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  • Right-leaning McCain comes up short in foul ball bid

    July 1, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The ball from the left and John McCain leaned to the right.Not much surprise from the Republican senator from Arizona.An avid Arizona Diamondbacks fan, McCain was taking in a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night when a foul ball flew in his direction.

  • Mariners rookie Montgomery loses no-hit bid in 7th vs Padres

    July 1, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Seattle Mariners rookie Mike Montgomery has lost his no-hit bid when Yangervis Solarte doubled for the San Diego Padres with one out in the seventh inning.Making his sixth major league start Tuesday night, Montgomery opened the seventh by getting Justin Upton on a fly to left. Solarte hit Montgomery's next pitch into the left-field corner, becoming the first Padres player to reach second base.

  • Royals struggle against Keuchel in 4-0 loss to Astros

    June 30, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Kansas City starter Danny Duffy was done in by a couple of bad pitches on Tuesday night against the Houston Astros.Duffy (2-4) allowed six hits and four runs in 6 2-3 innings in his second start since returning from the disabled list in a 4-0 loss.

  • Mariners' Montgomery has no-hitter through 6 vs Padres

    June 30, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Seattle Mariners rookie Mike Montgomery is pitching a no-hitter through six innings against the San Diego Padres.Making just his sixth start, Montgomery has struck out five, walked three and hit a batter Tuesday night. The left-hander has thrown 77 pitches and the Mariners lead 4-0.

  • Arizona brings up Stites, sends Webster to Reno

    June 30, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks have recalled right-hander Matt Stites from Triple-A Reno and optioned right-hander Allen Webster to the Aces.The 25-year-old Stites went 0-1 with 3 saves and a 3.00 ERA in nine appearances with the Aces after starting the season on the 15-day disabled list with elbow inflammation. He was reinstated from the disabled list on June 1 and optioned to Reno.

  • Angels' Scioscia downplays report of rift with GM Dipoto

    June 30, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia downplayed a report of a renewed rift with general manager Jerry Dipoto on Tuesday, insisting the two are ''a good team.''Scioscia addressed the report by Fox Sports before the Angels faced the Yankees, largely insisting that vehement closed-doors discussions are being misconstrued as an unbridgeable disagreement between the longest-tenured manager in baseball and the Angels' new-school top executive.

  • Keuchel dominates again to help Astros shut out Royals 4-0

    June 30, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Dallas Keuchel probably could have thrown a second straight complete game on Tuesday night.Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch decided it would better not to overwork his ace.Keuchel allowed seven hits in eight innings to lead the Astros to a 4-0 win over the Kansas City Royals. His latest gem came after tossing a six-hit shutout in a victory over the New York Yankees in his previous start. Keuchel struck out seven and didn't walk a batter to lower his ERA to an American League-leading 2.03.

  • Keuchel dominate again to help Astros shut out Royals 4-0

    June 30, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Dallas Keuchel allowed seven hits in eight innings to lead the Houston Astros a 4-0 win over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night.The performance comes after Keuchel (10-3) threw a six-hit shutout in a win over the New York Yankees in his previous start. Keuchel struck out seven and didn't walk a batter to lower his ERA to 2.03. Pat Neshek allowed one hit in the ninth.

  • White Sox ace Sale strikes out 10 for 8th straight game

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) White Sox pitcher Chris Sale has struck out at least 10 for the eighth straight game, matching the best run in major league history.Sale reached the mark Tuesday night at St. Louis. Pedro Martinez also struck out 10 in eight straight starts in 1999 for Boston.

  • Rusney Castillo rejoins Red Sox on standby for Ramirez

    June 30, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Rookie outfielder Rusney Castillo has rejoined the Boston Red Sox on a standby basis, just in case Hanley Ramirez's injured hand doesn't heal in the next day or two.Castillo joined the team in Toronto but wasn't added to the active roster for Tuesday night's game against the Blue Jays.

  • LEADING OFF: Heston gets keys to the city, Ramirez on deck

    June 30, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Wednesday:---A KEY MATCHUPSan Francisco rookie Chris Heston is set to start in Miami, fresh off being honored at Marlins Park. He's from Palm Bay, Florida, about 170 miles up the highway, and was presented with the keys to the city by its mayor to celebrate Heston's recent no-hitter against the Mets.

  • Trying to make hitting skid disappear, Maddon hires magician

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Hoping to make a hitting slump disappear, Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon tried a trick.Presto! He hired a magician.Known for his unusual, motivational and tension-cutting clubhouse activities while with the Tampa Bay Rays, Maddon thought a five-game losing streak was the perfect time to pull out some fun.

  • Garcia questionable for Thursday, Belisle placed on DL

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) St. Louis Cardinals lefty Jaime Garcia is a question mark for Thursday's start, still struggling to return from a groin cramp in his last start.Manager Mike Matheny committed to John Lackey starting Wednesday against the White Sox but offered no further details on the St. Louis rotation going forward.

  • Mets activate Daniel Murphy from DL

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Mets activated infielder Daniel Murphy from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday night and put him in the cleanup spot, hoping he will bring a much-needed jolt to an offense that has had major difficulties scoring runs.Murphy has been out with a left quadriceps strain since June 5. He will play third base with fellow All-Star David Wright still out with stenosis, the narrowing of the spinal column in his lower back.

  • Rays sign first-round draft pick Garrett Whitley

    June 30, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays have signed first-round pick Garrett Whitley, the 13th overall selection in this year's baseball draft.The 18-year-old outfielder from Niskayuna High School in New York visited the club before Tuesday night's game against the Cleveland Indians, slipped on a uniform and participated in batting practice.

  • Rusney Castillo rejoins Red Sox, just in case

    June 30, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Outfielder Rusney Castillo has rejoined the Boston Red Sox on a standby basis, just in case Hanley Ramirez's injured hand doesn't heal.Castillo joined the team in Toronto but wasn't added to the active roster for Tuesday night's game against the Blue Jays.

  • Cain, Peavy to return with back-to-back starts for Giants

    June 30, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Matt Cain and Jake Peavy are headed back to work for the San Francisco Giants. The two pitchers will start this week following lengthy stays on the disabled list.Manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday that Cain is scheduled to start Thursday against the Miami Marlins. Cain hasn't pitched since July 2014. He underwent elbow surgery last year and has been sidelined this season with a strained flexor tendon.

  • Mackanin to remain Phillies' manager for rest of season

    June 30, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia Phillies say Pete Mackanin will stay as their manager for the rest of the season.General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. made the announcement Tuesday.Mackanin took over on an interim basis last Friday after manager Ryne Sandberg resigned.

  • Cardinals place RHP Matt Belisle on 15-day DL

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Cardinals placed right-handed reliever Matt Belisle on the 15-day disabled list with elbow inflammation, retroactive to June 28.Right-hander Marcus Hatley's contract was purchased from Triple-A Memphis. To make room on the 40-man roster, reliever Jordan Walden was transferred from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL.

  • Casey McGehee designated for assignment by Giants

    June 30, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Casey McGehee, the NL Comeback Player of the Year in 2014, will need another comeback.The veteran infielder was designated for assignment Tuesday by the San Francisco Giants shortly before they began a three-game series at Miami. The Giants purchased the contract of infielder Ehire Adrianza from Triple-A Sacramento.

  • Gray to miss start for A's vs. Rockies with illness

    June 30, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Athletics scratched starter Sonny Gray because of an illness and brought up right-hander Chris Bassitt from Triple-A Nashville to face Colorado.The A's announced that Gray will miss Tuesday's game because of flu-like symptoms. Gray (9-3) is the AL leader with a 2.09 ERA.

  • Josh Hamilton activated from DL by Rangers, Gallo to minors

    June 30, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) Josh Hamilton is back on the Texas Rangers' 25-man roster, eager to jump-start a season that has been marred by injury.The 34-year-old slugger was activated from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday and put in the starting lineup against the Baltimore Orioles.

  • Twins fall behind by 8 runs early, lose to Reds 11-7

    June 30, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) The Minnesota Twins knew all about Billy Hamilton's speed. Nothing they did could slow him - or the rest of the Reds' lineup, for that matter.Hamilton scored three times in the first three innings to help Cincinnati open a huge lead, and the Reds held on for an 11-7 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night.

  • Dodgers pitcher Mike Bolsinger leaves with flu-like symptoms

    June 29, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Mike Bolsinger left his start Monday night after four innings due to flu-like symptoms, the club announced during the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.Bolsinger didn't allow a run, giving up three hits. He struck out four. After the second out of the fourth inning, a member of the Dodgers training staff came out to check with him.

  • Rays stymied by Anderson, Indians 7-1

    June 29, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays were stymied again. This time it was Cleveland rookie Cody Anderson's turn to shut them down.Anderson took a perfect game into the seventh inning in his second major league start, and the struggling Indians snapped a three-game losing streak with a 7-1 victory over the Rays on Monday night.

  • Reds get up by 8 runs, hold on for 11-7 win over Twins

    June 29, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Billy Hamilton ran the Minnesota Twins into a hole so big they couldn't get out of it.The speedy leadoff hitter scored three times in the first three innings to help Cincinnati open a huge lead, and the Reds held on for an 11-7 victory over the Twins on Monday night.

  • Indians Cody Anderson loses perfect game in 7th inning

    June 29, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Somewhere around the fourth inning, Cody Anderson realized he was chasing perfection.''I kind of knew that everything was going pretty smooth,'' Cleveland's rookie right-hander said after taking a bid for a perfect game into the seventh inning of his second major league start on Monday night. ''I just tried to keep throwing strikes and keep the approach the same.''

  • Indians' Cody Anderson loses perfect game bid in 7th inning

    June 29, 2015

    ST. PETERSBUIRG, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay's Grady Sizemore homered with one out in the seventh inning, ending Cody Anderson's bid to pitch a perfect game in his second career start for the Cleveland Indians.Sizemore, playing in his second game since joining the Rays, lined a 1-2 pitch into the right-field stands to trim Cleveland's lead to 2-1. Evan Longoria followed with a double off the rookie right-hander.

  • Indians' Cody Anderson has perfect game through 6 innings

    June 29, 2015

    ST. PETERSBUIRG, Fla. (AP) Cody Anderson of the Cleveland Indians has a perfect game through six innings against the Tampa Bay Rays.Cleveland leads 2-0.Anderson is making his second major league start. He limited the Rays to six hits over 7 2-3 scoreless innings in his debut at Progressive Field on June 21, but was not involved in the decision of a game the Indians won 1-0.

  • LEADING OFF: Sale's K streak, Verlander and Hamilton back

    June 29, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Tuesday:---ANOTHER 10KWhite Sox ace Chris Sale takes a streak of seven straight outings with at least 10 strikeouts into his start at St. Louis. The left-hander has fanned 85 during the run.FUTURES GAME

  • Kansas City's Escobar scratched against Astros

    June 29, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Kansas City shortstop Alcides Escobar has been scratched from the Royals game against the Houston Astros with a finger injury.Escobar left the game on Sunday after suffering the injury, but was originally in Monday's lineup. He was scratched about an hour before game time.

  • OF Ramirez has hand exam, could return to Red Sox this week

    June 29, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Outfielder Hanley Ramirez could return to the Red Sox lineup this week after an MRI on his injured left hand confirmed no structural damage.Ramirez is batting .283 and leads Boston with 15 home runs and 38 RBIs. He's missed the past four games after being hit by teammate Xander Bogaerts' line drive in last Wednesday's win over Baltimore.

  • Rangers' Hamilton eager to return; says he's 'good to go'

    June 29, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) Josh Hamilton is ready to return to the major leagues, even at less than 100 percent.Sidelined since June 4 with a strained left hamstring, Hamilton proclaimed himself ''good to go'' Monday. The outfielder expects to be activated from the disabled list by the Texas Rangers on Tuesday.

  • 5 Royals lead in All-Star voting, balloting ends Thursday

    June 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Toronto third baseman Josh Donaldson and Seattle designated hitter Nelson Cruz have moved ahead in fan voting for starting spots in the All-Star Game, leaving five Kansas City Royals still in the lead.Major League Baseball released the results Monday, and voting continues through Thursday night. MLB said more than 500 million votes had been cast.

  • One day at a time, Cardinals adding to best record in majors

    June 29, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Mike Matheny has zero interest in scanning the daily statistics that show just how efficiently the St. Louis Cardinals are dealing with the opposition.Matheny prefers that his players ignore all that, too, just as they have the hacking investigation involving the Houston Astros that seems to have quieted down. The players can keep the franchise with the majors' best record rolling along by grinding out at-bats, grinding out innings, briefly savoring results and moving on.

  • One day at a time, Cardinals putting up enviable record

    June 29, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Mike Matheny has zero interest in scanning the daily statistics that show just how efficiently the St. Louis Cardinals have dealt with the opposition.Matheny prefers players ignore it, too. He wants them to focus on keeping the franchise with the majors' best record rolling by grinding out at-bats, grinding out innings, briefly savoring results and moving on.

  • Pirates staying patient as Polanco searches for consistency

    June 29, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) A year ago, Gregory Polanco was the next big thing. When the Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder was called up to the big leagues last June, his arrival was viewed as a coronation.On a team desperate for power, the impossibly raw kid with the seemingly effortless swing appeared to be the jolt the Pirates needed.

  • MacPhail joins Phillies, will be president after season

    June 29, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Andy MacPhail is the new man in charge of the Philadelphia Phillies.The veteran baseball executive joined the Phillies on Monday with plans to take over as team president after this season. He'll eventually replace Pat Gillick, who helped choose his successor. MacPhail will serve as a special assistant to Gillick for the rest of this season, then take over all business and baseball operations.

  • Correction: Indians-Orioles story

    June 29, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) In a story June 28 about the Cleveland Indians game against the Baltimore Orioles, The Associated Press erroneously reported a quote from Cleveland manager Terry Francona. The quote should have read: ''Today was not a pretty day for us. But I don't see guys grinding the bat ... we're just not doing the things we're capable of doing,'' not ''I don't see guys grinding the at-bat.''

  • Correction: Indians story

    June 29, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) In a story June 28 about the Cleveland Indians game against the Baltimore Orioles, The Associated Press erroneously reported a quote from Cleveland manager Terry Francona. The quote should have read: ''Today was not a pretty day for us. But I don't see guys grinding the bat ... we're just not doing the things we're capable of doing,'' not ''I don't see guys grinding the at-bat.''

  • Orioles hit 3 HRs, beat Indians 8-0 for sweep

    June 29, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) It is tough enough to sweep a doubleheader in the major leagues. Winning twice by shutouts? Well, the Baltimore Orioles hadn't pulled off that trick in 41 years.Chris Tillman pitched seven innings of four-hit ball to win his fourth straight decision, and the Orioles breezed past the Cleveland Indians 8-0 Sunday night to complete a doubleheader sweep.

  • Indians come up with zeroes in falling twice to Orioles

    June 29, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) The Cleveland Indians had been flailing helplessly at the plate for nearly 18 innings when Terry Francona finally had seen enough.Francona stormed out of the dugout after a third-strike call went against Ryan Raburn, and the manager was ejected before he got to the plate. The sequence effectively summed up a Sunday in which the Indians failed to score in losing twice to the Baltimore Orioles, 4-0 and 8-0.

  • AP source: Phillies hire MacPhail as team president

    June 29, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia Phillies have hired veteran baseball executive Andy MacPhail to be their team president, a person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press on Monday.MacPhail replaces Pat Gillick, who helped choose his successor. MacPhail won two World Series as general manager of the Minnesota Twins in 1987 and 1991 and later served as president of the Chicago Cubs and Baltimore Orioles.

  • Cespedes, Donaldson contributing after big offseason trades

    June 29, 2015

    For a Detroit team that's already dealt with its share of injuries, the steady production of Yoenis Cespedes has been a big help.Both at the plate and in left field.''He's been very good in left field - much better than anticipated,'' manager Brad Ausmus said. ''Everyone knew about the arm, but I think he covers more ground than we expected. He takes pride in his defense.''

  • LEADING OFF: Weiss back in Oakland, Blanton regains touch

    June 28, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Monday:---STREAKINGNolan Arenado has set a Rockies' record by getting a hit and scoring a run in 12 straight games. He can extend the mark when Colorado visits Oakland.WHAT A STARTResurgent Royals pitcher Joe Blanton (2-0) aims to win his third straight start when he faces host Houston. The 34-year-old righty went 2-14 for the Angels in 2013 and didn't play in the majors last season.

  • Garcia likely to start Thursday against White Sox

    June 28, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Cardinals lefty Jaime Garcia is likely to make his next start Thursday against the White Sox, getting two extra days to recover from a groin cramp he sustained running the bases.St. Louis, which leads the majors with a 50-24 record, has a day off Monday and manager Mike Matheny said he'll use Lance Lynn and John Lackey on regular rest ahead of Garcia.

  • Verlander on track to start Tuesday for Tigers

    June 28, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Justin Verlander is on track to return Tuesday from a back issue that caused him to miss a start.Detroit manager Brad Ausmus says Verlander will start Tuesday night against Pittsburgh. The right-hander didn't pitch at all this season until June 13 because of an arm problem, and after making two starts, he was scratched from Wednesday's game against Cleveland because of back stiffness.

  • Reds' infield miscues help Mets to 2-1 win in 13 innings

    June 28, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Skip Schumaker kept the Reds in position to win with two outstanding defensive plays in one inning. Their bats and infielders were the reason Cincinnati fell short.Two botched plays in the 13th inning led to Dilson Herrera scoring the run that finally lifted the New York Mets to a 2-1 victory over Cincinnati on Sunday in the completion of a game suspended by rain a day earlier.

  • Gonzalez falters after HR, Blue Jays beat Rangers 3-2

    June 28, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Rangers rookie Chi Chi Gonzalez cruised through his first three innings against the Blue Jays before a big home run sent him into a spin.Josh Donaldson homered off Gonzalez, Drew Hutchison won his fifth straight decision and Toronto beat Texas 3-2 Sunday.

  • Marlins' slugger Stanton undergoes surgery on broken hand

    June 28, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton underwent surgery Sunday on his broken left hand, and the timetable for his return remains four to six weeks.Stanton hurt his hand while swinging during Friday's game against the Dodgers. When sidelined he led the majors with 27 homers and 67 RBIs.

  • Duda has winning RBI in 13th, Mets beat bungling Reds 2-1

    June 28, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Terry Collins was just happy the game ended. With a win in their pocket, the New York Mets could finally get to prized prospect Steven Matz's debut.Lucas Duda drove in the winning run on the Cincinnati Reds' second bungled infield chance in the 13th inning, lifting the Mets to a 2-1 victory Sunday in the completion of a game suspended by rain a day earlier.

  • Pirates designate Tabata, Volstad for assignment

    June 28, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Pirates designated outfielder Jose Tabata for a second time on Sunday, a little more than a week after Tabata broke up Max Scherzer's bid for a perfect game.Tabata hit .289 in 27 games with Pittsburgh this season after beginning the year in Triple-A Indianapolis. Tabata, who signed a six-year extension with the Pirates in 2011, has struggled to stay in the big leagues over the past two years. He spoiled Scherzer's chance at a perfect game with two outs in the ninth inning on June 20 when he was hit by a pitch.

  • Orioles, top draft pick DJ Stewart of FSU, agree to terms

    June 28, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) The Baltimore Orioles have agreed to terms with Florida State outfielder DJ Stewart, the team's top draft pick in the 2015 draft.Stewart was the 25th overall pick.The 21-year-old Stewart hit .318 with 15 homers and 59 RBIs in 64 games this season as a junior.

  • Rays call up OF Grady Sizemore

    June 28, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays have purchased the contract of three-time All-Star Grady Sizemore from Class A Charlotte.Sizemore, released by Philadelphia on June 1, signed with the Rays two weeks later. He spent the past week playing for Charlotte.

  • LEADING OFF: Cano's head, McCutchen exam, Matz debut

    June 28, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues today:---ROBBY'S NOGGINThe Mariners will find out if star second baseman Robinson Cano can play after he was smacked on the left temple as the Los Angeles Angels' infielders were getting loose for the seventh inning of a 4-2 win Saturday. Cano had a big welt on his head after rookie shortstop Taylor Featherston's high throw over first baseman Albert Pujols hit him. Cano left the game and was examined for a concussion, but tests were negative. Manager Lloyd McClendon was optimistic Cano would be able to play against the Angels.

  • Mariners' Cano hit in head by Angels' warmup ball, exits

    June 27, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Seattle Mariners star Robinson Cano was hit in the head by a stray ball while the Los Angeles Angels were warming up in between innings Saturday and left the game because of dizziness.Cano was taken to the clubhouse after being struck as the Angels' infield loosened up before the seventh inning.

  • LEADING OFF: McCutchen exam, Matz debut, Puig return

    June 27, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Sunday:---OUCH!Pirates star center fielder Andrew McCutchen will be re-evaluated, a day after he was hit in the left elbow by a fastball from Atlanta's Julio Teheran and exited the game. X-rays on the 2013 NL MVP were negative. McCutchen has been hit eight times this season, including two games in a row.

  • Garza, Brewers lose 5-2 to Twins

    June 27, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) After getting hammered in his last two starts, Matt Garza limited the runs and hits.A couple of mistakes, however, cost him.Torii Hunter homered twice and doubled, Eduardo Escobar hit a three-run homer and the Minnesota Twins beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-2 Saturday.

  • Johan Santana abandons comeback bid with Blue Jays

    June 27, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Two-time Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana has abandoned his comeback bid with the Toronto Blue Jays.General manager Alex Anthopoulos said Saturday that a toe infection was the primary factor in Santana's decision. He said Santana plans on pitching winter ball.

  • Boyd gives up 3 HRs in debut, Rangers beat Jays 4-0

    June 27, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Matt Boyd had no problem with nerves in his big league debut.Pitch location, however, was more of a challenge.Boyd allowed three solo home runs in his first career start, Yovani Gallardo shut down Toronto's potent offense and the Texas Rangers snapped a season-worst six-game skid with a 4-0 victory over the Blue Jays on Saturday.

  • Steven Matz set to debut for Mets in major league homecoming

    June 27, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Steven Matz is set to make his major league debut about 50 miles from home with a huge cheering section in the Citi Field stands.No pressure, kid.The latest - and perhaps last - in a line of highly touted young pitchers to come through the New York Mets' farm system lately, Matz will be called up Sunday to start against the Cincinnati Reds after a very impressive half-season with Triple-A Las Vegas.

  • Pirates star McCutchen leaves game with elbow injury

    June 27, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen left Saturday's game against Atlanta after getting hit in the left elbow with a pitch.McCutchen winced when a 92 mph fastball from Braves pitcher Julio Tehran smacked into the 2013 NL MVP's elbow. X-rays were negative and the team said McCutchen would be reevaluated on Sunday.

  • Houston's Oberholtzer ejected for throwing at A-Rod

    June 27, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Houston starter Brett Oberholtzer has been ejected in the second for throwing at New York's Alex Rodriguez.Oberholtzer threw inside on Rodriguez and he jumped out of the way to avoid being hit. Oberholtzer was immediately ejected as Rodriguez stood at the plate with his hand on his left hip.

  • Giants pitcher Lincecum hit in elbow by liner, leaves game

    June 27, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum was hit in his pitching elbow by a line drive Saturday and left the game against Colorado.Lincecum was struck by DJ LeMahieu's liner in the second inning. The ball deflected to first baseman Buster Posey, who threw home to get Chris Rusin trying to score.

  • Bone bruise lands Braves pitcher Perez on disabled list

    June 27, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The Atlanta Braves have placed rookie starting pitcher Williams Perez on the 15-day disabled list with a bone bruise in his left foot.Perez, unbeaten in eight starts, left Friday night's loss to Pittsburgh in the fifth inning shortly after getting hit in the foot with a line drive off the bat of Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison. Perez attempted to stay in the game but left two batters later. X-rays were negative but Perez said the foot felt worse on Saturday morning and it was unlikely he would have been able to make his next start.

  • Dodgers reliever Rodriguez has setback with elbow injury

    June 27, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Paco Rodriguez has had a setback in his recovery from elbow tendinitis and needs surgery that will sideline him for an additional eight to 10 weeks.Rodriguez made four rehab appearances with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga and Triple-A Oklahoma City with hopes of returning to the big league club on Monday before the new trouble.

  • Marlins' slugger Stanton out 4-6 weeks with broken hand

    June 27, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) For the second year in a row, Giancarlo Stanton's chances of winning the major league home run title have been hurt by an injury.The Miami Marlins slugger has a broken left hand, which is expected to sideline him four to six weeks. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday and will meet with a hand specialist.

  • AP source: Stanton out 4-6 weeks with broken hand

    June 27, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) For the second year in a row, Giancarlo Stanton's chances of winning the major league home run title have been hurt by an injury.The Miami Marlins slugger has a broken left hand that is expected to sideline him four to six weeks, a person familiar with the situation said Saturday. The person confirmed the injury to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team hadn't announced X-ray results.

  • LEADING OFF: Stanton hurt hand; Kershaw starts; Boyd's debut

    June 27, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Saturday:---SORE SLUGGERMajor League homer leader Giancarlo Stanton hurt his hand Friday night while taking another big swing, this one a strike, and he will have some further tests before determining if he can play against the Dodgers. The Marlins sure need their slugger. They've lost five in a row.

  • Cueto loses strike zone, Reds lose to light-hitting Mets

    June 26, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Johnny Cueto was cruising along until he suddenly developed a problem - with the strike zone, not his sometimes achy elbow.The Cincinnati ace gave the light-hitting New York Mets exactly the help they needed when he lost his control Friday night, dooming the Reds to a 2-1 defeat.

  • Betancourt activated from disabled list

    June 26, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The Colorado Rockies activated right-hander Rafael Betancourt from the disabled list before Friday night's game against the San Francisco Giants.Betancourt was 2-2 with a 6.30 ERA before going on the DL with symptoms of vertigo.To make room on the roster, the Rockies sent right-hander Justin Miller to Triple-A Albuquerque. Miller was 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA.

  • Dozier and Parra both lead off the game with home run

    June 26, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Brian Dozier led off the game for the Minnesota Twins on Friday night with a home run. Gerardo Parra of the Milwaukee Brewers matched that feat when he led off the bottom of the first inning.Dozier lined a 2-1 pitch from Kyle Lohse into the seats in left. Then, in the bottom half of the first, Parra hit an 0-1 offering from Trevor May just over the wall in left-center field. Center fielder Shane Robinson made a leaping attempt at the wall, but the ball cleared his glove with room to spare.

  • Scherzer's bid for 2nd straight no-hitter ends in 6th

    June 26, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Max Scherzer's bid to become the second pitcher in major league history to throw two consecutive no-hitters ended when Philadelphia's Freddy Galvis doubled with one out in the sixth inning Friday night.Scherzer retired the first 16 batters before Galvis lined a 1-1 pitch to the right-field wall.

  • Scherzer working on 2nd straight no-hitter, perfect thru 5

    June 26, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Nationals righty Max Scherzer is perfect through five innings against the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night in his bid to become the second pitcher in major league history to throw two consecutive no-hitters.Scherzer tossed a no-hitter last Saturday against Pittsburgh, falling one strike shy of a perfect game before hitting Jose Tabata with a pitch with two outs and two strikes. He threw a one-hitter, striking out 16 in his previous start.

  • Affeldt goes on DL with shoulder strain

    June 26, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The San Francisco Giants have placed left-hander Jeremy Affeldt on the 15-day disabled list with a strain in his pitching shoulder.The Giants made the move before Friday night's game against the Colorado Rockies.On Thursday, Affeldt did not retire any of the four hitters he faced against the San Diego Padres.

  • Fielder hits 300th career home run

    June 26, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Texas slugger Prince Fielder has joined his dad Cecil in the 300-homer club, making them the second father-son duo to reach the plateau along with Barry and Bobby Bonds.Prince Fielder homered in the first inning of the Rangers game at the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night.

  • Cubs rookie 3B Bryant back in lineup

    June 26, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Chicago Cubs rookie third baseman Kris Bryant returned to the starting lineup for Friday's game at St. Louis, a day after experiencing flu-like symptoms.Bryant, who is hitting .278 with 10 homers and 42 RBI, left Thursday's 4-0 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers after two innings.

  • Orioles option LHP McFarland to make room for Chen

    June 26, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) The Baltimore Orioles have recalled left-hander Wei-Yin Chen from the minor leagues and optioned reliever T.J. McFarland to Triple-A Norfolk.Chen started Friday night against Cleveland. He was optioned to Single-A Frederick on June 16 and pitched in one game there.

  • Gay MLB umpire on Supreme Court ruling: 'They got it right'

    June 26, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) A Major League Baseball umpire who came out as gay last winter has applauded the Supreme Court ruling that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States.Dale Scott called Friday's decision ''one of the biggest civil rights victories that this country has seen.''

  • Blue Jays activate 2B Travis off DL

    June 26, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) The Blue Jays have activated rookie second baseman Devon Travis off the disabled list and put him in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Texas Rangers.Infielder Munenori Kawasaki was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo to make room for Travis, who hasn't played since leaving a May 16 game at Houston with a sore left shoulder.

  • Mets, Matz moving to 6-man rotation for 'foreseeable future'

    June 26, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Highly touted Steven Matz is set to join the New York Mets this weekend as part of their plan to return to a six-man rotation for the ''foreseeable future.''General manager Sandy Alderson made the announcement before the Mets hosted Cincinnati on Friday night. He said he expected the shift to six starters ''will continue for a period of time.''

  • Nationals put Rendon on disabled list

    June 26, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Washington Nationals have placed infielder Anthony Rendon on the 15-day disabled list and selected the contract of infielder Emmanuel Burriss from Triple-A Syracuse on Friday.Rendon has a left quadriceps strain. His stint on the DL is retroactive to June 25. Outfielder Reed Johnson was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

  • Ryne Sandberg resigns as Philadelphia Phillies manager

    June 26, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Ryne Sandberg left on his terms.An emotional Sandberg resigned as Phillies manager on Friday in his third season as Philadelphia struggles with the worst record in the major leagues.''In a lot of ways I'm old school, and I'm very much dissatisfied with the record and not pleased at all with that,'' Sandberg said. ''I think that goes hand in hand with being a manager. So it's been a difficult thing to swallow, but I have thought about it for some time, and we've come to this day. The accumulation of losses was something that I take responsibility for and something that really took a toll on me.''

  • Astros recall Singleton; place Qualls on disabled list

    June 26, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Astros have recalled first baseman Jon Singleton from Triple-A Fresno and placed right-handed reliever Chad Qualls on the disabled list with a pinched nerve in his neck.Singleton leads the Pacific Coast League with 17 homers and his 66 RBIs are tied for most in all of the minors. The 23-year-old struggled last season after making his major league debut, hitting just .168 in 95 games, and has spent all of this season with the Grizzlies.

  • Derek Jeter, Jon Stewart named to New Jersey Hall of Fame

    June 26, 2015

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) Former Yankees slugger Derek Jeter and ''Daily Show'' host Jon Stewart are being enshrined in New Jersey history.They are among the 13 with New Jersey ties being inducted into the state Hall of Fame. The selections were announced Friday.

  • Twins put rookie Buxton on DL, with sprained left thumb

    June 26, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Rookie center fielder Byron Buxton has been put on the 15-day disabled list by the Minnesota Twins because of a sprained left thumb, and one of baseball's best prospects will be out for at least a month.Shortstop Danny Santana was recalled from Triple-A Rochester. Minnesota made the move before Friday night's game against the Milwaukee Brewers.

  • Baseball squad makes history with first openly gay pro

    June 26, 2015

    SONOMA, Calif. (AP) Baseball history was made in Northern California wine country Thursday night when the sport's first active professional player to come out as gay pitched a shutout before an enthusiastic crowd that seemed more impressed with his performance than his role as a pioneer.

  • LEADING OFF: Scherzer set for 1st start since no-hitter

    June 25, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Friday:---CHASING VANDER MEERMax Scherzer makes his first start since throwing a no-hitter against Pittsburgh last Saturday when the Nationals open a weekend series at Philadelphia. Scherzer, who struck out 16 in a one-hit shutout at Milwaukee on June 14 in his previous outing, will be seeking to match Johnny Vander Meer's feat of throwing no-hitters in consecutive starts. Vander Meer did it for Cincinnati in 1938.

  • Tigers fall short against White Sox, 8-7

    June 25, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Miguel Cabrera stepped to the plate with the tying run at second and a chance to cap a 10th-inning comeback.The Chicago White Sox didn't dare give him the chance.Cabrera was intentionally walked to load the bases and David Robertson struck out Josh Wilson to end the game, finishing an 8-7 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Thursday.

  • Colby Lewis takes blame for loss as Rangers fall 6-3 to A's

    June 25, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Colby Lewis lost his control and felt as if he lost the game for the Texas Rangers, even without a decision.The Oakland Athletics completed a three-game series sweep with a 6-3 win Thursday, getting their go-ahead runs after the veteran Texas right-hander had given way to the bullpen.

  • MLB plans to open 2nd replay center in San Francisco

    June 26, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Major League Baseball plans to open a second replay center in San Francisco.MLB opened a replay center at MLB Advanced Media's office in New York in 2008 and expanded it in 2014.Speaking Thursday at AT&T Park, Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said the sport will expand its facility at MLBAM's San Francisco office, located near the ballpark.

  • Rays obtain 1B/OF Marc Krauss for minor league pitcher

    June 25, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired first baseman/outfielder Marc Krauss from the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for minor league pitcher Kyle Winkler.The AL East leaders also optioned infielder Nick Franklin to Triple-A Durham on Thursday.

  • Even for 'electrifying' Buxton, there's a lot to learn

    June 26, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Byron Buxton finished his first homestand for Minnesota with quite the challenge in Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale, the three-time-and-counting All-Star left-hander who will likely appear on the schedule many times in the coming seasons as a division rival of the Twins.

  • Rockies starter De La Rosa leaves with finger injury

    June 25, 2015

    DENVER (AP) Colorado Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa was forced to leave Thursday's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the sixth inning after apparently aggravating a cut on the middle finger of his pitching hand.De La Rosa had sailed through five scoreless innings before walking the first two batters in the sixth.

  • Markakis' record streak of 398 games without an error ends

    June 25, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Atlanta right fielder Nick Markakis saw his record streak of 398 consecutive games without an error end in the first inning of Thursday's game against the Washington Nationals.Denard Span singled to right field leading off and Markakis bobbled the ball, allowing Span to take second.

  • Tiny baseball league makes history with first openly gay pro

    June 25, 2015

    SONOMA, Calif. (AP) Baseball history was made in Northern California wine country Thursday night when the sport's first openly gay active professional started the game as a pitcher.Sean Conroy, 23, took the mound for the Sonoma Stompers, a 22-man team that is part of the independent Pacific Association of Baseball Clubs.

  • Cubs' Kris Bryant leaves game against with flulike symptoms

    June 25, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant has left a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers with what Chicago called flulike symptoms.Bryant struck out in the first inning Thursday and came out in the second with the Cubs trailing 4-0.The rookie third baseman is hitting .278 with 10 homers and 42 RBIs.

  • Astros agree to .9 million signing bonus with SS Bregman

    June 25, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Alex Bregman has only had a week off since wrapping up his career at LSU when the Tigers were eliminated from the College World Series.That's enough of a break for Houston's top draft pick this season. He's ready to get back to baseball.

  • Twins summon another top prospect, right-hander Alex Meyer

    June 25, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Twins have promoted another one of their top prospects, right-handed pitcher Alex Meyer.The Twins announced they will recall Meyer from Triple-A Rochester prior to Friday's game at Milwaukee. Meyer will replace Michael Tonkin, who was sent down Wednesday, in the bullpen.

  • Harper, Rendon out of Nats lineup against Braves

    June 25, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Nationals star right fielder Bryce Harper is out of Thursday's lineup a day after suffering what he termed a leg cramp.Infielder Anthony Rendon is also getting a day off because of soreness in his left quadriceps.Manager Matt Williams said both could pinch hit against the Atlanta Braves, and wouldn't say if Harper was in fact injured.

  • Maddon: Review umps should be replaced by 'bunch of nerds'

    June 25, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Cubs manager Joe Maddon think baseball's video review umpires should be replaced by ''a bunch of nerds.''Chicago's 5-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night ended when Chris Denorfia singled off the base of the left-field wall with two outs in the ninth and was thrown out by Scott Van Slyke, who made a perfect strike to second.

  • Miguel Gonzalez activated from disabled list by Orioles

    June 25, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Pitcher Miguel Gonzalez has been activated from the 15-day disabled list by the Baltimore Orioles to start a series finale against the Boston Red Sox.The 31-year old right-hander was placed on the disabled list on June 10 because of a strained right groin. He is 5-4 with a 3.33 ERA.

  • Appeals court says judge properly dismissed Braun lawsuit

    June 25, 2015

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) A judge properly dismissed a lawsuit alleging Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun libeled a former friend who helped him fight allegations he used steroids, a state appeals court ruled Thursday.The 1st District Court of Appeals agreed that Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Paul Van Grunsven properly exercised his discretion when he tossed out Ralph Sasson's lawsuit last summer, noting that Sasson never produced any evidence that Braun made disparaging remarks about him in writing and that Sasson violated an order to keep discovery materials secret.

  • Rangers restore bullpen depth with Patton back

    June 25, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Texas Rangers are at full strength in the bullpen after recalling right-handed reliever Spencer Patton from Triple-A Round Rock.Texas made the move before Thursday's series finale against Oakland.Outfielder Michael Choice was sent back to Round Rock, one day after getting called up to the Rangers.

  • Pedroia goes on Boston disabled list with strained hamstring

    June 25, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Second baseman Dustin Pedroia was put on the 15-day disabled list by the Boston Red Sox before Thursday's 8-6 loss to Baltimore, a day after straining his right hamstring.Pedroia was hurt rounding first base after his go-ahead, two-run single in the sixth inning of Wednesday night's 5-1 victory over the Orioles and limped off the field.

  • Cubs' Russell making transition from shortstop to second

    June 25, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Addison Russell started on the bag, then then moved behind the base and finally ended up in front for a couple more throws. Then it was his turn to feed Starlin Castro, and he gracefully fielded each grounder before making an assortment of flips to the shortstop coming across second.

  • Orioles' sloppy 6th leads to 5-1 loss to Red Sox

    June 24, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) A few broken laces led to a long inning for Baltimore's Bud Norris.The Orioles starter was chased with five unearned runs in the sixth, carrying the Boston Red Sox to a 5-1 victory Wednesday night.First baseman Chris Davis booted Alejandro De Aza's grounder for an error to open the inning, Norris misplayed Sandy Leon's sacrifice for an error and the Red Sox were on their way to the big inning.

  • Umpire Dale Scott returns after struck by liner in Texas

    June 25, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Umpire Dale Scott returned to finish a game in Texas with a bruised left thigh after being struck by a line drive.Scott initially left the game between the Rangers and Oakland after being hit by A's third baseman Brett Lawrie's liner with two outs in top of the fourth inning. After being treated, Scott was back on the field working second base at the start of the seventh inning.

  • Heyward and Wong homer, Cardinals top Marlins 6-1

    June 24, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Jason Heyward homered for the third consecutive game, Kolten Wong added a two-run shot and the St. Louis Cardinals topped the Miami Marlins 6-1 on Wednesday night.Heyward hit a three-run homer, his ninth of the season, in the seventh to blow the game open. The Cardinals had just one hit in the first six innings against Miami starter Mat Latos (2-5), that hit being Wong's ninth home run in the third.

  • Red Sox 2B Pedroia limps off field with tight hamstring

    June 24, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia limped off the field in the sixth inning Wednesday night after his go-ahead single.The team announced Pedroia has right hamstring tightness. He grabbed his right leg after reaching first following his hit that pushed Boston ahead of the Baltimore Orioles 3-1.

  • Umpire Dale Scott leaves game after struck by liner in Texas

    June 24, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Umpire Dale Scott has left a game in Texas after being struck by a line drive.Scott was the second base umpire for Wednesday night's game between Oakland and the Rangers. In the fourth inning, A's third baseman Brett Lawrie hit a liner that appeared to hit the Scott on the upper left leg around his hip.

  • Giants place Aoki on 15-day disabled list with broken leg

    June 24, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The Giants have placed leadoff hitter Nori Aoki on the 15-day disabled list with a small fracture in his right leg.Aoki was injured Saturday when he was hit on the second pitch from Carlos Frias of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first inning.

  • Red Sox 2B Pedroia limps off field with apparent leg injury

    June 24, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia limped off the field in the sixth inning Wednesday night after his go-ahead single.Pedroia grabbed his right leg after reaching first following his hit that pushed Boston ahead of the Baltimore Orioles 3-1.

  • LEADING OFF: De La Rosa day, Chapman returns, Gray in Texas

    June 25, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues today:---SAME NAMECall it De La Rosa day at Coors Field. In a quirky pitching matchup, Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Rubby De La Rosa (6-3) faces Colorado Rockies lefty Jorge De La Rosa (4-3).

  • Red Sox LF Ramirez leaves with bruised left hand

    June 24, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Red Sox left fielder Hanley Ramirez has left Wednesday's game against the Baltimore Orioles in the fifth inning with a bruised left hand.Ramirez was running between first and second on a hit-and-run when Xander Bogaerts' line drive hit his left hand. Ramirez left the field shaking his hand. By rule, he was out and Bogaerts was credited with a single.

  • Red Sox LF Ramirez leaves with apparent left hand injury

    June 24, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Red Sox left fielder Hanley Ramirez has left Wednesday's game against the Baltimore Orioles in the fifth inning with an apparent left hand injury.Ramirez was running between first and second on a hit-and-run when Xander Bogaerts' line drive hit his left hand. Ramirez left the field shaking his hand. By rule, he was out and Bogaerts was credited with a single.

  • Dodgers OF Puig scratched due to callous on left hand

    June 24, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Yasiel Puig has been scratched because of an open callous on his left hand.Alex Guerrero replaced Puig in the fifth slot for Wednesday night's game at the Chicago Cubs, and Andre Ethier moved from left to right field.

  • Dodgers OF Puig removed from lineup

    June 24, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Yasiel Puig has been pulled from the lineup for the Los Angeles Dodgers' game against the Chicago Cubs.There was no immediate word from the team on why Puig was taken out. Alex Guerrero replaced Puig in the fifth slot for Wednesday night's lineup, and Andre Ethier moved from left to right field.

  • Orioles recall LHP McFarland, option RHP Drake to Triple-A

    June 24, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Baltimore Orioles shuffled their bullpen a bit Wednesday, recalling left-hander T.J. McFarland from Triple-A Norfolk.To make room on the roster, the team optioned right-hander Oliver Drake to Triple-A.McFarland was 0-1 with a 1.93 ERA in an earlier stint with the club.

  • Mets pitcher among 2 minor leaguers suspended for drugs

    June 24, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Mets pitcher Derrick Bernard and free agent Christopher R. Perez have been suspended 50 games each for violating baseball's minor league drug program.The commissioner's office says both right-handers had a second positive test for a drug of abuse. The penalties were announced Wednesday.

  • Jarred Cosart returning to Marlins, but as reliever

    June 24, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) The Miami Marlins plan to activate right-hander Jarred Cosart off the disabled list Thursday and send him to the bullpen.Cosart has appeared in 47 major league games, all as a starter. He hasn't pitched since May 13 because of vertigo and is 1-3 with a 4.08 ERA this season.

  • Seattle calls up Franklin Gutierrez from Triple-A Tacoma

    June 24, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) The Seattle Mariners have called up outfielder Franklin Gutierrez from Triple-A Tacoma, nearly two years after he last played in a major league game.Seattle made the roster move on Wednesday and optioned James Jones to Tacoma. Gutierrez was in the starting lineup and playing left field for the Mariners in their series finale against Kansas City.

  • Rangers recall OF Choice from Triple-A, send Claudio down

    June 24, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Texas Rangers have recalled outfielder Michael Choice from Round Rock and optioned left-hander Alex Claudio to the Triple-A team.With the moves before Wednesday's game against Oakland, the Rangers had an extra bench player with outfielder Shin-Soo Choo still improving from back spasms and utility player Adam Rosales feeling ill.

  • Corey Hart goes on 15-day DL with left shoulder injury

    June 24, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Pirates placed Corey Hart on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday and promoted pitcher Chris Volstad to take his place on the active roster.The 33-year-old Hart, who's made seven starts at first base and three in right field during his first season in Pittsburgh, is out because of a left shoulder impingement.

  • Angels pull Shoemaker from start, recall Heaney from minors

    June 24, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Angels have made a pitching change for their series finale against the Houston Astros, recalling left-hander Andrew Heaney from Triple-A Salt Lake to make his sixth major league start instead of struggling Matt Shoemaker.

  • Girardi ejected after arguing checked swing in 3rd inning

    June 24, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Yankees manager Joe Girardi has been ejected from a game against the Philadelphia Phillies after arguing a checked swing by Maikel Franco.Ivan Nova, making his first major league appearance in 14 months after recovering from Tommy John surgery, led 2-0 Wednesday when he allowed two runners to reach with two outs in the third.

  • Blue Jays' Estrada loses perfect game bid in 8th inning

    June 24, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Marco Estrada lost his bid for a perfect game with one out in the eighth inning when Tampa Bay's Logan Forsythe had an infield single.Forsythe hit a slow hopper that third baseman Josh Donaldson fielded bare-handed and then almost threw out Forsythe at first. The safe call by umpire Joe West was confirmed after a 40-second review after Toronto challenged the call.

  • Blue Jays' Estrada pitching perfect game thru 7 vs Rays

    June 24, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Marco Estrada is pitching a perfect game through seven innings against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.Estrada has struck out nine. He is coming off a start Friday against Baltimore in which he took a no-hitter into the eighth inning.

  • Blue Jays' Estrada pitching perfect game thru 6 vs Rays

    June 24, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Marco Estrada is pitching a perfect game through six innings against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.Estrada has struck out seven. He is coming off a start Friday against Baltimore in which he took a no-hitter into the eighth inning.

  • Ryan goes back on disabled list, this time with bad back

    June 24, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Infielder Brendan Ryan was put on the 15-day disabled list by the New York Yankees on Wednesday because of a strained upper back.The move was made before a 10-2 win in a series finale against Philadelphia, when Ivan Nova pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings in his return from Tommy John surgery in April of last year.

  • Phillies 2B Chase Utley on disabled list with ankle injury

    June 24, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Slumping second baseman Chase Utley was put on the 15-day disabled list by the Philadelphia Phillies with inflammation in his right ankle.The team announced the move after Utley sat out Tuesday night's 11-6 victory over the New York Yankees. Phillies trainer Scott Sheridan said Utley's ankle has been bothering him since January and the six-time All-Star was to receive a cortisone shot Wednesday.

  • Tigers recall Farmer to start for Verlander

    June 24, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Tigers have recalled right-hander Buck Farmer to start against the Indians because Justin Verlander has a stiff back.Detroit made the move shortly before Wednesday's series finale. Verlander was scratched from his start late Tuesday night. Manager Brad Ausmus said the right-hander's back tightened during his previous start and the team is hopeful the former Cy Young winner will miss just one start.

  • Amarista drives in go-ahead run in Padres win

    June 24, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Will Venable doubled home the tying runs against Madison Bumgarner and then got himself picked off second on a dribbler to the mound.He chased the World Series MVP from the game and that might have been his biggest contribution.Alexi Amarista singled in the go-ahead run and the San Diego Padres beat the San Francisco Giants 3-2 in 11 innings Tuesday night.

  • Phillies 2B Chase Utley headed to DL with ankle injury

    June 24, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Slumping second baseman Chase Utley was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday night by the Philadelphia Phillies with inflammation in his right ankle.The team announced the move after Utley sat out an 11-6 victory over the New York Yankees. Phillies trainer Scott Sheridan said Utley's ankle has been bothering him since January and the six-time All-Star will receive a cortisone shot Wednesday.

  • Gomez motors home on error, Brewers beat Mets 3-2

    June 24, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Carlos Gomez rounded second on Adam Lind's double and it looked as if he was slowing down when third-base coach Ed Sedar started waving him on.Gomez raced home safely with the tiebreaking run in the seventh inning when outfielder Michael Cuddyer misplayed a double off the wall, helping the Milwaukee Brewers beat the injury-riddled New York Mets 3-2 on Tuesday night.

  • Verlander scratched from Wednesday's start with stiff back

    June 24, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Detroit Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander has been scratched from Wednesday's start against the Cleveland Indians because of back stiffness.Verlander, who didn't pitch until mid-June because of a right triceps injury, is 0-1 with a 6.17 ERA in two starts. Verlander said he felt the stiffness during his start against the Yankees on Saturday.

  • LEADING OFF: Cole for 12; Hamilton takes swings; Nova back

    June 24, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues today:---AN EVEN DOZENPittsburgh's Gerrit Cole goes for the 12th win of the season on Wednesday night when the Pirates host Cincinnati. Cole (11-3, 1.78 ERA) is 4-0 with a 1.00 ERA in June and has won six straight starts, including 3-2 over the Chicago White Sox last week. The 24-year-old Cole will try to become the first Pittsburgh pitcher since Ken Brett in 1974 to reach 12 wins before the All-Star break.

  • Fan makes great catch over tarp while holding baby

    June 24, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Two of the National League's best teams faced off at Wrigley Field on Tuesday night, and a fan sitting in the front row stole the show.Keith Hartley was holding his 7-month-old son when he made a great barehanded catch over the glove of Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, prompting a replay review with an impressive grab that was quickly passed around Twitter and other social media websites.

  • Ex-MLB player Darryl Hamilton remembered by Mets, Brewers

    June 23, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) The late Darryl Hamilton has been remembered with a moment of silence before Tuesday night's game between two of his former teams, the New York Mets and Milwaukee Brewers.Police on Monday said the 50-year-old Hamilton was killed in a murder-suicide in a suburban Houston home. An initial investigation determined Hamilton was shot several times and that a woman in the home died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

  • Giants activate pitcher Machi from 15-day DL

    June 23, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The Giants activated righthander Jean Machi from the disabled list and recalled him from Triple-A Sacramento before Tuesday night's game against the San Diego Padres.Machi, who missed 17 games with a left groin strain, is 1-0 with a 5.47 ERA in 24 games with the Giants this year.

  • Cubs CF Dexter Fowler out of lineup with ankle injury

    June 23, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Chicago Cubs center fielder Dexter Fowler is out of the starting lineup Tuesday against the Los Angeles Dodgers because of a sprained left ankle.Fowler is day to day after he got hurt during Chicago's 4-2 victory over the Dodgers on Monday night. He appeared to be shaken up while trying to get back to first on Anthony Rizzo's fly ball to center in the third.

  • Red Sox activate Masterson, Kratz, demote Wright, Castillo

    June 23, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Boston Red Sox have activated right-hander Justin Masterson and catcher Erik Kratz and sent right-hander Steven Wright and outfielder Rusney Castillo to Triple-A Pawtucket.Manager John Farrell said Tuesday that Masterson will work out of the bullpen after being a starter before going on the disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis. He is 2-2 with a 6.37 ERA in seven appearances.

  • Beltre activated from DL and back in Rangers lineup

    June 23, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Third baseman Adrian Beltre is back in the Texas Rangers lineup even though it still hurts to swing the bat.In a somewhat surprising move, the Rangers announced less than 90 minutes before the start of Tuesday night's game against Oakland that Beltre was being activated from the disabled list after missing 19 games because of a sprained left thumb.

  • Bishop hits 4 BP homers before Rays game

    June 23, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop can hit the long ball, too.Bishop hit four home runs, including two in a row at one point, in batting practice before the Tampa Bay Rays hosted the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night.''I got a couple lucky swings,'' he said. ''You can definitely feel it when you hit it on the sweet spot and it goes. It was fun.''

  • Yanks put Drew on paternity list, recall Pirela and Mitchell

    June 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Yankees second baseman Stephen Drew has been placed on the paternity list, and New York recalled infielder Jose Pirela from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.Pirela was set to start at second base and bat ninth Tuesday night against Philadelphia. He hit .256 with a homer and two doubles in 43 at-bats during his first stint with the Yankees this season from May 6 to June 10.

  • Little leaguer Mo'ne Davis meets Braves' slugger Hank Aaron

    June 23, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Hank Aaron can appreciate someone with the ability and fortitude to overcome challenges.The Braves' slugger met Little League sensation Mo'ne Davis Tuesday and her youth league teammates, who got a tour of Turner Field.Davis and the Anderson Monarchs, a Philadelphia youth baseball club, stopped in Atlanta as part of team's three-week, 3,500-mile barnstorming tour to learn about the Civil Rights movement.

  • Washington regrets having to walk away from Rangers job

    June 23, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Ron Washington sat in the opposite dugout from the one he used to manage the Texas Rangers, still with his ever-present passion for the game while talking about his role with the Oakland Athletics.Washington was excited Tuesday to be back in the stadium where he twice led the Rangers to the World Series in his eight seasons as their manager. He loves being back in the majors as a coach and infield instructor.

  • Rays shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera gets back equipment

    June 23, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera has gotten his confiscated equipment back.Cabrera was ejected by plate umpire Kerwin Danley in the fifth inning of Monday night's 8-5 loss to Toronto. As Cabrera headed toward the dugout, he threw his helmet and bat toward the mound.

  • Travis d'Arnaud back on DL for Mets with left elbow injury

    June 23, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) The injury-plagued New York Mets must absorb another blow to their roster after starting catcher Travis d'Arnaud was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left elbow injury.Mets assistant general manager John Ricco announced the move before Tuesday night's game in Milwaukee. A team missing regulars David Wright and Daniel Murphy must cope with d'Arnaud's second trip to the DL this year.

  • Brewers' Bob Uecker to return to booth after concussion

    June 23, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Bob Uecker is returning to the Milwaukee Brewers broadcast booth a week after getting hit in the head by a ball during batting practice.A team spokesman said Uecker was returning to the radio booth at Miller Park for Tuesday night's game against the New York Mets.

  • Strasburg returns from DL, slated to start against Braves

    June 23, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg was activated from the disabled list to start Tuesday's series opener against the Atlanta Braves.The 26-year-old right-hander missed 21 games due to neck tightness.''One, he feels good. Two, he's able to throw where he wants to with some conviction. That's what I'd like to see tonight,'' Washington manager Matt Williams said.

  • Ohio lawmakers hold off on measure supporting Pete Rose

    June 23, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Ohio lawmakers are delaying any action on a resolution urging baseball's commissioner to reinstate all-time hits leader Pete Rose and make the former Cincinnati Reds star eligible for the Hall of Fame.The measure was pulled from a legislative committee's agenda for Tuesday, a day after ESPN reported it obtained a notebook that shows Rose bet on Reds games during his last season as an active player in 1986.

  • Freeman put on DL by Braves with bruised right wrist

    June 23, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) - First baseman Freddie Freeman was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday due to a bruised right wrist.Freeman is batting .299 with 12 homers and 41 RBIs. He left Wednesday's game against Boston in the seventh inning, and the move was made retroactive to the following day.

  • Indians designate Atchison for assignment

    June 23, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Right-hander Scott Atchison has been designated for assignment by the Cleveland Indians.The 39-year-old was 1-1 with a 6.86 ERA in 23 relief appearances, allowing 15 runs and 23 hits - including six homers - in 19 2-3 innings. Atchison was 6-0 with a 2.75 ERA in 70 appearances last season.

  • Baseball Hall of Fame to recognize Curt Flood on July 25

    June 23, 2015

    COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) Baseball's Hall of Fame will make a special recognition of Curt Flood at its annual awards presentation on July 25, a day before its annual induction ceremony.The Hall said Tuesday that players' association head Tony Clark will speak on behalf of Flood's challenge to the reserve system, a case Flood lost in 1970 in a 5-3 vote by the U.S. Supreme Court. Five years later, the players' union gained the right to free agency in an arbitration case filed on behalf of Andy Messersmith and Dave McNally.

  • Giancarlo Stanton overtakes Nori Aoki in NL All-Star voting

    June 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Major league home run leader Giancarlo Stanton has moved back into position to start in next month's All-Star game.The Miami slugger rose from fourth to second among NL outfielders in totals announced Tuesday, with San Francisco's Nori Aoki dropping out of the top three.

  • Cubs LHP Tsuyoshi Wada leaves game with cramping in arm

    June 23, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Cubs left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada was removed from his start against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday night with cramping in the back of his left arm.Wada gave up a leadoff homer to Kike Hernandez and a single by A.J. Ellis before he was replaced by Travis Wood with no outs in the third inning of Chicago's 4-2 victory.

  • Nelson Cruz leaves game with tight right hamstring

    June 23, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) Mariners right fielder Nelson Cruz left in the seventh inning of Monday night's game against the Kansas City Royals after he popped his pelvic bone out of place.Seattle initially announced Cruz exited with a tight right hamstring before clarifying his injury after the game.

