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  • Report: Showalter out as Orioles' manager
    By Field Level Media / Friday, September 21, 2018

    A record for Major League Baseball futility will be the undoing of manager Buck Showalter with the Baltimore Orioles.

    • USA Today reported Friday that Showalter will be dismissed at the conclusion of the 2018 season.

      The Orioles entered the weekend with a 44-108 record and traded away All-Star shortstop Manny Machado and closer Zach Britton at the non-waiver deadline.

      While Showalter is expected to be shown the door, general manager Dan Duquette will reportedly receive a contract extension, USA Today reported.

      Baltimore could finish with the second-most losses ever in a single season. The Cleveland Spiders' record 134 losses in 1899 (20 wins) is safe.

      The 62-year-old Showalter was hired in 2010 and is 666-677 entering Friday's game.

      --Field Level Media

  • Indians activate Bauer to start vs. Red Sox
    By Field Level Media / Friday, September 21, 2018

    The Cleveland Indians activated right-hander Trevor Bauer from the disabled list to start Friday's game against the Boston Red Sox.

    • Bauer has been sidelined with a broken right fibula. He was hit by a line drive off the bat of Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu on Aug. 11

      Manager Terry Francona told reporters that Bauer will be brought along slowly to regain his strength before the postseason.

      "Trevor will go a couple of innings and then we'll finish up in the bullpen," Francona said of Friday's contest.

      Bauer is expected to make three starts before the end of the regular season.

      The 27-year-old was in the midst of a strong season before the injury as he was 12-6 with a 2.22 ERA and 214 strikeouts. He was also named to his first All-Star team.

      Bauer won his last four starts and five straight decisions before going on the disabled list due to the leg injury.

      --Field Level Media

  • Rangers fire manager Banister
    By Field Level Media / Friday, September 21, 2018

    Jeff Banister was dismissed as manager of the Texas Rangers on Friday.

    • Bench coach Don Wakamatsu was named interim manager for the remainder of 2018 season starting with Friday's game against the Seattle Mariners.

      "I informed Jeff Banister of our decision earlier today," Rangers president of baseball operations and general manager Jon Daniels said in a statement. "I want to thank Jeff for his dedication and efforts with the Texas Rangers over the last four years. This organization is very appreciative of what he has contributed to the club on the field and in the community."

      Banister had one year remaining on his contract. The Rangers were 64-88 this season and 325-313 in four seasons under Banister.

      "This was not an easy decision and comes after a long period of evaluation," said Daniels. "However, we feel that a change in the leadership of our Major League club is necessary as we move forward. Once this conclusion was reached, I felt it was appropriate to make the move now. On behalf of the entire organization, I wish Jeff and his family the best."

      A disappointed Banister released a statement through the team later Friday.

      "I want to thank Rangers ownership and Jon Daniels for giving me this opportunity. We had some great times here, but it doesn't last forever. I also want to thank the coaches, field staff, and especially the players who made it an honor for me to wear the Rangers uniform. And to the fans, I can't tell you how much I have appreciated your support and kind words over the last four years. I certainly regret that we were not able to make a deeper playoff run for you in 2015 and 2016.

      "Certainly I am disappointed that I was not able to finish the job. But this has been the experience of a lifetime. Thank you"

      Wakamatsu, 55, rejoined the Rangers last year after four seasons as a bench coach with the Kansas City Royals. He was 127-147 as the Mariners' manager from the start of the 2009 season to Aug. 9, 2010. In addition to previous stints with the Rangers (bench coach from 2003-06 and third base coach in 2007), he has also has been a big league coach with Oakland (2008) and Toronto (2011-12).

      --Field Level Media

  • Cubs' Russell on administrative leave after ex-wife's abuse claim
    By Field Level Media / Friday, September 21, 2018

    Major League Baseball placed Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell on administrative leave following a blog post by his ex-wife alleging verbal and physical abuse she suffered during their marriage.

    • "Major League Baseball takes all allegations of Domestic Violence seriously," a statement from the league reads. "When the allegations against Addison Russell became public on June 7, 2017, the Commissioner's Office's Department of Investigations immediately commenced an investigation. Melisa Russell declined to participate in the investigation at that time. Our investigation of this matter has remained open and we have continued our efforts to gather information. With the new details revealed in today's blog post by Ms. Russell, Mr. Russell has been placed on Administrative Leave in accordance with the Joint MLB-MLBPA Domestic Violence Policy. We are hopeful that this new information will allow us to complete the investigation as promptly as possible."

      The investigation mentioned in the statement was launched after his ex-wife accused him of being unfaithful and a friend commented that he had also been abusive. She refused to cooperate with the MLB investigation after filing for divorce.

      Reidy-Russell linked to Friday's blog post detailing her abuse from the bio in her Instagram account.

      "The first time I was physically mistreated by my spouse, I was in shock," the blog post reads, in part. "I couldn't wrap my head around what just happened ... Why did he get so angry? What did I do for him to want to put his hands on me? Of course I forgave him & assumed it would never happen again. I just thought he had let his emotions get the best of him, he loves me and he's sorry. I was deeply hurt that he could even be capable of this behavior towards me."

      "I couldn't understand how the man I was so in love with, the FATHER of my child, the man I married just a few months ago could show such aggression towards me... I simply could not wrap my head around it, it tore me apart. As much as I tried to pretend it never happened, I noticed myself avoiding making him angry in anyway in fear of it happening again. I saw a darkness in him I've never seen or experienced in him or anyone else. Slowly but surely I realized the man I grew to love so much was becoming more and more of a stranger to me everyday that went by."

      Russell, 24, and his ex-wife were divorced in August after 19 months. They had a son in late 2015, shortly before they were married.

      The Cubs released a statement Friday before they played in the Crosstown Classic against the White Sox.

      "We take allegations of domestic violence seriously and support the League's decision to place Addison Russell on administrative leave given new details revealed today. We will continue to cooperate with the League's investigation so the appropriate action can be taken."

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB roundup: Red Sox beat Yanks for 3rd straight AL East title
    By Field Level Media / Friday, September 21, 2018

    Mookie Betts helped the Boston Red Sox clinch their third straight American League East title by collecting four hits, including a towering three-run homer off Aroldis Chapman in the eighth inning of an 11-6 victory over the host New York Yankees on Thursday night.

    • Betts tied a season high with five RBIs to help the Red Sox win their 10th division crown. Per Elias Sports Bureau, it marks the first time the Red Sox ever clinched a division by beating the Yankees.

      "To be able to do it here, obviously, I know the history. It feels great," Red Sox first-year manager Alex Cora said.

      Luke Volt homered and Giancarlo Stanton hit a grand slam for New York, setting a franchise single-season mark with 247 homers this season. The Yankees saw their lead over the Oakland A's reduced to 1 1/2 games in the race for the top AL wild card.

