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  • MLB roundup: Davis, A's rally to top Twins
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, July 21, 2019

    Khris Davis hit a two-run single with two outs in the top of the ninth, as the Oakland A's rallied for a 5-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday night in Minneapolis.

    • Oakland was down to its final out against Twins' reliever Taylor Rogers (2-2) when Mark Canha was hit by a pitch. Ramon Laureano followed with a double down the left field line, with Canha stopping at third. Davis then cracked a line drive off the glove of diving first baseman Ehire Adrianza to bring home the game-winning runs.

      Laureano finished a triple shy of the cycle, and Canha hit a two-run homer and scored twice for Oakland, which won for the eighth time in nine games. Robbie Grossman and Chris Herrmann each had two hits for the A's.

      Blake Treinen (3-3) picked up the win with an inning of scoreless relief, while Liam Hendriks picked up his eighth save, getting Mitch Garver to ground into a double play with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the ninth.

      White Sox 2, Rays 1 (11 innings)

      Yoan Moncada scored the go-ahead run all the way from first on a single by Jose Abreu, and visiting Chicago beat Tampa Bay, sending the Rays to their fifth straight loss.

      Chicago was down to its final out when James McCann homered off Emilio Pagan to tie it 1-1 in the ninth.

      Moncada led off the 11th with a walk against Adam Kolarek (3-3). Chaz Roe came on to face Abreu and Moncada broke from first on a 2-1 pitch. Abreu sent a slow bouncer to right field and Moncada came all the way around to score.

      Yankees 11, Rockies 5

      Edwin Encarnacion's RBI double capped a five-run second inning, as New York beat Colorado at sweltering Yankee Stadium.

      The Yankees won their fifth straight, improved to 23-6 in their last 29 games and to 14-0-1 in their last 15 home series on a 94-degree day with a heat index of 108. Encarnacion had three RBIs while DJ LeMahieu and Gleyber Torres had three hits apiece.

      The Rockies lost their sixth straight and dropped to 2-13 in their last 15 games.

      Red Sox 17, Orioles 6

      Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a pair of three-run homers, the second coming in an eight-run fourth inning, and visiting Boston blew out Baltimore.

      The 17 runs were a season high for the Red Sox, who hit five home runs overall. Bradley finished with six RBIs, while Mookie Betts, Rafael Devers and Sandy Leon also homered.

      Betts went 3-for-6, including a double, and drove in three runs. The 2018 AL MVP now has a 12-game hitting streak, and also has hit 15 homers at Camden Yards in 46 games.

      Angels 6, Mariners 2

      David Fletcher slapped a run-scoring single into right field with two outs in the ninth inning to break a tie, and Mike Trout followed with a three-run homer as Los Angeles rallied to defeat host Seattle.

      The rally was aided by a routine pop fly hit by Luis Rengifo that fell between Mariners left-hander Roenis Elias (2-2) and first baseman Tim Beckham that would have been the third out of the inning and kept the score tied at 2-2.

      Instead, the Angels had runners at first and third for Fletcher, who grounded a 1-2 pitch into right field. Trout then blasted his 31st homer of the season into the Mariners' bullpen in left-center field.

      Blue Jays 7, Tigers 5

      Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit a grand slam, Brandon Drury blasted a go-ahead two-run shot and visiting Toronto handed Detroit its sixth straight loss.

      The game was delayed by nearly an hour in the fourth inning due to inclement weather.

      Guerrero's homer was the ninth of his impressive rookie campaign. Drury's homer was also his ninth. Freddy Galvis had three hits and scored a run for Toronto, while Guerrero, Eric Sogard and Teoscar Hernandez contributed two hits apiece.

      Dodgers 10, Marlins 6

      Matt Beaty hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the eighth inning, and Los Angeles held on for a win over visiting Miami.

      Joc Pederson and Justin Turner also homered for Los Angeles, which squandered a 6-0 lead before bouncing back. The Dodgers won for the sixth time in nine games since the All-Star break.

      Starlin Castro homered for Miami, which has lost two straight, five of seven and 11 of 15. Brian Anderson contributed a double and two RBIs, while Jorge Alfaro and Harold Ramirez drove in one run apiece.

      Cubs 6, Padres 5

      Javier Baez had a three-run home run among his three hits, while Anthony Rizzo drove in two runs, as Chicago's hot second-half start continued with a victory against visiting San Diego.

      Baez's home run in the fourth inning, his 24th of the season, allowed the Cubs to erase an early deficit on a day when starter Jose Quintana (8-7) was not at his best. The left-hander gave up five runs on eight hits over five innings with a walk and seven strikeouts.

      Fernando Tatis Jr., Manny Machado and Hunter Renfroe hit home runs for the Padres, who lost their third consecutive game and fell to 1-7 in the second half.

      Astros 6, Rangers 1

      Jose Urquidy recorded his first career victory, while Yuli Gurriel homered for the 13th time in 21 games as host Houston claimed the season series from Texas.

      Urquidy (1-0), the first Mexican-born player to appear with the Astros, surrendered two hits and did not issue a walk while recording nine strikeouts over seven innings. He threw 98 pitches, 63 for strikes.

      Gurriel extended his hitting streak to nine games with his 18th home run. He is batting .381 with 10 home runs and 23 RBIs this month.

      Brewers 8, Diamondbacks 3

      Mike Moustakas hit a go-ahead three-run home run in the eighth inning as Milwaukee pulled away for a victory over Arizona in Phoenix.

      The Brewers were held in check for seven innings by Arizona starter Zack Greinke, who left leading 3-2 after seven innings. Christian Yelich singled and Ryan Braun walked to begin the eighth against reliever Andrew Chafin (0-2) before Moustakas smacked an outside fastball the other way over the left field fence.

      The Brewers added three runs in the ninth off Zach Godley. Yelich went 3-for-5 with two doubles, an RBI and three runs scored.

      Nationals 5, Braves 3

      Adam Eaton had three hits and drove in a run, and Trea Turner, Anthony Rendon and Juan Soto each had two hits and an RBI as visiting Washington beat Atlanta, ending a 10-game winning streak by Braves pitcher Mike Soroka.

      Washington closer Sean Doolittle got a five-out save, while Anibal Sanchez (6-6) picked up the win despite going just five innings. Doolittle retired Dansby Swanson, Freddie Freeman (strikeout) and Josh Donaldson in the ninth for his 21st save.

      The Nationals' starting pitchers have gone 27 games in a row without being hit with a loss. That is the longest streak since the 1917 Giants, who also went 27 games.

      Mets 11, Giants 4

      New York awakened from a two-night hitting slumber with four home runs, ending host San Francisco's seven-game winning streak.

      Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Todd Frazier and Pete Alonso homered for the Mets, who had totaled just two runs in 26 innings in 3-2 and 1-0 losses to open the series.

      Right-hander Walker Lockett (1-1), promoted from Triple-A earlier in the day, benefited from the power surge to record his first major league win.

      Royals 1, Indians 0

      Jakob Junis scattered two hits over six innings, and Hunter Dozier belted a solo homer as visiting Kansas City beat Cleveland.

      Kansas City center fielder Billy Hamilton made a leaping catch to deny Francisco Lindor of a potential home run to lead off the sixth inning. Junis showed his appreciation by tipping his hat in the direction of Hamilton.

      Cam Gallagher ripped a pair of doubles to account for two of the six hits for the Royals, who have won five of their last six games.

      Pirates 5, Phillies 1

      Right-hander Joe Musgrove pitched six strong innings and doubled and scored on a slide into home to help Pittsburgh even its series with visiting Philadelphia.

      Musgrove (7-8) moved up a day and started in place of Trevor Williams, who was scratched because of illness. Musgrove gave up one unearned run and two hits, matched his season high with eight strikeouts, walked two and returned to the game after a half-hour rain delay during the fourth inning.

      Starling Marte was 3-for-5 with an RBI double and two runs scored, Colin Moran had an RBI double, and Bryan Reynolds and Josh Bell each had an RBI single for Pittsburgh, which had been 1-6 coming out of the All-Star break.

      Reds 3, Cardinals 2

      Josh VanMeter hit his first major league home run to help lift Cincinnati over visiting St. Louis in the third game of the four-game series.

