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  • MLB roundup: Pirates ruin Hill's no-hit bid with walk-off HR
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, August 24, 2017

    PITTSBURGH -- Josh Harrison ended Rich Hill's no-hit bid with a walk-off home run in the 10th inning, giving the Pittsburgh Pirates a 1-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night.

    • Harrison lifted a 2-1 pitch over the left-field wall. After Hill (9-5) began with eight perfect innings, third baseman Logan Forsythe committed an error with no outs in the ninth, allowing Jordy Mercer to reach. Hill threw 99 pitches, 75 of them strikes.

      Josh Bell nearly broke up the no-hit attempt twice earlier. In the second inning, he was called safe when he seemingly beat first baseman Adrian Gonzalez's throw to Hill. After a challenge, however, the call was reversed.

      Then, in the eighth inning, Bell sharply struck a ball toward center field, but second baseman Chase Utley robbed him with a diving catch.

      Royals 6, Rockies 4

      KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Eric Hosmer's three-run, walk-off homer with two outs in the ninth inning lifted Kansas City over Colorado.

      Hosmer's blast with Alex Gordon and Melky Cabrera aboard came off former Royals closer Greg Holland (2-5). The first baseman ripped a 1-1 offering out to right for his first career walk-off home run.

      Brandon Maurer (3-5) worked a scoreless ninth to pick up the victory. Kansas City's Whit Merrifield went 4-for-5, matching his career-high in hits. Hosmer added three hits.

      Red Sox 6, Indians 1

      CLEVELAND -- Mitch Moreland and Eduardo Nunez homered, and four Boston pitchers combined for a three-hitter in defeating Cleveland.

      Moreland hit a solo home run off Corey Kluber in the fifth inning, and Nunez belted a two-run shot off Bryan Shaw in Boston's four-run ninth. The Indians' Edwin Encarnacion homered in the eighth off reliever Addison Reed.

      Drew Pomeranz (13-4) pitched 5 1/3 innings and gave up two hits, with nine strikeouts and four walks. Joe Kelly, Reed and Craig Kimbrel followed Pomeranz to the mound. Kluber (12-4) struck out 12 and allowed two runs in 7 2/3 innings.

      Astros 6, Nationals 1

      HOUSTON -- Mike Fiers produced his best start in more than a month, and Jake Marisnick, Max Stassi and Alex Bregman hit home runs as Houston topped Washington.

      After allowing at least three runs and two homers in each of his previous four starts, Fiers (8-8) surrendered one run, four hits and one walk in seven innings. It marked his longest outing since he worked seven innings in consecutive starts in mid-July.

      Marisnick belted his 15th home run of the season with one out in the fifth inning off the Nationals' Edwin Jackson, giving the Astros a 2-1 lead.

      Cubs 9, Reds 3

      CINCINNATI -- Kyle Schwarber hit a three-run homer and Tommy La Stella added a two-run shot as Chicago won its fifth straight.

      Mike Montgomery (4-6) allowed four hits in six shutout innings. The Cubs played without third baseman Kris Bryant, who was hit on the hand by a pitch during the ninth inning on Tuesday night. He was replaced by La Stella, who reached base four times.

      The Reds' Joey Votto hit a solo homer in the ninth, his 33rd homer of the season, off Hector Rondon. Cincinnati wasn't finished with Rondon, who allowed back-to-back homers by Eugenio Suarez and Scott Schebler before recording the final out.

      Rangers 7, Angels 5 (10 innings)

      ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Adrian Beltre homered in his first two at-bats and contributed to a two-run uprising in the 10th inning with a groundout as Texas defeated Los Angeles.

      After falling behind in the count at 1-2, Beltre hit a ground ball to second base, moving Elvis Andrus to third with one out. After two walks loaded the bases, Rougned Odor broke the tie with a sacrifice fly, and Robinson Chirinos and Drew Robinson followed with consecutive RBI singles to give the Rangers a 7-4 lead and ultimately their second win in the first three contests of the four-game series.

      Chirinos also homered and finished with three hits.

      Yankees 10, Tigers 2

      DETROIT -- Gary Sanchez continued his power surge with his third homer in two games as New York rolled past Detroit.

      Sanchez hit a solo homer in the first inning and added a two-run single in the third. He has homered in six of the past nine games, and he has nine long balls over the past 14 contests, giving him 26 for the season.

      Luis Severino (11-5) collected a victory for the sixth time in his last seven starts. He limited the Tigers to one run on six hits and a walk while striking out eight in 6 2/3 innings.

      Blue Jays 7, Rays 6

      ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Toronto hit six home runs, five of them solo, and Kevin Pillar's shot in the eighth inning gave Toronto the victory over Tampa Bay.

      The teams combined for nine home runs, matching the most in a Rays game. Tampa Bay came back from a 5-0 deficit to tie the game in the seventh, only to leave the bases loaded and see the Blue Jays snap a four-game losing streak.

      Kevin Kiermaier hit two home runs for the Rays while Justin Smoak hit his 34th of the season for Toronto.

      Cardinals 6, Padres 2

      ST. LOUIS -- Luke Weaver pitched seven shutout innings, tying a career high with 10 strikeouts, as St. Louis subdued San Diego.

      Making only his third start of the year, Weaver (2-1) permitted three hits and one walk, throwing 69 of his 99 pitches for strikes. His outing allowed the Cardinals to snap a 12-game streak of allowing opponents to score at least five runs.

      Kolten Wong, moved to the leadoff spot with Matt Carpenter sidelined with a virus, sparked the offense by going 3-for-5 with three runs and two steals. Jedd Gyorko added two RBI singles.

      Mets 4, Diamondbacks 2

      NEW YORK -- Chris Flexen tossed a career-high six innings, and fellow rookies Brandon Nimmo and Dominic Smith combined to score all four runs in New York's victory over Arizona.

      Flexen (3-2), making his sixth career start, allowed two runs, six hits and four walks while striking out five. Nimmo, who has played every day since Curtis Granderson was traded Friday, reached base in all four plate appearances via three walks and a double.

      Smith, who became the Mets' everyday first baseman upon his promotion Aug. 11, walked and scored in the fourth on a single by shortstop Amed Rosario -- another rookie who has played full-time since he was recalled Aug. 1. Smith later homered in the sixth.

      Orioles 8, Athletics 7 (12 innings)

      BALTIMORE -- Zach Britton's American League record streak of consecutive saves ended at 60, but Baltimore still emerged with a victory over Oakland on a game-winning homer by Manny Machado in the 12th inning.

      The Athletics' Marcus Semien went 3-for-5 with an RBI double in the sixth and a single in the ninth that cut the Orioles' lead to 7-6 off Britton. One batter later, Matt Joyce tied the game on a sacrifice fly. Britton had not blown a save since Sept. 20, 2015.

      Machado provided the victory when he led off the 12th with a shot that barely cleared the center-field wall off Simon Castro (1-2). Miguel Castro (3-1) picked up the win by throwing 3 2/3 scoreless innings.

      Mariners 9, Braves 6

      ATLANTA -- Kyle Seager had three hits, including a three-run homer that highlighted a five-run eighth-inning rally, to propel Seattle past Atlanta.

