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  • Monday, July 6, 2015
    Royals-Rays game rained out
    By The Sports Xchange

    Monday's scheduled game between the Tampa Bay Rays and Kansas City Royals has been postponed because of inclement weather in the Kansas City, Mo., area.

    • The game is scheduled to be made up on Tuesday as part of a day-night split doubleheader.

  • Monday, July 6, 2015
    Mariners activate RHP Iwakuma off DL
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Seattle Mariners activated right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma from the 15-day disabled list on Monday in time to start against the Detroit Tigers, and they sent outfielder James Jones back to Triple-A Tacoma.

    • Iwakuma, 34, had been on the disabled list since April 24 with a right lat strain. He made three rehab appearances with Class A Everett and Triple-A Tacoma (1-0, 0.93 ERA).

      Jones, 26, played in one game after being recalled from Tacoma on Saturday. He was 0-for-4 in the Mariners' 2-1 win at Oakland on Sunday.

      Jones is hitting .260 with one home run, 17 RBIs and 17 steals in 56 games with the Rainiers.

  • Monday, July 6, 2015
    Pirates place 3B Harrison on DL
    By The Sports Xchange

    Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday and is expected to miss six weeks with torn ligaments in his left thumb.

    • Harrison is to undergo more testing, but a source said the team fears Harrison has a torn ligament, which likely would sideline him until late August.

      Harrison was injured while sliding into second base head-first on Sunday in a 5-3 win against the Cleveland Indians.

      "My hands got stuck in the dirt, got cut up a little bit," he said. "They did a pitching change, so it was good for me to go in and get my blood cleaned up and give (trainers) a heads-up that, hey, this might be something we want to look at."

      Harrison was a first-time All-Star in 2014 while hitting .315 and signed a contract extension in the offseason. He is hitting .279 with four homers this year, although he has batted .338 since May 12.

      The Pirates added first baseman Travis Ishikawa to the roster after claiming him off waivers from the San Francisco Giants on Sunday.

      The 31-year-old was 0-for-5 in six games for the Giants this season. He also hit .266 with four home runs and 20 RBIs in 37 games with Triple-A Sacramento and Class A San Jose.

      Ishikawa was the Pirates' Opening Day first baseman in 2014, then was designated for assignment in April.

  • Monday, July 6, 2015
    Harper to skip Home Run Derby
    By The Sports Xchange

    Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper will skip the Home Run Derby next week because his father is not available to pitch to him.

    • The outfielder's father, Ron Harper, is recovering from rotator cuff surgery after a snowboarding accident. Ron Harper pitched to his son in the 2013 derby when he finished second to Yoenis Cespedes.

      "Not having Dad is a huge issue for me," Harper told reporters Monday.

      The 22-year-old Harper, in his fourth season with the Nationals, has 25 home runs this season and is among the league leaders in almost every offensive category. He is hitting .347 with 60 RBIs, 61 walks and an on-base percentage of .474.

      The Home Run Derby will be held next Monday at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. The All-Star Game will be played the following night.

      Harper led all National League players in being voted to his third All-Star team, which was announced Sunday. He received almost 13.9 million votes. It is the second time he has been named a starter.

      "I'm definitely excited," Harper said after the Nationals beat the San Francisco Giants 3-1 on Sunday night. "Being able to play alongside some of the best in baseball at the All-Star Game, hang out and just have a good time with everybody, it's definitely exciting. I'm very happy and very blessed to be part of it. I have to thank our fans and all the fans across the country who voted for me. Thanks for all the support."

  • Monday, July 6, 2015
    Brewers put RHP Garza on DL
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Milwaukee Brewers placed struggling right-hander Matt Garza on the 15-day disabled list Monday because of shoulder tendinitis.

    • The team recalled reliever Corey Knebel from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

      Garza is 4-10 with a 5.55 ERA in 17 games (16 starts) this season, and he has a 6.67 ERA in his last 10 games.

      He was scheduled to start Tuesday against the Atlanta Braves, but rookie Tyler Cravy, who was recalled on Friday, will start instead. Cravy was 7-5 with a 3.79 ERA in 14 starts for Colorado Springs. He started for the Brewers on June 2 in St. Louis, pitching seven innings in a loss.

  • Monday, July 6, 2015
    Mariners' Cano hindered by stomach ailment
    By The Sports Xchange

    Robinson Cano finished fifth in American League MVP voting last season, his first year with the Seattle Mariners, but the second baseman has played nowhere close to that level this season.

    • And now we know at least part of the reason: Cano told USA Today he is dealing with a debilitating stomach condition that has made it hard for him to remain nourished and has sapped him of energy. In addition, his grandfather and "No. 1 fan" died in March.

      In 2014, after signing a 10-year, $240 million contract with the Mariners, Cano hit .314 with 14 homers and 82 RBIs and was selected to his fifth straight All-Star team.

      But he told USA Today in an interview published Sunday that he began to experience stomach trouble in August and was diagnosed with a parasite. That ailment was treated with antibiotics, which left him with extreme acid reflux that has bothered him ever since.

      "It still affects me," Cano told USA Today. "Sometimes you drink water and it makes you feel like vomiting. I can't eat the same way I did. It's hard to deal with, especially being the first time this has happened to me. Sometimes I eat only once a day before playing, because I feel full. And you just don't have the same energy."

      Cano, 32, is hitting just .248 this season, with a mere five homers and 27 RBIs. His struggles have been a microcosm of -- and certainly part of the reason for -- a frustrating season for a Seattle team that had high hopes of making the playoffs. The Mariners were 38-44, fifth in the AL West, before playing the Detroit Tigers on Monday.

      Cano is not the first Mariner to deal with a significant stomach ailment. Franklin Gutierrez, once a rising star, suffered from debilitating irritable bowel syndrome which caused him to miss games between 2011 and 2013. Gutierrez recently returned to the Mariners after sitting out the 2014 season with a different health problem.

      Cano, meanwhile, said he does not want to use his stomach condition as an excuse for his substandard play, and he understands why people don't want to hear excuses from a $240 million player.

      "When things go well, people like everything you do," Cano said. "When things don't go well, people look for 1,001 explanations, and they don't understand you're a human being.

      "Sometimes I play without any strength or energy, but you have to play, give the best of yourself. Some people may say, 'Cano, he's listless.' But (the energy) is not the same."

  • Monday, July 6, 2015
    Sale aiming for record ninth straight game with double-digit strikeouts
    By The Sports Xchange

    CHICAGO -- Chris Sale has a chance to stand alone in major league history when he takes the mound for the Chicago White Sox on Monday at U.S. Cellular Field.

    • The ace left-hander has struck out at least 10 hitters in eight straight starts and is vying to become the only pitcher in the majors to ever do that in nine straight outings. He's currently tied with Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez, who is the only other pitcher to accomplish that feat in the big leagues.

      Regardless, Sale isn't satisfied with his ascension to star pitcher status. Asked recently if he still feels he can improve, he didn't hesitate to answer.

