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  • MLB notebook: Pirates' Vazquez faces additional charges
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, September 18, 2019

    Pittsburgh Pirates closer Felipe Vazquez told police he made sexual contact with a 13-year-old girl, and he now faces additional charges in Pennsylvania, authorities said.

    • On Tuesday, Vazquez was arrested in relation to charges in Florida, where the girl and her family now live. But a criminal complaint released Wednesday in Pennsylvania shows charges have been added there, including multiple felonies.

      Police said Vazquez, 28, admitted he attempted to have sex with the girl in a Pennsylvania driveway in 2017 but was unable to have intercourse. According to the complaint, Vazquez described it as "sex but not really."

      The girl is now 16, and her mother called authorities after finding photos that Vazquez allegedly sent to her daughter electronically. In all, Vazquez faces charges that include statutory sexual assault, unlawful contact with a minor and indecent assault. A two-time All-Star, Vazquez has been placed on administrative league by Major League Baseball.

      --The Drug Enforcement Administration is working to find the source of the drugs that Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs took before he died, ESPN's "Outside the Lines" reported.

      Skaggs, 27, was found dead in his Southlake, Texas, hotel room on July 1 when the Angels were in town to play the Texas Rangers. His autopsy revealed he had oxycodone, fentanyl and ethanol in his system. Fentanyl is a powerful opioid, and the DEA typically joins investigations when fentanyl is involved to try to find the source, ESPN reported.

      When the medical examiner's office released the autopsy report on Aug. 30, Skaggs' family issued a statement that potentially implicated a team employee in his death. No team employee, however, has been tied publicly to the case.

      --With the Red Sox all but eliminated from playoff contention, left-hander David Price won't pitch again in 2019, Boston manager Alex Cora said.

      Price struggled with injuries this season, dealing with left elbow tendinitis, and more recently, a cyst on his left wrist. Price, 34, finishes the season with a 7-5 record and a 4.28 ERA -- almost a full run over his 3.31 career ERA.

      "We need this guy healthy and ready to go (in the future)," Cora said. "I think it's the best move for the player and for the organization."

      --Houston Astros right-hander Aaron Sanchez will miss part of the 2020 season due to shoulder surgery, manager A.J. Hinch told reporters.

      Sanchez underwent surgery on his throwing shoulder last week, and Hinch cited rehabilitation and recovery as factors for why the 27-year-old won't be ready for Opening Day.

      Sanchez last pitched for the Astros on Aug. 20. He was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays at the trade deadline on July 31. He went 5-14 with a 5.89 ERA in 27 starts this year, including a 2-0 mark and 4.82 ERA in four starts after the deal to Houston.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: DEA joins investigation into Skaggs' death
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, September 18, 2019

    The Drug Enforcement Administration is working to find the source of the drugs that Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs took before he died, ESPN's "Outside the Lines" reported on Wednesday.

    • Skaggs, 27, was found dead in his Southlake, Texas, hotel room on July 1 when the Angels were in town to play the Texas Rangers. His autopsy revealed he had oxycodone, fentanyl and ethanol in his system.

      Fentanyl is a powerful opioid, and the DEA typically joins investigations when fentanyl is involved to try to find the source, ESPN reported.

      MLB deputy commissioner Dan Halem declined to comment on the report, but Angels spokeswoman Marie Garvey told ESPN, "We continue to cooperate with law enforcement on this important matter."

      When the medical examiner's office released the autopsy report on Aug. 30, Skaggs' family issued a statement that potentially implicated a team employee in his death. No team employee, however, has been tied publicly to the case.

      --Field Level Media

  • Astros RHP Sanchez to miss part of 2020 season
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, September 18, 2019

    Houston Astros right-hander Aaron Sanchez will miss part of the 2020 season due to shoulder surgery, manager A.J. Hinch told reporters on Wednesday.

    • Sanchez underwent surgery on his throwing shoulder last week, and Hinch cited rehabilitation and recovery as factors for why the 27-year-old won't be ready for Opening Day.

      Sanchez last pitched for the Astros on Aug. 20 with the club first indicating he had an injured right pectoral muscle.

      Sanchez was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays at the trading deadline on July 31. He went 5-14 with a 5.89 ERA in 27 starts, including a 2-0 mark and 4.82 ERA in four starts after the deal to Houston.

      Sanchez pitched the first six innings of a combined no-hitter in his Houston debut on Aug. 3. Relievers Will Harris, Joe Biagini and Chris Devenski completed the gem.

      --Field Level Media

  • Red Sox pull plug on LHP Price's season
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, September 18, 2019

    With the Red Sox all but eliminated from playoff contention, left-hander David Price won't pitch again in 2019, Boston manager Alex Cora said Wednesday.

    • Price struggled with injuries this season, dealing with left elbow tendinitis, and more recently, a cyst on his left wrist.

      "I think it's a head-start to next year," Cora told reporters. "It's the smart thing to do.

      "If we were one game up or in the hunt, he'd probably be pitching out of the bullpen like in '17. Where we're at and how important he is, it's better off moving forward and getting him right."

      The Red Sox entered their Wednesday night home game against the San Francisco Giants with an elimination number of three: three losses, three Tampa Bay wins or any combination will knock the 2018 World Series champs out of postseason contention.

      Price, 34, finishes the season with a 7-5 record and a 4.28 ERA -- almost a full run over his 3.31 career ERA.

      "We need this guy healthy and ready to go," Cora said. "I think it's the best move for the player and for the organization."

      A 12-year veteran, Price has a career record of 150-80 and has thrown 2,029 2/3 innings.

      Price has three years and $96 million remaining on a seven-year, $217 million deal he signed with the Red Sox after the 2015 season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Pirates' Vazquez faces additional sex-related charges
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, September 18, 2019

    Pittsburgh Pirates closer Felipe Vazquez told police he made sexual contact with a 13-year-old girl and now faces additional charges in Pennsylvania, authorities said.

    • On Tuesday, Vazquez was arrested in relation to charges in Florida, where the girl and her family now live. But a criminal complaint released Wednesday in Pennsylvania shows charges have been added there, including multiple felonies.

      Police said Vazquez, 28, admitted he attempted to have sex with the girl in a Pennsylvania driveway in 2017 but physically was unable to fully penetrate her in intercourse. According to the complaint, Vazquez described it as "sex but not really."

      He said he left her home after his attempts because he had a game. They continued to exchange nude photos and videos, police said.

      The girl is now 16, and her mother called authorities after finding photos that Vazquez allegedly sent to her daughter electronically.

      In all, Vazquez faces charges that include statutory sexual assault, unlawful contact with a minor and indecent assault.

