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  • Nationals place RHP Glover on DL, recall LHP Grace
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, April 26, 2017

    The Washington Nationals placed right-hander Koda Glover on the 10-day disabled list with a left hip impingement and recalled left-hander Matt Grace from Triple-A Syracuse on Wednesday.

    • Glover is 0-1 with two saves and a 4.15 ERA in 11 relief appearances this season. He allowed two runs on two hits in an inning of work in Tuesday night's 15-12 win at Colorado.

      Grace, who joins the Nationals for his first major league assignment of the season, has a 3.60 ERA in 31 career games.

  • Brewers' Thames leaves game with tight hamstring
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, April 26, 2017

    Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Eric Thames exited Wednesday's game against Cincinnati Reds in the seventh inning with a tight left hamstring.

    • "It's not a big deal," Brewers manager Craig Counsell of Thames, who had been plagued by the injury for the past five days.

      Thames entered play on Wednesday as the major league leader in homers (11) and pushed his league-best total in runs scored to 27 after crossing the plate twice in Wednesday's 9-4 win over Cincinnati. The 30-year-old homered in each of Milwaukee's first six games versus Cincinnati before being held in the park on Wednesday.

      Thames, who is batting .370 with 19 RBIs, had a single and two walks in the afternoon contest.

      "We have an off-day (Thursday), and I'm going to take full advantage of that," Thames said.

  • MLB notebook: Mariners put Hernandez, Haniger on DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, April 26, 2017

    The Seattle Mariners placed ace right-hander Felix Hernandez and rookie right fielder Mitch Haniger on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday.

    • Hernandez, who is dealing with inflammation in his right shoulder, allowed four runs and six hits in two innings of Tuesday's 19-9 loss to the Detroit Tigers. The 2010 American League Cy Young Award winner and six-time All-Star owns a 2-2 mark with a 4.73 ERA in five starts this season.

      Hernandez is expected to be sidelined for at least two to three weeks, MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi reported, citing a source.

      Haniger sustained an oblique strain after hitting a single in the third inning of Tuesday's contest. The 26-year-old is batting .338 and leads the American League in runs (20) heading into Wednesday's action.

      --Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu left Wednesday's game against the Kansas City Royals with a mild right hip flexor strain sustained while attempting to backhand a ground ball in the top of the fifth inning.

      After failing to field the ball cleanly, Abreu remained on the ground before being examined by team trainers.

      Abreu, who had an RBI double in the first inning and another double in his next at-bat, was able to limp off the field. He was replaced at first base by Todd Frazier.

      Abreu, who is considered day-to-day by the team, will be re-evaluated in Detroit when the White Sox visit the Tigers this weekend.

      --Gift Ngoepe is another step closer to becoming the first African-born player to compete in Major League Baseball after the Pittsburgh Pirates recalled the infielder from Triple-A Indianapolis.

      Right-hander Dovydas Neverauskas was sent to Indianapolis to open a roster spot for the 27-year-old Ngoepe, who is from Pietersburg, South Africa. Ngoepe is being called up on the heels of David Freese sustaining a hamstring injury.

      Ngoepe, who was signed as a non-drafted free agent as an 18-year-old on Sept. 29, 2008, is batting .241 with four RBIs in 15 games this season with Indianapolis.

      The 24-year-old Neverauskas became the second Lithuanian-born player to compete in the majors in 74 years after allowing one earned run in two innings against the Chicago Cubs on Monday night.

  • MLB roundup: Garcia guides White Sox past Royals
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, April 26, 2017

    CHICAGO -- Avisail Garcia hit a two-run, go-ahead home run and Jose Quintana struck out 10 as the Chicago White Sox completed a three-game sweep of the Kansas City Royals with a 5-2 victory on Wednesday.

    • Quintana earned his first win of the season after allowing only one earned run and scattering five hits over six innings. The outing marked the eighth time in his career that Quintana (1-4) has struck out at least 10 hitters as the Royals dropped their seventh straight game.

      Garcia snapped a 2-2 tie in the sixth inning with a two-run homer after the Royals tied the game in the top half of the inning. Garcia's shot came with two outs and after Royals starter Nate Karns got back-to-back groundouts following Melky Cabrera's leadoff single.

      Karns (0-2) allowed four runs and seven hits and struck out five over six innings.

      Brewers 9, Reds 4

      MILWAUKEE -- Cincinnati's Scott Schebler hit two home runs, but Wily Peralta struck out seven batters and Milwaukee jumped on Rookie Davis early to finish off a three-game sweep at Miller Park.

      Back for the first time since taking a pitch to the arm and landing on the disabled list on April 11, Davis (0-1) allowed seven hits and a sac fly to open the game, just the third of his big league career.

      Ryan Braun tagged him for a two-run double during that first inning, part of a two-hit day. Jett Bandy led the team with three hits but Eric Thames, who has belted a majors-best 11 homers, exited the game with a tight left hamstring.

      Blue Jays at Cardinals, ppd

      ST. LOUIS -- The schedule game between Toronto and St. Louis was postponed due to the continuous rain forecasted throughout the afternoon and night. It will be made up as part of a day/night split doubleheader on Thursday.

  • Mariners place Hernandez and Haniger on disabled list
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, April 26, 2017

    The Seattle Mariners placed ace right-hander Felix Hernandez and rookie right fielder Mitch Haniger on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday.

    • Hernandez, who is dealing with inflammation in his right shoulder, allowed four runs and six hits in two innings of Tuesday's 19-9 loss to the Detroit Tigers. The 2010 American League Cy Young Award winner and six-time All-Star owns a 2-2 mark with a 4.73 ERA in five starts this season.

