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Monday, August 21, 2017
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Twins vs. White Sox 8:40 (EDT) Preview

White Sox, Twins open 5-game series with doubleheader


Monday, August 21 at 1:31 PM (EDT)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Rangers vs. Angels 10:07 (EDT) Preview

Rangers await word on Gallo, Bush ahead of Angels series


Monday, August 21 at 1:32 AM (EDT)

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Angels and Rangers are two of eight teams bunched within five games of each other in the battle for the American League's second wild-card spot.

Los Angeles (64-60) is currently tied for the second spot with the Minnesota Twins (63-59), while Texas (61-62) is 2 1/2 games behind. A Rangers sweep would move them ahead of the Angels.

Regardless of the results of the upcoming series, there will be five weeks of baseball remaining, so Texas' Monday starter, Cole Hamels, said the mindset of his teammates needs to reflect that.

"It's not even September," Hamels said. "We have a team that is ahead of us. I think we all understand that the end goal is to try to get to that wild card. They're ahead of us. For us, we have to go out and play good baseball.

"Obviously, winning is more important because when you lose to a team that is ahead of you, (it) can put yourself in a bind. They've been playing good baseball, we've been playing good baseball. It's a matter of going out there and taking care of business."

Hamels (8-1, 3.48 ERA) owns an impressive career record against the Angels. Though he has been in the majors since 2006, most of that was with the Philadelphia Phillies in the National League. He has faced the Angels just seven times, going 3-1 with a 2.45 ERA and one complete game.

The left-hander has opposed the Angels twice this season, going 1-0 with an 0.61 ERA.

Big games are nothing unusual for Hamels, who has started 16 postseason games in his career, including three World Series games. He was the World Series MVP for Philadelphia in 2008.

"For us, it's just continue to play good baseball," he said. "The hitters have been putting up big innings. Our starters have to maintain the presence of pitching deep into ballgames. The bullpen is really starting to come around and lock in. You want to work well together at the right time, and obviously this is heading into the right time."

The Angels are coming off their best road trip of the season, winning seven of nine in Seattle, Washington and Baltimore.

Tyler Skaggs (1-3, 3.63 ERA) will start for Los Angeles on Monday, having given the club a boost with his return to the rotation after missing three months with a strained oblique.

In this three starts since returning Aug. 5, Skaggs is 0-2 with a 2.93 ERA, including 6 1/3 scoreless innings against the Mariners on Aug. 10.

Skaggs is 2-1 with a 5.46 ERA in six career starts against the Rangers, and that includes two starts in April this year before his injury. Skaggs got a no-decision in both games, giving up six runs in 10 innings, but the Angels ultimately won each time.

Skaggs will get the benefit of an Angels offense that has hit well of late. Los Angeles scored five or more runs in six of the nine games on the trip.

Shortstop Andrelton Simmons was not part of much of that success, going 0-for-19 during one stretch of that trip. Simmons snapped the streak with a double on Saturday, then hit a key home run Sunday in Los Angeles' 5-4 win at Baltimore.

"I didn't feel the best at the beginning of the week, but I felt better toward the end," Simmons told the Orange County Register. "It happens. I'm happy I got that feel back. Hopefully I can get back to what I've been doing the majority of the season."


Brewers vs. Giants 10:15 (EDT) Preview

Surging Brewers continue Western trek in San Francisco


Monday, August 21 at 1:50 AM (EDT)

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Milwaukee Brewers seek to move up in the division standings while the San Francisco Giants endure the first day after being formally eliminated in their division race when the clubs open a three-game series Monday night.

Brewers right-hander Zach Davies (14-6, 4.26 ERA) and Giants right-hander Chris Stratton (1-2, 4.91) are the scheduled starters for the series opener at AT&T Park.

The Brewers landed in San Francisco on Sunday night having won two of three in Colorado to open a nine-game Western swing. They will complete the trip against the National League West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers later this week.

The Brewers (65-60) have won six of seven to stay very much in contention in the NL Central, where they trail the Chicago Cubs by two games. They also find themselves 2 1/2 games back of the Arizona Diamondbacks in the wild-card race.

One of those six wins came in Davies' last start, a 3-1 home victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday. Davies, who is one win behind NL leader Clayton Kershaw, has allowed one or no runs in four of his past six starts.

Davies missed the Giants when the clubs split a four-game series in Milwaukee in June. He has yet to face the Giants in 59 career starts.

The Brewers are slated to start right-handers Jimmy Nelson (9-6, 3.74) and Matt Garza (6-7, 4.81) in the final two games of the series against San Francisco (50-76). Milwaukee is bidding to build upon the momentum of consecutive wins Saturday and Sunday at Colorado and three straight series triumphs.

Jesus Aguilar, who had a pinch-hit home run Saturday, blasted two more to highlight the 8-4 victory against the Rockies on Sunday.

"Starting the road trip with a series win is a boost of energy for the club, and it gives us a lot of confidence," Aguilar said. "We're just happy we were able to get it done."

Stratton will be seeing the Brewers for the second time in his career, having thrown two innings of scoreless, one-hit relief in a June 2016 game.

The 26-year-old is coming off the best start of his career, having shut out the Nationals for seven innings in a 4-2 win on Aug. 13 at Washington. He struck out a career-high 10 and walked one in the game.

Nick Hundley caught Stratton's gem, and he will get the call again Monday night, Giants manager Bruce Bochy announced after the team's 5-2 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.

Buster Posey needs a day off, Bochy said.

Posey, who was thrown out at the plate from the outfield, tagged out two Phillies at home trying to score and got nailed in the ribs by a Hector Neris fastball in the Sunday game. He left AT&T Park in pain and in a bad mood.

The pitch that plunked Posey came in the eighth inning with two outs. The Giants trailed 4-2, and the potential tying runs were on the bases. It was the first pitch thrown by Neris, who went on to strike out Pablo Sandoval to end the threat.

"I'm certain that he hit me on purpose," said Posey, who had a brief stare-down with Neris. "It's just a shame because I wanted to compete that at-bat, and he's got good stuff. But I guess he didn't feel like he could get me out."

Bochy said he hopes to have Posey available to pinch-hit Monday.


Twins 1 vs. 0 White Sox In-Progress

White Sox, Twins open 5-game series with doubleheader


Monday, August 21 at 1:31 PM (EDT)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Athletics vs. Orioles 7:05 (EDT) Preview

Orioles look to improve postseason chances vs. A's


Sunday, August 20 at 10:51 PM (EDT)

BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Orioles will try to improve their playoff chances with a pivotal three-game series against the Oakland A's beginning Monday at Camden Yards.

Baltimore didn't help its cause over the weekend by losing two of three games to the Los Angeles Angels, who are tied for the second AL wild-card position. The Orioles are four games back.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said his team needs to quickly regroup and focus on Oakland. The Orioles (60-65) and A's (54-70) split a four-game series last week at Oakland Coliseum.

"You'd have liked to win the (Angels) series," Showalter said. "We'd have liked to win all three. We had a good opportunity, but they pitched a little bit better than we did.

"The competition is us. It's us playing better regardless of who you're playing. Our competition is Oakland now, and it's us. There's opportunity there for us. We'd like to win."

Orioles left-hander Wade Miley (6-10, 5.21 ERA) gets the start Monday. He has battled his command much of the season, and as a result, he has struggled to go deep into games. Miley has completed at least six innings just twice in his past 14 starts.

In his last outing Tuesday against the Seattle Mariners, Miley allowed three runs and five hits with three walks and four strikeouts in just 4 2/3 innings.

Miley has been effective in four career starts against the A's, going 3-1 with a 1.33 ERA. He also managed one of his best performances of the season Aug. 10 when he held the A's to one unearned run over seven innings.

Chris Smith (0-2, 5.26 ERA) takes the mound for Oakland in the opener. He has struggled over six starts this season, allowing more than three runs in three of his past four outings. Smith took the loss in his only career start against Baltimore when he allowed five runs and seven hits in six innings Aug. 10.

Oakland avoided a three-game sweep in Houston with a 3-2 victory Sunday. The A's will face another stern challenge against Baltimore's powerful lineup. However, manager Bob Melvin was encouraged by his rotation over the weekend, and he hopes that can carry over to the series against the Orioles.

"Going in, it wasn't great, and I know (the Astros are) not swinging the bats the way they have most of the season," Melvin said. "But they always present challenges, and late in games, they're always good. It's good to get three good starts. It seems there is some momentum that builds amongst the starters."

Baltimore got a boost Sunday when Chris Davis was able to get back in the lineup after being sidelined the previous two games because of a virus. Davis, who was fully recovered from the illness, hit his 19th homer Sunday in the Orioles' 5-4 loss to the Angels.

Davis should be available for all three games against Oakland. He is looking for the team to find some consistency.

"I think there's just been games that we've let slip away, some games we really haven't been able to close out whether it's scoring a run, whether it's tacking on a few runs to give us some breathing room," Davis said. "I think what's going to define us this year is whether or not we can make that push and start winning some of those games."


Dodgers vs. Pirates 7:05 (EDT) Preview

Dodgers-Pirates Preview


Sunday, August 20 at 11:52 PM (EDT)

The last time the Los Angeles Dodgers dropped consecutive games, Alex Wood was on the mound, and he endured the worst outing of his special season.

Wood will be on the mound Monday night in the opener of a four-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park when the Dodgers look to rebound from a rare loss.

Wood is 14-1 with a 2.30 ERA in 21 appearances (19 starts) this season. The one loss occurred July 21, when the Dodgers were handed a 12-3 setback by the Braves.

The left-hander allowed season worsts of nine runs (seven earned) and nine hits in 4 2/3 innings against Atlanta. Wood's rough outing occurred after Los Angeles was handed a 6-3 loss by the Braves the previous game, and at the time, it marked the first time the Dodgers dropped consecutive games since June 5-7.

Los Angeles saw its six-game winning streak snapped when it mustered only two hits Sunday in a 6-1 loss at Detroit. Still, to show how much the Dodgers have been rolling, it was only their 10th loss in 62 games since June 7 and their fourth defeat in the past 25 games.

About the only highlight in a rare quiet showing for Los Angeles on Sunday was Curtis Granderson hitting a home run in his second game with the team.

"Well, it's good to go ahead and try to put us in a situation, at that point, to break up the no-hitter, to give us the lead," Granderson said of his sixth-inning shot against Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander that broke a scoreless tie. "But to not get enough to help this team win tonight, I'm a little dissatisfied because you want to put yourself in a situation where we could earn the sweep here."

