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  • Colorado's Bettis loses no-hitter in 8th

    May 29, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Philadelphia's Cody Asche singled through a shift to end Colorado right-hander Chad Bettis' bid for a no-hitter with one out in the eighth inning Friday night.Bettis lost a perfect game in the seventh when shortstop Troy Tulowitzki made an error on Ben Revere's grounder up the middle. Colorado center fielder Charlie Blackmon made a sliding catch to rob Freddy Galvis of a hit after Revere's grounder went through Tulowitzki's legs.

  • Seattle LHP Paxton placed on DL with strained finger

    May 29, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) Left-hander James Paxton became a second key member of the Seattle Mariners' rotation to be placed on the disabled list, joining righty Hisashi Iwakuma.The Mariners put Paxton on the 15-day disabled list on Friday with a strained middle finger tendon on his throwing hand. He felt it after 2-0 pitch to Brandon Moss in the fifth inning Thursday and was immediately removed.

  • Colorado's Bettis loses perfect game in 7th, keeps No-No

    May 29, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Colorado Rockies right-hander Chad Bettis lost his bid for a perfect game in the seventh inning when shortstop Troy Tulowitzki made an error on Ben Revere's grounder up the middle but still has not allowed a hit to the Philadelphia Phillies through seven innings.

  • Rangers to purchase Gonzalez's contract

    May 29, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Texas Rangers announced Friday they will purchase the contract of right-hander Alex ''Chi Chi'' Gonzalez on Saturday, and he is scheduled to make his Major League debut that night, starting against the Boston Red Sox.Gonzalez, 23, was 3-5 with a 4.15 ERA in eight starts this season for Triple-A Round Rock. In 43 1-3 innings, he allowed 46 hits and walked 19 while striking out 26.

  • Nationals' Stephen Strasburg leaves after only 16 pitches

    May 29, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Stephen Strasburg of the Washington Nationals left Friday night's game after throwing only 16 pitches to the Cincinnati Reds. There was no immediate indication of his problem.Strasburg has struggled in May, failing to reach the fourth inning in three of his four previous starts. He gave up a solo homer to Joey Votto in the first inning - the first baseman's first homer since April 28 - and walked Brayan Pena to start the second inning.

  • Marlins claim RHP Chad Smith off waivers from Angels

    May 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Miami Marlins have claimed pitcher Chad Smith off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels and sent him to Triple-A New Orleans.The Marlins made the move Friday.Miami manager Dan Jennings, the Marlins' general manager until taking over in the dugout this month, said the 25-year-old Smith would provide bullpen depth for the organization.

  • Houston's Feldman to miss about 6 weeks after knee surgery

    May 29, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Houston right-hander Scott Feldman is expected to miss about six weeks after arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.Feldman was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Friday after having surgery to repair a torn medial meniscus. He was injured fielding a ground ball in his last start on Tuesday. Feldman, who is in his second year in Houston, is 4-4 with a 4.80 ERA in 10 starts this year.

  • Cardinals activate Jay from DL, but not in lineup

    May 29, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Cardinals activated outfielder Jon Jay from the 15-day disabled list but did not have him in the lineup against the Los Angeles Dodgers.The team also said Matt Adams' surgery for a torn right quadriceps went well Friday, but that it was more likely he'd be sidelined four months. Previously, the injury had been termed a strain and the prognosis had been 3-4 months.

  • Column: Bring on Expos II! Montreal deserves another team

    May 29, 2015

    For many baseball fans, the lasting image of the Montreal Expos is a cash-strapped team that played before mostly empty seats in a sterile stadium known as the Big Owe.Steve Rogers prefers to remember the good times, when the continent's most European city was as giddy over the national pastime as anywhere in the United States.

  • Nationals' Werth out indefinitely with broken wrist

    May 29, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Washington's Jayson Werth is out indefinitely after another test found that he broke his left wrist two weeks ago.The outfielder was hit on the wrist by a pitch from the Padres' Odrisamer Despaigne on May 16 and has been unable to swing a bat. With the injury still bothering him, he went for a CT scan Thursday - the team's day off - and it detected two small fractures.

  • Twins bring Fien back from DL, send Tonkin down

    May 29, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Twins have returned right-hander Casey Fien from his rehab assignment for a strained right shoulder and removed him from the disabled list.The move was made before the game Friday against the Toronto Blue Jays, and right-hander Michael Tonkin was sent to Triple-A Rochester to make room for Fien in the bullpen.

  • Phillies recall Asche, designate Sizemore

    May 29, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Phillies have called up Cody Asche from Triple-A Lehigh Valley and will give the former third baseman his first career start in left field against Colorado on Friday night.Veteran outfielder Grady Sizemore was designated for assignment to make room for Asche. Sizemore batted .245 (24 for 98) with six RBIs.

  • Reds move Jason Marquis into bullpen, Cueto still not ready

    May 29, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) The Reds moved struggling starter Jason Marquis to the bullpen Friday, leaving them with three rookies in the starting rotation for now.Marquis signed with the Reds in the offseason, continuing his comeback from Tommy John surgery. He went 3-4 with a 6.46 ERA in nine starts, prompting manager Bryan Price to rearrange his rotation for a series against the Washington Nationals on Friday.

  • Rockies prospect undergoes surgery to repair spleen

    May 29, 2015

    DENVER (AP) Colorado Rockies prospect David Dahl had surgery to repair his spleen after a collision in the outfield during a game Thursday in New Britain, Connecticut.Dahl was in centerfield for Double-A New Britain and was racing in to make a sliding catch on a blooper when he crashed into second baseman Juan Ciriaco. Dahl stayed down for several moments before being taken to a hospital, where he underwent surgery.

  • Outfielder Alex Rios set to return to Royals' lineup

    May 29, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Alex Rios is expected to return to the Kansas City Royals' lineup for Saturday's game against the Chicago Cubs following 1 1/2 months on the disabled list with a broken left hand.Rios has been sidelined since April 13, when he was he by a pitch from Minnesota's J.R. Graham. He joined the Royals on Friday after a four-game injury rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Omaha.

  • D-Backs call up Saltalamacchia, Gosewisch goes on DL

    May 29, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks have selected the contract of catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia from Triple-A Reno.The move came as the Diamondbacks placed catcher Tuffy Gosewisch on the 15-day disabled list with an ACL injury.To make room for Saltalamacchia on the 40-man roster, Arizona transferred catcher Oscar Hernandez to the 60-day disabled list.

  • Carda leads UCLA past Oregon 7-1 in WCWS

    May 29, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) For a night, UCLA resembled the Bruins who once dominated college softball.Ally Carda pitched a complete game to help UCLA defeat Oregon 7-1 on Thursday night in the Women's College World Series. It was the school's first win in the event since claiming the last of its 11 national championships in 2010.

  • Grichuk could cut into Jay's playing time for Cardinals

    May 29, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Jon Jay was the St. Louis Cardinals' center fielder and primary leadoff man when he went on the 15-day disabled list with a wrist injury.When he returns, likely Friday, it might be more of a job share due to the emergence of Randal Grichuk.

  • Brewers outright Wooten, more pitching moves upcoming

    May 29, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) The Brewers have outrighted reliever Rob Wooten to Triple-A Colorado Springs, creating another opening on Milwaukee's 40-man roster as the team juggles its pitching staff.Milwaukee planned to call up a starter from Triple-A to take the rotation spot of Wily Peralta, who could be out at least a month with a left oblique injury.

  • Red Sox SS Bogaerts out after getting hit on forearm

    May 29, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Boston shortstop Xander Bogaerts left the Red Sox's game at Texas after being hit with a pitch on his left forearm.Bogaerts initially stayed in the game Thursday night after being hit by a pitch in the second inning. But he was removed for a pinch-hitter in the fourth.

  • Brewers go high-tech in latest tribute to Bud Selig

    May 29, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Brewers are giving retired baseball commissioner and former team owner Bud Selig a high-tech tribute.''The Selig Experience'' attraction at Miller Park was unveiled to Selig, current Brewers owner Mark Attanasio and other dignitaries on Thursday night. Selig described the exhibit as an ''out-of-body experience.''

  • Angels place Cowgill on DL

    May 29, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Angels have placed outfielder Collin Cowgill on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 26, because of a sprained right wrist, which occurred while he was taking batting practice on Sunday.The defending AL West champions also designated outfielder Marc Krauss for assignment and selected the contract of outfielder Alfredo Marte from Triple-A Salt Lake.

  • Rangers recall Alberto from Triple-A, send RHP Klein there

    May 29, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Texas Rangers have recalled infielder Hanser Alberto from Round Rock and optioned right-hander Phil Klein to the Triple-A team.Texas announced the move before Thursday's game, two days before what would have been Klein's next scheduled start.

  • Slumping slugger Ortiz getting break from Red Sox lineup

    May 29, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Struggling slugger David Ortiz is getting a break from the Boston Red Sox lineup.Ortiz wasn't in the lineup for Thursday's series opener at Texas, following a five-game stretch when he had only one hit in 20 at-bats.Red Sox manager John Farrell indicated before the game that Ortiz might be out of the lineup for a few games, giving him a chance to work on a few things.

  • Cano misses 1st game of season for Seattle with flu

    May 29, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) Robinson Cano wasn't in the Seattle Mariners' lineup for the first time this season because of flu-like symptoms.Cano's first day off came Thursday night with the Mariners opening a four-game series against Cleveland. Manager Lloyd McClendon said the symptoms popped up overnight after the team had concluded its trip against Tampa Bay and returned to Seattle.

  • Longtime sports writer Ron Bergman dies at 80

    May 29, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Longtime Bay Area sports writer and former Associated Press writer Ron Bergman has died. He was 80.Bergman died Thursday, according to his daughter Anne. He had been suffering from Parkinson's disease.Bergman worked for the AP in the 1960s and covered the Beatles' final concert at Candlestick Park in 1966.

  • Cleveland places Atchison on DL, Santana on paternity list

    May 29, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) The Cleveland Indians have placed right-handed reliever Scott Atchison on the 15-day disabled list because of a sprained left ankle.The Indians made the roster move before opening a four-game series in Seattle on Thursday night. Cleveland will also be without infielder Carlos Santana for at least a few days after he was placed on the paternity list.

  • LEADING OFF: Harvey hopes to bounce back, Shields unbeaten

    May 29, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Friday:---OFF THE MATTMets ace Matt Harvey starts vs. Miami at Citi Field, trying to bounce back from the worst start of his young career. He gave up seven runs in four innings last weekend at Pittsburgh, prompting manager Terry Collins to say Harvey might be dealing with a ''dead arm'' issue.

  • Hamilton homecoming: 2010 AL MVP back in Texas on home team

    May 29, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Josh Hamilton stepped into the batter's box in Texas to a loud ovation. That got even louder when he lined the first pitch he saw into the right-field corner for a double.A month and a day after being re-acquired by the Rangers, Hamilton played his first home game in Texas since the 2012 AL wild-card game, one in which the soon-to-depart slugger was booed lustily - like he would be the next two seasons when returning with the Los Angeles Angels.

  • Montreal mayor wants some MLB regular-season games in 2016

    May 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The mayor of Montreal has asked Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred to consider playing three or four regular-season games in the city next year.Mayor Denis Coderre met with commissioner Manfred in New York on Thursday. Coderre says six or seven teams have expressed an interest in playing there in 2016.

  • Cubs rookie slugger Bryant quickly making his mark in majors

    May 29, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The owner made a beeline through the Cubs' clubhouse looking for his rookie slugger.''Hey, take it easy,'' Tom Ricketts told Kris Bryant, trying not to laugh. ''That thing costs a lot of money.''''Gotcha,'' Bryant smiled, trying not to blush.

  • Gosewisch leaves game after jamming left knee

    May 29, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Tuffy Gosewisch jammed his left knee on a groundout and left the game in the sixth inning against the Cardinals.Gosewisch was tagged out by first baseman Mark Reynolds on a relay from second baseman Kolten Wong after St. Louis couldn't turn a double play. He tumbled after clearing the base and then clutched his knee.

  • Gosewisch leaves game with left leg injury

    May 29, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Tuffy Gosewisch injured his left leg on a groundout and left the game in the sixth inning against the Cardinals.Gosewisch was tagged out by first baseman Mark Reynolds on a relay from second baseman Kolten Wong after St. Louis couldn't turn a double play. He tumbled after clearing the base and then clutched his knee.

  • Cubs' Lester sets futility record

    May 29, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Chicago Cubs pitcher Jon Lester established a major league record Wednesday night for the longest hitless drought to begin a career.Lester entered the game against the Washington Nationals tied with the San Diego Padres' Joey Hamilton, who had also gone 57 career at-bats without a hit.

  • LEADING OFF: Hamilton back in Texas; O's-White Sox play 2

    May 29, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Thursday:---NO PLACE LIKE HOMEJosh Hamilton makes his return to Texas when the Rangers host the Boston Red Sox. The 2010 AL MVP was dealt back to the Rangers by the Angels after he had a self-reported drug and alcohol relapse in the offseason. Hamilton returned from shoulder surgery on Monday and is 1 for 11 in his first three games, all in Cleveland. The five-time All-Star last played with Texas in the 2012 wild-card game.

  • Orioles sign Cuban left-hander Miranda

    May 29, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) The Baltimore Orioles signed Cuban left-hander Ariel Miranda to a minor league contract Wednesday.The 25-year-old Miranda will report to the team's minor league facility in Sarasota, Florida, then join either Single-A Frederick or Double-A Bowie, Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said.

  • Dodgers send 3B Juan Uribe to Braves in 6-player trade

    May 29, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Dodgers dealt third baseman Juan Uribe to the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday in a six-player trade that was initially blocked.Los Angeles also sent right-handed pitcher Chris Withrow to the Braves for infielder Alberto Callaspo, left-handers Eric Stults and Ian Thomas, and minor league right-hander Juan Jaime.

  • Tigers scratch Ryan, start Wilson against Athletics

    May 29, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Right-hander Alex Wilson is scheduled to make his first career start for the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday after Kyle Ryan was scratched.Wilson, a right-hander who has worked strictly out of the bullpen in 56 games over two-plus seasons with the Tigers and Red Sox, has never gone longer than 3 2-3 innings. The 28-year-old has a 2.29 ERA in 12 appearances this season.

  • Orioles designate De Aza for assignment; Flaherty in lineup

    May 29, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) Baltimore outfielder Alejandro De Aza was designated for assignment Wednesday before the Orioles' game against the Astros.Infielder Ryan Flaherty was activated from the 15-day disabled list after a right groin strain. Flaherty was back in the starting lineup Wednesday, playing second base and batting eighth.

  • Josh Hamilton gets 1st hit back with Rangers

    May 29, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Josh Hamilton singled in the seventh inning Wednesday for his first hit since returning to the Texas Rangers.Hamilton, hitless in his first nine at-bats since returning Monday, lined a hit down the left field line off Cleveland's Carlos Carrasco. The AL MVP in 2010 was thrown out trying for a double by Indians' left fielder Mike Aviles.

  • Cardinals place Adams on DL, recall C Ed Easley

    May 29, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams could miss the rest of the season with a strained right quadriceps and will undergo surgery Friday.After consulting with medical personnel Wednesday, the team said Adams' estimated recovery time was three to four months.

  • Angels acquire OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis from Mets for cash

    May 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Angels have acquired outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis from the New York Mets for cash considerations.The 27-year-old Nieuwenhuis had appeared in 27 games with six starts this season, going 3 for 38, an .079 average. A former third-round draft pick, Nieuwenhuis has played in parts of four seasons in the majors, batting .230 with 13 home runs, 31 doubles, three triples and 60 RBIs. He was designated for assignment May 19.

  • Indians players shave heads to support Aviles, daughter

    May 29, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Cleveland Indians infielder Mike Aviles is touched by the show of support he's getting from teammates for his 4-year-old daughter, who was diagnosed with leukemia this month.Several Indians players and coaches have shaved their heads to support Aviles and Adriana, who returned home after treatment at the Cleveland Clinic.

  • Rays manager Cash stands by critical comments about calls

    May 29, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash stands by his critical comments about a first-inning call in Tuesday night's 7-6, 10-inning loss to Seattle.Cash said after the game that a safe call at the plate for Seattle - allowed to stand after a video review - was ''terrible and ''embarrassing.''

  • Brewers honor past, celebrate future with Selig exhibit

    May 29, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) A replica of his old County Stadium office looked so authentic to Bud Selig that it left the Milwaukee Brewers founder at a loss for words.That might be the best sign yet that the Brewers did a pretty good job with its latest homage to the former team owner and newly retired baseball commissioner.

  • Proposed Uribe-for-Callaspo may be back on

    May 29, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Alberto Callaspo has been scratched from the Atlanta Braves' starting lineup by manager Fredi Gonzalez for the second consecutive night, an indication the proposed multiplayer trade that would send the infielder to the Los Angeles Dodgers for third baseman Juan Uribe may be back on.

  • Adams injured running bases, removed in 5th inning

    May 29, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Cardinals anticipate first baseman Matt Adams will be placed on the 15-day disabled list after straining his right quadriceps while running out a double in the fifth inning Tuesday night.Manager Mike Matheny said there was a ''high level of concern'' about Adams. Mark Reynolds, who pinch ran, will likely be the fill-in starter at first base for now.

  • LEADING OFF: Lester vs Scherzer in high-priced matchup

    May 29, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues today:---ACES STARTTop free agent prizes will be on the mound with Jon Lester and Max Scherzer starting as the Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals wrap up a three-game set. Lester is 4-0 in five starts in May after going 0-2 in April for Chicago. Scherzer, the 2013 AL Cy Young Award winner, has won four straight starts.

  • Proposed Uribe-for-Callaspo trade falls through

    May 29, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) A proposed multiplayer trade between the Dodgers and Braves that would have sent third baseman Juan Uribe to Atlanta and infielder Alberto Callaspo to Los Angeles has been vetoed by Callaspo.The deal collapsed because of collective bargaining agreement provision that any player who became a major league free agent cannot be traded without his approval until after June 15. Callaspo agreed to a million, one-year contract with the Braves in December after spending last season with Oakland.

  • LA Angels recall Grant Green, ship C.J. Cron to minors

    May 29, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Infielder Grant Green has been recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake by the Los Angeles Angels.The Angels also sent struggling slugger C.J. Cron back to the minors Tuesday.Green is batting .329 with four homers and nine RBIs in 32 games in Salt Lake. The 27-year-old veteran spent a week on the Angels' roster in April.

  • Cardinals' Gonzales sidelined by shoulder injury

    May 29, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Cardinals pitching prospect Marco Gonzales won't throw for about three weeks and will get a cortisone injection for a shoulder injury.St. Louis general manager John Mozeliak said Tuesday an MRI showed the 23-year-old left-hander has an impingement. Gonzales is on the roster of Triple-A Memphis, and he skipped a start in late April.

  • Managers support pitchers getting better grip on balls

    May 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Yankees manager Joe Girardi thinks Major League Baseball should avoid the sticky situation of pitchers being caught using foreign substances to get better grips on the ball by providing the tacky stuff for them.''I really believe there should be a substance behind the mound that every pitcher is allowed to use,'' Girardi said Tuesday. ''I'd like to see them come up with something that everyone can use when they go out there.''

  • Phillies GM apologizes to fans for disparaging comments

    May 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Embattled general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. apologized Tuesday to Philadelphia Phillies fans for saying they ''don't understand the game'' and the ''process'' that goes into constructing a team.Speaking before the Phillies played the New York Mets at Citi Field, Amaro acknowledged his comments ''caused a bit of a firestorm'' in Philadelphia.

  • Marlins reassign 3B coach Brett Butler

    May 29, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The coaching shuffle with the Miami Marlins rolls on.A week after firing Mike Redmond and replacing him with Dan Jennings, the Marlins reassigned third base coach Brett Butler on Tuesday and replaced him with assistant hitting coach Lenny Harris. Butler will now work in the dugout and serve as the outfield and base-running coach.

  • Bautista says shoulder pain free

    May 29, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista is back in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the White Sox and says his sore right shoulder is pain free after a cortisone shot.Bautista, who had the injection Sunday, said he was ''encouraged'' after making approximately 25 throws at around 90 feet before taking batting practice, the most he's thrown in more than a month.

  • Jason Vargas activated from disabled list, to start for KC

    May 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Jason Vargas is being activated from the 15-day disabled list and is going to start for the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night against the New York Yankees.The left-hander hasn't pitched since May 5 because of a flexor muscle strain. He will fill the rotation spot of Danny Duffy, who was placed on the DL Monday with biceps tendinitis.

  • Orioles recall Clevenger, designate Lavarnway for assignment

    May 29, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) The Orioles have recalled catcher Steve Clevenger from Triple-A Norfolk to serve as the backup to Caleb Joseph.Clevenger replaced Ryan Lavarnway, who was designated for assignment.Clevenger hit .352 with two homers and 14 RBIs in 27 games with Norfolk. He played in 35 games with Baltimore last year and in 118 major league games overall.

  • Cardinals' Gonzales slidelined by shoulder injury

    May 29, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) - Cardinals pitching prospect Marco Gonzales won't throw for about three weeks because of a shoulder injury.St. Louis general manager John Mozeliak said Tuesday an MRI showed the 23-year-old left-hander has an impingement. Gonzales is on the roster of Triple-A Memphis, and he skipped a start in late April.

  • Diamondbacks place Burgos on disabled list, recall Nuno

    May 29, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks placed rookie Enrique Burgos on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis on Tuesday, a day after the reliever faced two batters and gave up hits to both.Left-hander Vidal Nuno was recalled from Triple-A Reno.

  • MRI finds inflammation in Cueto's elbow but no major problem

    May 29, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Reds starter Johnny Cueto will miss at least one more start after an MRI found inflammation in his pitching elbow.Results Tuesday showed no major damage in the right elbow. Cueto, who won 20 games last season, had to skip a scheduled start over the weekend because of stiffness.

  • Rockies skip Jorge De La Rosa because of cut finger

    May 29, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) The Rockies scratched Jorge De La Rosa from his scheduled start against the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night because of a cut finger on his pitching hand that has been bothering him.The left-hander could be ready to start this weekend in Philadelphia. Manager Walt Weiss decided to give him more time to let the finger fully heal.

  • Injuries, division rivals providing early test for Tigers

    May 29, 2015

    Justin Verlander hasn't appeared in a single game. Victor Martinez has hit only one home run, and Anibal Sanchez has allowed 11.All things considered, the Detroit Tigers are off to a solid start - but they're still waiting for significant contributions from some of their biggest stars.

  • Cano drives in 2, Mariners beat Rays 4-1

    May 29, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Robinson Cano drove in two runs, Roenis Elias threw six solid innings and the Seattle Mariners beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-1 on Monday night.Seattle took a 2-0 lead in the first on RBI singles by Cano and Nelson Cruz. Cano entered the game hitless in his previous 12 at-bats. He made it 3-1 on a run-scoring single in the eighth.

  • LEADING OFF: Reds skid, Texas rolls, Bradley aims to rebound

    May 29, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues today:---REELING REDSCincinnati will try to break its nine-game losing streak when rookie Michael Lorenzen starts vs. the visiting Rockies. The Reds' skid is their worst since an 11-game slide under Jack McKeon in 1998. They're also expecting to get results of an exam on ace Johnny Cueto, who missed his last start with stiffness in his elbow.

  • Avisail Garcia leaves with sore right knee

    May 29, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia left Monday's game at Toronto in the second inning with a recurrence of soreness in his right knee.He was replaced by J.B. Shuck.The White Sox said Garcia is day to day. Garcia returned to the lineup Sunday after missing the previous two games with right knee inflammation. Shuck pinch hit for Garcia in the seventh inning of an 8-1 loss to Minnesota.

  • Bautista still recovering from cortisone shot

    May 29, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista is out of the lineup for a second straight day after getting a cortisone shot in his strained right shoulder.The slugger got the shot over the weekend because the injury had failed to progress after more than a month. He hopes to play again Tuesday.

  • Rays' 1B Loney has broken finger, could miss 4-6 weeks

    May 29, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays have put first baseman James Loney on the 15-day disabled list with a broken left middle finger, and expect him to miss four to six weeks.Loney was hurt sliding while stealing third base in the eighth inning of Sunday's game against Oakland.

  • Coach Ron Washington is thrilled to be back in A's uniform

    May 29, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Ron Washington arrived to the ballpark at 8:30 a.m. for an afternoon game on Memorial Day, had some breakfast then headed outside to hang out with the grounds crew he knows so well. He waved to ushers and caught up with security guards.

  • Rays put 1B James Loney on disabled list with broken finger

    May 29, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays have put first baseman James Loney on the 15-day disabled list with a broken left middle finger.Loney was hurt sliding while stealing third base in the eighth inning of Sunday's game against Oakland.The Rays recalled infielder Tim Beckham and infielder-outfielder Jake Elmore from Triple-A Durham before Monday night's game with Seattle.

  • Blue Jays activate SS Jose Reyes

    May 29, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) The Blue Jays have activated shortstop Jose Reyes from the 15-day disabled list and optioned infielder Munenori Kawasaki to Triple-A Buffalo.Reyes has been sidelined since April 27 with a fractured left rib sustained on a check swing in the fourth game of the season. He's batting .250 with no home runs and seven RBIs.

  • Odd-man in: Mets go to 6-man rotation to cut innings

    May 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Mets manager Terry Collins called his starting pitchers into his office last weekend to talk numbers - as in six-man rotation.Matt Harvey has thrown 58 2-3 innings following his return from Tommy John surgery. NL Rookie of the Year Jacob DeGrom has pitched 55 2-3. And Noah Syndergaard, who made his big league debut on May 12, has tossed 47 in the majors and minors.

  • Long road back: Rangers' Josh Hamilton makes season debut

    May 29, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Back on a big league field, Josh Hamilton struck out on four pitches in the first inning Monday.At least he was in the lineup, playing with the Texas Rangers for the first time in three years.Hamilton drew some cheers when he came to bat after consecutive home runs by Prince Fielder and Adrian Beltre. The 2010 AL MVP made his season debut, playing left field and hitting fifth against Cleveland after shoulder surgery in February.

  • Long road back: Josh Hamilton is in lineup for Rangers

    May 29, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) For the first time in three years, Josh Hamilton's name is in the Texas Rangers' lineup.He is playing left field and batting fifth for Monday's game against the Cleveland Indians.The 2010 AL MVP is making his season debut after shoulder surgery in February. His return comes after Texas acquired him from the Los Angeles Angels on April 27.

  • Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz suspended 8 games, appeals

    May 29, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz was suspended for eight games by Major League Baseball on Monday for having a foreign substance on his arm during a game in Miami.Matusz immediately appealed and was in uniform for Baltimore's game against the Houston Astros on Monday afternoon. He will continue to pitch until his appeal is heard.

  • Mets 3B Wright sent to California to see back specialist

    May 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Hoping David Wright can find ''magic fingers somewhere in California'' to cure the Mets captain's ailing back, New York general manager Sandy Alderson has sent the third baseman across the country to work with the staff of specialist Dr. Michael Watkins.

  • Reds put catcher Mesoraco on DL, starter Cueto examined

    May 29, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) The Reds put catcher Devin Mesoraco on the 15-day disabled list Monday with a sore left hip that limited him to pinch hitting and filling in as an interleague DH for the past six weeks.They'd been hoping that Mesoraco - an All-Star last season - could get better without going on the DL. The hip bothered him when he went through catching drills over the weekend, prompting the move.

