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  • Mets' Matz faces DL stint with mystery 'issue'
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, August 21, 2017

    Terry Collins announced that left-hander Steven Matz is headed to the disabled list because of an "issue," but the New York Mets manager didn't elaborate much on Monday.

    • Multiple outlets reported that Matz is dealing with a nerve problem in his elbow. The 26-year-old had a shot on Monday and could be in need of surgery.

      "This is not an injury," Collins said. "It's just an issue of ... he needs to shut it down for a little while. If he had to, he could pitch tomorrow."

      As it stands, Matz was scheduled to pitch Tuesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks, although fellow left-hander Tommy Milone appears likely to get the nod instead.

      Matz began the season on the disabled list and has been struggling since his return, posting a 2-7 mark with a 6.08 ERA. He is 0-6 with a 10.19 ERA in his last eight starts.

  • Diamondbacks' Tomas to have surgery, unlikely to return in 2017
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, August 21, 2017

    Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Yasmany Tomas will undergo surgery for a core injury and isn't expected to play again this season, the team announced Monday.

    • Manager Torey Lovullo said Tomas will have a 45-minute procedure on Tuesday in Philadelphia.

      Tomas, who has been on the disabled list retroactive to June 3, visited a specialist after having issues while running the bases last week.

      "We'd been very optimistic on a return," Lovullo said of the 26-year-old Tomas. "It had looked like he was getting close."

      Tomas batted .241 with eight homers and 32 RBIs in 47 games this season.

  • MLB notebook: Tigers' Kinsler fined $10K for ripping ump
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, August 21, 2017

    Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler was fined $10,000 for his rant about umpire Angel Hernandez that sparked a one-day league-wide protest by the umps, ESPN's Buster Olney reported Monday.

    • Kinsler was not suspended for arguing balls and strikes before getting ejected in last Monday night's game against the Texas Rangers or for his comments about Hernandez the next day. Kinsler said Hernandez should find another job after he was tossed in the fifth inning for questioning two pitches during his at-bat. Detroit manager Brad Ausmus came out of the dugout to argue and also was ejected by Hernandez.

      "This has to do with changing the game," Kinsler said last week in ripping Hernandez. "He's changing the game. He needs to find another job. He really does. I'm not mad at him. He just needs to go away. But when it becomes blatant like this, there is a problem. ... What is he doing on the field? What is he doing out there? It's pretty obvious he needs to stop ruining baseball games."

      --Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw went the extra mile during his scheduled three-inning simulated game.

      The three-time Cy Young Award winner tacked on a fourth inning as he attempts to return from a strained lower back that landed him on the 10-day disabled list July 24.

      Kershaw told SportsNetLA that he feels ready to pitch in a major league game on Tuesday, but that's for the team to decide. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Sunday that the 29-year-old left-hander is expected to pitch a rehab game this weekend with either Double-A Tulsa or Triple-A Oklahoma City.

      Kershaw was on his way to a runaway Cy Young season when he encountered tightness in his back after the second inning against the Atlanta Braves on July 23. He owns a 15-2 mark with a major league-best 2.04 ERA in 21 starts this season.

      --The Texas Rangers placed right-hander Matt Bush on the 10-day disabled list after he was put in concussion protocol following a collision with teammate Joey Gallo.

      Bush and Gallo collided while chasing a popup in the eighth inning of Texas' 3-2 home loss to the Chicago White Sox. Bush bruised his right knee and Gallo sustained a non-displaced nasal fracture and a swollen upper lip.

      Outfielder Ryan Rua was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock to fill the roster spot of the 31-year-old Bush, who has a 3-4 record with 10 saves and a 3.04 ERA in 49 appearances.

      Texas also optioned infielder Phil Gosselin to Round Rock and selected the contract of right-hander Nick Gardewine from Double-A Frisco to take Gosselin's place on the 25-man roster.

      --The Minnesota Twins placed infielder Miguel Sano on the 10-day disabled list with a left shin stress reaction.

      Sano, who is batting .267 with 28 home runs and 77 RBIs this season, fouled a ball off his shin Friday night in the same game that he hit two home runs in a 10-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. He had to leave the game in the seventh inning because of soreness in the shin. The move is retroactive to Sunday.

      To replace Sano on the 25-man roster, the Twins recalled infielder Kennys Vargas from Triple-A Rochester.

      The Twins also called up right-hander Tim Melville, who will start the first game of Monday's doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox. Additionally, the Twins optioned left-hander Nik Turley to Triple-A but then recalled him as the 26th man for Monday's doubleheader in Chicago.

      --The Chicago White Sox added right-hander Carson Fulmer from Triple-A Charlotte to serve as the 26th player on the roster for Monday's doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins.

      The 23-year-old Fulmer is 7-8 with a 5.61 ERA in 122 innings with 95 strikeouts in 24 starts this season for Charlotte. He made eight relief appearances for the White Sox last season in his major league debut, going 0-2 with an 8.49 ERA in 11 2/3 innings and 10 strikeouts.

  • Rangers move Bush to DL after nasty collision
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, August 21, 2017

    The Texas Rangers placed right-hander Matt Bush on the 10-day disabled list Monday, one day after he was put in concussion protocol following a collision with teammate Joey Gallo.

    • Bush and Gallo collided while chasing a popup in the eighth inning of Texas' 3-2 home loss to the Chicago White Sox. Bush bruised his right knee and Gallo sustained a non-displaced nasal fracture and a swollen upper lip.

      Outfielder Ryan Rua was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock to fill the roster spot of the 31-year-old Bush, who has a 3-4 record with 10 saves and a 3.04 ERA in 49 appearances.

      Rua has batted .202 with three homers and 11 RBIs in 45 games with the Rangers this season.

      Texas also optioned infielder Phil Gosselin to Round Rock and selected the contract of right-hander Nick Gardewine from Double-A Frisco to take Gosselin's place on the 25-man roster.

      Gosselin entered as a defensive replacement Sunday after Gallo's exit in the eighth inning. He is batting .146 with two RBIs in 29 games with Pittsburgh and Texas this season.

      Gardewine has posted a 1-2 record with four saves and a 2.41 ERA in 30 relief appearances at Frisco.

  • Dodgers' Kershaw goes 4 innings in simulated game
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, August 21, 2017

    Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw went the extra mile during his scheduled three-inning simulated game on Monday.

    • How so? Well, the three-time Cy Young Award winner tacked on a fourth inning as he attempts to return from a strained lower back that landed him on the 10-day disabled list July 24.

      Kershaw told SportsNetLA that he feels ready to pitch in a major league game on Tuesday, but that's for the team to decide.

      The team made its decision later on Monday, saying Kershaw is slated to pitch for Triple-A Oklahoma City against the Omaha Storm Chasers on Saturday. Pitching coach Rick Honeycutt told reporters that Kershaw will throw approximately 60 pitches in that encounter.

      Kershaw was on his way to a runaway Cy Young season when he encountered tightness in his back after the second inning against the Atlanta Braves on July 23. He owns a 15-2 mark with a major league-best 2.04 ERA in 21 starts this season.