      VanMeter, who has played sporadically since making his major league debut on May 5, broke a 1-1 tie with a two-run homer in the seventh inning.

      Eugenio Suarez had two hits and two walks for the Reds, who ended a four-game losing streak.

      --Field Level Media

  • Yankees' Voit hit in face; could play Sunday
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, July 20, 2019

    New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit was hit in the face by a pitch on Saturday and cleared a concussion test after being removed from the game.

    • It is possible Voit could be in the lineup on Sunday when the Yankees again host the Colorado Rockies.

      Voit was hit on the chin by Rockies right-hander Chad Bettis in the fourth inning of New York's 11-5 victory. He initially stayed in the game but was pulled in the next inning. The only blemish was a cut on Voit's lip.

      "Obviously, that's scary right there, but it felt like he was even pretty good before we took him out," Yankees manager Aaron Boone told reporters after the game. "Then going through the tests, he was fine, and speaking to him right after, feel like he should be OK."

      Voit wasn't available for comment after the game but his teammates said they were impressed that he initially stayed in the contest.

      "Just glad that it's not worse," infielder DJ LeMahieu told reporters. "It could have been real bad. It still clipped him pretty good, but thankfully ... it could've been a lot worse."

      Voit, 28, is batting .275 with 18 homers and 52 RBIs in 86 games.

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB notebook: Royals DFA Peralta after RHP, catcher clash
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, July 20, 2019

    The Kansas City Royals designated veteran right-hander Wily Peralta for assignment on Saturday, one day after he clashed with rookie catcher Meibrys Viloria during the eighth inning of a game.

    • Right-hander Josh Staumont was recalled before Saturday's game against the Cleveland Indians to fill the roster opening.

      The 30-year-old Peralta gave up three runs in one inning Friday night when he and Viloria couldn't get together on the signs. Peralta repeatedly stepped off the mound and Viloria made two visits to the mound. The crowd in Cleveland booed over the delays, and Royals manager Ned Yost was visibly upset in the dugout.

      After a play at the plate later in the inning, Peralta, who was backing up home plate, yelled at Viloria, 22, on his way back to the mound.

      --Boston Red Sox right-hander Nathan Eovaldi was reinstated from the 60-day injured list and returned to the active roster.

      Eovaldi, 29, had been out since April 18, just five days before undergoing successful arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow to remove loose bodies.

      He returned after a short rehab stint, having pitched one scoreless inning at Triple-A Pawtucket, striking out three and walking one. The team previously announced he would pitch out of the bullpen upon his return. To make room on the roster, the Red Sox optioned right-hander Ryan Weber to Pawtucket.

      --The Chicago White Sox placed right-handed reliever Kelvin Herrera on the 10-day injured list with a right oblique strain. The move is retroactive to July 18.

      Herrera, 29, is in his first season with the White Sox and is 3-3 with a 7.36 ERA in 38 appearances. He split 2018 with Kansas City and the Washington Nationals, but his season ended in August after injuring his left foot and undergoing season-ending surgery.

      Replacing Herrera on the roster is right-hander Jimmy Cordero, who was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte. Cordero, who the White Sox claimed off waivers in July, has gone 3-1 with a 0.51 ERA in 13 relief appearances at Charlotte.

      --The Philadelphia Phillies made a move to bolster their bullpen, acquiring right-hander Mike Morin from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for cash considerations. The Twins designated Morin for assignment on Tuesday.

      Morin, 28, appeared in 23 games for the Twins this season and posted a 3.18 ERA in 22 2/3 innings. For his career, Morin is 10-8 and has a 4.48 ERA over 209 appearances, all in relief.

      The Phillies moved right-hander Seranthony Dominguez (elbow) to the 60-day injured list to make room on the 40-man roster for Morin.

      --Field Level Media

  • Royals DFA Peralta after clash with catcher
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, July 20, 2019

    The Kansas City Royals designated veteran right-hander Wily Peralta for assignment on Saturday, one day after he clashed with rookie catcher Meibrys Viloria during the eighth inning of a game.

    • Right-hander Josh Staumont was recalled prior to Saturday's game against the Cleveland Indians to fill the roster opening.

      The 30-year-old Peralta gave up three runs in one inning of work on Friday night when he and Viloria couldn't get together on the signs.

      Peralta repeatedly stepped off the mound and Viloria made two visits to the mound. The crowd in Cleveland booed over the delays, and Royals manager Ned Yost was visibly upset in the dugout.

      After a play at the plate later in the inning, Peralta, who was backing up home plate, yelled at Viloria, 22, on his way back to the mound.

      Peralta said after the contest that there was a mix-up over the signs being changed.

      "We had a hard time getting on the same page with the signs," Peralta told reporters after the game. "I didn't want to cross him up. We were just not on the same page. He's a young catcher just trying to do a good job."

      Viloria said he didn't understand why Peralta was so mad.

      "He told me when I came out the second time that he doesn't see the signs, so he told me to slow down," Viloria said.

      It was the second straight appearance in which Peralta allowed three runs, the other being Wednesday against the Chicago White Sox when he recorded just two outs.

      The Royals traded veteran catcher Martin Maldonado to the Chicago Cubs earlier this week. Friday marked Viloria's second start on the season. He appeared in 10 games with the Royals in 2018.

      Peralta, who won 17 games for the Milwaukee Brewers in 2014, was 2-4 with a 5.80 ERA in 42 relief appearances this season. He is 50-56 with a 4.52 ERA in 211 appearances (120 starts) with the Brewers (2012-17) and Royals (2018-19).

      The 25-year-old Staumont was 1-5 with a 3.16 ERA in 32 appearances (12 starts) at Triple-A Omaha.

      --Field Level Media

  • White Sox place Herrera on IL, call up Cordero
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, July 20, 2019

    The Chicago White Sox placed right-handed reliever Kelvin Herrera on the 10-day injured list with a right oblique strain ahead of Saturday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

    • The move is retroactive to July 18.

      Herrera, 29, is in his first season with the White Sox and is 3-3 with a 7.36 ERA in 38 appearances.

      He split 2018 with Kansas City and the Washington Nationals, but his season ended in August after injuring his left foot and undergoing season-ending surgery.

      Replacing Herrera on the roster is right-hander Jimmy Cordero, who was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte.

      Cordero, who the White Sox claimed off waivers in July, has gone 3-1 with a 0.51 ERA in 13 relief appearances at Charlotte.

      --Field Level Media

  • Red Sox reinstate Eovaldi, send down Weber
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, July 20, 2019

    Boston Red Sox right-hander Nathan Eovaldi was reinstated from the 60-day injured list and returned to the active roster.

    • Eovaldi has been out since April 18, just five days before undergoing successful arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow to remove loose bodies.

      Eovaldi, 29, returns after a short rehab stint. He pitched one scoreless inning at Triple-A Pawtucket, striking out three and walking one.

      The team previously announced he will pitch out of the bullpen upon his return.

      To make room on the roster, the Red Sox optioned right-hander Ryan Weber to Pawtucket.

      Eovaldi, who signed a four-year, $68 million contract in the offseason, has a 6.00 ERA with no decisions in four starts this season.

      He last pitched on April 17 against the New York Yankees and gave up one unearned run and three hits over six innings. He didn't experience any problems during the start, but he was unable to straighten his right arm the following day.

      Eovaldi is 44-53 with a 4.21 ERA in 160 appearances (152 starts) for the Los Angeles Dodgers (2011-12), Miami Marlins (2012-14), Yankees (2015-16), Tampa Bay Rays (2018) and Red Sox (2018-19). He missed the 2017 season while recuperating from Tommy John surgery.

      Weber, 28, appeared in eight games for the Red Sox, starting three. He is 1-1 with a 5.25 ERA in 24 innings.

      --Field Level Media

  • Twins send RHP Morin to Phillies for cash
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, July 20, 2019

    The Philadelphia Phillies made a move to bolster their bullpen on Saturday, acquiring right-hander Mike Morin from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for cash considerations.

    • The Twins designated Morin for assignment on Tuesday.

      Morin, 28, appeared in 23 games for the Twins this season and posted a 3.18 ERA in 22 2/3 innings.

      For his career, Morin is 10-8 and has a 4.48 ERA over 209 appearances, all in relief.

