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» Sunday, June 24, 2018

Cubs’ Bryant sits 2nd straight day with sore shoulder

CINCINNATI (AP) Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant is day to day with a sore left shoulder.

Yankees’ Tanaka throws 26 pitches in 1st bullpen session

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) New York Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka has cleared a key hurdle in his rehab program for strained right and left hamstrings, throwing 26 pitches in his first bullpen session.

Braves place closer Vizcaino on DL with sore right shoulder

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Braves have placed closer Arodys Vizcaino on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.

LEADING OFF: Rangers-Twins get testy, Reds on grand run

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» Saturday, June 23, 2018

Correa’s RBI single in 12th gives Astros 4-3 win over Royals

HOUSTON (AP) Carlos Correa hit a game-ending RBI single in the 12th inning, lifting the Houston Astros to a 4-3 win over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday night.

Mets place Jason Vargas on DL night before scheduled start

NEW YORK (AP) Jason Vargas has been placed on the 10-day disabled list by the New York Mets with a strained calf a day before his scheduled start against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Kershaw dazzles, then struggles in 3-inning return from DL

NEW YORK (AP) Clayton Kershaw was encouraged by how he felt after a shaky, abbreviated return to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night.

Mariners stop 5-game slide with 7-2 win against Red Sox

BOSTON (AP) Mike Leake pitched eight shutout innings, Mitch Haniger drove in three runs and the Seattle Mariners snapped a season-high five-game losing streak with a 7-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday night.

Greinke pitches Diamondbacks past Pirates 7-2

PITTSBURGH (AP) Arizona manager Torey Lovullo had quite the dilemma when the game was stopped by rain for the second time in the middle of the fourth inning.

LEADING OFF: Rangers-Twins get testy, Reds on grand run

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Bauer strikes out 11 as Indians defeat Tigers 4-1

CLEVELAND (AP) Trevor Bauer struck out 11 over 6 1/3 innings to beat Detroit for the fourth time this season, leading the Cleveland Indians past the Tigers 4-1 on Saturday night for their sixth straight win overall.

Molina’s 2 homers boost Cardinals past Brewers

MILWAUKEE (AP) Yadier Molina homered twice to back a strong start by Miles Mikolas and lift the St. Louis Cardinals to a 3-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday.

Kershaw dazzles, then struggles in 3-inning return from DL

NEW YORK (AP) Clayton Kershaw was shaky in an abbreviated return to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night.

Pitcher Anthony DeSclafani hits grand slam, Reds rout Cubs

CINCINNATI (AP) The last-place Cincinnati Reds slammed the Chicago Cubs - again.

Font gets 1st win, Adames homers, Rays beat Yankees 4-0

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Wilmer Font became the latest pitcher to slow down the New York Yankees.

Realmuto hits grand slam, Marlins beat Rockies 6-2

DENVER (AP) J.T. Realmuto was focused purely on putting the ball in play with the bases loaded and two strikes on him.

Blue Jays put starting pitchers Sanchez, Garcia on DL

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Toronto Blue Jays have put pitchers Aaron Sanchez and Jaime Garcia on the 10-day disabled list.

Crawford’s 3 extra-base hits lead Giants over Padres 5-3

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Slumping Brandon Crawford doubled twice, tripled and drove in three runs, leading the San Francisco Giants over the San Diego Padres 5-3 on Saturday.

Font gets 1st win, Adames homers, Rays beat Yankees 4-0

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Wilmer Font worked into the sixth inning to get his first major league win, Willy Adames homered and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the New York Yankees 4-0 Saturday.

Kershaw set for return amid shaky forecast at Citi Field

NEW YORK (AP) Clayton Kershaw has been activated from the disabled list and was set to pitch for the Los Angeles Dodgers despite a shaky forecast at Citi Field.

Kershaw set for return amid shaky forecast at Citi Field

NEW YORK (AP) Clayton Kershaw has been activated from the disabled list and was set to pitch for the Los Angeles Dodgers despite a shaky forecast at Citi Field.

Padres starter Lyles scratched with forearm tightness

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) San Diego Padres pitcher Jordan Lyles was scratched from his scheduled start against San Francisco because of right forearm tightness.

Indians reliever Miller won’t throw off mound for 10 days

CLEVELAND (AP) Cleveland Indians left-hander Andrew Miller won't throw off a mound for 10 days and the team says there's no timetable for when its ace reliever will return while he continues to deal with a sore right knee.

Brewers recall IF Miller, send down struggling OF Santana

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Brewers recalled veteran infielder Brad Miller from Triple-A Colorado Springs on Saturday and optioned struggling outfielder Domingo Santana there in an exchange of former 30-homer players.

Brewers recall IF Miller, send down struggling OF Santana

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Brewers recalled veteran infielder Brad Miller from Triple A Colorado Springs and optioned struggling outfielder Domingo Santana.

A’s recall OF Martini, send Bassitt, Coulombe to Triple-A

CHICAGO (AP) The Oakland Athletics recalled outfielder Nick Martini from Triple-A Nashville on Saturday and optioned right-handed pitcher Chris Bassitt and left-hander Danny Coulombe before their game at Chicago against the White Sox.

LEADING OFF: Herrera’s HR streak, Kershaw back, Mariners dip

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LEADING OFF: Herrera’s HR streak, Kershaw back, Mariners dip

A look at what's happening around the majors Saturday:

Herrera homers again, Phillies rout Nationals 12-2

WASHINGTON (AP) The way Odubel Herrera is going, he might have to make an extra trip to Washington next month.

» Friday, June 22, 2018

Minor pitches Rangers past Twins for 6th straight win

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Mike Minor threw six solid innings, Shin-Soo Choo homered and the Texas Rangers beat the Minnesota Twins 8-1 on Friday night for their sixth consecutive victory.

Cardinals rookie Flaherty loses no-hit try in 7th vs Brewers

MILWAUKEE (AP) St. Louis Cardinals rookie Jack Flaherty has lost his no-hit bid in the seventh inning on a home run by Milwaukee's Jesus Aguilar.

Cardinals rookie Flaherty has no-hitter through 6 vs Brewers

MILWAUKEE (AP) St. Louis Cardinals rookie Jack Flaherty is pitching a no-hitter through six innings against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Suarez’s 2-run homer rallies Reds to 6-3 win over Cubs

CINCINNATI (AP) Eugenio Suarez hit a go-ahead homer off Jose Quintana in the fifth inning, and the Cincinnati Reds held on for their fifth straight victory Friday night, 6-3 over the Chicago Cubs.

Mets cut Robles, demote Sewald in roster shuffle

NEW YORK (AP) The struggling New York Mets made a couple of roster changes Friday, cutting Hansel Robles and demoting fellow reliever Paul Sewald to the minor leagues.

Blue Jays closer Osuna suspended through Aug 4 by MLB

NEW YORK (AP) Toronto Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna has agreed to a suspension through Aug. 4 under baseball's domestic violence policy, discipline that will cause him to miss about half of the season.

Mets cut Robles, demote Sewald in roster shuffle

NEW YORK (AP) The struggling New York Mets have made a couple of roster changes, cutting Hansel Robles and demoting fellow reliever Paul Sewald to the minors.

Changeup: Kershaw coming off DL to start Saturday vs deGrom

NEW YORK (AP) Clayton Kershaw is set to make a surprise return from the disabled list Saturday night, starting for the Los Angeles Dodgers in a marquee matchup against New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom.

Pirates catcher Cervelli put on 7-day concussion DL

PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Pirates have put veteran catcher Francisco Cervelli on the seven-day concussion disabled list.

Blue Jays closer Osuna suspended through Aug 4 by MLB

NEW YORK (AP) Toronto Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna has agreed to a suspension through Aug. 4 under baseball's domestic violence policy, discipline that will cause him to miss about half of the season.

Servais: Who was that mustachioed man?

BOSTON (AP) Seattle manager Scott Servais kept up the ruse on Friday night, denying that he saw Ichiro Suzuki in disguise in the Mariners dugout at Yankee Stadium.

Changeup: Kershaw coming off DL to start Saturday vs deGrom

NEW YORK (AP) Clayton Kershaw is set to make a surprise return from the disabled list Saturday night, starting for the Los Angeles Dodgers in a marquee matchup against New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom.

Gardner back in Yankees lineup after missing 5 games

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Brett Gardner is back in the New York Yankees' lineup after missing five games because of soreness in his right knee.

Harper will take part in Home Run Derby if he’s an all-star

WASHINGTON (AP) Slugger Bryce Harper will participate in the Home Run Derby if he makes the National League All-Star team.

Marlins’ Urena placed on DL with right shoulder impingement

DENVER (AP) Right-hander Jose Urena has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder impingement, the latest setback in a disappointing season for the Miami Marlins' opening day starter.

Athletics activate Joyce, option Smolinski to Triple-A

CHICAGO (AP) The Oakland Athletics have activated outfielder Matt Joyce from the 10-day disabled list and optioned outfielder Jake Smolinski to Triple-A Nashville.

White Sox activate OF Avisail Garcia from DL

CHICAGO (AP) White Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia was activated from the 10-day disabled list Friday after missing two months because of a strained right hamstring.

Gardner back in Yankees lineup after missing 5 games

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Brett Gardner is back in the New York Yankees lineup after missing five games with right knee soreness.

Orioles find their disappointing season ’mind-boggling’

BALTIMORE (AP) As they stagger toward the midpoint of their miserable 2018 baseball season, the Orioles own the worst record in the majors and are on pace to lose 100 games for only the third time since their move to Baltimore in 1954.

White Sox activate OF Avisail Garcia from DL

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago White Sox have activated right fielder Avisail Garcia from the 10-day disabled list.

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Ichi-who? Suzuki sits on M’s bench in fake mustache disguise

NEW YORK (AP) Just who was that guy sitting on the Seattle Mariners bench, the odd fellow with the bushy mustache, shades and a hoodie?

Valbuena hits 2 HRs, Angels power past Blue Jays 8-5

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Kole Calhoun, Luis Valbuena and the Los Angeles Angels seem to be hitting their way out of a long funk.

LEADING OFF: Herrera on home run roll, Trout a DH

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Valbuena hits 2 HRs, Angels power past Blue Jays 8-5

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Luis Valbuena homered twice, Kole Calhoun connected for the second consecutive game and the Los Angeles Angels defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 8-5 on Thursday night.

» Thursday, June 21, 2018

LEADING OFF: Herrera on home run roll, D-backs bashing Bucs

A look at what's happening around the majors Friday:

Ichi-who? Suzuki sits on M’s bench in fake mustache disguise

NEW YORK (AP) Just who was that guy sitting on the Seattle Mariners bench, the odd fellow with the bushy mustache, shades and a hoodie?

Soto’s 2-run double carries Nationals past Orioles 4-2

WASHINGTON (AP) Juan Soto hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the eighth inning, and the Washington Nationals beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-2 Thursday night in the deciding matchup of a three-game interleague series between neighboring rivals.

Ichi-who? Suzuki sits on M’s bench in fake mustache disguise

NEW YORK (AP) Just who was that guy sitting on the Seattle Mariners bench, the odd fellow with the bushy mustache, shades and a hoodie?

Giants’ Strickland apologizes after temper lands him on DL

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) San Francisco Giants closer Hunter Strickland apologized to his team, fans, and said he'd consider anger management counseling three days after injuring his hand punching a door in frustration after a blown save against Miami.

Cardinals place Wacha on DL, MRI scheduled

MILWAUKEE (AP) Cardinals right-handed pitcher Michael Wacha returned to St. Louis on Thursday for an MRI.

Trout limited to DH with finger sprain as Angels host Jays

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Mike Trout will be the Los Angeles Angels' designated hitter for his 1,000th career game Thursday night because of a sprained right index finger.

Arenado homers, drives in 5 as Rockies beat Mets, 6-4

DENVER (AP) Nolan Arenado should have no trouble getting to sleep now.

Cardinals put Wacha on DL, recall Gant

MILWAUKEE (AP) The St. Louis Cardinals placed right-handed pitcher Michael Wacha on the 10-day disabled list with a left oblique strain. They recalled right-hander John Gant from Triple-A Memphis before Thursday night's game against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Miller set to be activated from DL, join Arizona rotation

PITTSBURGH (AP) Shelby Miller is scheduled to return to the Arizona Diamondbacks' rotation Monday, 14 months after the right-hander underwent Tommy John elbow ligament replacement surgery.

Marlins’ Straily suspended 5 games, Mattingly for 1 game

NEW YORK (AP) Miami pitcher Dan Straily has been suspended for five games for intentionally throwing a pitch at San Francisco's Buster Posey while warnings were in place for both teams.

MLB grows relationship with NCAA with Royals-Tigers in Omaha

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Major League Baseball will come to Omaha for a day next year as part of an initiative to take the product to new places, commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday.

MLB grows relationship with NCAA with Royals-Tigers in Omaha

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred has announced the Detroit Tigers will play a regular-season game against the Kansas City Royals at TD Ameritrade Park on June 13, 2019 - two days before the start of the College World Series.

David Ortiz, Torii Hunter to manage in All-Star Futures Game

NEW YORK (AP) David Ortiz will manage the World team in the All-Star Futures Game next month and Torii Hunter will lead the U.S.

Minor League Baseball team owner to move club to Colorado

PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) A Minor League Baseball team is moving to Colorado from Utah.

Phillies fan injured by flying hot dog launched by Phanatic

PHILADELPHIA (AP) It was a flying frankfurter and not a foul ball that left a baseball fan with a black eye in Philadelphia.

LEADING OFF: Pair of aces pitching in Bronx, Wacha gets MRI

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Back to back to back: 3 straight HRs propel Astros to win

HOUSTON (AP) Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch might want to consider giving Jose Altuve more days off.

Kepler, Grossman homer to help Twins beat Red Sox 4-1

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Facing a run of starting pitching that included two-time Cy Young winner Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Chris Sale and David Price, the Minnesota Twins could have seen their fledgling playoff hopes fade toward another long summer.

Giants hold off Marlins for 6-5 victory

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) After two games filled flaring tempers and alleged beanballs, the Giants and Marlins finally learned to play nice together in their season series finale.

Gennett, Suarez HRs rally Reds over Tigers 5-3

CINCINNATI (AP) The Tigers knew exactly what hit them - the daunting combination of a homer-friendly park and a free-swinging Reds offense starting to come around.

Kluber is first to 11 wins, Indians rout White Sox 12-0

CLEVELAND (AP) Corey Kluber shut down the White Sox and became the first pitcher with 11 wins this season. So what else is new for the reigning AL Cy Young winner?

