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  • Rockies' Desmond leaves with calf injury
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, July 25, 2017

    ST. LOUIS -- Rockies first baseman Ian Desmond left Colorado's Tuesday night game with the St. Louis Cardinals before the bottom of the fourth inning after re-injuring his right calf.

    • Desmond batted once, striking out in the second inning. He was activated from the 10-day disabled list July 16, 14 days after the original injury shelved him.

      Desmond is batting .285 with five homers and 32 RBIs in 65 games, and he leads the team with 10 stolen bases. Mark Reynolds replaced him at first base.

      The 31-year-old veteran signed a five-year, $70 million contract with the Rockies during the offseason.

  • Brewers acquire RHP Swarzak from White Sox
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, July 25, 2017

    The Milwaukee Brewers made a trade to bolster their bullpen on Tuesday, acquiring right-hander Anthony Swarzak from the Chicago White Sox for outfielder/third baseman Ryan Cordell, multiple media outlets reported.

    • The Brewers lead a tight National League Central race and were looking for relief during the final two months of the season.

      Swarzak, 31, has a 4-3 record with a 2.23 ERA, 13 walks and 52 strikeouts in 48 1/3 innings spanning 41 games this season for Chicago. The veteran is scheduled to become a free agent in November.

      The White Sox envision using Swarzak in a setup role to get to closer Corey Knebel. Two of their current setup options, Carlos Torres and Oliver Drake, have ERAs of 4.65 and 5.31, respectively.

      Cordell, 25, is hitting .284 with a .349 on-base percentage, 10 home runs and 45 RBIs for Triple-A Colorado Springs this year. He has been on the disabled list since late June due to a back injury.

  • Cards place Wainwright in DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, July 25, 2017

    The St. Louis Cardinals placed right-hander Adam Wainwright on the 10-day disabled list on Tuesday due to mid-back tightness.

    • The move was retroactive to Sunday for Wainwright, who leads St. Louis with 11 wins.

      The 35-year-old Wainwright (11-5, 4.89 ERA) has won 11 of 13 decision since opening the season by losing his first three starts. He pitched a season-high 7 2/3 innings at the Chicago Cubs in his last outing but did not factor in the decision, extending his unbeaten streak to six starts.

      It is the fourth stint on the DL for Wainwright in his career. He is 145-81 with a 3.27 ERA in 340 appearances, all with the Cardinals.

      St. Louis entered play Tuesday night with a 48-51 mark and in fourth place in the National League Central.

  • Cardinals place CF Folwer on DL with wrist injury
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, July 25, 2017

    The St. Louis Cardinals placed center fielder Dexter Fowler on the 10-day disabled list with a left wrist strain, the team announced Tuesday.

    • To replace Fowler on the roster, the Cardinals purchased the contract of rookie outfielder Harrison Bader from Triple-A Memphis. If Bader plays, he will become the sixth Cardinals player to make his major league debut this season.

      Fowler, 31, was removed from Monday night's game in the top of the eighth inning following his fourth plate appearance in the game. The switch-hitting outfielder is batting .241 with 14 home runs and 37 RBIs in 81 games.

      Bader, 23, was the Cardinals third-round pick in the 2015 draft. He was batting .297 with 19 home runs and 48 RBIs in 97 games with the Redbirds this season.

      The Cardinals also announced that Memphis outfielder Chad Huffman was outrighted and subsequently granted his unconditional release.

  • Darvish on the move? Rangers GM making trade calls
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, July 25, 2017

    Yu Darvish's days with the Texas Rangers may very well be numbered.

    • On Monday, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels began making phone calls to alert teams that he is willing to trade the four-time All-Star and former American League strikeout leader for the "right deal," ESPN reports.

      If Daniels is unable to find a deal he likes, he will hold onto Darvish and the Rangers will continue to pursue an AL wild-card spot, per ESPN.

      Darvish, 30, is 6-8 with a 3.44 ERA and 143 strikeouts -- fourth in the AL -- through 21 starts this year. He is scheduled to start Wednesday against the Miami Marlins, his final outing before Monday's 4 p.m. ET trade deadline.

      The Los Angeles Dodgers, Houston Astros, New York Yankees and Chicago Cubs are among the major league clubs who have sent scouts to watch Darvish's recent outings, according to ESPN.

      Darvish is eligible to become a free agent this November.

      Texas (48-51) is fourth in the AL West standings, 18 games behind the division-leading Astros. However, the Rangers are just 3 1/2 games back of the Kansas City Royals for the league's second wild-card spot.

  • MLB roundup: Bellinger powers Dodgers past Twins
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, July 25, 2017

    LOS ANGELES -- Cody Bellinger hit a go-ahead, three-run home run with one out in the eighth inning, lifting the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 6-4 win against the Minnesota Twins on Monday night.

    • Minnesota led 4-3 before Bellinger hit the 28th home run of his rookie season off a 0-2 pitch from left-hander Taylor Rogers (5-2). Chris Taylor and Justin Turner singled before Bellinger's latest homer soared over the center field fence.

      Edward Paredes (1-0), a 30-year-old left-hander who made his major league debut Monday after 12 seasons in the minors, pitched a perfect eighth. Kenley Jansen worked around a one-out walk in the ninth to post his 25th save after blowing his first of the season Sunday against the Atlanta Braves.

      Eddie Rosario had two doubles and a homer for the Twins, who got five innings of three-run ball from starter Bartolo Colon.

      Marlins 4, Rangers 0

      ARLINGTON, Texas -- Giancarlo Stanton homered twice to lead the Miami to a victory over Texas.

      Stanton recorded his 25th career multi-homer game, his seventh this season, and he tied New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge for the major league lead with 32 homers. He hit a solo homer in the first inning off Texas starter Martin Perez and homered in the eighth against Jeremy Jeffress.

      Adrian Beltre went 4-for-4 for Texas and is seven hits shy of 3,000 for his career.

      Mets 5, Padres 3

      SAN DIEGO -- Jacob deGrom pitched eight solid innings to win his eighth consecutive start, and Wilmer Flores homered as New York beat San Diego.

      DeGrom (12-3) limited the Padres to two runs and five hits. He walked two and finished with eight strikeouts. Addison Reed handled the ninth for his 17th save.

      Jay Bruce had two RBIs and two hits for New York, and Asdrubal Cabrera contributed three hits. Hunter Renfroe homered twice for San Diego.

      Diamondbacks 10, Braves 2

      PHOENIX -- Zack Greinke remained unbeaten at home this season with a strong eight-inning outing, and J.D. Martinez hit his first homer for Arizona in a win over Atlanta.

