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

    SEATTLE -- Let the arms race begin.

    • At least, the race for relievers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Royals 16, Tigers 4

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

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

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

      Diamondbacks 12, Reds 2

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

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

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

      Mets 3, Cardinals 2

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

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

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

      Pirates 4, Brewers 2

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

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

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

      Blue Jays 8, Red Sox 6

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

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

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

      Yankees 4, Mariners 1

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

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

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

      Orioles 9, Rangers 7

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

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

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

      Padres 5, Giants 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      He turns 31 next month.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Souza is batting .271 with 60 RBIs this season.

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

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

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

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

      Dodgers 9, White Sox 1 (8 innings)

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

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

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

      Angels 7, Nationals 0

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

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

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

      Cubs 8, Braves 2

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

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

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

      Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 1

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

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

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

      Mets 7, Cardinals 3

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

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

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

      Pirates 3, Brewers 2 (10 innings)

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

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

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

      Royals 4, Tigers 3

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

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

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

      Twins 6, Yankees 1

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

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

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

      Reds 4, Diamondbacks 3 (11 innings)

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

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

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

      Mariners 4, Astros 1

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

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

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

      Athletics 7, Rays 2

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

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

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

      Giants 5, Indians 4

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

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

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

      Orioles 10, Rangers 2

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

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

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

      Phillies 10, Marlins 3

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

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

      Christian Yelich also hit a solo homer for the Marlins.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Angels' Maybin leaves game with leg injury
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, July 19, 2017

    ANAHEIM -- Los Angeles Angels left fielder Cameron Maybin, the American League leader in steals with 25, left Tuesday night's game against the Washington Nationals after injuring his right leg sliding into second base on a first-inning steal attempt.

    • Maybin came into the base a bit upright and his body rolled over both of his legs as he hit the base. He held his right leg after the play and the Angels removed him from the game as a precaution.

      There was no immediate report on the severity of the injury, which appeared to be to Maybin's knee.

      He reached base on an infield single, just his third hit in his last 35 at-bats.

  • MLB roundup: Dodgers' Kershaw wins 15th
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, July 19, 2017

    CHICAGO -- Clayton Kershaw earned his major-league-leading 15th win as he tossed seven shutout innings in the Los Angeles Dodgers' 1-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday.

    • Kershaw (15-2) extended his unbeaten streak to 14 starts since May 6, a stretch that includes 11 victories. He allowed seven hits and one walk while striking out seven.

      Pedro Baez pitched the eighth, and closer Kenley Jansen worked the ninth for his 24th save as Los Angeles won its 10th straight game. The lone run scored on Cody Bellinger's first-inning single.

      Chris Taylor went a career-high-tying 4-for-5 and scored while Bellinger was 2-for-2 with two walks. Chicago's Miguel Gonzalez (4-9) worked six innings in losing his fourth straight and ninth in his past 10 starts.

      Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 4 (15 innings)

      BOSTON -- Hanley Ramirez blasted a one-out homer in the 15th inning to lift Boston over Toronto.

      Ramirez, getting his third start of the season at first base, hit the first pitch from Mike Bolsinger (0-3) completely out of Fenway Park for his 15th homer of the season and the third walk-off home run of his career. Hector Velazquez (2-1) worked four scoreless innings, allowing two hits, after being recalled earlier in the day.

      Both teams scored in the 11th inning. The Jays took the lead on Ryan Goins' sacrifice fly in the top half, and Mookie Betts delivered a two-out RBI single off Roberto Osuna in the bottom half.

      Nationals 4, Angels 3

      ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Bryce Harper had his fourth four-hit game of the season and Edwin Jackson pitched seven sharp innings in his first start of 2017 as Washington won its sixth straight game.

      Harper hit a home run in the first inning, his 24th of the season, singled in the third and sixth innings and tripled to lead off the eighth, scoring the go-ahead run on Ryan Zimmerman's single.

