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  • MLB roundup: Torres homers in 4th straight for Yanks
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, May 26, 2018

    Rookie Gleyber Torres homered for the fourth straight game Friday night when he hit a tiebreaking solo home run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, lifting the New York Yankees to a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels at Yankee Stadium.

    • Torres electrified a sellout crowd when he lifted a 3-1 fastball by Jim Johnson (2-2) into the right-center field seats. It was his fifth homer in six games and ninth since making his major league debut April 22. At 21 years, 163 days, Torres became the youngest player in American League history to homer in four straight games and fourth youngest in the majors to do so, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

      Torres drove in both runs for the Yankees, who won for the 23rd time in 29 games and for the 14th time in their last 16 home games.

      Mike Trout homered for the Angels, who fell to 16-6 on the road. Shohei Ohtani, who spurned the Yankees to sign with the Angels in the offseason, heard boos before each plate appearance and went 0-for-3, though he narrowly missed hitting a go-ahead two-run homer off Aroldis Chapman in the eighth.

      Pirates 8, Cardinals 1

      Joe Musgrove, making his Pittsburgh and 2018 debut, pitched seven shutout innings and Francisco Cervelli hit a three-run double in a win over visiting St. Louis.

      Josh Harrison was 2-for-5 with two RBIs for Pittsburgh, which had lost five of its previous six games. St. Louis fell to 4-8 in its past 12.

      Musgrove (1-0) had been on the disabled list because of a right shoulder strain dating to spring training. He was part of a trade that sent Gerrit Cole to Houston in the offseason. In his seven innings, Musgrove scattered five hits and needed just 67 pitches, 50 of them strikes.

      Red Sox 6, Braves 2

      Mookie Betts hit a two-run blast for his major league-leading 17th home run and Eduardo Rodriguez struck out seven over 5 2/3 innings of two-run ball as host Boston beat Atlanta.

      J.D. Martinez, Xander Bogaerts and Mitch Moreland added solo homers for Boston, which has won seven of its last nine games. Martinez's fourth-inning homer tied him with Betts before he went deep in the seventh.

      Nick Markakis drove in two runs for the Braves, who have lost two straight after dropping two of three games at Philadelphia. Atlanta's three-game weekend series against Boston marks its first trip to Fenway Park since 2016.

      Astros 11, Indians 2

      What started as a matchup of recent Cy Young winners Corey Kluber and Dallas Keuchel was determined by the bullpens as Houston rallied in a big way to trounce host Cleveland at Progressive Field.

      Held scoreless by Kluber and reliever Andrew Miller for seven innings, the Astros erupted for four runs in the eighth and seven more in the ninth.

      The American League West-leading Astros won their fifth in a row and their 10th in 12 games. The Indians remained in first place in the AL Central, although they dropped one game below .500. The Astros also improved to 4-1 against the Indians this season, with two more games to play in this weekend's series.

      Nationals 9, Marlins 5

      Max Scherzer earned his major league-leading eighth win as Washington defeated Miami at Marlins Park.

      Scherzer (8-1) allowed season highs with seven hits and four earned runs while striking out just four as his ERA rose from 1.78 to 2.13. Fortunately for the Nationals, their offense came through with two-run homers by Michael A. Taylor and Matt Adams. Bryce Harper hit a two-run double in Washington's game-winning seventh-inning rally.

      Marlins starter Jose Urena earned a no-decision but continued his misery. After going 14-7 in a breakout 2017 season, Urena (0-7) leads the majors in losses, and the Marlins are 0-11 when he starts.

      Brewers 4, Mets 3 (10 innings)

      Travis Shaw capped a big night by drawing a bases-loaded walk in the 10th inning as host Milwaukee earned a win over New York at Miller Park.

      Shaw had three hits and reached base four times in five plate appearances for the Brewers. He hit a second-inning homer and a third-inning RBI single that scored Milwaukee's final run until the 10th inning. The Brewers have won seven of nine.

      Michael Conforto and Amed Rosario hit solo homers for the Mets while Asdrubal Cabrera had three hits but was thrown out trying to extend his 10th-inning single into a double. The Mets lost for the third time in four games.

      Rockies 5, Reds 4

      Nolan Arenado homered, Noel Cuevas had a go-ahead pinch-hit triple and Colorado overcame an early deficit to beat visiting Cincinnati at Coors Field.

      Jon Gray (5-6) survived a shaky start to get his first win in three outings and Wade Davis pitched the ninth for his 18th save, tied for tops in the majors. The Rockies rallied from three runs down early to take the lead in the sixth. Tony Wolters led off with a walk and Cuevas hit a one-out triple into the right field corner to give Colorado the lead.

      Eugenio Suarez homered among his two hits for the Reds, who had won two of their last three.

      Tigers 5, White Sox 4

      Nicholas Castellanos had three hits and scored the go-ahead run during a three-run eighth as host Detroit edged Chicago.

      Castellanos scored two runs and knocked in another during his fifth consecutive multi-hit game. Leonys Martin had two hits, two runs scored and an RBI. Jose Iglesias added two hits, a walk and a run scored. Buck Farmer (1-3) pitched an inning of scoreless relief to get the win. Shane Greene pitched the ninth for his 12th save.

      Tim Anderson had three hits, including a solo home run, and drove in two runs for Chicago. Jose Abreu supplied two hits, a run scored and an RBI. White Sox starter Reynaldo Lopez gave up two runs on five hits over seven innings.

      Blue Jays 6, Phillies 5

      Sam Gaviglio pitched six strong innings, Justin Smoak hit a two-run homer and visiting Toronto held on to defeat host Philadelphia at Citizens Bank Park.

      Gaviglio (2-0) allowed three runs, three hits (including two home runs), and two walks while striking out six in his second start since being recalled from Triple-A Buffalo. Ryan Tepera picked up his first save of the season despite allowing one run, a single, a double, two walks and a wild pitch in a hairy ninth inning.

      Eflin (1-1) allowed six runs (five earned), nine hits and one walk in 4 2/3 innings. The right-hander struck out seven. The Phillies had home runs from Eflin and Carlos Santana in the opener of a three-game interleague series.

      Orioles 2, Rays 0

      Jonathan Schoop hit a solo home run and David Hess threw 6 2/3 shutout innings in his third major league start as visiting Baltimore defeated Tampa Bay at Tropicana Field.

      Hess (2-1) allowed four hits with three strikeouts and three walks. He escaped a few jams, the worst coming in the fifth when Mallex Smith walked and moved to third with no outs thanks to a balk and Schoop's error while trying to catch a pickoff throw. However, Hess retired the next three batters on groundouts and did not allow a run.

      The Rays, experimenting with a new strategy the past week, started right-handed relief pitcher Sergio Romo for the third time in seven days with the expectation that he would last no more than an inning or two as Baltimore has several right-handed power hitters up top. But Romo couldn't finish the first inning, giving up a run on two hits. Romo also is going to start Sunday, with reliever Ryne Stanek set to start on Saturday.

      Rangers 8, Royals 4

      Nomar Mazara homered and drove in three runs as host Texas knocked off Kansas City.

      The Rangers evened the four-game series at Globe Life Park at a game apiece. Texas hit three home runs, all off Kansas City starter Eric Skoglund (1-5). Rangers starter Mike Minor (4-3) was the beneficiary of the power surge against his former team after working six innings and allowing four runs on seven hits.

      The Royals had their season-high three-game winning streak, all coming on the road, snapped. Kansas City also lost for the ninth time in its last 10 games at Texas' park.

      Mariners 2, Twins 1

      James Paxton continued his impressive month of May, allowing one run in seven innings as Seattle defeated visiting Minnesota at Safeco Field.