      A.J. Pollock had two doubles and a two-run homer, his fifth, while driving in four runs for Arizona, which had dropped two in a row and 11 of 15.

      Greinke (12-4) improved to 10-0 with a 2.39 ERA in 12 starts at Chase Field, limiting the Braves to pinch hitter Sean Rodriguez's two-run homer in the fifth and retiring the final 10 batters he faced.

      White Sox 3, Cubs 1

      CHICAGO -- Miguel Gonzalez allowed a run in 7 1/3 innings, and the Chicago White Sox snapped a nine-game losing streak by beating the Chicago Cubs.

      Matt Davidson hit his 19th homer and Adam Engel also went deep for the White Sox.

      Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks allowed one run and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings after being activated from the disabled list.

      Indians 6, Reds 2

      CLEVELAND -- Carlos Santana homered twice, and Cleveland beat Cincinnati in a makeup game.

      Josh Tomlin won his third straight start by allowing two runs and four hits in six innings.

      Scooter Gennett and Zack Cozart homered for the Reds, who are 2-9 since the All-Star break.

      Orioles 5, Rays 0

      ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Kevin Gausman pitched six effective innings, Adam Jones homered, and Baltimore handed Tampa Bay a fifth straight loss.

      Gausman allowed five hits and struck out eight. Manny Machado drove in two runs for Baltimore.

      Tampa Bay starter Blake Snell allowed three runs and six hits in seven innings. Catcher Wilson Ramos exited the game after getting hit in the helmet by Baltimore shortstop Ruben Tejada's bat.

      Blue Jays 4, Athletics 2

      TORONTO -- Russell Martin homered as Toronto beat Oakland.

      Francisco Liriano and three relievers combined on a two-hitter for the Blue Jays. Liriano allowed two runs and two hits in five innings.

      Matt Chapman homered for the third straight game for the A's.

      Astros 13, Phillies 4

      PHILADELPHIA -- Jose Altuve went 4-for-4 with three RBIs as Houston withstood a lengthy rain delay and beat Philadelphia.

      Alex Bregman went 3-for-5 with a homer and Josh Reddick also had three hits as Houston totaled 18 hits.

      Philadelphia's Vince Velasquez allowed four runs and six hits in three-plus innings.

      Cardinals 8, Rockies 2

      ST. LOUIS -- Mike Leake tossed seven shutout innings and won for the second time in 10 starts as St. Louis routed Colorado.

      Leake allowed four singles and St. Louis totaled 12 hits, including three homers. Randal Grichuk homered for the fourth straight game while Jose Martinez and Tommy Pham hit solo homers.

      Colorado's Antonio Senzatela lasted only four innings and allowed four runs and six hits.

      Royals 5, Tigers 3 (12 innings)

      DETROIT -- Salvador Perez and Mike Moustakas opened the 12th inning with back-to-back homers and Kansas City beat Detroit for its sixth straight win.

      Jorge Bonifacio also homered in his third straight game for Kansas City.

      Justin Verlander allowed three runs and five hits in 5 2/3 innings in what might have been his final start for Detroit.

      Mariners 4, Red Sox 0

      SEATTLE -- James Paxton pitched seven scoreless innings, striking out 10, and Kyle Seager hit a home run as Seattle defeated Boston.

      Paxton (10-3) allowed four hits and didn't walk a batter. The strikeout total was a season high. The left-hander didn't allow a baserunner until a one-out single by Jackie Bradley Jr. in the fifth inning.

      Boston's Eduardo Rodriguez (4-3) gave up four runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings.

      Pirates 10, Giants 3

      SAN FRANCISCO -- Andrew McCutchen and Jordy Mercer slugged three-run homers as Pittsburgh routed San Francisco.

      McCutchen hit his 18th homer off Matt Cain while Mercer homered off Josh Osich.

      Pittsburgh's Gerrit Cole (8-7) allowed two runs and six hits in six innings. Giants starter Matt Cain (3-9) allowed six runs (two earned) and six hits in four innings.

  • Rays' Ramos needs staples after hit in head with bat
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, July 24, 2017

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Rays catcher Wilson Ramos left the Monday game after the Baltimore Orioles' Ruben Tejada hit him on the helmet with his bat during his backswing at Tropicana Field.

    • Ramos was bleeding and was taken off the field after the scary incident. The laceration required six staples to close.

      The bat shattered as the barrel struck Ramos' helmet on a swing that resulted in a groundout by Tejada.

      Jesus Sucre replaced Ramos in the top of the fifth inning.

  • Rangers' Ross lands on DL with blister
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, July 24, 2017

    The Texas Rangers placed Tyson Ross on the 10-day disabled list on Monday, making him the latest pitcher to be sidelined with a blister.

    • Ross is out with a blister on his right index finger. He joined Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Brandon McCarthy, San Francisco Giants right-hander Johnny Cueto and Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Aaron Sanchez as the fourth player to land on the DL with a blister since the All-Star break.

      Ross was placed on the DL after allowing five runs (four earned) and four hits in 3 2/3 innings Sunday at Tampa Bay, getting a no-decision in the Rangers' 6-5 win. He is 2-2 with a 7.52 ERA in seven starts for Texas, which signed him after Ross underwent thoracic outlet syndrome surgery in the offseason.

      To replace Ross on the active roster, catcher Brett Nicholas was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock. He was batting .311 with seven homers and 38 RBIs in 69 games for Round Rock this season.

      Nicholas, 29, appeared in 15 games for Texas last season and batted .275 (11-for-40) with two homers and four RBIs.

  • Royals acquire Ps Buchter, Cahill, Maurer from Padres
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, July 24, 2017

    The Kansas City Royals, looking to strengthen their club in their pursuit of an American League Central title, acquired three pitchers on Monday in a trade with the San Diego Padres.

    • The Royals obtained left-hander Ryan Buchter and right-handers Trevor Cahill and Brandon Maurer in exchange for left-handers Matt Strahm and Travis Wood, minor league infielder Esteury Ruiz and cash considerations.

      Kansas City also recalled left-hander Brian Flynn from Triple-A Omaha and designated right-handers Al Alburquerque and Luke Farrell for assignment.

      The Royals (50-47) entered Monday night's action trailing the AL Central-leading Cleveland Indians by 1 1/2 games after winning five consecutive contests.

      Maurer, the 27-year-old closer for the Padres this year, converted 20 of his 23 save opportunities, including 15 in a row since May 28. The five-year major league veteran has a 1-4 record and a 5.17 ERA in 42 appearances this season.