The Dodgers hope not to experience dissatisfaction when Wood makes his second attempt for a 15th victory. Wood hopes to join Clayton Kershaw with 15 wins, which would mark the eighth time two left-handers won at least 15 games in the same season in franchise history.

The last instance was 1982, when Jerry Reuss and Fernando Valenzuela did it.

Wood's first attempt to get No. 15 occurred Tuesday in Los Angeles when he allowed a run and six hits in seven innings against the White Sox. He did not get a decision when the Dodgers scored five times in the eighth inning for a 6-1 victory over Chicago.

Wood only threw 79 pitches and gave up a home run to Tim Anderson on the first pitch of the game.

"It surprised me a little bit how he turned and burned on that to start the game," Wood said. "After that, we settled down and made some quality pitches."

Wood is 6-0 with a 1.72 ERA in nine road starts this season. Opponents are hitting .201 off him in those starts.

He is 2-2 with a 2.61 ERA in seven games (six starts) against Pittsburgh. He last faced the Pirates on May 8 at Dodger Stadium, allowing two hits in five scoreless innings while striking out 11.

Gerrit Cole (10-8, 4.04 ERA) takes the mound for Pittsburgh and looks to continue his success of late. Cole is 7-2 with a 3.26 ERA in his past 12 starts, though he allowed four runs in six innings in a no-decision at Milwaukee on Wednesday.

Cole's start was even more disappointing since he allowed three homers and unraveled after getting an early four-run lead.

"It's frustrating to get spotted that and not be able to hold it," Cole said. "That's the sour taste in my mouth right now."

Cole's last start was part of a six-game losing streak that followed a stretch of seven Pittsburgh wins in nine games. The Pirates stopped their skid Saturday with a 6-4 win over the Cardinals and followed it up Sunday with a 6-3 win over St. Louis in Williamsport, Pa.

Josh Bell hit a two-run homer and drove in four RBIs to continue his hot streak. In his past 11 games, Bell is hitting .394 (13-for-33) with two homers and 13 RBIs.

Cole is 3-1 with a 5.22 ERA in five career starts against the Dodgers. He allowed six runs in 4 1/3 innings in a loss at Los Angeles on Aug. 13, 2016.

The Dodgers are 8-1 in the past nine meetings against the Pirates. The series will feature the top two National League rookies in RBIs. Los Angeles' Cody Bellinger has 79 RBIs in 101 games, though he did not play Sunday due to a sprained right ankle. Bell has 72 RBIs in 122 games.


Diamondbacks vs. Mets 7:10 (EDT) Preview

Diamondbacks look to end slump vs. Mets


Monday, August 21 at 12:57 AM (EDT)

NEW YORK -- A pair of teams struggling to adapt to new roles will square off Monday night, when the New York Mets host the Arizona Diamondbacks in the opener of a four-game series at Citi Field.

The Mets' Robert Gsellman (5-5, 5.98 ERA) is scheduled to oppose the Diamondbacks' Taijuan Walker (6-7, 3.83 ERA) in a battle of right-handers.

Both teams lost Sunday afternoon. The Mets (54-68) fell for the sixth time in seven games as they lost 6-4 to the visiting Miami Marlins. The visiting Diamondbacks (67-57) lost for the seventh time in 10 games when they endured a 12-5 rout at Minnesota that completed the Twins' four-game sweep.

The skid by the Diamondbacks is imperiling a postseason spot that once seemed ensured. Arizona, which went 69-93 last season and has not reached the playoffs since its most recent winning season in 2011, occupies the second wild-card spot in the National League but is just 2 1/2 games ahead of the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Diamondbacks were the first wild card in the NL at the All-Star break, when they were 9 1/2 games ahead of the then-third place Chicago Cubs. For first-year Arizona manager Torey Lovullo, the task now is to remind his team how it got into playoff position in the first place.

"It wasn't a great series, no matter how you slice it," Lovullo said of the sweep in Minnesota. "We're a good baseball team, and I know that things are working and trending towards that. I just want to make sure they remember how good they are."

The closest the Mets will get to the playoffs this year is in memories of the past two years, when they reached the World Series in 2015 and lost in the NL wild-card game in 2016. New York's expectations this season faded due to injuries and ineffectiveness, and general manager Sandy Alderson has ushered in a youth movement by trading six veterans in the past four weeks.

The Mets understand there will be growing pains like the ones experienced Sunday, when rookie shortstop Amed Rosario was slow to throw the ball to first on what turned out to be an infield single by Miami's Dee Gordon. New York ace right-hander Jacob deGrom threw his hands up in frustration and gave up a three-run homer to Giancarlo Stanton on the next pitch. DeGrom admitted afterward he felt bad about his reaction and said he would apologize to Rosario.

"You talk about the message over here about playing the game right, and today when you're pitching, you've got to pitch," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "And if there's not plays made, you've got to pitch around them once in a while. Same when a guy makes an error -- they don't stop making plays when you hang sliders."

Gsellman will be making his second start since being activated from the disabled list after missing more than six weeks with a let hamstring injury. He didn't factor into the decision Wednesday after allowing three runs (two earned) over 5 1/3 innings as the Mets lost to the New York Yankees 5-3.

Walker will be looking to win for the first time in exactly two months. He lost his second straight start Wednesday, when he allowed five runs (three earned) over five innings as the Diamondbacks fell to the Houston Astros 9-5. Walker is 0-4 with a 4.33 ERA since his most recent win June 21.

Gsellman made his lone career appearance against the Diamondbacks as a reliever on May 17, when he allowed one run in one inning. Walker lost his only start against the Mets on July 23, 2014, when he gave up two runs over five innings as the Seattle Mariners fell to New York 3-2.


Red Sox vs. Indians 7:10 (EDT) Preview

Hot teams square off as Red Sox visit Indians


Monday, August 21 at 12:46 AM (EDT)

CLEVELAND -- In what could be a preview of a postseason series between two division leaders, the Boston Red Sox will visit Progressive Field on Monday night for the opener of a four-game series against the Cleveland Indians.

American League East-leading Boston (71-52) and AL Central-best Cleveland (68-54) are two of the hottest teams in the majors.

The Red Sox, who lead second-place New York by five games in the East, are 14-3 since July 31.

The Indians, who lead second-place Minnesota by five games in the Central, are coming off a grueling but productive 11-game, four-city road trip in which they went 8-3. The trek ended with a 7-4 loss at Kansas City on Sunday, dropping Cleveland to 20-9 since July 19.

The Indians will be the latest challenge for the Red Sox, who are grinding through a rugged portion of their schedule.

"We've been in this stretch of games, for the entire month, whether it's the Yankees, Rays, Indians and the Cardinals who are all fighting for their division," Boston manager John Farrell told "We have no break in the schedule. Our guys are handling it great."

Cleveland is in the midst of a portion of its schedule in which it is playing 23 games in 23 days. The Monday contest will be the team's first home game since Aug. 9. The Indians are 10-3 at home since the All-Star break.

"We've got a lot of baseball to play, but that's OK. We're glad to be home," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "Two things are for sure when we're at home. We get to play in front of our fans, and we have clean underwear."

In the first game of the series, Boston will start left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez (4-3, 3.97 ERA) against Cleveland right-hander Mike Clevinger (6-5, 3.75).

Rodriguez will be making his second career start against the Indians. His first came on Aug. 18, 2015, a 9-1 victory in which he allowed one run on six hits and had five strikeouts in eight innings.

In his past seven starts, Rodriguez is 0-2 with a 5.73 ERA. His last start came on Wednesday, a no-decision against St. Louis in which he pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on eight hits with six strikeouts and one walk.

Clevinger has been the Indians' sixth starter for much of this season, but he is getting plenty of work. He replaced Corey Kluber in the rotation when Kluber missed most of the month of May with a lower back strain.

Clevinger is currently filling in for Josh Tomlin, who has been on the disabled list since July 31 with a left hamstring strain.

When not starting, Clevinger has made three relief appearances. In his 15 starts, he is 6-4 with a 3.38 ERA.

One of those starts came on July 31 at Boston, and it did not go well. In a 6-2 loss to the Red Sox, Clevinger pitched just three innings, allowing five earned runs on seven hits with two strikeouts and four walks.

The Indians' starting pitching has been spectacular over the past month. Cleveland starters have given up one or zero runs in 13 of the team's past 17 games, and the Indians have pitched shutouts in three of their past 10 contests.


Mariners vs. Braves 7:35 (EDT) Preview

Mariners await opener of rare series in Atlanta


Monday, August 21 at 1:10 AM (EDT)

ATLANTA -- Now that their own playoff hopes are dead, the Atlanta Braves will try to derail the aspirations of the Seattle Mariners when the clubs begin a three-game interleague series Monday at SunTrust Park.

Atlanta's Mike Foltynewicz (10-8, 4.75 ERA) will be opposed by Seattle's Andrew Albers (1-0, 1.80) in the opening game.

The Mariners (63-62) saw their four-game winning streak end with a 3-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday. Seattle resides 1 1/2 games out of the second American League wild-card spot.

Atlanta (55-67) is not in playoff contention in the National League and has won only four of its past 13 games. The Braves beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-1 Sunday at SunTrust Park to salvage the finale of a three-game series.

The Mariners are visiting Atlanta for just the third time. The teams last met in 2014 when the Mariners swept the four-game series with two wins in Atlanta and two in Seattle. The Braves swept a three-game home series against the Mariners in 2011.

Albers, who has yet to face the Braves in his career, will make his second start for the Mariners since he was recalled from the minors. He beat the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday, allowing one run on six hits in five innings. He retired the last eight batters he faced to pick up his first major league win since 2013.

"Whether I get the 'W' or somebody else, it doesn't really matter," Albers said. "Coming in here, getting to be part of a wild-card race, that's pretty awesome."

Albers, 31, was acquired from the Braves on Aug. 11 in a move to bolster a Seattle rotation that has been ravaged by injuries. He was 12-3 with a 2.61 ERA in 26 appearances, 17 starts, for Atlanta's Triple-A Gwinnett affiliate.

Atlanta had signed Albers in December 2016 to a minor league contract, primarily to help provide innings for the rotation.

As their injuries continued to mount, the Mariners identified Albers, a much-traveled veteran who had previous big-league experience with the Twins and Blue Jays. He became the 16th starting pitcher the Mariners have used this season, one shy of the team record.

This is only the 21st time that Atlanta will face a left-handed starting pitcher this season. The Braves are 10-10 and batting .263 against southpaws.

Foltynewicz will try to rebound from two poor starts. He allowed six runs in 2 2/3 innings against the St. Louis Cardinals on Aug. 11 and gave up eight runs in 3 1/3 frames against the Colorado Rockies on Aug. 16. The two performances raised his ERA from 3.94 to 4.75.

