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  • MLB roundup: Rays' Snell masterful again vs. Red Sox
    By Field Level Media / Friday, May 25, 2018

    Blake Snell continued his dominance of the Boston Red Sox with eight strikeouts over six scoreless innings as the Tampa Bay Rays avoided a three-game sweep with a 6-3 win on Thursday in St. Petersburg, Fla.

    • Snell (6-3) has allowed two runs with 19 strikeouts in three starts against Boston this season. He gave up three hits and walked two Thursday to boost his team-leading win total as the Rays snapped a three-game skid.

      Wilson Ramos went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and Matt Duffy and Brad Miller each drove in a run for Tampa Bay, which has lost all but four of its 13 games against the AL East rival Red Sox this season.

      Mitch Moreland hit a solo homer for the Red Sox, who had won four straight and six of seven. Boston starter Rick Porcello (6-2) allowed six runs (four earned) on eight hits in 3 2/3 innings.

      Astros 8, Indians 2

      Alex Bregman and Jake Marisnick slammed three-run homers and combined to drive in seven runs, and right-hander Charlie Morton ran his record to 7-0 as Houston won at Cleveland.

      Houston secured its ninth win in 11 games and its third victory in four tries against the Indians this season as the teams began a four-game weekend series.

      Morton went six innings, giving up two runs and five hits with three walks and five strikeouts. His ERA rose from 1.94 to 2.04. Morton has posted quality starts in eight of his 10 outings.

      A's 4, Mariners 3

      Oakland rocked Felix Hernandez for four runs in the bottom of the first inning and then used five double plays to thwart Seattle.

      The A's got seven innings of one-run ball from their bullpen. Injury-replacement starter Josh Lucas was pulled after struggling through the first two innings, allowing a run in each but getting bailed out from further damage by a pair of double plays.

      In between, the A's did all their scoring against Hernandez, whose 26 career wins are the most of any active pitcher against Oakland.

      Mets 5, Brewers 0

      Brandon Nimmo continued his breakout season by collecting four hits and reaching base in all five plate appearances as New York won at Milwaukee.

      Mets left-hander Steven Matz (2-3) tossed six scoreless innings, allowing four hits and three walks while striking out three. Paul Sewald tossed two perfect innings before Jacob Rhame worked a one-hit ninth to complete New York's five-hit shutout.

      Nimmo, who has been thrust into everyday duty due to injuries to outfielders Yoenis Cespedes and Juan Lagares, has reached base in his past eight plate appearances dating back to Wednesday, when he walked, homered and singled in his final three at-bats.

      Angels 8, Blue Jays 1

      Martin Maldonado had three RBIs, Mike Trout and Albert Pujols hit home runs, and Nick Tropeano pitched 7 1/3 strong innings as Los Angeles was victorious in Toronto.

      Tropeano (2-3) allowed one run, four hits and one walk while striking out six for his first win since April 12, a stretch of five starts in which he was 0-3.

      Toronto's Marco Estrada (2-5) yielded four runs, seven hits and two walks in 4 1/3 innings. He has not won since April 20, a span of six starts with four losses.

      Orioles 9, White Sox 3

      Dylan Bundy (3-6) pitched a complete game and set a career high with 14 strikeouts as Baltimore cruised to a win in Chicago.

      Trey Mancini and Adam Jones hit back-to-back home runs in the rout. Chance Sisco drove in three runs on a single and a bases-loaded walk, and Pedro Alvarez knocked in two more as Baltimore earned a 2-2 series split.

      Bundy eclipsed his previous high of 12 strikeouts and registered his second career complete game.

      Royals 8, Rangers 2

      Salvador Perez drove in four runs as Kansas City routed Texas in Arlington, Texas.

      Kansas City's Danny Duffy (2-6) worked a season-high 7 2/3 innings and allowed one run on four hits. The lefty struck out five and walked two.

      Perez had two-run singles in the fifth and seventh innings, the latter making it 6-0. Roman Torres scored three times and Whit Merrifield drove in a pair with a double in the eighth.

      Reds 5, Pirates 4

      Eugenio Suarez hit his third career grand slam and Jesse Winker added a solo homer as Cincinnati won at home against Pittsburgh.

      Cincinnati's Brandon Dixon was 3-for-4 with two singles and a double, his first three major league hits.

      Reds starter Luis Castillo (4-4) gave up two runs and four hits in six innings, with five strikeouts and two walks. He is 3-1 in five May starts.

      --Field Level Media

  • Rays to start relievers in series vs. Orioles
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, May 24, 2018

    The Tampa Bay Rays will ramp up their use of relievers as starters this weekend against the Baltimore Orioles, with plans to start a reliever in all three games at Tropicana Field.

    • Right-hander Sergio Romo, who opened two games last weekend, will get the ball first on Friday and Sunday, and righty Ryne Stanek will start Saturday's game. After an inning or two in each game, the team's nominal starters will follow, with lefty Ryan Yarbrough scheduled for Friday, lefty Anthony Banda on Saturday and righty Austin Pruitt on Sunday.

      Romo started last Saturday and Sunday -- his first two starts in 590 career appearances -- against the Los Angeles Angels, pitching a combined 2 1/3 innings without giving up a run or a hit while striking out six and walking two. The Rays split the two games.

      "Hey guys, I'm starting again," Romo said to reporters with a smile on Thursday. "It's fun. We're trying to win ballgames. I'm going to try and do my best to make them look like geniuses."

      Manager Kevin Cash began the experiment to get through the opponents' top hitters before handing the game off, ideally giving the "starter" an advantage on the second and third times through the lineup.

      "We're not trying to do anything that's cute," he said. "We're trying to do something that's right for us to win games."

      Some have been opposed to the strategy, with Angels third baseman Zack Cozart calling it "weird" and "bad for baseball."

      The Rays' rotation has been hit hard by injuries this season, and that continued Wednesday when right-hander Jake Faria went on the 10-day disabled list due to a strained left oblique. Left-hander Vidal Nuno was recalled from Triple-A Durham to fill his roster spot.

      Reinforcement could come from righty Nathan Eovaldi next week. The 28-year-old could make his season debut on Monday or Tuesday after recovering from a surgery that removed lose bodies from his throwing elbow, which has twice undergone Tommy John surgery.

      --Field Level Media

  • Rangers promote Bibens-Dirkx to start versus Royals
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, May 24, 2018

    The Texas Rangers purchased the contract of right-hander Austin Bibens-Dirkx, who is slated to start Thursday night's game against the Kansas City Royals.

    • The 33-year-old Bibens-Dirkx was 2-3 with a 3.72 ERA in eight starts at Triple-A Round Rock this season.

      Left-hander Brandon Mann was optioned to Round Rock to open up the roster spot.

      Bibens-Dirkx went 5-2 with a 4.67 ERA over 24 games (six starts) for Texas last season as a rookie.

      Mann, 34, pitched five scoreless innings over three appearances with the Rangers.

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB report on HRs concludes no changes to ball structure
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, May 24, 2018

    A Major League Baseball study has concluded increased home run rates since 2015 are not the result of changes to the structure of the baseball, the league announced Thursday.

