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  • Cardinals call up RHP Lucas
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, August 19, 2017

    The St. Louis Cardinals called up right-handed reliever Josh Lucas from Triple-A Memphis on Saturday.

    • The team also optioned right-hander Mike Mayers to Memphis following Friday night's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

      Lucas, 26, will be making his major league debut when he appears in his first game with the Cardinals. He is 8-1 with a 3.34 ERA in 43 appearances at Memphis, converting 14 of 17 saves. He ranks fourth in the Pacific Coast League in saves, while striking out 65 batters in 56 1/3 innings.

      Mayers, 26, was recalled prior to Friday night's game against the Pirates and pitched two-thirds of an inning in the Cardinals' 11-10 victory at PNC Park. He faced seven batters and allowed five runs (four earned) on four hits and a walk.

  • Dodgers get OF Granderson in trade with Mets
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, August 19, 2017

    The Los Angeles Dodgers added a veteran on Friday to bolster their already-strong roster before the postseason begins in a little more than a month.

    • The Dodgers acquired outfielder Curtis Granderson and cash considerations from the New York Mets in exchange for a player to be named or cash considerations.

      The 36-year-old Granderson has a .254 career batting average with 312 home runs and 853 RBIs in 1,760 games spanning 14 major league seasons with the Detroit Tigers (2004-09), New York Yankees (2010-13) and New York Mets (2014-17). The three-time All-Star (2009, '11, '12) and 2011 Silver Slugger also won the 2016 Roberto Clemente Award for his community work.

      Defensively, Granderson has appeared 1,246 games in center field, 445 games in right field and 59 games in left field in his career. He also has played in 51 postseason games, tied for the 14th most among active players.

      Granderson has a .276 average in his last 71 games since May 21 with 40 runs, 13 doubles, two triples, 16 homers and 38 RBIs in that span. Overall, he's batting .228 with 19 homers and 52 RBIs in 111 games this season for the Mets, including .282 with runners in scoring position.

      To make room on the 40-man roster, Los Angeles designated right-hander Dylan Floro for assignment. The 26-year-old Floro was claimed from the Chicago Cubs on Aug. 4 and appeared in three games with Triple-A Oklahoma City.

      And with that deal, the exodus from the Mets' clubhouse of veteran players continued less than a week after the Mets sent Neil Walker to the Milwaukee Brewers. That was a few days after they had traded Jay Bruce to the Cleveland Indians and after the trade deadline when they dealt away Lucas Duda and closer Addison Reed.

      Granderson was in his fourth season with the Mets and 13th overall after four seasons with the Yankees and five with the Tigers.

      "A little bittersweet," Granderson said before exchanging hugs and phone numbers with now ex-teammates such as Robert Gsellman and Wilmer Flores. "But to get an opportunity to play in the postseason is going to be exciting."

      Granderson is in the last season of a four-year, $60 million contract.

      The Dodgers (86-34) are on pace to tie the major league record for wins in a season with 116.

      As for the Mets, Granderson acknowledged, "Unfortunately, we didn't get a chance to do that this year. But all the things that have been said that we talked about doing, I think we did."

  • Pujols ties Sosa on HR list in Angels' loss
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, August 19, 2017

    Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Albert Pujols hit a two-run homer in Friday's 9-7 loss at the Baltmore Orioles, tying Sammy Sosa for eighth place on the career list with 609.

    • Pujols clubbed his milestone shot in the top of the first inning, a two-run shot off Orioles right-hander Jeremy Hellickson.

      It was the 18th blast of the season for the 37-year-old Pujols and moved him three behind Jim Thome for No. 7 on baseball's all-time list.

      Pujols, a native of the Dominican Republic, also tied Sosa for the most career homers by a foreign-born player.

      In his 17th major league season, Pujols hit 445 homers in 11 years with the St. Louis Cardinals, eclipsing the 40 mark six times during his tenure there.

      Friday's blast was Pujols' 164th with Los Angeles. He had 40 with Los Angeles in 2015 and swatted 31 last year.

  • MLB roundup: Kluber injured in Indians' win
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, August 19, 2017

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Jay Bruce homered twice and drove in five runs as the Cleveland Indians battered the Kansas City Royals 10-1 Friday night.

    • It could, however, be a costly victory for the Indians. Corey Kluber won his fourth straight August start, but the Indians' ace pulled up lame while running to cover first base on Eric Hosmer's sixth-inning infield single.

      That prompted a visit from manager Terry Francona and the trainer. Kluber stayed in the game for one more batter, a Melky Cabrera single, before being led off the field by the trainer. Kluber was diagnosed with a right ankle sprain.

      Bruce hit a two-run homer in a three-run first inning off Ian Kennedy and a three-run blast in the seventh inning off rookie Jake Junis. It was Bruce's 25th multi-homer game and his eighth game of at least five RBIs.

      Dodgers 8, Tigers 5

         DETROIT -- Chris Taylor banged out four hits, drove in two runs and scored once to lead steamrolling Los Angeles to a victory over Detroit, their fifth straight win and 20th in their last 23.

         Rich Hill (9-4) wasn't dominating for the Dodgers but with seven runs while he was in the game, he didn't have to be. Hill gave up six hits and three runs in his five innings, walking three and striking out five, leaving with a 7-3 lead.

         The Tigers' Victor Martinez greeted reliever Josh Fields with his 10th home run, a drive to right, making it 7-4 one batter into the sixth.

