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  • Pitching matchup favors Dodgers vs. Braves
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, July 22, 2017

    LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves square off on Saturday night with two pitchers showing opposite results.

    • Los Angeles' Rich Hill (6-4, 3.55 ERA) has never lost to the Braves, sporting a pristine 3-0 mark with a sparkling 1.89 ERA.

      Atlanta's Julio Teheran (7-7, 4.69) has never beaten Los Angeles, dropping all five decisions and pitching to a 4.69 ERA.

      Something figures to give as the Braves go for the third straight win over a team that had won 11 consecutive games before Atlanta arrived.

      Hill has put his blister problems behind him of late and produced some of his best pitching of the season. The left-hander found his groove this month, producing some stellar numbers in three starts, two of which he won. Hill has thrown 19 innings during that span and allowed but two runs and 11 hits. His 29 strikeouts to one walk is hard to ignore, too.

      Hill, who was expected to be team's No. 2 starter behind Clayton Kershaw before Alex Wood's emergence, has tinkered with his release point for most the season, aching to get his offspeed offering just right.

      Make that his entire 12-year career that Hill has adjusted something with his delivery.

      "I guess all pitchers have to have feel, for the most part,'' Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "But with Rich and the curveball being 50 percent of his mix, he's got to have that feel.''

      Hill's a tough draw as batters seldom see the same pitch from the same location. He's a master at adding and subtracting velocity, all in a quest to catch someone on his knee-bending curveball.

      "He is changing trajectory or angles and he is varying speeds and then there's the striking with the fastball,'' Roberts said. "He is where he had hoped he would be.''

      Hill was on the mark in beating the Miami Marlins in his first start after the All-Star break. He worked five innings and surrendered one run and five hits. It was a nifty nine-strikeout, no-walk outing.

      "Really the last four or five starts he has been very good for us,'' Roberts said. "He's logging innings and that was what was expected from him.''

      Teheren is enjoying a solid July as well. He has won two of his three starts this month, with the loss coming his last time out against the Chicago Cubs. He was done in by his four walks as much as the five hits in being charged with two runs in six innings.

      Braves manager Brian Snitker said Teheran, a two-time All-Star, pitched better than what his line revealed.

      "He's been really good on the road, real good,'' Snitker said. "And he was good at home the other day. So hopefully things are turning. He's been keeping the ball down and hitting his spots.''

      Teheran still leans on the fastball-curveball-changeup mixture and Snitker said there has been more giddy-up lately with the heater.

      "The velocity has kind of been back,'' Snitker said. "As well as the location and whole bit. He's been real good the last two times out."

      The Braves have won seven of their past nine road games.

  • MLB roundup: Astros hold off Orioles
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, July 22, 2017

    BALTIMORE -- Yuli Gurriel, Brian McCann and Colin Moran all homered, and starter Mike Fiers tossed seven solid innings as the Houston Astros took a big early lead and hung on for an 8-7 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night.

    • Gurriel (4-for-5) hit a two-run shot in the first inning and McCann added a solo homer in the sixth. Moran, who had tripled earlier for his fourth major league hit, then belted a solo shot in the eighth and finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs.

      Gurriel ended up a triple short of the cycle with his career-best four hits. Fiers (7-4) allowed one run and six hits in seven inning. He struck out nine with just one walk and won his second straight start.

      The Astros banged out five runs and five hits off Baltimore starter Ubaldo Jimenez (4-6) in the first two innings. Jimenez allowed six runs and 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings as the Astros rolled to the early 5-0 lead and eventually stretched it to 8-1.

      Pirates 13, Rockies 5

      DENVER -- After five successive comeback victories, onrushing Pittsburgh avoided another down-to-the-wire ending and breathed easier.

      They took advantage of Coors Field, revved up their offense and extended their season-high winning streak to six games by pounding Colorado.

      The Pirates have won nine of their past 10 games, 12 of their past 14 and have won nine of their past 10 games at Coors Field, dating back to July 27, 2014. The loss ended Colorado's four-game winning streak.

      Indians 13, Blue Jays 3

      CLEVELAND -- Edwin Encarnacion fell a triple shy of the cycle and had four RBIs as Cleveland beat Toronto.

      Encarnacion, who played eight years in Toronto before signing with Cleveland as a free agent last winter, leads the Indians with 20 home runs and 54 RBIs.

      Cleveland starter Trevor Bauer (8-8) threw 112 pitches in five innings but got the win. He gave up three runs and six hits, with six strikeouts and four walks. Toronto starter Marco Estrada (4-7) gave up five runs in 4 2/3 innings and took the loss.

      Rangers 4, Rays 3

      ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Texas rallied on Shin-Soo Choo's two-run homer to tie Tampa Bay in the ninth inning and then won on Elvis Andrus' RBI single in the 10th to end a five-game losing streak.

      Jonathan Lucroy led off the 10th with a walk from Brad Boxberger (2-1), advanced on a sacrifice bunt and flyout, then scored when Andrus beat the throw to first on a ground ball deep to third base.

      Rangers reliever Alex Claudio (2-0) got the win after pitching the final two innings. The Rays had been 44-1 this season when leading after eight innings.

      Cardinals 11, Cubs 4

      CHICAGO -- Paul DeJong's bases-loaded, two-base hit delivered the go-ahead runs while nine straight batters scored in a decisive eighth inning in St. Louis' come-from-behind victory over Chicago.

      The victory snapped the Cardinals' two-game losing streak and also ended a six-game winning run by the Cubs. DeJong (1-for-5) doubled off Cubs reliever Hector Rondon to score Tommy Pham and Dexter Fowler for a 5-3 lead with none out.

      Rondon then gave up an RBI single to Randal Grichuk to make it 6-3. Carl Edwards Jr. (3-2), who started the inning and loaded the bases, took the loss.

      Phillies 6, Brewers 1

      PHILADELPHIA -- Aaron Nola pitched seven innings of one-run ball, striking out nine as Philadelphia sent Milwaukee to its sixth consecutive loss.

      Nola (7-6) lowered his ERA in July to 1.61, allowing two earned runs or fewer in every start this month. The Phillies went to work against the Brewers' bullpen in the bottom of the sixth. Carlos Torres gave up four earned runs, four hits and two walks, including a two-run double off the center-field fence to Tommy Joseph, to give the Phillies a 6-1 advantage.

      All-Star setup man Pat Neshek relieved Nola in the eighth and pitched his 22nd scoreless inning at home this season in as many attempts. Right-hander Hector Neris pitched a scoreless ninth.

      Mets 7, Athletics 5

      NEW YORK -- Michael Conforto hit a pair of two-run homers and New York staved off a late rally by Oakland.

      The Mets have won three straight and the Athletics have lost three of four. Conforto's first homer put the New York on the board in the third inning and his second blast provided what proved to be vital insurance runs in the seventh. T.J. Rivera had the go-ahead two-run single in the sixth and scored from second when third baseman Matt Chapman threw past second base and into deep right field.

      Yoenis Cespedes, the former Athletics outfielder who created a stir before the game when he told an Oakland newspaper he'd like to finish his career with the Athletics, had three hits for the Mets.

      Marlins 3, Reds 1

      CINCINNATI -- Jose Urena allowed a run on three hits through six innings and Christian Yelich had two RBIs, lifting Miami to a victory over Cincinnati.

      Urena (8-4) walked two and struck out four over his 90-pitch outing. He also doubled for the first time for just his second hit this season. The start of Friday's game was delayed one hour and 47 minutes by rain.

      Christian Yelich went 1-for-3 with two RBIs for Miami, which snapped a three-game losing streak to the Reds. A.J. Ramos retired the side in order in the ninth for his 18th save.

      Tigers 6, Twins 3

      MINNEAPOLIS -- Victor Martinez homered twice to support Anibal Sanchez's sixth start of the season as Detroit beat Minnesota.

