|Monday, April 23, 2018|
|Major League Baseball|
|Athletics||vs.||Rangers||8:05 (EDT) Preview|
Rangers hope to build on home win, in series opener vs A's
Sunday, April 22 at 9:18 PM (EDT)
Not much has been going right for Texas through the first 23 games of the season, but the stars aligned correctly on Sunday afternoon and allowed the Rangers to beat the Seattle Mariners 7-4, avoid a three-game sweep and win at home for the first time in almost two weeks.
It helped that the Rangers (8-15) got Delino DeShields, their starting center fielder, back from injury, left-hander Martin Perez fashioned his best performance of the season, and two of Texas' most important power hitters - Nomar Mazara and Joey Gallo -- homered.
Now Texas must find a way to sustain that momentum, as the Oakland Athletics head to Arlington for a three-game series beginning Monday night at Globe Life Park.
Right-hander Trevor Cahill (1-0, 0.00 ERA) will take the mound for Oakland and left-hander Matt Moore (1-3, 5.59) will be the starter for the Rangers.
The most surprising part of Sunday's win was the showing by Perez. He struggled in his first three appearances of the season, allowing at least nine hits in all three starts and 21.16 hits per nine innings, the most of any pitcher in the league this year with at least three starts.
That changed Sunday as Perez (2-2) held the Mariners to two runs in six innings, allowing seven hits and a walk with four strikeouts.
Perez said afterward that he took the advice of teammate and seemingly ageless pitcher Bartolo Colon and stayed positive despite his tough start to the season.
"I was talking to Bartolo yesterday and he was saying, 'Stay with it, we're close to good things happening,'" Perez said. "Everything starts with your mind. If you're not ready in your mind, you're not ready to compete. You've got to stay positive, even when things are not going good."
DeShields returned from the disabled list and made the defensive play of the game in the sixth inning, robbing Seattle's David Freitas of a home run by snatching the ball back over the center field fence.
"At first, it looked like a high popup, but the wind was carrying it pretty good," DeShields said. "I tried to get back to the wall and time it. I don't know if I robbed it, but it was at least at the top of the wall."
Moore is 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA in his last two starts after allowing an unearned run and five hits in seven innings of Tuesday's 7-2 win at Tampa Bay. He is 1-2 with a 7.07 ERA in five career starts against Oakland.
The Athletics head to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex on the heels of a 4-1 victory over Boston on Sunday in Oakland that was their sixth in the past seven games.
Khris Davis broke a 1-1 tie with a three-run homer off the David Price in the bottom of the eighth inning to provide the winning margin.
Davis also drove in the A's first run with an RBI single in the first inning and made a winner out of reliever Blake Treinen, who got the last five outs of the game after starter Daniel Mengden allowed one run.
The A's 5-1 homestand included Sean Manaea's no-hitter Saturday night. Oakland coach Bob Melvin spoke Sunday about how Manaea has evolved in his time with the team.
"Sean came into camp trying to prove a point that he's a top of the rotation guy," Melvin said. "The second half of last year didn't sit very well with him.
"He's doing things a little differently than what we saw with him when he was really dominating with all the swings and misses. His location is so much better. And he still has so much deception with his delivery."
The Rangers will miss Manaea in this upcoming three-game series, but that's likely OK with a team that, until Sunday, was struggling to score runs. They will try to hit Cahill, who tossed seven scoreless innings during a 10-2 win over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday to start his second stint with Oakland.
Cahill is 10-4 with a 2.69 ERA in 17 career starts against Texas.
|Angels||vs.||Astros||8:10 (EDT) Preview|
Astros look to keep rolling vs. Angels
Sunday, April 22 at 11:06 PM (EDT)
HOUSTON -- Last Sunday night, after Texas Rangers veteran right-hander Bartolo Colon carried a perfect game into the eighth inning at Minute Maid Park, the Houston Astros closed that three-game series having scored a total of nine runs and continued what was a sluggish stretch offensively.
The Astros (16-7) will return home for the opener of a three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels on Monday riding a six-game winning streak and with their offense in a groove.
After dropping the opener of a seven-game road trip through Seattle and Chicago, a 2-1 loss that represented the third time in six games they scored one run, the Astros caught a rhythm. Houston has scored 47 runs during its win streak and is in first place in the American League West.
That the Astros righted themselves on the road is no surprise.
Last season their 53-28 road record was tied for the best in the majors along with the Indians, and Houston averaged more runs per game on the road (6.2) than it did at Minute Maid Park (4.9), where the Astros finished 48-33.
In the postseason, Houston clinched the AL Division Series and World Series on the road.
When the offense works in concert with the exceptional pitching, the results are favorable.
"We can play all facets of the game," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. "We are a tough team to match up with.
"Being the aggressive team that puts up pretty good at-bats, some explosive innings, and great pitching."
The Houston rotation posted a 0.95 ERA during the road trip, surrendering five earned runs over 47 innings. Left-hander Dallas Keuchel suffered the lone loss on the trip, doing so while posting a complete game and allowing just two runs on six hits and one walk over eight innings.
Right-hander Gerrit Cole (2-0, 0.96 ERA) will seek to maintain that momentum for the Astros.
Cole is 1-0 with a 3.46 ERA over two career starts against the Angels. In his previous outing against Los Angeles, Cole allowed three runs on six hits and one walk with four strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings in a 5-4 loss on June 5, 2016 at PNC Park while pitching for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Left-hander Tyler Skaggs (2-1, 3.98 ERA) earns the starting assignment for the Angels (14-8), who have lost five of six including a 4-2 setback on Sunday against the San Francisco Giants.
Skaggs is 3-2 with a 3.26 ERA over seven career starts against the Astros.
He faced Houston twice last season but did not factor in the decision in either game, allowing five runs (four earned) on six hits and two walks with three strikeouts over five innings in a 7-6 win at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on Aug. 26, and four runs on six hits and two walks with three strikeouts over five innings in a 7-5 road victory in his penultimate appearance of the season on Sept. 24.
The Angels are slumping like the Astros were a week ago, having been limited to two runs or less in five of six games, with their 4-3 win on Saturday serving as the exception.
Mike Trout homered for the third straight game, but the Angels were no-hit until the sixth inning in a 4-2 loss to the San Francisco Giants Sunday. Shohei Ohtani batted cleanup for the first time and was 1-for-4 in place of a resting Albert Pujols, who is eight hits shy of 3,000.
Pujols is expected to return to the starting lineup as the designated hitter. So is shortstop Andrelton Simmons, who exited Sunday's game after being hit in the right forearm.
"It's a little sore, but it's not that bad," Simmons told reporters. "I could throw, but not easily. I'm waiting for the welling to go down, but I think I should be ready to go if they let me."
The Angels raced to a 13-3 start and led Houston by 2 1/2 games in the division. The roles have reversed.
|Mariners||vs.||White Sox||8:10 (EDT) Preview|
White Sox look to get offense going vs. Mariners
Sunday, April 22 at 9:08 PM (EDT)
CHICAGO -- Until Sunday, the Seattle Mariners had found plenty of success when scoring at least four runs.
The Chicago White Sox, meanwhile, are just trying to figure out a way to score.
The Mariners enter Monday's series opener against the White Sox coming off only their second loss in 11 games when Seattle scored at least four times. Seattle (11-9) went 3-for-16 with runners in scoring position in a 7-4 loss to the Texas Rangers on Sunday.
The failure to take advantage of scoring opportunities wasted a big day by Mitch Haniger, who went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a home run and three RBIs. But as the Mariners' road trip continues in Chicago, manager Scott Servais knows that his team needs to be better at making the most of its chances.
"With all that traffic on the bases, you are hoping for more than four runs," Servais told reporters after Sunday's loss, according to the Seattle Times. "It was a good series. We won the series. It would have been nice to get the sweep today. We had the chances. We just didn't get the hits today."
The Mariners, who lost for the fourth time in six games, will attempt to regroup against the White Sox, who have dropped seven straight games.
Mike Leake (2-1, 4.50 ERA) will start for Seattle looking for his first win since April 7. Leake struck out seven in his most recent outing but yielded five earned runs in a loss to the Houston Astros. Leake will face the White Sox for the first time in his career.
The White Sox (4-14) managed to just score one run in Sunday's 7-1 loss to the Houston Astros. Chicago finished the three-game series being outscored 27-2, which continued a trend in which the White Sox have struggled to generate enough offense to keep them competitive.
"You kind of understand that you're in the middle of a rebuild," shortstop Tim Anderson said Sunday, according to the Chicago Tribune. "Struggling is going to happen so we just have to learn from it and just keep playing.
"It's a game and we just have to go out and have fun. The wins will come."
Miguel Gonzalez (0-3, 12.41) continues to search for his first victory of the season after his roughest outing of the year. He was charged with eight earned runs in just three innings against the Oakland Athletics and has surrendered at least four earned runs in each of his starts. Gonzalez is 1-2 in five career starts against the Mariners with a 6.49 ERA.
While Chicago attempts to end its skid as its homestand continues Monday, manager Rick Renteria said he's not worried about morale becoming an issue. Sunday's loss dropped the White Sox to 1-8 at home this season.
"Look, the only guy that can bring these guys down is going to be me, and that's not going to happen. I'll pick these guys up every single day, not that they need it," Renteria told reporters, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. "But understand this ... no one likes walking away from any activity, any competition, on the bottom side of the outcome. No one.
"So they're having to understand and appreciating and respecting the loss knowing what's going on, and then they've got to put it to bed and they've got to get ready for the next one.
"I wouldn't worry about their morale. We're going to keep going."
|Padres||vs.||Rockies||8:40 (EDT) Preview|
Padres, Rockies hoping to avoid carryover from last meeting
Sunday, April 22 at 10:22 PM (EDT)
DENVER -- A scheduling oddity created a third early-season series between the San Diego Padres and Colorado Rockies.
A question looms over the quirk about whether anything will carryover from the last meeting.
San Diego opens a three-game series at Colorado Monday night and it will take place less than two weeks after the teams engaged in a benches-clearing brawl.
Monday is the 10th meeting between the two. In the ninth meeting on April 11, Padres starter Luis Perdomo threw a 96 mph fastball behind Nolan Arenado in the third inning, Arenado charged the mound, threw punches at Perdomo and a melee ensued.
Arenado was suspended for five games and finished serving the suspension last week. Rockies outfielder Gerardo Parra was suspended four games for his part in the fight.
Parra began serving that suspension Sunday and will miss the three-game series with the Padres.
The Padres were upset that Rockies pitchers hit four of their batters -- one on April 2 and another on April 3 at San Diego, another on April 10 and one more in the second inning after Perdomo hit Rockies shortstop Trevor Story with a pitch in the first. Perdomo won't be involved in this series, since the Padres optioned him to Triple-A El Paso on Thursday.
