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Nationals vs. Dodgers 8:05 (EDT) Preview

Nationals, Dodgers vie for series win


Sunday, April 22 at 12:22 AM (EDT)

LOS ANGELES -- As far as primetime games before a national audience go, it is hard to do much better than the two best teams in baseball over the last six years.

That is the draw Sunday night when the Nationals and Dodgers clash at Dodger Stadium.

At stake is the winner of the series after the Nationals got past Clayton Kershaw for a 5-2 victory Friday night and the Dodges outlasted Stephen Strasburg in a 4-0 victory Saturday.

The 2018 versions of these teams might not be the best in baseball at this point.

Not yet anyway.

They can't even stake a claim to the best in their league and they aren't even the best in their respective divisions right now.

It remains early, though, and both teams have a knack for getting to where they need to be by October. The Dodgers have complied 568 victories since the start of the 2012 season. The Nationals are right behind them with 565.

The clubs have centered their recent runs around solid pitching, and even though both are hovering around the .500 mark toward the back half of the first month, pitching will still be the central focus of both.

The Dodgers are 9-10, while the Nationals are 10-11.

While staff aces such as Max Scherzer, Strasburg and Kershaw already have pitched in this series, Sunday's game will match the Nationals' Jeremy Hellickson (0-0, 3.86 ERA) against the Dodgers' Alex Wood (0-2, 3.91).

Hellickson, in his ninth major league season, will be pitching at Dodger Stadium for the first time. Wood, an All-Star last season, will look to get on track after dealing with a bout of food poisoning just over a week ago.

Wood is 4-3 in his career against the Nationals in 10 starts with a 2.51 ERA.

Hellickson might be setting foot on the Dodger Stadium mound for the first time, but he has faced the Dodgers four times, going 0-1 with a 6.88 ERA.

After signing with the Nationals late in spring training, Hellickson will make just his second start with his new club. He gave up two runs on seven hits over 4 2/3 innings in his Nationals' debut Monday at New York against the Mets. Washington rallied from a five-run deficit and went on to an 8-6 victory.

Wood pitched well in his most recent outing, giving up one run on two hits over 5 1/3 innings Tuesday in San Diego. He was in line for the victory before closer Kenley Jansen blew a save by giving up two runs in the ninth inning. The Dodgers eventually won 7-3 in the 12th inning.

And after not winning a series all season before earning a three-game sweep at San Diego on their most recent trip out of town, the Dodgers will now lean on Wood to make it two consecutive series victories.

The Nationals appeared in good shape to take the first two games of the series, but the Dodgers clubbed three home runs Saturday on a night when Strasburg started. Joc Pederson and Enrique Hernandez hit solo homers off Strasburg and Cody Bellinger added a two-run homer in the eighth inning.

Hyun-Jin Ryu showed Wood how to handle the Washington offense by giving up only two hits over seven innings.


Blue Jays vs. Yankees 1:05 (EDT) Preview

Yankees try to stay above .500 vs. Blue Jays


Saturday, April 21 at 9:38 PM (EDT)

NEW YORK -- In the last two weeks, the New York Yankees have made it above .500 only to fall back to the break-even point again.

The Yankees are 10-9 heading into the finale of a four-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday and they will attempt to exit Yankee Stadium with a winning record.

New York is one game above .500 after Aaron Judge hit his sixth homer of the season and drove in three runs during Saturday's 9-1 rout. It is the third time the Yankees have gotten one game over in the last two weeks.

Miguel Andujar went 2-for-4 with a bases-clearing double. During Andujar's last five games, he is hitting .450 (9-for-20) with two homers and six RBIs.

"There's been a lot of communication between me and the hitting coaches," Andujar said through an interpreter. "They told me I was a little too anxious, so I'm going out there a little more relaxed. That's what I feel. I just feel more relaxed. That's helping me a lot right now."

The follow-up to getting one game over has not gone well for the Yankees so far.

New York was 5-4 after an 8-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles on April 7 and then took nearly five hours to drop an 8-7 decision in 12 innings the following day. The Yankees made it to 8-7 after beating the Miami Marlins 12-1 on Monday only to put on a putrid showing in a 9-1 defeat on Tuesday.

"It's just about little by little getting better every single day," Judge said. "You're not going to try to make big strides every single day. It's like laying a brick down when you're building a house. You lay one brick down at a time and just try to do that every day."

The Yankees may try to get better with Gleyber Torres. The highly touted infielder was pulled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre's game on Saturday and reportedly is slated to join the team on Sunday.

The Blue Jays have not dropped consecutive games since losing its first two games to the Yankees. Toronto is coming off its most lopsided loss and allowed more than six runs for the first time this season.

Toronto went 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position, mustered four hits and was 2-for-11 with men on base.

"We had some guys on base, we just couldn't cash in at all," said Toronto manager John Gibbons, whose team has won nine of 12. "We've been getting guys on base really this whole series."

Gibbons' comment is correct.

In the first three games, the Blue Jays are 7-for-32 (.219) with runners in scoring position and 10-for-49 (.204) with men on base.

Steve Pearce drove in the only run while playing first base as Justin Smoak received the day off. Smoak, who was 7-for-15 in the first series against the Yankees, has three hits in his last 31 at-bats in his last eight games.

Luis Severino has encountered difficulties against Toronto at times and hopes to begin reversing that trend. While he is a combined 10-2 against Tampa Bay and Baltimore, he is 3-8 against Toronto and Boston.

In eight career games against Toronto, Severino is 1-3 with a 4.66 ERA. In three home appearances (two starts) against Toronto, he is 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA.

Smoak is the Blue Jays hitter to give Severino the most trouble by going 5-for-14 (.357) with two homers and five RBIs and a 1.256 OPS.

Severino is coming off a particularly strong outing after it was believed he was tipping his pitches in an ugly outing on April 10 in Boston. In Monday's 12-1 win over the Miami Marlins, he allowed one hit in six scoreless innings, becoming the first Yankees pitcher to post two scoreless outings in New York's first 15 games since current broadcaster David Cone in 1997.

Jaime Garcia is 2-0 with a 3.86 ERA in his first three starts for Toronto, who signed him as a free agent on Feb. 15. He last pitched in the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Kansas City Royals when he allowed three runs and eight hits in five innings of an 11-3 win.

Garcia was 0-3 with a 4.82 ERA in eight starts for the Yankees last season, but he is making his first career start against New York. Although he is pitching against the Yankees for the first time, he has not fared well in matchups with Stanton and Neil Walker.

Stanton is 7-for-12 (.583) with three homers and six RBIs against Garcia. Walker is 4-for-10.

So far, Garcia is producing a fly-ball rate of 43.9 percent, up from 26.6 percent last season.


Indians vs. Orioles 1:05 (EDT) Preview

Indians aim for two in a row against Orioles


Saturday, April 21 at 9:22 PM (EDT)

Corey Kluber will try and give the Cleveland Indians a second consecutive victory over the slumping Baltimore Orioles when the teams meet in the third game of their series on Sunday at Camden Yards.

The teams have split the first two matchups of the four-game series. Baltimore won Friday before the Indians bounced back for a 4-0 victory on Saturday afternoon.

Kluber has a 2-1 record and a 1.52 ERA. He has a 2-1 career record and a 2.76 ERA against the Orioles (6-15).

He last pitched when the Indians (10-8) played the Twins in Puerto Rico on Tuesday, picking up the victory as the Indians beat the Twins 6-1. Kluber allowed one run in 6 2/3 innings in that game.

The veteran is likely hoping the Indians can swing more like they've done in the past few seasons. They showed some of that offense on Saturday with solo homers from Yan Gomes, Jose Ramirez (who finished with three hits) and Yonder Alonso against Baltimore starter Chris Tillman.

None of those three are batting higher than .221, though, but the Indians are trying to remain patient.

"As players, we all want results," Jason Kipnis of the Indians told "We all take solace in the process part, where we have good at-bats and good swings. But just like any fan or coaching staff, we know we want results, too."

The Orioles also want to see results at the plate, and right-hander Andrew Cashner could use some support. He has pitched well so far, but like Dylan Bundy does not have much to show for it.

Cashner (1-2, 3.00 ERA) has given the Orioles three consecutive good starts, something the team has needed in the early days of the season. However, Cashner has not done well against Cleveland in his career, posting an 0-2 record plus a 9.90 ERA in two games.

Baltimore has scored only three runs in the first two games of the series but also is missing players like Trey Mancini, Mark Trumbo and Jonathan Schoop to injuries, which is hurting the lineup.

The Orioles got just two hits in the loss Saturday as right-hander Mike Clevinger retired the final 15 Baltimore hitters for his first complete game.

"There was very little margin for error for (Tillman)," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "We hit a couple of balls hard, but that's about it."

On the injury front for the Orioles, Mancini did not play after injuring his right knee while sliding to try and catch a foul ball Friday night. Showalter said an MRI done Saturday was fine, and they will see how Mancini feels Sunday.

Mancini had a CT scan and also a few stitches were put in. Craig Gentry took over as the leadoff hitter for the Orioles, a job Mancini had done well in recent days.

Zach Britton (Achilles tendon surgery) told the media Saturday that he felt good after throwing off a half-mound for the first time Friday. He did more workouts Saturday, and Showalter expects him to throw off the half-mound again, possibly Sunday.

Mark Trumbo (right quadriceps) could go on another rehab assignment in the next few days. He tried one at Double-A Bowie recently, but it was shut down quickly.


Royals vs. Tigers 1:10 (EDT) Preview

Tigers look to take 3 of 4 from Royals


Saturday, April 21 at 9:20 PM (EDT)

Miguel Cabrera said he feels energized by the way his younger Detroit Tigers teammates are playing.

The Tigers have won five of their last six games and will try to take the finale of a four-game series against visiting Kansas City on Sunday. The Tigers won two of the first three games this weekend, including a 12-4 romp Saturday.

"A lot of guys, they want to prove they can play in the big leagues, want to prove they're good," Cabrera said. "They have great talent. So when you see a team like that, it makes you feel good and makes you go out there and play hard like they play, too."

Detroit (9-10) gave away a ninth-inning lead in the nightcap of a doubleheader Friday but roared right back the next afternoon.

"After last night, a really tough one in that nightcap, that's a good rebound," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "These guys came back and really got after it early in the game. That's always fun to see. You don't anything to lull and drag and it didn't."

Cleanup hitter Nicholas Castellanos hit his first homer of the season Saturday. They also got another homer from second-year outfielder JaCoby Jones.

Jones, who batted .170 last season, has four extra-base hits in the series. He raised his average to .297 this weekend.

"I'm pretty confident. That's the biggest thing," he said. "If I struggle or if I hit two homers, I'm just trying to be the same person. Just staying positive and being confident. It's helped out so far. That's how the clubhouse is. Everybody's confident and having fun."

Cabrera said he feels confident at the plate, even if he's no longer an MVP-type player. He's batting a team-best .299 with two homers and 13 RBIs, as well as a .392 on-base percentage.

Castellanos is hitting .286 and third baseman Jeimer Candelario, another second-year player, is hitting .275 with three homers and 10 RBIs after a slow start. Leadoff hitter Leonys Martin, picked off the scrapheap and making less than $2 million, leads the team with 14 runs scored.

Francisco Liriano will oppose Erik Skoglund on Sunday.

Liriano (2-1, 2.55 ERA) won his team debut against Kansas City on April 2, allowing one run on four hits in 6 2/3 innings. In his last outing Tuesday, he gave up two runs in five innings against Baltimore and was credited with the victory.

He's 8-5 with a 4.16 ERA in 20 career appearances against the Royals (4-15).

Skoglund (0-2, 9.31) has given up five earned runs in both his starts this season, including a five-inning stint against Toronto on Tuesday. The 6-foot-7 left-hander made one start against the Tigers last season, holding them scoreless over 6 2/3 innings and collecting the victory.

Kansas City manager Ned Yost is seeing signs of life from his offense, though poor pitching nullified that Saturday.

"We got 11 hits," he said. "Look, we're getting guys on. We're not driving guys in but we're getting guys on. Just keep getting on until we start driving guys in."


Twins vs. Rays 1:10 (EDT) Preview

Upstart Rays going for sweep over Twins


Saturday, April 21 at 11:44 PM (EDT)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- All of the sudden, the Tampa Bay Rays are playing winning baseball.

After a 3-12 start that was the worst record in the American League and the worst start in franchise history, they have won four of five and three in a row, including an emphatic 10-1 win over the Twins on Saturday at Tropicana Field.

They will go for a series sweep of the Twins -- who came into Tropicana Field as division leaders -- on Sunday afternoon.

"It was nice to contribute to a good team win," said first baseman C.J. Cron, who hit two home runs and drove in four runs. "We scored a lot of runs there. I think 1-through-9 we had our best offensive day of the year. I think we are going to continue to keep clicking here."

The Rays were an impressive 7-for-9 with runners in scoring position, while Minnesota had only one hit under such circumstances, piling up nine hits but scoring only one run in what has been a frustrating weekend.

"We have to be patient," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "We have a lot of good hitters that we believe in offensively. We are coming off a stretch where we faced a couple of really good pitchers in Puerto Rico, and then we get Archer and Snell here. We're going to see good pitching throughout the trip, so it's just one of those things where you hope the repetition factor starts to play in and these guys feel that they can start putting some numbers on the board."