      Paxton (4-1) allowed three hits, didn't walk a batter and struck out 11, the fourth time this season he has reached double digits. The left-hander improved to 3-0 this month, in which he's had a career-high 16-strikeout game (May 2 vs. Oakland), pitched a no-hitter (May 8 at Toronto) and a three-hitter (May 19 vs. Detroit).

      Mitch Haniger broke a 1-1 tie in the sixth inning with a run-scoring single. That helped give the Mariners their 14th one-run victory of the season, most in the major leagues.

      Dodgers 4, Padres 1

      Matt Kemp and Enrique Hernandez each hit home runs as Los Angeles defeated visiting San Diego for its seventh victory in its past eight games.

      Ross Stripling (2-1), in just his fifth start of the season, gave up one run on six hits while striking out 10 over 6 2/3 innings. It was his career high in strikeouts, besting the nine he had while defeating Washington on Saturday in the opener of a doubleheader. Kemp had three hits to go along with his three RBIs, raising his batting average to .338.

      Jose Pirela had three hits for the Padres, who went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position while falling to 11-11 in the month of May.

      Diamondbacks 7, Athletics 1

      Nick Ahmed hit Sean Manaea's seventh pitch of the game for a home run and later contributed an RBI single to a three-run fourth inning, sending Arizona on its way to victory over Oakland in the opener of a three-game interleague series in Oakland, Calif.

      Left-hander Patrick Corbin (5-1) allowed two or fewer runs for the fourth time in five starts this month, limiting the A's to four hits and one run in seven innings and helping the Diamondbacks snap a seven-game losing streak.

      Mark Canha homered for Oakland's only run. Manaea (5-5) was charged with six runs and eight hits in 3 2/3 innings. He walked two and struck out two.

      Cubs 6, Giants 2

      Ben Zobrist broke a tie with a two-run double and Kris Bryant followed two batters later with a two-run single, powering a four-run seventh inning that sent Chicago to a victory over San Francisco in the opener of a three-game series at Wrigley Field.

      Kyle Hendricks (4-3) limited the Giants to two hits and one run over seven innings for the Cubs, who busted out after having been held to one run in two games by Cleveland earlier in the week.

      Gorkys Hernandez homered for the Giants, who have scored just five runs in three games on a trip that began with a pair of losses in Houston. San Francisco lost for the ninth time in its last 10 road games.

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB notebook: Mariners deal for Colome, Span from Rays
    By Field Level Media / Friday, May 25, 2018

    The Tampa Bay Rays traded right-hander Alex Colome and outfielder Denard Span to the Seattle Mariners on Friday in exchange for minor league right-handers Andrew Moore and Tommy Romero.

    • The Mariners (29-20) have their eyes set on contending in the American League West despite the loss of star second baseman Robinson Cano for 80 games after his recent suspension for using banned substances. Seattle hasn't played in the playoffs since 2001 -- the longest postseason drought in the four major North American pro sports.

      Colome, the Rays' closer and an All-Star in 2016, is 2-5 with a 4.15 ERA and 11 saves in 21 2/3 innings this year. He'll serve as a setup man in Seattle in front of Edwin Diaz, who has 17 saves in 19 chances and a 1.78 ERA in 25 1/3 innings. Span, 34, is hitting .238 this season, though he carries a strong on-base percentage at .364 thanks to 28 walks in 143 at-bats. He's added six stolen bases and four home runs.

      In a separate deal, the Rays acquired right-hander Wilmer Font from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for minor league right-handed pitcher Peter Bayer. Font had been designated for assignment on Wednesday.

      --With second baseman Dustin Pedroia activated from the disabled list, the team has designated first baseman/designated hitter Hanley Ramirez for assignment.

      The move, announced by team president Dave Dombrowski, likely ends Ramirez's tenure in Boston. The struggling slugger is at the end of a four-year, $88 million deal, though a fifth year (at $22 million) would vest if he reached 497 plate appearances. He needs 302 more to reach that number.

      Ramirez, 34, was hitting just .254 with six home runs and 29 RBIs in 44 games. He's hit well below his lifetime averages since joining Boston in 2015, batting .260 (422-for-1,625) with 78 home runs and 255 RBI in 431 total games.

      --The Milwaukee Brewers sent struggling shortstop Orlando Arcia down to Triple-A Colorado Springs as part of a flurry of roster moves heading into the weekend, the team announced.

      The 23-year-old Arcia, who became the full-time starter in 2017, is batting just .194 in 44 games this season after batting .277 with 15 home runs last season. The team is also sending down right-hander Jorge Lopez, 25, who has posted a 4.35 ERA in six relief appearances this season.

      In accompanying moves, the Brewers are calling up infielder Eric Sogard from Colorado Springs and right-hander Adrian Houser from Double-A Biloxi. The Brewers also acquired Yankees backup catcher Erik Kratz, who will back up Manny Pina in Milwaukee. Previous backup Jett Bandy was designated for assignment.

      --The Pittsburgh Pirates activated Joe Musgrove, with the right-hander set to make his team debut by starting against the St. Louis Cardinals.

      Musgrove had been sidelined with a strained right shoulder. He was acquired in the offseason as part of the package in the deal that sent ace pitcher Gerrit Cole to the Houston Astros. Musgrove, 25, will be on the mound for the first time since pitching in relief in Game 6 of the World Series on Oct. 31.

      Pittsburgh designated right-handed reliever George Kontos for assignment in a corresponding move. The 32-year-old Kontos was 2-3 with a 5.03 ERA in 21 games this season.

      --Los Angeles Angels catcher Rene Rivera underwent surgery on his right knee, and the club said he will be sidelined four to six weeks.

      Doctors repaired a meniscus tear in Rivera's knee. The damage was detected earlier this week during an MRI exam. Rivera, 34, is batting .259 with three home runs and 10 RBIs in 22 games this season.

      The Angels also announced that right-hander Matt Shoemaker underwent an MRI that displayed fluid buildup in his right forearm. Shoemaker also underwent a bone scan, and the Angels are waiting on the results. The MRI was the second Shoemaker has undergone. Nerve damage was ruled out prior to the latest exam.

      --New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez started and first baseman Greg Bird is ready to be activated Saturday in what would be his first game in six weeks.

      Sanchez made an appearance as a pinch-hitter on Wednesday after dealing with calf cramping since Tuesday, when he left a game against the Texas Rangers.

      Bird underwent right ankle surgery and is coming back with a hot bat; Bird homered in two of his last three games at Triple-A. Right-handed hitting first baseman Tyler Austin could enter a platoon at first base with Bird. Veteran Neil Walker, a switch-hitter, could be impacted as well.

      --Field Level Media

  • Mariners get Colome, Span from Rays for minor leaguers
    By Field Level Media / Friday, May 25, 2018

    The Tampa Bay Rays traded right-hander Alex Colome and outfielder Denard Span to the Seattle Mariners on Friday in exchange for minor league right-handers Andrew Moore and Tommy Romero.

    • The Mariners (29-20) have their eyes set on contending in the American League West despite the loss of star second baseman Robinson Cano for 80 games after his recent suspension for using banned substances.

      Colome, the Rays' closer, is 2-5 with a 4.15 ERA and 11 saves in 21 2/3 innings this year. He'll serve as a setup man in Seattle in front of Edwin Diaz, who has 17 saves in 19 chances and a 1.78 ERA in 25 1/3 innings.

      Colome was an All-Star in 2016 and had 47 saves in 2017, leading the majors. The 29-year-old is making $5.3 million this season in his first year of arbitration and won't be a free agent until after the 2020 season.

      Span, 34, is hitting .238 this season, though he carries a strong on-base percentage at .364 thanks to 28 walks in 143 at-bats. He's added six stolen bases and four home runs.