  • Mets 3B Wright going to California to see back specialist

    May 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Mets third baseman David Wright has been sent to California to work with the staff of back specialist Dr. Michael Watkins.Wright hasn't played since pulling his right hamstring against Philadelphia on April 14. His rehabilitation was put on hold May 6 when back pain developed. He resumed baseball activities on May 18, but the Mets said Saturday the seven-time All-Star felt lingering back pain and was diagnosed with stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal column.

  • Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz suspended 8 game, appeals

    May 29, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz was suspended for eight games by Major League Baseball on Monday for having a foreign substance on his arm during a game in Miami.Matusz immediately appealed and was in uniform for Baltimore's game against the Houston Astros on Monday afternoon. He will continue to pitch until his appeal is heard.

  • The Astros, the Royals and different ways to win

    May 29, 2015

    During a 20-batter stretch in Sunday's victory at Detroit, every hitter for the Houston Astros either reached base or struck out.Business as usual for the surprising leaders of the AL West.The Astros beat the Tigers 10-8 in that game, striking out 15 times but also hitting a pair of home runs and rallying from a four-run deficit in the sixth inning. Houston now leads its division by 6 1/2 games and has the second-best record in the American League - but to say the Astros have an unusual offense would be an understatement.

  • Jared Burton agrees to minor league contract with Rangers

    May 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Right-hander Jared Burton has agreed to a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers and will report Tuesday to Triple-A Round Rock.The 33-year-old Burton was 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA in four appearances this year with Class A Tampa and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He was released by the New York Yankees on May 16.

  • LEADING OFF: Hamilton back, Navy vet highlights Memorial Day

    May 29, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Monday:---HAM IT UPJosh Hamilton returns to the majors, set to start in left field for the Rangers in their series opener at Cleveland. Traded by the Angels back to Texas in late April, the former AL MVP has been in the minors recovering from shoulder surgery.

  • Jeter returns to Yankee Stadium as Williams' No. 51 retired

    May 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Bernie Williams stood in front of the pitcher's mound, flanked by Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte and Jorge Posada, all clothed in finely tailored suits rather than the pinstriped baseball uniforms in which they earned fame and fortune.

  • Jacob Lindgren's Yankees arrival: 'Who are you?'

    May 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Jacob Lindgren took a taxi from his Manhattan hotel and arrived at Yankee Stadium about seven hours before game time Sunday.''I didn't know how to get in,'' the 22-year-old pitcher said. ''I was waiting outside the clubhouse, just knocking.''

  • White Sox announcer Hawk Harrelson to miss trip

    May 29, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Chicago White Sox television announcer Hawk Harrelson will miss the team's 11-game trip because of a minor surgical procedure.The team said Sunday that Chicago Bulls radio play-by-play announcer Chuck Swirsky will fill in for the 73-year-old Harrelson on the broadcasts with Steve Stone.

  • Left-hander Jacob Lindgren brought up by Yankees

    May 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Left-hander Jacob Lindgren has been brought up from the minor leagues by the New York Yankees, who were short on relief pitching going into a series finale against Texas.The 22-year-old is 1-1 with a 1.23 ERA in 15 relief appearances for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, striking out 29 in 22 innings.

  • Hamilton reunites Monday with Rangers in unlikely journey

    May 29, 2015

    Josh Hamilton is getting another shot at redemption in baseball with an unlikely journey that has led back to the Texas Rangers.After leaving for a big free agent contract with the Los Angeles Angels, the 2010 AL MVP had struggles on and off the field.

  • Gray leaves with right ankle bruise

    May 29, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Oakland Athletics right-hander Sonny Gray has left his start early because of a bruised right ankle.Gray was replaced by Dan Otero after the fifth inning in Sunday's game against Tampa Bay.Gray was hit in the lower leg by James Loney's grounder in the fourth inning, but remained in the game after being looked at by a team trainer.

  • Giants 3B McGehee designated for assignment

    May 29, 2015

    DENVER (AP) The San Francisco Giants on Sunday designated third baseman Casey McGehee for assignment and recalled right-hander Hunter Strickland from Triple-A Sacramento.McGehee, who was acquired from the Miami Marlins in December, was hitting .200 with nine RBIs in 35 games for the Giants. McGehee has 10 days to be traded, released or accept an assignment to Triple-A.

  • Tigers put Lobstein on DL with sore shoulder

    May 29, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Tigers have put left-hander Kyle Lobstein on the 15-day disabled list because of a sore left shoulder.Lobstein pitched 5 2-3 innings in Saturday's loss to Houston. He's been in the starting rotation because of an injury to Justin Verlander.

  • Yankees lose for 9th time in 10 games, 15-4 to Rangers

    May 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) This is all anyone needs to know about the New York Yankees' latest fiasco: utilityman Garrett Jones pitched more effectively than CC Sabathia.Sabathia was chased after 2 1/3 innings in his briefest start in six years, and a 10-run third inning propelled the Texas Rangers over the Yankees 15-4 Saturday. New York has lost nine times in a 10-game span for the first time in a decade.

  • Bronx bleachers to mound: Martinez leads Rangers to 15-4 win

    May 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Nick Martinez spent about a dozen games in the left-field bleachers at Yankee Stadium from 2009-11, watching with his Fordham friends and hoping to one day make it to the big leagues - as a hitter.He spent Saturday on the mound of the very same ballpark, winning yet another game for Texas and sending reeling New York to its fifth straight loss and ninth in 10 games.

  • RHP Morin placed on 15-day DL with strained muscle

    May 29, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Los Angeles Angels placed right-hander Mike Morin on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a strained muscle on his left side.To fill his spot on the roster, the club recalled right-hander Cam Bedrosian from Triple-A Salt Lake.The 24-year old Morin walked off the mound in Saturday's 8-3 loss to the Boston Red Sox after throwing a pitch.

  • Left-hander McFarland optioned to Triple-A by Orioles

    May 29, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Left-hander T.J. McFarland has been optioned to Triple-A Norfolk by the Baltimore Orioles, and they selected the contract of right-hander Chaz Roe from Norfolk.The move was made before Sunday's game in Miami to reinforce the bullpen following a 13-inning loss Saturday to the Marlins. McFarland pitched the final 1 1/3 innings and took the loss.

  • Victorino goes on 15-day DL; Bianchi called up from Triple-A

    May 29, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Red Sox have placed right fielder Shane Victorino on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a tight left calf.To take his place on the roster, the club called up infielder Jeff Bianchi from Triple-A Pawtucket.Victorino left Saturday's 8-3 win over Los Angeles with the tight calf that caused him to miss the previous two games. It's his second stint on the DL. He was on it at the end of April with a strained right hamstring.

  • Indians activate catcher Gomes

    May 29, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Cleveland Indians have activated catcher Yan Gomes, who has been out with a sprained right knee, from the 15-day disabled list.Gomes is starting behind the plate and batting seventh Sunday against Cincinnati.Gomes was injured on April 11 when he attempted to catch a throw home on a slide by Detroit's Rajai Davis. Gomes had his right foot on the plate and Davis slid into his leg, causing the injury.

  • Descalso's 2-run homer lifts Rockies past Giants, 5-3.

    May 29, 2015

    DENVER (AP) Yusmeiro Petit gave manager Bruce Bochy the start he wanted. It lasted one pitch too many and helped finish the San Francisco Giants' winning streak.Daniel Descalso homered and drove in three runs and the Colorado Rockies handed San Francisco its first loss in nine games, taking the second game of a rain-soaked doubleheader 5-3 on Saturday night.

  • Jennings gets 1st win, Marlins top Orioles 1-0 in 13 innings

    May 29, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Martin Prado hit a two-out, bases-loaded single in the 13th inning, and the Miami Marlins won for the first time in Dan Jennings' six games as manager, beating Baltimore 1-0 on Saturday night.The Marlins broke an eight-game losing streak and improved to 1-8 on their homestand.

  • Orioles reliever leaves game after umps inspect his forearm

    May 29, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Baltimore Orioles reliever Brian Matusz has left the game against the Miami Marlins in the 12th inning after the umpire crew chief inspected the left-hander's right forearm.With the score 0-0, Matusz retired the first two batters before new Marlins manager Dan Jennings approached home plate umpire Jordan Baker. Baker and crew chief Paul Emmel then went to the mound to talk with Matusz.

  • Josh Hamilton set to join Texas Rangers on Monday

    May 29, 2015

    ROUND ROCK, Texas (AP) Josh Hamilton is done with his personal spring training and ready to rejoin the Texas Rangers.The slugger is set to fly Sunday to Cleveland to meet the team for the start of a three-game series against the Indians. The opener Monday is four weeks to the day after Texas finalized a trade to reacquire the 2010 AL MVP from the Los Angeles Angels.

  • LEADING OFF: Bernie's Bash at Yankee Stadium, Price returns

    May 29, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Sunday:---BERNIE'S BASHThe New York Yankees will retire the No. 51 worn by Bernie Williams and unveil his plaque in Monument Park before the night game vs. Texas. The Yankees will wear special patches on their hats to honor the longtime center fielder. The team plans to do the same for Jorge Posada and Andy Pettitte in August. That'll raise the club's total of retired numbers to 20, and Derek Jeter is sure to follow them.

  • Red Sox RF Victorino leaves game with left calf tightness

    May 29, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino left Saturday night's game against the Angels in the third inning because of tightness in his left calf.Victorino appeared to stumble when he made an over-the-shoulder grab on Erick Aybar's deep fly in the top of the inning.

  • Red Sox RF Victorino leaves game with tightness in left calf

    May 29, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino has left Saturday's game in the third inning against the Los Angeles Angels due to tightness in his left calf.Victorino appeared to stumble when he made an over-the-shoulder grab on Erick Aybar's deep fly in the top of the inning. He was scratched from Thursday's game with a sore left calf and didn't play Friday.

  • Hamilton closer to return to Rangers, waiting for call

    May 29, 2015

    ROUND ROCK, Texas (AP) Josh Hamilton has been picking up the pace in his minor league rehab and is closer to his first game back with the Texas Rangers.The 2010 AL MVP could join the Rangers as early as Monday for the start of a three-game series at Cleveland.

  • Mets 3B Wright has back problem, shut down for another week

    May 29, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) New York Mets third baseman David Wright has been shut down for at least another week because of a back problem, further delaying his return from the disabled list.Wright hasn't played since mid-April. He originally went on the disabled list with hamstring trouble, then developed a back issue.

  • Dodgers' Grandal placed on concussion DL

    May 29, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Dodgers placed catcher Yasmani Grandal on the seven-day concussion disabled list Saturday and called up Austin Barnes from Triple-A Oklahoma City to serve as A.J. Ellis' backup.Grandal, who came to the Dodgers from San Diego in December in the Matt Kemp trade, was taken out of Friday night's 2-1 victory over the Padres after four innings for precautionary reasons. He was struck on the right side of the head by the follow-through of Yangervis Solarte's bat in the third inning, then took a foul tip off the mask by Kemp in the fourth.

  • Marlins place starters Alvarez, Latos on disabled list

    May 29, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) The Miami Marlins placed starting pitchers Henderson Alvarez and Mat Latos on the 15-day disabled list, recalled right-hander Andre Rienzo and selected the contract of right-hander Vin Mazzaro from Triple-A New Orleans.Alvarez is out with right shoulder inflammation and returns to the disabled list after two starts. Alvarez is 0-4 with a 6.45 ERA in four starts this season after going 12-7 with a 2.65 ERA during his All-Star season last year.

  • Astros turn 1st triple play since 2004, on Kinsler grounder

    May 29, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) The Houston Astros turned their first triple play since 2004, pulling the feat on a grounder by Detroit's Ian KinslerThe Tigers had runners on first and second and had already scored a run in the fifth inning Saturday when Kinsler hit a grounder to third. Jonathan Villar stepped on the bag and threw to second, where Jose Altuve relayed the ball to first.

  • Blue Jays lose another close one, fall 3-2 to Mariners

    May 29, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Blue Jays keep coming up one run short of success. It was the same story on Saturday.Kyle Seager homered, James Paxton earned his first road win of the season and the Seattle Mariners beat the Blue Jays 3-2.Toronto lost for the 11th time in 14 games and fell a season-high seven games below .500. They're 2-10 in one-run games and have lost their past six one-run outcomes.

  • White Sox retire Paul Konerko's No. 14

    May 29, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago White Sox retired Paul Konerko's No. 14 jersey Saturday before their game against the Minnesota Twins.The fans chanted ''Paulie! Paulie!'' as Konerko entered from the center-field fence and walked through the outfield grass to home plate. He then watched as his family counted down the unveiling of his number on the facade above home plate.

  • Reds manager Bryan Price ejected even before game begins

    May 29, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price was ejected Saturday before the game against Cleveland began.Price was thrown out by crew chief Jim Reynolds after the lineup cards were exchanged. The two had a lengthy heated argument that continued as the Indians players took the field. Reynolds then threw out Price.

  • Rockies activate Roberts, place Brown on DL

    May 29, 2015

    DENVER (AP) The Colorado Rockies placed left-handed pitcher Ken Roberts on the 15-day DL with inflammation in his left elbow and activated right-hander reliever Brooks Brown from the 15-day DL.Brown had been out since May 3 with tightness in his right shoulder.

  • Texas knocks out Sabathia in 10-run 3rd inning

    May 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Texas Rangers scored 10 runs in the third inning against the New York Yankees on Saturday, a night after a seven-run third en route to a 10-9 win.Shin-Soo Choo and Prince Fielder each had two hits in the inning. It was the highest-scoring inning for Texas since an 11-run third against Houston in a 16-5 win over Aug. 29, 2013, according to STATS.

  • Reds scratch Cueto vs Indians, Mesoraco bothered by hip

    May 29, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Cincinnati Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto was scratched from Sunday's start against the Cleveland Indians because of elbow stiffness and rookie Raisel Iglesias will start in his place.The right-hander Iglesias is 1-0 with a 3.94 ERA in four appearances, including two starts.

  • Athletics place Coco Crisp on DL with cervical strain

    May 29, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Oakland Athletics have placed outfielder Coco Crisp on the 15-day disabled list with a cervical strain and recalled right-hander Kendall Graveman from Triple-A Nashville.The moves were announced before Saturday's game against Tampa Bay.

  • 95th time lucky for University of Tokyo baseball team

    May 29, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) A Japanese university baseball team finally ended its 94-game losing streak on Saturday, winning for the first time in five years.The University of Tokyo beat Hosei University 6-4 at Jingu Stadium in its first victory since Oct. 2, 2010.''We're finally out of the tunnel,'' manager Kazushi Hamada said.

  • At 42, Bartolo Colon shines with guile and precision pitches

    May 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Bartolo Colon settled in a chair and threw a rubber ball against his black glove. He repeated the motion several times, then leaned back and threw the ball in the air, mimicking a fielding drill.That was his routine before one of his worst starts since he signed with the New York Mets in 2014. The right-hander gave up 11 hits, eight earned runs and - even more surprisingly - two walks in the May 20 game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field.

  • Cuban star Tomas adjusts to life in the major leagues

    May 29, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) Things are lining up nicely in Yasmany Tomas' world.The native of Cuba and first-year Arizona Diamondback is uplifting his teammates with his hitting. His defensive play at a new position for him, third base, continues to improve. He just got back from a few days in Miami, where his Arizona Diamondbacks swept a four-game series and Tomas was right at home with the city's large Cuban and Cuban-American community.

  • Pederson's 8th-inning homer helps Dodgers beat Padres 2-1

    May 29, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) It took nearly a week, but the Los Angeles Dodgers managed to score again.Joc Pederson homered on an 0-2 pitch in the eighth inning and their anemic offense mustered just enough to beat the San Diego Padres 2-1 on Friday night.Pederson's 11th home run - tops on the team - landed in the right-field pavilion off Joaquin Benoit (4-2) with one out.

  • Rays option infielder Tim Beckham to minors

    May 29, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays have optioned rookie infielder Tim Beckham to Triple-A Durham after the team's 5-2 win over the Oakland Athletics on Friday night.Left-hander Enny Romero was called up to take Beckham's place on the roster.

  • Konerko to have No. 14 retired by White Sox

    May 29, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Paul Konerko arrived at the ballpark with a clear mind, even a sense of relief.No need to worry about the opposing pitcher. This weekend, he is simply a guest of honor.The White Sox will pay tribute to their former slugger Saturday when they retire his old No. 14.

  • LEADING OFF: Kluber's on a roll, Burnett vs Harvey

    May 29, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Saturday:---LOOKING MORE LIKE CYCorey Kluber is only 1-5, but he's looking more like the pitcher who won the AL Cy Young last season. The Indians right-hander heads into his start against the Reds on quite a roll: He has 30 strikeouts while allowing just one run in 17 innings over his last two starts. Kluber pitched 6 2-3 no-hit innings and struck out 18 in eight shutout innings against St. Louis on May 13. He followed that by holding the White Sox to one run in nine innings.

  • Fujikawa given unconditional release from Rangers

    May 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Japanese reliever Kyuji Fujikawa was placed on waivers Friday by the Texas Rangers to give him his unconditional release.The Rangers had designated Fujikawa for assignment Sunday after the right-hander made only two appearances for them, allowing three runs in 1 2-3 innings. General manager Jon Daniels said then that Fujikawa had indicated that he didn't want to go back to the minor leagues.

  • Garcia scratched from White Sox's lineup with swollen knee

    May 29, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Chicago White Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia was scratched from Friday's lineup against the Minnesota Twins because of inflammation in his right knee.Garcia, batting .319 with four homers and 18 RBIs, was lifted for a pinch runner in the 10th inning of Monday's win over Cleveland but played in the next three games.

  • Red Sox call up Cuban OF Rusney Castillo

    May 29, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Boston Red Sox have recalled outfielder Rusney Castillo from Triple-A.Outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. was optioned to Pawtucket to make room for Castillo on the roster. The Cuban native started in right field in Friday night's game against the Los Angeles Angels.

  • Garcia scratched from White Sox's lineup with inflamed knee

    May 29, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Chicago White Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia was scratched from Friday's lineup against the Minnesota Twins because of inflammation in his right knee.Garcia, batting .319 with four homers and 18 RBIs, was lifted for a pinch runner in the 10th inning of Monday's win over Cleveland but played in the next three games.

  • Rays' minor league team cancels 'A-Rod Juice Box' promotion

    May 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) What began as ''A-Rod Juice Box'' promo night for a Tampa Bay Rays minor league team quickly became Apology Night.The Charlotte Stone Crabs of the Florida State League on Friday night abruptly canceled the promotion that barbed slugger Alex Rodriguez after a complaint by the New York Yankees.

  • No immediate surgery for A's Coco Crisp

    May 29, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Oakland Athletics have ruled out immediate neck surgery for outfielder Coco Crisp.The A's said Friday they expect to make a decision this weekend on Crisp's playing status. He had a similar injury last season, and hasn't played since leaving a game Tuesday in Houston with a stiff neck.

  • Blue Jays place 2B Travis on DL, promote Kawasaki

    May 29, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) The Blue Jays laced infielder Devon Travis on the 15-day disabled list Friday because of a sore left shoulder and promoted infielder Munenori Kawasaki from Triple-A Buffalo.Travis hasn't played since leaving a May 16 game at Houston in the seventh inning. He was injured when he was hit by a bad hop grounder in an April 30 game at Cleveland. The injury affected his swing, causing him to bat .189 in 53 at-bats in May after batting .325 in April.

  • Rangers put 1B/OF Blanks on disabled list, add OF Smolinski

    May 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Texas Rangers have put first baseman/outfielder Kyle Blanks on the 15-day disabled list and recalled outfielder Jake Smolinski from Triple-A Round Rock.Texas manager Jeff Banister said he expected Smolinski would be available Friday night against the Yankees.

  • Marlins players fail to show for charity event

    May 29, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Mired in a seven-game losing streak, Miami Marlins players further disappointed their fans by failing to show as advertised for a charity event.The organization had said players would attend the event to benefit the inner cities baseball program. When no players showed, fans complained on social media, and team president David Samson wasn't happy either.

  • Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka set for next rehab start

    May 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is set to make his next rehabilitation start Wednesday against Boston's Triple-A team.New York manager Joe Girardi made the announcement before playing Texas on Friday night. He said the Japanese right-hander will be limited to 65 pitches in his game for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre at Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

  • Alex Wood misses start because of stomach virus

    May 29, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Pitcher Alex Wood has a stomach virus and will not start for the Atlanta Braves on Friday night.Eric Stults, who was bumped to the bullpen last week, took Wood's place against the Milwaukee Brewers.Manager Fredi Gonzalez said Wood first told the team he wasn't feeling well Thursday night after the Braves' 10-1 victory over the Brewers.

  • Pirates star McCutchen laughs off leaked pay stub

    May 29, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Good thing Andrew McCutchen has direct deposit.The Pittsburgh Pirates star centerfielder laughed off a leaked photo of his pay stub Friday, joking he can handle the attention so long as he still gets paid.McCutchen's two-week stub was left behind in the visitor's clubhouse at Wrigley Field last weekend following a series with the Cubs.

  • Nationals activate reliever Casey Janssen; Solis on DL

    May 29, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Nationals activated RHP Casey Janssen and placed LHP Sammy Solis on the 15-day disabled list with left shoulder inflammation.Janssen, 33, missed the first 41 games with right shoulder inflammation. The reliever, who signed with the Nationals as a free agent in February, made six rehab appearances between Single-A Potomac and Double-A Harrisburg.

  • Brewers' Smith suspended 8 games for rosin, sunscreen on arm

    May 29, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell didn't see a shiny substance on reliever Will Smith's right arm until it was too late.Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez had already emerged from the dugout to ask umpires to check to see if Smith was cheating.

  • Smith regrets oversight with rosin, sunscreen on arm

    May 29, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Milwaukee Brewers reliever Will Smith wanted to grip the ball better, so he followed a common practice of using rosin and sunscreen on his pitching hand.Only problem is it's against the rules.''It was chilly and kind of windy,'' Smith said. ''I had rosin and sunscreen on my arm. I just forgot to wipe it off before I went out and pitched. I had to kind of get ready in a hurry. I just forgot. That's it.''

  • Brewers' Smith ejected for having rosin, sunscreen on arm

    May 29, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Will Smith was ejected for having rosin and sunscreen on his right forearm in the seventh inning Thursday night of a 10-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves.Smith confirmed that he put the substance on his forearm before warming up in the bullpen on a brisk night. He said that he regretted not wiping it off before entering the game.

  • Brewers' Smith ejected for allegedly having pine tar on arm

    May 29, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Will Smith was ejected for allegedly having pine tar on his right forearm in the seventh inning Thursday night against the Atlanta Braves.With the bases loaded and one out and Atlanta leading 2-1, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez emerged from the dugout and asked the umpires to check if Smith had pine tar on his arm.

  • LEADING OFF: Syndergaard, Cole meet up, Jennings tries again

    May 29, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Friday:---FUTURES GAMEMets right-hander Noah Syndergaard (1-1, 3.18 ERA) makes his third major league start opposite budding Pittsburgh ace Gerrit Cole (5-2, 2.40) in a juicy matchup of hard-throwing youngsters with high expectations. ''I've never spoken to the guy before in my life, but I've heard he's an incredible pitcher and he's fun to watch,'' Syndergaard said. ''It will be exciting.''

  • Dodgers suspend infielder Arruebarrena for rest of season

    May 29, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Infielder Erisbel Arruebarrena was a major league player at this time last year. Now he's a man without a team at any level.Arruebarrena was suspended by the Los Angeles Dodgers for the remainder of the season on Thursday for what the team said was ''repeated failures to comply with his contract.''

  • Pujols out of Angels' lineup with bruised hand

    May 29, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Albert Pujols is out of the Los Angeles Angels' lineup Thursday night in Toronto, a day after bruising his left hand when he was hit by a pitch.Pujols left the game Wednesday night in the fifth, one inning after being hit by Blue Jays right-hander Drew Hutchison. X-rays were negative, but Pujols was unable to grip a bat because of pain and swelling. The slugger said he was unable to feel his fingers.

  • From HRs to ejections, rarely a dull moment for Bryce Harper

    May 29, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) There's rarely a dull moment when it comes to Bryce Harper.Been that way pretty much ever since the Washington Nationals brought him to the majors at age 19.He'll hit six home runs in a span of three games. He'll get ejected twice in the span of seven games. He'll earn NL Player of the Week honors, repeat that feat a week later - and when asked about the rare accomplishment, declare, ''Hopefully I win it again.''

  • Manfred: MASN eventually must pay Nats increased rights fees

    May 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network will eventually be forced to pay increased rights fees to the Washington Nationals.Both teams own stakes in MASN, and the Orioles hold a controlling interest. When they could not agree on the Nationals' rights fees for 2012-16, the dispute went to MLB's three-man Revenue Sharing Definitions Committee.

  • MLB hopes to move ahead with Cuba exhibition next spring

    May 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Major League Baseball hopes to move ahead with plans for an exhibition game in Cuba next yearPresident Barack Obama announced in December his intention to restore diplomatic ties between the United States and Cuba.U.S. teams played spring training games in Cuba before Fidel Castro's revolution, but none appeared there from March 1959 until the Baltimore Orioles played Cuba's national team in Havana in March 1999. MLB has not returned since.

  • Dodgers pitcher Ryu has season-ending shoulder surgery

    May 29, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu has undergone season-ending surgery for a tear in his left shoulder.The team said Thursday that the procedure done in Los Angeles went as well as could be expected, and Ryu should return by spring training next year.

  • De La Rosa becomes Rockies' career strikeouts leader

    May 29, 2015

    DENVER (AP) Left-hander Jorge De La Rosa became the Colorado Rockies' career strikeouts leader by fanning Philadelphia shortstop Freddy Galvis in the fourth inning Thursday.That strikeout gave De La Rosa 774 with the Rockies, one more than Ubaldo Jimenez.

  • MLB and Reds discussing Rose role at All-Star Game

    May 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Pete Rose's role at the All-Star game in Cincinnati will be determined by Major League Baseball and the Reds after they determine what other obligations the banned career hits leader has.Rose began work as a studio analyst for Fox this month. The network will broadcast the game, which is being played in Rose's hometown on July 14.

  • Rays LHP Smyly to rehab injured shoulder, not have surgery

    May 29, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay Rays left-hander Drew Smyly will try and rehab a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder and not have season-ending surgery.Smyly was put on the 60-day disabled list May 9, retroactive to May 6. He also started the year on the DL after hurting the shoulder at spring training.

  • Manfred says Yanks have grounds to not pay A-Rod bonus

    May 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said he thinks the New York Yankees have grounds not to pay Alex Rodriguez a million marketing bonus for tying Willie Mays for fourth place on the career home run list.When Rodriguez signed a 5 million, 10-year contract with the Yankees in December 2007, the sides also agreed to a separate deal that called for million each for up to five milestone accomplishments, payable within 15 days of designation by the team.

  • Rejuvenated Burnett off to spectacular start in final season

    May 29, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The fire is still there, churning away somewhere inside A.J. Burnett's well-tattooed and teenage-thin body. The flames, however, are simply better hidden.Instead of the five-alarm outbursts that would accompany adversity earlier in the veteran pitcher's 17-year career, you'll only get a flicker or two.

  • A's announce Ron Washington hired as coach

    May 29, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Oakland Athletics have announced that Ron Washington is rejoining the team as a major league coach after working nearly eight years as manager of the Texas Rangers.Washington, who was a coach with the A's for 11 years before joining the Rangers, will join the team for Friday night's game at Tampa Bay.