      Nicholas Castellanos, Mikie Mahtook and Jose Iglesias each had two hits as the bottom five of the Detroit batting order went 9-for-18. The Tigers beat Minnesota for the fifth time in seven games this season.

      Sanchez (2-0) surrendered three runs in 5 2/3 innings. Four relievers combined for 3 1/3 scoreless innings with one hit allowed and Justin Wilson secured his 11th save in 13 chances. Twins right-hander Ervin Santana (11-7) had his shortest outing of the year, pulled after 3 1/3 innings while yielding five runs, seven hits and two walks.

      Royals 7, White Sox 6 (10 innings)

      KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Whit Merrifield drove in three runs, including the game-winner in the 10th inning, as Kansas City rallied to beat Chicago.

      Merrifield's sacrifice fly with the bases loaded in the 10th brought home Alcides Escobar for the walk-off victory.

      Escobar and Alex Gordon, who had three hits and three RBIs, started the inning with singles. They advanced on a wild pitch and pinch-hitter Jorge Bonifacio walked to load the bases to set the stage for Merrifield's sacrifice fly.

      Red Sox 6, Angels 2

      ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Chris Sale shut out Los Angeles on four hits in six innings, riding a five-run first inning from his teammates and lifting Boston to the win.

      Sale (12-4) struck out nine, reaching the 200-strikeout milestone for the season. It took him just 141 1/3 innings to get there, the fastest to 200 in major league history. Only three other pitchers -- Nolan Ryan, Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez -- have reached 200 in 20 starts or fewer.

      The Red Sox had nine hits, all coming against Ricky Nolasco (4-11), who gave up all six runs and lasted just four innings. Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley Jr. each had two hits for Boston, which increased its lead in the American League East to 3 1/2 games over the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees.

      Braves 12, Dodgers 3

      LOS ANGELES -- Jaime Garcia hit a grand slam and pitched seven effective innings as Atlanta thumped Los Angeles.

      Garcia (4-7) also had a hand in two other runs when Alex Wood botched Garcia's popup in the fourth inning for a two-run error. Tyler Flowers added a three-run shot in the sixth to give him four RBIs to match Garcia in the Braves' 13-hit attack.

      Wood (11-1) lost for the first time since May 30, 2016, a span of 14 consecutive starts. He also was defeated for the initial time this year at Dodger Stadium.

      Yankees 5, Mariners 1

      SEATTLE -- Aaron Judge hit a three-run homer that nearly left Safeco Field and drove in four runs as New York defeated Seattle.

      Judge's fifth-inning blast, his major league-leading 31st homer of the season and his first since winning the Home Run Derby, landed in the third-to-last row of the second deck in left field. It came on a 2-1 hanging curveball from Mariners rookie right-hander Andrew Moore and traveled an estimated 450 feet.

      Yankees starter CC Sabathia (9-3) allowed one run and four hits in five-plus innings to get the win. He walked three and struck out five. Moore (1-2) struggled, giving up five runs and nine hits in six innings.

      Diamondbacks 6, Nationals 5

      PHOENIX -- David Peralta, A.J. Pollock and Jake Lamb homered off Max Scherzer to lead off the Arizona first inning, but the Diamondbacks needed a walk-off single by Brandon Drury with one out in the ninth inning for a victory over Washington.

      Pollock tripled to open the ninth inning off Enny Romero (2-4) before Nationals manager Dusty Baker intentionally walked Jake Lamb and Paul Goldschmidt to load the bases.

      Adfter Gregor Blanco hit a short fly to left field, Drury grounded a single into right as the Diamondbacks recovered after blowing a 5-0 lead. Pollock and Perlta had three hits and an RBI and Lamb had two hits and two RBIs for Arizona (56-40), which has won three of four. It was its seventh walk-off victory of the season.

      Padres 12, Giants 9

      SAN FRANCISCO -- The fourth hits of the game by Matt Szczur, Jose Pirela and Carlos Asuaje drove in runs in the 11th inning, delivering San Diego a victory over San Francisco.

      Wil Myers and Hector Sanchez homered for the Padres, who have prevailed in eight of their last 11 games against the Giants and seven of their last eight visits to AT&T Park.

      Hunter Pence had three hits and two RBIs for the Giants, who led 4-0, 5-1 and 6-2 at different stages of the first four innings.

  • Tigers' Cabrera (clavicle) exits game vs. Twins
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, July 21, 2017

    MINNEAPOLIS -- Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera left Friday's game against the Minnesota Twins with a right clavicle contusion a half-inning after taking a bad hop off his chest at first base.

    • In the fourth inning, Cabrera fielded a ground ball off the bat of Robbie Grossman that took a high hop as the Detroit slugger got in front of the ball. The ball ricocheted off Cabrera's chest, and he collected it and still managed to get the out.

      Cabrera stayed in the game, but Andrew Romine pinch-hit for him in the top of the next inning.

      The Tigers announced that X-rays were negative, and Cabrera is considered day-to-day.

      Cabrera is hitting a career-low .261 this season and struck out in his two at-bats on Friday.

  • MLB notebook: Cubs 3B Bryant sits out vs. Cards
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, July 21, 2017

    Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant was not in the lineup with a finger injury for Friday afternoon's game and could miss this weekend's series against the St. Louis Cardinals.

    • Bryant sprained his little finger on his left hand in a headfirst slide in the first inning of Chicago's 8-2 victory against the Braves at Atlanta on Wednesday.

      X-rays were negative but the 25-year-old Bryant is still experiencing soreness while gripping the bat.

      "We're going to do this as a day-by-day thing," manager Joe Maddon told reporters before Friday's game. "I really don't know. If I had to guess, probably not tomorrow too and possibly on Sunday. But I really don't know. He healed well with the ankle, we did not expect that to come back very quickly and it did. So I'm just trying to not jump to conclusions right now. It's sore. It's just a soreness and he's got to grip the bat, and that's what it really comes down to."

      --The Cardinals activated left-handed reliever Zach Duke and outfielder Randal Grichuk from the disabled list prior to opening a three-game series against the Cubs.

      Duke made his season debut in the 11-4 win after undergoing Tommy John surgery during the offseason. He missed all of spring training and pitched nine scoreless innings in nine rehab appearances.

      Grichuk was activated after being out since July 10 with a lower back injury. He appeared in a rehab game with Double-A Springfield on Wednesday and was 1-for-4 with a three-run homer.

      Besides activating Duke and Grichuk, St. Louis also optioned right-handed reliever Sam Tuivailala to Triple-A Memphis and outfielder Magneuris Sierra to Springfield. St. Louis also recalled catcher Carson Kelly from Memphis and designated backup catcher Eric Fryer for assignment.

      --The Cleveland Indians placed left-handed reliever Boone Logan on the 10-day disabled list with a left lat muscle strain.

      Logan, 32, is out indefinitely, the team announced. The move is retroactive to July 20.

      Logan suffered the injury when he threw ball four to Brandon Belt in the eighth inning on Wednesday afternoon in the San Francisco Giants' 5-4 win. It sent the 6-foot-5, 240-pound Logan to his knee after he released the ball.

      "When the ball came out of my hand I felt it pull in the upper lat area," Logan said after the game.

      --The Oakland Athletics signed first baseman Chris Carter to a minor league contract, the team announced.

      Carter, 30, was assigned to Triple-A Nashville. He was released by the New York Yankees on July 11. He signed a one-year, $3.5 million deal with New York in February.

      Carter hit just .201 with eight home runs and 26 RBIs in 62 games with the Yankees, who twice designated him for assignment. He was initially designated on June 24 and again on July 5.

      Carter previously spent five years in the Oakland organization after originally being acquired in December 2007 from Arizona in an eight-player trade. He spent parts of three seasons in the majors with the A's (2010-12), appearing in 106 games and hitting 19 homers.

      --The Seattle Mariners acquired left-hander Marco Gonzales from the Cardinals in exchange for minor league outfielder Tyler O'Neill, the teams announced.

