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  • Tuesday, April 28, 2015
    Rays acquire Cedeno from Dodgers to bolster bullpen
    By The Sports Xchange

    NEW YORK -- Tampa Bay acquired left-handed reliever Xavier Cedeno from the Dodgers for cash on Monday. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Rays moved DH/outfielder John Jaso from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL.

    • Rays manager Kevin Cash said prior to the game against the Yankees that Cedeno won't join the Rays for a couple days, so they don't have to make room on the 25-man active roster until then.

      Cedeno, 28, has pitched in the majors over parts of the last five seasons with the Astros and Nationals. The Dodgers acquired him a few days ago from Washington.

      "We anticipate factoring him (Cedeno) in the next series," Cash said. He (Cedeno) hasn't thrown in a while and I'm sure he has to go through all the physicals and get checked out.

      "But another left-handed reliever will definitely be helpful."

      Everett Teaford is the lone lefty in Cash's bullpen.

      After the three-game series with the Yankees in New York, the Rays travel to Baltimore for a weekend series with the Orioles.

  • Tuesday, April 28, 2015
    Yankees 1B Teixeira off to strong start
    By The Sports Xchange

    NEW YORK -- April has not been kind for Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira during the first 12 years of his career. The switch-hitting Teixeira hit .236 with 36 home runs in those months.

    • This season, the average is still down (.242), but Teixeira has already slugged eight home runs and driven in 18 runs. For his efforts, Teixeira was named the American League Player of the Week on Monday.

      Teixeira went 8-for-24 with five home runs, 10 RBIs and six runs scored across a seven-game stretch to earn the award for the fifth time in his career.

      "There's been some games that he's single-handedly won for us," said Yankees manager Joe Girardi of his first baseman. "His average is starting to climb now as it's started to get a little bit warmer. His run production is so important to us, and I've been able to pencil him in there basically every day in the same spot and not move him around."

      Teixeira has also benefitted from the protection that Alex Rodriguez has provided hitting in front of him in the three spot in the order.

      "That certainly helps," said Girardi, "but the fact that he had a normal winter to recuperate from some nagging injuries I think is also a factor."

      Teixeira missed time in 2014 with injuries to his wrist and hamstring.

  • Tuesday, April 28, 2015
    Brewers' Braun sits out again
    By The Sports Xchange

    CINCINNATI -- Based solely on his career numbers against Cincinnati Reds starter Jason Marquis, right fielder Ryan Braun is among the least likely Milwaukee Brewers players to be out of the lineup for Monday's series opener at Great American Ball Park.

    • Braun is batting .536 against Marquis, going 15-for-28 with a home run. He went 2-for-3 against Marquis just last Tuesday at Miller Park. Also, Braun had a day off on Sunday.

      So, why was the five-time All-Star out of the lineup on Monday? Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said there is nothing wrong physically with Braun that would necessitate two days off.

      "He's fine physically. He's fine to play," said Roenicke.

      But, with just four wins in 19 games and Milwaukee coming off a 6-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday when several starters, including Braun, were rested, the Milwaukee skipper bucked convention.

      "We need to try to do something different," Roenicke said. "When guys are performing, you want to get them in there when they're hot."

      Braun is batting .230 with a homer and four RBIs in 17 games with paltry slugging (.279) and on-base (.279) percentages.

      Roenicke said Braun was a little banged up, necessitating the day off on Sunday. Roenicke added that he was fully aware of Braun's success against Marquis.

      "I did look at that. I liked what I saw yesterday. I liked (Gerardo) Parra, I liked (Logan) Shafer. I talked to Ryan about it earlier. With us winning yesterday, he was fine with it. Gives him a chance to get 100 percent."

      Parra started in right field and batted third on Monday. Schafer was in center, hitting second. It was the 19th different lineup in Milwaukee's first 20 games.

      "To just go status quo just isn't getting it done," said Roenicke, prior to the Brewers losing 9-6 to Cincinnati on Monday.

  • Tuesday, April 28, 2015
    Dodgers' Crawford leaves with side injury
    By The Sports Xchange

    LOS ANGELES -- Left fielder Carl Crawford left the Los Angeles Dodgers' game against the San Francisco Giants on Monday due to tightness in his right side.

    • Crawford, who led off the second inning with a triple but was stranded, left the contest in the third. He apparently was hurt while sliding into third on the three-bagger.

      The 33-year-old veteran is batting .245 with a .260 on-base percentage, a .408 slugging percentage, one homer and three RBIs in 15 games this season.

  • Tuesday, April 28, 2015
    Mariners 3, Rangers 1
    By The Sports Xchange

    ARLINGTON, Texas -- In his first three starts this season, young Seattle Mariners right hander Taijuan Walker racked up a 10.66 ERA. Against the Texas Rangers' light-hitting lineup Monday night, he delivered the kind of stuff that made him the club's top prospect just a couple years ago.

    • The 22-year-old mowed down the Rangers through seven innings and he outdueled his Texas counterpart Yovani Gallardo to earn his first victory of the season, 3-1, in front of a sparse crowd that waited out a 55-minute rain delay before the game could get started at Globe Life Park.

      The delay might have affected Gallardo (2-3), who surrendered a pair of runs in the top of the first while having to throw 34 of his 101 pitches.

      Former Rangers slugger Nelson Cruz, who signed a free-agent contract with Seattle after one season in Baltimore, got his new team off to the fast start with a sharp single to right for the first of two first-inning runs.