    • The independent committee of 10 scientists, assembled by commissioner Rob Manfred, instead concluded, using Statcast data and lab testing of game-used balls before and after 2015, a change in the aerodynamic properties of the ball is at least in part responsible for the game's recent power surge. Though they did not arrive to an exact cause, the committee's hypothesis is that the rubber pill within the baseball may be more centered, resulting in the ball staying rounder while spinning and thus reducing drag.

      In response to the results of the 84-page report, the league said it will monitor the temperature and humidity condition of ball storage locations, review the production specifications of baseballs with Rawlings, perform aerodynamic testing on the balls, create standards for mud rubbing for umpires to enforce and form a scientific advisory council to further research the topic.

      "I thank the committee for all of its hard work on this important issue. Based on the results of their study, I am accepting their recommendations immediately and look forward to their continued guidance in this area," Manfred said in a statement.

      A single-season record 6,105 home runs were hit across the majors in 2017, shattering the previous mark of 5,693 set in 2000 in the height of the steroid era. The 2016 season saw 5,610 home runs hit. In 2014, the number was 4,186, the lowest total for a full season since 1993.

      With the uptick in home runs, many pitchers have offered their opinions, often pointing to the positioning of the seams being different. Despite the claims, Manfred's office has continued to insist the balls are within specified limits.

      --Field Level Media

  • White Sox RHP Farquhar to throw out first pitch June 1
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, May 24, 2018

    Recovering Chicago White Sox pitcher Danny Farquhar will throw out the first pitch before the team's June 1 home game against the Milwaukee Brewers, the team announced Thursday.

    • Farquhar suffered a brain hemorrhage from a ruptured aneurysm after he pitched against the Houston Astros on April 20. The right-hander collapsed in the dugout and was taken to the hospital and underwent surgery a couple days later.

      The 31-year-old was released from the hospital on May 7 and is currently recuperating at home.

      Farquhar's recovery is going so well that his neurosurgeon, Dr. Demetrius Lopes, expects him to resume his baseball career at some point. However, Lopes will not medically release Farquhar in 2018 in order to allow for a full recovery.

      Farquhar will be joined by wife Lexie and children Madison, Landon and Liam when he returns to Guaranteed Rate Field.

      The White Sox will engage in fundraising efforts at the ballpark that night with proceeds going to the Joe Niekro Foundation, an entity that supports families dealing with brain aneurysms. The organization is named after former big leaguer Joe Niekro, who died in 2006 of a brain aneurysm.

      Farquhar is 10-15 with a 3.93 ERA in 253 appearances in his big-league career, and has played for the Toronto Blue Jays (2011), Seattle Mariners (2013-15), Tampa Bay Rays (2016-17) and the White Sox (2017-18).

      --Field Level Media

  • Angels push back Ohtani's Sunday start
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, May 24, 2018

    A marquee matchup between Los Angeles Angels two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani and fellow Japanese standout Masahiro Tanaka of the New York Yankees won't take place as scheduled on Sunday as the Angels have pushed back Ohtani's next start.

    • Halos manager Mike Scioscia told reporters of the decision Thursday, citing "workload management." Scioscia didn't say who would start in Ohtani's place.

      Despite having his start pushed back, Ohtani will be available to hit during the weekend series against the Yankees.

      The Angels didn't say when Ohtani will next start.

      When Los Angeles hosted New York for a three-game series last month, Ohtani suffered an ankle injury in the first game, missing the chance to hit against Tanaka in Game 2 of the series. Ohtani missed a start and several games at designated hitter as a result of the injury.

      In his last start, the 23-year-old Ohtani allowed two runs on six hits in 7 2/3 innings against the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday. He threw a season-high 110 pitches in the contest.

      Ohtani has been in the Angels' lineup for their last three games, including Thursday's afternoon game against the Blue Jays. He keyed a ninth-inning rally in the Angels' 5-4 win on Wednesday with a two-run game-tying single.

      Ohtani is 4-1 with a 3.35 ERA in seven starts this season. He's hitting .308 with six home runs and 19 RBIs in 26 games.

      --Field Level Media

  • Twins activate 3B Sano from DL, option OF Cave
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, May 24, 2018

    The Minnesota Twins activated third baseman Miguel Sano from the disabled list Thursday, optioning outfielder Jake Cave to Triple-A Rochester in a corresponding move.

    • Sano has missed the team's last 24 games with a left hamstring strain. He hit .375 with two home runs and three RBIs in five games with Rochester during an injury rehab assignment.

      The 25-year-old has hit .213 with five home runs and 14 RBIs and has struck out in 36 of his 80 at-bats with the Twins this season. Sano was an All-Star last year when he hit .264 with 28 home runs and 77 RBIs.

      Cave, 25, appeared in three games with Minnesota and had one hit -- a two-run home run in the second at-bat of his major league debut on Saturday.

      The Twins enter Thursday second in the American League Central at 21-24. They went 13-11 in Sano's absence.

      --Field Level Media

  • White Sox C Castillo receives 80-game PED suspension
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, May 24, 2018

    Chicago White Sox catcher Welington Castillo was suspended 80 games without pay by Major League Baseball on Thursday after testing positive for the performance-enhancing substance Erythropoietin (EPO).

    • The suspension is effective immediately, and Castillo is the first White Sox player to be suspended for PEDs since drug testing was implemented in 2004.

      "The Chicago White Sox were saddened and disappointed to learn of the suspension of catcher Welington Castillo for violating Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program," general manager Rick Hahn said in a statement. "Welington has apologized to the team and his teammates and has taken full responsibility for his actions. He understands that he has negatively affected the team and has fallen short of the expectations we have of our players."

      Castillo issued a statement through the Major League Baseball Players Association accepting responsibility for his wrongdoing.

      "The positive test resulted from an extremely poor decision that I, and I alone, made," Castillo said. "I take full responsibility for my conduct. I have let many people down, including my family, my teammates, the White Sox organization and its fans, and from my heart, I apologize. Following my suspension, I look forward to rejoining my teammates and doing whatever I can to help the White Sox win."

      The White Sox purchased the contract of catcher Alfredo Gonzalez from Triple-A Charlotte on Thursday to fill Castillo's roster spot. They also placed outfielder Leury Garcia on the 10-day disabled list with a left knee sprain, recalling outfielder Charlie Tilson from Charlotte.

      Chicago later claimed catcher Dustin Garneau off waivers from the Oakland Athletics, transferring right-hander Miguel Gonzalez (shoulder) to the 60-day disabled list. Garneau was optioned to Charlotte.

      Reports of Castillo's suspension surfaced Wednesday night. He started against the Baltimore Orioles, going 1-for-5 in Chicago's 11-1 win. Castillo did not speak with reporters after the game.

      A 31-year-old veteran, Castillo is hitting .267 with six home runs and 15 RBIs in 33 games. He joined the White Sox on a two-year, $15 million contract last offseason. The deal includes an $8 million option for 2020.

      Castillo has hit .259 with 86 home runs and 298 RBIs across his nine-year major league career played between the Chicago Cubs (2010-15), Seattle Mariners (2015), Arizona Diamondbacks (2015-16), Baltimore Orioles (2017) and White Sox.

