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  • Astros place OF Springer (hamstring) on IL
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, May 25, 2019

    The Houston Astros put star outfielder George Springer on the 10-day injured list Saturday, the day after he strained his left hamstring while chasing a foul ball.

    • Springer had missed four games with a stiff lower back, then returned to action Friday in a 4-3 home win over the Boston Red Sox. But as he and two teammates chased a Xander Bogaerts foul ball in the eighth inning, Springer slid so that he wouldn't collide with the wall and grabbed his hamstring.

      He left the game then, limping off the field. He was 0-for-3 with a sacrifice fly on the night.

      "Going for the ball, giving it as much as I can, and the hamstring locked up," Springer said of the injury.

      Entering Saturday's action, Springer led the American League in homers (17), and RBIs (43) while batting .308 in 48 games.

      In a corresponding move, the club recalled outfielder Derek Fisher from Triple-A Round Rock.

      The 25-year-old Fisher has appeared in 97 games over two-plus seasons for the Astros, with a .195 average and nine home runs and 28 RBIs. In two games in Houston this season, he has no hits in just one at-bat.

      Fisher has played in 33 games at Round Rock, batting .314 with one home run, eight RBIs and 28 runs scored.

      --Field Level Media

  • White Sox place C Castillo on concussion list
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, May 25, 2019

    The Chicago White Sox placed catcher Welington Castillo on the seven-day concussion list Saturday and promoted catcher Seby Zavala from Triple-A Charlotte.

    • Castillo left in the eighth inning of Friday's 11-4 loss in Minnesota after taking two foul tips off his mask.

      Castillo, 32, is batting just .176 with three homers and 10 RBIs in 26 games this season.

      Zavala, 25, is set to make his major league debut. He has appeared in 360 games in the minors since the White Sox drafted him in the 12th round in 2015 out of San Diego State.

      Zavala is batting .218 with six homers and 18 RBIs in 21 games this season at Charlotte.

      --Field Level Media

  • Athletics DFA veteran reliever Rodney
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, May 25, 2019

    The Oakland Athletics designated struggling right-hander Fernando Rodney for assignment on Saturday.

    • Rodney had a 9.42 ERA during 17 appearances this season. Opponents batted .345 against him in 14 1/3 innings.

      The 42-year-old Rodney ranks 18th in major league history with 325 saves. He is 48-68 with a 3.79 ERA in 913 career appearances since 2002.

      Oakland exercised a $5.25 million club option for 2019 on Rodney in the offseason. But he turned out to be a major disappointment during his 17th season.

      "I had a very good time," Rodney told the San Francisco Chronicle. "It's a very good group of people here, good teammates. I think it's best for me and the organization, too, because I haven't had too many chances to pitch and help the team."

      Oakland was the 10th major league team Rodney has pitched for, and the two-time All-Star saved more than 35 games in five different seasons. He led the American League with 48 in 2014 for the Seattle Mariners.

      Left-hander Wei-Chung Wang was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas to fill the roster opening.

      Wang, 27, is 1-1 with a 3.75 ERA in 16 appearances at Las Vegas. He made 22 appearances for the Milwaukee Brewers (2014, 2017) and has an 11.09 ERA in the majors.

      --Field Level Media

  • D-backs recall RHP Clarke, DFA C Murphy
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, May 25, 2019

    The Arizona Diamondbacks recalled right-hander Taylor Clarke from Triple-A Reno and designated catcher John Ryan Murphy for assignment.

    • Clarke, 26, was brought up to start Saturday's game at San Francisco. He is 0-1 with a 2.00 ERA and one save in two appearances for Arizona this season.

      Clarke posted a 3-1 record with a 7.22 ERA in seven starts at Reno.

      Murphy, 28, is batting just .177 with four homers and seven RBIs in 25 games this season.

      Murphy was designated as Diamondbacks ace Zack Greinke's personal catcher before the start of the season, and the right-hander is off to a strong start at 6-2 with a 2.89 ERA in 11 starts.

      --Field Level Media

  • Veteran sportswriter Fraley dies at 64
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, May 25, 2019

    Gerry Fraley, a veteran sportswriter who covered the Texas Rangers for three decades, passed away on Saturday morning after a lengthy cancer battle.

    • He was 64.

      Fraley spent the bulk of his career covering sports for the Dallas Morning News, taking up the Rangers beat in 1989.

      "He covered this sport with a passion and intensity second to none," a statement from the Rangers read. "He was as thorough as any writer in the game as was evidenced in his numerous contacts with players, coaches, baseball executives and scouts, and umpires."

      "He continued to cover the Rangers with the same dedication and work ethic in the last two years despite battling a very aggressive illness. That was true up to the day he wrote his final Rangers' game story on May 5. The courage that he exhibited during this time was admired by all."

      Fraley covered the Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves before joining the Dallas Morning News.

      He is survived by his wife Stephanie and sons Tyson and Sam.

      --Field Level Media

  • Phillies place reliever Neshek (shoulder) on IL
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, May 25, 2019

    The Philadelphia Phillies placed right-handed reliever Pat Neshek on the 10-day injured list Saturday with a right shoulder strain.

    • Neshek, 38, is 0-1 with three saves and a 4.67 ERA in 19 bullpen appearances this season. The move is retroactive to Friday.

      The Phillies also transferred right-hander David Robertson to the 60-day injured list and called up right-hander J.D. Hammer from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

      Robertson, 34, has been sidelined since mid-April with a Grade 1 flexor strain in his right elbow. He is 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA in 6 2/3 innings of relief this season.

      Hammer, 24, will make his major league debut whenever he takes the mound.

      Hammer made his Triple-A debut on Wednesday, striking out three batters in two perfect innings against Syracuse. He earned the victory in Lehigh Valley's 6-4 win.

      Hammer was 1-0 with two saves and a 1.77 ERA in 13 appearances at Double-A Reading earlier this season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Giants call up Yastrzemski's grandson
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, May 25, 2019

    The San Francisco Giants called up outfielder Mike Yastrzemski, grandson of Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski, before Saturday's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

    • The 28-year-old will make his major league debut after more than 700 games over six-plus seasons in the minors.

      In a corresponding move, the Giants designated outfielder Mac Williamson for assignment. He batted .118 with one homer and seven RBIs in 15 games this season.

      Yastrzemski is batting .316 with 12 homers, 25 RBIs and 38 runs in 40 games this season at Triple-A Sacramento.

