Tuesday, July 31, 2018

MLB Game Recap: Houston Astros (5) vs. Seattle Mariners (2) - 7/31/2018

MLB Game Recap: Houston Astros (5) vs. Seattle Mariners (2) - Date: 7/31/2018 Astros snap five-game skid with 5-2 win over Mariners9m ago. 3 min read SEATTLE Evan Gattis hit a two-run home run to put Houston ahead, Josh Reddick capped it with a two-run shot in the ninth inning, and the Astros snapped a five-game losing streak with a 5-2 win over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night.Gattis' 21st home run of the season came in the sixth off Seattle starter Mike Leake and snapped a 1-1 tie. Leake left a breaking ball in the middle of the plate and Gattis clubbed it over the left field fence to put the Astros in front.Reddick greeted new Seattle reliever Zach Duke with a shot to deep right-center field in the ninth. It was the first home run allowed this season by Duke, who was acquired in a trade with Minnesota.Charlie Morton (12-2) struck out eight and didn't allow Seattle to put together a sustained rally in earning his 12th victory. Seattle's offense was limited to Jean Segura's solo home run and Mitch Haniger's RBI single. Morton was pulled after the sixth, despite giving up just two runs and throwing 90 pitches. Sports Free Picks. The sixth inning was the only time Seattle had multiple runners on base and Morton got out of the jam after Haniger's single by getting Chris Hermann to ground out with two runners on.Hector Rondon pitched the ninth for his 10th save.Leake (8-7) escaped a bases loaded jam in the fourth inning, but couldn't avoid giving up a run in the fifth. Leake left a 0-2 pitch to Reddick in the middle of the plate and his two-out single scored Tony Kemp. Gattis added his homer an inning later.Leake allowed eight hits and struck out four. He allowed three earned runs or more for just the fourth time in his past 13 starts.Segura's homer was his eighth of the season and Haniger was in a 2-for- 26 skid before his RBI single.INJURY CONCERNAs if the Astros needed more injury concerns, outfielder George Springer left the game in the second inning with left shoulder soreness. Springer fell awkwardly on the shoulder making a diving attempt to stop Denard Span's triple in the first inning. He was replaced by Kyle Tucker.TRAINER'S ROOMAstros: Houston SS Carlos Correa went through a full pregame workout on Tuesday including hitting and fielding during batting practice. Correa also did an extensive running program as well. Manager A. J. Hinch said if all goes well Correa could go out on a rehab assignment as early as Thursday with Double-A Corpus Christi. Correa has been out since June 26 with a back injury. ... 2B Jose Altuve joined the Astros in Seattle on Tuesday, but will simply be doing rehab work the next few days on his injured right knee. Hinch said it would likely be in Los Angeles before the team tests Altuve with any baseball activity.Mariners: LHP Roneis Elias was placed on the 10-day DL with a strained left triceps. Manager Scott Servais said Elias felt the arm start to bother him last weekend in Anaheim and an MRI revealed the strain.UP NEXTAstros: Dallas Keuchel (8-9) has gone 5-1 with a 2.16 ERA over his past eight starts. He had won five straight before losing to Texas in his last start.Mariners: Wade LeBlanc (6-1) looks to continue his career-best season. LeBlanc got a no decision in his last start against the Angels. He's made one start this season against the Astros, allowing three runs in four innings in a no decision in June.

MLB Game Recap: Toronto Blue Jays (2) vs. Oakland Athletics (6) - 7/31/2018

MLB Game Recap: Toronto Blue Jays (2) vs. Oakland Athletics (6) - Date: 7/31/2018 Davis hits 29th home run, A's beat Blue Jays 6-25m ago. 2 min read OAKLAND, Calif. Khris Davis homered among his three hits, Matt Olson had two RBIs and the Oakland Athletics beat the Toronto Blue Jays 602 on Tuesday night.Mark Canha doubled twice and stole home and Marcus Semien added two hits.Bob Melvin celebrated his 600th win as manager of the A's - tied for third-most in franchise history behind Connie Mack (3,582) and Tony LaRussa (798).Oakland moved within one game of Seattle for the second wild card. Football Predictions. The A's are 29-10 since June 16, the best record in baseball.Despite being in the thick of a playoff race, Oakland stayed quiet as the trade deadline passed. Winning Sports Picks Who You Should Follow. There were reports early in the day linking the A's to a trade with Detroit but nothing materialized.Justin Smoak homered for Toronto. Good Sports Handicappers. The Blue Jays have lost six of eight.Trevor Cahill (3-2) overcame an uneven night and allowed two runs in six innings. The right-hander has won consecutive starts for the first time since May 2017.Yusmeiro Petit, Jeurys Familia and Blake Treinen retired three batters apiece to complete the six-hitter.Olson's two-run single off Sam Gaviglio (2-4) in the first put the A's up 2-1.After Davis hit his 29th homer leading off the third, Canha and Semien pulled off a double steal with Canha sliding into home to beat the throw from second baseman Devon Travis.TRAINER'S ROOMBlue Jays: 2B Lourdes Gurriel Jr. will be sidelined indefinitely after being diagnosed with a left high ankle sprain and bruised knee. Gurriel has a franchise record 11 consecutive multi-hit games. Reports estimate the rookie could miss 2-6 weeks but manager John Gibbons declined to give a timetable. ''Those ankles can be a little bit tricky,'' Gibbons said. ''Best to let him heal up and get back to his normal self.'' . Giles isn't expected to join the team until Thursday in Seattle.Athletics: RHP Daniel Gossett will undergo Tommy John surgery Tuesday, making him the fourth Oakland pitcher to have the reconstructive surgery this year. Gossett was 0-3 with a 5.18 ERA in five starts this season. ... RHP Andrew Triggs (right arm nerve irritation) has begun a throwing program.UP NEXTA's LHP Sean Manaea (9-7, 3.46 ERA) faces the Blue Jays for the second time this season in the series finale Wednesday afternoon. Manaea took a no-decision after allowing four runs in five innings against Toronto on May 19. RHP Marcus Stroman (4-7, 5.20), who has won three of his last four starts, pitches for the B lue Jays.---More baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball

MLB Game Recap: Milwaukee Brewers (1) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (0) - 7/31/2018

MLB Game Recap: Milwaukee Brewers (1) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (0) - Date: 7/31/2018 Miley shuts down Dodgers in Brewers' 1-0 win10m ago. 2 min read LOS ANGELES Wade Miley remained undefeated at Dodger Stadium, delivering seven scoreless innings in the Milwaukee Brewers' 1-0 win over Los Angeles on Tuesday night.In seven starts in Los Angeles, Miley is now 4-0 with a 2.06 ERA. Free Sports Picks Today. The left-hander got some help from center fielder Lorenzo Cain, who appeared to rob the Dodgers' Cody Bellinger of a game-tying home run with a leaping catch at the wall to end the seventh inning. Cain also drove in Milwaukee's only run with a two-out double in the third.The Brewers improved to 5-1 during their eight-game California swing, having taken three of four in San Francisco before winning their first two against the Dodgers. Milwaukee has won eight of 11 since a seven-game skid.The Dodgers lost their third straight on a day when they acquired infielder Brian Dozier from the Minnesota Twins and reliever John Axford from the Toronto Blue Jays. Dozier, who arrived in Los Angeles Tuesday night and watched in uniform from the dugout, joins Manny Machado in the Dodgers' revamped infield.Dodgers manager Dave Roberts and general manager Farhan Zaidi said the right-handed hitting Dozier was acquired, in part, to help the team improve its fortunes against left-handers.Miley (2-1) exposed Los Angeles' weakness, giving up only singles by Yasiel Puig in the second and Austin Barnes in the fifth. He struck out five, walked one and only allowed one runner to reach second base.Walker Buehler (4-4) went seven strong innings, giving up one run on five hits with no walks and seven strikeouts. Second baseman Enrique Hernandez threw out Cain at home to end the third after Mike Moustakas singled to shallow center field.Right-hander Joakim Soria, who was acquired from the Chicago White Sox last week, pitched a scoreless eighth. Jeremy Jeffress worked the ninth for his fourth save in eight opportunities.Machado, who made his Dodgers debut on July 20 at Milwaukee, went 0-for-3 with a walk.TRAINER'S ROOMBrewers: RHP Jimmy Nelson (shoulder surgery) followed his examination with orthopedist Dr. Neal El Attrache on Monday with a bullpen session at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday. He focused on off-speed pitches.Dodgers: 3B Justin Turner (right groin strain) had three innings worth of live batting practice Tuesday, and Roberts expects his middle-of-the-order threat to be back in the starting lineup by the weekend. ... LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (left groin strain) will pitch three innings in a rehab outing with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga on Thursday.UP NEXTRHP Chase Anderson (7-7, 3.69 ERA) will take the mound for the Brewers on Wednesday looking for his first career victory at Dodger Stadium. He's 0-3 there with a 4. 15 ERA in six starts.LHP Rich Hill (4-4, 3.82) is coming off a strong outing at Atlanta on Thursday, when he worked seven scoreless innings in an 8-2 victory.---More baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball

MLB Game Recap: Texas Rangers (0) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (6) - 7/31/2018

MLB Game Recap: Texas Rangers (0) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (6) - Date: 7/31/2018 Godley strikes out 10, D-backs move back atop NL West11m ago. 2 min read PHOENIX Zack Godley matched a career high with 10 strikeouts, leading the Arizona Diamondbacks over the Texas Rangers 6-0 on Tuesday night to move back atop the NL West.Arizona (60-49) overtook the Dodgers (59-49) for first place when Los Angeles fell 1-0 to Milwaukee. CBS Sports Picks. That came hours after the Diamondbacks added relievers Brad Ziegler and Jake Diekman via trades just ahead of the non-waiver deadline. Diekman was acquired from the Rangers and was driven from one clubhouse to another by Arizona's bullpen cart.Godley allowed two hits and improved to 12-6. He struck out the leadoff batter in each of his seven innings.Nick Ahmed hit a two-run double as part of a three-run fourth inning to give Godley more than enough support.Rangers starter Bartolo Colon (5-10) was knocked around for five runs and seven hits in five innings. Colon was bidding for career win No. 246, which would have given him the most career wins for a pitcher from Latin America, but came up short in his fifth attempt at the record.A. J. Pollock's first-inning homer cleared the high wall in center field, his 15th of the year and the 24th that Colon has allowed.Arizona took a 2-0 lead on Paul Goldschmidt's two-out double to drive in Jon Jay in the third inning, then Ahmed made it 4-0 in the fourth when he lined his double into the left field corner to score Steven Souza Jr. and Daniel Descalso.Jay singled in Ahmed before the inning ended, and Ahmed raced home on a wild pitch in the sixth to make it 6-0.The Rangers' four-game winning streak came to an end.BIG LEAGUE DEBUTLeft-hander Jeffrey Springs came on for Colon in the sixth for his major league debut after being called up from Triple-A Ro und Rock earlier in the day. Springs allowed a run on one hit, a walk and a wild pitch, but recorded his first three career strikeouts in two innings of work.TRAINER'S ROOMRangers: RHP Chris Martin was activated from the 10-day disabled list after the trade of Diekman and pitcher Keone Kela to Pittsburgh.Diamondbacks: OF David Peralta was held out of the lineup with right shoulder tightness for the second straight night. ... RHP Shelby Miller was transferred to the 60-day disabled list with elbow inflammation as part of the roster move to make room for Ziegler. ... LHP Andrew Chafin was placed on the paternity leave list.UP NEXTRangers: RHP Yovani Gallardo (5-1) faces Baltimore at home on Thursday after Wednesday's day off.Diamondbacks: RHP Zack Greinke (12-5) pitches the opener of a four-game series against San Francisco on Thursday. He's 12-2 in 18 career starts against the Giants.---More baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball

MLB Game Recap: Miami Marlins (6) vs. Atlanta Braves (11) - 7/31/2018

MLB Game Recap: Miami Marlins (6) vs. Atlanta Braves (11) - Date: 7/31/2018 Braves support Allard's debut with 19 hits, top Marlins 11-66m ago. 2 min read ATLANTA Kolby Allard, supported by a 19-hit attack that included three home runs, won his major league debut and the Atlanta Braves beat the Miami Marlins 11-6 on Tuesday night.Kurt Suzuki hit a three-run double in Atlanta's five-run fourth.Ronald Acuna Jr. drove in two runs with three hits, including a leadoff homer in the first. Nick Markakis added a two-run homer and Johan Camargo also homered.Ender Inciarte had four hits and Freddie Freeman drove in a run on three hits.Allard (1-0), a 2015 first-round draft pick, allowed five runs, four earned, on nine hits and two walks in five-plus innings. Luke Jackson pitched three perfect innings with four strikeouts.The Braves, who have won three straight, remained one-half game behind first-place Philadelphia in the NL East. J. NBC Sports Picks. T. Realmuto homered in the fifth off Allard, who was pulled after giving up three straight hits, including a run-scoring single by Magneuris Sierra, to open the sixth. Sierra drove in two runs with three hits.Allard singled in his first major league at-bat after collecting only one hit in 39 at-bats in his minor league career.Allard also reached base in the fourth, when first baseman Miguel Rojas bobbled his bunt following back-to-back doubles by Inciarte and Dansby Swanson. Winning Sports Handicappers. The error helped to set up the Braves' five-run inning, capped by Suzuki's bases-loaded, three-run double past third baseman Martin Prado.Dan Straily (4-5) allowed eight runs, five earned, on 11 hits in 3 2/3 innings.Allard became the second 20-year-old to start a game for the ''Baby Braves'' this season, follow ing Mike Soroka, who made five starts. Acuna also is 20.Each team was busy at the trade deadline before the game.The Marlins obtained prospects in deals that sent outfielder Cameron Maybin to Seattle and reliever Brad Ziegler to Arizona.The Braves acquired right-handers Kevin Gausman and Darren O'Day from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for four prospects. Atlanta optioned outfielder Michael Reed to Triple-A Gwinnett to clear a roster spot for outfielder Adam Duvall, acquired from Cincinnati late Monday night.The start of the game was delayed 1 hour, 27 minutes by rain.TRAINER'S ROOMMarlins: RHP Tayron Guerrero (left lumbar strain) came off the disabled list and was clocked at 102 mph before giving up Camargo's homer in the sixth. Guerrero will move into what manager Don Mattingly said will be a ''high-leverage spot ... some tough innings and some tough assignments'' following the Ziegler trade.Braves: RHP Arodys Vizcaino, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list on July 14 for the second time this season with right shoulder inflammation, is ''still a long ways from starting to throw,'' manager Brian Snitker said. Vizcaino has 15 saves and a 1.65 ERA. ... RHP Peter Moylan (right forearm strain) was placed on the 10-day disabled list.UP NEXTMarlins: RHP Pablo Lopez (2-2, 5.34 ERA) will make his sixth career start in Wednesday night's final game of the series. It will be his first start against Atlanta.Braves: RHP Anibal Sanchez (5-3, 3.00) is 1-0 with a 1.64 ERA in three career games against Miami.---More baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball

MLB Game Recap: Cleveland Indians (6) vs. Minnesota Twins (2) - 7/31/2018

MLB Game Recap: Cleveland Indians (6) vs. Minnesota Twins (2) - Date: 7/31/2018 Encarnacion, Ramirez lead Indians past Twins, 6-221m ago. 2 min read MINNEOLIS Jose Ramirez and Edwin Encarnacion combined to drive in five runs and Trevor Bauer earned his 10th win as the Cleveland Indians beat the Minnesota Twins 6-2 on Tuesday.One day after hitting a pair of homers against the Twins, Ramirez's bat stayed hot at Target Field. He drove in a run with a double in the third inning and added an RBI single in the fifth as part of a three-hit night.Bauer went 6 1/3 innings for Cleveland and gave up two runs on four hits. It was the first time all season Bauer issued more walks (4) than strikeouts (3).The three-strikeout performance snapped a streak of 12 consecutive starts with at least seven strikeouts for Bauer.The Twins started Ehire Adrianza at second base after trading Brian Dozier earlier in the day to the Los Angeles Dodgers. D ozier had spent seven seasons in Minnesota. Adrianza was hitless in two at-bats before being pinch hit for in the ninth.Gibson gave up three runs on five hits in six innings to earn his second loss in his last three starts.Miguel Sano doubled in the second inning and eventually scored the game's first run on a sacrifice fly by Jake Cave. NHL Handicappers. The Twins didn't get another hit until Logan Morrison's solo homer off Bauer in the sixth cut Cleveland's lead to 3-2.Encarnacion's two-out bloop to right scored a pair in the seventh to give the Indians a 5-2 cushion. He added an RBI on a fielder's choice in the ninth inning. Encarnacion now has 76 RBI on the year, two behind Ramirez for the team lead.MAY RETURNS TO THE TWINSMinnesota right-hander Trevor May is back in the major leagues for the first time since 2016. He missed all of 2017 following Tommy John surgery on his right elbow and p itched for Triple-A Rochester this year before officially being recalled Tuesday by the Twins.May was both a starter and a reliever for Minnesota in 2014 and 2015 but pitched exclusively out of the bullpen in 2016. He made four starts and nine relief appearances this season for Rochester before getting recalled.''I think we all know that I have that versatility, and we talk about that quite a bit,'' May said Tuesday. ''At the moment, I like just getting the ball and letting it rip. I think that I have the mentality to take the ball at the end of the game and close the door.'' May made his season debut in the ninth inning, allowing one run on two hits.TRAINERS ROOMIndians: RHP Josh Tomlin (right hamstring) threw two 15-pitch innings in a simulated game Tuesday and will pitch Friday for Triple-A Columbus in a rehab start, manager Terry Francona said Tuesday. Sports Handicapper Picks. T omlin will throw two innings in his rehab outing.Twins: CF Byron Buxton, currently playing for Triple-A Rochester, reaggravated his injured wrist Monday and will be evaluated further. Winning Sports Handicappers. Twins manager Paul Molitor said it's likely Buxton will land on the minor league disabled list.UP NEXTIndians: RHP Carlos Carrasco starts the series finale for Cleveland, having won four of his last five starts.Twins: LHP Adalberto Mejia is making just his third start of the year for the Twins, all of which have been since June 30.

MLB Game Recap: Kansas City Royals (4) vs. Chicago White Sox (2) - 7/31/2018

MLB Game Recap: Kansas City Royals (4) vs. Chicago White Sox (2) - Date: 7/31/2018 O'Hearn homers as Royals beat White Sox 4-210m ago. 3 min read CHICAGO Ryan O'Hearn hit a two-run homer in his major league debut, helping Danny Duffy and the Kansas City Royals beat the Chicago White Sox 4-2 on Tuesday night.Brett Phillips also hit a two-run shot for last-place Kansas City, which had dropped four of five. Duffy (7-9) pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings, rebounding nicely from a rocky start against Detroit.It was Phillips' first hit since he was acquired Friday in the trade that sent third baseman Mike Moustakas to Milwaukee. Phillips had to use Hunter Dozier's bat for his Kansas City debut Sunday against the Yankees after his lumber got lost while he was flying to New York to join his new team.He was reunited with his bats in time for the series opener against Chicago, and he looked quite comfortable on his fifth care er homer in the seventh.The White Sox lost for the fifth time in six games. Game Fixing. They wasted prime scoring opportunities in the fourth and eighth, and another threat in the sixth was curtailed by a mental mistake by Tim Anderson - prompting manager Rick Renteria to replace the young shortstop.Matt Davidson hit a two-run shot in the seventh for his eighth homer against the Royals this season. But Tim Hill got one out, Jason Hammel worked a rocky eighth and Wily Peralta finished for his sixth save.O'Hearn bounced to first in his first at-bat in the second. He came up again with one out and a runner on first in the fifth, and drove a 1-0 pitch from James Shields (4-13) over the wall in right.O'Hearn, an eighth-round pick in the 2014 draft, was promoted from Triple-A Omaha before the game. He turned 25 on Thursday.''It's been a lot of years in the making,'' he said before his debut.O 'Hearn also walked and scored on Phillips' homer.Duffy allowed six hits, struck out seven and walked four. Profitable Sports Handicappers. The left-hander went 3-2 with a 3.38 ERA in six July starts.Duffy got some help when the speedy Anderson failed to run out a low liner to third baseman Rosell Herrera with runners on first and second in the sixth. Basketball Handicappers. Third base umpire Lance Barksdale ruled the ball hit the ground - it looked as if it might have been caught cleanly - and Herrera threw late to second.But Whit Merrifield just jogged over and lobbed the ball to first baseman Lucas Duda for the final out of the inning. Renteria then put Nicky Delmonico in left and moved Leury Garcia to shortstop before the start of the seventh.ABOUT THAT DEADLINEThe White Sox acquired minor league left-hander Hunter Schryver from Tampa Bay for $1 million in international signing bonus pool money. Schryver, a seventh-round pick in the 2017 draft out of Villanova University, was assigned to Class A Winston-Salem.The Royals did not make a trade in the final hours before the non-waiver deadline. They dealt veteran third baseman Mike Moustakas to Milwaukee on Friday.TRAINER'S ROOMRoyals: OF Brian Goodwin was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a left groin strain. Goodwin got hurt running the bases on Saturday night against the Yankees. ''It's a mild strain,'' manager Ned Yost said. Goodwin is 8 for 17 with a homer and four RBIs in five games with Kansas City after he was acquired in a trade with Washington. ... INF Cheslor Cuthbert, who is out with a lower back strain, was transferred to the 60-day DL.White Sox: OF Luis Robert, one of Chicago's top prospects, was slated to begin a rehab assignment with the Arizona League White Sox. Robert had been sidelined by a left thumb injury.UP NEXTJ akob Junis (5-11, 5.06 ERA) and Dylan Covey (4-6, 5.40 ERA) pitch Wednesday night in a matchup of struggling right-handers. Junis is 0-8 with a 6.98 ERA in his last nine starts for Kansas City. Covey has one win and an 8.73 ERA over his last seven starts.---Jay Cohen can be reached at http://www.twitter.com/jcohenap---More baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball

MLB Game Recap: Colorado Rockies (6) vs. St Louis Cardinals (3) - 7/31/2018

MLB Game Recap: Colorado Rockies (6) vs. St Louis Cardinals (3) - Date: 7/31/2018 Blackmon, Gonzalez HR to power Rockies past Cardinals 6-36m ago. 3 min read ST. LOUIS Charlie Blackmon and Carlos Gonzalez each went deep, Jon Gray pitched into the eighth inning and the Colorado Rockies beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-3 on Tuesday night.Gray (9-7) struck out five over 7 1/3 innings, helping Colorado finish the month 17-6. Gray allowed three runs, two earned, with four hits and two walks.Wade Davis got his 31st save in 35 opportunities with a 1-2-3 ninth inning.Colorado went ahead 2-1 on Blackmon's homer in the fifth. Ryan McMahon led off with a walk, and with two outs, Blackmon hit a 1-2 pitch into the right field bleachers. Blackmon's homer extended his hitting streak to 13 games.The Rockies added two runs in the sixth to chase starter Jack Flaherty (4-6). Gonzalez walked with one out and Trevor Story doubled. Story has te am-leading 69 RBIs.Chasen Shreve, making his first appearance for St. Louis since coming over in a July 28 trade with the Yankees, gave up a double to Gerardo Parra.Colorado's final two runs came when Gonzalez lined a homer just inside the right field foul pole off John Brebbia. Ian Desmond, who drew a one-out walk, scored ahead of Gonzalez.Matt Carpenter led off with a home run, sending an 0-2 pitch into the right field seats. It was Carpenter's seventh leadoff home run this season and the 22nd of his career. Both of those numbers are St. Louis records. Carpenter leads the Cardinals with 26 home runs.The Cardinals scored two runs in the eighth, cutting the lead to 6-3. St. Louis loaded the bases with one out against Gray. Seung Hwan Oh gave up a sacrifice fly to Carpenter, and a passed ball and throwing error by catcher Tom Murphy allowed Dexter Fowler to score.Flaherty (4-6) pitched 5 1/3 innings. It marked the first time in five starts he pitched into the sixth in ning. He allowed four runs, five hits and two walks. He struck out seven.TRADE WINDSCardinals: St. Louis traded outfielder Tommy Pham and international bonus slot allotment to Tampa Bay for outfielder Justin Williams, left-hander Genesis Cabrera and right-hander Roel Ramirez. Hockey Handicappers. The 30-year-old Pham has been a member of the Cardinals organization since being drafted in 2006. He was batting .248 this season with 14 home runs and 41 RBIs. St. Louis also acquired minor league outfielders Conner Capel and Jhon Torres from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for Triple-A outfielder Oscar Mercado.ROSTER MOVESCardinals: St. Louis recalled rookie outfielder Tyler O'Neill and left-handed reliever Tyler Webb from Triple-A Memphis on Tuesday.TRAINERS ROOMRockies: RHP Chad Bettis (middle finger blister) will make another rehab start Thursday for Triple-A Albuquerque. If he does well with no problems, he could return to the big club as either a starter or a reliever, Rockies manager Bud Black said. Bettis hasn't pitched in the major league since July 1.Cardinals: RHP Carlos Martinez (right shoulder strain) was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Tuesday and had an MRI. President of baseball operations John Moseliak said the team does not believe the injury is season-ending and Martinez will be able to pitch again. ''We're hoping it's no longer than two or three starts,'' Mozeliak said. ... 2B Kolton Wong (left knee inflammation) is eligible to come off the DL on Wednesday but likely will be activated Thursday or Friday, Mozeliak said. ... RHP RHP Dominic Leone (right arm nerve irritation) begins a rehab assignment Wednesday at Memphis. Leone has been out since early May.UP NEXTRockies: Kyle Freeland (9-6, 3.13) will be making his first start in St. Louis and second against the Cardinals. He pitched six innings in taking a loss in a 3-0 defeat to St. Louis on May 27, 2017. Point Shaving. The Rockies have won each of his last five starts.Cardinals: RHP Luke Weaver (6-9, 4.70) will make his second career appearance against Colorado. He pitched a career-low two innings in his start in 2016 against the Rockies in an 11-1 loss. In his most recent outing, Weaver pitched six innings and picked up the win in a 5-2 victory over the Cubs.---More baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball

MLB Game Recap: Philadelphia Phillies (3) vs. Boston Red Sox (1) - 7/31/2018

MLB Game Recap: Philadelphia Phillies (3) vs. Boston Red Sox (1) - Date: 7/31/2018 Arrieta helps Phillies end slide with 3-1 win over Red Sox7m ago. 2 min read BOSTON Jake Arrieta struck out seven in seven strong innings and the Philadelphia Phillies snapped a four-game slide with a 3-1 win over the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night.Jorge Alfaro hit an RBI double in the second, Scott Kingery drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the fourth and Carlos Santana added an RBI single for a key run in the ninth after Rhys Hoskins led off with a double.That was all the offense the Phillies would need to earn a split in a two-game visit to Boston despite leaving 13 on base and going 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position.Arrieta (9-6) allowed only one run and six hits to finish July 4-0 in six starts. Sports Handicapper Leaderboard. Tommy Hunter pitched a perfect eighth and Se ranthony Dominguez closed it out for his 11th save, although he did make it interesting by walking J. D. Martinez and hitting Xander Bogaerts with a pitch to open the ninth.Martinez drove in Boston's only run with a double in the sixth after Blake Swihart led off with a single.Drew Pomeranz (1-5) threw five innings and held the Phillies to two runs and three hits, but hurt himself with four walks and two hit batters.Maikel Franco went 2 for 3 and scored twice Philadelphia, which hosts Boston for two games in two weeks.The Phillies scored first on a double to left-center by Jorge Alfaro after Franco walked with one out in the second. Philadelphia added another run in the fourth on a sacrifice fly to center by Scott Kingery. Handicappers Watchdog. The ball wasn't very deep and Bradley had a chance to get Franco tagging up, but his throw was slightly up the third-base line and Franco beat the tag and gave Philad elphia 2-0 lead.Ian Kinsler, making his debut for Boston after coming over in a trade with the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night, singled in the fourth.TRAINER'S ROOMPhillies: Added C Wilson Ramos in a trade with Tampa Bay. Ramos is on the DL with a left hamstring strain and isn't likely to make his debut for the Phillies until mid-to-late August, general manager Matt Klentak said.Red Sox: Placed LHP Chris Sale on the DL with soreness in his throwing shoulder. Free MMA Picks. The move was retroactive to Saturday and Sale could return to the rotation on Aug. 7. . Boston recalled RHP Brandon Workman from Triple-A Pawtucket.UP NEXTPhillies: RHP Nick Pivetta (6-9, 4.85 ERA) gets the start Thursday night in Philadelphia in the opener of a four-game series against the Miami Marlins.Red Sox: LHP Brian Johnson (1-3, 3.45) starts in place of injured Chris Sale on Thursday night against the New York Yanke es and LHP CC Sabathia (6-4, 3.53).---More baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball

MLB Game Recap: Los Angeles Angels (6) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (10) - 7/31/2018

MLB Game Recap: Los Angeles Angels (6) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (10) - Date: 7/31/2018 Rays beat Angels 10-6 despite Trout's 30th homer10m ago. 3 min read ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. After making a series of trades just before the non-waiver trade deadline, the Tampa Bay Rays broke through with a seven-run inning and beat the Los Angeles Angels 10-6 Tuesday night despite Mike Trout's 30th home run.Trout's homer, which came off Ryan Yarbrough in the seventh inning, made him the second major leaguer to hit 30 home runs and steal 20 bases in a season three times before the age of 26. Sports Bettors Email Leads. The only other player to do it was Willie Mays.Yarbrough (10-5) became the first rookie to win 10 games this season despite giving up six runs on nine hits in five innings. He took over in the second inning after Rays starter Ryne Stanek pitched the first.Carlos Gomez had two of the Tampa Bay's six hits in a seven-run fourth inning off Angels starter Tyler Skaggs (8-7). Football Predictions. That inning left the Rays with a 10-1 lead.Matt Duffy had three of the Rays' 14 hits and every hitter in the lineup had a hit by the sixth inning.Jake Bauers' eighth home run got the Rays on the board in the second inning. Kevin Kiermaier tripled and scored in the third to put the Rays up 3-0.Skaggs lasted only 3 1/3 innings in his shortest start of the season, giving up 10 runs. Sports Handicappers Rankings. The left-hander had given up only eight earned runs in his preceding eight starts, which included five wins. Skaggs entered the game with a 2.62 ERA, sixth in the American League, but it rose to 3.34.Kole Calhoun had three hits for the Angels including a two-run homer, his 13th of the season and sevent h in 13 games.TRADE DEADLINE AND BEYONDIn the final hours before the non-waiver trade deadline, the Rays acquired OF Tommy Pham from St. Louis, traded C Wilson Ramos to Philadelphia, and traded RHP Chris Archer to Pittsburgh for OF Austin Meadows and RHP Tyler Glasnow. It was their 17th trade since Jan. 1 involving players on their 40-man roster, one short of the club record for an entire calendar year, set last year.The Rays also traded LHP Hunter Schryver to the Chicago White Sox for international signing bonus pool money. Schryver, 23, is a combined 1-3 with a 2.40 ERA and nine saves in 31 Class A appearances.INFIELD SHUFFLEDavid Fletcher is the regular second baseman in the wake of Ian Kinsler's trade to Boston, manager Mike Scioscia said, and the Angels will ''mix and match'' at third base with Luis Valbuena, Jefry Marte and Kaleb Cowart. Fletcher played shortstop Tuesday night with Andrelton Simmons getting a day off.TRAINERS ROOMAngels: P/DH Shohei Ohtani is ''out to 90 feet'' on his long tosses, according to Scioscia, but will throw longer tosses before any consideration is given to starting the process of his return to the mound. He has not pitched since June 6.Rays: LHP Blake Snell (left shoulder fatigue) will have a bullpen session Wednesday in the hopes of turning to the rotation this coming weekend. Snell last pitched in the All-Star Game on July 17.RAYS TWO-WAY PROSPECTBrendan McKay, Tampa Bay's version of Ohtani, hit .209 with three homers and 14 RBIs through his first 18 games as a 1B/DH since a promotion from Low-A Bowling Green to High-A Charlotte. The left-hander has gone 2-2 with? a 4.10 ERA in six mound appearances, including four starts entering Tuesday.UP NEXTRHP Nick Tropeano (4-5) will pitch for the Angels on Wednesday night against an unnamed Rays pitcher. The newly acquired Pham will be in the lineup, Rays manager Kevin Cash said.

