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  • Yankees activate closer Chapman from DL
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, September 19, 2018

    New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman was activated from the disabled list ahead of Wednesday's game against the Boston Red Sox.

    • Chapman (2.11 ERA with 31 saves in 33 chances) hasn't pitched since Aug. 21 because of tendinitis in his left knee.

      Dellin Betances, who has frequently filled the closer role in Chapman's absence, is expected to go back to an eighth-inning setup role.

      Chapman threw a simulated game on Monday and reported that he felt good on Tuesday.

      Chapman owns 235 saves in his nine-year career, recording 146 for his first team, the Cincinnati Reds, 73 for the Yankees and 16 for the Chicago Cubs, with whom he pitched for half a season after being deal before the trade deadline in 2016. He helped guide the Cubs to a World Series championship before re-signing with the Yankees on a five-year, $86 million free agent deal.

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB roundup: Yanks prevent Red Sox's celebration
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, September 19, 2018

    Neil Walker hit a three-run homer with one out in the seventh inning, and the New York Yankees held on for a 3-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox, preventing their rivals from clinching the American League East crown Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.

    • The Yankees set up their winning rally when Aaron Hicks and Gary Sanchez drew walks off Brandon Workman (6-1). Boston manager Alex Cora lifted Workman for Ryan Brasier, who fell behind Walker and lost the lead when the first baseman lifted a full-count slider into the second deck in right field.

      It was Walker's 10th homer, and he became the 11th Yankee to reach double figures in long balls this year. The Yankees tied a major league record in becoming the fifth team to achieve the feat.

      Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge returned to the starting lineup and went 0-for-4. He hadn't batted since July 26, when he sustained a chip fracture in his right wrist.

      Dodgers 3, Rockies 2 (10 innings)

      Chris Taylor hit a game-ending home run in the 10th inning as host Los Angeles extended its lead over second-place Colorado in the National League West to 1 1/2 games.

      With one out in the 10th, Taylor unloaded on a 2-2 pitch from Rockies reliever Adam Ottavino (6-4) for his 17th home run of the season and his first career walk-off homer.

      Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw gave up two runs (one earned) on three hits over seven innings. The Los Angeles bullpen added three scoreless innings, with Dylan Floro (6-3) striking out the only two batters he faced to earn the victory.

      Astros 7, Mariners 0

      Marwin Gonzalez capped a four-run third inning with a two-run home run, and rookie Josh James made a spot start and earned his first major league win over visiting Seattle.

      With the victory, their 13th in 16 games this month, the Astros reduced their magic number to clinch a postseason berth to two. They also eliminated the Mariners from contention in the American League West.

      The Astros, who snapped a five-game home losing streak to the Mariners, can secure the season series from Seattle with a victory in the three-game series finale on Wednesday. Houston won the season series against its four AL West rivals last season and has already clinched the season series against its three other division foes excluding the Mariners this season.

      Cubs 9, Diamondbacks 1

      Javier Baez homered for the second consecutive game, Daniel Murphy also homered and visiting Chicago increased its NL Central lead to 3 1/2 games with a victory over Arizona.

      Top NL MVP candidate Baez has 33 homers and an NL-leading 107 RBIs. For the second consecutive game, he was serenaded by "MVP" chants from a boisterous, pro-Cubs crowd.

      Baez and Murphy each had two hits and two RBIs, Murphy scored three times, and Anthony Rizzo had a two-run single as the Cubs won for the fifth time in six games and gained a game on the second-place Milwaukee Brewers. The teams do not play again this season.

      Nationals 4, Marlins 2

      Stephen Strasburg (9-7) struck out 11 batters in six innings, leading Washington past host Miami.

      He entered the game with a 4-0 record and a 0.67 ERA against the Marlins since April 2017, and was solid again. Strasburg allowed five hits, two walks and two runs.

      Four Washington relievers closed out the game, allowing no runs in three innings. Sean Doolittle pitched the ninth to earn his 25th save of the season and send the Marlins deeper into the cellar.

      Indians 5, White Sox 3

      Corey Kluber earned his career-high 19th win of the season, and Jason Kipnis homered to lead Cleveland past visiting Chicago.

      Kluber (19-7) allowed three runs on eight hits over eight innings. He walked two and struck out 11 to give him 205 strikeouts this season, the fifth consecutive season he has registered 200 or more strikeouts in a season.

      Kluber joins Trevor Bauer (214) and Carlos Carrasco (206) as teammates who also have struck out at least 200 batters this season. It marks just the fourth time in major league history that three pitchers on one team had 200 or more strikeouts in a season and the first time since the 2013 Tigers (Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, Anibal Sanchez) did it.

      Cardinals 8, Braves 1

      Paul DeJong homered for the second straight game to support the strong pitching effort of Austin Gomber as visiting St. Louis strolled to a win over Atlanta, which lost its fourth straight.

      DeJong hit a two-run shot against Atlanta starter Anibal Sanchez (6-6) in the fourth inning to give the Cardinals a lead they never relinquished. It was the 19th homer for DeJong, 15 of them on the road.

      The Cardinals (84-68) won their third consecutive game and retained possession of the lead for the second National League wild card. St. Louis is 36-22 since the All-Star Game and improved to 5-0 all time and 2-0 this season at SunTrust Park.

      Reds 3, Brewers 1

      Michael Lorenzen allowed one hit in four innings during his first start since 2015, and Cincinnati won at Milwaukee.

      The right-hander, who has made 42 relief appearances this season, allowed one unearned run Tuesday. Lorenzen walked one and struck out three. He was taken out after throwing 52 pitches.

      Jose Peraza homered for the Reds.

      Phillies 5, Mets 2

      Jorge Alfaro capped a five-run sixth inning with a three-run home run, rallying host Philadelphia to a victory over New York.

      Thanks in part to a Steven Matz solo home run, his second of the season, the Mets took a 2-0 lead into the sixth inning. Matz pitched five shutout innings, but the Phillies rallied against the New York bullpen.

      Aaron Nola worked the first 5 2/3 innings for the Phillies, allowing two runs and six hits. He walked two and struck out nine. Pat Neshek (3-1) got the last out in the sixth.

      Rays 4, Rangers 0

      Blake Snell went where only one Tampa Bay pitcher has gone before, winning his 20th game of the season as he shut down host Texas.

      Snell, the majors' winningest pitcher at 20-5 and a prime candidate to win the American League's Cy Young Award, allowed just one hit in five innings as he won his eighth straight start. He hasn't lost a game since July 12.

      Snell, who lowered his ERA to 1.97, behind only Boston's Chris Sale at 1.92, walked two and struck out five, giving him 200 strikeouts for the season. He threw 92 pitches before giving way to Chaz Roe to start the sixth inning.

      Pirates 2, Royals 1 (11 innings)

      Ryan Lavarnway, in his second major league at-bat this year, hit an RBI single in the 11th inning, giving Pittsburgh a win over visiting Kansas City.

      Kansas City tied it 1-1 in the top of the ninth on Hunter Dozier's RBI double.

      In the bottom of the 11th, Starling Marte led off with an infield single off the glove of Burch Smith (1-6). Josh Bell walked, and both runners advanced on a passed ball. After a strikeout, Adam Frazier was intentionally walked to load the bases for Lavarnway, and the pinch hitter smacked the ball into center for his first career walk-off hit.

      Angels 9, Athletics 7

      Kaleb Cowart hit his first home run of the season, a sixth-inning grand slam that rallied Los Angeles from a deficit to a victory at Oakland, Calif.

      Mike Trout also homered for the Angels, who sent the A's to their third straight defeat, allowing the Rays to climb within 5 1/2 games in the race for the second American League wild-card spot.

      The homer was Cowart's first since last August and just the sixth of his career.

      Giants 5, Padres 4

      Chris Shaw dropped a bases-loaded, two-run single in front of charging Padres left fielder Hunter Renfroe with one out in the eighth inning, leading San Francisco to a victory at San Diego.

      The Giants earned their second straight win over the Padres, assuring San Diego of a last-place finish in the National League West.

      Sam Dyson (4-3) was credited with the win. Will Smith earned his 14th save by striking out Franmil Reyes and Renfroe to end the game with the tying run at second.

      Twins 5, Tigers 3

      Tyler Austin drove in three runs and Jake Odorizzi had another sharp pitching performance, leading Minnesota over Detroit.

      Odorizzi (7-10) carried a no-hitter into the eighth against the New York Yankees in his previous start. This time, he held the Tigers to one hit through the first six innings. He lasted 6 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on four hits while striking out six. Trevor Hildenberger recorded his seventh save.