Stanton hits walk-off HR, Yankees rally past Mariners 7-5

NEW YORK (AP) Expectations have been sky high for Giancarlo Stanton since he was acquired from Miami last offseason. In front of a sellout crowd Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium, the 6-foot-6 slugger had his first huge moment in pinstripes.

Royals lose ninth straight, fall to Rangers, 3-2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Austin Bibens-Dirkx earned his first victory of the season, shutting down a struggling Kansas City Royals squad that's wondering when it will get its next win.

» Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Stanton hits walk-off HR, Yankees rally past Mariners 7-5

NEW YORK (AP) Giancarlo Stanton lined a two-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the New York Yankees erased a five-run deficit to beat the Seattle Mariners 7-5 on Wednesday night.

Royals lose ninth straight, fall to Rangers, 3-2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Austin Bibens-Dirkx pitched effectively into the seventh inning, Rougned Odor homered and the Texas Rangers extended their winning streak to a season-high five games with a 3-2 victory over the struggling Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night.

Mariners joke Ichiro should be in Home Run Derby

NEW YORK (AP) Now that he's no longer an active player, maybe Ichiro Suzuki wants to start swinging for the fences.

Billy Connors, longtime pitching coach, dies at 76

NEW YORK (AP) Billy Connors, a three-time New York Yankees pitching coach and confidant of late owner George Steinbrenner, has died. He was 76.

Billy Connors, longtime pitching coach, dies at 76

NEW YORK (AP) Billy Connors, a three-time New York Yankees pitching coach and confidant of late owner George Steinbrenner, has died. He was 76.

Barreto’s 3-run homer leads Oakland’s barrage in 12-4 win

SAN DIEGO (AP) Five home runs. Back-to-back twice.

Mariners joke Ichiro should be in home run derby

NEW YORK (AP) He might not be an active player anymore, but that didn't stop rumors from swirling about the possibility of Mariners legend Ichiro Suzuki taking part in next month's All-Star Home Run Derby in the nation's capital.

Cubs put closer Morrow on DL; Darvish throws simulated game

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs will have to get by without closer Brandon Morrow for a little while.

Herrera’s solo homer lifts Phils to 4-3 win over Cardinals

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Odubel Herrera smiled when told he was being compared to Ichiro Suzuki and Vladimir Guerrero. He has potential to be known by his first name just like Ichiro and Vlad, too.

Herrera’s solo homer lifts Phils to 4-3 win over Cardinals

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Odubel Herrera smiled when told he was being compared to Ichiro Suzuki and Vladimir Guerrero. He has potential to be known by his first name just like Ichiro and Vlad, too.

Herrera’s solo homer lifts Phils to 4-3 win over Cardinals

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Odubel Herrera hit a tiebreaking, solo homer in the seventh inning, Cesar Hernandez hit a two-run homer and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-3 Wednesday.

Happ pitches 8 1/3 innings as Blue Jays beat Braves 5-4

TORONTO (AP) The better J.A. Happ pitches for the Toronto Blue Jays, the better the chance he finishes the season with another team.

Cubs put closer Morrow on DL; Darvish throws simulated game

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs will have to get by without closer Brandon Morrow for at least a little while.

Happ pitches 8 1-3 innings as Blue Jays beat Braves 5-4

TORONTO (AP) J.A. Happ pitched a season-high 8 1-3 innings to win his fifth straight decision, Kendrys Morales hit a two-run home run and the Blue Jays beat the Atlanta Braves 5-4 Wednesday for Toronto's seventh win in eight home games.

Cubs closer Morrow goes on DL with back tightness

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs will have to get by without closer Brandon Morrow for at least a little while.

Cubs closer Morrow goes on DL with back tightness

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs will have to get by without closer Brandon Morrow for at least a little while.

Cardinals righty Michael Wacha suffers left oblique strain

PHILADELPHIA (AP) St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Michael Wacha has left Wednesday's start against the Philadelphia Phillies with a left oblique strain.

AP sources: Tigers-Royals to play in Omaha before 2019 CWS

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) The Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals will play a regular-season game in Omaha the week the 2019 College World Series opens, The Associated Press has learned.

AP source: MLB game to be played in Omaha before 2019 CWS

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) A Major League Baseball regular-season game will be played in Omaha the week the 2019 College World Series opens, The Associated Press has learned.

Cubs closer Morrow goes on DL with back tightness

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs have placed closer Brandon Morrow on the 10-day disabled list because of lower back tightness.

Piscotty’s homer ties it, Lowrie’s homer wins it for A’s

SAN DIEGO (AP) The Oakland Athletics were down to their last strike when Stephen Piscotty hit a tying home run off closer Brad Hand, who was San Diego's only All-Star last year.

LEADING OFF: Giants need hand in bullpen, Felix in the Bronx

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Surging Escobar sparks Twins past Sale, Red Sox in 6-2 win

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Eduardo Escobar, yet again, gave the Minnesota Twins the go-ahead hit.

Houston’s win streak ends at 12 games with 2-1 loss to Rays

HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Astros relied on their powerful offense to win 12 straight games.

Strickland breaks pitching hand punching door in frustration

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Giants closer Hunter Strickland broke his pitching hand punching a door in frustration after blowing the save and taking the loss in a 5-4 defeat to the Miami Marlins on Monday night.

» Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Rookie Peralta leads Brewers by Pirates 3-2

PITTSBURGH (AP) The nerves weren't quite so bad this time. The jitters, a touch less.

Carpenter leads Cardinals past Phillies 7-6

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Matt Carpenter had a hunch a fastball was coming. When the pitch arrived, he delivered.

Turner goes 4 for 4 to help Nationals beat Orioles 9-7

WASHINGTON (AP) Presented with identical opportunities to ring up a big inning, the Washington Nationals took full advantage and Baltimore Orioles squandered the chance.

Votto breaks drought with grand slam as Reds beat Tigers 9-5

CINCINNATI (AP) Joey Votto ended a long homer drought with his third career grand slam Tuesday night, powering the Cincinnati Reds to a 9-5 victory that ended the Detroit Tigers' longest winning streak in two years.

Carpenter leads Cardinals past Phillies 7-6

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Matt Carpenter hit a tiebreaking solo homer with two out in the ninth, helping the St. Louis Cardinals edge the Philadelphia Phillies 7-6 on Tuesday night.

Rookie Peralta leads Brewers by Pirates 3-2

PITTSBURGH (AP) Rookie Freddy Peralta allowed two hits in six stellar innings, Jesus Aguilar hammered his 14th home run of the season and the Milwaukee Brewers cooled off the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 on Tuesday night.

Camargo hits first career grand slam, Braves rout Jays 11-4

TORONTO (AP) Johan Camargo hit his first career grand slam and went 4 for 5 with five RBIs, and the Atlanta Braves beat the Blue Jays 11-4 on Tuesday night to snap Toronto's home winning streak at seven games.

LEADING OFF: Giants need hand in bullpen, Felix in the Bronx

A look at what's happening around the majors Wednesday:

Escobar’s consecutive streak as Royals’ SS to end

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Alcides Escobar's streak of making 406 consecutive starts as the Kansas City Royals shortstop is about to end.

Rangers send Mendez to minors for breaking team rules

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Texas Rangers sent rookie left-hander Yohander Mendez back to Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday for violating team rules.

Strickland breaks pitching hand punching door in frustration

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Giants closer Hunter Strickland broke his pitching hand punching a door in frustration after blowing the save and taking the loss in a 5-4 defeat to the Miami Marlins on Monday night.

Herrera happy to change role with contending Nationals

WASHINGTON (AP) As compensation for losing his job as a closer, Kelvin Herrera gets to pitch for a contender.

Brewers designate struggling reliever Logan for assignment

PITTSBURGH (AP) The Boone Logan experiment is over in Milwaukee.

Orioles designate Pedro Alvarez for assignment

WASHINGTON (AP) Pedro Alvarez has been designated for assignment by the Baltimore Orioles, who made several moves Tuesday in an attempt to improve a team with the worst record in the big leagues.

Orioles designate Pedro Alvarez for assignment

WASHINGTON (AP) Pedro Alvarez has been designated for assignment by the Baltimore Orioles, who are shuffling the roster in an attempt to improve upon the worst record in the big leagues.

Kershaw to make minor league rehab start

CHICAGO (AP) Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is scheduled make a minor league rehab start on Saturday as he continues his recovery from a strained lower back. The three-time NL Cy Young Award could be back pitching in the majors soon.

Kershaw to make minor-league rehab start

CHICAGO (AP) Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is scheduled make a minor-league rehab start on Saturday as he continues his recovery from a strained lower back. The three-time NL Cy Young Award could be back pitching in the majors soon.

Scioscia: Angels "very optimistic" about Ohtani’s recovery

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Los Angeles Angels two-way rookie Shohei Ohtani will be re-evaluated within the next three weeks to gauge progress in his recovery from a sprained ligament in his right elbow.

Soto, Hicks HRs give Nats, Yanks unusual doubleheader split

WASHINGTON (AP) It was a long and odd day, one that started with teenager Juan Soto homering in a game that officially was played before he made his major league debut.

Dyson’s catch, Goldschmidt’s HR lead Arizona past Halos, 7-4

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Neither Jarrod Dyson nor Justin Upton could tell whether Upton's bases-loaded line drive to the deepest part of center field would have made it out of Angel Stadium.

Former National League umpire Dutch Rennert dies at 88

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) Dutch Rennert, a National League umpire from 1973 to 1992 who was known for his animated, booming strike calls, has died. He was 88.

The Fastball Paradox: With velocity up, fastballs on decline

NEW YORK (AP) Over five seasons as ace of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Gerrit Cole threw one of the game's hardest, heaviest fastballs, and he threw it often. The pitch helped him make millions of dollars. It put him in contention for major awards. Hitters swung through it again and again, and Cole seemed content not to mess with a good thing.

LEADING OFF: Verlander backs rolling Astros, mending Dodgers

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Former National League umpire Dutch Rennert dies at 88

ST AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) Dutch Rennert, a National League umpire from 1973 to 1992 who was known for his animated, booming strike calls, has died. He was 88.

LEADING OFF: Verlander backs rolling Astros, mending Dodgers

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Dodgers LHP Kershaw eyes return after throwing sim game

CHICAGO (AP) The last time Clayton Kershaw pitched at Wrigley Field, the ace left-hander helped lead the Los Angeles Dodgers into the World Series.

Bauer, Indians beat skidding White Sox 6-2

CLEVELAND (AP) Trevor Bauer turned from pitcher to politician to prize fighter.

Cubs INF Baez feeling better after hit by pitch

CHICAGO (AP) Cubs infielder Javier Baez is feeling better after he was hit on the left elbow by a pitch.

Nats get RHP Kelvin Herrera from Royals for 3 minor leaguers

WASHINGTON (AP) Washington Nationals closer Sean Doolittle was going through his usual routine Monday, preparing if needed for a save, when general manager Mike Rizzo sought him out.

» Monday, June 18, 2018

LEADING OFF: Verlander backs rolling Astros, mending Dodgers

A look at what's happening around the majors Tuesday:

Bauer, Indians beat skidding White Sox 6-2

CLEVELAND (AP) Trevor Bauer pitched seven scoreless innings before a rain delay ended his night, and Jason Kipnis homered to lead the Cleveland Indians to a 6-2 win over the sliding and sloppy Chicago White Sox on Monday.

Dodgers-Cubs postponed by rain, power outage

CHICAGO (AP) The series opener between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs has been postponed by rain and a limited power outage at Wrigley Field.

LEADING OFF: Verlander backs rolling Astros, mending Dodgers

A look at what's happening around the majors Tuesday:

Nats get RHP Kelvin Herrera from Royals for 3 minor leaguers

WASHINGTON (AP) Getting a jump on the trade deadline to add talent to the back of their bullpen, the Washington Nationals picked up right-hander Kelvin Herrera from the Kansas City Royals on Monday for three minor leaguers.

Dodgers LHP Kershaw eyes return after throwing sim game

CHICAGO (AP) The last time Clayton Kershaw pitched at Wrigley Field, the ace left-hander helped lead the Los Angeles Dodgers into the World Series.

Nats get RHP Kelvin Herrera from Royals for 3 minor leaguers

WASHINGTON (AP) Getting a jump on the trade deadline to add talent to the back of their bullpen, the Washington Nationals picked up right-hander Kelvin Herrera from the Kansas City Royals on Monday for three minor leaguers.

Scioscia: Angels "very optimistic" about Ohtani’s recovery

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Los Angeles Angels two-way rookie Shohei Ohtani will be re-evaluated within the next three weeks to gauge progress in his recovery from a sprained ligament in his right elbow.

Cubs INF Baez out of starting lineup due to swollen elbow

CHICAGO (AP) Cubs infielder Javier Baez is feeling better a day after he was hit on the left elbow by a pitch.

Dodgers LHP Kershaw eyes return after throwing sim game

CHICAGO (AP) The last time Clayton Kershaw pitched at Wrigley Field, the ace left-hander helped lead the Los Angeles Dodgers into the World Series.

Nats get RHP Kelvin Herrera from Royals for 3 minor leaguers

WASHINGTON (AP) Getting a jump on the trade deadline to add talent to the back of their bullpen, the Washington Nationals picked up right-hander Kelvin Herrera from the Kansas City Royals on Monday for three minor leaguers.

Dodgers LHP Kershaw eyes return after throwing sim game

CHICAGO (AP) The last time Clayton Kershaw pitched at Wrigley Field, the ace left-hander helped lead the Los Angeles Dodgers into the World Series.

Dodgers LHP Kershaw eyes return after throwing sim game

CHICAGO (AP) Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw has taken another step forward in his recovery from a strained lower back.

Cubs INF Baez out of starting lineup due to swollen elbow

CHICAGO (AP) Cubs infielder Javier Baez is feeling better a day after he was hit on the left elbow by a pitch.

Rangers activate Andrus after his first trip to the DL

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Elvis Andrus is back in the Texas lineup after his first trip to the disabled list.

Indians’ Carrasco suffers only bruise on scary comebacker

CLEVELAND (AP) The Indians caught a lucky break. Carlos Carrasco is only bruised.

Phillies send former closer Hector Neris to Triple-A

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Phillies have optioned former closer Hector Neris to Triple-A Lehigh Valley and recalled lefty Austin Davis.

Astros GM Luhnow given extension through 2023

HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Astros have extended the contract of general manager Jeff Luhnow through the 2023 season and added president of baseball operations to his title.

Indians activate Alonso, sign Rzepczynski to minors deal

CLEVELAND (AP) The Indians have activated starting first baseman Yonder Alonso from the family medical emergency list.

