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  • Royals look for some offense against White Sox
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, April 25, 2017

    CHICAGO -- Nineteen games into the season is too early for Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost to start fretting too much about his team's lack of offense.

    • However, as the Royals continues to struggle to score runs and collect hits heading into their Tuesday game against the Chicago White Sox, Yost will rely on pitching and defense until the bats warm up.

      "Starting pitchers have done a great job, the bullpen has been doing a really, really nice job," Yost said before Kansas City's 12-1 loss to the White Sox on Monday in which the Royals collected only two hits.

      Danny Duffy (2-0, 1.32 ERA) will take the mound for the Royals on Tuesday against Chicago's Dylan Covey (0-1, 7.84 ERA).

      Covey has never faced the Royals, while Duffy has a career record of 6-2 with a 3.20 ERA in 16 appearances, including 14 starts, against the White Sox.

      Duffy is coming off a no-decision in which he allowed no runs on four hits over 7 1/3 innings on Thursday against Texas.

      The Royals dropped a 1-0 decision to the Rangers, which started a seven-game stretch during which Kansas City has scored no more than two runs. While Duffy and his fellow starters have held up their end of the bargain, Kansas City's bats have remained cold.

      During their current five-game skid, the Royals have been out-hit by their opponents, 26-6.

      "We talk about it every day," Yost said. "We just wait for it to turn."

      Although the pitching and the defense have kept the Royals in games, the lack of run support has taken its toll. Despite the struggles from the plate, however, Yost points to the proven track records of hitters who historically have come around.

      "The way you get out of it is through patience and work," Yost said. "You just keep working and eliminate as much frustration as you can because that just leads to more (struggles) and a longer stretch, and so you just stay calm and just keep working at it."

      Like Yost, White Sox manager Rick Renteria has experienced his own share of frustration with how his team has hit for much of the young season.

      In the White Sox's past four losses, Chicago managed to score a total of three runs. As with the Royals, Renteria has seen his defense hold its own, sparked by second-year shortstop Tim Anderson.

      On Monday, Anderson had a career-high three hits, as did Matt Davidson, who drove in four runs in Chicago's lopsided victory. But while the offense hasn't usually been as proficient as it was Monday, Renteria -- like Yost -- is relying on other aspects of the game to keep the White Sox moving forward.

      Despite having a limited sample size with which to work, Renteria likes what he is seeing in the field.

      "We're playing good defense," Renteria said. "The guys are performing well, preparing every day to do what they need to do. ... I think it's just guys going out and playing the game. Guys are executing, and they're in the right spots."

      Yost won't give too much credence to the notion that defensive placement and shifts put on with certain hitters are behind the Royals' lack of offense. While shifts can make collecting hits more difficult, Yost said his hitters have struggled to be patience and have swung at too many pitches outside the strike zone.

      So until everything comes together offensively, Yost will continue to focus on what has worked, knowing that eventually things will turn around.

      "We're just not having great at-bats right now," Yost said, "but that changes."

  • Brewers' Thames looks to keep pounding Reds
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, April 25, 2017

    MILWAUKEE -- For the Cincinnati Reds to have success against the Milwaukee Brewers this season, they first must figure out a way to keep Eric Thames in the ballpark.

    • Thames homered twice Monday to lift the Brewers to an 11-7 victory in the series opener between the two teams, giving him seven long balls in five games against Cincinnati this season.

      "He's not missing," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "As the saying goes, you may get one good pitch to hit in your at-bat, you don't want to miss it. He's not missing it.

      "It's not that every pitch he's hit against us has been a terrible pitch. He's hit some good pitches, too, but he doesn't miss a mistake. That's where we've gotten into a lot of trouble with him."

      Cincinnati will send Scott Feldman (1-1, 2.38 ERA) to the mound Tuesday. The right-hander retired Thames three times April 14 when he limited the Brewers to two runs over five innings despite walking five.

      The Brewers have won four of five from the Reds to start the season series between the National League Central rivals.

      Thames has been a big reason why, as he is 9-for-19 (.474) with seven home runs, 11 RBIs and 11 runs against Cincinnati.

      "It has been fun to watch," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said of Thames' power show. "I know that. It is tough to even know what to say about it. Seven homers against a team in five games is incredible."

      Milwaukee signed Thames to a three-year contract this offseason, bringing the 30-year-old back to the major leagues after he had a successful run in South Korea.

      The decision has paid off better than anyone could have expected thus far.

      "When I was a prospect and in the big leagues, I stressed out a lot, I drank a lot and thought, 'Oh, my God, I have to hit a home run or I'm going back to Double-A or Triple-A,'" said Thames, who played for the Toronto Blue Jays (2011-12) and Seattle Mariners (2012). "In Korea and here, I'm just going to do my job and work as hard as I can so come game time I can relax and let it all go. It is amazing when stress levels decrease, you actually have fun and be loose and are able to relax. It is crazy."

      Feldman is 2-2 with a 3.46 ERA in five career starts against the Brewers. Ryan Braun and Travis Shaw each have homered against Feldman in their careers, but only Braun has more than 10 plate appearances against the veteran.

      The Brewers will counter with Zach Davies (1-2, 8.24 ERA), who will be looking to get on track after four poor outings to begin the season.

      Davies is 1-2 with a 4.28 ERA in six career starts against the Reds, including a no-decision after giving up three runs over five innings April 15.

      Braun is day-to-day with a bruised left foot after leaving Monday's game in the sixth inning. He fouled three different pitches off his left foot during his first-inning at-bat and continued to play until the injury stiffened enough to prevent him from running. X-rays were taken but came back negative.

      Brewers catcher Manny Pina enters the Tuesday game on a 10-game hitting streak, carrying a .472 batting average during that stretch.

      Reds shortstop Zack Cozart went 2-for-3 with a double, a triple and three runs Monday. His .386 average ranks second in the majors to the .394 mark of Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper.

  • MLB roundup: Cubs ring up 14 runs, 17 hits in win
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, April 25, 2017

    PITTSBURGH -- The Chicago Cubs scored early and often against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night, cruising to a 14-3 victory at PNC Park.

    • The Cubs battered Pirates starter Chad Kuhl and led 10-1 after two innings. Jason Heyward hit a three-run homer and had four RBIs, and Addison Russell had four of the Cubs' 17 hits. Kris Bryant and Miguel Montero each collected three hits.

      Kuhl (1-2) lasted 1 2/3 innings, giving up nine runs and eight hits while walking four.

      Cubs starter Brett Anderson (2-0) yielded three runs (one earned) in six innings, allowing five hits and six walks while striking out three.

      White Sox 12, Royals 1

      CHICAGO -- Matt Davidson homered and drove in four runs, and Miguel Gonzalez allowed only two hits in eight innings as Chicago handed Kansas City its fifth straight loss.