      Gonzalez is expected to serve as the backup to Omar Narvaez, who is hitting .180 with no homers and one RBI through 24 games and also leads the majors with seven passed balls.

      Garcia was injured after stealing third base in the fifth inning Wednesday. He limped off the field under his own power and was replaced by Trayce Thompson on the basepaths.

      Garcia, 27, has hit .262 with two home runs, 14 RBIs and nine stolen bases this season.

      Tilson returns to the majors after missing the entire 2017 season due to a stress reaction in his right foot. The 25-year-old made his big league debut in 2016, going 1-for-2 in his only game.

      Tilson has hit .248 with no home runs, 10 RBIs and seven stolen bases in 39 games with Charlotte this year.

      --Field Level Media

  • Red Sox to activate 2B Pedroia on Friday
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, May 24, 2018

    Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia will be activated from the disabled list Friday, manager Alex Cora told reporters.

    • Pedroia has yet to make his season debut after undergoing a cartilage restoration procedure on his left knee in October. Cora said the four-time All-Star will start either Friday or Saturday at home against the Atlanta Braves.

      Pedroia had one hit in 14 at-bats during a five-game injury rehabilitation stint with Triple-A Pawtucket, playing back-to-back games Wednesday and Thursday. The 34-year-old is a career .300 hitter in 12 major league seasons.

      Pedroia hit .293 with seven home runs and 62 RBIs in 105 games last year while playing through the knee injury.

      Earlier on Thursday, the Red Sox activated right-hander Hector Velazquez from the disabled list, optioning left-hander Bobby Poyner to Pawtucket in a corresponding move.

      Velazquez was placed on the disabled list on May 14 with a lower back strain. He threw a scoreless inning of relief for Pawtucket during an injury rehabilitation appearance on Monday.

      Velazquez, 29, is 5-0 with a 2.10 ERA in 10 games (two starts) this season.

      Poyner, 25, has a 1.86 ERA in nine appearances across three stints with Boston this year. Poyner rejoined the team on May 15 when fellow reliever Carson Smith was placed on the disabled list.

      Cora did not announce what the corresponding move for Pedroia's activation would be. Former top prospect Blake Swihart, whose agent requested a trade earlier this month after expressing disappointment with playing time, is considered to be on the bubble.

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB roundup: Indians blank Cubs
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, May 24, 2018

    Adam Plutko, called up from the minors to make the start, carried a no-hit bid into the seventh inning, and Michael Brantley drove in the lone run as the Cleveland Indians held on for a 1-0 win over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday at Wrigley Field.

    • Cleveland swept the two-game series in the teams' first meeting in Chicago since the 2016 World Series. The Cubs scored one run in the series and lost for the third time in the past five games.

      In only his second career start, Plutko tossed six hitless innings before Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo doubled to lead off the seventh. Plutko (2-0) worked six-plus shutout innings, allowing two hits, walking four and striking out four.

      Andrew Miller tossed 1 2/3 innings, and Cody Allen got the last four outs for his seventh save, completing Cleveland's three-hitter.

      Astros 4, Giants 1

      George Springer belted his team-leading 10th home run, and Houston completed an interleague series sweep of visiting San Francisco.

      Springer clubbed his homer off Jeff Samardzija (1-3) with one out in the fifth inning, delivering a two-run blast that drove home Tony Kemp and snapped a 1-1 tie.

      Justin Verlander (6-2) limited the Giants to one run on three hits and one walk with nine strikeouts over six innings. It marked his fifth consecutive start with no more than one run allowed. Verlander has surrendered three earned runs in 35 innings this month.

      Angels 5, Blue Jays 4

      Andrelton Simmons capped a four-run ninth inning with a two-run, go-ahead single, and visiting Los Angeles came back to defeat Toronto.

      Blue Jays reliever Tyler Clippard (4-2) loaded the bases with three walks after retiring the first batter in the ninth. Shohei Ohtani followed with a two-run single before Simmons did likewise.

      The Blue Jays came back with a run in the bottom of the ninth against Blake Parker, who picked up his third save of the season.

      Dodgers 3, Rockies 0

      Kenta Maeda struck out 12 over 6 2/3 scoreless innings as Los Angeles blanked visiting Colorado for its sixth victory in seven games.

      The right-hander has thrown 14 2/3 scoreless innings over his last two outings, striking out 20 since making a mechanical adjustment designed to slow down his delivery. Maeda (4-3) threw a career-high 111 pitches Wednesday, giving up just two hits for the second consecutive start. He walked four.

      Logan Forsythe hit an RBI double during a two-run fourth inning. Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp also drove in runs for the Dodgers, and Justin Turner had hits in back-to-back at-bats to end a 1-for-14 skid.

      Mariners 1, A's 0

      Marco Gonzales combined with two relievers on a three-hit shutout, and Seattle made a fourth-inning unearned run stand up in a victory at Oakland.

      Guillermo Heredia doubled and eventually scored on an error by Oakland shortstop Marcus Semien, giving the Seattle pitching staff all the offense it would need.

      Gonzales (4-3) went seven innings, allowing just an infield single to Jed Lowrie with two outs in the first inning and a two-out single to Lowrie in the sixth. He walked two and struck out six. Juan Nicasio pitched a one-hit eighth inning before Edwin Diaz slammed the door in the ninth for his 17th save, striking out the side on just 13 pitches.

      White Sox 11, Orioles 1

      Yoan Moncada bashed a three-run home run to back Dylan Covey's seven innings of one-run pitching as Chicago routed visiting Baltimore.

      Adam Engel had four hits, including a two-run homer for the White Sox, and Jose Rondon also went deep. Covey (1-1) scattered six hits while striking out eight and walking one to earn his first major league victory. His 103-pitch performance lowered his ERA from 6.00 to 3.46.

      Alex Cobb (1-6) took the loss after allowing six runs on eight hits in 3 2/3 innings.

      Rangers 12, Yankees 10

      Jurickson Profar hit a bases-clearing, go-ahead double with two outs in the sixth inning, and Texas posted a wild victory over visiting New York.

      Profar gave Texas the lead when he lifted a first-pitch cutter from David Robertson (3-2) over right fielder Aaron Judge's head to the warning track. Profar's hit occurred after rookie Isiah Kiner-Falefa drew a bases-loaded walk against Robertson to make it 10-8.

      Nomar Mazara hit a two-run home run and rookie Ronald Guzman hit a three-run homer for Texas. The Yankees got homers from Didi Gregorius, Neil Walker, Gleyber Torres and Judge.

      Red Sox 4, Rays 1

      Xander Bogaerts drove in the go-ahead run in the ninth inning, and Boston stayed hot with a win over Tampa Bay in St. Petersburg, Fla.

      With the score tied 1-1, Bogaerts doubled off Tampa Bay closer Alex Colome, scoring J.D. Martinez, who reached base on a throwing error by shortstop Willy Adames to lead off the inning.

      The Red Sox tacked on two insurance runs in the inning. Eduardo Nunez hit sacrifice fly, and Rafael Devers scored on a passed ball to lead Boston to its fourth win in row and sixth in seven games.

