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  • MLB roundup: Cubs' season on ropes as Cards stun Kimbrel
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, September 22, 2019

    Yadier Molina and Paul DeJong hit back-to-back homers off of hard-throwing closer Craig Kimbrel in the top of the ninth inning, and the visiting St. Louis Cardinals stunned the Chicago Cubs with a 9-8 win on Saturday afternoon.

    • St. Louis (88-67) moved six games ahead of Chicago (82-73) in the National League Central with only seven games to go. The Cubs also fell three games behind the Milwaukee Brewers for the NL's second wild-card spot after the Brewers beat the Pirates later Saturday.

      Cardinals right-hander John Gant (11-1) got credit for the win after recording the final out of the eighth. He was one of eight relievers to follow starter Dakota Hudson, who gave up three runs in three innings.

      Molina evened the score at 8 on Kimbrel's first pitch of the game. He clubbed a high fastball over the wall in left-center field for his ninth homer of the season and 155th of his career. On Kimbrel's second pitch, DeJong put the Cardinals on top 9-8. He hammered another fastball an estimated 440 feet to center for his 28th homer, which added to his career high.

      Brewers 10, Pirates 1

      Keston Hiura's two-run home run propelled host Milwaukee past Pittsburgh, which lost its eighth straight game.

      Hiura's 18th home run of the season came with two outs in the bottom of the first, on a 3-2 pitch with Yasmani Grandal on base. The Brewers went ahead 2-1 and scored eight more unanswered runs to cruise to their seventh win in eight games and their 14th win in the past 16 games.

      Along with moving to three up on the Chicago Cubs -- their closest competition for the second wild-card spot -- the Brewers also ended their night still one game out of the top wild card, held by the Washington Nationals.

      Reds 3, Mets 2

      Pinch hitter Christian Colon delivered a tiebreaking single off Seth Lugo with two outs in the eighth inning as host Cincinnati put a dent in New York's playoff hopes.

      The loss put New York (80-74) 4 1/2 games behind the Brewers in that wild-card race and also dropped the Mets' elimination number down to four.

      Colon batted for reliever Joel Kuhnel with runners at first and second after Justin Wilson (4-2) walked Jose Iglesias and Jose Peraza singled. After Lugo fanned pinch hitter Curt Casali for the second out, Colon grounded a full-count curveball up the middle and Iglesias scored the decisive run.

      Nationals 10, Marlins 4 (10 innings)

      Brian Dozier pulled a go-ahead RBI single in the top of the 10th inning, leading Washington to a win over host Miami after the Nationals blew a four-run lead in the eighth.

      After Dozier's hit off reliever Jose Urena (4-10), the Nationals got RBIs by Adam Eaton (single), Juan Soto (walk) and Kurt Suzuki (three-run double). That rally made a winner of reliever Wander Suero (6-8).

      Washington's Stephen Strasburg pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and three walks while striking out six. But Nationals reliever Fernando Rodney blew a 4-0 lead in the eighth, retiring just one of the six batters he faced.

      Royals 12, Twins 5

      Cheslor Cuthbert hit a two-run, pinch-hit home run to break a 5-5 tie and highlight a seven-run ninth inning as Kansas City beat Minnesota in Minneapolis.

      Cuthbert hit the first pinch-hit homer of his career off reliever Taylor Rogers (2-4), a 364-foot line drive down the left field line, to drive in Ryan O'Hearn. The Royals would go on to roll up eight hits and two walks while sending 13 batters to the plate in the inning.

      O'Hearn homered, doubled and had three hits and three RBIs, Jorge Soler finished with three hits and an RBI, and Ryan McBroom had two hits and scored twice for Kansas City (57-99), which snapped a four-game losing streak. Randy Rosario (2-0) retired one batter to end the eighth and pick up the win.

      Phillies 9, Indians 4

      Brad Miller hit two solo homers, and Bryce Harper slammed a three-run shot as visiting Philadelphia beat Cleveland to dent the Indians' playoff chances.

      The loss ended the Indians' five-game winning streak and dropped them a game back of the Tampa Bay Rays for the second wild card from the American League with seven games left. The Indians did remain four back in the AL Central, however, with the division-leading Twins' loss to the Royals.

      Jason Vargas (7-8) earned his first victory in 10 starts with Philadelphia since he was traded from the New York Mets on July 29. Vargas went 6 1/3 innings, allowing four runs (two earned) and five hits, striking out eight and walking two. Oscar Mercado had a two-run homer to help the Indians to an early 4-1 lead.

      Rays 5, Red Sox 4 (11 innings)

      Nate Lowe hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the 11th inning as host Tampa Bay continued its playoff push with a win over Boston in St. Petersburg, Fla.

      It was the third straight 11-inning victory for the Rays (92-63), who not only moved that one game ahead of Cleveland in the race for the second AL wild-card spot, but kept pace with Oakland to remain two back of the top wild-card spot. Willy Adames also homered for Tampa Bay.

      Rays right-hander Diego Castillo (5-8) got the victory for the second straight night despite allowing a go-ahead, solo homer to Boston's Mitch Moreland in the top of the 11th. Right-hander Josh A. Smith (0-3), the 11th Red Sox pitcher, took the loss.

      Athletics 12, Rangers 3

      Matt Chapman had two hits and two RBIs in a seven-run first inning that helped left-hander Sean Manaea coast to a third straight win, as Oakland routed visiting Texas and won for the 10th time in its last 11 games.

      Manaea (3-0) remained unbeaten in four starts since making his season debut on Sept. 1 after missing 13 months following elbow surgery. He took a three-hit shutout and 11-0 lead into the sixth inning before serving up solo home runs to Elvis Andrus (his 11th) and Danny Santana (his 26th). Manaea left after 5 2/3 innings, walking one and striking out four.

      Sunday's series finale will also be Oakland's final home game in the regular season, as the A's finish the season in Southern California against the Angels, then in Seattle against the Mariners.

      Angels 8, Astros 4

      Luke Bard anchored a strong bullpen performance, and visiting Los Angeles made an early lead stand up in a victory over Houston.

      Bard (3-2) worked two perfect innings against the heart of the Astros' lineup, as five Angels relievers covered the final 18 outs and denied Houston a chance to clinch its third consecutive AL West title.

      The Astros will have to wait until the series finale Sunday, after the Angels won for just the second time in their last 13 games at Minute Maid Park.

      Yankees 7, Blue Jays 2

      Giancarlo Stanton homered and had an RBI double, and James Paxton allowed just an unearned run in six innings as New York beat Toronto at Yankee Stadium.

      Stanton doubled to drive in Aaron Judge and then scored on Mike Ford's RBI single in the fourth for the Yankees' first two runs. In the sixth, Stanton hammered an 0-1 changeup from Brock Stewart into the bleachers in deep left field for his second homer of the season. Stanton struck out looking in the first, and manager Aaron Boone was ejected by third-base umpire Joe West arguing the call.

      Paxton (15-6) won his career-high 10th straight start, allowing three hits with seven strikeouts and no walks. His ERA during the streak is 2.25 ERA, lowering his season ERA to 3.73.

      Rockies 4, Dodgers 2

      Ryan McMahon and Josh Fuentes hit home runs as last-place Colorado prevented host Los Angeles from reaching 100 wins on the season.

      It was the Rockies' first victory in eight tries at Los Angeles this season, and they also ended a 12-game losing streak at Dodger Stadium going back to last season.

      Walker Buehler (13-4), a possible No. 1 starter for Los Angeles when the playoffs open, gave up four runs on five hits with three walks and five strikeouts over six-plus innings. He has given up 17 earned runs over his last three starts against the Rockies, but he also had a career-best 16-strikeout game against them earlier this season.

      Braves 8, Giants 1

      Max Fried may have placed himself back in consideration for a starting spot in the postseason, throwing 5 1/3 scoreless innings as Atlanta hammered visiting San Francisco.

      Fried (17-6) was in danger of being moved to the bullpen for the playoffs after back-to-back shaky outings. But the left-hander bounced back to blank the Giants on five hits. He struck out two and didn't walk a batter.