      Davidson capped Chicago's eight-run sixth inning with a two-run single after he drove in a run with a single earlier in the inning. Tyler Saladino also tripled in two runs before Todd Frazier followed with a two-run double. Tim Anderson, who had three hits, also had an RBI single in the inning.

      The eight-run rally marked the biggest output in one inning by the White Sox since they scored nine in the fifth inning of a 19-2 win over the Texas Rangers on July 3, 2012.

      Rockies 8, Nationals 4

      DENVER -- Charlie Blackmon hit a go-ahead two-run homer as Colorado overcame a three-run deficit and beat Washington, ending its seven-game winning streak.

      The Rockies pulled away with a three-run eighth inning, a rally that began with five straight singles off Blake Treinen. The spree included an RBI from Trevor Story on a broken-bat hit and Tony Wolters' third single. Blackmon picked up his third RBI of the game by grounding into a run-scoring force play to boost the lead to 8-4.

      The victory was the fourth straight and seventh in eight games for the Rockies. Their 14-6 record matches the 2011 team for the second-best start in franchise history. The Rockies began the 1997 season 15-5.

      Twins 3, Rangers 2

      ARLINGTON, Texas -- Phil Hughes limited the damage early, and Brian Dozier delivered the big blow in Minnesota's win over Texas at Globe Life Park.

      The Twins won for only the second time in eight games and snapped Texas' season-high four-game winning streak in the opener of a three-game series.

      Hughes (3-1) worked around six hits and a walk to limit Texas to two runs in six innings. He is 3-0 on the road this year, and improved to 3-3 lifetime against the Rangers.

      Orioles 6, Rays 3

      BALTIMORE -- Adam Jones went 3-for-3 and capped the perfect night with a tiebreaking two-run homer in the seventh inning that helped Baltimore top Tampa Bay.

      The Orioles banged out three homers off Chris Archer, all of them in the sixth and seventh innings. Archer (3-1) had not allowed a homer this season before that.

      Hyun Soo Kim and Jonathan Schoop hit back-to-back solo shots in the sixth that tied the score at 3. Seth Smith walked to start the seventh and Jones followed with his two-run blast.

      Brewers 11, Reds 7

      MILWAUKEE -- Eric Thames continued his torrid start to the season by blasting two home runs and driving in three to lead Milwaukee over Cincinnati.

      Thames leads the majors with 10 homers, matching Milwaukee's franchise record for April. He also set a club record for runs scored in April with 24.

      Hernan Perez homered and drove in four runs for the Brewers, who scored four times in the first inning and led 10-4 through four.

      Angels 2, Blue Jays 1

      ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Jesse Chavez gave up one run in six innings and got help from three relievers as Los Angeles held on for a victory over Toronto at Angel Stadium.

      Chavez gave up a solo homer to Russell Martin in the fourth inning but nothing more as the Angels and Blue Jays split the four-game series.

      Bud Norris pitched the ninth for his second save and David Hernandez, acquired earlier in the day in a trade with the Atlanta Braves, got two outs in the eighth inning in his Angels debut.

      Giants 2, Dodgers 1

      SAN FRANCISCO -- Matt Cain pitched six shutout innings and teamed with four relievers on a four-hitter, delivering San Francisco a victory over Los Angeles in the opener of a four-game series.

      Joe Panik and Hunter Pence drove in runs for the Giants, who staggered home from a 1-4 trip on which they were outscored 29-10.

      Cain, whose 5.64 ERA was the eighth highest in the majors last season among pitchers with more than 15 starts, threw his third consecutive strong game, allowing only two hits and one walk. He struck out three.

      Diamondbacks 7, Padres 6

      PHOENIX -- Chris Owings hit a grand slam, and David Peralta also homered as Arizona equaled the best home start in franchise history with a victory over San Diego at Chase Field.

      Arizona is 9-2 at home and leads the majors with 112 runs. The Diamondbacks did not win their ninth home game last season until May 29.

      Owings' slam in the fifth inning gave Arizona a 6-0 lead and helped Zack Greinke avenge a 1-0 complete-game loss at San Diego last Wednesday.

  • Twins' Sano suspended one game for "aggressive actions"
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, April 24, 2017

    Minnesota third baseman Miguel Sano was suspended one game by Major League Baseball on Monday for what the league termed "aggressive actions" that caused benches to clear during the Twins' Saturday game against the Detroit Tigers.

    • The players' association appealed the suspension, so the discipline issued to Sano will be held in abeyance until the process is complete.

      Sano was in the lineup on Monday for the opener of a three-game series against the Texas Rangers.

      "It makes me happy that they (the players' association) support me that way," the 23-year-old Dominican said through a team translator, via the Twin Cities Pioneer Press. "It (stinks) that I've been suspended but it's part of the deal. It's in MLB's hands, and they'll take care of it."

      Detroit's JaCoby Jones was drilled in the face by a pitch from right-hander Justin Haley in the third inning on Saturday, raising tension between the American League Central rivals. Matthew Boyd threw behind Sano two innings later, prompting the latter to point his bat and yell toward the Tigers left-hander.

      Detroit catcher James McCann attempted to intervene, but Sano reacted by launching a right hand to McCann's chest.

      Boyd received an undisclosed fine from MLB, which ruled that he intentionally threw at Sano.

  • Pirates promote Lithuanian RHP Neverauskas
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, April 24, 2017

    The Pittsburgh Pirates called up Dovydas Neverauskas from Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday, giving the right-hander an opportunity to become the second Lithuanian-born player to compete in the majors in 74 years.

    • Pittsburgh placed outfielder/infielder Adam Frazier on the 10-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain to make an available roster spot for Neverauskas.

      Neverauskas, who appeared in the All-Star Futures Game last summer, secured one save and posted an 0.00 ERA in five relief appearances this season with Indianapolis.

      The 24-year-old will look to join Joe Zapustas of the Philadelphia Athletics in 1933 as the only Lithuanian-born players to appear in a major league game. Zapustas was born in Lithuania but grew up in Boston.

      Frazier is batting .306 with one homer and five RBIs this season. The move to the disabled list was made retroactive to Sunday.

  • Red Sox RHP Barnes gets four-game suspension for pitch
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, April 24, 2017

    Boston Red Sox right-hander Matt Barnes was suspended four games and fined an undisclosed amount by Major League Baseball on Monday for intentionally throwing a pitch in the area of the head of Baltimore Orioles star Manny Machado.

    • Barnes, who was ejected after the pitch in the eighth inning on Saturday, has decided to appeal the suspension. Therefore, the discipline issued to the 26-year-old Barnes will be held in abeyance until the process in complete.