      Hernandez is expected to be sidelined for at least two to three weeks, MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi reported, citing a source.

      Haniger sustained an oblique strain after hitting a single in the third inning of Tuesday's contest. The 26-year-old is batting .338 and leads the American League in runs (20) heading into Wednesday's action.

  • Pirates recall INF Ngoepe from Triple-A Indianapolis
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, April 26, 2017

    Gift Ngoepe is another step closer to becoming the first African-born player to compete in Major League Baseball after the Pittsburgh Pirates recalled the infielder from Triple-A Indianapolis on Wednesday.

    • Right-hander Dovydas Neverauskas was sent to Indianapolis to open a roster spot for the 27-year-old Ngoepe, who is from Pietersburg, South Africa. Ngoepe is being called up on the heels of David Freese sustaining a hamstring injury.

      Ngoepe, who was signed as a non-drafted free agent as an 18-year-old on Sept. 29, 2008, is batting .241 with four RBIs in 15 games this season with Indianapolis.

      Ngoepe was rated by Baseball America as the "Best Defensive Infielder" in the Pirates minor league system each of the last five seasons (2013-2017). He led all qualifying International League shortstops in fielding percentage (.984) while playing with Indianapolis last year.

      The 24-year-old Neverauskas became the second Lithuanian-born player to compete in the majors in 74 years after allowing one earned run in two innings against the Chicago Cubs on Monday night

  • White Sox 1B Abreu exits game vs. Royals
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, April 26, 2017

    CHICAGO -- Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu left Wednesday's game against the Kansas City Royals with a mild right hip flexor strain sustained while attempting to backhand a ground ball in the top of the fifth inning.

    • After failing to field the ball cleanly, Abreu remained on the ground before being examined by team trainers.

      Abreu, who had an RBI double in the first inning and another double in his next at-bat, was able to limp off the field. He was replaced at first base by Todd Frazier.

      Abreu, who is considered day-to-day by the team, will be re-evaluated in Detroit when the White Sox visit the Tigers this weekend.

  • Blue Jays-Cardinals postponed due to rain
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, April 26, 2017

    The St. Louis Cardinals announced their home game against the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday night was postponed due to the continuous rain forecasted throughout the afternoon and night.

    • The two teams will make up the game at Busch Stadium on Thursday as part of a day/night split doubleheader.

      The first game will start as scheduled at 1:45 p.m. ET, with the makeup game beginning at 7:15 p.m. ET.

  • Rays look to hand Orioles first series loss
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, April 26, 2017

    BALTIMORE -- The Tampa Bay Rays can become the first team to win a series against the Baltimore Orioles this year when the teams meet in the finale of a three-game set Wednesday at Camden Yards.

    • The Rays rebounded from a loss in the series opener with a 2-0 victory on Tuesday. Tampa Bay (11-11) won for only the second time in nine road games and improved to 3-9 in Baltimore since the beginning of the 2016 season.

      "This team is playing really well right now," Rays manager Kevin Cash said about the Orioles. "For us to be able to play well with them, that's our goal to win series."

      To get the series win over the Orioles, the Rays will have to go through right-hander Dylan Bundy (3-1, 1.37 ERA).

      Bundy has been the Orioles' most dominant pitcher over the past month. In his last outing, Friday against the Boston Red Sox, Bundy pitched seven shutout innings, allowing six hits with three strikeouts and just one walk.

      The second-year starter was the Orioles' top prospect and is showing he can be the ace of the staff.

      "I don't know if it means a whole lot to me, but just more to the team," Bundy said about his solid start to the season. "Like I've said before, I always want to go six innings and just try to give my team a chance to win. I was able to do my job (against Boston)."

      Bundy, however, struggled in his short history vs. the Rays. In three appearances (two starts), he is 0-1 with an 8.10 ERA.

      The Rays will counter with Alex Cobb (1-2, 4.88 ERA). The right-hander has lost two of his past three starts and given up at least one home run in all four of his appearances this season.

      Cobb took the loss Friday against the Houston Astros when he allowed four runs on nine hits with seven strikeouts and one walk over six innings. He acknowledged there will be little margin for error against Baltimore's powerful lineup.

      "Those are established hitters one through nine," said Cobb, who is 4-1 with a 1.84 ERA in eight career appearances against the Orioles. "They are about as deep as it gets. They even have guys on the bench who can come off and do some damage. The key is going to come down to not walking people, making them put the ball in play and using our defense."

      The Rays have battled injuries throughout the season, especially in the bullpen. Cash hopes his starters can go deeper into the game to take some pressure off the relievers.

      Nonetheless, the Rays' bullpen is rising to the challenge. In the win Tuesday, Tampa Bay's relievers retired 17 consecutive batters before Orioles first baseman Chris Davis earned a two-out walk in the ninth.

      "There's no doubt we have to start getting some length from our starting pitchers," Cash said. "At the end of the day, our starters take a lot of responsibility for going deeper and they will."

      The Orioles are 6-0-1 in series so far this year. However, the Rays have proven to be a big challenge, and they have the potential to end that impressive run.

      "You've got to tip your hat to them," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.

  • Giants ace Bumgarner avoids surgery
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, April 26, 2017

    No structural damage was detected in the left shoulder of San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner.

    • A follow-up MRI exam on Monday revealed that Bumgarner's sprained left shoulder will not require surgery, but the Giants are bracing to be without their left-handed ace for two months.

      Giants general manager Bobby Evans said before Tuesday's game against the Dodgers there is no definitive timetable for Bumgarner's return even after the MRI was read. A more detailed schedule for treatment and Bumgarner's eventual return is likely to become clearer in May.

