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  • Athletics' Hahn leaves start against Marlins with triceps strain
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, May 24, 2017

    OAKLAND, Calif. -- Oakland Athletics right-hander Jesse Hahn left his start Tuesday night against the Miami Marlins during the top of the third inning with a right triceps strain.

    • Hahn gave up five runs on seven hits over two-plus innings, striking out two. He came out of the game after giving up a leadoff single to Christian Yelich and falling behind in the count 2-1 to Marcell Ozuna in the third.

      A's trainer Nick Paparesta and manager Bob Melvin both came to the mound and talked to Hahn before his exit. Right-handed reliever Bobby Wahl took over.

  • MLB roundup: Dodgers get walk-off win in 13th
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, May 23, 2017

    LOS ANGELES -- Logan Forsythe, back from the disabled list, hit a walk-off double in the 13th inning, lifting the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday.

    • Yasmani Grandal homered for the Dodgers, who won for the fifth time in the past six contests. Josh Fields (1-0) retired the side in the 13th for the win.

      Forsythe, who struck out four times before drawing a walk in the 11th inning, doubled off Jonathan Broxton (0-1), scoring Enrique Hernandez, who had walked. It was the first game in more than a month for Forsythe, who had been out due to fractured toe and a strained hamstring.

      Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw fanned 10, walked none and allowed three hits but did not factor into the decision. Kershaw threw a ninth-inning wild pitch that scoring the tying run for St. Louis. Cardinals starter Lance Lynn struck out 10 in eight innings of one-run ball.

      Twins 2, Orioles 0

      BALTIMORE -- Ervin Santana went the distance for Minnesota, and Brian Dozier added a solo home run as the Twins scored a second straight victory over Baltimore.

      After a slugfest in the series opener Monday -- a 14-7 Twins win -- this game belonged to the pitchers, specifically Santana and Baltimore's Dylan Bundy.

      Santana (7-2) allowed a single in the second inning and another in the fifth and nothing more. He retired the final 14 batters he faced, struck out six and walked just two in his second complete game of the year, the 18th of his career.

      Braves 6, Pirates 5

      ATLANTA -- Matt Adams had three hits, including the game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth that gave Atlanta a come-from-behind win over Pittsburgh.

      Adams was 3-for-5 with a double and a homer. His opposite-field single against Pittsburgh reliever Tony Watson (2-1) scored Nick Markakis with the winning run. Markakis had tied the game with a double that drove home Ender Inciarte.

      The winning pitcher was Luke Jackson (1-0), who retired the only batter he faced.

      Marlins 11, Athletics 9

      OAKLAND, Calif. -- Justin Bour went 4-for-5 with a home run, a double, two RBIs and four runs, leading Miami to a victory against Oakland.

      The Marlins pounded out a season-high 19 hits, including three each by Dee Gordon and Giancarlo Stanton. Derek Dietrich, J.T. Realmuto and JT Riddle each had two hits. Dietrich, Gordon and Ichiro Suzuki had two RBIs apiece.

      Every Marlins batter in the starting lineup had at least one hit before Oakland got a second out in the top of the third inning. Gordon already had two hits by then, including a triple, as Miami built a 7-1 lead.

      Rockies 8, Phillies 2

      PHILADELPHIA -- Charlie Blackmon swatted a pair of two-run homers and Gerardo Parra added a solo shot to lead Colorado to a win over floundering Philadelphia.

      Rookie German Marquez (3-2) scattered seven hits in six innings and allowed one run for the Rockies, who have won seven of their last nine to improve to 30-17, tops in the National League.

      Zach Eflin (0-2) took the loss for the Phillies, who have dropped 19 of their last 23 games and have managed just three runs in their last three games.

      Nationals 10, Mariners 1

      WASHINGTON -- Anthony Rendon was 3-for-4 with two homers, a double and five RBIs, and Joe Ross came up from Triple-A to allow one run in eight innings as Washington blasted Seattle.

      Ross (2-0) entered the game with a 7.47 ERA in the majors this year. He made three starts earlier this month in the minors. The right-hander allowed just five hits and struck out six with no walks against Seattle while matching the longest outing of his career.

      Royals 6, Yankees 2

      NEW YORK -- Jorge Bonifacio hit a go-ahead two-run homer with two outs in the top of the seventh inning and Danny Duffy pitched seven solid innings as Kansas City rallied past New York.

      Bonifacio gave the Royals a 3-2 lead by slugging the first pitch he saw from Adam Warren (1-1) into the right-center-field seats. It was Bonifacio's sixth home run and second in as many nights.

      Lorenzo Cain started the comeback with a long homer off Jordan Montgomery. Whit Merrifield and Mike Moustakas added insurance with eighth-inning home runs.

      Cubs 4, Giants 1

      CHICAGO -- Jon Lester allowed one run on four hits and struck out a season-high 10 in a complete game -- his first of the year -- as Chicago beat San Francisco.

      Kyle Schwarber, Jason Heyward and Anthony Rizzo provided offensive support with home runs as the Cubs won their second in three games.

      The victory was the second straight for Lester (3-2), who is now 5-1 lifetime against San Francisco.

      Indians 8, Reds 7

      CINCINNATI -- Edwin Encarnacion homered twice against his former club, and Yan Gomes and Francisco Lindor also went deep, lifting Cleveland to a victory over Cincinnati.

      Cleveland pounded Reds rookie left-hander Amir Garrett, who allowed seven runs and yielded a season-high four homers in five innings.

      The Indians led 7-3 in the seventh, but Cincinnati's Adam Duvall singled home a run, and pinch hitter Eugenio Suarez's three-run homer off Bryan Shaw tied the score 7-7.

      Mets 9, Padres 3

      NEW YORK -- Michael Conforto hit two homers, including a leadoff homer that sparked a seven-run first inning, as New York cruised past San Diego.

      The Mets have won three of four. The Padres have lost six of seven.

      Conforto capped the first inning with a two-run single off Padres starter Jhoulys Chacin (4-4) and added a solo homer in the fourth.

      Angels 4, Rays 0

      ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Matt Shoemaker pitched 6 1/3 shutout innings, and Los Angeles opened the game with back-to-back home runs in an eventual win against slumping Tampa Bay.

      Shoemaker (4-2) became the first Angels starter to win three straight decisions this year, and the Angels have won three straight. He gave up three hits and three walks while striking out five.

      The Rays have dropped three straight at home, scoring a combined four runs in the defeats.

      Red Sox 11, Rangers 6

      BOSTON -- Xander Bogaerts drove in a season-high three runs, had three hits and scored four times to lead Boston to a victory over sloppy Texas in the opener of a three-game series.

      The win was the second straight for struggling Boston, with the Red Sox scoring 23 runs in the two games. The Rangers lost for the second time in three games but only the second time in their past 13.

      Bogaerts, who came in hitting .320 but with no homers and just 12 RBIs, reached on an infield hit and scored in the third inning, singled home two runs and then scored in the fifth and singled home a run and scored in the sixth.

      Astros 6, Tigers 2

      HOUSTON -- Lance McCullers pitched five scoreless innings, and Houston added two critical insurance runs in the seventh inning of a win over Detroit.

