Tuesday, June 30, 2015

MLB Game Recap: New York Yankees (1) vs. Los Angeles Angels (2) - 6/30/2015

MLB Game Recap: New York Yankees (1) vs. Los Angeles Angels (2) - Date: 6/30/2015 Andrew Heaney pitched seven innings of two-hit ball, Albert Pujols and Erick Aybar hit back-to-back homers in the sixth, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the New York Yankees 2-1 on Tuesday night for their fourth straight victory. Mike Trout and Matt Joyce had two hits apiece for the Angels, who have won six of eight on their nine-game homestand. Los Angeles (41-37) heads into July four games above .500 for the first time since June 1. Pujols hit his AL-leading 24th homer and set an Angels record with his 13th homer of a spectacular month. Mark Teixeira homered for the Yankees, who have lost seven of 10. Pujols and Aybar connected to spoil a strong start by Ivan Nova, who yielded eight hits and two walks while striking out seven. Nova (1-1) left later in the sixth inning of his second start back from elbow ligament replacement surg ery in April 2014. Heaney (1-0) was stellar in his second start for the Angels, who acquired the rangy left-hander in the offseason for 2014 hits leader Howie Kendrick. Given his first chance in Los Angeles' rotation while Jered Weaver is injured, Heaney walked two and struck out seven, allowing just one runner to reach second base. Heaney got barely enough offense from the Angels' light-hitting lineup, but was backed by strong defense and relief. Huston Street finished for his 23rd save while pitching in the Angels' fourth straight game. After Nova stranded six runners in the first five innings, Pujols led off the sixth by putting his 544th career homer into the ficus trees beyond center field. He also passed Tris Speaker for 13th place on baseball's career extra-base hits list with his 1,132nd. Aybar followed him with another homer into the ficus trees, just his second of a rough season for the shortstop. He hadn't homered since May 22. MLB Handicappers. Teixeira connected in the second inning for his 19th homer, albeit his first since June 15. His 11-game homer drought was his longest of the season. New York's Carlos Beltran apparently injured himself while batting in the fifth. He was replaced by Garrett Jones in right field in the bottom half of the inning. MLB Baseball Handicappers. TRAINER'S ROOMYankees: OF Jacoby Ellsbury sat out of a scheduled rehab game with the Tampa Yankees on Tuesday. Manager Joe Girardi cited ''general fatigue'' for the slight delay in his return from a strained right knee ligament. Angels: Reliever Mike Morin is ''close'' to returning to the Angels after completing his rehab assignment, manager Mike Scioscia said. He has been out since May 24. UP NEXTYankees: RHP Nathan Eovaldi (7-2, 4.81 ERA) has already set a career high for wins in his debut season with New York. Angels: Matt Shoemaker (4-6, 5.03 ERA) makes his first career start against the Yankees. He hasn't won at Angel Stadium this season.  

MLB Game Recap: Seattle Mariners (5) vs. San Diego Padres (0) - 6/30/2015

MLB Game Recap: Seattle Mariners (5) vs. San Diego Padres (0) - Date: 6/30/2015 Rookie left-hander Mike Montgomery took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning and finished with a one-hitter for his second straight shutout as the Seattle Mariners beat the San Diego Padres 5-0 Tuesday night. Making his sixth major league start, Montgomery opened the seventh by getting Justin Upton on a fly to left. Yangervis Solarte hit Montgomery's next pitch into the left-field corner for a double. Until then, the closest the Padres came to getting a hit was Melvin Upton Jr.'s sinking liner to center, but Austin Jackson made a shoestring catch. Montgomery, who turns 26 on Wednesday, was coming off his first career shutout, a five-hitter against Kansas City. It was the seventh time a Mariners pitcher threw consecutive shutouts - Randy Johnson did it three times, including three straight in 1994, and Mark Langston did it twice. Montgomery is t he 12th major league rookie, and second Mariners pitcher, to do it since 1980. Langston pitched consecutive shutouts for the Mariners on June 26 and July 1, 1984. Montgomery (3-2) struck out seven, walked four and hit a batter. He threw a career-high 113 pitches. Gambling Profit. The Padres were shut out for the 12th time and have lost five of eight. Brad Miller and Mike Zunino homered off Ian Kennedy (4-7). Zunino hit a solo homer to left with one out in the third, his ninth. Miller's two-run shot cleared the Jack Daniel's party deck atop the right-field wall with two outs in the fourth, his seventh. Miller's shot followed Jackson's RBI single to left. Nelson Cruz was thrown out trying to go from first to third on the play. Kennedy allowed four runs and five hits in five innings, struck out five and walked one. Profit able MLB Baseball Handicappers. TRAINER'S ROOMMariners: RHP Felix Hernandez is fine despite exiting his last start following six innings because of heat exhaustion. Padres: INF Cory Spangenberg was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sore left knee. He was replaced on the roster by Jedd Gyorko, who was demoted to Triple-A El Paso on June 10. UP NEXTMariners: RHP Taijuan Walker (6-6, 4.64 ERA) starts the matinee finale of the two-game set Wednesday. He's won four straight starts and is 5-1 in his last six, with a 1.91 ERA. Padres: RHP James Shields (7-2, 4.24) tries for the fifth time to get his eighth victory. He's 0-2 in his last four starts.  

MLB Game Recap: Minnesota Twins (8) vs. Cincinnati Reds (5) - 6/30/2015

MLB Game Recap: Minnesota Twins (8) vs. Cincinnati Reds (5) - Date: 6/30/2015 Torii Hunter homered again after a long delay at the start of the game, and Phil Hughes got his third straight victory, leading the Minnesota Twins to an 8-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night. World's Best Handicapper. The start was delayed 2 hours, 1 minute because a storm was headed toward the ballpark. MLB Baseball Handicappers. The storm dissolved on the way. Hunter got the Twins going by hitting a solo homer in the first inning off Anthony DeSclafani (5-6), his fourth homer in the last four games. He later singled and doubled. Eduardo Nunez had three hits, including an RBI single while Kurt Suzuki drove home two runs with a single during a four-run seventh inning as the Twins evened the interleague serie s. Hughes (7-6) gave up solo homers by Eugenio Suarez and Marlon Byrd, leaving in the seventh inning with the Twins up 7-2. CBS Sports Picks. Two errors and Blaine Boyer's run-scoring wild pitch helped the Reds close the gap. Glen Perkins gave up a walk in the ninth while getting his 25th consecutive save, the second-longest streak in Twins history. Many of the 28,556 fans sat in their seats during the long delay at the outset and watched the scoreboard, which showed the U. S. beating Germany 2-0 in a Women's World Cup semifinal. During the rain-less delay, Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips tweeted: ''This has to be one of the dumbest rain delays I've ever seen ... Let's get ready for Midnight Baseball!!!'' The game ended at 12:30 a.m. with a few hundred fans in the stands. Hunter's 12th homer put the Twins ahead right away. He's 8 for 17 in the last four games. Joe Mauer's sacrifice fly made it 3-1 in the fifth inning. Brian Dozier doubled and scored as the Twins pulled away in the seventh. Free MLB Baseball Picks. TRAINER'S ROOMTwins: C Suzuki was in the starting lineup despite being hit in the throat by a throw during Monday's game. Reds: Phillips was out of the lineup for the second consecutive game with sore hands. ... RHP Raisel Iglesias threw 43 pitches in three innings during his first rehab start for Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday night. Iglesias, who is recovering from a strained oblique, gave up one hit, walked one and struck out three. UP NEXTTwins: Trevor May (4-6) is coming off the worst start of his career. He retired only one batter while allowing six runs and six hits in a 10-4 loss at Milwaukee last Friday. Reds: Johnny Cueto (4-5) makes his sixth start since being sidelined by an inflamed pitching elbow. He's 1-1 with a 2.87 ERA in those five starts since returning.---Follow Joe Kay on Twitter: http://twitter.com/apjoekay  

MLB Game Recap: Chicago White Sox (2) vs. St Louis Cardinals (1) - 6/30/2015

MLB Game Recap: Chicago White Sox (2) vs. St Louis Cardinals (1) - Date: 6/30/2015 Chris Sale matched a major league record by striking out at least 10 in eight straight starts, and the Chicago White Sox outlasted the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 in 11 innings Tuesday night on a home run by Tyler Flowers. Sale struck out 12 in eight innings. Basketball Picks. The lefty tied the mark set by Pedro Martinez in 1999 with Boston. Free MLB Baseball Picks. The White Sox ace had fanned every hitter in the St. Louis lineup by the end of the sixth. He is 0-2 with two no-decisions during the last four games of his streak, getting only four runs of support. Sale helped himself in his 100th career start, singling for his first hit and scoring the first run for the White Sox. Flowers hit his sixth homer with t wo outs in the 11th. He connected off Miguel Socolovich (2-1), pitching for the first time in nine days. Daniel Webb (1-0) got the win and David Robertson earned his 16th save in 20 chances. Randal Grichuk homered into Big Mac Land and doubled for the Cardinals, whose nine-game home winning streak ended. Both teams recorded 14 strikeouts. White Sox leadoff man Adam Eaton fanned four times and rookie Xavier Scruggs struck out three times for St. Louis. Sale struck out the side in the third. He got his 10th strikeout against Jhonny Peralta in the sixth. Sale singled leading off the third, advanced on a groundout and scored on Jose Abreu's one-out hit. Sale had been 0 for 8 with six strikeouts in his career. St. Louis starter Lance Lynn allowed a run on six hits in six innings. In the second, he bailed out second baseman Pete Kozma, whose dropped relay cost a double play, and escaped without damage. Win ning Sports Gambling. TRAINER'S ROOMWhite Sox: Reliever Greg Jennings (neck) made his third rehab appearance Monday for Triple-A Charlotte, working two scoreless innings. Cardinals: LHP Jaime Garcia has not thrown a bullpen session since cramping in his groin in his last start last Wednesday and is a question mark for Thursday's start. UP NEXTChicago's Jose Quintana is 2-6 in his last 12 starts but with a 3.10 ERA. John Lackey is 7-1 with a 2.08 ERA in 13 career starts in St. Louis, including 5-1 with a 1.91 ERA this year.  