      Chris Gimenez hit a solo homer and Jorge Polanco had two hits and scored two runs for the Twins, who have taken the first two games of the three-game series.

      Blue Jays 6, Orioles 4

      Lourdes Gurriel Jr. hit a two-run single for the go-ahead runs in the seventh inning when visiting Toronto scored four unearned runs to defeat Baltimore.

      The Orioles (43-108) broke a club record for losses in a season since the team moved to Baltimore in 1954.

      The Blue Jays, who have taken the first two games of the three-game series, have four straight wins on the road for the first time this season.

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB notebook: Rockies SS Story avoids serious injury
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, September 18, 2018

    Colorado Rockies All-Star shortstop Trevor Story left the team's Monday night game due to a right elbow ailment, but he apparently did not sustain a serious injury and should return to action in a few days, according to Rockies manager Bud Black.

    • "We got pretty good (test) results this afternoon," Black said Tuesday. "There's some inflammation and a little bit of soreness around the joint, but the ligament seems to be fine."

      Earlier Tuesday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported that Story could have damage to the ulnar collateral ligament. UCL injuries often lead to Tommy John surgery.

      Story hurt his elbow while making a throw Monday in a loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the opener of a key three-game series that could help decide the National League West. He briefly stayed in the Monday game before aggravating the injury while batting, exiting at that point.

      --Aaron Judge was back in the New York Yankees' lineup, batting second and playing in right field.

      Judge made his first appearance at the plate since he was hit by a pitch on July 26 and sustained a chip fracture in his right wrist. He was activated off the 10-day disabled list last week to play defense but initially wasn't cleared to bat.

      --The Yankees added left-handed pitcher Justus Sheffield to their major league roster. MLB.com ranks him No. 27 on the top prospect list and the No. 1 prospect in the Yankees' system.

      Sheffield, 22, was 6-4 with a 2.56 ERA in 20 appearances (15 starts) for Triple-A Scranton Wilkes/Barre. He also was 1-2 with a 2.25 ERA in five starts for Double-A Trenton. He moved to the bullpen late last month to gain more experience as a reliever.

      To make room for Sheffield of the 40-man roster, the Yankees sent outfielder Clint Frazier (concussion) to the 60-day disabled list.

      --Chicago Cubs right-hander Brandon Morrow won't pitch again this year due to a bone bruise in his pitching elbow, president of baseball operations Theo Epstein told reporters.

      Morrow, who hasn't pitched for the Cubs since July 15, threw a simulated game on Saturday as he hoped to be reinstated to the roster. It was one of several times he has attempted to throw in recent weeks. Morrow had 22 saves and 1.47 ERA in 35 games before being sidelined.

      The development is the second recent blow for the Cubs' bullpen. Pedro Strop, who replaced Morrow as the closer, is also done for the regular season due to a hamstring injury, and his status for the postseason has yet to be determined.

      --The Arizona Diamondbacks shut down left-hander T.J. McFarland for the rest of the season due to a bone spur in his pitching elbow.

      "He has some inflammation around that bone spur and we just felt the risk did not match the reward," manager Torey Lovullo said. "I told T.J. that I didn't want to put him in a situation where he was going to go backwards and potentially need some type of procedure to get ready for next year."

      McFarland went 2-2 with a 2.00 ERA in 47 appearances this season.

      --Detroit Tigers right-hander Michael Fulmer is slated to undergo season-ending surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee, manager Ron Gardenhire told reporters.

      Fulmer will receive a second opinion from orthopedic surgeon James Andrews. If the meniscus tear is confirmed by Andrews, surgery will take place Thursday. Gardenhire said Fulmer is expected to be ready for spring training in mid-February.

      Fulmer left Saturday's game against Cleveland after five pitches because of knee pain. He gave up two homers in his brief outing, and Gardenhire surmised Fulmer aggravated the knee while fielding a bunt that went foul on the first pitch of the game. Fulmer underwent surgery on the same knee in 2013 when he was a member of the New York Mets' organization.

      --Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu was hospitalized in Cleveland with an infection in his right thigh, the team announced.

      The White Sox said the ailment is unrelated to his recent stay on the disabled list. The team is in Cleveland and will open a three-game series on Tuesday night. He is expected to miss this series, and beyond that, his status will be day-to0day, the team said.

      Abreu recently missed playing time while he recovered from surgery to relieve pain caused by testicular torsion.

      --Field Level Media

  • Cubs RHP Morrow to miss rest of year
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, September 18, 2018

    Chicago Cubs right-hander Brandon Morrow won't pitch again this year due to a bone bruise in his pitching elbow, president of baseball operations Theo Epstein told reporters on Tuesday.

    • Morrow, who hasn't pitched for the Cubs since July 15, threw a simulated game on Saturday as he hoped to be reinstated to the roster. It was one of several times he has attempted to throw in recent weeks.

      "Every time he pitched, it got worse," Epstein said.

      Morrow could see the writing on the wall with the regular season nearing an end.

      "We knew we were running out of time to begin with," Morrow told reporters, "just the nature of the injury and the amount of time it takes to clear out."

      Morrow initially went on the disabled list due to biceps tendinitis. Morrow had 22 saves and 1.47 ERA in 35 games before being sidelined.

      Morrow said he felt good during Saturday's simulated game but the soreness returned on Sunday morning.

      "The next morning is when I knew things were going the wrong way," Morrow said. "I woke up feeling the same way I did a couple months ago."

      The development is the second recent blow for the Cubs' bullpen.

      Pedro Strop, who replaced Morrow as the closer, is done for the regular season due to a hamstring injury, and his status for the postseason has yet to be determined. Strop has 13 saves and a 2.26 ERA.

      --Field Level Media

  • Diamondbacks shut down LHP McFarland for season
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, September 18, 2018

    The Arizona Diamondbacks shut down left-hander T.J. McFarland for the rest of the season due to a bone spur in his pitching elbow.

    • Manager Torey Lovullo said it wasn't prudent to have McFarland pitch again this year.

      "He has some inflammation around that bone spur and we just felt the risk did not match the reward," Lovullo said before Tuesday night's game against the Chicago Cubs. "I told T.J. that I didn't want to put him in a situation where he was going to go backwards and potentially need some type of procedure to get ready for next year."

      McFarland went 2-2 with a 2.00 ERA in 47 appearances this season.

      "He had a tremendous year and did exactly what we needed him to do throughout the course of this year and it's time to rest and get well," Lovullo said.

      McFarland is 18-14 with a 3.94 ERA in 211 career appearances (three starts) with the Baltimore Orioles (2013-16) and Diamondbacks (2017-18).

      --Field Level Media

  • Tigers RHP Fulmer slated to undergo knee surgery
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, September 18, 2018

    Detroit Tigers right-hander Michael Fulmer is slated to undergo season-ending surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee, manager Ron Gardenhire told reporters on Tuesday.

    • Fulmer will receive a second opinion from orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews. If the meniscus tear is confirmed by Andrews, surgery will take place Thursday.

      Gardenhire said Fulmer is expected to be ready for spring training in mid-February.

      Fulmer left Saturday's game against the Cleveland Indians after five pitches because of knee pain. He gave up two homers in his brief outing, and Gardenhire surmised Fulmer aggravated the knee while fielding a bunt that went foul on the first pitch of the game.

      The 25-year-old Fulmer has struggled through a poor season, going 3-12 with a 4.69 ERA in 24 starts. He has lost seven straight decisions.

      "It's been a very frustrating year for him," Gardenhire said. "He's still a very talented guy."

      Fulmer underwent surgery on the same knee in 2013 when he was a member of the New York Mets' organization.

      --Field Level Media

  • White Sox 1B Abreu hospitalized with infection
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, September 18, 2018

    Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu has been hospitalized in Cleveland with an infection in his right thigh, the team announced Tuesday.

    • The White Sox said the ailment is unrelated to his recent stay on the disabled list.

      The team is in Cleveland and will open a three-game series on Tuesday night. He is expected to miss this series, and beyond that, his status will be day to day, the team said.

      Abreu recently missed playing time while he recovered from surgery to relieve pain caused by testicular torsion. The 31-year-old is batting .265 with 22 home runs and 78 RBIs in 128 games played. Now in his fifth season with the White Sox, he had more than 100 RBI in each of his previous seasons.

      --Field Level Media

  • No ligament damage to Rockies SS Story's elbow
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, September 18, 2018

    The Colorado Rockies are breathing a sigh of relief about All-Star shortstop Trevor Story's health.