  • Tigers' Kinsler fined $10K for umpire comments
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, August 21, 2017

    Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler was fined $10,000 for his rant about umpire Angel Hernandez that sparked a one-day league-wide protest by the umps, ESPN's Buster Olney reported Monday.

    • Kinsler was not suspended for arguing balls and strikes before getting ejected in last Monday night's game against the Texas Rangers or for his comments about Hernandez the next day.

      Kinsler said last Tuesday that Hernandez should find another job after he was tossed in the fifth inning for questioning two pitches during his at-bat. Detroit manager Brad Ausmus came out of the dugout to argue and also was ejected by Hernandez.

      "This has to do with changing the game," Kinsler said last week in ripping Hernandez. "He's changing the game. He needs to find another job. He really does. I'm not mad at him. He just needs to go away.

      "But when it becomes blatant like this, there is a problem. ... What is he doing on the field? What is he doing out there? It's pretty obvious he needs to stop ruining baseball games."

      Kinsler confirmed Friday that he was fined by Major League Baseball but did not reveal the amount.

      Some umpires wore white wristbands on Saturday as a show of solidarity after Kinsler was not suspended.

      The umpires ended their protest Sunday after MLB commissioner Rob Manfred offered to meet with their union's governing board.

      Ausmus called Kinsler's fine the biggest he has seen during his career and termed the umpires' protest as "petty."

      "To single out one player as a union is completely uncalled for," Ausmus said Saturday. "It's the biggest fine I've ever seen Major League Baseball give a player. So I don't want to hear that he's not being punished. I'm not going to put a number on (the fine). It's the biggest I've ever seen."

  • White Sox, Twins open 5-game series with doubleheader
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, August 21, 2017

    CHICAGO -- With six weeks remaining in the regular season, the Minnesota Twins find themselves in the thick of the American League playoff race. The Chicago White Sox, meanwhile, are reduced to playing the spoiler role.

    • The Twins enter their Monday doubleheader against the White Sox having won four straight after sweeping three from the Arizona Diamondbacks, capped by 12-5 victory on Sunday when the Twins scored nine runs in the first inning.

      Now, they are looking to extend their winning streak with a five-game series against the White Sox, who have won just two of their last eight games. The Twins will be without third baseman Miguel Sano, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list Sunday due to a stress fracture in his left tibia.

      "I really don't know how it is going to proceed," Twins manager Paul Molitor said Sunday, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. "I think given the situation, dealing with the information that was passed on from our staff, was that they are concerned enough to feel that they need to get him off of his feet for a little bit."

      Kennys Vargas will replace Sano on the roster after he was removed from his game with Triple-A Rochester on Sunday.

      Right-hander Tim Melville was called up to start Game 1 of the doubleheader for the Twins after spending the season at Rochester. In his past eight Triple-A starts, Melville has recorded a 2.42 ERA with 49 strikeouts and 15 walks in 49 innings. Overall, he is 4-3 with a 2.70 ERA in 11 games (10 starts).

      His lone major league action came last year with the Cincinnati Reds, and he went 0-1 with an 11.00 ERA in three games (two starts). Melville, 27, has never faced the White Sox.

      Twins right-hander Dillon Gee (0-0, 3.16 ERA) will make his second start of the season in the nightcap after working primarily out of the bullpen.

      The White Sox return home after finishing a 2-3 road trip. Chicago held on for a 3-2 win against the Texas Rangers on Sunday.

      Carlos Rodon (1-4, 4.00 ERA) will open the series against the Twins on the mound for the White Sox, who will call up right-hander Carson Fulmer from Triple-A Charlotte to pitch the Monday nightcap.

      Rodon will make his first start against the Twins this season. The left-hander is 3-2 against Minnesota lifetime.

      Fulmer will make his initial major league start, and first big-league appearance of the season. He is taking the place of Reynaldo Lopez, who landed on the 10-day disabled list Saturday after straining his back in his Thursday start against the Rangers.

      Manager Rick Renteria told reporters Sunday that he expects Fulmer only to make one start before he returns to the minors, but Fulmer could return to the big-league club in September.

      Fulmer, 23, was projected as a starter when he was drafted in 2015, but worked exclusively as a reliever for Chicago last season, going 0-2 with an 8.49 ERA in eight appearances. He opposed the Twins once, allowing a run in 1 2/3 innings on July 31, 2016.

      In 24 starts this year at Triple-A, Fulmer is 7-8 with a 5.64 ERA, 95 strikeouts and 63 walks in 122 innings.

      Renteria said Fulmer has worked to slow down his delivery to eliminate some of the inconsistencies with his performance. Now, Fulmer will help try to help slow down the surging Twins.

      "He's worked on it -- seemingly the numbers aren't really playing to that right now, but this kid's pretty determined to do what he needs to do in order to become a better and more accomplished major league pitcher," Renteria said Sunday. "It's just continually evolving. I think he's going to be OK."

  • Twins place Sano on DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, August 21, 2017

    The Minnesota Twins placed infielder Miguel Sano on the 10-day disabled list Monday with a left shin stress reaction.

    • Sano fouled a ball off his shin Friday night in the same game that he hit two home runs in a 10-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. He had to leave the game in the seventh inning because of soreness in the shin. The move is retroactive to Sunday.

      Sano is hitting .267 with 28 home runs and 77 RBIs in 111 games this season.

      To replace Sano on the 25-man roster, the Twins recalled infielder Kennys Vargas from Triple-A Rochester.

      The Twins also called up right-hander Tim Melville, who will start the first game of Monday's doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox.

      Vargas will be making his fifth stint with the Twins, hitting .243 with eight home runs and 30 RBIs in 51 games. He is batting .253 with nine home runs in 51 games with Rochester this season, including hitting .394 (13-for-33) with two doubles, a home run and four RBIs in nine games since being optioned Aug. 9.

      Melville, 27, signed with the Twins as a minor league free agent in June and has gone 4-3 with a 2.70 ERA in 11 games (10 starts) for Rochester this season.

      Additionally, the Twins optioned left-hander Nik Turley to Triple-A but then recalled him as the 26th man for Monday's doubleheader in Chicago. He will be available for both games.

  • White Sox add RHP Fulmer to start vs. Twins
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, August 21, 2017

    The Chicago White Sox added right-hander Carson Fulmer from Triple-A Charlotte to serve as the 26th player on the active roster for Monday's doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins.

    • Fulmer, a top prospect in the White Sox organization, is scheduled to start the second game in Chicago on Monday night.

      The 23-year-old Fulmer is 7-8 with a 5.61 ERA over 122 innings with 95 strikeouts in 24 starts this season for Charlotte. He made eight relief appearances for the White Sox last season in his major league debut, going 0-2 with an 8.49 ERA over 11 2/3 innings and 10 strikeouts.

      Fulmer was selected by the White Sox in the first round (eighth overall) of the 2015 draft out of Vanderbilt. He was named to the All-Star Futures Game in 2016.

  • Rangers' Gallo, Bush placed in concussion protocol
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, August 20, 2017

    ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Texas Rangers might be without two key performers when they open an important four-game series against the Los Angeles Angels on Monday.