      Atlanta (96-60) improved to 50-30 at home and has won three in a row. San Francisco (74-81) has dropped three straight and has lost five of six meetings with the Braves this season.

      Diamondbacks 4, Padres 2

      Abraham Almonte had three hits and scored three runs, and Domingo Leyba and Eduardo Escobar each drove in two runs as visiting Arizona beat San Diego to ruin the debut of interim Padres manager Rod Barajas.

      Barajas, a former major league catcher, was the Padres' bench coach for Andy Green, who was fired Saturday just eight games shy of completing four seasons as Padres manager. Green had a 274-366 record as the 19th manager in Padres history.

      Things didn't improve Saturday as the Padres fell to 24-41 since the All-Star break and 1-8 over the last nine games. Eight Diamondbacks pitchers held the Padres to two runs on five hits. Over the last six games, the Padres have seven runs on 27 hits.

      Mariners 7, Orioles 6 (13 innings)

      Mallex Smith scored from second base on pinch hitter Tim Lopes' infield single in the top of the 13th inning, and Seattle outlasted host Baltimore Orioles.

      Smith started the game-winning rally with two outs in the 13th by reaching on pitcher Tanner Scott's error. Scott (1-1) couldn't catch a toss from second baseman Hanser Alberto on Smith's grounder.

      Then, Smith stole second with Lopes up. Lopes followed with an infield single to third baseman Rio Ruiz. While Ruiz was throwing late to first, Smith kept on going and beat Trey Mancini's throw home.

      White Sox 5, Tigers 3

      Jose Abreu had three hits, drove in two runs and scored another as Chicago topped host Detroit.

      Chicago collected 17 hits, including a solo homer by Tim Anderson. Leury Garcia had three hits and scored a run, and Yoan Moncada supplied two hits and two RBIs.

      Every player in the White Sox lineup had at least one hit, allowing Ivan Nova (11-12) to get the victory. Nova gave up two runs on eight hits in five innings. Closer Alex Colome gave up an unearned run in the ninth inning run but still nailed down his 29th save.

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB notebook: Padres fire manager Green
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, September 21, 2019

    The San Diego Padres on Saturday fired manager Andy Green, who was in his fourth season at the helm of the club. Bench coach Rod Barajas was named interim manager.

    • "I want to thank Andy for his tireless work and dedication to the Padres over the last four seasons," general manager A.J. Preller said in a statement. "This was an incredibly difficult decision, but one we felt was necessary at this time to take our organization to the next level and expedite the process of bringing a championship to San Diego. Our search for a new manager will begin immediately."

      Green finishes his tenure in San Diego with a 274-366 record. He had two seasons remaining on his contract.

      The Padres (69-85) have eight games remaining, including Saturday night's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

      --The New York Yankees got good news when an MRI of Gleyber Torres' right hamstring was negative, according to multiple reports.

      The second baseman slipped as he fielded a ground ball Friday night in a 4-3 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, and he came out of the game later when he said his lower legs felt weak.

      The Yankees have clinched the American League East, and manager Aaron Boone -- before he heard the MRI results -- said the team would be cautious with Torres in the waning days of the regular season. Torres, 22, is batting .284 and has a team-leading 38 home runs to go with 90 RBIs.

      --Los Angeles Angels radio broadcaster and former MLB pitcher Mark Langston was hospitalized in Houston on Friday night following a medical emergency.

      The team has not stated the nature of the ailment, but the Los Angeles Times reported CPR was administered in the radio booth at Minute Maid Park.

      Langston, 59, had read the starting lineups for the series opener between the Angels and Astros just before the emergency, the Los Angeles Daily News reported. Victor Rojas, the television voice of the Angels, tweeted after the game that Langston was "doing well."

      --Field Level Media

  • Padres fire skipper Andy Green
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, September 21, 2019

    The San Diego Padres on Saturday fired manager Andy Green, who was in his fourth season at the helm of the club.

    • Bench coach Rod Barajas was named interim manager.

      "I want to thank Andy for his tireless work and dedication to the Padres over the last four seasons," general manager A.J. Preller said in a statement.

      "This was an incredibly difficult decision, but one we felt was necessary at this time to take our organization to the next level and expedite the process of bringing a championship to San Diego. Our search for a new manager will begin immediately."

      Green finishes his tenure in San Diego with a 274-366 record. He had two seasons remaining on his contract.

      The Padres (69-85) have eight games remaining, including Saturday night's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Barajas, who is in his first season on the major league staff, isn't thrilled with the team's performance.

      "I'm sad. I'm disappointed where we're at right now," Barajas told reporters before Saturday's game. "When I signed up, I signed up to be the bench coach this year and be on a playoff team. Obviously things have changed and I was put in this position."

      Barajas, 44, was formerly the franchise's Triple-A manager so he is familiar with how many of the players have developed over the past few years. The former big league catcher of 14 seasons said the team needs to get "back to who we are."

      "I think what we've seen over the last two, three weeks isn't the Padres, isn't a real picture of what our character is like, and just about getting back to playing baseball, having fun, laughing in the clubhouse, the dugout," Barajas said. "We haven't been doing a lot of that.

      "When you're playing free and you're enjoying your teammates, enjoying the game of baseball, usually you play better. That's the message."

      The decision on Green comes after the Padres dropped eight of their past nine, including Friday night's 9-0 drubbing to the Diamondbacks in the first game of the series in San Diego. The Padres are 6-13 in September.

      "Andy's class, dignity and leadership through a difficult developmental period for our team should be applauded," executive chairman Ron Fowler and general partner Peter Seidler said in a joint statement. "On behalf of the entire Padres organization, we wish Andy and the Green family the best."

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: MRI negative for Yankees' Torres
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, September 21, 2019

    The New York Yankees got good news Saturday morning when an MRI of Gleyber Torres' right hamstring was negative, according to multiple reports.

    • The second baseman slipped as he fielded a ground ball Friday night in a 4-3 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, and he came out of the game later when he said his lower legs felt weak.

      The Yankees have clinched the American League East, and manager Aaron Boone - before he heard the MRI results - said the team would be cautious with Torres in the waning days of the season.

      The Yankees are scheduled to open the postseason on Oct. 4.

      "I think he's OK," Boone said of Torres, "but the wear and tear of playing every day in the season, he's been kind of taking care of himself every day and getting treatment on a lot of his lower half just as a maintenance thing, so certainly with him try to be a little more cautious."

      Torres, 22, is batting .284 and has a team-leading 38 home runs to go with 90 RBIs.

      --Field Level Media

  • Angels broadcaster Langston hospitalized in Houston
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, September 21, 2019

    Los Angeles Angels radio broadcaster and former MLB pitcher Mark Langston was hospitalized in Houston Friday night following a medical emergency.

    • The team has not stated the nature of the ailment, but the Los Angeles Times reported CPR was administered in the radio booth at Minute Maid Park.

      Langston, 59, had read the starting lineups for the series opener between the Angels and Astros just before the emergency, the Los Angeles Daily News reported.

      Victor Rojas, the television voice of the Angels, tweeted after the game that Langston was "doing well."

      "Scary sight tonight watching things unfold in the booth two doors down from us. Currently sitting with Langer in ER and he's doing well, sharing some laughs about his pizza intake in NYC this week. Keep Mark in your prayers as they continue to run through protocols," Rojas wrote.

      The Angels are expected to update Langston's condition on Saturday. He has been the Angels' radio color announcer since 2012.

      Langston was a four-time All-Star during his pitching career, in which he went 179-158 with a 3.97 ERA and 81 complete games. He played for the Seattle Mariners (1984-89), Montreal Expos (1989), Angels (1990-97), San Diego Padres (1998) and Cleveland Indians (1999).

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB roundup: Braves wrap up NL East title
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, September 21, 2019

    Mike Foltynewicz pitched eight shutout innings, and the Atlanta Braves earned a 6-0 win over the visiting San Francisco Giants to clinch a second straight National League East title.

    • The Braves notched their 19th division championship, tying them with the New York Yankees for the most in the majors since the divisional era started in 1969. The Yankees won their 19th title on Thursday. The victory also ensures the Braves of home-field advantage for the NL Division Series.