      Cardinals 11, Pirates 10

      PITTSBURGH -- Tommy Pham, Matt Carpenter and Paul DeJong hit home runs, three of St. Louis' 13 hits, as the Cardinals built an eight-run lead and held on to beat Pittsburgh.

      St. Louis won its second in a row and 10th in the past 12 to remain 1 1/2 games behind the Chicago Cubs in the National League Central.

      Pittsburgh lost its sixth straight and fell five games behind the Cardinals and 6 1/2 behind Chicago.

      Reds 5, Braves 3

      ATLANTA -- Cincinnati, flashing its power, backed rookie Sal Romano's longest major league start with a three-homer inning off Atlanta's R.A. Dickey on the way to a victory.

      Adam Duvall, Eugenio Suarez and Jesse Winker hit homers off the 42-year-old Dickey in the sixth and the Reds held off the Braves in Romano's ninth career outing.

      The only run off Romano (3-5) came on a second-inning homer by Matt Adams. The 23-year-old right-hander went seven innings after not going past the sixth previously, allowing five hits and two walks while striking out three.

      Mariners 7, Rays 1

      ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- A return home to Tropicana Field did little to slow down Tampa Bay's recent slump as Seattle won its third straight game, opening a three-game series with a win.

      Nelson Cruz crushed his 30th home run of the season in the ninth -- at 482 feet, the longest ever recorded at Tropicana Field -- and had two of the team's six doubles.

      Mariners starter Erasmo Ramirez (5-4) faced the team that traded him away last month and held them to one run on three hits. Seattle stayed in the American League wild-card chase while the Rays dropped to a season-high four games under .500, having lost 11 of their last 14 overall and eight of their last 10 at home.

      Marlins 3, Mets 1

      NEW YORK -- J.T. Realmuto hit a two-run homer in the second inning and Justin Nicolino earned his second straight win with five solid innings as Miami beat New York.

      Marcell Ozuna lofted a sacrifice fly in the third for the Marlins, who have won six of seven to move within two games of .500 for the first time since they were 12-14 on May 3.

      Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton, whose six-game home run streak was snapped in Miami's previous game Wednesday, went 0-for-2 with a pair of walks. Stanton leads the majors with 44 homers.

      Rockies 8, Brewers 4

      DENVER -- Picking up where it left off, Colorado pounded Matt Garza and beat Milwaukee.

      Garza, who last faced the Rockies on June 21, 2015, gave up three homers among the nine hits he allowed and eight runs (seven earned) in 4 1/3 innings.

      Charlie Blackmon hit his sixth leadoff homer and the 28th of his career. Gerardo Parra hit his 10th homer in the fifth, and two batters later Carlos Gonzalez hit a two-run homer that gave the Rockies an 8-2 lead and finished Garza's outing. He has failed to pitch six innings in six straight starts.

      White Sox 4, Rangers 3

      ARLINGTON, Texas -- Hot-hitting rookie Nicky Delmonico hit two homers and drove in three as Chicago snapped a five-game losing streak with a victory over Texas.

      Delmonico's inside-the-park homer in the eighth inning snapped a 3-3 tie and helped make a winner out of Gregory Infante and set up Juan Minaya for a save. The win was the first in the majors for Infante (1-1) and the save was the first in Minaya's career.

      Delmonico's heroics also helped end a four-game winning streak for the Rangers.

      Red Sox 9, Yankees 6

      BOSTON -- Mitch Moreland capped a wild seventh inning with a pinch-hit two-run single and Boston pulled out a victory over New York in the opener of a three-game series.

      The win, the Red Sox's third straight and 13th in their last 15 games, increased their lead over the Yankees in the American League East to five games.

      Red Sox starter Drew Pomeranz left the game in the fourth inning with back spasms and the Boston bullpen imploded to the tune of two runs allowed in the sixth and four more in the seventh.

      Twins 10, Diamondbacks 3

      MINNEAPOLIS -- Byron Buxton hit an inside-the-park home run and was a single away from a cycle. Miguel Sano went deep twice and Minnesota tied a season high with six home runs in a win over Arizona.

      Sano and Eduardo Escobar each hit two-run shots in the seventh inning. Max Kepler and Brian Dozier added solo homers while Ervin Santana recovered from a tough start to pitch six steady innings.

      Santana (13-7) allowed three runs on seven hits and three walks. He struck out six batters as the Twins drew within a half-game of an American League wild card spot with the victory.

      Giants 10, Phillies 2

      SAN FRANCISCO -- Hunter Pence and Brandon Crawford provided early offense with home runs and left-hander Matt Moore took a shutout into the eighth inning, leading San Francisco to a victory over Philadelphia.

      Jarrett Parker highlighted a three-run first inning with a two-RBI double, giving the Giants a lead they never relinquished en route to their second straight win over the Phillies in the four-game series.

      Freddy Galvis had a two-run single for the Phillies, who lost their sixth in a row.

      Orioles 9, Angels 7

      BALTIMORE -- Manny Machado hit a grand slam off Keynan Middleton with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, the third baseman's third homer of the night, to give Baltimore a come-from-behind victory over Los Angeles.

      The Orioles and Angels each hit five homers in the game, but Machado's blast in the ninth was the biggest. It was his third grand slam in 11 games and finished off Baltimore's comeback from an early 5-0 deficit.

      Astros 3, Athletics 1

      HOUSTON -- Dallas Keuchel worked seven shutout innings and paced Houston to a victory over Oakland.