      The Mariners entered the eighth trailing 6-5 and rallied against Jim Johnson, who allowed each of the four batters he faced to reach base. Seager then greeted rookie reliever Dan Winkler with an opposite-field homer that bounced off the top of the wall.

      Seattle's Erasmo Ramirez gave up three runs and six hits and struck out six, matching his season high, in six innings. It marked his third straight quality start. He also went 2-for-3, becoming the fourth pitcher in franchise history to collect two hits in a game.

      White Sox 4, Twins 3

      CHICAGO -- Tim Anderson lined a single to left to score Avisail Garcia with the winning run as Chicago claimed a walk-off victory over Minnesota.

      The White Sox shortstop sent a 1-0 pitch from Trevor Hildenberger (2-2) with one out in the ninth inning for his first career game-ending hit. Danny Farquhar (3-2) worked a scoreless inning for the victory.

      Garcia led off the bottom of the ninth with a single to right and reached second on Kevan Smith's sacrifice bunt. An intentional walk to Yolmer Sanchez set the stage for Anderson.

      Giants 4, Brewers 2

      SAN FRANCISCO -- Jarrett Parker's check-swing, two-run double broke a seventh-inning tie and sent San Francisco past Milwaukee.

      Matt Moore pitched six strong innings before handing off the ball to the bullpen, helping the Giants win for a second time in the three-game series against the playoff-contending Brewers. The loss dropped Milwaukee to 3-3 on its nine-game Western swing.

      Pinch hitter Denard Span's one-out double down the right-field line against Jacob Barnes (3-4), the third Brewers pitcher, got the decisive seventh inning rolling for the Giants.

      Phillies 8, Marlins 0

      PHILADELPHIA -- A three-run homer by rookie slugger Rhys Hoskins punctuated a five-run third inning as Philadelphia backed a terrific outing by Mark Leiter Jr. with a well-rounded offensive performance en route to victory over Miami.

      Leiter (2-3) recorded the best of his five major league starts, going seven innings for the first time while giving up one hit and two walks. He struck out five.

      Hoskins added a two-run double and has seven home runs and 16 RBIs in his first 14 games -- the most in that span in club history.

  • Red Sox acquire OF Davis from A's
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, August 23, 2017

    The Boston Red Sox acquired another player they hope will help them down the stretch and in the postseason, obtaining outfielder Rajai Davis from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for minor league outfielder Rafael Rincones, the teams announced Wednesday.

    • To make room for Davis on the 40-man roster, the Red Sox designated outfielder Steve Selsky for assignment.

      With Jackie Bradley Jr. going on the disabled list earlier Wednesday, the Red Sox need help in the outfield.

      Davis, 36, is batted .233 with 17 doubles, two triples, and five home runs in 100 games with the A's this season. He also stole 26 bases in 32 attempts.

      In 30 games since the All-Star break, Davis has hit .303 with 11 stolen bases.

      Davis has recorded five assists and two double plays in 79 games in center field, also making nine starts in right field and two in left field.

      Davis appeared in the postseason in 2014 with the Detroit Tigers and in 2016 for the Cleveland Indians. In Game 7 of last year's World Series against the Chicago Cubs, he tied the score at 6-6 with a two-out, two-run home run off Aroldis Chapman in the eighth inning.

      Rincones, 18, has played 57 games this season for the Dominican Summer League Red Sox, batting .258 with one home run, 19 RBIs, and eight stolen bases while leading the team with 38 runs scored, 13 doubles, and three triples.

      All of his 51 defensive starts have come in right field, where the Venezuelan native has recorded six assists.

      Selsky, 28, appeared in eight games for the Red Sox this season after making his first career Opening Day roster, going 1-for-9 with a double and appearing defensively at third base (two games) and in center field (one game).

  • MLB notebook: Cardinals' Rosenthal needs Tommy John surgery
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, August 23, 2017

    St. Louis Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal is in need of Tommy John surgery on his injured pitching elbow and will miss the rest of the regular season, the team announced Wednesday.

    • Cardinals general manager Mike Girsch told reporters that Rosenthal will undergo the surgery next week. The team had transferred the right-hander from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day DL earlier in the day.

      Rosenthal had been placed on the 10-day disabled list on Thursday with what was called "right posterior elbow irritation."

      In 50 games this season, Rosenthal is 3-4 with a 3.40 ERA and 11 saves. He converted seven straight saves from July 28 through Aug. 12.

      --New York Mets left-handed pitcher Steven Matz underwent season-ending surgery on his left elbow. The purpose of the operation was to reposition a compressed nerve in his elbow.

      Manager Terry Collins announced on Monday that Matz was headed to the disabled list, but did not specify the problem at that time.

      Matz, 26, began the season on the disabled list and has been struggling since his return, posting a 2-7 mark with a 6.08 ERA. He is 0-6 with a 10.19 ERA in his last eight starts.

      He is expected to be ready for Opening Day in 2018.

      --Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring, the team announced.

      Kipnis is the third Indians' player to be placed on the disabled list in the last two days, joining All-Star reliever Andrew Miller (right knee tendinitis) and right-hander Danny Salazar (sore right elbow).

      The 30-year-old Kipnis, who is headed to the disabled list for the third time this season, had just returned two weeks ago from a month-long stint on the DL. Infielder Erik Gonzalez was recalled from Triple-A Columbus to take the roster spot of Kipnis, who is batting .228 with 11 homers and 30 RBIs in 79 games this season.

      --The Boston Red Sox placed outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. on the 10-day disabled list with a sprained left thumb, the team announced.

      To fill the spot on the 25-man roster, the Red Sox recalled infielder Deven Marrero from Triple-A Pawtucket.

      Bradley, 27, suffered the injury in the seventh inning of Tuesday night's 9-1 win against the Cleveland Indians while sliding awkwardly into home plate to avoid a tag by catcher Yan Gomes.

      Bradley is batting .262 with 14 home runs, 54 RBIs and 50 runs scored for the Red Sox this season. He has a .992 fielding percentage with four assists in 106 starts in center field.

      --The Seattle Mariners reinstated right-hander David Phelps from the 10-day disabled list.

      The team also designated outfielder Leonys Martin for assignment. The Mariners have seven days to trade, release or outright the contract of Martin to the minor leagues.

      Phelps, 30, was placed on the 10-day DL with an impingement in his right elbow on Aug. 8 (retroactive to Aug. 7).

      -- Joe Klein, former general manager of the Texas Rangers and two other major league teams, died Wednesday due to complications from heart surgery. He was 75.

      After seven seasons as a Washington Senators minor league infielder from 1962-68, Klein was a minor league manager and team executive during the franchise's next 16 years.

      Klein served as the Rangers' general manager from October 1982 to November 1984 and during that time helped develop front-office executive Tom Grieve, who succeeded him as GM.

      Klein went on to be the general manager for the Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers before a run as executive director of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball since its inception in 1998.

  • Mets' Matz undergoes season-ending elbow surgery
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, August 23, 2017

    New York Mets left-handed pitcher Steven Matz underwent season-ending surgery on his left elbow on Wednesday.

    • The purpose of the operation was to reposition a compressed nerve in his elbow.