      Foltynewicz (8-5) allowed three hits and one walk while striking out seven. He won his seventh straight decision, and the Braves have won the last 12 games that he has started.

      Atlanta's offense was led by Ronald Acuna Jr., who was 2-for-2 with a double, a home run, two walks, three runs and two RBIs. Acuna has scored 126 runs, moving him within five of the modern-era franchise record set by Dale Murphy in 1983.

      Cardinals 2, Cubs 1

      Yadier Molina had three hits, including a two-run single, and visiting St. Louis held on to defeat Chicago for its third straight win.

      The National League Central-leading Cardinals dealt the Cubs their fourth straight loss. Chicago trails St. Louis by five games in the division and is three games behind the Washington Nationals and two games below the Milwaukee Brewers in the wild-card race.

      St. Louis won despite being outhit 9-4. Both teams squandered offensive opportunities as the Cardinals went 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position and the Cubs were 1-for-9. Ryan Helsey (2-0) tossed one scoreless inning for the win, and Carlos Martinez got the last two outs for his 22nd save.

      Nationals 6, Marlins 4

      Trea Turner homered twice, and Asdrubal Cabrera hit a three-run shot, leading Washington to a win at Miami.

      It was loss No. 100 for the Marlins, who have reached that negative milestone just two other times in franchise history, most recently in 2013.

      Anibal Sanchez (10-8) reached double-figure wins for the first time since 2015, allowing four runs, three earned, on six hits in five-plus innings. He had one strikeout and one walk.

      Brewers 10, Pirates 1

      Milwaukee strengthened its hold on the National League's second wild card with a home win over Pittsburgh.

      Chase Anderson (7-4) shut out the Pirates on three hits over six innings as the Brewers earned their sixth win in seven games. Milwaukee put the game out of reach with a four-run seventh, which featured Trent Grisham's bases-clearing triple.

      Adam Frazier's seventh-inning home run, his 10th of the season, produced the only run for Pittsburgh, which lost its seventh game in a row.

      Indians 5, Phillies 2

      Oscar Mercado had two hits, drove in two runs and scored twice to help lift Cleveland past visiting Philadelphia.

      Francisco Lindor contributed an RBI single and two walks, and Carlos Santana and Yasiel Puig also drove in runs for the Indians, who remained tied with Tampa Bay for the second American League wild card.

      Shane Bieber (15-7) bounced back from a rough outing his last time out and allowed two runs and seven hits in 7 1/3 innings. The reigning All-Star Game MVP struck out seven and didn't walk a batter.

      Athletics 8, Rangers 0

      Mike Fiers faced the minimum over eight innings, teaming with Chris Bassitt on a two-hit shutout as host Oakland opened a three-game series against Texas with its 11th shutout win of the season.

      Chad Pinder and Mark Canha belted home runs for the A's, who remained two games ahead of Tampa Bay and Cleveland in the three-team battle for the American League's two wild-card playoff spots. Texas lost its sixth straight.

      Fiers (15-4), who had to be pulled from his last start in the second inning because of numbness in his right hand, demonstrated he's back to full health with his 95-pitch masterpiece. He retired the last 16 batters he faced and finished with five strikeouts and no walks.

      Rays 5, Red Sox 4 (11 innings)

      Willy Adames singled home the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the 11th inning as Tampa Bay defeated Boston in St. Petersburg, Fla.

      Mitch Moreland hit a pair of two-run homers for the defending World Series champion Red Sox, who were eliminated from postseason contention earlier in the night when Cleveland beat Philadelphia.

      Adames finished with three hits and Ji-Man Choi added two hits for the Rays. Diego Castillo tossed a scoreless 11th inning for the win.

      Blue Jays 4, Yankees 3

      Tommy Kahnle allowed a go-ahead, two-run homer to Justin Smoak in the seventh inning, and New York opened its final home series of the season with a loss to Toronto. The Yankees fell 1 1/2 games behind Houston in the race for the best record in the majors.

      Smoak slugged his 22nd homer, sending a 1-1 fastball deep into the right-center-field bleachers as most of the 45,270 fans were engaged in the wave.

      Jason Adams (2-0) pitched a perfect inning for the win, and Ken Giles handled the ninth inning for his 21st save. Aaron Judge and Tyler Wade homered for the Yankees, who had an 11-game home winning streak against divisional foes snapped.

      Astros 6, Angels 4

      Carlos Correa recorded his ninth career multi-homer game, slugging one of three first-inning home runs in Houston's victory over visiting Los Angeles.

      Playing in just his second game since his return from a lengthy spell on the injured list, Correa became the seventh member of the Astros to reach the 20-homer plateau with his two-run shot to left off Jaime Barria (4-10) in the first. In the third, Correa homered off Barria again for a 6-1 lead.

      The Astros clinched at least a share of the American League West title with the victory, their sixth in succession against the Angels. Their five-run first set a pace the Angels failed to match.

      Dodgers 12, Rockies 5

      Corey Seager and A.J. Pollock each hit home runs in a seven-run fourth inning as Los Angeles rallied for a victory to improve to 7-0 at home this season against Colorado.

      Clayton Kershaw (15-5) recovered from a slow start to earn the victory as the Dodgers reduced their magic number to three for clinching the best record in the National League. He gave up four runs in six innings.

      Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon hit back-to-back home runs in the first inning for the Rockies, who lost their third consecutive game. It was the fourth time in his past six starts Kershaw has given up a first-inning homer.

      Mets 8, Reds 1

      Rookie Pete Alonso hit his 50th home run, and Jacob deGrom tossed seven scoreless innings for New York, which kept its postseason hopes alive with a win at Cincinnati.

      The Mets, who have won three straight, remained 3 1/2 games behind the Brewers in the race for the NL's second wild card. With the loss, the Reds are guaranteed their sixth straight losing season.

      Alonso snapped a tie with Mark McGwire for second place on the all-time rookie single-season homer list. He is two home runs behind crosstown rival Aaron Judge, who hit 52 for the Yankees in 2017.

      Twins 4, Royals 3

      Randy Dobnak gave up one run on three hits over 5 1/3 innings to pick up his first major league win, and Marwin Gonzalez had a two-run double to lead Minnesota over Kansas City in Minneapolis.

      Miguel Sano tripled and drove in a run and Jorge Polanco doubled and scored a run for Minnesota, which remained four games ahead of Cleveland in the American League Central with eight games remaining.

      Dobnak (1-1), signed two years ago out of the United Shore Professional Baseball League (USPBL), a four-team independent league in Michigan, walked two and struck out five. Trevor May struck out the side in the ninth to earn his second save.

      Diamondbacks 9, Padres 0

      Merrill Kelly shut out San Diego on two hits over seven innings, and visiting Arizona scored seven times in the eighth to pull away for the win.

      The victory kept alive Arizona's fading hopes for a playoff berth. The Diamondbacks trail the Brewers by five games for the second National League wild card.

      Kelly (12-14) walked three and struck out nine. He along with relievers Yoan Lopez and Jimmie Sherfy allowed a total of three hits and three walks while fanning 12. Josh Rojas hit a three-run double in the eighth, and Wilmer Flores added a two-run single.

      White Sox 10, Tigers 1

      Eloy Jimenez hit a grand slam, tripled and drove in four runs, while fellow Chicago rookie Dylan Cease tamed host Detroit over six strong innings.

      Yoan Moncada hit a two-run homer, Yolmer Sanchez had his first career four-hit game and Tim Anderson, who leads the majors in batting average, added two more of the White Sox's 19 hits.

      Cease (4-7) allowed one run on five hits. He walked two and fanned eight to end a four-start winless skid.

      Orioles 5, Mariners 3

      Seattle's Felix Hernandez was bombed for four runs in the first inning and Baltimore went on to beat the Mariners.

      Hernandez (1-7), who had allowed a total of just two homers in his eight previous starts at Baltimore, was tagged for Anthony Santander's 20th, a three-run blast in the first, and Hanser Alberto's 12th, a solo shot in the fourth, in his five-inning stint.

      Rookie phenom Kyle Lewis had a home run and a double for the Mariners. The homer, his sixth in 10 major league games, came after a Kyle Seager two-out single in the top of the first.