      Keuchel (11-2) recorded a season-high 16 ground-ball outs while surrendering just three hits and one walk. He recorded three strikeouts while tossing 100 pitches, 67 for strikes. It marked his second consecutive quality start following a three-start slump that coincided with his return from a two-month stint on the disabled list. Keuchel is 3-0 against Oakland this season.

      Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve slugged back-to-back home runs off Athletics left-hander Sean Manaea (8-8) in the third inning to provide Keuchel a bit of a cushion. Bregman smacked his 14th home run the opposite way to right field while Altuve belted his 19th homer to left.

      Nationals 7, Padres 1

      SAN DIEGO -- Howie Kendrick homered and last-minute starter Matt Grace threw 4 1/3 scoreless innings as Washington beat San Diego.

      Kendrick christened the game with his seventh homer of his season, giving Washington a lead it never relinquished.

      Grace was a late replacement for injured Matt Scherzer. The Nationals ace was waylaid by a sore neck and was placed on the disabled list before the game.

      Cubs 7, Blue Jays 4

      CHICAGO -- Jake Arrieta allowed a first-inning run and two hits and then scattered four hits the rest of the way to lead Chicago to an inter-league victory over Toronto.

      Arrieta (13-8) worked 6 1/3 innings en route to his third straight win and seventh consecutive quality start as the Cubs maintained their perch atop the NL Central Division.

      Toronto starter J.A. Happ (6-9) took the loss and had a three-game winning streak snapped as the Blue Jays saw a two-game winning streak come to an end.

  • Nationals RHP Scherzer (neck) scratched vs. Padres
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, August 18, 2017

    SAN DIEGO -- Washington Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer was scratched from his start against the San Diego Padres on Friday night with a sore neck.

    • Scherzer (12-5) arrived at Petco Park earlier than usual to try and loosen his neck, according to Nationals manager Dusty Baker. The two-time Cy Young Award winner informed Baker about three hours before the game that he couldn't go.

      Scherzer, who was placed on the disabled list, was replaced by southpaw Matt Grace.

      Scherzer was lifted from his start on Aug. 1 against the Miami Marlins after one inning because of a neck injury. But he won his two starts after that, going seven innings in each outing.

      "It's his neck, but it's the other side," Baker said. "We're taking the cautious route."

      Baker said the team isn't sure what is causing Scherzer's discomfort. While Baker said he was hopeful Scherzer would make his next start, there's no firm timetable for his return.

  • Red Sox LHP Pomeranz (back) exits vs. Yankees
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, August 18, 2017

    BOSTON -- Red Sox starter Drew Pomeranz left Friday night's game against the New York Yankees with back spasms, the team announced.

    • Pomeranz, who is 6-0 in his previous 11 starts and a 12-game winner, left runners in scoring position in the first three innings. After Andrew Benintendi made a diving catch of Didi Gregorius' line drive to start the fourth, Pomeranz was pitching to Chase Headley and behind 2-0 when a meeting took place on the mound.

      Pomeranz, who was trying to beat the Yankees for a second straight time and was ahead 2-0, could be seen stretching. After throwing a few warmup pitches, Pomeranz was removed from the game.

      Brandon Workman came on and, after getting as much time as he needed to warm up, issued a walk to Headley.

  • Indians star LHP Miller activated from DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, August 18, 2017

    Cleveland Indians All-Star reliever Andrew Miller has been activated from the disabled list, the team announced on Friday.

    • Miller has been sidelined since Aug. 2 with right knee patellar tendinitis.

      The 32-year-old left-hander was dominant in his rehab start Wednesday with Triple-A Columbus, striking out two of the three batters he faced with 10 of his 12 pitches registered as strikes.

      Miller owns a 4-3 record with a 1.67 ERA and 78 strikeouts in 54 innings this season.

      He has issued 10 free passes in his last 19 games (22 2/3 innings), a total that eclipses the nine walks he had during the 2016 season (74 1/3 innings).

  • MLB notebook: Cubs place LHP Lester on DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, August 18, 2017

    The Chicago Cubs placed left-hander Jon Lester on the 10-day disabled list Friday with left lat tightness and shoulder fatigue, but the injury is not expected to be season-ending.

    • Lester was pulled in the second inning of Thursday afternoon's game against the Cincinnati Reds due to the injury and saw a team doctor after the game. He allowed nine runs (seven earned) in 1 2/3 innings as the Reds outlasted the Chicago Cubs 13-10.

      "There's no minimum or maximum, just that it's a 10-day stay and then we'll figure it out," Cubs manager Joe Maddon told reporters Friday of Lester's return.

      Lester was replaced by left-hander Mike Montgomery in Thursday's game after facing 11 batters in the second inning and Cincinnati leading 8-0. Montgomery will take Lester's slot in the rotation.

      --The St. Louis Cardinals placed right-hander Adam Wainwright on the 10-day disabled list with a right elbow impingement, the team announced.

      Fellow right-hander Mike Mayers was recalled from Triple-A Memphis to take the roster spot of Wainwright, who leads the Cardinals with 12 wins.

      Wainwright owns a 12-5 mark with a 5.12 ERA in 23 starts this season. The 35-year-old has pitched just 11 innings over his last three starts since returning from the disabled list with mid-back tightness.

      Mayers has pitched four innings in two relief appearances with St. Louis, posting a 4.50 ERA. The 25-year-old notched a 5-6 mark with a 3.36 ERA in 25 appearances with Memphis.

