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  • MLB roundup: Dodgers improve to 50 games over .500
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, August 16, 2017

    LOS ANGELES -- Joc Pederson was hit in the leg by a pitch with the bases loaded in the eighth inning to force in the go-ahead run as the Los Angeles Dodgers continued their winning ways with a 6-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday.

    • Pinch hitter Austin Barnes and Corey Seager added two-run singles as Los Angeles (84-34), which owns the best record in baseball, moved 50 games above .500 for the first time since 1953. Dodgers starter Alex Wood yielded six hits and one run while striking out six in seven innings.

      Chicago's Tim Anderson homered on the first pitch, giving him four home runs and eight RBIs in his past seven games. White Sox starter Miguel Gonzalez allowed one run on five hits in six innings. He struck out four and walked three.

      Red Sox 10, Cardinals 4

      BOSTON -- Hanley Ramirez and Sandy Leon drove in two runs apiece in an eight-run fifth inning that carried Boston past St. Louis.

      Ten consecutive Red Sox batters reached base, and 13 came to the plate while chasing Mike Leake (7-11) and propelling Boston to its 11th win in 13 games. Rick Porcello (7-14), helped by a fourth-inning triple play turned on a Yadier Molina grounder, allowed three runs in seven innings.

      Jackie Bradley Jr. also drove in two runs, and Xander Bogaerts contributed three singles to a 15-hit Boston attack that included two more hits for rookie sensation Rafael Devers.

      Indians 8, Twins 1

      MINNEAPOLIS -- Carlos Santana hit two home runs and Austin Jackson added a three-run blast as Cleveland went deep five times en route to its fifth straight victory.

      Jason Kipnis and Edwin Encarnacion added solo home runs as the Indians opened up a six-game lead on Minnesota in the American League Central. Santana socked one home run from each side of the plate, the fifth time he has done so during his career.

      The five homers were more than enough run support for Danny Salazar, who allowed three hits and one run in seven innings. Salazar (5-5) retired 12 consecutive batters in the middle innings and set down 16 of the final 17 Twins he faced.

      Nationals 3, Angels 1

      WASHINGTON -- Howie Kendrick hit two solo home runs, and Gio Gonzalez allowed no runs and two hits in six innings as Washington snapped Los Angeles' six-game winning streak.

      Gonzalez (11-5) walked three and struck out four. He didn't give up a hit until there were two outs in the sixth, when Cameron Maybin reached on an infield single.

      Kendrick hit solo homers in the third -- the 100th of his career -- and fifth innings to open a 2-0 lead. Sean Doolittle threw a perfect ninth to get his ninth save with the Nationals.

      Reds 2, Cubs 1

      CHICAGO -- Billy Hamilton delivered a ninth-inning RBI single, and Luis Castillo pitched six shutout innings as Cincinnati defeated Chicago.

      Scooter Gennett's eighth-inning sacrifice fly off the Cubs' Pedro Strop (3-3) broke a scoreless tie, driving in Joey Votto. In the ninth, Votto walked, reached third on an Adam Duvall single and scored on Hamilton's hit, making it 2-0.

      The Cubs got within a run in the ninth when Ben Zobrist singled in Kyle Schwarber, who led off the inning with a single. However, with the tying run on third base, the Reds' Raisel Iglesias struck out Ian Happ to end the game and pick up his 21st save.

      Astros 9, Diamondbacks 4

      PHOENIX -- Alex Bregman, Yuli Gurriel and Jose Altuve had two hits apiece, and George Springer doubled in two runs in Houston's victory over Arizona.

      Max Stassi doubled and homered, Gurriel and Bregman had RBI triples, and starting pitcher Brad Peacock also had a two-run double as the Astros pounded out eight extra-base hits while jumping to an 8-0 lead. Houston, which leads the majors in runs, hits, doubles and homers, had scored 17 runs while losing six of its previous seven.

      Ketel Marte and Paul Goldschmidt had two hits apiece, and Jake Lamb drove in two runs for the Diamondbacks, who have lost five of seven.

      Athletics 10, Royals 8

      OAKLAND, Calif. -- Matt Joyce hit a solo home run in the first inning and a three-run double during a six-run rally in the eighth as Oakland outlasted Kansas City.

      Khris Davis hit his 33rd home run for the A's, a two-run shot in the third inning, while Matt Olson had a solo blast in the second. Blake Treinen (1-0) was charged with two runs in the eighth, but he pitched a scoreless ninth for his first win with Oakland.

      The Royals' Drew Butera and Eric Hosmer hit two-run homers and Mike Moustakas a solo shot, all in the top of the eighth inning, when Kansas City overcame a 4-3 deficit to build an 8-4 lead.

      Mariners 3, Orioles 1

      SEATTLE -- Andrew Albers allowed one run in five innings as Seattle snapped its season-high, five-game losing streak.

      Albers, acquired in a minor league trade with the Atlanta Braves on Friday, took the injured James Paxton's spot in the rotation. He allowed six hits and one walk while striking out four. Four Mariners relievers combined for four perfect innings as the final 20 Baltimore batters were retired in order.

      Jonathan Schoop gave the Orioles a 1-0 lead with a solo homer in the first inning.

      Giants 9, Marlins 4

      MIAMI -- Giancarlo Stanton homered for the sixth consecutive game, but Miami blew a seventh-inning lead and lost to San Francisco.

      Stanton leads the majors with 44 homers. He has gone deep 11 times in his past 12 games and 23 times in 35 contests. He is on pace to hit 60 homers this year, a milestone reached by only five players in major league history.

      The Giants took advantage of a poor night by the Marlins' bullpen, especially Junichi Tazawa (2-3), who did not register an out in the seventh inning, allowing four hits and three runs. Denard Span went 3-for-4 with a home run, three runs and two RBIs for San Francisco.

      Yankees 5, Mets 4

      NEW YORK -- Sonny Gray pitched effectively into the seventh inning in his home debut, and the Yankees hit a pair of homers off Jacob deGrom before holding off the Mets.

      The Yankees won despite Aroldis Chapman wobbling to the finish. The closer allowed a two-run homer by rookie Amed Rosario with one out in the ninth but preserved Gray's first win for the Yankees and notched his 16th save.

      Gray (7-7) took a shutout into the seventh before giving up rookie Dominic Smith's first career home run, a two-run shot. He allowed two runs and five hits in six-plus innings before exiting to a nice hand from the crowd.

      Brewers 3, Pirates 1

      MILWAUKEE -- Keon Broxton blasted a pinch-hit home run, and Zach Davies worked into the seventh as Milwaukee won its third straight game.

      Davies (14-6) held the Pirates to one run, scattering six hits and two walks over 6 2/3 innings. He struck out two.

      Ivan Nova (10-10) went six innings and was charged with two runs (one earned), four hits and three walks while striking out four. Travis Shaw, who began the day 10-for-13 against Nova, reached three times against him Tuesday.

      Braves 4, Rockies 3

      DENVER -- Colorado's four-time Gold Glove third baseman Nolan Arenado committed a rare error that allowed Atlanta to score with two outs in the eighth inning as the Braves evened the four-game series at a game apiece.