MLB Game Recap: Baltimore Orioles (3) vs. New York Yankees (6) - 7/31/2018

MLB Game Recap: Baltimore Orioles (3) vs. New York Yankees (6) - Date: 7/31/2018 Tanaka extends unbeaten streak to 13, Yanks beat Orioles 6-37m ago. 3 min read NEW YORK Masahiro Tanaka pitched six scoreless innings to extend his unbeaten streak to 13 starts, Miguel Andujar hit a three-run homer and the New York Yankees beat Baltimore 6-3 on Tuesday night after the veteran-shedding Orioles dealt away three more players.Coming off a three-hit shutout of Tampa Bay, Tanaka found his command after a 31-pitch first inning and limited the Orioles to a pair of singles and a double. Picks and Parlays. Tanaka (9-2) struck out eight and walked two, lowering his ERA to 2.00 over his last five starts. He is 7-0 in 13 starts since an April 17 loss against Miami.New York (68-37) moved 31 games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2011 season, beating the Orioles for only the sixth time in 11 meetings this year. Best Sports Picks Service. The Yankees are on their first three-game winning streak since four straight victories from June 18-21.Baltimore (32-75), coming off its first three-game winning streak since mid-May, traded infielder Jonathan Schoop to Milwaukee before the game for infielder Jonathan Villar and a pair of prospects, and dealt pitchers Kevin Gausman and Darren O'Day to Atlanta for four prospects and $2.5 million in international signing bonus allotment.Having previously traded slugging infielder Manny Machado, closer Zach Britton and reliever Brad Brach, the Orioles obtained 15 prospects and $2.75 million in international allotment for six veterans while cutting nearly $29 million in payroll obligations for this year and next.A sign of the Orioles' troubles: first baseman Chris Davis, in the third season of a $161 million, seven-year contract, went 0 for 4 with a pair of strikeouts and is hitting .157. Sports Handicapping Software. That would be by far the lowest average for an official qualifier, breaking the mark of .179 shared by Rob Deer (1991) and Dan Uggla (2013).Run-scoring singles by Gleyber Torres in the first and Greg Bird in the third built a 2-0 lead, and Bird hit a sacrifice fly in the fifth ahead of Andujar's 13th homer. Yefry Ramirez (1-4), coming off his first big league win, allowed all six runs and lasted five innings.Jace Peterson hit a two-run double in the eighth off A. J. Cole, and Peterson scored from second when Dellin Betances' pitch went off the mitt of Kyle Higashioka for a passed ball. Andujar allowed the catcher's throw to bounce off his glove for an error by the third baseman.Aroldis Chapman struck out the side for the second straight game and got his 29th save in 30 chances, his 21st in a row.NOT SLAMMINGSince Bird's grand slam at Baltimore on July 11, the Yankees are 0 for 14 with four sacrifice flies with the bases loaded.SEATSA crowd of 46,473 was New York's 21st home sellout, the most at new Yankee Stadium, which opened in 2009.MOVESBaltimore selected the contract of RHP Cody Carroll from Norfolk and recalled INF Breyvic Valera from the Triple-A club. Carroll has never played in the major leagues.TRAINER'S ROOMYankees: LHP J. A. Happ was diagnosed with hand, foot and mouth disease, and it's not clear whether he will be able to start Saturday at Boston. RHP Luis Cessa was removed after allowing one run and two hits in one inning at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and could get the start against the Red Sox. Newly acquired RHP Lance Lynn, due to report Wednesday, is another possibility. ... OF Clint Frazier is dealing with a migraine issue, not a concussion, according to Yankees GM Brian Cashman.UP NEXTRHP Sonny Gray (8-7, 5.08) starts Wednesday afternoon's series finale for New York and RHP Alex Cobb (2-14, 6.08) for Baltimore. Gray has won three straight starts for the first time in a year. Cobb leads the major leagues in losses after defeats in five straight outings; he opened with three hitless innings in his last outing, against Tampa Bay.---More baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball

MLB Game Recap: New York Mets (4) vs. Washington Nationals (25) - 7/31/2018

MLB Game Recap: New York Mets (4) vs. Washington Nationals (25) - Date: 7/31/2018 Nationals set team scoring record, rout Reyes, Mets 25-45m ago. 1 min read WASHINGTON In the highest-scoring game in franchise history, Daniel Murphy hit two early home runs and the Washington Nationals kept pouring it on against emergency reliever Jose Reyes and the New York Mets in a 25-4 rout Tuesday night.Pitcher Tanner Roark hit a three-run double during a seven-run first inning and Trea Turner had four of Washington's 26 hits. Good Return on Investment. The Nationals set the team scoring mark dating to their days as the Montreal Expos in 1969.It was the Mets' most-lopsided loss in their 57-season history, worse than a 26-7 pounding by Philadelphia in 1985.Reyes made the first pitching appearance of his career, and the 35-year-old infielder got tagged for home runs to Matt Ad ams and Mark Reynolds in a six-run eighth. Sports Handicapper Reviews. Throwing a fastball in the mid-80s mph and a curve in the upper 40s, Reyes gave up five hits and walked two.Reyes also plunked Ryan Zimmerman with a soft toss. After getting hit in the leg, Zimmerman playfully faked a charge toward the mound, drawing a laugh from Reyes.The game got so out of hand, Mets television announcers Keith Hernandez, Ron Darling and Gary Cohen took turns reading verbatim from the team's media guide in the late innings - the SNY network played the theme from ''Masterpiece Theatre'' in the background.

MLB Game Recap: Chicago Cubs (4) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (5) - 7/31/2018

MLB Game Recap: Chicago Cubs (4) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (5) - Date: 7/31/2018 Pirates cap eventful deadline day with 5-4 win over Cubs5m ago. 3 min read PITTSBURGH Gregory Polanco hit his team-leading 19th home run, Francisco Cervelli added his 10th of the season and the Pittsburgh Pirates finished off a frantic trade deadline day with a 5-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night.Hours after trading for Texas closer Keone Kela and Tampa Bay starting pitcher Chris Archer to give their postseason hopes a jolt, the Pirates won for the 16th time in 20 games by getting to Jon Lester (12-4) in the middle innings and holding on late.Polanco's solo homer in the eighth gave Pittsburgh a two-run cushion. Sports Monitor. The Pirates needed it after closer Felipe Vazquez gave up a single to pinch-hitter David Bote leading off the top of the ninth and Addison Russell fo llowed with a shot to the gap in right-center that scored Bote.Russell sped to third on the play and was initially ruled safe, but the call was overturned upon review. Vazquez retired the next two batters to pick up his 24th save in 28 opportunities.David Freese added a pair of RBI doubles for the Pirates, including a drive to the gap in right-center in the fifth that scored Polanco and put Pittsburgh ahead to stay.Jameson Taillon (8-8) allowed three runs on seven hits in 6 2/3 innings of work, his lone mistake an offspeed pitch to Javy Baez in the fourth that Baez turned into a three-run homer that tied the game.Baez finished 3 for 4, including his shot to the rotunda behind the left-field seats that boosted his season home run total to 22, but the Cubs hit into two double plays and left seven runners on base to lose for the third time in four games.Lester hadn't lost on the road since falling to Cleveland on April 25. He needed 101 pitches to labor through five innings , giving up four runs on seven hits with three walks and three strikeouts.The Pirates were reeling three weeks ago but have moved into the playoff chase by posting the best record in the majors (16-4) since July 8.General manager Neal Huntington splurged at the deadline, bringing in Archer and Kela while parting with young prospects in outfielder Austin Meadows and pitchers Tyler Glasnow and Taylor Hearn.Huntington called the decision a difficult one but felt it was worth it with both Archer and Kela under team control through at least 2020. He stressed the moves were made to improve Pittsburgh's fortunes both now and in the future.Either way, the Pirates enter August in the thick of a crowded NL playoff chase. Basketball Handicappers. Ten teams began play Tuesday within 5 1/2 games of a postseason berth.CUBS BOLSTER BULLPENChicago provided the bullpen with some help by acquiring right-handed reliever Brandon Kin tzler from Washington in exchange for minor league pitching prospect Jhon Romero. Kintzler went 1-2 with a 3.59 ERA and two saves in 45 appearances with the Nationals this season.TRAINER'S ROOMCubs: RHP Yu Darvish (right triceps) reported no pain following a bullpen session on Tuesday. Darvish, who hasn't pitched since May 20, called it a ''starting point'' and remains out indefinitely. Free Sports Picks Forum. The four-time All Star also brushed off comments made by former MLB star-turned-ESPN analyst Alex Rodriguez, who said during a broadcast on Sunday night that Darvish's slow rehab was a distraction in the Chicago clubhouse. Darvish said ''it doesn't matter'' what Rodriguez thinks of him. Cubs manager Joe Maddon defended Darvish and called Rodriguez's criticism ''rehearsed.'' UP NEXTCubs: Cole Hamels will make his first start for the Cubs on W ednesday when the teams wrap up their two-game set. Chicago acquired Hamels from Texas last week. The 34-year-old went 5-9 with a 4.72 ERA for the Rangers this season. The four-time All-Star is 3-3 with a 2.93 ERA in 10 career starts against the Pirates, including a 1.22 ERA in five games at PNC Park.Pirates: Nick Kingham (5-5, 4.80 ERA) will try to bounce back after giving up six runs in three-plus innings in a loss to the New York Mets last Thursday.---More baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball

MLB Game Recap: Cincinnati Reds (1) vs. Detroit Tigers (2) - 7/31/2018

MLB Game Recap: Cincinnati Reds (1) vs. Detroit Tigers (2) - Date: 7/31/2018 Boyd throws 8 scoreless innings, Tigers beat Cincinnati 2-15m ago. 2 min read DETROIT Matthew Boyd allowed four hits in eight scoreless innings, and Niko Goodrum homered in the fourth to lift the Detroit Tigers over the Cincinnati Reds 2-1 on Tuesday night.Homer Bailey (1-8) retired his first 11 batters before Goodrum went deep for his 10th home run of the year. Good Return on Investment. The Tigers never gave up the lead. Boyd struck out seven and walked one before being lifted after 105 pitches.Shane Greene allowed a run in the ninth but held on for his 22nd save in 25 chances. Sports Handicapping Monitor. The game took just 2 hours, 18 minutes.Boyd (6-9) won his second straight start after going seven in a row without a victory.Bail ey allowed only a hit and a walk through the first seven innings, but the Tigers added two more hits in the eighth, including an RBI double by Mike Gerber. Bailey did end up with his seventh career complete game and first since 2014.The Reds nearly took the lead in the fourth when Phillip Ervin and Joey Votto hit consecutive one-out doubles, but it appeared Votto's drive might be caught, so Ervin only made it from second to third, and Cincinnati wasn't able to get him home.In the second, Eugenio Suarez was thrown out at the plate by Detroit center fielder JaCoby Jones.Suarez hit a sacrifice fly in the ninth.The Tigers improved to 2-9 in interleague play this year, and the Reds fell to 10-4.DEADLINE DAYDetroit traded outfielder Leonys Martin to Cleveland for a minor league infielder. Point Shaving. That was the only deal for the Tigers on the day of the non-waiver trade deadline.Pitchers Mike Fiers and Franc isco Liriano seemed like potential trade candidates, but nothing came together involving them.''The market was really flooded with a lot of good players,'' Detroit general manager Al Avila said. ''We have some good players, but if you see the list of players that were available, you're talking about, I think it's a record number. I was trying to be optimistic, but at the same time, I knew it was going to be a tough year to make multiple trades.'' Cincinnati traded outfielder Adam Duvall to Atlanta on Monday night, then had a quiet day Tuesday.Detroit recalled Gerber from Triple-A Toledo to take Martin's spot on the roster. The Reds optioned right-handers Lucas Sims and Matt Wisler, who were acquired for Duvall, to Triple-A Louisville. Outfielder Preston Tucker, who Cincinnati also got in that trade, is on the major league roster but did not play Tuesday.TRAINER'S ROOMReds: OF Scott Schebler (right shoulder) went 1 for 5 on Mond ay night as part of a rehab assignment with Louisville.UP NEXTThe Tigers send Fiers (7-6) to the mound Wednesday against Cincinnati's Sal Romano (6-8).---More baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball---Follow Noah Trister at www. Twitter.com/noahtrister

MLB Game Recap: San Francisco Giants (3) vs. San Diego Padres (2) - 7/31/2018

MLB Game Recap: San Francisco Giants (3) vs. San Diego Padres (2) - Date: 7/31/2018 Crawford, Rodriguez key Giants' 3-2 win vs Padres in 108m ago. 1 min read SAN DIEGO Brandon Crawford singled in the go-ahead run with two outs in the 10th inning and the San Francisco Giants got seven strong innings from rookie right-hander Dereck Rodriguez in a 3-2 victory over San Diego on Tuesday, the Padres' seventh straight loss.Andrew McCutchen homered for the Giants, who swept the two-game series and won their third straight game.San Diego dropped to 2-9 since the All-Star break and lost for the 14th time in 16 games. San Diego is 5-20 in July.Evan Longoria tripled leading off the 10th against Phil Maton (0-2) and scored on Crawford's single to right.Tony Watson (4-4) pitched a perfect ninth for the win, and Will Smith pitched the 10th for his sixth save.Rodriguez was in line for his sixth victory against one loss before Reyes Moronta allowed the Padres to tie it at 2 in the eighth on Manuel Margot's RBI grounder.Rodriguez, the son of Hall of Famer Ivan Rodriguez, held San Diego to one run and three hits while striking out a career-high seven and walking three. It was the second time in 10 big league starts that he went seven innings.Rodriguez settled down after allowing Wil Myers' single and Eric Hosmer's RBI double with two outs in the first. Hockey Picks. The Padres got a runner as far as second only one other time against Rodriguez.McCutchen homered to right leading off the fifth versus lefty Clayton Richard, his 11th. Gorkys Hernandez hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth.Richard allowed two runs and five hits in five innings, walked three and struck out one.TRAINER'S ROOMPadres: Placed rookie LHP Eric Lauer on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left forearm and recalled RHP Walker Lockett from Triple-A E l-Paso.UP NEXTGiants: LHP Madison Bumgarner (3-4, 3.06) is scheduled to start the opener of a four-game series at Arizona on Thursday night.Padres: LHP Robbie Erlin (1-3, 3.47) is scheduled to start the opener of a four-game series at the Chicago Cubs on Thursday night. He replaces Luis Perdomo, who went on the disabled list with a shoulder injury Saturday.---More baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball

MLB Game Preview: Houston Astros vs. Seattle Mariners - 7/31/2018 - 10:10 PM EST

MLB Game Preview: Houston Astros vs. Seattle Mariners - Date: 7/31/2018 StubHubStubHubStruggling Astros look to hold off Mariners 33m ago. 2 min read The defending World Series champion Houston Astros aren't used to struggling.And they're struggling right now.Without All-Star middle infielders Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa, who are both on the disabled list, the Astros suffered their season-high fifth straight defeat Monday night, a 2-0 loss to the American League West-rival Seattle Mariners.Left-hander James Paxton, returning from a stint on the 10-day disabled list with lower back stiffness, outdueled Gerrit Cole in the opener of a three-game series at Safeco Field. Cole took a no-hitter into the sixth inning before giving up three straight hits with two outs, the key blow a two-run double by Nelson Cruz."Big picture, we have to get better, obviously. We just got shut out. I know (Monday) we had a little bit of a ro ugh start, but I believe in these guys. Top Rated Sports Handicappers. This is not indicative of anything other than a really rough stretch," Astros manager A. J. Hinch said. "Losing sucks. Free Picks Against the Spread. The frustration is mounting a little bit. Nobody is going to show up feeling great (Tuesday) because of how things have gone, but I think we will be fine." The Mariners have pulled within three games of the division-leading Astros.Houston right-hander Charlie Morton (11-2, 2.89 ERA) is scheduled to take the mound on Tuesday against Seattle right-hander Mike Leake (8-6, 4.15).Morton is 2-2 with a 2.93 ERA in five career starts against the Mariners. He pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing three hits and striking out eight, in a 9-2 victory against them on April 19 in Houston.Leake is 6-5 with a 3.65 ERA in 13 appearances a gainst the Astros, including 11 starts. He took the loss in his only start against Houston this season, suffering a 7-1 road defeat on April 18 in which he allowed five runs on seven hits in six innings despite striking out seven.The Mariners could have two new members joining their bullpen, after general manager Jerry Dipoto made a pair of trades on Monday.Seattle acquired left-hander Zach Duke from the Minnesota Twins and right-hander Adam Warren from the New York Yankees. Make Money Betting Sports. That came after adding right-hander Sam Tuivailala from the St. Louis Cardinals last Friday."Adam Warren's been a very good big league pitcher throughout the course of his career," Dipoto said. "He kind of tends to get lost in the shuffle (with the Yankees), but he's really good and it's not the first time we've tried to acquire him, it's just the first time we've been successful in trying." Duke will give the Mariners a second lefty in the bullpen, along with James Pazos."It's nice to have two," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "You can match up a little earlier sometimes. Pazos had a really good first half, and we used him a lot. He's still been very effective. Paz likes to come right after you. Duke does it a little differently with an array of pitches and angles and slots."

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MLB Game Preview: Milwaukee Brewers vs. Los Angeles Dodgers - 7/31/2018 - 10:10 PM EST

MLB Game Preview: Milwaukee Brewers vs. Los Angeles Dodgers - Date: 7/31/2018 StubHubStubHubBrewers hopeful Miley can continue success vs. Dodgers 12m ago. 2 min read LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers remain confident that Walker Buehler will look more like the rookie pitcher that dominated early in the season when he takes the mound Tuesday against the Milwaukee Brewers.There appears to be far less speculation from the Brewers on what they will get out of left-hander Wade Miley, who is 3-0 in six career starts at Dodger Stadium with a 2.41 ERA.The Dodgers are still waiting for Buehler to round back to form after the young right-hander spent essentially a month away from the club because of a microfracture in his right rib cage. Sports Picking Services. The injury occurred when he was hit by a line drive in June.Buehler did pitch an inning with the Dodgers on June 28 against the Chicago Cubs, but struggled in what was essentially a rehab outing on the major league level. He was immediately sent to Class A Rancho Cucamonga to get back on track.His two starts since returning have yielded mixed results. He held the Los Angeles Angels to two runs over five innings on July 13, but the Philadelphia Phillies scored five runs off him in 4 2/3 innings on Wednesday. Free Picks for Today. The five runs matched a season high.Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Buehler never recovered in that outing from a 13-pitch opening at-bat against the Phillies' Andrew Knapp."I thought Walker still pitched well," Roberts said. "Do I expect him to be even better this time out? Absolutely." There is something about facing the Dodgers that seems to inspire Miley. Not only has he pitched well at Dodger Stadium, but he held the Dodgers to one unearned run over s ix innings on July 20 at Milwaukee.Miley gave up two runs over five innings in a Brewers victory at San Francisco on Thursday.Slugging Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar was given the day off Monday in a nod to his recent struggles but is expected to return to the lineup Tuesday. Aguilar has just six hits over his last 47 at-bats.Aguilar was second in the National League in slugging percentage at .582 at the start of play Monday."I've already passed (this test) before," Aguilar said, according to MLB.com. "Being in Triple-A for three years, it was tough. It kind of you prepares you for things. ... Baseball is up and down, and right now I'm a little bit down. But we're winning games, and that's the most important thing. Now we've got to keep pushing." The Brewers' offense has been led of late by Los Angeles-area native Christian Yelich, who is the most recent National League player of the week after going 15-for-29 in the seven gam es before Monday. He extended his hit streak to 14 games with a double in the first inning Monday as the Brewers earned a 5-2 victory.Manny Machado made his home debut Monday at Dodger Stadium and L. A.'s newest superstar was greeted with a power outage and a 23-minute delay after just one inning. Machado, who made his Dodgers debut last week at Milwaukee, homered in the Dodgers' defeat.