      --Former New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter and his wife, Hannah, celebrated the birth of their first child on Thursday.

      The couple was married in July 2016, less than two years after the 14-time All-Star retired from baseball. The Yankees and The Players' Tribune tweeted their congratulations to the couple after the arrival of Bella Raine Jeter.

      "Congrats to Derek & Hannah Jeter on the birth of their daughter, Bella Raine Jeter. We can't wait to meet her," the Yankees wrote on the Twitter site.

      "Congratulations Derek and @hannahbjeter on the birth of your baby girl, Bella Raine Jeter, born Thursday, Aug. 17," wrote The Players' Tribune, which Jeter helped found.

      --The Los Angeles Dodgers activated first baseman Adrian Gonzalez from the 60-day disabled list.

      The five-time All-Star was sidelined with a herniated lumbar disc in his back. He last played with the Dodgers on June 11.

      Los Angeles optioned utility man Rob Segedin to Triple-A Oklahoma City to create the roster space.

      Gonzalez batted just .255 with one homer and 23 RBIs in 49 games this season. He also won't be the starting first baseman upon his return for Friday night's road game against the Detroit Tigers due to the stellar campaign rookie All-Star Cody Bellinger is enjoying.

      -- The Cincinnati Reds activated right fielder Scott Schebler from the 10-day disabled list, the team announced.

      At the same time, the Reds placed right-hander Scott Feldman (knee) on the DL.

      Schebler, who has hit 23 homers, has been sidelined since July 30 with a shoulder injury. He is batting .228 with 45 RBIs.

      Feldman is on the disabled list for the second time due to his knee woes. He returned on Aug. 12 after missing nearly four weeks and gave up nine runs in 7 2/3 innings in two outings.

      --The Kansas City Royals placed right-hander Joakim Soria on the 10-day disabled list, the team announced.

      Soria is dealing with a strained left oblique muscle and has dealt with the issue for most of August.

      Soria is 4-3 with a 3.96 ERA this season. He has struck out 59 batters in 50 innings.

      Kansas City recalled right-hander Kevin McCarthy from Triple-A Omaha to fill the roster vacancy. McCarthy has made 19 appearances for the Royals this season and is 1-0 with a 1.88 ERA.

      --The Minnesota Twins placed outfielder/designated hitter Robbie Grossman on the 10-day disabled list with a fractured left thumb.

      Grossman, playing right field, suffered the injury in Thursday's second game of a doubleheader against the Cleveland Indians after he collided with center fielder Byron Buxton on a fly ball in the gap in the second inning.

      Grossman singled in his first at-bat after the collision but was replaced before his turn came up the second time around.

      To replace Grossman on the 25-man roster, the Twins recalled catcher Mitch Garver from Triple-A Rochester. In addition, the Twins returned right-hander Aaron Slegers, who was the 26th man for Thursday's doubleheader, to Triple-A.

  • Derek Jeter, wife Hannah, celebrate first child
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, August 18, 2017

    Former New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter and his wife, Hannah, celebrated the birth of their first child on Thursday.

    • The couple was married in July 2016, less than two years after the 14-time All-Star retired from baseball.

      The Yankees and The Players' Tribune tweeted their congratulations to the couple after the arrival of Bella Raine Jeter.

      "Congrats to Derek & Hannah Jeter on the birth of their daughter, Bella Raine Jeter. We can't wait to meet her," the Yankees wrote on the Twitter site.

      "Congratulations Derek and @hannahbjeter on the birth of your baby girl, Bella Raine Jeter, born Thursday, Aug. 17," wrote The Players' Tribune, which Jeter helped found.

      Derek Jeter is part of a group that has a $1.2 billion agreement to buy the Miami Marlins. The group is led by venture capitalist Bruce Sherman, who will be the controlling owner, while Jeter will be in charge of the business and baseball operations for the club.

      Jeter won five World Series titles and finished his 20-year career as the Yankees' all-time leader in hits (3,465), singles (2,595), games played (2,747), doubles (544), stolen bases (358), at-bats (11,195) and hit-by-pitches (170).

      Jeter's hit total ranks sixth in major league history, and he boasts a career .310 batting average with 260 home runs and 1,311 RBIs.

      He will be eligible to be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2020.

  • Royals place RHP Soria (oblique) on disabled list
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, August 18, 2017

    The Kansas City Royals placed right-hander Joakim Soria on the 10-day disabled list, the team announced Friday.

    • Soria is dealing with a strained left oblique muscle and has dealt with the issue for most of August.

      "He's been battling with it for two weeks," Royals manager Ned Yost told reporters. "He's been pitching through it. He's been pitching very effectively through it."

      Soria is 4-3 with a 3.96 ERA this season. He has struck out 59 batters in 50 innings.

      The move is retroactive to Wednesday.

      Kansas City recalled right-hander Kevin McCarthy from Triple-A Omaha to fill the roster vacancy. McCarthy has made 19 appearances for the Royals this season and is 1-0 with a 1.88 ERA.

  • Cardinals place RHP Wainwright on DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, August 18, 2017

    The St. Louis Cardinals placed right-hander Adam Wainwright on the 10-day disabled list with a right elbow impingement, the team announced Friday.

    • Fellow right-hander Mike Mayers was recalled from Triple-A Memphis to take the roster spot of Wainwright, who leads the Cardinals with 12 wins.