    • Third baseman Joey Gallo and right-hander Matt Bush are both in the concussion protocol, and they did not travel to Anaheim with their teammates.

      Gallo and Bush collided while chasing a popup in the eighth inning Sunday in Texas' 3-2 home loss to the Chicago White Sox. Gallo sustained a non-displaced nasal fracture and a swollen upper lip while Bush bruised his right knee.

      Both players are due to be re-evaluated Monday, and if cleared, they could head to California

      Gallo has 35 homers, tied for second in the American League. The 23-year-old is batting .205 with 65 RBIs in 113 games this season.

      Bush, 31, has a 3-4 record with 10 saves and a 3.04 ERA in 49 appearances.

  • MLB roundup: Verlander, Tigers end Dodgers' win streak
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, August 20, 2017

    DETROIT -- Justin Verlander allowed just two hits in eight innings, and Justin Upton smacked a two-run home run to cap a four-run sixth that helped the Detroit Tigers end the Los Angeles Dodgers' six-game winning streak with a 6-1 victory on Sunday.

    • Verlander (9-8) enabled the Tigers to end their six-game losing streak.

      Dodgers newcomer Curtis Granderson broke up Verlander's no-hit bid with two outs in the sixth inning when he lined a down-and-in 2-2 slider off the foul pole in right field for his 20th home run, which was his first homer with Los Angeles.

      Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda (11-5) lost his perfect game bid when John Hicks led off the sixth with a line single to left center, and before the inning ended, Detroit scored four for a 4-1 lead.

      Pirates 6, Cardinals 3

      WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Pittsburgh rookie first baseman Josh Bell put on a power display for all the Little League players, their families and coaches in the stands.

      Bell belted a towering two-run homer in the first inning and added a two-run single in the third off Mike Leake in the inaugural MLB Little League Classic.

      Bell's career-high four RBIs helped Ivan Nova (11-10) win for the first time in five starts in front of 2,500 fans at renovated Bowman Field.

      Rays 3, Mariners 0

      ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Kevin Kiermaier hit a leadoff home run, and Adeiny Hechavarria added a two-run blast to lift Tampa Bay past Seattle.

      The home runs were all the offense Rays starter Blake Snell needed during his best outing of the season.

      Snell (2-6) gave up two hits and struck out eight in seven innings to win his second consecutive start after failing to win in his first 14 starts this season.

      Marlins 6, Mets 4

      NEW YORK -- Miami left-hander Adam Conley struck out a career-high 11 over seven strong innings and earned the win over New York.

      The Marlins won two of three from the Mets and have won seven of their last nine overall. New York has lost seven of nine.

      Conley (6-5) allowed just one run -- a first-inning homer by Yoenis Cespedes -- and three hits and two walks in improving to 3-1 with a 1.87 ERA in nine games (seven starts) against the Mets. Conley is particularly dominant at Citi Field, where he is now 3-0 in three starts while allowing just two runs in 19 innings over three starts.

      Braves 8, Reds 1

      ATLANTA -- Rookie Sean Newcomb pitched five scoreless innings and Tyler Flowers clubbed a grand slam to give Atlanta the win over Cincinnati.

      Newcomb (2-7) allowed five hits but permitted no runs in his five-inning stint. He walked five, struck out two and worked out of trouble in his final three innings, when the Reds stranded eight runners.

      Flowers connected for his second career grand slam in the fifth inning, part of a six-run inning against reliever Drew Storen.

      Angels 5, Orioles 4

      BALTIMORE -- Cameron Maybin delivered a tiebreaking, pinch-hit RBI single in the eighth inning, and Los Angeles won two of the three games in the series.

      The Angels, who have won nine of their past 11 games, are tied with the Minnesota Twins for the second American League wild-card spot.

      Kole Calhoun and Andrelton Simmons homered for the Angels, who went deep 11 times in the series.

      Royals 7, Indians 4

      KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The bottom four in the Kansas City lineup -- Jorge Bonifacio, Alcides Escobar, Cheslor Cuthbert and Cameron Gallagher -- combined to go 9-for-14 with seven RBIs, four runs, a sacrifice fly and a walk to lead the team to victory.

      Cuthbert homered and drove in three runs. Escobar extended his hitting streak to a season-high 11 games with two hits and three RBIs. Bonifacio had three hits, including a double, and scored twice. Gallagher added two singles, walked and drove in a run.

      Gallagher, Bonifacio and Cuthbert did not have an at-bat in the first two games of the series.

      Red Sox 5, Yankees 1

      BOSTON -- Jackie Bradley Jr. knocked in three runs on a pair of two-out hits as Boston took the rubber match of the three-game series, extending its lead over New York in the AL East to five games.

      Rick Porcello (8-14) picked up his fourth straight win, bringing him to 4-4 since the All-Star break. He limited the Yankees to one run on three hits in six innings, striking out four and walking three.

      Sonny Gray (7-8) went five innings and allowed two runs on seven hits with two walks in his fourth start as a Yankee.

      Athletics 3, Astros 2

      HOUSTON -- Jharel Cotton snapped a personal five-start winless streak by pitching effectively into the seventh inning, and Oakland salvaged the finale of the series against Houston.

      Marwin Gonzalez clubbed his 21st home run to lead off the seventh for the Astros.

      The Athletics scored twice against Astros right-hander Brad Peacock (10-2) in the first inning courtesy of two throwing errors on the same play.

      Twins 12, Diamondbacks 5

      MINNEAPOLIS -- Eddie Rosario's grand slam capped a nine-run first inning for Minnesota, and Chris Gimenez was a triple away from the cycle in the Twins' win over Arizona.

      Brian Dozier hit his 25th homer and walked three times to help support Bartolo Colon as the 44-year-old right-hander became the 18th player in major league history to earn a victory against every team.

      Colon (5-10) coasted to his third win in seven starts for Minnesota after the Twins piled on against Arizona's T.J. McFarland, who was making just his third major league start and first since July 1, 2014.

      White Sox 3, Rangers 2

      ARLINGTON, Texas -- Right-hander Miguel Gonzalez pitched six shutout innings as Chicago slowed the Texas offense.

      Gonzalez (7-10), who has now allowed two earned runs in his past 20 innings, limited Texas to four singles one night after the Rangers erupted for 17 runs and 20 hits.

      Avisail Garcia had three hits for the White Sox, and Tyler Saladino hit a two-run double. Rougned Odor had a two-run homer for Texas.

      Cubs 6, Blue Jays 5 (10 innings)

      CHICAGO -- Alex Avila singled in two runs to cap a three-run 10th-inning rally and lead Chicago past Toronto.

      The Cubs rebounded after Toronto scored twice in the top the 10th, giving Chicago its sixth win in eight games.

      Avila lined a hit to right with the bases loaded off Roberto Osunsa (3-4) to drive in Ben Zobrist and Javier Baez. The Cubs had cut the deficit to 5-4 when Kyle Schwarber came home from third on wild pitch. Osuna blew his eighth save in 40 chances.