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MLB Game Preview: Philadelphia Phillies vs. Boston Red Sox - 7/31/2018 - 7:10 PM EST

MLB Game Preview: Philadelphia Phillies vs. Boston Red Sox - Date: 7/31/2018 StubHubStubHubRed Sox hoping Pomeranz gets better vs. Phillies 18m ago. 4 min read BOSTON -- There are many around New England who believe the Red Sox should have already run out of patience with Drew Pomeranz and left Brian Johnson in the Red Sox rotation.But the team, knowing how Pomeranz came on and wound up a 17-game winner last year, remain confident the left-hander will again find his way. Todays Free Sports Picks. That's why he starts against the Philadelphia Phillies in the second game of a two-game interleague series at Fenway Park Tuesday night.Pomeranz, hit hard in Baltimore last week in his latest return from the disabled list, will face Jake Arrieta after the Red Sox pulled out a 2-1 victory in the 13th inning Monday night.Before that return by Pomeranz, manager Alex Cora said, "Now that he is back, we have to forget about what happened earlier in the season. It's like trading for somebody right now. If he throws the ball the way he did last year, he's a big plus for us." Then, the Red Sox did trade for a pitcher, bringing Nate Eovaldi in from Tampa Bay for prospect Jalen Beeks. Johnson, who has been strong as a starter this season, was shifted back to the bullpen. At least for now.Pomeranz, 0-2 with a 3.60 ERA in four career starts against Philadelphia (allowing two earned runs or less in each of the last three) comes into this start 1-4 with a 6.91 ERA on the season.He faces Arrieta, looking to finish off a strong July.The veteran righty, a late signing by the Phillies, is 3-0 with a 3.18 ERA in five July starts -- the Phils winning all five games. He is 1-4 with a 5.27 ERA in eight games -- seven starts -- lifetime against the Red Sox, 1-2 with a 5.40 ERA in five games -- four starts -- at Fenway.Tuesday's game will begin s ome three hours after the non-waiver trade deadline and both first-place teams have been involved in deals, rumors and reports concerning additions that could help in the final two months.Late Monday night, the Red Sox landed second baseman Ian Kinsler and cash from the Los Angeles Angels for minor leaguers Ty Buttrey and Williams Jerez.Kinsler provides a replacement for Dustin Pedroia for the rest of the season -- it's not known if Pedroia will return. Kinsler, who hasn't had a great year but does own an .859 OPS since May 28, can be a free agent after the season."That puts us in the spot where Brock (Holt) can be the utility guy where we think he plays a very good role," said Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski. "As does (Eduardo) Nunez -- he can play all over the field for us. Number #1 Sports Handicapping Service. Then when (Rafael) Devers gets back we have the abilit y to go down to 12 pitchers.'Blake Swihart, who came off the bench late, extended his hitting streak to 10 games (only two plate appearances) with a game-winning ground-rule double Monday night -- his first career walk-off hit."We find ways," Cora said after his team increased its lead over the idle New York Yankees to six games atop the American League East -- matching Boston's biggest lead of the season (the Yankees were 7 1/2 games back in April but were in third place).Red Sox starting pitchers have posted a 1.41 ERA (11 ER/70.1 IP) in their last 12 games. According to Elias, that marks the lowest ERA by a Red Sox starting staff over a 12-game period since 7/20-8/3/1933 (1.31).The loss was the fourth in a row for the Phillies, who have scored seven runs in the four games (after hitting a club-record seven homers in their last win) and saw their NL East lead over the winning Atlanta Braves shrink to a half-game.General manager Matt Klentak, who has alrea dy acquired Asdrubel Cabrera from the Mets, was working the phones heading toward the deadline. But manager Gabe Kapler said, "I will reiterate what I've said for the last 10 days: Everything that we need to be successful going forward is in that (clubhouse). We are here in first place because of the men in that room, and, again, if they take a small step forward, continue their development and get a little better, we win a lot of games from here on out." Eduardo Nunez and Mitch Moreland are both 3-for-8 (.375) against Arrieta, Moreland with a homer. But Xander Bogaerts is 0-for-5, J. D. Martinez 1-for-9 (.111) and Steve Pearce 1-for-7 (.143).The current Phillies roster is just a combined 5-for-23 (.217) against Pomeranz, with Trevor Plouffe 1-for-6 (.167).The interleague series marks the return of 2004 champion and Phillies rookie manager Kapler to Fenway -- where he's working against ex-teammate Cora."I love this ballpark," said Kapler, who play ed four seasons with the Red Sox. "This is a very special, powerful place."

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MLB Game Preview: New York Mets vs. Washington Nationals - 7/31/2018 - 7:05 PM EST

MLB Game Preview: New York Mets vs. Washington Nationals - Date: 7/31/2018 StubHubStubHubMets, Nationals anxiously await trade deadline before series opener 5h ago. 3 min read WASHINGTON -- The mysteries regarding the trade deadline intentions of the New York Mets and Washington Nationals will finally be solved several hours before they play the opener of a two-game series on Tuesday night at Nationals Park.Will the Mets (44-59) part with one of their top-four starting pitchers -- Zack Wheeler or even Jacob deGrom -- for a haul of prospects? Or will they stand pat figuring they can contend next season in a National League East that has several good teams but arguably no great one?Wheeler enhanced his value Sunday with six shutout innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates."It's a top of the rotation guy," Mets pitching coach Dave Eiland told northjersey.com. "People can say he's a solid three or four. He's a solid two, and on some nights he's a (No.1 pitcher)." The questions surrounding the Nationals (52-53) could impact this year's division race. Despite a sub-.500 July (10-14 with one game remaining), Washington is keeping pace with the first-place Philadelphia Phillies.Do they go all in and trade top prospects for Miami Marlins catcher J. Basketball Predictions. T. Realmuto? Or do they go part way in the other direction, trading one or more of their relievers with expiring contracts? Or do they rock the baseball world and trade Bryce Harper?The Nationals Park clubhouses will be buzzing Tuesday afternoon. And all that is in addition to Washington shortstop Trea Turner meeting the media for the first time since racially insensitive and homophobic tweets from his past came to light on Sunday.Turner apologized for his "insensitive and offensive language on Twitter" in statement issued by the team."I am sincerely sorry for those tweets and apologize wholeheartedly," he said. "I believe people who know me understand those regrettable actions do not reflect my values or who I am. But I understand the hurtful nature of such language and am sorry to have brought any negative light to the Nationals organization, myself or the game I love." Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said in a statement he had spoken to Turner about the tweets.Weather and roster moves permitting, Mets left-hander Steven Matz (5-8, 3.79 ERA) will oppose right-hander Tanner Roark (4-12, 4.55) on Tuesday night.Roark picked up his first win since June 6 with a stellar eight-inning effort against the Milwaukee Brewers his last time out. He allowed no runs and three hits while striking out 11 and walking one."(I was) just slow, slower. Gambling Profit. Try to think not to be too quick to the plate," R oark told the Washington Post. "I had to let my foot, my leg, fire before I go. Unless I get behind the ball, it's flat." Roark had allowed four or more earned runs in five of his previous six starts.The Nationals have lost all three of Roark's starts against the Mets this season, with the right-hander allowing 11 runs in 17 innings. For his career, Roark is 7-3 with a 3.30 ERA in 20 games, 14 of them starts.Matz has allowed nine runs in 11 innings of his last two starts. He gave up four runs and three hits in six innings against the Pirates in his most recent outing. He struck out nine and walked two in a 12-6 Mets win and retired the final 10 batters he faced."I definitely felt like I settled in," Matz, who noted that he was sluggish while warming up before the game, told Newsday. "It was almost like I got a little tired and I was able to stay smooth instead of muscle up a little bit. And that works for me. It helped me out for sure." He has allowed six earned runs in 15 innings of three starts against Washington this season. Matz is 1-3 with a 2.64 ERA in seven starts against the Nationals.

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MLB Game Preview: Texas Rangers vs. Arizona Diamondbacks - 7/31/2018 - 9:40 PM EST

MLB Game Preview: Texas Rangers vs. Arizona Diamondbacks - Date: 7/31/2018 StubHubStubHubRangers' Beltre plays Diamondbacks amid trade rumors 5m ago. 3 min read It looked like more and more likely that third baseman Adrian Beltre and relief pitcher Keone Kela would still be with the Texas Rangers after the trade deadline Tuesday, when they leave the Valley of the Sun after the second of a two-game series with Arizona.Kela, however, is bound for Pittsburgh, inclved in a late trade Monday night for two players to be named.Texas won the series opener 9-5 against the Diamondbacks on Monday in the first game between the two teams since 2015. It was the Rangers' fifth straight win and snapped a three-game victory streak for the Diamondbacks.The Rangers will send ageless right-hander Bartolo Colon (5-9, 5.02 ERA) to the hill in the series finale while Arizona will counter with right-hander Zack Godley (11-6, 4.73).Texas parted w ith Kela, who's been great as the Rangers' closer this season, in a trade called "challenging" by Rangers general manager Jon Daniels."Keone has been awesome the last couple years, a dominant closer for us," Daniels said. "Ultimately felt, where we are, it made sense to consider these kind of deals where we can get multiple players." The 25-year-old Kela has 24 saves and a 3.44 ERA this season.Kela, a Texas native, learned of the deal after being called from the bullpen in the seventh inning Monday night."I'm still a little shocked, but I'm excited that it's a new beginning, a new journey that I get to venture into," he said. "Just forever grateful for the opportunity to play here in Texas, all the support from the fans." And as for Beltre, Texas would only consider sending him to a team that has a legitimate chance to win the World Series. Sports Experts. The Braves, Red Sox and Indians would be great landing spots for him but there is nothing eminent and the clock is ticking."My head tells me any ballclub that's in a position of the (postseason) hunt would definitely want Adrian on their team," Texas manager Jeff Banister said about Beltre prior to Monday's game."But the value of having Adrian on this team is invaluable. I know (Daniels) and Adrian have a solid relationship and the two of them have communicated on this quite a bit." The Diamondbacks are hopeful that third baseman Jake Lamb's left shoulder injury is not serious. Lamb injured the shoulder on Thursday while diving for a ball at Wrigley Field.Earlier this season, Lamb injured the same shoulder diving for a popup and missed six weeks in the aftermath. Free Sport Pick. The latest injury is not expected to be as serious, according to Arizona team physician Gary Was lewski.Also on the injury front, Arizona left fielder David Peralta left Sunday's game in San Diego with tightness in the back of his right shoulder. On Monday, he said he was feeling better, and after taking some swings in the batting cage, he declared himself able to pinch-hit if needed."It's not a big deal," Peralta told MLB.com. "I'm good. Profitable Handicappers. They did all the tests with my shoulder and my rotator and everything is strong. That's why I'm not worried about anything." The 45-year-old Colon will make his 22nd appearance and 20th start of the season on Tuesday. He enters the start with 245 career wins, tied with Nicaragua's Dennis Martinez for most in MLB history by a native of Latin America and will be making a fifth attempt at the record, as he has gone 0-4, with a 5.96 ERA in his last four outings.Colon will be working on regular four days' res t after taking the loss in the Rangers' 7-6 setback on Thursday at home versus Oakland. He has compiled a 1-2 record with a 3.94 ERA in five career starts against Arizona, earning the win in his most recent start on Aug. 20, 2017 in a 12-5 Minnesota victory in which Twins supported him with nine runs in the first inning.Colon is winless in three career starts at Chase Field, going 0-2 with a 4.32 ERA. He needs a win to tie Justin Verlander for the most ever in interleague play. Verlander has 32.Godley Is tied for fifth in the National League in wins. He did not factor in the decision in his second straight start on July 26 at the Cubs, allowing four runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings.Godley Is 5-2 with a 3.88 ERA and 57 strikeouts in 10 games (nine of them starts) at Chase Field in 2018. He has never faced the Rangers but has gone 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA in two career interleague starts, losing on July 19, 2016 against the Blue Jays and beating Detroit on May 10, 2017, wi th both of those games at home.

