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  • Brewers RHP Anderson expected to return for Monday start
    By Field Level Media / Monday, May 21, 2018

    Milwaukee right-hander Chase Anderson is expected to return from the disabled list and start Monday night's home game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, according to reports.

    • Anderson has been out since missing a May 12 start against the Colorado Rockies with what was described as flu-like symptoms.

      "I don't know what it came from," said Anderson at the time. "Maybe something I ate. I don't know, honestly."

      Anderson is 3-3 with a 3.97 ERA in eight starts this season. He was drafted by the Diamondbacks in the ninth round in 2009.

      Monday night's game against the Diamondbacks is the start of a 10-game homestand for the Brewers.

      --Field Level Media

  • Ohtani 'honored to be in conversation' about Home Run Derby
    By Field Level Media / Monday, May 21, 2018

    Shohei Ohtani, the Los Angeles Angels' two-way phenom from Japan, is no stranger to home run derbies. After all, he won Japan's version in 2016.

    • But Ohtani, who has slugged six home runs in 84 at-bats as the Angels' part-time DH - when he's not taking his turn in their starting rotation - is fielding questions about whether he would take part in Major League Baseball's home run derby this year if he is invited.

      For now, the lefty-swinging, righty-throwing Ohtani, who is in his first season in the U.S., is saying he's "honored to be in that conversation."

      He made the comments after doing the other half of his job, pitching the Angels to a 5-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday. He struck out nine in 7 2/3 innings in running his record to 4-1 and lowering his ERA to 3.35.

      Official invitations to the derby are not expected for another month or so. This year's festivities will be at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., on July 16, the day before the All-Star Game.

      Ohtani is averaging a home run every 14 at-bats.

      "I don't think I'm at that level yet," he also said about a possible derby appearance.

      His most recent home run was Thursday against the Rays, and he put on a show in batting practice on Friday, launching a shot that hit the video board in right field at Angel Stadium. If anybody is counting - and the Angels were - it was estimated at 519 feet.

      If Angels manager Mike Scioscia has any concerns about Ohtani possibly taking center stage in the home run fest, he's not voicing them.

      "That's a player's decision," Scioscia said, according to mlb.com. "I'm sure there's going to be a lot of things that come into what a player decides, but it's always been the prerogative of a player if he wants to participate in things like that."

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB roundup: Ohtani, Angels end Rays' winning streak
    By Field Level Media / Monday, May 21, 2018

    Shohei Ohtani struck out nine over 7 2/3 innings, allowing two runs, as the host Los Angeles Angels snapped the Tampa Bay Rays' six-game winning streak and avoided a four-game sweep with a 5-2 win Sunday.

    • Ohtani (4-1) allowed six hits and walked one. Martin Maldonado hit a solo homer, his second, and had two RBIs, Zack Cozart added two RBIs and Luis Valbuena had one for Los Angeles, which snapped its season-high five-game skid.

      Johnny Field clubbed a solo blast for his fourth homer of the year and Denard Span also had an RBI for Tampa Bay, which couldn't build on its major league-leading win streak.

      For the second straight day, Tampa Bay started reliever Sergio Romo. He pitched 1 1/3 hitless innings with two walks and three strikeouts. Matt Andriese (1-2) followed Romo and gave up two unearned runs on no hits and two walks while striking out one.

      Braves 10, Marlins 9

      Dansby Swanson's two-run single with the bases loaded in the ninth inning capped a six-run rally and gave Atlanta a wild win over Miami at SunTrust Park.

      Swanson had been 0-for-8 since returning from the disabled list on Saturday. He drove a 2-2 pitch from reliever Tayron Guerrero (0-2) into the left field corner to bring home Tyler Flowers and Kurt Suzuki with the tying and winning runs.

      Swanson struck out to start the inning, but the Braves began to peck away against reliever Brad Ziegler. Ronald Acuna Jr. drove in a run with a sacrifice fly, Freddie Freeman's hustle on an infield single plated another, and Nick Markakis drove in a run with a single to center field. Miami brought in Guerrero, who walked Flowers and surrendered an RBI hit to Suzuki. He walked Johan Camargo to load the bases with two outs, setting up Swanson's game-winning heroics.

      Cubs 6, Reds 1

      Kyle Schwarber, Javier Baez and Ben Zobrist homered to back the strong pitching of Yu Darvish, sending Chicago past host Cincinnati.

      Darvish (1-3) allowed a first-inning run, but then shut out the Reds over the next five innings as the Cubs won three games of the four-game series, which included a split of a day-night double-header on Saturday.

      After Scott Schebler's infield hit had given the Reds a 1-0 lead in the first, the Cubs responded immediately against Reds starter Tyler Mahle (3-6) with back-to-back homers by Schwarber and Baez after Ian Happ had walked to lead off the top of the second. Zobrist increased the lead to 4-1 in the fifth.

      Cardinals 5, Phillies 1

      Rookie Tyler O'Neill hit his second major league home run, one day after his first, and fellow rookie Jack Flaherty struck out 13 over 7 2/3 innings for his first major league victory as host St. Louis knocked off Philadelphia to split a four-game series at Busch Stadium.

      O'Neill, starting in left field as the Cardinals gave a day off to struggling Marcell Ozuna, led off the bottom of the sixth inning with a home run to center field off Phillies starter Aaron Nola (6-2), who had given up only three home runs in 58 2/3 innings before Sunday and saw his winning streak halted at five games.

      Flaherty (1-1), who recently returned to the rotation with the injury to Adam Wainwright, gave up just two hits, one of them Rhys Hoskins' sixth home run of the season. He walked just one while throwing 120 pitches.

      Red Sox 5, Orioles 0

      J.D. Martinez blasted two home runs and finished with three RBIs to supplement a strong start by Eduardo Rodriguez as Boston silenced visiting Baltimore.

      It was the first multi-homer game with the Red Sox for Martinez (2-for-4), who tied teammate Mookie Betts for the major league lead with 15 home runs. Andrew Benintendi went 3-for-5 and slugged a two-run shot as Boston won three of four in the series.

      Rodriguez (4-1) claimed the victory, striking out seven over 5 2/3 scoreless innings while allowing nine hits and walking none. Baltimore starter David Hess (1-1) was charged with five runs on eight hits and two walks with four strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings. Adam Jones went 3-for-4 for the Orioles, who lost for the 15th time in 16 road games.

      Mariners 3, Tigers 2 (11 innings)

      Jean Segura singled in the winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning as host Seattle rallied to defeat Detroit, spoiling an outstanding start by Francisco Liriano.

      Dee Gordon led off 11th by grounding a single into right field off right-hander Buck Farmer (0-3). Gordon stole second base, his American League-leading 16th of the season, and Segura grounded a single to right field.

      Nick Vincent (2-1) pitched a scoreless inning of relief for the victory. Lirinao allowed one hit in eight scoreless innings. He walked three and struck out five, but the Mariners tied it in the bottom of the ninth on Mitch Haniger's two-run homer off closer Shane Greene.

      Mets 4, Diamondbacks 1

      Asdrubal Cabrera and Amed Rosario homered on consecutive pitches in the seventh inning as New York completed a three-game sweep of Arizona at Citi Field.

      The sweep for the Mets is their first at Citi Field since September 2016. The Diamondbacks have lost four straight and 10 of 11.

      Arizona left-hander Jorge De La Rosa (0-2) retired the first two batters he faced in the seventh, but Tomas Nido singled and Cabrera, pinch-hitting for starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (4-1), smacked his third career pinch-hit homer. Rosario, who homered for the Mets' first run in the sixth, followed by completing his first two-homer day as a major leaguer.