      Blue Jays 9, Rays 8

      Justin Smoak hit his third career walk-off home run to complete a seven-run ninth inning, and Toronto came back to stun visiting Tampa Bay after the Rays took an 8-2 lead into the ninth.

      Toronto's winning inning began with consecutive double by Dwight Smith Jr. and Rowdy Tellez, who also had a two-run homer in a three-RBI game, and was capped by back-to-back homers by Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and Smoak.

      C.J. Cron had three RBIs and Tommy Pham had three hits and two RBIs for the Rays, who dropped to 6 1/2 games behind Oakland in the race for the second American League wild-card spot.

      Braves 8, Phillies 3

      Dansby Swanson and pinch hitter Lucas Duda ripped back-to-back doubles in the seventh inning to put Atlanta ahead and send the Braves to victory over visiting Philadelphia.

      The Braves added four runs in the eighth inning to put the game away and lower their magic number to win the National League East to four.

      Atlanta leads Philadelphia by 6 1/2 games. The Braves are 8-5 against the Phillies; the two teams meet six more times over the last two weeks.

      A's 21, Angels 3

      Stephen Piscotty, Nick Martini and Chad Pinder smacked home runs to highlight a 22-hit assault, powering Oakland to a blowout of visiting Los Angeles.

      Marcus Semien collected three hits and five RBIs as the A's amassed a season-high for runs en route to their second straight win.

      Mike Trout hit his 36th homer for the Angels, who were outscored in the series' last two games 31-3. Los Angeles' Francisco Arcia became the first player in the modern era (since 1900) to catch, pitch and hit a home run in the same game, per Elias Sports Bureau.

      Mets 5, Nationals 4 (12 innings)

      Jose Lobaton delivered a sacrifice fly in the top of the 12th inning that gave New York an extra-inning win at Washington.

      Nationals starter Max Scherzer broke the team's record for strikeouts in a season -- a mark that he set two years ago. The right-hander fanned 13 in seven innings and now has 290 strikeouts this year. However, Scherzer gave up two homers and three runs and left trailing 3-2.

      New York starter Jason Vargas outdueled Scherzer. The veteran gave up two runs on three hits and struck out eight in 5 2/3 innings. Both starters finished with a no-decision.

      Reds 4, Marlins 2

      Scooter Gennett, bidding for a National League batting title, homered, doubled and drove in four runs to lead Cincinnati to a win at Miami.

      Gennett, who is now hitting .318 and trails only Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich (.319), went 2-for-3. He hit a two-run, two-out double that one-hopped the wall in left-center field in the third inning, then hit a two-run, two-out homer that landed in the upper deck in right in the seventh.

      Miami was held to seven hits -- six singles and one double.

      White Sox 5, Indians 4 (11 innings)

      Matt Davidson singled home the go-ahead run with two outs in the top of the 11th inning as Chicago defeated host Cleveland.

      The White Sox avoided not only a sweep of the three-game series, but also a sweep of the games between the teams played at Progressive Field this season. The White Sox finished 1-8 in Cleveland.

      The Indians, who rallied from a 4-0 deficit to eventually tie the score in the eighth, nearly won it in the 10th. With two outs and runners at first and second, Jason Kipnis hit a ball that appeared headed for right field. However, the ball struck runner Brandon Barnes, ending the inning.

      Tigers 11, Royals 8

      Christin Stewart hit the first two homers of his career during the first two innings and drove in six runs, powering host Detroit to victory over Kansas City.

      Stewart hit a two-run shot and a three-run blast and added a bases-loaded walk for Detroit. Nicholas Castellanos tripled, homered and scored twice, while JaCoby Jones had two hits and also scored two runs. Zac Reininger (1-0) collected his first major league win while giving up two runs in 2 1/3 innings of relief.

      Jorge Bonifacio, Brian Goodwin, Hunter Dozier and Adalberto Mondesi homered for the Royals. Whit Merrifield supplied three hits and two runs.

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB notebook: Marlins' Jeter says Mattingly will return in 2019
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, September 20, 2018

    With the Miami Marlins trying to avoid their third 100-loss season in franchise history, CEO/part-owner Derek Jeter on Thursday portrayed manager Don Mattingly's job as safe for the 2019 season.

    • When asked by reporters before Miami's home game against the Cincinnati Reds about his skipper's job status for next season, with the team entering Thursday owning a 59-92 record, Jeter replied, "Is he going to be back in 2019? He's under contract. Yeah."

      Next year marks the final season of Mattingly's four-year contract. In his three seasons, the Marlins have not finished with a winning record. However, expectations entering this season were lowered after an offseason spent shedding higher-priced veteran players as the organization underwent a rebuild.

      "I've been preaching patience," Jeter said, per the Miami Herald. "I've been finding I don't have much of it. But we're making progress and we're taking steps in that direction. It was an organization that had been broken. We have to fix that. I'd like for it to happen overnight."

      --International Tennis Hall of Famer Billie Jean King and partner Ilana Kloss have become members of the Los Angeles Dodgers' ownership group, the team announced.

      The 74-year-old King, who won 12 Grand Slam singles titles and 39 overall in a legendary career on and off the court, grew up as a Dodgers fan in Long Beach, Calif., and expressed her excitement to become minority owners along with her partner Kloss. The team will introduce the pair during a news conference Friday.

      "I'm totally going to pinch myself ... I'm pinching myself already,'" King told the Los Angeles Times Thursday from her New York residence. "When you're born and raised a Southern California kid, you dream your dreams of coming back, but how could I have ever dreamed of something like this? Joining the Dodgers is my life coming full circle.'"

      --Detroit Tigers right-hander Michael Fulmer underwent surgery to repair meniscus damage in his right knee, the team announced.

      Orthopedic surgeon James Andrews didn't find extensive issues inside the knee. Fulmer is expected to be fully recovered by the time pitchers report to spring training in mid-February.

      Fulmer underwent surgery on the same knee in 2013 when he was a member of the New York Mets' organization. The 25-year-old struggled through a poor season, going 3-12 with a 4.69 ERA in 24 starts. His last seven decisions were all losses.

      --New York Mets infielder Wilmer Flores will miss the rest of the season with soreness in both knees, manager Mickey Callaway told reporters.

      Callaway said that Flores has early-onset arthritis in both knees and will undergo injections. The 27-year-old hit .267 with 11 homers and 51 RBIs in 126 games this year.

      "It's not like surgery is recommended at this time," Callaway told reporters before the Mets' game against the Washington Nationals. "I think rest and a couple injections is supposed to knock this out pretty good."

      --Seattle Mariners slugger Nelson Cruz knows that his time with the franchise may be over soon with less than a dozen games left in the regular season.