      The Phillies moved right-hander Seranthony Dominguez (elbow) to the 60-day injured list to make room on the 40-man roster for Morin.

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB roundup: Mariners' Leake falls just short of perfection
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, July 20, 2019

    Mike Leake took a perfect game into the ninth inning and wound up with a one-hit shutout as the Seattle Mariners defeated the visiting Los Angeles Angels 10-0 Friday night.

    • Luis Rengifo led off the ninth inning by grounding a single into right field, but Leake went on to finish a 98-pitch gem. Daniel Vogelbach hit a pair of three-run homers as the Mariners snapped a six-game losing streak.

      Exactly one week earlier in Anaheim, Calif., Leake (8-8) had the shortest start of his 10-year career, lasting just two-thirds of an inning in a 13-0 loss in which the Mariners were no-hit.

      Leake rebounded Friday by retiring the first 24 batters he faced before Rengifo hit a clean single. Kevan Smith then walked, but Leake escaped the jam, getting Mike Trout for his sixth strikeout of the night to end the game.

      Giants 1, Mets 0 (10 innings)

      Left fielder Dominic Smith misplayed Pablo Sandoval's two-out fly ball into an error in the bottom of the 10th inning, allowing Alex Dickerson to score from first base and give host San Francisco a second straight walk-off win over New York.

      The win was the Giants' season-best seventh in a row and came after starting pitchers Tyler Beede (eight innings) and Jacob deGrom (seven innings) left a scoreless game.

      Dickerson led off the 10th by drawing a walk from the Mets' third pitcher, Jacob Rhame (0-1). Two outs later, Sandoval hit a catchable popup to left that Smith couldn't corral, with Dickerson speeding home to give the Giants their fifth walk-off win of the season.

      Diamondbacks 10, Brewers 7

      Arizona hit for the cycle in four consecutive at-bats for the first time in franchise history as part of a six-run third running en route to a victory over Milwaukee in Phoenix.

      With one out in the third, Jarrod Dyson singled, Ketel Marte doubled, Eduardo Escobar tripled and Christian Walker homered to turn a 3-1 deficit into a 5-3 lead.

      Milwaukee's Jhoulys Chacin (3-10), who is 0-7 in his past 11 starts, gave up seven runs (six earned) and seven hits in 2 1/3 innings. Archie Bradley (3-4) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief to get the win, and Greg Holland tossed a 1-2-3 ninth for his 16th save.

      Dodgers 2, Marlins 1

      Hyun-Jin Ryu delivered seven strong innings in his first home outing since starting the All-Star Game, and Los Angeles earned a victory over visiting Miami.

      The go-ahead run scored in the sixth inning on a two-out error by Marlins second baseman Starlin Castro, who could not corral Enrique Hernandez's hard ground ball that was hit right at him.

      Ryu (11-2) gave up one run on four hits with three walks and seven strikeouts. Marlins rookie Zac Gallen (0-2) was effective in his fifth career start, giving up two runs (one earned) on three hits over 5 1/3 innings with four walks and five strikeouts.

      Athletics 5, Twins 3

      Marcus Semien homered, tripled and doubled and scored twice, and Ramon Laureano had two doubles to lead Oakland past Minnesota in Minneapolis.

      Khris Davis also had two hits and two RBIs, and Matt Olson went 2-for-4 with an RBI for Oakland, which improved to 14-3 against American League Central teams with its seventh victory in eight games overall.

      Chris Bassitt (7-4) picked up his third win in four starts, allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits and two walks while also hitting two batters in five innings. He fanned two. Liam Hendriks picked up his seventh save with 1 2/3 innings of hitless relief, striking out three.

      Phillies 6, Pirates 1

      Rookie Adam Haseley homered and hit an RBI double as visiting Philadelphia downed Pittsburgh.

      Bryce Harper, Jean Segura and Maikel Franco each had an RBI single for the Phillies, who have won three of four. Elias Diaz hit an RBI single for Pittsburgh, which is 1-6 since the All-Star break.

      Starters Jake Arrieta (Phillies) and Jordan Lyles (Pirates) each lasted 5 2/3 innings and gave up a run.

      Cardinals 12, Reds 11

      St. Louis escaped a sizable early hole by scoring 10 runs in the sixth inning and then hanging on for a win at Cincinnati.

      Reds starter Tyler Mahle brought a 7-0 lead into the sixth inning and appeared in good shape to end a personal five-decision losing streak, but he gave up four runs before the bullpen and defense allowed six more.

      Jose Martinez hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the sixth, and Paul DeJong drove in four runs to give him seven RBIs in the past two games for the Cardinals. Michael Wacha (6-4) pitched 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief to earn the win.

      Indians 10, Royals 5

      Rookie Oscar Mercado recorded his first career five-hit performance as host Cleveland posted a victory over Kansas City to extend its winning streak to a season-high-tying six games.

      Mercado, who had two RBIs and scored twice, collected a double and four singles to become the 12th Indians rookie since 1913 to record at least five hits in a game.

      Tyler Naquin belted a two-run homer, and Francisco Lindor had three hits and three runs for Cleveland, which also won six in a row from June 30-July 7.

      Astros 4, Rangers 3

      Yordan Alvarez capped a stretch of back-to-back-to-back home runs with a titanic blast to right field before Houston hung on for a victory over visiting Texas.

      Alvarez followed solo blasts from Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman with his 474-foot bomb deep into the upper deck. Altuve smacked a leadoff shot to left-center before Bregman followed a homer to left as the Astros ambushed Rangers All-Star left-hander Mike Minor (8-5) in the third inning.

      Houston's Justin Verlander (12-4) allowed at least one baserunner in each of his six frames, but he gave up just two runs on eight hits and a walk. He struck out 12.

      Braves 4, Nationals 3

      Ronald Acuna Jr. had three hits and scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth on a single by Josh Donaldson as Atlanta beat visiting Washington.

      Acuna led off the ninth with a walk off Fernando Rodney (0-3), who then gave up a single to Dansby Swanson and walked Freddie Freeman to load the bases with no outs. Donaldson then singled to deep left field on a 2-0 fastball.

      Luke Jackson (5-2) was credited with the win despite giving up a two-out, two-run, game-tying homer to Victor Robles in the top of the ninth. The Braves snapped a three-game losing streak. Washington had won 14 of 18 games after taking the first game of the series Thursday.

      Yankees 8, Rockies 2

      Edwin Encarnacion hit a third-inning grand slam, Aaron Judge added a two-run homer in the sixth, and host New York moved a season-high 30 games over .500 with a victory over slumping Colorado.

      The Yankees won their fourth straight, having rallied from an early deficit in each contest. New York played without manager Aaron Boone, who served a one-game suspension for his profane rant against plate umpire Brennan Miller on Thursday. The Yankees were managed by bench coach Josh Bard.

      The Rockies dropped their fifth straight and fell to 2-12 since June 30. Colorado manager Bud Black was ejected in the ninth by plate umpire Doug Eddings for arguing a checked-swing strikeout by Chris Iannetta.

      Orioles 11, Red Sox 2

      Anthony Santander hit a three-run homer, and Keon Broxton added a two-run shot later as Baltimore defeated visiting Boston.

      The Orioles banged out 14 hits to win a second straight game. Baltimore's John Means (8-5) allowed two runs on four hits in six innings, while the Red Sox's David Price (7-3) gave up two homers and six runs on eight hits in four innings.

      Boston's Mookie Betts saw his streak of 13 consecutive games scoring a run -- which tied Ted Williams for the club record -- come to an end.

      Cubs 6, Padres 5

      Addison Russell scored from second base on San Diego's second error of the eighth inning to lead Chicago past the Padres in oppressive heat at Wrigley Field.

      Pedro Strop (2-3) was credited with the win. Craig Kimbrel, who struck out the side around a walk in the ninth, earned his fifth save since joining the Cubs.

      Craig Stammen (6-5) took the loss as the Padres fell to 1-6 since the All-Star break. The Cubs have won three straight and are 6-1 since the break.

      White Sox 9, Rays 2

      Leury Garcia went 4-for-5 with two RBIs, and Reynaldo Lopez pitched seven strong innings to help visiting Chicago snap a seven-game skid with a victory against Tampa Bay.