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB notebook: Back injury ends Marte's season
    By Field Level Media / Friday, September 20, 2019

    Arizona Diamondbacks All-Star outfielder/infielder Ketel Marte has a stress reaction in his lower back and will miss the remainder of the season, general manager Mike Hazen told reporters on Friday.

    • According to the Arizona Republic, Marte will not need surgery and is expected to be ready for spring training with an offseason of rest and rehab. The team's official Twitter feed retweeted a report from MLB.com confirming the news.

      The injury brings to an end an MVP-caliber season for a player who has been the main driving force behind a team still competing for a playoff spot. The Diamondbacks entered Friday five games behind Milwaukee for the second National League wild-card slot.

      Martel, 25, ends his season with a .329 average, 32 home runs, 97 runs and 92 RBIs in 144 games.

      --New York Yankees right-hander Domingo German will not pitch again in 2019 after being placed on administrative leave under the joint MLB-MLBPA domestic violence policy, ESPN reported.

      German, 18-4 with a 4.03 ERA this season, was placed on leave Thursday by Major League Baseball after the league learned of an alleged domestic incident that reportedly occurred earlier in the week. MLB was alerted of the incident on Tuesday.

      "This is something that, baseball aside, this is a bigger issue, obviously," Yankees manager Aaron Boone said to reporters.

      --Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez returned to the dugout after missing three games to undergo a heart procedure.

      Martinez, 54, underwent a cardiac catheterization on Monday after experiencing chest pains during Sunday's home game against Atlanta. He exited in the sixth inning and was taken to a hospital.

      The Nationals lost two of three games at St. Louis under bench coach Chip Hale during Martinez's absence.

      --Don Mattingly will return to manage the Miami Marlins in the 2020 season after agreeing to a two-year contract extension, the team announced.

      The Marlins said the deal includes a third-year mutual option for 2022.

      Mattingly, 58, has been managing in the final months of his current deal, with chief executive officer Derek Jeter saying in August that talks for Mattingly's return had begun.

      --Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa reportedly has agreed to remain with the Boston Red Sox organization as an adviser despite the recent firing of Dave Dombrowski as president of baseball operations.

      The NBC Sports Boston report of La Russa staying came a day after the Red Sox parted ways with Frank Wren, a Dombrowski assistant and former Atlanta Braves general manager.

      La Russa, who won three Word Series as manager of the Oakland Athletics (one) and St. Louis Cardinals (two), was a special assistant to Dombrowski, who was fired Sept. 8.

      --Field Level Media

  • Arizona's Marte (back) shut down for season
    By Field Level Media / Friday, September 20, 2019

    Arizona Diamondbacks All-Star infielder/outfielder Ketel Marte has a stress reaction in his lower back and will miss the remainder of the season, general manager Mike Hazen told reporters on Friday.

    • According to the Arizona Republic's Nick Piecoro, Marte will not need surgery and is expected to be ready for spring training with an offseason of rest and rehab. The team's official Twitter feed retweeted a report of MLB.com's Steve Gilbert confirming the news.

      The injury brings to an end an MVP-caliber season for a player who has been the main driving force behind a team still competing for a playoff spot. The Diamondbacks entered Friday five games behind Milwaukee for the second National League wild-card slot.

      Martel, 25, currently leads the NL with 187 base hits and, had he not gotten injured, had a chance at 100 RBIs and 100 runs scored. He ends his season with 32 home runs, 97 runs and 92 RBIs in 144 games. His slash numbers of .329/.389/.592 are all in the top seven in the NL.

      His 6.9 WAR is eighth in baseball this season, per Baseball Reference.

      Marte came to Arizona in a trade with Seattle in November 2016, a deal which included pitcher Taijuan Walker going to the Diamondbacks and outfielder Mitch Haniger and infielder Jean Segura going to the Mariners.

      In five seasons, Marte has a .282 average with 54 home runs, 219 RBIs and 275 runs scored. He led the majors in triples last season with 12.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: La Russa remaining with Red Sox
    By Field Level Media / Friday, September 20, 2019

    Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa reportedly has agreed to remain with the Boston Red Sox organization as an adviser despite the recent firing of Dave Dombrowski as president of baseball operations.

    • The NBC Sports Boston report on Friday of La Russa staying came a day after the Red Sox parted ways with Frank Wren, a Dombrowski assistant and former Atlanta Braves general manager.

      La Russa, who won three Word Series as manager of the Oakland Athletics (one) and St. Louis Cardinals (two), was a special assistant to Dombrowski, who was fired Sept. 8.

      In his role, La Russa, 74, has been available to assist manager Alex Cora and others in the organization seeking advice.

      MLB Network's Jon Heyman first reported that the Red Sox were in talks to keep La Russa.

      --Field Level Media

  • Nats' Martinez returning after heart procedure
    By Field Level Media / Friday, September 20, 2019

    Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez will return to the dugout Friday after missing three games to undergo a heart procedure, the team announced.

    • Martinez, 54, underwent a cardiac catheterization on Monday after suffering chest pains during Sunday's home game against Atlanta. He exited in the sixth inning and was taken to a hospital.

      The team said the catheterization indicated no further procedures were necessary.

      The Nationals lost two of three games at St. Louis under bench coach Chip Hale during Martinez's absence.

      Washington entered play Friday with a one-game lead over the Milwaukee Brewers for the National League's top wild card spot.

      The Nationals visit the Miami Marlins this weekend for a three-series beginning Friday.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Yanks' German to miss rest of '19
    By Field Level Media / Friday, September 20, 2019

    New York Yankees right-hander Domingo German will not pitch again in 2019 after being placed on administrative leave under the joint MLB-MLBPA domestic violence policy, ESPN reported Friday.

    • German, 18-4 with a 4.03 ERA this season, was placed on leave Thursday by Major League Baseball after the league learned of an alleged domestic incident that reportedly occurred earlier in the week. MLB was alerted of the incident on Tuesday.

      Under the joint domestic violence policy, a player can be put on administrative leave for up to seven days, unless the league and union mutually agree on a greater length of time. Although no police report was filed for the incident, MLB and the players union agreed German should be placed on leave amid an investigation.

      Sources told ESPN's Buster Olney, however, that German will miss the rest of the regular season and postseason.

      The Yankees clinched the American League East Division title with Thursday night's 9-1 victory against the visiting Los Angeles Angels.

      Yankees manager Aaron Boone spoke to the media about German after the pitcher initially was placed on leave.

      "This is something that, baseball aside, this is a bigger issue, obviously," Boone said. "When you hear the words 'domestic violence,' it's one of those things that stops you in your tracks. I give Major League Baseball and the players association credit for doing their part in, several years ago, trying to be ahead of this and putting disciplinary action in place, hopefully being part of the solution to what is a problem in our society."

      -FIeld Level Medi

  • MLB roundup: Yankees notch 100th win to clinch AL East
    By Field Level Media / Friday, September 20, 2019

    Masahiro Tanaka pitched seven effective innings, and four Yankees hit home runs as New York clinched the American League East title with a 9-1 victory over the visiting Los Angeles Angels on Thursday.

    • The Yankees (100-54) won their first division title since 2012, reaching 100 victories in consecutive seasons for the first time since 2002-04. Aaron Boone became the first manager in major league history to win 100 games in each of his first two seasons.

      This year, the Yankees took first place for good on June 15 and led by at least 7 1/2 games ever since July 18. They ended their third-longest drought (six seasons) between divisional titles since the divisional era began in 1969.

      New York's DJ LeMahieu hit a three-run homer in the second inning to open the scoring, and Brett Gardner, Cameron Maybin and Clint Frazier later added home runs.

      Cardinals 5, Cubs 4 (10 innings)

      Matt Carpenter hit a go-ahead homer in the top of the 10th inning, and St. Louis held on for a win at Chicago to open a crucial four-game series.

      Harrison Bader drove in a pair of runs for the Cardinals, who coughed up a 4-1 lead in the ninth inning before recovering for the victory. It marked St. Louis' first win in seven contests at Wrigley Field this season.