      Major League Baseball placed Vazquez, a two-time All-Star, on administrative league after the arrest.

      He is being held in a Pennsylvania jail without bail, pending his arraignment.

      Pennsylvania state trooper Stephen Limani said Vazquez is being investigated in regards to only this girl.

      "When it comes to cases like this you always get concerned there may be someone else out there," Limani said. "In this particular instance we only have one report. We are following through with that one report."

      He said police believe Vazquez had physical sexual contact with the girl only once though they stayed in contact.

      The left-hander is 5-1 with a 1.65 ERA and 28 saves in 56 appearances for the Pirates this season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Yankees OF Stanton set to return to starting lineup
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, September 18, 2019

    New York Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton was activated from the 60-day injured list Wednesday and is in the starting lineup for their home game against the Los Angeles Angels.

    • Stanton, who has appeared in just nine games this season due to multiple injuries, was scheduled to bat fifth and start in left field.

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      Stanton last appeared June 25 before spraining his right knee. That game was just his sixth since returning from a 2 1/2-month stint on the injured list.

      With his return Wednesday, Stanton can help the Yankees clinch their first American League East title since 2012. A win Wednesday or loss by the Tampa Bay Rays will earn them the spot.

      Stanton, 29, played in the season's first three games before landing on the IL on April due to a left biceps strain. He subsequently was slowed by left shoulder and left calf ailments before returning to action June 18.

      With the Yankees on their way to the playoffs, the team plans to work Stanton back into action gradually.

      "I may build him up a little bit," manager Aaron Boone said on Tuesday. "He could play a handful of innings and I might pull him, things like that, especially with rosters being what you have here in the month of September."

      Stanton, a four-time All-Star, entered Wednesday batting .290 (9-for-31) with one homer and seven RBIs this season. The 2017 National League MVP has a .268 career average with 306 homers and 779 RBIs in 1,153 games for the Florida/Miami Marlins (2010-17) and the Yankees (2018-19).

      Also Wednesday, the Yankees placed right-handed reliever Dellin Betances on the 60-day injured list with a partial tear of his left Achilles' tendon, and the team claimed right-hander Ryan Dull off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays.

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB roundup: Twins make homer history in wild win
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, September 18, 2019

    Ronald Torreyes was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the 12th inning to drive in the winning run, and Miguel Sano hit his 30th home run of the season to lead the Minnesota Twins to a record-setting 9-8 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday in Minneapolis.

    • Torreyes was struck on his right forearm by a 1-1 pitch by Jose Ruiz (1-4), the sixth Minnesota batter to reach base in the inning. Gonzalez, who finished 3-for-6, had tied the game earlier in the inning with a two-run single.

      Ryan LaMarre also homered on a night when the Twins became the first team in baseball history to have five players hit 30 home runs in a season. Sano joined Nelson Cruz (37), Max Kepler (36), Eddie Rosario (31) and Mitch Garver (30) in the 30-homer club with a 482-foot drive into the third deck in left-center.

      Tim Anderson homered and had four hits, Eloy Jimenez had three hits, and Ryan Cordell, Zack Collins and Adam Engel also homered for Chicago, which lost its fourth straight game, three of them in walk-off fashion.

      Giants 7, Red Sox 6 (15 innings)

      Pinch hitter Alex Dickerson lofted a sacrifice fly in the top of the 15th inning to send San Francisco past host Boston.

      Dickerson's fly ball decided a game that featured a major-league-record-tying 24 pitchers used between the two clubs. Dereck Rodriguez (6-9), the 13th pitcher for the Giants, earned the win, pitching a scoreless 14th inning and then working around a walk and a single in the 15th.

      The Giants tied the major league record for most pitchers used in a game, matching the number the Colorado Rockies used in a 16-inning win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sept. 15, 2015. That same Rockies-Dodgers game also set a record for most overall pitchers used, 24, which Boston and San Francisco matched as well.

      Astros 4, Rangers 1

      Justin Verlander worked six shutout innings to earn his 19th win, and Alex Bregman and Yordan Alvarez hit back-to-back home runs as host Houston inched closer to securing a postseason berth with a victory over Texas.

      Verlander (19-6) allowed four hits and two walks while recording eight strikeouts. He improved his season strikeout total to 283, seven shy of his single-season high set last year, while bumping his career mark to 2,989 strikeouts. Verlander could soon become the 18th pitcher in history with 3,000 K's.

      The Astros kept pace with the New York Yankees for the best record in the majors, each with 99 wins. Houston can clinch a third consecutive postseason bid with a win Wednesday against Texas.

      Yankees 8, Angels 0

      Luis Severino pitched four innings in his season debut, and Gleyber Torres highlighted a six-run fourth with a three-run homer as New York began its final homestand with a shutout victory over Los Angeles.

      The Yankees lowered their magic number to clinch their first AL East title since 2012 to one.

      Severino allowed two singles while facing 15 hitters after missing New York's first 151 games due to right rotator cuff inflammation. He struck out four, walked two and threw 47 of 67 pitches for strikes.

      Nationals 6, Cardinals 2

      Howie Kendrick had a home run among his three hits, Patrick Corbin pitched six strong innings, and visiting Washington defeated St. Louis.

      Kendrick also had a triple, a single and a walk, and Victor Robles added two RBI singles for the Nationals, who improved to 7-9 in September.

      Corbin (13-7) allowed two runs, both unearned, on five hits. He struck out 11 and walked four. After Fernando Rodney threw a shutout inning, Daniel Hudson pitched two scoreless innings for his fourth save.

      Brewers 3, Padres 1

      Mike Moustakas hit a tiebreaking homer in the seventh inning as Milwaukee beat visiting San Diego for its 11th win in 12 games.

      After the Cubs lost to the Cincinnati Reds later Tuesday, Milwaukee is now tied with Chicago in the race for the NL's second wild-card spot with both teams two games back of the first-place St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central. The Padres have lost six straight.

      Brandon Woodruff, making his first big league appearance since he sustained a left oblique injury July 21, started for the Brewers and struck out four over two hitless innings. Matt Albers (8-5) earned the win despite allowing Hunter Renfroe's game-tying homer in the top of the seventh.

      Reds 4, Cubs 2

      Sonny Gray pitched 6 2/3 strong innings, and rookie Aristides Aquino smacked a two-run home run to help visiting Cincinnati snap Chicago's five-game winning streak.

      Gray (11-7) limited the Cubs to two runs and four hits with three walks and nine strikeouts. Raisel Iglesias struck out two in a perfect ninth inning for his 32nd save.

