First came the 6-2 defeat to the Baltimore Orioles after the teams played the game's final four innings, five days after they played the first five-plus.
Then came the news after the game that Nationals second baseman Starlin Castro sustained a broken right wrist during the game and would be placed on the 10-day injured list.
To fill Castro's spot on the roster, Washington called up prospect Luis Garcia and promptly put him into the starting lineup for Friday's regularly scheduled game between the Nationals and Orioles in Baltimore. Garcia made his major league debut
Castro broke his wrist making a diving stop on a ball in the sixth inning Friday. He stayed in the game through the top of the seventh, but no balls were hit his way that inning. When it was Castro's turn to bat in the bottom of the seventh, manager Dave Martinez lifted him for pinch hitter Wilmer Difo, and Castro got X-rays on the wrist.
"He's pretty sore," Martinez told reporters after the game, before he knew the severity of the injury.
Castro, 30, is hitting .283 with two home runs and four RBIs in 16 games. The four-time All-Star signed a two-year deal with Washington in the offseason.
Garcia, 20, is one of the Nationals' most highly regarded prospects, named the organization's minor league defensive player of the year last season. He batted .257 with four home runs and 30 RBIs in 129 games at Double-A Harrisburg (Pa.) last season. He also stole 11 bases in 16 chances and did not make an error in 38 games at second base.
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New York manager Aaron Boone termed the strain as "very mild" and said the IL stint would hopefully prevent further injury.
Judge departed Tuesday's game against the Atlanta Braves due to the injury. He missed Wednesday's game and the club had the day off Thursday.
"In the end, after some tests yesterday, he's got a very mild strain of his calf," Boone told reporters. "It's something that I think he really wants to try to work through here and kind of wants to be out there.
"It feels like it's a day-to-day thing, which it very well may be, but I just think obviously it goes without saying with how important a player as Aaron is to us. I just feel like especially with it being retroactive to Wednesday now a couple days into the 10-day IL, I just think it's really important that he not go out there and hurt this thing significantly trying to play through something.
"Hopefully it should be a pretty short stint on the IL."
Judge entered play on Friday with a major league-best nine homers. He is batting .290 with 20 RBIs in 17 games.
Overall, he is a career .274 hitter with 119 home runs and 266 RBIs over 413 games in five seasons.
Mike Tauchman (9-for-30 this season) started in Judge's place in right field against the Boston Red Sox on Friday night.
New York recalled infielder Thairo Estrada from the alternate training site to fill the roster opening. Estrada was 2-for-2 with the Yankees earlier this season and has a career average of .273 with three homers and 13 RBIs in 66 at-bats over the past two seasons.
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The pitchers were placed on the restricted list Tuesday after violating team safety and health policies by going out with friends on Saturday night in Chicago. They were placed in quarantine and underwent COVID-19 testing.
Clevinger and Plesac both issued apologies to the organization, their teammates and fans earlier this week.
Plesac is 1-1 with a 1.29 ERA in three outings this season. He was 8-6 with a 3.81 ERA last season in 21 starts as a rookie.
Plesac, 25, is playing this season on a one-year deal for the major-league minimum of $563,500.
Clevinger is 1-1 this season in three starts with a 3.24 ERA. He was 13-4 for the Indians last season with a career-best 2.71 ERA in 21 starts. He is 42-22 with a 3.20 ERA in 100 appearances (87 starts) over his five-year career, all with the Indians.
Clevinger, 29, avoided arbitration by signing a one-year, $4.1 million contract in January.
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The two-time Cy Young Award winner told reporters on a Zoom chat that his condition is not related to the back injury that bothered him in summer camp last month.
"It's a different spot, so I would say it's separate," deGrom said. "What's aggravating is this popped up out of nowhere. I've been feeling really good. I don't know if I slept on it wrong or what, but this came out of nowhere and hit me by surprise. It's really frustrating."
Right-hander Walter Lockett is expected to make the spot start against the Phillies. It would be his season debut.
deGrom is 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA in four starts this season, with 28 strikeouts and five walks in 22 innings.
The three-time All-Star and two-time defending Cy Young winner is 68-49 with a 2.62 ERA and 1,283 strikeouts in 1,123 2/3 innings since making his 2014 debut with the Mets.
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The four positive tests -- two players and two staff members -- were all from the St. Louis Cardinals. The other 29 teams had zero positive tests through the end of Thursday.
That brings the total to 75 positive tests out of 66,127 samples since monitoring testing began, or 0.11 percent.
The total includes 51 players and 24 staff members from 19 different clubs.
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McGee, 61, did not test positive for COVID-19 but is considered high risk due to elevated blood pressure.
"At this point, it's God, family, baseball," McGee told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch of his current priorities.
The Cardinals are scheduled to return to the field Saturday for the first time since July 29. St. Louis had players and staff drive individual rental cars to Chicago, where a doubleheader with the White Sox kicks off a stretch of eight games in five days.
Three of McGee's older children and five grandchildren live with him in California.
Team president John Mozeliak said he supported, even encouraged, McGee to stay home.
"We feel it is in his best interest for him to head home," Mozeliak said.