      The former World Series MVP sustained bruised ribs and a sprained AC joint in his pitching shoulder in a dirt bike accident during last Thursday's off day in Colorado. He will wear a sling on his pitching arm for at least another week.

      "Our focus is getting him healthy," Evans said.

      Bumgarner never previously was on the disabled list during his eight-plus major league seasons.

      He said Monday he regretted the decision to ride trail bikes in the mountains outside of Denver with two family members.

      "Obviously, it was not my intentions when we set out to enjoy the off day," Bumgarner said. "I realize that's definitely not the most responsible decision I've made. It sucks not being able to be out here with my guys."

      Bumgarner, 27, is 0-3 with a 3.00 ERA this season.

  • MLB roundup: Turner hits for cycle in Nats' 15-12 win
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, April 26, 2017

    DENVER -- Trea Turner hit for the cycle and drove in a career-high seven runs Tuesday night as the Washington Nationals raced to a seven-run lead and held off the Colorado Rockies 15-12.

    • Turner, who went 4-for-6, singled in the first, doubled home two runs in the second, hit his first homer of the season in the sixth (a two-run shot), and tripled home three runs in the seventh.

      Daniel Murphy tied his career high with five RBIs while going 3-for-5 with a three-run triple that highlighted a five-run second against German Marquez, who was making his 2016 debut. Marquez (0-1) lasted four innings, giving up nine hits and eight runs, the final seven with two outs.

      Nationals starter Joe Ross was unable to qualify for the win as he worked only 4 2/3 innings, allowing seven hits and five runs.

      Tigers 19, Mariners 9

      DETROIT -- Ian Kinsler had four of Detroit's 24 hits, scored four runs and knocked in two more and Detroit enjoyed its biggest inning in nine seasons while pounding Seattle.

      Kinsler collected two of his hits during the Tigers' nine-run fifth. James McCann, Justin Upton, Alex Avila and Mikie Mahtook homered for the Tigers, who combined with the Mariners for a Comerica Park-record 40 hits.

      Nelson Cruz had three hits, including a solo homer, and drove in three runs for Seattle. Mariners starter Felix Hernandez (2-2) lasted two innings, allowing four runs on six hits.

      Brewers 9, Reds 1

      MILWAUKEE -- Hernan Perez delivered two triples and a home run, and Eric Thames hit his major league-leading 11th homer as Milwaukee beat Cincinnati.

      Zach Davies (2-2) struck out six while allowing six hits and a walk to earn his second consecutive victory. Keon Broxton doubled and drew a pair of walks as Milwaukee recorded 10 hits.

      Thames went deep against the Reds for the eighth time this season, joining Hall of Famer Willie Stargell as the only players to hit eight April homers against a single team. Stargell did it for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1971 versus the Atlanta Braves.

      Blue Jays 6, Cardinals 5 (11 innings)

      ST. LOUIS -- Pitcher Marcus Stroman doubled for his first major league hit in the top of the 11th inning and scored the winning run to give Toronto a wacky victory over mistake-prone St. Louis.

      Stroman, pinch-hitting for winning pitcher Jason Grilli (1-2) because the Blue Jays were out of position players, laced a 1-2 pitch from Miguel Socolovich (0-1) into the left field corner. Stroman raced home from second when shortstop Aledmys Diaz threw wide of first on Ezequiel Carrera's two-out bouncer for the Cardinals' fourth error of the game.

      Ryan Tepera worked around a leadoff single by pinch hitter Eric Fryer in the bottom of the 11th for his first save, handing St. Louis its second loss in eight games.

      Angels 2, Athletics 1 (11 innings)

      ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Kole Calhoun's two-out single to center field off Ryan Madson scored Danny Espinosa from second base in the bottom of the 11th inning, lifting Los Angeles over Oakland.

      The Angels and Athletics played nine innings without a baserunner stepping foot on second base. But on the first pitch of the 10th inning, Oakland's Josh Phegley hit a home run on a 90 mph fastball grooved by Los Angeles' Jose Alvarez.

      Not to be outdone, the Angels' Mike Trout led off the bottom of the 10th with a home run just inside the right field foul pole against A's closer Santiago Casilla, tying the game at 1-1.

      Dodgers 2, Giants 1

      SAN FRANCISCO -- Clayton Kershaw limited San Francisco to one run in seven innings and teamed with a pair of relievers on an eight-hitter to lead Los Angeles.

      Yasiel Puig and Adrian Gonzalez had RBIs in a two-run fourth inning that provided all the offense the Dodgers pitchers needed to deliver a second win in five games on the club's current road trip. Los Angeles had lost six straight in San Francisco.

      In running his career record against the Giants to 19-8, Kershaw (4-1) allowed six hits and one walk. He struck out seven and was removed from the game after throwing 90 pitches.

      Astros 4, Indians 2

      CLEVELAND -- Dallas Keuchel pitched his first complete game of the season and Josh Reddick had two hits and three RBIs to lead Houston.

      Keuchel (4-0) gave up six hits, struck out five and walked three. The Astros lost two players as second baseman Jose Altuve and right fielder Teoscar Hernandez collided while chasing a fly ball. Altuve appeared to get hit in the jaw and Hernandez, who had to be carted off the field, appeared to have a left leg injury.

      Austin Jackson and Michael Brantley homered for Cleveland. The Indians' Josh Tomlin (1-3) pitched six innings, allowing three runs on eight hits with six strikeouts and no walks.

      Diamondbacks 9, Padres 3

      PHOENIX -- Paul Goldschmidt had four hits, including his fourth homer, and he and Chris Owings each had three RBIs in Arizona's victory over San Diego.