      He was in the Baltimore Orioles' farm system from 2013 through this March, when the Giants acquired him in a trade for right-hander Tyler Herb.

      Carl Yastrzemski was an 18-time All-Star, three-time batting champion and the 1967 American League Most Valuable Player during a 23-year career with the Boston Red Sox (1961-83). "Yaz" was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1989.

      --Field Level Media

  • Astros' Springer hurts hamstring, likely to land on IL
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, May 25, 2019

    American League home run and RBI leader George Springer probably is headed to the injured list after hurting his left hamstring Friday, Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch said.

    • Springer pulled up on an unsuccessful attempt to run down an eighth-inning foul ball off the bat of the Boston Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts in Houston.

      Springer limped out of the game, and Tony Kemp took his place.

      After the Astros closed out a 4-3 win, Hinch said of Springer, "We'll get him evaluated. I'm not looking forward to the diagnosis, to be honest. It doesn't look very good. He never pulls himself out of a game like that. He was limping from the very beginning. ... Our best team has George Springer in the leadoff spot."

      Springer added, "Going for the ball, giving it as much as I can, and the hamstring locked up. Honestly, don't have anything more than that. Just will have to see what happens and hope for the best. ...

      "It sucks, to be honest. It's hard, but I'll make it through. I've just got to support the team the best way I can."

      After going 0-for-3 with a sacrifice fly on Friday, Springer is batting .308 with 17 homers and 43 RBIs.

      He has a two-homer lead in the AL on teammate Alex Bregman as well as the New York Yankees' Gary Sanchez, the Minnesota Twins' Eddie Rosario and the Texas Rangers' Joey Gallo. Rosario is second in the league with 42 RBIs.

      The 2017 World Series Most Valuable Player, Springer is a two-time All-Star in six major league seasons, all with Houston. He has a career average of .268 with a .359 on-base percentage, a .480 slugging percentage, 138 homers and 373 RBIs in 670 games.

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB roundup: Story walk-off leads Rockies past Orioles
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, May 25, 2019

    Trevor Story hit two home runs, including a two-run, walk-off homer in the ninth inning, and the Colorado Rockies rallied to beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-6 on Friday night in Denver.

    • Nolan Arenado also homered twice for the Rockies, and Scott Oberg (2-0) pitched the ninth to get the win.

      Keon Broxton, Dwight Smith Jr. and Renato Nunez went deep for the Orioles, who have lost seven straight. John Means scattered seven hits over his five innings for Baltimore, giving up three runs.

      Ryan McMahon started the rally in the ninth with a single off Mychal Givens (0-3). One out later, Story homered to right to win it. It was the second walk-off homer of his career.

      Astros 4, Red Sox 3

      Wade Miley worked six strong innings, Jake Marisnick clubbed a home run, and Houston capitalized on spotty defense from visiting Boston in the opener of a three-game series between the last two World Series champions.

      Miley (5-2) was strong early and resilient late, striking out five of his season-high eight batters during his first trip through the Red Sox order.

      In his rematch with Red Sox ace Chris Sale, Miley allowed one run, four hits and two walks on 102 pitches, including 61 strikes. He struck out eight batters. The Red Sox committed three errors behind Sale (1-6), who gave up four runs, two earned, in six innings.

      Diamondbacks 18, Giants 2

      Arizona smashed four home runs and posted its highest run total of the season while snapping a five-game losing streak with a blowout win at San Francisco.

      Ildemaro Vargas went 5-for-6, including a solo home run, as Arizona rapped out 21 hits, tying the franchise record for a nine-inning game. Arizona's other homers were three-run shots, from Adam Jones, Eduardo Escobar and Ketel Marte. Nick Ahmed had three singles, a double and a bases-loaded walk. Jones also had four hits.

      Arizona became the first team to have six consecutive multi-run innings in a game since the Diamondbacks did it against the St. Louis Cardinals on July 27, 2000, according to STATS.

      Rangers 4, Angels 3

      Hunter Pence's two-run single in the seventh inning erased a deficit and lifted Texas to a win over Los Angeles in Anaheim, Calif. It was the Rangers' fifth victory in a row and eighth win in the past nine games.

      Pence, Shin-Soo Choo and Isiah Kiner-Falefa each had two hits in the game while helping send the Angels to their fifth loss in a row.

      Drew Smyly (1-3) threw six innings of three-run ball. Shawn Kelley earned his fifth save of the season, striking out Mike Trout for the final out with a runner on base.

      A's 6, Mariners 2

      Matt Olson and Mark Canha hit back-to-back home runs as Oakland defeated visiting Seattle for its seventh consecutive victory. Stephen Piscotty also homered for the A's, who earned their first win in five meetings with Seattle this season.

      The Mariners, who took their fourth consecutive defeat and lost for the seventh time in eight games, left 15 runners on base.

      Lou Trivino (2-0) earned the victory with a 1 1/3 perfect innings of relief. A's starter Daniel Mengden threw 99 pitches in four innings, allowing one run on five hits with five walks and four strikeouts. He got out of several jams, stranding nine runners on base.

      Dodgers 10, Pirates 2

      David Freese hit a grand slam, and Cody Bellinger cracked his 18th home run as visiting Los Angeles clobbered Pittsburgh in a faceoff of sluggers and early MVP contenders in Bellinger and the Pirates' Josh Bell.

      Bellinger, who entered the game hitting .394, was 1-for-5 with the homer, a two-run shot. Bell, who began the game with a .339 batting average, went 1-for-4 with a double.

      The Dodgers, who have won eight straight games against the Pirates, piled up 13 hits. Los Angeles starter Walker Buehler (5-1) allowed one run and five hits in six innings, with six strikeouts and one walk.

      Reds 6, Cubs 5

      Eugenio Suarez hit a two-run home run in the top of the ninth inning to give visiting Cincinnati its first lead of the game, and the bullpen made it hold for a win against Chicago in the opener of a three-game series.

      Willson Contreras gave the Cubs a 5-4 lead in the eighth with a two-out, pinch-hit RBI single on an 0-2 pitch from David Hernandez (1-2).

      Raisel Iglesias pitched the ninth for his 11th save. Steve Cishek (1-2) was three outs from his fifth save for Chicago, but he walked Joey Votto to start the inning before Suarez hit his towering blast to center.