McGee, a four-time All-Star and the 1985 National League MVP, played for the team from 1982-90 and 1996-99. He has been a Cardinals coach for three seasons. He was last tested for COVID-19 on Friday and plans to be tested again next week. He will attempt to help coach outfielders remotely.
"I'll miss it tremendously. Baseball is one of my all-time loves. I've been around it all my life. I'm missing it already," McGee said.
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Laureano was originally suspended six games for charging the Houston Astros dugout during Sunday's game.
Laureano will miss the team's weekend series with the San Francisco Giants and Monday's opener against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He'll be eligible to return for Tuesday night's game against the D-backs.
After getting hit by a pitch for the second time in the game and third in the series, Laureano, who was at first base, charged the Houston bench following an exchange with Astros hitting coach Alex Cintron that allegedly included derogatory remarks about the outfielder's mother. Cintron, who was suspended for 20 games, denied saying anything about Laureano's mother.
Laureano, 26, is hitting .262/.398/.462 with three homers and 12 RBIs in 19 games this season.
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Major League Baseball issued a revised schedule on Friday for the Cardinals, who have only played five games this season and have been idle since July 29.
St. Louis had 18 consecutive games postponed due to at least 18 positive COVID-19 tests within the organization, including 10 players.
Following Saturday's doubleheader in Chicago against the White Sox, the Cardinals will conclude the series Sunday at Guaranteed Rate Field.
After that, they will remain in Chicago for doubleheaders on Monday and Wednesday against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. The Cardinals then return home for a four-game series with the Cincinnati Reds, starting Thursday.
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The Astros optioned RHP Nivaldo Rodriguez to their alternate training site to make room for Alvarez.
Alvarez was put on IL a month ago for an unspecified reason.
Alvarez, 23, had an impressive start to his major league career, batting .313 in 97 games last season with 27 home runs and 78 RBIs.
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Betts matched Johnny Mize and Sammy Sosa as the only players in major league history to hit three home runs in a game six times. According to STATS, Betts is also the first player in major league history to hit three home runs in the first five innings of a game three times.
In just his 19th game with his new club, Betts hit home runs in the second, fourth and fifth innings. One came off Padres starter Chris Paddack, while the other two were off Luis Perdomo. Betts has seven home runs on the season.
Corey Seager, A.J. Pollock and Austin Barnes also went deep as the Dodgers emerged from some recent scuffles that saw them score just three total runs in the first two games of the series against the Padres, both defeats.
Cubs 4, Brewers 2
Yu Darvish carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning, and Chicago held on to win at Milwaukee.
Brewers slugger Justin Smoak broke up Darvish's no-hit effort with one out in the seventh when he ripped a solo home run down the right-field line. The blast marked the only hit of the night against Darvish (3-1), who walked two and struck out 11 before yielding to the bullpen to start the eighth. Chicago won for the 13th time in 16 games this season, improving its best record in the major leagues. It is the best start for the franchise since 1907.
Kyle Schwarber went deep for the Cubs, who have won seven home games in a row. Ian Happ finished 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI, while Javier Baez and David Bote also notched RBIs. Brewers starter Brett Anderson (0-2) drew the loss after allowing two runs on five hits in 4 1/3 innings. He walked two and struck out five.
Rays 17, Red Sox 8
Hunter Renfroe slugged a pair of home runs to help Tampa Bay notch a four-game series sweep over host Boston It was the first time in club history that the Rays scored at least eight runs in all four games of a series, and they set a new mark by totaling 42 runs in that span.
Their sixth straight win overall increased their record to 13-1 at Fenway Park since August 2018. They also had a four-game sweep in Boston from April 16-19, 2010.
Jalen Beeks (1-1) earned the win after replacing starter Tyler Glasnow to start the fifth inning. Anthony Banda collected his first career save. Jose Peraza and Jonathan Arauz had two hits, but Arauz made one of Boston's four errors -- third baseman Rafael Devers committed three throwing -- that led to five total unearned runs. Michael Chavis went 2-for-2 with a triple.
Mets 8, Nationals 2
Tomas Nido had a career day as New York handed visiting Washington a sixth loss in its last eight games.
Nido hit a two-run homer and a grand slam in consecutive at-bats, in the fourth and fifth innings, as the Mets salvaged a split in the four-game series. His six RBIs were also a career high, and the grand slam was the first of his career.
David Peterson (3-1) got the win for the Mets after allowing an unearned run and one hit in five innings. Juan Soto hit his fourth homer in the series in the sixth inning for the Nationals. Starter Austin Voth (0-2) took the lass after giving up three runs on six hits over four innings.
Pirates 9, Reds 6
Adam Frazier, Colin Moran and Gregory Polanco all homered in the first two innings, and visiting Pittsburgh rolled past Cincinnati to snap a three-game losing skid.
Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani (1-1) had not given up a run in either of his first two starts, but was shelled for nine runs on nine hits and the three long balls in just two innings of work. Nick Senzel had three hits with a homer and four RBIs.
The trio of solo home runs early on for the Pirates sparked an offense that led 9-0 after an inning and a half. Pittsburgh starter Trevor Williams (1-3) capitalized to earn his first win after giving up three runs on seven hits over five innings.