      Barnes' offering may have been in retaliation to Machado's slide into second base that sidelined four-time All-Star second baseman Dustin Pedroia in the series opener on Friday. Pedroia has missed his team's last two games and is considered day to day with a calf and ankle injury.

      Barnes has posted a 2-0 record with a 3.60 ERA in nine appearances this season.

  • MLB notebook: Phillies place RHP Nola on DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, April 24, 2017

    Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Aaron Nola was placed on the 10-day disabled list Monday with a lower back strain.

    • The move was made retroactive to Friday.

      Nola has posted a 2-0 record with a 4.50 ERA in his first three starts this season, but the 23-year-old admitted to feeling soreness while picking up the win in his last start on Thursday against the New York Mets.

      Philadelphia did not make a corresponding roster move, however. CSN Philly's Jim Salisbury reported the team is likely to call up right-hander Nick Pivetta from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to make his major league debut on Wednesday against the Miami Marlins.

      Pivetta owns a 3-0 mark with an 0.95 ERA in three starts this season with the IronPigs. The 24-year-old has yielded two earned runs and 12 hits with 24 strikeouts in 19 innings.

      --Second baseman Dustin Pedroia of the Boston Red Sox is considered "day to day" by the team after sitting out the last two games because of left knee and ankle injuries.

      Pedroia was expected to undergo an MRI and was seen by team doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital, but Boston did not offer more than the quick response in regard to his health.

      The four-time All-Star was forced to leave Friday's game in the eighth inning against the Baltimore Orioles when he was spiked on the left calf by Manny Machado.

      The 33-year-old Pedroia still has swelling in the knee and ankle.

      --Former All-Star pitcher Steve Delabar was one of three pitchers suspended for using performance-enhancing drugs.

      Delabar, who pitched for the Seattle Mariners, Toronto Blue Jays and Cincinnati Reds during a six-season span, was banned 80 games after a positive test for Ostarine under baseball's minor league drug program. Ostarine is used to retain lean mass.

      The 28-year-old right-hander resides on the roster of Cleveland's Triple-A team in Columbus. He posted a 15-9 mark with a 4.07 ERA in 190 appearances with the three clubs, earning an All-Star invite in 2013.

      Seattle pitcher Jonathan Aro was suspended 50 games for an unspecified violation. The 26-year-old appeared in six games with the Boston Red Sox in 2015 and one with the Mariners the following year before being sent outright to Triple-A Tacoma prior to spring training.

      Free agent right-hander Jeffry Hernandez was banned for 80 games after a positive test for the performance-enhancing substance Stanozolol.

  • Delabar among 3 pitchers suspended for PED violations
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, April 24, 2017

    Former All-Star pitcher Steve Delabar was one of three pitchers suspended on Monday for using performance-enhancing drugs.

    • Delabar, who pitched for the Seattle Mariners, Toronto Blue Jays and Cincinnati Reds over a six-season span, was banned 80 games following a positive test for Ostarine under baseball's minor league drug program. Ostarine is used to retain lean mass.

      The 28-year-old right-hander resides on the roster of Cleveland's Triple-A team in Columbus. He posted a 15-9 mark with a 4.07 ERA in 190 appearances with the three clubs, earning an All-Star invite in 2013.

      Seattle pitcher Jonathan Aro was suspended 50 games for an unspecified violation. The 26-year-old appeared in six games with the Boston Red Sox in 2015 and one with the Mariners the following year before being sent outright to Triple-A Tacoma prior to spring training.

      Free agent right-hander Jeffry Hernandez was banned for 80 games following a positive test for the performance-enhancing substance Stanozolol.

  • Phillies place P Nola on DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, April 24, 2017

    Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Aaron Nola was placed on the 10-day disabled list Monday with a lower back strain.

    • The move was made retroactive to Friday.

      Nola has posted a 2-0 mark with a 4.50 ERA in his first three starts this season, but the 23-year-old admitted to feeling soreness while picking up the win in his last start on Thursday against the New York Mets.

      Philadelphia did not make a corresponding roster move, however CSN Philly's Jim Salisbury reported the team is likely to call up right-hander Nick Pivetta from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to make his major league debut on Wednesday against the Miami Marlins.

      Pivetta owns a 3-0 mark with an 0.95 ERA in three starts this season with the IronPigs. The 24-year-old has yielded only two earned runs on 12 hits with 24 strikeouts in 19 innings.

  • Red Sox say 2B Pedroia is 'day to day'
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, April 24, 2017

    Second baseman Dustin Pedroia of the Boston Red Sox is considered "day to day" by the team after sitting out the last two games because of left knee and ankle injuries.

    • Pedroia was expected to undergo an MRI exam and was seen by team doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital on Monday, but Boston did not offer more than the quick response in regard to his health.

      The four-time All-Star was forced to leave Friday's game in the eighth inning against the Baltimore Orioles when he was spiked on the left calf by Manny Machado.

      The 33-year-old Pedroia still has swelling in the knee and ankle.

      Pedroia is batting .258 with five RBIs in 16 games this season for the Red Sox (11-8), who host the opener of a three-game series against the New York Yankees on Tuesday.

  • Unbeaten Keuchel leads Astros into matchup vs. Indians
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, April 24, 2017

    CLEVELAND -- Two of the hotter teams in the American League will meet Tuesday night at Progressive Field when the Cleveland Indians host the Houston Astros in the first of a three-game series.

    • Both teams got off to lukewarm starts this season, but both are rolling now. Cleveland returns home following a 5-1 trip to Minnesota and Chicago, while the Astros are 9-2 since April 11.

      The Indians' recent surge has been anchored by their starting rotation. In winning the first five games of the trip that concluded on Sunday, Cleveland starting pitchers were a combined 5-0 with a 1.53 ERA. One of those wins was by Josh Tomlin (1-2,11.68), Tuesday night's starter.

      Tomlin's first two starts of the season were disasters. After those two games, he was 0-2 with an 18.47 ERA, giving up 13 runs on 15 hits in 6 1/3 innings.

      But in his third start, an 11-4 win over the Minnesota Twins on April 18, Tomlin pitched six solid innings, allowing three runs. What was the difference in his last start compared to his first two?

      "I limited the amount of mistakes I made," Tomlin said. "I kept guys off the barrel. I was throwing the ball more consistently to the edges of the plate, instead of over the middle of it."

      Tomlin was one of the Indians' most underrated starters last year. He finished second on the team in wins with a record of 13-9. Only Corey Kluber (18-9) won more games for Cleveland.

      Although he is in his eighth season in the majors, Tomlin has never started against Houston and has only one career appearance against the Astros. That came last year, a one-inning relief appearance in which he did not give up a run.

      Houston will counter with former Cy Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel (3-0, 0.96), who will be making his fifth start of the season. In his first four starts, Keuchel pitched seven innings and allowed one or fewer runs in each of those games. The only other Astros pitcher to have accomplished that feat was Roger Clemens in 2005.