Asked about the possibility of another incident, Arenado said:
"Hopefully another one doesn't happen. I don't know what's going to happen. If it happens again, I can't really predict that.
"But I hope I don't get thrown at on purpose. We'll see. I don't plan to fight, but I don't know what's going to happen."
Rockies second baseman DJ LeMahieu said he thought "tensions will still be high" but the teams are likely done fighting. Asked whether the Padres aggression is the result of a young team trying to establish itself, LeMahieu pointed the finger at Padres manager Andy Green.
"I think their manager thinks he has to act a certain way," LeMahieu said. "I don't think that comes from the players. I think the players play the game the right way."
Chad Bettis, who is 3-0 with a 1.44 ERA will start for the Rockies against Bryan Mitchell, who is 0-2 with a 5.03 ERA and has 17 walks and seven strikeouts in 19 2/3 innings in his four starts.
The Rockies are unbeaten in Bettis' starts, and he is 2-0, 0.63 in his past two games, allowing one earned run in 14 1/3 innings in that stretch.
Bettis, who is 4-2, 2.96 in 12 starts against the Padres, beat them and Mitchell on April 2 at San Diego.
In Colorado's 7-4 win that night, Bettis gave up two runs in five innings, while Mitchell allowed a season-high five runs in five innings.
Mitchell, who is 0-1, 9.00 in one start against the Rockies, gave up three runs and five hits in six innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday in his last start but wasn't involved in the decision as the Padres lost 7-3 in 12 innings.
Losers of three of their past four games, the Rockies (12-11) are 3-6 at Coors Field and have dropped their first three home series this season, losing two of three games in each series. In a 9-7 loss Sunday to the Chicago Cubs, the Rockies scored their most runs since the 7-4 win at San Diego on April 2.
The Padres (8-15) have lost five of their past six games and have scored 18 runs in that stretch. Eric Hosmer was 0-for-3 as the Padres struck out 15 times in Sunday's 4-2 loss at Arizona.
Hosmer is hitting .241 overall but is 3-for-28 since getting two hits in the last meeting with the Rockies.
"It's tough because from a team standpoint, you want to be a guy to break the team (slump) up and get the big hit to loosen everybody up," Hosmer told reporters. "Individually, it's the same battle. You want to get the hit to feel good and gain some ground in the box. Right now, it's just not happening. We got to continue to put the work in and trust it, and hope it turns."
The Rockies are 4-3 against the Padres this season, having won three of four at San Diego and lost two of three at Coors Field. Hosmer went 6-for-12 in the last series at Colorado when the Padres scored 16 runs.
|Marlins||vs.||Dodgers||10:10 (EDT) Preview|
Young guns on display when Marlins, Dodgers clash
Monday, April 23 at 12:30 AM (EDT)
LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers will get a look at their future Monday night when Walker Buehler makes his starting debut against the Miami Marlins.
The club's top prospect made his major league debut in 2017, but he was limited to a role as a late-season hard-throwing reliever, as the club was determined to keep his innings count low.
Buehler gave up eight runs in 9 1/3 innings in 2017, but four came in his second career outing when the moment seemed to overwhelm him. He finished the year giving up two runs over his final five innings, but was not added to the roster for the playoffs.
"September, obviously it was moving pretty quick for him," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said, according to mlb.com. "It was a learning process. But I think spring training he showed really well. I love his four-pitch mix and I think he's going to come here and pitch well."
Buehler saw only four innings of action in Cactus League games this spring, giving up just one hit without allowing a run. He made more of a showing in minor-league camp, then went 1-0 with a 2.10 ERA in three starts for Triple-A Oklahoma City. In 13 innings, he had 16 strikeouts and four walks.
The Marlins come to Los Angeles after getting swept in a four-game series by the Milwaukee Brewers. Justin Bour drove in both runs but the Marlins struck out 11 times in a 4-2 loss on Sunday and lost seven of their last eight games, winning only at New York against the Yankees on Tuesday in that stretch.
While the Dodgers are going with a youngster in Monday's series opener, the Marlins will go with something of a hot pitcher. Left-hander Jarlin Garcia (1-0, 0.86 ERA) has been impressive in his transition to a starting role.
Garcia's victory came in Tuesday's 9-1 win at Yankee Stadium, seeing his streak of 10 consecutive hitless innings end in a game where he worked around five walks. In 11 innings in the starting rotation, he has given up just one hit.
Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto isn't about to make excuses for the club's struggles, saying the field at Dodger Stadium on Monday is where the turnaround must begin.
"Nothing clicks unless you're on the field," Realmuto said Sunday, according to mlb.com. "It's all about what you do in the batter's box, what you're doing on the mound. There's not too much you can do to stop this ship until you go out there and perform and win games when the pressure is on the line."
The Marlins head to Los Angeles facing a Dodgers team that is finally starting to play some quality baseball. The Dodgers have won five of their last six games, earning a sweep at San Diego and winning two of three against the Nationals over the weekend after Yasmani Grandal hit a two-run double, Cody Bellinger hit an RBI double and Corey Seager drove in the tiebreaking run in the seventh during a 4-3 win on Sunday.
The Dodgers are now 10-10, moving back to the .500 mark for the first time since they were 2-2 on April 1 when they split the opening four-game series of the season with the San Francisco Giants.
The Marlins will enter the three games at Dodger Stadium in last place in the NL East at 5-16, and are just 2-7 on the road. The two road victories are tied for the lowest in the major leagues.
|Nationals||vs.||Giants||10:15 (EDT) Preview|
Giants turn to Stratton for series opener vs. Nationals
Monday, April 23 at 12:27 AM (EDT)
SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco Giants right-hander Chris Stratton will seek to duplicate two impressive efforts when he takes the mound for the opener of a three-game series against the Washington Nationals on Monday night.
The series is the first in San Francisco since Giants reliever Hunter Strickland plunked Nationals star Bryce Harper with a pitch last May, triggering a brawl at the mound that resulted in the ejection of both players.
The Giants got the worst of the altercation, with slugging backup Michael Morse suffering a career-ending concussion in a collision with teammate Jeff Samardzija near the mound.
Stratton wasn't with the Giants at the time, but he contributed one of the best-pitched games of his young career when the clubs met again in Washington in August.
Making just his third career start, the 27-year-old shut out the Nationals on five hits over 6 2/3 innings in a 4-2 win. He struck out 10.
It's the only time he has faced Washington.
Stratton (1-1, 2.22) has won just four times since, and came close to a fifth when he limited Arizona to one run in seven innings in his last start on Wednesday. He did not, however, get a decision in the 4-3 win, during which he recorded eight strikeouts.
The Giants will be opening a 10-game homestand following a 10-game trip on which they went just 4-6. Statton started two of the four wins.
Stratton wasn't the only Giants starter who pitched well on the trip. The club is coming off a series win against the Los Angeles Angels in which both Samardzija and Johnny Cueto took shutouts late into wins.
Strickland saved Sunday's 4-2 win for Cueto, and afterward was asked about his thoughts of seeing Harper again.
"Win a series," is all he would say.
In the Nationals, the Giants will be seeing a team coming off a high-profile series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, one that included a meeting on Sunday Night Baseball.
Washington lost two of three in the rematch of 2017 division winners, scoring a total of just eight runs on 21 hits in the three games, which ended with the Nationals stranding two in the top of the ninth of a 4-3 loss on Sunday.
Harper went 2-for-10 in the series, which the Nationals played without injured regulars Daniel Murphy, Anthony Rendon and Adam Eaton. They remain out.
Left-hander Gio Gonzalez (2-1, 2.49) will oppose Stratton.
The veteran has made 12 career starts against the Giants, going 5-4 with a 3.06 ERA.
He restored order to the Nationals-Giants series in San Francisco last season the day after the brawl, pitching 6 1/3 innings in a 6-3 win. It improved his record at AT&T Park to 2-3 with a 3.95 ERA in seven starts.
Gonzalez threw 97 pitches in beating the New York Mets 5-2 in his last start, allowing two runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings on Tuesday.
That pitch total wasn't even five times the number Giants first baseman Brandon Belt saw in one historic at-bat Sunday against the Angels' Jaime Barria in the first inning.
Belt fouled off 16 pitches and flied out on the 21st pitch of the at-bat, the most pitches in a Major League Baseball at-bat since 1988.
Afterward, Belt apologized.
"When I'm in the field, I hate it when a batter keeps fouling pitches off," he insisted. "I'm like, 'Dude, just put it in play. It's not that hard. Let's go.' So, I basically had to apologize to everybody after that."
|Braves||vs.||Reds||6:40 (EDT) Preview|
Riggleman to make Reds home debut vs. Braves
Sunday, April 22 at 8:08 PM (EDT)
So far, the Cincinnati Reds of manager Jim Riggleman haven't looked that much different than the Cincinnati Reds of Bryan Price.
Not much hitting. Certainly not much pitching. And, from the looks of things, not much hope for the immediate future.
The Reds return home Monday to face the Atlanta Braves in their first game at Great American Ball Park since Riggleman replaced Price as manager last week. About all that's different since the managerial change is the Reds are 3-18 after being 3-15 when Price was let go.
The St. Louis Cardinals finished off a second successive weekend swept of the Reds by winning 9-2 on Sunday at Busch Stadium, Cincinnati's fifth loss in a row, 13th in 14 games and 15th in 17 games. The Reds already are 0-7 against the Cardinals this season, and their 3-18 start is the worst in franchise history -- and the franchise is 136 years old. It's also the worst record in the majors.
Reds right-hander Luis Castillo lasted five innings Sunday, surrendering three runs and seven hits while walking four, and the bullpen gave up six runs in the next three innings.
"There's better days ahead for him (Castillo) and the ballclub," Riggleman said after the game.
The Reds can only hope so, but their numbers don't lie. They're hitting only .220 as a team and the team ERA is 5.55, with both numbers ranking in the bottom five in the majors.
If management was hoping for the turnaround that quite often occurs when a managerial or coaching change is made -- even if it's short-lasting -- that hasn't been the case with the Reds. They've now lost 24 of their last 28 games dating to last season, when they dropped 10 of their final 12.
"We've got to pitch better and hit better," Riggleman said.
Atlanta, which unexpectedly got Sunday off when its series finale against the New York Mets was rained out at SunTrust Park, has won three of its last four.
The Reds will send one of their many struggling starters to the mound to begin the four-game series, with right-hander Sal Romano making his fifth start of the season. He's 0-2 with a 5.75 ERA, allowing four homers and walking 11 in 20 1/3 innings.
Romano did beat the Braves last season, allowing one run and five hits in seven innings of the Reds' 5-3 win on Aug. 18. He doesn't have much of a history with the current Braves hitters, although Freddie Freeman has doubled off him in three career at-bats.