      Padres 3, Nationals 1

      Tyson Ross allowed one run over 6 2/3 innings, and San Diego scored three runs on a pair of two-out, opposite-field hits to earn a win at Washington, salvaging the finale of a three-game series.

      All the Padres' runs came against right-hander Erick Fedde, the Nationals' top pitching prospect who was promoted from Triple-A for the start. Fedde (0-1) gave up five hits in 5 2/3 innings.

      Ross (4-3) allowed five hits and a walk while striking out nine. Brad Hand recorded his first five-out save of the season, his 15th of the season overall.

      Pirates 5, Reds 4 (12 innings)

      Josh Harrison's two-out RBI triple in the 12th inning gave Pittsburgh a win at Cincinnati.

      The Pirates, who blew a three-run lead when the Reds tied it in the eighth, ended a four-game losing streak.

      In the 12th, Austin Meadows opened with a double against Dylan Floro (1-1) but was tagged out in a rundown on Jordy Mercer's fielder's choice. After Sean Rodriguez flied out, Harrison smacked a ball to the corner in right, his fourth hit, bringing home Mercer.

      Marlins 2, Mets 1

      J.T. Realmuto and Starlin Castro delivered RBI singles in the ninth inning as visiting Miami came back against New York and closer Jeurys Familia. The Marlins took two of three from the Mets, who have lost 20 of 33 since an 11-1 start.

      The Marlins didn't get a runner beyond second base in the first eight innings against Jacob deGrom and Seth Lugo. However, pinch hitter Martin Prado laced a one-out single against Familia (2-2) and pinch runner Yadiel Rivera advanced to third on Derek Dietrich's double.

      Rivera scored on Realmuto's single, though Dietrich was thrown out at the plate. After an intentional walk to Justin Bour, Castro singled to left to score Realmuto.

      Phillies 4, Braves 0

      Jake Arrieta threw 6 2/3 scoreless innings, and Philadelphia continued its streak of pitching excellence with a shutout of visiting Atlanta. The Phillies took two of three in the series.

      Arrieta (4-2) allowed seven hits and one walk while striking out eight. Philadelphia starters have allowed one or no earned runs in 14 of 19 games this month. It is the first time the Phillies' rotation has done so since 2011.

      Seranthony Dominguez followed Arrieta with 1 1/3 scoreless innings. Hector Neris pitched a scoreless ninth in a non-save situation.

      Royals 5, Cardinals 2 (10 innings)

      Drew Butera ignited a three-run uprising in the 10th inning with a bases-loaded single, sending Kansas City to a victory at St. Louis. The Royals posted their second consecutive win and a 2-1 series triumph.

      After being held to four hits in the first nine innings, the Royals pieced together four more in the 10th, starting with inning-opening singles by Jorge Soler and Alex Gordon.

      An error by Cardinals reliever Bud Norris (1-1) loaded the bases, setting the stage for Butera's tiebreaking hit. One out later, Jon Jay singled in a third run.

      Brewers 9, Diamondbacks 2

      Travis Shaw hit a three-run homer in a seven-run fourth inning, and Jesus Aguilar had three RBIs as Milwaukee topped visiting Arizona.

      Tyler Saladino had two hits and a homer, Aguilar added two hits, and Brent Suter tied a season high with six strikeouts as the Brewers won for the sixth time in seven games. All three of Saladino's homers this season have come against Arizona.

      Paul Goldschmidt and John Ryan Murphy homered for the Diamondbacks, who have lost seven in a row and 13 of 14. Goldschmidt has eight homers and 21 RBIs in 23 career games at Miller Park.

      Tigers 4, Twins 1

      Niko Goodrum had a two-run home run, Michael Fulmer recorded his first win since April 7, and Detroit snapped a five-game losing streak by defeating Minnesota in Minneapolis.

      Goodrum added a double and another run. Victor Martinez supplied two hits, a run and an RBI. Nicholas Castellanos recorded his fourth consecutive multi-hit game and his team-best 19th of the season.

      Fulmer (2-3) limited the Twins to one run on four hits while walking three and striking out five. Shane Greene pitched the ninth for his 11th save as the Tigers salvaged the finale of a three-game series.

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: White Sox C Castillo to receive 80-game PED suspension
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, May 23, 2018

    Chicago White Sox catcher Welington Castillo will be suspended 80 games following a positive test for a performance-enhancing substance in violation of Major League Baseball's joint drug prevention and treatment program, according to multiple reports Wednesday.

    • Castillo's suspension will be announced by MLB on Thursday, according to Dominican journalist Americo Celado.

      The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal tweeted that the PED that led to the punishment was not steroids.

      Castillo started Wednesday against the Baltimore Orioles, and he went 1-for-5 in Chicago's 11-1 win. He is hitting .267 with six home runs and 15 RBIs in 33 games.

      Castillo did not speak with reporters after the game, but White Sox manager Rick Renteria said of the reports about a suspension, "For me, those are just, at this particular moment, rumors. MLB's the one in charge of all that stuff, and until they release something officially, I can't really comment."

      A 31-year-old veteran, Castillo joined the White Sox on a two-year, $15 million contract last offseason. The deal includes an $8 million option for 2020.

      Castillo has hit .260 with 86 home runs and 298 RBIs across his nine-year major league career played between the Chicago Cubs (2010-15), Seattle Mariners (2015), Arizona Diamondbacks (2015-16), Baltimore Orioles (2017) and White Sox.

      The only other catcher on the White Sox's active roster is Omar Narvaez. The 26-year-old is hitting .180 with no homers and one RBI through 24 games. He also leads the majors with seven passed balls.

      --Field Level Media

  • Red Sox's Betts, Martinez not interested in HR Derby
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, May 23, 2018

    Boston Red Sox outfielders Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez are neck and neck atop the major league home run leaderboard, but neither has any interest in competing in this summer's Home Run Derby at Nationals Park.

    • "Hell no," Betts told the Boston Globe when asked if he'd partake. "I don't hit home runs in (batting practice). I'm not that kind of hitter."

      Martinez, meanwhile, says his negative feelings toward the event have to do with him not being chosen for it in 2015, when he entered the All-Star break with 25 home runs for the Detroit Tigers.

      "MLB didn't want me," Martinez said. "I figured I'd have the option of doing it and they said no. They had other guys they wanted, all these young guys. I was like, 'Forget it. I'll never do it.'"

      Betts entered Wednesday in sole possession of first place in the majors with 16 home runs. Martinez was right behind him with 15, tied with the Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper and Baltimore Orioles' Manny Machado.

      The Home Run Derby's stock took a hit Tuesday when defending champion Aaron Judge of the Yankees reiterated to the New York Post that he won't be taking part in the event, which is scheduled for July 16.

      --Field Level Media

  • Indians' Guyer to DL after injured by fan
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, May 23, 2018

    The Cleveland Indians placed Brandon Guyer on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday with a neck strain after the outfielder was injured over the weekend in a collision with a fan.

    • Against the Houston Astros on Saturday, Guyer attempted to make a catch on a ball that carried toward the stands in right field during the eighth inning. As Guyer neared the wall, a fan reached for the ball, hitting Guyer in the back of his head/neck.

