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|Arizona Diamondbacks||OF Ender Inciarte is on the 15-day disabled list|
|Arizona Diamondbacks||SP Archie Bradley is on the 15-day disabled list|
|Arizona Diamondbacks||C Tuffy Gosewisch is on the 15-day disabled list and is expected to miss the remainder of the season|
|Arizona Diamondbacks||IF Phil Gosselin is on the 15-day disabled list|
|Arizona Diamondbacks||C Gerald Laird is on the 60-day disabled list|
LEADING OFF: Farquhar status, Yanks add top prospect Torres
A look at what's happening around the majors today:
The Chicago White Sox will continue to monitor pitcher Danny Farquhar, who was hospitalized in stable but critical condition after suffering a brain hemorrhage. The reliever fell ill Friday night in the dugout after pitching against Houston. The White Sox announced Saturday that additional testing revealed the brain hemorrhage caused by a ruptured aneurysm.
Top prospect Gleyber Torres is set to join the New York Yankees for his big league debut. The 21-year-old infielder will report to Yankee Stadium for the game against Toronto. Torres hit .347 with three doubles, one triple, one home run and 11 RBIs for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He has played second base, shortstop and third base in the minors.
Shohei Ohtani is scheduled to throw a bullpen session that will give the Angels a better idea if the blister that forced the Japanese two-way sensation out of his last pitching start has healed. Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia said he'll wait until after the game to confirm when Ohtani's next pitching start will be. It could be Monday at Houston.
A blister on Ohtani's right middle finger ended Tuesday night's start against Boston after just two innings. He allowed four hits and three runs on 66 pitches, and couldn't throw his breaking pitches for strikes.
The Phillies try for a sweep when Nick Pivetta faces Pittsburgh at Citizens Bank Park. Philadelphia, which lost 96 times last season, has won three in a row and is 13-7 under new manager Gabe Kapler.
Padres rookie Joey Lucchesi (2-0, 1.66 ERA) faces Arizona's Patrick Corbin (3-0, 1.65) in Phoenix for a matchup of unbeaten left-handers. Corbin took a no-hitter into the eighth inning of his last start. The 24-year-old Lucchesi will be making his fifth start since his major league debut this season.Read more
Godley, Pollock lead D-Backs past Padres 6-2
PHOENIX (AP) Zack Godley and the bullpen provided the pitching. Godley was also among the players who came through with their bats.
Godley settled down after a shaky start to throw 5 1/3 solid innings and single in a run to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 6-2 victory over the San Diego Padres on Saturday night.
A.J. Pollock had a solo homer and RBI single for Arizona. Deven Marrero tripled in a run, doubled and scored twice, and Paul Goldschmidt had a double and an RBI triple.
''For us to be successful in any facet of the game, especially offensively, it's going to take a whole-team effort,'' Goldschmidt said. ''It's not going to be one guy that's going to carry this team. Tonight, we needed it.''
Seven of the nine starters had at least one hit for Arizona.
''That's the type of offense we're accustomed to seeing,'' manager Torey Lovullo said. ''Everybody contributed.''
The NL West-leading Diamondbacks, losers to the Padres 4-1 on Friday night behind Tyson Ross' near no-hitter, will send left-hander Patrick Corbin to the mound Sunday to try to extend their franchise record with a seventh consecutive series win to start the season.
''At the end of the day, if we can say we won every series so far this season, it would be a great accomplishment,'' Lovullo said.
Pitching on his 28th birthday, Godley (3-1) gave up two runs in the first inning and blanked the Padres over the next 4 1/3. Andrew Chafin, Fernando Salas and T.J. McFarland held San Diego scoreless the rest of the way.
Godley struck out eight and walked one in an outing abbreviated by a high pitch count. But he said he felt good throughout.
''It was just one pitch that I wish I could have back (Franchy Cordero's two-run double),'' Godley said. ''But other than that, I felt good. So it didn't take a whole lot to settle back in because I had a good feel for the ball.''
San Diego's Clayton Richard (1-2) had similar pitch-count issues. The left-hander went five innings plus a batter, allowing three runs on five hits, striking out six and walking three.
''I threw the ball all right I guess,'' Richard said. ''That might be the best way to describe it, but that is usually not good enough.''