Sunday's game has two starters seeking their first wins of 2018, but under very different circumstances.

Twins right-hander Phil Hughes will make his season debut, coming off the disabled list with a strained left oblique, and he's making his first appearance since July and his first start since May 21 of last season.

Hughes pitched well in two rehab appearances, going 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA, after going 4-3 last season with a 5.87 ERA. He faced the Rays plenty in his early years with the Yankees and is 5-6 for his career with a 4.83 ERA -- he's just 1-3 since the start of the 2012 season.

The Rays counter with rookie Yonny Chirinos, just now formally crowned as Tampa Bay's No. 4 starter, having filled in on "bullpen days" without being scheduled formally as a starter.

Chirinos opened his major league career with 14.2 innings of scoreless baseball, but hit a wall in his last start, giving up six runs in 5 2/3 innings. For the season, he still has a 2.70 ERA, and the Rays are hopeful he can become a reliable starter for them.

When Blake Snell went seven innings in Saturday's win, it marked the first time all season a Rays starter had lasted seven, making them the last team in the majors to have a starter do so. They will continue to use a four-man rotation early in the season, so getting quality starts is a major part of continuing their recent success.

After Sunday's game, the Rays hit the road for nine straight games, starting Tuesday in Baltimore, while the Twins have four games at the Yankees starting Monday before they return home.


Mets vs. Braves 1:35 (EDT) Preview

Mets' Wheeler feels right at home vs. Braves


Saturday, April 21 at 11:40 PM (EDT)

ATLANTA -- Zack Wheeler got to make his major league debut nearly five years ago back home in Atlanta with his family and friends watching and the New York Mets right-hander didn't disappoint.

The graduate of suburban East Paulding High School earned a victory at Turner Field on June 18, 2013 while becoming the first Mets pitcher to throw six shutout innings or more in his first game.

Now Wheeler gets to pitch for the first time at the Braves' two-year-old SunTrust Park on Sunday as he continues his comeback at age 27 after missing the 2015 and 2016 seasons because of elbow surgery.

Mike Foltynewicz is the scheduled starter for Atlanta as the Braves try to win the four-game series after scoring twice in the ninth inning for a 4-3 victory Saturday night.

The winning run came on a bunt base hit by Ender Inciarte as the Braves (12-8) moved within two games of the first-place Mets (14-6) in the National League East.

Wheeler has pitched twice since making one start for Triple-A Las Vegas and is 1-1 with a 2.17 ERA while striking out nine and walking four in 13 innings.

The former first-round draft choice of San Francisco held Miami to two hits and a run over seven innings in his season debut on April 11 and has earned a continuing rotation spot even when left-hander Jason Vargas is ready to come off the disabled list next week.

The odd man out will be Matt Harvey, who is being sent to the bullpen in hopes of him getting back on track after allowing six runs over the first three innings in a loss to the Braves on Thursday to start the series.

Harvey said after falling to 0-2 with a 6.00 ERA that "I'm a starting pitcher" and he isn't happy about going to the bullpen.

"On a scale of 1 to 10, obviously I'm at a 10 with being (upset)," Harvey said Saturday after manager Mickey Callaway announced the move before the third game of the series.

Harvey is not just angry at the Mets, though. He's angry with his work so far.

"My performance hasn't been there and I just have to do whatever I have to do to get back in the starting rotation," he said.

Wheeler has made eight career starts against the Braves, going 4-2 with a 2.94 ERA. Four of the starts came at Turner Field, where he was 2-1 with a 1.93 ERA.

First baseman Freddie Freeman, who has thrived against Mets pitching in his career, is the only Braves hitter to have success against Wheeler, going 7-for-14 with two doubles and a home run.

Foltynewicz (1-1) got a no-decision Tuesday against Philadelphia, but the right-hander lowered his ERA to 2.53 while allowing four hits and a run over six innings.

The 27-year-old first-round draft choice of Houston has fanned 26 over 21 1/3 innings in his four starts and continued to get more comfortable working out of a modified stretch with no one on base.

"It's just to keep things quiet," Foltynewicz said. "In the past, I had too many unnecessary moving parts."

Foltynewicz didn't face the Mets last season and has pitched only 10 1/3 innings against them in his career, going 0-1 with a 10.45 ERA in two starts and one relief appearance.


Pirates vs. Phillies 1:35 (EDT) Preview

Phillies poised to sweep Pirates


Saturday, April 21 at 9:38 PM (EDT)

Starter Nick Pivetta will try to give the Philadelphia Phillies another solid start and help them complete a four-game sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park.

Jake Arrieta gave the Phillies (13-7) a great start in the first game of the series Thursday night. He struck out 10 and allowed only one hit in seven innings as Philadelphia rolled to a 7-0 victory.

Ben Lively allowed only one run in six innings Friday but got a no-decision as the Phillies scored a late run for a 2-1 win.

Then, on Saturday, Aaron Nova gave up two runs and struck out nine without a walk and earned the decision in Saturday's 6-2 victory.

Now comes Pivetta (1-0, 2.49 ERA), who will be making his first career appearance against the Pirates (12-9). Pivetta has allowed only three runs and fanned 18 in 17 2/3 innings in his last three starts.

The good pitching and timely hitting the team is getting adds up to more confidence for the young Phillies under first-year manager Gabe Kapler. He's working the numbers hard, trying to get playing time spread equally, and the players are feeling good about where they are at in 2018.

"You can definitely feel a different vibe," Odubel Herrera of the Phillies told the Philadelphia Inquirer through a translator. "There's a positive vibe going on. I don't know what it is but from spring training we've been feeling that way. There's chemistry in the clubhouse. We all help each other, we support each other, and that's really what you want in a winning team."

Herrera certainly has done his part, reaching base in 22 straight games. Rhys Hoskins helped out Saturday by driving in four runs, three of which came on a home run in the sixth that gave the Phillies the lead for good at 3-2.

They added three more runs for the 6-2 final.

Kapler told the media Saturday that they are hoping to get Tommy Hunter (right hamstring strain) back shortly as he's doing well on a rehab assignment.

The Pirates will send out Trevor Williams to try to prevent the sweep. Williams (3-1, 1.93) has thrown well in all four of his starts, including six no-hit innings versus Detroit in his first time out.

He gave up two runs to Colorado on Tuesday in a loss. The right-hander is 0-1, allowing three runs in 5 2/3 innings in his only appearance against the Phillies on May 19, 2017.

But there's no question the Pirates want to stop this skid.

"We started off real well, this hit a bit of a tough spot, losing two of three at home to Colorado and the first (three) in Philadelphia," Pittsburgh's Josh Bell told "It's time to get it turned around and get it going the way we need to."

Pittsburgh pitcher Joe Musgrove is on the disabled list because of a strained muscle in his throwing shoulder. He is scheduled to possibly throw another one Sunday after doing the same thing a few days ago.


Astros vs. White Sox 2:10 (EDT) Preview

Astros seek emphatic sweep of White Sox


Saturday, April 21 at 11:50 PM (EDT)

CHICAGO -- There was a time not that long ago when Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch was concerned about how much offensive support his starting pitchers were receiving.

At least of late, that hasn't been an issue.

After scoring 20 runs over the past two games against the Chicago White Sox, the Astros will attempt to sweep the White Sox on Sunday, when they can extend their winning streak to six games.

Josh Reddick sparked Houston's 10-1 victory on Saturday when he hit a pair of home runs including a second-inning grand slam, finishing off the win with five RBIs and hit his team-best fifth and sixth home runs of the season.

"We're a good team, we're a good lineup," Reddick told reporters after Saturday's victory, according to "We weren't going to struggle very long and with the way our (pitching) staff has been starting games, it's been a whole lot easier to focus on getting our at-bats right and the way we need to go about things. If those guys keep doing it like that, it's going to make our job a lot easier -- not only on defense but to be able to focus on our at-bats."

Lance McCullers, Jr. (2-1, 5.57 ERA) hopes to become the next Houston starter to take advantage of the Astros' recent offensive explosion. During Houston's five-game winning streak, the Astros have outscored their opponents 40-5. McCullers is coming off an impressive outing in which he allowed one hit and struck out 11 over seven innings against the Seattle Mariners. McCullers is 0-1 in two career starts against the White Sox with a 3.18 ERA.

The White Sox continued to skid and lost their sixth straight game on Saturday. As difficult as this month has been, the White Sox -- who are 2-13 in their last 15 games and have been outscored 50-15 in their past five -- are now dealing with the news that relief pitcher Danny Farquhar suffered a brain hemorrhage during the sixth inning of Friday's 10-0 loss.

Farquhar collapsed in the White Sox dugout and underwent medical testing that showed that a revealed aneurysm caused the brain bleed, the team announced on Saturday. Farquar is stable but remains in critical condition, which left his teammates with heavy hearts Saturday.

"It crushes us in this clubhouse, and nothing really matters baseball-wise when something like that happens," White Sox starter James Shields told the Chicago Tribune. "When you see one of your brothers go down like that, it's not very fun to watch. He's such a resilient human being and we're praying for him."

White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper reiterated how difficult Saturday's news was to digest.

"He's alive, he's got a chance and that's what I'm hanging on to," Cooper told reporters. "And prayers are more necessary than talk."

Reynaldo Lopez (0-2, 1.42) will make his fourth start and is still looking for his first win of the season. Lopez has pitched at least six innings in each of his outings and will make his first career start against the Astros.

Meanwhile, the Astros are also finding themselves impacted by Farquhar's condition.

"It was a scary incident last night," Hinch told reporters Saturday. "We could see across the way something was going on. ... and then as the group went around him, it just became a scary scene. Then word trickles back, and then this morning getting that update is very scary."


Marlins vs. Brewers 2:10 (EDT) Preview

Brewers send Guerra to mound in bid to sweep Marlins


Saturday, April 21 at 11:24 PM (EDT)

MILWAUKEE -- Junior Guerra was unsure of what to expect when he reported to Maryvale Baseball Park for the start of spring training.

The Milwaukee Brewers were not sure, either.

Milwaukee is giving Guerra another chance to hold onto his rotation spot Sunday when he faces the Miami Marlins in the finale of a four-game series at Miller Park.

Guerra spent nearly five years in baseball's wilderness -- bouncing around various independent leagues and even spent a season pitching in Italy before finally making his major league debut with the Chicago White Sox late in the 2015 season.

With the Brewers a season later, the then 31-year-old made an unlikely rookie of the year bid by going 9-3 with a 2.81 ERA in 20 starts and was the team's opening day starter in 2017.

His opening day outing was cut short by a calf injury and when Guerra finally returned, he looked nothing like the unexpected success story of a year earlier.

Guerra had a decent run in spring training but opened the season with Triple-A Colorado Springs where made one start before the Brewers summoned him.

When given the opportunity, Guerra made the most of it. He pitched 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball in his season debut April 11 at St. Louis and followed that up with 5 2/3 shutout innings his last time out Tuesday against the Cincinnati Reds.

"We need, and I think every club needs, some surprises," Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell. "You need some positive surprises. I think we can definitely say Junior thus far has been one. But at the same time this is a player that had a highly impressive season and we're not talking five years removed from it. It (was) 2016. And he's off to a good start. It's certainly a boost for us and something we needed."

After losing a tick off his fastball last year, Guerra's velocity returned and his split-finger fastball, his bread-and-butter pitch, is back to finding the strike zone on a regular basis. He credited a return to winter ball play in his native Venezuela for part of the turnaround, but also the simple fact of being healthy again.

"Last year, I didn't feel good all year," he said. "Everything was different. My arm didn't feel good. My delivery was wrong. But that's what happens sometimes. That's baseball."

Guerra is 0-1 with a 7.71 ERA in two appearances (one start) versus Miami.

Guerra will get the chance to extend Milwaukee's season-high five-game winning streak into an off-day Monday, as well as an opportunity for the Brewers to record their second sweep of the season. The Brewers kept the streak going with a 6-5 victory Saturday when Jesus Aguilar capped a 13-pitch at-bat by leading off the ninth inning with a walk-off home run against Junichi Tazawa .

It will be up to Miami left-hander Caleb Smith to keep Milwaukee's brooms at bay as he looks for his first victory of 2018.

Smith could not get out of the third inning his last time out. He allowed five runs on five hits and five walks while striking out three over 2 1/3 innings of a 12-1 loss to the New York Yankees on Monday.

He wasn't expected to open the season in Miami's bullpen but injuries to veteran starters like Dan Straily -- who's slated to make a rehab start Tuesday -- and Wei-Yen Chen created spots for rookies such as Smith, Trevor Richards and Dillon Peters.

"You're asking a lot of young guys, but that's OK," Miami manager Don Mattingly said. "They're going to learn, and that's how they're going to get better. So, it's how they're going to handle it. You talk about Dan, and Wei-Yin -- and he's throwing the ball well and keeps advancing -- those kind of guys, they've been through it."


Reds vs. Cardinals 2:15 (EDT) Preview

Reds seek relief from struggling ways against Cards


Saturday, April 21 at 9:39 PM (EDT)

This is the way things go when you sport the worst record in the majors.