      Daniel Descalso homered, Brandon Drury had three hits and Owings, A.J. Pollock, Nick Ahmed and Yasmany Tomas had two hits apiece for the Diamondbacks, who lead the majors with 121 runs and are 10-2 at home, tying the best start in franchise history.

      Arizona's Patrick Corbin (2-3) gave up two runs on eight hits in seven innings. He struck out a season-high nine and walked two. The Padres' Yangervis Solarte had three singles for the second game in a row and drove in a run.

      White Sox 10, Royals 5

      CHICAGO -- Todd Frazier finished 2-for-3 with two doubles, three RBIs and three runs as Chicago cruised past Kansas City.

      Leury Garcia and Omar Narvaez drove in two runs apiece as the White Sox bombarded the Royals for double-digit runs for the second consecutive night. Chicago, which beat Kansas City 12-1 on Monday, won its third game in a row.

      Brandon Moss and Mike Moustakas homered for the Royals, who lost their sixth consecutive contest. Kansas City's Danny Duffy (2-1) surrendered six runs on nine hits in 4 2/3 innings.

      Twins 8, Rangers 1

      ARLINGTON, Texas -- Minnesota scored seven runs in the fifth as it defeated Texas for the seventh time in the last eight meetings dating to last season.

      Miguel Sano homered among his three hits and drove in two runs for the Twins, who pounded out 14 hits and also drew six walks as they had baserunners in all but two innings. Ervin Santana (4-0) allowed one run and struck out six in seven innings.

      Andrew Cashner (0-2) was charged with two runs in four-plus innings, walking six and allowing five hits. Anthony Bass allowed six runs (four earned) and nine hits in three frames.

      Rays 2, Orioles 0

      BALTIMORE -- After scheduled starter Erasmo Ramirez was a late scratch, Tampa Bay used five pitchers and limited Baltimore to two hits en route to victory.

      The Rays' bullpen retired 17 consecutive batters before Chris Davis earned a two-out walk in the ninth. Chase Whitley (1-0), the fourth Tampa Bay pitcher, threw three perfect innings with three strikeouts to get the Rays into the ninth. Alex Colome got his fifth save.

      Wade Miley (1-1) struggled with his command but managed to keep the Orioles in the game. Miley allowed two runs on four hits with eight strikeouts and six walks, one shy of a season high.

      Cubs 1, Pirates 0

      PITTSBURGH -- Chicago scored an unearned run in the second inning as Pittsburgh wasted a brilliant performance by Gerrit Cole.

      Cole pitched seven innings, yielding two hits and striking out eight with no walks. The Cubs' Kyle Hendricks held the Pirates scoreless over six innings, allowing four hits, walking two and striking out three.

      Koji Uehara, Hector Rondon and Wade Davis completed the shutout with an inning each of shutout relief. Davis recorded his fifth save.

      Yankees at Red Sox, ppd.

      BOSTON -- The scheduled game between New York and Boston was postponed because of rain. It will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader on July 16.

      Braves at Mets, ppd.

      NEW YORK -- The scheduled game between Atlanta and New York was postponed because of rain. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Sept. 25.

      Marlins at Phillies, ppd.

      PHILADELPHIA -- The scheduled game between Miami and Philadelphia was postponed because of rain. There was no immediate makeup date announced, but the Marlins return to Philadelphia from Aug. 22-24 and Sept. 12-14.

  • Red Sox 2B Pedroia ready to return vs. Yankees
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, April 25, 2017

    BOSTON -- Dustin Pedroia was ready to return to the Boston Red Sox lineup Tuesday night after missing two games in Baltimore because of a left leg injury suffered when he was spiked by the Orioles' Manny Machado on Friday night.

    • But the game was rained out and will be made up as part of a July 16 day/night double-header.

      Pedroia, who had an MRI exam on his knee and ankle Monday, was ready to return after finding himself in the middle of a controversy resulting from the spiking, and his words shouted at Machado that could be easily read by television cameras.

      Matt Barnes threw a pitch up near Machado's head and drawing a four-game suspension and a fine. Pedroia could be seen saying, "It wasn't me," a sign he had nothing to do with the retribution for the play at second base.

      The fiery second baseman, seen as a team leader after the retirement of David Ortiz, was apparently acting on his own, leading some to hint at dissension in the clubhouse. Tuesday, Pedroia said, "We talked about that. We're going to keep it in house."

      While Pedroia was ready to go, Pablo Sandoval, who suffered a knee injury Sunday, was placed on the 10-day disabled list. Josh Rutledge, coming back from knee surgery, was activated and could enter a third base platoon with Marco Hernandez -- with Brock Holt (vertigo) still on the DL.

      Rick Porcello and Luis Severino, two right-handers with something to prove, were the scheduled starters and will be pushed back to open what is now a two-game set Wednesday night.

      Boston's Porcello, the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner, hopes to continue what he hopes is the climb back to showing last year's 22-4 was no fluke.

      Severino comes in 1-1 with a 4.05 ERA in his three starts on the young season. He has struck out 27 in 20 innings, with 21 strikeouts over the last two starts. He lost his last time out, but pitched a career-high eight innings, struck out 10 and didn't walk a batter while allowing two Chicago White Sox home runs.

      Porcello (1-2) allowed three unearned runs in the second inning -- courtesy of two infield errors -- and then shut the Toronto Blue Jays down the rest of his seven innings. He suffered the loss, but the no earned runs in seven innings only brought his ERA down to 7.56.

      The Yankees are 11-7, surprising to some, but are 8-1 at home and just 3-6 on the road after dropping two of three over the weekend in Pittsburgh. They now have two at Boston and then come home for three against the Orioles and three more against the Toronto Blue Jays.