      "When he went into the stands the other day, he got like a forearm or something (to the neck)," Indians manager Terry Francona told reporters. "So we checked him for concussions, but his neck, it was almost like whiplash-ish. He hasn't played since that. I think he could've if we had to, but we're trying to be mindful of it."

      Guyer's placement on the disabled list is retroactive to May 20. The Indians recalled right-hander Adam Plutko from Triple-A Columbus to start Wednesday against the Chicago Cubs.

      Guyer, 32, has hit .150 with three home runs and 10 RBIs this season. He joins fellow Indians outfielders Bradley Zimmer (left rib contusion), Tyler Naquin (left hamstring strain) and Lonnie Chisenhall (right calf strain) on the disabled list.

      Plutko, 26, takes the rotation spot of Josh Tomlin, who has been moved to the bullpen. Plutko previously started for Cleveland in the second game of a doubleheader against the Toronto Blue Jays on May 3, earning his first major league win after allowing three runs on six hits in 7 1/3 innings.

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB notebook: Cards' Ozuna benched for late arrival
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, May 23, 2018

    St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Marcell Ozuna, who overslept and was a late arrival to Busch Stadium, was scratched from the lineup for Wednesday's day game against the Kansas City Royals.

    • "I came to the park and said sorry to my teammates and my coach," Ozuna told reporters following the Cardinals' 5-2 loss in 10 innings. "Everybody makes a mistake. Today it was me."

      His replacement in left field, rookie Tyler O'Neill, made an error in the sixth inning that helped the Royals score their second run, which tied the game. O'Neill finished 1-for-4 at the plate and scored a run.

      Cardinals manager Mike Matheny is a stickler for on-time arrivals, so he made the decision to pull Ozuna from the lineup.

      --The National League-best Milwaukee Brewers will add more reinforcements on Thursday when first baseman/outfielder Ryan Braun and right-hander Zach Davies are reinstated from the disabled list.

      First baseman/outfielder Ji-Man Choi, who hit .267 with a home run in six games with Milwaukee, and right-hander Brandon Woodruff, who has a 6.05 ERA in eight games (three starts), were optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

      Davies, a 17-game winner last year, has a 4.24 ERA in six starts with the Brewers this season. He has been sidelined since May 3 with right rotator cuff inflammation. Braun returns after missing the team's past nine games with middle back tightness. The 34-year-old has hit .222 with five home runs and 20 RBIs this season.

      --Oakland Athletics slugger Khris Davis was placed on the disabled list due to a strained right groin muscle, the team announced. Davis sustained the injury during a swing on Sunday in Oakland's game against the Toronto Blue Jays.

      Davis, who is batting .235 with 13 home runs and 38 RBIs, could miss anywhere from 10 days to three weeks.

      Oakland recalled infielder Franklin Barreto and right-hander Daniel Gossett from Triple-A Nashville. The club also designated right-hander Wilmer Font for assignment. Barreto was batting .235 with six homers and 17 RBIs in 32 games at Nashville. Gossett is 0-1 with an 11.05 ERA in two games for Oakland this season. He is 4-0 with a 1.63 ERA in seven appearances (five starts) for Nashville.

      --The Seattle Mariners and the Washington State Major League Baseball Stadium Public Facilities District (PFD) came to terms on a new 25-year lease for the team at Safeco Field, which includes a long-term plan to spend up to $385 million on capital improvements.

      The agreement, which takes effect next year, also allows for a pair of three-year options that could push the terms through 2049. The team's current lease ends this year.

      "We want this ballpark to be our home for the next 100 years. Safeco Field should be to Seattle and to the Mariners what Wrigley Field is to Chicago and the Cubs and Fenway Park is to Boston and the Red Sox," Mariners chairman and managing partner John Stanton said in a statement.

      --Former All-Star outfielder Lenny Dykstra was arrested after allegedly threatening an Uber driver in Linden, N.J. Dykstra allegedly pulled out a gun, held it to the driver's head and threatened to kill the man.

      Dykstra, 55, was charged with making terroristic threats and with multiple drug offenses. According to Linden police, Dykstra was in possession of cocaine, marijuana and ecstasy when taken into custody around 3:30 a.m. ET.

      Dykstra was a three-time All-Star for the Philadelphia Phillies during a 12-year playing career in which he was known for feisty and aggressive play. He finished second in National League MVP voting in 1993 when he went batted .305 and walked 129 times en route to scoring 143 runs. He played for the New York Mets for 4 1/2 seasons, beginning in 1985, until being traded to the Phillies.

      --Houston placed right fielder Josh Reddick on the 10-day disabled list prior to the Astros' afternoon game against the San Francisco Giants. Reddick is dealing with an infection near his left knee.

      The Astros recalled outfielder Jake Marisnick from Triple-A Fresno.

      Reddick is batting .227 with six homers and 18 RBIs. Marisnick struggled with the Astros earlier this season as he batted just .141 with three homers and 41 strikeouts in 85 at-bats.

      --Cincinnati activated right-handed reliever Michael Lorenzen off the disabled list, only to see Raisel Iglesias (sore left biceps) and Austin Brice (back) go on the 10-day disabled list, each retroactive to May 20.

      Lorenzen rejoined the team for the first time this season after sustaining a muscle strain in his throwing shoulder during spring training. Right-hander Tanner Rainey was recalled from the Triple-A Louisville to complete the roster shuffle.

      Iglesias has a 2.08 ERA and eight saves in 20 outings this season, striking out 27 batters in 21 2/3 innings. Interim manager Jim Riggleman indicated he would be willing to use multiple relievers in save situations, including Lorenzen, who has a 4.57 ERA in 132 games (21 starts) in his three years in the majors.

      --The Tampa Bay Rays placed right-hander Jake Faria on the 10-day disabled list due to a strained left oblique.

      Faria, 3-3 with a 5.48 ERA this season, sustained the injury during his Tuesday start against the Boston Red Sox and is expected to miss at least six weeks, manager Kevin Cash told reporters. He departed with two outs in the third inning Tuesday night.

      Tampa Bay recalled journeyman left-hander Vidal Nuno from Triple-A Durham to fill the roster spot. Nuno has a 5-21 record in 138 career appearances (42 starts) over five previous major league seasons. He has a 4.29 ERA and 283 strikeouts in 344 innings.

      --The New York Yankees called up left-hander Ryan Bollinger from Double-A Trenton, the first major league stint for the 27-year-old, who is back in a major league organization this season for the first time since 2013.

      Bollinger played in Canada, Germany and Australia before catching the eyes of the Yankees and landing a minor league deal. He owns a tidy 0.90 ERA while winning all three of his starts at Trenton. He also made two starts at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre earlier this season and went 0-1 with a 4.00 ERA.

      New York had a roster opening after sending right-hander Giovanny Gallegos to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after a Tuesday game against the Texas Rangers. Gallegos pitched two scoreless innings on Tuesday and allowed two hits.

