez also allowed a solo home run to Didi Gregorius in the seventh and gave up two runs and five hits in seven innings. Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia (2-6) had won two straight starts but was torched for six runs and seven hits in 2 1/3 innings.

      Cubs 9, Diamondback 6

      PHOENIX -- Anthony Rizzo hit a tie-breaking three-run home run in the ninth inning and tied a career with six RBIs in Chicago's win.

      Dexter Fowler singled with one out in the ninth off Enrique Burgos and Kris Bryant reached on an error by Yasmany Tomas before Rizzo hit a 1-1 slider into the pool area in right-center field.

      Rizzo also had a three-run double in the fifth inning for the Cubs, who have won three of four and nine of 12.

      Giants 10, Rockies 8, Game 1

      Rockies 5, Giants 3, Game 2

      DENVER -- David Hale will head back to Triple-A Albuquerque after pitching into the seventh inning in his Rockies debut and Daniel Descalso hit a rare home run as Colorado beat San Francisco in the second game of a day-night doubleheader.

      Descalso, starting the second game at shortstop, hit a two-run homer in the sixth against Giants Yusmeiro Petit with the score tied at 2. It was the second homer of the season for Descalso, who stepped to the plate with 11 career home runs in 1,437 plate appearances.

      The Giants won the first game scoring all their runs with two outs. Brandon Belt, Hunter Pence and Brandon Crawford, the 4-5-6 hitters, combined to go 6-for-15 with seven RBIs and four runs.

      Marlins 1, Orioles 0 (13 innings)

      MIAMI -- Miami snapped an eight-game losing streak and gave Dan Jennings his first win as manager.

      Adeiny Hechavarria scored the game's only run. After he walked and went to third on a two-out single by Marcell Ozuna. Giancarlo Stanton was walked intentionally setting up Martin Prado to be the hero.

      Prado delivered with a single against T.J. McFarland and the Marlins' nine-game home losing streak was over.

      Royals 3, Cardinals 2 (5 1/2 innings)

      KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Alex Gordon homered as the Kansas City Royals beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 Saturday night.

      The game was called after 5 1/2 innings because of heavy rain. There was a 70-minute delay before the game was officially called.

      Right-hander Edinson Volquez picked up the victory, giving up two runs on four hits and three walks. He worked out of bases loaded danger in the fifth after allowing a run.

      John Lackey took the loss, allowing three runs on six hits and three walks.

      Red Sox 8, Angels 3

      BOSTON — Mike Napoli feasted on a 3-1 changeup from a tiring C.J. Wilson, taking the left-hander deep on his 107th pitch of the night for a two-run homer to help lead Boston beat Los Angeles.

      The suddenly surging Napoli, who was dropped to the sixth spot in the Red Sox lineup before Friday's game, is batting .389 with five runs driven in five games since May 19.

      Knuckleballer Steven Wright contributed 6 1/3 quality innings, giving up two earned runs on four hits and a walk while striking out two for Boston. Koji Uehara, who has converted seven straight saves, pitched a scoreless ninth in a nonsave situation.

      Mariners 3, Blue Jays 2

      TORONTO -- Left-hander James Paxton pitched six innings and Kyle Seager hit a home run as Seattle defeated Toronto.

      Paxton (3-2) allowed four hits, three walks and two runs while striking out four to give the Mariners victories in the first two games of the three-game series.

      Chris Colabello hit a home run for the Blue Jays, who have lost nine of their last 11 games. Left-hander Mark Buehrle (5-4) pitched 7 1/3 innings and allowed five hits, three walks and three runs while striking out four.

      Phillies 8, Nationals 1

      WASHINGTON -- Ryan Howard and three hits and two runs batted in, and left-hander Cole Hamels won his fourth straight start as Philadelphia beat error-prone Washington.

      The loss snapped a six-game winning streak for the Nationals, who had also won their last seven games at home. Washington made four errors.

      Maikel Franco, called up from Triple-A on May 15, had two hits, including a two-run homer in the third against struggling Washington starter Stephen Strasburg (3-5).

      Pirates 8, Mets 2

      PITTSBURGH -- Andrew McCutchen hit a first-inning home run, doubled and finished with three hits as Pittsburgh beat up on New York ace Matt Harvey.

      Pedro Alvarez hit his eighth home run of the season and a double while driving in two runs. Josh Harrison's second hit, a two-run double, capped a four-run fourth inning against Harvey that pushed the Pirates' lead to 7-1.