      "It's an important stretch," Girardi said in Pittsburgh on Sunday.

      The Red Sox (11-8) just finished a 3-3 road trip by salvaging the series finale in Baltimore.

      Porcello is 7-5 with a 3.28 ERA lifetime against the Yankees, while Severino is 0-3 with a 4.71 ERA with a 5.71 ERA in four outings, three starts, against Boston. He does have 20 strikeouts in 17 1/3 innings against the Red Sox.

      The struggling Brett Gardner is hitting .417 lifetime against Porcello, while Pedroia is 3-for-7 with a home run against Severino.

      Meanwhile, Boston left-hander David Price, recovering from an elbow injury, reported he was feeling good Tuesday after his throwing session Monday.

      Price tweeted: "Feel great today. This is my media session. All questions answered, if you have any more ask Manager John (Farrell)."

  • Astros' Hernanez, Altuve leave game after collision
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, April 25, 2017

    CLEVELAND -- Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve and right fielder Teoscar Hernandez were removed from Tuesday night's game against the Cleveland Indians following a jarring collision in shallow right field in the eighth inning.

    • Chasing a fly ball hit by Yan Gomes, Altuve raced into the outfield and Hernandez came sprinting in. Both players were racing at full speed and watching the ball when the collision occurred. The two players remained on the ground for several minutes.

      Altuve, who appeared to get hit in the jaw, eventually got to his feet and walked off the field. Hernandez, who appeared to have a left leg injury, had to be carted off the field.

  • Phillies-Marlins game postponed because of rain
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, April 25, 2017

    Tuesday night's series-opening game between the Phillies and Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia was postponed because of rain.

    • Details for a makeup date will be announced at a later time.

      Vince Velasquez, who was scheduled to pitch Tuesday for the Phillies, will now start Wednesday night's game, while Jeremy Hellickson will start Thursday afternoon.

      The Marlins will push everyone back one day, with left-hander Wei-Yin Chen starting Wednesday and right-hander Edinson Volquez pitching Thursday.

      According to the Sun-Sentinel in Florida, both teams have options regarding a makeup date. Miami comes back to Philly Aug. 22-24 and Sept. 12-14. Both teams have days off immediately before both of those series.

  • MLB notebook: Jeter-Bush group wins auction to buy Marlins
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, April 25, 2017

    Former New York Yankees star Derek Jeter and Florida Governor Jeb Bush are the leaders of a group that won an auction to purchase the Miami Marlins, multiple media outlets reported on Tuesday.

    • The group made a bid of $1.3 billion to purchase the team from owner Jeff Loria, according to the reports.

      Loria, a New York art dealer, bought the team in 2002 for $158 million. Forbes reported that the franchise was valued at $940 million.

      There has been no official confirmation of the deal, and details of the accepted bid have not been made public.

      The Miami Herald reported that the team and the Bush-led group are optimistic that a deal can be finalized, although it may be months before the purchase is complete.

      A change of ownership requires approval from Major League Baseball. Theoretically, the move could be approved at the next Major League Baseball owners meeting, which is scheduled for May 16-18 in New York.

      --Pablo Sandoval is headed back to the disabled list. The Boston Red Sox third baseman was placed on the 10-day DL with a right knee sprain and infielder Josh Rutledge was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket.

      Sandoval, 30, sustained the injury while fielding a ground ball in the sixth inning of Sunday's 6-2 win against the Orioles in Baltimore.

      Sandoval missed 195 of a possible 324 games over his first two seasons of a five-year, $95 million deal with the Red Sox.

      --Tuesday's series opener between the Atlanta Braves and the host New York Mets has been postponed due to rain.

      The contest will be made up on Sept. 25 as part of a doubleheader.

      Atlanta ace Julio Teheran will be pushed back one day to face Noah Syndergaard of the Mets. There will again be a heavy threat of rain on Wednesday.

      --Tuesday night's scheduled game between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees in Boston has been postponed because of rain, the Red Sox announced.

      The game has been rescheduled for July 16 at 1:05 p.m., and will be part of a day-night doubleheader that will be part of that series at Fenway Park.

      --Tuesday night's series-opening game between the Phillies and Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia was postponed because of rain.

      Details for a makeup date will be announced at a later time.

  • Mets-Braves game rained out
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, April 25, 2017

    Tuesday's series opener between the Atlanta Braves and the host New York Mets has been postponed due to rain.

    • The contest will be made up on Sept. 25 as part of a doubleheader.

      Atlanta ace Julio Teheran will be pushed back one day to face Noah Syndergaard of the Mets. There will again be a heavy threat of rain on Wednesday.

      Teheran will start in place of knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, who was originally slated to start on Wednesday. Robert Gsellman was the scheduled Tuesday starter for the Mets.

      New York left fielder Yoenis Cespedes was slated to be in Tuesday's lineup after being sidelined since injuring his left hamstring last Thursday.

      The now two-game series concludes on Thursday.

  • Group led by Jeb Bush, Derek Jeter win auction to buy Marlins
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, April 25, 2017

    Former New York Yankees star Derek Jeter and Florida Governor Jeb Bush are the leaders of a group that won an auction to purchase the Miami Marlins, multiple media outlets reported on Tuesday.

    • The group made a bid of $1.3 billion to purchase the team from owner Jeff Loria, according to the reports.

      Loria, a New York art dealer, bought the team in 2002 for $158 million. Forbes reported that the franchise was valued at $940 million.

      There has been no official confirmation of the deal, and details of the accepted bid have not been made public.