      Chicago responded from its recent offensive woes by collecting nine extra-base hits and saddling Rays rookie left-hander Brendan McKay with the quickest exit of his brief major league career.

      Making his fourth career start and first appearance against the White Sox, McKay (1-1) yielded nine hits and six runs, five earned, in 3 1/3 innings. Lopez gave up two runs on six hits and a walk with eight strikeouts.

      Blue Jays 12, Tigers 1

      Marcus Stroman cruised through seven innings, rookie Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had three hits and scored three runs, and visiting Toronto pounded hapless Detroit.

      Stroman (6-10), who has been mentioned prominently in trade rumors, scattered six hits while holding the Tigers scoreless. He walked none and struck out five before the bullpen lost the shutout bid.

      Eric Sogard supplied three hits, scored twice and knocked in two runs while Teoscar Hernandez blasted his 12th homer and drove in two. Danny Jansen added three RBIs for the Blue Jays, who had lost four of their previous five games.

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB notebook: Yankees' Boone gets 1-game suspension
    By Field Level Media / Friday, July 19, 2019

    New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone was suspended one game and fined an undisclosed amount for his rant at home plate umpire Brennan Miller.

    • Major League Baseball Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre announced the discipline Friday for "inappropriate actions, including contact with the home plate umpire." Boone missed Friday night's home game against the Colorado Rockies.

      Boone was ejected in the second inning Thursday for his tirade against Miller. Players Brett Gardner and DJ LeMahieu were upset with Miller's strike calls and Boone went out to argue and the field microphone picked up his words.

      He told Miller "my guys are (bleeping) savages in that box and you're having a piece of (bleep) start to this game. I feel bad for ya but (bleeping) get better."

      --Los Angeles Angels right-handed starting pitcher Matt Harvey, who experienced a setback last month with an upper back strain, was designated for assignment.

      Harvey missed seven weeks because of the injury, then returned to make two starts over the past week. He beat the Seattle Mariners on July 13 with 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball, but then he gave up six runs on seven hits and five walks in six innings in a 6-2 loss to the Houston Astros on Thursday.

      Harvey compiled a 3-5 record with a 7.09 ERA, 39 strikeouts and 29 walks in 12 starts over 59 2/3 innings in 12 starts this season. He was signed to a one-year, $11 million contract in December after the Cincinnati Reds granted him free agency.

      --The Chicago White Sox returned Adam Engel to the major league roster after the outfielder had a productive run at Triple-A Charlotte.

      Engel will take the roster spot of outfielder Charlie Tilson, who was optioned to Charlotte following Thursday's game at Kansas City.

      Engel, 27, was optioned to Triple-A on May 5, and has since batted .270 with 13 doubles, four triples and nine home runs at Charlotte. Tilson, 26, was batting .229 with one home run and 12 RBIs in 54 games for the White Sox, who open a three-game road series against the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday.

      --Free agent left-hander Drew Smyly will sign with the Philadelphia Phillies and likely join the starting rotation, according to multiple reports.

      Smyly opted out of his minor league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday.

      Smyly, 30, pitched in 13 games (9 starts) with the Texas Rangers this season, going 1-5 with an 8.42 ERA.

      --Field Level Media

  • Angels designate Harvey for assignment
    By Field Level Media / Friday, July 19, 2019

    Los Angeles Angels right-handed starting pitcher Matt Harvey, who experienced a setback last month on his rehab for an upper back strain, was designated for assignment on Friday.

    • Harvey missed seven weeks because of the injury, then returned to make two starts over the past week. He beat the Seattle Mariners on July 13 with 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball, but then he gave up six runs on seven hits and five walks in six innings in a 6-2 loss to the Houston Astros on Thursday.

      Harvey compiled a 3-5 record with a 7.09 ERA, 39 strikeouts and 29 walks in 12 starts over 59 2/3 innings in 12 starts for the Angels this season. He was signed to a one-year, $11 million contract in December after the Cincinnati Reds granted him free agency.

      An All-Star in 2013 when he went 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA for the New York Mets, he finished fourth in the National League Cy Young Award voting that season. Harvey has a 44-49 record with a 4.04 ERA in 145 games (140 starts) over seven major league seasons, primarily with the Mets (2012-17).

      Last season with the Mets and Reds combined, Harvey went 7-9 with a 4.94 ERA and 131 strikeouts in 155 innings.

      The Angels also optioned right-hander Jake Jewell to Triple-A Salt Lake, and they recalled right-hander Jaime Barria and first baseman Jared Walsh from Salt Lake.

      --Field Level Media

  • Yankees' Boone suspended 1 game for umpire rant
    By Field Level Media / Friday, July 19, 2019

    New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone was suspended one game and fined an undisclosed amount for his rant at home plate umpire Brennan Miller during Thursday's afternoon game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

    • Major League Baseball Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre announced the discipline Friday for "inappropriate actions, including contact with the home plate umpire."

      Boone will miss Friday night's home game against the Colorado Rockies.

      Boone was ejected in the second inning for his tirade against Miller. Players Brett Gardner and DJ LeMahieu were upset with Miller's strike calls and Boone went out to argue and the field microphone picked up his words.

      He told Miller "my guys are (bleeping) savages in that box and you're having a piece of (bleep) start to this game. I feel bad for ya but (bleeping) get better."

      Boone used the savages' phrase -- with profanity -- two more times and strongly told Miller to tighten up the strike zone.

      First baseman Luke Voit was impressed with Boone's choice of the word "savages."

      "Not a lot of coaches I think would back it up and use that type of word, but I think we appreciate it," Voit told reporters on Thursday, "and we are a bunch of savages."

      --Field Level Media

  • White Sox recall Engel, demote Tilson
    By Field Level Media / Friday, July 19, 2019

    The Chicago White Sox returned Adam Engel to the major league roster on Friday after the outfielder had a productive run at Triple-A Charlotte.

    • Engel will take the roster spot of outfielder Charlie Tilson, who was optioned to Charlotte following Thursday's game at Kansas City.

      Engel, 27, was optioned to Triple-A on May 5, and has since batted .270 with 13 doubles, four triples and nine home runs at Charlotte. He also has 29 RBIs and 13 steals in 64 games at Triple-A. Engel struggled over his first 26 games with the White Sox, batting .212 with one home run and four RBIs.

      Tilson, 26, was batting .229 with one home run and 12 RBIs in 54 games for the White Sox, who open a three-game road series against the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday.

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: Smyly set to sign with Phillies
    By Field Level Media / Friday, July 19, 2019

    Free agent left-hander Drew Smyly will sign with the Philadelphia Phillies and likely join the starting rotation, according to multiple reports.

    • Smyly opted out of his minor league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday.

      Smyly, 30, pitched in 13 games (9 starts) with the Texas Rangers this season, going 1-5 with an 8.42 ERA.

      He made three starts with the Brewers Triple-A affiliate in San Antonio, going 1-0 with a 4.97 ERA.

      Over his career, Smyly has appeared in 169 games (94 starts) across six MLB seasons, compiling a 32-32 record with a 4.13 ERA and striking out 604 batters in 621 2/3 innings.

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB roundup: Strasburg knocks in 5, earns 12th win
    By Field Level Media / Friday, July 19, 2019

    Stephen Strasburg did it all for the visiting Washington Nationals on Thursday, earning his National League-leading 12th win, hitting a three-run homer and driving in five runs in a 13-4 victory over the Atlanta Braves.

    • Strasburg (12-4) pitched 5 1/3 innings and allowed three runs on eight hits, two walks and seven strikeouts.

      The right-hander's 420-foot homer, his first of the season and fourth of his career, put the finishing touch on Washington's eight-run, third-inning outburst. The blast was instrumental in helping the Nationals win for the 14th time in their past 18 games while extending Atlanta's losing streak to three games.

      Strasburg went 3-for-3, matching his career high for hits. Washington amassed 16 hits, three of them by Antony Rendon, who improved to (.458) 11-for-24 on the current road trip.

      Giants 3, Mets 2 (16 innings)

      Donovan Solano capped a two-run rally in the bottom of the 16th inning with a bases-loaded, walk-off single, giving host San Francisco its season-best sixth straight win in beating New York.