      The Cardinals maintained a three-game lead in the National League Central over the Milwaukee Brewers. The Cubs slipped four games back of St. Louis for first place and one game behind the Brewers for the NL's second wild card.

      Braves 5, Phillies 4

      Ronald Acuna Jr. hit his 40th home run, and Freddie Freeman delivered a key two-run single that helped Atlanta beat visiting Philadelphia.

      The Braves lowered their magic number to win the NL East to one. They could clinch Friday with a win vs. San Francisco or a Washington Nationals loss at Miami.

      Acuna hit a two-run shot in the third inning, and Freeman drove home a pair in the fifth with his first hit of the three-game series. The win broke a three-game losing streak for Atlanta.

      Indians 7, Tigers 0

      Mike Clevinger pitched six strong innings, Franmil Reyes hit a two-run homer and host Cleveland won its 17th straight game over Detroit.

      Clevinger (12-3) scattered seven hits and struck out six while walking only one. Yasiel Puig had two hits, two runs scored and an RBI. Puig supplied nine hits in a three-game series sweep.

      Francisco Lindor contributed three hits and scored two runs as Roberto Perez added two hits and two RBIs as Cleveland moved into a tie with Tampa Bay for the final American League wild-card spot.

      Brewers 5, Padres 1

      Lorenzo Cain, Ryan Braun and Trent Grisham drove in runs to help Milwaukee earn a win against visiting San Diego.

      The Brewers won three of four in the series to pull within a game of the idle Washington Nationals for the top National League wild-card spot.

      Cain hit a solo home run, and Braun had two hits, including an RBI double. Brewers right-hander Jordan Lyles delivered four strong innings before he was lifted with two outs in the fifth, and Freddy Peralta (7-3) followed with 1 1/3 innings of no-hit relief to earn the victory for Milwaukee, which has won 12 of 14.

      Twins 8, Royals 5

      Nelson Cruz hit two home runs and drove in five runs and Miguel Sano and Mitch Garver also homered to lead Minnesota past Kansas City in Minneapolis.

      Cruz hit a three-run homer in the third inning and a two-run blast in the seventh to give him 39 homers and 102 RBIs for the season and 399 home runs for his career, tying Andres Galarraga and Al Kaline for 57th place in major league history.

      Garver finished with two hits and two walks scored three runs, Sano also doubled and walked and had two RBIs, and Eddie Rosario also had two hits and scored a run for Minnesota.

      Blue Jays 8, Orioles 4

      Cavan Biggio homered and later added a two-run single that highlighted a six-run seventh inning as Toronto completed a three-game sweep of host Baltimore.

      Biggio went 2-for-5 with three RBIs as the Blue Jays pulled off a third straight late-inning rally. The second baseman finished the series 8-for-16 with two homers and eight RBIs. He hit for the cycle on Tuesday.

      He blasted a solo homer in the fourth inning Thursday, then singled with the bases loaded and two outs in the seventh. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. doubled home two more runs later in the inning to build the lead to 8-2 lead.

      Red Sox 5, Giants 4

      Andrew Benintendi and Christian Vazquez each had two hits and two runs, and Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers accounted for all five Boston RBIs as the host Red Sox salvaged one win in the three-game interleague series.

      Left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez (18-6) became Boston's first 18-game winner since Rick Porcello won 22 in 2016. He held the Giants to one unearned run while walking two and striking out 10.

      Giants ace Madison Bumgarner (9-9) took the loss. His team's rally in the ninth inning fell short when Red Sox closer Brandon Workman struck out Evan Longoria struck out with the bases loaded.

      Mariners 6, Pirates 5 (11 innings)

      Austin Nola grounded into an 11th-inning double play that produced a run as Seattle swept a three-game series from host Pittsburgh.

      With a 5-5 tie going against reliever Clay Holmes (1-2), Shed Long led off the 11th by reaching on first baseman Jose Osuna's fielding error. After Kyle Lewis struck out, Omar Narvaez singled to left, moving Long to third. Nola grounded into a double play, with the second out coming in a rundown between first and second, while Long scored.

      Nola earlier had an RBI single and Long added a two-run single for Seattle, which has won five straight. Jake Elmore drove in two runs with a double and single, and starting pitcher Joe Musgrove and Elias Diaz each hit RBI doubles for the Pirates, who have lost six in a row.

      --Field Level Media

  • Mattingly receives two-year extension from Marlins
    By Field Level Media / Friday, September 20, 2019

    Don Mattingly will return to manage the Miami Marlins in the 2020 season after agreeing to a two-year contract extension, the team announced Friday.

    • The Marlins said the deal includes a third-year mutual option for 2022.

      Mattingly, 58, has been managing in the final months of his current deal, with chief executive officer Derek Jeter saying in August that talks for Mattingly's return had begun.

      The Marlins are a National League-worst 53-99 this season entering Friday's game against the Washington Nationals.

      Mattingly, the longtime New York Yankees star who played 14 seasons (1982-95) -- six fewer than Jeter -- and made six All-Star teams, joined the Marlins in 2016. In four seasons as the manager in Miami, Mattingly owns a 272-364 record.

      Overall, Mattingly has a 718-727 mark -- a winning percentage of .497 -- entering Friday's game.

      He previously managed the Los Angeles Dodgers from 2011-15, compiling a 446-363 regular-season mark while recording five winning seasons and three National League West titles.

      Midway through Mattingly's Marlins stint, the organization has undergone a massive roster rebuild. He initially was hired to lead a team with Giancarlo Stanton -- who won National League MVP in 2017 -- and two young outfielders in Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna, as the focal point of a core to develop. Ace pitcher Jose Fernandez died in a boating accident during Mattingly's first season in 2016.

      The Marlins instead shifted to a dramatic overhaul under Jeter and the new ownership group in Miami. Mattingly is poised to become the first Marlins skipper to manage in a fifth season.

      Also on Friday, the Marlins announced they have reached agreement with shortstop Miguel Rojas, 30, on a two-year contract through 2021, with an option for 2022. Rojas is hitting .285 with five home runs and 45 RBIs this season, but suffered a strained hamstring and missed 23 games in August.

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB notebook: Yanks' German faces domestic violence probe
    By Field Level Media / Friday, September 20, 2019

    Major League Baseball announced Thursday that New York Yankees right-hander Domingo German was placed on administrative leave under the joint domestic violence policy between the league and the MLB Players Association.

    • The leave, which can last up to seven days, is the first step while domestic violence allegations are investigated. An extension to the leave is possible after an initial investigation. Details of the alleged incident were not known.

      Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Thursday that the MLB investigation will determine whether or not German is included on the postseason roster.

      German, 27, is 18-4 in 27 appearances (24 starts) with an .818 winning percentage that leads the majors. He has a 4.03 ERA and 153 strikeouts in 143 innings.

      --Yankees reliever Dellin Betances, whose Achilles tendon injury on Sunday finished him for 2019, at least has reason to believe he won't need surgery to repair the partial tear after he received a second opinion on the injury.

      Betances, who was making his season debut in Toronto when he injured himself jumping on the mound after striking out the Blue Jays' Brandon Drury, spent the season's first five months recovering from shoulder and lat issues. He struck out both batters he faced on Sunday.

      "He'll be in a walking boot for another four weeks, and then they'll kind of re-evaluate where he is, but the belief is that he will not need surgery," Boone said. "I guess that could possibly change, but they feel pretty confident that this is something that will not need surgery."

      --First baseman Anthony Rizzo was back in the starting lineup for the Chicago Cubs and homered on Thursday, four days after leaving a game with a sprained ankle and subsequent reports that he could miss the end of the regular season.

      Rizzo, who batted leadoff and went 1-for-3 in the Cubs' 5-4, 10-inning loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. He is batting .289 with a .403 on-base percentage, a .521 slugging percentage, 27 home runs and 94 RBIs in 141 games.

      A three-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glove winner, Rizzo injured his ankle on Sunday while charging toward home plate to field a bunt. Earlier indications were that Rizzo would be in a walking boot for five to seven days before another evaluation.

      --Baltimore Orioles left-hander Ty Blach was outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk, three days after he was designated for assignment and then cleared waivers.