Romano will be opposed by right-hander Mike Foltynewicz, whose start was pushed back a day by the rainout. He's off to a good start with a 1-1 record, 2.53 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 21 1/3 innings.
Foltynewicz didn't get the decision in a 5-1 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday in which he gave up only one earned run and four hits while striking out eight and walking four in six innings -- all while admittedly not having his best stuff.
"My fastball command wasn't there, but it had good life," he said. "I was effectively wild. I kind of had to rely on the slider."
Foltynewicz's outing impressed manager Brian Snitker, who said, "He kept the game in check, never gave it and made pitches when he had to."
Foltynewicz has had success against the Reds, going 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA against them in three starts, striking out 19 while allowing 14 hits in 18 2/3 innings.
Among the current Reds batters, Joey Votto is 2-for-5 (.400) against him, Billy Hamilton is 2-for-9 (.222) with a double, and Scooter Gennett is 0-for-4.
The Braves and Reds split their six games last season.
|Indians||vs.||Orioles||7:05 (EDT) Preview|
Indians look to take series in Baltimore
Sunday, April 22 at 7:58 PM (EDT)
The Cleveland Indians have been carried by some stellar starting pitching and can take three of four games against the slumping Baltimore Orioles in the series finale Monday at Camden Yards.
Cleveland's rotation, consisting of 2017 Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer, Mike Clevinger and Carlos Carrasco, has been dominant. Clevinger pitched a shutout Saturday and Kluber followed with his third straight win Sunday.
The team's bats are also starting to come around.
"We kept pushing and took some better swings," Indians manager Terry Francona said about the offense. "When we hit the ball the other way, we almost get more dangerous."
Cleveland third baseman Jose Ramirez has been one of the hottest hitters in the series and has homered three times in the past two games. He leads the Indians with seven home runs on the year.
"I try not to do too much," Ramirez said. "I just look for a good pitch and then I hit it somewhere."
Carrasco (3-0, 3.48 ERA) takes the mound for the finale. Carrasco won his first three starts before getting a no-decision in a 2-1 loss to Minnesota on April 16 in Puerto Rico. He allowed just three hits over seven scoreless innings. Carrasco struck out seven and walked just one batter.
Carrasco is 2-2 with a 2.88 ERA in five career games (four starts) against Baltimore.
The Orioles, who have lost nine of 10 and are 10 games under .500, will counter with Kevin Gausman (1-1, 6.60). After a slow start, the right-hander has pitched better in his last two outings.
Gausman allowed just two runs and nine hits with four strikeouts and no walks over six innings April 18 against the Tigers. He credited the recent success to altering his delivery where he brings his hands over his head during his windup
"I was doing my dry throws and started messing around with it and it felt really good," said Gausman, who is 2-2 with a 2.53 ERA in four career games, including three starts, against Cleveland. "Felt like I was landing in the same spot every time and like I was really reaching toward home plate."
Orioles shortstop Manny Machado has carried the offense and he homered twice on Sunday against Kluber. Machado has eight home runs on the season.
The Orioles received some good news on the injury front with Mark Trumbo (strained right quad) ready for a rehab assignment at Double-A Bowie this week.
"He's going to play three games in Bowie. I know that for sure," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "And the schedule calls for him to play three more with Norfolk. There's some chances he'll need more than that. This guy hasn't had a spring training, you know? And that requires him being OK from a physical standpoint."
Outfielder Trey Mancini is also making progress with right knee injury. It appears Mancini will avoid a trip to the DL.
"Trey is better," Showalter said. "I think that's heading in the right direction. We had that quick turnaround, didn't expect him to be (ready), then 1 o'clock today. But he's trending in the right direction.
Indians center fielder Bradley Zimmer was scratched from lineup less than an hour from the first pitch Sunday with right ankle sprain. Rajai Davis replaced him and went 0 for 2. Zimmer could be back in the lineup Monday, Francona said.
|Twins||vs.||Yankees||7:05 (EDT) Preview|
Yankees, hot-shot prospect Torres face Twins, hot Dozier
Sunday, April 22 at 10:12 PM (EDT)
NEW YORK -- It was a different type of weekend for Brian Dozier and Gleyber Torres.
While Dozier continued his hot start by getting a hit in his 16th straight game, the Minnesota Twins wound up with a frustrating three-game sweep by the Tampa Bay Rays.
Meanwhile, Torres found out Saturday afternoon he was headed to the majors and made his debut Sunday as the New York Yankees capped a solid weekend by taking three of four from the Toronto Blue Jays.
Dozier will try to keep his streak alive while Torres will appear in his second major league game with the Yankees in the opener of a four-game series Monday night at Yankee Stadium.
Dozier owns the longest active streak in baseball and broke the Minnesota record (since 1961) set by Josh Willingham (2012) and Kirby Puckett (1994) for the longest streak to start a season when he went 2-for-5 with two RBIs.
"He has just been steady," Twins manager Paul Molitor told reporters. "He's not giving away any at-bats. We don't have a lot of guys swinging the bat that well, but he is doing the job."
Dozier's latest hits, however, occurred during an 8-6 loss decided when Addison Reed allowed a two-run game-winning homer to Carlos Gomez in the ninth inning.
While Dozier is hitting .310 (22-for-71) this season and owns a 23-game hitting streak dating back to Sept. 22, the Twins are only 8-8. They have lost four of five with two walk-off losses and the one win coming in the 15th inning on Wednesday in Puerto Rico.
"We're heading into a tough environment to play for four days," Molitor told reporters. "I think we've got enough leadership in there that we'll bounce back. Hopefully we can keep scoring."
Molitor is hoping to avoid things like getting outscored 26-14 and seeing his relievers allowed 15 runs and 20 hits in 10 innings.
Torres, who is New York's top prospect, joined the Yankees for Sunday's 5-1 win. He received a standing ovation before his first at-bat and was 0-for-4.
"There's a lot going on, but it's very precise," said Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, who also compared Torres to Chicago Cubs second baseman Javier Baez. "He's got some cool action in there and there's some pop at the end. He's going to be good, man. He is good already."
Torres joined the Yankee system as the centerpiece of the 2016 trade that sent current closer Aroldis Chapman to the Chicago Cubs. He underwent Tommy John surgery on the ulnar collateral ligament in his left (nonthrowing) elbow last June but recovered quickly and was batting .347 with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre before getting the call to join the Yankees.
Torres can play every infield position but first base and will be the second baseman for the foreseeable future, especially with third baseman Miguel Andujar's recent showings. Andujar went 4-for-4 Sunday and is hitting .542 (13-for-24) with 10 extra-base hits and seven RBIs in his last six games.
"We feel like he's a legitimate defender at all three spots," said Yankees manager Aaron Boone, whose second baseman combined for a .601 OPS before Torres joined the team. "Generally speaking, the plan (right now) is for him to be a second baseman."
New York's Masahiro Tanaka will attempt to rebound from a pair of shaky starts against the Boston Red Sox and Miami Marlins. Tanaka has allowed 12 earned runs on 15 hits spanning 10 innings in his last two starts.
Tanaka allowed 35 homers last season and has allowed at least one homer in four straight starts. The only time he allowed at least one homer in five straight outings occurred during his rookie season from June 5-28, 2014.
Tanaka is 4-0 with a 2.48 ERA against the Twins, who have yet to homer off him in 29 innings. Despite his success against Minnesota, Dozier (5-for-14) and Eduardo Escobar (6-for-13) have done well off the right-hander.
Jake Odorizzi will make his fifth start for the Twins and is 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA. He also is coming off his worst outing of the season when he allowed four runs and six hits in five innings in Tuesday's 6-1 loss to the Cleveland Indians in Puerto Rico.
Odorizzi owns plenty of experience against the Yankees from spending the previous five seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays. He is 5-7 with a 4.31 ERA in 14 appearances (13 starts) against the Yankees.
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Dodgers rally from 3 runs down to top Nationals 4-3
By GREG BEACHAM - AP Sports Writer
Monday, April 23 at 12:27 AM (EDT)
LOS ANGELES (AP) Although Cody Bellinger's fierce line drive drove in the tying run, it hit the center field wall so quickly that the throw back to the infield beat him to second base.
No problem: Bellinger adroitly avoided the tag with a swim move he learned from watching Mike Trout on television, and the Dodgers kept charging toward the latest win in their comeback surge.
Bellinger followed Yasmani Grandal's two-run double with an RBI double in the sixth, and Corey Seager drove in Austin Barnes with the go-ahead run in the seventh inning of Los Angeles' sixth win in seven games, 4-3 over the Washington Nationals on Sunday night.
With smart plays by Bellinger, Barnes and almost everybody else, the Dodgers (10-10) got back to .500 after a rough start for the defending NL champions. They were largely dominated by Jeremy Hellickson until they erased a three-run deficit in the sixth with three big hits from their patchwork lineup.
''There were signs of that old ballclub when we were coming from behind,'' Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. ''That was good to see.''
Los Angeles went ahead shortly after Barnes was hit by a pitch from Trevor Gott (0-1). Barnes wisely advanced to third on Chris Taylor's single and scored on Seager's fly.
''You've got to make something happen in that situation,'' Barnes said of his dash to third. ''We're trying to get runs on the board late in the game. It was worth a shot. Be aggressive and play our kind of baseball, and eventually it'll pay off for us.''
Alex Wood pitched six innings of six-hit ball for the Dodgers, and Josh Fields (1-0) survived a rocky seventh inning.
Kenley Jansen pitched the ninth for his first save since April 10 and his third of the season - but not without drama. The Dodgers' vaunted closer began the ninth by yielding two singles, but then struck out Andrew Stevenson and Trea Turner before ending it on Howie Kendrick's fly to the warning track.
Michael Taylor homered, doubled, singled and walked for the Nationals, who have lost seven of 11.
Hellickson retired 14 straight Dodgers before doubles by Chris Taylor and Grandal, with a walk by Seager sandwiched between them. Bellinger followed with his go-ahead line drive against Sammy Solis.
''The one that Taylor got was probably just a tad up,'' Hellickson said. ''(The pitch to) Grandal was down. Probably the only at-bat I'd like to have back is that one to Seager.''
Michael Taylor put his first homer of the season into the home bullpen beyond left field in the fourth. He then doubled, advanced on Wood's pickoff throw into center field and scored on Moises Sierra's mid-length fly in the sixth for a 3-0 lead.
In just his second start of the season, Hellickson settled in splendidly after yielding Seager's double in the first inning. The Dodgers didn't even manage to hit the ball out of the infield again until Chris Taylor's one-out double in the sixth.
But Grandal eventually laced a line drive into the right field corner, extending his hitting streak to a career-best 11 games and chasing Hellickson.
''They're just good, experienced hitters,'' Hellickson said. ''They've won a lot of games for a lot of years. It's a good, veteran lineup that makes you work.''