      "A lot of it is his breaking ball," Houston manager A.J. Hinch told MLB.com. "He can back-door his breaking ball, he can front-foot it. He can do anything he wants with his breaking ball when his fastball command is right, and that tandem is very, very good. When he mixes in the changeup, he is a complete pitcher that we've come to expect."

      Houston outfielder George Springer's status for Tuesday's game is uncertain. Springer strained his left hamstring on Saturday, causing him to miss Sunday's game and snapping his major league-leading streak of playing in 205 consecutive games. His status is day-to-day.

      Cleveland second baseman Jason Kipnis is expected to make his first appearance in a home game this year. Kipnis started the season on the disabled list because of an inflamed right shoulder, but he returned to play in two of the last three games on the trip that concluded Sunday.

      The Indians will be happy to have Kipnis in the lineup. He is a .333 career hitter (5-for-15) vs. Keuchel.

  • Red Sox 2B Pedroia (knee, ankle) out of lineup again
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, April 23, 2017

    BALTIMORE -- Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia (knee, ankle) was out of the lineup for the second consecutive game against the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday.

    • He is expected to undergo an MRI exam on Monday in Boston.

      Pedroia was forced to leave Friday's game in the eighth inning against the Orioles when he was spiked in the left calf by Manny Machado. Pedroia still has swelling in both the knee and ankle.

      "There was legitimate concern the moment it took place," manager John Farrell said prior to Sunday's game. "The fact that he still has the symptoms he does, we're going to rule everything out. HIs importance to us speaks for itself. With any of our players you get into a situation like this you give it 24-to-48-hour period to see how it responds. At this point it warrants a further look."

      Also, Red Sox right-hander Matt Barnes was ejected Sunday after hitting Manny Machado with a pitch in the eighth inning. Machado had injured Pedroia with a hard slide Friday.

  • Tigers OF Jones placed on DL with a lip laceration
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, April 23, 2017

    MINNEAPOLIS -- Detroit Tigers outfielder JaCoby Jones was placed on the disabled list with a left lip laceration after being hit in the face by a pitch from Minnesota Twins reliever Justin Haley during Saturday's game.

    • Jones suffered a split lip that needed nine stitches, but he avoided any further damage. Jones left the game with his mouth bleeding. He was taken to a hospital and underwent a CT scan.

      "Everything feels normal," Jones told the Detroit News. "My teeth are sore. Other than that, it just feels like I got punched in the face."

      The Tigers selected the contract of outfielder Jim Adduci from Triple-A Toledo prior to Sunday's finale in Minnesota. Adduci, 31, was signed by the team in the offseason after playing in Korea. He was hitting .349 for Toledo with a home run and three RBIs.

      Adduci, who last played in the majors in 2014 with Texas, was in the lineup Sunday in right field.

      Jones took a 90-mph fastball to the side of his face and then he ran down the third-base line, gesturing immediately to the dugout. Jones stopped around the third base coach's box and went down to his knees before trainers brought towels to put on his face.

      "It was nasty," Detroit manager Brad Ausmus said after Saturday's game. "I don't get squeamish very much. That made me a little squeamish. It wasn't even blood. It was probably a half-inch long cut and you could see the meat inside. ... I don't even know. It might have been split all the way through. That's how deep it was."

      Jones was 0-for-1 on Saturday and is hitting .150 with one homer and four RBIs in 16 games.

      The Tigers are also without first baseman Miguel Cabrera, shortstop Jose Iglesias and outfielder J.D. Martinez. Cabrera was placed on the disabled list Saturday with a right groin strain. Iglesias went on the seven-day concussion disabled list on Friday. Martinez has been out all season with a foot injury.

  • Salazar aims to continue Indians' dominance of White Sox
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, April 23, 2017

    CHICAGO -- After losing four of five games, the Cleveland Indians have found their groove.

    • The reigning American League champions look to extend their winning streak to six games as they conclude their three-game series against the Chicago White Sox on Sunday afternoon at Guaranteed Rate Field.

      Indians starter Danny Salazar (1-1, 3.57 ERA) will take the mound after having possibly his best start of the season his last time out.

      The right-hander allowed a run and two walks, scattered seven hits and struck out seven in a 3-1 victory against the Minnesota Twins. His 27 strikeouts are tied for fifth in the AL, and his 13.75 strikeouts per nine innings paces the majors.

      "We've all seen when he's got it going, he can really do some damage out there," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "I think he's learning that maybe when he doesn't have his best stuff, you gotta go compete and find a way to keep your team in a game."

      Salazar struck out 11 and held the White Sox to two runs in six innings in a 2-1 loss to Chicago on April 12. In 10 career starts against the White Sox, he is 5-3 with a 3.65 ERA.

      Salazar will try to continue the Indians starting pitching dominance

      over Chicago. After Corey Kluber limited the White Sox to three hits in a complete-game shutout Friday, Carlos Carrasco gave up three hits in eight scoreless innings in Saturday's 7-0 victory.

      "When you can start getting into the season where guys have repetition, you can let them play or pitch and not worry about pitch counts and things like that, it's nice," Francona said. "When you pitch, it makes the rest of your ballclub look pretty crisp. You catch the ball, the runs you score are meaningful, it's a good way to play."

      The White Sox (7-9) haven't scored for 23 consecutive innings.

      "We want to make sure that we give ourselves a chance by staying and trusting with the approaches we take into the at-bats," manager Rick Renteria said. "Try not to focus too much in the results and stay focused on the approaches.

      "It's a great learning lesson for all of us as a club, every single player, from one through nine, to the guys on the bench, see how they're going after us," he added. "We just have to make some adjustments."

      Left-hander Derek Holland (1-2, 2.16) will make the start for Chicago after a rough outing in his last start. He allowed seven runs (two earned) and a season-high nine hits in a season-low 4 2/3 innings against the New York Yankees.

      Holland is 6-1 with a 2.35 ERA in 10 career starts against Cleveland. He held the Indians to a hit in six scoreless innings but issued four walks on April 12.

      The Indians (10-7) lead the season series with the White Sox 3-2.

      Francona said he was considering giving second baseman Jason Kipnis the day off Sunday. Kipnis, who is coming back from a strained right rotator cuff, was activated from the 10-day disabled list Friday.

  • MLB roundup: Cubs ride HR barrage past Reds
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, April 22, 2017

    CINCINNATI -- Willson Contreras hit his first career grand slam and Anthony Rizzo and Jason Heyward each hit three-run shots, lifting the Chicago Cubs to a 12-8 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on a chilly Saturday afternoon at Great American Ball Park.

