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  • Youngsters lead Yankees into finale vs. White Sox
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, June 29, 2017

    CHICAGO -- A rash of injuries has forced the New York Yankees to keep dipping into their farm system to keep pace in the American League East.

    • Veteran outfielder Matt Holliday (viral infection) was the latest to hit the 10-day disabled list Wednesday for the Yankees, who go for a series win Thursday against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field.

      Holliday missed his fifth straight game Wednesday in the Yankees' 12-3 victory, and flew back to New York for further evaluation. It didn't matter because of New York's rookies, who hope to keep things rolling in the right direction in the series finale.

      Leading the youngsters Wednesday was Miguel Andujar, who went 3-for-4 with four RBIs after being recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre just a day after Tyler Wade.

      "I always look at it as an opportunity for players to show us what they can do and to shine at this level," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "As far as being a manager, you look at the pieces you have every day, and I think the trickiest part for me is the order you put them in, because you don't have a lot of experience with them and you don't want to give them too much too early. But they have a chance to shine."

      Girardi put three of his youngest players -- Andujar, Wade and Ronald Torreyes -- in the bottom three spots of the order Wednesday. All three responded with clutch hits.

      Andujar laced a two-out, two-run single in his first major league plate appearance to highlight New York's three-run first inning. Wade and Torreyes each added RBI doubles and scored runs in a five-run sixth, which was punctuated by Aaron Judge's 27th home run of the season.

      "You think about the at-bats they had, with Andujar getting us on the board early with his two RBIs, and then the two-out RBIs that we got (in the sixth)," Girardi said. "After (Chicago) made it 3-2, we got five runs with two outs, and they were big RBIs from kids, so it was great to see."

      New York will need more of that from its young players in order to keep pace with the Boston Red Sox in the division. The Yankees pulled back into a tie with Boston after the win Wednesday, but they now have six players on the disabled list.

      That number might grow to seven as soon as Thursday after an MRI on infielder Tyler Austin's right hamstring. Austin sat out Wednesday after being relegated to designated hitter Tuesday.

      "I can think of different things to do, but you have to make adjustments," Girardi said. "A lot of times division winners are determined by who survives the injuries the best, because it is such a long season. We have to survive this."

      Right-hander Luis Cessa (0-2) will start the series finale for the Yankees.

      Right-hander James Shields (2-1) will try to help Chicago earn a series split. Shields is looking to bounce back from a rough outing in his last start, when he allowed six runs in three innings against the Oakland A's. It was the veteran right-hander's first loss in six starts.

      Shields is 11-16 with a 4.12 ERA in 32 career starts against the Yankees.

      Following their loss Wednesday, the White Sox dropped to 2-8 in their past 10 games and remain in last place of the AL Central. They did get left-hander Carlos Rodon back into the rotation, even though he issued six walks in five innings.

      "I think that as he continues to pitch here, it's going to continue to get better," Renteria said. "Obviously, toward the last year where he was starting to really kind of get a feel for everything, I think that will come back at some point. But we're just glad he was able to get through five and pitch."

      The White Sox will likely be without right fielder Avisail Garcia, who left the game Wednesday in the top of the ninth inning with a sore left knee. Garcia will undergo an MRI on Thursday for the knee, which was injured sliding back to first base in the seventh inning. Garcia is leading Chicago with a .321 batting average and 51 RBIs.

  • Safe in Pittsburgh: Umpire keeps suicidal woman alive
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, June 29, 2017

    PITTSBURGH -- Straight out of his suburban Chicago high school, John Tumpane became a professional umpire at 18. After a long slog beating the bushes, he reached his destination last year: the major leagues.

    • Apparently, however, there was one more place he needed to be.

      That place was the Roberto Clemente Bridge, where on Wednesday a woman was poised for an apparent suicide attempt. She might have succeeded if not for Tumpane. The 34-year-old umpire guessed the woman was about the same age.

      Part of the crew working the series between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Tampa Bay Rays at PNC Park, Tumpane was crossing the bridge over the Allegheny River en route to his North Shore hotel around 2:30 p.m.

      "Maybe 30 feet in front of me, I saw a woman up ahead and I saw her put her leg up on the rail," he recounted after the game. "And that obviously grabs your attention.

      "There was a couple up ahead of me. I kind of scurried up a little bit and said, 'What's this lady doing?' And, as soon as I said that, she flipped over the rail to the other side, and my instinct was to just go right at her. I didn't want to scare her because I wasn't sure what was going on.

      "I said, 'Hey, what's going on?' She said, 'Oh I just want to get a better look from this side of the rail.' I just kind of put my arm on her shoulder and said, 'Oh no, why don't you come back over on this side? It's the same view over here.'

      "She said, 'No, no, I'm good,' and I knew at that point she wasn't just taking a look at the other side.

      "At that point, she said, 'Just let me go. It'll be better off that way.' And I said, 'No, come on. Let me buy you lunch. Why don't you come back over on this side? We'll talk things over.'

      "She said, 'No, no.' And I said, 'Come on, please.'

      "At that point, I was able to get both arms around her, hang on and just try to console her and talk to her."

      He said he signaled to a nearby pedestrian to call 911.

      Tumpane said another man grabbed the woman's arm. But her feet were dangling off the ledge, he said, "and we had to pull her up."

      Michael Weinman, the Rays' multimedia production manager, also happened upon the scene, and Tumpane told him to hold the woman's ankles to the bottom rail.

      Meanwhile, police and other support had arrived. The woman was handcuffed to the bridge, and an ambulance eventually took the woman away.

      Tumpane resumed his life, a bit shaken. He went to the park, put on the tools and took his post behind the plate. He did his job.

      Still, he said, there were times he couldn't help but spot the big yellow bridge just beyond the ballpark, "in between innings and whatnot, just thinking of how things could have maybe been. Glad it was this way."

      Tumpane said the woman told him, "You'll just forget me after this."

      He told her, "No, I'll never forget you."

  • Tebow homers on first day in high Class A
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, June 28, 2017

    Newly promoted Tim Tebow hit a two-run homer in Game 2 of a doubleheader against the Palm Beach Cardinals for the St. Lucie Mets of the high Class A Florida State League on Wednesday.

    • The 29-year-old former Heisman Trophy winner was promoted Sunday from low Class A Columbia, where he was hitting .220 with three home runs and a .648 on-base-plus-slugging percentage in 64 games.

      In Game 1 on Wednesday, Tebow got his first hit in his second at-bat at the high Class A level. He finished 1-for-2 in the eventual 5-2 loss.

      Tebow went 2-for-3 in Game 2, also a loss, 5-3.

  • Cubs make informal visit to White House
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, June 28, 2017

    WASHINGTON -- On Wednesday afternoon, Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon and several players visited the White House.

    • Maddon said he did so out of respect to the Ricketts family that owns the Cubs and has ties to Republican Party contributions. It was an informal visit as the Cubs visited the White House as World Series champs when Barack Obama was still the President.