MLB Game Recap: Milwaukee Brewers (4) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (3) - 6/30/2015

MLB Game Recap: Milwaukee Brewers (4) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (3) - Date: 6/30/2015 Aramis Ramirez drove in three runs and Ryan Braun had four hits to lead the Milwaukee Brewers over the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3 Tuesday night. Hernan Perez tripled and had a pair of hits for the Brewers, who have won six of eight. Carlos Ruiz homered for Philadelphia, which has lost five of six to drop its major league-worst record to 27-52. Before the game, the Phillies said Pete Mackanin will remain their manager for the rest of the season. Mackanin took over on an interim basis last Friday after Ryne Sandberg resigned. Sports Handicapper Leads. The announcement came a day after Philadelphia named longtime baseball executive Andy MacPhail its president in waiting. MacPhail will spend the next three months evaluating the organization before replacing Pat Gillick, who helped pick him. In a game matching the two worst teams in baseball, the start was delayed by rain for 1 hour, 19 minutes. Milwaukee went ahead with two runs in a bizarre eighth inning. Ken Giles, pitching in relief of Cole Hamels, got the first two batters before Braun's single. Giles (3-2) appeared to get the final out when Carlos Gomez swung through a two-strike pitch, but plate umpire Mike DiMuro indicated the catcher, Ruiz, had called time just before the pitch. Giles already was on his way back to the dugout and appeared stunned when DiMuro threw his hands up to signal no pitch. Giles couldn't recover. Gomez singled and then Ramirez drove in Braun with a single to right. A walk to Gerardo Parra loaded the bases, and Gomez scored the go-ahead run when Giles walked pinch-hitter Adam Lind. After falling behind, the Phillies threatened in the bottom half. MLB Baseball Handicappers. They loaded the bases with one out against Will Smith. Jeremy Jeffress relieved and got Darin Ruf to ground into an inning-ending double play. Best Free Sports Picks. The first two batters reached in the ninth against Brewers closer Francisco Rodriguez on a walk and an error, but he got out of the jam for his 17th save in as many chances. Neal Cotts (1-0) struck out Ryan Howard in the seventh to earn the win. Hamels, likely one of the most coveted pitchers in baseball at the trade deadline, pitched seven strong innings, allowing two runs and five hits with seven strikeouts and one walk. He is winless in his last six starts but has a 3.60 ERA during that span. Ruiz put Philadelphia ahead 3-2 with a two-out solo homer in the sixth off rookie Taylor Jungmann. It was Ruiz's first homer since Sept. 5. Jungmann allowed three runs, two earned, and five hits in six innings. Braun doubled in the ninth for his fourth hit. He is batting .500 ove r his last nine games, and is a career .438 hitter in 24 games at Citizens Bank Park. UP NEXTPhillies RHP Aaron Harang (4-10, 3.56 ERA) looks to snap a seven-game losing streak when he opposes Milwaukee RHP Kyle Lohse (4-9, 6.28) on Wednesday night. Harang has a 6.05 ERA during the skid. Lohse is 5-5 with a 3.23 ERA in 15 starts against Philadelphia.  

MLB Game Recap: Kansas City Royals (0) vs. Houston Astros (4) - 6/30/2015

MLB Game Recap: Kansas City Royals (0) vs. Houston Astros (4) - Date: 6/30/2015 Dallas Keuchel allowed seven hits in eight innings to lead the Houston Astros a 4-0 win over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night. Sports Betting Leads. The performance comes after Keuchel (10-3) threw a six-hit shutout in a win over the New York Yankees in his previous start. Keuchel struck out seven and didn't walk a batter to lower his ERA to 2.03. Pat Neshek allowed one hit in the ninth. George Springer had a two-run homer in the third inning. Jose Altuve drove in a run in the fifth to help Houston to the victory. MLB Baseball Handicappers. The Astros have taken the first two games of this matchup of teams with the best records in the American League. Houston is 46-34 and Kansas City is 44-30. Kansas City starter Da nny Duffy (2-4) allowed six hits and four runs in 6 2-3 innings in his second start since returning from the disabled list.  

MLB Game Recap: Boston Red Sox (4) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (3) - 6/30/2015

MLB Game Recap: Boston Red Sox (4) vs. Sports Handicapper Picks. Toronto Blue Jays (3) - Date: 6/30/2015 David Ortiz and Jackie Bradley Jr. hit solo home runs, Eduardo Rodriguez pitched six solid innings and the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3 Tuesday night for their third straight win. Free MLB Baseball Picks. The Red Sox matched their longest winning streak of the season. Rodriguez (4-2) gave up one run and four hits in six innings, slowing down the top-scoring team in the majors. Sports Betting Profit. The left-hander had been tagged for 16 earned runs in his previous three starts. Profitable MLB Baseball Handicappers. Tommy Layne gave up a two- run homer to Jose Reyes in the seventh, Alexi Ogando got four outs and Koji Uehara finished for his 18th save. Marco Estrada (5-4) had taken no-hit bids into the eighth inning in each of his previous two starts. He walked Mike Napoli and Alejandro De Aza with the bases loaded in the first. Bradley hit a leadoff homer in the second and Ortiz opened the third with his 479th career home run for a 4-0 lead. Top Rated Sports Handicappers. Two batters later, Todd Redmond replaced Estrada after Napoli singled. Estrada ended a stretch of six unbeaten starts. He allowed four runs, two earned, and three hits in 2 1-3 innings in his shortest start of the season. Edwin Encarnacion ended a streak of nine consecutive outs by Rodriguez when he doubled and scored on Chris Colabello's single in the fourth. Reyes cut it to 4-3 when he connected off Layne in the seventh. Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista went 0 for 3 with a walk and is hitless in 24 at-bats. MLB Baseball Handicappers. TRAINER'S ROOMRed Sox: OF Hanley Ramirez (left hand) missed his sixth straight game but hit in the cage and took batting practice. Ramirez could return to the lineup Wednesday, manager John Farrell said. Blue Jays: Manager John Gibbons said RHP Aaron Sanchez, out since June 5 with a strained muscle in his back, might return to the bullpen when he's healthy. Sanchez had a 1.09 ERA in 24 relief appearances in 2014. He's made 11 starts this season. UP NEXTRed Sox: RHP Rick Porcello (4-8, 5.54 ERA) has lost six straight decisions and is winless since a May 16 victory at Seattle. He beat the Blue Jays the lone time he faced them this season, allowing one run in seven innings in an April 29 game in Toronto. Blue Jays: LHP Mark Buehrle (8-4, 3.81 ERA) seeks to win his fourth straight decision. He hasn't lost since Ma y 23 against Seattle, a span of six starts. He's facing the Red Sox for the first time this season.  

MLB Game Recap: San Francisco Giants (3) vs. Miami Marlins (5) - 6/30/2015

MLB Game Recap: San Francisco Giants (3) vs. Miami Marlins (5) - Date: 6/30/2015 Major league batting leader Dee Gordon hit the first inside-the-park homer in the four-year history of Marlins Park, and the three-run shot helped Miami beat the San Francisco Giants 5-3 Tuesday night. Miami's Justin Bour also homered, giving a welcome jolt of power to a team without injured slugger Giancarlo Stanton. Buster Posey hit his 12th homer for the Giants. He has 18 RBIs in his past 10 games. Mat Latos (3-5) gave up three runs, two earned, in six innings. Four relievers completed a six-hitter. Carter Capps, throwing at up to 99 mph, struck out the side in the eighth. He has 38 strikeouts in 20 2-3 innings to go with an ERA of 0.87. A. J. Ramos followed with a perfect ninth for his 11th save. He was helped by a terrific play from Bour, who did a face plant at first catching third baseman Miguel Rojas' throw to rob Andrew Susa c of a hit. Ryan Vogelsong (6-6) allowed four runs in six innings. Sports Betting Leads. The Marlins won despite going 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position, with Gordon's homer the lone hit. MLB Baseball Handicappers. They've gone 2-5 on their homestand while batting 3 for 48 (.063) with runners in scoring position. Gordon, who came into the game leading the majors with 112 hits, made use of his speed for his first homer of the year to right-center. Right fielder Gregor Blanco chased the ball down just short of the wall and tried to flip it with his glove behind his back to center fielder Angel Pagan, but they missed connection. Gordon kept running and scored easily with a headfirst slide. Sports Free Picks. The homer came with two outs in the second inning and exten ded Gordon's hitting streak to 11 games. Posey homered in the third. He doubled and scored on a two-out wild pitch by Latos in the sixth to make it 4-3. LOCAL HEROGiants RHP Chris Heston, a native of Palm Bay, Florida, received the key to the city from the mayor before the game. Free MLB Baseball Picks. The ceremony was to honor Heston for his no-hitter June 9 against the Mets. ROSTER MOVEMarlins LHP Justin Nicolino was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans before the game, and RHP Bryan Morris (back) was reinstated from the disabled list. Nicolino, who went 1-1 in two starts, will be replaced in the rotation by ace Jose Fernandez, returning from Tommy John surgery to make his first start of the year Thursday. Sports Handicapping Monitor. TRAINER'S ROOMMarlins: 1B Michael Morse (finger) is nursing a tight back but has comp leted a rehab assignment and is expected to be activated by the end of the week. ... RHP Henderson Alvarez (shoulder) threw his second bullpen session since going on the DL and is expected to begin a rehab assignment around the All-Star break. Giants: OF Hunter Pence (left wrist) hit off a tee with a fungo bat for the first time since his injury. UP NEXTHeston (8-5, 3.73 ERA) is scheduled to start Wednesday against RHP Dan Haren (6-5, 3.38).  