      The 38-year-old Cruz is a free agent following his latest standout campaign, and he said the Mariners have made no overtures toward keeping him with the team. That leaves the nagging thought that Cruz's tenure with the club may not continue in 2019.

      Cruz has 359 career homers and 1,004 RBIs over 14 big league seasons, but there is no telling what the Mariners might decide after a strong start disintegrated into what will become the franchise's 17th straight season of missing the postseason, the longest such drought among the four major North American sports.

      --Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Chad Kuhl underwent Tommy John surgery, the team announced.

      The Pirates said the ulnar collateral ligament elbow reconstruction will sideline Kuhl approximately 14 to 16 months.

      Kuhl went 5-5 with a 4.55 ERA in 16 starts this season with his final appearance occurring on June 26. He is 18-20 with a 4.37 ERA in 61 career starts over three seasons.

      --Field Level Media

  • Jeter expects Mattingly back as Marlins manager
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, September 20, 2018

    With the Miami Marlins trying to avoid their third 100-loss season in franchise history, CEO/part-owner Derek Jeter on Thursday portrayed manager Don Mattingly's job as safe for the 2019 season.

    • Next year would be the final season in Mattingly's four-year contract.

      When asked by reporters before Miami's home game against the Cincinnati Reds about his skipper's job status for next season, with the team entering Thursday owning a 59-92 record, Jeter replied, "Is he going to be back in 2019? He's under contract. Yeah."

      In Mattingly's three seasons with the Marlins, the team has not finished with a winning record once and was 215-259 (.454) through Wednesday. However, expectations entering this season were lowered after an offseason spent shedding higher-priced veteran players as Jeter and the organization aimed to rebuild the team's minor league system.

      "I've been preaching patience," Jeter said, per the Miami Herald. "I've been finding I don't have much of it. But we're making progress and we're taking steps in that direction. It was an organization that had been broken. We have to fix that. I'd like for it to happen overnight."

      The Marlins have not reached the playoffs since winning the World Series in 2003 and last had a winning season in 2009.

      Miami has also continued to fall behind in attendance annually. The team will rank at the bottom in all of baseball in attendance this season, and it is expected to finish with the lowest attendance figures in the National League since the Montreal Expos in 2004.

      "That's something we need to improve," Jeter said. "Where we're starting from, the only way we can go is up."

      --Field Level Media

  • Tennis icon King, partner Kloss join Dodgers ownership group
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, September 20, 2018

    International Tennis Hall of Famer Billie Jean King and partner Ilana Kloss have become members of the Los Angeles Dodgers' ownership group, the team announced Thursday.

    • The Dodgers plan to introduce the tennis icon King and Kloss during a press conference at Dodger Stadium on Friday.

      The 74-year-old King, who won 12 Grand Slam singles titles and 39 overall in a legendary career on and off the court, grew up as a Dodgers fan in Long Beach, Calif., and expressed her excitement to become minority owners along with her partner Kloss.

      "I'm totally going to pinch myself ... I'm pinching myself already,'" King told the Los Angeles Times Thursday from her New York residence. "When you're born and raised a Southern California kid, you dream your dreams of coming back, but how could I have ever dreamed of something like this? Joining the Dodgers is my life coming full circle.'"

      In a statement released by the Dodgers, King praised the organization for being a franchise that demonstrated inclusion, from breaking the color barrier with Jackie Robinson and the team's many foreign player additions through the years.

      "[Dodger Owner & Chairman] Mark Walter and the entire Dodger organization are a first-class operation that have proven to be leaders in sports on and off the field of play," she said. "We share a commitment to equality and inclusion, including the LGBTQ community, and we hope to further expand the team's efforts in those areas as we move forward together."

      "We're excited and proud to welcome two trailblazing athletes, social advocates and businesswomen, Billie Jean King and Ilana Kloss, to our ownership group," said Walter. "Just like Billie Jean and Ilana, the Dodger franchise has a history of and commitment to breaking barriers, inclusion and winning, and we're looking forward to them continuing to promote these attributes within our organization."

      In addition to joining the Guggenheim Baseball Management Group headed by Walter and including Lakers legend Magic Johnson, King and Kloss also hope to become members of the LA Sparks' ownership group, pending WNBA approval.

      King's younger brother, Randy Moffitt, pitched 12 major-league seasons, 10 of them with the rival San Francisco Giants from 1972-81. He also pitched for the Houston Astros and Toronto Blue Jays and went 43-52 with a 3.65 ERA and 96 saves.

      --Field Level Media

  • Tigers RHP Fulmer undergoes knee surgery
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, September 20, 2018

    Detroit Tigers right-hander Michael Fulmer underwent surgery to repair meniscus damage in his right knee on Thursday, the team announced.

    • Orthopedic surgeon James Andrews didn't find extensive issues inside the knee.

      "We were pleasantly surprised with what Dr. Andrews saw when he got into the knee," Tigers trainer Doug Teter said. "It wasn't as in-depth or in need of as much work as we thought it may."

      Fulmer is expected to be fully recovered by the time pitchers report to spring training in mid-February.

      "Everything went good," Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. "I know he was happy about it. He texted me and he was excited how everything went. He's been through this before."

      Fulmer underwent surgery on the same knee in 2013 when he was a member of the New York Mets' organization.

      Fulmer left the Tigers' Saturday game against the Cleveland Indians after five pitches because of knee pain. He gave up two homers in his brief outing, and Gardenhire surmised Fulmer aggravated the knee while fielding a bunt that went foul on the first pitch of the game.

      The 25-year-old Fulmer struggled through a poor season, going 3-12 with a 4.69 ERA in 24 starts. His last seven decisions were all losses.

      "It's been a very frustrating year for him," Gardenhire said. "He's still a very talented guy."

      --Field Level Media

  • Mets INF Flores shut down due to pain in knees
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, September 20, 2018

    New York Mets infielder Wilmer Flores will miss the rest of the season with soreness in both knees, manager Mickey Callaway told reporters on Thursday.

    • Callaway said that Flores has early-onset arthritis in both knees and will undergo injections.

      "It's not like surgery is recommended at this time," Callaway told reporters before the Mets' game against the Washington Nationals. "I think rest and a couple injections is supposed to knock this out pretty good."

      Flores, 27, batted .267 with 11 homers and 51 RBIs in 126 games this year. He saw most of his action at first base, starting 73 games and appearing in 83.

      The Venezuela native has played six major league seasons, all with the Mets. He has a career .262 average with a .303 on-base percentage, a .424 slugging percentage, 68 homers and 253 RBIs in 581 games.

      --Field Level Media

  • Cruz hopeful of remaining with Mariners
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, September 20, 2018

    Nelson Cruz has topped 35 homers in each of his four seasons with the Seattle Mariners and also drove in at least 90 each year.

    • But his time with the franchise may be just 10 games from ending. Not because he wants it to conclude.