      Gonzales, 25, appeared in parts of three major league seasons (2014, 2015, 2017) with the Cardinals, compiling a 4-2 record with a 5.53 ERA over 40 2/3 innings in 12 games (seven starts).

      Gonzales also appeared in three games in the 2014 division series against the Los Angeles Dodgers and was 2-0 with a perfect 0.00 ERA over three innings. In addition, he made three appearances in the 2014 ALCS against the San Francisco Giants and was 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA over three innings.

      O'Neill, 22, hit .244 with 19 home runs and 56 RBIs in 93 games with Triple-A Tacoma this season.

  • Indians place LHP Logan on disabled list
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, July 21, 2017

    The Cleveland Indians placed left-handed reliever Boone Logan on the 10-day disabled list Friday with a left lat muscle strain.

    • Logan, 32, is out indefinitely, the team announced. The move is retroactive to July 20.

      Logan suffered the injury when he threw ball four to Brandon Belt in the eighth inning on Wednesday afternoon in the San Francisco Giants' 5-4 win. It sent the 6-foot-5, 240-pound Logan to his knee after he released the ball.

      "When the ball came out of my hand I felt it pull in the upper lat area," Logan said after the game.

      Logan, who is beginning his seventh career stint on the major league DL, is 1-0 with a 4.71 ERA over 21 innings in 38 appearances this season.

      Logan underwent imaging and an examination on Thursday, confirming a high grade latissimus strain.

      The Indians also purchased the contract of left-hander Tyler Olson from Triple-A Columbus.

      Olson, 27, has spent the entire season with Columbus, posting a 2-0 record with two saves and a 3.32 ERA over 40 2/3 innings in 33 relief appearances.

      Olson was claimed off waivers by Cleveland last July. He appeared in 12 major league games with the Seattle Mariners and New York Yankees during the 2015-2016 campaigns, going 1-1 with a 5.63 ERA over 16 innings.

  • Cardinals activate LHP Duke, OF Grichuk
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, July 21, 2017

    The St. Louis Cardinals activated left-handed reliever Zach Duke and outfielder Randal Grichuk from the disabled list prior to opening a three-game series against the Chicago Cubs on Friday afternoon.

    • Duke will make his season debut after undergoing Tommy John surgery during the offseason. He missed all of spring training and pitched nine scoreless innings in nine rehab appearances.

      The 34-year-old Duke was obtained from the Chicago White Sox a day before last season's non-waiver trade deadline for outfielder Charlie Tilson. He was 0-1 with a 1.93 ERA in 28 appearances after posting a 2.63 ERA in 51 appearances for the White Sox.

      Duke made his major league debut as a starting pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2005. In 441 appearances (169 starts), he is 60-84 with a 4.31 ERA for the Pirates, Arizona Diamondbacks, Washington Nationals, Cincinnati Reds, Milwaukee Brewers, the White Sox and St. Louis.

      Grichuk was activated after being out since July 10 with a lower back injury. He appeared in a rehab game with Double-A Springfield on Wednesday and was 1-for-4 with a three-run homer.

      In 2015, the 26-year-old Grichuk batted .276 in his first full season with the Cardinals but slumped to .240 last season despite hitting 24 homers. This season, Grichuk is hitting .215 with nine homers and 30 RBIs in 61 games.

      Besides activating Duke and Grichuk, St. Louis also optioned right-handed reliever Sam Tuivailala to Triple-A Memphis and outfielder Magneuris Sierra to Springfield.

      St. Louis also recalled catcher Carson Kelly from Memphis and designated backup catcher Eric Fryer for assignment.

  • Cubs 3B day-to-day with finger injury
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, July 21, 2017

    Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant was not in the lineup with a finger injury for Friday afternoon's game and could miss this weekend's series against the St. Louis Cardinals.

    • Bryant sprained his little finger on his left hand in a headfirst slide in the first inning of Chicago's 8-2 victory against the Braves at Atlanta on Wednesday.

      X-rays were negative but the 25-year-old Bryant is still experiencing soreness while gripping the bat.

      "We're going to do this as a day-by-day thing," manager Joe Maddon told reporters before Friday's game. "I really don't know. If I had to guess, probably not tomorrow too and possibly on Sunday. But I really don't know.

      "He healed well with the ankle, we did not expect that to come back very quickly and it did. So I'm just trying to not jump to conclusions right now. It's sore. It's just a soreness and he's got to grip the bat, and that's what it really comes down to."

      Bryant is hitting .275 with 19 home runs and 40 RBIs in 88 games this season. He is coming off a National League MVP season when he helped the Cubs to their first World Series title since 1908.

      Javier Baez started at third in the series opener against the Cardinals.

  • A's sign 1B Carter to minor league contract
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, July 21, 2017

    The Oakland Athletics signed first baseman Chris Carter to a minor league contract, the team announced Friday.

    • Carter, 30, was assigned to Triple-A Nashville. He was released by the New York Yankees on July 11. He signed a one-year, $3.5 million deal with New York in February.

      Carter hit just .201 with eight home runs and 26 RBIs in 62 games with the Yankees, who twice designated him for assignment. He was initially designated on June 24 and again on July 5.

      Carter previously spent five years in the Oakland organization after originally being acquired in December 2007 from Arizona in an eight-player trade. He spent parts of three seasons in the majors with the A's (2010-12), appearing in 106 games and hitting 19 homers.

      The A's also recalled right-hander Frankie Montas and first baseman/outfielder Matt Olson from Triple-A.

      Montas, 25, joins Oakland for the second time this year. He was on the Athletics' Opening Day roster and went 1-1 with a 6.91 ERA in 21 relief appearances before he was optioned to Nashville on June 11. He went 0-1 with a 4.22 ERA in seven games (six starts) with Nashville.

      Olson, 23, reports to Oakland for the fifth time and is batting .184 with four home runs and nine RBIs in 16 games over his previous four stints. His most recent stay was from June 22 to July 2 when he went 9-for-40 (.225) with all four of his home runs and eight RBIs in 10 games. He is hitting .267 with 19 homers and 51 RBIs in 68 games with Nashville.

  • Mariners acquire LHP Gonzales from Cardinals
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, July 21, 2017

    The Seattle Mariners acquired left-hander Marco Gonzales from the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for minor league outfielder Tyler O'Neill, the teams announced Friday.

    • Gonzales, 25, appeared in parts of three major league seasons (2014, 2015, 2017) with the Cardinals, compiling a 4-2 record with a 5.53 ERA over 40 2/3 innings in 12 games (seven starts).

      Gonzales also appeared in three games in the 2014 division series against the Los Angeles Dodgers and was 2-0 with a perfect 0.00 ERA over three innings. In addition, he made three appearances in the 2014 ALCS against the San Francisco Giants and was 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA over three innings.

      "Marco is a quality athlete with high character and a strong pitching pedigree who we feel fits our roster well in both the near and long term," Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said in a statement. "We find his current performance, preparedness and proximity to the major leagues to be very appealing traits in a pitcher, particularly a young lefty who is now under club control through the 2023 season."

      Gonzales also made appearances with Triple-A Memphis and advanced-A Palm Beach this season. In 11 starts at AAA, he was 6-4 with a 2.90 ERA over 68 1/3 innings with 57 strikeouts and 17 walks.

      Gonzales missed part of the 2015 season after suffering a severe left pectoral injury. He was out all of 2016 recovering from Tommy John surgery on his left elbow.

      O'Neill, 22, hit .244 with 19 home runs and 56 RBIs in 93 games with Triple-A Tacoma this season.

      In parts of five minor league seasons in the Mariners organization, O'Neill hit .269 with 89 home runs, 300 RBIs, 44 stolen bases, a .344 on-base percentage and a .505 slugging mark in 418 career games.

      The Canadian-born outfielder played in three games for Team Canada in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

      "This was more of a traditional trade in the sense that O'Neill was an outfielder with upside in the Mariners organization and Gonzales was a pitcher with upside in our organization," Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak said. "If you look at the depth we have with the pitching in our system, it allowed us to make a move like this to improve. We are excited for Tyler to join our organization."