      A photo showed Cubs outfielder Albert Almora Jr., with his fingers down near his side while standing near President Donald Trump. The Florida native said he was not making an obscene gesture.

      "We laugh about it now, but there was definitely two fingers out there. It is not every day you get to meet the President of the United States. To meet two in one calendar year ... it was pretty special for me," Almora said before Wednesday's game.

      The visit to the White House was significant for Cubs pitcher Eddie Butler, who grew up in the Tidewater region of Virginia around a strong military presence. His father was in the military and has been a government contractor.

      Butler was in fifth grade in Virginia and was supposed to go to the White House but then came the 9-11 terrorist attacks that cancelled that trip.

      "It was great to go there today," Butler said of meeting Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

      Butler said about 15 to 20 Cubs players went to the White House.

  • Cubs' Bryant leaves game with ankle injury
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, June 28, 2017

    WASHINGTON -- Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant left Chicago's game against the Washington Nationals in the fifth inning Wednesday due to a moderate right ankle sprain.

    • X-rays were negative, according to a team spokesman.

      The injury to last year's National League MVP occurred in a rather bizarre fashion. Bryant caught a foul ball off the bat of Matt Wieters just a few feet from the third base bag.

      Bryant then accidentally stepped on the bag and appeared to turn his right ankle after he caught the ball. He was helped off the field by the Cubs' training staff and did not put any weight on his right foot.

      Chicago manager Joe Maddon said Bryant will not play in the series finale Thursday, and that he "obviously" will stay off his feet a few days.

      "I was watching closely. It was more painful than you would think," Maddon said. "I wanted to get him off the field quickly and get it iced as quickly as possible."

      Bryant singled in the first inning, doubled and scored in the fourth and struck out in the fifth. He left with the Cubs trailing 7-3, and Washington went on to win 8-4.

      In 74 games this season, Bryant is hitting .264 with a .395 on-base percentage, a .520 slugging percentage, 16 homers and 32 RBIs.

  • MLB roundup: Strasburg stymies Cubs; Bryant injured
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, June 28, 2017

    WASHINGTON -- Stephen Strasburg struck out 13 batters in seven innings, Anthony Rendon was 3-for-3 with a homer, and Bryce Harper was 2-for-4 with two RBIs as the Washington Nationals beat the Chicago Cubs 8-4 on Wednesday.

    • There was more bad news for the Cubs as Kris Bryant left in the fifth inning when he rolled his ankle on the third-base bag after he caught a foul pop nearby. He sustained a moderate right ankle sprain; X-rays were negative. Manager Joe Maddon said Bryant "obviously" would be off his feet for a few days.

      Strasburg (9-2) gave up four hits and three runs (two earned) with pinpoint control. He walked one while throwing 96 pitches, 70 for strikes. The right-hander had allowed 13 runs in his previous 15 1/3 innings.

      Chicago starter John Lackey (5-9) surrendered a season-high eight earned runs on nine hits (three homers) with two walks, a wild pitch and hit batter in 5 1/3 innings. He had allowed only two runs in his previous 12 innings over two starts.

      Angels 3, Dodgers 2

      ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal hit a game-tying home run with two outs in the top of the ninth inning, only to commit a throwing error in the bottom of the ninth to give the Angels a walk-off victory.

      The Angels' winning rally started when Dodgers shortstop Chris Taylor, subbing for the injured Corey Seager, booted Ben Revere's ground ball for an error with one out.

      Revere took second on a wild pitch by Pedro Baez (2-1). The reliever then struck out Cameron Maybin, but the ball got through the legs of Grandal for a passed ball, allowing Revere to take third and Maybin to break for first.

      Grandal then threw the ball over the head of first baseman Chase Utley, allowing Revere to come home with the winning run.

      Yankees 12, White Sox 3

      CHICAGO -- Aaron Judge smashed his 27th home run, rookie Miguel Andujar had four RBIs in his major league debut and Masahiro Tanaka won for the first time since May 8 as New York beat Chicago.

      Andujar, who was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to replace Matt Holliday (viral infection), went 3-for-4 and had two two-run hits. He drove in two with a two-out single in the first inning and doubled home two in the ninth.

      Tanaka (6-7) had gone 0-6 with a 7.19 ERA in his previous eight starts. He picked up the win by striking out five in six innings and allowing two runs on six hits.

      Astros 11, Athletics 8

      HOUSTON -- George Springer and Jose Altuve reached base four times apiece, and Houston outslugged Oakland.

      Springer finished 3-for-4 with a walk, two RBIs and three runs, while Altuve went 2-for-3 with two walks and an RBI to spark a 17-hit attack for the Astros. Springer clubbed his 24th home run in the first inning to ignite the outburst.

      Josh Reddick chipped in a three-hit game and three RBIs to help Houston offset a powerful performance from the Athletics' offense. Oakland bashed a season-high five home runs, including two from Khris Davis.

      Indians 5, Rangers 3

      CLEVELAND -- Michael Brantley had two hits and two RBIs, and Trevor Bauer pitched into the seventh inning as Cleveland beat Texas.

      Bauer (7-6) worked 6 1/3 innings, giving up one run and four hits, with three strikeouts and one walk. The Rangers' Yu Darvish (6-6) pitched six innings, allowing three runs (two earned) and seven hits, with six strikeouts and one walk.

      Run-scoring singles from Brantley and Edwin Encarnacion extended the Indians' lead to 5-1 in the eighth inning. Cleveland's Cody Allen allowed a home run to Elvis Andrus and an RBI single to Rougned Odor in the ninth before striking out Robinson Chirinos to end the game.

      Twins 4, Red Sox 1

      BOSTON -- Max Kepler hit a two-run homer and an RBI single to back a strong outing from Adalberto Mejia in Minnesota's victory over Boston.

      Mejia (3-3) tossed 5 2/3 scoreless innings. He has not given up a run in 10 2/3 innings over his past two starts. Miguel Sano also drove in his team-leading 53rd run of the season for Minnesota.

      Red Sox starter Rick Porcello (4-10) failed in a bid to win back-to-back games for the first time this season. He gave up four runs on six hits and two walks, with six strikeouts, in six frames.

      Giants 5, Rockies 3

      SAN FRANCISCO -- Jae-Gyun Hwang's first major league hit, a solo home run in the sixth inning, proved to be the difference as San Francisco handed Colorado its eighth straight loss.

      Hwang, promoted from Triple-A Sacramento earlier in the day, belted a 2-0 pitch from Rockies rookie left-hander Kyle Freeland well into the left-field bleachers to snap a 3-3 tie. The 29-year-old, who is a former standout in the Korean professional league, became the 14th Giant since 1919 to hit a home run for his first hit in his major league debut.

      Colorado, which is 0-6 on its nine-game road trip, fell to 10-4 vs. the Giants this season after the three-game sweep.