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MLB Game Preview: Cleveland Indians vs. Minnesota Twins - 7/31/2018 - 8:10 PM EST

MLB Game Preview: Cleveland Indians vs. Minnesota Twins - Date: 7/31/2018 StubHubStubHubTwins' Gibson could be dealt before facing Indians 44m ago. 2 min read MINNEAPOLIS -- With his name among those mentioned as Major League Baseball's non-waiver trade deadline approaches, Kyle Gibson is slated to start Tuesday night against Cleveland at Target Field.Gibson (5-7, 3.42 ERA) has been among the Minnesota Twins' more consistent performers this season and with two more seasons of team control, he's been an attractive target for contenders looking to bolster their rotations for a stretch run.Minnesota, which comes into Game 2 of the series eight games behind the Indians in the AL Central, has been an active seller over the last few days. Shortstop Eduardo Escobar was first, going to Arizona late last week. Free Sport Pick. Then Ryan Pressly was dealt to Housto n and Zach Duke to Seattle.The Twins swung another deal Monday, moving right-hander Lance Lynn to the Yankees and still have until 3 p.m. Hot Sports Handicappers. Tuesday to entertain offers on the rest of their players -- including Gibson."I don't know if expect is the right word," manager Paul Molitor said when asked if more moves were coming. "Just kind of holding steady until something else ... if news comes across, you know we're talking. Obviously, teams are out there trying to do a lot of things, the teams that are trying to make acquisitions."I wouldn't say it's an expectation. I'm just like everybody else, not sure which way it's going to go and which way teams are going to decide to do this. Who they are going to try to pick off, who might be available." Cleveland's front office will be working the phones ahead of the deadline, too. Outfield help is hig h on the wish list and the team is believed to be among those checking in on the availability of Nationals' superstar Bryce Harper.Reports have also inked the Indians to Detroit's Leonys Martin and Nick Castellanos, Cincinnati's Billy Hamilton, Toronto's Curtis Granderson and Derek Dietrich of the Marlins."I don't want to get too in-depth in what they're talking about trade-wise," Cleveland manager Terry Francona told MLB.com. "That's why I try to be pretty consistent. Soccer Tipsters. The guys we have, I never, ever want to be like, 'We need that,' because that's going to directly tell somebody out in the clubhouse (I don't think they can get the job done). And I don't feel that way."Like I've said, if we make a trade that helps us, good. If we don't, good, because I feel like (the front office) already helped us." Cleveland sends right -hander Trevor Bauer to the mound Tuesday. Bauer struck out 10 and held the Pirates scoreless over seven-plus innings in his last outing and has been one of the best road starters in baseball this season, posting a 2.64 ERA in 11 starts away from Progressive Field.In eight career appearances (seven starts) at Target Field, Bauer is 2-2 with a 4.46 ERA and 4-7 with a 4.84 mark in 17 career appearances (16 starts) against the Twins.

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MLB Game Preview: Toronto Blue Jays vs. Oakland Athletics - 7/31/2018 - 10:05 PM EST

MLB Game Preview: Toronto Blue Jays vs. Oakland Athletics - Date: 7/31/2018 StubHubStubHubA's, Jays face each other amid trade rumors 32m ago. 2 min read OAKLAND, Calif. -- Two teams that figure to be active right up to the Tuesday afternoon trade deadline duel for the second time in two days shortly thereafter when the Toronto Blue Jays and Oakland Athletics continue their three-game series.The A's rebounded from an offensive slump in Colorado with a two-homer, 10-run explosion Monday night in a 10-1 win in the opener of an eight-game homestand.The Blue Jays took the field shortly after the announcement of their third trade in the past week, sending suspended pitcher Roberto Osuna to the Houston Astros for three players, including former closer Ken Giles.Giles might be in uniform for Tuesday's game in Oakland, and if so would join infielder Brandon Drury, acquired last week from the New York Yankees, as Blue Jays newc omers.Drury played his fourth game for Toronto on Monday night, going 0-for-4. He'd gone 2-for-8 in his first three games.Rumors have swirled around several other Blue Jays, and in the other direction for the A's, who some expect to be buyers before the deadline.The A's are said to be exploring options in starting pitching.Oakland surely doesn't need an upgrade for Monday's starter, Edwin Jackson, who lowered his ERA since being plucked by the A's from the scrap heap in June to 3.32 with 5 2/3 shutout innings in the 10-1 win.The A's took time after the game to celebrate Jackson's 100th career win, one that manager Bob Melvin thought was significant for more than just one guy."Important win for us today," he assured of a team that had been held to four runs in the three frustrating defeats at Colorado. "We can score some runs. Good night all around for the A's." Right-hander Trevor Cahill (2-2, 3.43), one of the A's starters who find themselves with an uncertain future given the possible additions at the trade deadline, will attempt to follow up Jackson's gem with one of his own.Cahill is coming off his worst of three starts since returning from an Achilles injury, having allowed five runs and seven hits in a 7-6 win over Texas last Thursday.The 30-year-old hasn't fared well against the Blue Jays in the past, going 1-3 with a 6.83 ERA in five career starts.In fact, Cahill has never retired Drury in his pre-Toronto days, with the former Arizona Diamondback and Yankee recording a single and three walks in four plate appearances.Right-hander Sam Gaviglio (2-3, 4.65), acquired in March from Kansas City, will oppose Cahill for the Blue Jays, having won winless in his last 11 starts dating back to May 25.He pitched one of his best games of the season against Oakland on May 19, throwing 5 1/3 innings of shutout ball. He did not get a decision in a 5-4 loss.He's 0-1 with a 6.30 ERA in two career starts against the A's.Of course, the Blue Jays didn't have Giles in their bullpen for Gaviglio's earlier outing against the A's this season.The right-hander saved 34 games for the Astros last season, and had 12 more this season before losing his job.

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MLB Game Preview: Colorado Rockies vs. St Louis Cardinals - 7/31/2018 - 8:15 PM EST

MLB Game Preview: Colorado Rockies vs. St Louis Cardinals - Date: 7/31/2018 StubHubStubHubOzuna giving Cardinals a surge of power vs. Rockies 16m ago. 2 min read The guy the St. Louis Cardinals acquired in the offseason to give their offense a power surge may finally be about to provide it.Left fielder Marcell Ozuna walked the Colorado Rockies off in Monday night's series opener, cracking a one-out solo homer in the bottom of the 10th for a 5-4 win. It was the third straight game in which Ozuna homered, giving him 13 for the year.That's still a far cry from the 37 he slugged last year for Miami, but with St. Louis still in contention for a playoff spot, Ozuna's sudden longball streak bodes well. He'll try to continue it Tuesday in game two of the four-game set at Busch Stadium."I just stayed on it and took a regular swing," he said to Fox Sports Midwest moments after the first walkoff blast of his career. "I've been working all the time with the hitting coach, looking for success." Ozuna snapped a stretch of 35 games without a homer with a first-inning grand slam Saturday against the Chicago Cubs' Jose Quintana, then smacked a two-run shot Sunday night off Kyle Hendricks. Ozuna lined out three times and walked Monday night before drilling a Jake McGee fastball over the wall in left-center.Cardinals interim manager Mike Shildt isn't surprised that Ozuna is starting to play pepper with the fans in the bleachers."It's going in a good direction," Shildt said. "He's a talented guy who's getting consistency and good at-bats. He's getting a good pitch to hit and letting his strength play." Ozuna's game-winning clout upped St. Louis to 54-52, allowing it to cap a comeback from a 4-0 fifth-inning deficit on a night where it probably lost starter Carlos Martinez to the disabled list for the third time this year.Martinez fan ned nine over 4 2/3 innings before leaving with a mild right shoulder strain. Shildt said after the game that Martinez would probably miss multiple starts but was hopeful the injury wouldn't be worse.The Cardinals bullpen had to cover 5 1/3 innings following Martinez's departure, and if recent history means anything, might have to work hard again Tuesday night. Starter Jack Flaherty (4-5, 3.28) has lasted past five innings just three times in his last 10 starts.Flaherty was tagged with a 7-3 loss Wednesday in Cincinnati despite fanning eight over five innings, allowing three runs off four hits and two walks. He'll make his first career appearance against Colorado.Jon Gray (8-7, 5.16) will take the mound for the Rockies (57-48), hoping to build on the success of his first two starts since a brief demotion to Triple-A. After stifling Seattle on a run in 7 1/3 innings on July 14, Gray then permitted only one hit and one earned run over seven innings Wednesday agains t Houston, although he settled for a no-decision in Colorado's 3-2 win."We used the curveball tonight and it was a really good tool to get them off the fastball," Gray said to MLB.com about his outing against the Astros.Gray has been battered for 11 runs over 8 1/3 innings in two career starts against the Cardinals, losing his only decision.