      Manager Terry Collins announced on Monday that Matz was headed to the disabled list, but did not specify the problem at that time.

      "This is not an injury," Collins said. "It's just an issue of ... he needs to shut it down for a little while. If he had to, he could pitch tomorrow."

      Matz was scheduled to pitch Tuesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks, but he was replaced.

      Matz, 26, began the season on the disabled list and has been struggling since his return, posting a 2-7 mark with a 6.08 ERA. He is 0-6 with a 10.19 ERA in his last eight starts.

      Last season, Matz went 9-8 with a 3.40 ERA.

      He is expected to be ready for Opening Day in 2018.

  • Cardinals' Rosenthal to have Tommy John surgery
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, August 23, 2017

    St. Louis Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal is in need of Tommy John surgery on his injured pitching elbow and will miss the rest of the regular season, the team announced Wednesday.

    • Cardinals general manager Mike Girsch told reporters that Rosenthal will undergo the surgery next week. The team had transferred the right-hander from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day DL earlier in the day.

      Rosenthal had been placed on the 10-day disabled list on Thursday with what was called "right posterior elbow irritation."

      He was sent back to St. Louis for testing after allowing a homer to Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts on a 91.4 mph fastball last Wednesday. Rosenthal had not allowed a hit on any fastball slower than 96.3 mph before that game, a 5-4 loss at Fenway Park.

      Rosenthal exited that game after issuing a walk.

      "Something didn't look right," manager Mike Matheny said at the time. "It just didn't look smooth."

      In 50 games this season, Rosenthal is 3-4 with a 3.40 ERA and 11 saves. He converted seven straight saves from July 28 through Aug. 12.

      Seung Hwan Oh, Tyler Lyons, and John Brebbia are the candidates to become the Cardinals' closer. St. Louis began Wednesday's action 4 1/2 games out of first place in the National League Central.

  • Indians 2B Kipnis (hamstring) on DL again
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, August 23, 2017

    Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring, the team announced Wednesday.

    • Kipnis is the third Indians' player to be placed on the disabled list in the last two days, joining All-Star reliever Andrew Miller (right knee tendinitis) and right-hander Danny Salazar (sore right elbow). Outfielders Michael Brantley (sprained right ankle) and Lonnie Chisenhall (strained right calf) and right-hander Josh Tomlin (strained left hamstring) are also nursing injuries.

      The 30-year-old Kipnis, who is headed to the disabled list for the third time this season, had just returned two weeks ago from a month-long stint on the DL. He grounded out in the first inning of Tuesday's 9-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox and was replaced by a pinch hitter in the third.

      Infielder Erik Gonzalez was recalled from Triple-A Columbus to take the roster spot of Kipnis, who is batting .228 with 11 homers and 30 RBIs in 79 games this season.

      The 25-year-old Gonzalez is batting .263 with two homers and six RBIs in 39 games with Cleveland this season.

  • Red Sox place Bradley (thumb) on disabled list
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, August 23, 2017

    The Boston Red Sox placed outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. on the 10-day disabled list with a sprained left thumb, the team announced Wednesday.

    • To fill the spot on the 25-man roster, the Red Sox recalled infielder Deven Marrero from Triple-A Pawtucket prior to Wednesday night's road game against the Cleveland Indians.

      Bradley, 27, suffered the injury in the seventh inning of Tuesday night's 9-1 win against the Cleveland Indians while sliding awkwardly into home plate to avoid a tag by catcher Yan Gomes. Bradley was ruled safe but appeared to twist his left hand, shaking the hand as he stood up. His diagnosis followed an MRI on Wednesday in Boston.

      Bradley is batting .262 with 14 home runs, 54 RBIs and 50 runs scored for the Red Sox this season. He has a .992 fielding percentage with four assists in 106 starts in center field.

      Bradley went 2-for-3 with a home run in Tuesday's game and reached base safely in each of his last seven games, hitting .400 (8-for-20) with a .556 on-base percentage.

      Bradley has appeared in 501 major league games since being selected by Boston in the supplemental round (40th overall) in 2011, batting .243 with 54 home runs, 224 RBIs and 250 runs scored.

      Marrero, 26, has hit safely in each of his last 10 games at Triple-A, batting .447 (17-for-38) with three doubles and two home runs in that span. In 58 games over three stints with Boston this season, he is hitting .212 with seven doubles, three home runs and 23 RBI.

      Marrero is batting .208 with four home runs and 26 RBIs over 96 career major league games, all with Boston (2015-17).

  • Mariners activate RHP Phelps from disabled list
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, August 23, 2017

    The Seattle Mariners reinstated right-hander David Phelps from the 10-day disabled list on Wednesday.

    • The team also designated outfielder Leonys Martin for assignment. The Mariners have seven days to trade, release or outright the contract of Martin to the minor leagues.

      Phelps will be in uniform and available for Wednesday night's road game against the Atlanta Braves.

      Phelps, 30, was placed on the 10-day DL with an impingement in his right elbow on Aug. 8 (retroactive to Aug. 7).

      Since being acquired by the Mariners from the Miami Marlins in a five-player trade on July 20, Phelps is 1-1 with three holds and a 2.57 ERA over seven innings in seven relief appearances. During that span, he recorded 11 strikeouts and just one walk.

      Phelps is 3-5 with 21 holds and a 3.33 ERA over 54 innings with 62 strikeouts and 22 walks in 51 combined appearances with the Mariners and Marlins this season.

      Martin, 29, was hitting .174 with three home runs and eight RBIs in 34 games with Seattle this season. For Triple-A Tacoma, he batted .312 with 11 home runs, 39 RBIs and 24 stolen bases in 84 games.

      Martin has appeared in parts of seven major league seasons with the Texas Rangers (2011-15) and Mariners (2016-17), posting a career batting average of .248 with 38 home runs, 175 RBIs and 114 steals in 606 career games.

  • Former Rangers GM Klein dies at age 75
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, August 23, 2017

    Joe Klein, former general manager of the Texas Rangers and two other Major League Baseball teams, died Wednesday due to complications from heart surgery. He was 75.

    • The Rangers issued a statement, saying the "organization is deeply saddened by the passing of Joe Klein, who died early this morning at Philadelphia's Temple University Hospital at the age of 75. Mr. Klein spent the first 23 years of his nearly six decades in professional baseball with the Senators/Rangers franchise."

      After seven seasons as a Washington Senators minor league infielder from 1962-68, Klein was a minor league manager and team executive during the franchise's next 16 years.

      "As assistant farm director and later head of the Rangers' minor league operations, the Rangers signed and developed such players as Steve Buechele, Ron Darling, Danny Darwin, Jose Guzman, Tom Henke, Oddibe McDowell, Pete O'Brien, Kenny Rogers, and Ruben Sierra under his watch," the Rangers said of Klein.

      Klein served as the Rangers' general manager from October 1982 to November 1984 and during that time helped develop front-office executive Tom Grieve, who succeeded him as GM.

      Klein went on to be the general manager for the Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers before a run as executive director of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball since its inception in 1998.

      "Joe Klein was a dedicated and distinguished employee of the Washington/Texas franchise for more than 20 years. The Rangers extend their deepest sympathies to Mr. Klein's family and friends at this difficult time," the Rangers said in their statement.