"I was trying my hardest out there," Foltynewicz said after the Colorado game. "I was just leaving balls out over the middle of the plate. I gave up some bloop hits and gappers -- and walking people doesn't help. Things were just running a little fast through the mind."

Foltynewicz will make his first start against the Mariners. When he pitched for the Houston Astros, he made two relief appearances against Seattle in 2014 and went 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA.

Against interleague competition, Seattle is 10-7 and Atlanta is 7-7.


Sunday, August 20, 2017
Major League Baseball
Dodgers 1 vs. 6 Tigers Recap

Verlander, Tigers halt Dodgers' six-game win streak


Sunday, August 20 at 4:55 PM (EDT)

DETROIT -- The Los Angeles Dodgers got a reminder of what playoff baseball intensity is like Sunday from Justin Verlander.

Verlander (9-8) pitched no-hit ball through five innings and allowed just two hits in the eight innings he worked while Justin Upton smacked a two-run home run to cap a four-run sixth that helped the scuffling Detroit Tigers end the Los Angeles Dodgers' six-game winning streak with a 6-1 victory.

"I got up in the morning thinking I would try to take a playoff type intensity into the game," Verlander said after fanning nine and walking one. "I felt I did not want to let them sweep us."

"If Justin Verlander's pitching well, it doesn't matter (who he's facing)," Detroit manager Brad Ausmus said. "It could be the '27 Yankees. He's going to pitch well. The numbers are going to look pretty good for 'Ver' at the end of the game if he's pitching like that."

"He was determined to throw the ball and compete," Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts said. "That's why he's one of the best pitchers in baseball.

"For him to go eight like that; he's a stopper."

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

"I yelled at him," Verlander said of getting clipped by his ex-teammate. "He knows it was all in jest."

Daniel Stumpf finished the game for Detroit, giving up one hit in the ninth.

Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda (11-5) lost his perfect game bid when John Hicks led off the sixth with a line single to left center on an 0-1 slider and before the inning ended Detroit scored four for a 4-1 lead.

Andrew Romine lined a double to left center, also on an 0-1 slider, and both scored when Dixon Machado drilled a double to left off third baseman Justin Turner's glove. Two outs later, Upton hit his 26th home run, a drive into the Detroit bullpen in left off a 1-1 slider.

"I know you want to approach every game the same," said Verlander, still the subject of trade rumors since he reportedly has cleared waivers. "But it's tough to match that kind of intensity during the course of a season."

Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run double off the wall in right center with one out in the eighth to make it 6-1. Ian Kinsler had singled off reliever Tony Cingrani and pinch-hitter JaCoby Jones walked, nearly outrunning Kinsler to the plate on Cabrera's double.

Verlander retired six in a row after Granderson's home run before Austin Barnes singled to right on a 3-1 pitch with two outs in the eighth.

Verlander and Maeda matched no-hit innings through the fifth. Maeda retired all 15 he faced and Verlander set down the first 13 before walking Yasiel Puig in the fifth. He struck out the next two batters to end the inning.

"I didn't realize until after the fifth that nobody had a hit," Roberts said. "Kenta pitched good. He matched him pitch-for-pitch. It all happened so quickly in the sixth."

"Through the first five," Verlander said, "it was like playoff baseball in that the margin of error is so slim. Every pitch is so important."

Maeda lasted six innings, striking out seven without a walk. All the hits and runs he allowed were in the sixth.

Despite having their six-game winning streak ended, the Dodgers have still have won 21 of their last 25 and are 52-10 since June 7.

The Tigers stopped a six-game losing streak but still have dropped eight of 10 and 12 of their last 15.

NOTES: Los Angeles LHP Clayton Kershaw will pitch three simulated game innings Monday. If he comes out of that OK he will begin a minor league rehab assignment. ... Detroit 3B Nicholas Castellanos, whose muff of a popup Saturday led to the first Los Angeles run, was not in the starting lineup. "It's more about getting Andrew Romine into a game," manager Brad Ausmus said. ... Dodgers OF/1B Cody Bellinger did not start after suffering a right ankle sprain making a catch against the left field wall on Saturday. Manager Dave Roberts said Bellinger might be able to start Monday in Pittsburgh.


Mariners 0 vs. 3 Rays Recap

Rays LHP Snell dominates Mariners


Sunday, August 20 at 5:19 PM (EDT)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Kevin Kiermaier and Adeiny Hechavarria provided a rare display of power and that would be all left-hander Blake Snell needed to snap the Tampa Bay Rays' four-game losing streak.

Snell threw seven scoreless innings while Kiermaier and Hechavarria hit home runs to lift the Rays to a 3-0 win over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday at Tropicana Field.

After losing his first 14 starts in the majors, Snell (2-6) has won two consecutive starts and had his best outing of the season Sunday.

"Yeah, I wish it would have come together a lot sooner, but I feel really good about where I'm at," Snell said. "I just have to keep working and getting better."

Snell gave up two hits and struck out eight in seven innings. He threw 101 pitches, with 59 for strikes.

"I know he's made a couple of mechanical adjustments and his velocity is even up," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "The biggest adjustment Blake has made is his intent with the fastball and driving the fastball in the zone."

The Rays (61-65), who are 14-22 since the All-Star break, got a boost of offense immediately when Kiermaier sent a 2-0 pitch from Mariners starter Yovani Gallardo over the 404-foot wall in center field to give the Rays a 1-0 lead.

"You always want to start the game of with a bang anyway you can," Kiermaier said. "I was just trying to be ready from the first pitch. ... I get to 2-0 and I told myself here comes the heater. I got a good one to hit, and I was on time and put the barrel on it."

Gallardo (5-9) did his best to keep the Mariners within one run until the bottom of the seventh. He hit Rays catcher Jesus Sucre with a pitch and struck out Brad Miller before Hechavarria ripped a 3-1 pitch over the wall in right field to make the score 3-0.

"I recently made a quick adjustment to my hands," Hechavarria said. "I had them a little bit lower, but I've raised them a little higher. Ever since them I've felt a little more comfortable there."

Gallardo pitched 6 1/3 innings and gave up five hits and three runs. He struck out six and walked three on 106 pitches, with 58 for strikes.

"I was able to command the fastball," Gallardo said. "I think I was able to command it on both sides of the plate. I was able to change speeds and when I got in trouble I got ground balls."

The home runs, however, were mistakes he couldn't escape.

"I'm mean it's not like they are bad pitches," Gallardo said." Obviously the one (to Kiermaier), I fell behind and I tried to go away and he just stayed with it and went down the middle. The other one, a fastball away and he drives it to right-center. Not much I can do about that."

Seattle (63-62) couldn't generate much offense against Snell, who retired 15 of 16 batters at one point. The Mariners were able to get runners on first and second with two outs in the top of the seventh, but Taylor Motter grounded into a fielder's choice to end the threat.

"We've got to give a lot of credit to Blake Snell," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "He has really good stuff and he had it going on today. Key for us, we won the series. We continue to roll, hopefully we will get over to Atlanta and do it again over there."

The Mariners were able to get a one-out hit off Rays closer Alex Colome when Yonder Alonso hit a liner to left field, but Corey Dickerson made a nice defensive play to keep it to a single.

Colome struck out Robinson Cano and retired Nelson Cruz on a groundout to post his 36th save of the season.

NOTES: The leadoff home run was the first of CF Kevin Kiermaier's career. ... The Rays claimed OF Cesar Puello off waivers from the Angels and placed RHP Jake Faria on the 10-day disabled list with a left abdominal strain. ... Mariners 3B Kyle Seager (stomach virus) is still not 100 percent, according to manager Scott Servais. Seager was given the game off after missing two games last week. ... RHP David Phelps (right elbow impingement) will pitch in a simulated game in Atlanta before a decision about when to bring him off the disabled list is made. ... Mariners 2B Robinson Cano fouled a pitch off a foot in the ninth inning and a trainer came out to take a look, but Cano finished the at-bat.


Marlins 6 vs. 4 Mets Recap

Marlins lefty Conley mesmerizes Mets


Sunday, August 20 at 6:45 PM (EDT)

NEW YORK -- How much information is too much information for Miami Marlins left-hander Adam Conley? Anything about his success against the New York Mets and at Citi Field.

Conley continued to thrive against the Mets in New York on Sunday afternoon. He struck out a career-high 11 in seven innings of one-run ball and picked up the win in the Marlins' 6-4 victory.

"Adam's seven strong is really what set the tone for today," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "And he seemed to get better as the game went on."

Conley (6-5) seems to be getting better every time he faces the Mets. With the win, he improved to 3-1 with a 1.87 ERA in nine games (seven starts) against the Mets. At Citi Field, Conley is 3-0 in three starts, during which he has allowed just two runs in 19 innings.

But the less said about Conley's past performances against the Mets the better as far as he's concerned.

"It's been brought up to me," Conley said. "I think a dangerous thing would be to look into that (and) assume today would go well.

"Wasn't really sharp last outing. It's a day game (Sunday), getaway day on the road, and so to assume those types of things, I think (it's) dangerous. I try to guard myself from that."

One bit of information Conley didn't mind absorbing Sunday was his pitch count. Conley threw 102 pitches in seven innings and said the efficiency made him more willing to go for strikeouts. He'd never whiffed more than nine in a start -- and relied more heavily on his put-away pitches, his changeup and slider.

"I love being able to see where I'm at, pitch count-wise," Conley said. "It's a good measure of where I'm at. It seems like, as games go on, I start to be able to gauge better what it is that I'm trying to do."

Conley allowed three hits, including a homer to Yoenis Cespedes in the first inning, and two walks. He appeared to be in line for an easy win when the Marlins scored four runs in the top of the seventh -- an inning in which Dee Gordon beat out an infield single to put runners at the corners before Giancarlo Stanton crushed his major league-leading 45th homer -- to extend their lead to 6-1.

The homer was the first in four games for Stanton, who homered in six straight games from Aug. 10-15. He said he's getting used to being pitched around like he was this weekend, when he drew five walks in eight plate appearances on Friday and Saturday.

"Changed the whole dynamic of my at-bat, for sure," Stanton said of Gordon's hit. "Figure that's the next step to this, being even more patient and make sure I don't miss the few (pitches) that I get."

Mets starter Jacob deGrom, who exited after surrendering Stanton's homer, said he would have been more likely to pitch around Stanton if there were two outs and a runner on third.

"You try to get him to chase, probably," deGrom said. "I think you're more willing to walk him. But that's on me. I have to do a better job."