MLB Game Recap: Washington Nationals (6) vs. Atlanta Braves (1) - 6/30/2015

MLB Game Recap: Washington Nationals (6) vs. Atlanta Braves (1) - Date: 6/30/2015 Jordan Zimmermann took a shutout into the eighth inning and the Washington Nationals beat the Atlanta Braves 6-1 on Tuesday night to continue their season-long dominance of the division rivalry. Sports Betting Profit. The NL East-leading Nationals have won nine straight games in the season series with the Braves - including a three-game sweep at Washington last week. Zimmermann (6-5) ended a streak of three losses since his last win on June 2. He earned a no-decision despite throwing eight scoreless innings against Atlanta on Wednesday. He continued that dominance in his second straight start against the Braves, allowing six hits with no walks and six strikeouts in 7 2-3 innings. Clint Robinson hit a two-run homer to cap Washington's four-run first inning off Shelby Miller � 40;5-4). Juan Uribe opened the ninth with a homer off former Braves reliever David Carpenter. Zimmermann was pulled with two outs in the eighth - the only inning he allowed more than one baserunner. Zimmermann hit Jace Peterson with a pitch before giving up a two-out single to Nick Markakis. Left-hander Matt Thornton ended the inning with A. J. Pierzynski's groundout. Miller was 2-0 with a 0.85 ERA in five starts against the Nationals, but that success ended in the first inning. Danny Espinosa's double drove in Denard Span. With two outs, Wilson Ramos hit a single up the middle to drive in Espinosa. Robinson's third homer to right field gave Zimmermann a 4-0 lead before making his first pitch. Pierzynski's throwing error on a rundown between home plate and third base allowed Espinosa, who had three hits, to score in the third. Miller allowed five runs, four earned, with 10 strikeouts in five innings. Right-hander Jake Brigham, making his major league deb ut, threw three scoreless innings, allowing one hit, in relief of Miller. Ryan Kelly, also making his debut, allowed one run in the ninth. Yunel Escobar, who led off with a single, scored when Ramos hit into a double play. Profitable MLB Baseball Handicappers. The Braves won the first game of the season series on April 27. Sports Handicapping. The Nationals then started their streak of nine straight wins - matching their second-longest winning streak against any team since their move to Washington in 2005. MLB Baseball Handicappers. The Nationals set a franchise record with 11 straight wins against Seattle from 2005-14. Football Picks. They also won nine straight against the New York Mets from 2013-14. Free MLB Baseball Picks. TRAINER'S ROOMNationals: INF Anthony Rendon took batting practice for the first time since he was placed on the 15-day DL on Friday with a left quad strain. ... 1B Ryan Zimmerman (left foot plantar fasciitis) worked out with Class A Potomac and will be evaluated following another workout on Wednesday. He has been on the DL since June 11. Braves: 1B Freddie Freeman (bruised right wrist) probably will remain on the DL longer than 15 days. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said Freeman's wrist ''is just not improving'' as the medical staff tries different treatments. Freeman is eligible to be activated on Friday and Gonzalez said he's not sure how much more time Freeman will need. UP NEXTNationals: Doug Fister (3-3) will look for his second straight win over rookie Matt Wisler and the Braves when the series continues on Wednesday night. Fister threw seve n scoreless innings, allowing only four hits, in a 7-0 win at Washington on Thursday. Braves: Wisler (1-1) will make only his third start since his June 19 promotion. He gave up six runs, four earned, in the 7-0 loss to Fister and the Nationals last week. Wisler was sharp in a win over the Mets in his debut.  

MLB Game Recap: Cleveland Indians (6) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (2) - 6/30/2015

MLB Game Recap: Cleveland Indians (6) vs. Free MMA Picks. Tampa Bay Rays (2) - Date: 6/30/2015 Danny Salazar pitched two-hit ball for 7 2-3 innings and the Cleveland Indians backed him with three home runs to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-2 Tuesday night. Jason Kipnis, Giovanny Urshela and David Murphy homered for the Indians, driving in all six runs and sending the Rays to their third straight loss. Salazar (7-3) retired the first 15 batters, the third time in the last six games that's happened to the Rays. Indians rookie Cody Anderson took a perfect game into the seventh Monday night and Toronto's Marco Estrada was perfect through the seventh last Wednesday. Salazar walked Asdrubal Cabrera to open the sixth. After a double play, Curt Casali broke up the no-hit bid with a double. Facing the Rays for the first time since losing in the 2013 AL wild -card game, Salazar allowed one earned run and struck out two. He won for the first time in four starts. Erasmo Ramirez (6-3) lost for the first time in six starts. Kipnis homered with two outs in the third for Cleveland's first hit and run. It was Kipnis' sixth home run of the season. Urshela's three-run homer, his second of the season, came off reliever Steve Geltz in the seventh after a hit by Carlos Santana and a walk to Brandon Moss. Murphy added a two-run drive off Kirby Yates in the eighth. Free MLB Baseball Picks. The Rays scored twice in the eighth with the help of Cabrera's double and a throwing error on shortstop Francisco Lindor. Top Rated Sports Handicappers. TRAINER'S ROOMIndians: OF Nick Swisher (knee) ran football patterns in the outfield and the arc from first to third behind the infield d irt. Rays: 1B James Loney (broken left middle finger) started a rehab assignment with Class A Charlotte and could return this weekend. ... Reliever Andrew Bellatti (right shoulder) and DH John Jaso also are on rehab assignments with the Florida State League club. UP NEXTIndians RHP Carlos Carrasco (9-6) and Rays RHP Alex Colome (3-3) are Wednesday night's scheduled starters. Carrasco is 5-2 with a 3.74 ERA in seven road starts this season.  

MLB Game Recap: Texas Rangers (8) vs. Baltimore Orioles (6) - 6/30/2015

MLB Game Recap: Texas Rangers (8) vs. Baltimore Orioles (6) - Date: 6/30/2015 Mitch Moreland hit two home runs in a second straight game, and the Texas Rangers celebrated the return of Josh Hamilton by defeating the Baltimore Orioles 8-6 on Tuesday night. Shin-Soo Choo and Robinson Chirinos also went deep for the Rangers, who have hit eight home runs in the first two games of the series. Moreland homered with a man on in the second and eighth innings. It's the eighth time in club history that a player has hit multiple home runs in consecutive games. He leads Texas with 14 home runs and ranks second with 43 RBIs. Hamilton hit two singles and made a nice running catch of a sinking liner to left field in his eighth game of the season. Winning Sports Handicappers. The free-swinging slugger was sidelined since May 31 with a strained left hamstring. Chris Davis hit two hom e runs for Baltimore and Manny Machado added a solo shot. Profitable MLB Baseball Handicappers. The Orioles have lost two straight following a four-game winning streak. Colby Lewis (8-3) allowed five runs, three earned, and six hits over six innings to improve to 4-0 in six starts since May 27. Shawn Tolleson gave up a run in the ninth but picked up his 11th save. Miguel Gonzalez (6-5) surrendered six runs and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings, including a career-high tying three homers. NHL Handicappers. The six runs were the most he allowed since April 4, 2014, when he gave up seven to Detroit. MLB Baseball Handicappers. The Orioles jumped in front in the first inning when Texas second baseman Rougned Odor fumbled a two-out grounder and Davis homered to extend his hitting s treak to 10 games. Moreland tied it in the second with a drive to right after a welcome-back single by Hamilton. Best Free Sports Picks. Texas went up 4-2 in the third when Prince Fielder singled in a run and Odor scored on a double-play grounder. Davis made it 4-4 in the bottom half with another drive to center following a two-out single by Adam Jones. Free MLB Baseball Picks. The long-ball barrage resumed in the fifth, when Chirinos led off with a homer and Choo connected on an 0-2 pitch. Machado hit his 15th home run in the bottom half to get Baltimore to 6-5. Moreland's drive off Chaz Roe in the eighth gave him his seventh career multihomer game. TRAINERS ROOMRangers: LHP Derek Holland, who injured his left shoulder in the opener and has not pitched since, is expected to undergo another MRI this week. If there are no problems, he can beg in throwing off the mound. Orioles: 2B Jonathan Schoop (knee) is ready to return from the DL but will finish up his rehab stint with Class A Frederick before the Orioles make a move at the end of the week. ON DECKRangers: RHP Nick Martinez (5-4, 3.39 ERA) pitches in the third game of the series Wednesday night. He gave up a career-high nine runs in his last start vs. Toronto. Orioles: Wei-Yin Chen (3-4, 2.90) starts for Baltimore, looking to improve his 4-0 lifetime record against Texas.  

MLB Game Recap: Chicago Cubs (1) vs. New York Mets (0) - 6/30/2015

MLB Game Recap: Chicago Cubs (1) vs. New York Mets (0) - Date: 6/30/2015 Kyle Hendricks outpitched Jonathon Niese in a matchup of feeble offenses, and Matt Szczur provided the one big hit Tuesday night as the Chicago Cubs snapped a five-game skid with a 1-0 victory over the New York Mets. Hendricks (3-4) pitched three-hit ball for six innings and combined with three relievers to bail out the Cubs, who scored just six runs during their losing streak. Szczur had an RBI double off Niese (3-8) in the sixth, the team's only hit in five chances with runners in scoring position. It was enough to end a four-game winning streak for the Mets, who lost 1-0 for the fourth time in two months. Chicago was 4 for 37 with runners in scoring position while dropping two to the Dodgers and getting swept by NL Central-rival St. Louis.  

Monday, June 29, 2015

MLB Game Recap: Los Angeles Dodgers (6) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (10) - 6/29/2015

MLB Game Recap: Los Angeles Dodgers (6) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (10) - Date: 6/29/2015 Welington Castillo doubled home the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, and the Arizona Diamondbacks pulled off a pair of comebacks to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 10-6 on Monday night. Castillo doubled against reliever Pedro Baez (1-1) to drive in Jake Lamb with none out. Free Sports Picks Twitter. The Diamondbacks, who trailed 4-0 and 6-4, added three more runs in the inning on a bunt single, a throwing error by Baez, and Paul Goldschmidt's two-out, two-run single off J. P. Howell. Arizona tied it at 4 on a two-run homer by Yasmany Tomas in the sixth. Free MLB Baseball Picks. The Dodgers regained the lead in the seventh on a two-run single by Jimmy Rollins, but Arizona fought back with David Peralta& #39;s two-out, two-run triple in the bottom half. Winning Sports Gambling. The home run by Tomas was upheld after a replay review that lasted 3 minutes, 30 seconds. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly challenged the call, seeking fan interference. Enrique Burgos (1-2) worked a scoreless eighth for the win. Andre Ethier, Yasmani Grandal and Joc Pederson hit solo home runs for Los Angeles in the fourth. Ethier and Grandal went back-to-back, the third time this season the Dodgers have done so. Pederson connected for his 20th of the season, and the Dodgers have 100 home runs - tops in the National League. Profitable MLB Baseball Handicappers. The NL West leaders had won seven straight against Arizona. Dodgers starter Mike Bolsinger shut out his former team on three hits over four innings with four strikeouts before he was pulled for a pinch-hitt er in the fifth. Bolsinger, the Dodgers announced during the game, left with flu-like symptoms. Free Sports Handicappers. The Dodgers took advantage of some early wildness from Diamondbacks starter Allen Webster, drawing walks on eight straight pitches out of the strike zone. Pederson scored on a double-play grounder to give Los Angeles a 1-0 lead in the first. Ethier, a Phoenix native, led off the fourth with a home run that was followed by Grandal's drive. Pederson went deep with two outs, his home run soaring to near the top of the first level in right field, and Webster didn't make it out of the inning. Webster lasted 3 2-3 innings and gave up four runs on five hits, walking four and hitting a batter with a pitch. He struck out three. Goldschmidt's hitting streak reached 10 games. MLB Baseball Handicappers. TRAINER'S ROOMDodgers: OF Carl C rawford, on the 60-day disabled list since April 28 with a right oblique strain, will start a rehab assignment at Class A Rancho Cucamonga on Tuesday, Mattingly said. Crawford will serve as the DH the first two days and perhaps play in the field on Thursday. He will need more game action before the Dodgers make a roster move to add him. Diamondbacks: RHP Archie Bradley will see Dr. James Andrews in Alabama on Wednesday for a second opinion on his right shoulder. Bradley is on the 15-day DL with shoulder pain and made one rehab start on June 24. ... LHP Patrick Corbin is expected to join the starting rotation when the Diamondbacks are in Texas next week. Corbin will make a start in the minors this week in his return from 2014 elbow surgery. UP NEXTDodgers: RHP Carlos Frias (5-5, 4.31 ERA) is the scheduled starter Tuesday night against Arizona. Frias is 3-2 in six road games with 23 strikeouts and 11 walks. Right-handed hitters are batting only .154 against him in ro ad games. Diamondbacks: RHP Rubby De La Rosa, a former Dodger, is 0-2 with a 12.60 ERA against the Dodgers this season, both starts in Los Angeles. De La Rosa (6-3) gets another crack at the Dodgers on Tuesday, this time at home, and has two wins in his last three starts overall.  