  • Braves' Dickey hopes to keep Mariners in the yard
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, August 23, 2017

    ATLANTA -- The cozier dimensions were obviously going to make SunTrust Park more hitter-friendly than Turner Field, the Atlanta Braves' former home.

    • Throw in the uptick on home runs this season, and it often hasn't been the best place to pitch. Already there has been 138 homers hit at the new ballpark compared to 130 all last year at the Ted.

      Atlanta knuckleball pitcher R.A. Dickey will try to prevent Seattle from going deep as the Braves conclude their three-game interleague series with the Mariners on Wednesday night.

      The teams split the first two games, with Seattle winning 6-5 on Monday and Atlanta earning a 4-0 victory on Tuesday.

      Dickey, signed as a free agent by the Braves in November, has for the most part adapted well to SunTrust Park, going 6-3 with a 3.50 ERA.

      The right-hander hasn't been able to avoid the long ball, though.

      Of the 22 home runs the 42-year-old has allowed while going 8-8 with a 3.98 ERA, 16 have come at home, including three in four batters against Cincinnati on Friday in a loss that snapped a personal two-game winning streak.

      "In a different park, maybe one of those is a fly ball," Dickey said.

      Erasmo Ramirez, making his fifth start for Seattle after being acquired from Tampa Bay, will oppose Dickey.

      Ramirez (5-4, 4.52 ERA) defeated the Rays -- his former team -- in Tampa Bay on Saturday. He is 1-1 with a 3.54 ERA for the Mariners.

      The 27-year-old right-hander is being stretched back out to fill one of the holes in the Seattle rotation after being moved to the bullpen by the Rays.

      Ramirez has gone six innings in each of his past two starts, allowing a combined one earned run and five hits.

      "Every time I'm feeling stronger," Ramirez said. "When you're able to throw strikes in the sixth and have the same speed is something you're looking for all the time."

      Ramirez's last of eight starts for the Rays was June 28. He pitched out of the bullpen for Tampa Bay in 2016 after being a starter the year before and during three partial seasons with Mariners, his original team.

      "He's done a good job of expanding himself, working that pitch count up, and you could see him get stronger as he gets deeper in games now," Mariners catcher Mike Zunino said.

      Dickey, the National League Cy Young Award winner in 2012 with the New York Mets, has won 118 career games. He still is at the mercy of his knuckleball, though.

      "You've got to live or die with the knuckleball, and it kind of bit me," Dickey said after the loss to the Reds.

      "It was pretty much three pitches," Braves manager Brian Snitker said. "Otherwise, they were taking some pretty ugly swings."

      Ugly has been the only description for the Mariners' defense so far in the series. Seattle made four errors in the opener and two more Tuesday. Three of the Braves' runs have been unearned.

      "We just haven't played clean baseball. We've got to tighten that up," Servais said.

  • MLB roundup: Gonzalez collects 2,000th hit in Dodgers' win
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, August 23, 2017

    PITTSBURGH -- Adrian Gonzalez's 2,000th career hit helped propel the Los Angeles Dodgers to an 8-5 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night at PNC Park.

    • Gonzalez led off the sixth inning with a double down the right field line. After advancing to third, he scored when Corey Seager singled to right, giving Los Angeles a 6-5 lead.

      The Dodgers have won 15 of 19 games in August. The Pirates have gone in the opposite direction, losing eight of their past 10.

      Yasmani Grandal put Pittsburgh away with a two-run homer in the seventh that gave Los Angeles an 8-5 lead.

      Angels 10, Rangers 1

      ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Kaleb Cowart and Albert Pujols hit three-run homers and Los Angeles remained a half-game out of the second American League wild-card spot after a win over Texas.

      Pujols blasted the 610th homer of his career in the seventh inning to pass Sammy Sosa for the most home runs by a foreign-born player. His 19th home run of the season gave the Angels a 10-1 lead en route to their 10th win in the past 13 games. He is now eighth on the all-time list, two homers behind Jim Thome.

      Cowart hit his three-run homer in the fifth inning to give the Angels a 6-1 lead. Kole Calhoun had three of Los Angeles' season-high 16 hits and added two RBIs.

      Brewers 4, Giants 3

      SAN FRANCISCO -- Hernan Perez threw out Nick Hundley at the plate from right field to preserve a one-run lead in the eighth inning, helping Milwaukee hold off San Francisco.

      Ryan Braun and Travis Shaw drove in runs in a two-run seventh inning for the Brewers, who rallied from a 3-2 deficit to win for the third time in five games on their nine-game trip.

      Brandon Crawford had a two-run homer for the Giants, who had won five straight at home over the Brewers.

      Red Sox 9, Indians 1

      CLEVELAND -- Doug Fister pitched a one-hitter and Eduardo Nunez had two hits, including a home run, and a career-high five RBIs as Boston rolled past Cleveland at Progressive Field.

      In his third start against Cleveland in the last 23 days, Fister gave up a home run to Francisco Lindor leading off the first inning, then held Cleveland scoreless and hitless for the rest of the way for his first complete game since Sept. 26, 2014.

      Nunez had a two-run double in the seventh inning and a three-run homer in the eighth.

      Diamondbacks 7, Mets 4

      NEW YORK -- Patrick Corbin earned his third consecutive victory, allowing one run over eight innings as Arizona defeated New York.

      Corbin (11-11) gave up four hits and two walks while striking out six. The left-hander had his scoreless streak snapped at 20 1/3 innings when he gave up a homer to Amed Rosario in the fifth inning.

      J.D. Martinez hit a three-run homer in the first for the Diamondbacks. Paul Goldschmidt had two doubles, and he drove in runs with a fifth-inning double and a bases-loaded walk in the seventh. Adam Rosales homered in the fourth, and Chris Iannetta had two hits and two runs.

      Royals 3, Rockies 2

      KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Danny Duffy took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, and Kansas City escaped with a victory over Colorado.

      Nolan Arenado's two-out, two-run homer off Duffy spoiled the no-hit bid. Duffy (8-8) was pulled after six innings of one-hit, two-run ball. He walked three and struck out seven. Mike Minor, Peter Moylan, Kelvin Herrera and Scott Alexander (first save) finished the victory.

      Salvador Perez had two hits, including an RBI double, for the Royals.

      Twins 4, White Sox 1

      CHICAGO -- Minnesota shrugged off an early deficit and used three long balls to beat Chicago.

      Jorge Polanco, Kennys Vargas and Eddie Rosario each homered against rookie Lucas Giolito, called up Tuesday from Triple-A Charlotte for his Chicago debut. Kyle Gibson (7-10) allowed one run and seven hits for his first victory since July 22.

      Padres 12, Cardinals 4

      ST. LOUIS -- Yangervis Solarte knocked in a career-high six runs as San Diego became the latest team to plunder St. Louis pitching at Busch Stadium.

      Solarte capped his big evening in the eighth inning with a two-run homer that traveled an estimated 455 feet, his 14th blast of the year. He became the first player in franchise history to drive in six runs in a game at St. Louis.