    • Story left the team's Monday night game due to a right elbow ailment, but he apparently did not sustain a serious injury.

      "We got pretty good (test) results this afternoon," Rockies manager Bud Black said Tuesday. "There's some inflammation and a little bit of soreness around the joint, but the ligament seems to be fine."

      Black added that Story could be back in action in a few days.

      Earlier Tuesday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported that Story could have damage to the ulnar collateral ligament. UCL injuries often lead to Tommy John surgery.

      Story hurt his elbow while making a throw Monday night in the first inning of an 8-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in the opener of a key three-game series that could help decide the National League West.

      He stayed in the game but aggravated his elbow in the fourth inning when he swung at a pitch from Hyun-Jin Ryu. Story departed the contest at that time.

      "I just kind of felt something on a throw when I dove for the ball and then my elbow was a little tight," Story said postgame. "I just tried to play through it and when I swung through that pitch, kind of extended my arm, I felt it a little more."

      He said he came out of the game as an act of "just being cautious" but was disappointed.

      "It's tough, unfortunate, frustrating for me," Story said. "You never want to come out of the game, especially a game like this. It's such a huge series."

      Any time Story misses would be a key loss for the Rockies. With a dozen games to play entering Tuesday night, the Rockies were a half-game out of both first place in the division and the second NL wild card.

      On the season, his first as an All-Star, Story is batting .288 with 33 home runs, 40 doubles, 102 RBIs and 26 stolen bases as a potential MVP candidate.

      --Field Level Media

  • Yanks' Judge goes 0-for-4 in return to lineup
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, September 18, 2018

    Aaron Judge was back in the Yankees' lineup Tuesday, and he went 0-for-4 while batting second and playing in right field in New York's 3-2 win over the visiting Boston Red Sox.

    • It was Judge's first appearance at the plate since he was hit by a pitch on July 26 and sustained a chip fracture in his right wrist. He was activated off the 10-day disabled list last week to play defense but wasn't immediately cleared to bat.

      The news of his return came Tuesday afternoon. In the morning, Yankees executives gathered to observe him in a simulated game.

      Judge landed a home run into the opposite-field seats in his second such controlled workout in as many days. With the threat of rain moving the Yankees' game against the Red Sox from a 1:05 p.m. ET start to a 7:05 p.m. start, minor league right-handed pitcher Adonis Rosa took to the mound at Yankee Stadium to face Judge.

      Manager Aaron Boone, general manager Brian Cashman, hitting coach Marcus Thames and special adviser Reggie Jackson were among those who showed up to watch Rosa pitch to the All-Star outfielder.

      Rosa threw two sessions. In that time, Judge also put three other balls in play but swung and missed at several pitches, according to MLB.com.

      Tuesday's game opened a three-game series between the Yankees and the rival Red Sox. Boston would clinch the American League East with a win in any game. In the meantime, the Yankees are trying to hold off the Oakland A's in the American League wild-card standings.

      --Field Level Media

  • Yankees add LHP Sheffield to roster
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, September 18, 2018

    The New York Yankees added left-handed pitcher Justus Sheffield to their major league roster. MLB.com ranks him No. 27 on the MLB.com top prospect list and No. 1 in the Yankees' system.

    • Sheffield, 22, was 6-4 with a 2.56 ERA in 20 appearances (15 starts) for Triple-A Scranton Wilkes/Barre. He also was 1-2 with a 2.25 ERA in five starts for Double-A Trenton. He moved to the bullpen late last month to gain more experience as a reliever.

      The Yankees acquired Sheffield in the July 2016 trade that sent relief pitcher Andrew Miller to Cleveland. The Indians selected Sheffield with the No. 31 overall pick in the 2014 amateur draft.

      To make room for Sheffield, the Yankees sent outfielder Clint Frazier to the 60-day disabled list. Frazier, whom the Yankees acquired in that same trade, has been plagued by the effects of a concussion since spring training.

      The Yankees also recalled RHP Domingo German from Scranton in advance of Tuesday's series-opener against Boston at Yankee Stadium. Originally scheduled for a 1:05 p.m. start time, that game has been moved to 7:05 p.m. because of inclement weather.

      --Field Level Media

  • Rockies' Story exits due to elbow soreness
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, September 18, 2018

    Rockies shortstop Trevor Story left Colorado's road game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday due to a sore right elbow.

    • He will be re-evaluated Tuesday, the team announced postgame.

      Story said he first felt elbow tightness on a throw in the bottom of the third inning. He came out of the game after a swing-and-miss in the fourth inning against Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu. Pat Valaika entered as a pinch hitter and lined out.

      "I tried to play through it, and when I swung through that pitch, kind of extended my arm, I felt it a little more," Story said. "So I was just being cautious, and we'll find out more tomorrow."

      Story, who went 0-for-1 on Monday, is hitting .288 with a .343 on-base percentage, a .550 slugging percentage, 33 homers and 102 RBIs through 149 games this year. His homer total is a franchise single-season record, and his RBI count ranks second in the National League.

      A first-time All-Star this year, the 25-year-old Texas native is in his third season with the Rockies. A supplemental first-round pick in the 2011 draft, Story has a career .267/.331/.522 batting line with 84 homers and 256 RBIs in 391 games.

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB roundup: Yelich collects 2nd cycle of season
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, September 18, 2018

    Christian Yelich became the fifth major-leaguer to hit for the cycle twice in the same season, leading the Milwaukee Brewers to an 8-0 victory over the visiting Cincinnati Reds on Monday night.

    • Wade Miley (5-2) lowered his ERA to 2.08 with five shutout innings for the Brewers, who remained 2 1/2 games behind the first-place Chicago Cubs in the National League Central.

      Yelich hit for the cycle on Aug. 29 during a 6-for-6 performance, also against the Reds. He singled in the first inning Monday, doubled in the third, hit a two-run home run in the fifth and lashed a two-run triple in the sixth, completing the cycle in just four plate appearances.

      The last major-leaguer to have two cycles in the same season was Aaron Hill of the Diamondbacks in 2012. The only others to have a pair of cycles in the same year were John Reilly (1883 Reds), Tip O'Neill (1887 St. Louis Brown Stockings) and Babe Herman (1931 Brooklyn Robins) -- but no one did it twice against the same team in a season before Monday.

      Dodgers 8, Rockies 2

      Joc Pederson hit two home runs and Max Muncy added a homer as Los Angeles moved back into first place in the National League West with a victory over visiting Colorado.

      Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched seven scoreless innings as the Dodgers and Rockies traded places in the NL West standings for a third consecutive day. The Dodgers moved into first place Saturday, the Rockies regained the lead Sunday and the Dodgers moved back on top after the first game of this three-game series.

      Rockies shortstop Trevor Story left in the fourth inning after a swing-and-miss against Ryu. The Rockies announced after the game that Story left because of right elbow soreness and will be re-evaluated Tuesday.

      Cubs 5, Diamondbacks 1

      Javier Baez and Kris Bryant hit two-run homers, and Kyle Hendricks finished one out short of his fourth career complete game as Chicago posted a victory over Arizona in Phoenix.

      Baez's homer, capping a three-run sixth inning for a 3-0 lead, was his 32nd of the season and gave him an NL-leading 105 RBIs. Bryant put the game out of reach with a two-run, opposite-field homer into the pool area in the eighth inning.

      Hendricks (12-11) fell short of his third career shutout when A.J. Pollock homered to lead off the ninth inning. Hendricks gave up one run on three hits with eight strikeouts and one walk. He has a 1.76 ERA in 13 September starts the past three seasons.

      Cardinals 11, Braves 6

      Kolten Wong had three hits, including one of the team's four homers, to help St. Louis earn a win at Atlanta.

      Wong had a single, a double, his ninth homer and three RBIs. Paul DeJong, Harrison Bader and Yadier Molina also hit homers for the Cardinals.

      Miles Mikolas (16-4) got the victory after allowing two runs on four hits in five innings. He struck out six and won his third straight decision. In three starts in September, Mikolas is 3-0 with a 3.38 ERA.

      Mariners 4, Astros 1

      Daniel Vogelbach clubbed a pinch-hit grand slam in the eighth inning, and Seattle extended its winning streak at Minute Maid Park to five games with a victory over host Houston.

      Astros reliever Hector Rondon (2-5) recorded the first two outs in the eighth courtesy of two splendid diving catches from center fielder Jake Marisnick. But after getting ahead in the count 1-2 against Denard Span, Rondon fired three successive fastballs out of the zone to load the bases.