      --Field Level Media

  • Mariners agree to new 25-year lease for Safeco Field
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, May 23, 2018

    The Seattle Mariners and the Washington State Major League Baseball Stadium Public Facilities District (PFD) have come to terms on a new 25-year lease for the team at Safeco Field, which includes a long-term plan to spend up to $385 million on capital improvements.

    • The agreement, which takes effect next year, also allows for a pair of three-year options that could push the terms through 2049. The team's current lease ends this year.

      "We want this ballpark to be our home for the next 100 years. Safeco Field should be to Seattle and to the Mariners what Wrigley Field is to Chicago and the Cubs and Fenway Park is to Boston and the Red Sox," Mariners chairman and managing partner John Stanton said in a statement on Wednesday.

      "We sincerely appreciate our partnership with the PFD, who share our vision to ensure that our fans will continue to enjoy Major League Baseball in a state-of-the-art facility for decades to come," Stanton added.

      Terms of the agreement require the Mariners to meet an "applicable standard" of operating, maintaining and improving Safeco Field in a first-class manner measured against the top one-third of comparable MLB ballparks. Since 1999, Safeco Field has maintained that high standard in regular surveys conducted by the PFD, according to the statement released by the Mariners.

      Both sides in the lease agree that an additional $160 million, above and beyond what the Mariners must spend to operate and maintain the stadium, could be needed for required upgrades beyond infrastructure improvements.

      Safeco Field opened in 1999.

      --Field Level Media

  • Cardinals LF Ozuna scratched from lineup after oversleeping
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, May 23, 2018

    St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Marcell Ozuna was scratched from Wednesday's lineup due to being a late arrival to Busch Stadium after oversleeping.

    • Ozuna said he was unsure what time he arrived at the ballpark for the afternoon contest against the Kansas City Royals.

      "I came to the park and said sorry to my teammates and my coach," Ozuna told reporters following the Cardinals' 5-2 loss in 10 innings. "Everybody makes a mistake. Today it was me."

      Ozuna initially said he was awoken by a knock on the door. A short time later, he said his alarm clock shook him from his slumber.

      "When I saw the time, I said, 'My God, I'm late,'" Ozuna said.

      Cardinals manager Mike Matheny is a stickler for on-time arrivals so he made the decision to pull Ozuna from the lineup.

      "He's human. Things happen," Matheny said. "This guy couldn't possibly be a better teammate, how he goes about it. And he couldn't be more regretful to not be here today on time.

      "We don't have a lot a lot of rules, but that's one of them. You're not here on time, you don't get to be in the lineup. He understands that. Now we move forward."

      Ozuna, 27, was acquired from the Miami Marlins in the offseason. He is batting just .253 with three homers and 22 RBIs.

      Last season, Ozuna enjoyed a career year and established career highs for batting average (.312), homers (37) and RBIs (112).

      --Field Level Media

  • Athletics place slugger Davis on DL
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, May 23, 2018

    Oakland Athletics slugger Khris Davis was placed on the disabled list Wednesday with a strained right groin muscle, the team announced.

    • Davis suffered the injury during a swing on Sunday in Oakland's game against the Toronto Blue Jays.

      The move is retroactive to Monday.

      Davis underwent an MRI exam on Tuesday, and a Grade 1 strain was detected. He could miss anywhere from 10 days to three weeks.

      The 30-year-old is batting .235 with 13 home runs and 38 RBIs. He had started every game prior to Sunday's injury, and this is his first stint on the disabled list since joining the A's in 2016.

      The loss of Davis is a big blow for the Athletics as he topped 40 homers in each of the previous two seasons.

      Oakland recalled infielder Franklin Barreto and right-hander Daniel Gossett from Triple-A Nashville. The club also designated right-hander Wilmer Font for assignment.

      Barreto is beginning his second stint with the Athletics this season and played in just one game without an at-bat earlier this year. He was batting .235 with six homers and 17 RBIs in 32 games at Nashville.

      Gossett is 0-1 with an 11.05 ERA in two games for Oakland this season. He is 4-0 with a 1.63 ERA in seven appearances (five starts) for Nashville.

      Font had a 14.85 ERA in four games for the Athletics. He was acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers in April.

      --Field Level Media

  • Brewers' Braun, Davies to return Thursday
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, May 23, 2018

    The National League-best Milwaukee Brewers will add more reinforcements on Thursday when first baseman/outfielder Ryan Braun and right-hander Zach Davies are reinstated from the disabled list.

    • First baseman/outfielder Ji-Man Choi and right-hander Brandon Woodruff were optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs on Wednesday to make room for the impending activations.

      Davies, sidelined since May 3 with right rotator cuff inflammation, is listed as the probable starter against the New York Mets on Thursday. The 25-year-old pitched 4 2/3 scoreless innings during a rehab start with Class-A Wisconsin on Saturday.

      Davies, a 17-game winner last year, has a 4.24 ERA in six starts with the Brewers this season.

      Braun returns after missing the team's last nine games with middle back tightness. The 34-year-old has hit .222 with five home runs and 20 RBIs this season.

      Choi, 27, hit .267 with a home run in his six-game stint with Milwaukee. Woodruff, 25, has a 6.05 ERA in eight games (three starts) in the majors this season.

      Woodruff threw two scoreless innings in the Brewers' 9-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday afternoon. The victory vaulted Milwaukee to the top of the NL standings at 31-19.

      --Field Level Media

  • Reds place closer Iglesias on DL, activate Lorenzen
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, May 23, 2018

    The Cincinnati Reds had one reliever activated off the disabled list Wednesday, only to lose two more to injury.

    • Right-hander Michael Lorenzen rejoined the team for the first time this season after suffering a muscle strain in his throwing shoulder during spring training. Meanwhile, Cincinnati placed right-handers Raisel Iglesias (sore left biceps) and Austin Brice (back) on the 10-day disabled list, each retroactive to May 20.

      Right-hander Tanner Rainey was recalled from the Triple-A Louisville to complete the roster shuffle.

      Iglesias, 28, represents the biggest name of the bunch as the team's closer. He has a 2.08 ERA and eight saves in 20 outings this season, striking out 27 batters in 21 2/3 innings.

      Iglesias suffered a blown save in his last outing against the Chicago Cub on Saturday, allowing two runs on three hits in an inning.

      "I have no idea how I did it," Iglesias told reporters of the injury. "I don't know if it was pitching or sleeping. One day it was there.

      "Before Sunday, everything was fine. I could pitch with the pain. But after Sunday, I said I don't want to go out there and pitch and hurt the team."

      With Iglesias out, interim manager Jim Riggleman indicated he would be willing to use multiple relievers in save situations, including Lorenzen, who can pitch multiple innings after being used as a starter this spring. Lorenzen, 26, has a 4.57 ERA in 132 games (21 starts) in his three years in the majors.

      Brice, 25, has a 4.68 ERA in 21 games this season. Rainey, 25, has appeared in two games with Cincinnati, allowing seven runs in two innings.

      --Field Level Media

  • Former star Dykstra arrested after incident with Uber driver
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, May 23, 2018

    Former All-Star outfielder Lenny Dykstra was arrested on Wednesday morning after allegedly threatening an Uber driver in Linden, N.J.