      The 38-year-old Cruz is a free agent following his latest standout campaign, and he said the Mariners have made no overtures toward keeping him with the team. That leaves the nagging thought that Cruz's tenure with the club may not continue in 2019.

      "Even if you don't want to, it's going to happen a little bit," Cruz told the Seattle Times of having thoughts about his future. "But it's something you try to avoid. We are still playing and you have to focus on what is important and that is to win every game.

      "When the offseason comes, you have that challenge. You never know what's going to happen. I've been through it before. You just wait for the best."

      Cruz joined the Mariners prior to the 2015 campaign when he signed a four-year, $57 million contract. He has six career 30-homer seasons, and four have come with Seattle. Two of his three 100-RBI campaigns have come in the Pacific Northwest.

      This season, Cruz is batting .262 with 36 homers and 90 RBIs. The homers are the fifth most in the majors.

      He has 359 career homers and 1,004 RBIs over 14 big league seasons, but there is no telling what the Mariners might decide after a strong start disintegrated into what will become the franchise's 17th straight season of missing the postseason, the longest such drought among the four major sports.

      "It's something as a player that you can't control," Cruz said. "They are the ones that decide. My spot is to wait and see what happens."

      Cruz doesn't officially become a free agent until after the World Series concludes. At that point, his leverage increases.

      "After the market is open," Cruz said. "Hopefully a few more teams would be involved and want me."

      --Field Level Media

  • Burglary of Puig's home causes $10K in damages
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, September 20, 2018

    Police say burglars caused $10,000 worth of damage at Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig's home earlier this week, in the fourth burglary incident at one of Puig's residences in the last year and a half.

    • The Los Angeles Police Department said Puig's San Fernando Valley, Calif., home was broken into Tuesday night, while the Dodgers were playing the Rockies. Per police, suspects ransacked the house and dragged a safe from the second floor downstairs to the front door, where they left it before fleeing.

      Police are seeking three African-American suspects in their 20s who left the scene in a black, four-door Toyota, the same suspects police believe were involved in a burglary attempt on Puig's home at the end of August.

      Puig said little about the incident on Wednesday -- before hitting the go-ahead home run in a win over the Colorado Rockies -- but did say he didn't "sleep too much yesterday."

      Puig's home was also burglarized during Game 7 of the World Series in November, about eight months after he had about $170,000 of jewelry stolen from a different home in Sherman Oaks, Calif.

      --Field Level Media

  • Pirates RHP Kuhl undergoes Tommy John surgery
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, September 20, 2018

    Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Chad Kuhl underwent Tommy John surgery on Wednesday, the team announced Thursday.

    • The Pirates said the ulnar collateral ligament elbow reconstruction will sideline Kuhl approximately 14 to 16 months.

      Kuhl posted a picture on Twitter from his hospital bed, giving a thumbs-up with his left hand while displaying his right arm is heavily bandaged.

      "After a few months of being on the DL, I decided to move forward with the next step and have surgery on my elbow," Kuhl said. "This decision was obviously very difficult as I tried to use conservative management, with little to no improvement.

      "I feel confident moving forward that I'll be pitching in the Major League again. I'm ready to tackle this next step, and take rehab day by day."

      Kuhl went 5-5 with a 4.55 ERA in 16 starts this season with his final appearance occurring on June 26.

      Kuhl is 18-20 with a 4.37 ERA in 61 career starts over three seasons.

      --Field Level Media

  • Athletics' Manaea undergoes shoulder surgery
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, September 20, 2018

    Oakland Athletics left-hander Sean Manaea underwent what the team called successful left shoulder surgery on Wednesday.

    • Manaea, who was 12-9 with a 3.59 ERA and a no-hitter in 27 starts this season, was shut down indefinitely in late August with was then called rotator cuff tendinitis.

      A release from the club on Wednesday said the surgeons performed a subacromial decompression, acromioplasty and posterior labral repair. The procedure was done at Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles, the Athletics announced.

      Manaea, a first-round draft pick of the Kansas City Royals in 2013, is expected to miss all of the 2019 season. In three seasons covering 81 games (80 starts) and 464 innings, Manaea is 31-28 with a 3.94 ERA.

      When he went on the disabled list, Manaea was tied for second in the American League in games started, ninth in innings pitched and sixth in fewest walks per nine innings (1.79).

      He tossed the seventh no-hitter in Oakland history on April 21 against the Boston Red Sox, striking out 10 and walking two in a 3-0 victory.

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB roundup: Indians walk off on Kipnis' slam
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, September 20, 2018

    Jason Kipnis hit a walk-off grand slam with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Cleveland Indians rallied for a 4-1 victory over the visiting Chicago White Sox on Wednesday.

    • It was the 17th homer of the season for Kipnis and his second career grand slam. It was also the 1,000th career hit for Kipnis and the 10th grand slam homer hit by the Indians this season.

      Josh Donaldson led off the ninth with an infield single off reliever Juan Minaya, and Rajai Davis entered as a pinch runner. Caleb Frare (0-1) replaced Minaya and was greeted by a ground single to left by pinch hitter Yandy Diaz that sent Davis to second. After Melky Cabrera popped out to Frare trying to sacrifice, Ian Hamilton replaced Frare and hit Yan Gomes with his first pitch to load the bases.

      Kipnis then worked the count to 3-2 and before drilling a changeup 399 feet into the bleachers in right field for his fourth career walk-off hit.

      Yankees 10, Red Sox 1

      Luke Voit went 4-for-4 with homers in consecutive at-bats off David Price, and New York beat Boston at Yankee Stadium, preventing the Red Sox from clinching the American League East title.

      Voit hit a solo homer to right to start the fourth inning and give the Yankees a 4-0 lead. In his next at-bat, the burly first baseman hit a two-run homer into the first row of the right field seats -- in nearly the same spot as his first -- for a 6-1 edge. After replay confirmed that a fan did not interfere by reaching over, Voit's second homer knocked out Price (15-7).

      New York's Luis Severino (18-8) won for the first time in four starts by pitching one-run ball for seven innings. The Red Sox maintained a magic number of two to clinch their third straight division title and 10th overall.

      Dodgers 5, Rockies 2

      Walker Buehler struck out a career-high 12 batters, and Yasiel Puig had a pinch-hit, three-run home run in the seventh inning as Los Angeles widened its lead in the National League West with a victory over visiting Colorado.

      The Dodgers finished off a three-game sweep, boosting their lead in the division to 2 1/2 games, their largest advantage at any point this year. Los Angeles went 12-7 against the Rockies this season.

      Los Angeles, which was nine games out of the division lead on May 9, has won seven of eight games. The Rockies have lost five of six and are 1 1/2 games out of the NL's second wild-card spot.