      Vogelbach then got a 1-1 fastball at the top of the strike zone and crushed it 398 feet into the home bullpen in right-center field.

      Mets 9, Phillies 4

      Michael Conforto homered, collected three hits and drove in a career-high six runs to lift New York past host Philadelphia.

      Jeff McNeil also added three hits for the Mets, who had 14 hits overall, with 10 players managing at least one hit.

      New York starter Zack Wheeler gave up three hits and four runs in seven innings. He walked three and struck out four. Wheeler (12-7) last allowed as many as four runs on July 14, ending a string of 10 starts.

      Rays 3, Rangers 0

      Tyler Glasnow pitched six shutout innings, and Ji-Man Choi homered and drove in two runs as Tampa Bay earned a victory in Arlington, Texas.

      The Rays won for the 12th time in 15 games and reached a season-best 17 games over .500, but it appears to be a little too late. With 11 games remaining, they trail the Oakland A's -- idle on Monday -- by 6 1/2 games for the American League's second wild-card spot.

      Glasnow (1-4) limited the Rangers to just two infield hits, striking out six and walking two over six innings. The right-hander picked up his first win with the Rays since being acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates for Chris Archer in a four-player deal on July 31. He is 2-6 overall this season.

      Marlins 8, Nationals 5

      Lewis Brinson hit a tiebreaking single in the seventh inning, leading host Miami past Washington.

      Starlin Castro belted a two-run double and a solo homer for the Marlins, who battled back from a 4-0 deficit.

      The Nationals, who have won seven out of their past 10 games in a long-shot effort to make the playoffs, were led by Victor Robles (2-for-4 with his first major league homer) and Anthony Rendon (3-for-4 with two RBIs and a homer).

      Twins 6, Tigers 1

      Kohl Stewart didn't give up an earned run in six innings of relief, and Minnesota took command with a four-run fourth and downed host Detroit.

      Gabriel Moya started for the Twins and pitched a scoreless inning. Stewart (2-1) then entered and allowed only an unearned run on three hits and three walks while striking out five.

      Minnesota's Eddie Rosario homered before leaving the game with a right quad injury. Jorge Polanco supplied two hits, including a solo homer.

      Giants 4, Padres 2

      Brandon Crawford and Evan Longoria homered, and Andrew Suarez allowed two runs on four hits over 7 2/3 innings as San Francisco opened a three-game series in San Diego with a win.

      Despite the victory -- in which the Giants scored four runs in a game for the first time in 12 games dating to Sept. 3 -- San Francisco was officially eliminated in the NL West.

      Suarez (7-11) threw only 87 pitches and finished with three walks and four strikeouts. Will Smith pitched a perfect ninth inning for his 13th save.

      Pirates 7, Royals 6

      Jacob Stallings hit a two-out, walk-off RBI single to give Pittsburgh a win over visiting Kansas City.

      After the Pirates tied it with two runs in the eighth, Kevin Kramer walked with two outs in the ninth and Kevin Newman singled to left against right-hander Ben Lively (0-3). Stallings flared a single to left, his third hit, to drive in Kramer.

      Stallings was playing because No. 1 catcher Francisco Cervelli was a late scratch due to an illness. Adam Frazier drove in two with a double for Pittsburgh.

      Blue Jays 5, Orioles 0

      Ryan Borucki struck out seven in eight shutout innings, and Danny Jansen, Kevin Pillar and Aledmys Diaz homered as Toronto won at Baltimore.

      Borucki (4-4) held the Orioles to three hits and one walk in matching his career-long start. The Blue Jays won their third in a row in the opener of a three-game series.

      Toronto leads the season series 13-4 over the Orioles (43-107), who have equaled their club record for most losses in a season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Cards face Braves without reliever Norris (callus)
    By Field Level Media / Monday, September 17, 2018

    The St. Louis Cardinals were without veteran reliever Bud Norris as they opened a three-game series with the Atlanta Braves on Monday.

    • The right-hander has a callus on the middle finger of his pitching hand but hopes to be back before the series ends Wednesday.

      "It's pretty tender," Norris said. "I just have to monitor it the next couple days."

      Norris, 33, has had similar injuries throughout a career that started with the Houston Astros in 2009 and also included stints with the Baltimore Orioles, San Diego Padres, Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels. This is the first time this year, though, that the skin around his nail has loosened.

      This is Norris' first season with the Cardinals, and he has a 3-5 record with a 3.49 ERA, 28 saves, 19 walks and 66 strikeouts in 56 2/3 innings.

      He was removed by manager Mike Shildt in the seventh inning of Sunday 5-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers after allowing a walk and throwing a pitch to another batter.

      "They were only asking me to get a couple outs, and obviously I wanted to be in that spot to help us out," Norris said. "It just kind of flared up on me, and that last sinker I threw, I lost feeling, and it was super tender. It was pretty bad."

      With the Cardinals often utilizing Norris against left-handed batters, they could have problems matching up with the Braves, who have Freddie Freeman, Nick Markakis and Ender Inciarte in the middle of the lineup batting from that side.

      --Field Level Media

  • Yankees OF Judge lineup-ready, Chapman getting close
    By Field Level Media / Monday, September 17, 2018

    Aaron Judge, activated from the disabled list Friday, is almost ready to return to the starting lineup for the New York Yankees.

    • Not far behind is closer Aroldis Chapman, who remains on the DL with left knee tendinitis.

      Judge was activated Friday and available for the first time since he was hit by a pitch July 26 and suffered a chip fracture of the wrist.

      Manager Aaron Boone said Judge will likely get his first start in nearly two months this week against the Boston Red Sox.

      According to the Yankees, Judge began the transition from a high-velocity pitching machine to simulated game at-bats on Monday. Chapman also threw in the simulated game environment.

      "Judge had 11 live at-bats off of RHP A.J. Cole, RHP Chance Adams and LHP Phillip Diehl. Additionally, LHP Aroldis Chapman threw 22 pitches to Tyler Wade and Kyle Higashioka," the Yankees said via Twitter.

      Judge played two innings in right field on Friday. He said he's pain-free when swinging but other baseball movements are not as easy.

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB roundup: Verlander, Astros dump D-backs
    By Field Level Media / Monday, September 17, 2018

    George Springer singled and scored twice, and Josh Reddick homered for a second consecutive game as the Houston Astros claimed the rubber match of a three-game interleague series with the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks with a 5-4 victory on Sunday.

    • Houston's Justin Verlander (16-9) worked seven strong innings, producing his 11th double-digit strikeout game on the season. Verlander increased his season strikeout total to 269, matching his career high set in 2009 with the Detroit Tigers.

      The first-place Astros stretched their lead over the Oakland Athletics in the American League West to 4 1/2 games. The third-place Diamondbacks fell 4 1/2 games behind the Colorado Rockies in the National League West.

      Reddick smacked his 15th home run leading off the seventh inning, golfing a curveball from Zack Greinke (14-10) into the right field seats for a 3-1 lead.

      Rockies 3, Giants 2

      Antonio Senzatela earned the win by tossing five-plus solid innings and gave Colorado a lead it never relinquished with a two-run single in the second inning of a victory at San Francisco.

      The Rockies avoided being swept in the three-game series, then moved back into first place in the National League West when the Los Angeles Dodgers lost Sunday night. Colorado holds a half-game edge in the division. The Giants fell to 2-12 in September.

      Senzatela (5-6) allowed one run on five hits and two walks while striking out five in earning his first victory since July 28.

      Cardinals 5, Dodgers 0

      Adam Wainwright struck out nine in his second start since returning from the disabled list, and Marcell Ozuna hit a home run as St. Louis avoided a four-game sweep with a victory over visiting Los Angeles.

      Wainwright (2-3) gave up just two hits and three walks over six scoreless innings, helping the Cardinals end a four-game losing streak. He threw 101 pitches just six days after returning from four months away due to right elbow inflammation.

      The Cardinals, who had swept a three-game series at Dodger Stadium last month, moved into a tie with Los Angeles for the second NL wild-card position.

      Red Sox 4, Mets 3

      Andrew Benintendi lofted the tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the eighth inning as Boston edged visiting New York.

      The Red Sox won the final two games of the three-game series. Their magic number for winning the American League East dropped to two. Boston will have a chance to clinch the division at the Yankees' expense when the rivals begin a three-game series in the Bronx on Tuesday afternoon.