      The Miami Herald reported that the team and the Bush-led group are optimistic that a deal can be finalized, although it may be months before the purchase is complete.

      A change of ownership requires approval from Major League Baseball. Theoretically, the move could be approved at the next Major League Baseball owners meeting, which is scheduled for May 16-18 in New York.

      The Herald also reported that Bush is expected to be the owner in control of franchise decisions.

      Bush is a former presidential candidate, and his brother, former President George W. Bush, owned the Texas Rangers at one time.

      Jeter, a future Hall-of-Famer, is a resident of Florida, and has said in the past that he would like to own a team.

      Other bidders included Quogue Capital LLC founder Wayne Rothbaum, and Solamere Capital co-founder Tagg Romney. Former major league pitcher Tom Glavine was part of the Romney group.

      Bloomberg reported that Loria had been close to completing a deal with the Kushner family, but no agreement was reached. The Kushners are relatives, by marriage, to President Donald Trump's family.

      The team has drawn small crowds in recent years, but it has averaged 24,313 in home attendance this season, which ranks 24th out of 30 teams.

      The Marlins suffered a huge blow late last season when highly popular star pitcher Jose Fernandez was killed in a boating accident.

      The ballpark, Marlins Park, is relatively new, having opened in 2012.

  • Yankees-Red Sox game rained out
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, April 25, 2017

    Tuesday night's scheduled game between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees in Boston has been postponed because of rain, the Red Sox announced Tuesday afternoon.

    • The game has been rescheduled for July 16 at 1:05 p.m., and will be part of a day-night doubleheader that will be part of that series at Fenway Park.

      Wednesday's game between the Red Sox and Yankees is also in jeopardy, because rain is forecast for that day as well.

      It remains uncertain how the pitching matchups will be affected by the rainout. The Yankees' Luis Severino was originally scheduled to start against Rick Porcello on Tuesday, with New York's Masahiro Tanaka scheduled to face Chris Sale on Wednesday night.

  • Red Sox place 3B Sandoval on DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, April 25, 2017

    Pablo Sandoval is headed back to the disabled list.

    • The Boston Red Sox third baseman was placed on the 10-day DL with a right knee sprain on Tuesday and infielder Josh Rutledge was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket before Tuesday's series opener against the New York Yankees.

      Sandoval, 30, sustained the injury while fielding a ground ball in the sixth inning of Sunday's 6-2 win against the Orioles in Baltimore.

      The three-time World Series champion and former World Series MVP with the San Francisco Giants played just three games last season before landing on the DL with a shoulder strain and later undergoing season-ending surgery.

      Sandoval missed 195 of a possible 324 games over his first two seasons of a five-year, $95 million deal with the Red Sox.

      In 2017, Sandoval is batting .213 (13-for-61) with three home runs and 10 RBIs in 17 games. He owns a .238 average with 13 homers and 57 RBIs in 146 games over three seasons in Boston.

      Rutledge, 28, began the season on the disabled list with a left hamstring strain.

      Boston (11-8) is third in the American League East and trails the Baltimore Orioles for first place by 2 1/2 games.

  • Royals look for some offense against White Sox
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, April 25, 2017

    CHICAGO -- Nineteen games into the season is too early for Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost to start fretting too much about his team's lack of offense.

    • However, as the Royals continues to struggle to score runs and collect hits heading into their Tuesday game against the Chicago White Sox, Yost will rely on pitching and defense until the bats warm up.

      "Starting pitchers have done a great job, the bullpen has been doing a really, really nice job," Yost said before Kansas City's 12-1 loss to the White Sox on Monday in which the Royals collected only two hits.

      Danny Duffy (2-0, 1.32 ERA) will take the mound for the Royals on Tuesday against Chicago's Dylan Covey (0-1, 7.84 ERA).

      Covey has never faced the Royals, while Duffy has a career record of 6-2 with a 3.20 ERA in 16 appearances, including 14 starts, against the White Sox.

      Duffy is coming off a no-decision in which he allowed no runs on four hits over 7 1/3 innings on Thursday against Texas.

      The Royals dropped a 1-0 decision to the Rangers, which started a seven-game stretch during which Kansas City has scored no more than two runs. While Duffy and his fellow starters have held up their end of the bargain, Kansas City's bats have remained cold.

      During their current five-game skid, the Royals have been out-hit by their opponents, 26-6.

      "We talk about it every day," Yost said. "We just wait for it to turn."

      Although the pitching and the defense have kept the Royals in games, the lack of run support has taken its toll. Despite the struggles from the plate, however, Yost points to the proven track records of hitters who historically have come around.

      "The way you get out of it is through patience and work," Yost said. "You just keep working and eliminate as much frustration as you can because that just leads to more (struggles) and a longer stretch, and so you just stay calm and just keep working at it."

      Like Yost, White Sox manager Rick Renteria has experienced his own share of frustration with how his team has hit for much of the young season.

      In the White Sox's past four losses, Chicago managed to score a total of three runs. As with the Royals, Renteria has seen his defense hold its own, sparked by second-year shortstop Tim Anderson.

      On Monday, Anderson had a career-high three hits, as did Matt Davidson, who drove in four runs in Chicago's lopsided victory. But while the offense hasn't usually been as proficient as it was Monday, Renteria -- like Yost -- is relying on other aspects of the game to keep the White Sox moving forward.

      Despite having a limited sample size with which to work, Renteria likes what he is seeing in the field.

      "We're playing good defense," Renteria said. "The guys are performing well, preparing every day to do what they need to do. ... I think it's just guys going out and playing the game. Guys are executing, and they're in the right spots."