      Jackson (1-0), who had his minor league contract purchased by the Nationals before Tuesday's game, allowed three hits, including solo home runs by Mike Trout (17th) and Martin Maldonado (10th). Jackson, who pitched for the Nationals in 2012, retired 13 straight between Trout's first inning home run and Maldonado's blast in the sixth.

      Cubs 5, Braves 1

      ATLANTA -- Willson Contreras hit a three-run homer to help Chicago to its fifth straight victory.

      Javier Baez went 3-for-4 with a homer, but it was the two-out, third-inning bomb from Contreras that proved the difference. Contreras was 1-for-4 with a walk and is 9-for-22 with two homers and seven RBIs in the five games of the current road trip.

      The Cubs' John Lackey (6-9) was the beneficiary of the support. The veteran right-hander, making his first start since going on the disabled list with plantar fasciitis on July 6, pitched five innings and allowed only one run on five hits.

      Rays 4, Athletics 3

      OAKLAND, Calif. -- Adeiny Hechavarria and Shane Peterson recorded RBI singles in the ninth inning as Tampa Bay erased a 3-2 deficit to defeat Oakland.

      Steven Souza Jr. hit his 20th home run for the Rays, a leadoff blast in the third inning. Khris Davis hit his 27th home run of the season for the Athletics, a two-run shot in the first.

      Rays closer Alex Colome pitched a scoreless ninth for his 28th save.

      Cardinals 5, Mets 0

      NEW YORK -- Michael Wacha tossed a three-hitter for his first career complete game as St. Louis shutout New York.

      Matt Carpenter had four hits -- his 11th career four-hit game -- for St. Louis. Wacha (7-3) allowed only a two-out single to Yoenis Cespedes in the first, a one-out double to Michael Conforto in the sixth and a leadoff single to Conforto in the ninth.

      Wacha, who also helped his cause by going 1-for-4 with a run-scoring fielder's choice grounder, has won his last four starts -- a stretch in which he's allowed three runs over 26 2/3 innings.

      Giants 2, Indians 1 (10 innings)

      SAN FRANCISCO -- Eduardo Nunez's RBI single off Cleveland closer Cody Allen with no outs in the bottom of the 10th inning drove in the winning run for San Francisco.

      Conor Gillaspie, celebrating his 30th birthday, led off the 10th with a double down the right field line against Allen (0-5). After Denard Span, attempting to sacrifice, bunted for a single, Nunez lined his single through a drawn-in infield and into right field.

      Nunez had two hits for the Giants, who had lost four straight at home and three in a row overall. Sam Dyson (1-1) pitched a scoreless top of the 10th.

      Diamondbacks 11, Reds 2

      CINCINNATI -- Chris Hermann and Rey Fuentes homered, and Arizona tied a season high with nine extra-base hits while snapping a season-high five-game losing streak.

      On a night when they acquired slugging outfielder J.D. Martinez in a trade with the Detroit Tigers, the Diamondbacks saw their struggling offense erupt for six runs in the fifth inning. David Peralta went 3-for-5 with a double and RBI for Arizona.

      Diamondbacks left-hander Robbie Ray (9-4) allowed two runs on four hits in six innings and retired seven of the final eight batters he faced. He recorded his 500th career strikeout in the fourth inning and finished with four on the night.

      Orioles 12, Rangers 1

      BALTIMORE -- Chris Davis homered twice, including a grand slam, and drove in a career-high six runs as Baltimore banged out four homers to beat Texas.

      Davis hit a two-run shot in the first as the Orioles scored six times against the Rangers' Tyson Ross (2-2). The grand slam came off Austin Bibens-Dirkx in the fourth and broke the game open, giving the Orioles a 10-1 lead.

      Trey Mancini and Seth Smith hit the other Orioles homers. Mancini's was a two-run bomb during in the first, while Smith led off the eighth with a solo shot.