      Diamondbacks 9, Cubs 0

      Christian Walker, Chris Owings and Jeff Mathis homered, and Robbie Ray threw six scoreless innings as Arizona used an unorthodox lineup to break a four-game losing streak with a victory over visiting Chicago.

      Patrick Kivlehan tied a franchise record with two triples, and Owings had three hits in a game in which manager Torey Lovullo gave regulars Paul Goldschmidt, David Peralta, A.J. Pollock and Eduardo Escobar the night off.

      Ray (6-2) gave up only Addison Russell's third-inning single while striking out eight and walking four. The Cubs did not have another hit, and they did not have more than one runner on base in any inning.

      Mariners 9, Astros 0

      Kyle Seager, Mitch Haniger and Guillermo Heredia slugged solo home runs, and Seattle claimed the season series with a victory at Houston.

      The Mariners took the rubber match of the three-game and season series by jumping to a 3-0 lead on Astros left-hander Dallas Keuchel (11-11) in the first inning and never looking back.

      Houston won the season series from all four of its American League West rivals last season and needed a win over Seattle to accomplish that feat again. Instead, the Mariners won for the seventh time in nine games in Houston, stalling the Astros' postseason march. The Astros' magic number to secure a postseason berth remained at two.

      Rays 9, Rangers 3

      Tommy Pham had three hits including a pair of solo home runs as part of a 16-hit barrage as visiting Tampa Bay remained the hottest team in baseball with a win over Texas to sweep a three-game series.

      The victory was the fifth in a row for the Rays and their 14th in their past 17 games, all in September.

      Tampa Bay stayed 5 1/2 games behind Oakland for the second American League wild-card spot with 11 games left in the season.

      A's 10, Angels 0

      Brett Anderson combined with three relievers on a four-hit shutout, and Stephen Piscotty matched a career-high with five RBIs, delivering Oakland a victory over visiting Los Angeles.

      Jed Lowrie and Ramon Laureano drove in two runs apiece for the A's, who snapped a three-game losing streak during which they allowed 21 runs.

      Anderson (4-5) retired the first eight batters he faced and took a three-hit shutout two outs into the seventh inning before giving way to right-hander Ryan Dull. The veteran lefty struck out three and did not walk a batter.

      Brewers 7, Reds 0

      Gio Gonzalez pitched six shutout innings, and Jesus Aguilar drove in four runs, three on a third-inning home run, lifting Milwaukee to a victory over visiting Cincinnati.

      Manny Pina also had a three-run homer for the Brewers, who moved three games ahead of St. Louis in the race for the first National League wild card.

      Starting for the third time since joining the Brewers in a trade from Washington in August, Gonzalez (9-11) allowed a second-inning single to Phil Ervin and a fourth-inning single to Scooter Gennett in his six innings. He walked two and struck out five while improving to 2-0 with a 1.65 ERA as a Brewer.

      Braves 7, Cardinals 3

      Freddie Freeman had three hits, one of them his 23rd homer, to help Atlanta snap a four-game losing streak and beat visiting St. Louis.

      The win trimmed Atlanta's magic number for clinching the National League East to six. The loss ended a three-game winning streak for the Cardinals.

      Freeman broke open the scoreless tie with a two-run homer to left-center in the fourth inning. He added an RBI single in Atlanta's three-run fifth inning and finished 3-for-3 with a walk, a run and three RBIs. Freeman has hit safely in four straight and is 9-for-17 with two homers during that span.

      Phillies 4, Mets 0

      Zach Eflin struck out nine over five scoreless innings, and Rhys Hoskins and Odubel Herrera each homered as Philadelphia kept its flickering playoff hopes alive by beating visiting New York.

      The second straight win by the Phillies kept them 5 1/2 games behind the National League East-leading Braves heading into a four-game series beginning Thursday at SunTrust Park.

      The Mets (70-82) have lost four of five and are assured of their second straight losing season.

      Padres 8, Giants 4

      Freddy Galvis had a homer and four RBIs, and Wil Myers capped a five-run second inning with a tiebreaking, two-run homer to lead San Diego to a victory over visiting San Francisco.

      The win snapped the Padres' six-game losing streak to the Giants and prevented San Francisco from sweeping back-to-back series at Petco Park for the first time since the ballpark opened in 2004.

      Eight of the game's 12 runs were scored in the second, including five by the Padres, with Myers' 414-foot drive into the San Diego bullpen being the decisive blow. Padres starter Robbie Erlin (4-7) broke a four-start losing streak by allowing three runs on five hits and two walks with three strikeouts over five innings.

      Twins 8, Tigers 2

      Willians Astudillo had three RBIs, Stephen Gonsalves pitched six strong relief innings, and Minnesota completed a three-game sweep at Detroit.

      Gonsalves (1-2) allowed one hit, one walk and struck out four to earn his first career major league win. Robbie Grossman and Ehire Adrianza each had three hits and Tyler Austin added two hits and two RBIs for the Twins, who have won four in a row.

      The Twins have a 10-6 lead in the season series with the Tigers.

      Pirates 2, Royals 1

      Adam Frazier hit a go-ahead solo home run in the fifth inning to give Pittsburgh a win and a three-game series sweep of visiting Kansas City.

      The Pirates won each game in the series by one run. They have won five straight games and six of seven in their quest to finish above .500. They also have an eight-game home winning streak.

      Adalberto Mondesi hit a solo homer for Kansas City (52-100), which reached 100 losses for the fifth time this century. The Royals have lost four straight.

      Orioles 2, Blue Jays 1

      DJ Stewart homered, doubled and scored twice, and Cedric Mullins added an RBI single in the seventh inning as host Baltimore defeated Toronto.

      Toronto saw its four-game winning streak end.

      Jimmy Yacabonis was a last-minute starter for the Orioles. The right-hander went four shutout innings and gave up two hits. Mike Wright Jr. (4-2) then came on for two scoreless innings to get the win.

      --Field Level Media

  • Yankees activate closer Chapman from DL
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, September 19, 2018

    New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman was activated from the disabled list ahead of Wednesday's game against the Boston Red Sox.

    • Chapman (2.11 ERA with 31 saves in 33 chances) hasn't pitched since Aug. 21 because of tendinitis in his left knee.

      Dellin Betances, who has frequently filled the closer role in Chapman's absence, is expected to go back to an eighth-inning setup role.

      Chapman threw a simulated game on Monday and reported that he felt good on Tuesday.

      Chapman owns 235 saves in his nine-year career, recording 146 for his first team, the Cincinnati Reds, 73 for the Yankees and 16 for the Chicago Cubs, with whom he pitched for half a season after being deal before the trade deadline in 2016. He helped guide the Cubs to a World Series championship before re-signing with the Yankees on a five-year, $86 million free agent deal.