The Cincinnati Reds' bullpen entered Saturday's game in St. Louis with a scoreless streak of 18 1/3 innings. So naturally, after being given a tie to protect when the offense rallied for three runs in the seventh, Jared Hughes ended that streak when he gave up the tiebreaking homer to Yadier Molina in the bottom of the inning as the St. Louis Cardinals notched a 4-3 decision.

But that's unlikely to shake interim manager Jim Riggleman's faith in the bullpen for Sunday's series finale in Busch Stadium.

"They've been good," Riggleman said Friday night after the bullpen put up five scoreless innings in a 4-2 loss. "They all gave us a chance."

Getting a chance is one thing. Cashing in on that chance is another. Cincinnati (3-17) has taken advantage of fewer chances than any team in baseball, saddled with the major leagues' worst record and worst run differential (minus-49) thanks to dropping four straight and 12 of 13.

Saturday's loss might have been more galling than most. The Reds overcame a 3-0 deficit against St. Louis after the departure of Carlos Martinez after six scoreless innings. They also got a reasonably good start from Homer Bailey, who entered the game with a 6.00 ERA in 10 career starts at Busch.

However, none of those things mattered in the end as the Cardinals (12-8) won for the seventh time in eight games and jumped over the Pittsburgh Pirates to take over first place in the National League Central. Six of the seven wins have come against Cincinnati, which they have beaten 10 games in a row since September.

Results aside, St. Louis manager Mike Matheny knows his lineup is capable of more. Saturday's lineup shuffle put Matt Carpenter back in his preferred leadoff spot, moved Molina to a rare start at the No. 2 spot and placed Dexter Fowler in the five hole.

Tommy Pham, who normally hits second, missed his second game in three days with a right groin strain.

"We were hoping it would progress better, but it didn't," Matheny said of Pham's injury suffered Tuesday night when the Cardinals finished a game in 34-degree temperatures at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

St. Louis will march Miles Mikolas (2-0, 4.26) to the mound in search of its second straight weekend sweep of the Reds. Mikolas' last outing came April 14 in Cincinnati, when he checked the Reds on one run in seven innings for a 6-1 win in his first career game against the Reds.

Luis Castillo (1-2, 6.75) gets the call for Cincinnati. The young, hard-throwing right-hander picked up his first win Monday night in Milwaukee, fanning eight in 6 2/3 innings while allowing five hits and four runs in a 10-4 decision. Castillo's changeup was particularly effective.

It will be his second career start against the Cardinals. He faced them in August in Cincinnati, and although he gave up only three hits in 6 1/3 innings, he also yielded five walks and four runs in absorbing a 4-1 setback.


Mariners vs. Rangers 3:05 (EDT) Preview

Mariners go for sweep of Rangers


Sunday, April 22 at 2:09 AM (EDT)

Texas will square off with the Seattle Mariners on Sunday afternoon at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas, in the final contest of a three-game series in which the Rangers' youthful and mostly untested core has had some benchmark moments.

The Mariners will start leftt-hander Erasmo Ramirez, who will make his 2018 debut after being activated from the disabled list. He has recovered from a strained lat suffered in mid-February. He has made rehab starts in the minor leagues and threw 5 2/3 innings and 76 pitches in his last start for Triple-A Tacoma on Tuesday. He has yet to face Texas.

Texas will send left-hander Martin Perez (1-2, 13.14 ERA) to the mound.

The Rangers will try to salvage the finale after losing Friday and Saturday.

Robinson Cano hit a go-ahead, two-run homer as part of a five-run, seventh-inning uprising for Seattle, and Edwin Diaz got the final four outs for his MLB-leading eighth save as the Mariners came from behind to beat the Rangers 9-7 on Saturday.

It's an accepted notion in baseball that teams are built up the middle, with its strongest defensive players -- and usually the team leaders -- coming out of the four positions that are nearest the center of the field: catcher, shortstop, second base and center field.

Three of the players who began the season for Texas those positions are out with injuries. First, center fielder Delino DeShields broke his hand in the second game of the season. Then second baseman Rougned Odor sprained his hamstring April 8.

Those injuries were usurped in severity by a broken right elbow suffered by shortstop Elvis Andrus on April 11, robbing the Rangers of one of their most important players and clutch hitters.

Texas moved Jurickson Profar into the shortstop spot, platooned Drew Robinson and Carlos Tocci in center field and called up Isiah Kiner-Falefa to play second base. And while they've been adequate as replacements, it's not the same as having the core in the field, and at the plate that started the year.

DeShields is in a rehab assignment at Double-A Frisco and could come back as soon as he's deemed ready. But from the after-game comments of Texas manager Jeff Banister, the team will not rush their center fielder back to the big leagues, preferring to look at the long-term impact.

"We have to consider what is best for the player," Banister said. "The need of our team is important, but we don't want to just rush a guy back in the month of April. I don't really see the need of that. We'll get him back when he's ready."

Seattle had an injury scare of their own Friday when reliever Juan Nicasio complained about stiffness and an inability to get loose prior to his one-inning appearance in the Mariners' 6-2 victory over Texas.

Nicasio talked his way into staying in the game and worked out of the inning without allowing a run to score

"The ball really wasn't coming out, and Juan admitted he was a little stiff," Seattle coach Scott Servais said. "He said, 'I'm okay. I can go.' You have to trust your veteran players. He didn't feel 100 percent. But it says a lot about him, he was going to gut it out. He made the big pitch and got the double play."

On Saturday, Nicasio said the stiffness was gone from his shoulder. "I was a little tight behind my shoulder," he said. "It felt weird. But I will be okay. I had it checked out with the trainer. I got it massaged. It's better now."

Perez will make his fourth start of the season Sunday against Seattle and will be working on an extra day of rest after he took a loss in his most recent start Monday at Tampa Bay in an 8-4 setback.

Perez, who has allowed at least nine hits in each start this season, is 6-4 with a 3.28 ERA in 17 games (15 starts) against Seattle.


Cubs vs. Rockies 3:10 (EDT) Preview

Cubs turn to Quintana in rubber game vs. Rockies


Sunday, April 22 at 1:12 AM (EDT)

DENVER -- The last time Jose Quintana started at Coors Field was July 8, 2017. He was pitching for the Chicago White Sox and dealing with more than the Colorado Rockies batters.

The White Sox were going nowhere and in sell mode with the non-waiver trade deadline approaching. With a very team-friendly contract, Quintana was a prime candidate to be traded, and did nothing to hurt his market value when he struck out 10 in 5 1/3 innings and allowed three runs. A blown save cost Quintana a possible win, but after a 5-4 victory, Quintana said he hoped to remain with the White Sox.

Five days later, they traded him to the Chicago Cubs and he will start in the rubber match of their three-game series against the Colorado Rockies on Sunday afternoon.

Quintana (1-1, 8.56 ERA) threw six scoreless innings April 8 at Milwaukee and allowed three hits in the Cubs' 3-0 win. But in his last start April 14 against Atlanta on a miserably cold, wet afternoon, Quintana allowed seven runs, seven hits and four walks in 2 1/3 innings in what became a 14-10 Cubs win when they scored nine runs in the eighth.

The temperature was 38 degrees when the game began, and Quintana, who is from Colombia, had to contend with a steady drizzle and a 24-mph wind blowing in from center field.

"He pitched a really good game in Milwaukee," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. "The last game he pitched, man, it was not typical Colombian weather. Especially with guys that come from Latin America, it's tough. They didn't play that way growing up. It's all about feel.

"Quintana's been victimized by some pretty awful moments weather-wise. I think he's throwing the ball great. You got to be patient. This guy's awesome. Quintana, every team would like one of those. He's a great pro. He gets ready. He's got good stuff. He competes. Just let things warm up, and he will."

Quintana is 1-0 with a 3.65 ERA in two starts against the Rockies, who counter with German Marquez.

Marquez is 1-1 with a 4.34 ERA in four starts, three of which the Rockies have won.

On Monday at Pittsburgh, he gave up two hits and two runs in six innings in the Rockies' 6-2 victory. Marquez is 1-0, 0.82 in two starts against the Cubs.

Both were last year, the first at Coors Field on May 10 when he held Chicago to three hits in eight scoreless innings.

The Rockies rebounded Saturday night from successive thrashings -- 10-2 at Pittsburgh on Wednesday and 16-5 against the Cubs on Friday -- and beat the Cubs 5-2. It was only the third win in eight home games this season for the Rockies (12-10).

They managed five hits but four were in the fifth inning when they erupted for all their runs with two outs and knocked out Cubs starter Yu Darvish.

The rally included a one-out walk to Mike Tauchman and a two-out walk to pitcher Tyler Anderson, who was the first of six consecutive batters to reach base. After Anderson, DJ LeMahieu doubled home a run, Gerardo Parra hit a two-run single that put the Rockies ahead 3-2 and Charlie Blackmon walked before Nolan Arenado's RBI single and Trevor Story's run-scoring double.

The rally was particularly welcome for the Rockies, since they are last in the National League with a .218 average and next to last with a .293 on-base percentage and .218 average with runners in scoring position.

"Stringing together hits, stringing together at-bats, and we did it from Tauchman all the way down to our last out of that inning," Colorado manager Bud Black said. "That's what it takes, and we haven't had that a lot this year. So that was good to see, and hopefully, that's the start of something big."


Red Sox vs. Athletics 4:05 (EDT) Preview

Red Sox hope Price is right against A's


Sunday, April 22 at 2:52 AM (EDT)

OAKLAND, Calif. -- David Price hopes to make the most of a sunny California afternoon Sunday when he pitches the Boston Red Sox against the Oakland Athletics in the wake of Sean Manaea's no-hitter Saturday night.

Both teams will be playing for a series win Sunday after Manaea got the A's even with his historic effort in Saturday's 3-0 win.

He walked two and struck out 10 in silencing a team that had won eight in a row, scoring six or more runs in seven of them.

"That's one of the best lineups in the league over there," A's catcher Jonathan Lucroy gushed afterward. "He just no-hit them."

Daniel Mengden, who will oppose Price in the series finale, knows all too well how potent the Boston lineup has been.

The only time in his career that he's pitched against Boston, Mengden got bombed for seven runs and eight hits in 2 2/3 innings in an 11-2 loss.

Hanley Ramirez homered for Boston in that game.

If there's a positive for Mengden to take from the previous meeting, it was that three guys who combined for seven hits in the game -- Dustin Pedroia, Xander Bogaerts and David Ortiz -- won't be in the Boston lineup this time around.

Pedroia and Bogaerts are on the disabled list, while Ortiz has retired.

Price needed little support -- but got plenty nonetheless -- when he held the Los Angeles Angels to three hits and one run over five innings in a 10-1 win on Tuesday.

The game-time temperature in Los Angeles was about 30 degrees warmer than when Price gave Red Sox management a scare when he experienced numbness in his left hand in his previous start at home on April 11.

Price was pulled one inning into that game against the New York Yankees, then spent much of the next six days convincing team doctors it was the 42-degree weather that had caused the numbness, not a recurrence of an elbow injury he had last season.

"It's something I've always had, even whenever I was a little kid," he said of his reaction to the cold. "My hands and my feet are two things that are always cold. Whenever it's cold outside, it intensifies that."

Price was limited to 78 pitches in the night game in Los Angeles. He is expected to pitch without limitations in Sunday's afternoon affair.

Price has gone 4-2 with a 3.13 ERA in nine career starts against the A's. Seven of those starts have been in Oakland, where he's gone 3-2 with a 3.02 ERA.

The Red Sox might have struggled offensively Saturday, but it's been a two-game occurrence for an A's team that was coming off a three-game sweep of the Chicago White Sox in which they scored eight or more runs in each game.

The A's jumped on Boston starter Drew Pomeranz for three runs in the first inning Friday night, but have added a total of just three more in the last 17 innings, losing 7-3 on Friday before getting Saturday's 3-0 win.

Marcus Semien homered off Chris Sale on Saturday, while red-hot Jed Lowrie, who had four hits Friday night, added a run-scoring double.


Giants vs. Angels 4:07 (EDT) Preview

Angels face Cueto in rubber game vs. Giants


Sunday, April 22 at 12:43 AM (EDT)

The Los Angeles Angels will try to win a series for the sixth time this season when they host the San Francisco Giants at Angel Stadium on Sunday.

The Angels (14-7) won the middle game of the three-game series 4-3 on Saturday night, ending a four-game losing streak in which they were outscored 35-4.

After giving up 14 home runs in the previous four games, the Angels scored all their runs off home runs on Saturday, getting solo shots from Jefry Marte and Mike Trout and a two-run blast from Albert Pujols that broke a 2-2 tie in the sixth inning.

"We don't try to change our approach," Pujols told Fox Sports West after the win

Pujols is eight hits shy of 3,000 after he hit his fourth homer of the season and 618th of his career.

The Giants (8-12) will be looking for their first series win of the season.

They were forced to scratch five-time NL All Star Buster Posey shortly before Saturday's game because of back tightness though manager Bruce Bochy said he expects Posey to catch Sunday.

Pablo Sandoval filled in for Posey at designated hitter and delivered an RBI double with two outs in the eighth inning to pull the Giants within 4-3.