  • Royals reliever Madson takes long road back to big leagues

    May 29, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) One or 2 percent. That was it.That was the chance that Ryan Madson gave himself of ever pitching again in the big leagues.Once a dominant closer with the Philadelphia Phillies, a telltale twinge in the right elbow that resulted in Tommy John surgery had ushered Madson toward a premature retirement. He was content with what he had accomplished in baseball, even if he was frustrated by the finish.

  • Manfred understands why minority interviews skipped

    May 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) New baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said he understands why the Milwaukee Brewers and Miami Marlins did not interview any minority candidates when they hired new managers this month.Then-Commissioner Bud Selig told teams in April 1999 they had to consider minorities when hiring a manager, GM, assistant GM, director of player development or director of scouting.

  • Ex-Rangers manager Washington rejoin Athletics as coach

    May 29, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Former Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington has been hired as a major league coach for the Oakland Athletics, returning to the club where he was a coach for 11 years.The A's announced the hiring Thursday and said Washington would be with the team all season.

  • Manfred understands why Brewers, Marlins skipped interviews

    May 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) New baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred understands why the Milwaukee Brewers and Miami Marlins did not interview any minority candidates when they hired new managers this month.Speaking at a news conference Thursday after his first owners' meeting as the sport's head, Manfred said ''if a club has an internal candidate that they're so sure about that they're willing to forego the opportunity to interview anyone, forcing people through an interview process doesn't really make a lot of sense.''

  • Cardinals send Tuivailala to minors, opening spot for Garcia

    May 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The St. Louis Cardinals have optioned rookie reliever Sam Tuivailala to Triple-A Memphis, opening a roster spot for left-hander Jaime Garcia.Activated from the 15-day disabled list, Garcia was set to pitch Thursday against the New York Mets in his first major league start since last June. He had been sidelined since having thoracic outlet surgery in July 2014 to alleviate numbness and tingling in his left arm and hand.

  • Macklemore, Snoop Dogg to play in celeb softball game

    May 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Rappers Snoop Dogg and Macklemore and ''Hunger Games'' actor Josh Hutcherson will play in the 2015 MLB All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game.''Black-ish'' actor Anthony Anderson and country singer Justin Moore will also participate on July 12 at Cincinnati's Great American Ball Park alongside Cincinnati Reds legends Sean Casey, Paul O'Neill, Eric Davis and Aaron Boone.

  • Ex-Rangers manager Washington to re-join Athletics

    May 29, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Ron Washington is getting back into the big leagues, rejoining the Oakland Athletics as an instructor after working nearly eight years as manager of the Texas Rangers.Washington, who was a coach with the A's for 11 years before joining the Rangers, told The Associated Press in a text message Wednesday night that he heard from general manager Billy Beane earlier in the day and would meet the club in Tampa, Florida, on Friday. Oakland (14-28) sits in last place in the AL West and leads the majors in errors with 44 errors, including 16 by shortstop Marcus Semien.

  • LEADING OFF: Bumgarner-Kershaw; Hamilton, Reyes to Triple-A

    May 29, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Thursday:---ACES, PART IIIWorld Series MVP Madison Bumgarner and NL MVP and Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw will match up for the third time already this season when the Giants and Dodgers wrap up their three-game series at AT&T Park. Everybody expects a low-scoring game when these two lefty aces are on the mound opposite each other. ''As much as anything you like to see guys rise up,'' Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly said. ''It's fun watching those guys.''

  • Pujols leaves game after being hit by pitch on left hand

    May 29, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols left Wednesday's game against the Blue Jays in the fifth, one inning after he was hit on the left hand by a pitch from Blue Jays starter Drew Hutchison.Pujols doubled over in pain after being struck and was examined by the trainer, but stayed in the game to run the bases, eventually being stranded at third base.

  • Klein recalled, faces Red Sox in 1st major league start

    May 29, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Texas Rangers have recalled right-hander Phil Klein and given him his first major league start.Klein was called up Wednesday from Triple-A Round Rock and pitched against the Boston Red Sox. Texas designated for assignment outfielder Carlos Peguero and sent right-hander Stolmy Pimentel to Round Rock.

  • Nats' Bryce Harper, manager Williams ejected against Yanks

    May 29, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper and manager Matt Williams have been ejected in the bottom of the third inning against the New York Yankees.Harper, who hit 10 homers in his previous 12 games, was batting with two outs in the third Wednesday night when Adam Warren's first pitch of the at-bat was called a strike by plate umpire Marvin Hudson.

  • Struggling Drew Stubbs sent to minors by Rockies

    May 29, 2015

    DENVER (AP) Struggling outfielder Drew Stubbs has been optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque by the Colorado Rockies, who recalled outfielder Brandon Barnes from the Isotopes.Stubbs was hitting .118 with two home runs and 5 RBIs in 24 games and had struck out 31 times in 51 at bats.

  • Severino Gonzalez recalled from minors by Phillies

    May 29, 2015

    DENVER (AP) Right-hander Severino Gonzalez has been recalled by the Philadelphia Phillies from Triple-A to start Wednesday night's game against the Colorado Rockies.To make room for Gonzalez the Phillies optioned righty Hector Neris to Lehigh Valley on Tuesday night.

  • Marcum promoted to start for Indians

    May 29, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Right-hander Shaun Marcum has been brought up from the minor leagues by the Cleveland Indians to start against the Chicago White Sox.The 33-year-old's contract was selected Wednesday from Triple-A Columbus, and his start Wednesday night was his first in the major leagues since July 6, 2013, for the New York Mets against Milwaukee. He allowed six runs - five earned - in five innings, then went on the disabled list with thoracic outlet syndrome and had right shoulder surgery that July 15.

  • Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu to have left shoulder surgery

    May 29, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu will undergo surgery on his troublesome throwing shoulder Thursday and is not expected to return this season.The team made the announcement Wednesday before a game against the San Francisco Giants. The arthroscopic surgery will be performed by orthopedist Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles. Manager Don Mattingly doesn't know a timetable for Ryu's recovery but said he did not believe it would be before the 2016 season.

  • Scherzer's chocolate syrup helps Nationals toast big wins

    May 29, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Let the chocolate syrup flow.As the Washington Nationals have set aside a slow start and entered Wednesday in a tie atop the NL East, they developed an unusual way to celebrate their mounting collection of comeback victories: Starting pitcher Max Scherzer pours chocolate from a bottle on the player responsible for producing the winning run.

  • Braves trade right-hander John Cornely to Red Sox

    May 29, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Pitcher John Cornely has been traded from the Atlanta Braves to the Boston Red Sox.The 26-year-old right-hander made one big league appearance this year, allowing four runs in one inning against Washington on April 29 in his major league debut.

  • Yankees CF Ellsbury, on DL, not sure extent of knee injury

    May 29, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Wearing a black brace on his sprained right knee, New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury said he has not been told how long he might be sidelined - and doesn't expect to know a prognosis until seeing a team doctor on Friday.

  • Hamilton gets more time in minors as Texas return draws near

    May 29, 2015

    FRISCO, Texas (AP) Josh Hamilton says his body tells him there would be about a week and a half left in a normal spring training.So three to four days sounds about right during the Texas slugger's accelerated personal preseason, which means one more minor league stop before he potentially rejoins the Rangers.

  • Indians donating equipment to league following robbery

    May 29, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Indians are donating new catcher's gear to the Garfield Heights Baseball League after it had some equipment stolen last week.With help from Louisville Slugger, the major league team will present new protective helmets, chest protectors and shin guards to the league, which had those items robbed from a storage locker. The team will make the donation on Thursday to some of the league's players and coaches. The Indians said one of their players and mascot, Slider, will take part in the presentation of the new gear.

  • Steinbrenner on A-Rod: 'He's been a great asset'

    May 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Now that Alex Rodriguez has more home runs than lawsuits, the New York Yankees are happy with him.The 39-year-old began Wednesday with a .248 batting average following his return from a season-long drug suspension, and his 10 homers and 22 RBIs were both second on the team behind Mark Teixeira.

  • Yankees CF Ellsbury on DL with right knee injury

    May 29, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right knee after getting hurt during an 8-6, 10-inning loss to the Washington Nationals.The Yankees selected the contract of outfielder Slade Heathcott from Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday and transferred pitcher Chase Whitley to the 60-day DL, a day after he had season-ending Tommy John surgery.

  • Hamilton to see more Triple-A before joining Texas Rangers

    May 29, 2015

    FRISCO, Texas (AP) Josh Hamilton is headed back to Triple-A Round Rock before rejoining the Texas Rangers.The Rangers said Wednesday, before Hamilton's scheduled fourth game with Double-A Frisco, that the 2010 AL MVP would return to Round Rock for home games Thursday through Saturday.

  • Reds: Bad firework caused smokestack fire at Great American

    May 29, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Officials with the Cincinnati Reds say the fireworks smokestack at Great American Ballpark that caught fire last week has been inspected by engineers and is expected to be up and running when the team returns for its next home game Monday.

  • Yankees CF Ellsbury heads to DL with right knee injury

    May 29, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury is heading to the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right knee after getting injured Tuesday night during an 8-6, 10-inning loss to the Washington Nationals.The Yankees said that outfielder Slade Heathcott would be called up from Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday. Heathcott will be selected to the 40-man roster, requiring another move to make room there.

  • Mariners fall to Orioles 9-4 in Cruz's return to Baltimore

    May 29, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) Nelson Cruz forged another pleasant memory at Camden Yards, except for one important detail: his team lost.Cruz hit a three-run homer in his first game in Baltimore since last year, but the Orioles got a homer and four RBIs from Jimmy Paredes in a 9-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night.

  • Padres place Wil Myers on disabled list, recall RHP Mazzoni

    May 29, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) The San Diego Padres have placed first baseman-outfielder Wil Myers on the 15-day disabled list with left wrist tendinitis.The move was made Tuesday, retroactive to May 11. To take Myers' roster spot, the Padres recalled right-hander Cory Mazzoni from Triple-A El Paso.

  • No cheap seats anymore for Cubs rookie slugger Kris Bryant

    May 29, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Two years ago, Kris Bryant would sit in the nosebleed seats on College Night at Petco Park.On Tuesday night, he was back at the big downtown ballyard, playing third base and batting second for the Chicago Cubs.''It's come full circle. It's really surreal,'' Bryant said while sitting in the dugout two hours before the first pitch. ''I used to sit up there in the upper deck in right field for , the cheap seats, and now I get to play and get to step into the box against James Shields.''

  • Japan, US paired in 1st round of Premier12 baseball event

    May 29, 2015

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) Co-host and top-ranked Japan has been grouped with the United States in the inaugural Premier12 baseball tournament, which features the top 12 countries in the World Baseball Softball Confederation's rankings.Japan and the U.S. are joined by the Dominican Republic, South Korea, Venezuela and Mexico in a tough Group B announced Wednesday by the tournament organizers.

  • LEADING OFF: Harper vs Yanks; Keuchel undefeated; LA at SF

    May 29, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Wednesday:---WARREN COMMISSIONEDIn the 11th start of his big league career, Yankees righty Adam Warren (2-2, 4.50 ERA) will try to slow down Nationals slugger Bryce Harper, honored as NL player of the week twice in a row. Harper entered this week hitting .564 with 22 RBIs over his past 11 games - and promptly homered in his first at-bat of Washington's homestand. Warren goes up against Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann (3-2, 3.66).

  • Braun, Lind, Ramirez hit consecutive HRs to lead Brewers

    May 29, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Ryan Braun, Adam Lind and Aramis Ramirez hit consecutive home runs in a six run-third inning, Jimmy Nelson pitched eight strong innings, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Detroit Tigers 8-1 on Tuesday night.Braun drove in four runs and Carlos Gomez had three hits and two RBIs for Milwaukee, which has won the first two games of the three-game series.

  • No cheap seats anymore for Cubs rookie slugger Bryant

    May 29, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Two years ago, Kris Bryant would sit in the nosebleed seats on College Night at Petco Park.On Tuesday night, he was back at the big downtown ballyard, playing third base and batting second for the Chicago Cubs.''It's come full circle. It's really surreal,'' Bryant said while sitting in the dugout two hours before first pitch. ''I used to sit up there in the upper deck in right field for , the cheap seats, and now I get to play and get to face James Shields.''

  • Dodgers considering surgery for injured pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu

    May 29, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Dodgers are considering surgery for injured starter Hyun-Jin Ryu, who has yet to pitch this season.The No. 3 starter has been out because of shoulder inflammation since March. The South Korean left-hander hasn't responded to rest.

  • Yankees CF Ellsbury leaves in 4th with right knee injury

    May 29, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury has left the New York Yankees' game against the Washington Nationals in the fourth inning because of a right knee injury.Ellsbury was replaced in the leadoff spot by Carlos Beltran, who entered in right field, with Chris Young moving from right to center.

  • Yankees RHP Tanaka to make rehab start at Triple-A Scranton

    May 29, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) New York Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka is slated to throw about 45 pitches in a minor league rehab start at Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes-Barre on Thursday.The Japanese right-hander hasn't pitched since April 23 because of a strained right forearm and tendinitis in that wrist.

  • A-Rod out of Yankees' lineup with no DH at Nationals Park

    May 29, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Alex Rodriguez was out of the Yankees' lineup against the Nationals because no designated hitter is used in games at NL ballparks.Yankees manager Joe Girardi said before Tuesday night's opener of a two-game series that ''it's easier to play him on a more daily basis when we keep him at DH.''

  • Rockies place Dickerson on DL with plantar fasciitis

    May 29, 2015

    DENVER (AP) The Colorado Rockies have placed outfielder Corey Dickerson on the 15-day disabled list due to plantar fasciitis in his left foot.To fill his spot on the roster, the team recalled utility player Ben Paulsen from Triple-A Albuquerque on Tuesday before a game against the Philadelphia Phillies.

  • Mets bring up Ceciliani and cut Nieuwenhuis

    May 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Mets have cut reserve outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis, making room on the roster for hot-hitting minor leaguer Darrell Ceciliani.New York selected Ceciliani's contract from Triple-A Las Vegas Tuesday before playing the St. Louis Cardinals and designated Nieuwenhuis for assignment.

  • Braves sign veteran right-hander Masset to bolster bullpen

    May 29, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The Braves added a veteran arm to their bullpen, agreeing to a one-year contract with right-hander Nick Masset for the 7,500 major league minimum.Masset cleared waivers Monday after Miami designated him for assignment. The 33-year-old has a 1.86 ERA and in eight games this year, but opponents are hitting .324 against him.

  • Slugger Nelson Cruz returns to Baltimore with Mariners

    May 29, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) Nelson Cruz returned to Camden Yards on Tuesday, his mind filled with memories of his one ''special'' season with the Baltimore Orioles.Cruz led the majors with 40 home runs in 2014 and helped the Orioles win the AL East and a playoff series against the Detroit Tigers.

  • Angels outfielder Matt Joyce was benched for late arrival

    May 29, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Angels outfielder Matt Joyce was scratched from the lineup for Monday afternoon's game against Toronto after arriving late to the ballpark, incorrectly thinking Los Angeles was scheduled for a night game.The game was in the daytime because if was on Victoria Day, first celebrated in 1845 in honor of Queen Victoria's birthday.

  • Blue Jays designate Todd Redmond for assignment

    May 29, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) The Blue Jays have designated right-hander Todd Redmond for assignment to clear a roster spot for right-hander Scott Copeland, who was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo following Monday's 10-6 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.Redmond was promoted from Triple-A to start Monday's game so that the Blue Jays could give their starting rotation an extra day of rest. He allowed three runs and four hits in four innings.

  • Dodgers finalize .5 million, 6-year deal with Olivera

    May 29, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Cuban infielder Hector Olivera arrived at the Dodgers' spring training facility in Arizona after finalizing a .5 million, six-year contract Tuesday, and predicted he could be playing in the major leagues within a month.The deal was reached in late March, but Olivera had to first secure a visa. He arrived in Los Angeles on Tuesday and successfully completed a physical, with the Dodgers downplaying reports of a possible ligament tear in his right elbow.

  • Rafael Furcal retires after 14 major league seasons

    May 29, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Former NL Rookie of the Year Rafael Furcal is retiring after 14 major league seasons.The 37-year-old signed a minor league contract with Kansas City during spring training, and the Royals placed him on the voluntary retired list Tuesday. He hit .240 with one double in 25 at-bats for Class A Wilmington and Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

  • Jose Tabata brought back from minor leagues by Pirates

    May 29, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Dropped from the 40-man roster last October, outfielder Jose Tabata has been brought back to the major leagues by the Pittsburgh Pirates.Tabata's contract was selected from Indianapolis on Tuesday, and right-hander Wilfredo Boscan was optioned to the Triple-A team.

  • Nationals put OF Werth on DL, recall INF Difo from Double-A

    May 29, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Nationals left fielder Jayson Werth went on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a bruised left wrist after getting hit by a pitch.Washington also recalled infielder Wilmer Difo from Double-A Harrisburg before Tuesday night's game against the New York Yankees

  • Tigers put Victor Martinez on DL with knee inflammation

    May 29, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Victor Martinez was put on the 15-day disabled list by the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday after struggling in his return from offseason knee surgery.Detroit said Martinez has left knee inflammation. He had surgery on that knee in February after tearing the medial meniscus.

  • Seattle sends Yoervis Medina to Cubs for Welington Castillo

    May 29, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) The Seattle Mariners bolstered their depth behind the plate, acquiring catcher Welington Castillo from the Chicago Cubs for right-handed relief pitcher Yoervis Medina.Castillo will back up Mike Zunino, who brought a .179 batting average into Tuesday night's game against the Orioles.

  • Seattle sends Yoervis Medina to Cubs for Wellington Castillo

    May 29, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) The Seattle Mariners have acquired catcher Wellington Castillo from the Chicago Cubs in for right-handed relief pitcher Yoervis Medina.The teams swapped the players on Tuesday. Castillo likely will back up Seattle's Mike Zunino, while Medina will report to Triple-A Iowa with the Cubs organization.

  • LEADING OFF: Harper hammering away, Bryant back in San Diego

    May 29, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues today:---HARPER'S HAMMERBryce Harper is back in action after Washington had a day off. The star outfielder is on an incredible 11-game roll - he's 22 for 39 (.564) with nine home runs and 22 RBIs in that span, along with 10 walks. The Yankees will try to stop Harper when they play at Nationals Park.

  • Braves IF Gosselin out about 2 months with fractured thumb

    May 29, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Atlanta Braves backup infielder Phil Gosselin will miss about eight weeks because of a fractured left thumb.The team announced that Gosselin will undergo surgery Wednesday in Atlanta. The 26-year-old is hitting .325 with two RBIs in 40 at-bats after making the opening-day roster for the first time in his big league career.

  • Left-hander Bruce Chen announces retirement after 17 seasons

    May 29, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Well-traveled pitcher Bruce Chen announced his retirement Monday night after 17 seasons in the major leagues.Chen, who pitched for 11 teams, revealed his decision on Twitter and it was confirmed by the Cleveland Indians, who designated him for assignment Saturday.

  • Orioles put RHP Bud Norris on 15-day DL with bronchitis

    May 29, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) Struggling right-hander Bud Norris has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Baltimore Orioles with bronchitis.The move, announced Monday, is retroactive to May 11.Norris is 1-4 with a 9.88 ERA. He was scratched from his scheduled start Saturday.

  • Tulowitzki back in the lineup after missing 2 games

    May 29, 2015

    DENVER (AP) Troy Tulowitzki is back in the Colorado Rockies lineup after sitting out the last two games with tightness in his left quadriceps.The All-Star shortstop called it ''fatigue'' and said it wasn't anything to worry about, even with his injury-riddle past. He left Friday's game in Los Angeles against the Dodgers after aggravating his leg while trying to beat out a bouncer.

  • Gomez homers in first at-bat after beaning

    May 29, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Milwaukee's Carlos Gomez led off Monday night's game at Detroit with a home run, one day after he was beaned by a 96 mph fastball against the New York Mets.Gomez was hit in the left earflap by a pitch from Mets rookie Noah Syndergaard on Sunday. He and Syndergaard exchanged gracious Twitter messages afterward, and Gomez was back in the lineup Monday.

  • Phillies recall RHP Neris from Triple-A Lehigh Valley

    May 29, 2015

    DENVER (AP) The Philadelphia Phillies have recalled right-hander Hector Neris from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.Neris takes the roster spot of righty Chad Billingsley, who went on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday due to a shoulder strain. The move involving Billingsley is retroactive to Saturday.

  • Brewers send Gennett down; Gomez in lineup after beaning

    May 29, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) The Milwaukee Brewers have optioned second baseman Scooter Gennett to Triple-A Colorado Springs and recalled right-hander Corey Knebel.Gennett hit .154 in 21 games for the Brewers this season, and he spent some time on the disabled list with a left hand injury. Gennett hit .289 with nine home runs and 54 RBIs last season, and Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell hopes the 25-year-old infielder can get back on track and return to the majors before too long.

  • LEADING OFF: Harper hammering away, Reds try for help up top

    May 29, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Tuesday:---HARPER'S HAMMERBryce Harper is back in action after Washington had a day off. The star outfielder is on an incredible 11-game roll - he's hitting 22 for 39 (.564) with nine home runs and 22 RBIs in that span, along with 10 walks. The Yankees will try to stop Harper when they play at Nationals Park.

  • INF/OF Aviles activated by Indians from restricted list

    May 29, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Cleveland Indians have activated infielder/outfielder Mike Aviles from the restricted list.The Indians made the move before Monday night's game against the Chicago White Sox.Aviles was originally put on the family medical emergency list, then was moved to the restricted list. His 4-year-old daughter, Adriana, has leukemia and was being treated at the Cleveland Clinic.

  • Tigers star Verlander throws 45-pitch bullpen session

    May 29, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Justin Verlander threw a 45-pitch bullpen session before Detroit's game against Milwaukee on Monday.The right-hander says he'd likely need a simulated game and at least one rehab start before taking the mound in a game for the Tigers. Manager Brad Ausmus says Verlander will probably throw another bullpen before participating in any sort of simulated game.

  • Yankees pitcher Chase Whitley set for Tommy John surgery

    May 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Yankees right-hander Chase Whitley will have Tommy John surgery on Tuesday and miss the rest of the season.The team made the announcement Monday during an off-day.The 25-year-old Whitley left his start Thursday against Tampa Bay in the second inning because of pain in his elbow.

  • Tanaka has bullpen session, Nova pitches at extended spring

    May 29, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) New York Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka has thrown his third bullpen session while teammate Ivan Nova pitched in his fourth extended spring training game.Tanaka, who hasn't pitched since April 23 because of right wrist tendinitis and a right forearm strain, threw 29 pitches Monday at Nationals Park in Washington,, D.C., on an off-day for the Yankees.

  • Royals' Mike Moustakas finding ways to beat defensive shifts

    May 29, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Everyone in the Royals dugout was hanging on the top step when Mike Moustakas stepped to the plate Friday night. He had already accomplished three legs of the cycle, and all that was missing was a home run.Yankees reliever Jose Ramirez delivered the pitch, one that the left-handed Moustakas could only try poking to right field. He nearly got enough of it anyway, the ball floating through the air for what seemed like an eternity before bouncing halfway up the outfield wall.

  • Judge puts off decision in Orioles, Nationals TV dispute

    May 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) A New York state judge put off a decision in the television revenue dispute between the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals after listening to four hours of arguments.Supreme Court Justice Lawrence K. Marks said Monday he will issue a written opinion. Marks put a preliminary injunction in place last August, preventing the Nationals' from breaking their deal with the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, which is controlled by the Orioles.

  • Marlins GM Dan Jennings becomes Miami's manager

    May 29, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Even the mother of the Miami Marlins' new manager is questioning the wisdom of the choice.Marlins general manager Dan Jennings was selected Monday to replace Mike Redmond in the dugout. Jennings has 31 years of experience in professional baseball, but he never played in the majors and has never managed.

  • Orioles, Nationals in court over TV revenue dispute

    May 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Baltimore Orioles, Washington Nationals and Major League Baseball were in court for four hours Monday in a dispute over television rights fees.Justice Lawrence K. Marks didn't immediately issue a decision.The Mid-Atlantic Sports Network was established in 2005 after the Montreal Expos relocated to Washington and became the Nationals. The team moved into what had been Baltimore's exclusive broadcast territory since 1972.

  • AP source: Marlins GM Dan Jennings becomes Miami's manager

    May 29, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Miami Marlins general manager Dan Jennings has been chosen the team's new manager, a person familiar with the situation said Monday.The person confirmed the move to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the decision wasn't announced. A news conference was scheduled later Monday morning.

  • President of Red Sox minor league affiliate PawSox dies

    May 29, 2015

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) Pawtucket Red Sox President James Skeffington, a lawyer who became the minor league affiliate's public face and lead cheerleader for a plan to move the team to downtown Providence, has died. He was 73.Skeffington died Sunday night while jogging in Barrington, where he lived, team spokeswoman Patti Doyle said Monday. His brother, Jack Skeffington, said the cause was a heart attack.

  • AP source: Marlins GM Dan Jennings becomes their manager

    May 29, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) A person familiar with the situation says Miami Marlins general manager Dan Jennings is the team's new manager.The person confirmed the move to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the decision hasn't announced. A news conference is scheduled later Monday morning.

  • Miguel Cabrera and other home run leaders - by country

    May 29, 2015

    Miguel Cabrera hit his 400th home run over the weekend, and that milestone was more than just another round number.Cabrera also took over the career lead in major league home runs by players born in Venezuela, moving one ahead of Andres Galarraga. In fact, Cabrera has now hit more homers than any other native of South America.

  • LEADING OFF: Marlins new manager, Harvey vs. Cards

    May 29, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues today:---NEW SKIPPERThe Marlins are going to introduce their new manager a day after firing Mike Redmond. Miami dropped to 16-22 Sunday, falling an out shy of being no-hit by Atlanta. Following the game, Redmond was let go in his third season.

  • For more skippers, no prior managing experience required

    May 29, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Craig Counsell played 15 years in the majors, scouted and has worked with minor league players and coaches. But he never coached or managed in the minors or majors before taking over as Milwaukee's manager for Brewers general manager Doug Melvin.

  • LEADING OFF: Marlins new manager, Harvey vs Cards

    May 29, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Monday:---NEW SKIPPERThe Marlins are going to introduce their new manager a day after firing Mike Redmond. Miami dropped to 16-22 Sunday, falling an out away from being no-hit by Atlanta. Following the game, Redmond was let go in his third season.

  • Sunday only 9th day of 7 or more shutouts in MLB history

    May 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) There were seven shutouts in 14 days games in the major leagues Sunday, only the ninth day with at least seven blankings in major league history.Shelby Miller pitched the most dramatic game, coming within one out of a no-hitter in Atlanta's 2-0 win at Miami. He retired the first two batters in the ninth before Justin Bour singled to center. Dee Gordon reached on an infield single and Martin Prado popped out, ending a two-hitter. Miami fired manager Mike Redmond after the game.

  • Tigers' Greene on track to make next start

    May 29, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Detroit Tigers right-hander Shane Greene is expected to make his next start, bouncing back from a nerve issue his last outing.Greene threw a side session Sunday and said all went well. He was removed after five scoreless innings Friday with mild inflammation of the ulnar tendon that left him dealing with numbness and tingling.