      O'Neill will report to Memphis Redbirds of the Pacific Coast League.

  • Mariners, Yanks continue series with better bullpens
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, July 21, 2017

    SEATTLE -- Let the arms race begin.

    • At least, the race for relievers.

      The New York Yankees and Seattle Mariners, who are in the midst of a four-game series at Safeco Field, have taken the first shots.

      The Yankees acquired right-handed relievers David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle, as well as two-time All-Star third baseman Todd Frazier, on Tuesday night from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for reliever Tyler Clippard and three prospects.

      The Mariners, who are chasing the Yankees for an American League wild-card berth, countered Thursday by getting reliever David Phelps from the Miami Marlins for four prospects: outfielder Brayan Hernandez and right-handed pitchers Pablo Lopez, Brandon Miller and Lukas Schiraldi.

      "David's really been tested in the bullpen and as a reliever," Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said. "He's been under-the-radar good."

      Phelps, a 30-year-old right-hander, is scheduled to join the Mariners for the Friday game. He was 2-4 with a 3.45 ERA in 44 appearances for Miami, with 51 strikeouts in 47 innings. His 18 holds were tied for second in the National League.

      Phelps, who made his major league debut with the Yankees in 2012, is in his first full season as a reliever after bouncing between the rotation and a long-relief role for most of his first five seasons.

      "It's nice to have another arm on the way," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "He can pitch anywhere from the sixth, seventh or eighth inning."

      The Yankees and Mariners are still in the market for starting pitching.

      Seattle expected left-hander Drew Smyly would return by the All-Star break, but he is going to miss the remainder of the season and perhaps most of 2018 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. Right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma has been on the disabled list since May 10 with inflammation in his pitching shoulder, and it is unclear when, or whether, he will return after setbacks in his rehabilitation.

      The Yankees recently lost right-hander Michael Pineda, a former Mariner who has a partial ligament tear in his pitching elbow and might undergo surgery.

      "We wanted to be careful buyers and we wanted to improve areas on the club," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told NJ.com. "The biggest areas would be with the Michael Pineda injury if we can find a spot in the rotation as well as improve the bullpen. We do believe clearly that this (trade) adds some significant weapons to the high-caliber pieces that we already possess in the bullpen, and hopefully it plays out that way as we move forward."

      Dipoto said he has talked with "every team in the league" about acquiring a starter.

      "The demand exceeds the supply," Dipoto said. "The market for (starting) pitching is high. We've got to be realistic about what we can offer."

      With that in mind, the Mariners announced Thursday that veteran right-hander Yovani Gallardo would return to the rotation and start the series finale Sunday. Gallardo was 3-7 with a 6.30 ERA in 14 starts before being banished to the bullpen a month ago.

      Dipoto was asked whether the Mariners would consider a "rental" player who is signed only through this season.

      "I would if the rental costs much less," he said. "In theory, it should be toward the end of the month (at the trading deadline)."

      But Dipoto admitted that theory might be skewed this season, with nearly every AL club still in the wild-card race.

      "You're still going to pay a premium for a short-term buy," he said.

      The Mariners are scheduled to send rookie right-hander Andrew Moore (1-1, 5.25 ERA) to the mound Friday to make his first appearance against the Yankees.

      New York plans to pitch veteran left-hander CC Sabathia (8-3, 3.54), who is 13-6 with a 2.64 ERA in 26 career starts against the Mariners.

  • Report: Twins hope to acquire LHP Garcia from Braves
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, July 20, 2017

    The Minnesota Twins hope to bolster their rotation by acquiring left-hander Jaime Garcia from the Atlanta Braves.

    • According to multiple media reports Thursday night, the teams were attempting to complete a trade featuring the veteran pitcher. Minnesota reportedly would send Atlanta only minor league talent in the deal.

      Garcia, 31, is 3-7 with a 4.33 ERA in 17 starts for Atlanta this year. He pitched well in his most recent outing, tossing seven innings of one-run ball in a 7-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday. However, in his previous four appearances, he went 0-2 with a 9.41 ERA, part of a seven-start winless streak.

      The Braves acquired Garcia last December from the Cardinals for right-hander John Gant and two minor-leaguers.

      Garcia spent eight seasons in St. Louis, going 62-45 with a 3.57 ERA in 158 games (147 starts). However, after winning 13 games in each of his first two full major league seasons in 2010 and 2011 -- and helping the Cardinals win the 2011 World Series -- injuries temporarily derailed his career.

      He bounced back to be a 10-game winner for St. Louis in 2015 and 2016.

      Garcia, who is making $11.5 million this year, will be a free agent after the season.

      The Minnesota rotation has a 4.91 ERA, which ranks 13th in the 15-team American League. Left-hander Hector Santiago is on the disabled list due to a back ailment, and right-hander Phil Hughes probably will miss the remainder of the season due to recurring symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome.

  • MLB roundup: Braves halt Dodgers' 11-game win streak
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, July 20, 2017

    LOS ANGELES -- Mike Foltynewicz threw 6 1/3 strong innings, Kurt Suzuki homered, and Freddie Freeman had two RBIs as the Atlanta Braves beat the Dodgers 6-3 on Thursday to snap Los Angeles' season-high, 11-game winning streak.

    • The Dodgers they lost for just the fifth time in 36 games. It was also only their second defeat in 20 games at Dodger Stadium.

      Foltynewicz (8-5) surrendered three runs and six hits, struck out five and walked two. The right-hander, who began the season 0-4, won a career-high fifth consecutive decision in his first career outing against Los Angeles.

      The Braves ended a five-game losing skid to the Dodgers.

      Royals 16, Tigers 4

      KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Mike Moustakas had three hits and drove in three runs, and Brandon Moss had four RBIs as Kansas City trounced Detroit.

      Eric Hosmer and Whit Merrifield homered for the Royals, who established season highs for runs and hits (19). Hosmer and Alcides Escobar each drove in a pair of runs. Danny Duffy (6-6) pitched five innings plus three batters to snap a personal two-game losing streak.

      Michael Fulmer (10-7) lost for the first time since June 23 and had the briefest outing of his big league career. He allowed eight runs (five earned) and seven hits in 2 2/3 innings.

      Diamondbacks 12, Reds 2

      CINCINNATI -- Jake Lamb drove in a career-high six runs with two three-run homers as Arizona routed Cincinnati.

      The Diamondbacks' Patrick Corbin, pitching in place of new father Taijuan Walker, allowed only one run while working into the eighth inning. Gregor Blanco tripled and homered, and Ketel Marte also went deep for Arizona.

      Eugenio Suarez hit two solo home runs for the Reds, who dropped to 1-6 on their 10-game homestand.

      Mets 3, Cardinals 2

      NEW YORK -- Jose Reyes hit the game-winning infield single with two outs in the bottom in the ninth inning to give New York the win over St. Louis.

      The Mets had runners at first and third when Reyes hit a grounder to deep first that Matt Carpenter fielded cleanly. However, pitcher Trevor Rosenthal was late covering first base, and Reyes beat it out as the run scored.

      Tommy Pham slugged his 13th homer against Erik Goeddel to give St. Louis a 2-1 lead in the eighth inning. Pinch hitter Wilmer Flores tied the game with a homer against left-hander Brett Cecil in the bottom of the eighth.

      Pirates 4, Brewers 2

      PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh completed a four-game sweep of Milwaukee and won its fifth straight game overall.

      Right-hander Jameson Taillon (6-3) gave up two earned runs in 5 2/3 innings to get the win. He walked two and struck out eight.

      Gregory Polanco hit his ninth home run for the Pirates, and Chris Stewart went 3-for-3.

      Blue Jays 8, Red Sox 6

      BOSTON -- Justin Smoak had two home runs and three RBIs to lead Toronto past Boston.