      Buchter, 30, has pitched in 42 games in relief this year for the Padres. He is 3-3 with one save, a 3.05 ERA and 48 strikeouts. Last year, he went 3-0 with a 2.86 ERA in a career-high 67 appearances for San Diego.

      Cahill, 29, made 11 starts for the Padres this year and had a 4-3 record with a 3.69 ERA and 72 strikeouts. Last season, the nine-year veteran pitched in 50 games for the World Series champion Chicago Cubs and had a 4-4 record with a 2.74 ERA. He has a 73-79 career record with a 4.03 ERA.

      Strahm, 25, was 2-5 with a 5.45 ERA in three starts and 24 games for the Royals this year. He has a career record of 4-7 with a 3.81 ERA in 45 appearances for the Royals.

      Wood, 30, also was with the Cubs during their championship season a year ago, when he went 4-0 with a 2.95 ERA in 77 regular-season games and 1-0 in the postseason with a 2.84 ERA. This season, he was 1-3 with a 6.91 ERA in 28 games, including three starts, for Kansas City. Wood's career record is 44-55 with a 4.13 ERA in eight seasons with the Cincinnati Reds, Cubs and Royals.

      The 18-year-old Ruiz has seen action in 21 games for the Arizona Rookie League Royals this year. He has a .419 batting average with 10 doubles, six triples, three home runs, 23 RBIs, 22 runs scored and nine stolen bases. The Dominican Republic native signed with the Royals as an international free agent on July 3, 2015.

  • MLB notebook: Kershaw (back) to miss 4-6 weeks
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, July 24, 2017

    The Los Angeles Dodgers are expecting ace left-hander Clayton Kershaw to be sidelined at least a month after leaving Sunday's game with back pain.

    • The initial prognosis by the team on Monday, first reported by Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports and confirmed by the Los Angeles Times, is that Kershaw will miss four to six weeks.

      A final determination of Kershaw's condition and timetable for his absence will be made after an examination by specialist Dr. Robert Watkins.

      Kershaw was on his way to a runaway Cy Young season when he encountered tightness in his back Sunday.

      Kershaw was 15-2 with a 2.07 ERA before Sunday's game and even had a case for Most Valuable Player for the National League West-leading Dodgers. He threw 21 pitches, struck out two and walked one before manager Dave Roberts visited the mound.

      --The Minnesota Twins nearly struck a deal for left-hander Jaime Garcia last week with the Atlanta Braves.

      On Monday, the Twins got their man after acquiring the 31-year-old along with catcher Anthony Recker and cash considerations from Atlanta in exchange for minor league right-hander Huascar Ynoa.

      FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported that the Twins assumed the remainder of Garcia's salary (approximately $4.55 million) and $200,000 of Recker's $300,000 salary. The Braves are sending $100,000 to the Twins.

      Garcia, who is making $11.5 million this year, will be a free agent after the season. He owns a 4-7 record with a 4.30 ERA in 18 starts with Atlanta in 2017. Garcia has posted a 66-52 record with a 3.65 ERA in 176 career appearances (165 starts) with the St. Louis Cardinals and Braves.

      --The Boston Red Sox promoted prized prospect Rafael Devers from Triple-A Pawtucket before their game against the Seattle Mariners.

      Devers, a third baseman, will assume the roster spot made available after right-hander Kyle Martin was optioned to Pawtucket following Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels.

      Boston also transferred left-hander Robbie Ross Jr. to the 60-day disabled list.

      Devers was to be available off the bench Monday and likely start Tuesday, according to reports. The 20-year-old batted .311 with 20 homers and 60 RBIs in 86 games this season between Double-A Portland and Pawtucket, including a 14-for-35 stretch with two homers in nine games with the PawSox.

      --The New York Mets placed Zack Wheeler on the 10-day disabled list and recalled fellow right-hander Tyler Pill from Triple-A Las Vegas.

      Wheeler, who has been struggling in his comeback from Tommy John surgery in 2015, is being plagued by a stress reaction in his right arm. The 27-year-old had been on the disabled list from June 21 to July 1 with biceps tendinitis.

      Wheeler owns a 3-7 record with a 5.21 ERA in 17 starts with the Mets this season. He has allowed 26 earned runs in his last 23 2/3 innings since June 13.

      Pill hasn't fared well in five games this season with New York, posting an 0-3 record with a 5.00 ERA. The 27-year-old has a 4-3 record with a 3.47 ERA in 13 starts for Las Vegas this season.

  • Twins acquire LHP Garcia from Braves
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, July 24, 2017

    The Minnesota Twins nearly struck a deal for left-hander Jaime Garcia last week with the Atlanta Braves.

    • On Monday, the Twins got their man after acquiring the 31-year-old along with catcher Anthony Recker and cash considerations from Atlanta in exchange for minor league right-hander Huascar Ynoa.

      Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported that the Twins assumed the remainder of Garcia's salary (approximately $4.55 million) and $200,000 of Recker's $300,000 salary. The Braves are sending $100,000 to the Twins.

      Garcia, who is making $11.5 million this year, will be a free agent after the season.

      He owns a 4-7 mark with a 4.30 ERA in 18 starts with Atlanta in 2017. Garcia has posted a 66-52 record with a 3.65 ERA in 176 career appearances (165 starts) with the St. Louis Cardinals and Braves.

      The Braves acquired Garcia in December from the Cardinals for right-hander John Gant and two minor-leaguers.

      Recker is batting .223 with four homers in 41 games this season for Triple-A Gwinnett. The 33-year-old is hitting .199 with 18 homers and 70 RBIs in 206 career contests with the Oakland Athletics, Chicago Cubs, New York Mets and Braves.

      Ynoa, 19, has recorded a 5-11 mark with a 3.05 ERA in 30 starts with rookie-level Elizabethon and the Gulf Coast League Twins.

  • Mets place RHP Wheeler on DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, July 24, 2017

    The New York Mets placed Zack Wheeler on the 10-day disabled list Monday and recalled fellow right-hander Tyler Pill from Triple-A Las Vegas.

    • Wheeler, who has been struggling in his comeback from Tommy John surgery in 2015, is being plagued by a stress reaction in his right arm. The 27-year-old had been on the disabled list from June 21-July 1 with biceps tendinitis.

      Wheeler owns a 3-7 mark with a 5.21 ERA in 17 starts with the Mets this season. He has allowed 26 earned runs over his last 23 2/3 innings since June 13.

      Pill hasn't fared well in five games this season with New York, posting an 0-3 mark with a 5.00 ERA. The 27-year-old recorded a 4-3 mark with a 3.47 ERA in 13 starts for Las Vegas this season.