Marcell Ozuna added an RBI single later in the eighth for the Marlins, whose insurance came in handy when the Mets scored three runs, all charged to Odrisamer Despaigne, in the bottom of the eighth.

Cespedes hit an RBI double off Despaigne before Kyle Barraclough entered and surrendered a sacrifice fly and a run-scoring single. But Barraclough struck out the potential tying run, Amed Rosario, and Brad Ziegler picked up his sixth save with a one-hit ninth.

Christian Yelich had three hits, including two run-scoringinfield singles, for the Marlins (60-62), who have won seven of nine. Gordon scored three runs and stole two bases.

DeGrom (13-7) took the loss after allowing five runs, 10 hits and no walks while striking out eight in 6 1/3 innings. He has given up 10 earned runs in his last two starts, a span of 13 2/3 innings, after posting a 1.82 ERA (16 earned runs in 79 1/3 innings) during an 11-start stretch from June 12 through Aug. 10.

"He's always deep into the game," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "There might be a little fatigue in there."

NOTES: The Mets acquired RHP Jacob Rhame from the Los Angeles Dodgers as the player to be named later in the trade that sent OF Curtis Granderson to the Dodgers on Friday. Rhame, who was 0-2 with a 4.31 ERA and two saves in 41 games for Triple-A Oklahoma City, will be assigned to Triple-A Las Vegas. ... Mets RHP Matt Harvey (shoulder) will make his third rehab start, and his first for Double-A Binghamton, on Monday. ... Marlins LHP Jarlin Garcia (left biceps) threw a bullpen Sunday and could be activated from the disabled list when eligible on Tuesday. ... Marlins 2B Dee Gordon stole second base in the first inning with his batting gloves in his mouth. He said he was trying to switch to his running gloves when he realized it was time to take off for second.


Angels 5 vs. 4 Orioles Recap

Maybin's pinch single lifts Angels over Orioles


Sunday, August 20 at 6:39 PM (EDT)

BALTIMORE -- The Los Angeles Angels are peaking at the right time.

Manager Mike Scioscia is hoping his team can ride that momentum straight into the postseason.

Cameron Maybin delivered a tiebreaking, pinch-hit RBI single in the eighth inning and the Angels beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-4 on Sunday to take two of three games in the series.

Los Angeles has won nine of its past 11 games and maintains the second wild-card spot.

"We've been playing better baseball for the past couple of weeks," Scioscia said. "We need to keep going. With that in mind, I think the reality of it is that every game is going to be a tough game. We just need to turn the page win or lose and build momentum into the next game. These guys are playing well. A lot of them are playing a lot, but their energy is still there and we just need to keep that focus."

Trailing 4-1 in the sixth, the Orioles closed to within a run on a two-RBI single by Jonathan Schoop that chased Angels starter Parker Bridwell. Keynan Middleton entered and got two outs before allowing a double to Mark Trumbo that tied the game.

Baltimore reliever Brad Brach (3-4) walked two batters in the eighth before Mychal Givens allowed a two-out single to Maybin, who missed the previous two games with a sore knee.

Cam Bedrosian (3-2) picked up the win with a scoreless seventh. Former Oriole Bud Norris allowed runners to reach first and second before earning his 19th save with a strikeout and grounder.

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

"Once you are playing that good and you are seeing the light you want to keep going," Simmons said. "You want to keep winning all the games. You want to close them out."

Bridwell, who was drafted by Baltimore in 2010 and traded to the Angels in April, made his first appearance at Camden Yards. He allowed four runs (two earned) and six hits with three strikeouts and one walk over five-plus innings.

Chris Davis, who was back in the lineup after being sidelined the previous two nights because of a virus, hit his 19th home run for Baltimore, which has dropped five of its past seven games.

Baltimore walked eight batters in the game, the fifth time this season the Orioles allowed eight or more free passes.

"You'd have liked to win the series," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "We'd have liked to win all three. We had a good opportunity today but they pitched a little bit better than we did. The competition is us. It's us playing better regardless of who you're playing. Our competition is Oakland now and it's us. There's opportunity there for us. We'd like to win. If they had a different shortstop there we would have."

Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman made his first start since being demoted to the bullpen more than two weeks ago. The right-hander allowed four runs and four hits and tied a career-high with six walks over 5 1/3 innings. Tillman, who opened the year on the disabled list, is 1-7 and managed his only win on May 7.

"You cut the walks in half that's a different ball game," Tillman said. "That's just too many. Too many to try to pitch out of. You can't expect to win a game walking that many. Other than that, I thought it was OK. Made some good off-speed pitches, fastball was a little better. I still think it was a step in the right direction minus the walks. I got to limit those."

Calhoun provided Los Angeles with the lead when he led off the second with a towering shot over the right field wall. The Angels took a 2-0 lead in the third on a single by Albert Pujols that scored Ben Revere, who walked and stole second.

Davis pulled the Orioles to within a run when he led off the bottom half of the third with a shot that was just beyond the reach of the left fielder Revere.

Simmons hit a two-run homer off Tillman in the sixth that boosted Los Angeles' lead to 4-1.

"I think there's just been games that we've let slip away, some games we really haven't been able to close out whether it's scoring a run, whether it's tacking on a few runs to give us some breathing room," Davis said.

NOTES: Orioles RHP Miguel Castro was placed on the bereavement list for up to three days. In a corresponding move, RHP Alec Asher was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk. ... Angels RHP Jesse Chavez could get the start Thursday against Texas with JC Ramirez potentially out with right forearm irritation. ... Baltimore SS J.J. Hardy (fractured wrist) will begin a rehab assignment Monday at Triple-A Norfolk.


Reds 1 vs. 8 Braves Recap

Flowers, Newcomb help Braves trounce Reds


Sunday, August 20 at 6:18 PM (EDT)

ATLANTA -- Rookie Sean Newcomb took another stride forward in establishing himself as a major league starting pitcher on Sunday.

The left-hander pitched five scoreless innings and stopped a personal five-game losing streak when the Atlanta Braves beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-1 at SunTrust Park to salvage the final game of the three-game set.

Newcomb (2-7) allowed five hits but permitted no runs in his five-inning stint. He walked five, struck out two and worked out of trouble in his final three innings, when the Reds stranded eight runners. He earned his first win since June 27.

"It's not perfect, but he doesn't ever give in and his stuff is live," Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said. "There's a lot to like there."

He finally got some run support, too. The offense entered the game averaging only 1.3 runs behind Newcomb, but that changed on Sunday when catcher Tyler Flowers broke the game open with a grand slam in the fifth inning.

"That always helps," Newcomb said.

Flowers connected for his second career slam in the fifth, part of a six-run frame against reliever Drew Storen. The right-hander gave up six runs, six hits and two walks in two-thirds of an inning. It was the ninth grand slam allowed by Cincinnati this season, a club record.

Brandon Phillips went 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored and Freddie Freeman was 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored. Ozzie Albies and Dansby Swanson each had two hits in Atlanta's 12-hit attack.

Phillips remained red hot at the plate and is batting .393 (11-for-28) over the last six games. He also made a stellar fielding play at third base to start a double play in the fifth inning.

Newcomb escaped a bases-loaded mess in the third inning thanks to some good defense. Albies jumped as high as possible at second to snag Joey Votto's line drive that might have cleared the bases.

"I turned and he was off his feet," Newcomb said. "He was really up there."

Newcomb then helped himself get the final out, sprawling on the infield grass to stop a slow grounder and rolling the ball to first in time to nip Adam Duvall.

"I couldn't get it with the glove so I had to make a little dive at it," Newcomb said. "I just had to get it toward the bag."

Newcomb left the bases loaded again in the fifth when he retired Scooter Gennett on a harmless fly ball to center field to end the inning.

"Tip your hat to the lefty," Cincinnati manager Bryan Price said. "Newcomb pitched a nice ballgame. His fastball was sitting at 93-94, but it had some jump to it. He really established the fastball the first time through the lineup, then he started mixing the accessory pitches as the game went on. He pitched well. That was our A-grade lineup."

Cincinnati starter Luis Castillo (2-6) was victimized by a high pitch count and lasted only four innings on the hot afternoon. He threw 90 pitches, giving up two runs and striking out eight. He fanned six of the first nine batters he faced.

"This team in Atlanta did about as good a job as any team he's faced as far as fighting off the good pitches, battling and keeping the at-bat alive," Price said. "Even if the at-bat ended, it was a five-, six- or seven-pitch at-bat."

Atlanta broke through for two runs in the third against Castillo, with Nick Markakis bouncing a two-out double that caromed against the brick portion of the right-field wall and scored Phillips and Freeman.

"Sometimes you make mistakes," Castillo said. "They were able to foul off a lot of good pitches. I went out there and didn't have my best stuff and just competed."

Atlanta's Matt Wisler threw three scoreless innings of relief. But Cincinnati broke up the shutout in the ninth when Phillip Ervin singled home Jose Peraza against rookie Max Fried.

Cincinnati got 3 1/3 scoreless innings of relief from Tim Adleman.

NOTES: The two teams split their six games this season. ... The Reds completed their second consecutive 10-game road trip at 5-5. ... Cincinnati 1B Joey Votto was hit by a pitch and has reached base in 25 consecutive games. ... Atlanta 1B Freddie Freeman extended his hitting streak to eight games with a single. ... Atlanta RF Nick Markakis had his 30th double, the eighth year he has met that mark. ... Cincinnati returns home to begin a three-game series on Tuesday against the Chicago Cubs. The Reds send RHP Homer Bailey (4-6, 8.44 ERA) against Chicago's John Lackey (10-9, 4.67). Atlanta starts a three-game series with Seattle on Monday. Atlanta RHP Mike Foltynewicz (10-8, 4.75) will be opposed by Seattle's Andrew Albers (1-0, 1.80), who was acquired from the Braves' Triple-A team a week ago.


Yankees 1 vs. 5 Red Sox Recap

Bradley Jr. lifts Red Sox over Yankees


Sunday, August 20 at 7:26 PM (EDT)

BOSTON -- Here's the kind of day Jackie Bradley Jr. had Sunday: When a reporter asked him to talk about his big hit, he needed clarification -- "Which one?"

The reporter was asking about Bradley's two-out, two-run triple to center-field in the second inning.

"Oh, that one," Bradley said with a smile.

"That one" put the Boston Red Sox ahead of the New York Yankees early, and they never looked back en route to a 5-1 victory at Fenway Park.