      San Diego snapped a 4-4 tie in the seventh with six runs. Austin Hedges hit a three-run homer.

      Marlins 12, Phillies 8 (Game 1)

      PHILADELPHIA -- Ichiro Suzuki, only two months shy of his 44th birthday, hit a pinch-hit, three-run homer to break a tie in the seventh inning as Miami won the opener of a doubleheader with Philadelphia.

      Two batters after Ichiro homered, Giancarlo Stanton continued his torrid pace since the All-Star break by taking Aaron Nola (9-9) deep over the right field fence and knocking him out of the game. It was Stanton's league-leading 46th home run and 99th RBI.

      Miami's J.T. Realmuto belted a three-run homer in the top of the ninth before the Phillies' Andres Blanco and Tommy Joseph hit the game's eighth and ninth home runs in the bottom half.

      Marlins 7, Phillies 4 (Game 2)

      PHILADELPHIA -- Miami swept Philadelphia in the 43rd doubleheader in franchise history behind a combined 23 hits in two games.

      Four RBIs from Christian Yelich was just enough for starter Jose Urena to walk off the mound after five innings with his 12th victory.

      Miami's Marcell Ozuna added a two-run homer.

      Cubs 13, Reds 9

      CINCINNATI -- Ben Zobrist drove in the go-ahead runs with a pinch-hit, two-run double in the seventh inning as Chicago rallied past Cincinnati.

      The Cubs (67-57) moved 10 games above .500 for the first time this season. Zobrist, who was scratched from the starting lineup after he was late arriving from his hometown of Nashville, Tenn., because of a rental car snafu, also had an RBI groundout in the eighth. Javier Baez delivered a two-run single in the seventh.

      Eugenio Suarez homered twice and had a career-high five RBIs, and Jesse Winker and Scooter Gennett each hit solo homers for Cincinnati.

      Nationals 4, Astros 3

      HOUSTON -- Tanner Roark recovered from a rocky start, and Washington claimed an interleague win over Houston at Minute Maid Park.

      Roark (10-8) pitched into the sixth inning after struggling early before handing over a one-run lead to his bullpen.

      With the Astros leading 3-2 in the fourth, Matt Wieters socked a two-run home run to center, his ninth homer of the season, to give the Nationals the lead.

      A's 6, Orioles 4

      BALTIMORE -- Ryon Healy homered twice and drove in three runs, and Jed Lowrie and Khris Davis also went deep as Oakland defeated Baltimore.

      Healy (solo) and Lowrie (two-run) both homered in a three-run first inning as Oakland took a 3-0 lead after just five batters against Ubaldo Jimenez. In the fifth, Healy added a two-run homer. It was his fourth multi-homer game this season, and he stretched his hitting streak to 10 games.

      Simon Castro (1-1) went two innings and gave up Manny Machado's two-run homer but still earned the win.

      Yankees 13, Tigers 4

      DETROIT -- Masahiro Tanaka came off the disabled list and pitched seven solid innings, and Aaron Judge's record-breaking strikeout streak ended at 37 games as New York pummeled Detroit.

      Tanaka (9-10) was making his first start since Aug. 9 after recovering from shoulder inflammation. He held the Tigers to three runs and six hits and didn't walk a batter while striking out four.

      Judge had struck out at least once in every game in which he appeared since July 8. He walked on full counts in his first three trips to the plate and added an RBI single. New York's Gary Sanchez hit a pair of two-run homers, including a mammoth blast in the first inning.

      Braves 4, Mariners 0

      ATLANTA -- Nick Markakis homered and drove in a second run with a single as Atlanta defeated Seattle behind rookie Lucas Sims' six spotless innings.

      Markakis, who had three hits in the series opener, has a career .326 average with six homers and 30 RBIs in 69 games against Seattle. His homer came in the fourth inning and his RBI single in the fifth.

      Sims (2-3) followed up his first victory Thursday at Colorado by giving up three hits and two walks.

      Rays 6, Blue Jays 5

      ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Kevin Kiermaier hit a two-run triple in the second inning to help Tampa Bay beat Toronto.

      Kiermaier was 2-for-5 and Wilson Ramos had three hits as the Rays won their second consecutive game. Toronto lost its fourth straight.

      Alex Colome allowed a run in the ninth but got his major-league-leading 37th save.

  • MLB notebook: Dodgers place Bellinger, Wood on 10-day DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, August 22, 2017

    The Los Angeles Dodgers placed first baseman/outfielder Cody Bellinger and left-hander Alex Wood on the 10-day disabled list on Tuesday.

    • Bellinger, the standout rookie, suffered a mild right ankle sprain while playing the outfield in Detroit on Sunday. The All-Star leads MLB-best Los Angeles with 34 home runs and 79 RBIs.

      Wood is making his second trip to the DL this season with a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder. The 26-year-old All-Star went six innings and allowed three runs at Pittsburgh on Monday before coming out of the game and is 14-1 with a 2.41 ERA.

      In a pair of corresponding moves, the Dodgers recalled right-handers Josh Ravin and Brock Stewart from Triple-A Oklahoma City. Stewart owns a 1.64 ERA in nine previous appearances -- two starts -- for Los Angeles, while Ravin has a 3.38 ERA in four appearances for the Dodgers this season.

      --The Cleveland Indians placed left-hander Andrew Miller and right-hander Danny Salazar on the 10-day disabled list, the team announced.

      Miller, who is dealing with patellar tendonitis in his right knee, exited Monday's game against the Boston Red Sox after making seven pitches in the seventh inning. The All-Star reliever had just returned from a 16-day stint on the disabled list.

      Miller owns a 4-3 mark with two saves and a 1.65 ERA in 48 appearances this season.

      Like Miller, Salazar is also making his second trip to the disabled list this season. The 27-year-old, who is being plagued by right elbow inflammation, has posted a 5-6 record with a 4.30 ERA in 18 appearances this season.

      -- Umpire Hunter Wendelstedt is being monitored for concussion-like symptoms and won't work the rest of the series between the Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians.

      Wendelstedt left Monday's game after getting hit on his facemask by a warmup pitch from Boston pitcher Joe Kelly in the sixth inning.

      Kelly entered the game with two outs in the sixth, and Carlos Santana the batter. As Kelly was warming up, Wendelstedt crouched behind Boston catcher Christian Vazquez, to get a look at Kelly's pitches.

      One of Kelly's pitches, which appeared to be a high fastball, glanced off Vazquez's glove and hit Wendelstedt on the upper part of his mask. Wendelstedt was staggered by the impact, and went down on one knee. After being checked by the Indians' assistant athletic trainer Michael Salazar, Wendelstedt remained in the game.

      --The Texas Rangers placed slugger Joey Gallo on the seven-day concussion list.

      The infielder, who is tied for second in the American League with 35 homers, was injured in Sunday's game against the Chicago White Sox. Gallo collided with right-hander Matt Bush while chasing after a popup near third base and suffered a fractured nose as well as experiencing concussion-like symptoms.

      Gallo, who has 10 homers in August, has been a prime factor in Texas' recent improvement. The Rangers have won nine of their past 12 games entering Tuesday's contest against the Los Angeles Angels.