      Cardinals 4, Diamondbacks 3

      PHOENIX -- Jedd Gyorko drove in two runs, Adam Wainwright limited Arizona to two runs over 6 1/3 innings, and St. Louis made good use of all six hits to hand Arizona just its third loss in 16 games.

      The Diamondbacks, the majors' hottest team since mid-May with 29 wins in 40 games, struggled to get key hits against Wainwright (8-5) and relievers Tyler Lyons, Brett Cecil and Trevor Rosenthal, who finished up in the ninth rather than usual closer Seung Hwan Oh.

      Arizona's Zack Godley (3-2) gave up two hits in seven innings. He was hurt by his own wildness in the middle innings as he walked three, hit two batters and threw a wild pitch.

      Royals 8, Tigers 2

      DETROIT -- Salvador Perez and Mike Moustakas hit back-to-back homers during a four-run fourth, and Alex Gordon drove in three runs to power Kansas City past Detroit.

      Perez also doubled in a run during his three-RBI night. Alcides Escobar had three hits and scored twice for the Royals, while Moustakas, Gordon and Lorenzo Cain contributed two hits apiece.

      Ian Kennedy (2-6) won for the second time in 14 starts, allowing two runs on five hits and striking out five in seven innings. Alex Avila and Miguel Cabrera had solo homers for the Tigers.

      Reds 4, Brewers 3

      CINCINNATI -- Scooter Gennett hit a two-run homer and Adam Duvall added a solo shot to lift Cincinnati over Milwaukee.

      The Reds scored the go-ahead run in the eighth when Billy Hamilton walked, stole second and third, then raced home when third baseman Travis Shaw couldn't gather Duvall's hard grounder that went for an infield hit.

      Ryan Braun homered for the Brewers in his second straight start since coming off the disabled list. Milwaukee right-hander Chase Anderson left the game with a strained left oblique -- sustained while batting -- after only one inning.

      Mets 8, Marlins 0

      MIAMI -- Steven Matz pitched seven scoreless innings and New York belted two more homers in a victory over Miami.

      Asdrubal Cabrera and Curtis Granderson each hit two-run homers to lead the Mets, who have hit a franchise-record 50 homers this month. The last National League team to hit 50 homers in a month was the 2006 Atlanta Braves.

      Matz (2-1) lasted at least six innings for a ninth consecutive start, his career-best streak. He allowed six singles and one walk while striking out four, improving to 2-0 with a 0.99 ERA in three career starts at Marlins Park.

      Pirates 6, Rays 2

      PITTSBURGH -- Ivan Nova labored through five innings, his shortest outing of the season, but Pittsburgh managed to hold down Tampa Bay.

      Nova (8-5), who pitched at least six innings in each of his first 15 starts -- the first Pirates pitcher to do so since Eddie Solomon in 1981 -- threw 89 pitches. He gave up two runs and seven hits, walking two and striking out one.

      Rookie Josh Bell hit his 15th homer and Jose Osuna had a pair of run-scoring doubles for Pittsburgh. Left-hander Blake Snell (0-5), returning to the Rays after a stint in the minors, gave up four first-inning runs.

      Blue Jays 4, Orioles 0

      TORONTO -- Marcus Stroman tossed 7 2/3 shutout innings, and Jose Bautista and Justin Smoak bolstered the offense with solo home runs as Toronto snapped Baltimore's three-game winning streak.

      Stroman (8-4) avoided a third straight loss, striking out eight while throwing a career-high 116 pitches. The 26-year-old right-hander entered the game 0-2 with an 8.44 ERA in his last three starts against the Orioles.

      Danny Barnes got the last out in the eighth, and Roberto Osuna struck out the side in the ninth. The win was just the second in six games for the Blue Jays, who are 3-9 against Baltimore this season.

      Padres 7, Braves 4

      SAN DIEGO -- Cory Spangenberg and Hunter Renfroe drove in two runs apiece with two-out, extra-base hits off Bartolo Colon as San Diego defeated Atlanta.

      Manuel Margot had two singles, two stolen bases and three runs for the Padres, who snapped a five-game losing streak in the series. Erick Aybar and Carlos Asuaje each had three hits for San Diego.

      Luis Perdomo (3-4) got the win and Brandon Maurer picked up his 15th save. The 44-year-old Colon (2-8, 8.14 ERA) gave up six runs on eight hits and three walks in four innings. Five of the runs came on two-out hits.

      Phillies 5, Mariners 4

      SEATTLE -- Andrew Knapp drove in the go-ahead run with two outs in the top of the ninth inning as Philadelphia completed a two-game sweep of Seattle.

      Tommy Joseph tied it leading off the ninth with a home run against Mariners closer Edwin Diaz (2-3), who walked Cameron Perkins and then balked him to second. Knapp then lined a single into right field to score Perkins.

      The Phillies' Ricardo Pinto (1-0) pitched three scoreless innings of relief for his first major league victory. Seattle lost its fourth in a row and failed in its bid to return to the .500 mark.

  • Brewers RHP Anderson leaves with oblique injury
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, June 28, 2017

    CINCINNATI -- The first-place Milwaukee Brewers will be without one of their most consistent starting pitchers for an undetermined amount of time.

    • Right-hander Chase Anderson left the Wednesday night game at Great American Ball Park with a strained left oblique after pitching only one inning. Anderson appeared to grab his left side after striking out to end the second.

      "I swung, and it literally felt like somebody stabbed me in the left side," Anderson said. "Not a good feeling. One of those injuries where you can't really pinpoint a time. It could be a month, it could be two months, hopefully nothing longer than that."

      Anderson needed only eight pitches to get through the first inning, retiring the Reds in order with one strikeout. However, he was replaced by right-hander Paolo Espino to begin the second of the Brewers' 4-3 loss to the Reds.

      "It's a DL stint, for sure," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "Anytime you lose one of your five starters, it's a big blow. We're probably going to lose him for a pretty good bit of time here. The guy's pitching very, very well, and we'll have to cover in his absence. It's going to be difficult."

      Coming into Wednesday's outing, Anderson was 11-3 with a 2.87 ERA in his previous 27 starts dating to last July. Counsell said the key for Anderson is renewed confidence in his curveball and the cutter.

      "Chase has just become a better pitcher," Counsell said Tuesday. "He's trusting four pitches. I think he started the season last year trusting two pitches. That's a lot more options for hitters to defend and think about. That's a big difference."

      Anderson is 6-2 with a 2.89 ERA in 16 starts this season, helping Milwaukee spend 39 days alone in first place in the National League Central.

      "First time I've had this," Anderson said. "I've had a couple arm things in the past, but this is something new for me, new territory. It's unfortunate, very frustrating. Hopefully I can pick up where I left off when I get back."

  • Mets put Gsellman on disabled list
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, June 28, 2017

    The New York Mets placed right-hander Robert Gsellman on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring on Wednesday.