Seattle activates RHP Juan Nicasio from 10-day disabled list

SEATTLE (AP) The Mariners have activated right-handed reliever Juan Nicasio from the 10-day disabled list as they continue to add options in their bullpen.

Like last year’s Twins, young Braves ahead of schedule

On the morning of June 18 two years ago, the Atlanta Braves were 21-46. Now they're atop the NL East.

LEADING OFF: Astros go for team record-tying 12th win in row

A look at what's happening around the majors today:

Flaherty, Carpenter help Cardinals shut down Cubs 5-0

ST. LOUIS (AP) John Brebbia pitched in 70 major league games before earning his first career win. When the wait was over, the individual accomplishment was an afterthought compared to the exhilaration of stopping his team's archrival from earning its first sweep in nearly eight years at Busch Stadium.

» Sunday, June 17, 2018

Hundley, Belt homer to lift Giants to 4-1 win over Dodgers

LOS ANGELES (AP) Road weary and a bit homesick, the San Francisco Giants picked up a victory Sunday that could be the momentum needed to get a long stretch in the Bay Area off to a good start.

Javier Baez departs game after being hit by pitch

ST. LOUIS (AP) Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Baez left Sunday night's game against the Cardinals after being hit in the left elbow by a pitch from St. Louis starter Jack Flaherty in the top of the third inning.

Lucroy’s RBI single in 11th send Athletics past Angels 6-5

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Jonathan Lucroy flied out in his first chance at getting the winning hit. The next time up, he didn't miss.

LEADING OFF: Astros go for team record-tying 12th win in row

A look at what's happening around the majors Monday:

Trevino, Rangers rally for 4 runs in 9th, beat Rockies 13-12

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Jose Trevino blooped a two-run single, capping a four-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning that sent the Texas Rangers over the Colorado Rockies 13-12 on Sunday.

Tigers beat White Sox 3-1 for 5th straight win

CHICAGO (AP) Blaine Hardy was supposed to be a short-term starter while injured Tigers pitchers recovered.

Hundley, Belt homer to lift Giants to 4-1 win over Dodgers

LOS ANGELES (AP) Nick Hundley and Brandon Belt each hit two-run home runs and Chris Stratton pitched six solid innings to help the San Francisco Giants avoid a three-game sweep at Los Angeles with a 4-1 victory over the Dodgers on Sunday.

Franco HR, 4 RBIs as Phillies hold off Brewers 10-9

MILWAUKEE (AP) Maikel Franco homered and drove in four runs and the Philadelphia Phillies held off Milwaukee's ninth-inning rally to beat the Brewers 10-9 on Sunday.

Astros win 11th straight and finish 10-0 trip, beat KC 7-4

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Houston Astros keep finding ways to win, while the Kansas City Royals keep inventing ways to lose.

Bieber gets first major league win as Indians beat Twins 4-1

CLEVELAND (AP) Shane Bieber was relaxing in the clubhouse at Triple-A Columbus on Saturday when he received an important message.

Hernandez, Solarte hit back-to-back HRs, Jays beat Nats 8-6

TORONTO (AP) Washington Nationals reliever Ryan Madson had spent the past couple of weeks thinking about how long he'd gone between giving up home runs.

Astros win 11th straight and finish 10-0 trip, beat KC 7-4

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Carlos Correa and the Houston Astros won their 11th straight game, finishing off a dominant 10-0 road trip by rallying past the Kansas City Royals 7-4 Sunday.

Orioles snap 9-game skid with 10-4 win over Marlins

BALTIMORE (AP) For the first time in more than a month, there was music playing in the Baltimore Orioles' clubhouse following a game.

Font, Rays relievers come through in 3-1 win over Yankees

NEW YORK (AP) Wilmer Font held the high-scoring Yankees in check in the latest Tampa Bay game ''started'' by a reliever, and the Rays held off New York 3-1 Sunday to avoid a sweep.

Go get ’em, Gramps! Pettitte debuts at Yanks Old-Timers’ Day

NEW YORK (AP) Back on the Yankee Stadium mound for the first time in five years, Andy Pettitte looked completely in control as he warmed up, throwing fastballs, curves and sliders. Then he grooved a pitch down the middle, resulting in a grounder that was misplayed by at first base by Jason Giambi.

Braves no-hit bid ends in 7th after Teheran pulled vs Padres

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Braves' bid for a combined no-hitter has ended as reliever Shane Carle allowed a single to San Diego's Cory Spangenberg with one out in the seventh inning.

Royals add Mondesi, make 6 roster moves

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Adalberto Mondesi is back with the Kansas City Royals as part of a roster shuffle.

Gallardo returns to Rangers, starts against Rockies

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Yovani Gallardo is back with the Texas Rangers for the first time in three years.

Indians place Carrasco on DL with bruised elbow

CLEVELAND (AP) Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco will undergo additional tests on his bruised right elbow after he was placed on the 10-day disabled list Sunday.

Rays active SS Hechavarria from DL

NEW YORK (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays have activated slick-fielding shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria from the 10-day disabled list.

Indians place Carrasco on DL with bruised elbow

CLEVELAND (AP) The Cleveland Indians have placed pitcher Carlos Carrasco on the 10-day disabled list with a bruised right elbow.

LEADING OFF: Old-Timers’ Day at Yankee Stadium, Astros surge

A look at what's happening around the majors today:

Russell and Heyward homer, Cubs rally past Cardinals 6-3

ST. LOUIS (AP) The Chicago Cubs got some key hits and effective pitching to get a big win.

LeBlanc shuts down Red Sox in Mariners’ 1-0 win

SEATTLE (AP) Despite having a fastball that doesn't reach 90 miles an hour, Wade LeBlanc effectively shut down one of the best lineups in the American League.

» Saturday, June 16, 2018

Rookie’s 1st hit, Beltre 3B send Rangers past Rockies 5-2

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Jose Trevino went from preparing for a game in Double-A to playing twice in less than 24 hours for the Texas Rangers, and delivering a tying RBI with his first big league hit.

LEADING OFF: Old-Timers’ Day at Yankee Stadium, Astros surge

A look at what's happening around the majors Sunday:

Beltre triples as Texas beats Rockies 5-2 to end 7-game skid

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Jose Trevino went from preparing for a game in Double-A to playing twice in less than 24 hours for the Texas Rangers, and delivering a tying RBI with his first big league hit.

Giants’ Longoria having hand surgery, hopes to return soon

LOS ANGELES (AP) San Francisco Giants third baseman Evan Longoria has elected to have surgery on his broken left hand, hoping that can speed his return to the field.

Braves place Foltynewicz on DL, reinstate Teheran

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Braves have placed pitcher Mike Foltynewicz on the 10-day disabled list with triceps tightness and reinstated Julio Teheran to take his place.

Indians’ Carrasco hit on arm by line drive

CLEVELAND (AP) Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco has been removed from their game against Minnesota after he was struck on the right arm by a line drive in the second inning.

Royals’ Soler headed to DL with broken bone in left foot

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Royals outfielder Jorge Soler will miss at least six weeks after breaking a bone in his left foot while leaving the batter's box in Kansas City's series opener against Houston.

Ex-Blue Jays player pulled from Canadian HOF festivities

TORONTO (AP) The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame pulled Kelly Gruber from its induction weekend festivities after the former Toronto Blue Jays third baseman made an awkward appearance during a Pitch Talks panel discussion a day earlier.

LEADING OFF: Astros heating up, Angels hurting all over

A look at what's happening around the majors today:

Span has key pinch hit as Mariners rally past Red Sox, 7-6

SEATTLE (AP) Denard Span came to the plate in the eighth inning, knowing the situation was why the Seattle Mariners traded for him three weeks ago.

Goldschmidt, Descalso power D-backs past sinking Mets 7-3

PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks have put their miserable May in the rearview mirror. The New York Mets are in a June swoon that keeps dragging on.

Hicks, Martinez lead Tigers to 4-3 win over White Sox

CHICAGO (AP) John Hicks showed off his hitting and his speed, and made a nice defensive play to help the Detroit Tigers get another big win against the Chicago White Sox.

Bryant ends home run drought, Cubs rout Cardinals 13-5

ST. LOUIS (AP) A little rest did Kris Bryant a lot of good.

Loaisiga wins MLB debut, Didi homers, Yankees blank Rays 5-0

NEW YORK (AP) Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash turned to bench coach Charlie Montoyo early in the game and mentioned how closely Jonathan Loaisiga resembled a former Yankees great and future Hall of Famer.

Gattis’ slam sends Astros past KC 7-3 for 9th straight win

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Houston Astros manager AJ Hinch watched his team load the bases in front of hot-hitting Evan Gattis, and all he wanted was the big designated hitter to send a drive to the outfield and keep the line moving.

Bryant ends homer drought, Cubs rout Cardinals 13-5

ST. LOUIS (AP) Kris Bryant ended a 24-game homerless drought, the longest of his career, and Ian Happ and Kyle Schwarber also went deep as the Chicago Cubs routed the St. Louis Cardinals 13-5 on Friday night.

» Friday, June 15, 2018

Hicks, Martinez lead Tigers to 4-3 win over White Sox

CHICAGO (AP) John Hicks homered and scored the go-ahead run on a fielder's choice in the eighth inning as the Detroit Tigers beat the Chicago White Sox 4-3 on Friday night.

Rockies’ Story finally plays at stadium 15 minutes from home

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Trevor Story grew up about 15 minutes from the Texas Rangers' ballpark, where he got to see the home team he cheered for play in the World Series.

Marlins extend Orioles’ skid to 8 games with 2-0 victory

BALTIMORE (AP) In an interleague matchup between two offensively challenged last-place teams, a pair of runs was plenty for the Miami Marlins against the light-hitting Baltimore Orioles.

LEADING OFF: Goldschmidt back in form, Scherzer dominating

A look at what's happening around the majors Saturday:

Kluber looks ’human’ as Twins beat Cy Young winner 6-3

CLEVELAND (AP) Corey Kluber doesn't often appear hittable, beatable or unremarkable.

A’s prospect Murray ready to lead Oklahoma football first

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Billy Beane will watch Oklahoma football this fall with great interest in the Sooners quarterback: Kyler Murray will be a member of the Oakland Athletics as soon as his college career is complete.

Marlins extend Orioles’ skid to 8 games with 2-0 victory

BALTIMORE (AP) Jose Urena pitched eight innings of three-hit ball, Lewis Brinson tripled twice and the Miami Marlins beat Baltimore 2-0 Friday night to stretch the Orioles' losing streak to a season-high eight games.

Kluber not himself as Twins beat Cy Young winner 6-3

CLEVELAND (AP) Corey Kluber had a rare rocky performance, lasting just five innings and losing for the first time in seven starts as Kyle Gibson outpitched the Cy Young winner and Brian Dozier hit a two-run homer to lead the Minnesota Twins to a 6-3 win over the Cleveland Indians on Friday night.

MLB suspends Rangers C Chirinos, Dodgers OF Kemp for scuffle

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp and Texas Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos were suspended for one game apiece by Major League Baseball on Friday because of a scuffle that followed a collision at home plate.

Giants’ Longoria goes on DL with broken bone in left hand

LOS ANGELES (AP) San Francisco Giants third baseman Evan Longoria is going on the disabled list after injuring his left hand when he was hit by a pitch at Miami.

Angels place 4 more on DL, bringing total to club-record 15

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Angels lost four more players to the disabled list Friday, putting the club's total at a franchise-record 15 players on the DL at one time.

Angels place 4 more on DL, bringing total to club-record 15

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Angels lost four more players to the disabled list Friday, putting the club's total at a franchise-record 15 players on the DL at one time.

Rockies’ Story finally plays at stadium 15 minutes from home

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Trevor Story grew up about 15 minutes from the Texas Rangers' ballpark, where he got to see the team he cheered for play in the World Series.

MLB suspends Rangers C Chirinos, Dodgers OF Kemp for scuffle

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Texas Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos and Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp were suspended for one game apiece by Major League Baseball on Friday because of a scuffle that followed a home plate collision.

Mauer returns to lineup for slumping Twins

CLEVELAND (AP) Joe Mauer didn't receive any gifts for returning from a lengthy stint on the disabled list.

Orioles LHP Bleier likely out for year with shoulder injury

BALTIMORE (AP) Baltimore Orioles reliever Richard Bleier is likely lost for the year with a shoulder injury, yet another setback for the team with the worst record in the major leagues.

Pirates’ Kang reinstated from restricted list, optioned

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang has been reinstated from the restricted list and optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis after missing last season and the first part of this year because of visa issues.

Reds’ Homer Bailey stops minor league rehab assignment

PITTSBURGH (AP) Struggling Cincinnati Reds right-hander Homer Bailey has halted his injury rehabilitation assignment at Triple-A Louisville.

Indians place 1B Yonder Alonso on medical emergency list

CLEVELAND (AP) Indians starting first baseman Yonder Alonso will miss at least three games after being placed on the family-medical-emergency list.

Hundreds gather to honor Cardinals legend Red Schoendienst

ST. LOUIS (AP) Hundreds of people have gathered to say goodbye to Red Schoendienst. Among them are current and past St. Louis Cardinals players as well as fans.

Orioles place LHP Bleier on DL with shoulder injury

BALTIMORE (AP) The Baltimore Orioles have placed left-hander Richard Bleier on the 10-day disabled list with a shoulder injury, a huge setback for the team with the worst record in the major leagues.

Mets sign their top draft pick: high schooler Jarred Kelenic

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Mets have signed first-round draft pick Jarred Kelenic, a high school outfielder from Wisconsin.

Pirates’ Kang reinstated from restricted list, optioned

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang has been reinstated from the restricted list and optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis after missing last season and the first part of this year because of visa issues.

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Slumping Twins bring Mauer back from rehab

CLEVELAND (AP) The Minnesota Twins have returned first baseman Joe Mauer from his rehab assignment and reinstated him from the disabled list after a 25-game absence because of a neck strain and concussion-like symptoms resulting from a dive for a foul ball.

Correction: Red Sox-Mariners story

SEATTLE (AP) In a story June 15 about the Red Sox playing the Mariners, The Associated Press erroneously reported the year in which Rick Porcello won the Cy Young Award. Porcello won the award in 2016, not 2017.

Marlins Man loses $1.5 million to embezzlement

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) Marlins Man got taken deep.

Marlins Man loses $1.5 million to embezzlement

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) Marlins Man got taken deep.

Bogaerts’ tiebreaking HR leads Reds Sox past Mariners 2-1

SEATTLE (AP) When shortstop Xander Bogaerts is cranking out home runs, and crawling around to save runs, the Boston Red Sox know they are in good hands.