Orioles 11, Phillies 4
Pedro Severino homered, singled twice and drove in three runs to lead visiting Baltimore past and complete a three-game sweep as Anthony Santander added a double and three RBIs while Jose Iglesias had two hits and two RBIs.
Orioles starter Tom Eshelman, a former Phillies prospect, tossed five effective innings and gave up four hits and two runs. Eshelman (1-0) threw 68 pitches, 46 for strikes. J.T. Realmuto homered twice and drove in four runs, Bryce Harper had two hits and prized prospect Alec Bohm doubled in his major league debut for the Phillies.
Phillies starter Jake Arrieta (1-2) lasted 4 2/3 innings and allowed seven hits and four runs while striking out four and walking one.
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The White Sox confirmed the news Thursday evening, announcing that a straight doubleheader will start at 2:10 p.m. ET on Saturday.
The St. Louis Post Dispatch indicated that Saturday's doubleheader is contingent on an unspecified number of pending COVID-19 tests.
General manager John Mozeliak also revealed in a conference call with reporters that the Cardinals will play two more doubleheaders next week during their extended stay in Chicago. St. Louis will play two games Monday and two more Wednesday when they pay a visit to Wrigley Field to face the Cubs.
The Cardinals had a three-game home series against the Cubs postponed last weekend.
The Cardinals last played July 29 at Minnesota then had 18 consecutive games postponed after a spate of positive COVID-19 tests among players, and staff. A total of 10 of the 18 positive tests were among players.
The latest postponed game came Friday in the opener of a three-game series against the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field.
As if getting back to action was not challenging enough, multiple reports indicated that Cardinals players are being asked to drive individually from St. Louis to Chicago. According to ESPN, it was mandated that the five-hour drive be made in rental cars.
Separate reports Friday indicated that another member of the Cardinals staff had recently tested positive for COVID-19. That ended a two-day streak of no positives. According to USA Today, that staff member had been in isolation and was not in contact with team members.
While one game of Saturday's doubleheader will make up for Friday's postponement, it left 17 more games to make up by the time the regular season ends Sept. 27 against the Milwaukee Brewers. No details were given on what the team's schedule would look like beyond next week's five-game series at Wrigley Field.
Beginning Saturday, the Cardinals will have 44 days to play 55 games, including all postponed contests. MLB has indicated that it does not expect the Cardinals to play all of their outstanding games.
The Cardinals were 2-3 and on a three-game losing streak when their season was paused.
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It's the first time a Major League Baseball team has offered up its facility as a voting site. Thursday's announcement is the culmination of a partnership between the Dodgers, the city, and More Than a Vote, the organization LeBron helped to create in June to combat voter suppression.
"I may still be new to LA but didn't take long for me to learn how special the relationship is between the Dodgers and Lakers. We are all in this together," James said in a statement. "I'm really proud we were able to help the Dodgers become the first MLB stadium to open for voting. ... A lot of us now working together and here for every team who wants to follow the Dodgers lead and turn their stadium into a safer place for voting."
The Dodgers have offered their stadium as a site for coronavirus testing and food distribution in recent months. The site will be accessible with free parking to any registered voter in Los Angeles County for the presidential election on Nov. 3. The county allows voters to use any of 1,000 sites in the metropolitan area.
Dodger Stadium will follow all CDC and Public Health guidelines regarding social distancing, the release said.
Three NBA teams have partnered with LeBron to open their facilities for voting - the Atlanta Hawks, Milwaukee Bucks and Detroit Pistons.
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MLB Network's Jon Heyman said an X-ray of McNeil's left knee was negative, so the Mets are hopeful it is just a bad bruise. He will have an MRI to confirm the extent of the injury.
Playing in left field, McNeil stretched to make the catch to rob Asdrubal Cabrera's bid for extra bases as well as the Nationals of a potential big inning.
He was unable to walk off the field before a cart was summoned to take him to the trainer's room.
Billy Hamilton entered the game in place of McNeil, who is hitting .293 with seven RBIs this season.
McNeil, 28, made the All-Star team in 2019 and batted .318 with 23 homers and 75 RBIs in 133 games.
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The Phillies will retire No. 15 on Sept. 3, the 57th anniversary of Allen's debut with the club. Further, the Phillies will honor Allen again during the 2021 season when fans will be back in the stands.
"Dick Allen burst onto the 1964 Phillies and immediately established himself as a superstar. His legendary performance on the field gave millions of fans lasting memories, and he helped cement my love for baseball and the Phillies as a young boy," Phillies managing partner John Middleton said in a statement.
"The Phillies organization is thrilled to give Dick and his family this honor that recognizes his Hall of Fame-worthy career and his legacy as one of the greatest Phillies of all time."
Allen, 78, spent nine of his 15 major league seasons with the Phillies and won National League Rookie of the Year in 1964.
During his time with Philadelphia, Allen batted .290 with 204 doubles, 204 home runs, 655 RBIs, a .371 on-base percentage and a .530 slugging percentage (.902 OPS) in 1,070 games. His slugging percentage is second-best in Phillies history, behind only Hall of Famer Chuck Klein (.553), and he ranks 10th in home runs.
Allen joins Hall of Famers Richie Ashburn (1), Jim Bunning (14), Mike Schmidt (20), Steve Carlton (32), Roy Halladay (34) and Robin Roberts (36) as the only Phillies in team history to have their numbers retired. Allen will be the only one, however, not in the Hall of Fame.