Jose Pirela and Christian Villanueva singled in the Padres' first. With two outs, Cordero - who hit a 489-foot homer the previous night and had trouble with a fly ball that ruined Ross' no-hit bid - doubled off the wall above the 407-foot sign in straightaway center to bring both runners home.
Arizona tied it in the second. Chris Owings singled and scored on Marrero's triple into the right-center gap. Richard struck out John Ryan Murphy for the second out, but Godley's dribbler up the middle brought home Marrero to make it 2-2.
The Diamondbacks grabbed the lead for good with two down in the third when Pollock homered just over the fence in right field, his team-leading fifth of the season.
Arizona tacked on another in the sixth. Owings led off with a walk, ending Richard's night. Side-arm reliever Adam Cimber came on and got two quick outs, one when catcher Austin Hedges threw out Owings trying to steal. But Marrero, Murphy and pinch hitter Daniel Descalso reeled off consecutive singles, the last bringing in a run, and it was 4-2.
Goldschmidt tripled off the center field wall to bring in a run in the seventh and scored on Pollock's single.
Padres: Placed OF Hunter Renfroe on the 10-day DL with right elbow inflammation and reinstated CF Manuel Margot. Margot was hit by a pitch at Colorado on April 10 and has been out with bruised ribs. Margot was the leadoff batter Saturday night.
Diamondbacks: CF Pollock and RF Owings were back in the lineup after missing a game following their outfield collision Thursday night. ... 3B Jake Lamb (sprained shoulder) is expected to return sometime during the team's road trip next week. ... OF Steven Souza Jr. (strained right pec) is to resume throwing Sunday after being shut down for a few days.
A crowd of 38,820 attended ultra-popular, heavily-bearded reliever Archie Bradley's bobblehead night. The first 20,000 received the doll, which - complete with sound - commemorates Bradley's unlikely two-run triple in last season's NL wild card game win over Colorado.
Corbin (3-0, 1.65 ERA), coming off a one-hit shutout of San Francisco, tries to keep the series-winning streak alive. San Diego will counter with LHP Joey Lucchesi (2-0, 1.66).
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Anderson tosses 6 strong innings as Rockies beat Cubs, 5-2
DENVER (AP) Tyler Anderson has had plenty of success on the mound in his young career, so he was happy to contribute at the plate.
And he didn't need to swing to help the Colorado Rockies rebound against the Chicago Cubs.
Anderson pitched six strong innings and drew a key walk in a five-run fifth inning that led the Rockies to a 5-2 win over Chicago on Saturday night.
Nolan Arenado had two hits to pace Colorado, which won despite not hitting a home run. The Rockies' 28 homers are tied for the major league lead but it was patience at the plate that gave them the win.
''That's perfect,'' Gerardo Parra said. ''We don't need a homer to win the game.''
Anderson (1-0) got his first win in five starts and tamed a Chicago lineup that had 16 runs on 18 hits in the series opener on Friday night. The Cubs managed just six hits on the night, two from Albert Almora Jr., who had four in Friday's win.
Wade Davis pitched the ninth for his ninth save in 10 chances.
Chicago's offense wasn't as potent behind starter Yu Darvish. He started strong but left with two outs in the fifth after allowing five runs on five hits and walking four.
His third walk was costly. With two outs, a man on first and Chicago leading 2-0 Darvish walked Anderson on five pitches to extend the inning.
''That was a big moment,'' Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. ''If he gets him we get out of that inning.''
DJ LeMahieu followed with an RBI double and Parra hit a two-run single up the middle to give Colorado a 3-2 lead.
Charlie Blackmon walked, Arenado drove in another run with a single and Trevor Story's RBI double made it 5-2 and chased Darvish.
''That's a big situation with two outs where a lot of times, personally, I make that out and the inning's over,'' Anderson said. ''To be able to extend it and get DJ back to the plate and get our offense going, it's nice not to be the out there that ends the inning.''
Darvish was cruising through Colorado's lineup before the walk to Anderson. The Rockies were hitless before Arenado's two-out single in the fourth.
''I was going to throw strikes in there against the pitcher and it turned out my command wasn't there so I had the walk,'' Darvish said through a translator.
For the second straight night the Cubs grabbed a quick lead. Almora and Javier Baez led off with singles and scored on a double by Wilson Contreras to make it 2-0.