"I got ahead in the count, a 2-0 fastball that I was able to handle," said Bradley of the hit that brought Xander Bogaerts and Sandy Leon across the plate for a 2-0 lead. "Put some good barrel on it, and it was really big to get those runs early."

They were the first two of three runs driven in by Bradley, who added a two-out single in the sixth to score Mitch Moreland.

Bradley's heroics and a lock-down performance by the Boston bullpen gave the Red Sox the rubber match of the teams' three-game series, extending their lead over the Yankees in the American League East to five games.

Rick Porcello (8-14) picked up the win, allowing one run on three hits in six innings of work with four strikeouts and three walks. It's the fourth straight win for Porcello, bringing him to 4-4 since the All-Star break.

"Nothing in particular was really on fire," Porcello said. "The walks were a little concerning, but we were able to pitch out of it, and I can't say enough the way our offense battled. They really grinded their starter down, did a hell of a job, and we were able to put those runs across late in the game. To get him up over 100 pitches through five innings was huge."

Sonny Gray (7-8) went five innings and allowed two runs, both earned, on seven hits with two walks in his fourth start as a Yankee. He departed with the Yankees down 2-1, but the New York bullpen fell flat, allowing four runs on five hits.

The Red Sox stretched Gray early, forcing him to throw 20 pitches in each of the first three innings.

"I think today was just a product of them putting in good at-bats," Yankee manager Joe Girardi said.

Gray was mostly able to avoid any damage on the scoreboard save for the second inning, when Bradley smoked his two-out triple into the center-field triangle to bring Xander Bogaerts and Sandy Leon home for a 2-0 lead.

"I just continued to battle and battle and obviously it didn't turn out in my favor," Gray said. "They had the one big hit -- Jackie, I left a 2-0 pitch up."

Porcello was mostly sharp early, before issuing back-to-back walks in the fourth inning. He escaped that trouble by inducing a fly ball from Todd Frazier and striking out Tyler Austin.

Bradley's offense gave Porcello a cushion, and he helped his pitcher out in the field as well. Didi Gregorious led off the sixth inning by swinging on the first pitch he saw from Porcello, and he sent it seemingly destined for the gap in right-center. Instead, Bradley tracked it down and made the catch without even having to leave his feet.

"Jackie's been phenomenal, swinging the bat today and giving us three RBIs, giving us a big double and a big lift defensively," Porcello said. "That ball that Didi hit into the gap, I mean, I was on the mound and he caught it standing up, he tracked it down, and I thought for sure that ball was going to be down for at least a double. Jackie's the best I've seen in center field. He's phenomenal."

The Yankees finally got to Porcello in the fifth when Brett Gardner, using Fenway Park's unique dimensions, snaked a shot just past the right-field foul pole for a solo home run, cutting the Boston lead to 2-1.

The Yankees' offense effectively shut down from there, as Boston pitching didn't allow another baserunner the rest of the way. Red Sox relievers Brandon Workman, Addison Reed and Craig Kimbrel retired the final nine Yankee hitters in order.

"We have a lot of really good arms out there," Workman said. "It seems like everybody's capable of getting big outs, everybody's throwing the ball well this year, and everybody's got big arms out there."

Gray departed after five innings, which ended his AL-best streak of nine straight starts (including six with Oakland) of at least six innings and two or fewer earned runs allowed.

With Gray gone, Bradley added another RBI to extend the Red Sox lead to 3-1 in the sixth inning, bringing home Mitch Moreland with a two-out single off of Adam Warren.

Aroldis Chapman made his first appearance since surrendering two runs in the eighth inning of Friday's come-from-behind Red Sox win. Chapman, who was effectively demoted out of the closer's spot by manager Joe Girardi after Friday's game, entered in the sixth and retired four batters, walking one and striking out Rafael Devers with Mookie Betts looming at third base to end the seventh inning.

"When you go out there to pitch, you have to have the same mentality," Chapman said through a translator. "I had the same mentality. The only difference is that I went into the game a little earlier."

The Red Sox tacked on two more runs in the eighth, when Leon ripped a double off of Tommy Kahnle into the right field corner to score Bogaerts and Moreland.

NOTES: After the game, the Yankees optioned RHP Bryan Mitchell to AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. ... The Red Sox announced that LHP Drew Pomeranz will throw a bullpen session on Monday, and is on track to make his scheduled start Wednesday in Cleveland, after leaving Friday's game in the fourth inning with back spasms. ... Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka had an on-field throwing session before Sunday's game. Tanaka was placed on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to Aug. 10 with shoulder inflammation, but is scheduled to start Tuesday's game in Detroit. He also threw a bullpen session at Fenway Park on Friday. ... Red Sox INF Eduardo Nunez did not start Sunday, marking his first non-start since the trade that brought him from San Francisco to Boston on July 26, a span of 19 games. ... RF Aaron Judge continued to struggle against the Red Sox, going 0-for-4 and extending his major league record streak to 37 straight games with at least one strikeout. ... The Red Sox honored former second baseman and current television color commentator Jerry Remy before the game. Remy, a team broadcaster since 1988 and a member of the Red Sox Hall of Fame, is currently recovering from surgery after being diagnosed with lung cancer.


Athletics 3 vs. 2 Astros Recap

Cotton ends victory drought in A's 3-2 win over Astros


Sunday, August 20 at 7:01 PM (EDT)

HOUSTON -- On the heels of solid starts from rotation mates Sean Manaea and Kendall Graveman, Oakland right-hander Jharel Cotton did something Sunday that not only maintained the momentum but served him well as he seeks consistency.

Cotton snapped a five-start winless streak by pitching effectively into the seventh inning and the Athletics salvaged the finale of their weekend series against the Houston Astros with a 3-2 victory at Minute Maid Park.

Cotton (6-10) allowed two runs, four hits and three walks with two strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings.

After surrendering a run on a sacrifice fly by Astros shortstop Alex Bregman in the third inning, Cotton retired eight straight batters before sidestepping trouble in the sixth.

Three batters after Marwin Gonzalez clubbed his 21st home run to lead off the bottom of the seventh, Cotton gave way to right-hander Chris Hatcher, who struck out George Springer with the tying run on third base to end the threat.

"I hammered that outside corner today," said Cotton, whose last victory came June 23 against the Chicago White Sox. "I was consistently down in the zone and when I missed it wasn't a big miss and it wasn't up in the zone as much. So just hammering my fastball out there and just mixing speeds really well was the key today."

Oakland reliever Blake Treinen followed with two strikeouts in the eighth inning to strand Jose Altuve on second base. Treinen returned for the ninth and claimed his fourth save with Oakland.

The Athletics (54-70) scored twice against Astros right-hander Brad Peacock (10-2) in the first inning courtesy of two throwing errors on the same play.

After Boog Powell reached via a leadoff single, Marcus Semien bounced a ball to Bregman, whose throw to Altuve at second base sailed into right field and allowed Powell to score.

As Semien rounded second and closed in on third base, Gonzalez short hopped his throw past third baseman J.D. Davis and into left, enabling Semien to spring to his feet and scurry home.

"You just try to take advantage of the mistakes," Semien said. "Boog did a really good job of hustling to second to put pressure on Bregman. As a shortstop, that's tough when the guy at first is really fast it makes you rush a little bit. I just tried to get to third. Once I saw the throw going towards home, Marwin did a good job of cutting it off. But just very fortunate there."

Peacock rallied to log 5 1/3 innings, allowing three runs (one earned), seven hits and two walks with eight strikeouts. He suffered his first loss since June 9 against the Angels.

"Those things happen," Peacock said of the misplays. "This is baseball. I just try to not let it get to me, try to do my job and go five or six innings."

Oakland took a 3-1 lead in the sixth when second baseman Jed Lowrie reached on a single and later scored on a passed ball by catcher Juan Centeno. After shining defensively while winning the opening two games of the series, the Astros (76-48) were sloppy throughout the finale. It proved costly.

"The first inning is disappointing because they are plays we can make and do make," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. "We put ourselves in a hole. You think you're going to have a higher scoring game or have the opportunity to get back into it. They did a really good job of keeping us pretty much in check."

NOTES: Astros SS Carlos Correa will participate in batting practice on Tuesday, doing so for the first time since landing on the 10-day disabled list with a torn ligament in his right thumb on July 18. Correa took swings against a pitching machine. ... Athletics C Bruce Maxwell was scratched from the lineup after taking a foul ball off his mask on Saturday night. While Maxwell did not show concussion-like symptoms, Oakland manager Bob Melvin opted for a conservative approach with his primary backstop. ... Astros RHPs Will Harris (right shoulder inflammation) and Michael Feliz (right shoulder discomfort), as well as LHP Tony Sipp (right calf soreness), are scheduled to make rehab appearances for Double-A Corpus Christi on Tuesday. Astros C Evan Gattis (concussion) will do the same.


Diamondbacks 5 vs. 12 Twins Recap

Colon reaches milestone in Twins' win over D-backs


Sunday, August 20 at 7:39 PM (EDT)

MINNEAPOLIS -- Bartolo Colon entered Sunday's game needing a victory to become the 18th player in major league history to record a win against all 30 teams.

The Minnesota Twins' offense ensured that happen and then overshadowed Colon's moment.

Eddie Rosario's grand slam capped a nine-run first inning for Minnesota, and Chris Gimenez was a triple away from the cycle in the Twins' 12-5 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday.

Brian Dozier hit his 25th homer and walked three times to help support Colon.

"It means a lot. It means a lot to my career," the 44-year-old Colon said of accomplishing the feat through an interpreter. "Now I haven't won in two stadiums, so that's the next goal."

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

Colon pitched six innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and two walks. He allowed three solo homers for the second straight start and struck out six batters.

Minnesota has won four games in a row and 11 of its last 14. Sunday's win helped the Twins hold on to one of the wild-card spots in the American League.

"Ever since spring training we've been so close-knit as a group that we feel like we're capable of doing something pretty special here," Gimenez said. "We're starting to see some of the signs of what's to come."

McFarland (4-5) only got one out in his spot start and surrendered seven runs on five hits and two walks. With Robbie Ray still working his way back from the concussion disabled list, the Diamondbacks turned to McFarland, the five-year veteran reliever who had 32 relief appearances this season.

"I felt great coming in," McFarland said. "Had my legs, I felt good; just went out and didn't execute pitches when I needed to."

Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said McFarland was set for about 60 pitches, but the left-hander threw 38 and only retired Rosario, the second hitter of the game.

"We made the best decision we thought possible and it didn't work out," Lovullo said. "I'm not really big on second-guessing. We added up a lot of different components and it made sense to start T.J. It just didn't work out."