      Sam Freeman (2-0) pitched the seventh, benefiting greatly when Freddie Freeman started a nifty 3-6-3 double play on Charlie Blackmon's grounder after pinch hitter Pat Valaika began the inning with a single. Aroldys Vizcaino hit 100 mph with his fastball as he worked the ninth to earn his seventh save in nine opportunities.

      Nick Markakis tied the game at 3 for the Braves when he hit his seventh home run, a shot to right-center with two outs in the sixth.

      Rays 6, Blue Jays 4

      TORONTO -- Lucas Duda hit a two-run homer, Wilson Ramos hit a solo shot, and Blake Snell won for the first time in nearly a year as Tampa Bay defeated Toronto.

      Snell (1-6) allowed seven hits, one walk and four runs while striking out four in six innings. The left-hander had not won in the majors since Sept. 22, a span of 16 winless starts. Alex Colome earned his 35th save with a perfect ninth, striking out two.

      Josh Donaldson hit a three-run homer for the Blue Jays, who had a three-game winning string stopped. Marco Estrada (5-8) allowed 10 hits, four walks and six runs in 4 1/3 innings. He struck out three.

      Rangers 10, Tigers 4

      ARLINGTON, Texas -- Joey Gallo and Mike Napoli hit back-to-back home runs off Justin Verlander in the fourth inning, and Texas used a pair of four-run frames to roll past over Detroit.

      Gallo's two-run homer in the Rangers' four-run fourth was his 34th of the season. Napoli was 2-for-4 with three RBIs, including a two-run single in Texas' four-run eighth.

      Robinson Chirinos smacked his career-high 14th home run for the Rangers. Every hitter in Texas' lineup registered a hit except Rougned Odor, who had two walks and would have stolen home in the seventh had the Tigers' Daniel Stumpf not committed a balk.

      Padres 8, Phillies 4

      SAN DIEGO -- Cory Spangenberg homered and drove in four runs, and Hector Sanchez added a two-run homer as San Diego topped Philadelphia.

      Padres starter Dinelson Lamet (7-4) allowed two runs on three hits over seven innings to win his fourth consecutive decision. He didn't allow a hit until rookie Jorge Alfaro hit his first career home run, a two-run liner to center with two outs in the fifth.

      Spangenberg extended his hitting streak to seven games with a two-run double, capping San Diego's three-run first inning off Mark Leiter Jr. (1-3). The Phillies rookie allowed eight runs (four earned) on seven hits and three walks with a strikeout in five innings.

  • MLB notebook: Reds C Mesoraco suffers fractured foot
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, August 15, 2017

    Cincinnati Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco was placed on the disabled list Tuesday, one day after fracturing his left foot.

    • Mesoraco departed Monday's game against the Chicago Cubs in the second inning after being hit in the left foot by a pitch from Jose Quintana.

      X-rays displayed a fracture of the fifth metatarsal. Mesoraco is batting just .213 with six homers and 14 RBIs this season.

      Outfielder Phillip Ervin was recalled from Triple-A Louisville to fill the roster opening. Ervin is batting .256 with seven homers and 40 RBIs at Louisville and went 0-for-2 in three games with the Reds earlier this season.

      Meanwhile, outfielder Scott Schebler (shoulder), who has hit 23 homers, was sent to Louisville on a rehab assignment. Outfielder Scott Van Slyke, recently acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers, accepted an outright assignment to Louisville.

      --The Pittsburgh Pirates placed outfielder Gregory Polanco on the 10-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain, the team announced.

      Polanco will be making his third stint on the disabled list this season. The most recent move is retroactive to Sunday.

      Catcher Elias Diaz was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis to replace Polanco, who sustained his injury during Saturday's 7-2 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.

      Polanco, 25, is batting .255 with 10 homers and 32 RBIs in 91 games this season. Diaz is hitting .266 with two homers and 27 RBIs in 57 games with Indianapolis. The 26-year-old also batted .266 and had one homer and 14 RBIs during 30 games with the Pirates this season.

      --The New York Yankees placed right-hander Luis Cessa on the 10-day disabled list with a ribcage injury.

      Cessa has appeared in 10 games, making five starts, for New York this season. He was 0-3 with a 4.75 ERA, including 4 1/3 innings of two-run ball against the New York Mets on Monday.

      The 25-year-old Cessa started nine of 17 games with the Yankees in 2016, logging a 4-4 record and 4.35 ERA.

      In a corresponding move, New York recalled left-hander Caleb Smith from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Smith, 26, made three appearances (two starts) for the Yankees over a two-week span last month, going 0-1 with a 7.20 ERA.

      --The Los Angeles Dodgers traded right-handed pitcher Chris Hatcher to the Oakland Athletics.

      The Dodgers received international amateur signing bonus pool space in exchange for Hatcher, who has been sidelined since June 22 with thoracic inflammation.

      Hatcher made 26 relief appearances this season for Los Angeles, posting an 0-1 record with a 4.66 ERA. Acquired from Miami in 2015, Hatcher is 8-10 with four saves and a 4.64 ERA in three seasons with the Dodgers.

      Los Angeles also reinstated infielder/outfielder Rob Segedin (wrist) from the 60-day disabled list.

      --The Chicago White Sox activated right-hander Dylan Covey from the disabled list prior to the opener of a two-game interleague series versus the Los Angeles Dodgers.

      Covey will assume the available roster spot of Tyler Clippard, who was traded to the Houston Astros on Sunday for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

      The 26-year-old Covey had been sidelined with a strained left oblique sustained in his last start on May 23. He owns an 0-4 mark with an 8.12 ERA in eight starts during his first season with the White Sox.

  • Dodgers trade RHP Hatcher to A's
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, August 15, 2017

    The Los Angeles Dodgers traded right-handed pitcher Chris Hatcher to the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday.

    • The Dodgers received international amateur signing bonus pool space in exchange for Hatcher, who has been sidelined since June 22 with thoracic inflammation.

      Hatcher made 26 relief appearances this season for Los Angeles, posting an 0-1 record with a 4.66 ERA. Acquired from Miami in 2015, Hatcher is 8-10 with four saves and a 4.64 ERA in three seasons with the Dodgers.

      Los Angeles also reinstated infielder/outfielder Rob Segedin from the 60-day disabled list. He was 1-for-4 in two games with the Dodgers before going on the DL.

  • Yankees RHP Cessa placed on DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, August 15, 2017

    The New York Yankees placed right-hander Luis Cessa on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday with a ribcage injury.

    • Cessa has appeared in 10 games, making five starts, for New York this season. He was 0-3 with a 4.75 ERA, including 4 1/3 innings of two-run ball against the New York Mets on Monday.

      The 25-year-old Cessa started nine of 17 games with the Yankees in 2016, logging a 4-4 record and 4.35 ERA.

      In a corresponding move, New York recalled left-hander Caleb Smith from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

      Smith, 26, made three appearances (two starts) for the Yankees over a two-week span last month, going 0-1 with a 7.20 ERA. He failed to pitch beyond 3 2/3 innings in any of his outings.