    • Infielder Matt Reynolds was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas to take the roster spot of Gsellman, who became the sixth Mets' starting pitcher to go on the disabled list this season.

      Gsellman sustained his injury while attempting to leg out a ground ball in Tuesday's game against the Miami Marlins.

      The 23-year-old Gsellman owns a 5-5 mark with a 6.16 ERA in 17 appearances (14 starts) this season.

      Reynolds, 26, batted .185 with a solo homer in 23 games with the Mets this season.

  • Yankees place Holliday on disabled list
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, June 28, 2017

    The New York Yankees placed designated hitter Matt Holliday on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday with a viral infection.

    • Third baseman Miguel Andujar was called up from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to take the roster spot of Holliday, who admitted he had no energy over the last few days. Holliday's move to the disabled list is retroactive to June 25.

      "We're really not seeing much improvement. I think our biggest concern is with the fatigue factor and him not eating a lot," manager Joe Girardi said. "Even if he did start to feel better, it would take three or four days to get his strength back, so when you start to add that all up you're looking at 10 days."

      Holliday, 37, is batting .262 with 15 homers and 47 RBIs in 68 games this season.

      Andujar is hitting .312 between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2017.

      "He is going to DH tonight. We're going to go day-by-day," Girardi said of the 22-year-old Andujar prior to Wednesday's game against the Chicago White Sox.

      "Tyler Austin's (right) hammy is not where we want it. That's a concern, so we're going to have to make a decision there. Like I said, it's day-by-day."

      Also on Wednesday, the Yankees announced first baseman Chris Carter has accepted an assignment to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

      The 30-year-old Carter, who is owed $3.5 million by New York, has hit .204 with eight home runs and 23 RBIs in 57 games this season.

  • Giants closer Melancon back to DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, June 28, 2017

    San Francisco Giants closer Mark Melancon was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Wednesday with the same injury that sidelined him in May.

    • Melancon, who was sidelined nearly two weeks in May with a right pronator strain, had a recurrence of the injury. The Giants recalled right-hander Dan Slania from Double-A Richmond in a corresponding move.

      San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said Wednesday that Sam Dyson would fill the closer role until further notice.

      Signed to a four-year, $62 million deal in the offseason as a free agent, Melancon has been a bust in the Bay Area.

      "He threw great last time -- good stuff," Bochy said Wednesday. "But it showed up and he could really feel it. We need to get this behind us."

      Since returning to the Giants on May 19, Melancon allowed seven earned runs in 10 innings. He has 11 saves with a 1-2 record and 4.35 ERA this season.

      Last season, Melancon saved 47 games in 71 1/3 innings pitched and compiled a 1.64 ERA with the Nationals and Pirates.

  • Cubs designate C Montero for assignment after rant
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, June 28, 2017

    The Chicago Cubs designated Miguel Montero for assignment on Wednesday, one day after the catcher publicly called out starter Jake Arrieta for seven stolen bases by the Washington Nationals.

    • The Cubs didn't officially announce the move until the afternoon, but Montero confirmed it to MLB.com and took to social media to thank the city of Chicago and teammates for their support.

      Montero's comments following Tuesday night's 6-1 setback to the Nationals likely played a role in the Cubs' decision to let him go.

      "That's the reason they were running left and right (Tuesday) because they were slow to the plate," Montero said of his pitchers, including Arrieta, following the loss. "Simple as that. It's a shame it's my fault because I didn't throw anyone out.

      "It really (stunk) because the stolen bases go on me, but when you really look at it the pitcher doesn't give me any time, so yeah, 'Miggy can't throw anyone out,' but my pitchers don't hold anyone on."

      Montero, who was 1-for-32 in throwing out basestealers this season, told ESPN 1000 Chicago on Wednesday that he apologized to Arrieta for his comments.

      "I called Jake to apologize," the 33-year-old Montero said. "It was the heat of the moment. He's grinding out there, I'm grinding behind the plate. It's tough. It's the heat of the moment. I said what I said -- yes, I'm responsible. I talked to him to apologize because I feel like I should step up and apologize and I did.

      "... Jake was totally fine (with the apology) He actually agreed with me. We're cool. He was totally cool."

      Arrieta admitted that his delivery could've been faster.

      "I didn't do him any favors -- slow to the plate," Arrieta said before Wednesday's game in Washington.

      Teammate Anthony Rizzo wasn't cool with Montero's comments and vented his frustration to ESPN 1000 Chicago.

      "We win as a team, we lose as a team," Rizzo said. "If you start pointing fingers that just labels you as a selfish player. I disagree. We have another catcher (Willson Contreras) who throws out everyone who steals, and he (catches for) Jon Lester who doesn't pick over. It's no secret. Going to the media with things like that, I don't think it's very professional."

      Montero batted .242 during his three seasons with the Cubs. He was demoted to backup last year with the arrival of Contreras, and had started 28 games this year while Contreras started 49.

      "It was pretty straightforward. (Team president Theo Epstein and I) were both in agreement it was the right thing to do," manager Joe Maddon said.

      The Cubs called up catcher Victor Caratini from Triple-A Iowa.

      Caratini, 23, is batting .343 with eight home runs and 54 RBIs in 68 games with Iowa.

  • Mariners LHP Smyly to undergo Tommy John surgery
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, June 28, 2017

    Seattle Mariners left-hander Drew Smyly will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of the 2017 season, the team announced Wednesday.

    • Dr. James Andrews is scheduled to perform an ulnar collateral reconstruction on Smyly's left elbow on July 6 in Birmingham, Ala., according to Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto.

      Typical recovery time from a UCL reconstruction surgery is 12 to 15 months, meaning Smyly is likely to miss most or all of the 2018 season as well.

      Smyly, 27, will do his rehabilitation work closer to his offseason home in Dallas.

      Smyly was placed on the 10-day disabled list April 2 (retroactive to March 30) with a left arm flexor strain after he appeared in three Cactus League games with Seattle this spring, going 1-0 with a 5.00 ERA. He also made one appearance with Team USA, striking out eight in 4 2/3 innings while allowing just one unearned run on March 15 vs. Team Venezuela. He was transferred to the 60-day disabled list on April 4.

      Smyly established career-highs last season with 30 starts, 175 1/3 innings and 167 strikeouts. He finished the season 7-12 with a 4.88 ERA over 175 1/3 innings with 167 strikeouts in 30 starts with the Tampa Bay Rays. Among left-handed pitchers last season, Smyly ranked seventh in fewest walks-per-9.0-innings with a mark of 2.52.

      Over his final 12 starts of the 2016 season, Smyly was 5-1 with a 3.73 ERA after opening the year 2-11 with a 5.64 ERA in his first 18 starts.

      In five Major League seasons with the Detroit Tigers (2012-14) and Tampa Bay (2014-16), Smyly is 31-27 with a 3.74 ERA over 570 1/3 innings with 552 strikeouts in 156 games (85 starts).