MLB Game Recap: New York Yankees (1) vs. Los Angeles Angels (4) - 6/29/2015

MLB Game Recap: New York Yankees (1) vs. Los Angeles Angels (4) - Date: 6/29/2015 Mike Trout and C. J. Cron homered, Albert Pujols and Kole Calhoun added run-scoring doubles, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the New York Yankees 4-1 Monday night for their fifth victory in seven games. Best Bets of the Day. Trout hit his 20th homer of the season in the third inning against CC Sabathia (3-8). Free MLB Baseball Picks. The reigning AL MVP also saved a couple of runs with two sprinting catches in center field on balls hit over his head by Chris Young. C. J. Wilson (6-6) persevered through six eventful innings for his third victory in four starts as the Angels (40-37) moved three games above .500 for the first time since June 2. Alex Rodriguez drove in a run and Brett Gardner ha d three hits for the Yankees, who have lost six of nine.  

MLB Game Recap: Colorado Rockies (1) vs. Oakland Athletics (7) - 6/29/2015

MLB Game Recap: Colorado Rockies (1) vs. Oakland Athletics (7) - Date: 6/29/2015 Josh Reddick and Ike Davis hit two-run homers in the first inning to back seven scoreless innings from Kendall Graveman, and the Oakland Athletics snapped a three-game losing streak by beating the Colorado Rockies 7-1 on Monday night. Billy Butler also homered off David Hale (2-3) and scored three runs as power-starved Oakland matched its season high for homers. Best Free Sports Picks. The power barrage helped the A's bounce back after getting swept in a three-game series by Kansas City to open a 10-game homestand. Graveman (5-4) was the beneficiary of the big night from the bats, shutting down Nolan Arenado and the Rockies for his latest strong start since returning from the minors.  

MLB Game Recap: Kansas City Royals (1) vs. Houston Astros (6) - 6/29/2015

MLB Game Recap: Kansas City Royals (1) vs. Houston Astros (6) - Date: 6/29/2015 Chris Carter and Jose Altuve homered to back a solid start by rookie Lance McCullers, and the Houston Astros beat the Kansas City Royals 6-1 on Monday night. In a matchup of teams with the best records in the American League, Houston snapped Kansas City's four-game winning streak. Baseball Handicappers. The Royals are 44-29 and the Astros are 45-34. McCullers (4-2) allowed four hits and a run with six strikeouts in seven innings in his ninth major league start. MLB Baseball Handicappers. The Astros jumped on Joe Blanton (2-1) for five runs in the first three innings and Carter added a solo home run in the fifth to help them to the win.  

MLB Game Recap: Minnesota Twins (7) vs. Cincinnati Reds (11) - 6/29/2015

MLB Game Recap: Minnesota Twins (7) vs. Cincinnati Reds (11) - Date: 6/29/2015 Billy Hamilton scored three times in the first three innings to help Cincinnati open a huge lead, and the Reds held on for an 11-7 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night. Sports Handicapping Monitor. The Reds sent 10 batters to the plate for five runs and a 9-1 lead in the third inning, when Mike Pelfrey (5-5) failed to retire any of the four batters he faced. Pelfrey gave up eight runs - matching his season high - and nine hits, retiring only six of 17 batters. Cincinnati's Mike Leake let most of the lead slip away. MLB Baseball Handicappers. Ten Twins batted during a six-run rally in the top of the fourth inning. Brian Dozier's three-run homer off Leake cut it to 9-7. Nate Adcock (1-1) got the vict ory with two scoreless innings in relief of Leake. Cincinnati's bullpen did not allow a hit in five innings of relief. NBC Sports Picks. The Twins haven't overcome an eight-run deficit to win a game since 1929, when they were the Washington Senators, according to STATS. Free MLB Baseball Picks. They couldn't pull it off on Monday as the Reds matched their season high with 17 hits. Every Cincinnati position player had at least one hit, and seven different players scored. Best Sports Picks Service. The Reds had at least one hit in each inning. Hamilton reached in each of his first four plate appearances on a pair of infield singles and two walks. He stole four bases - giving him a major league-leading 40 for the season - and scored three times. Profitable MLB Baseball Handicappers. Tucker Barnhart had four hits and drove in a pair of runs. Eugenio Suarez, who is filling in at shortstop with Zack Cozart out for the season, had three hits and drove in three runs. TRAINER'S ROOMTwins: RHP Ricky Nolasco will see another specialist about his sore right ankle, which has sidelined him since the start of June. Reds: C Devin Mesoraco had surgery on his left hip Monday as planned. He's been on the disabled list since June 25. ... 2B Brandon Phillips was out of the lineup with two sore hands. ... RHP Raisel Iglesias, sidelined since June 5 by a strained oblique, will begin a rehab assignment on Tuesday. UP NEXTTwins: Phil Hughes (6-6) makes his first career appearance against the Reds. He's 9-4 in interleague play with a 3.82 ERA. Reds: Anthony DeSclafani (5-5) makes his first appearance against the Twins. He has given up seven runs in 11 innings during his last two starts.---Follow Joe Kay on Twitter: http://twitter.com/apjoekay  

MLB Game Recap: Texas Rangers (8) vs. Baltimore Orioles (1) - 6/29/2015

MLB Game Recap: Texas Rangers (8) vs. Baltimore Orioles (1) - Date: 6/29/2015 Mitch Moreland hit two of the Rangers' four home runs off Bud Norris, and Texas got another winning effort on the road from left-hander Wandy Rodriguez in an 8-1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Monday night. Moreland hit a solo shot in the second inning and a two-run drive in the fourth. It was his sixth career two-homer game, the first since May 2013. Carlos Corporan and Shin-Soo Choo added solo homers to help Texas secure its second win in nine games. Sports Bettors Email Leads. The four home runs tied a season high, set April 9 in Oakland. Joey Gallo contributed a three-run triple for the Rangers, who had lost 11 of 12 to the Orioles - including six straight at Camden Yards. MLB Baseball Handicappers. The loss ended Baltimore 's four-game winning streak and dropped the Orioles to 18-9 in June, 10-2 at home.  

MLB Game Recap: Cleveland Indians (7) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (1) - 6/29/2015

MLB Game Recap: Cleveland Indians (7) vs. Best Sports Picks Service. Tampa Bay Rays (1) - Date: 6/29/2015 Rookie Cody Anderson took a bid for a perfect game into the seventh inning in his second major league start, and the struggling Cleveland Indians snapped a three-game losing streak with a 7-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night. Anderson (1-0) didn't allow a baserunner until Grady Sizemore homered against his old team on a 1-2 pitch with one out in the seventh. Evan Longoria followed with a single before the 24-year-old right-hander settled to retire the last four batters he faced. Yan Gomes had three hits, including a solo homer in the eighth for the Indians, who limped into town after being shut out in both games of a doubleheader at Baltimore on Sunday. Michael Brantley also had three hits, including a RBI single, and Jason Kipnis drove i n a run off rookie Nathan Karns (4-4) with one of his three hits. Anderson, who limited Tampa Bay to six hits over 7 2-3 scoreless innings in his big league debut at Progressive Field on June 21, struck out two without a walk in eight innings. He threw 100 pitches. It was the second time in less than a week that an opposing pitcher has flirted with a perfect game against the Rays. Profitable MLB Baseball Handicappers. Toronto's Marco Estrada took a bid into the eighth inning on June 24 before giving up an infield single to Logan Forsythe in a game the Blue Jays eventually won 1-0 in 12 innings. Karns also started that game for Tampa Bay, which has lost five of seven. Cleveland manager Terry Francona held a team meeting at Tropicana Field on Monday afternoon to ''remind guys of what we stand for,'' and it didn't take the Indians long to begin putting a string of 19 consecu tive scoreless innings behind them. Kipnis doubled on the third pitch of the game and scored on Brantley's single. Sports Handicapper Leads. The Cleveland lead-off man then singled in the second, driving in Gomes for a 2-0 lead. MLB Baseball Handicappers. The rocky start for Karns came on the heels of his strongest performance of the season. Free Boxing Picks. The 27-year-old right-hander didn't allow a hit until the sixth inning against Toronto last Wednesday, but the Rays were unable to take advantage of the outing because Estrada was even better for the Blue Jays. Free MLB Baseball Picks. The Indians put together nine hits in six innings against the Tampa Bay starter, but couldn't give Anderson a bigge r cushion to work with because they went 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position while Karns was on the mound. The Indians pulled away late when Gomes homered off Kirby Yates and then added four more runs in the ninth - two on wild pitches. Sizemore, playing in his second game since joining the Rays, trimmed Cleveland's lead to 2-1 with his first home run since last Sept. 3 for Philadelphia. A three-time All-Star early in his career with the Indians, Sizemore had three hits in his Tampa Bay debut on Sunday. TRAINER'S ROOMIndians: Francona said OF Nick Swisher (knee) had a light work day Monday after ''pretty physical workouts'' over the weekend. Swisher is taking batting practice and running in the outfield. Rays: CF Kevin Kiermaier started after being out of the lineup the previous two games with sore legs. ... 1B James Loney (broken left middle finger) took batting practice and could begin a minor league rehab assignment in th e next few days. ... RHP Jake Odorizzi (oblique) is scheduled to make a rehab start Wednesday for Class A Charlotte. UP NEXTRays RHP Erasmo Ramirez (6-2) will making his first start Tuesday night since leaving an outing June 20 against Cleveland with a right groin strain. The Indians counter with RHP Danny Salazar (6-3).  