      The DFA on Blach allowed the Orioles to claim right-hander Eric Hanhold off waivers from the New York Mets.

      Blach, who was a waiver claim from the San Francisco Giants in August, went a combined 1-3 with a 12.00 ERA in seven appearances (five starts) for the Giants and Orioles this season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Yanks' Betances told he won't need surgery
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, September 19, 2019

    Yankees reliever Dellin Betances, whose Achilles tendon injury on Sunday finished him for 2019, at least has reason to believe he won't need surgery to repair the partial tear.

    • Betances, who was making his season debut in Toronto when he injured himself jumping on the mound after striking out the Blue Jays' Brandon Drury, spent the first five months recovering from shoulder and lat issues. He threw eight pitches -- seven were strikes -- in the fourth inning on Sunday.

      A second opinion on Betances' injury matched the first opinion, Yankees manager Aaron Boone told the media on Thursday.

      "He'll be in a walking boot for another four weeks, and then they'll kind of re-evaluate where he is, but the belief is that he will not need surgery," Boone said. "I guess that could possibly change, but they feel pretty confident that this is something that will not need surgery."

      Betances, 31, is 21-22 with a 2.36 ERA over 358 career appearances (one start) with the Yankees in seven previous seasons. He was 4-6 with 2.70 ERA in 66 relief appearances for New York last season. He was an All-Star from 2014 through 2017.

      --Field Level Media

  • Cubs' Rizzo (ankle) returns earlier than expected
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, September 19, 2019

    First baseman Anthony Rizzo was back in the starting lineup for the Chicago Cubs on Thursday night, four days after leaving a game with a sprained ankle and subsequent reports that he could miss the end of the regular season.

    • Rizzo, who batted leadoff for the Cubs as they faced the St. Louis Cardinals to begin a four-game series heavy on postseason implications, began the day batting .289 with an on-base mark of .404, and 26 home runs and 93 RBIs. He struck out in his first at-bat and then homered in his second.

      The Cardinals began the day leading both the Cubs and the Milwaukee Brewers by three games in the NL Central. The Cubs and Brewers were also tied for the NL's second wild-card spot, 1 1/2 games behind the Washington Nationals, who held the first wild card.

      The Brewers defeated the visiting San Diego Padres 5-1, while the Nationals were idle.

      Rizzo, a three-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glove winner, injured his ankle on Sunday while charging toward home plate to field a bunt. He was helped off the field without the ability to put any weight on the foot.

      Earlier indications were that Rizzo would be in a walking boot for five to seven days before another evaluation.

      --Field Level Media

  • Orioles outright LHP Blach to Triple A Norfolk
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, September 19, 2019

    Baltimore Orioles left-hander Ty Blach was outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk on Thursday, three days after he was designated for assignment and then cleared waivers.

    • The DFA on Blach allowed the Orioles to claim right-hander Eric Hanhold off waivers from the New York Mets.

      Blach, who was a waiver claim from the San Francisco Giants in August, is 1-3 with a 12.00 ERA in seven appearances (five starts) for the Giants and Orioles this season.

      The 28-year-old is 16-22 over four major league seasons with a 4.99 ERA in 92 appearances (44 starts). His career high of 163 2/3 innings came in 2017 for the Giants when he was 8-12.

      --Field Level Media

  • Yankees' German placed on leave under DV policy
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, September 19, 2019

    Major League Baseball announced Thursday that New York Yankees right-hander Domingo German has been placed on administrative leave under the joint domestic violence policy between the league and the MLB Players Association.

    • The leave, which can last up to seven days, is the first step while domestic violence allegations are investigated. An extension to the leave is possible after an initial investigation.

      Details of the alleged incident are not known.

      While the league had no further comment on the matter, the Yankees issues a statement Thursday in full support of MLB's decision.

      "We fully support all measures being undertaken by the Commissioner's Office pursuant to the Policy on Domestic Violence," the team statement read. "We support this policy which reinforces that domestic violence has no place in our society and cannot be tolerated. We have followed the lead of Major League Baseball and will continue to provide our complete cooperation throughout the investigative process.

      "We reserve any further comment until the investigation reaches its conclusion. All questions pertaining to this matter should be directed to the Office of the Commissioner."

      Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Thursday that the MLB investigation will determine whether or not German is included on the postseason roster.

      "Set baseball aside; this is a bigger issue obviously and something that when you hear the words domestic violence, it's one of the things that stops you in your tracks," Boone said. "I give Major League Baseball and the players' association credit for doing their part several years ago trying to be ahead of this and putting disciplinary action in place to hopefully being a part of the solution to what is a problem in our society obviously."

      Boone added that he had heard whispers about an investigation earlier in the week, then found out Thursday morning that German would go on administrative leave.

      "There's no denying the importance of Domingo to our team, so there is that element of we must continue on and continue to press forward," he said. "But it's also this is something that touches our society, unfortunately."

      German, 27, has been a key to the Yankees' strong season despite their exorbitant amount of injuries. New York entered play Thursday with a 99-54 record, second-best in baseball and one game behind the Houston Astros.

      German is 18-4 in 27 appearances (24 starts) with an .818 winning percentage that leads the majors. He has a 4.03 ERA and has 153 strikeouts in 143 innings.

      Right-hander Michael King, 24, a four-year minor leaguer who has never appeared in the majors, will be added to the active roster. In 10 appearances (nine starts) at the Triple-A level the past two seasons, King is 7-1 with a 2.30 ERA.

      The Yankees have a magic number of one for clinching their first American League East title since 2012.

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB roundup: Cole hits 300 K's, pitches Astros to playoffs
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, September 19, 2019

    Gerrit Cole eclipsed the 300-strikeout mark for the season and did so in style, pitching host Houston to a 3-2 victory over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday, allowing the Astros to clinch their fourth playoff berth in five years.

    • Yuli Gurriel and Jose Altuve slugged homers for the American League West-leading Astros, who can do no worse than landing an AL wild card. The win also lowered Houston's magic number to two to lock up the division title.

      Cole (18-5) struck out Rangers designated hitter Shin-Soo Choo to end the top of the sixth inning for No. 300. He became just the third pitcher in franchise history to reach that benchmark in a single year, joining fellow right-handers J.R. Richard (313 in 1979, 303 in 1978) and Mike Scott (306 in 1986).

      Cole worked eight innings and allowed two runs on six hits and one walk with 10 strikeouts. His milestone strikeout came in 198 1/3 innings, just missing the record held by Randy Johnson, who recorded his 300th strikeout in 197 2/3 innings in 2001.

      Giants 11, Red Sox 3

      Jeff Samardzija took a no-hitter into the sixth inning to highlight Bruce Bochy's 2,000th managerial victory as San Francisco won at Boston.

      Bochy became the 11th skipper in big league history to reach 2,000 career wins, accomplishing the feat just over a week before he intends to retire. Stephen Vogt had four RBIs, and Kevin Pillar and Cristhian Adames added three hits as the Giants won their third straight.

      Rafael Devers had the Red Sox's first hit when he homered with two outs in the sixth inning, his 30th blast of the season to go with his 50 doubles. He and Xander Bogaerts (31 HR, 50 2B) are the first teammates in major league history to reach 30 homers and 50 doubles in the same season.

      Angels 3, Yankees 2

      Michael Hermosillo scored the tiebreaking run on a throwing error by reliever Adam Ottavino in the sixth inning, and visiting Los Angeles prevented New York from clinching the American League East in what was likely CC Sabathia's final home start.

      The Yankees needed a win or a loss by Tampa Bay to clinch their first division title since 2012. Later, the visiting Rays beat the Los Angeles Dodgers to keep the AL East race alive for at least one more day.

      New York was sloppy in the sixth. After Hermosillo doubled, Yankees first baseman Luke Voit allowed a ball by Matt Thaiss to deflect off his glove, then didn't cover first on a grounder by David Fletcher that loaded the bases. After Ottavino (6-5) got the first out, Albert Pujols hit a grounder in front of the mound that Ottavino fielded but threw the ball over catcher Kyle Higashioka's head as the Angels went ahead.