    • Contreras went 3-for-4 with a double, four RBIs and four runs. Heyward also had four RBIs. The home run barrage helped Jake Arrieta (3-0) earn the victory despite allowing four runs in the first. Arrieta struck out eight and didn't walk a batter, but allowed five earned runs and a pair of home runs.

      The Cubs (10-7) have won four straight and 20 of 24 against the Reds (9-9), who've lost four straight.

      Joey Votto hit a three-run homer and Eugenio Suarez hit a solo shot to briefly put Cincinnati ahead in the first. Suarez added a solo shot in the eighth off Justin Grimm to snap a 14 2/3-inning scoreless streak for Chicago's bullpen.

      Yankees 11, Pirates 5

      PITTSBURGH -- New York has been searching for more offense on the road and found it against Pittsburgh, surging for 11 runs after the fifth inning in a come-from-behind victory.

      Starlin Castro got the Yankees moving with a three-run home run off Pirates starter Jameson Taillon in the sixth. Ronald Torreyes followed with a two-run single to give the Yankees their first lead of the day later that inning. After the Pirates battled back to tie it, another five-run outburst in the eighth put the Yankees over the top.

      Chris Carter hit a three-run pinch-hit home run off Pirates reliever Felipe Rivero (1-1) to put New York ahead for good. It was Carter's first home run of the season and first with the Yankees after he hit 41 last year with Milwaukee.

      Nationals 3, Mets 1

      NEW YORK -- Washington's Gio Gonzalez continued his mastery of New York at Citi Field, when the left-hander carried a no-hitter into the sixth and earned the win with 6 1/3 strong innings.

      Gonzalez allowed one run on two hits and three walks while striking out six in improving to 9-1 with a 1.62 ERA in 14 career starts at Citi Field. The Nationals (12-5) have won six straight. The Mets (8-10) have lost seven of eight.

      The no-hit bid for Gonzalez ended when Juan Lagares delivered a clean single up the middle with none out in the sixth The hit sent Jose Reyes, who led off with a walk, to second. Reyes scored on a one-out single by Asdrubal Cabrera, but Gonzalez struck out Jay Bruce and Neil Walker to end the threat.

      Athletics 4, Mariners 3

      OAKLAND, Calif. -- Adam Rosales and Ryon Healy hit first-inning home runs, propelling Oakland past Seattle for its fifth straight win.

      Right-hander Jharel Cotton (2-2) and four relievers combined to limit the Mariners to nine hits, helping the Athletics win their third in a row over the Mariners to start the four-game series.

      Rosales got the game-opening uprising going against Seattle left-hander Ariel Miranda (1-2) with his second homer of the season. After Jed Lowrie followed with a single, Healy belted his third homer of the season, a two-run shot to left field that gave Oakland a 3-1 lead.

      Tigers 5, Twins 4

      MINNEAPOLIS -- Nicholas Castellanos belted his third homer as Detroit outlasted Minnesota in a long, mistake-filled afternoon game that included a benches-clearing altercation.

      Detroit's Justin Upton also launched his third homer and John Hicks had two hits in his season debut after being recalled earlier in the day as Miguel Cabrera went on the disabled list with a strained right groin.

      Blaine Hardy (1-0) pitched 1 1/3 innings of relief after Matt Boyd was ejected for throwing behind Minnesota's Miguel Sano. Francisco Rodriguez allowed a solo homer to Jason Castro in the ninth but recorded his sixth save in eight chances.

      Angels 5, Blue Jays 4

      ANAHEIM -- Andrelton Simmons hit a grand slam in the third inning to turn a tie game into a 5-1 lead, and Tyler Skaggs pitched seven strong innings for the second consecutive start as Los Angeles picked up just its second win in 11 games.

      Toronto's Kevin Pillar hit a two-run home run in the seventh off reliever Tyler Yates to extend his hitting streak to 10 games, and Justin Smoak had three hits, including a ninth-inning home run, for Toronto.

      Marlins 6, Padres 3 (11 innings).

      SAN DIEGO -- Miami scored two runs in the top of the 11th inning on a swinging bunt single and two errors to break a 2-2 tie.

      Pinch-hitter Justin Bour led off the inning with a single to center off Padres left-handed rookie reliever Jose Torres. Dee Gordon then chopped a ball 30 feet up the first base line for a hit, and Torres' wild throw to first allowed Bour to score. Gordon kept running on the play and scored when Hunter Renfroe bobbled the ball in the right field corner.

      Giancarlo Stanton hit his second homer of the game and third in two nights to cap a four-run 11th to extend Miami's lead to 6-2.

      Diamondbacks 11, Dodgers 5

      PHOENIX - Yasmany Tomas hit two bases-empty homers and Jake Lamb and Chris Herrmann had two-run homers as Arizona improved its home record to 8-1.

      David Peralta set an Arizona franchise record with four doubles and scored three runs.

      Arizona has won five of seven games, and the Dodgers have lost five of six.

      The Dodgers' Kenta Maeda (1-2) gave up four homers in five innings.

      Rockies 12, Giants 3

      DENVER -- Backed by a strong offensive performance, rookie right-hander Antonio Senzatela gave Colorado another superb start.

      The Rockies reached season-highs in runs and hits (14), getting home runs from Mark Reynolds, who had three hits and four RBIs, Trevor Story and Charlie Blackmon.

      Senzatela (3-0) held the Giants to one run-- that coming on a Joe Panik homer in the sixth -- and four hits in seven innings with no walks and three strikeouts.

      Five losses in six games have dropped the Giants' record to 6-12, the worst in the National League.

      Phillies 4, Braves 3 (10 innings)

      PHILADELPHIA -- Maikel Franco drove in two runs with a single with two outs in the bottom of the 10th to give Philadelphia a walk-off win.

      The Phillies won their third straight game and fourth in five games. Atlanta dropped its fifth consecutive game.

      Atlanta's Brandon Phillips sent the game into extra innings with a two-out home run in the ninth to tie the score 2-2.

      Rangers 2, Royals 1

      ARLINGTON, Texas -- Elvis Andrus lined an RBI single to left field in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift Texas to its third straight win.

      The Royals have lost three straight overall and nine consecutive games against the Rangers. Two of the three losses in this series have come in walk-off fashion.

      Cardinals 4, Brewers 1

      MILWAUKEE -- Aledmys Diaz broke a 1-1 tie with a pinch-hit home run to lead off the seventh inning and the St. Louis bullpen worked three scoreless innings in the Cardinals' victory.

      That combination made a winner of Lance Lynn (2-1), who allowed three hits with two walks while striking out seven.

      The Cardinals managed just one unearned run off Chase Anderson, who gave up six hits and a walk with six strikeouts.

      Indians 7, White Sox 0

      CHICAGO -- Carlos Carrasco allowed three hits while pitching eight scoreless innings to help Cleveland extend its winning streak to five games.