Byron Buxton, hitting third in the order with Miguel Sano and Joe Mauer out of the lineup, opened the scoring with an RBI single that plated Dozier. Six straight players would reach against McFarland on five hits and a walk. Dozier walked twice in the inning and Rosario followed with his second career grand slam in his second at-bat of the opening frame.

"I think he understands the more he minimizes the better chance he has," Minnesota manager Paul Molitor said of Rosario, who has hit .429 during a 10-game hitting streak.

In the inning, the Twins had six hits and five players recorded an RBI as they scored nine runs in an inning for the first time since Aug. 22, 2014. It was the third time in team history the Twins scored at least nine runs in the first inning and first since April 27, 1980.

Gimenez, who entered the game hitting .187 this season, led off the fifth with his sixth homer, and Dozier added his solo shot in the inning.

Colon pitched out of trouble in the first two innings, but the home runs started to follow in the fourth. J.D. Martinez and Brandon Drury each hit one in the three-run fourth and Jake Lamb added his 27th of the year in the fifth.

"It wasn't a great series, no matter how you slice it," Lovullo said. "We're a good baseball team, and I know that things are working and trending towards that. I just want to make sure they remember how good they are."

NOTES: Arizona manager Torey Lovullo was ejected in the seventh inning after Minnesota reliever Ryan Pressly nearly hit Adam Rosales with a pitch, leading to a warning for both benches from home-plate umpire John Tumpane. Twins C Chris Gimenez had been hit by a pitch in the top of the inning. ... Minnesota manager Paul Molitor said 3B Miguel Sano is going to go on the disabled list after an MRI showed a stress reaction in his lower left leg. ... Arizona recalled RHP Jimmie Sherfy from Triple-A Reno before the game. The team had optioned RHP J.J. Hoover and RHP Silvino Bracho to Triple-A after Saturday's game and recalled RHP Braden Shipley. Sherfy made his major league debut with one scoreless inning and two strikeouts. Shipley was sent back to Triple-A after pitching 5 2/3 innings. ... Twins 1B Mitch Garver had his first major league hit with a single in the second inning.


Indians 4 vs. 7 Royals Recap

Bottom of the order lifts Royals past Indians


Sunday, August 20 at 7:15 PM (EDT)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Royals' hitting stars Sunday included three seldom-used players.

The bottom four of the lineup -- Jorge Bonifacio, Alcides Escobar, Cheslor Cuthbert and Cameron Gallagher -- came up huge in the Royals' 7-4 victory over the Cleveland Indians.

The four combined to go 9-for-14 with all seven RBIs, scored four runs, had a sacrifice fly and drew a walk.

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

Cuthbert made his first start since Aug. 13. Gallagher and Bonifacio last had an at-bat on Monday.

"The bottom of the lineup was tremendous," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "Some good at-bats down there."

After being outscored 15-1 in losing the first two games of the series, the Royals salvaged the final game.

"If you get beat the first two games, win that third one and instead of being 8 1/2 games back you're 6 1/2 back," Yost said. "They're two-game swings."

Jason Hammel (6-9) picked up his third victory over the Indians this season. He allowed three runs, five hits and a walk with three strikeouts in six innings. He is 3-0 with a 3.37 ERA in three starts this season against Cleveland.

"He did what he's been doing for us a whole lot lately," Yost said. "He gave us six good innings, held them to three runs and kept us in the ballgame to give us a chance to win. He did a great job. We needed that."

Danny Salazar (5-6), who had a 1.39 ERA in five starts since coming off the disabled list on July 22, was roughed up for a career-high 12 hits and six runs in 4 2/3 innings. That was the most hits an Indians starter has allowed this season.

"So much traffic, only one clean inning," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "Every inning he had to work. He didn't have his best fastball most of the day. There were times we saw it, but it didn't look crisp, and he hung a changeup to Cuthbert.

"You hoped he could kind of dodge a few bullets, but at some point there is so much traffic that you knew they were going to score.

"We did a good job of working his (Hammel's) pitch count and everything. I think it's one of those days when you get down and you spend so much time on defense, it kind of takes some of your energy away. It's not an excuse. He beat us."

Indians catcher Yan Gomes said Salazar lacked consistency of his pitches.

"He was getting some good swing and misses on some of them," Gomes said. "At times when we needed a great pitch, he tended to make a little bit of a mistake, but you know what? He still went out there and try to pitch his tail off. You know sometimes it doesn't all work."

The Royals grouped three hits and a walk in the second inning for two runs. Mike Moustakas led off the inning with a walk, stopped at third on Bonifacio's double to center and scored on Escobar's single. Gallagher's one-out single to shallow center got Bonifacio home.

"We knew we had to get this one," Bonifacio said.

Bradley Zimmer led off the Cleveland third with a bunt single and scored on Francisco Lindor's 20th home run, which landed high off the right-field foul pole.

The Indians went ahead 3-2 in the top of the fourth when Jay Bruce, who singled to extend his hitting streak to 10 games, scored on Austin Jackson's sacrifice fly.

The Royals tied it in the bottom of the inning when Cuthbert went deep to left on an 0-2 pitch from Salazar. Cuthbert is 5-for-8 lifetime against Salazar.

The Royals scored three in the fifth and chased Salazar. Cuthbert had a two-out, two-run RBI single and Escobar singled home the other run.

Escobar's seventh-inning sacrifice fly scored Moustakas to cap the Royals' scoring.

The Indians got a run in the ninth after Austin Jackson led off with a triple and scored on Gomes' groundout.

NOTES: Indians RHP Corey Kluber threw a side session to test his right ankle, which he sprained Friday and exited in the sixth inning. "No restrictions," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "He's good to go Wednesday." ... The Royals plan to activate All-Star C Salvador Perez on Tuesday or Wednesday. He is on the disabled list with a strained right intercostal. ... Royals 2B Whit Merrifield led off the first inning with a ground-ball single to center, snapping an 0-for-23 slump. ... The Royals' 15 hits matched the most the Indians have given up in a game this season. ... The Indians, who went 8-3 on their four-city trip, open a four-game home series on Monday against the Boston Red Sox. Boston LHP Eduardo Rodriguez and Cleveland RHP Mike Clevinger are the probables. The Indians have lost two of three games to the Red Sox this season. ... The Royals are off Monday before hosting the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday in the opener of a three-game interleague series.


Blue Jays 5 vs. 6 Cubs Recap

Cubs rally past Blue Jays in 10 innings


Sunday, August 20 at 8:15 PM (EDT)

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs recaptured some the of magic -- and luck -- that helped make them World Series champions in 2016 after a 108-year drought.

Alex Avila singled home two runs to cap a three-run 10th-inning rally that led the Cubs past the Toronto Blue Jays 6-5 on Sunday.

National League Central-leading Chicago rebounded to win for the sixth time in eight games after Toronto scored twice in the top the 10th.

How the Cubs pulled this one out was, well, not exactly textbook.

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

Both Schwarber and Baez stuck out swinging but reached base when Toronto catcher Raffy Lopez couldn't handle Osuna's wild pitches and threw to first too late.

"Sometimes over the course of the year when you're a team that's trying to make the playoffs, you've got to win crazy games like that and games that you shouldn't necessarily win," Avila said.

Avila, a veteran catcher who joined the Cubs from the Detroit Tigers at the July 31 trade deadline, said he felt bad for Lopez, who couldn't handle Osuna's hard, lively pitches.

Osuna, the 22-year-old Blue Jays closer, blew his eighth save in 40 chances.

"He's got power stuff, a really hard breaking ball, and sometimes that can be tough for a catcher to block with consistency," Avila said.

Lopez said, "You just have to be ready like any other pitcher. They're going to spin some in the dirt, try to get them to chase, like you would any other batter, any other pitcher.

"A block has to be made, and I just have to make a better throw to first."

In the top of the 10th, Kevin Pillar singled in a run off Koji Uehara to make it 4-3. Justin Wilson (1-0) entered and walked Norichika Aoki with the bases loaded to put Toronto ahead 5-3.

It looked as if that would be all the Blue Jays would need to avert a sweep in their first visit to Wrigley Field since 2005.

"We've played hard all series, got the big hit to put us up," Toronto manager John Gibbons said. "We had to come back, battle back. ... And they got the magic here, there's no doubt about that."

Chicago's Albert Almora Jr. drove in three runs with a third-inning double for a 3-0 advantage. Starter Kyle Hendricks couldn't hold the lead, but the Cubs found a way to pull this one out.

"We could have easily packed it in," Almora said. "But we went out and battled, a couple of balls went our way, and we're right back in it."

Former Cub Miguel Montero hit a solo shot in sixth inning to tie the score at 3, and he also had a double. Jose Bautista also drove in a run for Toronto.

The Blue Jays acquired Montero from the Cubs on July 3, six days after the veteran catcher blamed pitcher Jake Arrieta for allowing seven stolen bases in a loss to Washington, then was designated for assignment.

Hendricks allowed three runs and struck out six in six innings. The righty ended up with his fifth no-decision in six starts since returning from right hand tendinitis on July 24.

Hendricks hasn't won since May 24 against the San Francisco Giants.

Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada also allowed three runs in six innings in a no-decision. Estrada is 1-6 in his past 15 starts.

Toronto third baseman Josh Donaldson made his first career start at shortstop. Bautista was at third base and Ezequiel Carrera moved into right field as Gibbons shuffled his lineup.

Donaldson moved from third to short late in the opening two games of the series. His only other major league experience at the position was one inning for Oakland in 2013.

Catcher Rene Rivera, claimed by the Cubs off waivers Saturday from the New York Mets, started behind the plate on Sunday and went 1-for-3.

The Cubs loaded the bases with no outs to start the third, then Almora cleared them with a soft double down the left field line.

The Jays trimmed the margin to 3-1 in the fourth when Justin Smoak led off with a double and Bautista singled him home. Toronto narrowed it to 3-2 in the fifth after Aoki doubled to lead off, then scored from third as Carrera grounded into a double play.

NOTES: RHP Koji Uehara, the fifth of six Chicago relievers, returned from a stint on the disabled list caused by a neck strain. ... The Cubs optioned LHP Rob Zastryzny and C Victor Caratini to Triple-A Iowa. ... C Rene Rivera is the second veteran backstop acquired by Chicago in less than a month and will help while No. 1 C Willson Contreras (right hamstring strain) recovers. ... Toronto RHP Joe Biagini may be recalled soon from Triple-A Buffalo, where he was sent in early August to get "stretched out" and work on longer outings to become a starter.