  • Pirates place OF Polanco on DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, August 15, 2017

    The Pittsburgh Pirates placed outfielder Gregory Polanco on the 10-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain, the team announced Tuesday.

    • Polanco will be making his third stint on the disabled list this season. The most recent move is retroactive to Sunday.

      Catcher Elias Diaz was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis to replace Polanco, who sustained his injury during Saturday's 7-2 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.

      Polanco, 25, is batting .255 with 10 homers and 32 RBIs in 91 games this season.

      Diaz is hitting .266 with two homers and 27 RBIs in 57 games with Indianapolis. The 26-year-old also batted .266 and had one homer and 14 RBIs during 30 games with the Pirates this season.

  • Reds C Mesoraco placed on DL with broken foot
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, August 15, 2017

    Cincinnati Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco was placed on the disabled list Tuesday, one day after fracturing his left foot.

    • Mesoraco departed Monday's game against the Chicago Cubs in the second inning after being hit in the left foot by a pitch from Jose Quintana.

      X-rays displayed a fracture of the fifth metatarsal.

      "If you've got a broken foot, you can't play," Mesoraco said after the contest. "It doesn't even feel remotely close to being able to play at the moment."

      Mesoraco is batting just .213 with six homers and 14 RBIs this season as he once again is plagued by injuries.

      "I went through worse stuff; I've had worse injuries," said Mesoraco, who has dealt with hip and shoulder injuries. "You kind of play the hand you're dealt. Not everything is a fairy-tale ending; not everything works out as perfectly as you expect."

      Outfielder Phillip Ervin was recalled from Triple-A Louisville to fill the roster opening. Ervin is batting .256 with seven homers and 40 RBIs at Louisville and went 0-for-2 in three games with the Reds earlier this season.

      Meanwhile, outfielder Scott Schebler (shoulder), who has hit 23 homers, was sent to Louisville on a rehab assignment.

      Outfielder Scott Van Slyke, recently acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers, accepted an outright assignment to Louisville.

  • White Sox activate RHP Covey from disabled list
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, August 15, 2017

    The Chicago White Sox activated right-hander Dylan Covey from the disabled list on Tuesday prior to the opener of a two-game interleague series versus the Los Angeles Dodgers.

    • Covey will assume the available roster spot of Tyler Clippard, who was traded to the Houston Astros on Sunday for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

      The 26-year-old Covey had been sidelined with a strained left oblique sustained in his last start on May 23. He owns an 0-4 mark with an 8.12 ERA in eight starts during his first season with the White Sox.

      Covey made three starts with the Arizona League White Sox and two relief appearances with Charlotte during his rehab assignment.

  • MLB roundup: Stanton sets Marlins record with 43rd HR
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, August 14, 2017

    MIAMI -- Giancarlo Stanton broke the Marlins' season-single homer record and knocked in three runs, leading Miami to an 8-3 win over the San Francisco Giants on Monday night at Marlins Park.

    • Facing Ty Blach (8-8), Stanton lined a 2-0 pitch over the left field fence in the first inning for his 43rd homer, breaking Gary Sheffield's season record that stood for 21 years. Stanton has hit 10 homers in his past 11 games and 22 in his past 34 games, putting him on pace for 60 this year.

      It was the fifth straight game in which Stanton homered, setting another club record. The Marlins earned their fourth consecutive win.

      Rockies 3, Braves 0

      DENVER -- Chad Bettis made a dazzling return, pitching seven scoreless innings in his comeback from cancer, helping Colorado beat Atlanta.

      Bettis was not involved in the decision, but his storybook start paved the way the Rockies. Colorado scored its runs in the eighth inning, the first on a single by Gerardo Parra and the final two on a single by Carlos Gonzalez.

      Bettis was diagnosed with testicular cancer and underwent surgery in late November. In March, Bettis learned the cancer had spread to his lymph nodes, forcing him to undergo nine weeks of chemotherapy. On Monday, he allowed six hits with no walks and two strikeouts and got 13 outs on ground balls.

      Orioles 11, Mariners 3

      SEATTLE -- Manny Machado hit a grand slam off former teammate Yovani Gallardo as Baltimore defeated Seattle.

      Tim Beckham, Seth Smith and Trey Mancini also homered for the Orioles, and Kevin Gausman pitched seven strong innings. Gausman (9-8) allowed two runs on six hits with one walk and six strikeouts.

      Nelson Cruz and Mike Zunino hit solo home runs for the Mariners. Cruz increased his AL-leading RBI total to 95.

      Diamondbacks 2, Astros 0

      PHOENIX -- Zack Greinke blanked slumping Houston over 6 2/3 innings as Arizona beat the Astros.

      Run-scoring doubles by Ketel Marte and J.D. Martinez were the difference. Greinke, Jorge De La Rosa, Archie Bradley and Fernando Rodney combined for Arizona's sixth shutout of the season. Greinke (14-5) allowed five hits and two walks while striking out nine, and Rodney recorded his 27th save.

      The Astros dropped their sixth in seven games and 10th in 13 games.

      Cubs 15, Reds 5

      CHICAGO -- Jon Jay went 3-for-5 with a double, a triple and three runs, and Anthony Rizzo was 3-for-5 with a homer and five RBIs to lead Chicago past Cincinnati.

      Tommy La Stella also had three hits and scored twice, and Kris Bryant and Javier Baez each had a pair of hits -- including a home run -- and scored twice for Chicago. Jason Heyward went 2-for-4 with three runs as part of a 17-hit Cub attack, including 10 off Reds starter Asher Wojciechowski (3-2).

      The victory was the third in four games for the Cubs, while the Reds dropped their third straight.

      Royals 6, A's 2

      OAKLAND, Calif. -- Rookie catcher Cam Gallagher hit a grand slam in the sixth inning for his first major league home run, powering Kansas City to its third consecutive win.

      Gallagher homered in his 10th major league at-bat, third game and second start since being called up from Triple-A Omaha on Aug. 6.

      Rookie right-hander Jake Junis (5-2) was called up Monday from Omaha and allowed two runs on four hits over six innings for his third straight victory, including one in relief. He struck out two, walked none and hit two batters.

      Padres 7, Phillies 4

      SAN DIEGO -- Cory Spangenberg had a home run among his three hits as San Diego beat Philadelphia.

      Austin Hedges and Jose Pirela each had two RBIs for San Diego. Spangenberg, who scored three runs and extended his hitting streak to six games, stroked his 11th homer in the seventh for a 7-4 margin. It was his third home run in two games.

      The Phillies, losers of four of their past five, squandered rookie Rhys Hoskins' first two major league homers.

      Indians 7, Red Sox 3

      BOSTON -- Edwin Encarnacion crushed a pair of two-run homers as Cleveland beat Boston at Fenway Park.

      Rookie Rafael Devers hit two homers for the Red Sox, giving him five in 16 games since making his major league debut on July 25.

      Trevor Bauer (11-8) struck out 11 in 6 2/3 innings. He gave up three runs (all on solo homers), seven hits and two walks. Tyler Olson, Bryan Shaw and Joe Smith combined for 2 1/3 scoreless innings to close out the win.

