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  • LEADING OFF: Latos tries again for Dodgers, Braves skidding

    September 3, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues today:---TRY AGAINMat Latos makes his fifth start for the Dodgers, still aiming for his first win with the NL West leaders. He is 0-2 with a 6.05 ERA in those four outings since being traded from Miami to LA. He starts on the road against San Diego.

  • Fan injured at Fenway Park expected to leave hospital

    September 2, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Boston Red Sox say a fan who was injured at Fenway Park trying to catch a foul ball is expected to be released from a hospital Wednesday night.The man flipped backward over a railing in the lower box seats and landed on a concrete walkway during an afternoon game between the Red Sox and New York Yankees. Emergency medical personnel at the stadium treated him for a possible concussion and he was taken away on a stretcher.

  • Nationals remove Harper in 4th inning with tight glutes

    September 2, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals was taken out of Wednesday night's game against the St. Louis Cardinals before the bottom of the fourth inning with tight glutes.Harper was 0 for 2 in the game, taking a called third strike in the first inning and lining out softly to second in the fourth.

  • Nationals remove Harper in 4th inning

    September 2, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals was taken out of Wednesday night's game against the St. Louis Cardinals before the bottom of the fourth inning.The team made no announcement about a reason.Harper was 0 for 2 in the game, taking a called third strike in the first inning and lining out softly to second in the fourth.

  • Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum seeks opinion on hip problem

    September 2, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Tim Lincecum has sought another opinion on his hip to determine whether the two-time Cy Young Award-winning pitcher needs surgery.He was in Vail, Colorado, on Wednesday to be examined at the Steadman Clinic and discuss the issue with hip specialist Marc Philippon.

  • Tejada hits inside-the-park homer for Mets vs Phillies

    September 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Ruben Tejada has hit an inside-the-park homer for the New York Mets against Philadelphia.With a runner on second and two outs in the second inning Wednesday night, Tejada hit a shallow pop fly down the right-field line. Domonic Brown charged in and reached down but could not make the catch, and the ball bounced by him as he flipped head over heels over a low retaining wall.

  • Mets to skip Syndergaard this weekend, Harvey once more

    September 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Even as they aim to win the NL East, the New York Mets are minding their future.Resolved to protect their prized young pitchers, the first-place Mets confirmed Wednesday that starter Noah Syndergaard will be skipped this weekend in Miami when fellow rookie Steven Matz returns from injury. And manager Terry Collins also acknowledged ace Matt Harvey will likely be passed over once more in his first season back from Tommy John surgery.

  • Rockies recall RHPs Brown, Miller from Triple-A

    September 2, 2015

    DENVER (AP) The Colorado Rockies recalled right-handers Brooks Brown and Justin Miller from Triple-A Albuquerque.Both pitchers were available for Wednesday night's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.Brown is making his third appearance on Colorado's roster. He last pitched for the Rockies on June 16 before going on the 15-day disabled list two days later with right shoulder inflammation.

  • Goldschmidt leaves Diamondbacks for birth of his first child

    September 2, 2015

    DENVER (AP) Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt has left the team to be with his wife, Amy, for the birth of the couple's first child.Goldschmidt left Denver for Phoenix on a flight late Tuesday night. Manager Chip Hale said Goldschmidt would miss Wednesday's game against the Rockies and most likely Friday's game at the Chicago Cubs.

  • Pirates' Aramis Ramirez greeted warmly back in Milwaukee

    September 2, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Getting traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates in the middle of a pennant race hasn't changed third baseman Aramis Ramirez's mind about retirement.Ramirez reiterated on Wednesday that he's ending his 18-year career after this season.''No, no, no. I'm going home. That's it. It couldn't be any better. I'm going to be in the pennant race my last year,'' Ramirez said at Miller Park before the Pirates played his previous team, the Milwaukee Brewers.

  • Fan at Fenway Park hurt trying for foul, leaves on stretcher

    September 2, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) A fan at Fenway Park has been taken away on a stretcher after flipping over backward trying to catch a foul ball.The accident occurred Wednesday during the seventh inning of a game between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox.The fan was in the last row of the lower box seats, and landed on the concrete walkway that separates the lower and upper boxes. A witness said there was a bloody shirt on the concrete.

  • Natioanals' Strasburg won't make next scheduled start

    September 2, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Stephen Strasburg won't make his next scheduled start for the Washington Nationals on Friday.Strasburg was limited to four innings by upper back tightness his last outing. The right-hander is scheduled to throw an extended bullpen session Thursday and manager Matt Williams said Strasburg would need at least two days after that before pitching.

  • Cardinals ace Wacha rests, Lyons starts instead vs. Nats

    September 2, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The timing was right for the St. Louis Cardinals to give both of their young star pitchers a break.Tyler Lyons was recalled from Triple-A Memphis to start in place of Michael Wacha against the Washington Nationals on Wednesday, a day after Marco Gonzalez got a spot start in place of Carlos Martinez.

  • Pirates bring infielder Pedro Florimon back to majors

    September 2, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) The Pittsburgh Pirates have selected the contract Pedro Florimon from the minors, bringing the infielder back for another tour in the big leagues this season.Florimon hit .105 with no homers and an RBI in 15 games in Pittsburgh. He was outrighted Aug. 25 to Triple-A Indianapolis, playing three games.

  • Chewing tobacco ban at Fenway, other Boston ballparks OK'd

    September 2, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) A ban on smokeless tobacco products at Fenway Park and other Boston sports venues was approved Wednesday by the City Council.Boston becomes the second city after San Francisco to approve such a ban. Los Angeles also is weighing a prohibition on smokeless tobacco, commonly called dip, chew or snuff.

  • Lyons starts in place of Wacha against Nationals

    September 2, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Tyler Lyons was recalled from Triple-A Memphis to start in place of Michael Wacha for the St. Louis Cardinals against the Washington Nationals.The NL Central leaders optioned Marco Gonzales, who lasted 2 2-3 innings in a spot start in place of Carlos Martinez on Monday, back to Triple-A Memphis before Wednesday night's game.

  • Cubs OF Schwarber scratched with rib soreness vs Reds

    September 2, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Chicago Cubs rookie Kyle Schwarber was scratched with right rib soreness before Wednesday's game against the Cincinnati Reds.A Cubs spokesman says Schwarber, who was scheduled to bat second in the lineup and play left field, will have precautionary tests.

  • Calhoun's HR helps Angels end losing streak, beat A's 6-2

    September 2, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Now that the Los Angeles Angels have put a miserable August behind them, Matt Shoemaker believes they're ready to make a postseason push.Shoemaker's last two outings since coming off the disabled list are a good start.Shoemaker gave up five hits and one run over seven mostly crisp innings and the Angels backed him with a rare offensive outburst in a 6-2 win over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night.

  • Reynolds taken out with bruised wrist from HBP

    September 1, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Mark Reynolds of the St. Louis Cardinals was taken out for a pinch-hitter two innings after being hit by a pitch on the right wrist in the third inning against the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night.Reynolds was plunked by Joe Ross with the bases loaded. He stayed in the game until the fifth when Tommy Pham pinch-hit and grounded out.

  • Houston's Feldman makes early exit with shoulder injury

    September 1, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Houston Astros starter Scott Feldman has left Tuesday night's game against the Seattle Mariners with discomfort in his right shoulder.Feldman walked two straight batters before grimacing after a pitch to Mark Trumbo that resulted in a fly out for the second out of the third inning. Trainers visited with him briefly on the mound before he left the game and was replaced by Vince Velasquez with Seattle leading 3-1.

  • LEADING OFF: Harvey vs. Nola, Royals get chickenpox

    September 2, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues today:---SEVENTH HEAVENIn the first matchup between two talented NL East pitchers who could be squaring off for years to come, Mets ace Matt Harvey (11-7) faces prized rookie Aaron Nola (5-1) and the Phillies. Both right-handers were drafted No. 7 overall - Harvey out of North Carolina in 2010 and Nola from LSU last year. ''Really excited. First time in New York, first time at Citi Field,'' said the 22-year-old Nola, set to make his ninth major league start. ''I've been watching Matt Harvey for a few years now. He's a great competitor. It's going to be exciting to get out there and face him.''

  • Tigers recall pitcher Kyle Ryan, catcher Bryan Holaday

    September 1, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Detroit Tigers recalled left-hander Kyle Ryan and catcher Bryan Holaday from Triple-A Toledo on Tuesday.This will be Ryan's fourth stint with the Tigers this season. He went 1-2 with a 5.94 ERA in 10 games, including five starts, with Detroit. He was 4-0 with a 1.24 ERA in August with Toledo.

  • Twins call up 5 from Triple-A including Santana and Vargas

    September 1, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Twins have added five players from Triple-A Rochester for September: shortstop Danny Santana, first baseman Kennys Vargas, catcher Eric Fryer and right-handed relievers A.J. Achter and Michael Tonkin.The moves were made Tuesday, the first day teams could expand their active rosters past the 25-man limit.

  • New scouting director impressed with post-baseball career

    September 1, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Randy Flores said the St. Louis Cardinals surprised him when they asked if he'd be interested in being their new scouting director.General manager John Mozeliak said Tuesday that the 40-year-old former lefty and member of St. Louis' 2006 World Series championship team impressed the team with his post-baseball pursuits.

  • Ripken honored by Orioles in celebration of 2131 game

    September 1, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) Instead of taking another lap around Camden Yards, Cal Ripken Jr. marked the 20th anniversary of his 2,131st consecutive game by throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before the Orioles hosted Tampa Bay on Tuesday night.Ripken disclosed before the game that he hurt his right shoulder earlier in the day when he was tossed over the handlebars of his bicycle. But, true to form, he walked onto the field and threw a strike to former teammate Brady Anderson.

  • Baez among 4 players added to roster by Cubs

    September 1, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs have added infield prospect Javier Baez and three others from Triple-A Iowa before Tuesday night's game against the Cincinnati Reds.With rosters expanding, Chicago recalled pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada and selected the contracts of outfielder Quintin Berry and reliever Trevor Cahill from Iowa. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Cubs designated relievers James Russell and Rafael Soriano for assignment.

  • Nationals activate Uggla off DL, add 2 others

    September 1, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The Washington Nationals have activated second baseman Dan Uggla from the 15-day disabled list.The Nationals also purchased the contract of catcher Pedro Severino from Double-A Harrisburg and recalled left-hander Sammy Solis from Triple-A Syracuse before Tuesday night's game at St. Louis.

  • Rockies turn triple play in 9th inning vs Diamondbacks

    September 1, 2015

    DENVER (AP) The Colorado Rockies turned a triple play in the ninth inning of their 6-4 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday.With the runners on first and second moving on the pitch from Jason Gurka, Paul Goldschmidt hit a line drive to shortstop Jose Reyes, who was shaded up the middle. Reyes threw to second baseman DJ LeMahieu to force out Ender Inciarte, then LeMahieu relayed to first baseman Ben Paulsen to get out Phil Gosselin.

  • OF Chris Heisey returns to Dodgers in deal with Toronto

    September 1, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Dodgers acquired outfielder Chris Heisey from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations in a minor league deal.Heisey started the season with the Dodgers, appearing in 17 games for Los Angeles before being designated for assignment on July 30.

  • Cuban defector Hector Olivera joins Braves for final month

    September 1, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) In what is shaping up as their worst season since 1990, the Atlanta Braves at least have a little something to be excited about in the final month of the season.Cuban defector Hector Olivera was called up for Tuesday's game against the Miami Marlins, looking to show he was worth the steep price the Braves paid to land him just before the deadline for non-waiver trades. The 30-year-old was batting sixth and playing third base in his major league debut at age 30.

  • Kansas City Royals hit by chickenpox

    September 1, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) All-Star reliever Kelvin Herrera and Royals right fielder Alex Rios have been diagnosed with chickenpox, raising concerns that others on the AL Central leaders may have been exposed.Team officials said Tuesday that Herrera and Rios likely will miss a couple weeks after both were sent home from Tampa Bay over the weekend. The bigger concern is whether other players could come down with the highly contagious disease, and whether it might affect the postseason.

  • Royals bring Gordon off DL, welcome Gomes to Kansas City

    September 1, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Good luck finding a team that got a bigger boost when rosters expanded than the Kansas City Royals, who along with the usual September call-ups welcomed Alex Gordon back from the disabled list and Jonny Gomes from the Atlanta Braves.

  • Diamondbacks recall 3 minor leaguers

    September 1, 2015

    DENVER (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks recalled right-handed pitchers Enrique Burgos and Matt Stites and infielder Brandon Drury from Triple-A Reno.Drury will make his major league debut at third base and bat seventh in Tuesday's first game against the Colorado Rockies.

  • Rockies activate Kendrick, Boone, recall 4 others

    September 1, 2015

    DENVER (AP) The Colorado Rockies have reinstated right-handed pitcher Kyle Kendrick and left-handed pitcher Boone Logan from the 15-day disabled list.Kendrick will start the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Arizona Diamondbacks.The Rockies also recalled infielder Cristhian Adames, left-handed pitcher Rex Brothers, right-handed pitcher Miguel Castro and first baseman Wilin Rosario from Triple-A Albuquerque.

  • Giants acquire OF De Aza in trade with Red Sox

    September 1, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The San Francisco Giants have acquired outfielder Alejandro De Aza in a trade with the Boston Red Sox.De Aza is batting .261 with seven homers and 32 RBIs in 90 games this season, splitting time with Baltimore and Boston. The Red Sox acquired the 31-year-old De Aza in a June 3 trade with the Orioles.

  • Dodgers acquire minor league Ruggiano from Seattle

    September 1, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Dodgers acquired minor league outfielder Justin Ruggiano and cash considerations from Seattle on Monday night for a player to be named later.Ruggiano batted .296 with 10 home runs and 29 RBIs in 49 games with the Mariners' Triple-A Tacoma affiliate this season. Ruggiano appeared in 36 games with Seattle, hitting .214 with two homers and three RBIs.

  • Angels, A's delayed in 5th for broken outfield fence

    September 1, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) A piece of the outfield wall in Oakland fell down after Los Angeles left fielder Shane Victorino crashed into it, causing a 10-minute delay as players briefly returned to their dugouts Monday night in a game between the Angels and Athletics.

  • Jim Richards, longtime AP sports freelance writer, dies

    August 31, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Jim Richards, a veteran freelance writer who covered the Los Angeles Angels at spring training for The Associated Press, has died. He was 57.He died in his sleep on Aug. 17 at his home in Buckeye, Arizona, of undetermined causes, according to his sister Noreen Richards. He was buried Monday in Johnston City, Illinois.

  • Female fan hit by McCann's bat

    August 31, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) New York Yankees catcher Brian McCann's bat slipped out of his hands and hit a female fan near the Boston Red Sox dugout in the seventh inning of Monday night's game.The fan, who was seated four rows from the field, was hit on the left elbow and was attended to by medical personnel. She appeared to be holding an ice pack on her elbow, but stayed in her seat.

  • LEADING OFF: Bumgarner vs. Greinke, rosters reboot

    August 31, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Tuesday:----ACE ITGiants vs. Dodgers, Madison Bumgarner vs. Zack Greinke. A marquee matchup as San Francisco tries to draw closer to LA in the NL West. Bumgarner ranks among the big league leaders with a 16-6 record and 192 strikeouts. Greinke goes into this start at Dodger Stadium with a majors-best 1.61 ERA.

  • AL Central-leading Royals make deal to get Gomes from Braves

    August 31, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Now that he's officially on the move from Atlanta, Jonny Gomes is excited to be joining the AL Central-leading Kansas City Royals.The Braves traded Gomes during the Braves' 4-0 loss to Miami on Monday night. He left the game in the fifth inning, hugged his teammates in the dugout and began packing up his belongings in the clubhouse.

  • Chad Curtis can't interview women in sexual misconduct case

    August 31, 2015

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) Former MLB player Chad Curtis says the young women who accuse him of sexual misconduct at a Michigan high school are looking for a payday.Curtis made the remarks Monday by video from a Michigan prison where he's serving a seven-year sentence for criminal sexual conduct.

  • Reds call up Duvall, Lorenzen from Triple-A Louisville

    August 31, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) After placing outfielder Brennan Boesch on the disabled list with an ankle contusion late Sunday, the Cincinnati Reds promoted outfielder/infielder Adam Duvall from Triple-A Louisville on Monday.In another move, the Reds recalled right-hander Michael Lorenzen from Louisville and optioned David Holmberg there.

  • Cards' Martinez scratched from Tuesday start with sore back

    August 31, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Carlos Martinez has been scratched from his scheduled start on Tuesday with a sore back.Martinez (13-6, 2.91) suffered the injury in his last start Thursday in Arizona.Left-hander Marco Gonzales will be recalled from Triple-A Memphis to make the start against Washington. Gonzales is 1-4 with a 5.20 ERA in 13 starts.

  • Playoff-hopeful Cubs get OF Austin Jackson from Seattle

    August 31, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) The Chicago Cubs acquired outfielder Austin Jackson from the Seattle Mariners on Monday, boosting their depth for their run at a possible playoff spot.Chicago sent a player to be named and an international draft slot to the Mariners. The Cubs, who also got cash back in the deal, then designated infielder Mike Olt for assignment to make room on the roster.

  • Sano storm: Twins rookie shows power, discipline at plate

    August 31, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Torii Hunter, Minnesota's 40-year-old right fielder in his 17th full major league season, was at the plate last week with the bases loaded.Miguel Sano, the rookie slugger, was shouting more than simple encouragement from the dugout.

  • Machado gets 1st major league start at SS for struggling O's

    August 31, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) Manny Machado will start at shortstop for the first time in his major league career when the Orioles host Tampa Bay on Monday night.Machado played shortstop in the minors, but has been at third base since making his debut with Baltimore in 2012. He won a Gold Glove at third in 2013.

  • Rays minor leaguer suspended 50 games for drug violation

    August 31, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) A minor league outfielder for the Tampa Bay Rays has been suspended 50 games for a drug violation.The commissioner's office said Monday that 20-year-old Jeremy Hadley had been penalized after testing positive for an amphetamine.Hadley was on the roster of the rookie level Gulf Coast League Rays.

  • Yankees send injured 1B Teixeira home for more tests

    August 31, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Yankees have sent first baseman Mark Teixeira back to New York for further tests on his bruised right shin.Manager Joe Girardi made the announcement before the Yankees played the Boston Red Sox in the opener of a three-game series Monday night at Fenway Park.

  • Braves move Miller up a day to start for ill Foltynewicz

    August 31, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Braves have moved Shelby Miller into Mike Foltynewicz's rotation spot for Monday night's game against the Miami Marlins.Foltynewicz is suffering from fever and viral symptoms.Miller (5-11) will try to snap an 18-start winless streak, the longest in a single season since the Braves moved to Atlanta in 1966. Jo-Jo Reyes went 18 starts without a win from June 18, 2008-May 13, 2009. Carl Morton has the longest franchise streak at 22 starts from Sept. 10, 1975-July 18, 1976.

  • AP Newsbreak: Blue Jays would 'love' to keep general manager

    August 31, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) The ownership of the Toronto Blue Jays said Monday it would ''love'' to keep general manager Alex Anthopoulos and has been in discussions about extending his contract.The news comes on the day Rogers Communications announced the hiring of Cleveland Indians President Mark Shapiro to become team president. He replaces Paul Beeston, who is retiring at the end of the season.

  • Fan's death at Braves game raises stadium safety questions

    August 31, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The death of a longtime Braves season-ticket holder raises questions about the height of guard rails at the team's new stadium that is to open in 2017.The Braves say they had safety in mind when planning SunTrust Park even before Gregory Murrey's death Saturday night.

  • AP Newsbreak: Jays would 'love' to keep general manager

    August 31, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) The ownership of the Toronto Blue Jays said Monday it would ''love'' to keep general manager Alex Anthopoulos and has been in discussions about extending his contract.The news comes on the day Rogers Communications announced the hiring of Cleveland Indians President Mark Shapiro to become team president. He replaces Paul Beeston, who is retiring at the end of the season.

  • Jays ownership would 'love' to keep general manager

    August 31, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) The ownership of the Toronto Blue Jays says it would ''love'' to keep general manager Alex Anthopoulos and has been in discussions about extending his contract.The news comes on the day Rogers Communications announced the hiring of Cleveland Indians President Mark Shapiro to become team president. He replaces Paul Beeston, who is retiring.

  • Indians President Mark Shapiro is bound for Blue Jays

    August 31, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) As his throat clogged with emotion, Mark Shapiro avoided making eye contact with his wife and two kids so he wouldn't break down crying.Saying goodbye to the Indians - his baseball family for half his 48 years - was tough.Shapiro barely finished his opening remarks before tearing up.

  • Indians President Mark Shapiro leaving for Toronto Blue Jays

    August 31, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Indians President Mark Shapiro is leaving the club after this season to run Toronto's front office.Shapiro, who has had several prominent roles in his 24 seasons with Cleveland, will become the Blue Jays' next president and CEO. He said he's taking on a ''unique opportunity'' with mixed emotions.

  • Flores helps Mets surge in fascinating deadline postscript

    August 31, 2015

    For the New York Mets, August has been like a dream, and nothing sums up their charmed life better than the saga of Wilmer Flores.On July 29, reports surfaced that Flores was being traded in a deal that would bring Carlos Gomez to the Mets. An emotional Flores wiped tears from his eyes on the field, but the trade was never completed.

  • After coming so close, Arrieta notches his 1st no-hitter

    August 31, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Jake Arrieta had been building toward this moment. He'd come achingly close to holding opponents hitless three times last year in a breakout season with the Chicago Cubs.Finally, it happened. And near Hollywood, no less.Arrieta threw the second no-hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers in 10 days, leading the Cubs to a 2-0 victory Sunday night.

  • NYC's first fan: A ballgame with Mayor Bill de Blasio

    August 31, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) He sat in the upper deck, basically unrecognized amid a sea of happy baseball fans. He let out a cheer when the best hitter on his favorite team smoked a home run and diligently scanned the out-of-town scoreboard to consider playoff implications. And he waited his turn in the long Citi Field men's room line, just one more fan spending a hot summer day watching the Mets and the Red Sox play.

  • Jake Arrieta throws no-hitter for Chicago Cubs in 2-0 victory over Los Angeles Dodgers

    August 30, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Jake Arrieta throws no-hitter for Chicago Cubs in 2-0 victory over Los Angeles Dodgers.

  • Jake Arrieta of Cubs working on no-hitter against Dodgers

    August 30, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Jake Arrieta of the Chicago Cubs has a no-hitter going against the Los Angeles Dodgers through eight innings.The Cubs lead 2-0 Sunday night.The Dodgers' first baserunner came in the third inning, when Kike Hernandez reached on a fielding error by second baseman Starlin Castro. Hernandez was sacrificed to second before Arrieta struck out Jimmy Rollins to end the inning.

  • AP Source: Indians president Shapiro leaving for Blue Jays

    August 30, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Mark Shapiro worked his way up from the bottom in Cleveland's front office, becoming one of baseball's most respected executives.He'll start at the top in Toronto.Shapiro, who has spent the past five years overseeing the Indians organization, is leaving Cleveland to become president and CEO of the Toronto Blue Jays, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Sunday night.

  • LEADING OFF: Giants, Dodgers face off; Salazar back from bug

    August 31, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues today:----HOW THE WEST IS WON?The Giants and Dodgers begin a pivotal three-game series in the NL West with RHP Jake Peavy (4-6, 4.21 ERA) scheduled to face Los Angeles LHP Brett Anderson (8-8, 3.36) at Dodger Stadium. The banged-up Giants trail the first-place Dodgers by 3 1/2 games but expect to get back SS Brandon Crawford (tight left oblique). Los Angeles, meanwhile, was held without a hit for the second time in 10 days Sunday, ending a five-game winning streak.

  • Byrd has big day in Giants' 7-5 loss to Cardinals

    August 30, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Marlon Byrd said there was only one way he could have enjoyed his birthday more.''Yeah, with a `W,' he said.Byrd, who turned 38, went 3-for-4 and drove in four runs but the St. Louis Cardinals got to starter Chris Heston early and held on to beat the San Francisco Giants 7-5 Sunday.

  • Cubs don 1-piece pajamas at end of West Coast trip

    August 30, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) With the Cubs wrapping up a six-game West Coast trip, it was time for manager Joe Maddon to break out the pajamas.PJs for the Cubbies? Yep.Known for coming up with inventive themed apparel for his team at the end of a trip, Maddon's latest stab at sartorial splendor involved one-piece pajamas. Some have feet in them, just like the ones little kids wear.

  • Cubs to don 1-piece pajamas at end of West Coast trip

    August 30, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Cubs are wrapping up a six-game West Coast trip, so it must be time for manager Joe Maddon to break out the pajamas.PJs for the Cubbies? Yep.Known for coming up with inventive themed apparel for his team at the end of a trip, Maddon's latest stab at sartorial splendor involved one-piece pajamas. Some have feet in them, just like the ones little kids wear.

  • NL East-leading Mets get reliever Addison Reed from Arizona

    August 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The NL East-leading New York Mets acquired reliever Addison Reed from Arizona for two minor league pitchers Sunday, completing a trade they hope will bolster their late-inning bullpen.Reed is expected to join the Mets on Monday when they play Philadelphia. New York sent right-handers Miller Diaz and Matt Koch to the Diamondbacks.

  • Nationals' Strasburg exits with upper back tightness

    August 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Washington Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg left Sunday's game against the Miami Marlins after four innings with upper back tightness, but hopes to be ready for his next start.''He had some discomfort in his upper back, so, little bit of a recurrence of earlier in the year,'' manager Matt Williams said. ''The velocity came down a little bit today so we got him out of there.

  • Diamondbacks option reliever Chafin to minors

    August 30, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks optioned left-hander Andrew Chafin to Triple-A Reno on Sunday so the young reliever can rest.Chafin is 5-1 with two saves and a 2.41 ERA in 55 appearances and 67 1/3 innings this season.It is his first full year in the majors, and he is eligible to return to the Diamondbacks when the minor league season ends for Reno on Sept. 7.

  • Indians owner Paul Dolan looking for minority investor

    August 30, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Indians owner Paul Dolan is looking for a minority investment partner for his franchise.He needs a new team president as well.Dolan, who has had primary control of the Indians since 2013, hired a New York-based investment broker several months ago to help him find a minority owner for the ballclub, which has struggled to stay competitive in a sport without a salary cap in a city still recovering from job losses and a dwindling population.

  • Mariners send Montgomery to minors

    August 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Seattle Mariners have optioned left-handed starter Mike Montgomery to Triple-A Tacoma and recalled reliever Mayckol Guaipe.Montgomery was 4-6 with 4.60 ERA in 16 starts for Seattle. He lasted just 1 1-3 innings against Oakland on Tuesday and was charged with five runs and seven hits.

  • Washington starter Strasburg lifted after 4 innings

    August 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg has been lifted after just four innings and 60 pitches against Miami.Strasburg did not show any obvious sign of injury during his final inning Sunday. The Nationals do not provide injury information during games.

  • Pirates' Burnett takes a step closer to return

    August 30, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Pirates right-hander A.J. Burnett is hopeful of returning to the rotation by mid-September following a 71-pitch bullpen session on Sunday.The 38-year-old Burnett has been on the disabled list since July 31 with a strained flexor tendon in his right elbow.

  • Indians owner hires firm to find minority investor

    August 30, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Indians owner Paul Dolan hired an investment broker several months ago to help him find a minority investor for his franchise.Dolan secured Allen & Co., a New York-based firm, to search for a minority owner, a team spokesman confirmed Sunday. The New York Post first reported the deal on Saturday.

  • Turner Field US flag at half-staff after fan dies in fall

    August 30, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The U.S. flag flew at half-staff at Turner Field on Sunday, one day after a fan died following his fall from the upper deck into the lower-level stands during a game between the Atlanta Braves and New York Yankees.Mary Beth Hauptle, an investigator with the Fulton County Medical Examiner, identified the victim as Gregory K. Murrey, 60, of Alpharetta, Georgia. Murrey was pronounced dead at Grady Memorial Hospital.

  • Encarnacion homers for third straight at-bat

    August 30, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion connected in the first inning against Detroit, homering for the third straight at-bat.Encarnacion hit three home runs and matched a Blue Jays record with nine RBIs in Saturday's 15-1 win over the Tigers.

  • NL East-leading Mets get reliever Reed from Arizona

    August 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The NL East-leading New York Mets tried to bolster their late-inning bullpen Sunday, getting right-handed reliever Addison Reed from the Arizona Diamondbacks for two minor league pitchers.Reed is expected to join the Mets on Monday when they play Philadelphia. New York sent right-handers Miller Diaz and Matt Koch to the Diamondbacks.

  • Seager hits 2-run HR, Mariners hold on to beat White Sox 7-6

    August 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Seattle Mariners jumped out to a big lead, then did just enough to hold on for a win.Kyle Seager hit a two-run home run during a three-run first inning and the Mariners withstood Chicago's late rally to beat the White Sox 7-6 Saturday night.

  • Fan dies after fall from upper deck at Atlanta Braves game

    August 30, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The U.S. flag flew at half-staff at Turner Field on Sunday, one day after a fan died following his fall from the upper deck into the lower-level stands during a game between the Atlanta Braves and New York Yankees.Mary Beth Hauptle, an investigator with the Fulton County Medical Examiner, identified the victim as Gregory K. Murrey, 60, of Alpharetta, Georgia. Murrey was pronounced dead at Grady Memorial Hospital.

  • AP source: D-backs agree to trade reliever Reed to Mets

    August 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Looking for late-inning help in the bullpen, the New York Mets have agreed to a trade with Arizona that would send reliever Addison Reed to the NL East leaders, according to a person familiar with the deal.The person spoke on condition of anonymity Saturday night because no announcement had been made. The deal is likely subject to a review of medical records.

  • Fan falls from upper deck in Atlanta, taken to hospital

    August 29, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) A fan fell from the upper deck into the lower-level stands at Turner Field on Saturday night, and was given emergency medical treatment before being taken to a hospital during the game between the Yankees and Atlanta Braves.There was no immediate word on the man's condition.

  • Vogelsong outdone by Lynn as Giants blanked by Cardinals 6-0

    August 29, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The San Francisco Giants have been so good against St. Louis in recent years and through their winning postseason runs, and against Lance Lynn, too.Lynn finally earned his first career victory against San Francisco this time, outpitching Ryan Vogelsong and hanging tough into the eighth before leaving with a right ankle injury in the Cardinals' 6-0 win Saturday.

  • LEADING OFF: Encarnacion's encore, Eovaldi brings heat

    August 29, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Sunday:----EDWIN'S ENCOREEdwin Encarnacion will try to lead the AL East-leading Blue Jays to their eighth win in nine games, a day after he homered three times and tied a team record with nine RBIs. He has a 24-game hitting streak that's the longest in the majors this season, along with 29 home runs. He's aiming for his fourth straight 30-homer season. Mark Buehrle pitches for Toronto at home against Detroit, having allowing nine runs in his last two outings after a two-month run of strong starts.

  • Nationals' Span expects 4-6 month recovery after hip surgery

    August 29, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Even as the Nationals Park crowd rose in an ovation for their just-returned center fielder on Tuesday night, Denard Span knew something was still wrong.Four days later, the dynamic leadoff man is done for the season, and may have played his final game with Washington.

  • Astros place catcher Jason Castro on DL with quad strain

    August 29, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Houston Astros have put catcher Jason Castro on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right quadriceps muscle.Catcher Max Stassi was recalled from Triple-A Fresno for the game Saturday at Minnesota. Castro was hurt running out a double the night before against the Twins.

  • Vin Scully: 2016 will be final season in booth for Dodgers

    August 29, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Vin Scully said Saturday that 2016 will be his last season in the broadcast booth for the Los Angeles Dodgers, which would mark the end of his record 67-year tenure with the same franchise.The Hall of Fame announcer turns 88 in November. The team revealed Friday night he would be back next year, but Scully took it a step further while speaking to the media a day later.

  • White Sox put Putnam on 15-day DL, reinstate Webb

    August 29, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago White Sox placed right-hander Zach Putnam on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right groin on Saturday and reinstated RHP Daniel Webb following a rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte.The move for Putnam was retroactive to Aug. 27.

  • Royals LF Alex Gordon close to return from groin injury

    August 29, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Kansas City manager Ned Yost says left fielder Alex Gordon is ''getting close'' to rejoining the AL Central-leading Royals after missing almost two months with a strained left groin.''He's up to about 90 percent running speed, has no issues with his leg,'' Yost said before Saturday night's game against Tampa Bay.

  • Blue Jays' Encarnacion hits 3 HRs against Tigers

    August 29, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Edwin Encarnacion hit a grand slam in the seventh inning for his third home run of the game in Saturday's contest against Detroit.Encarnacion extended his hitting streak to 24 games with a three-run blast off Buck Farmer in the first, drilled a two-run shot off Guido Knudson in the sixth, then connected off Alex Wilson in the seventh.

  • Braves option Williams Perez to minors following rough loss

    August 29, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Braves have optioned right-hander Williams Perez to Triple-A Gwinnett and recalled right-hander Jake Brigham from Gwinnett.Perez gave up eight runs in 1 2-3 innings in the Braves' 15-4 loss to the Yankees on Friday night. He had a 5.56 ERA in 17 games with Atlanta.

  • Encarnacion extends hitting streak to 24 games

    August 29, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion has extended his career-long hitting streak to 24 games with a three-run homer in the first inning against Detroit.Encarnacion's streak is the longest in the majors since Colorado's Nolan Arenado had a 28-game run in 2014.

  • LEADING OFF: Fiers to make 1st start since no-hitter

    August 29, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues today:---NO-NO ENCOREHouston righty Mike Fiers takes the mound for the first time since throwing a no-hitter against the Dodgers on Aug. 21. After needing 134 pitches to get through that game, Fiers got a full week off going into this start at Target Field vs. the Twins.

  • Kennedy, Padres fall to Phillies, 7-1

    August 28, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Ian Kennedy continued to pitch well in August, but the Padres' offense couldn't generate enough offense to back him.Phillies rookie Aaron Nola pitched seven strong innings and Cameron Rupp homered and drove in four runs, leading Philadelphia over San Diego 7-1 Friday night.

  • Vin Scully to return for record 67th year with Dodgers

    August 28, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The voice of summer in Los Angeles plans to return next year.Vin Scully will be back for a record 67th season in the broadcast booth for the Dodgers, who revealed the news Friday night in the second inning of their game against the Chicago Cubs.

  • Mariners' Walker leaves start in 7th with injury

    August 28, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Seattle Mariners starter Taijuan Walker left the game against the Chicago White Sox in the seventh inning Friday night after sustaining a right leg injury.With one out in the inning, Walker threw a pitch that ran the count to 3-2 on Chicago's Adam LaRoche and then took a step and immediately sat down and grabbed the upper portion of his right leg. Walker, who seemed to sustain the injury on the previous pitch, walked off the field under his own power after being examined by a team trainer.

  • Cardinals put closer Trevor Rosenthal on paternity list

    August 28, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) St. Louis Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal was put on the paternity leave list Friday as the club opened a weekend series at San Francisco.The NL Central leaders recalled right-hander Sam Tuivailala from Triple-A Memphis, and he could be used late in games. Manager Mike Matheny didn't specify who would close out games in Rosenthal's absence, saying he might consider matchups and the state of the bullpen.

  • LEADING OFF: Fiers makes 1st start since no-hitter

    August 28, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues on Saturday:---NO-NO ENCOREHouston righty Mike Fiers takes the mound for the first time since throwing a no-hitter against the Dodgers on Aug. 21. After needing 134 pitches to get through that game, Fiers got a full week off going into this start at Target Field vs. the Twins.

  • Dodgers' Yasiel Puig lands on DL with strained hamstring

    August 28, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Dodgers put Yasiel Puig on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring, the same injury that sidelined him earlier in the season.The outfielder injured himself in the ninth inning of Thursday's 1-0 win at Cincinnati. Puig had hit safely in his last 10 games before getting hurt. He was hitting .256 with 11 homers and 38 RBIs in 77 games.

  • Giants put RHP Cain on 15-day DL with elbow nerve irritation

    August 28, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Giants right-hander Matt Cain was put on the 15-day disabled list Friday with irritation in his pitching elbow and received a cortisone injection to help it calm down.San Francisco recalled rookie Chris Heston (11-7), who will pitch Sunday against St. Louis after getting a short break in the minors to rest. He last threw for the Giants on Aug. 17 at St. Louis and is winless in his past four starts.

  • Boston RHP Buchholz done for year; health key to 2016 option

    August 28, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Boston pitcher Clay Buchholz is done for the season because of a strained flexor muscle in his right elbow, and his health is the key to whether the Red Sox pick up the option on his 2016 contract.The 31-year-old Buchholz hasn't pitched since the All-Star break. He's on the 60-day disabled list and has been cleared to resume throwing next week, but new Red Sox President Dave Dombrowski said Friday that won't leave Buchholz enough time to pitch in the majors.

  • Orioles CF Jones in lineup a day after running into wall

    August 28, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Baltimore center fielder Adam Jones was in the starting lineup Friday night, a day after he ran into a wall and exited early.Jones was examined before the game at Texas by Rangers team doctor Keith Meister. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Jones passed all of the exams, including a concussion test.

  • Rookies Sano, Correa out for opener between Astros and Twins

    August 28, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) A showdown between two of the top rookies in the American League will have to wait.Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa and Minnesota Twins slugger Miguel Sano were both scratched from the series opener on Friday night because of hamstring injuries.

  • Indians manager Francona says he won't use opt-out clause

    August 28, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Indians manager Terry Francona says he won't use an out clause in his contract if Cleveland President Mark Shapiro takes a job elsewhere.Shapiro reportedly is a candidate to succeed Toronto Blue Jays President Paul Beeston, who plans to retire after this season. Shapiro has declined to comment on the report. Francona said last week Shapiro had made him aware of the situation, which reportedly will be resolved in the next few days.

  • Nationals CF Span to have hip surgery, likely out for season

    August 28, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Nationals center fielder Denard Span will have surgery on his left hip next week and the leadoff man is likely out for the season.Washington manager Matt Williams said Friday that Span had problems in the labrum. The surgery is set for Tuesday.

  • Yankees 1B Teixeira still can't run, doesn't start vs Braves

    August 28, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is still out of the lineup while he deals with a bruised right shin.Teixeira is unable to run and isn't starting Friday night at Atlanta.Teixeira says his shin doesn't feel better following an off-day Thursday. More tests may be needed on his injury.

  • Mariners send C Zunino to Triple-A, call up C Hicks

    August 28, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Seattle Mariners optioned struggling catcher Mike Zunino to Triple-A Tacoma on Friday and called up catcher John Hicks from their top affiliate.Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said the team hopes to bring back Zunino to the big league level at some point. He was hitting .174 with 11 home runs and 28 RBIs.

  • Indians RHP Danny Salazar scratched from start vs Angels

    August 28, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Indians pitcher Danny Salazar was scratched from his scheduled start Friday night against the Los Angeles Angels because of a virus.Salazar will instead start Monday against Toronto.Manager Terry Francona said Salazar became ill on Tuesday and missed a couple of days of his routine between starts, losing five to six pounds. The Indians decided on Thursday to push Salazar back in the rotation.

  • Justin Morneau set to begin rehab assignment

    August 28, 2015

    DENVER (AP) Colorado Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau, who's missed most of the season with a neck injury and concussion symptoms, begins a minor league rehab assignment with the Double-A New Britain Rock Cats on Friday night.Morneau hasn't played since suffering whiplash and a concussion while diving for a ball in Anaheim on May 13.

  • Nationals CF Span back on DL, may be out for season

    August 28, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Nationals center fielder Denard Span has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with left hip inflammation and may be out for the season.The 31-year-old Span has already missed 52 games in two stints on the disabled list with back ailments.

  • Yankees reinstate Mitchell from 7-day concussion DL

    August 28, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The New York Yankees have reinstated rookie right-hander Bryan Mitchell from the seven-day concussion disabled list.The move was made before Friday night's game at the Atlanta Braves.Mitchell sustained a concussion and a broken nose when he was struck by a line drive hit by Minnesota's Eduardo Nunez on Aug. 17. The 24-year-old pitcher was making his third major league start.

  • Indians' Danny Salazar scratched from start

    August 28, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Indians have scratched Danny Salazar from his start against the Los Angeles Angels because of an unspecified illness.Salazar was scheduled to start the series opener Friday night for the Indians, who despite inconsistency all season are just five games out of an AL wild-card spot. Trevor Bauer will move up one day and replace Salazar.

  • Mariners fire general manager Jack Zduriencik

    August 28, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) A year to the day after praising Jack Zduriencik as he was rewarded with a contract extension, Seattle Mariners President Kevin Mather found himself speaking with ownership this week on all the areas he believed the club was lacking.It was clear to Mather that Zduriencik's time as Seattle's general manager was at an end and his regret was not making a change sooner.

  • Woman hit by foul ball behind home plate sues Red Sox owner

    August 28, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) A fan struck by a foul ball that went behind home plate last year during a Boston Red Sox game at Fenway Park has sued the team's principal owner.Brookline, Massachusetts, resident Stephanie Taubin says in her lawsuit filed Wednesday against John Henry that she was above home plate in the EMC Club on June 17, 2014, when a ball came through an area usually protected by glass and hit her. The glass had been removed for renovations.

  • LEADING OFF: Orioles CF Jones gets checked, Kershaw starts

    August 27, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues on Friday:---ARE YOU OK?Orioles star center fielder Adam Jones will get checked out before the game at Texas. He ran into the wall chasing a fly ball in Kansas City on Thursday, and left the game soon after that with whiplash. X-rays on his neck and wrist were negative.

  • Arbitrator rules against Bonds in collusion case

    August 27, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) An arbitrator has ruled against Barry Bonds in a collusion case stemming from his final season in the majors.Major League Baseball was informed this week that arbitrator Frederic Horowitz had ruled in its favor.CBSSports.com first reported the decision.

  • Fan at Phils game hurt soon after Manfred talks about safety

    August 27, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) A woman was injured by a foul ball at a Philadelphia Phillies game Thursday night, hours after the Major League Baseball commissioner was at the stadium and spoke about increasing fan safety.Commissioner Rob Manfred talked at Citizens Bank Park before the New York Mets played the Phillies. He said there was a chance that extra safety nets could be put up around the majors as early as next season.

  • Struggling Seager rested by Mariners

    August 27, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager is not in the lineup for their game Thursday night against the Chicago White Sox.Manager Lloyd McClendon said Seager was getting a day off and would be back in the Mariners' lineup Friday against the White Sox. Seager, 27, is hitting .254 with 18 home runs and 49 RBIs, but is batting just .196 in August.

  • Cubs get struggling reliever Fernando Rodney from Mariners

    August 27, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The playoff-contending Chicago Cubs acquired struggling reliever Fernando Rodney from the Seattle Mariners for cash Thursday, reuniting the exuberant closer with manager Joe Maddon.The 38-year-old Rodney had been designated for assignment by Seattle last Sunday.

  • Former powerhouse Braves struggling to finish a lost season

    August 27, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) This was not unexpected. Not after the Atlanta Braves traded away just about anyone with a major league pulse.Then again, it's a bit jarring to see a perennial playoff contender, a team that won the NL East just two years ago, sitting near the bottom of the standings and on pace for its worst season since 1990.

  • Orioles CF Adam Jones exits vs KC after running into wall

    August 27, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones left the game against the Royals after running into the wall while tracking down a fly ball in the first inning Thursday.The All-Star had a bead on the fly by Ben Zobrist, but it fell just out of Jones's reach and he ran hard into the wall. Jones was knocked off his feet and remained down as Zobrist headed to second base, and left fielder Steve Pearce motioned for trainers.

  • Rays 1B Loney drops appeal of 1-game suspension

    August 27, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay Rays first baseman James Loney has dropped his appeal of a one-game suspension.The lefty-hitting Loney decided to serve his suspension in Thursday night's game against Minnesota. The Twins' starting pitcher is left-hander Tommy Milone.

  • Rays put Jennings on 15-day DL with left knee injury

    August 27, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays have put outfielder Desmond Jennings on the 15-day disabled with a bruised left knee and recalled outfielder Joey Butler from Triple-A Durham.The moves were announced before Thursday night's game against Minnesota.

  • Verlander's strong stretch an encouraging sign for Tigers

    August 27, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) In many ways, Justin Verlander is the perfect symbol of an uncertain future for the Detroit Tigers.When he spent more than two months on the disabled list and then struggled in his first few starts of 2015, it looked as if Verlander's best days were long behind him - a bad sign for Detroit, considering his exorbitant contract that lasts through at least 2019.

  • Rangers sent Patton back to minors, recall Nick Martinez

    August 27, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Texas Rangers have recalled right-hander Nick Martinez from Round Rock and optioned right-hander Spencer Patton to that Triple-A team.Texas made the move Thursday, a day after Patton gave up five runs without getting an out in the Rangers' 12-4 loss to Toronto.

  • Upton homers twice as Padres beat Nationals 6-5

    August 26, 2015

    Justin Upton homered twice and had three RBIs, Matt Kemp added a two-run double and the San Diego Padres held on to beat the Washington Nationals 6-5 on Wednesday night.Tyson Ross (9-9) allowed four runs in 6 1-3 innings for the Padres, who evened the three-game series and will try for their fifth straight series victory in Thursday's finale.

  • Iannetta ends Verlander's no-hit bid with no outs in 9th

    August 26, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) The Los Angeles Angels' Chris Iannetta hit a leadoff double off the chalk on the left field line to end Justin Verlander's no-hit bid for the Detroit Tigers in the ninth inning.Looking for his third career no-hitter, Verlander had faced the minimum Wednesday night. He had walked two but induced a pair of double plays.

  • Tigers' Justin Verlander has no-hitter through 8 innings

    August 26, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Justin Verlander has not allowed a hit for the Detroit Tigers through eight innings against the Los Angeles Angels.Looking for his third career no-hitter, Verlander has faced the minimum Wednesday night. He walked two but induced a pair of double plays.

  • LEADING OFF: Cubs face Bumgarner; Greinke looks for rebound

    August 26, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues on Thursday:---GIANT TESTThe streaking Chicago Cubs face Giants ace Madison Bumgarner (15-6) in San Francisco. Bumgarner has two complete games and a 1.42 ERA during his four-start winning streak, with 41 strikeouts and two walks in that span. He is 2-0 with a 0.75 ERA in his last four starts against the Cubs. The 25-year-old lefty also has been among the Giants' most dangerous hitters lately, going 4 for 12 with two homers in his last five games - including two pinch-hit appearances. The Cubs can add more space between themselves and the Giants, their closest competitors for the second NL wild card.

  • Tigers' Justin Verlander has no-hitter through 7 innings

    August 26, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Justin Verlander has not allowed a hit for the Detroit Tigers through seven innings against the Los Angeles Angels.Verlander was perfect Wednesday night until issuing a one-out walk to Kaleb Cowart in the third. The right-hander then induced a double play from Ryan Jackson and has faced the minimum.

  • Tigers' Justin Verlander has no-hitter through 6 innings

    August 26, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Justin Verlander has not allowed a hit for the Detroit Tigers through six innings against the Los Angeles Angels.Verlander was perfect Wednesday night until issuing a one-out walk to Kaleb Cowart in the third inning. The right-hander then induced a double play from Ryan Jackson and has faced the minimum.

  • Bassitt, A's bullpen knocked around in 8-2 loss to Mariners

    August 26, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) Billy Burns accomplished what only two others had done, greeting Seattle ace Felix Hernandez with a home run leading off the game. On the first pitch, no less.That was about all the Oakland Athletics could do against Hernandez on Wednesday.

  • Don Orsillo out as Red Sox's TV announcer after season

    August 26, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Don Orsillo is out as the Boston Red Sox's television play-by-play voice after this season.Orsillo wasn't offered a new contract with NESN, and will be replaced by Dave O'Brien. Orsillo first broadcast Red Sox games on NESN in 2001 and became the full-time play-by-play man in 2005 when the network acquired rights to all local telecasts.

  • Twins' Graham goes on DL day after 1st major league win

    August 26, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Minnesota Twins have put right-hander J.R. Graham on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation one day after he earned his first major league win.Minnesota also reinstated reliever Blaine Boyer from the 15-day DL prior to Wednesday night's game against Tampa Bay. Boyer had missed 15 games due to right elbow inflammation.

  • Rays' Casali on DL after straining hamstring during HR trot

    August 26, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay Rays catcher Curt Casali has been placed on the 15-day disabled list one day after straining his left hamstring running the bases following his own home run in Tuesday night's 11-7 loss to Minnesota.Casali's leg started getting tight en route to first base following his 10th homer - ninth since the All-Star break - in the fifth inning. He slowly finished his trip around the bases with a slight limp before heading toward the clubhouse.

  • Rangers claim LHP Rearick, send Corporan on rehab assignment

    August 26, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Texas Rangers have added left-hander Chris Rearick on a waiver claim from San Diego and assigned him to Triple-A Round Rock.Texas also sent catcher Carlos Corporan to Double-A Frisco on Wednesday for his second rehab assignment since spraining his left thumb in July.

  • Rays put Casali on DL with hamstring injury

    August 26, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay Rays catcher Curt Casali has been placed on the 15-day disabled list one day after straining his left hamstring running the bases after hitting a home run in Tuesday night's 11-7 loss to Minnesota.Casali's leg started getting tight en route to first base following his 10th homer - ninth since the All-Star break - in the fifth inning. He slowly finished his trip around the bases with a slight limp before heading toward the clubhouse.

  • RHP Michael Pineda returns to Yankees, starts vs Astros

    August 26, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Right-hander Michael Pineda has returned to the New York Yankees after nearly a month on the disabled list and set to start against Houston.The Yankees made the move before Wednesday's series finale against the AL West-leading Astros.Pineda had been out since July 30 because of a strained right forearm. He made two rehabilitation starts in the minors before rejoining the Yankees.

  • Arrieta pitches, Schwarber hits Cubs past Giants

    August 26, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Kyle Schwarber has just four hits in his last 29 at bats, though all have been for home runs. He set a club record along the way.Schwarber, Miguel Montero and Starlin Castro all hit home runs in support of another solid outing from Jake Arrieta, and the Chicago Cubs beat the San Francisco Giants 8-5 Tuesday night for their sixth straight win.

  • Casali injured running out homer in Rays' 11-7 loss to Twins

    August 26, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays lost their catcher during a run around the bases on a home run and the game as well.Curt Casali strained his left hamstring on the way to first base after homering Tuesday night in the Rays' 11-7 loss to the Minnesota Twins.

  • Rays' Casali leaves with left hamstring strain after HR trot

    August 25, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay Rays catcher Curt Casali left Tuesday night's 11-7 loss against the Minnesota Twins after straining his left hamstring running the bases on his home run.Casali appeared to take an awkward step near first base after hitting his 10th homer - ninth since the All-Star break - in the fifth inning. He slowly finished his trip around the bases with a slight limp before heading toward the clubhouse.

  • Indians place starter Carlos Carrasco on disabled list

    August 25, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Carlos Carrasco's breakout season has been breached.The Indians placed the right-hander on the disabled list late Tuesday night with inflammation in his shoulder. Manager Terry Francona said Carrasco received a cortisone injection and will be shut down for ''four or five days'' before he resumes throwing.

  • Reliever Marshall recounts near-death injury, rapid recovery

    August 25, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) Three weeks after he took a line drive to the face that nearly killed him, relief pitcher Evan Marshall was back at Chase Field on Tuesday night, hugging his teammates and recounting what so far has been a remarkably fast recovery.After a strong season with the Diamondbacks in 2014, Marshall struggled this year and had been sent to the minors, where his game had improved greatly.

  • Rays C Curt Casali leaves with apparent injury after HR trot

    August 25, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay Rays catcher Curt Casali left Tuesday night's game against the Minnesota Twins after appearing to injure himself rounding the bases after a home run.Casali seemed to take an awkward step near first base after his 10th home run in the fifth inning. He slowly finished his trip around the bases with a slight limp before heading toward the clubhouse.

  • Blue Jays claim Roach off waivers from Reds

    August 25, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Toronto Blue Jays have claimed right-hander Donn Roach off waivers from the Cincinnati Reds.Toronto received Roach on Tuesday, and he will join Triple-A Buffalo later this week.Roach was designated for assignment Sunday after going 2-4 with a 6.00 ERA in seven starts for Triple-A Louisville.

  • Affeldt goes on disabled list with left knee injury

    August 25, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The San Francisco Giants placed left-hander Jeremy Affeldt on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday after he sustained a left knee subluxation while playing with his children a day earlier.Affeldt is 2-2 with a 5.46 ERA in 44 games this season. The Giants announced the move before their game against the Chicago Cubs.

  • Mariano Rivera hated pitching in Little League

    August 25, 2015

    SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) Mariano Rivera remembers his Little League days fondly. What he remembers most: He hated to pitch.The former Yankees closer was inducted into the Little League Hall of Excellence on Tuesday night between games of its World Series.

  • LEADING OFF: Pineda returns, Price keeps winning

    August 25, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues on Wednesday:----PINEDA BACK IN PINSTRIPESLocked in a tight race with Toronto atop the AL East, the New York Yankees get a major boost on the mound as Michael Pineda comes off the disabled list to start a matinee against Houston. The right-hander, sidelined since July 30 with a strained right forearm, is 9-7 with a 3.97 ERA and owns the best strikeout-to-walk ratio in the majors among pitchers who have thrown at least 100 innings. Collin McHugh (13-7, 3.96 ERA) gets the ball in the series finale for the AL West-leading Astros.

  • Darvish feels good about program after Tommy John surgery

    August 25, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Yu Darvish is throwing again after Tommy John ligament replacement surgery during spring training.So far so good for the Texas Rangers ace who is a week into his throwing program.''I have no pain whatsoever,'' Darvish said through an interpreter Tuesday. ''I've experienced nothing negative so far, I'm doing what I can each day, and everything has been positive.''

  • Orioles' Clevenger goes on paternity list, becomes papa

    August 25, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Baltimore Orioles have placed catcher Steve Clevenger on the paternity list and purchased the contract of infielder Paul Janish from Triple-A Norfolk.The Orioles made the moves before Tuesday night's game at Kansas City.Clevenger left the team after the series opener Monday night to be with his wife, who was due to be induced. Peyton Lee Clevenger was born Tuesday afternoon.

  • Blue Jays rookie 2B Devon Travis gets another cortisone shot

    August 25, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Blue Jays rookie second baseman Devon Travis is hopeful of returning to Toronto's lineup this season after having another cortisone shot in his injured left shoulder.Travis was examined Tuesday by Rangers team physician Dr. Keith Meister before Toronto opened a three-game series in Texas.

  • Teixeira back in Yankees' lineup; Sabathia eyes 2015 return

    August 25, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Mark Teixeira was back in the New York Yankees' lineup Tuesday night after missing seven games with a bruised right shin.The All-Star first baseman was set to bat cleanup against Houston Astros ace Dallas Keuchel. Teixeira, injured last week when he fouled a ball off his shin, had a .359 on-base percentage and was leading the team with 31 homers and 79 RBIs.

  • Stanton expects to return from broken hand in about 10 days

    August 25, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Miami Marlins All-Star right fielder Giancarlo Stanton says he's about a week and a half away from rejoining the lineup after being sidelined since June 26 with a broken left hand.Stanton doesn't expect to go on a minor-league rehabilitation stint and will instead work on his timing in the batting cage, he said Tuesday.

  • Dodgers activate RHP Nicasio from DL

    August 25, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) The Los Angeles Dodgers have activated right-hander Juan Nicasio from the 15-day disabled list.The NL West leaders made the move before Tuesday night's game at Cincinnati.Nicasio had been sidelined since Aug. 10 with a left abdominal strain. He is 1-3 with a 3.06 ERA and one save in 38 games this season.

  • Nationals activate CF Span from DL, option RHP Roark

    August 25, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Denard Span was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday by the Washington Nationals, who hope the return of their center fielder can fuel a playoff charge.Span missed 40 games with a back injury. He will bat atop a lineup that operated for lengthy stretches this season without injured stars Jayson Werth, Ryan Zimmerman and Anthony Rendon.

  • Indians' Carrasco bothered by sore shoulder, DL possible

    August 25, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Carlos Carrasco's sore right shoulder could force the Indians to place him on the disabled list.Carrrasco, who leads Cleveland in wins and has been the club's most consistent starter this season, will be examined Tuesday night, and then the Indians will decide whether to put him on the 15-day disabled list or push his start back a few days.

  • Marlins outfielder Yelich activated from disabled list

    August 25, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Miami Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich has been activated from the 15-day disabled left after recovering from a bruised right knee.Right-hander Kendry Flores was placed on the disabled list Tuesday, retroactive to Saturday, with right shoulder tendinitis.

  • Rays' Loney gets 1-game suspension

    August 25, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay Rays first baseman James Loney has been suspended one game and fined an undisclosed amount by Major League Baseball for making contact with umpire Paul Nauert in Saturday's game at Oakland.Loney appealed the sanctions announced Tuesday and will be able to continue playing until the appeal process is completed.

  • LEADING OFF: Giants host surging Cubs; Strasburg streaking

    August 24, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Tuesday:---LET'S GET WILDThe Cubs have won 21 of 26 and can increase their 6 1/2-game cushion in the race for the second NL wild card when they open a three-game series at San Francisco. Jake Arrieta (15-6, 2.30 ERA) pitches for Chicago against Matt Cain (2-3, 5.66).