      Yost won't give too much credence to the notion that defensive placement and shifts put on with certain hitters are behind the Royals' lack of offense. While shifts can make collecting hits more difficult, Yost said his hitters have struggled to be patience and have swung at too many pitches outside the strike zone.

      So until everything comes together offensively, Yost will continue to focus on what has worked, knowing that eventually things will turn around.

      "We're just not having great at-bats right now," Yost said, "but that changes."

  • Brewers' Thames looks to keep pounding Reds
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, April 25, 2017

    MILWAUKEE -- For the Cincinnati Reds to have success against the Milwaukee Brewers this season, they first must figure out a way to keep Eric Thames in the ballpark.

    • Thames homered twice Monday to lift the Brewers to an 11-7 victory in the series opener between the two teams, giving him seven long balls in five games against Cincinnati this season.

      "He's not missing," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "As the saying goes, you may get one good pitch to hit in your at-bat, you don't want to miss it. He's not missing it.

      "It's not that every pitch he's hit against us has been a terrible pitch. He's hit some good pitches, too, but he doesn't miss a mistake. That's where we've gotten into a lot of trouble with him."

      Cincinnati will send Scott Feldman (1-1, 2.38 ERA) to the mound Tuesday. The right-hander retired Thames three times April 14 when he limited the Brewers to two runs over five innings despite walking five.

      The Brewers have won four of five from the Reds to start the season series between the National League Central rivals.

      Thames has been a big reason why, as he is 9-for-19 (.474) with seven home runs, 11 RBIs and 11 runs against Cincinnati.

      "It has been fun to watch," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said of Thames' power show. "I know that. It is tough to even know what to say about it. Seven homers against a team in five games is incredible."

      Milwaukee signed Thames to a three-year contract this offseason, bringing the 30-year-old back to the major leagues after he had a successful run in South Korea.

      The decision has paid off better than anyone could have expected thus far.

      "When I was a prospect and in the big leagues, I stressed out a lot, I drank a lot and thought, 'Oh, my God, I have to hit a home run or I'm going back to Double-A or Triple-A,'" said Thames, who played for the Toronto Blue Jays (2011-12) and Seattle Mariners (2012). "In Korea and here, I'm just going to do my job and work as hard as I can so come game time I can relax and let it all go. It is amazing when stress levels decrease, you actually have fun and be loose and are able to relax. It is crazy."

      Feldman is 2-2 with a 3.46 ERA in five career starts against the Brewers. Ryan Braun and Travis Shaw each have homered against Feldman in their careers, but only Braun has more than 10 plate appearances against the veteran.

      The Brewers will counter with Zach Davies (1-2, 8.24 ERA), who will be looking to get on track after four poor outings to begin the season.

      Davies is 1-2 with a 4.28 ERA in six career starts against the Reds, including a no-decision after giving up three runs over five innings April 15.

      Braun is day-to-day with a bruised left foot after leaving Monday's game in the sixth inning. He fouled three different pitches off his left foot during his first-inning at-bat and continued to play until the injury stiffened enough to prevent him from running. X-rays were taken but came back negative.

      Brewers catcher Manny Pina enters the Tuesday game on a 10-game hitting streak, carrying a .472 batting average during that stretch.

      Reds shortstop Zack Cozart went 2-for-3 with a double, a triple and three runs Monday. His .386 average ranks second in the majors to the .394 mark of Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper.

  • MLB roundup: Cubs ring up 14 runs, 17 hits in win
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, April 25, 2017

    PITTSBURGH -- The Chicago Cubs scored early and often against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night, cruising to a 14-3 victory at PNC Park.

    • The Cubs battered Pirates starter Chad Kuhl and led 10-1 after two innings. Jason Heyward hit a three-run homer and had four RBIs, and Addison Russell had four of the Cubs' 17 hits. Kris Bryant and Miguel Montero each collected three hits.

      Kuhl (1-2) lasted 1 2/3 innings, giving up nine runs and eight hits while walking four.

      Cubs starter Brett Anderson (2-0) yielded three runs (one earned) in six innings, allowing five hits and six walks while striking out three.

      White Sox 12, Royals 1

      CHICAGO -- Matt Davidson homered and drove in four runs, and Miguel Gonzalez allowed only two hits in eight innings as Chicago handed Kansas City its fifth straight loss.

      Davidson capped Chicago's eight-run sixth inning with a two-run single after he drove in a run with a single earlier in the inning. Tyler Saladino also tripled in two runs before Todd Frazier followed with a two-run double. Tim Anderson, who had three hits, also had an RBI single in the inning.

      The eight-run rally marked the biggest output in one inning by the White Sox since they scored nine in the fifth inning of a 19-2 win over the Texas Rangers on July 3, 2012.

      Rockies 8, Nationals 4

      DENVER -- Charlie Blackmon hit a go-ahead two-run homer as Colorado overcame a three-run deficit and beat Washington, ending its seven-game winning streak.

      The Rockies pulled away with a three-run eighth inning, a rally that began with five straight singles off Blake Treinen. The spree included an RBI from Trevor Story on a broken-bat hit and Tony Wolters' third single. Blackmon picked up his third RBI of the game by grounding into a run-scoring force play to boost the lead to 8-4.

      The victory was the fourth straight and seventh in eight games for the Rockies. Their 14-6 record matches the 2011 team for the second-best start in franchise history. The Rockies began the 1997 season 15-5.

      Twins 3, Rangers 2

      ARLINGTON, Texas -- Phil Hughes limited the damage early, and Brian Dozier delivered the big blow in Minnesota's win over Texas at Globe Life Park.