      The Blue Jays prevailed even though starter Francisco Liriano lasted only 1 2/3 innings, giving up three runs (two earned). Steve Pearce and Ryan Goins each knocked in two runs for Toronto.

      Red Sox starter Doug Fister pitched 4 1/3 innings, giving up six runs on seven hits and four walks.

      Yankees 4, Mariners 1

      SEATTLE -- Luis Severino pitched seven scoreless innings, and Brett Gardner hit a home run as New York defeated Seattle.

      Severino (6-4), who was winless in his previous six starts, allowed eight hits and one walk but got out of several jams. He struck out six and retired the side in order only once, in the sixth inning.

      Dellin Belances and Aroldis Chapman closed out the victory, each pitching an inning of relief. Chapman yielded Seattle's only run on an RBI double by Robinson Cano in the ninth.

      Orioles 9, Rangers 7

      BALTIMORE -- Baltimore hit three home runs off Cole Hamels and four in all while completing a four-game sweep of Texas.

      Hamels (4-1) pitched 24 consecutive scoreless innings before Jonathan Schoop belted a solo homer in the fourth. Adam Jones and Mark Trumbo also homered off Hamels, who had allowed only five long balls in his previous nine starts.

      Chris Davis hit his third homer of the series, this one off Jeremy Jeffress, for a four-run cushion in the seventh. The Rangers' Mike Napoli went 2-for-4 with a three-run homer and Adrian Beltre also had a pair of hits, tying Sam Rice for 31st all-time at 2,985.

      Padres 5, Giants 2

      SAN FRANCISCO -- Hunter Renfroe and Cory Spangenberg hit two-run homers off San Francisco ace Madison Bumgarner to propel San Diego to victory.

      Jhoulys Chacin prevailed in a duel with Bumgarner for the second time in a week, limiting the Giants to two runs and four hits in six innings to help the Padres snap a three-game losing streak. San Francisco has lost 15 of its last 20 against San Diego.

      Bumgarner (0-4) allowed four runs and six hits while walking one and striking out five in 6 1/3 innings. He was making his first home start since sustaining a separated shoulder in a dirt bike accident in Colorado in April.

  • Mariners acquire RHP Phelps from Marlins
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, July 20, 2017

    The Seattle Mariners acquired right-hander David Phelps from the Miami Marlins on Thursday in exchange for four prospects.

    • The Marlins will receive center fielder Brayan Hernandez, the Mariners' No. 6 overall prospect, according to MLB.com, and right-handers Brandon Miller, Pablo Lopez and Lucas Schiraldi.

      Phelps recorded a 2-4 mark with a 3.45 ERA while notching 51 strikeouts in 47 innings this season. The 30-year-old is in his first season as a full-time reliever after spending the first five years of his career shuffling between the rotation and bullpen.

      "David was a target player for us headed into the deadline period," Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said. "The quality of his work, particularly over the past two years in the bullpen, in addition to his versatility (including his background as starter) made him very attractive to us. He fits our roster very well and is controllable through the 2018 season."

      Phelps is making $4.6 million this season and is slated to be arbitration eligible in 2018.

      Phelps owns a 28-32 mark with a 3.90 ERA in 218 career appearances (64 starts) with the New York Yankees and Marlins.

      Hernandez has spent most of the year with Short-Season A Everett, batting .252 with two homers and 15 RBIs in 28 games. The 19-year-old Venezuelan earned Dominican Summer League All-Star honors in 2016.

      Miller, 22, has posted a 9-4 mark with a 3.65 ERA in 18 starts this season at Single-A Clinton in the Midwest League.

      Lopez, 21, owns a 5-8 record with a 5.04 ERA in 19 games at Single-A Modesto in 2017.

      Schiraldi has posted a 2-1 mark with three saves and a 4.58 ERA in 28 relief appearances this season for Modesto. He is the son of former major league pitcher Calvin Schiraldi.

  • Injured Rays' Souza slings mud at condition of A's field
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, July 20, 2017

    Tampa Bay Rays right fielder Steven Souza Jr. said the muddy field conditions at O.co Coliseum led to his left hip injury during the first inning of Wednesday's game.

    • Souza led off the game with a walk, but he slid awkwardly into second base on a steal attempt as he was thrown out by Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell. Souza limped off the field, accompanied by a trainer and manager Kevin Cash.

      "I went to slide, and it was extremely muddy around second base," Souza said after the Rays' 7-2 loss. "My leg got stuck in the ground, and I just kind of felt a jump in my hip. That didn't feel very great."

      Souza, who is batting .271 with a career-high 20 homers and 60 RBIs in 2017, is one year removed from sustaining a season-ending hip injury. X-rays on his hip were negative on Wednesday, and he will be re-evaluated and have an MRI on Thursday.

      "I don't know how it got real muddy out there, but it was not OK," Souza told reporters. "I've never actually slid into a major league base like that and stuck and felt like I was going deeper in the ground."

      Athletics executive vice president Billy Beane said earlier this week that the team is moving toward a new stadium. Oakland has played at the Coliseum since 1968.

  • Surging Orioles try for four-game sweep of Rangers
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, July 20, 2017

    BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Orioles, suddenly looking like a dangerous team again, can complete their first four-game sweep of the Texas Rangers at Camden Yards since 2014 on Thursday.

    • The Orioles bats have come alive during the series, as Baltimore has outscored Texas 25-4 over the first three games. After dealing with injuries for much of the season, Baltimore is finally healthy and getting key contributions from almost the entire roster.

      "First time really the last three or four days where we've gotten our bullpen in order, where we've got the way the pieces we hope they fit and the starters get you through the fifth, sixth and seventh inning," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "You can make some things work there because you keep people out of harm's way and are able to put them in positions to be successful."

      Texas manager Jeff Banister is confident his team's recent struggles on offense won't send the Rangers into a tailspin. However, he is fully aware the Rangers need to start hitting to have any chance of staying the postseason race.

      "We have to continue to believe in our offense," Banister said. "That's a challenge for us right now. It's been a bit of a stretch where one run has been the case for us and it's coming off solo shots. We have to find a way to string some at-bats together with baserunners and come up with big hits in those situations. I think those guys are staying competitive in the batter's box. It's just a situation where we are not able to get the barrel to the pitches we need to hit."

      Banister hopes Cole Hamels (4-0. 3.05 ERA) can pull the team out of its recent slide. The left-hander has not allowed a run in 21 consecutive innings -- the longest active streak in the majors.

      In his most recent outing, Hamels allowed four hits with five strikeouts and a walk over 7 2/3 innings in a 1-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday. He was making his fourth start since coming off the disabled list after recovering from an oblique strain.

      "We are just trying to get in a rhythm," Hamels said. "We are right where we want to be. That was kind of the plan from the beginning of the season. It didn't happen that way, but we have a team where if we are comfortable and confident, we can win a lot of ballgames."

      Hamels is 1-3 with a 4.32 ERA in five career starts against Baltimore, including 0-2 with a 7.50 ERA in two outings at Camden Yards.

      Baltimore left-hander Wade Miley (4-8, 5.40 ERA) has been trending in the opposite direction. In his outing Sunday against the Chicago Cubs, Miley lasted only 4 2/3 innings, allowing seven runs on nine hits, including two homers, with four walks and four strikeouts.

      Miley had a 2.82 ERA in his first 11 starts, but he has a 10.19 ERA in his past eight outings. His 1.80 WHIP is among the worst in the American League. Miley also has struggled against Texas over his career, gong 1-5 with a 5.75 ERA in seven starts.

      "I definitely feel better about my delivery, but you've got to keep working and fine-tune things," said Miley, who has lost four of his past five decisions.

  • Reports: Sandoval set to rejoin Giants organization
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, July 19, 2017

    Third baseman Pablo Sandoval, who was released by the Boston Red Sox earlier in the day, was in the process of finalizing a minor league deal with the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday, multiple media outlets reported.

    • Sandoval was flying to San Francisco and must first pass a physical before completing a contract. He then reportedly would join the Giants' Triple-A affiliate in Sacramento.