  • Lights problem causes delay in Dodgers-Cubs at Wrigley Field

    June 22, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The lights at Wrigley Field flickered in the bottom of the sixth inning, prompting an odd scene when Cubs manager Joe Maddon repeatedly came out of the dugout to talk to the umpires during a 10-minute delay.With one out and Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw pitching to Kris Bryant, a handful of lights in several banks went out at the ballpark. Maddon had several discussions with the umpires before play resumed, and the Cubs announced that the team was playing Monday night's game under protest.

  • Royals shuffle righty relievers, add Mariot and drop Brooks

    June 22, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) The Kansas City Royals have shuffled right-handed relievers, calling up Michael Mariot from Triple-A Omaha and sending down Aaron Brooks.The Royals made the moves before Monday night's game at Seattle.Mariot joins the Royals for the first time this season. He went 1-0 with a 6.48 ERA in 17 relief appearances for them last year.

  • Cubs LHP Tsuyoshi Wada exits with cramping in shoulder

    June 22, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Cubs left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada has been removed from his start against the Los Angeles Dodgers with cramping in his pitching shoulder.Wada gave up a leadoff homer to Kike Hernandez and a single by A.J. Ellis before he was replaced by Travis Wood with no outs in the third inning Monday night.

  • Rays' Cabrera tossed for arguing - loses bat and helmet, too

    June 22, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera has been ejected for arguing a called third strike. Some of his equipment has gotten tossed, too.Cabrera was thrown out by plate umpire Kerwin Danley in the fifth inning of Monday night's game against Toronto. As Cabrera headed toward the dugout, he threw his helmet and bat toward the mound.

  • Diamondbacks option Reed to Triple-A Reno, reinstate Burgos

    June 22, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks have optioned struggling reliever Addison Reed to Triple-A Reno and reinstated right-handed reliever Enrique Burgos from the 15-day disabled list.The right-handed Reed began the season as the team's closer but lost that job to Brad Zeigler. The Diamondbacks tinkered with Reed's delivery, and there was some improvement for a time but he was hit hard in an appearance against the Los Angeles Angels and booed roundly by the Chase Field crowd as he left the mound. Reed is 2-2 with a 5.92 ERA.

  • Maddon, Friedman catch up before Cubs host Dodgers

    June 23, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) A year ago, Joe Maddon and Andrew Friedman were in the middle of a miserable start for the Tampa Bay Rays. Fast forward to Monday night, and Maddon and Friedman were catching up in foul territory at Wrigley Field, and the Rays were in Florida.

  • Goldschmidt 'couldn't care less' about lack of attention

    June 22, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) No one in the majors, no position player anyway, is having a better season than Paul Goldschmidt.He leads both leagues in hitting (.356) and on-base percentage (.474). He is at or near the top in virtually every other offensive category. And he might be the best defensive first baseman in the game, too.

  • Marlins' Fernandez throws 90 pitches in longest rehab start

    June 22, 2015

    JUPITER, Fla. (AP) Jose Fernandez left the field after seven innings, then said two very important words before he entered the Jupiter Hammerheads' clubhouse to prepare for the quick drive back to Miami.''No pain,'' he said.For the Miami Marlins, there could be no better report.

  • LEADING OFF: Gomez could return, Bumgarner needs some runs

    June 22, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Tuesday:---CENTER OF ATTENTIONAll-Star center fielder Carlos Gomez hopes to return to the lineup against his original team when the last-place Brewers host the Mets. Gomez has missed six of the last seven games with an ailing right hip. New York has dropped five straight to begin an eight-game road trip and is 10-24 away from home.

  • Dodgers RHP Peralta activated off disabled list

    June 22, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Los Angeles Dodgers have activated right-hander Joel Peralta from the disabled list and recalled left-hander Ian Thomas from Triple-A Oklahoma City.Los Angeles also sent relievers Daniel Coulombe and Matt West to Oklahoma City before Monday night's game at the Chicago Cubs.

  • Cubs call up OF Szczur from Triple-A, takes Schwarber's spot

    June 22, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs have recalled outfielder Matt Szczur from Triple-A Iowa to take the roster spot that was held by productive rookie Kyle Schwarber.Szczur is in the starting lineup in left field for Monday night's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He is beginning his fourth stint of the season with the Cubs, and has hit .167 with six RBIs in 23 games.

  • Nova to return from Tommy John surgery; Teixeira out

    June 22, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Yankee are going to activate right-hander Ivan Nova from the disabled list Wednesday to make his first start since Tommy John surgery almost 14 months ago.Mark Teixeira was out of the starting lineup for Monday's game against Philadelphia because of a stiff neck that has been bothering him for 10 days. Teixeira had an MRI early Monday, but the results were not yet available.

  • Indians agree to give Brady Aiken .5 million signing bonus

    June 22, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Brady Aiken will receive a signing bonus of just over .5 million from the Cleveland Indians.The left-hander, taken with the 17th overall pick in the amateur draft, agreed to a minor league deal last week that includes a signing bonus of ,513,280, slightly above the slot value of ,393,600.

  • Ex-MLB player Darryl Hamilton slain in murder-suicide

    June 22, 2015

    PEARLAND, Texas (AP) Darryl Hamilton, a standout center fielder and a member of the New York Mets team that reached the 2000 World Series, was killed in a murder-suicide in a suburban Houston home, authorities said Monday.Hamilton was found Sunday after he was fatally shot in a house in Pearland. He was 50 and had worked for the MLB Network since 2013.

  • Tigers' Cabrera overtakes Royals' Hosmer in All-Star vote

    June 22, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Some later-voting fans aren't on the Kansas City Royals' All-Star bandwagon.Detroit first baseman Miguel Cabrera has overtaken Kansas City's Eric Hosmer in the latest results of All-Star fan voting, leaving seven Royals on track to start the game next month.

  • ESPN says it obtained notebook documenting Rose 1986 bets

    June 22, 2015

    BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) ESPN says it obtained a notebook that shows Pete Rose bet on Cincinnati Reds games during his last season as an active player in 1986.The career hits leader agreed to a lifetime ban from baseball in 1989 after an investigation by John Dowd, a lawyer retained by Major League Baseball, concluded he bet on the Reds to win from 1985-87 while he was a player and manager.

  • Female 16-year-old French shortstop registered for MLB

    June 22, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Major League Baseball says a female 16-year-old French shortstop has been added to the sport's international registration list, making her eligible to be signed starting July 2.Melissa Mayeux is with Europe's team at the USA Baseball National Team Championship in Jupiter, Florida.

  • Blue Jays activate Dickey from bereavement list

    June 22, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Pitcher R.A. Dickey has been activated from the bereavement list by the Toronto Blue Jays, who have recalled left-hander Rob Rasmussen from Buffalo and have selected the contract of right-hander Todd Redmond from Triple-A club.

  • Police: Ex-MLB player Hamilton killed in murder-suicide

    June 22, 2015

    PEARLAND, Texas (AP) Former Major League Baseball player Darryl Hamilton, a standout center fielder and a member of the New York Mets team that reached the 2000 World Series, was killed in a murder-suicide in a suburban Houston home, authorities said Monday.

  • Indians call up Cody Anderson to make debut

    June 21, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Cleveland Indians have called up right-hander Cody Anderson to make his major league debut against the Tampa Bay Rays.Anderson will start Sunday in the finale of a three-game series. He was called up from Triple-A Columbus. Anderson began the season at Double-A Akron and has gone 4-3 with a 1.89 ERA in the minors this season.

  • D-Backs send Arroyo, former 1st-round pick to Braves

    June 21, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) In a trade involving two injured players, the Arizona Diamondbacks sent Bronson Arroyo and last year's first-round draft pick Touki Toussaint to the Atlanta Braves for infielder Phil Gosselin.The 38-year-old Arroyo has not pitched since undergoing Tommy John surgery last July 18. He signed with Arizona as a free agent before last season after eight years with the Cincinnati Reds.

  • LEADING OFF: D'Arnaud and Sandoval hurting, Morton unbeaten

    June 21, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues today:---NOT AGAINMets catcher Travis d'Arnaud is hurting with a hyperextended left elbow. He was injured in a collision with Atlanta runner A.J. Pierzynski on Saturday night. D'Arnaud returned 10 days earlier from the disabled list after missing seven weeks with a broken right hand.

  • Red Sox's Sandoval, Swihart leave vs. Royals with injuries

    June 20, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Boston Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval and catcher Blake Swihart have left the team's game against the Kansas City Royals with injuries.Sandoval sprained his left ankle in the fifth inning. Sandoval, who entered with six consecutive multihit games and a nine-game hitting streak, hurt the ankle on a throwing error. It was Sandoval's team-high 10th error.

  • Mets C Travis d'Arnaud leaves game with left elbow injury

    June 20, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud hyperextended his left elbow and left Saturday night's game against the Atlanta Braves after being knocked to the ground in a collision at home plate.The collision occurred in the sixth inning as Atlanta's A.J. Pierzynski scored from third on pinch-hitter Pedro Ciriaco's fly ball to left field. As Pierzynski ran to the plate without a slide, his left leg appeared to hit d'Arnaud's left arm as the catcher dropped the throw, giving Atlanta a 5-4 lead. The contact knocked d'Arnaud to the ground.

  • Mets C Travis d'Arnaud leaves game with injury

    June 20, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud has left the game against the Atlanta Braves after being knocked to the ground in a collision at home plate.The collision occurred in the sixth inning as Atlanta's A.J. Pierzynski scored from third on pinch-hitter Pedro Ciriaco's fly ball to left field. As Pierzynski ran to the plate without a slide, his left leg appeared to hit d'Arnaud's arm as the catcher dropped the throw, giving Atlanta a 5-4 lead. The contact knocked d'Arnaud to the ground.

  • Scherzer pitches no-hitter after losing perfect game in 9th

    June 20, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Just one strike from a perfect game, Max Scherzer saw it slip away with a misplaced slider. Or, some thought, a misplaced elbow.Scherzer lost his bid in agonizing fashion, plunking a batter with two outs in the ninth inning before finishing off a no-hitter Saturday in the Washington Nationals' 6-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

  • Rays starter Ramirez leaves with groin injury

    June 20, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Tampa Bay Rays starter Erasmo Ramirez has left the game against the Cleveland Indians in the fourth inning with a strained right groin.The Rays led 4-0 on Saturday night when Ramirez bent over in pain after throwing a 1-1 pitch for a ball to Francisco Lindor. Manager Kevin Cash and a trainer went to the mound to talk to Ramirez. Cash decided to pull the right-hander, who was replaced by Xavier Cedeno.

  • SF's Nori Aoki hit by pitch, but runs bases before leaving

    June 20, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) San Francisco leadoff hitter Nori Aoki has left the Giants' game against the Los Angeles Dodgers after getting hit by a pitch.Aoki apparently was hit in the foot by Carlos Frias' second pitch Saturday. He ran the bases and scored before leaving in the bottom half of the first inning.

  • Yanks honor Randolph, surprise Stottlemyre on Old-Timers Day

    June 20, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Willie Randolph was overjoyed. Mel Stottlemyre was simply stunned.The former New York Yankees stars, who both wore No. 30 in pinstripes, were honored Saturday with plaques in Monument Park - one expected and the other a well-kept secret.

  • AP NewsAlert

    June 20, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Washington Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer throws no-hitter against Pittsburgh Pirates.

  • Nationals' Scherzer pitching perfect game thru 8 vs Pirates

    June 20, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Nationals ace Max Scherzer is pitching a perfect game through eight innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Nationals Park.Scherzer has struck out 10 and thrown 92 pitches Saturday. He also hit a single in the third, and the Nationals lead 6-0.

  • Nationals' Scherzer pitching perfect game thru 7 vs Pirates

    June 20, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Nationals ace Max Scherzer is pitching a perfect game through seven innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Nationals Park.Scherzer has struck out nine and thrown 78 pitches Saturday. He also hit a single in the third, and the Nationals lead 5-0

  • Nationals' Scherzer pitching perfect game thru 6 vs Pirates

    June 20, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Nationals ace Max Scherzer is pitching a perfect game through six innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Nationals Park.This is the second straight start in which Scherzer retired the first 18 batters.Scherzer has struck out seven and thrown 67 pitches Saturday. He also hit a single in the third, and the Nationals led 1-0.

  • Mariners hire Edgar Martinez as hitting coach, reassign HoJo

    June 20, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) The Seattle Mariners are looking to the past to reinvigorate the worst hitting team in baseball, hiring Edgar Martinez as their hitting coach on Saturday and reassigning Howard Johnson to the minor league system.The surprising announcement was made before the second game of a weekend series against first-place Houston. The surprise wasn't so much the re-assignment of Johnson but the hiring of Martinez.

  • Royals recall Aaron Brooks, option Yohan Pino to Omaha

    June 20, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Aaron Brooks is joining the Kansas City Royals pitching staff and Yohan Pino is going back to the minors.Pino is optioned to Triple-A Omaha after going 5 1-3 innings Friday in a loss to Boston in his first big league start this season. He gave up six runs on 11 hits, four for extra bases, and a walk.

  • Marlins recall Nicolino to start for ailing RHP Koehler

    June 20, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) The Miami Marlins recalled lefty Justin Nicolino from Triple-A New Orleans to start Saturday in his major league debut against Cincinnati.Nicolino replaced right-hander Tom Koehler, who was scratched with neck and back problems.Nicolino, 23, was 4-3 with a 2.87 ERA in 13 starts for the Zephyrs. He originally was Toronto's second-round pick in the 2010 draft and was traded with Cincinnati's starter Saturday, righty Anthony DeSclafani, in a deal that involved 12 players and cash.

  • Nationals' Harper back in lineup Saturday after leg injury

    June 20, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper is back in Washington's lineup on Saturday, two days after suffering a mild left-hamstring strain.Harper, who ranks in the top three in the NL with a .344 average, 22 homers and 53 RBIs, slipped on damp grass in the sixth inning making a throw Thursday night and gingerly walked off the field.

  • Orioles activate Gausman to start against Jays

    June 20, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) The Baltimore Orioles have activated right-hander Kevin Gausman off the 15-day disabled list to start against the Blue Jays, and selected right-hander Mychal Givens from Double-A Bowie.To make room on the roster, the Orioles optioned right-handers Mike Wright and Tyler Wilson to Triple-A Norfolk and transferred right-hander Jason Garcia to the 60-day DL.

  • LEADING OFF: Old-Timers' Day in Bronx; Scherzer seeks encore

    June 30, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues today:---NOSTALGIAIt is Old-Timers' Day at Yankee Stadium, with Hall of Famers Yogi Berra, Wade Boggs, Whitey Ford, Goose Gossage, Rickey Henderson, Reggie Jackson and Joe Torre among those expected to be on hand. Former co-captain Willie Randolph will be honored with a plaque in Monument Park before New York plays the Detroit Tigers - one night after Alex Rodriguez homered for his 3,000th hit.

  • Fan with A-Rod's 3,000th ball holding onto it - for now

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The fan at Yankee Stadium who wound up with the ball that Alex Rodriguez launched for his 3,000th hit is holding on to the prized souvenir.For now, anyway.''At first, I was 100 percent adamant about not giving the ball back,'' Zack Hample told The Associated Press by telephone late Friday night. ''Now, I'm thinking about it.''

  • Diamondbacks RF Tomas leaves with bruised elbow

    June 30, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) Right fielder Yasmany Tomas has left Arizona's game against San Diego with a bruised left elbow.Tomas was hit by a pitch from James Shields in the first inning Friday night. The Cuban slugger stayed in the game for three innings before being replaced by Danny Dorn to start the fourth.

  • Young fan in Philly hit by foul ball, taken to hospital

    June 30, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) A boy sitting in the front row was hit by a line drive Friday night late in the game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Philadelphia Phillies.A spokesman for the Phillies said the boy was taken to a hospital for further evaluation.

  • Squirrel causes commotion at Cardinals-Phillies game

    June 30, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) A brazen squirrel caused quite a commotion Friday night during the second inning of a game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Philadelphia Phillies.The squirrel started its journey by climbing the protective netting behind home plate, and then walked along the wire holding the screen in place above the home dugout. Fans ''oohed'' and ''aahed'' as the squirrel impersonated a circus tightrope walker.

  • No deal: Fan with A-Rod's 3,000th ball holding it back now

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The fan at Yankee Stadium who wound up with the ball that Alex Rodriguez launched for his 3,000th hit is holding on to the prize souvenir.For now, anyway.''Told the Yankees I'm keeping it,'' Zack Hample tweeted during the game Friday night.

  • Grateful Murphy returns 'home' as Padres interim manager

    June 30, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) Pat Murphy came ''home'' this week, if not a triumphant return certainly firmly on his feet as interim manager of the San Diego Padres.Murphy still lives in Tempe in the same house he had during 15 years as coach at Arizona State. He led the Sun Devils to the College World Series four times before being forced out amid an NCAA probe of improprieties in his program.

  • List of Alex Rodriguez's milestone hits

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) A look at the milestone hits in Alex Rodriguez's major league career:---No. 1 - July 9, 1994: an infield single off Boston's Sergio Valdez at Fenway Park in the fourth inning of Seattle's 7-4 victory. Rodriguez finished 2 for 4 while batting ninth for the Mariners in his second big league game.

  • A-Rod homers for 3,000th hit; 29th player to reach milestone

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Alex Rodriguez homered for his 3,000th career hit and smiled all the way around the bases Friday night, the highlight so far in what's become a resurgent season for the disgraced slugger.The New York Yankees star wasted no time, connecting in the first inning on a first-pitch, 95 mph fastball from Detroit ace Justin Verlander.

  • No deal: Fan with A-Rod's milestone ball won't give it back

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The fan at Yankee Stadium who wound up with the ball that Alex Rodriguez launched for his 3,000th hit is holding on to the prize souvenir.For now, anyway.''Told the Yankees I'm keeping it,'' Zack Hample tweeted during the game Friday night.

  • Estrada's no-hit bid for Blue Jays broken up in 8th inning

    June 30, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Marco Estrada's no-hit bid for the Toronto Blue Jays has been broken up on a bloop single by Baltimore Orioles pinch-hitter Jimmy Paredes leading off the eighth inning.Estrada, who threw a season-high 118 pitches, left to a standing ovation from the crowd of 32,322 after giving up the hit. He was replaced by Roberto Osuna.

  • Commissioner says baseball monitors IT systems

    June 30, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Commissioner Rob Manfred said Friday that Major League Baseball has a system in place for monitoring attacks on computer systems used by teams and the league's office.Speaking before Oakland's home game against the Los Angeles Angels, Manfred did not delve into the details of the FBI's investigation into the St. Louis Cardinals for allegedly hacking into a database operated by the Houston Astros.

  • Blue Jays' Estrada has no-hitter through 7 against Orioles

    June 30, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Blue Jays right-hander Marco Estrada is pitching a no-hitter through seven innings against the Baltimore Orioles.Estrada walked two batters in the first inning Friday night and one each in the second and third, but had retired 15 straight since.

  • Blue Jays' Estrada has no-hitter through 6 against Orioles

    June 30, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Blue Jays right-hander Marco Estrada is pitching a no-hitter through six innings against the Baltimore Orioles.Estrada walked two batters in the first inning Friday night and one each in the second and third, but had retired 12 straight since.

  • Astros place OF Marisnick on DL with hamstring strain

    June 30, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) The Houston Astros placed outfielder Jake Marisnick on the 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain on Friday and activated outfielder Colby Rasmus off the bereavement list.Marisnick, hitting .245 with five homers and 20 RBIs, was removed in the eighth inning of Thursday's 8-4 victory at Colorado because of the injury.

  • Padres call up INF Wallace, make 2 other moves

    June 30, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The San Diego Padres have recalled infielder Brett Wallace from Triple-A El Paso, optioned right-handed pitcher Cory Mazzoni and designated pitcher Eury De La Rosa for assignment.The moves were announced before Friday night's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

  • Sandoval receives warning letter, returns to Red Sox lineup

    June 30, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Pablo Sandoval was back in the Boston Red Sox lineup Friday night after being benched Thursday for using his cellphone during a game.Sandoval received a warning letter from Major League Baseball, but was not fined for his transgression. The third baseman acknowledged he used his cellphone during Wednesday's game at Atlanta to click ''like'' on a woman's photographs that appeared in his Instagram account.

  • Indians honor AL pennant-winning 1995 team

    June 30, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Twenty years later, the 1995 Cleveland Indians are regarded as one of the most memorable teams in franchise history - even if they fell short of delivering a World Series title.Several members of that American League pennant-winning team, including Jim Thome, Kenny Lofton and manager Mike Hargrove, were in town Friday to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the achievement. The Indians beat Boston and Seattle in the AL playoffs before losing the World Series to Atlanta in six games.

  • Squirrel causes commotion at Phillies-Cardinals game

    June 30, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) A squirrel caused quite a commotion during the second inning of Friday night's St. Louis Cardinals-Philadelphia Phillies game.The squirrel started its journey by climbing the protective netting behind home plate, and then walked along the wire holding the screen in place above the home dugout. Fans ''oohed'' and ''aahed'' as the squirrel impersonated a circus tightrope walker.

  • Bautista hit by pitch, Gibbons ejected

    June 30, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles, AL East rivals who have feuded several times in recent seasons, wasted no time in renewing hostilities Friday nightToronto outfielder Jose Bautista was hit by a pitch in the first inning and Blue Jays manager John Gibbons was ejected for arguing after both benches were warned.

  • Minor league baseball team cancels Caucasian Heritage Night

    June 30, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) A minor league baseball team in Utah has canceled a promotion called ''Caucasian Heritage Night.''The Orem Owlz, a minor league affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels, had the promotion scheduled for Aug. 10.The team said in a statement Friday that the promotion was planned as a joke with wonder bread on burgers with mayonnaise, clips of Friends and Seinfeld and an attempt to ''solve the vertical leaping challenge.''

  • Alex Rodriguez homers for 3,000th hit; 29th player to get it

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Alex Rodriguez homered for his 3,000th career hit and smiled all the way around the bases Friday night, the highlight so far in what's become a resurgent season for the formerly disgraced slugger.The New York Yankees star wasted no time, connecting in the first inning on a first-pitch, 95 mph fastball from Detroit ace Justin Verlander.

  • Rangers activate OF Rua from 60-day DL

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Texas Rangers have activated outfielder Ryan Rua from the 60-day disabled list.They sent right-hander Anthony Ranaudo back to Triple-A Round Rock on Friday - a day after he delivered a strong spot start - and called up left-hander Alex Claudio from the minor league club to provide bullpen help. They also designated outfielder Jake Smolinski for assignment.

  • 3 more minor leaguers suspended for drug violations

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Kansas City outfielder Mike Bianucci, Seattle right-hander Edwin Martinez and Texas left-hander Chad James were suspended Friday for violating baseball's minor league drug program.Bianucci received an 80-game penalty, and Martinez was suspended for 72 games. James was banned for 25 games.

  • Jones returns to Orioles lineup

    June 30, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Baltimore slugger Adam Jones is back in the lineup after missing three games with a sore right shoulder.Jones is the designated hitter for Friday's game at Toronto, batting third. He was originally scheduled to play center field but the Orioles changed their lineup after Jones took batting practice for the first time in four days.

  • Mat Latos returns to Cincinnati but won't pitch in series

    June 30, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Mat Latos was glad to be back in Cincinnati, even though he won't take the mound during a weekend series against the team that traded him away in the offseason.And he now regrets his harsh parting comments.Latos isn't scheduled to pitch during Miami's three-game series at Great American Ball Park. Latos' house in Cincinnati is on the market, and he got to sleep there after the team arrived early Friday morning.

  • Brand tarnished, Cardinals likely to avoid economic damage

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Cardinals have been the toast of their Midwestern city for generations, a source of civic pride as one of baseball's most successful and cherished franchises.Suddenly, they're an embarrassment, under federal investigation for allegedly hacking into the computer database of an opponent, the Houston Astros, whose general manager, Jeff Luhnow, is a former Cardinals executive.

  • Brand tarnished, but economic damage for Cardinals unlikely

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Cardinals have been the toast of their Midwestern town for generations, a source of civic pride as one of baseball's most successful and cherished franchises.Suddenly, they're an embarrassment, accused of hacking the player database of the Houston Astros.

  • Yankees reshuffle bullpen, put Sergio Santos on DL

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Yankees have reshuffled their bullpen and put right-handed reliever Sergio Santos on the 15-day disabled list.The Yankees made the moves before Friday night's game against Detroit.Santos is out because of inflammation in his pitching elbow. The move was made retroactive to Monday.

  • Nationals OF Harper sore, but avoids disabled list for now

    June 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Bryce Harper's strained left hamstring kept him out of Friday's game against Pittsburgh, which came as no surprise after his nasty spill in the outfield less than 24 hours earlier.The real question is: How many more games will he miss?

  • Reds activate Marlon Byrd, who starts in left vs Marlins

    June 30, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Left fielder Marlon Byrd was activated from the disabled list by the Cincinnati Reds before their series opener against the Miami Marlins on Friday night, completing a faster-than-expected comeback from a broken wrist.Byrd's right wrist broke when he was hit by a pitch on June 2. He played in two minor league games this week without problem during an injury rehabilitation assignment, so the Reds decided to bring him back.

  • Tigers activate DH Victor Martinez, bat him cleanup vs Yanks

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Detroit Tigers have activated star designated hitter Victor Martinez from the 15-day disabled list and put him in the cleanup spot.Martinez was batting fourth Friday night as the Tigers opened a series at the New York Yankees.Martinez had been out since May 19 because of left knee inflammation. He was hitting .216 with one home run and 15 RBIs before being sidelined.

  • Sports architects Spear, Santee shape ballpark experience

    June 30, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) They sit across a wide table from each other in a glass-walled conference room, the two men with graying hair trading barbs just as breezily as they trade praise.''We're sort of an `Odd Couple' kind of thing,'' Joe Spear muses during a break in the banter, scratching at his goatee. ''But we do think surprisingly alike.''

  • Arruebarrena suspension cut to 30 days

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The suspension of Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Erisbel Arruebarrena has been cut to 30 days and he is to report Friday to the team's complex in Glendale, Arizona.Arruebarrena was suspended by the Dodgers for the rest of the season on May 21 for what the team said was ''repeated failures to comply with his contract.'' His lawyer, Jay Reisinger, said Friday an appeal had been filed but matter has been settled.

  • Indians reach deal with Brady Aiken, team's top draft pick

    June 30, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Indians are going to gamble with Brady Aiken.Cleveland agreed Friday to a minor league contract with the hard-throwing left-hander, who was the No. 1 overall selection in last year's amateur draft by Houston but didn't sign after the Astros became concerned about his elbow.

  • Twins release injured outfielder Jordan Schafer

    June 30, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Twins have released injured outfielder Jordan Schafer.Schafer was the center fielder in Minnesota's opening day lineup this year after being claimed off waivers from Atlanta last August. He has been on the disabled list because of a medial collateral sprain in his right knee since mid-May and hit only .217 in 69 at-bats.

  • Blue Jays' Dickey goes on bereavement list

    June 30, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Blue Jays have placed pitcher R.A. Dickey on the bereavement list following his father's death.Harry Lee Dickey died Tuesday at 63.R.A. Dickey went 7 1/3 innings and allowed one run in Toronto's 7-1 home victory Thursday night over the New York Mets.

  • Braves call up top prospect Wisler to start against Mets

    June 30, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Braves have recalled top pitching prospect Matt Wisler from Triple-A Gwinnett to make his major league debut in Friday night's start against the New York Mets.Wisler was acquired with center fielder Cameron Maybin and others in the deal that sent closer Craig Kimbrel and outfielder Melvin Upton to San Diego on April 5. Wisler was ranked as San Diego's top prospect.

  • While feds investigate, MLB holds back on hacking probe

    June 30, 2015

    The case of compromised Houston Astros player intel is a federal investigation, not a baseball probe, says MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred.That doesn't mean he can't hand down penalties as more information comes to light about whether St. Louis Cardinals employees hacked into a personnel database belonging to the Astros.

  • LEADING OFF: A-Rod 1 hit from 3,000, Harper's hamstring exam

    June 30, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Friday:---HISTORY ON DECKAlex Rodriguez is one hit away from becoming the 29th player to reach No. 3,000. He'll get his chance at Yankee Stadium against Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers. A-Rod got two hits Thursday night vs. Miami, then drew a four-pitch walk his last time up.

  • Nationals OF Bryce Harper hurts leg making throw, exits game

    June 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper has been injured while making a throw and left a game against Tampa Bay.The All-Star took awkward tumble while throwing home, held his left leg while down on the ground and then gingerly walked off the field Thursday night.

  • A-Rod gets hit No. 2,999, a single in fifth against Marlins

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Alex Rodriguez has moved within one hit of 3,000 for his career with a single to left field in the fifth inning Thursday night against the Miami Marlins.The New York Yankees slugger entered the game with 2,997 hits. He had an RBI single to center in the first before hitting a hard grounder to left off Marlins starter Mat Latos with one out in the fifth.

  • Cardinals chairman DeWitt: 'Roguish' behavior to blame

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) St. Louis Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. blamed ''roguish behavior'' for the team's involvement in the alleged hacking of the Houston Astros' player personnel database.DeWitt said Thursday the team was still investigating the matter but said no more than a handful of individuals in an operation that numbers in the hundreds - he described it as a ''needle in a haystack'' - was responsible.

  • GM Luhnow at center of Cardinals-Astros hacking scandal

    June 30, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) The analytical approach to stocking the roster helped the St. Louis Cardinals win the World Series in 2011 and is starting to pay off for the first-place Houston Astros.And now the work of Jeff Luhnow is at the center of a federal probe, with the FBI investigating his old team for allegedly trying to steal fresh secrets from a man who left for Houston after clashing with some old-school idealists in St. Louis.

  • White Sox recall RHP Scott Carroll, designate Hector Noesi

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago White Sox recalled right-hander Scott Carroll from Triple-A Charlotte and designated right-hander Hector Noesi for assignment before Thursday night's game with the Pittsburgh Pirates.Carroll, 30, was 3-2 with a 2.37 ERA in six starts with Charlotte this season. He was 1-1 with a 3.12 ERA in eight relief appearances during his first stint with the White Sox from April 26 to May 28.

  • Cardinals chairman DeWitt: 'Rogue' behavior will be punished

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) St. Louis Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. is blaming ''rogue'' behavior on the team's involvement in the alleged hacking of the Houston Astros' player personnel database.DeWitt said Thursday the team was still investigating the matter but said a handful of individuals in the organization was responsible.

  • Ventura put on DL by Royals with ulnar nerve inflammation

    June 30, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Yordano Ventura became the latest Kansas City Royals starting pitcher to go on the disabled list.Kansas City's opening-day starter, was put on the 15-day disabled list Thursday because of right ulnar nerve inflammation.Ventura, 3-6 with a 4.68 ERA in 12 starts, left his June 12 outing with weakness and numbness in his right hand and fingers, then experienced hand cramps after a bullpen session Wednesday.

  • Marlins place infielder Martin Prado on disabled list

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Miami Marlins have placed infielder Martin Prado on the 15-day day disabled list because of a right shoulder sprain.Prado hasn't played since he tumbled crossing first base Sunday against Colorado and landed hard on his shoulder. The move made Thursday is retroactive to June 15.

  • Reds rookie starter Moscot will have shoulder surgery

    June 30, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Reds rookie right-hander Jon Moscot will have surgery on his non-throwing shoulder, ending his season after only three starts.The 23-year-old pitcher was called up on June 5 to fill in while Raisel Iglesias recovers from a strained oblique. Moscot made his third start on Monday in Detroit and dislocated his left shoulder in the first inning when he dived to tag baserunner Anthony Gose.

  • Bourn suspended 1 game for making contact with umpire

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Cleveland outfielder Michael Bourn has been suspended for one game and fined after Major League Baseball concluded he made contact with umpire Phil Cuzzi during a game at Wrigley Field this week.Major League Baseball Senior Vice President Joe Garagiola Jr. announced the penalty Thursday. Bourne appealed, delaying the suspension until after the appeals process.

  • RHP Fister returns to Nationals, RHP Hill sent to Triple-A

    June 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Nationals have activated Doug Fister from the disabled list to start Thursday night against Tampa Bay.The right-handed Fister spent 35 days on the disabled list with forearm tightness. He is 2-2 with a 4.31 ERA in seven starts.

  • Jays INF Izturis expected to miss season after surgery

    June 30, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Blue Jays infielder Maicer Izturis is expected miss the remainder of the season after having right shoulder surgery, effectively ending a three-year stint in Toronto that was plagued by injury problems.Manager John Gibbons said Thursday that the 34-year-old Izturis couldn't stay healthy.

  • Minor league pitchers on Cubs, Twins given 72-game drug bans

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Assael Aquino and Luiz Escanio of the Chicago Cubs and Daulin Ramirez of the Minnesota Twins have been suspended 72 games each following positive tests under baseball's minor league drug program.The commissioner's office said Thursday the three, all right-handed pitchers on Dominican Summer League rosters, tested positive for metabolites of Stanozolol.

  • Braves send Daniel Castro to Triple-A

    June 30, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The Braves sent infielder Daniel Castro to Triple-A Gwinnett and recalled outfielder Eury Perez.Castro singled as a pinch-hitter in his big league debut on Wednesday night during a 5-2 win against the Red Sox.The Braves needed Castro while shortstop Andrelton Simmons sat out with a sore hand, but with Simmons' return to the lineup on Thursday, manager Fredi Gonzalez said the team needed an outfielder off the bench rather than an infielder.

  • Little League to use M in TV money to expand programs

    June 30, 2015

    Little League is turning million in new television revenue into more opportunities for local youth teams.The world's largest organized youth sports program is expected to announce a plan to spend the money helping local Little League programs expand in their communities.

  • Umpire Bob Davidson leaves game in Colorado with dehydration

    June 30, 2015

    DENVER (AP) Umpire Bob Davidson left the game between Houston and Colorado in the third inning due to dehydration.Davidson was working third base Thursday afternoon, leaving crew chief Jerry Layne and Hunter Wendelstedt to monitor the field while David Rackley was behind the plate.

  • Sandoval benched by Boston after using Instagram during game

    June 30, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Boston Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval was benched by manager John Farrell for Thursday night's game against Atlanta after using his Instagram account during a loss to the Braves.Boston is last in the AL East at 28-39 and has lost eight of its last nine games.

  • The Next One? Gretzky's son Trevor follows baseball dreams

    June 30, 2015

    CLINTON, Iowa (AP) Trevor Gretzky is known more for his iconic last name than his baseball career.But Trevor isn't looking to escape his famous father's shadow.He hopes ''The Great One'' can help him become ''The Next One.''The 22-year-old son of retired NHL star Wayne Gretzky toils in relative anonymity as a left fielder for the Class A Burlington Bees in the Los Angeles Angels farm system.

  • Indians designate Marcum for assignment

    June 30, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Right-hander Shaun Marcum has been designated for assignment by the Cleveland Indians.Marcum allowed six runs and six hits in two innings during Wednesday's 17-0 loss to the Chicago Cubs. The short outing forced Indians manager Terry Francona to use six relief pitchers, including outfielders Ryan Raburn and David Murphy in the ninth inning.

  • Rockies place RHP Brooks Brown on DL with inflamed shoulder

    June 30, 2015

    DENVER (AP) The Colorado Rockies placed right-handed reliever Brooks Brown on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder inflammation.This is the second time Brown has wound up on the DL this season because of the issue. Manager Walt Weiss says his pitcher's most recent shoulder trouble surfaced on the Rockies' road swing, when Brown struggled to get loose in the bullpen and his velocity was down.

  • Phillies ace Cole Hamels to skip a start

    June 30, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Phillies ace Cole Hamels will miss at least one start because of a mild right hamstring strain.Hamels is 5-5 with a 2.96 ERA. The three-time All-Star and 2008 World Series MVP is a valuable trade asset for rebuilding Philadelphia, which has the worst record in the majors.

  • Mariano Rivera prays for Yankees during visit to Israel

    June 30, 2015

    JERUSALEM (AP) Mariano Rivera says the New York Yankees' bullpen is getting by just fine without him.Still, the 45-year-old retired closer put in a prayer for his former teammates during a visit to Israel on Thursday.He says ''they have a tremendous bullpen. They have a great team, period.

  • Astros GM Luhnow disputes details related to hacking probe

    June 30, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow says the notion that poor password protection is to blame for a computer hack of his team's player database is ''absolutely false.''The FBI is investigating whether employees of the St. Louis Cardinals broke into the database. Some material was posted online a year ago, and the Cardinals and Astros have both said they are cooperating with the authorities.

  • Astros' GM Luhnow disputes details related to hacking probe

    June 30, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow is refuting some information surrounding the FBI's investigation into whether St. Louis Cardinals officials breached the team's computer database.Speaking to Sports Illustrated, Luhnow shoots down the theory that hackers could access Houston's system because he didn't change passwords. He says ''that's absolutely false,'' and added that he knows the importance of ''password hygiene.''

  • Bo Jackson to host home run derby for fantasy players

    June 30, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Bo Jackson is heading back to the baseball diamond to teach some armchair managers how to swing for the fences.The 1989 All-Star outfielder and 1990 Pro Bowl running back plans to host a home run derby in Las Vegas for 90 fantasy baseball players taking part in a million fantasy baseball championship for daily fantasy site Fanduel.

  • Pitching In: Mop-up duty on mound for 6 position players

    June 30, 2015

    Thanks to several blowouts in baseball the last two nights, a whopping six position players were summoned to the mound to save their bullpens during garbage time. Here's a look at how those hitters fared when asked to pitch in on mop-up duty:---JEFF FRANCOUER

  • First the Patriots, now the Cardinals feeling fans' wrath

    June 30, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Mocking t-shirts are available online. Deprecating jokes are making the rounds. Social media is saturated with derogatory lines about the latest embarrassing predicament involving a model sports franchise.Tom Brady and the New England Patriots? Nope. Football deflation is old news. This time, one of baseball's top teams is the bull's-eye of caustic tweets and gloating posts.

  • Publisher and ex-NY Mets owner, Nelson Doubleday Jr. dies

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Nelson Doubleday Jr., the publishing scion who bought the New York Mets and shepherded the team to a 1986 World Series title, has died. He was 81.His son-in-law, John Havens, said Doubleday died of pneumonia at his home in Locust Valley, New York, on Wednesday.

  • Sprained right hand sidelines Braves' Freeman

    June 30, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) First baseman Freddie Freeman has a sprained right hand and will miss the Atlanta Braves' game Thursday against Boston.Freeman went 0 for 3 in Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Red Sox, but left after the sixth inning.After getting examined by a hand specialist in the clubhouse, Freeman said he took a cortisone shot that he hopes will let him return Friday when Atlanta begins a three-game series against the New York Mets.

  • Milone, Twins nip Cardinals 3-1

    June 30, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Tommy Milone gave up one run in seven innings and the Minnesota Twins squeaked out a 3-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night.Milone (3-1) gave up five hits and struck out five and Eduardo Nunez had two hits and two RBIs to help the reeling Twins, who had lost seven of their previous eight games.

  • LEADING OFF: A-Rod chases 3,000 hits; 40-somethings on mound

    June 30, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Thursday:---CLOSING INAlex Rodriguez needs three hits to become the 29th player to reach 3,000 when the New York Yankees face Mat Latos and the visiting Miami Marlins. Latos struck out a season-high 11 in seven innings against Colorado in his last start, indicating his legs are finally fully healthy. He'll be facing the Yankees for the first time in his career.

  • Glenn Burke's family at game as A's honor him on Pride Night

    June 30, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Glenn Burke's sister had a tough time even coming to the Oakland Coliseum for Athletics Pride Night. Her brother's death remains painful 20 years later, though Carol Williams knows how much it would have meant to Burke to be honored in his former ballpark as baseball's first openly gay player.

  • Astros 2B Altuve leaves game with tight hamstring

    June 30, 2015

    DENVER (AP) Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve has left Wednesday's game against Colorado with right hamstring tightness.Altuve missed three of the previous four games because of the hamstring but was in the starting lineup against the Rockies.

  • White Sox manager Robin Ventura ejected

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura was ejected in the fourth inning Wednesday night by home plate umpire Alfonso Marquez for arguing an interference call on Melky Cabrera.It is Ventura's first ejection of the season and his 11th as Chicago manager.

  • Rockies sign SS Brendan Rodgers, No. 3 pick in draft

    June 30, 2015

    DENVER (AP) Brendan Rodgers made a quick stop in Denver on Wednesday to sign a contract with the Colorado Rockies.The 18-year-old shortstop plans on coming back for good soon.''My goal is by the age of 21,'' he said. ''You never know what could happen. I hope everything works out.''

  • Yelich's homer ends Pineda's no-hit bid vs Marlins in 7th

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Christian Yelich homered on the first pitch of the seventh inning, ending a no-hit bid by New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda against the Miami Marlins.On Pineda's 95th pitch of the night, Yelich sent a 91 mph offering into the Yankees' bullpen in right-center.

  • Yankees' Pineda has no-hit bid vs Marlins through 6 innings

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda has held the Miami Marlins hitless through six innings but might not be allowed to throw a complete game because of a high pitch count.The 26-year-old right-hander had allowed just two baserunners Wednesday night, walking Christian Yelich with two outs in the fourth inning and Justin Bour with one out in the fifth.

  • Padres to be without Myers (wrist) for minimum 2 months

    June 30, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) San Diego Padres center fielder Wil Myers will have surgery to remove a bone spur in his left wrist and is likely to miss the next two months.Myers has been bothered by soreness in his wrist for most of the season and missed 28 games while on the disabled list. He was reinstated last week and played in three games before going back on the DL on Monday.

  • Phillies GM: bullpen-phone mishap never can happen again

    June 30, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia Phillies won't miss another call to the bullpen.With outfielder Jeff Francoeur pitching in the eighth Tuesday, his second inning of a 19-3 loss at Baltimore, pitching coach Bob McClure tried to call the bullpen to get someone to warmup as Francoeur's pitch count rose. But the phone was off the hook.

  • Attorney says Cardinals execs not behind Astros hacking

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) High-level executives of the St. Louis Cardinals were not involved in the hacking of the Houston Astros' player personnel database, an attorney hired by the team said Wednesday, citing an internal review.The Cardinals said they retained the Dowd Bennett firm for a review several months before this week's disclosure that the FBI is investigating whether the team hacked into the Astros' computer system that is used to track players and prospects.

  • Cubs' Schwarber gets first hit

    June 30, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Chicago Cubs rookie Kyle Schwarber, called up to the majors Tuesday, got his first major league hit with a second-inning triple against the Cleveland Indians.Schwarber, the Cubs designated hitter, hit a hard ground ball under the glove of first baseman Carlos Santana in Wednesday's game. The ball rolled into the right field corner and scored Chris Coghlan from first base for Schwarber's first career RBI.

  • Dodgers' OF Van Slyke, RHP Hatcher, switch places on DL

    June 30, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Dodgers have reinstated outfielder Scott Van Slyke from the 15-day disabled list and placed reliever Chris Hatcher on the 15-day DL, retroactive to June 15, because of an oblique strain on his left side.The moves were made before Wednesday night's game against the Texas Rangers. Van Slyke missed 17 games because of inflammation in his back, and was batting .264 with two home runs and 14 RBI when he went on the shelf. In three rehab appearances with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga, he was 4-for-11 with a homer and two RBI.

  • Rockies sign No. 3 overall pick Rodgers

    June 30, 2015

    DENVER (AP) The Colorado Rockies have signed shortstop Brendan Rodgers, the team's first-round pick in last week's draft.Rodgers was the third overall selection in the draft after a stellar prep career at Lake Mary High School in Florida. Rodgers hit .360 with eight home runs in 2015, his senior season.

  • Nats' Fister to start Thursday; Span out with back issue

    June 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Washington Nationals right-hander Doug Fister will return from the disabled list to start Thursday night against the Tampa Bay Rays.The Nationals will also hope to get back center fielder Denard Span, who is out of Wednesday's lineup with back tightness.

  • Rockies place OF Dickerson on DL, bring up RHP Miller

    June 30, 2015

    DENVER (AP) The Colorado Rockies have placed outfielder Corey Dickerson on the 15-day disabled list and selected the contract of right-hander Justin Miller from Triple-A Albuquerque.To make room for Miller on the 40-man roster, the Rockies transferred righty Jordan Lyles to the 60-day disabled list. Miller is available for Wednesday night's game against the Astros.

  • Giants re-sign injured Marco Scutaro to end career with club

    June 30, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Marco Scutaro is back on a major league contract thanks to the San Francisco Giants, even if he never plays again.The Giants re-signed the second baseman to a major league deal that pays him the million he was previously owed this year before back surgery derailed his career.

  • Yankees bring up De Paula and send down Ramirez

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Left-hander Jose De Paula has been recalled from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre by the New York Yankees, who optioned right-hander Jose Ramirez to the Triple-A club.Ramirez threw 38 pitches over two innings in Tuesday's 12-2 loss at Miami.De Paula was 2-0 with a 1.53 ERA in three starts at Scranton, the last on June 12.

  • GM Ben Cherington takes blame for Red Sox's struggles

    June 30, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said he deserves most of the blame with his club struggling for the second straight year.Entering Wednesday, Boston is 99-129 since winning the 2013 World Series under manager John Farrell.''I'm more responsible than anyone else for that,'' Cherington said, ''so I have to find a way to make that better.''

  • Rays swap starters before game against Nationals

    June 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays have changed their starting pitcher for Wednesday's game against the Washington Nationals, slotting right-hander Steve Geltz in place of Matt Andriese on a night where rain is in the forecast.''We definitely don't want to burn Matt Andriese, who can give us some length, and then be delayed because of the weather,'' Rays manager Kevin Cash said.

  • Reds' Byrd on way back, starter Moscot weighing surgery

    June 30, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Reds left fielder Marlon Byrd started a minor league rehab assignment on Wednesday and could be back in Cincinnati's starting lineup over the weekend.Byrd's right wrist broke when it was hit by a pitch on June 2. He wasn't expected back for a few more weeks, but the bone has healed quicker than expected. The Reds want him to play at least two games in the minors before activating him from the disabled list.

  • Cubs' Montero out with stiff back; Rosscup placed on DL

    June 30, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Chicago Cubs catcher Miguel Montero has been scratched from Wednesday's lineup because of back stiffness.Manager Joe Maddon doesn't believe the injury is serious and expects Montero will play in Thursday's series finale against the Cleveland Indians.

  • Phillies place RHP Williams on DL with hamstring strain

    June 30, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia Phillies placed right-hander Jerome Williams on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday with a left hamstring strain.Williams (3-7, 6.43) was injured in the first inning of Tuesday's 19-3 loss to the Baltimore Orioles while trying to cover home plate. The Phillies recalled right-hander Hector Neris from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

  • Braves option Mike Foltynewicz to Triple-A Gwinnett

    June 30, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Braves have optioned Mike Foltynewicz to Triple-A Gwinnett after the right-hander struggled in his past three starts.Foltynewicz, acquired in the January trade that sent slugger Evan Gattis to Houston, began the season as the top-rated pitcher in Atlanta's farm system. After getting called up from Gwinnett on May 1, he went 3-2 with a 5.19 ERA in his first nine career starts.

  • Attorney says Cardinals execs not behind Astros hacking case

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) High-level executives of the St. Louis Cardinals were not involved in the hacking of the Houston Astros' player personnel database, an attorney hired by the team said Wednesday, citing an internal review.The Cardinals said they retained the Dowd Bennett firm for a review several months before this week's disclosure that the FBI is investigating whether the team hacked into the Astros computer system that is used to track players and prospects.

  • Perez and Griffey Sr to manage in All-Star Futures Game

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Former Cincinnati Reds teammates Tony Perez and Ken Griffey Sr. will be the managers for the All-Star Futures Game at Cincinnati on July 12.Perez played for the Reds from 1964-76 during a 23-season major league career and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2000. Griffey spent 19 seasons in the major leagues and was with the Reds from 1973-81 and 1988-90.

  • Jury: Neither Royals, man hurt by flying hot dog at fault

    June 30, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Neither the Kansas City Royals nor a man who was struck in the eye with a foil-wrapped hot dog in 2009 were at fault, a western Missouri jury said Wednesday in a case seen as a challenge to the long-held ''baseball rule.''John Coomer, 54, of Overland Park, Kansas, said he suffered permanent eye damage when the team's lion mascot Sluggerrr whipped a 4-ounce hotdog behind his back and struck him in the eye at a sparsely attended September 2009 Royals game.

  • Special caps with horizontal stripes for MLB All-Star Game

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Players will wear special caps with horizontal stripes for the All-Star Game at Cincinnati on July 14.Major League Baseball and New Era said Wednesday each cap will have two stripes. It is patterned after the caps worn by Cincinnati's players in the 1880s and 1890s.

  • Cardinals hire firm to assist in internal investigation

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Cardinals were not caught off-guard when details of the FBI and Justice Department investigation into computer hacking of the Houston Astros database were revealed.The team said Wednesday it hired a law firm several months ago to conduct an internal inquiry and to assist in providing information to the federal government.

  • Royals, mascot face civil case in hot dog injury

    June 30, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Jurors are hearing testimony in a lawsuit against the Kansas City Royals by a man who was struck in the eye by a foil-wrapped hotdog flung by the team's mascot.John Coomer of Overland Park, Kansas, says he suffered a detached retina at a September 2009 Royals team when Sluggerrr chucked a hot dog behind his back, striking Coomer in the eye.

  • Cardinals stand accused of hacking Astros player database

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Some cybersecurity experts believe professional sports teams have hacked rivals in the past without getting caught.The St. Louis Cardinals, one of the crown jewel franchises in baseball, now stand accused.Federal law enforcement authorities are investigating whether the Cardinals illegally accessed a computer database of the Houston Astros. The aim was obtaining information from a front office headed by a former top aide who helped transform St. Louis' scouting operation to a sabermetrics-based system, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

  • Pillar's gaffe on bases costs Blue Jays in 3-2 loss to Mets

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Matt Harvey was gone and the Toronto Blue Jays were building a rally against the New York Mets' short-handed bullpen when Kevin Pillar ran right into an easy out in the eighth inning.''I made a mistake by not picking up the third base coach,'' Pillar said after Toronto's 3-2 loss Tuesday night. ''It's as embarrassing as it gets. We are paid to go out there and perform and not make dumb mistakes, especially late in the game.''

  • LEADING OFF: Price for 3rd complete game; Murphy 1st win

    June 30, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues today:---COMPLETE SUCCESSDavid Price has a shot at becoming the first Tigers starter to throw three straight complete games since Jack Morris did it 25 years ago. Price, coming off a shutout of Cleveland, faces another Ohio rival, the Reds. Johnny Cueto starts for Cincinnati.

  • Reds place RHP Moscot on DL, send OF Boesch to Triple-A

    June 30, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Looking to bolster a short-handed bullpen, the Cincinnati Reds promoted two pitchers from the minors after placing right-hander Jon Moscot on 15-day disabled list and optioning sending Brennan Boesch down to Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday.

  • Phillies RHP Williams leaves with hamstring strain

    June 30, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Jerome Williams left Tuesday night's game against the Baltimore Orioles in the first inning with a strained left hamstring.After his second wild pitch with David Lough at the plate, Williams raced to cover home plate as catcher Carlos Ruiz chased down the ball near Philadelphia's dugout.

  • Phillies RHP Williams leaves with apparent leg injury

    June 30, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Jerome Williams left Tuesday night's game against the Baltimore Orioles in the first inning with an apparent leg injury.After his second wild pitch to batter David Lough, Williams raced to cover home plate as catcher Carlos Ruiz chased down the ball near Philadelphia's dugout.

  • Brewers broadcaster Bob Uecker hit by ball, has concussion

    June 30, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Milwaukee Brewers Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Uecker will not call the team's game Tuesday against Kansas City after spending the night in a hospital as a precaution for a mild concussion.The 81-year-old Uecker was hit in the head by a baseball during batting practice before Monday night's game.

  • Phils, Reds minor leaguers suspended for positive tests

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Right-handers Isaac Moncion of Cincinnati and Juan Torres of Philadelphia have been suspended for 72 games each following positive tests under baseball's minor league drug program.Both players, who are on Dominican Summer League rosters, tested positive for Stanozolol, the commissioner's office said Tuesday.

  • Sogard's RBI single in 9th lifts A's to 6-5 win over Padres

    June 30, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Oakland's Eric Sogard took pleasure in helping ruin a big day for his former college coach, Padres interim manager Pat Murphy.Sogard drove in the go-ahead in the ninth inning with a single off closer Craig Kimbrel, leading the A's to a 6-5 victory over San Diego on Tuesday and spoiling Murphy's major league debut.

  • Manfred on 8 Royals' leading All-Star vote: 'open to change'

    June 30, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) With eight Kansas City Royals leading in fan voting for starters at the July 14 All-Star game, baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says he is ''open to change.''Speaking to reporters Tuesday at Fenway Park, Manfred says it is too early to draw conclusions.

  • Cubs promote C Kyle Schwarber from Double-A to be DH

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs promoted touted prospect Kyle Schwarber from Double-A Tennessee for what figures to be a brief stay in the majors.Schwarber was available for Tuesday night's game against Cleveland and will serve as the designated hitter when the Cubs spend the next five days in American League ballparks.

  • Orioles option Chen to minors and bring up Parmelee

    June 30, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen has been optioned to Class A Frederick by the Baltimore Orioles, a move the pitcher claims left him ''disappointed.''The move was made Tuesday so the Orioles could select the contract of infielder Chris Parmelee from Triple-A Norfolk.

  • Tony Gwynn honored with baseball tournament bearing his name

    June 30, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Late Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn is being honored with an eight-team college baseball tournament bearing his name.The Tony Gwynn Classic will be played Feb. 26-28 at the University of San Diego and Gwynn's alma mater, San Diego State, where he coached for 12 seasons following his 20-year career with the San Diego Padres.

  • Aoki overtakes Stanton in NL All-Star voting

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Even former Kansas City Royals are doing well in fan voting for the All-Star starters.Nori Aoki has moved 70,000 votes ahead of Miami's Giancarlo Stanton for the third NL outfield spot at Cincinnati on July 14, according to updated totals announced Tuesday.

  • Manfred says MLB can expand fan netting without bargaining

    June 30, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Major League Commissioner Rob Manfred says management can order expanded netting to protect fans without bargaining over the matter with the players' association.A fan at Fenway Park was injured and hospitalized after she was struck by a broken bat in seats along the third-base line on June 5. MLB is studying whether netting should be expanded.

  • MLB, union put Alex Rodriguez grievance deadline on hold

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Major League Baseball and the players' association have stopped the clock on the deadline for Alex Rodriguez to file a grievance against the New York Yankees for not making a million payment when he hit his 660th home run.Rodriguez tied Willie Mays for fourth place on the career home run list on May 1, and baseball's labor contract sets a 45-day deadline to file a grievance.

  • Brewers legend Bob Uecker hit by ball, suffers concussion

    June 30, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Milwaukee Brewers Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Uecker was back home Tuesday after spending the night in a hospital as a precaution for a mild concussion.A team spokesman said the 81-year-old Uecker was hit in the head by a baseball during batting practice before Monday night's game between Milwaukee and Kansas City.

  • AP source: Cardinals allegedly hacked Astros player database

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Federal law enforcement authorities are investigating whether the St. Louis Cardinals illegally hacked into a computer database of the Houston Astros to obtain information on their former division rival's players, a person familiar with the situation said Tuesday.

  • Padres tap Pat Murphy as interim manager for rest of season

    June 30, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) The San Diego Padres picked Triple-A manager Pat Murphy to serve as the big league club's interim manager for the rest of the season Tuesday, a day after firing Bud Black following a lackluster start.The 56-year-old Murphy has been with the Padres organization since 2010 and has managed the Padres' Triple-A affiliate in El Paso the last three seasons.

  • Brewers broadcaster Bob Uecker hit by ball, hospitalized

    June 30, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Milwaukee Brewers Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Uecker was hospitalized overnight after he was hit in the head by a baseball during batting practice.The Brewers flagship radio station, WTMJ (http://bit.ly/1dIkh87 ), says a pop-up hit Uecker prior to Monday night's Brewers-Kansas City Royals game. The 81-year-old broadcaster worked the first six innings of the game and started feeling dizzy.

  • Report: Cardinals allegedly hacked Astros player information

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Federal authorities are investigating whether the St. Louis Cardinals illegally hacked into the Houston Astros' internal player database, according to a person familiar with the investigation.The person spoke Tuesday on condition of anonymity because Major League Baseball, law enforcement officials and teams are not disclosing details of the investigation that were first reported by The New York Times. The Times said the FBI and Justice Department were investigating whether Cardinals' front-office officials were behind the effort to steal player information from the Astros.

  • LEADING OFF: Padres search for a skipper, Red Sox reeling

    June 30, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Tuesday:---RESUME, PLEASEThe Padres plan to be busy interviewing candidates to become interim manager for the rest of the season. Bud Black was fired Monday, and San Diego bench coach Dave Roberts guided the team hours later against Oakland.