Peralta homers twice in Diamondbacks’ 6-3 win over the Mets

PHOENIX (AP) The big bats in Arizona's lineup provided the power, the leadoff man the table-setting. The starting pitcher got the Diamondbacks through six innings with minimal damage, the defense had a couple of gems behind him, and the bullpen came through again.

Peralta homers twice in Diamondbacks’ 6-3 win over the Mets

PHOENIX (AP) David Peralta hit a pair of solo homers, Matt Koch pitched six effective innings in a combined four-hitter and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the New York Mets 6-3 on Thursday night.

» Thursday, June 14, 2018

Sanchez throws 7 scoreless innings, Braves top Padres 4-2

ATLANTA (AP) Another strong effort from Anibal Sanchez has the first-place Atlanta Braves facing a sudden surplus of starting pitchers.

LEADING OFF: Story returns home, Cubs-Cards face off

A look at what's happening around the majors Friday:

Mark Lerner takes control of Nationals from father Ted

WASHINGTON (AP) Mark Lerner has replaced 92-year-old father Ted Lerner as managing principal owner of the Nationals.

Verlander gets plenty of support in Astros 7-3 win over A’s

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Justin Verlander pitched five-hit ball over seven innings and the Houston Astros beat the Oakland Athletics 7-3 Thursday afternoon for their eighth straight win.

Police: Former pitcher held alleged mail thieves at gunpoint

MACON, Ga. (AP) Authorities say a former major league All-Star pitcher held two people at gunpoint after they took mail from his mailbox.

Velasquez takes no-hitter into 7th, Phils beat Rockies 9-3

PHILADELPHIA (AP) When Vince Velasquez is calm and composed, he's tough to beat.

Giants 3B Longoria has broken hand after being hit by pitch

MIAMI (AP) San Francisco Giants third baseman Evan Longoria has a broken left hand after being hit by a pitch.

A manager’s umpire rant goes online, and Manfred cries foul

NEW YORK (AP) Commissioner Rob Manfred says Major League Baseball is trying to remove from the internet the leaked video of former Mets manager Terry Collins ranting at umpires.

Rangers clear spot for Hanser Mendez to make 1st MLB start

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Texas Rangers have optioned infielder Hanser Alberto to Triple-A Round Rock to clear a roster spot for left-hander Yohander Mendez to make his first big league start.

Trevor Story breaks up Vince Velasquez’s no-hitter in 7th

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Trevor Story broke up Vince Velasquez's no-hitter with an RBI double with two outs in the seventh inning Thursday.

Indians activate Guyer, designate Cabrera for assignment

CHICAGO (AP) The Cleveland Indians have activated outfielder Brandon Guyer from the 10-day disabled list and designated Melky Cabrera for assignment.

Jury clears Red Sox in suit brought by woman hurt by foul

BOSTON (AP) A jury has ruled in favor of the Boston Red Sox in a lawsuit brought by a woman who says she sustained severe facial injuries when she was struck by a foul ball at Fenway Park.

Mark Lerner takes control of Nationals from father Ted

WASHINGTON (AP) Mark Lerner has replaced 92-year-old father Ted Lerner as managing principal owner of the Nationals.

LEADING OFF: Freeman leads Braves, Verlander dominates

A look at what's happening around the majors today:

» Wednesday, June 13, 2018

LEADING OFF: Freeman leads Braves, Verlander dominates

A look at what's happening around the majors Thursday:

Kemp and Chirinos ejected after home plate collision

LOS ANGELES (AP) Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers and catcher Robinson Chirinos of the Texas Rangers have been ejected in the third inning after a home plate collision that led to a benches-clearing confrontation between the teams.

Reyes keys 4-run rally in 8th, Tigers beat Twins 5-2

DETROIT (AP) Ron Gardenhire didn't mind getting a beer shower from his players Wednesday night.

Desmond, Anderson help Rockies beat Phillies 7-2, end slide

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Carlos Gonzalez came to the plate in the fourth inning with a runner on first and nobody out and saw the shift-happy Philadelphia Phillies move three infielders to the right of second base.

Teenage dream: Soto, 19, powers Nats’ win at Yankee Stadium

NEW YORK (AP) Teenage rookie Juan Soto homered twice and drove in four runs, becoming the youngest player in 29 years to go deep in a regular-season game at Yankee Stadium, and the Washington Nationals beat New York 5-4 on Wednesday night.

Reyes keys 4-run rally in 8th, Tigers beat Twins 5-2

DETROIT (AP) Victor Reyes's RBI single keyed a four-run eighth inning and the Detroit Tigers rallied to beat the Minnesota Twins 5-2 on Wednesday night.

Desmond, Anderson help Rockies beat Phillies 7-2, end slide

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Ian Desmond hit a two-run homer in a five-run fourth inning, Tyler Anderson pitched seven strong innings and the Colorado Rockies routed the Philadelphia Phillies 7-2 on Wednesday night to end a five-game losing streak.

Steinbrenner says Yankees exploring rotation upgrade

NEW YORK (AP) Hal Steinbrenner says his New York Yankees may need a starting pitching upgrade if they're going to reach their first World Series since 2009.

Cain, Chacin pace Brewers past Cubs 1-0

MILWAUKEE (AP) Cubs manager Joe Maddon tried almost every move in the book, but it wasn't enough to prevent a second consecutive shutout loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.

Taillon sharp, Pirates beat Diamondbacks 5-4 to avoid sweep

PHOENIX (AP) The Pittsburgh Pirates had what looked like an out turn into a home run. They made a couple of questionable decisions, endured some nerve-wracking moments in the ninth inning.

Sale dominant before ejection, and Red Sox beat Orioles 5-1

BALTIMORE (AP) Chris Sale took a two-hitter into the seventh inning before being ejected, and the Boston Red Sox completed a three-game sweep of the skidding Baltimore Orioles with a 5-1 victory Wednesday.

White Sox place RHP Jones on 10-day DL with forearm injury

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago White Sox have placed right-hander Nate Jones on the 10-day disabled list with a muscle strain in his forearm.

Cain, Chacin pace Brewers past Cubs 1-0

MILWAUKEE (AP) Lorenzo Cain homered and Jhoulys Chacin combined with three relievers on a six-hitter to give the Milwaukee Brewers their second straight shutout of the Chicago Cubs, 1-0 on Wednesday.

Soroka outpitches deGrom, Freeman’s bat powers Braves 2-0

ATLANTA (AP) No-hitter or not, Mike Soroka knew the Braves would be cautious and not let him overexert his right shoulder.

Syndergaard told to keep resting his right index finger

ATLANTA (AP) Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard has been prescribed more rest after getting a second opinion on a strained ligament in his index finger.

Ohio’s top court hears arguments on promotions tax dispute

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) The Ohio Supreme Court has heard arguments in a dispute over promotions including bobbleheads and other items offered by the Cincinnati Reds to ticket buyers.

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June 13-14 - Owners' meetings, New York.

LEADING OFF: Cabrera done, Trout takes aim in Seattle again

A look at what's happening around the majors today:

Shields gets 1st W since opener, White Sox beat Indians 5-1

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago White Sox had the fog machine and strobe lights going after their latest victory. Considering how little they have had to celebrate this season, they're not going to let the opportunities go by.

LEADING OFF: Cabrera done; Mets & deGrom try for rare win

A look at what's happening around the majors today:

Dodgers batter Colon for 8 runs in 12-5 win over Rangers

LOS ANGELES (AP) Joc Pederson, Max Muncy and Yasiel Puig homered off ageless wonder Bartolo Colon, and the Los Angeles Dodgers broke loose for seven runs in the fourth inning to rout the last-place Texas Rangers 12-5 on Tuesday night.

Cain’s great escape, Anderson’s arm lift Brewers over Cubs

MILWAUKEE (AP) Lorenzo Cain and Travis Shaw helped Milwaukee's offense break through against the Chicago Cubs, and Chase Anderson did the rest.

Gregorius homers twice, Harper hit twice, Yanks top Nats 3-0

NEW YORK (AP) Didi Gregorius was pleased after ending a long power outage with a pair of home runs. Bryce Harper felt relieved after escaping serious injury when twice hit by a pitch.

Red Sox back Rodriguez with 2 HRs in 6-4 win over Orioles

BALTIMORE (AP) It was the closest thing to a perfect scenario for the Red Sox: Eduardo Rodriguez on the mound against the lowly Baltimore Orioles.

Alderson: Mets running out of time to turn around season

NEW YORK (AP) Sandy Alderson all but said ''tick, tick, tick.''

Ohio’s top court to hear arguments on promotions tax dispute

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) The Ohio Supreme Court plans to hear arguments in a dispute over promotions including bobbleheads and other items offered by the Cincinnati Reds to ticket buyers.

LEADING OFF: Cabrera done; Mets & deGrom try for rare win

A look at what's happening around the majors Wednesday:

» Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Hosmer homers, bullpen shines, Padres beat Cardinals 4-2

ST. LOUIS (AP) The Padres bullpen has stepped up to fill a hole in San Diego's rotation.

Colon notches 2,500th career strikeout vs Dodgers

LOS ANGELES (AP) Bartolo Colon recorded his 2,500th career strikeout against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Albies slam, Freeman HR lift Braves over Mets 8-2

ATLANTA (AP) Ozzie Albies watched the ball sail into the right-field seats and savored the moment.

Gregorius homers twice, Harper hit twice, Yanks top Nats 3-0

NEW YORK (AP) Didi Gregorius was pleased after ending a long power outage with a pair of home runs. Bryce Harper felt relieved after escaping serious injury when twice hit by a pitch.

Former MLB all-star David Nilsson named Australia manager

GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) Former Major League Baseball all-star David Nilsson has been named manager of Team Australia as it aims to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Red Sox back Rodriguez with 2 HRs in 6-4 win over Orioles

BALTIMORE (AP) Home runs by Rafael Devers and Andrew Benintendi helped Eduardo Rodriguez win his fifth straight start, and the Boston Red Sox extended Baltimore's losing streak to six games with a 6-4 victory Tuesday night.

Anderson stymies Cubs as Brewers regain first place

MILWAUKEE (AP) Chase Anderson pitched seven innings of one-hit ball to take advantage of some rare run support, and the Milwaukee Brewers two-hit the Chicago Cubs 4-0 Tuesday night to take back first place in the NL Central.

Loaisiga to start Friday for Yankees in big league debut

NEW YORK (AP) Right-hander Jonathan Loaisiga will be brought up from Double-A by the New York Yankees to make his major league debut against Tampa Bay on Friday night.

Gregorius homers twice, Harper hit twice, Yanks top Nats 3-0

NEW YORK (AP) Didi Gregorius ended a long power outage with a pair of home runs, Washington slugger Bryce Harper left in the eighth inning after he was hit by a pitch for the second time, and the New York Yankees beat the Nationals 3-0 Tuesday night for their 10th win in 12 games.

Hinch adds retired first base coach Dauer to All-Star staff

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Astros manager A.J. Hinch is making a special addition to his All-Star coaching staff next month for baseball's summer classic in Washington: Retired Astros first base coach Rich Dauer will be in uniform and assisting Hinch.

Nationals OF Harper leaves after hit by pitch for 2nd time

NEW YORK (AP) Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper has left their game against the New York Yankees in the eighth inning after he was hit by a pitch for the second time.

Dodgers pitcher Walker Buehler goes on DL

LOS ANGELES (AP) Another Dodgers pitcher has landed on the disabled list. This time, it's rookie Walker Buehler.

Miguel Cabrera leaves game with biceps injury

DETROIT (AP) Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera left a game Tuesday night against the Minnesota Twins with a left biceps tendon strain.

Rangers sign top 5 draft picks, including 3 prep pitchers

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Cole Winn, Owen White and Mason Englert donned Texas Rangers jerseys Tuesday at the team's ballpark, across the street from where a new stadium is under construction.

Loaisiga to start Thursday for Yankees in big league debut

NEW YORK (AP) Pitcher Jonathan Loaisiga will be brought up from Double-A by the New York Yankees to make his major league debut against Tampa Bay on Thursday night.

Murphy activated by Nationals; set to make season debut

NEW YORK (AP) Second baseman Daniel Murphy was activated by the Washington Nationals before Tuesday's series opener at the New York Yankees and is set to make his season debut, batting fifth as the designated hitter.

Blue Jays’ Tulowitzki hopes to play this season

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) It's likely to be more than a year between Troy Tulowitzki's appearances in a major league game, but the injured shortstop for the Toronto Blue Jays says he's getting there.

Blue Jays’ Tulowitzki hopes to play this season

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) It's likely to be more than a year between Troy Tulowitzki's appearances in a major league game, but the All-Star shortstop of the Toronto Blue Jays says Tuesday he can honestly say for the first time in a while he feels like he's headed in the right direction.

Rangers sign top 5 draft picks, including 3 prep pitchers

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Texas Rangers have signed their top five draft picks, including first-round selection Cole Winn. The right-handed pitcher got a $3.15 million signing bonus.

Rays’ Archer could be out until after All-Star break

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Chris Archer has no timetable for throwing off a mound again and could be sidelined through the All-Star break.

Eddie Vedder’s vinyl single to be released with Cubs tickets

CHICAGO (AP) Eddie Vedder's support of the Chicago Cubs remains strong.

Alderson: Mets running out of time to turn around season

NEW YORK (AP) Sandy Alderson all but said ''tick, tick, tick.''

Orioles put Cashner on DL with lower back injury

BALTIMORE (AP) Baltimore Orioles right-hander Andrew Cashner has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with lower back spasms and is expected to miss at least one start.

Loaisiga to start Thursday for Yankees in big league debut

NEW YORK (AP) Pitcher Jonathan Loaisiga will be brought up from Double-A by the New York Yankees to make his major league debut against Tampa Bay on Thursday night.

Murphy activated by Nationals, set to make season debut

NEW YORK (AP) Second baseman Daniel Murphy has been activated by the Washington Nationals before Tuesday's series opener at the New York Yankees and is set to make his season debut, batting fifth as the designated hitter.

Alderson: Mets running out of time to turn around season

NEW YORK (AP) Mets general manager Sandy Alderson says his players are running out of time to turn around their season, and he takes the responsibility as the person in charge of assembling the roster.

Twins bringing back veteran Matt Belisle for bullpen help

DETROIT (AP) The Minnesota Twins have signed right-handed reliever Matt Belisle, bringing back the popular veteran after a stint with Cleveland.