  • Red Sox call up prized prospect Devers
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, July 24, 2017

    The Boston Red Sox promoted prized prospect Rafael Devers from Triple-A Pawtucket prior to Monday's game against the Seattle Mariners.

    • Devers, a third baseman, will assume the roster spot made available after right-hander Kyle Martin was optioned to Pawtucket following Sunday's 3-2 setback to the Los Angeles Angels.

      Boston also transferred left-hander Robbie Ross Jr. to the 60-day disabled list on Monday.

      Devers will be available off the bench Monday and likely start Tuesday's contest, according to reports. The 20-year-old batted .311 with 20 homers and 60 RBIs in 86 games this season between Double-A Portland and Pawtucket, including a 14-for-35 stretch with two homers in nine contests with the PawSox.

      Boston has received limited contributions from its third basemen this season, most notably Pablo Sandoval, a major free-agent signing two years ago who was released last week.

      "(Devers) handled the challenges we've given him and we feel he's ready for the next step," Red Sox general manager Dave Dombrowski said on Sunday. "We weren't thinking about the timing of this, it's just obvious that we have the need. There were no better options for us. We just want him to be himself."

      Devers was named the organization's 2016 Minor League Defensive Player of the Year.

      Ross was placed on the 10-day disabled list on June 1 with left elbow inflammation. The 28-year-old owned a 7.00 ERA in eight games with Boston this season and has recorded a 16-12 mark with six saves and a 3.92 ERA in 266 career contests (12 starts) with the Texas Rangers and Red Sox.

  • Dodgers' Kershaw expected to miss 4-6 weeks
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, July 24, 2017

    The Los Angeles Dodgers are expecting ace left-hander Clayton Kershaw to be sidelined at least a month after leaving Sunday's game due to back pain.

    • The Dodgers placed Kershaw on the 10-day disabled list Monday.

      In other roster moves, right-hander Brandon McCarthy was put (blister) on the 10-day DL, outfielder Trayce Thompson was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City, left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu was reinstated from the DL, the contract of left-hander Edward Paredes was selected from Oklahoma City and right-hander Josh Ravin was recalled from OKC.

      The initial prognosis on Kershaw by the team, first reported by Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports and confirmed by the Los Angeles Times, is that the Dodgers' ace will miss four to six weeks.

      A final determination of Kershaw's condition and timetable for his absence will be made following an examination by specialist Dr. Robert Watkins.

      Kershaw was on his way to a runaway Cy Young season when he encountered tightness in his back Sunday.

      Kershaw was 15-2 with a 2.07 ERA before Sunday's game and even had a case for Most Valuable Player for the National League West-leading Dodgers. He threw 21 pitches and struck out two and walked one before manager Dave Roberts visited the mound.

      "Obviously, I'm not optimistic because I got taken out of the game," said Kershaw, who spent more than two months on the disabled list in 2016 with a back injury. "At the same time, some of the symptoms aren't as bad as they could be."

      Watkins diagnosed the herniated disk in Kershaw's back in June 2016, an injury that sidelined him for 10 weeks. Kershaw received a painkilling epidural as part of his treatment.

      Roberts said Sunday's issue with Kershaw's back was not the same as a year ago, describing it as more "muscular" and mentioning that there was no shooting pain down the star lefty's legs this time.

      "I don't want to compare, just because there's so many variables," Kershaw told the Los Angeles Times after Sunday's game. "I don't even know how to compare it, honestly."

      Ryu (3-6, 4.21 ERA), who missed 17 games with a left foot contusion, was to start Monday night against the Minnesota Twins. He last pitched June 28 against the Angels.

      The Dodgers led the NL West by 10 1/2 games entering Monday.

      Roberts would not comment on the team's interest in other starting pitchers. The Dodgers have been rumored to be interested in Texas Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish and have one week before the trade deadline.

  • MLB notebook: Kershaw (back tightness) headed for DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, July 23, 2017

    Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw left Los Angeles' game against the Atlanta Braves after two innings Sunday due to right lower back tightness.

    • Kershaw was scheduled to see Dr. Robert Watkins on Sunday evening for tests. Manager Dave Roberts said Kershaw would go on the 10-day disabled list no matter the results.

      This is not the first time Kershaw has dealt with a back issue. Last year, he missed 2 1/2 months during the season with a herniated disk that didn't require surgery. He said he felt something different on his final warmup pitch in the second inning.

      Kershaw struck out two, walked one and didn't allow a hit or a run while throwing 21 pitches before exiting. He is 15-2 with a 2.04 ERA and is having another Cy Young Award-caliber season. Kershaw hasn't lost a start since May 1.

      --Washington Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg was lifted after pitching two scoreless innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

      Strasburg said after the game that he was experiencing achiness in his forearm that he felt in his last outing and that exiting early was a precautionary measure.

      Strasburg has been injury-free this season, but he has a lengthy list of ailments that date to his rookie season in 2010. He is 10-3 with a 3.25 ERA this season.

      --The Nationals recalled catcher Pedro Severino and selected the contract of outfielder Andrew Stevenson from Triple-A Syracuse.

      Outfielder Ryan Raburn was placed on the bereavement list, and outfielder Chris Heisey was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a left groin strain.

      Additionally, outfielder Jayson Werth (left foot contusion) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

      --Houston Astros rookie third baseman Colin Moran was placed on the 10-day disabled list a day after he sustained a facial fracture from a deflected inside pitch.

      Moran was carted off the field in the sixth inning of the Astros' 8-4 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday after the left-handed hitter fouled off a pitch from reliever Darren O'Day straight up and into the area near his left eye.

      The 24-year-old Moran started this series 3-for-6, including a 1-for-2 effort Saturday. He was playing in only his second game this season after being called up Tuesday following an injury to All-Star shortstop Carlos Correa.

      --New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro returned to the 10-day disabled list with another injury to his right hamstring.

      Castro was activated off the DL on July 15 but reinjured the hamstring while running out a ground ball on Wednesday at Minnesota. The latest move is retroactive to Saturday. Castro played in the first two games of the series at Seattle on Thursday and Friday, with one hit in eight at-bats.

      Castro is hitting .307 with 12 home runs and 45 RBIs in 79 games this season.

  • MLB roundup: Dodgers win, but Kershaw leaves with injury
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, July 23, 2017

    LOS ANGELES -- Logan Forsythe hit a bases-loaded, walk-off single in the 10th inning to give the Los Angeles Dodgers a 5-4 win over the Atlanta Braves on Sunday.

    • Despite the win, the Dodgers got some bad news, as ace Clayton Kershaw left the game after two innings with right lower back tightness. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Kershaw would go on the 10-day disabled list.