  • A-Rod glad to be back home even though he didn't start

    June 30, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Alex Rodriguez sat in a mostly deserted visiting dugout two hours before Monday's game, holding his older daughter's hands while she whispered in his ear.Daddy's back home for a couple of days.Rodriguez returned to his hometown for a two-game series with the New York Yankees against the Miami Marlins. He wasn't in the starting lineup because he's now almost exclusively a designated hitter, and there's no DH for interleague games in NL cities.

  • Rays' Longoria leaves game after getting hit on left wrist

    June 30, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay Rays slugger Evan Longoria has a bruised left wrist after getting hit by a pitched ball.Longoria left in the fifth inning of Monday night's game against Washington after being struck by Taylor Hill's pitch.The Rays said X-rays were negative and that Longoria is day to day.

  • Mariners bring up OF James Jones from Triple-A Tacoma

    June 30, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The Seattle Mariners recalled outfielder James Jones from Triple-A Tacoma on Monday for his first stint on the big league roster this season.Jones has spent the entire season with Tacoma, batting .264 with a home run and 13 RBIs in 48 games. He also has 15 stolen bases and was batting .342 in June. He hit .250 with nine RBIs in 108 games for Seattle in 2014.

  • Lessons learned, Royals' Ned Yost returns to Milwaukee

    June 30, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Kansas City's Ned Yost learned valuable lessons while he was with the Milwaukee Brewers.The Royals skipper on Monday showed an appreciation for his time in Milwaukee in his first regular season trip to Miller Park since being fired by the Brewers in 2008.

  • 8 Royals on track to start at All-Star Game

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Eight players from the AL champion Kansas City Royals are now on track to start at the July 14 All-Star game in Cincinnati, with Omar Infante overtaking Houston's Jose Altuve at second base.Catcher Salvador Perez, first baseman Eric Hosmer, shortstop Alcides Escobar, third baseman Mike Moustakas and designated hitter Kendrys Morales maintained their leads in voting totals released Monday. Lorenzo Cain was first among AL outfielders, with teammate Alex Gordon third, behind AL MVP Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels.

  • Plate umpire Foster hit in mask, exits Blue Jays-Mets game

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Home plate umpire Marty Foster has removed himself from the game between the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Mets after being hit in the facemask by a foul ball.The game at Citi Field on Monday night was delayed for 11 minutes.Foster was struck squarely on the mask by a ball off the bat of Toronto's Josh Donaldson with one out in the top of the third inning. Foster kept feeling his jaw and moving his mouth while being checked by a Mets trainer for several minutes near home plate.

  • Red Sox hold team meeting amid 6-game losing streak

    June 30, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Boston Red Sox held a team meeting before Monday night's game against the Atlanta Braves as they tried to snap a six-game losing streak.The Red Sox were the favorites to win the AL East after finishing last in 2014. Instead, they entered the night with a 27-37 record that left them eight games out in the division.

  • Marlins' Jose Fernandez says target for his return is July 2

    June 30, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez says his target date to rejoin the rotation is July 2, some 13 1/2 months after he underwent Tommy John surgery.''I'm happy to say it,'' Fernandez said Monday. ''It gives me the chills. ... . I just can't wait to be on that mound and throw some good fastballs.''

  • Cincinnati's Moscot injured in first inning against Tigers

    June 30, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Cincinnati right-hander Jon Moscot left Monday night's game at Detroit in the first inning after dislocating his left shoulder while tagging out a runner.With one out, Moscot fielded Miguel Cabrera's comebacker and trapped Detroit's Anthony Gose between second and third. Moscot chased Gose all the way back to second and went diving forward to apply the tag. Then he was slow getting up.

  • Cardinals sign first-rounders Plummer, Hicks, Woodford

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Cardinals signed first-round draft picks Nick Plummer and Jake Woodford to minor league contracts, and had those two plus third-rounder Jordan Hicks in for a workout at Busch Stadium.Hicks skipped a family cruise to Jamaica to get into uniform and meet players Monday. Plummer said he wanted to be in the majors in two or three years.

  • Royals-Cardinals rainout rescheduled for July 23

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Cardinals game against the Kansas City Royals that was rained out Sunday has been rescheduled for July 23.The teams had two mutual days off with Aug. 4 the other possibility for the final game of the season series.The Cardinals won the first two games of a three-game series and lead the season series 3-2.

  • A-Rod glad to be back home even though he's not in lineup

    June 30, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Alex Rodriguez sat in a mostly deserted visiting dugout two hours before Monday's game, holding his older daughter's hands while she whispered in his ear.Daddy's back home for a couple of days.Rodriguez returned to his hometown for a two-game series with the New York Yankees against the Miami Marlins. He wasn't in the starting lineup because he's now almost exclusively a designated hitter, and there's no DH for interleague games in NL cities.

  • Blue Jays place Sanchez on 15-day disabled list

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Toronto Blue Jays have placed right-hander Aaron Sanchez on the 15-day disabled list with a mild lat muscle strain.Manager John Gibbons said Monday he hopes Sanchez will be back after a missing second straight start. Scott Copeland, who filled in for Sanchez on Wednesday, has been recalled and will start Tuesday night against the New York Mets.

  • Mets designate right-hander Dillon Gee for assignment

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Right-hander Dillon Gee has been designated for assignment by the New York Mets after being replaced in the rotation by top prospect Noah Syndergaard during an injury-interrupted season.Gee was cut Monday, a day after he allowed eight runs and 11 hits in 3 2-3 innings against Atlanta in a spot start following his demotion to the bullpen.

  • OF Carlos Gomez scratched from Brewers' lineup vs Royals

    June 30, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez was scratched from the starting lineup for Monday night's game against Kansas City with right leg tightness.Gomez has had problems with the leg since spending two weeks on the disabled list in late April for a hamstring injury. He also missed a few games last week.

  • Pirates sign top pick Kevin Newman

    June 30, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Kevin Newman held up the Pittsburgh Pirates jersey with the No. 15 on it and the name of the team's top pick in last week's draft on the back when someone blurted out ''Hello, Newman.''From just off the stage Newman's father John laughed good-naturedly and said ''never heard that one.''

  • Rangers recall 2B Odor after DeShields goes on disabled list

    June 30, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Rougned Odor is back with the Texas Rangers and rookie slugger Joey Gallo has gone to the outfield after Delino DeShields was placed on the disabled list.The Rangers recalled Odor from Triple-A Round Rock and put DeShields on the 15-day DL before Monday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

  • Bryce Harper back in Nationals' lineup

    June 30, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper is back in the lineup two days after getting hit on the left leg by a 95 mph fastball.Harper is listed as the designated hitter for Monday night's interleague game at Tampa Bay.Harper hobbled off the field after getting hit on the inside of his left leg above the knee in the ninth inning Saturday on a pitch from Milwaukee reliever Michael Blazek.

  • Rays sign Sizemore to minor league contract

    June 30, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays have signed outfielder Grady Sizemore to a minor league contract.The team announced the signing Monday.The 32-year old Sizemore was released by Philadelphia earlier this month.Sizemore will report to the Rays' spring training complex in Port Charlotte, Fla., this week to start working out. No date has been set for when he will play in minor league games.

  • Padres fire manager Bud Black

    June 30, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Bud Black understood full well the expectations for San Diego to win now with a remade, star-studded roster - and with a new front office, too.His leash was a short one trying to get a new-look team to come together in a hurry.In his ninth year managing the Padres, Black was fired Monday with San Diego sitting in third place in the loaded NL West at 32-33. The Padres never reached the playoffs during Black's tenure after he took over when Bruce Bochy departed to manage the San Francisco Giants in 2007.

  • Plane carrying Dodgers makes emergency landing at LAX

    June 30, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) A chartered plane carrying the Dodgers made an emergency landing at Los Angeles International Airport because of a mechanical issue.The Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/1SgTj6N ) that United Airlines Flight 2207 departed San Diego International Airport en route to Dallas Sunday night but an unspecified mechanical issue forced the pilot to land in Los Angeles.

  • Can Royals' All-Star surge carry Infante, too?

    June 30, 2015

    The All-Star game is still a month away, but it could be a historic occasion for the defending American League champions.As of last Monday, the Kansas City Royals had seven players on track to start this year's game in Cincinnati on July 14. Kansas City's dominance in the online vote has gotten plenty of attention. Some view it as a mockery of the process, while others offer a tip of the hat to what is clearly an energized fan base.

  • LEADING OFF: Blue Jays go for team-record 12th straight win

    June 30, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Monday:---TORRID TORONTO, AND THE TRADEThe Blue Jays try for their team-record 12th straight win when speedy shortstop Jose Reyes returns to Citi Field to take on the Mets in an interleague matchup that features several familiar faces. Rookie pitcher Noah Syndergaard was traded with catcher Travis d'Arnaud from Toronto to New York after the 2012 season in a deal for knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. Syndergaard starts the opener against the top-scoring team in the majors. ''I'm just going into it like it's another game,'' he said. ''I don't really hold any grudges against them for that.''

  • De La Rosa takes shutout into 9th, D-backs beat Heston

    June 30, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Everybody in the Arizona dugout was rooting for Rubby De La Rosa to get his first complete game. They were no less disappointed when Daniel Hudson preserved the victory.De La Rosa pitched an eight-hitter into the ninth inning Sunday, and the Arizona Diamondbacks chased Chris Heston after five innings in his first start coming off a no-hitter and beat the San Francisco Giants 4-0.

  • Cubs call up reliever Brian Schlitter from Triple-A

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs recalled right-handed reliever Brian Schlitter from Triple-A Iowa on Sunday.Schlitter was available in Sunday night's game against the Cincinnati Reds.In nine appearances with the Cubs this season, Schlitter has allowed six runs in 6 2-3 innings with an 0-2 record. He gave up two runs over 13 innings in 14 relief appearances for Iowa.

  • Nearing 3,000 hits, Rodriguez comes to his hometown of Miami

    June 30, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Alex Rodriguez is bringing his pursuit of the 3,000-hit milestone to his hometown, where it may be put on hold.The New York Yankees begin a two-game series Monday in Miami, and the attendance-challenged Marlins expect more than 30,000 fans for both games, even though it's uncertain how much they'll see Rodriguez. He has played only six games in the field this season, and there will be no designated hitter for the two interleague games in Miami.

  • Marlins 3B Prado sidelined with sprained right shoulder

    June 30, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Miami Marlins third baseman Martin Prado left Sunday's game against Colorado in the first inning with a sprained right shoulder after he took a tumble trying to beat out a grounder.Prado's status is day to day, and he hopes to avoid a stint on the disabled list. X-rays were negative, and he'll be further evaluated Monday before the start of a series against the Yankees.

  • Sale strikes out 12 in losing effort against Rays

    June 30, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Chris Sale turned a dominant outing into a loss with two bad pitches.Asdrubal Cabrera hit a two-run homer off Sale in the seventh inning Sunday, lifting the Tampa Bay Rays to a 2-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox for a three-game sweep. But it was the walk to Steven Souza Jr., the preceding batter, that had Sale most upset.

  • Scherzer loses perfect game bid on bloop hit in 7th vs Brews

    June 30, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer has lost his bid for a perfect game on a bloop single in the seventh inning by Milwaukee's Carlos Gomez.Gomez led off the seventh Sunday with a soft fly to shallow right field that fell just beyond the reach of second baseman Anthony Rendon. Scherzer watched the ball drop, then turned away.

  • Nationals' Scherzer perfect through 6 innings vs Brewers

    June 30, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer is perfect through six innings against the Milwaukee Brewers.Scherzer had struck out 11 on Sunday at Miller Park. He fanned the side in the bottom of the sixth.The closest that the Brewers had come to a hit was a hard bounceout up the middle by pitcher Taylor Jungman to end the third.

  • Marlins 3B Prado leaves game with sprained right shoulder

    June 30, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Miami Marlins third baseman Martin Prado has left his team's game against Colorado in the first inning with a sprained right shoulder.Prado was hurt Sunday when he took a tumble after stepping on first base awkwardly as he ran out a grounder. He landed hard on his right side and came out of the game reluctantly after consulting with a trainer.

  • Red Sox recall infielder Shaw, option RHP Barnes to Triple-A

    June 30, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Red Sox recalled infielder Travis Shaw from Triple-A before Sunday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays.To make room on the roster, the club demoted right-hander Matt Barnes to Pawtucket.The 25-year old Shaw is with the club for the second time this season. His stay is expected to be short because Boston is dealing with a potential shortage with its corner infielders.

  • Nationals get prospect Trea Turner to finish deal

    June 30, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) The San Diego Padres are sending top prospect Trea Turner to the Washington Nationals.The shortstop selected 13th overall by San Diego in the June 2014 draft was part of a three-team trade in December that sent 2013 AL Rookie of the Year Wil Myers to the Padres.

  • Harper out of Nationals' lineup day after getting hit on leg

    June 30, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was out of Sunday's lineup against Milwaukee a day after getting hit on the left leg by a 95 mph fastball.A team spokeswoman said the slugger was just getting a day off. Harper hobbled off the field after getting hit on the inside of his left leg above the knee in the ninth inning Saturday on a pitch from Brewers reliever Michael Blazek.

  • Houston's Altuve, Seattle's Trumbo out on Sunday

    June 30, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Houston All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve was out for the second straight game on Sunday against the Mariners with a hamstring injury and Seattle left fielder Mark Trumbo was scratched with back spasms.Altuve strained his right hamstring trying to beat the throw to first on a grounder on Friday night and missed Saturday's game. Manager A.J. Hinch says Altuve was feeling better on Sunday and that he's still listed day to day.

  • Mets keep C Kevin Plawecki, option Anthony Recker to minors

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Rookie catcher Kevin Plawecki is staying with the New York Mets for now.The team optioned incumbent backup Anthony Recker to Triple-A Las Vegas on Sunday and decided to keep Plawecki around as starter Travis d'Arnaud works his way back into peak condition.

  • Prospect Francisco Lindor recalled to Indians

    June 30, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) The Cleveland Indians added top prospect Francisco Lindor to the roster and placed DH Nick Swisher on the 15-day disabled list Sunday.The infielder's contract was purchased from Triple-A Columbus, where he hit .281 with 22 RBIs in 58 games. Lindor was selected with the eighth overall pick in the 2011 first-year draft. He was not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Tigers.

  • Alex Rodriguez joins Aaron in 2,000-RBI club

    June 30, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) Alex Rodriguez has joined Hank Aaron as the only players in major league history with 2,000 career RBIs.Rodriguez hit a two-run homer Saturday night for the New York Yankees in a game against the Baltimore Orioles. The sixth-inning drive off Bud Norris lifted A-Rod's career RBI total to 2,001.

  • Top prospect OF Byron Buxton set to join Twins on Sunday

    June 30, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Byron Buxton, considered by many the top prospect in the minors, is being promoted from Double-A to make his major league debut in the Minnesota Twins' depleted outfield.The Twins announced Saturday their plan to select his contract from Chattanooga. The 21-year-old Buxton will be in uniform Sunday for the finale of a three-game series in Texas.

  • LEADING OFF: No-hit Heston vs. D-Backs, Toronto tries for 11

    June 30, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues today:---HE'S HEREByron Buxton, considered by many the top prospect in the minors, is set to make his major league debut and start in center field for Minnesota. The 21-year-old was promoted from Double-A Chattanooga for the series finale in Texas. Buxton was the second overall pick in the 2012 amateur draft - the top choice was shortstop Carlos Correa, who made his big league debut for Houston on Monday. Buxton was hitting .283 with 12 triples, 20 steals and a Southern League-high 44 runs this year.

  • Indians reliever Scott Atchison returns from disabled list

    June 30, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) The Cleveland Indians have activated righty reliever Scott Atchison from the disabled list.The Indians made the move before Saturday's game against Detroit. Right-hander C.C. Lee was optioned to Triple-A Columbus.Atchison had been out since May 28 because of a sprained ankle. He is 1-1 with a 5.74 ERA in 19 games this season.

  • Twins OF Hunter drops appeal of 2-game suspension

    June 30, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Minnesota outfielder Torii Hunter dropped the appeal of his two-game suspension and started serving it Saturday.Hunter was in the original lineup for Saturday's game at Texas. His decision was announced by the Twins about an hour before the scheduled first pitch in the middle game of a three-game series.

  • Mets reacquire OF Nieuwenhuis, claim off waivers from Angels

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Mets have reacquired Kirk Nieuwenhuis, claiming the outfielder off waivers from the Angels less than a month after cutting the outfielder and trading him to Los Angeles.The Mets made the move Saturday before playing the Atlanta Braves. They transferred reliever Jerry Blevins to the 60-day disabled list to make room for Nieuwenhuis on the roster.

  • Scoring changes wipes out crucial Twins error vs. Rangers

    June 30, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) A game-deciding error against Minnesota Twins center fielder Aaron Hicks is now a two-run double for Mitch Moreland of the Texas RangersThe Rangers announced before Saturday's game that the official scorer had changed his ruling on the play Friday night.

  • Twins OF Hunter drops appeal of suspension

    June 30, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Minnesota outfielder Torii Hunter has dropped the appeal of his two-game suspension and will sit out the rest of the weekend series at Texas.Hunter was in the original lineup for Saturday's game, but the outfielder's decision was announced by the Twins about an hour before the scheduled first pitch.

  • Royals place pitcher Jason Vargas on DL

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The Kansas City Royals placed a starting pitcher on the 15-day disabled list, but not the one many had been expecting.The move with lefty Jason Vargas, who has a strained left forearm, is backdated to June 9. Manager Ned Yost is hopeful Yordano Ventura, who was removed because of right hand weakness Friday night, can make his next start.

  • Mariners designate Weeks, recall RHP Farquhar

    June 30, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) The Seattle Mariners have designated Rickie Weeks for assignment and recalled right-hander Danny Farquhar from Triple-A Tacoma.The moves come after Seattle had to use its bullpen for 5 2-3 innings on Thursday and 7 2-3 innings on Friday in tough starts by J.A. Happ and Felix Hernandez.

  • Houston's Altuve out vs Mariners with hamstring injury

    June 30, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Houston Astros All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve is out of the lineup with a hamstring injury on Saturday against the Seattle Mariners.Altuve was injured trying to beat the throw on a grounder in the first inning on Friday night. He has a strained right hamstring and is listed as day to day.

  • Weekend Time Schedule

    June 30, 2015

    All Times EDTSaturdayBASEBALLToronto at Boston, 1:35 p.m.Minnesota at Texas, 4:05 p.m.Philadelphia at Pittsburgh, 4:05 p.m.Cleveland at Detroit, 4:08 p.m.Seattle at Houston, 4:10 p.m.Chicago White Sox at Tampa Bay, 4:10 p.m.Atlanta at N.Y. Mets, 4:10 p.m.

  • Angels exercise 2016 option on general manager Jerry Dipoto

    June 30, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Angels have exercised their contract option for 2016 on general manager Jerry Dipoto.The Angels announced the move late in their victory over the Oakland Athletics on Friday night.Dipoto took over the Angels in October 2011 and helped to build a roster that won the AL West last season with a major league-best 98 victories. The Angels are 296-251 since Dipoto took over.

  • Arizona's Chase Anderson loses no-hit bid vs Giants in 7th

    June 30, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Arizona Diamondbacks starter Chase Anderson had his no-hit bid broken up in the seventh inning when San Francisco Giants slugger Buster Posey grounded a one-out single off the pitcher - literally.Posey smacked a sharp infield single that struck Anderson's lower right leg and rolled toward the third-base line, leaving the Diamondbacks with no play. Anderson was initially shaken up but remained in the game.

  • Arizona's Chase Anderson holds Giants hitless through 6

    June 30, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Chase Anderson has not allowed a hit through six innings against the San Francisco Giants.The Giants hit several balls hard in the early innings Friday night, and Nori Aoki lined into a double play to end the third.

  • Former closer Cishek to be recalled from Double-A by Marlins

    June 30, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Demoted closer Steve Cishek will be recalled Saturday from Double-A Jacksonville by the Miami Marlins.Cishek was 1-5 with a 6.98 ERA when he was sent down June 1. He pitched six scoreless innings in five games for the Suns with two saves.

  • LEADING OFF: Verlander, Latos return to mound; Altuve ailing

    June 30, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Saturday:---WELCOME BACKTigers star right-hander Justin Verlander, sidelined since the beginning of the season with a right triceps strain, is scheduled to make his 2015 debut against the Cleveland Indians in Detroit. Verlander was the AL MVP and Cy Young Award winner in 2011.

  • Royals Ventura removed after 3 innings for 2nd time

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Kansas City Royals right-hander Yordano Ventura was removed Friday due to weakness in his pitching hand after three innings for the second straight start, trailing 2-0 against the St. Louis Cardinals.Royals infielders had a meeting on the mound with Yadier Molina at the plate before Molina flied out to end the third.

  • Dodgers trade for SS Torreyes from Blue Jays

    June 30, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired shortstop Ronald Torreyes in a trade with the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday and designated second baseman Darwin Barney for assignment.Torreyes, 22, was acquired for cash considerations. Torreyes, assigned to Double-A Tulsa, is a career .299 hitter in the minor leagues, where he is spending his sixth season.

  • Astros 2B Jose Altuve injures hamstring against Mariners

    June 30, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve has left the Houston Astros' game against the Seattle Mariners in the first inning with an injured hamstring.The Astros led 8-0 in the first when Altuve came up to bat for the second time in the inning Friday night. He pulled up after trying to beat the throw to first on a grounder and hobbled to the dugout. The team says he left with discomfort in his right hamstring.

  • Astros All-Star 2B Jose Altuve injured against Mariners

    June 30, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve has been injured in the first inning of the Houston Astros' game against the Seattle Mariners.The Astros led 8-0 in the first when Altuve came up to bat for the second time in the inning Friday night. He pulled up after trying to beat the throw to first on a grounder and hobbled to the dugout. There was no immediate word on his injury, but it appeared to be a leg or foot injury.

  • Rangers sign 1st-round draft pick Dillon Tate for .2M

    June 30, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Texas Rangers have signed first-round pick Dillon Tate, a right-hander from UC-Santa Barbara who was the fourth overall pick in this week's amateur baseball draft.Tate got a .2 million signing bonus Friday, when the Rangers said they had also agreed to terms with six other draft picks.

  • Switch-pitcher Pat Venditte goes on DL with shoulder injury

    June 30, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Switch-pitcher Pat Venditte has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right shoulder.The team announced the roster move Friday, and it is retroactive to Thursday. Oakland recalled right-hander Arnold Leon from Triple-A Nashville to fill the roster spot as the A's began a weekend series against the Angels in Anaheim.

  • Giants RF Pence placed on 15-day disabled list as expected

    June 30, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Giants right fielder Hunter Pence has been placed on the 15-day disabled list as expected because of tendinitis in his left wrist.He hasn't played since injuring the wrist June 2 on a diving catch at AT&T Park on a ball hit by Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen, so Friday's roster move is retroactive to June 3. Pence already had begun the season on the DL because of a fractured left forearm he injured during spring training then returned May 16 to play 18 games.

  • Cardinals place RHP Lynn on DL with forearm strain

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Cardinals have placed right-hander Lance Lynn on the 15-day disabled list with a forearm strain and will recall lefty Tyler Lyons to start Saturday against the Kansas City Royals.General manager John Mozeliak was optimistic Friday that Lynn would be ready to rejoin the rotation in 15 days. The pitcher thought so, too, and believed he was set to resume playing catch in the next few days.

  • Hunter in Twins lineup after appealing 2-game suspension

    June 30, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Torii Hunter has appealed a two-game suspension that he believes is a ''little harsh'' for his equipment-throwing outburst after being ejected earlier this week,Major League Baseball also Friday fined the Minnesota Twins outfielder an undisclosed amount for his tantrum during Wednesday's home game against Kansas City.

  • Tigers send struggling pitcher Greene to Triple-A Toledo

    June 30, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Tigers optioned starting pitcher Shane Greene to Triple-A Toledo.Greene is 4-6 with a 5.82 ERA in 13 games. He allowed only one run in his first three games but has struggled since.''Obviously Shane pitched extremely well early, struggled a little bit lately. I think we're hoping it's a situation where he can go back there and regain the form, regain the movement on the sinker, work on the change-up,'' Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. ''He's got excellent stuff, he's as hard a worker as we've got in the clubhouse. Still think he's got an extremely bright future.''

  • Yankees prospect Williams set for big league debut

    June 30, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) A year ago, New York Yankees outfield prospect Mason Williams was struggling in the minor leagues.On Friday, the 23-year-old was set to make his big league debut against the Baltimore Orioles.Williams was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Thursday, a day off for the Yankees.

  • Gee to get spot start Sunday for Mets; Goeddel to DL

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Mets are going to use a sixth starter. Just don't call it a six-man rotation.Dillon Gee is going to make a spot-start for New York on Sunday against the Atlanta Braves, pushing the rest of the rotation back a day in an effort to manage the starters' innings this season.

  • Cardinals place Lynn on DL with forearm strain

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Cardinals have placed right-hander Lance Lynn on the 15-day disabled list with a forearm strain and will recall lefty Tyler Lyons to start Saturday against the Kansas City Royals.General manager John Mozeliak was optimistic Friday that Lynn would be ready to rejoin the rotation in 15 days. The pitcher thought so, too, and believed he was set to resume playing catch in the next few days.

  • Nationals activate David Carpenter, place Barrett on DL

    June 30, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) The Washington Nationals have activated newly acquired reliever David Carpenter after placing right-hander Aaron Barrett on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right bicep.The Nationals made the moves before Friday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers.

  • Billy Hamilton back for Reds; 2B Brandon Phillips close

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Center fielder Billy Hamilton is back in Cincinnati's lineup for Friday's game against the Chicago Cubs.And according to Reds manager Bryan Price, second baseman and three-time All-Star Brandon Phillips may be ''a usable player off the bench.''

  • Fan hit by broken bat at Fenway released from hospital

    June 30, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) A Massachusetts woman who was seriously hurt when a broken bat flew into the stands at Fenway Park last week has been released from a hospital.Officials at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston say Friday that Tonya Carpenter was discharged and transferred to a rehabilitation center.

  • Twins reinstate rookie Rosario from paternity list

    June 30, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Minnesota Twins have reinstated outfielder Eddie Rosario from the paternity list.The move was made before Friday's game at Texas that opened a three-game series against the Rangers. The Twins announced that Rosario and his wife, Milany, had their third child, Lucas.

  • Even without many bloop hits, Stanton has eye-popping stats

    June 30, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Major league home run and RBI leader Giancarlo Stanton believes he has been unlucky this season, and he might be right.Scratch hits have been tough to come by for the Miami Marlins slugger, who went into the weekend with only 24 singles and was batting just .249. Last season he had 96 singles and hit .288.

  • Friday's Time Schedule

    June 30, 2015

    All Times EDTBASEBALLCincinnati at Chicago Cubs, 4:05 p.m.Philadelphia at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.N.Y. Yankees at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.Cleveland at Detroit, 7:08 p.m.Chicago White Sox at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m.Toronto at Boston, 7:10 p.m.Atlanta at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m.

  • Sticky seats? California ballparks get creative to conserve

    June 30, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Earlier this season, the grounds crew that watches over the lush green playing field where the San Francisco Giants play tried something new: They cut back on overnight watering.Then, the ground felt a little bit hard to the World Series champions. Players could be more prone to injury without some give in the grass.

  • Confident South Korean star Kang fitting in with Pirates

    June 30, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Jung Ho Kang chose the gray T-shirt because he thought it looked cool. That's it. The fact ''The Trillest'' - a mashup of ''true'' and ''real'' that serves as slang for someone considered most authentic - was splashed across the front was purely incidental.

  • Left-hander Erik Bedard announces retirement

    June 30, 2015

    RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (AP) - Erik Bedard has ended his attempt at a comeback from yet another injury and announced his retirement after an 11-year major league career.The oft-injured left-hander had been pitching for the Dodgers at Class-A Rancho Cucamonga, rehabbing a strained lat muscle. The news was announced Thursday.

  • Pujols hits 537th homer to pass Mantle

    June 30, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Albert Pujols has hit his 537th homer to move past Mickey Mantle into sole possession of 16th place on the career list.The Los Angeles Angels slugger connected in the ninth inning of Thursday night's game at Tampa Bay to break a tie with the New York Yankees great.

  • Gonzalez solid, Rangers struggle against A's Kazmir

    June 30, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Chi Chi Gonzalez's string of scoreless innings to begin his major league career ended in the first inning of the Texas pitcher's latest start.It didn't take long for the Rangers' rookie to start another one.Gonzalez bounced back nicely from his opening stumble but Texas couldn't get anything going offensively against Scott Kazmir and lost 7-0 to Oakland on Thursday afternoon.

  • LEADING OFF: Price vs Salazar; Pence plan; Pineda's turn

    June 30, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Friday:---TOP OF THEIR GAMETigers left-hander David Price is coming off a complete game victory over the White Sox. He matches up against Cleveland righty Danny Salazar, who had 10 strikeouts in seven-plus innings of a 2-1 win over Baltimore in his last start.

  • With slumping Mets getting healthier, Alderson talks trade

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The banged-up New York Mets are beginning to get some pieces back. They could use the help, too.Former closer Bobby Parnell and second baseman Dilson Herrera were activated from the disabled list Thursday before the finale of a three-game series against the World Series champion San Francisco Giants.

  • Right field bleachers at Wrigley open

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Wrigley Field's iconic bleachers are again at full strength.A month after the cozy neighborhood park's left field and center field outfield seating area opened to the public for the first time this season, the right field bleachers made their debut on Thursday.

  • After stint in minors, Gennett back at 2nd base for Brewers

    June 30, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) The Brewers have recalled Scooter Gennett from Triple-A Colorado Springs, hoping he can fill a hole at second base.Reliever David Goforth was optioned to Triple-A to make room for Gennett on Thursday.Gennett spent more than three weeks in the minors after hitting just .154 in 21 games in Milwaukee. It was a disappointing start for the left-handed hitter, who began the year as the starter after former platoon partner Rickie Weeks was let go in the offseason.

  • Twins still confident, despite June swoon

    June 30, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The elbow pad. The shin guard. The batting gloves.Enraged over a called third strike, Torii Hunter had already hurled almost all of his accessories when he ripped off his white pinstriped Minnesota Twins jersey and heaved that onto the field, too.

  • Condition of fan hit by broken bat upgraded to good

    June 30, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The condition of the Massachusetts woman hit by a broken bat at Fenway Park has been upgraded from fair to good.Officials at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center say Thursday that Tonya Carpenter's condition has improved. They didn't provide other details.

  • Minnesota Twins still confident, despite June swoon

    June 30, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Torii Hunter threw a tantrum while arguing a called third strike and being ejected from Minnesota's last game.The Twins have gone 3-7 in June after such a strong May. They've fallen out of first place in their division. Frustration was evident when Hunter threw everything from his batting gloves to his jersey onto the field in protest on Wednesday night during a loss to Kansas City that gave the Royals a sweep of the series at Target Field.

  • Dickerson, Hawkins activated from disabled list by Rockies

    June 30, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Outfielder Corey Dickerson and right-hander LaTroy Hawkins have been activated from the 15-day disabled list by the Colorado Rockies.Outfielder-first baseman Kyle Parker and right-hander Christian Bergman were optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque.

  • Orioles RHP Gonzalez goes on DL; RHP Wright recalled

    June 30, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez was placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday with a right groin strain.The injury occurred during Baltimore's game against Boston on Tuesday night. Two days later, Gonzalez still experienced discomfort.

  • Nationals put 1B Ryan Zimmerman on DL, recall OF den Dekker

    June 30, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Ryan Zimmerman tried to play with a sore left foot, but every step gave him pain.The Washington Nationals on Thursday finally decided to give him a break, putting their first baseman on the 15-day disabled list with plantar fasciitis.

  • Reds shortstop Zack Cozart has torn knee ligaments, tendon

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Cincinnati Reds shortstop Zack Cozart tore a tendon and two ligaments in his right knee and will need reconstructive surgery, leaving him with a nine-month rehabilitation.Cozart hurt the knee when he slipped on first base while trying to beat out a grounder during a 5-2 win over Philadelphia on Wednesday. The team hadn't received results of tests on the knee when it headed to Chicago for the start of a four-game series.

  • Royals reinstate catcher Kratz, designate him for assignment

    June 30, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Royals are sticking with Drew Butera as their backup catcher, reinstating Erik Kratz from the disabled list Thursday and designating him from assignment.Kansas City acquired Butera from the Los Angeles Angels last month to back up Salvador Perez when Kratz went on the disabled list with plantar fasciitis in his left foot. Kratz had been on an injury rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Omaha.

  • Both benches clear after Teheran hits Kemp with pitch

    June 30, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Braves pitcher Julio Teheran hit San Diego's Matt Kemp with a pitch, prompting both benches and bullpens to clear in the first inning.Kemp, the third batter of Thursday's game, was his on his left shoulder by a 90 mph fastball, slammed down his bat, stared at the pitcher and slowly walked up the first base line.

  • Braves designate Cahill for assignment

    June 30, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The Braves have designated right-hander Trevor Cahill for assignment and selected the contract of lefty Dana Eveland from Triple-A Gwinnett.Cahill went 0-3 with a 7.52 ERA in 15 games. He made three starts before getting demoted to the bullpen on April 30.

  • Parnell activated by Mets after 14-month absence

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Bobby Parnell is back with the New York Mets following Tommy John surgery despite subpar performances during his injury rehabilitation stint in the minor leagues.The former closer was activated from the 15-day disabled list Thursday by the Mets, who placed right-hander Dillon Gee on the bereavement list following the death of his grandmother.

  • Yanks bring up Williams for possible debut, put Miller on DL

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Yankees have recalled outfielder Mason Williams and right-hander Chris Martin from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and put closer Andrew Miller on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained left forearm.Williams, selected by New York in the fourth round of the 2010 amateur draft, could make his major league debut. The 23-year-old started the season at Double-A Trenton and hit .317 with 11 RBIs and 11 steals in 34 games, then was promoted to Scranton and batted .321 with 11 RBIs in 20 games.

  • Padres' Myers returns after missing 28 games with injury

    June 30, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The San Diego Padres have activated Wil Myers from the 15-day disabled list after he missed 28 games with tendinitis in his left wrist.Myers, the Padres' regular center fielder and leadoff hitter, is batting .291 with five homers and 19 RBIs.

  • Nationals get RHP Carpenter from Yankees for minor leaguer

    June 30, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) The Washington Nationals have acquired right-handed reliever David Carpenter from the New York Yankees for minor league second baseman Tony Renda.The Nationals announced the deal Thursday before their game at the Milwaukee Brewers.Washington also transferred outfielder Nate McClouth from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL and the team said it would make another move later Thursday to make room on the 25-man roster for Carpenter.

  • Mariners' slugger Nelson Cruz out again with back spasms

    June 30, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Seattle Mariners slugger Nelson Cruz, who leads the American League with 18 home runs, is out of the lineup for the second straight game because of back spasms.Cruz didn't play Wednesday after his back tightened up during an at-bat in Tuesday's series opener. He hoped to play Thursday against the Cleveland Indians, but Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon decided to give him another day off.

  • Cleveland second baseman Jason Kipnis out of lineup

    June 30, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis is out of the starting lineup for the first time this season.Manager Terry Francona decided to give Kipnis, who started Cleveland's first 58 games, Thursday off. Zach Walters is starting at second against Seattle.

  • Harvey struggling, gives up 3 HRs as Mets lose 8-5 to Giants

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Matt Harvey has hit a major snag in his return from Tommy John surgery.Brandon Belt launched one of San Francisco's three homers off a struggling Harvey, who gave up seven runs for the second time in four starts during the New York Mets' 8-5 loss Wednesday night.

  • Astros take sons of Biggio, Clemens on Day 3 of MLB draft

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Houston Astros are bringing another Biggio on board. Another Rocket, too.Notre Dame outfielder Conor Biggio, son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, was selected by the Astros in the 34th round of the Major League Baseball draft on Wednesday.

  • LEADING OFF: Texas rookie Gonzalez goes for 3rd W, Papi set

    June 30, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Thursday:---THREE OF A KINDRangers rookie Chi Chi Gonzalez tries to become the first pitcher in Texas history to win each of his first three starts in the big leagues. He's opened his career with 14 2-3 scoreless innings going into his next outing at Oakland.

  • Ortiz fumes over being excluded from Bosox starting lineup

    June 30, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) - David Ortiz wasn't in the Boston Red Sox's starting lineup Wednesday night against the Baltimore Orioles, and he obviously wasn't happy about it.Ortiz kept his back to reporters, sitting in front of his locker as he reluctantly fielded questions about why he wasn't starting against Orioles lefty Wei-Yin Chen.

  • A's RHP Jarrod Parker moves ahead from latest elbow surgery

    June 30, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Jarrod Parker is uncertain about the protocol for his recovery from a fractured elbow following two Tommy John surgeries, and that's probably because he might just be the new case study for a pitcher who has undergone all of those operations.

  • Mets finally get a hit - and quickly get lost on the bases

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Mets quickly ended their hitless streak - and then almost got lost on the bases.A day after Giants rookie Chris Heston pitched a no-hitter against the Mets, Curtis Granderson broke the spell with a leadoff drive to deep center field in the first inning Wednesday night against San Francisco's Tim Hudson. The ball sailed beyond the reach of outfielder Angel Pagan near the wall, but Granderson thought the ball was caught.

  • Blanco put on DL by Giants and Pence seems likely to follow

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Outfielder Gregor Blanco has been put on the seven-day concussion disabled list by the San Francisco Giants, who appear likely to also put All-Star Hunter Pence on the DL.Pence didn't make his season debut until mid-May because of a broken left forearm sustained during spring training, and the right fielder has not played since June 2 because of a sore left wrist. San Francisco could make a DL stint retroactive and Pence would be eligible to be activated June 17.

  • Travis d'Arnaud activated by Mets after missing 46 games

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Recovered from a broken right pinkie finger, catcher Travis d'Arnaud rejoined the New York Mets' starting lineup immediately after he was actived from the 15-day disabled list Wednesday.A day after manager Terry Collins said he expected d'Arnaud would not start following his flight from Las Vegas, d'Arnaud was sixth in the batting order against San Francisco.

  • Astros get another Biggio on Day 3 of MLB draft

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Houston Astros are bringing another Biggio on board.Notre Dame outfielder Conor Biggio, son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, was selected by the Astros in the 34th round of the Major League Baseball draft Wednesday.The younger Biggio hit .263 with one RBI and four stolen bases in 26 games for the Irish during his senior season, serving mainly as a pinch runner during his career.

  • Maddon discusses fan safety, extending protective screen

    June 30, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon says he prefers his grandchildren sit behind the protective screen when they're at games.Major League Baseball has said it will re-evaluate fan safety at stadiums after a woman at Fenway Park was hit in the head by a broken bat last week. Tonya Carpenter was injured while sitting in one of the first few rows between home plate and the third base dugout, an area where fans are not protected by netting.

  • Indians draft switch pitcher Ryan Perez on 12th round

    June 30, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Indians have selected switch pitcher Ryan Perez in the 12th round of the baseball's amateur draft.The 21-year-old, taken by Cleveland with the 364th overall pick, played at Judson University, an NAIA school in suburban Chicago. He was 4-1 with a 4.61 record this season as a junior.

  • Marlins select sons of 2 of their former players in draft

    June 30, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) The Miami Marlins drafted two players Wednesday who have already spent a lot of time around the franchise.Griffin Conine and Alexander Fernandez are the sons of former Marlins players who earned World Series rings.Conine, a high school outfielder from Weston, Florida, was drafted in the 31st round. His father, Marlins special assistant Jeff Conine, played for the Marlins' championship teams in 1997 and 2003 and ranks second in club history in games and RBIs.

  • Rays' Desmond Jennings has arthroscopic knee surgery

    June 30, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings has had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.The Rays said Jennings, out since April 26, had tissue inflammation. Dr. Steven Singleton operated Wednesday in Vail, Colorado.Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said there is no timetable for Jennings' return.

  • Yankees lose closer Andrew Miller to forearm injury

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Yankees' dominant bullpen took a big hit when the team announced closer Andrew Miller has a left forearm strain and will be placed on the 15-day disabled list.Manager Joe Girardi revealed the injury Wednesday after a 5-4, 11-inning loss to the Washington Nationals, which ended a seven-game winning streak.

  • Son of former Rockies general manager suspended 80 games

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Atlanta Braves catcher Chris O'Dowd, a son of former Colorado manager Dan O'Dowd, has been suspended for 80 games under baseball's minor league drug program.The 24-year-old tested positive for Testosterone metabolites of external origin, the commissioner's office said Wednesday.

  • Oritz fumes over being excluded from Bosox starting lineup

    June 30, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) David Ortiz wasn't in the Boston Red Sox starting lineup Wednesday night against the Baltimore Orioles, and he obviously wasn't happy about it.Ortiz kept his back to reporters, sitting in front of his locker as he reluctantly fielded questions about why he wasn't starting against Orioles lefty Wei-Yin Chen.

  • Braves activate Kelly Johnson from DL, demote Terdoslavich

    June 30, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The Braves have activated Kelly Johnson from the 15-day disabled list and optioned outfielder Joey Terdoslavich to Triple-A Gwinnett.Johnson is starting in left field and hitting sixth in Wednesday night's game against the San Diego Padres. He has been out since May 14 with a right oblique strain and despite missing 24 games still ranks second on the team with six homers. He is hitting .259 with starts in left field, right field and third base.

  • Padres demote second baseman Jedd Gyorko to Triple-A El Paso

    June 30, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The San Diego Padres demoted former starting second baseman Jedd Gyorko to Triple-A El Paso and recalled right-hander Nick Vincent before Wednesday night's game against the Atlanta Braves.Gyorko was hitting .210 with two homers and 11 RBIs and lost his starting job to Cory Spangenberg. Gyorko led the team with 23 homers and 63 RBIs as a rookie in 2013 but has struggled at the plate the last two years. He hit .210 in 2014, when he had 10 homers with 51 RBIs.

  • Astros recall Velasquez to start against White Sox

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Top pitching prospect Vincent Velasquez has been recalled by the Houston Astros to start against the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night in his major league debut.Velasquez, who turned 23 Sunday, and was 3-0 with a 1.37 ERA in five starts at Double-A Corpus Christi. Velasquez will become the second top Astros prospect to debut in three days, following shortstop Carlos Correa on Monday.

  • Cruz out of Mariners' starting lineup because of back spasms

    June 30, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Seattle Mariners slugger Nelson Cruz, who leads the American League with 18 homers, is out of the starting lineup against the Cleveland Indians because of back spasms.Cruz was removed from Tuesday's game in the fifth inning after fouling off a pitch. Manager Lloyd McClendon said Cruz felt some tightness in his back during batting practice but thought he could play through it. McClendon didn't want to take any chances and Cruz was quickly pulled from the game during his third at-bat.

  • Angels recall Kubitza from Triple-A and cut Nieuwenhuis

    June 30, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Los Angeles Angels have recalled third baseman Kyle Kubitza from Triple-A Salt Lake and designated outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis for assignment.The moves were made before Wednesday night's game against Tampa Bay.Kubitza was scheduled to make his major league debut Wednesday, filling in for David Freese, who left Tuesday night's 8-2 win over the Rays with right hamstring tightness.

  • Reds shortstop Cozart hurts right knee in slip

    June 30, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Reds shortstop Zack Cozart hurt his right knee during the first inning of a game against the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday afternoon and had to be helped off the field.Cozart tried to beat out a grounder and stretched his right foot to touch the base. His foot slipped across the base, causing his ankle and knee to twist. He fell to the ground, rolled onto his back and grabbed his right knee immediately, wincing in pain.

  • Yankees' Ryan activated from 60-day DL; Flores sent down

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Infielder Brendan Ryan has been activated from the 60-day disabled and played in his first game this season for the New York Yankees, starting at shortstop and batting ninth against the Washington Nationals.Injured pitcher Ivan Nova made a stop in the Bronx on Wednesday to throw a bullpen before heading to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He will make a rehabilitation start there Saturday in his recovery from Tommy John surgery.

  • Unlikely gem: Rookie Chris Heston leads Giants over Mets 5-0

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Chris Heston handled the New York Mets with ease. Explaining his accomplishment was the hard part.The 27-year-old rookie had just thrown baseball's first no-hitter this season, in his 13th major league start, and here he was in the interview room, flanked by San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy and catcher Buster Posey, trying to detail a most unexpected moment.

  • Oakland A's 3B Brett Lawrie sends flowers to injured fan

    June 30, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Athletics third baseman Brett Lawrie has sent flowers to the woman who was seriously injured when she was hit in the head by Lawrie's broken bat at Fenway Park last week.Lawrie did not want to discuss his gesture Tuesday night following Oakland's 2-1 loss to the Texas Rangers but said he was ''glad that she's doing well and I'm glad that she got my flowers.''

  • LEADING OFF: Hudson follows no-hitter; AL Central showdown

    June 30, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues today:---YOUR TURNTim Hudson takes a shot at joining the no-hit club in San Francisco. Hudson pitches at Citi Field one night after rookie teammate Chris Heston threw the first no-hitter in the majors this season, beating the New York Mets 5-0 in his 13th career start. The pitching-rich Giants have thrown a no-hitter in four straight seasons, with Heston following Matt Cain's perfect game against Houston in 2012 and hitless gems by Tim Lincecum in 2013 and `14. The only other team to accomplish that feat was the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1962-65, according to STATS. Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax pitched all four of those.

  • Tuesday Sports In Brief

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Enter Sandman - the sequel.Iona College right-hander Mariano Rivera III, son of the former Yankees closer, was drafted in the fourth round Tuesday by the Washington Nationals.Rivera was 5-7 with a 2.65 ERA and a school-record 113 strikeouts with 27 walks in 85 innings this season for the Gaels, while also being selected the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference's pitcher of the year. While his famous father saved a major league-record 652 games, the younger Rivera has been a solid college starter with six complete games, including three shutouts.

  • Triple Crown trainer Bob Baffert tosses 1st pitch at Dodgers

    June 30, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Bob Baffert took a victory lap at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday night, tossing out the ceremonial first pitch in celebration of American Pharoah's Triple Crown victory.The white-haired trainer wore a No. 12 Dodgers jersey with his name on the back and brought his 10-year-old son Bode to the mound. Baffert's throw to the plate was high and away, but catcher A.J. Ellis snagged it. American Pharoah became the 12th horse to win the Triple Crown last Saturday in New York.

  • LEADING OFF: Hudson follows no-hitter, Velasquez debuts

    June 30, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Wednesday:---YOUR TURNTim Hudson takes a shot at joining the no-hit club in San Francisco. Hudson pitches at Citi Field one night after rookie teammate Chris Heston threw the first no-hitter in the majors this season, beating the New York Mets 5-0 in his 13th career start. The pitching-rich Giants have thrown a no-hitter in four straight seasons, with Heston following Matt Cain's perfect game against Houston in 2012 and hitless gems by Tim Lincecum in 2013 and `14. The only other team to accomplish that feat was the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1962-65, according to STATS. Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax pitched all four of those.

  • Royals' Chris Young loses no-hit bid in the seventh inning

    June 30, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Trevor Plouffe broke up Kansas City pitcher Chris Young's no-hit bid with a triple to right field with one out in the seventh inning. Young was relieved by Franklin Morales as the Royals led 1-0.Young was the American League Comeback Player of the Year last season for the Seattle Mariners. He had surgery in 2013 to correct a nerve ailment that gave him pain in his shoulders and neck and came back to go 12-9 with a 3.65 ERA for the Mariners last year.

  • Votto hits 3 homers, Reds get 5 in all to beat Phillies 11-2

    June 30, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Joey Votto hit three homers in a game for the third time in his career - matching Johnny Bench as the only Reds players to do it - and Cincinnati piled up five total on Tuesday night in a 11-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.Votto hit two of the Reds' four homers off Aaron Harang (4-7), who had given up a total of four all season. Votto added a two-run homer in the seventh inning off Dustin McGowan, then grounded out in the eighth, finishing one shy of the major league record.

  • Royals' Chris Young hasn't allowed a hit through 6 vs. Twins

    June 30, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Kansas City Royals right-hander Chris Young has not allowed a hit through six innings of his start against the Minnesota Twins.The 6-foot-10 right-hander has walked three hitters. But he's needed only 73 pitches to get through six as he looks to equal San Francisco's Chris Heston, who no-hit the Mets on Tuesday.

  • Giants rookie Chris Heston throws no-hitter against New York Mets

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Giants rookie Chris Heston throws no-hitter against New York Mets.

  • Reds' Joey Votto hits 3 homers, matches Johnny Bench

    June 30, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Joey Votto has homered three times against the Philadelphia Phillies, matching Johnny Bench as the only Cincinnati Reds players to hit that many in a game three times.Votto had solo shots off Aaron Harang - who gave up four homers in all - and added a two-run blast in the seventh inning off Dustin McGowan. Votto has 13 homers totall this season.

  • Giants' Heston has no-hit bid vs Mets through 8 innings

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) San Francisco Giants pitcher Chris Heston has held the New York Mets hitless through eight innings.The 27-year-old rookie right-hander had allowed just two baserunners Tuesday night, hitting Ruben Tejada and Lucas Duda with pitches in the fourth inning during a span of three pitches.

  • Mariners' Cruz leaves with back spasms

    June 30, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Seattle Mariners slugger Nelson Cruz, who leads the American League with 18 home runs, was removed from Tuesday's game against Cleveland with back spasms.Cruz fouled off a pitch from Corey Kluber in the fifth inning. Manager Lloyd McClendon and a Mariners trainer came on the field, and Cruz walked to the dugout after a brief discussion.

  • Giants' Heston has no-hit bid vs Mets through 7 innings

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) San Francisco Giants pitcher Chris Heston has held the New York Mets hitless through seven innings.The 27-year-old rookie right-hander had allowed just two baserunners Tuesday night, hitting Ruben Tejada and Lucas Duda with pitches in the fourth inning during a span of three pitches. Heston had struck out eight and allowed two balls into the outfield.

  • Giants' Heston has no-hit bid vs Mets through 6 innings

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) San Francisco Giants pitcher Chris Heston has held the New York Mets hitless through six innings.The 27-year-old rookie right-hander had allowed just two baserunners Tuesday night, hitting Ruben Tejada and Lucas Duda with pitches in the fourth inning during a span of three pitches. Heston had struck out eight.

  • Giants OF Hunter Pence could be headed back to disabled list

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Hunter Pence could be headed back to the disabled list.The San Francisco Giants right fielder, who didn't make his season debut until mid-May because of a broken left forearm, has not played since June 2 because of a sore left wrist. He did not play in Chris Heston's no-hitter Tuesday night, a 5-0 win over the New York Mets.

  • Pujols ties Mantle on HR list

    June 30, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols has tied Mickey Mantle for 16th place on the all-time home run list.Pujols hit his 536th homer to tie the New York Yankees' great Tuesday night, hitting an opposite-field shot to right field on an 0-1 pitch from Tampa Bay right-hander Nathan Karns in the fifth inning.

  • Collins acknowledges Gee upset by move to Mets bullpen

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Terry Collins understands Dillon Gee's frustration at losing his place in the New York Mets' starting rotation.''As I told Dillon, I don't expect him to like it, but he's got to accept it and move on,'' the Mets manager said before New York was no-hit by San Francisco Giants rookie Chris Heston on Tuesday night.

  • Nats take Mariano Rivera III to highlight Day 2 of MLB draft

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Enter Sandman - the sequel.Iona College right-hander Mariano Rivera III, son of the former New York Yankees closer, was drafted in the fourth round with the 134th overall pick Tuesday by the Washington Nationals.Rivera was 5-7 with a 2.65 ERA and a school-record 113 strikeouts with 27 walks in 85 innings this season for the Gaels, while also being selected the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference's pitcher of the year.

  • Rockies recall Parker, option RHP Butler to Albuquerque

    June 30, 2015

    DENVER (AP) The Colorado Rockies have recalled outfielder Kyle Parker from Triple-A Albuquerque and optioned right-hander Eddie Butler to the Isotopes.Parker is available for Tuesday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals. He hit .192 in 18 games with the Rockies in 2014, his first taste of the major leagues. He was hitting .275 with seven home runs and 33 RBIs for the Isotopes before being recalled.

  • Giants' Hunter Pence could be headed back to disabled list

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Hunter Pence could be headed back to the disabled list.The San Francisco Giants right fielder, who didn't make his season debut until mid-May because of a fractured left forearm, has not played since June 2 because of a sore left wrist. He was out of the starting lineup again for Tuesday night's series opener against the New York Mets.

  • Verlander set to make 1st start Saturday against Indians

    June 30, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Detroit Tigers starter Justin Verlander is set to make his first start this season against the Cleveland Indians on Saturday.The 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young Award winner has been sidelined all season after leaving a March 27 spring training game with a strained right triceps. His recovery suffered several setbacks before the last couple weeks.

  • Cardinals LF Holliday placed on 15-day DL with quad strain

    June 30, 2015

    DENVER (AP) The St. Louis Cardinals have placed left fielder Matt Holliday on the 15-day disabled list with a Grade 2 right quadriceps strain.The Cardinals recalled right-hander Miguel Socolovich from Triple-A Memphis. He's available to pitch against the Rockies on Tuesday night.

  • Pitcher Kevin Correia considered Phillies in offseason

    June 30, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Right-hander Kevin Correia considered signing with the Phillies in the offseason, but they couldn't work out a deal. A few months later, he's in their rotation.And if he does well, he could be there for a while.The 34-year-old pitcher signed a one-year deal with the Phillies on Monday to fill the opening in their rotation. If the last-place team trades some of its pitchers in July, Correia could stick around for the rest of the season.

  • Orioles recall OF Reimold; option LHP Cabral

    June 30, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) The Baltimore Orioles have recalled outfielder Nolan Reimold from Triple-A Norfolk and optioned left-hander Cesar Cabral to the same minor league club.Reimold was in the starting lineup Tuesday night against the Boston Red Sox, batting sixth and playing left field.

  • Orioles' Encarnacion banned 72 games for positive drug test

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Baltimore pitcher Virgilio Encarnacion has been suspended for 72 games following a positive test under baseball's minor league drug program.The 23-year-old right-hander, on the roster of the Orioles' Dominican Summer League team, tested positive for a metabolite of Nandrolone, the commissioner's office said Tuesday.

  • Rays put Odorizzi on DL with oblique strain

    June 30, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays have put starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain.The move was announced before Tuesday night's game against the Los Angeles Angels.Odorizzi, 4-5 with a 2.47 ERA in 12 games this season, left his previous start Friday night at Seattle in the fifth inning with left side tightness.

  • 2-time MVP Gonzalez and RHP Russell going into Rangers hall

    June 30, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Two-time American League MVP Juan Gonzalez and former reliever Jeff Russell are the latest players selected to the Texas Rangers Baseball Hall of Fame.The 18th and 19th members of the team's hall were announced Tuesday. They will be inducted during pregame ceremonies July 11.

  • Aardsma joins Braves for first shot in majors since 2013

    June 30, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Braves have optioned right-hander Cody Martin to Triple-A Gwinnett and purchased the contract of veteran right-hander David Aardsma.The 33-year-old Aardsma is expected to be with the team for Tuesday night's game against San Diego. He will be making his first appearance in the majors since 2013, when he was 2-2 with a 4.31 ERA in 43 games with the Mets.

  • Little Sandman: Nats draft Mariano Rivera III in 4th round

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Enter Sandman - the sequel.Iona College right-hander Mariano Rivera III, son of the former Yankees closer, was drafted in the fourth round with the 134th overall pick Tuesday by the Washington Nationals.Rivera was 5-7 with a 2.65 ERA and a school-record 113 strikeouts with 27 walks in 85 innings this season for the Gaels, while also being selected the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference's pitcher of the year.

  • Tuesday's Time Schedule

    June 30, 2015

    All Times EDTBASEBALLBoston at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.Washington at N.Y. Yankees, 7:05 p.m.Milwaukee at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.Miami at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.Chicago Cubs at Detroit, 7:08 p.m.L.A. Angels at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m.Seattle at Cleveland, 7:10 p.m.Philadelphia at Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m.

  • Soriano agrees to minor league deal with Cubs

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Free-agent reliever Rafael Soriano has agreed to a minor league contract with the Chicago Cubs and would get s .1 million, one-year deal if added to the major league roster.A 35-year-old right-hander, Soriano has 207 saves and a 2.85 ERA in 585 major league appearances. His deal, which includes million in performance bonuses, was announced on Tuesday.

  • New Commissioner Rob Manfred open to changing baseball draft

    June 30, 2015

    SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) Moments before his first draft as baseball commissioner, Rob Manfred indicated he's ready to make a few changes.Manfred, who took over when Bud Selig retired in January, said Monday night the amateur draft is an event baseball will ''continue to grow in the coming years.''

  • Short story: MLB draft opens with 3 shortstops for 1st time

    June 30, 2015

    SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) Long night, short story.When the Arizona Diamondbacks selected Vanderbilt slugger Dansby Swanson with the top pick in the Major League Baseball draft Monday, it marked the start of a record run on shortstops.Houston had the second choice and scooped up Alex Bregman from LSU. Colorado then made it 3 for 3 by tabbing Florida high schooler Brendan Rodgers.

  • Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt: Hitters need to do the shifting

    June 30, 2015

    It took teams close to 100 years to make the drastic defensive shifts we see now. And it's evident every day the effect they're having on offensive performance.Back in the 1970s and `80s, defenses shifted on a handful of players, but only a bit. Against Willie Stargell and a few other lefty power hitters, the shortstop would move right of second base, and the second baseman played slightly on the outfield grass.

  • Monday Sports In Brief

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) HORSE RACINGSouvenirs, everyone?A ticket on American Pharoah to win the Belmont Stakes may be worth a lot more money later than now. Or, people are hanging on to their own little piece of horse racing history.Two days after American Pharoah became the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years, more than 95 percent of those who spent two bucks on a win ticket have yet to cash them.

  • Brewers 1st-round pick Clark has unique grip on hitting

    June 30, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Brewers first-round draft pick Trent Clark has quite the grip on hitting.The 18-year-old high school senior from Richland, Texas, uses a golf-style grip at the plate, with thumbs positioned up along the bat. The outfielder said the unusual technique helps him with balance and bat control. A team scout said it's a bit unique.

  • Phillies sign RHP Kevin Correia to 0,000 deal

    June 30, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) The Philadelphia Phillies signed right-hander Kevin Correia to a one-year deal on Monday, filling their open rotation spot with a veteran who spent the first two months of the season in the minors.Correia fills the spot of right-hander Severino Gonzalez, who was sent to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Sunday. Gonzalez was 2-2 with an 8.69 ERA in five starts.

  • LEADING OFF: Scherzer vs Tanaka, Shields unbeaten, Jays roll

    June 30, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues today:---TRY HITTING THISBryce Harper and the Nationals face Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka and his darting split-finger fastball for the first time. New York has won six in row; Max Scherzer starts for visiting Washington, which has lost eight of 10.

  • Braves happy 'pipe dream' for lefty Allard is realized

    June 30, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) High school left-hander Kolby Allard might be seen as a risky first-round draft pick for the Atlanta Braves after missing most of his senior season with a back injury.The Braves believe Allard's injury was good luck for them.Braves director of scouting Brian Bridges said Allard, from San Clemente (California) High School, had the draft's ''best amateur curveball.'' If not for the stress reaction in his back that limited Allard to three appearances as a senior, Bridges said Allard wouldn't have been available at No. 14 overall in Monday night's draft.

  • Cardinals' Holliday leaves Rockies game with leg injury

    June 30, 2015

    DENVER (AP) St. Louis Cardinals slugger Matt Holliday fell awkwardly in left field as he tried to chase down a bloop double by Colorado's Carlos Gonzalez in the second inning Monday night and left the game with a right leg injury.Holliday was sprinting to get under the high flyball when his legs gave way and he slammed into the turf. He grabbed his right leg, threw off his cap and lay on the ground as team trainers ran onto the field to tend to him.

  • At draft, MLB honors college pitcher who donated bone marrow

    June 30, 2015

    SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) The best ovation of Jason Boulais' career came a month after his final pitch.The University of South Carolina Beaufort reliever was honored at the Major League Baseball draft Monday night after he sacrificed part of his senior season to donate bone marrow in an effort to save a young boy in France.

  • Short & Sweet: 3 shortstops lead off MLB draft for 1st time

    June 30, 2015

    SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) Shortstops were a big hit leading off the Major League Baseball draft.The Arizona Diamondbacks selected Vanderbilt slugger Dansby Swanson with the No. 1 pick Monday night, setting off a history-making run at the position.With the second pick, Houston took LSU's Alex Bregman - marking the first time since 1982 the first two players chosen were shortstops. That year it was Shawon Dunston (Cubs) and Augie Schmidt (Blue Jays).

  • Manfred: MLB to re-evaluate fan safety after Fenway accident

    June 30, 2015

    SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) Major League Baseball plans to re-evaluate fan safety at stadiums following the serious injury to a woman at Fenway Park last week.Speaking before the amateur draft at MLB Network studios Monday night, Commissioner Rob Manfred said the sport must ''react strongly'' to Friday night's accident in Boston. Tonya Carpenter, 44, suffered what police initially said were life-threatening injuries when she was hit in the head by a broken bat during a game between the Red Sox and Oakland Athletics.

  • 20-year-old Astros prospect Carlos Correa making MLB debut

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Carlos Correa was sitting in first class on his flight Monday, next to two people reading the newspaper. They were studying a story about him, in fact, and happened to glance over and recognize the top Houston Astros prospect.''They looked at me like, `Are you this guy?' and I'm like `Yes.' They just started talking to me and saying how glad they were to meet me and all that stuff,'' Correa said. ''That hit me real hard.''

  • Diamondbacks draft Vandy shortstop Swanson with No. 1 pick

    June 30, 2015

    SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks selected slugging Vanderbilt shortstop Dansby Swanson with the No. 1 pick in the Major League Baseball draft on Monday night.Swanson, who helped lead the Commodores to the College World Series earlier in the day, is the first college shortstop to be chosen with the top selection in the draft since Brown University's Bill Almon in 1974.

  • Diamondbacks select Vanderbilt shortstop Dansby Swanson with top pick in baseball draft

    June 30, 2015

    SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) Diamondbacks select Vanderbilt shortstop Dansby Swanson with top pick in baseball draft.

  • Rockies place Betancourt on DL with vertigo symptoms

    June 30, 2015

    DENVER (AP) The Colorado Rockies have placed reliever Rafael Betancourt on the 15-day disabled list with what the team called vertigo symptoms.Colorado recalled right-hander David Hale from Triple-A Albuquerque to take Betancourt's spot on the roster. He will start Monday night against St. Louis.

  • Padres' Morrow to have MRI after renewed shoulder pain

    June 30, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Padres right-hander Brandon Morrow has suffered a setback in his rehabilitation from right shoulder inflammation.Manager Bud Black says Morrow felt discomfort in the shoulder during Sunday's rehab start with Double-A San Antonio. Black described the discomfort as a setback. Black said Morrow has returned to San Diego, where he was to have a MRI on the shoulder.

  • With Cano struggling, Mariners among biggest disappointments

    June 30, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) Robinson Cano was only supposed to hear the jeers and boos cascading from the spectators when he was playing on the road.Hearing them at Safeco Field after strikeouts and weak grounders was not envisioned when he signed a 0 million, 10-year contract with the Seattle Mariners.

  • Phillies sign RHP Kevin Correia, will start Friday

    June 30, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) The Philadelphia Phillies signed right-hander Kevin Correia to a one-year deal on Monday, filling their open rotation spot with a veteran who spent the first two months of the season in the minors.Correia fills the spot of right-hander Severino Gonzalez, who was sent to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Sunday. Gonzalez was 2-2 with an 8.69 ERA in five starts.

  • Woman injured by broken bat at Fenway now in fair condition

    June 30, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) A woman struck by a flying bat at Fenway Park has been upgraded to fair condition.Tonya Carpenter had been listed in serious condition at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston since she was hit in the head during a game between the Red Sox and Oakland Athletics on Friday night.

  • Condition of fan hit by broken bat upgraded to fair

    June 30, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The condition of the woman hit by a broken bat at Fenway Park has been upgraded to fair.The family of Tonya Carpenter issued a statement Monday that said: ''Tonya is responsive, and her condition has been upgraded from serious to fair.''

  • 7 Kansas City Royals on track to start All-Star Game

    June 30, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Kansas City Royals have used last year's World Series appearance, this year's hot start and some early season fireworks to catapult the team toward a potentially record-breaking All-Star game.Seven players on the AL champion City Royals are on track to start in the July 14 game at Cincinnati in what would be a record total for one team.

  • Apple CEO says company paying Indians' bullpen 'ransom'

    June 30, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Brandon Moss won't have to go shopping and buy high-tech gadgets for his teammates after all.Apple is picking up the pricy tab for the Indians slugger to buy back his 100th career home run ball.A few days after Moss was sent a ''ransom note'' from members of Cleveland's bullpen, who were holding the ball and asking for iPads, iPhones and watches, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced his company will provide the items.

  • TV SportsWatch

    June 30, 2015

    All Times EDTTuesday, June 9CYCLINGMidnightNBCSN - Criterium du Dauphine, stage 3, Roanne to Montagny, France (same-day tape)MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL7 p.m.MLB - Regional coverage, Chicago Cubs at Detroit or Washington at N.Y. YankeesNBA BASKETBALL9 p.m.

  • Injury to Fenway fan has some thinking about safety

    June 30, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Erik Barnard sat with his 3-year-old son along Fenway Park's third-base line, a few sections from where a woman was seriously injured when a broken bat flew into the stands two days earlier.He never considered surrendering those front-row seats that aren't guarded by netting. But he would be sure to protect little Christopher.

  • Trio of hotshot shortstops could lead off baseball draft

    June 30, 2015

    SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) Shortstop is the hot spot in this year's Major League Baseball draft.Vanderbilt's Dansby Swanson, Florida high school star Brendan Rodgers and LSU's Alex Bregman are contenders to go No. 1 overall to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night. All three are expected to be selected within the top five picks - if not the first three - so they won't have to wait long to hear their names announced by new Commissioner Rob Manfred at the draft's site at MLB Network's studios.

  • Catching up with a decade's worth of No. 1 picks

    June 30, 2015

    The baseball draft doesn't draw the type of obsessive interest from fans that, say, its NFL counterpart does.Perhaps that's because it takes place in the middle of the season, when there are actual games to focus on. Or maybe it's because even the very top picks will need a bit of seasoning in the minors before making an impact.

  • Indians send struggling Chisenhall, Ramirez to minors

    June 30, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Indians have demoted half of their struggling infield, sending Lonnie Chisenhall and shortstop Jose Ramirez to Triple-A Columbus.The club made the moves late Sunday night, following hours of speculation they might be prepared to bring up shortstop Francisco Lindor, the top prospect in Cleveland's organization.

  • Astros calling up top prospect Carlos Correa

    June 30, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Astros are calling up top prospect Carlos Correa, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 draft.The team announced Sunday night that Correa will join the Astros in Chicago on Monday, in time for the opener of a three-game series against the White Sox. Correa was with Triple-A Fresno after beginning the season with Double-A Corpus Christi, and was hitting a combined .335 with 10 home runs, 44 RBIs and 21 doubles with 18 stolen bases.

  • LEADING OFF: Diamondbacks pick 1st in draft, Astros sliding

    June 30, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues today:---ON THE CLOCKThe Arizona Diamondbacks have the first pick in the amateur draft, which begins at 7 p.m. EDT from MLB Network studios in Secaucus, New Jersey. It's the 50th anniversary of the initial draft in 1965 - and the first for new Commissioner Rob Manfred. This year's class is deep at shortstop, with LSU's Alex Bregman, Vanderbilt's Dansby Swanson and Florida high schooler Brendan Rodgers among the top prospects.

  • Swanson, Rodgers, Jay top list of MLB draft prospects

    June 30, 2015

    SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) Some of the top players eligible for the Major League Baseball draft, which begins Monday night (with position, school, height, weight and college class):BRADY AIKENLHP, IMG Academy, 6-foot-3, 210 pounds.Last year's No. 1 overall pick by Houston failed to sign with Astros after not agreeing on contract amid concerns about pitching elbow. Coming off Tommy John surgery in March, but still expected to be first-rounder. Before injury, was pitching for IMG Academy, private training institute in Florida. Soared to top of draft lists last year out of San Diego's Cathedral Catholic High because of impeccable control of low- to mid-90s fastball, terrific curveball and one of country's best changeups.

  • Padres activate OF Melvin Upton Jr., option Almonte

    June 30, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) The San Diego Padres activated outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. from the 15-day disabled list and sent outfielder Abraham Almonte to Triple-A El Paso after Sunday's loss to Cincinnati.Upton will join brother Justin on the Padres. He'll be ready to play Monday night in Atlanta - he was traded by the Braves to San Diego with closer Craig Kimbrel in a multiplayer deal on April 5.

  • Friends set up gofundme page for woman hit by bat at Fenway

    June 30, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Friends have started an online fundraiser for a woman hit by a flying bat during Friday night's game between the Oakland Athletics and the Boston Red Sox.Tonya Carpenter remained in serious condition Sunday at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. She was struck in the head by Oakland player Brett Lawrie's bat as she sat between home plate and the third base dugout at Fenway Park with her son and a friend.

  • Diamondbacks weighing options for top pick in draft

    June 30, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks have the first pick in the draft after finishing with baseball's worst record last season.As the clock winds toward the start of Monday's draft, they're still trying to figure out which player to take.In a draft that has some talent up top, but bereft of a sure-fire No. 1, it's not an easy decision.

  • Espinoza throws out first pitch at Yankee Stadium

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Triple Crown winning jockey Victor Espinoza has a little giddyup on his fastball, too.A day after riding American Pharoah to a commanding victory at the Belmont Stakes to become the first jockey since 1978 to guide a horse to victories at the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont, Espinoza threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the New York Yankees played the Los Angeles on Sunday.

  • Rangers place Ohlendorf on disabled list

    June 30, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Texas Rangers put right-hander Ross Ohlendorf on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a strained right groin.Ohlendorf was 1-0 with one save and a 3.52 ERA in eight relief appearances. The move was retroactive to Thursday.Rookie right-hander Spencer Patton was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock, where he had a 0.53 ERA with five saves in five opportunities in 16 relief appearances, while holding opposing batters to a .175 average. He struck out 22 in 17 innings.

  • Indians owner gets head shaved

    June 30, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Cleveland Indians owner Paul Dolan has joined the team's shaved head club.Several players shaved their heads last month in support of infielder Mike Aviles, whose 4-year-old daughter, Adriana, has been diagnosed with leukemia.Aviles shaved Dolan's head with barbershop clippers in the Indians dugout prior to Sunday's game against the Baltimore Orioles. Several players, front office employees and reporters watched as Aviles carefully did his handiwork, which took about 10 minutes to complete.

  • White Sox place Jennings on disabled list, bring up Guerra

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago White Sox placed left-handed reliever Dan Jennings on the 15-day disabled list due to inflammation on the left side of his neck prior to their game Sunday against the Detroit Tigers.Jennings, 28, is 1-2 with a 7.83 ERA in 22 appearances. The move is retroactive to June 5.

  • Angels recall right-hander Drew Rucinski from Triple-A

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Los Angeles Angels have recalled right-hander Drew Rucinski from Triple-A Salt Lake before Sunday's game against the New York Yankees.Rucinski takes the roster spot of infielder Grant Green. He was optioned to Salt Lake on Saturday night after the Angles lost to the Yankees 8-2 for their fourth straight loss.

  • Orioles activate RHP Norris off disabled list

    June 30, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Baltimore Orioles have activated right-hander Bud Norris from the 15-day disabled list to start Sunday's game against the Cleveland Indians.Norris was placed on the DL on May 11 because of bronchitis. He's 1-4 with a 9.88 ERA in six starts. Norris, who is pitching for the first time since May 10, made three minor league rehab starts, going 0-2 with a 10.03 ERA

  • Reds option Diaz, promote Adcock

    June 30, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) The Cincinnati Reds optioned right-hander Jumbo Diaz to Triple-A Louisville and promoted RHP Nate Adcock from the Bats on Sunday.Right-hander Matt Magill was released to make room on the 40-man roster for Adcock, who was 0-2 with a 2.96 earned-run average and leading Louisville with 11 saves.

  • LEADING OFF: Greinke vs Cards; Cole on a roll; Norris back

    June 30, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Sunday:---ONCE MOREZack Greinke starts as Los Angeles hosts St. Louis in the twilight at Dodger Stadium during the finale of a four-game series. He's seen a lot of the Cardinals over the years, facing them in three of the last four postseasons. Overall, he's 2-1 in five starts against the Cards in the playoffs.

  • Cardinals get skunked at Dodger Stadium

    June 30, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) A bunch of skunks at Dodger Stadium nearly caused a real stink for the St. Louis Cardinals.Four skunks found their way into the crevices of the Cardinals' dugout before a 2-1 win over Los Angeles on Friday night.Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said stadium workers came over with a cage and bag, but didn't catch the varmints.

  • Tigers ace Verlander strong in 2nd Triple-A rehab start

    June 30, 2015

    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) Justin Verlander made a strong case Saturday that he's ready to pitch for the Detroit Tigers.In his second rehabilitation start with Triple-A Toledo, the right-hander displayed much better command than his first time out. Verlander struck out nine without a walk, allowing an unearned run and four hits in 5 2-3 innings against the Columbus Clippers.

  • Angels recall Cron from Salt Lake and option Ibarra

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Los Angeles Angels have recalled first baseman C.J. Cron from Salt Lake of the Pacific Coast League and optioned left-hander Edgar Ibarra to the Triple-A club.Cron was the designated hitter in Saturday night's game against the New York Yankees, batting seventh.

  • D-backs activate 3B Lamb, designate C Pacheco for assignment

    June 30, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks have activated third baseman Jake Lamb from the 15-day disabled list and designated backup catcher Jordan Pacheco for assignment.Lamb, the starter at third when the season began, has been sidelined with a left foot stress reaction since the injury since April 19. Yasmany Tomas has been getting most of the playing time at the position but is expected to play more in the outfield now that Arizona has traded right fielder Mark Trumbo to Seattle.

  • Brogna back with Angels following cancer surgery

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Rico Brogna received the phone call no one wants: He had been diagnosed with cancer.''It's very sobering. It's immediate. It's gripping,'' the Los Angeles Angels coach said Saturday. ''Like when you're a kid and you get called to the office ... What did I do wrong? Pit in your stomach. Magnify that times a hundred.''

  • Dodgers activate Puig from disabled list

    June 30, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Dodgers have activated right fielder Yasiel Puig from the 15-day disabled list after he missed 38 games because of a left hamstring strain.To make room for the Cuban star Los Angeles optioned outfielder Scott Schebler to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

  • Boston police: Fan hurt by bat at Fenway expected to survive

    June 30, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) A fan hit by a broken bat at Fenway Park is expected to survive after suffering life-threatening injuries during a game between the Oakland Athletics and Boston Red Sox.Officer Rachel McGuire said Saturday that the woman is recovering.Tonya Carpenter was struck in the head by the broken bat of Oakland's Brett Lawrie on Friday night. Carpenter is now in serious condition, her family said in a statement.

  • Boston police: Fan hit by bat at Fenway expected to survive

    June 30, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) A Boston police spokeswoman says the fan who was seriously injured by a broken bat at Fenway Park is expected to survive.Officer Rachel McGuire said Saturday that the woman is recovering.Tonya Carpenter was struck in the head by the broken bat of Oakland's Brett Lawrie during a game Friday night against the Boston Red Sox. Police initially called her injuries life-threatening.

  • Woman in serious condition after being hit by broken bat

    June 30, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) A fan whose head was bloodied by a broken bat that flew into the stands at Fenway Park is in serious condition, her family said in a statement released Saturday by a Boston hospital.The game between the Oakland Athletics and Boston Red Sox was halted in the second inning Friday night as emergency crews tended to Tonya Carpenter and wheeled her off the field on a stretcher.

  • Nationals bring up Ross from Harrisburg, send down Cole

    June 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Nationals have brought up right-handed pitcher Joe Ross from Double-A Harrisburg and optioned A.J. Cole to Triple-A Syracuse.The 22-year-old Ross was scheduled to make his Major League debut Saturday against the Chicago Cubs.

  • Woman still in hospital after being hit by broken bat

    June 30, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) A fan whose head was bloodied by a broken bat that flew into the stands at Fenway Park was in the hospital with life-threatening injuries, police said.The game between the Oakland Athletics and Boston Red Sox was halted in the middle of the second inning Friday as emergency crews tended to the woman and wheeled her off the field on a stretcher.

  • Espinosa's HR helps Nationals to 7-5 win over Cubs

    June 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Danny Espinosa gave the Washington Nationals the kind of big hit they've had trouble coming by in recent days.He gave Washington an early lead with a three-run homer in the second inning and the Nationals snapped a three-game losing streak with a 7-5 win over the Chicago Cubs on Friday night.

  • LEADING OFF: Puig return possible; Bumgarner faces Phillies

    June 30, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Saturday:---POSSIBLY PUIGYasiel Puig could be back in Dodgers blue after missing more than a month with a left hamstring strain. Manager Don Mattingly says a final determination will be made on the star Cuban outfielder after he plays a second rehab game for High A Rancho Cucamonga on Friday night.

  • Mets place INF Daniel Murphy on DL with quad strain

    June 30, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The New York Mets have placed infielder Daniel Murphy on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left quadriceps, the latest major blow to their banged-up lineup.The team recalled infielder Danny Muno from Triple-A Las Vegas on Friday to fill the roster spot.

  • Police: Life-threatening injury to fan hit by bat at Fenway

    June 30, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) A fan whose head was bloodied by a broken bat that flew into the stands at Fenway Park was in the hospital with life-threatening injuries, police said.The game between the Oakland Athletics and Boston Red Sox was halted in the middle of the second inning Friday as emergency crews tended to the woman and wheeled her off the field on a stretcher.

  • Fan hit, bloodied by broken bat in Fenway Park stands

    June 30, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) A woman was removed from the Fenway Park stands bleeding from the head after being struck by a broken bat during the game between the Oakland Athletics and Boston Red Sox.Boston police spokesman David Estrada says all or part of the bat hit her and her injuries were life threatening.

  • Fan injured at Fenway Park after being hit by broken bat

    June 30, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) A woman was removed from the Fenway Park stands bleeding from the head after being struck by a broken bat during the game between the Oakland Athletics and Boston Red Sox.The fan was carried off on a stretcher after the top of the second inning Friday night. She was hit when Oakland's Brett Lawrie broke his bat on a groundout to second base for the second out of the inning.

  • Davis rejoins Tigers following birth of son

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Rajai Davis is back in the Detroit Tigers' lineup after missing five games because of the birth of his son.The proud dad was leading off and playing center field against the Chicago White Sox on Friday after being activated from the paternity list.

  • Marlins activate C Jeff Mathis from 15-day DL

    June 30, 2015

    DENVER (AP) The Miami Marlins have activated catcher Jeff Mathis from the 15-day disabled list. He is available to play in the series opener against the Colorado Rockies on Friday.In a corresponding move the Marlins designated catcher Jhonatan Solano for assignment.

  • Hahn: Too soon to write off White Sox

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) General manager Rick Hahn said it's too soon to write off the struggling Chicago White Sox.Hahn insisted they ''still have high hopes'' and that the ''arrow is pointing up'' even though the team has not performed the way he envisioned.A busy winter raised expectations after back-to-back losing seasons. But the White Sox are not delivering.

  • GM says Blue Jays will look to add pitching

    June 30, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) The Blue Jays are in the market for pitching help, particularly for their bullpen, with free agent right-hander Rafael Soriano among their targets.General manager Alex Anthopoulos said Friday he is ''going to look to add if we can'' as the Blue Jays opened up a six-game homestand against AL-best Houston.

  • Brewers' Will Smith has suspension reduced from 8 games to 6

    June 30, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Milwaukee Brewers left-hander Will Smith's suspension for using a foreign substance on his arm has been reduced from eight games to six.Major League Baseball announced the decision on Friday, and Smith started serving the suspension when the Brewers opened a series in Minnesota against the Twins.

  • Matusz suspension upheld; Wieters returns for Orioles

    June 30, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Major League Baseball upheld Baltimore Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz's eight-game suspension for having a foreign substance on his arm during a game.The Orioles got some good news Friday, too. They are getting back star catcher Matt Wieters after he missed more than a year for elbow surgery. He was activated from the 60-day disabled list and is in the lineup against Cleveland.

  • Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco headed to left field

    June 30, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Catcher Devin Mesoraco shagged flyballs in left field on Friday afternoon, trying to learn the intricacies a position he hasn't played since high school.If all goes well, he'll be out there for the Cincinnati Reds in a couple of weeks.

  • Reds put Raisel Iglesias on DL with strained oblique

    June 30, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) The Reds put starter Raisel Iglesias on the 15-day disabled list with a strained oblique and called up right-hander Jon Moscot to make his major league debut Friday night against the San Diego Padres.They also rearranged their bullpen with another move to give young players more of a chance in an already disappointing season.

  • Braves designate OF Eric Young Jr for assignment

    June 30, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Braves have designated outfielder Eric Young Jr. for assignment and reinstated outfielder-first baseman Joey Terdoslavich from the 15-day disabled list.Young was hitting only .169 with no homers, five RBIs and three stolen bases. He became a little-used backup after Cameron Maybin took over the starting job in center field. Young had only 13 at-bats in May.

  • A's call up switch-handed pitcher Venditte from Triple-A

    June 30, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Pat Venditte took his warmup pitches in his major league debut with his right arm. And his left.The ambidextrous pitcher entered the game against the Boston Red Sox at the start of the seventh inning after being called up Friday by the Oakland Athletics.

  • Choo's hit in 11th lifts Rangers to 2-1 win over White Sox

    June 30, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Shin-Soo Choo celebrated with his teammates after his 11th-inning walk-off single on Thursday night.After the burst of enthusiasm for the Texas Rangers' 2-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox, Choo downplayed his role.''We used the bullpen, both teams. That's really more than one game, and I think everybody did a good job tonight.''

  • Mets 3B Daniel Murphy leaves game with tight quadriceps

    June 30, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) New York Mets third baseman Daniel Murphy has left a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the third inning after feeling tightness in his left quadriceps.With third baseman David Wright sidelined indefinitely due to a back injury, Mets manager Terry Collins realigned his infield Thursday night. He moved Murphy from second base to third and shifted Ruben Tejada from third back to a more natural spot at second.

  • Dodgers closer Jansen cleared to pitch after being held out

    June 30, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen has been cleared by the team's medical staff to pitch, a day after he says the altitude in Denver affected him.Jansen went through tests and said doctors told him he was OK to relieve Thursday night as Los Angeles hosted St. Louis.

  • Nationals 3B Yunel Escobar leaves game early against Cubs

    June 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Washington Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar has left the game against the Chicago Cubs after one inning.Escobar struck out Thursday night against Jake Arrieta while attempting to check his swing, ending the first inning. When the Nationals took the field in the second, Anthony Rendon moved from second base to third and Danny Espinosa entered to play second.

  • LEADING OFF: Wieters back; Tigers, Giants try to end skids

    June 30, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Friday:---WELCOME BACKBaltimore catcher Matt Wieters is set to come off the disabled list and make his season debut at Cleveland. He's been out since having Tommy John surgery last June. Manager Buck Showalter is looking forward to the return of the three-time All-Star, but is trying to temper his enthusiasm. ''It will be a work in progress,'' he said.

  • Mark Trumbo set for Mariners debut as DH against Rays

    June 30, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) Mark Trumbo is confident his powerful bat can make a big difference for the Seattle Mariners.Acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks in a six-player trade Wednesday, the 29-year-old slugger arrived at Safeco Field on Thursday and was immediately inserted into the middle of a slumping lineup. Trumbo was set to bat fifth as the designated hitter against Tampa Bay.

  • Mariners call up Sucre, designate for assignment Ruggiano

    June 30, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) The Seattle Mariners have designated for assignment backup outfielder Justin Ruggiano to clear a roster spot for the addition of reserve catcher Jesus Sucre from Triple-A Tacoma.The Marines made the roster moves Thursday. Seattle was limited on options for clearing a roster spot, leaving Ruggiano, Rickie Weeks or Willie Bloomquist as likely candidates to be designated.

  • Royals pitchers Medlen, Duffy making steps in comebacks

    June 30, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Injured Royals pitchers Kris Medlen and Danny Duffy threw three innings apiece in a simulated game on Thursday, and both said everything went according to plan.Medlen has yet to pitch for Kansas City after undergoing his second Tommy John surgery last year. The Royals signed him knowing that he would be available for the second half this season if all went well, and so far the right-hander is right on schedule.

  • Tigers send Daniel Fields back to minors after debut

    June 30, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) The Tigers have optioned outfielder Daniel Fields to Triple-A Toledo after an eventful major league debut.Fields entered in the third inning Thursday when left fielder Yoenis Cespedes left with flu-like symptoms. Fields struck out twice and made an error, but he also doubled in the ninth for his first hit and scored. Detroit lost 7-5 to the Oakland Athletics.

  • Nationals activate infielder Anthony Rendon from DL

    June 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) The struggling Washington Nationals welcomed back an important part of their offense Thursday night.Infielder Anthony Rendon was activated from the disabled list by the Nationals and was set to make his season debut at second base in the opener of a four-game series against the Chicago Cubs.

  • Hamilton goes on DL only 7 games into return with Rangers

    June 30, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton was put on the 15-day disabled list Thursday, only seven games into his return to the majors.The Rangers made the move before a series finale against the Chicago White Sox after saying the previous night Hamilton will be sidelined about four weeks because of a strained left hamstring.

  • Yanks say McCann's foot scans negative and he is day to day

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Scans of Brian McCann's troublesome right foot were negative, and the New York Yankees say their catcher is day to day.McCann first reported pain in the foot on May 24, when the foot and calf tightened on him during a game against Texas and he left after eight innings. McCann came out of Wednesday's 3-1 win at the Seattle Mariners in the second inning after the soreness in his right foot became too uncomfortable to continue.

  • Rangers minor leaguer Demeritte suspended for positive test

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Texas Rangers second baseman Travis Demeritte has been suspended for 80 games without pay after testing positive for a banned substance under baseball's minor league drug program.A former first-round draft pick, Demeritte tested positive for Furosemide, the commissioner's office said Thursday. The drug is found in Lasix, which has been used to prevent nasal bleeding in race horses.

  • Twins recall LHP Milone; RHP Nolasco placed on 15-day DL

    June 30, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Minnesota Twins recalled Thursday's starter Tommy Milone from Triple-A before their game against the Boston Red Sox.The 28-year old Milone was Minnesota's opening day starter before being sent to the minors on May 1. He was 2-1 with a 4.76 ERA in four starts before being shipped to Rochester.

  • Red Sox add newly acquired De Aza to roster

    June 30, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Red Sox added newly acquired outfielder Alejandro De Aza to the roster before Thursday's series finale against Minnesota.The 31-year old De Aza was acquired on Wednesday from the Baltimore Orioles for a minor league pitcher and cash.

  • Orioles manager Showalter ejected against Astros

    June 30, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Baltimore manager Buck Showalter has been ejected in the second inning of game against the Houston Astros.Showalter was tossed by umpire Brian Gorman after going to home plate in the middle of the inning Thursday and gesturing and yelling at him. His ejection came after Ryan Flaherty struck out after two called strikes, ending Baltimore's half of the second inning.

  • Obama Honors World Series Champion San Francisco Giants

    June 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Visits to the White House have become as routine as Madison Bumgarner's postseason dominance for the San Francisco Giants.The Giants made their third visit to the White House in the last five years as President Barack Obama honored the team in the East Room on Thursday for their 2014 World Series championship. They defeated the Kansas City Royals 3-2 in the final game of a best-of-seven series in October.

  • Astros to renovate center field, remove Tal's Hill

    June 30, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) The Astros have announced plans for a proposed renovation of center field at Minute Maid Park that would remove Tal's Hill and shorten the distance in center field from 436 feet to 409 feet.Houston's center field is currently the deepest in the majors, and the million renovation would make it the sixth-deepest in the league.

  • Lincecum makes big changes to get back on track for Giants

    June 30, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The long hair and glasses are gone. Tim Lincecum has turned to a short `do with a fuller patch of hair in the middle and an occasional headband to hold it all in place.It seems the ever-popular San Francisco pitcher has reinvented his look about as regularly as he has his delivery in recent years - and, for now at least, it's all working well.

  • Charter cable customers in Los Angeles to see Dodgers

    June 30, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Charter Communications customers in Los Angeles will be able to watch Dodgers games on television starting Tuesday after they have been shut out for over a year.SportsNetLA, the team's exclusive TV network through Time Warner Cable, said Thursday it is making games available in Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo and Porterville. The network's Spanish-language game telecasts will also be available to Charter customers.

  • Cespedes leaves game with flu-like symptoms

    June 30, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Yoenis Cespedes has left Detroit's game against Oakland with flu-like symptoms.Cespedes struck out in the second inning Thursday in his only at-bat, then was replaced in left field by Daniel Fields, who made his major league debut.Cespedes is hitting .285 with seven homers and 28 RBIs this season.

  • Draft restraints mean 0M less for amateurs over 3 years

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Baltimore Orioles pitcher Kevin Gausman sees eight-figure signing bonuses for some young Cuban amateurs and thinks he might have been shortchanged when he signed for .32 million after the 2012 draft.Baseball's players' union agreed to restraints on bonuses for amateur draftees several months before Gausman was selected in the first round. While teams have strictly followed those budgets, some haven't been deterred by similar fiscal rules for international players, giving out four bonuses of million or more since December to Cuban prospects.

  • Arizona's Bradley heads to DL with shoulder tendinitis

    June 30, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks have placed right-hander Archie Bradley on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder tendinitis and recalled left-hander Robbie Ray from Triple-A Reno.Bradley has struggled since returning from a sinus fracture caused by a line drive that hit him in the face on April 28.

  • Mattingly, Price, Hinch, McClendon will be All-Star coaches

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Los Angeles Dodgers' Don Mattingly and Cincinnati's Bryan Price have been picked as All-Star coaches by NL manager Bruce Bochy of the World Series champion San Francisco Giants.Houston's A.J. Hinch and Seattle's Lloyd McClendon were selected for the July 14 game in Cincinnati by AL manager Ned Yost of Kansas City, Major League Baseball said Thursday.

  • A-Rod cousin gets 7 months in prison in steroids case

    June 30, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) A cousin of New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez who was the star's longtime personal assistant was sentenced Thursday to seven months in prison after pleading guilty to federal drug charges stemming from baseball's South Florida steroids scandal.

  • A-Rod cousin gets 7 months' prison in Florida steroids case

    June 30, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) A cousin of New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez who was the star's longtime personal assistant has been sentenced to seven months in prison after pleading guilty on federal drug charges stemming from baseball's South Florida steroids scandal.

  • Sentencing day for A-Rod cousin in Florida steroids case

    June 30, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) A cousin of New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez who was the star's longtime personal assistant faces sentencing on federal drug charges stemming from the investigation into steroids provided to athletes through a South Florida clinic.

  • LEADING OFF: Cards-Dodgers, Keuchel in June, Harvey Day

    June 30, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues today:---OCTOBER REMATCHThe top two teams in the National League open a four-game series when the St. Louis Cardinals visit Los Angeles. Michael Wacha (7-1) pitches against Carlos Frias (4-2) and the Dodgers, eliminated by St. Louis in the playoffs the past two seasons. Joc Pederson has homered in five straight games, becoming the first Dodgers rookie to accomplish that feat.

  • Florida beats Michigan 4-1 for repeat national title

    June 30, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Florida got everything right - except its championship celebration.As the Gators reveled in their second straight national softball title following their 4-1 win over Michigan on Wednesday night, Lauren Haeger and coach Tim Walton participated in postgame interviews. Two players tried to douse them with Gatorade, but the bucket was too heavy. They ended up just getting Walton's ankles.

  • Rangers' Hamilton out 4 weeks with left hamstring strain

    June 30, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Josh Hamilton will be out four weeks with a strained left hamstring, an injury that is sidelining him just seven games into his return to the Texas Rangers.The Rangers slugger missed the last two games while getting treatment for an injury that he says was likely aggravated when he had a game-winning double as a pinch-hitter Sunday against Boston.

  • LEADING OFF: Cards-Dodgers; Keuchel in June; Harvey Day

    June 30, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Thursday:---OCTOBER REMATCHThe top two teams in the National League open a four-game series when the St. Louis Cardinals visit Los Angeles. Michael Wacha (7-1) pitches against Carlos Frias (4-2) and the Dodgers, eliminated by St. Louis in the past two postseasons.

  • Yankees' Brian McCann to have MRI on sore right foot

    June 30, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) Brian McCann will spend the New York Yankees' off day on Thursday hoping an MRI provides an answer for why his right foot has become troublesome.McCann and the Yankees hope the exam reveals no surprises.''There's always a concern. You get in an MRI tube and things can show up you don't even know you have,'' New York manager Joe Girardi said. ''That's the bottom line. He's been managing it for two weeks and playing pretty good so that's kind of what I expect we'll have to manage that for a while.''

  • Gesture by Cubs' Lake inspires confrontation with Marlins

    June 30, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Chicago Cubs right fielder Junior Lake gestured at the Miami dugout during his home run trot Wednesday night, which inspired a bench-clearing confrontation led by Marlins ace Jose Fernandez.After rounding third base, Lake put his index finger to his lips as if gesturing for silence while he looked at the Marlins. Several Miami players along the railing screamed at Lake in response and then ran onto the field, with Fernandez vaulting over the railing to lead the way even though he's on the disabled list.

  • Olivera to make pro debut with Double-A Tulsa

    June 30, 2015

    DENVER (AP) Cuban infielder Hector Olivera will begin his professional career Thursday with Double-A Tulsa, a minor league affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers.Olivera reached an agreement with the Dodgers in late March. He signed a .5 million, six-year contract on May 19 and was added to the 40-man roster.

  • Reds RHP Mike Leake has no-hit bid broken up in 7th inning

    June 30, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Maikel Franco has singled with two outs in the seventh inning for the first hit off Cincinnati Reds right-hander Mike Leake.Leake retired his first 11 batters Wednesday night against the Philadelphia Phillies before walking Chase Utley on a close 3-2 pitch in the fourth. Leake hopped off the mound, thinking it was strike three. He walked Carlos Ruiz in the sixth.

  • Reds righty Mike Leake has no-hitter through 6 against Phils

    June 30, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Cincinnati Reds right-hander Mike Leake has a no-hitter through six innings against the Philadelphia Phillies.Leake retired his first 11 batters Wednesday night before walking Chase Utley on a close 3-2 pitch in the fourth. Leake hopped off the mound, thinking it was strike three. He walked Carlos Ruiz in the sixth.

  • Mets reinstate Gee from 15-day DL

    June 30, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) The New York Mets have reinstated right-hander Dillon Gee from the 15-day disabled list and he started Wednesday night's game against the San Diego Padres.Gee, on the disabled list with a right groin strain retroactive to May 4, is 0-2 with a 3.86 ERA in five starts.

  • Mariners get Trumbo from Diamondbacks in 6-player trade

    June 30, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) In need of a spark for its struggling offense, the Seattle Mariners took a significant step in trying to avoid completely falling out of the AL West race.Seattle acquired slugger Mark Trumbo from the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday as part of a six-player trade, pulling the trigger on the first major trade of the season with the underachieving Mariners already facing a near double-digit deficit in their division and coming off a fifth straight loss.

  • Seattle gets Trumbo from Arizona as part of 6-player swap

    June 30, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) The slumping Seattle Mariners have acquired Mark Trumbo from the Arizona Diamondbacks as part of a six-player trade in the hopes of boosting their struggling offense.The two teams announced the trade on Wednesday after each had finished off day games. The Mariners lost 3-1 to the Yankees, while the Diamondbacks beat Atlanta 9-8.

  • Dodgers' Yasiel Puig heads for minor league rehab assignment

    June 30, 2015

    DENVER (AP) Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly says Yasiel Puig's strained left hamstring is ''doing good'' and the All-Star outfielder will play for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga on Thursday.Should everything go well, Mattingly believes Puig could be back with the Dodgers sometime next week. Puig has been on the disabled list since April 26.

  • Reds LF Marlon Byrd goes on 15-day DL

    June 30, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Cincinnati Reds left fielder Marlon Byrd was placed on the 15-day disabled list before Wednesday night's game, a day after he fractured his right wrist when he was hit with a pitch.Infielder Ivan De Jesus Jr. was called up from Triple-A Louisville and outfielder Donald Lutz was released.

  • MLB apologizes to Royals for costly glitch in replay system

    June 30, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Major League Baseball apologized to the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday for a breakdown in its replay process during a crucial moment in a 2-1 loss to the Cleveland Indians.The issue occurred in the eighth inning of a tied game Tuesday night when first base umpire Bob Davidson ruled the Indians' Jose Ramirez beat out a relay throw to prevent a double play. The replays appeared to show Ramirez was out, but the call stood after a nearly 3-minute review.

  • Nationals' Strasburg throws after landing on DL

    June 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg threw Wednesday for the first time since he went on the 15-day disabled list last weekend.Strasburg left his start Friday night at Cincinnati because of neck stiffness after 16 pitches and was put on the DL the following day.

  • Cubs RF Jorge Soler goes on DL with left ankle injury

    June 30, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Chicago Cubs right fielder Jorge Soler, who leads all NL rookies with 15 hits, was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a left ankle injury.Soler might be ready to return as soon as he's eligible, manager Joe Maddon said. Soler played in every game until he was hurt when he stepped on first base awkwardly trying to beat out a grounder Monday against the Marlins.

  • Jordan Lyles to undergo season-ending surgery on big toe

    June 30, 2015

    DENVER (AP) Colorado Rockies pitcher Jordan Lyles will have season-ending surgery to fix a torn ligament in his left big toe.The right-hander is scheduled to have the procedure next Wednesday in Denver for what he described as ''Tommy John (surgery) for my big toe.''

  • Red Sox acquire OF Alejandro De Aza from Orioles

    June 30, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Boston Red Sox have acquired outfielder Alejandro De Aza and cash considerations from the Baltimore Orioles for minor league right-hander Joe Gunkel.De Aza is expected to join the Red Sox for the finale of their four-game series against the Minnesota Twins on Thursday. He hit .214 with three homers and seven RBIs for the Orioles in 30 games this season before being designated for assignment May 27.

  • Marlins still waiting on their custom-designed plane

    June 30, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) The Miami Marlins have been slow out the gate this year, and their new custom-designed team plane has yet to get off the ground.Team officials leased a Boeing 767-200 from a private company during the offseason and ordered it retrofitted with extra-large seats, couches, a massage table and card tables. But the Marlins are still waiting for the plane to be finished and might not get it this season, team president David Samson said Wednesday.

  • Brewers' Gomez leaves game after crashing into seats

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Milwaukee third baseman Hector Gomez crashed into the stands behind third and left the game against the St. Louis Cardinals.Gomez was trying to catch a foul ball hit by Jason Heyward in the sixth inning on Wednesday. Gomez hit the short wall at full speed and fell head-first into the seats. After being looked at, he left the game under his own power.

  • Yankees designate Carpenter to clear spot for Tanaka

    June 30, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) The New York Yankees have designated for assignment right-handed reliever David Carpenter to clear a spot on the 25-man roster for the return of starter Masahiro Tanaka.The Yankees made the roster move on Wednesday before Tanaka's return to the mound against the Seattle Mariners. Tanaka hasn't pitched since April 23 when he landed on the 15-day disabled list with wrist tendinitis and a forearm strain.

  • Marty Lees hired to coach Washington State baseball

    June 30, 2015

    PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) Marty Lees is the new baseball coach at Washington State.Athletic director Bill Moos made the announcement on Wednesday.Lees replaces the fired Donnie Marbut and is the 15th head coach in program history.He spent the past three seasons as an assistant coach at Oklahoma State and the previous 11 at Oregon State.

  • Vanderbilt trio among coveted MLB draft prospects

    June 30, 2015

    If you're seeking top prospects for the upcoming MLB draft, look no further than Vanderbilt - a college with a smart-kid reputation and growing status as a destination for big-league hopefuls.Three players from the Southeastern Conference school - shortstop Dansby Swanson and pitchers Walker Buehler and Carson Fulmer - are expected to be first-round selections.

  • McCutchen leads Pirates past Giants, 7-4

    June 30, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Andrew McCutchen was fed up. His batting average had dipped below .200 and he figured it was time to get going. He's going in a big way.McCutchen had four hits and drove in two runs, Pedro Alvarez drove in a pair and the Pittsburgh Pirates won for the 10th time in 12 games, beating the San Francisco Giants 7-4 Tuesday night.

  • Michigan stays alive as Wagner shuts out Florida 1-0 in WCWS

    June 30, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Haylie Wagner hadn't started in more than two weeks. She was ready when called upon.The senior threw a complete-game shutout, and Michigan beat Florida and ace Lauren Haeger 1-0 on Tuesday night in the Women's College World Series to force a deciding third game for the national championship.

  • Cubs rookie Soler misses game at Miami with ankle injury

    June 30, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Chicago Cubs right fielder Jorge Soler sat out a game for the first time this year Tuesday because of an ankle injury, and manager Joe Maddon didn't rule out the possibility of a stint on the disabled list.Soler was hurt trying to beat out a grounder Monday. He stayed in the game but the injury worsened overnight. Following Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the Miami Marlins, Maddon said Soler faced further evaluation before the severity of the injury would be determined.

  • Reds OF Byrd fractures right wrist

    June 30, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Cincinnati outfielder Marlon Byrd fractured his right wrist when he was hit by a pitch in the Reds' 5-4 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night.Byrd was hit on the right hand by Sean O'Sullivan leading off the sixth inning. Byrd reacted with considerable pain but shook off the injury and went to first base. He was replaced in left field in the bottom of the seventh by Brennan Boesch.

  • What a shot! Nats star Harper takes selfie with fan's phone

    June 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Bryce Harper called this shot.The Washington Nationals slugger known for launching long home runs thrilled a fan Tuesday night, gesturing for her cellphone, snapping a playful selfie and then tossing it back into the stands.The popular Harper took the picture in right field before Washington took on the Toronto Blue Jays in the second game of a day-night doubleheader.

  • Pillar homers twice, Blue Jays earn DH split with Nationals

    June 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Kevin Pillar hit two home runs off Max Scherzer, including a go-ahead three-run drive, as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Washington Nationals 7-3 Tuesday night to earn a split of a day-night doubleheader.Jordan Zimmermann pitched six-hit ball for eight innings in the opener, a 2-0 victory that ended a three-game losing streak.

  • Holliday's on-base streak ends at 45 after ejection

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Matt Holliday of the St. Louis Cardinals was ejected for arguing a called third strike in the seventh inning, ensuring the end of his National League-record 45-game streak reaching base safely to start the season.Home plate umpire Joe West also tossed manager Mike Matheny, who had gone out to aid Holliday's cause, on Tuesday night in a game the Cardinals led 1-0 against the Brewers.

  • LEADING OFF: Tanaka rejoins Yanks, Giants off to White House

    June 30, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues today:---TANAKA RETURNSYankees ace Masahiro Tanaka starts at Seattle in his first outing since April 23. He's been out because of tendinitis in his right wrist and a strained right forearm. The Japanese All-Star made a pair of Triple-A rehab starts, and will have a pitch count of about 80 vs. the Mariners.

  • Rangers C Chirinos hit by pitch, leaves with bruised hand

    June 30, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Texas Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos came out of Tuesday night's game with a bruised right hand after being hit by a pitch.Chirinos was hit in the first inning by Chicago White Sox starter Jeff Samardzjia. Chirinos stayed in the game defensively for two more innings, but Carlos Corporan pinch hit for him in the third.

  • Mets' Wright confident he'll return from back injury

    June 30, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) New York Mets third baseman David Wright is confident he'll return this season from his back injury.He's just not sure when.Wright, who has been in Los Angeles being treated by specialist, Dr. Robert Watkins, joined his teammates in San Diego on Tuesday, where the Mets are playing the San Diego Padres.

  • Brewers OF Davis has surgery

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Khris Davis underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and will be sidelined 4-6 weeks.Dr. William Raasch, the team physician, removed a torn meniscus in Tuesday's procedure.Davis was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday, a day after he was injured making an awkward swing while striking out in the first inning against Arizona.

  • Padres reinstate Alonso from 15-day DL

    June 30, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) The San Diego Padres have reinstated first baseman Yonder Alonso from the 15-day disabled list.Alonso, on the DL with right shoulder bruise retroactive to May 8, was hitting .333 with one home run and 10 RBIs when he suffered the injury May 7 against Arizona. He dived for a ground ball and landed on his shoulder.

  • Former Giant Kevin Frandsen back in organization at Triple-A

    June 30, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Infielder Kevin Frandsen has reported to Triple-A Sacramento after signing a minor league contract with his original San Francisco Giants club.Giants general manager Bobby Evans said Tuesday that Frandsen joined the River Cats.The 33-year-old Frandsen is a native of San Jose who last played in the majors for Washington in 2014. He was released by the Nationals at the end of spring training and signed a minor league deal with the Diamondbacks, who released him last weekend. Frandsen was batting .309 with seven RBIs and two doubles for Triple-A Reno.

  • Rangers make several moves in advance of 3B Gallo debut

    June 30, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Texas Rangers have selected the contract of top prospect Joey Gallo to make his major league debut, and recalled outfielder Jake Smolinski.Gallo was brought up from Double-A Frisco before Tuesday's game against the Chicago White Sox. He was batting sixth and playing third base in place of injured Adrian Beltre, who is out with a sprained left thumb.

  • Red Sox owner John Henry 'very disappointed'

    June 30, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Red Sox owner John Henry says watching Boston play this year is ''painful.''Speaking before Tuesday's game against Minnesota, Henry said he ''felt responsible'' for how poorly his club has played.Boston entered last in the AL East at 22-29. After finishing last in 2014, the Red Sox committed 3 million to sign free agents Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez during the offseason.

  • A's reinstate O'Flaherty off DL, send down Castro

    June 30, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) The Oakland Athletics have reinstated reliever Eric O'Flaherty from the disabled list and optioned reliever Angel Castro to Triple-A Sacramento.O'Flaherty has been dealing with a strained left shoulder. The left-hander has made eight appearances for the A's this season.

  • Cubs rookie Soler out of lineup at Miami with ankle injury

    June 30, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Chicago Cubs right fielder Jorge Soler is out of the starting lineup because of an ankle injury, and manager Joe Maddon isn't ruling out a stint on the disabled list.Soler was hurt trying to beat out a grounder Monday. He stayed in the game but the injury worsened overnight, and Maddon says the severity was uncertain pending further examination by a doctor.

  • Hamilton out of Rangers lineup with left hamstring tightness

    June 30, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Texas Ranger slugger Josh Hamilton is out of the lineup because of tightness in his left hamstring.Hamilton says his hamstring is a little sore. He describes not playing in Tuesday night's game against the White Sox as precautionary.

  • Detroit's Verlander to make another rehab start this weekend

    June 30, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Justin Verlander is making another rehab start Saturday, and Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus is hopeful that will be his last outing before the right-hander returns to the major leagues.Verlander has not pitched for Detroit this season because of a strained triceps. He made a rehab appearance with Triple-A Toledo at Indianapolis on Sunday, pitching 2 2/3 innings. He is slated to pitch for the Mud Hens against Columbus this weekend.

  • Rays minor leaguer suspended 50 games for amphetamine

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) A minor league player in the Tampa Bay Rays' organization has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for an amphetamine.The commissioner's office announced Tuesday that infielder/outfielder Coty Blanchard had been penalized.The 23-year-old Blanchard was hitting .314 with one homer and 18 RBIs for Bowling Green in the Class A Midwest League.

  • Blue Jays activate Navarro; send Thole to minors

    June 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) The Toronto Blue Jays activated C Dioner Navarro from the 15-day disabled list and sent C Josh Thole to Triple-A Buffalo after the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Washington Nationals.Navarro (left hamstring) last played on April 21. He batted .267 with four RBIs in eight games before suffering the injury.

  • Dodgers place Van Slyke on 15-day DL with back inflammation

    June 30, 2015

    DENVER (AP) The Los Angeles Dodgers placed outfielder Scott Van Slyke on the 15-day disabled list with back inflammation before Tuesday's doubleheader with the Colorado Rockies.Van Slyke is hitting .264 with two homers and 14 RBIs in 34 games this season.

  • Nationals' Strasburg diagnosed with strained left trapezius

    June 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) The Nationals say pitcher Stephen Strasburg has been diagnosed with a strained left trapezius, an upper back muscle where the arm meets the neck.Strasburg left Friday's start at Cincinnati after 16 pitches and was put on the disabled list the following day. He was examined Monday was team doctors in Washington.

  • As baseball goes high-tech, stealing a base still old school

    June 30, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Billy Hamilton doesn't bother to watch video of pitchers' moves to home plate. When he reaches first, one of baseball's top base stealers goes more by observation and instinct.While technology has significantly changed the game with every nuance measured and broken down statistically, a computer printout can't give him what he needs when he leads away from the base.

  • Teixeira's grand slam gives Yankees 7-2 win over Seattle

    June 30, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) For the first three innings, Seattle ace Felix Hernandez was conjuring up thoughts of perfection.Nine up, nine down in just 21 pitches.And then it was gone. The control. The dominance. The lead.''When you see me throw five walks in two innings, you realize I don't have it,'' Hernandez said.

  • LEADING OFF: Gallo gets call; Burnett faces Giants

    June 30, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Tuesday:---HELPING HANDRangers top prospect Joey Gallo should find himself in a major leaguer uniform sooner than anyone expected. With Adrian Beltre out with a thumb injury, the 21-year-old third baseman is making the jump from Double-A and into the Texas lineup against Jeff Samardzija and the Chicago White Sox. Gallo has nine homers and 31 RBIs in 121 at-bats for Double-A Frisco.

  • Blue Jays-Nationals postponed, so is Bautista's return to OF

    June 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Jose Bautista's return to the Toronto Blue Jays outfield will have to wait at least one more day.The interleague series opener between the Blue Jays and Washington Nationals on Monday has been postponed due to rain.The teams will play a split-doubleheader Tuesday with the opener at 1:05 p.m. It will be their first matchup since 2012.

  • Dodgers transfer Carl Crawford to 60-day disabled list

    June 30, 2015

    DENVER (AP) The Los Angeles Dodgers have transferred outfielder Carl Crawford to the 60-day disabled list because of a lingering strained oblique injury.In addition, the Dodgers optioned right-hander Matt West to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Monday and selected the contract of left-hander David Huff from Oklahoma City.

  • Blue Jays-Nationals postponed; split-doubleheader Tuesday

    June 30, 2015

    WASHNGTON (AP) The interleague series opener between the Toronto Blue Jays and Washington Nationals on Monday has been postponed due to rain.The teams will play a split-doubleheader Tuesday with the opener at 1:05 p.m.The NL East-leading Nationals went 18-9 in May, but finished the month with three straight losses at Cincinnati in part because of bullpen woes.

  • Capuano will go to Yankees' bullpen when Tanaka returns

    June 30, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) Left-hander Chris Capuano will be the odd-man out of the New York Yankees' rotation when Masahiro Tanaka returns later this week.New York manager Joe Girardi said Monday that Capuano will go the bullpen when Tanaka rejoins the rotation for the season finale against Seattle on Wednesday.

  • Rockies place righty Jordan Lyles on DL with toe injury

    June 30, 2015

    DENVER (AP) The Colorado Rockies placed right-hander Jordan Lyles on the 15-day disabled list with a left big toe injury.Lyles said Monday he is hoping to avoid surgery after tearing a ligament in the toe. He will learn more Tuesday about how long he may be sidelined after consulting with a specialist.

  • Rockies prospect has spleen removed to speed up recovery

    June 30, 2015

    DENVER (AP) Colorado Rockies prospect David Dahl elected to have surgery to remove his spleen so he could speed up his return to the field following an outfield collision.The centerfielder crashed into an infielder while trying to make a running catch during a game Thursday in New Britain, Connecticut. Had he waited for his spleen to heal, Dahl would've missed the rest of the season.

  • Seattle sends Taylor to Triple-A, calls up Guaipe

    June 30, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) The Seattle Mariners have sent struggling shortstop Chris Taylor back to the minors while helping their overworked bullpen by recalling right-hander Mayckol Guaipe from Triple-A Tacoma.Seattle made the moves before Monday's series opener against the New York Yankees.

  • Top prospect Gallo headed to Rangers for injured Beltre

    June 30, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Texas Rangers will get top prospect Joey Gallo some major league experience while third baseman Adrian Beltre is on the disabled list.Beltre was placed on the 15-day DL on Monday with a sprained left thumb, and the Rangers will purchase Gallo's contract from Double-A Frisco on Tuesday before their series opener at home against the Chicago White Sox.

  • Brewers activate Lucroy from 15-day DL

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The Milwaukee Brewers have activated Jonathan Lucroy from the 15-day disabled list after the All-Star catcher missed about five weeks with a broken left big toe.Catcher Juan Centeno was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs on Monday.

  • Marlins' Fernandez looks good in extended spring training

    June 30, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Marlins ace Jose Fernandez took another step Monday in his recovery from Tommy John surgery, throwing three hitless innings against minor leaguers in an extended spring training game.Fernandez faced 10 batters and struck out seven, including the last six. He walked one and threw 42 pitches, with the radar gun topping out at 97 mph.

  • Rangers winners again with big-hitting Prince, Hamilton home

    June 30, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) With Prince Fielder leading the league in hitting and former MVP Josh Hamilton already having an impact in his Texas reunion, the Rangers have a winning record for the first time in nearly a year.The Rangers capped a magnificent month with Hamilton's game-ending two-run, two-out double as a pinch-hitter after starting May with a loss for a 7-15 record that was the worst in the American League.