      The comeback came after Mets slugger Pete Alonso bombed his 32nd home run off minor league call-up Williams Jerez (1-0) leading off the top of the 16th to put the Mets on top 2-1.

      Alex Dickerson led off the bottom of the 16th with a double off the Mets' eighth pitcher, right-hander Chris Mazza (0-1), and Brandon Crawford tied the game with a double. The Giants then loaded the bases on a hit batsman and a single, before Solano lined his hit to right field to snap the Mets' four-game winning streak.

      Yankees 6, Rays 2 (Game 1)

      Gio Urshela homered and drove in three runs as host New York topped Tampa Bay in the opener of a doubleheader.

      Yankees manager Aaron Boone was ejected after directing a profane rant toward rookie plate umpire Brennan Miller. Boone's outburst occurred after the start of the game was delayed 86 minutes by the threat of rain although a downpour never came.

      Brett Gardner took exception to a called strike-three call in the second inning and was seen gesturing from the dugout and slamming his bat. During the subsequent at-bat of DJ LeMahieu, Boone cursed out Miller. Boone was tossed before coming out of the dugout, then came out to finish the argument before exiting for the clubhouse.

      Yankees 5, Rays 1 (Game 2)

      Didi Gregorius highlighted a four-run sixth inning with a two-run single, and New York beat visiting Tampa Bay to complete a doubleheader sweep.

      The Yankees improved to 12-5 in the season series against the Rays. New York took three of four in its final home series with Tampa Bay.

      Luis Cessa (1-1) tossed 3 1/3 scoreless innings to earn his first win since July 9, 2018 against Baltimore, which was also the second game of a doubleheader. Adam Ottavino finished up by getting the final four outs.

      Indians 6, Tigers 3

      Jose Ramirez belted a go-ahead, two-run homer in the sixth inning, and Trevor Bauer struck out 10 batters as host Cleveland completed a four-game sweep of Detroit.

      Jordan Luplow launched a two-run homer, and Ramirez recorded his third RBI on a fielder's choice in the eighth inning for the Indians, who have won 11 of their last 13 overall to move a season-high 15 games over .500.

      Harold Castro crushed a two-run homer and Niko Goodrum also went deep for the Tigers, who have lost four straight and 20 of their last 23 contests overall. Detroit has dropped 12 of 13 against Cleveland this season.

      Twins 6, A's 3

      Eddie Rosario hit a three-run, go-ahead pinch-hit home run in the seventh inning and Mitch Garver and C.J. Cron also homered as Minnesota rallied to snap a three-game losing streak by beating Oakland in Minneapolis.

      Trailing 3-1, Rosario hit the first pitch thrown by reliever Yusmeiro Petit (2-2) off the facing of the second deck in right-center, driving in Luis Arraez who had doubled off the right-field wall and Miguel Sano, who had walked, chasing starter Mike Fiers.

      Garver and Cron each added solo shots in the eighth to give the Twins a league-leading 177 home runs this season. Kyle Gibson (9-4) picked up the victory allowing three runs over seven innings. Jurickson Profar homered and Ramon Laureano had three hits for Oakland, which had a six-game winning streak snapped.

      Astros 6, Angels 2

      Wade Miley opened with 4 2/3 hitless innings as Houston won the final two games to earn a split of a four-game series by downing Los Angeles in Anaheim, Calif.

      George Springer and Alex Bregman hit solo home runs for the American League West-leading Astros and Miley (8-4) didn't allow a hit until Brian Goodwin's two-out double in the fifth inning. The left-hander went 5 1/3 innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits. He walked two and struck out three.

      Mike Trout returned to the Angels' lineup after missing three games due to a right calf strain. Trout served as the designated hitter and went 1-for-4 with a double and a run.

      Royals 6, White Sox 5

      Jorge Soler's two-run home run keyed a five-run third inning as Kansas City defeated visiting Chicago to complete a four-game sweep.

      The Royals' only previous sweep this year was a three-game set against the visiting Indians from April 12-14. Kansas City recorded its first four-game sweep of the White Sox since 1994.

      Five Kansas City players had multiple hits, including Cheslor Cuthbert with a single, a double and a homer. Chicago finished the series 4-for-30 with runners in scoring position, leaving the potential tying and go-ahead runs on base in the ninth inning Thursday.

      Phillies 7, Dodgers 6

      Rhys Hoskins bounced a go-ahead, two-run single to highlight a four-run seventh inning as host Philadelphia recorded a victory over Los Angeles.

      Adam Haseley belted his first career homer, and Bryce Harper drove in two runs for the Phillies, who salvaged a split of the four-game series to improve to 3-4 since the All-Star break.

      Enrique Hernandez homered twice among his four hits and drove in four runs while Matt Beaty also went deep and finished with three hits for the Dodgers.

      Cardinals 7, Reds 4

      Tommy Edman hit the first grand slam of the season for St. Louis to highlight a five-run sixth inning, and the Cardinals held on for a win at Cincinnati.

      The Reds went to their bullpen with a 3-2 lead to start the sixth, and Paul DeJong soon tied the game with an RBI single. Three batters later, Edman lifted the first pitch he saw from Robert Stephenson (2-2) over the fence in center for a 7-3 lead.

      DeJong also had a two-run homer, and Tyler O'Neill, Kolten Wong and Matt Wieters also had two hits each for St. Louis. Dakota Hudson (9-4) won his third consecutive start, going five innings and allowing three runs and six hits.

      Brewers 5, Diamondbacks 1

      Zach Davies pitched seven strong innings, Orlando Arcia had the go-ahead hit in a three-run eighth inning and Milwaukee beat Arizona in Phoenix.

      Davies (8-2) and Arizona counterpart Merrill Kelly each allowed one run in seven innings, but the Brewers broke through in the eighth against reliever Yoan Lopez (1-3) with three runs and four hits.

      Ryan Braun hit his 14th home run of the season for Milwaukee.

      Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 0

      Chris Sale struck out 12 over six scoreless innings while Rafael Devers and Mookie Betts homered as host Boston blanked Toronto.

      Sale (4-9) allowed only two hits and two walks, leaving after throwing 67 of his 101 pitches for strikes. Relievers Marcus Walden and Darwinzon Hernandez combined for three hitless innings as the Red Sox took three of four from the Blue Jays.

      Thomas Pannone (2-4) absorbed the loss, working 4 1/3 innings and allowing four runs on five hits and two walks. He struck out three.

      Marlins 4, Padres 3

      Brian Anderson lined a walk-off double past diving San Diego third baseman Manny Machado with one out in the ninth inning to give Miami a victory in the rubber match of a three-game series.

      Garrett Cooper started the final-inning rally with a one-out single against Trey Wingenter (1-3). Yadiel Rivera ran for Cooper, stole second on a pitch in the dirt and scored on Anderson's double that reached the left field corner.

      Marlins relievers Nick Anderson and Sergio Romo (2-0) struck out seven batters over the final three scoreless innings. The Padres fell for the fifth time in six games to open the second half.

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB notebook: Marlins activate INF Prado from IL
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, July 18, 2019

    The Miami Marlins activated veteran infielder Martin Prado from the 10-day injured list Thursday and replaced him on the IL with utility man JT Riddle.

    • Prado, 35, had been out of action since the middle of June due to a right hamstring strain. He is batting .237 with one home run and 12 RBIs in 52 games after grounding out as a pinch hitter Thursday against the San Diego Padres.

      Prado is a career .288 hitter with 99 home runs and 606 RBIs over 14 seasons with the Atlanta Braves, Arizona Diamondbacks, New York Yankees and Marlins. He was an All-Star with the Braves in 2010 and has played both first and third base this season.

      Riddle, 27, is batting .189 with six home runs and 12 RBIs over 51 games with the Marlins this season. He saw most of his action in center field but did play 12 games at shortstop. Riddle is out because of a forearm strain.

      --The Los Angeles Dodgers recalled left-hander Caleb Ferguson prior to their game against the Philadelphia Phillies, while right-hander Casey Sadler was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

      It is the third stint with the Dodgers this season for Ferguson, 23. He faced two batters Thursday, hitting one with a pitch and walking one, and he was charged with two runs, raising his ERA to 6.26.

      Sadler, 29, was acquired by the Dodgers in a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays on July 3 and added to the major league roster Monday. He made two appearances against the Phillies this week, allowing one run in 2 2/3 innings.