San Francisco right-hander Johnny Cueto (1-0, 0.45) is set to make his first career appearance at Angel Stadium in his 11-year major league career.

Cueto has been especially strong so far this season, allowing one earned run in 20 innings. His only win occurred in a 10-1 victory against the Seattle Mariners on April 4.

Cueto pitched seven scoreless innings in each of his other two starts, a 1-0 win at the Los Angeles Dodgers on March 30, and a 1-0 loss at the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday but did not receive a decision in either game. He struck out 11 in his latest outing, but was out-dueled by left-hander Patrick Corbin, who threw a one-hitter.

"If we get ballgames out of Johnny like we did (Tuesday) night, he's going to win us a lot of baseball games," San Francisco first baseman Brandon Belt said.

Cueto has made two starts against the Angels in his career. He's 1-0 with a 1.20 ERA. He beat the visiting Angels as a member of the Kansas City Royals on Aug. 15, 2015, allowing one run and eight hits in eight innings of a 9-4 win. Pujols homered off Cueto in the game and is 8-for-32 (.250) off him.

Cueto also started against Los Angeles on April 1, 2013, as a member of the Cincinnati Reds in the first interleague season opener in major league history. He allowed one run in seven innings but did not receive a decision in a 13-inning game won by Los Angeles, 3-1.

Angels left fielder Justin Upton is 6-for-20 with two home runs in his career against Cueto.

Angels starter Jaime Barria (1-0, 1.80 ERA) will also make his first appearance at Angel Stadium in the second start of his major league career.

He made his debut April 11 at the Texas Rangers and allowed one run and one hit, a home run by No. 9 hitter Ryan Rua, in five innings of a 7-2 win.

Barria was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake City after the win, and the 21-year-old Panamanian right-hander was recalled on Friday.

"I think Jaime pitched well his last start," Angels manager Mike Scioscia told on Friday. "He's probably throwing the ball most consistently down there of the starters."


Padres vs. Diamondbacks 4:10 (EDT) Preview

D-backs host Padres, go for seventh straight series win


Sunday, April 22 at 12:40 AM (EDT)

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks are not surprised with their strong start after a breakout 2017 season in which Torey Lovullo won the National League Manager of the Year award.

With all due respect, they kind of expected it.

"That's who we are," Lovullo said Saturday.

After making the playoffs for the first time in six seasons last year, the Diamondbacks have maintained their competitive excellence through the first month of this season despite playing all of it without right fielder Steven Souza Jr. and all but four games without 30-homer third baseman Jake Lamb.

With a 6-2 victory over San Diego on Saturday, Arizona is 14-6 and one game shy of the best start in franchise history. Doubling up with a victory Sunday, Arizona would be the first team since the 2003 San Francisco Giants to win its first seven series of a season.

The Diamondbacks already have set a franchise record by winning their first six series, the first NL team since 2012 to do that. They have led the NL West or been tied for the lead every day since beating Colorado in the season opener.

"I think we are starting to establish that we are a good team," Lovullo said. "We have our own set of expectations each day that we are going to go out and win, and once the day is over we are going to accept what happened win or lose and turn the page and be ready for tomorrow.

"With that, we had certain expectations. That we wanted to be ready out of spring training. Check that box, see where we were at the end of the first homestand. I don't want to say that we thought this was going to happen, but we feel good about it knowing that we were prepared to make something like this happen. We have to embrace it and continue to march on."

Arizona left-hander Patrick Corbin (3-0) is to face San Diego rookie left-hander Joey Lucchesi (2-0) in Sunday's series finale, a match of two of the most effective left-handers in the league this season.

Corbin (1.65) and Lucchesi (1.66) rank sixth and seventh in the NL in ERA, and Corbin is second in the league with an 0.70 WHIP and fourth with an average of 12.18 strikeouts per nine innings. Lucchesi has an 0.97 WHIP. Both have shown exceptional command of the strike zone -- Corbin has 37 strikeouts and five walks and Lucchesi has 25 strikeouts and four walks.

Corbin took a no-hitter into the eighth inning of his last start Tuesday against the San Francisco Giants, losing it on Brandon Belt's two-out, check-swing infield single on a grounder toward third base into an over-shift to the other side of the field. Corbin finished with a one-hitter and his first career complete game in a 1-0 victory.

"That was fun," Corbin said. "I feel like I'd feel the same if I had a no-hitter. To come away with a win was huge."

Lucchesi, a fourth-round draft pick out of Southeast Missouri State in 2016, has won his last two starts, giving up one run and five hits in six innings of a 10-1 victory over the Giants last Sunday. He struck out a career-high nine and did not walk a batter.

"He was always the young guy who was going to come the fastest," San Diego manager Andy Green said. "He was the one that we knew was the most advanced, the one that we felt could pitch in the big leagues because of deception pretty quickly.

"He did nothing but reaffirm that in spring training. He threw the ball very well all the way through spring, rarely had a hiccup, and when he didn't have his stuff, he was able to keep us in ball games still. And that is a sign of a guy who has a chance to have a really good career.

"When you are off, when nothing is working for you, can you still put up that three- or four-run performance in six innings and give your team a chance to win a baseball game instead of a cascading eight- or nine-run performance? He did that all the way through spring. He did it last year ... and that's all you can really ask for from a young starter."

San Diego welcomed the return of center fielder Manny Margot on Saturday while placing Hunter Renfroe on the disabled list with right elbow inflammation. Wil Myers, who returned from the disabled list Friday, was given a day off after playing four straight games, the first three rehab games in the minors.


Saturday, April 21, 2018
Major League Baseball
Mariners 9 vs. 7 Rangers Recap

Cruz 100th homer at Texas as Mariners beat Rangers 9-7


Sunday, April 22 at 2:13 AM (EDT)

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Nelson Cruz hit consecutive pitches deep into the left-field seats at his former home. The first one was called foul. There was no question about the next swing.

Cruz hit the first of Seattle's three home runs, his 100th at the Rangers ballpark, and the Mariners went on to a 9-7 victory Saturday night.

''He didn't miss that pitch again. He didn't miss it the first time,'' said Mitch Haniger, who also went deep for the Mariners. ''Just shows you how good of a hitter he is, to stay composed and do it again on the next swing.''

After a towering drive over the left-field foul pole that was ruled foul, and stood after an 80-second replay review by umpires, Cruz hit the next pitch an estimated 453 feet. The two-run shot off 44-year-old Bartolo Colon was his fourth homer in his 10 games this season.

''You don't often see that on back-to-back pitches,'' manager Scott Servais said. ''The first one was so close to being out, but there was no doubt on the second one.''

Robinson Cano hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the seventh to make it 8-6 and cap a four-run outburst against Alex Claudio (0-1), who gave up hits to all four batters he faced. Haniger hit a solo shot later in the inning off another reliever.

Chasen Bradford (2-0) pitched two innings in relief of Seattle starter James Paxton, who struck out six but gave up five runs in four innings. Edwin Diaz got the final four outs for his AL-leading eighth save even while walking three batters and giving up a run in the ninth.

Seattle's comeback spoiled Colon's bid for his first win with the Rangers, and 21st in his career against the Mariners. Colon, who covered first base for the first two outs in the fifth, exited after 5 2/3 innings with a 5-4 lead.

''He threw the ball well. I think covering first base a couple of times took its toll. Not condition-wise, but the legs,'' manager Jeff Banister said. ''We'd seen the ball starting to rise a little bit on him, not as much sink, and decided to make the move.''

Colon retired the first 21 batters at Houston in his previous start six nights earlier. He never flirted with perfection against the Mariners after Dee Gordon singled to lead off the game after the start was delayed 1 hour, 25 minutes because of rain and ended one minute before midnight.

But the speedy Gordon was retired on a 3-1 putout in the fifth, a batter after Colon also covered first base to get out Ben Gamel.

''He's a marvel what he's doing at his age and still very, very competitive in this league,'' Servais said. ''He knows how to pitch, and he knows how to cover first base.''


Texas, which lost the opener of the three-game set 6-2 Friday after giving up a four-run ninth, has lost its first four home series. The Rangers are 2-10 at home, including six straight losses.


Of the 100 homers Cruz has hit at the Rangers ballpark, 92 came when he played for Texas from 2006-13. He hit one with Baltimore, and seven with the Mariners. He is only the seventh player with at least 100 homers in the stadium that is in its 25th season and will be replaced in two years.


Mariners: INF Ryon Healy (sprained right ankle) did some early work Saturday during his rehab at Double-A Arkansas after homering in Friday night's game. He could be back with the Mariners within a few days.

Rangers: CF Delino DeShields was the DH for Double-A Frisco on Saturday night to get some more at-bats. Banister said DeShields, out since March 31, still has some soreness in his left hand since having a broken hamate bone removed.


Gordon had stolen an MLB-best nine bases without getting caught until he was thrown out trying to steal in the first after his leadoff single. That was also the first time a Rangers catcher had thrown out an attempted base stealer this season.


Seattle is expected to activate Erasmo Ramirez from the 10-day disabled list (strained right lat) for his season debut in the series finale. Marin Perez (1-2, 13.14 ERA), who has allowed at least nine hits in all three of his starts, takes the mound for the Rangers.


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Cubs 2 vs. 5 Rockies Recap

Anderson tosses 6 strong innings as Rockies beat Cubs, 5-2

By MICHAEL KELLY - Associated Press

Sunday, April 22 at 12:32 AM (EDT)

DENVER (AP) Tyler Anderson has had plenty of success on the mound in his young career, so he was happy to contribute at the plate.

And he didn't need to swing to help the Colorado Rockies rebound against the Chicago Cubs.

Anderson pitched six strong innings and drew a key walk in a five-run fifth inning that led the Rockies to a 5-2 win over Chicago on Saturday night.

Nolan Arenado had two hits to pace Colorado, which won despite not hitting a home run. The Rockies' 28 homers are tied for the major league lead but it was patience at the plate that gave them the win.

''That's perfect,'' Gerardo Parra said. ''We don't need a homer to win the game.''

Anderson (1-0) got his first win in five starts and tamed a Chicago lineup that had 16 runs on 18 hits in the series opener on Friday night. The Cubs managed just six hits on the night, two from Albert Almora Jr., who had four in Friday's win.

Wade Davis pitched the ninth for his ninth save in 10 chances.

Chicago's offense wasn't as potent behind starter Yu Darvish. He started strong but left with two outs in the fifth after allowing five runs on five hits and walking four.

His third walk was costly. With two outs, a man on first and Chicago leading 2-0 Darvish walked Anderson on five pitches to extend the inning.

''That was a big moment,'' Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. ''If he gets him we get out of that inning.''

DJ LeMahieu followed with an RBI double and Parra hit a two-run single up the middle to give Colorado a 3-2 lead.

Charlie Blackmon walked, Arenado drove in another run with a single and Trevor Story's RBI double made it 5-2 and chased Darvish.

''That's a big situation with two outs where a lot of times, personally, I make that out and the inning's over,'' Anderson said. ''To be able to extend it and get DJ back to the plate and get our offense going, it's nice not to be the out there that ends the inning.''

Darvish was cruising through Colorado's lineup before the walk to Anderson. The Rockies were hitless before Arenado's two-out single in the fourth.

''I was going to throw strikes in there against the pitcher and it turned out my command wasn't there so I had the walk,'' Darvish said through a translator.

For the second straight night the Cubs grabbed a quick lead. Almora and Javier Baez led off with singles and scored on a double by Wilson Contreras to make it 2-0.

Anderson settled down after that and worked out of trouble in the third. The Cubs had runners at first and third with one out but Anderson got struggling Anthony Rizzo to pop out to second and Contreras to fly out to center.


Cubs: INF/OF Ben Zobrist was placed on the 10-day disabled list with back tightness, retroactive to Thursday. The Cubs recalled David Bote from Triple-A Iowa, and he made his major league debut at third base.

Rockies: OF Carlos Gonzalez was out for the second straight game with a sore right hamstring suffered in Wednesday's game in Pittsburgh. He is not expected to land on the disabled list but he was given an extra day off in the cold weather.


Bote didn't have to fly in family to see him make his debut, they simply had to drive about 10 miles to see him man third base. Bote grew up in Longmont, Colo., 28 miles northwest of Coors Field, and makes his home in Thornton, just north of Denver.

''I love that he's from down the street,'' Maddon said before the game. ''I'm really happy that he gets to make his debut right here. His family can see it. It's awesome. I told him to just try to enjoy it.''

He doubled to the gap in right-center field on the second pitch he saw in the big leagues but was thrown out trying to steal third to end the second inning.

''I was just like, `Man did this happen? Did that really just happen?''' Bote said of his double. ''Just seeing my teammates on the top step cheering was really a cool moment.''

Bote's father, Bob, who is a renowned prep baseball coach in Colorado, and mother were in the stands.

''It was special,'' Bote said. ''Just to see his journey through everything, and my journey through it all. It's probably pretty rewarding. I can't wait to see him and give him a big hug.''


The Cubs will send LHP Jose Quintana (1-1, 8.16) against Colorado RHP German Marquez (1-1, 4.34) in the series finale on Sunday afternoon.