      McCullers (5-1) departed with a 3-0 lead, but Detroit center fielder Mikie Mahtook, who had the Tigers' lone hit on Monday, blasted a two-out, two-strike home run off Astros right-hander Michael Feliz to cut the deficit to one run in the top of the seventh.

      Jake Marisnick had three hits for the Astros.

      Blue Jays 4, Brewers 3

      MILWAUKEE -- Kendrys Morales belted a two-run homer, and Toronto beat Milwaukee.

      Blue Jays right-hander Joe Biagini, making his fourth career start, went 4 1/3 innings and allowed three runs, five hits and three walks but left with a one-run lead.

      Toronto's bullpen preserved the advantage. Danny Barnes (1-2) got credit for the win after throwing 1 1/2 scoreless innings. Ryan Tepera stranded two runners in the seventh inning, Joe Smith tossed a shutout eighth, and Roberto Osuna worked around a two-out walk to Eric Sogard in the ninth for his seventh save.

      Diamondbacks 5, White Sox 4

      PHOENIX -- Jake Lamb hit a two-run homer and Chris Herrmann hit a solo shot as Arizona held on for a win over Chicago.

      Paul Goldschmidt had two hits, including a first-inning RBI triple, and Yasmany Tomas added a pair of hits for the Diamondbacks.

      The White Sox got a two-run homer from Todd Frazier and solo shots from Jose Abreu and Melky Cabrera.

  • MLB notebook: Mariners' Cano activated from disabled list
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, May 23, 2017

    Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano was activated off the 10-day disabled list before Tuesday's game in Washington against the Nationals. He had missed the last 11 games with a right quad strain.

    • Seattle has now made 80 transactions involving the 40-man roster in 51 days since Opening Day. The Mariners (20-25) entered Tuesday in last place in the American League West.

      Cano, who had not been on the DL since 2006, was placed on the disabled list May 16, retroactive to May 13. He was hitting .296 with eight homers and 28 RBIs going into Tuesday's game.

      --The Los Angeles Dodgers reinstated infielder Logan Forsythe from the disabled list after he missed 30 games due to a broken toe, the team announced.

      In a corresponding move, the Dodgers optioned right-handed pitcher Josh Ravin to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

      Forsythe suffered the injury to his right big toe on April 18. Forsythe hit .264 with 20 home runs last season for the Tampa Bay Rays, and in 14 games for the Dodgers this season, the second baseman is hitting .295 with no homers.

      --Baltimore Orioles catcher Francisco Pena, the son of retired five-time All-Star catcher Tony Pena, cleared waivers and has been assigned to Triple-A Norfolk, the team announced.

      The Orioles designated the younger Pena for assignment last week to add an extra relief pitcher to the 40-man roster instead of a third catcher.

      Pena, 27, hit .571 (4-for-7) with two home runs and two RBIs in three games with the Orioles this season. He is a lifetime .241 hitter (13-for-54) with three homers and five RBIs in 26 career games.

  • Dodgers activate 2B Forsythe from DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, May 23, 2017

    The Los Angeles Dodgers reinstated infielder Logan Forsythe from the disabled list after he missed 30 games due to a broken toe, the team announced Tuesday.

    • In a corresponding move, the Dodgers optioned right-handed pitcher Josh Ravin to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

      Forsythe suffered the injury to his right big toe on April 18. He played in six rehab games with Class A Rancho Cucamonga going 3-for-14 with four runs and four walks.

      Forsythe hit .264 with 20 home runs last season for the Tampa Bay Rays, and in 14 games for the Dodgers this season, he is hitting .295 with no homers.

      Ravin had his first stint with the big league club on Sunday after being recalled prior to the game against the Marlins. He has not appeared in a game for the Dodgers this season. In 2014 and 2015 combined he went 2-1 with a 3.79 ERA for Los Angeles.

  • Mariners activate 2B Cano from DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, May 23, 2017

    WASHINGTON -- Second baseman Robinson Cano is happy to be back on the active roster for the Seattle Mariners, who activated him off the 10-day disabled list before Tuesday's game in Washington against the Nationals. He had missed the last 11 games with a right quad strain.

    • "Thank God I'm healthy now. It feels really good. I was feeling like 85 percent but it's good to be back in the lineup," Cano said before the contest. "The hard thing is just to sit down and watch the game. It's really hard because I love to play this game. That's life. I was waiting for this day to be able to come back on the field and contribute to help this team win games."

      Seattle has now made 80 transactions involving the 40-man roster in 51 days since Opening Day. The Mariners (20-25) entered Tuesday in last place in the American League West.

      "It is great to have those guys back. We are not completely healthy yet but we are moving in the right direction," said manager Scott Servais, noting that catcher Mike Zunino joined the team from Triple-A Tacoma for the Washington series.

      Cano said the time away was helpful. He had not been on the DL since 2006.

      "Last thing you want is to force it and aggravate it more," Cano said. "I don't want to go on the DL. I would have played if I had to play with one leg. Sometimes it's life. At least in the last 10 years I've been playing every game. It feels good to be rested."

      Cano was placed on the disabled list May 16, retroactive to May 13. He was hitting .296 with eight homers and 28 RBIs going into Tuesday's game. He is a seven-time All-Star and in his fourth year with the Mariners.

  • Orioles send C Pena to Triple-A
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, May 23, 2017

    Baltimore Orioles catcher Francisco Pena, the son of retired five-time All-Star catcher Tony Pena, cleared waivers and has been assigned to Triple-A Norfolk, the team announced Tuesday.

    • The Orioles designated the younger Pena for assignment last week to add an extra relief pitcher to the 40-man roster instead of a third catcher.

      Pena, 27, hit .571 (4-for-7) with two home runs and two RBIs in three games with the Orioles this season. He is a lifetime .241 hitter (13-for-54) with three homers and five RBIs in 26 career games.

      Before joining the Orioles last season, Pena played nine game with the Kansas City Royals in 2014 and 2015.

      His father Tony is currently the New York Yankees' first base coach.

  • MLB roundup: Kepler's 4 RBIs help Twins rally
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, May 22, 2017

    BALTIMORE -- Max Kepler homered and drove in four runs, and Miguel Sano homered and finished with three RBIs as the Minnesota Twins rallied from an early five-run deficit and defeated the Baltimore Orioles 14-7 on Monday night.

    • Sano went 4-for-6 with three runs. He hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning and had three singles.

      Kepler finished 3-for-6 with three runs. Eduardo Escobar also drove in three runs, which came on a sacrifice fly in the fifth and a two-run double in the sixth that gave the Twins an 11-6 lead. Jorge Polanco went 4-for-5 with one RBI.

      The Twins finished with a season-high 21 hits and scored 12 straight runs until the Orioles posted one in the ninth.

      Rockies 8, Phillies 1

      PHILADELPHIA -- Charlie Blackmon collected two hits, drove in three runs and scored twice as Colorado kept rolling, defeating skidding Philadelphia behind seven strong innings from rookie starter Jeff Hoffman.