      "I'm going to try," he said. "That's what everyone does. It doesn't matter who you are, where you're at in your career, what you've done up until then. Every time you take the ball, you try to do better than the last time out. You just try to keep getting better, however that is."

      Sale will be pitching with an extra day's rest after manager Robin Ventura decided to give his scheduled start Sunday against the Orioles to left-handed rookie Carlos Rodon. Ventura said there's no health concern that drove him to make the decision, but it does set up a fun matchup for White Sox fans on Monday.

      Mark Buehrle will pitch for the Blue Jays in his annual homecoming to Chicago, where he made some history of his own for the White Sox. Buehrle threw a no-hitter and a perfect game at U.S. Cellular Field as the White Sox's ace and was their No. 1 starter in 2005, when they won the World Series.

      He also tutored Sale for a season, before leaving as a free agent.

      "We didn't do it for this (matchup)," Ventura said of pushing Sale back. "We did it more for Chris. It ends up being a nice game that our fans should enjoy. Mark he should be celebrated for everything that he's done here. He's meant a lot to Chris and a lot of these guys that are in here in mentor fashion of the guy that can show you how to grab the ball and pitch and get it done."

      Sale learned from Buehrle how working quickly on the mound can be advantageous for pitchers. Now, they each work fast and mow through their starts in record time.

      "It should be fun," Ventura said. "It should be fast too."

  • Monday, July 6, 2015
    Angels OF Trout earns third straight All-Star start
    By The Sports Xchange

    ARLINGTON, Texas -- The only thing anybody was wondering about as it concerned Mike Trout's All-Star prospects was how many votes he would get.

    • The Los Angeles Angels star outfielder, who had a hit and an RBI in L.A.'s 12-6 victory over Texas on Sunday, is headed back to next week's midseason classic to make his third consecutive start.

      He was formally named a starter on Sunday.

      He did not, however, earn the distinction of leading vote getter. Trout's more than 14 million votes were about 77,000 less than the major's leading vote-getter, Toronto third baseman Josh Donaldson.

      "It's an honor," said Trout, who will be making his fourth consecutive appearance. He was a reserve in the 2012 game. "I come in during the beginning of the season and go out there and play my game. It's an honor."

      Trout is hitting .299 this season with 21 homers, 18 doubles, 45 RBIs and a .579 slugging percentage.

      Trout joined Hall of Famers Reggie Jackson and Rod Carew as well as Vladimir Guerrero as Angels who have been selected starters in three consecutive years.

      "It's special to be a part of that group. It's a fun couple of days."

      Trout also used his platform on Sunday to go to bat for teammate Albert Pujols, who has an AL-leading 25 home runs and 53 RBIs this season.

      "He deserves to be there," Trout said. "He's got good numbers. His bat has been unbelievable this year."

  • Monday, July 6, 2015
    Dodgers place RHP Frias on disabled list
    By The Sports Xchange

    LOS ANGELES -- The back of the Dodgers' starting rotation has been possibly the biggest ongoing issue in the first half of the season for the team.

    • That won't change before the All-Star break. Right-hander Carlos Frias went on the DL Sunday with lower back tightness.

      The issue has plagued Frias on and off for over a month but intensified during his starts in Chicago and Arizona on the Dodgers' most recent road trip. Frias had an MRI that showed no structural issues.

      But the Dodgers were not satisfied with his bullpen session on Saturday and opted to put him on the DL rather than risk Frias altering his mechanics and suffering a more serious injury.

      "We're not that concerned because there wasn't anything structurally wrong like a disc with his back. It was more of a tight muscle," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "It had gotten better but it hadn't gotten to the point where he could just throw and not be changing something."

      Frias is expected to be ready to return after the All-Star break. That leaves two starts for the Dodgers to fill in.

      Left-hander Eric Surkamp is expected to get the first assignment Monday. Surkamp, 27, was acquired from the Chicago White Sox in a minor-league trade in late May. He has been pitching at Triple-A Oklahoma City since, going 4-2 with a 4.50 ERA in seven appearances (six starts).

      Surkamp has some big-league experience with the San Francisco Giants and White Sox over the past few years.

  • Monday, July 6, 2015
    Giants stumble home after winless trip
    By The Sports Xchange

    WASHINGTON -- The Giants, unable to find their way on the road, are thankful to be heading back to San Francisco to try to right their season.

    • A 3-1 loss to the Nationals on Sunday at Washington marked the conclusion of an 0-6 road trip that featured odd starting times, poor pitching and, on Monday, an early-morning flight that will cause them to hustle into AT&T Park for their night game against the New York Mets.

      In short, it was a week to forget.

      "Hopefully, we'll find that mojo at home," said manager Bruce Bochy, who was ejected from Sunday's game for arguing balls and strikes. "You just try to keep marching here and put these behind you. We've been through this -- this is not the first time this year. We've had our streaks. We've had too many this year at this point. We've had good ones, too."

      The Giants asked for, and received a special exemption from Major League Baseball to fly home from Washington on Monday thanks to the 8 p.m. EDT start Sunday. Pitchers Chris Heston and Matt Cain, who are starting the first two games of the series against New York, left early in order to make it back to San Francisco.

      After a Thursday afternoon game in Miami, the Giants had starts of 6 p.m., 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. in D.C. over the weekend, and San Francisco seemed out of sorts throughout. The Giants are 21-21 on the road this season, and after the All-Star break, they play 16 of their first 22 games away from the Bay, including a tough 10-game swing to face the Texas Rangers, Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs with no days off.

      "They've been grinding hard," Bochy said of his players.

  • Monday, July 6, 2015
    M's manager to miss series after sister's death
    By The Sports Xchange

    Seattle Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon celebrated a 2-1 victory over the Oakland A's on Sunday, but he did so with a heavy heart.

    • McClendon's sister, Angela Price, died Wednesday at the age of 44 from undisclosed health issues. She was the youngest of McClendon's 11 siblings.

      McClendon announced Sunday that he will miss the Mariners' three-game home series Monday through Wednesday against the Detroit Tigers so he can fly to Gary, Ind. to attend the funeral services.

      Bench coach Trent Jewett will manage the club in McClendon's absence. McClendon expects to rejoin the team Thursday for the series opener against the visiting Los Angeles Angels.

      Seattle is 38-44 in McClendon's second season as manager after he guided the Mariners to an 87-75 record last year, a 16-game improvement from 2013.

  • Monday, July 6, 2015
    Nationals 3, Giants 1
    By The Sports Xchange

    WASHINGTON -- Jordan Zimmermann went seven strong innings, and Wilson Ramos connected for a home run as the Washington Nationals completed a three-game sweep of the San Francisco Giants with a 3-1 win Sunday night.

    • The Giants went 0-6 on a road swing through Miami and Washington. They lost their seventh consecutive road game, and they have just three wins in their past 12 games away from San Francisco.