  • Athletics hire Ron Washington as third base coach

    August 24, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) Ron Washington, the former Texas Rangers manager, has been hired as the Oakland Athletics third base coach after the club dismissed Mike Gallego on Monday.The 63-year-old Washington spent 11 seasons as an A's coach before becoming manager of the Rangers in 2007 and leading Texas to a pair of American League pennants in 2010-11. Washington re-joined Oakland as a coach in May to work with infielders, but couldn't be in the dugout for games.

  • Wright homers in first at-bat in 4 months for Mets

    August 24, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) David Wright hit a long home run in his first major league at-bat in 133 days.Wright returned to the New York Mets' lineup Monday night after missing more than four months with spinal stenosis. He drove a 1-1 pitch from Adam Morgan into the second deck in left field leading off the second inning.

  • Wright returns to Mets, bats cleanup

    August 24, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) David Wright is back in the New York Mets' lineup and hitting cleanup after missing more than four months with a back problem.The captain was activated from the disabled list before Monday night's game against the Phillies. Left-hander Dario Alvarez was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas to make room on the roster.

  • D-Backs reinstate Bradley from DL, option him to Triple-A

    August 24, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks selected right-hander Jhoulys Chacin from Triple-A Reno, optioned right-hander Zack Godley to Double-A Mobile and designated outfielder Danny Dorn for assignment.Arizona also reinstated right-hander Archie Bradley from the 15-day disabled list and optioned him to Reno.

  • Bettis comes off DL, set to start for Rockies on Tuesday

    August 24, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The Colorado Rockies have reinstated right-hander Chad Bettis from the disabled list and optioned right-hander David Hale to Triple-A Albuquerque.Bettis, who has been out since July 19 with right elbow inflammation, will start on Tuesday night against the Atlanta Braves. Bettis is 5-4 with a 4.88 ERA in 13 starts.

  • Orioles make flurry of roster moves before Royals series

    August 24, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Orioles placed shortstop J.J. Hardy on the disabled list and designated outfielder Nolan Reimold for assignment before opening a four-game series Monday night in Kansas City.Baltimore also reinstated utility man Steve Pearce from the disabled list and recalled right-hander Jorge Rondon from Triple-A Norfolk to bolster its taxed bullpen.

  • Yanks place CC Sabathia on DL, knee injury could end season

    August 24, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) CC Sabathia has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with right knee inflammation that could end his season.New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Monday there is no timetable for the big left-hander's return, and he kept open the possibility that the 35-year-old Sabathia might not pitch again this year.

  • Veteran OF Stubbs signs minor deal with Texas, to Triple-A

    August 24, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Veteran outfielder Drew Stubbs has signed a minor league deal with the Texas Rangers, and been assigned to Triple-A Round Rock.The deal was announced Monday, an off day for the Rangers, who hold the AL's second wild card spot.Stubbs played 51 games this season with Colorado before being designated for assignment Aug. 12, and unconditionally released Saturday. The eighth overall pick by Cincinnati in the 2006 draft, he has a .245 average in 815 at-bats for the Reds (2009-12), Cleveland (2013) and the Rockies (2014-15).

  • Bryant homer lifts Cubs to 2-1 win over Indians

    August 24, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Kris Bryant homered with two outs in the ninth inning to lift the surging Chicago Cubs to a 2-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Monday in a makeup of a rained out game from June 15.The rookie, who had homered twice Sunday, lined a pitch from Cleveland reliever Zach McAllister (3-4) into the right field bleachers to give Chicago its fifth straight win and 21st victory in 26 games.

  • Dodgers option Garcia to minors with Nicasio set to return

    August 24, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Dodgers have optioned right-handed reliever Yimi Garcia to Triple-A Oklahoma City in anticipation of pitcher Juan Nicasio's return from the 15-day disabled list.Garcia was sent down Monday, an off day for the team before it opens a three-game series at Cincinnati on Tuesday. That's when Nicasio is expected to be reinstated.

  • Braves recall Bethancourt, Marimon from Triple-A Gwinnett

    August 24, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Braves have recalled right-hander Sugar Ray Marimon and catcher Christian Bethancourt from Triple-A Gwinnett.Right-hander David Aardsma has been designated for assignment. Outfielder Eury Perez was optioned to Gwinnett.Bethancourt was given the chance to take over as Atlanta's starting catcher before veteran A.J. Pierzynski won the job. The 23-year-old Bethancourt hit only .198 in 101 at-bats over 29 games before he was optioned to Gwinnett on June 15.

  • Ron Washington promoted to old job as A's third base coach

    August 24, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Ron Washington is back in the dugout where he got his big league start as a coach, promoted to his old position as third base coach for the Oakland Athletics on Monday after the club dismissed Mike Gallego.Oakland headed into the opener of a three-game series at Seattle on Monday night with the worst record in the American League at 54-71 following three straight years in the playoffs.

  • Cubs place Soler, Motte on 15-day DL

    August 24, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs placed outfielder Jorge Soler and right-handed reliever Jason Motte on the 15-day disabled list on Monday.The Cubs recalled infielder Tommy La Stella and lefty Zac Rosscup from Triple-A Iowa in time for Monday's makeup game against the Cleveland Indians. La Stella was in the starting lineup at second base and batted sixth.

  • Piece of concrete falls at Comerica Park after Tigers game

    August 24, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) An official with the Detroit Tigers says no one was hurt when a piece of concrete fell onto a Comerica Park concourse after a game at the baseball stadium.Ron Colangelo, the team's vice president of communications, says stadium operations reported a piece of a concrete fell at the 100-level concourse after Sunday's game against the Texas Rangers. He says the stadium was ''pretty clear at the time.''

  • High-priced Dodgers floundering on road trip

    August 24, 2015

    For all the talk about the Washington Nationals and their disappointing season thus far, there's another highly touted National League team that's also in danger of missing the playoffs.The Los Angeles Dodgers have dropped the first five games of what's been an ugly road trip so far. They still lead the NL West by 1 1/2 games over San Francisco, but the wild card is looking less and less like a viable backup plan if the Dodgers don't win the division.

  • LEADING OFF: Wright rejoins Mets, injured fan in hospital

    August 23, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Monday:----HE'S BACKMets third baseman David Wright rejoins the team to start a series in Philadelphia. The New York captain has been out of the majors since April 14 because of a back problem, and recently finished up a rehab stint in the minors. Manager Terry Collins says Wright won't be used as an everyday player for the NL East leaders right away in order to keep him healthy.

  • Blue Jays cap sweep of Angels with 12-5 win

    August 23, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) R.A. Dickey's teammates weren't too concerned about the five runs he gave up in the first inning. The way the Toronto Blue Jays have been swinging the bats lately, it hardly mattered.Edwin Encarnacion went 4 for 4 with a homer and four RBIs, and the Blue Jays completed a thunderous three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday with a 12-5 victory that vaulted them back into first place in the AL East.

  • Royals rally with 4 in 9th; beat Red Sox 8-6

    August 23, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Mike Moustakas kept fouling off good pitches. He finally saw one he could handle and didn't miss it.Moustakas' two-run double capped a wild four-run ninth inning that carried the AL Central-leading Kansas City Royals to an 8-6 comeback victory over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday.

  • Pirates activate SS Mercer from DL after right knee injury

    August 23, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Pirates activated shortstop Jordy Mercer from the disabled list on Sunday and placed first baseman Travis Ishikawa on the 15-day DL with a lower back strain.Mercer went on the disabled list on July 20 after spraining the MCL in his right knee and suffering a lower leg contusion in a collision with Carlos Gomez during a game in Milwaukee. Mercer is not in the starting lineup for Sunday night's game against the San Francisco Giants.

  • Lindor homers, Sabathia injured as Indians beat Yankees 4-3

    August 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Francisco Lindor homered off Dellin Betances in the eighth, Trevor Bauer allowed just two hits in 6 1-3 innings and CC Sabathia exited with an injury as the Cleveland Indians defeated the New York Yankees 4-3 on Andy Pettitte Day in the Bronx on Sunday.

  • Lindor homers, Sabathia hurt as Indians beat Yankees 4-3

    August 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Francisco Lindor homered off Dellin Betances in the eighth, Trevor Bauer threw 6 1-3 strong innings and CC Sabathia exited with an injury as the Cleveland Indians defeated the New York Yankees 4-3 on Andy Pettitte Day in the Bronx on Sunday.

  • Napoli, Gimenez hit HRs as Rangers top Tigers 4-2

    August 23, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Cole Hamels threw six strong innings, and Mike Napoli and Chris Gimenez homered as the Texas Rangers held onto the second American League wild card spot with a 4-2 win over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday.The Rangers, who have won nine of their last 11 games, started the day with a half-game lead over the Angels, with Baltimore another half-game back.

  • Fan hit by foul ball at Wrigley Field, taken to hospital

    August 23, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs says a female fan hit by a line drive foul ball during Sunday's game was conscious and taken to a hospital.The woman was carried off on a stretcher at Wrigley Field. She was struck by a foul from Cubs rookie Kyle Schwarber in the first inning. She was sitting just past the camera well on the first base side.

  • Fan struck by foul ball, taken off on stretcher at Wrigley

    August 23, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) A fan was struck by a line-drive foul ball and taken away on a stretcher in the first inning of Sunday's game between the Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves at Wrigley Field.Kyle Schwarber lined a foul ball just beyond the camera well on the first base side, striking the fan. Cubs first base coach Brandon Hyde reacted by putting his hands on his helmet after he saw the fan get hit.

  • Rockies designate RHP Rafael Betancourt for assignment

    August 23, 2015

    DENVER (AP) Rafael Betancourt arrived at Coors Field expecting to be on the team plane to Atlanta after Sunday's game.He soon discovered he might have hit the end of the road with the Colorado Rockies - and baseball.Betancourt has been designated for assignment by the Rockies, possibly signaling the end of the right-hander's 11-year major league career.

  • Yankees LHP Sabathia exits game with right knee pain

    August 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) New York Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia exited in the third inning Sunday with right knee pain and could be headed for the disabled list.Sabathia struck out Cleveland's Yan Gomes with a 91 mph fastball for the second out of the third. After the pitch, Sabathia stepped off the mound, visibly unhappy, and was visited by athletic trainer Steve Donohue and manager Joe Girardi, then left the game.

  • Yankees honor Pettitte by retiring his No. 46

    August 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Andy Pettitte would often glare down opposing hitters from the mound, his hat pulled tightly over his forehead and his glove shielding his face from the batter, so only his eyes were visible to those watching the tall lefty from Texas.

  • Red Sox recall RHP Aro from Triple-A, option RHP Barnes

    August 23, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Boston Red Sox have recalled right-hander Jonathan Aro from Triple-A Pawtucket for Sunday's series finale against the Kansas City Royals.To make room, the team optioned right-hander Matt Barnes to Pawtucket.The 24-year-old Aro (0-0, 11.57) is with the team for the third time this season.

  • Reds place Parra on DL, promote Balester

    August 23, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) The Cincinnati Reds placed left-handed pitcher Manny Parra on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday, retroactive to Wednesday, and promoted right-hander Collin Balester from Triple-A Louisville.Louisville right-hander Donn Roach was designated for assignment to make room on the 60-day roster for Balester, who was 0-0 with a 2.45 earned-run average and seven saves in 29 games for the Bats.

  • Greinke's win streak snapped, Dodgers lose 3-1 to Astros

    August 22, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Zack Greinke had another solid outing, but didn't get much offensive help from his teammates.Greinke gave up three runs and three hits in seven innings, taking his first loss in more than two months as the Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-1 Saturday night.

  • Taylor and Rendon homer as Nationals beat Brewers 6-1

    August 22, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Nationals outfielder Michael Taylor said he's been focusing lately on making contact at the plate rather than crushing baseballs.Lately, he's also been crushing baseballs.Taylor hit a home run for the third straight game, rookie Joe Ross allowed one run in seven innings and the Nationals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-1 on Saturday night.

  • Mets put Duda on the DL with back injury

    August 22, 2015

    DENVER (AP) The New York Mets have placed first baseman Lucas Duda on the 15-day disabled list with a back injury and recalled left-handed pitcher Dario Alvarez from Triple-A Las Vegas to fill his roster spot.The team announced the move prior to Saturday night's game against the Colorado Rockies.

  • LEADING OFF: Bird big for Yanks, Hamels goes for Rangers

    August 22, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Sunday:----CAN'T TOUCH CLAYTONDodgers ace Clayton Kershaw has won five straight decisions and tries for a sixth at Houston. The left-hander has a 0.82 ERA over his past seven starts, including two complete-game shutouts and three scoreless, eight-inning performances. Rookie Lance McCullers goes for the Astros for the first time since being demoted following a rocky Aug. 3 start at Texas. He was given a few weeks to rest and then made one appearance with Double-A Corpus Christi before being recalled. His 3.17 ERA is tied for fifth best among qualified rookie starters.

  • Fiers puts no-hitter on resume, a year after beaning Stanton

    August 22, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Going into this season, Mike Fiers was known more than anything for throwing the fastball that shattered Giancarlo Stanton's face.Now he's added something much more positive to his resume - a no-hitter for the Houston Astros in a 3-0 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night.

  • Tigers say injured fan released from hospital

    August 22, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) A day after hitting a foul ball that injured a fan behind the Detroit dugout, Anthony Gose said there's nothing a spectator in that situation can do.''Even if you're paying attention you can't react that fast. We can't react that fast in the dugout and we're paying attention to the game,'' the Tigers outfielder said Saturday. ''A fan who's never seen anything moving that fast at them in their life? No chance. Zero chance in this world.''

  • Yankees retire Posada's No. 20 in Monument Park

    August 22, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Yankees most recent championship teams were built around a group of players that came to be known as the ''Core Four.'' There was the suave leader Derek Jeter, the homespun starter Andy Pettitte and the classy closer Mariano Rivera.

  • Eickhoff strong in MLB debut for Phillies in 7-1 win

    August 22, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Jerad Eickhoff didn't look like a pitcher who was making his major league debut and he didn't look like someone who had not had a hit since high school.Eickhoff pitched six scoreless innings and drove in two runs in his major league debut to help the Philadelphia Phillies to a 7-1 win over the Miami Marlins on Friday night.

  • Mets' Cespedes homers 3 times against Rockies

    August 21, 2015

    DENVER (AP) Yoenis Cespedes has hit three home runs for the New York Mets, including a grand slam Friday against the Colorado Rockies.The power display began with a slam off rookie Jon Gray in the Mets' 6-run second inning. He led off the fourth with his second homer, this one off reliever Christian Bergman and his third, a two-run shot off Christian Friedrich, snapped an 8-8 tie in the sixth.

  • Houston's Mike Fiers throws no-hitter in Astros' 3-0 victory over Los Angeles Dodgers.

    August 21, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Houston's Mike Fiers throws no-hitter in Astros' 3-0 victory over Los Angeles Dodgers.

  • Astros' Fiers has no-hitter through 8 innings

    August 21, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Mike Fiers of the Houston Astros has not allowed a hit through eight innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers.Fiers has thrown 120 pitches Friday night. He allowed a walk in each of the first three innings, but he hasn't allowed a runner past first. The right-hander retired 21 of the last 22, including the last 18.

  • Nationals call up prospect Trea Turner

    August 21, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) The Nationals believe Trea Turner can help them catch the NL East-leading Mets, even if it's not quite clear how just yet.The 22-year-old shortstop, one of baseball's top prospects, was promoted from Triple-A Syracuse and made his major league debut Friday, joining crowded middle infield as Washington began a nine-game homestand.

  • Astros' Fiers has no-hitter through 7 innings

    August 21, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Mike Fiers of the Houston Astros has not allowed a hit through seven innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers.Fiers has thrown 107 pitches Friday night. He allowed a walk in each of the first three innings, but he hasn't allowed a runner past first. The right-hander retired 18 of the last 19, including the last 15.

  • Astros' Fiers has no-hitter through 6 innings

    August 21, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Mike Fiers of the Houston Astros has not allowed a hit through six innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers.Fiers has thrown 96 pitches Friday night. He allowed a walk in each of the first three innings, but he hasn't allowed a runner past first. The right-hander retired 15 of the last 16, including the last 12.

  • Tigers fan hit by foul ball in 8th inning

    August 21, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) The Tigers' game against the Texas Rangers was delayed for about seven minutes after a female fan was hit by a foul ball in the bottom of the eighth inning Friday night.The woman, sitting behind the home team dugout, was hit by the ball off the bat of Detroit's Anthony Gose. She was attended to by medical personnel and appeared to be alert as she was taken away strapped to a chair with a neck brace.

  • LEADING OFF: Posada honored; Greinke, Leake, Cole start

    August 21, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Saturday:----TWO-WAY THREATDodgers ace Zack Greinke has won nine straight decisions, gving up just one home run in that span. Baseball's ERA leader (1.58) has been pretty good at the plate, too. He has two bat-flipping long balls in his last three starts. He faces the Astros and Scott Kazmir,

  • Beimel goes on 15-day DL, Rob Rasmussen called up

    August 21, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) The Seattle Mariners placed Joe Beimel on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his left shoulder and recalled Rob Rasmussen from Triple-A Tacoma on Friday.Manager Lloyd McClendon also announced Friday that left-handed reliever Charlie Furbush, on the 15-day disabled list since July 8 with what was thought to be tendinitis in his left bicep, has a slight tear in his rotator cuff.

  • Mets skipping Matt Harvey to help conserve innings pitched

    August 21, 2015

    DENVER (AP) Mets ace Matt Harvey is going to skip his next scheduled start, a planned move by New York in order to help limit the right-hander's innings in his first season back from Tommy John surgery.Mets manager Terry Collins said Harvey will not pitch Sunday at Colorado. Right-handed reliever Logan Verrett (0-1) instead will get the ball.

  • Nationals 3B Escobar leaves after apparent injury

    August 21, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar has left Friday's game against Milwaukee due to an apparent injury suffered trying to catch a foul ball in the first inning.Escobar raced after Adam Lind's popup as it sailed toward seats down the left-field line. The ball dropped on the warning track, and Escobar bumped the wall with his left thigh before his head jerked back upon hitting a fan's chest.

  • MLB, players' union announce domestic violence policy

    August 21, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Major League Baseball can suspend players with pay when legal charges are pending in ''exceptional cases'' under a new domestic violence policy signed Friday.The 13-page deal signed Friday by the league and players' association, which followed a series of high-profile domestic violence cases involving NFL players, allows the baseball commissioner to issue discipline for ''just cause,'' the same standard used under the sport's collective bargaining agreement. Discipline is not dependent on a criminal conviction.

  • Report: Jays interested in Indians President Mark Shapiro

    August 21, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Cleveland Indians President Mark Shapiro is offering no comment on a report that the Toronto Blue Jays are interested in hiring him.Fox Sports reported Thursday that Shapiro was a ''strong candidate'' to succeed Blue Jays President Paul Beeston, who plans to retire after this season. Fox said Toronto had spoken to Shapiro about the job.

  • Indians get OF Michael Choice from Rangers for cash

    August 21, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Cleveland Indians have acquired outfielder Michael Choice from the Texas Rangers for cash.The teams announced the deal Friday night. Choice was optioned by the Indians to Triple-A Columbus.The 25-year-old Choice had been designated for assignment by the Rangers on Tuesday after they acquired outfielder Will Venable in a trade with San Diego.

  • Blue Jays minor league pitcher suspended for drug violation

    August 21, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Toronto Blue Jays minor league pitcher Clinton Hollon has been suspended 50 games for testing positive for an amphetamine in violation of the minor league drug program.The commissioner's office made the announcement Friday.The 20-year-old right-hander was taken by the Blue Jays in the second round of the 2013 draft. He is 1-1 with a 4.05 ERA for Class A Lansing of the Midwest League.

  • Giants send pitcher Chris Heston to Triple-A

    August 21, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The San Francisco Giants sent pitcher Chris Heston to Triple-A Sacramento on Friday, hoping to give him a small break before the stretch drive.The 27-year-old Heston is 11-7 with a 3.34 ERA this year and threw a no-hitter against the New York Mets on June 9. Heston, whoever, has had trouble going deep into games in recent weeks, making it past the fifth inning just once in four starts this month.

  • MLB players' union announces domestic violence policy

    August 21, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Major League Baseball has unveiled its first comprehensive domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse policy.The agreement announced jointly Friday by the commissioner's office and the players' union has been in the works since last year, following a series of high-profile domestic violence cases involving NFL players.

  • Brewers' Santana recalled from Triple-A, starting in center

    August 21, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Domingo Santana will start in center field for the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night against the Washington Nationals after being recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs.Santana, acquired from Houston in a trade-deadline move that sent outfielder Carlos Gomez and right-hander Mike Fiers to the Astros, hit .256 with two home runs in 14 major league games for Houston this year. He played mostly the corner outfield spots, but went to center once following a pinch-hit appearance.

  • Pirates activate 3B Josh Harrison from disabled list

    August 21, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Pirates activated utility player Josh Harrison off the disabled list Friday after a nearly two-month stay following thumb surgery.Harrison went out after sustaining ligament damage to his left thumb in early July. He was batting .279 with four homers and 22 RBIs at the time of the injury. Harrison, an All-Star in 2014, went 1 for 19 during a rehab stint with Triple-A Indianapolis. He will bat leadoff on Friday night against San Francisco's Madison Bumgarner.

  • Nationals call up SS prospect Turner; Moore on DL

    August 21, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Nationals have called up shortstop Trea Turner from Triple-A Syracuse and placed first baseman/outfielder Tyler Moore on the 15-day disabled list with a left ankle sprain.Turner, a highly touted 22-year-old prospect, is batting .322 with eight home runs and 54 RBIs in 116 games between Double-A and Triple-A this season. He'll be making his major league debut.

  • Ex-Tigers pitcher McLain and lawyer ordered to pay ,000

    August 21, 2015

    HOWELL, Mich. (AP) Ex-Detroit Tigers pitcher Denny McLain and his attorney have been ordered to pay slightly more than ,000 in attorney fees in a breach-of-contract case.Judge Theresa Brennan on Thursday said lawyer Barry Powers ''was trying to intimidate and harass'' Joe Dobson, who sued McLain for ,910.

  • LEADING OFF: Bumgarner back at PNC Park, Miller tries again

    August 20, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Friday:----BACK WHERE IT BEGANSan Francisco ace Madison Bumgarner returns to the mound where his great 2014 postseason began when he starts vs. Pittsburgh at PNC Park. The lefty pitched a four-hit shutout in the NL wild-card game last October, and went on to become the World Series MVP as the Giants won their third crown in five years. Bumgarner is coming off his most dominant start of the season - he struck out 14 and shut out Washington on three hits, and also homered and doubled.

  • Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez ejected

    August 20, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez has been ejected from Thursday's game against the Chicago Cubs.Gonzalez got thrown out with the Cubs batting in the third inning. Chris Coghlan of the Cubs had a 2-0 count with runners on first and second when plate umpire Doug Eddings raised his hand twice toward the dugout.

  • Diamondbacks activate C Laird, designate him for assignment

    August 20, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks activated catcher Gerald Laird from the 60-day disabled list and designated him for assignment on Thursday.The 35-year-old had been on the disabled list since April 9 with lower back spasms. He hit .308 with four RBIs in 10 games during his rehab assignment with Triple-A Reno.

  • Tigers get Randy Wolf, put pitchers Norris, Sanchez on DL

    August 20, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Tigers have acquired veteran lefty Randy Wolf from Toronto and put pitchers Daniel Norris and Anibal Sanchez on the disabled list.The Tigers also promoted relievers Guido Knudson and Jose Valdez from Triple-A Toledo on Thursday.

  • Pirates sign Snider to minor deal, Hart on rehab assignment

    August 20, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed outfielder Travis Snider to a minor league deal after he was released by Baltimore earlier this month.Snider and first baseman/outfielder Corey Hart both joined Triple-A Indianapolis on Thursday night. Hart is beginning a rehab assignment.

  • Rays reliever McGee to miss 6-8 weeks after knee surgery

    August 20, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Tampa Bay Rays reliever Jake McGee will have surgery on his left knee Friday and could miss the rest of the season.The Rays said McGee is expected to miss from six to eight weeks. The regular season ends on Oct. 4.McGee was injured on Tuesday night and an MRI on Thursday that revealed a meniscus tear in his knee. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list and rookie left-hander Enny Romero has been recalled from Triple-A Durham.

  • LA Dodgers' luxury tax payroll could top 0 million

    August 20, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Chase Utley's acquisition put the Los Angeles Dodgers close to becoming the first baseball team with a 0 million luxury-tax payroll.The trade Wednesday that sent the six-time All-Star second baseman from Philadelphia to the NL West leaders raised the Dodgers' projected payroll for tax purposes to about 8.5 million, according to calculations by Major League Baseball. Performance bonuses for other players and end-of-season award bonuses could make the Dodgers the first team to reach the 0 million mark.

  • Cardinals draw on deep reservoir of talent to lead baseball

    August 20, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Building the best record in the major leagues is hard work.The St. Louis Cardinals have overcome more than their share of injuries, leaning heavily on a pitching staff that always keeps them close and plugging gaps with youngsters who have risen to the moment.

  • Giants acquire OF Marlon Byrd from Reds for minor leaguer

    August 20, 2015

    Pittsburgh (AP) The San Francisco Giants acquired outfielder Marlon Byrd and cash Thursday from the Cincinnati Reds to boost their injury-plagued outfield for the stretch run.A day after losing out on second baseman Chase Utley, whom the Philadelphia Phillies traded to the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers, the defending World Series champions made their own move to replenish an outfield that has dealt with injuries to all three starters.

  • Diamondbacks place Hellickson on DL, recall Anderson

    August 20, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks placed right-hander Jeremy Hellickson on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring and recalled righty Chase Anderson from Triple-A Reno on Thursday.Anderson was optioned to Reno on Tuesday, but is able to be recalled before 10 days have elapsed because of Hellickson's injury.

  • Phillies trade Chase Utley to Dodgers

    August 19, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Chase Utley is reuniting with Jimmy Rollins in Hollywood.The Philadelphia Phillies traded the six-time All-Star second baseman to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday for Triple-A outfielder Darnell Sweeney and Single-A right-hander John Richy.

  • AP Sources: Phillies have agreed to trade Utley to Dodgers

    August 19, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Two people familiar with the deal say the Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to trade six-time All-Star second baseman Chase Utley to the Los Angeles Dodgers.Both sources spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday night because the deal hasn't been finalized and is pending a review of Utley's medical records. Utley has a history of knee injuries and recently returned from the disabled list after missing more than a month because of an ankle injury.

  • LEADING OFF: Scherzer returns to Coors, Nova goes for Yanks

    August 19, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Thursday:----WELCOME BACKNationals right-hander Max Scherzer will make his first appearance at Coors Field since 2009. Scherzer has a 5.63 ERA in three starts in Denver, but hasn't pitched there since blossoming into a Cy Young pitcher with the Tigers after a trade away from the Diamondbacks and the NL West in 2009. Yohan Flande pitches for the Rockies and hasn't lost since July 3, a span of eight appearances (four starts).

  • Tigers' Norris becomes 19th pitcher to homer in 1st at-bat

    August 20, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Detroit's Daniel Norris became just the 19th pitcher to hit a home run in his first major league at-bat, before suffering an injury that will send him to the disabled list.Norris left Wednesday's game against the Chicago Cubs with a strained right oblique and is headed to the disabled list, manager Brad Ausmus said. The injury was a major downer on what was quite a night for the pitcher.

  • Tigers recall VerHagen, option Marte to Triple-A Toledo

    August 19, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Detroit Tigers have recalled right-hander Drew VerHagen from Triple-A Toledo and optioned infielder Jefry Marte to the minor league club.The Tigers announced the moves before Wednesday's game against the Chicago Cubs.In one appearance for the Tigers, VerHagen gave up two runs and four walks in one inning against Toronto on July 5. He is a combined 3-3 with a 3.41 ERA and three saves in 20 appearances between Double-A Erie and Toledo.

  • Solarte plates 2 as Padres beat Braves 3-2 to complete sweep

    August 19, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) The Padres have discovered an alternative fuel source, and his name is Yangervis Solarte.Solarte drove in two runs, and Tyson Ross pitch six solid innings as San Diego beat the Atlanta Braves 3-2 to complete a three-game sweep on Wednesday.

  • McKenry needs knee surgery, Rockies call up catcher Garneau

    August 19, 2015

    DENVER (AP) The Colorado Rockies have called up catcher Dustin Garneau from Triple-A Albuquerque to replace catcher Michael McKenry, who needs surgery on a torn meniscus in his right knee and will miss the rest of the season.The Rockies placed McKenry on the 60-day disabled list on Wednesday.

  • Padres promote outfielder Jankowski from Triple-A El Paso

    August 19, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) The San Diego Padres called up outfielder Travis Jankowski from Triple-A El Paso on Wednesday.In 97 games between Double-A San Antonio and El Paso this year, the 24-year-old Jankowski hit a combined .335 with a home run, 25 RBIs and 32 stolen bases. Since being promoted to El Paso on July 22, he batted .392 with 12 RBIs.

  • Giants to place Pence on DL, activate Aoki on Thursday

    August 19, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The San Francisco Giants plan to place Hunter Pence on the 15-day disabled list Thursday with a strained left oblique, a move timed with activating Nori Aoki, who has been on the DL for a week with a concussion.Manager Bruce Bochy said the team believes Pence well be back by the end of the 15 days. Pence was injured flying out in the ninth inning on Monday.

  • Mets 3B David Wright expected to return from DL next week

    August 19, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) Mets third baseman David Wright is expected to be activated from the disabled list next week after missing four months with a back injury.New York manager Terry Collins said Wednesday that Wright will rejoin the team during its four-game series in Philadelphia that beings Monday.

  • Shoulder injury sends Reds' Hamilton to DL

    August 19, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) The Reds placed outfielder Billy Hamilton on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained capsule in his right shoulder on Wednesday.Hamilton was injured while trying to make a diving catch in Tuesday's 3-1, 13-inning loss to Kansas City. Hamilton, who finished second in National League Rookie of the Year balloting last year, is batting .226 with a major league-leading 54 stolen bases.

  • D-backs bring Godley back to majors, send Anderson down

    August 19, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks have recalled right-hander Zack Godley from Double-A Mobile and optioned right-hander Chase Anderson to Triple-A Reno.The 25-year-old Godley was 3-0 with a 1.50 ERA and 17 strikeouts in three starts during a previous stint with the Diamondbacks this season. He is the second Arizona starter to win his first three starts in the majors, with Anderson in 2014.

  • Red Sox bring in ex-Tigers boss Dombrowski to run club

    August 19, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) New Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski thought enough of the team to pick Boston over other suitors.Now he's going to spend the next six weeks trying to figure out what's worth keeping - in the front office, on the field at Fenway Park and in the minor leagues.

  • Puig's hamstring injury not considered serious, day to day

    August 19, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig underwent an MRI exam on his injured right hamstring Wednesday that showed a mild strain, and the medical staff doesn't expect him to need a stint on the disabled list.Puig was held out of the lineup for the NL West-leading Dodgers in their Wednesday afternoon interleague finale against the Oakland Athletics and with Thursday's off day will have two full days of rest. The hope is he will test out his leg Friday at Houston and play sometime during the weekend series against the Astros.

  • Rangers recall IF Alberto, activate RHP Scheppers

    August 19, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Texas Rangers recalled infielder Hanser Alberto from Triple-A Round Rock on Wednesday and designated infielder Adam Rosales for assignment.The 22-year-old Alberto made his major league debut with the Rangers in late May and returned to the minors in early July. He primarily played second base, hitting .247 in 25 games with three RBIs. In 81 games with Round Rock, he hit .310 with four home runs and 32 RBIs.

  • Giants expect Pence will miss at least 2 weeks

    August 19, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence will likely land on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique.Manager Bruce Bochy said after Tuesday's 2-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals that it was a moderate strain. The team had anticipated the results of an MRI Pence underwent earlier in the day.

  • Red Sox rout Indians 9-1, Shaw goes 4 for 4

    August 19, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Boston Red Sox continued a minor resurgence as owner John Henry made a major shake-up in the front office.The Red Sox routed the Cleveland Indians 9-1 on Tuesday night, a victory that was overshadowed before it ended with the club's late announcement that Dave Dombrowski was hired to take over baseball operations for general manager Ben Cherington.

  • Spieth, Johnson take their competition to the ballpark

    August 19, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) This time, no clubs for Jordan Spieth and Zach Johnson. Just a pair of famous diamonds.The golfers each threw out a ceremonial first pitch at a major league game on Tuesday night. They spent much of the day trash-talking on Twitter, finally arriving at a bet of a ,000 to the major winner with the best result at the ballpark.

  • Rockies' Gonzalez pulled due to inflammation in right knee

    August 18, 2015

    COLORADO (AP) Colorado Rockies right fielder Carlos Gonzalez was lifted from Tuesday night's game because of inflammation in his right knee.Gonzalez was pulled in the sixth inning as the Rockies hosted the Washington Nationals and was listed as day to day by the team. He connected for his 28th homer in the first inning.

  • A-Rod hits grand slam to rally Yankees over Twins, 8-4

    August 19, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Before the season began, beleaguered slugger Alex Rodriguez thought the days of being adored by Yankees fans were over.Returning to New York's lineup after sitting out a yearlong suspension for his involvement in the Biogenesis performance-enhancing drugs scandal, Rodriguez has restored his star status with a big bat.

  • Red Sox hire Dombrowski as president; GM Cherington is out

    August 18, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) On their way to a third last-place finish in four seasons, the Boston Red Sox shook up their front office on Tuesday night by hiring Dave Dombrowski as the new president of baseball operations and saying goodbye to general manager Ben Cherington.

  • Marlins' Phelps out for the season with broken arm

    August 18, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Miami Marlins right-hander David Phelps is going to miss the rest of the season because of a broken bone in his pitching arm.Manager Dan Jennings said Tuesday before Miami's game at the Milwaukee Brewers, Phelps had an MRI on Monday and it showed a stress fracture of the radius bone in his right forearm.

  • Rangers acquire outfielder Venable from San Diego

    August 18, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Texas Rangers have acquired outfielder Will Venable from the San Diego Padres for minor league catcher-outfielder Marcus Greene and a player to be named.To make room for Venable on the 40-man roster Tuesday night, Texas designated outfielder Michael Choice for assignment.

  • Rockies activate right-hander Hale from 15-day DL

    August 18, 2015

    DENVER (AP) Right-handed pitcher David Hale has been activated from the 15-day disabled list by the Colorado Rockies and was scheduled to start Tuesday night's game against the Washington Nationals.The Rockies made roster room for Hale the day before, when they optioned left-handed pitcher Ken Roberts to Triple A Albuquerque.

  • LEADING OFF: Lester leads Cubs, Holland comes off DL

    August 18, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Wednesday:---MIDWEST MATCHUPJon Lester looks to win his fifth consecutive decision for the Cubs. Lester has a 2.04 ERA in his past five outings after going more than two months without a victory. The Tigers will counter with rookie Daniel Norris, who has a 4.76 ERA in three starts since joining Detroit from Toronto in the David Price trade.

  • Giants' Pence undergoing MRI for left oblique injury

    August 18, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Hunter Pence of the San Francisco Giants was undergoing an MRI exam for a left oblique injury and was not in the lineup against the St. Louis Cardinals.Manager Bruce Bochy anticipated having results after Tuesday night's game.Pence was hurt swinging on a fly out against St. Louis closer Trevor Rosenthal in the ninth inning of a 2-1 loss Monday night.

  • Astros' star Correa, J.J. Watt hang out at Texans camp

    August 18, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Astros star Carlos Correa is having second thoughts about jokingly saying he would like to try out for the Houston Texans after an impressive tackle of 5-foot-5 Jose Altuve during a postgame celebration last weekend.The rookie shortstop, who was the first overall pick in the 2012 draft, attended training camp on Tuesday and watched defensive end J.J. Watt level running back Alfred Blue with a tackle behind the line.

  • Since trade to Royals, Cueto enjoying bigger parks

    August 18, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Johnny Cueto learned there's more than one reason to enjoy pitching in big ballparks.Cueto built a reputation as a tireless jogger of stadium steps during his nearly seven years with the Cincinnati Reds. He's maintained the regimen since being traded by the Reds to the Kansas City Royals on July 26, and he was asked during his first visit back to his former home field on Tuesday to compare Kauffman Stadium's steps to those at Great American Ball Park.

  • Heyward out of Cardinals lineup day after being removed

    August 18, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Cardinals outfielder Jason Heyward is out of the starting lineup a day after being taken out of the game with left hamstring tightness, an injury manager Mike Matheny believes may have been cramping.Rookie Tommy Pham started in center against the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night.

  • Mets place right-hander Parnell on DL, recall Verrett

    August 18, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) The New York Mets placed struggling right-hander Bobby Parnell on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with right shoulder tendinitis.Parnell is 1-3 with a 5.59 ERA and one save in 23 games. He last pitched against Pittsburgh on Sunday, allowing four runs, two hits and two walks in 2-3 of an inning.

  • Phillies rookie Maikel Franco goes on disabled list

    August 18, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Phillies have placed rookie third baseman Maikel Franco on the 15-day disabled list because of a fractured wrist.Franco was hit by a pitch on his left wrist last Tuesday at Arizona. He missed the next four games.Outfielder Aaron Altherr was called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to take Franco's roster spot. Altherr hit .293 with 14 homers and 67 RBIs in the minors this season.

  • Yankees' Bryan Mitchell on 7-day concussion disabled list

    August 18, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) One day after he was struck in the face by a line drive, pitcher Bryan Mitchell was placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list by the New York Yankees on Tuesday.Sporting a large bruise under his eye and tape across the bridge of his nose, Mitchell was in good spirits as he discussed the moments after he was knocked down by a line drive off the bat of Minnesota's Eduardo Nunez.

  • Astros' star Correa and Watt hang out at Texans camp

    August 18, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Houston Astros' star Carlos Correa is having second thoughts about jokingly saying he'd like a tryout with the Houston Texans after a pretty impressive tackle of 5-foot-5 Jose Altuve during a postgame celebration this weekend.The rookie shortstop, who was the first overall pick in the 2012 draft, attended training camp on Tuesday and saw Houston star defensive end J.J. Watt level running back Alfred Blue with a tackle behind the line. He says: ''I saw J.J. with a nice tackle out there and I'm like: `Wow, I better quit tackling people.'''

  • Salazar cools down Boston's bats; Cleveland wins 8-2

    August 17, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Danny Salazar had a simple explanation for why he's on a strong run.He's stopped trying to overpower hitters. Now, he knows how to pitch.Salazar pitched seven strong innings to cool off Boston's hot bats, and Lonnie Chisenhall had a solo homer and three RBIs to carry the Cleveland Indians past the Red Sox 8-2 on Monday night.

  • Yankees pitcher Mitchell hit by liner, has nasal fracture

    August 17, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Yankees rookie pitcher Bryan Mitchell sustained a nasal fracture when he was hit in the head by a line drive Monday night, forcing him off the field with a towel over his bloody face.The injury occurred in the second inning and Mitchell was taken to a hospital. In the sixth, the Yankees said he had been released from the hospital and would be monitored for the possibility of concussion symptoms.

  • Heyward taken out due to tight left hamstring

    August 17, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Jason Heyward made his first start of the season in center field for the St. Louis Cardinals but was taken out after two innings due to left hamstring tightness.Rookie Tommy Pham replaced Heyward on Monday night in a scoreless game against the Giants.

  • Victim's son throws out 1st pitch at Yankee Stadium

    August 17, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Chris Singleton took a huge swing and watched the ball sail high into the first row of seats in left at Yankee Stadium, drawing loud whoops and fist bumps from a bunch of big leaguers around the batting cage.''Yes!'' shouted All-Star outfielder Brett Gardner.

  • Red Sox recall Matt Barnes to start Monday

    August 17, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Red Sox recalled Matt Barnes from Triple-A Pawtucket to start their game Monday against the Cleveland Indians.To make room, infielder-outfielder Garin Cecchini was returned to Pawtucket.The 25-year-old Barnes made his first major-league start Monday. The right-hander had pitched 21 games in relief for the Red Sox this season.

  • Marlins place Phelps on DL, call up Cordier

    August 17, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) The Marlins placed right-hander David Phelps on the 15-day disabled list Monday after he was pulled due to elbow discomfort Sunday.Miami also selected the contract of right-hander Erik Cordier from Triple-A New Orleans.Phelps was pulled in the bottom of the third inning, one pitch after allowing his second home run of the game to Cardinals outfielder Jason Heyward. The 28-year-old is 4-8 with a 4.50 ERA in 23 appearances (19 starts) this season. He has allowed 10 runs over 6 2/3 innings in his last two starts combined.

  • LEADING OFF: Nats, Mets try to stop skids; Kershaw throws

    August 17, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Tuesday:----CAPITAL LOSSESThe Nationals look to snap a six-game skid as they hit the last leg of a 10-game West Coast swing at Colorado. The Nationals were swept in a four-game series at San Francisco last weekend after dropping two of three against the Dodgers to kick off the trip. Washington was shut out by Madison Bumgarner on Sunday, falling to 58-59, falling below .500 for the first time since May 6. The Nats have been blanked three times in their past six games, but following an off day Monday, they face an easier test in Rockies right-hander David Hale (3-4, 5.69 ERA) at hitter-friendly Coors Field. Jordan Zimmerman pitches for Washington.

  • Yankees pitcher Mitchell hit in head by line drive vs Twins

    August 17, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Yankees rookie pitcher Bryan Mitchell was hit in the head by a line drive Monday night, forcing him off the field with a towel over his bloody face.The Yankees said he was taken to a hospital, but didn't give a report on his condition.

  • Blind and autistic boy sings anthem at Fenway

    August 17, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) A 13-year-old blind and autistic boy who sang the national anthem at Fenway Park before the Cleveland Indians-Boston Red Sox game received a loud and long ovation from the players and fans.Christopher Duffley, from Manchester, New Hampshire, was born prematurely and weighted only 1 pound, 12 ounces at birth and was rendered blind due to Retinopathy of Prematurity.

  • Yanks' Sabathia says he 'flipped out' in Toronto street mess

    August 17, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia says he ''flipped out'' and made a ''bad decision'' for getting involved in a shouting match outside a Toronto nightclub over the weekend.TMZ posted video Monday showing Sabathia hollering in a crowd of people early Saturday. New York had started a series at Toronto several hours earlier.

  • Mariners promote Olmos from Triple-A Tacoma

    August 17, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Seattle Mariners have recalled left-hander Edgar Olmos from Triple-A Tacoma and optioned left-hander Rob Rasmussen to the minors.Olmos, 25, was 1-1 with a 3.55 ERA in 20 appearances with Tacoma, including two starts. His only previous experience in the majors is five relief appearances for Miami in 2013.

  • Rangers' Holland to return from DL on Wednesday

    August 17, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Texas Rangers left-hander Derek Holland will return Wednesday against the Seattle Mariners following a four-month absence.Holland, 28, threw nine pitches in Texas' home opener on April 10 before being pulled with a torn muscle in his throwing shoulder.

  • Diamondbacks activate Randall Delgado from DL

    August 17, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks activated right-handed reliever Randall Delgado off the disabled list prior to Monday night's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates and optioned infielder-outfielder Jamie Romak to Triple-A Reno.Delgado, who had been out since July 28 with a sprained right ankle, made one one-inning appearance each in the rookie-level Arizona League and with Double-A Mobile.

  • Francona to accompany longtime friend Farrell for treatment

    August 17, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Cleveland manager Terry Francona didn't hesitate when he was on the phone with Red Sox manager John Farrell and heard when his longtime friend was going to start chemotherapy treatment for lymphoma. Francona knew he wanted to be there.''We were just talking and I was asking questions, the normal questions, and he mentioned he was going to start Tuesday,'' Francona said Monday before the Indians opened a three-game series at Boston.

  • Cardinals place Grichuk on 15-day DL, recall Pham

    August 17, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Cardinals placed outfielder Randal Grichuk, among the top rookies in the National League, on the 15-day disabled list with a right elbow strain on Monday. Grichuk said he also has a low-grade ligament sprain in the elbow.

  • Dodgers replace 3rd base coach with Ron Roenicke

    August 17, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Dodgers have hired Ron Roenicke to replace Lorenzo Bundy as third base coach for the remainder of the season.Roenicke was fired in May as manager of the Milwaukee Brewers after 4 1/2 years. He played in the majors from 1981-88, including parts of three seasons in the Dodgers' outfield. The 58-year-old was a longtime coach for the Angels, serving as their third base and bench coach.

  • NHL players among those fans watching Blue Jays take flight

    August 17, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Logan Couture was just a preschooler when the Toronto Blue Jays won the World Series titles in 1992 and 1993. Wearing his team logo pajamas, the San Jose Sharks forward fought to stay awake to watch the games.Matt Moulson of the Buffalo Sabres has home-plate dirt from the 1993 victory. His father took him downtown from their home in Mississauga, Ontario, to celebrate each of those championships.

  • Despite 12-2 record, Jays' Hutchison sent to Triple-A

    August 17, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) The Blue Jays have sent right-hander Drew Hutchison to Triple-A Buffalo a day after he moved to 12-2 by pitching Toronto to a win over the rival New York Yankees.Hutchison pitched 6 2/3 strong innings at Rogers Centre on Sunday in Toronto's 3-1 victory that avoided a three-game Yankees sweep.

  • Victim's son to throw out 1st pitch for Yankees

    August 17, 2015

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) The son of Charleston shooting victim Sharonda Coleman-Singleton will throw out the first pitch at Yankee Stadium when the team plays Minnesota on Monday night.Chris Singleton, a baseball player at Charleston Southern, was surprised on the set of the TODAY Show by Yankees players Alex Rodriguez, Brett Gardner and Dellin Bentances and invited to attend the game and throw out the opening pitch.

  • Defending champ Giants get on roll while facing contenders

    August 17, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Washington. St. Louis. Pittsburgh.In one quirky scheduling stretch, the San Francisco Giants are playing each of the three National League opponents they beat on the way to winning an NL pennant and eventually another World Series last fall.

  • Royals sign Chamberlain, Rodriguez to minor league contracts

    August 16, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Veteran pitchers Joba Chamberlain and Wandy Rodriguez agreed to minor league contracts Sunday with the Kansas City Royals, the American League Central leaders, and will report to Triple-A Omaha.Chamberlain, a 29-year-old right-hander, is 25-21 with a 3.89 ERA in 359 games in the majors with the New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers. He was 0-2 with a 4.09 ERA in 30 relief appearances this season with Detroit. Chamberlain was a Nebraska teammate of Royals left fielder Alex Gordon, who is on the disabled list.

  • LEADING OFF: Wacha, Cole try for 15th wins, A's ace Gray set

    August 16, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Monday:---FIGHT FOR 15Pirates ace Gerrit Cole and Cardinals star Michael Wacha try for their major league-leading 15th wins. Cole (14-6, 2.48 ERA) starts against Arizona in the opener of a seven-game homestand. Wacha (14-4, 2.93 ERA) gets the ball when the Cardinals begin a three-game series vs. the visiting Giants.

  • LEADING OFF: Wacha, Cole looking for 15 wins

    August 16, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Monday:---FIGHT FOR 15Pirates ace Gerrit Cole and Cardinals star Michael Wacha try for their major league-leading 15th wins. Cole (14-6, 2.48 ERA) starts against Arizona in the opener of a seven-game homestand. Wacha (14-4, 2.93 ERA) gets the ball when the Cardinals begin a three-game series vs. the visiting Giants.

  • Beltre, Strausborger homer as Rangers beat Rays 5-3

    August 16, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Adrian Beltre's 406th career home run was no big deal to the 18-year veteran.But Ryan Strausborger's first homer, in his seventh major league game, was part of a dream come true.Beltre's tiebreaking homer in the third inning and Strausborger's insurance run the next spoiled Drew Smyly's return, and the Texas Rangers beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-3 on Sunday afternoon.

  • Braun's grand slam ties Yount, Brewers top Phillies 6-1

    August 16, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Ryan Braun was the right guy up at the right time. Just like Robin Yount used to be.Braun hit a grand slam to tie Yount's franchise home run mark, lifting the Milwaukee Brewers to a 6-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday and a sweep of the season series.

  • Suspected spider bite knocks out Indians' Johnson

    August 16, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Cleveland Indians infielder Chris Johnson missed his second straight game Sunday after he suspects he was bitten by an insect at the team's hotel.Johnson said he woke with a small bite, possibly from a spider, on his left hand Saturday morning and was treated at the stadium. By Sunday, Johnson's hand was swollen, and he went to a Minneapolis hospital for treatment. He had the hand wrapped and started antibiotics but could miss further time as Cleveland heads to Boston for a series starting Monday.

  • Angels option Shoemaker to Triple-A after bad outing

    August 16, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Matt Shoemaker went from a franchise-record 16 victories as a rookie last season to optioned Sunday to Triple-A Salt Lake by the Los Angeles Angels.Shoemaker failed to finish the second inning Saturday at Kansas City, allowing six runs on seven hits and three walks in the 9-4 loss to the Royals. He has yielded 13 runs on 16 hits, including four homers, in 7 1-3 innings in losing his past two starts.

  • Bautista homers, Blue Jay beat Yankees to avoid 3-game sweep

    August 16, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) A star at the plate the previous two days, Carlos Beltran's costly mistake in the outfield denied the New York Yankees their first sweep in Toronto in over a decade.Jose Bautista hit a two-run homer, Drew Hutchison won his third straight start and the Blue Jays beat New York 3-1 on Sunday.

  • Marlins starter Phelps leaves with right elbow discomfort

    August 16, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Miami right-hander David Phelps left Sunday's game at St. Louis in the bottom of the third inning with right elbow discomfort and will be day to day, according to the Marlins.Phelps, who entered the game with a 4-8 mark and a 4.35 ERA, gave up two home runs to Jason Heyward. After the second homer, he delivered one pitch to Randal Grichuk and then signaled for the trainer to come to the mound.

  • Braves' Shelby Miller loses no-hit bid in 8th

    August 16, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Shelby Miller of the Atlanta Braves has lost his no-hit bid in the eighth inning.Nick Ahmed led off with a bloop single to right field for Arizona's first hit against Miller, who received a short ovation before pinch-hitter Jarod Saltalamacchia followed with another single. Miller, who threw 109 pitches, then left the game.

  • Braves' Shelby Miller has no-hitter through 7 innings

    August 16, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Shelby Miller of the Atlanta Braves is pitching a no-hitter through seven innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks.Miller walked the first two batters in the game and has four walks with 10 strikeouts. He has thrown 102 pitches.Miller entered with a 15-game winless streak. He has eight losses during the stretch, despite having a 3.16 ERA over the 15 games.

  • Brewers minor leaguer says he's gay; MLB lauds his courage

    August 16, 2015

    IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) It had been a long day and night for David Denson, in so many ways.His team had been swept in a doubleheader in the low-level Pioneer League, he didn't have much luck hitting and he'd made a throwing error, too.But it wasn't a total loss.

  • Braves' Shelby Miller has no-hitter through 6 innings

    August 16, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Shelby Miller of the Atlanta Braves is pitching a no-hitter through six innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks.Miller walked the first two batters in the game and has three walks with eight strikeouts. He has thrown 86 pitches.Miller entered with a 15-game winless streak. He has eight losses during the stretch, despite having a 3.16 ERA over the 15 games.

  • LeVangie expected to take over as bench coach Monday

    August 16, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Red Sox interim manager Torey Lovullo said the team will make bullpen coach Dana LeVangie the bench coach on Monday.Lovullo also said Sunday that Triple-A pitching coach Bob Kipper will be moved up from Pawtucket to be the bullpen coach.

  • White Sox activate Shuck from DL, designate Bonifacio

    August 16, 2015

    Chicago (AP) The Chicago White Sox have reinstated outfielder J.B. Shuck from the 15-day disabled list and designated infielder Emilio Bonifacio for assignment.Shuck, who went on the 15-day disabled list on Aug. 1 with a strained left hamstring, was available for in Sunday's game against the Chicago Cubs.

  • A 'giant relief': Brewers minor league player says he's gay

    August 16, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) A Milwaukee Brewers minor leaguer has become the first openly gay player on a team affiliated with Major League Baseball.David Denson, with the help of former major leaguer Billy Bean, reached out to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel to tell his story.

  • Braves bring back veteran reliever Peter Moylan

    August 16, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Braves have promoted right-hander Peter Moylan from Triple-A Gwinnett.The 36-year-old Moylan, who spent his first seven seasons with the Braves, is looking for his first major league appearance since 2013 with the Dodgers.Moylan, who has endured back, rotator cuff and two Tommy John surgeries in his career, was 2-0 with a 3.14 ERA and six saves in 27 games with Gwinnett. He is 21-9 with a 2.80 ERA in 309 career games with the Braves and Dodgers.

  • LEADING OFF: Cubs try for 10th 'W' in row, Bosox break loose

    August 16, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues today:---CUBS ROLLThe Cubs try for their 10th straight win and a sweep of the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. The victory would give the Cubs their best streak since they took 12 in a row in 2001. Dan Haren starts for the Cubs against ace Chris Sale.

  • Brewers farmhand David Denson reveals he's gay

    August 16, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Milwaukee Brewers minor leaguer David Denson has become the first openly gay player on a team affiliated with Major League Baseball.The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said Denson, with the help of former major leaguer Billy Bean, reached out to the newspaper to tell his story.

  • LEADING OFF: Cubs try for 10th W in row, Bosox break loose

    August 15, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues today:---CUBS ROLLThe Cubs try for their 10th straight win and a sweep of the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. The victory would give the Cubs their best streak since they took 12 in a row in 2001. Dan Haren starts for the Cubs against ace Chris Sale.

  • Astros manager Hinch ejected after replay challenge in fifth

    August 15, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Houston manager A.J. Hinch was ejected following a replay review in the fifth inning of the Astros' game against the Detroit Tigers on Saturday.The review came after Astros outfielder Preston Tucker made an apparent sliding, inning-ending catch on a line drive by Ian Kinsler. Detroit asked for a review, and umpires overruled the grab. Anthony Gose, who was on second base, was awarded home.

  • Ventura supports Farrell, gets skin cancer screening

    August 15, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) White Sox manager Robin Ventura expressed support for Red Sox skipper John Farrell and, coincidentally, arrived Saturday wearing several small bandages on his neck and nose after being screened for skin cancer earlier in the week.The team provides precautionary tests twice a year.

  • LEADING OFF: Miller aims to end drought, Boston breaks loose

    August 15, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Sunday:---AT A LOSSShelby Miller is among the NL leaders in ERA and was an All-Star last month. Yet the Atlanta righty is winless in his last 15 starts, losing eight times going into this outing at home against Arizona. The Braves haven't backed him much, scoring over three runs just twice during his drought.

  • Suzuki gets 4,192nd career hit in majors, Japan

    August 15, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Ichiro Suzuki singled in the first inning for his 4,192nd career hit in the major leagues and Japan, passing Ty Cobb's total that ranks second in history.The 41-year-old Suzuki got his 2,914th big league hit for the Miami Marlins against the Cardinals on Saturday night. He had 1,278 hits in nine seasons for the Orix Blue Wave in Japan.

  • Royals induct Mike Sweeney into franchise Hall of Fame

    August 15, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Mike Sweeney was once told by one of his own coaches he had ''zero percent'' chance of making the Kansas City Royals out of spring training and to make sure he packed lightly if he showed up in Florida.''I'm so glad,'' Sweeney said, ''that zero percent chance turned into a 100 percent chance.''

  • Athletics call up pitchers Venditte and Otero

    August 15, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) The Oakland Athletics have recalled pitchers Pat Venditte and Dan Otero from Triple-A Nashville.Venditte can throw with either hand and Otero is a righty. Both previously appeared with Oakland this season.Venditte made his major league debut on June 5, becoming the first ambidextrous pitcher to play in the majors since Greg Harris in 1995. Venditte made four appearances before going on the disabled list with a strained right shoulder.

  • Red Sox 3B Sandoval leaves game

    August 15, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Third baseman Pablo Sandoval has left Boston's game against Seattle with a bruised right elbow.Sandoval homered in his first at-bat, and then was hit by Felix Hernandez with his first pitch leading off the third.Sandoval was attended to by a team trainer for a while, but stayed in the game. He was replaced by Josh Rutledge in the lineup at the beginning of the fourth.

  • Marlins' Yelich goes on DL; Ozuna recalled from minors

    August 15, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Miami Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich has been placed on the 15-day disabled left because of a bruised right knee, and outfielder Marcell Ozuna has been recalled from Triple-A New Orleans.Yelich's move was retroactive to Monday and made before Saturday's game at St. Louis.

  • Manager Farrell visits team Saturday morning

    August 15, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Manager John Farrell has visited the Red Sox a day after announcing he is taking a medical leave for the rest of the season to deal with lymphoma.The 53-year-old Farrell was in his office Saturday morning and joked with the players and interim manager Torey Lovullo.

  • Yankees cut struggling LHP Chris Capuano

    August 15, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) The New York Yankees designated struggling left-hander Chris Capuano for assignment Saturday, three days after he was recalled from Triple-A Scranton.Capuano hasn't pitched for New York since giving up five runs in 2-3 of an inning in a 21-5 loss to Texas on July 28. He is 0-4 with a career-worst 6.97 ERA in 16 games, including four starts.