  • Cardinals to start Garcia on Thursday; Tuivailala recalled

    May 29, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The Cardinals are giving lefty Jaime Garcia his first start of the season Thursday, and general manager John Mozeliak said there's no rush to make a trade for veteran pitching.''Let's just see how Jaime does,'' Mozeliak said Sunday. ''Let's give him a chance to see if he can be that answer. If we can't do it from within then we may have to look externally, but we're not at that point where we feel we have to do something.''

  • Cardinals to start Garcia Thursday; Tuivailala recalled

    May 29, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The Cardinals are giving lefty Jaime Garcia his first start of the season on Thursday.Garcia had a setback in spring training from thoracic outlet surgery, performed to alleviate numbness and tingling in his pitching arm and hand. He threw six innings in a minor league rehab start this weekend, and St. Louis needed a starter after Tyler Lyons faltered Saturday.

  • Cardinals recall Tuivailala, option Lyons to minors

    May 29, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The Cardinals have added bullpen depth, recalling right-hander Sam Tuivailala from Triple-A Memphis.Lefty Tyler Lyons, who made three starts in the slot formerly held by injured ace Adam Wainwright, was optioned to Memphis, a day after lasting just 3 2-3 innings in a loss to Detroit.

  • Hamilton progressing, maybe week from Rangers return

    May 29, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Josh Hamilton could be another week from getting back to the majors with the Texas Rangers.Texas general manager Jon Daniels said Sunday that Hamilton is ''clearly making progress'' in the slugger's personal spring training since being re-acquired three weeks ago in a trade from the Los Angeles Angles.

  • Redmond fired as manager of Marlins after sweep by Braves

    May 29, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Twelve years ago, when the Marlins were 16-22, owner Jeffrey Loria fired his manager and the team went on to win the World Series.Now Miami is hoping for a repeat.With that same 16-22 record, Loria fired manager Mike Redmond on Sunday after the Marlins were nearly no-hit in a 6-0 loss to Atlanta that completed a three-game sweep.

  • Cubs 3B Bryant pulled after 4 innings due to illness

    May 29, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Third baseman Kris Bryant has left the Chicago Cubs' game against the Pittsburgh Pirates because he was feeling ill.Bryant was replaced by Jonathan Herrera before the start of the fifth inning on Sunday. The Cubs then announced that the rookie star had departed because he was ''under the weather.''

  • Phillies pitcher O'Sullivan hit in throat by catcher's throw

    May 29, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Phillies right-hander Sean O'Sullivan was hit in the throat on a throw back from catcher Cameron Rupp in the sixth inning of Sunday's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.O'Sullivan looked as if he was turning back to the plate after talking to his fielders when Rupp fired the ball back to the mound. O'Sullivan, though, hadn't returned his attention to Rupp and the ball caught him flush on the throat.

  • Manager Mike Redmond has been fired by the Miami Marlins

    May 29, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Manager Mike Redmond has been fired by the Miami Marlins.

  • Braves' Miller flirt with no-hitter and beats Marlins 6-0

    May 29, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Shelby Miller's no-hit bid ended with two out in the ninth inning Sunday when Justin Bour singled sharply up the middle, and the Atlanta Braves right-hander pitched a two-hitter in a 6-0 win over the Miami Marlins that completed a three-game sweep.

  • Bour ends Shelby Miller's no-hit bid with 2 outs in 9th

    May 29, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Justin Bour singled with two outs in the ninth inning, ending a no-hit bid by the Atlanta Braves' Shelby Miller at the Miami Marlins.Bour singled sharply up the middle against Miller on Sunday.Atlanta leads 6-0.

  • Cubs LHP Wood ready to help team in bullpen role

    May 29, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The ball from Travis Wood's first career save was thrown into the stands at Wrigley Field, and the veteran left-hander insisted it was no big deal.''I mean it's just a ball,'' a grinning Wood said Sunday. ''I can grab any dirty ball and write on it.''

  • Atlanta's Shelby Miller has no-hit bid through 8 innings

    May 29, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Atlanta's Shelby Miller has a no-hit bid through eight innings at the Miami Marlins.Miller has walked one and struck out four. He has thrown 60 of 80 pitches for strikes.Atlanta leads 6-0.

  • Brewers' Carlos Gomez hit in helmet by pitch, leaves game

    May 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez has been hit in the helmet by a pitch and left a game against the New York Mets.Gomez was beaned by a 96 mph fastball from rookie Noah Syndergaard in the sixth inning Sunday.Gomez stayed down in the dirt for a few seconds before being helped into a sitting position by two Milwaukee trainers. Mets trainer Ray Ramirez, who has known Gomez since the two-time All-Star made his big league debut with New York in 2007, also walked to the plate area.

  • Atlanta's Shelby Miller has no-hit bid through 6 innings

    May 29, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Atlanta's Shelby Miller has a no-hit bid through six innings at the Miami Marlins.Miller has walked one and struck out four. He has thrown 48 of 63 pitches for strikes.Atlanta leads 6-0.

  • Rangers' Detwiler to DL, Fujikawa designated for assignment

    May 29, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Japanese reliever Kyuji Fujikawa has been designated for assignment after only two appearances for the Texas Rangers, who also Sunday placed left-handed starter Ross Detwiler on the 15-day disabled list.Fujikawa allowed three runs in 1 2-3 innings over two appearances after he was activated from the DL on Thursday.

  • Braves' Gosselin leaves game with sprained left thumb

    May 29, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Atlanta Braves third baseman Rich Gosselin left his team's game at Miami in the fourth inning Sunday with a sprained left thumb, but he said he doesn't believe the injury is serious.Gosselin exited after he made a diving backhanded stop to rob Adeiny Hechavarria of a hit in the third. He'll be further examined Monday.

  • Yankees activate Capuano to start vs Royals

    May 29, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Yankees activated left-hander Chris Capuano from the disabled list to start Sunday's series finale against the Royals, and optioned reliever Bryan Mitchell to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.Capuano had been rehabbing in the minors after straining a quadriceps while covering first base during a spring training game on March 11. He made three injury rehabilitation starts, one for Class A Tampa and two for Scranton-Wilkes/Barres, going 1-1 with a 1.84 ERA.

  • Montreal mayor says he will meet with Manfred on May 28

    May 29, 2015

    MONTREAL (AP) Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre says he plans to meet baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred in New York on May 28 as part of the city's quest for a return of the sport.In an interview Thursday with the Canadian Press that was released Sunday, Coderre said ''we will show Mr. Manfred our love for the sport. I don't want to negotiate openly, but we'll clearly talk about Montreal.''

  • Athletics put Ike Davis on disabled list

    May 29, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Athletics first baseman Ike Davis has placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left quadriceps.Oakland made the roster move Sunday and said it was retroactive to May 14. The A's recalled outfielder Craig Gentry from Triple-A Nashville.

  • Marlins activate Alvarez and designate Masset for assignment

    May 29, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Miami Marlins opening day starter Henderson Alvarez has been activated from the disabled list to start Sunday's game against Atlanta.Alvarez had been sidelined since April 12 with right shoulder and elbow inflammation.The Marlins designed right-hander Nick Masset for assignment. He was 0-0 with a 1.86 ERA in eight games of relief.

  • Sunday's Time Schedule

    May 29, 2015

    All Times EDTBASEBALLSan Francisco at Cincinnati, 1:10 p.m.Atlanta at Miami, 1:10 p.m.Milwaukee at N.Y. Mets, 1:10 p.m.Arizona at Philadelphia, 1:35 p.m.L.A. Angels at Baltimore, 1:35 p.m.Toronto at Houston, 2:10 p.m.Tampa Bay at Minnesota, 2:10 p.m.

  • LEADING OFF: Cubs aim for Lucky 7, Stanton looks long

    May 29, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Sunday:---LUCKY 7Jake Arrieta starts for the streaking Cubs as they try for their seventh straight win. A victory would match their best string since a seven-game burst in 2011, and complete a sweep of the Pirates at Wrigley Field.

  • Flores hits slam as Mets bat top HR hitter 9th

    May 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Terry Collins had a grand idea: He slotted the Mets' top home-run hitter ninth in the batting order for the first time in nearly a half-century.Wilmer Flores responded with a grand slam off Matt Garza that sparked a 10-run fourth inning, boosting New York into an 11-0 lead over Milwaukee on Saturday night.

  • Hamilton says attempts to speak to Angels' Moreno rejected

    May 29, 2015

    FRISCO, Texas (AP) Josh Hamilton says he was rejected several times when he tried to speak to Angels owner Arte Moreno during the slugger's disappointing two-year stint in Los Angeles.The 2010 American League MVP who returned to the Rangers in a trade last month said Saturday he reached out during both sub-par seasons after signing as a high-priced free agent. He said he tried again after self-reporting a cocaine and alcohol relapse and undergoing shoulder surgery this year.

  • Rangers OF Hamilton joins Double-A Frisco on path to majors

    May 29, 2015

    FRISCO, Texas (AP) Texas Rangers star Josh Hamilton has joined Double-A Frisco on the next step in his path back to the major leagues.Hamilton was set to bat third and play center field on Saturday. He is expected to play at least four games for the Texas League team.

  • Bruce Chen cut by Indians, who bring up Austin Adams

    May 29, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Pitcher Bruce Chen has been cut by the Cleveland Indians after going 0-1 with a 12.79 ERA in two starts.Cleveland designated the 37-year-old left-hander for assignment on Saturday and recalled right-hander Austin Adams.Chen allowed first-inning home runs to Prince Fielder and Adrian Beltre, wasting a two-run lead in an 8-3 loss to Texas. Chen gave up three runs and seven hits in 2 1-3 innings.

  • Alvarez to rejoin Marlins' rotation Sunday against Braves

    May 29, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Miami Marlins opening day starter Henderson Alvarez will rejoin the rotation Sunday when he starts against the Atlanta Braves.The right-hander has been sidelined since April 12 with right shoulder and elbow inflammation. Right-hander Tom Koehler, who had been scheduled to start Sunday, will move to the bullpen and be used in important situations, manager Mike Redmond said.

  • Marlins pitcher Mat Latos leaves game with bruised shin

    May 29, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Right-hander Mat Latos left the Miami Marlins' game against Atlanta in the fourth inning Saturday with a bruised left shin after being hit by a line drive.X-rays were negative, but Latos said there was swelling and a knot on his shin. He walked out of the clubhouse using a crutch and was noncommittal about whether he'll be able to make his next scheduled start.

  • Mets bat top home-run hitter 9th for first time since 1967

    May 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) For the first time in nearly a half-century, the New York Mets slotted their top home-run hitter ninth in the batting order.Wilmer Flores, whose five homers top the power-starved team, was in the No. 9 hole Saturday against Milwaukee, behind Jacob de Grom. New York manager Terry Collins hit his starting pitcher eighth for the third time this season.

  • Cabrera hits 400th homer, had to wait out rain to count

    May 29, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers has hit his 400th career home run, a milestone that became official after an early rain delay.Cabrera connected for a solo drive to straightaway center in the first inning at St. Louis on Saturday. It broke a tie with Andres Galarraga for the most homers by a Venezuelan-born player.

  • More shoulder surgery for Reds reliever Sean Marshall

    May 29, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Left-handed reliever Sean Marshall will have more shoulder surgery next week, ending his chances of making a comeback in the final year of his contract with the Cincinnati Reds.The 32-year-old pitcher also had shoulder surgery last year, when he made only 15 appearances with a 7.71 ERA. He started this season on the disabled list, trying to make a comeback, but will need more surgery for a tear in the shoulder.

  • Yankees recall Mitchell, send down Ramirez in pitcher swap

    May 29, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Yankees recalled Bryan Mitchell from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and optioned fellow right-hander Jose Ramirez to the Triple-A club before Saturday night's game against Kansas City.New York will have to make another roster move before Sunday's series finale to make room for Chris Capuano, who is coming off the disabled list to make the start. Capuano has been rehabbing from a quadriceps injury that he sustained in spring training.

  • Herrera goes on DL for Mets, who bring back Campbell

    May 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) - Infielder Dilson Herrera has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by the New York Mets, who recalled third baseman Eric Campbell from Triple-A Las Vegas of the Pacific Coast League.Herrera broke the tip of his middle finger on his throwing hand while taking pregame grounders Friday. Mets manager Terry Collins said he had not yet been given a timetable for Herrera's return.

  • Giants activate Hunter Pence off DL, broken arm healed

    May 29, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) The San Francisco Giants activated right fielder Hunter Pence off the disabled list Saturday, giving the defending World Series champions a big boost to their struggling offense.Pence was hit by a pitch during spring training and broke the left forearm just above the wrist. He felt good during a one-week rehab assignment in the minors, prompting the Giants to fly him in for the rest of their series against the Cincinnati Reds.

  • Cabrera hits 400th homer, waits for game to become official

    May 29, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers has hit his 400th career home run, a milestone that's temporarily been delayed by rain from becoming official.Cabrera connected for a solo drive in the first inning at St. Louis on Saturday. That would break a tie with Andres Galarraga for the most by a Venezuelan-born player.

  • Cubs recall righty reliever Schlitter from Triple-A Iowa

    May 29, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs bolstered their depleted bullpen before Saturday's game against Pittsburgh, recalling right-hander Brian Schlitter from Triple-A Iowa.Outfielder Matt Szczur was sent down one day after he had a bizarre, game-ending hit in an 11-10 victory when Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco slipped and fell while trying to track down his fly ball in the 12th inning. The move left only 11 position players on Chicago's roster.

  • Pirates bring up Boscan from Triple-A Indianapolis

    May 29, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Pittsburgh Pirates have promoted right-hander Wilfredo Boscan from Triple-A Indianapolis and optioned infielder Steve Lombardozzi to their top minor league affiliate.To make room for Boscan on the 40-man roster, the Pirates also transferred right-hander Brandon Cumpton to the 60-day disabled list before Saturday's game at the Cubs.

  • Royals select veteran Joe Blanton from Triple-A Omaha

    May 29, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Royals selected the contract of veteran right-hander Joe Blanton from Triple-A Omaha and optioned reliever Aaron Brooks to the same club before Saturday night's game against the Yankees.To make room on the roster, the Royals also recalled left-hander Brian Flynn from Omaha and placed him on the 60-day disabled list with a torn muscle in the back of his shoulder.

  • Cabrera hits 400th homer, must wait out rain delay to count

    May 29, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers has hit his 400th career home run, but needs to wait out a rain delay to see if the milestone shot will count.Cabrera connected for a solo drive in the first inning at St. Louis on Saturday. That would break a tie with Andres Galarraga for the most by a Venezuelan-born player.

  • Marlins' Latos leaves game after being hit in leg by liner

    May 29, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Right-hander Mat Latos has left the Miami Marlins' game against Atlanta with a bruised left shin after being hit by a line drive.Latos crumpled face down on the turf after being hit by Cameron Maybin's liner in the fourth inning Saturday. Latos rolled over onto his back. And after being examined by a trainer, he rose, limped off the field and hopped down the dugout steps. His status is day to day.

  • Cardinals activate Grichuk from 15-day disabled list

    May 29, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Cardinals have activated outfielder Randal Grichuk from the 15-day disabled list on Saturday.Manager Mike Matheny hinted lefty Jaime Garcia may be close to joining the team, too. Garcia, who has yet to play after aggravating a shoulder injury in spring training, threw a six-inning rehab start Friday for Double-A Springfield.

  • Twins place outfielder Jordan Schafer on DL

    May 29, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Twins placed outfielder Jordan Schafer on the 15-day disabled list with a strained medial collateral ligament in his right knee.The team activated outfielder Shane Robinson off the family emergency list before Saturday's game against Tampa Bay.

  • Alvarez to rejoin Marlins rotation Sunday against Braves

    May 29, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Miami Marlins opening day starter Henderson Alvarez will rejoin the rotation Sunday when he starts against the Atlanta Braves.The right-hander has been sidelined since April 12 with right shoulder and elbow inflammation. Right-hander Tom Koehler, who had been scheduled to start Sunday, is expected to be moved to the bullpen.

  • MLB Calendar

    May 29, 2015

    May 20-21 - Owners' meeting, New York.June 8 - Amateur draft begins, Secaucus, N.J.July 14 - All-Star game, Cincinnati.July 17 - Last day to sign for amateur draft picks subject to deadline.July 26 - Hall of Fame inductions, Cooperstown, N.Y.July 31 - Last day to trade a player without securing waivers.

  • Vogt caught in rundown at plate to end A's 7-6 loss

    May 29, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Vogt put his head down and ran as hard as he could. He was thinking home all the way. He never got there.The Oakland Athletics dropped another one-run game, losing to the Chicago White Sox 7-6 on Friday.The game ended when Vogt was thrown out trying to score on Coco Crisp's two-out double in the ninth. Vogt rounded third and was caught in a rundown before being tagged out by White Sox catcher Geovany Soto.

  • Game of Thrones' "Mountain" takes batting practice in Philly

    May 29, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Mountain had an easier time hoisting the Phillie Phanatic in the air than he did swinging a bat for the first time in his life.''Game of Thrones'' actor Hafthor Julius Bjornsson took batting practice before the Philadelphia Phillies played Arizona on Friday night. He barely made contact on a few pitches and then took some soft tosses.

  • Smokestack at GABP catches fire during Giants-Reds game

    May 29, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) One of the fireworks smokestacks at Great American Ball Park caught fire and spewed dark smoke for an inning on Friday night until firefighters extinguished it during a game between the San Francisco Giants and the Cincinnati Reds.The game continued uninterrupted and the Giants won 10-2. Fans in two sections by the smokestacks were cleared out while firefighters extended a ladder from outside the ballpark and sprayed the fire.

  • Rangers' Beltre hits 400th career HR in 1st against Indians

    May 29, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Adrian Beltre has hit his 400th career home run in the first inning of the Texas Rangers' game against the Cleveland Indians.Beltre sent a 3-0 pitch from left-hander Bruce Chen onto the berm in center field Friday night for his fifth homer this season. It was the second straight homer for the Rangers after Prince Fielder also hit his fifth.

  • LEADING OFF: Cubs go for 6th W in row, King Felix goes for 7

    May 29, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Saturday:---CUB SPROUTSJon Lester pitches at Wrigley Field as the Chicago Cubs try for their sixth straight win. A victory over Pittsburgh would give them their best streak since a seven-game run in August 2011. Lester is on a roll, winning three starts in a row after going winless in his first four for his new team. Rookie Kris Bryant is going well, too - three home runs this week.

  • Smokestack at GABP spews dark smoke during Giants-Reds game

    May 29, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) One of the fireworks smokestacks in the outfield at Great American Ball Park spewed smoke and flames during the sixth inning of the San Francisco Giants' game against the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night.The two riverboat smokestacks shoot off flames after every strikeout by a Reds pitcher and a few fireworks after each Reds home run. They inadvertently shot off flames, then some fireworks, with the Giants at bat in the top of the inning.

  • Hunter Pence on his way to rejoin Giants

    May 29, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Outfielder Hunter Pence was on his way to rejoin the San Francisco Giants on Friday night, fully recovered from a broken forearm.Manager Bruce Bochy said Pence felt good after a one-week rehab assignment in the minors and was flying to Cincinnati. He could be activated on Saturday before the third game of a series against the Cincinnati Reds.

  • Outfielder Hunter Pence on his way to rejoin Giants

    May 29, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Outfielder Hunter Pence is on his way to rejoin the San Francisco Giants.Manager Bruce Bochy says Pence feels good after a one-week rehab assignment in the minors and has a flight to Cincinnati. He could be activated on Saturday before the third game of a series against the Cincinnati Reds.

  • Brewers bring up INF Sardinas after putting SS Segura on DL

    May 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Milwaukee Brewers have recalled infielder Luis Sardinas from Triple-A Colorado Springs after placing shortstop Jean Segura on the disabled list.The move was made before the last-place Brewers began their 10-game road trip Friday night against the New York Mets. Segura, sidelined by a broken right pinkie, was put on the 15-day DL (retroactive to May 13) during the team's off day Thursday.

  • Dodgers reinstate closer Kenley Jansen from 15-day DL

    May 29, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Dodgers reinstated closer Kenley Jansen from the 15-day disabled list for Friday night's game against the Colorado Rockies, after blown saves by Yimi Garcia in each of the rookie's previous two outings.''It's just nice to have one of the top closers in baseball back and healthy and getting his season started,'' said manager Don Mattingly, whose team began the day leading the NL West by four games over San Diego. ''To be in this position and now to have him back feels really good.''

  • Spread the news: Marlins' Dee Gordon is hitting above .400

    May 29, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Major league batting leader Dee Gordon goes about his business so quietly his .426 average was news to Fredi Gonzalez.The Atlanta Braves manager was startled to discover the eye-popping statistic while preparing for the start of his team's weekend series against Gordon and the Miami Marlins. The teams are NL East rivals, but Gonzalez said he was unaware of Gordon's hitting tear because the Marlins spent the past week on the West Coast.

  • Mets minor leaguer Jacquez suspended 50 games for drugs

    May 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Mets minor league pitcher Ricky Jacquez has been suspended 50 games for a second positive test for a drug of abuse.The commissioner's office made the announcement Friday.The 22-year-old righty was on the roster of Kingsport in the rookie-level Appalachian League. The team starts play in late June.

  • Yankees pitcher Whitley goes on DL with sprained right elbow

    May 29, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The New York Yankees could be without Chase Whitley for the rest of the season after the right-hander went on the disabled list Friday with a sprained pitching elbow.Whitley left in the second inning of Thursday night's loss to Tampa Bay with right elbow pain that had been bothering him for a while. He underwent an MRI exam and other tests early Friday and manager Joe Girardi expressed concern that he may need Tommy John surgery.

  • Blue Jays get minor league shortstop Torreyes from Astros

    May 29, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Blue Jays have acquired shortstop Ronald Torreyes from the Houston Astros for cash or a player to be named.The trade was announced Friday.In six minor league seasons, the 22-year-old Torreyes is a career .303 hitter.Torreyes was hitting .200 this year with Triple-A Fresno.

  • Pirates activate LHP Antonio Bastardo

    May 29, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Pittsburgh Pirates have activated left-handed reliever Antonio Bastardo from the paternity list and sent left-hander Bobby LaFromboise to Triple-A Indianapolis.Bastardo has a 6.43 ERA in 11 games and seven innings this season.LaFromboise pitched one scoreless inning in the Pirates' 4-2 loss at Philadelphia on Thursday, his only major league appearance this season.

  • Fister's poor start dooms Nationals in 8-3 loss to Padres

    May 29, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) A rain delay of nearly two hours had nothing to do with how poorly Doug Fister pitched.Fister lasted only two innings in the Washington Nationals' 8-3 loss to the San Diego Padres, allowing seven runs and eight hits.''I can't make any excuses for what I did tonight,'' he said. ''It's one of those nights I didn't do my job at all and put my team in a hole from the get-go. There's no excuses. Ball came up, middle of the plate. They're whacking at it, too. It's unacceptable.''

  • Nats-Padres, Rockies-Dodgers have rare SoCal rain delays

    May 29, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Southern California teams don't often have problems with rain delays.But on Thursday night, games between the Washington Nationals at San Diego and the Colorado Rockies at Los Angeles were both held up by downpours.It is only the fifth rain delay since San Diego's Petco Park opened in 2004. The last was on April 8, 2011, when a game against the Dodgers was suspended and finished the next day.

  • Nationals-Padres in rare rain delay in San Diego

    May 29, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) The Washington Nationals game at San Diego is in a rare rain delay.It is only the fifth rain delay since Petco Park opened in 2004. The last rain delay at Petco was on April 8, 2011, when a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers was suspended and resumed the next day.

  • LEADING OFF: Bumgarner sees Red; Yanks go west; Abreu fresh

    May 29, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Friday:---SEEING REDWorld Series MVP Madison Bumgarner gets another shot at a team that has given him trouble throughout his career. Bumgarner is 2-4 with a 5.05 ERA in seven career starts against the Cincinnati Reds. Third baseman Todd Frazier is 4 for 9 with a homer against the San Francisco Giants left-hander.

  • Dodgers place Baez on DL, recall Coulombe from Triple-A

    May 29, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Reliever Pedro Baez has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Los Angeles Dodgers because of a strained pectoral muscle on his right side.The rookie right-hander was injured in Wednesday night's 5-4 loss to the Miami Marlins, when he felt discomfort on his final four pitches and was removed in the eighth inning. Baez is 1-0 with a 1.76 ERA in 15 appearances, and hasn't been scored upon in his last eight spanning 8 1-3 innings.

  • Seattle's Brad Miller gets 1st career start in left field

    May 29, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) Brad Miller received no heads up that when he arrived at the park that he was about to make his first start in left field for the Seattle Mariners.Good thing Miller has spent the last 10 days getting extra work in the outfield during pregame.

  • Red Sox put RHP Masterson on DL, recall LHP Ross

    May 29, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Boston Red Sox have placed right-handed starter Justin Masterson on the 15-day disabled list and recalled left-handed reliever Robbie Ross Jr.The Red Sox said Thursday that the struggling Masterson has right shoulder tendinitis. In seven appearances this season, he is 2-2 with a 6.37 ERA. On Tuesday night, he gave up six runs on six hits in 2 1-3 innings in a 9-2 loss to the Oakland Athletics.

  • Braves could soon look for help from Wisler, more prospects

    May 29, 2015

    LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) The closer the Braves fall to the bottom of the NL East, the more their focus will shift to prospects acquired in a barrage of offseason trades.One of the top prospects is right-hander Matt Wisler, who came to Atlanta in the trade that sent closer Craig Kimbrel to San Diego on April 5.

  • Reliever Kyuji Fujikawa makes Rangers debut

    May 29, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Right-hander Kyuji Fujikawa was activated from the 15-day disabled list Thursday, and the Japanese reliever made his debut for the Texas Rangers.Texas activated Fujikawa before the series finale against Kansas City, and he pitched a scoreless eighth. He retired all three batters he faces.

  • Hamilton getting closer to Rangers' home ballpark

    May 29, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Josh Hamilton is getting closer to the Texas Rangers' home ballpark.The Rangers said Thursday that Hamilton will report to Double-A Frisco after the end of Triple-A Round Rock's homestand. The Express had a scheduled doubleheader Thursday night, and a game Friday.

  • Catcher won't get bowled over in Cincinnati All-Star Game

    May 29, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) One of the most famous All-Star endings won't be repeated when the game returns to Cincinnati this summer.Cincinnati's Pete Rose bowled over Cleveland's Ray Fosse to end the 1970 All-Star Game at Riverfront Stadium. Fosse suffered a significant shoulder injury that curtailed his career.

  • Reliever Kyuji Fujikawa set for Rangers debut

    May 29, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Right-hander Kyuji Fujikawa has been activated from the 15-day disabled list, setting the stage for the Japanese reliever's debut with the Texas Rangers.Texas activated Fujikawa before Thursday's series finale against Kansas City. Right-hander Spencer Patton was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock.

  • Mets CF Lagares sits again with side strain; Carlyle to DL

    May 29, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares will miss his third straight game Thursday against the Chicago Cubs because of a strained right side.Mets manager Terry Collins says he expects Lagares back in the lineup Friday when the team hosts Milwaukee.