      Smyly was originally selected by Detroit in the second round of the 2010 draft. He was traded to Tampa Bay on July 31, 2014. The Mariners acquired Smyly from the Rays in a January trade.

  • MLB roundup: Nationals run past Cubs
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, June 28, 2017

    WASHINGTON -- Trea Turner had two hits, two runs and four of his team's seven steals, and Max Scherzer allowed one run while collecting two hits and an RBI at the plate as the Washington Nationals ran past the Chicago Cubs 6-1 on Tuesday.

    • Scherzer (9-5, 2.06 ERA) gave up two hits in six innings and has allowed two runs or fewer in his last seven starts. He struck out six Tuesday after fanning at least 10 in his previous six outings.

      Turner has a major-league-leading 32 steals this year. Michael A. Taylor was 2-for-3 with two steals for first-place Washington.

      Chicago's Jake Arrieta (7-6), who has gone less than five innings in three of his last four starts, took the loss. He allowed six runs (five earned) and walked six in four-plus innings.

      Giants 4, Rockies 3 (14 innings)

      SAN FRANCISCO -- Denard Span's two-out single scored Gorkys Hernandez from second base in the 14th inning, giving San Francisco a victory and handing Colorado its seventh straight loss.

      Six Giants relievers shut out the Rockies on four hits over the final eight innings, delivering San Francisco a second straight win over Colorado. The loss was the Rockies' first in 46 games this season leading entering the eighth inning.

      Hernandez doubled off Colorado's seventh pitcher, right-hander Chad Qualls (1-1), with one out in the 14th. After pitcher Cory Gearrin (2-2) struck out, Span grounded a sharp single into right field, and Hernandez easily beat the throw to home plate.

      White Sox 4, Yankees 3

      CHICAGO -- Jose Abreu's two-run single off Dellin Betances in the bottom of the ninth inning gave Chicago a victory over New York.

      Yankees relievers Domingo German and Tyler Clippard each walked two batters in the eighth as the White Sox cut their deficit to 3-2. In the ninth, Betances walked two and then hit Yolmer Sanchez, loading the bases with one out. After Melky Cabrera fouled out to shallow left, Abreu hit a ground ball through the hole on the left side of the infield.

      New York's Luis Severino was overpowering with a career-high 12 strikeouts and no walks in seven innings of one-run ball. Chicago's Jose Quintana tossed 6 1/3 scoreless innings, striking out six.

      Diamondbacks 6, Cardinals 5 (10 innings)

      PHOENIX -- Chris Herrmann hit a walk-off single with one out in the 10th inning to give Arizona the victory over St. Louis.

      Reymond Fuentes singled to open the 10th off Matt Bowman (1-3) before pinch hitter Zack Godley sacrificed Fuentes to second. Herrmann followed with his game-winning hit. The Diamondbacks are 30-10 at home.

      David Peralta tied the game with a leadoff homer in the ninth inning off Cardinals closer Seung Hwan Oh. Fernando Rodney (2-2) pitched the 10th for the victory. He has not given up a hit in his past 10 games and an earned run in his past 19.

      Rangers 2, Indians 1

      CLEVELAND -- Adrian Beltre's solo home run with two outs in the ninth inning lifted Texas over Cleveland.

      With the score tied at 1-1, Indians closer Cody Allen (0-4) entered the game and retired the first two batters of the ninth inning. However, Beltre hit Allen's first pitch over the left field wall for his 450th career home run, which ranks 39th on the all-time list.

      Keone Kela (4-1) pitched one scoreless inning to get the win, and Matt Bush pitched the ninth to pick up his 10th save. Four Rangers pitchers combined on a three-hitter, as did four Cleveland pitchers.

      Red Sox 9, Twins 2

      BOSTON -- Chris Young belted a three-run homer and Christian Vazquez ended a 265-at-bat homerless drought as Boston overcame two rain delays to defeat Minnesota.

      Red Sox manager John Farrell was suspended for the game for making contact with umpire Bill Miller on Saturday night. Bench coach Gary DiSarcina ran the team. Drew Pomeranz (7-4) worked the first five innings -- coming back after a long delay -- and yielded only an unearned run for his first win in four starts.

      With the Yankees surrendering a late lead and losing to the Chicago White Sox, the Red Sox moved a game ahead of New York in the AL thanks to their second straight win over the Twins. Minnesota remained a half-game behind the Cleveland Indians in the AL Central.

      Dodgers 4, Angels 0

      LOS ANGELES -- Kenta Maeda pitched seven shutout innings, and Joc Pederson hit a three-run homer in a four-run sixth as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Los Angeles Angels.

      Maeda (6-3), making his second spot start since losing his slot in the rotation, had his best outing of the season, allowing four hits and no walks while striking out six. Only two of the hits were out of the infield, and he didn't allow a runner past second.

      Pederson slugged an 0-1 pitch against Jose Alvarez just over the center field fence for his seventh home run of the season and first of the year against a left-hander. Pederson had been 5-for-30 against left-handers this season, with one RBI and 11 strikeouts.

      Athletics 6, Astros 4

      HOUSTON -- Ryon Healy belted his first career grand slam to snap a sixth-inning deadlock and lead Oakland to its fourth straight victory -- all on the road.

      Healy smacked his 18th home run the opposite way to right field off the Astros' James Hoyt, who entered with the bases loaded and two outs in relief of Houston starter Mike Fiers (5-3). Healy ran the count full before his drive plated Matt Joyce, Jed Lowrie and Yonder Alonso, whose two-out walk chased Fiers.

      The Athletics' Sean Manaea (7-4) notched his first career win against the Astros by continually sidestepping danger. He allowed nine hits and three walks over 5 2/3 innings, yet Houston managed only one run.

      Reds 8, Brewers 6

      CINCINNATI -- Joey Votto and Adam Duvall hit two-run homers, and Billy Hamilton and Eugenio Suarez added solo shots to lift Cincinnati over Milwaukee.

      Tim Adleman (5-4) got the win for the Reds despite allowing five runs and three home runs in five innings. Cincinnati won for only the third time in 17 games and for the second time in eight meetings this season against the Brewers.

      Travis Shaw hit a three-run homer and Orlando Arcia and Manny Pina added solo shots for Milwaukee. The Brewers' Ryan Braun went 1-for-5 with a double in his first game back after missing 31 games with a left calf strain.

      Tigers 5, Royals 3

      DETROIT -- Miguel Cabrera ripped a three-run homer and Justin Verlander recorded his first victory since May 20 as Detroit topped Kansas City.

      Cabrera, moved into the cleanup spot for the first time this season, hit his ninth home run of the season in the third inning, and it proved to be the game-winner. J.D. Martinez added a solo homer and reached base three times for the Tigers.

      Mikie Mahtook added two hits and a run scored for Detroit, which won its second straight following an eight-game losing streak. Verlander (5-4) gave up three first-inning runs, then settled in and tossed six strong innings.