      The Rangers recalled infielder Phil Gosselin from Triple-A Round Rock to fill the roster opening. Gosselin is batting .146 in 29 major league games with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Rangers this season.

      --The Chicago White Sox recalled right-hander Lucas Giolito from Triple-A Charlotte and optioned right-hander Brad Goldberg.

      Giolito, who was acquired along with right-handers Reynaldo Lopez and Dane Dunning in the deal that sent center fielder Adam Eaton to the Washington Nationals over the winter, is getting his first chance to impress his new major league club after going 6-10 with a 4.48 ERA in 24 starts for Charlotte.

      The 23-year-old former first-round pick went 3-1 with a 1.71 ERA in his last five starts for Charlotte and will start for the White Sox on Tuesday against the Minnesota Twins.

      --The Boston Red Sox placed right-hander Matt Barnes on the 10-day disabled list with a lower back strain, the team announced.

      Fellow right-hander Hector Velazquez was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket to replace Barnes, who owns a 6-3 mark with a 3.60 ERA this season.

      Barnes has limited the opposition to a .210 batting average with 66 strikeouts against 27 walks in 59 appearances in 2017.

      --New York Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka was activated from the 10-day disabled list to start Tuesday's series opener against the Detroit Tigers, the team announced.

      Tanaka, who was sidelined due to right shoulder inflammation, has battled elbow injuries over the last two years.

      "I feel good," Tanaka said through an interpreter. "All I can say is that I'm able to do what I just did, as far as flat grounds and bullpens, because the arm is feeling better. I feel like there have been more exercises that I've gone through this time around, so I feel like I am coming back at a faster pace."

      --Hall of Fame broadcaster Rafael "Felo" Ramirez, who served as the Spanish radio voice of the Miami Marlins since their inaugural season, died on Monday at the age of 94, the team announced.

      Ramirez had been hospitalized since April 26 after he hit his head while falling off the team bus in Philadelphia.

      Ramirez, who joined the Marlins as the team's Spanish announced in 1993, was enshrined in Cooperstown after receiving the Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasters in 2001.

      "The entire Marlins organization is deeply saddened by the loss of a great friend, Hall-of-Fame broadcaster and community icon, Felo Ramirez," the team said in a statement. "Since our inaugural season, he brought home practically every magical moment in franchise history to generations of fans. A true broadcast legend, Felo lent his voice to over 30 World Series and All-Star Games and his extensive contributions to our game will never be forgotten."

  • Rangers' Gallo placed on 7-day DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, August 22, 2017

    The Texas Rangers placed slugger Joey Gallo on the seven-day concussion list on Tuesday.

    • The infielder, who is tied for second in the American League with 35 homers, was injured in Sunday's game against the Chicago White Sox. Gallo collided with right-hander Matt Bush while chasing after a popup near third base and suffered a fractured nose as well as experiencing concussion-like symptoms.

      Gallo, who has 10 homers in August, has been a prime factor in Texas' recent improvement. The Rangers have won nine of their past 12 games entering Tuesday's contest against the Los Angeles Angels.

      The Rangers recalled infielder Phil Gosselin from Triple-A Round Rock to fill the roster opening. Gosselin is batting .146 in 29 major league games with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Rangers this season.

  • Umpire Wendelstedt sidelined with concussion-like symptoms
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, August 22, 2017

    CLEVELAND -- Umpire Hunter Wendelstedt is being monitored for concussion-like symptoms and won’t work the rest of the series between the Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians.

    •    Wendelstedt left Monday’s game after getting hit on his facemask by a warmup pitch from Boston pitcher Joe Kelly in the sixth inning.

         Kelly entered the game with two outs in the sixth, and Carlos Santana the batter. As Kelly was warming up, Wendelstedt crouched behind Boston catcher Christian Vazquez, to get a look at Kelly’s pitches.

         One of Kelly’s pitches, which appeared to be a high fastball, glanced off Vazquez’s glove and hit Wendelstedt on the upper part of his mask. Wendelstedt was staggered by the impact, and went down on one knee. After being checked by the Indians’ assistant athletic trainer Michael Salazar, Wendelstedt remained in the game.

         Santana flew out to end the inning. Between innings, fellow umpires Bill Welke, Alan Porter and Andy Fletcher, along with Salazar, met with Wendelstedt, and the decision was made for him to leave the game. Porter replaced him as the home plate umpire.

         Umpire Pat Hoberg arrived in Cleveland on Tuesday and will work with the crew for the remainder of the four-game series.

  • White Sox recall RHP Giolito to start versus Twins
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, August 22, 2017

    The Chicago White Sox recalled right-hander Lucas Giolito from Triple-A Charlotte on Tuesday and optioned right-hander Brad Goldberg.

    • Giolito, who was acquired along with right-handers Reynaldo Lopez and Dane Dunning in the deal that sent center fielder Adam Eaton to the Washington Nationals over the winter, is getting his first chance to impress his new major league club after going 6-10 with a 4.48 ERA in 24 starts for Charlotte.

      The 23-year-old former first-round pick went 3-1 with a 1.71 ERA in his last five starts for Charlotte and will start for the White Sox on Tuesday against the Minnesota Twins.

      Giolito went 0-1 with a 6.75 in six games -- four starts -- for Washington last season.

  • Indians place Salazar, Miller on 10-day DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, August 22, 2017

    The Cleveland Indians placed left-hander Andrew Miller and right-hander Danny Salazar on the 10-day disabled list, the team announced Tuesday.

    • Miller, who is dealing with patellar tendonitis in his right knee, exited Monday's game against the Boston Red Sox after making seven pitches in the seventh inning. The All-Star reliever had just returned from a 16-day stint on the disabled list.

      Miller owns a 4-3 mark with two saves and a 1.65 ERA in 48 appearances this season.

      Like Miller, Salazar is also making his second trip to the disabled list this season. The 27-year-old, who is being plagued by right elbow inflammation, has posted a 5-6 record with a 4.30 ERA in 18 appearances this season.

      Cleveland recalled right-hander Shawn Armstrong and utility man Yandy Diaz from Triple-A Columbus in a pair of corresponding moves.

      Armstrong owns a 1-0 mark with a 4.22 ERA in 18 appearances with the Indians. He also has posted a 1-1 record with 10 saves and a 2.96 ERA in 26 relief showings with Columbus.

      Yandy will make his third stint with Cleveland this season, and first since May 8-15. He is batting .350 with five homers and 33 RBIs in 85 games with Columbus.

  • Red Sox place RHP Barnes on DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, August 22, 2017

    The Boston Red Sox placed right-hander Matt Barnes on the 10-day disabled list with a lower back strain, the team announced Tuesday.

    • Fellow right-hander Hector Velazquez was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket to replace Barnes, who owns a 6-3 mark with a 3.60 ERA this season.

      Barnes has limited the opposition to a .210 batting average with 66 strikeouts against 27 walks in 59 appearances in 2017.

      The 27-year-old has posted a 13-10 record with a 4.23 ERA in 158 career appearances, all with the Red Sox.

      Velazquez owns a 2-1 mark with a 4.08 ERA in four appearances with Boston this season. The 28-year-old has a 7-4 record with a 2.39 ERA in 17 starts with Pawtucket.