Dodgers reliever Tony Cingrani struck out Bryce Harper in the eighth inning. The left-hander has struck out 15 of the 29 batters he has faced this season. Harper went 1 for 4 with a third-inning single.
Jansen has struggled this season with an inert cutter, blowing two of his first four save opportunities. He gave up singles to Matt Adams and Wilmer Difo leading off the ninth, but buckled down and finished up.
Nationals: INF Anthony Rendon's bruised toe finally landed him on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to last Thursday. RHP Austin Adams was called up from Triple-A Syracuse.
Dodgers: LHP Rich Hill threw a bullpen session in his return from a cracked fingernail. He is close to returning, but prospect Walker Buehler will take Hill's next scheduled turn in the rotation Monday.
Nationals: Gio Gonzalez (2-1, 2.49 ERA) makes his fifth start of the season in the series opener at San Francisco on Monday. He has yet to allow more than two earned runs in any appearance this season.
Dodgers: Buehler, one of the top pitching prospects in baseball, will make his first big-league start Monday night in the opener of a home series against the Miami Marlins. He struggled during eight relief appearances for the Dodgers late last season but has been outstanding this spring at Triple-A Oklahoma City.
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Torres makes debut as young Yankees beat Blue Jays 5-1
By MIKE FITZPATRICK - AP Baseball Writer
Sunday, April 22 at 6:53 PM (EDT)
NEW YORK (AP) With a team full of 20-somethings, the New York Yankees played like seasoned veterans.
Luis Severino pitched three-hit ball over seven innings and the youthful Yankees beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-1 on Sunday even as prized prospect Gleyber Torres went 0 for 4 in his major league debut.
The 21-year-old Torres, who stranded six runners, played second base and batted eighth in a Yankees lineup that didn't include a player 30 or older for the first time since Sept. 29, 1989, according to STATS.
''We've worked really hard, long before I got here, at building this organization from the ground up and they've done a great job,'' first-year manager Aaron Boone said. ''I feel like we're in a position not only to be a really good team in the short-term, but in the long-term.''
Didi Gregorius homered, No. 9 batter Austin Romine laced a two-run double and streaking rookie Miguel Andujar had a career-high four hits, including an RBI double, to help New York take three of four in the series from its AL East rival.
The 10 players who started for the Yankees, including Severino, averaged 26 years old - the youngest group they've fielded since Sept. 26, 1970, STATS said.
''It's what everybody's been talking about: We've got a lot of prospects in the minor league system,'' Gregorius said. ''They've got a lot of energy.''
The last time the Yankees didn't have a player 30 or older in the lineup for an April game was 1942, according to STATS. With veteran left fielder Brett Gardner receiving a rest, the eldest starter on the field was Romine, the team's 29-year-old backup catcher.
Romine said a buddy texted him about that before the game.
''I thought it was hilarious,'' he said. ''I was used to being the youngest guy. Obviously it's going to change, but I mean, I was 22, 23 catching 40-year-olds. And now I'm almost 30. I had to laugh about it. ... It just speaks volumes to our team.''
Teoscar Hernandez homered in the sixth off Severino (4-1), who struck out six and walked two. The right-hander won for only the second time in nine outings against Toronto.
''That's what an ace looks like when he's not perfect,'' Boone said.
David Robertson and Aroldis Chapman each worked a scoreless inning to finish the four-hitter.
Giancarlo Stanton made two tough catches in sunny left field .
Jaime Garcia (2-1) gave up four runs in 5 1/3 innings for the Blue Jays (13-8), who lost consecutive games for the first time since starting the season 0-2 at home against the Yankees. Toronto had won its last five following a defeat.
The Blue Jays went 1 for 16 with runners in scoring position over the final two games of the series and were held to a single run in each.
''It was Severino's day today. You build a lead for him, he's probably going to shut it down, go late in the game,'' manager John Gibbons said. ''It was no day at the beach.''
Garcia made his first start against New York. The lefty started eight games for the Yankees down the stretch last season, going 0-3 with a 4.82 ERA.
''I feel personally I didn't get the job done today,'' Garcia said. ''I knew this was going to be a tough challenge. ... Just three pitches pretty much that cost me the game.''
Gregorius hit a solo home run in the first inning. He added a sacrifice fly in the seventh after Aaron Hicks stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by catcher Russell Martin.
Romine's two-run double came with two outs in the second after Torres struck out with two runners in scoring position. He also grounded into a double play, popped out and flied out.
Andujar drove home a run in the sixth with his second double, giving him 10 extra-base hits in his last six games. He had two infield singles and finished 4 for 4 to raise his average to .308.
The 23-year-old Andujar became the youngest Yankees player to get four hits in a game since Melky Cabrera at 21 in 2006.
''In Andujar and Gleyber, we know we've got two really good players. It's just a matter of when they complete their development,'' Boone said.
Blue Jays: 2B Devon Travis was back in the lineup. He missed the previous two games after fouling a ball off his left foot Thursday night in the series opener. ... SS Aledmys Diaz was rested in favor of rookie Lourdes Gurriel Jr.
Yankees: Boone said OF Clint Frazier has passed the concussion protocol and could begin playing in games early this week in Tampa, Florida. The team was just waiting for Major League Baseball to clear Frazier for action.
Hernandez has five home runs in 10 career games against the Yankees. Seven of his 12 hits this season have been for extra bases.
Blue Jays: Following an off day, LHP J.A. Happ (3-1, 4.50 ERA) starts Tuesday night at home against Boston RHP Rick Porcello (4-0, 1.40).
Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka (2-2, 6.45) pitches Monday night on five days' rest in the opener of a four-game series against visiting Minnesota. The right-hander is 4-0 with a 2.48 ERA in four career starts vs. the Twins, but is coming off a pair of rough outings against Boston and Miami.
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Ramirez hits 2 HRs to lift Kluber, Indians past Orioles 7-3
By DAVID GINSBURG - AP Sports Writer
Sunday, April 22 at 5:28 PM (EDT)
BALTIMORE (AP) The Cleveland Indians figured it would only be a matter of time before their struggling offense provided some support to a solid starting rotation.
Jose Ramirez and the rest of the batting order finally got into a groove Sunday, and the result was a 14-hit attack that carried Corey Kluber and the Indians past the Baltimore Orioles 7-3.
Cleveland came into the game with a .211 team batting average and ranked second-to-last in the AL in runs scored. On this day, however, Ramirez hit a solo shot in the fourth inning and a two-run drive in the ninth, and Yan Gomes had three hits to lift his batting average 41 points to .261.
''When things are not going my way, I stay positive and work it,'' Ramirez said through a translator. ''I know eventually I'm going to break out.''
Ramirez has three homers in two games and a team-leading seven for the season.
''I try not to do too much,'' Ramirez said. ''I just look for a good pitch and then I hit it somewhere.''
Kluber yielded two home runs to Manny Machado, but the Indians twice came from behind before tacking on three runs in the ninth.
''I thought we did a pretty good job,'' manager Terry Francona said. ''When they came back, we came back at them. We kept pushing and took some better swings.''
Kluber (3-1) allowed three runs and six hits over seven-plus innings. The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner walked none and struck out four to move past Charles Nagy into sixth place on the Indians' career strikeout list with 1,238.
''It doesn't matter if you feel you pitched well or didn't pitch well. The goal is to end the game with more runs they do,'' Kluber said. ''That's what we did.''
Machado's third multihomer game of the season wasn't enough to prevent the Orioles from losing for the ninth time in 10 games, a skid that has dropped them 10 games under .500 (6-16).
''You know what? There's no excuse for what's happening,'' Machado said. ''We need to play better overall. Nobody is in here pointing fingers. We are in here together, and we are going to ride or die together.''
Andrew Cashner (1-3) gave up four runs and eight hits in six innings, walking two and striking out seven. He's 0-3 with 7.41 ERA in three lifetime appearances against the Indians.
After Machado connected in the first inning, Cleveland went up 2-1 in the fourth when Edwin Encarnacion and Yonder Alonso hit successive doubles following a leadoff homer by Ramirez.
Baltimore regained the lead in the bottom half. After Machado homered, Adam Jones doubled and scored on a single by Chris Davis.
A pair of walks and run-scoring singles by Francisco Lindor and Michael Brantley put the Indians up 4-3 in the fifth.
''Once you get the lead, you can't give it up,'' Cashner lamented.
Indians: CF Bradley Zimmer was a late scratch with a mild right ankle sprain. He was replaced by Rajai Davis.
Orioles: LF Trey Mancini missed a second straight game with a swollen right knee. ... DH Mark Trumbo (strained right quad) will begin a three-game stint with Double-A Bowie on Monday, then play three games with Triple-A Norfolk later in the week, manager Buck Showalter said. He won't be rushed to return. ''It's important we get it right the first time,'' Showalter said.
Indians right-hander Josh Tomlin threw a side session Saturday and is expected to start Tuesday against the Cubs. Francona opted to skip Tomlin's last scheduled start Wednesday to reset the rotation after Cleveland had two straight games postponed last weekend.
Indians: Carlos Carrasco (3-0, 3.48 ERA) starts the series finale Monday night. The right-hander is 9-0 with a 1.75 ERA over his past 11 starts since Aug. 27.
Orioles: RHP Kevin Gausman (1-1, 5.57) makes his fifth start of the season after allowing 27 hits - including six homers - over 21 innings.
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Moustakas, Almonte slug Royals past Tigers 8-5
By NOAH TRISTER - AP Baseball Writer
Sunday, April 22 at 6:12 PM (EDT)
DETROIT (AP) Buck Farmer kept throwing changeups to Mike Moustakas, and the Kansas City slugger eventually adjusted.
''After the first three or four, I was starting sitting on it,'' Moustakas said. ''Finally, he ended up leaving one up, and I was able to get a good swing on it.''
Moustakas hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer in the seventh inning, and the Kansas City Royals outlasted the Detroit Tigers 8-5 on Sunday to earn a split of their four-game series.
Abraham Almonte hit a grand slam in the sixth to give the Royals a 5-2 lead, but Detroit tied it with three runs in the bottom of the inning.
Kansas City took the lead again when Drew VerHagen (0-1) walked two batters in the seventh and Moustakas hit a drive to right off Farmer. It was the sixth pitch of the at-bat.
The Royals won for only the second time in 12 games, and Moustakas extended his hitting streak to 14.
Kevin McCarthy (1-0) became the first Kansas City reliever credited with a win this season, although that came after he let the lead slip away in the sixth. Brian Flynn pitched two scoreless innings of relief for the Royals, and Kelvin Herrera worked a perfect ninth for his fourth save.