    • Dykstra allegedly pulled out a gun, held it to the driver's head and threatened to kill the man.

      Dykstra, 55, was charged with making terroristic threats and with multiple drug offenses. According to Linden police, Dykstra was in possession of cocaine, marijuana and ecstasy when taken into custody around 3:30 a.m. ET.

      Police didn't immediately find the weapon.

      The incident occurred after Dykstra requested the driver take him to a different location than the previously agreed-upon destination. The driver declined the request and told police Dykstra then pulled out the gun and made the threats.

      The incident happened near police headquarters. The driver pulled the car into the police lot and fled the vehicle.

      Dykstra was arrested a short time afterward. He was later released and has a court date next month.

      Dykstra tweeted late Wednesday afternoon in response to a story about the NFL banning kneeling during the national anthem.

      "Your audience would be a lot bigger if you were covering the big story involving me rather than just joining the herd here," Dykstra tweeted, in part.

      The incident is the latest in a series of legal issues involving Dykstra since he retired from baseball in 1996.

      Dykstra was a three-time All-Star for the Philadelphia Phillies during a 12-year playing career in which he was known for feisty and aggressive play. He finished second in National League MVP voting in 1993 when he went batted .305 and walked 129 times en route to scoring 143 runs.

      Dykstra played for the New York Mets for 4 1/2 seasons, beginning in 1985, until being traded to the Phillies.

      --Field Level Media

  • Rays place Faria on DL, recall Nuno
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, May 23, 2018

    The Tampa Bay Rays placed right-hander Jake Faria on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday due to a strained left oblique.

    • Faria suffered the injury during Tuesday's start against the Boston Red Sox and is expected to miss at least six to eight weeks, manager Kevin Cash told reporters. He departed with two outs in the third inning Tuesday night.

      Tampa Bay recalled journeyman left-hander Vidal Nuno from Triple-A Durham to fill the roster spot.

      Faria, who is 3-3 with a 5.48 ERA this season, was highly frustrated following Tuesday's contest.

      "If it's not one thing, it's another. ... Everything up to this point has been a complete letdown," Faria told reporters. "I haven't done anything to help this team win ballgames, and it's another way of me letting them down."

      Nuno has a porous 5-21 record in 138 career appearances (42 starts) over five previous major league seasons. He has a 4.29 ERA and 283 strikeouts in 344 innings.

      He made 12 appearances for the Baltimore Orioles last season and had a 10.43 ERA. He served up seven homers in just 14 2/3 innings.

      Nuno, 30, has also pitched for the New York Yankees, Arizona Diamondbacks and Seattle Mariners.

      Nuno was 3-1 with a 3.57 ERA in eight appearances (seven starts) at Durham.

      --Field Level Media

  • Astros place Reddick on DL, recall Marisnick
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, May 23, 2018

    The Houston Astros placed right fielder Josh Reddick on the 10-day disabled list prior to Wednesday's afternoon game against the San Francisco Giants.

    • Reddick is dealing with an infection near his left knee.

      Houston recalled outfielder Jake Marisnick from Triple-A Fresno.

      Reddick was scratched from a start on Friday due to the injury and limited to pinch-hitting duties the following night. He played Sunday against the Cleveland Indians but was unable to play Tuesday against the Giants after the team's off-day on Monday.

      Reddick is batting .227 with six homers and 18 RBIs.

      Marisnick struggled with the Astros earlier this season as be batted just .141 with three homers and 41 strikeouts in 85 at-bats.

      --Field Level Media

  • Yankees recall LHP Bollinger
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, May 23, 2018

    The New York Yankees called up left-hander Ryan Bollinger from Double-A Trenton on Wednesday.

    • This is the first major league stint for the 27-year-old, who is back in a major league organization this season for the first time since 2013.

      Bollinger played for teams in Canada, Germany and Australia before catching the eyes of the Yankees and landing a minor league deal.

      Bollinger owns a tidy 0.90 ERA while winning all three of his starts at Trenton. He also made two starts at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre earlier this season and went 0-1 with a 4.00 ERA.

      Bollinger was originally a 47th-round pick as a first baseman in 2009 by the Philadelphia Phillies. He also spent time in the Chicago White Sox organization before he began playing in other countries in 2014.

      New York had a roster opening after sending right-hander Giovanny Gallegos to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after Tuesday's loss to the Texas Rangers. Gallegos pitched two scoreless innings on Tuesday and allowed two hits.

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB roundup: Nats' Taylor hits walk-off double
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, May 23, 2018

    Michael A. Taylor hit a walk-off double with one out in the ninth inning, giving the Washington Nationals a 2-1 victory over the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night at Nationals Park.

    • Rookie Juan Soto started the ninth inning with a walk against Mark Strahm (0-2). Soto moved to second when Wilmer Difo grounded to third baseman Cory Spangenberg, who momentarily dropped the ball, which forced him to throw to first for the out. Taylor followed by capping an eight-pitch at-bat with a double off the wall in center that easily scored Soto from second.

      Sean Doolittle (2-2) earned the victory after striking out the side in the top of the ninth.

      Washington's Bryce Harper hit his 15th homer of the season in the fifth, an inning after San Diego's Franchy Cordero hit his seventh home run.

      Red Sox 4, Rays 2

      Mookie Betts hit his major-league-leading 16th home run, and Chris Sale struck out nine in 7 2/3 innings of two-run ball as Boston beat Tampa Bay in St. Petersburg, Fla.

      Betts' blast was a three-run shot. Rafael Devers launched a solo homer for Boston, which won for the fifth time in six games. Sale (5-1) was charged with one earned run on four hits and two walks.

      Willy Adames' first hit in his major league debut was a solo shot against Sale, and Daniel Robertson also had an RBI for Tampa Bay. The Rays have lost back-to-back games after a six-game win streak.

      Brewers 1, Diamondbacks 0

      Domingo Santana, robbed of a homer earlier, drove in the only run with a sacrifice fly, and four Milwaukee pitchers limited visiting Arizona to three hits.

      Lorenzo Cain had two hits, a walk and two outfield assists for the Brewers. The Diamondbacks got only two runners as far as second base and had four runners thrown out on the bases while losing their sixth straight and 12th of 13.

      Brewers right-hander Jhoulys Chacin pitched five scoreless innings before Matt Albers (3-1), Josh Hader and Corey Knebel finished up. Knebel recorded his third save.

      Indians 10, Cubs 1

      Jose Ramirez and Yonder Alonso drove in three runs apiece and Trevor Bauer pitched six scoreless innings as Cleveland cruised to a win at Chicago.

      Jason Kipnis added two RBIs, and Michael Brantley finished 2-for-6 to extend his hitting streak to 11 games.

      Ian Happ hit a 433-foot home run in the ninth inning to help Chicago avoid its fourth shutout loss.

      Braves 3, Phillies 1

      Brandon McCarthy pitched 5 2/3 solid innings, Ozzie Albies homered and scored three runs, and visiting Atlanta defeated Philadelphia.

      McCarthy (5-2) allowed four hits and one run while striking out five and walking two. Four Braves relievers held the Phillies to no runs on three hits in the last 3 1/3 innings. Arodys Vizcaino pitched the ninth inning for his ninth save.