      Austin Barnes and Cody Bellinger homered for the Dodgers, but Kenley Jansen blew a save by giving up a three-run homer to Matt Adams that tied the game at 4 in the ninth inning. Jansen was perfect in his first 24 save opportunities but couldn't get the four-out save on Sunday.

      Cubs 5, Cardinals 3

      CHICAGO -- Willson Contreras snapped a tie with a two-run home run in the sixth inning, leading Chicago to a victory over St. Louis and a tie for first place in the National League Central.

      The Cubs caught Milwaukee in the division with their eighth victory in nine games. Chicago has made up a 5 1/2-game deficit on the Brewers since the All-Star break. The Cardinals absorbed their fourth loss in five games.

      Cubs starter Jose Quintana, 2-0 since coming from the Chicago White Sox on July 13 and 6-8 overall, worked six innings for the victory. He allowed three runs on five hits, walked two and struck out seven.

      Nationals 6, Diamondbacks 2

      PHOENIX -- Brian Goodwin homered to start a four-run first inning, and Washington overcame the early departure of star right-hander Stephen Strasburg to beat Arizona.

      Wilmer Difo, Washington's No. 2 batter, also homered, and the National League East-leading Nationals coaxed seven innings out of five relievers in their often unreliable bullpen to win for the second time in the three-game series and the eighth time in 10 games overall.

      The anticipated pitching duel between All-Star pitchers Strasburg and Robbie Ray never developed as Washington roughed up the left-handed Ray for five runs in the first three innings, and Strasburg was pulled after two innings for precautionary reasons due to forearm soreness.

      Orioles 9, Astros 7

      BALTIMORE -- Zach Britton set the American League record with his 55th consecutive save, Adam Jones tied a career high with four hits, and Baltimore avoided its first home sweep by Houston.

      Houston lost for just the second time in the past 14 games against the Orioles.

      Britton picked up his first save since April 14 and sixth of the season, breaking Tom Gordon's AL mark for consecutive saves.

      Indians 8, Blue Jays 1

      CLEVELAND -- Corey Kluber struck out 14 in 7 2/3 innings, and Michael Brantley had two hits, including a home run, and three RBIs, as Cleveland completed a three-game sweep of Toronto.

      Kluber posted season highs for strikeouts and pitches (120) while dominating the Blue Jays' lineup. Kluber struck out every Toronto hitter at least once. After the first inning, 14 of the 20 outs that Kluber recorded were strikeouts.

      Francisco Lindor had three hits for Cleveland, and Brandon Guyer hit a three-run double.

      Phillies 6, Brewers 3

      PHILADELPHIA -- Jerad Eickhoff collected two hits, pitched six solid innings and was helped by a homer from rookie outfielder Nick Williams as Philadelphia beat reeling Milwaukee.

      Williams opened the scoring in the fourth inning after Eickhoff and Brewers starter Junior Guerra were dominant early. After walking Maikel Franco, Guerra left a 1-0 fastball up in the zone that Williams hit the other way to left for his fourth homer in his 19th game in the big leagues.

      The Brewers have lost seven of their past eight games.

      Athletics 3, Mets 2

      NEW YORK -- Matt Chapman atoned for a baserunning blunder by hitting the tiebreaking solo homer in the seventh inning for Oakland.

      Chapman had two hits, including a leadoff double with the Athletics nursing a 2-1 lead in the fifth. He then advanced to third on a wild pitch by Mets right-hander Rafael Montero but was picked off two pitches later by catcher Rene Rivera, a mistake that was magnified when Jaycob Brugman followed with a single.

      However, Chapman redeemed himself in his next at-bat when he crushed a 2-0 pitch by Montero deep into the left field seats.

      Rangers 6, Rays 5

      ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- For the third day in a row, Texas rallied to erase a two-run deficit and stunTampa Bay.

      The Rays led 5-3 in the eighth inning, but the Rangers got a two-run home run from Rougned Odor -- his second of the game -- to tie it, then a solo home run from Carlos Gomez off reliever Brad Boxberger put them ahead.

      The Rays entered the series with a 42-4 record when leading after seven innings, but went 0-2 in those situations against Texas, losing another lead in the sixth inning Saturday.

      Reds 6, Marlins 3

      CINCINNATI -- Scooter Gennett, Eugenio Suarez and Tucker Barnhart homered and rookie Sal Romano allowed one run over six innings, lifting Cincinnati over Miami.

      Romano, making his fourth career start, walked one and had a career-high seven strikeouts.

      A.J. Ellis homered and doubled for Miami, which failed to complete its first sweep of the Reds in Cincinnati since 2003.

      Royals 5, White Sox 4

      KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Brandon Moss hit a walk-off RBI double in the ninth as Kansas City edged Chicago.

      Moss' double off Tyler Clippard scored Lorenzo Cain, who was running for Mike Moustakas, who led off the inning with a single.

      Kelvin Herrera pitched a spotless ninth to pick up the victory.

      Yankees 6, Mariners 4

      SEATTLE -- Didi Gregorius hit two home runs, and New York's bullpen was dominant as New York defeated Seattle.

      The Yankees won three of the four games in the series to move into sole possession of the American League's top wild-card spot. Chad Green (1-0), Dellin Betances and David Robertson combined for 4 1/3 innings of perfect relief before turning it over to closer Aroldis Chapman, who yielded two hits but no runs.

      Ben Gamel and Guillermo Heredia drove in two runs apiece for Seattle.

      Padres 5, Giants 2

      SAN FRANCISCO -- Wil Myers homered for the third consecutive day, and Dinelson Lamet (4-4) pitched 6 2/3 innings of two-run ball, propelling San Diego past San Francisco.

      Hector Sanchez had two hits, including a run-scoring double, to help the Padres win their fourth consecutive series against the Giants by taking three of four.

      Eduardo Nunez had three hits for the Giants. San Francisco starter Ty Blach (6-6) allowed five runs in seven innings.

      Tigers 9, Twins 6

      MINNEAPOLIS -- Jose Iglesias had three hits, including a tiebreaking two-run homer in the seventh inning, as Detroit pulled away late against Minnesota.

      Matthew Boyd pitched into the seventh inning to win his second straight start since being recalled from Triple-A. Detroit gained the series win with its 15th victory at Target Field in its past 17 games there.

      Ian Kinsler, James McCann and Alex Presley each had three hits for the Tigers.

      Rockies 13, Pirates 3

      DENVER -- Colorado belted five home runs, including three in one inning, to overwhelm Pittsburgh in the rubber game of their series.