      Nelson's single was one of just three hits Gallardo allowed in his six innings of work, but he walked three, all of which led to Seattle's runs.

      The delay certainly didn't hurt the 6-foot-4 Walker (1-2), who was in total control, scattering six hits and striking out five, while walking one. The single run he allowed in the fourth inning was unearned. Walker dropped his ERA nearly full four points to 6.86.

      A trio of Seattle relievers -- Charlie Furbush, Carson Smith and Fernando Rodney with the save -- kept the Rangers' lineup, which couldn't get the ball out of the infield with runners in scoring position, from mounting a late-inning threat. Texas left eight men on base.

      The victory pushed the Mariners (8-11) out of a last-place tie with the Rangers (7-12) in the American League West.

      Mariners designated hitter Seth Smith made it 3-1 in the top of the fifth with a two-out single up the middle.

      Cruz put Seattle ahead 1-0 when he hit a Gallardo fastball for an opposite-field single with one out in the first to drive in center fielder Justin Ruggiano. Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus allowed the second run to score when his throw to first trying to complete a double play sailed wide.

      In the bottom of the fourth, Seattle shortstop Brad Miller returned the favor when his deep throw from the hole skipped past first baseman Willie Bloomquist. Texas designated hitter Prince Fielder came home to make 2-1.

      That gave struggling Rangers right fielder Shin-Shoo Choo a chance to do some damage with runners at second and third and two outs. However, Choo, batting .102 for the season when he came to the plate, bounced a routine hopper to second base to strand the runners.

      NOTES: The start of the game was delayed 55 minutes due to rain. ... The Rangers acquired OF Josh Hamilton from the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. As part of the transaction, Texas also will receive cash considerations from Los Angeles. Hamilton remains on the 15-day disabled list as he continues to rehab from right shoulder surgery performed Feb. 3. ... The Rangers recalled LHP Alex Claudio from Round Rock and optioned RHP Tanner Scheppers to the Triple-A club. ... The Mariners didn't arrive in Arlington, Texas, until 3:30 a.m. CT on Monday due to heavy thunderstorms in the Dallas area. The team was scheduled to arrive around midnight after flying from Seattle, but its plane had to be diverted to San Antonio, where the Mariners spent about two hours sitting on the runway. ... The Rangers also had travel issues, as they were diverted to Austin on their flight back from Anaheim, Calif.

  • Tuesday, April 28, 2015
    MLB roundup: Murphy's homer helps Mets win
    By The Sports Xchange

    MIAMI -- Second baseman Daniel Murphy hit a three-run homer in the top of the ninth inning, leading the red-hot Mets to a 3-1 win over the Miami Marlins on Monday night at Marlins Park.

    • The game was played quickly, in 1:58. It was the fastest game in the majors in three years, according to STATS LLC.

      New York got all its runs off of Marlins closer Steve Cishek (0-1). Center fielder Juan Lagares led off the ninth with a double on a fly that went over the head of Marlins center fielder Marcell Ozuna, who did not judge the ball properly.

      After first baseman Lucas Duda walked and left fielder Michael Cuddyer popped out, Murphy pulled a 1-1 pitch over the fence in right-center, putting the Mets up 3-1.

      Jeurys Familia record his major-league-leading ninth save. He has yet to blow a save this season, and he set a Mets record for most saves in April, breaking the mark previously shared by John Franco and Armando Benitez.

      Cubs 4, Pirates 0

      CHICAGO -- Right-hander Jason Hammel worked eight shutout innings while first baseman Anthony Rizzo went 2-for-3 with two RBIs to lead the Cubs to their third straight win while ending Pittsburgh's five game winning streak.

      Rookie second baseman Addison Russell was 1-for-3 and scored a run in his Wrigley Field debut. Rookie third baseman Kris Bryant went 2-for-4 with two RBIs while right fielder Jorge Soler and center fielder Dexter Fowler also had two hits apiece.

      Braves 8, Nationals 4

      ATLANTA -- Right fielder Kelly Johnson hit a homer and drove in three runs to help left-hander Eric Stults earn his first victory for the Braves.

      It was Atlanta's sixth straight loss.

      Johnson, who made the club in spring training as a minor league free agent, was 3-for-4 with his third homer. His two-run shot in the sixth inning sparked a three-run rally.

      Reds 9, Brewers 6

      CINCINNATI -- Jay Bruce hit a two-run home run, and right hander Jason Marquis pitched eight strong innings, as the Reds held on for the victory.

      Marquis (2-1) allowed two runs and seven hits over 113 pitches, helping Cincinnati (9-10) improve to 4-1 this season against Milwaukee.

      The Brewers (4-16) issued a season-high nine walks and uncorked four wild pitches while losing for the ninth time in 11 games.

      Yankees 4, Rays 1

      NEW YORK -- The Yankees moved into sole possession of first place in the American League East with their win. They are 9-2 in their last 11 games.

      The Yankees received a solo homer from catcher Brian McCann and a run-producing double from second baseman Stephen Drew, both in the sixth inning.

      Lefty Andrew Miller picked up his eighth save in as many chances.

      Red Sox 6, Blue Jays 5

      BOSTON -- The Red Sox opened a nine-game homestand against AL East opponents by rallying to defeat the Blue Jays with a run in the bottom of the ninth inning.