      Sandoval was the 2012 World Series MVP while with the Giants, but he has struggled since leaving San Francisco and joining the Red Sox as a free agent. He signed a five-year, $95 million contract with Boston after the 2014 season.

      Injuries and poor performance have plagued Sandoval ever since. He hit .245 with 10 homers in 2015, played in only three games in 2016, and hit .212 with four homers in 32 games this season.

      In his seven seasons in San Francisco, he hit .294 with 106 homers while helping the Giants win three World Series titles. A two-time All-Star, Sandoval had his best season in 2011, when he batted .315 with 23 homers.

      In 39 postseason games, Sandoval has a .344 average with six homers and 20 RBIs. He hit .429 in the 2014 World Series.

      He turns 31 next month.

      Adding Sandoval suggests the Giants might be interested in trading their current third baseman, Eduardo Nunez. ESPN's Buster Olney reported Wednesday night that the Cleveland Indians are scouting Nunez.

  • Martinez day-to-day after getting hurt in D-backs debut
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, July 19, 2017

    CINCINNATI -- J.D. Martinez left his Arizona Diamondbacks debut in the fourth inning Wednesday night at Great American Ball Park with a contusion after being hit on the left hand by a pitch from Cincinnati Reds right-hander Tim Adleman.

    • X-rays were negative, and Martinez is listed as day-to-day.

      "Based on what (trainer) Ken (Crenshaw) and the medical team has said, we feel like we're in pretty good shape," D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. "We'll see how it feels tomorrow. I took a deep breath. We're very excited to have J.D. here and thankful that it worked out."

      Martinez, acquired from the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night in exchange for three minor league infielders, joined his new team earlier Tuesday. He was hit on the hand while striking out for the second straight at-bat to begin his Diamondbacks career.

      Martinez initially had difficulty squeezing the hand after being hit and was attended to by Crenshaw before walking off the field, although he did lobby to remain in the game.

      "I didn't like what I saw and neither did Ken," Lovullo said. "A bruise had already formed. For precautionary reasons, we decided to take him out of the game."

      Daniel Descalso replaced Martinez in right field and in the fifth spot in the batting order in a game Arizona eventually lost 4-3 in 11 innings.

      In 57 games this season for the Tigers, Martinez batted .305 with 13 doubles, 16 home runs and 39 RBIs. He was acquired from the Tigers in exchange for Dawel Lugo, Sergio Alcantara and Jose King.

      Martinez began his career in Houston and spent the past four seasons in Detroit, where he batted .300 with 99 homers, 285 RBIs and a .551 slugging percentage in 458 games. He was widely considered the best position player on the market leading up to the July trade deadline, and is expected to bolster Arizona's postseason hopes.

  • MLB notebook: Cubs' Bryant leaves game with finger injury
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, July 19, 2017

    Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant left Wednesday's game against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning after spraining the little finger on his left hand in a head-first slide.

    • X-rays were negative, ruling out a fracture, and Bryant was listed as day to day.

      Bryant, the reigning National League MVP, hit the foot of Braves third baseman Johan Camargo with his hand as he tried to advance on a pitch in the dirt. He was thrown out by catcher Tyler Flowers to end the top of the first.

      Bryant is hitting .275 with 19 home runs and 40 RBIs this season.

      --Tampa Bay Rays right fielder Steven Souza Jr. strained his left hip in the top of the first inning while sliding into second base in the game against the Oakland Athletics.

      X-rays were negative, and Souza will be evaluated further when the Rays return to Florida after the game.

      Souza led off the game with a walk, but he slid awkwardly into second base on a steal attempt as he was thrown out by A's catcher Bruce Maxwell.

      Souza is batting .271 with 20 homers and 60 RBIs this season.

      --The New York Yankees added third baseman Todd Frazier and right-handed relievers David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle to the active roster prior to Wednesday afternoon's game against the Minnesota Twins.

      Frazier when 0-for-1, and Kahnle pitched one scoreless inning.

      New York obtained the three players from the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night for Blake Rutherford, the Yankees' top outfield prospect, two more minor-leaguers -- left-hander Ian Clarkin and outfielder Tito Polo -- and veteran right-hander Tyler Clippard.

      To make room on the roster, the Yankees optioned left-hander Chasen Shreve to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and designated infielder Ji-Man Choi and infielder/outfielder Rob Refsnyder for assignment.

      --Yoan Moncada, widely considered the top prospect in baseball, was called up by the Chicago White Sox.

      One day after dealing third baseman Todd Frazier to the New York Yankees as part of an ongoing purge of big-league assets, the White Sox shifted gears on their rebuild and plan to put Moncada and other top prospects in a burgeoning farm system on the field in Chicago.

      Moncada was slotted sixth in the order for his debut with the White Sox on Wednesday against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

      Moncada, a switch-hitter originally signed by the Boston Red Sox in a deal that included a $31.5 million signing bonus, played primarily second base in the minor leagues.

  • New D-backs slugger Martinez a stranger in strange land
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, July 19, 2017

    CINCINNATI -- J.D. Martinez walked into the Arizona Diamondbacks' clubhouse at Great American Ball Park on Wednesday afternoon and didn't know anyone, an odd occurrence for someone who has played in the major leagues for seven years, and for teams in both leagues.

    • But, aside from left-handed starter Robbie Ray, with whom he played for one season in Detroit, Martinez was in a completely foreign environment.

      "It'll take me a couple days and settle in," Martinez said, sitting in the visitors' dugout wearing his new D-backs warmup gear. "I look at these colors and it doesn't feel right. But, it's a blessing to be here. It's a chance to go to the playoffs, man. Some people go their whole career and never get that chance."

      Martinez, however, got off to a rough start with the Diamondbacks, leaving the Wednesday game against the Cincinnati Reds in the fourth inning with a contusion after being hit on the left hand by a pitch. X-rays were negative and he is officially listed as day-to-day.

      Martinez, who is wearing uniform No. 28, batted .305 with 13 doubles, 16 home runs, and 39 RBIs in 57 games with Detroit this season. He was acquired from the Tigers on Tuesday night in exchange for minor league infield prospects Dawel Lugo, Sergio Alcantara and Jose King.

      Martinez began his career in Houston then spent the past four seasons in Detroit, where he batted .300 with 99 homers, 285 RBIs and a .551 slugging percentage in 458 games. He was widely considered the best position player on the market leading up to the July trade deadline.

      "You never want to leave a team you've been with for that long," Martinez said. "I grew up there. It's where I became who I am. But, I'm in a great opportunity here. Guys are hungry. There are a lot of good hitters here. There's a lot of speed. I'll do everything I can to get this team to the playoffs."

      Arizona (54-39) began Wednesday in second place in the National League West, trailing the Los Angeles Dodgers by 10 1/2 games but sitting only a half-game behind the NL wild-card-lead Colorado Rockies. Martinez helped guide the Tigers to an American League Central title in 2014.

      "I remember Torii Hunter telling me, 'If you make the playoffs, it'll be like the first day of spring training,'" Martinez said. "He wasn't kidding. The adrenaline. The crowd. It's what you play for. This is a chance to do it. I'm in on it."

      With another quality bat to add to his lineup card, D-backs manager Torey Lovullo shuffled the top four hitters in his lineup, most notably putting Paul Goldschmidt in the cleanup spot to get him additional run-producing opportunities.

      Arizona set a franchise record Tuesday night when nine different players recorded an extra-base hit in an 11-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds in the series opener.

      Outfielder Rey Fuentes was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a left thumb contusion on Wednesday, opening a roster spot for Martinez.

      So, how did it feel for Lovullo to write the name of a quality hitter like Martinez on the lineup card Wednesday, a guy who wasn't on the team a day ago?

      "It's the first time I've ever had something like that happen, so I had to make sure I spelled his name right, first of all," Lovullo said. "It was an exciting moment for me. You think about some (lineup) options the night before, then you're excited to see him walk through the door."