      Albies, Ronald Acuna Jr., Freddie Freeman and Tyler Flowers had two hits each for the Braves, who won for the third time in four games.

      Reds 7, Pirates 2

      Scooter Gennett slugged a grand slam as part of a season-best six-RBI night to help Cincinnati post a victory against visiting Pittsburgh.

      Matt Harvey (1-2) pitched six strong innings to win for the first time in three starts since joining the Reds. Harvey allowed one run, three hits and two walks while striking out five.

      Tucker Barnhart went 3-for-4 and scored twice for Cincinnati. Gennett went 2-for-3 and scored twice, and Eugenio Suarez also had two hits. Colin Moran and Austin Meadows hit solo home runs for the Pirates, who have dropped four consecutive games.

      Royals 5, Cardinals 1

      Jason Hammel picked up his first victory of the season, and Alex Gordon and Salvador Perez homered as Kansas City won at St. Louis.

      Hammel (1-5) was winless in his first nine starts this season, but he delivered seven strong innings to help the Royals snap a three-game slide. He scattered nine hits, allowing only one run with six strikeouts and no walks.

      Gordon and Alcides Escobar each had three hits for the Royals, and Jon Jay added two hits. Yairo Munoz went 4-for-4 to lead the Cardinals, and Marcell Ozuna finished 3-for-4.

      Twins 6, Tigers 0

      Brian Dozier drove in three runs with a pair of doubles, Lance Lynn tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings, and Minnesota downed Detroit in Minneapolis.

      Ehire Adrianza also hit a pair of run-scoring doubles and he scored twice, while Byron Buxton also scored two runs and drove in another. Lynn (2-4) allowed five hits and a walk while striking out four. A trio of relievers completed the shutout.

      The Twins have won three straight following a three-game losing streak. They have given up just three runs during the upswing. Nicholas Castellanos, James McCann and JaCoby Jones had two hits apiece for the Tigers, who have lost five straight.

      Rangers 6, Yankees 4

      Cole Hamels pitched seven effective innings as Texas recorded a victory over visiting New York.

      Pitching for the first time in 11 days after being scratched from a start due to neck stiffness, Hamels (3-4) held the Yankees to two runs and four hits. In his longest outing of the season, the left-hander recorded his first home win of the year and 150th career victory overall.

      Keone Kela tossed a perfect ninth and notched his ninth save in as many opportunities. Jurickson Profar hit a three-run homer in the first inning, and Ronald Guzman hit a solo shot in the fourth. Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar and Austin Romine homered for the Yankees.

      Dodgers 5, Rockies 3

      Chris Taylor and Yasiel Puig hit back-to-back home runs in a span of three pitches, helping Los Angeles end its five-game home losing streak with a victory over Colorado.

      The Dodgers trailed 3-2 in the sixth inning before Taylor hit a two-run shot off reliever Bryan Shaw (1-3) to put Los Angeles on top. It was Taylor's sixth home run of the season.

      Puig followed with his fifth home run of the year, with all five coming in his past eight games. It was the third time the Dodgers hit back-to-back home runs this season.

      Mariners 3, A's 2 (10 innings)

      Guillermo Heredia doubled home Jean Segura with the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th inning, and Seattle held on to win at Oakland.

      With one out in the 10th, Segura lined a single to right field off Oakland reliever Yusmeiro Petit (1-1). Heredia then doubled into the gap in right-center field, with Segura sliding home just before catcher Jonathan Lucroy could apply the tag.

      Trailing 2-0, the Mariners tied it in the seventh on Mike Zunino's two-run homer. Nick Vincent (3-1) pitched 1 1/3 hitless innings for the victory, and Edwin Diaz worked the 10th for his American League-leading 16th save.

      White Sox 3, Orioles 2

      Yolmer Sanchez had three hits and singled home Jose Rondon with the winning tally in the eighth inning as part of a three-run uprising that lifted Chicago to a come-from-behind win over visiting Baltimore.

      Sanchez's hit made a winner out of Bruce Rondon, who entered in the eighth in relief of James Shields. The Chicago starter allowed two runs on five hits in seven innings while striking out five and walking two.

      Rondon (2-2) tossed one scoreless inning with two strikeouts. Nate Jones allowed a walk and a hit in the ninth but fanned two while earning his fourth save of the year. Orioles starter Kevin Gausman hurled 6 1/3 innings of shutout baseball despite allowing nine hits. He struck out 10 and walked one.

      Astros 11, Giants 2

      Tony Kemp drove in five runs from the ninth spot in the batting order, and Houston bashed visiting San Francisco.

      Kemp became the fourth player in franchise history to produce five RBIs while batting ninth.

      Evan Gattis went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored while batting seventh for the Astros, and Max Stassi rapped two hits, a walk, and an RBI sandwiched between Gattis and Kemp.

      Marlins 5, Mets 1

      Caleb Smith tossed 6 2/3 strong innings, and second-inning RBI singles by Miguel Rojas and J.T. Realmuto provided Smith and Miami the only runs they would need in a win at New York.

      The Marlins snapped a three-game losing streak while the Mets had a four-game winning streak halted.

      Smith (3-5) allowed one run on three hits and two walks while striking out eight in the second-longest outing among his 12 major league starts. Three Miami relievers combined for 2 1/3 innings of one-hit ball.

      Blue Jays 5, Angels 3

      Kendrys Morales hit a two-run home run, J.A. Happ pitched seven strong innings, and Toronto defeated visiting Los Angeles.

      The victory in the opener of a three-game series ended the Blue Jays' four-game losing streak, while the Angels have lost six of their past seven games.

      Happ (6-3) allowed two runs, three hits and three walks while striking out five as he earned his second straight win. Tyler Clippard pitched a perfect ninth inning to pick up his second save of the season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Judge's answer about Derby is still 'no'
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, May 23, 2018

    Aaron Judge keeps getting asked whether he really is going to bypass this year's Home Run Derby after winning it a year ago, and he keeps giving the same answer.

    • "There is no need to do it," Judge said told reporters Tuesday when asked about defending his title.

      This year's home run contest is set for July 16 at Nationals Park in Washington, a day before the All-Star Game.

      If anything, Judge is sounding more definitive now about his decision than he did in early March, when he said his reign could be described as "one and done, Home Run Derby champion."

      Judge said then that was "leaning toward not doing" the Home Run Derby again.

      "It was a cool experience. I enjoyed it all, but I don't think I really need to go out there and do it again," he said.

      Judge went into a slump following the derby, though he insists the event was not to blame. He hit .185 and struck out in 41 of his 92 at-bats in August before righting himself to hit .311 with 15 home runs from September onward to finish the season with an American League-leading 52 home runs.

      This season, Judge is hitting .286 with 12 home runs and 36 RBIs, in the top 11 in the AL in those latter two categories.

      "Derby wasn't even that big of a toll, to be honest," Judge said in March. "It was just like taking BP. It wasn't anything too taxing. I wasn't trying to swing 110 percent. I was taking a normal 80-90 percent swing, just trying to make contact."

      --Field Level Media