      Span, whom the Rays acquired from the San Francisco Giants during the offseason, is owed $11 million in total salary this year. He has a mutual option worth $12 million in 2019 that can be bought out for $4 million.

      "This is a trade that makes us more complete in the present while also offering impact beyond this season," said Mariners general manager Jerry DiPoto in a statement. "Alex Colome brings an All-Star resume, fortifying what we believe is an already solid back of the bullpen. Denard Span adds length to our lineup as a steady and smart player with consistent on-base skills in addition to a veteran presence that enhances our environment."

      The Mariners haven't played in the playoffs since 2001 -- the longest postseason drought in the four major North American pro sports.

      Moore made nine starts this season for Double-A Arkansas, and the soon-to-be 24-year-old posted a 3.04 ERA in 50 1/3 innings, with 47 strikeouts and 14 walks.

      The 20-year-old Romero made nine starts for Class-A Clinton, with a 3-3 record and a 2.45 ERA in 44 innings, giving up just one homer and striking out 54.

      In a separate deal, the Rays acquired right-hander Wilmer Font from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for minor league right-handed pitcher Peter Bayer. Font had been designated for assignment on Wednesday.

      --Field Level Media

  • Pirates activate Musgrove to start Friday's game
    By Field Level Media / Friday, May 25, 2018

    The Pittsburgh Pirates activated Joe Musgrove on Friday, with the right-hander set to make his team debut by starting against the St. Louis Cardinals.

    • Musgrove has been sidelined with a strained right shoulder. He was acquired in the offseason as part of the package in the deal that sent ace pitcher Gerrit Cole to the Houston Astros.

      Pittsburgh designated right-hander reliever George Kontos for assignment in a corresponding move. The 32-year-old Kontos was 2-3 with a 5.03 ERA in 21 games this season.

      Musgrove, 25, will be on the mound for the first time since pitching in relief in Game 6 of the World Series on Oct. 31.

      "Really excited, a little anxiousness, butterflies are starting to kick in now," Musgrove told reporters on Thursday. "A lot of sitting down, a lot of patience, but I'm finally ready to go."

      Musgrove went 7-8 with a 4.77 ERA last season in 38 appearances (15 starts) for the Astros.

      Kontos is 18-18 with a 3.11 ERA in 343 career relief appearances with the New York Yankees (2011), San Francisco Giants (2012-17) and Pirates (2017-18).

      --Field Level Media

  • Angels' Rivera has knee surgery; Shoemaker suffers setback
    By Field Level Media / Friday, May 25, 2018

    Los Angeles Angels catcher Rene Rivera underwent surgery on his right knee on Friday, and the club said he will be sidelined four to six weeks.

    • Doctors repaired a meniscus tear in Rivera's knee. The damage was detected earlier this week during an MRI exam.

      Rivera, 34, is batting .259 with three home runs and 10 RBIs in 22 games this season.

      The Angels also announced that right-hander Matt Shoemaker underwent an MRI that displayed fluid buildup in his right forearm. Shoemaker also underwent a bone scan, and the Angels are waiting on the results.

      The MRI was the second Shoemaker has undergone. Nerve damage was ruled out prior to the latest exam.

      Shoemaker is on the 60-day disabled list. He has pitched just one time this season, lasting 5 2/3 innings in a win against the Oakland Athletics on March 31.

      --Field Level Media

  • Brewers send struggling Arcia to Triple-A
    By Field Level Media / Friday, May 25, 2018

    The Milwaukee Brewers sent struggling shortstop Orlando Arcia down to Triple-A Colorado Springs on Friday as part of a flurry of roster moves heading into the weekend, the team announced.

    • The 23-year-old Arcia, who became the full-time starter in 2017, is batting just .194 in 44 games this season after batting .277 with 15 home runs last season.

      The team is also sending down right-hander Jorge Lopez, 25, who has posted a 4.35 ERA in six relief appearances this season.

      In accompanying moves, the Brewers are calling up infielder Eric Sogard from Colorado Springs and right-hander Adrian Houser from Double-A Biloxi.

      Recent call-up Tyler Saladino could take over at shortstop after showing prowess at the plate during his first 11 games with the Brewers. Purchased from the White Sox in April, Saladino has filled in four times for Arcia since joining the club on May 9.

      Through 11 games, Saladino is batting .400 with three home runs. He's also filled in at second base on three occasions and pinch hit in the other games.

      --Field Level Media

  • Red Sox designate 1B Ramirez for assignment
    By Field Level Media / Friday, May 25, 2018

    The Boston Red Sox appear to be giving up on Hanley Ramirez.

    • With second baseman Dustin Pedroia activated from the disabled list on Friday, the team has designated first baseman/designated hitter Ramirez for assignment.

      The move, announced by team president Dave Dombrowski, likely ends Ramirez's tenure in Boston. The struggling slugger is at the end of a four-year, $88 million deal, though a fifth year (at $22 million) would vest if he reached 497 plate appearances. He needs just 302 more to reach that number.

      Ramirez, 34, was hitting just .254 with six home runs and 29 RBIs in 44 games. He's hit well below his lifetime averages since joining Boston in 2015, batting .260 (422-for-1,625) with 78 home runs and 255 RBI in 431 total games.

      Cora did not say what the corresponding move for Pedroia's activation would be when he announced it on Thursday, but former top prospect Blake Swihart, whose agent requested a trade earlier this month after expressing disappointment with playing time, was considered a likely choice.

      Pedroia is set to make his season debut after undergoing a cartilage restoration procedure on his left knee in October. Cora said the four-time All-Star will start either Friday or Saturday at home against the Atlanta Braves.

      Pedroia had one hit in 14 at-bats during a five-game injury rehabilitation stint with Triple-A Pawtucket, playing back-to-back games Wednesday and Thursday. The 34-year-old is a career .300 hitter in 12 major league seasons.

      Pedroia hit .293 with seven home runs and 62 RBIs in 105 games last year while playing through the knee injury.

      --Field Level Media

  • Yankees getting healthy: Sanchez to start Friday, Bird returns Saturday
    By Field Level Media / Friday, May 25, 2018

    New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez will start Friday and first baseman Greg Bird is ready to be activated Saturday in what would be his first game in six weeks.

    • Sanchez made an appearance as a pinch-hitter on Wednesday after dealing with calf cramping since Tuesday, when he left a game against the Texas Rangers.

      Bird underwent right ankle surgery and is coming back with a hot bat; Bird homered in two of his last three games at Class AAA. Right-handed hitting first baseman Tyler Austin could enter a platoon at first base with Bird. Veteran Neil Walker, a switch-hitter, could be impacted as well.

      Bird did see limited time in the outfield during his rehab assignment, but the Yankees are also overstocked at that position even with Jacoby Ellsbury on the disabled list.

      Manager Aaron Boone also confirmed reliever Tommy Kahnle (shoulder) would be activated from the DL on Friday.

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB roundup: Rays' Snell masterful again vs. Red Sox
    By Field Level Media / Friday, May 25, 2018

    Blake Snell continued his dominance of the Boston Red Sox with eight strikeouts over six scoreless innings as the Tampa Bay Rays avoided a three-game sweep with a 6-3 win on Thursday in St. Petersburg, Fla.

    • Snell (6-3) has allowed two runs with 19 strikeouts in three starts against Boston this season. He gave up three hits and walked two Thursday to boost his team-leading win total as the Rays snapped a three-game skid.

      Wilson Ramos went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and Matt Duffy and Brad Miller each drove in a run for Tampa Bay, which has lost all but four of its 13 games against the AL East rival Red Sox this season.

      Mitch Moreland hit a solo homer for the Red Sox, who had won four straight and six of seven. Boston starter Rick Porcello (6-2) allowed six runs (four earned) on eight hits in 3 2/3 innings.