      Cardinals 5, Nationals 1

      Adam Wainwright allowed one unearned run over seven innings to help St. Louis win against visiting Washington in the rubber game of a three-game series. Wainwright (13-9) scattered eight hits, struck out three and walked one.

      Matt Wieters hit a pinch-hit, two-run homer in the seventh inning to give St. Louis a four-run cushion. Tommy Edman homered, singled, drove in two runs and scored twice. Kolten Wong also had two hits for the Cardinals, who boosted their lead in the NL Central to three games over the Brewers and Cubs.

      Washington's Max Scherzer gave up five runs and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out 11 and didn't walk a batter. The Nationals hold a 1 1/2-game lead over the Brewers and Cubs in the race for the two NL wild cards.

      Rays 8, Dodgers 7 (11 innings)

      Tommy Pham had five hits, and Austin Meadows hit a go-ahead home run in the 11th inning as visiting Tampa Bay rallied past Los Angeles and stayed a half-game ahead of the Cleveland Indians in the race for the second American League wild card.

      The Rays rallied for two runs in the ninth inning against Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen and then took the lead on Meadows' 32nd home run, a drive to right field against rookie Josh Sborz (0-1).

      Ji-Man Choi had an RBI single off Jansen with one out in the ninth, and Travis d'Arnaud added a sacrifice fly to bring home pinch runner Johnny Davis and tie the game 6-6. Choi added an insurance run in the 11th on a sacrifice fly.

      Reds 3, Cubs 2 (10 innings)

      Jose Iglesias hit a go-ahead double in the top of the 10th inning to lead Cincinnati to a win in Chicago, allowing the Reds to take two of three in the series. Eugenio Suarez homered and Alex Blandino also drove in a run for Cincinnati.

      Suarez's blast marked the most homers in a single season by a Venezuelan-born player, passing Andres Galarraga, who hit 47 homers with the Colorado Rockies in 1996. It also tied him for the most home runs by a National League third baseman, joining Adrian Beltre (2004) and Mike Schmidt (1980).

      Willson Contreras homered and Kyle Schwarber drove in a run for Chicago.

      Mets 7, Rockies 4

      Pete Alonso homered, had two hits and drove in the winning run with a walk in the ninth inning, and New York beat Colorado to move 3 games behind the Cubs and Brewers for the second NL wild card.

      Jeff McNeil also had two hits and a homer, and Brandon Nimmo had three singles for the Mets, who also got an RBI single from reliever Seth Lugo in the ninth.

      Sam Hilliard hit two home runs, and pitcher Jeff Hoffman, Trevor Story and Nolan Arenado also had two hits apiece for the Rockies. Hoffman allowed two runs on five hits in 5 1/3 innings.

      Padres 2, Brewers 1

      Dinelson Lamet struck out a career-high 14 batters over six innings and earned the win as visiting San Diego slowed down red-hot Milwaukee and snapped a six-game losing streak.

      The loss was just the second in the last 13 games for the Brewers.

      Lamet (3-5) allowed one run -- a solo homer in the sixth by Keston Hiura -- on three hits while walking three in the most impressive of his 13 starts this season. Seth Mejias-Brean provided Lamet the only offense he'd need in the third, when the rookie hit his first major league homer, a two-run shot.

      Phillies 4, Braves 1

      Zach Eflin (9-12) worked seven strong innings as Philadelphia won at Atlanta. Eflin, who allowed one unearned run on five hits, two walks and four strikeouts, has a 2.23 ERA over his past six starts.

      The victory kept Philadelphia alive in the chase for the NL wild card, three games behind the Cubs and Brewers and tied with the Mets.

      The Phillies handed the Braves their first loss in a multi-game series since dropping two to Kansas City July 23-24. The Phillies have won 10 of 18 games against Atlanta. The Braves have lost three in a row but still hold a nine-game lead over second-place Washington in the NL East.

      Athletics 1, Royals 0 (11 innings)

      Mark Canha stroked a two-out, two-strike RBI double in the 11th inning to lift host Oakland over Kansas City in a game that featured a brilliant pitchers' duel.

      A's right-hander Homer Bailey and Royals lefty Danny Duffy authored one of the season's best scoreless stalemates, combining to allow just five hits and two walks while striking out 17 in seven innings apiece.

      After the Royals stranded the bases loaded against J.B. Wendelken (3-1) in the top of the 11th, Jesse Hahn (0-1) walked Jurickson Profar to open the bottom of the inning. Profar then stole second. Hahn got two strikeouts before intentionally walking Matt Olson, setting the stage for Canha's clutch hit.

      White Sox 3, Twins 1

      Zack Collins hit a home run, Yoan Moncada had two doubles and an RBI, and eight pitchers teamed up for a three-hitter as Chicago snapped a four-game losing streak with a victory over Minnesota in Minneapolis.

      Jace Fry (3-4), who pitched 1 2/3 hitless innings, picked up the win. Alex Colome tossed a scoreless ninth to earn his 28th save. Leury Garcia, Eloy Jimenez and Yolmer Sanchez each had two hits for Chicago.

      Jake Odorizzi (14-7) gave up two runs in 5 2/3 innings for Minnesota, which saw its American League Central lead over Cleveland shrink to four games with 10 games remaining. Eddie Rosario went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

      Indians 2, Tigers 1 (10 innings)

      Yasiel Puig hit a long single with the bases loaded in the 10th inning, and Cleveland continued its dominance over visiting Detroit.

      The Indians have won 16 straight games against the Tigers, but they needed extra innings to extend the streak. In the 10th, an infield error, a bunt, a groundout and two intentional walks set up Puig's single off the right field wall.

      Puig had four hits to lead Cleveland's attack while Carlos Santana added two hits and an RBI. Adam Cimber (6-3) tossed an inning of scoreless relief to secure the victory.

      Diamondbacks 5, Marlins 4

      Christian Walker and Abraham Almonte homered, and Mike Leake won despite giving up his 39th and 40th homers of the season as Arizona edged Miami in Phoenix.

      Walker, Alex Avila and Jarrod Dyson had two hits each, and Domingo Leyba tripled and had two RBIs for the Diamondbacks, who are now 4 1/2 games back of the Cubs and Brewers in the NL wild-card race.

      Starlin Castro had three hits, his 20th homer and two doubles, and Austin Dean also homered for the Marlins, who have lost eight of 10 and are nearing the third 100-loss season in franchise history. Miami lost a record 108 games in 1998.

      Mariners 4, Pirates 1

      Kyle Lewis and Tom Murphy hit solo homers as Seattle won at Pittsburgh.

      Dylan Moore added a two-out, two-run double for the Mariners, who have won four straight and six of eight. They will look for a three-game series sweep Thursday afternoon.

      Tommy Milone (4-9) got the win, throwing five shutout innings in relief. Matt Magill gave up two singles to being the ninth before retiring the next three batters to record his fifth save.

      Blue Jays 11, Orioles 10

      Randal Grichuk hit a grand slam off Miguel Castro with two outs in the top of the ninth to cap a six-run inning as Toronto came back to edge host Baltimore.

      The Orioles held a 9-5 lead going into the ninth when Castro came on and got into trouble. He eventually gave up a bases-loaded single to Cavan Biggio that scored one run. Grichuk followed with his home run on a 3-1 sinker from Castro (1-3) for a 10-9 lead. The blast was Grichuk's 30th homer of the year.

      Brock Stewart (4-0) got the victory in relief, and Derek Law earned his fifth save despite a rocky bottom of the ninth in which he gave up one run and threw 31 pitches.

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB notebook: Pirates' Vazquez faces additional charges
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, September 18, 2019

    Pittsburgh Pirates closer Felipe Vazquez told police he made sexual contact with a 13-year-old girl, and he now faces additional charges in Pennsylvania, authorities said.

    • On Tuesday, Vazquez was arrested in relation to charges in Florida, where the girl and her family now live. But a criminal complaint released Wednesday in Pennsylvania shows charges have been added there, including multiple felonies.

      Police said Vazquez, 28, admitted he attempted to have sex with the girl in a Pennsylvania driveway in 2017 but was unable to have intercourse. According to the complaint, Vazquez described it as "sex but not really."