      Twins 11, White Sox 4

      Eddie Rosario, Miguel Sano and Max Kepler each hit home runs as Minnesota became just the second team in major league history to reach the 100-homer mark in the first 50 games of the season, helping produce a win over Chicago in Minneapolis.

      The Twins, coming in off their second eight-homer game of the season in a 16-7 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday, increased their 2019 total to 101. They joined the 1999 Seattle Mariners (102) as the only teams in major league history to hit the century mark in their first 50 games.

      Minnesota, which improved to a major-league-best 34-16, has scored 300 runs this season and has produced at least 10 runs in a game six times. Jose Berrios (7-2) picked up the victory, overcoming a four-run second inning that saw Chicago bat around. He gave up just the four runs (one earned) in 6 2/3 innings.

      Padres 6, Blue Jays 3

      Hunter Renfroe hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the eighth inning, and visiting San Diego defeated Toronto. Matt Wisler (2-1) pitched one-third of an inning to get the win.

      Toronto reliever Daniel Hudson (3-2) walked Manny Machado with one out in the eighth and threw errantly to second on Eric Hosmer's comebacker to put runners at the corners for Renfroe, who hit his 12th homer this season.

      Robbie Erlin pitched a perfect eighth for the Padres. Craig Stammen came in for the ninth to earn his second save of the season after pitching around a hit batter and striking out one.

      Phillies 6, Brewers 4

      Rhys Hoskins went 2-for-4 with a home run, lifting Philadelphia past host Milwaukee in the opener of a three-game series. Andrew McCutchen and Scott Kingery each added two hits, including an RBI double apiece, to help the Phillies win for the sixth time in eight games.

      Phillies starter Jerad Eickhoff lasted only three innings as he allowed five hits and four runs. Vince Velasquez (2-2) tossed two scoreless innings, and the Philadelphia bullpen blanked Milwaukee for six innings.

      Orlando Arcia and Christian Yelich each homered for the Brewers, who got two hits apiece from Ryan Braun and Yasmani Grandal.

      Braves 5, Cardinals 2

      Dansby Swanson hit two home runs, and Atlanta beat host St. Louis Cardinals 5-2 for their eighth win in 10 games.

      Swanson launched a solo homer in the sixth inning, part of back-to-back home runs with Freddie Freeman. He added a two-run shot to dead center field in the eighth, giving him 10 homers this season and three over his past three games.

      The two-homer game was Swanson's first since August 2018 at Pittsburgh. The consecutive homers by Freeman and Swanson marked the second time in three days the Braves have gone back-to-back.

      Tigers 9, Mets 8

      JaCoby Jones collected a career-high four RBIs, when his two-run double in the seventh inning gave visiting Detroit the lead for good in a wild win over New York.

      The Tigers snapped a nine-game losing streak and ended the Mets' four-game winning streak. Jones, who also had a two-run homer in the second, entered Friday with three career three-RBI games.

      His go-ahead double off Drew Gagnon (3-1) provided the final lead change in a hectic sequence in which the Mets took the lead three times and the Tigers tied the score twice between the fourth and sixth. Buck Farmer (3-3) earned the win despite allowing one run in the sixth.

      Indians 3, Rays 1

      Roberto Perez's infield single plated the go-ahead run with two outs in the eighth inning as host Cleveland snapped a season-high four-game losing skid with a victory over Tampa Bay.

      Jordan Luplow belted a solo homer, and Shane Bieber struck out 10 in a no-decision for the Indians, who evened their four-game series with Tampa Bay at one victory apiece.

      Avisail Garcia had an RBI single in the first inning, and Tommy Pham doubled to extend his hitting streak to 10 games for the Rays, who have dropped three of their past five games.

      Nationals 12, Marlins 10

      Juan Soto and Matt Adams hit back-to-back homers in the eighth inning to lift Washington to victory over visiting Miami, snapping a five-game losing streak.

      With Washington trailing 9-8, Adam Eaton and Anthony Rendon walked with one out against Nick Anderson (1-2) before Tayron Guerrero came on to face Soto, who lifted a three-run shot to left center on a 100 mph fastball. Adams followed with his 100th career homer to right-center.

      The Marlins had taken the lead on Starlin Castro's single in the top of the eighth. Eaton and Anthony Rendon also homered for Washington.

      Yankees at Royals, ppd.

      Kansas City's scheduled home game against New York Yankees was postponed Friday due to the expectation of heavy rains in the evening.

      The teams will make up the contest as part of a day-night doubleheader on Saturday.

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB notebook: Athletics' Davis lands on IL
    By Field Level Media / Friday, May 24, 2019

    The Oakland Athletics placed designated hitter Khris Davis on the 10-day injured list on Friday, retroactive to May 22, because of a left hip/oblique injury.

    • In a corresponding move, they recalled outfielder Skye Bolt from Triple-A Las Vegas.

      Davis sustained the injury in Pittsburgh on May 5 and has been in and out of the lineup, playing in seven of the 15 games since then. The seven-year veteran led the majors with 48 home runs last season and is hitting .248 with 12 homers and 29 RBIs this season.

      Bolt, 25, made his major league debut with the A's during three games in Pittsburgh from May 3-5. He was sent back to Las Vegas on May 7 and is batting .311 with six home runs and 30 RBIs in 34 games in Triple-A.

      --The Arizona Diamondbacks placed left fielder David Peralta on the 10-day injured list due to a right shoulder injury. The move is retroactive to Wednesday.

      Arizona recalled Kevin Cron -- the minor league leader with 21 homers -- and outfielder Tim Locastro from Triple-A Reno. The Diamondbacks also optioned right-hander Jimmie Sherfy to Reno.

      Peralta, 31, is batting .309 with seven homers and 30 RBIs in 46 games. Cron, 26, has never played in a major league game despite hitting more than 20 homers in five straight seasons. He is the younger brother of Minnesota Twins first baseman C.J. Cron.

      --The New York Mets agreed to a minor league deal with veteran right-hander Ervin Santana, and multiple reports indicated outfielder Matt Kemp also signed a similar deal.

      Santana went 0-2 with a 9.45 ERA for the Chicago White Sox earlier this season. He served up six homers in just 13 1/3 innings before being designated for assignment. After clearing waivers, Santana chose to become a free agent. The 36-year-old still must pass a physical to make the deal official.

      Kemp, 34, started the season with Cincinnati and was released on May 5 after batting .200 with one homer and five RBIs.