Padres 2 vs. 6 Diamondbacks Recap

Godley, Pollock lead D-Backs past Padres 6-2

By BOB BAUM - AP Sports Writer

Sunday, April 22 at 1:29 AM (EDT)

PHOENIX (AP) Zack Godley and the bullpen provided the pitching. Godley was also among the players who came through with their bats.

Godley settled down after a shaky start to throw 5 1/3 solid innings and single in a run to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 6-2 victory over the San Diego Padres on Saturday night.

A.J. Pollock had a solo homer and RBI single for Arizona. Deven Marrero tripled in a run, doubled and scored twice, and Paul Goldschmidt had a double and an RBI triple.

''For us to be successful in any facet of the game, especially offensively, it's going to take a whole-team effort,'' Goldschmidt said. ''It's not going to be one guy that's going to carry this team. Tonight, we needed it.''

Seven of the nine starters had at least one hit for Arizona.

''That's the type of offense we're accustomed to seeing,'' manager Torey Lovullo said. ''Everybody contributed.''

The NL West-leading Diamondbacks, losers to the Padres 4-1 on Friday night behind Tyson Ross' near no-hitter, will send left-hander Patrick Corbin to the mound Sunday to try to extend their franchise record with a seventh consecutive series win to start the season.

''At the end of the day, if we can say we won every series so far this season, it would be a great accomplishment,'' Lovullo said.

Pitching on his 28th birthday, Godley (3-1) gave up two runs in the first inning and blanked the Padres over the next 4 1/3. Andrew Chafin, Fernando Salas and T.J. McFarland held San Diego scoreless the rest of the way.

Godley struck out eight and walked one in an outing abbreviated by a high pitch count. But he said he felt good throughout.

''It was just one pitch that I wish I could have back (Franchy Cordero's two-run double),'' Godley said. ''But other than that, I felt good. So it didn't take a whole lot to settle back in because I had a good feel for the ball.''

San Diego's Clayton Richard (1-2) had similar pitch-count issues. The left-hander went five innings plus a batter, allowing three runs on five hits, striking out six and walking three.

''I threw the ball all right I guess,'' Richard said. ''That might be the best way to describe it, but that is usually not good enough.''

Jose Pirela and Christian Villanueva singled in the Padres' first. With two outs, Cordero - who hit a 489-foot homer the previous night and had trouble with a fly ball that ruined Ross' no-hit bid - doubled off the wall above the 407-foot sign in straightaway center to bring both runners home.

Arizona tied it in the second. Chris Owings singled and scored on Marrero's triple into the right-center gap. Richard struck out John Ryan Murphy for the second out, but Godley's dribbler up the middle brought home Marrero to make it 2-2.

The Diamondbacks grabbed the lead for good with two down in the third when Pollock homered just over the fence in right field, his team-leading fifth of the season.

Arizona tacked on another in the sixth. Owings led off with a walk, ending Richard's night. Side-arm reliever Adam Cimber came on and got two quick outs, one when catcher Austin Hedges threw out Owings trying to steal. But Marrero, Murphy and pinch hitter Daniel Descalso reeled off consecutive singles, the last bringing in a run, and it was 4-2.

Goldschmidt tripled off the center field wall to bring in a run in the seventh and scored on Pollock's single.


Padres: Placed OF Hunter Renfroe on the 10-day DL with right elbow inflammation and reinstated CF Manuel Margot. Margot was hit by a pitch at Colorado on April 10 and has been out with bruised ribs. Margot was the leadoff batter Saturday night.

Diamondbacks: CF Pollock and RF Owings were back in the lineup after missing a game following their outfield collision Thursday night. ... 3B Jake Lamb (sprained shoulder) is expected to return sometime during the team's road trip next week. ... OF Steven Souza Jr. (strained right pec) is to resume throwing Sunday after being shut down for a few days.


A crowd of 38,820 attended ultra-popular, heavily-bearded reliever Archie Bradley's bobblehead night. The first 20,000 received the doll, which - complete with sound - commemorates Bradley's unlikely two-run triple in last season's NL wild card game win over Colorado.


Corbin (3-0, 1.65 ERA), coming off a one-hit shutout of San Francisco, tries to keep the series-winning streak alive. San Diego will counter with LHP Joey Lucchesi (2-0, 1.66).


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Red Sox 0 vs. 3 Athletics Recap

A's lefty Manaea pitches no-hitter vs streaking Red Sox

By GIDEON RUBIN - Associated Press

Sunday, April 22 at 2:03 AM (EDT)

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Sean Manaea might've been the only person at the Oakland Coliseum who didn't realize he was still working on a no-hitter.

After a dropped popup in the fifth inning, the Athletics lefty figured it was over.

''I didn't even think about it until I looked up in the seventh or eighth,'' Manaea said, ''and I was like, `Oh my God, why is there still a zero on there?'''

Because it was ruled an error. And because his shot at history remained intact.

Manaea became the first pitcher to throw a no-hitter against Boston in almost exactly 25 years, with an overturned call on the bases preserving the gem Saturday night in Oakland's 3-0 win over the sizzling Red Sox.

Manaea struck out 10, walked two and threw 108 pitches to finish off Oakland's first no-no since Dallas Braden tossed a perfect game against Tampa Bay in 2010.

Manaea got Hanley Ramirez to ground out to complete the first no-hitter versus the Red Sox since Seattle's Chris Bosio did it on April 22, 1993.

''I just telling myself, keep everything the same, and not let anything get too big for me,'' Manaea said.

Boston looked as if it had a hit with two outs in the sixth at the Oakland Coliseum. Andrew Benintendi hit a grounder to the right side, tried to dodge a tag by first baseman Matt Olson and was called safe.

Benintendi ran onto the grass in foul territory to get around Olson. The umpires then conferred and, without going to replay, ruled Benintendi was out for going wide of the baseline.

''Do I agree with it? No,'' Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. ''It is what it is.''

Said Benintendi: ''It's just a missed call.''

''I think if we have 10 hits at that point, that's a single. But the situation the game was in, they might have been searching for something and they found it,'' Benintendi said.

Crew chief Brian Gorman said the umps reached their decision ''pretty fast.''

''If he goes more than 3 feet avoiding the tag, he's declared out,'' Gorman told a pool reporter. ''He was more than 3 feet away.''

Sandy Leon reached in the Red Sox fifth when A's shortstop Marcus Semien ranged into shallow center field and dropped a popup trying to make an over-the-shoulder catch. The play was scored as an error.

''I was running back and I heard (center fielder Mark) Canha was yelling, `Marcus, Marcus,' and I thought he said, `I got it,''' Semien said, ''but I still think I should've caught the ball.''

''Usually I don't want to make errors, but in that situation you take the error,'' he said.

In Manaea's mind, it was a single.

''I just thought it was a hit, so from there until the eighth or ninth, I thought it was just a one-hitter,'' Manaea said.

A few innings later, he noticed what everybody else already knew - no-hitter in progress.

''So after that, my adrenaline started pumping a little bit again, and I really wanted to finish this thing out,'' he said.

Manaea (3-2) had been battered by Boston in three previous starts, going 1-2 with a 13.50 ERA.

But the 26-year-old cooled off a Red Sox team that had won eight in a row and 17 of 18. Boston began the game with a major league-best .293 batting average.

''Congratulations Sean Manaea, you were really good tonight bro,'' Ramirez tweeted.

Manaea retired 14 straight batters after walking Mookie Betts leading off the game.

A lot of Red Sox fans were in the announced crowd of 25,746, and many rose to their feet when Manaea took the mound in the ninth.

Betts hit a ball to the warning track with one out in the ninth. After Benintendi walked with two outs on a full count, Ramirez hit a grounder to Semien for an easy force play at second.

''My heart was beating out of my chest and I was trying to do everything I could (to stay calm),'' Manaea said before he was interrupted by teammates who smeared celebratory shaving cream in his face, dumped water and Gatorade on his head and left him with a plastic bubble gum tub for a hat.

Drafted by Kansas City, he was traded to Oakland in July 2015 in a deal for Ben Zobrist. Manaea had shoulder problems last season that landed him on the disabled list and limited his effectiveness.

''I've caught a lot of great pitchers in this game,'' A's catcher Jonathan Lucroy said. ''I have eight years in the (majors) and that was most well-pitched, well-executed game I've ever had behind the plate.''

''I mean, they were all messed over there, they had no idea,'' he said.

It was the 12th no-hitter by the Athletics franchise and the 12th thrown against the Red Sox.

This was the first no-hitter in the majors since Miami's Edinson Volquez pitched the only one of the 2017 season against Arizona on June 3.

Chris Sale (1-1) struck out 10 and gave up three runs on six hits and one walk in seven innings.


Manaea pitched his first complete game in 58 big league starts. He improved to 22-21 in his three-season career.


Red Sox: SS Xander Bogaerts (left ankle) will play for Triple-A Pawtucket on a rehab assignment on Tuesday and Wednesday. If all goes well he'll be activated when the team opens a six-game homestand on Friday, Cora said. . RHP Steven Wright (left knee surgery) left a rehab game at Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday with back tightness. . RHP Tyler Thornburg (right shoulder surgery), who's at the team's extended spring training facility in Fort Myers, Florida, will join the team on Friday and could throw batting practice, Cora said.

Athletics: RHP Yusmeiro Petit was activated from the family emergency list on Saturday. . RHP Josh Lucas was sent to Triple-A Nashville in a corresponding move. ... RHP Paul Blackburn (right forearm strain) threw on flat ground for a second straight day on Saturday, but the A's haven't established a timetable for his return, manager Bob Melvin said.


LHP David Price (2-1, 2.25 ERA) will pitch for Boston in Sunday's series finale. RHP Daniel Mengden (2-2, 4.50) will pitch for Oakland.


Giants 3 vs. 4 Angels Recap

Pujols homers for hit No. 2,992 in Angels' 4-3 win vs Giants

By BERNIE WILSON - AP Sports Writer

Sunday, April 22 at 2:55 AM (EDT)

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) It took a milestone hit by Albert Pujols to give the Los Angeles Angels their first lead of the week.

Pujols drove a go-ahead, two-run homer into the seats in right-center in the sixth inning for career hit No. 2,992 and the Angels beat the San Francisco Giants 4-3 on Saturday night to snap an ugly four-game losing streak.

Mike Trout and Jefry Marte also went deep for the Angels, and Garrett Richards matched his career high with 11 strikeouts in six innings. The Giants struck out 17 times.

Pujols, 38, hit a no-doubt, opposite-field shot to right-center on an 0-1 pitch from lefty Derek Holland with one out in the sixth.

''I just got a good pitch up and away and went with it,'' said Pujols, who went 1 for 4 as the designated hitter. ''I think I've been swinging the bat pretty well, making solid contact.''

He needs eight hits to become the 32nd member of the 3,000-hit club. He went 1 for 4 as the designated hitter.

''Right now, that's not my focus,'' Pujols said. ''I'm telling you from my heart it is what it is. I really don't think about it. At the end of the day, it's not about my numbers, it's about helping this organization and helping this ballclub to win and that's my main goal every day.''

His manager and teammates sure enjoyed the homer.

''It's a huge hit at the time,'' manager Mike Scioscia said. ''He drove it the other way, which is a great sign for Albert. We haven't scored many runs, haven't had many leads this week, so there's no doubt he gave us a big lift.''

Trout was waiting at the top step of the dugout to give Pujols a bro hug before the slugger began high-fiving teammates.

''We were all lit,'' Richards said. ''We were all excited. It put us ahead. He really looked like Albert Pujols again. He's coming around. A lot of guys are coming around. Hopefully we're coming out of this rut and can put together a good string of runs.''

Richards helped stop an embarrassing four-game pummeling. The Angels lost 8-1 to the Giants on Friday night after being outscored 27-3 in a three-game sweep by the Boston Red Sox.

''I don't think the 30 guys that we have here are getting concerned about it,'' Pujols said. ''This is just the first month of the season.''

Pujols came up with runners on the corners and one out in the eighth and grounded into a double play.

Richards (3-0) held San Francisco to two runs and five hits, with one walk. Keynan Middleton got a four-out save, his fifth in as many chances.

''Lot of strikeouts tonight. We did some chasing,'' Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. Richards ''went to the slider. He probably threw 50 percent sliders and we had a hard time laying off it, especially 3-2.''

All three Angels home runs were off Holland (0-3).

Trout homered into the rocks beyond the fence in center field an inning after nearly robbing Brandon Belt of a two-run homer. His second in as many games and his eighth overall, it came on 0-1 pitch and tied the game at 2.

In the second, Trout leaped and had Belt's fly ball in his glove for a moment before it popped out when he hit the wall and it went over the yellow line. Pablo Sandoval was on second base after a strikeout-wild pitch followed by another wild pitch by Richards. It was Belt's fourth homer.

''I had no idea,'' Belt said. ''I didn't even know it was a home run. I thought it was a double. I couldn't see.''

Said Trout: ''If I'm a couple of steps toward right field, I make that catch.''

Marte homered with two outs in the second, his first.

San Francisco closed to 4-3 on Sandoval's RBI double with two outs in the eighth. After Belt was intentionally walked, Middleton came on and struck out Evan Longoria. Middleton allowed Mac Williamson's leadoff single in the ninth before retiring the side.