      Yu Darvish (6-7) yielded four runs on six hits in seven innings with one walk and 13 strikeouts, giving him 27 strikeouts over his past two starts covering 13 innings. Darvish struck out eight successive batters from the second through fourth innings, a single-game franchise record.

      Dodgers 7, Rays 5

      Corey Seager hit a pair of two-run doubles, including the go-ahead hit in the seventh inning, as Los Angeles put together a victory over visiting Tampa Bay, whose wild-card advantage narrowed to one-half game over Cleveland.

      Seager hit a ground-rule double to score a pair of runs in the fifth inning and hit a ball into left-center to bring home the first two runs in a five-run seventh. He has 18 RBIs in his past 13 games.

      The Dodgers won while making a late change to their pitching plan. Ross Stripling was scheduled to start but came on in the fourth instead to pitch two innings as Los Angeles worked on a strategy it might use in the playoffs. Kenta Maeda (10-8) earned the victory, and Kenley Jansen got the last four outs for his 30th save.

      Phillies 5, Braves 4

      Journeyman Jose Pirela's first homer of the season capped a five-run fourth inning and helped Philadelphia win at Atlanta.

      The Phillies trailed 2-0 before erupting against Dallas Keuchel in the fourth. Rhys Hoskins started it with a two-run, opposite-field homer, his 29th. Cesar Hernandez added an RBI groundout, and Pirela followed with a two-run shot.

      Leading 5-3, Philadelphia withstood a ninth-inning rally. Hector Neris gave up a leadoff homer to Adam Duvall, and Atlanta got the tying run to third base when Ronald Acuna Jr. walked, stole second and went to third on a groundout. However, Neris struck out Josh Donaldson and retired Nick Markakis on a pop fly to earn his 27th save.

      Mets 6, Rockies 1

      Rookie Pete Alonso hit his majors-leading 48th home run, one of three home runs New York hit in the sixth inning in defeating Colorado in Denver.

      Amed Rosario and Brandon Nimmo also went deep to help the Mets end a two-game skid and pull to within four games of the second NL wild-card spot, currently shared by Chicago and Milwaukee.

      Marcus Stroman (9-13) tossed seven shutout innings, allowing just four hits and a walk while fanning seven. Rosario and Alonso had two hits and two RBIs apiece.

      A's 2, Royals 1

      Matt Olson ignited a two-run seventh inning with a home run, and Seth Brown broke a tie with an RBI double two batters later as host Oakland rallied past Kansas City.

      Brown finished with a single and a double for the A's, who have won seven of eight and lead the race for the first American League wild card by two games over the Rays.

      Rookie A.J. Puk (2-0) got the win after pitching two scoreless innings. Joakim Soria and Liam Hendriks (23rd save) retired all six Royals they faced, striking out four, to preserve the lead over the final two innings.

      Indians 7, Tigers 2

      Rookie Oscar Mercado belted a solo homer to highlight his fourth straight multi-hit performance as host Cleveland continued its mastery of Detroit.

      Jordan Luplow and Roberto Perez each drove in a pair of runs, and Yasiel Puig added an RBI single for the Indians, who defeated Detroit for the 15th straight time and the 16th time in 17 meetings this season.

      Adam Plutko (7-4) allowed two runs on four hits in six innings. He fanned six while walking one.

      Blue Jays 8, Orioles 5

      Justin Smoak hit a tiebreaking homer to lead off the top of the ninth inning, and Cavan Biggio later completed his cycle with a two-run triple that helped Toronto defeat host Baltimore.

      Mychal Givens (2-6) came on to pitch for the Orioles in the ninth, and Smoak belted his homer to right on the second pitch. Biggio tripled with two outs to drive in two more and give the Jays a 7-4 lead. Toronto scored four overall in the ninth.

      Biggio became the first Toronto player to hit for the cycle since 2001, finishing 4-for-5 with four RBIs and three runs.

      Mariners 6, Pirates 0

      Marco Gonzales pitched seven scoreless innings, and Seattle homered three times in defeating host Pittsburgh.

      Gonzales (16-11) extended his career best for wins in a season. He combined with Sam Tuivailala and Reggie McClain (one inning each) on an eight-hit shutout.

      Gonzales gave up six hits, struck out four and walked none. He also doubled and scored in a rare chance to hit in a National League park. Omar Narvaez and Shed Long each hit a solo homer and an RBI single for Seattle.

      Marlins 12, Diamondbacks 6

      Miguel Rojas had a career-high six RBIs and four hits, including three of Miami's season-high eight doubles, and Bryan Holaday had three hits, including a homer, in the Marlins' comeback victory over Arizona in Phoenix.

      Austin Dean had three hits (two doubles), scored three runs and drove in two, and Jon Berti, Isan Diaz and Martin Prado had two hits apiece for the Marlins. Miami catcher Jorge Alfaro left in the second inning after sustaining a left hand contusion when he was struck by Ildemaro Vargas' backswing in the first.

      Christian Walker had three hits and two RBIs for the Diamondbacks, and Ketel Marte had two hits before leaving with back stiffness.

      --Field Level Media

  • Like father, like son: Jays' Biggio hits for cycle
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, September 17, 2019

    Toronto Blue Jays rookie Cavan Biggio followed in his father's footsteps as he hit for the cycle Tuesday night against the Baltimore Orioles.

    • Biggio, 24, accomplished the feat in his 89th big league game as he homered in the third inning, singled in the sixth, doubled in the eighth and tripled in the ninth. He grinned as he sprinted toward third base after belting a line drive off the wall in left-center field in his final at-bat.

      Biggio's father, Craig Biggio, hit for the cycle on April 8, 2002, for the Houston Astros against the Colorado Rockies.

      The Biggios became the second father-son duo to hit for the cycle. The Ward family was the first to reach that milestone as Gary Ward hit for the cycle on Sept. 18, 1980, for the Minnesota Twins and Daryle Ward followed suit on May 26, 2004, for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

      The younger Biggio became the third Blue Jays player to hit for the cycle. The others are Kelly Gruber on April 16, 1989, and Jeff Frye on Aug. 17, 2001.

      --Field Level Media

  • Sano makes Twins first team with five 30-HR hitters
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, September 17, 2019

    Miguel Sano added another chapter to the Minnesota Twins' record-setting season for home runs when he hit his 30th on Tuesday night against the Chicago White Sox in Minneapolis.

    • Sano's three-run blast to left-center field off Chicago lefty Ross Detwiler in the third inning made him the fifth Twins player to hit 30 this year. It's the first time a team has had that many 30-homer hitters in a single season.