  • Seattle recalls RHP Farquhar; options RHP Guaipe

    August 15, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Seattle Mariners have recalled right-hander Danny Farquhar from Triple-A Tacoma.The 28-year-old Farquhar is with the Mariners for the third time this season. Heading into Saturday's game at Boston, he is 0-3 with a 6.23 ERA in 25 appearances.

  • Kemp becomes 1st Padres player to hit for the cycle

    August 14, 2015

    DENVER (AP) Matt Kemp has become the first San Diego Padres player to hit for the cycle, finishing off the feat Friday night with a triple in the ninth inning at Colorado.Kemp had a two-run homer in the first, a single in the third and a double in the seventh. His triple in the ninth went off the fence in center and he easily scampered into third for the first cycle of his career.

  • LEADING OFF: Cubs try for 9th straight win, Utley available

    August 15, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues today:---CUB HUBThe Cubs try for their ninth straight win when Jake Arrieta starts against the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. Arrieta is looking to extend his career-best streak of 17 2-3 scoreless innings. The North Siders from Chicago last won nine in a row in 2008.

  • Red Sox OF Castillo leaves game

    August 14, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo left Friday's game against Seattle after fouling a ball off his left foot.Castillo, who hit a two-run homer earlier in the game, fouled a ball off his foot in the fourth inning. He finished the at-bat, taking a called third strike, before he was replaced in the lineup by Alejandro De Aza in the top of the fifth.

  • Red Sox place RHP Wright on 7-day DL

    August 14, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Red Sox have placed right-hander Steven Wright on the seven-day concussion disabled list after he was struck by a ball in the back of the neck during batting practice earlier in the week.The 30-year-old knuckleballer was slated to start Monday against Cleveland.

  • Indians OF Brantley out with sore shoulder

    August 14, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Cleveland Indians All-Star outfielder Michael Brantley is out of Friday's lineup and will likely miss multiple days while he deals with a sore left shoulder.Brantley stayed behind in Cleveland as the Indians departed for an 11-game road trip beginning in Minnesota on Friday and had an MRI on his throwing shoulder, which manager Terry Francona characterized as ''good.''

  • Padres reinstate infielder Cory Spangenberg

    August 14, 2015

    DENVER (AP) The San Diego Padres have reinstated infielder Cory Spangenberg from the disabled list after he missed 38 games with a bruised left knee.To make room on the roster, the Padres optioned left-hander Frank Garces to Triple-A El Paso on Friday.

  • Brewers put RHP Blazek on DL with broken pitching hand

    August 14, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Brewers righty Mike Blazek has been put on the 15-day day disabled list with a broken pitching hand and is expected to miss the rest of the season.Milwaukee made the move Friday, retroactive to a day earlier. Manager Craig Counsell said the fracture would heal without surgery.

  • Yankees to honor A-Rod's 3,000th hit in pregame ceremony

    August 14, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) The New York Yankees will honor Alex Rodriguez's 3,000th hit with a pregame ceremony before hosting the Blue Jays on Sept. 13.Rodriguez homered off Detroit's Justin Verlander on June 19, becoming the 29th player to reach the 3,000-hit plateau.

  • Hamilton back in Rangers lineup, Hamels good after bullpen

    August 14, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Josh Hamilton was back in the Texas Rangers lineup Friday night after an MRI showed no structural damage in his sore left knee, and left-hander Cole Hamels felt good after a bullpen sessionHamilton missed the previous two games before the exam Friday, when he was batting sixth and played left field for the series opener against Tampa Bay.

  • Braves sign RHP Edwin Jackson for remainder of season

    August 14, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Braves have signed veteran right-hander Edwin Jackson for the remainder of the season.Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Jackson will work as a reliever. Gonzalez told Jackson he has the next seven weeks to use as an audition for next year. Jackson turns 32 next month.

  • Tigers slugger Cabrera off disabled list, starts vs Astros

    August 14, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera is off the disabled list and back in the starting lineup.The two-time AL MVP was activated for Friday night's game at Houston. He was playing first base and batting third.Cabrera hasn't played since July 3 because of a strained left calf. He began the day batting .350 with 15 home runs and 54 RBIs in 77 games. The Tigers are five games behind in the race for the second AL wild-card spot.

  • Rockies option struggling righty Eddie Butler to Albuquerque

    August 14, 2015

    DENVER (AP) The Colorado Rockies optioned struggling right-hander Eddie Butler to Triple-A Albuquerque and placed reliever Boone Logan on the disabled list with inflammation in his left elbow.To fill their spots, the Rockies recalled righty Gonzalez Germen and lefty Kenny Roberts from Albuquerque on Friday.

  • Gray's back improves, so he hopes to start Monday for A's

    August 14, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) Athletics pitcher Sonny Gray could return from a nagging back injury as soon as Monday.The right-hander was scratched from his scheduled start against Toronto on Thursday after experiencing back spasms Wednesday.Trainers treated him with muscle relaxants and a massage. On Thursday, he reported no pain after throwing for five minutes from 75 feet.

  • Red Sox manager Farrell says he has 'highly curable' cancer

    August 14, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Fighting back tears, Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell said Friday that he had a ''highly curable'' form of cancer and has taken a medical leave for the rest of the season to deal with lymphoma.The 53-year-old Farrell said bench coach Torey Lovullo will run the team in his absence. Farrell said he planned on being back with the team for spring training.

  • Orioles OF David Lough designated for assignment

    August 14, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) Outfielder David Lough has been designated for assignment by the Baltimore Orioles, who needed the roster spot for a backup catcher.The move Friday coincided with the recall of catcher Steve Clevenger from Triple-A Norfolk.With starting catcher Matt Wieters day to day with a strained right hamstring, Clevenger was summoned to play behind Caleb Joseph.

  • Giants get in the mix for Phillies' Chase Utley

    August 14, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The San Francisco Giants got into the mix for Chase Utley, making a trade offer to the Philadelphia Phillies after the second baseman cleared waivers this week.Giants general manager Bobby Evans says in a text message there's ''nothing new today'' on any potential acquisition. Several other teams are expected to compete for Utley's services.

  • Red Sox manager Farrell says he has 'very treatable' cancer

    August 14, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Red Sox manager John Farrell said Friday that he had a ''highly curable'' form of cancer and would take a medical leave for the rest of the season to deal with lymphoma.The 53-year-old Farrell said Boston bench coach Torey Lovullo will run the team in his absence. Farrell said he planned on being back with the team for spring training.

  • Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell says he has lymphoma and is stepping away from the team

    August 14, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell says he has lymphoma and is stepping away from the team.

  • White Sox reinstate Bonifacio from DL, option Garcia

    August 14, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago White Sox have reinstated infielder Emilio Bonifacio from the 15-day disabled list and optioned infielder Leury Garcia to Triple-A Charlotte.The moves were announced before Friday's game against the Chicago Cubs.Bonifacio was placed on the disabled list on July 29 with a strained left oblique. He was batting .169 in 45 games.

  • Correction: Pirates-Cardinals story

    August 14, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) In a story Aug. 11 about the St. Louis Cardinals' 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates, The Associated Press reported erroneously several statistics from the game. Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez walked zero batters, not one; A home run by Pedro Alvarez in the fourth inning put the Pirates ahead 3-1, not 3-2; Gerrit Cole entered his start on Wednesday 1-0 with a 2.57 ERA against the Cardinals, not 0-3 with a 5.95 ERA; and Cole was 13-5 with a 2.38 ERA in his other 21 starts, not 14-2 with a 1.82 ERA in his other 18 starts.

  • Twins reliever Blaine Boyer put on disabled list

    August 14, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Twins have placed reliever Blaine Boyer on the 15-day disabled list because of an inflammation in his throwing elbow.The Twins made the move made before the start of a three-game series against Cleveland. Michael Tonkin was recalled from Triple-A Rochester to take Boyer's place in the bullpen.

  • Reds beat former teammate Mat Latos and Dodgers 10-3

    August 14, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Billy Hamilton had a career-high four hits, including a solo homer, to help the Cincinnati Reds defeat former teammate Mat Latos and the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers 10-3 Thursday night for just their third victory in nine games.

  • Giants left fielder Aoki placed on 7-day concussion list

    August 13, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The San Francisco Giants placed left fielder Nori Aoki on the seven-day concussion list Thursday, one day after he had to leave the game with symptoms from a head injury sustained against the Cubs last weekend.He left Sunday's game in Chicago after he was hit in the head by a pitch in the third inning, then returned to the starting lineup Wednesday against Houston but played only five innings before running into the wall to make a catch.

  • APNewsBreak: Bonds has 'weight lifted off my shoulders'

    August 13, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Legally cleared at last, Barry Bonds is unconcerned with everybody else's thoughts on his career or credentials: He's a Hall of Famer. Hands down.''I don't even justify that. There's no need,'' he said Thursday night at AT&T Park. ''That's without saying.''

  • Top MLB pick Swanson makes pro debut after injury

    August 13, 2015

    HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) Dansby Swanson doesn't really remember the pitch that came hurtling toward him, hitting him squarely in the face. That's probably for the best.''I got hit, and all I remember was thinking, `What on earth?''' he said. ''All I knew was that something was wrong.''

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

    August 13, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Friday:---SOARING BLUE JAYSAL East-leading Toronto tries for its team-record 12th straight victory when David Price starts a three-game series against the second-place Yankees at sold-out Rogers Centre. The Blue Jays have trailed in just two of 100 innings during their winning streak. ''Just coming to the park knowing that you're going to win a game that day, it's a good feeling,'' infielder Ryan Goins said.

  • Swanson (finally) makes pro debut after injury

    August 13, 2015

    HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) Dansby Swanson doesn't really remember the pitch that came hurtling toward him, hitting him squarely in the face. That's probably for the best.''I got hit, and all I remember was thinking, `What on earth?''' he said. ''All I knew was that something was wrong.''

  • Daughters of Indians INF Mike Aviles throw out first pitches

    August 13, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The twin 4-year-old daughters of Cleveland Indians infielder Mike Aviles threw out the ceremonial first pitches before Thursday night's game against the New York Yankees.Adriana Aviles was diagnosed with leukemia in May and has been undergoing treatment at Cleveland Clinic. She was joined on the field by sister Maiya.

  • Angels pitcher CJ Wilson to have season-ending elbow surgery

    August 13, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Los Angeles Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson will have season-ending surgery to remove bone spurs in his ailing left elbow, a significant blow to his club's playoff aspirations.Angels manager Mike Scioscia announced Wilson's decision before Thursday night's game against the Royals in Kansas City. Los Angeles began the day two games back of the Houston Astros in the AL West and 1 1/2 games up on the Tampa Bay Rays for the final wild-card spot.

  • Royals OF Alex Gordon hoping to begin rehab assignment soon

    August 13, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) All-Star outfielder Alex Gordon hopes to begin a rehab assignment in the next couple weeks and potentially rejoin the Kansas City Royals for their push toward an AL Central title.Gordon has been on the disabled list since July 9 with a severely strained left groin. But he has been taking regular batting practice and earlier this week shagged fly balls.

  • Santana, Twins blow early 4-run lead, fall to Rangers

    August 13, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Twins gave Ervin Santana an early four-run cushion Thursday afternoon.It wasn't enough for the Twins' struggling starter.Mitch Moreland drove in four runs on a career-high four hits, including a two-run homer to help the Texas Rangers avoid a sweep at Minnesota and rally for a 6-5 victory.

  • Yankees call up 1B Greg Bird from Triple-A, makes MLB debut

    August 13, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The New York Yankees have called up first baseman Greg Bird from Triple-A and put him into the starting lineup.Bird was set to make his major league debut Thursday night at Cleveland. The lefty hitter was batting seventh while Mark Teixeira got a day off.

  • Schwarber, Lester lead Cubs over Brewers for 7th win in row

    August 13, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Kyle Schwarber says he feels as if the Chicago Cubs are involved in a playoff game every day.Based on how he and his teammates are doing, it's looking more and more as if they might reach the actual postseason.Schwarber hit two homers and drove in four runs, Jon Lester won his fourth straight decision and the Cubs beat the Milwaukee Brewers 9-2 Thursday for their seventh victory in a row.

  • Hisashi Iwakuma's gem finally ends AL no-hitter drought

    August 13, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) After years of waiting, the drought finally ended thanks to the Seattle Mariners' Hisashi Iwakuma.No, not Iwakuma becoming just the second Japanese pitcher to throw a no-hitter in Major League Baseball - as important an accomplishment as that was - joining Hideo Nomo in exclusive company when he shut down the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday.

  • Baseball retains search firm to help prepare candidates

    August 13, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Major League Baseball wants to help the top contenders for openings in baseball operations, especially women and minorities.MLB announced Thursday it had retained a search firm to assist candidates who reach the interview process. It also said it had instructed Korn Ferry to provide special emphasis to help for some of the most underrepresented groups in the baseball hierarchy.

  • Baseball hires search firm to help prepare candidates

    August 13, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Major League Baseball has hired a search firm to help prepare candidates for openings in baseball operations throughout the league, with special emphasis for minority and female candidates.There has never been a female GM in baseball, and there are few women and minorities on that side of the organizational structure in the sport.

  • Twins put Hughes on DL, with lower back inflammation

    August 13, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Twins have made some progress with their starting pitching this year. The rotation is ranked 10th in the American league in ERA, after finishing last each of the previous three seasons.This is still an area of concern, though, with the Twins trying to stay viable in the AL wild card race.

  • Rangers LF Josh Hamilton's knee still sore, will get MRI

    August 13, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Texas Rangers left fielder Josh Hamilton still has soreness in his left knee.Hamilton was out of the lineup Thursday at Minnesota, for the second straight game. He was scratched Wednesday after batting practice because of the injury, which has prompted the Rangers to order an MRI test Friday on the 34-year-old.

  • Sonny Gray scratched from start with back spasms

    August 13, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Oakland Athletics right-hander Sonny Gray has been scratched from his start against the Toronto Blue Jays because of back spasms.Right-hander Jesse Chavez will start against his former team in place of Gray on Thursday afternoon. Chavez pitched in nine games for Toronto in 2012. He is 6-11 with a 3.73 ERA.

  • Japanese baseball fans react to Iwakuma's no-hitter

    August 13, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) Seattle Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma's feat of becoming the second Japanese-born pitcher after Hideo Nomo to throw a no-hitter in the U.S. major leagues was splashed on the home pages of sports newspapers and other media websites in his home country, greeting people as they were waking up Thursday.

  • Garcia lifts White Sox to 3-2 win over Angels in 13th

    August 13, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Avisail Garcia's line-drive double to the wall with one out in the 13th inning drove in Jose Abreu from first base and lifted the Chicago White Sox to 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night to finish a three-game sweep.Matt Albers (2-0), Chicago's sixth reliever, pitched two scoreless innings for the win.

  • Indians win 2-1, drop Yankees out of first place in AL East

    August 12, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The New York Yankees' lead in the AL East is gone.Danny Salazar pitched neatly into the eighth inning, Abraham Almonte's RBI single broke a 1-all tie in the sixth and the Cleveland Indians beat the Yankees 2-1 on Wednesday night.The loss, coupled with Toronto's 10-3 win over Oakland, knocked New York out of first place for the first time since July 2.

  • Hicks, Sano lead Twins in rout over Rangers, 11-1

    August 12, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Aaron Hicks had four of Minnesota's 17 hits, Miguel Sano homered twice and Mike Pelfrey picked up his first win since June as the Twins routed the Texas Rangers 11-1 on Wednesday night.Sano's second home run drove in three in the fourth inning and reached the upper deck down the left field line. It gave the Twins a 7-0 lead.

  • LEADING OFF: Strasburg back in top form; A's ace Gray starts

    August 12, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Thursday:---BACK IN FORMWashington right-hander Stephen Strasburg tries to build off a dominant return from a month-plus stint on the disabled list. In his first start back, the 27-year-old set a season high with 12 strikeouts over seven innings, topping his previous best of nine. He has a 4.76 ERA in 14 starts this season - more than 1 1/2 runs worse than his career ERA. The Nationals kick off a four-game series at San Francisco, which will send out Ryan Vogelsong.

  • Pirates remove Starling Marte after 2 at-bats

    August 12, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Starling Marte of the Pittsburgh Pirates was removed after two at-bats because of left hand discomfort.Marte fouled a ball off his hand in the first inning.Daniel Rodriguez replaced Marte in the second spot of the lineup and in left field for the bottom of the third Wednesday night against the Cardinals.

  • Shields balks in go-ahead run; Padres lose 7-3 to Reds

    August 12, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) The San Diego Padres aren't playing like everyone thought they would after they punched up their roster during the winter, and that includes ace James Shields.Rookie Raisel Iglesias pitched six strong innings and Joey Votto scored the go-ahead run on a balk by Shields and later homered to lead the Cincinnati Reds to a 7-3 victory against the Padres on Wednesday.

  • Baseball owners meet in Chicago

    August 12, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) No panic for Hal Steinbrenner. No overt level of concern, either.The managing general partner of the New York Yankees remains confident in his team while it wrestles for control of the AL East with the Toronto Blue Jays.''I said in the offseason several times that if we stayed healthy, which is something we haven't been able to do the last couple years, and if the middle of the lineup produced, which they didn't do last year, then we were going to be contenders, and we are,'' Steinbrenner said Wednesday. ''It's still ours to lose.''

  • Rockies cut Stubbs, bring up utility man McBride from minors

    August 12, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Colorado Rockies have cut outfielder Drew Stubbs and called up utility player Matt McBride from Triple-A Albuquerque.Stubbs hit .216 with five homers and 10 RBIs in 51 games for Colorado this season. He struck out 50 times in 102 at-bats.

  • Realmuto drives in 6 runs to help Marlins beat Red Sox 14-6

    August 12, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Rookie J.T. Realmuto drove in six runs, including five in a franchise record-tying 10-run sixth inning, which helped the Miami Marlins complete a two-game sweep in a series between last-place teams by beating the Boston Red Sox 14-6 Wednesday.

  • Cabrera will likely come off Tigers' disabled list Friday

    August 12, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Detroit Tigers All-Star first baseman Miguel Cabrera will likely come off the disabled list Friday and start against the Houston Astros.Cabrera, who has not played since July 3 because of a strained left calf, took batting practice and ran the bases Wednesday before the Tigers game with the Kansas City Royals.

  • Astros beat Giants 2-0 to end road trip with a win

    August 12, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Colby Rasmus homered to lead off the seventh inning to help Scott Feldman earn his first win in more than two months, and the Houston Astros held on to beat the San Francisco Giants 2-0 on Wednesday.Jed Lowrie also homered for the Astros, who stumble back to Minute Maid Park with a slimmer AL West division lead after going 2-7 on their nine-game road trip.

  • Hisashi Iwakuma throws no-hitter in Seattle Mariners' 3-0 victory over Baltimore Orioles.

    August 12, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) Hisashi Iwakuma throws no-hitter in Seattle Mariners' 3-0 victory over Baltimore Orioles.

  • Seattle's Hisashi Iwakuma has no-hitter through 8 innings

    August 12, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) Mariners' right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma has not allowed a hit to the Baltimore Orioles through eight innings on Wednesday.Iwakuma has struck out six, and he issued a pair of walks in the fourth inning. Iwakuma has thrown 107 pitches.Iwakuma escaped the fourth-inning jam with a two-out strikeout of Jimmy Paredes. Iwakuma also got help from second baseman Robinson Cano in that inning, chasing down Gerardo Parra's groundball in short right field and throwing him out at first.

  • Yankees add Capuano, Goody; option Pinder; designate Jones

    August 12, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The New York Yankees added left-hander Chris Capuano and right-hander Nick Goody from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday to help an overworked bullpen.The team optioned right-hander Branden Pinder to Triple-A and designated outfielder Garrett Jones for assignment.

  • Seattle's Hisashi Iwakuma has no-hitter through 7 innings

    August 12, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) Mariners' right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma has not allowed a hit to the Baltimore Orioles through six innings on Wednesday.Iwakuma has struck out six, and he issued a pair of walks in the fourth inning. Iwakuma escaped that jam with a two-out strikeout of Jimmy Paredes. Iwakuma also got help from second baseman Robinson Cano in that inning, chasing down Gerardo Parra's groundball in short right field and throwing him out at first.

  • Seattle's Hisashi Iwakuma has no-hitter through 6 innings

    August 12, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) Mariners' right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma has not allowed a hit to the Baltimore Orioles through six innings on Wednesday.Iwakuma has struck out five, and he issued a pair of walks in the fourth inning. Iwakuma escaped that jam with a two-out strikeout of Jimmy Paredes. Iwakuma also got help from second baseman Robinson Cano in that inning, chasing down Gerardo Parra's groundball in short right field and throwing him out at first.

  • Former Angels GM Dipoto joins Red Sox in short-term role

    August 12, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Former Los Angeles Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto has been hired by the Boston Red Sox in a short-term consulting role.Dipoto will assist general manager Ben Cherington and the baseball operations department in evaluating talent and assisting with offseason plans, the Red Sox said. The disappointing Red Sox lost Wednesday 14-6 at Miami to fall to 50-64, worst in the American League.

  • Red Sox will let fan sleep over at Fenway Park

    August 12, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Curt, your host, looks familiar, and so does the view pictured in his Airbnb listing. If you still haven't figured it out by the time you get to the house rules, the top one on the list should be a giveaway:''Do not, under any circumstances, put bloody socks in laundry.''

  • Hanley Ramirez's sore foot to be examined by doctor

    August 12, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Red Sox outfielder Hanley Ramirez will be examined by a doctor Thursday when the team returns to Boston to determine whether further tests are needed on his sore left foot.Ramirez was not available Wednesday against the Miami Marlins. It was the fourth consecutive game he had missed since fouling a ball off his foot. Earlier X-rays were negative.

  • Cruz out of lineup for Mariners with neck spasms

    August 12, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) Nelson Cruz is not in the lineup for Seattle, a day after leaving the game against Baltimore with neck spasms.Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon say Cruz was feeling better Wednesday. But he wants to give Cruz the day off because the Mariners have an off-day Thursday before beginning a series in Boston.

  • Gyorko drives in 4, Padres bring bats in 11-6 win over Reds

    August 12, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Colin Rea made the most of his major-league debut.He earned the win by pitching well into the sixth. And he collected a hit in his first at-bat and scored a run.Rea, who had over 70 friends and family members in attendance on Tuesday, gave up three runs on seven hits as the Padres beat the Reds 11-6 in the second of a three-game series.

  • Jackson's single in 10th gives Mariners 6-5 win over Orioles

    August 12, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) Logan Morrison had a pretty good angle from his vantage point and thought the ball would land fair inside the right-field line.From the dugout, Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon didn't know for sure.Running toward first, Austin Jackson wasn't certain, either.

  • Home teams win all 15 games for 1st time in MLB history

    August 12, 2015

    Home sweep home.When the Seattle Mariners beat Baltimore 6-5 in 10 innings Tuesday night, it marked the first time in baseball history all 15 home teams won on the same day.Viewing every game as a 50-50 proposition independent of all others, STATS figured the odds of a home sweep on a night with a full major league schedule was 1 in 32,768.

  • Home teams win all 15 games for first time in MLB history

    August 12, 2015

    Home was the place to be in baseball Tuesday night.When the Seattle Mariners beat Baltimore 6-5 in 10 innings, it marked the first time all 15 home teams won on the same day.Viewing every game as a 50-50 proposition independent of all others, STATS figured the odds of a home sweep on a night with a full major league schedule was 1 in 32,768.

  • Seattle's Cruz leaves game with injury

    August 12, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) Seattle Mariners right fielder Nelson Cruz left Tuesday night's game against the Baltimore Orioles with neck spasms.Cruz, who had earlier extended his hitting streak to 21 games, was replaced by Ketel Marte before the seventh inning.Cruz hit his 34th home run and collected his 70th RBI in the first inning. His hitting streak ties Toronto's Troy Tulowitzki for the longest in the majors this season.

  • Bumgarner pitches 5-hitter, overpowers Astros as Giants win

    August 12, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Madison Bumgarner pitched a five-hitter with 12 strikeouts, Brandon Belt broke up a pitcher's duel with two solo homers, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Houston Astros 3-1 on Tuesday night.Belt's homers, in the fourth and sixth innings, gave him 17 this season to match his career high also done in 2013. It was his third career multihomer game and second this year for the defending champion Giants, who bounced back at home after being swept by the Cubs in four games over the weekend at Wrigley Field.

  • Bour's walk-off in 10th lifts Marlins over Red Sox 5-4

    August 12, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) The Miami Marlins faced a four-run deficit and stranded 16 runners, but they kept plugging away and eventually pulled ahead.Dee Gordon tripled to lead off the 10th inning and scored on a walk-off base hit by Justin Bour to lift the Marlins to a come-from-behind 5-4 win over the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night.

  • Orioles catcher Matt Wieters exits game with injury

    August 11, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) Baltimore Orioles catcher Matt Wieters left Tuesday's game against the Seattle Mariners with a right hamstring strain.Wieters was replaced by Caleb Joseph during a pitching change with one out in the third inning. He had collected one hit in two at-bats prior to being taken out.

  • Diamondbacks' Tomas leaves with calf injury

    August 11, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Yasmany Tomas left Tuesday night's game against the Philadelphia Phillies with what the team said was tightness in his left calf.Tomas was replaced in right field to start the third inning by Ender Inciarte. He was 2 for 2 with two runs scored, both hits coming in Arizona's 11-run second inning.

  • Diamondbacks score 11 runs in 2nd inning

    August 11, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks scored 11 runs in the second inning of Tuesday night's game against the Philadelphia Phillies, the second-most runs in an inning in franchise history.All the runs were charged to Phillies starter David Buchanan, the first Phillies pitcher to allow 11 or more earned runs in an inning since Al Jurisich gave up 14 on June 28, 1947, at the New York Giants.

  • LEADING OFF: Cole vs Wacha; Jays go for 10; Harper's knee

    August 11, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Wednesday:---ACES UPPittsburgh right-hander Gerrit Cole (14-5), who leads the NL in wins, faces Michael Wacha (13-4) and the Central-leading Cardinals. His last time out, Cole took a no-decision in a matchup with Dodgers star Clayton Kershaw. Wacha, meanwhile, has won three of his past four starts. Most recently, he threw seven scoreless innings at Cincinnati. With his 2.92 ERA, Wacha ranked fifth among starters for the pitching-rich Cardinals.

  • LEADING OFF: Cole vs Wacha; Harper's knee; CC in Cleveland

    August 11, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Wednesday:---ACES UPPittsburgh right-hander Gerrit Cole (14-5), who leads the NL in wins, faces Michael Wacha (13-4) and the Central-leading Cardinals. His last time out, Cole took a no-decision in a matchup with Dodgers star Clayton Kershaw. Wacha, meanwhile, has won three of his past four starts. Most recently, he threw seven scoreless innings at Cincinnati. With his 2.92 ERA, Wacha ranked fifth among starters for the pitching-rich Cardinals.

  • Phillies' Franco hit in arm, leaves game

    August 11, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco left Tuesday night's game in the top of the first inning after being hit with a pitch from Jeremy Hellickson of the Arizona Diamondbacks. X-rays were negative and the Phillies said the injury was a contusion on his left wrist.

  • Padres select RHP Rea from Triple-A

    August 11, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) The San Diego Padres selected the contract of right-hander Colin Rea from Triple-A El Paso so he could make his major league debut by starting Tuesday night's game against Cincinnati.Rea made six starts for El Paso this season, going 2-2 with a 4.39 ERA after being promoted from Double-A San Antonio on July 3.

  • Giants CF Angel Pagan goes on DL with right knee injury

    August 11, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The San Francisco Giants placed center fielder Angel Pagan on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with patella tendinitis in his right knee, something he believes has been aggravated dating back to last season given all of his diving catches and plays against the wall.

  • Nationals' Bryce Harper sits against Dodgers with sore knee

    August 12, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Bryce Harper was held out of the Washington Nationals' lineup in their 5-0 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night as a precautionary measure.The outfielder banged his left knee while making a sliding catch in the eighth inning of the Nationals' 8-3 victory Monday night, but stayed in the game.

  • Brewers hold Braun out of lineup

    August 11, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Milwaukee Brewers held outfielder Ryan Braun out of the lineup Tuesday night against the Chicago Cubs because of a back problem.Manager Craig Counsell says the back flared up during the series against the San Francisco Giants two weeks ago. He wanted to give Braun two days to rest and saw an opportunity with the Brewers not playing on Monday.

  • Cubs activate Ross, option Szczur, LaStella to minors

    August 11, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs have activated catcher David Ross from the bereavement list and optioned outfielder Matt Szczur to Triple-A Iowa.They also activated infielder Tommy La Stella from the 60-day disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A before Tuesday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers.

  • Rangers to skip Hamels' next start due to sore groin

    August 11, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Texas Rangers will skip the next start for left-hander Cole Hamels because of his sore left groin.The injury was not believed to be serious. Hamels was scheduled to take the mound Thursday in Minnesota.General manager Jon Daniels said Tuesday, before the Rangers played the Twins, that one of two right-handers with Triple-A Round Rock, Chi Chi Gonzalez or Anthony Ranaudo, will be summoned to fill Hamels' spot. Gonzalez was the Rangers' first-round draft pick in 2013. Ranaudo made two starts earlier this season.

  • Cabrera takes batting practice, could return to Tigers soon

    August 11, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Miguel Cabrera could be activated from the disabled list this weekend by the Detroit Tigers after taking batting practice and running the bases Tuesday.Cabrera, a two-time American League MVP, has not played since July 3, when he suffered a strained left calf while running the bases against Toronto. He was placed on the disabled list the next day for the first time in his career.

  • Stroman throws off mound for first time since injury

    August 11, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman threw off a mound Tuesday for the first time since tearing knee ligaments in spring training, the next step in a possible September return for the right-hander.Stroman went 11-6 with a 3.65 ERA in 26 games, including 20 starts, in his rookie season last year, but hasn't pitched this season after tearing his left ACL during a preseason fielding drill.

  • Marlins place Fernandez on DL; ace confident of return

    August 11, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Jose Fernandez has no intention of being shut down early for a second consecutive season.Miami placed its ace right-hander on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday because of a right bicep strain, and even though the Marlins are far from the playoff race Fernandez doesn't see any reason why he can't return to the rotation in the coming weeks.

  • Royals refuse to coast with comfy cushion in AL Central

    August 11, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) When Ned Yost was the bench coach in Atlanta, he watched the Braves cruise to a few division titles with big leads by the time August rolled around.This year, he's learning how that feels as the manager in Kansas City.After eking out a wild-card spot last year, the reigning American League champions had rolled to a 12-game advantage in the Central entering Tuesday night's game against the Detroit Tigers. In fact, there were more games between the Royals and second-place Minnesota Twins than separated the West-leading Houston Astros from the last-place Oakland A's.

  • Doug Melvin is leaving as general manager of Brewers

    August 11, 2015

    The rebuilding of the last-place Milwaukee Brewers will be overseen by a new general manager.Doug Melvin will be leaving his job after 13 years in Milwaukee. The team and Melvin said Tuesday he will continue to lead the baseball operations department before ''transitioning into an advisory role.''

  • Baltimore places RHP Chaz Roe on 15-day DL

    August 10, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) Right-hander Chaz Roe has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Baltimore Orioles with right shoulder tendinitis.Roe flew back to Baltimore to be examined on Monday and manager Buck Showalter was hopeful of Roe rejoining the team in Seattle on Tuesday. Instead, Roe was placed on the disabled list after being looked at by Baltimore's team doctors.

  • Mets star Wright gets a hit, scores a run in 1st rehab game

    August 10, 2015

    PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) New York Mets star David Wright got a hit and scored a run Monday night in his first minor league rehabilitation game since going on the disabled list in mid-April.The 32-year-old third baseman went 1 for 3 and drew a walk as the designated hitter for Class A St. Lucie. He hadn't played since being diagnosed with spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal column.

  • LEADING OFF: Blue Jays try for 9th W in row, Greinke streak

    August 10, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Tuesday:---DEADLINE BOOSTSince acquiring shortstop Troy Tulowitzki from Colorado, the Blue Jays are 11-0 with him in the starting lineup. Toronto has won eight straight overall and tries to extend the streak when it hosts Oakland. Tulowitzki, acquired on July 28, is hitting .244 with three homers, two doubles and six RBIs in 12 appearances with the Blue Jays. At the time of the deal, Toronto was in fourth place in the AL East, trailing New York by eight games. Now, the Blue Jays are just 1 1-2 games behind.

  • Dodgers place Kendrick on DL

    August 10, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Dodgers have placed second baseman Howie Kendrick on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained left hamstring and recalled infielder Jose Peraza from Triple-A Oklahoma City.Kendrick, in his first season with the Dodgers after nine years with the Angels, is hitting .296 with nine homers and 49 RBIs in 105 games this season. He was injured while beating out an infield single in the fifth inning of the Dodgers' 13-6 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday night.

  • Mets keep prospect Conforto in majors with Cuddyer off DL

    August 10, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Mets have chosen to keep top outfield prospect Michael Conforto in the major leagues despite activating Michael Cuddyer from the 15-day disabled list.The Mets instead sent third baseman-outfielder Eric Campbell to Triple-A Las Vegas on Monday to make room for Cuddyer.

  • Tigers recall left-hander Ryan from Triple-A Toledo

    August 10, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Detroit Tigers have recalled left-hander Kyle Ryan from Triple-A Toledo and he joined the club Monday for a three-game series against the Kansas City Royals.Ryan, 23, was 1-9 with a 4.75 ERA in 14 starts with the Mud Hens. He is 1-2 with a 6.19 ERA in nine games, including five starts, in two previous stints with Detroit this season. Ryan went 2-0 with a 2.61 ERA in six games last September in his first major league action.

  • Red Sox closer Uehara out for season

    August 10, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Boston Red Sox closer Koji Uehara will miss the rest of the season with a broken right wrist.Uehara was hit by a line drive off the bat of Ian Kinsler, the final out of Friday night's game against the Detroit Tigers. The Red Sox right-hander stuck his arm out to deflect the ball, then retrieved it and made the play at first base.

  • Rehab over, Twins send OF Buxton back to Triple-A

    August 10, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota Twins top prospect Byron Buxton will be staying in Triple-A for a while.The Twins announced Monday they've returned Buxton from his rehabilitation assignment for a sprained left thumb and sent him to Triple-A Rochester. The speedy outfielder was put on the disabled list June 26 after batting .189 in 11 games in his major league debut, prior to the injury.

  • Blue Jays surge, have 'special feeling' since deadline deals

    August 10, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) When Minnesota Twins manager Paul Molitor felt the energy inside Rogers Centre during David Price's debut for the Toronto Blue Jays, it reminded him of SkyDome a long time ago.''I've seen that atmosphere here before,'' said Molitor, the Blue Jays' designated hitter when they last won the World Series in 1993. ''It was nice to see. The Toronto fans have had to wait for a long time.''

  • Rangers send INF Pastornicky to Phillies for cash

    August 10, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Texas Rangers have traded minor league infielder Tyler Pastornicky to the Philadelphia Phillies for cash.The deal was announced Monday.Pastornicky was hitting .283 with one home run and 19 RBIs in 53 games at Triple-A Round Rock. He began the season in Double-A and also played for Team USA in the 2015 Pan Am Games in July.

  • Trout, Harper headline major league youth movement

    August 10, 2015

    Mike Trout turned 24 on Friday, an occasion marked by another round of discussion about how he'll measure up alongside the game's all-time greats if he keeps up his current pace.Trout is having another remarkable season at the plate, with a .302 average, 33 home runs, 69 RBIs and an OPS of 1.002. A lot can happen between now and the end of the season, but Trout is certainly a candidate to pick up his second consecutive MVP award.

  • Dodgers' Kendrick leaves game with hamstring injury

    August 9, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Howie Kendrick had to leave Sunday night's game with the Pittsburgh when he strained his left hamstring running out an infield hit in the fifth inning.Kendrick reached on the infield single leading off the inning. He was replaced by pinch-runner Kike Hernandez, who remained in the game to play second base.

  • Red Sox cut RHP Masterson, reacquire 3B Rivero from Mariners

    August 9, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) The Boston Red Sox have cut right-hander Justin Masterson.The Red Sox designated Masterson for assignment after Sunday's 7-2 win over Detroit.Masterson got out of a sixth-inning jam in relief of Henry Owens, but gave up a home run to Jefry Marte in the seventh.

  • LEADING OFF: Cruz cruisin', Mets home, Nats begin tough trip

    August 9, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Monday:---CRUZIN' AND BRUISIN'Mariners slugger Nelson Cruz has a 19-game hitting streak, tying the longest of his career. He's batting .422 with 11 home runs, six doubles and 15 RBIs during the string. Cruz has hit 33 homers overall, tied with Mike Trout for most in the majors. He's also gotten an extra-base hit in nine straight games, one shy of the team record set by Ken Griffey Jr. in 1993. Cruz, who led the big leagues with 40 home runs last year with Baltimore, takes on the Orioles at Safeco Field.

  • Bomb threat prompts officials to search Wrigley Field

    August 10, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Wrigley Field is open again after a bomb threat prompted police to evacuate the ballpark for about an hour.The Cubs say they received the threat after Sunday's game and ''took swift action to clear the few remaining fans, players, staff and media from the ballpark.'' The team says ''no evidence was found to suggest this threat was credible,'' and they are working with authorities to find the person who was responsible.

  • Telephone threat prompts officials to search Wrigley Field

    August 9, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Wrigley Field is open again after a telephone threat prompted police to evacuate the ballpark for about an hour.Chicago Police spokesman Thomas Sweeney confirmed the threat on Sunday, but declined to provide further details.Security told the media to leave the press box right after the Cubs' 2-0 victory over the Giants, but declined to provide a reason. They were allowed to return about an hour later.

  • Wrigley Field cleared out by security officials

    August 9, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Police are sweeping through Wrigley Field with dogs after officials ordered everyone to leave the iconic ballpark.Chicago Police spokesman Thomas Sweeney says the department received a telephone threat Sunday that prompted officers to investigate. He declined to provide further details about the nature of the threat.

  • Mets 3B Wright ready for minor league games

    August 9, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) New York Mets third baseman David Wright is ready to start a minor league rehab assignment as he works to come back from spinal stenosis.Wright will be the designated hitter Monday night for Class A St. Lucie. He is scheduled to play in the field Tuesday.

  • Marlins ace Fernandez sidelined by bicep tendon strain

    August 9, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez has a strained right bicep tendon and is likely headed for the disabled list.Manager Dan Jennings says Fernandez had an MRI on Saturday. He says there is no timetable for his return, but he did not rule out having him back this season.

  • Fan throws back homer ball at Yankee Stadium, hits NY player

    August 9, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) A teenage fan at Yankee Stadium showed off quite an arm Sunday - at the expense of All-Star outfielder Brett Gardner.The New York left fielder was hit in the back of the head but not hurt when a fan threw back a ball that Toronto slugger Jose Bautista had launched for a home run.

  • Giants LF Aoki hit in head by pitch

    August 9, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Nori Aoki has left San Francisco's game against the Chicago Cubs after he was hit by a pitch in the third inning.Aoki was hit on his batting helmet by a 92 mph fastball from Jake Arrieta. Aoki hit the ground immediately, and a Giants trainer came running out of the dugout to tend to the Japanese outfielder.

  • Indians' Kluber loses no-hit bid in 7th on Mauer single

    August 9, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Cleveland Indians star Corey Kluber has lost his no-hit bid in the seventh inning on a two-out single by Joe Mauer of the Minnesota Twins.Mauer lined a clean single the other way to left field Sunday in Cleveland.Kluber is the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner. He has struck out seven.

  • Indians' Kluber has no-hitter through 6 innings

    August 9, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Corey Kluber is pitching a no-hitter through six innings for the Cleveland Indians against the Minnesota Twins.Kluber, the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner, has faced the minimum 18 batters on Sunday. He retired the first 10 hitters before Aaron Hicks drew a one-out walk in the fourth. Joe Mauer hit into a double play to end the inning.

  • Mets 3B David Wright to play Monday in rehab game

    August 9, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) New York Mets third baseman David Wright is ready to start a minor league rehab assignment as he works to come back from spinal stenosis.The Mets announced before Sunday's game at Tampa Bay that Wright will be the designated hitter Monday night for Class A St. Lucie. He is scheduled to play in the field Tuesday.

  • Royals recall outfielder Orlando from Triple-A Omaha

    August 9, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Kansas City Royals have recalled Paulo Orlando from Triple-A Omaha and inserted him into the lineup in left field against the Chicago White Sox.The 29-year-old Orlando has hit .237 with four doubles, five triples and four home runs in 46 games with the Royals this season. This is his third stint with the major league club this year.

  • Encarnacion out of Blue Jays' lineup with sore finger

    August 9, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Toronto Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion is out of the lineup against the New York Yankees because of a tender finger on his left hand.Encarnacion's middle finger has been bothering him for a while, and he aggravated it on a swing Saturday. The first baseman and designated hitter was rested Sunday as second-place Toronto tried for a three-game sweep of the AL East leaders.

  • No timetable for return for injured Nationals CF Denard Span

    August 9, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Injured Nationals center fielder Denard Span won't accompany the team on its upcoming 10-day road trip and there's no timetable for his return.Span has been on the disabled list since July 10 with tightness in his back. He recently took batting practice and fielded fly balls but didn't feel as good the next day and needed some rest.

  • Benched Cubs SS Castro focusing on what is best for team

    August 8, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro is trying to stay positive after he was removed from the starting lineup.Manager Joe Maddon benched Castro for Friday's 7-3 victory over San Francisco, and had a similar lineup for Saturday's game against the Giants. Addison Russell was at shortstop, Chris Coghlan got the start at second and Kyle Schwarber was in left field, leaving Castro in the dugout for Chicago's 8-6 win.

  • LEADING OFF: Jays, Cubs, Bucs seek sweeps; Fernandez to doc

    August 8, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Sunday:---FLYING HIGHTroy Tulowitzki and the Blue Jays go for their eighth straight victory and a weekend sweep at Yankee Stadium that would pull them within 1 1/2 games of first-place New York in the AL East. Toronto has not swept a series of at least three games from the Yankees since May 2003. Marco Estrada (9-6) pitches for the Blue Jays against Masahiro Tanaka (8-4).

  • Johnson thanks fans, many others, as D-Backs retire No. 51

    August 8, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) Saying ''there were a lot of special moments created here,'' Randy Johnson thanked fans, teammates, front office personnel, even the clubhouse guys, when the Arizona Diamondbacks retired his No. 51 on Saturday night.Johnson won four consecutive NL Cy Young Awards and a World Series championship, threw a perfect game at age 40, and as he noted, killed a bird with a pitch during his eight seasons - over two stints - with the Diamondbacks.

  • Marrero called up by Red Sox to fill Napoli's spot

    August 8, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) The Boston Red Sox recalled infielder Deven Marrero from Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday to fill the open roster spot after first baseman Mike Napoli was traded.Napoli was dealt to the Texas Rangers on Friday night for a player to be named or cash. Boston also sent money to Texas as part of the deal, which came a week after baseball's deadline for trading players without placing them on waivers.

  • Fire outside Indians ballpark before game

    August 8, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Clouds of black smoke billowed into the sky behind Progressive Field about 45 minutes before the game between the Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Indians.The fire began in a building located behind the ballpark's parking garage in left field Saturday. Sirens of emergency vehicles could be heard as they approached the scene. A team spokesman said access to the garage and adjoining streets was closed.

  • Shoulder stiffness sends Marlins ace Fernandez back to Miami

    August 8, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Marlins ace Jose Fernandez headed back to Miami on Saturday to be examined by a doctor after feeling stiffness in his right shoulder following Friday night's outing against the Atlanta Braves.Fernandez is 4-0 with a 2.30 ERA in six starts this season since returning from Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow.

  • Boston's Ramirez scratched from lineup with sore foot

    August 8, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Boston outfielder Hanley Ramirez was a late scratch from the lineup Saturday night against Detroit because of a sore left foot.Ramirez was replaced in left field by Alejandro De Aza.The Red Sox were also expected to be without closer Koji Uehara, who was hit on his throwing arm by a comebacker on the final play of Friday night's win over the Tigers. Boston manager John Farrell says the swelling has gone down some, but he indicated it might be a stretch for Uehara to return this weekend.

  • Padres activate outfielder Will Venable

    August 8, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) The Padres reinstated outfielder Will Venable from the paternity leave list and optioned outfielder Alex Dickerson to Triple-A El Paso on Saturday.The team also placed right-handed pitcher Marcos Mateo (neck strain) on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Thursday. Left-hander Frank Garces was recalled from El Paso, his third stint with the Padres this season.

  • Nationals CF Denard Span has injury setback; Uggla to DL

    August 8, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Nationals center fielder Denard Span has experienced a setback in his rehabilitation from a back injury, delaying his return from the disabled list.Span, sidelined since July 7, had been hitting, running and working in the outfield lately. He felt good at first, but manager Matt Williams said Saturday that Span's back stopped getting better.

  • Bourn happy to be back with Braves

    August 8, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) On Alumni Weekend, the Braves are welcoming a former player back into their clubhouse.With former Braves participating in an alumni softball game on the Turner Field infield Saturday, Michael Bourn met with the media the day after being traded with Nick Swisher from the Indians to the Braves.

  • Tigers SS Jose Iglesias OK with role in dugout scrap

    August 8, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) A day after he was involved in a dugout scrap with a teammate, Detroit Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias said he was fine with his role in the altercation.''I just go by instincts, and my instincts tell me to do that,'' he said. ''I'm OK with it.''

  • Indians put rookie pitcher Cody Anderson on 15-day DL

    August 8, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Indians have placed pitcher Cody Anderson on the 15-day disabled list with a strained muscle on his left side.The rookie right-hander is 2-3 with a 4.31 ERA in eight starts. He allowed six runs over 2 2-3 innings Friday night against Minnesota. Anderson had an MRI on Saturday that revealed the strain.

  • Demoted Cubs SS Castro focusing on what is best for team

    August 8, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro is trying to stay positive after he was removed from the starting lineup.Manager Joe Maddon benched Castro for Friday's 7-3 victory over San Francisco, and had a similar lineup for Saturday's game against the Giants. Addison Russell was at shortstop, Chris Coghlan got the start at second and Kyle Schwarber was in left field, keeping Castro in the dugout.

  • Blue Jays acquire INF Pennington from Diamondbacks

    August 8, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Toronto Blue Jays boosted their infield depth, acquiring Cliff Pennington and cash from the Arizona Diamondbacks for a minor leaguer on Saturday.The playoff-contending Blue Jays sent shortstop Dawel Lugo to Arizona. The trade was announced during Toronto's 6-0 win at Yankee Stadium.

  • Cubs SS Castro says winning matters more than demotion

    August 8, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro says he just wants to help the team win and is preparing the same way for games after he was removed from the starting lineup.Manager Joe Maddon benched Castro for Friday's 7-3 victory over San Francisco, and had a similar lineup for Saturday's game against the Giants. Addison Russell was at shortstop, Chris Coghlan got the start at second and Kyle Schwarber was in left field, keeping Castro in the dugout.

  • Astros get lefty reliever Oliver Perez in trade with D-backs

    August 8, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The Houston Astros added help in the bullpen Friday night, acquiring lefty reliever Oliver Perez from the Arizona Diamondbacks for a minor league pitcher.The trade was announced following Arizona's 2-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. Perez joins a surprising Houston team that has a 1 1/2-game lead in the AL West and is trying to hold off the second-place Los Angeles Angels.

  • Angels' Mike Trout homers on his birthday for the 3rd time

    August 7, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Mike Trout has homered on his birthday for the third time.Trout celebrated his 24th birthday by hitting his major league-leading 33rd homer in the first inning of the Los Angeles Angels' game against the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night.

  • Alvarez's pinch-hit in 10th lifts Pirates over Dodgers 5-4

    August 7, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Pinch-hitter Pedro Alvarez lined a bases-loaded single over a five-man infield in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Pittsburgh Pirates a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night.The Pirates loaded the bases with no outs against Jim Johnson (2-4) as Jung Ho Kang walked, Francisco Cervelli singled and Sean Rodriguez had a bunt single.

  • Longtime pitcher Jamie Moyer honored by Mariners

    August 7, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) When Jamie Moyer thinks about Seattle, roots are what come to mind.It may be the place where Moyer had the most success as a major league pitcher. But his affinity for Seattle goes well beyond what he did on the mound for the Mariners for more than 10 seasons.

  • LEADING OFF: Strasburg back, Price vs Yanks, trading places

    August 8, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues today:---GOOD TO SEE YOUNationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg comes off the disabled list to pitch at home against the last-place Rockies. He has been sidelined with an oblique injury.PRICE CHANGE

  • Phillies activate 2B Utley from DL

    August 7, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Chase Utley was activated from the 15-day disabled list Friday and started at second base and batted leadoff against the San Diego Padres.He had been out since June 23 with right ankle inflammation.The Phillies selected the contract of lefty Adam Loewen from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

  • Orioles recall OF Junior Lake, drop Travis Snider

    August 7, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Baltimore Orioles have recalled outfielder Junior Lake from Triple-A Norfolk and designated outfielder Travis Snider for assignment.The Orioles made the moves Friday before the opener of a weekend series against the Los Angeles Angels.

  • Eaton hurts left shoulder, leaves game in 4th inning

    August 7, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Chicago White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton jammed his left shoulder falling to the turf while catching Ben Zobrist's deep fly ball in the fourth inning Friday night against the Kansas City Royals.Eaton, who leads the American League with 20 runs scored after the All-Star break, was led off the field by trainer Herm Schneider. Eaton entered the game hitting .375 with a .494 on-base percentage since the break.

  • Minor league game postponed by circus lights

    August 7, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The circus coming to town has caused a minor league baseball game to be postponed.Friday night's Florida State League Class-A game between Clearwater and Tampa at Steinbrenner Field was called due to flashing lights on a tall circus tent near the stadium behind the right-center and center field wall.

  • Red Sox trade 1B Mike Napoli back to Rangers

    August 8, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) Mike Napoli is headed back to Texas, where he played in a World Series before going on to win one with Boston.The first baseman was traded Friday to the Rangers from the Red Sox for a player to be named or cash. Boston also sent money to Texas as part of the deal, which came a week after baseball's deadline for trading players without placing them on waivers.

  • Dodgers ace Kershaw's scoreless streak ends at 37 innings

    August 7, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Clayton Kershaw's streak of 37 consecutive scoreless innings ended Friday night when the Los Angeles Dodgers ace gave up a leadoff homer to Pittsburgh's Gregory Polanco.The left-hander had not allowed a run since July 5 against the New York Mets. The major league record is 59 innings, set by Orel Hershiser in 1988 with the Dodgers.

  • Guerra returned to Pirates, placed on DL

    August 7, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pirates announced Friday that Major League Baseball has voided the Cleveland Indians' waiver claim of right-handed reliever Deolis Guerra because of injury and Pittsburgh placed him on the 15-day disabled with left knee inflammation.

  • Dodgers release Heisey

    August 7, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The Los Angeles Dodgers released veteran outfielder Chris Heisey on Tuesday, eight days after they designated him for assignment.Heisey, 30, batted.154 in 17 games for the Dodgers.He spent the first five seasons of his career (2010-14) with the Cincinnati Reds is a .246 lifetime hitter with 50 home runs.

  • Tigers promote David Chadd to assistant general manager

    August 7, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Tigers have promoted David Chadd to assistant general manager.In other moves announced Friday, general manager Al Avila promoted Scott Bream to vice president of player personnel, Sam Menzin to director of baseball operations and John Westhoff to general counsel.

  • A's acquire minor leaguer Frias from Mets to complete trade

    August 7, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Athletics acquired minor league right-hander Dawrin Frias on Friday from the New York Mets as a player to be named in a trade earlier this week.Oakland sent lefty Eric O'Flaherty and cash to the Mets on Tuesday.Frias, 23, has pitched at two levels of Class-A ball.

  • Mets' David Wright could play in minors Monday

    August 7, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) New York Mets third baseman David Wright remains on target to start a minor league rehab assignment Monday in an effort to return from spinal stenosis.Mets manager Terry Collins said before Friday night's game at Tampa Bay that Wright will keep working out at New York's spring training complex in Port St. Lucie, Florida, through Saturday. He'll have Sunday off and probably play Monday.

  • Nationals RHP Fister reluctantly accepts reliever role

    August 7, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Doug Fister's season-long quest for consistency will continue in the Washington Nationals' bullpen, perhaps the last place the right-hander figured to land after winning 16 games a year ago.Fister was removed from the rotation Thursday after going 4-7 with a 4.60 ERA in 15 starts. The 31-year-old got the news three days after giving up three home runs in a 6-4 loss to Arizona.

  • Marshall stable after line drive fractures skull

    August 7, 2015

    EL PASO, Texas (AP) Arizona Diamondbacks minor league pitcher Evan Marshall is walking and talking, but still in intensive care after suffering a fractured skull from a line drive this week.Marshall was injured Tuesday night when he was struck by a ball hit by El Paso's Jason Hagerty in the sixth inning while pitching for Triple-A Reno. Marshall was able to walk off the field with help of teammates and had surgery to relieve pressure in his skull.

  • Diamondbacks' Chase Anderson off disabled list, set to start

    August 7, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks have reinstated pitcher Chase Anderson from the 15-day disabled list in time to start Friday night against the Cincinnati Reds.Anderson was placed on the disabled list July 19 because of an inflamed right triceps. Arizona had optioned pitcher Allen Webster to Triple-A Reno after Thursday's game at Washington, opening a roster spot for Anderson.

  • Castro out of Cubs' lineup

    August 7, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Starlin Castro no longer appears to be the Chicago Cubs' undisputed everyday shortstop.The struggling three-time All-Star was out of the lineup Friday against the San Francisco Giants because manager Joe Maddon wanted to keep rookie slugger Kyle Schwarber in it.

  • Diamondbacks pitcher Chase Anderson off disabled list

    August 7, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks have reinstated pitcher Chase Anderson from the 15-day disabled list.The move comes before Friday's game with the Cincinnati Reds.Anderson was placed on the disabled list July 19 because of an inflamed right triceps. Arizona had optioned pitcher Allen Webster to Triple-A Reno after Thursday's game at Washington, opening up a roster spot for Anderson.

  • Braves reacquire Bourn in 3-player deal with Cleveland

    August 7, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Braves reacquired outfielder Michael Bourn in a trade Friday with Cleveland, also landing outfielder Nick Swisher while dealing third baseman Chris Johnson to the Indians in a swap of disappointing players.Cleveland sent cash to the Braves as well, helping cover the hefty contracts of the two players coming to Atlanta that will give the Braves financial flexibility in 2017.

  • Giants place right-hander Mike Leake on DL with leg strain

    August 7, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) San Francisco Giants right-hander Mike Leake was placed on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained left hamstring.Leake (9-6), acquired from Cincinnati last week for two prospects, was scheduled to make his second start for the Giants on Friday against the Cubs. He was scratched in favor of Ryan Vogelsong after his hamstring tightened during routine sprints Monday at Atlanta.

  • Ex-Tiger Reed gets probation after plea in assault case

    August 7, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Ex-Detroit Tigers pitcher Evan Reed has been sentenced to a year of probation after pleading no contest to misdemeanor aggravated assault.The 29-year-old didn't comment at Friday's hearing, where he was ordered to perform 120 hours of community service and pay ,480 in restitution. He earlier entered the plea in an agreement with prosecutors to resolve a sexual assault case.

  • Red Sox back Boston's proposed ban on tobacco at ballparks

    August 6, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Red Sox manager John Farrell says his team supports Boston's proposed ban on chewing tobacco because it wants to project a positive image to the city's young people.Mayor Martin J. Walsh on Wednesday proposed banning smokeless tobacco products, including snuff and dip, from all city professional and amateur athletic venues. He saying kids shouldn't have to ''watch their role models using tobacco.''

  • LEADING OFF: Heston starts Giants-Cubs series, McCann ailing

    August 5, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Thursday:---CHARTING HESTONSan Francisco rookie Chris Heston pitches at Wrigley Field to begin a four-game series between teams that are neck-and-neck in the race for the second NL wild card. Heston, who threw a no-hitter earlier this season, is 5-0 with a 2.44 ERA in eight starts since his last loss June 14 to Arizona. Jason Hammel (6-5, 3.13 ERA) starts for the Cubs.

  • Straily designated for assignment by Astros

    August 5, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Right-hander Don Straily has been designated for assignment for the Houston Astros.Houston made the move before Wednesday's series finale at Texas, and a day after Straily's spot start against the Rangers. The Astros expect him to remain in their organization.

  • Marlins call up LHP Narveson, send down LHP Reed

    August 5, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) The Miami Marlins have called up lefty Chris Narveson from the minors and send lefty Chris Reed to Triple-A New Orleans.The move came before Wednesday night's game against the New York Mets.Narveson last played in the majors on April 6, 2013, with the Milwaukee Brewers.

  • Rays claim outfielder Daniel Nava off waivers from Red Sox

    August 5, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays have claimed outfielder Daniel Nava off waivers from the Boston Red Sox and optioned outfielder Mikie Mahtook to Triple-A Durham.The moves were announced after Wednesday's 6-5, 10-inning road loss to the Chicago White Sox.

  • McCann sidelined with stiff knee; Yankees re-sign Jones

    August 5, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Brian McCann is out of the New York Yankees' lineup Wednesday night against Boston because of a stiff left knee.The slugging catcher was injured blocking a pitch in the dirt from reliever Dellin Betances on Tuesday night, when McCann homered and drove in four runs. He shifted to first base late in the game.