      Astros 8, Indians 2

      Alex Bregman and Jake Marisnick slammed three-run homers and combined to drive in seven runs, and right-hander Charlie Morton ran his record to 7-0 as Houston won at Cleveland.

      Houston secured its ninth win in 11 games and its third victory in four tries against the Indians this season as the teams began a four-game weekend series.

      Morton went six innings, giving up two runs and five hits with three walks and five strikeouts. His ERA rose from 1.94 to 2.04. Morton has posted quality starts in eight of his 10 outings.

      A's 4, Mariners 3

      Oakland rocked Felix Hernandez for four runs in the bottom of the first inning and then used five double plays to thwart Seattle.

      The A's got seven innings of one-run ball from their bullpen. Injury-replacement starter Josh Lucas was pulled after struggling through the first two innings, allowing a run in each but getting bailed out from further damage by a pair of double plays.

      In between, the A's did all their scoring against Hernandez, whose 26 career wins are the most of any active pitcher against Oakland.

      Mets 5, Brewers 0

      Brandon Nimmo continued his breakout season by collecting four hits and reaching base in all five plate appearances as New York won at Milwaukee.

      Mets left-hander Steven Matz (2-3) tossed six scoreless innings, allowing four hits and three walks while striking out three. Paul Sewald tossed two perfect innings before Jacob Rhame worked a one-hit ninth to complete New York's five-hit shutout.

      Nimmo, who has been thrust into everyday duty due to injuries to outfielders Yoenis Cespedes and Juan Lagares, has reached base in his past eight plate appearances dating back to Wednesday, when he walked, homered and singled in his final three at-bats.

      Angels 8, Blue Jays 1

      Martin Maldonado had three RBIs, Mike Trout and Albert Pujols hit home runs, and Nick Tropeano pitched 7 1/3 strong innings as Los Angeles was victorious in Toronto.

      Tropeano (2-3) allowed one run, four hits and one walk while striking out six for his first win since April 12, a stretch of five starts in which he was 0-3.

      Toronto's Marco Estrada (2-5) yielded four runs, seven hits and two walks in 4 1/3 innings. He has not won since April 20, a span of six starts with four losses.

      Orioles 9, White Sox 3

      Dylan Bundy (3-6) pitched a complete game and set a career high with 14 strikeouts as Baltimore cruised to a win in Chicago.

      Trey Mancini and Adam Jones hit back-to-back home runs in the rout. Chance Sisco drove in three runs on a single and a bases-loaded walk, and Pedro Alvarez knocked in two more as Baltimore earned a 2-2 series split.

      Bundy eclipsed his previous high of 12 strikeouts and registered his second career complete game.

      Royals 8, Rangers 2

      Salvador Perez drove in four runs as Kansas City routed Texas in Arlington, Texas.

      Kansas City's Danny Duffy (2-6) worked a season-high 7 2/3 innings and allowed one run on four hits. The lefty struck out five and walked two.

      Perez had two-run singles in the fifth and seventh innings, the latter making it 6-0. Roman Torres scored three times and Whit Merrifield drove in a pair with a double in the eighth.

      Reds 5, Pirates 4

      Eugenio Suarez hit his third career grand slam and Jesse Winker added a solo homer as Cincinnati won at home against Pittsburgh.

      Cincinnati's Brandon Dixon was 3-for-4 with two singles and a double, his first three major league hits.

      Reds starter Luis Castillo (4-4) gave up two runs and four hits in six innings, with five strikeouts and two walks. He is 3-1 in five May starts.

      --Field Level Media

  • Rays to start relievers in series vs. Orioles
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, May 24, 2018

    The Tampa Bay Rays will ramp up their use of relievers as starters this weekend against the Baltimore Orioles, with plans to start a reliever in all three games at Tropicana Field.

    • Right-hander Sergio Romo, who opened two games last weekend, will get the ball first on Friday and Sunday, and righty Ryne Stanek will start Saturday's game. After an inning or two in each game, the team's nominal starters will follow, with lefty Ryan Yarbrough scheduled for Friday, lefty Anthony Banda on Saturday and righty Austin Pruitt on Sunday.

      Romo started last Saturday and Sunday -- his first two starts in 590 career appearances -- against the Los Angeles Angels, pitching a combined 2 1/3 innings without giving up a run or a hit while striking out six and walking two. The Rays split the two games.

      "Hey guys, I'm starting again," Romo said to reporters with a smile on Thursday. "It's fun. We're trying to win ballgames. I'm going to try and do my best to make them look like geniuses."

      Manager Kevin Cash began the experiment to get through the opponents' top hitters before handing the game off, ideally giving the "starter" an advantage on the second and third times through the lineup.

      "We're not trying to do anything that's cute," he said. "We're trying to do something that's right for us to win games."

      Some have been opposed to the strategy, with Angels third baseman Zack Cozart calling it "weird" and "bad for baseball."

      The Rays' rotation has been hit hard by injuries this season, and that continued Wednesday when right-hander Jake Faria went on the 10-day disabled list due to a strained left oblique. Left-hander Vidal Nuno was recalled from Triple-A Durham to fill his roster spot.

      Reinforcement could come from righty Nathan Eovaldi next week. The 28-year-old could make his season debut on Monday or Tuesday after recovering from a surgery that removed lose bodies from his throwing elbow, which has twice undergone Tommy John surgery.

      --Field Level Media

  • Rangers promote Bibens-Dirkx to start versus Royals
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, May 24, 2018

    The Texas Rangers purchased the contract of right-hander Austin Bibens-Dirkx, who is slated to start Thursday night's game against the Kansas City Royals.

    • The 33-year-old Bibens-Dirkx was 2-3 with a 3.72 ERA in eight starts at Triple-A Round Rock this season.

      Left-hander Brandon Mann was optioned to Round Rock to open up the roster spot.

      Bibens-Dirkx went 5-2 with a 4.67 ERA over 24 games (six starts) for Texas last season as a rookie.

      Mann, 34, pitched five scoreless innings over three appearances with the Rangers.

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB report on HRs concludes no changes to ball structure
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, May 24, 2018

    A Major League Baseball study has concluded increased home run rates since 2015 are not the result of changes to the structure of the baseball, the league announced Thursday.

    • The independent committee of 10 scientists, assembled by commissioner Rob Manfred, instead concluded, using Statcast data and lab testing of game-used balls before and after 2015, a change in the aerodynamic properties of the ball is at least in part responsible for the game's recent power surge. Though they did not arrive to an exact cause, the committee's hypothesis is that the rubber pill within the baseball may be more centered, resulting in the ball staying rounder while spinning and thus reducing drag.

      In response to the results of the 84-page report, the league said it will monitor the temperature and humidity condition of ball storage locations, review the production specifications of baseballs with Rawlings, perform aerodynamic testing on the balls, create standards for mud rubbing for umpires to enforce and form a scientific advisory council to further research the topic.

      "I thank the committee for all of its hard work on this important issue. Based on the results of their study, I am accepting their recommendations immediately and look forward to their continued guidance in this area," Manfred said in a statement.

      A single-season record 6,105 home runs were hit across the majors in 2017, shattering the previous mark of 5,693 set in 2000 in the height of the steroid era. The 2016 season saw 5,610 home runs hit. In 2014, the number was 4,186, the lowest total for a full season since 1993.

      With the uptick in home runs, many pitchers have offered their opinions, often pointing to the positioning of the seams being different. Despite the claims, Manfred's office has continued to insist the balls are within specified limits.

      --Field Level Media

  • White Sox RHP Farquhar to throw out first pitch June 1
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, May 24, 2018

    Recovering Chicago White Sox pitcher Danny Farquhar will throw out the first pitch before the team's June 1 home game against the Milwaukee Brewers, the team announced Thursday.