      Zimmermann (7-5) won his second straight decision. He allowed just one run on three hits and one walk while striking out a season-high-tying eight batters.

      Ramos broke a 1-1 tie in the sixth with his eighth homer of the season, a shot to right-center off reliever George Kontos (2-1). The catcher also drove in an insurance run with an eighth-inning single.

      Drew Storen pitched the ninth for his 25th save of the season.

      The Giants fell for the 12th time in their past 14 games at Nationals Park, and starter Ryan Vogelsong was not around for most of the contest, getting ejected in the fifth inning for the first time in his career for arguing balls and strikes.

      Vogelsong dealt with runners in scoring position in each of the first three innings, using a double play to get out of trouble in the first and a couple of flyball outs in the third to leave a runner stranded at second base. In the second inning, however, a pair of walks led to the first run of the game when left fielder Michael A. Taylor delivered an RBI single to score Ramos.

      Zimmermann had the Giants fooled early, as he recorded five caught-looking strikeouts through the first five innings, although San Francisco did not agree with all of them. Center fielder Angel Pagan was particularly vocal after being called out on a high fastball in the third, and he was fortunate to not get thrown out by home plate umpire Phil Cuzzi.

      San Francisco broke through in the fourth inning on a solo home run by shortstop Brandon Crawford to tie the score at 1-1. However, the situation with Cuzzi's strike zone reached a boiling point in the fifth when both Vogelsong and manager Bruce Bochy were ejected after arguing a close pitch that was called a ball.

      Vogelsong allowed one run on three hits and three walks in four-plus innings. He struck out two.

      NOTES: The Nationals placed RHP Stephen Strasburg on the disabled list due to a left oblique strain. "He's disappointed about it and so are we," manager Matt Williams said. The team recalled RHP Taylor Jordan to take his spot on the roster. ... Giants OF Hunter Pence took batting practice Sunday, the next step in his recovery from a left forearm injury that has sidelined him since June 2. He hit several balls over the fence during his time in the cage. ... Nationals OF Bryce Harper and Giants C Buster Posey were announced as All-Star starters before Sunday's games. Harper led all NL vote-getters, while Posey was a landslide selection at catcher. ... Former Giants 1B Travis Ishikawa, who was designated for assignment by the team Tuesday, was claimed off waivers by the Pittsburgh Pirates.

  • Sunday, July 5, 2015
    Anderson 'a horse out there' for Indians
    By The Sports Xchange

    PITTSBURGH -- Cody Anderson has been a sensation through his first three starts with the Cleveland Indians, going 1-1 with a 0.76 ERA.

    • The 24-year-old rookie right-hander has allowed just two runs and 14 hits in 23 2/3 innings while striking out 10 and walking one only.

      Anderson was the Indians' 14th-round draft pick in 2011 from Feather River College in Quincy, Calif. He was not considered a top prospect until this season when he went 3-2 with a 1.73 ERA in 10 starts with Double-A Akron and 1-1 with a 2.33 ERA in three starts with Triple-A Columbus.

      Catcher Yan Gomes believes a large part of Anderson's early success with the Indians stems from attacking hitters.

      "He's a horse out there," Gomes said. "He pitches. He's really aggressive. Gets ahead of guys. You can see some of the swings that guys are taking. He's not afraid to sometimes just try to pound the strike zone and see what happens."

      Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway has been particularly impressed by Anderson's changeup, usually the last pitch a young pitcher is able to master.

      "There's deception. There's location," Callaway said. "That changeup is way above average. It's really good. He sells it well. He has good depth to it. His command with it, to be able to go in and out, east and west, with it, is something you don't see very often."

  • Sunday, July 5, 2015
    Brewers' 'very fortunate' Gomez not seriously injured
    By The Sports Xchange

    CINCINNATI -- The Milwaukee Brewers have had their share of injuries this season, so when center fielder Carlos Gomez left Saturday's game after being hit on the wrist by a pitch from Cincinnati Reds right-hander Josh Smith, the worst was feared.

    • "It's a bad spot to get hit," said manager Craig Counsell. "We're very fortunate."

      Gomez had his wrist heavily bandaged following Saturday's game. X-rays were negative but Gomez still was unable to grip a bat Sunday so he was out of action for the finale of a three-game series in Cincinnati, a 6-1 victory to complete the sweep.

      "He's sore," said Counsell. "We'll see how he feels tomorrow. He got hit good. I don't think he's going to miss much time."

      That's good news for Milwaukee, which has won seven straight games behind a suddenly resurgent offense. Gomez tied a career-high with five RBIs in Friday night's win including a grand slam.

      Gomez, who's batting .269 with six homers and 31 RBIs in 56 games, missed two weeks earlier this season with a strained right hamstring. Fortunately for the Brewers, that's no longer an issue.

      "He's been running around great," said Counsell. "He's had a tough season, he gets healthy, some here some there. He hasn't been able to dodge random injuries."

  • Sunday, July 5, 2015
    Barnhart earning more playing time with Reds
    By The Sports Xchange

    CINCINNATI -- Tucker Barnhart is earning more playing time, in part because he's in the best offensive stretch of his major league career. But also because Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price wants the 24-year-old catcher to assume more of a leadership role.

    • "It's a take-charge position," Price said. "He's working with younger pitchers that he's caught in the minors. That makes it easier for him. Just gaining confidence leading a pitching staff, especially with the veteran guys is important."

      Veteran Brayan Pena has gotten most of the playing time since Devin Mesoraco is out for the season after hip surgery. But, Barnhart started six of the past 12 games, including two of the three games in the series against Milwaukee.

      Barnhart hit safely in six of eight games. He hit .368 with two homers and three RBIs during a recent seven-game hitting streak.

      Barnhart had a career-high four hits including a double on Monday against the Minnesota Twins. He went 0-for-3 in a 6-1 loss to Milwaukee on Sunday.

      "He's earned a chance to be part of the mix," Price. "He has swung the bat well, but Brayan has too. This is a big part of his development, to take more of a leadership role. He's already a good catch-and-throw guy.

  • Sunday, July 5, 2015
    Royals 4 selections highlight All-Star Game starters
    By The Sports Xchange

    The 2014 American League champion Kansas City Royals will be heavily represented in this year's All-Star Game, with four players named as starters on Sunday .

    • The starters for the July 14 All-Star Game in Cincinnati were selected based on a vote of the fans, and Kansas City fans supported their team.

      Two Royals players -- catcher Salvador Perez, shortstop Alcides Escobar -- finished first in the voting at their positions, and two other Kansas City players, Lorenzo Cain and Alex Gordon, finished second and third in the voting for outfielders, landing them two of the three starting outfield spots.

      Royals players finished a close second at two other positions.

      Omar Infante of the Royals nearly was voted in at second base, but he was passed by the Houston Astros' Jose Altuve in the final days of voting. Altuve finished with 9,634,464 fan votes while Infante totaled 8,999,117.