      Phillies 8, Mariners 2

      SEATTLE -- Aaron Nola pitched seven strong innings, and Maikel Franco and Aaron Altherr hit home runs as Philadelphia won for only the second time in 10 interleague games this season.

      Nola (5-5) won his second straight start, helping the Phillies snap a three-game losing streak. He allowed two runs and five hits, walked four and struck out a season-high nine batters.

      Seattle starter James Paxton (5-3) lost his third straight decision despite allowing only three runs on four hits in seven innings. Paxton walked three and matched his season high with nine strikeouts.

      Rays 4, Pirates 2 (10 innings)

      PITTSBURGH -- Tampa Bay scored twice in the 10th off normally reliable reliever Felipe Rivero to defeat Pittsburgh.

      Steven Souza led off the 10th with a single up the middle and scored when a grounder by Wilson Ramos went off the glove of third baseman David Freese for an error. After Tim Beckham walked and both runners advanced on a wild pitch, Ramos scored on Adeiny Hechavarria's sacrifice fly to left.

      Rivero (3-2), recently converted to the Pirates closer, saw his ERA rise from 0.68 to 0.88. Pittsburgh tied it in the ninth on Andrew McCutchen's one-out, two-run double against closer Alex Colome (2-3).

      Braves 3, Padres 0

      SAN DIEGO -- Rookie left-hander Sean Newcomb threw six scoreless innings, and Johan Camargo delivered a two-run double as Atlanta beat San Diego.

      Newcomb (1-2), in his initial career road start, was sensational in securing his first major league win. The former first-round pick surrendered six hits and recorded seven strikeouts while issuing one walk.

      In all four of his outings since being called up from Triple-A Gwinnett on June 10, Newcomb has gone at least six innings. Newcomb, who was acquired by the Braves as part of a trade that sent shortstop Andrelton Simmons to the Los Angeles Angels in 2015, has allowed one run in his past 12 innings.

      Orioles 3, Blue Jays 1

      TORONTO -- Mark Trumbo hit a two-run double in the first inning, and Kevin Gausman pitched 5 1/3 scoreless innings as Baltimore won its third straight game.

      Gausman (4-7) allowed four hits and two walks while striking out four to earn his first win since May 31. Brad Brach served up a home run to Troy Tulowitzki with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning before earning his 14th save of the season.

      Joe Biagini (2-7) gave up five hits, four walks and three runs in 5 1/3 innings for the Blue Jays, who lost for the fourth time in five games.

      Marlins 6, Mets 3

      MIAMI -- Ichiro Suzuki slapped a go-ahead RBI single past third base in the seventh inning to lead Miami past New York.

      Christian Yelich followed one out later with a two-run single. Yelich went 3-for-4, the sixth time this season that he produced a three-hit game -- three of them this month.

      Mets starter Robert Gsellman lasted three innings after he sustained a left hamstring injury while running out a ground ball. Curtis Granderson homered leading off the first inning for New York, which had its three-game win streak snapped.

  • Former Mets pitcher Young dies of brain tumor
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, June 27, 2017

    Former major league pitcher Anthony Young died Tuesday following a lengthy illness. He was 51.

    • Diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor in January, Young went into a coma Monday night, according to a Twitter posting by former New York Mets teammate Lenny Harris.

      Young was best known for his tenure with the Mets, specifically a run of futility that spanned two seasons when he set a major league record with 27 consecutive losses in 1992-93.

      Young, who broke in with the Mets in 1991, finished a combined 3-30 during the 1992-93 seasons. From May 1992 to July 1993, he went 0-14 as a starter and 0-13 as a reliever, gaining unwanted notoriety that even led to an appearance on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."

      "I got a bad rap on that," Young told the New York Daily News in 2009 of the streak. "I always said I didn't feel like I was pitching badly. It just happened to happen to me. I don't feel like I deserve it, but I'm known for it."

      Young pitched two seasons with the Chicago Cubs in 1994-95 and ended his career the following year with the Houston Astros -- in the city where he starred collegiately at the University of Houston.

      In his six seasons in the majors, Young compiled a 15-48 record and a 3.89 ERA in 181 appearances (51 starts). He also had 20 career saves, 15 coming with the Mets in 1992.

  • MLB notebook: Indians manager Francona to miss game
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, June 27, 2017

    After spending Monday night at the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona was home resting Tuesday and did not manage the team in its game against the Texas Rangers.

    • Francona became ill during Monday night's game. He was taken to the Cleveland Clinic where he underwent a series of tests.

      "The doctors ruled out any major health issues, which was a big relief to all of us," said Indians president Chris Antonetti.

      It was the second such episode for Francona in less than two weeks. During a home game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on June 13, Francona had to leave the dugout and was taken to Cleveland Clinic for tests after experiencing spells of dizziness and light-headedness. Tests at that time also revealed no major health issue, and his discomfort was attributed to dehydration.

      Antonetti said Francona will return to the dugout for Wednesday's game with Texas. Francona will continue to be monitored by doctors over the next several weeks to determine the nature of his recent symptoms. Bench coach Brad Mills managed the team in Francona's absence.

      --Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell was suspended one game and fined an undisclosed amount due to his actions in Saturday's contest against the Los Angeles Angels, Major League Baseball announced.

      Farrell was ejected for arguing a balk call in the game against the Angels. Farrell served the suspension Tuesday night when the Red Sox host the Minnesota Twins.

      The incident occurred in the seventh inning on Saturday when Boston reliever Fernando Abad was called for a balk by third base umpire Bill Miller, allowing Cameron Maybin to score from third and increase Los Angeles' lead to 5-1. However, Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia came rushing in and pointed at home plate umpire Ryan Blakney, who appeared to call timeout just before the balk was called.

      After the umpiring crew met and decided the balk was the proper call, Farrell became enraged and had a face-to-face argument with Miller. Eventually, Farrell made contact with Miller and was ejected.

      --The Washington Nationals and veteran right-hander Francisco Rodriguez have agreed to a minor league deal, according to published reports.

      Rodriguez, who ranks fourth in baseball history with 437 career saves, was released by the Detroit Tigers on Friday. He had a horrid 7.82 ERA and had lost his job as the club's closer.

      Rodriguez, 35, will report to the Nationals' minor league facility in West Palm Beach, Fla.

      The six-time All Star was appealing to Washington due to its deep bullpen troubles this season. Rodriguez earned the nickname "K-Rod" as a youngster with the Angels due to his high number of strikeouts per innings pitched. He saved 40 or more games in four consecutive seasons for the club and set the major league record with 62 in 2008.

      --The New York Yankees placed second baseman Starlin Castro on the 10-day disabled list.

      Castro suffered a strained right hamstring while running out a ground ball on Monday night in the opener of a four-game series at the Chicago White Sox.

      The 27-year-old Castro is batting .313 with 12 home runs and 45 RBIs in 73 games in his second season with New York.