  • Yankees' Tanaka activated from DL to start vs. Tigers
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, August 22, 2017

    New York Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka was activated from the 10-day disabled list to start Tuesday's series opener against the Detroit Tigers, the team announced.

    • Tanaka, who was sidelined due to right shoulder inflammation, has battled elbow injuries over the last two years.

      "I feel good," Tanaka said through an interpreter. "All I can say is that I'm able to do what I just did, as far as flat grounds and bullpens, because the arm is feeling better. I feel like there have been more exercises that I've gone through this time around, so I feel like I am coming back at a faster pace."

      Tanaka last pitched on Aug. 9 in a poor outing against the Toronto Blue Jays. The 28-year-old walked a career-high five batters and allowed three runs -- two earned -- and two hits in four-plus innings in the Yankees' 11-5 win in Toronto.

      Tanaka owns an 8-10 mark with 4.92 ERA in 23 starts.

  • Hall of Fame broadcaster 'Felo' Ramirez dies
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, August 22, 2017

    Hall of Fame broadcaster Rafael "Felo" Ramirez, who served as the Spanish radio voice of the Miami Marlins since their inaugural season, died on Monday at the age of 94, the team announced.

    • Ramirez had been hospitalized since April 26 after he hit his head while falling off the team bus in Philadelphia.

      Ramirez, who joined the Marlins as the team's Spanish announced in 1993, was enshrined in Cooperstown after receiving the Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasters in 2001.

      "The entire Marlins organization is deeply saddened by the loss of a great friend, Hall-of-Fame broadcaster and community icon, Felo Ramirez," the team said in a statement. "Since our inaugural season, he brought home practically every magical moment in franchise history to generations of fans. A true broadcast legend, Felo lent his voice to over 30 World Series and All-Star Games and his extensive contributions to our game will never be forgotten.

      Luis Quintana, his broadcast partner for the last 16 seasons, went a step further.

      "There's never been anybody in Spanish broadcasting who has called as many games as he has. He's dedicated his life to baseball," Quintana told the Miami Herald. "When the season ended here in the United States, he would go call games in Venezuela, Puerto Rico. He would call winter league games -- even juvenile games.

      "His life is baseball, and there isn't a broadcaster in Spanish radio today who isn't influenced by Felo."

  • Dodgers bracing for Wood to hit DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, August 22, 2017

    Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Alex Wood could land on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation.

    • Wood started Monday for the Dodgers at Pittsburgh and allowed three home runs in six innings pitched but did not factor in the decision. Los Angeles edged Pittsburgh 6-5 in 12 innings.

      Manager Dave Roberts said the left shoulder injury is a recurrence of the same malady that sent Wood to the 10-day disabled list in May: inflammation in the sternoclavicular joint on the front side of his pitching shoulder.

      "It's a little concerning considering his history," Roberts said. "We have got to be cautious."

      Wood is 14-1 with a 2.41 ERA for the MLB-leading Dodgers this season. Los Angeles is without ace left-hander Clayton Kershaw (back) and newly acquired right-hander Yu Darvish (back). Kershaw last pitched July 23 and is scheduled for a rehab start at Oklahoma City on Saturday.

      The Dodgers announced Darvish will not pitch this week.

  • AL Rookie of the Year race might not be closed
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, August 22, 2017

    BOSTON -- In the wake of a singular first half, the die was cast. New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge would be the 2017 American League Rookie of the Year. No one was even close. No one had a chance to catch up to him. It didn't even merit discussion.

    • It may be turning into a conversation now, six weeks later.

      Judge has stumbled into a protracted slump. His batting average has fallen almost 50 points. His strikeout rate has doubled. He has followed a first half in which he hit to a spectacular 1.139 on-base-plus slugging percentage with a second half of a pedestrian .684. He has the dubious distinction of striking out in a record-tying 37 consecutive games.

      And New York manager Joe Girardi now has to consider moving his star out of the No. 3 spot in the batting order to maybe take some weight off Judge's shoulders.

      In August, Judge is hitting .169 with three home runs and five RBIs in 18 games as the Yankees have given up five games in the standings to the Boston Red Sox. That includes losing two of three to Boston at Yankee Stadium two weekends ago and two of three at Fenway Park last weekend.

      Girardi said Sunday the "the plan" is to leave him where he is, but even Judge had to admit after going 1-for-12 with five strikeouts in the three-game Boston series, "I am not getting the job done. I am a No. 3 hitter ... and I have to be that guy for this team."

      In order to turn the AL Rookie of the Year award into a conversation, it takes more than just one guy slumping. And that brings us to the surging Andrew Benintendi of the Red Sox. Benintendi was anointed the favorite for the award at the start of the season. Outlets that track such things called him the No. 1 prospect in baseball.

      Before the All-Star break, the Boston left fielder hit .279 with 12 homers and 51 RBIs. Those are pretty good numbers, but were dwarfed by Judge's first-half feats: .329 with 30 homers and 66 RBIs.

      Things have changed. In 33 games since the All-Star break, Benintendi is hitting .280 with six home runs and 19 RBIs. Judge since the break: .169 with seven homers and 14 RBIs in 35 games.

      Perhaps what is happening is a discourse on how the pressure of expectations can weigh on a young player.

      Judge faced no expectation entering the season, having surprisingly made the 25-man roster when the Yankees broke camp after hitting .179 in 27 games the year before. By the end of June, he was the AL's top vote-getter for the All-Star Game. In Miami he not only owned the Home Run Derby -- which frankly turned the game into the undercard -- but commissioner Rob Manfred said Judge is "the kind of player that can become the face of the game."

      So what greeted him in the second half? The attention of baseball fans everywhere and a fascination for whether he would continue to dominate. Would he conquer Mark McGwire's rookie homer record of 49? Would he keep pace and become the MVP?

      Benintendi had all the expectations in the first half, and when he didn't match Judge, the pressure was off. At the break, he had no chance to even get into a conversation about Rookie of the Year. And yet here we are six weeks later.

      In August, Benintendi is batting .375 with six homers and 16 RBIs.

      He has 19 home runs and won't catch Judge (37). He is 11 RBIs behind Judge's 80 and could close that gap or pass Judge. If trends continue, he might hit for a higher average; Benintendi is at .279, Judge at .282. Still, there is a long way to go.

      Other players now have a shot to make their way into the conversation if one emerges. Baltimore's Trey Mancini is hitting .283 with 21 home runs and 62 RBIs. Houston's Yuli Gurriel is batting .295 with 15 home runs and 61 RBIs.

      There is still nearly a quarter of the season remaining. It still is not a debate yet. If the voting were to happen today, Judge would come out with an overwhelming win.

      Girardi believes that Judge's issue is mechanical. A shoulder is lower. The swing plane is different.

      "I believe in him," the manager said, though whether he moves him in the lineup could say more.

      "I am putting in the work and grinding," Judge said. "The results are going to come."

      If they don't, a great debate is in the offing.

  • MLB roundup: Puig, Dodgers down Pirates in 12th
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, August 22, 2017

    PITTSBURGH -- Yasiel Puig homered leading off the 12th inning, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 6-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday.