      Astros 6, Mariners 2

      HOUSTON -- Evan Gattis belted two home runs and Brad Peacock produced the best start of his career as Houston beat Seattle.

      Gattis socked both homers, his ninth and 10th on the season, off Sam Gaviglio (3-5). Jose Altuve finished 3-for-4 with an RBI for the Astros. Every starter excluding Yuli Gurriel reached base at least once.

      Peacock (8-1) extended his winning streak to five consecutive starts, limiting the Mariners to one run on three hits and one walk over a season-high seven innings. Peacock recorded nine strikeouts.

      Yankees 6, Twins 3

      MINNEAPOLIS -- Didi Gregorius had three hits, including a two-run homer in a five-run fifth inning, and New York spoiled Bartolo Colon's Minnesota debut.

      Ronald Torreyes added three hits for the Yankees. Aaron Judge had two hits, a walk, two runs and an RBI, and Gary Sanchez added two hits and two RBIs for New York, which has won 11 of its past 14 games against Minnesota.

      The 44-year-old Colon (2-9), pitching for his 10th team, gave up four runs on eight hits in four-plus innings. His ERA rose to 8.19 in 14 major league starts this season with the first 13 coming with Atlanta.

      Pirates 4, Brewers 3

      PITTSBURGH -- Francisco Cervelli and Josh Harrison homered and David Freese provided the go-ahead single -- all in a four-run sixth inning -- as Pittsburgh rallied past Milwaukee.

      The Pirates' Starling Marte received a warm reception in his first game after serving an 80-game suspension for PED use, walking after Cervelli's solo shot and scored on Harrison's blast. Marte made a sliding catch of Ryan Braun's soft line drive to end the first.

      Travis Shaw's three-run homer off the Pirates' Ivan Nova (10-6) in the third inning was the extent of the Brewers' offense.

      Rockies 9, Padres 7

      DENVER -- Slumping Carlos Gonzalez drove in three runs and Mark Reynolds ended a long homer drought as Colorado held off San Diego.

      After the Padres struck for three runs in the first, Reynolds hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the inning. It was his 20th homer but first in 55 at-bats since June 26.

      Gonzalez's two-run double highlighted a four-run fifth that gave the Rockies a 6-4 lead. He singled home a run in the sixth that put the Colorado ahead 9-6. The double was Gonzalez's first extra-base hits since June 21.

      Tigers 9, Royals 3

      KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Nicholas Castellanos had four hits, including a pair of solo home runs, and drove in five runs as Detroit beat fading Kansas City.

      The four hits and five RBIs equaled career highs for Castellanos. He tripled home a pair of runs to cap off a five-run second inning. Castellanos homered in the fifth and seventh innings and his eighth-inning two-out single scored Dixon Machado.

      The Tigers' Matthew Boyd (3-5), who was 0-2 with a 13.17 ERA in his first four career starts at Kauffman Stadium, yielded three runs on four hits, a hit batter and a sacrifice fly in the first before settling down. He pitched six innings.

      Phillies 5, Marlins 2

      MIAMI -- Maikel Franco's home run overshadowed another shot by Giancarlo Stanton as Philadelphia defeated Miami.

      Franco's solo blast to left-center field broke a 2-2 tie in the eighth inning. It was his 14th homer of the season and his fourth this month while his past three homers have broken deadlocks.

      All-Star reliever Pat Neshek (3-2) threw one scoreless inning to earn the win for the Phillies (31-61), who have the worst record in the majors. Hector Neris tossed a perfect ninth inning for his ninth save.

  • Yankees acquire Frazier, Robertson from White Sox
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, July 19, 2017

    CHICAGO -- The New York Yankees obtained third baseman Todd Frazier and right-handed relievers David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle from the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night.

    • Blake Rutherford, the Yankees' top outfield prospect, is heading to Chicago along with two more minor-leaguers -- left-hander Ian Clarkin and outfielder Tito Polo -- and veteran right-hander Tyler Clippard.