Giants: DH Buster Posey was a late scratch due to back tightness.

Angels: RHP Shohei Ohtani is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Sunday, and the Angels should know if he's definitely good to make his next start after a blister on his right middle finger forced him out after just two innings against Boston on Tuesday night.


Giants: RHP Johnny Cueto (1-0, 0.45) is scheduled to start the series finale. Angel Stadium is the last current ballpark he hasn't pitched in. He's 1-0 with a 1.20 ERA in two starts against the Angels.

Angels: RHP Jaime Barria (1-0, 0.45) will be recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake to make his second start. He won his big league debut at Texas on April 11.


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Nationals 0 vs. 4 Dodgers Recap

Dodgers back Ryu with 3 HRs in 4-0 win over Nationals

By TIM LIOTTA - Associated Press

Sunday, April 22 at 12:55 AM (EDT)

LOS ANGELES (AP) Cody Bellinger's Bobblehead Night and Joc Pederson's birthday took a back seat to the night Hyun-Jin Ryu had.

Ryu threw seven dominant innings to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 4-0 victory over the Washington Nationals on Saturday night.

''Just the way he was mixing his pitches, changing eye levels, in and out with the fastball, cutter and the change, he was really synced up and he has a lot of confidence,'' Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. ''This has been huge for our staff.''

Bellinger and Pederson celebrated their nights with home runs, and Kike Hernandez also went deep.

''It's always nice to hit one, but to do it on your Bobblehead day, it was really special, said Bellinger. ''It was a great day for the team, and hopefully we can keep it going.''

After Pederson's homer, the Dodger Stadium crowd of 58,908 serenaded him with choruses of ''Happy Birthday.''

''They were into it that's for sure,'' Pederson said.

Ryu (3-0) gave up two singles, struck out eight and walked two, Tony Cingrani pitched the eighth and Kenley Jansen got the last three outs to finish the shutout and give the Dodgers their fifth win in the last six games.

''He was great,'' Bellinger said of Ryu. ''Everything was working. He was painting his off-speed pitches, everybody was off-balance. Playing behind him was special because he was working fast and working effective.''

Pederson hit a 96mph fastball on a 1-0 count from Washington starter Stephen Strasburg (2-2) six rows into the bleachers in center field for his first home run of the season, staking the Dodgers to a 1-0 lead with one out in the second inning.

For Pederson, who turned 26 years old, it was his first homer since July 26, 2017 - a span 93 at-bats over 45 games.

Hernandez made it 2-0 with two outs in the eighth, hitting a 1-1 pitch from Strasburg deep into the left-field bleachers for his third career pinch-hit homer, first since June 14, 2017.

Bellinger hit a towering two-run shot deep into the right-field bleachers off reliever Carlos Torres with one out in the eighth to make it 4-0.

''Joc's homer was obviously big to get a lead early,'' said Roberts. ''They got the lead early against us last night. This guy's throwing 97 miles per hour, breaking ball, change. We (struck out) 10 times, but we started to stress him late.''

The Nationals' only threat against Ryu came in the third inning when they loaded the bases with Trea Turner's one-out single and back-to-back walks to Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman with two outs. Ryu ended the threat by retiring Moises Sierra on an easy grounder. He retired the last 13 batters he faced.

Strasberg held the Dodgers to five hits over seven innings, striking out 10 with two walks, one intentional.

After the Dodgers loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth, Strasberg struck out Pederson, Bellinger and Matt Kemp to get out of the jam.

''I gave it everything I had,'' Strasburg said. ''I was in a jam there basically with nobody out and it was kind of the deciding factor in the game so I gave it everything I had and tried to keep it as close as I could.''


Over his last three starts, Ryu has held opponents to two runs and six hits over 19 innings with 25 strikeouts and three walks.

''My first game was a struggle because I did not have command of my pitches,'' Ryu said through an interpreter. ''The last three games have been much better because of my command.''


After 17 starts in CF, Chris Taylor made his first start of the season at 2B for the Dodgers. Taylor started 19 games at 2B last year before settling into an outfield role. ''I want to obviously keep Chris in the lineup . I think it was more driven by getting Joc (Pederson) in there, trying to get him going a little bit,'' said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, who added that Chase Utley will start at the position on Sunday. Pederson started in CF with a .176 batting average.


Nationals: LHP Matt Grace (strained left groin) was placed on the 10-day disabled list prior to the game. Manager Dave Martinez said the injury had been nagging Grace for 5-6 days, and flared up Friday against the Dodgers. RHP Trevor Gott was recalled from Triple-A. INF Anthony Rendon (day-to-day with toe injury) was available to pinch hit Saturday night.

Dodgers: For the second night in a row, Roberts declined to name his Monday starting pitcher, saying he'll wait another day. The Dodgers have been juggling their rotation since placing Rich Hill (cracked fingernail) on the disabled list on Wednesday, moving Clayton Kershaw, Ryu and Alex Wood each up one day. Roberts said RHP Kenta Maeda is set to startTuesday.


LHP Wood (0-2, 3.91) makes it three lefties in a row to start for the Dodgers in the three-game series against the Nationals. Wood will face RHP Jeremy Hellickson (0-0, 3.81), making his second start of the season.


Blue Jays 1 vs. 9 Yankees Recap

Judge homers, Yankees use 7-run 6th to beat Blue Jays 9-1

By JEFFREY METALLO - Associated Press

Saturday, April 21 at 11:19 PM (EDT)

NEW YORK (AP) Aaron Judge's home runs are becoming the thing of legend to opposing pitchers. He can beat them in other ways, too.

Judge hit an early homer off respected Twitter rival Marcus Stroman, then scored on a disputed play during a seven-run burst in the sixth inning that sent the New York Yankees over the Toronto Blue Jays 9-1 Saturday.

''He wins so many pitches over the course of the game up there. You better execute when you're facing him or you're in trouble,'' Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

Judge put the Yankees up 2-0 with his sixth homer, a two-run drive in the third that landed in the second deck in left field. It came after Stroman and Judge exchanged tweets at the end of last season during which the Toronto ace said their ''future battles will be legendary.''

''I made one bad pitch. It was a 3-0 pitch to Judge that kind of leaked back over the plate. He hammered it,'' Stroman said.

Cameras showed a young girl in the crowd ended up with the ball. She marveled at the souvenir as she and her brother passed it back and forth.

Judge is now 7 for 16 with four home runs against Stroman (0-2).

''I was just excited to get two runs on the board against a tough pitcher like Stroman. A guy like that you can't take any pitches off. You've just got to be ready to attack and don't miss a pitch,'' Judge said.

It was 3-1 in the sixth when the Yankees loaded the bases with no outs. Aaron Hicks hit a chopper up the first base line and Stroman made a backhanded toss to catcher Luke Maile, trying for a forceout.

The ball bounced off Maile's glove as Judge slid in safely. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons unsuccessfully argued with plate umpire Will Little that Maile had possession.

Rookie Miguel Andujar added a three-run double and Judge capped the inning with an RBI single. Andujar has eight extra-base hits in his last five games.

''They can burn you in a heartbeat,'' Gibbons said.

Jordan Montgomery (2-0) pitched six innings and allowed one run on four hits. He worked around three walks, and allowed the leadoff hitter on base in three consecutive innings.

Toronto loaded the bases in the third with one out before Montgomery was able to escape the jam with a strikeout and a popup.

''I've just got to be as aggressive as I can right there and not give in to anybody,'' Montgomery said.

Montgomery and two relievers combined to retire the last 15 Blue Jays batters.

Stroman, a prep star from Long Island, saw his ERA jump to 8.55. Six of the eight runs he surrendered in 5 1/3 innings were earned.

''When we're scoring a bunch, it's a good thing,'' Boone said.

Steve Pearce singled home Randal Grichuk in the fifth. Grichuk was walked twice by Montgomery despite beginning the game with an .088 batting average.


Judge's home run was his 62nd in his 201st game, making him the fastest player to reach 62 home runs in major league history. He surpassed Mark McGwire, who did it in 205 games.


Blue Jays: 2B Devon Travis ran on the field prior to the game for the first time since fouling a ball off his left foot Thursday night. Gibbons said Travis was feeling better and would be given one more day off. ... C Russell Martin was given the day off after catching Friday night. Gibbons also opted to give 1B Justin Smoak a day off.

Yankees: Placed reliever Adam Warren on the 10-day disabled list with a right back strain and recalled right-hander Jonathan Holder from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Holder pitched two perfect innings and struck out two. ... C Gary Sanchez was given the day off after catching Friday night's game. Manager Aaron Boone said he is OK after getting hit with a foul tip behind the plate. ... A decision on activating INF Brandon Drury from the disabled list, possibly as early as next week, is really close, Boone said. Drury has been on the 10-day DL since April 7 with severe migraines and blurred vision. He said before the game that he's seeing improvement with his symptoms.


Blue Jays: LHP Jaime Garcia (2-0, 3.86) starts Sunday as Toronto tries to split the four-game series.

Yankees: RHP Luis Severino (3-1, 2.63) starts on extended five days' rest due to an off day Wednesday.


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Royals 4 vs. 12 Tigers Recap

Castellanos lifts Tigers to 12-4 win over Royals

By NOAH TRISTER - AP Baseball Writer

Saturday, April 21 at 5:53 PM (EDT)

DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Tigers came into this season well aware of how little was expected of them.

For now, they're hanging around the .500 mark - and maybe, just maybe, starting to win over a few fans.

Nicholas Castellanos homered and drove in three runs, and the Tigers routed the Kansas City Royals 12-4 on Saturday. Detroit is a game under .500 after winning five of six. The Tigers broke a 3-all tie with three runs in the fifth on a day when both starting pitchers were in almost constant trouble.

''Everybody had a sheet on the chair, first day of spring training. One of the media guys, people printed that 2018 Tigers will stink,'' said Castellanos, whose team lost 98 games last year. ''All we're doing is going out there trying to prove people wrong.''

Mike Fiers (2-1) allowed two earned runs and 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings for the Tigers, and Royals starter Danny Duffy (0-3) yielded six runs and 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings.

Warwick Saupold pitched 2 1/3 perfect innings for his first career save.

Abraham Almonte had three hits for Kansas City, which has lost 10 of 11. The Royals snapped a nine-game losing streak Friday night when they rallied in the ninth inning to salvage a split of a day-night doubleheader.

JaCoby Jones, whose home run won the first game of that doubleheader, went deep again for the Tigers on Saturday.

Castellanos finished a triple shy of the cycle. He opened the scoring with an RBI single in the first, and his two-run homer made it 3-1 in the third. The Tigers gave up two runs in the fourth, thanks in part to an error by catcher James McCann that loaded the bases with nobody out, but Detroit took the lead back for good in the fifth when Dixon Machado hit an RBI single with two outs to make it 4-3, chasing Duffy.

''He was really struggling to command his changeup, so he was grinding all day,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''When he loses that pitch, he's only got his fastball and slider, and that means he has to be perfect with the slider. When he makes a mistake, like he does with Castellanos, it really hurts him.''

Reliever Tim Hill allowed a bunt single to Leonys Martin that loaded the bases in the fifth, then the left-hander walked Jeimer Candelario and Miguel Cabrera to force in two more runs.

Jones hit a solo shot in the sixth to give the Tigers a 7-4 lead, and Cabrera's two-run single made it 9-4 in the seventh.


Duffy was starting on short rest after pitching in a doubleheader Tuesday at Toronto.

''That wasn't a problem at all. I felt better than I have on normal rest,'' Duffy said. ''It took a lot of preparation to get to that point, but I volunteered for that, and it didn't bother me a bit.''

Duffy's shaky outing, however, set the tone on a day when the Tigers had 16 hits and drew eight walks. Jose Iglesias had three hits for Detroit, raising his average to .206.

''It's a good win for us,'' Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. ''A good bounceback from last night.''


The bunt single by Martin was the first hit allowed by Hill in eight major league appearances. He was one hitless appearance shy of tying the modern big league record, according to information from the Elias Sports Bureau, distributed by the Royals.

Garry Rogenburk (1963) and Jonathan Sanchez (2006) went their first eight outings without allowing a hit.


Royals: OF Alex Gordon (left hip tear) played in the first game of his rehab assignment Friday, going 0 for 4 with a run for Triple-A Omaha. Salvador Perez (left knee sprain) went 1 for 4 in that game as a DH, and he was expected to catch Saturday night for Omaha.


Detroit LHP Francisco Liriano (2-1) takes on Kansas City LHP Eric Skoglund (0-2) in Sunday's series finale.


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Reds 3 vs. 4 Cardinals Recap

Molina hits go-ahead homer, Cardinals hold off Reds 4-3

By JASON L. YOUNG - Associated Press

Saturday, April 21 at 6:38 PM (EDT)

ST. LOUIS (AP) Jordan Hicks didn't get jammed up.

The rookie St. Louis reliever got Scooter Gennett to ground into a game-ending double play with the bases loaded, and the Cardinals held off the Cincinnati Reds 4-3 Saturday.

''I just tried to stay calm and just throw every pitch to the best of my ability and just try to give my team the best chance to win,'' Hicks said. ''I just go out there with full confidence and do what you know how to do, what you've been doing your whole life.''