      The victory completed a 5-1 homestand for the Rockies, who have won six of their past seven games.

      Mark Reynolds hit two homers, and Charlie Blackmon, Trevor Story and Pat Valaika each added a home run for the Rockies, who took an early 4-0 lead with a four-run third and blew the game open with a seven-run sixth.

      Angels 3, Red Sox 2

      ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Parker Bridwell pitched a career-high seven innings, allowing five hits and two runs as Los Angeles won the series against Boston.

      Bridwell made just his seventh start, and the Angels are 6-1 in those seven games. He is 4-1 with a 3.09 ERA, has five quality starts and has allowed three runs or fewer six times.

      The Angels hit three homers against Boston's Rick Porcello -- all leadoff shots, by Andrelton Simmons (11th) in the fourth, Mike Trout (19th) in the sixth and Luis Valbuena (ninth) in the seventh.

  • Strasburg leaves game vs. Diamondbacks after 2 innings
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, July 23, 2017

    PHOENIX -- Washington Nationals All-Star right-hander Stephen Strasburg was lifted Sunday after pitching two scoreless innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

    • The Nationals did not offer an explanation for Strasburg's early departure or indicate if it was injury related. The team does not make injury updates during games.

      The Nationals were leading 5-0 at the time he was removed from the game. He walked three but gave up only one hit and struck out two, throwing 29 of his 51 pitches for strikes.

      Strasburg has been injury-free this season but has a lengthy list of problems that date to his rookie season in 2010. He tore an elbow ligament that season and needed Tommy John surgery that kept him out for all but five games in 2011.

      He was on the disabled list four times during the 2015 and 2016 seasons and limited to 19 starts last season by a sore right elbow and an upper back strain.

      Strasburg is 10-3 with a 3.25 ERA this season in 20 starts, striking out 141 in 121 2/3 winnings.

  • Kershaw forced to leave after 2 innings vs. Braves
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, July 23, 2017

    LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Dodgers ace left-hander Clayton Kershaw left his start against the Atlanta Braves on Sunday after two innings with right lower back tightness, the team announced.

    • Kershaw uncharacteristically bounced a curveball in the dirt and was visited by a trainer and manager Dave Roberts in the second inning during Tyler Flowers' at-bat. Kershaw eventually walked Flowers and then struck out Matt Adams to end the inning.

      Trainers talked to Kershaw in the dugout and then went into the clubhouse. Long reliever Ross Stripling warmed up in the bullpen and entered the game in the third.

      Several Dodgers players are sick, including Justin Turner -- who has bronchitis -- and Rich Hill.

      Kershaw was 15-2 with a 2.07 ERA before Sunday's game and is having another Cy Young-caliber season for the National League West-leading Dodgers. He threw 21 pitches and struck out two and walked one.

      Tracye Thompson pinch hit for Kershaw in the second inning.

  • Nationals promote minor leaguers to fill roster spots
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, July 23, 2017

    The Washington Nationals recalled catcher Pedro Severino and selected the contract of outfielder Andrew Stevenson from Triple-A Syracuse on Sunday.

    • Outfielder Ryan Raburn was placed on the bereavement list, and outfielder Chris Heisey was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a left groin strain.

      Additionally, outfielder Jayson Werth (left foot contusion) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list. Nationals president of baseball operations and general manager Mike Rizzo made the announcements.

      Stevenson, 23, was the Nationals' top selection in the 2015 MLB First-Year Player Draft (second round, No. 58 overall) out of LSU and would be making his major league debut. He is hitting .268 with two home runs and 26 RBIs in 93 minor league games this season (20 with Double-A Harrisburg, 73 with Triple-A Syracuse).

      It is Heisey's second trip to the disabled list after missing 40 games with a right biceps rupture earlier this year. He's hitting .162 (12-for-74) with one home run and five RBIs in 38 games off the Nationals' bench this season.

      Werth, 38, was placed on the disabled list June 5 (retroactive to June 4) and has missed 42 games with a left foot contusion. In 47 games before the injury, Werth hit .262 with eight home runs and 18 RBIs.

  • Yankees put 2B Castro back on DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, July 23, 2017

    New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro returned to the 10-day disabled list with another injury to his right hamstring, the team announced Sunday.

    • Castro was activated off the disabled list July 15 but reinjured the hamstring while running out a ground ball on Wednesday at Minnesota. The latest move is retroactive to Saturday.

      Castro played in the first two games of the series at Seattle on Thursday and Friday, with one hit in eight at-bats.

      "We're not sure it's the exact same spot," Girardi told reporters Saturday. "It's frustrating. He's frustrated. He had an MRI (Saturday) morning and we've got to put him down for a bit."

      Castro is hitting .307 with 12 home runs and 45 RBIs in 79 games this season.

      "It's frustrating because my job is to come here and play hard every day," Castro said. "It's kind of in my head right now.''

      The Yankees also called up infielder/outfielder Tyler Wade from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in a move announced before Sunday's game against the Mariners. He is hitting .313 with six homers and 30 RBIs in the minors.

      Wade was optioned to Triple-A on July 15 after a nine-game stint with the Yankees when Castro was previously injured. Wade batted .107 (3-for-28) with one RBI in his first major league action.

      The Yankees also outrighted first baseman Ji-Man Choi to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He was hitting .267 (4-for-15) in six games.

      In addition, the Yankees acquired first baseman Ryan McBroom from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for minor league infielder/outfielder Rob Refsnyder.

      McBroom, 25, batted .243 with 12 home runs and 54 RBIs in 96 games with Double-A New Hampshire this season.

      Refsnyder, 26, was recently designated for assignment by the Yankees after hitting just .135 (5-for-37) this season. In 94 career major league games with the Yankees, he has a .241 batting average with two home runs and 17 RBIs.

  • Astros 3B Moran suffers facial fracture from foul ball
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, July 23, 2017

    BALTIMORE -- Houston Astros rookie third baseman Colin Moran was placed on the 10-day disabled list after he suffered a facial fracture from a deflected inside pitch during Saturday night's game, the team announced Sunday.

    • Moran was carted off the field in the sixth inning of the Astros' 8-4 win over the Baltimore Orioles after the left-handed hitter fouled off a pitch from reliever Darren O'Day straight up and into the area near his left eye.

      The trainers rushed out, and immediately applied pressure with towels. They tried to help Moran walk off but his knees momentarily buckled, so they sat him down. The cart came out and they loaded him on it carefully before he was taken to a Baltimore hospital.

      "Colin spent the night in the hospital and went through a ton of tests," Astros manager A.J. Hinch told reporters before Sunday's game. "Came away from it with a facial fracture.