      The Twins, who began the night with 287 home runs as a team, one better than the New York Yankees, are led by Nelson Cruz with 37 home runs, followed by Max Kepler (36), Eddie Rosario (31), Mitch Garver (30) and Sano.

      It has been a decade since any team had even four players with 30 home runs in a season, when the 2009 Philadelphia Phillies got 45 from Ryan Howard, 36 from Jayson Werth, 34 from Raul Ibanez and 31 from Chase Utley.

      Before this year, the most recent time an AL team boasted four players with 30 home runs was the 2006 Chicago White Sox, featuring Jermaine Dye (44 homers), Jim Thome (42), Paul Konerko (35) and Joe Crede (30).

      Minnesota already set a record this season by having eight players with 20 home runs. And the Twins and the Yankees have surpassed the old single-season team record of 267 established by the Yankees last year.

      The Twins are closing in on the American League Central title, entering play Tuesday holding a five-lead over the Cleveland Indians with 12 games to go.

      --Field Level Media

  • Dodgers OF Verdugo to miss NLDS
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, September 17, 2019

    Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has one less decision to make when it comes to filling out his National League Division Series roster, but given the reason, he likely wishes it was a choice he still had.

    • Dodgers rookie outfielder Alex Verdugo will miss the NLDS with a sore back, an injury he suffered while rehabbing from an oblique injury that sidelined him in early August. The club is hopeful he could potentially return for the NL Championship Series if it advances.

      ESPN reported the news, which had been widely reported as a likelihood in the last week, and Verdugo confirmed it while speaking with reporters before Tuesday night's home game against Tampa Bay.

      "It's actually extremely disappointing," Verdugo told reporters. "I love to play. It's my happy place. I've always been like that, even when I was a kid. No matter what happened outside the field, I could go out there, in between the lines, and nothing mattered. It was just go out there and play and have fun. That part, yeah, I miss it a lot. It's tough. I miss the daily grind of the guys, coming in with them every single day. It's hard. I love this game."

      Tuesday night is Verdugo bobblehead night at Dodger Stadium, so the club flew him in from his rehab assignment in Arizona to be at the stadium.

      Verdugo, 23, is batting .294 with 12 home runs, 44 RBIs and 43 runs scored this season, adding stellar defensive play in the outfield.

      The Dodgers are expected to have A.J. Pollock and Cody Bellinger as everyday outfielders in the playoffs, with a potential platoon of Joc Pederson, Enrique Hernandez and Chris Taylor in the other outfield slot -- though Hernandez and Taylor can also play the infield.

      Another postseason question mark, the fourth starter, could get murkier for the Dodgers, as well.

      Roberts said an MRI exam on 39-year-old Rich Hill's knee revealed an injury similar to an MCL strain in his knee, leaving the manager to say he will get "a little unconventional" with his fourth starter. Clayton Kershaw, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Walker Buehler are expected to start the first three games of the playoffs.

      --Field Level Media

  • Yankees RHP Betances (Achilles) out for season
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, September 17, 2019

    New York Yankees reliever Dellin Betances has a partial tear of his left Achilles tendon and is out for the year, manager Aaron Boone told reporters Tuesday night.

    • The powerful right-hander sustained the injury Sunday during Betances' season debut, Boone said. The team learned the severity of the injury when Betances underwent testing on Tuesday.

      "When he jumped on the mound the other day, I think he came down a little awkwardly, and I don't think he thought anything of it," Boone said. "When he came in today, he was sore, kind of going through some tests. He couldn't do some things like kind of getting up on his tip toe on it, so we're going to go hold him out. Then we decided let's go make sure we get some imaging on this, and then it revealed the partial tear."

      Surgery is not recommended but could be possible down the road, according to Boone.

      "So obviously heartbroken for Dellin, and knowing him working so hard to get back to this point to be a factor for us," the manager said. "To have him successfully debut for us the other day and now this. ... My heart goes out to him."

      The injury marks the latest setback in a trying season for Betances, who struck out the only two batters he faced Sunday at Toronto in his lone appearance of the season. He was returning from shoulder and lat injuries.

      Betances, 31, had hoped to be a key part of a Yankees' postseason run, but now he will head into free agency in the winter in rehab mode. The four-time All-Star has a whopping 621 career strikeouts in 381 2/3 career innings, compiling a 21-22 record with 36 saves in 358 appearances, all but one in relief.

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB notebook: Pirates' Vazquez jailed on lurid charges
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, September 17, 2019

    Pittsburgh Pirates All-Star closer Felipe Vazquez is in police custody on multiple charges, including solicitation of a child, authorities said Tuesday.

    • Vazquez, 28, is being held in the Allegheny County Jail in Pittsburgh awaiting extradition to Lee County, Fla. He was placed on administrative leave and the restricted list by Major League Baseball.

      According the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Vazquez was arrested by the Pennsylvania State Police on a felony warrant and faces one count of computer pornography-solicitation of a child and one count of providing obscene material to minors.

      The Florida agency began investigating Vazquez in August after receiving reports that he had been involved in a sexual relationship with a teenager since she was 13 years old in Lee County, located in southwestern Florida.

      --Outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, who has appeared in just nine games this season due to multiple injuries, figures to be back in the New York Yankees' lineup within the next two days.

      Stanton last appeared June 25 before spraining his right knee. That game was just his sixth since returning from a 2 1/2-month stint on the injured list.

      Regarding Stanton's status, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said, "We'll talk about that tonight with the trainers and with Giancarlo. I'd say there's a chance he could be activated (Wednesday). Otherwise I would certainly expect Thursday."

      --San Francisco Giants outfielder Mike Yastrzemski homered in his first game at Fenway Park, the former home venue of his grandfather, Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski.

      Mike Yastrzemski stepped up with two outs and nobody on in the fourth inning of the Giants' game against the Boston Red Sox and unloaded on a 96 mph fastball from Nathan Eovaldi for a solo shot to deep center, his 20th homer of the season.

      Before the game, Yastrzemski caught up on the field with his grandfather, who played for Boston from 1961-83. In that time, Carl Yastrzemski won an American League MVP, amassed 18 All-Star selections and slugged 452 career home runs among 3,419 hits.

      --Hall of Fame manager Whitey Herzog had a minor stroke Monday during his charity golf tournament, the St. Louis Cardinals announced.

      "Whitey and his family wanted to let everyone know that he has received treatment and is currently resting, and doing well," the Cardinals wrote in a statement. "Whitey is hoping for a quick recovery, and he and his family are very appreciative of the caring support that everyone has shown them."

      Herzog, 87, led the Cardinals to the 1982 World Series championship and guided St. Louis to National League titles in 1985 and 1987, highlighting an 18-year managerial career. The Veterans Committee elected Herzog to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2010.