      --Field Level Media

  • Diamondbacks place LF Peralta on IL
    By Field Level Media / Friday, May 24, 2019

    The Arizona Diamondbacks placed left fielder David Peralta on the 10-day injured list Friday due to a right shoulder injury.

    • The move is retroactive to Wednesday.

      Arizona recalled Kevin Cron -- the minor league leader with 21 homers -- and outfielder Tim Locastro from Triple-A Reno. The Diamondbacks also optioned right-hander Jimmie Sherfy to Reno.

      Peralta, 31, is batting .309 with seven homers and 30 RBIs in 46 games. Last season, he established career highs of 30 homers and 87 RBIs.

      Cron, 26, has never played in a major league game despite hitting more than 20 homers in five straight seasons. He was batting .339 with an .800 slugging percentage and 62 RBIs in 44 games at Reno this season.

      Cron is the younger brother of Minnesota Twins first baseman C.J. Cron.

      Locastro, 26, was batting .330 with eight homers and 16 RBIs in 24 games at Reno. He was 4-for-17 (.235) in 12 games for Arizona earlier this season.

      Locastro is 6-for-29 (.207) overall in 33 big league games.

      Sherfy, 27, has a 1.08 ERA in four games for the Diamondbacks this season. In 30 major league appearances, he is 2-0 with a 1.02 ERA.

      Sherfy was 0-1 with a 1.32 in 13 games at Reno earlier this season.

      The Diamondbacks, who play at the San Francisco Giants on Friday, have scored only 12 runs while losing their past five games.

      --Field Level Media

  • A's place slugger Davis (hip/oblique) on IL
    By Field Level Media / Friday, May 24, 2019

    The Oakland Athletics on Friday placed designated hitter Khris Davis on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to May 22, because of a left hip/oblique injury.

    • In a corresponding move, they recalled outfielder Skye Bolt from Triple-A Las Vegas.

      Davis sustained the injury in Pittsburgh on May 5 and has been in and out of the lineup, playing in seven of the 15 games since then.

      The seven-year veteran led the majors with 48 home runs last season and is hitting .248 with 12 homers and 29 RBIs this season. He's a career .248 hitter with 205 homers and 526 RBIs in 818 games.

      Bolt, 25, made his major league debut with the A's during three games in Pittsburgh from May 3-5. He was sent back to Las Vegas on May 7 and is batting .311 with six home runs and 30 RBIs in 34 games in Triple-A.

      --Field Level Media

  • Mets agree to deal with Santana, reportedly add Kemp
    By Field Level Media / Friday, May 24, 2019

    The New York Mets agreed to a minor league deal with veteran right-hander Ervin Santana on Friday, and multiple reports indicated outfielder Matt Kemp also signed a similar deal.

    • Santana struggled with the Chicago White Sox earlier this season, going 0-2 with a 9.45 ERA in three starts. He served up six homers in just 13 1/3 innings before being designated for assignment.

      After clearing waivers, Santana chose to become a free agent. The 36-year-old still must pass a physical to make the deal official.

      Santana was an American League All-Star for the Minnesota Twins in 2017 when he went 16-8 with a 3.28 ERA and three shutouts in 33 starts.

      An injury to his right middle finger, however, sabotaged his 2018 campaign as he went 0-1 with an 8.03 ERA in five starts.

      Overall, Santana is 149-127 with a 4.09 ERA in 387 appearances (384 starts) over 15 seasons with the Los Angeles Angels (2005-12), Kansas City Royals (2013), Atlanta Braves (2014), Twins (2015-18) and White Sox.

      Kemp, 34, started the season with Cincinnati and was released on May 5 after batting .200 with one homer and five RBIs.

      He played for the Los Angeles Dodgers (2006-14, 2018), San Diego Padres (2015-16) and Atlanta Braves (2016-17).

      His best season came in 2011, when he slugged 39 home runs, drove in 126 and scored 115 runs. He finished second in Most Valuable Player voting. He appeared in three All-Star games.

      For his career, he has 281 home runs and 1,010 RBIs.

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: Jays to call up Biggio on Friday
    By Field Level Media / Friday, May 24, 2019

    The Toronto Blue Jays will call up second base prospect Cavan Biggio, son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, for the first time on Friday, multiple media outlets reported Thursday night.

    • Cavan Biggio, 24, is hitting .306 with six homers and 26 RBIs in 41 games with Triple-A Buffalo this season, easily his best campaign in three-plus years in the minor leagues since being drafted by Toronto in the fifth round in 2016.

      He will join fellow hot prospect and son of a Hall of Famer Vladimir Guerrero Jr. in Toronto, marking the first time a team will have multiple sons of Hall of Famers in the majors at once in MLB history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

      The Blue Jays host the San Diego Padres on Friday.

      Craig Biggio, 53, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2015, after a 20-year career with the Houston Astros in which he made seven All-Star teams and won four Gold Gloves.

      In corresponding moves, the Jays will reportedly call up infielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and send outfielder Billy McKinney and infielder Richard Urena to Buffalo.

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB roundup: Twins hammer eight HRs in rout
    By Field Level Media / Friday, May 24, 2019

    The Minnesota Twins slammed eight home runs, including two each by Miguel Sano and Jonathan Schoop, on their way to a 16-7 rout over the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday afternoon in Anaheim, Calif., completing a three-game sweep.

    • The game was originally scheduled to be played Wednesday, but a rainstorm made the field conditions unplayable. The wait was worth it for the Twins, whose eight home runs tied a single-game club record. It also tied an Angels record for most home runs allowed in a game.

      The Twins have scored a major league-high 289 runs this season, and they battered Angels pitching Thursday for 17 hits and six walks. Former Angel C.J. Cron had five hits, including a home run and two doubles.

      Besides Sano, Schoop and Cron, Max Kepler, Jorge Polanco and Eddie Rosario also homered.

      Braves 5, Giants 4 (13)

      Rookie Austin Riley continued his hot major league start with a two-run homer and a go-ahead single in extra innings, allowing Atlanta to take three of four from host San Francisco.

      Riley's game-winning hit came after Dansby Swanson led off the 13th with a single off the Giants' seventh pitcher, right-hander Reyes Moronta (1-4). Swanson stole second with one out before Riley came through with his third RBI of the day and 12th in just nine games.