      --The Phillies selected the contract of right-hander Fernando Salas while also recalling left-hander Cole Irvin from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. To make room on the major league roster, the Phillies optioned left-hander Austin Davis and right-hander Edgar Garcia to Triple-A.

      Salas, 34, was added to the one remaining vacancy on the Phillies' 40-man roster while also joining the major league roster. He pitched two-thirds of an inning Thursday and allowed one run.

      Irvin, 25, made six appearances (three starts) with the Phillies earlier this season. The rookie is 2-1 this season with a 7.82 ERA.

      --The Toronto Blue Jays designated Nick Kingham for assignment to open a roster spot for Thomas Pannone, who started the team's game against the Boston Red Sox.

      It's the second time Kingham, 27, has been designated for assignment this season. He was 2-1 with a 3.50 ERA in 10 games for Toronto after being acquired for cash considerations from Pittsburgh in June. The right-hander was 1-1 with a 9.87 ERA for the Pirates in 14 games earlier this season.

      Pannone, a 25-year-old left-hander, took the loss at Boston after allowing four runs on five hits in 4 1/3 innings. He is 2-4 with a 6.39 ERA in 25 appearances (three starts) for the Blue Jays this season.

      --The Cincinnati Reds are thin at catcher after placing Curt Casali on the 10-day injured list and Kyle Farmer on the seven-day concussion list.

      Casali sprained his right knee during the Monday game against the Chicago Cubs, and he could miss a month of action, according to Reds manager David Bell. Farmer took two foul balls off the mask during Cincinnati's Tuesday game against the Cubs.

      Starting catcher Tucker Barnhart last played on June 22 and is on the IL due to a right oblique injury. Cincinnati signed journeyman Ryan Lavarnway on Thursday a day after promoting Juan Graterol from Triple-A Louisville. Graterol started Wednesday against the Cubs and was in the lineup Thursday against St. Louis.

      --Field Level Media

  • Reds lose two more catchers to injury
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, July 18, 2019

    The Cincinnati Reds are thin at catcher after placing Curt Casali on the 10-day injured list and Kyle Farmer on the seven-day concussion list on Thursday.

    • Casali sprained his right knee during the Monday game against the Chicago Cubs, and he could miss a month of action, according to Reds manager David Bell. Farmer took two foul balls off the mask during Cincinnati's Tuesday game against the Cubs.

      Starting catcher Tucker Barnhart (.191, five homers, 61 games) last played on June 22 and is on the IL due to a right oblique injury. Casali is batting .253 with six homers in 62 games and Farmer is hitting .237 with six homers in 68 contests.

      Cincinnati signed journeyman Ryan Lavarnway on Thursday one day after promoting Juan Graterol from Triple-A Louisville. Graterol started Wednesday's game against the Cubs and was also in the lineup for Thursday night's game against the St. Louis Cardinals.

      Lavarnway was released by the New York Yankees earlier Thursday. He batted .213 with three homers and 19 RBIs in 35 games at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The 31-year-old veteran hasn't appeared in any major league games this season.

      Overall, Lavarnway has a .208 batting average with seven homers and 43 RBIs with the Boston Red Sox (2011-14), Baltimore Orioles (2015), Atlanta Braves (2015), Oakland Athletics (2017) and Pittsburgh Pirates (2018).

      Cincinnati also placed right-hander David Hernandez (shoulder) on the 10-day IL, recalled utility man Josh Van Meter and right-hander Lucas Sims from Louisville and designated right-hander Jesus Reyes for assignment.

      Hernandez is 2-5 with one save and a 6.92 ERA in 43 relief appearances.

      VanMeter hit .222 in 30 games with the Reds earlier this year. Sims gave up four runs and six hits over 7 1/3 innings while beating the Pittsburgh Pirates on May 29 in his lone big-league appearance of the season. Reyes was 0-4 with a 5.66 ERA in 36 appearances for Louisville this year.

      --Field Level Media

  • Blue Jays designate RHP Kingham, add LHP Pannone
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, July 18, 2019

    The Toronto Blue Jays designated right-hander Nick Kingham for assignment to open a roster spot for left-hander Thomas Pannone, who started Thursday's game against the Boston Red Sox.

    • It is the second time Kingham has been designated for assignment this season. The 27-year old was 2-1 with a 3.50 ERA in 10 games for the Blue Jays after he was acquired for cash considerations following a DFA by the Pittsburgh Pirates in June. He was 1-1 with a 9.87 ERA for the Pirates in 14 games earlier this season.

      Pannone, 25, was 2-3 with a 6.18 ERA in 24 appearances (two starts) for the Blue Jays earlier this season. He is 6-4 in 36 games (eight starts) for the Blue Jays over the past two seasons.

      --Field Level Media

  • Phillies bolster bullpen with RHP Salas, LHP Irvin
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, July 18, 2019

    The Philadelphia Phillies selected the contract of right-hander Fernando Salas on Thursday, while the team also recalled left-hander Cole Irvin from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

    • Salas, 34, was added to the one remaining vacancy on the Phillies' 40-man roster while also being added to the major league club. He made one appearance with the Phillies earlier this season, giving up a run in an inning of work.

      Over 10 seasons, Salas is 25-28 with a 3.91 ERA over 494 appearances, all in relief, for the St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Angels, New York Mets, Arizona Diamondbacks and Phillies.

      Irvin, 25, made six appearances (three starts) with the Phillies earlier this season. The rookie is 2-1 this season with a 7.82 ERA.

      To make room on the major league roster, the Phillies optioned left-hander Austin Davis and right-hander Edgar Garcia to Triple-A. Davis had an 8.25 ERA over eight appearances, while Garcia had a 6.15 ERA in 27 appearances.

      --Field Level Media

  • Dodgers recall LHP Ferguson, option RHP Sadler
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, July 18, 2019

    The Los Angeles Dodgers recalled left-hander Caleb Ferguson prior to Thursday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies, while right-hander Casey Sadler was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    • It will be the third stint with the Dodgers this season for Ferguson, 23, who is 0-1 with a 5.48 ERA in 22 major league games this year. He did not allow a run in 11 appearances and 13 1/3 innings at Oklahoma City.

      In his second major league season, Ferguson is 7-3 with a 4.13 ERA with the Dodgers over 51 appearances (four starts).

      Sadler, 29, was acquired by the Dodgers in a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays on July 3 and added to the major league roster Monday. He made two appearances against the Phillies this week, allowing one run in 2 2/3 innings. He has a 2.05 ERA in 11 relief appearances with the Rays and Dodgers this season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Marlins activate INF Prado from injured list
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, July 18, 2019

    The Miami Marlins activated veteran infielder Martin Prado from the 10-day injured list Thursday and replaced him on the IL with utilityman JT Riddle.

    • Prado, 35, had been out of action since the middle of June with a right hamstring strain. He was batting .239 with one home run and 12 RBIs in 51 games, but could be of value in a trade to a contender before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

      Prado is a career .288 hitter with 99 home runs and 606 RBIs over 14 seasons with the Atlanta Braves, Arizona Diamondbacks, New York Yankees and Marlins. He was an All-Star with the Braves in 2010. He has played both first and third base this season.

      Riddle, 27, was batting .189 with six home runs and 12 RBIs over 51 games with the Marlins this season. He saw most of his action in center field but did play 12 games at shortstop. Riddle is out with a forearm strain.

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB roundup: Padres' Paddack shuts down Marlins
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, July 18, 2019

    Padres rookie right-hander Chris Paddack had a no-hitter through seven innings before giving up a home run in San Diego's 3-2 win over the host Miami Marlins on Wednesday.

    • Starlin Castro homered to lead off the eighth for Miami's first hit.

      Paddack (6-4) allowed the one hit over 7 2/3 innings. He issued one walk and had eight strikeouts while throwing 94 pitches in his 16th major league start. San Diego closer Kirby Yates allowed an unearned run in the ninth but still recorded his 31st save.

      The Padres scored all of their runs with two outs in the fourth inning. Manuel Margot started the rally with a two-out double to right, and he scored on Greg Garcia's single. Austin Hedges followed with a two-run homer.