Anderson settled down after that and worked out of trouble in the third. The Cubs had runners at first and third with one out but Anderson got struggling Anthony Rizzo to pop out to second and Contreras to fly out to center.
Cubs: INF/OF Ben Zobrist was placed on the 10-day disabled list with back tightness, retroactive to Thursday. The Cubs recalled David Bote from Triple-A Iowa, and he made his major league debut at third base.
Rockies: OF Carlos Gonzalez was out for the second straight game with a sore right hamstring suffered in Wednesday's game in Pittsburgh. He is not expected to land on the disabled list but he was given an extra day off in the cold weather.
Bote didn't have to fly in family to see him make his debut, they simply had to drive about 10 miles to see him man third base. Bote grew up in Longmont, Colo., 28 miles northwest of Coors Field, and makes his home in Thornton, just north of Denver.
''I love that he's from down the street,'' Maddon said before the game. ''I'm really happy that he gets to make his debut right here. His family can see it. It's awesome. I told him to just try to enjoy it.''
He doubled to the gap in right-center field on the second pitch he saw in the big leagues but was thrown out trying to steal third to end the second inning.
''I was just like, `Man did this happen? Did that really just happen?''' Bote said of his double. ''Just seeing my teammates on the top step cheering was really a cool moment.''
Bote's father, Bob, who is a renowned prep baseball coach in Colorado, and mother were in the stands.
''It was special,'' Bote said. ''Just to see his journey through everything, and my journey through it all. It's probably pretty rewarding. I can't wait to see him and give him a big hug.''
The Cubs will send LHP Jose Quintana (1-1, 8.16) against Colorado RHP German Marquez (1-1, 4.34) in the series finale on Sunday afternoon.Read more
Pujols homers for hit No. 2,992 in Angels' 4-3 win vs Giants
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Albert Pujols drove a go-ahead, two-run home run into the seats in right-center for career hit No. 2,992, and Mike Trout and Jefry Marte also went deep for the Los Angeles Angels, who beat the San Francisco Giants 4-3 Saturday night to snap an ugly four-game losing streak.
Pujols, 38, hit a no-doubt, opposite-field shot to right-center on an 0-1 pitch from lefty Derek Holland with one out in the sixth. He needs eight hits to become the 32nd member of the 3,000-hit club. He went 1 for 4 as the designated hitter.
Pujols came up with runners on the corners and one out in the eighth and grounded into a double play.
Garrett Richards (3-0) struck out 11 in six innings and held San Francisco to two runs and five hits, with one walk.
The righty helped stop an embarrassing four-game pummeling. The Angels lost 8-1 to the Giants on Friday night after being outscored 27-3 in a three-game sweep by the Boston Red Sox.
Keynan Middleton got a four-out save, his fifth in as many chances.
All three Angels home runs were off Holland (0-3).
Trout homered into the rocks beyond the fence in center field an inning after nearly robbing Brandon Belt of a two-run homer. Trout's eighth homer, on an 0-1 pitch, tied the game at 2.
In the second, Trout leaped and had Belt's fly ball in his glove for a moment before it popped out when he hit the wall and it went over the yellow line. Pablo Sandoval was on second base after a strikeout-wild pitch followed by another wild pitch by Richards. It was Belt's fourth homer.
Marte homered with two outs in the second, his first.
San Francisco closed to 4-3 on Sandoval's RBI double with two outs in the eighth. After Belt was intentionally walked, Middleton came on and struck out Evan Longoria. Middleton allowed Mac Williamson's leadoff single in the ninth before retiring the side.
Giants: DH Buster Posey was a late scratch due to back tightness.
Angels: RHP Shoehei Ohtani is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Sunday, and the Angels should know if he's definitely good to make his next start after a blister on his right middle finger forced him out after just two innings against Boston on Tuesday night.
Giants: RHP Johnny Cueto (1-0, 0.45) is scheduled to start the series finale. Angel Stadium is the last current ballpark he hasn't pitched in. He's 1-0 with a 1.20 ERA in two starts against the Angels.
Angels: RHP Jaime Barria (1-0, 0.45) will be recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake to make his second start. He won his big league debut at Texas on April 11.
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Reddick's 2 homers lead Astros to another rout of White Sox
CHICAGO (AP) The Houston Astros and Josh Reddick just keep climbing - and pouring frustration on the Chicago White Sox.