      Giants 9, Rockies 5

      Brandon Belt and Nick Hundley hit back-to-back homers in the seventh inning to give host San Francisco the lead for good over Colorado at AT&T Park.

      With their second straight win, the Giants salvaged a split of the four-game series and kept the Rockies from moving into first place in the National League West.

      Gorkys Hernandez, who began the Giants' comeback with a two-run homer in the fifth, led off the seventh by singling against Bryan Shaw (1-2). Evan Longoria drew a one-out walk, after which left-hander Jake McGee entered to face the left-handed-hitting Belt. But Belt beat the percentages by homering on a 1-0 pitch for his first round-tripper against a southpaw this season.

      White Sox 3, Rangers 0

      Welington Castillo had two hits and a homer and right-hander Reynaldo Lopez pitched eight scoreless innings to help Chicago win its first series since late April with the win over Texas at Guaranteed Rate Field.

      Leury Garcia had two hits and drove in two runs and Lopez (1-3) gave up two hits and retired 17 of the last 19 he faced in his longest career outing. It was his first victory since Sept. 22, 2017. Lopez struck out eight and did not allow a hit after Carlos Perez opened the third inning with a double

      Texas left-hander Mike Minor (3-3) gave up six hits and three runs in five innings, with a season-high nine strikeouts.

      Twins 3, Brewers 1

      Logan Morrison's two-run single in the eighth inning put Minnesota ahead for good in an interleague victory over visiting Milwaukee.

      Morrison came within feet of a grand slam as his single with the bases loaded, off Brewers reliever Boone Logan, was high off the right field wall. A sharp rebound prevented him from extra bases.

      The go-ahead hit came after Logan intentionally walked Eduardo Escobar. All three Twins baserunners aboard when Logan delivered his hit reached via walk, two against Logan and one against reliever Taylor Williams (0-2), who took the loss.

      Padres 8, Pirates 5

      San Diego rode a four-run ninth inning to its third straight win against host Pittsburgh.

      The Pirates took a 5-4 lead in the eighth, but in the ninth, Jose Pirela and Christian Villanueva opened with singles against Pittsburgh closer Felipe Vazquez (2-1). Pinch hitter Cory Spangenberg reached and Pirela scored for a 5-5 tie on shortstop Jordy Mercer's throwing error.

      Freddy Galvis' bunt single brought home pinch runner Franchy Cordero for the go-ahead run. After a double steal, A.J. Ellis hit a two-run single to make it 8-5.

      Athletics 9, Blue Jays 2

      Marcus Semien had a two-run home run and three RBIs, Daniel Mengden pitched seven scoreless innings and visiting Oakland defeated Toronto to complete a four-game sweep.

      The Athletics took advantage of four Toronto errors and other miscues to score five unearned runs.

      Oakland finished a 10-game road trip 7-3 to move three games over .500 for the first time this season at 25-22. The Blue Jays fell to three games below .500 for the first time this season at 22-25.

      Astros 3, Indians 1

      Lance McCullers carried a perfect game into the sixth inning and Brian McCann snapped a scoreless tie with a home run in the seventh as Houston claimed the rubber match of its weekend series with Cleveland at Minute Maid Park.

      McCullers (6-2) breezed before Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis led off the sixth with a single to right field, completing his first five frames on 57 pitches. He leaned on his third pitch, a changeup, in his last outing but found his primary weapon against Cleveland, wielding his knuckle curveball to positive results while recording six strikeouts through three innings.

      The Astros fashioned a rally on McCullers' behalf in the bottom of the seventh, with Yuli Gurriel recording his second hard-hit ball off Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco (5-3) to open the inning. Two batters later, Brian McCann followed the Gurriel single with a home run to the back of the Astros' bullpen in right-center field, his fourth dinger of the season, finally ending the stalemate.

      Dodgers 7, Nationals 2

      Yasmani Grandal, Enrique Hernandez and Yasiel Puig all homered as Los Angeles defeated Washington at Nationals Park.

      Left-hander Alex Wood (1-4) went six innings and gave up two runs on three hits and even helped on offense with his first career stolen base. Josh Fields got the final four outs for this second save.

      Washington right-hander Stephen Strasburg (5-4) allowed just five hits in 6 2/3 innings -- but two of them were homers and gave the Dodgers three runs.

      Yankees 10, Royals 1

      Sonny Gray retired the first 14 hitters and pitched eight outstanding innings while Tyler Austin hit a pair of two-run homers as New York beat Kansas City at Kauffman Stadium.

      Gray (3-3) scattered four hits, struck out five and issued one walk. He threw 92 pitches and recorded first-pitch strikes on 22 hitters.

      Gray did not allow a baserunner until Hunter Dozier blooped a single to center field with two outs in the fourth inning. He allowed two more baserunners when he opened the seventh by hitting Jorge Soler with a pitch and then Mike Moustakas singled.

      --Field Level Media

  • Indians select OF Cabrera's contract
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, May 20, 2018

    The Cleveland Indians selected the contract of outfielder Melky Cabrera from Triple-A Columbus and put him in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Houston Astros, the team announced.

    • Cabrera started in right field and batted sixth in his first appearance in the majors this season. The 33-year-old joined Cleveland on a minor league deal near the end of April and hit .286 in 42 plate appearances with four doubles and four RBIs across 10 games for Columbus.

      To make room on the 40-man roster, the Indians designated right-hander Alexi Ogando for assignment and optioned right-hander Evan Marshall to Columbus.

      Ogando, 34, gave up two runs on two hits and three walks in one inning earlier this month.

      Marshall, 28, has a 6.75 ERA in four appearances for the Indians this season.

      In 2017, Cabrera hit .285 with 17 home runs and 85 RBIs in 156 games between the Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals. The switch-hitter has a .286 career average, with 131 homers and 768 RBIs in 13 major league seasons, and was an All-Star for the San Francisco Giants in 2012.

      --Field Level Media

  • Astros place Fisher on DL, recall red-hot Davis
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, May 20, 2018

    The Houston Astros placed outfielder Derek Fisher on the 10-day disabled due to gastrointestinal discomfort, the team announced Sunday.

    • Infielder J.D. Davis, who is leading Triple-A with a .415 batting average for Fresno, was recalled.

      The move involving Fisher is retroactive to Saturday. He was batting .176 with four homers and 11 RBIs in 36 games.

      Davis, 25, is beginning his second stint of the season with the Astros. He hit .250 in 24 at-bats over nine games to start the season, ending his stint by going 5-of-10 with three walks over a three-game stretch.

      Davis has four homers, 36 RBIs and 17 doubles in 33 games for Fresno. He hit for the cycle on Thursday.

      --Field Level Media

  • Angels place C Rivera (knee) on DL
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, May 20, 2018

    The Los Angeles Angels placed catcher Rene Rivera on the 10-day disabled list, the team announced Sunday.

    • Rivera is dealing with right knee inflammation. The move was retroactive to May 17.

      The Angels recalled catcher Jose Briceno from Triple-A Salt Lake to fill the roster opening.

      In an unrelated move, right-handed reliever Keynan Middleton was transferred to the 60-day disabled list. The closer needs Tommy John surgery after injuring the ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow.

      Rivera, 34, is batting .259 with three homers and 10 RBIs in 22 games this season.

      Briceno, 25, was batting .261 with six homers and 20 RBIs at Salt Lake. He hasn't played in a major league game.

      --Field Level Media

  • Pirates activate 2B Harrison, send down RHP Kingham
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, May 20, 2018

    The Pittsburgh Pirates activated infielder Josh Harrison from the disabled list on Sunday, the team announced.