      Frazier, a former Little League World Series standout from Toms River, N.J., is hitting only .206 this season but has 16 home runs and 44 RBIs. The 31-year-old veteran belted a career-high 40 homers last season and has 164 in his seven-year career. He is eligible to become a free agent after the season.

      The Yankees will have a decision to make regarding third baseman Chase Headley (.257, four home runs, 37 RBIs), who could be moved to first base.

      "That's something we have to sort through," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said after his team won 6-3 at Minnesota on Wednesday night. "(Headley's) played both, and he's played a lot at first, and he's played a lot at third, so it's something that we need to sort through."

      Said Headley: "Yeah. I mean, I certainly would want to get some more work (at first base). But I'm more than willing to do whatever it is that they feel is better for the team. Again, we haven't discussed that either.

      "I'm sure we will shortly, and we'll see if that's the case if I'll be getting some more work over there. But yeah, I don't think I'd have any problem going over there if that's what they decide to do."

      Robertson, 32, pitched for the Yankees in his first seven seasons, specializing in the eighth inning. After Mariano Rivera retired in 2013, Robertson saved 39 games in 2014 before signing a four-year, $46 million contract with the White Sox.

      Kahnle, 27, is 1-3 with seven holds and a 2.50 ERA in 37 relief appearances for Chicago this year. Kahnle, like Robertson, began his career in the Yankees organization.

      "That could be really, really good," Girardi said of having a deeper bullpen. "You're talking about a lot of hard throwers. Guys with strikeouts. A guy needs a day off, really, anyone can move into a spot. There's a lot of flexibility."

      Rutherford, 20, was a first-round draft pick last year and is baseball's No. 30 prospect, according to MLB.com. He is batting .282 with a .342 on-base percentage, a .391 slugging percentage, two home runs and 30 RBIs in 71 games for low Class A Charleston.

      "We made the determination that bundling these three players together was the best way to maximize our return on any transaction," White Sox senior vice president/general manager Rick Hahn said. "We felt this trade with the Yankees brought back the most quality as opposed to spreading our assets across multiple deals.

      "Blake Rutherford is a player who has been high on our evaluation list since he was taken as a first-round choice by the Yankees as an amateur. Clarkin gives us another highly-rated first-round selection (33rd overall) from the draft, Polo is a Class AA outfielder who has shown he can get on base, and Clippard provides us with a veteran bullpen option for the remainder of this season."

      Chicago now possesses 10 of the top 68 prospects, according to MLB.com. Infielder Yoan Moncada (1); outfielder Eloy Jimenez (8); right-hander Michael Kopech (11); outfielder Luis Robert (23); right-handers Lucas Giolito (28), Reynaldo Lopez (36), Carson Fulmer (59) and Dylan Cease (63); and catcher Zack Collins (68) are the others.

      Moncada, 22, will be recalled Wednesday from Triple-A Charlotte prior to Chicago's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

      He was batting .282 with 12 home runs, 36 RBIs, 57 runs scored, 49 walks, 17 stolen bases and a .377 on-base percentage in 80 games with Charlotte this season -- his first in the White Sox organization.

      Moncada was acquired from Boston in the December 6, 2016, trade that sent left-hander Chris Sale to the Red Sox.

      The White Sox also will call up right-hander Brad Goldberg on Wednesday.

  • Martinez emotional about leaving Detroit
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, July 18, 2017

    When Detroit Tigers slugger J.D. Martinez got the news from general manager Al Avila on Tuesday that he had been traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks for a prospect package, things got emotional.

    • The 29-year-old Martinez calls Detroit home after the franchise gave him the opportunity to become a breakout slugger. He took hold of the opportunity by batting over .300 in three of four seasons with Detroit after spending his first three major league campaigns with the Houston Astros. He has a .283 batting average with 123 homers and 224 RBIs in 710 games over his seven major league seasons.