      Yankees 4, Mets 2

      NEW YORK -- Aaron Hicks led off the eighth inning with a go-ahead homer, lifting the Yankees past the Mets at Yankee Stadium.

      Hicks hit a 1-1 fastball from Hansel Robles (7-4) into the right-field seats. It was his career-high 12th homer. Gary Sanchez added insurance in the inning with a homer into the right-field seats. Aaron Judge hit his first homer in two weeks in the sixth inning.

      Curtis Granderson and Yoenis Cespedes homered for the Mets.

      Blue Jays 2, Rays 1

      TORONTO -- Josh Donaldson hit a two-run homer, Nick Tepesch pitched into the seventh inning for his first win in nearly three years, and Toronto defeated Tampa Bay.

      Tepesch (1-2) last won in the majors on Sept. 16, 2014, when he was with Texas. He allowed four hits, three walks and one run in six-plus innings. Roberto Osuna threw a perfect 1 1/3 innings for his 30th save of the season.

      Wilson Ramos homered for the Rays.

      Rangers 6, Tigers 2

      ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas used RBIs from six different hitters to beat Detroit.

      Delino DeShields' safety squeeze brought in Rougned Odor with the go-ahead run in the second inning. Nomar Mazara, Adrian Beltre, Drew Robinson and Robinson Chrinos also drove in runs, as did Joey Gallo, who belted his 33rd homer, a solo shot in the third inning. The homer was Gallo's 12th since the All-Star break, tops in the American League.

      Odor led Texas' 11-hit attack by going 3-for-4 with two stolen bases and three runs. Mazara also had three hits. The Rangers have won four of their last five games.

  • McCann injury leaves Astros with two catchers on DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, August 14, 2017

    Houston Astros catcher Brian McCann was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a sore right knee, the team announced Monday.

    • McCann's injury is the second in short order for the catchers with the Astros, who sent Evan Gattis to the disabled list with a concussion sustained when he was hit on the head by a backswing on Thursday.

      Max Stassi was recalled from Triple-A Fresno to replace the 33-year-old McCann, who is batting .232 with 13 homers and 48 RBIs in 75 games this season.

      Stassi, 26, is hitting .266 with 12 homers with the Grizzlies in 2017.

  • MLB notebook: Miller close to returning to Indians' bullpen
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, August 14, 2017

    Cleveland Indians All-Star reliever Andrew Miller will embark on a rehab outing at Triple-A Columbus on Wednesday and could return to the team two days later, manager Terry Francona announced Monday.

    • Miller, who has been sidelined since Aug. 3 with patellar tendinitis in his right knee, has progressed through bullpen sessions on Friday and Sunday.

      Miller owns a 4-3 record with a 1.67 ERA and 78 strikeouts in 54 innings this season. The 32-year-old left-hander has issued 10 walks in his last 19 games (22 2/3 innings), eclipsing the nine walks he had during the 2016 season (74 1/3 innings).

      -- Tyler Clippard, traded out of a pennant race last month, is headed to a contender.

      The Houston Astros acquired the right-handed reliever from the Chicago White Sox late Sunday night in exchange for a player to be named or cash considerations.

      The White Sox had picked up Clippard, 32, from the New York Yankees as part of a seven-player deal on July 18. He is 2-6 with three saves and a 4.27 ERA in 51 combined appearances this season between the Yankees and the White Sox. Since the All-Star break, Clippard has a 1.50 ERA in 13 appearances.

      The Astros need help in their bullpen, as their relievers came into Sunday ranked last in the American League since the All-Star break in ERA, at 5.45.

      -- The Toronto Blue Jays recalled left-handed reliever Tim Mayza from Triple-A Buffalo before Monday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

      They optioned Lionel Campos to Buffalo and cleared space on the 40-man roster by giving fellow right-hander Taylor Cole his unconditional release.

      Mayza, 25, was 2-2 with a 3.25 ERA in 40 games with four saves in seven opportunities in the minor leagues between Double-A New Hampshire and Triple-A Buffalo. In 11 games at Buffalo, he was 1-1 with an 0.93 ERA.

      -- The Blue Jays recalled right-hander Chase Whitley from Triple-A Durham.

      Whitley replaced left-hander Jose Alvarado, who was optioned to Durham on Sunday. Whitley is 2-1 with a 3.45 ERA in 31 games for the Rays. He was optioned to Durham on Aug. 1.

      -- The Seattle Mariners recalled right-hander Thyago Vieira from Triple-A Tacoma, the team announced.

      Vieira, who has yet to pitch in the majors, will take the roster spot of right-hander Christian Bergman, who was demoted to Tacoma.

      The 24-year-old Vieira posted a 3.18 ERA and collected two saves in seven appearances at Tacoma. He also had 29 relief appearances at Double-A Arkansas, registering a 3.72 ERA and two saves while striking out 35 in 36 1/3 innings.

      Bergman, 29, is 4-4 with a 4.91 ERA in 11 outing (eight starts) for Seattle this year.

  • Miller set for rehab outing, return to Indians
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, August 14, 2017

    Cleveland Indians All-Star reliever Andrew Miller will embark on a rehab outing at Triple-A Columbus on Wednesday and could return to the team two days later, manager Terry Francona announced Monday.

    • Miller, who has been sidelined since Aug. 3 with patellar tendinitis in his right knee, has progressed through bullpen sessions on Friday and Sunday.

      "The way he threw the ball the last couple of days was so nice to see," Francona said. "You could tell he felt better with his delivery. It was a good thing. It was hard to do it, but I'm glad we did it."

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

      The 32-year-old left-hander has issued 10 free passes in his last 19 games (22 2/3 innings), a total that eclipses the nine walks he had during the 2016 season (74 1/3 innings).

  • Blue Jays recall LHP Mayza
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, August 14, 2017

    TORONTO -- The Toronto Blue Jays recalled left-handed reliever Tim Mayza from Triple-A Buffalo prior to Monday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

    • They optioned Lionel Campos to Buffalo and cleared space on the 40-man roster by giving fellow right-hander Taylor Cole his unconditional release.

      Mayza, 25, was 2-2 with a 3.25 ERA in 40 games with four saves in seven opportunities in the minor leagues between Double-A New Hampshire and Triple-A Buffalo. In 11 games at Buffalo, he was 1-1 with an 0.93 ERA.

      In another move, right-hander Chris Smith cleared waivers and was assigned outright to Buffalo.

  • Trout, surging Angels set to face Harper-less Nationals
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, August 14, 2017

    WASHINGTON -- There will be no showdown between young stars Mike Trout and Bryce Harper when the Los Angeles Angels begin an abbreviated two-game interleague series against the host Washington Nationals on Tuesday night.

    • Both All-Stars have been on the disabled list this year, but Los Angeles' Trout (.341, 23 homers) returned July 14 after a thumb injury.

      Harper (.326, 29 homers) was put on the 10-day disabled list Sunday after he hyperextended his left knee while trying to beat out a ground ball on a wet field late Saturday night against the San Francisco Giants.

      Harper had an MRI exam on Sunday and saw a doctor who tested his agility.