White Sox 3 vs. 2 Rangers Recap

Gonzalez helps White Sox beat Rangers


Sunday, August 20 at 7:45 PM (EDT)

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Right-hander Miguel Gonzalez has been one of the few pitchers the Chicago White Sox have been able to rely on all season.

That didn't change Sunday as Gonzalez (7-10) pitched six shutout innings in guiding the White Sox to a 3-2 victory over the Texas Rangers.

Gonzalez allowed just four singles in his six innings and twice worked out of bases-loaded situations. He has now allowed just two earned runs in his last 20 innings, and Sunday's start was his first scoreless outing of the season.

Gonzalez was tasked with slowing a Texas offense that had scored at least nine runs in four of its last five games and was coming off a Saturday game in which the Rangers scored 17 runs and had 20 hits.

He did the job by registering his third straight quality start.

He worked around four walks by striking out six and making big pitches in key situations.

"I just didn't have that feel in the second and third inning," said Gonzalez. "I lost my feel. I was just pushing the ball instead of going through my catcher. Just one of those days where you had to think through it and make adjustments while the game went on. You've got to be mentally strong and try to minimize damage and make them hit the ball the sooner the better. The fourth, fifth and sixth inning were a lot better that way. I was able to stay ahead and make pitches."

The Rangers had the bases loaded with one out in both the second and third innings but came away with nothing. Gonzalez got pop outs from Drew Robinson and Brett Nicholas to end that second-inning threat, and got Nomar Mazara and Joey Gallo on flyballs to finish off the third.

"I thought he was running the ball, cutting the ball, working both sides of the plate, staying on the fringes," Chicago manager Rick Renteria said. "He never really left anything to the middle that allowed them to do a whole lot. There were quite of few jam shots. Even the fly balls I thought he had enough movement on them that kept them from squaring them up."

Texas left 10 runners on base in the game and was 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position.

"Their guy (Gonzalez) made good pitches when he had to," said Texas shortstop Elvis Andrus, who went 1-for-4. "We had a couple of RBI situations. But when somebody makes a good pitch, you've got to tip your cap. Everybody did their best today but it didn't happen. You've got to turn the page."

The White Sox gave Gonzalez the run support he needed with three runs in the fourth off A.J. Griffin (6-4). After a walk and a single opened the inning, catcher Omar Narvaez singled home Nicky Delmonico with the game's first run. Two batters later Tyler Saladino lined a two-run double into the left-field corner.

Gonzalez retired the final nine batters he faced before turning the game over to the bullpen. Right-hander Danny Farquhar pitched a scoreless seventh, Gregory Infante a perfect eighth.

Juan Minaya lost the shutout by allowing a two-out, two-run homer to Rougned Odor in the ninth inning. But he got Elvis Andrus to fly out to center for his second career save.

Griffin lasted just five innings after getting touched for six hits and three runs. He struck out three and walked three.

"I just wasn't able to get ahead," said Griffin, who retired nine of the first 12 batters he faced before running into trouble. "They got a couple of base hits with guys on and scored a couple of runs. Other than that, I thought it was all right. We did a good job of keeping it right there with the bullpen coming in. At the plate we kept believing, and we were real close today in the ninth."

Avisail Garcia had three hits for the White Sox, who finished with nine.

Mike Napoli had two of the six Texas hits as the Rangers missed out on a chance to move above the .500 mark for the first time since June 27.

NOTES: Chicago 2B Yoan Moncada missed his second straight game because of shin splints. ... The White Sox will recall RHP Carson Fulmer from Triple-A Charlotte to start Game 2 of Monday's doubleheader against Minnesota. ... Both Texas 3B Joey Gallo and RHP Matt Bush exited the game in the eighth inning after they crashed into each other trying to catch a popup. Bush made the catch. Both players are now in the concussion protocol.


Brewers 8 vs. 4 Rockies Recap

Aguilar powers Brewers to series win over Rockies


Sunday, August 20 at 9:18 PM (EDT)

DENVER -- Taking full advantage of a chance to start, Jesus Aguilar continued his power surge Sunday.

The Milwaukee first baseman hit two home runs as the Brewers beat the Colorado Rockies 8-4 in the rubber game of a three-game series and moved closer in the National League wild-card hunt.

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

Aguilar made his 46th start of the season as first baseman Eric Thames was rested in a day game following a Saturday night contest. Aguilar tied the game at 1 with a homer in the second inning and then belted a two-run shot to center in the seventh, a 441-foot blast that put the Brewers ahead 5-1.

"He drove the bus again today, two days in a row," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "Three homers in the last two days, and a big start for him filling in there."

Aguilar drove in three runs Sunday, giving him five RBIs in two games. On Saturday night, he delivered a two-run, pinch-hit homer with two outs in the ninth off closer Greg Holland. That shot broke a 3-3 tie and steered the Brewers to a 6-3 win.

The multi-homer game was the second of Aguilar's career. The other was this season on July 7 in New York against the Yankees.

Despite their ninth loss in 13 games, the Rockies remained one game ahead of Arizona in the National League wild-card race. The Brewers are 2 1/2 games behind the Diamondbacks after winning for the sixth time in seven contests and taking a series at Coors Field to start a nine-game road trip that continues Monday at San Francisco.

"It's huge for our momentum," said Milwaukee center fielder Keon Broxton, who singled home two runs in the ninth before the Rockies tallied twice in their final at-bat. "And carrying it over tomorrow in San Fran is going to be huge. Sitting pretty high on a cloud now, so it's nice."

The Rockies' vantage point is rather different. They committed a season-high four errors, went 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position and stranded 12 runners in a marathon that lasted 4 hours, 4 minutes.

"It was a rough one," Rockies right fielder Carlos Gonzalez said. "It was a slow game, and we didn't play pretty today. We made a lot of mistakes and committed a lot of errors. It never helps the pitching staff. And our offense was really quiet today. We lose a series to a team that is chasing us. There are a lot of games (left), and we have to put this in the past."

Aguilar's second homer came against Tyler Chatwood, a demoted starter making his fourth relief appearance of the season. Aguilar has hit 14 homers in 233 at-bats this year.

Chatwood came on after left-hander Chris Rusin gave up an infield single to left-handed-hitting Travis Shaw. The right-handed-hitting Aguilar walloped Chatwood's 1-0 fastball that registered 96.2 mph.

"I was looking for something around the zone," Aguilar said. "And I hit it really good."

Anderson showed some rust in his 73-pitch outing, walking a season-high-tying three batters and hitting two after hitting four batters in 90 1/3 innings before he was injured.

"First couple innings, I felt I was trying to force it and trying to feel out my mechanics," Anderson said. "But the last three innings I pitched, I felt better than the first two. I just tried to execute and keep the ball down. Below the glove and above the glove, that was my thought today."

Anderson was lifted in the sixth for pinch hitter Neil Walker after Rockies starter Kyle Freeland issued consecutive two-out walks that ended his outing. Walker singled to give Milwaukee a 3-1 lead.

Ryan Braun's sacrifice fly to deep right-center with the bases loaded in the fifth put the Brewers ahead 2-1.

Freeland (11-8) gave up four hits and three runs (two earned) in 5 2/3 innings with a career-high five walks and seven strikeouts. Normally Freeland is able to get an abundance of outs on ground balls. But not so Sunday, when he recorded four outs on ground balls, including two on sacrifices.

Anderson gave up a run in the first on Mark Reynolds' sacrifice fly but dodged a big inning. He loaded the bases on Charlie Blackmon's leadoff single, a walk and hit Gerardo Parra with a pitch. However, after Reynolds drove in a run, Anderson got Gonzalez to fly out.

Anderson hit Blackmon with a pitch to open the third. The runner was thrown out attempting to steal, a call the Rockies unsuccessfully challenged. Anderson then issued consecutive walks but got Parra to pop out and struck out Reynolds.

After giving up a leadoff double to Gonzalez in the fourth, Anderson retired the next three batters and set the side down in order in the fifth, his final inning.

"Today I just told myself, forget about what I did before I got hurt," Anderson said. "It's a new day, and just continue to try and help this team win."

NOTES: To clear a roster spot for the return of RHP Chase Anderson (left oblique strain) from the disabled list, the Brewers optioned RHP Brandon Woodruff to Triple-A Colorado Springs. ... The Rockies, who finished 3-4 on a homestand that began against Atlanta, last won consecutive games when they took three straight Aug. 3-5. ... Rockies 2B DJ LeMahieu had a season-high and career-high-tying three walks. ... Brewers RHP Corey Knebel earned his 26th save when he struck out PH Mike Tauchman, the only batter he faced to end the game.


Phillies 5 vs. 2 Giants Recap

Florimon fuels Phillies to series split vs. Giants


Sunday, August 20 at 9:29 PM (EDT)

SAN FRANCISCO -- Asked to identify the highlight of his day, the journeyman player who hit the tiebreaking, two-run single in the eighth inning of the Sunday game between the Philadelphia Phillies and San Francisco Giants struggled for an answer.

That was how eventful Pedro Florimon's afternoon was.

A minor-leaguer at the beginning of the week, Florimon capped the day of his life with the biggest of six Phillies hits in a three-run eighth that sent Philadelphia to a 5-2 victory over the Giants and a split of the four-game series.

The Phillies (45-77) and Giants (50-76) began the series as the two losingest teams in baseball, and they finished it that way as well after Philadelphia won Saturday and Sunday to capture the season series 4-3.

"I'm excited about a lot of things," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said after the come-from-behind win. "There's a lot of good things going on."

The loss formally eliminated the Giants from contention in the National League West. San Francisco trails the Los Angeles Dodgers by 39 games.

The Phillies trailed 2-1 before stringing together five consecutive one-out singles in the eighth against right-hander Hunter Strickland (2-3), the third Giants pitcher.

Jorge Alfaro tied the game with the third of the five hits, scoring Rhys Hoskins. Alfaro has recorded at least one hit in all seven games he has played for the Phillies this season.

After Nick Williams singled to load the bases, Florimon delivered his difference-making hit to right field, scoring Maikel Franco and Alfaro.

"I just play to have fun. Everything is good right now," said the seven-year major-leaguer who is now with his fourth team. "The team is doing well right now and I'm just happy to help us win."

The hits by Alfaro and Florimon came with two strikes.

"We stress having a two-strike approach, and I'd like to believe these guys are listening to us," Mackanin said. "Put the ball in play and good things can happen."

The big hit by Florimon, starting in left field, capped a day in which he threw out Buster Posey at the plate on a base hit, made a diving catch and produced the Phillies' only run against Giants starter Madison Bumgarner with a second-inning double.

He was playing left field for the first time in his 260-game major league career.