      Blackmon's key hit, a looper into shallow left field, came during a decisive third inning, which saw the Rockies collect more hits (four) and runs (three) than the Phillies had all evening.

      Colorado finished with 13 hits, the fourth game in a row and 11th time this month the Rockies had a double-digit hit total.

      Yankees 4, Royals 2

      NEW YORK -- Chris Carter made a run-saving defensive play in the top of the seventh and hit a solo home run in the bottom of the inning as New York beat Kansas City.

      Before Carter's key plays, Brett Gardner and Didi Gregorius homered off Kansas City left-hander Jason Vargas (5-3).

      Michael Pineda (5-2) allowed two runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings to get the win. Dellin Betances recorded his third save.

      Reds 5, Indians 1

      CINCINNATI -- Scott Schebler homered, and Scott Feldman allowed one run through six innings, lifting Cincinnati to a victory over Cleveland.

      Tucker Barnhart went 2-for-3 with a double for the Reds, who won for just the second time in 10 games. The Reds lost all four games to the Indians last season.

      Jason Kipnis homered for Cleveland, which was coming off three consecutive wins in Houston.

      Astros 1, Tigers 0

      HOUSTON -- Brad Peacock delivered a stirring effort while making a spot start, and Jose Altuve plated the only run with a hit in the first inning of Houston's win over Detroit.

      Peacock did not complete five innings and therefore was unable to pick up the victory. But he was stellar during his 70-pitch outing, allowing one hit and two walks with eight strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings.

      Chris Devenski (3-2) worked 2 2/3 innings of perfect relief for notch the win. Astros right-hander Ken Giles posted his 12th save with a perfect ninth inning.

      Braves 5, Pirates 2

      ATLANTA -- A career-best 5-for-5 performance from Ender Inciarte sparked a 13-hit attack and helped Atlanta defeat Pittsburgh at soggy Sun Trust Park.

      Inciarte had five singles, one better than his previous high mark, drove in one run and scored one run as Atlanta won for the sixth time in its last eight games. Inciarte raised his batting average 21 points to .279.

      Brandon Phillips, Matt Adams and Tyler Flowers added two hits each for Atlanta, which beat Pittsburgh the first time this season. The Pirates swept a three-game series with Atlanta in April.

      Angels 3, Rays 2

      ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Los Angeles got a solid start from JC Ramirez and scored the go-ahead run on a bases-loaded wild pitch in the seventh inning for a victory over Tampa Bay.

      The Angels won a battle of .500 teams, with their bullpen holding up better than that of Tampa Bay, which couldn't maintain an early lead for starter Jake Odorizzi in the opener of a four-game series.

      Odorizzi held the Angels to two runs in six innings, but the bullpen let the first batter it faced score the go-ahead run in the seventh.

      Giants 6, Cubs 4

      CHICAGO -- Joe Panik went 3-for-4 with a home run, and starter Ty Blach pitched into the eighth inning to get his second win as San Francisco held on to beat Chicago.

      The Giants made it eight wins in their past 10 games and the Cubs fell for the second time in their past three.

      Panik struck quickly with a first-inning homer and added a third-inning RBI double.

      Diamondbacks 5, White Sox 1

      PHOENIX -- Zack Greinke threw 8 2/3 innings, and Daniel Descalso hit a three-run homer as sizzling Arizona downed Chicago.

      Greinke (6-2) allowed just one run and four hits while striking out a season-high 12 and walking one. He lowered his ERA to 2.82. Archie Bradley threw one pitch to record the final out.

      Paul Goldschmidt hit a solo homer for the D-backs and went 2-for-4. Gregor Blanco also went 2-for-4.

  • Braves release Loney from minor league deal
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, May 22, 2017

    First baseman James Loney requested and received his release from the Atlanta Braves' Triple-A Gwinnett team on Monday, making him a free agent.

    • Loney, 33, signed a minor league contract with the Braves on Thursday after Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman sustained a fractured left wrist that will sideline him about 10 weeks.

      However, the Braves acquired Matt Adams from the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday, and Adams was the Braves' starting first baseman on Sunday.

      On Saturday, Braves general manager John Coppolella said Atlanta would not have signed Loney if he had known he would be able to work a trade for Adams.

      Loney hit .265 with nine homers for the New York Mets last season, and he hit .280 with four homers for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2015. He has not appeared in a major league game this season.

      In two games with Gwinnett, Loney went 1-for-7 with no RBIs.

  • Orioles RHP Ynoa goes from DL to minors
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, May 22, 2017

    The Baltimore Orioles activated right-hander Gabriel Ynoa from the 10-day disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A Norfolk.

    • Ynoa, who has been nursing a right hamstring strain, pitched in a simulated game on Monday.

      The 23-year-old Dominican won his lone appearance of the season on May 5, after allowing six hits in six scoreless innings in a 4-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox.

      Ynoa owns a 2-0 career mark with a 4.81 ERA in 11 appearances (three starts) with the New York Mets and Orioles.

  • Twins' Hughes to spend time on DL with biceps injury
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, May 22, 2017

    The Minnesota Twins placed Phil Hughes on the 10-day disabled list with inflammation of the right biceps tendon and recalled Kyle Gibson from Triple-A Rochester to start Monday's road game against the Baltimore Orioles.

    • Hughes owns a 4-3 mark with a 5.74 ERA in 11 starts this season for Minnesota.

      "It's very frustrating," the 30-year-old Hughes said after allowing five runs in four innings in Friday's game against Kansas City. "I thought, hopefully, that a lot of this was behind me. So, to have this sprout up again is frustrating. Hopefully, it's a somewhat easy answer and something I can bounce back from."

      Gibson made two starts with the Red Wings, posting an 0-2 mark with a 2.92 ERA. Minnesota's Opening Day starter, Gibson struggled to an 0-4 record with an 8.54 ERA before being optioned to Rochester on May 4.

  • Astros look to bounce back vs. Tigers
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, May 22, 2017

    HOUSTON -- The Houston Astros experienced a relatively carefree run to the best record in baseball, but they encountered some tumult over the weekend in the form of a sweep by the Cleveland Indians and the loss of two key cogs to injuries.

    • After a rare bad weekend, the Astros look to get back on track Monday night in the opener of a four-game series with the Detroit Tigers.

      The Astros (29-15) placed catcher Brian McCann on the seven-day concussion disabled list on Sunday. One day earlier, left-hander Dallas Keuchel landed on the 10-day DL with a pinched nerve in his neck.

      In the span of 48 hours, Houston lost its staff ace and primary backstop, altering the course of its seven-game homestand, which began with three losses to the Indians.

      Keuchel will miss his first turn in the rotation on Monday, with right-hander Brad Peacock (2-0, 1.10 ERA) filling in.

      Peacock, 0-1 with a 2.70 ERA over two career starts against the Tigers, will make his 13th appearance and first start of the season.

      Peacock has toggled between starter and long reliever since joining the Astros via trade from the Oakland Athletics on Feb. 4, 2013, starting 46 of his 72 career games. He was a starter down the stretch last season, going 0-1 with a 3.65 ERA over five starts after joining the rotation on Sept. 6 against the Indians.