MLB Game Recap: Boston Red Sox (3) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (1) - 6/29/2015

MLB Game Recap: Boston Red Sox (3) vs. Sports Handicapping Software. Toronto Blue Jays (1) - Date: 6/29/2015 Clay Buchholz pitched eight strong innings to win his third straight start, Xander Bogaerts drove in two runs and the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 3-1 on Monday night. Buchholz (6-6) improved to 10-3 with a 2.21 ERA in 15 career starts in Toronto as the Red Sox won back-to-back games for the first time since June 19. MLB Baseball Handicappers. The Blue Jays have scored a major league-leading 421 runs but have totaled just four in their past three games. Buchholz allowed one run and five hits in matching his longest outing of the season. He's won four straight decisions since losing at Minnesota on May 26. Koji Uehara finished for his 17th save.  

MLB Game Preview: New York Yankees vs. Los Angeles Angels - 6/29/2015

MLB Game Preview: New York Yankees vs. Los Angeles Angels - Date: 6/29/2015 Time: 10:05 P.M. EST Venue: Angel Stadium of Anaheim   CC Sabathia had not allowed a homer to Albert Pujols and Mike Trout until this year in what was a rare victory for the New York Yankees left-hander. C. J. Wilson gave up a season-high three homers in that defeat for the Los Angeles Angels, with Brett Gardner and Chris Young going deep for New York. No southpaw gives up more homers than Sabathia while hitting the longball is a recipe for beating Wilson heading into their rematch Monday night in Anaheim in the opener of a three-game series. Sabathia (3-7, 5.65 ERA) has baseball's highest ERA among left-handers and has allowed 17 homers. Pujols and Trout took him deep in his 6-2 victory June 7, with those solo homers the only runs allowed in six innings. Pujols had been 1 for 12 against Sabathia prior to that contest while Trout was 3 for 8 with two doubles. Best Bets of the Day. Those hitters have combined for 42 homers in 2015, including an AL-best 12 by Pujols in June. Wilson (5-6, 3.92) will oppose Sabathia again after yielding all six runs in seven innings - with Gardner, Young and Jose Pirela all going deep. Gardner is batting .489 with four homers and 11 RBIs in his last 10 games. Young went 0 for 3 in Sunday's 3-1 loss at Houston to snap a career-best 10-game streak in which he batted .459 with three homers and 10 RBIs. He is hitting .388 against left-handers for one of baseball's best marks. Nine of the 10 homers off Wilson have come in the eight losses in which he has started. Sabathia has not received a decision in three outings since he beat the Angels. He gave up six runs over 4 2-3 innings in Tuesday's 11-6 defeat to Phi ladelphia. Sabathia is 1-2 with a 7.07 ERA in his last seven starts, failing to record an out past the sixth inning in all of them. Right-handed hitters are batting .339 against him." I've seen him too many times not to believe in him," manager Joe Girardi said. "It's frustrating for him but as I said, we'll continue to work at it and we'll get it right." Sabathia is 6-3 with a 2.67 ERA in nine starts against the Angels since joining the Yankees, including two wins in the 2009 ALCS. Wilson seeks to avoid losing consecutive home outings for the first time since July 28-Aug. 13, 2012. He was tagged for a season-high seven earned runs in 3 1-3 innings in Tuesday's 13-3 loss to the Astros." When you give up that many runs I guess in that short of an outing, not a lot is working," Wilson said. Free MLB Baseball Picks. The left-hander is 4-1 with a 3.02 ERA in s even starts against New York with Los Angeles. Alex Rodriguez is 3 for 24 in this matchup in regular-season play and Mark Teixeira is 2 for 25. New York (41-35) swept three games from Los Angeles from June 5-7 and has captured 11 of the last 14 meetings. Gambling Profit. The Yankees split four in Houston to start this seven-game trip. Profitable MLB Baseball Handicappers. The Angels (39-37) improved to 4-2 on a nine-game homestand when Kole Calhoun scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 10th inning Sunday in a 3-2 win over Seattle.

MLB Game Preview: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Arizona Diamondbacks - 6/29/2015

MLB Game Preview: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Arizona Diamondbacks - Date: 6/29/2015 Time: 09:40 P.M. EST Venue: Chase Field   It's been 11 seasons since the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks eight straight times. Winning Sports Gambling. The Dodgers can accomplish that feat Monday night when starter Mike Bolsinger returns to Chase Field for the opener of a three-game set to oppose former Los Angeles draft pick Allen Webster. Los Angeles (43-34) dropped the first two meetings before outscoring Arizona 41-18 over the next seven. Profitable MLB Baseball Handicappers. The Dodgers have won 12 of the last 14 matchups and last took eight straight from July 5-Aug. 31, 2004. Bolsinger � 40;4-2, 2.95 ERA) was a 15th-round draft pick by the Diamondbacks in 2010 who went 1-6 with a 5.50 ERA for them last year as a rookie in 10 games - nine starts. He was traded in the offseason to Los Angeles. Free Sports Handicappers. The right-hander faced Arizona (36-39) for the first time June 8, allowing two runs in seven innings to earn a 9-3 victory. Bolsinger is 0-1 with a 5.52 ERA in three starts since that win, giving up two runs in 4 2-3 innings in Wednesday's 5-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs. He is 0-1 with a 3.81 ERA in five road outings. MLB Baseball Handicappers. The Diamondbacks will counter with Webster (1-1, 6.46), who the Dodgers selected in the 18th round in 2008 before he was dealt to Boston on Aug. 25, 2012, in a deal that brought Adrian Gonzalez to Los Angeles. Arizona acquired Webster in an offseason deal th at sent Wade Miley to the Red Sox. Webster has never faced the Dodgers. Free Picks for Today. The only Los Angeles hitter he has seen is Howie Kendrick, who is 1 for 6 in this matchup. Free MLB Baseball Picks. The right-hander allowed five runs in 4 1-3 innings Wednesday in an 8-7 victory at Colorado. The Dodgers are searching for offense on this 10-game trip, batting .208 through seven games. They have won four of their last five, though, after Zack Greinke pitched 7 2-3 effective innings in Sunday's 2-0 victory over Miami. Yasiel Puig went 0 for 2 with three walks in his first start in four games after being limited by a torn callus on his left hand. Justin Turner will return to Monday's lineup after he got a day off. He's batting .364 with six homers and 15 RBIs in his last 18 games. Gonzalez went 6 for 13 over the weekend against the Marlins. He's at .235 in the season series with one of his team-high 48 RBIs. Arizona center fielder A. J. Pollock will be back in the starting lineup after he began on the bench in Sunday's 6-4 win at San Diego. Pollock was out of the lineup for just the second time in 30 games because manager Chip Hale was concerned about fatigue. Slugger Paul Goldschmidt has hit safely in his last nine games and is second in the majors with a 1.104 OPS. He is 15 for 36 with four homers and 10 RBIs in the season series. The Diamondbacks ended a three-game slide Sunday. They failed to homer in those losses before Welington Castillo, Jake Lamb and David Peralta all went deep." The guys bounced back,'' Hale said. ''Welington's home run was beautiful, Lamber off the lefty, that was nice. It was a day of home runs.''

MLB Game Preview: Texas Rangers vs. Baltimore Orioles - 6/29/2015

MLB Game Preview: Texas Rangers vs. Baltimore Orioles - Date: 6/29/2015 Time: 07:05 P.M. EST Venue: Oriole Park at Camden Yards   The Texas Rangers' recent play at the plate does not bode well for a team looking to end a poor stretch of performances. Neither does a road matchup Monday night with the Baltimore Orioles, who have dominated the AL West opponent in recent years. Best Sports Picks Today. Texas (38-38) has averaged 2.9 runs while losing seven of the last eight. Free MLB Baseball Picks. The Rangers were dispatched in two of three over the weekend against Toronto, losing Sunday 3-2. Sports Handicapper Records. They had nine hits in that series finale, six from Elvis Andrus and Rougned Odor, but failed to take advantage of run-scoring opportunities by going 2 for 15 with runners in scoring position." It's not how we designed it," manager Jeff Banister told MLB's official website. "We've got to be better with runners in scoring position. Felt like we got pitched tough but really had some opportunities to drive in some runs"Trying to avoid falling below .500 for the first time since May 29, they'll face a Baltimore team that swept the Rangers at Camden Yards from June 30-July 3 and has won 11 of the last 12 against Texas. Profitable MLB Baseball Handicappers. The Orioles (41-34) have been on a tear of late, winning seven of their last eight for a league-best 18 wins since June 4. Manny Machado and Jimmy Paredes each hit home runs in Sunday's early 4-0 win over Cleveland, and Mac hado added two more RBIs in a 8-0 win in the doubleheader's nightcap. Baltimore had not swept a doubleheader with shutouts in both games since Sept. 6, 1974." We've got to keep playing baseball," Machado said. "There's a lot more baseball going ahead. Sports Tipsters. There's a lot more slumps. MLB Baseball Handicappers. There's a lot more games lost coming ahead. We've got to stay focused and just stay with the mindset that we have, which is to make the playoffs and go on forward." The majority of that recent success came without Adam Jones, who had been out of the lineup since June 20 with a sore right shoulder. Jones went 14 for 26 (.538) with four homers and 11 RBIs in seven games against the Rangers last season. Wandy Rodriguez (4-3, 4.06 ERA) will try to slow Baltimore after his month-long stretch of solid play came to a crashing end with eight runs and 11 hits allowed in an 8-2 loss to Oakland on Wednesday. The left-hander had gone 3-0 with a 2.70 ERA in six starts from May 21-June 17, all Texas victories." Tough one, but we'll move on from it," Banister said. "I'm sure Wandy will erase this from his memory bank. If I know him well, he'll figure out what went wrong and move on." Rodriguez has limited experience against Baltimore, facing the Orioles only twice over his 11-year career, but he struggled on May 21, 2014, while with Pittsburgh, surrendering six runs - one earned - in 1 2-3 innings of an eventual 9-8 victory. He will oppose Bud Norris (2-6, 6.70), who finally lowered his ERA below seven Wednesday, though he allowed five unearned runs in a 5-1 loss to Boston. He has edged Texas in both career meetings, most recently winning 6-5 on June 4, 2014. Norris has been hit hard this season, allowing an opponent batti ng average of .307 and OPS of .889, both of which rank among the highest in baseball.