Detroit starter Francisco Liriano took a no-hitter into the sixth before Whit Merrifield led off with a homer to left. With two on and one out, Alex Wilson came on in relief and walked his first batter to load the bases. Almonte followed with a drive to right for his second career grand slam .
''I came into a big spot and I didn't do my job,'' Wilson said. ''There's nothing puzzling about it - I made terrible pitches.''
Royals starter Eric Skoglund walked the first two hitters of the bottom of the sixth, then was relieved by McCarthy. Nicholas Castellanos greeted him with an RBI single, and an error by left fielder Paulo Orlando left men at second and third. One out later, JaCoby Jones hit an RBI single, and James McCann added a sacrifice fly to make it 5-all.
''It is frustrating that Frankie gave us a chance and our hitters got us right back into the game, but our bullpen couldn't get the ball over the plate,'' Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. ''We had some guys who weren't available today, so we were mixing and matching, but no matter who we bring in, we need them to throw the ball over the plate and get outs.''
The Tigers took a 2-0 lead in the first on an RBI groundout by Miguel Cabrera and a run-scoring single by Castellanos.
Castellanos had three hits.
Almonte had a big ninth-inning hit in a win Friday night, then added three more hits Saturday. He wrapped up the series in impressive fashion with his grand slam.
''I've been feeling better every game, every at-bat,'' Almonte said. ''I'm getting more confident, I'm seeing the ball better.''
Although they finished on a sour note, the Tigers went 5-3 on their homestand, averaging 6.4 runs a game.
''We need to keep playing the way we played this week,'' leadoff hitter Leonys Martin said. ''We're not going to win every game, but we will give ourselves a chance. That's all you do. Play 27 outs and make sure you have a chance.''
Royals: C Salvador Perez (left knee sprain) caught seven innings and went 3 for 4 with a homer Saturday night on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Omaha. He went 1 for 3 as a DH on Sunday. ... OF Alex Gordon (left hip tear) went 1 for 2 with two walks Saturday and 1 for 3 on Sunday. ''They're close,'' Kansas City manager Ned Yost said.
Both teams are off Monday. The Royals begin a two-game home series against Milwaukee on Tuesday night. Kansas City sends RHP Ian Kennedy (1-2) to the mound against RHP Zach Davies (1-2). Former Royals star Lorenzo Cain plays for the Brewers now after signing with Milwaukee in January.
The Tigers begin a three-game series at Pittsburgh on Tuesday night, with Detroit RHP Jordan Zimmermann (1-0) facing RHP Chad Kuhl (2-1).
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Slumping Gomez homers in 9th, Rays beat Twins 8-6 for sweep
By MARK DIDTLER - Associated Press
Sunday, April 22 at 6:20 PM (EDT)
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) It seemed unlikely that slumping Carlos Gomez would follow through on hitting a home run for his son.
He had struck out three times in his first four hitless at-bats. His last trip to the plate, however, produced something special.
Gomez hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning and the Tampa Bay Rays completed a three-game sweep Sunday by beating the Minnesota Twins 8-6.
''He had a really good game (Saturday) playing soccer,'' Gomez said. ''They won the game because of the goal he put in. So, I told him it's my turn. I'll try and hit a homer for you. I did it and I know he's going to be really happy.''
C.J. Cron opened the ninth with a single off Addison Reed (0-1) and Gomez, mired in a 2-for-38 slide, hit the next pitch over the left field wall.
Earlier, Gomez broke his bat on his leg after striking out.
''What's impressive is he's able to rebound from that and not let it consume him,'' Rays manager Kevin Cash.
It was Gomez's first walk-off hit, coming in his 1,329th game.
''I'm really happy,'' Gomez said. ''Being the first time, I'm the right guy.''
Daniel Robertson had a career-high four hits for Tampa Bay, which has gone 7-5 after losing eight of nine to start the season.
Alex Colome (2-2) struck out three during a perfect ninth to get his second win in three days.
Minnesota had a lead in all three games.
''A tough series overall,'' Twins manager Paul Molitor said.
Twins pinch hitter Miguel Sano had an RBI single in the seventh and Brian Dozier made it 6-all with a two-run single in the eighth.
Dozier set a Twins record by extending his season-opening hitting streak to 16 games with a single in the third. He had shared the old mark of 15 with Kirby Puckett (1994) and Josh Willingham (2012). Dating to last season, Dozier has a hit in 23 straight games.
Adeiny Hechavarria hit a three-run homer during a four-run sixth that put Tampa Bay up 6-3. It was his first homer since last Sept. 27, and came on an 0-2 pitch from Alan Busenitz.
Cron hit his third homer over the past two games, a two-run shot off Twins right-hander Phil Hughes in the first.
Hughes allowed two runs and five hits over 3 1/3 innings in his first big league start since last July 14. He ended last season on the 60-day disabled list due to thoracic outlet syndrome and started this sidelined by a strained left oblique.
''Not an ideal start, especially pitch-count wise,'' said Hughes, who threw 35 of 70 pitches in the first. ''It didn't give me a chance to go as deep as I would have liked. But it feels good to be back.''
The Twins tied it at 2 on Eduardo Escobar's second-inning solo homer off Yonny Chirinos and an RBI single by Eddie Rosario in the third.
Chirinos, making his first appearance as the Rays' fourth starter, gave up two runs and four hits in 4 2/3 innings.
Twins: OF Byron Buxton (migraines) went 0 for 4 as the DH for Class A Fort Myers and against Bradenton. He may play in center field Monday and Tuesday for the Florida State League team.
Rays: 3B Matt Duffy (strained right hamstring) could be ready for a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday.
THINKING OF FARQUHAR
The Rays on their Twitter site posted photos of a uniform of former Tampa Bay pitcher Danny Farquhar being hung in the dugout along with the caption, ''You're in our thoughts, Danny.''
Farquhar, now with the Chicago White Sox, had a brain hemorrhage stemming from a ruptured aneurysm in the dugout during Friday night's game against Houston.
The Twins bullpen allowed 15 runs and 20 hits, including four homers, in 10 innings.
Twins: RHP Jake Odorizzi (1-1) goes against New York RHP Masahiro Tanaka (2-2) Monday night in the first of four games at Yankee Stadium.
Rays: RHP Jake Faria (1-1), who stopped a 10-game winless streak with his first victory since last July 25 against Texas Wednesday, starts the opener of a nine-game road trip Tuesday night at Baltimore.
Mets-Braves washout is 26th postponement of season
By CHARLES ODUM - AP Sports Writer
Sunday, April 22 at 4:33 PM (EDT)
ATLANTA (AP) Major League Baseball had its 26th postponement of the season when the New York Mets and Atlanta Braves were washed out Sunday, the most related to weather through April since the commissioner's officer started keeping records in 1986.
There were also 26 postponements through April in 2007, but one game then was called off following the death of St. Louis pitcher Josh Hancock.
Rain began falling at SunTrust Park late Sunday morning and was forecast to continue through the afternoon and night. The game will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader on May 28.
Braves manager Brian Snitker said the rainout will give his players a well-timed rest - even though he was hoping his team could build on momentum gained from Saturday night's 4-3 last at-bat win.
''We've still got seven days before we have an off day, so it will be good to give everybody an extra day,'' Snitker said.
Braves right-hander Mike Foltynewicz was pushed back and rescheduled to start Monday's series opener at Cincinnati. Snitker said others in the rotation also will be pushed back one day.
Mets starter Zack Wheeler will start Tuesday's series opener at St. Louis, following an off day.
Right-hander Noah Syndergaard will start against the Cardinals on Wednesday, filling the rotation spot originally planned for Matt Harvey. The Mets announced on Saturday that Harvey, struggling with a 6.00 ERA, is moving to the bullpen.
The unscheduled day off was well-timed for at least two Mets players.
Manager Mickey Callaway already planned to rest slumping right fielder Jay Bruce and third baseman Todd Frazier on Sunday.
Callaway said Frazier ''got spiked pretty good'' at third base on Saturday night. Callaway said Frazier's toe was ''throbbing pretty good.''
Bruce is hitting only .194 with one homer.
''We decided before the game (Saturday) we were going to give him a day off so he could have two in a row,'' Callaway said of Bruce. ''Just let him relax a little bit for a couple days.''
Bruce was 2 for 12 in the first three games of the series.
''He's in a spot right now where he's trying to figure things out and that's never a comfortable spot to be in,'' Callaway said. ''... Jay Bruce is a really good player. He'll bounce back. He's been through this before as everybody has. He'll end up turning it around.''
The Braves won two of three against the Mets for their first home series win in the NL East rivalry since June 19-21, 2015, when they won three straight.
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Altherr's RBI hit gives Phils 3-2 win and sweep over Pirates
By ROB MAADDI - AP Sports Writer
Sunday, April 22 at 6:13 PM (EDT)
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Aaron Altherr had quite a game for a guy who sat on the bench the first six innings.
Altherr's RBI single in the bottom of the 11th inning lifted the Phillies to a 3-2 victory over Pittsburgh on Sunday, giving Philadelphia its first four-game sweep over the Pirates in 24 years.
Andrew Knapp hit an opposite-field triple off the left-field wall with one out off Rich Rodriguez (0-1). With the infield in, Altherr pulled a 1-2 pitch to left for his third hit. He raised his hand in the air, ran to first and got mobbed by teammates.
''Feels great to have my first walk-off in the big leagues,'' Altherr said.
Altherr finished 3 for 3 with a triple, raising his average from .104 to .157. He's had to adjust to not being in the lineup every game because manager Gabe Kapler is rotating 10 players for eight starting spots.
''It's been really difficult as the days went on,'' Altherr said. ''I'm trying to stay positive and keep rolling.''
Kapler raved about Altherr's attitude.
''Coming into the season, we felt he was one of our best offensive players,'' Kapler said. ''He's had some bad luck. I'm sure he wanted to play more regularly but every day he comes in with a smile, he comes prepared and he works his tail off. Good things happen to good people. He deserves it. His teammate behavior has been unparalleled. It's outstanding.''
The Phillies have won 13 of 16 since a 1-4 start and are seven games over .500 for the first time since they were 24-17 on May 18, 2016. They finished 71-91 that season and lost 96 games last year.
Philadelphia had not swept a four-game series from the Pirates since May 12-15, 1994. Pittsburgh has lost four in a row and six of seven after an 11-4 start.
''We had opportunities throughout the game,'' Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. ''We had a rough week. We need a day off and figure things out and show up ready to play Tuesday.''
Elias Diaz hit a two-run homer for Pittsburgh.
Pirates starter Trevor Williams allowed two runs and only one hit - an RBI double to pitcher Nick Pivetta - in six innings. He had five walks and fanned seven.
Pivetta gave up two runs and five hits, striking out seven in 6 1/3 innings.
After Diaz went deep to give the Pirates a 2-0 lead in the top of the fifth, Pivetta helped himself. He lined a run-scoring double down the right-field line - his first career extra-base hit.