A seven-time All-Star, Allen also played for the St. Louis Cardinals (1970), Los Angeles Dodgers (1971), Chicago White Sox (1972-74) and Oakland A's (1977) in addition to his two stints with the Phillies. He was voted the American League MVP in 1972 after leading the league in homers (37), RBIs (113), walks (99) and OPS (1.023).
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Multiple outlets said the teams will play a doubleheader Saturday, which would mark the Cardinals' first action since July 29.
There was no immediate official confirmation from Major League Baseball.
Saturday's games are contingent upon the results from the latest round of COVID-19 testing.
MLB Network's Jon Heyman posted Thursday on Twitter that he'd heard a St. Louis coach had tested positive.
The Cardinals have only played five games this season due to a rash of positive coronavirus tests affecting at least 16 players and staff members.
St. Louis was scheduled to play three games against the White Sox this weekend, followed by three against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field from Monday to Wednesday.
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Left-hander Sam Freeman also landed on the IL due to a left flexor mass strain, and the Nats selected the contract of lefty Seth Romero, the team's first-round pick in the 2017 draft.
Doolittle is on the IL, retroactive to Aug. 11, with right knee fatigue. Doolittle, 33, appeared in five games and allowed five earned runs on seven hits with two walks and two strikeouts in three innings.
Harris, 35, appeared in two games before landing on the IL with a right groin strain on July 31. He allowed three runs (one earned) on three hits with two walks and two strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings.
Harris is 23-18 with 20 saves and a 2.85 ERA in 421 career relief appearances with the Colorado Rockies (2012), Arizona Diamondbacks (2013-14), Houston Astros (2015-19) and Nationals. He was an All-Star in 2016.
Freeman, 33, has a 0.00 ERA through seven bullpen appearances this season, allowing two hits with seven walks and six strikeouts in five innings.
Freeman is 8-7 with a 3.54 ERA in 271 career games, all in relief, with the St. Louis Cardinals (2012-14), Texas Rangers (2015), Milwaukee Brewers (2016), Atlanta Braves (2017-18), Los Angeles Angels (2019) and Nationals.
Romero joins the active roster for the first time in his Major League career. The 24-year-old did not pitch in 2019, recovering from Tommy John surgery in August of 2018. He appeared in 14 games (14 starts) during his Minor League career before the surgery, recording a 4.37 ERA with 69 strikeouts in 47.1 innings.
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With Eddy Alvarez placed at second to start the 10th, Jon Berti bunted for a single against Rafael Dolis (0-1) and stole second. After Sierra broke the 11-11 tie with his single, Jesus Aguilar followed a sacrifice with an RBI single for his fourth RBI of the game.
Brandon Kintzler (1-0) pitched 1 1/3 innings to earn the win. Josh A. Smith pitched around a walk in the bottom of the 10th for his first save this season as Miami gained a split in the two-game series.
Brian Anderson hit a three-run homer for Miami, which led 8-0 after the top of the third.
Toronto, which finished with seven homers, had home runs in six straight innings for the first time in franchise history.
Mets 11, Nationals 6
Brandon Nimmo, Pete Alonso and Dominic Smith each homered Wednesday night as host New York overcame a two-homer performance by Washington's Juan Soto.
Soto drove in four of Washington's runs, including three in the top of the first inning when he clouted a 466-foot shot that cleared the seats in the upper deck in right field. Loser Anibal Sanchez (0-3) endured his third straight rough start, puffing his earned run average up to 9.69.
But New York countered Soto's first homer with a four-run rally in the first that Nimmo initiated with a leadoff homer to right, and the Mets put the game away with a five-run sixth inning. Jeurys Familia (1-0), the third of seven Mets pitchers, fanned four in two scoreless innings to earn the win.
Athletics 8, Angels 4
Robbie Grossman, Matt Olson and Stephen Piscotty homered, and the bullpen pitched 3 1/3 hitless innings to lead Oakland past host Los Angeles to avoid a three-game sweep.
A's center fielder Ramon Laureano, still playing as he appeals a six-game suspension for his role his last Sunday's fight with the Houston Astros, robbed Brian Goodwin of what would have been a game-tying home run in the seventh inning then added a two-run single the following inning. Angels center fielder Mike Trout hit his eighth home run of the season, a solo blast in the first inning.
Oakland starter Chris Bassitt (2-0) gave up four runs on five hits in 5 2/3 innings, getting help from four relievers -- Jake Diekman, Yusmeiro Petit, Joakim Soria and Liam Hendriks -- who combined for five strikeouts and two walks to finish it off.
Cubs 7, Indians 2
Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant each belted a solo homer, and Kyle Hendricks tossed six strong innings to lift visiting Chicago past Cleveland.
David Bote ripped a two-run single, and former Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis and Jason Heyward each had an RBI double for the Cubs, who recorded a sweep of the two-game series in Cleveland for their eighth win in nine outings.
Jose Ramirez and Francisco Lindor each drove in a run for the Indians, who had won five of their previous six before the Cubs came to town.