      In that game, he allowed only one run on five hits, but he lasted just 3 2/3 innings.

      How effectively Peacock can pitch in his first start this year remains to be seen. He has worked a season-high two innings in relief four times this season, tossing a season-high 39 pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays in a 6-4 victory on April 23.

      "It just depends on how efficient he is," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said of a potential innings limit for Peacock. "I knew going in (Friday) night that this was possible, so we wanted to get him an inning, almost like a bullpen session prior to his start.

      "Whatever he can give us, he's going to give us. I'll let him go as long as he can as (long as) he's effective. We feel like he's managing his workload given that he hasn't started since spring training. That's part of his role on this team is to be prepared for something like this."

      Right-hander Michael Fulmer (5-1, 2.72 ERA) will get the start for Detroit. Fulmer did not face Houston last season en route to winning American League Rookie of the Year honors.

      Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez will return from paternity leave in time for the series opener, a roster change that will cause a domino effect on the lineup.

      Miguel Cabrera will reclaim his normal position at first base and bump Alex Avila either to the bench or behind the plate. It seems probable that the lefty-hitting Avila will start at catcher against Peacock as James McCann takes a reserve role.

      Cabrera went 3-for-4 on Sunday in Detroit's 5-2 home loss to the Texas Rangers. It was his second game back after missing three with a mild oblique strain.

      Of concern for Detroit: With the Tigers losing late Sunday at Comerica Park, they won't arrive in Houston until deep in the night.

      "This is our third three-city road trip in a row," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said, "so it isn't anything new. The tough part of this one is the late arrival.

      "We'll get in real late to Houston, real late to Chicago on Thursday night/Friday morning. Then we have a doubleheader Friday. So, that will be the hardest part, the sleep aspect on getaway days."

      Detroit went a combined 8-10 on its two previous three-city road trips.

  • MLB roundup: Estrada K's 12 as Jays top Orioles
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, May 21, 2017

    BALTIMORE -- Marco Estrada tied a career high with 12 strikeouts, Devon Travis homered, and the Toronto Blue Jays avoided a three-game sweep with a 3-1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday.

    • Estrada (3-2) allowed one run and five hits with a walk in 7 2/3 innings.

      Jonathan Schoop committed an error on a routine grounder by Kendrys Morales with two outs in the first that proved costly for the Orioles. The Blue Jays took advantage with a single from Justin Smoak followed by Travis' three-run homer.

      Yankees 3, Rays 2

      ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Brett Gardner's two-run homer in the top of the second inning lifted New York over Tampa Bay.

      Gardner took the first offering from Chris Archer (3-3) and sent the pitch over the right field wall to give the Yankees a 3-1 lead. Didi Gregorius tied the score earlier in the inning with an RBI single that scored Jacoby Ellsbury.

      Yankees starter CC Sabathia (4-2) gave up a two runs (one earned) while striking out six in five-plus innings. Three Yankees relievers combined for four no-hit innings, with Dellin Betances getting the last four outs for his second save.

      Pirates 1, Phillies 0

      PITTSBURGH -- Aaron Nola yielded four hits in seven innings and the lone run of the game when he hit David Freese with the bases loaded in the sixth inning as Pittsburgh edged Philadelphia.

      Nola was returning from a back injury that kept him out for a month.

      Chad Kuhl, who has not won since April 8 and came into the game with a 6.69 ERA, left with a no-decision but pitched five shutout innings, giving up one hit. Wade LeBlanc (3-0), Juan Nicasio, Felipe Rivero and Tony Watson preserved the shutout. Rivero struck out Aaron Altherr with two outs and two aboard in the eighth inning.

      Angels 12, Mets 5

      NEW YORK -- C.J. Cron's grand slam powered a five-run first inning for Los Angeles in its win over New York.

      The Angels led 5-0 before recording an out in the first against Tommy Milone (1-2), who allowed a leadoff single to Cameron Maybin and a double to Andrelton Simmons before intentionally walking Mike Trout. Milone then walked Jefry Marte to force home a run before Cron homered deep into the left field seats for his second career grand slam.

      The Angels chased Milone in the second, when Trout crushed a two-run homer to center immediately before Marte homered to left.

      Nationals 3, Braves 2

      ATLANTA -- Stephen Strasburg continued his dominance against Atlanta, striking out a season-high 11 in Washington's win.

      Strasburg (5-1) pitched 7 2/3 innings and allowed two runs, both coming in the eighth inning. Koda Glover worked 1 1/3 innings without allowing a run for his third save.

      Washington opened the scoring in the second inning when Daniel Murphy hit a long solo homer. It was Murphy's second homer of the series and his third in the last four games. The Nationals added two unearned runs in the third inning.

      Rockies 6, Reds 4

      CINCINNATI -- Colorado collected four homers, including one by pitcher Kyle Freeland, and beat Cincinnati in the finale of a three-game series.

      Carlos Gonzalez hit his 200th career home run in the fourth inning, Freeland added his first career homer in the fifth, and DJ LeMahieu and Pat Valaika also went deep off Bronson Arroyo. LeMahieu went 4-for-5 with a double and homer.

      Joey Votto and Scott Schebler homered for the Reds, who have lost seven of eight. Votto went 2-for-4 with three RBIs.

      Cardinals 8, Giants 3

      ST. LOUIS -- Randal Grichuk knocked in four runs and Adam Wainwright pitched into the seventh inning for his fourth straight win as St. Louis walloped San Francisco.

      Grichuk started the scoring with a three-run double in the bottom of the second inning, then finished it with a double in the eighth. He led St. Louis' 12-hit attack that handed Matt Cain (3-2) his sixth loss in eight career decisions against the Cardinals.

      Wainwright (4-3) also turned in his second straight quality start, allowing one run and five hits in 6 1/3 innings with three walks and six strikeouts.

      Royals 6, Twins 4 (Game 1)

      MINNEAPOLIS -- Brandon Moss homered twice among three hits to support Jake Junis' first major league start, and Kansas City powered past Minnesota in the first game of a doubleheader.

      Salvador Perez and Jorge Bonifacio each hit two-run homers for Kansas City. Bonifacio and Moss went back-to-back in the fourth inning, and three blasts came against Minnesota starter Phil Hughes (4-3) as the Royals beat the Twins for the first time in seven games this season.

      Indians 8, Astros 6

      HOUSTON -- Yan Gomes followed his run-scoring double in the second inning with a three-run homer in the third, leading Cleveland over Houston and a series sweep.

      Gomes finished 2-for-3 with five RBIs, including his third homer of the season. The Indians saddled the Astros with just their second three-game skid.

      Edwin Encarnacion reached base three times, scored three runs, and tacked on an RBI single to kick-start the Indians' three-run fourth inning.

      Cubs 13, Brewers 6

      CHICAGO -- Kris Bryant hit two home runs and reached base safely in all five of his plate appearances as Chicago cruised past Milwaukee.

      Ben Zobrist and Anthony Rizzo also homered as the Cubs scored in every inning except the second. Chicago won for the fourth time in the past five games.