Twins bringing back veteran Matt Belisle for bullpen help

DETROIT (AP) The Minnesota Twins have signed right-handed reliever Matt Belisle, bringing back the popular veteran after a stint with Cleveland.

Eddie Vedder’s vinyl single to be released with Cubs tickets

CHICAGO (AP) Eddie Vedder's support of the Chicago Cubs remains strong.

Bumgarner shaky, ejected in Giants’ 7-5 loss to Marlins

MIAMI (AP) At times, Madison Bumgarner looked like himself.

LEADING OFF: Harper, Nats visit Yankees; Colon seeks record

A look at what's happening around the majors today:

Diamondbacks score on late wild pitches to beat Pirates 9-5

PHOENIX (AP) Arizona scored two runs on wild pitches in the eighth inning, Jake Lamb hit a tying three-run homer in the seventh and the Diamondbacks took advantage of a hit by pitch to rally past the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-5 on Monday night.

Red Sox beat punchless Orioles 2-0 in 12 innings

BALTIMORE (AP) Seems the best-hitting team in the big leagues can win with pitching and defense, too.

» Monday, June 11, 2018

Yanks’ Cessa has 1st rehab outing after nearly 2 months out

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) New York Yankees pitcher Luis Cessa made his first game appearance in nearly two months, struggling with his control as he allowed two runs over 1 2/3 innings for the Class A Tampa Tarpons in a 4-1 loss to Philadelphia's Clearwater Threshers on Monday night.

Carrasco strikes out 11, Indians beat White Sox 4-0

CHICAGO (AP) Carlos Carrasco struck out 11 while pitching two-hit ball over seven innings, and the Cleveland Indians beat the Chicago White Sox 4-0 on Monday night.

Cardinals power their way to 5-2 win over Padres with 3 HRs

ST. LOUIS (AP) Marcell Ozuna and Jose Martinez hit two-run homers, rookie Jack Flaherty pitched into the seventh inning, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the San Diego Padres 5-2 on Monday night.

Rangers SS Andrus’ rehab starts 2 months after broken elbow

ROUND ROCK, Texas (AP) Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus has played in his first game since his right elbow was fractured when he got hit by a pitch two months ago.

LEADING OFF: Harper, Nats visit Yankees; Colon seeks record

A look at what's happening around the majors Tuesday:

Cardinals’ Poncedeleon reaches majors after head injury

ST. LOUIS (AP) A little more than a year after a life-threatening brain injury, Daniel Poncedeleon is ready to make his major league debut.

Thumbs up: Brewers activate Eric Thames from disabled list

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Brewers have activated first baseman Eric Thames from the 10-day disabled list and optioned right-hander Brandon Woodruff to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Cleveland’s Miller getting close to facing live batters

CHICAGO (AP) Cleveland Indians star reliever Andrew Miller is just about ready to start facing live batters.

Chicago Cubs hook righty Anthony Bass up from Triple-A

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Chicago Cubs have selected the contract of right-hander Anthony Bass from Triple-A Iowa, adding a fresh arm to the bullpen.

White Sox OF Avisail Garcia set to start rehab assignment

CHICAGO (AP) White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia is set to start a minor league rehab assignment as he works his way back from a strained right hamstring.

Cardinals’ Poncedeleon reaches majors after head injury

ST. LOUIS (AP) A little more than a year after a life-threatening brain injury, Daniel Poncedeleon is ready to make his major league debut.

Red Sox activate Mookie Betts from DL after 14-game absence

BALTIMORE (AP) Mookie Betts and his big league-best .359 batting average are back with the Boston Red Sox, who activated the outfielder from the disabled list Monday and put him in the leadoff spot against the Baltimore Orioles.

Britton activated from DL by Orioles after 6-month recovery

BALTIMORE (AP) Baltimore Orioles left-hander Zach Britton has been activated from the disabled list, six months after undergoing surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Thumbs up: Brewers activate Eric Thames from disabled list

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Brewers have reinstated first baseman Eric Thames from the 10-day disabled list and optioned right-hander Brandon Woodruff to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Rays recall shortstop prospect Willy Adames from Triple-A

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays have recalled 22-year-old shortstop prospect Willy Adames from Triple-A Durham after placing infielder Daniel Robertson on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring.

Supreme Court won’t get involved in Wrigley Field dispute

WASHINGTON (AP) The Supreme Court is leaving in place a court decision dismissing a lawsuit filed against the Chicago Cubs by the owners of rooftop clubs adjacent to Wrigley Field.

Rays recall shortstop prospect Willy Adames from Triple-A

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays have recalled 22-year-old shortstop prospect Willy Adames from Triple-A Durham after placing infielder Daniel Robertson on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring.

Supreme Court won’t get involved in Wrigley Field dispute

WASHINGTON (AP) The Supreme Court is leaving in place a court decision dismissing a lawsuit filed against the Chicago Cubs by the owners of rooftop clubs adjacent to Wrigley Field.

Mets release 1B Adrian Gonzalez, will call up Dominic Smith

NEW YORK (AP) Looking to spark their stagnant lineup, the New York Mets are making a change at first base.

Supreme Court won’t get involved in Wrigley Field dispute

WASHINGTON (AP) The Supreme Court is leaving in place a court decision dismissing a lawsuit filed against the Chicago Cubs by the owners of rooftop clubs adjacent to Wrigley Field.

Brewers get INF Brad Miller from Rays for 1B/OF Ji-Man Choi

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Brewers have acquired infielder Brad Miller from Tampa Bay for first baseman/outfielder Ji-Man Choi and will receive more than $2.2 million from the Rays as part of the trade.

Supreme Court won’t get involved in Wrigley Field dispute

WASHINGTON (AP) The Supreme Court is leaving in place a court decision dismissing a lawsuit filed against the Chicago Cubs by the owners of rooftop clubs adjacent to Wrigley Field.

Few certainties in baseball draft, but top picks valuable

Yes, the baseball draft can feel like a bit of a crapshoot, but it does help to be picking near the top.

LEADING OFF: Goldschmidt heats up, Quintana faces Brewers

A look at what's happening around the majors today:

Lugo, Frazier help Mets stop skid with 2-0 win over Yankees

NEW YORK (AP) To avoid the embarrassment of a winless homestand, the slumping New York Mets needed to beat the top team in baseball with its best pitcher on the mound.

» Sunday, June 10, 2018

Cabrera hurt, Cespedes’ rehab cut short after setback

NEW YORK (AP) As if the New York Mets needed any more bad news, now Asdrubal Cabrera is ailing and they have no idea when they might get Yoenis Cespedes back.

Crawford homers as Giants beat Scherzer, Nationals 2-0

WASHINGTON (AP) Brandon Crawford did something on Sunday that few hitters have done this season. He got the best of Max Scherzer.

Cespedes’ rehab assignment cut short after setback

NEW YORK (AP) Yoenis Cespedes' rehab assignment has been cut short after a setback, and the plummeting New York Mets aren't sure when they might get their slugging left fielder back from a nagging hip injury.

LEADING OFF: Goldschmidt heats up, Quintana faces Brewers

A look at what's happening around the majors Monday:

Judge held out of Yankees’ lineup to rest jammed left thumb

NEW YORK (AP) Aaron Judge is being held out of the starting lineup to rest his jammed left thumb as the New York Yankees try for a Subway Series sweep against the Mets.

Muncy homers in 3rd straight game, Dodgers beat Braves 7-2

LOS ANGELES (AP) Max Muncy homered in his third straight game, Logan Forsythe and Enrique Hernandez also connected, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves 7-2 Sunday.

Brewers get INF Brad Miller from Rays for 1B/OF Ji-Man Choi

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Brewers have acquired infielder Brad Miller and cash from the Tampa Bay Rays for first baseman/outfielder Ji-Man Choi.

Twins first baseman Mauer sent out for Triple-A rehab stint

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Twins have sent first baseman Joe Mauer to Triple-A Rochester for a rehab assignment as he works his way back from a cervical neck strain and concussion-like symptoms.

Lopez, Palka help White Sox beat Red Sox 5-2

BOSTON (AP) The Chicago White Sox had a tough time scoring runs during their weekend in Boston. However, the pitching staff came through to deliver a big series victory over the Red Sox.

Indians’ Kluber continues dominance of Tigers, AL Central

DETROIT (AP) Eventually, a team from the AL Central will figure out a way to beat Cleveland Indians ace Corey Kluber.

Mariners throw out runner at plate to end it, beat Rays 5-4

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Mitch Haniger moved from center to right field as part of protective defensive moves in the seventh inning.

Nationals place Strasburg, Kintzler on 10-day disabled list

WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Nationals placed right-handed pitchers Stephen Strasburg and Brandon Kintzler on the 10-day disabled list Sunday.

Padres lefty Richard loses no-hit bid in 7th vs Marlins

MIAMI (AP) Clayton Richard of the San Diego Padres has lost his no-hit bid with two outs in the seventh inning against the Miami Marlins.

Padres lefty Richard pitching no-hitter through 6 vs Marlins

MIAMI (AP) Clayton Richard of the San Diego Padres is pitching a no-hitter through six innings against the Miami Marlins.

Blue Jays prospect Guerrero Jr. to miss at least 4 weeks

TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Blue Jays say prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. will miss at least four weeks because of a strained patellar tendon in his left knee.

Hero one day, gone the next: Brewers option Choi to minors

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The hero for the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday is on his way to the minors a day later.

Morton plunks AL record 4, but Astros beat Rangers 4-3

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Charlie Morton couldn't do much to correct an erratic outing that the Houston right-hander ripped as ''bordering on embarrassing.''

Goldschmidt stays hot, Shaw melts down, D’Backs top Rockies

DENVER (AP) Paul Goldschmidt keeps providing souvenirs at Coors Field. What killed the Colorado Rockies on Saturday night wasn't his second straight two-homer game but a soft dribbler back to the mound by pinch-hitter Ketel Marte that keyed Arizona's 12-7 comeback win.

» Saturday, June 9, 2018

Springer, Astros overcome wild Morton start, top Rangers 4-3

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Charlie Morton couldn't do much to correct an erratic outing that the Houston right-hander ripped as ''bordering on embarrassing.''

Judge HR in 8th sends Yankees over slumping Mets 4-3

NEW YORK (AP) Once this Subway Series showdown turned into a game of home run derby, there was no doubt who was going to win.

Yanks Masahiro Tanaka goes on DL with hamstring strains

NEW YORK (AP) Masahiro Tanaka's first major league run should have been something to celebrate.

Judge HR in 8th sends Yankees over slumping Mets 4-3

NEW YORK (AP) Aaron Judge hit a tiebreaking drive in the eighth inning and the New York Yankees won a game of home run derby, beating the Mets 4-3 on Saturday night for their sixth straight victory in the Subway Series.

LEADING OFF: Cards can’t lose in Cincy, aces land on DL

A look at what's happening around the majors Sunday:

Walk-off walk: Blue Jays beat Orioles 4-3 in 10 innings

TORONTO (AP) Blue Jays catcher Luke Maile didn't need to swing his bat to drive in the winning run against the Orioles.

Molina leads Cardinals to 13th straight win over Reds, 6-4

CINCINNATI (AP) Yadier Molina stood on second base and heard the Cardinals fans chanting his name in celebration. He's usually in the middle of things whenever St. Louis wins at Great American Ball Park.

Duffy, 2 relievers combine on four-hitter as Royals top A’s

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Danny Duffy can blow away hitters with a mid-90s fastball.

Rays beat Mariners 7-3 to stop 8-game skid

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Blake Snell lacked the sharpness he had in his previous start, but this time the Tampa Bay ace got the win over an opponent he idolized as a teenager.

Molina leads Cardinals to 13th straight win over Reds, 6-4

CINCINNATI (AP) Yadier Molina doubled with the bases loaded, and Michael Wacha pitched two-run ball into the sixth inning Saturday, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 6-4 victory and their 13th straight win over the Reds.

Jankowski’s bases-loaded single lifts Padres over Marlins

MIAMI (AP) Travis Jankowski hit a go-ahead bases-loaded single in the eighth inning to lift the San Diego Padres over the Miami Marlins 5-4 on Saturday.

Buehler has bruised ribs but no break, uncertain about DL

LOS ANGELES (AP) Walker Buehler has bruised ribs, but scans and X-rays showed no further damage after the Los Angeles Dodgers rookie right-hander was lifted from a start with pain in his side.

Yanks Masahiro Tanaka goes on DL with hamstring strains

NEW YORK (AP) Masahiro Tanaka's first major league run should have been something to celebrate.

Duffy, 2 relievers combine on four-hitter as Royals top A’s

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Danny Duffy pitched seven innings of three-hit ball, and the Kansas City Royals snapped a six-game skid with a 2-0 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Saturday.

Choi’s pinch-hit grand slam lifts Brewers over Phillies

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Ji-Man Choi casually jogged to first. The jubilation in the Brewers' dugout indicated otherwise.

Rockies’ Gonzalez scratched with back spasms

DENVER (AP) Colorado cleanup hitter Carlos Gonzalez experienced back spasms Saturday and was scratched from the Rockies' game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

White Sox LHP Rodon makes season debut

BOSTON (AP) Chicago White Sox left-hander Carlos Rodon has returned from a rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte to make his season debut Saturday against the Red Sox in Boston.

Nationals’ Strasburg headed to DL with shoulder inflammation

WASHINGTON (AP) Washington pitcher Stephen Strasburg will go on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation, manager Dave Martinez said after the Nationals' 7-5 victory over San Francisco on Saturday.

Pirates’ Cervelli hit in jaw by foul, exits against Cubs

CHICAGO (AP) Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli has left Saturday's game against the Chicago Cubs after a foul ball from Jason Heyward hit his mask and the left side of his jaw.

Yanks Masahiro Tanaka goes on DL with hamstring strains

NEW YORK (AP) Masahiro Tanaka was put on the 10-day disabled list by the New York Yankees, a day after the pitcher strained both hamstrings running the bases during the Subway Series opener against the Mets.

Nationals reliever Kintzler leaves with apparent injury

WASHINGTON (AP) Washington Nationals reliever Brandon Kintzler left Saturday's game against the San Francisco Giants in the eighth inning with an apparent injury.

Pirates’ Harrison misses game because of personal matter

CHICAGO (AP) Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman and leadoff hitter Josh Harrison is missing a game against the Chicago Cubs because of a personal matter, according to manager Clint Hurdle.

LEADING OFF: Top pitchers Strasburg, Tanaka, Ohtani ailing

A look at what's happening around the majors today:

Buehler latest injured Dodgers, but LA beats Braves 7-3

LOS ANGELES (AP) Walker Buehler dominated before being pulled with rib soreness, and the Los Angeles Dodgers overcame another blow to their injury-depleted pitching staff by hitting five home runs to beat the Atlanta Braves 7-3 on Friday night.