      --Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis will miss the rest of the season with a broken bone in his right wrist.

      Kipnis left Sunday's game against Minnesota after experiencing discomfort on a swing and miss. On Monday, an MRI revealed a fracture of his hamate bone.

      The 32-year-old veteran batted .245 with 17 homers, 23 doubles, 65 RBIs and 52 runs in 121 games this season.

      --The Philadelphia Phillies, still pushing for the playoffs, put outfielder Corey Dickerson on the 60-day injured list because of fractured left foot.

      Dickerson fouled a ball off the foot on Sept. 4 and played for the following week, but he made his final appearance in a game on Sept. 11. Initial X-rays on the foot had been negative.

      Dickerson, acquired in a trade with Pittsburgh on July 31, hit .293 with eight home runs and 34 RBIs in 34 games for the Phillies. Overall, the 30-year-old batted .304 with 12 homers and 59 RBIs in 78 games this season.

      --Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Brandon Woodruff made his first start since July 21 after the team activated him from the injury list.

      Woodruff, 26, struck out four batters over two scoreless innings against the San Diego Padres. He had been out because of an oblique strain.

      --Field Level Media

  • Stanton close to rejoining Yankees' lineup
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, September 17, 2019

    Outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, who has appeared in just nine games this season due to multiple injuries, figures to be back in the New York Yankees' lineup within the next two days.

    • Stanton last appeared June 25 before spraining his right knee. That game was just his sixth since returning from a 2 1/2-month stint on the injured list.

      Regarding Stanton's status, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Tuesday before his team's game against the visiting Los Angeles Angels, "We'll talk about that tonight with the trainers and with Giancarlo. I'd say there's a chance he could be activated tomorrow. Otherwise I would certainly expect Thursday. We'll sort that all out tonight."

      Stanton, 29, played in the season's first three games before landing on the IL on April due to a left biceps strain. He subsequently was slowed by left shoulder and left calf ailments before returning to action June 18.

      With the Yankees almost certainly playoff-bound, the team can afford to work Stanton back into action gradually.

      "I may build him up a little bit," Boone said. "He could play a handful of innings and I might pull him, things like that, especially with rosters being what you have here in the month of September."

      Boone added of Stanton's rehab, "He's been getting after it, really for a good while now. He's racked up a lot of at-bats, he's done all his defensive work. He's really been bouncing back well the next day, feeling like his knee is where it needs to be. He's been doing his baserunning and all his agility and conditioning. The amount of at-bats that he's been able to rack up has him feeling good about that."

      Stanton, a four-time All-Star, is 9-for-31 (.290) with one homer and seven RBIs this season. The 2017 National League MVP has a .268 career average with 306 homers and 779 RBIs in 1,153 games for the Florida/Miami Marlins (2010-17) and the Yankees (2018-19).

      --Field Level Media

  • Young Yaz homers in Fenway debut
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, September 17, 2019

    Like grandfather, like grandson.

    • San Francisco Giants outfielder Mike Yastrzemski homered Tuesday in his first game at Fenway Park, the former home venue of his grandfather, Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski.

      Mike Yastrzemski stepped up with two outs and nobody on in the fourth inning of the Giants' game against the Boston Red Sox and unloaded on a 96 mph fastball from Nathan Eovaldi for a solo shot to deep center, his 20th homer of the season.

      He became the first San Francisco player to reach 20 homers in his rookie season since Dave Kingman in 1972.

      Before the game, Yastrzemski caught up on the field with his grandfather, who played for Boston from 1961-83. In that time, Carl Yastrzemski won an American League MVP, amassed 18 All-Star selections and slugged 452 career home runs among 3,419 hits.

      "I need to allow myself to enjoy it and take it in myself and say, 'This is special,'" Mike Yastrzemski, 29, said prior to the game. "And it's not just special for me -- for everyone who had ever seen my grandfather play and has been a Red Sox fan over history."

      His grandfather didn't stick around for the contest -- the family all has plans to attend Wednesday's game. But Carl Yastrzemski, 80, couldn't help but beam with pride at his grandson's accomplishment of making it to the major leagues and back to Boston.

      "I think the only way that I can compare it to anything would be if I compared it to the '67 season," Carl Yastrzemski said, a reference to Red Sox's "Impossible Dream" campaign. "That's what it means to me and being here. It'll be the first time that 'Yastrzemski' will be announced on the field since '83."

      Mike played his grandfather's old position in left field and led off for the Giants. He received a rousing ovation from the crowd prior to each of his at-bats, striking out and drawing a walk in his two plate appearances before his homer.

      --Field Level Media

  • Hall of Fame skipper Herzog has minor stroke
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, September 17, 2019

    Hall of Fame manager Whitey Herzog had a minor stroke Monday during his charity golf tournament, the St. Louis Cardinals announced.

    • "Whitey and his family wanted to let everyone know that he has received treatment and is currently resting, and doing well," the Cardinals wrote in a statement. "Whitey is hoping for a quick recovery, and he and his family are very appreciative of the caring support that everyone has shown them."

      Herzog, 87, led the Cardinals to the 1982 World Series championship and guided St. Louis to National League titles in 1985 and 1987, highlighting an 18-year managerial career. The Veterans Committee elected Herzog to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2010.

      He managed the Texas Rangers for most of the 1973 season, then had a four-game stint as interim manager of the California Angels in 1974.

      Herzog guided the Kansas City Royals to the playoffs three times while in charge from 1975-79. He took over in St. Louis late in the 1980 season and stayed in that job until 1990.

      Overall, Herzog compiled a 1,281-1,125 regular-season record (.532) and a 26-25 postseason record (.510).

      He also played as an outfielder and first baseman for the Washington Senators (1956-58), the Kansas City Athletics (1958-60), the Baltimore Orioles (1961-62) and the Detroit Tigers (1963). Herzog produced a .257 batting average with 25 homers and 172 RBIs in 634 games.

      Herzog said, according to Baseball Almanac, "Baseball has been good to me since I quit trying to play it."

      --Field Level Media

  • Phillies OF Dickerson done for season with foot injury
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, September 17, 2019

    The Philadelphia Phillies, still pushing for the playoffs, put outfielder Corey Dickerson on the 60-day injured list Tuesday because of fractured left foot.

    • Dickerson fouled a ball off the foot on Sept. 4 and played for the following week, but he made his final appearance in a game last Wednesday. Initial X-rays on the foot had been negative.

      Dickerson, acquired in a trade with Pittsburgh on July 31, hit .293 with eight home runs and 34 RBIs in 34 games for the Phillies. Overall, the 30-year-old batted .304 with 12 homers and 59 RBIs in 78 games this season.