      Center fielder Mookie Betts lined a game-winning single off loser Miguel Castro in the ninth as the Red Sox (11-9) ended a two-game losing streak and handed Toronto (9-11) its fourth straight loss on its current 10-game trip.

      Boston third baseman Pablo Sandoval had a two-run single and a solo homer but left the game in the sixth inning with a sore neck suffered when he dove face-first catching a popped bunt.

      Phillies 4, Cardinals 1

      ST. LOUIS -- After announcing that Cardinals ace starter Adam Wainwright would miss the rest of the season with a torn Achilles, St. Louis couldn't solve Phillies ace Cole Hamels.

      Hamels (1-2) fanned a season-high nine over seven innings, allowing just four hits and a run while walking four, one intentionally. Relievers Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon picked up the last six outs, with Papelbon registering his fifth save.

      Philadelphia left fielder Ben Revere had a two-run double in the seventh inning.

      Royals 6, Indians 2

      CLEVELAND -- The Royals broke open a close game with a three-run seventh inning, and reigning American League Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber of Cleveland will go winless in the month of April.

      Royals left-hander Jason Vargas (2-1) gave up five walks in five innings but allowed only three hits to get the win.

      In 6 1/3 innings Kluber gave up six runs, including four earned, on 10 hits, with two strikeouts and five walks. In five starts in April, Kluber was 0-3 with a 4.24 ERA. Last year, Kluber was 2-3 with a 4.14 ERA in six April starts.

      Orioles-White Sox postponed

      BALTIMORE -- Major League Baseball commissioner Ron Manfred announced less than one hour before the scheduled first pitch that Monday's game between the Chicago White Sox and Baltimore Orioles was postponed due to violence in the streets of Baltimore.

      The Orioles called off the game in consultation with the Baltimore City Police Department, according to a release by the team. Manfred said it is possible the rest of the series could be played at another site, and he did not rule out Nationals Park in Washington.

  • Monday, April 27, 2015
    Rockies put closer Ottavino on DL
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Colorado Rockies placed right-handed closer Adam Ottavino on the 15-day disabled list with right triceps inflammation on Monday and recalled right-hander Jorge Rondon from Triple-A Albuquerque.

    • Ottavino said he felt soreness while pitching against the San Francisco Giants on Saturday. He was still in pain on Sunday and underwent an MRI on Monday.

      Ottavino has not allowed a run in 16 games, throwing 16 scoreless innings and giving up just six hits and two walks while striking out 17.

      This season, he had recorded three saves in 10 games, allowing three hits, one walk and no runs while striking out 13.

      "Hopefully we can nip this in the bud now early in the season," Ottavino told the Denver Post. "It's not easy to wait around. But facts are better than anything I can create in my mind."

      John Axford and Rafael Betancourt are the top options to fill in for Ottavino, manager Walt Weiss said.

      The Rockies also activated right-hander David Hale from the 15-day disabled list and optioned him to Albuquerque.

  • Monday, April 27, 2015
    Red Sox's Sandoval exits with sore neck
    By The Sports Xchange

    BOSTON -- Boston Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval left Monday night's game in the sixth inning with neck soreness that resulted when he earlier dived to field a popped bunt.

    • Sandoval, who hit a two-run single in the first inning, made the play in top of the fourth after a sacrifice attempt by Toronto Blue Jays left fielder Dalton Pompey. Sandoval seemed to be checking his mouth after the play but stayed in the game and then homered in the bottom of the inning -- his second home run in as many days, his first two with his new team.

      However, when the Red Sox took the field for the sixth inning, Brock Holt moved from right field to third base, one of three changes caused by Sandoval's departure.

  • Monday, April 27, 2015
    Dodgers' McCarthy out for season with torn UCL
    By The Sports Xchange

    LOS ANGELES -- Brandon McCarthy will miss the rest of the season after being diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament.

    • The Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander left in the sixth inning of Saturday's game against the San Diego Padres with what the team said was tightness in his elbow. However, manager Don Mattingly confirmed the season-ending injury Monday before the Dodgers faced the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium.

      "Obviously, not good news for us," Mattingly said.

      McCarthy is expected to undergo Tommy John surgery, and he said he hopes to return before the 2016 All-Star break.

      The Dodgers signed McCarthy to a four-year, $48 million deal during the offseason despite his history of shoulder injuries. McCarthy, 31, compiled a 3-0 record in four starts this season with a 5.87 ERA in 23 innings. He gave up nine home runs.

      McCarthy's loss puts a dent in the Dodgers' rotation -- at least temporarily -- with left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu, who has yet to pitch this season, sidelined indefinitely due to shoulder inflammation. The club placed McCarthy on the disabled list Sunday and selected the contract of right-hander Scott Baker from Triple-A Oklahoma City. Baker, who started Sunday and took the loss that day in a 3-1 setback to the Padres, is expected to remain in the rotation for the time being.

      Mattingly seemed blindsided by the McCarthy news, delivered to him earlier in the day by Dodgers trainer Stan Conte.

      "I really kind of expected him to go on the DL today," Mattingly said. "We thought more along the lines of tendinitis or something like that and that he would bounce back from this. (McCarthy) had talked about having something similar last year, and kind of pitched through it. I felt like that's what I was going to hear today. But, obviously, when I saw Stan's face, I could tell right away it wasn't good news."

      McCarthy began last season with the Arizona Diamondbacks, then was traded to the New York Yankees along with cash on July 6 in exchange for left-hander Vidal Nuno. Overall last year, he went 10-15 with a 4.05 ERA in 32 starts.