      To fill Castro's roster spot, the Yankees promoted infielder Tyler Wade from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Wade has played three infield positions at Triple-A and also played four games in the outfield.

      --The Toronto Blue Jays designated right-handed reliever Jason Grilli for assignment and called up right-handed reliever Chris Smith from Triple-A Buffalo.

      Grilli, 40, was 2-4 with a 6.97 ERA in 26 games with the Blue Jays this season. He allowed nine home runs in only 20 2/3 innings. Grilli recorded a career-high 33 saves with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2013 and added 24 saves with the Atlanta Braves in 2015.

      Smith, 28, was 1-2 with a 3.93 ERA in 14 games with Triple-A Buffalo. The Blue Jays also activated outfielder Ezequiel Carrera (fractured right foot) from the 10-day disabled list and returned outfielder Dwight Smith Jr. to Triple-A Buffalo.

      --Right-hander Antonio Bastardo was recalled by the Pittsburgh Pirates from his rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis and reinstated from the 10-day disabled list, the team announced.

      In a corresponding move, the Pirates optioned catcher Jacob Stallings to Triple-A Indianapolis.

      Bastardo, 31, has not pitched in the majors since April 24 as he dealt with a left quad strain. He is 0-1 with a 16.20 ERA in six appearances this season. Stallings, 27, hit .286 (2-for-7) with a double and a strikeout in two games this season with the Pirates.

  • Blue Jays designate RHP Grilli for assignment
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, June 27, 2017

    TORONTO -- The Toronto Blue Jays designated right-handed reliever Jason Grilli for assignment Tuesday before the game with the Baltimore Orioles and called up right-handed reliever Chris Smith from Triple-A Buffalo.

    • Grilli, 40, was 2-4 with a 6.97 ERA in 26 games with the Blue Jays this season. He allowed nine home runs in only 20 2/3 innings.

      Grilli recorded a career-high 33 saves with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2013 and added 24 saves with the Atlanta Braves in 2015.

      Toronto acquired Grilli from the Braves at the end of May last year. He appeared in 46 games with the Blue Jays in 2016, posting a 6-4 record and 3.46 ERA.

      Smith, 28, was 1-2 with a 3.93 ERA in 14 games with Triple-A Buffalo. He had his contract selected by the Blue Jays on Sept. 27, but did not make an appearance.

      The Blue Jays also activated outfielder Ezequiel Carrera (fractured right foot) from the 10-day disabled list and returned outfielder Dwight Smith Jr. to Triple-A Buffalo on Tuesday.

      Carrera has been on the disabled list since June 14. He is batting .297 with five homers and 15 RBIs in 56 games with Toronto. He made one appearance with Buffalo on a rehabilitation assignment Monday and was 1-for-2 for with two walks and a stolen base.

  • Yankees place 2B Castro on DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, June 27, 2017

    The New York Yankees placed second baseman Starlin Castro on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday.

    • Castro suffered a strained right hamstring while running out a ground ball on Monday night in the opener of a four-game series at the Chicago White Sox.

      The 27-year-old Castro is batting .313 with 12 home runs and 45 RBIs in 73 games in his second season with New York.

      To fill Castro's roster spot, the Yankees promoted infielder Tyler Wade from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Wade has played three infield positions at Triple-A and also played four games in the outfield.

      New York also made a pair of moves in its bullpen, optioning right-hander Jonathan Holder to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and recalling lefty Tyler Webb from the Triple-A affiliate.

      Holder appeared in 32 games with the Yankees this season, logging a 1-1 mark and 3.78 ERA. Webb made a pair of scoreless appearances last week for New York.

  • Indians' Francona to miss game due to illness
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, June 27, 2017

    CLEVELAND -- After spending Monday night at the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona was home resting Tuesday and did not manage the team in its game against the Texas Rangers.

    • Francona became ill during Monday night's game. He was taken to the Cleveland Clinic where he underwent a series of tests.

      "The doctors ruled out any major health issues, which was a big relief to all of us," said Indians president Chris Antonetti.

      It was the second such episode for Francona in less than two weeks. During a home game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on June 13, Francona had to leave the dugout and was taken to Cleveland Clinic for tests after experiencing spells of dizziness and light-headedness. Tests at that time also revealed no major health issue, and his discomfort was attributed to dehydration.

      Antonetti said Francona will return to the dugout for Wednesday's game with Texas. Francona will continue to be monitored by doctors over the next several weeks to determine the nature of his recent symptoms.

      "It raises a red flag, but Tito underwent every test you could possibly imagine, and they all came back clean," said Antonetti on Tuesday. "He wanted to come back to manage tonight but we told him to go home and rest."

      In Francona's absence, bench coach Brad Mills managed the team Monday night. Mills also ran the ballclub for Tuesday's game.

      Francona's health issues haven't affected his sense of humor. A release issued by the Indians Tuesday updating Francona's condition included the line:

      "Mr. Francona also wanted to express that medical personnel have not yet ruled out an allergy to bench Coach Brad Mills."

  • Pirates recall RHP Bastardo
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, June 27, 2017

    Right-hander Antonio Bastardo has been recalled by the Pittsburgh Pirates from his rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis and reinstated from the 10-day disabled list, the team announced Tuesday.

    • In a corresponding move, the Pirates optioned catcher Jacob Stallings to Triple-A Indianapolis.

      Bastardo, 31, has not pitched in the majors since April 24 as he dealt with a left quad strain. He is 0-1 with a 16.20 ERA in six appearances this season.

      With Indianapolis, Bastardo posted a 2-0 record with a 3.18 ERA over 12 outings (one start) from May 27 to June 25.

      Stallings, 27, hit .286 (2-for-7) with a double and a strikeout in two games this season with the Pirates.

  • Red Sox manager Farrell suspended, fined for ump confrontation
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, June 27, 2017

    Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell was suspended one game and fined an undisclosed amount due to his actions in Saturday's contest against the Los Angeles Angels, Major League Baseball announced Tuesday.

    • Farrell was ejected for arguing a balk call in the game against the Angels.

      Farrell will serve the suspension Tuesday night when the Red Sox host the Minnesota Twins.

      The incident occurred in the seventh inning on Saturday when Boston reliever Fernando Abad was called for a balk by third base umpire Bill Miller, allowing Cameron Maybin to score from third and increase Los Angeles' lead to 5-1.

      However, Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia came rushing in and pointed at home plate umpire Ryan Blakney, who appeared to call timeout just before the balk was called.

      After the umpiring crew met and decided the balk was the proper call, Farrell became enraged and had a face-to-face argument with Miller. Eventually, Farrell made contact with Miller and was ejected.

      "When he came to me and we discussed it, we got together as a crew and Ryan told us what he had," Miller told a pool reporter after the contest. "We went back to John and told him the balk happened before time was called. John didn't accept that answer and he was quite adamant that time had been called first and therefore the balk should have been nullified.