MLB Game Preview: Cleveland Indians vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 6/29/2015

MLB Game Preview: Cleveland Indians vs. Free Golf Picks. Tampa Bay Rays - Date: 6/29/2015 Time: 07:10 P.M. EST Venue: Tropicana Field   Cody Anderson's outstanding major league debut seemed to have the Cleveland Indians riding high toward the end of the month, but little has gone right for them since. Fresh off one of the franchise's worst single-day performances in four decades, the Indians will look to avoid matching their longest losing streak of the season Monday night against the Tampa Bay Rays. Cleveland (33-41) was shut out in both ends of a doubleheader Sunday for the first time since Sept. 26, 1975, losing to Baltimore 4-0 and 8-0. Jason Kipnis and Francisco Lindor each went 0 for 7 over the sweep, as the Indians lost their seventh in nin e games.'' Today was not a pretty day for us,'' manager Terry Francona said. ''I don't see guys grinding the at-bat. We're not doing the things we're capable of doing.'' Francona's team has scored three runs and gone 1 for 13 with runners in scoring position while striking out 24 times in the three-game skid. Anderson will face the Rays (42-35) for the second time looking to duplicate a stellar debut on June 21. He allowed six hits over 7 2-3 innings and did not factor into the decision of a 1-0 win - a performance that left Francona impressed." A small sample, like a game, I don't think defines somebody's career," Francona told MLB's official site. "But, besides the fact that he really pitched well, everything - from his poise to the way he competed, holding runners when he had to, fielding his position, covering first - he really (did well)." He'll be facing a Tampa Bay team that has dropped two of three in each of its last two series, and fell 5-3 to Boston on Sunday. Steven Souza Jr. went hitless for the fourth straight game, going 0 for 13. He's struck out 13 times during a 3-for-22 slump." We're playing good baseball, we're in every game," manager Kevin Cash said. "We know the way our team is we have to pitch well." Newly acquired Grady Sizemore was one of the few bright spots in that defeat, going 3 for 5 with a double and an RBI in his Rays debut. Free MLB Baseball Picks. The 32-year-old was signed by Tampa Bay to a minor league contract earlier this month, and expects to be a staple in the lineup against Cleveland, his former team." We're excited," Cash said. "We're going to face a string of right-handed pitching in these upcoming games and hopefully he can provide a little boost in our lineup. He's a vete ran hitter. See if we can click a little bit." Nathan Karns (4-3, 3.28) takes the mound for the Rays seeking his fourth consecutive solid start. Good Return on Investment. The right-hander has posted a 1.04 ERA in 17 1-3 innings over his last three outings, including 5 1-3 in a 4-1 win at Cleveland on June 19. Karns, however, has fared far better away from Tropicana Field this season, posting a 2.25 ERA in road games, compared with 3.79 at home. Michael Brantley is hitting just .202 in 32 career games against the Rays, his lowest versus any opponent with at least 10 meetings. Evan Longoria is 9 for 24 during a six-game hitting streak overall, but is 2 for 17 in his last five meetings with Cleveland.

MLB Game Preview: Kansas City Royals vs. Houston Astros - 6/29/2015

MLB Game Preview: Kansas City Royals vs. Houston Astros - Date: 6/29/2015 Time: 08:10 P.M. EST Venue: Minute Maid Park   The Kansas City Royals' contact-hitting approach is one reason they are developing into a mainstay as an AL contender. Sports Handicapping Software. The Houston Astros are using an all-or-nothing approach at the plate to muscle their way into contention. MLB Baseball Handicappers. These division leaders with contrasting hitting styles meet for the first time Monday night in Houston to start a three-game series. Kansas City (44-28) ended its 29-year postseason drought last year, and the AL Central leaders are now out to win their first division title in 30 years. Handicappers Free Picks. The contact-hitting Royals are second in the majors with a .273 average, have struck out the fewest times (420) and drawn the fewest walks (152)." We know what we're up against, we know that they're a good team, they've got a good record, they've got good talent, they got a million guys going to the All-Star Game as of right now," Astros manager A. J. Hinch said. "So we'll show up prepared, ready to play and they're going to be a tough team to match up against." Houston (44-34) leads the West and is poised to end a six-year stretch of losing seasons and qualify for the playoffs for the first time in 10 years. Free MLB Baseball Picks. The Astros lead the majors with 110 homers and 728 strikeouts, and also are among baseball's leaders with 241 walks. Best Sports Handicapping Services. The Royals have won four straight after a three-game sweep at Oakland in which their pitchers did not allow a homer and their starters posted a 1.89 ERA. Kansas City has allowed the AL's fewest homers with 56. Kansas City will get its first look at sensational Houston shortstop Carlos Correa, who is 5 for 8 with a homer and three doubles in his last two games. Correa has a .930 OPS since being recalled June 8 from the minors. Lorenzo Cain figures to return to the lineup after he did not start Sunday's 5-3 win after tweaking his hamstring stealing a base Saturday. Eric Hosmer is day to day after he left early Sunday due to a sprained left ring finger suffered Saturday. Alcides Escobar is expected to start Monday despite having a split nail on his right index finger. Kendrys Morales is batting .357 in an 11-game hitting streak. Profi table MLB Baseball Handicappers. The Royals will start Joe Blanton (2-0, 1.73 ERA), who improved to 2-0 with a 1.64 ERA in two starts after giving up one run in six-plus innings in last Monday's 4-1 victory at Seattle. It's been a remarkable turnaround since coming out of retirement." Being able to get back was kind of almost the pinnacle and now I'm just riding it out and enjoying it," he said. The right-hander is 3-2 with a 2.77 ERA in seven career starts against the Astros. Jose Altuve is 5 for 14 against him and Chris Carter is 3 for 8 with three homers. Blanton will be opposed by rookie Lance McCullers (3-2, 2.33), who is 2-0 with a 1.17 ERA in four home starts. The right-hander surrendered one run in six innings in Wednesday's 2-1, 13-inning defeat to the Los Angeles Angels. McCullers is averaging 10.10 strikeouts per nine innings while limiting hitters to a .189 average. The visiting team went 6-0 in this series l ast year.

MLB Game Preview: Milwaukee Brewers vs. Philadelphia Phillies - 6/29/2015

MLB Game Preview: Milwaukee Brewers vs. Philadelphia Phillies - Date: 6/29/2015 Time: 07:05 P.M. EST Venue: Citizens Bank Park   In a battle of the National League's worst, both teams are coming in relatively hot. Baseball Picks. The Milwaukee Brewers face the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday night for the start of a four-game series that can determine baseball's last-place team. Milwaukee (29-48) got home runs from Ryan Braun and Adam Lind in a 5-3 victory over Minnesota on Sunday to win its second straight series. Braun is 10 for 30 in his last nine games with two homers and eight RBIs." There's still three months of baseball left," Braun told MLB's official website. "And I think we've gotten to a point where we need to get back to wanting to win, to feeling like we're going to win, to showing up and feeling like we have a legitimate chance to win." Jonathan Lucroy is mired in a 3-for-23 slump, but could be poised for a big series this week. He's 18 for 39 (.462) with hour homers and 11 runs in 10 career games in Philadelphia.'' We've got some good hitters in the lineup,'' Lucroy said. ''We've got to put it all together, so we can get all clicking.'' This series marks the first time this season that the Brewers will play a team with a lower winning percentage." There's a challenge every night in front of a major league baseball player," manager Craig Counsell told MLB's official website. "The challenge is to perform every single night, no matter what the record is, and I think we've done a good job of responding to that challenge. Free MLB B aseball Picks. That's the challenge that these guys live for." Jimmy Nelson (4-8, 4.34 ERA) takes the hill for a Brewers team that has posted a 2.83 ERA over the past six games. Make Money Betting Sports. The right-hander had struggled with a 1-3 record and 6.86 ERA in June, but rebounded with eight two-hit innings in a 4-1 win over the New York Mets on Wednesday." I know I have the ability to go out there and perform like that, or close to that, every time I go out there," said Nelson. "It's not so much the ups and downs, the really highs and really lows. It's just trying to stay on a level plane." Philadelphia (27-50) snapped a three-game skid with an 8-5 victory over Washington in the back end of Sunday's doubleheader after dropping the first game 3-2. Cesar Hernandez matched a career high with four hits and Maikel Franco added three RBIs to g ive the Phillies their first win under interim manager Pete Mackanin. Philadelphia has won four of seven and averaged 9.8 runs in those victories.'' It's nice to see,'' Mackanin said. ''We have it in us to do it more often and confidence is the factor.'' Confidence doesn't seem to be a problem for Franco, who is batting .421 with 14 RBIs in his last nine games. Sean O'Sullivan (1-5, 5.34) struggled in his last outing, but has been far more comfortable at Citizens Bank Park. Profitable MLB Baseball Handicappers. The right-hander allowed six runs in 4 1-3 innings Tuesday and did not factor into the decision of an 11-6 win at the New York Yankees. O'Sullivan has a 3.48 ERA at home, compared with 7.67 on the road, and lost his only meeting with Milwaukee 3-1 at Miller Park on July 24, 2013, while with San Diego. Philadelphia swept a four-game set in Mi lwaukee on July 7-10, but suffered a three-game sweep of their own at home April 8-10, 2014.