Star catcher Yadier Molina hit a tiebreaking home run in the seventh inning as the Cardinals won for the seventh time in their past eight games, including six against the Reds. The Reds dropped their fourth straight, and second under interim manager Jim Riggleman, and fell to 3-17 this season.

St. Louis has won 10 in a row from the Reds dating to last season, matching its longest streak against them since 1949, when the Cardinals won 11 straight.

Hicks (1-0) recorded the final seven outs for his first career victory.

''Amazing,'' Molina said of the hard-throwing Hicks. ''This kid has the talent to pitch late in the game. Obviously when you throw 102 (miles per hour), you don't have to be afraid of anything. He's a great kid and great job for him tonight.''

Jared Hughes (0-2) gave up Molina's sixth homer, a solo drive. The one-out shot gave Molina his 800th career RBI.

''I totally missed my spot right there,'' Hughes said. ''I left it up and in the middle. It was not the pitch I wanted. He doesn't miss mistakes. He did a good job of hitting the heck out of it.''

Cincinnati scored three times in the seventh to tie it. The Reds strung together four singles and a walk in the seventh, with Gennett's two-run hit making it 3-all. Hicks used one pitch to get Cliff Pennington to fly out, ending the inning with runners at the corners.

Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez pitched six scoreless innings, giving up three hits and striking out seven. He was pulled after 91 pitches and exited with an 18-inning scoreless streak, leaving with a 1.42 ERA.

Home runs by Paul DeJong and Dexter Fowler helped the Cardinals build a 3-0 lead through six.

Cincinnati starter Homer Bailey lasted 5 2/3 innings, allowing seven hits, striking four and walking two.

''I honestly wasn't very sharp today,'' Bailey said. ''I did some things that I wasn't very happy with today. We tried to hold them the best we could. Defensively we did a good job and the offense started coming through there at the end. It was just kind of one of those days where you had to fight back and forth.

''That's something that shouldn't be necessarily commented on. It should just be a regular thing that you do every day. Maybe it's a step in the right direction. But, the overall picture is we still need to do more,'' he said.

DeJong hit his sixth home run in the second. Fowler's third homer opened the sixth for the Cardinals.


Cardinals 2B Kolten Wong sprinted into right field and had to make a full extension of his glove arm to pull in a flare from Reds OF Adam Duvall in the sixth. Wong then tossed the ball to 1B Jose Martinez to double off Gennett, who had already rounded second base.


Reds: RHP David Hernandez began his rehabilitation assignment at Triple-A Louisville on Friday. He pitched 1/3 of an inning, giving up three hits, four earned runs and striking out one while throwing 19 pitches. He is recovering from right shoulder inflammation.

Cardinals: OF Tommy Pham was held out of the starting lineup because of flu-like symptoms and also to provide another day off to rest a sore groin. Manager Mike Matheny said Pham was available off the bench, but he did not get into the game.


Reds: RHP Luis Castillo (1-2, 6.75) starts the final game of a three-game set in St. Louis against Cardinals RHP Miles Mikolas (2-0, 4.26). Castillo earned the victory in his first appearance this season, but lasted just five innings in his last two starts in which he took the loss both times. Mikolas will go for his first victory at Busch Stadium since joining the Cardinals in the offseason. He got a no-decision in his only home start this year, a 5-4 loss to Milwaukee.


Indians 4 vs. 0 Orioles Recap

Clevinger tosses 2-hitter to carry Indians past Orioles 4-0

By DAVID GINSBURG - AP Sports Writer

Saturday, April 21 at 7:59 PM (EDT)

BALTIMORE (AP) Mike Clevinger is proving to be a worthy member of the Cleveland Indians' formidable rotation.

Clevinger pitched a two-hitter in his first career complete game, and the Indians hit three solo homers off Chris Tillman in a 4-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday.

Jose Ramirez went 3 for 4 with his team-leading fifth home run . Yan Gomes and Yonder Alonso also went deep for Cleveland, which came into the game ranked second-to-last in the AL in runs and last in batting average.

Clevinger (2-0) hardly needed the offensive support. Pitching on seven days' rest, the right-hander struck out three, walked two and allowed only one runner past first base.

It was an outstanding effort, one that fits nicely within a starting staff that includes 2017 Cy Young winner Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer (who won 17 games last year) and unbeaten Carlos Carrasco.

''Metaphorically, if you're in class and everyone else in the class is making 90 on the test, and you're making 60s all the time, how is that going to feel?'' Clevinger said. ''So if eventually you can get up to 80, you're going to be doing pretty good.''

He certainly deserved an ''A'' for this performance.

''Tell you what, that was really fun to watch,'' manager Terry Francona said. ''He's a young pitcher who's getting better.''

The only two hits Clevinger allowed in his 35th career start were singles by Manny Machado in the fourth inning and Chance Sisco in the fifth.

His previous longest outing was 7 1/3 innings, earlier this month against Kansas City.

''Six innings a start isn't going to get you there,'' Clevinger said. ''As a starter, you have to figure out how to get deep in the game.''

While Clevinger is unbeaten in 11 starts since July 31, Tillman has experienced an opposite fate. This was his 22nd straight start without a victory, dating back to his first outing last season.

Tillman (0-4) gave up four runs, eight hits and a walk in six innings to lower his ERA from 11.91 to 9.87.

''He was better,'' manager Buck Showalter said. ''Obviously, there was very little margin for error with Clevinger.''

At this point, Tillman is happy just to be making progress.

''It was a big stepping stone,'' he said.

Michael Brantley hit a run-scoring groundout in the first inning and Gomes connected in the fourth for a 2-0 lead.

The Orioles put runners on the corners with one out in the fourth, their lone threat against Clevinger, who responded by retiring Tim Beckham on a short fly to left and getting Anthony Santander to ground out.

Ramirez led off the sixth with a drive to right, and Alonso hit a two-out shot that landed on Eutaw Street beyond the right-field scoreboard.


Sisco threw out three Indians attempting to steal, the first Orioles catcher to pull off that feat since Matt Wieters in August 2012.

''There's a lot of mechanics that do go into it,'' the rookie said, ''but once you do start feeling comfortable with those mechanics, it's a confidence boost.''


Indians: LHP Ryan Merritt (left knee sprain) is on the brink of completing extended spring training in Arizona and moving to the next phase of the rehabilitative process. ''He's starting to feel pretty good,'' Francona said.

Orioles: OF Trey Mancini was sidelined with a swollen right knee, an injury he sustained Friday night by sliding into the wall in foul territory chasing a ball. A CT scan came back clean, but Mancini received stitches and will be sidelined for a few days. ... LHP Zach Britton completed fielding drills for the first time since he tore his right Achilles tendon in December. The closer hopes to return in June.


Indians: Kluber (2-1, 1.52 ERA) seeks to win his third straight start Sunday. In his last appearance against Baltimore, Kluber tossed a three-hit shutout last June.

Orioles: Andrew Cashner (1-2, 3.00) makes his fourth start with Baltimore. He's 0-2 with a 9.90 ERA in two career starts vs. Cleveland.


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Pirates 2 vs. 6 Phillies Recap

Hoskins goes deep, Nola goes 7 solid, Phils beat Pirates 6-2

By ROB MAADDI - AP Sports Writer

Saturday, April 21 at 8:55 PM (EDT)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Rhys Hoskins let two fastballs down the middle go for strikes and somehow saw another one.

He crushed it.

Hoskins hit a go-ahead three-run homer, Aaron Nola tossed seven impressive innings and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-2 Saturday.

Nola (2-1) allowed two runs, six hits and struck out nine to help the Phillies win their third straight game and improve to 8-1 at home.

The Pirates have lost five of six after an 11-4 start.

Pittsburgh's Steven Brault gave up two runs and two hits in 5 1/3 innings. The lefty took a shutout into the sixth before things unraveled.

Brault hit Carlos Santana with a pitch and Odubel Herrera followed with a single. Michael Feliz (0-1) entered to face Hoskins, who drove a 1-2 pitch into the left-field seats for a 3-2 lead.

''Usually, you take a couple balls down the middle, you don't see another one but I got away with it,'' Hoskins said.

Hoskins has become a dangerous hitter when he's behind in the count with two strikes. He's 8 for 17 with two homers if the count is 1-2 or 0-2.

''He's incredibly calm,'' manager Gabe Kapler said. ''It always feels like he's dominating an at-bat even if he's down 0-2.''

Hoskins credits hitting coach John Mallee with improving his two-strike approach.

''He told me to try to hit like there's no count,'' Hoskins said. ''If you control your heart rate and are comfortable in the box, good things happen.''

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle questioned the pitch selection to Hoskins with two strikes.

''He just threw the wrong pitch to a good hitter,'' Hurdle said.

Luis Garcia got two outs in the eighth and Hector Neris got the last four for his fourth save.

The Phillies, who lost 96 games last year, are six games over .500 for the first time since they were 25-19 on May 22, 2016.

Sean Rodriguez hit Nola's second pitch the opposite way off the scoreboard on the facing of the second deck in right field for his first career leadoff homer.

Starling Marte's RBI single on a shallow fly that bounced off second baseman Cesar Hernandez's glove gave the Pirates a 2-0 lead in the sixth.

Hoskins and Scott Kingery had RBI singles in a three-run eighth for Philadelphia.

Nola has a 2.28 ERA over his last eight starts, dating to last season.

''He showed a lot of toughness and pitched an efficient game,'' Kapler said. ''As he gets deeper, he gets stronger.''


The Phillies optioned LHP Hoby Milner to Triple-A Lehigh Valley after the game. A corresponding roster move will be made Sunday. Milner had a 7.71 ERA in 10 appearances.


Pirates: RHP Joe Musgrove, acquired from Houston a trade in January, is set to throw a bullpen session Sunday after tossing one on Friday. Musgrove has been sidelined with a right shoulder strain.

Phillies: Manager Gabe Kapler was impressed with righty Tommy Hunter's rehab appearance Friday night. Hunter, who has been sidelined all season with a strained right hamstring, is on target to join the bullpen next week.


RHP Trevor Williams (3-0, 1.56 ERA) starts for the Pirates while RHP Nick Pivetta (1-0, 2.49 ERA) goes for the Phillies in the series finale Sunday.


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Twins 1 vs. 10 Rays Recap

Cron homers twice in Rays' 10-1 win over Twins

By DICK SCANLON - Associated Press

Saturday, April 21 at 10:46 PM (EDT)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays traded for C.J. Cron in February to help compensate for the loss of most of the power that produced a club-record 228 home runs last season.

Cron delivered Saturday night in a 10-1 win over the Minnesota Twins, hitting a pair of two-run homers for the Rays, who had hit only 10 in their first 19 games.

''I do think power comes in bunches, so it's nice I can get a couple here and contribute to a win,'' Cron said. ''Maybe it's just the streakiness of baseball, but hopefully it can continue.''

Blake Snell won his third straight start for the Rays.

Cron's homer in the third inning put the Rays up 2-1 after Adeiny Hechavarria singled for their first hit off Kyle Gibson. Cron connected again in the seventh off Gabriel Moya, capping a five-run inning that broke the game open. It was his fourth homer of the season.

Joey Wendle had three hits and scored twice for the Rays, who won their third straight for the first time this year. Daniel Robertson added a homer for the Rays in the eighth.

''I think one through nine we had our best offensive day of the year,'' Cron said.

Snell (3-1) surrendered just one run for his third consecutive start, striking out six and allowing five hits in seven innings. In 15 starts since his recall from the minors last August, the left-hander is 8-2 with a 2.74 ERA.

''He's building something pretty good right now,'' manager Kevin Cash said.

Snell has gone two straight starts without a walk.

''I'm not going to be satisfied with it,'' Snell said. ''It's definitely in the right direction, especially from the walk standpoint, but I know that there's a lot that I can grasp onto and really be a better all-around pitcher.''

Gibson (1-1) gave up four runs on five hits in 6 1/3 innings, striking out seven.

Brian Dozier led off the game with a double and scored on Miguel Sano's sacrifice fly. The hit stretched Dozier's season-opening hitting streak to 15 games, the longest current streak in the majors. He has hit in 22 straight games going back to last season, batting .376 in that stretch.

Joe Mauer went 0 for 4 for the Twins, ending his streak of 27 games reaching base safely against Tampa Bay.

Minnesota has won only once in a nine-day stretch that included three weather postponements and a two-game trip to Puerto Rico.

''We have to be patient,'' said manager Paul Molitor. ''We're coming off a stretch where we faced a couple of really good pitchers in Puerto Rico and then we get (Chris) Archer and Snell here.''


Denard Span drove in three more runs for the Rays, giving him a team-leading 17 RBIs on just 14 hits. Span has led off in 12 of the 13 games he has started. Only one AL player (Oakland's Jed Lowrie) had more than 17 RBIs going into Saturday's games.


Twins: OF Byron Buxton, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday with migraines, took batting practice and reported that the problem persists, though some of the blurred vision and dizziness have subsided.

Rays: 3B Matt Duffy (strained right hamstring) took ground balls, and the Rays are hopeful he will come off the 10-day disabled list during their upcoming nine-game trip.