      "Obviously he's not feeling very well. He's stable. He's got his dad here, his fiancee is here, so he's surrounded by some loved ones. ... He'll stay in the hospital in Baltimore for the foreseeable future until they decide what is next."

      The 24-year-old Moran started this series 3-for-6, including a 1-for-2 effort Saturday. He was playing in only his second game this season after being called up Tuesday following an injury to All-Star shortstop Carlos Correa.

      "It was a pretty scary incident. I go on the field and he's got blood on the face," Hinch said after Saturday's game. "Blood, it isn't generally seen in our sport."

      The Astros called up infielder Tyler White from Triple-A Fresno to take Moran's spot on the roster.

  • Rays acquire RHP Romo from Dodgers
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, July 22, 2017

    The Los Angeles Dodgers traded right-hander Sergio Romo and cash considerations to the Tampa Bay Rays Saturday night for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

    • Romo, 34, was designated for assignment by the Dodgers on Thursday after going 1-1 with a 6.12 ERA in 30 appearances this season.

      Before signing a one-year deal with the Dodgers in February, Romo contributed to three championship teams in San Francisco and recorded 82 saves in eight seasons with the Giants.

  • Astros 3B Moran leaves game with scary facial injury
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, July 22, 2017

    BALTIMORE -- Houston Astros rookie Colin Moran fouled a ball off or near his left eye and was removed from the field by cart in the sixth inning of Saturday night's game with the Baltimore Orioles.

    • On the first pitch of the at-bat, Moran fouled off a pitch by Darren O'Day and the ball went straight up and hit the third baseman.

      The trainers rushed out, and immediately put towels with pressure there and tried to help Moran walk off but his knees momentarily buckled, so they sat him down.

      The cart came out and they loaded him on it carefully and took him off a few minutes later.

      Marwin Gonzalez took over the at-bat and hit a three-run homer.

  • MLB roundup: Dodgers beat Braves, snap slide
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, July 22, 2017

    LOS ANGELES -- Corey Seager, Chase Utley and Chris Taylor homered, and Rich Hill pitched 6 1/3 strong innings to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 6-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday night at Dodger Stadium.

    • Hill (7-4) struck out eight and allowed two runs and six hits. Los Angeles snapped a two-game slide after winning 11 in a row.

      Taylor also delivered a two-run triple in the eighth inning to provide the final margin. His home run made it 4-2 in the seventh.

      Julio Teheran (7-8) gave up four runs and nine hits, including three solo home runs, in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out six and walked one.

      Indians 2, Blue Jays 1 (10 innings)

      CLEVELAND -- Francisco Lindor's home run leading off the bottom of the 10th inning lifted Cleveland over Toronto.

      Lindor hit a 3-2 pitch from reliever Danny Barnes (2-3) over the right field wall for his 15th home run. Bryan Shaw (3-4) got the last out of the top of the 10th to get the win.

      Indians starter Danny Salazar, in his first major league appearance since June 3, allowed one hit in seven scoreless innings, with eight strikeouts and no walks. He had been sidelined since June 6 with right shoulder soreness.

      Mets 6, Athletics 5

      NEW YORK -- Wilmer Flores' walk-off homer in the ninth inning capped a stirring comeback by New York, which scored the final six runs to stun Oakland.

      Flores' line-drive homer into the left field seats off Simon Castro (0-1) gave the Mets their fourth straight win. New York tied the score in the eighth when Travis d'Arnaud doubled with two outs and scored on Lucas Duda's pinch-hit RBI single.

      Flores doubled and Jay Bruce homered to start the Mets' four-run sixth inning. One out later, Jose Reyes legged out a triple. D'Arnaud followed with an RBI single and scored on a two-out double by Michael Conforto.

      Mariners 6, Yankees 5 (10 innings)

      SEATTLE -- Nelson Cruz singled home Ben Gamel with the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning as Seattle overcame another home run by Aaron Judge to defeat New York.

      Gamel, a former Yankee, led off the 10th with a double off the center-wall field against New York reliever Adam Warren (2-2). After an intentional walk to Robinson Cano, Cruz lined a single to left field to score the winning run.

      The Yankees tied the score in the ninth against closer Edwin Diaz, who had converted all five of his save opportunities since the All-Star break, on Ronald Torreyes two-out RBI single.

      Cubs 3, Cardinals 2

      CHICAGO -- Anthony Rizzo hit a go-ahead double in a three-run eighth inning as Chicago rallied past St. Louis.

      The Cubs tied the score in the eighth with Ben Zobrist's RBI double and Kris Bryant's broken-bat, RBI single. Paul DeJong and Randal Grichuk hit back-to-back home runs off Jon Lester (7-6) in the eighth inning to put the Cardinals ahead.

      St. Louis starter Adam Wainwright threw seven scoreless innings before being charged with two runs in the eighth. He gave up four hits and no walks and struck out three.

      Angels 7, Red Sox 3

      ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Albert Pujols had three hits and Andrelton Simmons hit his 10th home run of the season and drove in three runs as Los Angeles defeated Boston.

      The Angels' JC Ramirez (9-8) had a rough two innings, allowing four hits and two walks and making an error, then bounced back and retired 12 straight at one point to pick up the win. Ben Revere had two hits and a stolen base for Los Angeles.

      The Red Sox's David Price (5-3), who had allowed only two runs in his previous 23 innings, gave up six runs (five earned), seven hits and walked three in five innings, his worst outing since an early June loss to the Yankees.

      Brewers 9, Phillies 8

      PHILADELPHIA -- Domingo Santana hit the tiebreaking single with one out in the top of the ninth inning as Milwaukee blew a seven-run lead against Philadelphia but snapped a six-game losing streak.

      Ryan Braun returned after missing three games with a sore wrist and drove in four runs for the Brewers by going 3-for-3 and finishing a triple shy of the cycle. Milwaukee's Brent Suter scattered five hits and allowed one run in six solid innings.

      Jacob Barnes (3-1) gave up a three-run homer to Cameron Rupp in the eighth to forge an 8-8 deadlock, but Santana quickly helped the Brewers recover with a base hit off closer Hector Neris (2-4).

      Nationals 4, Diamondbacks 3

      PHOENIX -- Bryce Harper homered and doubled and Tanner Roark held Arizona to two runs in seven innings as Washington edged Arizona.

      Roark (8-6) gave up three hits while striking out 11 and walking one. Anthony Banda (0-1) allowed four runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings in his major league debut with five strikeouts and zero walks.