    • Farquhar suffered a brain hemorrhage from a ruptured aneurysm after he pitched against the Houston Astros on April 20. The right-hander collapsed in the dugout and was taken to the hospital and underwent surgery a couple days later.

      The 31-year-old was released from the hospital on May 7 and is currently recuperating at home.

      Farquhar's recovery is going so well that his neurosurgeon, Dr. Demetrius Lopes, expects him to resume his baseball career at some point. However, Lopes will not medically release Farquhar in 2018 in order to allow for a full recovery.

      Farquhar will be joined by wife Lexie and children Madison, Landon and Liam when he returns to Guaranteed Rate Field.

      The White Sox will engage in fundraising efforts at the ballpark that night with proceeds going to the Joe Niekro Foundation, an entity that supports families dealing with brain aneurysms. The organization is named after former big leaguer Joe Niekro, who died in 2006 of a brain aneurysm.

      Farquhar is 10-15 with a 3.93 ERA in 253 appearances in his big-league career, and has played for the Toronto Blue Jays (2011), Seattle Mariners (2013-15), Tampa Bay Rays (2016-17) and the White Sox (2017-18).

      --Field Level Media

  • Angels push back Ohtani's Sunday start
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, May 24, 2018

    A marquee matchup between Los Angeles Angels two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani and fellow Japanese standout Masahiro Tanaka of the New York Yankees won't take place as scheduled on Sunday as the Angels have pushed back Ohtani's next start.

    • Halos manager Mike Scioscia told reporters of the decision Thursday, citing "workload management." Scioscia didn't say who would start in Ohtani's place.

      Despite having his start pushed back, Ohtani will be available to hit during the weekend series against the Yankees.

      The Angels didn't say when Ohtani will next start.

      When Los Angeles hosted New York for a three-game series last month, Ohtani suffered an ankle injury in the first game, missing the chance to hit against Tanaka in Game 2 of the series. Ohtani missed a start and several games at designated hitter as a result of the injury.

      In his last start, the 23-year-old Ohtani allowed two runs on six hits in 7 2/3 innings against the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday. He threw a season-high 110 pitches in the contest.

      Ohtani has been in the Angels' lineup for their last three games, including Thursday's afternoon game against the Blue Jays. He keyed a ninth-inning rally in the Angels' 5-4 win on Wednesday with a two-run game-tying single.

      Ohtani is 4-1 with a 3.35 ERA in seven starts this season. He's hitting .308 with six home runs and 19 RBIs in 26 games.

      --Field Level Media

  • Twins activate 3B Sano from DL, option OF Cave
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, May 24, 2018

    The Minnesota Twins activated third baseman Miguel Sano from the disabled list Thursday, optioning outfielder Jake Cave to Triple-A Rochester in a corresponding move.

    • Sano has missed the team's last 24 games with a left hamstring strain. He hit .375 with two home runs and three RBIs in five games with Rochester during an injury rehab assignment.

      The 25-year-old has hit .213 with five home runs and 14 RBIs and has struck out in 36 of his 80 at-bats with the Twins this season. Sano was an All-Star last year when he hit .264 with 28 home runs and 77 RBIs.

      Cave, 25, appeared in three games with Minnesota and had one hit -- a two-run home run in the second at-bat of his major league debut on Saturday.

      The Twins enter Thursday second in the American League Central at 21-24. They went 13-11 in Sano's absence.

      --Field Level Media

  • White Sox C Castillo receives 80-game PED suspension
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, May 24, 2018

    Chicago White Sox catcher Welington Castillo was suspended 80 games without pay by Major League Baseball on Thursday after testing positive for the performance-enhancing substance Erythropoietin (EPO).

    • The suspension is effective immediately, and Castillo is the first White Sox player to be suspended for PEDs since drug testing was implemented in 2004.

      "The Chicago White Sox were saddened and disappointed to learn of the suspension of catcher Welington Castillo for violating Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program," general manager Rick Hahn said in a statement. "Welington has apologized to the team and his teammates and has taken full responsibility for his actions. He understands that he has negatively affected the team and has fallen short of the expectations we have of our players."

      Castillo issued a statement through the Major League Baseball Players Association accepting responsibility for his wrongdoing.

      "The positive test resulted from an extremely poor decision that I, and I alone, made," Castillo said. "I take full responsibility for my conduct. I have let many people down, including my family, my teammates, the White Sox organization and its fans, and from my heart, I apologize. Following my suspension, I look forward to rejoining my teammates and doing whatever I can to help the White Sox win."

      The White Sox purchased the contract of catcher Alfredo Gonzalez from Triple-A Charlotte on Thursday to fill Castillo's roster spot. They also placed outfielder Leury Garcia on the 10-day disabled list with a left knee sprain, recalling outfielder Charlie Tilson from Charlotte.

      Chicago later claimed catcher Dustin Garneau off waivers from the Oakland Athletics, transferring right-hander Miguel Gonzalez (shoulder) to the 60-day disabled list. Garneau was optioned to Charlotte.

      Reports of Castillo's suspension surfaced Wednesday night. He started against the Baltimore Orioles, going 1-for-5 in Chicago's 11-1 win. Castillo did not speak with reporters after the game.

      A 31-year-old veteran, Castillo is hitting .267 with six home runs and 15 RBIs in 33 games. He joined the White Sox on a two-year, $15 million contract last offseason. The deal includes an $8 million option for 2020.

      Castillo has hit .259 with 86 home runs and 298 RBIs across his nine-year major league career played between the Chicago Cubs (2010-15), Seattle Mariners (2015), Arizona Diamondbacks (2015-16), Baltimore Orioles (2017) and White Sox.

      Gonzalez is expected to serve as the backup to Omar Narvaez, who is hitting .180 with no homers and one RBI through 24 games and also leads the majors with seven passed balls.

      Garcia was injured after stealing third base in the fifth inning Wednesday. He limped off the field under his own power and was replaced by Trayce Thompson on the basepaths.

      Garcia, 27, has hit .262 with two home runs, 14 RBIs and nine stolen bases this season.

      Tilson returns to the majors after missing the entire 2017 season due to a stress reaction in his right foot. The 25-year-old made his big league debut in 2016, going 1-for-2 in his only game.

      Tilson has hit .248 with no home runs, 10 RBIs and seven stolen bases in 39 games with Charlotte this year.

      --Field Level Media

  • Red Sox to activate 2B Pedroia on Friday
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, May 24, 2018

    Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia will be activated from the disabled list Friday, manager Alex Cora told reporters.

    • Pedroia has yet to make his season debut after undergoing a cartilage restoration procedure on his left knee in October. Cora said the four-time All-Star will start either Friday or Saturday at home against the Atlanta Braves.

      Pedroia had one hit in 14 at-bats during a five-game injury rehabilitation stint with Triple-A Pawtucket, playing back-to-back games Wednesday and Thursday. The 34-year-old is a career .300 hitter in 12 major league seasons.

      Pedroia hit .293 with seven home runs and 62 RBIs in 105 games last year while playing through the knee injury.

      Earlier on Thursday, the Red Sox activated right-hander Hector Velazquez from the disabled list, optioning left-hander Bobby Poyner to Pawtucket in a corresponding move.

      Velazquez was placed on the disabled list on May 14 with a lower back strain. He threw a scoreless inning of relief for Pawtucket during an injury rehabilitation appearance on Monday.

      Velazquez, 29, is 5-0 with a 2.10 ERA in 10 games (two starts) this season.

      Poyner, 25, has a 1.86 ERA in nine appearances across three stints with Boston this year. Poyner rejoined the team on May 15 when fellow reliever Carson Smith was placed on the disabled list.