  • Sanchez drops appeal of 3-game suspension

    August 5, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Aaron Sanchez has dropped his appeal of a three-game suspension for throwing at Kansas City's Alcides Escobar in the eighth inning Sunday in a victory over the Royals.Sanchez was ejected for throwing at Escobar after warnings had been put in place. Home plate umpire Jim Wolf issued warnings after Kansas City's Edinson Volquez hit Toronto slugger Josh Donaldson on the left shoulder in the first.

  • Cubs place Rafael Soriano on disabled list

    August 5, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The Chicago Cubs placed right-handed reliever Rafael Soriano on the 15-disabled list Wednesday because of inflammation in his right shoulder.Left-hander Clayton Richard signed as a free agent, two days after being designated for assignment, and will work out of the bullpen.

  • Nationals' Strasburg, Span appear closer to coming off DL

    August 5, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Stephen Strasburg and Denard Span of the Washington Nationals appear to be moving closer to a return from the disabled list after good workouts Wednesday.Manager Matt Williams said Strasburg (left oblique strain) performed well during a bullpen session Wednesday. Williams said he wants to see how Strasburg feels on Thursday before deciding his next step.

  • Dombrowski says there were no contract talks with Tigers

    August 5, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Dave Dombrowski says there had been no talks with Tigers ownership about a new contract, so as the end of the season drew closer, he began to have doubts about his future in Detroit.''You're sort of suspicious there's a chance it could go the other direction,'' Dombrowski said.

  • Arizona rookie Godley sent down despite strong showing

    August 5, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks optioned rookie right-hander Zack Godley to Double-A Mobile on Wednesday and recalled right-handed reliever Allen Webster from Triple-A Reno.Godley (3-0, 1.50 ERA) became just the second pitcher in club history to win in his first three outings after throwing six shutout innings in a 6-4 victory over the Washington Nationals on Monday night.

  • Boston mayor wants ban on chewing tobacco at ballparks

    August 6, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) From storied Fenway Park to youth baseball diamonds across the city, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh is calling for a ban on dip, snuff and chewing tobacco.With former Red Sox pitcher and mouth cancer survivor Curt Schilling at his side, the mayor on Wednesday proposed banning smokeless tobacco products from all city professional and amateur athletic venues.

  • White Sox activate RHP Nate Jones from 60-day DL

    August 5, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago White Sox have returned right-handed reliever Nate Jones from his rehab assignment and activated him from the 60-day disabled list before their game against the Tampa Bay Rays.The 29-year-old Jones hasn't pitched in the major leagues since April 3, 2014. He was recovering from Tommy John surgery performed July 29 of last year.

  • Semien homers to push A's past O's 5-0

    August 5, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Chris Bassitt knew early on that he was overthrowing, and the Athletics' rookie pitcher wasn't having much luck slowing his delivery down.A few calm reminders from teammate Stephen Vogt was all it took to get Bassitt on track for his first win in an Oakland uniform.

  • Rollins returns to Philly, Dodgers lose 6-2

    August 4, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Jimmy Rollins walked to a familiar batter's box for the first time in an unfamiliar uniform, and the crowd roared.Rollins got a prolonged standing ovation in his first game back in Philadelphia, but Maikel Franco hit a tiebreaking grand slam in the seventh inning to spoil his return and lead the Phillies to a 6-2 victory over the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night.

  • Hand solid in start, but Marlins lose 5-1 to streaking Mets

    August 4, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Brad Hand was solid for the Miami Marlins in his first start in nearly two months.Hand tossed four scoreless innings and left with a lead before the New York Mets came back to win 5-1 on Tuesday night.''Very pleased with the effort we got from Brad Hand,'' Marlins manager Dan Jennings said. ''Brad, to step up and start when he's been coming out of the bullpen and to give us that effort that he did. He had traffic pretty much in every inning, but he navigated his way through it and he made pitches when he needed to. That was huge.''

  • Rays back Archer with 4 homers, pound White Sox 11-3

    August 4, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Chris Archer pitched seven strong innings, and the Tampa Bay Rays backed him with a season-high four homers while pounding Chris Sale and the Chicago White Sox 11-3 on Tuesday night.Archer (10-8) allowed two runs and six hits for his first win since June 23. And the Rays matched their highest home run total since Sept. 7.

  • Mets acquire LHP O'Flaherty from Oakland

    August 4, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Mets have acquired lefty Eric O'Flaherty and cash considerations from the Oakland Athletics for a player to be named. To make room on the 25-man roster, the Mets designated lefty Alex Torres for assignment.O'Flaherty, 30, was designated for assignment by the A's on Aug. 1. The Walla Walla, Washington native was 1-2 with a 5.91 ERA in 25 games for Oakland this season. He was on the disabled list from May 2-June 2 with a left shoulder strain.

  • Campbell pinch single breaks tie, helps Mets beat Miami 5-1

    August 4, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) A couple of the New York Mets' biggest hits came from unexpected sources on Tuesday night.Eric Campbell's tiebreaking pinch single and Juan Lagares' two-run triple highlighted a four-run eighth inning that helped send the Mets to a 5-1 win over the Miami Marlins.

  • Arrieta, Rizzo leads Cubs over Pirates 5-0

    August 4, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Jake Arrieta pitched seven strong innings, Anthony Rizzo tied a career high with four hits and the Chicago Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-0 on Tuesday night for their sixth straight win.Arrieta (12-6) allowed two singles - Andrew McCutchen in the fourth and Starling Marte in the seventh - while striking out five and walking three.

  • Cubs activate LHP Wada from DL, send him to minors

    August 4, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The Chicago Cubs activated left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday and optioned him to Triple-A Iowa.Wada had been out since June 23 with left deltoid inflammation and was on a rehab assignment with Iowa.He is 1-1 with a 3.73 ERA in seven starts for the Cubs this season.

  • LEADING OFF: Yanks youngster Severino debuts, Cueto starts

    August 4, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Wednesday:---YOUNG AND YOUNGERYankees prized prospect Luis Severino makes his big league debut, facing the Red Sox in the Bronx. At 21, he will become the youngest pitcher to start in the majors this season. The righty began the year in Double-A, then went 7-0 with a 1.91 ERA in Triple-A. The AL East leaders need depth in the rotation after learning Michael Pineda is out at least until September with a strained right forearm.

  • Cubs activate LHP Wade from DL, send him to minors

    August 4, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The Chicago Cubs activated left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday and optioned him to Triple-A Iowa.Wada had been out since June 23 with left deltoid inflammation and was on a rehab assignment with Iowa.He has gone 1-1 with a 3.73 ERA in seven starts for the Cubs this season.

  • OF assists leader Martin sent to minors by Rangers

    August 4, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Texas Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin has been optioned to Triple-A Round Rock.The Rangers made the move before playing Houston on Tuesday night when they also purchased the contract of outfielder Ryan Strausborger from the Triple-A team.

  • Padres' Kennedy back from paternity leave, Campos optioned

    August 4, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) The San Diego Padres reinstated right-handed pitcher RHP Ian Kennedy from paternity leave and optioned right-hander Leonel Campos to Triple-A El Paso on Tuesday.Kennedy (6-9, 4.44 ERA) starts his 20th game of the season Wednesday night in the third of four games against the Milwaukee Brewers.

  • Mariners recall RHP Guaipe from Tacoma, option Ramirez

    August 4, 2015

    DENVER (AP) The Seattle Mariners have recalled right-hander Mayckol Guaipe from Triple-A Tacoma and optioned reliever Jose Ramirez to the Rainiers.Guaipe is available when the Mariners play the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night.Guaipe was 0-4 with a 3.02 ERA 34 appearances with Tacoma, including a 1.42 ERA in his last 15 appearances with the Rainiers. He is 0-2 with an 8.31 ERA in two previous stints with Seattle.

  • Rockies recall RHP Gray to start against Mariners

    August 4, 2015

    DENVER (AP) The Colorado Rockies have recalled right-hander Jon Gray from Triple-A Albuquerque. Gray will make his major league debut Tuesday night against the Seattle Mariners.In a corresponding move the Rockies optioned reliever Gonzalez Germen to Albuquerque.

  • Strasburg feeling good, but no timetable for return to Nats

    August 4, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg says he's doing well after striking out 11 in his latest minor league rehabilitation assignment, but still isn't sure when he'll return to the majors.Strasburg was in control Monday night, pitching 5 2-3 innings without a walk for Triple-A Syracuse on Monday. There is no timetable for him to rejoin the Nationals.

  • Red Sox promote LHP Owens to start vs Yankees in MLB debut

    August 4, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Boston Red Sox have promoted lefty Henry Owens from the minors and are starting him at Yankee Stadium in his major league debut.The last-place Red Sox selected Owens' contract to have him pitch Tuesday night against AL East-leading New York. Boston had optioned right-hander Ryan Cook to Triple-A Pawtucket on Monday.

  • Braves slugger Freddie Freeman again lands on DL

    August 4, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman has again landed on the disabled list, this time with an oblique injury.Freeman was injured fouling off a ball Monday against the Giants and was removed from the game. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said the two-time All-Star is on his way to Orlando to rehab the injury and will return as soon as possible. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday.

  • Outfield assist leader Martin sent to minors by Rangers

    August 4, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Texas Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin has been optioned to Triple-A Round Rock.The Rangers made the move before playing Houston on Tuesday night when they also purchased the contract of outfielder Ryan Strausborger from the Triple-A team.

  • Yankees put newcomer Ackley on DL, Pineda out through August

    August 4, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Yankees have put Dustin Ackley on the disabled list just five days after they got the infielder-outfielder in a trade with Seattle.The Yankees made the move before hosting Boston on Tuesday night.The AL East leaders also said ailing right-hander Michael Pineda isn't expected back until September at the earliest, and that rookie outfielder Mason Williams needed season-ending shoulder surgery.

  • Dombrowski out as Tigers' president, GM; Al Avila takes over

    August 4, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) The end of Dave Dombrowski's tenure in Detroit came suddenly and unexpectedly - like so many of the moves he made to build the Tigers into an American League powerhouse.Dombrowski is out after nearly 14 seasons as president and general manager of the Tigers. The four-time Central Division champions announced the move Tuesday, catching people at Comerica Park and beyond by surprise. Dombrowski was fresh off making several big trades last week, and his exit set off rampant speculation about where he would next work.

  • Reds activate LH Manny Parra off disabled list

    August 4, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) The Reds activated left-handed reliever Manny Parra off the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday before the first game of a series against the St. Louis Cardinals.Parra had been sidelined since July 20 with a sprained left elbow. He's 1-1 with a 4.00 ERA in 24 relief appearances this season. He also was on the disabled list from April 29 to May 24 with a strained neck. With Parra out, closer Aroldis Chapman was the only left-hander in the Reds bullpen.

  • Blue Jays' Aaron Sanchez suspended 3 games, John Gibbons 1

    August 4, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Toronto pitcher Aaron Sanchez was suspended for three games and manager John Gibbons for one for their roles in Sunday's brawling game between the Blue Jays and Kansas City Royals.Major League Baseball on Tuesday also fined Sanchez an undisclosed sum for intentionally throwing at Alcides Escobar with warnings in place during the top of the eighth inning of Toronto's 7-6 win. Sanchez contends his pitch just got away.

  • Hessman sets minor league HR record with No. 433

    August 4, 2015

    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) Call him the real-life Crash Davis.Mike Hessman, an infielder for Triple-A Toledo in the Detroit Tigers' system, became the career home run leader for U.S.-based minor leagues Monday night, hitting his 433rd in the seventh inning of a game against Lehigh Valley.

  • Beltre has 3rd career cycle for Rangers

    August 3, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Adrian Beltre had his third career cycle Monday night, becoming the first major league player since the 1930s to accomplish that feat.Beltre homered in the fifth inning for the Texas Rangers to complete the cycle, doing so against three different Houston pitchers. The third baseman also had a two-run triple in the first inning, a double in the second and a single in the third against AL West-leading Houston.

  • Bryant returns to Cubs' lineup

    August 3, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Rookie third baseman Kris Bryant was back in the Chicago Cubs' lineup on Monday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates, a day after leaving a win at Milwaukee when he felt woozy following a headfirst slide into second base.Bryant passed all of the necessary concussions tests Monday. On Sunday, Bryant's head struck Brewers shortstop Jean Segura's leg when he slid into second base in the fifth inning.

  • Indians put 2B Kipnis on DL with shoulder inflammation

    August 3, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Cleveland Indians have put All-Star second baseman Jason Kipnis on the 15-day disabled list because of chronic inflammation in his right shoulder.The Indians sent their leadoff hitter back to Cleveland to be examined by team doctors before the start of a series Monday night against the Los Angeles Angels.

  • LEADING OFF: Rollins returns to Philly, Owens joins Red Sox

    August 3, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Tuesday:---WELCOME BACKJimmy Rollins returns to Citizens Bank Park for the first time since Philadelphia traded the team's career hits leader to the Dodgers in the offseason. The 36-year-old shortstop is hitting just .216 with eight steals for the NL West leaders. The former MVP played 15 seasons for the Phillies, and they plan to honor him before the game. Once it begins, newly acquired Alex Wood makes his LA debut.

  • Rockies RHP Gray to make MLB debut

    August 3, 2015

    DENVER (AP) The Colorado Rockies are about to introduce a top prospect a week after trading the face of the franchise.Eight days after dealing All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, Jon Gray, Colorado's top pitching prospect, is expected to make his major league debut Tuesday night against the Seattle Mariners.

  • Left fielder Crisp returns from neck injury for Athletics

    August 3, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Oakland Athletics left fielder Coco Crisp has been activated from the 60-day disabled list after being sidelined with a strained neck since May 20.Crisp was in the lineup and batting second for his return Monday night in the opener of a three-game series against the Baltimore Orioles. Manager Bob Melvin said he expects Crisp to play a couple of games then get a day off as he gets back into the flow.

  • White Sox call up Trayce Thompson, brother of Warriors star

    August 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago White Sox recalled outfielder Trayce Thompson, brother of Golden State Warriors star Klay Thompson, from Triple-A Charlotte before the game with the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night.Thompson takes the roster spot of right-hander Scott Carroll, who was optioned to the minors on Sunday. The White Sox had been playing one outfielder short since J.B. Shuck (left hamstring strain) was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday.

  • Cubs call up OF Matt Szczur, designate pitcher Richard

    August 3, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The Chicago Cubs recalled outfielder Matt Szczur from Triple-A Iowa and designated left-hander Clayton Richard for assignment Monday night before their game with the Pittsburgh Pirates.Szczur was hitting .295 with seven home runs, 26 RBIs and 19 stolen bases in 58 games with Iowa. In 32 games with the Cubs earlier this season, he batted .211 with one homer, eight RBIs and two steals.

  • White Sox recall OF Trayce Thompson

    August 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago White Sox recalled outfielder Trayce Thompson from Triple-A Charlotte before Monday night's game with the Tampa Bay Rays.Thompson takes the roster spot of right-hander Scott Carroll, who was optioned to the minors on Sunday. The White Sox had been playing one outfielder short since J.B. Shuck (left hamstring strain) was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday.

  • Rays' Shaffer to make major league debut against White Sox

    August 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The timing of Richie Shaffer's phone call home on Sunday wasn't perfect. The news he was delivering, however, couldn't have been better.After being told he would make his major league debut Monday night in Chicago against the White Sox, the Tampa Bay Rays' 24-year-old top draft pick in 2012 who has hit 23 home runs this season in the minors phoned his parents.

  • Pirates' Burnett hopes to pitch again this season

    August 3, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Pirates right-hander A.J. Burnett is hopeful of pitching again this season after an MRI on his pitching elbow revealed a strained flexor tendon rather than a torn ligament.The 38-year-old Burnett said Monday that ''I'm going to do everything I can to make it back.'' He reiterated that he will retire at the end of the season.

  • Price silences scuffling Twins as Jays win 5-1

    August 3, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Minnesota's scuffling offense ran into a familiar foe with to a familiar result.David Price struck out 11 over eight innings to win his Blue Jays debut, Josh Donaldson hit a tiebreaking home run and Toronto beat the Twins 5-1 in the opener of a four-game series between AL wild-card contenders.

  • Price dominant in Toronto debut, Jays beat Twins 5-1

    August 3, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) David Price was blown away by the reception he got in his Toronto debut.Then he blew away the Minnesota Twins.Price struck out 11 over eight innings to win his first Blue Jays start, Josh Donaldson hit a tiebreaking home run and Toronto beat Minnesota 5-1 in the opener of a four-game series between AL wild-card contenders.

  • 1B/OF Michael Morse joins Pirates 3 days after trade

    August 3, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) First baseman/outfielder Michael Morse has joined the Pittsburgh Pirates before their game against the Chicago Cubs, three days after being acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers in a trade.Outfielder Jaff Decker was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday.

  • Blue Jays, Royals escalate feud by trading barbs on Twitter

    August 4, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) - The Royals and Blue Jays have moved on: After an exchange of hit batters, they're now trading barbs on Twitter.First, Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista posted a message Sunday night saying he had ''lost a lot of respect'' for Ned Yost after hearing the Royals manager praise home plate umpire Jim Wolf's handling of Sunday's game.

  • Duffey gets passport delivered after big league call-up

    August 3, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Minnesota Twins pitcher Tyler Duffey wasn't entirely prepared when he got called up to the major leagues for the first time.The right-hander, who opened the season at Double-A, didn't have his passport with him when the Twins promoted him from Triple-A Rochester and picked him to start against the Blue Jays in Toronto on Wednesday.

  • Contending teams can never have too many relievers

    August 3, 2015

    The Kansas City Royals made it look all so easy in 2014. With their bullpen trio of Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland, the Royals were almost unbeatable when they had the lead in the seventh inning or later.It's no surprise that a number of teams have sought to emulate that success. Even this past week, as the days and hours ticked down to the trade deadline, some contenders clearly felt one capable closer wasn't enough. The Washington Nationals added Jonathan Papelbon to a bullpen that already included Drew Storen. Joakim Soria was traded to Pirates, where he'll join Mark Melancon in the late innings.

  • LEADING OFF: Price Jays debut; Burnett to doc; Cubs-Pirates

    August 2, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Monday:---PRICE DEBUTDavid Price (9-4) makes his Toronto debut as the Blue Jays begin a pivotal series against wild-card rivals Minnesota. Price is 7-0 with a 3.86 ERA in nine career starts at Rogers Centre. His opponent will be Twins RHP Ervin Santana (2-1).

  • Conforto back with Mets; Nieuwenhuis placed on 15-day DL

    August 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Michael Conforto's minor league assignment lasted all of one day.The New York Mets recalled their top hitting prospect from Triple-A Las Vegas when fellow outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with discomfort in his neck and left shoulder.

  • BC-BBA--Indians-Athletics

    August 2, 2015

    Eds:The Cleveland Indians and Oakland Athletics were tied 1-1 after nine innings.AP Sports

  • Colabello homers, Jays beat Royals 5-2 in testy game

    August 2, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) An exchange of hit by pitches and some testy words overshadowed a big win for the Toronto Blue Jays.Chris Colabello hit a two-run home run, R.A. Dickey threw seven shutout innings and the Blue Jays beat the Kansas City Royals 5-2 Sunday, taking three of four from the AL's top team.

  • Pirates earn split with heated, 3-0 win over Reds

    August 2, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Bryan Price thinks the heated rivalry between Pittsburgh and Cincinnati is a credit to the pitching.Charlie Morton pitched five-hit ball for seven innings, Neil Walker hit a review-aided home run and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-0 Sunday in a testy game in which benches cleared after stars Andrew McCutchen and Brandon Phillips were hit by pitches.

  • Pirates earn split with 3-0 win over Reds

    August 2, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Charlie Morton pitched five-hit ball for seven innings, Neil Walker hit a review-aided home run and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-0 Sunday in a testy game in which benches cleared after All-Stars Andrew Mcutchen and Brandon Phillips were hit by pitches.

  • Cubs rookie Kris Bryant leaves game after headfirst slide

    August 2, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Chicago Cubs rookie third baseman Kris Bryant has left Sunday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers following a headfirst slide at second base.Bryant singled home Kyle Schwarber in the top of the fifth to give the Cubs a 4-1 lead and he tried for second after the Brewers threw home.

  • Benches, bullpens clear at game between Royals, Jays

    August 2, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Both benches and bullpens emptied after Toronto reliever Aaron Sanchez was ejected for throwing at Kansas City's Alcides Escobar in the eighth inning on Sunday. It was the climax of a game-long spat that began when Royals starter Edinson Volquez hit Josh Donaldson on the left arm in the first inning.

  • Benches clear in Pirates-Reds shoving match

    August 2, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Both benches and bullpens cleared and there was some shoving after Cincinnati's Brandon Phillips was hit by a pitch by Pittsburgh left-hander Tony Watson in the eighth inning on Sunday.The Pirates were leading 3-0 when Reds reliever Pedro Villareal hit All-Star center fielder Andrew McCutchen in the top of the inning. Watson appeared to retaliate by hitting Phillips in the bottom of the inning, prompting both teams to leave their dugouts and bullpens and gather between the mound and the plate.

  • Rangers put Scheppers on DL, recall Klein

    August 2, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Texas Rangers have placed right-handed setup man Tanner Scheppers on the 15-day disabled list with left knee inflammation and recalled right-hander Phil Klein from Triple-A Round Rock.Rangers manager Jeff Banister said before Sunday's game against the San Francisco Giants that Scheppers mentioned the injury early last week but tried to pitch through it.

  • Red Sox exec Lucchino issues statement on stepping down

    August 2, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Larry Lucchino, who is stepping down as president and CEO of the Boston Red Sox, says ''the end of the year is a good time for this change.''Lucchino, 69, was part of the ownership group that purchased the Red Sox in 2002. Boston won the World Series two years later, and added two more titles in 2007 and 2013.

  • RHP Porcello goes on DL; newly acquired RHP Cook recalled

    August 2, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Red Sox have placed struggling right-hander Rick Porcello on the 15-day disabled list because of soreness in his right triceps.To fill his spot on the roster, Boston added newly acquired right-handed reliever Ryan Cook.Manager John Farrell said Sunday the Red Sox initially thought of just pushing Porcello's next outing back.

  • Yankees place RHP Diego Moreno on DL with elbow inflammation

    August 2, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The New York Yankees placed reliever Diego Moreno on the 15-day disabled list Sunday and recalled right-hander Branden Pinder from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.Manager Joe Girardi said the back of Moreno's right elbow is bothering him, and he will be examined by team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad on Monday. Moreno allowed four runs and four hits in three innings in the Yankees' 8-2 loss to the White Sox on Saturday.

  • Twins to place LHP Milone on DL with elbow strain

    August 2, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Twins will place pitcher Tommy Milone on the 15-day disabled list with a mild left elbow strain, retroactive to Aug. 1.Milone complained of pain following his Friday start in which he gave up four runs to the Seattle Mariners in six innings. The left-hander is 5-3 with a 3.76 ERA in 14 starts this season.

  • Rays LHP Moore demoted after rough outing

    August 2, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays have decided the minors would be the best place for left-hander Matt Moore to continue his return from Tommy John surgery.Moore will go to Triple-A Durham and pitch on a regular schedule, Rays manager Kevin Cash said Sunday.

  • LEADING OFF: Latos debuts for Dodgers, Leake with Giants

    August 1, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Sunday:---HOME, SWEET START: Rookie Noah Syndergaard has gone eight innings in each of his last three home starts, the first Mets pitcher to do that since Al Leiter in 2001. The right-hander nicknamed ''Thor'' faces Jordan Zimmermann and the NL East-leading Washington Nationals.

  • Lucchino stepping down from position with Red Sox

    August 1, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Larry Lucchino is stepping down as president and CEO of the Boston Red Sox at the end of this season.Team spokesman Kevin Gregg said Saturday night in an email that Lucchino hopes to remain with the club in some capacity. Gregg also said Sam Kennedy, the executive vice president and COO of the Red Sox, is Lucchino's choice to take over as president.

  • Bam! Ever cool Cespedes makes Mets debut

    August 1, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) If Yoenis Cespedes is feeling the pressure to lead the New York Mets to their first trip to the playoffs in nine years, he's certainly not showing it.The slugging outfielder, acquired from Detroit in a trade-deadline deal Friday afternoon, was the model of cool Saturday before his first game with New York. He wore his new Mets cap backward and had on black t-shirt with an appropriate ''Bam!'' written across the front in cartoony lettering, a thick chain peeking out from under the collar.

  • Rockies place Kendrick, Dickerson on disabled list

    August 1, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The Colorado Rockies have placed right-hander Kyle Kendrick and outfielder Corey Dickerson on the 15-day disabled list.The Rockies also recalled right-hander Scott Oberg and outfielder Kyle Parker from Triple-A Albuquerque before Saturday's game at St. Louis. Right-hander Christian Bergman (shoulder fatigue) was reinstated from the disabled list, and left-hander Aaron Laffey was designated for assignment.

  • Yankees recall Rumbelow, option Goody

    August 1, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The New York Yankees recalled right-hander Nick Rumbelow from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Saturday and optioned right-hander Nick Goody to the Triple-A club.Rumbelow went 0-0 with a 2.70 ERA in 3 1-3 innings with the Yankees earlier this season. He was 2-2 with a 4.60 ERA and seven saves in 31 games at Triple-A.

  • J.A. Happ joins Pirates, LHP LaFromboise sent back to minors

    August 1, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Left-hander J.A. Happ joined the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday and threw in the bullpen, getting ready to join a rotation that'll need him for at least a few weeks.The Pirates optioned left-hander Bobby LaFromboise back to Triple-A Indianapolis on Saturday to open a roster spot for Happ, who was acquired from Seattle in a trade the previous day. The 32-year-old starter arrived from Minnesota, where the Mariners are playing over the weekend.

  • White Sox put Shuck on DL, recall Carroll from Triple-A

    August 1, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago White Sox placed outfielder J.B. Shuck on the 15-day disabled list Saturday for a strained left hamstring and recalled right-handed pitcher Scott Carroll from Triple-A Charlotte.Shuck was hitting .278 with 11 RBIs in 54 games. He was injured Friday when he scored on a wild pitch in the seventh inning of Chicago's 13-6 loss to the New York Yankees.

  • Pirates send LH LaFromboise back to minors as Happ arrives

    August 1, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) The Pirates optioned left-hander Bobby LaFromboise back to Triple-A Indianapolis on Saturday to open a roster spot for starter J.A. Happ, who was acquired from Seattle.Happ joined the club in Cincinnati on Saturday. He'll move into the spot of A.J. Burnett, who is on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his pitching elbow. Happ went 4-6 with a 4.64 ERA in 20 starts and one relief appearance for Seattle this season.

  • Rangers add Cole Hamels to the roster

    August 1, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Cole Hamels was officially added to the Texas Rangers' active roster on Saturday.The three-time National League All-Star is scheduled to make his American League debut on Saturday night at home against the San Francisco Giants. In his last start for the Philadelphia Phillies, the 31-year-old left-hander no-hit the Chicago Cubs on July 25.

  • Orioles place RHP Wright on DL, recall RHP Rondon

    August 1, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) The Baltimore Orioles have placed right-hander rookie Mike Wright on the 15-day disabled list because of a left calf strain.Wright was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk on Friday night. He entered in the fourth inning and got three outs before the injury forced him from the game.

  • Red Sox recall INF Shaw from Triple-A; option RHP Aro

    August 1, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Red Sox recalled infielder Travis Shaw from Triple-A Pawtucket for Saturday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays.To make room, Boston optioned right-hander Jonathan Aro to Pawtucket.Shaw started and played third base, hitting his first major league homer.

  • Rays recall OF Sizemore from Triple-A; option Mahtook

    August 1, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays recalled outfielder Grady Sizemore from Triple-A Durham for Saturday's game against the Red Sox.To make room, they optioned outfielder Mikie Mahtook to Durham.The 32-year-old Sizemore played in 15 games with the Rays before being demoted, hitting .235 with two homers and seven RBIs.

  • Blue Jays recall Kawasaki, option Tepera, cut 2 others

    August 1, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) The Blue Jays made a flurry of roster moves Saturday after a busy week of trade deadline activity.Toronto added right-hander Mark Lowe and outfielder Ben Revere, acquired Friday from Seattle and Philadelphia, and recalled infielder Munenori Kawasaki from Triple-A Buffalo.

  • Take me out to the rooftop: Wrigley changes bring new looks

    August 1, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Top of the first, one out. It's a Friday in July, the start of a holiday weekend, and the Chicago Cubs are hosting the Miami Marlins.Christian Yelich drives a 2-2 pitch from Jason Hammel to the second or third row in center field, prompting a groan from the fans inside Wrigley Field.

  • Reds can't break through in 9th, lose to Pirates 5-4

    July 31, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Starling Marte threw out Brandon Phillips at the plate for the second out in the ninth. Then he made a diving catch to end it.Marte helped the Pirates' retooled bullpen hold on for a 5-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night, Pittsburgh's first in five games at Great American Ball Park this season.

  • McCutchen homers, Pirates' bullpen holds a 5-4 win over Reds

    July 31, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) With a perfect throw and a jarring dive, left fielder Starling Marte saved the Pirates' rebuilt bullpen.Marte threw out a runner at the plate in the ninth inning, then made a diving catch to end it, helping the Pittsburgh Pirates hold on for a 5-4 victory on Friday night that let the new-look bullpen save face its first time out.

  • LEADING OFF: Hamels in Texas debut, Cespedes slugs for Mets

    July 31, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Saturday:---NEW TEAM FOR NO-NO HAMELSCole Hamels, the first player traded midseason following a no-hitter, makes his Texas Rangers' debut on Saturday night against the World Series champion Giants following his trade from Philadelphia. Hamels no-hit the Cubs at Wrigley Field on July 25. Chris Heston, who threw a no-hitter earlier this season starts for San Francisco.

  • BC-BBO--Leading Off

    July 31, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Saturday:---NEW TEAM FOR NO-NO HAMELSCole Hamels, the first player traded midseason following a no-hitter, makes his Texas Rangers' debut on Saturday night against the World Series champion Giants following his trade from Philadelphia. Hamels no-hit the Cubs at Wrigley Field on July 25. Chris Heston, who threw a no-hitter earlier this season starts for San Francisco.

  • Bench-clearing incident between Giants, Rangers

    July 31, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Tempers flared and the benches cleared after San Francisco Giants starter Madison Bumgarner shouted something toward the Texas Rangers bench as the fourth inning ended Friday night.No punches were thrown, and players from both teams were kept separated by umpires.

  • Rockies' Kendrick leaves game after 1 inning

    July 31, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Colorado right-hander Kyle Kendrick left Friday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals after one inning due to right shoulder inflammation.Kendrick, who came in 4-11 with a 6.37 ERA, gave up a leadoff home run to Matt Carpenter and trailed 2-0 after one inning.

  • Mets get Cespedes at trade deadline

    August 1, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Mets finally landed the bat they were looking for in Yoenis Cespedes just ahead of Friday's trade deadline, and Cole Hamels confirmed he blocked a trade to Houston before Philadelphia dealt its ace to Texas.Sixteen trades were made Friday ahead of the annual deadline for deals without waivers, but San Diego was among the buyers, not the sellers, to the surprise of some.

  • In a stunner, Preller, Padres make no major trades

    July 31, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) The trade deadline was a dud for the San Diego Padres.While many in baseball expected general manager A.J. Preller to perhaps be as frenzied of a trader as he was in December, he made only a minor deal.When the deadline passed Friday afternoon, left fielder Justin Upton, right-hander Tyson Ross, closer Craig Kimbrel and everybody else who had been named in various rumors remained with the Padres.

  • Fan collapses before Astros game

    July 31, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) A man has collapsed in the stands before the Houston Astros' home game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.The man was near Houston's dugout when he went down. Nearby fans rushed to his side before EMTs got to the scene and appeared to be giving the fan CPR.

  • Mets add hitting help, trade for Tigers OF Cespedes

    July 31, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Yoenis Cespedes put on a scintillating show at Citi Field while winning the 2013 Home Run Derby. Now he has two months to power the New York Mets into the playoffs.Eagerly chasing offense as the clock ticked down on Friday's trade deadline, the Mets landed the big right-handed bat they desperately needed by acquiring Cespedes from Detroit for two minor league pitchers.

  • Red Sox make only 1 minor move at trade deadline

    July 31, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Boston Red Sox will have to wait a little longer to start rebuilding their team.Mired in last place for the second straight season, the Red Sox headed into the trade deadline hoping to get a head start on their offseason upgrades. But general manager Ben Cherington made just one small move before the 4 p.m. deadline on Friday, acquiring middle reliever Ryan Cook from the Oakland Athletics for a player to be named or cash.

  • Leake will make his Giants' debut Sunday at Texas

    July 31, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Mike Leake is replacing Tim Hudson in San Francisco's rotation, and the newly acquired right-hander will make his Giants' debut in their series finale Sunday at Texas.Leake joined the Giants on Friday, the same day the struggling 40-year-old Hudson was put on the 15-day disabled list with a shoulder strain.

  • Severino to get start with Yankees

    July 31, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Touted pitching prospect Luis Severino will make his next start with the New York Yankees.Manager Joe Girardi said Friday that the 21-year-old right-hander will start at home next week against Boston but didn't specify when he would get the ball.

  • Mariners recall Montero after deadline

    July 31, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Seattle Mariners have recalled infielders Jesus Montero and Ketel Marte and pitchers Jose Ramirez and Rob Rasmussen following a busy trade deadline.Seattle traded pitchers J.A. Happ and Mark Lowe in separate deals on Friday. The Mariners also optioned shortstop Chris Taylor to Triple-A Tacoma.

  • Pirates acquire starter Happ, 1B Morse in trades

    July 31, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) The Pittsburgh Pirates didn't enter the final 24 hours before the trade deadline looking for a starting pitcher. The state of A.J. Burnett's elbow quickly made them change their mind.The Pirates acquired veteran left-hander J.A. Happ from Seattle on Friday as a stopgap - and possibly more - after Burnett complained of elbow pain and was placed on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation following his third straight bumpy outing.

  • Rangers make roster moves to add Wilson, Diekman and Gimenez

    July 31, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Texas Rangers have activated newly acquired catcher Bobby Wilson and left-handed reliever Jake Diekman.Wilson and Diekman were available for Friday night's series opener against the San Francisco Giants, as was catcher/first baseman Chris Gimenez after his contract was selected from Triple-A Round Rock.

  • Column: Baseball plays parity game as well as any sport

    July 31, 2015

    The Houston Astros are loading up for a pennant race.Ditto for the Toronto Blue Jays.Quit rubbing your eyes.That's not a misprint.If it seems like baseball has been turned upside down - with long-time doormats now on top and former powers such as Atlanta and Philadelphia in white-flag mode - you wouldn't be far off.

  • Pirates acquire starter Happ, shortstop Morse in trades

    July 31, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) After making two moves to upgrade an already solid bullpen, the Pittsburgh Pirates added depth to their rotation and infield on Friday by acquiring pitcher J.A. Happ from Seattle and shortstop Michael Morse from the Los Angeles Dodgers.

  • Kershaw, Greinke switch starts for Dodgers in Freeway Series

    July 31, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Clayton Kershaw's next start for the Los Angeles Dodgers has been bumped to Saturday, and Zack Greinke has been moved up to start Friday night against the Angels.The Dodgers announced the switch about four hours before the Freeway Series opener.

  • The Latest: Hamels, Cespedes top names dealt at deadline

    July 31, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Here are the latest developments as Major League Baseball hits a deadline Friday for trades where players do not first have to pass through waivers (all times Eastern):7:20 p.m.One more deal announced, bringing the total for the deadline day to 16 trades. The Pirates acquired first baseman Michael Morse for enigmatic outfielder Jose Tabata.

  • Angels send C.J. Wilson to DL, make no late move at deadline

    July 31, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Bill Stoneman decided the Los Angeles Angels shouldn't give up too much of their future to improve this season's title chances down the playoff stretch.After acquiring three veteran outfielders in the previous week, the interim general manager decided not to make a costly move to land a big hitter or a key reliever at the trade deadline on Friday. Stoneman wasn't swayed even when Los Angeles (55-46) was swept in a three-game series by the Houston Astros, who nudged past the Angels into the AL West lead.

  • Blue Jays add RHP Lowe, OF Revere on deadline day

    August 1, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) The Blue Jays capped a busy week with pair of trade deadline deals, bolstering their bullpen and outfield options as they seek to end the longest playoff drought in the major leagues.Toronto acquired right-hander Mark Lowe from Seattle and got outfielder Ben Revere from Philadalphia ahead of Friday's deadline for trades without waivers. Earlier in the week, the Blue Jays obtained All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, reliever LaTroy Hawkins, and former Cy Young Award winner David Price.

  • A's trade Cook to Red Sox for player to be named or cash

    July 31, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The active Oakland Athletics traded right-hander Ryan Cook to the Boston Red Sox on Friday for a player to be named or cash.Cook was pitching for Triple-A Nashville but has been a key member of Oakland's bullpen in the past, even making four appearances for the A's early in the year.

  • The Latest: Cespedes, Hunter, Haren traded at MLB's deadline

    July 31, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Here are the latest developments as Major League Baseball hits a deadline Friday for trades where players do not first have to pass through waivers (all times Eastern):5:35 p.m.The Chicago Cubs got some help for their bullpen, acquiring Tommy Hunter from the Orioles for outfielder Junior Lake.

  • Indians send reliever Rzepczynski to Padres

    July 31, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Indians have made their third trade this week, sending left-handed reliever Marc Rzepczynski to the San Diego Padres for outfielder Abraham Almonte.Rzepczynski went 2-3 with a 4.43 ERA in 45 games this season. Earlier this week, the Indians, who recently lost six straight games and fell back in the AL wild-card race, dealt outfielder David Murphy to the Angels and sent slugger Brandon Moss to St. Louis.

  • Cubs acquire reliever Hunter from Orioles for Lake

    July 31, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) The Chicago Cubs got some help for their bullpen Friday, acquiring Tommy Hunter from the Baltimore Orioles for outfielder Junior Lake.Hunter was 2 -2 with a 3.63 ERA in 39 appearances for Baltimore this season. The 29-year-old right-hander is 44-33 with a 4.28 ERA in eight seasons with Texas and the Orioles. He won 13 games as a starter with the Rangers in 2010 and was traded to Baltimore the following season.

  • The Latest: Cespedes, Haren, Revere traded at MLB's deadline

    July 31, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Here are the latest developments as Major League Baseball hits a deadline Friday for trades where players do not first have to pass through waivers (all times Eastern):4:50 p.m.The Mets have acquired slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes from Detroit in their strongest attempt yet to boost a punchless lineup that has threatened to derail their postseason hopes.

  • Reliever Sam Dyson sent to Rangers by Marlins

    July 31, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) The Miami Marlins traded right-handed reliever Sam Dyson to the Texas Rangers on Friday for catcher Tomas Telis and a minor league pitcher.Dyson was 3-3 with a 3.68 ERA in 44 appearances for Miami this season. He appeared in 80 games with the Marlins over the last three seasons, after breaking into the majors for two games with Toronto in 2011.

  • Mets add hitting help, trade for Detroit's Cespedes

    July 31, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Mets acquired slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes from Detroit on Friday in their strongest attempt yet to boost a punchless lineup that threatened to derail their postseason hopes.Cespedes hit .293 with 18 home runs with 61 RBIs in 102 games with the Tigers this season. The Mets trail first-place Washington by three games in the NL East, but New York rank last in the major leagues in runs and batting average, and is 29th in on-base percentage and slugging.

  • Pirates acquire starter J.A. Happ from Mariners

    July 31, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) After making two moves to upgrade an already solid bullpen, the Pittsburgh Pirates added depth to their rotation on Friday by acquiring J.A. Happ from Seattle for minor league pitcher Adrian Sampson.A little while later, they put struggling starter A.J. Burnett on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his pitching elbow.

  • The Latest: Revere traded to Blue Jays at MLB's deadline

    July 31, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Here are the latest developments as Major League Baseball hits a deadline Friday for trades where players do not first have to pass through waivers (all times Eastern):4 p.m.MLB has hit its 4 p.m. EDT deadline for trades in which players don't have to pass through waivers first.

  • Phillies trade Revere to Blue Jays

    August 1, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Ben Revere was there to see Troy Tulowitzki make his debut with the Toronto Blue Jays and bat leadoff for the first time in his career.Now, he's probably taking his spot.The Blue Jays have bolstered their offense by acquiring Revere from the Philadelphia Phillies for two minor leaguers on Friday. The speedy outfielder is the latest player heading to Toronto in a busy week in which they also obtained Tulowitzki, ace left-hander David Price and veteran reliever Mark Lowe.

  • Haren dealt by Marlins to Cubs for 2 minor leaguers

    August 1, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Right-hander Dan Haren has been acquired by the Chicago Cubs from the Miami Marlins.As part of Friday's deal, Miami is sending 0,000 to the Cubs to cover part of Haren's million salary.Haren was 7-7 with a 3.42 ERA in a team-best 21 starts for the Marlins this season. The Cubs will become his eighth team after previous stints with St. Louis, Oakland, Arizona, the Los Angeles Angels, Washington, the Los Angeles Dodgers and then Miami.

  • A's acquire lefty Felix Doubront from Toronto for cash

    July 31, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Athletics have acquired left-hander Felix Doubront from Toronto for cash after he was designated for assignment by the Blue Jays on Wednesday.The clubs announced the trade Friday. The A's will make a 25-man roster move when Doubront reports to Oakland, which is hosting Cleveland this weekend. He will help fill a void in a rotation that lost lefty Scott Kazmir in a trade to his hometown Houston Astros last Thursday.

  • The Latest: Phils' Revere says he's been traded

    July 31, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Here are the latest developments as Major League Baseball approaches its 4 p.m. EDT deadline Friday for trades where players do not first have to pass through waivers (all times Eastern):3:40 p.m.AP Sports Writer Rob Maaddi in the Phillies clubhouse says outfielder Ben Revere is telling media that he has been traded to Toronto.

  • The Latest: 1 hour to deadline; Hamels' goodbye to Phils

    July 31, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Here are the latest developments as Major League Baseball approaches its 4 p.m. EDT deadline Friday for trades where players do not first have to pass through waivers (all times Eastern):3:05 p.m.Cole Hamels explains in a farewell Philadelphia news conference why he's happy to go to Texas, saying he thinks the Rangers are close to being ready to compete for a playoff spot.

  • Dominant Dallas Keuchel helps Astros climb atop the AL West

    July 31, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Dallas Keuchel had scarcely more than a five o'clock shadow when he made his major league debut in 2012.Houston's ace has since turned his beard into one of the more recognizable in sports, rivaling that of Houston Rockets star James Harden in an unusual one-two punch for this city. Like his beard, Keuchel's popularity has grown, too, as he has helped the long-suffering Astros take the lead in the American League West.

  • Former White Sox pitcher Billy Pierce dies at 88

    July 31, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Billy Pierce, a seven-time All-Star pitcher who played in two World Series and spent most of his 18 years in the majors with the Chicago White Sox, died Friday. He was 88.Pierce died after a battle with gall bladder cancer, said his family and the White Sox.

  • The Latest: Twins get Jepsen; Jays obtain Lowe

    July 31, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Here are the latest developments as Major League Baseball approaches its 4 p.m. EDT deadline Friday for trades where players do not first have to pass through waivers (all times Eastern):2:40 p.m.There's less than 90 minutes to the deadline - although deals will continue to be announced after 4 p.m. because MLB has to approve the trades.

  • Twins get bullpen help, add Jepsen from Rays

    July 31, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Twins got some much-needed help for their beleaguered bullpen on Friday, acquiring right-handed reliever Kevin Jepsen from the Tampa Bay Rays for a pair of minor league pitching prospects.The teams completed the deal about two hours before the deadline to make trades without waivers. Jepsen gives the Twins a hard-throwing veteran to help in a setup role for All-Star closer Glen Perkins.

  • The Latest: Blue Jays get Lowe; Phils Amaro talks Hamels

    July 31, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Here are the latest developments as Major League Baseball approaches its 4 p.m. EDT deadline Friday for trades where players do not first have to pass through waivers (all times Eastern):2:05 p.m.The busy Blue Jays have made another deal, acquiring reliever Mark Lowe from the Seattle Mariners for three minor league pitchers.

  • Seattle sends reliever Mark Lowe to Toronto

    July 31, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) The Toronto Blue Jays have kept up their postseason push by acquiring veteran reliever Mark Lowe from the Seattle Mariners for three left-handed pitchers.The trade took place Friday ahead of baseball's deadline for trades without waivers. Seattle obtained Nick Wells and Jacob Brentz and Rob Rasmussen.

  • The Latest: Price's arrival in Toronto delayed by flat tire

    July 31, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Here are the latest developments as Major League Baseball approaches its 4 p.m. EDT deadline Friday for trades where players do not first have to pass through waivers (all times Eastern):1:25 p.m.David Price's arrival in Toronto fell flat - the ace got a flat tire on his way to the introductory news conference.

  • Price's Toronto arrival delayed by flat tire

    July 31, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) David Price's arrival in Toronto has been delayed by a flat tire, a story that played out on Twitter with Blue Jays fans offering to rescue the stranded pitcher.The former AL Cy Young Award winner, traded to Toronto on Thursday, posted a message just after 10:00 a.m. saying he'd blown a tire. About an hour later, he posted again to say he couldn't find anyone to fit a new tire on his car.

  • The Latest: Trade deadline day off to busy start

    July 31, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Here are the latest developments as Major League Baseball approaches its 4 p.m. EDT deadline Friday for trades where players do not first have to pass through waivers (all times Eastern):1 p.m.We're three hours from the deadline Friday and there's a lot of activity - even with stars such as David Price, Troy Tulowitzki, Johnny Cueto and Jonathan Papelbon having already been dealt in the past week.

  • Cardinals get reliever Jonathan Broxton from Brewers

    August 1, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) The St. Louis Cardinals acquired reliever Jonathan Broxton from the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday, supplementing their bullpen with another veteran.''He has those late-inning experiences, and he's been throwing the ball well,'' manager Mike Matheny said. ''A big arm with experience is a great addition to our club.''

  • Orioles get Parra from Brewers for minor leaguer

    July 31, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) The Orioles filled one of their most pressing needs Friday by obtaining left fielder Gerardo Parra from the Milwaukee Brewers for a minor league right-hander Zach Davies.In a flurry of activity before the non-waiver trade deadline, Orioles vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette also dealt right-handed reliever Tommy Hunter to the Chicago Cubs for outfielder Junior Lake and designated struggling starter Bud Norris and first baseman Chris Parmelee for assignment.

  • Rangers get Hamels from Phillies for 2015 - and beyond

    July 31, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) With Cole Hamels, the Texas Rangers have gotten another ace in hopes of getting back to the playoffs - in 2015 and beyond.Texas obtained the Phillies left-hander in an eight-player deal completed before Friday's non-waiver trade deadline. It took a couple of days to finalize all the details of the agreement reached earlier in the week.

  • Orioles agree to get Parra from Brewers for minor leaguer

    July 31, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) The Baltimore Orioles have agreed to obtain left fielder Gerardo Parra from the Milwaukee Brewers in a trade for a minor league pitcher.The deal, reached hours before Friday's non-waiver trade deadline, will be complete when both teams are satisfied with the medical records of the players.

  • Orioles get LF Parra from Brewers for minor league pitcher

    July 31, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) The Baltimore Orioles have obtained left fielder Gerardo Parra from the Milwaukee Brewers in a trade for a minor league pitcher.The deal, reached hours before Friday's non-waiver trade deadline, will be complete when both players pass their physicals.

  • Astros, Blue Jays add pieces in trades to make playoff push

    July 31, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) With mere hours until the trade deadline, the Houston Astros and Toronto Blue Jays have sent a clear message that they're going for it - making big moves to try and propel their teams into the playoffs for the first time in a long time.

  • With baseball's 2nd-worst record, a lost season for Marlins

    July 31, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Ace right-hander Jose Fernandez is unbeaten and perhaps stronger than ever after recovering from elbow surgery. Giancarlo Stanton remains one of baseball's top power hitters. Dee Gordon is among the game's leaders in batting average and stolen bases. Adeiny Hechavarria has become an All-Star shortstop.

  • Hamels' trade to Rangers being finalized, expected Friday

    July 31, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Cole Hamels' locker was still intact in Philadelphia's clubhouse, as was Matt Harrison's in Texas' locker room.The left-handed pitchers won't officially trade places until Friday.Details were still being finalized late Thursday night for the expected blockbuster deal that will send ace lefty Hamels and reliever Jake Diekman to the Rangers for Harrison and a package of top prospects.

  • Giants get RH Mike Leake from Reds for another playoff run

    July 31, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) After whiffing on Cole Hamels, the San Francisco Giants got starter Mike Leake from the Cincinnati Reds for a pair of prospects on Thursday night.The defending World Series champions acquired one of the hottest pitchers in the majors. The 27-year-old Leake has allowed only two earned runs in his last four starts, all victories.

  • Reds send RH Mike Leake to Giants for 2 prospects

    July 31, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) The Reds shipped starter Mike Leake to the San Francisco Giants for a pair of prospects on Thursday night, bolstering the defending World Series champions for another playoff run.San Francisco needed one more solid starter, and got a young pitcher who has been at his best in July. The 27-year-old Leake has won his last four starts, allowing only two earned runs in 30 innings overall.

  • Sabathia dehydrated after Yankees' 7-6 loss in Texas

    July 31, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) CC Sabathia was taken to the hospital with symptoms of dehydration after the New York Yankees' 7-6 loss at Texas on Thursday night. It was 101 degrees at the start of the game.Sabathia, moved up a day in the rotation to start after Michael Pineda was put on the disabled list earlier in the day, threw 80 pitches through one batter in the sixth inning.

  • LEADING OFF: Cueto set to make Royals' debut at Toronto

    July 30, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues today:DEBUT TIME: Johnny Cueto, obtained from Cincinnati, makes his Kansas City Royals' debut when he starts at Toronto. Cueto, 7-6 with a 2.62 ERA for the Reds, is 2-0 with a 3.86 ERA in two starts against the Blue Jays.

  • Sandoval gets hit on forearm -- while striking out

    July 30, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval has been taken out of Boston's game against the Chicago White Sox after getting hit on the left forearm while striking out.Sandoval took an odd swing at Chris Sale's 0-2 inside fastball and the pitch hit him on the arm Thursday night. As Sandoval doubled over in pain, umpire Bill Miller called Sandoval out to end the fourth inning because he swung.

  • Gomez traded to Astros after Mets deal falls through

    July 30, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) The Astros have added another bat to their lineup as they make a push for the postseason, acquiring two-time All-Star outfielder Carlos Gomez from the Milwaukee Brewers.Houston also received right-hander Mike Fiers in the deal and sent four prospects to the Brewers: left-hander Josh Hader, right-hander Adrian Houser and outfielders Brett Phillips and Domingo Santana.

  • Trout back for Angels against Astros

    July 30, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout returned to the lineup on Thursday night against the Houston Astros after missing two games because of an injured left wrist.The All-Star center fielder was hurt trying to make a diving catch in the fourth inning on Sunday in a 13-7 victory over Texas. He remained in the game and later hit a grand slam.

  • Pirates get reliever Soria from Tigers for minor leaguer

    July 30, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) The Pittsburgh Pirates made another move to upgrade their bullpen on Thursday night, acquiring right-hander Joakim Soria from the Detroit Tigers for a minor leaguer.The 31-year-old Soria was 3-1 with 23 saves and a 2.85 ERA in 43 appearances with Detroit this season. He didn't allow a run in 13 of his last 14 appearances. The deal was made a few hours after the Pirates got versatile reliever Joe Blanton from Kansas City for cash.

  • Pirates get RH Joakim Soria from Tigers for minor leaguer

    July 30, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) The Pirates made another move to upgrade their bullpen on Thursday night, acquiring right-hander Joakim Soria from the Tigers for a minor leaguer.The 31-year-old Soria was 3-1 with 23 saves and a 2.85 ERA in 43 appearances with Detroit this season. He didn't allow a run in 13 of his last 14 appearances. The deal was made a few hours after the Pirates got versatile reliever Joe Blanton from Kansas City for cash.

  • Hamels presence in Philly before expected deal to Texas

    July 30, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Cole Hamels' locker was still intact in Philadelphia's clubhouse, as was Matt Harrison's in Texas' locker room.While a deal that would send ace left-hander Hamels and reliever Jake Diekman to the Rangers for Harrison and a package of top prospects still had not been announced Thursday night, players on both sides already talked like they had lost beloved teammates.

  • Struggling Sandoval insists weight not a problem

    July 30, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) In the midst of a season-long slump during his first season with the Boston Red Sox, Pablo Sandoval insisted Thursday he weighs the same as he did last season with San Francisco.Sandoval was back in the lineup at third base against the Chicago White Sox on Thursday, a day after he was thrown out trying to score from first base on a ball that rolled to the wall. He exited the game on a hot, humid night with what the team called dehydration.

  • Zobrist to make Royals debut against Jays

    July 30, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Ben Zobrist was set to make his Kansas City Royals' debut in left field against the Blue Jays on Thursday night.Zobrist, batting .268 with six homers and 31 RBIs, was batting sixth against Toronto right-hander Marco Estrada.Manager Ned Yost said the versatile Zobrist will be used primarily in left field but will also play right and second base.

  • 2 Orioles minor league pitchers suspended for PEDs

    July 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Baltimore Orioles shortstop Jared Breen and right-hander Nick Cunningham have been suspended 80 games each for positive tests under baseball's minor league drug program.The pair tested positive for Growth Hormone Releasing Peptide 2 (GHRP-2), the commissioner's office said Thursday.

  • Yankees get Ackley from Mariners in 3-player trade

    July 30, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Manager Joe Girardi has some more versatility on the Yankees bench after New York acquired Dustin Ackley from Seattle on Thursday.Ackley has appeared at five positions during his 584 major league games since 2011, all with the Mariners.

  • Dodgers bolster pitching in huge deal with Braves, Marlins

    July 31, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The first-place Los Angeles Dodgers bolstered their pitching staff on the eve of the trade deadline, completing a 13-player deal with the Atlanta Braves and Miami Marlins that sent two starters and two relievers to the NL West leaders on Thursday.

  • Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava designated for assignment

    July 30, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Boston Red Sox have designated outfielder Daniel Nava for assignment in a move to add pitching depth.The Red Sox recalled right-handed reliever Jonathan Aro from Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday to take Nava's place. Boston also optioned left-handed reliever Tommy Layne to Triple-A to make room for right-hander Jean Machi, who was claimed off waivers from San Francisco this week.

  • Reds call up lefty David Holmberg to start vs Pirates

    July 30, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) The Reds recalled left-hander David Holmberg from the minor leagues to start against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday, taking Johnny Cueto's spot. Cincinnati traded its 20-game winner to Kansas City on Sunday.Holmberg went 2-2 with a 4.80 in five starts and two relief appearances for the Reds last year. He spent this season at Triple-A Louisville, going 7-6 with a 4.40 ERA in 17 starts.

  • Pineda put on DL by Yankees; Sabathia takes his start

    July 30, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) New York Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right flexor forearm muscle strain and was replaced by CC Sabathia for Thursday night's series finale at the Texas RangersPineda, 9-7 with a 3.97 ERA, missed all of 2012 and '13 following shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum in his pitching shoulder and was sidelined from April 23 to Aug. 13 last year with a right shoulder muscle injury.

  • Pirates designate Worley to make room for reliever Blanton

    July 30, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Vance Worley was excited when he found out that former teammate Joe Blanton would be joining the Pittsburgh Pirates' bullpen. He was surprised at what came next.The Pirates designated Worley for assignment on Thursday to open a roster spot for Blanton, who will essentially move into his role. Pittsburgh acquired Blanton from Kansas City for 0,000 early Thursday.

  • Holliday goes back on 15-day DL with right quadriceps strain

    July 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Matt Holliday is back on the disabled list.The St. Louis Cardinals placed the All-Star outfielder on the 15-day disabled list Thursday because of a recurrence of his right quadriceps injury.General manager John Mozeliak said an MRI exam showed a grade 2 strain, and Mozeliak wasn't sure how long Holliday will be sidelined. He said tests indicated the injury was not as severe as the one in June.

  • Blue Jays land Price in Toronto's 2nd big trade of week

    July 30, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Toronto acquired All-Star left-hander David Price from the Detroit Tigers on Thursday, the second major move in less than a week by the Blue Jays as they chase their first postseason appearance since 1993.After obtaining slugging shortstop Troy Tulowitzki from Colorado, the Blue Jays tried to shore up their rotation by adding Price, likely the top remaining starting pitcher on the market.

  • Cardinals, Fox Sports Midwest announce new long-term deal

    July 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Cardinals will stay on Fox Sports Midwest through 2032, thanks to an agreement announced Thursday.The 15-year deal begins in 2018 and runs through the 2032 season. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.The Cardinals are a lynchpin of Fox Sports Midwest, which broadcasts games to parts of 10 states. Cardinals games are the highest-rated prime-time programming in St. Louis during the baseball season, and the local ratings ranked first among all Major League Baseball teams in 2014. This season, only the Kansas City Royals have higher local ratings.