      "It's definitely tough," Martinez said. "I love this organization. I love the fans. I love everything in Detroit. That's home for me. I've always said that.

      "They were the organization that believed in me when everybody else passed. They were the ones who gave me the opportunity when everybody else didn't. I had a feeling this was coming, this was on the horizon. I wish it could have been different.

      "I wish we would have come out and been hot and been in first place right now."

      However, heading into Tuesday night's games, the Tigers were next-to-last in the American League Central, six games behind the Cleveland Indians and five games out of a wild-card spot.

      Avila got an offer from the Diamondbacks -- minor league infielders Dawel Lugo, Sergio Alcantara and Jose King -- he felt was acceptable, and decided to pull the trigger on the first major deal in what looks to be a trade-deadline dismantling.

      "It was a very different process for me," Avila said. "(J.D. and I) were crying. It's very hard. This is not what you plan to do. We all want to win. We want to keep our players. But at some point, it's the best thing for the organization."

      Despite the emotion, Martinez said he understands the business side of things.

      "Me and Al go way back," Martinez said. "He's like family to me, close to family as you can get in baseball. I know it was hard for him. Like I told him, there is no animosity to it. I know it's hard, but I get it, I understand the situation you're in. I understand what you have to do. Like completely, I'm not mad about it.

      "Obviously, I wish I could have stayed here. I wish we were in first place. I'm glad he let it go this long and not do it before the season. It's tough."

      Now Martinez joins a D-backs squad in playoff contention. Arizona currently holds a wild-card spot in the National League, although it is well behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West.

      "And all of a sudden, we're in the playoff hunt here," Martinez said of Arizona. "God has got other plans. That's where he wants me. I've just got to take it for what it is and be excited in joining another good organization in Arizona. I've just got to go out there and help them win."

  • MLB notebook: D-backs acquire slugger Martinez from Tigers
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, July 18, 2017

    The Arizona Diamondbacks acquired right fielder J.D. Martinez from the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday in exchange for three prospects.

    • Martinez provides a right-handed power bat for the Diamondbacks, who sent minor league infielders Dawel Lugo, Sergio Alcantara and Jose King to the Tigers.

      The 29-year-old Martinez missed nearly the first six weeks of the season after suffering a Lisfranc sprain in his right foot during spring training. He was batting .305 with 16 home runs and 39 RBIs in 57 games.

      In his fourth year with Detroit, Martinez clubbed 83 homers in his previous three seasons, establishing career highs with 38 blasts and 102 RBIs in 2015.

      --Houston Astros All-Star shortstop Carlos Correa will miss six to eight weeks with a torn ligament in his left thumb.

      Correa suffered the injury during Monday's game against the Seattle Mariners when he jammed the thumb on a swing. He said afterward that he felt a high dose of pain.

      The re-examination on Tuesday diagnosed the severity of the injury. Correa said he underwent an MRI exam and will undergo surgery on a yet-to-be-determined date.

      At 62-31, the Astros own the second-best record in the majors. They will now be without their 22-year-old star, who is batting .320 with 20 homers and 67 RBIs, for up to two months.

      --Milwaukee Brewers catcher Stephen Vogt will miss at least one month due to a sprained MCL in his left knee, manager Craig Counsell said.

      Vogt was injured in Monday's game during a collision at home plate with Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Chad Kuhl. Vogt also took an inadvertent elbow in the head from Kuhl on the play and had to be helped off the field.

      Vogt was placed on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday. Right-hander Junior Guerra (shin) was activated from the disabled list to start Tuesday's game.

      Vogt is batting .250 with four homers in 28 at-bats for the Brewers since being claimed off waivers from the Oakland Athletics. The two-time All-Star hit just .217 with four homers in 157 at-bats with Oakland before being designated for assignment in late June.

      --Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Starling Marte was reinstated from Major League Baseball's restricted list after serving an 80-game suspension for testing positive for the performance-enhancing substance Nandrolone.