      The Twins won for only the second time in eight games and snapped Texas' season-high four-game winning streak in the opener of a three-game series.

      Hughes (3-1) worked around six hits and a walk to limit Texas to two runs in six innings. He is 3-0 on the road this year, and improved to 3-3 lifetime against the Rangers.

      Orioles 6, Rays 3

      BALTIMORE -- Adam Jones went 3-for-3 and capped the perfect night with a tiebreaking two-run homer in the seventh inning that helped Baltimore top Tampa Bay.

      The Orioles banged out three homers off Chris Archer, all of them in the sixth and seventh innings. Archer (3-1) had not allowed a homer this season before that.

      Hyun Soo Kim and Jonathan Schoop hit back-to-back solo shots in the sixth that tied the score at 3. Seth Smith walked to start the seventh and Jones followed with his two-run blast.

      Brewers 11, Reds 7

      MILWAUKEE -- Eric Thames continued his torrid start to the season by blasting two home runs and driving in three to lead Milwaukee over Cincinnati.

      Thames leads the majors with 10 homers, matching Milwaukee's franchise record for April. He also set a club record for runs scored in April with 24.

      Hernan Perez homered and drove in four runs for the Brewers, who scored four times in the first inning and led 10-4 through four.

      Angels 2, Blue Jays 1

      ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Jesse Chavez gave up one run in six innings and got help from three relievers as Los Angeles held on for a victory over Toronto at Angel Stadium.

      Chavez gave up a solo homer to Russell Martin in the fourth inning but nothing more as the Angels and Blue Jays split the four-game series.

      Bud Norris pitched the ninth for his second save and David Hernandez, acquired earlier in the day in a trade with the Atlanta Braves, got two outs in the eighth inning in his Angels debut.

      Giants 2, Dodgers 1

      SAN FRANCISCO -- Matt Cain pitched six shutout innings and teamed with four relievers on a four-hitter, delivering San Francisco a victory over Los Angeles in the opener of a four-game series.

      Joe Panik and Hunter Pence drove in runs for the Giants, who staggered home from a 1-4 trip on which they were outscored 29-10.

      Cain, whose 5.64 ERA was the eighth highest in the majors last season among pitchers with more than 15 starts, threw his third consecutive strong game, allowing only two hits and one walk. He struck out three.

      Diamondbacks 7, Padres 6

      PHOENIX -- Chris Owings hit a grand slam, and David Peralta also homered as Arizona equaled the best home start in franchise history with a victory over San Diego at Chase Field.

      Arizona is 9-2 at home and leads the majors with 112 runs. The Diamondbacks did not win their ninth home game last season until May 29.

      Owings' slam in the fifth inning gave Arizona a 6-0 lead and helped Zack Greinke avenge a 1-0 complete-game loss at San Diego last Wednesday.

  • Twins' Sano suspended one game for "aggressive actions"
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, April 24, 2017

    Minnesota third baseman Miguel Sano was suspended one game by Major League Baseball on Monday for what the league termed "aggressive actions" that caused benches to clear during the Twins' Saturday game against the Detroit Tigers.

    • The players' association appealed the suspension, so the discipline issued to Sano will be held in abeyance until the process is complete.

      Sano was in the lineup on Monday for the opener of a three-game series against the Texas Rangers.

      "It makes me happy that they (the players' association) support me that way," the 23-year-old Dominican said through a team translator, via the Twin Cities Pioneer Press. "It (stinks) that I've been suspended but it's part of the deal. It's in MLB's hands, and they'll take care of it."

      Detroit's JaCoby Jones was drilled in the face by a pitch from right-hander Justin Haley in the third inning on Saturday, raising tension between the American League Central rivals. Matthew Boyd threw behind Sano two innings later, prompting the latter to point his bat and yell toward the Tigers left-hander.

      Detroit catcher James McCann attempted to intervene, but Sano reacted by launching a right hand to McCann's chest.

      Boyd received an undisclosed fine from MLB, which ruled that he intentionally threw at Sano.

  • Pirates promote Lithuanian RHP Neverauskas
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, April 24, 2017

    The Pittsburgh Pirates called up Dovydas Neverauskas from Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday, giving the right-hander an opportunity to become the second Lithuanian-born player to compete in the majors in 74 years.

    • Pittsburgh placed outfielder/infielder Adam Frazier on the 10-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain to make an available roster spot for Neverauskas.

      Neverauskas, who appeared in the All-Star Futures Game last summer, secured one save and posted an 0.00 ERA in five relief appearances this season with Indianapolis.

      The 24-year-old will look to join Joe Zapustas of the Philadelphia Athletics in 1933 as the only Lithuanian-born players to appear in a major league game. Zapustas was born in Lithuania but grew up in Boston.

      Frazier is batting .306 with one homer and five RBIs this season. The move to the disabled list was made retroactive to Sunday.

  • Red Sox RHP Barnes gets four-game suspension for pitch
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, April 24, 2017

    Boston Red Sox right-hander Matt Barnes was suspended four games and fined an undisclosed amount by Major League Baseball on Monday for intentionally throwing a pitch in the area of the head of Baltimore Orioles star Manny Machado.

    • Barnes, who was ejected after the pitch in the eighth inning on Saturday, has decided to appeal the suspension. Therefore, the discipline issued to the 26-year-old Barnes will be held in abeyance until the process in complete.

      Barnes' offering may have been in retaliation to Machado's slide into second base that sidelined four-time All-Star second baseman Dustin Pedroia in the series opener on Friday. Pedroia has missed his team's last two games and is considered day to day with a calf and ankle injury.

      Barnes has posted a 2-0 record with a 3.60 ERA in nine appearances this season.