Pivetta scurried to third base on a wild pitch and hustled home on Cesar Hernandez's sacrifice fly that tied it at 2.
''I was just trying to get the two runs I gave up back,'' Pivetta said.
Phillies reliever Victor Arano had retired all 25 batters he faced this season and 32 straight, dating to last season, before Starling Marte reached safely on third baseman Scott Kingery's throwing error to start the ninth. Arano pitched out of a jam in the 10th after pinch-hitter Josh Bell hit a triple with one out.
Yacksel Rios (3-0) tossed a scoreless inning, stranding two runners, to earn the win.
Philadelphia's Odubel Herrera has reached base safely in a career-best 23 straight games.
Phillies: Reliever Tommy Hunter was activated from the disabled list. The righty had been sidelined all season with a strained right hamstring. He tossed a perfect eighth with one strikeout.
Pirates: RHP Chad Kuhl (2-1, 4.57 ERA) opposes Tigers RHP Jordan Zimmermann (1-0, 7.71 ERA) Tuesday night in the start of a three-game set in Pittsburgh.
Phillies: RHP Vince Velasquez (1-2, 3.80 ERA) starts Tuesday night vs. Diamondbacks LHP Robbie Ray (2-0, 4.98) in the opener of a three-game series.
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Astros win 6th straight, outscore White Sox 27-2 in sweep
By PATRICK ROSE - Associated Press
Monday, April 23 at 12:14 AM (EDT)
CHICAGO (AP) The Houston Astros are rolling into a high-profile AL West matchup at the Los Angeles Angels.
Jose Altuve hit a go-ahead single in a five-run seventh inning, and the Astros stretched their winning streak to six with a 7-1 win over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.
Lance McCullers Jr. (3-1) allowed one run and eight hits over six innings, Evan Gattis hit his first home run of the season and the World Series champions completed a three-game sweep in which they outscored Chicago 27-2.
''When we can play all facets of the game, we are a tough team to match up with,'' Astros manager A.J. Hinch said.
Next up, a three-game series at the Angels starting Monday.
Chicago has lost seven straight games and 12 of 13, dropping to 4-14 for the season.
''When you're in the middle of a rebuild, struggling is going to happen,'' White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson said.
Pinch-hitter Jake Marisnick singled off Aaron Bummer (0-1) leading off the seventh to stop an 0-for-22 slide, advanced to second on Bruce Rondon's wild pitch and to third on Welington Castillo's passed ball. Altuve and Alex Bregman had RBI singles for a 3-1 lead, Marwin Gonzalez greeted Nate Jones with a two-run double and Gattis hit into a run-scoring forceout.
Gattis homered off Hector Santiago in the ninth.
White Sox starter Reynaldo Lopez, who battled through a minor stomach ailment, gave up one run, four hits and four walks in five innings.
''We were hoping he could get us a little deeper, but he did a nice job of handling it for five innings against a very, very good, well-balanced major league ballclub,'' Chicago manager Rick Renteria said.
Matt Davidson and Yolmer Sanchez hit consecutive two-out doubles in the second.
McCullers allowed a season-high eight hits.
''A couple of the guys in some of the innings put the bat on the ball early in the zone and they found holes, but for the most part, I felt pretty good,'' McCullers said.
George Springer doubled leading off the fifth and scored on Carlos Correa's sacrifice fly.
Renteria said there was no change in the condition of reliever Danny Farquhar, who collapsed in the dugout during Friday's game. The 31-year-old was in critical but stable condition in the neurosurgical intensive care unit at Rush University Medical Center. The White Sox hung Farquhar's No. 43 jersey in their bullpen for the second straight day.
Altuve has hit in nine consecutive games at the White Sox. Correa was 7 for 10 in the three-game series.
ON SECOND THOUGHT
Yoan Moncada tried to score from second on Jose Abreu's third-inning single. The initial out call by plate umpire Manny Gonzalez was upheld in a video review. ''I was very confident that I avoided the tag before I tagged home plate. Apparently, it wasn't what the umpires saw on the replay.''
Astros: Hinch has no concerns with reliever Ken Giles, who was out with back tightness earlier in the week. Hinch pitched one scoreless inning for the second straight day, his first appearances in six days.
White Sox: Moncada was back in the lineup, a day after leaving a game because of a sore left hamstring. ''He was feeling a little uncomfortable with his leg so I made sure that we had it checked out yesterday,'' Renteria said. ''He's doing OK.''
Astros: Gerrit Cole (2-0), scheduled to start Monday, has a 0.96 ERA, allowing four runs - three earned - in 28 innings.
White Sox: Miguel Gonzalez (0-3), slated to open Monday against Seattle, is coming off a loss to Oakland in which he allowed eight runs and eight hits in three innings.
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Yelich, Guerra lead Brewers to 4-2 win, sweep of Marlins
By JOE TOTORAITIS - Associated Press
Sunday, April 22 at 6:20 PM (EDT)
MILWAUKEE (AP) Jeremy Jeffress entered the game in a tough situation and went into beast mode.
Christian Yelich hit his first homer since returning from the disabled list, Junior Guerra worked five innings, and Jeffress and two other relievers did the rest for the Milwaukee Brewers in a 4-2 victory over the Miami Marlins on Sunday. Milwaukee completed a four-game sweep of Miami and has won six straight overall, its longest winning streak since 2015.
Guerra (2-0) allowed an unearned run on five hits and struck out four in his third start of the season, but he left Jeffress in a tricky spot after loading the bases with no outs in the sixth and the Brewers leading 2-1.
Jeffress responded with his signature intensity.
''When I'm in between those lines, I'm a totally different guy,'' Jeffress said. ''I don't like nobody. It's just who I am when I'm on the mound. It's no disrespect to anybody.''
He struck out Brian Anderson, got J.B. Shuck to pop up in foul territory and then whiffed Lewis Brinson.
''J.J. did a great job for us today,'' Yelich said. ''That was kind of a turning point in the game, and he was able to get out of that.''
Jeffress grimaced and pounded his chest as he walked toward the dugout.
''It's the only way I can pitch,'' Jeffress said. ''Just being that bull up there and going right at guys.''
Matt Albers retired the side in order in the seventh. Josh Hader pitched the final two innings for his third save.
Caleb Smith (0-3) struck out a career-high 10 in six innings in his first career start against the Brewers. He didn't walk a batter, but the only two hits he allowed in the fourth cost him.
Lorenzo Cain led off with a single and scored on Yelich's second homer of the season. Yelich, who came off the 10-day disabled list on April 17, was acquired from Miami in January in exchange for Lewis Brinson and three minor leaguers as the Marlins shed payroll.
The Brewers added a run in the seventh when first baseman Justin Bour muffed pinch-hitter Eric Thames' roller with the bases loaded.
J.T. Realmuto reached on catcher's interference and scored on Bour's double in the first.
Marlins: SS Miguel Rojas, batting .158 (3 for 19) during the nine-game trip, was out of the starting lineup for the first time this season. ''We know he's playing every day, but guys need their days off,'' manager Don Mattingly said. Rojas pinch-hit in the ninth.
Brewers: SS Orlando Arcia missed his second game after twisting his ankle Friday night. ''We'll run him around today, check him out tomorrow and if he passes, he'll be ready to go on Tuesday,'' manager Craig Counsell said.
NO PLACE TO HIDE
Bour's single off Hader drove in a run in the eighth, but then he ran into an embarrassing double play. Bour raced around second on Brian Anderson's one-out fly to center and was an easy out at first.
''I saw the first baseman go behind me, so I'm thinking right there, two outs,'' Bour said. ''Just a mental lapse. I'd much rather go 0 for 4 with four strikeouts than commit an error and do something stupid on the bases. That just leaves a terrible feeling in your stomach, just brutal.''
Mattingly couldn't put any positive spin on the mistake.
''Frustrating, obviously,'' he said. ''I really don't know what to say about it. It's frustrating.''
Smith's outing was much better his previous one, a 12-1 drubbing by the New York Yankees on April 16. In that game, he gave up five runs on five hits and five walks in 2 1/3 innings.
The Brewers improved to a season-high five games over .500 and finished their homestand 6-1 after losing the first game to Cincinnati. Milwaukee hadn't won six straight since Aug. 30-Sept. 5, 2015.
Marlins: LHP Jarlin Garcia (1-0, 0.86 ERA) makes his first career start and fifth appearance against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the opener of a three-game road series.
Brewers: After a day off, RHP Zach Davies (1-2, 4.84 ERA) makes his first career start against the Kansas City Royals in the opener of a two-game road series.
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Wong, DeJong homer as Cardinals sweep Reds again
By STEVE OVERBEY - Associated Press
Sunday, April 22 at 11:42 PM (EDT)
ST. LOUIS (AP) For Miles Mikolas, throwing strikes translates to success - no matter where he's pitching.
Mikolas, who spent the last three seasons in the Japanese Central League, tossed seven strong innings and the St. Louis Cardinals completed their second sweep this season of the woeful Cincinnati Reds with a 9-2 victory on Sunday.
''I had great command over there,'' Mikolas said of his stint with the Tokyo Yomiuri Giants. ''Pitching is pitching. You throw strikes and good things will happen.''
The Cardinals have won eight of nine overall and 11 in a row over the Reds.
Cincinnati, which has lost five in a row and 13 of 14, has the worst record in the majors at 3-18. The Reds are 0-3 - all against the Cardinals - since firing manager Bryan Price and replacing him with Jim Riggleman.
St. Louis took four games last week in Cincinnati. The Cardinals' 11-game winning streak over the Reds is their longest since winning 11 straight in 1949.
Mikolas (3-0) gave up two runs, one earned, on five hits. He struck out six and did not walk a batter in what he called his best outing since returning to the majors.
''His stuff just continues to get better in our eyes,'' St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said. ''He's had that history of being able to be in the strike zone and that makes him efficient.''
Catcher Yadier Molina, who went 3-for-4 with an RBI, said Mikolas made his job easy.
''Everything was working,'' Molina said. ''I feel confident with him. I can call any pitch and he can throw it for strikes.''
Wong hit a solo homer in the second inning. DeJong added a three-run shot in the seventh. DeJong is tied for second in the NL with seven home runs.
Wong's homer came off Luis Castillo (1-3), who allowed three runs on seven hits over five innings. He struck out three and walked four.
''At the beginning of the first inning, I knew my command was not good enough,'' Castillo said. ''When that happens, you've got to go out there and compete. And that's what I did for the rest of the game.''
The Cardinals added two runs in the third on a run-scoring infield single by Dexter Fowler, who reached base five times, and Tyler O'Neill's sacrifice fly. It was O'Neill's first major league RBI.