  • Nationals shuffle bullpen, acquire Walters from Dodgers

    June 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Nationals recalled LHP Felipe Rivero and optioned LHP Matt Grace to Triple-A Syracuse on Monday.The Nationals also acquired minor league pitcher P.J. Walters from the Los Angeles Dodgers for cash considerations.Grace, 26, went 2-1 with a 5.25 ERA in 12 innings over 17 appearances. He allowed four runs and three hits without recording an out in Washington's 8-2 loss at Cincinnati on Sunday.

  • Red Sox-Twins game postponed; doubleheader on Wednesday

    June 30, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Minnesota Twins game at the Boston Red Sox was postponed on Monday because of wet grounds and a forecast of heavy rain during the day.The game will be made up Wednesday as a day-night doubleheader.The Red Sox are 22-29 and enter the series against the Twins on a three-game losing streak.

  • Correction: Diamondbacks-Brewers story

    June 30, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) In a story May 30 about the Diamondbacks-Brewers game, The Associated Press erroneously described the batting stance of Arizona first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and batting average when he plays in Milwaukee. He hits right-handed and his average at Miller Park was .489 following Saturday's game, not .511.

  • BC-BBA--Twins-Red Sox

    June 30, 2015

    Editors:Monday's game between the Minnesota Twins and Red Sox in Boston is rained out. It will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader in Boston on Wednesday.AP Sports

  • Man flies drone inside ballpark during Phillies game

    June 30, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Police have questioned a man who was flying a drone inside Citizens Bank Park during a Philadelphia Phillies game.Authorities say Phillies staff first spotted the remote-controlled drone near the third-base gate on Sunday but it landed in a parking lot outside.

  • Giants back near the top after impressive May

    June 30, 2015

    The San Francisco Giants went from worst to first in less than a month.Yes, that's noteworthy. No, it's not tremendously rare - at least not at this point in the season.San Francisco was at the bottom of the NL West at the end of April, trailing first-place Los Angeles by 4 1/2 games. The Giants then went 21-9 in May, taking over the top spot briefly before falling back into second place this past weekend.

  • LEADING OFF: Pineda back in Seattle, surging Twins at Fenway

    June 30, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Monday:---KING AND HIS PRINCEMichael Pineda makes his first start in Seattle since the Mariners traded him to the Yankees for catcher Jesus Montero before the 2012 season. Pineda faces Felix Hernandez (8-1) - they were both All-Stars a year before deal. ''It's going to be a great game. He's good. I want to win it,'' Pineda said.

  • Florida beats Auburn 3-2, advances to championship series

    June 30, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Kristi Merritt and Lauren Haeger made the throws that have Florida on the verge of a repeat.Merritt, a center fielder, threw out runners at the plate in the second and fourth innings, and Haeger pitched a complete game to give Florida a 3-2 victory over Auburn in nine innings Sunday, sending the defending national champion Gators back into the championship series.

  • Rangers' Beltre out at least 2 weeks with sprained thumb

    June 30, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre will miss at least two weeks with a sprained thumb that he also cut while sliding into second base Sunday.X-rays were negative, and team physician Dr. Keith Meister diagnosed a sprain after examining Beltre. The third baseman, who was being fitted for a splint, also needed four stitches for a cut he sustained on the play.

  • Rangers 3B Adrian Beltre jams thumb sliding into 2nd base

    June 30, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre has left the series finale against Boston after jamming his left thumb while sliding into second base.Beltre was slow to get up after sliding into second base in the fifth inning Sunday on a play when he was retired on a fielder's choice.

  • World War II vet fulfills goal of pitching at Wrigley Field

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) More than 70 years after he hoped to make his major league debut, a World War II veteran fulfilled his goal of pitching at Wrigley Field.Tony Gianunzio walked to the mound Sunday and threw out the first ball before the Chicago Cubs hosted the Kansas City Royals.

  • Tigers star Verlander shaky in 1st rehab start

    June 30, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Detroit Tigers star Justin Verlander struggled in his first rehabilitation start, giving up three runs in 2 2-3 innings for Triple-A Toledo on Sunday.The former American League MVP and Cy Young winner is trying to work his way back into the Tigers' rotation from a right triceps injury he sustained in spring training.

  • Twins' Nolasco leaves in 2nd inning with ankle injury

    June 30, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota's Ricky Nolasco left his start in the second inning against Toronto on Sunday with a sore right ankle.The team said Nolasco, who started the day 5-1 with a 5.12 ERA, would undergo an MRI.Nolasco had just started pitching to Russell Martin to lead off the inning before coming up awkwardly on the mound.

  • Red Sox re-sign Bianchi, send Ross back to Triple-A

    June 30, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Boston Red Sox re-signed infielder Jeff Bianchi on Sunday, three days after he had been designated for assignment.Bianchi was back with the Red Sox before the finale of their four-game series at Texas.Left-hander Robbie Ross was optioned back to Triple-A Pawtucket.

  • Dodgers' Paco Rodriguez goes on 15-day DL

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The Los Angeles Dodgers placed pitcher Paco Rodriguez on the 15-day disabled list and recalled Matt West from Triple A-Oklahoma City before Sunday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals.Manager Don Mattingly said Rodriguez (elbow) had trouble extending and finishing off pitches, but wasn't feeling any pain. Rodriguez has been sent back to Los Angeles for further evaluation.

  • Brewers place Khris Davis on DL with right knee injury

    June 30, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) The Brewers have placed Khris Davis on the 15-day disabled list after the left fielder tore the meniscus in his right knee.Davis is expected to have surgery Tuesday. It is unclear how long he might be out.The third-year outfielder got hurt taking an awkward swing while striking out in the first inning of Saturday's 7-3 loss to Arizona.

  • Auburn beats UCLA 11-10 in 10 innings to stay alive in WCWS

    June 30, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Auburn closed out the best day in program history a little later than expected.Emily Carosone scored on Morgan Estell's bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Tigers an 11-10 victory over UCLA on Saturday night that kept them alive in the Women's College World Series.

  • Holliday taken out after 4 innings vs. Dodgers

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Matt Holliday of the St. Louis Cardinals was taken out of Saturday night's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers when he was feeling ill after running the bases in the fourth inning.Holliday started a day after the Cardinals sent their No. 3 hitter home suffering from flu-like symptoms. Saturday's game began after a rain delay of 2 hours, 20 minutes and rain resumed not long after the first pitch.

  • LEADING OFF: Stanton swats, Braves try again vs Bumgarner

    June 30, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Sunday:---STANTON SWATSA day after hitting two home runs - including another tape-measure shot - Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton gets to swing away against a familiar foe. Bartolo Colon starts for the Mets at Citi Field, and Stanton is 5 for 8 with two homers against the 42-year-old righty.

  • Oldest living Cubs player Lennie Merullo dies at 98

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Lennie Merullo, the oldest former member of the Chicago Cubs and the last living person to play for them in the World Series, died Saturday. He was 98.Cubs owner Tom Ricketts said in a statement that Merullo died earlier in the day. The team didn't include details of Merullo's death.

  • Doolitte returns to DL with shoulder injury

    June 30, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Two days after making his first appearance of the season, Oakland Athletics closer Sean Doolittle was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left shoulder.''It's another muscle, almost under the armpit, that he strained,'' A's manager Bob Melvin said before Saturday's game with the New York Yankees. ''It will be a couple of weeks of inactivity before he picks up a baseball.''

  • Rain causes minor flooding at Minute Maid Park in Houston

    June 30, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Heavy rains caused minor flooding inside Minute Maid Park on Saturday as the Houston Astros hosted the Chicago White Sox.The downpour began midway through the game. The rain swept through the area and obscured the view outside as it rolled down the glass panels of the roof.

  • Heathcott goes on DL with right quad strain

    June 30, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Ramon Flores had a feeling his time had come. The Yankees called and his feeling turned out to be correct.''I was in the middle of batting practice in Scranton last night, expecting to play there,'' Flores said. ''I knew this was coming. I just had that feeling.''

  • Appeal for Brewers' Smith on suspension to be heard Monday

    June 30, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Brewers reliever Will Smith will have a hearing Monday for his appeal of an eight-game suspension after being found with a foreign substance on his arm while pitching.Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said Saturday that he wasn't sure how soon the team would find out the outcome of the appeal. The Brewers are scheduled to face the Cardinals in St. Louis on Monday night.

  • Dodgers activate Grandal from 7-day DL

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The Los Angeles Dodgers have activated catcher Yasmani Grandal from the seven-day concussion disabled list and have him in the lineup batting sixth against the St. Louis Cardinals.Outfielder Chris Heisey was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City before Saturday night's game.

  • Rockies LHP De La Rosa scratched because of cut on finger

    June 30, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Colorado Rockies left-hander Jorge De La Rosa was scratched from his scheduled start on Saturday against the Philadelphia Phillies because of a cut on the middle finger of his pitching hand.De La Rosa (1-2, 6.51 ERA) was replaced by right-hander Eddie Butler (2-5, 4.60).

  • Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper scratched with sore back

    June 30, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Outfielder Bryce Harper was scratched from Washington's lineup on Saturday because of a sore back.Harper was hit in the middle of the back by a pitch from Cincinnati's Tony Cingrani during the Reds' 5-2 win on Friday night. Harper had words for Cingrani before heading to first base. He stayed in the game and singled off Aroldis Chapman in the ninth inning.

  • Marlins SS Hechavarria sits out with bruised left shoulder

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Miami Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria is out of the lineup against the New York Mets because of a bruised left shoulder.Hechavarria, who had started all 49 games this season, banged into left fielder Christian Yelich while they were pursuing Daniel Murphy's bloop double in the ninth inning Friday night. Hechavarria was shaken up but finished the game.

  • Nationals put Stephen Strasburg on DL with stiff neck

    June 30, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) The Washington Nationals put Stephen Strasburg on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday, a day after he had to leave a start after 16 pitches because of a stiff neck.Strasburg had a rough May, failing to last four innings in four of his five starts. He left one start with tightness behind his right shoulder.

  • Posey's 2-run HR, 3 RBIs power Giants past Braves, 4-2

    June 30, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Tim Hudson enjoyed beating his old team, more for bragging rights than anything else. He was happier about bouncing back from a bad outing.Buster Posey hit a two-run homer in the first inning and drove in three, Hudson pitched seven strong innings and the San Francisco Giants won their fifth straight, beating the Atlanta Braves 4-2 Friday night.

  • Mattingly, Ellis ejected for arguing plate calls

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly and catcher A.J. Ellis have been ejected arguing balls and strikes in separate incidents in the seventh inning.The Dodgers had runners on first and second in a game they trailed 2-0 to the Cardinals on Friday night before Andre Ethier was called out by home plate umpire Mike Winters.

  • Mattingly ejected for arguing called third strike

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has been ejected in the seventh inning for arguing a called third strike.The Dodgers had runners on first and second in a game they trailed 2-0 to the Cardinals on Friday night before Andre Ethier was called out by home plate umpire Mike Winters.

  • LEADING OFF: Lincecum looks to keep up strong start

    June 30, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Saturday:---SURGING TIMGiants starter Tim Lincecum (5-2, 2.56) looks to continue his strong start this season against the Atlanta Braves and starter Williams Perez (0-0, 4.05) on Saturday night. Lincecum is 9-6 with a 2.76 ERA in 15 career starts against the Braves. He beat them twice last year.

  • Colorado's Bettis loses no-hitter in 8th

    June 30, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Philadelphia's Cody Asche singled through a shift to end Colorado right-hander Chad Bettis' bid for a no-hitter with one out in the eighth inning Friday night.Bettis lost a perfect game in the seventh when shortstop Troy Tulowitzki made an error on Ben Revere's grounder up the middle. Colorado center fielder Charlie Blackmon made a sliding catch to rob Freddy Galvis of a hit after Revere's grounder went through Tulowitzki's legs.

  • Seattle LHP Paxton placed on DL with strained finger

    June 30, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) Left-hander James Paxton became a second key member of the Seattle Mariners' rotation to be placed on the disabled list, joining righty Hisashi Iwakuma.The Mariners put Paxton on the 15-day disabled list on Friday with a strained middle finger tendon on his throwing hand. He felt it after 2-0 pitch to Brandon Moss in the fifth inning Thursday and was immediately removed.

  • Colorado's Bettis loses perfect game in 7th, keeps No-No

    June 30, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Colorado Rockies right-hander Chad Bettis lost his bid for a perfect game in the seventh inning when shortstop Troy Tulowitzki made an error on Ben Revere's grounder up the middle but still has not allowed a hit to the Philadelphia Phillies through seven innings.

  • Rangers to purchase Gonzalez's contract

    June 30, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Texas Rangers announced Friday they will purchase the contract of right-hander Alex ''Chi Chi'' Gonzalez on Saturday, and he is scheduled to make his Major League debut that night, starting against the Boston Red Sox.Gonzalez, 23, was 3-5 with a 4.15 ERA in eight starts this season for Triple-A Round Rock. In 43 1-3 innings, he allowed 46 hits and walked 19 while striking out 26.

  • Nationals' Stephen Strasburg leaves after only 16 pitches

    June 30, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Stephen Strasburg of the Washington Nationals left Friday night's game after throwing only 16 pitches to the Cincinnati Reds. There was no immediate indication of his problem.Strasburg has struggled in May, failing to reach the fourth inning in three of his four previous starts. He gave up a solo homer to Joey Votto in the first inning - the first baseman's first homer since April 28 - and walked Brayan Pena to start the second inning.

  • Marlins claim RHP Chad Smith off waivers from Angels

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Miami Marlins have claimed pitcher Chad Smith off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels and sent him to Triple-A New Orleans.The Marlins made the move Friday.Miami manager Dan Jennings, the Marlins' general manager until taking over in the dugout this month, said the 25-year-old Smith would provide bullpen depth for the organization.

  • Houston's Feldman to miss about 6 weeks after knee surgery

    June 30, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Houston right-hander Scott Feldman is expected to miss about six weeks after arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.Feldman was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Friday after having surgery to repair a torn medial meniscus. He was injured fielding a ground ball in his last start on Tuesday. Feldman, who is in his second year in Houston, is 4-4 with a 4.80 ERA in 10 starts this year.

  • Cardinals activate Jay from DL, but not in lineup

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Cardinals activated outfielder Jon Jay from the 15-day disabled list but did not have him in the lineup against the Los Angeles Dodgers.The team also said Matt Adams' surgery for a torn right quadriceps went well Friday, but that it was more likely he'd be sidelined four months. Previously, the injury had been termed a strain and the prognosis had been 3-4 months.

  • Column: Bring on Expos II! Montreal deserves another team

    June 30, 2015

    For many baseball fans, the lasting image of the Montreal Expos is a cash-strapped team that played before mostly empty seats in a sterile stadium known as the Big Owe.Steve Rogers prefers to remember the good times, when the continent's most European city was as giddy over the national pastime as anywhere in the United States.

  • Nationals' Werth out indefinitely with broken wrist

    June 30, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Washington's Jayson Werth is out indefinitely after another test found that he broke his left wrist two weeks ago.The outfielder was hit on the wrist by a pitch from the Padres' Odrisamer Despaigne on May 16 and has been unable to swing a bat. With the injury still bothering him, he went for a CT scan Thursday - the team's day off - and it detected two small fractures.

  • Twins bring Fien back from DL, send Tonkin down

    June 30, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Twins have returned right-hander Casey Fien from his rehab assignment for a strained right shoulder and removed him from the disabled list.The move was made before the game Friday against the Toronto Blue Jays, and right-hander Michael Tonkin was sent to Triple-A Rochester to make room for Fien in the bullpen.

  • Phillies recall Asche, designate Sizemore

    June 30, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Phillies have called up Cody Asche from Triple-A Lehigh Valley and will give the former third baseman his first career start in left field against Colorado on Friday night.Veteran outfielder Grady Sizemore was designated for assignment to make room for Asche. Sizemore batted .245 (24 for 98) with six RBIs.

  • Reds move Jason Marquis into bullpen, Cueto still not ready

    June 30, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) The Reds moved struggling starter Jason Marquis to the bullpen Friday, leaving them with three rookies in the starting rotation for now.Marquis signed with the Reds in the offseason, continuing his comeback from Tommy John surgery. He went 3-4 with a 6.46 ERA in nine starts, prompting manager Bryan Price to rearrange his rotation for a series against the Washington Nationals on Friday.

  • Rockies prospect undergoes surgery to repair spleen

    June 30, 2015

    DENVER (AP) Colorado Rockies prospect David Dahl had surgery to repair his spleen after a collision in the outfield during a game Thursday in New Britain, Connecticut.Dahl was in centerfield for Double-A New Britain and was racing in to make a sliding catch on a blooper when he crashed into second baseman Juan Ciriaco. Dahl stayed down for several moments before being taken to a hospital, where he underwent surgery.

  • Outfielder Alex Rios set to return to Royals' lineup

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Alex Rios is expected to return to the Kansas City Royals' lineup for Saturday's game against the Chicago Cubs following 1 1/2 months on the disabled list with a broken left hand.Rios has been sidelined since April 13, when he was he by a pitch from Minnesota's J.R. Graham. He joined the Royals on Friday after a four-game injury rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Omaha.

  • D-Backs call up Saltalamacchia, Gosewisch goes on DL

    June 30, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks have selected the contract of catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia from Triple-A Reno.The move came as the Diamondbacks placed catcher Tuffy Gosewisch on the 15-day disabled list with an ACL injury.To make room for Saltalamacchia on the 40-man roster, Arizona transferred catcher Oscar Hernandez to the 60-day disabled list.

  • Carda leads UCLA past Oregon 7-1 in WCWS

    June 30, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) For a night, UCLA resembled the Bruins who once dominated college softball.Ally Carda pitched a complete game to help UCLA defeat Oregon 7-1 on Thursday night in the Women's College World Series. It was the school's first win in the event since claiming the last of its 11 national championships in 2010.

  • Grichuk could cut into Jay's playing time for Cardinals

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Jon Jay was the St. Louis Cardinals' center fielder and primary leadoff man when he went on the 15-day disabled list with a wrist injury.When he returns, likely Friday, it might be more of a job share due to the emergence of Randal Grichuk.

  • Brewers outright Wooten, more pitching moves upcoming

    June 30, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) The Brewers have outrighted reliever Rob Wooten to Triple-A Colorado Springs, creating another opening on Milwaukee's 40-man roster as the team juggles its pitching staff.Milwaukee planned to call up a starter from Triple-A to take the rotation spot of Wily Peralta, who could be out at least a month with a left oblique injury.

  • Red Sox SS Bogaerts out after getting hit on forearm

    June 30, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Boston shortstop Xander Bogaerts left the Red Sox's game at Texas after being hit with a pitch on his left forearm.Bogaerts initially stayed in the game Thursday night after being hit by a pitch in the second inning. But he was removed for a pinch-hitter in the fourth.

  • Brewers go high-tech in latest tribute to Bud Selig

    June 30, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Brewers are giving retired baseball commissioner and former team owner Bud Selig a high-tech tribute.''The Selig Experience'' attraction at Miller Park was unveiled to Selig, current Brewers owner Mark Attanasio and other dignitaries on Thursday night. Selig described the exhibit as an ''out-of-body experience.''

  • Angels place Cowgill on DL

    June 30, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Angels have placed outfielder Collin Cowgill on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 26, because of a sprained right wrist, which occurred while he was taking batting practice on Sunday.The defending AL West champions also designated outfielder Marc Krauss for assignment and selected the contract of outfielder Alfredo Marte from Triple-A Salt Lake.

  • Rangers recall Alberto from Triple-A, send RHP Klein there

    June 30, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Texas Rangers have recalled infielder Hanser Alberto from Round Rock and optioned right-hander Phil Klein to the Triple-A team.Texas announced the move before Thursday's game, two days before what would have been Klein's next scheduled start.

  • Slumping slugger Ortiz getting break from Red Sox lineup

    June 30, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Struggling slugger David Ortiz is getting a break from the Boston Red Sox lineup.Ortiz wasn't in the lineup for Thursday's series opener at Texas, following a five-game stretch when he had only one hit in 20 at-bats.Red Sox manager John Farrell indicated before the game that Ortiz might be out of the lineup for a few games, giving him a chance to work on a few things.

  • Cano misses 1st game of season for Seattle with flu

    June 30, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) Robinson Cano wasn't in the Seattle Mariners' lineup for the first time this season because of flu-like symptoms.Cano's first day off came Thursday night with the Mariners opening a four-game series against Cleveland. Manager Lloyd McClendon said the symptoms popped up overnight after the team had concluded its trip against Tampa Bay and returned to Seattle.

  • Longtime sports writer Ron Bergman dies at 80

    June 30, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Longtime Bay Area sports writer and former Associated Press writer Ron Bergman has died. He was 80.Bergman died Thursday, according to his daughter Anne. He had been suffering from Parkinson's disease.Bergman worked for the AP in the 1960s and covered the Beatles' final concert at Candlestick Park in 1966.

  • Cleveland places Atchison on DL, Santana on paternity list

    June 30, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) The Cleveland Indians have placed right-handed reliever Scott Atchison on the 15-day disabled list because of a sprained left ankle.The Indians made the roster move before opening a four-game series in Seattle on Thursday night. Cleveland will also be without infielder Carlos Santana for at least a few days after he was placed on the paternity list.

  • LEADING OFF: Harvey hopes to bounce back, Shields unbeaten

    June 30, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Friday:---OFF THE MATTMets ace Matt Harvey starts vs. Miami at Citi Field, trying to bounce back from the worst start of his young career. He gave up seven runs in four innings last weekend at Pittsburgh, prompting manager Terry Collins to say Harvey might be dealing with a ''dead arm'' issue.

  • Hamilton homecoming: 2010 AL MVP back in Texas on home team

    June 30, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Josh Hamilton stepped into the batter's box in Texas to a loud ovation. That got even louder when he lined the first pitch he saw into the right-field corner for a double.A month and a day after being re-acquired by the Rangers, Hamilton played his first home game in Texas since the 2012 AL wild-card game, one in which the soon-to-depart slugger was booed lustily - like he would be the next two seasons when returning with the Los Angeles Angels.

  • Montreal mayor wants some MLB regular-season games in 2016

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The mayor of Montreal has asked Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred to consider playing three or four regular-season games in the city next year.Mayor Denis Coderre met with commissioner Manfred in New York on Thursday. Coderre says six or seven teams have expressed an interest in playing there in 2016.

  • Cubs rookie slugger Bryant quickly making his mark in majors

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The owner made a beeline through the Cubs' clubhouse looking for his rookie slugger.''Hey, take it easy,'' Tom Ricketts told Kris Bryant, trying not to laugh. ''That thing costs a lot of money.''''Gotcha,'' Bryant smiled, trying not to blush.

  • Gosewisch leaves game after jamming left knee

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Tuffy Gosewisch jammed his left knee on a groundout and left the game in the sixth inning against the Cardinals.Gosewisch was tagged out by first baseman Mark Reynolds on a relay from second baseman Kolten Wong after St. Louis couldn't turn a double play. He tumbled after clearing the base and then clutched his knee.

  • Gosewisch leaves game with left leg injury

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Tuffy Gosewisch injured his left leg on a groundout and left the game in the sixth inning against the Cardinals.Gosewisch was tagged out by first baseman Mark Reynolds on a relay from second baseman Kolten Wong after St. Louis couldn't turn a double play. He tumbled after clearing the base and then clutched his knee.

  • Cubs' Lester sets futility record

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Chicago Cubs pitcher Jon Lester established a major league record Wednesday night for the longest hitless drought to begin a career.Lester entered the game against the Washington Nationals tied with the San Diego Padres' Joey Hamilton, who had also gone 57 career at-bats without a hit.

  • LEADING OFF: Hamilton back in Texas; O's-White Sox play 2

    June 30, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Thursday:---NO PLACE LIKE HOMEJosh Hamilton makes his return to Texas when the Rangers host the Boston Red Sox. The 2010 AL MVP was dealt back to the Rangers by the Angels after he had a self-reported drug and alcohol relapse in the offseason. Hamilton returned from shoulder surgery on Monday and is 1 for 11 in his first three games, all in Cleveland. The five-time All-Star last played with Texas in the 2012 wild-card game.

  • Orioles sign Cuban left-hander Miranda

    June 30, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) The Baltimore Orioles signed Cuban left-hander Ariel Miranda to a minor league contract Wednesday.The 25-year-old Miranda will report to the team's minor league facility in Sarasota, Florida, then join either Single-A Frederick or Double-A Bowie, Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said.

  • Dodgers send 3B Juan Uribe to Braves in 6-player trade

    June 30, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Dodgers dealt third baseman Juan Uribe to the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday in a six-player trade that was initially blocked.Los Angeles also sent right-handed pitcher Chris Withrow to the Braves for infielder Alberto Callaspo, left-handers Eric Stults and Ian Thomas, and minor league right-hander Juan Jaime.

  • Tigers scratch Ryan, start Wilson against Athletics

    June 30, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Right-hander Alex Wilson is scheduled to make his first career start for the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday after Kyle Ryan was scratched.Wilson, a right-hander who has worked strictly out of the bullpen in 56 games over two-plus seasons with the Tigers and Red Sox, has never gone longer than 3 2-3 innings. The 28-year-old has a 2.29 ERA in 12 appearances this season.

  • Orioles designate De Aza for assignment; Flaherty in lineup

    June 30, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) Baltimore outfielder Alejandro De Aza was designated for assignment Wednesday before the Orioles' game against the Astros.Infielder Ryan Flaherty was activated from the 15-day disabled list after a right groin strain. Flaherty was back in the starting lineup Wednesday, playing second base and batting eighth.

  • Josh Hamilton gets 1st hit back with Rangers

    June 30, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Josh Hamilton singled in the seventh inning Wednesday for his first hit since returning to the Texas Rangers.Hamilton, hitless in his first nine at-bats since returning Monday, lined a hit down the left field line off Cleveland's Carlos Carrasco. The AL MVP in 2010 was thrown out trying for a double by Indians' left fielder Mike Aviles.

  • Cardinals place Adams on DL, recall C Ed Easley

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams could miss the rest of the season with a strained right quadriceps and will undergo surgery Friday.After consulting with medical personnel Wednesday, the team said Adams' estimated recovery time was three to four months.

  • Angels acquire OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis from Mets for cash

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Angels have acquired outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis from the New York Mets for cash considerations.The 27-year-old Nieuwenhuis had appeared in 27 games with six starts this season, going 3 for 38, an .079 average. A former third-round draft pick, Nieuwenhuis has played in parts of four seasons in the majors, batting .230 with 13 home runs, 31 doubles, three triples and 60 RBIs. He was designated for assignment May 19.

  • Indians players shave heads to support Aviles, daughter

    June 30, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Cleveland Indians infielder Mike Aviles is touched by the show of support he's getting from teammates for his 4-year-old daughter, who was diagnosed with leukemia this month.Several Indians players and coaches have shaved their heads to support Aviles and Adriana, who returned home after treatment at the Cleveland Clinic.

  • Rays manager Cash stands by critical comments about calls

    June 30, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash stands by his critical comments about a first-inning call in Tuesday night's 7-6, 10-inning loss to Seattle.Cash said after the game that a safe call at the plate for Seattle - allowed to stand after a video review - was ''terrible and ''embarrassing.''

  • Brewers honor past, celebrate future with Selig exhibit

    June 30, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) A replica of his old County Stadium office looked so authentic to Bud Selig that it left the Milwaukee Brewers founder at a loss for words.That might be the best sign yet that the Brewers did a pretty good job with its latest homage to the former team owner and newly retired baseball commissioner.

  • Proposed Uribe-for-Callaspo may be back on

    June 30, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Alberto Callaspo has been scratched from the Atlanta Braves' starting lineup by manager Fredi Gonzalez for the second consecutive night, an indication the proposed multiplayer trade that would send the infielder to the Los Angeles Dodgers for third baseman Juan Uribe may be back on.

  • Adams injured running bases, removed in 5th inning

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Cardinals anticipate first baseman Matt Adams will be placed on the 15-day disabled list after straining his right quadriceps while running out a double in the fifth inning Tuesday night.Manager Mike Matheny said there was a ''high level of concern'' about Adams. Mark Reynolds, who pinch ran, will likely be the fill-in starter at first base for now.

  • LEADING OFF: Lester vs Scherzer in high-priced matchup

    June 30, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues today:---ACES STARTTop free agent prizes will be on the mound with Jon Lester and Max Scherzer starting as the Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals wrap up a three-game set. Lester is 4-0 in five starts in May after going 0-2 in April for Chicago. Scherzer, the 2013 AL Cy Young Award winner, has won four straight starts.

  • Proposed Uribe-for-Callaspo trade falls through

    June 30, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) A proposed multiplayer trade between the Dodgers and Braves that would have sent third baseman Juan Uribe to Atlanta and infielder Alberto Callaspo to Los Angeles has been vetoed by Callaspo.The deal collapsed because of collective bargaining agreement provision that any player who became a major league free agent cannot be traded without his approval until after June 15. Callaspo agreed to a million, one-year contract with the Braves in December after spending last season with Oakland.

  • LA Angels recall Grant Green, ship C.J. Cron to minors

    June 30, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Infielder Grant Green has been recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake by the Los Angeles Angels.The Angels also sent struggling slugger C.J. Cron back to the minors Tuesday.Green is batting .329 with four homers and nine RBIs in 32 games in Salt Lake. The 27-year-old veteran spent a week on the Angels' roster in April.

  • Cardinals' Gonzales sidelined by shoulder injury

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Cardinals pitching prospect Marco Gonzales won't throw for about three weeks and will get a cortisone injection for a shoulder injury.St. Louis general manager John Mozeliak said Tuesday an MRI showed the 23-year-old left-hander has an impingement. Gonzales is on the roster of Triple-A Memphis, and he skipped a start in late April.

  • Managers support pitchers getting better grip on balls

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Yankees manager Joe Girardi thinks Major League Baseball should avoid the sticky situation of pitchers being caught using foreign substances to get better grips on the ball by providing the tacky stuff for them.''I really believe there should be a substance behind the mound that every pitcher is allowed to use,'' Girardi said Tuesday. ''I'd like to see them come up with something that everyone can use when they go out there.''

  • Phillies GM apologizes to fans for disparaging comments

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Embattled general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. apologized Tuesday to Philadelphia Phillies fans for saying they ''don't understand the game'' and the ''process'' that goes into constructing a team.Speaking before the Phillies played the New York Mets at Citi Field, Amaro acknowledged his comments ''caused a bit of a firestorm'' in Philadelphia.

  • Marlins reassign 3B coach Brett Butler

    June 30, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The coaching shuffle with the Miami Marlins rolls on.A week after firing Mike Redmond and replacing him with Dan Jennings, the Marlins reassigned third base coach Brett Butler on Tuesday and replaced him with assistant hitting coach Lenny Harris. Butler will now work in the dugout and serve as the outfield and base-running coach.

  • Bautista says shoulder pain free

    June 30, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista is back in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the White Sox and says his sore right shoulder is pain free after a cortisone shot.Bautista, who had the injection Sunday, said he was ''encouraged'' after making approximately 25 throws at around 90 feet before taking batting practice, the most he's thrown in more than a month.

  • Jason Vargas activated from disabled list, to start for KC

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Jason Vargas is being activated from the 15-day disabled list and is going to start for the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night against the New York Yankees.The left-hander hasn't pitched since May 5 because of a flexor muscle strain. He will fill the rotation spot of Danny Duffy, who was placed on the DL Monday with biceps tendinitis.

  • Orioles recall Clevenger, designate Lavarnway for assignment

    June 30, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) The Orioles have recalled catcher Steve Clevenger from Triple-A Norfolk to serve as the backup to Caleb Joseph.Clevenger replaced Ryan Lavarnway, who was designated for assignment.Clevenger hit .352 with two homers and 14 RBIs in 27 games with Norfolk. He played in 35 games with Baltimore last year and in 118 major league games overall.

  • Cardinals' Gonzales slidelined by shoulder injury

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) - Cardinals pitching prospect Marco Gonzales won't throw for about three weeks because of a shoulder injury.St. Louis general manager John Mozeliak said Tuesday an MRI showed the 23-year-old left-hander has an impingement. Gonzales is on the roster of Triple-A Memphis, and he skipped a start in late April.

  • Diamondbacks place Burgos on disabled list, recall Nuno

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks placed rookie Enrique Burgos on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis on Tuesday, a day after the reliever faced two batters and gave up hits to both.Left-hander Vidal Nuno was recalled from Triple-A Reno.

  • MRI finds inflammation in Cueto's elbow but no major problem

    June 30, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Reds starter Johnny Cueto will miss at least one more start after an MRI found inflammation in his pitching elbow.Results Tuesday showed no major damage in the right elbow. Cueto, who won 20 games last season, had to skip a scheduled start over the weekend because of stiffness.

  • Rockies skip Jorge De La Rosa because of cut finger

    June 30, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) The Rockies scratched Jorge De La Rosa from his scheduled start against the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night because of a cut finger on his pitching hand that has been bothering him.The left-hander could be ready to start this weekend in Philadelphia. Manager Walt Weiss decided to give him more time to let the finger fully heal.

  • Injuries, division rivals providing early test for Tigers

    June 30, 2015

    Justin Verlander hasn't appeared in a single game. Victor Martinez has hit only one home run, and Anibal Sanchez has allowed 11.All things considered, the Detroit Tigers are off to a solid start - but they're still waiting for significant contributions from some of their biggest stars.

  • Cano drives in 2, Mariners beat Rays 4-1

    June 30, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Robinson Cano drove in two runs, Roenis Elias threw six solid innings and the Seattle Mariners beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-1 on Monday night.Seattle took a 2-0 lead in the first on RBI singles by Cano and Nelson Cruz. Cano entered the game hitless in his previous 12 at-bats. He made it 3-1 on a run-scoring single in the eighth.

  • LEADING OFF: Reds skid, Texas rolls, Bradley aims to rebound

    June 30, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues today:---REELING REDSCincinnati will try to break its nine-game losing streak when rookie Michael Lorenzen starts vs. the visiting Rockies. The Reds' skid is their worst since an 11-game slide under Jack McKeon in 1998. They're also expecting to get results of an exam on ace Johnny Cueto, who missed his last start with stiffness in his elbow.

  • Avisail Garcia leaves with sore right knee

    June 30, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia left Monday's game at Toronto in the second inning with a recurrence of soreness in his right knee.He was replaced by J.B. Shuck.The White Sox said Garcia is day to day. Garcia returned to the lineup Sunday after missing the previous two games with right knee inflammation. Shuck pinch hit for Garcia in the seventh inning of an 8-1 loss to Minnesota.

  • Bautista still recovering from cortisone shot

    June 30, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista is out of the lineup for a second straight day after getting a cortisone shot in his strained right shoulder.The slugger got the shot over the weekend because the injury had failed to progress after more than a month. He hopes to play again Tuesday.

  • Rays' 1B Loney has broken finger, could miss 4-6 weeks

    June 30, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays have put first baseman James Loney on the 15-day disabled list with a broken left middle finger, and expect him to miss four to six weeks.Loney was hurt sliding while stealing third base in the eighth inning of Sunday's game against Oakland.

  • Coach Ron Washington is thrilled to be back in A's uniform

    June 30, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Ron Washington arrived to the ballpark at 8:30 a.m. for an afternoon game on Memorial Day, had some breakfast then headed outside to hang out with the grounds crew he knows so well. He waved to ushers and caught up with security guards.

  • Rays put 1B James Loney on disabled list with broken finger

    June 30, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays have put first baseman James Loney on the 15-day disabled list with a broken left middle finger.Loney was hurt sliding while stealing third base in the eighth inning of Sunday's game against Oakland.The Rays recalled infielder Tim Beckham and infielder-outfielder Jake Elmore from Triple-A Durham before Monday night's game with Seattle.

  • Blue Jays activate SS Jose Reyes

    June 30, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) The Blue Jays have activated shortstop Jose Reyes from the 15-day disabled list and optioned infielder Munenori Kawasaki to Triple-A Buffalo.Reyes has been sidelined since April 27 with a fractured left rib sustained on a check swing in the fourth game of the season. He's batting .250 with no home runs and seven RBIs.

  • Odd-man in: Mets go to 6-man rotation to cut innings

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Mets manager Terry Collins called his starting pitchers into his office last weekend to talk numbers - as in six-man rotation.Matt Harvey has thrown 58 2-3 innings following his return from Tommy John surgery. NL Rookie of the Year Jacob DeGrom has pitched 55 2-3. And Noah Syndergaard, who made his big league debut on May 12, has tossed 47 in the majors and minors.

  • Long road back: Rangers' Josh Hamilton makes season debut

    June 30, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Back on a big league field, Josh Hamilton struck out on four pitches in the first inning Monday.At least he was in the lineup, playing with the Texas Rangers for the first time in three years.Hamilton drew some cheers when he came to bat after consecutive home runs by Prince Fielder and Adrian Beltre. The 2010 AL MVP made his season debut, playing left field and hitting fifth against Cleveland after shoulder surgery in February.

  • Long road back: Josh Hamilton is in lineup for Rangers

    June 30, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) For the first time in three years, Josh Hamilton's name is in the Texas Rangers' lineup.He is playing left field and batting fifth for Monday's game against the Cleveland Indians.The 2010 AL MVP is making his season debut after shoulder surgery in February. His return comes after Texas acquired him from the Los Angeles Angels on April 27.

  • Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz suspended 8 games, appeals

    June 30, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz was suspended for eight games by Major League Baseball on Monday for having a foreign substance on his arm during a game in Miami.Matusz immediately appealed and was in uniform for Baltimore's game against the Houston Astros on Monday afternoon. He will continue to pitch until his appeal is heard.

  • Mets 3B Wright sent to California to see back specialist

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Hoping David Wright can find ''magic fingers somewhere in California'' to cure the Mets captain's ailing back, New York general manager Sandy Alderson has sent the third baseman across the country to work with the staff of specialist Dr. Michael Watkins.

  • Reds put catcher Mesoraco on DL, starter Cueto examined

    June 30, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) The Reds put catcher Devin Mesoraco on the 15-day disabled list Monday with a sore left hip that limited him to pinch hitting and filling in as an interleague DH for the past six weeks.They'd been hoping that Mesoraco - an All-Star last season - could get better without going on the DL. The hip bothered him when he went through catching drills over the weekend, prompting the move.

  • Mets 3B Wright going to California to see back specialist

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Mets third baseman David Wright has been sent to California to work with the staff of back specialist Dr. Michael Watkins.Wright hasn't played since pulling his right hamstring against Philadelphia on April 14. His rehabilitation was put on hold May 6 when back pain developed. He resumed baseball activities on May 18, but the Mets said Saturday the seven-time All-Star felt lingering back pain and was diagnosed with stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal column.

  • Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz suspended 8 game, appeals

    June 30, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz was suspended for eight games by Major League Baseball on Monday for having a foreign substance on his arm during a game in Miami.Matusz immediately appealed and was in uniform for Baltimore's game against the Houston Astros on Monday afternoon. He will continue to pitch until his appeal is heard.

  • The Astros, the Royals and different ways to win

    June 30, 2015

    During a 20-batter stretch in Sunday's victory at Detroit, every hitter for the Houston Astros either reached base or struck out.Business as usual for the surprising leaders of the AL West.The Astros beat the Tigers 10-8 in that game, striking out 15 times but also hitting a pair of home runs and rallying from a four-run deficit in the sixth inning. Houston now leads its division by 6 1/2 games and has the second-best record in the American League - but to say the Astros have an unusual offense would be an understatement.

  • Jared Burton agrees to minor league contract with Rangers

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Right-hander Jared Burton has agreed to a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers and will report Tuesday to Triple-A Round Rock.The 33-year-old Burton was 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA in four appearances this year with Class A Tampa and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He was released by the New York Yankees on May 16.

  • LEADING OFF: Hamilton back, Navy vet highlights Memorial Day

    June 30, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Monday:---HAM IT UPJosh Hamilton returns to the majors, set to start in left field for the Rangers in their series opener at Cleveland. Traded by the Angels back to Texas in late April, the former AL MVP has been in the minors recovering from shoulder surgery.

  • Jeter returns to Yankee Stadium as Williams' No. 51 retired

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Bernie Williams stood in front of the pitcher's mound, flanked by Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte and Jorge Posada, all clothed in finely tailored suits rather than the pinstriped baseball uniforms in which they earned fame and fortune.

  • Jacob Lindgren's Yankees arrival: 'Who are you?'

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Jacob Lindgren took a taxi from his Manhattan hotel and arrived at Yankee Stadium about seven hours before game time Sunday.''I didn't know how to get in,'' the 22-year-old pitcher said. ''I was waiting outside the clubhouse, just knocking.''

  • White Sox announcer Hawk Harrelson to miss trip

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Chicago White Sox television announcer Hawk Harrelson will miss the team's 11-game trip because of a minor surgical procedure.The team said Sunday that Chicago Bulls radio play-by-play announcer Chuck Swirsky will fill in for the 73-year-old Harrelson on the broadcasts with Steve Stone.

  • Left-hander Jacob Lindgren brought up by Yankees

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Left-hander Jacob Lindgren has been brought up from the minor leagues by the New York Yankees, who were short on relief pitching going into a series finale against Texas.The 22-year-old is 1-1 with a 1.23 ERA in 15 relief appearances for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, striking out 29 in 22 innings.

  • Hamilton reunites Monday with Rangers in unlikely journey

    June 30, 2015

    Josh Hamilton is getting another shot at redemption in baseball with an unlikely journey that has led back to the Texas Rangers.After leaving for a big free agent contract with the Los Angeles Angels, the 2010 AL MVP had struggles on and off the field.

  • Gray leaves with right ankle bruise

    June 30, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Oakland Athletics right-hander Sonny Gray has left his start early because of a bruised right ankle.Gray was replaced by Dan Otero after the fifth inning in Sunday's game against Tampa Bay.Gray was hit in the lower leg by James Loney's grounder in the fourth inning, but remained in the game after being looked at by a team trainer.

  • Giants 3B McGehee designated for assignment

    June 30, 2015

    DENVER (AP) The San Francisco Giants on Sunday designated third baseman Casey McGehee for assignment and recalled right-hander Hunter Strickland from Triple-A Sacramento.McGehee, who was acquired from the Miami Marlins in December, was hitting .200 with nine RBIs in 35 games for the Giants. McGehee has 10 days to be traded, released or accept an assignment to Triple-A.

  • Tigers put Lobstein on DL with sore shoulder

    June 30, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Tigers have put left-hander Kyle Lobstein on the 15-day disabled list because of a sore left shoulder.Lobstein pitched 5 2-3 innings in Saturday's loss to Houston. He's been in the starting rotation because of an injury to Justin Verlander.

  • Yankees lose for 9th time in 10 games, 15-4 to Rangers

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) This is all anyone needs to know about the New York Yankees' latest fiasco: utilityman Garrett Jones pitched more effectively than CC Sabathia.Sabathia was chased after 2 1/3 innings in his briefest start in six years, and a 10-run third inning propelled the Texas Rangers over the Yankees 15-4 Saturday. New York has lost nine times in a 10-game span for the first time in a decade.

  • Bronx bleachers to mound: Martinez leads Rangers to 15-4 win

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Nick Martinez spent about a dozen games in the left-field bleachers at Yankee Stadium from 2009-11, watching with his Fordham friends and hoping to one day make it to the big leagues - as a hitter.He spent Saturday on the mound of the very same ballpark, winning yet another game for Texas and sending reeling New York to its fifth straight loss and ninth in 10 games.

  • RHP Morin placed on 15-day DL with strained muscle

    June 30, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Los Angeles Angels placed right-hander Mike Morin on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a strained muscle on his left side.To fill his spot on the roster, the club recalled right-hander Cam Bedrosian from Triple-A Salt Lake.The 24-year old Morin walked off the mound in Saturday's 8-3 loss to the Boston Red Sox after throwing a pitch.

  • Left-hander McFarland optioned to Triple-A by Orioles

    June 30, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Left-hander T.J. McFarland has been optioned to Triple-A Norfolk by the Baltimore Orioles, and they selected the contract of right-hander Chaz Roe from Norfolk.The move was made before Sunday's game in Miami to reinforce the bullpen following a 13-inning loss Saturday to the Marlins. McFarland pitched the final 1 1/3 innings and took the loss.

  • Victorino goes on 15-day DL; Bianchi called up from Triple-A

    June 30, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Red Sox have placed right fielder Shane Victorino on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a tight left calf.To take his place on the roster, the club called up infielder Jeff Bianchi from Triple-A Pawtucket.Victorino left Saturday's 8-3 win over Los Angeles with the tight calf that caused him to miss the previous two games. It's his second stint on the DL. He was on it at the end of April with a strained right hamstring.

  • Indians activate catcher Gomes

    June 30, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Cleveland Indians have activated catcher Yan Gomes, who has been out with a sprained right knee, from the 15-day disabled list.Gomes is starting behind the plate and batting seventh Sunday against Cincinnati.Gomes was injured on April 11 when he attempted to catch a throw home on a slide by Detroit's Rajai Davis. Gomes had his right foot on the plate and Davis slid into his leg, causing the injury.

  • Descalso's 2-run homer lifts Rockies past Giants, 5-3.

    June 30, 2015

    DENVER (AP) Yusmeiro Petit gave manager Bruce Bochy the start he wanted. It lasted one pitch too many and helped finish the San Francisco Giants' winning streak.Daniel Descalso homered and drove in three runs and the Colorado Rockies handed San Francisco its first loss in nine games, taking the second game of a rain-soaked doubleheader 5-3 on Saturday night.

  • Jennings gets 1st win, Marlins top Orioles 1-0 in 13 innings

    June 30, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Martin Prado hit a two-out, bases-loaded single in the 13th inning, and the Miami Marlins won for the first time in Dan Jennings' six games as manager, beating Baltimore 1-0 on Saturday night.The Marlins broke an eight-game losing streak and improved to 1-8 on their homestand.

  • Orioles reliever leaves game after umps inspect his forearm

    June 30, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Baltimore Orioles reliever Brian Matusz has left the game against the Miami Marlins in the 12th inning after the umpire crew chief inspected the left-hander's right forearm.With the score 0-0, Matusz retired the first two batters before new Marlins manager Dan Jennings approached home plate umpire Jordan Baker. Baker and crew chief Paul Emmel then went to the mound to talk with Matusz.

  • Josh Hamilton set to join Texas Rangers on Monday

    June 30, 2015

    ROUND ROCK, Texas (AP) Josh Hamilton is done with his personal spring training and ready to rejoin the Texas Rangers.The slugger is set to fly Sunday to Cleveland to meet the team for the start of a three-game series against the Indians. The opener Monday is four weeks to the day after Texas finalized a trade to reacquire the 2010 AL MVP from the Los Angeles Angels.

  • LEADING OFF: Bernie's Bash at Yankee Stadium, Price returns

    June 30, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Sunday:---BERNIE'S BASHThe New York Yankees will retire the No. 51 worn by Bernie Williams and unveil his plaque in Monument Park before the night game vs. Texas. The Yankees will wear special patches on their hats to honor the longtime center fielder. The team plans to do the same for Jorge Posada and Andy Pettitte in August. That'll raise the club's total of retired numbers to 20, and Derek Jeter is sure to follow them.

  • Red Sox RF Victorino leaves game with left calf tightness

    June 30, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino left Saturday night's game against the Angels in the third inning because of tightness in his left calf.Victorino appeared to stumble when he made an over-the-shoulder grab on Erick Aybar's deep fly in the top of the inning.

  • Red Sox RF Victorino leaves game with tightness in left calf

    June 30, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino has left Saturday's game in the third inning against the Los Angeles Angels due to tightness in his left calf.Victorino appeared to stumble when he made an over-the-shoulder grab on Erick Aybar's deep fly in the top of the inning. He was scratched from Thursday's game with a sore left calf and didn't play Friday.

  • Hamilton closer to return to Rangers, waiting for call

    June 30, 2015

    ROUND ROCK, Texas (AP) Josh Hamilton has been picking up the pace in his minor league rehab and is closer to his first game back with the Texas Rangers.The 2010 AL MVP could join the Rangers as early as Monday for the start of a three-game series at Cleveland.

  • Mets 3B Wright has back problem, shut down for another week

    June 30, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) New York Mets third baseman David Wright has been shut down for at least another week because of a back problem, further delaying his return from the disabled list.Wright hasn't played since mid-April. He originally went on the disabled list with hamstring trouble, then developed a back issue.

  • Dodgers' Grandal placed on concussion DL

    June 30, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Dodgers placed catcher Yasmani Grandal on the seven-day concussion disabled list Saturday and called up Austin Barnes from Triple-A Oklahoma City to serve as A.J. Ellis' backup.Grandal, who came to the Dodgers from San Diego in December in the Matt Kemp trade, was taken out of Friday night's 2-1 victory over the Padres after four innings for precautionary reasons. He was struck on the right side of the head by the follow-through of Yangervis Solarte's bat in the third inning, then took a foul tip off the mask by Kemp in the fourth.

  • Marlins place starters Alvarez, Latos on disabled list

    June 30, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) The Miami Marlins placed starting pitchers Henderson Alvarez and Mat Latos on the 15-day disabled list, recalled right-hander Andre Rienzo and selected the contract of right-hander Vin Mazzaro from Triple-A New Orleans.Alvarez is out with right shoulder inflammation and returns to the disabled list after two starts. Alvarez is 0-4 with a 6.45 ERA in four starts this season after going 12-7 with a 2.65 ERA during his All-Star season last year.

  • Astros turn 1st triple play since 2004, on Kinsler grounder

    June 30, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) The Houston Astros turned their first triple play since 2004, pulling the feat on a grounder by Detroit's Ian KinslerThe Tigers had runners on first and second and had already scored a run in the fifth inning Saturday when Kinsler hit a grounder to third. Jonathan Villar stepped on the bag and threw to second, where Jose Altuve relayed the ball to first.

  • Blue Jays lose another close one, fall 3-2 to Mariners

    June 30, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Blue Jays keep coming up one run short of success. It was the same story on Saturday.Kyle Seager homered, James Paxton earned his first road win of the season and the Seattle Mariners beat the Blue Jays 3-2.Toronto lost for the 11th time in 14 games and fell a season-high seven games below .500. They're 2-10 in one-run games and have lost their past six one-run outcomes.

  • White Sox retire Paul Konerko's No. 14

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago White Sox retired Paul Konerko's No. 14 jersey Saturday before their game against the Minnesota Twins.The fans chanted ''Paulie! Paulie!'' as Konerko entered from the center-field fence and walked through the outfield grass to home plate. He then watched as his family counted down the unveiling of his number on the facade above home plate.

  • Reds manager Bryan Price ejected even before game begins

    June 30, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price was ejected Saturday before the game against Cleveland began.Price was thrown out by crew chief Jim Reynolds after the lineup cards were exchanged. The two had a lengthy heated argument that continued as the Indians players took the field. Reynolds then threw out Price.

  • Rockies activate Roberts, place Brown on DL

    June 30, 2015

    DENVER (AP) The Colorado Rockies placed left-handed pitcher Ken Roberts on the 15-day DL with inflammation in his left elbow and activated right-hander reliever Brooks Brown from the 15-day DL.Brown had been out since May 3 with tightness in his right shoulder.

  • Texas knocks out Sabathia in 10-run 3rd inning

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Texas Rangers scored 10 runs in the third inning against the New York Yankees on Saturday, a night after a seven-run third en route to a 10-9 win.Shin-Soo Choo and Prince Fielder each had two hits in the inning. It was the highest-scoring inning for Texas since an 11-run third against Houston in a 16-5 win over Aug. 29, 2013, according to STATS.

  • Reds scratch Cueto vs Indians, Mesoraco bothered by hip

    June 30, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Cincinnati Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto was scratched from Sunday's start against the Cleveland Indians because of elbow stiffness and rookie Raisel Iglesias will start in his place.The right-hander Iglesias is 1-0 with a 3.94 ERA in four appearances, including two starts.

  • Athletics place Coco Crisp on DL with cervical strain

    June 30, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Oakland Athletics have placed outfielder Coco Crisp on the 15-day disabled list with a cervical strain and recalled right-hander Kendall Graveman from Triple-A Nashville.The moves were announced before Saturday's game against Tampa Bay.

  • 95th time lucky for University of Tokyo baseball team

    June 30, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) A Japanese university baseball team finally ended its 94-game losing streak on Saturday, winning for the first time in five years.The University of Tokyo beat Hosei University 6-4 at Jingu Stadium in its first victory since Oct. 2, 2010.''We're finally out of the tunnel,'' manager Kazushi Hamada said.

  • At 42, Bartolo Colon shines with guile and precision pitches

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Bartolo Colon settled in a chair and threw a rubber ball against his black glove. He repeated the motion several times, then leaned back and threw the ball in the air, mimicking a fielding drill.That was his routine before one of his worst starts since he signed with the New York Mets in 2014. The right-hander gave up 11 hits, eight earned runs and - even more surprisingly - two walks in the May 20 game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field.

  • Cuban star Tomas adjusts to life in the major leagues

    June 30, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) Things are lining up nicely in Yasmany Tomas' world.The native of Cuba and first-year Arizona Diamondback is uplifting his teammates with his hitting. His defensive play at a new position for him, third base, continues to improve. He just got back from a few days in Miami, where his Arizona Diamondbacks swept a four-game series and Tomas was right at home with the city's large Cuban and Cuban-American community.

  • Pederson's 8th-inning homer helps Dodgers beat Padres 2-1

    June 30, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) It took nearly a week, but the Los Angeles Dodgers managed to score again.Joc Pederson homered on an 0-2 pitch in the eighth inning and their anemic offense mustered just enough to beat the San Diego Padres 2-1 on Friday night.Pederson's 11th home run - tops on the team - landed in the right-field pavilion off Joaquin Benoit (4-2) with one out.

  • Rays option infielder Tim Beckham to minors

    June 30, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays have optioned rookie infielder Tim Beckham to Triple-A Durham after the team's 5-2 win over the Oakland Athletics on Friday night.Left-hander Enny Romero was called up to take Beckham's place on the roster.

  • Konerko to have No. 14 retired by White Sox

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Paul Konerko arrived at the ballpark with a clear mind, even a sense of relief.No need to worry about the opposing pitcher. This weekend, he is simply a guest of honor.The White Sox will pay tribute to their former slugger Saturday when they retire his old No. 14.

  • LEADING OFF: Kluber's on a roll, Burnett vs Harvey

    June 30, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Saturday:---LOOKING MORE LIKE CYCorey Kluber is only 1-5, but he's looking more like the pitcher who won the AL Cy Young last season. The Indians right-hander heads into his start against the Reds on quite a roll: He has 30 strikeouts while allowing just one run in 17 innings over his last two starts. Kluber pitched 6 2-3 no-hit innings and struck out 18 in eight shutout innings against St. Louis on May 13. He followed that by holding the White Sox to one run in nine innings.

  • Fujikawa given unconditional release from Rangers

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Japanese reliever Kyuji Fujikawa was placed on waivers Friday by the Texas Rangers to give him his unconditional release.The Rangers had designated Fujikawa for assignment Sunday after the right-hander made only two appearances for them, allowing three runs in 1 2-3 innings. General manager Jon Daniels said then that Fujikawa had indicated that he didn't want to go back to the minor leagues.

  • Garcia scratched from White Sox's lineup with swollen knee

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Chicago White Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia was scratched from Friday's lineup against the Minnesota Twins because of inflammation in his right knee.Garcia, batting .319 with four homers and 18 RBIs, was lifted for a pinch runner in the 10th inning of Monday's win over Cleveland but played in the next three games.

  • Red Sox call up Cuban OF Rusney Castillo

    June 30, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Boston Red Sox have recalled outfielder Rusney Castillo from Triple-A.Outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. was optioned to Pawtucket to make room for Castillo on the roster. The Cuban native started in right field in Friday night's game against the Los Angeles Angels.

  • Garcia scratched from White Sox's lineup with inflamed knee

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Chicago White Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia was scratched from Friday's lineup against the Minnesota Twins because of inflammation in his right knee.Garcia, batting .319 with four homers and 18 RBIs, was lifted for a pinch runner in the 10th inning of Monday's win over Cleveland but played in the next three games.

  • Rays' minor league team cancels 'A-Rod Juice Box' promotion

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) What began as ''A-Rod Juice Box'' promo night for a Tampa Bay Rays minor league team quickly became Apology Night.The Charlotte Stone Crabs of the Florida State League on Friday night abruptly canceled the promotion that barbed slugger Alex Rodriguez after a complaint by the New York Yankees.

  • No immediate surgery for A's Coco Crisp

    June 30, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Oakland Athletics have ruled out immediate neck surgery for outfielder Coco Crisp.The A's said Friday they expect to make a decision this weekend on Crisp's playing status. He had a similar injury last season, and hasn't played since leaving a game Tuesday in Houston with a stiff neck.