      Marte is expected to be in the lineup Tuesday night and bat leadoff as Pittsburgh (45-48) hosts the National League Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers (52-43) in the second contest of a four-game series.

      Infielder Phil Gosselin was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis to make room for Marte, who was batting .241 with two homers and seven RBIs in 13 games this season.

      The 28-year-old Dominican made the National League All-Star team for the first time last season when he batted a career-best .311 and set a personal high with 47 stolen bases. He also won a Gold Glove for the second straight season.

      --New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird insisted that he wishes to play again this season despite undergoing ankle surgery.

      Bird released a statement shortly after the surgery and one day removed from the Yankees announcing that his season likely is over.

      "All this time, I have wanted nothing more than to be out there playing the game I love as a member of the New York Yankees," Bird said in the statement. "My season is not over. I plan to do everything in my power to return and help our team win in 2017."

      Manager Joe Girardi told reporters that Bird likely would be sidelined six weeks, with the 24-year-old resuming baseball activities in September.

      --First baseman James Loney signed a one-year, $350,000 contract with the LG Twins of the Korean Baseball Organization, the team announced.

      Loney requested and received his release in May from the Atlanta Braves' Triple-A affiliate in Gwinnett. He had signed with the club after Freddie Freeman fractured his left wrist, although Atlanta quickly acquired first baseman Matt Adams from the St. Louis Cardinals.

      The 33-year-old Loney batted .288 with 108 homers and 669 RBIs during his 11-year major league career. Loney hit .265 with nine homers and 34 RBIs in 100 games last season with the New York Mets.

  • D-backs acquire slugging OF Martinez from Tigers
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, July 18, 2017

    The Arizona Diamondbacks acquired right fielder J.D. Martinez from the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday in exchange for three prospects.

    • Martinez provides a right-handed power bat for the Diamondbacks, who sent minor league infielders Dawel Lugo, Sergio Alcantara and Jose King to the Tigers.

      "We're real excited because we know what he's capable of,'' Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said. "I've watched him for many years in the American League. He's a special bat. He'll fit right in. Excited to get him in here, get him moving and get started.

      "I know the front office has been looking to improve the ballclub. Word came in so late (before Tuesday's game) that this was actually happening."

      The 29-year-old Martinez missed nearly the first six weeks of the season after suffering a Lisfranc sprain in his right foot during spring training. He was batting .305 with 16 home runs and 39 RBIs in 57 games.

      "I wish we would have come out and been hot and been in first place right now," Martinez said. "And all of a sudden, we're in the playoff hunt here. God has got other plans. That's where he wants me. I've just got to take it for what it is and be excited in joining another good organization in Arizona. I've just got to go out there and help them win."

      In his fourth year with Detroit, Martinez clubbed 83 homers in his previous three seasons, establishing career highs with 38 blasts and 102 RBIs in 2015.

      "I think any time that you have the ability to acquire a bat that fits in the middle of your lineup, you want to take that opportunity, given where we are and how the season has gone,'' Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen said. "He has performed on many different levels in the postseason, with good teams in Detroit. We felt like his presence in the lineup and certainly his ability to hit both sides, to be a good corner outfielder, we felt like it was a good fit for us given where we currently stand."

      Said Arizona left-hander Robbie Ray: "My wife texted me that we got J.D. He'll make us that much better. He's got his approach for every pitcher. He uses the whole field."

      Martinez batted over .300 in three of four seasons with Detroit after spending his first three major league campaigns with the Houston Astros. He has a .283 batting average with 123 homers and 224 RBIs in 710 games.

      "(The Tigers) were the organization that believed in me when everybody else passed," Martinez said. "They were the ones who gave me the opportunity when everybody else didn't. I had a feeling this was coming, this was on the horizon. I wish it could have been different."