      "After that he just decided to argue and poked me in the chest. That's why he was ejected."

  • Nationals ink minor league deal with RHP Rodriguez
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, June 27, 2017

    The Washington Nationals and veteran right-hander Francisco Rodriguez have agreed to a minor league deal, according to published reports.

    • Rodriguez, who ranks fourth in baseball history with 437 career saves, was released by the Detroit Tigers on Friday. He had a horrid 7.82 ERA and had lost his job as the club's closer.

      Rodriguez, 35, will report to the Nationals' minor league facility in West Palm Beach, Fla.

      The six-time All Star was appealing to Washington due to its deep bullpen troubles this season.

      Rodriguez was just 2-5 in 28 appearances this season for the Tigers. He served up nine homers in 25 1/3 innings, blew six save opportunities and converted seven.

      Rodriguez earned the nickname "K-Rod" as a youngster with the Angels due to his high number of strikeouts per innings pitched. He saved 40 or more games in four consecutive seasons for the club and set the major league record with 62 in 2008.

      He also has pitched for the New York Mets, Milwaukee Brewers, Baltimore Orioles and the Tigers.

  • Yankees try to build on series-opening win over White Sox
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, June 27, 2017

    CHICAGO -- The New York Yankees will try to jump-start a winning streak when they meet the Chicago White Sox in the second game of a four-game series on Tuesday night.

    • The Yankees held on for a 6-5 win in Monday's series opener despite a rocky ninth inning in which the White Sox scored four runs and left the tying run on second base. Now, New York (41-33) will try to build upon the victory and move past an ugly stretch in which it lost 10 of the previous 12 games.

      New York might have to do so without starting second baseman Starlin Castro, who strained his right hamstring in the series opener. Castro is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Tuesday after pulling up lame while running to first base on a ground ball.

      "When I tried to run, I felt something tight, but I stopped before the pop," Castro said. "To be honest, I'm walking, I don't feel anything. I've had hamstring situations before and it hurt when I walk, but right now, I feel good walking. I don't know what the MRI is going to say tomorrow, but we'll see."

      In the opposite dugout, Chicago (32-43) is looking to stop a four-game losing streak. The White Sox have lost seven of the past eight games to fall a season-worst 11 games below .500.

      Shortstop Tim Anderson plans to wear corrective lenses at the plate again Tuesday after he debuted them Monday night. Anderson said the glasses corrected a "small" problem with his vision, but teammates joked that they seemed to make a big difference with his three-run home run.

      To Anderson, Chicago's ninth-inning rally was a bigger story than his glasses heading into Tuesday.

      "It's the beginning of something that can be something good," Anderson said. "We definitely hopefully can build off of this and keep going."

      White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana (4-8, 4.69 ERA) is slated to make his 16th start of the season. The 28-year-old has a 2-2 record with a 4.35 ERA in four career starts against the Yankees but has yet to oppose them this season.

      Quintana has struggled this season since inheriting the role of staff ace from left-hander Chris Sale. He is averaging 3.3 walks per nine innings, which is the worst mark of his career. However, he has improved recently with a 2-1 record and 2.25 ERA in his past four outings.

      Yankees right-hander Luis Severino (5-3, 3.30 ERA) is set to make his 15th start of the season. During three career starts against the White Sox, he is 1-2 with a 5.40 ERA.

      Severino will look to bounce back from his worst outing of the year. He allowed six runs (five earned) in six innings his last time out against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The ugly performance was out of character for the talented 23-year-old, who has 24 walks and 95 strikeouts in 87 1/3 innings.

      Severino could be challenged by White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu, who is 3-for-8 with two RBIs against him. Avisail Garcia is 1-for-5 against Severino, but his lone hit was a home run. Meanwhile, outfielder Melky Cabrera has managed only one hit in eight at-bats against the Yankees' youngster.

      Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius is 3-for-3 with a double and an RBI in his career against Quintana. Castro (0-for-14) and outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury (0-for-6) have yet to notch a hit against the southpaw.

  • Yankees' Castro exits due to hamstring strain
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, June 26, 2017

    CHICAGO -- Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro left New York's game against the Chicago White Sox on Monday because of a strained right hamstring.

    • Castro pulled up lame while running out a ground ball in the second inning. He was replaced in the field by Rob Refsnyder in the bottom of the second.

      Castro, 27, is hitting .313 with 12 home runs and 45 RBIs in 73 games. He didn't play Sunday after getting a cortisone shot in his right wrist a day earlier.

  • Indians' Francona leaves bench due to illness
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, June 26, 2017

    CLEVELAND -- Indians manager Terry Francona became ill in the fifth inning of Cleveland's game against the Texas Rangers on Monday night and had to leave the dugout. Bench coach Brad Mills managed the team for the remainder of the game, a 15-9 Cleveland victory.

    • After the game, the Indians announced that Francona was evaluated by the team's medical staff and checked out fine after experiencing symptoms similar to the ones during a June 13 game.

      In that game, a 7-5 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers, Francona left the dugout in the ninth inning after feeling light-headed. He was taken to the Cleveland Clinic for a battery of tests that found nothing. He was released, and the condition was attributed to dehydration. Francona was not taken to the hospital after the Monday night episode.

      Francona also missed a game last year in Washington after experiencing chest pains.

      "We're always concerned when this happens," Mills said. "It's a concern for me, for the staff and for the team. We're just glad that the doctors checked him out, and hopefully we'll know more tomorrow."

      Francona, 58, is in his fifth year as Indians manager, and he guided Cleveland to the World Series last year. He led the Boston Red Sox to World Series championships in 2004 and 2007.

  • Dodgers' McCarthy lands on DL with knee injury
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, June 26, 2017

    The Los Angeles Dodgers placed right-hander Brandon McCarthy on the 10-day disabled list Monday due to right knee tendinitis.

    • The move occurred a day after McCarthy lasted three innings and threw three wild pitches in the second inning of the Dodgers' 12-6 win over the Colorado Rockies.

      McCarthy is 6-3 with a 3.25 ERA in 13 starts this season after being limited to nine starts last season.

      The injury is not expected to sideline McCarthy more than 10 to 12 days, according to manager Dave Roberts.

      Besides putting McCarthy on the disabled list, the Dodgers also optioned right-hander Ross Stripling to Triple-A Oklahoma City and recalled right-hander Brock Stewart and outfielder Trayce Thompson from Triple-A.

      Striping pitched two innings Sunday. In 22 appearances, he is 0-3 with one save and a 4.03 ERA.

      Stewart threw three scoreless innings for a save against the New York Mets on June 20 in his lone major league appearance of the season. He went 0-1 with a 5.19 ERA in four minor league starts this season.

      Thompson went 0-for-8 in three April games with Los Angeles. He hit .211 with a .273 on-base percentage, seven homers and 25 RBIs in 62 games for Oklahoma City.