      The closest vote was at designated hitter, where Nelson Cruz of the Seattle Mariners received 10,632,184 votes, barely beating out Kansas City's Kendrys Morales, who got 10,320,500.

      The other three American League starters named were first baseman Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers, third baseman Josh Donaldson of the Toronto Blue Jays and outfielder Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels.

      Donaldson was the leading AL vote-getter with 14,090,181.

      It is unlikely Cabrera, who is out with a hamstring injury, will be able to play in the All-Star Game.

      The St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins each had two players named to the National League starting lineup.

      The Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton was one of three outfielders voted to the starting squad, and Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon made it at second base.

      Stanton will not be able to play because of a hand injury.

      The Cardinals have the best record in baseball, and they were rewarded with two selections -- Jhonny Peralta at shortstop and Matt Holliday in the outfield. The third starting outfielder will be Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper, who was the top vote-getter in the National League with 13,864,950. No other player broke the 10,000,000 mark.

      Rounding out the eight starting positions for the National League are first baseman Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks, third baseman Todd Frazier of the Cincinnati Reds and catcher Buster Posey of the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants.

      The closest competition was for the third and final outfield position. Holliday earned 6,362,653 votes, just ahead of fourth-place finisher Nori Aoki of the Giants (6,126,897) and Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates (6,012,205)

      Pitchers, reserves and final-vote candidates for the All-Star Game will be announced Monday.

  • Sunday, July 5, 2015
    MLB notebook: Nats' Strasburg goes on DL
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Washington Nationals placed right-hander Stephen Strasburg on the 15-day disabled list Sunday due to a left oblique strain.

    • Strasburg was cruising against the San Francisco Giants on Saturday but was pulled because of tightness in his left side in the fourth inning of Washington's 9-3 win. He allowed one hit over 3 2/3 scoreless innings before leaving the game.

      After his first pitch to first baseman Brandon Belt with two outs in the fourth, Strasburg grimaced and briefly grabbed his left side.

      Strasburg, 26, returns to the disabled list for the second time this season after overcoming a bout with neck tightness earlier this year. He missed nearly four weeks.

      In his three starts since he returned from the DL, Strasburg was 2-0 with a 1.15 ERA while holding opposing batters to a .161 average. Strasburg is 5-5 with a 5.16 ERA this season.

      ---The Nationals recalled right-hander Taylor Jordan from Triple-A Syracuse to replace Strasburg on the roster.

      Jordan, 26, joins the Nationals for his third major league assignment of the season. He was last recalled from Triple-A on May 24 and appeared in two games (one start) before returning to Syracuse on June 4.

      In 16 major league games over two-plus seasons, Jordan is 1-8 with a 4.81 ERA in 15 starts. This season with Syracuse, Jordan is 2-4 with a 2.97 ERA in 11 starts.

      ---For the first time in nine years, Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz started at first base in an American League game.

      Ortiz is the Red Sox's regular designated hitter, and he usually dusts of his first baseman's mitt only when the team is playing interleague games that don't employ the DH.

      Before Sunday's game against the Houston Astros, Ortiz last manned first base against an AL opponent on Aug. 5, 2006, at Tampa Bay. He hadn't played in the field at Fenway Park since July 16, 2005, against the New York Yankees.

      ---Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton, who did not play Saturday, is now dealing with a groin strain.

      Hamilton came out of Friday night's game against the Los Angeles Angels after the seventh inning. He was playing for the first time against his former team, which traded him to the Rangers after two disappointing years with Los Angeles.

      Hamilton, who signed a five-year, $125 million contract with the Angels in December 2012, went 1-for-3 with a double in Friday's game.

      The Rangers re-acquired Hamilton from the Angels on April 27 while he was on the disabled list recovering from Feb. 4 surgery on his right shoulder. Hamilton didn't make his season debut until May 25, and he hurt the hamstring several days later.

      Rangers manager Jeff Banister said Saturday was a planned day off but did not get specific with what was ailing Hamilton except to say that his "whole lower half" has been an issue since Hamilton went on the DL with a left hamstring strain after an injury May 31, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

      The slugger was not in the lineup for Sunday night's game against the Angels. Hamilton is hitting .303 with two home runs and five RBIs in 10 games this season.

      ---The St. Louis Cardinals placed left-handed pitcher Jaime Garcia on the 15-day disabled list with a left groin strain.

      The move is retroactive to July 4. The club also recalled left-handed pitcher Tim Cooney from Class A Peoria. Garcia was scratched from a start last Thursday due to the groin strain. He is 3-3 with a 1.69 ERA in seven starts this season.

      Manager Mike Matheny announced that Cooney and lefty Tyler Lyons are slated to draw the starting assignments for the Cardinals in Tuesday's split doubleheader at Chicago.

      ---Travis Ishikawa is back with the Pirates as Pittsburgh claimed the first baseman off waivers from the San Francisco Giants.

      The 31-year-old was 0-for-5 in six games for the Giants this season. He also hit a combined .266 with four home runs and 20 RBIs in 37 games with Triple-A Sacramento and Class A San Jose.

      Ishikawa was the Pirates' Opening Day first baseman in 2014, then was designated for assignment in mid-April. He cleared waivers and signed with the Giants days later.

      ---Houston Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick was activated from the disabled list and started in center field, with outfielder Domingo Santana returned to Triple-A.

      ---The Baltimore Orioles officially activated second baseman Jonathan Schoop (sprained knee) from the 60-day disabled list before the game.

      Infielder Ryan Flaherty was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk.

      ---The Miami Marlins optioned right-hander Jarred Cosart to Triple-A New Orleans after he allowed seven runs in 1 2/3 innings on Saturday against the Cubs.

      The team also activated first baseman Michael Morse from the disabled list prior to Sunday's series finale.

      ---The Detroit Tigers recalled left-hander Ian Krol from Triple-A Toledo after the game and optioned right-hander Drew VerHagen to the Mud Hens.

      The Tigers had only one left-hander, Blaine Hardy, in the bullpen once Tom Gorzelanny was designated for assignment on Friday.

  • Sunday, July 5, 2015
    MLB roundup: Pirates' Cole notches 12th win
    By The Sports Xchange

    PITTSBURGH -- Settling down after a shaky beginning, Gerrit Cole notched his major-league-high 12th win as the Pittsburgh Pirates rallied for a 5-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Sunday.

    • Cole (12-3) set down 16 consecutive batters after the Indians scored twice in the second inning and once in the third to take a 3-0 lead. The right-hander allowed three runs and five hits in eight innings with five strikeouts and one walk. He was winless in his previous two starts while pitching a combined 11 1/3 innings.

      Andrew McCutchen's two-run double off the top of the top of the center field fence capped a five-run fifth inning against Danny Salazar (7-3) and gave the Pirates a 5-3 lead. Jung Ho Kang led off the fifth with a single and Pedro Alvarez followed with a two-run home run, his 12th.