      The girl is now 16, and her mother called authorities after finding photos that Vazquez allegedly sent to her daughter electronically. In all, Vazquez faces charges that include statutory sexual assault, unlawful contact with a minor and indecent assault. A two-time All-Star, Vazquez has been placed on administrative league by Major League Baseball.

      --The Drug Enforcement Administration is working to find the source of the drugs that Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs took before he died, ESPN's "Outside the Lines" reported.

      Skaggs, 27, was found dead in his Southlake, Texas, hotel room on July 1 when the Angels were in town to play the Texas Rangers. His autopsy revealed he had oxycodone, fentanyl and ethanol in his system. Fentanyl is a powerful opioid, and the DEA typically joins investigations when fentanyl is involved to try to find the source, ESPN reported.

      When the medical examiner's office released the autopsy report on Aug. 30, Skaggs' family issued a statement that potentially implicated a team employee in his death. No team employee, however, has been tied publicly to the case.

      --With the Red Sox all but eliminated from playoff contention, left-hander David Price won't pitch again in 2019, Boston manager Alex Cora said.

      Price struggled with injuries this season, dealing with left elbow tendinitis, and more recently, a cyst on his left wrist. Price, 34, finishes the season with a 7-5 record and a 4.28 ERA -- almost a full run over his 3.31 career ERA.

      "We need this guy healthy and ready to go (in the future)," Cora said. "I think it's the best move for the player and for the organization."

      --Houston Astros right-hander Aaron Sanchez will miss part of the 2020 season due to shoulder surgery, manager A.J. Hinch told reporters.

      Sanchez underwent surgery on his throwing shoulder last week, and Hinch cited rehabilitation and recovery as factors for why the 27-year-old won't be ready for Opening Day.

      Sanchez last pitched for the Astros on Aug. 20. He was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays at the trade deadline on July 31. He went 5-14 with a 5.89 ERA in 27 starts this year, including a 2-0 mark and 4.82 ERA in four starts after the deal to Houston.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: DEA joins investigation into Skaggs' death
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, September 18, 2019

    The Drug Enforcement Administration is working to find the source of the drugs that Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs took before he died, ESPN's "Outside the Lines" reported on Wednesday.

    • Skaggs, 27, was found dead in his Southlake, Texas, hotel room on July 1 when the Angels were in town to play the Texas Rangers. His autopsy revealed he had oxycodone, fentanyl and ethanol in his system.

      Fentanyl is a powerful opioid, and the DEA typically joins investigations when fentanyl is involved to try to find the source, ESPN reported.

      MLB deputy commissioner Dan Halem declined to comment on the report, but Angels spokeswoman Marie Garvey told ESPN, "We continue to cooperate with law enforcement on this important matter."

      When the medical examiner's office released the autopsy report on Aug. 30, Skaggs' family issued a statement that potentially implicated a team employee in his death. No team employee, however, has been tied publicly to the case.

      --Field Level Media

  • Astros RHP Sanchez to miss part of 2020 season
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, September 18, 2019

    Houston Astros right-hander Aaron Sanchez will miss part of the 2020 season due to shoulder surgery, manager A.J. Hinch told reporters on Wednesday.

    • Sanchez underwent surgery on his throwing shoulder last week, and Hinch cited rehabilitation and recovery as factors for why the 27-year-old won't be ready for Opening Day.

      Sanchez last pitched for the Astros on Aug. 20 with the club first indicating he had an injured right pectoral muscle.

      Sanchez was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays at the trading deadline on July 31. He went 5-14 with a 5.89 ERA in 27 starts, including a 2-0 mark and 4.82 ERA in four starts after the deal to Houston.

      Sanchez pitched the first six innings of a combined no-hitter in his Houston debut on Aug. 3. Relievers Will Harris, Joe Biagini and Chris Devenski completed the gem.

      --Field Level Media

  • Red Sox pull plug on LHP Price's season
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, September 18, 2019

    With the Red Sox all but eliminated from playoff contention, left-hander David Price won't pitch again in 2019, Boston manager Alex Cora said Wednesday.

    • Price struggled with injuries this season, dealing with left elbow tendinitis, and more recently, a cyst on his left wrist.

      "I think it's a head-start to next year," Cora told reporters. "It's the smart thing to do.

      "If we were one game up or in the hunt, he'd probably be pitching out of the bullpen like in '17. Where we're at and how important he is, it's better off moving forward and getting him right."

      The Red Sox entered their Wednesday night home game against the San Francisco Giants with an elimination number of three: three losses, three Tampa Bay wins or any combination will knock the 2018 World Series champs out of postseason contention.

      Price, 34, finishes the season with a 7-5 record and a 4.28 ERA -- almost a full run over his 3.31 career ERA.

      "We need this guy healthy and ready to go," Cora said. "I think it's the best move for the player and for the organization."

      A 12-year veteran, Price has a career record of 150-80 and has thrown 2,029 2/3 innings.

      Price has three years and $96 million remaining on a seven-year, $217 million deal he signed with the Red Sox after the 2015 season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Pirates' Vazquez faces additional sex-related charges
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, September 18, 2019

    Pittsburgh Pirates closer Felipe Vazquez told police he made sexual contact with a 13-year-old girl and now faces additional charges in Pennsylvania, authorities said.

    • On Tuesday, Vazquez was arrested in relation to charges in Florida, where the girl and her family now live. But a criminal complaint released Wednesday in Pennsylvania shows charges have been added there, including multiple felonies.

      Police said Vazquez, 28, admitted he attempted to have sex with the girl in a Pennsylvania driveway in 2017 but physically was unable to fully penetrate her in intercourse. According to the complaint, Vazquez described it as "sex but not really."

      He said he left her home after his attempts because he had a game. They continued to exchange nude photos and videos, police said.

      The girl is now 16, and her mother called authorities after finding photos that Vazquez allegedly sent to her daughter electronically.

      In all, Vazquez faces charges that include statutory sexual assault, unlawful contact with a minor and indecent assault.

      Major League Baseball placed Vazquez, a two-time All-Star, on administrative league after the arrest.

      He is being held in a Pennsylvania jail without bail, pending his arraignment.

      Pennsylvania state trooper Stephen Limani said Vazquez is being investigated in regards to only this girl.

      "When it comes to cases like this you always get concerned there may be someone else out there," Limani said. "In this particular instance we only have one report. We are following through with that one report."

      He said police believe Vazquez had physical sexual contact with the girl only once though they stayed in contact.

      The left-hander is 5-1 with a 1.65 ERA and 28 saves in 56 appearances for the Pirates this season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Yankees OF Stanton set to return to starting lineup
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, September 18, 2019

    New York Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton was activated from the 60-day injured list Wednesday and is in the starting lineup for their home game against the Los Angeles Angels.

    • Stanton, who has appeared in just nine games this season due to multiple injuries, was scheduled to bat fifth and start in left field.

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      Stanton last appeared June 25 before spraining his right knee. That game was just his sixth since returning from a 2 1/2-month stint on the injured list.

      With his return Wednesday, Stanton can help the Yankees clinch their first American League East title since 2012. A win Wednesday or loss by the Tampa Bay Rays will earn them the spot.

      Stanton, 29, played in the season's first three games before landing on the IL on April due to a left biceps strain. He subsequently was slowed by left shoulder and left calf ailments before returning to action June 18.

      With the Yankees on their way to the playoffs, the team plans to work Stanton back into action gradually.

      "I may build him up a little bit," manager Aaron Boone said on Tuesday. "He could play a handful of innings and I might pull him, things like that, especially with rosters being what you have here in the month of September."

      Stanton, a four-time All-Star, entered Wednesday batting .290 (9-for-31) with one homer and seven RBIs this season. The 2017 National League MVP has a .268 career average with 306 homers and 779 RBIs in 1,153 games for the Florida/Miami Marlins (2010-17) and the Yankees (2018-19).

      Also Wednesday, the Yankees placed right-handed reliever Dellin Betances on the 60-day injured list with a partial tear of his left Achilles' tendon, and the team claimed right-hander Ryan Dull off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays.

      --Field Level Media