      Philadelphia reinstated right-hander reliever Edubray Ramos (shoulder) from the 60-day IL.

      The Phillies began Tuesday five games behind the second wild-card spot in the National League.

      --Field Level Media

  • Indians 2B Kipnis has season-ending wrist injury
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, September 17, 2019

    Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis will miss the rest of the season with a broken bone in his right wrist.

    • Kipnis left Sunday's game against Minnesota after experiencing discomfort on a swing and miss. On Monday an MRI revealed a fracture of his hamate bone.

      The two-time All-Star is expected to have surgery and will need up to six weeks of recovery time.

      Kipnis, 32, batted .245 with 17 homers, 23 doubles, 65 RBIs and 52 runs in 121 games this season.

      The Indians recalled utilityman Andrew Velazquez from Triple-A Columbus in a corresponding move.

      Velazquez, 25, was acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays in a July 3 trade and has not yet appeared in a game with Cleveland. He had two hits in 12 plate appearances for the Rays in May.

      --Field Level Media

  • Pirates closer Vazquez charged with solicitation of a child
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, September 17, 2019

    Pittsburgh Pirates All-Star closer Felipe Vazquez is in police custody on multiple charges, including solicitation of a child, authorities said Tuesday.

    • Vazquez, 28, is being held in the Allegheny County Jail in Pittsburgh awaiting extradition to Lee County, Fla.

      According the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Vazquez was arrested by the Pennsylvania State Police on a felony warrant and faces one count of computer pornography-solicitation of a child and one count of providing obscene material to minors.

      The Florida agency began investigating Vazquez in August after receiving reports that he had been involved in a sexual relationship with a teenager since she was 13 years old in Lee County, located in southwestern Florida.

      "The victim, now 15 years of age, was continuing to have a relationship with Vazquez via text messaging and received a video in July from him in which he is shown performing a sex act," the FDLE said in a release. "Additionally, Vazquez allegedly sent the victim text messages suggesting they would meet for sex after his baseball season was over."

      He has been placed on administrative leave and the restricted list by Major League Baseball.

      "Today we were made aware of an active law enforcement investigation involving Felipe Vazquez and his subsequent arrest," Pirates president Frank Coonelly said in a team statement. "We take this matter, and these charges in particular, extremely seriously. ... We need to be respectful to all involved and the ongoing legal proceeding. As a result, the organization, our staff and players cannot comment any further at this time."

      Police served a search warrant at Vazquez's Pittsburgh apartment and seized several electronic devices.

      Vazquez earned his second straight All-Star selection this season. The left-hander is 5-1 with a 1.65 ERA and 28 saves in 56 appearances. He last pitched on Thursday in San Francisco.

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB roundup: NL Central contenders all win
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, September 17, 2019

    Marcell Ozuna had a two-run homer and a two-run double, and he threw out a runner at the plate from left field as the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the visiting Washington Nationals 4-2 on Monday.

    • The Cardinals maintained their two-game lead in the National League Central over the second-place Chicago Cubs. Dakota Hudson (16-7) earned the victory by allowing just two runs on five hits in seven innings.

      The Nationals, who lost for the eighth time in 12 games, saw their lead over Chicago for the NL's first wild card slip to a half-game. Bench coach Chip Hale guided the team with manager Dave Martinez sidelined after undergoing a heart procedure.

      Anthony Rendon hit a solo homer for Washington.

      Cubs 8, Reds 2

      Kyle Schwarber belted a three-run homer, Nicholas Castellanos added a two-run double, and host Chicago pulled away to defeat Cincinnati. The Cubs remained one game ahead of the Milwaukee Brewers in the race for the NL's second wild-card spot.

      Jason Heyward and Ben Zobrist drove in one run apiece for Chicago, which won its fifth game in a row. The Cubs have scored 55 runs in their past four games, 13.8 per contest.

      Cubs reliever Alec Mills (1-0) earned his first career win with two scoreless innings. He allowed one hit, walked none and fanned three.

      Brewers 5, Padres 1

      Cory Spangenberg had his second straight big game, hitting a go-ahead, two-run triple and finishing with three RBIs as red-hot Milwaukee beat visiting San Diego.

      The Brewers earned their 10th win in 11 games. The Padres lost their fifth straight game and locked up their ninth straight losing season.

      Spangenberg, who played his first five major league seasons with the Padres before signing with the Brewers in January, produced the game's first run Monday with an RBI single in the second inning. He broke a 1-1 tie with a two-run triple in the fourth. On Sunday, he hit a two-run homer in the Brewers' win over St. Louis.

      Twins 5, White Sox 3

      Luis Arraez went 3-for-4 with two RBIs, and Jose Berrios allowed two runs over 7 1/3 innings as Minnesota topped Detroit in Minneapolis.

      Mitch Garver had two hits, including an RBI double, and Marwin Gonzalez scored twice for Minnesota, which increased its division lead to five games over the idle Cleveland Indians while reducing its magic number to eight.

      Berrios (13-8) allowed five hits and walked two while striking out eight to improve to 11-2 in 14 career starts against the White Sox, including 4-1 in five starts this season. Taylor Rogers retired the final two batters for his 27th save.

      Rockies 9, Mets 4

      Antonio Senzatela tossed six strong innings and chipped in with a two-run single as Colorado beat New York in Denver.

      Colorado's Ian Desmond homered among his two hits, Trevor Story also went deep, and Garrett Hampson had three hits. Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon contributed two hits each for the Rockies, who overcame a three-run deficit and won their four straight.

      Brandon Nimmo and Jeff McNeil homered, and McNeil, Pete Alonso and Amed Rosario had two hits apiece for the Mets, who fell five games back of the Cubs in the race for the second NL wild card.

      Royals 6, Athletics 5

      Brett Phillips tied the game with a ninth-inning home run, and Adalberto Mondesi followed two batters later with a go-ahead double as visiting Kansas City handed playoff-contending Oakland a stunning defeat.

      Jorge Soler bombed his 45th home run for the Royals, whose win trimmed Oakland's lead for the first American League wild card to one game over Tampa Bay and 2 1/2 over Cleveland. Oakland saw its six-game winning streak end.

      The Royals' uprising came immediately after Khris Davis broke a 4-4 tie with a run-scoring single in the eighth. Following Phillips' one-out homer off Liam Hendriks (4-3), Whit Merrifield reached when A's center fielder Ramon Laureano dropped his fly ball, and he scored on Mondesi's double.