  • Holliday talks way into Cardinals lineup, Jay goes on DL

    May 29, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Bruised elbow or not, St. Louis outfielder Matt Holliday strong armed his way into the starting lineup on Thursday.Holliday convinced Cardinals manager Mike Matheny to play him at designated hitter for the series finale against Cleveland, a day after he left the game after being struck on the left elbow by a pitch from Indians starter Corey Kluber. X-rays on Holliday's elbow were negative and the club believed he would be day-to-day.

  • Braves LHP Minor out for season after shoulder surgery

    May 29, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Braves left-hander Mike Minor will miss the rest of the season after shoulder surgery.The team announced Thursday that Minor underwent surgery the previous day in Los Angeles to repair the labrum in his left shoulder. He is expected to return for the start of spring training next year.

  • Cardinals place outfielder Jon Jay on disabled list

    May 29, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The St. Louis Cardinals have placed outfielder Jon Jay on the 15-day disabled list with tendinitis in his left wrist.The club made the move before Thursday's series finale against the Indians. The Cardinals recalled outfielder/first baseman Xavier Scruggs from Triple-A Memphis to fill Jay's roster spot.

  • All eyes on the Phillies leading up to July's trade deadline

    May 29, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Cole Hamels, Jonathan Papelbon and Ryan Howard could shake up the pennant race this October.If they change uniforms.The ace, the closer and the slugger are making a team on pace for another last-place finish one to watch for all the wrong reasons. Each player has been available for a while, but they're still on the Philadelphia Phillies because general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. hasn't found the right deal for various reasons.

  • Rockies manager Weiss has appendectomy

    May 29, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Colorado Rockies manager Walt Weiss had an appendectomy Wednesday night following two days of stomach discomfort.A club spokesman said Wednesday that the 51-year-old Weiss left Angel Stadium right before batting practice with athletic trainer Keith Dugger to get a follow-up exam. He is expected to be hospitalized until Thursday afternoon, but no timetable has been established on when he will rejoin the club. Bench coach Tom Runnells will guide the team in Weiss' absence.

  • Dodgers' 5-game win streak ends in 5-4 loss to Marlins

    May 29, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Dodgers pitchers had trouble throwing strikes in the seventh, and they paid for it.Dee Gordon had four hits against his former team, Giancarlo Stanton had a decisive two-run single in the seventh and the maligned Miami Marlins' bullpen finished off a 5-4 win over the Dodgers on Wednesday night.

  • LEADING OFF: Lincecum has 15-inning scoreless streak

    May 29, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Thursday:---FREAK OUTSan Francisco right-hander Tim Lincecum has found the form that made him a two-time NL Cy Young Award winner after struggling for the past several years. The Freak has thrown 15 consecutive scoreless innings heading into a matchup against Cincinnati righty Johnny Cueto.

  • Rockies starter Lyles out after getting hit by Pujols' liner

    May 29, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Colorado Rockies starter Jordan Lyles has left the game against the Los Angeles Angels with an injured right hand after getting hit by Albert Pujols' line drive to end the first inning.Christian Bergman took over in the second inning for the Rockies, who have lost 10 straight games.

  • Rockies manager Weiss taken to hospital

    May 29, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Colorado Rockies manager Walt Weiss has been taken to hospital after two days of stomach discomfort.A club spokesman said Wednesday that the 51-year-old Weiss left Angel Stadium right before batting practice with athletic trainer Keith Dugger to get a follow-up exam. Bench coach Tom Runnells will handle things until Weiss returns.

  • Royals reliever Herrera returns from 6-game suspension

    May 29, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Kansas City reliever Kelvin Herrera returned to the team Wednesday after serving a six-game suspension.The right-hander was suspended five games for throwing at Oakland's Brett Lawrie on April 19. He got another two-game ban for his part in a brawl with the Chicago White Sox four days later.

  • Myers returns to San Diego to have wrist examined

    May 29, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) Wil Myers returned to San Diego to have his sore left wrist examined by team doctors a day after being a late scratch from the lineup.The team sent Myers home before the finale of its two-game series in Seattle on Wednesday. Manager Bud Black did not have any updates on Myers status, but hoped to know more when the Padres open a seven-game homestand on Thursday night against Washington.

  • Kluber gives up first hit in 7th inning

    May 29, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Jhonny Peralta has singled with two outs in the seventh inning for the St. Louis Cardinals' first hit off Cleveland Indians right-hander Corey Kluber.Peralta grounded a 2-0 pitch past diving shortstop Jose Ramirez up the middle for the Cardinals' second baserunner. Kluber earlier hit Matt Holliday with a pitch.

  • Kluber has no-hitter through 6 innings

    May 29, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Indians right-hander Corey Kluber has not allowed a hit through six innings against the St. Louis Cardinals.The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner has struck out 13 without walking a batter. Kluber entered the game with an 0-5 record and a 5.04 ERA. The Indians were winless in his first seven starts.

  • Cardinals' Holliday leaves game after being hit by pitch

    May 29, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday has left a game against Cleveland after he was hit by a pitch from Corey Kluber.Holliday, the third batter in Wednesday's game, was hit on the left elbow by a 94 mph fastball. He backed away from the plate after being hit, removed his helmet and fell to one knee in pain.

  • Jean Segura a late scratch for Brewers for sore pinky

    May 29, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Shortstop Jean Segura is a late scratch from the Milwaukee Brewers' starting lineup against the Chicago White Sox because of a sore right pinky finger.Third baseman Elian Herrera was moved from sixth in the order to the leadoff position after Segura was removed from the lineup less than two hours before Wednesday night's first pitch. Segura is hitting .262 with two homers, 12 RBIs and six stolen bases.

  • Mets' Lagares out of starting lineup for 2nd straight day

    May 29, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares was held out of the starting lineup for the second straight game due to a slight strain on his upper right side.Lagares was hurt while making a falling catch against Baltimore. Kirk Nieuwenhuis was to start in center Wednesday night against the Chicago Cubs.

  • Rangers activate Mitch Moreland, send down Jake Smolinski

    May 29, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Rangers have activated first baseman Mitch Moreland from the disabled list following his recovery from left elbow surgery, and they have optioned outfielder Jake Smolinski to Triple-A Round Rock.Texas also selected the contract of left-handed reliever Sam Freeman from Round Rock and designated Stolmy Pimentel for assignment on Wednesday. The moves came a day after Pimentel allowed a homer to Alex Gordon on the right-hander's first pitch in the 10th inning in Kansas City's 7-6 victory.

  • Angels give closer Huston Street M for 2 additional years

    May 29, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Huston Street had little desire to go back on the free-agent market this winter when he has already found a home with the Los Angeles Angels.The Angels agreed to a contract with their closer on Wednesday that adds two additional seasons through 2017 and guarantees million.

  • Fixed-up Colby Lewis pitching just fine for Texas Rangers

    May 29, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Colby Lewis is hip to pitch for the Texas Rangers, without worrying about all those ''replacement parts'' inside of him.Lewis chuckles at the suggestion that he is a medical marvel. Or that his hip procedure - unprecedented for an active major league pitcher - should bear his name, much like Tommy John identifies the now well-known elbow ligament replacement surgery.

  • Yanks say A-Rod will play defense only in emergencies

    May 29, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Barring emergencies, Alex Rodriguez will not play third base or first anymore this season.New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Wednesday he prefers using A-Rod solely as a designated hitter going forward.''I think it helps from the energy standpoint,'' Girardi said before Wednesday's game against Tampa Bay. ''His legs - not getting beat up, not having to drive for balls. In my mind we'll play him a lot more if we DH him. If we have to adjust it, we'll adjust it.''

  • Washington's Harper and Williams ejected against Arizona

    May 29, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper and manager Matt Williams have been ejected for arguing a checked swing during a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.Harper began shouting at Rob Drake after the plate umpire said he went around on a third strike to end the seventh inning. Harper argued for Drake to get help on the call and nearly bumped the umpire in the face with the brim of his helmet.

  • Houston's Springer returns after concussion

    May 29, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Houston Astros outfielder George Springer has been activated from the concussion disabled list and is in the starting lineup against the San Francisco Giants.Springer was injured when he crashed headfirst into a wall making a catch on May 5 against Texas. He singled as the designated hitter in a rehabilitation start for Double-A Corpus Christi on Tuesday night.

  • Angels closer Huston Street re-signs for 2 years, M

    May 29, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Los Angeles Angels closer Huston Street has agreed to a new two-year contract with million guaranteed and a club option for 2018.The Angels announced the deal Wednesday.Street will get a million signing bonus, with half payable by Nov. 15, 2016, and the rest by Nov. 15, 2017. He gets salaries of million in 2016 and million in 2017.

  • Rays' Smyly to miss rest of season with shoulder injury

    May 29, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay Rays left-hander Drew Smyly will miss the rest of the season because of a shoulder injury.The Rays transferred Smyly to the 60-day disabled list Wednesday, and said Dr. Keith Meister will examine his torn labrum in Texas on Thursday.

  • Daughter of Indians' Mike Aviles diagnosed with leukemia

    May 29, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Adriana Aviles, the 4-year-old daughter of Indians infielder Mike Aviles, is being treated for leukemia at the Cleveland Clinic.The team made the announcement before Wednesday's game against St. Louis. Aviles was placed on the family emergency medical leave list last Friday.

  • Fixed-up Colby Lewis hip to pitch solidly for Texas Rangers

    May 29, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Texas Rangers pitcher Colby Lewis chuckles at the suggestion that he is a medical marvel.Lewis just feels good and is having positive results on the mound.The right-hander had a procedure 21 months ago to remove bone spurs from his right hip. That happened while rehabbing from surgery in 2012 for a torn flexor tendon in his right elbow.

  • Mudcats' series canceled, team returns home after bus wreck

    May 29, 2015

    ZEBULON, N.C. (AP) The Carolina Mudcats' series at Myrtle Beach this week has been canceled after the team's bus wrecked on its way to South Carolina.Carolina League President John Hopkins said Wednesday that the Mudcats have returned home, and players and field staff will continue to be medically evaluated.

  • Orioles place Jason Garcia on DL, recall Mike Wright

    May 29, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) Right-hander Jason Garcia has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Baltimore Orioles, who recalled right-hander Mike Wright from Triple-A Norfolk.Baltimore said Wednesday that Garcia has right shoulder tendinitis. His DL stint was made retroactive to Monday.

  • Reds promote Iglesias, claim Mattheus from Angels

    May 29, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) The Cincinnati Reds have recalled right-hander Raisel Iglesias from Triple-A Louisville and claimed righty Ryan Mattheus from the Angels.Iglesias was Cincinnati's scheduled starter against Atlanta on Wednesday. Mattheus was expected to report to Cincinnati on Thursday.

  • Orioles to pay hourly ballpark employees affected by riots

    May 29, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) The Orioles will reimburse hourly employees at Camden Yards who lost wages during the week of April 27 after riots broke out in Baltimore following the funeral of Freddie Gray.The Orioles postponed two games against the White Sox because of the unrest, and those games will be made up as part of doubleheader May 28. The series finale against Chicago was played at Camden Yards in what is believed to be the first Major League Baseball game played in front of no fans.

  • Boston plans to place struggling righty Masterson on DL

    May 29, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Boston Red Sox plan to place right-hander Justin Masterson on the disabled list Thursday after he struggled with velocity in his last two starts.Manager John Farrell made the announcement about Masterson's arm fatigue before Wednesday's series finale against the Oakland Athletics, a day after Masterson only threw one of 57 pitches that reached 90 mph. Masterson allowed six runs and six hits, failing to make it out of the third inning in a 9-2 loss.

  • Major league teams relying on shift more often

    May 29, 2015

    DENVER (AP) Several times a game, Nolan Arenado takes a couple of giant steps to his left and fills the hole at shortstop.A necessary evil for the Colorado Rockies Gold Glove third baseman, who doesn't particularly care for the view from that spot. But he is on board with anything that gets outs.

  • Pujols keys Angels' 8th-inning rally to 5-2 win over Rockies

    May 29, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Albert Pujols stole second base and scored the tiebreaking run on Johnny Giavotella's single in the eighth inning as the Los Angeles Angels sent the Colorado Rockies to their 10th consecutive defeat, 5-2 Tuesday night.Matt Joyce drove in three runs and had a two-run double in the eighth for the Angels, who have won five of seven.

  • Plate umpire Danley leaves game after foul off his facemask

    May 29, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) Home plate umpire Kerwin Danley left the game between the Washington Nationals and Arizona Diamondbacks after taking a sharp foul ball off his facemask Tuesday night.Danley was able to leave the field after bending over for some time near the foul screen behind home plate.

  • Royals relief: Brooks called up and Pino down to minors

    May 29, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Kansas City Royals added a fresh arm to their bullpen, calling up right-hander Aaron Brooks from Triple-A Omaha and sending reliever Yohan Pino to that minor league team.Brooks joined the team before Tuesday night's game at Texas.

  • LEADING OFF: Reyes to take BP, Kluber goes for 1st win

    May 29, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues today:---RIB CHECKBlue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes will take batting practice for first time since cracking a rib on April 27. Reyes is eligible to come off the disabled list today but still must go on a brief rehab assignment, manager John Gibbons said.

  • Hamilton facing 'bit of a process' before rejoining Rangers

    May 29, 2015

    ROUND ROCK, Texas (AP) Josh Hamilton says his body feels good and he's glad to be in a clubhouse again, though he isn't sure how long it will be before he rejoins the Texas Rangers.Before his third game for Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday night, his first game in Texas since being reacquired by the Rangers two weeks ago, Hamilton said ''it's going to be a little bit of a process'' seeing pitches and trying to get the timing right with his swing.

  • Athletics release OF Alex Hassan

    May 29, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Athletics have released outfielder Alex Hassan.The team announced the move Tuesday. Hassan had been designated for assignment last Friday.Hassan was claimed off waivers from Texas on May 2. The Rangers had claimed him off waivers from Oakland on April 9.

  • Seattle righty Iwakuma shut down for up to 2 weeks in rehab

    May 29, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) Seattle Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma will be shut down for up to two weeks in his recovery from a right latissimus muscle injury after experiencing tightness during a throwing session.Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon said Tuesday that Iwakuma would be kept from throwing for 10 to 14 days depending on how he is feeling. Iwakuma threw last Friday and was hoping to feel no discomfort but instead felt tightness in the muscle. The latest setback likely means Iwakuma won't be ready to rejoin the rotation until mid-to-late June barring any more delays.

  • Verlander pleased after light bullpen session

    May 29, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander threw a light bullpen session, taking another step in his recovery from a triceps strain.The right-hander says he wasn't trying to push things too much, and the next step will be a full bullpen session at some point, assuming his arm responds well to Tuesday's work.

  • Mets CF Lagares out with side strain

    May 29, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Mets center fielder Juan Lagares has a slight strain on his upper right side and has been ruled out for New York's game at the Chicago Cubs.Lagares, who won a Gold Glove last season, has been playing with the injury for about a week, but was held out Tuesday night when it got worse. New York manager Terry Collins says he also might sit out on Wednesday.

  • Reds' Frazier aching to get another shot at HR derby title

    May 29, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Reds third baseman Todd Frazier is aching for another chance at the All-Star home run derby after finishing second last season.This time, he would have home-field advantage. The game and the home run competition will be held at Great American Ball Park in July.

  • Orioles place Flaherty on DL, recall Navarro from minors

    May 29, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) Orioles infielder Ryan Flaherty has returned to the 15-day disabled list with the same groin injury that recently kept him sidelined.Flaherty was out from April 23 to May 8 with a right groin strain. He aggravated the injury on Monday night in the third inning against Toronto and was removed from the game.

  • Berra celebrates 90th with return of rings, trophies

    May 29, 2015

    LITTLE FALLS, N.J. (AP) As Yogi Berra might say, when you turn 90 you should celebrate it right the first time.The baseball Hall of Famer enjoyed his 90th birthday in grand style Tuesday, complete with a youth drum orchestra, a giant cake - and replicas of his 10 World Series rings and three AL MVP awards that were stolen last year.

  • Yankees RHP Tanaka throws 1st bullpen since going on DL

    May 29, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka has thrown his first bullpen session since going on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right forearm and tendinitis in his right wrist.Tanaka still has no timetable for when he will return.

  • Carolina Mudcats in Myrtle Beach after early morning wreck

    May 29, 2015

    CHADBOURN, N.C. (AP) The Carolina Mudcats baseball team has finally arrived in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, after an early morning wreck sent several players to the hospital.Multiple media outlets reported the bus carrying the Atlanta Braves' Class-A affiliate team it flipped on its side near Chadbourn shortly before 4 a.m. Tuesday.

  • 3B Matt Carpenter returns to Cardinals' lineup

    May 29, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter returned to the lineup Tuesday night after missing a weekend series in Pittsburgh because of fatigue.''I'm feeling much better,'' said Carpenter, who was set to bat second at Cleveland.

  • Twins recall outfielder Aaron Hicks from Triple-A

    May 29, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) The Minnesota Twins have recalled outfielder Aaron Hicks from Triple-A Rochester and placed outfielder Shane Robinson on the family emergency list.The move was made Tuesday before the Twins began their series in Detroit.Outfielder Eddie Rosario was promoted ahead of Hicks last week when outfielder Oswaldo Arcia went on the disabled list. But Hicks has hit his way back to Minnesota by batting .336 with 10 doubles, four triples, two homers and 15 walks in 27 games for Rochester.

  • APNewsBreak: MLB pumps up ball security after Tom Brady flap

    May 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Even before Tom Brady was penalized, Major League Baseball boosted its prevent defense.As part of a new security plan this season to further safeguard game balls, an MLB representative now watches them get carried by a clubhouse assistant from the umpires' room to the field.

  • Another clunker for Duffy, weary Royals lose 8-2 at Texas

    May 29, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Kansas City starter Danny Duffy had another clunker, and without the excuse all of his weary teammates had for their underwhelming performance.Duffy traveled ahead of the team before his start in Texas, where the rest of the Royals didn't arrive until 5:45 a.m. Monday before the 8-2 series-opening loss to the Rangers later that night.

  • Bautista can't provide Blue Jays help in 5-2 loss to Orioles

    May 29, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) There are times when Jose Bautista can't even run a comb through his hair, so expecting the Toronto Blue Jays slugger to throw a baseball seems out of the question.Therefore, until further notice, Bautista will be doing nothing more than swinging the bat.

  • Rangers OF Hamilton goes 0 for 4 in rehab game

    May 29, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton went 0 for 4 in a rehab appearance with Triple-A Round Rock on Monday night.Hamilton played left field for the first seven innings of an 8-2, 10-inning win against Nashville at First Tennessee Park. The 2010 AL MVP is 1 for 7 for a .143 batting average in his first two rehab games.

  • St. Louis Cardinals coming off first series loss of season

    May 29, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) More than a month into the season, the St. Louis Cardinals finally lost a series.Given their list of injuries, it's remarkable it hadn't happened before.The Cardinals finally got a break Monday after playing 20 consecutive games, going 14-6 during a challenging stretch for the players and the team's training staff. They own the best record in the majors at 22-9 despite losing ace Adam Wainwright for the season with a torn Achilles tendon, shutting down key reliever Jordan Walden due to biceps and shoulder woes, and giving third baseman Matt Carpenter a break due to extreme fatigue and dehydration.

  • Red Sox third baseman Sandoval receives World Series ring

    May 29, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Pablo Sandoval had his latest sparkly World Series ring visible in his locker at the Oakland Coliseum.He is as proud of it as the first two he won with the San Francisco Giants, in 2010 and `12.''All three are great,'' he said. ''It's hard to get one.''

  • Victorino returns from disabled list for opener at Oakland

    May 29, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Boston's Shane Victorino has been activated from the 15-day disabled list and is starting in right field and batting seventh for the opener of a three-game series against the Oakland Athletics.He had been sidelined since April 25, retroactive to April 23, with a strained right hamstring that he injured April 22 against the Tampa Bay Rays. Manager John Farrell says Victorino will get breaks as needed to keep him fresh and healthy, and ''we want Shane to go out and play as he's capable.'' Certainly everybody hopes Victorino's bat could give the Red Sox a boost.

  • Barry Bonds in Hall of Fame - the Bay Area Sports Hall

    May 29, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Home run king Barry Bonds has a place in one Hall of Fame, at least: the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame.Bonds was set to be enshrined Monday night in San Francisco alongside his former manager, Dusty Baker, late Warriors owner Franklin Mieuli, golfer Roger Maltbie and freestyle skier Jonny Moseley.

  • Giants sign left-hander Ricky Romero to minor league deal

    May 29, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Left-hander Ricky Romero, a 15-game winner for Toronto in 2011 who hasn't pitched in the majors for two years, has signed a minor league deal with the San Francisco Giants.General manager Bobby Evans says the 30-year-old Romero will begin at extended spring training in Scottsdale, Arizona. Romero last pitched for the Blue Jays in 2013, when he made four appearances with two starts.

  • Wrigley Field opens part of iconic bleachers to fans

    May 29, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) No more silent nights in the outfield at Wrigley Field. The bleachers are open again.The Chicago Cubs let fans into the bleachers in left and center field for Monday's game against the New York Mets. A smaller videoboard in right also was up and running for the opener of a seven-game homestand.

  • McCann on the spot for Tigers with Avila injured

    May 29, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) After sitting through a 103-minute rain delay, the Detroit Tigers had a chance to win the game when they loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth.Rookie James McCann hit a line drive to center that was caught, and the Tigers went on to lose in the 10th.

  • Reds designate struggling reliever Gregg for assignment

    May 29, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) The Reds designated struggling reliever Kevin Gregg for assignment on Monday before the start of a series against the Atlanta Braves, trying to fix one of the NL's worst bullpens.Cincinnati had the NL's worst bullpen in the second half of last season, when the relievers went a combined 1-17. The Reds signed Gregg to a minor league deal in the offseason, and he made the team out of spring training.

  • Diamondbacks recall LHP Nuno, send RHP Marshall down

    May 29, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks have recalled left-hander Vidal Nuno from Triple-A Reno to serve as a long-inning reliever.To make room, the team option right-handed reliever Evan Marshall to Reno.Nuno was 3-2 with a 3.23 ERA in six starts with the Aces.

  • Royals' Moustakas back after 3 days away with family

    May 29, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas has rejoined the team after three days away on the bereavement/family emergency list.Moustakas was reinstated Monday before the Royals opened a four-game series in Texas. Moustakas was batting second in the starting lineup.

  • Rangers send struggling 2B Odor back to minor leagues

    May 29, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Texas Rangers want struggling second baseman Rougned Odor to rediscover his batting stroke in the minor leagues.Odor, hitting .144 with 25 strikeouts in 90 at-bats this season, was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock on Monday.

  • Orioles' return launches big sports week in Baltimore

    May 29, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) As the Baltimore Orioles prepared to play before their home fans for the first time in two weeks, the sights and sounds around Camden Yards on a lovely Monday afternoon were all about baseball.Vendors were hawking food, drinks and clothing. A few people were camped out near the home team parking lot, seeking autographs. About a half-dozen were looking to buy tickets at the window in the B&O Warehouse behind the center-field wall.

  • Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka to throw bullpen Tuesday

    May 29, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) New York Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Tuesday, his first since going on the 15-day disabled list last month because of a right forearm strain and right wrist tendinitis.Tanaka made 10 pitches at 60 feet on level ground after a throwing session on flat ground before Monday night's game at Tampa Bay.

  • Maxwell keeps family together, adds big bat, glove in right

    May 29, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Justin Maxwell's 5-year-old daughter, Liana, waits anxiously outside the San Francisco Giants' clubhouse for her father, long after the little girl's bedtime.There is no such thing as a regular schedule for the right fielder's three children these days, and that's just how he and wife Loren want it. They decided to stick together as a family for the entire baseball season, and that means their kids are operating on a baseball schedule: They watch night games at AT&T Park, often get to bed sometime just before midnight, then sleep in until late morning.

  • Carpenter to rejoin Cardinals Tuesday in Cleveland

    May 29, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Matt Carpenter will rejoin the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday after missing a weekend series in Pittsburgh because of dehydration and fatigue.General manager John Mozeliak said manager Mike Matheny will decide whether Carpenter starts in Tuesday's series opener at Cleveland. Carpenter is among the National League leaders with a .333 average and tied for the league lead with 14 doubles.

  • Reds designate struggling reliever Kevin Gregg for minors

    May 29, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) The Reds designated struggling reliever Kevin Gregg for assignment to the minors on Monday before the start of a series against the Atlanta Braves.Cincinnati had the NL's worst bullpen in the second half of last season. The Reds signed Gregg to a minor league deal in the offseason, and he made the team on a .5 million major league contract. Gregg was 0-2 with a 10.13 ERA in 11 relief appearances, giving up 12 earned runs and three homers in 10 2/3 innings.

  • LEADING OFF: Yogi celebrates 90th, Strasburg back for Nats

    May 29, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Tuesday:---YIPPEE FOR YOGI!The great Yogi Berra turns 90, and perhaps the most beloved figure in baseball history plans to be on hand for a birthday celebration at the museum that bears his name at Montclair State University in New Jersey. Famed for his Yogi-isms - ''ain't over till it's over - and feared for his bat, the three-time AL MVP won a record 10 World Series rings playing for the Yankees.

  • Utley's start a head scratcher in Philadelphia

    May 29, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Even a potential Hall of Famer can go through a truly horrendous stretch.Just ask Philadelphia second baseman Chase Utley, who is hitting .116 so far this season - and that's after he had a hit both Saturday and Sunday to raise his average a bit.

  • LEADING OFF: Orioles back in Baltimore, Gordon returns to LA

    May 29, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Monday:---BACK IN BALTIMOREThe Orioles play at Camden Yards for the first time since April 29, when they held a game without fans because of civil unrest after the death of Freddie Gray. Baltimore hosts Toronto to begin a nine-game homestand. ''I think everybody's anxiously looking forward to getting back and getting on the field and getting back to the city, without a doubt for the right reasons,'' manager Buck Showalter said.

  • Price's next start for Tigers pushed back to Saturday

    May 29, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) David Price's next start is being pushed back two days as the Detroit left-hander recovers from a right hamstring strain.Price hurt himself Friday night when he stepped on a bat that had been tossed aside by an umpire in anticipation of a possible play at the plate. He was scheduled to start Thursday, but he'll instead be slotted for Saturday at St. Louis.

  • Garrett Richards' no-hit bid for Angels broken up in 7th

    May 29, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) A no-hit bid by Los Angeles Angels pitcher Garrett Richards has been broken up when Jason Castro singled with one out in the seventh inning for the Houston Astros.Richards and the Angels were leading 3-0 on Sunday when Castro's clean single to left field loaded the bases.

  • Oh, baby! Phillies fan snags foul ball with son strapped in

    May 29, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Oh, baby, what a catch!A daring dad made the play of the day on Mother's Day at Citizens Bank Park, snagging a hard foul ball with his 7 1/2-month-old son strapped to his chest.Phillies fan Mike Capko caught the souvenir off the bat of the Mets' Daniel Murphy with his left hand Sunday while sitting in the second deck behind home plate.

  • Angels pitcher Richards has no-hitter through 6 vs. Astros

    May 29, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Garrett Richards of the Los Angeles Angels is working on a no-hitter through six innings against the Houston Astros.Los Angeles leads 3-0 on Sunday.Richards walked his first batter, then retired his next 15 before walking rookie Preston Tucker to open the sixth. But the right-hander struck out Robbie Grossman and Jake Marisnick before retiring Jose Altuve on a check-swing grounder. Richards has thrown 80 pitches, 52 for strikes.