Angels star Ohtani out at least 3 weeks with elbow sprain

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Shohei Ohtani was put on the disabled list by the Los Angeles Angels with a sprained ligament in his pitching elbow Friday, an ominous injury that will be re-evaluated in three weeks and brought the two-way Japanese sensation's remarkable rookie season to at least a temporary halt.

Kinsler, Upton power Angels past Twins 4-2

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Los Angeles Angels are missing some significant pieces of their team. The Minnesota Twins are down several important players, too.

Goldschmidt homers twice, Diamondbacks beat Rockies 9-4

DENVER (AP) Paul Goldschmidt has looked like a new slugger since the calendar turned.

Montas, Davis lead Athletics past Royals 7-2

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Frankie Montas pitched shutout ball into the eighth inning to win his third straight start since being called up from the minors and Khris Davis homered twice to lead the Oakland Athletics to a 7-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Friday night.

Verlander recovers from 1st-pitch HR, Astros top Rangers 7-3

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Justin Verlander tried to shake off Shin-Soo Choo's homer on the Houston ace's first pitch of the game as a ''one pitch, one run'' no big deal.

Dodgers’ Walker Buehler pulled from start with rib soreness

LOS ANGELES (AP) Dodgers starter Walker Buehler has been pulled from a start with rib soreness, another blow to an injury-depleted Los Angeles pitching staff.

» Friday, June 8, 2018

Smith pitches, hits Marlins to 4-0 win over Padres

MIAMI (AP) Despite taking a shutout into the sixth inning, Caleb Smith was most proud of what he did with the bat.

Gardner homer leads Yanks over Mets 4-1 as Tanaka gets hurt

NEW YORK (AP) Standing off third base for the first time in his big league career, Masahiro Tanaka heard coach Phil Nevin yell for him to tag up when Aaron Judge lofted a 264-foot flyball to Mets right fielder Jay Bruce in the sixth inning of Friday night's Subway Series opener. The 29-year-old Yankees pitcher dashed home, needing 15 strides to cover the 90 feet to the plate as he tied the score with his first major league run.

Kipnis hits 3-run HR in 9th, Indians top Tigers 4-1

DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Tigers gave the Cleveland Indians an extra out in the ninth inning, and Jason Kipnis made them pay.

Happ gets 100th career win, Blue Jays top Orioles 5-1

TORONTO (AP) J.A. Happ hit the century mark in career victories and gave the Toronto Blue Jays their first winning streak in more than a month.

LEADING OFF: Top pitchers Strasburg, Tanaka, Ohtani ailing

A look at what's happening around the majors Saturday:

Smith pitches, hits Marlins to 4-0 win over Padres

MIAMI (AP) Caleb Smith pitched into the sixth inning and had an RBI single for his first career hit to help the Miami Marlins beat the San Diego Padres 4-0 Friday night.

Kipnis hits 3-run HR in 9th, Indians top Tigers 4-1

DETROIT (AP) Jason Kipnis hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer in the ninth inning and the Cleveland Indians beat the Detroit Tigers 4-1 on Friday night.

Angels star Ohtani out at least 3 weeks with elbow sprain

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Shohei Ohtani was put on the disabled list by the Los Angeles Angels with a sprained ligament in his pitching elbow Friday, an ominous injury that will be re-evaluated in three weeks and brought the two-way Japanese sensation's remarkable rookie season to at least a temporary halt.

Tanaka removed after running bases with stiff hamstrings

NEW YORK (AP) Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka was removed from Friday Night's Subway Series opener against the New York Mets with stiff hamstrings shortly after scoring his first major league run.

Angels star Ohtani out at least 3 weeks with elbow sprain

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Shohei Ohtani was put on the disabled list by the Los Angeles Angels with a sprained ligament in his pitching elbow Friday, an ominous injury that will be re-evaluated in three weeks and brought the two-way Japanese sensation's remarkable rookie season to at least a temporary halt.

Strasburg leaves start against Giants after two innings

WASHINGTON (AP) Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg left Friday night's game against the San Francisco Giants after two innings with an apparent injury.

Angels star Ohtani out at least 3 weeks with elbow sprain

Shohei Ohtani has been put on the disabled list by the Los Angeles Angels with a sprained ligament in his pitching elbow, an ominous injury that will be re-evaluated in three weeks and brought the two-way Japanese sensation's remarkable rookie season to at least a temporary halt.

Mets put Familia on DL, scratch Syndergaard vs Yankees

NEW YORK (AP) The swooning New York Mets took two more hits to their already bang-up pitching staff when closer Jeurys Familia was put on the disabled list Friday because of a sore right shoulder and ace Noah Syndergaard was scratched from a weekend start against the Yankees because of a strained ligament in his right index finger.

Archer, Kiermaier, Hechavarria all nearing return

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay Rays opening day starter Chris Archer, Gold Glove center fielder Kevin Kiermaier and shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria are all nearing a return from the disabled list.

McCann activated by Astros after battling knee soreness

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Houston Astros have activated catcher Brian McCann from the disabled after he was sidelined because of right knee soreness.

Shohei Ohtani headed to Halos DL for sprained elbow ligament

Shohei Ohtani will be placed on the Los Angeles Angels' disabled list with a sprained elbow ligament, potentially derailing the two-way sensation's remarkable rookie season.

SD pitcher Torres suspended after domestic violence charges

NEW YORK (AP) San Diego Padres pitcher Jose Torres has accepted a suspension without pay for the rest of the year by Major League Baseball after his December arrest on domestic violence charges.

SD pitcher Torres suspended after domestic violence charges

NEW YORK (AP) San Diego Padres pitcher Jose Torres has accepted a suspension without pay for the rest of the year by Major League Baseball after his December arrest on domestic violence charges.

Shohei Ohtani headed to Halos DL for sprained elbow ligament

Shohei Ohtani will be placed on the Los Angeles Angels' disabled list with a sprained elbow ligament.

Shohei Ohtani headed to Halos DL for sprained elbow ligament

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Shohei Ohtani will be placed on the Los Angeles Angels' disabled list with a sprained elbow ligament.

Closer Jeurys Familia latest Mets player to go on DL

NEW YORK (AP) Closer Jeurys Familia is the latest New York Mets player to get hurt.

Lenny Dykstra says Uber driver kidnapped him

NEW YORK (AP) Lenny Dykstra says an Uber driver kidnapped him last month in New Jersey in an incident that led to criminal charges against the former baseball star.

Pirates pitcher Richard Rodriguez on 10-day disabled list

CHICAGO (AP) The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed right-hander Richard Rodriquez on the 10-day disabled list because of pain in his right shoulder.

Lenny Dykstra says Uber driver kidnapped him

NEW YORK (AP) Lenny Dykstra says an Uber driver kidnapped him last month in New Jersey in an incident that led to criminal charges against the former baseball star.

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LEADING OFF: Subway Series begins, Cubs still talking slides

A look at what's happening around the majors today:

LEADING OFF: Subway Series begins, Cubs still talking slides

A look at what's happening around the majors Friday:

Gattis and Cole lead Astros past Rangers 5-2

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Evan Gattis homered in a happy homecoming, aided by a favorable matchup.

» Thursday, June 7, 2018

Martin home run, big 1st inning lift Tigers over Red Sox 7-2

BOSTON (AP) Detroit had trouble containing Boston's offense during the first two games of their series. The Tigers took advantage of a first-time starter to find some of their own.

Leake pitches into 9th, Mariners beat Rays 5-4

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Mike Leake pitched into the ninth inning, Mitch Haniger homered and drove in three, and the AL West-leading Seattle Mariners beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-4 on Thursday night.

Astros SS Correa out of lineup after good news on right side

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa says nothing abnormal showed up during an MRI on Thursday, a day after he came out of a game early because of discomfort in his right side.

Rangers GM Jon Daniels gets multiyear contract extension

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Texas Rangers have given general manager Jon Daniels a multiyear contract extension at a time when the team is focused on developing young players at the big league level.

Yankees pitcher Jordan Montgomery has Tommy John surgery

NEW YORK (AP) Yankees left-hander Jordan Montgomery has undergone Tommy John surgery, which will sideline him until the second half of next season or possibly 2020.

Winker’s homer in 13th sends Reds over Rockies 7-5

CINCINNATI (AP) One out away from their second sweep at Great American Ball Park, the Rockies let another one slip away. The late-inning losses are piling up and wearing them down.

Rizzo leads Cubs past Phillies 4-3

CHICAGO (AP) Anthony Rizzo hit a solo homer and added a second RBI with a sacrifice fly to lead the Chicago Cubs past the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3 on Thursday.

With 6-hitter, Berrios pitches Twins past White Sox 7-2

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The day after one of their ugliest losses of the season, the Minnesota Twins turned to ace-in-training Jose Berrios for a quick turnaround.

Fernando Abad given 80-game drug suspension

NEW YORK (AP) Pitcher Fernando Abad, an eight-year major league veteran who ended last season with Boston, has been suspended 80 games under baseball's minor league drug program following a positive test for the steroid Stanozolol.

Rangers GM Jon Daniels gets multiyear contract extension

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Texas Rangers have given general manager Jon Daniels a multiyear contract extension.

Berrios’ 6-hitter leads Twins over White Sox 7-2

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Jose Berrios pitched a six-hitter for his second complete game this season, and the Minnesota Twins hit three home runs against James Shields in a 7-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.

Rays designated Miller for assignment

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays have designated infielder Brad Miller for assignment to clear a roster spot for first baseman/outfielder Jake Bauers.

Rangers GM Jon Daniels gets multiyear contract extension

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Texas Rangers have given general manager Jon Daniels a multiyear contract extension.

Tommy John rehab complete, Twins send RHP May to Triple-A

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Twins have reinstated right-handed pitcher Trevor May from the disabled list and assigned him to Triple-A, a little less than 15 months after Tommy John elbow surgery.

Dodgers put reliever Cingrani on DL with shoulder discomfort

PITTSBURGH (AP) The Los Angeles Dodgers placed left-handed reliever Tony Cingrani on the disabled list Thursday with discomfort in his throwing shoulder.

Carrasco strikes out 10 as Indians beat Brewers 3-1

CLEVELAND (AP) Carlos Carrasco pumped a fist and strode off the mound after his final pitch of the afternoon resulted in a crucial double play.

LEADING OFF: Cole vs Cole; Beeks makes big debut in Boston

A look at what's happening around the majors today:

Ohtani exits early again with blister on pitching hand

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Shohei Ohtani was removed from his start for the Los Angeles Angels after four innings Wednesday night because of a blister on his pitching hand.

Upton homers, Ohtani exits early as Angels beat Royals 4-3

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Not even an early exit by Shohei Ohtani could stop the Los Angeles Angels from beating Kansas City again.

Upton homers, Ohtani exits early as Angels beat Royals 4-3

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Justin Upton homered for the third time in four games and the Los Angeles Angels defeated the Kansas City Royals 4-3 after Shohei Ohtani was removed early because of a blister on his pitching hand Wednesday night.

Red Schoendienst dies at 95, was oldest living Hall of Famer

ST. LOUIS (AP) If there was ever anyone who lived his life The Cardinal Way, it was Red Schoendienst.

Dietrich homers, gets 4 hits as Marlins beat Cardinals 11-3

ST. LOUIS (AP) Derek Dietrich is keeping it simple and getting results.

Santiago beats former team as White Sox top Twins

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Hector Santiago got out of a big jam. Then he got out of his former home ballpark with a victory.

Ohtani exits early again with blister on pitching hand

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Shohei Ohtani has been removed from his start for the Los Angeles Angels against the Kansas City Royals after four innings because of a blister on his pitching hand.

Colon’s 243rd win matches Marichal when Rangers beat A’s 8-2

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Bartolo Colon has always admired Hall of Fame pitcher and fellow countryman Juan Marichal.

Benintendi, Vazquez homer; Red Sox cruise past Tigers, 7-1

BOSTON (AP) The Red Sox are starting to make a victory look nearly automatic when Eduardo Rodriguez takes the mound.

Heyward hits walk-off slam in 9th, Cubs beat Phillies 7-5

CHICAGO (AP) Jason Heyward hit a game-ending grand slam off Adam Morgan with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Chicago Cubs a 7-5 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night.

» Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Fans using cell phones cause brief delay at Fenway

BOSTON (AP) Fans using their cell phone lights caused a brief delay when the Detroit Tigers were batting in the seventh inning at Fenway Park Wednesday night.

Pirates break out of funk, topple Dodgers 11-9

PITTSBURGH (AP) Josh Harrison went 2 for 3 with a bases-clearing double, David Freese and Gregory Polanco drove in two runs each and the Pittsburgh Pirates broke out of an extended offensive funk by outlasting the Los Angeles Dodgers 11-9 on Wednesday night.

Red Schoendienst dies at 95, was oldest living Hall of Famer

ST. LOUIS (AP) Red Schoendienst, the Hall of Fame second baseman who managed the St. Louis Cardinals to two pennants and a World Series championship in the 1960s, died Wednesday. He was 95.

Phillies’ LF Williams leaves game with sore left wrist

CHICAGO (AP) Left fielder Nick Williams has left the Philadelphia Phillies' game against the Chicago Cubs because of a sore left wrist.

Heimlich goes undrafted again as teams pass on troubled past

NEW YORK (AP) Oregon State pitcher Luke Heimlich, who as a teenager pleaded guilty to molesting a 6-year-old relative, was not selected in the Major League Baseball draft for the second straight year.

Arizona gets Jon Jay from Royals for 2 minor league pitchers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks acquired outfielder Jon Jay in a trade with the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday in exchange for two minor league pitchers.

Red Schoendienst dies at 95, was oldest living Hall of Famer

ST. LOUIS (AP) Red Schoendienst, the Hall of Fame second baseman who managed the St. Louis Cardinals to two pennants and a World Series championship in the 1960s, died Wednesday. He was 95.

Arizona gets Jon Jay from Royals for 2 minor league pitchers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks acquired outfielder Jon Jay in a trade with the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday in exchange for two minor league pitchers.

A’s sign veteran Edwin Jackson to minor league deal

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Veteran right-hander Edwin Jackson has signed a minor league deal with the Oakland Athletics, and the pitcher will match a big league record if he gets back to the majors.

Crawford’s RBI single leads Giants past D-Backs, 5-4 in 10

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Alen Hanson has experience as a pinch-hitter, and he's putting it to good use with his new team.