DeJong pushed the lead to 6-2 with his homer in the seventh off Kevin Quackenbush. He also hit a two-run homer in Saturday's win.
''This series, I felt a lot more relaxed out there,'' DeJong said. ''The last couple of weeks, I faced some pretty good pitches.''
The Reds scored twice in the sixth. Joey Votto's RBI infield single trimmed the deficit to 3-2.
''I can promise you this, hitters, whether the results show or not, are giving you 100 percent when they step into the batter's box,'' Riggleman said. ''Their focus is going to be there. It's just not happening right now.''
Reds: RHP David Hernandez will likely make his second rehab appearance on Monday for Triple-A Louisville. Hernandez has been bothered by right shoulder inflammation.
Cardinals: RHP Adam Wainwright was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Sunday with right elbow inflammation. RHP John Brebbia was recalled from Triple-A Memphis. Brebbia made two appearances earlier in the season and did not allow a run in two innings. ... OF Tommy Pham missed his third game in four days with a right groin strain. He is day-to-day.
Reds: RHP Sal Romero (0-2, 5.75 ERA) will face RHP Mike Foltynewicz (1-1, 2.53) on Monday in the first of a four-game home series against Atlanta. Romero will be making his fifth start of the season.
Cardinals: RHP Luke Weaver (2-1, 4.22) is slated to start the first of three-game series against the Mets on Tuesday. RHP Zack Wheeler (1-1, 2.77) will start for the Mets.
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Rangers avoid series sweep with 7-4 win over Mariners
By STEPHEN HAWKINS - AP Sports Writer
Sunday, April 22 at 7:36 PM (EDT)
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Martin Perez and Jake Diekman worked out of bases-loaded jams, and center fielder Delino DeShields had a homer-robbing catch in his first game back in the lineup for the Texas Rangers.
With that pitching and defense, and big homers by Nomar Mazara and Joey Gallo in the same inning, the Rangers beat the Seattle Mariners 7-4 on Sunday to avoid a series sweep.
''The look in his eyes, we talk about body language,'' manager Jeff Banister said of Perez. ''He still was in control.''
The Mariners loaded the bases with on two singles and a hit batter in the second inning before Perez (2-2) retired the next three batters. Texas was up 4-0 after Mazara and Gallo homered in a three-batter span before Perez gave up two runs in three batters without an out in the fifth before another strong finish to the inning.
DeShields, off the disabled list for his first game since March 30, had a homer-robbing catch of a drive by David Freitas in the sixth.
''Prevent runs from touching home plate, that's my job. I take a lot of responsibility in that,'' said DeShields, who three weeks ago had surgery to remove a broken hamate bone from his left hand. ''Martin was pitching his tail off.''
Perez gave up seven hits, walked a batter and hit another one in six innings before leaving with a 5-2 lead. The Texas lefty, who has given up 36 hits and eight walks in four starts this season, lowered his ERA from 13.14 to 9.82.
Mitch Haniger homered in all three games of the series for Seattle. His two-run shot in the seventh off Matt Bush got the Mariners to 5-4 before they loaded the bases. Diekman had a throwing error and a walk before striking out Freitas and pinch-hitter Mike Zunino to end the threat.
Keone Kela worked a scoreless ninth for his third save. He allowed consecutive hits starting the inning, but the game ended when shortstop Jurickson Profar made a tough catch of a popup in shallow left field.
Mazara pulled a shot into the right-center seats beyond the Rangers bullpen in the fourth, a drive that would have been 441 feet unimpeded. Adrian Beltre then walked before Gallo's opposite-field fly that carried into the Seattle bullpen for his seventh homer and a 4-0 lead over Erasmo Ramirez.
It was the season debut for Ramirez (0-1) after being on the disabled list because of a strained right lat.
''I can say the only good thing is just not being sore,'' said Ramirez, who allowed five runs and five hits in 4 2-3 innings. ''I just wasn't executing pitches. I was behind in the count a lot of times.''
To make room on the 25-man roster for Ramirez, Seattle optioned Guillermo Heredia, one of its five outfielders, to Triple-A Tacoma. Ichiro Suzuki, the 44-year-old outfielder who stayed, had two infield singles and his first two walks this season. He is hitting .250 in his 12 games, and all nine hits are singles. His 3,089 career hits in the majors are the most for an active player. He had 1,278 hits in Japan before that.
Beltre is next behind Ichiro on the active list with 3,072 hits. Beltre had two doubles Sunday, giving him 1,120 extra base hits to move past George Brett for 17th on that career list.
Haniger also had an RBI double and is hitting .314 with seven homers and 22 RBIs. It is the first time he has homered in three straight games. His eight multi-RBI games are a league high.
''He's making adjustments a little bit quicker,'' manager Scott Servais said. ''The league is certainly pitching him more carefully now that they have a little track record on him. But (Haniger) has been outstanding.''
Mariners: CF Dee Gordon, the MLB stolen base leader, was out of the starting lineup on his 30th birthday to rest a sore foot. He pinch hit in the ninth, and had the game-ending popout.
Rangers: Carlos Tocci, who had started eight games in CF, was placed on the 10-day DL with a bruised left hip. Tocci banged against the wall in Tampa Bay trying to make a catch last Monday. ... RHP Doug Fister (right hip strain) threw 40 pitches in a bullpen session and is on track to come off the DL to start Wednesday against Oakland.
Mariners: Seattle plays the fourth game of its 10-game trip. Mike Leake (2-1) starts the series opener at the Chicago White Sox.
Rangers: Matt Moore (1-3), the lefty who has allowed only three earned runs over 12 innings his last two games, starts the opener of a three-game home series against Oakland.
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Arenado out at plate in game-ending replay reversal
By MICHAEL KELLY - Associated Press
Sunday, April 22 at 8:50 PM (EDT)
DENVER (AP) Nolan Arenado broke for home the moment Brandon Morrow's bases-loaded pitch bounced to the backstop. Arenado wound up causing an unusual ending that left the Colorado Rockies with a painful loss.
Arenado was initially called safe and then was ruled out on a video review that ended a 9-7 win for the Chicago Cubs on Sunday. The game included diving catches in the outfield, sign stealing, a fan getting tackled on the infield and Cubs star Kris Bryant getting hit on the head by a pitch.
''It was a bizarre game,'' Chicago manager Joe Maddon said. ''I don't think I've been out on the field that often without getting kicked off, ever. Fortunately nobody got hurt.''
Bryant left in the first inning after he was hit by a 96 mph pitch from German Marquez. The ball made a loud sound as it hit off the underside of the flap of Bryant's helmet. Cubs spokesman Peter Chase said Bryant passed tests and had no sign of a concussion but had a cut over his left eye.
''I think KB's fine,'' Maddon said. ''I have no idea until I'm spoken to by the doctors. I hope that's the case.''
More than three hours later after Bryant was helped off the4 field, David Dahl's two-out walk against Brandon Morrow loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth, and Morrow bounced an 0-2 slider that ricocheted off the mitt of catcher Willson Contreras.
he ball bounced to the third-base side of the plate, Contreras grabbed it after a rebound off the low, brick wall and threw a perfect strike to Morrow, who tagged Arenado on the right ankle as Arenado's foot crossed the plate.
Umpire Cory Blaser signaled safe, but the call was reversed about 90 seconds later.
''Obviously, you got to be a hundred percent (sure) there,'' Arenado said. ''I didn't think it was going to bounce off the wall that hard, but it did. Just kind of a bad play.''
An announced crowd of 40,137 that included many Cubs fans waited patiently for the ruling, and half of Coors Field erupted in cheers when the play was upheld.
''I knew he was out. It was almost like in slow motion,'' said Morrow, who got his fourth save. ''I set my glove right in front of the bag and watched him slide right into it.''
Tommy La Stella, Kyle Schwarber and Victor Caratini hit RBI singles later in the first off Marquez (1-2). Javier Baez's seventh homer made it 4-0 in the second and Jason Heyward had a two-run single in the third for a 6-0 lead. Baez had three RBIs.
Jose Quintana (2-1) allowed four runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out seven, raising his big league total to 1,004.
Trevor Story hit a two-run triple in the third on a fly ball Heyward loss in the sun, and home runs on consecutive pitches by Charlie Blackmon and Arenado cut the Rockies' deficit to 6-4 in the fifth. Each team scored three runs in the seventh.
OLD SCHOOL THEFT
Baez took exception to Colorado's DJ LeMahieu trying to steal signs from second base in the third inning, so he blocked his view of the catcher.
''We're always talking about this technological method of stealing signs - that was old school,'' Maddon said. ''They're trying to give location or signs and Javy was blocking. I loved it. I've never seen that before.''
Rockies outfielder Gerardo Parra dropped his appeal and began serving a four-game suspension from his part in a bench-clearing brawl against San Diego on April 11. The Rockies cannot fill his active roster spot during the suspension but they did recalled outfielders David Dahl and Noel Cuevas from Triple-A Albuquerque and optioned outfielder Michael Tauchman to the Isotopes.
Cubs: CF Albert Almora Jr. was briefly down after making a diving catch on Arenado's drive in the first inning. He was attended to by trainers but stayed in the game. He crashed into the wall after making a running catch of Blackmon starting the bottom of the ninth.
Rockies: OF Carlos Gonzalez was placed on the 10-day DL with a right hamstring strain, retroactive to Thursday.
Cubs: LHP Tyler Chatwood (0-3, 4.60) is to open a three-game series in Cleveland on Tuesday night.
Rockies: RHP Chad Bettis (3-0, 1.44) is on the mound when the Rockies start a three-game home series against San Diego on Monday night.
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Davis homers off Price in 8th, A's top Red Sox 4-1
By MICHAEL WAGAMAN - Associated Press
Sunday, April 22 at 8:56 PM (EDT)
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Khris Davis summed up his deciding home run off Boston lefty David Price in less time than it took for the ball to clear the fence.
''First pitch hacking,'' Davis said. ''That's what happened.''
Davis hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer with two outs in the eighth inning, sending the Oakland Athletics over the Red Sox 4-1 on Sunday.
A day after getting no-hit by Sean Manaea, Boston lost back-to-back games for the first time under new manager Alex Cora.
''Our pitching staff will always give us a chance to win. I feel we are capable of scoring runs every night. Obviously, that's not always going to happen. We can't score eight or nine runs every night,'' Cora said.
The Red Sox had won their first six series this season before dropping two of three at the Coliseum. They still have the best record in the majors at 17-4.
''It's big knowing we can compete with good teams like Boston,'' Davis said. ''We just have to ride the wave out as long as we can. The pitching has been fantastic. Any time the pitching is on, we want to be putting up runs.''
Davis had two hits and drove in all four runs for the A's. Marcus Semien and Stephen Piscotty added two hits apiece as Oakland won for the sixth time in seven games.