      Cora did not announce what the corresponding move for Pedroia's activation would be. Former top prospect Blake Swihart, whose agent requested a trade earlier this month after expressing disappointment with playing time, is considered to be on the bubble.

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB roundup: Indians blank Cubs
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, May 24, 2018

    Adam Plutko, called up from the minors to make the start, carried a no-hit bid into the seventh inning, and Michael Brantley drove in the lone run as the Cleveland Indians held on for a 1-0 win over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday at Wrigley Field.

    • Cleveland swept the two-game series in the teams' first meeting in Chicago since the 2016 World Series. The Cubs scored one run in the series and lost for the third time in the past five games.

      In only his second career start, Plutko tossed six hitless innings before Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo doubled to lead off the seventh. Plutko (2-0) worked six-plus shutout innings, allowing two hits, walking four and striking out four.

      Andrew Miller tossed 1 2/3 innings, and Cody Allen got the last four outs for his seventh save, completing Cleveland's three-hitter.

      Astros 4, Giants 1

      George Springer belted his team-leading 10th home run, and Houston completed an interleague series sweep of visiting San Francisco.

      Springer clubbed his homer off Jeff Samardzija (1-3) with one out in the fifth inning, delivering a two-run blast that drove home Tony Kemp and snapped a 1-1 tie.

      Justin Verlander (6-2) limited the Giants to one run on three hits and one walk with nine strikeouts over six innings. It marked his fifth consecutive start with no more than one run allowed. Verlander has surrendered three earned runs in 35 innings this month.

      Angels 5, Blue Jays 4

      Andrelton Simmons capped a four-run ninth inning with a two-run, go-ahead single, and visiting Los Angeles came back to defeat Toronto.

      Blue Jays reliever Tyler Clippard (4-2) loaded the bases with three walks after retiring the first batter in the ninth. Shohei Ohtani followed with a two-run single before Simmons did likewise.

      The Blue Jays came back with a run in the bottom of the ninth against Blake Parker, who picked up his third save of the season.

      Dodgers 3, Rockies 0

      Kenta Maeda struck out 12 over 6 2/3 scoreless innings as Los Angeles blanked visiting Colorado for its sixth victory in seven games.

      The right-hander has thrown 14 2/3 scoreless innings over his last two outings, striking out 20 since making a mechanical adjustment designed to slow down his delivery. Maeda (4-3) threw a career-high 111 pitches Wednesday, giving up just two hits for the second consecutive start. He walked four.

      Logan Forsythe hit an RBI double during a two-run fourth inning. Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp also drove in runs for the Dodgers, and Justin Turner had hits in back-to-back at-bats to end a 1-for-14 skid.

      Mariners 1, A's 0

      Marco Gonzales combined with two relievers on a three-hit shutout, and Seattle made a fourth-inning unearned run stand up in a victory at Oakland.

      Guillermo Heredia doubled and eventually scored on an error by Oakland shortstop Marcus Semien, giving the Seattle pitching staff all the offense it would need.

      Gonzales (4-3) went seven innings, allowing just an infield single to Jed Lowrie with two outs in the first inning and a two-out single to Lowrie in the sixth. He walked two and struck out six. Juan Nicasio pitched a one-hit eighth inning before Edwin Diaz slammed the door in the ninth for his 17th save, striking out the side on just 13 pitches.

      White Sox 11, Orioles 1

      Yoan Moncada bashed a three-run home run to back Dylan Covey's seven innings of one-run pitching as Chicago routed visiting Baltimore.

      Adam Engel had four hits, including a two-run homer for the White Sox, and Jose Rondon also went deep. Covey (1-1) scattered six hits while striking out eight and walking one to earn his first major league victory. His 103-pitch performance lowered his ERA from 6.00 to 3.46.

      Alex Cobb (1-6) took the loss after allowing six runs on eight hits in 3 2/3 innings.

      Rangers 12, Yankees 10

      Jurickson Profar hit a bases-clearing, go-ahead double with two outs in the sixth inning, and Texas posted a wild victory over visiting New York.

      Profar gave Texas the lead when he lifted a first-pitch cutter from David Robertson (3-2) over right fielder Aaron Judge's head to the warning track. Profar's hit occurred after rookie Isiah Kiner-Falefa drew a bases-loaded walk against Robertson to make it 10-8.

      Nomar Mazara hit a two-run home run and rookie Ronald Guzman hit a three-run homer for Texas. The Yankees got homers from Didi Gregorius, Neil Walker, Gleyber Torres and Judge.

      Red Sox 4, Rays 1

      Xander Bogaerts drove in the go-ahead run in the ninth inning, and Boston stayed hot with a win over Tampa Bay in St. Petersburg, Fla.

      With the score tied 1-1, Bogaerts doubled off Tampa Bay closer Alex Colome, scoring J.D. Martinez, who reached base on a throwing error by shortstop Willy Adames to lead off the inning.

      The Red Sox tacked on two insurance runs in the inning. Eduardo Nunez hit sacrifice fly, and Rafael Devers scored on a passed ball to lead Boston to its fourth win in row and sixth in seven games.

      Padres 3, Nationals 1

      Tyson Ross allowed one run over 6 2/3 innings, and San Diego scored three runs on a pair of two-out, opposite-field hits to earn a win at Washington, salvaging the finale of a three-game series.

      All the Padres' runs came against right-hander Erick Fedde, the Nationals' top pitching prospect who was promoted from Triple-A for the start. Fedde (0-1) gave up five hits in 5 2/3 innings.

      Ross (4-3) allowed five hits and a walk while striking out nine. Brad Hand recorded his first five-out save of the season, his 15th of the season overall.

      Pirates 5, Reds 4 (12 innings)

      Josh Harrison's two-out RBI triple in the 12th inning gave Pittsburgh a win at Cincinnati.

      The Pirates, who blew a three-run lead when the Reds tied it in the eighth, ended a four-game losing streak.

      In the 12th, Austin Meadows opened with a double against Dylan Floro (1-1) but was tagged out in a rundown on Jordy Mercer's fielder's choice. After Sean Rodriguez flied out, Harrison smacked a ball to the corner in right, his fourth hit, bringing home Mercer.

      Marlins 2, Mets 1

      J.T. Realmuto and Starlin Castro delivered RBI singles in the ninth inning as visiting Miami came back against New York and closer Jeurys Familia. The Marlins took two of three from the Mets, who have lost 20 of 33 since an 11-1 start.

      The Marlins didn't get a runner beyond second base in the first eight innings against Jacob deGrom and Seth Lugo. However, pinch hitter Martin Prado laced a one-out single against Familia (2-2) and pinch runner Yadiel Rivera advanced to third on Derek Dietrich's double.

      Rivera scored on Realmuto's single, though Dietrich was thrown out at the plate. After an intentional walk to Justin Bour, Castro singled to left to score Realmuto.

      Phillies 4, Braves 0

      Jake Arrieta threw 6 2/3 scoreless innings, and Philadelphia continued its streak of pitching excellence with a shutout of visiting Atlanta. The Phillies took two of three in the series.

      Arrieta (4-2) allowed seven hits and one walk while striking out eight. Philadelphia starters have allowed one or no earned runs in 14 of 19 games this month. It is the first time the Phillies' rotation has done so since 2011.

      Seranthony Dominguez followed Arrieta with 1 1/3 scoreless innings. Hector Neris pitched a scoreless ninth in a non-save situation.

      Royals 5, Cardinals 2 (10 innings)

      Drew Butera ignited a three-run uprising in the 10th inning with a bases-loaded single, sending Kansas City to a victory at St. Louis. The Royals posted their second consecutive win and a 2-1 series triumph.

      After being held to four hits in the first nine innings, the Royals pieced together four more in the 10th, starting with inning-opening singles by Jorge Soler and Alex Gordon.