      Diamondbacks 7, Marlins 5

      Eduardo Escobar bashed his 35th homer and Jake Lamb hit a three-run, go-ahead double to cap a four-run seventh inning in Arizona's victory over Miami in Phoenix.

      Lamb had four RBIs and Escobar had two hits and scored twice for the Diamondbacks, who remain 5 1/2 games behind the Cubs in the NL wild-card race.

      Starlin Castro's sixth-inning single was the Marlins' only hit until Neil Walker's two-run, pinch-hit homer ignited a five-run rally in the top of the seventh that gave Miami a 5-3 lead. Arizona responded with four in the bottom of the seventh.

      Tigers 5, Orioles 2

      Tyler Alexander recorded his first major league victory, and Jordy Mercer hit a two-run home run as host Detroit salvaged a four-game series split with Baltimore in a matchup between the majors' worst teams.

      Alexander (1-3) limited the Orioles to one run on four hits and didn't issue a walk while striking out three in six innings. Joe Jimenez struck out Trey Mancini with the bases loaded in the ninth for his seventh save.

      Baltimore rookie John Means (10-11) gave up five runs on six hits with three strikeouts and two walks in 5 2/3 innings. Trey Mancini hit his 33rd home run for the Orioles.

      --Field Level Media

  • Reds' VanMeter leaves due to family medical problem
    By Field Level Media / Monday, September 16, 2019

    Cincinnati first baseman Josh VanMeter exited the Reds' road game against the Chicago Cubs on Monday because of a family medical issue, the team announced.

    • Derek Dietrich pinch-hit for VanMeter in the fourth inning and lined out. VanMeter had lined out in his lone at-bat of the night.

      VanMeter, a 24-year-old rookie, is batting .242 with eight homers, 23 RBIs and eight stolen bases in 87 games this year. He has started at six positions in 2019: left field (27 games), first base (nine), second base (eight), third base (two), right field (one) and designated hitter (one).

      He has slumped over the past three weeks, hitting .125 (7-for-56) with three homers and six RBIs in 21 games. However, VanMeter homered Friday and Sunday in Cincinnati wins at Arizona.

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB notebook: Heart procedure for Nats’ Martinez
    By Field Level Media / Monday, September 16, 2019

    Nationals manager Dave Martinez underwent a heart procedure Monday in Washington, and it was uncertain when he will be able to rejoin the team.

    • The news about Martinez came from general manager Mike Rizzo, who spoke to the media in St. Louis on Monday before the Nationals opened a key series against the Cardinals.

      The team previously announced that Martinez, 54, did not join the club on its trip to St. Louis, opting to remain in the nation's capital for precautionary medical testing. He first left the club Sunday in the sixth inning of Washington's 7-0 win over the Atlanta Braves, and he was hospitalized due to chest pains.

      Martinez wound up having a cardiac catheterization, and he will remain in Washington for additional testing, according to Rizzo. "This is something we have to take care of," Rizzo said, according to the Washington Post, adding that Martinez was "upbeat."

      --Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo must wear a boot five to seven days to immobilize a moderate-lateral right ankle sprain and then be re-evaluated, the team said.

      "I have every intention of doing everything I can, with the training staff, to be back on the field with the boys," Rizzo told reporters before the Cubs played a home game against the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night. "I think in a few days, really, will tell us a lot more."

      X-rays didn't reveal a fracture, so surgery is not required. Rizzo, who also underwent an MRI, suffered the injury in the top of the third inning of Sunday's victory over the Pirates. His ankle turned while charging a bunt attempt by Pirates pitcher Trevor Williams. He fell to the ground after making the play, and was replaced at first base by Ian Happ.

      --Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich said he has accepted his season-ending injury and was ready to support his teammates in their fight for a posteason berth. Yelich suffered a fractured right kneecap when fouling off a pitch in the first inning at Miami on Sept. 10.

      "It was the worst pain I ever felt in my life," said Yelich, speaking to reporters for the first time since the injury. "I couldn't breathe."

      The reigning National League Most Valuable Player underwent X-rays at Marlins Park after leaving the field, and knew his kneecap was broken. "The timing of it is very unfortunate; it sucks," he said. "It seems to be one of those things that's not fair at the moment. Trust me, I had my pity party that night at the stadium. I felt terrible. I was down in the dumps. After leaving the stadium and getting going, it's all about being positive and trying to get back."

      --David Ortiz said he feared the worst after being shot in the Dominican Republic in early June.

      "I thought I wasn't going to be able to be who I am right now and go back to normal, you know? At some point, I started losing hope," the former Boston Red Sox slugger told MLB.com.

      "(Doctors) discovered that this bullet gave me a bacteria that they had never seen before," Ortiz said. "They had this team, antibacteria team. They were really on me, hard, because they want to get this out of my body. The reality is that they did, but they fought with it. The reason why they went in the third time is because the bacteria had my intestine all kinked. It wasn't able to function."

      --President Donald Trump awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to record-setting reliever Mariano Rivera. The longtime New York Yankees closer received the nation's highest civilian honor two months after he entered the famed Cooperstown museum as the first unanimously elected Hall of Famer.

      "He is the most dominant relief pitcher in the history of baseball, and more than that, he has lived the American dream and shines as an example of American greatness for all to see," Trump said.

      Rivera, 49, earned a record 652 saves over 19 seasons with the Yankees (1995-2013). He made 13 All-Star teams and won five World Series championships in the Bronx.

      --Field Level Media

  • Injured Yelich ready to root on Brewers
    By Field Level Media / Monday, September 16, 2019

    Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich said Monday he had accepted his season-ending injury and was ready to support his teammates in their fight for a posteason berth.

    • Yelich suffered a fractured right kneecap when fouling off a pitch in the first inning at Miami on Sept. 10.

      "It was the worst pain I ever felt in my life," said Yelich, speaking to reporters for the first time since the injury. "I couldn't breathe."

      The reigning National League Most Valuable Player underwent X-rays at Marlins Park after leaving the field. When the attending doctor put the film on the backlit screen, Yelich knew his kneecap was broken.

      "I could see the X-ray," he said. "You don't need a doctor to tell you it's broken."

      Yelich again was in the MVP discussion this season, batting .329 with 44 homers and 97 RBIs. He was a big reason the Brewers entered Monday night's game against the Padres in San Diego just one game behind the Chicago Cubs in the race for the second NL wild card.

      Asked if the injury might cost him an MVP repeat, Yelch said, "That's not for me to judge."

      Yelich, walking with the aid of crutches, spoke at Miller Park before Monday night's game. He said he didn't know if he'd be able to join the team on its final road trip, to face the Cincinnati Reds and Colorado Rockies next week, but would be rooting for them from wherever he is.