      In 10 major league seasons, including time with the Chicago White Sox, Texas Rangers, Oakland A's, Diamondbacks, Yankees and Dodgers, McCarthy has a 55-65 career record with a 4.13 ERA in 211 games (157 starts).

  • Monday, April 27, 2015
    MLB notebook: Rangers officially acquire Hamilton
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Los Angeles Angels completed their trade of outfielder Josh Hamilton to the Texas Rangers on Monday.

    • The Angels said they will receive a player to be named later or cash.

      Hamilton returns to Texas, where he played for five seasons before signing a five-year contract worth $125 million with the Angels in December 2012.

      The Rangers reportedly will pay no more than $15 million of the $83 million remaining on Hamilton's contract.

      At the insistence of the Major League Baseball Players Association, Hamilton's contract also would give him a chance to opt out after two years, the Dallas Morning News reported Saturday.

      Hamilton, recovering from shoulder surgery, is expected to go through extended spring training at the Rangers' facility in Surprise, Ariz. Then he would undertake a rehabilitation assignment at Triple-A Round Rock (Pacific Coast League) before joining the Rangers in June.

      -- The St. Louis Cardinals confirmed what had been suspected the past few days, that pitcher Adam Wainwright will miss the rest of the season due to a torn Achilles tendon in his left foot.

      Wainwright will undergo surgery on Thursday, and the team set a recovery time of nine to 12 months. The team is hopeful for his return.

      Wainwright suffered the injury on Saturday when he stumbled out of the batter's box after hitting a popup.

      -- Major League Baseball commissioner Ron Manfred announced less than one hour before the scheduled first pitch that Monday's game between the Chicago White Sox and Baltimore Orioles was postponed due to violence in the streets of Baltimore.

      Manfred said it is possible the rest of the series could be played at another site.

      --Miami Marlins manager Mike Redmond was sitting on the proverbial hot seat last week as rumors of his imminent firing were circulating.

      A five-game win streak and a week later, Redmond received a vote of confidence from team owner Jeffrey Loria.

      Speaking to CBSSports.com after the Marlins defeated the Washington Nationals on Sunday, Loria said, "(Redmond is) the manager. Period. All teams go through bad moments. Ours came early."

      --Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander has not thrown a pitch since March 27, when he left a spring training start with a triceps strain.

      One month later, there is still no timetable for Verlander to return. He currently is on the disabled list for the first time in his career.

      About 10 days ago, Verlander cut short a bullpen session because of what was described as "fatigue."

      The 32-year-old "won't throw until he's not only pain-free, but free of soreness."

      --Two-time All-Star relief pitcher Chris Perez opted out of his minor league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers.

      The 29-year-old right-hander struggled in six appearances with Triple-A Colorado Springs. In less than eight innings of work, Perez allowed 18 runners and compiled a 9.39 ERA.

      Perez is now free to sign with any team.

      --Cincinnati Reds right-hander Homer Bailey is headed back to the disabled list.

      After making it through a six-month rehabilitation process without a setback following season-ending surgery last September to repair a torn flexor tendon in his right forearm, the 28-year-old is back on the shelf, retroactive to Friday, with a sprained right elbow ligament.

      In a corresponding move, right-hander Carlos Contreras was recalled from Triple-A Louisville.

      -- The Miami Marlins designated for assignment catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

      In the second year of a three-year, $21 million contract, Saltalamacchia had been a major disappointment. He was hitting .069 with one homer and one RBI in 32 at-bats this season and had hit .209 since signing his deal.

      He recently had been replaced in the lineup by rookie J.T. Realmuto.

  • Monday, April 27, 2015
    Reds RHP Bailey back on DL
    By The Sports Xchange

    CINCINNATI -- Homer Bailey is back on the disabled list.

    • After the Cincinnati Reds right-hander made it through a six-month rehabilitation process without a setback following season-ending surgery last September to repair a torn flexor tendon in his right forearm, the 28-year old is back on the shelf.

      On Monday, the Reds placed Bailey on the 15-day DL -- retroactive to April 24 -- due to a right elbow ligament sprain. In a corresponding move, right-hander Carlos Contreras was recalled from Triple-A Louisville.

      "It's unbelievably unfortunate for Homer, and for us as a ballclub," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "How we deal with it is something that will evolve over the next couple of days. There are options."

      Bailey went 0-1 with a 5.56 ERA in two starts since returning to the rotation in mid-April. He wasn't sharp, allowing seven earned runs, including three homers, in 11 1/3 innings while walking four and striking out three.

      After Saturday's game against the Cubs was postponed due to rain, the Reds adjusted their rotation, pushing Bailey's next scheduled start to Thursday at Atlanta. Price said the rainout provided an opportunity to give Bailey an extra day of rest.

      "We just wanted to give him a couple days," Price. "He just had typical stiffness, consistent with a guy who's coming off surgery or a guy who's perfectly healthy. We didn't anticipate anything that would lead to problems that would shut him down."

      Injuries have plagued Bailey throughout his career.

      The La Grange, Texas, native has been on the DL five times in his career, including 2014, when his season ended with surgery on Sept. 5. He also landed on the DL twice in the minor leagues.

      Bailey is 58-51 with a 4.19 ERA in 168 career starts, including a pair of no-hitters.

      Bailey was selected by Cincinnati in the first round (seventh overall) of the 2004 draft. He signed a six-year, $105 million contract in February 2014.