Schoendienst dies at 95, was oldest living Hall of Famer

ST. LOUIS (AP) Red Schoendienst, the Hall of Fame second baseman who managed the St. Louis Cardinals to two pennants and a World Series championship in the 1960s, died Wednesday. He was 95.

Cards pitcher Alex Reyes has season-ending tendon surgery

ST. LOUIS (AP) One start after his return from Tommy John surgery, St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Alex Reyes had a season-ending operation Wednesday that repaired a tendon attached to the strained latissimus dorsi muscle in the upper right side of his back.

Angels SS Simmons headed to DL after slipping in dugout

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons was placed on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday because of a right ankle sprain.

Heimlich goes undrafted again as teams pass on troubled past

NEW YORK (AP) Oregon State pitcher Luke Heimlich, who as a teenager pleaded guilty to molesting a 6-year-old relative, was not selected in the Major League Baseball draft for the second straight year.

Shortstop JP Crawford activated from DL by Phillies

CHICAGO (AP) The Philadelphia Phillies have activated shortstop J.P. Crawford from the 10-day disabled list.

Cards pitcher Alex Reyes has season-ending tendon surgery

ST. LOUIS (AP) One start after his return from Tommy John surgery, St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Alex Reyes had a season-ending operation Wednesday that repaired a tendon attached to the strained latissimus dorsi muscle in the upper right side of his back.

A’s put struggling OF Joyce on DL with lower back strain

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Athletics outfielder Matt Joyce has been put on the 10-day disabled list because of a lower back strain.

Pirates 3B Kang says he’s given up drinking after DUI arrest

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang said he has been sober since his third DUI arrest in December 2016 and is focused on getting into baseball shape and returning to the Pirates.

Cardinals RHP Reyes has season-ending surgery to repair lat

ST. LOUIS (AP) Cardinals right-hander Alex Reyes underwent season-ending surgery Wednesday to repair a strained right lat.

Dodgers option reliever Pedro Baez to minors

PITTSBURGH (AP) The Los Angeles Dodgers optioned reliever Pedro Baez to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Wednesday to find a spot on the roster for rookie starting pitcher Caleb Ferguson.

Woman allegedly sets small fires at Kauffman Stadium

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Kansas City police say they arrested a woman who allegedly set several small fires while wandering around Kauffman Stadium.

Rendon has 4 hits, Nationals pound Rays 11-2

WASHINGTON (AP) Anthony Rendon had four hits and drove in three runs, Tanner Roark pitched six innings and the Washington Nationals routed the Tampa Bay Rays 11-2 on Wednesday to sweep the two-game series.

What a play! Fan grabs foul ball in cup, chugs the beer

NEW YORK (AP) - Gabby DiMarco toasted herself - after she caught a foul ball in her beer cup.

Orioles beat Mets 1-0 to end 7-game skid

NEW YORK (AP) Manny Machado had a sacrifice fly, Dylan Bundy was stellar over seven scoreless innings and the major league-worst Baltimore Orioles beat the New York Mets 1-0 on Wednesday to sweep a two-game interleague series.

Injured Cespedes may be ready for Mets-Yankees series

NEW YORK (AP) A slumping New York Mets offense could possibly receive some help from Yoenis Cespedes this weekend, just in time for the Subway Series against the New York Yankees.

Andujar hits first career grand slam, Yankees beat Jays 7-2

TORONTO (AP) Miguel Andujar first got manager Aaron Boone's attention at spring training.

Abreu homer helps White Sox bounce back to split with Twins

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Every year he's been with the Minnesota Twins, Eduardo Escobar has been slotted for a utility reserve role in spring training until some kind of setback during the season necessitates more action for the affable infielder.

LEADING OFF: Sho-time for Angels; Colon chases Marichal

A look at what's happening around the majors today:

Freeman, Swanson, Markakis homer as Braves rout Padres 14-1

SAN DIEGO (AP) Freddie Freeman was a triple shy of the cycle when Atlanta manager Brian Snitker took out his first baseman because the Braves were beating the San Diego Padres so badly.

Diamondbacks edge Giants 3-2, spoil Bumgarner’s season debut

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Madison Bumgarner's mere presence back on the mound and healthy after all these months meant so much to the San Francisco Giants, even in defeat.

Urena gets 1st win as Marlins snap skid, beat Cards 7-4

ST. LOUIS (AP) With some help from Miami's hitters, Jose Urena finally got his first win of the season.

Zach Eflin pitches into 8th inning, Phillies beat Cubs 6-1

CHICAGO (AP) When the wind is blowing in at Wrigley Field, it's a green light for pitchers to get aggressive. That's precisely what Zach Eflin did Tuesday night to produce his best outing of the season.

Martinez hits 20th, Wright pitches Red Sox past Tigers 6-0

BOSTON (AP) Steven Wright needed a few pitches to get Detroit off balance, then kept the Tigers guessing for seven innings.

Pederson homers, surging Dodgers top listless Pirates 5-0

PITTSBURGH (AP) The stadium was different. So was the atmosphere, the stakes and even the uniform Joe Musgrove was wearing.

Urena gets 1st win as Marlins snap skid, beat Cards 7-4

ST. LOUIS (AP) Brian Anderson and J.T. Riddle homered to help a shaky Jose Urena get his first win of the season as the Miami Marlins stopped a six-game losing streak with a 7-4 victory Tuesday night over the St. Louis Cardinals.

» Tuesday, June 5, 2018

LEADING OFF: Sho-time for Angels; Colon chases Marichal

A look at what's happening around the majors Wednesday:

Early homers help Mariners over Astros 7-1

HOUSTON (AP) Even though it's only June, the Seattle Mariners know playing well against the Houston Astros will be vital if they hope to reach the postseason for the first time since 2001.

Zach Eflin pitches into 8th inning, Phillies beat Cubs 6-1

CHICAGO (AP) Zach Eflin pitched into the eighth inning, Nick Williams homered and the Philadelphia Phillies snapped a three-game slide Tuesday night with a 6-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

Cobb sharp, Orioles end 7-game skid by beating Mets 2-1

NEW YORK (AP) Alex Cobb delivered his best performance since signing a rich contract with Baltimore late in spring training, helping the Orioles break a seven-game losing streak by beating the New York Mets 2-1 Tuesday night.

Little Rocket: Tigers pick Clemens’ son on Day 2 of draft

NEW YORK (AP) Little Rocket led off Day 2 of the Major League Baseball draft.

Arrieta returns to Wrigley with good memories, no regrets

CHICAGO (AP) Jake Arrieta returned to Wrigley Field in a Phillies uniform on Tuesday with no regrets, except perhaps not having the opportunity to face the Cubs during the three-game series.

Rangers give Lincecum unconditional release after rehab

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Tim Lincecum won't be making a major league comeback with the Texas Rangers, who had signed the two-time NL Cy Young winner during spring training with plans for him to be a reliever.

Red Sox place LHP Drew Pomeranz on DL

BOSTON (AP) The Red Sox placed left-handed pitcher Drew Pomeranz on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday with tendinitis in his left biceps.

Cardinals activate Molina, Martinez; make other roster moves

ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Cardinals activated All-Stars Yadier Molina and Carlos Martínez from the 10-day disabled list Tuesday.

Rays place pitcher Chris Archer on 10-day disabled list

WASHINGTON (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays placed starting pitcher Chris Archer on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday.

Yankees’ Boone ’grateful’ for time change of July 8 game

TORONTO (AP) Yankees manager Aaron Boone said he was ''excited'' and ''grateful'' after Major League Baseball agreed Tuesday to change the time of New York's July 8 game at Toronto from 8 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Yankees’ Boone ’grateful’ for time change of July 8 game

TORONTO (AP) Yankees manager Aaron Boone said he was ''excited'' and ''grateful'' after Major League Baseball agreed Tuesday to change the time of New York's July 8 game at Toronto from 8 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Frazier rejoins Mets, batting 4th; Swarzak returns to ’pen

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Mets have activated third baseman Todd Frazier and reliever Anthony Swarzak from the disabled list.

Yankees LHP Montgomery needs season-ending elbow surgery

TORONTO (AP) New York Yankees left-hander Jordan Montgomery will have Tommy John surgery on his elbow this week, the team announced Tuesday.

Indians activate Chisenhall, send Zimmer to Triple-A

CLEVELAND (AP) The Cleveland Indians activated outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall from the 10-day disabled list and optioned outfielder Bradley Zimmer to Triple-A Columbus.

Little Rocket: Tigers pick Clemens’ son on Day 2 of draft

NEW YORK (AP) The Detroit Tigers have selected Texas second baseman Kody Clemens, son of seven-time Cy Young winner Roger Clemens, to lead off the second day of the Major League Baseball draft.

Gilded Age Rawlings Sporting Goods Co sold to private equity

NEW YORK (AP) The 131-year-old Rawlings Sporting Goods Co. is being sold to a private equity fund for about $395 million.

Tigers tab Auburn pitcher Casey Mize with top draft pick

SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) All that Auburn pitcher Casey Mize needs to do now is change his Tigers stripes.

Tigers tab Auburn pitcher Casey Mize with top draft pick

SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) All that Auburn pitcher Casey Mize needs to do now is change his Tigers stripes.

Trout helps lift Angels to 9-6 win over Royals

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Give the Los Angeles Angels enough opportunities and they find ways to score runs.

Giants beat Diamondbacks 10-3 to get back to .500

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Madison Bumgarner will be coming back to a team in the thick of the NL West race.

LEADING OFF: Bumgarner makes season debut, are Phils shifty?

A look at what's happening around the majors today:

Giants beat Diamondbacks 10-3 to get back to .500

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Andrew McCutchen and Brandon Crawford opened a seven-run fourth inning with back-to-back home runs, and the San Francisco Giants got back to .500 on the season by beating the first-place Arizona Diamondbacks 10-3 on Monday night.

QB Murray says he’ll play for OU after being drafted by A’s

Kyler Murray says he is committed to playing football for Oklahoma this season even after becoming a top-10 pick in the Major League Baseball draft.

Tigers draft Auburn right-hander Casey Mize with No. 1 pick

SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) Casey Mize went from undrafted three years ago all the way to No. 1.

Judge sets doubleheader K record as Yanks and Tigers split

DETROIT (AP) Yankees sluggers Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton left a doubleheader split in sour moods Monday night.

» Monday, June 4, 2018

Oklahoma QB competition twists with Murray’s MLB selection

After being selected ninth overall in the Major League Baseball draft, Kyler Murray said he still plans to play football for Oklahoma this season.

Judge sets doubleheader K record as Yanks and Tigers split

DETROIT (AP) Yankees sluggers Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton left a doubleheader split in sour moods Monday night.

Oklahoma QB competition twists with Murray’s MLB selection

Oklahoma's quarterback competition took an unexpected twist at the Major League Baseball draft.

Judge sets doubleheader K record as Yanks and Tigers split

DETROIT (AP) Yankees slugger Aaron Judge became the first player since at least 1920 with eight strikeouts in a doubleheader, including five punchouts in the nightcap as the Detroit Tigers beat New York 4-2 for a day-night split Monday.

Inspirational high schooler announces Braves’ 1st-round pick

SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) Luke Terry has been inspiring friends and family his entire young life.

Tigers draft Auburn right-hander Casey Mize with No. 1 pick

SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) Casey Mize went from undrafted three years ago all the way to No. 1.

Oklahoma QB competition twists with Murray’s MLB selection

Oklahoma's quarterback competition took an unexpected twist at the Major League Baseball draft.

Tigers draft Auburn right-hander Casey Mize with No. 1 pick

SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) Casey Mize went from undrafted three years ago all the way to No. 1.

Tigers draft Auburn right-hander Casey Mize with No. 1 pick

SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) The Detroit Tigers selected Auburn right-hander Casey Mize with the No. 1 pick in the Major League Baseball draft Monday night.

Recent Twins surge fueled by emerging star Eddie Rosario

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) With Eddie Rosario dug in the dirt for Minnesota in the ninth inning of a tied game and one runner on, his arms wiggling the bat as they hovered over home plate, the 2-1 fastball from Cleveland closer Cody Allen came in chest high at 94 mph.

Oliver Perez’s deal with Indians is for $1.75 million

CLEVELAND (AP) Pitcher Oliver Perez has a $1.75 million salary while in the major leagues under his deal with the Cleveland Indians.

Osuna’s administrative leave extended through June 11

NEW YORK (AP) Major League Baseball has extended the administrative leave of Toronto closer Roberto Osuna by seven days through June 11, the fourth time the initial seven-day period was lengthened.

Reality check about to arrive for first-place Mariners

SEATTLE (AP) The last time the Seattle Mariners were in first place this deep into the season, the current hitting coach was the designated hitter, the current ''Special Assistant to the Chairman'' was hitting .352 at the top of the order, and the club won 93 games but missed the playoffs.

LEADING OFF: Bumgarner makes season debut, are Phils shifty?

A look at what's happening around the majors Tuesday:

Bruce Kison dead at 68, won 2 World Series with Pirates

BALTIMORE (AP) Bruce Kison, a pitcher who helped the Pittsburgh Pirates win the World Series in 1971 and 1979 and spent three decades in player development and scouting roles, has died of cancer. He was 68.

White Sox reinstate Davidson from DL, option Gonzalez, Skole

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago White Sox have reinstated utility player Matt Davidson from the 10-day disabled list and optioned catcher Alfredo Gonzalez and infielder Matt Skole to Triple-A Charlotte.

Hall of Famer Joe Torre pushes for sports betting measures

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) For the second time in a week, a former New York Yankees manager was in Albany to push for legislation regulating sports betting now that the U.S. Supreme Court says states can allow legal wagering.

Bruce Kison dead at 68, won 2 World Series with Pirates

BALTIMORE (AP) Bruce Kison, a pitcher who helped the Pittsburgh Pirates win the World Series in 1971 and 1979 and spent three decades in player development and scouting roles, has died of cancer. He was 68.

Hall of Famer Joe Torre pushes for sports betting measures

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Hall of Fame manager Joe Torre is in Albany pushing for legislation regulating sports betting now that the U.S. Supreme Court says states can allow legal wagering.

LEADING OFF: Arrieta scolds Phils, Tigers pick 1st in draft

A look at what's happening around the majors today:

Rebuilding Tigers have been competitive so far

DETROIT (AP) The rebuilding Detroit Tigers are winning more games than expected - and they're having some fun along the way.

Auburn’s Mize, Florida’s Singer among best in MLB draft

NEW YORK (AP) Casey Mize has dazzled scouts for months with his impressive arsenal of pitches.