  • Hamilton starts rehab in Triple-A after 'long, ugly process'

    May 29, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Josh Hamilton is starting over, calling his return to baseball a ''small miracle.''The former American League MVP spoke Sunday before starting his rehab stint with the Round Rock Express against the Nashville Sounds. He's recovering from shoulder surgery Feb. 4 and had been working in the Texas Rangers' extended spring program in Arizona since April 28.

  • Coors Field ready for baseball after overnight snow

    May 29, 2015

    DENVER (AP) Coors Field is shoveled out from a May snowstorm in time for the Colorado Rockies to play the Los Angeles Dodgers.An overnight storm dropped up to 5 inches in parts of the Denver area. The grounds crew spent Sunday morning shoveling the outfield and taking the snow out of the stadium in small bulldozers.

  • Diamondbacks' Hudson set to make 1st start in nearly 2 years

    May 29, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Daniel Hudson is set to make his first start in nearly two years.Hudson tore his ulnar collateral ligament in June 2012 and has made just 12 major league appearances since, all in relief.Manager Chip Hale says Hudson is scheduled to throw only 50-60 pitches Sunday against San Diego. The Diamondbacks plan to go with a committee of relievers, including J.C. Ramirez, who was called up from Triple-A Reno to fill the roster spot opened when the team sent Danny Dorn back to the minors after Saturday's game.

  • A Rays pitcher is humbled by the gift of forgiveness

    May 29, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Andrew Bellatti has now tasted big league success. It might not have been possible without the forgiveness of a woman five years ago.The 23-year-old pitcher was the winning pitcher in the Tampa Bay Rays' 7-2 victory over the Texas Rangers on Saturday night. The victory came in his first major league appearance after six-plus years in the minor leagues.

  • Rays manager, hitting coach ejected for arguing strikeout

    May 29, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash and hitting coach Derek Shelton have been ejected for arguing after a strikeout.Shelton was thrown out by plate umpire Mike Estabrook for comments made from the dugout after Tampa Bay's Joey Butler struck out in the fifth inning against Texas on Sunday.

  • New pitching coach Carl Willis joins Red Sox

    May 29, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Joining the struggling Boston Red Sox in midseason is ''a bit of an uncomfortable situation'' for new pitching coach Carl Willis.Willis, who was hired Saturday, had been working as pitching coach for Cleveland's Triple-A team in Columbus and was previously the pitching coach for Cleveland and Seattle. He takes over after Juan Nieves was fired Thursday.

  • Blue Jays put Saunders on 15-day DL, promote Tolleson

    May 29, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) The Blue Jays have put outfielder Michael Saunders on the 15-day disabled list with left knee inflammation and selected utility player Steve Tolleson from Triple-A Buffalo.Saunders went 0 for 4 in his return to the lineup Saturday after sitting out the previous four games. Saunders underwent knee surgery in spring training to repair a torn meniscus and didn't make his debut until April 25. He had a cortisone shot and had fluid drained from his knee Monday.

  • Red Sox recall Bradley Jr., Wright, option Craig, Ross

    May 29, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) After losing seven of their past eight games, the Boston Red Sox are shaking up their roster, recalling outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. and right-hander Steven Wright from Triple-A Pawtucket.Bradley Jr. was batting .343 with one homer and nine RBIs at Pawtucket, while Wright was 2-1 with a 3.24 ERA in four starts.

  • Will Orioles, Preakness help soothe ravaged Baltimore?

    May 29, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) Looting, rioting and violence has left Baltimore rattled and in a state of repair. Officials hope a big sports week has a healing effect on the beleaguered city.Civil unrest remains an issue in Baltimore after two weeks of tension between residents and police. The return of the Orioles for an extended period and the running of the Preakness could help ease matters.

  • Former pro Franco stays busy in Japan as player-manager

    May 29, 2015

    KONOSU, Japan (AP) Julio Franco is getting the best of both worlds as a 56-year-old player-manager for the Ishikawa Million Stars of Japan's semi-professional Baseball Challenge League.Not only does the native of the Dominican Republic and former major league All-Star get to keep playing the game he loves, Franco now has a chance to pass on a wealth of baseball knowledge to a new generation of players.

  • Athletics' Parker fractures elbow in minor league game

    May 29, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) Oakland right-hander Jarrod Parker, recovering from Tommy John surgery more than a year ago, broke a bone in his elbow during a minor league game.Pitching in a rehab game for Triple-A Nashville on Friday, Parker threw wildly to the plate and collapsed just off the mound. He rolled around in pain and had to be helped off the field.

  • MLB umpires' union on Jacoby ban: 'Clear line' was crossed

    May 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Major League Baseball umpires' union says the 14-game suspension imposed on Toronto hitting coach Brook Jacoby shows there is a ''clear line'' that cannot be crossed.Jacoby appealed, and his penalty was upheld after a hearing Friday.

  • Red Sox trade reliever Edward Mujica to Athletics

    May 29, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) The Boston Red Sox have traded reliever Edward Mujica and cash to the Oakland Athletics for either a player to be named or cash considerations.The deal was announced Saturday night while the A's were playing at Seattle.Mujica, who turns 31 on Sunday, was traded a day after being designated for assignment by the Red Sox. He was 1-1 with a 4.61 ERA in 11 games.

  • LEADING OFF: Pink bats for Mother's Day, frosty one at Coors

    May 29, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Sunday:---STEPPING UP FOR MOMPink bats will be in style for Mother's Day from Angel Stadium to Tropicana Field to every ballpark in the bigs. This is the 10th year that Major League Baseball has partnered with Louisville Slugger to produce the special bats, which will be auctioned off to raise money for breast cancer charities. Chris Davis, Chris Carter and Adrian Gonzalez are among the sluggers who have homered swinging pink.

  • Rangers, Rays get into skirmish after pickoff play

    May 29, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Texas Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays got into a brief skirmish after a pickoff play at second base Saturday night.The benches and bullpens emptied in the fourth inning after the play, which also resulted in a manager's replay challenge.

  • Pirates turn triple play in 2nd inning vs Cardinals

    May 29, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Pirates turned a triple play in the second inning on Saturday night against baseball's top team.The St. Louis Cardinals had runners on second and third when Yadier Molina lined out to Pittsburgh second baseman Neil Walker. Walker fired to third baseman Jung Ho Kung to double off Jhonny Peralta for the second out. Kung threw back to Walker standing on second for the final out after St. Louis' Jason Heyward froze between second and third.

  • Padres place 1B Alonso on DL, recall OF Almonte

    May 29, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The San Diego Padres have put first baseman Yonder Alonso on the 15-day disabled list and recalled outfielder Abraham Almonte from Triple-A El Paso.Manager Bud Black had revealed the intended move on Friday and the team made it official on Saturday.

  • Red Sox hire Carl Willis as new pitching coach

    May 29, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) The Boston Red Sox have hired Carl Willis as their new pitching coach, reuniting him with manager John Farrell.The Red Sox made the announcement Saturday after their 14th loss in 20 games, 7-1 loss to Toronto. They began the day with an AL-worst 4.95 ERA.

  • Dodgers-Rockies game postponed due to rain

    May 29, 2015

    DENVER (AP) Saturday night's game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Colorado Rockies has been postponed because of rain. No makeup date has been announced.The teams are scheduled to play Sunday afternoon but wet weather is forecast through the weekend.

  • White Sox RHP Noesi leaves in 2nd inning with back injury

    May 29, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) White Sox right-hander Hector Noesi has departed in the second inning against Cincinnati with a lower back bruise.Noesi was struck by a comebacker off the bat of Billy Hamilton with two on and two out. With manager Robin Ventura and trainer Herm Schneider watching from near the mound, Noesi tried a few warmup pitches and then walked to the dugout.

  • Twins Plouffe to miss game against Indians

    May 29, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe will miss Saturday's game against the Indians because of a family matter.Twins manager Paul Molitor says Plouffe has flown to Texas, but he's expected to rejoin the team for the finale of the three-game series on Sunday.

  • Pitcher Bruce Chen to start for Indians vs Twins

    May 29, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Cleveland Indians have brought up left-hander Bruce Chen from Triple-A Columbus to start against Minnesota.The 37-year-old will be pitching Saturday for his 11th major league team. He has an 82-80 career record in 16 seasons.Chen signed a minor league contract on Feb. 18, but didn't make the team in spring training and agreed to take an assignment to Columbus. He was 2-1 with a 1.74 ERA in five starts with the Clippers.

  • LEADING OFF: Rodon makes 1st start; Chen plays for team 11

    May 29, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues today:---GOING FOR 100Reigning NL MVP and Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw has just one win in six starts this season for the Dodgers. It will be his fourth try at his 100th career win when he faces the Rockies.

  • Detroit's Avila goes on DL, Price has hamstring strain

    May 29, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) David Price has a mild strain of his right hamstring, and the Detroit Tigers plan to decide early next week when the star left-hander will make his next start.Price got hurt on a fluky play Friday night against Kansas City, stepping on a bat that had been tossed aside by the plate umpire in anticipation of a play at home. The Tigers disclosed the extent of his injury Saturday, the same day they announced catcher Alex Avila had gone on the 15-day disabled list with a knee issue.

  • Mets great Strawberry goes deep with stories of faith

    May 29, 2015

    BEAR, Del. (AP) On the night this year's New York Mets tried to top the 1986 team for the best start in franchise history, the star slugger from that era was again going deep.With another sold-out crowd on hand at a Delaware church for the home run champ, Darryl Strawberry took a swing for the heavens.

  • Rockies closer John Axford's young son tosses out 1st pitch

    May 29, 2015

    DENVER (AP) Rockies' closer John Axford's 2-year-old son, who is recovering from rattlesnake bites to his right foot, threw out the ceremonial first pitch from his wheelchair on Friday night with his older brother and dad on the receiving end in front of home plate.

  • LEADING OFF: Rondon makes 1st start; Chen plays for team 11

    May 29, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Saturday:---GOING FOR 100Reigning NL MVP and Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw has just one win in six starts this season for the Dodgers. It will be his fourth try at his 100th career win when he faces the Rockies.

  • LA Angels acquire right-hander Chad Smith from Oakland A's

    May 29, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Angels have acquired right-hander Chad Smith from the Oakland Athletics for cash considerations.The Angels announced the deal Friday.Los Angeles also recalled right-hander Ryan Mattheus and optioned Efren Navarro to Triple-A Salt Lake.

  • Tigers' Price leaves game with injury

    May 29, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Detroit Tigers left-hander David Price left Friday night's game against Kansas City in the seventh inning with an apparent ankle injury after stepping on a bat.With one out and runners on first and second, Alex Gordon singled on an 0-1 pitch. Gordon dropped his bat at the plate, but home plate umpire Alan Porter, anticipating a play at the plate, grabbed it and tossed it toward the screen.

  • Padres 1B Alonso to go on DL

    May 29, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) San Diego Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso will go on the disabled list with a deep shoulder bruise, the result of an injury he suffered late in Thursday night's game against Arizona.Wil Myers, who has started 29 games in center field, will make his first start this season at first base in place of Alonso on Friday against the Diamondbacks.

  • MLB upholds 14-game suspension for Blue Jays coach Jacoby

    May 29, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Major League Baseball upheld a 14-game suspension for Toronto hitting coach Brook Jacoby after a fracas with an umpire, prompting the former All-Star player to say Friday he didn't deserve such a ''harsh'' penalty.Jacoby was accused of putting his forearms up near umpire Doug Eddings' neck and pinning him against a wall in a dugout tunnel at Fenway Park after the Blue Jays fell to Boston 4-1 on April 29.

  • Nats star Strasburg feels better after visiting chiropractor

    May 29, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg says he feels much better after visiting a chiropractor.''It was instant,'' Strasburg said Friday. ''After he felt around for a little bit, felt what was different from the other side, just got it all out of there. So, night and day.''

  • Rockies option LHP Matzek, recall C-1B Rosario

    May 29, 2015

    DENVER, Colo. (AP) The Colorado Rockies have optioned left-hander Tyler Matzek to Triple-A Albuquerque, and recalled catcher-first baseman Wilin Rosario.Matzek has struggled with his control early in the season, particularly in his last start against Arizona on Wednesday, when he pitched two innings and gave up four runs, three hits and six walks. Manager Walt Weiss said the Rockies were still considering their options for a replacement for Matzek in the rotation.

  • Rangers star Josh Hamilton set to join Triple-A on Sunday

    May 29, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton is scheduled to join Triple-A Round Rock on Sunday.The Rangers said Hamilton is set to move up from extended spring training this weekend. He went 1 for 5 with a three-run homer while playing five innings in left field Friday against Seattle minor leaguers.

  • Indians sign former star closer Marmol to minor league deal

    May 29, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Cleveland Indians have signed former All-Star closer Carlos Marmol to a minor league contract.The 32-year-old righty reported Friday to the Indians' player development complex in Goodyear, Arizona.Marmol was 0-3 with an 8.10 ERA in 15 games for Miami last season. He was signed by Cincinnati in May and released in November.

  • Orioles activate INF Flaherty, put RHP Gausman on DL

    May 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Infielder Ryan Flaherty has been activated from the 15-day disabled list by the Baltimore Orioles, who recalled left-hander T.J. McFarland from Triple-A Norfolk.The Orioles made the moves Friday before playing the New York Yankees. To clear roster spots, the Orioles put right-hander Kevin Gausman on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis, a move retroactive to Thursday, and optioned infielder Rey Navarro to Norfolk.

  • SF mayor signs law that bans chewing tobacco at ballparks

    May 29, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) San Francisco has become the first city in the nation to outlaw chewing tobacco from its playing fields, including AT&T Park, home to the San Francisco Giants.Players and the manager of the team expressed support for the ordinance signed into law by Mayor Ed Lee on Friday but also concern about breaking the chewing habit.

  • Farrell filling in as Boston's pitching coach for a bit

    May 29, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell says he will handle the duties of pitching coach for at least two days after the firing of Juan Nieves.Farrell said the team could announce a replacement on Saturday.The Red Sox fired Nieves on Thursday during an off-day. They went into Friday night's game at Toronto with a 4.86 ERA, the worst in the AL.

  • Cardinals 3B Carpenter sidelined this weekend with fatigue

    May 29, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter will miss this weekend's series in Pittsburgh because of fatigue and an accelerated heart rate.Manager Mike Matheny said Friday that Carpenter remained in St. Louis while the Cardinals traveled to play three games against the Pirates. Matheny said Carpenter had ''extreme fatigue'' and was also dealing with the heart rate issue.

  • 3 minor leaguers, including 2 Reds, given drug suspensions

    May 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Cincinnati Reds pitchers David Ayala and Adolfi Telleria have been suspended 25 games each for violating baseball's minor league drug program and free agent pitcher Dawson Brown was banned 50 games.In announcing the penalties Friday, the commissioner's office did not specify the nature of the violations for the Reds players. Under the minor league program, the only 25-game penalty listed is for a first violation for use or possession of a syringe.

  • Pirates not pushing panic button as hitting woes continue

    May 29, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Andrew McCutchen tried to channel his inner Marshawn Lynch.It lasted all of 30 seconds. Sorry, mumbling one-word answers just isn't the Pittsburgh Pirates star's thing. Besides, for once there was something to talk about other than why his team wasn't hitting or the state of his achy left knee.

  • Seattle activates Wilhelmsen from DL, Leone optioned

    May 29, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) The Seattle Mariners have activated right-handed reliever Tom Wilhelmsen from the 15-day disabled list without sending him out on a rehab assignment.Seattle activated Wilhelmsen on Friday before opening a three-game series with Oakland. Wilhelmsen had been on the disabled list since April 11 after suffering a hyperextended right elbow.

  • Red Sox star Ortiz loses appeal, serves 1-game suspension

    May 29, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz has lost his appeal of a one-game suspension for bumping an umpire and will sit out Friday night's game against the Blue Jays.Ortiz bumped plate ump John Tumpane while protesting third base umpire Jerry Meals' call on a check swing in an April 19 loss to Baltimore.

  • Injured Mets 3B Wright has back pain, rehab delayed

    May 29, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Injured New York Mets third baseman David Wright's rehabilitation program has been put on hold after he developed back pain, and right-hander Dillon Gee is headed to the disabled list, paving the way for Noah Syndergaard to make his major league debut.

  • Indians place Aviles on family emergency medical list

    May 29, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Cleveland Indians have placed utility man Mike Aviles on the family emergency medical list.The team made the announcement before Friday's game against the Minnesota Twins. Players can remain on the family medical emergency list for three to seven days.

  • Rays pitcher Alex Cobb to have season-ending elbow surgery

    May 29, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Alex Cobb will have season-ending elbow ligament replacement surgery.Cobb said before Friday night's game against Texas that several doctors have told that the ligament has a full tear. Surgery may be next week.

  • Reds' Joey Votto suspended for confrontation with umpire

    May 29, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Reds first baseman Joey Votto has been suspended for one game and fined by Major League Baseball for making contact with an umpire during Wednesday night's 3-0 victory at Pittsburgh.The slugger will serve his suspension Friday night against the Chicago White Sox, if the teams play. Rain was forecast.

  • Royals' Jason Vargas on disabled list; Escobar reinstated

    May 29, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) The Royals placed left-hander Jason Vargas on the disabled list and reinstated shortstop Alcides Escobar from the seven-day concussion list.Vargas allowed two runs over five innings Tuesday night and spent a long time in the trainer's room after the game. The team said then his back was being treated. On Friday, his injury was listed as a left flexor strain.

  • Chicago Cubs ready for bleacher bums

    May 29, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Wrigley Field is ready for the bleacher bums.The Chicago Cubs say expanded bleachers in left and center field will open Monday when the New York Mets visit. The right-field bleachers are scheduled to open next month.The bleachers will feature new group spaces, improved concessions and additional room for fans to socialize and watch the game. The work is part of a multi-year overhaul of the 101-year-old ballpark and surrounding area.

  • Angels coach Ebel gets players' attention with a whistle

    May 29, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) In a piercing staccato, Dino Ebel's whistle can penetrate through the noise from tens of thousands of rowdy baseball fans. And it can trigger a defensive alignment shift in one quick adjustment.More than anything, the Angels bench coach's method gets his players' eyes on him in a hurry when necessary.

  • LEADING OFF: Axford's son to throw out first ball at Coors

    May 29, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Friday:---WELL DONE, SONThe 2-year-old son of Colorado closer John Axford will throw out the first ball before the Rockies host the Dodgers at Coors Field. Jameson Axford has spent the last two months in and out of hospitals for treatment of rattlesnake bites. The young boy was bitten twice in the right foot in the yard of the Arizona house his family rented for spring training, and remains in a wheelchair while healing. His catcher for the ceremonial toss? Dad, naturally.

  • A-Rod passes Willie Mays for 4th on HR list with No. 661

    May 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Alex Rodriguez passed Willie Mays for fourth place on the career homer list, connecting for No. 661 Thursday night an at-bat after he was robbed of the milestone drive by a leaping catch.The New York Yankees star hit a liner off Baltimore's Chris Tillman into a secure area just to the left of Monument Park in center field in the third inning. A-Rod sent a soaring shot in the first that Delmon Young caught by reaching over the top of the wall in right field.

  • A-Rod passes Willie Mays for 4th on HR list with 661

    May 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Alex Rodriguez has passed Willie Mays for fourth place on the career homer list, connecting for No. 661 Thursday night an at-bat after he was robbed of the milestone drive by a leaping catch.The New York Yankees star hit a drive off Baltimore's Chris Tillman just to the left of Monument Park in center field in the third inning. A-Rod sent a shot in the first that Delmon Young caught by reaching over the top of the wall in right field.

  • Orioles SS Hardy activated from DL, set to make season debut

    May 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Baltimore Orioles have activated J.J. Hardy from the disabled list, and the Gold Glove shortstop is set to make his season debut against the New York Yankees.Hardy injured his left shoulder trying to make a play up the middle near the end of spring training. He played three rehabilitation games for Double-A Bowie and was relieved Thursday night to see his name in the No. 7 spot in the Orioles' batting order.

  • Rockies closer Adam Ottavino undergoes Tommy John surgery

    May 29, 2015

    DENVER (AP) The Colorado Rockies say closer Adam Ottavino has undergone Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.Ottavino had his ulnar collateral ligament reconstructed by Dr. James Andrews on Thursday in Gulf Breeze, Florida.The 29-year-old Ottavino visited with the surgeon the day before but already was resigned to the possibility of having season ending surgery, saying earlier in the week ''if it is that way - I'm expecting it to be - I'll take it head on.''

  • Cobb could be heading for elbow surgery

    May 29, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Alex Cobb could be headed for season-ending elbow ligament replacement surgery.An MRI this week found that Cobb has a ligament tear. He received a platelet-rich-plasma injection in an attempt to avoid surgery.

  • Winning streaks are rare for Braves' new mix of veterans

    May 29, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) In the Braves' new world, even small successes are to be savored.The Braves celebrated their second straight win over the last-place Phillies on Wednesday night. The win wasn't memorable except that it gave Atlanta its first two-game winning streak since opening the season 5-0.

  • Man who beat Giants fan gets 3 more years in prison for guns

    May 29, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) A felon who seriously beat a San Francisco Giants fan outside Dodger Stadium was sentenced Thursday to six years in prison for a weapons conviction unrelated to the attack.Louie Sanchez, 33, who is serving an eight-year state prison term in the savage beating of Bryan Stow, will serve about three additional years behind bars under the terms of the sentence.

  • MLB cuts Royals pitcher Herrera's suspensions by a game to 6

    May 29, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The suspensions for Kansas City Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera have been cut by Major League Baseball from seven games to six.Herrera began serving the penalty Thursday when the Royals hosted Cleveland.The hard-throwing Herrera appealed after being suspended for two separate incidents.

  • Pete Rose to make first Fox appearance Monday

    May 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Pete Rose is scheduled to make his first appearance for Fox on Monday on Fox Sports 1.Fox said Thursday he will appear on ''America's Pregame'' during a segment on the show that starts at 5 p.m. EDT, then will be on ''MLB Whiparound'' starting at 7 p.m. and on a taped segment of ''Fox Sports Live'' at 11:05 p.m.

  • Hamilton's highs and lows with Rangers, from big HRs to boos

    May 29, 2015

    Josh Hamilton flourished with the Texas Rangers for five seasons, when the former No. 1 overall draft pick was the 2010 AL MVP and an All-Star each time after his career was almost permanently derailed by cocaine and alcohol addictions. With Hamilton on track to rejoin the Rangers in the majors later this month, after being traded back by the Los Angeles Angels, here are some of his highs and lows in Texas from 2008-12:

  • Back with Texas, a last chance in MLB for Josh Hamilton?

    May 29, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Josh Hamilton knows in hindsight that he probably should have never left Texas.When the slugger was first acquired by the Rangers from Cincinnati a few days before Christmas in 2007, a feel-good story got even better: The former No. 1 overall draft pick became an MVP and perennial All-Star after battling cocaine and alcohol addictions, even with a few stumbles.

  • D-Backs agree to minor league deal with Saltalamacchia

    May 29, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a minor league contract with Jarrod Saltalamacchia.The 30-year-old catcher was released by the Miami Marlins on Tuesday, one month into the second season of a million, three-year contract.Saltalamacchia is to report to the Diamondbacks' spring training facility in Scottsdale, then be sent to Triple-A Reno.

  • Athletics bring up Rodriguez to help reeling bullpen

    May 29, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Oakland Athletics have recalled right-hander Fernando Rodriguez from Triple-A Nashville to help their reeling bullpen.The 30-year-old Rodriguez had 18 strikeouts in 16 innings for Nashville this season, compiling a 2.81 ERA and holding batters to a .143 batting average.

  • Royals acquire Butera from Angels, activate Hochevar

    May 29, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Royals have acquired catcher Drew Butera from Los Angeles Angels for minor league infielder Ryan Jackson.Butera, 31, hit .190 (4 for 21) in 10 games with the Angels this season. He batted .188 for the Los Angeles Dodgers last year following four years with Minnesota.

  • Iglesias out of starting lineup because of groin injury

    May 29, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Detroit Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias was not in the starting lineup for the series finale against the Chicago White Sox because of a mild groin injury.Iglesias, who is batting .349, appeared to get hurt in the eighth inning Wednesday night when he scored from second base on a single by Victor Martinez.

  • Sale drops appeal of 5-game suspension for April 23 brawl

    May 29, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) White Sox pitcher Chris Sale has dropped his appeal of a five-game suspension for his actions during an April 23 brawl with the Kansas City Royals.Sale allowed five runs and seven hits Wednesday against Detroit and started serving the penalty Thursday. If there are not any postponements, he would be eligible to rejoin the active roster for the May 12 game against Milwaukee.

  • Last-place Red Sox fire pitching coach Juan Nieves

    May 29, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Boston Red Sox moved to try to improve the worst pitching staff in the American League when they fired pitching coach Juan Nieves on Thursday.General manager Ben Cherington made the announcement and said another move involving reliever Edward Mujica was expected Friday when the Red Sox start a three-game series at Toronto.

  • Man who beat Giants fan faces lengthy term in separate crime

    May 29, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) A man who smirked as he was sentenced in the savage beating of a San Francisco Giants fan outside Dodger Stadium wants a federal judge to spare him from another lengthy prison sentence for an unrelated gun crime.Louie Sanchez's handwritten letter prays for mercy in the crime discovered as police investigated the 2011 attack on baseball's opening day that left Bryan Stow with permanent brain damage.

  • Man who beat Giants fan in LA faces lengthy federal time

    May 29, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) A man who smirked as he was sentenced in the savage beating of a San Francisco Giants fan outside Dodger Stadium wants a federal judge to spare him from another lengthy prison sentence for an unrelated gun crime.Louie Sanchez's hand-written letter prays for mercy in the crime discovered as police investigated the 2011 opening day attack that left Bryan Stow with permanent brain damage.

  • LEADING OFF: McHugh tries to match record, Puig on rehab

    May 29, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues today:---ON A ROLLHouston Astros right-hander Collin McHugh (4-0) faces the Los Angeles Angels in the opener of a four-game series. McHugh has won his last 11 decisions dating to August 2014 and would tie a franchise record by winning his next one.

  • No joke: Bob Uecker among broadcasters locked in booth

    May 29, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Brewers broadcaster and funnyman Bob Uecker was locked in the radio booth at Miller Park when the door handle broke during the sixth inning against the Dodgers Wednesday night.The 80-year-old known for his wit was trapped and, of course, made a joke out of it.

  • LEADING OFF: Burnett seeks better luck, Puig on rehab

    May 29, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Thursday:---BAD LUCK BURNETTPittsburgh Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett tries again for his first win of the season when he starts the finale of a three-game series against visiting Cincinnati. Burnett is 0-1 in five starts despite a 1.45 ERA that is second in the NL. He has also allowed no more than one run in four straight starts for the first time in his 17-year career.

  • Cubs manager Maddon ejected for arguing with plate umpire

    May 29, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon was ejected for arguing balls and strikes in the sixth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night.It appeared Maddon had already been tossed before coming onto the field to complain to plate umpire D.J. Reyburn during an at-bat by Starlin Castro to start the sixth. Castro ended up flying out to right in a game the Cubs led 5-2.

  • Manfred says shortening MLB regular season a popular topic

    May 29, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says shortening the regular season is becoming a popular topic as players and owners prepare to negotiate a new labor deal.In his first year on the job, Manfred was at Minute Maid Park before Wednesday night's game between the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros as part of an effort to meet with players from all 30 teams. He also spoke with reporters about several issues, including Pete Rose, pace of play, domestic violence, blacks in baseball and the designated hitter.