      The Indians shut out the White Sox on back-to-back nights after Corey Kluber limited them to three hits in a complete-game shutout Friday.

      Michael Brantley, Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Ramirez homered for the reigning American League champions.

      The White Sox haven't scored in 23 consecutive innings.

      Orioles 4, Red Sox 2

      BALTIMORE -- Trey Mancini and Jonathan Schoop hit back-to-back homers in the fourth inning off Boston knuckleballer Steven Wright, and that helped Baltimore starter Jayson Aquino get his first major league win.

      It also extended the Orioles' winning streak to four games.

      Aquino (1-0) gave up two runs on six hits in six innings and needed to escape jams in each of his last three innings.

      Rays 6, Astros 3

      ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Tampa Bay used a four-run sixth to record its seventh come-from-behind win.

      Rays shortstop Tim Beckham had three hits out of the No. 9 spot in the batting order, and he drove in the go-ahead run in the sixth.

      Evan Longoria and Peter Bourjos each had two RBIs for the Rays.

      Evan Gattis and Jose Altuve hit homers for Houston, which had only two other hits and went 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position.

  • Tigers CF Jones hit in face by pitch, leaves game
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, April 22, 2017

    MINNEAPOLIS -- Detroit Tigers center fielder JaCoby Jones left Saturday's game after being hit in the face by a pitch from Minnesota Twins reliever Justin Haley in the top of the third inning.

    • Jones took a 90-mph fastball to the side of his face and then he ran down the third base line, gesturing immediately to the dugout. Jones stopped around the third base coach's box and went down to his knees before trainers brought towels to put on his face.

      Video showed Jones bleeding from the mouth and he immediately accompanied trainers off the field into the clubhouse. Jones was replaced by Andrew Romine, who stayed in the game in Jones' center field spot.

      The rookie Jones was 0-for-1 on Saturday and is hitting .150 with one homer and four RBIs in 16 games. No announcement has been made by the team regarding the injury.

  • Tigers 1B Cabrera lands on DL with groin injury
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, April 22, 2017

    MINNEAPOLIS -- The Detroit Tigers placed first baseman Miguel Cabrera on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right groin, the team announced Saturday.

    • An 11-time All-Star, Cabrera sustained the injury diving for Robbie Grossman's ground ball in the sixth inning of Friday's game. Cabrera had an MRI on Saturday morning and the team called up catcher John Hicks from Triple-A Toledo prior to the Tigers' afternoon game in Minnesota.

      Brad Ausmus didn't have results of the MRI when he met with reporters for his pregame media session, but the Detroit manager already had indicated Cabrera wouldn't play the rest of the series.

      Detroit was granted an extension on the roster move because of the day game following Friday night's contest. The roster decision would have been needed three hours before game time, but the Tigers had until noon on Saturday, one hour before the contest.

      Cabrera dove for Grossman's two-run single in the decisive sixth inning on Friday. The 34-year-old felt the injury again while stretching for a throw from third baseman Nicholas Castellanos to end the inning and was replaced by Alex Avila to start the seventh.

      Cabrera, who is batting .268 this season, was hitting .429 with three homers and nine RBIs over the previous eight games after a slow start.

  • Rockies' rookie Senzatela looks to improve to 3-0
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, April 22, 2017

    DENVER -- Antonio Senzatela, a 22-year-old rookie who had never pitched above the Double-A level before this season, will try to continue his impressive career start for the Colorado Rockies and beat the slumping San Francisco Giants on Saturday.

    • The Rockies have won the three games started in the big leagues by Senzatela, who is 2-0 with a 2.37 ERA and has allowed four walks with 14 strikeouts in 19 innings. He is 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA against the Giants, having pitched into the eighth inning in his last start, Sunday at AT&T Park, while allowing three runs in seven innings.

      "He has a nice self-assurance to him that will play as he moves forward," Rockies manager Bud Black said. "He pitches aggressively with his fastball. He doesn't back down. There's a calmness to this fellow that we like."

      The Rockies are 11-6 -- the fifth-best start in franchise history through 17 games -- with wins in four of their past five games and are 4-1 against the Giants this season. The Giants are 6-11, their worst start through 17 games since 2008, when they were also 6-11.

      Left-hander Matt Moore will start for the Giants. He is 1-2 with a 4.26 ERA this season and lost his last start to the Rockies on Saturday at AT&T Park 5-0 when he allowed 10 hits and five runs in 5 2/3 innings. That was the most hits he has yielded since May 23, 2016, at Miami when he gave up 10 hits in five innings while pitching for Tampa Bay. Moore is 0-1 with an 11.74 ERA in two career starts at Coors Field.

      "The last start, his stuff actually came down," Giants pitching coach Dave Righetti said. "We weren't sure if it was the (radar) gun or not, but he didn't have his real good fastball. He threw a lot of changeups and cutters ... There's a way he's successful and when he is, he's real aggressive with his fastball. All the slower stuff off of that works a lot better."

      Moore typically averages 93 mph with his fastball, which averaged 91 mph in his last outing against the Rockies.

      The Giants are facing the grim prospect of being without ace Madison Bumgarner for a significant period. He sustained a sprained left shoulder and bruised ribs in a motorized dirt bike accident when the Giants were off Thursday. He was diagnosed with a Grade 1 or 2 sprain of the AC joint the severity had not been determined.

      "Whether it was him or anybody else on your staff, you just worry about their health and how they're going to be," Righetti said. "You can't go, 'How do you make that up?' You don't; you go to the next guy and try to do your best there. But in general, pretty damn good pitcher we're going to be without for a while."

      Giants catcher Buster Posey said: "The main thing is you have to be grateful he's not hurt worse than he is. You have to look at it in that light...I don't know the timetable. I'm not sure anybody does. Just be thankful he's not hurt any worse.

      "You're surprised. Again, we ought to just look forward and go out and play hard baseball, and hopefully he'll be back before too long."

  • MLB roundup: Bundy masterful in Orioles' win vs. Red Sox
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, April 22, 2017

    BALTIMORE -- Dylan Bundy took a shutout into the eighth inning, Manny Machado homered in the fifth inning and the Baltimore Orioles blanked the Boston Red Sox 2-0 Friday night.

    • Bundy was masterful for the second straight outing as he allowed six hits in seven-plus innings.

      Pomeranz allowed two runs and five hits in 5 1/3 innings. The Red Sox also lost Dustin Pedroia, who was forced to leave the game in the eighth when he was spiked in the left calf by Machado.

      Nationals 4, Mets 3 (11 innings)

      NEW YORK -- Pinch-hitter Trea Turner drew a bases-loaded walk in the 11th inning as Washington outlasted New York.

      Bryce Harper and Jose Lobaton homered for the Nationals, who won their fifth straight.