      Boston starter Chris Sale, in his second outing since coming off the disabled list, pitched three scoreless innings. Brandon Workman (6-0) pitched a scoreless eighth for the win, and Steven Wright handled the ninth for his first save.

      Blue Jays 3, Yankees 2

      Dellin Betances allowed four hits in the eighth inning, including a go-ahead double by Randal Grichuk, as New York fell to visiting Toronto.

      Betances (4-6) entered in a 2-1 game and faltered from the outset, allowing singles to Reese McGuire and Justin Smoak to put runners at first and third with one out. He coughed up the lead when rookie Rowdy Tellez slapped a two-strike single into left field to tie the game.

      Following a mound visit by pitching coach Larry Rothschild, Grichuk hit a go-ahead double into right field that scored pinch runner Kevin Pillar. The Yankees fell to 8-11 in their past 19 games.

      Angels 4, Mariners 3

      Kole Calhoun hit a tiebreaking homer with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, lifting Los Angeles to a victory over Seattle in Anaheim, Calif.

      Calhoun halted his 0-for-25 skid when he drove a full-count cutter from Nick Vincent (3-4) over the center field fence. It was Calhoun's 19th homer, first since Sept. 1 and fourth against the Mariners this year.

      The Angels avoided getting swept at home in a four-game series to Seattle for the first time since July 9-12, 2005.

      Padres 7, Rangers 3

      Rookie Francisco Mejia hit a walk-off grand slam with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, giving San Diego a come-from-behind win over visiting Texas.

      Hitting from the right side against left-handed reliever Jeffrey Springs, the switch-hitting Mejia drove the first pitch 386 feet into the left field stands. It was Mejia's third homer since being promoted by the Padres from Triple-A El Paso on Sept. 4.

      The Padres entered the inning trailing 3-2, but Franmil Reyes singled with one out, and pinch runner Travis Jankowski scored on a double by Freddy Galvis to tie the game. After a flyout and two walks, Mejia ended the game.

      Reds 2, Cubs 1

      Scott Schebler and Phillip Ervin homered, and Luis Castillo pitched 6 2/3 strong innings as visiting Cincinnati broke Chicago's three-game winning streak.

      Joey Votto had three hits for the Reds. Castillo (10-12) gave up only four hits and one run as the Reds broke an eight-game losing streak to the Cubs, who maintained a 2 1/2-game lead over Milwaukee in the National League Central.

      Albert Almora Jr. had one of the Cubs' five hits and drove in their only run with a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning.

      Pirates 3, Brewers 2

      Trevor Williams pitched six shutout innings, and Corey Dickerson had three hits, scored two runs and drove in another as visiting Pittsburgh outlasted Milwaukee.

      Williams (13-9) surrendered just two hits and two walks while striking out seven.

      Pirates closer Felipe Vazquez allowed back-to-back home runs to Jesus Aguilar and pinch hitter Domingo Sanchez with no outs in the ninth before earning his 34th save.

      Nationals 6, Braves 4

      Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon each hit two-run homers to power Washington past host Atlanta.

      Harper (2-for-3, two walks) and Rendon (3-for-4, one walk) combined to score five runs and drive in four more as Washington won its second straight over the Braves and improved to 6-2 in its past eight games.

      Tanner Roark (9-15) allowed two runs on five hits over 5 1/3 innings for his first win since Aug. 16, snapping a five-start winless streak that included three losses. Sean Doolittle pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to pick up his 24th save.

      Marlins 6, Phillies 4

      Jose Urena pitched five strong innings, and Peter O'Brien hit a go-ahead home run as Miami won at Philadelphia to avert a three-game sweep.

      The Marlins snapped a five-game skid. Urena (7-12) allowed one run on three hits with one walk and four strikeouts.

      Since being ejected and subsequently suspended after hitting Atlanta's Ronald Acuna Jr. on his first pitch of the game on Aug. 15, Urena is 4-0 with a 2.16 ERA and has allowed one earned run in four of his past five starts, flashing the form he showed in 2017 when he went 14-7.

      Rays 5, A's 4

      C.J. Cron and Willy Adames hit home runs to back the combined four-hit effort of eight pitchers, sending Tampa Bay past Oakland at St. Petersburg, Fla.

      The Rays barely held on after taking a 5-0 lead into the ninth. Khris Davis greeted closer Sergio Romo with a first-pitch grand slam one out after Jake Faria had walked Matt Joyce, Nick Martini and Matt Chapman to open the inning.

      Romo then struck out Matt Olson and got Stephen Piscotty to fly out to claim his 21st save.

      Tigers 6, Indians 4

      Jim Adduci hit a go-ahead three-run homer and drove in four runs, and Francisco Liriano tossed seven strong innings to lead Detroit to a victory at Cleveland.

      Mikie Mahtook hit a solo homer and Jeimer Candelario had three hits and scored two runs for Detroit, which took two of three games in the series. Rookie Christin Stewart supplied three hits, a run and an RBI.

      Liriano (5-10) held the Indians to three runs on five hits while walking two and striking out seven. Shane Greene recorded his 30th save despite giving up a ninth-inning run.

      Twins 9, Royals 6

      Jorge Polanco and Johnny Field each had four hits -- including solo home runs -- and two RBIs, to help Minnesota win at Kansas City and salvage one game in a four-game series.

      Max Kepler and Tyler Austin also hit solo shots for the Twins, who had 18 hits in ending an eight-game Kauffman Stadium losing streak after winning their first game of the season there May 28. They also ended an eight-game losing streak on the road.

      Kyle Gibson (8-13) allowed five runs and 11 hits while striking out six in 6 2/3 innings for his first win since Aug. 17.

      Orioles 8, White Sox 4

      Jonathan Villar and Adam Jones both homered and drove in two runs, and Baltimore scored five times in the first inning en route to a victory over visiting Chicago.

      The White Sox failed in their bid for a three-game sweep.

      Orioles reliever Ryan Meisinger (1-0) got the final two outs in the fifth inning for his first major league win. The Baltimore bullpen blanked Chicago over the final 4 2/3 innings, and Paul Fry (1 2/3 innings) picked up his first major league save.

      --Field Level Media

  • Red Sox OF Betts leaves game with injury, says he's OK
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, September 16, 2018

    Boston Red Sox star Mookie Betts left Sunday's game against the New York Mets at Fenway Park with what the team announced was left side soreness, but he said the injury won't keep him out.

    • "I'll be ready to go Tuesday," Betts said.

      Betts fielded Wilmer Flores' fly ball to right field and made an accurate throw home to try to throw out Austin Jackson, who slid in safely for a run.

      The Red Sox challenged the call, which was upheld. After the review, the 25-year-old Betts was pulled out of the game following a trip to the outfield by manager Alex Cora and the team trainer. Cora said after the game Betts was removed as a precaution.

      In June, Betts missed 14 games with a left abdominal strain.

      He said Sunday that his side doesn't hurt at the plate but that it is sore when he throws.

      Betts, a three-time All-Star, leads the American League in batting at .337. He has 29 home runs and 71 RBIs on the season, along with 42 doubles, five triples and 28 stolen bases.

      The Red Sox beat the Mets 4-3 and are off Monday. They begin a three-game series Tuesday against the Yankees in New York. With the win Sunday, Boston's magic number is two to secure a third straight American League East title.

      --Field Level Media

  • Cubs activate Heyward from DL
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, September 16, 2018

    The Chicago Cubs activated outfielder Jason Heyward from the 10-day disabled list prior to Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Reds.

    • Heyward was placed on the DL on Aug. 31 due to right hamstring tightness.

      Heyward is batting .275 with seven homers and 52 RBIs in 114 contests entering play on Sunday.

      Heyward wasn't in the starting lineup for Sunday's game.

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB roundup: Puig hits 3 HRs, Dodgers atop NL West
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, September 16, 2018

    Yasiel Puig hit three home runs for the first time in his career on Saturday to give him five homers in two days and added seven RBIs as the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers grabbed sole possession of first place in the National League West with a 17-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.

    • Cody Bellinger homered and drove in six runs, and Manny Machado also went deep as the Dodgers passed Colorado in the division. The Rockies lost late to San Francisco and are a half-game up on the Cardinals for the second wild card.

      The Dodgers have won the first three games of a four-game series at St. Louis after the Cardinals earned a three-game sweep at Los Angeles last month. The Dodgers have outscored the Cardinals 29-11 in the series.

      Puig went deep in the fourth, fifth and eighth innings to give him 21 home runs on the season. He had a chance for a fourth home run in the ninth inning but popped out to shortstop.