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB roundup: Yanks prevent Red Sox's celebration
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, September 19, 2018

    Neil Walker hit a three-run homer with one out in the seventh inning, and the New York Yankees held on for a 3-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox, preventing their rivals from clinching the American League East crown Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.

    • The Yankees set up their winning rally when Aaron Hicks and Gary Sanchez drew walks off Brandon Workman (6-1). Boston manager Alex Cora lifted Workman for Ryan Brasier, who fell behind Walker and lost the lead when the first baseman lifted a full-count slider into the second deck in right field.

      It was Walker's 10th homer, and he became the 11th Yankee to reach double figures in long balls this year. The Yankees tied a major league record in becoming the fifth team to achieve the feat.

      Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge returned to the starting lineup and went 0-for-4. He hadn't batted since July 26, when he sustained a chip fracture in his right wrist.

      Dodgers 3, Rockies 2 (10 innings)

      Chris Taylor hit a game-ending home run in the 10th inning as host Los Angeles extended its lead over second-place Colorado in the National League West to 1 1/2 games.

      With one out in the 10th, Taylor unloaded on a 2-2 pitch from Rockies reliever Adam Ottavino (6-4) for his 17th home run of the season and his first career walk-off homer.

      Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw gave up two runs (one earned) on three hits over seven innings. The Los Angeles bullpen added three scoreless innings, with Dylan Floro (6-3) striking out the only two batters he faced to earn the victory.

      Astros 7, Mariners 0

      Marwin Gonzalez capped a four-run third inning with a two-run home run, and rookie Josh James made a spot start and earned his first major league win over visiting Seattle.

      With the victory, their 13th in 16 games this month, the Astros reduced their magic number to clinch a postseason berth to two. They also eliminated the Mariners from contention in the American League West.

      The Astros, who snapped a five-game home losing streak to the Mariners, can secure the season series from Seattle with a victory in the three-game series finale on Wednesday. Houston won the season series against its four AL West rivals last season and has already clinched the season series against its three other division foes excluding the Mariners this season.

      Cubs 9, Diamondbacks 1

      Javier Baez homered for the second consecutive game, Daniel Murphy also homered and visiting Chicago increased its NL Central lead to 3 1/2 games with a victory over Arizona.

      Top NL MVP candidate Baez has 33 homers and an NL-leading 107 RBIs. For the second consecutive game, he was serenaded by "MVP" chants from a boisterous, pro-Cubs crowd.

      Baez and Murphy each had two hits and two RBIs, Murphy scored three times, and Anthony Rizzo had a two-run single as the Cubs won for the fifth time in six games and gained a game on the second-place Milwaukee Brewers. The teams do not play again this season.

      Nationals 4, Marlins 2

      Stephen Strasburg (9-7) struck out 11 batters in six innings, leading Washington past host Miami.

      He entered the game with a 4-0 record and a 0.67 ERA against the Marlins since April 2017, and was solid again. Strasburg allowed five hits, two walks and two runs.

      Four Washington relievers closed out the game, allowing no runs in three innings. Sean Doolittle pitched the ninth to earn his 25th save of the season and send the Marlins deeper into the cellar.

      Indians 5, White Sox 3

      Corey Kluber earned his career-high 19th win of the season, and Jason Kipnis homered to lead Cleveland past visiting Chicago.

      Kluber (19-7) allowed three runs on eight hits over eight innings. He walked two and struck out 11 to give him 205 strikeouts this season, the fifth consecutive season he has registered 200 or more strikeouts in a season.

      Kluber joins Trevor Bauer (214) and Carlos Carrasco (206) as teammates who also have struck out at least 200 batters this season. It marks just the fourth time in major league history that three pitchers on one team had 200 or more strikeouts in a season and the first time since the 2013 Tigers (Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, Anibal Sanchez) did it.

      Cardinals 8, Braves 1

      Paul DeJong homered for the second straight game to support the strong pitching effort of Austin Gomber as visiting St. Louis strolled to a win over Atlanta, which lost its fourth straight.

      DeJong hit a two-run shot against Atlanta starter Anibal Sanchez (6-6) in the fourth inning to give the Cardinals a lead they never relinquished. It was the 19th homer for DeJong, 15 of them on the road.

      The Cardinals (84-68) won their third consecutive game and retained possession of the lead for the second National League wild card. St. Louis is 36-22 since the All-Star Game and improved to 5-0 all time and 2-0 this season at SunTrust Park.

      Reds 3, Brewers 1

      Michael Lorenzen allowed one hit in four innings during his first start since 2015, and Cincinnati won at Milwaukee.

      The right-hander, who has made 42 relief appearances this season, allowed one unearned run Tuesday. Lorenzen walked one and struck out three. He was taken out after throwing 52 pitches.

      Jose Peraza homered for the Reds.

      Phillies 5, Mets 2

      Jorge Alfaro capped a five-run sixth inning with a three-run home run, rallying host Philadelphia to a victory over New York.

      Thanks in part to a Steven Matz solo home run, his second of the season, the Mets took a 2-0 lead into the sixth inning. Matz pitched five shutout innings, but the Phillies rallied against the New York bullpen.

      Aaron Nola worked the first 5 2/3 innings for the Phillies, allowing two runs and six hits. He walked two and struck out nine. Pat Neshek (3-1) got the last out in the sixth.

      Rays 4, Rangers 0

      Blake Snell went where only one Tampa Bay pitcher has gone before, winning his 20th game of the season as he shut down host Texas.

      Snell, the majors' winningest pitcher at 20-5 and a prime candidate to win the American League's Cy Young Award, allowed just one hit in five innings as he won his eighth straight start. He hasn't lost a game since July 12.

      Snell, who lowered his ERA to 1.97, behind only Boston's Chris Sale at 1.92, walked two and struck out five, giving him 200 strikeouts for the season. He threw 92 pitches before giving way to Chaz Roe to start the sixth inning.

      Pirates 2, Royals 1 (11 innings)

      Ryan Lavarnway, in his second major league at-bat this year, hit an RBI single in the 11th inning, giving Pittsburgh a win over visiting Kansas City.

      Kansas City tied it 1-1 in the top of the ninth on Hunter Dozier's RBI double.

      In the bottom of the 11th, Starling Marte led off with an infield single off the glove of Burch Smith (1-6). Josh Bell walked, and both runners advanced on a passed ball. After a strikeout, Adam Frazier was intentionally walked to load the bases for Lavarnway, and the pinch hitter smacked the ball into center for his first career walk-off hit.

      Angels 9, Athletics 7

      Kaleb Cowart hit his first home run of the season, a sixth-inning grand slam that rallied Los Angeles from a deficit to a victory at Oakland, Calif.

      Mike Trout also homered for the Angels, who sent the A's to their third straight defeat, allowing the Rays to climb within 5 1/2 games in the race for the second American League wild-card spot.

      The homer was Cowart's first since last August and just the sixth of his career.