      Phillies 5, Giants 2

      SAN FRANCISCO -- Pedro Florimon hit a tiebreaking, two-run single in the eighth inning, sending Philadelphia to a victory and a split of the four-game series.

      Florimon knocked in three runs, and Rhys Hoskins homered for the Phillies. Ben Liveley pitched six innings of two-run ball, and Adam Morgan (2-1) got the win in relief.

      Giants lefty Madison Bumgarner allowed one run in six innings, leaving with a 2-1 lead.

      Brewers 8, Rockies 4

      DENVER -- Jesus Aguilar continued his power surge by hitting two home runs for Milwaukee, which won the rubber game of the series.

      Brewers starter Chase Anderson (7-2) gave up two hits and one first-inning run in five innings in his first start for Milwaukee since he sustained a strained left oblique on June 28.

      Aguilar tied the game at 1 with a homer in the second inning and then belted a two-run shot to center in the seventh, a 441-foot blast that put the Brewers ahead 5-1.

      Nationals 4, Padres 1

      SAN DIEGO -- Washington left-hander Gio Gonzalez held San Diego to one unearned run in 6 2/3 innings to help the Nationals to their third win in the four-game series.

      Gonzalez allowed five hits and a walk while striking out eight. He also scored Washington's first run after drawing one of six walks issued by Padres rookie starter Dinelson Lamet in the first three innings.

      Sean Doolittle picked up his 11th save by striking out the side in the ninth. Daniel Murphy drove in two runs -- the first to tie the game and the second to break the tie.

  • Dodgers LHP Kershaw to pitch simulated game Monday
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, August 20, 2017

    Los Angeles Dodgers ace left-hander Clayton Kershaw will throw a three-inning, 45-pitch simulated game in Pittsburgh on Monday.

    • The three-time Cy Young winner continues to rehab from a lower back strain that has sidelined him since July 23. The Dodgers open a four-game series on Monday against the Pirates.

      Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told reporters Sunday that the 29-year-old Kershaw is expected to pitch a rehab game next weekend with either Double-A Tulsa or Triple-A Oklahoma City.

      "Once he passes that (simulated game) marker right there, then we'll see where he goes," Roberts said. "But it's probably going to be a (rehab) start either in Tulsa or OKC."

      Kershaw threw off flat ground on Sunday with positive results following a 38-pitch simulated game Wednesday at Dodger Stadium.

      Kershaw, who was on his way to a runaway Cy Young season when he encountered tightness in his back after the second inning against the Atlanta Braves on July 23, was 15-2 with a major-league-best 2.04 ERA with and 168 strikeouts in 141 1/3 innings in 21 starts before the injury.

      Meanwhile, the Dodgers claimed right-hander Jordan Jankowski from the Houston Astros and sent right-hander Jacob Rhame to the New York Mets to complete the Curtis Granderson trade.

      Jankowski, 28, was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

      Jankowski has gone 24-16 with a 3.46 ERA in 233 games (28 starts) in six minor league seasons in the Houston organization, striking out 509 in 421 innings and limiting opponents to a .228 batting average.

      Jankowski made his major league debut on May 24 against the Detroit Tigers, and allowed six runs in 4 1/3 innings in three games with the Astros this season before being designated for assignment on Monday. He spent the majority of the 2017 season with Houston's Triple-A Fresno, going 2-3 with a 5.13 ERA in 37 games.

      On Friday night, the Dodgers acquired Granderson and cash considerations from the Mets in exchange for a player to be named or cash considerations.

      Rhame, 24, went 0-2 with two saves and 4.31 ERA in 41 games this year with Triple-A Oklahoma City and has posted a 10-18 record with 29 saves and a 3.11 ERA in 210 minor league games in the Dodgers' organization.

  • Mariners place INF Espinosa on waivers
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, August 20, 2017

    The Seattle Mariners placed infielder Danny Espinosa on waivers Sunday for the purpose of granting him his unconditional release.

    • Espinosa, 30, appeared in eight games with Seattle after signing as a free agent on July 24. He hit .188 (3-for-16) with two runs scored, two doubles and two RBIs with the Mariners.

      Espinosa began the season with the Los Angeles Angels, batting .162 with six home runs and 29 RBIs in 77 games. He was designated for assignment by the Angels on July 16 and released on July 20.

      In parts of eight major league seasons with the Washington Nationals (2010-16), Angels and Mariners, Espinosa is a career .221 hitter with 98 homers and 316 RBIs in 864 games.

      The Mariners also called up infielder Taylor Motter from Triple-A Tacoma.

      Motter, 27, is hitting .350 with seven home runs and 18 RBIs in 25 games with Tacoma after being optioned on July 24. He began the season with Seattle, appearing in 70 games and batting .204 with seven home runs and 23 RBIs.

      Motter was acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays on Dec. 16. He made his major league debut with the Rays in 2016, appearing in 33 games.

  • MLB roundup: Yankees cool off Red Sox
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, August 20, 2017

    BOSTON -- CC Sabathia came off the disabled list and outpitched Chris Sale and became the American League's all-time leading left-hander in strikeouts in leading the New York Yankees to a 4-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday night.

    • Sabathia (10-5, 3-0 against Boston) passed Mickey Lolich with his 2,680th career strikeout en route to working six innings and allowing two hits. He has yielded two runs in 20 innings against the first-place Red Sox, who saw their lead in the American League East drop to four games over New York.

      Tyler Austin crashed a three-run homer in his first career at-bat against Sale (14-5) in the second inning and Todd Frazier hit his second homer in as many nights for the Yankees. Boston lost for only the third time in its last 16 games.

      Dodgers 3, Tigers 0

      DETROIT -- Recently returned Adrian Gonzalez lined a single to right that scored new acquisition Curtis Granderson from second with two outs in the seventh inning, breaking a scoreless tie and starting Los Angeles on its way to victory over Detroit.

      Los Angeles' latest win streak stands at six games with 21 wins in its last 24 games and 52 victories out of its last 61 to achieve baseball's best record at 87-34. Yasmani Grandal hit his 16th home run of the season in the ninth to make it 3-0.

      Ross Stripling (3-4) earned the victory with two scoreless relief innings. Brandon Morrow pitched the eighth and Kenley Jansen earned his 33rd save for working the ninth.

      Brewers 6, Rockies 3

      DENVER -- Pinch hitter Jesus Aguilar hit a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning, highlighting a three-run uprising that gave Milwaukee a victory over Colorado.

      Aguilar connected for his 12th homer off Rockies closer Greg Holland (2-4) on a 3-2 slider. Aguilar is 14-for-46 with three home runs and 10 RBIs as a pinch hitter. Anthony Swarzak (2-0) pitched the eighth ahead of closer Corey Knebel, who earned his 25th save.

      Rockies starter Chad Bettis again pitched extremely well for the Rockies in his second start since recovering from cancer, again without figuring in the decision as he allowed three runs in seven innings.

      Angels 5, Orioles 1

      BALTIMORE -- Mike Trout and Luis Valbuena each homered twice in the first four innings as Los Angeles defeated Baltimore.

      Trout's first-inning homer gave the 26-year-old 25 for the season. He became the third player in history to hit 25 homers six times before his age 26 season. Eddie Mathews and Frank Robinson are the others.