      Giants 3, Rockies 0

      Madison Bumgarner extended his consecutive-innings scoreless streak at home to 20 and helped his own cause with a double, delivering San Francisco a second straight shutout over Colorado.

      Bumgarner (6-6), who had blanked Arizona and Houston for seven innings apiece in his previous two home games, limited the Rockies to five hits in his six-inning effort. He walked one and struck out two.

      After Bumgarner left a 3-0 game, Tony Watson struck out all three batters he faced in the seventh inning, Mark Melancon pitched around a Nolan Arenado double in the eighth and closer Will Smith worked a one-hit ninth for his 12th save.

      Astros 10, Diamondbacks 4

      Marwin Gonzalez and Yuli Gurriel keyed three-run innings with two-run singles, and Houston squared its interleague series with visiting Arizona.

      The Astros broke free offensively and extended their lead in the American League West over Oakland to 3 1/2 games in the process. George Springer finished 4-for-5 with three runs scored while Jose Altuve went 2-for-3 with three runs and two RBIs.

      The Diamondbacks fell four games back of Los Angeles in the National League West and 3 1/2 back of Colorado in the hunt for the second NL wild card. Zack Godley (14-10) allowed five runs (four earned) on seven hits and six walks over 3 2/3 innings.

      Indians 15, Tigers 0

      Francisco Lindor and Michael Brantley hit back-to-back home runs to ignite a six-run first-inning outburst, and Cleveland clinched the American League Central for the third consecutive season by overwhelming visiting Detroit.

      Every player in the Indians' starting lineup knocked in at least one run. Jose Ramirez and Yonder Alonso each had three hits, three runs scored and two RBIs. Edwin Encarnacion supplied two hits, three runs scored and two RBIs while Brantley contributed two hits and three runs scored.

      Mike Clevinger (12-8) held the Tigers to one hit in six innings and struck out five.

      Rays 7, Athletics 5

      Jake Bauers belted a three-run home run off Jeurys Familia to break an eighth-inning tie and propel Tampa Bay past visiting Oakland.

      The A's had a chance to pick up ground on the New York Yankees in the battle for the first American League wild-card spot, but failed to do so and remained 1 1/2 games behind.

      After the A's had rallied twice from two-run deficits, the Rays took the lead for good in the eighth when Familia (4-2) sandwiched a strikeout between walks to Joey Wendle and Brandon Lowe. Bauers then crushed his 11th home run of the season to right field to break a 4-4 tie and put Tampa Bay up by three.

      Blue Jays 8, Yankees 7

      CC Sabathia put New York in an early hole by allowing three homers in 2 1/3 innings, and a late rally fell short against visiting Toronto.

      Sabathia (7-7) allowed five runs on seven hits in his shortest outing in more than three years. Randal Grichuk homered in consecutive at-bats, and Kevin Pillar also homered off the left-hander.

      Yankees rookie Miguel Andujar slugged a grand slam in the seventh off Tyler Clippard to make it a one-run game. Andujar's second career grand slam occurred after Giancarlo Stanton and Didi Gregorius hit solo homers.

      Red Sox 5, Mets 3

      Jackie Bradley Jr. and Brock Holt each delivered two-run doubles in the fifth inning for host Boston, which went on to defeat New York.

      By virtue of their win and a Yankees loss, the Red Sox cut their magic number for winning the American League East to four. The Mets fell to 10-4 this month.

      Rick Porcello (17-7) allowed three runs on two hits and one walk while striking out five.

      Cubs 1, Reds 0

      Jon Lester continued his mastery of Cincinnati as host Chicago won in a shutout.

      The Cubs, who are trying to hold off Milwaukee in the National League Central, won their third straight game.

      Lester (16-6) allowed two hits in seven innings, with two walks and nine strikeouts. Cubs manager Joe Maddon used three relievers in the ninth, with each getting one out. Steve Cishek earned his fourth save of the season.

      Pirates 3, Brewers 1

      Milwaukee couldn't muster much offense beyond Christian Yelich's 30th homer, falling to visiting Pittsburgh.

      The Brewers, who had their two-game winning streak halted, fell 2 1/2 games behind first-place Chicago in the National League Central. Milwaukee holds a 3 1/2-game lead over Colorado for the top NL wild-card spot.

      Colin Moran and Francisco Cervelli each had an RBI double for the Pirates, who have won two of three.

      Nationals 7, Braves 1

      Adam Eaton and Anthony Rendon both drove in two runs, and rookie Juan Soto made history on the bases as Washington cruised to victory at Atlanta.

      The Nationals turned the game into a track meet at times with six stolen bases, led by Soto with three. The 19-year-old left fielder became the youngest player since 1900 to swipe three bags in one game.

      Wilmer Difo added two steals and Eaton had one. Washington also drew 14 walks from seven Atlanta pitchers.

      Phillies 5, Marlins 4

      Cesar Hernandez hit a three-run homer, and seven Philadelphia relievers combined for seven scoreless innings to defeat visiting Miami.

      Left-hander Austin Davis and right-handers Victor Arano, Luis Garcia (3-1), Edubray Ramos, Hector Neris, Tommy Hunter and Pat Neshek combined to allow only two hits, didn't walk a batter and struck out eight. Neshek pitched the ninth to earn his fifth save of the season.

      The Phillies, who are in second place and 6 1/2 games back of Atlanta in the National League East, rallied from a four-run deficit to win their second in a row. The last-place Marlins suffered their fifth consecutive defeat.

      White Sox 2, Orioles 0

      Yolmer Sanchez lined an RBI double in the sixth, Avisail Garcia homered in the ninth and Reynaldo Lopez threw seven shutout innings as Chicago blanked host Baltimore.

      Both starters dominated much of the game as neither team got a runner into scoring position until Baltimore put one at second with two outs in the fifth but stranded him.

      Lopez (6-9) allowed four hits and struck out six against one walk. Juan Minaya took care of the final four outs and earned his first save.

      Royals 10, Twins 3

      Alex Gordon had three hits and five RBIs to help Kansas City to a rout of visiting Minnesota.

      Cam Gallagher was 4-for-4 with one RBI, and Alcides Escobar added three hits and three RBIs for the Royals, who have won the first three games of the four-game series.

      Royals starter Ian Kennedy (2-8) allowed two runs (one earned), six hits and two walks with four strikeouts in six innings for his first win since April 7, a span of 17 winless outings that included a stint on the disabled list.

      Rangers 6, Padres 3

      Robinson Chirinos highlighted a five-run sixth inning with a three-run double as Texas overcame a 3-1 deficit to win at San Diego.

      Texas took a 1-0 lead in the second when Joey Gallo homered to right-center off Eric Lauer. First baseman Eric Hosmer put the Padres ahead 3-1 in the third with a three-run homer -- his 17th homer of the season and fourth in the last seven games.

      Ariel Jurado (3-5) followed "opener" Alex Claudio and allowed three runs on seven hits and two walks over four innings to get credit for the win. Jose Leclerc picked up his 11th save.

      Mariners 6, Angels 5

      Robinson Cano's two-out, three run double in the eighth inning completed a rally from a four-run deficit to lift Seattle to a win at Los Angeles.

      The Angels got within 6-5 in the bottom of the ninth on a solo homer by Justin Upton, his second homer of the game and No. 29 on the season. But Edwin Diaz was able to close it out for his 55th save.

      With the win, the Mariners moved to within 7 1/2 games of Oakland for the second wild-card spot in the American League. The Mariners have 14 games remaining.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Yanks adding top prospect Sheffield to pitching staff
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, September 15, 2018

    Maybe it was a coincidence, but on a day when veteran starter CC Sabathia imploded, the struggling New York Yankees have reportedly turned to their top-rated prospect for some pitching help.

    • Justus Sheffield, a 22-year-old left-hander, has been promoted by the Yankees, according to the Scranton (Pa.) Times-Tribune. It followed Scranton/Wilkes-Barre's loss to Durham in the Triple-A International League Governors' Cup Finals.

      The Yankees have not officially announced the promotion of Sheffield, who in recent weeks has pitched exclusively as a reliever.

      The scouting report by MLB Pipeline said:

      "Sheffield could have three plus pitches when all is said and done. His 92-97 mph fastball features some run and sink and is his most consistent offering, though his mid-80s slider may have more upside. His changeup isn't as reliable as his first two options, yet he still shows the ability to miss bats with it. ... He's athletic and has been durable as a pro outside of his oblique injury. He improved his control in 2017 and has the potential to become a No. 3 starter."