      Michael Conforto and Curtis Granderson hit solo home runs for the Mets.

      Pirates 6, Yankees 3

      PITTSBURGH - Josh Bell and Jordy Mercer homered off CC Sabathia and Pittsburgh beat New York in an interleague game.

      Bell hit a two-run home run in the second inning while Mercer opened the game with his first home run of the season.

      Sabathia lasted five innings, allowing season highs of four runs and seven hits.

      Phillies 4, Braves 3

      PHILADELPHIA -- Jeremy Hellickson turned in another solid outing, outdueled Bartolo Colon and got just enough run support to help Philadelphia to a win over Atlanta.

      Hellickson allowed two runs and three hits in seven innings. Cesar Hernandez collected three hits and scored two runs as Philadelphia stopped a seven-game losing streak to the Braves.

      Colon allowed four runs and 11 hits in seven innings. Freddie Freeman and Adonis Garcia homered for the Braves.

      Cardinals 6, Brewers 3

      MILWAUKEE -- Adam Wainwright did a little of everything as St. Louis beat Milwaukee.

      Wainwright struck out nine in five innings for his first win of the season. He also hit a two-run homer and added a two-run bases-loaded single.

      Ryan Braun homered for Milwaukee.

      Indians 3, White Sox 0

      CHICAGO -- Corey Kluber pitched a three-hitter as Cleveland blanked Chicago.

      Kluber struck out nine in his fourth career shutout and 11th complete game. He only allowed one baserunner to reach second base.

      Chicago's Jose Quintana allowed three runs and five hits in six innings to fall to 0-4.

      Cubs 6, Reds 5 (11 innings)

      CINCINNATI -- Anthony Rizzo hit a three-run home run in the ninth inning and Kris Bryant lifted a sacrifice fly in the 11th as Chicago outlasted Cincinnati.

      The Cubs rallied from a 5-2 deficit when Rizzo homered off Michael Lorenzen with two outs in the ninth. Albert Almora scored on Bryant's sacrifice fly.

      Adam Duvall homered and starting pitcher Tim Adleman added a two-run double for the Reds.

      Twins 6, Tigers 3

      MINNEAPOLIS -- Eddie Rosario hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning and Minnesota beat Detroit.

      Jorge Polanco hit the game-tying single before Rosario connected against reliever Joe Jimenez.

      James McCann homered for Detroit and Miguel Cabrera collected three hits. Cabrera exited the game in the eighth inning with a strained right groin.

      Astros 6, Rays 3

      ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Carlos Beltran hit a home run for the second day in a row as Houston beat Tampa Bay.

      Mike Fiers allowed three runs and seven hits in five innings while Brian McCann and Yuli Gurriel collected three hits apiece for Houston.

      Corey Dickerson, Logan Morrison and Evan Longoria hit solo home runs off Fiers.

      Rangers 6, Royals 2

      ARLINGTON, Texas -- Joey Gallo and Robinson Chirinos each homered twice beat Kansas City.

      Gallo hit a two-run homer and a solo homer for his first career two-homer game, while Chirinos blasted a pair of solo homers. It marked the 16th time in club history at least two Rangers had multi-homer games in the same game.

      Cole Hamels allowed a run and three hits in eight innings for Texas. Kansas City's Nate Karns gave up six runs and five hits in 4 2/3 innings.

      Rockies 6, Giants 5

      DENVER -- Trevor Story hit a grand slam in the fourth inning off Johnny Cueto and Colorado edged San Francisco.

      Charlie Blackmon added a two-run, inside-the-park homer off Cueto in the fourth while Tony Wolters contributed three hits.

      Brandon Belt homered for San Francisco. Cueto allowed six runs and eight hits in five innings.

      Padres 5, Marlins 3

      SAN DIEGO – Austin Hedges hit a three-run home run in the seventh inning and San Diego beat Miami.

      Hedges hit his fourth home run in six games against David Phelps to cap a four-run inning. Trevor Cahill allowed one run and three hits in seven innings for the Padres.

      Marcell Ozuna and Giancarlo Stanton homered for the Marlins.

      Diamondbacks 13, Dodgers 5

      PHOENIX -- Paul Goldschmidt, Yasmany Tomas and Chris Iannetta had two RBIs apiece and Arizona sent 14 men to the plate in the eighth inning for a comeback win over Los Angeles.

      The Diamondbacks improved to 7-1 at home by getting six hits and five walks in the decisive inning. Arizona also scored a run on a balk by Sergio Romo.

      Corey Seager and Chris Taylor homered for Los Angeles.

      Athletics 3, Mariners 1

      OAKLAND, Calif. -- Trevor Plouffe and Yonder Alonso hit solo home runs as Oakland edged Seattle.

      Sean Manaea held the Mariners to one run on five hits over six innings.

      Hisashi Iwakuma gave up three runs on five hits, including two home runs, over 5 1/3 innings.

      Blue Jays 8, Angels 7 (13 innings)

      ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Jose Bautista hit a three-run home run in the top of the 13th and Toronto held on to beat Los Angeles.

      Bautista hit his first home run of the season off Jesse Chavez, who was scheduled to start Sunday.

      Mike Trout homered and was hit by a pitch with the bases-loaded in the 13th when the Angels sent nine men to the plate. The marathon ended when C.J Cron lined out.

  • White Sox put Shields on disabled list
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, April 21, 2017

    The Chicago White Sox placed right-hander James Shields on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right lat, the team announced Friday.

    • The White Sox do not believe the injury is serious.

      Shields is 1-0 with a 1.62 ERA and 16 strikeouts in his first three starts. Last season, the White Sox acquired Shields in a June trade from the San Diego Padres, and the 35-year-old was a combined 6-19 with a 5.85 ERA.

      Shields was slated to start Saturday against the Cleveland Indians.

      To replace Shields, Chicago purchased the contract of veteran right-hander Mike Pelfrey from Triple-A Charlotte. He is expected to start Saturday's game in place of Shields.

      The White Sox signed Pelfrey to a minor-league deal after the Detroit Tigers released him during spring training.

      Pelfrey is 65-91 with a 4.57 ERA in 241 appearances since making his major-league debut for the New York Mets in July 2006.

  • MLB notebook: Bumgarner injured in dirt bike accident
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, April 21, 2017

    San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner will be sidelined six-to-eight weeks after injuring his pitching shoulder and suffering bruised ribs in a dirt bike accident, the team announced Friday.

    • Bumgarner was injured on the team's Thursday off-day in Denver. He was taken to a hospital, where he was diagnosed with a sprained left shoulder as well as the rib injury.

      Bumgarner was released from the hospital and the team said he was resting at their Denver-area hotel on Friday. He was placed on the 10-day disabled list.