      Angels starter JC Ramirez (11-10) dodged some trouble in the early innings as the Orioles put runners in scoring position in the first and third but came away allowing only one run. He went 5 2/3 innings before leaving with right forearm irritation in the sixth.

      Indians 5, Royals 0

      KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Trevor Bauer, Bryan Shaw and Cody Allen combined on a seven-hitter as Cleveland beat skidding Kansas City.

      The Indians have outscored the Royals 15-1 in the first two games of this series. Bauer (12-8) gave up seven hits and two walks in 6 1/3 innings with four strikeouts. Shaw and Allen did not allow a baserunner.

      Jason Vargas (14-7), who has only two wins since June 30 after being named to the All-Star Game, yielded four runs, six hits and three walks while striking out seven in 4 2/3 innings. Kansas City is 6-12 in August.

      Astros 3, Athletics 0

      HOUSTON -- Collin McHugh worked six shutout innings and a reconfigured bullpen closed out Houston's victory over Oakland.

      McHugh (1-2) earned his first victory on the season in his sixth start after missing three-plus months with an elbow injury. It was a bit of a rocky road for McHugh, who retired the side in order only once and relied on grounders and his defense to eliminate baserunners.

      The Astros turned three double plays behind McHugh, who allowed six hits and walked one batter while striking out three, and six overall.

      Marwin Gonzalez delivered a two-run single in the fourth inning and Alex Bregman homered in the ninth -- his second in two days.

      Cubs 4, Blue Jays 3

      CHICAGO -- Javier Baez drove in the go-ahead run with a two-out single in the sixth inning and Chicago hung on to beat Toronto.

      Ian Happ scored on Baez's single up the middle after drawing a walk and advancing on a groundout. On Friday, Baez drove in three runs in the Cubs' 7-4 series-opening victory over the Blue Jays.

      Happ also homered and had an RBI single for Chicago. Cubs starter Jose Quintana (4-2) struck out eight and allowed two runs, four hits and two walks (one intentional) in six innings.

      Padres 3, Nationals 1

      SAN DIEGO -- Yangervis Solarte hit a first-inning, two-run homer off Stephen Strasburg to lead San Diego past Washington.

      Strasburg (10-4), who had been out since his last start on July 23 because of a nerve impingement in his left elbow, allowed two runs, four hits and a walk with eight strikeouts in six innings. He threw 91 pitches, with 61 strikes.

      Travis Wood (2-1) allowed one unearned run -- thanks to his own error -- three hits and two walks in seven innings. Wood and relievers Kirby Yates and Brad Hand combined to retire 13 straight Nationals, with Hand getting his 11th save.

      Rangers 17, White Sox 7

      ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rougned Odor homered twice and Mike Napoli also went deep and had four RBIs as Texas erased a 5-0 deficit to rout Chicago.

      The Rangers' highest-scoring night of the season was fueled by back-to-back six-run innings in the third and fourth. It marked the first time the Rangers have scored at least six runs in two innings since they beat Baltimore 30-3 on Aug. 22, 2007.

      The offensive charge made an unlikely winner of Martin Perez (8-10), who threw 40 pitches in the first inning and allowed five runs. Texas finished with a season high 20 hits. Shin-Soo Choo had four, including a three-run homer in the sixth inning.

      Twins 5, Diamondbacks 0

      MINNEAPOLIS -- Jose Berrios posted seven scoreless innings, and Minnesota exploded for five runs in the fourth inning against Zack Greinke to beat Arizona.

      Joe Mauer had three hits, a walk and an RBI for the Twins, and Brian Dozier added a pair of hits as Minnesota maintained a spot as one of the American League wild-card teams with their third straight victory.

      Berrios (11-5) allowed two hits and struck out seven batters, lowering his ERA to 3.99 in a strong sophomore season. Greinke (14-6) lasted only four innings, giving up five runs (four earned), seven hits and a season high-tying four walks. He struck out four.

      Pirates 6, Cardinals 4

      PITTSBURGH -- Starling Marte was 3-for-5 with one of three Pittsburgh homers and Chad Kuhl didn't let a long rain delay bother him as the Pirates snapped a six-game losing streak.

      Pittsburgh pounded out 12 hits and rode a five-run second inning. Kuhl (6-8) retired 11 of the 13 batters he faced after the delay, with only one hit. Overall, he gave up one run on three hits, with six strikeouts and one walk, in five innings.

      St. Louis' Michael Wacha (9-6) got rocked after he pitched a perfect first and was out of the game after four innings. He gave up five runs and seven hits, including two homers, with three strikeouts and two walks.

      Phillies 12, Giants 9

      SAN FRANCISCO -- Pinch hitter Ty Kelly capped a seven-run sixth inning with a grand slam, helping Philadelphia rally to snap a five-game losing streak.

      Rhys Hoskins had a three-run homer and Cameron Rupp a solo shot for the Phillies. Adam Morgan (1-1) got the victory after retiring the only batter he faced in relief of starter Jerad Eickhoff in the fifth inning.

      Denard Span drove in three runs, the first with a leadoff inside-the-park homer in the first inning, for San Francisco. Ty Blach (8-9), who had pitched at least six innings in each of his previous eight starts, was charged with six runs in 5 1/3 innings.

      Mets 8, Marlins 1

      NEW YORK -- Wilmer Flores and Kevin Plawecki each hit two-run homers during a seven-run sixth inning as New York snapped a five-game losing streak.

      Rookie Dominic Smith hit his first Citi Field homer for the Mets, who benefited from three Miami errors in the sixth inning. New York's Rafael Montero (2-8) allowed one run, six hits and three walks while striking out five in six innings.

      Marcell Ozuna had three singles, including an RBI in the sixth that broke a scoreless tie, for the Marlins, who equaled a team record by hitting into five double plays. The five double plays induced by the Mets also tied a team mark.

      Mariners 7, Rays 6

      ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Mitch Haniger's grand slam got Seattle an early lead en route to its fourth straight victory.

      The Mariners had a 7-2 lead in the sixth inning and held off a rally from Tampa Bay, which had scored nine runs in its previous 10 home games. The Rays have dropped four in a row and 12 of their last 15 as they fade from the American League wild-card chase.

      Logan Morrison had a pinch-hit solo home run in the bottom of the ninth -- his 29th of the season -- to get Tampa Bay within a run. Edwin Diaz regrouped to strike out Kevin Kiermaier and pinch hitter Corey Dickerson hit a weak ground ball as he recorded his 27th save.

      Reds 11, Braves 8

      ATLANTA -- Scott Schebler broke out of a 2-for-40 slump and Scooter Gennett hit his third grand slam of the season as Cincinnati opened up a seven-run lead and held off Atlanta.

      Schebler was 3 for 4 with double, walk, two runs scored and a RBI in his first start since late July after coming off the disabled list the day before and drawing a walk as a pinch hitter. Gennett's slam, his 21st homer of the year, gave him five RBIs for the game.