      Wainwright owns a 12-5 mark with a 5.12 ERA in 23 starts this season. The 35-year-old has pitched just 11 innings over his last three starts since returning from the disabled list with mid-back tightness.

      Mayers has pitched four innings in two relief appearances with St. Louis, posting a 4.50 ERA. The 25-year-old notched a 5-6 mark with a 3.36 ERA in 25 appearances with Memphis.

  • Reds activate RF Schebler, place RHP Feldman on DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, August 18, 2017

    The Cincinnati Reds activated right fielder Scott Schebler from the 10-day disabled list on Friday, the team announced.

    • At the same time, the Reds placed right-hander Scott Feldman (knee) on the DL.

      Schebler, who has hit 23 homers, has been sidelined since July 30 with a shoulder injury. He is batting .228 with 45 RBIs.

      Feldman is on the disabled list for the second time due to his knee woes. He returned on Aug. 12 after missing nearly four weeks and gave up nine runs in 7 2/3 innings in two outings.

      Feldman was handed a 9-0 lead on Thursday and ended up with a no-decision as he served up five homers to the Chicago Cubs. The 34-year-old gave up six runs and seven hits over 3 2/3 innings.

      Feldman is 7-7 with a 4.77 ERA in 21 starts this season.

  • Dodgers activate 1B Gonzalez from 60-day DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, August 18, 2017

    The Los Angeles Dodgers activated first baseman Adrian Gonzalez from the 60-day disabled list on Friday.

    • The five-time All-Star was sidelined with a herniated lumbar disc in his back. He last played with the Dodgers on June 11.

      Los Angeles optioned utility man Rob Segedin to Triple-A Oklahoma City to create the roster space.

      Gonzalez batted just .255 with one homer and 23 RBIs in 49 games this season. He also won't be the starting first baseman upon his return for Friday night's road game against the Detroit Tigers due to the stellar campaign rookie All-Star Cody Bellinger is enjoying.

      Gonzalez will likely see some action as the designated hitter during the weekend series in Detroit. He said earlier this week that he understands the situation.

      "I'm not expecting anything," Gonzalez told reporters. "I'm not coming in here saying I need to play every day. I just want to be a part of the team and contribute any way I can."

      Gonzalez, 35, is four hits away from reaching 2,000 for his career. He has hit 309 homers, including four straight seasons of 30 or more for the San Diego Padres from 2007-10.

      The Dodgers are a stellar 85-34, the best record in the majors.

  • Cubs place LHP Lester on disabled list
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, August 18, 2017

    The Chicago Cubs placed left-hander Jon Lester on the 10-day disabled list Friday with left lat tightness and shoulder fatigue, but the injury is not expected to be season-ending.

    • Lester was pulled in the second inning of Thursday afternoon's game against the Cincinnati Reds due to the injury and saw a team doctor after the game. He allowed nine runs (seven earned) in 1 2/3 innings as the Reds outlasted the Chicago Cubs 13-10.

      "There's no minimum or maximum, just that it's a 10-day stay and then we'll figure it out," Cubs manager Joe Maddon told reporters Friday of Lester's return.

      Lester was replaced by left-hander Mike Montgomery in Thursday's game after facing 11 batters in the second inning and Cincinnati leading 8-0. Montgomery will take Lester's slot in the rotation.

      The 33-year-old Lester is 8-7 with a 4.37 ERA over 148 1/3 innings in 26 starts this season after helping the Cubs win the World Series last year. He signed a six-year, $155 million deal before the 2015 season.

      Montgomery is 3-6 with a 3.64 ERA over 96 1/3 innings in 35 games this year, including eight starts.

      The Cubs also placed right-handed reliever Justin Grimm on the DL with a finger infection. Grimm was credited with the loss in Thursday's game against the Reds. In an inning of work, he allowed two runs on a hit and two walks, while striking out two.

      Grimm is 1-2 with a 5.40 ERA over 43 1/3 innings in 39 relief appearances this season.

      In corresponding moves, the Cubs called up right-hander Felix Pena and left-hander Rob Zastryzny from Triple-A Iowa.

      Pena has a 4.50 ERA in 16 innings across 10 appearances this year. Zastryzny has one appearance for the Cubs this season, allowing three earned runs in four innings.

  • Twins OF Grossman placed on DL with broken thumb
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, August 18, 2017

    The Minnesota Twins placed outfielder/designated hitter Robbie Grossman on the 10-day disabled list Friday with a fractured left thumb.

    • Grossman, playing right field, suffered the injury in Thursday's second game of a doubleheader against the Cleveland Indians after he collided with center fielder Byron Buxton on a fly ball in the gap in the second inning.

      Grossman singled in his first at-bat after the collision but was replaced before his turn came up the second time around.

      Twins manager Paul Molitor said after Twins' 4-2 victory in the second game to salvage a doubleheader split with the Indians that Grossman will miss at least three weeks.

      Grossman is hitting .243 with seven home runs and 35 RBIs in 98 games this season. His .367 on-base percentage is tied for first on the Twins with Joe Mauer and ranks 13th in the American League.

      To replace Grossman on the 25-man roster, the Twins recalled catcher Mitch Garver from Triple-A Rochester. In addition, the Twins returned right-hander Aaron Slegers, who was the 26th man for Thursday's doubleheader, to Triple-A.

      Garver, 26, is batting .291 with 17 home runs and 45 RBIs in 88 games for Rochester this season. He will be looking to make his major league debut.

      Garver has a career minor league average of .271 with 51 homers and 286 RBIs in 508 games.