      "A lot of work gets put into it to be in the position we were in," Yelich said. "Sometimes, it doesn't go in your favor. That's the first time I've broken anything in my life or actually have a real injury. So, that's new.

      "It kind of sucks, in that aspect. But it's pro sports. Injuries happen; it's going to happen, unfortunately. The timing of it is very unfortunate; it sucks. It seems to be one of those things that's not fair at the moment. Trust me, I had my pity party that night at the stadium. I felt terrible. I was down in the dumps. After leaving the stadium and getting going, it's all about being positive and trying to get back."

      --Field Level Media

  • Big Papi: Didn't know if I would survive shooting
    By Field Level Media / Monday, September 16, 2019

    David Ortiz said he feared the worst after being shot in the Dominican Republic in early June.

    • "I thought I wasn't going to be able to be who I am right now and go back to normal, you know? At some point, I started losing hope," the former Boston Red Sox slugger told MLB.com on Monday.

      Ortiz underwent surgery to repair damage to his intestines and liver and to remove his gallbladder in the hours immediately following the June 9 shooting.

      After being transported to Massachusetts General Hospital, Ortiz underwent a second surgery to make sure the first had been done correctly.

      The man known as Big Papi continued to struggle and remained on a feeding tube for weeks. Doctors then figured out why he wasn't improving.

      "They discovered that this bullet gave me a bacteria that they had never seen before," Ortiz said. "They had this team, antibacteria team. They were really on me, hard, because they want to get this out of my body. The reality is that they did, but they fought with it. The reason why they went in the third time is because the bacteria had my intestine all kinked. It wasn't able to function."

      Unlike before the first two surgeries, Ortiz had time to think about everything going on.

      "Now I know what I'm dealing with," Ortiz said. "Now I know where I got damaged and I know that those parts weren't working the way the doctor expects. They started talking about a third surgery. Then, when I was hearing all that, you get scared because you don't know if you're going to be able to survive. But then I survived, and my next thing to worry about was, 'What am I going to be like after everything?' That's when you really start worrying about things."

      Admitting that time surrounding the third surgery presented a low point, Ortiz and the doctors soon knew he would survive.

      That's when Ortiz began worrying about his ability to eat normally.

      "I spent six weeks without eating or drinking," he said. "I had this tube going from my nose to my stomach that was the one that was going to dictate ... whatever I got in my stomach, that tube would get it back out. I used to move it sometimes trying to drink water, because I would get so thirsty."

      Ortiz said he began eating solid foods again after returning home in late July.

      When asked about June 9, Ortiz said he remembered a "wonderful day" with his kids before going out socially with a friend. He was sitting and enjoying a drink, when his life changed.

      "It's a very nice place, a lot of big-time people go -- I sit down and have a drink, and all of a sudden, I got shot," he said. "It's something that I will not forget about.

      "I wasn't hurting (at first). I felt like a little burn, but I don't even look at that. I know that I was hurting because of the impact and the sound. I started hurting later, probably when I was about to walk into the surgery."

      Ortiz said he plans to return to his homeland in November or December. Despite reports offering reasons for the shooting, he said had no explanation for the incident.

      "There were so many rumors out there. But like I told them, the Dominican is a country that social media informs you somehow, some way, because there is no consequence," he said. "There are people that ... come out there with some things that aren't true, just because they want to get followed or get some likes. There are a lot of rumors, a lot of bad things came out, but none of them were related to what really happened to me."

      --Field Level Media

  • Cubs' Rizzo (ankle) out, in boot 5-7 days
    By Field Level Media / Monday, September 16, 2019

    Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo must wear a boot five to seven days to immobilize a moderate lateral right ankle sprain and then be re-evaluated, the team announced Monday.

    • "I have every intention of doing everything I can, with the training staff, to be back on the field with the boys," Rizzo told reporters before the host Cubs defeated the Cincinnati Reds 8-2 on Monday night. "I think in a few days, really, will tell us a lot more."

      X-rays didn't reveal a fracture, so surgery is not required. Rizzo, who also underwent an MRI, suffered the injury in the top of the third inning of Sunday's victory over the Pirates. His ankle turned while charging a bunt attempt by Pirates pitcher Trevor Williams. He fell to the ground after making the play, and was replaced at first base by Ian Happ.

      "On the field, he was in some pretty good pain. You knew he was coming out of the game," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Sunday. "We'll wait and see how it plays out. There's the potential that it's not going to be that long."

      Rizzo, 30, is batting .289 with 26 homers and a team-best 93 RBIs. The Cubs' win on Monday kept them within two games of the first-place St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Central. Chicago also remained one game ahead of the Milwaukee Brewers for the NL's second wild-card berth.

      --Field Level Media

  • Nats' Martinez undergoes heart procedure
    By Field Level Media / Monday, September 16, 2019

    Nationals manager Dave Martinez underwent a heart procedure Monday in Washington, and it is uncertain when he will be able to rejoin the team.

    • The news about Martinez came from general manager Mike Rizzo, who spoke to the media in St. Louis on Monday before the Nationals lost 4-2 in the opener of a key three-game series in St. Louis against the Cardinals.

      The team previously announced that Martinez, 54, did not join the club on its trip to St. Louis, opting to remain in the nation's capital for precautionary medical testing. He first left the club Sunday in the sixth inning of Washington's 7-0 win over the Atlanta Braves, and he was hospitalized due to chest pains.

      Martinez wound up having a cardiac catheterization, and he will remain in Washington for additional testing, according to Rizzo.

      "This is something we have to take care of," Rizzo said, according to the Washington Post, adding that Martinez was "upbeat."

      "We are certainly -- when we get all the results back, we will have a game plan in place and get him back here as soon as we can."

      According to the American Heart Association, a cardiac catheterization "is a procedure to examine how well your heart is working. A thin, hollow tube called a catheter is inserted into a large blood vessel that leads to your heart. ...

      "Cardiac (catheterization) is performed to find out if you have disease of the heart muscle, valves or coronary (heart) arteries. During the procedure, the pressure and blood flow in your heart can be measured."

      Martinez is in his second year as Washington's manager, having compiled a 164-146 record (.529). He was a major league player for nine years in a career that ran from 1986-2001, finishing with a .276/.341/.389 batting line with 91 homers, 580 RBIs and 183 stolen bases in 1,918 games.

      Bench coach Chip Hale managed the Nationals in Martinez's absence.

      The Monday loss, coupled with the Chicago Cubs' win later in the evening, dropped the Nationals' lead over the Cubs for the first wild card to a half-game.

      --Field Level Media