      "I just said to the doctor: 'I'm just going to jump back and forth on both sides, and if I collapse on the ground, then so be it,'" Harper said. "So I jumped back and forth, and did some figure skater stuff and tried to put as much force on it as I could to see if I hit the ground. It was definitely sore. But I felt fine, didn't feel like anything that I never felt before. So that was definitely good."

      The depth of Washington's outfield has helped overcome injuries to Adam Eaton, Jayson Werth and now Harper. The Nationals have used 12 outfielders this year and that includes rookie Andrew Stevenson, who started in center and right in a day-night doubleheader Sunday and had three hits.

      "It is a testament to the leadership of (general manager) Mike Rizzo. Everyone had a hand in it," Mark Scialabba, the director of player development for the Nationals, told The Sports Xchange on Monday. "We have enough depth when these guys come to the major leagues. Stevenson is advanced defensively. He plays the corners exceptionally well."

      It will be a battle of lefties on Tuesday as Tyler Skaggs (1-2, 3.63 ERA) of the Angels (61-58) makes his second career start against the first-place Nationals (70-46). Washington will counter with Gio Gonzalez (10-5, 2.59), whose ERA last year was 4.57.

      Trout is just 1-for-13 (.077) in his career against Gonzalez while Albert Pujols is 3-for-5 with a homer. Pujols hit his 500th career homer at Nationals Park in 2014 against Taylor Jordan, who is no longer in the Washington system.

      Skaggs went 6 1/3 innings on Thursday against the Seattle Mariners and gave up two runs in seven innings. He is 1-0 against Washington, having beat the Nationals in 2014 in his only appearance.

      Gonzalez is 7-3 with a 2.92 ERA in 12 career starts against the Angels. He got the loss against them earlier last month when he gave up four runs in 5 2/3 innings.

      The Nationals have enough starting pitching and outfield depth to cruise to a division title without Harper, who hit his 150th career homer last Tuesday. Harper hopes he can return in time for the playoff drive.

      The Angels have won six in a row and are very much in the race for a wild-card spot in the American League. Trout got his 1,000th hit the same day Harper hit homer No. 150.

      Angels reliever Keynan Middleton got two wins and a save over the weekend against the Mariners.

      "Keynan answered the bell this week," Angels manager Mike Scioscia told reporters Sunday.

      Middleton began this year as the No. 9 prospect in the Angels system, according to Baseball America.

      "He's given us a shot in the arm," Angels infielder C. J. Cron said of Middleton. "He's kind of like that stopper for us. He's done a good job and continues to impress."

      Former Nationals now with the Angels include outfielder Ben Revere (.252) and reliever Yusmeiro Petit (3-0, 2.36 ERA).

      Former Washington and Angels infielder Danny Espinosa was let go by Los Angeles last month and signed with the Mariners. Former Washington minor league prospect Alex Meyer (4-5, 3.74) is on the disabled list with the Angels and last pitched in the majors on July 19 against the Nationals.

      Former Washington infielder Yunel Escobar (.274), now with the Angels, went on the disabled list last Tuesday with a Grade 1 right oblique strain.

  • Mariners recall RHP Vieira, demote RHP Bergman
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, August 14, 2017

    The Seattle Mariners recalled right-hander Thyago Vieira from Triple-A Tacoma on Monday, the team announced.

    • Vieira, who has yet to pitch in the majors, will take the roster spot of right-hander Christian Bergman, who was demoted to Tacoma.

      The 24-year-old Vieira posted a 3.18 ERA and collected two saves in seven appearances at Tacoma. He also had 29 relief appearances at Double-A Arkansas, registering a 3.72 ERA and two saves while striking out 35 in 36 1/3 innings.

      Bergman, 29, is 4-4 with a 4.91 ERA in 11 appearances (eight starts) for Seattle this season. He tossed four scoreless innings of one-hit ball vs. the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday, striking out three.

      He spent his first three major league seasons with the Colorado Rockies, making 10 starts in 2014 and a career-high 30 appearances the following year.

  • Astros add Clippard in trade with White Sox
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, August 14, 2017

    Tyler Clippard, traded out of a pennant race last month, is headed to a contender.

    • The Houston Astros acquired the right-handed reliever from the Chicago White Sox on Sunday night in exchange for a player to be named or cash considerations.

      The White Sox had picked up Clippard from the New York Yankees as part of a seven-player deal on July 18.

      Clippard, 32, is 2-6 with three saves and a 4.27 ERA in 51 combined appearances this season between the Yankees and the White Sox.

      Since the All-Star break, Clippard has a 1.50 ERA in 13 appearances.

      He is a free agent at the end of this season, and he is owed approximately $1.2 million for the rest of the season.

      The Astros need help in their bullpen, as their relievers came into Sunday ranked last in the American League since the All-Star break in ERA, at 5.45.

      In his 11 major league seasons, Clippard has a 48-41 record with a 3.04 ERA, 59 saves and 738 strikeouts in 609 career appearances, including eight starts.

      The Astros will make a corresponding roster move on Monday, when Clippard is expected to join the team for the series opener at Arizona.

      To fill their vacant roster spot, the White Sox will make a corresponding move prior to their Tuesday game against the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

  • MLB notebook: Nationals OF Harper out indefinitely
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, August 13, 2017

    The news is not as bad as it looked initially for Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper after he was injured in the bottom of the first inning Saturday night against the San Francisco Giants.

    • The right fielder and 2015 National League MVP has a bone bruise in his left knee but no ligament damage, general manager Mike Rizzo said at Nationals Park on Sunday morning. Harper is out indefinitely, but the Nationals hope he can return at some point this season.

      Harper collapsed in a heap after he went flying through the air when his spike slipped on a wet first base bag while trying to beat out a groundball.

      Harper was placed on the 10-day disabled list, and outfielder Michael A. Taylor was recalled from his minor league rehab assignment with the Double-A Harrisburg. Taylor had been sidelined due to a right oblique strain.

      --The San Diego Padres extended the contract of manager Andy Green for three years through the 2021 season.

      Green, 40, is finishing his second year at the helm.

      The Padres, made up of mostly young players, are 51-65 this season and 119-159 during Green's tenure.

      --Giancarlo Stanton hit his 42nd home run of the season, tying a Marlins franchise record, and his 250th career homer during Miami's 5-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies.

      Stanton, who leads the majors in homers, now shares the Marlins' single-season record with Gary Sheffield, who set the mark in 1996.

      Stanton moved ahead of Mickey Mantle into 16th place in major league history for the most homers in a player's first eight years.

      --The Los Angeles Dodgers reinstated right-hander Chris Hatcher from the 10-day disabled list after he missed 42 games due to a thoracic inflammation.

      Hatcher, 32, was sidelined since late June. He last pitched on Wednesday in a rehab appearance for Triple-A Oklahoma City, allowing just one hit and striking out one in an inning of relief.

      Hatcher is 0-1 with a 4.66 ERA over 36 2/3 innings in 26 relief appearances for the Dodgers, with 43 strikeouts against 12 walks.

      In a corresponding move, the Dodgers optioned catcher/infielder Kyle Farmer to Triple-A.