  • Twins OF Grossman injures thumb
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, August 17, 2017

    MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Twin outfielder Robbie Grossman left the second game of Thursday's doubleheader and was being evaluated for a left thumb injury.

    • Grossman collided with center fielder Byron Buxton on a flyout in the second inning and was on the ground for a few moments. He stayed in the game and singled in the bottom of the inning.

      However, Grossman was replaced by pinch-hitter Max Kepler before his at-bat in the third inning. Grossman is hitting .241 this season with seven homers and 35 RBIs.

  • Cardinals place RHP Rosenthal on DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, August 17, 2017

    The St. Louis Cardinals placed right-handed reliever Trevor Rosenthal on the 10-day disabled list with right posterior elbow irritation prior to Thursday's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

    • Rosenthal was sent back to St. Louis for testing after allowing a homer to Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts on a 91.4 mph fastball. Rosenthal had not allowed a hit on any fastball slower than 96.3 mph before Wednesday's 5-4 loss at Fenway Park.

      Rosenthal exited after issuing a walk and manager Mike Matheny lifted him.

      "Something didn't look right," Matheny said. "It just didn't look smooth."

      In 50 games this season, Rosenthal is 3-4 with a 3.40 ERA and 11 saves. He converted seven straight saves from July 28 through last Saturday.

      To replace Rosenthal, right-hander Luke Weaver was called up from Triple-A Memphis. It is the third stint for the 23-year-old, who was the team's first-round pick in 2014.

      Weaver is 1-1 with a 3.77 ERA in six appearances, including two starts. In 13 career appearances, Weaver is 2-5 with a 5.10 ERA.

      This season with Memphis, Weaver is 10-2 with a 2.55 ERA in 15 starts.

  • Mets INF Reyes placed on disabled list
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, August 17, 2017

    The New York Mets placed infielder Jose Reyes on the 10-day list with a strained left oblique strain prior to Thursday's game against the New York Yankees.

    • Reyes was scratched from Wednesday's game about two hours before first pitch after appearing to get hurt during batting practice. Reyes was in the original starting lineup and batting leadoff before being scratched.

      This season, Reyes is hitting .223 with nine homers and 39 RBIs. A shortstop for most of his career, Reyes has made 24 starts at third, 55 starts at shortstop and five at second base.

      The Mets don't believe the injury is serious and neither does Reyes.

      "It's better to take a few days (off) than miss the rest of the season," Reyes told reporters Thursday.

      To replace Reyes on the roster, Matt Reynolds was promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas and started at third base.

      Reynolds started there a night after catcher Travis d'Arnaud started there for the first time. To prevent d'Arnaud from having balls hit to him, the Mets switched him to second base with Asdrbual Cabrera 22 times during Wednesday's 5-3 loss.

      This season with the Mets, Reynolds is hitting .204 with two homers and four RBIs in 37 games.

      The Mets were also waiting to see how infielder Wilmer Flores was feeling before making a decision whether to put him on the disabled list. Flores was scratched from Wednesday's lineup after batting practice with the same injury as Reyes.

      Flores is batting .281 with 14 homers and 38 RBIs in 94 games this season.

  • Indians 3B Ramirez hit by pitch, exits vs. Twins
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, August 17, 2017

    MINNEAPOLIS -- Cleveland Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez left Thursday's opening game of a doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins after being hit in the right forearm by a fastball from pitcher Kyle Gibson.

    • Ramirez was hit by the pitch during the second inning. He hopped down the first-base line before dropping to a knee to be examined by an athletic trainer. Ramirez was in obvious pain as manager Terry Francona looked on.

      Ramirez walked off holding his arm and was replaced by Giovanny Urshela. Francona said he could possibly play in the second game though he wasn't in the starting lineup.

      "Yeah, of course I was scared," Ramirez said through a translator. "It hurt really bad and I thought that I broke it. But I'm fine. Thank God."

      Cleveland and Minnesota were playing a split doubleheader on Thursday to make up for Wednesday's postponement. The Indians won the opener 9-3.

      Ramirez leads the American League with 61 extra-base hits this season. A first-time All-Star this year, Ramirez is hitting .308 with 18 home runs and 58 RBIs.

  • Diamondbacks RHP De La Rosa needs second Tommy John surgery
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, August 17, 2017

    Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Rubby De La Rosa will undergo a second Tommy John surgery, manager Torey Lovullo announced prior to Thursday's afternoon game against the Houston Astros.

    • De La Rosa will need the surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

      The 28-year-old had his initial surgery performed in 2011 near the tail end of his rookie season with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

      Lovullo said the date of the upcoming surgery has yet to be disclosed, but doesn't expect De La Rosa to return next season.

      De La Rosa posted an 0-1 mark with a 4.70 ERA in nine appearances (7 2/3 innings) with the Diamondbacks this season. In his last outing on Aug. 1, he allowed a homer and struck out two in one inning of a 16-4 loss to the Chicago Cubs.

  • Twins recall RHP Slegers to pitch nightcap vs. Indians
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, August 17, 2017

    The Minnesota Twins recalled right-hander Aaron Slegers from Triple-A Rochester to start the second game of Thursday's doubleheader against the visiting Cleveland Indians.

    • Slegers, who will make his major league debut, will serve as the 26th man for the doubleheader.

      The 24-year-old posted a 13-4 mark with a 3.18 ERA in 21 Triple-A starts this season. Slegers collected 97 strikeouts in 130 1/3 innings for Rochester.