      Harvey's streak of 16 consecutive scoreless innings ended quickly when McCutchen hit a two-run homer for his sixth of the season, with one out to open the scoring.

      Astros 3, Tigers 2

      DETROIT -- Lance McCullers recorded his first major league victory in his second start and Houston turned its first triple play in 11 seasons.

      The 21-year-old McCullers (1-0) allowed two runs on six hits and struck out six in six innings. He was aided by the fifth-inning, around-the-horn triple play. Houston's last triple play came on Aug. 19, 2004 at Philadelphia.

      Chris Carter had two hits and scored a run for the American League West-leading Astros, who lost the first two games of the four-game series.

      Indians 2, Reds 1

      CLEVELAND -- Jason Kipnis' RBI double in the eighth inning drove in the deciding run as Cleveland beat Cincinnati.

      It was the fifth win in a row for the Indians and the seventh loss in a row for the Reds.

      Right-hander Corey Kluber (2-5) pitched eight innings to get the win. Right-hander Cody Allen pitched the ninth to pick up his ninth save. Left-hander Tony Cingrani (0-1) took the loss.

      Twins 4, White Sox 3

      CHICAGO -- Minnesota jumped on Chris Sale early and Trevor May contained Chicago the rest of the way.

      May (3-3) struck out nine and allowed three runs in a career-high seven innings. Sale (3-2) gave up four runs (three earned) while striking out 10 in eight innings for his 20th career double-digit strikeout game.

      The Twins have won three of four and the White Sox have lost four of five. Minnesota improved to 6-3 against Chicago this season.

      Athletics 5, Rays 0

      ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Oakland ended a four-game losing streak, getting a surprisingly strong start from rookie Kendall Graveman.

      The A's got their first four runs with two outs in the sixth, taking advantage of two Rays errors on one play.

      Graveman was called up for a second shot as an injury replacement after having an 8.27 ERA in four starts in April. He had a 1.85 ERA in four minor league starts, and held the Rays to three hits and no runs in the six innings. He struck out six and walked two while throwing 93 pitches.

      Braves 3, Brewers 2 (11 innings)

      ATLANTA -- Jace Peterson delivered the first winning hit of his career with two outs in the 11th inning for Atlanta.

      Brandon Kintzler walked Alberto Callaspo with one out and Andrelton Simmons followed with a smash past third base that hit the leg of umpire Chad Fairchild, resulting in a single. The runners moved up on pinch-hitter Eric Young Jr.'s grounder and Peterson smashed the first pitch he saw from Kintzler into center field for the winning hit.

      Dodgers 2, Padres 0

      LOS ANGELES -- Mike Bolsinger threw a one-hitter for eight innings and Joc Pederson homered for the second night in a row to lift Los Angeles past San Diego.

      Bolsinger had a career-high eight strikeouts as the Dodgers beat the Padres for the second straight game and the sixth time in eight meetings this year. Bolsinger, who didn't walk a batter, allowed a leadoff single to Yangervis Solarte before retiring the next 23 batters. Kenley Jansen pitched a perfect ninth for his third save this season.

      The Padres have dropped four in a row.

  • Saturday, May 23, 2015
    Reds manager Price tossed before game
    By The Sports Xchange

    Manager Bryan Price of the Cincinnati Reds was ejected from Saturday's game against the Cleveland Indians before the game even started.

    • During the pre-game meeting at home plate, Price and second base umpire Jim Reynolds got into a lengthy and animated argument that ended with Reynolds tossing Price from the game.

  • Saturday, May 23, 2015
    Mets' Wright suffers injury setback
    By The Sports Xchange

    Third baseman David Wright of the New York Mets suffered another setback in his recovery from injuries when his back stiffened up, and he will be shut down for a week.

    • Assistant general manager John Ricco of the Mets said Wright has been diagnosed with stenosis, which is a narrowing of the spinal column in the lower back. He is taking medication for the condition.

      Wright will continue to receive treatment in the next week for the injury, which the team is calling lower back tightness, Ricco added.

      Ricco said Wright, who went on the disabled list in mid-April because of a hamstring injury, did not take batting practice as planned on Friday.

      Wright developed lower back pain early in May after he recovering from the hamstring injury. He began baseball activities this week and was expected to return before the end of May prior to the latest setback.