      The Braves lost despite three homers, the last a three-run pinch shot by Matt Adams in the ninth inning off Blake Wood. Atlanta got the tying run to the plate, but Michael Lorenzen got Matt Kemp, just off the disabled list, to bounce into a force at third base to end the game.

  • Dodgers place Darvish on DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, August 19, 2017

    The Los Angeles Dodgers placed right-hander Yu Darvish on the 10-day disabled list Saturday in a series of moves after newly acquired outfielder Curtis Granderson joined the team.

    • Darvish, a trade-deadline acquisition from the Texas Rangers, is dealing with lower-back tightness. The move to the disabled list for the Japanese right-hander was retroactive to Aug. 17.

      Left-handed reliever Edward Paredes was called up and joined the Dodgers in Detroit.

      Darvish's back locked up on him Wednesday and the Dodgers decided to be cautious with him. Brock Stewart is expected to take Darvish's turn in the rotation on Tuesday against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

      "Yu feels like he can physically go," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "But I think as an organization, we're trying to really do what's best for him. And if there's any kind of thought to his back being sore or stiff, for us to run him out there doesn't make much sense, where we're at."

      The 31-year-old Darvish has made three starts for the Dodgers, posting a 2-0 record and 2.50 ERA. He was 6-9 with a 4.01 ERA in 22 starts with the Rangers this season. Overall, he's 8-9 with a 3.83 ERA in 25 combined starts between the teams.

      "My initial reaction after the last outing was that I felt like I could make the next start," Darvish said in a statement. "However, after talking to the team and consulting with the doctor, I understand their concern and I respect that opinion. I will make sure to get treatment and rest to get ready for next start."

      Granderson was activated and in the starting lineup for Saturday afternoon's game against the Detroit Tigers.

      Paredes, 30, earned the win in his major league debut on July 24 against Minnesota and tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings in two games during his first stint with the Dodgers. He was 2-3 with one save and a 2.25 ERA in 35 combined games with Triple-A Oklahoma City and Double-A Tulsa this year.

      The Dodgers also optioned outfielder Joc Pederson to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Saturday.

  • Umpires in Detroit take stand against verbal abuse
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, August 19, 2017

    DETROIT -- Two of the four umpires working Saturday's Los Angeles-Detroit Major League Baseball game wore white wristbands in support of the umpire association's stand against what it feels is increasing verbal abuse of its members.

    • "This is in support of major league umpires," crew chief Bill Miller said after the Dodgers beat the Tigers 3-0. "We're directing all questions to our attorney so that everything comes from one mouth."

      Miller, who worked second base, and third base umpire Todd Tichenor were the only two of the four spotted wearing the white wristbands.

      There is some thought the wristband wearing came about because Detroit second baseman Ian Kinsler was fined and not suspended for derogatory remarks Tuesday about umpire Angel Hernandez.

      Hernandez, working home plate, kicked Kinsler and Detroit manager Brad Ausmus out of Monday's game for arguing balls and strikes.

      "He's not the focus of the situation," Miller said of Kinsler. "That's just part of the puzzle. We've had several instances where umpires have been called out or challenged.

      "Ejections seem to be up, and we just feel like we need to band together and let people know that we are human beings."

  • MLB notebook: Granderson joins Dodgers; Pederson to minors
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, August 19, 2017

    Newly acquired outfielder Curtis Granderson was activated by the Los Angeles Dodgers and was in the starting lineup Saturday afternoon against the Detroit Tigers.

    • It was among a flurry of moves by the Dodgers, who placed right-hander Yu Darvish on the 10-day disabled list and optioned outfielder Joc Pederson and left-hander Edward Paredes to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

      Darvish, a trade-deadline acquisition from the Texas Rangers, is dealing with lower-back tightness. The move to the DL for the right-hander was retroactive to Aug. 17. The 31-year-old has made three starts for the Dodgers, posting a 2-0 record and 2.50 ERA. He was 6-9 with a 4.01 ERA in 22 starts with the Rangers this season.

      Los Angeles acquired Granderson and cash considerations from the New York Mets on Friday night in exchange for a player to be named or cash considerations, creating a logjam for playing time in the outfield.

      Pederson was an obvious candidate to be benched or demoted to the minors as he continues to battle a horrific slump. He was 1-for-3 in Friday's win at Detroit, only his second hit in his last 41 at-bats.

      --The Washington Nationals brought back one ace less than 24 hours after placing another on the disabled list.

      Right-hander Stephen Strasburg was activated to start Saturday night's game at the San Diego Padres after fellow right-hander Max Scherzer went on the DL Friday night because of neck inflammation.

      Strasburg (10-3, 3.25 ERA) has been sidelined with a right elbow nerve impingement since pitching two scoreless innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks on July 23. He went on the disabled list four days later. The No. 1 overall draft pick by Washington in 2009, Strasburg pitched five innings in a rehab start at Class A Potomac on Monday, allowing one run and three hits over five innings.

      Scherzer (12-5) was scheduled to start Friday night's game but was a late scratch due to a recurring neck issue. The move is retroactive to Aug. 15.

      --The Chicago Cubs claimed veteran catcher Rene Rivera off waivers from the New York Mets to add insurance at the position.

      Rivera has played all or part of nine major league seasons with the Seattle Mariners (2004-06), Minnesota Twins (2011), San Diego Padres (2013-14), Tampa Bay Rays (2015) and Mets (2016-17).

      The 34-year-old is a career .215 hitter with 34 homers and 141 RBIs in 453 games. With the Mets in 2017, he was batting .230 with eight homers and 23 RBIs in 54 games.

      The Cubs lost catcher Willson Contreras to a hamstring injury on Aug. 9 and traded last month for Alex Avila from the Detroit Tigers. Rookie Victor Caratini was promoted from the minors after Contreras went down. To make room for Rivera on the 40-man roster, right-hander Aaron Brooks was designated for assignment.

      --The Kansas City Royals placed right-handed pitcher Neftali Feliz on the disabled list because of right ulnar nerve palsy.

      His DL stint is retroactive to Aug. 14, making him eligible to return on Aug. 24.

      In a corresponding move, the Royals recalled left-handed pitcher Eric Skoglund from Triple-A Omaha before Saturday's game against the Cleveland Indians.

      Feliz signed a one-year, $5.35 million deal with the Milwaukee Brewers in the offseason but was released on June 19 after he went 1-5 with a 6.00 ERA, 21 strikeouts and 15 walks in 27 innings, while allowing eight home runs.

      --The Texas Rangers placed outfielder Carlos Gomez on the 10-day disabled list for the excision of a cyst behind his right shoulder, the team announced.

      Gomez, 31, has not played since last Sunday. The move is retroactive to Aug. 16 and the first date he would be eligible to return to the active roster is Aug. 26.

      Gomez is batting .251 with 15 home runs and 42 RBIs in 86 games (83 starts) this season. He was also on the disabled list from May 15 to June 15 with a right hamstring strain.

      To take his place on the 25-man roster, the Rangers recalled infielder Phil Gosselin from Triple-A Round Rock.

      --The Chicago White Sox placed right-hander Reynaldo Lopez on the 10-day disabled list with a strained back.