      Right-hander Luke Jackson (3-1) worked the final two innings, allowing one hit, for the win.

      Marlins 5, Tigers 2

      Garrett Cooper blasted a two-out grand slam to cap a five-run, ninth-inning rally, and Miami pushed its winning streak to six games by downing host Detroit.

      Cooper, who hit his first career homer on Wednesday, powered a Shane Greene slider over the left field wall to stun the Tigers, who dropped all nine games of their homestand.

      Tyler Kinley (1-0), who gave up an eighth-inning run, was credited with his first career win. Sergio Romo pitched the ninth for his ninth save.

      Mets 6, Nationals 4

      Carlos Gomez hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the eighth inning for host New York, which took advantage of the struggling Washington bullpen to complete a four-game sweep.

      The Mets, who endangered manager Mickey Callaway's job by getting swept by the Miami Marlins last weekend, swept a four-game series from the Nationals/Montreal Expos franchise for the first time since 1991.

      The Nationals have lost five straight to fall 12 games under .500 for the first time since the 2010 season.

      Yankees 6, Orioles 5

      Aaron Hicks drew a bases-loaded walk with two outs in the top of the ninth inning, and New York completed a four-game sweep of host Baltimore.

      The Yankees won their 12th straight game in Baltimore and posted their ninth straight head-to-head win against the Orioles. The Yankees also won their fifth straight overall and improved to 14-3 in their last 17 games.

      The Orioles lost their sixth straight game and dropped to a season-worst 20 games under .500.

      Pirates 14, Rockies 6

      Gregory Polanco, Josh Bell, Bryan Reynolds and Starling Marte homered as Pittsburgh pounded visiting Colorado.

      Bell was 3-for-4 with a walk, two RBIs and three runs scored. He leads the major leagues with 47 RBIs in 47 games.

      Colin Moran added two RBI singles for Pittsburgh, which had 15 hits and salvaged a game in the series after losing the first two by a combined 14-3.

      White Sox 4, Astros 0

      Lucas Giolito continued his exceptional pitching by twirling a four-hit shutout, and rookie Eloy Jimenez homered for the third time in two games as visiting Chicago earned a four-game series split against Houston.

      Giolito (6-1) has won five straight decisions and four straight starts. He easily handcuffed the high-scoring Astros on four hits -- all singles -- and one walk while setting a season high with nine strikeouts. Giolito threw 107 pitches, 82 for strikes.

      Astros rookie right-hander Corbin Martin (1-1) recorded only 10 outs in his first home outing since winning his big-league debut against Texas on May 12. He surrendered four runs (three earned) on six hits and a walk while striking out three.

      Phillies 9, Cubs 7

      Jean Segura and J.T. Realmuto each homered to lift visiting Philadelphia past Chicago.

      Segura had two hits for his 18th multi-hit game of the season. Scott Kingery, Sean Rodriguez and Andrew McCutchen each added two hits for the Phillies, who built a 7-0 lead and then held on to snap a two-game losing streak.

      Anthony Rizzo homered among his four hits, while Kyle Schwarber had a home run among his two hits. Jason Heyward walked four times.

      Red Sox 8, Blue Jays 2

      Ryan Weber pitched six strong innings, Steve Pearce had a home run and three RBIs in a three-hit game, and visiting Boston defeated Toronto.

      Weber (1-0), starting for the first time this season after three relief appearances since being called up from Triple-A Pawtucket on May 6, allowed three hits and one run and had four strikeouts.

      Justin Smoak homered for the Blue Jays, who lost three of four in the series.

      Rays 7, Indians 2

      Ryan Yarbrough allowed two runs over a career-high 7 1/3 innings and Tommy Pham and Willy Adames each homered to highlight their three-hit performances as visiting Tampa Bay beat Cleveland.

      Pham, who extended his hitting streak to nine games with the first-inning homer, added an RBI single in the sixth as Tampa Bay sent Cleveland to its season-high fourth straight loss.

      Avisail Garcia and Kevin Kiermaier each homered for the second time in as many games, with the latter coming after Indians outfielders Leonys Martin and Tampa native Oscar Mercado collided in left-center field in the sixth inning. The ball squirted into left field as Kiermaier's inside-the-park homer scored three runs.

      --Field Level Media

  • Mets OF Cespedes out for 2019
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, May 23, 2019

    Yoenis Cespedes underwent ankle surgery Thursday, ending his 2019 season before it ever began.

    • New York Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said Cespedes' surgery for multiple fractures was successful.

      Cespedes had season-ending heel surgery last season and hasn't played since.

      He hurt his right ankle in a fall at his ranch in Port St. Lucie, Fla., per Van Wagenen, who said the 33-year-old stepped in a hole and fell "violently."

      "He twisted and put his leg and foot in a difficult position," Van Wagenen said.

      Cespedes only recently began running and taking batting practice, but he was expected to play at some point this season before his fall.

      The 33-year-old is in the third season of a four-year, $110 million contract.

      The two-time All-Star was limited to 38 games in 2018 because of the heel issues. He batted .262 with nine homers and 29 RBIs.

      He has a .274 average with 163 homers and 524 RBIs in 826 career games with the Oakland Athletics (2012-14), Boston Red Sox (2014), Detroit Tigers (2015) and Mets (2015-19).

      --Field Level Media

  • Mets claim OF Altherr off waivers
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, May 23, 2019

    The New York Mets claimed outfielder Aaron Altherr off waivers from the San Francisco Giants on Thursday, designating right-hander Tim Peterson for assignment in a corresponding move.

    • This is the third team this month for Altherr, who struck out as a pinch-hitter in his only at-bat with the Giants on May 17 at Arizona.

      San Francisco claimed him off waivers from Philadelphia on May 11 after he went 1-for-29 with one RBI in 22 games for the Phillies.

      The 28-year-old has a lifetime .221 average with 36 homers and 148 RBIs in 333 big league games.

      --Field Level Media

  • Mets place starters Cano and McNeil on IL
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, May 23, 2019

    The New York Mets placed second baseman Robinson Cano and infielder/outfielder Jeff McNeil on the 10-day injured list Thursday.

    • Cano suffered a quad strain running to first base on a grounder in the third inning of Wednesday's 6-1 win against the Washington Nationals.

      The 36-year-old has struggled in his first season with the Mets, batting .241 with three homers and 13 RBIs in 45 games. The eight-time All-Star has not homered since April 21 and has driven in only two runs this month.