      Jonathan Villar went 3-for-4 with a walk and a stolen base to lead the Brewers, whose four-game winning streak ended.

      White Sox 8, Mariners 1

      SEATTLE -- Chicago scored five first-inning runs and went on to defeat Seattle at Safeco Field.

      Derek Holland pitched eight strong innings and Tim Anderson homered for the White Sox, who won the final three games of the four-game series after snapping a seven-game road losing streak.

      Holland (4-3) allowed one run on six hits and two walks. He struck out six, including the side in his eighth and final inning. He threw 105 pitches, 70 of which were strikes.

      Dodgers 6, Marlins 3

      LOS ANGELES -- Adrian Gonzalez had three hits and drove in three runs, and Brandon McCarthy retired the first 14 batters and threw six sharp innings as Los Angeles beat Miami at Dodger Stadium.

      The Dodgers won three of the four games in the series. Meanwhile, the Marlins lost for the 11th time in 13 games. They are 5-20 in their last 25.

      Yasmani Grandal also had three hits for the Dodgers, who finished with 12 hits, seven for extra bases.

      Diamondbacks 5, Padres 1

      SAN DIEGO -- Clayton Richard threw a complete-game five-hitter and drove in a run with a single as San Diego defeated Arizona at Petco Park to end a pair of five-game streaks.

      The Diamondbacks had won five straight games and outscored the Padres 19-2 in the first two games of the series. The Padres had lost five in a row and were 3-13 over their previous 16 games.

      Arizona right-hander Zack Godley (1-1) gave up six hits in a three-run Padres fifth.

      Red Sox 12, A's 3

      OAKLAND, Calif. -- Eduardo Rodriguez pitched eight strong innings and Mitch Moreland hit a two-run homer, lifting Boston over Oakland at the Oakland Coliseum.

      After losing the first three games in the series, the Red Sox won the finale to avoided getting swept.

      Rodriguez (3-1) allowed three runs on six hits in his second career start against the A's. He struck out eight, walked one and had his sixth straight quality start.

      Rangers 5, Tigers 2

      DETROIT -- Yu Darvish maintained his perfect record against Detroit as Texas won for the 11th time in 12 games.

      Darvish improved to 7-0 against the Tigers by allowing two runs and five hits in five innings. Mike Napoli and Pete Kozma hit solo home runs for Texas.

      Detroit's Ian Kinsler homered and Miguel Cabrera went 3-for-4

  • Brewers activate OF Braun off DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, May 21, 2017

    The Milwaukee Brewers activated outfielder Ryan Braun from the 10-day disabled list Sunday and he was in the starting lineup for the series finale against the Chicago Cubs.

    • The 33-year-old six-time All-Star was on the DL due to right elbow and left calf injuries. He started in left field and was in his familiar third spot in the order.

      Braun is batting .287 with seven home runs and 18 RBIs in 27 games this season.

      Without Braun, the Brewers posted a 7-2 record and won 10 of their last 12 games.

  • MLB roundup: Tigers snap Rangers' winning streak
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, May 21, 2017

    DETROIT -- Alex Avila, Miguel Cabrera and J.D. Martinez hit consecutive home runs in the first inning, and the Detroit Tigers halted the Texas Rangers' 10-game winning streak with a 9-3 thumping on Saturday.

    • Avila reached base four times and came up a triple shy of a cycle while scoring twice and driving in three runs. Cabrera returned to the lineup after missing three games with a mild oblique strain.

      Nicholas Castellanos supplied a three-run homer for the Tigers. Justin Verlander (4-3) collected the win, allowing three runs on four hits while striking out five in seven innings.

      Nomar Mazara had a two-run double and Jonathan Lucroy hit a solo homer for Texas.

      Indians 3, Astros 0

      HOUSTON -- Mike Clevinger carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning of Cleveland's win over Houston.

      Making just his third start of the season and fourth appearance for the Indians, Clevinger (2-1) didn't allow a hit until Jose Altuve opened the bottom of the seventh with a sharp single just inside third base.

      Clevinger tossed a career-high seven innings, allowing two hits and two walks with a career-best eight strikeouts. Astros right-hander Mike Fiers (1-2) gave up an RBI single to Jason Kipnis in the second inning and a titanic home run to Lonnie Chisenhall in the fourth.

      Rays 9, Yankees 5

      ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Corey Dickerson hit two home runs and drove in four runs, lifting Tampa Bay over New York at Tropicana Field.

      The Rays have taken the first two games in the three-game series from their American League East rivals. Evan Longoria also homered against Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka (5-3).

      The Yankees got a home run from Aaron Judge as part of a 2-for-3 day with three runs scored, but the Rays scored in their first five innings to put the game out of reach early.

      Athletics 8, Red Sox 3

      OAKLAND, Calif. -- Mark Canha, Khris Davis, Chad Pinder and Jed Lowrie each hit a home run, powering Oakland over Boston.

      The A's defeated the Red Sox for the third straight time in the four-game series and will go for the sweep on Sunday afternoon. Oakland trailed 3-2 entering the bottom of the fifth inning but scored five runs as Canha, Davis and Pinder each hit monster home runs.

      Canha, who hit a walk-off homer in the 10th Friday, launched a leadoff home run into the left field seats off reliever Ben Taylor (0-1) for his third blast of the season. Hanley Ramirez hit a solo home run and had two hits for the Red Sox.

      Reds 12, Rockies 8

      CINCINNATI -- Scott Schebler highlighted a six-run sixth inning with a go-ahead three-run home run, helping Cincinnati rally past Colorado.

      Eugenio Suarez and Devin Mesoraco also homered for Cincinnati, which erased a five-run deficit in the final three innings to snap a seven-game losing streak.

      Right-hander Asher Wojciechowski (1-0), promoted from Triple-A Louisville prior to the game, retired 11 straight batters, three via strikeout, to earn his first major league victory. Rockies starter Antonio Senzatela delivered a two-run single.

      Pirates 6, Phillies 3

      PITTSBURGH -- David Freese homered and Francisco Cervelli and Adam Frazier each drove in a pair of runs to back Ivan Nova as Pittsburgh beat Philadelphia.

      Nova (4-3) won for the first time since April 29. The veteran right-hander pitched 7 1/3 innings, yielding three runs and nine hits. He struck out three and did not walk a batter.

      Vince Velasquez (2-4) took the loss, allowing five runs on seven hits over 5 1/3 innings.

      Braves 5, Nationals 2

      ATLANTA -- Rookie Rio Ruiz hit his first major league homer, and veterans Matt Kemp and Tyler Flowers also went deep as Atlanta continued its power display against Washington.

      Atlanta's rain-interrupted victory was just the sixth win in the past 24 games against the Nationals.

      The homers by Ruiz and Kemp came against starter Max Scherzer, while Flowers connected off reliever Matt Albers.

      Mets 7, Angels 5

      NEW YORK -- Terry Collins became the longest-tenured manager in New York history in winning fashion, as Michael Conforto scored three runs in a victory over Los Angeles at Citi Field.