  • Blue Jays place 2B Travis on DL, promote Kawasaki

    June 30, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) The Blue Jays laced infielder Devon Travis on the 15-day disabled list Friday because of a sore left shoulder and promoted infielder Munenori Kawasaki from Triple-A Buffalo.Travis hasn't played since leaving a May 16 game at Houston in the seventh inning. He was injured when he was hit by a bad hop grounder in an April 30 game at Cleveland. The injury affected his swing, causing him to bat .189 in 53 at-bats in May after batting .325 in April.

  • Rangers put 1B/OF Blanks on disabled list, add OF Smolinski

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Texas Rangers have put first baseman/outfielder Kyle Blanks on the 15-day disabled list and recalled outfielder Jake Smolinski from Triple-A Round Rock.Texas manager Jeff Banister said he expected Smolinski would be available Friday night against the Yankees.

  • Marlins players fail to show for charity event

    June 30, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Mired in a seven-game losing streak, Miami Marlins players further disappointed their fans by failing to show as advertised for a charity event.The organization had said players would attend the event to benefit the inner cities baseball program. When no players showed, fans complained on social media, and team president David Samson wasn't happy either.

  • Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka set for next rehab start

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is set to make his next rehabilitation start Wednesday against Boston's Triple-A team.New York manager Joe Girardi made the announcement before playing Texas on Friday night. He said the Japanese right-hander will be limited to 65 pitches in his game for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre at Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

  • Alex Wood misses start because of stomach virus

    June 30, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Pitcher Alex Wood has a stomach virus and will not start for the Atlanta Braves on Friday night.Eric Stults, who was bumped to the bullpen last week, took Wood's place against the Milwaukee Brewers.Manager Fredi Gonzalez said Wood first told the team he wasn't feeling well Thursday night after the Braves' 10-1 victory over the Brewers.

  • Pirates star McCutchen laughs off leaked pay stub

    June 30, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Good thing Andrew McCutchen has direct deposit.The Pittsburgh Pirates star centerfielder laughed off a leaked photo of his pay stub Friday, joking he can handle the attention so long as he still gets paid.McCutchen's two-week stub was left behind in the visitor's clubhouse at Wrigley Field last weekend following a series with the Cubs.

  • Nationals activate reliever Casey Janssen; Solis on DL

    June 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Nationals activated RHP Casey Janssen and placed LHP Sammy Solis on the 15-day disabled list with left shoulder inflammation.Janssen, 33, missed the first 41 games with right shoulder inflammation. The reliever, who signed with the Nationals as a free agent in February, made six rehab appearances between Single-A Potomac and Double-A Harrisburg.

  • Brewers' Smith suspended 8 games for rosin, sunscreen on arm

    June 30, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell didn't see a shiny substance on reliever Will Smith's right arm until it was too late.Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez had already emerged from the dugout to ask umpires to check to see if Smith was cheating.

  • Smith regrets oversight with rosin, sunscreen on arm

    June 30, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Milwaukee Brewers reliever Will Smith wanted to grip the ball better, so he followed a common practice of using rosin and sunscreen on his pitching hand.Only problem is it's against the rules.''It was chilly and kind of windy,'' Smith said. ''I had rosin and sunscreen on my arm. I just forgot to wipe it off before I went out and pitched. I had to kind of get ready in a hurry. I just forgot. That's it.''

  • Brewers' Smith ejected for having rosin, sunscreen on arm

    June 30, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Will Smith was ejected for having rosin and sunscreen on his right forearm in the seventh inning Thursday night of a 10-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves.Smith confirmed that he put the substance on his forearm before warming up in the bullpen on a brisk night. He said that he regretted not wiping it off before entering the game.

  • Brewers' Smith ejected for allegedly having pine tar on arm

    June 30, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Will Smith was ejected for allegedly having pine tar on his right forearm in the seventh inning Thursday night against the Atlanta Braves.With the bases loaded and one out and Atlanta leading 2-1, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez emerged from the dugout and asked the umpires to check if Smith had pine tar on his arm.

  • LEADING OFF: Syndergaard, Cole meet up, Jennings tries again

    June 30, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Friday:---FUTURES GAMEMets right-hander Noah Syndergaard (1-1, 3.18 ERA) makes his third major league start opposite budding Pittsburgh ace Gerrit Cole (5-2, 2.40) in a juicy matchup of hard-throwing youngsters with high expectations. ''I've never spoken to the guy before in my life, but I've heard he's an incredible pitcher and he's fun to watch,'' Syndergaard said. ''It will be exciting.''

  • Dodgers suspend infielder Arruebarrena for rest of season

    June 30, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Infielder Erisbel Arruebarrena was a major league player at this time last year. Now he's a man without a team at any level.Arruebarrena was suspended by the Los Angeles Dodgers for the remainder of the season on Thursday for what the team said was ''repeated failures to comply with his contract.''

  • Pujols out of Angels' lineup with bruised hand

    June 30, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Albert Pujols is out of the Los Angeles Angels' lineup Thursday night in Toronto, a day after bruising his left hand when he was hit by a pitch.Pujols left the game Wednesday night in the fifth, one inning after being hit by Blue Jays right-hander Drew Hutchison. X-rays were negative, but Pujols was unable to grip a bat because of pain and swelling. The slugger said he was unable to feel his fingers.

  • From HRs to ejections, rarely a dull moment for Bryce Harper

    June 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) There's rarely a dull moment when it comes to Bryce Harper.Been that way pretty much ever since the Washington Nationals brought him to the majors at age 19.He'll hit six home runs in a span of three games. He'll get ejected twice in the span of seven games. He'll earn NL Player of the Week honors, repeat that feat a week later - and when asked about the rare accomplishment, declare, ''Hopefully I win it again.''

  • Manfred: MASN eventually must pay Nats increased rights fees

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network will eventually be forced to pay increased rights fees to the Washington Nationals.Both teams own stakes in MASN, and the Orioles hold a controlling interest. When they could not agree on the Nationals' rights fees for 2012-16, the dispute went to MLB's three-man Revenue Sharing Definitions Committee.

  • MLB hopes to move ahead with Cuba exhibition next spring

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Major League Baseball hopes to move ahead with plans for an exhibition game in Cuba next yearPresident Barack Obama announced in December his intention to restore diplomatic ties between the United States and Cuba.U.S. teams played spring training games in Cuba before Fidel Castro's revolution, but none appeared there from March 1959 until the Baltimore Orioles played Cuba's national team in Havana in March 1999. MLB has not returned since.

  • Dodgers pitcher Ryu has season-ending shoulder surgery

    June 30, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu has undergone season-ending surgery for a tear in his left shoulder.The team said Thursday that the procedure done in Los Angeles went as well as could be expected, and Ryu should return by spring training next year.

  • De La Rosa becomes Rockies' career strikeouts leader

    June 30, 2015

    DENVER (AP) Left-hander Jorge De La Rosa became the Colorado Rockies' career strikeouts leader by fanning Philadelphia shortstop Freddy Galvis in the fourth inning Thursday.That strikeout gave De La Rosa 774 with the Rockies, one more than Ubaldo Jimenez.

  • MLB and Reds discussing Rose role at All-Star Game

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Pete Rose's role at the All-Star game in Cincinnati will be determined by Major League Baseball and the Reds after they determine what other obligations the banned career hits leader has.Rose began work as a studio analyst for Fox this month. The network will broadcast the game, which is being played in Rose's hometown on July 14.

  • Rays LHP Smyly to rehab injured shoulder, not have surgery

    June 30, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay Rays left-hander Drew Smyly will try and rehab a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder and not have season-ending surgery.Smyly was put on the 60-day disabled list May 9, retroactive to May 6. He also started the year on the DL after hurting the shoulder at spring training.

  • Manfred says Yanks have grounds to not pay A-Rod bonus

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said he thinks the New York Yankees have grounds not to pay Alex Rodriguez a million marketing bonus for tying Willie Mays for fourth place on the career home run list.When Rodriguez signed a 5 million, 10-year contract with the Yankees in December 2007, the sides also agreed to a separate deal that called for million each for up to five milestone accomplishments, payable within 15 days of designation by the team.

  • Rejuvenated Burnett off to spectacular start in final season

    June 30, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The fire is still there, churning away somewhere inside A.J. Burnett's well-tattooed and teenage-thin body. The flames, however, are simply better hidden.Instead of the five-alarm outbursts that would accompany adversity earlier in the veteran pitcher's 17-year career, you'll only get a flicker or two.

  • A's announce Ron Washington hired as coach

    June 30, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Oakland Athletics have announced that Ron Washington is rejoining the team as a major league coach after working nearly eight years as manager of the Texas Rangers.Washington, who was a coach with the A's for 11 years before joining the Rangers, will join the team for Friday night's game at Tampa Bay.

  • Royals reliever Madson takes long road back to big leagues

    June 30, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) One or 2 percent. That was it.That was the chance that Ryan Madson gave himself of ever pitching again in the big leagues.Once a dominant closer with the Philadelphia Phillies, a telltale twinge in the right elbow that resulted in Tommy John surgery had ushered Madson toward a premature retirement. He was content with what he had accomplished in baseball, even if he was frustrated by the finish.

  • Manfred understands why minority interviews skipped

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) New baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said he understands why the Milwaukee Brewers and Miami Marlins did not interview any minority candidates when they hired new managers this month.Then-Commissioner Bud Selig told teams in April 1999 they had to consider minorities when hiring a manager, GM, assistant GM, director of player development or director of scouting.

  • Ex-Rangers manager Washington rejoin Athletics as coach

    June 30, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Former Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington has been hired as a major league coach for the Oakland Athletics, returning to the club where he was a coach for 11 years.The A's announced the hiring Thursday and said Washington would be with the team all season.

  • Manfred understands why Brewers, Marlins skipped interviews

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) New baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred understands why the Milwaukee Brewers and Miami Marlins did not interview any minority candidates when they hired new managers this month.Speaking at a news conference Thursday after his first owners' meeting as the sport's head, Manfred said ''if a club has an internal candidate that they're so sure about that they're willing to forego the opportunity to interview anyone, forcing people through an interview process doesn't really make a lot of sense.''

  • Cardinals send Tuivailala to minors, opening spot for Garcia

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The St. Louis Cardinals have optioned rookie reliever Sam Tuivailala to Triple-A Memphis, opening a roster spot for left-hander Jaime Garcia.Activated from the 15-day disabled list, Garcia was set to pitch Thursday against the New York Mets in his first major league start since last June. He had been sidelined since having thoracic outlet surgery in July 2014 to alleviate numbness and tingling in his left arm and hand.

  • Macklemore, Snoop Dogg to play in celeb softball game

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Rappers Snoop Dogg and Macklemore and ''Hunger Games'' actor Josh Hutcherson will play in the 2015 MLB All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game.''Black-ish'' actor Anthony Anderson and country singer Justin Moore will also participate on July 12 at Cincinnati's Great American Ball Park alongside Cincinnati Reds legends Sean Casey, Paul O'Neill, Eric Davis and Aaron Boone.

  • Ex-Rangers manager Washington to re-join Athletics

    June 30, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Ron Washington is getting back into the big leagues, rejoining the Oakland Athletics as an instructor after working nearly eight years as manager of the Texas Rangers.Washington, who was a coach with the A's for 11 years before joining the Rangers, told The Associated Press in a text message Wednesday night that he heard from general manager Billy Beane earlier in the day and would meet the club in Tampa, Florida, on Friday. Oakland (14-28) sits in last place in the AL West and leads the majors in errors with 44 errors, including 16 by shortstop Marcus Semien.

  • LEADING OFF: Bumgarner-Kershaw; Hamilton, Reyes to Triple-A

    June 30, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Thursday:---ACES, PART IIIWorld Series MVP Madison Bumgarner and NL MVP and Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw will match up for the third time already this season when the Giants and Dodgers wrap up their three-game series at AT&T Park. Everybody expects a low-scoring game when these two lefty aces are on the mound opposite each other. ''As much as anything you like to see guys rise up,'' Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly said. ''It's fun watching those guys.''

  • Pujols leaves game after being hit by pitch on left hand

    June 30, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols left Wednesday's game against the Blue Jays in the fifth, one inning after he was hit on the left hand by a pitch from Blue Jays starter Drew Hutchison.Pujols doubled over in pain after being struck and was examined by the trainer, but stayed in the game to run the bases, eventually being stranded at third base.

  • Klein recalled, faces Red Sox in 1st major league start

    June 30, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Texas Rangers have recalled right-hander Phil Klein and given him his first major league start.Klein was called up Wednesday from Triple-A Round Rock and pitched against the Boston Red Sox. Texas designated for assignment outfielder Carlos Peguero and sent right-hander Stolmy Pimentel to Round Rock.

  • Nats' Bryce Harper, manager Williams ejected against Yanks

    June 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper and manager Matt Williams have been ejected in the bottom of the third inning against the New York Yankees.Harper, who hit 10 homers in his previous 12 games, was batting with two outs in the third Wednesday night when Adam Warren's first pitch of the at-bat was called a strike by plate umpire Marvin Hudson.

  • Struggling Drew Stubbs sent to minors by Rockies

    June 30, 2015

    DENVER (AP) Struggling outfielder Drew Stubbs has been optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque by the Colorado Rockies, who recalled outfielder Brandon Barnes from the Isotopes.Stubbs was hitting .118 with two home runs and 5 RBIs in 24 games and had struck out 31 times in 51 at bats.

  • Severino Gonzalez recalled from minors by Phillies

    June 30, 2015

    DENVER (AP) Right-hander Severino Gonzalez has been recalled by the Philadelphia Phillies from Triple-A to start Wednesday night's game against the Colorado Rockies.To make room for Gonzalez the Phillies optioned righty Hector Neris to Lehigh Valley on Tuesday night.

  • Marcum promoted to start for Indians

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Right-hander Shaun Marcum has been brought up from the minor leagues by the Cleveland Indians to start against the Chicago White Sox.The 33-year-old's contract was selected Wednesday from Triple-A Columbus, and his start Wednesday night was his first in the major leagues since July 6, 2013, for the New York Mets against Milwaukee. He allowed six runs - five earned - in five innings, then went on the disabled list with thoracic outlet syndrome and had right shoulder surgery that July 15.

  • Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu to have left shoulder surgery

    June 30, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu will undergo surgery on his troublesome throwing shoulder Thursday and is not expected to return this season.The team made the announcement Wednesday before a game against the San Francisco Giants. The arthroscopic surgery will be performed by orthopedist Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles. Manager Don Mattingly doesn't know a timetable for Ryu's recovery but said he did not believe it would be before the 2016 season.

  • Scherzer's chocolate syrup helps Nationals toast big wins

    June 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Let the chocolate syrup flow.As the Washington Nationals have set aside a slow start and entered Wednesday in a tie atop the NL East, they developed an unusual way to celebrate their mounting collection of comeback victories: Starting pitcher Max Scherzer pours chocolate from a bottle on the player responsible for producing the winning run.

  • Braves trade right-hander John Cornely to Red Sox

    June 30, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Pitcher John Cornely has been traded from the Atlanta Braves to the Boston Red Sox.The 26-year-old right-hander made one big league appearance this year, allowing four runs in one inning against Washington on April 29 in his major league debut.

  • Yankees CF Ellsbury, on DL, not sure extent of knee injury

    June 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Wearing a black brace on his sprained right knee, New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury said he has not been told how long he might be sidelined - and doesn't expect to know a prognosis until seeing a team doctor on Friday.

  • Hamilton gets more time in minors as Texas return draws near

    June 30, 2015

    FRISCO, Texas (AP) Josh Hamilton says his body tells him there would be about a week and a half left in a normal spring training.So three to four days sounds about right during the Texas slugger's accelerated personal preseason, which means one more minor league stop before he potentially rejoins the Rangers.

  • Indians donating equipment to league following robbery

    June 30, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Indians are donating new catcher's gear to the Garfield Heights Baseball League after it had some equipment stolen last week.With help from Louisville Slugger, the major league team will present new protective helmets, chest protectors and shin guards to the league, which had those items robbed from a storage locker. The team will make the donation on Thursday to some of the league's players and coaches. The Indians said one of their players and mascot, Slider, will take part in the presentation of the new gear.

  • Steinbrenner on A-Rod: 'He's been a great asset'

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Now that Alex Rodriguez has more home runs than lawsuits, the New York Yankees are happy with him.The 39-year-old began Wednesday with a .248 batting average following his return from a season-long drug suspension, and his 10 homers and 22 RBIs were both second on the team behind Mark Teixeira.

  • Yankees CF Ellsbury on DL with right knee injury

    June 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right knee after getting hurt during an 8-6, 10-inning loss to the Washington Nationals.The Yankees selected the contract of outfielder Slade Heathcott from Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday and transferred pitcher Chase Whitley to the 60-day DL, a day after he had season-ending Tommy John surgery.

  • Hamilton to see more Triple-A before joining Texas Rangers

    June 30, 2015

    FRISCO, Texas (AP) Josh Hamilton is headed back to Triple-A Round Rock before rejoining the Texas Rangers.The Rangers said Wednesday, before Hamilton's scheduled fourth game with Double-A Frisco, that the 2010 AL MVP would return to Round Rock for home games Thursday through Saturday.

  • Reds: Bad firework caused smokestack fire at Great American

    June 30, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Officials with the Cincinnati Reds say the fireworks smokestack at Great American Ballpark that caught fire last week has been inspected by engineers and is expected to be up and running when the team returns for its next home game Monday.

  • Yankees CF Ellsbury heads to DL with right knee injury

    June 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury is heading to the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right knee after getting injured Tuesday night during an 8-6, 10-inning loss to the Washington Nationals.The Yankees said that outfielder Slade Heathcott would be called up from Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday. Heathcott will be selected to the 40-man roster, requiring another move to make room there.

  • Mariners fall to Orioles 9-4 in Cruz's return to Baltimore

    June 30, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) Nelson Cruz forged another pleasant memory at Camden Yards, except for one important detail: his team lost.Cruz hit a three-run homer in his first game in Baltimore since last year, but the Orioles got a homer and four RBIs from Jimmy Paredes in a 9-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night.

  • Padres place Wil Myers on disabled list, recall RHP Mazzoni

    June 30, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) The San Diego Padres have placed first baseman-outfielder Wil Myers on the 15-day disabled list with left wrist tendinitis.The move was made Tuesday, retroactive to May 11. To take Myers' roster spot, the Padres recalled right-hander Cory Mazzoni from Triple-A El Paso.

  • No cheap seats anymore for Cubs rookie slugger Kris Bryant

    June 30, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Two years ago, Kris Bryant would sit in the nosebleed seats on College Night at Petco Park.On Tuesday night, he was back at the big downtown ballyard, playing third base and batting second for the Chicago Cubs.''It's come full circle. It's really surreal,'' Bryant said while sitting in the dugout two hours before the first pitch. ''I used to sit up there in the upper deck in right field for , the cheap seats, and now I get to play and get to step into the box against James Shields.''

  • Japan, US paired in 1st round of Premier12 baseball event

    June 30, 2015

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) Co-host and top-ranked Japan has been grouped with the United States in the inaugural Premier12 baseball tournament, which features the top 12 countries in the World Baseball Softball Confederation's rankings.Japan and the U.S. are joined by the Dominican Republic, South Korea, Venezuela and Mexico in a tough Group B announced Wednesday by the tournament organizers.

  • LEADING OFF: Harper vs Yanks; Keuchel undefeated; LA at SF

    June 30, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Wednesday:---WARREN COMMISSIONEDIn the 11th start of his big league career, Yankees righty Adam Warren (2-2, 4.50 ERA) will try to slow down Nationals slugger Bryce Harper, honored as NL player of the week twice in a row. Harper entered this week hitting .564 with 22 RBIs over his past 11 games - and promptly homered in his first at-bat of Washington's homestand. Warren goes up against Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann (3-2, 3.66).

  • Braun, Lind, Ramirez hit consecutive HRs to lead Brewers

    June 30, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Ryan Braun, Adam Lind and Aramis Ramirez hit consecutive home runs in a six run-third inning, Jimmy Nelson pitched eight strong innings, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Detroit Tigers 8-1 on Tuesday night.Braun drove in four runs and Carlos Gomez had three hits and two RBIs for Milwaukee, which has won the first two games of the three-game series.

  • No cheap seats anymore for Cubs rookie slugger Bryant

    June 30, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Two years ago, Kris Bryant would sit in the nosebleed seats on College Night at Petco Park.On Tuesday night, he was back at the big downtown ballyard, playing third base and batting second for the Chicago Cubs.''It's come full circle. It's really surreal,'' Bryant said while sitting in the dugout two hours before first pitch. ''I used to sit up there in the upper deck in right field for , the cheap seats, and now I get to play and get to face James Shields.''

  • Dodgers considering surgery for injured pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu

    June 30, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Dodgers are considering surgery for injured starter Hyun-Jin Ryu, who has yet to pitch this season.The No. 3 starter has been out because of shoulder inflammation since March. The South Korean left-hander hasn't responded to rest.

  • Yankees CF Ellsbury leaves in 4th with right knee injury

    June 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury has left the New York Yankees' game against the Washington Nationals in the fourth inning because of a right knee injury.Ellsbury was replaced in the leadoff spot by Carlos Beltran, who entered in right field, with Chris Young moving from right to center.

  • Yankees RHP Tanaka to make rehab start at Triple-A Scranton

    June 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) New York Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka is slated to throw about 45 pitches in a minor league rehab start at Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes-Barre on Thursday.The Japanese right-hander hasn't pitched since April 23 because of a strained right forearm and tendinitis in that wrist.

  • A-Rod out of Yankees' lineup with no DH at Nationals Park

    June 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Alex Rodriguez was out of the Yankees' lineup against the Nationals because no designated hitter is used in games at NL ballparks.Yankees manager Joe Girardi said before Tuesday night's opener of a two-game series that ''it's easier to play him on a more daily basis when we keep him at DH.''

  • Rockies place Dickerson on DL with plantar fasciitis

    June 30, 2015

    DENVER (AP) The Colorado Rockies have placed outfielder Corey Dickerson on the 15-day disabled list due to plantar fasciitis in his left foot.To fill his spot on the roster, the team recalled utility player Ben Paulsen from Triple-A Albuquerque on Tuesday before a game against the Philadelphia Phillies.

  • Mets bring up Ceciliani and cut Nieuwenhuis

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Mets have cut reserve outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis, making room on the roster for hot-hitting minor leaguer Darrell Ceciliani.New York selected Ceciliani's contract from Triple-A Las Vegas Tuesday before playing the St. Louis Cardinals and designated Nieuwenhuis for assignment.

  • Braves sign veteran right-hander Masset to bolster bullpen

    June 30, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The Braves added a veteran arm to their bullpen, agreeing to a one-year contract with right-hander Nick Masset for the 7,500 major league minimum.Masset cleared waivers Monday after Miami designated him for assignment. The 33-year-old has a 1.86 ERA and in eight games this year, but opponents are hitting .324 against him.

  • Slugger Nelson Cruz returns to Baltimore with Mariners

    June 30, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) Nelson Cruz returned to Camden Yards on Tuesday, his mind filled with memories of his one ''special'' season with the Baltimore Orioles.Cruz led the majors with 40 home runs in 2014 and helped the Orioles win the AL East and a playoff series against the Detroit Tigers.

  • Angels outfielder Matt Joyce was benched for late arrival

    June 30, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Angels outfielder Matt Joyce was scratched from the lineup for Monday afternoon's game against Toronto after arriving late to the ballpark, incorrectly thinking Los Angeles was scheduled for a night game.The game was in the daytime because if was on Victoria Day, first celebrated in 1845 in honor of Queen Victoria's birthday.

  • Blue Jays designate Todd Redmond for assignment

    June 30, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) The Blue Jays have designated right-hander Todd Redmond for assignment to clear a roster spot for right-hander Scott Copeland, who was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo following Monday's 10-6 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.Redmond was promoted from Triple-A to start Monday's game so that the Blue Jays could give their starting rotation an extra day of rest. He allowed three runs and four hits in four innings.

  • Dodgers finalize .5 million, 6-year deal with Olivera

    June 30, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Cuban infielder Hector Olivera arrived at the Dodgers' spring training facility in Arizona after finalizing a .5 million, six-year contract Tuesday, and predicted he could be playing in the major leagues within a month.The deal was reached in late March, but Olivera had to first secure a visa. He arrived in Los Angeles on Tuesday and successfully completed a physical, with the Dodgers downplaying reports of a possible ligament tear in his right elbow.

  • Rafael Furcal retires after 14 major league seasons

    June 30, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Former NL Rookie of the Year Rafael Furcal is retiring after 14 major league seasons.The 37-year-old signed a minor league contract with Kansas City during spring training, and the Royals placed him on the voluntary retired list Tuesday. He hit .240 with one double in 25 at-bats for Class A Wilmington and Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

  • Jose Tabata brought back from minor leagues by Pirates

    June 30, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Dropped from the 40-man roster last October, outfielder Jose Tabata has been brought back to the major leagues by the Pittsburgh Pirates.Tabata's contract was selected from Indianapolis on Tuesday, and right-hander Wilfredo Boscan was optioned to the Triple-A team.

  • Nationals put OF Werth on DL, recall INF Difo from Double-A

    June 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Nationals left fielder Jayson Werth went on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a bruised left wrist after getting hit by a pitch.Washington also recalled infielder Wilmer Difo from Double-A Harrisburg before Tuesday night's game against the New York Yankees

  • Tigers put Victor Martinez on DL with knee inflammation

    June 30, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Victor Martinez was put on the 15-day disabled list by the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday after struggling in his return from offseason knee surgery.Detroit said Martinez has left knee inflammation. He had surgery on that knee in February after tearing the medial meniscus.

  • Seattle sends Yoervis Medina to Cubs for Welington Castillo

    June 30, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) The Seattle Mariners bolstered their depth behind the plate, acquiring catcher Welington Castillo from the Chicago Cubs for right-handed relief pitcher Yoervis Medina.Castillo will back up Mike Zunino, who brought a .179 batting average into Tuesday night's game against the Orioles.

  • Seattle sends Yoervis Medina to Cubs for Wellington Castillo

    June 30, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) The Seattle Mariners have acquired catcher Wellington Castillo from the Chicago Cubs in for right-handed relief pitcher Yoervis Medina.The teams swapped the players on Tuesday. Castillo likely will back up Seattle's Mike Zunino, while Medina will report to Triple-A Iowa with the Cubs organization.

  • LEADING OFF: Harper hammering away, Bryant back in San Diego

    June 30, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues today:---HARPER'S HAMMERBryce Harper is back in action after Washington had a day off. The star outfielder is on an incredible 11-game roll - he's 22 for 39 (.564) with nine home runs and 22 RBIs in that span, along with 10 walks. The Yankees will try to stop Harper when they play at Nationals Park.

  • Braves IF Gosselin out about 2 months with fractured thumb

    June 30, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Atlanta Braves backup infielder Phil Gosselin will miss about eight weeks because of a fractured left thumb.The team announced that Gosselin will undergo surgery Wednesday in Atlanta. The 26-year-old is hitting .325 with two RBIs in 40 at-bats after making the opening-day roster for the first time in his big league career.

  • Left-hander Bruce Chen announces retirement after 17 seasons

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Well-traveled pitcher Bruce Chen announced his retirement Monday night after 17 seasons in the major leagues.Chen, who pitched for 11 teams, revealed his decision on Twitter and it was confirmed by the Cleveland Indians, who designated him for assignment Saturday.

  • Orioles put RHP Bud Norris on 15-day DL with bronchitis

    June 30, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) Struggling right-hander Bud Norris has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Baltimore Orioles with bronchitis.The move, announced Monday, is retroactive to May 11.Norris is 1-4 with a 9.88 ERA. He was scratched from his scheduled start Saturday.

  • Tulowitzki back in the lineup after missing 2 games

    June 30, 2015

    DENVER (AP) Troy Tulowitzki is back in the Colorado Rockies lineup after sitting out the last two games with tightness in his left quadriceps.The All-Star shortstop called it ''fatigue'' and said it wasn't anything to worry about, even with his injury-riddle past. He left Friday's game in Los Angeles against the Dodgers after aggravating his leg while trying to beat out a bouncer.

  • Gomez homers in first at-bat after beaning

    June 30, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Milwaukee's Carlos Gomez led off Monday night's game at Detroit with a home run, one day after he was beaned by a 96 mph fastball against the New York Mets.Gomez was hit in the left earflap by a pitch from Mets rookie Noah Syndergaard on Sunday. He and Syndergaard exchanged gracious Twitter messages afterward, and Gomez was back in the lineup Monday.

  • Phillies recall RHP Neris from Triple-A Lehigh Valley

    June 30, 2015

    DENVER (AP) The Philadelphia Phillies have recalled right-hander Hector Neris from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.Neris takes the roster spot of righty Chad Billingsley, who went on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday due to a shoulder strain. The move involving Billingsley is retroactive to Saturday.

  • Brewers send Gennett down; Gomez in lineup after beaning

    June 30, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) The Milwaukee Brewers have optioned second baseman Scooter Gennett to Triple-A Colorado Springs and recalled right-hander Corey Knebel.Gennett hit .154 in 21 games for the Brewers this season, and he spent some time on the disabled list with a left hand injury. Gennett hit .289 with nine home runs and 54 RBIs last season, and Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell hopes the 25-year-old infielder can get back on track and return to the majors before too long.

  • LEADING OFF: Harper hammering away, Reds try for help up top

    June 30, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Tuesday:---HARPER'S HAMMERBryce Harper is back in action after Washington had a day off. The star outfielder is on an incredible 11-game roll - he's hitting 22 for 39 (.564) with nine home runs and 22 RBIs in that span, along with 10 walks. The Yankees will try to stop Harper when they play at Nationals Park.

  • INF/OF Aviles activated by Indians from restricted list

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Cleveland Indians have activated infielder/outfielder Mike Aviles from the restricted list.The Indians made the move before Monday night's game against the Chicago White Sox.Aviles was originally put on the family medical emergency list, then was moved to the restricted list. His 4-year-old daughter, Adriana, has leukemia and was being treated at the Cleveland Clinic.

  • Tigers star Verlander throws 45-pitch bullpen session

    June 30, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Justin Verlander threw a 45-pitch bullpen session before Detroit's game against Milwaukee on Monday.The right-hander says he'd likely need a simulated game and at least one rehab start before taking the mound in a game for the Tigers. Manager Brad Ausmus says Verlander will probably throw another bullpen before participating in any sort of simulated game.

  • Yankees pitcher Chase Whitley set for Tommy John surgery

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Yankees right-hander Chase Whitley will have Tommy John surgery on Tuesday and miss the rest of the season.The team made the announcement Monday during an off-day.The 25-year-old Whitley left his start Thursday against Tampa Bay in the second inning because of pain in his elbow.

  • Tanaka has bullpen session, Nova pitches at extended spring

    June 30, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) New York Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka has thrown his third bullpen session while teammate Ivan Nova pitched in his fourth extended spring training game.Tanaka, who hasn't pitched since April 23 because of right wrist tendinitis and a right forearm strain, threw 29 pitches Monday at Nationals Park in Washington,, D.C., on an off-day for the Yankees.

  • Royals' Mike Moustakas finding ways to beat defensive shifts

    June 30, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Everyone in the Royals dugout was hanging on the top step when Mike Moustakas stepped to the plate Friday night. He had already accomplished three legs of the cycle, and all that was missing was a home run.Yankees reliever Jose Ramirez delivered the pitch, one that the left-handed Moustakas could only try poking to right field. He nearly got enough of it anyway, the ball floating through the air for what seemed like an eternity before bouncing halfway up the outfield wall.

  • Judge puts off decision in Orioles, Nationals TV dispute

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) A New York state judge put off a decision in the television revenue dispute between the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals after listening to four hours of arguments.Supreme Court Justice Lawrence K. Marks said Monday he will issue a written opinion. Marks put a preliminary injunction in place last August, preventing the Nationals' from breaking their deal with the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, which is controlled by the Orioles.

  • Marlins GM Dan Jennings becomes Miami's manager

    June 30, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Even the mother of the Miami Marlins' new manager is questioning the wisdom of the choice.Marlins general manager Dan Jennings was selected Monday to replace Mike Redmond in the dugout. Jennings has 31 years of experience in professional baseball, but he never played in the majors and has never managed.

  • Orioles, Nationals in court over TV revenue dispute

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Baltimore Orioles, Washington Nationals and Major League Baseball were in court for four hours Monday in a dispute over television rights fees.Justice Lawrence K. Marks didn't immediately issue a decision.The Mid-Atlantic Sports Network was established in 2005 after the Montreal Expos relocated to Washington and became the Nationals. The team moved into what had been Baltimore's exclusive broadcast territory since 1972.

  • AP source: Marlins GM Dan Jennings becomes Miami's manager

    June 30, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Miami Marlins general manager Dan Jennings has been chosen the team's new manager, a person familiar with the situation said Monday.The person confirmed the move to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the decision wasn't announced. A news conference was scheduled later Monday morning.

  • President of Red Sox minor league affiliate PawSox dies

    June 30, 2015

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) Pawtucket Red Sox President James Skeffington, a lawyer who became the minor league affiliate's public face and lead cheerleader for a plan to move the team to downtown Providence, has died. He was 73.Skeffington died Sunday night while jogging in Barrington, where he lived, team spokeswoman Patti Doyle said Monday. His brother, Jack Skeffington, said the cause was a heart attack.

  • AP source: Marlins GM Dan Jennings becomes their manager

    June 30, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) A person familiar with the situation says Miami Marlins general manager Dan Jennings is the team's new manager.The person confirmed the move to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the decision hasn't announced. A news conference is scheduled later Monday morning.

  • Miguel Cabrera and other home run leaders - by country

    June 30, 2015

    Miguel Cabrera hit his 400th home run over the weekend, and that milestone was more than just another round number.Cabrera also took over the career lead in major league home runs by players born in Venezuela, moving one ahead of Andres Galarraga. In fact, Cabrera has now hit more homers than any other native of South America.

  • LEADING OFF: Marlins new manager, Harvey vs. Cards

    June 30, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues today:---NEW SKIPPERThe Marlins are going to introduce their new manager a day after firing Mike Redmond. Miami dropped to 16-22 Sunday, falling an out shy of being no-hit by Atlanta. Following the game, Redmond was let go in his third season.

  • For more skippers, no prior managing experience required

    June 30, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Craig Counsell played 15 years in the majors, scouted and has worked with minor league players and coaches. But he never coached or managed in the minors or majors before taking over as Milwaukee's manager for Brewers general manager Doug Melvin.

  • LEADING OFF: Marlins new manager, Harvey vs Cards

    June 30, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Monday:---NEW SKIPPERThe Marlins are going to introduce their new manager a day after firing Mike Redmond. Miami dropped to 16-22 Sunday, falling an out away from being no-hit by Atlanta. Following the game, Redmond was let go in his third season.

  • Sunday only 9th day of 7 or more shutouts in MLB history

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) There were seven shutouts in 14 days games in the major leagues Sunday, only the ninth day with at least seven blankings in major league history.Shelby Miller pitched the most dramatic game, coming within one out of a no-hitter in Atlanta's 2-0 win at Miami. He retired the first two batters in the ninth before Justin Bour singled to center. Dee Gordon reached on an infield single and Martin Prado popped out, ending a two-hitter. Miami fired manager Mike Redmond after the game.

  • Tigers' Greene on track to make next start

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Detroit Tigers right-hander Shane Greene is expected to make his next start, bouncing back from a nerve issue his last outing.Greene threw a side session Sunday and said all went well. He was removed after five scoreless innings Friday with mild inflammation of the ulnar tendon that left him dealing with numbness and tingling.

  • Cardinals to start Garcia on Thursday; Tuivailala recalled

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The Cardinals are giving lefty Jaime Garcia his first start of the season Thursday, and general manager John Mozeliak said there's no rush to make a trade for veteran pitching.''Let's just see how Jaime does,'' Mozeliak said Sunday. ''Let's give him a chance to see if he can be that answer. If we can't do it from within then we may have to look externally, but we're not at that point where we feel we have to do something.''

  • Cardinals to start Garcia Thursday; Tuivailala recalled

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The Cardinals are giving lefty Jaime Garcia his first start of the season on Thursday.Garcia had a setback in spring training from thoracic outlet surgery, performed to alleviate numbness and tingling in his pitching arm and hand. He threw six innings in a minor league rehab start this weekend, and St. Louis needed a starter after Tyler Lyons faltered Saturday.

  • Cardinals recall Tuivailala, option Lyons to minors

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The Cardinals have added bullpen depth, recalling right-hander Sam Tuivailala from Triple-A Memphis.Lefty Tyler Lyons, who made three starts in the slot formerly held by injured ace Adam Wainwright, was optioned to Memphis, a day after lasting just 3 2-3 innings in a loss to Detroit.

  • Hamilton progressing, maybe week from Rangers return

    June 30, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Josh Hamilton could be another week from getting back to the majors with the Texas Rangers.Texas general manager Jon Daniels said Sunday that Hamilton is ''clearly making progress'' in the slugger's personal spring training since being re-acquired three weeks ago in a trade from the Los Angeles Angles.

  • Redmond fired as manager of Marlins after sweep by Braves

    June 30, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Twelve years ago, when the Marlins were 16-22, owner Jeffrey Loria fired his manager and the team went on to win the World Series.Now Miami is hoping for a repeat.With that same 16-22 record, Loria fired manager Mike Redmond on Sunday after the Marlins were nearly no-hit in a 6-0 loss to Atlanta that completed a three-game sweep.

  • Cubs 3B Bryant pulled after 4 innings due to illness

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Third baseman Kris Bryant has left the Chicago Cubs' game against the Pittsburgh Pirates because he was feeling ill.Bryant was replaced by Jonathan Herrera before the start of the fifth inning on Sunday. The Cubs then announced that the rookie star had departed because he was ''under the weather.''

  • Phillies pitcher O'Sullivan hit in throat by catcher's throw

    June 30, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Phillies right-hander Sean O'Sullivan was hit in the throat on a throw back from catcher Cameron Rupp in the sixth inning of Sunday's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.O'Sullivan looked as if he was turning back to the plate after talking to his fielders when Rupp fired the ball back to the mound. O'Sullivan, though, hadn't returned his attention to Rupp and the ball caught him flush on the throat.

  • Manager Mike Redmond has been fired by the Miami Marlins

    June 30, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Manager Mike Redmond has been fired by the Miami Marlins.

  • Braves' Miller flirt with no-hitter and beats Marlins 6-0

    June 30, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Shelby Miller's no-hit bid ended with two out in the ninth inning Sunday when Justin Bour singled sharply up the middle, and the Atlanta Braves right-hander pitched a two-hitter in a 6-0 win over the Miami Marlins that completed a three-game sweep.

  • Bour ends Shelby Miller's no-hit bid with 2 outs in 9th

    June 30, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Justin Bour singled with two outs in the ninth inning, ending a no-hit bid by the Atlanta Braves' Shelby Miller at the Miami Marlins.Bour singled sharply up the middle against Miller on Sunday.Atlanta leads 6-0.

  • Cubs LHP Wood ready to help team in bullpen role

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The ball from Travis Wood's first career save was thrown into the stands at Wrigley Field, and the veteran left-hander insisted it was no big deal.''I mean it's just a ball,'' a grinning Wood said Sunday. ''I can grab any dirty ball and write on it.''

  • Atlanta's Shelby Miller has no-hit bid through 8 innings

    June 30, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Atlanta's Shelby Miller has a no-hit bid through eight innings at the Miami Marlins.Miller has walked one and struck out four. He has thrown 60 of 80 pitches for strikes.Atlanta leads 6-0.

  • Brewers' Carlos Gomez hit in helmet by pitch, leaves game

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez has been hit in the helmet by a pitch and left a game against the New York Mets.Gomez was beaned by a 96 mph fastball from rookie Noah Syndergaard in the sixth inning Sunday.Gomez stayed down in the dirt for a few seconds before being helped into a sitting position by two Milwaukee trainers. Mets trainer Ray Ramirez, who has known Gomez since the two-time All-Star made his big league debut with New York in 2007, also walked to the plate area.

  • Atlanta's Shelby Miller has no-hit bid through 6 innings

    June 30, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Atlanta's Shelby Miller has a no-hit bid through six innings at the Miami Marlins.Miller has walked one and struck out four. He has thrown 48 of 63 pitches for strikes.Atlanta leads 6-0.

  • Rangers' Detwiler to DL, Fujikawa designated for assignment

    June 30, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Japanese reliever Kyuji Fujikawa has been designated for assignment after only two appearances for the Texas Rangers, who also Sunday placed left-handed starter Ross Detwiler on the 15-day disabled list.Fujikawa allowed three runs in 1 2-3 innings over two appearances after he was activated from the DL on Thursday.

  • Braves' Gosselin leaves game with sprained left thumb

    June 30, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Atlanta Braves third baseman Rich Gosselin left his team's game at Miami in the fourth inning Sunday with a sprained left thumb, but he said he doesn't believe the injury is serious.Gosselin exited after he made a diving backhanded stop to rob Adeiny Hechavarria of a hit in the third. He'll be further examined Monday.

  • Yankees activate Capuano to start vs Royals

    June 30, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Yankees activated left-hander Chris Capuano from the disabled list to start Sunday's series finale against the Royals, and optioned reliever Bryan Mitchell to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.Capuano had been rehabbing in the minors after straining a quadriceps while covering first base during a spring training game on March 11. He made three injury rehabilitation starts, one for Class A Tampa and two for Scranton-Wilkes/Barres, going 1-1 with a 1.84 ERA.

  • Montreal mayor says he will meet with Manfred on May 28

    June 30, 2015

    MONTREAL (AP) Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre says he plans to meet baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred in New York on May 28 as part of the city's quest for a return of the sport.In an interview Thursday with the Canadian Press that was released Sunday, Coderre said ''we will show Mr. Manfred our love for the sport. I don't want to negotiate openly, but we'll clearly talk about Montreal.''

  • Athletics put Ike Davis on disabled list

    June 30, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Athletics first baseman Ike Davis has placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left quadriceps.Oakland made the roster move Sunday and said it was retroactive to May 14. The A's recalled outfielder Craig Gentry from Triple-A Nashville.

  • Marlins activate Alvarez and designate Masset for assignment

    June 30, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Miami Marlins opening day starter Henderson Alvarez has been activated from the disabled list to start Sunday's game against Atlanta.Alvarez had been sidelined since April 12 with right shoulder and elbow inflammation.The Marlins designed right-hander Nick Masset for assignment. He was 0-0 with a 1.86 ERA in eight games of relief.

  • Sunday's Time Schedule

    June 30, 2015

    All Times EDTBASEBALLSan Francisco at Cincinnati, 1:10 p.m.Atlanta at Miami, 1:10 p.m.Milwaukee at N.Y. Mets, 1:10 p.m.Arizona at Philadelphia, 1:35 p.m.L.A. Angels at Baltimore, 1:35 p.m.Toronto at Houston, 2:10 p.m.Tampa Bay at Minnesota, 2:10 p.m.

  • LEADING OFF: Cubs aim for Lucky 7, Stanton looks long

    June 30, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Sunday:---LUCKY 7Jake Arrieta starts for the streaking Cubs as they try for their seventh straight win. A victory would match their best string since a seven-game burst in 2011, and complete a sweep of the Pirates at Wrigley Field.

  • Flores hits slam as Mets bat top HR hitter 9th

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Terry Collins had a grand idea: He slotted the Mets' top home-run hitter ninth in the batting order for the first time in nearly a half-century.Wilmer Flores responded with a grand slam off Matt Garza that sparked a 10-run fourth inning, boosting New York into an 11-0 lead over Milwaukee on Saturday night.

  • Hamilton says attempts to speak to Angels' Moreno rejected

    June 30, 2015

    FRISCO, Texas (AP) Josh Hamilton says he was rejected several times when he tried to speak to Angels owner Arte Moreno during the slugger's disappointing two-year stint in Los Angeles.The 2010 American League MVP who returned to the Rangers in a trade last month said Saturday he reached out during both sub-par seasons after signing as a high-priced free agent. He said he tried again after self-reporting a cocaine and alcohol relapse and undergoing shoulder surgery this year.

  • Rangers OF Hamilton joins Double-A Frisco on path to majors

    June 30, 2015

    FRISCO, Texas (AP) Texas Rangers star Josh Hamilton has joined Double-A Frisco on the next step in his path back to the major leagues.Hamilton was set to bat third and play center field on Saturday. He is expected to play at least four games for the Texas League team.

  • Bruce Chen cut by Indians, who bring up Austin Adams

    June 30, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Pitcher Bruce Chen has been cut by the Cleveland Indians after going 0-1 with a 12.79 ERA in two starts.Cleveland designated the 37-year-old left-hander for assignment on Saturday and recalled right-hander Austin Adams.Chen allowed first-inning home runs to Prince Fielder and Adrian Beltre, wasting a two-run lead in an 8-3 loss to Texas. Chen gave up three runs and seven hits in 2 1-3 innings.

  • Alvarez to rejoin Marlins' rotation Sunday against Braves

    June 30, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Miami Marlins opening day starter Henderson Alvarez will rejoin the rotation Sunday when he starts against the Atlanta Braves.The right-hander has been sidelined since April 12 with right shoulder and elbow inflammation. Right-hander Tom Koehler, who had been scheduled to start Sunday, will move to the bullpen and be used in important situations, manager Mike Redmond said.

  • Marlins pitcher Mat Latos leaves game with bruised shin

    June 30, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Right-hander Mat Latos left the Miami Marlins' game against Atlanta in the fourth inning Saturday with a bruised left shin after being hit by a line drive.X-rays were negative, but Latos said there was swelling and a knot on his shin. He walked out of the clubhouse using a crutch and was noncommittal about whether he'll be able to make his next scheduled start.

  • Mets bat top home-run hitter 9th for first time since 1967

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) For the first time in nearly a half-century, the New York Mets slotted their top home-run hitter ninth in the batting order.Wilmer Flores, whose five homers top the power-starved team, was in the No. 9 hole Saturday against Milwaukee, behind Jacob de Grom. New York manager Terry Collins hit his starting pitcher eighth for the third time this season.

  • Cabrera hits 400th homer, had to wait out rain to count

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers has hit his 400th career home run, a milestone that became official after an early rain delay.Cabrera connected for a solo drive to straightaway center in the first inning at St. Louis on Saturday. It broke a tie with Andres Galarraga for the most homers by a Venezuelan-born player.

  • More shoulder surgery for Reds reliever Sean Marshall

    June 30, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Left-handed reliever Sean Marshall will have more shoulder surgery next week, ending his chances of making a comeback in the final year of his contract with the Cincinnati Reds.The 32-year-old pitcher also had shoulder surgery last year, when he made only 15 appearances with a 7.71 ERA. He started this season on the disabled list, trying to make a comeback, but will need more surgery for a tear in the shoulder.

  • Yankees recall Mitchell, send down Ramirez in pitcher swap

    June 30, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Yankees recalled Bryan Mitchell from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and optioned fellow right-hander Jose Ramirez to the Triple-A club before Saturday night's game against Kansas City.New York will have to make another roster move before Sunday's series finale to make room for Chris Capuano, who is coming off the disabled list to make the start. Capuano has been rehabbing from a quadriceps injury that he sustained in spring training.

  • Herrera goes on DL for Mets, who bring back Campbell

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) - Infielder Dilson Herrera has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by the New York Mets, who recalled third baseman Eric Campbell from Triple-A Las Vegas of the Pacific Coast League.Herrera broke the tip of his middle finger on his throwing hand while taking pregame grounders Friday. Mets manager Terry Collins said he had not yet been given a timetable for Herrera's return.

  • Giants activate Hunter Pence off DL, broken arm healed

    June 30, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) The San Francisco Giants activated right fielder Hunter Pence off the disabled list Saturday, giving the defending World Series champions a big boost to their struggling offense.Pence was hit by a pitch during spring training and broke the left forearm just above the wrist. He felt good during a one-week rehab assignment in the minors, prompting the Giants to fly him in for the rest of their series against the Cincinnati Reds.

  • Cabrera hits 400th homer, waits for game to become official

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers has hit his 400th career home run, a milestone that's temporarily been delayed by rain from becoming official.Cabrera connected for a solo drive in the first inning at St. Louis on Saturday. That would break a tie with Andres Galarraga for the most by a Venezuelan-born player.

  • Cubs recall righty reliever Schlitter from Triple-A Iowa

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs bolstered their depleted bullpen before Saturday's game against Pittsburgh, recalling right-hander Brian Schlitter from Triple-A Iowa.Outfielder Matt Szczur was sent down one day after he had a bizarre, game-ending hit in an 11-10 victory when Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco slipped and fell while trying to track down his fly ball in the 12th inning. The move left only 11 position players on Chicago's roster.

  • Pirates bring up Boscan from Triple-A Indianapolis

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Pittsburgh Pirates have promoted right-hander Wilfredo Boscan from Triple-A Indianapolis and optioned infielder Steve Lombardozzi to their top minor league affiliate.To make room for Boscan on the 40-man roster, the Pirates also transferred right-hander Brandon Cumpton to the 60-day disabled list before Saturday's game at the Cubs.

  • Royals select veteran Joe Blanton from Triple-A Omaha

    June 30, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Royals selected the contract of veteran right-hander Joe Blanton from Triple-A Omaha and optioned reliever Aaron Brooks to the same club before Saturday night's game against the Yankees.To make room on the roster, the Royals also recalled left-hander Brian Flynn from Omaha and placed him on the 60-day disabled list with a torn muscle in the back of his shoulder.

  • Cabrera hits 400th homer, must wait out rain delay to count

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers has hit his 400th career home run, but needs to wait out a rain delay to see if the milestone shot will count.Cabrera connected for a solo drive in the first inning at St. Louis on Saturday. That would break a tie with Andres Galarraga for the most by a Venezuelan-born player.

  • Marlins' Latos leaves game after being hit in leg by liner

    June 30, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Right-hander Mat Latos has left the Miami Marlins' game against Atlanta with a bruised left shin after being hit by a line drive.Latos crumpled face down on the turf after being hit by Cameron Maybin's liner in the fourth inning Saturday. Latos rolled over onto his back. And after being examined by a trainer, he rose, limped off the field and hopped down the dugout steps. His status is day to day.

  • Cardinals activate Grichuk from 15-day disabled list

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Cardinals have activated outfielder Randal Grichuk from the 15-day disabled list on Saturday.Manager Mike Matheny hinted lefty Jaime Garcia may be close to joining the team, too. Garcia, who has yet to play after aggravating a shoulder injury in spring training, threw a six-inning rehab start Friday for Double-A Springfield.

  • Twins place outfielder Jordan Schafer on DL

    June 30, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Twins placed outfielder Jordan Schafer on the 15-day disabled list with a strained medial collateral ligament in his right knee.The team activated outfielder Shane Robinson off the family emergency list before Saturday's game against Tampa Bay.

  • Alvarez to rejoin Marlins rotation Sunday against Braves

    June 30, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Miami Marlins opening day starter Henderson Alvarez will rejoin the rotation Sunday when he starts against the Atlanta Braves.The right-hander has been sidelined since April 12 with right shoulder and elbow inflammation. Right-hander Tom Koehler, who had been scheduled to start Sunday, is expected to be moved to the bullpen.

  • MLB Calendar

    June 30, 2015

    May 20-21 - Owners' meeting, New York.June 8 - Amateur draft begins, Secaucus, N.J.July 14 - All-Star game, Cincinnati.July 17 - Last day to sign for amateur draft picks subject to deadline.July 26 - Hall of Fame inductions, Cooperstown, N.Y.July 31 - Last day to trade a player without securing waivers.

  • Vogt caught in rundown at plate to end A's 7-6 loss

    June 30, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Vogt put his head down and ran as hard as he could. He was thinking home all the way. He never got there.The Oakland Athletics dropped another one-run game, losing to the Chicago White Sox 7-6 on Friday.The game ended when Vogt was thrown out trying to score on Coco Crisp's two-out double in the ninth. Vogt rounded third and was caught in a rundown before being tagged out by White Sox catcher Geovany Soto.

  • Game of Thrones' "Mountain" takes batting practice in Philly

    June 30, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Mountain had an easier time hoisting the Phillie Phanatic in the air than he did swinging a bat for the first time in his life.''Game of Thrones'' actor Hafthor Julius Bjornsson took batting practice before the Philadelphia Phillies played Arizona on Friday night. He barely made contact on a few pitches and then took some soft tosses.

  • Smokestack at GABP catches fire during Giants-Reds game

    June 30, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) One of the fireworks smokestacks at Great American Ball Park caught fire and spewed dark smoke for an inning on Friday night until firefighters extinguished it during a game between the San Francisco Giants and the Cincinnati Reds.The game continued uninterrupted and the Giants won 10-2. Fans in two sections by the smokestacks were cleared out while firefighters extended a ladder from outside the ballpark and sprayed the fire.

  • Rangers' Beltre hits 400th career HR in 1st against Indians

    June 30, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Adrian Beltre has hit his 400th career home run in the first inning of the Texas Rangers' game against the Cleveland Indians.Beltre sent a 3-0 pitch from left-hander Bruce Chen onto the berm in center field Friday night for his fifth homer this season. It was the second straight homer for the Rangers after Prince Fielder also hit his fifth.

  • LEADING OFF: Cubs go for 6th W in row, King Felix goes for 7

    June 30, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Saturday:---CUB SPROUTSJon Lester pitches at Wrigley Field as the Chicago Cubs try for their sixth straight win. A victory over Pittsburgh would give them their best streak since a seven-game run in August 2011. Lester is on a roll, winning three starts in a row after going winless in his first four for his new team. Rookie Kris Bryant is going well, too - three home runs this week.

  • Smokestack at GABP spews dark smoke during Giants-Reds game

    June 30, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) One of the fireworks smokestacks in the outfield at Great American Ball Park spewed smoke and flames during the sixth inning of the San Francisco Giants' game against the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night.The two riverboat smokestacks shoot off flames after every strikeout by a Reds pitcher and a few fireworks after each Reds home run. They inadvertently shot off flames, then some fireworks, with the Giants at bat in the top of the inning.

  • Hunter Pence on his way to rejoin Giants

    June 30, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Outfielder Hunter Pence was on his way to rejoin the San Francisco Giants on Friday night, fully recovered from a broken forearm.Manager Bruce Bochy said Pence felt good after a one-week rehab assignment in the minors and was flying to Cincinnati. He could be activated on Saturday before the third game of a series against the Cincinnati Reds.

  • Outfielder Hunter Pence on his way to rejoin Giants

    June 30, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Outfielder Hunter Pence is on his way to rejoin the San Francisco Giants.Manager Bruce Bochy says Pence feels good after a one-week rehab assignment in the minors and has a flight to Cincinnati. He could be activated on Saturday before the third game of a series against the Cincinnati Reds.

  • Brewers bring up INF Sardinas after putting SS Segura on DL

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Milwaukee Brewers have recalled infielder Luis Sardinas from Triple-A Colorado Springs after placing shortstop Jean Segura on the disabled list.The move was made before the last-place Brewers began their 10-game road trip Friday night against the New York Mets. Segura, sidelined by a broken right pinkie, was put on the 15-day DL (retroactive to May 13) during the team's off day Thursday.

  • Dodgers reinstate closer Kenley Jansen from 15-day DL

    June 30, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Dodgers reinstated closer Kenley Jansen from the 15-day disabled list for Friday night's game against the Colorado Rockies, after blown saves by Yimi Garcia in each of the rookie's previous two outings.''It's just nice to have one of the top closers in baseball back and healthy and getting his season started,'' said manager Don Mattingly, whose team began the day leading the NL West by four games over San Diego. ''To be in this position and now to have him back feels really good.''

  • Spread the news: Marlins' Dee Gordon is hitting above .400

    June 30, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Major league batting leader Dee Gordon goes about his business so quietly his .426 average was news to Fredi Gonzalez.The Atlanta Braves manager was startled to discover the eye-popping statistic while preparing for the start of his team's weekend series against Gordon and the Miami Marlins. The teams are NL East rivals, but Gonzalez said he was unaware of Gordon's hitting tear because the Marlins spent the past week on the West Coast.

  • Mets minor leaguer Jacquez suspended 50 games for drugs

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Mets minor league pitcher Ricky Jacquez has been suspended 50 games for a second positive test for a drug of abuse.The commissioner's office made the announcement Friday.The 22-year-old righty was on the roster of Kingsport in the rookie-level Appalachian League. The team starts play in late June.

  • Yankees pitcher Whitley goes on DL with sprained right elbow

    June 30, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The New York Yankees could be without Chase Whitley for the rest of the season after the right-hander went on the disabled list Friday with a sprained pitching elbow.Whitley left in the second inning of Thursday night's loss to Tampa Bay with right elbow pain that had been bothering him for a while. He underwent an MRI exam and other tests early Friday and manager Joe Girardi expressed concern that he may need Tommy John surgery.

  • Blue Jays get minor league shortstop Torreyes from Astros

    June 30, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Blue Jays have acquired shortstop Ronald Torreyes from the Houston Astros for cash or a player to be named.The trade was announced Friday.In six minor league seasons, the 22-year-old Torreyes is a career .303 hitter.Torreyes was hitting .200 this year with Triple-A Fresno.