      The team also called up right-hander Danny Farquhar from Triple-A Charlotte prior to Saturday's night's road game against the Texas Rangers.

      Lopez, 23, left Thursday night's 9-8 loss to the Rangers in the fifth inning with soreness on his right side. The DL move is retroactive to Aug. 18. He is 0-1 with a 6.97 ERA in 10 1/3 innings in two starts with the White Sox this season.

      Farquhar, 30, was signed by the White Sox as a minor league free agent on July 24 after he was designated for assignment by the Tampa Bay Rays on June 29 and released July 19. He made 37 relief appearances with the Rays this season, going 2-2 with a 4.11 ERA in 35 innings.

      --The Seattle Mariners activated outfielder Mitch Haniger from the disabled list and placed outfielder Jarrod Dyson on the 10-day DL with a right groin strain.

      In addition, the Mariners recalled right-hander Casey Lawrence from Tacoma and optioned right-hander Sam Gaviglio to the Triple-A club. Haniger, 26, was placed on the 10-day disabled list on July 30 after being struck in the face by a pitch in the second inning on July 29. In 57 games with the Mariners this season, Haniger is batting .255 with seven home runs and 24 RBIs.

      Dyson, 33, is hitting .255 with five home runs, 30 RBIs and 28 stolen bases in 109 games with Seattle this season. The DL move is retroactive to Aug. 17.

      Lawrence, 29, is appearing in his fourth stint with the Mariners this season. In 13 relief appearances with Seattle, he is 1-0 with a 5.64 ERA in 30 1/3 innings. Gaviglio, 27, was recalled from Tacoma on Aug. 15 but did not appear with the Mariners during that span.

      --The St. Louis Cardinals called up right-handed reliever Josh Lucas from Triple-A Memphis.

      The team also optioned right-hander Mike Mayers to Memphis after Friday night's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

      Lucas, 26, will be making his major league debut when he appears in his first game with the Cardinals. He is 8-1 with a 3.34 ERA in 43 appearances at Memphis, converting 14 of 17 saves.

      Mayers, 26, pitched two-thirds of an inning in the Cardinals' 11-10 victory over the Pirates at PNC Park. He faced seven batters and allowed five runs (four earned) with four hits and a walk.

  • Nationals activate Strasburg, put Scherzer on DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, August 19, 2017

    The Washington Nationals brought back one ace Saturday, less than 24 hours after placing another on the disabled list.

    • Right-hander Stephen Strasburg was activated to start Saturday night's game at the San Diego Padres, while fellow right-hander Max Scherzer went on the DL Friday night due to left neck inflammation.

      Strasburg (10-3, 3.25 ERA) has been sidelined with a right elbow nerve impingement since pitching two scoreless innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks on July 23. He went on the disabled list four days later.

      The No. 1 overall draft pick by Washington in 2009, Strasburg pitched five innings in a rehab start at Class A Potomac on Monday, allowing one run and three hits over five innings.

      Strasburg has a lengthy list of injuries dating to his rookie campaign in 2010. He tore an elbow ligament that season and needed Tommy John surgery that kept him out for all but five games in 2011. He was on the disabled list four times during the 2015 and 2016 seasons, and was limited to 19 starts last season by a sore right elbow and an upper back strain.

      Scherzer (12-5) was scheduled to start Friday night's game but was a late scratch due to a recurring neck issue. The move is retroactive to Aug. 15.

      A two-time Cy Young Award winner, Scherzer was lifted from his start on Aug. 1 against the Miami Marlins after one inning because of a neck injury. But he won his two starts after that, going seven innings in each outing.

      Scherzer termed the neck problem as more of a nuisance than a serious issue and told reporters after Friday's 7-1 win that he plans to make his next scheduled start.

      "It's just frustrating," said Scherzer. "I can sit here and laugh at it, because I know what the cause of this is and I know it's not anything serious. Look, last time I went through this, next time I was out there I was at 114 pitches. I fully intend for that to be the case again on Friday."

  • Rangers put OF Gomez on disabled list
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, August 19, 2017

    The Texas Rangers placed outfielder Carlos Gomez on the 10-day disabled list for the excision of a cyst behind his right shoulder, the team announced Saturday.

    • Gomez, 31, has not played since last Sunday due to the cyst issue. The move is retroactive to Aug. 16 and the first date he would be eligible to return to the active roster is Aug. 26.

      Gomez is batting .251 with 15 home runs and 42 RBIs in 86 games (83 starts) with Texas this season. He was also on the disabled list from May 15-June 15 with a right hamstring strain.

      To take his place on the 25-man roster, the Rangers recalled infielder Phil Gosselin from Triple-A Round Rock.

      Gosselin, 28, was claimed off waivers Aug. 12 from the Pittsburgh Pirates and optioned to Round Rock, where he is 2-for-13 with a double and walk in four games.

      Gosselin had three stints with the Pirates this season, hitting .150 with a double and two RBIs in 28 games, and seeing action at first base, second base and third base.

      Gosselin has a career major league average of .272 with six home runs and 33 RBIs in 244 games with the Arizona Diamondbacks (2013-16) and Pirates (2017).

  • Dodgers activate Granderson, send Pederson to minors
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, August 19, 2017

    Newly acquired outfielder Curtis Granderson was activated by the Los Angeles Dodgers and was in the starting lineup for Saturday afternoon's game against the Detroit Tigers.

    • It was among a flurry of moves by the Dodgers, who placed right-hander Yu Darvish on the 10-day disabled list and optioned outfielder Joc Pederson and left-hander Edward Paredes to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Saturday.

      Darvish, a trade-deadline acquisition from the Texas Rangers, is dealing with lower-back tightness. The move to the DL for the Japanese right-hander was retroactive to Aug. 17.

      The 31-year-old Darvish has made three starts for the Dodgers, posting a 2-0 record and 2.50 ERA. He was 6-9 with a 4.01 ERA in 22 starts with the Rangers this season.

      Los Angeles acquired Granderson and cash considerations from the New York Mets on Friday night in exchange for a player to be named or cash considerations, creating a logjam for playing time in the outfield.

      Pederson was an obvious candidate to be benched or demoted to the minors as he continues to battle a horrific slump. He was 1-for-3 in Friday's win at Detroit, only his second hit in his last 41 at-bats.

      Pederson, 25, is batting .215 with 11 home runs and 33 RBIs in 87 games this season. He belted 25 homers in 2016 while establishing career highs with 68 RBIs and a .246 batting average.

      Granderson batted .228 with 19 homers and 52 RBIs in 111 games this season for the Mets, including .282 with runners in scoring position. In his last 71 games since May 21, he batted .276 with 40 runs, 13 doubles, two triples, 16 homers and 38 RBIs in that span.

      Paredes, 30, earned the win in his major league debut on July 24 against Minnesota and tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings in two games during his first stint with the Dodgers. He was 2-3 with one save and a 2.25 ERA in 35 combined games with Triple-A Oklahoma City and Double-A Tulsa this year.

  • Nerve issue lands Royals RHP Feliz on DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, August 19, 2017

    The Kansas City Royals placed right-handed pitcher Neftali Feliz on the disabled list on Saturday because of right ulnar nerve palsy.