  • Twins' Rosario homers on 1st pitch of his career

    May 29, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota Twins outfielder Eddie Rosario homered on the first pitch he saw of his major league career against the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday night.Rosario, who was called up from Triple-A Rochester two days ago, led off the third inning and sent a pitch from Scott Kazmir into the left-field seats.

  • Cardinals shutting down Walden for 6-10 weeks

    May 29, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) St. Louis Cardinals setup man Jordan Walden will be shut down for six to 10 weeks for a strained muscle in his right shoulder.The 27-year-old was placed on the 15-day disabled list last week and the decision was made Wednesday after a second opinion.

  • Manfred says shortening regular season a popular topic

    May 29, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says shortening the regular season is becoming a popular topic as players and owners prepare to negotiate a new labor deal.In his first year on the job, Manfred was at Minute Maid Park before Wednesday night's game between the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros as part of an effort to meet with players from all 30 teams. He also spoke with reporters about several issues, including Pete Rose, pace of play, domestic violence and the designated hitter.

  • Rays expect update on Cobb's arm injury after returning home

    May 29, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays expect to learn more about right-hander Alex Cobb's arm injury after returning for an eight-game homestand.Manager Kevin Cash says he expects an update after the Rays return home from a three-game series in Boston. Tampa Bay opens a four-game series at home against the Texas Rangers on Thursday night.

  • Astros' Springer misses game against Rangers

    May 29, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Houston Astros outfielder George Springer missed Wednesday night's game against the Texas Rangers and was being evaluated for a possible concussion.Springer left Tuesday's game after making a spectacular catch for the last out of the seventh inning as he ran into the wall. Springer slowly came off the field under his own power and was replaced the next inning.

  • Reds' Votto ejected in 3rd inning against Pirates

    May 29, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto was ejected and then made contact with home plate umpire Chris Conroy during the third inning of Wednesday night's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.After Votto struck out swinging against Gerrit Cole to end the inning, he flung his bat and helmet to the ground.

  • NASCAR star Clint Bowyer takes cuts with Kansas City Royals

    May 29, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The first thing Ned Yost asked Clint Bowyer when the Royals manager called the NASCAR driver into his office Wednesday night was for some much-needed help with his lineup.His fantasy racing lineup.Bowyer pointed out that Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick have been dominating on the 1 1/2-mile tracks lately, and Jeff Gordon always runs well at Kansas Speedway. But Bowyer must not have made a case for himself for Saturday night's Sprint Cup race just across the state line.

  • Rodon to make first big league start for ChiSox on Saturday

    May 29, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) White Sox rookie pitcher Carlos Rodon is slated to make his first major league starti Saturday against Cincinnati.Rodon is to start in place of Jeff Samardzija, who on Wednesday started serving a five-game suspension for his involvement in a bench-clearing brawl against Kansas City on April 23.

  • Samardzija drops appeal and starts serving 5-game suspension

    May 29, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) White Sox pitcher Jeff Samardzija has dropped his appeal of a five-game suspension.Samardzija beat Detroit on Tuesday and started serving the penalty Wednesday. If there are not any postponements, he would be eligible to rejoin the active roster for the May 11 game against Milwaukee.

  • A's activate Coco Crisp from disabled list

    May 29, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Oakland Athletics activated outfielder Coco Crisp from the disabled list Wednesday and put him into the lineup as the leadoff hitter against the Minnesota Twins.The 35-year-old Crisp missed the first five weeks of the season following right elbow surgery. A's manager Bob Melvin plans on playing Crisp in left field, a position he hasn't played since the 2012 season.

  • Yankees activate Pirela, put Petit on 15-day DL

    May 29, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) The New York Yankees have put infielder Gregorio Petit on the 15-day disabled list because of a bruised right hand and activated utilityman Jose Pirela from the DL.Outfielder Brett Gardner is not in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Blue Jays because of a stiff neck. Chris Young is starting in left field.

  • John Axford's young son to throw out 1st pitch Friday

    May 29, 2015

    DENVER (AP) The young son of Colorado Rockies closer John Axford will finally get to see his dad pitch in person after spending the last two months in and out of hospitals for treatment of rattlesnake bites.Two-year-old Jameson Axford will be the guest of honor as he throws out the ceremonial first pitch Friday at Coors Field before a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

  • Cubs activate pitcher Justin Grimm from DL

    May 29, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The Chicago Cubs have activated right-hander Justin Grimm from the 15-day disabled list and recalled outfielder Matt Szczur from Triple-A Iowa.Outfielder Junior Lake was optioned to Iowa and right-hander Anthony Varvaro was designated for assignment Wednesday. Varvaro was claimed off waivers from Boston on Sunday and added to the 25-man roster Tuesday but did not pitch.

  • Royals bring All-Star closer Greg Holland off disabled list

    May 29, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Kansas City Royals' dominant bullpen got even tougher Wednesday when All-Star closer Greg Holland was activated from the disabled list before their game against the Cleveland Indians.Holland had been out with a strained pectoral muscle since April 18, the day after picking up his fourth save of the season. Holland had been dealing with tightness in his chest muscle for a while, and the Royals finally decided to shut him down for seven days.

  • Detroit pitcher Justin Verlander cleared to resume throwing

    May 29, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander has been given the go-ahead to resume throwing.Verlander has been sidelined since the start of the season due to a strained right triceps.''This is a first step,'' Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said.

  • White Sox designate Guerra for assignment

    May 29, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Right-hander Javy Guerra has been designated for assignment by the Chicago White Sox.Guerra didn't allow a run in three games and 1 1-3 innings for the White Sox. He went on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation on April 20, a move retroactive to April 13.

  • Braves recall Williams Perez from Triple-A Gwinnett

    May 29, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Right-hander Michael Kohn has been optioned to Gwinnett by the Atlanta Braves, who recalled right-hander Williams Perez from the Triple-A team.Kohn did not allow a hit or a run in six appearances but walked six in 4 2-3 innings.Perez, a 23-year-old native of Venezuela who has never appeared in the major leagues, was 2-0 with a 1.33 ERA in five starts at Gwinnett. He was 7-6 with a 2.91 ERA at Double-A Mississippi last season.

  • Pirates put Lambo on DL and bring up Lombardozzi

    May 29, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Pirates outfielder Andrew Lambo has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with plantar fasciitis in his left foot, and Pittsburgh has selected the contract of infielder Steve Lombardozzi from Triple-A Indianapolis.Lambo is just 1 for 25 (.040) in 20 games.

  • Bryce Harper hits 3 HRs in 3 ABs before grounding out

    May 29, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Bryan Harper hit three home runs in his first three at-bats for the Washington Nationals against Miami, then grounded out in what was likely his final trip to the plate..Harper hit a solo shot in the second inning, a two-run drive in the third and a bases-empty homer in the fifth. The latter two landed in the upper deck.

  • Harper hits 3 HRs in first 3 ABs for Nationals

    May 29, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Bryan Harper has hit three home runs in his first three at-bats for the Washington Nationals against Miami.Harper hit a solo shot in the second inning, a two-run drive in the third and a bases-empty homer in the fifth. The latter two landed in the upper deck.

  • Greinke sharp in win, Dodgers beat Brewers 8-2

    May 29, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Zack Greinke allowed one unearned run on two hits in 7 2-3 innings to win his career-best 10th consecutive decision and Justin Turner hit a three-run homer to pace the Los Angeles Dodgers to an 8-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night.

  • Brewers owner backs GM's decision to fire Roenicke

    May 29, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Brewers owner Mark Attanasio said on Tuesday that he supported general manager Doug Melvin's decision to fire manager Ron Roenicke.Roenicke was fired Sunday with Milwaukee off to a 7-18 start. He was replaced Monday by former Brewers player Craig Counsell, who had been a special assistant to Melvin in the front office since January 2012.

  • Twins place INF Eduardo Nunez on disabled list

    May 29, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Twins have placed infielder Eduardo Nunez on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique.The Twins announced the move Tuesday night after a 2-1 loss to the Oakland Athletics. The move is retroactive to April 30.

  • LEADING OFF: Royals get Holland back, Scherzer seeking help

    May 29, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues today:---CLOSING TIMEThe Royals plan to activate All-Star closer Greg Holland (strained pectoral muscle) before their game against Cleveland. It might be just in time, too. Fellow reliever Kelvin Herrera had his appeal heard Monday by Major League Baseball in an attempt to reduce the length of two separate suspensions - two games for throwing at Oakland's Brett Lawrie and five for his role in a fight with the White Sox. A ruling is expected any day, and Kansas City manager Ned Yost said the ''best-case scenario'' is the suspensions would be reduced by two games.

  • Giants' Pagan scratched from lineup vs. Padres

    May 29, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Giants outfielder Angel Pagan was scratched from Tuesday night's starting lineup against the San Diego Padres with a cut on his middle finger.Pagan, the Giants' No. 3 hitter, is batting .405 (17 for 42) over his last 10 games and ranks fifth in the NL with a .350 batting average. He started the first 25 games.

  • Padres place Brandon Morrow on DL with ailing shoulder

    May 29, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The San Diego Padres have placed right-hander Brandon Morrow on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation before Tuesday night's game with the San Francisco Giants.The move is retroactive to May 3.Padres manager Bud Black said the shoulder remained troublesome and the team decided to give him a full two weeks to rest. Morrow is 2-0 with a 2.73 ERA on the season.

  • Rays shut down RHP Cobb rehab, reports of ligament tear

    May 29, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays have stopped right-hander Alex Cobb's rehabilitation program amid a report that he has a partial tear of a ligament in his throwing elbow.The Rays said Cobb was shut down on Monday after a setback in his rehab. The Tampa Bay Times reported on Tuesday that he has a partial ligament tear. He will try to pitch through it after receiving platelet-rich plasma therapy, the paper said. If that is unsuccessful, he would need Tommy John surgery.

  • Cards' Garcia throws 70 pitches, could begin rehab Sunday

    May 29, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) St. Louis Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia threw 70 pitches during an extended spring training outing and could begin a rehab assignment Sunday.Garcia is trying to come back after a setback in his rehab from thoracic outlet surgery in spring training.

  • White Sox frustrated by slow start

    May 29, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) White Sox general manager Rick Hahn pointed to the players, coaching staff, front office and himself. Everyone, he said, is to blame for the team's poor start.The White Sox dropped five in a row on a strange road trip to Baltimore and Minnesota and returned home in last place in the AL Central. They climbed out of the basement with a 5-2 victory over the Tigers on Tuesday night, but committed three errors in the win.

  • Mets pay tribute to slain NYPD officer before game

    May 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Mets wore NYPD hats and held a moment of silence before Tuesday night's game against Baltimore to honor a police officer who was shot and killed this week while on duty.Officer Brian Moore died Monday, two days after he tried to stop a man suspected of carrying a handgun.

  • Blue Jays promote slugger Chris Colabello from Triple-A

    May 29, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) The Blue Jays have selected the contract of utilityman Chris Colabello from Buffalo and have optioned infielder Jonathan Diaz to the Triple-A team.Toronto needed another outfielder after Danny Valencia sprained an ankle when he stepped awkwardly while climbing the stairs to the clubhouse following Monday's win over the Yankees. Colabello started in left field against New York on Tuesday, batting seventh.

  • Cubs place Denorfia on DL, recall Russell, Varvaro

    May 29, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The Chicago Cubs placed outfielder Chris Denorfia on the 15-day disabled list because of a hamstring injury and recalled James Russell and Anthony Varvaro from the minor leagues.Russell was 2-0 with three saves at Triple-A Iowa and had not allowed an earned run in seven games. Varvaro was 0-1 with a 4.09 ERA in nine games before getting designated for assignment by Boston, and the Cubs claimed him off waivers on Sunday.

  • Tigers RHP Verlander gets MRI for right triceps injury

    May 29, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Justin Verlander is trying to stay patient while he recovers from a strained right triceps. It is a difficult task for the right-hander.The Detroit Tigers star had a third MRI on Tuesday morning in Chicago. The 2011 AL MVP is hoping the inflammation has subsided enough to allow him to increase his throwing program.

  • Mets add catcher Monell, send INF Campbell to Triple-A

    May 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Mets have promoted catcher Johnny Monell from Triple-A Las Vegas and sent infielder Eric Campbell to their top minor league team.The Mets selected Monell's contract before Tuesday night's game against Baltimore.The 29-year-old Monell was hitting .397 with four home runs and 15 RBIs in 17 games at Las Vegas. He wasn't in the starting lineup against the Orioles.

  • Athletics release outfielder Cody Ross after short stint

    May 29, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Outfielder Cody Ross has cleared waivers and been released after his short stint with the Oakland Athletics.The move came Tuesday, three days after Ross was designated for assignment.The A's signed Ross on April 8 following his release by Arizona four days earlier. It was a cost-efficient move for Oakland, which was only responsible for 9,180, a pro-rated portion of the 7,500 league minimum. Ross was guaranteed .5 million this year as part of his contract with the Diamondbacks.

  • Braves designate Veal for assignment, recall Cunniff

    May 29, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The Braves have designated left-handed reliever Donnie Veal for assignment and recalled right-hander Brandon Cunniff from Triple-A Gwinnett.The move leaves Luis Avilan as the only left-hander in Atlanta's bullpen.Veal gave up one run in 1 1-3 innings in Monday night's 5-2 loss to the Phillies. He allowed four runs in 3 1-3 innings for a 10.80 ERA this season.

  • Indians active outfielder Nick Swisher from disabled list

    May 29, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Nick Swisher bounced through the visitors clubhouse at Kauffman Stadium, giddy as a schoolboy, unable contain the smile on his face after seeing his name on the Cleveland lineup card.''Happy opening day!'' he exclaimed.It was hard to tell whether Swisher was more thrilled to be playing in a big league park again or simply playing pain-free for the first time in ages.

  • Rangers claim Kickham off waivers, move Rua to 60-day DL

    May 29, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Texas Rangers have received left-hander Mike Kickham on a waiver claim from Seattle and assigned him to Triple-A Round Rock.To make room on their 40-man roster, the Rangers on Tuesday transferred outfielder Ryan Rua from the 15-day to 60-day disabled list.

  • Cardinals recall Lyons to start, option Tuivailala

    May 29, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Cardinals recalled left-hander Tyler Lyons from Triple-A Memphis to start Tuesday night against the Chicago Cubs and optioned rookie right-hander Sam Tuivailala to Memphis.The 27-year-old Lyons was 2-1 with a 2.91 ERA in four starts for Memphis with 26 strikeouts in 21 1-3 innings. He threw eight shutout innings against Rock Round his last start on April 28.

  • Marlins release catcher Saltalamacchia

    May 29, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) The Miami Marlins have released catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, making him a free agent.The move Tuesday came eight days after Saltalamacchia was designated for assignment. The Marlins parted ways with the veteran even though he has nearly two seasons left on the million, three-year contract he signed before the 2014 season.

  • Rangers GM ready for more critical look at last-place team

    May 29, 2015

    With the Texas Rangers again at the bottom of the AL standings, general manager Jon Daniels is ready for a more critical look at the team.The Rangers have lost eight of their last 11 games, even after a 2-1 win Monday night to end Houston's 10-game winning streak. At 9-16 under new manager Jeff Banister, they have six fewer wins than at the same point last season when they finished with an American League-high 95 losses.

  • Clubhouse chemistry in digital age: Winning still cures all

    May 29, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Relaxing with a cup of coffee in the Minnesota Twins' clubhouse one day last year at spring training, Eddie Guardado looked around.All the heads he saw were down.''Nobody's talking to anybody,'' said Guardado, then a guest instructor during camp, in discussion with the team's equipment manager.

  • Craig Counsell hired as Brewers manager after poor start

    May 29, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Craig Counsell enjoyed a solid but unspectacular major league career, hitting .255 over 16 seasons. He is confident he will have more success as a manager.''It's an honor, and it's humbling, but I feel like this is what I was meant to do,'' Counsell said at a news conference Monday after he was hired to replace Ron Roenicke as manager of the Milwaukee Brewers. ''I think I'll be better at this than I was at playing.''

  • LEADING OFF: Billingsley back on mound after 2-year layoff

    May 29, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues today:---WELCOME BACKAfter a long road back to the big leagues, Chad Billingsley makes his first start in more than two years. The Philadelphia Phillies plan to activate him from the disabled list to pitch against Atlanta right-hander Shelby Miller. It will be Billingsley's first start since April 15, 2013, for the Los Angeles Dodgers against San Diego. Billingsley had Tommy John surgery followed by an operation to repair a partially torn flexor tendon.

  • Dodgers call up LHP Coulombe

    May 29, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) The Los Angeles Dodgers called up left-handed reliever Daniel Coulombe from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Monday and transferred left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list.Coulombe, who pitched in five games last season with the Dodgers, was 0-0 with a 1.74 ERA in eight appearances with Oklahoma City.

  • Yankees sleep over in Boston before trip to Toronto

    May 29, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) The New York Yankees decided to sleep over in Boston after sweeping the Red Sox and get some extra rest before crossing into Canada.With the blessing of Major League Baseball, the Yankees remained in Boston following Sunday night's game at Fenway Park, then flew to Toronto late Monday morning, arriving about seven hours ahead of their game against the Blue Jays.

  • Jackson put on DL by M's, Beimel back up with big club

    May 29, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Seattle Mariners placed center fielder and leadoff hitter Austin Jackson on the 15-day disabled list because of a sprained right ankle.The Mariners also designated left-hander Mike Kickham for assignment, recalled infielder Chris Taylor from Triple-A Tacoma and selected the contract of lefty reliever Joe Beimel from Triple-A.

  • Padres catching prospect Austin Hedges called up to majors

    May 29, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Triple-A manager Pat Murphy had quite the trick to play on Austin Hedges for the catcher's first career callup to the major leagues.In Sacramento on Sunday with El Paso ready to leave by bus for Fresno, an athletic trainer approached Hedges concerned about whether the player had been out on the town and gotten into trouble the previous night. No way, Hedges promised, he was in bed where he should have been - and had a teammate and roommate as an alibi.

  • Ottavino concerned he needs Tommy John surgery

    May 29, 2015

    DENVER (AP) In the midst of the best start of his career, Colorado Rockies closer Adam Ottavino is concerned his season might be over.Ottavino said Monday a recent MRI revealed a partial ulnar collateral ligament tear in his right elbow, which could mean he needs Tommy John surgery. He will visit Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday for an evaluation and could have the operation ''right then and there,'' the pitcher said.

  • Blue Jays hitting coach Jacoby suspended 14 games

    May 29, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Blue Jays hitting coach Brook Jacoby has been suspended 14 games for his postgame conduct toward the umpires following an April 29 game at Boston.Joe Torre, Chief Baseball Officer for Major League Baseball, announced the suspension Monday.

  • Red Sox LF Ramirez leaves game after running into side wall

    May 29, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Red Sox left fielder Hanley Ramirez has left Monday night's game against Tampa Bay after running into a side wall while attempting a catch.The team announced later it was a sprained left shoulder.Ramirez ran toward the corner to catch James Loney's slicing fly ball along the foul line. He had it in his glove before it popped out when his left shoulder hit the padded wall.

  • Nationals' Reed Johnson status uncertain after foot surgery

    May 29, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Nationals outfielder Reed Johnson faces an uncertain future this season after having surgery on his left ankle.Johnson was put on the disabled list April 26. He had an operation Saturday.Manager Matt Williams said Monday that Johnson is resting at home, but could not begin to guess at a timetable for his return.

  • Mets say they are bringing up catcher Johnny Monell

    May 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Mets say they plan to put catcher Johnny Monell on the major league roster before Tuesday night's game against Baltimore.Monell is not on the 40-man roster, so the Mets will have to open a spot on it when they select his contract from Triple-A Las Vegas.

  • Twins put Arcia on DL with hip flexor strain, recall Rosario

    May 29, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Twins have placed left fielder Oswaldo Arcia on the 15-day disabled list, due to a strained right hip flexor muscle.Arcia was hurt in Sunday's 13-3 win over the Chicago White Sox, and the move was made on Monday before the Twins hosted the Oakland Athletics.

  • Rangers recall Patton and send Mendez back to Triple-A

    May 29, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) The Texas Rangers have recalled right-hander Spencer Patton from Round Rock and optioned right-hander Roman Mendez to that Triple-A team.Patton made his major league debut with the Rangers last season, going 1-0 while allowing only one earned run in 9 1-3 innings. In eight appearances at Round Rock this season, Patton has the same 0.96 ERA, allowing one earned run in 9 1-3 innings, with two saves.

  • Hamilton plays 1st extended spring training game for Rangers

    May 29, 2015

    SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) Josh Hamilton played in extended spring training for the Texas Rangers on Monday, his first game of any kind since last October.Hamilton struck out once and hit three grounders to first base in Arizona, a week after the Los Angeles Angels completed a trade that sent to slugger back to Texas. He played three innings in left field.

  • MLB, union say players taken in draft can be traded earlier

    May 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Major League Baseball and the players' association have agreed to change the rule that has kept first-round pick Trea Turner from joining his new team after a trade, though it will affect only future drafts.Selected by the Padres 13th overall last June, Turner was sent to Washington in a three-team, 11-player deal Dec. 19 that brought center fielder Wil Myers from Tampa Bay to San Diego. But Turner can't report to the Nationals until mid-June.

  • Craig Counsell hired as Brewers manager after 7-18 start

    May 29, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Craig Counsell enjoyed a solid but unspectacular major league career, hitting .255 over 16 seasons. He is confident he will have more success as a manager.''It's an honor, and it's humbling, but I feel like this is what I was meant to do,'' Counsell said at a news conference Monday after his hiring to replace Ron Roenicke as manager of the Milwaukee Brewers. ''I think I'll be better at this than I was at playing.''

  • Counsell replaces Roenicke with Brewers after 7-18 start

    May 29, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) The Brewers fired manager Ron Roenicke and replaced him Monday with former Milwaukee infielder Craig Counsell.The Brewers, a major league-worst 7-18, lost 40 of their final 56 games under Roenicke. The skid included a late-season collapse last year after they led the NL Central for nearly five months and a 2-13 start this season.

  • Craig Counsell hired as manager of the Milwaukee Brewers

    May 29, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Craig Counsell hired as manager of the Milwaukee Brewers.

  • Weekend Sports In Brief

    May 29, 2015

    PREAKNESSBALTIMORE (AP) American Pharoah won the Preakness by seven lengths in driving rain Saturday, keeping alive his Triple Crown bid.With victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, American Pharoah needs a win in the Belmont Stakes to become the sport's first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.

  • Tigers, Royals resume respectful rivalry with split

    May 29, 2015

    The Kansas City Royals have rubbed some American League teams the wrong way this season. When they face the Detroit Tigers, however, the atmosphere is one of respect.''I think our guys actually like a lot of the guys over there, and vice versa,'' Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. ''I think you could pluck guys from our clubhouse and put them over there and they'd fit in just fine.''

  • Dodgers acquire first baseman Andy Wilkins from Blue Jays

    May 29, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired first baseman Andy Wilkins from the Toronto Blue Jays for cash considerations.The teams announced the move Sunday night.Wilkins, 26, hit .264 in 21 games this season for Triple-A Buffalo, with four doubles and nine RBIs.

  • Dodgers acquire first baseman Andy Wilkins from Dodgers

    May 29, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired first baseman Andy Wilkins from the Toronto Blue Jays for cash considerations.The teams announced the move Sunday night.Wilkins, 26, hit .264 in 21 games this season for Triple-A Buffalo, with four doubles and nine RBIs.

  • Milwaukee Brewers fire manager Ron Roenicke

    May 29, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Brewers fired manager Ron Roenicke on Sunday night, hours after their 5-3 victory over the Cubs in Chicago.The Brewers are a major league-worst 7-18 after a 2-13 start. The team said it will announce a replacement Monday.

  • The Milwaukee Brewers have fired manager Ron Roenicke

    May 29, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Brewers have fired manager Ron Roenicke.

  • James Taylor debuts song about Red Sox-Yankees at Fenway

    May 29, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) James Taylor inherited his love for the Boston Red Sox from his father and grandmother, and his newest song follows his fandom through three generations from the sale of Babe Ruth to the team's cathartic 2004 World Series title.The Boston troubadour was back at Fenway Park on Sunday night to debut a new single, ''Angels of Fenway,'' named for the historic ballpark. The song was played on the public address system before the game against the New York Yankees, accompanied by a video with highlights of the century-old rivalry.

  • LEADING OFF: Astros aim for 11th win in row, Hamilton plays

    May 29, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Monday:---IN ORBITThe Astros go for their 11th straight win when they host Texas. Dallas Keuchel (3-0, 0.73 ERA) starts for Houston, which is enjoying its best run since a 12-game victory streak in 2004. Evan Gattis has been providing plenty of pop, homering five times in six games.

  • James Taylor debuts new song about Fenway, at Fenway

    May 29, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Local troubadour James Taylor debuted his new song ''Angels of Fenway'' at the ballpark that gave the tune its name.Taylor's song was played over the public address system at Fenway Park on Sunday night before the Boston Red Sox hosted the New York Yankees. It was accompanied by a video of scenes from the century-old rivalry between the two teams.

  • Segura leaves game after getting hit on helmet by pitch

    May 29, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Jean Segura left Sunday's game against the Chicago Cubs after he was hit on the helmet by Pedro Strop's pitch in the eighth inning.Segura initially took first base after he was examined by the training staff for several minutes. Before play resumed, he was replaced by pinch-runner Hector Gomez.

  • Darvish ponders US citizenship as he comes along in rehab

    May 29, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Yu Darvish misses being on this road with his Texas teammates for reasons beyond fellowship as he recovers from season-ending elbow surgery.The Japanese right-hander joked his English is suffering because he's not using it as much. Darvish was serious when he said he wants to improve his command of the language enough to pursue dual citizenship.

  • Darvish out of brace, feeling 'positive' after elbow surgery

    May 29, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Yu Darvish is out of a brace and says he is maintaining a positive mindset during his season-long recovery from elbow reconstruction surgery.The Japanese right-hander said Sunday that he didn't experience as much pain others he talked to about the Tommy John procedure. Still, he said through an interpreter that he wanted to take it slow.

  • Cubs claim pitcher off waivers

    May 29, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Cubs have claimed right-handed pitcher Anthony Varvaro off waivers from the Boston Red Sox and designated left-handed pitcher Joseph Ortiz for assignment.Varvaro is 7-9 with a 3.23 ERA, 20 holds and one save in 166 major league appearances with the Seattle Mariners, Atlanta Braves and Red Sox.

  • A's call up righty reliever Chad Smith, demote Ryan Cook

    May 29, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Athletics have recalled right-handed reliever Chad Smith from Triple-A Nashville and demoted righty Ryan Cook.Smith was 1-1 with a 2.31 ERA as the closer with Nashville, getting two saves in four chances. He had a blown save Saturday night at Round Rock.

  • Cardinals' Jordan Walden goes on 15-day disabled list

    May 29, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Cardinals setup man Jordan Walden has been placed on the 15-day disabled list because of an inflamed right biceps. Reliever Sam Tuivailala was recalled from Triple-A Memphis.Walden stopped warming up in the eighth inning Saturday. He's 0-1 with an 0.87 ERA in 12 games with 12 strikeouts in 10 1-3 innings.