  • Monday, April 27, 2015
    Orioles game postponed due to Baltimore violence
    By The Sports Xchange

    BALTIMORE -- Major League Baseball commissioner Ron Manfred announced less than one hour before the scheduled first pitch that Monday's game between the Chicago White Sox and Baltimore Orioles was postponed due to violence in the streets of Baltimore.

    • Manfred said it is possible the rest of the series could be played at another site. Manfred previously was scheduled to be at Monday's game to talk to both teams. He is touring various parks in his first year as commissioner.

      During batting practice, CNN broadcast shots of youths throwing objects at Baltimore police about 3.6 miles northwest of Camden Yards in another day of protests in the death of Freddie Gray, who died while in City of Baltimore police custody on April 19.

      The funeral for Gray, 25, was held Monday morning at a church in Baltimore.

      "They are all aware of what is going on," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said, referring to his players.

      At about 5:15 p.m. Eastern time, White Sox manager Robin Ventura was asked whether the discussion with Manfred included the possibility of postponing Monday's game.

      "That was not brought up," Ventura said.

      But less than one hour later, the game was postponed.

  • Monday, April 27, 2015
    Cardinals confirm Wainwright is out for season
    By The Sports Xchange

    The St. Louis Cardinals confirmed on Monday what had been suspected the past few days, that pitcher Adam Wainwright will miss the rest of the season due to a torn Achilles tendon in his left foot.

    • Wainwright will undergo surgery on Thursday, and the team set a recovery time of nine to 12 months. The team is hopeful for his return, but the prognosis suggests he might not be ready for the start of the 2016 season.

      Wainwright suffered the injury on Saturday when he stumbled out of the batter's box after hitting a popup.

      "My foot just shut down on me," Wainwright said after the game.

      Wainwright was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday and underwent an MRI on Monday in St. Louis.

      Wainwright's season ends with a 2-1 record and a 1.44 ERA. Last season, Wainwright was 20-9 with a 2.38 ERA. He finished second in the Cy Young Award voting in 2013 and third in 2014.

      It is unclear who will fill Wainwright's spot in the rotation.

      General manager John Mozeliak told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that either Tyler Lyons or Tim Cooney, both pitching for the Cardinal's Triple-A team in Memphis, will start Thursday in place of Wainwright.

  • Monday, April 27, 2015
    Saltalamacchia designated for assignment by Marlins
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Miami Marlins designated for assignment catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia on Monday.

    • In the second year of a three-year, $21 million contract, Saltalamacchia had been a major disappointment. He was hitting .069 with one homer and one RBI in 32 at-bats this season and had hit .209 since signing his deal.

      He recently had been replaced in the lineup by rookie J.T. Realmuto.

      Saltalamacchia went on paternity leave Friday, and the Marlins had called up catcher Jhonatan Solano from Triple-A New Orleans.

      Saltalamacchia, 30, is owed $7 million this season and $8 million next season.

  • Monday, April 27, 2015
    Angels send OF Hamilton back to Rangers
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Los Angeles Angels completed their trade of outfielder Josh Hamilton to the Texas Rangers on Monday.

    • The Angels said they will receive a player to be named later or cash.

      Hamilton returns to Texas, where he played for five seasons before signing a five-year contract worth $125 million with the Angels in December 2012.

      The Rangers reportedly will pay no more than $15 million of the $83 million remaining on Hamilton's contract.

      At the insistence of the Major League Baseball Players Association, Hamilton's contract also would give him a chance to opt out after two years, the Dallas Morning News reported Saturday.

      Hamilton, recovering from shoulder surgery, is expected to go through extended spring training at the Rangers' facility in Surprise, Ariz. Then he would undertake a rehabilitation assignment at Triple-A Round Rock (Pacific Coast League) before joining the Rangers in June.

      Hamilton, who in February admitted to relapsing and abusing drugs and alcohol, began this season on the disabled list after he underwent right shoulder surgery on Feb. 4.

      Hamilton, 33, has been rehabbing the shoulder in the Houston area for the past two months, while also dealing with the issue of his self-reported drug and alcohol-related relapse.

      After an arbiter ruled that Hamilton should not be suspended by Major League Baseball for violating his treatment program, Angels owner Arte Moreno said he wouldn't guarantee Hamilton would ever play again for the Angels.

      Since signing with the Angels in December 2012, Hamilton has struggled with injuries and production. Last season, he was limited to 89 games and batted .263 with a .331 on-base percentage, a .414 slugging percentage, 10 home runs and 44 RBIs. He has totaled 31 homers and 123 RBIs in the last two seasons.

      During his five seasons with the Rangers, Hamilton made the American League's All-Star team every year. He also helped Texas reach the 2010 and 2011 World Series, and received the American League's Most Valuable Player award in 2010.

  • Monday, April 27, 2015
    Perez opts out of minor league deal with Brewers
    By The Sports Xchange

    Two-time All-Star relief pitcher Chris Perez opted out of his minor league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday.

    • The 29-year-old right-hander struggled in six appearances with Triple-A Colorado Springs. In less than eight innings of work, Perez allowed 18 runners and compiled a 9.39 ERA.

      Perez is now free to sign with any team.

      Last season, he appeared in 49 games for the Los Angeles Dodgers and posted a 4.27 ERA.

      He previously saved 123 games with the Cleveland Indians and was named to two All-Star teams.