Dodgers 6, Padres 0
Tony Gonsolin set a career high with eight strikeouts, and the Los Angeles offense piled on late in defeating visiting San Diego. The Padres had won the previous two games in a four-game set that concludes Thursday.
Gonsolin was a late addition to the rotation Wednesday after the Dodgers elected to give left-hander Julio Urias an extra day of rest. In 4 2/3 scoreless innings, he allowed one walk and gave up three hits. Justin Turner hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning.
Padres starter Zach Davies (2-2) lasted seven innings, giving up his two runs on four hits with two walks and five strikeouts. The Dodgers' bullpen held the Padres scoreless over the final 4 1/3 innings with Blake Treinen (1-1) picking up his first win in a Los Angeles uniform.
Rangers 7, Mariners 4
Derek Dietrich reached base in all four plate appearances in his Texas debut as the Rangers rallied from an early four-run deficit to defeat visiting Seattle.
Dietrich, signed by the Rangers as a free agent on Monday after being released by both Cincinnati and the Chicago Cubs in a three-week span, went 3-for-3 with a double and sparked the offense when he was hit by a pitch in the sixth inning.
Reliever Jonathan Hernandez (3-0) got the victory, with Rafael Montero pitching the ninth for his fourth save. Austin Nola went 2-for-5 with a double and home run, and Daniel Vogelbach also homered for Seattle.
White Sox 7, Tigers 5
Tim Anderson had four hits, including a home run, and scored three runs as Chicago won the rubber game of its series vs. Detroit despite surrendering four unearned runs.
Anderson and Eloy Jimenez hit back-to-back homers to open the game. Luis Robert supplied a three-run, go-ahead double in the fifth inning for the White Sox, who saw starter Dylan Cease (3-1) give up five runs (one earned) on seven hits with five strikeouts.
Anderson led off the game and fouled off six pitches with two strikes before blasting a Boyd slider over the left-field wall. Jimenez deposited an 0-2 pitch over the right-field fence. Anderson then led off the third with a triple and scored two batters later on Jose Abreu's RBI groundout.
Diamondbacks 13, Rockies 7
Starling Marte homered, had three hits and drove in four runs, while Nick Ahmed had two of his three hits during an eight-run seventh inning as Arizona blew out host Colorado.
Kole Calhoun and Christian Walker added three hits apiece, and David Peralta had two hits and three RBIs as all the offense made a winner of reliever Andrew Chafin (1-1).
The Diamondbacks pounded out 18 hits, but the Rockies had 13 of their own and had forged a 5-5 tie before the tide-turning seventh. Nolan Arenado had two home runs, and Garrett Hampson had four hits for Colorado. Reliever Tyler Kinley (0-1) took the loss.
Rays 9, Red Sox 5
Brandon Lowe and Yoshi Tsutsugo smacked two-run homers and Willy Adames and Austin Meadows hit solo shots as Tampa Bay won at Boston.
Blake Snell tossed five shutout innings as the Rays beat the Red Sox for the third consecutive day and won their fifth straight game. Lowe went 3-for-5 with three runs, Yandy Diaz went 3-for-5 with one RBI and Kevin Kiermaier went 3-for-4 for the Rays, who had 15 hits.
J.D. Martinez hit a grand slam for the Red Sox, who lost for the eighth time in the past 11 games. Kevin Pillar went 4-for-5.
Orioles 5, Phillies 4
Chance Sisco homered, singled and drove in three runs to lift Baltimore past host Philadelphia for the second game in a row.
Anthony Santander homered among his two hits and Rio Ruiz added a home run for the Orioles. Andrew Knapp had three hits, his first three-hit game since 2017, and two RBIs, while Andrew McCutchen and Bryce Harper contributed two hits each for the Phillies.
Orioles starter Wade LeBlanc lasted only 3 1/3 innings and allowed six hits and three runs. Shawn Armstrong (2-0) earned the win in relief while Cole Sulser picked up his fourth save after throwing a scoreless ninth inning. Phillies starter Zach Eflin (0-1) gave up seven hits and four runs while striking out a career-best 10 in six innings.
Astros 5, Giants 1
Zack Greinke recorded his first win of the season, and Martin Maldonado drilled a three-run home run in the sixth inning as host Houston claimed the rubber match of a three-game interleague series against San Francisco.
Greinke (1-0) allowed a leadoff triple to Giants center fielder Mike Yastrzemski and an RBI single to the second batter he faced, Alex Dickerson, before handcuffing the Giants into the seventh inning. He allowed one run on seven hits and a walk with seven strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings
With the game tied at 1-1, Houston pounced on Giants left-hander Caleb Baragar (2-1) to open the sixth. After three hits to load the bases, a Baragar wild pitch scored the first run, and Maldonado followed with his second home run this season.
Yankees 6, Braves 3
DJ LeMahieu collected four hits, and Clint Frazier homered and had three hits in his season debut as New York beat Atlanta to improve to 6-0 in games played at Yankee Stadium.
LeMahieu hit three singles and a triple, ending the night with a league-leading .431 batting average. He scored the tiebreaking run from first on a double by Aaron Hicks off the left-center-field fence in the fourth inning. Gary Sanchez also homered for the Yankees.
Johan Camargo hit a two-run homer for the Braves, who played without Ronald Acuna Jr. (sore left wrist) for the second straight game.