MLB Game Preview: Colorado Rockies vs. Oakland Athletics - 6/29/2015

MLB Game Preview: Colorado Rockies vs. Oakland Athletics - Date: 6/29/2015 Time: 10:05 P.M. EST Venue: O.co Coliseum   There's hasn't been a whole lot for the Colorado Rockies and Oakland Athletics to feel good about this season. At least a young player for each team is making each game a little more exciting. Nolan Arenado looks to extend a pair of impressive streaks for the Rockies, while Athletics rookie Billy Burns brings one of his own into Monday night's matchup in Oakland. Colorado (33-42) appears headed for a fifth consecutive losing season, sitting last in the NL West with one of the majors' worst records. Pitching is again a huge issue for the Rockies, who rank last in baseball with a 4.94 ERA and have received only five quality starts in the past 18 games. Handicappers Free Picks. The offense, however, seems to be in very good hands with Arenado leading the way for a team that leads the NL in runs (344) and is tied for the best batting average (.270). After two solid years, Arenado is putting together a breakout season that should put him in the conversation with the best third basemen in the game. He homered twice in Sunday's 6-3 loss at San Francisco, giving him a career-high 24 this season and eight in his last seven games. Arenado is batting .379 with 21 RBIs during a 15-game hitting streak and set a franchise record for consecutive games (12) with at least one hit and one run scored. His three RBIs Sunday gave him a major league-leading 68. Free MLB Baseball Picks. Thirty-three have come 33 in June, seven more than any other player this month.'' Every time I get a ball up in the zone lately, I 've been hitting them,'' Arenado said. ''I've been sticking with a plan and it's been going good. I'll stick with that." Oakland (34-44) can empathize with Colorado, also last in its division with a double-digit deficit to first-place Houston. Winning Sports Picks Who You Should Follow. The Athletics appeared to be turning a corner with nine wins in 11 games, but they scored seven runs while being swept in a three-game set by Kansas City.'' We were playing really good ball lately and this happens,'' said rookie third baseman Max Muncy, who made a key error in Sunday's 5-3 loss. Burns returned to the lineup Sunday after missing two games with a hip flexor. His leadoff single sparked a two-run third inning and extended his hitting streak to 16 games in which he's batting .365. Burns is one away from tying the Oakland rookie hitting streak record o f 17 games shared by Mike Edwards (1978), Luis Polonia (1987) and Terrence Long (2000). Profitable MLB Baseball Handicappers. The A's will try to avoid their second four-game skid this month behind resurgent Kendall Graveman (4-4, 3.86 ERA). Since he was recalled from the minors in late May, the rookie right-hander has gone 3-2 with a 2.31 ERA in seven starts after he posted an 8.27 ERA in his first four. He regrouped from two straight tough-luck losses with another strong performance Wednesday in an 8-2 victory at Texas. Spotted a five-run lead before he even took the mound, Graveman limited the Rangers to two runs over seven-plus innings.'' It's the guy we saw in spring training, he just needed a little break after a few starts, and went down there and made use of his time,'' manager Bob Melvin said. Football Tipsters. The Rockies have lost 18 of 20 interleague games, including all six this season, and will send struggling David Hale (2-2, 5.86) to the mound Monday. MLB Baseball Handicappers. The right-hander is 0-2 with an 8.04 ERA in his last three outings after going 2-0 with a 4.12 mark in his first three. He lasted a season-low 4 2-3 innings Wednesday against Arizona and allowed five runs, eight hits and three walks before leaving without a decision in an 8-7 loss. Hale is 0-2 with a 10.32 ERA in seven interleague games, including one start.

MLB Game Preview: Minnesota Twins vs. Cincinnati Reds - 6/29/2015

MLB Game Preview: Minnesota Twins vs. Cincinnati Reds - Date: 6/29/2015 Time: 07:10 P.M. EST Venue: Great American Ball Park   A shaky bullpen has contributed to a recent rough stretch for the Minnesota Twins. For the Cincinnati Reds, the lack of offense was the culprit in a lost week in New York. Sports Handicapper King. The two teams set out to regroup starting Monday night in Cincinnati in this three-game interleague series. Minnesota (40-35) is still in second in the AL Central, 5 1/2 games behind Kansas City, but has dropped three games in the standings since June 20 as its relievers have been inconsistent. Profitable MLB Baseball Handicappers. They have a 6.15 ERA in that span, made higher after Blaine Boyer and Casey Fien allowed all five runs in their 5-3 defeat at Milwaukee on Sunday for their fifth loss in eight games. For Fien, who served up two homers and allowed four runs in the eighth without retiring a batter, the five runs he's yielded in his last three outings matched his total from his first 18 appearances.'' There's strikes and then there's quality strikes and I didn't throw enough quality strikes,'' Fien said. ''The strikes I did throw, they hit.'' Mike Pelfrey (5-4, 3.06 ERA) is winless in three starts but has pitched better in his last two after getting roughed up for eight runs and 11 hits in 3 2-3 innings of an 11-7 loss at Texas on June 13. He took the loss Tuesday versus the Chicago White Sox, who reached him for three runs and 10 hits in 6 2-3 innings of a 6-2 defeat. While Pelfrey is 2-4 in his last eight starts, he has been backed with only 14 runs in those games and never receive d more than three in any contest over that span. Sports Handicapper Leads. The right-hander is facing Cincinnati for the first time since 2011 after going 4-2 in seven starts while with the New York Mets. Manager Paul Molitor said he will likely rest outfielder Torii Hunter for one game in this series, but it likely won't be this one after he hit three homers in the previous two games. MLB Baseball Handicappers. Though it's the first time Hunter will play at Cincinnati and face the Reds for the first time since 2001, he is 9 for 22 with a homer, five doubles and a triple in six lifetime games. Cincinnati (34-40) was held to four runs in three losses to the Mets, going a combined 1 for 19 with runners in scoring position. After their defense contributed to a 2-1, 13-inning loss in the completion of Saturday's suspended game Sunday, the Re ds let Stephen Matz have arguably the best start to a major league career of any player as the pitcher limited them to two runs in 7 2-3 innings and went 3 for 4 with four RBIs in Sunday's 7-2 defeat. Brandon Phillips was one of the few offensive bright spots over the weekend, hitting safely in all three games, and is 9 for 29 with two homers, a triple and a double in a six-game hitting streak. He's also 7 for 19 with a homer against Pelfrey but is questionable after injuring both his hands Sunday." He had a problem with the left hand on a swing," manager Bryan Price explained to MLB's official website. "But then on his right hand when he went back in to try and tag Granderson at second, he got his hand jammed on that play." Right now both hands are probably on ice." Mike Leake (5-4, 3.91) will try to win his third consecutive start and fourth straight decision for the Reds. He limited Pittsburgh to two runs in seven innings of a 5-2 victory Wednesday and is trying to wrap up a solid June during which he's gone 3-0 with a 2.45 ERA in five starts.

MLB Game Preview: Boston Red Sox vs. Toronto Blue Jays - 6/29/2015

MLB Game Preview: Boston Red Sox vs. Free Pick. Toronto Blue Jays - Date: 6/29/2015 Time: 07:07 P.M. EST Venue: Rogers Centre   Even with some key contributors missing, the Boston Red Sox lineup has continued to perform well for much of the last two-plus weeks. Free MLB Baseball Picks. The Red Sox, however, couldn't outdo the Toronto Blue Jays in a series at Fenway Park earlier this month. Sports Handicapper Leaderboard. They'll try for a different result when the teams meet again Monday night in Toronto with Clay Buchholz seeking to extend his recent string of effective road outings. Boston (34-43) has averaged 5.4 runs and bat ted .286 in its last 16 games, but has only gone 7-9 in that stretch. Profitable MLB Baseball Handicappers. The Red Sox, though, have produced with Dustin Pedroia on the disabled list (hamstring) and Hanley Ramirez having missed the past four games with a bruised left hand. Ramirez, who has a team-best 15 homers, is expected to miss all four games against Toronto (41-36). Pablo Sandoval, batting .386 in his last 15 games, had one of Boston's three home runs in a 5-3 victory in Tampa Bay on Sunday and Alejandro De Aza hit his third in four games. Buchholz (5-6, 3.68 ERA) will next try to send the Red Sox to back-to-back wins for the second time since June 8. NHL Handicappers. The right-hander is 2-1 with a 1.82 ERA in his last five road starts, including a 6-3 win in Toronto on May 10. He's won three consecutiv e overall decisions and has given up one earned run in 14 innings while winning in back-to-back starts, the latest a 5-1 victory over Baltimore on Wednesday." He's been very dependable for us," manager John Farrell said. "He's in a pretty solid run for us." Buchholz was charged with four runs in six innings in a 5-4 loss in 11 innings to Toronto on June 13. MLB Baseball Handicappers. The Blue Jays completed the sweep with a 13-5 victory the next day and rallied from a seven-run deficit for a 13-10 win in the opener. Toronto enters having won 18 of 24 overall and 14 of 18 at home after Sunday's 3-2 win against Texas. R. A. Dickey (3-7, 4.88) tries to earn just his second win in seven starts. The right-hander has a respectable 3.09 ERA in five outings this month and gave up three runs in seven innings in a 4-3 loss in Tampa Bay on Tuesday. Dickey was pitching one week after his father passed away from a heart attack." I was kind of foggy today," Dickey told MLB's official website. "It has been a tough week so I haven't gotten to prepare the way that I normally do, but I was able to repeat my mechanics enough." Dickey is 0-2 with a 6.16 ERA in three starts against the Red Sox this season and gave up four runs in six innings while pitching opposite Buchholz on June 13. He was charged with six runs in six innings in a 6-3 loss to Boston at the Rogers Centre on May 10. Sandoval is 4 for 9 with a homer and two doubles against Dickey this season and is batting .441 versus Toronto. Mookie Betts is batting .410 in a 10-game hit streak against Toronto and .400 in his last 15 contests. Ryan Goins went 6 for 14 with nine RBIs and Russell Martin was 6 for 14 with six RBIs in the sweep in Boston. Goins, 9 for 19 lifetime against Buchholz, is 2 for 20 in his last eight games and Martin is 1 for 15 in his last five.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