      Closer Mark Melancon converted his 25th consecutive save opportunity. He leads the National League with 27 saves.

      Rays 8, Yankees 1

      NEW YORK -- Erasmo Ramirez and two relievers combined on a three-hitter as Tampa Bay ended a season-high seven-game losing streak.

      Ramirez (7-3) went the first six innings, allowing Alex Rodriguez's solo home run in the sixth among three hits. He improved to 7-2 in 10 starts since May 14 and that stretch began when he allowed a first-inning single to Jacoby Ellsbury and no other hits in five innings over the Yankees.

      Ramirez kept the Yankees off-balance by effectively throwing his off-speed pitches. The most notable example of that was when he used his curveball to get Brett Gardner and Chase Headley for strikeouts to end the sixth. The right-hander finished his second career start against the Yankees with three strikeouts and three walks.

      Blue Jays 10, Tigers 5

      DETROIT -- Jose Bautista and Justin Smoak homered during a six-run fifth and Toronto snapped a three-game losing streak with a win over Detroit.

      It was the 17th home run for Bautista and the eighth for Smoak. Devon Travis drove in three runs and Josh Donaldson knocked in two more for the Blue Jays, who have scored a major-league-leading 460 runs.

      Marco Estrada (6-4) lasted the minimum five innings to get the victory. He allowed two runs on five hits while throwing 101 pitches. Roberto Osuna got the last four outs to record his third save.

      Brewers 6, Reds 1

      CINCINNATI -- Gerardo Parra and Adam Lind homered and rookie Taylor Jungmann retired the first 12 batters he faced en route to seven shutout innings as Milwaukee completed the three-game sweep over Cincinnati.

      The Brewers extended their winning streak to eight games, their longest since winning nine straight in April of last season. The slumping Reds have lost seven of nine.

      Jungmann (3-1) lowered his ERA to 2.43 in six career starts after allowing one run and four hits in eight innings.

      Royals 3, Twins 2

      KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Eric Hosmer's walk off run-scoring double in the ninth scored Lorenzo Cain as Kansas City beat Minnesota.

      Blaine Boyer (2-4) walked Cain on five pitches to start the Royals ninth. Left-hander Aaron Thompson was summoned to face the left-handed Hosmer, who promptly laced a double to right on a 1-1 pitch.

      Twins right-hander Ervin Santana was impressive in in his first start of the season, but had to settle for a no-decision. Santana, who was suspended the first 80 games after testing positive for a performance enhancing drug, held the Royals to three hits and two runs over eight innings. He struck out eight and walked three, one intentionally.

      Cardinals 3, Padres 1

      ST. LOUIS -- A day after recording his first major league hit, run and steal, Tommy Pham was at it again -- belting his first home run, driving in all three runs and leading St. Louis over San Diego.

      Called up from Triple-A Memphis on Friday, Pham erased the Cardinals' 1-0 deficit in the bottom of the third Sunday, lining an 0-1 pitch from Ian Kennedy 370 feet over the left field wall with pitcher Lance Lynn aboard after a leadoff single.

      Pham stopped at second, thinking the ball was in play, before third base umpire Hunter Wendelstedt twirled the index finger in the air -- the signal for a homer. Following his trip around the bases, Pham took a curtain call from the crowd of 42,764. He added an insurance run in the fifth, following Lynn's ground-rule double with his own double off the left-center-field wall to cap the scoring.

      Cubs 2, Marlins 0

      CHICAGO -- Kyle Hendricks made the most of one run while scattering five hits through 7 1/3 shutout innings in Chicago's victory over Miami.

      The right-handed Hendricks (4-4) won his second straight and third outing since June 7. He struck out six and walked just one. Reliever Jason Motte worked a one-two-three ninth for his fourth save.

      The Cubs scored what to be the winning run in the bottom of the first on a Mat Latos wild pitch. But other than the botched throw, Latos (3-6) was as effective as Hendricks in Sunday's pitcher's duel, giving up a season-low one hit in seven innings.

      Phillies 4, Braves 0 (10 innings)

      ATLANTA -- Ryan Howard's sacrifice fly in the 10th inning broke a scoreless tie to send Philadelphia over Atlanta, snapping its six-game losing streak.

      With the bases loaded and no one out, Howard hit the first pitch from reliever Dana Eveland far enough into right field to score Odubel Herrera with the go-ahead run.

      The Phillies had loaded the bases against reliever Nick Masset, who gave up singles to Herrera and Cesar Hernandez and a walk to Maikel Franco. The Braves brought in the left-handed Eveland to face Howard, but he responded with a sacrifice fly for his 38th RBI of the season and the 141st of his career against the Braves. Carlos Ruiz drove home two more runs with a double off reliever Jake Brigham, who also surrendered a run-scoring single to Freddy Galvis.

      Red Sox 5, Astros 4

      BOSTON - Red Sox designated hitter Hanley Ramirez hit a two-run homer over the Green Monster in left field off left-hander Tony Sipp in the seventh inning to provide the tying and go-ahead runs.

      Houston had scored three times in the top of the inning when rookie shortstop Carlos Correa and left fielder Evan Gattis hit back-to-back home runs.

      The last-place Red Sox (39-45) earned their 11th win in their last 17 games and closed their American League East deficit to six games. Boston also has won three straight series.

      Boston DH David Ortiz made his first start at first base in a non-interleague game since Aug. 5, 2006.

      Orioles 9, White Sox 1

      CHICAGO -- Right-hander Miguel Gonzalez pitched six strong innings to help the Orioles snap a three-game losing streak

      Baltimore second baseman Jonathan Schoop hit a home run and drove in two runs in his return from a long injury absence. Orioles first baseman Steve Pearce finished 3-for-4 with an RBI, and catcher Caleb Joseph had three RBIs, including a two-run double that gave the Orioles a 4-0 lead in the sixth inning.

      Mariners 2, A's 1

      OAKLAND - Mike Montgomery allowed a run for the first time in nearly three weeks but still managed to win his third consecutive start for Seattle, which salvaged a series split.

      Right fielder Seth Smith delivered a two-out, two-run single in the sixth to put the Mariners ahead. The rally started with two outs and no one on base. Second baseman Robinson Cano was hit by a pitch and designated Nelson Cruz doubled ahead of Smith.

      Outfielder Sam Fuld ended Montgomery's scoreless streak at 20 with his first home run of the season, a solo shot with one out in third.

      Montgomery (4-2) allowed a run on six hits over his 5 2/3 innings. He walked one and struck out two as he improved to 3-0 on the road.

      Mets 8, Dodgers 0

      LOS ANGELES -- Left-hander Steven Matz and right-hander Logan Verrett combined for a three-hit shutout to lead New York's victory.

      Matz (2-0), who conceded singles to shortstop Enrique Hernandez in the first inning and catcher A.J. Ellis in the fifth, retired 15 of the final 17 Dodgers he faced in his second major league start. In six innings, the rookie allowed two walks, hit one batter and amassed eight strikeouts.