Twins 12, Brewers 2
Byron Buxton hit two home runs and Miguel Sano also homered to lead a 15-hit attack as visiting Minnesota cruised to a rout of Milwaukee in the rubber game of a three-game series.
Buxton finished 3-for-5, Mitch Garver had three hits and scored twice, and Marwin Gonzalez and Luis Arraez each added two hits for the Twins, who led 11-0 after five innings. All nine Minnesota starters had a hit by the fourth inning.
Eric Lauer (0-2) gave up seven runs on nine hits in 3 2/3 innings. Milwaukee's Luis Urias had two hits and two RBIs, and Justin Smoak had a single and a double.
Royals 5, Reds 4
Brad Keller allowed two hits over six scoreless innings and Salvador Perez had three hits with three RBIs, but Kansas City needed to hold on for a win over host Cincinnati.
Through two starts, Keller (2-0, 0.00 ERA) has yielded just five hits over 11 innings without giving up a run. He needed to work at times on Wednesday, yet was still solid. However, the Royals nearly blew a 5-0 lead.
Apparently hurt covering first base in the second, Cincinnati starter Wade Miley (0-2, 16.20 ERA) lasted just 1 2/3 innings. He allowed one run, two hits, two walks and struck out two while throwing 44 pitches.
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Alonso's return to San Diego puts him on the same team as his brother-in-law Manny Machado. Alonso's sister Yainee is married to Machado.
Alonso, who has 10 years of major league experience, might not join the major league team right away. He is expected to spend time at the club's alternate training site upon his arrival.
The 33-year old from Cuba, who grew up in the Miami area, is a career .259 hitter with 100 home runs and 426 RBIs for the Cincinnati Reds, Oakland A's, Colorado Rockies, Cleveland Indians, Seattle Mariners and Chicago White Sox, in addition to the Padres.
He played in San Diego from 2012-15, batting .271 with 27 home runs and 165 RBIs over 439 games.
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Kelly was handed an eight-game suspension after multiple pitches came near Astros batters during a July 28 game. He also appeared to taunt the Astros' Carlos Correa after striking him out, leading to the benches emptying.
Kelly immediately appealed the suspension and appeared in five games while awaiting a decision. In the interim, he was placed on the 10-day injured list Monday with shoulder inflammation.
The MLB Players Association still disagreed with the length of Kelly's reduced suspension, stating, "While we understand the concerns raised by the league with respect to a bench-clearing incident during this challenging season, we're disappointed by the decision. It was an unfair result for Joe Kelly given the cases presented."
Kelly, 32, is expected to start serving his suspension when his IL stint is complete. He has not given up a run in seven appearances this season, although he has struggled with his control, walking five batters and throwing two wild pitches in 6 1/3 innings.
In nine seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals, Boston Red Sox and Dodgers, Kelly is 48-29 with a 3.89 ERA in 312 appearances, 79 of which were starts. He has been used exclusively as a reliever since 2017.
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Judge was removed in the sixth inning of Tuesday's 9-6 victory over the Atlanta Braves. Mike Tauchman was called on to pinch hit for Judge.
According to manager Aaron Boone, Judge's discomfort could have been the result of four games on the artificial turn of Tampa Bay's Tropicana Field last weekend.
While Judge requested to play, Boone thought consecutive days of rest would be a benefit to his slugger. The Yankees have an off day Thursday before opening a three-game series with the Red Sox on Friday.
Asked if Judge would play Friday against the Red Sox, Boone was somewhat guarded saying, "I hope so, but in a lot of ways, that's a long way from now."
Judge is batting .290 this season and was leading baseball in home runs (nine) and tied for the lead in RBIs (20) at the start of play Wednesday. He is a career .274 hitter with 119 home runs and 266 RBIs over 413 games in five seasons.
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Benintendi was injured in the Red Sox's 8-2 defeat to the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday.
"We had X-rays last night," Red Sox manager Ron Roenicke told reporters Wednesday. "There's nothing broken, but he's going to get some more evaluations today on how he's doing. So he's on the IL."
It has been a rough start to the shortened season for Benintendi, who is batting .103 after 14 games with no home runs and one RBI. J.D. Martinez, who has played one game in the outfield this season, could get some time in left, Roenicke said.
The 26-year-old Benintendi is a career .273 hitter with 51 home runs and 260 RBIs over 485 career games, all with the Red Sox.
Weber started the season as the Red Sox's No. 3 starter but was optioned Sunday after he opened the season 0-2 with a 9.90 ERA over three outings.
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Cahill, 32, was signed to a minor league deal with the Giants in February but is only now rounding into form after a freak accident left him with a split fingernail on his pitching hand. He had been pitching at the team's alternate training site in Sacramento.
Cahill will take the rotation spot of right-hander Jeff Samardzija, who was placed on the 10-day injured list Saturday with a sore shoulder.
The Giants will be the eighth team for Cahill, who is 84-92 lifetime with a 4.21 ERA over 341 appearances (219 starts). Cahill pitched for the Los Angeles Angels last season, going 4-9 with a 5.98 ERA over 37 appearances (11 starts).
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Kittredge was diagnosed with a right UCL sprain in his elbow.