    • Harrison was in the leadoff spot and playing second base for Sunday's contest against the San Diego Padres.

      Harrison suffered a fractured left hand on April 15 when he was hit by a pitch from Miami right-hander Jose Urena.

      The two-time All-Star entered Sunday batting .263 with one homer in 14 games.

      "He's one of our best players," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said prior to Sunday's game. "He helps us on both sides of the ball. He helps us in the clubhouse. He helps us in everything we do."

      The Pirates sent down right-hander Nick Kingham to Triple-A Indianapolis to open a roster spot.

      Kingham was 2-1 with a 3.44 ERA in three starts for Pittsburgh. He allowed three runs and five hits in six innings in Saturday's 6-2 loss to the Padres.

      Kingham enjoyed a memorable major league debut when he retired the first 20 hitters he faced against the St. Louis Cardinals on April 29. He gave up a two-out single in the seventh inning to St. Louis' Paul DeJong on his 92nd pitch and finished with nine strikeouts.

      The expectation is that Kingham will be back in the majors soon.

      "Nick continues to be very professional in everything that he does and everything that he touches. He understands the roster, the way it's set up to work right now," Hurdle said. "Obviously he's done everything he can do to keep himself fresh in our minds as we move forward. Whether there's injury, performance, whatever it might be, he's shown the ability to pitch at this level."

      --Field Level Media

  • Dodgers place LHP Hill (blister) on DL, recall Venditte
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, May 20, 2018

    The Los Angeles Dodgers placed left-hander Rich Hill on the 10-day disabled list on Sunday, one day after he exited his start against the Washington Nationals after just two pitches with an apparent recurrence of a blister issue.

    • On Saturday, Hill got ahead of Nationals leadoff man Trea Turner 0-2 before showing discomfort on the release of his second pitch. Manager Dave Roberts and a trainer came out to check on the 38-year-old, who has served two separate stints on the disabled list this season with finger-related issues.

      Hill then left the outing and was replaced by Scott Alexander, who struck out the side in the inning.

      The southpaw has battled blister issues in recent years. He was 1-2 with a 6.20 ERA in six starts entering Saturday.

      In his place, the Dodgers called up ambidextrous reliever Pat Venditte from Triple-A Oklahoma City for the second time this season. He gave up two runs in 2 2/3 innings in three relief appearances with the Dodgers in his first stint.

      The Dodgers also sent down righty reliever Yimi Garcia, who had joined the club as their temporary 26th man per Major League Baseball's doubleheader roster rules.

      --Field Level Media

  • Injury-plagued Nationals call up 19-year-old OF Soto
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, May 20, 2018

    After Howie Kendrick joined the lengthy list of injured players, the Washington Nationals decided it was time to call up top outfield prospect Juan Soto on Sunday.

    • Soto, ranked second in the organization and 37th in the majors by MLB.com, has hit .362 with 14 home runs and 52 RBIs in 39 games across three levels of the minors this season. The 19-year-old began the year with Class A Hagerstown and hasn't slowed since making it all the way up to Double-A Harrisburg for his last eight games.

      Soto is not in the starting lineup against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday, but when he does play he will become the 10th 19-year-old to make his MLB debut since 2001.

      Kendrick, the Nationals utility man, will miss the rest of the season after tearing his right Achilles tendon in the first game of a doubleheader against the Dodgers on Saturday. He joins catcher Matt Wieters, outfielder Adam Eaton, first baseman Ryan Zimmerman, right fielder Brian Goodwin and second baseman Daniel Murphy on a lengthy list of injured players.

      Kendrick was placed on the 10-day disabled list by the Nationals after he exited the first game as a result of the injury. He told reporters after the team's Game 2 loss that it was a tear and he will have surgery Monday. Kendrick delivered the news while standing on crutches and wearing a walking boot.

      "I know I won't be back this year," he said.

      In the first game of the doubleheader, Kendrick caught a fly ball near the base of the left field wall but stepped awkwardly as he tried to set himself to throw the ball back to the infield.

      Kendrick, who has played mostly second base this season and was playing his fifth game in left field, fell to the ground and eventually was carted off the field.

      The Nationals also designated outfielder Moises Sierra for assignment.

      --Field Level Media

  • Braves release struggling slugger Bautista
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, May 20, 2018

    The Jose Bautista experiment didn't last long in Atlanta.

    • Just over a month after signing the former Toronto Blue Jays slugger, the Atlanta Braves released him on Sunday.

      "The Atlanta #Braves today granted 3B José Bautista his release. Johan Camargo will be the everyday 3B. RHP Lucas Sims has been recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett," the team announced via Twitter.

      The 37-year-old Bautista went unsigned as a free agent all winter after departing the Blue Jays following nine-plus seasons with the club. He agreed to a minor league deal with the Braves in mid-April.

      The Braves had hoped that Bautista would be the answer at third base, but he went just 5-for-35 (.143) at the plate since being called up on May 5. He had two home runs and five RBIs in 12 games during his brief stay with the Braves.

      Atlanta will now turn to Johan Camargo at third. Camargo, a switch hitter, is batting .226 with two home runs and 13 RBIs in 24 games this season. He recently filled in for Dansby Swanson at shortstop, but with Swanson back the Braves are looking to give Camargo a shot at being the everyday third baseman.

      Bautista saw action at third base in eight games last season when he batted just .203 with 23 homers and 65 RBIs. He was primarily a right fielder during his tenure in Toronto.

      Bautista was a six-time All-Star with the Blue Jays and swatted 288 of his 333 career homers with the team. He hit 40 or more homers on three occasions, topped by a career-best 54 in 2010, a season in which he also had a career-high 124 RBIs.

      Bautista bounced around with the Baltimore Orioles, the then-Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Kansas City Royals and Pittsburgh Pirates before becoming a star with Toronto at the beginning of this decade.

      To fill the vacant roster spot, the Braves recalled right-hander Lucas Sims from Triple-A Gwinnett.

      --Field Level Media

  • Angels' Scioscia: Won't stop Ohtani from doing HR Derby
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, May 20, 2018

    If Los Angeles Angels two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani wants to take part in the Home Run Derby this summer, his manager, Mike Scioscia, won't stand in his way.

    • Scioscia discussed the midsummer event with reporters on Saturday after Ohtani crushed a batting practice home run estimated by the Angels to have traveled 513 feet at Angel Stadium on Friday. With the amount of attention the 23-year-old has gotten this season, he's a logical candidate to take part in the Derby, which Scioscia will let him do if he wants to.

      "That's a player's decision," Scioscia said. "I'm sure there's going to be a lot of things that come into what a player decides, but it's always been the prerogative of a player if he wants to participate in things like that."

      Ohtani won Japan's Home Run Derby in 2016 and his hit six home runs in 84 at-bats this season. On the mound, Ohtani has a 3.58 ERA in six starts.

      The 2018 Home Run Derby will take place at Nationals Park in Washington on July 16, a day before the All-Star Game.

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB roundup: Dodgers sweep DH with Nats
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, May 20, 2018

    Max Muncy had two RBIs and Ross Stripling was fabulous in six innings of one-run, four-hit pitching as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Washington Nationals 4-1 on Saturday in the first game of a day-night doubleheader at Nationals Park.

    • Los Angeles won for the second straight outing after it ended a six-game losing streak with Thursday's 7-0 win at Miami. Conversely, the loss was Washington's third in its last 16 games.