      Verrett pitched the final three innings, allowed one hit and struck out three for his first major league save.

      Second baseman Wilmer Flores collected a career-best four hits, including two doubles, and drove in three runs.

      Rockies 6, Diamondbacks 4

      PHOENIX -- Troy Tulowitzki extended his hitting streak to 18 games with a three-run homer in the first inning and Carlos Gonzalez added a two-run homer as Colorado topped Arizona at Chase Field.

      Jorge De La Rosa gave up two runs and five hits in six innings for his first victory in 10 career starts at Chase Field.

      Gonzalez had three hits and Tulowitkzi had two as the Rockies salvaged the final game of a four-game series while winning for the second time in nine games.

      Yasmany Tomas drove in three runs with his fifth homer, a single and a sacrifice fly as Arizona was unsuccessful in its 13th attempt to reach .500 for the first time since April 24, when it was 8-8.

      Angels 12, Rangers 6

      ARLINGTON, Texas -- Kole Calhoun had four RBIs, one of seven Angels with run-scoring hits, and Los Angeles finished off a three-game sweep of Texas .

      Calhoun capped a big weekend by going 2-for-5, including a three-run home run in the Angels' four-run fifth. He did his part to jump-start a sluggish offense and make a winner out of C.J. Wilson.

      The Angels entered the series with a minus-2 run differential but left Texas at plus-23 after outscoring the Rangers 33-8.

      Texas' Prince Fielder, a .444 career hitter against Wilson, had two more hits, including a solo home run in the second.

      Nationals 3, Giants 1

      WASHINGTON -- Jordan Zimmermann went seven strong innings and Wilson Ramos connected for a sixth-inning home run as Washington completed a sweep of San Francisco.

      The Giants went 0-6 on a road swing through Miami and Washington, and have now lost seven straight road games and nine of 12 away from San Francisco.

      Drew Storen pitched the ninth for his 25th save of the season.

  • Sunday, July 5, 2015
    Nats' Strasburg goes on DL with oblique strain
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Washington Nationals placed right-hander Stephen Strasburg on the 15-day disabled list Sunday due to a left oblique strain.

    • Strasburg was cruising against the San Francisco Giants on Saturday but was pulled because of tightness in his left side in the fourth inning of Washington's 9-3 win. He allowed one hit over 3 2/3 scoreless innings before leaving the game.

      After his first pitch to first baseman Brandon Belt with two outs in the fourth, Strasburg grimaced and briefly grabbed his left side.

      Manager Matt Williams, pitching coach Steve McCatty and the trainer went to the mound. After a lengthy conversation, Strasburg left the game and was replaced by Tanner Roark.

      "It's pretty tight," Strasburg said after Saturday's game. "Don't really have an explanation. Everything felt pretty good. I just threw a pitch to (Buster) Posey there. He grounded out and I just felt it grab."

      Strasburg, 26, returns to the disabled list for the second time this season after overcoming a bout with neck tightness earlier this year. He missed nearly four weeks.

      In his three starts since he returned from the DL, Strasburg was 2-0 with a 1.15 ERA while holding opposing batters to a .161 average. Strasburg is 5-5 with a 5.16 ERA this season.

      The Nationals recalled right-hander Taylor Jordan from Triple-A Syracuse to replace Strasburg on the roster.

      Jordan, 26, joins the Nationals for his third major league assignment of the season. He was last recalled from Triple-A on May 24 and appeared in two games (one start) before returning to Syracuse on June 4.

      In 16 major league games over two-plus seasons, Jordan is 1-8 with a 4.81 ERA in 15 starts. This season with Syracuse, Jordan is 2-4 with a 2.97 ERA in 11 starts.

  • Sunday, July 5, 2015
    Red Sox's Ortiz gets rare AL start at 1B
    By The Sports Xchange

    BOSTON -- For the first time in nine years, Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz started at first base in an American League game Sunday.

    • Ortiz is the Red Sox's regular designated hitter, and he usually dusts of his first baseman's mitt only when the team is playing interleague games that don't employ the DH.

      Before Sunday's game against the Houston Astros, Ortiz last manned first base against an AL opponent on Aug. 5, 2006, at Tampa Bay. He hadn't played in the field at Fenway Park since July 16, 2005, against the New York Yankees.

      "There's complete confidence in his ability to play the position," manager John Farrell said. "That was part of some of the conversation in getting him to this point. And you know what? He's willing to do whatever to give us our best chance to win here today."

      In his past 40 games at first base in interleague action, Ortiz committed just one error.

      Ortiz took the place of Mike Napoli, who was in a 2-for-27 slump that dropped his batting average to .192. Napoli was 0-for-9 with four strikeouts in the first two games of the series with the Astros and was hitting .168 since June 1.

      "He fully recognizes where he's at and continues to work at getting this thing turned around," Farrell said of Napoli. "But (we) felt like today was a day to give him a little bit of a breather with tomorrow being the off day and a couple days to regroup. His daily work is there to try to get this turned around."

  • Sunday, July 5, 2015
    Pirates claim 1B Ishikawa off waivers
    By The Sports Xchange

    PITTSBURGH -- Travis Ishikawa is back with the Pirates as Pittsburgh claimed the first baseman off waivers from the San Francisco Giants on Sunday.

    • The 31-year-old was 0-for-5 in six games for the Giants this season. He also hit a combined .266 with four home runs and 20 RBIs in 37 games with Triple-A Sacramento and Class A San Jose.

      Ishikawa was the Pirates' Opening Day first baseman in 2014, then was designated for assignment in mid-April.

      He cleared waivers and signed with the Giants days later. Ishikawa hit a game-ending home run against the St. Louis Cardinals in the decisive Game 5 of the National League Championship Series in October to give San Francisco its third pennant in five seasons.

      The Pirates will make a correspondent roster move once Ishikawa reports to the team.

      In 15 games with Pittsburgh last year, Ishikawa hit .206 with one homer and three RBIs. For his eight-season major league career, he has a .257 batting average, a .321 on-base percentage, a .395 slugging percentage, 22 homers and 129 RBIs in 450 games.

      In addition to Pittsburgh and San Francisco, Ishikawa also had stints with the Milwaukee Brewers, Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees.

  • Sunday, July 5, 2015
    Cards place LHP Garcia on DL with groin strain
    By The Sports Xchange

    The St. Louis Cardinals placed left-handed pitcher Jaime Garcia on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a left groin strain.

    • The move is retroactive to July 4. The club also recalled left-handed pitcher Tim Cooney from Class A Peoria.

      Garcia was scratched from a start last Thursday due to the groin strain. He is 3-3 with a 1.69 ERA in seven starts this season.

      Manager Mike Matheny announced that Cooney and lefty Tyler Lyons are slated to draw the starting assignments for the Cardinals in Tuesday's split doubleheader at Chicago.