  • Indians trade outfielder Moss to Cardinals for pitcher

    July 30, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Brandon Moss was sorry to see close friend David Murphy traded earlier this week by the Indians.Now he's gone, too.Moss was dealt Thursday to the St. Louis Cardinals, who were in the market for an outfielder after seven-time All-Star Matt Holliday re-injured his right quadriceps on Wednesday.

  • AP source: Indians trade outfielder Moss to Cardinals

    July 30, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) A person familiar with the trade says the Indians have dealt outfielder Brandon Moss to the St. Louis Cardinals. In return, Cleveland will receive minor league pitcher Rob Kaminsky.The person spoke Thursday to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced.

  • 'St-riike!' Ex-OF Eric Byrnes calls computer balls, strikes

    July 30, 2015

    SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) ''St-riike! ... And we're talking outside of outside corners.''''Ball!''''St-riiike! ... Inside of inside corners.''Eric Byrnes sat behind the large monitor some 90 feet from home plate watching the screen as the computer told him exactly what to announce for the intimate crowd watching independent league baseball at Albert Park, a full moon in the distance.

  • Royals trade Joe Blanton to Pirates for cash

    July 30, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Royals have traded right-hander Joe Blanton to the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash considerations.Blanton, 34, was designated for assignment Tuesday, when Johnny Cueto reported to the Kansas City following his trade from Cincinnati. Blanton was 2-2 with a 3.89 ERA in four starts and 11 relief appearances this season.

  • AP Sources: Phillies agree to trade Cole Hamels to Texas

    July 30, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) After years of trade speculation, Cole Hamels' time in Philadelphia is ending.Two people familiar with the deal say the Phillies have agreed to trade the ace left-hander to the Texas Rangers for a package of prospects.Both people spoke to The Associated Press late Wednesday night on condition of anonymity because the trade had not been finalized. Hamels has a limited no-trade clause but does not have to approve a deal to the Rangers.

  • LEADING OFF: Tulo likely to stay as leadoff for Blue Jays

    July 29, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Thursday:MILLER VS. PHILLIES: Braves starter Shelby Miller is 2-0 with a 0.84 ERA in three games vs. the Phillies this year and will pitch the opener of a four-game series in Philadelphia. He faces Aaron Harang (4-11, 4.08 ERA), who is 0-8 with a 6.15 ERA in nine starts since May 14.

  • Red Sox 3B Sandoval leaves game with dehydration

    July 29, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Boston Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval was taken out of Wednesday night's game against the Chicago White Sox because he was dehydrated.Sandoval tried to score from first base on Ryan Hanigan's double to right with no outs in the third, but he was cut down by second baseman Carlos Sanchez's relay throw from short right, getting tagged on a headfirst slide.

  • Cardinals OF Holliday leaves game with quad strain

    July 29, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday left Wednesday night's game with the Cincinnati Reds with a right quad strain after pulling up while running to first base on a double play that ended the first inning.It is the same injury that sidelined Holliday for 31 games earlier this season. The Cardinals announced that an update on Holliday's condition would be made Thursday.

  • Dodgers scratch Kershaw from start vs A's with soreness

    July 29, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Los Angeles Dodgers star Clayton Kershaw was scratched from his scheduled start against the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday due to hip soreness.Kershaw is expected to start Friday in the Freeway Series opener against the Los Angeles Angels, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said during batting practice.

  • Injured Angels outfielder Trout sidelined against Astros

    July 29, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout was out of the lineup for a second straight game on Wednesday against the Houston Astros with an injured left wrist.The All-Star center fielder was hurt trying to make a diving catch in the fourth inning on Sunday in a 13-7 victory over Texas. He remained in the game and later hit a grand slam.

  • All-Star closer Jonathan Papelbon joins Nationals

    July 29, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) All-Star closer Jonathan Papelbon wants to win another championship and become baseball's career saves leader. He likes his chances with the Washington Nationals.''The biggest reason why I accepted this trade to come here because I've played against these guys for four years now and I've seen the way the organization has become and it's a fitting organization for me,'' Papelbon said Wednesday, a day after he was trade from Philadelphia to Washington.

  • White Sox place Bonifacio on disabled list, recall Garcia

    July 29, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Chicago White Sox have placed infielder Emilio Bonifacio on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday because of a strained left oblique a night earlier.The club recalled infielder Leury Garcia from Triple-A Charlotte for their game Wednesday night against the Boston Red Sox.

  • Capuano designated for assignment by Yankees after bad start

    July 29, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Left-hander Chris Capuano has been designated for assignment by the New York Yankees after retiring only two of 10 batters he faced in a spot start.Right-hander Caleb Cotham, the Yankees' fifth-round pick out of Vanderbilt in the 2009 draft, was brought up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in search of his major league debut.

  • Encarnacion scratched from Toronto lineup with sore finger

    July 29, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Toronto first baseman Edwin Encarnacion has been scratched from the Blue Jays' game Wednesday night against Philadelphia because of a sore left middle finger.Encarnacion, who is batting .238 with 19 homers and 56 RBIs, was injured Tuesday night in a 3-2 loss to the Phillies. He underwent precautionary X-rays, which were negative, but still felt pain while taking batting practice Wednesday.

  • Wandy Rodriguez designated for assignment by Rangers

    July 29, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Veteran left-hander Wandy Rodriguez has been designated for assignment by the Texas Rangers, who recalled relievers Alex Claudio and Jon Edwards from Triple-A Round Rock.The moves were made before Wednesday night's game against the New York Yankees.

  • Boston places CF Betts on 7-day concussion DL

    July 29, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Red Sox have placed center fielder Mookie Betts on the seven-day disabled list for a concussion after he tumbled into Boston's bullpen attempting to make a catch a night earlier.To take his place on the roster, the club recalled center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. Wednesday from Triple-A Pawtucket.

  • 3 Yankees minor league pitchers suspended for drug tests

    July 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Three New York Yankees pitchers in the Dominican Summer League have been suspended 72 games each for positive tests under baseball's minor league drug program.Anderson Acevedo, Anthoniris Santana and Carlos Santana all tested positive for metabolites of Stanozolol, the commissioner's office said Wednesday.

  • Troy Tulowitzki still shocked by trade to Toronto

    July 29, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Troy Tulowitzki said he felt ''blindsided'' to learn he had been traded to Toronto after 10 seasons with the Colorado Rockies.''I'm still shocked,'' Tulowitzki said Wednesday, a day after he was dealt to the Blue Jays. ''When I walk into a clubhouse and it's not purple, it's different for me.''

  • Seattle's Robinson Cano out with abdominal strain

    July 29, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) Second baseman Robinson Cano is out of the Mariners lineup with an abdominal strain.Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon said on Wednesday that Cano first felt discomfort a few days ago while making a play in the field. He played on Tuesday, but was held out for the series finale against Arizona.

  • Jose Reyes makes Rockies debut against Cubs

    July 29, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Shortstop Jose Reyes made his debut with the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday afternoon against the Chicago Cubs and batted second.The 32-year-old four-time All-Star was acquired along with a package of prospects from Toronto on Tuesday in a trade that sent shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and right-handed reliever LaTroy Hawkins to the Blue Jays.

  • Rays' Archer loses no-hit bid on 1-out infield single in 7th

    July 29, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay's Chris Archer lost his perfect game bid with one out in the seventh inning when Jose Iglesias reached on an infield single.Iglesias hit a ball between short and third that shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera fielded, but his off-balance one-hop throw was not in time to beat the Tigers shortstop at first.

  • Indians manager Francona ejected after player hit by pitch

    July 29, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona has been ejected in the fifth inning against Kansas City.Francona was thrown out by plate umpire Tom Woodring after the Indians' Michael Brantley was hit in the leg by a pitch from Jeremy Guthrie.

  • Reliever Ramirez to DL, Cubs promote pair of relievers

    July 29, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago placed right-handed relief pitcher Neil Ramirez on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with left abdominal soreness.Ramirez says he's been bothered by the soreness for a few days and experienced pain while warming up for Tuesday's game with the Colorado Rockies. Ramirez says he doesn't believe the injury is related to his oblique.

  • Rays' Archer has perfect game through 6 innings vs. Tigers

    July 29, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay's Chris Archer has not allowed a baserunner through six innings against Detroit on Wednesday. Archer has struck out 10 as the Rays hold a 1-0 lead over the Tigers.

  • Diamondbacks' Delgado goes on DL after spraining ankle

    July 29, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks placed right-hander Randall Delgado on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right ankle and recalled right-hander Addison Reed from Triple-A Reno.Delgado injured his ankle during a conditioning session before Tuesday night's game in Seattle. He is 4-3 with a save and 2.79 ERA in 41 relief appearances with the Diamondbacks this season.

  • Plouffe goes on paternity list, Twins recall Polanco

    July 29, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe was placed on the paternity leave list following Tuesday night's 8-7 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Minnesota announced it was recalling shortstop Jorge Polanco from Triple-A Rochester.Plouffe is hitting .257 with 14 home runs and 55 RBIs in 95 games this season.

  • With season sinking, Indians trade Murphy to Angels

    July 29, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Their season wasting away, the Cleveland Indians started looking toward 2016.One of baseball's most underachieving teams, the Indians traded veteran outfielder David Murphy to the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday for minor league shortstop Eric Stamets.

  • Angels address their left field problem with 3 acquisitions

    July 28, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) After a two-day flurry of trades, the Los Angeles Angels have three new veteran outfielders to fill the most glaring hole in their lineup for the stretch run.The Angels acquired David Murphy from Cleveland and picked up David DeJesus from Tampa Bay on Tuesday, giving up two low-level prospects in the deals. A day earlier, Los Angeles acquired Shane Victorino from Boston.

  • Nationals land Papelbon in trade, fall to Marlins 4-1

    July 29, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) The Washington Nationals have a new closer, landing All-Star Jonathan Papelbon from the Philadelphia Phillies.That means their newly demoted closer isn't happy.And the NL East race is shaping up to be a whole lot of fun down the stretch.On the night the Nationals got Jayson Werth and Ryan Zimmerman back from long stints on the disabled list, they also landed Papelbon from the Phillies and wasted no time announcing that he will be taking over the closer duties from Drew Storen. It didn't help Washington any Tuesday night, as the Nationals lost to the Miami Marlins 4-1.

  • LEADING OFF: Kershaw's streak, All-Stars on new teams

    July 28, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Wednesday:KERSHAW'S STREAK: Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw (8-6) looks to extend his streak of 29 straight scoreless innings when he faces Jesse Chavez (5-6, 3.45 ERA) and the Oakland A's. Kershaw was perfect through six innings against the Mets on Thursday and settled for a 3-0 shutout.

  • Yankees post 11-run inning against Rangers

    July 28, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The New York Yankees more than doubled a big inning by the Texas Rangers.New York had 11 runs and 10 hits in the second inning Tuesday night after Texas had taken a 5-0 lead in the first.The Yankees sent 15 batters to the plate, and Mark Teixeira was the only one without a hit in the big inning. Teixeira struck out as the first batter to face reliever Wandy Rodriguez.

  • Betts hurt attempting to catch Abreu home-run drive

    July 28, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Red Sox center fielder Mookie Betts was injured in the sixth inning when he tumbled into Boston's bullpen while attempting to catch a drive by Jose Abreu of the Chicago White Sox that went for a home run.Betts was initially credited with catching the ball while twisting his body and hitting the wall with his lower back, then flipping over and landing in the bullpen.

  • Indians trade veteran outfielder David Murphy to Angels

    July 28, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Cleveland Indians traded veteran outfielder David Murphy to the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday for minor league shortstop Eric Stamets.Murphy is batting .296 with five homers and 27 RBIs in 84 games for the disappointing Indians, who have lost five straight and fallen into last place in the AL Central.

  • Mets' Syndergaard loses bid for perfect game on hit in 7th

    July 28, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Mets rookie Noah Syndergaard has lost his bid for a perfect game when Will Venable singled on the first pitch of the seventh inning.Venable lined a clean single up the middle Tuesday night, and Syndergaard received a warm ovation from the Citi Field crowd. Yangervis Solarte followed with an infield single, but Syndergaard pitched out of trouble without any damage.

  • Rockies call up 2 relievers, shortstop to round out roster

    July 28, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) A day after trading shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and right-hander LaTroy Hawkins to the Toronto Blue Jays, the Colorado Rockies called up relievers Aaron Laffey and Justin Miller from Triple-A Albuquerque on Tuesday along with shortstop Cristhian Adames.

  • Mets reliever Mejia banned for year for positive drug test

    July 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Just back from an 80-game drug suspension, New York Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia was banned for an additional 162 games Tuesday by Major League Baseball following a second positive test for performance-enhancing substances.The right-hander was suspended April 11 after testing positive for Stanozolol and said in a statement then ''I can honestly say I have no idea how a banned substance ended up in my system.''

  • Mets rookie Syndergaard perfect through 6 innings vs Padres

    July 28, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Mets rookie Noah Syndergaard is pitching a perfect game through six innings against the San Diego Padres.The hard-throwing righty had struck out seven in his 14th major league start. San Diego is the first team to face Syndergaard twice.

  • Dodgers' Turner goes to emergency room with leg infection

    July 28, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner went to an emergency room Tuesday for treatment on a pimple on his leg that turned into an infection.Turner was scratched from the Dodgers' lineup against Oakland on Tuesday night.Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Turner felt the problem on his inner right thigh Sunday in New York. He was given antibiotics, but it didn't heal on the team's day off Monday.

  • Indians trade outfielder David Murphy to Angels

    July 28, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Cleveland Indians have traded veteran outfielder David Murphy to the Los Angeles Angels for minor league shortstop Eric Stamets.Murphy was originally in Cleveland's lineup Tuesday night, batting fourth as the designated hitter against Kansas City. But he was scratched about an hour before the first pitch.

  • Travis leaves with sore left shoulder

    July 28, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Toronto Blue Jays infielder Devon Travis left Tuesday night's game against Philadelphia after two innings with a sore left shoulder.Travis missed 36 games earlier this season after he injured his left shoulder 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, when he was named AL Rookie of the Month.

  • Nationals land Papelbon in trade with Phillies

    July 28, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) The Washington Nationals have a new closer, landing All-Star Jonathan Papelbon from the Philadelphia Phillies.Papelbon is Philadelphia's career saves leader with 123 and is 17 for 17 in save chances this season. Papelbon also is Boston's saves leader with 219.

  • Red Sox retire Pedro Martinez's No. 45

    July 28, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The script called for Jason Varitek to remain in the dugout until it was time for the ceremonial first pitch.Pedro Martinez was never one to follow the script.Calling his former catcher out to join him in the center of the diamond, Martinez took the mound and the microphone one more time for the Red Sox during a pregame ceremony to retire the No. 45 he wore in Boston.

  • AP source: Phillies agree to trade Papelbon to Nationals

    July 28, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) A person familiar with the trade says the Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to trade All-Star closer Jonathan Papelbon to the Washington Nationals.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the deal has not been finalized. MLB.com reported the Phillies will receive Double-A right-hander Nick Pivetta for Papelbon.

  • Braves put LHP Banuelos on DL with elbow inflammation

    July 28, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) The Atlanta Braves have placed left-hander Manny Banuelos on the 15-day disabled list with elbow inflammation.The move, announced Tuesday, is retroactive to July 25.Banuelos was acquired by the Braves in a trade with the Yankees last January. He made his big league debut on July 2 and was 1-2 with a 2.49 ERA in five games, four of them starts.

  • Reds to honor Rose with bobblehead giveaway

    July 28, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The Cincinnati Reds will honor Pete Rose with his first ever bobblehead giveaway Sept. 12 against the St. Louis Cardinals.Rose will be the third and final player featured in the Reds' ''Stars of the Queen City'' series.The giveaway celebrates the 30th anniversary of Rose's record-breaking 4,192nd hit on Sept. 11, 1985.

  • Tampa Bay trades DeJesus to Angels

    July 28, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) The Los Angeles Angels acquired outfielder David DeJesus from the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday for minor league pitcher Eduar Lopez.The 35-year-old DeJesus is hitting .259 with five homers and 26 RBIs this season. He has hit .276 with 99 homers and 569 RBIs in his 13-year career with Kansas City, Oakland, the Chicago Cubs, Washington and Tampa Bay.

  • Hamels' next start pushed back to Friday

    July 28, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Cole Hamels is being pushed back one day in Philadelphia's starting rotation and is not scheduled to start for the Phillies again until after Friday's trade deadline has passed.Hamels threw a season-high 129 pitches in Sunday's no-hitter over the Cubs at Wrigley Field. He is 6-7 with a 3.64 ERA in 20 starts.

  • Royals acquire versatile Ben Zobrist from A's

    July 28, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Back in college, Ben Zobrist once kicked Ned Yost out of his apartment.He'll now play for Kansas City's manager.The Royals made another big addition for the season's stretch run on Tuesday, acquiring the versatile Zobrist and nearly .6 million from the Oakland Athletics for right-hander Aaron Brooks and minor league left-hander Sean Manaea.

  • Cubs recall RHP Beeler to start against Rockies

    July 28, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Cubs have recalled right-hander Dallas Beeler from Triple-A Iowa to start Tuesday night against the Colorado Rockies.Beeler, 26, has no record with a 6.43 earned-run average in two starts for the Cubs. He was 2-5 with a 6.02 ERA in 14 starts for Iowa.

  • Mets' Mejia suspended for year for positive drug test

    July 28, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Just back from an 80-game drug suspension, New York Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia has been banned for an additional 162 games following a positive test for Stanozolol and Boldenone.Mejia was suspended April 11 following a positive test for Stanozolol and said in a statement then ''I can honestly say I have no idea how a banned substance ended up in my system.''

  • Werth, Zimmerman back with Nationals

    July 28, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Outfielder Jayson Werth and first baseman Ryan Zimmerman are back with the Washington Nationals after long stints on the disabled list.Both were in the starting lineup for Tuesday night's game against the Miami Marlins, with Werth batting third and playing left field and Zimmerman hitting fifth. Werth came into the game batting .208, Zimmerman batting .209.

  • Lesson learned: Minor leaguer hits HR but misses plate

    July 28, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) When a player hits a home run, there's really only one overriding rule when running the bases: Touch `em all.Elier Levya of the Class A Delmarva Shorebirds failed to do so after hitting a clutch home run Sunday, and his mistake proved costly in a 5-4 loss.

  • Angels OF Matt Joyce on concussion DL; Navarro recalled

    July 28, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Los Angeles Angels outfielder Matt Joyce has been placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list after colliding with Erick Aybar on Sunday.The Angels announced several moves Tuesday.The Angels also optioned third baseman Kyle Kubitza back to Triple-A Salt Lake and recalled outfielder Efren Navarro.

  • Angels OF Trout out against Houston with wrist injury

    July 28, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout was out of the starting lineup on Tuesday against the Houston Astros because of an injured left wrist.The All-Star center fielder was hurt attempting to make a diving catch in the fourth inning on Sunday but stayed in the game and later hit a grand slam.

  • Marlins activate Gordon, but Alvarez gone for season

    July 28, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) All-Star second baseman Dee Gordon was activated from the disabled list by the Miami Marlins on Tuesday, the same day that the team announced that Henderson Alvarez had season-ending shoulder surgery.Alvarez pitched a no-hitter in 2013 and was an All-Star last year. He finishes this season 0-4 with a 6.45 ERA, and hadn't pitched since May 22. He was shut down twice with shoulder inflammation.

  • Johnny Cueto joins Royals following trade

    July 28, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Johnny Cueto spent part of his first hours with the Kansas City Royals running up and down the steps inside an empty Progressive Field.He's already on the move as the team's new ace.Acquired Sunday in a trade from Cincinnati, Cueto joined his new teammates for the first time Tuesday and said he's excited about being a part of the AL's best team - one he might make even better.

  • Baseball Hall of Fame to eliminate some inactive voters

    July 28, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Baseball's Hall of Fame is cutting the number of voters in its annual election by eliminating writers who have not been active for more than 10 years.The change was announced Tuesday by the Hall's board of directors.Until now, the electorate has included people who have been active members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America for 10 consecutive years at any point.

  • With Troy Tulowitzki traded, could Carlos Gonzalez be next?

    July 28, 2015

    DENVER (AP) Troy Tulowitzki is gone. Carlos Gonzalez might be next. Maybe even just-acquired Jose Reyes.The Colorado Rockies are overhauling their roster in the midst of another dreadful summer, and this time nobody is off-limits.For years, Tulowitzki was considered untouchable, especially in the eyes of owner Dick Monfort. That changed when the Rockies sent the face of their franchise along with 42-year-old reliever LaTroy Hawkins to the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday for Reyes and three pitching prospects.

  • Jays add 'best' shortstop in All-Star Troy Tulowitzki

    July 28, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) It appeared the Toronto Blue Jays needed to add starting pitching to help their playoff push. Instead, they traded for a star shortstop.Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said acquiring five-time All-Star Troy Tulowitzki from the Colorado Rockies was ''the rare chance that one of the best at his position was available.''

  • Cardinals activate Garcia from DL to start against Reds

    July 28, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Cardinals have activated left-hander Jaime Garcia from the 15-day disabled list to start against the Cincinnati Reds.Right-handed reliever Sam Tuivailala (Too-EE-vah-LA-la) was optioned to Triple-A Memphis.Garcia was 3-3 with a 1.69 ERA in seven starts, the last coming on June 24 at Miami.

  • A's sending Ben Zobrist to Royals

    July 28, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Kansas City Royals have made another big addition for the season's stretch run, acquiring utilityman Ben Zobrist and cash from the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday for right-hander Aaron Brooks and minor league left-hander Sean Manaea.

  • Rockies, Blue Jays swap star shortstops

    July 28, 2015

    DENVER (AP) The Colorado Rockies and Toronto Blue Jays have swapped star shortstops.The teams confirmed the blockbuster trade Tuesday that sends Jose Reyes and right-handed pitchers Miguel Castro, Jeff Hoffman and Jesus Tinoco to the Rockies for Troy Tulowitzki and right-handed reliever LaTroy Hawkins.

  • CA independent teams to have computer call balls and strikes

    July 28, 2015

    SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) No blaming or booing the umpire for a questionable called third strike this week in a Northern California independent league.The human element that many in baseball appreciate will be absent during an experiment for a pair of games. A computer will call balls and strikes as the home plate umpire handles all of his other regular duties.

  • AP source: Rockies trade SS Troy Tulowitzki to Blue Jays

    July 28, 2015

    DENVER (AP) After all that speculation the past couple of years, the Colorado Rockies finally traded Troy Tulowitzki.Surprising spot, too - north of the border to a team already loaded with bats.Tulowitzki was sent to the Toronto Blue Jays for Jose Reyes and three pitching prospects late Monday night in a stunning swap of star shortstops, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

  • AP source: Rockies trade Troy Tulowitzki to Blue Jays

    July 28, 2015

    DENVER (AP) A person with knowledge of the situation confirms the Colorado Rockies have traded slugger Troy Tulowitzki to the Toronto Blue Jays for Jose Reyes and three pitching prospects in a stunning swap of star shortstops.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity early Tuesday because the deal had not yet been announced.

  • AP source confirms Rockies have traded Troy Tulowitzki to Blue Jays in deal for Jose Reyes

    July 28, 2015

    DENVER (AP) AP source confirms Rockies have traded Troy Tulowitzki to Blue Jays in deal for Jose Reyes.

  • A's GM Billy Beane remains optimistic about new ballpark

    July 27, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Athletics general manager Billy Beane remains optimistic Oakland will get a new ballpark.Someday, some way. He's not sure how it will happen, but hopes it occurs during his tenure running the club.''Because like everybody else, as much as everybody else likes stability, I can assure you nobody wants it more than I do,'' Beane said. ''I would anticipate it happening at some point.''

  • LEADING OFF: Trade targets on mound; 2 newcomers arrive

    July 27, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Tuesday:---TRADE BAITDavid Price and Jeff Samardzija, two of the top pitchers potentially available before Friday's trade deadline, could be making their final starts with their current teams. Price pitches for the Tigers at Tampa Bay. Samardzija is on the mound for the White Sox in Boston. Both can become free agents after this season.

  • Birthday bash: Alex Rodriguez homers on 40th birthday

    July 27, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Alex Rodriguez is hitting home runs in his 40s, just like he did as a teenager.A-Rod marked his 40th birthday Monday night by homering for the New York Yankees against Texas, the team that gave him his first huge contract.His sixth-inning drive off Matt Harrison was his big league-best sixth on his birthday, according to STATS, breaking a tie with Todd Helton, Chipper Jones, Derrek Lee and Al Simmons.

  • Mets acquire reliever Tyler Clippard from Athletics

    July 27, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The active New York Mets acquired first-rate reliever Tyler Clippard from Oakland for a minor league pitcher Monday, completing their second trade in four days and sending another signal they're serious about contending this year.The suddenly aggressive Mets shipped Casey Meisner to the Athletics in a swap of right-handers that increases New York's payroll by a little more than million.

  • Correction: Smoltz-Tommy John Surgery story

    July 27, 2015

    In a story July 2 about John Smoltz's induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame, The Associated Press reported erroneously that he would be the first player enshrined into the Hall following Tommy John surgery. Smoltz is the first pitcher to enter the Hall who had the operation.

  • Molina, feeling ill, replaced by pinch hitter in 5th inning

    July 27, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina has been replaced by a pinch hitter in the bottom of the fifth inning of a game against Cincinnati because he was feeling ill.Tony Cruz grounded out to end the fifth and then took over behind the plate against the Reds on Monday night.

  • Aoki returns from disabled list to face former Brewers team

    July 27, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The Giants activated left fielder Nori Aoki from the 15-day disabled list Monday in time for him to return against the Milwaukee Brewers, who made a late scratch of right fielder Ryan Braun because of lower back tightness.Aoki, who missed 28 games after breaking his right fibula June 20, started in left and batted eighth. Manager Bruce Bochy spoke to him about the club's recent success with Angel Pagan in Aoki's old leadoff spot, also taking some pressure of Aoki's legs.

  • Correction: Hall of Fame Inductions-Smoltz story

    July 27, 2015

    COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) In a story July 26 about John Smoltz's induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame, The Associated Press reported erroneously that he is the only man to make the Hall of Fame who had undergone Tommy John surgery. Smoltz is the first pitcher to enter the Hall who had the operation.

  • Correction: Hall of Fame Inductions story

    July 27, 2015

    COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) In a story July 24 about the Baseball Hall of Fame, The Associated Press reported erroneously that John Smoltz is the first player elected to the Hall of Fame who had undergone Tommy John surgery. Smoltz is the first pitcher elected to the Hall who had the operation.

  • A-Rod takes pride in being 40 and still playing in majors

    July 27, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Alex Rodriguez doesn't remember any clubhouse conversations as a young player about still being in the game at 40 years old.''You talk more about 35, coming into your mid-30s. Forty's not really talked about,'' Rodriguez said. ''So, sure, there's a certain amount of pride.''

  • Cubs release RHP Edwin Jackson

    July 27, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Cubs released right-hander Edwin Jackson on Monday, one week after he was designated for assignment.Jackson, 31, was 2-1 with a 3.19 ERA in 23 relief appearances for the Cubs this season. Signed to a four-year deal worth million before the 2013 season, Jackson struggled badly over his first two years with the Cubs, going 14-33 with a 5.58 ERA and was moved to the bullpen near the end of last season.

  • Tigers' Price faces trade rumors again

    July 27, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - David Price is in a familiar place, just wearing a different uniform, in the days before the major league trade deadline.The Detroit Tigers' 29-year-old left-hander is one of the biggest names - perhaps the biggest name - on lists of players most likely to be traded before Friday's deadline. It's not his first time on the rumor mill.

  • Boston 1B Napoli ejected by HP ump

    July 27, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli has been ejected by home plate umpire Toby Basner.Napoli took a called third to end the first inning of Monday night's game against the White Sox, threw his bat down and fired his helmet. The helmet bounced and hit Basner on the leg. The umpire immediately threw out the first baseman.

  • Seattle believes struggling Rodney tipping pitches

    July 27, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) The Seattle Mariners manager believe struggling reliever Fernando Rodney is tipping his pitches, part of what's caused a significant decline after leading baseball in saves a season ago.Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon said before Monday's series opener with Arizona that his staff has been watching tape and there are some ''dramatic'' things that stand out and may have helped batters know what pitch is coming from the right-hander.

  • Angels acquire Shane Victorino from Red Sox for stretch run

    July 28, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Angels acquired veteran outfielder Shane Victorino and more than .8 million from the Boston Red Sox on Monday for infielder Josh Rutledge.The 34-year-old Victorino is a two-time World Series champion, a two-time All-Star and a four-time Gold Glove winner. He has spent the past three years in Boston, batting .245 in just 33 games this season with two stints on the disabled list.

  • A-Rod takes pride at being 40 and still playing in majors

    July 27, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Alex Rodriguez says there is a certain amount of pride being 40 years old and still playing the major leagues.A-Rod marked his 40th birthday Monday night in the New York Yankees' series opener at the Texas Rangers, the team that gave him his first huge contract.

  • Cardinals arrive at un-air conditioned Busch Stadium

    July 27, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) St. Louis Cardinals players arrived to un-air conditioned Busch Stadium on Monday.The problem was fixed by mid-afternoon, several hours before a game against the Cincinnati Reds. Manager Mike Matheny downplayed the situation, noting he grew up without air conditioning.

  • Mets acquire closer Tyler Clippard from Athletics

    July 27, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) In their second trade in four days, the Mets acquired closer Tyler Clippard from Oakland on Monday for minor league pitcher Casey Meisner in a swap of right-handers that increases New York's payroll by a little more than million.The 30-year-old Clippard, who is eligible for free agency after this season, is 1-3 with a 2.79 ERA and 17 saves in 21 chances. The Athletics obtained him from Washington in January.

  • Angels acquire Shane Victorino from Red Sox

    July 27, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Angels acquired veteran outfielder Shane Victorino and more than .8 million from the Boston Red Sox on Monday for infielder Josh Rutledge.The 34-year-old Victorino is a two-time World Series champion, a two-time All-Star and a four-time Gold Glove winner. He has spent the past three years in Boston, batting .245 in just 33 games this season with two stints on the disabled list.

  • Banks' estranged wife says he had dementia when signing will

    July 27, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) A court filing by the estranged wife of Chicago Cubs great Ernie Banks contends the Hall of Famer was diagnosed with dementia days before he signed a will benefiting his caretaker.Banks was in a protracted divorce proceeding with fourth wife Elizabeth Banks when he died in January at 83. She is challenging a will that gives Banks' assets to caretaker Regina Rice.

  • Cueto to make his debut for Royals on Friday

    July 27, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Johnny Cueto hasn't officially joined the Royals yet, but the ace's presence is already being felt.Cueto, acquired Sunday in a trade with Cincinnati, will meet his new teammates for the first time Tuesday and make his debut for Kansas City on Friday in Toronto.

  • Hall of Famer Martinez to have number '45' retired at Fenway

    July 27, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Pedro Martinez's Hall of Fame career took off in the late 1990s in a ballpark usually know for offensive numbers.From Ted Williams to Carl Yastrzemski to Jim Rice, the Boston Red Sox have retired numbers - placing them along the facade of the right-field roof deck in hitter-friendly Fenway Park.

  • Rangers recall righty Klein, send Bass to minors

    July 27, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Texas Rangers have recalled right-hander Phil Klein from Triple-A Round Rock.Texas brought back Klein before its series opener Monday against the AL East-leading New York Yankees. In two previous stints with the Rangers, Klein had an 8.25 ERA in eight games.

  • Former Oriole Markakis returns to Baltimore with Braves

    July 27, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) Sitting in the visiting dugout at Camden Yards, Nick Markakis felt at home and a bit out of place at the same time.Markakis played his entire major league career with the Orioles before signing during the offseason with the Atlanta Braves, who were in town Monday for the start of a three-game series.

  • Diamondbacks reinstate Saltalamacchia from disabled list

    July 27, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks have reinstated catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia from the 15-day disabled list and optioned right-hander Dominic Leone to Double-A Mobile.The 30-year-old Saltalamacchia had been on the DL since before the All-Star break with a strained neck. He appeared in 20 games, hitting .213 with a homer and four RBIs after signing with Arizona as a free agent on May 7.

  • Astros move up Taylor Swift concert for possible playoff run

    July 27, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Astros have shaken off Taylor Swift's original tour date at Minute Maid Park in case of a playoff run.The Astros announced on Monday that they'd moved up the date of the Grammy Award-winning singer's show in Houston from Oct. 13 to Sept. 9.

  • Piscotty reaches base 3 times, has RBI in Cardinals' loss

    July 27, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Cardinals rookie Stephen Piscotty was pleased with how he handled his first major league start at Busch Stadium.Piscotty reached base three times, drove in a run and played mistake-free at first base. He did plenty right, though it wasn't enough as St. Louis fell short against the Atlanta Braves 3-2 on Sunday.

  • Marlins Park proves a challenge for home run hitters

    July 27, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) The weekend before the Reds' Todd Frazier won the All-Star Home Run Derby, he couldn't slug his way out of Marlins Park.Marlins right-hander Dan Haren counted two or three balls hit by Frazier in the four-game series that would have been homers in Cincinnati but came down short of the distant fences in Miami. Haren said the vast dimensions cost the Reds four or five homers, including a couple in the game he pitched and won.

  • Parity, extra wild card gives many teams hope in AL

    July 27, 2015

    The Oakland Athletics have lost four in a row and already traded one of their top pitchers when they sent Scott Kazmir to Houston. They are nobody's idea of a contender.Yet Oakland - with the worst record in the American League - is only nine games behind the second wild card.

  • LEADING OFF: Sanchez goes for 8th straight; Markakis returns

    July 26, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Monday:---KEEP IT GOINGAnibal Sanchez (10-7) tries to win his eighth straight decision when the Tigers open a three-game series at Tampa Bay. Sanchez has pitched into the seventh inning in each of his past 10 starts. The light-hitting Rays will counter with RHP Nathan Karns (5-5), who went five scoreless innings and homered in a 1-0 win Tuesday night at Philadelphia.

  • Tigers recall LHP Ryan from Triple-A; option INF Krauss

    July 26, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Detroit Tigers recalled left-hander Kyle Ryan from Triple-A Toledo before Sunday night's game against the Boston Red Sox.To open a spot on the roster, they optioned infielder Marc Krauss to Toledo.Ryan pitched in eight games with the Tigers this season, going 1-2 with a 5.64 ERA.

  • Hudson beats his former A's, now has W against all 30 teams

    July 26, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Tim Hudson knows almost nobody around the ever-changing Oakland Athletics anymore. That didn't make defeating his former team for the first time any less sweet.Hudson earned a win against the only team he had never beaten in a 17-year big league career, pitching the San Francisco Giants past the struggling A's 4-3 on Sunday for a sweep in the Bay Bridge Series.

  • Mariners turn unusual triple play

    July 26, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) The Seattle Mariners turned a Toronto base-running blunder into a unique triple play in the fourth inning Sunday with catcher Mark Zunino recording the final two putouts.With the Blue Jays leading 4-3, Ezequiel Carrera walked to open the fourth and moved to third on Kevin Pillar's single to left.

  • Johnson, Martinez, Smoltz, Biggio enter Hall of Fame

    July 27, 2015

    COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) Three pitchers who became dominant after trades and a rock-solid catcher-turned-second baseman have a new moniker - Hall of Famer.Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday and basked in the spotlight one more time with at least 40,000 fans cheering from the sun-drenched field beyond.

  • Pedro Martinez inducted into baseball Hall of Fame

    July 26, 2015

    COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) Pedro Martinez has been inducted into the Hall of Fame after a career in which he helped the Boston Red Sox end their World Series jinx.The hard-throwing right-hander joins former Giants ace Juan Marichal as the only natives of the Dominican Republican in the Hall.

  • Randy Johnson inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame

    July 26, 2015

    COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) Randy Johnson has been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.The towering left-hander, nicknamed the Big Unit, was enshrined Sunday.The 6-foot-10 native of Walnut Creek, California, played 22 seasons in the major leagues and led his league in strikeouts nine times. He also earned four ERA titles and recorded 100 complete games and 37 shutouts.

  • John Smoltz inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame

    July 26, 2015

    COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) John Smoltz has been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.The right-hander who starred for the Braves was enshrined Sunday. He joins two other pitchers from those great Atlanta teams who were entered the Hall last year - Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine.

  • Royals get Cueto in trade with Reds

    July 26, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Kansas City Royals acquired Johnny Cueto in a trade with Cincinnati on Sunday, sending three prospects to the Reds for a legitimate ace for the front of their beleaguered rotation.Kansas City has the best record in the American League after it lost to San Francisco in Game 7 of the World Series last October. But Yordano Ventura has underperformed this year and Jason Vargas will miss the rest of the season after he injured his elbow last week - increasing the need for pitching help.

  • Hamels preparing for Thursday start after no-hitter

    July 26, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Fresh off baseball's third no-hitter of the season, Cole Hamels is preparing to start for the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday.That could change in a hurry.Hamels could be on the move after he dominated the Chicago Cubs in a 5-0 victory on Saturday afternoon, striking out 13 in the 13th no-hitter in franchise history for the Phillies. The 31-year-old left-hander has been mentioned prominently in trade talks ahead of Friday's non-waiver deadline.

  • Craig Biggio inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame

    July 26, 2015

    COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) Craig Biggio has been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.The multitalented native of Smithtown, New York on Long Island was enshrined on Sunday, becoming the first Houston Astro to make the Hall of Fame.The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Biggio earned All-Star honors as both a catcher and second baseman in 20 years with the Astros. He is the only player in major league history with at least 3,000 hits, 600 doubles, 400 stolen bases and 250 home runs.

  • Greinke gives up run, shutout streak over at 45 2-3 innings

    July 26, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Zack Greinke's shutout streak for the Los Angeles Dodgers is over after the New York Mets scored against him on an grounder by opposing pitcher Jacob deGrom.Greinke retired his first six batters Sunday, extending his scoreless streak to 45 2-3 innings - longest in the majors since Orel Hershiser set the big league record with 59 for the Dodgers in 1988. But the right-hander hit Kirk Nieuwenhuis with a pitch leading off the third, and Kevin Plawecki singled.

  • Dodgers recall reliever Garcia from minors, activate Greinke

    July 26, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Los Angeles Dodgers recalled reliever Yimi Garcia from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Sunday, giving them a fresh arm in the bullpen.The team also activated All-Star ace Zack Greinke from the paternity list to start against the New York Mets. Greinke entered with a scoreless streak of 43 2-3 innings, longest in the majors since Orel Hershiser set the major league record of 59 for the Dodgers in 1988. But he gave up a run in the third at Citi Field.

  • White Sox reinstate Bonifacio on bereavement list

    July 26, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Chicago White Sox have reinstated infielder Emilio Bonifacio from the bereavement list and optioned infielder Leury Garcia to Triple-A Charlotte.The White Sox announced the moves before Sunday's game at Cleveland.Bonifacio, who is hitting .160 with three RBIs in 44 games, was placed on the bereavement list Thursday. Garcia singled in that game in his only plate appearance of the year with the White Sox.

  • Jackson apologies to fans for profanity-laden outburst

    July 26, 2015

    COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) New York Yankees great Reggie Jackson says he's sorry for using profanity in public after a confrontation with an autograph-seeking fan in Cooperstown.Jackson took to Twitter to express his regret on Sunday, saying ''mad or not'' there was no excuse for his language.

  • LEADING OFF: Induction Day at Hall, Greinke can boost streak

    July 25, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Sunday:---FAMED FOURIt's Induction Day at the Hall of Fame, where Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio will be enshrined in Cooperstown, New York. There figures to be a sizable crowd for the ceremony on the big field at the Clark Sports Center as Martinez joins Juan Marichal as the only Dominican Republic natives elected to the Hall.

  • Oh, my! Dick Enberg feted in Cooperstown with writer Gage

    July 25, 2015

    COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) The Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasters was presented on Saturday to Dick Enberg and Tom Gage received the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for writers in a ceremony at Doubleday Field.Enberg, a national voice for multiple sports on both NBC and CBS, has spent nearly 20 years calling big league games.

  • Saturday's Baseball Capsules

    July 26, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Phillies ace Cole Hamels enhanced his trade value even more, becoming the first pitcher to throw a no-hitter against the Chicago Cubs in 50 years while leading Philadelphia to a 5-0 win Saturday.There was drama down to the final out, when rookie center fielder Odubel Herrera stumbled on the warning track, but managed to lean forward and catch Kris Bryant's flyball to end the game.

  • Johnson, Uribe join Mets, Collins says hot hitters will play

    July 25, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Infielders Kelly Johnson and Juan Uribe joined the New York Mets on Saturday, and manager Terry Collins made it clear that anyone who hits will remain in the lineup.''Whoever is swinging the bat is going to play,'' Collins said before Saturday night's game against the Dodgers. ''It's about scoring some runs right now. The message has been sent, listen, we've got to start scoring.''

  • Indians unveil Larry Doby statue

    July 25, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Larry Doby's legacy as a baseball player and pioneer has a permanent home.The Cleveland Indians unveiled a bronze statue of Doby, the first African-American player in the American League, before Saturday night's game against the Chicago White Sox.

  • Indians' Kipnis out with stiff neck

    July 25, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Cleveland Indians All-Star second baseman Jason Kipnis is out of the lineup because of a stiff neck.Indians manager Terry Francona said Kipnis' neck has been bothering him for a couple of days. Kipnis is 4 for 17 in his career against left-hander Chris Sale, who started Saturday's game for the White Sox.

  • Cole Hamels pitched a no-hitter in Philadelphia's 5-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs

    July 25, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Cole Hamels pitched a no-hitter in Philadelphia's 5-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

  • Phillies' Hamels pitching no-hitter thru 8 innings vs Cubs

    July 25, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Cole Hamels of the Philadelphia Phillies is pitching a no-hitter through eight innings against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.Hamels has struck out 12 and walked two Saturday. He has thrown 112 pitches.Center fielder Odubel Herrera made a long run to catch David Ross' one-out flyball in the eighth, tumbling on the warning track in front of the ivy on the wall after making the grab.

  • Tigers starter Simon leaves game with slight limp in 7th

    July 25, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Detroit Tigers starter Alfredo Simon left Saturday's 5-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox after throwing a pitch in the seventh inning with what was termed ''a slight groin injury.''Simon threw the second pitch of the inning to Pablo Sandoval. Shortstop Jose Iglesias and catcher James McCann trotted to the mound. Simon appeared to land awkwardly after stretching his right leg.

  • Braves activate Freeman, but not in lineup vs. Cardinals

    July 25, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The Atlanta Braves have activated first baseman Freddie Freeman from the 15-day disabled list but he was not in the lineup against the Cardinals because he was traveling and not expected to land in St. Louis until close to game time.Freeman was placed on the DL on June 23, retroactive to June 15, with a right wrist contusion. He played in one rehab game, going 2 for 4 with a homer and three RBIs for the Braves' Gulf Coast affiliate.

  • Ramirez joins Pirates, batting cleanup

    July 25, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Aramis Ramirez joined the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday night and was batting cleanup in his first game back with his old club.The Pirates got Ramirez on Thursday in a trade with the Milwaukee Brewers. The third baseman was in the starting lineup against Washington.

  • Dodgers call up Lee to make major league debut vs Mets

    July 25, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Los Angeles Dodgers called up starting pitcher Zach Lee from Triple-A Oklahoma City to make his major league debut Saturday night against the New York Mets.To make room for Lee, the Dodgers optioned pitcher Ian Thomas to Oklahoma City.

  • Phillies' Hamels pitching no-hitter thru 7 innings vs Cubs

    July 25, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Cole Hamels of the Philadelphia Phillies is pitching a no-hitter through seven innings against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.Hamels has struck out 12 and walked two Saturday. He has thrown 99 pitches.The Phillies lead 3-0.Hamels has been the subject of trade talk with the July 31 dealing deadline less than a week away. The left-hander was the MVP of the 2008 World Series.

  • Phillies' Hamels pitching no-hitter thru 6 innings vs Cubs

    July 25, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Cole Hamels of the Philadelphia Phillies is pitching a no-hitter through six innings against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.Hamels has struck out nine and walked two Saturday. He has thrown 85 pitches.The Phillies lead 3-0.Hamels has been the subject of trade talk with the July 31 dealing deadline less than a week away. The left-hander was the MVP of the 2008 World Series.

  • Indians Kipnis out with stiff neck

    July 25, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Cleveland Indians All-Star second baseman Jason Kipnis is out of the lineup because of a stiff neck.Indians manager Terry Francona said Kipnis' neck has been bothering him for a couple of days. Kipnis is 4 for 17 in his career against left-hander Chris Sale, who started Saturday's game for the White Sox.

  • Yankees add Nick Goody to bullpen

    July 25, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The New York Yankees added reliever Nick Goody from Triple-A Scranton to their active roster and optioned right-hander Branden Pinder to Scranton before their game against the Minnesota Twins.Goody flew from Scranton, Pennsylvania to Detroit, then to Minneapolis on Saturday morning and was available in the bullpen. The right-hander was 1-2 with a 1.68 ERA between Double-A and Triple-A.

  • Reliever Cishek added to roster, Cooney optioned to minors

    July 25, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) When Steve Cishek heard he might be traded, the side-arm reliever hoped it would be to the St. Louis Cardinals. He got his wish.The Cardinals added Cishek to the roster Saturday, bolstering a bullpen that's been heavily used, and optioned rookie lefty Tim Cooney to Triple-A Memphis.

  • Blue Jays activate Sanchez from DL, send Delabar down

    July 25, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Blue Jays have activated pitcher Aaron Sanchez off the disabled list and optioned reliever Steve Delabar to Triple-A Buffalo.Sanchez went on the DL on June 14 with a right lat strain. The 2010 first-round pick made five appearances for Buffalo on a rehab assignment.

  • Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia back on DL

    July 25, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia returned to the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a strained right hamstring after the same injury caused him to miss 16 games before the All-Star break.The team also recalled right-hander Steven Wright before its game against Detroit.

  • Friday's Sports In Brief

    July 25, 2015

    NFLCANTON, Ohio (AP) Junior Seau's daughter will be commenting only on a video when her late father enters the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Aug. 8.Citing previous policies on posthumous inductions, the Hall is limiting Sydney Seau's comments to a video presentation about the former linebacker who killed himself in 2012. Seau is one of seven men being inducted this year.

  • Burns leaves game against Giants with an injury

    July 25, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Oakland Athletics outfielder Billy Burns left Friday night's game against the San Francisco Giants after the third inning with a testicular contusion, the result of fouling off a ball during his at-bat in the top of the inning.Burns took several minutes to gather himself following the incident and finished the at-bat. He recorded an RBI groundout.

  • Orioles fall to Rays 3-1 in 1st loss when leading after 7

    July 25, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Darren O'Day was the reliever responsible for Baltimore's first loss of the season when leading after seven innings.Buck Showalter saw things a little differently, though, after Tampa Bay's 3-1 win Friday night.''Darren's one of the best relief pitchers in baseball,'' the Orioles manager said. ''It's very easy to sit in an ivory tower and critique it, but the bottom line is we need to score runs.''

  • Mets acquire Uribe, Johnson from Braves

    July 25, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Mets acquired infielder Juan Uribe, infielder-outfielder Kelly Johnson and cash considerations from the Atlanta Braves on Friday night for minor league pitchers John Gant and Rob Whalen.The Mets announced the trade after their 7-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta's 4-2 loss at St. Louis.

  • Bogaerts delivers Red Sox past Tigers to snap 8-game skid

    July 24, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Xander Bogaerts' single up the middle off Blaine Hardy in the 11th inning drove home the winning run, and the Boston Red Sox snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night.Hardy (3-2) gave up a leadoff walk to Mookie Betts, who moved to second on Brock Holt's sacrifice bunt. Bogaerts then sent a changeup into center field and Betts beat the throw home in a play that withstood a video review as the Red Sox celebrated their first victory in nearly two weeks.

  • Friday's Baseball Capsules

    July 25, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Scott Kazmir pitched seven strong innings in his Houston debut, leading the Astros to a 4-0 win over the Kansas City Royals on Friday night.The 31-year-old left-hander limited the Royals to three singles and only runner - Mike Moustakas in the fourth - past first base. Kazmir (6-5), who lowered his ERA to 2.24, retired the final nine batters he faced.

  • Angels unveil "life-size" Mike Trout bobblehead doll

    July 24, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Mike Trout has become a larger-than-life ballplayer, and now has a bobblehead doll befitting his status.The Los Angeles Angels unveiled a ''life-size'' bobblehead doll of Trout at Angel Stadium on Friday.The 6-foot-2 doll stands on a base, making him slightly taller than Trout, the reigning AL MVP and two-time All-Star Game MVP.

  • Rangers' Hamilton expects boos in return to Angel Stadium

    July 24, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Josh Hamilton expected to be booed in his first game back at Angel Stadium with the Texas Rangers.After all, he got booed plenty here even when he was still wearing the Los Angeles Angels' uniform.Back in the visitors' dugout at the Big A on Friday, Hamilton acknowledged he is still disappointed about the way his dismal tenure with the Angels ended. After two seasons of mediocre hitting culminated in a hitless postseason performance last October, Hamilton was shipped back to Texas by the Angels in April shortly after the slugger had his latest struggle with sobriety.

  • LEADING OFF: Greinke waits, so do Hamels and Cueto

    July 24, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Saturday:---PITCHIN' PAPAThe Dodgers are hoping ace Zack Greinke will be able to start this weekend in New York against the Mets. He was in Los Angeles with wife Emily on Thursday night for the birth of their first child, Bode Nicholas. Greinke has a scoreless streak of 43 2-3 innings, and manager Don Mattingly thought the All-Star would be able to pitch either Saturday night or Sunday at Citi Field.

  • Dodgers hoping Greinke can pitch vs Mets after son's birth

    July 24, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) All-Star pitcher Zack Greinke is still in the Los Angeles Dodgers' plans to start this weekend in New York against the Mets following the birth of his son on West Coast.Greinke, who has a streak of 43 2-3 scoreless innings, was put on the paternity list Friday, a day after wife Emily delivered the couple's first child.

  • Astros make room for LHP Kazmir, send OF Hoes to Triple-A

    July 24, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Houston Astros have cleared roster space for newly acquired pitcher Scott Kazmir by optioning outfielder L.J. Hoes to Triple-A Fresno.Kazmir was set to start Friday night at Kansas City. The Astros got the left-hander Thursday in a trade with Oakland.

  • Hurt Cabrera with Tigers on road, won't speculate on return

    July 24, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Watching games on TV has been so difficult for Miguel Cabrera that the injured 10-time All-Star decided to join the Detroit Tigers on their 10-game road trip.The first baseman, who has been on the disabled list since July 4 with a left calf strain, took some swings in batting practice Friday at Fenway Park.

  • Rockies activate OF Dickerson, option LHP Brothers

    July 24, 2015

    DENVER (AP) The Colorado Rockies have activated outfielder Corey Dickerson from the 15-day disabled list and optioned left-hander Rex Brothers to Triple-A Albuquerque.Dickerson will play left and bat sixth against the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night.

  • ESPN says Cowherd won't be on air after Dominican comments

    July 24, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) ESPN says radio host Colin Cowherd won't be on the air again before leaving the network in the wake of his remarks about major league baseball players from the Dominican Republic.The network said Friday that ''Colin will no longer appear on ESPN.'' The statement said Cowherd's comments ''do not reflect the values of ESPN or our employees.''

  • Indians 'not motivated' to trade any starting pitchers

    July 24, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) With one of baseball's best young starting staffs, the Indians are a prime target for teams looking to make a deal before next week's trading deadline.Cleveland, though, doesn't want to part with any pitchers.In fact, don't bother asking.

  • Royals recall INF Cuthbert from Triple-A, send down Coleman

    July 24, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Kansas City Royals have recalled infielder Cheslor Cuthbert from Triple-A Omaha and sent down infielder Dusty Coleman.The AL Central leaders made the move before Friday night's game against Houston.The 22-year-old Cuthbert played four games with the Royals earlier this month, hitting .333 with two RBIs in his first major league stint. He also played in the All-Star Futures Game this month.

  • Indians recall 1B/DH Jesus Aguilar

    July 24, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Indians have recalled slugger Jesus Aguilar from Triple-A Columbus.Aguilar is in Cleveland's lineup at first and will bat seventh on Friday night against the Chicago White Sox. The 25-year-old was leading the International League with 66 RBIs, and the Indians are hoping he can provide some pop for their sluggish offense. He hit 13 homers for the Clippers.

  • Cardinals bolster bullpen, get Cishek in trade with Marlins

    July 24, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The NL Central-leading St. Louis Cardinals bolstered their bullpen Friday, getting Steve Cishek in a trade with the Miami Marlins.The Cardinals sent Double-A pitcher Kyle Barraclough to Miami for the sidearming Cishek. The deal came a week before baseball's trading deadline.

  • Dodgers put Greinke on paternity list, next start isn't set

    July 24, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Los Angeles Dodgers have put All-Star pitcher Zack Greinke on the paternity list after the birth of his first child.Greinke has a streak of 43 2-3 scoreless innings, and it hasn't been determined when his next start will come.The NL West leaders made the move before Friday night's game against the Mets in New York. Greinke was originally scheduled to start the game before returning to Los Angeles on Thursday to be with wife Emily. She delivered son Bode Nicholas that night.

  • Mets put Cuddyer on disabled list, promote prospect Conforto

    July 24, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Mets promoted top hitting prospect Michael Conforto from Double-A and put him in the starting lineup Friday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers.The weak-hitting Mets placed outfielder Michael Cuddyer on the 15-day disabled list because of knee trouble.

  • MLB says Cowherd owes Dominicans an apology for remarks

    July 24, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Major League Baseball says ESPN Radio host Colin Cowherd owes Dominican players an apology for remarks he made during his show.In a statement Friday, baseball says it ''condemns the remarks,'' calling them ''inappropriate, offensive and completely inconsistent with the values of our game.''

  • Angels acquire infielder Conor Gillaspie from White Sox

    July 24, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Angels acquired infielder Conor Gillaspie from the Chicago White Sox for cash on Friday.Gillaspie was designated for assignment by the White Sox last Sunday. He hit .237 with 15 RBIs in 58 games, making 50 starts at third base for last-place Chicago.

  • Indians to unveil Larry Doby statue, broke AL color barrier

    July 24, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Indians will unveil a statue of Hall of Famer Larry Doby, the first black player in the American League, on Saturday at Progressive Field.Doby broke the color barrier in the AL on July 5, 1947, just months after Jackie Robinson played for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Doby spent nine seasons with Cleveland and helped lead the Indians to a World Series title in 1948. He had a career .283 average with 253 homers. He led the league with 32 homers and 126 RBIs in 1954, when the Indians won 111 games.

  • Indiana man accused of trespassing at Cincinnati Reds game

    July 24, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) A 19-year-old Indiana man accused of running across the field during a Cincinnati Reds home game has been arrested.Justin Buchanan of Noblesville, Indiana, was arrested Thursday night at the Cincinnati police headquarters. He is charged with criminal trespassing on a place of public amusement, a first-degree misdemeanor.

  • OF Cuddyer has knee re-examined, Mets hopeful for return

    July 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) New York left fielder Michael Cuddyer was re-examined by doctors Thursday and given a new medication for his aching left knee that the Mets hope will keep him off the disabled list.Cuddyer was not in the lineup against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Mets' 3-0 loss Thursday night and had started only seven of the previous 18 games.

  • Indians' lefty Hagadone has elbow surgery

    July 23, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Cleveland Indians pitcher Nick Hagadone has undergone surgery on his left elbow and is expected to miss six to nine months.Hagadone, who had Tommy John surgery in 2008 while pitching in the minors, had Thursday's surgery performed by Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Florida. Andrews said he repaired a fracture of the left medial epicondyle of the elbow in the area where the original surgery was performed.

  • Dodgers' Kershaw loses perfect game bid in 7th vs Mets

    July 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw has lost his bid for a perfect game against the New York Mets in the seventh inning on a leadoff single by Curtis Granderson.Granderson lined an 0-2 pitch for a clean hit to right field Thursday night at Citi Field.

  • LEADING OFF: Greinke streak on hold, Kazmir goes for Astros

    July 23, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Friday:---NO ZZZZZS FOR ZACKZack Greinke's scoreless streak is on hold after the Dodgers ace returned to LA to wait with his wife for the birth of their first child. Greinke has pitched 43 2-3 shutout innings and was set to start Friday night vs. the Mets in New York. Manager Don Mattingly says there's still a chance Greinke will pitch this weekend at Citi Field.

  • Dodgers' Kershaw has perfect game vs Mets through 6 innings

    July 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is pitching a perfect game through six innings against the New York Mets.Kershaw had struck out eight Thursday night. He got Eric Campbell swinging to start the fifth inning and the ball got away from catcher Yasmani Grandal, who got to it quickly and made an off-balance throw to nip the runner at first.

  • Johnson, Martinez, Smoltz and Biggio ready to enter Hall

    July 23, 2015

    COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) Three dominated on the mound, the other excelled at three positions up the middle. Together, pitchers Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and multi-talented Craig Biggio left a remarkable imprint on baseball.Playing through an era tainted by steroids and dominated by offense - compliments of bulked-up sluggers, a smaller strike zone and smaller ballparks - the trio of pitchers combined for 735 wins, 11,113 strikeouts and nine Cy Young Awards. And the indefatigable Biggio became the only player in major league history with at least 3,000 hits, 600 doubles, 400 stolen bases and 250 home runs while being asked to play four positions in his 20-year career.