      Dodgers 7, Phillies 2

      David Freese and Justin Turner homered to lead visiting Los Angeles past Philadelphia in a game that featured a 2-hour, 37-minute rain delay.

      Pedro Baez (4-2) pitched 1 2/3 shutout innings and earned the victory for the Dodgers, who have won two of three in this series. The finale will be played Thursday afternoon, less than 12 hours after the prior game ended.

      The Dodgers' latest victory featured 16 walks, 10 issued by Phillies pitchers. Los Angeles' Max Muncy walked three times. The Phillies managed just two hits, singles by Scott Kingery in the sixth inning and Adam Haseley in the ninth. Kingery also walked twice.

      Astros 11, Angels 2

      Michael Brantley hit the 100th home run of his career, and Gerrit Cole pitched seven strong innings as Houston defeated Los Angeles in Anaheim, Calif. George Springer added a three-run homer for the Astros.

      Dustin Garneau homered for the Angels, who lost for the first time in six games since the All-Star break. Los Angeles was without All-Star Mike Trout for the third consecutive game because of a right calf strain.

      Cole (10-5) allowed one run on seven hits with one walk and 11 strikeouts. The right-hander fanned the last five batters he faced.

      Indians 7, Tigers 2

      Mike Clevinger matched a career high with 12 strikeouts, and rookie Oscar Mercado and Greg Allen each drove in a pair of runs as host Cleveland defeated Detroit.

      Francisco Lindor belted a homer to ignite a four-run eighth inning for the Indians, who have won 10 of their last 12 to move within four games of the American League Central-leading Twins.

      Nicholas Castellanos launched a solo homer and Jeimer Candelario had an RBI single for the Tigers, who have lost 11 of their past 13 contests overall and 11 of 12 against Cleveland this season.

      Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 4

      Rafael Devers homered among three hits and drove in four runs to lead Boston past visiting Toronto.

      Brock Holt also had three hits for the Red Sox, who have won two of the first three contests in the four-game series. Eduardo Rodriguez (11-4) earned the victory, allowing two runs on three hits and three walks with four strikeouts.

      Teoscar Hernandez homered twice, and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. also went deep for the Blue Jays, who were outhit 14-5.

      Royals 7, White Sox 5

      Danny Duffy continued Kansas City's recent pitching dominance as the Royals defeated visiting Chicago to win the first three games of the four-game series.

      Whit Merrifield, Jorge Soler, Nicky Lopez and Alex Gordon combined to go 9-for-14 for Kansas City. Soler had three RBIs and Lopez had two.

      Duffy (4-5), who entered the game with a string of 14 2/3 scoreless innings against the White Sox, didn't allow a run until Ryan Goins launched a no-out, two-run home run in the sixth. He wound up yielding two runs on six hits in six innings. Duffy struck out five and didn't walk a batter.

      Orioles 9, Nationals 2

      Trey Mancini homered twice, and Chris Davis hit a tiebreaking single in a three-run, seventh-inning rally as Baltimore defeated visiting Washington.

      The Orioles broke the game open with five runs in the eighth. Mancini had a two-run homer in that frame, and he finished with three RBIs. Anthony Santander got a sacrifice fly while Stevie Wilkerson had an RBI double and then scored on a Rio Ruiz single.

      The game was delayed 1 hour, 32 minutes by rain at the start.

      Diamondbacks 19, Rangers 4

      Arizona scored 12 runs in the first two innings and tied its team record with 21 hits as it belted five home runs in Arlington, Texas. The 12 runs were the most the Diamondbacks had ever scored through the first two innings of a game.

      Eduardo Escobar drove in five runs and homered from both sides of the plate, including a two-run blast from the left side in a seven-run first inning that Arizona chased Texas starter Jesse Chavez (3-5). Escobar connected from the right side in the sixth, a three-run shot that was good for a 17-3 lead.

      Christian Walker reached base six times in seven at-bats -- two hits, three walks and a hit by pitch.

      Athletics 10, Mariners 2

      Mark Canha and Jurickson Profar each hit two home runs, and Homer Bailey pitched six solid innings in his A's debut as host Oakland defeated Seattle.

      Chad Pinder and Ramon Laureano also homered for the A's, who scored all of their runs via the long ball. Oakland swept the two-game series and has won six in a row overall, outscoring its opponents 47-13.

      Bailey (8-6), a veteran right-hander, was acquired Sunday in a trade with Kansas City. He allowed two runs on seven hits with no walks and six strikeouts.

      Cubs 5, Reds 2

      Kris Bryant and Addison Russell hit solo home runs, and Yu Darvish snapped his drought at Wrigley Field with six scoreless innings in Chicago's win over visiting Cincinnati.

      Darvish (3-4) turned in his second straight outing of two-hit ball over six scoreless innings. He struck out seven and got his first career win at Wrigley after 13 starts without one as a member of the Cubs. He had never before pitched in a win at Wrigley, including a loss with the Texas Rangers in 2016.

      Darvish also earned his first win this season since April 27 after 12 no-decisions and a loss.

      Cardinals 6, Pirates 5

      Paul Goldschmidt hit a go-ahead, three-run home run in the seventh inning as host St. Louis beat Pittsburgh. The Cardinals took two of three from the Pirates.

      The Pirates carried a 4-3 lead into the seventh, and Francisco Liriano (4-2) retired the first batter he faced before giving up a single to Tommy Edman and issuing a walk to Jose Martinez. Goldschmidt then greeted Michael Feliz by homering to left-center field on a 2-2 pitch.

      The rally made a winner out of John Brebbia (3-3), who threw two perfect innings of relief. Andrew Miller tossed a 1-2-3 eighth before Carlos Martinez earned his sixth save despite allowing a run in the ninth.

      Giants 11, Rockies 8

      Donovan Solano led off the sixth inning with a go-ahead home run as San Francisco completed its first four-game sweep of Colorado in Denver since 2011.

      The win was the Giants' fifth straight and sixth in seven games on a just-completed road trip that began at Milwaukee. San Francisco passed the Rockies in the standings, having won eight of nine and 12 of 14 overall.

      Derek Holland (2-4), the second Giants pitcher, was credited with the win after throwing 1 2/3 innings of hitless, scoreless ball.

      Brewers 5, Braves 4

      Christian Yelich homered for the third time in four days, one of two struck by Milwaukee hitters, to help the Brewers defeat visiting Atlanta. The win gave the Brewers their first series win over a team other than Pittsburgh since mid-May.

      Yelich hit a solo homer in the sixth inning against Dallas Keuchel (3-3) to ignite a three-run outburst that allowed Milwaukee to put the game away and ensure a series victory. It was the 34th homer for Yelich, two shy of his career high total from 2018, when he was the NL Most Valuable Player.

      Chase Anderson (5-2) pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings and allowed one hit and three walks, striking out three. It was Anderson's fifth straight start in which he has allowed two or fewer runs. He improved to 3-0 with a 3.37 ERA in six career starts against Atlanta.

      Mets 14, Twins 4

      Pinch hitter Dominic Smith belted a three-run homer, Amed Rosario had four hits, and New York routed Minnesota in Minneapolis.

      With the Mets down 3-2 in the seventh, Smith swatted an 0-2 curveball for his ninth homer. He finished 2-for-3 off the bench, adding a run-scoring single in the eighth to give him a career-high four RBIs.

      Rosario went 4-for-4 with a homer, triple, four runs and three RBIs. Adeiny Hechavarria had three hits, including two doubles, and scored twice.

      Rays at Yankees, ppd.

      The game between Tampa Bay and New York was postponed due to the forecast of severe weather in the vicinity of Yankee Stadium. The contest will be made up Thursday as part of a regular doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m. ET.

      --Field Level Media

  • Yankees acquire OF Gore from Royals
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, July 17, 2019

    The New York Yankees acquired outfielder/pinch runner Terrance Gore in a trade with the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday.

    • In exchange for Gore, Kansas City received cash considerations from New York.

      The Yankees sent Gore to play with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. While he is not on the 40-man roster, he could find himself on New York's potential playoff roster due to his speed.

      During his six years in the majors, Gore has been used primarily as a pinch runner. Before this season, Gore had appeared in 63 games, but he had only 16 at-bats compared to 27 steals in 31 attempts.

      This year, Gore played in 37 games for the Royals, compiling a .275 batting average, a .362 on-base percentage and 13 stolen bases in 51 at-bats.