  • Tigers' Fulmer expected to return for start vs. Rangers
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, August 13, 2017

    The Detroit Tigers should be getting a valued member of their rotation back when a three-game series opens against the Texas Rangers on Monday in Arlington, Texas.

    • All-Star right-hander Michael Fulmer (10-9, 3.59 ERA) is on the disabled list with ulnar neuritis but has been performing his in-between-starts routine with the intent to return against Texas.

      It would be a welcome sight for the Tigers. The last time Fulmer started at Globe Life Park in August 2016, he threw a four-hit shutout.

      However, Fulmer struggled a bit in his last start, allowing seven runs in six innings.

      Fulmer will square off with Texas left-hander Martin Perez (6-10, 5.18), who is coming off of his strongest start of the year.

      After having his start moved up to accommodate Andrew Cashner's stiff neck, Perez shut the Mets down on Wednesday. He allowed just one run -- a solo homer from Wilmer Flores -- and three hits in eight innings, the first time since Aug. 2, 2015, that Perez had thrown that many innings.

      The Rangers could use another performance like that as they try to jockey for position in the American League wild-card race. They're coming off a series win over the Houston Astros, and another series win over the Tigers could prove extremely valuable as the calendar churns through August.

      "That's the name of this game," Rangers pitcher Andrew Cashner said. "It's such a long season, if you can win series you usually come out on top in the end."

      Detroit is searching for bullpen answers right now.

      Moving Shane Greene to the closer's role removed a key part of the equation since Tigers manager Brad Ausmus was using the right-hander to get critical outs anywhere from the fifth through eighth innings.

      "Someone is going to have to step up and take that (setup) job," Ausmus said after Bruce Rondon was eliminated from the list of candidates by getting optioned to Triple-A Toledo. "Right now, it will depend on who is pitching well and how the matchups look."

      Rondon threw nine pitches, eight out of the strike zone, and one of the two batters he walked was trying to sacrifice. Ausmus demoted him right after the game.

      "Yeah, you have to take the out in that situation when they are giving it to you," Ausmus said.

      Greene was being overused as the setup/critical out guy on his way to 80 games or more, but with Detroit having a dearth of save opportunities, Ausmus finds himself having to use his closer in non-save situations just to get him work.

      Drew Ver Hagen was facing demotion with the return of Fulmer to the active roster but the subtraction of Rondon means he will shift from the rotation to the bullpen if Fulmer is ready Monday.

  • MLB roundup: Stanton hits 42nd homer in Marlins' win
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, August 13, 2017

    MIAMI -- Giancarlo Stanton hit his 42nd homer of the season, tying a franchise record and leading the Miami Marlins to a 5-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Sunday afternoon. Miami swept the four-game series.

    • Stanton, who leads the majors in homers, now shares the Marlins' single-season record with Gary Sheffield, who set the mark in 1996.

      Stanton belted homer No. 250 for his career, moving ahead of Mickey Mantle into 16th place in major league history for the most long balls in a player's first eight years. Since 1913, Stanton is the sixth-fastest player to reach 250 homers.

      Colorado third baseman Nolan Arenado, who leads the majors in RBIs with 100, was hit on the left hand on a pitch by Marlins starter Vance Worley. Arenado left the game immediately. X-rays were negative, and he hopes to avoid a disabled-list stint.

      Giants 4, Nationals 2 (Game 1)

      WASHINGTON -- Joe Panik was 3-for-4 with a walk and drove in two runs and Chris Stratton got his first major league win as a starter as San Francisco won the first game of a day-night doubleheader.

      Stratton (1-2), making his third career start, struck out a career-high 10 batters with just one walk while going a career-best 6 2/3 innings without a allowing a run.

      Gorkys Hernandez, the No. 8 hitter, had an RBI single in the second, and two batters later Panik lined a single to drive in two runs and give the Giants a 3-0 lead against A.J Cole.

      Nationals 6, Giants 2 (Game 2)

      WASHINGTON -- Howie Kendrick hit a walk-off grand slam in the 11th inning as Washington defeated San Francisco, earning a split of the doubleheader.

      Daniel Murphy (two hits) singled off Albert Suarez to begin the 11th, took third on a bloop single by Ryan Zimmerman (three hits) and then scored the winning run after an intentional walk to Anthony Rendon.

      Kendrick's blast to left on a 2-2 pitch from Suarez (0-2) ended the game.

      Red Sox 3, Yankees 2 (10 innings)

      NEW YORK -- Rafael Devers hit the game-tying homer off Aroldis Chapman with one out in the ninth inning, and Andrew Benintendi hit a bases-loaded single in the 10th as Boston edged New York

      Red Sox starter Chris Sale struck out 12 in seven innings but got a no-decision as Boston won for the second time to cap the three-game series.

      Devers got a hold of a 1-2 fastball clocked at 103 mph and lifted into it the visiting bullpen beyond the left-center-field fence to tie the game. After Craig Kimbrel (4-0) struck out Brett Gardner with a runner at third to end the ninth, Benintendi lifted Boston to its 10th win in 11 games by blooping a 92 mph changeup from Tommy Kahnle to right field.

      Dodgers 6, Padres 4

      LOS ANGELES -- Justin Turner homered twice and Los Angeles won the rubber game of the three-game series against San Diego.

      Turner hit a three-run homer in the five-run fourth inning for the Dodgers and another solo shot in the eighth, the only other inning the Dodgers collected a hit or run.

      Yasmani Grandal also went deep in the fourth inning as the Dodgers recorded their 36th come-from-behind win of the season. Los Angeles is 16-0-3 in its last 19 series since June 9.

      Cory Spangenberg hit two home runs to lead San Diego.

      Braves 6, Cardinals 3

      ST. LOUIS -- Knuckleballing R.A. Dickey scattered seven hits over seven solid innings as Atlanta snapped St. Louis' eight-game winning streak.

      Dickey (8-7) didn't give up a run until Carson Kelly singled home Kolten Wong, who tripled, with one out in the bottom of the seventh. Dickey walked two and fanned three.

      Brandon Phillips provided the big hit for Atlanta as it snapped a five-game losing streak. Phillips slugged a two-run homer in the fifth, his 10th of the year and second in as many games, to give the Braves a 4-0 lead.

      Indians 4, Rays 3

      ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Austin Jackson hit a solo home run in the eighth inning for Cleveland, which took three of four games from Tampa Bay.

      The Indians saw a 3-1 lead disappear on Steven Souza's two-run home run in the sixth, but Jackson's fourth home run of the season, off reliever Tommy Hunter (2-3), put Cleveland back ahead.

      Corey Kluber (11-3) got the win, striking out nine batters in seven innings of four-hit baseball. Cody Allen pitched the ninth for his 21st save of the season.

      Blue Jays 7, Pirates 1

      TORONTO -- Josh Donaldson keyed a five-run first inning with a two-run homer and J.A. Happ struck out eight in six innings as Toronto defeated Pittsburgh.

      Darwin Barney and Justin Smoak added solo shots for the Blue Jays and Ryan Goins had a two-run double as the Blue Jays took the rubber match of the three-game interleague series.