      McNeil, 27, sat out Wednesday's game with a strained left hamstring. He has started games at second base, third base and in left field this year and is hitting .333 with two homers and 15 RBIs in 46 games.

      Two other members of New York's Opening Day lineup are already on the IL: outfielders Brandon Nimmo (neck) and Michael Conforto (concussion).

      The Mets recalled infielder Luis Guillorme and right-handed reliever Ryan O'Rourke from Triple-A Syracuse to fill the spots on the 25-man roster.

      --Field Level Media

  • Yankees place Sabathia on IL with knee inflammation
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, May 23, 2019

    New York Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia was placed on the injured list Thursday with right knee inflammation.

    • Sabathia signaled the move Wednesday, saying after the game he was likely to head back to New York to have his knee drained and receive an injection of cortisone.

      "It's something I need to take care of," the 38-year-old said after a 7-5 Yankees win over the Orioles.

      Sabathia (3-1) threw 88 pitches but said every time he lands, pain shoots through his right knee and makes it challenging to finish pitches.

      Injuries have decked the Yankees this season, with nearly half of the 40-man roster having served stints on the 10-day injured list. Right-handed ace Luis Severino hasn't pitched this season, left-hander James Paxton missed time and right-hander Masahiro Tanaka left his most recent start Saturday screaming in pain with a shin injury that required X-rays. Tests were negative.

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB roundup: Yankees continue to punish Orioles
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, May 23, 2019

    Gleyber Torres continued his homer barrage against Baltimore with two more on Wednesday night, and the visiting New York Yankees finished with five long balls in a 7-5 victory over the Orioles.

    • Torres now has 12 homers this season, with 10 off Orioles pitching. Gary Sanchez, Thairo Estrada and DJ LeMahieu also homered for the Yankees, who have hit 11 round-trippers while winning each of the first three games of the four-game series.

      Nine of Sanchez's 15 homers have come against the Orioles this season, including blasts in each of the first three games of this series. New York now has banged out 34 homers as a team against Baltimore in 2019.

      The Yankees hit three or more homers in six straight games at Camden Yards. According to STATS, that's the longest streak by any team in any major league stadium -- ever. The Baltimore pitching staff now has allowed 105 homers this season. The Orioles on Tuesday became the fastest to allow 100 in a year.

      Red Sox 6, Blue Jays 5 (13 innings)

      Rookie Michael Chavis hit his 10th homer of the season in the 13th inning, and visiting Boston defeated Toronto.

      Mookie Betts hit his eighth homer with two outs in the top of the 12th inning against Joe Biagini to give Boston the lead. Rowdy Tellez tied the game at 5 with his ninth homer with two outs in the bottom of the 12th against Heath Hembree (1-0). Hembree pitched a perfect bottom of the 13th.

      The Blue Jays tied the game in the ninth on pinch hitter Danny Jansen's two-out RBI single against Marcus Walden.

      Cubs 8, Phillies 4

      Albert Almora Jr. drilled a go-ahead, fifth-inning grand slam, and the bullpen contributed five innings of one-run relief to lift host Chicago over Philadelphia.

      Chicago had three home runs while winning for the seventh time in 11 games and earning at least a split of the four-game series that is set to conclude on Thursday afternoon.

      Almora snapped a 3-all tie with two outs in the fifth, delivering his first career grand slam on the first pitch from Phillies left-hander Cole Irvin (2-1).

      Rays 8, Dodgers 1

      Brandon Lowe hit a go-ahead single, and Avisail Garcia and Kevin Kiermaier added three-run home runs, all in a seven-run seventh inning, as Tampa Bay ended a brief two-game skid with a victory over Los Angeles at St. Petersburg, Fla.

      In what had been a pitchers' duel through six innings, the Rays finally broke through once Dodgers starter Rich Hill left the game. Lowe's RBI hit and Garcia's home run came against previously dependable reliever Dylan Floro, who had given up just one earned run in his 19 appearances this season.

      Max Muncy hit a home run for the Dodgers, while Hill gave up just one run on five hits with two walks and seven strikeouts in six innings. The left-hander has 17 strikeouts over his past two starts after striking out 14 in his previous three starts.

      White Sox 9, Astros 4

      Charlie Tilson made his first career home run a memorable one, socking a grand slam that capped a six-run sixth inning as visiting Chicago slugged its way past Houston.

      Josh James entered with no outs, after the White Sox scored two in the inning to take a 4-3 lead. James walked the first batter he faced to load the bases, then got two outs before Tilson broke the game open.

      Fellow White Sox rookie Eloy Jimenez belted a pair of homers, notching his second career multi-homer game, as the White Sox rebounded after totaling one run over the first two games of the four-game series. Chicago had lost 11 of 12 games against the Astros dating to the 2017 campaign.

      Athletics 7, Indians 2

      Mark Canha homered and drove in three runs, and Frankie Montas (6-2) struck out nine over six scoreless innings as visiting Oakland completed a sweep of Cleveland.

      Nick Hundley belted a homer among his three hits and joined Robbie Grossman in driving in a pair of runs for the Athletics, who extended their season-high winning streak to six games.

      Jake Bauers launched a two-run homer in the eighth inning, and Francisco Lindor reached base four times (two singles, two walks) for the Indians, who have lost nine of their past 12 encounters with Oakland.

      Brewers 11, Reds 9

      Mike Moustakas had three hits and scored three runs as Milwaukee rallied from a pair of early five-run deficits to beat visiting Cincinnati.

      Hernan Perez also had three hits, Orlando Arcia had two hits and three RBIs, and Eric Thames had two hits and two RBIs for the Brewers. Moustakas, Keston Hiura and Yasmani Grandal homered for Milwaukee.

      Jose Iglesias had three hits and drove in two runs, Derek Dietrich had two hits and scored twice, and Tucker Barnhart hit a three-run homer for the Reds.

      Padres 5, Diamondbacks 2

      Eric Lauer (3-4) allowed one run on four hits with no walks over seven innings, and San Diego scored all of its runs in the first three innings to beat visiting Arizona.

      The Padres swept the three-game series, their first sweep of the Diamondbacks since June 14-16, 2013.

      Four Padres -- Greg Garcia, Franmil Reyes, Eric Hosmer and Ty France -- reached base three times each for the Padres, who handed the Diamondbacks a season-high fifth straight loss.