      An error by Cardinals reliever Bud Norris (1-1) loaded the bases, setting the stage for Butera's tiebreaking hit. One out later, Jon Jay singled in a third run.

      Brewers 9, Diamondbacks 2

      Travis Shaw hit a three-run homer in a seven-run fourth inning, and Jesus Aguilar had three RBIs as Milwaukee topped visiting Arizona.

      Tyler Saladino had two hits and a homer, Aguilar added two hits, and Brent Suter tied a season high with six strikeouts as the Brewers won for the sixth time in seven games. All three of Saladino's homers this season have come against Arizona.

      Paul Goldschmidt and John Ryan Murphy homered for the Diamondbacks, who have lost seven in a row and 13 of 14. Goldschmidt has eight homers and 21 RBIs in 23 career games at Miller Park.

      Tigers 4, Twins 1

      Niko Goodrum had a two-run home run, Michael Fulmer recorded his first win since April 7, and Detroit snapped a five-game losing streak by defeating Minnesota in Minneapolis.

      Goodrum added a double and another run. Victor Martinez supplied two hits, a run and an RBI. Nicholas Castellanos recorded his fourth consecutive multi-hit game and his team-best 19th of the season.

      Fulmer (2-3) limited the Twins to one run on four hits while walking three and striking out five. Shane Greene pitched the ninth for his 11th save as the Tigers salvaged the finale of a three-game series.

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: White Sox C Castillo to receive 80-game PED suspension
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, May 23, 2018

    Chicago White Sox catcher Welington Castillo will be suspended 80 games following a positive test for a performance-enhancing substance in violation of Major League Baseball's joint drug prevention and treatment program, according to multiple reports Wednesday.

    • Castillo's suspension will be announced by MLB on Thursday, according to Dominican journalist Americo Celado.

      The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal tweeted that the PED that led to the punishment was not steroids.

      Castillo started Wednesday against the Baltimore Orioles, and he went 1-for-5 in Chicago's 11-1 win. He is hitting .267 with six home runs and 15 RBIs in 33 games.

      Castillo did not speak with reporters after the game, but White Sox manager Rick Renteria said of the reports about a suspension, "For me, those are just, at this particular moment, rumors. MLB's the one in charge of all that stuff, and until they release something officially, I can't really comment."

      A 31-year-old veteran, Castillo joined the White Sox on a two-year, $15 million contract last offseason. The deal includes an $8 million option for 2020.

      Castillo has hit .260 with 86 home runs and 298 RBIs across his nine-year major league career played between the Chicago Cubs (2010-15), Seattle Mariners (2015), Arizona Diamondbacks (2015-16), Baltimore Orioles (2017) and White Sox.

      The only other catcher on the White Sox's active roster is Omar Narvaez. The 26-year-old is hitting .180 with no homers and one RBI through 24 games. He also leads the majors with seven passed balls.

      --Field Level Media

  • Red Sox's Betts, Martinez not interested in HR Derby
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, May 23, 2018

    Boston Red Sox outfielders Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez are neck and neck atop the major league home run leaderboard, but neither has any interest in competing in this summer's Home Run Derby at Nationals Park.

    • "Hell no," Betts told the Boston Globe when asked if he'd partake. "I don't hit home runs in (batting practice). I'm not that kind of hitter."

      Martinez, meanwhile, says his negative feelings toward the event have to do with him not being chosen for it in 2015, when he entered the All-Star break with 25 home runs for the Detroit Tigers.

      "MLB didn't want me," Martinez said. "I figured I'd have the option of doing it and they said no. They had other guys they wanted, all these young guys. I was like, 'Forget it. I'll never do it.'"

      Betts entered Wednesday in sole possession of first place in the majors with 16 home runs. Martinez was right behind him with 15, tied with the Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper and Baltimore Orioles' Manny Machado.

      The Home Run Derby's stock took a hit Tuesday when defending champion Aaron Judge of the Yankees reiterated to the New York Post that he won't be taking part in the event, which is scheduled for July 16.

      --Field Level Media

  • Indians' Guyer to DL after injured by fan
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, May 23, 2018

    The Cleveland Indians placed Brandon Guyer on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday with a neck strain after the outfielder was injured over the weekend in a collision with a fan.

    • Against the Houston Astros on Saturday, Guyer attempted to make a catch on a ball that carried toward the stands in right field during the eighth inning. As Guyer neared the wall, a fan reached for the ball, hitting Guyer in the back of his head/neck.

      "When he went into the stands the other day, he got like a forearm or something (to the neck)," Indians manager Terry Francona told reporters. "So we checked him for concussions, but his neck, it was almost like whiplash-ish. He hasn't played since that. I think he could've if we had to, but we're trying to be mindful of it."

      Guyer's placement on the disabled list is retroactive to May 20. The Indians recalled right-hander Adam Plutko from Triple-A Columbus to start Wednesday against the Chicago Cubs.

      Guyer, 32, has hit .150 with three home runs and 10 RBIs this season. He joins fellow Indians outfielders Bradley Zimmer (left rib contusion), Tyler Naquin (left hamstring strain) and Lonnie Chisenhall (right calf strain) on the disabled list.

      Plutko, 26, takes the rotation spot of Josh Tomlin, who has been moved to the bullpen. Plutko previously started for Cleveland in the second game of a doubleheader against the Toronto Blue Jays on May 3, earning his first major league win after allowing three runs on six hits in 7 1/3 innings.

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB notebook: Cards' Ozuna benched for late arrival
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, May 23, 2018

    St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Marcell Ozuna, who overslept and was a late arrival to Busch Stadium, was scratched from the lineup for Wednesday's day game against the Kansas City Royals.

    • "I came to the park and said sorry to my teammates and my coach," Ozuna told reporters following the Cardinals' 5-2 loss in 10 innings. "Everybody makes a mistake. Today it was me."

      His replacement in left field, rookie Tyler O'Neill, made an error in the sixth inning that helped the Royals score their second run, which tied the game. O'Neill finished 1-for-4 at the plate and scored a run.

      Cardinals manager Mike Matheny is a stickler for on-time arrivals, so he made the decision to pull Ozuna from the lineup.

      --The National League-best Milwaukee Brewers will add more reinforcements on Thursday when first baseman/outfielder Ryan Braun and right-hander Zach Davies are reinstated from the disabled list.

      First baseman/outfielder Ji-Man Choi, who hit .267 with a home run in six games with Milwaukee, and right-hander Brandon Woodruff, who has a 6.05 ERA in eight games (three starts), were optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

      Davies, a 17-game winner last year, has a 4.24 ERA in six starts with the Brewers this season. He has been sidelined since May 3 with right rotator cuff inflammation. Braun returns after missing the team's past nine games with middle back tightness. The 34-year-old has hit .222 with five home runs and 20 RBIs this season.

      --Oakland Athletics slugger Khris Davis was placed on the disabled list due to a strained right groin muscle, the team announced. Davis sustained the injury during a swing on Sunday in Oakland's game against the Toronto Blue Jays.

      Davis, who is batting .235 with 13 home runs and 38 RBIs, could miss anywhere from 10 days to three weeks.

      Oakland recalled infielder Franklin Barreto and right-hander Daniel Gossett from Triple-A Nashville. The club also designated right-hander Wilmer Font for assignment. Barreto was batting .235 with six homers and 17 RBIs in 32 games at Nashville. Gossett is 0-1 with an 11.05 ERA in two games for Oakland this season. He is 4-0 with a 1.63 ERA in seven appearances (five starts) for Nashville.

      --The Seattle Mariners and the Washington State Major League Baseball Stadium Public Facilities District (PFD) came to terms on a new 25-year lease for the team at Safeco Field, which includes a long-term plan to spend up to $385 million on capital improvements.

      The agreement, which takes effect next year, also allows for a pair of three-year options that could push the terms through 2049. The team's current lease ends this year.

      "We want this ballpark to be our home for the next 100 years. Safeco Field should be to Seattle and to the Mariners what Wrigley Field is to Chicago and the Cubs and Fenway Park is to Boston and the Red Sox," Mariners chairman and managing partner John Stanton said in a statement.

      --Former All-Star outfielder Lenny Dykstra was arrested after allegedly threatening an Uber driver in Linden, N.J. Dykstra allegedly pulled out a gun, held it to the driver's head and threatened to kill the man.

      Dykstra, 55, was charged with making terroristic threats and with multiple drug offenses. According to Linden police, Dykstra was in possession of cocaine, marijuana and ecstasy when taken into custody around 3:30 a.m. ET.

      Dykstra was a three-time All-Star for the Philadelphia Phillies during a 12-year playing career in which he was known for feisty and aggressive play. He finished second in National League MVP voting in 1993 when he went batted .305 and walked 129 times en route to scoring 143 runs. He played for the New York Mets for 4 1/2 seasons, beginning in 1985, until being traded to the Phillies.

      --Houston placed right fielder Josh Reddick on the 10-day disabled list prior to the Astros' afternoon game against the San Francisco Giants. Reddick is dealing with an infection near his left knee.

      The Astros recalled outfielder Jake Marisnick from Triple-A Fresno.

      Reddick is batting .227 with six homers and 18 RBIs. Marisnick struggled with the Astros earlier this season as he batted just .141 with three homers and 41 strikeouts in 85 at-bats.

      --Cincinnati activated right-handed reliever Michael Lorenzen off the disabled list, only to see Raisel Iglesias (sore left biceps) and Austin Brice (back) go on the 10-day disabled list, each retroactive to May 20.

      Lorenzen rejoined the team for the first time this season after sustaining a muscle strain in his throwing shoulder during spring training. Right-hander Tanner Rainey was recalled from the Triple-A Louisville to complete the roster shuffle.

      Iglesias has a 2.08 ERA and eight saves in 20 outings this season, striking out 27 batters in 21 2/3 innings. Interim manager Jim Riggleman indicated he would be willing to use multiple relievers in save situations, including Lorenzen, who has a 4.57 ERA in 132 games (21 starts) in his three years in the majors.

      --The Tampa Bay Rays placed right-hander Jake Faria on the 10-day disabled list due to a strained left oblique.

      Faria, 3-3 with a 5.48 ERA this season, sustained the injury during his Tuesday start against the Boston Red Sox and is expected to miss at least six weeks, manager Kevin Cash told reporters. He departed with two outs in the third inning Tuesday night.

      Tampa Bay recalled journeyman left-hander Vidal Nuno from Triple-A Durham to fill the roster spot. Nuno has a 5-21 record in 138 career appearances (42 starts) over five previous major league seasons. He has a 4.29 ERA and 283 strikeouts in 344 innings.

      --The New York Yankees called up left-hander Ryan Bollinger from Double-A Trenton, the first major league stint for the 27-year-old, who is back in a major league organization this season for the first time since 2013.

      Bollinger played in Canada, Germany and Australia before catching the eyes of the Yankees and landing a minor league deal. He owns a tidy 0.90 ERA while winning all three of his starts at Trenton. He also made two starts at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre earlier this season and went 0-1 with a 4.00 ERA.

      New York had a roster opening after sending right-hander Giovanny Gallegos to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after a Tuesday game against the Texas Rangers. Gallegos pitched two scoreless innings on Tuesday and allowed two hits.

      --Field Level Media

  • Mariners agree to new 25-year lease for Safeco Field
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, May 23, 2018

    The Seattle Mariners and the Washington State Major League Baseball Stadium Public Facilities District (PFD) have come to terms on a new 25-year lease for the team at Safeco Field, which includes a long-term plan to spend up to $385 million on capital improvements.

    • The agreement, which takes effect next year, also allows for a pair of three-year options that could push the terms through 2049. The team's current lease ends this year.

      "We want this ballpark to be our home for the next 100 years. Safeco Field should be to Seattle and to the Mariners what Wrigley Field is to Chicago and the Cubs and Fenway Park is to Boston and the Red Sox," Mariners chairman and managing partner John Stanton said in a statement on Wednesday.

      "We sincerely appreciate our partnership with the PFD, who share our vision to ensure that our fans will continue to enjoy Major League Baseball in a state-of-the-art facility for decades to come," Stanton added.

      Terms of the agreement require the Mariners to meet an "applicable standard" of operating, maintaining and improving Safeco Field in a first-class manner measured against the top one-third of comparable MLB ballparks. Since 1999, Safeco Field has maintained that high standard in regular surveys conducted by the PFD, according to the statement released by the Mariners.

      Both sides in the lease agree that an additional $160 million, above and beyond what the Mariners must spend to operate and maintain the stadium, could be needed for required upgrades beyond infrastructure improvements.

      Safeco Field opened in 1999.

      --Field Level Media

  • Cardinals LF Ozuna scratched from lineup after oversleeping
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, May 23, 2018

    St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Marcell Ozuna was scratched from Wednesday's lineup due to being a late arrival to Busch Stadium after oversleeping.

    • Ozuna said he was unsure what time he arrived at the ballpark for the afternoon contest against the Kansas City Royals.

      "I came to the park and said sorry to my teammates and my coach," Ozuna told reporters following the Cardinals' 5-2 loss in 10 innings. "Everybody makes a mistake. Today it was me."

      Ozuna initially said he was awoken by a knock on the door. A short time later, he said his alarm clock shook him from his slumber.

      "When I saw the time, I said, 'My God, I'm late,'" Ozuna said.

      Cardinals manager Mike Matheny is a stickler for on-time arrivals so he made the decision to pull Ozuna from the lineup.

      "He's human. Things happen," Matheny said. "This guy couldn't possibly be a better teammate, how he goes about it. And he couldn't be more regretful to not be here today on time.

      "We don't have a lot a lot of rules, but that's one of them. You're not here on time, you don't get to be in the lineup. He understands that. Now we move forward."

      Ozuna, 27, was acquired from the Miami Marlins in the offseason. He is batting just .253 with three homers and 22 RBIs.

      Last season, Ozuna enjoyed a career year and established career highs for batting average (.312), homers (37) and RBIs (112).

      --Field Level Media

  • Athletics place slugger Davis on DL
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, May 23, 2018

    Oakland Athletics slugger Khris Davis was placed on the disabled list Wednesday with a strained right groin muscle, the team announced.

    • Davis suffered the injury during a swing on Sunday in Oakland's game against the Toronto Blue Jays.

      The move is retroactive to Monday.

      Davis underwent an MRI exam on Tuesday, and a Grade 1 strain was detected. He could miss anywhere from 10 days to three weeks.

      The 30-year-old is batting .235 with 13 home runs and 38 RBIs. He had started every game prior to Sunday's injury, and this is his first stint on the disabled list since joining the A's in 2016.

      The loss of Davis is a big blow for the Athletics as he topped 40 homers in each of the previous two seasons.

      Oakland recalled infielder Franklin Barreto and right-hander Daniel Gossett from Triple-A Nashville. The club also designated right-hander Wilmer Font for assignment.

      Barreto is beginning his second stint with the Athletics this season and played in just one game without an at-bat earlier this year. He was batting .235 with six homers and 17 RBIs in 32 games at Nashville.

      Gossett is 0-1 with an 11.05 ERA in two games for Oakland this season. He is 4-0 with a 1.63 ERA in seven appearances (five starts) for Nashville.

      Font had a 14.85 ERA in four games for the Athletics. He was acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers in April.

      --Field Level Media