      Stripling (1-1) struck out nine and didn't walk a batter in his 96-pitch stint. He was followed to the mound by JT Chargois, Josh Fields and Kenley Jansen, who each threw a scoreless inning. Jansen earned his seventh save of the season.

      Washington outfielder Howie Kendrick exited the game in the second inning with what turned out to be a right Achilles injury. Kendrick got twisted around making a catch at the warning track in left-center for the second out of the inning and needed to be carted off the field after being looked at by the training staff. He was placed on the 10-day disabled list after the contest and will receive an MRI.

      Dodgers 5, Nationals 4 (Game 2)

      Pinch hitter Matt Kemp ripped a two-run double off Washington closer Sean Doolittle in the ninth inning to propel Los Angeles to a thrilling come-from-behind victory and complete the sweep of the doubleheader.

      Kemp's double came after singles to lead off the inning by Austin Barnes and Logan Forsythe and made a loser out of Doolittle (1-2), who suffered his first blown save of the season. Los Angeles' Kenley Jansen earned his eighth save of the season, and second of the day, with a perfect ninth that included one strikeout.

      The Dodgers' comeback denied Max Scherzer's bid to became the major league's first eight-game winner. Scherzer left with a 4-2 lead after seven innings of two-run, five-hit pitching, in which he struck out 13 and walked three in his 121-pitch outing. Scherzer now has 104 strikeouts on the year, becoming the fastest pitcher ever to reach 100 K's in a season. He did it in 63 innings.

      Reds 5, Cubs 4 (11 innings, Game 1)

      Center fielder Billy Hamilton walked with the bases loaded in the 11th inning to drive in the winning run and Scooter Gennett had two hits as host Cincinnati won a thriller over Chicago in walk-off fashion in the first game of a day-night doubleheader.

      Scott Schebler walked to open the last of the 11th inning against Justin Wilson (1-1) before Tucker Barnhart singled and Adam Duvall walked to load the bases. Schebler trotted home on Hamilton's walk as his teammates emerged from the dugout to celebrate.

      Ian Happ was a single short of the cycle and scored two times for the Cubs, who had won two of three. The benches emptied after Amir Garrett celebrated a strike out of Javier Baez to end the seventh inning. The two stared at each other as players came to the field. No punches were thrown and nobody was ejected.

      Cubs 10, Reds 0 (Game 2)

      Center fielder Jason Heyward had a three-run triple and drove in four runs, Ian Happ homered and left-hander Jose Quintana pitched seven scoreless innings as Chicago split its doubleheader with Cincinnati.

      Heyward tripled in the final three runs of a five-run fifth inning when his bases-loaded looper down the right field line bounced off the glove of diving second baseman Scooter Gennett and rolled into the right field corner. Heyward made his first start since coming off the 7-day concussion disabled list Friday.

      Happ homered in each game of the doubleheader, and his homer in the second game was his seventh of the season and the 14,000th in Cubs history. Quintana (5-3) gave up one hit, walked four and struck out seven.

      Indians 5, Astros 4

      Corey Kluber fanned 10 batters to move into fifth place on Cleveland's all-time strikeouts list and allowed two runs on six hits over seven innings to beat host Houston.

      With his fourth strikeout, Kluber (7-2) moved past CC Sabathia into fifth with 1,266 career punchouts. The two-time Cy Young Award winner is five strikeouts behind Bob Lemon and Early Wynn for third in team history.

      Michael Brantley and Yan Gomes hit solo home runs and Edwin Encarnacion, Jason Kipnis and Jose Ramirez each added an RBI for the Indians, who fell 4-1 on Friday to open the three-game series and had lost three of four. Carlos Correa, Alex Bregman and Marwin Gonzalez all homered late for the Astros, though their comeback bid fell short.

      Yankees 8, Royals 3

      Gary Sanchez highlighted a four-hit showing by hitting two solo homers as New York beat host Kansas City.

      Gleyber Torres hit a tiebreaking three-run home run off Danny Duffy (1-6), Giancarlo Stanton hit a mammoth solo homer and Aaron Hicks hit an inside-the-park homer as the Yankees won for the 20th time in 24 games and hit five homers for the first time since June 10 against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium.

      Hicks became the first Yankee to hit multiple inside-the-park homers in a season since Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle did it in 1958 off Pedro Ramos, Dick Donavan and Early Wynn. He also became the first player to hit multiple inside-the-park homers before the end of May since former Royal Brian McRae in 1991.

      Red Sox 6, Orioles 3

      Rafael Devers, Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi all homered as Boston defeated visiting Baltimore.

      Rick Porcello (6-1) earned the victory for Boston after suffering his first loss of the season in his last start. He gave up three runs and six hits in six innings, striking out nine while walking three.

      Dylan Bundy (2-6) ran into trouble with homers once more and took the loss. He gave up four runs on five hits, including the three home runs, in six innings and struck out eight. Bundy allowed four homers in the first inning and did not retire a batter in a May 8 loss to Kansas City and now has given up 13 homers in 53 2/3 innings this season.

      Mariners 7, Tigers 2

      James Paxton pitched a complete game, retiring the final 15 batters he faced, as host Seattle defeated Detroit.

      The left-handed Paxton (3-1), making his first home start since throwing a no-hitter May 8 at Toronto, allowed two runs on three hits, with one walk and eight strikeouts. It was Paxton's second career complete game and second in his past three starts.

      Jean Segura and Ben Gamel hit home runs for the Mariners off Mike Fiers, who allowed four runs on six hits in five-plus innings, with one walk and two strikeouts, to drop to 4-3.

      Rays 5, Angels 3

      Daniel Robertson's grand slam and the first career start by Sergio Romo added up to a win for visiting Tampa Bay, its sixth in a row, over Los Angeles.

      Romo had made 588 appearances in his major league career, all as a reliever. But he was given the start because the Angels' lineup was loaded with right-handed hitters, expecting to face lefty Ryan Yarbrough.

      The strategy worked, as Romo struck out the side in the first inning, getting Zack Cozart, Mike Trout and Justin Upton. Yarbrough (4-2) entered the game in the second inning and breezed through the Angels lineup, throwing six scoreless innings until the Angels got to him for a run in the eighth inning. Trout hit his 14th homer of the season in the ninth.

      Mets 5, Diamondbacks 4

      Wilmer Flores lofted a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning as host New York came back to beat Arizona.

      The Mets have won the first two games of the three-game series for their first winning streak since they won nine in a row from April 3-13. The Diamondbacks have lost nine of 10.

      Brandon Nimmo led off the ninth against Andrew Chafin (0-1) with a double and went to third on a perfectly placed bunt single by Asdrubal Cabrera. Flores followed with a fly ball to deep left field. David Peralta, playing shallow, ranged back to make the catch but had no chance to throw out Nimmo.

      Braves 8, Marlins 1

      Sean Newcomb's shutout streak ended, but he allowed only one run and pitched Atlanta to a win over visiting Miami.

      The Marlins scored a run in the second inning to end Newcomb's scoreless inning streak at 21 1/3. It was the lone run allowed by Newcomb (5-1), who gave up four hits and two walks over six innings. He struck out four and lowered his ERA to 2.39.

      Atlanta relievers Shane Carle, Dan Winkler and Jesse Biddle each worked a scoreless inning to complete the game and allowed the Braves to even the three-game series. It was the fifth straight game the Braves have not allowed a home run at SunTrust Park, the team's longest stretch since the stadium opened last season.

      Giants 9, Rockies 4

      Brandon Crawford highlighted a 17-hit attack with a two-run double and two-run home run, lifting San Francisco to a rout of visiting Colorado.