      The Mets have won the first two contests of the three-game series against the Angels.

      With the win, Collins improved to 499-514 in six-plus seasons as Mets manager. The franchise's previously longest-tenured manager was Davey Johnson, who guided New York from 1984 until May 1990.

      Orioles 7, Blue Jays 5

      BALTIMORE -- Welington Castillo homered for the third time in two nights, a three-run shot in the seventh inning that gave Baltimore a victory over Toronto.

      Castillo homered twice in Baltimore's win on Friday, including a two-run walk-off shot in the 10th inning. On Saturday, his three-run blast off Danny Barnes (0-2) put in the Orioles in front for good at 7-5.

      Manny Machado (solo) and Mark Trumbo (two-run shot, three RBIs) homered earlier for Baltimore, which took a 4-1 lead against Toronto starter Mike Bolsinger.

      Giants 3, Cardinals 1 (13 innings)

      ST. LOUIS -- Rookie Christian Arroyo ripped a bases-loaded, two-run double to break a scoreless tie in the 13th inning, lifting San Francisco past St. Louis.

      Arroyo's blast off the base of the left-center-field wall came on the 12th pitch of his at-bat against Kevin Siegrist (0-1) after singles by Buster Posey, Brandon Crawford and Eduardo Nunez loaded the bases. It was the first time in the game San Francisco pushed a runner into scoring position.

      Pinch hitter Nick Hundley added a sacrifice fly to cap the rally. Mark Melancon earned his eighth save despite allowing a two-out RBI single to Stephen Piscotty in the bottom of the 13th.

      Diamondbacks 9, Padres 1

      SAN DIEGO -- A night after scoring eight runs in the first, Arizona got five in the opening inning, with the big hits being a two-run single by Paul Goldschmidt, an RBI double by Jake Lamb and a two-run homer by Chris Herrmann.

      Robbie Ray shut out the Padres on two singles and three walks over 7 2/3 innings, lowering his road ERA to 1.03.

      The top four hitters in the Diamondbacks' batting order -- Chris Owings, David Peralta, Goldschmidt and Lamb -- were a combined 10-for-16 with eight runs and four RBIs. The quartet reached base 13 times.

      Marlins 10, Dodgers 6

      LOS ANGELES -- J.T. Riddle homered and fell a triple shy of the cycle, helping Miami end a five-game skid with a victory over Los Angeles.

      Riddle went 3-for-5 with four RBIs. Giancarlo Stanton went 3-for-5 with a career-high three doubles and three RBIs for the Marlins (15-27).

      Marlins starter Dan Straily (2-3) didn't allow a hit until Enrique Hernandez launched a solo home run with two outs in the fifth. Straily fanned eight, walked three and allowed three runs on four hits in 5 2/3 innings.

      White Sox 16, Mariners 1

      SEATTLE -- Avisail Garcia hit two home runs and two doubles while driving in a career-high six runs to lead Chicago past Seattle.

      Garcia (4-for-5) posted a career high for hits. He became the first White Sox player with four extra-base hits in a game since Jermaine Dye on Aug. 2, 2007, against the New York Yankees.

      White Sox starter Mike Pelfrey (1-4) pitched six innings, allowing one run on four hits. He didn't walk a batter and struck out three. It was Pelfrey's first win since July 13, 2016, when he beat Houston as a member of the Detroit Tigers.

      Brewers at Cubs, ppd. (rain)

      CHICAGO -- The game between Chicago and Milwaukee at Wrigley Field was rained out. It will be made up on July 6.

      Royals at Twins, ppd. (rain)

      MINNEAPOLIS -- The game between Minnesota and Kansas City was postponed with rain in the forecast all day long. The contest will be made up as part of a straight doubleheader on Sunday.

  • Blue Jays' Sanchez goes on DL again
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, May 20, 2017

    Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Aaron Sanchez was placed on the 10-day disabled list for the third time this season Saturday with a finger injury. His latest ailment is a blister on his right middle finger.

    • Sanchez's prior stints on the disabled list occurred because of a blister and a split fingernail on his right middle digit.

      The 24-year-old yielded three runs on six hits with two walks against the Baltimore Orioles on Friday.

      Sanchez, who led the American League with a 3.00 ERA in 2016, owns an 0-1 mark with a 3.33 ERA this season.

      Also on Saturday, Toronto activated catcher Russell Martin off the disabled list and recalled right-hander Cesar Valdez from Triple-A Buffalo.

      The 34-year-old Martin, who had been sidelined with a shoulder injury since May 7, was batting .205 with three homers and seven RBIs in 24 games this season.

      Valdez, 32, recorded a 9.64 ERA without notching a decision in four appearances this season with the Oakland Athletics.

      Outfielder Kevin Pillar returned from his two-game, team-issued suspension for uttering an anti-gay slur.

      Catcher Mike Ohlman was designated for assignment and outfielder Dwight Smith Jr. was optioned to Buffalo in corresponding moves.

  • Angels sign free agent RHP Fister
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, May 20, 2017

    The Los Angeles Angels reached agreement on a major league contract with free agent right-hander Doug Fister, the team announced Saturday.

    • Fister agreed to be optioned to Class A Inland Empire but likely will be promoted soon to the 40-man roster, as Los Angeles is dealing with injuries to starters Garrett Richards (biceps strain) and Tyler Skaggs (oblique).

      Fister posted a 12-13 mark with a 4.64 ERA last season with the Houston Astros. The 33-year-old is three years removed his best season, in which he produced a 16-6 record with a 2.41 ERA for the Washington Nationals.

      Fister has a 77-76 career mark with seven complete games, two shutouts and a 3.60 ERA in eight seasons with the Seattle Mariners, Detroit Tigers, Nationals and Astros.

      In a corresponding move, the Angels shuffled right-hander Andrew Bailey (shoulder) from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day DL. He has been out since April 10 due to right shoulder inflammation.

      Bailey, 32, has struck out two without allowing a hit over three scoreless innings early this season before landing on the DL.

  • Cardinals' Wong leaves game with ailing elbow
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, May 20, 2017

    ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong was removed from St. Louis' game against the San Francisco Giants on Saturday night before the top of the fourth inning due to left elbow discomfort.

    • Wong flied out to left field for the last out of the second inning and played in the field in the third, but Greg Garcia came out to take his place before the fourth.

      Wong is batting .282 with one homer and 14 RBIs, and he has played in all but three of the team's first 40 games.

      At the time of the replacement, there was no score in the game.

  • Cardinals deal 1B Adams to Braves for INF Yepez
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, May 20, 2017

    The Atlanta Braves acquired first baseman Matt Adams and cash considerations from the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday for minor league infielder Juan Yepez.

    • St. Louis also activated outfielder Stephen Piscotty from the 10-day disabled list. The 26-year-old Piscotty, who was sidelined with a right hamstring strain, was batting .241 with two homers and 11 RBIs in 25 games with the Cardinals before sustaining the injury on May 4.

      Adams is hitting .292 with one homer and seven RBIs in 31 games this season. The 28-year-old is batting .271 with 56 homers and 217 RBIs in 486 career games -- all with St. Louis.