      Giants 5, Padres 4

      Chris Shaw dropped a bases-loaded, two-run single in front of charging Padres left fielder Hunter Renfroe with one out in the eighth inning, leading San Francisco to a victory at San Diego.

      The Giants earned their second straight win over the Padres, assuring San Diego of a last-place finish in the National League West.

      Sam Dyson (4-3) was credited with the win. Will Smith earned his 14th save by striking out Franmil Reyes and Renfroe to end the game with the tying run at second.

      Twins 5, Tigers 3

      Tyler Austin drove in three runs and Jake Odorizzi had another sharp pitching performance, leading Minnesota over Detroit.

      Odorizzi (7-10) carried a no-hitter into the eighth against the New York Yankees in his previous start. This time, he held the Tigers to one hit through the first six innings. He lasted 6 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on four hits while striking out six. Trevor Hildenberger recorded his seventh save.

      Chris Gimenez hit a solo homer and Jorge Polanco had two hits and scored two runs for the Twins, who have taken the first two games of the three-game series.

      Blue Jays 6, Orioles 4

      Lourdes Gurriel Jr. hit a two-run single for the go-ahead runs in the seventh inning when visiting Toronto scored four unearned runs to defeat Baltimore.

      The Orioles (43-108) broke a club record for losses in a season since the team moved to Baltimore in 1954.

      The Blue Jays, who have taken the first two games of the three-game series, have four straight wins on the road for the first time this season.

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB notebook: Rockies SS Story avoids serious injury
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, September 18, 2018

    Colorado Rockies All-Star shortstop Trevor Story left the team's Monday night game due to a right elbow ailment, but he apparently did not sustain a serious injury and should return to action in a few days, according to Rockies manager Bud Black.

    • "We got pretty good (test) results this afternoon," Black said Tuesday. "There's some inflammation and a little bit of soreness around the joint, but the ligament seems to be fine."

      Earlier Tuesday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported that Story could have damage to the ulnar collateral ligament. UCL injuries often lead to Tommy John surgery.

      Story hurt his elbow while making a throw Monday in a loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the opener of a key three-game series that could help decide the National League West. He briefly stayed in the Monday game before aggravating the injury while batting, exiting at that point.

      --Aaron Judge was back in the New York Yankees' lineup, batting second and playing in right field.

      Judge made his first appearance at the plate since he was hit by a pitch on July 26 and sustained a chip fracture in his right wrist. He was activated off the 10-day disabled list last week to play defense but initially wasn't cleared to bat.

      --The Yankees added left-handed pitcher Justus Sheffield to their major league roster. MLB.com ranks him No. 27 on the top prospect list and the No. 1 prospect in the Yankees' system.

      Sheffield, 22, was 6-4 with a 2.56 ERA in 20 appearances (15 starts) for Triple-A Scranton Wilkes/Barre. He also was 1-2 with a 2.25 ERA in five starts for Double-A Trenton. He moved to the bullpen late last month to gain more experience as a reliever.

      To make room for Sheffield of the 40-man roster, the Yankees sent outfielder Clint Frazier (concussion) to the 60-day disabled list.

      --Chicago Cubs right-hander Brandon Morrow won't pitch again this year due to a bone bruise in his pitching elbow, president of baseball operations Theo Epstein told reporters.

      Morrow, who hasn't pitched for the Cubs since July 15, threw a simulated game on Saturday as he hoped to be reinstated to the roster. It was one of several times he has attempted to throw in recent weeks. Morrow had 22 saves and 1.47 ERA in 35 games before being sidelined.

      The development is the second recent blow for the Cubs' bullpen. Pedro Strop, who replaced Morrow as the closer, is also done for the regular season due to a hamstring injury, and his status for the postseason has yet to be determined.

      --The Arizona Diamondbacks shut down left-hander T.J. McFarland for the rest of the season due to a bone spur in his pitching elbow.

      "He has some inflammation around that bone spur and we just felt the risk did not match the reward," manager Torey Lovullo said. "I told T.J. that I didn't want to put him in a situation where he was going to go backwards and potentially need some type of procedure to get ready for next year."

      McFarland went 2-2 with a 2.00 ERA in 47 appearances this season.

      --Detroit Tigers right-hander Michael Fulmer is slated to undergo season-ending surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee, manager Ron Gardenhire told reporters.

      Fulmer will receive a second opinion from orthopedic surgeon James Andrews. If the meniscus tear is confirmed by Andrews, surgery will take place Thursday. Gardenhire said Fulmer is expected to be ready for spring training in mid-February.

      Fulmer left Saturday's game against Cleveland after five pitches because of knee pain. He gave up two homers in his brief outing, and Gardenhire surmised Fulmer aggravated the knee while fielding a bunt that went foul on the first pitch of the game. Fulmer underwent surgery on the same knee in 2013 when he was a member of the New York Mets' organization.

      --Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu was hospitalized in Cleveland with an infection in his right thigh, the team announced.

      The White Sox said the ailment is unrelated to his recent stay on the disabled list. The team is in Cleveland and will open a three-game series on Tuesday night. He is expected to miss this series, and beyond that, his status will be day-to0day, the team said.

      Abreu recently missed playing time while he recovered from surgery to relieve pain caused by testicular torsion.

      --Field Level Media

  • Cubs RHP Morrow to miss rest of year
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, September 18, 2018

    Chicago Cubs right-hander Brandon Morrow won't pitch again this year due to a bone bruise in his pitching elbow, president of baseball operations Theo Epstein told reporters on Tuesday.

    • Morrow, who hasn't pitched for the Cubs since July 15, threw a simulated game on Saturday as he hoped to be reinstated to the roster. It was one of several times he has attempted to throw in recent weeks.

      "Every time he pitched, it got worse," Epstein said.

      Morrow could see the writing on the wall with the regular season nearing an end.

      "We knew we were running out of time to begin with," Morrow told reporters, "just the nature of the injury and the amount of time it takes to clear out."

      Morrow initially went on the disabled list due to biceps tendinitis. Morrow had 22 saves and 1.47 ERA in 35 games before being sidelined.

      Morrow said he felt good during Saturday's simulated game but the soreness returned on Sunday morning.

      "The next morning is when I knew things were going the wrong way," Morrow said. "I woke up feeling the same way I did a couple months ago."

      The development is the second recent blow for the Cubs' bullpen.

      Pedro Strop, who replaced Morrow as the closer, is done for the regular season due to a hamstring injury, and his status for the postseason has yet to be determined. Strop has 13 saves and a 2.26 ERA.

      --Field Level Media

  • Diamondbacks shut down LHP McFarland for season
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, September 18, 2018

    The Arizona Diamondbacks shut down left-hander T.J. McFarland for the rest of the season due to a bone spur in his pitching elbow.