Semien and Piscotty hit back-to-back singles off Price (2-2) with one out in the eighth. After Jed Lowrie struck out for the third time, Davis lined the first pitch into the seats in left field for his sixth home run.
''Got a good pitch to hit and he hammered it,'' A's manager Bob Melvin said. ''He's a three-run homer waiting to happen.''
Davis also had an RBI single off Price in the first.
''He's very lethal,'' Semien said of Davis. ''He got a pitch he could handle and he didn't wait around. He's hit so many home runs here. That was one of his biggest ones.''
Price allowed nine hits and four runs over 7 2/3 innings. He struck out six and walked one.
''I couldn't make the pitch when I needed and that was the ballgame,'' Price said.
Coming off Manaea's gem, the A's got another strong pitching performance against the hard-hitting Red Sox. Daniel Mengden gave up one run in 6 1/3 innings and Blake Treinen (1-1), Oakland's third reliever, retired five batters.
Treinen tweaked his left knee while fielding Blake Swihart's comebacker but remained in the game and got Christian Vazquez to fly out to end it.
Mitch Moreland had two hits and Brock Holt drove in Boston's lone run.
CHANGING IT UP
Mengden allowed a pair of first-inning singles, then retired 16 of 17 before yielding back-to-back hits in the seventh. The right-hander with the handlebar mustache credited a new reliance on his changeup for the success.
''I probably threw the most changeups I've ever thrown in my life,'' Mengden said.
Red Sox: LHP Bobby Poyner was activated off the disabled list and optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket. He had been out with a left hamstring strain.
Red Sox: RHP Rick Porcello (4-0, 1.40) pitches the opener of a three-game series in Toronto on Tuesday. He has thrown 13 consecutive scoreless innings over his previous two starts.
Athletics: RHP Trevor Cahill (1-0, 0.00) makes his second start of the season Monday at Texas. It's the first time this season that the A's will leave the West Coast.
Belt has 21-pitch at-bat, later homers as Giants beat Angels
By BERNIE WILSON - AP Sports Writer
Sunday, April 22 at 9:47 PM (EDT)
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Rookie right-hander Jaime Barria of the Los Angeles Angels kept throwing strikes and Brandon Belt of the San Francisco Giants kept fouling them off and fouling them off and fouling them off and fouling them off.
Neither Barria or Belt was about to give in. Mike Trout and the other Angels outfielders began looking at each other in amazement as the second at-bat of the game dragged on. The crowd buzzed as Belt peppered the second deck behind home plate and even the seats down the right-field line with souvenirs.
Belt hit eleven straight balls into the crowd on a full count, hanging in for an epic 21-pitch at-bat before lining out to right fielder Kole Calhoun.
Belt later homered to lead Johnny Cueto and the Giants over the Los Angeles Angels 4-2 on Sunday.
''I wasn't going to give it up and the pitcher wasn't either,'' Belt said. ''It made for a good battle. If it helped get me a little bit locked in for later in the game, it was worth it.''
It was the longest at-bat in the majors since records began in 1988. The previous high of 20 pitches in a plate appearance since 1988 was when Houston's Ricky Gutierrez struck out against Cleveland's Bartolo Colon on June 26, 1998, according to Retrosheet.
At one point, Belt chatted with catcher Martin Maldonado.
''He actually said that he hates when someone else does that. Belt said that,'' Maldonado said.
''If I'm in the field and somebody does it, I can't stand it, but I wasn't going to give in,'' Belt said. ''I basically had to apologize to everybody after that.''
In all, the left-handed Belt fouled off 16 pitches, ending an at-bat the Giants said lasted 12 minutes, 45 seconds.
It took nine pitches for Belt to work the count full, as he fouled off five pitches in the process. He swung and missed just once and was greeted with high-fives when he returned to the dugout.
''I think after like the 16th pitch the crowd started getting into it,'' said Trout, whose two-run homer in the eighth was his big league-leading ninth and his third in as many games. ''I couldn't imagine being up there for 21 pitches. It's unbelievable.''
Said Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons: ''That was impressive, huh? I was really tired after that. Regardless of the end result that was fun to watch. Don't want to do it again.''
Belt saw 40 pitches in five at-bats.
''Even the second at-bat he did the same thing. Like, this can't be happening,'' Maldonado said.
''I tried some changeups and then finally the fastball in got him out,'' Barria said through a translator. ''I tried a curveball at one point and somehow he got contact and kept fouling it off. It was obviously tough.''
Said Belt: ''You've got to give it to him. He kept on throwing strikes. He didn't really hang anything except maybe a couple of pitches, but it was enough to throw me off and not get the barrel on the ball, so it was a tough at-bat.''
Angels pitching coach Charles Nagy checked on Barria (1-1) after the long at-bat. Barria had thrown nine pitches to Joe Panik, who hit a leadoff single, before throwing 21 to Belt.
Remarkably, Barria threw 49 pitches and loaded the bases in the first inning but didn't allow a run.
Belt singled and scored in the third and launched a leadoff homer to right against Blake Parker in the fifth. Belt saw a total of 38 pitches in his first three at-bats, then hit the first pitch his last two times up.
Barria was chased after loading the bases with no outs in the third. He allowed two runs and six hits, struck out one and walked one. He got only six outs on 77 pitches.
Cueto (2-0) allowed only two hits in six shutout innings. He took a no-hitter into the sixth and struck out seven.
Cueto twice fanned Shohei Ohtani by getting the Japanese two-way sensation to flail at changeups. Cueto also struck out Trout twice.
The Giants right-hander walked two, hit two batters and lowered his ERA in four starts to 0.35.
After loading the bases with one out in the sixth, including allowing singles to Ian Kinsler and Ohtani, Cueto got Luis Valbuena to ground into a 3-6-1 double play. Cueto excitedly pumped his right fist after taking the throw from shortstop Brandon Crawford.
Los Angeles had runners on the corners with two outs in the ninth before Hunter Strickland got Kinsler to fly out for his third save in five chances.
The 23-year-old batted cleanup for the first time because Albert Pujols got his first day off this season. He finished 1 for 4. Ohtani threw a bullpen session some 90 minutes before first pitch and is scheduled to make his next start Tuesday at Houston. A blister on his right middle finger forced him out of his start after just two innings Tuesday night against Boston.
Giants: RHP Chris Stratton (1-1, 2.22) is scheduled to start Monday night in the opener of a home three-game series with Washington, which counters with LHP Gio Gonzalez (2-1, 2.49).
Angels: LHP Tyler Skaggs (2-1, 3.98) looks to go 3-0 on the road this season when he opens series at Houston versus UCLA product Gerrit Cole (2-0, 0.96).
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Corbin fans 11 in 6 innings, D-backs win 7th straight series
By BOB BAUM - AP Sports Writer
Sunday, April 22 at 8:57 PM (EDT)
PHOENIX (AP) Rack up another series victory for the Arizona Diamondbacks and another dominant win for Patrick Corbin.
The left-hander struck out 11 in six innings to improve to 4-0 in five starts, and the Diamondbacks became the first team in 15 years to win their first seven series of a season with a 4-2 victory over the San Diego Padres on Sunday.
''The pitching once again led the way for us today and that once again fell right on Patrick Corbin,'' Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said.
Nick Ahmed hit a two-run homer for the Diamondbacks, who took the last two from the Padres after losing the series opener.
The last team to win its first seven series was the San Francisco Giants in 2003. NL West-leading Arizona's 15-6 record matches the franchise's best start after 21 games.
''Every time we go out there, we're in every game,'' Corbin said. ''I don't know one game we've not been in. If we keep them close, our offense is going come around and put up some runs.''
Corbin, coming off a one-hit shutout of San Francisco on Tuesday night, allowed two hits, one of them a two-run homer to Christian Villanueva, and walked one. He also singled in the last run in the Diamondbacks' four-run fourth inning.
Again displaying a dominant slider combined with an effective fastball and a slower version of his breaking ball, Corbin has 48 strikeouts (and just six walks) in his 33 1/3 innings.
''A really good slider,'' the Padres' Eric Hosmer said. ''He has a lot more run on the fastball than I remember. I thought he had that curveball as kind of a bail-out pitch at certain times. There is a reason he is having the start that he is with those breaking balls, (the) movement and location that he has. He is a tough at-bat.''
Archie Bradley survived some trouble to get the final four outs for his second save. The shortstop Ahmed made a diving stop to get the first out in the ninth. Villanueva then doubled and moved to third on Eric Hosmer's groundout before Bradley struck out Jose Pirela to end the game.
Villanueva's seventh home run of the season came on an 0-2 pitch after Corbin struck out Wil Myers but the ball sailed to the backstop and Myers reached safely, avoiding what would have been the third out.
Rookie Joey Lucchesi (2-1) gave up four runs on five hits. He struck out four and walked four.
Arizona broke a scoreless tie with Lucchesi's help in a four-run fourth.
Paul Goldschmidt drew a leadoff walk and A.J. Pollock singled. With one out and runners at first and third, Pollock broke for second and Lucchesi threw the ball wildly over the first baseman Myers' head. Goldschmidt scored and Pollock raced to third. The next batter, Ahmed, hit a two-run shot into the Arizona bullpen down the left field line and the Diamondbacks were up 3-0.
''I think I had him (Pollock) picked off but I obviously threw it away,'' Lucchesi said, ''and I let it bother me the next pitch and I threw an off-speed right over the plate. I kind of let it get to me head when I shouldn't have. I could have got out of that with minimal damage.''
Deven Marrero followed with a walk, stole second and scored on Corbin's two-out single up the middle to make it 4-0.
Corbin struck out the first two he faced in the fourth, and got Myers to wave at a slider that bounced far off the plate. By the time catcher Jeff Mathis chased it down, Myers was on first, the inning was still alive and Villanueva was at the plate.
After his double and homer on Sunday, Villanueva is batting .355 with seven homers, five doubles and 16 RBIs.
Padres: 1B Myers started after taking Saturday off as the Padres ease him back following his return from the 10-day DL (nerve irritation in his right arm) on Friday.
Diamondbacks: Lovullo said after the game that 3B Jake Lamb will be shut down for ''a couple days'' after an MRI revealed right elbow tendinitis. The D-backs had hoped Lamb would return on their upcoming trip. ... OF Steven Souza Jr., who has yet to play because of a strained right pectoral muscle, resumed throwing exercises on Sunday.
Padres: San Diego opens a three-game series at Colorado on Monday night, going with RHP Bryan Mitchell (0-2, 5.03) against the Rockies' Chad Bettis (3-0, 1.44).
Diamondbacks: Arizona has Monday off, and then opens a three-game set in Philadelphia on Tuesday night. The Diamondbacks will go with LHP Robbie Ray (2-0, 4.98) against Phillies RHP Vince Velasquez (1-2, 3.80).
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