      Andrew McCutchen complemented Crawford's performance with three hits, including a pair of doubles, as the Giants turned the tables on the Rockies after Colorado had won the first two games of the series 5-3 and 6-1.

      The Rockies hung within 5-4 before McCutchen doubled in a pair of runs in the fifth inning to give the Giants a three-run cushion. Crawford then smacked his fourth homer of the season, a two-run shot, in the seventh, putting the Giants in a commanding position at 9-4. He finished 3-for-5, raising his batting average in May to .449 (31-for-69).

      Brewers 5, Twins 4

      Minnesota outfielder Jake Cave homered in his second major league at-bat, but Christian Yelich broke a late tie with a home run of his own, lifting Milwaukee to victory in Minneapolis.

      Jesus Aguilar bombed his third home run in two nights for the Brewers, who ran their interleague record to 5-1 with a second consecutive win over the Twins.

      The score was tied at 4-4 with one out in the eighth before Yelich smacked his fifth homer of the season, a solo shot off Minnesota's fourth pitcher, Addison Reed (0-3). Brewers closer Josh Hader (2-0) held on from there, striking out six of the seven Twins he faced in the eighth and ninth innings after entering the game with two outs in the seventh.

      Phillies 7, Cardinals 6

      Jorge Alfaro's RBI single in the eighth inning snapped a tie and lifted visiting Philadelphia to a wild, rain-interrupted win over St. Louis.

      The Phillies squandered leads of 3-0 and 5-3 and fell behind in the seventh, when Matt Carpenter's RBI double put the Cardinals ahead 6-5. But Philadelphia rallied with two outs and nobody on against Greg Holland (0-2), who walked Nick Williams before giving up a game-tying triple to Scott Kingery and the go-ahead hit by Alfaro.

      Carlos Santana had an RBI single in the first and Odubel Herrera hit a two-run homer in the third for the Phillies. Herrera has reached base in 45 straight games.

      Athletics 5, Blue Jays 4

      Chad Pinder hit his first career grand slam to cap a five-run eighth, and visiting Oakland defeated Toronto.

      The Athletics have won the first three games of the four-game series. Reliever Emilio Pagan (1-0) allowed one hit and one walk in two innings to earn the win and Blake Treinen pitched around a walk in the ninth to earn his 10th save of the season.

      Toronto reliever Tyler Clippard (4-1) allowed Pinder's grand slam and took the loss. Gio Urshela hit a two-run homer, his first of the season, for the Jays.

      White Sox 5, Rangers 3

      Daniel Palka hit a two-run triple, helping erase an early deficit, and Jose Abreu clubbed his eighth home run as Chicago topped visiting Texas.

      Abreu had three hits and was a triple shy of the cycle and Matt Davidson had an RBI single as the White Sox beat the Rangers for the second time in the last three days.

      Texas starter Ariel Jurado (0-1) made his major league debut after being called up from Triple-A Frisco. The 22-year-old right-hander from Panama surrendered four runs on six hits with two strikeouts and two walks.

      Padres 6, Pirates 2

      Left-hander Clayton Richard pitched into the eighth and Christian Villanueva drove in two runs with a double and a home run as San Diego beat host Pittsburgh.

      Richard (3-5) held the Pirates scoreless through the first seven innings. Overall, he allowed two runs and seven hits in 7 1/3 innings, with two strikeouts and no walks.

      The Padres have won five of seven, including two of the first three in the series, and will go for a series win Sunday. They have not won a series in Pittsburgh since they took two of three Aug. 8-10, 2014.

      --Field Level Media

  • Giants' Bumgarner says he's '95 percent' healed
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, May 19, 2018

    San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner pronounced himself "95 percent or more" healed after a bullpen session Saturday at AT&T Park.

    • "Hitting, throwing, any baseball stuff feels normal," he said, per MLB.com

      Bumgarner suffered a fractured left hand late in spring training when he was hit by a line drive off the bat of the Royals' Whit Merrifield on March 23.

      The MVP of the 2014 World Series said he's speeding up his recovery pace to get ready to return, faster than his usual spring training regimen. He is to throw live batting practice on Tuesday in Houston and then make an injury rehabilitation start May 26 for Sacramento, the Giants' Triple-A affiliate.

      "I'm trying to get it going as fast as I can," Bumgarner said. "That's a little bit different approach to it. Spring training, I'd start out with a little more feel and not quite the same effort level. Here, I'm trying to throw at close to game-speed effort as you can in the bullpen at 10:30 in the morning."

      Bumgarner also missed three months last season because of injuries he sustained in a dirt bike accident in April. His spring training stats were strong this year, fueling hopes of a bounce-back year.

      Bumgarner, 28, had a 3.32 ERA in 17 starts last season. He is 104-76 with a 3.01 ERA for his nine-year major league career.

      --Field Level Media

  • Dodgers' Hill exits after 2 pitches vs. Nats
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, May 19, 2018

    Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Rich Hill exited his start against the Washington Nationals on Saturday after two pitches with an apparent recurrence of a blister issue.

    • Hill got ahead of Nationals leadoff man Trea Turner 0-2 before showing discomfort on the release of his second pitch. Manager Dave Roberts and a trainer came out to check on the 38-year-old, who has served two separate stints on the disabled list this season with finger-related issues.

      Hill then left the outing and was replaced by Scott Alexander, who struck out the side in the inning.

      Hill has battled blister issues in recent year. The southpaw was 1-2 with a 6.20 ERA in six starts entering Saturday.

      The contest was the second of a day-night doubleheader between the two teams. The Dodgers won the first game, 4-1.

      --Field Level Media

  • Nats' Kendrick done for year with Achilles tear
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, May 19, 2018

    Washington Nationals utility man Howie Kendrick will miss the rest of the season after tearing his right Achilles tendon in the first game of a doubleheader against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday.

    • Kendrick was placed on the 10-day disabled list by the Nationals after he exited the first game as a result of the injury. He told reporters after the team's Game 2 loss that it was a tear and he will have surgery Monday. Kendrick delivered the news while standing on crutches and wearing a walking boot.

      "I know I won't be back this year," he said.

      In the first game of the doubleheader, Kendrick caught a fly ball near the base of the left field wall but stepped awkwardly as he tried to set himself to throw the ball back to the infield.

      Kendrick, who has played mostly second base this season and was playing his fifth game in left field, fell to the ground and eventually was carted off the field.

      "Once I tried to put weight on it, I couldn't put any weight on it, really, and then I was like, 'Oh, crap, I'd better just sit down,'" Kendrick said. "That's when I really knew there was something wrong with it because I couldn't control my heel at all, so that's when I knew it was probably my Achilles."

      Rookie outfielder Andrew Stevenson took Kendrick's place in left field.

      Kendrick, 34, had a single in three at-bats Saturday to raise his batting average to .303. He has four home runs and 12 RBIs in 40 games.

      The 13-year major league veteran has hit .291 with 108 home runs and 648 RBIs for his career. Kendrick is making $3 million this season and will return to the Nats at $4 million next year.

      With Kendrick sidelined, the Nationals will reportedly call up top outfield prospect Juan Soto on Sunday. Soto, ranked second in the organization and 37th in the majors by MLB.com, has hit .362 with 14 home runs and 52 RBIs in 39 games across three levels of the minors this season. The 19-year-old began the year with Class A Hagerstown and hasn't slowed since making it all the way up to Double-A Harrisburg for his last eight games.

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB notebook: Royals' Butera keeps promise to dye for
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, May 19, 2018

    Kansas City Royals catcher Drew Butera kept a promise when he debuted a bright pink hair color before Friday's game against the New York Yankees.