      Thursday's scheduled starter Jose Berrios is being pushed back to pitch Saturday's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

  • Twins activate former All-Star closer Perkins
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, August 17, 2017

    The Minnesota Twins activated left-hander Glen Perkins from the 60-day disabled list prior to the opener of Thursday's doubleheader against the Cleveland Indians.

    • Perkins has yet to pitch this season as he recovers from surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder.

      "It's the culmination of a lot of hard work and dedication from a lot of people," the 34-year-old Perkins said. "Over the last 16 months all the people that have had a hand in helping me get back, I'm appreciative and thankful for them. There's too many to list. The trainers and the pitching coaches I had while I was rehabbing, the advice I got from those guys and all the hard work that everybody put in I'm grateful for. Without them I wouldn't be here, but it's exciting.

      "Throughout the course of that time, there's moments where you think that it's not going to work and to get back here and know that I have a chance to pitch (Thursday) is a special feeling."

      Perkins has posted an 0-1 mark with a 6.14 ERA in eight rehab appearances in Minnesota's minor league system.

      "We all knew he was on the verge, we just didn't know the day it was going to happen," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "... I think we're all impressed by the perseverance that he's had to show to find a way to get back to the big leagues and it's finally here after many, many months of work."

      A three-time All-Star, Perkins has notched a 35-25 record with 120 saves and a 3.83 ERA in 401 career appearances with the Twins.

      In a corresponding move, Minnesota placed left-hander Dietrich Enns on the 10-day disabled list with a left shoulder strain.

      Enns was acquired from the New York Yankees in the Jaime Garcia trade on July 29. He has allowed four runs in four innings over two appearances.

  • Dodgers' Puig to fans: 'See you in the World Series'
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, August 17, 2017

    The Los Angeles Dodgers are brimming with confidence, and with good reason considering they are a whopping 51 games over .500 and own a sterling 51-14 mark at home.

    • So perhaps it should come as no surprise that Yasiel Puig is focused on the big prize after he hit a two-run, walk-off double as the Dodgers (85-34) recorded a 5-4 comeback victory over the Chicago White Sox in front of a sellout home crowd Wednesday.

      Elated during an on-field interview, Puig told the fans of his expectations.

      "(We'll) see you in the World Series, guys," the 26-year-old Cuban said.

      While Puig's comment is boastful, team co-owner Magic Johnson went a step further last month when he said the following:

      "The Dodgers are going to win the World Series this year. This is our year," Johnson said.

      The Dodgers last won the World Series in 1988, upsetting the Oakland Athletics in five games.

  • After rainout, Twins host Indians in doubleheader Thursday
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, August 16, 2017

    MINNEAPOLIS -- Rain has been a big problem for the Minnesota Twins in their eighth year in the outdoor Target Field. Cleveland has been a problem for Minnesota, too, but the Indians have had their share of the weather-related headaches at Target Field.

    • The Wednesday game between the teams never began, and it was officially postponed 30 minutes after the scheduled start time. It was the fourth postponement of the season at Target Field this season and the second involving Minnesota and Cleveland. The two teams were rained out on April 19, as well.

      The game will be made up Thursday as part of a split doubleheader. Thursday's original day game will start at 12:10 p.m. CT, and the makeup will start at 6:10 p.m. CT.

      The Indians won the series opener on Tuesday 8-1. Cleveland is 8-0 in Minnesota this season and has outscored the Twins 56-15 in Target Field.

      "It doesn't really make sense, but there's a lot of things in our game that you spin your head around trying to figure out," Minnesota manager Paul Molitor said of the Indians' dominance in Target Field. "I'm well aware that they've come in here and dominated us in our own park. We've got a couple more chances to get in the win column against them here before we go there and play them there in September."

      The two teams had only one other common day which could have been used as a makeup, Sept. 25. Cleveland manager Terry Francona said pregame that he hoped for a doubleheader instead of returning to Minnesota for one solo game, but the schedule was in the hands of Major League Baseball.

      Carlos Carrasco (11-5, 3.83 ERA) will start the first game of doubleheader for the Indians with Ryan Merritt (0-0, 3.60) recalled as the 26th man for the doubleheader to start the second game. Mike Clevinger, originally scheduled to start Thursday, will be skipped in the rotation and be available out of the bullpen, according to MLB.com.

      Twins right-hander Kyle Gibson (6-9, 6.02) will matchup with Carrasco in the first game after the two were originally scheduled for Wednesday. Jose Berrios will have his scheduled start moved back, with Minnesota calling up right-hander Aaron Slegers for his major league debut in the nightcap.

      Whoever is on the mound for Cleveland lately is getting the job done. After trailing much of the league for the first part of the year in ERA, the Indians now own the AL's best starting pitching ERA at 3.98. They also lead the league in strikeouts from their starters, and the rotation has a league-high 51 wins.

      "I don't think you get too satisfied in the middle of August," Francona said. "I think we're trending in the right direction. But I think with those types of things, you just show up every day and keep plugging away or the trend can go the other way, until you're done. But it does feel better. When you show up and you feel like you're going to get a pretty well-pitched game, that helps everybody."

      Carrasco is 3-6 with a 4.43 ERA in his career against the Twins. He beat Minnesota on June 16 when he allowed one run in 6 1/3 innings.

      Merritt has faced the Twins twice in his career, producing a 3.60 ERA. The young left-hander also made a spot start in the earlier doubleheader between the two teams because of the first postponement. Merritt gave up three runs (two earned) in four innings on June 17.