  • Orioles' Hardy, Flaherty to start rehab assignments

    May 29, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Injured Baltimore Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy and infielder Ryan Flaherty will both start minor league rehab assignments Monday with Double-A Bowie.Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Sunday the pair will play at least three games with Bowie.

  • Royals' Lorenzo Cain drops appeal, begins serving suspension

    May 29, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Lorenzo Cain was hoping that nobody saw him throw the punch.Then the Royals outfielder learned just how many video cameras there are in big league ballparks these days.After seeing footage that Major League Baseball has of him throwing the haymaker in a brawl with the White Sox last month, Cain dropped his appeal of a two-game suspension Sunday. Along with missing the series finale against Detroit, he will miss Tuesday's game against Cleveland.

  • Rays place CF Jennings on 15-day DL with left knee soreness

    May 29, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays placed center fielder Desmond Jennings on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with left knee soreness.Jennings hasn't played since leaving a game April 25 with the injury and said there is still some pain in the knee. He is the 14th Tampa Bay player to go on the DL this season.

  • Diamondbacks blow lead in 7th, lose 6-4 to Dodgers

    May 29, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) For the second time in a matter of hours, a major league game ended with a baserunner getting hit by a batted ball for the final out.Arizona Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale watched in anguish as it happened to his team, and now he knows how Los Angeles Angels skipper Mike Scioscia felt in San Francisco.

  • Niese outpitched by Gonzalez as Mets lose to Nationals 1-0

    May 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Jonathon Niese stranded nine runners. The one he didn't was enough to beat him.Gio Gonzalez struck out nine in seven crisp innings on one of his favorite mounds, outpitching Niese to lead the Washington Nationals over the New York Mets 1-0 Saturday night.

  • LEADING OFF: Astros stalk 10th W in row, Weaver goes for 1st

    May 29, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Sunday:---ASTROS BLAST OFFThe surprising Astros will try for their 10th straight win and a sweep of Seattle. Houston owns the best record in the AL - it went 70-92 last season after three straight years of at least 106 losses. Roberto Hernandez starts the series finale vs. the visiting Mariners, and a victory would give the Astros their longest winning streak since a 12-game string in 2004.

  • LEADING OFF: Weaver aims for 1st W, A-Rod tries to pass Mays

    May 29, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Sunday:---WEAVING IN A WIN?Angels ace Jered Weaver (0-3, 5.83 ERA) starts the series finale at San Francisco. He's never begun a season so slowly, and hopes to reverse things vs. the Giants - Weaver is 16-4 with a 2.55 ERA in 29 career interleague games. He'll be opposed by two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum (1-2, 3.27), who knows all about struggling.

  • Rockies designate Jorge Rondon for assignment

    May 29, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) The Colorado Rockies designated right-hander Jorge Rondon for assignment Saturday and called up left-hander Ken Roberts from Triple-A Albuquerque.On Friday night in a loss to the San Diego Padres, Rondon didn't retire any of the eight batters he faced, allowing five hits, two walks and a run. He exited with a 90.00 ERA after two outings.

  • Yankees say they don't plan to pay home run bonus to A-Rod

    May 29, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman says the team doesn't plan to pay a million bonus to Alex Rodriguez for his 660th home run.Cashman spoke Saturday before the Yankees played at Boston. On Friday night, Rodriguez hit No. 660, tying Willie Mays for fourth on the career list.

  • Indians scratch Bourn with cervical strain

    May 29, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Indians outfielder Michael Bourn has been scratched from Saturday's lineup because of a cervical strain.Bourn slid headfirst into the plate Friday trying to score from first base on Mike Aviles' double. He was called safe, but the play was overturned on a replay challenge by Toronto manager John Gibbons.

  • Nova pitches in 1st game since elbow surgery

    May 29, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) New York Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova has pitched in his first game since elbow ligament replacement surgery a year ago.The right-hander allowed an infield hit and struck out one in 1 1-3 innings Saturday in an extended spring training game. He threw 18 pitches and appears on target to be back in June.

  • Marlins' Yelich set for minor league rehab assignment

    May 29, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Miami Marlins left fielder Christian Yelich will begin a rehab assignment on Sunday with Class A Jupiter.Yelich, who has been on the disabled list since April 24 with a lower back strain, also plans to play for Jupiter on Monday and Tuesday with plans of returning to the big league club on Thursday at San Francisco.

  • Blue Jays send Dalton Pompey, Andrew Albers to Triple-A

    May 29, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Toronto Blue Jays have optioned rookie outfielder Dalton Pompey and pitcher Andrew Albers to Triple-A Buffalo.Pompey opened the season as Toronto's center fielder, but batted .183 and struck out 22 times in 83 at-bats. The 22-year-old switch hitter stole two bases.

  • Brewers activate Carlos Gomez from disabled list

    May 29, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Milwaukee Brewers have activated outfielder Carlos Gomez from the 15-day disabled list on Saturday.Gomez was placed on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring and missed 15 games. In eight games, Gomez was 8 for 34 with one home run and six RBIs.

  • Red Sox place C Hanigan on DL with fractured right pinkie

    May 29, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Red Sox have placed catcher Ryan Hanigan on the 15-day DL after he fractured his right pinkie in Friday's loss to the New York Yankees.To take his place on the roster, the club promoted top catching prospect Blake Swihart from Triple-A Pawtucket. Swihart is in the starting lineup, catching and batting ninth.

  • LEADING OFF: Streaking 'Stros, Kluber goes, Price eyes KC

    May 29, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues today:---STREAKING `STROSThe surprising Houston Astros try for their ninth consecutive victory and 13th in 14 games when they host Seattle. They seem to have the right man on the mound, too: Collin McHugh (3-0) has won 10 straight decisions, the longest active streak in the majors. Tied with Kansas City for the top record in the American League, the Astros (16-7) matched the 1980 team for the best 23-game start in franchise history.

  • Smith upset over glove, self in Angels loss

    May 29, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Joe Smith was frustrated about a lot of things, including leaving a pitch over the plate for pinch hitter Joe Panik to drive up the middle for a game-winning hit.What put Los Angeles' set-up man in a bad mood to start was having to shorten a string on his glove as ordered by home plate umpire Bill Miller.

  • A-Rod hits 660th homer, question of million looms

    May 29, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) No. 660 is in the book. Will million get in the bank?That's the amount in a marketing agreement that the New York Yankees may have to pay Alex Rodriguez for tying Willie Mays' total of 660 homers, fourth most in major league history.He slugged that on Friday night, a no-doubt, tie-breaking, pinch-hit liner over the Green Monster in the eighth inning that lifted the Yankees to a 3-2 win over the Boston Red Sox.

  • Panik lifts Giants past Angels 3-2

    May 29, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Joe Panik figured all the pressure was on Joe Smith, a relaxing ideat in a tight situation. His only thought was putting a good swing on the ball.Panik singled in the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, lifting the San Francisco Giants past the Los Angeles Angels 3-2 on Friday night.

  • Twins activate Nolasco, Duensing off DL

    May 29, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco and reliever Brian Duensing were activated off the disabled list after Friday night's game.Nolasco, who has been out since April 11 with right elbow inflammation, is scheduled to start Saturday's game against the Chicago White Sox. He started one game earlier this year, giving up six earned runs in three innings.

  • Castellanos get 1st hit for Tigers in 8th against Royals

    May 29, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Nick Castellanos has singled off Kansas City Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera with nobody out in the eighth inning for the first hit by the Detroit Tigers.Chris Young and reliever Ryan Madson combined on a no-hit bid for Kansas City through seven innings Friday night. Herrera came on in the eighth and walked his first batter before Castellanos lined a clean single to left field.

  • Royals' Young and Madson working on no-hit bid through 7

    May 29, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Chris Young and reliever Ryan Madson have combined on a no-hit bid for the Kansas City Royals through seven innings against the Detroit Tigers.Young, who was making his first start of the season Friday night, was pulled when his pitch count reached 81 after five innings with the Royals leading 4-0. He struck out nine and pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the fourth when he walked three straight. He threw 34 pitches in the inning.

  • Say Hey Rod: Rodriguez matches Mays milestone with homer 660

    May 29, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Alex Rodriguez has matched Willie Mays for fourth on the career homer list by hitting No. 660, possibly setting up a legal showdown with the New York Yankees over a million payment.Rodriguez connected off Junichi Tazawa of the Boston Red Sox in the eighth inning Friday night to reach the milestone with his sixth home run in a successful return from a yearlong drug suspension.

  • Baseball now officially on the clock with pace-of-play rules

    May 29, 2015

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The reality of baseball's new pace-of-play rules hit the Oklahoma City Dodgers' Matt Carson in the top of the sixth inning Friday night when he was down 0-1 in the count before he even saw a pitch.Carson wasn't in the batter's box on time, and plate umpire Chris Gonzalez made him pay.

  • All-Star OF Carlos Quentin retires in minors with Mariners

    May 29, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) Carlos Quentin retired Friday after chronic knee injuries cut short his All-Star career.In a news release, the Seattle Mariners announced Quentin has decided to hang up his spikes. The outfielder and designated hitter was playing at Triple-A Tacoma after signing a minor league contract with the Mariners on April 22.

  • Blue Jays, Indians both hit leadoff HRs in 1st inning

    May 29, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Toronto Blue Jays and Cleveland Indians both had leadoff home runs in the first inning Friday night.Toronto's Josh Donaldson homered on the second pitch of the game from Carlos Carrasco while Jason Kipnis hit Mark Buehrle's sixth pitch for a home run.

  • Padres call up RHP Vincent from Triple-A El Paso

    May 29, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) The Padres recalled right-hander Nick Vincent from Triple A El Paso on Friday.Vincent was 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA in an earlier stint with San Diego last month. He was 1-0 with a 0.96 ERA in eight appearances for the Chihuahuas.Right-hander Cory Mazzoni was optioned to El Paso. He allowed six runs in two innings for the Padres.

  • Orioles play home games in Florida after riots in Baltimore

    May 29, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter looked out of place.It was understandable.Wearing his home uniform, Showalter took his normal spot in the visiting dugout at Tropicana Field before Friday night's game against Tampa Bay, which the Rays won 2-0 before an announced crowd of 9,945.

  • Mets promote 2B Herrera from Triple-A, starts vs. Scherzer

    May 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Mets have promoted second baseman Dilson Herrera from Triple-A and put him in the lineup against Max Scherzer and the Washington Nationals.Herrera started Friday night. Left-handed reliever Jack Leathersich was sent back to Las Vegas.

  • Royals shortstop Escobar placed on 7-day concussion list

    May 29, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Kansas City Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar was placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list Friday, retroactive to Thursday.Escobar, who did not miss a game last season, was struck in the face by Danny Salazar's pitch in the fifth inning Wednesday night in Cleveland.

  • Blue Jays option Daniel Norris to Triple-A Buffalo

    May 29, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Toronto Blue Jays optioned rookie left-hander Daniel Norris to Buffalo on Friday and purchased left-hander Andrew Albers' contract from the Triple-A club.Norris was 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA in five starts for the Blue Jays. He pitched three scoreless innings against Cleveland on Thursday night, but threw 78 pitches and didn't come out for the fourth. Toronto used four relievers to complete the 5-1 victory.

  • Blue Jays option rookie LHP Daniel Norris to Triple-A

    May 29, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Blue Jays have optioned rookie left-hander Daniel Norris to Triple-A Buffalo.Norris was 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA in five starts for Toronto. He pitched three scoreless innings against Cleveland on Thursday night but threw 78 pitches and didn't come out for the fourth. Toronto used four relievers to complete the 5-1 win.

  • Rodriguez gets to rest, not in Yankees starting lineup

    May 29, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) A-Rod is getting a rest from his pursuit of his next home run milestone.Alex Rodriguez wasn't in the starting lineup for the New York Yankees on Friday night as he remains one homer away from tying Willie Mays' total of 660, fourth most in baseball history.

  • Twins put RHP Stauffer on disabled list, call up Pressly

    May 29, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Twins have put righthander Tim Stauffer on the disabled list with a strained chest muscle and called up righthander Ryan Pressly to replace him.Stauffer was 1-0 with an 8.38 ERA in eight games.Pressly was 0-2 with a 4.50 ERA in seven relief appearances at Rochester.

  • Indians place LHP House on 15-day DL with sore shoulder

    May 29, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Indians have placed left-hander TJ House on the 15-day disabled list with a sore throwing shoulder.House is 0-4 with a 13.15 ERA in four starts and pitched three innings or fewer in three of those appearances. He didn't allow a hit through three innings against Toronto on Thursday, but then didn't retire a batter in the fourth as the first five hitters reached base and scored in a 5-1 loss.

  • Reds' Homer Bailey will have elbow surgery, out for season

    May 29, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Reds starter Homer Bailey will have surgery on his pitching elbow and miss the rest of the season, a significant setback to Cincinnati's struggling staff.Bailey tore a ligament in his right elbow and will have Tommy John surgery next Friday. He took a couple of days to weigh his options and made the decision Friday. The Reds expect him to be fully recovered in time for next season.

  • Manfred: Recent injuries to pitchers don't change DH view

    May 29, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said Friday that the recent instances of pitchers injuring themselves while batting haven't changed his opinion that the sport benefits from the two leagues playing under different rules.Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright tore his left Achilles and will miss the rest of the season, while Nationals ace Max Scherzer missed a start after hurting his thumb.

  • Royals best tough AL Central rival Tigers 8-1

    May 29, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Detroit Tigers dominated the Kansas City Royals last year, winning 13 of 19 while capturing their fourth straight AL Central title.In the first meeting this year, the Tigers were thumped 8-1 with Danny Duffy pitching shutout ball into the eighth and Eric Hosmer hitting a two-run homer as the Royals won Thursday night.

  • Foltynewicz getting called up, Johnson on DL for Braves

    May 29, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez says right-hander Mike Foltynewicz will be called up from the minors to make his first career start on Friday.To make room for Foltynewicz on the roster, third baseman Chris Johnson will be placed on the 15-day disabled list with a broken left hand.

  • LEADING OFF: Scherzer-Harvey matchup, Lester tries again

    May 29, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Friday:---MARQUEE MATCHUPMax Scherzer returns to the Washington rotation and faces Mets ace Matt Harvey at Citi Field. Scherzer missed his previously scheduled start after jamming his right thumb while batting. Scherzer and Harvey were the starters in July 2013 for All-Star Game at Citi Field - they faced each other the next month, too, in Harvey's last outing before Tommy John surgery.

  • MLB tweaks pace of play rules set to take effect Friday

    May 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Major League Baseball has tweaked its pace of play rules that take effect Friday, giving hitters and pitchers more leeway before imposing fines.The new agreement between owners and players came as game times dropped to 2 hours, 54 minutes through April 29, down 8 minutes from the same period last year.

  • Calhoun leads Angels to 6-5 win over A's

    May 29, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) All eyes were on Mike Trout as he tracked Ike Davis' long fly ball to the wall. He had to make a late adjustment but was able to haul it in, prompting Los Angeles closer Huston Street to pump his fist into the air.Kole Calhoun had two hits and three RBIs, Garrett Richards took a shutout into the seventh inning, and the Angels held on to beat the Oakland Athletics 6-5 Thursday.

  • Yordano Ventura drops appeal of suspension

    May 29, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Kansas City Royals right-hander Yordano Ventura opted Thursday to abandon his appeal of his seven-game suspension.Ventura was suspended by Major League Baseball for his actions in an April 23 game at the Chicago White Sox, which led to a brawl with both dugouts and bullpens emptying. It was Ventura's third incident in his first four starts.

  • Tigers closer Nathan undergoes elbow surgery

    May 29, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Detroit Tigers closer Joe Nathan underwent season-ending Tommy John and flexor repair surgery Wednesday.Nathan, who is in the final season of a two-year million contract with the Tigers, confirmed the surgery Thursday. He logged 35 saves in 2014 for the Tigers.

  • 9th Circuit gives feds time to take Bonds to Supreme Court

    May 29, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) A federal appeals court has granted a motion from prosecutors that gives them until at least July 22 to decide whether to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate Barry Bonds' obstruction of justice conviction.The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which threw out Bonds' conviction in a 10-1 vote last week, issued a one-page order Thursday that stays the issuance of a mandate that would return the case to District Court for final procedures. Bonds did not oppose the motion.

  • Wainwright has surgery to repair torn Achillies tendon

    May 29, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright has had surgery to repair a torn left Achilles tendon, an injury that will sideline him for the rest of the season.''Everything went well,'' Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said after Thursday's operation. ''No surprises, which was probably the best news, and didn't have to use any extra material to reattach the tendon. So now it's rest and recovery for probably the next 6 to 8 weeks.''

  • Twins put right-hander Casey Fien on DL, recall Tonkin

    May 29, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Twins have put right-handed reliever Casey Fien on the disabled list because of a right shoulder strain.Fien was hurt in Wednesday's game against Detroit. He was 1-2 with a 4.35 ERA in nine appearances.Right-hander Michael Tonkin was recalled Thursday from Triple-A Rochester, where he was 0-1 with five saves and a 2.45 ERA in eight relief appearances.

  • Cooney brought up by Cardinals to make big league debut

    May 29, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Left-hander Tim Cooney has been brought up from the minor leagues by the St. Louis Cardinals to start against Philadelphia in his major league debut.Cooney's contract was selected from Triple-A Memphis before Thursday's game. The Cardinals optioned catcher Cody Stanley to Memphis and opened a spot on their 40-man roster by transferring pitcher Adam Wainwright from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL.

  • Ernie Banks' wife: Caregiver hasn't given all estate details

    May 29, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The attorney for Ernie Banks' wife says the late Chicago Cubs great's longtime caretaker hasn't turned over all pertinent financial information about his estate.Elizabeth Ellzey Banks' attorney Thomas Jefson told a Cook County judge Wednesday that caregiver Regina Rice hasn't disclosed all assets in Banks' estate, the Chicago Tribune reported (http://trib.in/1QOVDSK ). That includes a joint bank account Banks had with Rice and a trust.

  • Pujols leaves Angels game with tight hamstring

    May 29, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols left Wednesday night's game against the Oakland Athletics with tightness in his left hamstring after running to first base in the sixth inning.Pujols blooped a single to center leading off the inning but pulled up about 15 feet from the base and walked the final few steps. He clutched at the back of his left leg as a team trainer came out from the dugout. The two talked briefly before Pujols walked slowly off the field.

  • Pujols leaves Angels game with possible leg injury

    May 29, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols left Wednesday night's game against the Oakland Athletics after appearing to injure his left leg while running to first base in sixth inning.Pujols blooped a single to center leading off the inning but pulled up about 15 feet from the base and walked the final few steps. He clutched at the back of his left leg as a team trainer came out from the dugout. The two talked briefly before Pujols walked slowly off the field.

  • Right call? Orioles take the field in riot-torn Baltimore

    May 29, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) With tempers still smoldering in riot-torn Baltimore and nearby neighborhoods clearing out rubble and debris, the Orioles played a baseball game Wednesday.This wasn't for the fans, because there weren't any at Camden Yards.The game was held behind closed doors, and the Orioles and Chicago White Sox played because it was considered to be the best way to fill out the schedule for both teams.

  • Lefty skipped school to attend Phils' World Series parade

    May 29, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The timing is perfect for Tim Cooney's major league debut.The St. Louis Cardinals lefty skipped high school to attend the Philadelphia Phillies' 2008 World Series parade, idolized Cole Hamels and recalls that Ryan Howard ''dropped bombs back in the day'' when he played his favorite team on video games. On Thursday, he'll be facing them.

  • Arizona's Bradley to DL after getting struck by line drive

    May 29, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks placed pitcher Archie Bradley on the 15-day disabled list with a sinus fracture in the right side of his face Wednesday, the result of being struck with a batted ball in the second inning of Tuesday's game against the Colorado Rockies.

  • LEADING OFF: Jose Fernandez faces hitters; Royal-Tigers meet

    May 29, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Thursday:---FERNANDEZ ON THE MOUNDMarlins ace Jose Fernandez is set to face hitter for the first time since having Tommy John surgery nearly a year ago. He hopes to throw 15 pitches in the session at Miami's spring training complex in Jupiter, Florida.

  • Empty stadium would be weird for Scully

    May 29, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Hall of Fame announcer Vin Scully says he would have been very uncomfortable if he had to announce a baseball game played in front of no fans.Scully, who witnessed the 1965 Watts Riots and the 1992 L.A. riots during his 65 seasons in the Dodgers' broadcast booth, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he thought it was a smart decision by Major League Baseball to have kept the public out of Camden Yards for safety and police staffing reasons when the Baltimore Orioles beat the Chicago White Sox 8-2.

  • Royals' Escobar hit in head by pitch

    May 29, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Kansas City Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar suffered a bruised left cheek when he was hit in the head by a pitch from Cleveland's Danny Salazar in the fifth inning on Wednesday.Escobar was hit in the left side of the helmet and dropped to the ground immediately as two Royals trainers rushed on the field.

  • Baseball Capsules

    May 29, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Brandon Belt hit a three-run homer, and Buster Posey added a two-run shot off Jason Marquis on Friday night, leading the San Francisco Giants to a 10-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds in a game played uninterrupted while an outfield smokestack burned for an inning.

  • Cubs cleared of tampering with Rays' Maddon

    May 29, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Major League Baseball has ruled that the Chicago Cubs did not violate tampering rules when they pursued manager Joe Maddon last fall.The commissioner's office released a statement Wednesday clearing the Cubs of wrongdoing about six months after Tampa Bay accused Chicago of tampering with their manager before Maddon opted out of his contract with the Rays.

  • Yanks say A-Rod not down to spring training weight

    December 10, 2014

    SAN DIEGO (AP) - Alex Rodriguez remains over the weight the New York Yankees want him to be at when he reports to spring training in two months.Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Matthew Krause, the team's strength and conditioning coordinator, visited A-Rod on Wednesday in Miami.

  • Scioscia think Trout could hit third for Angels

    December 10, 2014

    SAN DIEGO (AP) - AL MVP Mike Trout could be hitting from the 3-hole in the Angels' lineup next season. Manager Mike Scioscia wouldn't mind seeing hit second, too.At the same time.''If we had a guy like Mike that would hit in front of Mike, I think you'd really see some opportunities. I guess I'm sounding greedy, like a spoiled kid. You want two Mikes,'' Scioscia said Wednesday at baseball's winter meetings. ''If we find some guys that have that on-base, I think you're going to see some lineup options come across your desk that might make a little more sense.''

  • Scherzer could be seeking more than Kershaw

    December 10, 2014

    SAN DIEGO (AP) - Clayton Kershaw is considered the top pitcher in baseball, with three Cy Young Awards in four years for the Los Angeles Dodgers, an NL Most Valuable Player award and a $215 million, seven-year contract.Max Scherzer may be seeking an even bigger deal as his talks on the free-agent market move forward.

  • Boras says he thinks Rays should move to Montreal

    December 10, 2014

    SAN DIEGO (AP) - Given the struggles of the Tampa Bay Rays to draw fans in Florida, agent Scott Boras says he thinks the franchise should move to Canada.''Everyone always wonders why they're not playing in Montreal,'' Boras said Wednesday at the winter meetings. ''We have a generation of families that grew up with Major League Baseball that are now wage earners, so I think it has a chance to be far more successful than some of the other cities that we have baseball in now.''

  • Boras talking with Nats on Harper grievance

    December 10, 2014

    SAN DIEGO (AP) - Bryce Harper's agent is having talks with the Washington Nationals ahead of a possible grievance hearing to decide whether the outfielder should be eligible for salary arbitration.Harper has 2 years, 159 days of major league service, 26 above the cutoff for arbitration eligibility this offseason. Agent Scott Boras contends because the All-Star has sufficient service time, he should be able to void the 2015 terms in the final season of his $9.9 million, five-year contract. Harper is scheduled to have a $1 million salary and the chance to earn four $125,000 bonuses for 30, 60, 90 and 120 days on the active 25-man roster.

  • Pirates acquire left-hander Bastardo from Phillies

    December 10, 2014

    SAN DIEGO (AP) - The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired left-handed reliever Antonio Bastardo from the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday for minor league lefty Joely Rodriguez.The 29-year-old Bastardo went 5-7 with a 3.94 ERA this year with the Phillies. He struck out 81 and walked 34 in 64 innings. In six big league seasons - all with the Phillies - he is 20-18 with a 3.72 ERA. He has 324 strikeouts in 259 innings.

  • Braves release new renderings of proposed stadium

    December 10, 2014

    ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Braves released new renderings of their planned suburban stadium Wednesday, showing a hotel and office building towering beyond the right-field stands.The images focus on the multi-use development around SunTrust Park, which is set to open in 2017 in Cobb County. It will replace Turner Field, the team's home since 1997 near downtown Atlanta.

  • Robertson and White Sox finalize $46 million deal

    December 10, 2014

    SAN DIEGO (AP) - David Robertson is looking forward to playing with Jeff Samardzija on the new-look Chicago White Sox.Chicago announced a $46 million, four-year contract with Robertson on Wednesday, giving the White Sox a sorely needed presence at the back end of their bullpen after they had 21 blown saves last season, tied for seventh most in the majors.

  • Cherington wishes he had more talk with Lester

    December 10, 2014

    SAN DIEGO (AP) - Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington says he wishes he had a little more conversation with Jon Lester last season.Only hours after getting a goodbye call from Lester around 10 p.m. Tuesday before it was learned the lefty agreed to a $155 million, six-year contract with the Chicago Cubs, Cherington lamented that he wished things had gone differently when Lester was still with Boston.

  • Enberg wins Frick Award for baseball broadcasting

    December 10, 2014

    SAN DIEGO (AP) - Dick Enberg said it was ''certainly an `Oh my!' moment'' when he got the phone call saying he'd won the Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in baseball broadcasting.Enberg got the call from baseball's Hall of Fame, which announced the selection Wednesday at the winter meetings.

  • AP sources: Astros add relievers Gregerson, Neshek

    December 10, 2014

    SAN DIEGO (AP) - The Houston Astros have bolstered their bullpen by agreeing to an $18.5 million, three-year contract with Luke Gregerson and a $12.5 million, two-year deal with Pat Neshek, people familiar with the negotiations said Wednesday.The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the deals with the right-handers were subject to physicals.

  • Tomas can opt out of deal after $36M and 4 years

    December 10, 2014

    SAN DIEGO (AP) - Yasmany Tomas can become a free agent again after receiving $36 million during the first four years of his contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks.Under the agreement announced Monday, the Cuban defector is guaranteed $68.5 million over six seasons.

  • MLB Winter Meetings Things to Know

    December 10, 2014

    SAN DIEGO (AP) - Some things to know as Major League Baseball's winter meetings head into the third day on Wednesday:WINDY CITY WONDERSNorth Side, South Side, it's fun to be a baseball fan in Chicago this offseason. Jon Lester agreed Tuesday to a $155 million, six-year contract with the Cubs, who earlier in the day acquired All-Star catcher Miguel Montero from Arizona for a pair of minor leaguers. Lester turned down a chance to return to Boston, where he helped pitch the Red Sox to a pair of World Series titles before he was dealt to Oakland last summer. While the Cubs seek their first championship since 1908, the White Sox try for their second since 1917 and first since 2005. After agreeing with free-agent closer David Robertson on a $46 million, four-year deal late Monday, the White Sox acquired former Cubs right-hander Jeff Samardzija from the Athletics in a six-player trade on Tuesday to join a revamped roster that includes first baseman Adam LaRoche and left-hander Zach Duke.