  • Price gets cheers, Tigers fall to M's 3-2 with deadline near

    July 23, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) David Price strolled off the mound to a standing ovation from a big crowd in Detroit's last home game before the trade deadline.Then the Tigers let another one slip away in their struggle to stay in contention, the issue that could determine whether the All-Star left-hander is still around when they come back.

  • Thursday's Baseball Capsules

    July 24, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Clayton Kershaw pitched a three-hitter, retiring the first 18 batters in his second shutout of the season, as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the New York Mets 3-0 on Thursday night.Kershaw (8-6) now has thrown 29 consecutive scoreless innings - 14 2/3 less than teammate Zack Greinke - and 11 career shutouts. He was perfect until Curtis Granderson lined a leadoff single in the seventh inning.

  • Ailing OF Cuddyer has knee re-examined, still out for Mets

    July 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) New York Mets left fielder Michael Cuddyer has been re-examined by doctors and a decision on whether his aching left knee will send him to the disabled list should come soon.Cuddyer was not in the lineup Thursday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers and had started only seven of the previous 18 games.

  • Ubaldo Jimenez hit hard early, Orioles lose to Yankees 9-3

    July 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Adam Jones was over another tough loss in New York about a quickly as Chase Headley's first-inning drive soared past the All-Star center fielder.Jones had no chance at catching Headley's three-run double off Ubaldo Jimenez, and the Orioles never recovered n a 9-3 loss to the Yankees on Thursday. New York swept the three-game series, dropping seven out of first in the AL East.

  • Greinke's shutout streak on hold for birth of 1st child

    July 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Zack Greinke's shutout streak is on hold while the Los Angeles Dodgers ace and his wife await the birth of their first child.Greinke has pitched 43 2-3 scoreless innings, and was set to start Friday night against the New York Mets at Citi Field. He is approaching the big league record of 59 straight scoreless innings by Orel Hershiser in 1988 for the Dodgers.

  • Pirates acquire Aramis Ramirez from Brewers

    July 23, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Aramis Ramirez is back where he once belonged.The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired the veteran third baseman on Thursday, 12 years to the day after they sent Ramirez to the Chicago Cubs. The Pirates received the 37-year-old three-time All-Star in exchange for minor league pitcher Yhonathan Barrios.

  • Cardinals' Piscotty scratched from lineup with stiff neck

    July 23, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Rookie Stephen Piscotty was scratched from the St. Louis Cardinals lineup due to a stiff neck.Dan Johnson replaced Piscotty playing first base and batting eighth against the Kansas City Royals on Thursday night.Piscotty was 2 for 8 with a double in two starts, the first appearances of his career since his contract was purchased from Triple-A Memphis.

  • White Sox put infielder Bonifacio on bereavement list

    July 23, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Chicago White Sox have put infielder Emilio Bonifacio on the bereavement list and recalled infielder Leury Garcia from Triple-A Charlotte.Bonifacio is hitting .160 with three RBIs in 44 games. He can remain on the bereavement list from three to seven days.

  • Angels put 3B Freese on disabled list with broken finger

    July 23, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Angels have put third baseman David Freese on the 15-day disabled list after his right index finger was broken when he was hit by a pitch.The Angels also recalled third baseman Kyle Kubitza from Triple-A Salt Lake on Thursday.

  • A look at players to be inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame

    July 23, 2015

    COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) A look at the players to be inducted July 26 into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum:---CRAIG ALAN BIGGIO: Born Dec. 14, 1965 in Smithtown, New York. ... 5-foot-11, 185 pounds, throws right. ... only player in major league history with at least 3,000 hits, 600 doubles, 400 stolen bases and 250 home runs. ... spent all 20 seasons with Houston Astros, hitting .281 with 1,844 runs scored (15th all-time), 291 home runs and 414 stolen bases. ... was hit by a pitch 285 times, second all-time. .. won five Silver Slugger Awards (one at catcher and four at second base) and four Gold Glove Awards at second base (1994-97). ... led NL in runs with 123 in 1995 and 146 in 1997 and topped the league in doubles three times with a high of 56 in 1999. ... starred at Kings Park High School on Long Island in football. ... accepted partial baseball scholarship to Seton Hall University and in 1987 was taken in first round of the draft with the 22nd overall pick by the Astros. ... after batting .344 in 141 minor league games over parts of two seasons was called up in June 1988. ... took over as Houston's regular catcher in 1989 and had 13 homers and 60 RBIs to win the NL's Silver Slugger Award for catchers. ... in 1991 batted .295 and made the first of seven All-Star appearances. ... in 1992 became Houston's second baseman and appeared in all 162 games. ... from 1993-99 averaged 17 homers, 33 steals and 116 runs scored as Houston's leadoff hitter. ... finished career with 668 doubles, fifth all-time. ... in 2003 moved to center field for two years before moving back to second base for the final three years of his career. ... joined 3,000-hit club in 2007, his last year in the majors, and finished career with 3,060 hits.

  • Randy Johnson finds life in focus after Hall of Fame career

    July 23, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) With great enthusiasm, in great detail, Randy Johnson talks of watching through a camera lens as wild dogs in Africa chased a leopard from the carcass of a gazelle, and how the leopard stayed warily nearby for his chance to salvage what food it could. He witnessed female lions work to extract a dead baby elephant floating down a river, the male lion watching from above on a nearby ridge.

  • MLB: Cubs rookie Kris Bryant No. 2 in overall jersey sales

    July 23, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs are playing better baseball these days and it's showing up in merchandise sales.Rookie Kris Bryant's jersey has been the top-seller since he was called up from the minors in mid-April, Major League Baseball said Thursday.

  • A's trade Kazmir to his hometown Astros for 2 minor leaguers

    July 23, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Scott Kazmir is heading to his hometown Houston Astros and into the thick of a pennant race, and the Oakland Athletics are starting their summer sell-off.The A's began their expected changes leading up to the July 31 trade deadline, sending the left-hander to the Astros for a pair of minor leaguers Thursday in what could be the first of many significant deals across the majors in the next week.

  • Correction: Pirates-Royals story

    July 23, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) In a story July 22 about Kansas City's win over Pittsburgh, The Associated Press reported erroneously the inning in which Mike Moustakas hit his three-run home run. It was hit in the seventh inning.A corrected version of the story is below:

  • Xu takes 1st step toward career in the major leagues

    July 23, 2015

    BEIJING (AP) The hardest part of Xu Guiyan's decision to sign a contract with the Baltimore Orioles organization was keeping the groundbreaking deal a secret.The 19-year-old Xu this week became the first player from one of the MLB's three development centers in China to sign with a major league club, opening a pathway both for Chinese players and North American teams.

  • Angels 3B David Freese breaks finger, out at least 2 weeks

    July 23, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Los Angeles Angels third baseman David Freese will be out at least two weeks with a broken right index finger after getting hit by a pitch Wednesday night.Freese left the Angels' 5-2 victory over Minnesota in the fourth inning when he turned into contact in an attempt to avoid Mike Pelfrey's inside pitch to the right-handed hitter.

  • Arizona's Peralta out after being hit in head by pitch

    July 22, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) Arizona Diamondbacks left fielder David Peralta has left a game against the Miami Marlins after being struck in the head with a pitch by Jose Fernandez.Peralta was hit in the sixth inning Wednesday night and immediately went to the ground. Fernandez put his hands on his head as Arizona's trainer and manager Chip Hale ran out to check on Peralta.

  • Angels 3B David Freese leaves after getting hit by pitch

    July 22, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Los Angeles Angels third baseman David Freese left Wednesday night's game against Minnesota in the fourth inning after getting hit by a pitch.Freese appeared to get hit on the right arm after turning in an attempt to avoid Mike Pelfrey's inside pitch to the right-handed hitter. Freese took first base after getting hit, but eventually left the game after consulting with manager Mike Scioscia.

  • A's OF Sam Fuld still finds new challenges with diabetes

    July 22, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Sam Fuld jogs to the outfield each inning with enough gum in his back pocket to give him a quick boost of carbohydrates if his blood sugar dips.He might experience dizziness or feel weak. That's how he knows.''It's just a crummy feeling,'' he said. ''You get a little irritable.''

  • LEADING OFF: Kershaw's scoreless streak; Cards-Royals

    July 22, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues today:---SHOWDOWNThe Cardinals host the Royals in a matchup of the top records in baseball. John Lackey (8-5, 2.90 ERA) gets the ball for major league-leading St. Louis in the opener of a season-long 11-game homestand. Chris Young (8-5, 3.03 ERA) starts for the Royals in the makeup of a June 14 rainout.

  • LEADING OFF: Kershaw's scoreless streak; Santana vs Angels

    July 22, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Thursday:---STREAKINGClayton Kershaw takes a 20-inning scoreless streak into his start against the light-hitting Mets. Impressive, but the NL MVP and Cy Young Award winner doesn't even have the longest streak on his own team. Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke has gone 43 2-3 innings without allowing a run. He starts Friday night.

  • Lohse struggles, Brewers fall short in 7-5 loss to Indians

    July 22, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Kyle Lohse has weathered tough stretches on the mound during what has been a respectable 15-year career in the big leagues.This season, though, Lohse can't seem to find the right answers.Milwaukee's struggling starter allowed 10 hits and five runs in five innings, including Michael Brantley's three-run homer in the third, in the Brewers' 7-5 loss to the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday.

  • Wednesday's Baseball Capsules

    July 23, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Michael Taylor had a tying two-out, two-run single in the eighth inning, Danny Espinosa followed with an RBI double and the Washington Nationals rallied from three runs down to beat the New York Mets 4-3 on Wednesday.In danger of having their lead over the Mets in the NL East cut to one game, Taylor drove in the Nationals' first run in the fourth with a single off Noah Syndergaard to make it 3-1.

  • Pirates promote infielder Pedro Florimon

    July 22, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Pittsburgh Pirates have selected the contract of Pedro Florimon from Triple-A Indianapolis and inserted him into the lineup at shortstop Wednesday against the Kansas City Royals.Florimon hit .254 with two home runs, 18 RBIs and 20 runs in 60 games with Indianapolis. Florimon was the Minnesota Twins' starting shortstop in 2013, hitting .221 in 134 games.

  • Royals' Jason Vargas needs Tommy John surgery

    July 22, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Royals left-hander Jason Vargas has a torn ulnar ligament in his elbow and will need season-ending Tommy John surgery.Vargas left his start against Pittsburgh on Tuesday night after throwing just 26 pitches. He had an MRI on Wednesday that revealed the extent of the injury.

  • Orioles put INF-OF Pearce on 15-day DL with strained oblique

    July 22, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Baltimore Orioles utility man Steve Pearce has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained muscle on his left side.The move is retroactive to July 19 and it opens a roster spot for pitcher Kevin Gausman, who was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk to start Wednesday night against the New York Yankees.

  • Reds, Athletics, Rockies win lottery for draft picks

    July 22, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Reds, Athletics, Rockies, Diamondbacks, Marlins and Pirates won picks after the first round of next year's draft in Major League Baseball's competitive balance lottery.The lottery involved the 10 teams with the lowest revenue and 10 in the smallest markets. They were competing for six picks after the first round. A club's odds of winning the lottery were based on its winning percentage last season.

  • Manfred: MLB may need to consider moving back trade deadline

    July 22, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Commissioner Rob Manfred thinks baseball may need to consider moving the trade deadline back to give teams in the hunt for a wild card more time.A second wild card in each league was added in 2012, keeping more teams in playoff contention long past the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. And those clubs may not have enough time to evaluate whether their rosters are good enough to get one.

  • Teheran gets no help from bats as Braves fall to Dodgers 3-1

    July 22, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Despite matching a career high with 11 strikeouts, Julio Teheran still can't solve the Los Angeles Dodgers.Teheran dropped to 0-4 with a 6.07 ERA in four career starts against the Dodgers in a 3-1 loss Wednesday - this despite having not lost at home since last Sept. 19.

  • Giants activate Affeldt, option Osich to Triple-A

    July 22, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) The San Francisco Giants have activated left-handed reliever Jeremy Affeldt from the 15-day disabled list and optioned Josh Osich to Triple-A Sacramento.Affeldt had been out since June 16 with a strained left shoulder. He's 0-2 with a 5.96 ERA in 33 appearances.

  • Padres struggling demote Middlebrooks, recall Almonte

    July 22, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) The San Diego Padres have sent struggling infielder Will Middlebrooks to Triple-A El Paso and recalled outfielder Abraham Almonte.Middlebrooks was hitting just .212 and had committed seven errors.He was obtained from Boston in one of general manager A.J. Preller's offseason deals that remade the roster. The Padres have struggled to meet expectations.

  • Dodgers back Bolsinger with 3-run 5th in 3-1 win over Braves

    July 22, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Mike Bolsinger pitched seven strong innings and the Los Angeles Dodgers scored three runs in the fifth inning to beat the Atlanta Braves 3-1 on Wednesday.Having used their bullpen for 9 1-3 innings in first two games of the series, the NL West-leading Dodgers were hoping Bolsinger would pitch past the sixth for the first time in his last eight starts.

  • Royals' Jason Vargas to DL with torn elbow ligament

    July 22, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Royals have placed left-hander Jason Vargas on the disabled list with a torn ligament in his elbow, an injury that typically requires season-ending Tommy John surgery.Vargas left his start against Pittsburgh on Tuesday night after throwing just 26 pitches. He had an MRI on Wednesday that revealed the extent of the injury.

  • Escobar leaves game in second with apparent injury

    July 22, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar has left Wednesday's game against the New York Mets during his at-bat in the second with an apparent injury.Escobar tried stopping his swing on a 1-1 pitch from Noah Syndergaard. He screamed in pain, flung his bat and fell to the ground.

  • Cubs call up Medina, Beeler for DH vs Reds

    July 22, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) The Cubs restocked their bullpen for a doubleheader against the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday, calling up Yoervis Medina from Triple-A Iowa.In addition, Chicago called up Dallas Beeler to start the second game. He'll be the 26th man. Beeler also was called up to start in a doubleheader against St. Louis on July 7.

  • Nationals' Strasburg to throw batting practice Friday

    July 22, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Stephen Strasburg is scheduled to throw batting practice Friday as the Nationals star comes back from a strained left oblique.Manager Matt Williams said Wednesday that the right-hander will accompany the team on its road trip that begins Thursday in Pittsburgh. Strasburg threw his first bullpen session Tuesday since going on the disabled list July 5 and felt good afterward.

  • Mattingly: Anderson's Achilles injury might not be serious

    July 22, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Dodgers manager Don Mattingly says starting pitcher Brett Anderson might not be seriously injured after leaving Tuesday's game with an irritated left Achilles tendon.Mattingly said before Wednesday's game against the Braves that it's too early to tell if Anderson will make his next scheduled start Sunday at the New York Mets, but the left-hander might not need to go on the disabled list.

  • Israeli baseball player selected in MLB draft for 1st time

    July 22, 2015

    PETAH TIKVA, Israel (AP) On the mound, Dean Kremer looks just like any other top-rated baseball prospect, whipping 90 mph fastballs and snapping nasty curves.When the 19-year-old pitcher greets his teammates in the dugout after striking out the side, however, he sounds different. Kremer is speaking Hebrew, not English.

  • Donaldson returns to Oakland as an All-Star with Blue Jays

    July 22, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Josh Donaldson had a little extra time to reflect on his tenure with the Athletics during his first trip back to the aging Oakland Coliseum.Toronto's All-Star third baseman spent about two hours in a taxi from San Francisco to Oakland on Tuesday because his driver apparently took a few failed ''shortcuts.'' Finally, Donaldson saw the stadium's new video boards as the car approached and thought back to his old memories of playing for the green and gold.

  • Dodgers starter Anderson out with irritated Achilles tendon

    July 21, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Los Angeles Dodgers starter Brett Anderson left Tuesday's game against the Atlanta Braves with an irritated left Achilles tendon in the third inning.Anderson motioned to the dugout for help after running toward the third-base line and bending forward to pick up Jonny Gomes' chopper.

  • LEADING OFF: Trout's heel, Fernandez's arm, Cubs-Reds play 2

    July 21, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Wednesday:---TROUT READY?The Angels will check to see if center fielder Mike Trout can return to the starting lineup. The reigning AL MVP was scratched from the series opener at home against Minnesota on Tuesday night because of a sore left heel. The two-time All-Star MVP said he felt an aching discomfort while walking around after waking up.

  • Ausmus makes the case for Tigers to press on

    July 21, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) With the possibility of significant trades looming over the Detroit Tigers, Brad Ausmus sat in the dugout and made the case for staying the course.''I know everyone wants it to be a big story, because the Tigers have been so successful, that all of a sudden they're at .500 with the trade deadline looming - it's a big story to say that the Tigers are sellers,'' the second-year manager said. ''I don't consider four games out of playoff position a selling position.''

  • Angels star Mike Trout scratched because of sore left heel

    July 21, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout has been scratched from the series opener against Minnesota because of a sore left heel.Trout, who won his second straight All-Star Game MVP award a week ago, said he felt an aching discomfort while walking after waking up Tuesday. The slugger went 2 for 7 with a home run in Monday's day-night doubleheader sweep of Boston.

  • Arizona recalls reliever Leone, options OF Dorn to Reno

    July 21, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks have recalled right-handed reliever Dominic Leone from Double-A Mobile and optioned outfielder Danny Dorn to Triple-A Reno.The 23-year-old Leone was 1-1 with a 4.58 ERA with 17 strikeouts and four walks in 17 games in Mobile.

  • Cards top hitting prospect Piscotty to make debut

    July 21, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Stephen Piscotty, St. Louis' top hitting prospect, will make his major league debut Tuesday night when the Cardinals face the Chicago White Sox.The 24-year-old Piscotty, called up from Triple-A Memphis before the game, will bat ninth and play left field.

  • A timeline in the career of Barry Bonds

    July 21, 2015

    June 3, 1985 - Barry Bonds, son of major league All-Star Bobby Bonds, is selected by Pittsburgh with the fifth pick in the first round of amateur draft.May 30, 1986 - Bonds makes major league debut at Los Angeles, popping out to shortstop against the Dodgers' Orel Hershiser in his first at-bat.

  • Royals option Ventura to Triple-A Omaha

    July 21, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Yordano Ventura is going back to the minors to try to regain his form from his strong rookie season.The Royals optioned Ventura to Triple-A Omaha on Tuesday after a string of ineffective outings for the opening-day pitcher.''A lot of times it's good for players to take a step back, so they can take three or four steps forward,'' manager Ned Yost said.

  • Nationals promote Ross from Triple-A, rookie starts vs Mets

    July 21, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Nationals have recalled right-hander Joe Ross from Triple-A Syracuse in advance of his scheduled start Tuesday night against the New York Mets.It's his second stint with the Nationals this season. The NL East leaders selected his contract from Double-A Harrisburg on June 6 and Ross went 2-1 with a 2.66 ERA in three starts.

  • Crawford returns from oblique injury, Beachy sent down

    July 21, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The Los Angeles Dodgers have activated outfielder Carl Crawford from the 60-day disabled list and optioned pitcher Brandon Beachy to Triple-A Oklahoma City.Crawford has been sidelined since April 28 with a torn oblique - his fifth DL stint since 2012.

  • Cards call up top hitting prospect Piscotty

    July 21, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The St. Louis Cardinals have called up outfielder/first baseman Stephen Piscotty, their top hitting prospect, from Triple-A Memphis prior to Tuesday's game against the Chicago White Sox.The Cardinals optioned outfielder Tommy Pham to Memphis on Sunday to make room for Piscotty on the 40-man major-league roster.

  • Dodgers reinstate Carl Crawford from 60-day disabled list

    July 21, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Outfielder Carl Crawford is returning from the 60-day disabled list for the Los Angeles Dodgers.The Dodgers reinstated the four-time All-Star on Tuesday before their game in Atlanta.They optioned right-hander Brandon Beachy to Triple-A Oklahoma City to make room.

  • Cubs give up 3 homers, lose 5-4 to Reds

    July 21, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Justin Grimm came on with two outs, nobody on and the Cubs holding a one-run lead in the sixth. All the right-hander had to do was retire either Todd Frazier or lefty Jay Bruce.Grimm walked Frazier and left a pitch up to Bruce, costing Chicago the game.

  • Matt Garza back from DL to start for Brewers against Indians

    July 21, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) The Brewers have reinstated Matt Garza from the 15-day disabled list to start the opener of the interleague series Tuesday night with the Cleveland Indians.The right-hander missed the minimum amount of time after being placed on the DL on July 6 with right shoulder tendinitis. The team was targeting Tuesday's game for Garza's return.

  • Feds end prosecution of Barry Bonds without conviction

    July 21, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) After a nearly decade-long steroids prosecution, Barry Bonds emerged victorious Tuesday when federal prosecutors dropped what was left of their criminal case against the career home runs leader.The government's pursuit of Bonds ended quietly with a one-paragraph motion by the U.S. Department of Justice announcing Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr. will not ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review the appellate decision that overturned Bonds' obstruction of justice conviction.

  • Federal authorities end prosecution of Major League Baseball homerun king Barry Bonds

    July 21, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Federal authorities end prosecution of Major League Baseball homerun king Barry Bonds.

  • LEADING OFF: All-Star arms, Nola's debut, Who's on first?

    July 20, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Tuesday:---ALL-STAR ARMSNational League All-Stars Gerrit Cole and Michael Wacha are both on the mound in interleague games. Cole (13-3) pitches for Pittsburgh against Kansas City lefty Jason Vargas (5-2), set to come off the disabled list. Wacha (10-3) starts for St. Louis against Chicago White Sox rookie Carlos Rodon (3-2).

  • Hernandez, Buchanan lead Phillies past Rays 5-3

    July 20, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) David Buchanan barely had time to celebrate his first victory in nearly a year.Buchanan snapped his winless skid at 15 starts by allowing three runs and six hits in 6 1-3 innings, leading the Philadelphia Phillies to a 5-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night.

  • Giants activate Hudson to start against Padres; DFA Machi

    July 20, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) The San Francisco Giants have activated Tim Hudson from the 15-day disabled list.Hudson got the start on Monday night in San Diego. He had been sidelined by a strained right shoulder.To make room on the roster, the Giants designated right-hander Jean Machi for assignment. Machi was 1-0 with a 5.14 ERA in 33 appearances.

  • Marlins' Stanton cleared for 'dry swing' of bat

    July 20, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) Manager Dan Jennings says Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton has been cleared to begin swinging a bat.Jennings says Stanton saw a hand specialist and was told he could begin so-called ''dry swings,'' with no ball involved.Speaking before the Marlins played Arizona on Monday night, Jennings called it ''step one'' in Stanton's rehabilitation. Stanton has been out since June 27 with a left wrist hamate fracture.

  • Lincecum has cortisone shots for degenerative hip condition

    July 20, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy says right-hander Tim Lincecum has received cortisone shots in both hips to treat a degenerative condition.Bochy says the affliction is common in athletes, and Lincecum will rest for four or five days. It is not considered a career-threatening injury.

  • Royals activate Medlen, add him to bullpen

    July 20, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Kansas City Royals have reinstated Kris Medlen from the disabled list, putting the right-handed pitcher back in the majors for the first time since his second Tommy John surgery early last year.The Royals made the move before Monday night's game against Pittsburgh.

  • Women's baseball makes history with debut at Pan Am Games

    July 20, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Women's baseball made history Monday at the Pan Am Games, the first time it's been played in a large, multi-sport event.There was no live television coverage at the debut, and perhaps only 200 fans saw the first pitch as American left hander Sarah Hudek threw a ball just off the plate to open the game against leadoff hitter Astrid Rodriguez of Venezuela.

  • Rangers recall RHP Martinez to start Monday vs. Rockies

    July 20, 2015

    DENVER (AP) The Texas Rangers have recalled right-hander Nick Martinez from Triple-A Round Rock to start Monday night's game against the Colorado Rockies.The Rangers optioned reliever Anthony Ranaudo to Triple-A to make room for Martinez on the 25-man roster.

  • Angel Stadium uses helicopter to dry field for doubleheader

    July 20, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Angel Stadium grounds crew has brought in a helicopter to dry the outfield after its first rainout in 20 years.The helicopter hovered low on the grass Monday morning after a storm saturated the normally dry field Sunday, forcing the postponement of the Los Angeles Angels' game against the Boston Red Sox. The Angels hadn't lost a game to rain since June 16, 1995.

  • Dodgers place catcher A.J. Ellis on DL with knee injury

    July 20, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The Los Angeles Dodgers have placed catcher A.J. Ellis on the 15-day disabled list with right knee inflammation.The Dodgers recalled rookie catcher Austin Barnes from Triple-A Oklahoma City. Barnes is starting and hitting eighth in Monday night's game against the Atlanta Braves.

  • Nationals promote RHP de Los Santos from Double-A Harrisburg

    July 20, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) The Nationals have selected the contract of right-handed reliever Abel de Los Santos from Double-A Harrisburg and optioned right-hander Blake Treinen to Triple-A Syracuse.Washington also moved left fielder Jayson Werth from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL to make room for de Los Santos on the 40-man roster before Monday night's game against the New York Mets.

  • Braves reinstate left-hander McKirahan from suspension

    July 20, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Braves have reinstated left-hander Andrew McKirahan from his 80-game suspension and optioned right-hander Ryan Kelly to Triple-A Gwinnett.McKirahan rejoins the Braves following a rehab assignment with Gwinnett. His suspension followed a positive test for the banned substance Ipamorelin, which releases growth hormone. He is active for Monday night's game against the Dodgers.

  • C Kyle Schwarber in Cubs lineup, back home at GABP

    July 20, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Catcher Kyle Schwarber was back home, batting second for the Chicago Cubs in the ballpark where he always dreamed of playing. It has been a good place for him so far.The rookie was in the lineup for the opening game of a series against the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night. He grew up in nearby Middletown, Ohio, rooting for the Reds and trying to pick up batting tips by watching Joey Votto.

  • Reds put LH reliever Manny Parra on DL with sore elbow

    July 20, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) The Reds put reliever Manny Parra on the 15-day disabled list Monday with a sore elbow, leaving them without a left-hander in the bullpen other than closer Aroldis Chapman for a four-game series against the Chicago Cubs.Parra's elbow was sore after he pitched Sunday in a 5-3, 11-inning loss to Cleveland. He was diagnosed with a strain. Parra is 1-1 with a 4.00 ERA in 24 appearances.

  • Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer out 6 weeks with knee injury

    July 20, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Pittsburgh shortstop Jordy Mercer is expected to miss six weeks because of a knee injury, leaving the Pirates without their starters on the left side of the infield possibly until September.The Pirates put Mercer on the 15-day disabled list Monday, a day after he was hurt in a collision with Carlos Gomez in Milwaukee. Mercer sustained a bruise and a sprained left knee.

  • Cubs promote reliever Rafael Soriano from Triple-A

    July 20, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Rafael Soriano can earn an additional million based on games pitched as part of his contract with the Chicago Cubs.The reliever's contract was selected from Triple-A Iowa on Monday, and he will earn ,725,137 for the remaining 77 days of the season, the prorated share of his .1 million contract.

  • This Week in Baseball: Dugout phone problems, Greinke's run

    July 20, 2015

    The phones managers use to communicate with the bullpen and the replay room - an endearingly quaint setup in these mobile-centric times - apparently become troublesome now and then.File this under ''lighthearted dugout moments'' from a long season:Detroit manager Brad Ausmus acknowledged the Tigers have accidentally called the bullpen before when they meant to contact the replay room, leaving bullpen coach Mick Billmeyer a bit puzzled.

  • Maddon says Rafael Soriano to join Cubs on Monday

    July 19, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Cubs manager Joe Maddon says reliever Rafael Soriano will join the team Monday in Cincinnati, and Edwin Jackson will be designated for assignment.Following Sunday's 4-1 victory over Atlanta, Maddon said that Soriano will return to the majors after pitching a combined seven games at Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa.

  • LEADING OFF: Harvey vs. Harper, Frazier hopes to end skid

    July 20, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues today:---HARVEY TIMEMets ace Matt Harvey starts at Nationals Park with New York trailing Washington by two games in the NL East. He's 2-0 vs. the Nats this season and has shut them out for 13 innings. Star slugger Bryce Harper is 0 for 12 with six strikeouts in his career against Harvey.

  • Royals RHP Medlen to come off disabled list Monday

    July 19, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Kansas City Royals right-hander Kris Medlen will come off the disabled list on Monday, taking another step in a comeback from his second major elbow surgery.Medlen last pitched in the majors in 2013 with Atlanta. He missed last season after he got hurt in spring training and had Tommy John surgery in March 2014. He also was sidelined for much of the 2011 season after he had the same operation in August 2010.

  • Cuba, US improve relations, but sports defections continue

    July 19, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) The manager of Cuba's baseball team at the Pan Am Games wanted nothing to do with questions about defections to the United States.Cuba has acknowledged that two players defected during warm-up games two weeks ago in the United States, and last week four rowers at the Pan Am Games in Canada left the team and crossed the American border.

  • Padres LF Justin Upton exits with back tightness

    July 19, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Padres left fielder Justin Upton exited in the fifth inning Sunday against Colorado because of back tightness.San Diego said Upton was removed as a precautionary measure with inclement weather in the area.

  • Reds' Chapman becomes fastest to reach 500 career strikeouts

    July 19, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Hard-throwing Reds reliever Aroldis Chapman has set a major league record for the fastest to reach 500 career strikeouts.Chapman, who routinely throws over 100 mph, reached the mark when he fanned pinch-hitter Giovanny Urshela to end the 10th inning Sunday in Cincinnati's game against Cleveland.

  • Greinke now with 43 2-3 scoreless innings, Dodgers top Nats

    July 19, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Zack Greinke is really piling up the zeros.Greinke extended his scoreless streak to 43 2-3 innings, striking a season-high 11 through the eighth and leading the Los Angeles Dodgers over the Washington Nationals 5-0 Sunday.Greinke's string is the longest in the majors since Orel Hershiser set the major league record of 59 shutout innings in 1988 with the Dodgers.

  • Freeman reports progress, still not sure of return date

    July 19, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman feels better but still isn't sure when he will return from a right wrist injury.Freeman, who missed his 26th straight game on Sunday, said he took 30 swings without trying to hit a ball in the batting cage. He also played catch.

  • Giants place Susac on disabled list, call up Sanchez

    July 19, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The San Francisco Giants put catcher Andrew Susac on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right thumb before Sunday's game against Arizona.Susac left Saturday's game before the bottom of the fourth inning. The Giants called up catcher Hector Sanchez from Triple-A Sacramento, and he was expected to arrive in time for Sunday's game.

  • Rockies promote Butler from minors to start vs Padres

    July 19, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) The Colorado Rockies have recalled right-handed pitcher Eddie Butler from Triple-A to start Sunday against San Diego.Butler was 3-6 with a 4.80 ERA in 11 starts earlier this season with the Rockies. He went 2-2 with a 6.27 ERA in six minor league starts at Albuquerque after being sent down on June 9.

  • Diamondbacks put starter Anderson on 15-day disabled list

    July 19, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks have put starting pitcher Chase Anderson on the 15-day disabled list because of right triceps inflammation.The team made the move before Sunday's game against the San Francisco Giants.Anderson was the losing pitcher Saturday as the Giants won 8-4. He pitched 3 2-3 innings and allowed seven runs on 10 hits.

  • Astros' Springer supporting camp for children who stutter

    July 19, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) George Springer is as loquacious as he is outgoing, a 6-foot-3 bundle of chatter and charisma for the Houston Astros.Currently on the disabled list with a broken right wrist, the outfielder and one of the faces of this up-and-coming team spends games flitting around the dugout making conversation with anyone who will listen, like a bee moving from flower to flower.

  • Medlen to come off disabled list Monday

    July 19, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Kansas City Royals right-hander Kris Medlen will come off the disabled list on Monday, taking another step in his comeback from his second major elbow surgery.Medlen last pitched in the majors in 2013 with Atlanta. He missed last season after he got hurt in spring training and had Tommy John surgery in March 2014. He also was sidelined for much of the 2011 season after he had the same operation in August 2010.

  • Detroit's Kinsler ejected in 3rd inning against Orioles

    July 19, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Ian Kinsler was ejected from Detroit's game against Baltimore on Sunday after slamming his bat down in disgust when he hit a flyball.The Detroit second baseman lifted a flyball to center field in the third inning of the Tigers' 9-3 loss, and as he jogged toward first, he slammed his bat down, causing part of it to break off. Then he threw the rest of the bat down, and plate umpire Manny Gonzalez ejected him. Crew chief Fieldin Culbreth said after the game that Kinsler had thrown the bat in Gonzalez's direction. Kinsler said he threw it at the ground.

  • Royals recall RHP Pino from Triple-A Omaha

    July 19, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Kansas City Royals have recalled right-hander Yohan Pino from Triple-A Omaha and optioned reliever Brandon Finnegan to their top farm club.Finnegan pitched two scoreless innings and got the win when Kansas City beat the Chicago White Sox 7-6 in 13 innings on Saturday. The Royals used seven relievers in the victory, and manager Ned Yost wanted another fresh arm in the bullpen for the series finale on Sunday.

  • White Sox activate RHP Albers from DL

    July 19, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The White Sox activated reliever Matt Albers from the 15-day disabled list and designated infielder Conor Gillaspie for assignment before Sunday's 4-1 loss to Kansas City.Albers broke his right pinkie finger during a brawl with the Royals on April 23. He pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings Sunday and has a 1.08 ERA in five appearances with Chicago this year.

  • Yankees activate Beltran from DL, send Refsnyder to Triple-A

    July 19, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Yankees have activated Carlos Beltran from the 15-day disabled list and inserted him into the starting lineup Sunday against Felix Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners.In somewhat of a surprise move, the Yankees optioned second baseman Rob Refsnyder to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre a day after manager Joe Girardi said the touted prospect would get more playing time.

  • Espinosa fine after leaving Saturday's game

    July 19, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Already minus four of their expected eight regulars, the Washington Nationals avoided losing another player when Danny Espinosa reported for work feeling fine on Sunday.Espinosa, who has been solid in place of the injured Anthony Rendon at second base, left Saturday's game in the eighth inning with what turned out to be cramps in the steamy weather.

  • Brewers capitalize on lineup change, beat Pirates 8-5

    July 18, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Brewers' ugly first half is history. The second half looks better already.Jonathan Lucroy, Aramis Ramirez and Khris Davis homered as the Brewers took full advantage of a late lineup change to rally past the Pittsburgh Pirates, 8-5 on Saturday night.

  • Leadoff single only hit for Tigers in 3-0 loss to Orioles

    July 18, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) With their ace on the mound and pitching well, what looked like a nice opportunity turned into another setback for the Detroit Tigers.Ian Kinsler led off the bottom of the first with a single, but that was Detroit's only hit in a 3-0 loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday night. David Price struck out 12 in seven innings for the Tigers, but ended up with a hard-luck loss.

  • LEADING OFF: Greinke's shutout streak, King Felix vs Yankees

    July 18, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Sunday:---ZACK'S ZEROSDodgers ace Zack Greinke takes a shutout streak of 35 2-3 innings into his start at Washington. He gave a home run to Mike Trout leading off the All-Star Game, but those stats don't count in the regular season. Greinke leads the majors with a 1.39 ERA. Orel Hershiser set the big league record for the longest scoreless streak at 59 innings in 1988.

  • Cubs' Lester loses no-hit bid on Pierzynski single in 8th

    July 18, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Jon Lester of the Chicago Cubs has lost his no-hit bid against Atlanta in the eighth inning on a leadoff single by former teammate A.J. Pierzynski.Pierzynski lined a clean single to right field on Lester's second pitch of the inning Saturday night at Turner Field.

  • Lester has no-hitter vs Braves thru 7 after scoring change

    July 18, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Jon Lester of the Chicago Cubs is pitching a no-hitter through seven innings against Atlanta, helped by a reversed call from the official scorer.Nick Markakis was originally given an infield hit Saturday night on a first-inning grounder past Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant. The scorer changed the call in the top of the seventh, charging Bryant with an error.

  • Lester has no-hitter vs Braves thru 6 after scoring change

    July 18, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Jon Lester of the Chicago Cubs is pitching a no-hitter through six innings against Atlanta, helped by a reversed call from the official scorer.Nick Markakis was originally given an infield hit Saturday night on a first-inning grounder past Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant. The scorer changed the call in the top of the seventh, charging Bryant with an error.

  • Pirates LHP Liriano scratched with neck tightness

    July 18, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Pirates left-hander Francisco Liriano was scratched minutes before the start of Saturday night's game against the Milwaukee Brewers due to neck tightness.Vance Worley (3-4) was tabbed as his replacement, which set off two lineup changes for the Brewers, who wanted to take advantage of the right-hander.

  • Dodgers downed 5-3 by Nats in completion of suspended game

    July 18, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Having already used a chunk of his bullpen during a game that spanned two days, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly passed on setting up a lefty vs. lefty matchup in the late innings.The Washington Nationals took advantage.Pinch-hitter Matt den Dekker lined a two-run, tiebreaking homer in the eighth that lifted the Nationals over Los Angeles 5-3 on Saturday, completing a game suspended a day earlier after the fifth because of a lighting malfunction.

  • Nationals defeat Dodgers 5-3 in completion of suspended game

    July 18, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Matt den Dekker supplied all the power Washington needed at Nationals Park.Den Dekker lined a two-run, pinch-hit homer that broke an eighth-inning tie and lifted the Nationals over the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3 Saturday, completing a game suspended a day earlier after the fifth because of a lighting malfunction.

  • Faulty circuit breaker blamed for outage at Nationals Park

    July 18, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) The Nationals say a faulty circuit breaker caused the power failure that led to the suspension of Friday night's game between Washington and the Los Angeles Dodgers.The game was delayed three times when a bank of lights on the third-base side went out. It was finally suspended after five innings with the Nationals leading 3-2.

  • Schwarber has 3 hits, but Strop, Cubs fall to Braves 4-2

    July 18, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Kyle Schwarber's three hits in his first start at catcher were not enough to overcome Pedro Strop's rough eighth inning.Strop gave up a tiebreaking, bases-loaded single to Eury Perez in the eighth and the Chicago Cubs lost to the Atlanta Braves 4-2 on Friday night.

  • After All-Star honors, Trout gets back to work with Angels

    July 17, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Mike Trout has parked his truck and stowed his latest glass bat trophy from the All-Star Game.He can't wait to get back to work on getting the Los Angeles Angels back to the postseason.The Angels' center fielder is fresh off another remarkable midsummer performance heading into a four-game series with Boston that started Friday night. He won his second straight All-Star Game MVP award in Cincinnati on Tuesday, hitting a leadoff homer and scoring two runs in the AL's 6-3 victory.

  • Twins GM Ryan disappointed club couldn't sign pick Cody

    July 17, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Minnesota Twins general manager Terry Ryan expressed disappointment Friday that the club and Kentucky right-hander Kyle Cody failed to reach agreement after the pitcher was selected 73rd overall in last month's amateur draft.Ryan, in Oakland on Friday as the Twins began the second half against the Athletics, said Cody is healthy and his physical had nothing to do with failed negotiations.

  • Mets manager Terry Collins ejected in 7th inning

    July 17, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Mets manager Terry Collins was ejected in the top of the seventh Friday night against the St. Louis Cardinals.Collins sprinted from the dugout after getting tossed by plate umpire Chad Fairchild with Lucas Duda at the plate leading off the seventh with the Cardinals up 2-1. He argued his case nose-to-nose with Fairchild before leaving.

  • Bank of lights go out at Nationals Park - twice

    July 17, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) A faulty bank of lights twice went out at Nationals Park on Friday night, causing the game between Washington and the Los Angeles Dodgers to be delayed on each occasion.The first delay came in the fourth inning and lasted 1 hour, 22 minutes. After play resumed, nine minutes later the same bank of lights on the third-base side went out.

  • LEADING OFF: Hunter's 40th birthday, Kershaw starts 2nd half

    July 18, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues today:---TORII TURNS 40Torii Hunter has no idea what his mother has in store for his 40th birthday, but he knows she's up to something. The right fielder will celebrate in Oakland, where the Twins play at night. Mom Shirley, his wife and plenty of family and friends are in town for the big day.

  • White Sox honoring 2005 championship team

    July 17, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago White Sox are set to hold another championship rally.The White Sox are honoring the 10th anniversary of the 2005 World Series-winning season, with members of that team gathering in Chicago for the celebration. They will participate in the ''Parade of Champions'' before Saturday's game against the Kansas City Royals. Some are scheduled to appear Sunday at the Chicago Theatre for ''A Season to Remember: A Night with the 2005 World Series Champions.''

  • Diamondbacks reinstate Inciarte, place Saltalamacchia on DL

    July 17, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks have reinstated outfielder Ender Inciarte from the 15-day disabled list.To make room, catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia was placed on the 15-day DL with a strained neck.Inciarte was hitting .287, mostly as the leadoff hitter, in 63 games before he sprained his right hamstring running out a ground ball at the Los Angeles Angels on June 12. He wasn't in the lineup for Friday night's game against the San Francisco Giants but will be there, manager Chip Hale said, on Saturday night, in his customary leadoff spot.

  • Swanson, D-backs agree at .5 million ahead of deadline

    July 17, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) Shortstop Dansby Swanson, the first overall pick in baseball's amateur draft last month, agreed Friday to a .5 million signing bonus with the Arizona Diamondbacks just before the deadline for him to reach a deal.''It was pretty close, like probably the last 10, 15 minutes,'' said De Jon Watson, the Diamondbacks' senior vice president of baseball operations.

  • Pirates recall OF Decker

    July 17, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) The Pittsburgh Pirates have recalled outfielder Jaff Decker from Triple-A Indianapolis.The move was made Friday, the day the Pirates open a three-game series with the Brewers in Milwaukee.Decker takes the roster place of pitcher Wilfredo Boscan, who was optioned to Indianapolis on Monday.

  • Dodgers sign top draft pick Buehler; no deal with Funkhouser

    July 17, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Dodgers signed first-round draft pick pitcher Walker Buehler, but failed to reach a deal with Kyle Funkhouser, making the Louisville pitcher the only first-round selection not to sign.Buehler, the 24th overall pick, received a signing bonus of ,777,500.

  • Tigers call up INF Machado, put INF Krauss on paternity list

    July 17, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Tigers have recalled infielder Dixon Machado from Triple-A Toledo and put infielder Marc Krauss on the paternity list.Machado was selected an International League All-Star, and he's hit .272 in 81 games for the Mud Hens this year. He played three games earlier this season for the Tigers.

  • Cardinals activate OF Holliday from 15-day DL

    July 17, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Cardinals got a key bat back in the lineup, activating All-Star Matt Holliday from the 15-day disabled list.Holliday was hitting third, his usual spot, against the New York Mets on Friday night in St. Louis' first game after the All-Star break.

  • In nick of time, D-Backs agree to terms with 1st pick Dansby

    July 17, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to terms with shortstop Dansby Swanson, the first overall pick in this year's draft.The agreement, a minor league contract with a .5 million signing bonus, came just before the 5 p.m., EDT, deadline for contract agreements in this year's draft.

  • Braves add veterans Detwiler, Frasor to bullpen

    July 17, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Braves have added experience to their bullpen by signing left-hander Ross Detwiler and right-hander Jason Frasor for the remainder of the season.Detwiler and Frasor are with the team for Friday night's game against the Cubs.

  • Cubs recall rookie Schwarber to start against Braves

    July 17, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The Chicago Cubs have recalled rookie catcher Kyle Schwarber from Triple-A Iowa and placed catcher Miguel Montero on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left thumb.Schwarber, the fourth overall pick of the 2014 draft, is making his first start at catcher and hitting second in Friday night's game against the Atlanta Braves. He hit .364 with one homer and six RBI in six games with Chicago last month, including five starts as the team's designated hitter.

  • Yankees reinstate INF Brendan Ryan from DL, send down Petit

    July 17, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Yankees have reinstated infielder Brendan Ryan from the disabled list and optioned infielder Gregorio Petit to the minors.The Yankees made the moves before Friday night's game against Seattle.Ryan had been sidelined with a strain in his upper back since June 22. Manager Joe Girardi says Ryan gives the team depth all around the infield.

  • Mariners recall righty reliever Tom Wilhelmsen from Triple-A

    July 17, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Seattle Mariners have recalled right-handed reliever Tom Wilhelmsen from Triple-A Tacoma.Wilhelmsen was available for Friday night's game against New York at Yankee Stadium. Manager Lloyd McClendon says Wilhelmsen will be used to bridge the gap to the back end of the bullpen.

  • Nationals place RHP Carpenter on DL, recall LHP Solis

    July 17, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Nationals placed right-hander David Carpenter on the 15-day disabled list Friday with right shoulder inflammation.The move is retroactive to July 12.Nationals manager Matt Williams said Carpenter was poised to pitch last weekend against Baltimore but didn't feel good enough to enter the game.

  • Reds recall RHP Diaz from minors; option RHP Contreras

    July 17, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) The Reds have recalled right-handed pitcher Jumbo Diaz from Triple-A Louisville and optioned right-handed pitcher Carlos Contreras.A day earlier, the Reds sent RHP Donovan Hand outright to Louisville. Hand was designated for assignment on Monday to make room on the roster for catcher Donn Roach, who'd been claimed off waivers from the Chicago Cubs and optioned to Louisville.

  • Braves extend contracts of Gonzalez, coaches, through 2016

    July 17, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Braves extended the contracts of manager Fredi Gonzalez and his coaches through the 2016 season on Friday.The team said the extensions include club options for 2017.The Braves return from the All-Star break with a 42-47 record in Gonzalez's fifth season. His record with the Braves is 400-337, including the 2013 NL East title and a wild card spot in 2012.

  • Jury rules against ex-Tigers pitcher Denny McLain in lawsuit

    July 17, 2015

    HOWELL, Mich. (AP) A jury has ruled against former Detroit Tigers pitcher Denny McLain in a breach-of-contract lawsuit.The Livingston County Daily Press & Argus of Howell reports (http://bit.ly/1I8wgcY ) that a Livingston County District Court jury ruled in favor of Joe Dobson, who sued McLain for ,910.

  • Royals recall LHP John Lamb as 26th man

    July 17, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Kansas City Royals have recalled left-handed pitcher John Lamb from Triple-A Omaha to serve as the 26th man for Friday's day-night doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox.Lamb has been dominating at Triple-A with a 9-1 record and 2.68 ERA in 15 starts. He leads the Pacific Coast League in wins and is third in strikeouts with 84 and fourth in ERA.

  • Hahn says White Sox still deciding if they will buy or sell

    July 17, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) General manager Rick Hahn says the Chicago White Sox are still deciding if they will try to add or sell players.The July 31 non-waiver trade deadline is approaching. The White Sox won 13 of 20 games before the All-Star break after struggling most of the way.

  • White Sox recall RHP Montas as 26th man

    July 17, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago White Sox have recalled right-handed pitcher Frankie Montas from Double-A Birmingham for Friday's day-night doubleheader against the Kansas City Royals.Montas is 2-1 with a 2.47 ERA in15 starts for Birmingham, including a seven-inning no-hitter at Tennessee on June 9. He has no major league experience.

  • Marlins All-Star Gordon placed on DL with thumb injury

    July 17, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Marlins All-Star second baseman Dee Gordon has been placed on the 15-day disabled list because of his dislocated left thumb.The move Friday was retroactive to last Sunday, and came as the Marlins prepared to play a weekend series against the Phillies. Gordon was replaced on the roster by infielder Martin Prado, who had been on the disabled list since mid-June with a right shoulder injury.

  • Ex-Tiger Reed enters plea in assault case, faces probation

    July 17, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Former Detroit Tigers pitcher Evan Reed has pleaded no contest to misdemeanor aggravated assault and is expected to be placed on probation to resolve a sexual assault case.Reed entered the plea on Friday in Detroit in an agreement with prosecutors. A no contest plea isn't an admission of guilt but is treated as such for sentencing. Two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct have been dropped.

  • Hunter's leadership has lifted Twins, and so have his homers

    July 17, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Torii Hunter turns 40 this weekend. He's been bracing for trouble.Not from his body or mind, despite that daunting number for a professional athlete, but from his Minnesota Twins teammates.''I don't know what they're going to do to me, but it doesn't sound good because they keep saying, `When is it? When is it?''' Hunter said. ''When the guys start talking about your birthday a week out, they're up to something. I'm scared.''

  • LEADING OFF: Gray faces Santana as MLB season resumes

    July 17, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues today:---BACK TO BUSINESSThe season resumes after the four-day All-Star break. Sonny Gray (10-3), a first-time All-Star who didn't get into the game, starts for Oakland at home against Minnesota. Ervin Santana starts for the Twins after getting a pair of no-decisions in his return from an 80-game drug suspension.

  • Big Green Monster cukes? Rooftop garden thrives at Fenway

    July 17, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) There's more green at Fenway Park than the infield or the monster wall.The Red Sox are growing vegetables and herbs in a rooftop garden. The produce is used in food and cocktails sold at the concessions, at nearby restaurants and in the team's flagship restaurant that prepares meals for about 40,000 people during home games.

  • Yankees' Beltran plays 5 innings in second rehab game

    July 16, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) New York Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran singled in three at-bats and played five innings of defense in his second minor league rehabilitation game while recovering from a strained left oblique.The 38-year-old Beltran, playing for Class A Tampa against Charlotte on Thursday night, also went 2 for 2 with a walk as the designated hitter Wednesday.

  • Red Sox pitcher Kopech suspended 50 games for positive test

    July 16, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Boston Red Sox pitcher Michael Kopech has been suspended for 50 games under baseball's minor league drug program following a positive test for the banned stimulant Oxilofrine.Kopech, a 19-year-old right-hander, was taken by Boston in the first round of last year's amateur draft with the 33rd pick and signed for a .5 million bonus. He is from Mount Pleasant High School in Texas.

  • Hart keeps Braves charted on rebuilding course

    July 16, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) President of baseball operations John Hart is staying on the rebuilding course he set for the Atlanta Braves last winter.''We didn't say during the offseason that we had put together a team that was going to run for the roses,'' Hart told The Associated Press on Thursday. ''We wanted to be competitive. We wanted to play the game the right way, but we also weren't going to forsake young talent for a quick fix.''

  • In year of parity, nearly every team has playoffs chance

    July 16, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Clayton Kershaw looks around the major leagues and sees opponents convinced they can reach the playoffs.''It's just a matter of everybody beating up on everybody,'' the Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher said. ''We want everybody to feel like they're in it.''

  • Shortstop Everth Cabrera signs minor league deal with Giants

    July 16, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Shortstop Everth Cabrera has signed a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants.General manager Bobby Evans confirmed the deal Thursday. Cabrera is scheduled to join San Francisco's Arizona rookie league team initially then move on to Triple-A Sacramento when ready, Evans says.

  • Inconsistent Dodgers open 2nd half with NL West lead

    July 16, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Dodgers begin the second half with a 4 1/2-game lead over San Francisco in the NL West, having managed to remain in first since the end of May despite a rotation hit by injuries and an inconsistent offense.They've used 12 starting pitchers after losing two-fifths of their rotation for the season, the bullpen has been rocked by injury, and yet they own their largest lead at the break since 2009.

  • Long-suffering Astros finally back in contention

    July 16, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Here's something new: The Houston Astros finally have reason to look forward to the second half of the season.After several miserable years of rebuilding, losing and more losing, these Astros - powered by bearded ace Dallas Keuchel, diminutive second baseman Jose Altuve and rookie Carlos Correa - are just a half-game back in the American League West at the All-Star break and eyeing their first playoff trip since 2005.

  • Surging Pirates look to carry momentum into second half

    July 16, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Jordy Mercer and Pedro Alvarez were on the way to their lockers to savor another improbable comeback late Sunday night when the Pittsburgh Pirates teammates stopped in unison in front of one of the half-dozen large-screen televisions in the clubhouse.

  • St. Louis Cardinals enter 2nd half with majors' best record

    July 16, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Bruised and battle-tested, the St. Louis Cardinals watched their division lead dwindle to 2 1/2 games entering the All-Star break.They still have the best record and stingiest staff in the major leagues - and hopes of some reinforcements.

  • Orioles hope second-half surge makes up for mediocre start

    July 16, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) The Baltimore Orioles staggered into the All-Star break on level ground following a wild roller-coaster ride marred by inconsistent play.After losing 10 of 13 to drop to 44-44, the defending AL East champions are in third place, four games behind the division-leading New York Yankees.

  • Lead has dwindled, but Cardinals remain pace setters

    July 16, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Cardinals enter the second half of the season with the best record in baseball.But their once-imposing lead in the National League Central Division has dwindled to 2 1/2 games. The Cardinals hope to have slugger Matt Holliday back from the 15-day disabled list in time for their series against the New York Mets at home beginning Friday.

  • Rangers chart uncertain path after up-and-down first half

    July 16, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Prince Fielder is back to hitting, Josh Hamilton is back and the Texas Rangers are closer to first place than expected after a miserable April coming off the season-ending elbow injury to ace Yu Darvish in spring training.As for where they're headed when they return from the All-Star break Friday night in Houston, it's tough to say. Texas (42-46) has lost eight of nine and is six games behind the Los Angeles Angels, who overtook the Astros by half a game in the AL West on the final day before the break.

  • Surprising Marlins have been surprisingly bad

    July 16, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) The Miami Marlins have gone 8-6 since Giancarlo Stanton went on the disabled list, with their feeble offense finally showing signs of life.In 12 innings since an injury to All-Star second baseman Dee Gordon, Miami has scored 17 runs and celebrated two victories.

  • All-Star Game tickets among highest-priced in recent years

    July 16, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Dire weather forecasts hanging over the All-Star Game helped drive down costs, yet left the Cincinnati game with among the highest priced tickets for baseball's midsummer game in recent years.Austin, Texas-based TicketCity reported a final median sale price of 7, tumbling from 6 last weekend. The online service's figures show that was higher than 9 for the game at New York's Citi Field in 2013, and the 0 median price for last year's game in Minnesota.

  • LEADING OFF: Draft deadline Friday looms for 3 1st-rounders

    July 16, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues today:---DEADLINE DAYJust three of the 36 first-round draft picks are unsigned as Friday's deadline approaches: Vanderbilt shortstop Dansby Swanson, taken by Arizona with the No. 1 selection, and a pair of Dodgers choices: Vanderbilt right-hander Walker Buehler (24th) and Louisville right-hander Kyle Funkhouser (35th).

  • Rangers waive Detwiler after lefty refuses trip to minors

    July 15, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Rangers waived Ross Detwiler after the left-hander rejected an outright assignment to the minor leagues.The move Wednesday came four days after Texas designated Detwiler for assignment. He will be a free agent Friday if he clears waivers.

  • Yankees sign 1st-round pick James Kaprielian

    July 15, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Yankees have signed former UCLA right-hander James Kaprielian, the 16th overall pick in the June draft.Kaprielian agreed to a minor league contract Wednesday with a .65 million signing bonus.The 6-foot-4 Kaprielian was 10-4 with a 2.03 ERA and had 114 strikeouts in 106 2-3 innings for the Bruins as a junior. In May, Kaprielian combined with David Berg to throw the first no-hitter in UCLA history, a 1-0 victory over Arizona in 10 innings.

  • Dodgers acquire pitcher Grant Dayton from Miami

    July 15, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Dodgers have acquired left-hander Grant Dayton from the Miami Marlins in exchange for left-hander Chris Reed.Dayton was 2-1 with a 2.83 ERA and 35 strikeouts in 25 games for Triple-A New Orleans this season. The 27-year-old pitcher was selected by the Marlins in the 11th round of the 2010 first-year player draft.

  • Baseball's All-Star Game draws record-low television rating

    July 15, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Baseball's All-Star Game has drawn a record-low television rating.The AL's 6-3 win over the NL in Cincinnati on Tuesday night earned a 6.6 rating and 12 share on Fox. The previous low was a 6.8 in 2012.Fox said Wednesday that the broadcast averaged 10.9 million viewers. That's down from the 11.3 million for last year's game, Derek Jeter's final All-Star appearance.

  • Seattle looks for quick start to open second half of season

    July 15, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) The Seattle Mariners were expected to be playoff contenders at the start of the season. They open the second half seven games under .500.Short of a huge turnaround after the All-Star break, the Mariners will join the ranks of past Seattle teams that flopped when expected to be in the postseason picture.

  • Brewers stabilize, but poor start could leave them sellers

    July 15, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Once in free-fall, the last-place Milwaukee Brewers have stabilized now that it's summer.The offense has picked up, buttressed by an effective bullpen led by lights-out closer Francisco Rodriguez. With the second half starting Friday against Pittsburgh, manager Craig Counsell is hoping the Brewers can build on their 21-18 record since June 1.

  • As top prospects trickle in, Twins are in contention, too

    July 15, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) After stumbling through the last four seasons, the Minnesota Twins have summoned several of their best minor leaguers this summer, some straight from Double-A.These prized prospects have provided further reinforcement of the assumption the franchise is headed for brighter days. The funny thing about this rebuilding phase? The Twins have become contenders again.

  • With future uncertain, Tigers hope for big second half

    July 15, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Over the past few years, baseball's trade deadline has been a source of excitement and anticipation in Detroit.Whether he was pulling off a blockbuster deal last year for David Price or adding players like Anibal Sanchez and Jose Iglesias in previous seasons, general manager Dave Dombrowski has always been ready to act.