      The 27-year-old Bumgarner is 0-3 with a 3.00 ERA this season. He lost to the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night.

      --The Texas Rangers released Josh Hamilton from his minor league contract after the veteran outfielder sustained a right knee injury while rehabilitating his left knee.

      Hamilton re-signed with the Rangers in January before undergoing left knee surgery the following month. Hamilton, a five-time All-Star and the 2010 American League MVP, was placed on the disabled list at Triple-A Round Rock at the end of spring training and began rehab for his left knee.

      Hamilton said he is not sure what he will do following the surgery.

      --The New York Mets have a number of health issues. They scratched right-hander Jacob deGrom from Friday's start against the Washington Nationals and placed first baseman Lucas Duda and infielder Wilmer Flores on the 10-day disabled list.

      Right-hander Matt Harvey (2-0, 2.45 ERA) moved up a day to start in place of the 28-year-old deGrom (0-0, 1.89 ERA), who is nursing a stiff neck. DeGrom is expected to start Saturday's game, but left-hander Sean Gilmartin, who joined infielder T.J. Rivera in being recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas, would get the start on Saturday should deGrom be unable to pitch, manager Terry Collins said.

      Also, Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes will undergo an MRI on his left hamstring and Collins called the injury "a concern." Cespedes, 31, suffered the hamstring injury while running to second base in the fifth inning Thursday night against the Philadelphia Phillies.

      --The Cleveland Indians activated second baseman Jason Kipnis from the 10-day disabled list before their game against the Chicago White Sox.

      Kipnis was in the lineup and slotted to bat sixth in his first game this season.

      Before the game, manager Terry Francona said Kipnis, 30, was available to play without limitations. Kipnis was limited to two exhibition games with a right shoulder strain. He then appeared in seven rehab games with Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus beginning April 9.

      To make room for Kipnis, the Indians assigned infielder Yandy Diaz to Triple-A Columbus.

      --The Washington Nationals activated shortstop Trea Turner from the 10-day disabled list.

      Turner, 23, missed the past 10 games with a hamstring injury.

      Turner did not start Friday's game but was available off the bench. Turner, who finished second in National League Rookie of the Year voting last season, is hitting .158 in 19 at-bats this season.

      --The Boston Red Sox activated center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. prior and placed infielder Brock Holt on the 10-day disabled list.

      Bradley played in just four games this season before sustaining a sprained right knee. Holt is dealing with a bout with vertigo. He told reporters that he has been experiencing "a little dizziness, a little light-headedness."

      Boston shortstop Xander Bogaerts will miss Friday's game against the Orioles due to a sore left thumb that he injured during Thursday's contest against the Toronto Blue Jays.

  • Mets scratch deGrom, place two on DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, April 21, 2017

    The New York Mets scratched right-hander Jacob deGrom from Friday's start against the visiting Washington Nationals and placed first baseman Lucas Duda and infielder Wilmer Flores on the 10-day disabled list.

    • Right-hander Matt Harvey (2-0, 2.45 ERA) moved up a day to start in place of the 28-year-old deGrom (0-0, 1.89 ERA), who is nursing a stiff neck.

      Left-hander Sean Gilmartin, who joined infielder T.J. Rivera in being recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas on Friday, would get the start on Saturday should deGrom be unable to pitch, manager Terry Collins said.

      Gilmartin, 26, allowed one hit in two-thirds of an inning in his lone appearance with the Mets this season.

      The 28-year-old Rivera, who was in the lineup Friday at third base, is 0-for-3 with two walks, three strikeouts and a run scored in five games this month with New York.

      Duda exited Wednesday's game against Philadelphia with a hyperextended elbow while Flores was ruled out of Thursday's contest versus the Phillies with a knee infection.

      Duda, 31, is batting .238 with four homers and seven RBIs in 13 games this season.

      Flores, 25, is hitting .171 with two homers and three RBIs in 12 games in 2017.

  • Red Sox activate CF Bradley, place IF Holt on DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, April 21, 2017

    The Boston Red Sox activated center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. prior to Friday night's game against the Baltimore Orioles and placed infielder Brock Holt on the 10-day disabled list.

    • Bradley played in just four games this season before sustaining a sprained right knee. The 2016 All-Star batted .267 with 26 homers and 87 RBIs last season.

      Holt is dealing with a bout with vertigo. He told reporters that he has been experiencing "a little dizziness, a little light-headedness."

      Holt is batting just .133 in 15 at-bats this season.

      Shortstop Xander Bogaerts will miss Friday's game against the Orioles due to a sore left thumb that he injured during Thursday's contest against the Toronto Blue Jays.

  • Nationals activate SS Turner from disabled list
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, April 21, 2017

    The Washington Nationals activated shortstop Trea Turner from the 10-day disabled list prior to Friday night's game against the host New York Mets.

    • Turner, 23, missed the past 10 games with a hamstring injury.

      Manager Dusty Baker told reporters that Turner won't start Friday's game but will be available off the bench.

      Turner batted .158 in 19 at-bats prior to the injury.

      Turner was runner-up for National League Rookie of the Year honors last season when he batted .342 with 13 homers and 33 stolen bases in just 73 games.

      Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy was back in the lineup after missing one game due to leg tightness.

      To make room on the roster for Turner, Washington designated infielder Grant Green for assignment.

  • Rangers release OF Hamilton after latest knee injury
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, April 21, 2017

    The Texas Rangers released Josh Hamilton from his minor league contract on Friday after the veteran outfielder sustained a right knee injury while rehabilitating his left knee.

    • Hamilton re-signed with the Rangers in January before undergoing left knee surgery the following month. The former American League MVP was placed on the disabled list at Triple-A Round Rock at the end of spring training and began rehab for his left knee.

      "I am disappointed but not discouraged that my knee problems have not allowed me to play this season," Hamilton said in a statement. "I plan to have surgery on my right knee and then evaluate the situation. I want to thank the Rangers and all of the great fans for the support and encouragement. I really appreciate it."

      Hamilton, who turns 36 in May, was a five-time All-Star for the Rangers and won MVP honors in 2010 when he led the AL with a .359 average and had 32 homers and 100 RBIs. He hit a career-best 43 homers in 2012 and departed as a free agent to sign with the Angels.

      Hamilton's career went into a deep decline and he hit 31 homers in two seasons with the Angels before they dealt him back to the Rangers. He batted .253 with eight homers and 25 RBIs in 2015 while batting injuries.

      "Josh will forever hold a place in Rangers history as one of the most talented, charismatic and productive players to wear our uniform," Rangers president of baseball operations and general manager Jon Daniels said in a statement. "We wish him all the best in his upcoming recovery, and with his family."

      Hamilton has 200 career homers and 701 RBIs in 1,027 games. Hamilton possesses a career batting average of .290.