      Happ (6-8) allowed four hits, three walks and one run while winning his third straight start.

      Brewers 7, Reds 4

      MILWAUKEE -- Neil Walker had two hits in his Milwaukee debut and Domingo Santana hit his 19th home run of the season as the Brewers beat Cincinnati.

      Acquired from the Mets on Saturday, Walker singled in each of his first two at-bats, and Ryan Braun added a pair of doubles for the Brewers.

      Joey Votto drew two walks but went 0-for-3 for the Reds, snapping his hitting streak at 17 games.

      Twins 6, Tigers 4

      DETROIT -- Minnesota matched its 2016 total of 59 wins thanks to Byron Buxton's tiebreaking single with one out in the eighth inning that keyed a two-run rally.

      The Twins recorded their seventh win in eight games.

      Tyler Duffey (2-3) picked up the win for the Twins with a scoreless seventh plus two outs in the eighth.

      The Tigers tied the score at 4-4 in the fifth, with three passed balls by catcher Chris Gimenez playing a key part.

      Royals 14, White Sox 6

      CHICAGO -- Whit Merrifield and Jorge Bonifacio homered to lead Kansas City to the rout of Chicago.

      Merrifield drove in five runs and No. 9 batter Drew Butera had a career-high four hits for the Royals, who won two straight to take the three-game series following a five-game losing streak.

      The White Sox had won four of their last five games. They were trying to win back-to-back series for the first time since mid-June.

      Royals left-hander Jason Vargas (14-6) allowed three runs, struck out seven and walked two in six innings to match his career high for victories in a season.

      Astros 2, Rangers 1

      ARLINGTON, Texas - Houston snapped its season-high five-game losing streak and salvaged the final game of their series at Globe Life Park.

      Houston and Texas were knotted at one through six innings thanks to solo homers by the Astros' Jose Altuve and Rangers' Adrian Beltre, but the Astros pulled in front in the seventh. Yuli Gurriel doubled off of the center-field wall, moved up to third on a groundout and scored on Carlos Beltran's single to left to put them in front.

      Dallas Keuchel (10-2) earned his first win since returning from the disabled list in late July. He allowed one run in 6 2/3 innings.

      Athletics 9, Orioles 3

      OAKLAND, Calif. -- Kendall Graveman pitched seven strong innings, and Matt Chapman, Matt Joyce and Matt Olson homered, leading the Oakland past Baltimore.

      The A's earned a split in the four-game series, while the Orioles slipped to 2 1/2 games out for the American League's second wild-card playoff push.

      Graveman (3-3) earned his first win in three starts since being reinstated from the disabled list on Aug. 1 after missing over two months with a strained right shoulder. He allowed two runs on eight hits with a season-high eight strikeouts and one walk.

      Manny Machado hit his 22nd home run for the Orioles, a solo shot leading off the eighth.

      Mets 6, Phillies 2

      PHILADELPHIA -- Michael Conforto and Curtis Granderson each hit home runs for New York, which took three of four from Philadelphia.

      Conforto's two-run shot in the first inning opened the scoring and upped his career-high total to 26 for the year. It was his 12th homer since the All-Star break.

      Granderson was 3-for-5 on the day with the home run, a double, a run and three RBIs.

      Cubs 7, Diamondbacks 2

      PHOENIX -- Javier Baez, Ian Happ and Kris Bryant homered, and Jake Arrieta continued his second-half surge in Chicago's win.

      Baez hit a three-run homer and Happ followed with a pinch-hit homer when the Cubs scored four runs in the eighth inning for a 6-1 lead. Bryant hit a bases-empty homer in the ninth.

      Arrieta (12-8) gave up three hits and one run as the Cubs (61-55) regained a one-game lead in the tight National League Central race. Arrieta's ERA is 1.94 since the All-Star break.

      Angels 4, Mariners 2

      SEATTLE -- Parker Bridwell pitched six strong innings to avenge his lone major league loss as Los Angeles beat Seattle.

      C.J. Cron homered for the Angels, who completed a four-game sweep and moved into sole possession of the AL's second and final wild-card playoff berth.

      Bridwell (7-1), a rookie right-hander acquired in an April 17 trade with Baltimore, allowed one run on four hits. He walked one and struck out two.

      The Angels improved to 10-1 in games in which Bridwell pitches. The only loss came June 30 against the Mariners at Angel Stadium.

  • Stanton hits 250th career homer to tie Marlins record
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, August 13, 2017

    MIAMI -- Giancarlo Stanton hit his 42nd home run of the season on Sunday afternoon, tying a Miami Marlins franchise record with No. 250 for his career in a game against the Colorado Rockies at Marlins Park.

    • In the same game, Colorado third baseman Nolan Arenado, who leads the majors in RBIs with 100, was hit on the left hand on a pitch by Marlins starter Vance Worley. Arenado left the game immediately, culminating his frustrating series. Arenado was also ejected from Saturday's game after he was called out on a check swing.

      Stanton, who leads the majors in homers, now shares the Marlins' single-season record with Gary Sheffield, who set the mark in 1996.

      Stanton moved ahead of Mickey Mantle into 16th place in major league history for the most homers in a player's first eight years.

      In addition, since 1913, Stanton is the sixth-fastest player to reach 250 homers.

  • Padres extend Green's contract for 3 years
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, August 13, 2017

    The San Diego Padres extended the contract of manager Andy Green for three years through the 2021 season on Sunday.

    • The 40-year-old Green is currently finishing his second year at the helm.

      "Throughout the past two seasons, Andy has consistently proven to us his leadership abilities and strong character," general manager A.J. Preller said in a statement. "Andy's knowledge of the game and passion for his players has earned him respect in the clubhouse and throughout the organization. As we continue to build a system that produces winning baseball from top to bottom, I am confident that Andy provides the leadership and stability needed to deliver a championship to San Diego."

      The Padres, made up of mostly young players, are 51-65 this season and 119-159 during Green's tenure.

      Green wasn't sure an extension would happen this season.

      "They felt inclined to bring it to me now," Green said in a statement. "And I have nothing else I want to do but pour myself into building a championship-caliber club in San Diego. ... (The extension) is a commitment to the path we're on, a commitment in the belief we're building something special."

      Barring an unforeseen surge, San Diego will suffer its last seventh straight losing campaign. The Padres haven't made the playoffs since 2006 in Bruce Bochy's final season with the club.

      "We remain committed to our plan to build a championship team with homegrown talent, and we are confident in the direction we are moving as an organization," Padres executive chairman Ron Fowler and managing partner Peter Seidler said in the statement. "Andy is invested in the development of our players at all levels, both as athletes and as people.

      "His managerial style is characterized by intelligence, preparation and integrity, and he has continually proven himself to be the right person to lead this young team. We look forward to him managing, motivating and teaching the many waves of talent that we know are on their way to San Diego."

  • Dodgers activate RHP Hatcher from DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, August 13, 2017

    The Los Angeles Dodgers reinstated right-hander Chris Hatcher from the 10-day disabled list Sunday after he missed 42 games due to a thoracic inflammation.