  • Pirates activate LHP Antonio Bastardo

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Pittsburgh Pirates have activated left-handed reliever Antonio Bastardo from the paternity list and sent left-hander Bobby LaFromboise to Triple-A Indianapolis.Bastardo has a 6.43 ERA in 11 games and seven innings this season.LaFromboise pitched one scoreless inning in the Pirates' 4-2 loss at Philadelphia on Thursday, his only major league appearance this season.

  • Fister's poor start dooms Nationals in 8-3 loss to Padres

    June 30, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) A rain delay of nearly two hours had nothing to do with how poorly Doug Fister pitched.Fister lasted only two innings in the Washington Nationals' 8-3 loss to the San Diego Padres, allowing seven runs and eight hits.''I can't make any excuses for what I did tonight,'' he said. ''It's one of those nights I didn't do my job at all and put my team in a hole from the get-go. There's no excuses. Ball came up, middle of the plate. They're whacking at it, too. It's unacceptable.''

  • Nats-Padres, Rockies-Dodgers have rare SoCal rain delays

    June 30, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Southern California teams don't often have problems with rain delays.But on Thursday night, games between the Washington Nationals at San Diego and the Colorado Rockies at Los Angeles were both held up by downpours.It is only the fifth rain delay since San Diego's Petco Park opened in 2004. The last was on April 8, 2011, when a game against the Dodgers was suspended and finished the next day.

  • Nationals-Padres in rare rain delay in San Diego

    June 30, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) The Washington Nationals game at San Diego is in a rare rain delay.It is only the fifth rain delay since Petco Park opened in 2004. The last rain delay at Petco was on April 8, 2011, when a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers was suspended and resumed the next day.

  • LEADING OFF: Bumgarner sees Red; Yanks go west; Abreu fresh

    June 30, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Friday:---SEEING REDWorld Series MVP Madison Bumgarner gets another shot at a team that has given him trouble throughout his career. Bumgarner is 2-4 with a 5.05 ERA in seven career starts against the Cincinnati Reds. Third baseman Todd Frazier is 4 for 9 with a homer against the San Francisco Giants left-hander.

  • Dodgers place Baez on DL, recall Coulombe from Triple-A

    June 30, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Reliever Pedro Baez has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Los Angeles Dodgers because of a strained pectoral muscle on his right side.The rookie right-hander was injured in Wednesday night's 5-4 loss to the Miami Marlins, when he felt discomfort on his final four pitches and was removed in the eighth inning. Baez is 1-0 with a 1.76 ERA in 15 appearances, and hasn't been scored upon in his last eight spanning 8 1-3 innings.

  • Seattle's Brad Miller gets 1st career start in left field

    June 30, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) Brad Miller received no heads up that when he arrived at the park that he was about to make his first start in left field for the Seattle Mariners.Good thing Miller has spent the last 10 days getting extra work in the outfield during pregame.

  • Red Sox put RHP Masterson on DL, recall LHP Ross

    June 30, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Boston Red Sox have placed right-handed starter Justin Masterson on the 15-day disabled list and recalled left-handed reliever Robbie Ross Jr.The Red Sox said Thursday that the struggling Masterson has right shoulder tendinitis. In seven appearances this season, he is 2-2 with a 6.37 ERA. On Tuesday night, he gave up six runs on six hits in 2 1-3 innings in a 9-2 loss to the Oakland Athletics.

  • Braves could soon look for help from Wisler, more prospects

    June 30, 2015

    LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) The closer the Braves fall to the bottom of the NL East, the more their focus will shift to prospects acquired in a barrage of offseason trades.One of the top prospects is right-hander Matt Wisler, who came to Atlanta in the trade that sent closer Craig Kimbrel to San Diego on April 5.

  • Reliever Kyuji Fujikawa makes Rangers debut

    June 30, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Right-hander Kyuji Fujikawa was activated from the 15-day disabled list Thursday, and the Japanese reliever made his debut for the Texas Rangers.Texas activated Fujikawa before the series finale against Kansas City, and he pitched a scoreless eighth. He retired all three batters he faces.

  • Hamilton getting closer to Rangers' home ballpark

    June 30, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Josh Hamilton is getting closer to the Texas Rangers' home ballpark.The Rangers said Thursday that Hamilton will report to Double-A Frisco after the end of Triple-A Round Rock's homestand. The Express had a scheduled doubleheader Thursday night, and a game Friday.

  • Catcher won't get bowled over in Cincinnati All-Star Game

    June 30, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) One of the most famous All-Star endings won't be repeated when the game returns to Cincinnati this summer.Cincinnati's Pete Rose bowled over Cleveland's Ray Fosse to end the 1970 All-Star Game at Riverfront Stadium. Fosse suffered a significant shoulder injury that curtailed his career.

  • Reliever Kyuji Fujikawa set for Rangers debut

    June 30, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Right-hander Kyuji Fujikawa has been activated from the 15-day disabled list, setting the stage for the Japanese reliever's debut with the Texas Rangers.Texas activated Fujikawa before Thursday's series finale against Kansas City. Right-hander Spencer Patton was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock.

  • Mets CF Lagares sits again with side strain; Carlyle to DL

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares will miss his third straight game Thursday against the Chicago Cubs because of a strained right side.Mets manager Terry Collins says he expects Lagares back in the lineup Friday when the team hosts Milwaukee.

  • Holliday talks way into Cardinals lineup, Jay goes on DL

    June 30, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Bruised elbow or not, St. Louis outfielder Matt Holliday strong armed his way into the starting lineup on Thursday.Holliday convinced Cardinals manager Mike Matheny to play him at designated hitter for the series finale against Cleveland, a day after he left the game after being struck on the left elbow by a pitch from Indians starter Corey Kluber. X-rays on Holliday's elbow were negative and the club believed he would be day-to-day.

  • Braves LHP Minor out for season after shoulder surgery

    June 30, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Braves left-hander Mike Minor will miss the rest of the season after shoulder surgery.The team announced Thursday that Minor underwent surgery the previous day in Los Angeles to repair the labrum in his left shoulder. He is expected to return for the start of spring training next year.

  • Cardinals place outfielder Jon Jay on disabled list

    June 30, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The St. Louis Cardinals have placed outfielder Jon Jay on the 15-day disabled list with tendinitis in his left wrist.The club made the move before Thursday's series finale against the Indians. The Cardinals recalled outfielder/first baseman Xavier Scruggs from Triple-A Memphis to fill Jay's roster spot.

  • All eyes on the Phillies leading up to July's trade deadline

    June 30, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Cole Hamels, Jonathan Papelbon and Ryan Howard could shake up the pennant race this October.If they change uniforms.The ace, the closer and the slugger are making a team on pace for another last-place finish one to watch for all the wrong reasons. Each player has been available for a while, but they're still on the Philadelphia Phillies because general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. hasn't found the right deal for various reasons.

  • Rockies manager Weiss has appendectomy

    June 30, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Colorado Rockies manager Walt Weiss had an appendectomy Wednesday night following two days of stomach discomfort.A club spokesman said Wednesday that the 51-year-old Weiss left Angel Stadium right before batting practice with athletic trainer Keith Dugger to get a follow-up exam. He is expected to be hospitalized until Thursday afternoon, but no timetable has been established on when he will rejoin the club. Bench coach Tom Runnells will guide the team in Weiss' absence.

  • Dodgers' 5-game win streak ends in 5-4 loss to Marlins

    June 30, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Dodgers pitchers had trouble throwing strikes in the seventh, and they paid for it.Dee Gordon had four hits against his former team, Giancarlo Stanton had a decisive two-run single in the seventh and the maligned Miami Marlins' bullpen finished off a 5-4 win over the Dodgers on Wednesday night.

  • LEADING OFF: Lincecum has 15-inning scoreless streak

    June 30, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Thursday:---FREAK OUTSan Francisco right-hander Tim Lincecum has found the form that made him a two-time NL Cy Young Award winner after struggling for the past several years. The Freak has thrown 15 consecutive scoreless innings heading into a matchup against Cincinnati righty Johnny Cueto.

  • Rockies starter Lyles out after getting hit by Pujols' liner

    June 30, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Colorado Rockies starter Jordan Lyles has left the game against the Los Angeles Angels with an injured right hand after getting hit by Albert Pujols' line drive to end the first inning.Christian Bergman took over in the second inning for the Rockies, who have lost 10 straight games.

  • Rockies manager Weiss taken to hospital

    June 30, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Colorado Rockies manager Walt Weiss has been taken to hospital after two days of stomach discomfort.A club spokesman said Wednesday that the 51-year-old Weiss left Angel Stadium right before batting practice with athletic trainer Keith Dugger to get a follow-up exam. Bench coach Tom Runnells will handle things until Weiss returns.

  • Royals reliever Herrera returns from 6-game suspension

    June 30, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Kansas City reliever Kelvin Herrera returned to the team Wednesday after serving a six-game suspension.The right-hander was suspended five games for throwing at Oakland's Brett Lawrie on April 19. He got another two-game ban for his part in a brawl with the Chicago White Sox four days later.

  • Myers returns to San Diego to have wrist examined

    June 30, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) Wil Myers returned to San Diego to have his sore left wrist examined by team doctors a day after being a late scratch from the lineup.The team sent Myers home before the finale of its two-game series in Seattle on Wednesday. Manager Bud Black did not have any updates on Myers status, but hoped to know more when the Padres open a seven-game homestand on Thursday night against Washington.

  • Kluber gives up first hit in 7th inning

    June 30, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Jhonny Peralta has singled with two outs in the seventh inning for the St. Louis Cardinals' first hit off Cleveland Indians right-hander Corey Kluber.Peralta grounded a 2-0 pitch past diving shortstop Jose Ramirez up the middle for the Cardinals' second baserunner. Kluber earlier hit Matt Holliday with a pitch.

  • Kluber has no-hitter through 6 innings

    June 30, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Indians right-hander Corey Kluber has not allowed a hit through six innings against the St. Louis Cardinals.The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner has struck out 13 without walking a batter. Kluber entered the game with an 0-5 record and a 5.04 ERA. The Indians were winless in his first seven starts.

  • Cardinals' Holliday leaves game after being hit by pitch

    June 30, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday has left a game against Cleveland after he was hit by a pitch from Corey Kluber.Holliday, the third batter in Wednesday's game, was hit on the left elbow by a 94 mph fastball. He backed away from the plate after being hit, removed his helmet and fell to one knee in pain.

  • Jean Segura a late scratch for Brewers for sore pinky

    June 30, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Shortstop Jean Segura is a late scratch from the Milwaukee Brewers' starting lineup against the Chicago White Sox because of a sore right pinky finger.Third baseman Elian Herrera was moved from sixth in the order to the leadoff position after Segura was removed from the lineup less than two hours before Wednesday night's first pitch. Segura is hitting .262 with two homers, 12 RBIs and six stolen bases.

  • Mets' Lagares out of starting lineup for 2nd straight day

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares was held out of the starting lineup for the second straight game due to a slight strain on his upper right side.Lagares was hurt while making a falling catch against Baltimore. Kirk Nieuwenhuis was to start in center Wednesday night against the Chicago Cubs.

  • Rangers activate Mitch Moreland, send down Jake Smolinski

    June 30, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Rangers have activated first baseman Mitch Moreland from the disabled list following his recovery from left elbow surgery, and they have optioned outfielder Jake Smolinski to Triple-A Round Rock.Texas also selected the contract of left-handed reliever Sam Freeman from Round Rock and designated Stolmy Pimentel for assignment on Wednesday. The moves came a day after Pimentel allowed a homer to Alex Gordon on the right-hander's first pitch in the 10th inning in Kansas City's 7-6 victory.

  • Angels give closer Huston Street M for 2 additional years

    June 30, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Huston Street had little desire to go back on the free-agent market this winter when he has already found a home with the Los Angeles Angels.The Angels agreed to a contract with their closer on Wednesday that adds two additional seasons through 2017 and guarantees million.

  • Fixed-up Colby Lewis pitching just fine for Texas Rangers

    June 30, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Colby Lewis is hip to pitch for the Texas Rangers, without worrying about all those ''replacement parts'' inside of him.Lewis chuckles at the suggestion that he is a medical marvel. Or that his hip procedure - unprecedented for an active major league pitcher - should bear his name, much like Tommy John identifies the now well-known elbow ligament replacement surgery.

  • Yanks say A-Rod will play defense only in emergencies

    June 30, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Barring emergencies, Alex Rodriguez will not play third base or first anymore this season.New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Wednesday he prefers using A-Rod solely as a designated hitter going forward.''I think it helps from the energy standpoint,'' Girardi said before Wednesday's game against Tampa Bay. ''His legs - not getting beat up, not having to drive for balls. In my mind we'll play him a lot more if we DH him. If we have to adjust it, we'll adjust it.''

  • Washington's Harper and Williams ejected against Arizona

    June 30, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper and manager Matt Williams have been ejected for arguing a checked swing during a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.Harper began shouting at Rob Drake after the plate umpire said he went around on a third strike to end the seventh inning. Harper argued for Drake to get help on the call and nearly bumped the umpire in the face with the brim of his helmet.

  • Houston's Springer returns after concussion

    June 30, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Houston Astros outfielder George Springer has been activated from the concussion disabled list and is in the starting lineup against the San Francisco Giants.Springer was injured when he crashed headfirst into a wall making a catch on May 5 against Texas. He singled as the designated hitter in a rehabilitation start for Double-A Corpus Christi on Tuesday night.

  • Angels closer Huston Street re-signs for 2 years, M

    June 30, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Los Angeles Angels closer Huston Street has agreed to a new two-year contract with million guaranteed and a club option for 2018.The Angels announced the deal Wednesday.Street will get a million signing bonus, with half payable by Nov. 15, 2016, and the rest by Nov. 15, 2017. He gets salaries of million in 2016 and million in 2017.

  • Rays' Smyly to miss rest of season with shoulder injury

    June 30, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay Rays left-hander Drew Smyly will miss the rest of the season because of a shoulder injury.The Rays transferred Smyly to the 60-day disabled list Wednesday, and said Dr. Keith Meister will examine his torn labrum in Texas on Thursday.

  • Daughter of Indians' Mike Aviles diagnosed with leukemia

    June 30, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Adriana Aviles, the 4-year-old daughter of Indians infielder Mike Aviles, is being treated for leukemia at the Cleveland Clinic.The team made the announcement before Wednesday's game against St. Louis. Aviles was placed on the family emergency medical leave list last Friday.

  • Fixed-up Colby Lewis hip to pitch solidly for Texas Rangers

    June 30, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Texas Rangers pitcher Colby Lewis chuckles at the suggestion that he is a medical marvel.Lewis just feels good and is having positive results on the mound.The right-hander had a procedure 21 months ago to remove bone spurs from his right hip. That happened while rehabbing from surgery in 2012 for a torn flexor tendon in his right elbow.

  • Mudcats' series canceled, team returns home after bus wreck

    June 30, 2015

    ZEBULON, N.C. (AP) The Carolina Mudcats' series at Myrtle Beach this week has been canceled after the team's bus wrecked on its way to South Carolina.Carolina League President John Hopkins said Wednesday that the Mudcats have returned home, and players and field staff will continue to be medically evaluated.

  • Orioles place Jason Garcia on DL, recall Mike Wright

    June 30, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) Right-hander Jason Garcia has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Baltimore Orioles, who recalled right-hander Mike Wright from Triple-A Norfolk.Baltimore said Wednesday that Garcia has right shoulder tendinitis. His DL stint was made retroactive to Monday.

  • Reds promote Iglesias, claim Mattheus from Angels

    June 30, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) The Cincinnati Reds have recalled right-hander Raisel Iglesias from Triple-A Louisville and claimed righty Ryan Mattheus from the Angels.Iglesias was Cincinnati's scheduled starter against Atlanta on Wednesday. Mattheus was expected to report to Cincinnati on Thursday.

  • Orioles to pay hourly ballpark employees affected by riots

    June 30, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) The Orioles will reimburse hourly employees at Camden Yards who lost wages during the week of April 27 after riots broke out in Baltimore following the funeral of Freddie Gray.The Orioles postponed two games against the White Sox because of the unrest, and those games will be made up as part of doubleheader May 28. The series finale against Chicago was played at Camden Yards in what is believed to be the first Major League Baseball game played in front of no fans.

  • Boston plans to place struggling righty Masterson on DL

    June 30, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Boston Red Sox plan to place right-hander Justin Masterson on the disabled list Thursday after he struggled with velocity in his last two starts.Manager John Farrell made the announcement about Masterson's arm fatigue before Wednesday's series finale against the Oakland Athletics, a day after Masterson only threw one of 57 pitches that reached 90 mph. Masterson allowed six runs and six hits, failing to make it out of the third inning in a 9-2 loss.

  • Major league teams relying on shift more often

    June 30, 2015

    DENVER (AP) Several times a game, Nolan Arenado takes a couple of giant steps to his left and fills the hole at shortstop.A necessary evil for the Colorado Rockies Gold Glove third baseman, who doesn't particularly care for the view from that spot. But he is on board with anything that gets outs.

  • Pujols keys Angels' 8th-inning rally to 5-2 win over Rockies

    June 30, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Albert Pujols stole second base and scored the tiebreaking run on Johnny Giavotella's single in the eighth inning as the Los Angeles Angels sent the Colorado Rockies to their 10th consecutive defeat, 5-2 Tuesday night.Matt Joyce drove in three runs and had a two-run double in the eighth for the Angels, who have won five of seven.

  • Plate umpire Danley leaves game after foul off his facemask

    June 30, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) Home plate umpire Kerwin Danley left the game between the Washington Nationals and Arizona Diamondbacks after taking a sharp foul ball off his facemask Tuesday night.Danley was able to leave the field after bending over for some time near the foul screen behind home plate.

  • Royals relief: Brooks called up and Pino down to minors

    June 30, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Kansas City Royals added a fresh arm to their bullpen, calling up right-hander Aaron Brooks from Triple-A Omaha and sending reliever Yohan Pino to that minor league team.Brooks joined the team before Tuesday night's game at Texas.

  • LEADING OFF: Reyes to take BP, Kluber goes for 1st win

    June 30, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues today:---RIB CHECKBlue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes will take batting practice for first time since cracking a rib on April 27. Reyes is eligible to come off the disabled list today but still must go on a brief rehab assignment, manager John Gibbons said.

  • Hamilton facing 'bit of a process' before rejoining Rangers

    June 30, 2015

    ROUND ROCK, Texas (AP) Josh Hamilton says his body feels good and he's glad to be in a clubhouse again, though he isn't sure how long it will be before he rejoins the Texas Rangers.Before his third game for Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday night, his first game in Texas since being reacquired by the Rangers two weeks ago, Hamilton said ''it's going to be a little bit of a process'' seeing pitches and trying to get the timing right with his swing.

  • Athletics release OF Alex Hassan

    June 30, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Athletics have released outfielder Alex Hassan.The team announced the move Tuesday. Hassan had been designated for assignment last Friday.Hassan was claimed off waivers from Texas on May 2. The Rangers had claimed him off waivers from Oakland on April 9.

  • Seattle righty Iwakuma shut down for up to 2 weeks in rehab

    June 30, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) Seattle Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma will be shut down for up to two weeks in his recovery from a right latissimus muscle injury after experiencing tightness during a throwing session.Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon said Tuesday that Iwakuma would be kept from throwing for 10 to 14 days depending on how he is feeling. Iwakuma threw last Friday and was hoping to feel no discomfort but instead felt tightness in the muscle. The latest setback likely means Iwakuma won't be ready to rejoin the rotation until mid-to-late June barring any more delays.

  • Verlander pleased after light bullpen session

    June 30, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander threw a light bullpen session, taking another step in his recovery from a triceps strain.The right-hander says he wasn't trying to push things too much, and the next step will be a full bullpen session at some point, assuming his arm responds well to Tuesday's work.

  • Mets CF Lagares out with side strain

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Mets center fielder Juan Lagares has a slight strain on his upper right side and has been ruled out for New York's game at the Chicago Cubs.Lagares, who won a Gold Glove last season, has been playing with the injury for about a week, but was held out Tuesday night when it got worse. New York manager Terry Collins says he also might sit out on Wednesday.

  • Reds' Frazier aching to get another shot at HR derby title

    June 30, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Reds third baseman Todd Frazier is aching for another chance at the All-Star home run derby after finishing second last season.This time, he would have home-field advantage. The game and the home run competition will be held at Great American Ball Park in July.

  • Orioles place Flaherty on DL, recall Navarro from minors

    June 30, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) Orioles infielder Ryan Flaherty has returned to the 15-day disabled list with the same groin injury that recently kept him sidelined.Flaherty was out from April 23 to May 8 with a right groin strain. He aggravated the injury on Monday night in the third inning against Toronto and was removed from the game.

  • Berra celebrates 90th with return of rings, trophies

    June 30, 2015

    LITTLE FALLS, N.J. (AP) As Yogi Berra might say, when you turn 90 you should celebrate it right the first time.The baseball Hall of Famer enjoyed his 90th birthday in grand style Tuesday, complete with a youth drum orchestra, a giant cake - and replicas of his 10 World Series rings and three AL MVP awards that were stolen last year.

  • Yankees RHP Tanaka throws 1st bullpen since going on DL

    June 30, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka has thrown his first bullpen session since going on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right forearm and tendinitis in his right wrist.Tanaka still has no timetable for when he will return.

  • Carolina Mudcats in Myrtle Beach after early morning wreck

    June 30, 2015

    CHADBOURN, N.C. (AP) The Carolina Mudcats baseball team has finally arrived in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, after an early morning wreck sent several players to the hospital.Multiple media outlets reported the bus carrying the Atlanta Braves' Class-A affiliate team it flipped on its side near Chadbourn shortly before 4 a.m. Tuesday.

  • 3B Matt Carpenter returns to Cardinals' lineup

    June 30, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter returned to the lineup Tuesday night after missing a weekend series in Pittsburgh because of fatigue.''I'm feeling much better,'' said Carpenter, who was set to bat second at Cleveland.

  • Twins recall outfielder Aaron Hicks from Triple-A

    June 30, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) The Minnesota Twins have recalled outfielder Aaron Hicks from Triple-A Rochester and placed outfielder Shane Robinson on the family emergency list.The move was made Tuesday before the Twins began their series in Detroit.Outfielder Eddie Rosario was promoted ahead of Hicks last week when outfielder Oswaldo Arcia went on the disabled list. But Hicks has hit his way back to Minnesota by batting .336 with 10 doubles, four triples, two homers and 15 walks in 27 games for Rochester.

  • APNewsBreak: MLB pumps up ball security after Tom Brady flap

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Even before Tom Brady was penalized, Major League Baseball boosted its prevent defense.As part of a new security plan this season to further safeguard game balls, an MLB representative now watches them get carried by a clubhouse assistant from the umpires' room to the field.

  • Another clunker for Duffy, weary Royals lose 8-2 at Texas

    June 30, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Kansas City starter Danny Duffy had another clunker, and without the excuse all of his weary teammates had for their underwhelming performance.Duffy traveled ahead of the team before his start in Texas, where the rest of the Royals didn't arrive until 5:45 a.m. Monday before the 8-2 series-opening loss to the Rangers later that night.

  • Bautista can't provide Blue Jays help in 5-2 loss to Orioles

    June 30, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) There are times when Jose Bautista can't even run a comb through his hair, so expecting the Toronto Blue Jays slugger to throw a baseball seems out of the question.Therefore, until further notice, Bautista will be doing nothing more than swinging the bat.

  • Rangers OF Hamilton goes 0 for 4 in rehab game

    June 30, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton went 0 for 4 in a rehab appearance with Triple-A Round Rock on Monday night.Hamilton played left field for the first seven innings of an 8-2, 10-inning win against Nashville at First Tennessee Park. The 2010 AL MVP is 1 for 7 for a .143 batting average in his first two rehab games.

  • St. Louis Cardinals coming off first series loss of season

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) More than a month into the season, the St. Louis Cardinals finally lost a series.Given their list of injuries, it's remarkable it hadn't happened before.The Cardinals finally got a break Monday after playing 20 consecutive games, going 14-6 during a challenging stretch for the players and the team's training staff. They own the best record in the majors at 22-9 despite losing ace Adam Wainwright for the season with a torn Achilles tendon, shutting down key reliever Jordan Walden due to biceps and shoulder woes, and giving third baseman Matt Carpenter a break due to extreme fatigue and dehydration.

  • Red Sox third baseman Sandoval receives World Series ring

    June 30, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Pablo Sandoval had his latest sparkly World Series ring visible in his locker at the Oakland Coliseum.He is as proud of it as the first two he won with the San Francisco Giants, in 2010 and `12.''All three are great,'' he said. ''It's hard to get one.''

  • Victorino returns from disabled list for opener at Oakland

    June 30, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Boston's Shane Victorino has been activated from the 15-day disabled list and is starting in right field and batting seventh for the opener of a three-game series against the Oakland Athletics.He had been sidelined since April 25, retroactive to April 23, with a strained right hamstring that he injured April 22 against the Tampa Bay Rays. Manager John Farrell says Victorino will get breaks as needed to keep him fresh and healthy, and ''we want Shane to go out and play as he's capable.'' Certainly everybody hopes Victorino's bat could give the Red Sox a boost.

  • Barry Bonds in Hall of Fame - the Bay Area Sports Hall

    June 30, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Home run king Barry Bonds has a place in one Hall of Fame, at least: the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame.Bonds was set to be enshrined Monday night in San Francisco alongside his former manager, Dusty Baker, late Warriors owner Franklin Mieuli, golfer Roger Maltbie and freestyle skier Jonny Moseley.

  • Giants sign left-hander Ricky Romero to minor league deal

    June 30, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Left-hander Ricky Romero, a 15-game winner for Toronto in 2011 who hasn't pitched in the majors for two years, has signed a minor league deal with the San Francisco Giants.General manager Bobby Evans says the 30-year-old Romero will begin at extended spring training in Scottsdale, Arizona. Romero last pitched for the Blue Jays in 2013, when he made four appearances with two starts.

  • Wrigley Field opens part of iconic bleachers to fans

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) No more silent nights in the outfield at Wrigley Field. The bleachers are open again.The Chicago Cubs let fans into the bleachers in left and center field for Monday's game against the New York Mets. A smaller videoboard in right also was up and running for the opener of a seven-game homestand.

  • McCann on the spot for Tigers with Avila injured

    June 30, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) After sitting through a 103-minute rain delay, the Detroit Tigers had a chance to win the game when they loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth.Rookie James McCann hit a line drive to center that was caught, and the Tigers went on to lose in the 10th.

  • Reds designate struggling reliever Gregg for assignment

    June 30, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) The Reds designated struggling reliever Kevin Gregg for assignment on Monday before the start of a series against the Atlanta Braves, trying to fix one of the NL's worst bullpens.Cincinnati had the NL's worst bullpen in the second half of last season, when the relievers went a combined 1-17. The Reds signed Gregg to a minor league deal in the offseason, and he made the team out of spring training.

  • Diamondbacks recall LHP Nuno, send RHP Marshall down

    June 30, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks have recalled left-hander Vidal Nuno from Triple-A Reno to serve as a long-inning reliever.To make room, the team option right-handed reliever Evan Marshall to Reno.Nuno was 3-2 with a 3.23 ERA in six starts with the Aces.

  • Royals' Moustakas back after 3 days away with family

    June 30, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas has rejoined the team after three days away on the bereavement/family emergency list.Moustakas was reinstated Monday before the Royals opened a four-game series in Texas. Moustakas was batting second in the starting lineup.

  • Rangers send struggling 2B Odor back to minor leagues

    June 30, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Texas Rangers want struggling second baseman Rougned Odor to rediscover his batting stroke in the minor leagues.Odor, hitting .144 with 25 strikeouts in 90 at-bats this season, was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock on Monday.

  • Orioles' return launches big sports week in Baltimore

    June 30, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) As the Baltimore Orioles prepared to play before their home fans for the first time in two weeks, the sights and sounds around Camden Yards on a lovely Monday afternoon were all about baseball.Vendors were hawking food, drinks and clothing. A few people were camped out near the home team parking lot, seeking autographs. About a half-dozen were looking to buy tickets at the window in the B&O Warehouse behind the center-field wall.

  • Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka to throw bullpen Tuesday

    June 30, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) New York Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Tuesday, his first since going on the 15-day disabled list last month because of a right forearm strain and right wrist tendinitis.Tanaka made 10 pitches at 60 feet on level ground after a throwing session on flat ground before Monday night's game at Tampa Bay.

  • Maxwell keeps family together, adds big bat, glove in right

    June 30, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Justin Maxwell's 5-year-old daughter, Liana, waits anxiously outside the San Francisco Giants' clubhouse for her father, long after the little girl's bedtime.There is no such thing as a regular schedule for the right fielder's three children these days, and that's just how he and wife Loren want it. They decided to stick together as a family for the entire baseball season, and that means their kids are operating on a baseball schedule: They watch night games at AT&T Park, often get to bed sometime just before midnight, then sleep in until late morning.

  • Carpenter to rejoin Cardinals Tuesday in Cleveland

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Matt Carpenter will rejoin the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday after missing a weekend series in Pittsburgh because of dehydration and fatigue.General manager John Mozeliak said manager Mike Matheny will decide whether Carpenter starts in Tuesday's series opener at Cleveland. Carpenter is among the National League leaders with a .333 average and tied for the league lead with 14 doubles.

  • Reds designate struggling reliever Kevin Gregg for minors

    June 30, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) The Reds designated struggling reliever Kevin Gregg for assignment to the minors on Monday before the start of a series against the Atlanta Braves.Cincinnati had the NL's worst bullpen in the second half of last season. The Reds signed Gregg to a minor league deal in the offseason, and he made the team on a .5 million major league contract. Gregg was 0-2 with a 10.13 ERA in 11 relief appearances, giving up 12 earned runs and three homers in 10 2/3 innings.

  • LEADING OFF: Yogi celebrates 90th, Strasburg back for Nats

    June 30, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Tuesday:---YIPPEE FOR YOGI!The great Yogi Berra turns 90, and perhaps the most beloved figure in baseball history plans to be on hand for a birthday celebration at the museum that bears his name at Montclair State University in New Jersey. Famed for his Yogi-isms - ''ain't over till it's over - and feared for his bat, the three-time AL MVP won a record 10 World Series rings playing for the Yankees.

  • Utley's start a head scratcher in Philadelphia

    June 30, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Even a potential Hall of Famer can go through a truly horrendous stretch.Just ask Philadelphia second baseman Chase Utley, who is hitting .116 so far this season - and that's after he had a hit both Saturday and Sunday to raise his average a bit.

  • LEADING OFF: Orioles back in Baltimore, Gordon returns to LA

    June 30, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Monday:---BACK IN BALTIMOREThe Orioles play at Camden Yards for the first time since April 29, when they held a game without fans because of civil unrest after the death of Freddie Gray. Baltimore hosts Toronto to begin a nine-game homestand. ''I think everybody's anxiously looking forward to getting back and getting on the field and getting back to the city, without a doubt for the right reasons,'' manager Buck Showalter said.

  • Price's next start for Tigers pushed back to Saturday

    June 30, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) David Price's next start is being pushed back two days as the Detroit left-hander recovers from a right hamstring strain.Price hurt himself Friday night when he stepped on a bat that had been tossed aside by an umpire in anticipation of a possible play at the plate. He was scheduled to start Thursday, but he'll instead be slotted for Saturday at St. Louis.

  • Garrett Richards' no-hit bid for Angels broken up in 7th

    June 30, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) A no-hit bid by Los Angeles Angels pitcher Garrett Richards has been broken up when Jason Castro singled with one out in the seventh inning for the Houston Astros.Richards and the Angels were leading 3-0 on Sunday when Castro's clean single to left field loaded the bases.

  • Oh, baby! Phillies fan snags foul ball with son strapped in

    June 30, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Oh, baby, what a catch!A daring dad made the play of the day on Mother's Day at Citizens Bank Park, snagging a hard foul ball with his 7 1/2-month-old son strapped to his chest.Phillies fan Mike Capko caught the souvenir off the bat of the Mets' Daniel Murphy with his left hand Sunday while sitting in the second deck behind home plate.

  • Angels pitcher Richards has no-hitter through 6 vs. Astros

    June 30, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Garrett Richards of the Los Angeles Angels is working on a no-hitter through six innings against the Houston Astros.Los Angeles leads 3-0 on Sunday.Richards walked his first batter, then retired his next 15 before walking rookie Preston Tucker to open the sixth. But the right-hander struck out Robbie Grossman and Jake Marisnick before retiring Jose Altuve on a check-swing grounder. Richards has thrown 80 pitches, 52 for strikes.

  • Hamilton starts rehab in Triple-A after 'long, ugly process'

    June 30, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Josh Hamilton is starting over, calling his return to baseball a ''small miracle.''The former American League MVP spoke Sunday before starting his rehab stint with the Round Rock Express against the Nashville Sounds. He's recovering from shoulder surgery Feb. 4 and had been working in the Texas Rangers' extended spring program in Arizona since April 28.

  • Coors Field ready for baseball after overnight snow

    June 30, 2015

    DENVER (AP) Coors Field is shoveled out from a May snowstorm in time for the Colorado Rockies to play the Los Angeles Dodgers.An overnight storm dropped up to 5 inches in parts of the Denver area. The grounds crew spent Sunday morning shoveling the outfield and taking the snow out of the stadium in small bulldozers.

  • Diamondbacks' Hudson set to make 1st start in nearly 2 years

    June 30, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Daniel Hudson is set to make his first start in nearly two years.Hudson tore his ulnar collateral ligament in June 2012 and has made just 12 major league appearances since, all in relief.Manager Chip Hale says Hudson is scheduled to throw only 50-60 pitches Sunday against San Diego. The Diamondbacks plan to go with a committee of relievers, including J.C. Ramirez, who was called up from Triple-A Reno to fill the roster spot opened when the team sent Danny Dorn back to the minors after Saturday's game.

  • A Rays pitcher is humbled by the gift of forgiveness

    June 30, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Andrew Bellatti has now tasted big league success. It might not have been possible without the forgiveness of a woman five years ago.The 23-year-old pitcher was the winning pitcher in the Tampa Bay Rays' 7-2 victory over the Texas Rangers on Saturday night. The victory came in his first major league appearance after six-plus years in the minor leagues.

  • Rays manager, hitting coach ejected for arguing strikeout

    June 30, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash and hitting coach Derek Shelton have been ejected for arguing after a strikeout.Shelton was thrown out by plate umpire Mike Estabrook for comments made from the dugout after Tampa Bay's Joey Butler struck out in the fifth inning against Texas on Sunday.

  • New pitching coach Carl Willis joins Red Sox

    June 30, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Joining the struggling Boston Red Sox in midseason is ''a bit of an uncomfortable situation'' for new pitching coach Carl Willis.Willis, who was hired Saturday, had been working as pitching coach for Cleveland's Triple-A team in Columbus and was previously the pitching coach for Cleveland and Seattle. He takes over after Juan Nieves was fired Thursday.

  • Blue Jays put Saunders on 15-day DL, promote Tolleson

    June 30, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) The Blue Jays have put outfielder Michael Saunders on the 15-day disabled list with left knee inflammation and selected utility player Steve Tolleson from Triple-A Buffalo.Saunders went 0 for 4 in his return to the lineup Saturday after sitting out the previous four games. Saunders underwent knee surgery in spring training to repair a torn meniscus and didn't make his debut until April 25. He had a cortisone shot and had fluid drained from his knee Monday.

  • Red Sox recall Bradley Jr., Wright, option Craig, Ross

    June 30, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) After losing seven of their past eight games, the Boston Red Sox are shaking up their roster, recalling outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. and right-hander Steven Wright from Triple-A Pawtucket.Bradley Jr. was batting .343 with one homer and nine RBIs at Pawtucket, while Wright was 2-1 with a 3.24 ERA in four starts.

  • Will Orioles, Preakness help soothe ravaged Baltimore?

    June 30, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) Looting, rioting and violence has left Baltimore rattled and in a state of repair. Officials hope a big sports week has a healing effect on the beleaguered city.Civil unrest remains an issue in Baltimore after two weeks of tension between residents and police. The return of the Orioles for an extended period and the running of the Preakness could help ease matters.

  • Former pro Franco stays busy in Japan as player-manager

    June 30, 2015

    KONOSU, Japan (AP) Julio Franco is getting the best of both worlds as a 56-year-old player-manager for the Ishikawa Million Stars of Japan's semi-professional Baseball Challenge League.Not only does the native of the Dominican Republic and former major league All-Star get to keep playing the game he loves, Franco now has a chance to pass on a wealth of baseball knowledge to a new generation of players.

  • Athletics' Parker fractures elbow in minor league game

    June 30, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) Oakland right-hander Jarrod Parker, recovering from Tommy John surgery more than a year ago, broke a bone in his elbow during a minor league game.Pitching in a rehab game for Triple-A Nashville on Friday, Parker threw wildly to the plate and collapsed just off the mound. He rolled around in pain and had to be helped off the field.

  • MLB umpires' union on Jacoby ban: 'Clear line' was crossed

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Major League Baseball umpires' union says the 14-game suspension imposed on Toronto hitting coach Brook Jacoby shows there is a ''clear line'' that cannot be crossed.Jacoby appealed, and his penalty was upheld after a hearing Friday.

  • Red Sox trade reliever Edward Mujica to Athletics

    June 30, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) The Boston Red Sox have traded reliever Edward Mujica and cash to the Oakland Athletics for either a player to be named or cash considerations.The deal was announced Saturday night while the A's were playing at Seattle.Mujica, who turns 31 on Sunday, was traded a day after being designated for assignment by the Red Sox. He was 1-1 with a 4.61 ERA in 11 games.

  • LEADING OFF: Pink bats for Mother's Day, frosty one at Coors

    June 30, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Sunday:---STEPPING UP FOR MOMPink bats will be in style for Mother's Day from Angel Stadium to Tropicana Field to every ballpark in the bigs. This is the 10th year that Major League Baseball has partnered with Louisville Slugger to produce the special bats, which will be auctioned off to raise money for breast cancer charities. Chris Davis, Chris Carter and Adrian Gonzalez are among the sluggers who have homered swinging pink.

  • Rangers, Rays get into skirmish after pickoff play

    June 30, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Texas Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays got into a brief skirmish after a pickoff play at second base Saturday night.The benches and bullpens emptied in the fourth inning after the play, which also resulted in a manager's replay challenge.

  • Pirates turn triple play in 2nd inning vs Cardinals

    June 30, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Pirates turned a triple play in the second inning on Saturday night against baseball's top team.The St. Louis Cardinals had runners on second and third when Yadier Molina lined out to Pittsburgh second baseman Neil Walker. Walker fired to third baseman Jung Ho Kung to double off Jhonny Peralta for the second out. Kung threw back to Walker standing on second for the final out after St. Louis' Jason Heyward froze between second and third.

  • Padres place 1B Alonso on DL, recall OF Almonte

    June 30, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The San Diego Padres have put first baseman Yonder Alonso on the 15-day disabled list and recalled outfielder Abraham Almonte from Triple-A El Paso.Manager Bud Black had revealed the intended move on Friday and the team made it official on Saturday.

  • Red Sox hire Carl Willis as new pitching coach

    June 30, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) The Boston Red Sox have hired Carl Willis as their new pitching coach, reuniting him with manager John Farrell.The Red Sox made the announcement Saturday after their 14th loss in 20 games, 7-1 loss to Toronto. They began the day with an AL-worst 4.95 ERA.

  • Dodgers-Rockies game postponed due to rain

    June 30, 2015

    DENVER (AP) Saturday night's game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Colorado Rockies has been postponed because of rain. No makeup date has been announced.The teams are scheduled to play Sunday afternoon but wet weather is forecast through the weekend.

  • White Sox RHP Noesi leaves in 2nd inning with back injury

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) White Sox right-hander Hector Noesi has departed in the second inning against Cincinnati with a lower back bruise.Noesi was struck by a comebacker off the bat of Billy Hamilton with two on and two out. With manager Robin Ventura and trainer Herm Schneider watching from near the mound, Noesi tried a few warmup pitches and then walked to the dugout.

  • Twins Plouffe to miss game against Indians

    June 30, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe will miss Saturday's game against the Indians because of a family matter.Twins manager Paul Molitor says Plouffe has flown to Texas, but he's expected to rejoin the team for the finale of the three-game series on Sunday.

  • Pitcher Bruce Chen to start for Indians vs Twins

    June 30, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Cleveland Indians have brought up left-hander Bruce Chen from Triple-A Columbus to start against Minnesota.The 37-year-old will be pitching Saturday for his 11th major league team. He has an 82-80 career record in 16 seasons.Chen signed a minor league contract on Feb. 18, but didn't make the team in spring training and agreed to take an assignment to Columbus. He was 2-1 with a 1.74 ERA in five starts with the Clippers.

  • LEADING OFF: Rodon makes 1st start; Chen plays for team 11

    June 30, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues today:---GOING FOR 100Reigning NL MVP and Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw has just one win in six starts this season for the Dodgers. It will be his fourth try at his 100th career win when he faces the Rockies.

  • Detroit's Avila goes on DL, Price has hamstring strain

    June 30, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) David Price has a mild strain of his right hamstring, and the Detroit Tigers plan to decide early next week when the star left-hander will make his next start.Price got hurt on a fluky play Friday night against Kansas City, stepping on a bat that had been tossed aside by the plate umpire in anticipation of a play at home. The Tigers disclosed the extent of his injury Saturday, the same day they announced catcher Alex Avila had gone on the 15-day disabled list with a knee issue.

  • Mets great Strawberry goes deep with stories of faith

    June 30, 2015

    BEAR, Del. (AP) On the night this year's New York Mets tried to top the 1986 team for the best start in franchise history, the star slugger from that era was again going deep.With another sold-out crowd on hand at a Delaware church for the home run champ, Darryl Strawberry took a swing for the heavens.

  • Rockies closer John Axford's young son tosses out 1st pitch

    June 30, 2015

    DENVER (AP) Rockies' closer John Axford's 2-year-old son, who is recovering from rattlesnake bites to his right foot, threw out the ceremonial first pitch from his wheelchair on Friday night with his older brother and dad on the receiving end in front of home plate.

  • LEADING OFF: Rondon makes 1st start; Chen plays for team 11

    June 30, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Saturday:---GOING FOR 100Reigning NL MVP and Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw has just one win in six starts this season for the Dodgers. It will be his fourth try at his 100th career win when he faces the Rockies.

  • LA Angels acquire right-hander Chad Smith from Oakland A's

    June 30, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Angels have acquired right-hander Chad Smith from the Oakland Athletics for cash considerations.The Angels announced the deal Friday.Los Angeles also recalled right-hander Ryan Mattheus and optioned Efren Navarro to Triple-A Salt Lake.

  • Tigers' Price leaves game with injury

    June 30, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Detroit Tigers left-hander David Price left Friday night's game against Kansas City in the seventh inning with an apparent ankle injury after stepping on a bat.With one out and runners on first and second, Alex Gordon singled on an 0-1 pitch. Gordon dropped his bat at the plate, but home plate umpire Alan Porter, anticipating a play at the plate, grabbed it and tossed it toward the screen.

  • Padres 1B Alonso to go on DL

    June 30, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) San Diego Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso will go on the disabled list with a deep shoulder bruise, the result of an injury he suffered late in Thursday night's game against Arizona.Wil Myers, who has started 29 games in center field, will make his first start this season at first base in place of Alonso on Friday against the Diamondbacks.

  • MLB upholds 14-game suspension for Blue Jays coach Jacoby

    June 30, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Major League Baseball upheld a 14-game suspension for Toronto hitting coach Brook Jacoby after a fracas with an umpire, prompting the former All-Star player to say Friday he didn't deserve such a ''harsh'' penalty.Jacoby was accused of putting his forearms up near umpire Doug Eddings' neck and pinning him against a wall in a dugout tunnel at Fenway Park after the Blue Jays fell to Boston 4-1 on April 29.

  • Nats star Strasburg feels better after visiting chiropractor

    June 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg says he feels much better after visiting a chiropractor.''It was instant,'' Strasburg said Friday. ''After he felt around for a little bit, felt what was different from the other side, just got it all out of there. So, night and day.''

  • Rockies option LHP Matzek, recall C-1B Rosario

    June 30, 2015

    DENVER, Colo. (AP) The Colorado Rockies have optioned left-hander Tyler Matzek to Triple-A Albuquerque, and recalled catcher-first baseman Wilin Rosario.Matzek has struggled with his control early in the season, particularly in his last start against Arizona on Wednesday, when he pitched two innings and gave up four runs, three hits and six walks. Manager Walt Weiss said the Rockies were still considering their options for a replacement for Matzek in the rotation.

  • Rangers star Josh Hamilton set to join Triple-A on Sunday

    June 30, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton is scheduled to join Triple-A Round Rock on Sunday.The Rangers said Hamilton is set to move up from extended spring training this weekend. He went 1 for 5 with a three-run homer while playing five innings in left field Friday against Seattle minor leaguers.

  • Indians sign former star closer Marmol to minor league deal

    June 30, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Cleveland Indians have signed former All-Star closer Carlos Marmol to a minor league contract.The 32-year-old righty reported Friday to the Indians' player development complex in Goodyear, Arizona.Marmol was 0-3 with an 8.10 ERA in 15 games for Miami last season. He was signed by Cincinnati in May and released in November.

  • Orioles activate INF Flaherty, put RHP Gausman on DL

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Infielder Ryan Flaherty has been activated from the 15-day disabled list by the Baltimore Orioles, who recalled left-hander T.J. McFarland from Triple-A Norfolk.The Orioles made the moves Friday before playing the New York Yankees. To clear roster spots, the Orioles put right-hander Kevin Gausman on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis, a move retroactive to Thursday, and optioned infielder Rey Navarro to Norfolk.

  • SF mayor signs law that bans chewing tobacco at ballparks

    June 30, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) San Francisco has become the first city in the nation to outlaw chewing tobacco from its playing fields, including AT&T Park, home to the San Francisco Giants.Players and the manager of the team expressed support for the ordinance signed into law by Mayor Ed Lee on Friday but also concern about breaking the chewing habit.

  • Farrell filling in as Boston's pitching coach for a bit

    June 30, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell says he will handle the duties of pitching coach for at least two days after the firing of Juan Nieves.Farrell said the team could announce a replacement on Saturday.The Red Sox fired Nieves on Thursday during an off-day. They went into Friday night's game at Toronto with a 4.86 ERA, the worst in the AL.

  • Cardinals 3B Carpenter sidelined this weekend with fatigue

    June 30, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter will miss this weekend's series in Pittsburgh because of fatigue and an accelerated heart rate.Manager Mike Matheny said Friday that Carpenter remained in St. Louis while the Cardinals traveled to play three games against the Pirates. Matheny said Carpenter had ''extreme fatigue'' and was also dealing with the heart rate issue.

  • 3 minor leaguers, including 2 Reds, given drug suspensions

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Cincinnati Reds pitchers David Ayala and Adolfi Telleria have been suspended 25 games each for violating baseball's minor league drug program and free agent pitcher Dawson Brown was banned 50 games.In announcing the penalties Friday, the commissioner's office did not specify the nature of the violations for the Reds players. Under the minor league program, the only 25-game penalty listed is for a first violation for use or possession of a syringe.

  • Pirates not pushing panic button as hitting woes continue

    June 30, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Andrew McCutchen tried to channel his inner Marshawn Lynch.It lasted all of 30 seconds. Sorry, mumbling one-word answers just isn't the Pittsburgh Pirates star's thing. Besides, for once there was something to talk about other than why his team wasn't hitting or the state of his achy left knee.

  • Seattle activates Wilhelmsen from DL, Leone optioned

    June 30, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) The Seattle Mariners have activated right-handed reliever Tom Wilhelmsen from the 15-day disabled list without sending him out on a rehab assignment.Seattle activated Wilhelmsen on Friday before opening a three-game series with Oakland. Wilhelmsen had been on the disabled list since April 11 after suffering a hyperextended right elbow.

  • Red Sox star Ortiz loses appeal, serves 1-game suspension

    June 30, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz has lost his appeal of a one-game suspension for bumping an umpire and will sit out Friday night's game against the Blue Jays.Ortiz bumped plate ump John Tumpane while protesting third base umpire Jerry Meals' call on a check swing in an April 19 loss to Baltimore.

  • Injured Mets 3B Wright has back pain, rehab delayed

    June 30, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Injured New York Mets third baseman David Wright's rehabilitation program has been put on hold after he developed back pain, and right-hander Dillon Gee is headed to the disabled list, paving the way for Noah Syndergaard to make his major league debut.

  • Indians place Aviles on family emergency medical list

    June 30, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Cleveland Indians have placed utility man Mike Aviles on the family emergency medical list.The team made the announcement before Friday's game against the Minnesota Twins. Players can remain on the family medical emergency list for three to seven days.

  • Rays pitcher Alex Cobb to have season-ending elbow surgery

    June 30, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Alex Cobb will have season-ending elbow ligament replacement surgery.Cobb said before Friday night's game against Texas that several doctors have told that the ligament has a full tear. Surgery may be next week.

  • Reds' Joey Votto suspended for confrontation with umpire

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Reds first baseman Joey Votto has been suspended for one game and fined by Major League Baseball for making contact with an umpire during Wednesday night's 3-0 victory at Pittsburgh.The slugger will serve his suspension Friday night against the Chicago White Sox, if the teams play. Rain was forecast.

  • Royals' Jason Vargas on disabled list; Escobar reinstated

    June 30, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) The Royals placed left-hander Jason Vargas on the disabled list and reinstated shortstop Alcides Escobar from the seven-day concussion list.Vargas allowed two runs over five innings Tuesday night and spent a long time in the trainer's room after the game. The team said then his back was being treated. On Friday, his injury was listed as a left flexor strain.

  • Chicago Cubs ready for bleacher bums

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Wrigley Field is ready for the bleacher bums.The Chicago Cubs say expanded bleachers in left and center field will open Monday when the New York Mets visit. The right-field bleachers are scheduled to open next month.The bleachers will feature new group spaces, improved concessions and additional room for fans to socialize and watch the game. The work is part of a multi-year overhaul of the 101-year-old ballpark and surrounding area.

  • Angels coach Ebel gets players' attention with a whistle

    June 30, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) In a piercing staccato, Dino Ebel's whistle can penetrate through the noise from tens of thousands of rowdy baseball fans. And it can trigger a defensive alignment shift in one quick adjustment.More than anything, the Angels bench coach's method gets his players' eyes on him in a hurry when necessary.

  • LEADING OFF: Axford's son to throw out first ball at Coors

    June 30, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Friday:---WELL DONE, SONThe 2-year-old son of Colorado closer John Axford will throw out the first ball before the Rockies host the Dodgers at Coors Field. Jameson Axford has spent the last two months in and out of hospitals for treatment of rattlesnake bites. The young boy was bitten twice in the right foot in the yard of the Arizona house his family rented for spring training, and remains in a wheelchair while healing. His catcher for the ceremonial toss? Dad, naturally.

  • A-Rod passes Willie Mays for 4th on HR list with No. 661

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Alex Rodriguez passed Willie Mays for fourth place on the career homer list, connecting for No. 661 Thursday night an at-bat after he was robbed of the milestone drive by a leaping catch.The New York Yankees star hit a liner off Baltimore's Chris Tillman into a secure area just to the left of Monument Park in center field in the third inning. A-Rod sent a soaring shot in the first that Delmon Young caught by reaching over the top of the wall in right field.

  • A-Rod passes Willie Mays for 4th on HR list with 661

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Alex Rodriguez has passed Willie Mays for fourth place on the career homer list, connecting for No. 661 Thursday night an at-bat after he was robbed of the milestone drive by a leaping catch.The New York Yankees star hit a drive off Baltimore's Chris Tillman just to the left of Monument Park in center field in the third inning. A-Rod sent a shot in the first that Delmon Young caught by reaching over the top of the wall in right field.

  • Orioles SS Hardy activated from DL, set to make season debut

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Baltimore Orioles have activated J.J. Hardy from the disabled list, and the Gold Glove shortstop is set to make his season debut against the New York Yankees.Hardy injured his left shoulder trying to make a play up the middle near the end of spring training. He played three rehabilitation games for Double-A Bowie and was relieved Thursday night to see his name in the No. 7 spot in the Orioles' batting order.

  • Rockies closer Adam Ottavino undergoes Tommy John surgery

    June 30, 2015

    DENVER (AP) The Colorado Rockies say closer Adam Ottavino has undergone Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.Ottavino had his ulnar collateral ligament reconstructed by Dr. James Andrews on Thursday in Gulf Breeze, Florida.The 29-year-old Ottavino visited with the surgeon the day before but already was resigned to the possibility of having season ending surgery, saying earlier in the week ''if it is that way - I'm expecting it to be - I'll take it head on.''

  • Cobb could be heading for elbow surgery

    June 30, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Alex Cobb could be headed for season-ending elbow ligament replacement surgery.An MRI this week found that Cobb has a ligament tear. He received a platelet-rich-plasma injection in an attempt to avoid surgery.

  • Winning streaks are rare for Braves' new mix of veterans

    June 30, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) In the Braves' new world, even small successes are to be savored.The Braves celebrated their second straight win over the last-place Phillies on Wednesday night. The win wasn't memorable except that it gave Atlanta its first two-game winning streak since opening the season 5-0.

  • Man who beat Giants fan gets 3 more years in prison for guns

    June 30, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) A felon who seriously beat a San Francisco Giants fan outside Dodger Stadium was sentenced Thursday to six years in prison for a weapons conviction unrelated to the attack.Louie Sanchez, 33, who is serving an eight-year state prison term in the savage beating of Bryan Stow, will serve about three additional years behind bars under the terms of the sentence.

  • MLB cuts Royals pitcher Herrera's suspensions by a game to 6

    June 30, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The suspensions for Kansas City Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera have been cut by Major League Baseball from seven games to six.Herrera began serving the penalty Thursday when the Royals hosted Cleveland.The hard-throwing Herrera appealed after being suspended for two separate incidents.

  • Pete Rose to make first Fox appearance Monday

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Pete Rose is scheduled to make his first appearance for Fox on Monday on Fox Sports 1.Fox said Thursday he will appear on ''America's Pregame'' during a segment on the show that starts at 5 p.m. EDT, then will be on ''MLB Whiparound'' starting at 7 p.m. and on a taped segment of ''Fox Sports Live'' at 11:05 p.m.

  • Hamilton's highs and lows with Rangers, from big HRs to boos

    June 30, 2015

    Josh Hamilton flourished with the Texas Rangers for five seasons, when the former No. 1 overall draft pick was the 2010 AL MVP and an All-Star each time after his career was almost permanently derailed by cocaine and alcohol addictions. With Hamilton on track to rejoin the Rangers in the majors later this month, after being traded back by the Los Angeles Angels, here are some of his highs and lows in Texas from 2008-12:

  • Back with Texas, a last chance in MLB for Josh Hamilton?

    June 30, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Josh Hamilton knows in hindsight that he probably should have never left Texas.When the slugger was first acquired by the Rangers from Cincinnati a few days before Christmas in 2007, a feel-good story got even better: The former No. 1 overall draft pick became an MVP and perennial All-Star after battling cocaine and alcohol addictions, even with a few stumbles.

  • D-Backs agree to minor league deal with Saltalamacchia

    June 30, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a minor league contract with Jarrod Saltalamacchia.The 30-year-old catcher was released by the Miami Marlins on Tuesday, one month into the second season of a million, three-year contract.Saltalamacchia is to report to the Diamondbacks' spring training facility in Scottsdale, then be sent to Triple-A Reno.

  • Athletics bring up Rodriguez to help reeling bullpen

    June 30, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Oakland Athletics have recalled right-hander Fernando Rodriguez from Triple-A Nashville to help their reeling bullpen.The 30-year-old Rodriguez had 18 strikeouts in 16 innings for Nashville this season, compiling a 2.81 ERA and holding batters to a .143 batting average.

  • Royals acquire Butera from Angels, activate Hochevar

    June 30, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Royals have acquired catcher Drew Butera from Los Angeles Angels for minor league infielder Ryan Jackson.Butera, 31, hit .190 (4 for 21) in 10 games with the Angels this season. He batted .188 for the Los Angeles Dodgers last year following four years with Minnesota.

  • Iglesias out of starting lineup because of groin injury

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Detroit Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias was not in the starting lineup for the series finale against the Chicago White Sox because of a mild groin injury.Iglesias, who is batting .349, appeared to get hurt in the eighth inning Wednesday night when he scored from second base on a single by Victor Martinez.

  • Sale drops appeal of 5-game suspension for April 23 brawl

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) White Sox pitcher Chris Sale has dropped his appeal of a five-game suspension for his actions during an April 23 brawl with the Kansas City Royals.Sale allowed five runs and seven hits Wednesday against Detroit and started serving the penalty Thursday. If there are not any postponements, he would be eligible to rejoin the active roster for the May 12 game against Milwaukee.