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MLB Game Preview: Cincinnati Reds vs. Detroit Tigers - 7/31/2018 - 7:10 PM EST

MLB Game Preview: Cincinnati Reds vs. Detroit Tigers - Date: 7/31/2018 StubHubStubHubReds, Tigers open series after trade deadline 6h ago. 2 min read The specter of the non-waiver trade deadline looms over both the Cincinnati Reds and Detroit Tigers.Players on both sides of those non-contenders can breathe a little easier once it passes by on Tuesday afternoon.Both front offices have been trying to move veteran players for prospects in a buyer's market. Once the uneasiness is lifted at the 4 p.m. ET deadline, the remaining players can get down to business as the Reds visit the Tigers for a two-game series beginning Tuesday night.Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said last week that the players should take a positive view of potentially getting moved to a contender."When somebody wants you, that's a good thing in this game," Gardenhire told the Detroit News. "If someone is interested, and would like to have you p itch (or play) for them, I'm happy for him."This is the time of year, guys, all of them, want to play or get into the playoffs. You never want to stop them if they get that opportunity. I've been there a few times and that's kind of the route you want to go. Free Sport Pick. That's when it's really fun and real entertaining." The scheduled starting pitchers for Tuesday's game haven't experienced much joy this season, but they're both coming off encouraging outings.Reds right-hander Homer Bailey was activated from the disabled list and delivered a quality start. He gave up two runs and five hits with eight strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings against St. Louis on Wednesday. He wound up with a no-decision in a 4-2 extra-innings loss.Bailey threw 115 pitches in his first start since May 28. He was sidelined by right knee inflammation, then appeared in seven minor league games during hi s rehab assignment."I'd rather get a win," Bailey said during his postgame press conference. "We had a couple of pitches working that we were able to get some swings and misses on. Really, there were only a few that they did damage on." Bailey (1-7, 6.29 ERA) had given up at least three earned runs in his last nine starts before the DL stint."That was one of the best starts we have had from anyone all year," Reds interim manager Jim Riggleman said to MLB.com.Bailey has only faced the Tigers once in his career and got a no-decision while allowing three runs in 6 2/3 innings.Detroit starter Matthew Boyd (5-9, 4.53) notched his first victory since June 7 on Wednesday. He held Kansas City to two runs and seven hits in six innings with seven strikeouts. Boyd didn't issue a walk in the 8-4 win."I don't put much weight on the (personal) wins and losses either way," Boyd told the Detroit News. "It's when you don't give your team a chance to win, that's when it hurts you." Boyd found success by working at a quicker pace and relying more on his fastball."What you have to do is speed up hitters," Gardenhire said. "He can locate it pretty good, and when he can pound that fastball in and away, it gets them off his other stuff. It makes him that much better." Boyd lost his lone career start against the Reds, giving up five runs in four innings.

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MLB Game Preview: Miami Marlins vs. Atlanta Braves - 7/31/2018 - 7:35 PM EST

MLB Game Preview: Miami Marlins vs. Atlanta Braves - Date: 7/31/2018 StubHubStubHubAllard set for Braves debut against Marlins 3h ago. 2 min read ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves will give another one of their young pitching prospects an opportunity to showcase their skills as the club continues to pursue its first playoff appearance since 2013.Left-hander Kolby Allard, ranked as the 10th-best left-handed prospect in the major leagues, will make his debut against Miami in the second game of a three-game series on Tuesday night at SunTrust Park. Allard will be opposed by veteran right-hander Dan Straily (4-4, 4.07).Allard is part of a new team strategy to use a six-man rotation. Soccer Picks. The team will call up additional players from the minor leagues to make the additional start in an effort to give the regular rotation an additional day of rest."We w ant to stretch everybody out and give them the extra day," Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said. "It has worked out well for us. Plus, I'm kind of excited about seeing (Allard). He's had a decent year and he's been in the mix for a long time." Allard, 20, was Atlanta's first-round draft pick in 2015. He has spent all season with Triple-A Gwinnett, going 6-4 with a 2.80 ERA in 18 starts. He has 87 strikeouts and 33 walks in 109 1/3 innings.Atlanta is in a stretch of 31 games in 31 days and could use rookie Touki Toussaint, Luiz Gohara and Matt Wisler to get through the busy stretch."Really, until the end of the season, there aren't a lot of off days," Snitker said. "We'll be playing a lot of baseball, so it will be good to have (Allard) in the mix." Straily has been tough on the Braves this season. He's 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA in two starts, striking out 11 and allowing only one homer in 12 innings. In eight career star ts against Atlanta, Straily is 4-2 with a 4.35 ERA.Straily had a stretch of five straight quality starts snapped in his last outing when he allowed three runs and five hits in 5 2/3 innings against Washington. His ERA for July was 2.84 and ranked ninth among National League starters."All the runs I gave up were executed pitches," Straily said. "That's just baseball." There is a chance Straily could be traded before the day is over. He has been rumored to be on the block, with Oakland as a potential destination.The Marlins are also said to be entertaining a trade for right-handed reliever Brad Ziegler. Hot Sports Handicappers. The right-hander has a 0.93 ERA in 29 appearances since June 1. Clubs who have shown interest include Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees and Arizona. Ziegler is in the final year of his contract.The Marlins have been getting good productio n from utility man Derek Dietrich, who played college ball at Georgia Tech. He is 19-for-43 (.441) with four doubles, four homers and nine RBIs in his last 12 road games. He was 1-for-3 with two walks and scored two times in the series opener.The Marlins could be getting close to having Sandy Alcantara back. Sport Handicapping. The right-hander has been out since July 1 with a right armpit infection. He will throw a bullpen session on Tuesday before the club decides to activate him or give him another rehab assignment.

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MLB Game Preview: Kansas City Royals vs. Chicago White Sox - 7/31/2018 - 8:10 PM EST

MLB Game Preview: Kansas City Royals vs. Chicago White Sox - Date: 7/31/2018 StubHubStubHubWhite Sox aim to keep beating Royals 4h ago. 2 min read The Chicago White Sox have been the underdog in the overwhelming majority of their games this season.However, there is an exception to every rule. For the White Sox, that exception is facing the Kansas City Royals, against whom they have played like heavy favorites.Chicago (37-68) will try to keep the one-sided rivalry intact when they open a three-game series against the Royals on Tuesday night at Guaranteed Rate Field. Sports Touts. The series will conclude a six-game homestand for the White Sox.In 10 games against the Royals this year, the White Sox are 7-3 with a whopping run differential of 64-39. Chicago has won two of three home games and five of seven road games against their fellow American League Central club.The most recent series involved two blowouts with the White Sox scoring nine runs in the opener and 10 runs in the finale. Free Pick. The White Sox also scored a season-high 14 runs against the Royals on opening day March 29.Since then, the season has only soured more for Kansas City (32-73), which is on pace for a 113-loss campaign. Sports Handicapper Leaderboard. That would mark the worst season in franchise history, topping the 106-loss effort of 2005.Royals general manager Dayton Moore is not happy about the dreadful season."I'm embarrassed the way our major league team has performed, OK?" Moore said Monday during an interview with MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM, as reported by the Kansas City Star. "I didn't necessarily expect us to be in the playoffs this year, but I didn't expect us to be on pace to lose 100-plus games."That&# 39;s embarrassing to me personally, it's embarrassing to our organization. (Team owner David Glass) doesn't expect that, either, so we've got to do a better job of that. ... (Former Detroit Tigers general manager) Bill Lajoie told me this a long time ago: Major league players aren't paid to play, they're paid to win. And so it's our responsibility to get players on this major league team that understand that, and they have to go out and compete." Royals left-hander Danny Duffy (6-9, 4.70 ERA) will make his 23rd start of the year. In 23 career games (21 starts) against the White Sox, he is 8-6 with a 4.28 ERA. His eight wins against Chicago are the most against any opponent.White Sox right-hander James Shields (4-12, 4.53) also will make his 23rd start. He has faced the Royals (one of his former teams) 15 times in his career, going 9-2 with a 4.08 ERA in 99 1/3 innings.Chicago's big wins over Kansas City have provided bright spots to the club during a trying season."It's not an easy process," White Sox manager Rick Renteria said to the Chicago Sun-Times earlier this month. "All of us share it through the daily grind, and we sure are elated every night that we have a victory and go through the suffering when (we) don't."And then even through a victory and or defeat, you're going through the process of trying to clean up things that occurred during the ballgame to try to make it as an efficient and good a team as possible."

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MLB Game Preview: Los Angeles Angels vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 7/31/2018 - 7:10 PM EST

MLB Game Preview: Los Angeles Angels vs. Tampa Bay Rays - Date: 7/31/2018 StubHubStubHubTrade deadline looms for Rays before series with Angels 3h ago. 2 min read ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- How much different will the Tampa Bay Rays be by the start of Tuesday night's series opener against the Los Angeles Angels?The Rays (53-53) have dropped three straight, allowing at least 11 runs in each of their losses to the Baltimore Orioles, and the Angels (54-53) are coming in from the opposite direction, having won four of five coming in.But Tampa Bay is expected to continue to sell off some of its key assets in advance of Tuesday's trade deadline, potentially including top starter Chris Archer. Sports Bettors Phone Leads. The Rays traded away three pitchers in three days last week, dealing away starter Nathan Eovaldi to the Boston Red Sox, reliever Matt Andriese to the Arizon a Diamondbacks and reliever Jonny Venters to the Atlanta Braves.Tampa Bay had pushed through trade after trade -- the offseason saw Evan Longoria, Corey Dickerson, Jake Odorizzi and Steven Souza all dealt away, then closer Jesus Colome and outfielder Denard Span early this season. Despite all of that turnover and key injuries, the Rays were three games above .500 before the Orioles won three straight.On Tuesday, Tampa Bay will turn to reliever-turned-"opener" Ryne Stanek (1-3, 2.43 ERA), who is coming off a rare bad outing, giving up three runs on two home runs in two innings Saturday against the Orioles. Stanek had allowed three runs in his previous 23 appearances, going back to the beginning of June, and saw his ERA balloon from 1.86 to 2.43 in one appearance.Stanek faced the Angels in May, giving up two runs in a harmless ninth inning of what ended up a 5-3 win for the Rays. Adding in two outings last season, Stanek has a 7.71 career ERA against the Angels with no hits but four walks in his games last year.Los Angeles counters with red-hot Tyler Skaggs, a 27-year-old left-hander who has allowed eight earned runs in his last eight starts, going just 5-2 in that span but lowering his ERA from 3.60 to 2.62 along the way. Baseball Predictions. That ERA is nearly two runs lower than the 4.55 he carried last season and a run under his career mark coming in.Skaggs also pitched well against the Rays this season, taking a shutout into the sixth inning and giving up just one run and six hits while striking out seven. For his career, he's 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA against the Rays, with his other outing in 2014.Angels star Mike Trout has always fared well against the Rays, with a .305 career average and 12 home runs and 27 RBIs in just 154 at-bats. He's even better at Tropicana Field, where he has a .344 average and five home runs in 61 at-bats.Will the Rays make any mor e moves before the first pitch is thrown against the Angels? Tampa Bay's remaining lineup should include former Angels hitter C. J. Cron, who has reset career highs already this season with 22 home runs and 53 RBIs in his first year with the Rays.

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