    • His DL stint is retroactive to Aug. 14, making him eligible to return on Aug. 24.

      In a corresponding move, the Royals recalled left-handed pitcher Eric Skoglund from Triple-A Omaha before Saturday's game against the Cleveland Indians.

      Feliz signed a one-year, $5.35 million deal with the Milwaukee Brewers in the offseason, but was released on June 19 after he went 1-5 with a 6.00 ERA, 21 strikeouts and 15 walks in 27 innings, while allowing eight home runs.

      The Royals signed him on June 22, and he is 1-0 with a 4.74 ERA for Kansas City. He last pitched on Aug. 13, when he went one inning without allowing a run or a hit.

      Skoglund is 1-1 with a 5.59 ERA in three starts with the Royals this season.

      He has a 4-5 record and a 4.07 ERA in 20 starts this year for the Storm Chasers, which includes going 2-1 with a 3.33 ERA since being optioned to Omaha on July 3.

      Skoglund made his major league debut on May 30 against the Detroit Tigers, throwing 6 1/3 shutout innings in a 1-0 victory.

  • White Sox place RHP Lopez on disabled list
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, August 19, 2017

    The Chicago White Sox placed right-hander Reynaldo Lopez on the 10-day disabled list Saturday with a strained back.

    • The team also called up right-hander Danny Farquhar from Triple-A Charlotte prior to Saturday's night's road game against the Texas Rangers.

      Lopez, 23, left Thursday night's 9-8 loss to the Rangers in the fifth inning with soreness on his right side. The DL move is retroactive to Aug. 18.

      Lopez is 0-1 with a 6.97 ERA over 10 1/3 innings and 12 strikeouts in two starts with the White Sox this season after being recalled from Triple-A on Aug. 11.

      Farquhar, 30, was signed by the White Sox as a minor league free agent on July 24 after he was designated for assignment by the Tampa Bay Rays on June 29 and released on July 19. He went 0-1 with a 3.00 ERA over nine innings, one save, 12 strikeouts and a .188 opponents batting average with Charlotte. Farquhar also made four appearances with Triple-A Durham.

      Farquhar made 37 relief appearances with the Rays this season, going 2-2 with a 4.11 ERA over 35 innings and nine holds. He made a career-high 16 consecutive scoreless appearances from April 23-May 23, allowing just five hits with 10 strikeouts over 11 2/3 innings.

      Farquhar has made 230 career relief appearances over six major league seasons with Toronto (2011), Seattle (2013-15) and the Rays, going 7-14 with a 3.85 ERA over 250 innings, 18 saves, 39 holds and 288 strikeouts. He recorded a career-high 16 saves in 2013 with the Mariners.

  • Mariners activate OF Haniger, place Dyson on DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, August 19, 2017

    The Seattle Mariners activated outfielder Mitch Haniger from the disabled list Saturday and placed outfielder Jarrod Dyson on the 10-day DL with a right groin strain.

    • In addition, the Mariners recalled right-hander Casey Lawrence from Tacoma and optioned right-hander Sam Gaviglio to the Triple-A club.

      The moves were announced prior to Saturday's road game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Haniger and Lawrence will be in uniform and available

      Haniger, 26, was placed on the 10-day disabled list on July 30 after being struck in the face by a pitch in the second inning on July 29. He began a rehabilitation assignment at Triple-A on Aug. 12. In six games with Tacoma, he hit .190 (4-for-21) with two home runs and four RBIs.

      In 57 games with the Mariners this season, Haniger is batting .255 with seven home runs and 24 RBIs. He was placed on the 10-day disabled list earlier this season on April 26 with a strained right oblique, missing 42 games before being activated from the DL on June 11.

      Dyson, 33, is hitting .255 with five home runs, 30 RBIs and 28 stolen bases in 109 games with Seattle this season. The DL move is retroactive to Aug. 17.

      Dyson has 14 defensive runs saved this season, the fourth-most in the majors. In parts of eight seasons with the Kansas City Royals (2010-16) and Mariners (2017), he is hitting .259 with 12 homers, 131 RBIs and 204 stolen bases in 659 career games. He was acquired from the Royals on Jan. 6.

      Lawrence, 29, is appearing in his fourth stint with the Mariners this season. In 13 relief appearances with Seattle, he is 1-0 with a 5.64 ERA over 30 1/3 innings with 34 strikeouts and five walks. In 11 games (seven starts) with Tacoma, he is 2-4 with a 4.08 ERA.

      Gaviglio, 27, was recalled from Tacoma on Aug. 15 but did not appear with the Mariners during that span. In 12 games (11 starts) over three stints with Seattle this season, he is 3-5 with a 4.62 ERA. He is 3-5 with a 3.70 ERA in 10 starts at Triple-A.

  • Cubs claim C Rivera off waivers
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, August 19, 2017

    The Chicago Cubs claimed veteran catcher Rene Rivera off waivers from the New York Mets on Saturday to add insurance at the position.

    • Rivera has played all or part of nine major league seasons with the Seattle Mariners (2004-06), Minnesota Twins (2011), San Diego Padres (2013-14), Tampa Bay Rays (2015) and Mets (2016-17).

      The 34-year-old Rivera is a career .215 hitter with 34 home runs and 141 RBIs in 453 games. With the Mets this season, he is batting .230 with eight homers and 23 RBIs in 54 games.

      The Cubs lost catcher Willson Contreras to a hamstring injury on Aug. 9 and traded last month for Alex Avila from the Detroit Tigers. Rookie Victor Caratini was promoted from the minors after Contreras went down.

      Rivera has thrown out 10 of 31 runners attempting to steal this season, a 32.3 percent success rate, which would tie for third-best in the National League if he had enough games played to qualify. His success rate this year mirrors his career totals as he has thrown out 97 of 300 runners (32.3 percent) attempting to steal.

      Rivera is a native of Bayamon, Puerto Rico, and enjoyed his best major league season in 2014 with the Padres when he batted .252 and established career highs with 18 doubles, 11 homers and 44 RBIs in 103 games.

      To make room for Rivera on the 40-man roster, right-hander Aaron Brooks was designated for assignment.

      Brooks, 27, has gone 8-9 with a 6.20 ERA in 24 starts with Triple-A Iowa this season.

  • Cardinals call up RHP Lucas
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, August 19, 2017

    The St. Louis Cardinals called up right-handed reliever Josh Lucas from Triple-A Memphis on Saturday.

    • The team also optioned right-hander Mike Mayers to Memphis following Friday night's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

      Lucas, 26, will be making his major league debut when he appears in his first game with the Cardinals. He is 8-1 with a 3.34 ERA in 43 appearances at Memphis, converting 14 of 17 saves. He ranks fourth in the Pacific Coast League in saves, while striking out 65 batters in 56 1/3 innings.

      Mayers, 26, was recalled prior to Friday night's game against the Pirates and pitched two-thirds of an inning in the Cardinals' 11-10 victory at PNC Park. He faced seven batters and allowed five runs (four earned) on four hits and a walk.