      Gibson is 2-5 with a 5.75 ERA in 12 career starts against Cleveland. He is 0-2 with a 3.94 ERA in three starts against the Indians this season.

      Gibson has yielded 20 earned runs in his past 27 1/3 innings. The team has tried to get Gibson to be more aggressive in the zone and early in the counts, trusting his ground-ball tendencies will be successful.

      "We've seen him definitely improve down those lines," Molitor said. "(Cleveland's) lineup for anybody, the way they're playing right now, is going to be challenging. But you don't want to add to their cause, at least minimize times you're going to give them counts where they can just swing from their heels or free baserunners with base on balls.

      "If you don't pitch from ahead, you're going have a lot of trouble. The hard part about that is that they can ambush that first pitch, so you've got to make a quality pitch to start the sequence, and then hopefully be able to get weak contact from there."

      Slegers, 24, is enjoying a strong season in his first year at the Triple-A level. He is 13-4 with a 3.18 ERA in 21 starts for Rochester, with 97 strikeouts and 27 walks in 130 1/3 innings.

      The Twins' fifth-round draft pick in 2013 out of Indiana University, Slegers is 9-0 with a 2.10 ERA in his past 10 starts.

      The Indians have won five games overall and look ready to defend their AL title. Francona was asked why his teams have a tendency to play better in the second half of the season.

      "I think some of it goes to our pitchers' work ethic," Francona said. "Our pitchers don't seem to tire as you get into August, September. I think that helps a ton. I'd like to think that our clubhouse, our chemistry, however you want to say it, we don't bail on each other. We keep plugging away, and I think it's a good characteristic. It's helped us a lot."

  • MLB notebook: RHP Weaver announces retirement
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, August 16, 2017

    Three-time All-Star right-hander Jered Weaver announced his retirement on Wednesday, ending his 12-year career spent primarily with the Los Angeles Angels.

    • Weaver spent 11 seasons with the Angels before joining the San Diego Padres in February. The 34-year-old recorded an 0-5 mark with a 7.44 ERA in nine starts with the Padres before sitting out the last three months with an inflamed left hip.

      "I've decided to step away from baseball," Weaver said in a statement released on Twitter. "While I've been working hard to get back on the mound, my body just will not allow me to compete like I want to. Many thanks to the Padres' organization for the opportunity to play in the amazing city of San Diego. You have been very professional and respectful during this process, and I really appreciate that.

      "I would also like to thank my teammates for welcoming me in with open arms and for all the support throughout the season. I'm excited for the next chapter in life and making up for lost time with my family. Thank you to everyone who has supported me over the years. It was a great ride."

      Weaver's career hit its high note from 2010-12, as he finished in the top five in American League Cy Young Award voting in each season. He led the majors with 233 strikeouts and 34 starts in 2010 and notched 18- and 20-win campaigns in each of the following years.

      --Los Angeles Angels right-hander Ricky Nolasco left Wednesday afternoon's 3-2 victory over the Washington Nationals in the sixth inning in the midst of pitching to Jose Lobaton.

      The Angels were nursing a 3-2 lead and Nolasco had a 2-2 count on Lobaton before leaving the game due to cramps in his calves and dehydration.

      "It was a hot one today," the 34-year-old Nolasco said. "I just tried to slow the game down a bit."

      Nolasco (6-12) picked up the win after allowing two runs on five hits with three walks and four strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. He threw 112 pitches, with 66 going for strikes.

      --The Washington Nationals placed outfielder Brian Goodwin on the 10-day disabled list with a left groin strain.

      Goodwin left Sunday's first game of a doubleheader against the San Francisco Giants with tightness in his groin after stealing a base in the eighth inning. The move is retroactive to Aug. 14.

      The 26-year-old Goodwin joins a list of Nationals outfielders currently sidelined with injuries -- Bryce Harper (hyperextended knee), Ryan Raburn (trapezius strain), Jayson Werth (foot contusion) and Adam Eaton (torn ACL).

      In a corresponding move, the Nationals called up outfielder Alejandro De Aza from Triple-A Syracuse. De Aza, 33, joins the Nationals for his first major league assignment of the season. The Nationals become his sixth MLB team over parts of nine seasons.

      --The Toronto Blue Jays activated catcher Miguel Montero from the disabled list and right-hander Dominic Leone from the bereavement list.

      Left-hander J.P. Howell and catcher Mike Ohlman were designated for assignment to make room on the roster.

      Montero went on the 10-day disabled list on Aug. 4 with a strained right groin. He was 0-for-3 in one rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Buffalo.

      Leone is 2-0 with a 2.55 ERA in 45 games with Toronto.

      --The Oakland Athletics acquired minor league left-hander Sam Moll from the Colorado Rockies.

      The A's will send the Rockies a player to be named later or cash considerations. Moll, 25, was optioned to Triple-A Nashville.

      The Athletics also optioned right-hander Josh Smith to Nashville to clear a 25-man roster spot for right-hander Chris Hatcher, who was acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday.

      Moll spent the entire season at Triple-A Albuquerque, where he was 3-2 with a 4.18 ERA and limited opponents to a .292 batting average in 44 relief appearances. He walked 18 and struck out 39 in 47 1/3 innings before he was designated for assignment on Friday. He was 9-10 with a 3.46 ERA in 145 career appearances over five seasons in the Colorado farm system.