The 30-year old was being used as an opener in Tuesday's game when he departed after throwing just five pitches. A total of seven Rays pitchers were used in the game, helping the club to an 8-2 victory.
Kittredge was making his eighth appearance of the season and first as an opener. He is 0-0 on the season with a 2.25 ERA.
"Great win, but bummer with (Kittredge's injury)," Rays manager Kevin Cash said after Tuesday's game. "Frustrated by that."
Kittredge is 4-3 with a 4.93 ERA in 93 games over four seasons with the Rays.
The Rays have already lost left-hander Colin Poche (Tommy John surgery) from their bullpen. In addition, left-hander Brendan McKay has been shut down with shoulder tightness. McKay was 2-4 as a rookie last season with a 5.14 ERA in 13 appearances (11 starts).
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The Cardinals have not had a positive COVID-19 test since Friday, per the report, paving the way for the team to play its first game since July 29. The Cardinals have been sidelined because of at least 16 positive tests for the virus between players and staff.
The Cardinals are scheduled to play three games against the White Sox, followed by three against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.
As part of the series with the White Sox, the Cardinals were scheduled to play at The Field of Dreams in Dyersville, Iowa, on Thursday. That game was postponed last week until 2021 and replaced with the Friday game in Chicago.
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With Andrew Velazquez stationed on second base to begin the 10th, Hays' liner off Deolis Guerra (1-2) was misplayed by diving center fielder Roman Quinn. The ball found its way to the wall, and Hays motored around the bases to give Baltimore a two-run lead despite only one batter coming to the plate.
The unconventional offense allowed Cole Sulser (1-1) to pick up his first career win despite allowing a tying two-run single to Didi Gregorius in the ninth inning. Paul Fry surrendered an RBI single to Jay Bruce in the bottom of the 10th before Travis Lakins induced Rhys Hoskins to ground out with runners on second and third to secure the first save of his career.
Renato Nunez collected three hits and two RBIs, and Pedro Severino had an infield single that plated two runs in the eighth inning for the Orioles, who recorded 16 hits en route to winning their third in a row. Bryce Harper belted a two-run homer and Jean Segura and Bruce also went deep for the Phillies, who have lost three of their past four games.
Rockies 8, Diamondbacks 7
Nolan Arenado homered, Charlie Blackmon and Raimel Tapia had three hits apiece, and Colorado held on to beat Arizona in Denver.
The score was 2-2 before the Rockies scored six times in the eighth inning. The Diamondbacks responded with five runs in the ninth before Colorado reliever Daniel Bard entered with runners at the corners and two outs. Bard struck out Stephen Vogt looking at a 2-2 slider to earn his first save. The win went to Carlos Estevez (1-0).
Colorado's Garrett Hampson and Trevor Story had two hits each. Blackmon extended his hit streak to 15 games and raised his average to .500, tops in the majors. Christian Walker homered among his two hits, Carson Kelly also went deep, Starling Marte had three hits and Tim Locastro added two hits for the Diamondbacks. Kevin Ginkel (0-1) took the loss.
Angels 6, A's 0
Dylan Bundy struck out 10 and allowed just four hits over seven scoreless innings to lead Los Angeles past Oakland in Anaheim, Calif.
The Angels offense gave Bundy plenty of support, getting home runs from Jason Castro, Anthony Rendon, David Fletcher and Brian Goodwin among 12 hits. Castro, Rendon, Shohei Ohtani and Albert Pujols each finished with two hits.
It was the second stellar performance in a row for Bundy, who was coming off a complete-game victory Thursday against the Seattle Mariners. He struck out 10 in that game, too. He walked just one Oakland batter.
Padres 6, Dodgers 2
Manny Machado hit a grand slam and Garrett Richards delivered a strong six innings as visiting San Diego continued to show its potential with a victory over Los Angeles.
Jurickson Profar also hit a home run for the Padres, who won for the fourth time in five games and picked up their third victory in five games against the Dodgers this season. Machado went deep in the third inning against his former team, his fifth of the season and also his fifth against the Dodgers since moving to the Padres as a free agent in February 2019.
Chris Taylor and Austin Barnes each had two hits and an RBI for the Dodgers while Justin Turner doubled in the second inning for his 1,000th career hit.
Rays 8, Red Sox 2
Visiting Tampa Bay scored six runs in its second straight decisive seventh inning in a victory over Boston.
The Rays had a two-run seventh Monday in the series opener to break open a 5-5 tie en route to an 8-7 win, then scored six times in the frame Tuesday while holding a 2-1 lead to put away the game and win their fourth straight.
Michael Chavis (triple), Andrew Benintendi and Jonathan Arauz had two hits each for Boston, which lost for the third time in four tries.
Cubs 7, Indians 1
Jon Lester continued his strong start to the season with six solid innings, while Jason Heyward homered and had four RBIs as visiting Chicago returned to action with a win over Cleveland.
After their weekend series in St. Louis was postponed due to the Cardinals' continued COVID-19 issues, the Cubs didn't show much rust during their first game in five days. Lester (2-0) set the tempo, allowing one run on three hits and two walks. Heyward had three hits.
The Indians, who entered winners in two straight and five of six, got a sixth-inning sacrifice fly from Franmil Reyes for their only run of the night. With two of Cleveland's four hits in the game, Reyes is 9 for 18 in the last five contests.