  • Rays RF Souza (strained hip) exits vs. Athletics
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, July 19, 2017

    OAKLAND, Calif. -- Tampa Bay Rays right fielder Steven Souza Jr. strained his left hip in the top of the first inning while sliding into second base in Wednesday's game against the Oakland Athletics.

    • Souza, who was replaced by Shane Peterson, hit his career-high 20th home run Tuesday night in a 4-3 victory against the A's.

      X-rays were negative, and Souza will be evaluated further when the Rays return to Florida after the game.

      Souza led off the game with a walk, but he slid awkwardly into second base on a steal attempt as he was thrown out by A's catcher Bruce Maxwell. Souza limped off the field, accompanied by a trainer and manager Kevin Cash.

      Souza is batting .271 with 60 RBIs this season.

  • MLB roundup: Arenado (3 HRs, 7 RBIs) fuels Rockies
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, July 19, 2017

    DENVER -- Nolan Arenado hit three home runs in a game for the first time in his career Wednesday as the Colorado Rockies walloped the San Diego Padres 18-4 to sweep a three-game series and win their fourth in a row overall.

    • Arenado had a career-high five hits and tied a personal best with seven RBIs. He also scored four runs.

      Arenado's memorable game gave him 21 homers and a major-league-leading 80 RBIs this season. With a shot at a record-tying four homers when he came to bat in the eighth, Arenado ran the count to 3-2 and lined out to left.

      Dodgers 9, White Sox 1 (8 innings)

      CHICAGO -- Enrique Hernandez slammed two home runs, and Chris Taylor finished a triple shy of the cycle to help Los Angeles win its 11th straight in a game called early because of rain.

      Corey Seager added a home run, two singles and three RBIs for the Dodgers, who have won 31 of their last 35 games. Kenta Maeda (8-4) held the White Sox to one run on five hits in five innings.

      Top prospect Yoan Moncada finished 0-for-2 with a walk in his White Sox debut. Carlos Rodon (1-3) was pounded for five runs on seven hits in 3 2/3 innings. He allowed a career-high four home runs.

      Angels 7, Nationals 0

      ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Alex Meyer allowed one hit in a career-high seven innings, and Mike Trout belted a two-run homer as Los Angeles halted Washington's six-game winning streak.

      Meyer (4-5) struck out seven and walked only one. C.J. Cron also hit a two-run homer while Yunel Escobar and Cliff Pennington each had two hits for the Angels. David Hernandez (eighth inning) and Jose Alvarez (ninth) each threw a hitless inning of relief.

      Gio Gonzalez (8-5) gave up four runs, five hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings. The Nationals' Bryce Harper did not play, getting a rest.

      Cubs 8, Braves 2

      ATLANTA -- Chicago, which went into the All-Star break two games under .500, has won six straight since and is starting to look a little more like the team that won the World Series a year ago.

      Left-hander Mike Montgomery allowed two hits over six innings and hit his first career homer as the Cubs completed a second straight series sweep with a victory over Atlanta.

      Addison Russell was 4-for-4 with two doubles, and the Cubs got homers from Javier Baez and Tommy La Stella, who entered when Kris Bryant sprained a finger in the first inning.

      Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 1

      BOSTON -- Drew Pomeranz earned his 10th win, and Dustin Pedroia drove in three runs to power Boston past Toronto.

      Pomeranz (10-4) allowed only an unearned run -- keyed by Pedroia's first error in 115 games -- and three hits in 6 2/3 innings en route to his fourth consecutive victory. He is 7-1 in his past eight decisions since a dugout confrontation with manager John Farrell.

      Pedroia finished 2-for-3, and Mookie Betts scored two runs for the Red Sox.

      Mets 7, Cardinals 3

      NEW YORK -- Jacob deGrom won his seventh consecutive start, tossing 6 2/3 strong innings in New York's victory over St. Louis.

      DeGrom (11-3) threw 25 pitches in the first inning but settled down to allow one run on seven hits and one walk while striking out three. He has a 1.51 ERA in his past seven starts, a stretch in which he has struck out 50 and walked 10.

      The Mets scored all their runs in the first two innings against Mike Leake (6-8). Yoenis Cespedes had an RBI single in the first and an RBI double in the second, while Lucas Duda (double), Wilmer Flores (single), Jay Bruce (single) and Jose Reyes (two-run single) also had run-scoring hits.

      Pirates 3, Brewers 2 (10 innings)

      PITTSBURGH -- Max Moroff hit a walk-off single in the 10th inning to give Pittsburgh a victory over Milwaukee.

      Josh Harrison hit a ground-rule double to center before the Brewers intentionally walked Andrew McCutchen. Harrison advanced to third on a fly out by John Jaso. Moroff then dropped in a single for his first career walk-off hit.

      The Pirates scored the tying run in the ninth as David Freese walked with one out and Gregory Polanco singled to right to move Moroff, who pinch-ran for Freese, to third. Francisco Cervelli followed with another single to right, scoring Moroff and tying it 2-2.

      Royals 4, Tigers 3

      KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Brandon Moss, who earlier homered, doubled home the tying run in the ninth inning and scored the winning run as Kansas City rallied past Detroit.

      Moss doubled off Justin Wilson (3-4) to score Alcides Escobar, who had walked. Moss went to third on the throw home and scored on Alex Gordon's sacrifice fly. It was Gordon's sixth career walk-off RBI.

      Mikie Mahtook hit a two-run homer in the top of the ninth to give the Tigers a 3-2 lead. Mahtook went deep to center on a 1-2 Kelvin Herrera pitch with pinch runner Andrew Romine aboard. Herrera blew a save for the third time in 22 opportunities.

      Twins 6, Yankees 1

      MINNEAPOLIS -- Miguel Sano homered as part of a six-run second inning, Jose Berrios pitched into the seventh, and Minnesota sent New York to another series loss.

      Sano's three-run homer capped the big inning against Yankees starter Jordan Montgomery (6-5) and allowed the Twins to overshadow the arrival of Todd Frazier, David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle to the Yankees. The three were acquired from the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night and arrived at Target Field in the early innings.

      Frazier was 0-for-1 and was hit by a pitch after entering as a pinch hitter, and Kahnle worked a scoreless inning in his debut for New York, which hasn't won a series since sweeping Baltimore, June 9-11.

      Reds 4, Diamondbacks 3 (11 innings)

      CINCINNATI -- Adam Duvall's single with the bases loaded in the 11th inning drove home Billy Hamilton with the winning run to lift Cincinnati over Arizona.

      Zack Cozart homered for the Reds, who had lost five straight games since the All-Star break by a combined 46-14. Michael Lorenzen (5-2) allowed a walk and struck out two over two innings to earn the victory.

      The Diamondbacks got a scare in the fourth inning when newly acquired right fielder J.D. Martinez left the game after being hit on the left hand while swinging for Strike 3. X-rays were negative, and he is listed as day-to-day.

      Mariners 4, Astros 1

      HOUSTON -- James Paxton continued his exceptional pitching this month, and Ben Gamel hit a two-run homer as Seattle won the rubber match of the three-game series with Houston.

      Paxton (9-3) extended his winning streak to four consecutive starts with another dominating performance against the Astros. He allowed one run on six hits and one walk with seven strikeouts over seven innings, improving to 2-0 with an 0.45 ERA and 20 strikeouts against four walks in three starts against Houston this season.

      The Mariners didn't muster much of an attack against Astros right-hander Charlie Morton (7-4) but capitalized on opportunities.

      Athletics 7, Rays 2

      OAKLAND, Calif. -- Sonny Gray allowed two runs over 6 1/3 innings and won his third straight game as Oakland defeated Tampa Bay in the finale of a three-game series.

      Gray (6-4), who has been the subject of trade rumors for weeks, allowed seven hits, struck out six and walked two. He left the game to a standing ovation in what might have been his final career start at home for the A's.