    • When 7-year-old Dagan Lingenfelter was getting chemotherapy treatment in 2016 for acute lymphoblastic leukemia, Butera made a promise to dye his hair any color Lingenfelter wanted after he beat the disease.

      Lingenfelter has been in remission for more than a year, according to his mother, so Butera made good on his word Friday.

      The Royals beat the Yankees, 5-2, but Butera didn't get a chance to get in the game.

      --The Oakland Athletics placed left-hander Brett Anderson on the 10-day disabled list Saturday after he left his start against the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday with a left shoulder strain.

      While warming up for the bottom of the second inning, Anderson appeared to be experiencing a problem with his shoulder. He was replaced by freshly recalled right-hander Josh Lucas after throwing just 15 pitches. Anderson has a 7.63 ERA in 15 1/3 innings with Oakland this season.

      The A's recalled right-handed pitcher Ryan Dull from Nashville to fill Anderson's roster spot. The team recalled Lucas and fellow right-hander Emilio Pagan from Triple-A Nashville prior to the game. In corresponding moves, Oakland placed right-hander Andrew Triggs on the 10-day disabled list with right arm nerve irritation and optioned Dull to Nashville.

      --The Los Angeles Dodgers activated left-handed reliever Tony Cingrani (left shoulder inflammation) from the 10-day disabled list on Saturday and optioned left-handed pitcher Adam Liberatore to Triple-A Oklahoma City in a corresponding move.

      Cingrani, 28, is 0-2 with a 5.79 ERA over 14 innings, and had held hitters to a .250 average in 18 relief appearances prior to his stint on the disabled list. He has struck out 22 batters and given up four walks.

      Liberatore, 31, went 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA in eight innings, while striking out eight against four walks in 12 relief appearances.

      --Atlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson was activated off the disabled list.

      The 24-year-old has been recovering from inflammation in his left wrist since May 2 and has missed 14 games. Swanson is batting .289 with two home runs and 13 RBIs in 28 games this season. He has two stolen bases.

      In a corresponding move, the club optioned right-handed pitcher Matt Wisler to Triple-A Gwinnett. Wisler started three games for the Braves, going 1-1 with a 3.63 ERA over 17 1/3 innings. He struck out 13 and walked five.

      --The Minnesota Twins placed first baseman Joe Mauer on the 10-day disabled list because of a cervical strain and concussion-like symptoms.

      Mauer, 35, initially injured his neck May 11 when he dived for a ball in foul territory. He told the team's training staff that his neck "locked up" on him again Friday, and he experienced some balance issues and sensitivity to light.

      Mauer is hitting .283 with one home run and 11 RBIs in 38 games this season, and his .404 on-base percentage ranks in the top 10 in the American League. The Twins promoted outfielder Jake Cave (.265, one home run, 17 RBIs in the minors) from Triple-A Rochester to take Mauer's roster spot.

      --Pittsburgh Pirates prospect Ji-hwan Bae, the second-largest international signing in franchise history, has left the organization for his home in South Korea, to face assault allegations brought earlier this week by his former girlfriend.

      Police want to question Bae, 18, according to Sports Chosun, a South Korean media enterprise, based on the allegations filed by the ex that Bae slapped, choked and kicked her on New Year's Eve.

      The Athletic was first to report Bae, a shortstop, had left the Pirates' training complex in Bradenton, Florida, where he was waiting for the start of the Gulf Coast League season, a rookie league. The Pirates signed Bae for $1.2 million in March.

      --The Chicago White Sox officially placed left fielder Nicky Delmonico on the 10-day disabled list, though they expect him to be out for four to six weeks after he broke his right hand when he was hit by a pitch Friday night.

      The team said Delmonico suffered a fracture of the third metacarpal bone in his hand. Delmonico is hitting .224 with one home run, seven RBIs and one stolen base. He hit nine home runs in 141 at-bats in his rookie season in 2017.

      The White Sox also called up right-hander Dylan Covey and infielder José Rondón from Triple-A Charlotte and optioned Carson Fulmer to the same club.

      --Texas Rangers left-hander Cole Hamels did not start against the Chicago White Sox as he continues to recover from neck stiffness that led to him being scratched from Thursday night's start.

      Rangers manager Jeff Banister said on Friday that the team had no plans to put Hamels on the disabled list.

      Hamels has compiled a 1.93 ERA over his past four outings. He blanked the Houston Astros on one hit over six innings in his last turn to break a six-start winless stretch.

      --Field Level Media

  • Twins place Mauer on DL with neck strain, concussion-like symptoms
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, May 19, 2018

    The Minnesota Twins placed first baseman Joe Mauer on the 10-day disabled list Saturday because of a cervical strain and concussion-like symptoms.

    • Mauer, 35, initially injured his neck May 11 when he dived for a ball in foul territory along the right field line. He told the team's training staff that his neck "locked up" on him again Friday, and he experienced some balance issues and sensitivity to light.

      A concussion in 2013 changed Mauer's career, prompting him to move from catcher to first base. Team officials have not confirmed that he sustained another concussion but said they wanted to be as cautious as possible with him.

      "I know that there are some things related to when you snap your head back that can cause similar type of (concussion-like) symptoms," Twins manager Paul Molitor said to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "I think we're a little bit careful on how we want to label it. ...

      "He's going to be home for a couple days. Just trying to see where it goes. We'll be in communication with him, I don't think there's really any more testing that we need to do here in this short term, so just kind of see how he progresses as far as some of those things that he's been dealing with."

      Mauer is hitting .283 with one home run and 11 RBIs in 38 games this season. His .404 on-base percentage ranks in the top 10 in the American League.

      The Twins promoted outfielder Jake Cave from Triple-A Rochester to take Mauer's spot on the active roster. Cave, who was claimed off waivers from the New York Yankees during spring training, hit .265 with one home run and 17 RBIs in the minors this season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Braves activate SS Swanson off DL
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, May 19, 2018

    Atlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson was activated off the disabled list Saturday.

    • The 24-year-old has been recovering from inflammation in his left wrist since May 2 and has missed 14 games.

      "You can throw good one day, but if you don't recover well the next day, you have to work out some of the kinks," Swanson told the Atlanta Journal Constitution on Friday after he participated in a full workout with the Braves. "It all worked great. I feel good. Obviously a little sore, just my whole body getting back in game shape."

      Swanson is batting .289 with two home runs and 13 RBIs in 28 games this season. He has two stolen bases, He has committed one error on 106 total chances and been part of turning 21 double plays.

      He played in a rehab game for Class A Rome (Georgia) on Wednesday.

      In a corresponding move, the club optioned right-handed pitcher Matt Wisler to Triple-A Gwinnett.

      Wisler started three games for the Braves, going 1-1 with a 3.63 ERA over 17 1/3 innings. He struck out 13 and walked five.

      --Field Level Media

  • Pirates prospect Bae facing assault allegations in South Korea
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, May 19, 2018

    Prospect Ji-hwan Bae, a shortstop in the Pittsburgh Pirates system, has left the organization for his home, Daegu, South Korea, to face assault allegations brought by his former girlfriend earlier this week.

    • Police want to question Bae, 18, according to Sports Chosun, a South Korean media enterprise, based on the allegations filed by the ex that Bae slapped, choked and kicked her on New Year's Eve.

      The Athletic was first to report Bae had left the Pirates' training complex in Bradenton, Florida, where he was waiting for the start of the Gulf Coast League season, a rookie league.