      Rangers 2, Mariners 1

      Hunter Pence homered, and Adrian Sampson pitched 5 1/3 strong innings in relief as Texas defeated Seattle Mariners to complete a sweep of a three-game series in Arlington, Texas.

      Sampson (2-3) allowed one run on four hits, with no walks and five strikeouts. Sampson, a right-hander who made his major league debut with the Mariners in 2016, came in for opener Jesse Chavez, who pitched the first 1 2/3 innings without allowing a run.

      Pence scored both runs for the Rangers, who won their fourth consecutive game. Pence hit a one-out homer to left-center field in the sixth, his 10th long ball of the season.

      Royals 8, Cardinals 2 (Game 1)

      Jorge Soler capped a six-run third inning with a three-run homer as visiting Kansas City trounced St. Louis in the first game of a day-night doubleheader.

      Brad Keller (3-5) gave up two runs on two hits over seven-plus innings. He walked four and struck out three. It was his best outing since throwing seven shutout innings on Opening Day against the White Sox, when he allowed just two hits with one walk and five strikeouts.

      Michael Wacha (3-2) took the loss in his second shortest outing of the season. He gave up seven runs (six earned) on seven hits in 4 2/3 innings. Wacha walked three and struck out four.

      Cardinals 10, Royals 3 (Game 2)

      St. Louis hit four home runs to defeat Kansas City and earn a split of the doubleheader. Marcell Ozuna and Kolten Wong each had three-run homers in the nightcap. Both teams entered the two-game series having lost their past five series.

      Adam Wainwright (4-4) picked up the win for St. Louis, but it wasn't easy. He gave up three runs on six hits and four walks in five innings. Wainwright struck out two and hit a batter.

      Kansas City's Homer Bailey (4-5) allowed five runs on four hits and two walks in just 1 2/3 innings. He is now 6-16 all-time against the Cardinals.

      Mets 6, Nationals 1

      Juan Lagares laced a bases-clearing double with two outs in the eighth inning for host New York, which surged back to beat Washington.

      Rajai Davis, who was called up from Triple-A Syracuse earlier in the day, added a three-run homer in his first plate appearance later in the eighth for the Mets, who have won the first three games of the four-game series. New York has not swept the Nationals/Montreal Expos in a four-game series since July 1-4, 1991.

      A solo homer in the first by the Nationals' Adam Eaton was the only run through the first seven innings as the pitching duel between the National League's last two Cy Young Award winners, the Mets' Jacob deGrom and Washington's Max Scherzer, lived up to expectations.

      Marlins 6, Tigers 3

      Brian Anderson homered for the second straight game, Garrett Cooper smacked his first career homer, and Miami stretched its winning streak to five games with a win over slumping Detroit.

      Neil Walker rapped a two-run double in the seventh inning that tied the score. Miguel Rojas added three hits, including the go-ahead RBI single in the seventh. Jose Urena (2-6) gave up three runs, two earned, on seven hits in six innings. Sergio Romo collected his eighth save with a spotless ninth.

      Christin Stewart had three hits and an RBI for Detroit, which has lost eight consecutive games.

      Rockies 9, Pirates 3

      Daniel Murphy and Tony Wolters each hit two-out, three-run homers in Colorado's pasting of host Pittsburgh.

      Every member of the Rockies starting lineup had at least one hit, with the team collecting 16 hits in all. Colorado has won the first two games of the three-game series following a four-game losing streak.

      Rockies starter Jon Gray (4-4) gave up three runs on a night of sevens -- seven innings, seven hits, seven strikeouts. He walked one. Pittsburgh went with rookie right-hander Montana DuRapau (0-1) in an opener role. He lasted two-thirds of an inning, facing five batters and giving up Murphy's three-run shot.

      Braves 9, Giants 2

      Dansby Swanson and Austin Riley each smacked three-run homers as Atlanta sailed to a victory at San Francisco. Freddie Freeman added a solo blast and went 3-for-4 with a walk for the Braves, who won for the ninth time in their past 12 games.

      Max Fried (7-2) won his third straight start and became the National League's first seven-game winner. He allowed two runs and four hits over six innings, striking out five and walking two.

      Tyler Austin homered for San Francisco, which has dropped two of three in the four-game series that concludes Thursday. Jeff Samardzija (2-3) allowed six runs -- all unearned -- in six innings.

      Twins at Angels, ppd.

      Minnesota's scheduled game against Los Angeles at Anaheim, Calif., was postponed due to a wet field following afternoon rains. The teams will make up the contest Thursday afternoon.

      --Field Level Media

  • White Sox turn first triple play of season
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, May 22, 2019

    After turning double plays in each of the first two innings of Wednesday night's game in Houston against the Astros, the Chicago White Sox outdid themselves in the third with the first triple play in the majors this season.

    • After the Astros' Tony Kemp led off the bottom of the inning with a double at Minute Maid Park, and Robinson Chirinos got hit by a pitch from White Sox starter Ivan Nova, No. 9 hitter Jake Marisnick hit a grounder down the third-base line. Third baseman Yoan Moncada, who was positioned inches from the bag, fielded the ball and stepped on the base for the first out. He then fired to second baseman Yolmer Sanchez, who completed the fielding gem with a throw to first baseman Jose Abreu that arrived just before Marisnick did.

      The most recent time before Wednesday that the White Sox pulled off a triple play was on July 8, 2016, during an 11-8 loss to the Atlanta Braves in Chicago. Two months earlier, they also managed to turn a triple play -- against Houston.

      The Astros have gone more than a year since hitting into a triple play, previously doing so on April 19, 2018, against the Seattle Mariners.

      --Field Level Media

  • Mets' Nimmo (neck) lands on IL, Cano (quad) exits game
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, May 22, 2019

    Health woes continue to mount for the New York Mets.

    • After outfielder Brandon Nimmo went on the 10-day injured list due to a stiff neck, second baseman Robison Cano exited the Wednesday night game against the visiting Washington Nationals in the third inning due to left quad tightness.

      Cano, 36, hit a sharp grounder against Nationals starter Max Scherzer but pulled up short of first. He didn't return after Mets manager Mickey Callaway checked on him between innings.

      Cano, an eight-time All-Star who joined the Mets from the Seattle Mariners in a December trade, is hitting .241 with three homers and 13 RBIs. He didn't hustle twice while running to first against the Miami Marlins this past weekend, both resulting in double plays and criticism from Callaway.