      He won a World Series ring with Kansas City in 2015, appearing in two postseason games.

      The Royals had designated Gore for assignment on Friday.

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB notebook: Angels' Ramirez suspended for plunking Marisnick
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, July 17, 2019

    Los Angeles Angels right-hander Noe Ramirez was suspended for three games Wednesday and fined an undisclosed amount for hitting Houston Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick with a pitch in Tuesday's game.

    • Angels manager Brad Ausmus was suspended for one game and also fined an undisclosed amount, according to Major League Baseball chief baseball officer Joe Torre. Ausmus was set to serve his punishment Wednesday night when the Astros and Angels were to play again.

      Ramirez will appeal his suspension, according to multiple media reports, delaying the possible penalty until after the process is complete.

      --Former pitcher Ernie Broglio, known for being part of one of the most lopsided trades in baseball history, died of cancer at age 83 on Tuesday in San Jose, Calif., according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

      The right-hander became part of baseball lore after being traded by the St. Louis Cardinals to the Chicago Cubs in June 1964. He was the key piece that the Cardinals sent in a six-player deal that netted them a young player named Lou Brock.

      Brock emerged with the Cardinals and was a six-time All-Star en route to being inducted into the Hall of Fame. He had 3,023 hits and 938 stolen bases in a stellar career that ended in 1979. Broglio went 7-19 with a 5.40 ERA in 2 1/2 seasons with the Cubs. He never pitched for another major league team.

      --New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman said a report of him "one million percent" planning to opt out of the final two years of his contract is "completely false."

      The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal, citing sources, reported Wednesday that Chapman, 31, will enter free agency and forfeit the final two years and $30 million of the five-year, $86 million contract he signed in December 2016.

      --The Philadelphia Phillies placed outfielder Jay Bruce on the 10-day injured list because of a right oblique strain.

      Bruce sustained the injury in the third inning Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Phillies replaced him on the roster by recalling outfielder Nick Williams from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

      --Philadelphia Phillies reliever Hector Neris was suspended for three games and fined an undisclosed amount for throwing near the head of David Freese of the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night.

      Neris was ejected, as was Phillies manager Gabe Kapler, who argued on Neris' behalf. Neris denied he intended to hit Freese and will appeal the suspension. He can play until the matter is resolved.

      --Chicago White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez, who leads American League rookies with 17 home runs, was placed on the 10-day injured list because of a right ulnar nerve contusion.

      The White Sox purchased the contract of infielder Ryan Goins from Triple-A Charlotte. Chicago also outrighted right-handed pitcher Juan Minaya to Charlotte after he had been designated for assignment on Saturday.

      --The Cincinnati Reds placed relief pitcher Raisel Iglesias on the paternity list and called up catcher Juan Graterol from Triple-A Louisville.

      --Kansas City Royals shortstop Adalberto Mondesi was placed on the 10-day injured list, one day after partially dislocating his left shoulder in a game against the Chicago White Sox.

      Kansas City recalled infielder Humberto Arteaga from Triple-A Omaha to replace Mondesi. Also, right-hander Jake Newberry was optioned to Omaha to clear a roster spot for left-hander Mike Montgomery, who was acquired from the Chicago Cubs on Monday in exchange for catcher Martin Maldonado.

      --Oakland All-Star third baseman Matt Chapman exited the Athletics' game against the visiting Seattle Mariners due to a left ankle injury. A's manager Bob Melvin said after the contest that Chapman is day-to-day.

      --Colorado Rockies All-Star outfielder David Dahl is considered day-to-day after he left Wednesday's game against the San Francisco Giants with a left foot contusion.

      --The Colorado Rockies transferred rookie infielder Brendan Rodgers to the 60-day injured list following his surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder.

      --Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora doesn't expect the discord between left-hander David Price and Hall of Fame pitcher Dennis Eckersley to disrupt the team's locker room after the beef resurfaced.

      Price tweeted Wednesday in response to comments made by Eckersley -- a Red Sox TV analyst -- to the Boston Globe in a story published Tuesday. The two initially clashed in 2017 over comments Eckersley made about one of Price's teammates.

      --Elijah "Pumpsie" Green, the first black player in Red Sox history, died at age 85.

      Green entered as a pinch runner against the Chicago White Sox on July 21, 1959, to become the first black player to play in a game for Boston. He ended with a career batting average of .246 with 13 homers and 74 RBIs in 344 games for the Red Sox and the New York Mets.

      --Field Level Media

  • Green, first black player for Red Sox, dies at 85
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, July 17, 2019

    Elijah "Pumpsie" Green, the first black player in Boston Red Sox history, died on Wednesday in San Leandro, Calif. He was 85.

    • The Red Sox confirmed Green's death on Wednesday and also held a moment of silence prior to their Wednesday night home game against the Toronto Blue Jays.

      "Pumpsie Green occupies a special place in our history," Red Sox principal owner John Henry said in a press release. "He was, by his own admission, a reluctant pioneer, but we will always remember him for his grace and perseverance in becoming our first African-American player. He paved the way for the many great Sox players of color who followed. For that, we all owe Pumpsie a debt of gratitude."

      Green entered as a pinch runner against the Chicago White Sox on July 21, 1959, to become the first black player to play in a game for Boston. The Red Sox were the last major league team to integrate.

      Green played parts of four seasons with the Red Sox (1959-62) and one season with the New York Mets (1963). He had a career batting average of .246 with 13 homers and 74 RBIs in 344 games.

      "We salute the courage Pumpsie Green demonstrated 60 years ago when he became our first player of color," Red Sox chairman Tom Werner said in a statement. "Despite the challenges he faced, he showed great resilience and took pride in wearing our uniform. He honored us by his presence. We send our deepest condolences to Pumpsie's family and friends."

      Green, an Oklahoma native who went to high school and college in Northern California, was inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2018.

      --Field Level Media

  • Cora: Price-Eckersley beef won't distract Red Sox
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, July 17, 2019

    Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora doesn't expect the discord between left-hander David Price and Hall of Fame pitcher Dennis Eckersley to disrupt the team's locker room after the beef resurfaced Wednesday.

    • "I do feel it is not going to be a distraction," Cora said on WEEI radio. "I really believe that. I know my clubhouse. I know how I do things in the clubhouse. The only thing that we have to do is play baseball."

      Price tweeted Wednesday in response to comments made by Eckersley -- a Red Sox TV analyst -- to the Boston Globe in a story published Tuesday.

      In the story, Eckersley addressed a 2017 confrontation with Price on the team plane by saying, "I didn't know how to deal with that. I don't plan on saying a word to him, I don't plan on seeing him, never. I don't really give a (expletive) one way or another. I don't think he really cares one way or the other."

      Price replied to the story on Twitter with a series of crying-laughing emojis. He said in another tweet he had set up a meeting to apologize to Eckersley, but the latter backed out that day.

      Asked by a Twitter user why the story was resurfacing, Price replied, "Because ECK needs attention!! Same as every broadcast...hahah 8 pitches are thrown and he's sitting there talking about something he did 30 years ago (with zero mention of what's going on)."

      Price offered more on Eckersley to reporters before Wednesday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park.

      "Honestly, I just think it's trash," Price said. "He had an unbelievable career and he's a Hall of Famer. I saw his special on MLB Network. It was cool. The one thing that stood out to me was that he had zero former teammates in that interview. Not one talking about him. It was him talking about himself.

      "If anybody ever does a special on me after baseball, I won't need to go on that interview. I will have former teammates. I will have former coaches. He didn't have that. To me, that's all you need to know. That tells the story right there."

      Two years ago, Price took issue with Eckersley's on-air comments about Red Sox lefty Eduardo Rodriguez. Price confronted Eckersley on the team plane afterward, blocking him in the aisle and cursing at him.

      Cora, who was hired in 2018, was not around for the initial incident, but he said he isn't worried about the situation.

      "When I got here, somebody asked me about that story, and I wasn't here when it happened," Cora said. "I talked to David this morning and how he feels about it. We're going to keep it between ourselves. At the same time, if we're going to turn the page, we have to turn the page."

      Cora added he has not talked to Eckersley on the subject and doesn't plan to.

      --Field Level Media