MLB Game Recap: Chicago Cubs (1) vs. St Louis Cardinals (4) - 6/28/2015

MLB Game Recap: Chicago Cubs (1) vs. St Louis Cardinals (4) - Date: 6/28/2015 Carlos Martinez was stingy before and after a lengthy rain delay, and the St. Louis Cardinals hit a season-high six doubles to sweep the Chicago Cubs with a 4-1 victory Sunday night that extended their winning streak to six games. Jason Heyward, Yadier Molina and Matt Carpenter had run-scoring doubles for St. Louis, which is a major league-best 51-24 with a nine-game cushion in the NL Central. Best Sports Picks Today. The Cardinals' 29-7 home record also is tops in the majors and is the second-best start in franchise history, trailing only a 31-4 start by the 1885 Browns according to STATS. Profitable MLB Baseball Handicappers. Their home start is the best in the divisional era since 1969, topping the Expos' 28-7 rec ord in 1979. Sports Handicapper Reviews. The Cubs have lost a season-worst five in a row. MLB Baseball Handicappers. They were outscored 14-4 in the series, going 2 for 27 with runners in scoring position, and are just 12-32 the last four seasons in St. Louis. Martinez (9-3) allowed one run and two hits in six innings with six strikeouts. Best Sports Picks Today. The 23-year-old right-hander worked two scoreless innings before a rain delay of 1 hour and 43 minutes, stumbled a bit in the third when Dexter Fowler doubled and eventually scored on Anthony Rizzo's sacrifice fly, but allowed only a walk after that. Martinez and Michael Wacha (10-3) are the first teammates 23 or younger with nine or more wins in the first 75 games since Dwight Gooden and Sid Fernandez had 10 apiece for the Mets in 1986. Jason Hammel (5-3) struck out seven, but struggled after the rain delay, giving up four runs and six hits in four innings. Hammel worked 7 2/3 scoreless innings against the Dodgers his last time out. Free MLB Baseball Picks. Trevor Rosenthal earned his 23rd save in 24 chances in a game that was also delayed 46 minutes before the first pitch. GLOVEWORKHeyward made an outstanding sliding catch in foul territory down the right-field line on Kris Bryant's pop-up in the first. TRAINER'S ROOMCubs: LHP Tsuyoshi Wada (deltoid) was placed on the 15-day disabled list and RHP Neil Ramirez (shoulder) was activated. Cardinals: LHP Jaime Garcia is likely to make his next start Thursday against the White Sox, getting two extra days to recover from a groin cramp sustained running the bases. OF Matt Holliday could begin running early this week. PRIME TIMEThe Card inals are 5-0 on Sunday night. UP NEXTCubs: Kyle Hendricks (2-4, 4.46) faces the Mets Tuesday in New York. He has worked five innings each of his last four starts. Cardinals: Lance Lynn (5-4, 2.84), who faces the White Sox on Tuesday, worked six scoreless innings his first outing off the disabled list from a forearm strain.  

MLB Game Recap: Kansas City Royals (5) vs. Oakland Athletics (3) - 6/28/2015

MLB Game Recap: Kansas City Royals (5) vs. Oakland Athletics (3) - Date: 6/28/2015 Jeremy Guthrie struck out a season-high seven batters in six innings and Salvador Perez homered to help the Kansas City Royals complete a three-game sweep of the Oakland Athletics with a 5-3 victory on Sunday. Omar Infante hit a tiebreaking single in a three-run sixth inning for the Royals, who have won five of six to open a nine-game road trip. After winning two of three in Seattle, Kansas City swept the A's for the first time since 2008. Guthrie (6-5) allowed two runs and topped 1,000 career strikeouts. Sports Illustrated Picks. The Royals bullpen did the rest with Wade Davis pitching the ninth for his ninth save in as many chances. Jesse Chavez (4-7) was hurt by an error by third baseman Max Muncy in Kansas City's three-run sixth inning as Oakland lost its third straight following a season-long five-game winning streak. Billy Burns helped spark a two-run third inning for Oakland when he led off with a single to extend his hitting streak to 16 straight games. Burns is one game away from tying the Oakland rookie hitting streak record of 17 games shared by Mike Edwards (1978), Luis Polonia (1987) and Terrence Long (2000). Ben Zobrist drove in the first run with a sacrifice fly and Josh Reddick made it 2-0 when his popup to shallow left fell between shortstop Alcides Escobar and left fielder Alex Gordon for his 500th career hit. A poor defensive play by Oakland helped the Royals take the lead in the sixth. With runners on first and third and one out, Perez hit a slow grounder to third base. Muncy charged and his throw home was high. Mike Moustakas scored on the fielder's choice and the runners advanced to second and third on Muncy's throwing error. Alex Rios tied the game with a sacrifice fly and Infante gave the Royals their first lead with his two-out hit that knocked out Chavez. Perez's homer off Edward Mujica for his 500th career hit made it 5-2 in the eighth. TRAINER'S ROOMRoyals: OF Lorenzo Cain did not start after tweaking his hamstring stealing a base Saturday. He pinch hit for Eric Hosmer in the eighth and singled. Hosmer, who was moved to DH from first base, sprained his left ring finger on that same double steal Saturday and left Sunday's game early. ... Escobar was also removed in the eighth inning for precautionary reasons with a split nail on his right index finger. Athletics: Burns (hip flexor) returned to the lineup after missing the previous two games. UP NEXTRoyals: Joe Blanton (2-0) takes the mound at Houston in the opener of a three-game series between first-place teams. Lance McCullers (3-2) pitches for the Astros. Athletics: Kendall Graveman, who is 3-2 with a 2.31 ERA in seven s tarts since being recalled from the minors, starts the opener of a three-game series against Colorado.  

MLB Game Recap: Colorado Rockies (3) vs. San Francisco Giants (6) - 6/28/2015

MLB Game Recap: Colorado Rockies (3) vs. San Francisco Giants (6) - Date: 6/28/2015 Madison Bumgarner pitched into the eighth inning and hit his eighth career homer, helping the San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 6-3 on Sunday. Buster Posey drove in three runs for San Francisco, and Matt Duffy was a single short of the cycle. Brandon Crawford connected for his 10th homer, matching his career-best total from last season. Bumgarner (8-4) allowed two runs on Nolan Arenado's 23rd homer in the first and five hits in 7 2/3 innings. He also belted a solo shot in the seventh and recorded his 1,000th career strikeout. Arenado added another homer in the ninth against Sergio Romo. Javier Lopez then retired Carlos Gonzalez, and Santiago Casilla got the final two outs for his 21st save. Arenado extended his hitting streak to 15 games and set a franchise record for consecutive games (12) with at least one hit and one run scored. Posey's 26 RBIs in June are second only to Arenado's 33. Posey's two-run single in the third put the Giants ahead to stay. Colorado right-hander Kyle Kendrick (3-10) was charged with five runs and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings. Duffy tripled in the first, doubled in the third and hit a home run in the sixth. He came to the plate with one out and a runner on in the seventh and a ball hit down the first base line was called foul. During the ensuing replay, which confirmed the ruling, fans began chanting ''Single! Single!''Duffy then bounced into an inning-ending double play. Bumgarner struck out Brandon Barnes in the second for his 1,000th strikeout, prompting a standing ovation. He finished with eight strikeouts and two walks. TRAINER'S TABLERockies: RHP Tyler Chatwood (Tommy John surgery) threw another bullpen session as part of his recovery from a second surgery. ''He's in the process of buil ding himself back up again,'' manager Walt Weiss said. ''We've talked about having him back this year but there is no timetable.'' ... LHP Jorge De La Rosa (split middle finger on left hand) appears to be on target to make his next scheduled start in Oakland on Tuesday. ''I thought his start would be in jeopardy,'' Weiss said. ''It looks like it closed up in time.'' Giants: RHP Tim Lincecum will need at least a week to recover from a contusion on his right forearm, the result of getting hit by a line drive Saturday. ''He's sore,'' manager Bruce Bochy said. ''It will serve him well to back off a little bit, and give him a break. With the injury, it's a no-brainer now.'' ... OF Hunter Pence played catch for the first time since returning to the DL with soreness in his left wrist. UP NEXT:Rockies: RHP David Hale (2-2, 5.86 ERA) gets the start Monday night w hen the Rockies open an interleague series in Oakland. He has allowed five earned runs in each of his last two starts. He is 0-2 with a 10.32 ERA in seven interleague games, including one start. He has never faced Oakland. Giants: RHP Ryan Vogelsong (6-5, 4.05 ERA) gets the ball when San Francisco begins a three-game series at Miami on Tuesday night. He is 3-3 with a 1.89 ERA in 10 career appearances, including six starts, against the Marlins. That is his lowest ERA against an opponent he has faced more than three times.  

MLB Game Recap: Seattle Mariners (2) vs. Los Angeles Angels (3) - 6/28/2015

MLB Game Recap: Seattle Mariners (2) vs. Los Angeles Angels (3) - Date: 6/28/2015 Kole Calhoun scored the winning run on a wild pitch by Tom Wilhelmsen in the 10th inning after Albert Pujols grounded into a bases-loaded double play against a five-man infield, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Seattle Mariners 3-2 on Sunday. Johnny Giavotella led off the 10th with a line-drive single off the glove of Wilhelmsen (1-2). Calhoun followed with a hit-and-run single that put runners at the corners, and Mike Trout was intentionally walked for the second straight time. Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon then motioned left fielder Dustin Ackley in for a five-man infield, and Pujols grounded into a 6-2-3 double play started by shortstop Brad Miller. But Wilhelmsen uncorked his first wild pitch of the season on a full count with runners at second and third and rookie Kyle Kubitza at the plate.  

MLB Game Recap: Arizona Diamondbacks (6) vs. San Diego Padres (4) - 6/28/2015

MLB Game Recap: Arizona Diamondbacks (6) vs. San Diego Padres (4) - Date: 6/28/2015 Welington Castillo, Jake Lamb and David Peralta homered, leading the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 6-4 win over the San Diego Padres on Sunday. Chase Anderson pitched seven innings to help Arizona snap a three-game losing streak. Brad Ziegler worked the ninth for his 12th save in 14 chances. Castillo's three-run shot gave the Diamondbacks a 3-1 lead in the second. Peralta had a solo drive in the third, and Lamb's two-run homer made it 6-3 in the sixth. Derek Norris homered twice for San Diego, and Matt Kemp had a solo shot. freepick. The Padres were trying for their first three-game win streak in more than three weeks. San Diego right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne (3-6) allowed five runs - four earned - and three hits over 5 2/3 innings. He is 1-6 with a 5.68 ERA in his last 10 starts. Trailing 4-3 in the sixth, Despaigne got the first two outs before he hit Cuban countryman Yasmany Tomas. Lefty Frank Garces then came on to face the lefty-hitting Lamb, who drove a 1-2 pitch into the right-field stands for his second of the season. Free MLB Baseball Picks. The win moved Arizona back ahead of San Diego into third place in the NL West. Kemp hit a leadoff drive for the Padres in the first, and Norris connected for a two-run homer in the fourth. He went deep again in the sixth for his 11th homer. Since being moved into the leadoff spot five games ago, Kemp is hitting .350 (7 for 20) with two doubles, two homers and five RBIs. In his previous 13 games, he was batting .192 with two home runs and four RBIs. Anderson (4-2) was charged with four runs and five hits.