      "The Pirates are cooperating fully with MLB's review," said Pirates GM Neal Huntington, according to The Athletic. "Bae has decided to return to South Korea to address these allegations directly. At this point, consistent with MLB's policy, Bae is permitted to participate in baseball activities during this review."

      The Pirates made Bae the second-largest international signing in franchise history, signing him for $1.2 million in March. Bae batted .474 in 27 games for Kyeongbuk High School and won the Lee Young-min Batting Award as the top high school hitter in South Korea last year.

      --Field Level Media

  • White Sox put Delmonico (fractured hand) on DL
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, May 19, 2018

    The Chicago White Sox officially placed left fielder Nicky Delmonico on the 10-day disabled list on Saturday, though they expect him to be out for four to six weeks after he broke his right hand when he was hit by a pitch Friday night.

    • The team said Delmonico suffered a fracture of the third metacarpal bone in his hand when he was hit by a 1-2 pitch in the second inning by Texas Rangers left-hander Matt Moore.

      Leury Garcia came on to run for Delmonico.

      Delmonico, in his second year in the majors, is hitting .224 with one home run, seven RBIs and one stolen base. He hit nine home runs in 141 at-bats in his rookie season in 2017.

      The White Sox also called up right-hander Dylan Covey and infielder José Rondón from Triple-A Charlotte and optioned Carson Fulmer to the same club.

      --Field Level Media

  • Dodgers activate lefty Cingrani from disabled list
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, May 19, 2018

    The Los Angeles Dodgers activated left-handed reliever Tony Cingrani (left shoulder inflammation) from the 10-day disabled list on Saturday and optioned left-handed pitcher Adam Liberatore to Triple-A Oklahoma City in a corresponding move.

    • Cingrani, 28, is 0-2 with a 5.79 ERA over 14 innings, and had held hitters to a .250 average in 18 relief appearances prior to his stint on the disabled list. He has struck out 22 batters and given up four walks.

      Liberatore, 31, went 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA in eight innings, while striking out eight against four walks in 12 relief appearances.

      Cingrani has a 4.03 ERA in seven big-league seasons and 17 saves, all earned in 2016 when he served as a closer for the Cincinnati Reds. He was a starter for the Reds in 2013-14, but has only pitched out of the bullpen since making one start in 2015. He was traded to the Dodgers at the deadline last season for outfielder Scott Van Slyke and minor-league catcher/first baseman Hendrik Clementina.

      --Field Level Media

  • Royals' Butera keeps promise, dyes hair pink
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, May 19, 2018

    Kansas City Royals catcher Drew Butera debuted a bright pink hair color before Friday's game against the New York Yankees.

    • Consider it a promise kept.

      When 7-year-old Dagan Lingenfelter was getting chemotherapy treatment in 2016 for acute lymphoblastic leukemia, Butera made a promise to dye his hair any color Lingenfelter wanted after he beat the disease.

      Lingenfelter has been in remission for more than a year, according to his mother, so Butera made good on his word Friday.

      "From meeting in 2016 and making a pact, to beating cancer and matching pink hair today!," the Royals tweeted, along with photos of the pair together with matching pink 'dos.

      The Royals beat the Yankees, 5-2, but Butera didn't get a chance to get in the game.

      --Field Level Media

  • Rangers won't start Hamels on Saturday
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, May 19, 2018

    Left-hander Cole Hamels will not start against the Chicago White Sox on Saturday night as he continues to recover from neck stiffness that led to him being scratched from Thursday night's start.

    • Rangers manager Jeff Banister revealed the news after Friday's 12-5 Rangers win in Chicago, adding that the team had no plans to put Hamels on the disabled list.

      "(Hamels) is much better, much improved, but (we) thought, 'Let's give him a little more time and let that neck calm down,'" Banister said, per MLB.com.

      Hamels has compiled a 1.93 ERA over his past four outings. He blanked the Houston Astros on one hit over six innings in his last turn to break a six-start winless stretch.

      The team expects Hamels will be ready for a series against the New York Yankees this week.

      Banister said Texas will call up right-hander Ariel Jurado from Double-A Frisco to make the Saturday start. Jurado is 1-1 with a 2.57 ERA in six starts with Frisco this season.

      --Field Level Media

  • A's put LHP Anderson (shoulder) on DL
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, May 19, 2018

    The Oakland Athletics placed left-hander Brett Anderson on the 10-day disabled list on Saturday after he left his start against the Toronto Blue Jays the night before with a left shoulder strain.

    • While warming up for the bottom of the second inning, Anderson appeared to be experiencing a problem with his shoulder. He was replaced by freshly recalled right-hander Josh Lucas after throwing just 15 pitches.

      The A's recalled right-handed pitcher Ryan Dull from Nashville to fill his roster spot.

      Anderson pitched around two hits given up in a scoreless first. Numerous ailments have ravaged the 30-year-old's career -- he underwent Tommy John surgery while with the A's in 2011 and had surgery to repair a bulging disc in his back while with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2016. Other injuries include his ankle, oblique, wrist, foot and finger at various times across his 10 years in the majors.

      Anderson has a 7.63 ERA in 15 1/3 innings with Oakland this season.

      The A's recalled Lucas and fellow right-hander Emilio Pagan from Triple-A Nashville prior to the game. In corresponding moves, Oakland placed right-hander Andrew Triggs on the 10-day disabled list with right arm nerve irritation and optioned Dull to Nashville.

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB roundup: DeGrom K's 13 in Mets win
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, May 19, 2018

    Jacob deGrom tied a career high by striking out 13 batters over seven strong innings Friday night as the New York Mets beat the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks 3-1 at Citi Field.

    • The Mets won for the 10th time in 28 games following an 11-1 start. The Diamondbacks have lost eight of nine.

      DeGrom (4-0), who missed a start earlier this month due to a hyperextended right elbow and threw 45 pitches while lasting only one inning in his return Sunday, allowed one run on six hits and no walks while throwing 71 of his 100 pitches for strikes. The 13-strikeout effort was the fourth of his career, including one in the 2015 playoffs, and his first since he whiffed 13 against the Miami Marlins on April 15, 2017.

      The Diamondbacks got only one runner beyond first base in the first five innings before scoring in the sixth, when Steven Souza Jr. singled with one out and scored on Jake Lamb's double. The run snapped deGrom's scoreless streak at a career-high 24 2/3 innings. Souza later left the contest after reaggravating a right pectoral injury.

      Astros 4, Indians 1

      Charlie Morton extended his career-long winning streak to nine games when Houston rallied on his behalf, scoring twice in the seventh inning to scratch out a win over visiting Cleveland.

      Morton (6-0) was exceptional again at home, improving to 5-0 with a 1.85 ERA at Minute Maid Park this season. He limited the Indians to four hits and a walk over seven innings, recording eight strikeouts while tossing 97 pitches.

      Cleveland designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion struck for a solo home run to the opposite field in right with one out in the seventh to sully the Morton ledger. It was Encarnacion's 10th home run on the season.

      Royals 5, Yankees 2

      Whit Merrifield had three hits and tied a career high with three stolen bases to spark host Kansas City to victory over New York.

      Merrifield helped the Royals halt a five-game losing streak with a double and two singles in his first three at-bats against CC Sabathia (2-1) to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. Merrifield also stole three bases for the third time in his career and for the second time this season (also May 6).

      Neil Walker hit an RBI single and Miguel Andujar lifted a sacrifice fly for the Yankees, who played for the first time since Tuesday due to a rainout in Washington. New York also lost for the fourth time in its last 23 games.