      Cooney, who started for the Cardinals last Thursday, is is 0-0 with a 5.40 ERA in two starts for St. Louis this season. The Pacific Coast League All-Star is 6-4 with a 2.74 ERA in his 14 starts for Triple-A Memphis.

      Lyons is 2-0, 5.09 ERA in five starts for St. Louis, winning each of his last two (June 13 vs. Kansas City and June 19 vs. Philadelphia). He is 5-4 with a 3.10 ERA in 10 starts at Memphis.

  • Sunday, July 5, 2015
    Rangers' Hamilton now dealing with groin strain
    By The Sports Xchange

    Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton, who did not play Saturday, is now dealing with a groin strain.

    • Hamilton came out of Friday night's game against the Los Angeles Angels after the seventh inning. He was playing for the first time against his former team, which traded him to the Rangers after two disappointing years with Los Angeles.

      Hamilton, who signed a five-year, $125 million contract with the Angels in December 2012, went 1-for-3 with a double in Friday's game.

      The Rangers re-acquired Hamilton from the Angels on April 27 while he was on the disabled list recovering from Feb. 4 surgery on his right shoulder. Hamilton didn't make his season debut until May 25, and he hurt the hamstring several days later.

      Rangers manager Jeff Banister said Saturday was a planned day off but did not get specific with what was ailing Hamilton except to say that his "whole lower half" has been an issue since Hamilton went on the DL with a left hamstring strain after an injury May 31, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

      The slugger was not in the lineup for Sunday night's game against the Angels.

      Hamilton returned on Tuesday from a month-long stint on the disabled list with a hamstring injury, and the veteran went 2-for-4, scored a run and made a nice sliding catch in Texas' 8-6 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

      "Obviously, we'll see where he is throughout the night," Banister said Saturday. "We'll continue to try to manage how he feels. This is a guy we'd like to have for an extended period of time. I'm trying my best to figure this whole thing out with him and what is best for Josh."

      Hamilton is hitting .303 with two home runs and five RBIs in 10 games this season.

  • Saturday, July 4, 2015
    MLB notebook: Tigers place Cabrera on DL with strained calf
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Detroit Tigers placed two-time American League MVP Miguel Cabrera on the 15-day disabled list for the first time in his career Saturday.

    • Manager Brad Ausmus shook up his lineup to get more offense on Friday. Now, he'll need to change his lineup with Cabrera out of the mix for an extended period.

      Cabrera, who is batting a league-leading .350 with 15 home runs and 54 RBIs, was diagnosed with a Grade 3 left calf strain and is expected to miss six weeks.

      Cabrera pulled up running from first to second during the fourth inning Friday night as designated hitter Victor Martinez fouled off a pitch.

      Cabrera had an MRI, which showed no injury to his Achilles tendon, but Ausmus is pessimistic about a quick recovery.

      "I was concerned. When Miggy says he can't play, it's serious, because Miggy plays through anything," Ausmus said Friday night.

      ---Washington Nationals right-handed starter Stephen Strasburg left the game against the San Francisco Giants in the fourth inning Saturday after suffering an injury.

      After his first pitch to first baseman Brandon Belt with two outs in the fourth, Strasburg grimaced and briefly grabbed his left side.

      Nationals manager Matt Williams, pitching coach Steve McCatty and the Nationals trainer came to the mound. After a lengthy conversation, Strasburg left and was replaced by Tanner Roark with Washington leading 3-0.

      "He left the game with some tightness in his left side, so we'll continue to evaluate that," Williams said after Washington's 9-3 win. "We'll see how he feels tomorrow, but given his season so far, we're not going to take a chance there."

      Strasburg had allowed one hit while striking out three and walking two in his third start back since missing 21 games with neck tightness. He had been sharp since returning, winning his first two starts while allowing two runs in 12 innings.

      "It's pretty tight," Strasburg said after Saturday's game. "They said that was going to be the case. I've iced it a couple of times. Don't really have an explanation."

      ---Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter said right-hander Kevin Gausman will remain in the starting rotation, while right-hander Bud Norris will work out of the bullpen.

      Gausman has made two starts this season. He threw 6 1/3 scoreless innings on Thursday against Texas and struck out seven.

      "This is just a bump in the road (for Norris)," Showalter said. "He's probably had tougher things happen to him in his life. Right now, I have confidence that he'll come in and do a job that we're going to be in need of, that's as important of a job as any."

      ---The St. Louis Cardinals recalled right-hander Mitch Harris from Triple-A Memphis, opting to go with 13 pitchers as it plays 10 games in the last nine days before the All-Star break.

      Harris was 1-1 with a 3.63 ERA in 16 games earlier this year for the Cardinals.

      ---The Boston Red Sox recalled right-hander Steven Wright from Triple-A Pawtucket and optioned right-hander Noe Ramirez, who lost his major league debut Friday, back to Pawtucket.

      ---The Tigers purchased the contract of infielder Jefry Marte from Triple-A Toledo.

      Marte, who was selected the International League Player of the Month in June, was hitting .271 with 13 home runs and 55 RBIs in 77 games with the Mud Hens.

      ---The Tampa Bay Rays optioned left-hander C.J Riefenhauser to Triple-A Durham, purchased the contract of left-hander Everett Teaford from Durham and designated first baseman Marc Krauss for assignment.

  • Saturday, July 4, 2015
    MLB roundup: Bryant's fireworks spark Cubs to win
    By The Sports Xchange

    CHICAGO -- Kris Bryant provided the holiday fireworks with two home runs -- including his first Wrigley Field grand slam -- to lead the Chicago Cubs to a 7-2 victory over the Miami Marlins on Saturday.

    • The rookie third baseman also collected six RBIs in the opening two innings as Chicago chased Miami starter Jarred Cosart after just 1 2/3 innings.

      Cubs left-handed starter Clayton Richard, acquired late Friday in a cash deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates, allowed two earned runs on eight hits in his Chicago debut.

      Angels 13, Rangers 0

      ARLINGTON, Texas -- Los Angeles feasted on Texas pitching in a dominating victory.

      The Angels batted around in an inning twice in the game and scored runs in five innings while pounding out a season-high 17 hits.

      C.J. Cron collected a career-high six RBIs and capped a six-run sixth inning with a three-run homer off Texas reliever Spencer Patton.

      Brewers 7, Reds 3

      CINCINNATI -- Adam Lind homered and Milwaukee scored six times in the fifth inning to extend its winning streak to seven games.

      It's the longest winning streak for the Brewers since they won nine straight in April 2014.

      Milwaukee starter Jimmy Nelson, bolstered by a suddenly resurgent offense, allowed three runs and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings.

      Dodgers 4, Mets 3

      LOS ANGELES -- Zack Greinke pitched seven shutout innings to lead Los Angeles past New York in front of 51,252 at Dodger Stadium.

      The Dodgers expanded their lead over the second-place San Francisco Giants to four games in the National League West while dropping the Mets 4 1/2 games behind the Washington Nationals in the National League East.