    • Hatcher, 32, was sidelined since late June. He last pitched on Wednesday for the Triple-A Oklahoma City, allowing just one hit and striking out one in an inning of relief.

      In five rehab games (two starts) with Oklahoma City and rookie-level Arizona, Hatcher posted a 1.50 ERA over six innings, striking out nine against just one walk.

      Hatcher is 0-1 with a 4.66 ERA over 36 2/3 innings in 26 relief appearances for the Dodgers, with 43 strikeouts against 12 walks.

      In a corresponding move, the Dodgers optioned catcher/infielder Kyle Farmer to Triple-A.

      The 26-year-old Farmer, who made his major League debut on July 30, appeared in 10 games with the Dodgers, batting .400 (4-for-10) with a double and two RBIs.

  • Nationals RF Harper out indefinitely with bone bruise in knee
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, August 13, 2017

    WASHINGTON -- The news is not as bad as it looked for Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper about 12 hours after he was injured in the bottom of the first inning Saturday night against the San Francisco Giants.

    • The right fielder and 2015 National League MVP has a bone bruise in his left knee but no ligament damage, general manager Mike Rizzo told reporters at Nationals Park on Sunday morning. The Nationals hope he can return at some point this season.

      "We dodged a bullet here," said Rizzo, who emphasized the Nationals will be cautious in Harper's recovery process. "We're optimistic we'll see him this season."

      Harper collapsed in a heap after he went flying through the air after his spike slipped on a wet first base bag while trying to beat out a groundball Saturday in a game that began three hours and one minute late due to a rain delay.

      Harper was put on the 10-day disabled list Sunday and outfielder Michael A. Taylor, who played both games of a doubleheader Saturday in Hartford, Conn., was recalled from his minor league rehab assignment with the Double-A Harrisburg Senators of the Eastern League. Taylor is hitting .278 with 12 homers in 72 games this year for Washington.

      Rookie Andrew Stevenson (.111) started in center field in the first game Sunday and Brian Goodwin (.247, 13 homers), who had been playing center in place of Taylor, started in right against the Giants. Adam Lind (.317, nine homers) started in left field for Washington in the first game with Taylor not in the lineup.

      Harper left the game in the last of the first inning Saturday after his left foot slipped on the first base bag as he tried to beat out a groundball to first baseman Ryder Jones.

      "It's just one of those freak plays where you kind of thought there would be a collision and there wasn't and that might be part of it too, maybe he was trying to dodge me and (pitcher Jeff) Samardzija," Jones told reporters.

      On the play Jones fielded the ball and beat Harper to the bag as Samardzija raced over to cover the bag just in case. Harper fell to the ground and held his left knee for several minutes. He was helped off the field and did not put any weight on his left leg as athletic trainer Paul Lessard and hitting coach Rick Schu helped him to the clubhouse.

      Harper was walking on his own power in the Washington clubhouse at about 1:45 a.m. Sunday.

      Harper is hitting .326 with 29 homers and 89 RBIs in 106 games and 402 at-bats for the first-place Nationals (69-45), who entered Sunday 14 1/2 games ahead of the second-place Miami Marlins in the National League East.

      The Nationals lost center fielder Adam Eaton for the season in late April when he also hit the bag in a strange way at first base at home.

      There was fear Harper could be lost for the season but it appears Harper could be ready in time for the end of regular-season play or at least the playoffs. If the Nationals hold onto the second-best record in the National League, they would open up postseason play at home Friday, Oct. 6. The regular-season is slated to end Oct. 1.

      "We know he hyperextended it when he slipped going across the bag. He's going to get an MRI," Washington manager Dusty Baker said after the Saturday night game. "We're just hoping for the best."

      Baker did not meet with the media before the first of a day-night doubleheader Sunday with the Giants.

      Catcher Pedro Severino was added to the Washington roster as the 26th man for the Sunday doubleheader. The Giants called up infielder Orlando Calixte from Triple-A Sacramento as their 26th man for the twinbill.

  • Tebow beaned, stays in game
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, August 13, 2017

    A scary scene unfolded Saturday night in a minor league game when St. Lucie Mets left fielder Tim Tebow was hit on the helmet at the plate by a fastball.

    • In the ninth inning, Tampa Yankees left-hander Trevor Lane came inside with a pitch that struck Tebow, a left-handed hitter, directly on the side of his helmet facing the pitcher.

      Tebow, the former Heisman Trophy-winning and NFL quarterback, crouched down briefly and appeared stunned by the jolt. The impact of the pitch sent his helmet flying. Tebow then began walking slowly to first base.

      Trainers and coaches rushed out to assist Tebow, but he stayed in the game and came around to score from first on a two-out double by teammate J.C. Rodriguez.

      That was the only run for the Mets' Class A team in a 5-1 loss to the Yankees before 7,157 at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla.

      Tebow has a .243 batting average for St. Lucie with five home runs and 25 RBIs in 44 games. He came through with a tiebreaking RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning on Wednesday that helped the Mets win.

  • Nationals' Harper leaves game with knee injury
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, August 13, 2017

    WASHINGTON -- Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper left Washington's 3-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Saturday night in the first inning with a left knee injury after his left foot slipped on the first base bag as he tried to beat out a groundball to first baseman Ryder Jones.

    • Harper suffered a hyper-extended knee, according to Washington manager Dusty Baker. An MRI was scheduled for Sunday.

      "We know he hyperextended it when he slipped going across the bag. He's going to get an MRI," manager Dusty Baker said. "We just ask for prayers that it's not serious. We're just urging everybody out there that are Nationals fans and baseball fans to say a prayer for him tonight because he was in obvious pain out there. We're just hoping for the best."

      On the play, Jones fielded the ball and beat Harper to the bag as pitcher Jeff Samardzija raced over to cover the bag just in case. Harper fell to the ground and held his left knee for several minutes after making the second out.

      He was helped off the field and did not put any weight on his left leg as athletic trainer Paul Lessard and hitting coach Rick Schu helped him to the clubhouse.

      The start of the game was delayed 3 hours, 1 minute by rain Saturday and there was a light rain in the top of the first inning.

      Harper is hitting .326 with 29 home runs and 87 RBIs in 106 games and 402 at-bats for the first-place Nationals.

      Rookie Andrew Stevenson came on to play center field in the second and Brian Goodwin moved from center to right.

  • Moment of silence observed at Nationals Park
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, August 13, 2017

    WASHINGTON -- A moment of silence was observed Saturday night at the Washington Nationals' home game against the San Francisco Giants for the victims of a clash at the "Unite the Right" rally earlier in the day at Charlottesville, Va.

    • President Trump spoke out against the violence in which a car plowed into a group of counter-protesters in Charlottesville.

      Charlottesville is about 115 miles southwest of Nationals Park and is the home to the University of Virginia.

      The game Saturday night included three former Virginia players on the rosters of the Giants and Nationals: first baseman Ryan Zimmerman and pitcher Sean Doolittle of Washington and outfielder Jarrett Parker of the Giants.

      Parker, from nearby Stafford, Va., singled in the first inning in his first-ever at-bat at Nationals Park.

      "It's the worst kind of hatred. It's disgusting," Doolittle told The Washington Post.