Reddick hit a grand slam and a solo homer, and the Astros pounded the reeling White Sox 10-1 on Saturday night for their fifth straight win.
Already struggling on the field - and especially on the mound - the White Sox were dealt another blow Saturday when they learned that reliever Danny Farquhar suffered a brain hemorrhage while collapsing in the dugout Friday night.
Reddick and the defending World Series champions hit wild Chicago starter Lucas Giolito hard to race to a 10-0 lead after four innings. Reddick upped his home run total to six after hitting 13 all last season.
''I didn't think I was going to have six in the first month, so this is pretty over the standard for myself,'' Reddick said. ''I'd like to get the average up, but the way I'm swinging the bat right now, I'm not going to complain.''
Dallas Keuchel, the 2015 AL Cy Young Award winner, cruised to his first victory after being staked to the big lead early. Keuchel (1-3) allowed one run and four hits in six innings while striking out six.
''I've been asking for runs, then I was mad because we scored too many runs and it was a slow pace to start the game, but we'll take 'em,'' Keuchel said. ''We're swinging the bat. That's who we are.''
Marwin Gonzalez drove in two runs with a double, and Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and Yuli Gurriel each had an RBI as Houston routed Chicago for a second straight night. Six of the seven Astros batters walked by Giolito scored.
Recently re-acquired Trayce Thompson hit his first homer for the White Sox, who lost their sixth straight and 11th of 12. Chicago dropped to 1-7 at Guaranteed Rate Field, matching its worst start at home since 1971.
The White Sox have allowed 50 runs in their last five games.
''Listen, right now honestly we're just in a little bit of a rut,'' manager Rick Renteria said. ''We're not getting any pitching and we're not doing a whole lot of hitting.
''It's kind of a perfect storm for any ballclub.''
Farquhar collapsed after recording two outs in the sixth inning of Friday's 10-0 loss to Houston. The 31-year-old was in critical but stable condition in the neurosurgical intensive care unit at nearby Rush University Medical Center. The White Sox hung Farquhar's No. 43 jersey in their bullpen.
Farquhar's diagnosis stunned the White Sox, but Renteria said it didn't affect his players once the game started.
''I didn't see any of them putting their head down,'' Renteria said. ''I thought they were actually were trying to play for him a little bit today.''
Giolito (0-3) was rocked for nine runs in two-plus innings in his first start since April 12 after the team had three straight games postponed by inclement weather in Minnesota. The 23-year-old right-hander allowed five hits and threw only 31 of 72 pitches for strikes.
''Yeah, about as bad as it could get,'' Giolito said. ''I didn't have a feel for much of anything.''
The Astros sent nine men to the plate in the first as they capitalized on Giolito's lack of command. Correa singled in a run, and then Gurriel drove one in with a sacrifice fly before Gonzalez's ground-rule double bounced over the right-center field wall with the bases loaded to plate two more.
Giolito walked the first three batters to start the second. Then Reddick drove the first pitch he saw, a knee-high fastball, over the right-field fence to make it 8-0.
Gioloto exited after walking Gonzalez and Evan Gattis to start the third. After George Springer hit into a double play, Altuve's single off Chris Volstad drove in Gonzalez to make it 9-0.
Reddick lined his solo shot to right to lead off the fourth.
Thompson, acquired for cash from Oakland on Friday, homered to right-center in the fifth.
White Sox: Asked if Farquhar required surgery, manager Rick Renteria said, ''We'll see how they proceed and hopefully the outcome is a positive one.'' The right-hander was placed on the 10-day disabled list and RHP Gregory Infante was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte. Infante pitched a scoreless seventh and eighth. ... 2B Yoan Moncada left the game after two innings with a sore left hamstring and was replaced with Leury Garcia. Moncada slowed down running to first in first at-bat.
Reddick's grand slam was his second this season and seventh of this career. He became the first Astros player to hit two in a calendar month since Hall of Famer Jeff Bagwell did it in May 2001.
Astros RHP Lance McCullers Jr. (2-1, 5.57) faces White Sox RHP Reynaldo Lopez (0-2, 1.42) in the series finale on Sunday. McCullers comes off a dominant seven-inning outing at Seattle last Tuesday, when he allowed one run, one hit and struck out 11. Lopez has allowed only three earned runs in 19 innings, but the White Sox have scored just three runs combined in his three starts.
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