      Sheffield, who started five games for Double-A Trenton, made 20 appearances (15 starts) at the Triple-A level this year, finishing 6-4 with a 2.56 ERA in 88 innings for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, while totaling 36 walks and 84 strikeouts.

      The Yankees acquired Sheffield, outfielder Clint Frazier and pitchers J.P. Feyereisen and Ben Heller from the Cleveland Indians in July 2016 for left-handed reliever Andrew Miller.

      Sheffield was a first-round selection (31st overall) of the Indians in the 2014 MLB Draft.

      --Field Level Media

  • Indians' Bauer (leg) 'felt good' after bullpen session
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, September 15, 2018

    Continuing his comeback from a broken leg, Cleveland Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer threw 40 pitches off the mound Saturday in a workout at Progressive Field.

    • The 27-year-old All-Star has been sidelined since Aug. 11 with a stress fracture in his right leg, an injury caused by a line drive from Chicago White Sox slugger Jose Abreu.

      Bauer pitched a bullpen session earlier this week in Tampa, Fla., and is being closely monitored by team president Chris Antonetti, pitching coach Carl Williams and the training staff.

      "Felt good," Bauer told reporters. "Mechanics were a little out of sequence, but I haven't really been on a mound a whole lot in a month and a half. I expect those will come back pretty quickly. Physically it felt good."

      The Indians hope he can return for postseason duty in October. Bauer is 12-6 this season with a 2.22 ERA, 214 strikeouts and 56 walks in 25 starts.

      "I pitch when they tell me to pitch," Bauer said. "I feel confident that I'll be able to compete and help us win in whatever role that is."

      Indians manager Terry Francona said that Bauer could face live hitters in his next bullpen session, which is scheduled for Tuesday.

      --Field Level Media

  • D-backs RHP Buchholz (forearm) out for season
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, September 15, 2018

    Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Clay Buchholz will miss the remainder of the season after being diagnosed with a flexor strain in his right forearm.

    • Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo announced the news following the team's 4-2 win over the Houston Astros on Friday night. Buchholz had an MRI earlier in the day.

      Buchholz was scratched from his start against Colorado on Thursday after feeling tightness in his right elbow. Buchholz missed almost all of 2017 with a torn flexor tendon in his right arm.

      The loss is key to the Diamondbacks, who are 3 1/2 games back in the National League West and three games out of a wild-card spot. Buchholz has been a reliable starter since joining the team on a minor league deal in May, going 7-2 with a 2.01 ERA in 16 starts.

      Buchholz, 34, is 5-1 with a 1.66 ERA in nine starts since returning from a stint on the disabled list with a strained left oblique on July 24.

      Matt Koch and Matt Andriese are expected to receive consideration to replace Buchholz in the rotation.

      Arizona left-hander T.J. McFarland is also dealing with injury as he was diagnosed with inflammation of a bone spur around his elbow. McFarland is not expected to be sidelined for the season.

      McFarland, 29, has a 2.00 ERA in 47 games this season. He last pitched Sept. 8.

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB roundup: Dodgers tie Cards for 2nd NL wild card
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, September 15, 2018

    Rookie right-hander Walker Buehler dominated for eight innings, and Yasiel Puig hit a pair of home runs as the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers moved into a tie for the second wild-card spot in the National League on Friday with a 3-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.

    • Buehler retired the first 13 Cardinals batters Friday before Paul DeJong singled with one out in the fifth inning. Buehler (7-5), who tied a career high with nine strikeouts, gave up just two hits over eight innings. Closer Kenley Jansen pitched the ninth inning for his 35th save.

      The Dodgers have won the first two games of the current four-game series at St. Louis after they were swept by the Cardinals in a three-game series at Los Angeles last month.

      At 81-67, the Dodgers and Cardinals are tied for the NL's second wild-card spot, behind Milwaukee. The Dodgers also moved a half-game behind Colorado for the National League West lead.

      Giants 2, Rockies 0

      Chris Stratton pitched a two-hit shutout, and Austin Slater provided all the offense with a two-run single in the second inning, allowing host San Francisco to snap an 11-game losing streak by quieting Colorado.

      Stratton (10-9), who had been bombed for 13 runs and 19 hits in consecutive matchups with the Rockies earlier this season, allowed just a two-out single to Ian Desmond in the second inning and a leadoff single to Charlie Blackmon in the sixth en route to his first career complete game and first career shutout.

      Stratton needed 114 pitches to complete his gem. He walked two and struck out seven.

      Diamondbacks 4, Astros 2

      Jon Jay delivered a pinch-hit, broken-bat, RBI triple with two outs in the eighth inning to key Arizona's victory at Houston.

      Jay, hitting for catcher Jeff Mathis, muscled a 1-0 fastball into right field, snapping his bat and plating Nick Ahmed with the go-ahead run. A.J. Pollock lofted a shallow fly ball to center that cleared second baseman Jose Altuve yet dropped in front of the diving George Springer, driving in Jay and doubling the lead.

      The Astros finished 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position and lost for only the second time this month. Their lead over Oakland in the American League West was trimmed to 2 1/2 games.

      Athletics 2, Rays 1 (10 innings)

      Khris Davis hit the third pitch of the 10th inning for his 42nd home run of the season as Oakland dealt host Tampa Bay's playoff hopes a serious jolt.

      Oakland's seventh win in its last eight games pushed the A's a full nine games ahead of the Rays in the race for the second American League wild-card berth with just a little more than two weeks remaining in the regular season.

      After the teams had battled to a 1-1 tie in nine innings, Davis greeted Jaime Schultz (2-1), the Rays' ninth pitcher, with the difference-making homer. A's closer Blake Treinen (7-2) pitched two perfect innings for the win.

      Cubs 3, Reds 2

      Ian Happ launched a three-run home run in the seventh inning to wipe out a 2-0 deficit and lead host Chicago past Cincinnati.

      It was the 15th home run of the season for Happ. The seventh-inning blast came off Reds reliever David Hernandez (5-1), who gave up the three runs in one-third of an inning after right-hander Matt Harvey shut out the Cubs for six innings.

      With the win, the Cubs maintained their 1 1/2-game lead over Milwaukee in the National League Central.

      Brewers 7, Pirates 4

      Christian Yelich, Travis Shaw and Mike Moustakas each hit home runs as Milwaukee bounced visiting Pittsburgh.

      Orlando Arcia added a rare two-RBI bunt double for the Brewers, who won their sixth in seven games to move four games up on St. Louis, the second National League wild-card team.

      Pablo Reyes hit his first major league homer, Jordan Luplow had an RBI triple and Josh Harrison an RBI double for the Pirates.

      Yankees 11, Blue Jays 0

      Aaron Judge returned from the disabled list as a defensive replacement, and Masahiro Tanaka pitched six outstanding innings as New York scored five times in the first and cruised to victory over Toronto at Yankee Stadium.

      Judge returned from the disabled list after missing 45 games since July 26 due to a fractured right wrist. He is not ready to take at-bats but was able to play the field for the last two innings.

      Tanaka (12-5) won his third straight start and ran his scoreless innings streak to 20. He allowed four hits, struck out eight and issued two walks while throwing 90 pitches.

      Mets 8, Red Sox 0

      Noah Syndergaard tossed seven scoreless innings, and Jay Bruce collected four RBIs for the second time in three games as visiting New York blanked Boston.

      The surging Mets have won 10 of 13 this month. The Red Sox, who have 101 wins this season, fell for just the fourth time in 12 September games.

      Syndergaard (12-3) allowed just three hits and three walks while striking out six. The Mets hit four homers in the rout, including a three-run blast by Bruce in the third inning.

      Braves 10, Nationals 5

      Rookie Ronald Acuna Jr. had four hits, and veteran Nick Markakis drove in three runs to spark Atlanta past visiting Washington for its sixth straight win.

      Acuna went 4-for-5, scored two runs and had two RBIs. Markakis was 2-for-3 with two walks and scored a run. Kevin Gausman (10-10) pitched 5 2/3 innings and allowed four runs (three earned) on seven hits and two walks for the win.

      The Braves retained a 7 1/2-game lead over Philadelphia in the National League East and stretched their lead over Washington to 9 1/2 games.

      Phillies 14, Marlins 2

      Aaron Altherr went 4-for-5 with two home runs and matched his career best of five RBIs to lead host Philadelphia to a rout of Miami.