  • After World Series run, Royals proving rebuild was no fluke

    July 15, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) On a crisp, cool night last October, John Schuerholz walked through the gates of Kauffman Stadium. Every seat was full, bunting hung proudly from the railings. There was a buzz.It was all so familiar.''That's what we used to have all the time,'' he told The Associated Press, reflecting on the Royals' improbable run to the World Series. ''To see that back, and the banners over the plaza and all over the town, it was heartwarming. It really was.''

  • After jam with Eddie Vedder, Theo ponders rocking Cubs' boat

    July 15, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Don't bother asking whether this is the year.Theo Epstein's answer to the question that's haunted Cubs fans for a century-and-counting hasn't changed. It's the same one he gave four years ago, when Epstein was introduced as the franchise's latest savior to great fanfare and pleaded for patience: He has no idea. Neither does anyone else.

  • Freeway honoring soldier won't be renamed after MLB player

    July 15, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) Arizona has scrapped a move to temporarily rebrand a freeway recognizing soon-to-be baseball Hall of Famer Randy Johnson, keeping in place the existing name that honors a soldier who died in the Iraq War in 2003.The decision to nix an event honoring the former Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher drew praise from family members of Pfc. Lori Piestewa, who said they were surprised to hear about the rebranding.

  • White Sox perking up, but is it too late in AL Central race?

    July 15, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago White Sox rolled into the All-Star break playing their best ball of the season, finally performing like the team they thought they were after a miserable start.Maybe the worst is behind them. Or maybe this is just a brief reprieve.

  • White Sox perking up ... but is it too late?

    July 15, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago White Sox rolled into the All-Star break playing their best ball of the season, finally performing like the team they thought they were after a miserable start.The question is can they somehow jump into contention?They are last in the AL Central, 11 games behind division leader Kansas City and 5 1/2 out of the wild card.

  • Exhilarating All-Star week over, Reds will look to deal

    July 15, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Todd Frazier won the Home Run Derby with final-swing drama. Aroldis Chapman blew 'em away in the ninth inning. Even the rain stayed away, moving through town without interrupting the biggest moments of the All-Star Game.Now, even as Cincinnati Reds fans enjoy the successful festivities, it's time to trade the afterglow for the glum.

  • Plan scrapped to temporarily rename road after Randy Johnson

    July 15, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) Organizers have canceled plans to temporarily put newly elected baseball Hall of Famer Randy Johnson's name on a Phoenix freeway, which is permanently named for an Arizona soldier killed in combat during the Iraq war.Johnson wore No. 51 while playing for the Arizona Diamondbacks, and Gov. Doug Ducey had planned to participate in an event Friday to unveil signage for State Route 51 honoring Johnson.

  • Playoff races, trade talks highlight 2nd half of MLB season

    July 15, 2015

    The Cardinals are really good, the Phillies are really bad, and then there's everyone else.Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Jacob deGrom and a bevy of stars bunched near the top. Giancarlo Stanton, Miguel Cabrera and more big names coming back from injuries. Plus wily Joe Maddon and those Chicago Cubs poised to make a playoff run.

  • Orioles LHP Wesley Wright designated for assignment

    July 15, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) Left-hander Wesley Wright has been reinstated from the 60-day disabled list and designated for assignment by the Baltimore Orioles.Wright pitched in two games out of the bullpen with Baltimore before going on the 15-day DL on April 11 with a left trapezius strain. He was transferred to the 60-day disabled list May 24.

  • Jersey Boys Trout & Frazier head home after All-Star triumph

    July 15, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) As the Jersey Boys prepared to jet home from the All-Star Game for two days of R&R, Todd Frazier knew who was covering the cost of the charter flight, and it wasn't him.That honor, like many others these days, goes to Mike Trout.''Oh, he's definitely paying,'' Frazier said. ''Two MVPs - for sure.''

  • Chapman hits 103 mph in 9th inning of NL's 6-3 All-Star loss

    July 15, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Aroldis Chapman's first pitch zoomed in at 99 mph. The Reds closer was just warming up.The Cuban lefty hit triple digits to all three batters he faced on Tuesday night, a scintillating ninth-inning performance in the All-Star Game that left the home fans wondering how much longer they're going to see this up close.

  • Tuesday's Sports In Brief

    July 15, 2015

    BASEBALLCINCINNATI (AP) Mike Trout became the first player in 38 years to lead off the All-Star Game with a home run, and the American League beat the National League 6-3 to secure home-field advantage in the World Series for the third straight time and 10th in 13 years.

  • Prince Fielder is back at the top of his game

    July 15, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Prince Fielder takes the same approach to just about everything he does: keep things nice and easy.Coming back from major neck surgery. No problem.Facing NL MVP and Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw when it's tied at Tuesday night's All-Star Game. Hey, it's cool.

  • Trout hits leadoff HR, wins MVP as AL All-Stars top NL 6-3

    July 15, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Mike Trout flashed the skill that puts him at the front of baseball's new generation, just moments after four of the all-time greats walked off the field.Trout became the first player in 38 years to homer leading off an All-Star Game, then became the first player to take home the Midsummer Classic's MVP award two years in row.

  • NL pitchers a bit off as AL rolls to 6-3 All-Star win

    July 15, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Four pitches into the game, Zack Greinke left one up just a little bit. At Great American Ball Park, that's too much.The National League's pitching staff was highly impressive at times, fanning 15 batters overall. It was a bit off at other times, giving the American League the small opening it needed to pull away for a 6-3 win in the All-Star Game on Tuesday night.

  • The Latest: Trout homers, AL wins All-Star Game 6-3

    July 14, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Here are the latest developments from the MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday, the summer showcase where stars from the American League and National League compete for home-field advantage in the World Series (all times local):11:35 p.m.Mike Trout became the first player in 38 years to lead off the All-Star Game with a home run, and the American League beat the National League 6-3 Tuesday night to secure home-field advantage in the World Series for the third straight year.

  • Trout homers leading off, and AL All-Stars top NL 6-3

    July 15, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Mike Trout flashed the skill that puts him at the front of baseball's new generation, just moments after four of the all-time greats had just walked off the field.Trout became the first player in 38 years to homer leading off an All-Star Game, then became the first player to take home the Midsummer Classic's MVP award two years in row.

  • The Latest: Trout homers, AL wins All-Star Game 6-2

    July 14, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Here are the latest developments from the MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday, the summer showcase where stars from the American League and National League compete for home-field advantage in the World Series (all times local):11:35 p.m.Mike Trout became the first player in 38 years to lead off the All-Star Game with a home run, and the American League beat the National League 6-3 Tuesday night to secure home-field advantage in the World Series for the third straight year.

  • The Latest: Chapman brings heat, AL up 6-2 in All-Star Game

    July 14, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Here are the latest developments from the MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday, the summer showcase where stars from the American League and National League compete for home-field advantage in the World Series (all times local):11:30 p.m.Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman struck out the side in the top of the ninth inning and the National League gets one more chance to try to make a comeback in the All-Star Game.

  • The Latest: AL up 6-2 into last inning of All-Star Game

    July 14, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Here are the latest developments from the MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday, the summer showcase where stars from the American League and National League compete for home-field advantage in the World Series (all times local):11:18 p.m.The National League has only one more chance to try to prevent their American League counterparts from winning home-field advantage in the World Series.

  • The Latest: Dozier homers, AL up 6-2 in All-Star Game

    July 14, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Here are the latest developments from the MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday, the summer showcase where stars from the American League and National League compete for home-field advantage in the World Series (all times local):11:13 p.m.Mark Melancon got off to a great start to the top of the eighth, striking out Brett Gardner and pinch-hitter Russell Martin, but the last player added to the All-Star roster, Brian Dozier, then homered to put the AL up by four runs at 6-2.

  • The Latest: AL leads NL 5-2 at All-Star 7th-inning stretch

    July 14, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Here are the latest developments from the MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday, the summer showcase where stars from the American League and National League compete for home-field advantage in the World Series (all times local):10:50 p.m.The AL added two runs in the top of the seventh inning of the All-Star Game against Francisco Rodriguez, taking a 5-2 lead into the seventh-inning stretch.

  • The Latest: Fielder joins Trout with career All-Star cycle

    July 14, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Here are the latest developments from the MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday, the summer showcase where stars from the American League and National League compete for home-field advantage in the World Series (all times local):10:30 p.m.Mike Trout isn't the only player to get the career All-Star cycle on Tuesday night.

  • The Latest: McCutchen homers to get NL within 3-2

    July 14, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Here are the latest developments from the MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday, the summer showcase where stars from the American League and National League compete for home-field advantage in the World Series (all times local):10:21 p.m.On the first pitch in the bottom of the sixth inning in the All-Star Game, Andrew McCutchen made it a one-run game.

  • The Latest: Bumgarner slips 4th-inning jam in All-Star Game

    July 14, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Here are the latest developments from the MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday, the summer showcase where stars from the American League and National League compete for home-field advantage in the World Series (all times local):9:55 p.m.Madison Bumgarner got himself in a little jam, giving up a soft single to Lorenzo Cain then throwing a wild pitch while striking out Salvador Perez with two outs in the top of the fourth.

  • The Latest: All-Star Game tied 1-1 after 3 innings

    July 14, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Here are the latest developments from the MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday, the summer showcase where stars from the American League and National League compete for home-field advantage in the World Series (all times local):9:30 p.m.Gerrit Cole pitched a clean third inning for the NL in the All-Star Game on Tuesday night.

  • The Latest: Homer gives Trout career cycle in All-Star Game

    July 14, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Here are the latest developments from the MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday, the summer showcase where stars from the American League and National League compete for home-field advantage in the World Series (all times local):9:20 p.m.A little on Mike Trout's All-Star success: He's played in the midsummer classic in each of his first four full seasons, and he's hit for the cycle with his first at-bats in the four appearances - and in order.

  • The Latest: NL evens things up on Peralta's bloop single

    July 14, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Here are the latest developments from the MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday, the summer showcase where stars from the American League and National League compete for home-field advantage in the World Series (all times local):9:10 p.m.Sure-handed Josh Donaldson's throwing error on leadoff batter Paul Goldschmidt's infield hit helped the NL even things up in the All-Star Game on Tuesday night.

  • The Latest: Greinke retires side in 2nd, strikes out 4 total

    July 14, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Here are the latest developments from the MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday, the summer showcase where stars from the American League and National League compete for home-field advantage in the World Series (all times local):9 p.m.Grienke found his groove retiring the side in the order in the second inning of the All-Star Game on Tuesday night.

  • The Latest: Keuchel with clean 1st All-Star inning for AL

    July 14, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Here are the latest developments from the MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday, the summer showcase where stars from the American League and National League compete for home-field advantage in the World Series (all times local):8:50 p.m.A clean first inning for bushy-bearded Dallas Keuchel in his first All-Star Game.

  • The Latest: Mike Trout leads off All-Star Game with home run

    July 14, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Here are the latest developments from the MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday, the summer showcase where stars from the American League and National League compete for home-field advantage in the World Series (all times local):8:40 p.m.And Zack Greinke throws the first pitch in Tuesday night's All-Star Game to Buster Posey in a gold catching helmet at 8:32 p.m.

  • Rose, 3 other Reds honored on field before All-Star Game

    July 15, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Pete Rose came home for the All-Star Game and made a rare on-field appearance in the place where he's still treated like a king.The hits king was voted one of Cincinnati's Franchise Four players as part of a Major League Baseball promotion. Rose and Hall of Famers Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin and Joe Morgan were introduced on the field at Great American Ball Park before the All-Star Game on Tuesday night.

  • The Latest: Rosenthal likely out for All-Star Game; flair up

    July 14, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Here are the latest developments from the MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday, the summer showcase where stars from the American League and National League compete for home-field advantage in the World Series (all times local):8:25 p.m.Looks as if Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal is going to sit out his first All-Star Game.

  • LEADING OFF: Break time in the bigs, deals could be coming

    July 14, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Wednesday:---SUMMER BREAKTime for a backyard BBQ, a quick trip to the mountains, a movie or just plain rest. No games in the bigs scheduled until Friday, coveted time off in the middle of a grueling season. When play resumes, a tasty series at Nationals Park as the Dodgers visit Washington in a matchup of NL division leaders.

  • Cards closer Rosenthal has sore arm, will likely miss ASG

    July 14, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) St. Louis Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal has a sore arm and is likely to miss the All-Star Game.Rosenthal is among five Cardinals on the National League roster at Tuesday night's game.The right-hander appeared in four of the Cardinals' last five games, throwing 1 1-3 innings on Saturday. Rosenthal gave up four runs and seven hits combined in two outings at Pittsburgh going into the break.

  • The Latest: Warm applause for Rose on field at All-Star Game

    July 14, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Here are the latest developments from the MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday, the summer showcase where stars from the American League and National League compete for home-field advantage in the World Series (all times local):8:15 p.m.As the players lined up for the introductions it became immediately apparent that many of the regular-season dress codes are set aside for the All-Star Game - so players can show some flair.

  • Clark critical Pierre-Paul's medical records became public

    July 14, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Citing the example of NFL defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, baseball players' association head Tony Clark said his union has no intention of allowing teams to obtain medical records of high school and college players ahead of each June's amateur draft.

  • While MLB open to pitch clocks, players' union opposed

    July 14, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Baseball management is intrigued with the idea of using pitch clocks to speed play in the major leagues. The players' association thinks it is a horrible idea.Adopting rules requiring hitters to keep at least one foot in the batter's box and to put up clocks timing between-innings breaks led to the average time of a nine-inning game dropping to 2 hours, 53 minutes so far this season. That is down from 3:02 for the first half of 2014.

  • MLB regular season cut could get tied to changing playoffs

    July 14, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Cutting the length of Major League Baseball's regular-season schedule could be tied to reconfiguring the postseason.Baseball players are increasingly complaining of the toll of playing 162 games in 183 days. The schedule was 154 games before the AL added eight games when it expanded in 1961, and the National League adopted the new format when it added two teams for the 1962 season.

  • The Latest: Frazier feeling effects of Home Run Derby win

    July 14, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Here are the latest developments from the MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday, the summer showcase where stars from the American League and National League compete for home-field advantage in the World Series (all times local):7 p.m.The NL All-Stars used the Reds clubhouse, and one locker assignment brought a few smiles: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina was assigned to Brandon Phillips' locker.

  • MLB hopes Rays, A's can get new ballparks in current markets

    July 14, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Major League Baseball remains hopeful the Tampa Bay Rays and Oakland Athletics will be able to obtain new ballparks without relocating yet will examine other markets in case a team needs to move or the sport decides to expand.Tampa Bay is last in the major leagues in average home attendance at 14,731 and Oakland is 26th at 22,369. Twenty-two of the 30 clubs have opened new stadiums since 1990, and the Rays and A's are the only teams currently seeking new homes.

  • The Latest: Archer awed by All-Star parade; autograph this

    July 14, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Here are the latest developments from the MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday, the summer showcase where stars from the American League and National League compete for home-field advantage in the World Series (all times local):5:25 p.m.Tampa Bay's Chris Archer was awed by the players' parade through the streets of downtown Cincinnati.

  • The Latest: Rain expected to taper off before All-Star Game

    July 14, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Here are the latest developments from the MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday, the summer showcase where stars from the American League and National League compete for home-field advantage in the World Series (all times local):4:45 p.m.A line of strong storms rolling through Cincinnati could make the All-Star Game a wet affair.

  • Manfred, Clark say MLB nearing new domestic violence policy

    July 14, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Major League Baseball and the players' association say they are nearing agreement on a new domestic violence policy.The sides have been talking since last year, following a series of high-profile domestic violence cases involving NFL players.

  • Stormy Ohio weather means All-Star Game could be wet

    July 14, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) A line of strong storms rolling through Cincinnati could make the All-Star Game a wet affair.Severe thunderstorms moved through the area late Tuesday afternoon, with extremely heavy rain at Great American Ball Park. Weather reports say the rain is expected to taper off by the scheduled 8:15 p.m. start of the game, but showers are possible through the evening.

  • Manfred says no MLB-wide fan safety changes likely until '16

    July 14, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Major League Baseball is likely to wait until next season before making any changes to improve fan safety.A fan at Fenway Park was hospitalized after she was hit by a broken bat while sitting along the third-base line on June 5. MLB is studying whether netting should be expanded.

  • The Latest: Heavy rain before All-Star game, good derby TV

    July 14, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Here are the latest developments from the MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday, the summer showcase where stars from the American League and National League compete for home-field advantage in the World Series (all times local):4 p.m.Here comes the rain. The sunny morning with streets filled with red-clad fans has suddenly turned into a colossal summer storm ahead of the All-Star Game on Tuesday night.

  • The Latest: Manfred before All-Star Game on Rose, expansion

    July 14, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Here are the latest developments from the MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday, the summer showcase where stars from the American League and National League compete for home-field advantage in the World Series (all times local):2:25 p.m.MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred says there is no meeting set yet with Pete Rose, who remains a celebrated presence in Cincinnati.

  • Holt 1st All-Star to start at 7 positions before break

    July 14, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Brock Holt brought his infield glove to the All-Star Game. And his outfield glove.If he winds up playing first base, he'll borrow a mitt.Of the 1,457 players who have appeared in All-Star Games, none have started at seven different positions before the break. He could be the first.

  • Reds' Todd Frazier wins All-Star Derby in home park

    July 13, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) ''The Toddfather'' has a new title. Todd Frazier - Little League World Series star, Frank Sinatra aficionado - is baseball's new King of Swing.The Jersey boy who never seems to get rattled waited until his very last swing - three times, no less - to win the All-Star Home Run Derby in his home ballpark on Monday night.

  • The Latest: Cincinnati slugger Frazier wins Home Run Derby

    July 13, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Here are the latest developments from baseball's All-Star Game festivities in Cincinnati, where sluggers are competing in the Home Run Derby on Monday night before Tuesday's game to decide home field advantage in the World Series (all times local):

  • The Latest: Pederson vs Frazier in Home Run Derby final

    July 13, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Here are the latest developments from baseball's All-Star Game festivities in Cincinnati, where sluggers are competing in the Home Run Derby on Monday night before Tuesday's game to decide home field advantage in the World Series (all times local):

  • The Latest: Pederson impressive in semi with 12 homers

    July 13, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Here are the latest developments from baseball's All-Star Game festivities in Cincinnati, where sluggers are competing in the Home Run Derby on Monday night before Tuesday's game to decide home field advantage in the World Series (all times local):

  • The Latest: Frazier busts Donaldson from derby with drama

    July 13, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Here are the latest developments from baseball's All-Star Game festivities in Cincinnati, where sluggers are competing in the Home Run Derby on Monday night before Tuesday's game to decide home field advantage in the World Series (all times local):

  • The Latest: Donaldson hits 9 homers in derby semifinal

    July 13, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Here are the latest developments from baseball's All-Star Game festivities in Cincinnati, where sluggers are competing in the Home Run Derby on Monday night before Tuesday's game to decide home field advantage in the World Series (all times local):

  • The Latest: Pujols passes Bryant with last swing at buzzer

    July 13, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Here are the latest developments from baseball's All-Star Game festivities in Cincinnati, where sluggers are competing in the Home Run Derby on Monday night before Tuesday's game to decide home field advantage in the World Series (all times local):

  • The Latest: Cubs rookie Kris Bryant hits 9 homers in Round 1

    July 13, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Here are the latest developments from baseball's All-Star Game festivities in Cincinnati, where sluggers are competing in the Home Run Derby on Monday night before Tuesday's game to decide home field advantage in the World Series (all times local):

  • The Latest: Dodgers rookie Joc Pederson easily beats Machado

    July 13, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Here are the latest developments from baseball's All-Star Game festivities in Cincinnati, where sluggers are competing in the Home Run Derby on Monday night before Tuesday's game to decide home field advantage in the World Series (all times local):

  • LEADING OFF: Trout, AL try for 3rd straight All-Star win

    July 13, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Tuesday:---RIVALRY RENEWEDAngels dynamo Mike Trout steps in against Dodgers ace Zack Greinke to start the All-Star Game at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. The National League leads the all-time series 43-40, with two ties. The American League is trying for its third straight win - the last NL victory came in 2012, when Houston second baseman Jose Altuve was a mid-game substitute. Now playing for the Astros in the AL, Altuve is in the starting lineup.

  • The Latest: Machado puts up 12 homers in derby's first round

    July 13, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Here are the latest developments from baseball's All-Star Game festivities in Cincinnati, where sluggers are competing in the Home Run Derby on Monday night before Tuesday's game to decide home field advantage in the World Series (all times local):

  • The Latest: Frazier ousts Fielder from derby with 14 homers

    July 13, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Here are the latest developments from baseball's All-Star Game festivities in Cincinnati, where sluggers are competing in the Home Run Derby on Monday night before Tuesday's game to decide home field advantage in the World Series (all times local):

  • The Latest: Fielder goes for distance in Home Run Derby

    July 13, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Here are the latest developments from baseball's All-Star Game festivities in Cincinnati, where sluggers will compete in the Home Run Derby on Monday night before Tuesday's game to decide home field advantage in the World Series (all times local):

  • The Latest: Donaldson eliminates Rizzo from Home Run Derby

    July 13, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Here are the latest developments from baseball's All-Star Game festivities in Cincinnati, where sluggers will compete in the Home Run Derby on Monday night before Tuesday's game to decide home field advantage in the World Series (all times local):

  • The Latest: Rizzo hits 8 homers in 1st rd under new format

    July 13, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Here are the latest developments from baseball's All-Star Game festivities in Cincinnati, where sluggers will compete in the Home Run Derby on Monday night before Tuesday's game to decide home field advantage in the World Series (all times local):

  • Don't forget the old guys at youthful All-Star Game

    July 13, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) A.J. Burnett sat at his table during the National League media session Monday wearing a white T-shirt that showed off his tattooed arms, his hair styled in a faux hawk similar to the `do worn by one of his sons standing nearby.The old man of this All-Star Game fit right in with a pretty young crowd.

  • The Latest: MLB changes derby rules because of bad forecast

    July 13, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Here are the latest developments from baseball's All-Star Game festivities in Cincinnati, where sluggers will compete in the Home Run Derby on Monday night before Tuesday's game to decide home field advantage in the World Series (all times local):

  • Rangers' Perez set for return more than year after surgery

    July 13, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Texas Rangers left-hander Martin Perez will complete his return from elbow surgery with his first major league start in more than a year Friday in Houston.Texas optioned right-handed reliever Roman Mendez to Triple-A Round Rock on Monday, and announced that Perez will be activated off the 60-day disabled for the first game after the All-Star break.

  • The Latest: Cincy fans cheer Frazier at batting practice

    July 13, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Here are the latest developments from baseball's All-Star Game festivities in Cincinnati, where sluggers will compete in the Home Run Derby on Monday night before Tuesday's game to decide home field advantage in the World Series (all times local):

  • Trout, Harper, plenty of fresh faces highlight All-Star Game

    July 14, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Not too long ago, Mike Trout, Bryce Harper and Gerrit Cole were the ones picking up the extra balls and getting pranked into paying the pricey checks.Now, along with the likes of Kris Bryant, Matt Harvey and many others, they've become the face of the All-Star Game and the future of the major leagues.

  • The Latest: Sunny derby batting practice; Manfred town hall

    July 13, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Here are the latest developments from baseball's All-Star Game festivities in Cincinnati, where sluggers will compete in the Home Run Derby on Monday night before Tuesday's game to decide home field advantage in the World Series (all times local):

  • The Latest: Sun for Home Run Derby BP; Manfred town Hall

    July 13, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Here are the latest developments from baseball's All-Star Game festivities in Cincinnati, where sluggers will compete in a home run derby Monday night before Tuesday's game to decide home field advantage in the World Series (all times local):

  • Lawsuit seeks safety netting for MLB ballparks

    July 13, 2015

    An Oakland Athletics season ticket-holder asked a federal court Monday to protect fans from flying bats and balls by ordering Major League Baseball to extend the safety netting at its ballparks the entire length of the foul lines.The lawsuit filed in the Northern District of California seeks class action status on behalf of all fans buying season tickets in unprotected areas of major league parks. It is not asking for money; instead, it wants Commissioner Rob Manfred to extend the screens that typically cover only a few sections behind the plate so that they run from foul pole to foul pole.

  • Middle relievers getting their due at All-Star Game

    July 13, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Darren O'Day can count his career saves on the fingers of both hands - only 10 digits needed to sum up his eight years of relief work in the majors. Kelvin Herrera needs only one hand to tally his saves total.No matter. Managers know the value of having a bullpen full of dependable setup men and specialists who can hold a lead long enough to bring in the big-name closer, and that's reflected in these All-Star Game rosters.

  • The Latest: 1M pounds of popcorn, rain letting up

    July 13, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Here are the latest developments from baseball's All-Star Game festivities in Cincinnati, where sluggers will compete in a home run derby Monday night before Tuesday's game to decide home field advantage in the World Series (all times local):

  • The Latest: Hot dog a sandwich? Wacky queries for All-Stars

    July 13, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Here are the latest developments from baseball's All-Star Game festivities in Cincinnati, where sluggers will compete in a home run derby Monday night before Tuesday's game to decide home field advantage in the World Series (all times local):

  • Suit seeks safety netting for MLB ballparks

    July 13, 2015

    A federal lawsuit filed in San Francisco on Monday is trying to force Major League Baseball to install netting from foul pole to foul pole to protect spectators from flying bats and balls.The lawsuit filed on behalf of an Oakland A's fan and other season ticket-holders throughout the major leagues does not ask for money. Instead, it wants Commissioner Rob Manfred to extend the screens that typically cover only a few sections behind the plate all the way down the first- and third-base lines.

  • The Latest: Field at Great American Ball Park getting wet

    July 13, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Here are the latest developments from baseball's All-Star Game festivities in Cincinnati, where sluggers will compete in a home run derby Monday night before Tuesday's game to decide home field advantage in the World Series (all times local):

  • The Latest: NL, AL lineups for All-Star Game announced

    July 13, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Here are the latest developments from baseball's All-Star Game festivities in Cincinnati, where sluggers will compete in a home run derby Monday night before Tuesday's game to decide home field advantage in the World Series (all times local):

  • Greinke to start All-Star Game for NL, Keuchel for AL

    July 13, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Picked to start the All-Star Game for the National League, Zack Greinke wasn't sure he wanted his wife to make the trek from Los Angeles to Great American Ball Park.''My wife is less than three weeks until having a kid,'' he said of Emily. ''She found a way to get out here even though she probably shouldn't have. That just shows how excited the family is.''

  • Greinke, Scherzer on track for Cy Young race

    July 13, 2015

    Last season's tightest major award vote in baseball was for the American League Cy Young, with Cleveland's Corey Kluber edging Seattle's Felix Hernandez by only 10 points.Now it's the National League that looks like it could have a compelling race among its top pitchers. After Washington's Max Scherzer set the pace with a sensational stretch in June, Zack Greinke of the Los Angeles Dodgers has been making his own bid. Greinke hasn't allowed a run since June 13 and enters the All-Star break with a 1.39 ERA.

  • LEADING OFF: Home Run Derby; All-Star starting pitchers

    July 13, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Monday:---HOME RUN DERBYThe brackets are set, and baseball is ready to crown a new Home Run Derby winner under a new format for the popular event held the day before the All-Star game. Without two-time defending champion Yoenis Cespedes in the field, will Price Fielder win the competition a third time? Could Todd Frazier take the trophy in front of his hometown fans or will it be one of the All-Star rookies, Joc Pederson or Kris Bryant? This year, the players go head to head in an elimination-style tournament.

  • Homegrown catcher leads US over World 10-1 in Futures Game

    July 12, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) A homer in Cleveland. A triple in Cincinnati. From top-to-bottom in his home state, Kyle Schwarber is demonstrating he can pretty much hit anything.Schwarber hit a two-run triple on Sunday that got the U.S. team rolling toward a 10-1 victory in the All-Star Futures Game, managed by two stars on Cincinnati's Big Red Machine. The Cubs catcher appreciated the significance - the Reds were his favorite team growing up in nearby Middletown, Ohio.

  • MLB teams increase international spending, seeking edge

    July 12, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) For all the talk about big-money contracts for major leaguers, the New York Yankees spent nearly .1 million on international amateurs during the last signing period.''All of our top guys really felt that this crop of young kids was the best they've seen in years and years and years, so we went out and we grabbed seven of the top 10 or 11 guys,'' owner Hal Steinbrenner said. ''For that kind of money, I guess if one or two of them works out, you made the right decision.''

  • Red Sox fan recovering after hit by foul ball at Fenway

    July 12, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) A woman hit by a foul ball at Fenway Park during Friday night's Red Sox-New York Yankees game is recovering at home after getting three dozen stitches in her forehead.Stephanie Wapenski, a Red Sox fan from Massachusetts, was sitting along the third base line with her fiance, a Yankees fan who proposed to her last year at ballpark. They live in Branford, Connecticut.

  • Alex Rodriguez moves into top 25 of all-time hit list

    July 12, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez has moved into the top 25 on baseball's career hit list.Rodriguez doubled in the sixth inning of Sunday's game against the Boston Red Sox to record his 3,020th hit. That ties him with Rafael Palmeiro for 25th all-time.

  • Dodgers' Kershaw headed to 5th straight All-Star Game

    July 12, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Clayton Kershaw is going to the All-Star Game in Cincinnati despite a .500 record in the first half for the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers.The current National League MVP and Cy Young Award winner wasn't elected by his peers and he finished third in the fan vote, but that didn't bother him.

  • Mets' OF Nieuwenhuis hits 3 homers in first 3 at-bats

    July 12, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) New York Mets outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit three homers in his first three at-bats, then struck out in the seventh inning during Sunday's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.He opened the second inning with a homer off Rubby De La Rosa, and added a two-run shot in the third off the same pitcher. In the fifth, he led off with a homer off Randall Delgado. He led off the seventh inning and struck out against Andrew Chafin.

  • Mets' OF Nieuwenhuis has 3 homers in first 3 at-bats

    July 12, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) New York Mets outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis has hit three homers in his first three at-bats in Sunday's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.Nieuwenhuis has two solo home runs and a two-run homer. His third home run hit the right-field foul pole.

  • Kershaw, Santiago join All-Stars, replacing Scherzer, Gray

    July 12, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) With several All-Stars pitching Sunday and other players nursing injuries, the rosters for the Mid-Summer Classic went through some changes before Tuesday's game in Cincinnati.A look at who is in and who is out:Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira and outfielder Brett Gardner, Minnesota second baseman Brian Dozier, Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant and Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki previously filled spots of injured players.

  • Marlins' Dee Gordon might avoid DL despite dislocated thumb

    July 12, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Marlins All-Star second baseman Dee Gordon may be able to avoid the disabled list despite dislocating his left thumb.Gordon will miss the All-Star Game and will likely sit out the Marlins' first series following the break, but he might return after that, president of baseball operations Michael Hill said Sunday.

  • Red Sox DH Ortiz out of lineup with illness

    July 12, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is out of Sunday's lineup against the New York Yankees because of an upper respiratory illness.Manager John Farrell said he was waiting to see how Ortiz felt before posting the lineup. About 45 minutes later, the club listed the lineup without Ortiz's name.

  • Rays put shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera on DL

    July 12, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays have placed shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring and recalled infielder Tim Beckham from Triple-A Durham.The moves were announced before Sunday's game against Houston.

  • Nova loses 3rd straight start; Yankees fall to Red Sox 5-3

    July 11, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) New York right-hander Ivan Nova hasn't had much offensive support the last three starts.On Saturday, the bullpen didn't help either.Nova left with New York trailing by a run before the bullpen allowed two more to score in Boston's 5-3 victory over the AL East-leading Yankees.

  • LEADING OFF: Indians' Kluber to face Athletics' Gray

    July 11, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Sunday:---PRIME MATCHUPCleveland's Corey Kluber, the reigning AL Cy Young winner, faces Oakland's Sonny Gray, an early leader for this season's award, on the final day before the All-Star break. Kluber (4-9, 3.45 ERA) has struggled to get wins but is second in the AL with 148 strikeouts - trailing only Chicago's Chris Sale (157). Gray, headed to the All-Star Game, is 9-3 with a 2.20 ERA in 17 starts.

  • Tulowitzki replaces Gordon on NL All-Star team

    July 11, 2015

    DENVER (AP) Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki learned Saturday he was heading to the All-Star Game again as an injury replacement.It's his fifth appearance in the All-Star Game where he'll join fellow Rockies infielders Nolan Arenado (third baseman) and D.J. LeMahieu (second baseman) at the mid-summer classic. The Rockies shortstop is replacing Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon, who dislocated his left thumb on Saturday against the Reds.

  • Marlins' Gordon out of All-Star Game with dislocated thumb

    July 11, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Second baseman Dee Gordon was ruled out of the All-Star Game after dislocating his left thumb Saturday, but said he thinks he avoided serious injury.Gordon left the Miami Marlins' 14-3 win against Cincinnati in the seventh inning after he was hurt beating out an infield hit with a headfirst slide.

  • Yankees call up 2B Rob Refsnyder

    July 11, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The New York Yankees have called up second baseman Rob Refsnyder from the minor leagues.The 24-year-old infielder was in the lineup, batting ninth for his major league debut against the Boston Red Sox on Saturday night.Infielder Cole Figueroa was sent down to Triple-A to make room for Refsnyder on the 25-man roster. Outfielder Mason Williams was transferred from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list to make room for Refsnyder on the 40-man roster.

  • Braves reliever Jason Grilli suffers leg injury

    July 11, 2015

    DENVER (AP) It began as a scramble from the mound toward first to cover the bag, something Jason Grilli has done countless times in his career. This one, though, ended with a bad step and Grilli crumpled on the ground in agony.The Atlanta Braves reliever suffered a season-ending left Achilles tendon rupture and took the loss Saturday in a 3-2 defeat to the Colorado Rockies.

  • Cardinals recall relievers Tuivailala, Greenwood from minors

    July 11, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The St. Louis Cardinals recalled relievers Sam Tuivailala and Nick Greenwood from Triple-A Memphis on Saturday to bolster the bullpen for the final two games before the All-Star break.Right-hander Mitch Harris was placed on the disabled list and first baseman Xavier Scruggs was sent down to Memphis.

  • Rangers designate Detwiler for assignment, bring up Mendez

    July 11, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Texas Rangers have designated left-hander Ross Detwiler for assignment and recalled reliever Roman Mendez from Triple-A Round Rock.Detwiler started the season in the rotation after an offseason trade with Washington for two Texas prospects. The 29-year-old went 0-5 with a 6.95 ERA in seven starts and was sent to the bullpen after a stint on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation.

  • Gordon leaves Marlins' game with apparent hand injury

    July 11, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) NL All-Star second baseman Dee Gordon has left the Miami Marlins' game against Cincinnati with an apparent hand injury after sliding headfirst into first base for an infield hit.Gordon came out of the game for a pinch runner in the seventh inning Saturday.

  • Twins 2B Dozier gets Blue Jays OF Bautista's All-Star spot

    July 11, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Brian Dozier is an American League All-Star after all.Major League Baseball announced Saturday the Minnesota Twins second baseman was added to the squad by AL manager Ned Yost, replacing Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista. Bautista will skip the All-Star game to receive treatment on the sore right shoulder he's been playing through for several weeks.

  • Rockies recall reliever Rex Brothers from minors

    July 11, 2015

    DENVER (AP) The Colorado Rockies have recalled reliever Rex Brothers from Triple-A Albuquerque.Brothers spent much of the previous four seasons with the Rockies. The left-hander was 4-1 with three saves and a 4.71 ERA in 32 appearances with Albuquerque this season.

  • Boston places RHP Buchholz on 15-day DL

    July 11, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Boston Red Sox have placed right-hander Clay Buchholz on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right elbow.To take his place, the club selected left-hander Brian Johnson, a highly touted prospect, from Triple-A Pawtucket Saturday before their game against the New York Yankees.

  • Athletics recall RHP Bassitt to start against Indians

    July 11, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Oakland Athletics recalled right-hander Chris Bassitt from Triple-A Nashville to start Saturday night's game against the Cleveland Indians.Right-hander Jesse Hahn, who was scheduled to start Saturday, was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained forearm. He had an MRI on Friday and will be shut down for a couple of weeks. Hahn is 6-6 with a 3.35 ERA in 16 starts.

  • Cubs C Montero leaves game vs White Sox with jammed thumb

    July 11, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Cubs catcher Miguel Montero has left their game against the White Sox because of a jammed left thumb.Montero was hurt catching a pitch from Jon Lester on Saturday. He struck out swinging in the second and did not take the field in the third. Taylor Teagarden replaced him behind the plate.

  • Tigers add righty Neftali Feliz to lagging bullpen

    July 11, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Detroit Tigers have agreed to terms on a contract with right-hander Neftali Feliz, aiming to boost their shaky bullpen.Feliz joined the Tigers Saturday at Minnesota, a week after being let go by the Texas Rangers.Feliz entered this season with a 2.53 career ERA, but he lost his job as the closer after blowing three of nine save opportunities. Feliz had 72 saves over the 2010-11 seasons, helping the Rangers reach the World Series both years.

  • Indians place Aviles on family medical emergency list again

    July 11, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Cleveland Indians have placed infielder Mike Aviles on the family medical emergency list for the second time this season.Aviles' 4-year-old daughter, Adriana, was diagnosed with leukemia in May and has been undergoing treatment at Cleveland Clinic. Aviles was at the hospital with his daughter Friday before arriving at Progressive Field, and he then left to return to the hospital before the start of that night's game against Oakland. On Saturday, he called manager Terry Francona to say, ''I need to be there.''

  • Fan leaves hospital after getting hit by foul ball at Fenway

    July 11, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) A fan hit by a foul ball at Fenway Park has been treated and released from a Boston hospital.An unidentified woman was hit by a foul ball in the fifth inning of Friday night's New York Yankees-Boston Red Sox game. After being briefly treated, she got up and walked through the stands holding a towel to her head.

  • Pete Rose still beloved in hometown despite scandals

    July 11, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) A photograph of the bat and ball from Pete Rose's record-setting 4,192nd hit has adorned the back of the enormous video board at Great American Ball Park for a dozen years, reminding everyone of one of the city's biggest sports moments.

  • Pence slam among 22 hits for Giants in 15-2 win

    July 11, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Hunter Pence's enthusiasm for the game was missed during a recent offensive drought. It seems to be contagious now.Pence hit a grand slam as part of an eight-run fourth inning against former All-Star Cole Hamels, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Philadelphia Phillies 15-2 on Friday night.

  • Baseball's All-Star Game a hot ticket; prices jump

    July 11, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) There's a hot market for tickets to baseball's mid-summer All-Star Game in Cincinnati.With the game sold out for weeks and the host city within a six-hour drive for fans in a half-dozen other MLB cities, online sites and ticket brokers are seeing prices jumping above typical levels for the annual game. Even standing-room only tickets are commanding hundreds of dollars, with premium seats behind home plate being offered online for nearly ,000 each. The sold-out Home Run Derby on Monday night is also getting listings for hundreds of dollars per ticket.

  • Salazar shuts down A's as Indians win 5-1

    July 10, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Danny Salazar was within one out of his second career complete game. Instead he had to settle for another dominant performance by a Cleveland starting pitcher.Salazar scattered five hits while allowing an unearned run in 8 2/3 innings and the Indians used a four-run sixth to beat the Oakland Athletics 5-1 on Friday night.

  • Fan leaves game at Fenway after getting hit with foul ball

    July 11, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Another fan at Fenway Park has been injured.An unidentified woman was hit by a foul ball in the fifth inning of Friday night's New York Yankees-Boston Red Sox game. After being treated for a few minutes, she got up and walked through the stands holding a towel to her head.

  • LEADING OFF: Lester-Sale in Chicago duel; Odorizzi returns

    July 10, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Saturday:---ACE OFFIt's ace against ace, with Chris Sale starting for the White Sox and Jon Lester for the Cubs. Sale came up short trying to set the record for consecutive starts with at least 10 strikeouts, against Toronto on Monday while Lester took a no-hitter into the seventh against St. Louis.

  • Mets rookie Matz has no regrets about pitching with injury

    July 10, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Mets rookie Steven Matz insisted Friday he has no regrets about pitching with an achy muscle even though the injury turned out to be more serious than he thought.Matz felt a twinge near his left armpit after throwing 110 pitches during a dazzling major league debut June 28 against Cincinnati. But he was cleared to start again Sunday in Los Angeles, where he tossed six innings of two-hit ball in an 8-0 victory over the Dodgers.

  • Red Sox RHP Buchholz leaves with elbow tightness

    July 10, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Boston Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz has left his start against the New York Yankees in the third inning with tightness in his throwing elbow.Buchholz looked toward the dugout after throwing a cut fastball to Stephen Drew for a ball that was clocked at 84 mph Friday night. After a brief consultation with manager John Farrell and the trainer, Buchholz walked off the field with runners at second and third and one out.

  • Rangers' Feliz refuses minor league assignment

    July 10, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Neftali Feliz has told the Texas Rangers on Friday he would not accept an outright assignment to the minor leagues, making him a free agent.The Rangers designated the former All-Star closer for assignment after their game on July 3. They were unable to trade Feliz, and he cleared waivers. As a five-year veteran, he had the right to refuse a minor league assignment.

  • Rockies recall RHP Germen, place RHP Hale on DL

    July 10, 2015

    DENVER (AP) Right-hander Gonzalez Germen, claimed off waivers earlier this week from the Chicago Cubs, was called up by the Colorado Rockies and scheduled to start Friday night's game against the Atlanta Braves.The Rockies also placed right-hander David Hale on the 15-day disabled list. Hale pitched 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief Thursday against Atlanta before leaving with a left groin strain.

  • Royals' Moustakas, Cardinals' Martinez win final fan vote

    July 10, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas and St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Carlos Martinez are going to the All-Star Game as winners of the final fan vote.Martinez surged ahead of Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto in voting that ended Friday afternoon to become the sixth Cardinals player to make the NL roster for Tuesday's Mid-Summer Classic in Cincinnati.

  • Brewers minor leaguer draws 72-game drug suspension

    July 10, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) A minor league player in the Milwaukee Brewers' organization has been suspended 72 games without pay after a positive test for a performance-enhancing drug.Outfielder Ariel Estades was penalized Friday by the commissioner's office after testing positive for Nandrolone, a steroid.

  • Moustakas is reinstated from the bereavement list

    July 10, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Mike Moustakas has been reinstated from the bereavement list Friday and is in the Kansas City Royals' lineup at third base and batting second against the Toronto Blue Jays.Moustakas left Sunday's game against the Minnesota Twins after five innings. He's missed four games.

  • Igleslias to start for Reds at Miami in place of DeSclafani

    July 10, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Right-hander Raisel Iglesias will come off the disabled list to make a spot start Saturday for Cincinnati against Miami in place of right-hander Anthony DeSclafani, who is bothered by lingering tightness in his gluteus.DeSclafani is expected to miss only one turn and rejoin the rotation right after the All-Star break, Reds manager Bryan Price said Friday.

  • Nationals CF Span placed on DL with back spasms

    July 10, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) The Washington Nationals placed center fielder Denard Span on the 15-day disabled list Friday, hoping an extended rest will help him recover from lingering back spasms.Span was pulled in the third inning of Monday's game against Cincinnati and has not played since. He had an MRI on Tuesday and is seeing a specialist in an effort to eliminate an injury that has plagued the Nationals' leadoff hitter the entire season.

  • White Sox recall Saladino, send Jones on rehab assignment

    July 10, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago White Sox have recalled infielder Tyler Saladino from Triple-A Charlotte and sent reliever Nate Jones to Class A Winston-Salem on an injury rehabilitation assignment.Saladino was making his major league debut Friday against the Cubs, batting second and starting at third base.

  • Cubs don't expect Hammel to miss turn in rotation

    July 10, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs do not expect starter Jason Hammel to miss a turn in the rotation because of a hamstring problem.Hammel, 5-4 with a 2.86 ERA in 17 starts, left Wednesday's game against St. Louis because of tightness in his left hamstring. An MRI showed no major structural damage, and manager Joe Maddon has the right-hander penciled in to start at Cincinnati on July 21.

  • Casey McGehee rejoins Marlins; Jeff Baker on DL

    July 10, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Third baseman Casey McGehee has signed with the Miami Marlins and joined their 25-man roster in hopes of staging another career comeback.To make room for McGehee, the Marlins placed infielder Jeff Baker on the disabled list Friday because of a left intercostal strain.

  • Splish splash! Hitters take aim at river for home run derby

    July 10, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Break out the boats. This All-Star Home Run Derby might make a splash.The annual long-ball celebration will have a favorable setting Monday. Great American Ball Park has been one of the major leagues' most homer-friendly places since it opened in 2003, with its short distances and lift-producing humidity providing a cozy flight path to the seats.

  • Purr now, play later: Cats take it easy for 'Paw Star Game'

    July 10, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) There's no meowing in baseball - until now.Joe DiMeowgio, Darryl Pawberry, Jose Catseco and other feline players will take the field for Hallmark Channel's first ''Paw Star Game'' on Sunday, two days before Major League Baseball's annual All-Star Game.

  • Cincinnati eager for All-Star spotlight on city's progress

    July 10, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Leaders of the host city for baseball's All-Star Game say Cincinnati is ready for its close-up.After more than two years of planning and sprucing up, organizers say everything's in place for a smooth, safe and fun five days of events that began Friday morning with the opening of MLB's fan festival. There will be concerts, exhibits, celebrity softball, the home run derby and other activities capped by Tuesday night's game.

  • Rockies righty Hale leaves with groin injury

    July 10, 2015

    DENVER (AP) Colorado Rockies right-hander David Hale left Thursday night's game against the Atlanta Braves in the third inning because of a mild left groin strain.Hale, who was scheduled to start Friday night, instead entered in the top of the second inning in place of starter Kyle Kendrick after a rain delay of 2 hours, 6 minutes. Kendrick did not return after pitching the first inning.

  • Mets rookie LHP Steven Matz sidelined with torn back muscle

    July 9, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Mets pitcher Steven Matz has a partially torn muscle in his upper back that will sideline the impressive rookie at least a month - probably longer.In a surprise announcement Thursday night, the Mets revealed Matz was examined at the Hospital for Special Surgery and diagnosed with a partial tear of the lat muscle on his left side.

  • LEADING OFF: Cole for 13th W; Cubs-White Sox; Red Sox-Yanks

    July 9, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Friday:---ALL-STAR BOUNDPirates right-hander Gerrit Cole (12-3) makes his final start before heading to his first All-Star Game, where he could be named the NL starter. Cole is 7-1 with a 2.19 ERA in his last nine starts. He faces Lance Lynn (6-4) and the Cardinals.

  • Mets rookie LHP Steven Matz sidelined with torn lat muscle

    July 9, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Mets pitcher Steven Matz has a partially torn muscle in his back that will sideline the impressive rookie at least a month - probably longer.In a surprise announcement, the Mets revealed Thursday that Matz was examined at the Hospital for Special Surgery and diagnosed with a partial tear of the lat muscle on his left side.

  • Mariners recall former top prospect Jesus Montero

    July 9, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) Less than a year after hitting a new low in a career that has yet to match projections, Jesus Montero was back in the Seattle Mariners' clubhouse on Thursday thankful and appreciative of getting another opportunity in the majors.''It means a lot. It means hard work pays off,'' Montero said. ''It's been really good. It's been awesome. My wife and my family is really happy to be here, with all the work we did together. It was hard, but I'm happy to be here.''

  • Stanton says he's bummed not to play in All-Star Game

    July 9, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) A stitched two-inch incision zigzags along Giancarlo Stanton's left hand, on the base of the palm above the wrist.He wears a splint and says the injury still hurts, and he doesn't yet have a full range of motion. But the swelling has gone down, the stitches will soon be removed, and he's on schedule to rejoin the Miami Marlins in another two to four weeks.

  • AP source: McGehee agrees to terms with Miami Marlins

    July 9, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) A person familiar with the situation says infielder Casey McGehee has agreed to terms on a contract with Miami, where he played last year and won the NL Comeback Player of the Year award.The person confirmed the deal to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday because the agreement hadn't been confirmed publicly. McGehee, 32, was designated for assignment June 30 by the San Francisco Giants.

  • In between warmup throws, Gardner learns he's an All-Star

    July 9, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Brett Gardner headed to left field for the start of the fifth inning and noticed his image on the 101-by-59-foot video board in center.''I just thought that was kind of random,'' he said.Then Gardner noticed one of the television cameras focused on him. A few seconds later, he heard public-address announcer Paul Olden tell fans Gardner had been picked to replace injured Kansas City outfielder Alex Gordon on the AL roster for Tuesday's All-Star Game in Cincinnati.

  • Orioles release Young, reinstate Reimold from paternity list

    July 9, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) The Baltimore Orioles have released outfielder Delmon Young and have reinstated outfielder Nolan Reimold from the paternity list.Young, 29, had been designated for assignment on July 1. He was hitting .270 and had a .289 on-base percentage with two homers and 16 RBIs in 52 games for the Orioles.

  • Machado puts up big numbers as unorthodox leadoff hitter

    July 9, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) In his return from two straight seasons cut short by injury, Manny Machado is at the top of his game as the No. 1 hitter in the Baltimore Orioles' lineup.The 6-foot-3 third baseman bats right-handed and swings for power, qualities not usually found in a leadoff hitter. Though manager Buck Showalter never has been one to follow standard baseball procedure, he acknowledged that this move was more about desperation than statistics.

  • Gardner replaces injured Gordon on AL All-Star roster

    July 9, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner is an All-Star for the first time, picked as a replacement for injured Kansas City star Alex Gordon.The Yankees made the announcement on their public-address system after the fourth inning of Thursday's game against Oakland. Gardner, who was making warmup tosses, did not react - the team said he did not know in advance. He received congratulations when he returned to the dugout in the middle of the inning.

  • Cole Figueroa makes Yankees' debut against Oakland

    July 9, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) With Chase Headley still sidelined by a sore right calf, Cole Figueroa made his New York Yankees' debut in a series finale against Oakland.New York selected Figueroa's contract from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Thursday, and he batted ninth and played third base.

  • Rose hopes to meet commissioner, open to 'almost anything'

    July 9, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Hits king Pete Rose said he's ''open to almost anything'' that Commissioner Rob Manfred might have in mind when they discuss his lifetime ban for betting on baseball.The former Cincinnati Reds player and manager hopes that he can informally meet Manfred - who took over for Bud Selig in January - when the two are in town next week for the All-Star Game at Great American Ball Park. Rose said they'll meet again at some point later on to discuss his longstanding application for reinstatement.

  • Nats reinstate pitcher Carpenter from the paternity list

    July 9, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Nationals have reinstated right-hander David Carpenter from the paternity list and optioned right-hander Taylor Hill to Triple-A Syracuse.General manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.Carpenter is 0-0 with a 1.50 ERA in eight games with the Nationals. Acquired from the New York Yankees on June 11, Carpenter is 0-1 with a 4.01 ERA in 30 games this season.

  • Cole Figueroa set for Yankees' debut against Oakland

    July 9, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) With Chase Headley still sidelined by a sore right calf, Cole Figueroa was set to make his New York Yankees' debut in a series finale against Oakland.New York selected Figueroa's contract from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Thursday, and he was down to bat ninth and play third base.

  • Royals outfielder Gordon goes on DL; Ventura reinstated

    July 9, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Royals manager Ned Yost joked that nobody had better steal Alex Gordon's crutches, only to watch his star outfielder walk slowly into a news conference without any Thursday.The doctors may be saying that Gordon will be out for eight weeks with a severe groin strain, but he already seemed to defy them just one day after getting hurt.

  • Fosse still feels effects from 1970 All-Star Game collision

    July 9, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Ray Fosse's body still aches, 45 years later.He never did fully recover physically from one of the most infamous plays in All-Star Game history, when Pete Rose bulled him over in 1970 to score the winning run in the 12th inning at Riverfront Stadium.

  • LEADING OFF: King Felix faces Angels once again, Price rolls

    July 8, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Thursday:---YOU AGAIN?Mariners ace Felix Hernandez starts for the 44th time in his career against the Angels. He's 13-13 in those games, but is 5-0 with an 0.93 ERA in his last nine tries. King Felix opposes Garrett Richards at Safeco Field.

  • Dodgers send reliever Yimi Garcia to Triple-A

    July 8, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Dodgers sent reliever Yimi Garcia to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Wednesday to get in extra work around the All-Star break.Garcia was sent down two days after making his first start since 2011 when he was in the minors. He replaced Carlos Frias, who went on the disabled list last week, in the rotation against Philadelphia, and gave up two runs and four hits in two innings.

  • Royals All-Star Gordon leaves game after awkward step

    July 8, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) All-Star outfielder Alex Gordon left Kansas City's game against Tampa Bay on Wednesday night with a strained left groin after taking an awkward step near the wall.Gordon was racing back on Logan Forsythe's fly ball in the fourth inning when his left leg twisted gruesomely near the warning track. He collapsed to the ground and lay there as Forsythe rounded the bases for an inside-the-park homer.

  • Hey, rook! Make mine a venti latte, Cardinals vets tell 'em

    July 8, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) What do you do if you're a major league ballteam and you're dragging a little the morning after a late-night, rain-delayed game?The St. Louis Cardinals sent their rookies to bring back some caffeine from the Starbucks right across the street from Wrigley Field - in full uniform.

  • A's lefty Kazmir removed vs Yanks with triceps tightness

    July 8, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Oakland Athletics left-hander Scott Kazmir has been lifted from his start against the New York Yankees after three innings because of triceps tightness.Kazmir allowed an unearned run in the second inning Wednesday night but otherwise had pitched well. He gave up two hits and struck out four, including Alex Rodriguez twice.

  • Dodgers say Don Newcombe out of hospital after 2-night stay

    July 8, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Don Newcombe, baseball's first player to win rookie of the year, most valuable player and the Cy Young Award, has been released from a hospital two days after becoming ill at Dodger Stadium.A team spokesman says Newcombe returned home Wednesday to rest.

  • DeGrom pitches 8 shutout innings, Mets beat Giants 4-1

    July 8, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) In a starting rotation filled with top talent, Jacob deGrom may be pitching the best right now.DeGrom allowed two hits over eight scoreless innings, Eric Campbell hit a two-run homer and the New York Mets beat the San Francisco Giants 4-1 Wednesday to win consecutive road series for the first time this season.

  • Royals pitcher Jason Vargas to return after All-Star break

    July 8, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Royals could soon have their banged-up starting rotation back to normal.Right-hander Yordano Ventura will come off the disabled list Thursday to start the series finale against Tampa Bay, and left-hander Jason Vargas is expected to return from the DL after the All-Star break. Both have been out since early June.

  • Guerra, who pitched for White Sox this year, gets drug ban

    July 8, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) A minor league pitcher who played for the Chicago White Sox this year has gotten a 50-game drug suspension.Javy Guerra was penalized Wednesday by the commissioner's office after a second positive test for a drug of abuse.The 29-year-old Guerra was currently on the roster of Triple-A Charlotte.

  • Rays to activate Odorizzi from DL to start Saturday

    July 8, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Rays will bring right-hander Jake Odorizzi off the disabled list and start him Saturday against Houston, with Matt Moore pitching Sunday in their final game before the All-Star break.Rays manager Kevin Cash made the announcement before Wednesday's game in Kansas City.

  • Cardinals promote 1B Dan Johnson from Triple-A Memphis

    July 8, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The St. Louis Cardinals have promoted first baseman Dan Johnson from Triple-A Memphis and optioned two relievers to the minor league team.The NL Central leaders sent lefty Tyler Lyons and righty Marcus Hatley to Memphis on Wednesday.The 35-year-old Johnson has played in nine major league seasons with five American League clubs. He was hitting .265 with 11 home runs and 42 RBIs in 61 games for Memphis.

  • Reds' Frazier, rookies Bryant, Pederson in Home Run Derby

    July 8, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Reds' Todd Frazier is paired with two-time champion Prince Fielder of Texas in the first round of Monday's All-Star Home Run Derby in Cincinnati.In this year's new format, Chicago Cubs rookie Kris Bryant is in a pairing with the Los Angeles Angels' Albert Pujols, Toronto's Josh Donaldson is in a bracket with the Chicago Cubs' Anthony Rizzo, and Los Angeles Dodgers rookie Joc Pederson takes on Baltimore's Manny Machado.

  • Yankees recall Miller, Ellsbury from disabled list

    July 8, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Yankees got two of their stars back, activating center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury and closer Andrew Miller from the disabled list.Ellsbury was in the Yankees' lineup Wednesday against Oakland, batting leadoff and playing center field. Manager Joe Girardi said Miller would immediately step into his stopper role.

  • Nationals OF Span out until All-Star break with back spasms

    July 8, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Nationals center fielder Denard Span will be sidelined through the All-Star break because of lingering back spasms.The leadoff hitter won't play in any of Washington's remaining four games before the All-Star game. The NL East leaders host Cincinnati on Wednesday night and play at Baltimore this weekend.

  • Royals, Cardinals form alliance for All-Star final vote

    July 8, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Kansas City Royals and St. Louis Cardinals, bitter cross-state rivals, have forged an unlikely alliance to get their final vote candidates into the All-Star Game.Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas and Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez are among the five candidates for the final spot in their respective leagues. Fan voting will determine who makes the roster.

  • Indians' Hagadone on DL with back strain

    July 8, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Reliever Nick Hagadone has been put on the Cleveland Indians' 15-day disabled list due to a strained lower back.Hagadone has a 4.28 ERA in 36 games this season. This is the 29-year-old left-hander's second career trip to the DL. He broke his left forearm in 2012.