      Harper hit his 25th homer, a solo shot deep into the right-field pavilion in the first inning. The homer extended his hitting streak to 15 games, the longest active run in the majors.

      Astros 8, Orioles 4

      BALTIMORE -- Marwin Gonzalez belted a pinch-hit, three-run homer off Darren O'Day, sparking a five-run sixth inning that gave Houston the lead for good en route to a victory over Baltimore.

      The Orioles took a 4-1 lead into the sixth, but Chris Tillman gave up a two-run homer to Yuli Gurriel that was originally ruled a double. After a review, it was changed to a home run.

      Francis Martes (3-0) relieved Collin McHugh and picked up the win thanks to 2 1/3 innings of hitless relief. McHugh pitched in his first game of the season (elbow impingement) and sailed through the early going until giving up two-run homers to Adam Jones and Jonathan Schoop in the fifth that gave Baltimore its 4-1 lead.

      Pirates 7, Rockies 3

      DENVER -- Rookie German Marquez stymied Pittsburgh for seven innings and won his third straight start to lift Colorado.

      Closer Greg Holland pitched the final 1 1/3 innings for his 31st save in 32 opportunities. It was Holland's fourth save where he pitched more than one inning, something he hadn't done before this season in nearly six years.

      Marquez (8-4) gave up three hits and two runs in seven innings before a sellout crowd of 48,235 at Coors Field. He walked two and struck out a career-high-tying nine for the third time this season and second time in as many starts.

      Rangers 4, Rays 3

      ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- For the second night in a row, Texas rallied from a late two-run deficit as a fielding error doomed Tampa Bay.

      Mallex Smith let a line drive from Adrian Beltre go off his glove in deep center field for an error with two outs in the sixth inning, allowing two runs to score and putting the go-ahead run in scoring position. Tampa Bay's Chris Archer (7-6) compounded the problem with two wild pitches, allowing Beltre to score.

      Andrew Cashner (5-8) was the beneficiary, allowing three runs and four hits in six innings to win for the second time in three starts. Archer struck out 11 while allowing four runs (one earned) and four hits in seven frames.

      Twins 6, Tigers 5

      MINNEAPOLIS -- Kyle Gibson dazzled for seven innings before tiring late and rookie Zack Granite had his first career three-hit game as Minnesota held off Detroit.

      Max Kepler, Eddie Rosario and Jason Castro each had two hits for the Twins, who built a 6-0 lead before the Tigers' late five-run eighth inning. Gibson (6-8) pitched a season-high 7 1/3 innings with three runs allowed, five hits and three walks.

      Detroit's Jordan Zimmerman (6-8) lasted only 3 2/3 innings, yielding five runs, nine hits and four walks. Alex Presley had three hits for the Tigers and Justin Upton homered during the late rally.

      Royals 7, White Sox 2

      KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Salvador Perez hit a two-run blast and Mike Moustakas homered twice as Kansas City rallied past Chicago.

      Brandon Moss and Jorge Bonifacio added solo shots for the Royals. Scott Alexander (2-3) picked up the victory after replacing Jason Vargas in the sixth.

      Melky Cabrera went 4-for-4 with a home run and drove in both runs for the White Sox, who lost their eighth in a row.

      Marlins 5, Reds 4

      CINCINNATI -- J.T. Realmuto hit two two-run homers, including a tiebreaking drive in the sixth inning that propelled Miami past Cincinnati.

      Realmuto's homers, which give him 10 this season, went to left field and followed singles to center by Justin Bour while helping drop the Reds' record on its 10-game homestand to 1-8. Bour also turned in a key defensive play, snaring Patrick Kivlehan's line drive and doubling Eugenio Suarez off first base to end the eighth with a run in and the tying run at third base.

      Cincinnati has allowed 69 runs during the homestand, tying the franchise record for the most allowed in a homestand of 10 or fewer games.

      Giants 5, Padres 4 (12)

      SAN FRANCISCO -- Nick Hundley drove in Kelby Tomlinson with a single to the base of the fence in left field with two outs in the 12th inning, giving San Francisco a victory over San Diego.

      Eduardo Nunez drove in two runs with three hits and the Giants' bullpen pitched six innings of one-hit ball, helping San Francisco beat the Padres for only the second time in their last nine meetings at AT&T Park.

      Wil Myers homered for the second straight day for San Diego, which posted a 12-9, 11-inning victory over the Giants on Friday.

  • MLB notebook: Sandoval back with Giants
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, July 22, 2017

    The San Francisco Giants made their reunion with third baseman Pablo Sandoval official on Saturday when he signed a minor league contract.

    • The 30-year-old Sandoval spent his first seven major league seasons with San Francisco (2008-14), winning World Series titles with the Giants in 2010, 2012 and 2014. Sandoval will report to Class A San Jose.

      Sandoval was the 2012 World Series MVP with the Giants but struggled since leaving San Francisco for Boston as a free agent. He signed a five-year, $95 million contract after the 2014 season and was released by the Red Sox on Wednesday when he did not report after being designated for assignment.

      Injuries and poor performance plagued Sandoval in Boston. He hit .245 with 10 home runs and 47 RBIs in 2015, played in only three games in 2016, and batted only .212 with four homers and 12 RBIs in 32 games with the Red Sox this season. Sandoval left San Francisco on bad terms after the 2014 season, claiming the team disrespected him during contract negotiations leading up to his departure.

      --Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant, who missed Friday's game with a left finger injury, returned to the lineup for Saturday afternoon's game against the St. Louis Cardinals.

      Bryant sprained his little finger on his left hand in a headfirst slide in the first inning of Chicago's 8-2 victory over the Braves at Atlanta on Wednesday. X-rays were negative, but the 25-year-old was experiencing soreness while gripping the bat.

      Cubs manager Joe Maddon on Friday expressed doubt about Bryant playing Saturday. He batted second and played third base.

      Bryant is coming off a National League MVP season when he helped the Cubs to their first World Series title since 1908.

      --The Milwaukee Brewers activated infielder Eric Sogard from the 10-day disabled list and optioned slumping center fielder Keon Broxton to Triple-A Colorado Springs, the team announced.

      Sogard, 31, sustained a left ankle strain in late June and has not played since July 4. He is batting .331 with three home runs and 14 RBIs in 43 games this season.

      Broxton, 27, has gone hitless in his last five games while striking out seven times in 12 at-bats. He was forced out of the starting lineup because of his slump for Friday night's 6-1 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. He struck out on three pitches as a pinch hitter.

      Broxton is batting .218 with 14 home runs, 36 RBIs, 17 stolen bases and 124 strikeouts in 293 at-bats this season.