  • Last-place Red Sox fire pitching coach Juan Nieves

    June 30, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Boston Red Sox moved to try to improve the worst pitching staff in the American League when they fired pitching coach Juan Nieves on Thursday.General manager Ben Cherington made the announcement and said another move involving reliever Edward Mujica was expected Friday when the Red Sox start a three-game series at Toronto.

  • Man who beat Giants fan faces lengthy term in separate crime

    June 30, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) A man who smirked as he was sentenced in the savage beating of a San Francisco Giants fan outside Dodger Stadium wants a federal judge to spare him from another lengthy prison sentence for an unrelated gun crime.Louie Sanchez's handwritten letter prays for mercy in the crime discovered as police investigated the 2011 attack on baseball's opening day that left Bryan Stow with permanent brain damage.

  • Man who beat Giants fan in LA faces lengthy federal time

    June 30, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) A man who smirked as he was sentenced in the savage beating of a San Francisco Giants fan outside Dodger Stadium wants a federal judge to spare him from another lengthy prison sentence for an unrelated gun crime.Louie Sanchez's hand-written letter prays for mercy in the crime discovered as police investigated the 2011 opening day attack that left Bryan Stow with permanent brain damage.

  • LEADING OFF: McHugh tries to match record, Puig on rehab

    June 30, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues today:---ON A ROLLHouston Astros right-hander Collin McHugh (4-0) faces the Los Angeles Angels in the opener of a four-game series. McHugh has won his last 11 decisions dating to August 2014 and would tie a franchise record by winning his next one.

  • No joke: Bob Uecker among broadcasters locked in booth

    June 30, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Brewers broadcaster and funnyman Bob Uecker was locked in the radio booth at Miller Park when the door handle broke during the sixth inning against the Dodgers Wednesday night.The 80-year-old known for his wit was trapped and, of course, made a joke out of it.

  • LEADING OFF: Burnett seeks better luck, Puig on rehab

    June 30, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Thursday:---BAD LUCK BURNETTPittsburgh Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett tries again for his first win of the season when he starts the finale of a three-game series against visiting Cincinnati. Burnett is 0-1 in five starts despite a 1.45 ERA that is second in the NL. He has also allowed no more than one run in four straight starts for the first time in his 17-year career.

  • Cubs manager Maddon ejected for arguing with plate umpire

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon was ejected for arguing balls and strikes in the sixth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night.It appeared Maddon had already been tossed before coming onto the field to complain to plate umpire D.J. Reyburn during an at-bat by Starlin Castro to start the sixth. Castro ended up flying out to right in a game the Cubs led 5-2.

  • Manfred says shortening MLB regular season a popular topic

    June 30, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says shortening the regular season is becoming a popular topic as players and owners prepare to negotiate a new labor deal.In his first year on the job, Manfred was at Minute Maid Park before Wednesday night's game between the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros as part of an effort to meet with players from all 30 teams. He also spoke with reporters about several issues, including Pete Rose, pace of play, domestic violence, blacks in baseball and the designated hitter.

  • Twins' Rosario homers on 1st pitch of his career

    June 30, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota Twins outfielder Eddie Rosario homered on the first pitch he saw of his major league career against the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday night.Rosario, who was called up from Triple-A Rochester two days ago, led off the third inning and sent a pitch from Scott Kazmir into the left-field seats.

  • Cardinals shutting down Walden for 6-10 weeks

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) St. Louis Cardinals setup man Jordan Walden will be shut down for six to 10 weeks for a strained muscle in his right shoulder.The 27-year-old was placed on the 15-day disabled list last week and the decision was made Wednesday after a second opinion.

  • Manfred says shortening regular season a popular topic

    June 30, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says shortening the regular season is becoming a popular topic as players and owners prepare to negotiate a new labor deal.In his first year on the job, Manfred was at Minute Maid Park before Wednesday night's game between the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros as part of an effort to meet with players from all 30 teams. He also spoke with reporters about several issues, including Pete Rose, pace of play, domestic violence and the designated hitter.

  • Rays expect update on Cobb's arm injury after returning home

    June 30, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays expect to learn more about right-hander Alex Cobb's arm injury after returning for an eight-game homestand.Manager Kevin Cash says he expects an update after the Rays return home from a three-game series in Boston. Tampa Bay opens a four-game series at home against the Texas Rangers on Thursday night.

  • Astros' Springer misses game against Rangers

    June 30, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Houston Astros outfielder George Springer missed Wednesday night's game against the Texas Rangers and was being evaluated for a possible concussion.Springer left Tuesday's game after making a spectacular catch for the last out of the seventh inning as he ran into the wall. Springer slowly came off the field under his own power and was replaced the next inning.

  • Reds' Votto ejected in 3rd inning against Pirates

    June 30, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto was ejected and then made contact with home plate umpire Chris Conroy during the third inning of Wednesday night's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.After Votto struck out swinging against Gerrit Cole to end the inning, he flung his bat and helmet to the ground.

  • NASCAR star Clint Bowyer takes cuts with Kansas City Royals

    June 30, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The first thing Ned Yost asked Clint Bowyer when the Royals manager called the NASCAR driver into his office Wednesday night was for some much-needed help with his lineup.His fantasy racing lineup.Bowyer pointed out that Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick have been dominating on the 1 1/2-mile tracks lately, and Jeff Gordon always runs well at Kansas Speedway. But Bowyer must not have made a case for himself for Saturday night's Sprint Cup race just across the state line.

  • Rodon to make first big league start for ChiSox on Saturday

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) White Sox rookie pitcher Carlos Rodon is slated to make his first major league starti Saturday against Cincinnati.Rodon is to start in place of Jeff Samardzija, who on Wednesday started serving a five-game suspension for his involvement in a bench-clearing brawl against Kansas City on April 23.

  • Samardzija drops appeal and starts serving 5-game suspension

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) White Sox pitcher Jeff Samardzija has dropped his appeal of a five-game suspension.Samardzija beat Detroit on Tuesday and started serving the penalty Wednesday. If there are not any postponements, he would be eligible to rejoin the active roster for the May 11 game against Milwaukee.

  • A's activate Coco Crisp from disabled list

    June 30, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Oakland Athletics activated outfielder Coco Crisp from the disabled list Wednesday and put him into the lineup as the leadoff hitter against the Minnesota Twins.The 35-year-old Crisp missed the first five weeks of the season following right elbow surgery. A's manager Bob Melvin plans on playing Crisp in left field, a position he hasn't played since the 2012 season.

  • Yankees activate Pirela, put Petit on 15-day DL

    June 30, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) The New York Yankees have put infielder Gregorio Petit on the 15-day disabled list because of a bruised right hand and activated utilityman Jose Pirela from the DL.Outfielder Brett Gardner is not in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Blue Jays because of a stiff neck. Chris Young is starting in left field.

  • John Axford's young son to throw out 1st pitch Friday

    June 30, 2015

    DENVER (AP) The young son of Colorado Rockies closer John Axford will finally get to see his dad pitch in person after spending the last two months in and out of hospitals for treatment of rattlesnake bites.Two-year-old Jameson Axford will be the guest of honor as he throws out the ceremonial first pitch Friday at Coors Field before a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

  • Cubs activate pitcher Justin Grimm from DL

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The Chicago Cubs have activated right-hander Justin Grimm from the 15-day disabled list and recalled outfielder Matt Szczur from Triple-A Iowa.Outfielder Junior Lake was optioned to Iowa and right-hander Anthony Varvaro was designated for assignment Wednesday. Varvaro was claimed off waivers from Boston on Sunday and added to the 25-man roster Tuesday but did not pitch.

  • Royals bring All-Star closer Greg Holland off disabled list

    June 30, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Kansas City Royals' dominant bullpen got even tougher Wednesday when All-Star closer Greg Holland was activated from the disabled list before their game against the Cleveland Indians.Holland had been out with a strained pectoral muscle since April 18, the day after picking up his fourth save of the season. Holland had been dealing with tightness in his chest muscle for a while, and the Royals finally decided to shut him down for seven days.

  • Detroit pitcher Justin Verlander cleared to resume throwing

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander has been given the go-ahead to resume throwing.Verlander has been sidelined since the start of the season due to a strained right triceps.''This is a first step,'' Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said.

  • White Sox designate Guerra for assignment

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Right-hander Javy Guerra has been designated for assignment by the Chicago White Sox.Guerra didn't allow a run in three games and 1 1-3 innings for the White Sox. He went on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation on April 20, a move retroactive to April 13.

  • Braves recall Williams Perez from Triple-A Gwinnett

    June 30, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Right-hander Michael Kohn has been optioned to Gwinnett by the Atlanta Braves, who recalled right-hander Williams Perez from the Triple-A team.Kohn did not allow a hit or a run in six appearances but walked six in 4 2-3 innings.Perez, a 23-year-old native of Venezuela who has never appeared in the major leagues, was 2-0 with a 1.33 ERA in five starts at Gwinnett. He was 7-6 with a 2.91 ERA at Double-A Mississippi last season.

  • Pirates put Lambo on DL and bring up Lombardozzi

    June 30, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Pirates outfielder Andrew Lambo has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with plantar fasciitis in his left foot, and Pittsburgh has selected the contract of infielder Steve Lombardozzi from Triple-A Indianapolis.Lambo is just 1 for 25 (.040) in 20 games.

  • Bryce Harper hits 3 HRs in 3 ABs before grounding out

    June 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Bryan Harper hit three home runs in his first three at-bats for the Washington Nationals against Miami, then grounded out in what was likely his final trip to the plate..Harper hit a solo shot in the second inning, a two-run drive in the third and a bases-empty homer in the fifth. The latter two landed in the upper deck.

  • Harper hits 3 HRs in first 3 ABs for Nationals

    June 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Bryan Harper has hit three home runs in his first three at-bats for the Washington Nationals against Miami.Harper hit a solo shot in the second inning, a two-run drive in the third and a bases-empty homer in the fifth. The latter two landed in the upper deck.

  • Greinke sharp in win, Dodgers beat Brewers 8-2

    June 30, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Zack Greinke allowed one unearned run on two hits in 7 2-3 innings to win his career-best 10th consecutive decision and Justin Turner hit a three-run homer to pace the Los Angeles Dodgers to an 8-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night.

  • Brewers owner backs GM's decision to fire Roenicke

    June 30, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Brewers owner Mark Attanasio said on Tuesday that he supported general manager Doug Melvin's decision to fire manager Ron Roenicke.Roenicke was fired Sunday with Milwaukee off to a 7-18 start. He was replaced Monday by former Brewers player Craig Counsell, who had been a special assistant to Melvin in the front office since January 2012.

  • Twins place INF Eduardo Nunez on disabled list

    June 30, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Twins have placed infielder Eduardo Nunez on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique.The Twins announced the move Tuesday night after a 2-1 loss to the Oakland Athletics. The move is retroactive to April 30.

  • LEADING OFF: Royals get Holland back, Scherzer seeking help

    June 30, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues today:---CLOSING TIMEThe Royals plan to activate All-Star closer Greg Holland (strained pectoral muscle) before their game against Cleveland. It might be just in time, too. Fellow reliever Kelvin Herrera had his appeal heard Monday by Major League Baseball in an attempt to reduce the length of two separate suspensions - two games for throwing at Oakland's Brett Lawrie and five for his role in a fight with the White Sox. A ruling is expected any day, and Kansas City manager Ned Yost said the ''best-case scenario'' is the suspensions would be reduced by two games.

  • Giants' Pagan scratched from lineup vs. Padres

    June 30, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Giants outfielder Angel Pagan was scratched from Tuesday night's starting lineup against the San Diego Padres with a cut on his middle finger.Pagan, the Giants' No. 3 hitter, is batting .405 (17 for 42) over his last 10 games and ranks fifth in the NL with a .350 batting average. He started the first 25 games.

  • Padres place Brandon Morrow on DL with ailing shoulder

    June 30, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The San Diego Padres have placed right-hander Brandon Morrow on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation before Tuesday night's game with the San Francisco Giants.The move is retroactive to May 3.Padres manager Bud Black said the shoulder remained troublesome and the team decided to give him a full two weeks to rest. Morrow is 2-0 with a 2.73 ERA on the season.

  • Rays shut down RHP Cobb rehab, reports of ligament tear

    June 30, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays have stopped right-hander Alex Cobb's rehabilitation program amid a report that he has a partial tear of a ligament in his throwing elbow.The Rays said Cobb was shut down on Monday after a setback in his rehab. The Tampa Bay Times reported on Tuesday that he has a partial ligament tear. He will try to pitch through it after receiving platelet-rich plasma therapy, the paper said. If that is unsuccessful, he would need Tommy John surgery.

  • Cards' Garcia throws 70 pitches, could begin rehab Sunday

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) St. Louis Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia threw 70 pitches during an extended spring training outing and could begin a rehab assignment Sunday.Garcia is trying to come back after a setback in his rehab from thoracic outlet surgery in spring training.

  • White Sox frustrated by slow start

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) White Sox general manager Rick Hahn pointed to the players, coaching staff, front office and himself. Everyone, he said, is to blame for the team's poor start.The White Sox dropped five in a row on a strange road trip to Baltimore and Minnesota and returned home in last place in the AL Central. They climbed out of the basement with a 5-2 victory over the Tigers on Tuesday night, but committed three errors in the win.

  • Mets pay tribute to slain NYPD officer before game

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Mets wore NYPD hats and held a moment of silence before Tuesday night's game against Baltimore to honor a police officer who was shot and killed this week while on duty.Officer Brian Moore died Monday, two days after he tried to stop a man suspected of carrying a handgun.

  • Blue Jays promote slugger Chris Colabello from Triple-A

    June 30, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) The Blue Jays have selected the contract of utilityman Chris Colabello from Buffalo and have optioned infielder Jonathan Diaz to the Triple-A team.Toronto needed another outfielder after Danny Valencia sprained an ankle when he stepped awkwardly while climbing the stairs to the clubhouse following Monday's win over the Yankees. Colabello started in left field against New York on Tuesday, batting seventh.

  • Cubs place Denorfia on DL, recall Russell, Varvaro

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The Chicago Cubs placed outfielder Chris Denorfia on the 15-day disabled list because of a hamstring injury and recalled James Russell and Anthony Varvaro from the minor leagues.Russell was 2-0 with three saves at Triple-A Iowa and had not allowed an earned run in seven games. Varvaro was 0-1 with a 4.09 ERA in nine games before getting designated for assignment by Boston, and the Cubs claimed him off waivers on Sunday.

  • Tigers RHP Verlander gets MRI for right triceps injury

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Justin Verlander is trying to stay patient while he recovers from a strained right triceps. It is a difficult task for the right-hander.The Detroit Tigers star had a third MRI on Tuesday morning in Chicago. The 2011 AL MVP is hoping the inflammation has subsided enough to allow him to increase his throwing program.

  • Mets add catcher Monell, send INF Campbell to Triple-A

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Mets have promoted catcher Johnny Monell from Triple-A Las Vegas and sent infielder Eric Campbell to their top minor league team.The Mets selected Monell's contract before Tuesday night's game against Baltimore.The 29-year-old Monell was hitting .397 with four home runs and 15 RBIs in 17 games at Las Vegas. He wasn't in the starting lineup against the Orioles.

  • Athletics release outfielder Cody Ross after short stint

    June 30, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Outfielder Cody Ross has cleared waivers and been released after his short stint with the Oakland Athletics.The move came Tuesday, three days after Ross was designated for assignment.The A's signed Ross on April 8 following his release by Arizona four days earlier. It was a cost-efficient move for Oakland, which was only responsible for 9,180, a pro-rated portion of the 7,500 league minimum. Ross was guaranteed .5 million this year as part of his contract with the Diamondbacks.

  • Braves designate Veal for assignment, recall Cunniff

    June 30, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The Braves have designated left-handed reliever Donnie Veal for assignment and recalled right-hander Brandon Cunniff from Triple-A Gwinnett.The move leaves Luis Avilan as the only left-hander in Atlanta's bullpen.Veal gave up one run in 1 1-3 innings in Monday night's 5-2 loss to the Phillies. He allowed four runs in 3 1-3 innings for a 10.80 ERA this season.

  • Indians active outfielder Nick Swisher from disabled list

    June 30, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Nick Swisher bounced through the visitors clubhouse at Kauffman Stadium, giddy as a schoolboy, unable contain the smile on his face after seeing his name on the Cleveland lineup card.''Happy opening day!'' he exclaimed.It was hard to tell whether Swisher was more thrilled to be playing in a big league park again or simply playing pain-free for the first time in ages.

  • Rangers claim Kickham off waivers, move Rua to 60-day DL

    June 30, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Texas Rangers have received left-hander Mike Kickham on a waiver claim from Seattle and assigned him to Triple-A Round Rock.To make room on their 40-man roster, the Rangers on Tuesday transferred outfielder Ryan Rua from the 15-day to 60-day disabled list.

  • Cardinals recall Lyons to start, option Tuivailala

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Cardinals recalled left-hander Tyler Lyons from Triple-A Memphis to start Tuesday night against the Chicago Cubs and optioned rookie right-hander Sam Tuivailala to Memphis.The 27-year-old Lyons was 2-1 with a 2.91 ERA in four starts for Memphis with 26 strikeouts in 21 1-3 innings. He threw eight shutout innings against Rock Round his last start on April 28.

  • Marlins release catcher Saltalamacchia

    June 30, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) The Miami Marlins have released catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, making him a free agent.The move Tuesday came eight days after Saltalamacchia was designated for assignment. The Marlins parted ways with the veteran even though he has nearly two seasons left on the million, three-year contract he signed before the 2014 season.

  • Rangers GM ready for more critical look at last-place team

    June 30, 2015

    With the Texas Rangers again at the bottom of the AL standings, general manager Jon Daniels is ready for a more critical look at the team.The Rangers have lost eight of their last 11 games, even after a 2-1 win Monday night to end Houston's 10-game winning streak. At 9-16 under new manager Jeff Banister, they have six fewer wins than at the same point last season when they finished with an American League-high 95 losses.

  • Clubhouse chemistry in digital age: Winning still cures all

    June 30, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Relaxing with a cup of coffee in the Minnesota Twins' clubhouse one day last year at spring training, Eddie Guardado looked around.All the heads he saw were down.''Nobody's talking to anybody,'' said Guardado, then a guest instructor during camp, in discussion with the team's equipment manager.

  • Craig Counsell hired as Brewers manager after poor start

    June 30, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Craig Counsell enjoyed a solid but unspectacular major league career, hitting .255 over 16 seasons. He is confident he will have more success as a manager.''It's an honor, and it's humbling, but I feel like this is what I was meant to do,'' Counsell said at a news conference Monday after he was hired to replace Ron Roenicke as manager of the Milwaukee Brewers. ''I think I'll be better at this than I was at playing.''

  • LEADING OFF: Billingsley back on mound after 2-year layoff

    June 30, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues today:---WELCOME BACKAfter a long road back to the big leagues, Chad Billingsley makes his first start in more than two years. The Philadelphia Phillies plan to activate him from the disabled list to pitch against Atlanta right-hander Shelby Miller. It will be Billingsley's first start since April 15, 2013, for the Los Angeles Dodgers against San Diego. Billingsley had Tommy John surgery followed by an operation to repair a partially torn flexor tendon.

  • Dodgers call up LHP Coulombe

    June 30, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) The Los Angeles Dodgers called up left-handed reliever Daniel Coulombe from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Monday and transferred left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list.Coulombe, who pitched in five games last season with the Dodgers, was 0-0 with a 1.74 ERA in eight appearances with Oklahoma City.

  • Yankees sleep over in Boston before trip to Toronto

    June 30, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) The New York Yankees decided to sleep over in Boston after sweeping the Red Sox and get some extra rest before crossing into Canada.With the blessing of Major League Baseball, the Yankees remained in Boston following Sunday night's game at Fenway Park, then flew to Toronto late Monday morning, arriving about seven hours ahead of their game against the Blue Jays.

  • Jackson put on DL by M's, Beimel back up with big club

    June 30, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Seattle Mariners placed center fielder and leadoff hitter Austin Jackson on the 15-day disabled list because of a sprained right ankle.The Mariners also designated left-hander Mike Kickham for assignment, recalled infielder Chris Taylor from Triple-A Tacoma and selected the contract of lefty reliever Joe Beimel from Triple-A.

  • Padres catching prospect Austin Hedges called up to majors

    June 30, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Triple-A manager Pat Murphy had quite the trick to play on Austin Hedges for the catcher's first career callup to the major leagues.In Sacramento on Sunday with El Paso ready to leave by bus for Fresno, an athletic trainer approached Hedges concerned about whether the player had been out on the town and gotten into trouble the previous night. No way, Hedges promised, he was in bed where he should have been - and had a teammate and roommate as an alibi.

  • Ottavino concerned he needs Tommy John surgery

    June 30, 2015

    DENVER (AP) In the midst of the best start of his career, Colorado Rockies closer Adam Ottavino is concerned his season might be over.Ottavino said Monday a recent MRI revealed a partial ulnar collateral ligament tear in his right elbow, which could mean he needs Tommy John surgery. He will visit Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday for an evaluation and could have the operation ''right then and there,'' the pitcher said.

  • Blue Jays hitting coach Jacoby suspended 14 games

    June 30, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Blue Jays hitting coach Brook Jacoby has been suspended 14 games for his postgame conduct toward the umpires following an April 29 game at Boston.Joe Torre, Chief Baseball Officer for Major League Baseball, announced the suspension Monday.

  • Red Sox LF Ramirez leaves game after running into side wall

    June 30, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Red Sox left fielder Hanley Ramirez has left Monday night's game against Tampa Bay after running into a side wall while attempting a catch.The team announced later it was a sprained left shoulder.Ramirez ran toward the corner to catch James Loney's slicing fly ball along the foul line. He had it in his glove before it popped out when his left shoulder hit the padded wall.

  • Nationals' Reed Johnson status uncertain after foot surgery

    June 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Nationals outfielder Reed Johnson faces an uncertain future this season after having surgery on his left ankle.Johnson was put on the disabled list April 26. He had an operation Saturday.Manager Matt Williams said Monday that Johnson is resting at home, but could not begin to guess at a timetable for his return.

  • Mets say they are bringing up catcher Johnny Monell

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Mets say they plan to put catcher Johnny Monell on the major league roster before Tuesday night's game against Baltimore.Monell is not on the 40-man roster, so the Mets will have to open a spot on it when they select his contract from Triple-A Las Vegas.

  • Twins put Arcia on DL with hip flexor strain, recall Rosario

    June 30, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Twins have placed left fielder Oswaldo Arcia on the 15-day disabled list, due to a strained right hip flexor muscle.Arcia was hurt in Sunday's 13-3 win over the Chicago White Sox, and the move was made on Monday before the Twins hosted the Oakland Athletics.

  • Rangers recall Patton and send Mendez back to Triple-A

    June 30, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) The Texas Rangers have recalled right-hander Spencer Patton from Round Rock and optioned right-hander Roman Mendez to that Triple-A team.Patton made his major league debut with the Rangers last season, going 1-0 while allowing only one earned run in 9 1-3 innings. In eight appearances at Round Rock this season, Patton has the same 0.96 ERA, allowing one earned run in 9 1-3 innings, with two saves.

  • Hamilton plays 1st extended spring training game for Rangers

    June 30, 2015

    SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) Josh Hamilton played in extended spring training for the Texas Rangers on Monday, his first game of any kind since last October.Hamilton struck out once and hit three grounders to first base in Arizona, a week after the Los Angeles Angels completed a trade that sent to slugger back to Texas. He played three innings in left field.

  • MLB, union say players taken in draft can be traded earlier

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Major League Baseball and the players' association have agreed to change the rule that has kept first-round pick Trea Turner from joining his new team after a trade, though it will affect only future drafts.Selected by the Padres 13th overall last June, Turner was sent to Washington in a three-team, 11-player deal Dec. 19 that brought center fielder Wil Myers from Tampa Bay to San Diego. But Turner can't report to the Nationals until mid-June.

  • Craig Counsell hired as Brewers manager after 7-18 start

    June 30, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Craig Counsell enjoyed a solid but unspectacular major league career, hitting .255 over 16 seasons. He is confident he will have more success as a manager.''It's an honor, and it's humbling, but I feel like this is what I was meant to do,'' Counsell said at a news conference Monday after his hiring to replace Ron Roenicke as manager of the Milwaukee Brewers. ''I think I'll be better at this than I was at playing.''

  • Counsell replaces Roenicke with Brewers after 7-18 start

    June 30, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) The Brewers fired manager Ron Roenicke and replaced him Monday with former Milwaukee infielder Craig Counsell.The Brewers, a major league-worst 7-18, lost 40 of their final 56 games under Roenicke. The skid included a late-season collapse last year after they led the NL Central for nearly five months and a 2-13 start this season.

  • Craig Counsell hired as manager of the Milwaukee Brewers

    June 30, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Craig Counsell hired as manager of the Milwaukee Brewers.

  • Weekend Sports In Brief

    June 30, 2015

    PREAKNESSBALTIMORE (AP) American Pharoah won the Preakness by seven lengths in driving rain Saturday, keeping alive his Triple Crown bid.With victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, American Pharoah needs a win in the Belmont Stakes to become the sport's first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.

  • Tigers, Royals resume respectful rivalry with split

    June 30, 2015

    The Kansas City Royals have rubbed some American League teams the wrong way this season. When they face the Detroit Tigers, however, the atmosphere is one of respect.''I think our guys actually like a lot of the guys over there, and vice versa,'' Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. ''I think you could pluck guys from our clubhouse and put them over there and they'd fit in just fine.''

  • Dodgers acquire first baseman Andy Wilkins from Blue Jays

    June 30, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired first baseman Andy Wilkins from the Toronto Blue Jays for cash considerations.The teams announced the move Sunday night.Wilkins, 26, hit .264 in 21 games this season for Triple-A Buffalo, with four doubles and nine RBIs.

  • Dodgers acquire first baseman Andy Wilkins from Dodgers

    June 30, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired first baseman Andy Wilkins from the Toronto Blue Jays for cash considerations.The teams announced the move Sunday night.Wilkins, 26, hit .264 in 21 games this season for Triple-A Buffalo, with four doubles and nine RBIs.

  • Milwaukee Brewers fire manager Ron Roenicke

    June 30, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Brewers fired manager Ron Roenicke on Sunday night, hours after their 5-3 victory over the Cubs in Chicago.The Brewers are a major league-worst 7-18 after a 2-13 start. The team said it will announce a replacement Monday.

  • The Milwaukee Brewers have fired manager Ron Roenicke

    June 30, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Brewers have fired manager Ron Roenicke.

  • James Taylor debuts song about Red Sox-Yankees at Fenway

    June 30, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) James Taylor inherited his love for the Boston Red Sox from his father and grandmother, and his newest song follows his fandom through three generations from the sale of Babe Ruth to the team's cathartic 2004 World Series title.The Boston troubadour was back at Fenway Park on Sunday night to debut a new single, ''Angels of Fenway,'' named for the historic ballpark. The song was played on the public address system before the game against the New York Yankees, accompanied by a video with highlights of the century-old rivalry.

  • LEADING OFF: Astros aim for 11th win in row, Hamilton plays

    June 30, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Monday:---IN ORBITThe Astros go for their 11th straight win when they host Texas. Dallas Keuchel (3-0, 0.73 ERA) starts for Houston, which is enjoying its best run since a 12-game victory streak in 2004. Evan Gattis has been providing plenty of pop, homering five times in six games.

  • James Taylor debuts new song about Fenway, at Fenway

    June 30, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Local troubadour James Taylor debuted his new song ''Angels of Fenway'' at the ballpark that gave the tune its name.Taylor's song was played over the public address system at Fenway Park on Sunday night before the Boston Red Sox hosted the New York Yankees. It was accompanied by a video of scenes from the century-old rivalry between the two teams.

  • Segura leaves game after getting hit on helmet by pitch

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Jean Segura left Sunday's game against the Chicago Cubs after he was hit on the helmet by Pedro Strop's pitch in the eighth inning.Segura initially took first base after he was examined by the training staff for several minutes. Before play resumed, he was replaced by pinch-runner Hector Gomez.

  • Darvish ponders US citizenship as he comes along in rehab

    June 30, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Yu Darvish misses being on this road with his Texas teammates for reasons beyond fellowship as he recovers from season-ending elbow surgery.The Japanese right-hander joked his English is suffering because he's not using it as much. Darvish was serious when he said he wants to improve his command of the language enough to pursue dual citizenship.

  • Darvish out of brace, feeling 'positive' after elbow surgery

    June 30, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Yu Darvish is out of a brace and says he is maintaining a positive mindset during his season-long recovery from elbow reconstruction surgery.The Japanese right-hander said Sunday that he didn't experience as much pain others he talked to about the Tommy John procedure. Still, he said through an interpreter that he wanted to take it slow.

  • Cubs claim pitcher off waivers

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Cubs have claimed right-handed pitcher Anthony Varvaro off waivers from the Boston Red Sox and designated left-handed pitcher Joseph Ortiz for assignment.Varvaro is 7-9 with a 3.23 ERA, 20 holds and one save in 166 major league appearances with the Seattle Mariners, Atlanta Braves and Red Sox.

  • A's call up righty reliever Chad Smith, demote Ryan Cook

    June 30, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Athletics have recalled right-handed reliever Chad Smith from Triple-A Nashville and demoted righty Ryan Cook.Smith was 1-1 with a 2.31 ERA as the closer with Nashville, getting two saves in four chances. He had a blown save Saturday night at Round Rock.

  • Cardinals' Jordan Walden goes on 15-day disabled list

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Cardinals setup man Jordan Walden has been placed on the 15-day disabled list because of an inflamed right biceps. Reliever Sam Tuivailala was recalled from Triple-A Memphis.Walden stopped warming up in the eighth inning Saturday. He's 0-1 with an 0.87 ERA in 12 games with 12 strikeouts in 10 1-3 innings.

  • Orioles' Hardy, Flaherty to start rehab assignments

    June 30, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Injured Baltimore Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy and infielder Ryan Flaherty will both start minor league rehab assignments Monday with Double-A Bowie.Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Sunday the pair will play at least three games with Bowie.

  • Royals' Lorenzo Cain drops appeal, begins serving suspension

    June 30, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Lorenzo Cain was hoping that nobody saw him throw the punch.Then the Royals outfielder learned just how many video cameras there are in big league ballparks these days.After seeing footage that Major League Baseball has of him throwing the haymaker in a brawl with the White Sox last month, Cain dropped his appeal of a two-game suspension Sunday. Along with missing the series finale against Detroit, he will miss Tuesday's game against Cleveland.

  • Rays place CF Jennings on 15-day DL with left knee soreness

    June 30, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays placed center fielder Desmond Jennings on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with left knee soreness.Jennings hasn't played since leaving a game April 25 with the injury and said there is still some pain in the knee. He is the 14th Tampa Bay player to go on the DL this season.

  • Diamondbacks blow lead in 7th, lose 6-4 to Dodgers

    June 30, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) For the second time in a matter of hours, a major league game ended with a baserunner getting hit by a batted ball for the final out.Arizona Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale watched in anguish as it happened to his team, and now he knows how Los Angeles Angels skipper Mike Scioscia felt in San Francisco.

  • Niese outpitched by Gonzalez as Mets lose to Nationals 1-0

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Jonathon Niese stranded nine runners. The one he didn't was enough to beat him.Gio Gonzalez struck out nine in seven crisp innings on one of his favorite mounds, outpitching Niese to lead the Washington Nationals over the New York Mets 1-0 Saturday night.

  • LEADING OFF: Astros stalk 10th W in row, Weaver goes for 1st

    June 30, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Sunday:---ASTROS BLAST OFFThe surprising Astros will try for their 10th straight win and a sweep of Seattle. Houston owns the best record in the AL - it went 70-92 last season after three straight years of at least 106 losses. Roberto Hernandez starts the series finale vs. the visiting Mariners, and a victory would give the Astros their longest winning streak since a 12-game string in 2004.

  • LEADING OFF: Weaver aims for 1st W, A-Rod tries to pass Mays

    June 30, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Sunday:---WEAVING IN A WIN?Angels ace Jered Weaver (0-3, 5.83 ERA) starts the series finale at San Francisco. He's never begun a season so slowly, and hopes to reverse things vs. the Giants - Weaver is 16-4 with a 2.55 ERA in 29 career interleague games. He'll be opposed by two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum (1-2, 3.27), who knows all about struggling.

  • Rockies designate Jorge Rondon for assignment

    June 30, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) The Colorado Rockies designated right-hander Jorge Rondon for assignment Saturday and called up left-hander Ken Roberts from Triple-A Albuquerque.On Friday night in a loss to the San Diego Padres, Rondon didn't retire any of the eight batters he faced, allowing five hits, two walks and a run. He exited with a 90.00 ERA after two outings.

  • Yankees say they don't plan to pay home run bonus to A-Rod

    June 30, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman says the team doesn't plan to pay a million bonus to Alex Rodriguez for his 660th home run.Cashman spoke Saturday before the Yankees played at Boston. On Friday night, Rodriguez hit No. 660, tying Willie Mays for fourth on the career list.

  • Indians scratch Bourn with cervical strain

    June 30, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Indians outfielder Michael Bourn has been scratched from Saturday's lineup because of a cervical strain.Bourn slid headfirst into the plate Friday trying to score from first base on Mike Aviles' double. He was called safe, but the play was overturned on a replay challenge by Toronto manager John Gibbons.

  • Nova pitches in 1st game since elbow surgery

    June 30, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) New York Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova has pitched in his first game since elbow ligament replacement surgery a year ago.The right-hander allowed an infield hit and struck out one in 1 1-3 innings Saturday in an extended spring training game. He threw 18 pitches and appears on target to be back in June.

  • Marlins' Yelich set for minor league rehab assignment

    June 30, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Miami Marlins left fielder Christian Yelich will begin a rehab assignment on Sunday with Class A Jupiter.Yelich, who has been on the disabled list since April 24 with a lower back strain, also plans to play for Jupiter on Monday and Tuesday with plans of returning to the big league club on Thursday at San Francisco.

  • Blue Jays send Dalton Pompey, Andrew Albers to Triple-A

    June 30, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Toronto Blue Jays have optioned rookie outfielder Dalton Pompey and pitcher Andrew Albers to Triple-A Buffalo.Pompey opened the season as Toronto's center fielder, but batted .183 and struck out 22 times in 83 at-bats. The 22-year-old switch hitter stole two bases.

  • Brewers activate Carlos Gomez from disabled list

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Milwaukee Brewers have activated outfielder Carlos Gomez from the 15-day disabled list on Saturday.Gomez was placed on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring and missed 15 games. In eight games, Gomez was 8 for 34 with one home run and six RBIs.

  • Red Sox place C Hanigan on DL with fractured right pinkie

    June 30, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Red Sox have placed catcher Ryan Hanigan on the 15-day DL after he fractured his right pinkie in Friday's loss to the New York Yankees.To take his place on the roster, the club promoted top catching prospect Blake Swihart from Triple-A Pawtucket. Swihart is in the starting lineup, catching and batting ninth.

  • LEADING OFF: Streaking 'Stros, Kluber goes, Price eyes KC

    June 30, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues today:---STREAKING `STROSThe surprising Houston Astros try for their ninth consecutive victory and 13th in 14 games when they host Seattle. They seem to have the right man on the mound, too: Collin McHugh (3-0) has won 10 straight decisions, the longest active streak in the majors. Tied with Kansas City for the top record in the American League, the Astros (16-7) matched the 1980 team for the best 23-game start in franchise history.

  • Smith upset over glove, self in Angels loss

    June 30, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Joe Smith was frustrated about a lot of things, including leaving a pitch over the plate for pinch hitter Joe Panik to drive up the middle for a game-winning hit.What put Los Angeles' set-up man in a bad mood to start was having to shorten a string on his glove as ordered by home plate umpire Bill Miller.

  • A-Rod hits 660th homer, question of million looms

    June 30, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) No. 660 is in the book. Will million get in the bank?That's the amount in a marketing agreement that the New York Yankees may have to pay Alex Rodriguez for tying Willie Mays' total of 660 homers, fourth most in major league history.He slugged that on Friday night, a no-doubt, tie-breaking, pinch-hit liner over the Green Monster in the eighth inning that lifted the Yankees to a 3-2 win over the Boston Red Sox.

  • Panik lifts Giants past Angels 3-2

    June 30, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Joe Panik figured all the pressure was on Joe Smith, a relaxing ideat in a tight situation. His only thought was putting a good swing on the ball.Panik singled in the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, lifting the San Francisco Giants past the Los Angeles Angels 3-2 on Friday night.

  • Twins activate Nolasco, Duensing off DL

    June 30, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco and reliever Brian Duensing were activated off the disabled list after Friday night's game.Nolasco, who has been out since April 11 with right elbow inflammation, is scheduled to start Saturday's game against the Chicago White Sox. He started one game earlier this year, giving up six earned runs in three innings.

  • Castellanos get 1st hit for Tigers in 8th against Royals

    June 30, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Nick Castellanos has singled off Kansas City Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera with nobody out in the eighth inning for the first hit by the Detroit Tigers.Chris Young and reliever Ryan Madson combined on a no-hit bid for Kansas City through seven innings Friday night. Herrera came on in the eighth and walked his first batter before Castellanos lined a clean single to left field.

  • Royals' Young and Madson working on no-hit bid through 7

    June 30, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Chris Young and reliever Ryan Madson have combined on a no-hit bid for the Kansas City Royals through seven innings against the Detroit Tigers.Young, who was making his first start of the season Friday night, was pulled when his pitch count reached 81 after five innings with the Royals leading 4-0. He struck out nine and pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the fourth when he walked three straight. He threw 34 pitches in the inning.

  • Say Hey Rod: Rodriguez matches Mays milestone with homer 660

    June 30, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Alex Rodriguez has matched Willie Mays for fourth on the career homer list by hitting No. 660, possibly setting up a legal showdown with the New York Yankees over a million payment.Rodriguez connected off Junichi Tazawa of the Boston Red Sox in the eighth inning Friday night to reach the milestone with his sixth home run in a successful return from a yearlong drug suspension.

  • Baseball now officially on the clock with pace-of-play rules

    June 30, 2015

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The reality of baseball's new pace-of-play rules hit the Oklahoma City Dodgers' Matt Carson in the top of the sixth inning Friday night when he was down 0-1 in the count before he even saw a pitch.Carson wasn't in the batter's box on time, and plate umpire Chris Gonzalez made him pay.

  • All-Star OF Carlos Quentin retires in minors with Mariners

    June 30, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) Carlos Quentin retired Friday after chronic knee injuries cut short his All-Star career.In a news release, the Seattle Mariners announced Quentin has decided to hang up his spikes. The outfielder and designated hitter was playing at Triple-A Tacoma after signing a minor league contract with the Mariners on April 22.

  • Blue Jays, Indians both hit leadoff HRs in 1st inning

    June 30, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Toronto Blue Jays and Cleveland Indians both had leadoff home runs in the first inning Friday night.Toronto's Josh Donaldson homered on the second pitch of the game from Carlos Carrasco while Jason Kipnis hit Mark Buehrle's sixth pitch for a home run.

  • Padres call up RHP Vincent from Triple-A El Paso

    June 30, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) The Padres recalled right-hander Nick Vincent from Triple A El Paso on Friday.Vincent was 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA in an earlier stint with San Diego last month. He was 1-0 with a 0.96 ERA in eight appearances for the Chihuahuas.Right-hander Cory Mazzoni was optioned to El Paso. He allowed six runs in two innings for the Padres.

  • Orioles play home games in Florida after riots in Baltimore

    June 30, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter looked out of place.It was understandable.Wearing his home uniform, Showalter took his normal spot in the visiting dugout at Tropicana Field before Friday night's game against Tampa Bay, which the Rays won 2-0 before an announced crowd of 9,945.

  • Mets promote 2B Herrera from Triple-A, starts vs. Scherzer

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Mets have promoted second baseman Dilson Herrera from Triple-A and put him in the lineup against Max Scherzer and the Washington Nationals.Herrera started Friday night. Left-handed reliever Jack Leathersich was sent back to Las Vegas.

  • Royals shortstop Escobar placed on 7-day concussion list

    June 30, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Kansas City Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar was placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list Friday, retroactive to Thursday.Escobar, who did not miss a game last season, was struck in the face by Danny Salazar's pitch in the fifth inning Wednesday night in Cleveland.

  • Blue Jays option Daniel Norris to Triple-A Buffalo

    June 30, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Toronto Blue Jays optioned rookie left-hander Daniel Norris to Buffalo on Friday and purchased left-hander Andrew Albers' contract from the Triple-A club.Norris was 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA in five starts for the Blue Jays. He pitched three scoreless innings against Cleveland on Thursday night, but threw 78 pitches and didn't come out for the fourth. Toronto used four relievers to complete the 5-1 victory.

  • Blue Jays option rookie LHP Daniel Norris to Triple-A

    June 30, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Blue Jays have optioned rookie left-hander Daniel Norris to Triple-A Buffalo.Norris was 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA in five starts for Toronto. He pitched three scoreless innings against Cleveland on Thursday night but threw 78 pitches and didn't come out for the fourth. Toronto used four relievers to complete the 5-1 win.

  • Rodriguez gets to rest, not in Yankees starting lineup

    June 30, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) A-Rod is getting a rest from his pursuit of his next home run milestone.Alex Rodriguez wasn't in the starting lineup for the New York Yankees on Friday night as he remains one homer away from tying Willie Mays' total of 660, fourth most in baseball history.

  • Twins put RHP Stauffer on disabled list, call up Pressly

    June 30, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Twins have put righthander Tim Stauffer on the disabled list with a strained chest muscle and called up righthander Ryan Pressly to replace him.Stauffer was 1-0 with an 8.38 ERA in eight games.Pressly was 0-2 with a 4.50 ERA in seven relief appearances at Rochester.

  • Indians place LHP House on 15-day DL with sore shoulder

    June 30, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Indians have placed left-hander TJ House on the 15-day disabled list with a sore throwing shoulder.House is 0-4 with a 13.15 ERA in four starts and pitched three innings or fewer in three of those appearances. He didn't allow a hit through three innings against Toronto on Thursday, but then didn't retire a batter in the fourth as the first five hitters reached base and scored in a 5-1 loss.

  • Reds' Homer Bailey will have elbow surgery, out for season

    June 30, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Reds starter Homer Bailey will have surgery on his pitching elbow and miss the rest of the season, a significant setback to Cincinnati's struggling staff.Bailey tore a ligament in his right elbow and will have Tommy John surgery next Friday. He took a couple of days to weigh his options and made the decision Friday. The Reds expect him to be fully recovered in time for next season.

  • Manfred: Recent injuries to pitchers don't change DH view

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said Friday that the recent instances of pitchers injuring themselves while batting haven't changed his opinion that the sport benefits from the two leagues playing under different rules.Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright tore his left Achilles and will miss the rest of the season, while Nationals ace Max Scherzer missed a start after hurting his thumb.

  • Royals best tough AL Central rival Tigers 8-1

    June 30, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Detroit Tigers dominated the Kansas City Royals last year, winning 13 of 19 while capturing their fourth straight AL Central title.In the first meeting this year, the Tigers were thumped 8-1 with Danny Duffy pitching shutout ball into the eighth and Eric Hosmer hitting a two-run homer as the Royals won Thursday night.

  • Foltynewicz getting called up, Johnson on DL for Braves

    June 30, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez says right-hander Mike Foltynewicz will be called up from the minors to make his first career start on Friday.To make room for Foltynewicz on the roster, third baseman Chris Johnson will be placed on the 15-day disabled list with a broken left hand.

  • LEADING OFF: Scherzer-Harvey matchup, Lester tries again

    June 30, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Friday:---MARQUEE MATCHUPMax Scherzer returns to the Washington rotation and faces Mets ace Matt Harvey at Citi Field. Scherzer missed his previously scheduled start after jamming his right thumb while batting. Scherzer and Harvey were the starters in July 2013 for All-Star Game at Citi Field - they faced each other the next month, too, in Harvey's last outing before Tommy John surgery.

  • MLB tweaks pace of play rules set to take effect Friday

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Major League Baseball has tweaked its pace of play rules that take effect Friday, giving hitters and pitchers more leeway before imposing fines.The new agreement between owners and players came as game times dropped to 2 hours, 54 minutes through April 29, down 8 minutes from the same period last year.

  • Calhoun leads Angels to 6-5 win over A's

    June 30, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) All eyes were on Mike Trout as he tracked Ike Davis' long fly ball to the wall. He had to make a late adjustment but was able to haul it in, prompting Los Angeles closer Huston Street to pump his fist into the air.Kole Calhoun had two hits and three RBIs, Garrett Richards took a shutout into the seventh inning, and the Angels held on to beat the Oakland Athletics 6-5 Thursday.

  • Yordano Ventura drops appeal of suspension

    June 30, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Kansas City Royals right-hander Yordano Ventura opted Thursday to abandon his appeal of his seven-game suspension.Ventura was suspended by Major League Baseball for his actions in an April 23 game at the Chicago White Sox, which led to a brawl with both dugouts and bullpens emptying. It was Ventura's third incident in his first four starts.

  • Tigers closer Nathan undergoes elbow surgery

    June 30, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Detroit Tigers closer Joe Nathan underwent season-ending Tommy John and flexor repair surgery Wednesday.Nathan, who is in the final season of a two-year million contract with the Tigers, confirmed the surgery Thursday. He logged 35 saves in 2014 for the Tigers.

  • 9th Circuit gives feds time to take Bonds to Supreme Court

    June 30, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) A federal appeals court has granted a motion from prosecutors that gives them until at least July 22 to decide whether to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate Barry Bonds' obstruction of justice conviction.The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which threw out Bonds' conviction in a 10-1 vote last week, issued a one-page order Thursday that stays the issuance of a mandate that would return the case to District Court for final procedures. Bonds did not oppose the motion.

  • Wainwright has surgery to repair torn Achillies tendon

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright has had surgery to repair a torn left Achilles tendon, an injury that will sideline him for the rest of the season.''Everything went well,'' Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said after Thursday's operation. ''No surprises, which was probably the best news, and didn't have to use any extra material to reattach the tendon. So now it's rest and recovery for probably the next 6 to 8 weeks.''

  • Twins put right-hander Casey Fien on DL, recall Tonkin

    June 30, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Twins have put right-handed reliever Casey Fien on the disabled list because of a right shoulder strain.Fien was hurt in Wednesday's game against Detroit. He was 1-2 with a 4.35 ERA in nine appearances.Right-hander Michael Tonkin was recalled Thursday from Triple-A Rochester, where he was 0-1 with five saves and a 2.45 ERA in eight relief appearances.

  • Cooney brought up by Cardinals to make big league debut

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Left-hander Tim Cooney has been brought up from the minor leagues by the St. Louis Cardinals to start against Philadelphia in his major league debut.Cooney's contract was selected from Triple-A Memphis before Thursday's game. The Cardinals optioned catcher Cody Stanley to Memphis and opened a spot on their 40-man roster by transferring pitcher Adam Wainwright from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL.

  • Ernie Banks' wife: Caregiver hasn't given all estate details

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The attorney for Ernie Banks' wife says the late Chicago Cubs great's longtime caretaker hasn't turned over all pertinent financial information about his estate.Elizabeth Ellzey Banks' attorney Thomas Jefson told a Cook County judge Wednesday that caregiver Regina Rice hasn't disclosed all assets in Banks' estate, the Chicago Tribune reported (http://trib.in/1QOVDSK ). That includes a joint bank account Banks had with Rice and a trust.

  • Pujols leaves Angels game with tight hamstring

    June 30, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols left Wednesday night's game against the Oakland Athletics with tightness in his left hamstring after running to first base in the sixth inning.Pujols blooped a single to center leading off the inning but pulled up about 15 feet from the base and walked the final few steps. He clutched at the back of his left leg as a team trainer came out from the dugout. The two talked briefly before Pujols walked slowly off the field.

  • Pujols leaves Angels game with possible leg injury

    June 30, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols left Wednesday night's game against the Oakland Athletics after appearing to injure his left leg while running to first base in sixth inning.Pujols blooped a single to center leading off the inning but pulled up about 15 feet from the base and walked the final few steps. He clutched at the back of his left leg as a team trainer came out from the dugout. The two talked briefly before Pujols walked slowly off the field.

  • Right call? Orioles take the field in riot-torn Baltimore

    June 30, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) With tempers still smoldering in riot-torn Baltimore and nearby neighborhoods clearing out rubble and debris, the Orioles played a baseball game Wednesday.This wasn't for the fans, because there weren't any at Camden Yards.The game was held behind closed doors, and the Orioles and Chicago White Sox played because it was considered to be the best way to fill out the schedule for both teams.

  • Lefty skipped school to attend Phils' World Series parade

    June 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The timing is perfect for Tim Cooney's major league debut.The St. Louis Cardinals lefty skipped high school to attend the Philadelphia Phillies' 2008 World Series parade, idolized Cole Hamels and recalls that Ryan Howard ''dropped bombs back in the day'' when he played his favorite team on video games. On Thursday, he'll be facing them.

  • Arizona's Bradley to DL after getting struck by line drive

    June 30, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks placed pitcher Archie Bradley on the 15-day disabled list with a sinus fracture in the right side of his face Wednesday, the result of being struck with a batted ball in the second inning of Tuesday's game against the Colorado Rockies.

  • LEADING OFF: Jose Fernandez faces hitters; Royal-Tigers meet

    June 30, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Thursday:---FERNANDEZ ON THE MOUNDMarlins ace Jose Fernandez is set to face hitter for the first time since having Tommy John surgery nearly a year ago. He hopes to throw 15 pitches in the session at Miami's spring training complex in Jupiter, Florida.

  • Empty stadium would be weird for Scully

    June 30, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Hall of Fame announcer Vin Scully says he would have been very uncomfortable if he had to announce a baseball game played in front of no fans.Scully, who witnessed the 1965 Watts Riots and the 1992 L.A. riots during his 65 seasons in the Dodgers' broadcast booth, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he thought it was a smart decision by Major League Baseball to have kept the public out of Camden Yards for safety and police staffing reasons when the Baltimore Orioles beat the Chicago White Sox 8-2.

  • Royals' Escobar hit in head by pitch

    June 30, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Kansas City Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar suffered a bruised left cheek when he was hit in the head by a pitch from Cleveland's Danny Salazar in the fifth inning on Wednesday.Escobar was hit in the left side of the helmet and dropped to the ground immediately as two Royals trainers rushed on the field.

  • Baseball Capsules

    June 30, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Oakland's Pat Venditte became the first pitcher in 20 years to throw with both arms in the same game, but the Boston Red Sox beat the Athletics 4-2 Friday on a night a fan sustained life-threatening injuries when she was struck by a broken bat.

  • Cubs cleared of tampering with Rays' Maddon

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Major League Baseball has ruled that the Chicago Cubs did not violate tampering rules when they pursued manager Joe Maddon last fall.The commissioner's office released a statement Wednesday clearing the Cubs of wrongdoing about six months after Tampa Bay accused Chicago of tampering with their manager before Maddon opted out of his contract with the Rays.

  • Yanks say A-Rod not down to spring training weight

    December 10, 2014

    SAN DIEGO (AP) - Alex Rodriguez remains over the weight the New York Yankees want him to be at when he reports to spring training in two months.Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Matthew Krause, the team's strength and conditioning coordinator, visited A-Rod on Wednesday in Miami.

  • Scioscia think Trout could hit third for Angels

    December 10, 2014

    SAN DIEGO (AP) - AL MVP Mike Trout could be hitting from the 3-hole in the Angels' lineup next season. Manager Mike Scioscia wouldn't mind seeing hit second, too.At the same time.''If we had a guy like Mike that would hit in front of Mike, I think you'd really see some opportunities. I guess I'm sounding greedy, like a spoiled kid. You want two Mikes,'' Scioscia said Wednesday at baseball's winter meetings. ''If we find some guys that have that on-base, I think you're going to see some lineup options come across your desk that might make a little more sense.''

  • Scherzer could be seeking more than Kershaw

    December 10, 2014

    SAN DIEGO (AP) - Clayton Kershaw is considered the top pitcher in baseball, with three Cy Young Awards in four years for the Los Angeles Dodgers, an NL Most Valuable Player award and a $215 million, seven-year contract.Max Scherzer may be seeking an even bigger deal as his talks on the free-agent market move forward.

  • Boras says he thinks Rays should move to Montreal

    December 10, 2014

    SAN DIEGO (AP) - Given the struggles of the Tampa Bay Rays to draw fans in Florida, agent Scott Boras says he thinks the franchise should move to Canada.''Everyone always wonders why they're not playing in Montreal,'' Boras said Wednesday at the winter meetings. ''We have a generation of families that grew up with Major League Baseball that are now wage earners, so I think it has a chance to be far more successful than some of the other cities that we have baseball in now.''

  • Boras talking with Nats on Harper grievance

    December 10, 2014

    SAN DIEGO (AP) - Bryce Harper's agent is having talks with the Washington Nationals ahead of a possible grievance hearing to decide whether the outfielder should be eligible for salary arbitration.Harper has 2 years, 159 days of major league service, 26 above the cutoff for arbitration eligibility this offseason. Agent Scott Boras contends because the All-Star has sufficient service time, he should be able to void the 2015 terms in the final season of his $9.9 million, five-year contract. Harper is scheduled to have a $1 million salary and the chance to earn four $125,000 bonuses for 30, 60, 90 and 120 days on the active 25-man roster.

  • Pirates acquire left-hander Bastardo from Phillies

    December 10, 2014

    SAN DIEGO (AP) - The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired left-handed reliever Antonio Bastardo from the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday for minor league lefty Joely Rodriguez.The 29-year-old Bastardo went 5-7 with a 3.94 ERA this year with the Phillies. He struck out 81 and walked 34 in 64 innings. In six big league seasons - all with the Phillies - he is 20-18 with a 3.72 ERA. He has 324 strikeouts in 259 innings.

  • Braves release new renderings of proposed stadium

    December 10, 2014

    ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Braves released new renderings of their planned suburban stadium Wednesday, showing a hotel and office building towering beyond the right-field stands.The images focus on the multi-use development around SunTrust Park, which is set to open in 2017 in Cobb County. It will replace Turner Field, the team's home since 1997 near downtown Atlanta.

  • Robertson and White Sox finalize $46 million deal

    December 10, 2014

    SAN DIEGO (AP) - David Robertson is looking forward to playing with Jeff Samardzija on the new-look Chicago White Sox.Chicago announced a $46 million, four-year contract with Robertson on Wednesday, giving the White Sox a sorely needed presence at the back end of their bullpen after they had 21 blown saves last season, tied for seventh most in the majors.

  • Cherington wishes he had more talk with Lester

    December 10, 2014

    SAN DIEGO (AP) - Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington says he wishes he had a little more conversation with Jon Lester last season.Only hours after getting a goodbye call from Lester around 10 p.m. Tuesday before it was learned the lefty agreed to a $155 million, six-year contract with the Chicago Cubs, Cherington lamented that he wished things had gone differently when Lester was still with Boston.

  • Enberg wins Frick Award for baseball broadcasting

    December 10, 2014

    SAN DIEGO (AP) - Dick Enberg said it was ''certainly an `Oh my!' moment'' when he got the phone call saying he'd won the Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in baseball broadcasting.Enberg got the call from baseball's Hall of Fame, which announced the selection Wednesday at the winter meetings.

  • AP sources: Astros add relievers Gregerson, Neshek

    December 10, 2014

    SAN DIEGO (AP) - The Houston Astros have bolstered their bullpen by agreeing to an $18.5 million, three-year contract with Luke Gregerson and a $12.5 million, two-year deal with Pat Neshek, people familiar with the negotiations said Wednesday.The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the deals with the right-handers were subject to physicals.

  • Tomas can opt out of deal after $36M and 4 years

    December 10, 2014

    SAN DIEGO (AP) - Yasmany Tomas can become a free agent again after receiving $36 million during the first four years of his contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks.Under the agreement announced Monday, the Cuban defector is guaranteed $68.5 million over six seasons.

  • MLB Winter Meetings Things to Know

    December 10, 2014

    SAN DIEGO (AP) - Some things to know as Major League Baseball's winter meetings head into the third day on Wednesday:WINDY CITY WONDERSNorth Side, South Side, it's fun to be a baseball fan in Chicago this offseason. Jon Lester agreed Tuesday to a $155 million, six-year contract with the Cubs, who earlier in the day acquired All-Star catcher Miguel Montero from Arizona for a pair of minor leaguers. Lester turned down a chance to return to Boston, where he helped pitch the Red Sox to a pair of World Series titles before he was dealt to Oakland last summer. While the Cubs seek their first championship since 1908, the White Sox try for their second since 1917 and first since 2005. After agreeing with free-agent closer David Robertson on a $46 million, four-year deal late Monday, the White Sox acquired former Cubs right-hander Jeff Samardzija from the Athletics in a six-player trade on Tuesday to join a revamped roster that includes first baseman Adam LaRoche and left-hander Zach Duke.