"I'm not surprised. I feel comfortable (in left field)," Florimon said. "Basically, I play every position."

The Phillies' three-run eighth ended when Giants right fielder Gorkys Hernandez threw out Williams at the plate after the sixth hit of the inning, a two-out, two-strike single by pinch hitter Ty Kelly.

The Giants threatened to get even or perhaps go back ahead in the bottom of the eighth, but Phillies closer Hector Neris struck out Pablo Sandoval to end a bases-loaded threat and retain the 4-2 lead.

Neris had hit Posey, the first batter he faced, in the ribs with his first pitch to load the bases for Sandoval.

"I'm certain that he hit me on purpose," said Posey, who had a brief stare-down with Neris. "It's just a shame because I wanted to compete that at-bat and he's got good stuff. But I guess he didn't feel like he could get me out."

After Hoskins provided an insurance run with a solo home run in the top of the ninth, Neris survived a shaky bottom of the inning, striking out Denard Span as the potential tying run for his 15th save.

Left-hander Adam Morgan (2-1), who pitched a scoreless seventh inning, got the win.

Neither starter -- the Giants' Bumgarner and Phillies' Ben Lively -- got a decision after being involved in a pitchers' duel for six innings.

Bumgarner got the better of it, allowing just four hits and one run in his six innings. He walked one and struck out seven before leaving with a 2-1 lead after throwing 111 pitches.

"We had it lined up like we wanted as far as the bullpen," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of pulling his ace with a one-run lead. "Strick just had an off day."

Bumgarner said of his high pitch count, "Some games are going to be like that. There were a lot of foul balls, a lot of deep counts. I definitely feel good about leaving us with a chance to win."

Lively, called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to make the start, allowed two runs and six hits in six innings, yet remained winless since his major league debut against the Giants on June 3. He walked two and struck out four.

Posey and Bumgarner had RBI hits off Lively to account for the Giants' scoring.

Florimon finished with a career-best-tying three RBIs for the Phillies, who had lost the first five games of their Western swing before winning Saturday and Sunday.

Florimon, Hoskins, Franco and Williams collected two hits apiece for the Phillies, who out-hit the Giants 13-10.

The home run capped a 5-for-13, two-homer series for Hoskins, a Sacramento native who was making his first California trip as a major-leaguer. Philadelphia began the seven-day trip in San Diego.

"This is a good burst of energy for the organization," said Hoskins, one of several current Phillies who were playing at Triple-A earlier this season. "Hopefully it will carry over to the homestand."

Posey and Brandon Crawford had two hits apiece for the Giants, who were seeking to win three straight home series for the first time since May.

NOTES: The home run by Philadelphia 1B/LF Rhys Hoskins was his fifth in his first 11 major league games, a first in Phillies history. ... LF Pedro Florimon's outfield assist was the Phillies' 25th of the season, the second most in the National League behind Cincinnati's 31. ... Before promoting RHP Ben Lively from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Sunday, the Phillies played the previous two games with just 24 available players. ... The Giants continue a seven-game homestand with a visit from the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday night. Twenty-seven of the Giants' final 37 games will be against teams currently over .500. ... After getting a day off Monday, the Phillies will open a 10-game homestand with a doubleheader against the Miami Marlins on Tuesday.


Nationals 4 vs. 1 Padres Recap

Gonzalez pitches Nationals past Padres


Sunday, August 20 at 9:54 PM (EDT)

SAN DIEGO -- The Washington Nationals' first ace, Max Scherzer, went on the 10-day disabled list Friday night after pulling out of his scheduled start against the San Diego Padres.

Washington's second ace, Stephen Strasburg, was then beaten by the Padres on Saturday night in his return from the disabled list.

However, the National League East-leading Nationals' No. 3 pitcher came through Sunday afternoon.

"That was big," Washington manager Dusty Baker said after left-hander Gio Gonzalez held the Padres to one unearned run in 6 2/3 innings as the National defeated the Padres 4-1 at Petco Park for their third win in the four-game series.

"We needed Gio to go as deep as he did. We needed some innings, so that was big. He took one for the team."

The lefty allowed five hits and a walk while striking out eight. Even so, Gonzalez, who also scored Washington's first run after drawing one of six walks issued by Padres rookie starter Dinelson Lamet in the first three innings, wished he had done more.

"I tried my best to give them seven (inning)," Gonzalez said. "My pitch count was up, but you learn there's always that one time when you're probably going to have to save one more out or one more inning for the bullpen."

Counting the 4 1/3 innings that left-handed reliever Matt Grace worked Friday night in a spot start when Scherzer was a late scratch, the Nationals' bullpen worked 13 innings in the first three games of the series.

On Sunday, the Washington relievers worked another 2 1/3 -- with Sean Doolittle picking up his 11th save by striking out the side in the ninth. But it wasn't as bad as it might have been. Gonzalez threw 55 pitches in the first three innings and finished with 121.

Gonzalez (12-5) held the Padres scoreless after the first inning while retiring 19 of the final 23 hitters he faced while lowering his earned run average to 2.39.

On the flip side, Padres manager Andy Green was not happy with either his team's offensive effort or that of his starting pitcher.

"We had chances to win against one of the game's best teams and we didn't capitalize all series," said Green.

As for Lamet?

"There's two ways to look at it," said Green. "This is an indication of how good he can be. On the flip side, you can't win walking six hitters in three innings."

Green also was upset because Lamet bunted into a forceout and failed to score from first when Nationals right fielder Alejandro De Aza dropped a deep fly with two out in the second when he lost it in the sun -- a play that would have given the San Diego a 2-0 lead.

"If (Lamet) wants to be a winning pitcher, he needs to get bunts down and run the bases," Green said. "He's going to be really good at some time ... let's get to work."

"The key to this game was me not being able to command my fastball and depend on my slider to throw strike one," Lamet said.

Actually, the Padres were wishing Lamet had thrown his slider more.

The offensive key for the Nationals was second baseman Daniel Murphy not taking a second straight day off to rest his tired legs. Before the Saturday game, Baker said Murphy had that night off and if he rested Murphy on Sunday, it would give the veteran three straight days off because the Washington has Monday off before opening a three-game series in Houston on Tuesday.

But Murphy played Sunday and drove in two runs -- the first tying the game and the second breaking the tie.

Gonzalez spotted the Padres a 1-0 lead on an unearned run in the first on back-to-back, one-out singles by Jabari Blash and Jose Pirela and a two-out throwing error by Nationals shortstop Wilmer Difo. Blash scored from second on the error when Difo's throw on Wil Myer's grounder was wide of first baseman Ryan Zimmerman.

Lamet (7-5) struggled with his command during the first three innings. He threw 34 of his first 70 pitches for balls.

Lamet walked pitching rival Gonzalez to open the third. With one out, Gonzalez moved to third on Difo's double just beyond the reach of left fielder Pirela and scored on a Murphy sacrifice fly. Lamet walked the next two hitters and went to a full count on Anthony Rendon before striking out the third baseman with the bases loaded.

The Nationals broke through for two runs in the fifth. De Aza opened the inning with a bunt single and stole second. After Difo struck out, Murphy pulled a single to right, easily scoring De Aza.

With two outs and a runner on second, Green summoned left-handed reliever Buddy Baumann to face the left-handed Adam Lind. The strategy failed as Lind doubled home Murphy to make it 3-1. Lamet allowed three runs on three hits and six walks with eight strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings.

The Nationals scored an unearned run in the eighth on a ground out by pinch hitter Howie Kendrick to make it 4-1.

NOTES: Nationals OF Jayson Werth and SS Trea Turner will both start rehab assignments Monday with Triple-A Syracuse. Turner has been on the disabled list since June 30 with a right wrist fracture. Werth has been out since June 5 with a left foot contusion. ... The first three innings were played in an hour and 15 minutes. ... The Padres finished their homestand 4-3 after opening it with a three-game sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies.


Cardinals 3 vs. 6 Pirates Recap

Bell powers Pirates past Cardinals in LL Classic


Sunday, August 20 at 11:19 PM (EDT)

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

Bell belted a towering two-run homer in the first inning and added a two-run single in the third off Mike Leake, sparking the Pirates to a 6-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in the inaugural MLB Little League Classic.

Bell's career-high four RBIs helped Ivan Nova (11-10) win for the first time in five starts in front of 2,596 fans at renovated Bowman Field.

"It was a great experience and we were able to get the W," said Bell, who has 21 homers and 72 RBIs. "It was a good day."

"He's matured," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said of Bell. "He's become a guy who (you) can count on to produce runs in our lineup."

The Cardinals (63-61) chased Nova with two outs in the sixth when Kolten Wong singled to score Yadier Molina and cut the deficit to 6-3. Nova, who arrived in Williamsport a day ahead of the game, scattered eight hits and three runs. He struck out five without issuing a walk as Pittsburgh (60-64) earned a split in the four-game series.

The Pirates, who last played a neutral-site home game on Sept. 22, 1890, against the New York Giants in Wheeling, W.Va., jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Josh Harrison lined an RBI double to left-center field, and Bell followed two batters with a two-run blast to right field.

The Cardinals trimmed the deficit to 3-2 in the second inning when Molina singled and Jedd Gyorko belted Nova's first pitch over the left field fence for his 17th homer.

The Pirates loaded the bases to start the bottom of the third on three consecutive singles against Leake. Bell then rapped a two-run single to right.

Adam Frazier followed with an RBI double, stretching the lead to 6-2.

Leake (7-12) left after three innings, having allowed eight hits and six runs.

Sunday morning began with both teams flying approximately 200 miles from Pittsburgh to Williamsport Regional Airport.

They were greeted by Little League players and before heading directly to the nearby Little League complex to take in a game.

"Our guys loved interacting with the kids," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "It was kind of a throwback to when our guys were Little League players.

Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred was on hand for the daylong festivities along with other major league baseball executives and deemed the Little League Classic a success.

"I hope it's not a one-off," Manfred said. "We have some details that we need to work out to get us in a position to do it again next year, but I'm really hopeful that that's going to be the case and I'm also hopeful that it's not just next year."

Manfred added that the league would rotate the participating teams.

NOTES: Each team was permitted to call up a 26th man for Sunday's game. The Pirates recalled C Jacob Stallings from Triple-A Indianapolis. The Cardinals called up OF Stephen Piscotty from Triple-A Memphis. He started in right field and batted second, and he finished 2-for-4 with a walk. ... Cardinals OF Tommy Pham ordered 200 snow cones for the Little Leaguers. P Carlos Martinez chipped in to help pay for them. ... Pirates 1B Josh Bell has eight extra-base hits in his past 11 games.



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