» Sunday, June 3, 2018

Renfroe’s pinch slam carries Padres over Reds, 6-3

SAN DIEGO (AP) Hunter Renfroe couldn't help but admire his pinch-hit, go-ahead grand slam as it flew toward the brick warehouse in the left-field corner at Petco Park.

Koch shuts down Marlins, D-backs win 6-1 to complete sweep

PHOENIX (AP) A homestand against the teams with the two worst records in the National League did wonders for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

LEADING OFF: Arrieta scolds Phils, Tigers pick 1st in draft

A look at what's happening around the majors Monday:

Arrieta fumes on Phillies, "worst in the league with shifts"

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Jake Arrieta is demanding the Philadelphia Phillies shift their strategy. Do it right now, too.

Dodgers rally in 9th to beat Rockies, 10-7

DENVER (AP) Max Muncy kept Los Angeles in the game with a pair of long balls and Justin Turner put the Dodgers over the top with a squibbler in the infield.

Anderson can’t get call, still leads Angels past Rangers 3-1

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) After Justin Anderson got two outs in the ninth inning, the Angels reliever got two strikes on three consecutive batters. All three drew full-count walks when Anderson couldn't get a call.

Dodgers rally in 9th to beat Rockies, 10-7

DENVER (AP) Max Muncy homered twice, Yasmani Grandal also went deep in a three-run ninth inning, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies 10-7 on Sunday.

Mariners comeback to give Hernandez win in season best start

SEATTLE (AP) Felix Hernandez was in vintage form, allowing one run in eight innings, and run-scoring singles from Denard Span and Dee Gordon gave the Seattle Mariners a comeback 2-1 win against the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday.

Auburn’s Mize, Florida’s Singer among best in MLB draft

NEW YORK (AP) Casey Mize has dazzled scouts for months with his impressive arsenal of pitches.

Nationals starter Hellickson exits in 1st with leg injury

ATLANTA (AP) Starter Jeremy Hellickson will have an MRI after straining his right hamstring, forcing him to leave with one out in the first inning of the Washington Nationals' 4-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Sunday.

Rays’ Snell ties AL record with 7 straight Ks to start game

SEATTLE (AP) Tampa Bay lefty Blake Snell tied the American League record with seven consecutive strikeouts to start a game against the Seattle Mariners on Sunday.

Cards’ Wacha loses no-hit bid, Pirates open 9th with single

ST. LOUIS (AP) Michael Wacha of the St. Louis Cardinals has lost his no-hit bid against Pittsburgh on a leadoff single in the ninth inning by rookie Colin Moran.

Cards’ Wacha has no-hitter through 7 innings vs Pirates

ST. LOUIS (AP) Michael Wacha of the St. Louis Cardinals has not allowed a hit through seven innings against Pittsburgh.

Nationals starter Hellickson exits in 1st with leg injury

ATLANTA (AP) Washington Nationals starter Jeremy Hellickson has suffered a right leg injury, forcing him to leave with one out in the first inning Sunday against the Atlanta Braves.

Top pick gives rebuilding Tigers big opportunity

DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Tigers didn't begin their rebuild in earnest until the second half of last season.

Yankees-Orioles rained out, game to be part of DH on Aug. 25

BALTIMORE (AP) The game between the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles on Sunday has been postponed because of the threat of all-day rain, leaving both teams with yet another doubleheader down the road.

Yankees-Orioles rained out, game to be part of DH on Aug. 25

BALTIMORE (AP) The game between the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles has been postponed because of the threat of all-day rain, leaving both teams with yet another doubleheader down the road.

Odor dives home in 10th to lift Rangers over Angels 3-2

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Rougned Odor keeps finding himself at the center of critical moments, and Los Angeles Angels fans keep finding him with their jeers.

Marco Gonzales keeps rolling as Mariners top Rays 3-1

SEATTLE (AP) Marco Gonzales was angry and disappointed, walking off the mound so quickly there was little time to appreciate the standing ovation the Mariners lefty was receiving for another excellent start.

Suarez, 2 RP combine on 3-hitter in Giants win vs Phillies

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Andrew Suarez usually relies on his curveball to get ahead of hitters. On Saturday, Giants catcher Nick Hundley wanted Suarez to close the deal with it.

Lauer’s strong outing carries Padres to 8-2 win vs Reds

SAN DIEGO (AP) It was a big night for a pair of 22-year-old rookie left-handers with the rebuilding San Diego Padres.

Cubs strike out 24 times, but beat Mets 7-1 in 14 innings

NEW YORK (AP) Despite striking out 24 times, the Chicago Cubs beat the New York Mets 7-1 Saturday night when pinch-hitter Javier Baez homered to cap a six-run burst in the 14th inning.

Vazquez, Benintendi homer as Red Sox beat Astros 5-4

HOUSTON (AP) As Andrew Benintendi walked to the plate in the seventh inning, Red Sox teammate Brock Holt predicted to manager Alex Cora that the outfielder would go yard.

» Saturday, June 2, 2018

Lauer’s strong outing carries Padres to 8-2 win vs Reds

SAN DIEGO (AP) Rookie left-hander Eric Lauer pitched five strong innings, drove in his first run and picked off Joey Votto to tie for the most in the majors, leading the San Diego Padres to an 8-2 victory against the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday night.

Vazquez, Benintendi homer as Red Sox beat Astros 5-4

HOUSTON (AP) Andrew Benintendi and Christian Vazquez homered during a three-run seventh inning that lifted the Boston Red Sox over the Houston Astros 5-4 on Saturday night.

Jimmy Rollins’ cousin looks to make mark in draft, beyond

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) When practice ends and before going inside, Osiris Johnson makes a brief stop to thank a trio of scouts - and two who have flown in just to see him swing a big bat and show off his slick fielding at shortstop.

Stanton, Andujar lead Yankees past Orioles 8-5

BALTIMORE (AP) The New York Yankees have been dominant for most of the season, and they certainly don't need any extra help from the opposition.

Stanton, Andujar lead Yankees past Orioles 8-5

BALTIMORE (AP) Giancarlo Stanton and Miguel Andujar homered to help Masahiro Tanaka win his fifth straight decision, and the New York Yankees beat Baltimore 8-5 on Saturday to extend the Orioles' losing streak to seven games.

Giants 1st baseman Brandon Belt has appendectomy, goes on DL

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Giants first baseman Brandon Belt underwent an appendectomy late Friday and was placed on the 10-day disabled list Saturday.

That Voice: Cosell’s grandson debuts as Mets’ PA announcer

NEW YORK (AP) As a young boy, Colin Cosell would climb into Poppa's lap and listen to that famed voice, the nasal, New York tone booming to sports fans all over the country.

Jimmy Rollins’ cousin looks to make mark in draft, beyond

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) When practice ends and before going inside, Osiris Johnson makes a brief stop to thank a trio of scouts - and two who have flown in just to see him swing a big bat and show off his slick fielding at shortstop.

Dodgers claim left-hander P.J. Conlon from the Mets

DENVER (AP) The Los Angeles Dodgers have claimed left-hander P.J. Conlon from the New York Mets and assigned him to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Tigers score three in the eighth to beat Blue Jays 7-4

DETROIT (AP) John Hicks had a simple goal when he got to the plate in the eighth inning on Saturday.

Padres recall Castillo, option Lockett back to Triple-A

SAN DIEGO (AP) The Padres optioned right-hander Walker Lockett to Triple-A El Paso on Saturday, a night after he made his big league debut, and recalled left-hander Jose Castillo.

Reds place Bailey on disabled list, reinstate Brice

SAN DIEGO (AP) The Cincinnati Reds placed right-hander Homer Bailey on the 10-day disabled list with right knee inflammation and reinstated right-hander Austin Brice from the DL.

That Voice: Cosell’s grandson debuts as Mets’ PA announcer

NEW YORK (AP) As a young boy, Colin Cosell would climb into Papa's lap and listen to that famed voice, the nasal, New York tone booming to sports fans all over the country.

Rosario’s homer helps Lynn, Twins beat Indians 7-1

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Eddie Rosario hit a two-run home run and Brian Dozier drove in two runs to support Lance Lynn's third straight victory, leading the Minnesota Twins past the Cleveland Indians 7-1 on Saturday.

Dodgers claim left-hander P.J. Conlon from the Mets

DENVER (AP) The Los Angeles Dodgers have claimed left-hander P.J. Conlon from the New York Mets and assigned him to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Giants 1st baseman Brandon Belt has appendectomy, goes on DL

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Giants first baseman Brandon Belt underwent an appendectomy and was placed on the 10-day disabled list Saturday.

Pedroia returns to DL, played just 3 games after return

HOUSTON (AP) Dustin Pedroia's return from the disabled list lasted three games.

1st games played at field named after former Mets official

LITTLE FERRY, N.J. (AP) Former Mets pitcher Ron Darling was among those who attended the first softball games played at Shannon Forde Field, named for the New York public relations official who died of breast cancer in March 2016.

Giants 1st baseman Brandon Belt has appendectomy

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Giants first baseman Brandon Belt has had an appendectomy and is expected to be released from a Bay Area hospital Saturday.

Indians sign 36-year-old Oliver Perez for struggling bullpen

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Cleveland Indians have signed 36-year-old left-hander Oliver Perez for their struggling bullpen. This is Perez's eighth major league team.

1st games played at field named after former Mets official

LITTLE FERRY, N.J. (AP) Former Mets pitcher Ron Darling was among those who attended the first softball games played at Shannon Forde Field, named for the New York public relations official who died of breast cancer in March 2016.

Pedroia returns to DL, played just 3 games after return

HOUSTON (AP) Dustin Pedroia's return from the disabled list lasted three games.

LEADING OFF: Price vs Verlander in duel of former Cy winners

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Stratton, 3 relievers help Giants beat Phillies 4-0

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Giants right-hander Chris Stratton finally showed signs of getting back to the pitcher he'd been earlier in the season. His curveball danced up and down, and he worked with a determined pace that he admitted had been missing.

Diamondbacks tie franchise mark with 6 HRs, beat Marlins 9-1

PHOENIX (AP) Arizona's bats woke up during a three-game series against Cincinnati. The Diamondbacks kept rolling in their opener against Miami, sending one ball after another over the Chase Field walls.

Olson, Montas lead A’s to 16-0 rout of Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Matt Olson and Dustin Fowler made lots of noise in Oakland's lineup, combining for four home runs and nine RBIs, while Frankie Montas silenced Kansas City's bats.

» Friday, June 1, 2018

Castellanos has HR, 3 hits to lift Tigers over Blue Jays 5-2

DETROIT (AP) Nicholas Castellanos filled in admirably as the anchor of Detroit's lineup with Miguel Cabrera on the disabled list.

LEADING OFF: Price vs Verlander in duel of former Cy winners

A look at what's happening around baseball Saturday:

Giants ace Bumgarner to make season debut Tuesday vs D-backs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) San Francisco Giants lefty Madison Bumgarner will make his season debut Tuesday night at home against the Arizona Diamondbacks after recovering from a broken pinkie on his pitching hand.

ChiSox Farquhar makes 1st pitch weeks after brain hemorrhage

CHICAGO (AP) Danny Farquhar was back on the mound Friday, six weeks after having a brain hemorrhage during a game.

Giants ace Bumgarner to make season debut Tuesday vs D-backs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) San Francisco Giants lefty Madison Bumgarner will make his season debut Tuesday night at home against the Arizona Diamondbacks after recovering from a broken pinkie on his pitching hand.

Mets’ Jay Bruce leaves game with lower back discomfort

NEW YORK (AP) New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce left Friday night's game against the Chicago Cubs with lower back discomfort.

Kershaw returns to 10-day disabled list with strained back

DENVER (AP) Clayton Kershaw returned from the disabled list for all of one day before going right back on.

Brewers starter Zach Davies heads back to disabled list

CHICAGO (AP) The Milwaukee Brewers have placed starting pitcher Zach Davies on the 10-day disabled list with right rotator cuff inflammation and recalled first baseman-outfielder Ji-Man Choi from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Red Sox put big-hitting Betts on DL with abdominal strain

HOUSTON (AP) The Boston Red Sox have put major league batting leader Mookie Betts on the 10-day disabled list because of a left abdominal strain.

Red Sox release 34-year-old Hanley Ramirez

HOUSTON (AP) The Boston Red Sox have released Hanley Ramirez, a week after designating him for assignment.

Nationals reinstate Goodwin, Eaton begins rehab assignment

ATLANTA (AP) The Washington Nationals have reinstated outfielder Brian Goodwin from the disabled list after he missed 39 games with a left wrist contusion.

Kershaw returns to 10-day disabled list with strained back

DENVER (AP) Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw has returned to the disabled list, this time with a strained lower back.

Tigers activate Miguel Cabrera from DL

DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Tigers activated Miguel Cabrera from the 10-day disabled list on Friday and put him back into the starting lineup against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Red Sox release 34-year-old Hanley Ramirez

HOUSTON (AP) The Boston Red Sox have released Hanley Ramirez, a week after designating him for assignment.

Rockies place David Dahl on DL, reinstate DJ LeMahieu

DENVER (AP) The Colorado Rockies have placed outfielder David Dahl on the 10-day disabled list with a broken right foot and reinstated second baseman DJ LeMahieu.

Brewers starter Zach Davies heads back to disabled list

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Brewers have placed starting pitcher Zach Davies on the 10-day disabled list with right rotator cuff inflammation and recalled first baseman-outfielder Ji-Man Choi from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Hits top strikeouts in MLB in May, reversing trend in April

NEW YORK (AP) Hits exceeded strikeouts across Major League Baseball in May after a historic number of whiffs in April.

Russell Wilson joins Portland Major League Baseball drive

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and his wife, the singer Ciara, have joined the effort to bring Major League Baseball to Portland.

FANTASY PLAYS: Stassi, Muncy and others to add in baseball

Some fantasy baseball owners often compare catchers to kickers in fantasy football. Really, they're more like tight ends, since kickers are unpredictable from week to week.

LEADING OFF: Dodgers’ Kershaw to get back checked out

A look at what's happening around baseball today:

Quintana, Zobrist lead Cubs to 5-1 win over banged-up Mets

NEW YORK (AP) Everything went so well Thursday night for the Chicago Cubs that free-swinger Javier Baez even drew a walk.

Nola shuts down Dodgers as Phillies spoil Kershaw’s return

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Dodgers have learned how to win for long stretches without Clayton Kershaw and might need to do so again.

LEADING OFF: Dodgers’ Kershaw to get back checked out

A look at what's happening around Major League Baseball on Friday: