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  • Pirates place Cervelli on concussion list
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, May 26, 2019

    Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli was placed on the 7-day concussion list Sunday after taking a bat to the facemask during Saturday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

    • Joc Pederson fouled a pitch in the fourth inning and the bat broke with the barrel connecting with Cervelli's facemask. The catcher appeared dazed but initially stayed in the game.

      Cervelli went up to bat in the bottom of the fourth but pulled away before a pitch was thrown. He walked back to the dugout and left the game.

      This is the third straight season in which Cervelli has suffered a concussion, and he has a long history of dealing with them.

      "You don't see this as a league-wide challenge. Unfortunately, in Francisco's case, it's been Francisco more than anybody else -- maybe as much as the rest of them bunched together," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle told reporters prior to Sunday's game against the Dodgers. "Just the volume of hits, foul tips, a bat last night -- there comes a point in time where there's only so much you can do (to protect catchers) until you see it happening wide-range, where you've got 10 or 15 catchers experiencing similar things.

      "Right now, he seems to be unfortunately an outlier with the volume and number of hits. It's really been unfortunate."

      Cervelli, 33, is batting .193 with a homer and five RBIs in 34 games this season. Elias Diaz (.250 entering Sunday) will be the primary catcher during Cervelli's absence.

      Pittsburgh recalled catcher Jacob Stallings and infielder-outfielder Jose Osuna from Triple-A Indianapolis. The Pirates also designated utility man Jake Elmore for assignment.

      Stallings is batting .273 with two homers and seven RBIs in 15 games for Indianapolis. The 29-year-old was 3-for-11 in four April games with Pittsburgh.

      Osuna, 26, batted .268 with two homers and 13 RBIs in 19 games for Indianapolis.

      Elmore, 31, was 1-for-20 in 11 games for the Pirates.

      --Field Level Media

  • Angels activate Heaney to start vs. Rangers
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, May 26, 2019

    Los Angeles Angels left-hander Andrew Heaney was activated from the 10-day injured list on Sunday to start against the Texas Rangers.

    • It marks the first outing of the season for Heaney, who has been sidelined since experiencing elbow inflammation during spring training.

      Heaney, who turns 28 on June 5, was in the mix for Los Angeles' Opening Day assignment before suffering the injury. He made a career-high 30 starts in 2018 when he went 9-10 with a 4.15 ERA and 180 strikeouts.

      Heaney made a rehab start for Triple-A Salt Lake on Monday and struck out 10 in 4 1/3 scoreless innings. He threw a bullpen Thursday without issue, which increased the likelihood that he would start Sunday.

      The Angels optioned right-hander Jaime Barria to Salt Lake to open a roster spot. Barria is 2-2 with an 8.16 ERA in four appearances (one start) for Los Angeles.

      --Field Level Media

  • Price could be moved up in rotation after short start
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, May 26, 2019

    After leaving Saturday's start after just three batters, Boston Red Sox hurler David Price is expected to be moved up in the rotation for his next start.

    • Manager Alex Cora said Price could start Tuesday or Wednesday against the Cleveland Indians at Fenway Park, according to Ian Browne of MLB.com.

      "We'll see how he feels," Cora said before Sunday's series finale against the Houston Astros.

      With Price's absence taxing the bullpen on Saturday, the Red Sox called up fellow left-hander Darwinzon Hernandez from Double-A Portland and sent righthander Colten Brewer down to Triple-A.

      Price, 33, is 2-2 in eight starts this season, sporting a 3.24 ERA and 1.08 WHIP.

      Hernandez, 22, tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings in his lone major league appearance earlier this season. He is 1-3 with a 4.65 ERA in seven appearances (six starts) for Portland.

      Brewer, 26, is 0-2 with a 5.32 ERA in 20 appearances for the Red Sox.

      --Field Level Media

  • Mets activate OF Conforto from concussion list
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, May 26, 2019

    The New York Mets activated outfielder Michael Conforto from the 7-day concussion list prior to Sunday's game against the Detroit Tigers.

    • Conforto was in the starting lineup, batting third and playing right field.

      Conforto, 26, suffered the concussion during a game against the Washington Nationals on May 16. He is batting .271 with nine homers and 21 RBIs in 42 games this season.

      The Mets designated outfielder Rajai Davis for assignment to open up a roster spot. The 38-year-old Davis is 2-for-7 with a homer and three RBIs in four games since recently joining the team.

      New York manager Mickey Callaway said the organization hopes to retain Davis. The club opted to take a longer look at recently acquired outfielder Aaron Altherr, leading to the decision to DFA Davis.

      --Field Level Media

  • Padres scratch RHP Paddack from Sunday start
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, May 26, 2019

    Right-hander Chris Paddack did not start as scheduled on Sunday for the San Diego Padres against the Blue Jays in the Toronto because of a stiff neck.

    • "It's nothing serious in our minds whatsoever," manager Andy Green told reporters before the game. "He woke up today and felt like he could pitch. We know, through the course of 162, he's not pitching every five days, so we chose to push him back for three days."

      Left-hander Robbie Erlin started for San Diego, which is looking to sweep the three-game series. It's the first start of the year for the 28-year-old Erlin, who has made 15 relief appearances. He had given up nine earned runs on 22 hits in 22 1/3 innings pitched entering the game.

      Paddack, a 23-year-old rookie off to a 4-2 start with a 1.93 ERA in nine starts. He is scheduled to make his next start on Wednesday against the host New York Yankees.

      --Field Level Media

  • Pirates prospect Keller to debut Monday
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, May 26, 2019

    The Pittsburgh Pirates will call up righthanded prospect Mitch Keller ahead of their doubleheader against the Cincinnati Reds on Monday.

    • Keller, the Pirates' top pitching prospect, has gone 5-0 for Triple-A Indianapolis this season and was scheduled to start for that club in Columbus, Ohio, on Sunday.

      It is anticipated that Keller, 23, will start the second game in Cincinnati, the Pirates announced in a tweet on Sunday.

      "OFFICIAL: We intend to recall RHP Mitch Keller to start the second game in Cincinnati on Monday," the tweet read.

      Keller has a 3.45 ERA over nine starts with Indianapolis this season.

      Keller was a second-round pick by the Pirates in 2014 and has posted a 34-17 record with a 3.06 ERA over six minor league seasons.

      --Field Level Media

  • Dodgers activate RHP Maeda, option OF Garlick
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, May 26, 2019

    The Los Angeles Dodgers activated righthander Kenta Maeda from the 10-day injured list on Sunday, clearing the way for his scheduled start against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

    • Maeda had been sidelined by a left adductor contusion since May 16.

      The Dodgers optioned outfielder Kyle Garlick to Triple-A Oklahoma City in a corresponding move.

      Maeda, 31, is in his fourth season, all with the Dodgers, and is 5-2 with a 3.51 ERA this season.

      Garlick was hitless in three at-bats during his brief stint with the Dodgers.

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB roundup: Mets walk off in 13 over Tigers
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, May 25, 2019

    Tomas Nido homered leading off the bottom of the 13th inning Saturday night as the New York Mets finally outlasted the Detroit Tigers, 5-4.

    • The Mets are 5-1 on a seven-game homestand. The Tigers have dropped 10 of 11.

      The Mets loaded the bases with one out and failed to score in the bottom of the 11th before the Tigers did the same thing in the top of the 12th. Nido, who was the last player on the Mets' bench when he entered in the 11th inning, capped a four hour and 11-minute duel when he hit his first walk-off homer off Buck Farmer (3-4).

      Hector Santiago (1-0) tossed two innings for the Mets, who received two homers and four RBIs from catcher Wilson Ramos, who left for a pinch-runner in the 11th and was replaced by Nido. The two-homer game was the eighth of Ramos' career and his first since last June 25.

      Astros 4, Red Sox 3

      Carlos Correa capped a three-hit night with a walk-off single, as Houston answered Boston's ninth-inning rally with one of its own.

      Correa singled to right field with the bases loaded off Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes (2-1), who allowed a leadoff double to Aledmys Diaz before issuing walks to Alex Bregman and Michael Brantley to load the bases.

      The Red Sox had rallied against Astros closer Roberto Osuna (3-0) in a blur, loading the bases in the ninth inning on just three pitches, before Christian Vazquez roped a two-run single into left field on the second pitch he saw.

      Angels 3, Rangers 2

      After giving up two runs in the top of the ninth, Los Angeles rallied for two in the bottom of the inning to defeat Texas in Anaheim, Calif., and end a five-game losing streak.

      Angels pinch hitter Jared Walsh looped a single into shallow left with two outs, scoring Kole Calhoun from second with the winning run and giving Walsh his first major league RBI.

      Shawn Kelley (3-1) was aiming for his sixth save, but he gave up a one-out single to Luis Rengifo before Calhoun doubled to right-center, scoring Rengifo from first to tie the score at 2-2. Calhoun finished 3-for-3 with a walk, solo home run and the RBI double.

      Padres 19, Blue Jays 4

      Austin Hedges hit his first career grand slam, Hunter Renfroe and Wil Myers each homered twice and visiting San Diego set a franchise record with seven homers while defeating Toronto.

      Ian Kinsler and Eric Hosmer also homered for the Padres. Hedges had five RBIs and Myers had four.

      Right-hander Cal Quantrill (1-2) struck out nine in six innings to earn his first career win for San Diego. Quantrill, who is from nearby Port Hope, Ont., and the son of former major league pitcher Paul Quantrill, allowed three runs on two hits, both home runs, and two walks in his fourth career start.

      Yankees 7, Royals 3 (Game 1)

      Luke Voit's two-run home run in the seventh inning helped lead New York past host Kansas City in the first game of a day-night doubleheader.

      J.A. Happ (4-3) picked up the win after giving up three runs on four hits in six innings. Relying mostly on his fastball, Happ struck out 10 Royals.

      Scott Barlow (1-1) took the loss. He gave up four runs on four hits in 1 1/3 innings. Starter Jakob Junis surrendered three runs over six innings.

      Yankees 6, Royals 5 (Game 2)

      New York scored five runs in the second inning, then held on for the victory and a doubleheader sweep over Kansas City.

      Cameron Maybin drove in three runs, and Austin Romine was 3-for-4 with two RBIs in the nightcap. The Yankees hit safely in five of their first seven opportunities with runners in scoring position and have now won seven straight and 11 of their last 12 games.

      They continued their dominance against the Royals in this century. Since 2000, the Yankees have won 16 season series, with three splits and just one Royals series win (2014). The Yankees are 100-43 in the 2000s against Kansas City.

      Athletics 6, Mariners 5

      Matt Chapman hit a home run, and Mike Fiers pitched six quality innings as Oakland defeated visiting Seattle for its eighth consecutive victory.

      Domingo Santana hit two solo homers, and Mitch Haniger had one for Seattle, which lost its fifth in a row, eighth of nine and 20th of 25.

      Chapman lined a solo shot over the wall in right-center field in the first inning against Mariners left-hander Yusei Kikuchi (3-2). Seattle twice tied the score after being down a run, but the Athletics never trailed.

      Dodgers 7, Pirates 2

      Corey Seager and Cody Bellinger each drove in two runs as visiting Los Angeles downed Pittsburgh, taking the first two games of the weekend series.

      Los Angeles' eight doubles were the most in a single game this season in the big leagues.

      Bellinger was 2-for-4 with a walk and made a leaping catch at the wall in right to rob Jake Elmore of extra bases. Los Angeles starter Hyun-Jin Ryu (7-1) had his scoreless-innings streak end at 32, but he got the win allowing two runs in six innings. He also doubled in the go-ahead run in the fourth.

      Cubs 8, Reds 6

      Jason Heyward, Addison Russell and Albert Almora Jr. each hit home runs, and Chicago outlasted visiting Cincinnati.

      Anthony Rizzo also drove in a pair of runs for Chicago, which evened the series at one game apiece heading into Sunday's finale. The Cubs improved to 18-9 at Wrigley Field. Tucker Barnhart, Derek Dietrich and Yasiel Puig each homered for Cincinnati.

      The score was tied at 6 in the eighth when David Bote delivered a go-ahead double to deep center field with Almora at second base and Russell at first. Almora scored, and Kyle Schwarber followed with a sacrifice fly to send Russell home and increase the advantage to 8-6 entering the ninth.

      Diamondbacks 10, Giants 4

      Arizona put up double-figure runs for a second consecutive game, pummeling host San Francisco.

      After an 18-2 romp of the Giants on Friday night, the Diamondbacks recorded 10 or more runs in back-to-back games for the first time since September 2017.

      Ketel Marte hit the second pitch of the game for a triple and led off the third inning with a solo home run, his 11th of the season, highlighting a 13-hit attack one day after the Diamondbacks belted out 21 hits.

      Cardinals 6, Braves 3

      Pinch hitter Jedd Gyorko hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning to spark St. Louis to a win over visiting Atlanta.

      Gyorko's homer, his first of the season, came against reliever Dan Winkler (1-1) and highlighted a four-run rally. It was the first home run for Gyorko since Aug. 20, 2018, when he went deep against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

      The Cardinals tied the game earlier in the inning when Matt Carpenter beat the shift with an RBI single to left field that scored Paul DeJong. Carpenter was 3-for-4 with two RBIs.

      Rays 6, Indians 2

      Charlie Morton struck out a season-high 10 batters and Ji-Man Choi and Tommy Pham each belted a two-run homer as visiting Tampa Bay beat Cleveland. Brandon Lowe added his team-leading 11th homer to go along with an RBI double for the Rays, who handed the Indians their fifth loss in six games.

      Carlos Santana belted a solo homer and Leonys Martin had an RBI single for the Indians, who saw manager Terry Francona ejected for the first time since 2016 after arguing a called strike on a pitch that hit Jose Ramirez in the sixth inning.

      Morton (5-0) allowed one run on three hits in six innings to improve to 8-0 during an 18-start unbeaten streak that dates back to Aug. 17.

      Phillies 7, Brewers 2

      Jake Arrieta pitched eight innings to win his first start in nearly a month, and Philadelphia moved a season-high 10 games over .500 with a victory over host Milwaukee.

      The Phillies won their third straight and for the seventh time in nine games to improve to 31-21.

      Andrew McCutchen and Cesar Hernandez hit early solo homers, while Rhys Hoskins and J.T. Realmuto hit back-to-back homers in the ninth as Philadelphia totaled 12 hits. Jean Segura contributed a bases-loaded walk and extended his hitting streak to 16 games with a single in the ninth.

      Twins 8, White Sox 1

      Ehire Adrianza went 3-for-4 with a homer and four RBIs, C.J. Cron also drove in four runs and Kyle Gibson allowed one run on five hits over seven innings to help Minnesota beat visiting Chicago for its fifth straight victory.

      Cron finished 2-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored. Jonathan Schoop and Eddie Rosario each scored two runs, and Jorge Polanco also had two hits for Minnesota, which matched its longest winning streak of the season.

      Gibson (5-2) won for the fifth time in his last seven starts, walking one and striking out nine to improve to 8-4 in 15 career starts against the White Sox.

      Orioles 9, Rockies 6

      Renato Nunez homered for the fourth straight game and finished with three hits, Jonathan Villar also went deep among his three hits, and Baltimore beat Colorado in Denver.

      Pedro Severino had a season-high four hits, and Andrew Cashner (5-2) went five innings for the win for the Orioles, who snapped a seven-game losing streak. Reliever Josh Lucas got the last nine outs to earn his first save.

      Nolan Arenado hit the 250th homer of his career and drove in five runs for the Rockies.

      Nationals 5, Marlins 0

      Patrick Corbin, who signed a six-year, $140 million contract in December, pitched a four-hitter, and Yan Gomes hit a three-run double to lead host Washington to a win over Miami.

      In his seventh year in the majors, this was just Corbin's second career shutout and fifth complete game.

      Corbin (5-2), who threw 116 pitches, allowed one walk and struck out five. He also induced three double plays and got first-pitch strikes on 17 of the 29 batters he faced. He got 21 called strikes and eight swinging.

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB notebook: Astros place OF Springer (hamstring) on IL
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, May 25, 2019

    The Houston Astros put star outfielder George Springer on the 10-day injured list on Saturday, a day after he strained his left hamstring while chasing a foul ball.

    • Springer had missed four games with a stiff lower back, then returned to action Friday in a 4-3 home win over the Boston Red Sox. But as he and two teammates chased a Xander Bogaerts foul ball in the eighth inning, Springer slid so that he wouldn't collide with the wall and grabbed his hamstring.

      He left the game then, limping off the field. He was 0-for-3 with a sacrifice fly on the night.

      "Going for the ball, giving it as much as I can, and the hamstring locked up," said Springer, who led the American League in homers (17), and RBIs (43) while batting .308 in 48 games going into Saturday's game.

      --The San Francisco Giants called up outfielder Mike Yastrzemski, grandson of Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski, before their game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

      The 28-year-old made his major league debut after more than 700 games over six-plus seasons in the minors.

      Yastrzemski started in left field and went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and a run scored in a 10-4 loss to Arizona.

      --Dustin Pedroia left his rehab game Friday night because of discomfort, and the Boston Red Sox are bringing him back to the city for the team's medical staff to look at his ailing left knee on Monday.

      He had two at-bats for Double-A Portland on Friday before he pulled himself out of the game.

      The second baseman, 35, has played in just nine games for the Red Sox in the 2018 and 2019 seasons.

      --The Philadelphia Phillies placed right-handed reliever Pat Neshek on the 10-day injured list with a right shoulder strain.

      Neshek, 38, is 0-1 with three saves and a 4.67 ERA in 19 bullpen appearances this season. The move is retroactive to Friday.

      The Phillies also transferred right-hander David Robertson to the 60-day injured list and called up right-hander J.D. Hammer from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

      --The Diamondbacks recalled right-hander Taylor Clarke from Triple-A Reno and designated catcher John Ryan Murphy for assignment.

      Clarke, 26, was brought up to start Saturday's game at San Francisco and got the win, allowing three runs on six hits in 6 1/3 innings. He is 1-1 with a 2.93 ERA and one save in three appearances for Arizona this season.

      Murphy, 28, is batting just .177 with four homers and seven RBIs in 25 games this season.

      --The Chicago White Sox placed catcher Welington Castillo on the seven-day concussion list and promoted catcher Seby Zavala from Triple-A Charlotte.

      Castillo left in the eighth inning of Friday's 11-4 loss in Minnesota after taking two foul tips off his mask.

      Castillo, 32, is batting just .176 with three homers and 10 RBIs in 26 games this season.

      --The Los Angeles Angels placed right-hander Matt Harvey on the 10-day injured list due to an upper back strain.

      The move comes two days after Harvey served up four homers and was hammered for eight runs and seven hits in just 2 2/3 innings against the Minnesota Twins.

      The poor outing leaves the 30-year-old Harvey with a 2-4 record and 7.50 ERA in 10 starts this season.

      --The Oakland Athletics designated struggling right-hander Fernando Rodney for assignment.

      Rodney had a 9.42 ERA during 17 appearances this season. Opponents batted .345 against him in 14 1/3 innings.

      The 42-year-old Rodney ranks 18th in major league history with 325 saves. He is 48-68 with a 3.79 ERA in 913 career appearances since 2002.

      --Gerry Fraley, a veteran sportswriter who covered the Texas Rangers for three decades, passed away on Saturday morning after a lengthy cancer battle. He was 64.

      Fraley spent the bulk of his career covering sports for the Dallas Morning News, taking up the Rangers beat in 1989.

      "He covered this sport with a passion and intensity second to none," a statement from the Rangers read. "He was as thorough as any writer in the game as was evidenced in his numerous contacts with players, coaches, baseball executives and scouts, and umpires."

      --Field Level Media

  • Angels place struggling Harvey on IL
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, May 25, 2019

    The Los Angeles Angels placed right-hander Matt Harvey on the 10-day injured list on Saturday due to an upper back strain.

    • The move comes two days after Harvey served up four homers and was hammered for eight runs and seven hits in just 2 2/3 innings against the Minnesota Twins.

      The poor outing leaves the 30-year-old Harvey with a 2-4 record and 7.50 ERA in 10 starts this season.

      The Angels also activated right-hander Luis Garcia (back) from the IL, optioned right-hander Luke Bard to Triple-A Salt Lake and recalled right-hander Taylor Cole from the same affiliate.

      Garcia, 32, was 0-1 with a 2.25 ERA in 18 appearances for the Angels before going on the IL on May 13.

      The 28-year-old Bard is 1-2 with a 4.22 ERA in 16 appearances (two starts) for the Angels. He made two scoreless appearances for Salt Lake earlier this season.

      Cole, 29, is back after being sent down on Friday. He has a 3.38 ERA in six appearances (one start) for the Angels.

      --Field Level Media

  • Boston 2B Pedroia ends another rehab stint because of pain
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, May 25, 2019

    Dustin Pedroia left his rehab game Friday night because of discomfort, and the Boston Red Sox are bringing him back to the city for the team's medical staff to look at his ailing left knee on Monday.

    • He had two at-bats for Double-A Portland Friday before he pulled himself out of the game.

      The second baseman, 35, has played in just nine games for the Red Sox in the 2018 and 2019 seasons.

      "I mean, it's another red flag, so we talked a little last night," Red Sox manager Alex Cora told reporters. "We talked this morning. He just didn't feel right yesterday. He's not going to push it. He's not going to make it worse. Yesterday he didn't feel right so decided to stop playing."

      Pedroia last played for the Red Sox on April 17 against the New York Yankees but felt a pop in his knee during that game. He played one week in Portland earlier this month but also ended that rehab stint because of discomfort.

      Pedroia underwent cartilage restoration surgery on his left knee in October 2017 with the hopes that lingering knee discomfort would go away. He was expected to miss the first few months of the 2018 season, but he played in just three games. This season, he has appeared in six games, with two hits in 20 at-bats.

      Pedroia was named the American League Rookie of the Year in 2007 and the Most Valuable Player the following season. He is a .299 career hitter with 394 doubles, 140 home runs and 725 RBIs.

      --Field Level Media

  • Astros place OF Springer (hamstring) on IL
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, May 25, 2019

    The Houston Astros put star outfielder George Springer on the 10-day injured list Saturday, the day after he strained his left hamstring while chasing a foul ball.

    • Springer had missed four games with a stiff lower back, then returned to action Friday in a 4-3 home win over the Boston Red Sox. But as he and two teammates chased a Xander Bogaerts foul ball in the eighth inning, Springer slid so that he wouldn't collide with the wall and grabbed his hamstring.

      He left the game then, limping off the field. He was 0-for-3 with a sacrifice fly on the night.

      "Going for the ball, giving it as much as I can, and the hamstring locked up," Springer said of the injury.

      Entering Saturday's action, Springer led the American League in homers (17), and RBIs (43) while batting .308 in 48 games.

      In a corresponding move, the club recalled outfielder Derek Fisher from Triple-A Round Rock.

      The 25-year-old Fisher has appeared in 97 games over two-plus seasons for the Astros, with a .195 average and nine home runs and 28 RBIs. In two games in Houston this season, he has no hits in just one at-bat.

      Fisher has played in 33 games at Round Rock, batting .314 with one home run, eight RBIs and 28 runs scored.

      --Field Level Media

  • White Sox place C Castillo on concussion list
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, May 25, 2019

    The Chicago White Sox placed catcher Welington Castillo on the seven-day concussion list Saturday and promoted catcher Seby Zavala from Triple-A Charlotte.

    • Castillo left in the eighth inning of Friday's 11-4 loss in Minnesota after taking two foul tips off his mask.

      Castillo, 32, is batting just .176 with three homers and 10 RBIs in 26 games this season.

      Zavala, 25, is set to make his major league debut. He has appeared in 360 games in the minors since the White Sox drafted him in the 12th round in 2015 out of San Diego State.

      Zavala is batting .218 with six homers and 18 RBIs in 21 games this season at Charlotte.

      --Field Level Media

  • Athletics DFA veteran reliever Rodney
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, May 25, 2019

    The Oakland Athletics designated struggling right-hander Fernando Rodney for assignment on Saturday.

    • Rodney had a 9.42 ERA during 17 appearances this season. Opponents batted .345 against him in 14 1/3 innings.

      The 42-year-old Rodney ranks 18th in major league history with 325 saves. He is 48-68 with a 3.79 ERA in 913 career appearances since 2002.

      Oakland exercised a $5.25 million club option for 2019 on Rodney in the offseason. But he turned out to be a major disappointment during his 17th season.

      "I had a very good time," Rodney told the San Francisco Chronicle. "It's a very good group of people here, good teammates. I think it's best for me and the organization, too, because I haven't had too many chances to pitch and help the team."

      Oakland was the 10th major league team Rodney has pitched for, and the two-time All-Star saved more than 35 games in five different seasons. He led the American League with 48 in 2014 for the Seattle Mariners.

      Left-hander Wei-Chung Wang was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas to fill the roster opening.

      Wang, 27, is 1-1 with a 3.75 ERA in 16 appearances at Las Vegas. He made 22 appearances for the Milwaukee Brewers (2014, 2017) and has an 11.09 ERA in the majors.

      --Field Level Media

  • D-backs recall RHP Clarke, DFA C Murphy
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, May 25, 2019

    The Arizona Diamondbacks recalled right-hander Taylor Clarke from Triple-A Reno and designated catcher John Ryan Murphy for assignment.

    • Clarke, 26, was brought up to start Saturday's game at San Francisco. He is 0-1 with a 2.00 ERA and one save in two appearances for Arizona this season.

      Clarke posted a 3-1 record with a 7.22 ERA in seven starts at Reno.

      Murphy, 28, is batting just .177 with four homers and seven RBIs in 25 games this season.

      Murphy was designated as Diamondbacks ace Zack Greinke's personal catcher before the start of the season, and the right-hander is off to a strong start at 6-2 with a 2.89 ERA in 11 starts.

      --Field Level Media

  • Veteran sportswriter Fraley dies at 64
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, May 25, 2019

    Gerry Fraley, a veteran sportswriter who covered the Texas Rangers for three decades, passed away on Saturday morning after a lengthy cancer battle.

    • He was 64.

      Fraley spent the bulk of his career covering sports for the Dallas Morning News, taking up the Rangers beat in 1989.

      "He covered this sport with a passion and intensity second to none," a statement from the Rangers read. "He was as thorough as any writer in the game as was evidenced in his numerous contacts with players, coaches, baseball executives and scouts, and umpires."

      "He continued to cover the Rangers with the same dedication and work ethic in the last two years despite battling a very aggressive illness. That was true up to the day he wrote his final Rangers' game story on May 5. The courage that he exhibited during this time was admired by all."

      Fraley covered the Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves before joining the Dallas Morning News.

      He is survived by his wife Stephanie and sons Tyson and Sam.

      --Field Level Media

  • Phillies place reliever Neshek (shoulder) on IL
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, May 25, 2019

    The Philadelphia Phillies placed right-handed reliever Pat Neshek on the 10-day injured list Saturday with a right shoulder strain.

    • Neshek, 38, is 0-1 with three saves and a 4.67 ERA in 19 bullpen appearances this season. The move is retroactive to Friday.

      The Phillies also transferred right-hander David Robertson to the 60-day injured list and called up right-hander J.D. Hammer from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

      Robertson, 34, has been sidelined since mid-April with a Grade 1 flexor strain in his right elbow. He is 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA in 6 2/3 innings of relief this season.

      Hammer, 24, will make his major league debut whenever he takes the mound.

      Hammer made his Triple-A debut on Wednesday, striking out three batters in two perfect innings against Syracuse. He earned the victory in Lehigh Valley's 6-4 win.

      Hammer was 1-0 with two saves and a 1.77 ERA in 13 appearances at Double-A Reading earlier this season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Giants call up Yastrzemski's grandson
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, May 25, 2019

    The San Francisco Giants called up outfielder Mike Yastrzemski, grandson of Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski, before Saturday's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

    • The 28-year-old will make his major league debut after more than 700 games over six-plus seasons in the minors.

      In a corresponding move, the Giants designated outfielder Mac Williamson for assignment. He batted .118 with one homer and seven RBIs in 15 games this season.

      Yastrzemski is batting .316 with 12 homers, 25 RBIs and 38 runs in 40 games this season at Triple-A Sacramento.

      He was in the Baltimore Orioles' farm system from 2013 through this March, when the Giants acquired him in a trade for right-hander Tyler Herb.

      Carl Yastrzemski was an 18-time All-Star, three-time batting champion and the 1967 American League Most Valuable Player during a 23-year career with the Boston Red Sox (1961-83). "Yaz" was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1989.

      --Field Level Media

  • Astros' Springer hurts hamstring, likely to land on IL
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, May 25, 2019

    American League home run and RBI leader George Springer probably is headed to the injured list after hurting his left hamstring Friday, Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch said.

    • Springer pulled up on an unsuccessful attempt to run down an eighth-inning foul ball off the bat of the Boston Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts in Houston.

      Springer limped out of the game, and Tony Kemp took his place.

      After the Astros closed out a 4-3 win, Hinch said of Springer, "We'll get him evaluated. I'm not looking forward to the diagnosis, to be honest. It doesn't look very good. He never pulls himself out of a game like that. He was limping from the very beginning. ... Our best team has George Springer in the leadoff spot."

      Springer added, "Going for the ball, giving it as much as I can, and the hamstring locked up. Honestly, don't have anything more than that. Just will have to see what happens and hope for the best. ...

      "It sucks, to be honest. It's hard, but I'll make it through. I've just got to support the team the best way I can."

      After going 0-for-3 with a sacrifice fly on Friday, Springer is batting .308 with 17 homers and 43 RBIs.

      He has a two-homer lead in the AL on teammate Alex Bregman as well as the New York Yankees' Gary Sanchez, the Minnesota Twins' Eddie Rosario and the Texas Rangers' Joey Gallo. Rosario is second in the league with 42 RBIs.

      The 2017 World Series Most Valuable Player, Springer is a two-time All-Star in six major league seasons, all with Houston. He has a career average of .268 with a .359 on-base percentage, a .480 slugging percentage, 138 homers and 373 RBIs in 670 games.

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB roundup: Story walk-off leads Rockies past Orioles
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, May 25, 2019

    Trevor Story hit two home runs, including a two-run, walk-off homer in the ninth inning, and the Colorado Rockies rallied to beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-6 on Friday night in Denver.

    • Nolan Arenado also homered twice for the Rockies, and Scott Oberg (2-0) pitched the ninth to get the win.

      Keon Broxton, Dwight Smith Jr. and Renato Nunez went deep for the Orioles, who have lost seven straight. John Means scattered seven hits over his five innings for Baltimore, giving up three runs.

      Ryan McMahon started the rally in the ninth with a single off Mychal Givens (0-3). One out later, Story homered to right to win it. It was the second walk-off homer of his career.

      Astros 4, Red Sox 3

      Wade Miley worked six strong innings, Jake Marisnick clubbed a home run, and Houston capitalized on spotty defense from visiting Boston in the opener of a three-game series between the last two World Series champions.

      Miley (5-2) was strong early and resilient late, striking out five of his season-high eight batters during his first trip through the Red Sox order.

      In his rematch with Red Sox ace Chris Sale, Miley allowed one run, four hits and two walks on 102 pitches, including 61 strikes. He struck out eight batters. The Red Sox committed three errors behind Sale (1-6), who gave up four runs, two earned, in six innings.

      Diamondbacks 18, Giants 2

      Arizona smashed four home runs and posted its highest run total of the season while snapping a five-game losing streak with a blowout win at San Francisco.

      Ildemaro Vargas went 5-for-6, including a solo home run, as Arizona rapped out 21 hits, tying the franchise record for a nine-inning game. Arizona's other homers were three-run shots, from Adam Jones, Eduardo Escobar and Ketel Marte. Nick Ahmed had three singles, a double and a bases-loaded walk. Jones also had four hits.

      Arizona became the first team to have six consecutive multi-run innings in a game since the Diamondbacks did it against the St. Louis Cardinals on July 27, 2000, according to STATS.

      Rangers 4, Angels 3

      Hunter Pence's two-run single in the seventh inning erased a deficit and lifted Texas to a win over Los Angeles in Anaheim, Calif. It was the Rangers' fifth victory in a row and eighth win in the past nine games.

      Pence, Shin-Soo Choo and Isiah Kiner-Falefa each had two hits in the game while helping send the Angels to their fifth loss in a row.

      Drew Smyly (1-3) threw six innings of three-run ball. Shawn Kelley earned his fifth save of the season, striking out Mike Trout for the final out with a runner on base.

      A's 6, Mariners 2

      Matt Olson and Mark Canha hit back-to-back home runs as Oakland defeated visiting Seattle for its seventh consecutive victory. Stephen Piscotty also homered for the A's, who earned their first win in five meetings with Seattle this season.

      The Mariners, who took their fourth consecutive defeat and lost for the seventh time in eight games, left 15 runners on base.

      Lou Trivino (2-0) earned the victory with a 1 1/3 perfect innings of relief. A's starter Daniel Mengden threw 99 pitches in four innings, allowing one run on five hits with five walks and four strikeouts. He got out of several jams, stranding nine runners on base.

      Dodgers 10, Pirates 2

      David Freese hit a grand slam, and Cody Bellinger cracked his 18th home run as visiting Los Angeles clobbered Pittsburgh in a faceoff of sluggers and early MVP contenders in Bellinger and the Pirates' Josh Bell.

      Bellinger, who entered the game hitting .394, was 1-for-5 with the homer, a two-run shot. Bell, who began the game with a .339 batting average, went 1-for-4 with a double.

      The Dodgers, who have won eight straight games against the Pirates, piled up 13 hits. Los Angeles starter Walker Buehler (5-1) allowed one run and five hits in six innings, with six strikeouts and one walk.

      Reds 6, Cubs 5

      Eugenio Suarez hit a two-run home run in the top of the ninth inning to give visiting Cincinnati its first lead of the game, and the bullpen made it hold for a win against Chicago in the opener of a three-game series.

      Willson Contreras gave the Cubs a 5-4 lead in the eighth with a two-out, pinch-hit RBI single on an 0-2 pitch from David Hernandez (1-2).

      Raisel Iglesias pitched the ninth for his 11th save. Steve Cishek (1-2) was three outs from his fifth save for Chicago, but he walked Joey Votto to start the inning before Suarez hit his towering blast to center.

      Twins 11, White Sox 4

      Eddie Rosario, Miguel Sano and Max Kepler each hit home runs as Minnesota became just the second team in major league history to reach the 100-homer mark in the first 50 games of the season, helping produce a win over Chicago in Minneapolis.

      The Twins, coming in off their second eight-homer game of the season in a 16-7 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday, increased their 2019 total to 101. They joined the 1999 Seattle Mariners (102) as the only teams in major league history to hit the century mark in their first 50 games.

      Minnesota, which improved to a major-league-best 34-16, has scored 300 runs this season and has produced at least 10 runs in a game six times. Jose Berrios (7-2) picked up the victory, overcoming a four-run second inning that saw Chicago bat around. He gave up just the four runs (one earned) in 6 2/3 innings.

      Padres 6, Blue Jays 3

      Hunter Renfroe hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the eighth inning, and visiting San Diego defeated Toronto. Matt Wisler (2-1) pitched one-third of an inning to get the win.

      Toronto reliever Daniel Hudson (3-2) walked Manny Machado with one out in the eighth and threw errantly to second on Eric Hosmer's comebacker to put runners at the corners for Renfroe, who hit his 12th homer this season.

      Robbie Erlin pitched a perfect eighth for the Padres. Craig Stammen came in for the ninth to earn his second save of the season after pitching around a hit batter and striking out one.

      Phillies 6, Brewers 4

      Rhys Hoskins went 2-for-4 with a home run, lifting Philadelphia past host Milwaukee in the opener of a three-game series. Andrew McCutchen and Scott Kingery each added two hits, including an RBI double apiece, to help the Phillies win for the sixth time in eight games.

      Phillies starter Jerad Eickhoff lasted only three innings as he allowed five hits and four runs. Vince Velasquez (2-2) tossed two scoreless innings, and the Philadelphia bullpen blanked Milwaukee for six innings.

      Orlando Arcia and Christian Yelich each homered for the Brewers, who got two hits apiece from Ryan Braun and Yasmani Grandal.

      Braves 5, Cardinals 2

      Dansby Swanson hit two home runs, and Atlanta beat host St. Louis Cardinals 5-2 for their eighth win in 10 games.

      Swanson launched a solo homer in the sixth inning, part of back-to-back home runs with Freddie Freeman. He added a two-run shot to dead center field in the eighth, giving him 10 homers this season and three over his past three games.

      The two-homer game was Swanson's first since August 2018 at Pittsburgh. The consecutive homers by Freeman and Swanson marked the second time in three days the Braves have gone back-to-back.

      Tigers 9, Mets 8

      JaCoby Jones collected a career-high four RBIs, when his two-run double in the seventh inning gave visiting Detroit the lead for good in a wild win over New York.

      The Tigers snapped a nine-game losing streak and ended the Mets' four-game winning streak. Jones, who also had a two-run homer in the second, entered Friday with three career three-RBI games.

      His go-ahead double off Drew Gagnon (3-1) provided the final lead change in a hectic sequence in which the Mets took the lead three times and the Tigers tied the score twice between the fourth and sixth. Buck Farmer (3-3) earned the win despite allowing one run in the sixth.

      Indians 3, Rays 1

      Roberto Perez's infield single plated the go-ahead run with two outs in the eighth inning as host Cleveland snapped a season-high four-game losing skid with a victory over Tampa Bay.

      Jordan Luplow belted a solo homer, and Shane Bieber struck out 10 in a no-decision for the Indians, who evened their four-game series with Tampa Bay at one victory apiece.

      Avisail Garcia had an RBI single in the first inning, and Tommy Pham doubled to extend his hitting streak to 10 games for the Rays, who have dropped three of their past five games.

      Nationals 12, Marlins 10

      Juan Soto and Matt Adams hit back-to-back homers in the eighth inning to lift Washington to victory over visiting Miami, snapping a five-game losing streak.

      With Washington trailing 9-8, Adam Eaton and Anthony Rendon walked with one out against Nick Anderson (1-2) before Tayron Guerrero came on to face Soto, who lifted a three-run shot to left center on a 100 mph fastball. Adams followed with his 100th career homer to right-center.

      The Marlins had taken the lead on Starlin Castro's single in the top of the eighth. Eaton and Anthony Rendon also homered for Washington.

      Yankees at Royals, ppd.

      Kansas City's scheduled home game against New York Yankees was postponed Friday due to the expectation of heavy rains in the evening.

      The teams will make up the contest as part of a day-night doubleheader on Saturday.

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB notebook: Athletics' Davis lands on IL
    By Field Level Media / Friday, May 24, 2019

    The Oakland Athletics placed designated hitter Khris Davis on the 10-day injured list on Friday, retroactive to May 22, because of a left hip/oblique injury.

    • In a corresponding move, they recalled outfielder Skye Bolt from Triple-A Las Vegas.

      Davis sustained the injury in Pittsburgh on May 5 and has been in and out of the lineup, playing in seven of the 15 games since then. The seven-year veteran led the majors with 48 home runs last season and is hitting .248 with 12 homers and 29 RBIs this season.

      Bolt, 25, made his major league debut with the A's during three games in Pittsburgh from May 3-5. He was sent back to Las Vegas on May 7 and is batting .311 with six home runs and 30 RBIs in 34 games in Triple-A.

      --The Arizona Diamondbacks placed left fielder David Peralta on the 10-day injured list due to a right shoulder injury. The move is retroactive to Wednesday.

      Arizona recalled Kevin Cron -- the minor league leader with 21 homers -- and outfielder Tim Locastro from Triple-A Reno. The Diamondbacks also optioned right-hander Jimmie Sherfy to Reno.

      Peralta, 31, is batting .309 with seven homers and 30 RBIs in 46 games. Cron, 26, has never played in a major league game despite hitting more than 20 homers in five straight seasons. He is the younger brother of Minnesota Twins first baseman C.J. Cron.

      --The New York Mets agreed to a minor league deal with veteran right-hander Ervin Santana, and multiple reports indicated outfielder Matt Kemp also signed a similar deal.

      Santana went 0-2 with a 9.45 ERA for the Chicago White Sox earlier this season. He served up six homers in just 13 1/3 innings before being designated for assignment. After clearing waivers, Santana chose to become a free agent. The 36-year-old still must pass a physical to make the deal official.

      Kemp, 34, started the season with Cincinnati and was released on May 5 after batting .200 with one homer and five RBIs.

      --Field Level Media

  • Diamondbacks place LF Peralta on IL
    By Field Level Media / Friday, May 24, 2019

    The Arizona Diamondbacks placed left fielder David Peralta on the 10-day injured list Friday due to a right shoulder injury.

    • The move is retroactive to Wednesday.

      Arizona recalled Kevin Cron -- the minor league leader with 21 homers -- and outfielder Tim Locastro from Triple-A Reno. The Diamondbacks also optioned right-hander Jimmie Sherfy to Reno.

      Peralta, 31, is batting .309 with seven homers and 30 RBIs in 46 games. Last season, he established career highs of 30 homers and 87 RBIs.

      Cron, 26, has never played in a major league game despite hitting more than 20 homers in five straight seasons. He was batting .339 with an .800 slugging percentage and 62 RBIs in 44 games at Reno this season.

      Cron is the younger brother of Minnesota Twins first baseman C.J. Cron.

      Locastro, 26, was batting .330 with eight homers and 16 RBIs in 24 games at Reno. He was 4-for-17 (.235) in 12 games for Arizona earlier this season.

      Locastro is 6-for-29 (.207) overall in 33 big league games.

      Sherfy, 27, has a 1.08 ERA in four games for the Diamondbacks this season. In 30 major league appearances, he is 2-0 with a 1.02 ERA.

      Sherfy was 0-1 with a 1.32 in 13 games at Reno earlier this season.

      The Diamondbacks, who play at the San Francisco Giants on Friday, have scored only 12 runs while losing their past five games.

      --Field Level Media

  • A's place slugger Davis (hip/oblique) on IL
    By Field Level Media / Friday, May 24, 2019

    The Oakland Athletics on Friday placed designated hitter Khris Davis on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to May 22, because of a left hip/oblique injury.

    • In a corresponding move, they recalled outfielder Skye Bolt from Triple-A Las Vegas.

      Davis sustained the injury in Pittsburgh on May 5 and has been in and out of the lineup, playing in seven of the 15 games since then.

      The seven-year veteran led the majors with 48 home runs last season and is hitting .248 with 12 homers and 29 RBIs this season. He's a career .248 hitter with 205 homers and 526 RBIs in 818 games.

      Bolt, 25, made his major league debut with the A's during three games in Pittsburgh from May 3-5. He was sent back to Las Vegas on May 7 and is batting .311 with six home runs and 30 RBIs in 34 games in Triple-A.

      --Field Level Media

  • Mets agree to deal with Santana, reportedly add Kemp
    By Field Level Media / Friday, May 24, 2019

    The New York Mets agreed to a minor league deal with veteran right-hander Ervin Santana on Friday, and multiple reports indicated outfielder Matt Kemp also signed a similar deal.

    • Santana struggled with the Chicago White Sox earlier this season, going 0-2 with a 9.45 ERA in three starts. He served up six homers in just 13 1/3 innings before being designated for assignment.

      After clearing waivers, Santana chose to become a free agent. The 36-year-old still must pass a physical to make the deal official.

      Santana was an American League All-Star for the Minnesota Twins in 2017 when he went 16-8 with a 3.28 ERA and three shutouts in 33 starts.

      An injury to his right middle finger, however, sabotaged his 2018 campaign as he went 0-1 with an 8.03 ERA in five starts.

      Overall, Santana is 149-127 with a 4.09 ERA in 387 appearances (384 starts) over 15 seasons with the Los Angeles Angels (2005-12), Kansas City Royals (2013), Atlanta Braves (2014), Twins (2015-18) and White Sox.

      Kemp, 34, started the season with Cincinnati and was released on May 5 after batting .200 with one homer and five RBIs.

      He played for the Los Angeles Dodgers (2006-14, 2018), San Diego Padres (2015-16) and Atlanta Braves (2016-17).

      His best season came in 2011, when he slugged 39 home runs, drove in 126 and scored 115 runs. He finished second in Most Valuable Player voting. He appeared in three All-Star games.

      For his career, he has 281 home runs and 1,010 RBIs.

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: Jays to call up Biggio on Friday
    By Field Level Media / Friday, May 24, 2019

    The Toronto Blue Jays will call up second base prospect Cavan Biggio, son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, for the first time on Friday, multiple media outlets reported Thursday night.

    • Cavan Biggio, 24, is hitting .306 with six homers and 26 RBIs in 41 games with Triple-A Buffalo this season, easily his best campaign in three-plus years in the minor leagues since being drafted by Toronto in the fifth round in 2016.

      He will join fellow hot prospect and son of a Hall of Famer Vladimir Guerrero Jr. in Toronto, marking the first time a team will have multiple sons of Hall of Famers in the majors at once in MLB history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

      The Blue Jays host the San Diego Padres on Friday.

      Craig Biggio, 53, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2015, after a 20-year career with the Houston Astros in which he made seven All-Star teams and won four Gold Gloves.

      In corresponding moves, the Jays will reportedly call up infielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and send outfielder Billy McKinney and infielder Richard Urena to Buffalo.

      --Field Level Media