      Altherr also scored three runs while recording the fourth multi-homer outing of his career. Carlos Santana had three hits and three runs scored, Roman Quinn homered and drove in three runs while Rhys Hoskins and Mitch Walding also went deep for the Phillies.

      Philadelphia racked up 18 hits while breaking a five-game losing streak and winning for just the third time in 12 games.

      Tigers 5, Indians 4

      Jeimer Candelario hit a solo home run and a go-ahead double as Detroit snapped a four-game losing streak with a win at Cleveland.

      JaCoby Jones supplied two hits, a run scored, an RBI and a stolen base for Detroit, which also snapped a 10-game losing streak at Cleveland's Progressive Field. Victor Martinez added two hits and an RBI for the Tigers.

      Josh Donaldson hit a solo homer for his first hit with the Indians after being traded from Toronto. Edwin Encarnacion also homered for Cleveland.

      Royals 8, Twins 4

      Salvador Perez hit a walk-off grand slam with one out in the bottom of the ninth as Kansas City rallied for a dramatic victory over visiting Minnesota.

      Perez belted a 3-2 slider by Twins reliever Trevor Hildenberger (4-4) over the fence in left-center for his 26th homer of the season and sixth against Minnesota, which lost its seventh straight road game.

      Adalberto Mondesi homered, stole a base and scored three runs, Jorge Bonifacio doubled and had three hits, and Whit Merrifield had two RBIs for the Royals. Jason Hammel (3-13), who pitched a scoreless ninth, picked up the win.

      White Sox 8, Orioles 6

      Omar Narvaez, Avisail Garcia and Ryan Cordell all homered as Chicago claimed victory at rainy Baltimore.

      For the White Sox, James Shields (7-16) earned the win behind six innings of two-run baseball. The right-hander gave up four hits and struck out five.

      Shields improved to 2-8 on the road with the win -- his first victory in a road game since Opening Day. Nate Jones closed it out in the ninth and earned his fifth save.

      Rangers 4, Padres 0

      Jurickson Profar went 3-for-4 with a home run, three RBIs and two runs scored, and four Texas pitchers combined on a five-hit shutout at San Diego.

      Texas right-handed reliever Connor Sadzeck started the game as the "opener" and allowed a walk in a scoreless first. Scheduled left-handed starter Yohander Mendez (2-1) then worked five scoreless innings, allowing three hits and three walks, to get credit for the win.

      Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre had two doubles in four at-bats to move past George Brett into 15th place on the all-time hit list with 3,155 hits. He also became the all-time hits leader among players whose primary position was third base.

      Mariners 5, Angels 0

      Six Seattle pitchers combined to throw a six-hit shutout at Los Angeles.

      The Mariners were forced to employ a "bullpen game" because scheduled starter James Paxton was home in Seattle recovering from a mild form of pneumonia, according to manager Scott Servais.

      Roenis Elias, making just his third start in 19 appearances, gave up one hit and two walks in 3 2/3 innings and was followed by Adam Warren (3-2), who went 1 1/3 innings and was credited with the win. Shawn Armstrong, Nick Vincent, Zach Duke and Ryan Cook each pitched one scoreless inning to finish it off.

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB notebook: Yankees' Judge activated from DL
    By Field Level Media / Friday, September 14, 2018

    --The New York Yankees activated All-Star slugger Aaron Judge from the disabled list Friday, but with a catch.

    • According to manager Aaron Boone, the Yankees do not deem him ready to bat just yet. Instead, the 6-foot-7 outfielder will be used at times on the bases and on defense only amid his ongoing recovery from an injured right wrist.

      Judge took live batting practice before Monday's game, and while he's still bothered by discomfort in his right wrist, progress was noted.

      "It's fun watching Aaron Judge take batting practice. So that's nice," Boone said Monday, smiling. "But obviously, you understand it's another step in the progression, so you do get excited when you see one of your best players working his way back in hopefully what was a big step in him getting back to us toward the end of the season."

      --Chicago Cubs closer Pedro Strop, who injured his left hamstring while running to first base on Thursday, will be out for the rest of the regular season, the team announced.

      The right-handed reliever underwent an MRI that found a moderate left hamstring strain, leaving the Cubs forced to audition closers with just 16 games left in the season. According to the team, Strop's availability for a potential playoff run is unknown.

      Strop, 33, has 13 saves and a 2.26 ERA in 60 outings this year.

      --Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco is expected to miss seven to nine months while recovering from left shoulder surgery, the team announced.

      In an operation performed Wednesday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, Polanco had his labrum repaired after he dislocated his left shoulder on an awkward slide into second base during a Sept. 7 victory against the Miami Marlins.

      The Pirates already had announced that Polanco would miss the rest of the season. He batted .254 with a career-high 23 home runs, 32 doubles and 81 RBIs in 130 games.

      --According to a poll of more than 10 MLB executives by Fancred Sports, the Philadelphia Phillies are expected to pursue either Manny Machado or Bryce Harper in free agency and could potentially sign both.

      Among the six reasons the Phillies were made early favorites in the superstar sweepstakes chase were that they have the financial means after signing a huge 10-figure TV contract and their payroll is quite low for a team in that market.

      "The rival execs are convinced that the they could get both superstars, but that one or the other is almost a fait accompli," Fancred's Jon Heyman writes. "That in itself would be a game-changer for a Phillies organization that found itself leading the division in 2018 earlier than many expected."

      --Field Level Media

  • Phils expected to pursue Machado, Harper in offseason
    By Field Level Media / Friday, September 14, 2018

    Who will be the biggest free agent acquisition in the majors this offseason? Manny Machado? Bryce Harper?

    • And who will be the most active team in their pursuit? According to a poll of more than 10 MLB executives by Fancred Sports, the Philadelphia Phillies could get Machado or Harper or both.

      "They have been connected to both players in recent years, and despite a few free agent signings last winter, they still have a relatively small amount of money committed to future contracts, which seems to position them for a potentially monster winter," surmised Fancred's Jon Heyman of Philadelphia's two-fer shot after checking with the execs.

      Among the six reasons the Phillies were made early favorites in the superstar sweepstakes chase were that they have the financial means after signing a huge 10-figure TV contract and their payroll is quite low for a team in that market.

      According to Heyman, Phillies execs Andy MacPhail, Matt Klentak, Ned Rice and Scott Proefrock were among the officials in Baltimore when the Orioles selected Machado -- now with the Los Angeles Dodgers -- with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2010 MLB Draft before he became an All-Star infielder.

      The No. 1 pick that year was Harper, the 25-year-old outfielder who has played his entire seven-year career in Washington since getting selected by the Nationals.

      "The rival execs are convinced that the they could get both superstars, but that one or the other is almost a fait accompli," Heyman concluded. "That in itself would be a game-changer for a Phillies organization that found itself leading the division in 2018 earlier than many expected."

      The Phillies enter Friday in a slump, losing five straight to fall 7 1/2 games back of Atlanta in the National League East and six games back in the wild-card chase.

      --Field Level Media

  • Cubs closer Strop (hamstring) out for rest of regular season
    By Field Level Media / Friday, September 14, 2018

    Chicago Cubs closer Pedro Strop, who injured his left hamstring while running to first base on Thursday, will be out for the rest of the regular season, the team announced Friday.

    • The right-handed reliever underwent an MRI that found a moderate left hamstring strain, leaving the Cubs forced to audition closers with just 16 games left in the season.

      According to the team, Strop's postseason status is unknown, and that goes for the Cubs, too. Chicago holds a slim 1 1/2-game lead over second-place Milwaukee with just over two weeks remaining before the playoffs.

      Strop, 33, was hurt trying unsuccessfully to beat out an inning-ending, double play grounder during Thursday night's win at Washington. He pulled up lame after lunging in his final strike to first base, and said after the game that he expected to miss two weeks.

      Strop, who has 13 saves this season and has allowed just one run since a two-run outing on Aug. 3, was permitted to bat in the 10th inning in Washington because the Cubs had taken a 4-3 lead and manager Joe Maddon wanted Strop to finish the game.

      The Cubs, who traveled back to Washington to face the Nationals to make up a game that was rained out Sunday, had already used seven pitchers before Strop (6-1) entered the game. He went 1 2/3 innings to pick up the win.

      Randy Rosario pitched a scoreless 10th inning to get his first save.

      In 15 appearances going back to Aug. 4, Strop has worked 15 2/3 innings while allowing only one run. His ERA fell to 2.26 after Thursday's game. He has been the Cubs closer since Brandon Morrow went on the disabled list on July 18.

      --Field Level Media