      Yepez is batting .275 with one homer and 15 RBIs in 35 games with Class A Rome this season. The 19-year-old Venezuelan is hitting .281 with six homers and 54 RBIs in 120 career games with three minor league affiliates since the start of the 2015 season.

  • MLB notebook: Astros place Keuchel (neck) on DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, May 20, 2017

    Houston Astros ace Dallas Keuchel, who is 7-0 this season, was placed on the 10-day on disabled list Saturday because of pinched nerve in his neck.

    • Keuchel, who was scheduled to start on Monday against the Detroit Tigers, is expected miss only one turn in the rotation, according to the Astros.

      The move is retroactive to Wednesday and the stint on the disabled list is the first in Keuchel's major league career.

      The left-hander has a 1.84 ERA with 54 strikeouts and 14 walks, and held opposing hitters to a .186 batting average in nine starts over 63 2/3 innings this season.

      Keuchel leads the American League in wins and ERA, ranks second in innings pitched and WHIP (0.86) and third in batting average allowed. The Astros are 8-1 when he starts this season.

      Keuchel, who won the Cy Young Award in 2015, pitched only five innings in his last start -- a 12-2 win over the Marlins on Tuesday when he allowed two runs on four hits while striking out four.

      --Former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda has been hospitalized for several days, the Orange County Register reported.

      Specifics of Lasorda's illness and condition have been kept private, but the newspaper reported the Hall of Famer been in the intensive care unit at a Los Angeles hospital.

      Lasorda, 89, has a history of heart problems and was hospitalized following a heart attack as recently as 2012.

      Lasorda is serving as a special advisor to the chairman while in his 68th season with the Dodgers. He managed the club from 1976-96, winning four National League pennants and two World Series.

      --Boston Red Sox left-hander David Price will make one more minor league rehab start on Wednesday in his recovery from a strained pitching elbow before rejoining his teammates for his season debut.

      Manager John Farrell told reporters he spoke with Price by phone on Saturday morning and they agreed he needed another start with Triple-A Pawtucket.

      Price struggled on Friday night in Buffalo, N.Y., for Pawtucket, throwing 65 pitches in two innings and giving up five hits -- including a home run -- and three runs while striking out four and walking one.

      Price returned to Boston and was working out at Fenway Park on Saturday. He is scheduled to throw a light bullpen session on Sunday before making the start for Pawtucket with a target of 85 to 90 pitches.

      The 31-year-old Price has been out since mid-March because of a left elbow strain as the 2012 American League Cy Young Award winner opened the season on the disabled list.

      Price was 17-9 with a 3.99 ERA in 2016 and led the AL with 35 starts and 230 innings. He is in the second season of a seven-year, $217 million contract.

      --Cuban prospect Luis Robert agreed to a contract with the Chicago White Sox, multiple media outlets reported.

      Robert, a 19-year-old outfielder who is listed at 6-foot-3 and 185 pounds, and the White Sox reportedly agreed to a deal worth at least $25 million.

      Clubs have been aware of Robert since he was 15, and he became eligible to be signed as a free agent on Saturday, after Major League Baseball informed teams last month that he would not be subject to the June first-year player draft.

      The White Sox also acquired two international bonus pool slots worth $756,300 from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for minor-league pitcher Alex Katz.

      In the transaction, the White Sox acquired the 45th slot (valued at $451,400) and the 75th slot ($304,900) from the Orioles.

      Katz, a 22-year-old left-hander, is 0-1 with a 4.40 ERA with 17 strikeouts in 10 games for Class A Kannapolis this season. He is 0-4 with a 3.09 ERA and 114 strikeouts over three minor-league seasons after being selected by the White Sox in the 27th round of the June 2015 draft.

      --The Oakland Athletics reinstated right-hander John Axford from the 10-day disabled list and placed right-hander Ryan Dull on the DL because of a strained right knee.

      Axford was on Oakland's Opening Day roster but was placed on the disabled list on April 5 (retroactive to April 2) because of a strained right shoulder before appearing in a game. He began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Nashville on May 13 and did not allow a run in three appearances over 3 1/3 innings. It was his first career stint on the disabled list.

      Dull was 2-2 with a 6.32 ERA in 18 relief appearances with Oakland before straining his right knee in Friday night's 3-2, 10-inning win over the Red Sox. He has a .233 opponents batting average but has issued nine walks and has five wild pitches in 15 2/3 innings this season. He is 2-2 with a 6.32 ERA.

  • Ex-Dodgers manager Lasorda in hospital
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, May 20, 2017

    Former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda was hospitalized for unspecified reasons, the team announced Saturday night.

    • "Lasorda is resting comfortably and appreciates all of the support," the team said in a statement.

      The Orange County Register reported that Lasorda has been in a Los Angeles-area hospital for several days. Specifics of his illness and condition were kept private, but the newspaper indicated that the Hall of Famer was in the intensive care unit.

      Lasorda, 89, has a history of heart problems and was hospitalized after a heart attack as recently as 2012.

      The former manager has been hospitalized numerous times in the past year, including after a fall in August while attending a memorabilia show in Atlantic City, N.J.

      Lasorda is serving as a special adviser to the chairman while in his 68th season with the Dodgers. He managed the club from 1976 to 1996, winning four National League pennants and two World Series.

  • White Sox reportedly land Cuban OF prospect Robert
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, May 20, 2017

    Cuban prospect Luis Robert agreed to a contract with the Chicago White Sox, multiple media outlets reported on Saturday.

    • Robert, a 19-year-old outfielder who is listed at 6-foot-3 and 185 pounds, and the White Sox reportedly agreed to a deal worth at least $25 million.

      Clubs have been aware of Robert since he was 15, and he became eligible to be signed as a free agent on Saturday, after Major League Baseball informed teams last month that he would not be subject to the June first-year player draft.

      The White Sox also acquired two international bonus pool slots worth $756,300 from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for minor-league pitcher Alex Katz.

      In the transaction, the White Sox acquired the 45th slot (valued at $451,400) and the 75th slot ($304,900) from the Orioles.

      Katz, a 22-year-old left-hander, is 0-1 with a 4.40 ERA with 17 strikeouts in 10 games for Class A Kannapolis this season. He is 0-4 with a 3.09 ERA and 114 strikeouts over three minor-league seasons after being selected by the White Sox in the 27th round of the June 2015 draft.

  • Red Sox LHP Price needs one more rehab start
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, May 20, 2017

    Boston Red Sox left-hander David Price will make one more minor league rehab start on Wednesday in his recovery from a strained pitching elbow before rejoining his teammates for his season debut.

    • Manager John Farrell told reporters he spoke with Price by phone on Saturday morning and they agreed he needed another start with Triple-A Pawtucket.

      Price struggled on Friday night in Buffalo, N.Y., for Pawtucket, throwing 65 pitches in two innings and giving up five hits -- including a home run -- and three runs while striking out four and walking one.

      Price returned to Boston and was working out at Fenway Park on Saturday. He is scheduled to throw a light bullpen session Sunday before making the start for Pawtucket with a target of 85 to 90 pitches.