  • Monday, April 27, 2015
    Tigers: No timetable for Verlander to return
    By The Sports Xchange

    At 13-6, the Detroit Tigers have the third-best record in baseball. Veterans Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez and Ian Kinsler continue to lead the way on offense.

    • Starting pitchers Alfredo Simon and Shane Greene are a combined 7-1 and have more than made up for the absence of Justin Verlander and Matt Scherzer.

      Scherzer is in Washington after signing a free-agent deal with the Nationals in the offseason.

      Verlander hasn't thrown a pitch since March 27, when he left a spring training start with a triceps strain.

      One month later, there is still no timetable for Verlander to return. He currently is on the disabled list for the first time in his career.

      About 10 days ago, Verlander cut short a bullpen session because of what was described as "fatigue."

      Verlander is wearing a compression sleeve on his arm "to try to promote healing," according to MLB.com.

      The 32-year-old "won't throw until he's not only pain-free, but free of soreness."

      "He'll go because he may be able to throw at some point on the trip," Ausmus said.

  • Monday, April 27, 2015
    Marlins owner endorses manager Redmond
    By The Sports Xchange

    Miami Marlins manager Mike Redmond was sitting on the proverbial hot seat last week as rumors of his imminent firing were circulating.

    • A five-game win streak and a week later, Redmond received a vote of confidence from team owner Jeffrey Loria.

      Speaking to CBSSports.com after the Marlins defeated the Washington Nationals on Sunday, Loria said, "(Redmonds's) the manager. Period. All teams go through bad moments. Ours came early."

      Even though the Marlins are three games under .500 at 8-11 heading into Monday's game against the New York Mets, Loria said there has been no serious discussion to fire Redmond.

      When it was suggested Loria was unhappy with the 3-11 start, he said, "Who could be? Nobody on the team was thrilled."

  • Monday, April 27, 2015
    Little fanfare surrounding A-Rod's milestone chase
    By The Sports Xchange

    NEW YORK -- So when is a milestone not a milestone?

    • The Yankees are about to find out since designated hitter Alex Rodriguez needs one home run to tie Hall of Famer Willie Mays for fourth place on the all-time list with 660 home runs.

      On Sunday, Rodriguez moved closer to Mays by hitting a solo home run with two outs in the first inning of a 6-4 victory over the New York Mets.

      "It's pretty amazing when you think about it, 660 home runs, that's a lot of home runs," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "Obviously you hope it comes tomorrow and you hope there's a couple of guys on when he hits it. That's what you hope for but he's been a big part of our offense this first month and we need it to continue."

      When the next home run happens, a $6 million clause is supposed to kick in as part of a series of marketing clauses Rodriguez and the Yankees agreed to following the 2007 season.

      Besides tying Mays, Rodriguez's contract contains clauses for tying Babe Ruth (714 home runs), Hank Aaron (755 home runs) and Barry Bonds (762). He also gets a bonus should he surpass Bonds and should he collect each bonus, it's an extra $30 million.

      Those clauses were included in the 10-year, $275 deal that was renegotiated following the 2007 season. Rodriguez won his second MVP award with the Yankees that year and during the World Series opted out of the original 10-year, $252 million deal he signed with the Texas Rangers after the 2000 season.

      That deal was signed about a year and a half before Rodriguez admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs in 2009. It also was signed well before his historic 162-game suspension for being involved in Biogenesis and that is why the Yankees are reluctant to acknowledge him reaching 660 home runs through merchandise let alone paying the money.

      Even with a potentially awkward situation approaching, there was little talk about it late Sunday night. One of the two questions asked about it even generated a few laughs when Rodriguez ended his brief postgame interview by saying:

      "I don't have a marketing degree. So I'm just focused on playing baseball."

      The Yankees marketed his 500th home run in 2007 and his 600th home run three years later, but it's unlikely you will find anyone wearing t-shirts celebrating him tying Mays.

      So far, Rodriguez has stuck to the script of saying the right things such as being humbled and happy to be back playing baseball.

      If he doesn't get his bonus as expected, it might mean an offseason arbitration hearing where his comments might deviate from the script.

      "No idea, but I am so grateful to be back playing baseball and I am so happy to be back in Yankee Stadium," Rodriguez said.

  • Monday, April 27, 2015
    Tigers' Soria steps in impressively for Nathan
    By The Sports Xchange

    DETROIT -- Joakim Soria is literally saving the Detroit Tigers.

    • Soria, obtained at the trade deadline last year to bolster the back end of Detroit's bullpen, is now 7-for-7 in save chances after closing the Tigers' 8-6 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Sunday.

      He took over as Detroit's closer when right-hander Joe Nathan went down with what subsequently turned into a season-ending elbow injury.

      Sunday's save was ticklish after David Murphy pinch-hit a leadoff home run in the ninth for the Indians. However, Soria, thanks to a great running catch going out into left by shortstop Jose Iglesias, was able to finish up.

      It was the first time in his last six saves that Soria did not have a 1-2-3 inning.

      "He did what he does," catcher James McCann said. "He pounded the strike zone."

      Soria was a closer for the Kansas City Royals when he came to the majors, and he added more saves with Texas, which traded him to Detroit last July for prospects. After Sunday's save, he has 185 for his career.

      He joined the Tigers but battled injuries, chiefly to his side, that limited him to 13 games and a 4.91 ERA for Detroit in 2014.