  • Major League Baseball announces umpires for All-Star Game

    July 8, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Tim Welke will be the home plate umpire for next week's All-Star Game at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.Welke, in his 32nd season in the major leagues, will also serve as the crew chief in the July 14 game. Major League Baseball announced the umpires on Wednesday.

  • Ariana Grande out of MLB All-Star, Demi Lovato stepping in

    July 8, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Ariana Grande has pulled out of the MLB All-Star Concert because of her wisdom teeth and Demi Lovato is stepping in.Grande's representative said Wednesday the singer would not perform Saturday at the Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati because she had some of her wisdom teeth removed Monday.

  • MLB, Cincinnati authorities outline All-Star security plans

    July 8, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Major League Baseball has some advice for fans coming to Cincinnati for the All-Star Game: buyer beware.Baseball officials and local authorities on Wednesday outlined plans to target sales of counterfeit tickets and merchandise, hoping to minimize lost revenues and keep fans from being ripped off by knockoffs or shut out of the July 14 game.

  • Brewers' Cravy loses in second big league start

    July 8, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Brewers' pitcher Tyler Cravy thought his major league debut was better than his first start at Miller Park.A.J. Pierzynski homered among his three hits, Manny Banuelos earned his first major league win and the Atlanta Braves beat Milwaukee 4-3 Tuesday night.

  • Cardinals reliever Maness ejected against Cubs

    July 7, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) St. Louis reliever Seth Maness has been ejected from the second game of the Cardinals' day-night doubleheader against the Chicago Cubs.He entered in the sixth inning and was tossed with one out in the seventh, after Chicago's Addison Russell tied it at 2 with an RBI single just inside the first-base line.

  • Dodgers say Don Newcombe leaves stadium after becoming ill

    July 7, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Don Newcombe, baseball's first player to win rookie of the year, most valuable player and the Cy Young Award, is resting comfortably after being taken to a hospital from Dodger Stadium the team said Tuesday.The 89-year-old special adviser to the chairman left the ballpark on Monday night, according to the Dodgers, who did not disclose his condition. The team said only that he became ill before the game that night.

  • Corey Kluber, Indians blank Astros 2-0

    July 7, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Corey Kluber pitched five-hit ball into the seventh inning and finally won for the first time since May 28, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 2-0 win over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.Despite pitching well enough to win, Kluber (4-9) went 0-4 with two no-decisions in his previous six starts. But the defending AL Cy Young winner was on his game against the Astros, who managed just five singles and only got one runner to reach third base.

  • LEADING OFF: Ellsbury, Miller back to Yanks, Kershaw starts

    July 7, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Wednesday:---GETTING STRONGERThe first-place Yankees plan to activate closer Andrew Miller and center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury from the disabled list before hosting Oakland. Miller has been sidelined since June 10 with a strained left forearm, while Ellsbury has been out since May 20 with a sprained right knee.

  • Giants activate Pence from disabled list

    July 7, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The San Francisco Giants activated outfielder Hunter Pence from the disabled list Tuesday and immediately inserted him into the starting lineup against the New York Mets.Pence had been sidelined more than a month with tendinitis in his left wrist. Pence also missed the first 36 games of the season after getting hit by a pitch that fractured his left forearm in spring training.

  • McCutchen helps free grounds crew member swallowed by tarp

    July 7, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen made quite a play - during a rain delay.The grounds crew at PNC Park was trying to put the tarp on the infield Tuesday night when the game between Pittsburgh and San Diego was delayed by bad weather in the third inning.

  • Mets activate Mejia from restricted list

    July 7, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Reliever Jenrry Mejia has rejoined the New York Mets after completing an 80-game suspension for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs.Mejia was activated from the restricted list before Tuesday night's game between the Mets and San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. The right-hander, who pitched in a rehab game on Sunday, was in uniform and available to play.

  • A's bring up OF Smolinski, option RHP Bassitt to Triple-A

    July 7, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Oakland Athletics called up outfielder Jake Smolinski from Triple-A Nashville on Tuesday and optioned right-hander Chris Bassitt to their top farm club.Smolinski, claimed off waivers from Texas on June 21, was on the bench against the New York Yankees waiting to make his Oakland debut. Manager Bob Melvin said Smolinski will play mostly against left-handed pitching, a problem area for the A's.

  • Cardinals hold Wong out of DH nightcap after banging head

    July 7, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The St. Louis Cardinals held second baseman Kolten Wong out of the lineup for the second game of a day-night doubleheader after he banged his head during the opener on Tuesday.Wong was woozy after he sprawled out to catch a fly by Miguel Montero in shallow right field in the fifth inning. He was slow to get up and was replaced in the seventh.

  • Arenado, LeMahieu hoping Tulowitzki joins them in Cincinnati

    July 7, 2015

    DENVER (AP) The Colorado Rockies' two newest All-Stars are hoping they can bring a third along to Cincinnati next week.Third baseman Nolan Arenado and second baseman DJ LeMahieu were named reserves to NL team on Monday and will find out Friday if star teammate Troy Tulowitzki will join them. Tulowitzki is on the Final Vote ballot, which is voted upon by fans until 4 p.m. Friday.

  • Rockies claim Germen off waivers, move Morneau to 60-day DL

    July 7, 2015

    DENVER (AP) The Colorado Rockies claimed right-handed pitcher Gonzalez Germen off waivers from the Chicago Cubs and assigned him to Triple-A Albuquerque on Tuesday.To make room for Germen on the 40-man roster the Rockies have transferred first baseman Justin Morneau to the 60-day disabled list.

  • Rangers reach deal with Cuban infielder Andy Ibanez

    July 7, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Texas Rangers agreed to terms with Cuban infielder Andy Ibanez on an international free-agent contract on Tuesday.The 22-year-old Ibanez hit .283 with 13 home runs during the past three seasons in Cuba's top league. He was the youngest player on the Cuban team in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

  • Yankees to get Miller, Ellsbury back from DL on Wednesday

    July 7, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The first-place Yankees are about to get a pair of important players back at once.New York closer Andrew Miller and center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury are expected to come off the disabled list before Wednesday night's game against Oakland.

  • A-Rod 'disappointed' by All-Star omission, but not surprised

    July 7, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Alex Rodriguez says he is ''obviously disappointed'' to be left off the American League All-Star team, but considered himself ''a long shot'' to get selected.The New York Yankees' designated hitter says he's happy just to be in the conversation, and hopes the four days off over the All-Star break will benefit him.

  • Pujols says he will take part in All-Star Home Run Derby

    July 7, 2015

    DENVER (AP) Albert Pujols' sons were pressing their father to take part in the All-Star Home Run Derby.Alberto Jr. and Ezra got their wish.Pujols, the Los Angeles Angels' first baseman, says he talked with Major League Baseball and confirmed he will be one of the hitters for the event Monday in Cincinnati. The All-Star Game is the next night.

  • Fan injured at Braves-Brewers game in satisfactory condition

    July 7, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) A fan who was hospitalized after being hit by a foul ball during a major league game in Milwaukee is in satisfactory condition.Froedtert Hospital spokeswoman Kathy Sieja (SHAY'-ah) said Tuesday that the woman has asked for her privacy.

  • Rays put OF Steven Souza Jr on DL, reinstate John Jaso

    July 7, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Rays placed outfielder Steven Souza Jr. on the disabled list with a lacerated finger and reinstated utility man John Jaso before Tuesday's doubleheader in Kansas City.Souza, who is hitting .210 with 15 homers and 33 RBIs, is the 18th player from Tampa Bay to land on the DL this season. In all, the Rays have made 20 moves to the disabled list, second only to the Texas Rangers.

  • Cubs recall Beeler to start second game against Cardinals

    July 7, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs have recalled right-hander Dallas Beeler from Triple-A Iowa to start the second game of Tuesday's day-night doubleheader against the St. Louis Cardinals.The 26-year-old Beeler will serve as the 26th man. He is 1-5 with a 6.33 ERA in 13 starts with Iowa.

  • Monday's Sports In Brief

    July 14, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) BASEBALLHometown All-Star Todd Frazier won the Home Run Derby at Cincinnati's Great American Ball Park, outslugging Dodgers rookie Joc Pederson 15-14 in the final round Monday night in the first year of a bracket format.The Reds' Frazier defeated Texas' Prince Fielder 14-13 in the first round and dispatched Toronto's Josh Donaldson 10-9 in the second round.

  • Fan hit by line drive and injured during Braves-Brewers game

    July 7, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) A woman sitting several rows behind the Milwaukee Brewers' dugout was injured Monday night when she was hit by a line drive off the bat of Atlanta's Eury Perez.The game between the Braves and Brewers was delayed for about nine minutes in the top of the ninth inning as medical personnel attended to the fan.

  • Cubs LHP Jon Lester loses no-hit bid in 7th against Cards

    July 6, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Cubs pitcher Jon Lester lost his no-hit bid against the St. Louis Cardinals when Jhonny Peralta singled with one out in the seventh inning Monday night.Peralta hit a hard smash inside third base that deflected off the wrist of All-Star rookie Kris Bryant as he tried to glove a short hop on his backhand. The ball popped up and away from a wincing Bryant, leaving him with no play on a rainy night at Wrigley Field.

  • Cubs LHP Jon Lester has no-hitter through 6 against Cards

    July 6, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Cubs pitcher Jon Lester has thrown six hitless innings against the St. Louis Cardinals.Lester, who hasn't won since May 16, had thrown 74 pitches in a scoreless game Monday night. The left-hander also singled in the second for his first major league hit after 66 fruitless at-bats - plus five more in the World Series.

  • Cubs pitcher Jon Lester gets 1st career hit in 67th at-bat

    July 6, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Cubs pitcher Jon Lester has singled for his first major league hit after 66 fruitless at-bats - plus five more in the World Series.Lester came up in the second inning Monday night and hit a low liner that ricocheted off the leg of St. Louis Cardinals right-hander John Lackey, a former teammate with the Boston Red Sox.

  • LEADING OFF: Cueto pitches for All-Star spot, Gray feels OK

    July 6, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Tuesday:---CUETO'S PITCHReds ace Johnny Cueto makes his last start before fan voting ends Friday for the final player on the NL All-Star roster. The five candidates for the spot in the July 14 game in Cincinnati are Cueto, Mets closer Jeurys Familia, Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, St. Louis starter Carlos Martinez and Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. Cueto faces All-Star Max Scherzer at Washington.

  • Mets bring back Nieuwenhuis from Triple-A, demote Ceciliani

    July 6, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The New York Mets have called up Kirk Nieuwenhuis from Triple-A Las Vegas and optioned fellow outfielder Darrell Ceciliani to their top farm club.Nieuwenhuis is set to start in left field Monday night against San Francisco.He returns to the Mets after they traded him to the Los Angeles Angels for cash on May 27. In 10 games with the Angels, Nieuwenhuis batted .136 (3 for 22) with two doubles before getting designated for assignment on June 10.

  • Rollins faces Phillies for 1st time since leaving for LA

    July 6, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Jimmy Rollins pretty much accomplished everything he could during 14 years with the Philadelphia Phillies. A World Series title. Three All-Star selections. The NL MVP award. The team's all-time hits leader.That's what made it easier for him to flee a franchise in the throes of rebuilding and not look back.

  • Rookies Bryant, Pederson make All-Star team; A-Rod left out

    July 6, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Less than three months after making his major league debut, Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant is an All-Star, one of two rookies selected along with Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson.But there was no room on the roster for Alex Rodriguez, enjoying a renaissance in his return to the New York Yankees following a season-long drug suspension.

  • Rookies Bryant, Pederson make All-Star team, A-Rod left out

    July 6, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Rookie sluggers Kris Bryant and Joc Pederson have been picked for the All-Star Game, while Alex Rodriguez has been left out.Major League Baseball announced the reserves and pitchers for the American League and National League on Monday. The game is July 14 in Cincinnati.

  • Injured Yankees OF Ellsbury to be activated Wednesday

    July 6, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Yankees say injured outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is set to be activated before Wednesday night's game against Oakland.The AL East leaders made the announcement Monday.Ellsbury has been on the 15-day disabled list since May 20 because of a sprained right knee.

  • Tigers claim 1B-OF Krauss off waivers from Tampa Bay

    July 6, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Tigers have claimed first baseman-outfielder Marc Krauss off waivers from the Tampa Bay Rays.Manager Brad Ausmus expected Krauss to join the team in Seattle, where the Tigers start a series Monday night, although he hadn't arrived at Safeco Field when the skipper addressed the media before the game.

  • Royals cut Frasor, place 3B Moustakas on bereavement list

    July 6, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Kansas City Royals designated reliever Jason Frasor for assignment and placed third baseman Mike Moustakas on the bereavement list before Monday night's game against Tampa Bay.The Royals recalled infielder Cheslor Cuthbert and outfielder Paulo Orlando from Triple-A Omaha, giving them additional roster flexibility with several players banged up.

  • Pirates put Josh Harrison on 15-day DL with thumb injury

    July 6, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman and leadoff hitter Josh Harrison was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday with a left thumb injury.Harrison jammed his thumb Sunday while stealing a base in the seventh inning of a win over the Cleveland Indians. He is scheduled to undergo testing to see if there is any structural damage and also to determine a timetable for his return.

  • Royals put Moustakas on bereavement list, recall Cuthbert

    July 6, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Kansas City Royals placed third baseman Mike Moustakas on the bereavement list and recalled infielder Cheslor Cuthbert from Triple-A Omaha before opening a four-game series against Tampa Bay on Monday night.Moustakas left in the sixth inning of Sunday's victory over Minnesota. This is the second time he's been placed on the family medical emergency list.

  • Nationals slugger Harper to skip All-Star Home Run Derby

    July 6, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper won't participate in the All-Star Home Run Derby because his father isn't available to pitch to him.The Home Run Derby will be held Monday, the day before the All-Star Game in Cincinnati. Harper was the leading vote-getter in fan balloting for NL starters and began play Monday tied for second in the majors with 25 homers.

  • A-Rod deserves All-Star consideration

    July 6, 2015

    A-Rod the All-Star?Alex Rodriguez finished fifth in fan voting at designated hitter for the All-Star Game, but he's worthy of serious consideration.Starting lineups for the July 14 game at Great American Ball Park were revealed Sunday and pitchers, reserves and the finalists for the Final Vote will be announced Monday. Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost and San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy have tough tasks filling out the rosters.

  • Bochy, Vogelsong ejected in fifth inning against Nationals

    July 5, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy and starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong were ejected by plate umpire Phil Cuzzi in the fifth inning Sunday night after complaining about the strike zone.The Giants had shown displeasure with Cuzzi's strike zone several times before Vogelsong's first pitch of the fifth inning to Washington's Denard Span was called a ball. Bochy appeared to say something from the dugout. Cuzzi turned toward Bochy, and Vogelsong soon began walking toward the plate.

  • LEADING OFF: Sale chases record K streak, All-Stars on deck

    July 5, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Monday:---SALE OF THE CENTURIESChris Sale tries to set a major league record by striking out at least 10 batters in his ninth straight start. The White Sox ace pitches at home against Toronto, the top-scoring team in the majors. Sale has fanned 97 in his last eight starts - in 1999, Pedro Martinez also reached double digits in strikeouts eight times in a row.

  • Royals land 4 starters in All-Star Game in Cincinnati

    July 5, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The AL champion Kansas City Royals had so many starters voted into the All-Star Game on Sunday that they ran out of seats for all of them.Not that it was a problem.Salvador Perez, their affable catcher, simply hopped off the platform and grabbed his own chair from the crowd. With a good-natured smile, he carried it back onto the stage and settled in alongside shortstop Alcides Escobar and outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Alex Gordon.

  • 4 Royals elected to start All-Star Game; Reds' Frazier, too

    July 5, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The All-Star Game will have a Kansas City flavor, just not as much as it appeared last month.And the hometown Reds can celebrate a starter, too, despite Cincinnati's sorry season.Houston second baseman Jose Altuve passed Kansas City's Omar Infante in the final days of voting, leaving four Royals as starters for the All-Star Game.

  • Braves' Masset, Eveland designated for assignment after loss

    July 5, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Braves have recalled right-hander Arodys Vizcaino and promoted right-hander David Carpenter from Triple-A Gwinnett.In corresponding moves, right-hander Nick Masset and left-hander Dana Eveland were designated for assignment. Masset was charged with three runs and failed to record an out in the 10th inning of Sunday's 4-0 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies.

  • Rangers activate DeShields, send Alberto back to minors

    July 5, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Rangers have activated outfielder Delino DeShields from the 15-day disabled list and optioned infielder Hanser Alberto to Triple-A Round Rock.DeShields, who strained his left hamstring June 14 against Minnesota, was in the leadoff spot as the center fielder for Sunday night's game against the Los Angeles Angels. He had a six-game rehab assignment with Round Rock, hitting .308 with three doubles and two RBIs.

  • Umpire Culbreth forced out by foul ball by Arizona's Owings

    July 5, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) Home plate umpire Fieldin Culbreth had to leave a game between the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday after being hit in the head by a foul ball.Culbreth was hit on the left side of his mask in the second inning on a foul by Arizona's Chris Owings. Culbreth threw a new ball back to Rockies pitcher Jorge De La Rosa, but lingered next to the batter's box before calling in the rest of the umpires.

  • McClendon to take leave from Mariners for sister's funeral

    July 5, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Seattle Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon will miss his team's upcoming three-game series against the Detroit Tigers to attend a funeral for his sister.McClendon was expected to fly back to Seattle with the team following its game in Oakland on Sunday afternoon, then will travel to Indiana to be with his family.

  • Verlander drops to 0-4 as Blue Jays beat Tigers 10-5

    July 5, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Justin Verlander remained winless in four starts since his return from the disabled list, allowing seven runs as his ERA ballooned to 6.75 ERA during the Detroit Tigers' 10-5 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday.Jose Bautista and Justin Smoak homered in a six-run fifth inning against the 2011 AL Cy Young Award winner and MVP.

  • Nats put RHP Strasburg on disabled list with oblique strain

    July 5, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Nationals have put pitcher Stephen Strasburg back on the 15-day disabled list, this time with a strained left oblique.The NL East leaders made the move Sunday before playing San Francisco on Strasburg bobblehead doll night at Nationals Park. Right-hander Taylor Jordan was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse.

  • Marte leaves game with discomfort in left side

    July 5, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Pirates left fielder Starling Marte left Sunday's game against the Cleveland Indians because of discomfort in his left side while batting in the fourth inning.Marte motioned for a trainer after swinging and missing at a pitch from Danny Salazar.

  • Pirates claim Travis Ishikawa off waivers

    July 5, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Pirates claimed first baseman Travis Ishikawa off waivers from the San Francisco Giants on Sunday.Ishikawa, 31, was 0 for 5 in six games for the Giants this season. He also hit a combined .266 with four home runs and 20 RBIs in 37 games with Triple-A Sacramento and Class A San Jose.

  • Back issue lands Dodgers starter Carlos Frias on DL

    July 5, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Dodgers starter Carlos Frias has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with lower back tightness, although the right-hander isn't expected to be there too long.Frias had been scheduled to start Monday when Philadelphia comes to town for the start of a four-game series. He had experienced lower back stiffness in his past two starts, and only went five innings in both.

  • Phillies trade for No. 1 international signing slot

    July 5, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The Philadelphia Phillies have acquired the No. 1 overall international signing slot for the 2015-16 signing period in a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks.The Diamondbacks obtained two minor league pitchers - right-hander Chris Oliver and left-hander Josh Taylor - and the No. 9 overall signing slot.

  • Marlins activate Morse from 15-day DL

    July 5, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Miami Marlins activated 1B Michael Morse from the 15-day disabled list making him available to come off the bench in Sunday's game against the Chicago Cubs, though he wasn't in the starting lineup.Morse joined the team in Chicago following a 12-game rehab stint. During his rehab assignment, Morse hit .263.

  • Cal Ripken to visit Connecticut to promote youth foundation

    July 5, 2015

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. plans to visit two Connecticut cities where his foundation is helping to bring youth baseball to kids who would not otherwise get a chance to play.The former Baltimore Orioles player is expected in Hartford on Wednesday and in Bridgeport on Thursday to meet with city officials and hold youth baseball clinics.

  • Cardinals place Jaime Garcia on 15-day DL

    July 5, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) St. Louis left-hander Jaime Garcia has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a groin strain.Garcia, who missed his previous scheduled start, suffered the injury running the bases on June 24 at Miami.Garcia is 3-3 with a 1.69 ERA in seven starts.

  • Orioles activate second baseman Jonathan Schoop

    July 5, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Baltimore Orioles activated second baseman Jonathan Schoop from the 60-day disabled list on Sunday.Schoop hit .259 with three home runs and seven RBIs in nine games to begin the season before he went on the 15-day disabled list on April 18 for a sprained right knee.

  • Cubs activate Soler from 15-day DL, send Szczur to Triple-A

    July 5, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs activated outfielder Jorge Soler from the 15-day disabled list in time for Sunday's game against the Miami Marlins and optioned outfielder Matt Szczur to Triple-A Iowa.Soler is hitting .265 with four home runs and 19 RBIs in 49 games. He sprained his left ankle June 1 at Miami and was placed on the disabled list two days later. Soler played a four-game rehab assignment at Iowa, going 2 for 13 with three walks and one RBI.

  • Cincinnati offers baseball history along with All-Star Game

    July 5, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) The city hosting baseball's All-Star Game this year was the home of a team that played like all-stars back in 1869.The Cincinnati Red Stockings went 57-0 that year as baseball's first officially professional team. Player-manager Harry Wright's team added new players before the season, led by his brother, George, who was credited with a .633 batting average and 49 homers. Disbanded because of financial issues after two seasons, the team is being honored this summer with a variety of hometown homages including a 30-foot-tall image depicting a Red Stocking player that's projected at night on the city's Carew Tower.

  • Boston's David Ortiz starting at 1st base

    July 5, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) David Ortiz will be using his glove to start a game in Fenway Park for the first time in nearly 10 years.Boston's regular designated hitter is playing first base and batting cleanup Sunday. He hasn't started a non-interleague game at first since Aug. 5, 2006, when the Red Sox played at the Tampa Bay Rays.

  • Cal Ripken to visit Connecticut cities to promote league

    July 5, 2015

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. plans to visit two Connecticut cities where his foundation is helping to bring youth baseball to kids who would not otherwise get a chance to play.The former Baltimore Orioles player is expected in Hartford on Wednesday and in Bridgeport on Thursday to meet with city officials and hold youth baseball clinics.

  • Marlins 1B Morse ready to return, Cosart sent to Triple-A

    July 4, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Miami Marlins first baseman Michael Morse is ready to return from the disabled list and pitcher Jarred Cosart is headed to the minors.The Marlins say they will reinstate Morse from the disabled list before Sunday's game against the Chicago Cubs. They optioned Cosart to Triple-A New Orleans after a rough start Saturday.

  • Rockies activate Axford from family emergency list

    July 4, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The Colorado Rockies have activated closer John Axford from the family emergency medical leave list.It was his second time on that list this season. The first came on April 14 shortly after his 2-year-old son was hospitalized with rattlesnake bites. He was placed back on the list on Tuesday but the team said it was not related to his son, who they said is doing fine.

  • LEADING OFF: All-Star starters, Santana returns, Matz bats

    July 4, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Sunday:---ROYAL REVELATIONFan-elected starters get announced Sunday evening for the All-Star Game in Cincinnati on July 14. When the last balloting update was released Monday, five Kansas City Royals were leading at their positions. The deadline to vote online was midnight Thursday. Pitchers and reserves will be revealed Monday night.

  • Reds C Pena ejected after review argument

    July 4, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Reds catcher Brayan Pena was ejected from Saturday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers in the fifth inning after arguing about a replay review that failed to overturn a call that went against Cincinnati.With the Brewers leading 2-1, Ryan Braun was called safe on a steal of third. Reds manager Bryan Price asked for a review, and despite scoreboard videos seeming to show Braun was out, the call stood after a delay of 4 minutes, 11 seconds.

  • Harrison ready to start again for Texas after spinal fusion

    July 4, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Matt Harrison never really knew what it would be like when he started his comeback from spinal fusion surgery.Still, the Texas Rangers left-hander never doubted that he would pitch again - and he's about to in the major leagues again.

  • D-Backs activate Corbin, Hernandez, option Dorn, Stites

    July 4, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks have reinstated left-hander Patrick Corbin and catcher Oscar Hernandez from the 60-day disabled list.The moves came before Corbin took the mound against Colorado on Saturday night in his first start since undergoing Tommy John surgery in March 2014.

  • Rangers activate Harrison, send Chi Chi back to minors

    July 4, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Left-hander Matt Harrison was activated from the disabled list and rookie right-hander Chi Chi Gonzalez was sent back to the minors by the Texas Rangers on Saturday.Texas recalled right-hander Anthony Ranaudo from Triple A-Round Rock, the club where Gonzalez was sent. Ranaudo, a starter throughout his pro career, is expected to pitch in long relief.

  • Cubs select Richard's contract, place Ross on 7-day DL

    July 4, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs have selected left-hander Clayton Richard's contract from Triple-A Iowa in time for Saturday's start against the Miami Marlins and placed catcher David Ross on the seven-day concussion disabled list.They also selected catcher Taylor Teagarden's contract from Iowa and optioned right-hander Donn Roach to Triple-A on Saturday. Infielder Tommy La Stella was transferred to the 60-day disabled list from the 15-day DL, and right-hander Gonzalez Germen was designated for assignment.

  • Martinez homers to back Price as Tigers beat Blue Jays 8-3

    July 4, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) J.D. Martinez homered and David Price pitched seven strong innings as the Detroit Tigers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-3 on Saturday afternoon.Before the game, the Tigers placed Miguel Cabrera on the disabled list for the first time in his 13-year career. Detroit has scored 15 runs in 14 innings since losing their best offensive player.

  • Twins' Santana reinstated from suspension, will start Sunday

    July 4, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The surprising Minnesota Twins, who are in second place in the American League Central, have added a front-line starter for the second half of the season.Right-hander Ervin Santana has been reinstated after an 80-game drug suspension and is scheduled to start Sunday against the Kansas City Royals.

  • Orioles keep Gausman in rotation, move Norris to bullpen

    July 4, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Right-hander Kevin Gausman will remain in the Baltimore Orioles rotation and start Tuesday against the Minnesota Twins, while Bud Norris will move from the rotation to the bullpen.The Orioles recalled Gausman on Thursday from Triple-A Norfolk. He struck out seven in 6 1/3 scoreless innings against the Texas Rangers on Thursday. He is 1-0 with a 3.09 ERA in 10 appearances, including two starts.

  • Andrew Miller could be back with Yankees soon

    July 4, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Injured closer Andrew Miller threw 30 pitches in a bullpen session and could soon return to the New York Yankees.Miller has not pitched in a game since June 9 because of a strained left forearm. Pitching coach Larry Rothschild simulated a batter during Saturday's mound session, and Miller hopes he will not need another bullpen session before going on a minor league injury rehabilitation assignment.

  • Rays bring up Teaford, send down Riefenhauser

    July 4, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Wanting to have a long reliever in the bullpen after a pair of extra-inning games, the Tampa Bay Rays selected the contract of left-hander Everett Teaford from Durham of the Triple-A International League.Left-hander C.J. Riefenhauser was optioned to the Bulls before Saturday's game against the New York Yankees. To clear a spot on the Rays' 40-man roster, the first baseman-outfielder Marc Krauss was designated for assignment.

  • Nationals pitcher Strasburg exits early with injury

    July 4, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Washington Nationals' pitcher Stephen Strasburg left Saturday's game against the San Francisco Giants in the fourth inning after experiencing tightness in his left side.Strasburg allowed one hit over 3 2/3 scoreless innings in his third start since coming off the disabled list. He missed nearly four weeks due to neck tightness.

  • Red Sox recall RHP Wright; option RHP Ramirez

    July 4, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Red Sox have bolstered their bullpen by recalling right-hander Steven Wright from Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday.To make room, they optioned Friday's loser Noe Ramirez to Pawtucket.The 30-year old Wright (3-2) is with the club for the fourth time this season. The knuckleballer has started four games and worked out of the bullpen seven times.

  • Tigers' Cabrera on DL for 1st time, out 6 weeks

    July 4, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera will be sidelined with a left calf injury for at least six weeks after the Tigers placed the AL batting leader on the disabled list for the first time in his career.The two-time AL MVP pulled up while breaking for second on an attempted hit-and-run in the fourth inning of Friday's 8-6 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. An MRI showed a strain of his calf muscle but no injury to his Achilles tendon.

  • Tigers' Miguel Cabrera on DL, out 6 weeks with calf injury

    July 4, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Miguel Cabrera was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday and the Detroit Tigers expect him to miss at least six weeks with a calf injury.The two-time AL MVP pulled up while breaking for second on an attempted hit-and-run in the fourth inning of Friday's 8-6 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. An MRI showed a strain of his calf muscle, but no injury to his Achilles tendon.

  • Bourn has 3 RBIs to lead Indians to 5-2 win over Pirates

    July 4, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Michael Bourn drove in three runs, Brandon Moss homered and Trevor Bauer pitched effectively into the seventh inning as the Cleveland Indians beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2 on a rainy Friday night in a game that stretched past midnight.

  • LEADING OFF: Bumgarner looking for better July, Cabrera hurt

    July 4, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Saturday:---SLUGGER DOWNThe Detroit Tigers likely will be without their big slugger as they continue their series against the Toronto Blue Jays. First baseman Miguel Cabrera left Friday's game in the fourth inning with a strained left calf and is likely headed to the disabled list. The two-time AL MVP was on first base with no outs and a 3-2 count to Victor Martinez and took off with the pitch. Martinez fouled the ball off, but Cabrera pulled up sharply, grabbing his left leg.

  • Mets broadcaster doing fine after health issue

    July 3, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) New York Mets radio play-by-play man Howie Rose is back in New York and doing fine, after an episode on the team's coast-to-coast flight in which he passed out from dehydration - forcing the plane to make an emergency stop in Detroit so that he could get medical attention.

  • Tigers' Sanchez loses no-hit bid with one out in 8th

    July 3, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez lost his bid for a no-hitter when Toronto's Ezequiel Carrera singled with one out in the eighth inning Friday night.After lining a ball just foul down the right-field line, the former Tiger lined a clean single into shallow left.

  • Tigers' Sanchez has no-hitter through 7 against Blue Jays

    July 3, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez has a no-hitter through seven innings against the Toronto Blue Jays.Sanchez, who no-hit the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sept. 6, 2006, while with the Marlins, would become the fifth pitcher since 1901 to throw no-hitters in both leagues.

  • Braves land 2 16-year-old prospects from Dominican Republic

    July 3, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Braves have agreed to terms with two 16-year-old players - shortstop Derian Cruz and outfielder Cristian Pache, both of the Dominican Republic.Cruz and Pache will report to the Braves' Dominican Academy.The 6-foot-3, 170-pound Cruz is a switch-hitter who was ranked by Baseball America as the fifth-best international prospect and the best overall athlete in the class.

  • Cabrera leaves Tigers' game with strained left calf

    July 3, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Miguel Cabrera left Friday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays in the fourth inning with a strained left calf.Cabrera was on first base with no outs and a 3-2 count to Victor Martinez, and took off with the pitch. Martinez fouled the ball off, but Cabrera pulled up sharply, grabbing his left leg. He was attended to by trainers and limped off the field.

  • Cabrera leaves Tigers' game with apparent leg injury

    July 3, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Miguel Cabrera left Friday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays in the fourth inning with an apparent injury to his left leg.Cabrera was on first base with no outs and a 3-2 count to Victor Martinez, and took off with the pitch. Martinez fouled the ball off, but Cabrera pulled up sharply, grabbing his left leg. He was attended to by trainers and limped off the field.

  • Carlos Beltran on DL, CC Sabathia start pushed back

    July 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Yankees placed Carlos Beltran on the 15-day disabled list Friday because a strained left oblique muscle, and they pushed CC Sabathia's next start back three days so he can work on fixing some pitching problems.The Yankees initially thought Beltran would be able to avoid a long layoff after feeling pain in his side while swinging the bat Tuesday.

  • RHP Straily recalled from Triple-A; RHP Feliz to Triple-A

    July 3, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Houston Astros recalled Dan Straily, Friday night's starting pitcher, from Triple-A Fresno for their game against the Boston Red Sox.To make room, the team optioned right-hander Michael Feliz to Fresno.On Thursday, outfielder George Springer was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured right wrist.

  • Red Sox RF Victorino activated; Bradley Jr. sent to Triple-A

    July 3, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Boston Red Sox have activated right fielder Shane Victorino from the 15-day disabled list before Friday's game against Houston.The 34-year old Victorino was placed on the DL on May 24 with a strained left calf.To make room, the club optioned outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. to Triple-A Pawtucket.

  • Diamondbacks' Corbin to make first start since 2013 Saturday

    July 3, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) Arizona left-hander Patrick Corbin is to start Saturday against Colorado in his first big league appearance in more than 1 1/2 years.''The stars aligned,'' manager Chip Hale said Friday. ''He's ready to go. His arm's ready. He's physically ready and mentally ready, then get him going.''

  • Twins put OF Robinson on family emergency leave

    July 3, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Minnesota Twins have placed outfielder Shane Robinson on family emergency leave.Robinson traveled to Boston after his infant daughter underwent emergency surgery. Manager Paul Molitor said Friday that Robinson would not return to the team before Sunday.

  • Tigers let go relievers Chamberlain, Gorzelanny

    July 3, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Tigers decided they needed to change things before a fifth straight division title falls out of reach.On Friday, with the team sitting at 39-39 and six games behind Kansas City, that process started with a flurry of moves.The Tigers designated veteran relievers Joba Chamberlain and Tom Gorzelanny for assignment and activated catcher Alex Avila off the disabled list and juggled the batting order before the start of a three-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays.

  • Rangers' Hamilton has no emotions facing Angels for 1st time

    July 3, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Josh Hamilton insisted that he had no extra emotions playing the Angels for the first time since Los Angeles traded him back to Texas.Before going 1 for 3 with a double and two strikeouts in an 8-2 loss Friday night, Hamilton said the only significance of the weekend series was limited to playing again this week following a month on the disabled list.

  • Rays activate first baseman James Loney from DL

    July 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays have activated first baseman James Loney from the 15-day disabled list and inserted him into the cleanup spot for their game against the New York Yankees.Loney was out with a broken finger since sustaining the injury sliding headfirst into third base on May 24. He played two rehab games before his return Friday night.

  • Reds place coach on administrative leave following arrest

    July 3, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) The Cincinnati Reds have placed assistant hitting coach Lee Tinsley on administrative leave following his arrest on Thursday morning on a charge of driving while impaired.Tinsley, 46, was booked into the Carroll County (Ky.) jail on one count of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

  • Brewers recall rookie pitchers Cravy, Goforth

    July 3, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) The Milwaukee Brewers beefed up their bullpen on Friday, recalling rookie right-handers Tyler Cravy and David Goforth from Triple-A Colorado Springs.Two other rookies, infielder/outfielder Jason Rogers and right-handed pitcher Corey Knebel, were optioned to Colorado Springs.

  • Rangers trade former 1st-round pick Jake Skole to Yankees

    July 3, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Texas Rangers have traded former first-round draft pick Jake Skole to the New York Yankees for cash considerations and have signed three international free agents.Skole is an outfielder who was selected 15th in the 2010 amateur draft. He had been playing at Double-A Frisco before the deal was announced Friday.

  • Giants designate playoff star Travis Ishikawa for assignment

    July 3, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) The San Francisco Giants have designated postseason star Travis Ishikawa for assignment. The team also activated pitcher Jake Peavy from the disabled list and placed right-hander Tim Hudson on the disabled list with an injured shoulder.

  • A-Rod, Yanks settle dispute, he gets ball from 3,000th hit

    July 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Alex Rodriguez and the Yankees settled their dispute over a marketing payment with a deal announced Friday that gives .5 million to charitable groups, saves the team .5 million and gets A-Rod the home run ball from his 3,000th hit.At the time Rodriguez and the Yankees signed their 5 million, 10-year contract in December 2007, they reached a separate marketing agreement. It called for million each for up to five milestone accomplishments in exchange for marketing rights, such as using A-Rod's name and image in selling licensed goods. The first was to be for A-Rod's 660th home run, tying Willie Mays for fourth on the career list.

  • Carlos Beltran joins Jacoby Ellsbury on Yanks' disabled list

    July 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Carlos Beltran has been put on the 15-day disabled list by the New York Yankees because a strained left oblique muscle.New York made the move before Friday's homestand opener against Tampa Bay and said it was retroactive to Wednesday.The Yankees already are missing starting centerfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, who has been slow to heal from a knee injury that has kept him on the disabled list since May 20. Ellsbury played with Class A Tampa on Monday and Wednesday in the start of a minor league rehabilitation assignment.

  • A-Rod, Yanks settle dispute; team to give .5M to charities

    July 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Alex Rodriguez and the Yankees settled their dispute over a marketing payment with a deal announced Friday that gives .5 million to charitable groups, saves the team .9 million and gets A-Rod the home run ball from his 3,000th hit.At the time Rodriguez and the Yankees signed their 5 million, 10-year contract in December 2007, they reached a separate marketing agreement. It called for million each for up to five milestone accomplishments in exchange for marketing rights, such as using A-Rod's name and image in selling licensed goods. The first was to be for A-Rod's 660th home run, tying Willie Mays for fourth on the career list.

  • Cuba confirms defection of 2 baseball players during US trip

    July 3, 2015

    HAVANA (AP) Two Cuban baseball players have defected while in the United States for a series of games against U.S. collegians, the island's official sports media confirmed.Third baseman Luis Yander La O left the team in North Carolina, where the Cuban team has been playing tuneups ahead of the Pan American Games in Toronto, according to a Friday report by the sports website Jit - a phonetic rendering of ''hit'' in Spanish.

  • All-Star likes what he sees of pioneering girl at MLB camp

    July 3, 2015

    PARIS (AP) As a two-time All-Star, Steve Finley knows more than most what it takes to shine in Major League Baseball. So having run his expert eyes over the sport's pioneering 16-year-old girl at a training camp this week, can he hazard a guess at whether she'll go on to become MLB's first female player?

  • BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

    July 4, 2015

    Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Saturday. A full Sports Digest will be sent about 3 p.m. All times EDT:- VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Abby Wambach remembers the date, July 17, 2011 - the day Japan beat the U.S. to win the Women's World Cup. The day before the rematch, she's on guard: ''We haven't won anything yet, and we know what that feels like from four years ago, and it's not a good feeling.'' UPCOMING: 700 words and photos by 4 p.m.

  • Queen City crew: Sending All-Stars young and old to Cincy

    July 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Anyone still ranting about the online election that put five Kansas City Royals in position to start the All-Star Game, the following is for you.Our picks for the July 14 showcase in Cincinnati - without any regard to fan or player balloting.

  • Experts: Hacking probe will stretch if Cards execs involved

    July 3, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) The federal hacking investigation of the St. Louis Cardinals could take longer if high-level executives are implicated in the breach of the Houston Astros' database, according to legal experts.The investigation is likely several months old, with much of the computer forensics work likely already complete, said Philip Hilder, a Houston criminal defense attorney and former federal prosecutor. Much of that forensics work would include scouring Astros servers for information about who logged on and whether any IP addresses - numbers that identify a particular computer on the Internet - lead back to someone inside the Cardinals organization.

  • Rays acquire minor league pitcher from Braves

    July 3, 2015

    ATLANTA, Ga. (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays acquired minor leaguer pitcher Garrett Fulenchek from the Atlanta Braves for two international bonus pool slots.The Braves said in an email Thursday night they received the Rays' 73rd and 103rd slots, valued at a total of 4,200, according to Baseball America. The deal gives Atlanta more to spend on international players before facing penalties.

  • Orioles muster only 3 singles in 2-0 loss to Rangers

    July 2, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) The Baltimore Orioles couldn't have asked for much more from Kevin Gausman, who didn't give up a run against the free-swinging Texas Rangers.Although Gausman did his part, the Orioles managed only three hits and lost 2-0 Thursday night to drop their first series since the beginning of June.

  • Venable homer boosts Padres in extra innings

    July 2, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Will Venable hit a pinch-hit two-run home run in the top of the 11th inning and the San Diego Padres snapped a three-game losing streak with a 5-3 victory over the suddenly scuffling St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night.Venable had been 1 for 17 coming off the bench before connecting on the first pitch from Carlos Villanueva (3-3) after the Padres successfully challenged a fair-foul ruling that resulted in a ground-rule double by Clint Barmes. The ball appeared to tick the line as right fielder Jason Heyward made an unsuccessful attempt at a sliding catch near the stands. Venable followed with his sixth homer of the year.

  • Rangers score 2 in 9th to beat Orioles 2-0

    July 3, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) The Texas Rangers used a different approach to beat the Baltimore Orioles and win a series for the first time since mid-June.Leonys Martin ended a scoreless duel with an RBI single in the ninth inning, and Texas carved out a 2-0 victory Thursday night behind a dominant pitching performance by Yovani Gallardo and three relievers.

  • Angels get Mets minor leaguer for international bonus slot

    July 3, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Angels have acquired minor league right-hander Gaither Bumgardner from the New York Mets for an international bonus pool slot.Bumgardner was taken in the 23rd round of the 2013 Major League draft out of the University of South Carolina - Upstate. A reliever, the 24-year-old Bumgardner was 2-0 with a 2.57 ERA in three games with Class A Brooklyn this year.

  • Padres Solarte ejected for arguing strikeout

    July 2, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Yangervis Solarte of the San Diego Padres was ejected for arguing a strikeout on a checked swing in the sixth inning against the Cardinals on Thursday night.Solarte slammed his helmet to the ground and yelled at plate umpire Bob Davidson before getting tossed.

  • LEADING OFF: Hamilton vs Angels; Kershaw tries to break skid

    July 3, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues today:---NO JOSHING AROUNDJosh Hamilton faces the Angels for the first time since the abrupt April 27 trade that sent the 2010 AL MVP and five-time All-Star back to Texas after two underwhelming and injury-plagued seasons in Los Angeles. The West rivals open a three-game series in Texas. Hamilton made his season debut with the Rangers on May 25, but has played only nine games. He missed a month on the disabled list because of a strained left hamstring before returning to the Texas lineup Tuesday.

  • Jays starter Boyd leaves without recording an out

    July 2, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Blue Jays starter Matt Boyd didn't record an out in his second big league start Thursday, leaving after the first seven Red Sox batters reached safely in the first inning.Boyd allowed seven runs and six hits, including back-to-back homers by David Ortiz and Hanley Ramirez. He was replaced by Liam Hendriks after walking Mike Napoli.

  • Ellsbury gets day off from rehab assignment

    July 2, 2015

    CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) New York Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury got his second day off this week while rehabilitating a sprained right knee with the Class A Tampa.Ellsbury was out of the lineup for Thursday night's game against Clearwater, one day after he went 1 for 3 and played five innings in center field.

  • Angels move past Dipoto, into meeting with Hamilton in Texas

    July 2, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Although the Los Angeles Angels' season hasn't been particularly good, it has been interesting in a lot of bad ways.Two days after general manager Jerry Dipoto walked out on the Angels, they'll visit Arlington, Texas, on Friday to face the Rangers and Josh Hamilton for the first time since Los Angeles paid him an astonishing amount to go away.

  • Blue Jays sign Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

    July 2, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) The Blue Jays have signed international free agent Vladimir Guerrero Jr., the 16-year-old son of nine-time All-Star and 2004 AL MVP Vladimir Guerrero.Guerrero Jr. was born in Montreal during his father's career with the Expos, and is a Canadian citizen. A right-handed hitting outfielder, his deal is reportedly worth .9 million.

  • Royals' Hosmer back in lineup after ring finger sprain

    July 2, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer was back in the starting lineup Thursday night after missing a three-game sweep at the hands of Houston with a sprained right ring finger.Hosmer said he isn't 100 percent, but he felt good enough after taking swings against Jason Vargas in a simulated game earlier Thursday to play in the series opener against the second-place Twins. Kansas City led the AL Central by 4 1/2 games.

  • Red Sox activate catcher Ryan Hanigan

    July 2, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Red Sox catcher Ryan Hanigan has been activated off the 60-day disabled list and is in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Blue Jays.Right-hander Jonathan Aro was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket to make room for Hanigan, who will bat ninth against Toronto left-hander Matt Boyd.

  • John Smoltz the 1st HOFer following Tommy John surgery

    July 2, 2015

    When John Smoltz is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in three weeks he'll be the first player enshrined following Tommy John surgery.''That's pretty doubtful that he would be the last,'' said renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews, who performed Smoltz's surgery. ''You can't believe how many are out there now that are pitching very successfully.

  • Mets minor league catcher suspended 80 games for drug test

    July 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Mets catcher Adrian Abreu has been suspended for 80 games following a positive test for metabolites of Stanozolol under baseball's minor league drug program.The discipline was announced Thursday by the commissioner's office.The 24-year-old, in his sixth minor league season in the Mets' organization was hitting .273 with three RBIs in 33 at-bats this year with Class A Savannah of the South Atlantic League after batting .097 in 31 at-bats with Class A St. Lucie.

  • Freeman says he won't return until after All-Star break

    July 2, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman says he likely won't return from a wrist injury until after the All-Star break.The two-time All-Star still has severe tendon and ligament inflammation. He continues to feel significant pain following a platelet-rich plasma injection last week.

  • Tigers call back to .500 after getting swept by Pirates

    July 2, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) J.D. Martinez is doing everything he can to keep the Detroit Tigers in the AL Central race.If he doesn't get more help, it isn't going to matter.Martinez hit a 3-run homer in the eighth inning Thursday, his 21st of the season and 12th in 20 games, but it wasn't enough to avoid the Pittsburgh Pirates finishing a three-game sweep with an 8-4 victory.

  • John Smoltz the 1st HOFer to have Tommy John surgery

    July 2, 2015

    When John Smoltz is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in three weeks he'll be unique - the only player enshrined to have undergone Tommy John surgery.Likely, he won't be the last.''That's pretty doubtful that he would be the last,'' said renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews, who performed Smoltz's surgery. ''You can't believe how many are out there now that are pitching very successfully.

  • Rangers activate RHP Felize from DL; option starter Martinez

    July 2, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) The Texas Rangers have activated right-handed reliever Neftali Felize from the 15-day disabled list and optioned starter Nick Martinez to Triple-A Round Rock.Felize went on the DL in late May with an abscess on his right side. His rehabilitation assignment consisted of 10 relief appearances for Round Rock. He is 1-2 with 5.09 ERA in 17 games out of the bullpen.

  • Cardinals fire scouting director Correa amid hacking scandal

    July 2, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Cardinals said Thursday they have fired scouting director Chris Correa, the first known fallout from the hacking scandal that has resulted in a federal investigation into whether the team illegally got inside the player personnel database of the Houston Astros.

  • Cardinals place OF Jon Jay on 15-day disabled list

    July 2, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Cardinals placed outfielder Jon Jay on the 15-day disabled list with a left wrist stress reaction and bone bruise on Thursday, making room on the roster for call-up Tim Cooney to start against the San Diego Padres.The 24-year-old Cooney was named to the Pacific Coast League All-Star team a day before being recalled from Triple-A Memphis.

  • Liriano lead Pirates to 8-4 win, sweep of Tigers

    July 2, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Francisco Liriano knows very well what the Detroit Tigers have done to him over the last five years.Since pitching eight shutout innings in a 2-0 win for Minnesota on April 27, 2010, Liriano had faced the Tigers 14 times - 11 as a starter - and gone 1-9.

  • Astros' Springer headed to 15-day DL with broken right wrist

    July 2, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Houston Astros outfielder George Springer has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a broken right wrist.Springer was injured when he was hit on the wrist by a 95 mph fastball thrown by Edinson Volquez in the fifth inning of Houston's win over Kansas City on Wednesday night.

  • Phillies place pitcher Aaron Harang on disabled list

    July 2, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia Phillies have placed right-hander Aaron Harang on the 15-day disabled list because of a foot injury.Chad Billingsley was activated from the disabled list to take Harang's roster spot and will start against Milwaukee on Thursday night.

  • Twins recall star prospect Miguel Sano from Double-A

    July 2, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Even the few Minnesota Twins fans who turned up in Kansas City on Thursday night were quick to recognize Miguel Sano, the strapping slugger standing on the top step of the dugout.They were quick to toss him some balls for autographs, too.

  • Rangers have deal with teen international prospect Taveras

    July 2, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms on a .1 million deal with switch-hitting teenager Leodys Taveras, one of the top international free agents.Texas also announced the signing of three other international players Thursday, the first day major league teams could sign such players.

  • Harang struggles again as Phillies fall to Brewers 9-5

    July 2, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Milwaukee Brewers kept swinging and hitting, and Aaron Harang couldn't stop them.Adam Lind homered, Scooter Gennett doubled twice, tripled and drove in three runs and hot-hitting Milwaukee won its season-best fourth straight game 9-5 over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night.

  • GM Jerry Dipoto resigns after 3 1/2 years with Angels

    July 2, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) For 3 1/2 years, general manager Jerry Dipoto and manager Mike Scioscia managed to survive disputes and reconciliations in their arranged marriage with the Los Angeles Angels.When that relationship abruptly ended Wednesday, Scioscia and the Angels insisted the longest-tenured manager in baseball wasn't to blame.

  • Simon, Chamberlain hit hard as Tigers fall to Pirates 9-3

    July 2, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) For the second night in a row, Joba Chamberlain got booed by his home fans Wednesday.He can't blame them.Detroit's set-up man allowed an inherited runner to score a key run in Tuesday's 14-inning loss to the Pirates, then allowed three homers in the eighth inning as Pittsburgh won 9-3 on Wednesday.

  • Altuve helps Astros sweep Royals with 6-5 win

    July 1, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Jose Altuve had three hits and scored the tiebreaking run in the seventh inning to help the Houston Astros complete a three-game sweep of the Kansas City Royals with a 6-5 win on Wednesday night.The game was tied at 5 in the seventh when Kelvin Herrera (1-2) plunked Altuve on the forearm. Altuve stole second and reached third on a lineout. He put Houston on top when he beat the tag at the plate on a fielder's choice by Chris Carter.

  • Walker homers twice as Pirates pound Tigers 9-3

    July 2, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Neil Walker had a long day. He wishes it could have kept going.Walker drove in the go-ahead run in Pittsburgh's 14-inning win over the Tigers in the early moments of Wednesday morning, then he had a pair of homers among his four hits as the Pirates beat Detroit 9-3 later that night.

  • Lind, Gennett lead Brewers past Phillies 9-5

    July 2, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Milwaukee Brewers are finally in a groove. Playing the Philadelphia Phillies certainly helps.Adam Lind homered, Scooter Gennett doubled twice, tripled and drove in three runs and the hot-hitting Brewers jumped on Philadelphia starter Aaron Harang on their way to a 9-5 victory on Wednesday night.

  • Indians' Carrasco loses no-hitter with 2 outs in 9th vs Rays

    July 1, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Carlos Carrasco of the Cleveland Indians has lost his no-hit bid with two outs in the ninth inning.Carrasco was one strike away from the gem Wednesday night when Tampa Bay's Joey Butler lined a single just over the outstretched glove of leaping second baseman Jason Kipnis.

  • GM Jerry Dipoto departs after 3 1/2 years with Angels

    July 1, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Los Angeles Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto resigned Wednesday, abruptly ending his 3 1/2-year tenure with the club amid apparent tensions with manager Mike Scioscia.Former general manager Bill Stoneman will take over as the interim GM for the rest of the season, the Angels announced.

  • Giants' Posey leaves game after taking foul ball off mask

    July 1, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey left Wednesday's game against the Marlins as a precaution after taking a foul ball off his mask, and said he avoided serious injury.Posey said a foul tip jarred his chin in the fourth inning. He exited in the sixth and passed a concussion test.

  • Indians' Carrasco loses perfect game vs Rays in 7th

    July 1, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Carlos Carrasco of the Cleveland Indians has walked Joey Butler with one out in the seventh inning to lose his perfect game, but the right-hander still has not allowed a hit against the Tampa Bay Rays.Carrasco retired the first 18 batters. Butler then walked after fouling off two full-count pitches. Carrasco then got through the rest of the inning without allowing a hit.

  • LEADING OFF: Fernandez, Cain, Moore make 1st starts of year

    July 2, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues today:---THEY'RE BACKMarlins ace Jose Fernandez will pitch for the first time since May 2014, when he was stopped by Tommy John surgery. The 22-year-old righty was the 2013 NL Rookie of the Year. He'll throw at home against San Francisco - Giants star Matt Cain makes his first start since last July, having been sidelined by elbow surgery and a strained flexor tendon.

  • Indians' Carrasco pitching perfect game thru 6 vs Rays

    July 1, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Carlos Carrasco of the Cleveland Indians is pitching a perfect game through six innings against the Tampa Bay Rays.Carrasco has struck out 10 Wednesday night at Tropicana Field. The Indians lead 5-0.This is the third straight day an Indians starter has gone at least five perfect innings against Tampa Bay. Danny Salazar lost his bid in the sixth inning Tuesday night and rookie Cody Anderson had his opportunity end during the seventh Monday night.

  • Mets LF Michael Cuddyer day to day with sore knee, but no DL

    July 1, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Mets outfielder Michael Cuddyer has been given two shots to relieve discomfort in his left knee but expects to avoid the disabled list.Cuddyer was out of New York's starting lineup Wednesday night against the Chicago Cubs after leaving Tuesday's game in the seventh inning. He had an MRI on Wednesday that revealed a slight strain and said doctors told him that was the ''best-case scenario.''

  • Orioles designate OF Delmon Young for assignment

    July 1, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) Delmon Young was designated for assignment Wednesday by the Baltimore Orioles, who needed the roster spot to fortify their thin bullpen.Young signed a one-year, .25 million deal during the offseason after batting .302 with seven homers and 30 RBIs in 83 games in 2014. He also delivered a clutch three-run double to give the Orioles a win over Detroit in the postseason.

  • White Sox activate reliever Jennings from 15-day DL

    July 1, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The Chicago White Sox activated reliever Dan Jennings from the 15-day disabled list and optioned right-hander Junior Guerra to Triple-A Charlotte.The White Sox made the moves before Wednesday night's game against St. Louis.Jennings, a left-hander, has been on the DL since June 7, retroactive to June 5, with inflammation on the left side of his neck. He tossed six innings in three relief appearances during a rehab stint with Charlotte.

  • Cards' Garcia ruled out for Thursday, no DL move expected

    July 1, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Jaime Garcia has been pushed back again and won't start Thursday for the St. Louis Cardinals because of what the pitcher calls a mild left groin strain.The left-hander and the team are confident he won't be placed on the 15-day disabled list. Garcia could start early next week in Chicago against the Cubs.

  • Reports: GM Jerry Dipoto quits after 3 1/2 years with Angels

    July 1, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Los Angeles Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto says he has resigned, but the team is refusing to confirm his departure.Dipoto told the Los Angeles Times and the Orange County Register on Wednesday that he has quit after 3 1/2 years with the Angels, but manager Mike Scioscia and Angels spokesman Tim Mead repeatedly declined to acknowledge any changes ahead of a team meeting before their game against the New York Yankees.

  • Marlins' Jose Fernandez returns following 13-month layoff

    July 1, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez says his long layoff was a life lesson, even if it was lousy for his career.Now he's back, saying he's a better person for having made the taxing, tedious recovery from Tommy John surgery. He'll pitch for the first time since May 9, 2014, when he faces the San Francisco Giants on Thursday.

  • A's pitcher Gray stays in hospital with stomach ailment

    July 1, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Athletics pitcher Sonny Gray has been diagnosed with a stomach ailment that sent him to a hospital.Gray remained in the hospital overnight with severe gastritis and was expected to be released some time Wednesday.The condition involves inflammation in the lining of the stomach. Oakland team physician Dr. Allan Pont said of all the cases of severe gastritis he's seen in 32 years with the A's, this was the first requiring a hospital visit.

  • Umpire Hallion hit in mask by foul, leaves Rockies-A's game

    July 1, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Home plate umpire Tom Hallion has left the game between Colorado and Oakland in the top of the first inning after getting hit squarely in the mask by a foul tip.Hallion was struck by a foul from Rockies slugger Nolan Arenado in the game Wednesday at Oakland.

  • Pioneering 16-year-old breaking baseball barriers for women

    July 1, 2015

    PARIS (AP) Simply by playing ball, Melissa Mayeux is busting through barriers.Becoming the first ever woman on Major League Baseball's international registration list, making her eligible to be signed by pro teams, is just the latest trail blazed by the 16-year-old shortstop from France. Previously, she successfully got a ''no-girls-allowed'' rule abolished so she could keep playing baseball with French boys.

  • Young Royals fan whose cancer fight gained attention dies

    July 1, 2015

    OLATHE, Kan. (AP) A Kansas boy whose fight against cancer and love of the Kansas City Royals received national attention during last year's World Series has died. He was 7.Noah Wilson of Olathe died Tuesday night at a hospital, his family announced. Noah had his last radiation treatment in mid-June and had been considered free of Ewing's sarcoma, a bone cancer. But his family said they learned in recent days that he had leukemia. He began chemotherapy Monday.

  • 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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'

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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?

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 2015

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

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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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'

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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

    September 2, 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 ou