      Greinke, who owns major leagues' best earned-run average, extended his streak of consecutive scoreless innings to 28. He conceded just four hits and did not issue a walk while collecting four strikeouts.

      Braves 9, Phillis 5

      ATLANTA -- Cameron Maybin had three hits, including a home run, to spark an 11-hit attack in Atlanta's win over Philadelphia.

      Maybin was 3-for-5 with a double and his seventh home run, scored three runs and drove in a pair of runs. He also reached on an error and stole his 15th base.

      It was the fourth straight win for Atlanta and the sixth straight defeat for the Phillies, who have lost nine of their last 10.

      Twins 5, Royals 3

      KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Joe Mauer stroked four hits, including a two-run homer, and Minnesota defeated Kansas City.

      Trevor Ploufee singled, doubled and tripled in his first three at-bats but struck out in the seventh inning in his final at-bat to fall short of the cycle. He was on-deck in the ninth.

      Brian Duensing picked up the victory with a scoreless fifth inning after starter Mike Pelfrey had another early exit. Glen Perkins converted his 27th consecutive save with a 1-2-3 ninth.

      Nationals 9, Giants 3

      WASHINGTON -- Tyler Moore had three hits and drove in four runs, Bryce Harper hit a two-run homer and Washington defeated San Francisco in a game that Stephen Strasburg left in the fourth inning with an injury.

      In addition to his 25th home run, Harper had a double and a single and scored twice for the Nationals. Michael Taylor Jr. also homered for Washington and Tanner Roark pitched 4 1/3 innings of solid relief.

      Strasburg was cruising against the Giants, but was pulled with an injury in the fourth inning. After his first pitch to Brandon Belt with two outs in the fourth, Strasburg grimaced and briefly grabbed his left side.

      A's 2, Mariners 0

      OAKLAND, Calif. -- Rookie Kendall Graveman outpitched Oakland nemesis Felix Hernandez and the Athletics beat Seattle at O.co Coliseum.

      Graveman (6-4) blanked the Mariners for seven innings, allowing five hits and a walk and striking out one. He is 5-2 with a 1.78 ERA since May 23. Hernandez had gone 13 starts at the Coliseum without losing, dating to Sept. 19, 2008.

      The Athletics scored against Hernandez in the first inning when Billy Burns singled, stole second and scored on a single by Ben Zobrist. Burns singled again to start the seventh, went to third on a single by Stephen Vogt and scored on Zobrist's sacrifice fly.

      Yankees 3, Rays 2

      NEW YORK -- Rookie Ramon Flores delivered a sacrifice bunt which resulted in an error that sent home the winning run with none out in the bottom of the ninth inning as New York squandered a two-run lead before getting a victory over Tampa Bay.

      The Yankees beat the Rays for the eighth time in 12 meetings when Flores bunted on his third attempt against Tampa Bay closer Brad Boxberger (4-4), who came off the mound to field the ball but his throw bounced in front of first baseman James Loney for an error.

      The throw from second baseman Jake Elmore was late and pinch runner Jose Pirela slid in with the winning run as the Yankees emerged from the dugout to celebrate.

      Tigers 8, Blue Jays 3

      DETROIT -- J.D. Martinez hit a home run for the ninth time in 11 games and David Price pitched seven solid innings to lead Detroit over Toronto.

      Martinez's two-run blast in the first inning was his 22nd of the season, second most in the American League.

      Price (8-2) allowed a baserunner in each of his seven innings but the Blue Jays' only run off him came on a solo home run by Kevin Pillar. Price scattered eight hits and struck seven for the Tigers, who learned earlier in the day that Miguel Cabrera suffered a left calf strain and is headed for the disabled list for the first time in his career. Cabrera, who is batting a league-leading .350 with 15 home runs and 54 RBIs, is expected to miss six weeks.

      Red Sox 6, Astros 1

      BOSTON -- Clay Buchholz went the distance to win his fourth straight decision and lead Boston over Houston.

      The right-hander retired 12 batters in a row between the second and fifth innings before Hank Conger singled to center to lead off the sixth. Buchholz (7-6) allowed one run on six hits, striking out eight, and has posted a 0.87 ERA in his last four starts for Boston.

      Mookie Betts went 2-for-3 and drove in three runs while Xander Bogaerts was 2-for-4 with two RBIs for Boston.

      Cardinals 2, Padres 1

      ST. LOUIS -- Moved to the leadoff spot as manager Mike Matheny shook up his lineup, rookie Tommy Pham scored both runs as St. Louis ended a four-game losing skid with a win over San Diego.

      After reaching base on an error by shortstop Alexi Amarista to start the eighth, Pham stole second and moved to third on a groundout. Pham then turned a fly ball by shortstop Jhonny Peralta into the winning run, barely beating the strong throw from right fielder Will Venable with a head-first slide.

      It made a winner of reliever Seth Maness (3-0), who used only six pitches to retire the side in order in the eighth. Trevor Rosenthal picked up his 24th save in 25 chances.

      White Sox 3, Orioles 2

      CHICAGO -- Jeff Samardzija didn't get credit for the win in his stat line, but the right-hander led Chicago to its fourth straight victory.

      Samardzija took a no-decision, but allowed just one run on three hits and struck out nine in his 7 2/3 innings of dominating work. White Sox right-hander Zach Putnam, who allowed a game tying two-run homer to Manny Machado in the eighth, got the win thanks to a pinch-hit double in the eighth by J.B. Shuck, who plated Gordon Beckham with the winning run.

      Right-hander David Robertson earned his 18th save and second in as many games, but was aided by Avisail Garcia's fantastic catch in right field for the second out in the ninth. Garcia leapt high to snare a ball hit by Chris Davis that would have tied the game, catching it over the fence and bringing it back.

      Pirates 1, Indians 0

      PITTSBURGH -- Jeff Locke retired his last 19 batters to end a strong eight-inning performance and Neil Walker singled home the only run as Pittsburgh snapped Cleveland's five-game winning streak.

      Locke allowed two hits in eight innings -- second-inning singles by Yan Gomes and Giovanny Urshela. The left-hander did not allow anyone else to reach after Urshela's two-out hit as he struck six, walked none and faced just one batter over the minimum.

      The Pirates scored in the sixth inning after Josh Harrison hit a leadoff double off the top of the center-field fence and scored on Walker's single. Walker ran his hitting streak to seven games.

      Diamondbacks 7, Rockies 3

      PHOENIX -- A.J. Pollock had two hits and two RBIs and Patrick Corbin made a successful return from Tommy John surgery for Arizona.

      Pollock's two-run double gave Arizona a 4-2 lead in the fourth inning, all the margin that Corbin needed to post his first victory since Sept. 11, 2013. He missed last season after undergoing elbow surgery in March 2014.

      DJ LeMahieu had three hits and an RBI and Charlie Blackmon had two hits and an RBI for the Rockies, who have lost four in a row and seven of eight.