      Lugo was rated the Diamondbacks' No. 2 overall prospect by Baseball America. The 22-year-old is batting .282 with seven home runs and 43 RBIs in 88 games at Double-A Jacksonville this season.

      The switch-hitting Alcantara was batting .279 with three homers and 28 RBIs at Class A Visalia while King, 18, was playing in the Arizona Rookie League.

      "It was a very different process for me," Tigers general manager Al Avila said of trading Martinez. "(J.D. and I) were crying. It's very hard. This is not what you plan to do. We all want to win. We want to keep our players. But at some point, it's the best thing for the organization."

  • Brewers lose C Vogt for a month
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, July 18, 2017

    Milwaukee Brewers catcher Stephen Vogt will miss at least one month due to a sprained MCL in his left knee, manager Craig Counsell told reporters on Tuesday.

    • Vogt was injured in Monday's game during a collision at home plate with Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Chad Kuhl. Vogt also took an inadvertent elbow in the head from Kuhl on the play and had to be helped off the field.

      Vogt was placed on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday. Right-hander Junior Guerra (shin) was activated from the disabled list to start Tuesday's game.

      After Monday's game, Vogt admitted to feeling woozy upon leaving the field.

      "I was like, 'Man, my neck hurts,' and then I realized my knee hurts," Vogt told reporters. "You just kind of take an inventory."

      Vogt is batting .250 with four homers in 28 at-bats for the Brewers since being claimed off waivers from the Oakland Athletics. The two-time All-Star hit just .217 with four homers in 157 at-bats with Oakland before being designated for assignment in late June.

  • Astros SS Correa out 6-8 weeks with torn thumb ligament
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, July 18, 2017

    Houston Astros All-Star shortstop Carlos Correa will miss six to eight weeks with a torn ligament in his left thumb, the team announced Tuesday.

    • Correa suffered the injury during Monday's game against the Seattle Mariners when he jammed the thumb on a swing. He told reporters afterward that he felt a high dose of pain.

      The re-examination on Tuesday diagnosed the severity of the injury. Correa told reporters he underwent an MRI exam and will undergo surgery on a yet-to-be-determined date.

      "At this point of the season you don't want to get hurt, you want to keep playing," Correa told reporters on Tuesday. "It has been a fun season so far for this team."

      The Astros own the second-best record (62-31) in the majors but would prefer to not be without their 22-year-old star, who is batting .320 with 20 homers and 67 RBIs.

      "Losing a player of Carlos' caliber for an extended period is a big blow to our club, but I believe we have the roster to persevere and continue to win games," general manager Jeff Luhnow said in a statement. "We do expect Carlos to return to the club in September and be ready to contribute down the stretch."

      Correa has hit 20 homers in each of his three big-league seasons and was American League Rookie of the Year in 2015.

      Houston recalled infielder Colin Moran to fill the roster spot. Moran is batting .308 with 18 homers and 63 RBIs for Triple-A Fresno.

      The left-handed hitting Moran played in nine games for the Astros last season and went 3-for-23.

  • Pirates CF Marte reinstated from PED suspension
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, July 18, 2017

    Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Starling Marte was reinstated from Major League Baseball's restricted list on Tuesday after serving an 80-game suspension for testing positive for the performance-enhancing substance Nandrolone.

    • Marte is expected to be in the lineup Tuesday night as Pittsburgh (45-48) hosts the National League Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers (52-43) in the second contest of a four-game series.

      Infielder Phil Gosselin was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis to make room for Marte, who was batting .241 with two homers and seven RBIs in 13 games this season.

      The 28-year-old Dominican made the National League All-Star team for the first time last season when he batted a career-best .311 and set a personal high with 47 stolen bases. He also won a Gold Glove for the second straight season.

      Marte has a .288 career average with 60 homers, 242 RBIs and 162 steals in parts of six major league seasons.

      Gosselin, 28, was batting .150 with two RBIs in 28 games this season with the Pirates.