      Nimmo, 26, had an MRI after experiencing sharp pain in his neck earlier in the week. He is hitting .200 with three home runs and 14 RBIs.

      Nimmo joins left fielder Michael Conforto, who is on the seven-day IL with a concussion, and outfielder Yeonis Cespedes, who is likely out for the season with a broken ankle sustained recently in an injury on his ranch. Cespedes already was sidelined while recovering from surgery on both heels.

      The Mets purchased the contract of Rajai Davis, 38, from Triple-A Syracuse to take Nimmo's roster spot. Davis was batting .277 with three home runs and seven RBIs for Syracuse.

      Davis, entering his 14th major league season, hit a three-run homer as an eighth-inning pinch hitter Wednesday. The Mets became his eighth big-league team.

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB notebook: Stanton (calf) shut down for 7-10 days
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, May 22, 2019

    New York Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton, who was scratched from the lineup of a scheduled rehab game Tuesday due to a strained left calf, will be shut down for a week to 10 days, manager Aaron Boone said Wednesday.

    • Stanton believes the injury stemmed from getting hit by a pitch near his left knee during live batting practice on May 16. He made his rehab-game debut with high Class-A Tampa on Monday, hitting a home run.

      "It's hard to pin down exactly what happened," Boone said before Wednesday night's game against the Baltimore Orioles. "In talking to G, he feels like it's a result of that (the hit-by-pitch). It's where he got hit on the knee/calf. So not sure exactly, but that's kind of his feeling on what happened."

      Stanton will return to New York from Tampa, Fla., ending the rehab stint, which can be restarted following testing. He was originally placed on the 10-day IL on April 1 because of biceps and shoulder injuries.

      --The Colorado Rockies placed closer Wade Davis on the 10-day IL with a left oblique strain.

      The injury was not considered severe, according to a report from the Denver Post.

      Davis (1-1, 2.45 ERA) has seven saves in as many chances this season, striking out 18 and walking 10 in 14 2/3 innings. Colorado called up right-handed reliever Jairo Diaz from Triple-A Albuquerque, adding him to the 40-man roster by moving left-handed starter Tyler Anderson to the 60-day IL.

      --A week after sounding off publicly over minimal playing time in his first season in New York, the struggling Mets dealt outfielder Keon Broxton to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for $500,000 in international bonus money.

      Broxton, who turned 29 earlier this month, had vented to reporters over his limited at-bats this season after striking out with the bases loaded to end a 7-6 loss against Washington last week.

      Broxton had been acquired by the Mets in a January trade with Milwaukee for right-handed pitchers Bobby Wahl and Adam Hill and infielder Felix Valerio. The fifth-year veteran is just 7-of-49 (.143) in 53 plate appearances this season with no home runs and two RBIs.

      --One day after declaring that designated hitter Khris Davis would head to the 10-day injured list because of a nagging left hip injury, Oakland A's manager Bob Melvin said the team isn't ready to make a decision on its home run leader.

      Melvin told reporters that the A's will decide on the status of Davis after his MRI exam, scheduled for Wednesday.

      Davis wasn't in the lineup Wednesday, and the team has an off day Thursday.

      --The Cleveland Indians designated three-time All-Star outfielder Carlos Gonzalez for assignment and recalled catcher Eric Haase from Triple-A Columbus.

      Gonzalez, 33, was in his first season with Cleveland, hitting .210 with two home runs in 117 plate appearances.

      He spent the past 10 seasons with the Colorado Rockies before signing with the Indians as a free agent in March. He has a career average of .285 with 233 home runs in 12 seasons, including a rookie year with the Oakland A's in 2008.

      --Carter Stewart, a 19-year-old right-handed pitcher from Florida who was the eighth overall draft pick in 2018 by the Atlanta Braves, has decided to take his pro career to Japan.

      Stewart will play for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks of the Japanese Pacific League after he agreed on a six-year contract worth more than $7 million, according to multiple reports.

      Having decided not to go pro last year after the Braves reportedly reduced their signing-bonus offer to around $2 million because of an alleged wrist injury, the 6-foot-6 Stewart is considered one of the top amateur baseball prospects and was expected to go as high as the second round in the MLB draft this June.

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: RHP prospect Stewart opts for Japan over MLB draft
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, May 22, 2019

    Carter Stewart, a 19-year-old right-handed pitcher from Florida who was the eighth overall draft pick in 2018 by the Atlanta Braves, has decided to take his pro career to Japan.

    • Stewart will play for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks of the Japanese Pacific League after he agreed on a six-year contract worth more than $7 million, according to multiple reports.

      Having decided not to go pro last year after the Braves reportedly reduced their signing-bonus offer to around $2 million because of an alleged wrist injury, the 6-foot-6 Stewart is considered one of the top amateur baseball prospects and was expected to go as high as the second round in the MLB draft this June.

      He enrolled at Eastern Florida State Junior College, finishing 2-2 with a 1.70 ERA in 74 1/3 innings with 108 strikeouts, and became eligible for the 2019 draft.

      According to ESPN, the deal is expected to be made official by the end of the month with Fukuoka, the winner of four of the past five Japan Series. Represented by agent Scott Boras, Carter is already in Japan and plans to play for a minor league affiliate of the Hawks when his deal is officially done.

      He is committed to the Japan team for the next six years, but could come back to the U.S. as a 25-year-old free agent, with a chance to sign a long-term contract with any MLB team.

      --Field Level Media

  • Rockies closer Davis (oblique) heads to IL
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, May 22, 2019

    The Colorado Rockies placed closer Wade Davis on the 10-day injured list with a left oblique strain.

    • The injury was not considered severe, according to a report from the Denver Post.

      Davis (1-1, 2.45 ERA) has seven saves in as many chances this season, striking out 18 and walking 10 in 14 2/3 innings. Davis, 33, led the National League with 43 saves and 69 appearances last season, his first in Colorado.

      Colorado called up right-handed reliever Jairo Diaz from Triple-A Albuquerque, adding him to the 40-man roster by moving left-handed starter Tyler Anderson to the 60-day injured list.

      Diaz was 1-0 with a 0.45 ERA in 20 innings in Albuquerque. Diaz, who turns 28 on Monday, has appeared in 30 major league games, the last coming in 2017 with the Rockies.

      --Field Level Media