      "He wasn't healthy," catcher Alex Avila said. "He tried to come back too soon to help us win. It was the wrong time of the year to get hurt, and you try to do what you can to get back on the field."

      It wasn't that the ability to pitch left Soria. However, the injury problems made him lack the refinement he needed to get hitters out consistently.

      "I wouldn't say it affected his stuff so much as his ability to command it," Avila said. "He's got impeccable command. For him, that's No. 1 on the list."

      There wasn't much question that a Tigers team in need of back-end bullpen help was going to pick up his $7 million option for 2015.

      He has allowed just one run thus far this season through nine appearances.

      "It's been night and day," manager Brad Ausmus said. "I don't think we ever saw the real Joakim Soria last year. This is the guy we traded for."

      He wasn't brought in to replace Nathan, rather to complement him. Of course, with Nathan's struggles last fall there was plenty of clamor to have them swap roles.

      Soria's problems muted those outcries to some extent, but the whispers returned when Nathan had an on-and-off spring training.

      Nathan made just one appearance this season before he experienced forearm flexor problems. In his rehab appearance, he tore his flexor pronator muscle along with his ulnar collateral ligament, putting him out for at least this season if not ending his career.

      Meantime, Soria has been the steady, reliable performer Detroit thought he would be last year.

      "I have better command this year," Soria said. "It's working. I'm healthy now, and everything's working."

  • Monday, April 27, 2015
    Report: Rangers would pay minimal price in trade for Hamilton
    By The Sports Xchange

    ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Texas Rangers would pay a minimal price to reacquire outfielder Josh Hamilton, newspapers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area have reported.

    • The Rangers and Los Angeles Angels have been negotiating a transaction that would send Hamilton back to Texas, where he played for five seasons before signing a five-year contract worth $125 million with the Angels in December 2012.

      The Rangers not only would pay between $6 million and $7 million of the $83 million remaining on Hamilton's contract, but also would not need to send any players to Los Angeles.

      The Angels would pay at least $68 million of Hamilton's remaining salary. Hamilton also would return about $6 million to the Angels but doing so would not decrease the contract's value, according to the Major League Baseball Players Association, because Texas has no state income tax.

      At the MLBPA's insistence, Hamilton's contract also would give him a chance to opt out after two years, the Dallas Morning News reported Saturday. If Hamilton exercises that clause, the Rangers will have paid between $2 million and $3 million per season for his services.

      After rejoining the Rangers organization, Hamilton would go through extended spring training at the team's facility in Surprise, Ariz. Then he would undertake a rehabilitation assignment at Triple-A Round Rock (Pacific Coast League) before joining the Rangers in June.

      Hamilton almost embarked upon a similar program that the Angels designed. But Hamilton told the club he wanted to be traded to a team closer to his home in suburban Dallas.

      The commissioner's office and the MLBPA have been involved in negotiations, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Saturday. Because of the amount of money involved, Commissioner Rob Manfred must approve the trade.

      Thus would Hamilton return to the team where he had his biggest success. During his five seasons with the Rangers, Hamilton made the American League's All-Star team every year. He also helped Texas reach the 2010 and 2011 World Series, and received the American League's Most Valuable Player award in 2010.

      Hamilton, who has fought addiction since beginning his professional career in 1999, experienced a relapse in cocaine and alcohol abuse in February. He reported his own relapse to Major League Baseball. In April, an arbitrator ruled that Hamilton did not violate MLB's treatment program and could not be suspended.

      The outfielder has not played for the Angels since last year's American League Division Series. Injuries limited Hamilton to 89 games in 2014 and he underwent shoulder surgery in February. Hamilton did not receive a locker in spring training, and he rehabilitated privately at a friend's home near Houston.

      During his two seasons with the Angels, Hamilton batted .255, hit 31 home runs and drove in 123 runs. In 2013, he hit a career-worst .250 in 151 games. Then last year, Hamilton matched his career low in home runs with 10 and exceeded it in RBIs with 44.

  • Monday, April 27, 2015
    Cain, Royals ready to put brawl behind them
    By The Sports Xchange

    CHICAGO -- Kansas City Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain is prepared to serve a two-game suspension if he must.

    • Cain simply hopes that a closer look at last week's melee will result in a lighter penalty.

      "If you go out there and fight and do things, you've got to pay the consequences," Cain said Sunday afternoon. "I appealed it, but we'll see what happens."

      Any length of time without Cain on the field could prove costly to Kansas City. The 29-year-old has been one of the Royals' most important players once again this season by hitting .381 (24-for-63) with two home runs, 12 RBIs and five stolen bases in 17 games.

      Cain insisted that he and his teammates have returned their focus to baseball instead of brawling. He was one of six players who drew suspensions after Thursday's fight, which began after Royals right-hander Yordano Ventura screamed an obscenity at White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton after a comebacker to the mound.

      "I think we all let our emotions out that night, and I think it's over and done with," Cain said. "We're going to go out here and get back to playing baseball and just leave it at that."

      White Sox right-hander Jeff Samardzija charged toward Cain during the brawl. The Royals have been involved in four bench-clearing incidents already this season.

      "It's definitely intense," Cain said. "It's definitely a hectic moment on the field. At the same time, we're teammates in here. We back each other. That's what we do.

      "Right now, all we're really focused on is getting back to playing baseball because winning ball games is what we're here to do -- not to fight."

  • Monday, April 27, 2015
    Kipnis replaces Bourn as Indians' leadoff man
    By The Sports Xchange

    DETROIT -- Bourn lost his identity with Cleveland, but Jason is still leading off for the Indians.

    • Cleveland manager Terry Francona announced Sunday that he was dropping center fielder Michael Bourn, the longtime leadoff hitter, from first to ninth in the batting order and bumping second baseman Jason Kipnis up to leadoff.

      "I talked to him after the game (Saturday) about it," Francona said. "You don't get any satisfaction ever moving guys down in the order. I thought about it a lot. It's not something you do lightly, especially with a veteran player.

      "This isn't a Rolodex thing, a fantasy league thing. You think about this, because they're people."

      Bourn entered Sunday's game in an 0-for-8 skid that had dropped his batting average to .180, thus the move putting him ninth in a batting order for the first time in his career.

      It wasn't productive, as Cleveland fell to 8-6 to the Detroit Tigers.

      Bourn was 0-for-4, and is now hitting .172. Kipnis was 0-for-4 with a walk leading off, and his average fell to .225.

      "There was a time when I looked at the lineup and everyone was hitting .180, so (making a lineup switch) didn't make a whole lot of sense," Francona said. "But some guys have started hitting. Right now, it seems like the best thing to do for our team."

      The selection of Kipnis to lead off wasn't easy, either. Cleveland doesn't have a traditional leadoff hitter outside of Bourn.

      "I think Kipnis can hit anywhere (in the lineup)," Francona said. "For whatever time it is, I think he can help there."

      Francona considered .250-batting utility man Mike Aviles there also but noted Aviles doesn't play every day, whereas Kipnis does.

      "I don't do things without giving them some thought," Francona said. "I wanted to give Bourn every chance. He works so hard. As much as I didn't want to do it, I felt it was best for the team."

  • Monday, April 27, 2015
    Padres pitching staff currently bereft of lefties
    By The Sports Xchange

    SAN DIEGO -- For the second time in two days, San Diego added a right-handed reliever to the bullpen while optioning a left-handed reliever to Triple-A El Paso -- leaving the Padres without a left-handed pitcher on their 12-man staff on Sunday.

    • On Saturday, the Padres optioned left-hander Frank Garces to Triple-A El Paso when they activated right-handed starter Ian Kennedy from the 15-day disabled list ("mild" left hamstring strain). That move also resulted in right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne returning to the bullpen from the starting rotation.

      Sunday morning, the Padres promoted right-hander reliever Cory Mazzoni from El Paso while optioning left-hander Chris Rearick to the Chihuahuas.

      As for having no left-handers in the bullpen or his staff, Padres manager Bud Black said: "You'd like to have balance, but if you don't have it, OK . . . we'll see how this goes."

      Mazzoni, 25, is a former second-round pick (2011) out of North Carolina State. He was acquired by the Padres at the end of spring training in the trade that, coincidentally, sent left-handed reliever Alex Torres to the New York Mets.

      A career-long starter, Mazzoni was moved to the bullpen by the Padres. In six appearances covering 8 1/3 innings for El Paso, Mazzoni allowed one run on three hits and a walk while striking out 13. He is a fastball-slider-changeup pitcher with velocity in the low to mid-90s.

      "I watched Cory in the minor league camp at the end of spring training and liked what I saw," Black said. "The reports on him from El Paso were good . . . good arm, good weapons.

      "This guy was coming fast and we needed help here. (Dale) Thayer, (Brandon) Maurer) and Despaigne are down today. We needed an arm."

  • Monday, April 27, 2015
    Marlins surging ahead of rematch with Mets
    By The Sports Xchange

    MIAMI -- Just five days ago, media reports were circulating that Miami Marlins manager Mike Redmond might be fired.

    • Former Mets second baseman Wally Backman, the manager of the New York Mets' Triple-A affiliate, was a possible replacement, according to rumors.

      The Marlins, 3-11 at the time, had lost five games in a row, including a four-game sweep by the Mets in New York and one game to the last-place Philadelphia Phillies.

      Oh my, how things changed since then. The Marlins won five games in a row, and they get a chance for some revenge against the red-hot Mets, who will enter Miami on Monday as the division leaders in the NL East.

      The key difference for Miami?

      The pitching is greatly improved, as the Marlins allowed a total of just six runs in the five games. It started with Jarred Cosart's start in Philadelphia on Wednesday night, and he will be the Marlins' man on the mound to start the Mets series.

      In addition to the improved work from the pitchers, Miami's offense is starting to heat up.

      The Marlins are averaging 6.4 runs during their winning streak, and among their hottest hitters is shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, who has two consecutive three-RBI games, both from the No. 8 hole. He has a nine-game hitting streak and is batting .333.

      Leadoff batter Dee Gordon is hitting .390, leading the league in hits. Right fielder Giancarlo Stanton is universally feared in the No. 3 hole, and the Marlins are getting solid contributions from third baseman Martin Prado, center fielder Marcell Ozuna, catcher J.T. Realmuto and left fielder Ichiro Suzuki.

      Realmuto seems to have beaten out struggling Jarrod Saltalamacchia for the catching job. "Salty" is on paternity leave at the moment, but, even when he gets back, the job belongs to Realmuto, at least for the moment.

      With left fielder Christian Yelich out due to a back injury, Suzuki is showing he still has some game left, even at his advanced age. The 41-year-old veteran is hitting .304.

      Now comes a big test with the Mets coming to town.