      Orioles 7, Red Sox 4

      A four-run fourth inning helped Alex Cobb get his first win with Baltimore at Boston's expense, snapping a 13-game road losing streak for the Orioles.

      Cobb (1-5) gave up three runs on 10 hits and a walk with three strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. It was the Boston native's first win since Sept. 22 with Tampa Bay versus Baltimore. Cobb had a 7.06 ERA through six starts after joining the Orioles in March.

      Mookie Betts hit a solo homer and had two RBIs and both Andrew Benintendi and Eduardo Nunez drove in one for Boston, which had won four of six. The Red Sox are 13-13 since their franchise-best 17-2 start.

      Cubs 8, Reds 1

      Addison Russell tied a career high with four hits and Jon Lester (4-1) permitted just two hits over six innings as Chicago routed host Cincinnati.

      Russell's chance at the first five-hit game of his career ended with a walk in the eighth inning. By then, the game was well in hand, with Chicago collecting a whopping 15 hits off three Reds pitchers. Willson Contreras went 3-for-6 with an RBI while Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo each bagged two hits.

      After a 93-minute rain delay before first pitch, the first five Cubs to bat touched Homer Bailey (1-6) for hits. Ben Zobrist singled and Bryant doubled to set the table. Rizzo, Contreras and Russell all dug in and took bites with RBI singles for a 3-0 lead before Bailey got his first out.

      Mariners 5, Tigers 4

      Mitch Haniger's run-scoring double in the seventh inning capped a five-run rally as Seattle defeated visiting Detroit.

      Trailing 4-0, the Mariners scored all of their runs in the seventh. Tigers right-hander Michael Fulmer, who had allowed just two hits in blanking Seattle through the first six innings, walked Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager leading off the inning. The runners advanced on a groundout, and Ben Gamel grounded a two-run single to right field, cutting Detroit's lead in half.

      Right-hander Buck Farmer (0-2) replaced Fulmer and walked Mike Zunino and Guillermo Heredia to load the bases. Left-hander Daniel Stumpf came on to face Dee Gordon, who hit a sacrifice fly to right field to make it 4-3. Right-hander Warwick Saupold served up an RBI single to Jean Segura before Haniger's double into the left-field corner led Seattle to a come-from-behind victory.

      Brewers 8, Twins 3

      Jesus Aguilar drove in three runs with two home runs, powering Milwaukee to victory over Minnesota in the opener of a three-game interleague series in Minneapolis.

      After Ji-Man Choi, recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs earlier in the day, belted a solo shot in the second inning, the Brewers added three against Twins starter Kyle Gibson (1-2) in the third to go up 4-0. Orlando Arcia had a double and Christian Yelich an RBI single before Aguilar took Gibson deep to left field for a two-run homer.

      Aguilar completed the third two-homer game of his career with a solo shot in the seventh for a 6-1 advantage. Max Kepler's two-run home run, his sixth of the season, got the Twins within 7-3 in the eighth inning before the Brewers added on in the top of the ninth on a sacrifice fly by Jonathan Villar.

      Rangers 12, White Sox 5

      Shin-Soo Choo's grand slam highlighted a five-run third inning, and Texas beat struggling host Chicago.

      Joey Gallo and Jurickson Profar each had three RBIs for the Rangers, who bounced back from a loss in the series opener. But it was Choo who delivered the big blast, pulling a high sinker into the seats in right field in the third inning for his sixth home run of the season.

      White Sox left fielder Nicky Delmonico left the game in the second inning after being hit by a pitch that fractured his right hand. He is expected to miss four to six weeks. Chicago starter Carson Fulmer (2-4) was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte following the game after he allowed eight runs on just three hits in two-plus innings.

      Rays 8, Angels 3

      Wilson Ramos homered twice and Blake Snell threw 6 2/3 strong innings to help carry Tampa Bay past host Los Angeles for its fifth win in a row.

      The home runs for Ramos were Nos. 99 and 100 of his career, part of a 15-hit attack by the Rays offense. Six different players had at least two hits, including three each from Brad Miller and Mallex Smith. Daniel Robertson also homered for Tampa Bay.

      Snell (5-3) followed up Chris Archer's solid outing in the first game of the series on Thursday with one of his own. He held the Angels scoreless until Andrelton Simmons' two-run single in the fifth. Before Simmons' two-run single, the Angels had scored just one run over their previous 26 innings. Los Angeles has lost four in a row.

      Marlins 2, Braves 0

      Right-hander Dan Straily pitched seven scoreless innings and retired the final 11 batters he faced to help visiting Miami defeat Atlanta.

      Straily (2-0) limited the Braves, the National League's highest-scoring team, to three hits and three walks. He struck out six. It was only the second time Atlanta has been shutout this season.

      It was the second time Straily has beaten the Braves this season; he threw five innings in last week's 6-3 victory in Miami. Straily improved to 4-2 in his career against Atlanta.

      Rockies 6, Giants 1

      Ian Desmond drove in four runs with a ground-rule double and a home run, lifting Colorado to a second straight victory over host San Francisco.

      Left-hander Kyle Freeland (4-4) limited the Giants to one run in 6 2/3 innings, and reliever Bryan Shaw worked out of a seventh-inning jam by striking out the hot-hitting Brandon Belt, delivering the Rockies a third win in four games to begin a nine-game trip. Belt had homered in each of his previous four games.

      Nolan Arenado got a third-inning rally rolling by drawing a walk, after which Trevor Story singled. One out later, Desmond belted a three-run homer to center field, putting the Rockies ahead for good at 3-1. Desmond made it 4-1 in the sixth with a two-out, ground-rule double, again scoring Arenado, who had led off the inning with a double.

      Cardinals 12, Phillies 4

      Jose Martinez had four hits, including a home run, to go along with five RBIs as St. Louis routed visiting Philadelphia.

      Tommy Pham added three hits, Francisco Pena had three hits, including a home run, and scored three runs while starter Michael Wacha allowed two earned runs in six solid innings. Wacha (5-1) struck out eight and threw 101 pitches, 65 for strikes.

      Phillies starter Jake Arrieta (3-2) struggled in three shaky innings as he gave up five hits and four runs (two earned). Reliever Drew Hutchison then allowed six hits and five earned runs in three innings.

      Athletics 3, Blue Jays 1

      Dustin Fowler hit his first major league home run and added an RBI double to lead visiting Oakland to victory over Toronto.

      The Athletics, who ended a six-game losing streak at the Rogers Centre on Thursday, have won the first two games of the four-game series and are 5-3 with two games left on a 10-game road trip.

      A's starter Brett Anderson, who allowed two hits and no runs in the first inning, left the game after one inning. The left-hander started to warm up for the bottom of the second but left with a shoulder strain. Right-hander Josh Lucas, just recalled from Triple-A Nashville, replaced him.

      Padres 3, Pirates 2

      Franchy Cordero's RBI single in the sixth held up as San Diego overcame a two-run deficit to halt the three-game winning streak of host Pittsburgh.

      San Diego's Tyson Ross (3-3) allowed two runs and five hits, with two strikeouts and four walks. He made 100 pitches and has reached that count in seven of his nine starts. Brad Hand pitched the final 1 1/3 innings for his 13th save.

      Pirates center fielder Austin Meadows, making his major league debut with Starling Marte going on the 10-day disabled list because of a right oblique strain, was 2-for-4 with two singles and a stolen base.

      Dodgers at Nationals, ppd.

      The game between host Washington and Los Angeles was postponed due to inclement weather and will be made up as of a split doubleheader on Saturday. The Nationals have played just 5 1/2 innings of baseball since Sunday due to postponements.

      --Field Level Media