      "Physically, he feels fine," Farrell said before Saturday's game in Oakland. "As I mentioned (Friday) night, the fact that he threw that high a number of pitches in two innings was a great test for him physically. I had a chance to speak with him live this morning. He's at Fenway, working out."

      The 31-year-old Price has been out since mid-March because of a left elbow strain as the 2012 American League Cy Young Award winner opened the season on the disabled list.

      Price went 17-9 with a 3.99 ERA in 2016 and led the AL with 35 starts and 230 innings. He is in the second season of a seven-year, $217 million contract.

      "Just to continue to build out the innings, the number of pitches thrown and get back into the flow of things," Farrell said of Price's next goal. "It's a matter of going out and executing pitches. That's not to say he didn't last night, but there were a high number of foul balls, deep pitch counts as we know and deep at-bats. But the bottom line is he feels great physically.

      "Today he threw long-toss aggressively. And that's probably an equally positive hurdle as it would have been going six innings last night and 80 pitches."

  • A's activate Axford, put Dull on DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, May 20, 2017

    The Oakland Athletics reinstated right-hander John Axford from the 10-day disabled list on Saturday and placed right-hander Ryan Dull on the DL because of a strained right knee.

    • Axford was on Oakland's Opening Day roster but was placed on the disabled list on April 5 (retroactive to April 2) because of a strained right shoulder before appearing in a game.

      He began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Nashville on May 13 and did not allow a run in three appearances over 3 1/3 innings. It was his first career stint on the disabled list.

      Dull was 2-2 with a 6.32 ERA in 18 relief appearances with Oakland before straining his right knee in Friday night's 3-2, 10-inning win over the Boston Red Sox.

      He has a .233 opponents batting average but has issued nine walks and has five wild pitches in 15 2/3 innings this season. He is 2-2 with a 6.32 ERA.

      The A's also reinstated right-hander Daniel Mengden from the 10-day disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A Nashville.

      Mengden began the year on the disabled list after undergoing surgery on his right foot on Feb. 8. He began a rehab assignment with Nashville on May 8 and went 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA in three starts.

  • Astros place Keuchel (neck) on DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, May 20, 2017

    Houston Astros ace Dallas Keuchel, who is 7-0 this season, was placed on the 10-day disabled list Saturday because of pinched nerve in his neck.

    • Keuchel, who was scheduled to start Monday against the Detroit Tigers, is expected miss only one turn in the rotation, according to the Astros.

      The move is retroactive to Wednesday and the stint on the disabled list is the first in Keuchel's major league career.

      The left-hander has a 1.84 ERA with 54 strikeouts and 14 walks, and held opposing hitters to a .186 batting average in nine starts over 63 2/3 innings this season.

      Keuchel leads the American League in wins and ERA, ranks second in innings pitched and WHIP (0.86) and third in batting average allowed. The Astros are 8-1 when he starts this year.

      Keuchel, who won the Cy Young Award in 2015, pitched only five innings in his last start -- a 12-2 win over the Marlins on Tuesday when he allowed two runs on four hits while striking out four.

      The Astros recalled left-hander Ashur Tolliver from Triple-A Fresno to take Keuchel's spot on the 25-man roster.

  • Pomeranz takes on former team when Red Sox meet A's
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, May 20, 2017

    OAKLAND, Calif. -- Boston Red Sox left-hander Drew Pomeranz will face the Oakland Athletics for the first time in his career on Saturday afternoon, but he should feel right at home pitching at Oakland Coliseum.

    • Pomeranz went 7-2 with a 3.13 ERA in 35 games, including nine starts, at the Coliseum for the A's in 2014 and 2015. His .778 winning percentage at the Coliseum is his highest at any major league stadium in which he has more than one decision.

      "I've bounced around a little bit, but I liked pitching here when I was here," Pomeranz said before Oakland's 3-2, 10-inning victory over Boston on Friday night. "It will be kind of cool to get back out there, on the other side this time.

      "It's a very pitcher-friendly place. Generally when the weather's colder, the ball doesn't fly as much. (Thursday night) it was flying pretty good because it was so warm. That's pretty normal here. A lot of foul territory. It's cool. It's great for us, especially when I came here from Colorado, it was like I was playing in an open field somewhere."

      The Rockies traded Pomeranz to Oakland on Dec. 10, 2013, for left-hander Brett Anderson.

      "I pretty much kind of started the reinvention of myself here," Pomeranz said. "That first year in '14, being in the bullpen, had some time to just get back to the basics. I had struggled for a couple years in Colorado and kind of lost myself a little bit. But they gave me free rein to go out there and do your thing.

      "They understand that everyone's here for a reason because we're all good and we all know what makes us good. It's just that sometimes it's about letting people find themselves. They gave me a chance to do that here."

      Oakland traded Pomeranz, along with Jose Torres, to San Diego on Dec. 2, 2015, for first baseman Yonder Alonso and reliever Marc Rzepczyski. San Diego traded him to Boston on July 14, 2016, for minor-league right-hander Anderson Espinoza.

      Pomeranz makes his offseason home in San Francisco, some 30 miles west of Orinda, where his wife, Carolyn, grew up. They met while Pomeranz played for Oakland and were married in November. He said he still keeps in touch with some of his old A's teammates during the offseason, although Oakland's roster has largely turned over since 2015.

      Pomeranz is 3-3 with a 5.29 ERA this season and left his last start against Tampa Bay on Sunday after three innings with tightness in his left triceps. Pomeranz said he had a "mechanical" flaw in his delivery but has fixed that problem and feels good to go.

      The A's will counter with left-hander Sean Manaea, who will face the Red Sox for the second time in his career.

      "I don't remember last year what I did against Boston," Manaea said. "I blacked out."

      Manaea gave up eight runs and 10 hits in 2 2/3 innings in a 13-5 loss at Fenway Park on May 10, 2016. Boston swept that three-game series, outscoring Oakland 40-15. After that nightmare start, he decided to go from having long locks to short hair.

      "That wasn't a really fun series for us," Manaea said. "It was the worst start I've had pretty much ever. It was really bad, and that's kind of what made me cut my hair too, is just having a few bad starts. I just needed a change. That was just the tipping point.

      "That's why baseball's fun. You get to face these guys again and kind of redeem yourself, or at least try to. I'm not worried about what happened in the past. It is what it is. It's helped me become who I am today. I'm looking forward to tomorrow and hoping everything's good and I can just walk away knowing I did something good."

      Manaea is 1-3 with a 5.52 ERA. In his last start, he came off the disabled list for a strained left shoulder and gave up four runs in five innings of a 6-5 loss to Seattle. He walked five and gave up all four runs in the first two innings but retired the final 10 batters he faced.

      "It started to snowball kind of out of control," Manaea said. "In between innings I just told myself, 'You can either go one of two ways, you can just let it happen and chalk it up to a really bad start or you can suck it up and try to salvage what you can out of it with the rest of your day.'"

      Manaea chose option No. 2.

      "I've just got to keep that mindset going and just start getting on a roll and start having some quality starts."