    • The Dodgers erased a 3-0 Pirates lead with five runs in the seventh inning, four on Curtis Granderson's grand slam off Gerrit Cole.

      Josh Harrison's one-out RBI double for the Pirates off Pedro Baez cut the Dodgers' lead to 5-4 in the eighth. Andrew McCutchen and David Freese walked, loading the bases, and Josh Bell hit into a force play that scored Harrison with the tying run.

      The Pirates had taken a 3-0 lead on back-to-back homers by Jose Osuna and Sean Rodriguez in the second inning and Harrison in the third against Alex Wood.

      Indians 5, Red Sox 4

      CLEVELAND -- A throwing error by first baseman Brock Holt in the bottom of the ninth inning allowed the winning run to score as Cleveland beat Boston.

      Brandon Guyer led off the ninth with a double to left field off Brandon Workman (0-1). Roberto Perez laid down an attempted sacrifice bunt that rolled halfway to the mound.

      Holt raced in, fielded it, and threw wildly to third base in an attempt to get Guyer. The ball rolled into foul territory and Guyer raced home with the winning run.

      Diamondbacks 3, Mets 2 (10 innings)

      NEW YORK -- A.J. Pollock hit a two-run homer in the top of the 10th inning as Arizona beat New York.

      The Diamondbacks snapped a three-game losing streak to move within a half-game of the idle Colorado Rockies for the first wild-card spot in the National League. The Mets lost for the seventh time in eight games.

      Fernando Rodney gave up a solo homer to Michael Conforto in the bottom of the 10th but still recorded his 28th save.

      Orioles 7, Athletics 3

      BALTIMORE -- Adam Jones homered twice as part of a four-hit night, and Jonathan Schoop and Welington Castillo also went deep as Baltimore defeated Oakland.

      Jones tied a career high with the four hits, going 4-for-4. He hit a solo shot in the second inning to give Baltimore a 2-1 lead. His second homer came right after Schoop's three-run shot in the fifth inning.

      The back-to-back homers gave the Orioles a 6-1 lead.

      White Sox 7, Twins 6 (Game 1)

      CHICAGO -- Yolmer Sanchez and Jose Abreu homered, and Carlos Rodon struck out nine in 6 1/3 innings as Chicago beat Minnesota in the first game of a doubleheader.

      Sanchez, who drove in four runs, gave the White Sox a 5-1 lead in the fourth inning with a three-run homer. After Abreu homered to lead off the fifth inning, Sanchez's sacrifice fly later in the inning extended Chicago's lead to 7-1.

      After a 19-minute rain delay to start the eighth inning, Jorge Polanco got the Twins within a run with a three-run homer off White Sox reliever Derek Holland. However, after Brian Dozier doubled with two outs to represent the tying run, Jake Petricka got Joe Mauer to fly out.

      Twins 10, White Sox 2 (Game 2)

      CHICAGO -- Dillon Gee allowed two hits in six innings, and Jorge Polanco, Brian Dozier, Byron Buxton and Jason Castro homered as Minnesota picked up a doubleheader split against Chicago.

      In his first start since being acquired from the Texas Rangers earlier this season, Gee threw four perfect innings before allowing a solo home run and a sixth-inning double. Gee (1-0) got more than enough offensive support, including the four homers.

      Chris Gimenez had an RBI single in the eighth inning to cap the scoring for the Twins. Adam Engel led off the ninth with a solo home run for Chicago.

      Mariners 6, Braves 5

      ATLANTA -- Yonder Alonso had three hits and three RBIs in support of left-hander Andrew Albers, who worked five effective innings in Seattle's win over Atlanta.

      Alonso was 3-for-5 with two doubles, extending his hitting streak to eight games. Two of his hits came with two outs, and the veteran is 6-for-14 on the first four games of the Mariners' road trip.

      Albers (2-0), who was acquired from Atlanta's Triple-A team on Aug. 11, allowed four runs (three earned) and six hits in five innings in his second start. Albers also helped himself at the plate with two sacrifice bunts to set up two runs and with an infield single that produced his first career hit and RBI.

      Giants 2, Brewers 0

      SAN FRANCISCO -- Chris Stratton combined with three relievers on a four-hitter, delivering San Francisco a victory over Milwaukee.

      Brandon Crawford's RBI double highlighted a two-run fourth inning off Brewers starter Zach Davies, which was enough to hand the right-hander his first road loss of the season.

      The Brewers fell 2 1/2 games behind the first-place Chicago Cubs in the National League Central and 3 1/2 games back of the Arizona Diamondbacks for the second NL wild-card spot.

      Rangers 5, Angels 3

      ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Adrian Beltre homered and drove in four runs to lead Texas to a win over Los Angeles.

      The win moved the Rangers within two games of the Minnesota Twins for the second American League wild card.

      Rangers starter Cole Hamels (9-1) gave up two runs on three hits and two walks in seven innings. He struck out three.

  • Indians' Miller exits game due to knee ailment
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, August 21, 2017

    CLEVELAND -- Indians reliever Andrew Miller left Cleveland's Monday night game against the Boston Red Sox in the seventh inning with a recurrence of right patellar tendinitis.

    • Miller came on to start the inning and walked Mookie Betts, the first batter he faced. The 6-foot-7 left-hander threw one pitch to the next hitter, Andrew Benintendi, and walked off the mound.

      Miller was making his second appearance since being activated from the disabled list on Aug. 18. He had been out since Aug. 2 due to right patellar tendinitis.

  • Umpire Wendelstedt hit on mask by pitch, exits game
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, August 21, 2017

    CLEVELAND -- Home-plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt left the Monday night game between the Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox after getting hit on his facemask by a warmup pitch from Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly in the sixth inning.

    • Kelly entered the game with two outs in the sixth and Carlos Santana at the plate. As Kelly was warming up, Wendelstedt crouched behind Boston catcher Christian Vazquez to get a look at Kelly's pitches.

      What appeared to be a high fastball glanced off Vazquez's glove and hit Wendelstedt on the upper part of his mask. Wendelstedt was staggered by the impact and went down on one knee. After being checked by Indians assistant trainer Michael Salazar, Wendelstedt remained in the game and Santana flied out to end the inning.

      Between innings, fellow umpires Bill Welke, Alan Porter and Andy Fletcher, along with Salazar, met with Wendelstedt, and the decision was made for him to leave the game. Porter replaced him as the plate umpire.

  • Mets' Matz faces DL stint with mystery 'issue'
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, August 21, 2017

    Terry Collins announced that left-hander Steven Matz is headed to the disabled list because of an "issue," but the New York Mets manager didn't elaborate much on Monday.

    • Multiple outlets reported that Matz is dealing with a nerve problem in his elbow. The 26-year-old had a shot on Monday and could be in need of surgery.

      "This is not an injury," Collins said. "It's just an issue of ... he needs to shut it down for a little while. If he had to, he could pitch tomorrow."

      As it stands, Matz was scheduled to pitch Tuesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks, although fellow left-hander Tommy Milone appears likely to get the nod instead.

      Matz began the season on the disabled list and has been struggling since his return, posting a 2-7 mark with a 6.08 ERA. He is 0-6 with a 10.19 ERA in his last eight starts.