Twins: RHP Phil Hughes will pitch Sunday's series finale, becoming Minnesota's fifth pitcher to start a game this season.

Rays: RHP Yonny Chirinos, who has started three ''bullpen-day'' games, will pitch Sunday and is now ''penciled in to pitch every fifth day,'' Cash said.


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Astros 10 vs. 1 White Sox Recap

Reddick's 2 homers lead Astros to another rout of White Sox

By MATT CARLSON - Associated Press

Sunday, April 22 at 12:18 AM (EDT)

CHICAGO (AP) The Houston Astros and Josh Reddick just keep climbing - and pouring frustration on the Chicago White Sox.

Reddick hit a grand slam and a solo homer, and the Astros pounded the reeling White Sox 10-1 on Saturday night for their fifth straight win.

Already struggling on the field - and especially on the mound - the White Sox were dealt another blow Saturday when they learned that reliever Danny Farquhar suffered a brain hemorrhage while collapsing in the dugout Friday night.

Reddick and the defending World Series champions hit wild Chicago starter Lucas Giolito hard to race to a 10-0 lead after four innings. Reddick upped his home run total to six after hitting 13 all last season.

''I didn't think I was going to have six in the first month, so this is pretty over the standard for myself,'' Reddick said. ''I'd like to get the average up, but the way I'm swinging the bat right now, I'm not going to complain.''

Dallas Keuchel, the 2015 AL Cy Young Award winner, cruised to his first victory after being staked to the big lead early. Keuchel (1-3) allowed one run and four hits in six innings while striking out six.

''I've been asking for runs, then I was mad because we scored too many runs and it was a slow pace to start the game, but we'll take 'em,'' Keuchel said. ''We're swinging the bat. That's who we are.''

Marwin Gonzalez drove in two runs with a double, and Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and Yuli Gurriel each had an RBI as Houston routed Chicago for a second straight night. Six of the seven Astros batters walked by Giolito scored.

Recently re-acquired Trayce Thompson hit his first homer for the White Sox, who lost their sixth straight and 11th of 12. Chicago dropped to 1-7 at Guaranteed Rate Field, matching its worst start at home since 1971.

The White Sox have allowed 50 runs in their last five games.

''Listen, right now honestly we're just in a little bit of a rut,'' manager Rick Renteria said. ''We're not getting any pitching and we're not doing a whole lot of hitting.

''It's kind of a perfect storm for any ballclub.''

Farquhar collapsed after recording two outs in the sixth inning of Friday's 10-0 loss to Houston. The 31-year-old was in critical but stable condition in the neurosurgical intensive care unit at nearby Rush University Medical Center. The White Sox hung Farquhar's No. 43 jersey in their bullpen.

Farquhar's diagnosis stunned the White Sox, but Renteria said it didn't affect his players once the game started.

''I didn't see any of them putting their head down,'' Renteria said. ''I thought they were actually were trying to play for him a little bit today.''

Giolito (0-3) was rocked for nine runs in two-plus innings in his first start since April 12 after the team had three straight games postponed by inclement weather in Minnesota. The 23-year-old right-hander allowed five hits and threw only 31 of 72 pitches for strikes.

''Yeah, about as bad as it could get,'' Giolito said. ''I didn't have a feel for much of anything.''

The Astros sent nine men to the plate in the first as they capitalized on Giolito's lack of command. Correa singled in a run, and then Gurriel drove one in with a sacrifice fly before Gonzalez's ground-rule double bounced over the right-center field wall with the bases loaded to plate two more.

Giolito walked the first three batters to start the second. Then Reddick drove the first pitch he saw, a knee-high fastball, over the right-field fence to make it 8-0.

Gioloto exited after walking Gonzalez and Evan Gattis to start the third. After George Springer hit into a double play, Altuve's single off Chris Volstad drove in Gonzalez to make it 9-0.

Reddick lined his solo shot to right to lead off the fourth.

Thompson, acquired for cash from Oakland on Friday, homered to right-center in the fifth.


White Sox: Asked if Farquhar required surgery, manager Rick Renteria said, ''We'll see how they proceed and hopefully the outcome is a positive one.'' The right-hander was placed on the 10-day disabled list and RHP Gregory Infante was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte. Infante pitched a scoreless seventh and eighth. ... 2B Yoan Moncada left the game after two innings with a sore left hamstring and was replaced with Leury Garcia. Moncada slowed down running to first in first at-bat.


Reddick's grand slam was his second this season and seventh of this career. He became the first Astros player to hit two in a calendar month since Hall of Famer Jeff Bagwell did it in May 2001.


Astros RHP Lance McCullers Jr. (2-1, 5.57) faces White Sox RHP Reynaldo Lopez (0-2, 1.42) in the series finale on Sunday. McCullers comes off a dominant seven-inning outing at Seattle last Tuesday, when he allowed one run, one hit and struck out 11. Lopez has allowed only three earned runs in 19 innings, but the White Sox have scored just three runs combined in his three starts.


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Marlins 5 vs. 6 Brewers Recap

Aguilar's walk-off homer leads Brewers past Marlins, 6-5

By RICH ROVITO - Associated Press

Saturday, April 21 at 11:38 PM (EDT)

MILWAUKEE (AP) Jesus Aguilar certainly has made the most of his opportunities this season.

A late-inning replacement, Aguilar homered on the 13th pitch leading off the bottom of the ninth inning as the Milwaukee Brewers rallied past the Miami Marlins 6-5 on Saturday night for their fifth consecutive win.

''He has become a force in the National League off the bench,'' Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said. ''I don't know around the league of guys who are more dangerous. I've never seen anything better than that, for sure.''

Aguilar, who is hitting .419 (13 for 31, got his first home run of the season off Junichi Tazawa (0-1) after falling behind 0-2 in the at-bat. Eleven pitches later, he belted an opposite-field home run to set off a wild celebration.

''I feel like a superstar,'' Aguilar said. ''I know he throws a lot off speed so I was trying to stay back on it. I was just trying to battle and find a pitch I could drive.''

Milwaukee tied the score in the eighth when Miami left fielder Derek Dietrich appeared to misjudge Eric Sogard's two-out popup to left, allowing Travis Shaw to score from second. Eric Thames was thrown out at the plate attempting to score the go-ahead run from first. Originally ruled an error, Sogard later was credited with a double and a run batted in.

Jeremy Jeffress (2-0) pitched a scoreless inning of relief to get the win.

The Marlins, who have lost six of seven, jumped out to 1-0 lead on Dietrich's homer off Brent Suter in the first inning. Lewis Brinson's three-run shot in the second extended Miami's lead to 4-0.

Shaw's leadoff home run in the bottom of the second off Jose Urena got the Brewers on the scoreboard. Shaw has reached first base 11 times (six walks, four hits, including two home runs, and hit by pitch) in the first three games against the Marlins.

Milwaukee scored twice in the fourth on Thames' run-scoring single and an RBI groundout by Sogard.

Miami extended the lead to 5-3 in fifth when Brian Anderson's base hit drove in Starlin Castro, who singled and advanced to second on a wild pitch.

The Brewers again pulled within a run in their half of the fifth on Ryan Braun's sacrifice fly.

Suter gave up five runs and eight hits in five innings. He walked one and struck out four.

Urena, who made his first road start of the season, gave up four runs and four hits in five innings. He walked two batters and struck out three.

''Obviously, that's a tough loss but we've got to keep going and not put our heads down because that's when it's going to snowball and the next thing you know we are deeper in the hole,'' Brinson said.


Starlin Castro led off the third with a single and attempted to advance to second when the throw from the outfield skipped past Brewers'second baseman Jonathan Villar. First baseman Eric Thames, backing up the play, fielded the throw and flipped the ball back with his glove to Villar, who tagged out Castro.


Reports that Chicago White Sox reliever Danny Farquhar suffered a brain hemorrhage caused by a ruptured aneurysm while in the dugout during a game Friday night stunned Counsell and Mattingly. ''I have never seen anything like it,'' Mattingly said. Farquhar was in stable but critical condition on Saturday night.

''A serious, serious medical situation for sure,'' Counsell said. ''You hear the word aneurysm and that is really scary.''


Marlins: INF Martin Prado (left hamstring strain) had a double and an RBI in three at-bats on Saturday night in a rehab assignment for Class-A Jupiter. ... RHP Dan Straily (right forearm strain) is expected to pitch Tuesday for Double-A Jacksonville. ''We would love to have him back right away to bring some of that veteran (presence) into that rotation but we want him to be ready and feel like he is ready to compete,'' Mattingly said.

Brewers: SS Orlando Arcia sat out after twisting his ankle attempting to get back to first base after singling in the eighth inning of Friday night's game. ''He just kind of jammed his ankle and had a little swelling,'' Counsell said. ''I don't think we are completely out of the woods with it, but we will give him at least today (off).''


Marlins LHP Caleb Smith (0-2, 6.89 ERA) makes his fifth start of the season in the series finale on Sunday against Brewers RHP Junior Guerra (1-0, 0.82).


Mets 3 vs. 4 Braves Recap

Braves rally past Familia, Mets for 4-3 win

By MATT WINKLEJOHN - Associated Press

Saturday, April 21 at 11:48 PM (EDT)

ATLANTA (AP) A pair of perfectly placed ground balls helped the Atlanta Braves pull off an unexpected win over the New York Mets.

Johan Camargo tripled home the tying run, then scored on Ender Inciarte's bunt single as the Atlanta Braves scored twice in the ninth inning off Mets closer Jeurys Familia to beat New York 4-3 Saturday night.

It a took a rare game-tying triple in the ninth inning by Johan Camargo and a better walk-off bunt by Ender Inciarte off New York closer Jeurys Famila, who entered the game unscored upon and tied for the major league lead with eight saves.

A crowd of 41,396 that was the largest of the season at SunTrust Stadium saw starters Jacob deGrom and Julio Teheran each pitch seven scoreless innings.

After they left, the bullpens wilted.

Familia (1-1) issued a leadoff walk to Dansby Swanson and Camargo followed with a grounder right of second base that rocketed past diving second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera and snaked between outfielders Michael Conforto and Jay Bruce to right-center field the wall. That tied the game.

Camargo held when pinch-hitter Kurt Suzuki singled off the glove of Mets third baseman Todd Frazier, and after Familia struck out pinch hitter Charlie Culberson, Inciarte went to plate planning to swing away.

''I was going to swing the bat ... '' Inciarte said. ''Once I walked into the box and I saw Camargo at third, I always tell the runners be ready, I might bunt at any time.''

Mets first baseman Adrian Gonzalez was at medium depth, and after Inciarte punched the ball at him with too much speed for Familia to field, the throw to the plate was too late to get the sliding Camargo.

''We had an idea he might do that. That's a really tough play to defend,'' said Mets manager Mickey Callaway. ''You just have to hope he pops it up or something.''

Each starting pitcher allowed just four hits. DeGrom struck out 10 and Teheran fanned six.

Atlanta lefty Sam Freeman replaced Teheran to start the eighth and Wilmer Flores, pinch-hitting for deGrom, drew a walk. Jose Reyes followed with his third hit, a perfect bunt.

Conforto followed with a grounder to third base and Camargo threw to second, where Ozzie Albies tried to turn a double play. But Albies dropped the ball and, a video replay reversed the call and ruled all runners safe.

With the bases loaded, Atlanta righty Shane Carle came on to face the right-handed Yoenis Cespedes, who flied out before Cabrera hit a two-run single. Jay Bruce added an RBI single.

Freddie Freeman hit a two-run double off Jerry Blevins in the bottom of the eighth.

Jesse Biddle (1-0) went one inning for the win in his debut.

''This is a good win for our club, to beat this team like that,'' said Atlanta manager Brian Snitker. ''It's got to give our club confidence.


Mets: LHP Jason Vargas, who signed a two-year contract with New York in February after playing most recently for the Royals, is expected to make a final rehabilitation start Monday for Triple-A Las Vegas and then join the Mets' starting rotation. He has been out since surgery to remove a small bone in his non-pitching hand.

Braves: C Tyler Flowers, who has been sidelined since straining an oblique on opening day, is working with Triple-A Gwinnett. If all goes well, he may rejoin Atlanta as soon as next weekend.


Biddle's first big league game was exciting . . . and scary. With two outs and a runner on in the top of the ninth, Cespedes launched a ball down the left field line and third-base umpire Dan Iassogna signaled home run. After replay, the ball was called foul and he Cespedes grounded out.

''I don't want to say that my heart rate was ever too high when I was out there because I was trying to stay calm, and then he hit the ball and it popped my ears with how hard it was,'' Biddle said. ''They called it fair, and that's when my heart started racing. I'm glad they got the call right.''


The Braves selected the contract of Triple-A RHP Miguel Socolovich from Gwinnett, and sent righty Josh Ravin to Triple A Gwinnett.


Mets: Right-hander Zack Wheeler (1-1, 2.77 ERA) will make his fifth career start in Atlanta, where he is 2-1 with a 1.93 although this will be his first start in SunTrust Park.

Braves: Righty Mike Foltynewicz (1-1, 2.53) will make his third start against the Mets since joining the Braves in 2015 and hope for better. In a relief appearance and two starts against New York, he's 0-1 with a 10.45 ERA in 10.1 innings vs. the Mets.