    • Manager Torey Lovullo said it wasn't prudent to have McFarland pitch again this year.

      "He has some inflammation around that bone spur and we just felt the risk did not match the reward," Lovullo said before Tuesday night's game against the Chicago Cubs. "I told T.J. that I didn't want to put him in a situation where he was going to go backwards and potentially need some type of procedure to get ready for next year."

      McFarland went 2-2 with a 2.00 ERA in 47 appearances this season.

      "He had a tremendous year and did exactly what we needed him to do throughout the course of this year and it's time to rest and get well," Lovullo said.

      McFarland is 18-14 with a 3.94 ERA in 211 career appearances (three starts) with the Baltimore Orioles (2013-16) and Diamondbacks (2017-18).

      --Field Level Media

  • Tigers RHP Fulmer slated to undergo knee surgery
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, September 18, 2018

    Detroit Tigers right-hander Michael Fulmer is slated to undergo season-ending surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee, manager Ron Gardenhire told reporters on Tuesday.

    • Fulmer will receive a second opinion from orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews. If the meniscus tear is confirmed by Andrews, surgery will take place Thursday.

      Gardenhire said Fulmer is expected to be ready for spring training in mid-February.

      Fulmer left Saturday's game against the Cleveland Indians after five pitches because of knee pain. He gave up two homers in his brief outing, and Gardenhire surmised Fulmer aggravated the knee while fielding a bunt that went foul on the first pitch of the game.

      The 25-year-old Fulmer has struggled through a poor season, going 3-12 with a 4.69 ERA in 24 starts. He has lost seven straight decisions.

      "It's been a very frustrating year for him," Gardenhire said. "He's still a very talented guy."

      Fulmer underwent surgery on the same knee in 2013 when he was a member of the New York Mets' organization.

      --Field Level Media

  • White Sox 1B Abreu hospitalized with infection
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, September 18, 2018

    Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu has been hospitalized in Cleveland with an infection in his right thigh, the team announced Tuesday.

    • The White Sox said the ailment is unrelated to his recent stay on the disabled list.

      The team is in Cleveland and will open a three-game series on Tuesday night. He is expected to miss this series, and beyond that, his status will be day to day, the team said.

      Abreu recently missed playing time while he recovered from surgery to relieve pain caused by testicular torsion. The 31-year-old is batting .265 with 22 home runs and 78 RBIs in 128 games played. Now in his fifth season with the White Sox, he had more than 100 RBI in each of his previous seasons.

      --Field Level Media

  • No ligament damage to Rockies SS Story's elbow
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, September 18, 2018

    The Colorado Rockies are breathing a sigh of relief about All-Star shortstop Trevor Story's health.

    • Story left the team's Monday night game due to a right elbow ailment, but he apparently did not sustain a serious injury.

      "We got pretty good (test) results this afternoon," Rockies manager Bud Black said Tuesday. "There's some inflammation and a little bit of soreness around the joint, but the ligament seems to be fine."

      Black added that Story could be back in action in a few days.

      Earlier Tuesday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported that Story could have damage to the ulnar collateral ligament. UCL injuries often lead to Tommy John surgery.

      Story hurt his elbow while making a throw Monday night in the first inning of an 8-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in the opener of a key three-game series that could help decide the National League West.

      He stayed in the game but aggravated his elbow in the fourth inning when he swung at a pitch from Hyun-Jin Ryu. Story departed the contest at that time.

      "I just kind of felt something on a throw when I dove for the ball and then my elbow was a little tight," Story said postgame. "I just tried to play through it and when I swung through that pitch, kind of extended my arm, I felt it a little more."

      He said he came out of the game as an act of "just being cautious" but was disappointed.

      "It's tough, unfortunate, frustrating for me," Story said. "You never want to come out of the game, especially a game like this. It's such a huge series."

      Any time Story misses would be a key loss for the Rockies. With a dozen games to play entering Tuesday night, the Rockies were a half-game out of both first place in the division and the second NL wild card.

      On the season, his first as an All-Star, Story is batting .288 with 33 home runs, 40 doubles, 102 RBIs and 26 stolen bases as a potential MVP candidate.

      --Field Level Media

  • Yanks' Judge goes 0-for-4 in return to lineup
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, September 18, 2018

    Aaron Judge was back in the Yankees' lineup Tuesday, and he went 0-for-4 while batting second and playing in right field in New York's 3-2 win over the visiting Boston Red Sox.

    • It was Judge's first appearance at the plate since he was hit by a pitch on July 26 and sustained a chip fracture in his right wrist. He was activated off the 10-day disabled list last week to play defense but wasn't immediately cleared to bat.

      The news of his return came Tuesday afternoon. In the morning, Yankees executives gathered to observe him in a simulated game.

      Judge landed a home run into the opposite-field seats in his second such controlled workout in as many days. With the threat of rain moving the Yankees' game against the Red Sox from a 1:05 p.m. ET start to a 7:05 p.m. start, minor league right-handed pitcher Adonis Rosa took to the mound at Yankee Stadium to face Judge.

      Manager Aaron Boone, general manager Brian Cashman, hitting coach Marcus Thames and special adviser Reggie Jackson were among those who showed up to watch Rosa pitch to the All-Star outfielder.

      Rosa threw two sessions. In that time, Judge also put three other balls in play but swung and missed at several pitches, according to MLB.com.

      Tuesday's game opened a three-game series between the Yankees and the rival Red Sox. Boston would clinch the American League East with a win in any game. In the meantime, the Yankees are trying to hold off the Oakland A's in the American League wild-card standings.

      --Field Level Media

  • Yankees add LHP Sheffield to roster
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, September 18, 2018

    The New York Yankees added left-handed pitcher Justus Sheffield to their major league roster. MLB.com ranks him No. 27 on the MLB.com top prospect list and No. 1 in the Yankees' system.

    • Sheffield, 22, was 6-4 with a 2.56 ERA in 20 appearances (15 starts) for Triple-A Scranton Wilkes/Barre. He also was 1-2 with a 2.25 ERA in five starts for Double-A Trenton. He moved to the bullpen late last month to gain more experience as a reliever.

      The Yankees acquired Sheffield in the July 2016 trade that sent relief pitcher Andrew Miller to Cleveland. The Indians selected Sheffield with the No. 31 overall pick in the 2014 amateur draft.

      To make room for Sheffield, the Yankees sent outfielder Clint Frazier to the 60-day disabled list. Frazier, whom the Yankees acquired in that same trade, has been plagued by the effects of a concussion since spring training.

      The Yankees also recalled RHP Domingo German from Scranton in advance of Tuesday's series-opener against Boston at Yankee Stadium. Originally scheduled for a 1:05 p.m. start time, that game has been moved to 7:05 p.m. because of inclement weather.

      --Field Level Media