Blue Jays 5, Marlins 4 (10 innings)
Travis Shaw singled with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the 10th inning, giving Toronto the win over Miami in Buffalo.
Danny Jansen sacrificed to send pinch runner Anthony Alford to third, after he began the 10th inning at second. Left-hander Stephen Tarpley (2-1) walked Cavan Biggio, and Bo Bichette was intentionally walked to load the bases. Shaw then took a 2-2 curveball to right field, ending the game.
Bichette hit a three-run homer for the Blue Jays, who took a 4-1 lead into the ninth. A.J. Cole (1-0) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings to get the win. Miami's Francisco Cervelli hit a three-run homer with two out in the ninth against Anthony Bass.
Yankees 9, Braves 6
Aaron Judge hit his major-league-leading ninth homer, Luke Voit hit a three-run homer, and New York beat Atlanta Braves to improve to 5-0 at Yankee Stadium.
Yankees starter Jordan Montgomery (2-1) allowed three runs on four hits in six innings. The left-hander struck out four, walked one and threw 78 pitches. Zack Britton breezed through a perfect ninth and notched his sixth save.
Braves starter Touki Toussaint (0-1) allowed six runs (five earned) on four hits in four innings. Atlanta scratched Ronald Acuna Jr. due to a sore left wrist shortly before first pitch.
Rangers 4, Mariners 2
Nick Solak went 3-for-4 with three RBIs as Texas defeated Seattle in Arlington, Texas.
Edinson Volquez (2-1) got the victory with one-third of an inning of relief. Rangers left-hander Mike Minor threw four scoreless innings of one-hit ball but was replaced after throwing 76 pitches as he was on a strict pitch count.
The Rangers scored two runs in the first and two more in the third off Mariners left-hander Marco Gonzales (2-2), who allowed four runs on seven hits in five innings, with one walk and two strikeouts.
Brewers 6, Twins 4
Jedd Gyorko hit a two-run, tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning, and Manny Pina hit two home runs as Milwaukee rallied for a victory over visiting Minnesota.
Avisail Garcia had three hits, including a solo homer, for the Brewers. Devin Williams (1-1) picked up the win with one inning of scoreless relief, and Josh Hader struck out three in the ninth inning for his third save.
Eddie Rosario hit two home runs and drove in three runs, Byron Buxton had three hits and a stolen base, and Jorge Polanco homered and had two hits for the Twins, who lost for the fifth time in their past six games.
Nationals 2, Mets 1
Max Scherzer, hobbled his previous two starts by a right hamstring injury, threw six solid innings and Trea Turner homered on the second pitch of the game as Washington edged host New York to take the first two games of the four-game series.
Scherzer (1-1) wasn't at his most effective, when he threw 60 pitches in the first two innings and 105 pitches overall, but his fastball was clocked as high as 98 mph, 5-6 mph faster than his previous start. He allowed one run on six hits and two walks while striking out seven. Daniel Hudson pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to earn his third save.
Turner's homer off Rick Porcello (1-2) was his first leadoff homer of the season and the 10th of his career. Victor Robles had an RBI single in the second. Howie Kendrick had three hits for the Nationals, while Robles and Turner had two hits each. The Mets have lost nine of 13.
White Sox 8, Tigers 4
Eloy Jimenez drove in four runs, including a three-run homer in his first at-bat, and Chicago cruised to a victory over host Detroit.
Jose Abreu supplied three hits, two runs scored and two RBIs for the White Sox, who had lost five of their previous six outings. Chicago had an offensive outburst after scoring 11 runs during its slide. White Sox starter Gio Gonzalez allowed two runs on six hits in 4 2/3 innings.
Austin Romine homered and drove in three runs for the Tigers, who saw their four-game winning streak snapped. Harold Castro added a pinch-hit, run-scoring single.
Reds 6, Royals 5 (10 innings)
Joey Votto doubled off the center field wall, scoring Nick Senzel with the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning as host Cincinnati defeated Kansas City.
The Reds earned their first walk-off win of the season in their first extra-inning game. They have won three of four overall. The Royals saw their four-game winning streak end. With Senzel starting the 10th on second base, Nick Castellanos walked, and Votto hit a first-pitch sinker to center, ending the game.
Lucas Sims (1-0) pitched one scoreless inning for the win. Josh Staumont (0-1) lost his first major league decision, failing to retire either of the batters he faced. The Reds blew another save opportunity in the eighth inning, their fourth in six chances this season, when Ryan McBroom tied it 5-5 with a two-run pinch hit home run off Amir Garrett.
Giants 7, Astros 6 (10 innings)
Brandon Crawford stroked an RBI single to center field in the 10th inning, and San Francisco completed its come-from-behind win over host Houston.
Crawford drove home Wilmer Flores, who opened the frame on second base. The Giants snapped a six-game losing skid against the Astros by completing their comeback off Houston right-hander Cy Sneed (0-3). The Astros dropped to 1-4 in extra innings this season.
Tyler Rogers earned the save for the Giants, the first of his career, striking out the last two batters with a runner on third. Trevor Gott (1-0) threw one scoreless inning for the victory.
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