      Matt Joyce homered for Oakland, which got two hits apiece from Yonder Alonso, Jed Lowrie and Rajai Davis.

      Giants 5, Indians 4

      SAN FRANCISCO -- Pinch hitter Buster Posey laced a two-strike, two-run double with two outs in the eighth inning, capping a three-run uprising that delivered San Francisco a victory over Cleveland.

      A second straight win over the American League Central leaders gave the Giants their first interleague series win of the season.

      The Indians, meanwhile, dropped their sixth straight interleague series and fell to 4-13 against National League competition this season.

      Orioles 10, Rangers 2

      BALTIMORE -- Kevin Gausman allowed four hits in six innings, and Adam Jones homered to lead Baltimore past Texas.

      Gausman (6-7) allowed one run while striking out eight and walking two. He bounced back from his last start against the Chicago Cubs when he was charged with eight runs and seven hits in three innings.

      Jonathan Schoop and Jones had three hits apiece for Baltimore. Texas' Martin Perez (5-7), who had won three of his last four starts, allowed five runs (four earned) and seven hits, with three strikeouts and one walk, in six-plus innings.

      Phillies 10, Marlins 3

      MIAMI -- Rookie Nick Williams hit two triples to overshadow another Giancarlo Stanton home run, leading Philadelphia to a win over Miami.

      Stanton homered four times in the three-game series. Wednesday's homer tied him with Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees for the major league home run lead, with 30.

      Christian Yelich also hit a solo homer for the Marlins.

  • Yankees add 3B Frazier, RHPs Robertson, Kahnle to roster
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, July 19, 2017

    The New York Yankees added third baseman Todd Frazier and right-handed relievers David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle to the active roster prior to Wednesday afternoon's game against the Minnesota Twins.

    • New York obtained the three players from the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night for Blake Rutherford, the Yankees' top outfield prospect, two more minor-leaguers -- left-hander Ian Clarkin and outfielder Tito Polo -- and veteran right-hander Tyler Clippard.

      The new Yankees were expected to arrive around game time for the series finale in Minnesota.

      Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told reporters he will continue to engage in trade talks.

      "The bullpen has become a little bit of an issue the last month," Cashman said. "It's almost like we've been playing catch-up ever since (the series against the Los Angeles Angels). We do believe clearly this adds some significant weapons to the high-caliber pieces we possess in the bullpen. We also hope Todd Frazier can stabilize the infield as well."

      To make room on the roster, the Yankees optioned left-hander Chasen Shreve to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and designated infielder Ji-Man Choi and infielder/outfielder Rob Refsnyder for assignment.

  • Cubs' Bryant leaves in first with left hand injury
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, July 19, 2017

    ATLANTA -- Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant left Wednesday's game against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning after spraining the little finger on his left hand in a head-first slide.

    • X-rays were negative, ruling out a fracture, and Bryant was listed as day to day.

      Bryant, the reigning National League MVP, hit the foot of Braves third baseman Johan Camargo with his hand as he tried to advance on a pitch in the dirt. He was thrown out by catcher Tyler Flowers to end the top of the first.

      Bryant, who had doubled in the first against knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, appeared to be in immediate pain after he caught his fingers. He stayed on the ground for a few seconds before leaving the field.

      Bryant was replaced by Tommy La Stella defensively to start the bottom of the inning.

      Bryant is hitting .275 with 19 home runs and 40 RBIs this season.

  • White Sox call up No. 1 prospect Moncada
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, July 19, 2017

    Yoan Moncada, widely considered the top prospect in baseball, was called up by the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday.

    • One day after dealing third baseman Todd Frazier to the New York Yankees as part of an ongoing purge of big-league assets, the White Sox shifted gears on their rebuild and plan to put Moncada and other top prospects in a burgeoning farm system on the field in Chicago.

      "We feel he is ready for that next challenge that comes at the big-league level," White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said.

      Moncada, a switch-hitter originally signed by the Boston Red Sox in a deal that included a $31.5 million signing bonus, played primarily second base in the minor leagues.

      Moncada, a Cuban-born 21-year-old, was recalled Wednesday along with right-handed Brad Goldberg.

      Moncada, 21, hit .285 with three triples, 12 homers, 36 RBIs, 57 runs and 17 stolen bases in 79 Triple-A games entering Tuesday.

      He debuted in the big leagues last September with the Red Sox and was a key piece, along with right-hander Michael Kopech, in the trade that sent All-Star Chris Sale to Boston.

      The White Sox have been actively unloading top players for top prospects.

      In addition to Sale, Hahn moved left-handed starter Jose Quintana (Cubs), center fielder Adam Eaton (Nationals), Frazier and closer David Robertson (Yankees) as part of a concerted effort to rebuild with a young core.

      Goldberg, 27, had a 2.58 ERA in 28 appearances at Triple-A.

  • Correa-less Astros eye series win vs. Mariners
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, July 19, 2017

    HOUSTON -- Astros manager A.J. Hinch left Minute Maid Park late Monday night with an uneasy feeling after All-Star shortstop Carlos Correa departed in the fourth inning with what was initially diagnosed as a jammed left thumb.

    • As it turned out, Hinch had cause for concern.

      Correa will miss six to eight weeks after an MRI revealed a torn ligament in his thumb. He will undergo surgery in the coming days, and the Astros hope he will return in September. This is the first disabled list stint for the 2015 American League Rookie of the Year.

      First-place Houston (63-31) soldiers on without Correa as it hosts the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday in the rubber match of a three-game series.

      Without Correa, who ranked second in the AL in RBIs (67) and multi-hit games (33), third in WAR (4.8) and fifth in batting (.320), OPS (.966) and runs (64), Hinch will have to shuffle his infield.

      Super utility man Marwin Gonzalez will split reps at shortstop with third baseman Alex Bregman. First baseman Yuli Gurriel will now see some time at third. Colin Moran, recalled from Triple-A Fresno, will split his time between the corner infield positions.

      "It's a reality in our sport. Things are going to happen, but it's a tough blow," Hinch said of Correa getting hurt. "He's a big presence in our lineup, on our team. To see someone go down like that is tough for everybody. We'll absorb it, we'll have the next man up continue to play.

      "We'll get (Correa) better, welcome him back sometime in September and move on. But it's no doubt that it's a punch in the gut when one of your best players is down for a while."

      Right-hander Charlie Morton (7-3, 4.06 ERA) will start Wednesday for the Astros. Morton has faced the Mariners twice in his career, both coming this season. He is 0-1 with a 4.09 ERA vs. Seattle, having allowed five runs on 12 hits and four walks with 10 strikeouts in 11 innings.

      Left-hander James Paxton (8-3, 3.19 ERA) takes the ball for the Mariners (47-48). Paxton is 2-2 with a 3.16 ERA over six career starts against the Astros, with 36 strikeouts against eight walks over 37 innings. He has not allowed a run to the Astros over two starts and 13 innings this season, going 1-0 with 13 strikeouts and three walks. Paxton is 1-0 with a 2.50 ERA in three career starts at Minute Maid Park.

      Behind Paxton, veteran right-hander Yovani Gallardo could serve as a wild card in the Seattle bullpen. Gallardo, acquired via trade from the Baltimore Orioles on Jan. 6, lost his spot in the rotation after posting a 3-7 record with a 6.30 ERA, 1.57 WHIP and .820 OPS allowed over 14 starts.

      Gallardo has been solid as a reliever. He is 1-0 with a 0.79 ERA over four relief appearances, allowing a .469 OPS with a 0.88 WHIP. The Mariners have been hamstrung by injuries to their rotation. If Gallardo continues to provide bullpen stability, Seattle will be better because of it.

      "He's very calm out there," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "He doesn't get too excited, and that's from his starting-pitching background. It's a little different obviously; you don't have time to wiggle your way through things and get settled in. You need to be on top of it.

      "He has not backed off for a second knowing that eventually we're going to need him to step up in some spots, and he has. He's thrown the ball really good out of the bullpen."