Friday, May 31, 2019

MLB Game Recap: Miami Marlins (2) vs. San Diego Padres (5) - 5/31/2019

MLB Game Recap: Miami Marlins (2) vs. San Diego Padres (5) - Date: 5/31/2019 Padres hit 3 homers to back Lucchesi in 5-2 win vs MarlinsSAN DIEGO Three solo home runs were enough to power the San Diego Padres past the Miami Marlins.Franmil Reyes, Hunter Renfroe and Ian Kinsler homered, and left-hander Joey Lucchesi combined with two relievers on a four-hitter for his first victory in six starts to lead the San Diego Padres to a 5-2 victory Friday night.''We thrive with the long ball and we've got the guys who can hit them,'' manager Andy Green said. ''You have to embrace who you are. We've got a lot of slug as a club. It's nice when you get guys on base and hit two- and three-run homers, but solos did it today.'' Lucchesi certainly enjoyed the power display.''I love it. I love when guys hit them,'' the big lefty said. ''It makes them feel good, it makes us feel g ood. It's great.'' Lucchesi (4-3) hadn't won since beating Cincinnati at home on April 21. He retired his first seven batters before allowing a double by Miguel Rojas in the third. He then retired eight straight before allowing a home run by pinch-hitter Rosell Herrera with one out in the sixth. Lucchesi struck out five and walked one.Craig Stammen pitched 1 2/3 hitless innings, Phil Maton allowed two singles to open the Marlins' ninth and Kirby Yates came on to get the final three outs for his 22nd save, best in the majors.Herrera was pinch-hitting for lefty Caleb Smith (3-3), who lost his third straight decision after allowing two runs and three hits in five innings. He struck out eight and walked two.''I thought he threw the ball really well,'' manager Don Mattingly said. ''Gives up the two solos, but I think we saw the finish that we talked about before, more swing and miss. Definitely a lot better out of Caleb tonight.' 9; The Padres ''don't really chase too far out of the zone,'' Mattingly said. ''They've got swing and miss but they don't chase all over the place, so there were a lot of deep counts and you've got to make pitches, so we know they're dangerous from that standpoint.'' Reyes homered on a line shot to left with one out in the first, his 16th. Renfroe hit a moonshot into the second balcony on the Western Metal Supply Co. Building in the left-field corner with one out in the fourth for his 15th.''I felt like my stuff was pretty good,'' Smith said. ''Just made a couple mistakes and I've got to stop giving up the long ball.'' Kinsler homered off Austin Brice with one out in the seventh for his seventh.TRAINER'S ROOMMarlins: Placed 1B Neil Walker on the 10-day injured list with a strained right quad and recalled INF JT Riddle from Triple-A New Orleans.Padres: Manager Andy Green said rookie SS Fernando Tatis Jr. could begin a rehab assignment next week, depending on how he fares in extended spring games this weekend. He has been out since straining his left hamstring on April 28.UP NEXTMarlins: RHP Jose Urena (3-6, 4.11) is scheduled to start the middle game of the series, his 12th of the season.Padres: Rookie LHP Nick Margevicius (2-5, 4.96) is scheduled to make his 10th big league start.---More MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/-Sports

MLB Game Recap: Philadelphia Phillies (3) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (6) - 5/31/2019

MLB Game Recap: Philadelphia Phillies (3) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (6) - Date: 5/31/2019 Dodgers rip 4 HRs, beat Phillies 6-3 in matchup of NL's bestLOS ANGELES The Dodgers ended the month of May with a 19-7 record and their stellar play is bringing back memories of 2017.That's when they won a major league-best 104 games and advanced to their first World Series since 1988.''Kind of clicking on all cylinders,'' Corey Seager said. ''You don't have to be the guy. Everybody understands that.'' The Dodgers proved it Friday night.Max Muncy, Joc Pederson, Seager and Enrique Hernandez homered, powering Los Angeles to a 6-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies in the opener of a series matching the National League's best teams.The West-leading Dodgers improved to a major league-best 23-7 at home and have won 11 of their last 15 at Chavez Ravine against the East-leading Phillies.The Dodgers ' 39 victories lead the NL and they enter June 20 games over .500 for the first time since June 1978.''If we get a few things tightened up, we'll be even better,'' said bench coach Bob Geren, who ran the team in place of manager Dave Roberts.The Dodgers rapped out 12 hits while limiting the Phillies to five, two of which came in the ninth.''Sucks to lose,'' Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. ''At the same time we understand that in order for us to beat clubs like this we have to play our best baseball and we didn't do that.'' Kenta Maeda (7-2) allowed two runs and three hits in six innings and won his fourth straight start and first over Philadelphia in his career. Sports Illustrated Picks. The right-hander struck out six and walked none.Kenley Jansen earned his 17th save, striking out pinch-hitter Andrew Knapp in the ninth, the only batter he faced.Muncy and Seager belted two-run shots and Pederson had a solo homer off Jake Arrieta (5-5), who gave up five runs and 10 hits in five innings. Winning Sports Picks Who You Should Follow. The right-hander struck out three and walked one in the ballpark where Arrieta pitched his first career no-hitter in 2015 with the Cubs.''I had a chance to navigate through the lineup, pitch around some situations, just didn't do a very good job,'' Arrieta said. ''Just wasn't very sharp with the slider, change up or the curveball. Best Sports Handicappers in the World. They were able to eliminate too many pitches.'' Philadelphia's Bryce Harper, Andrew McCutchen and Rhys Hoskins combined to go 2 for 12. Harper came in batting .346 in his previous 13 games.Muncy's 20th homer gave the Dodgers a 2-0 lead and scored Pederson, who singled leading off the third.McCutchen's homer leading off the fourth made it 2-1.The Phillies tied the game 2-all in the fifth on Arrieta's RBI single.Pederson led off the bottom of the fifth with his 17th homer, the first of four consecutive hits given up by Arrieta. Muncy followed with a single before he scored on Seager's two-run shot that landed in the corner of the right field pavilion, making it 5-2.Cody Bellinger followed with a single before Arrieta got three straight outs to end the inning.Hernandez extended the Dodgers' lead to 6-2 with a solo homer on the first pitch from Juan Nicasio in the seventh.TRAINER'S ROOMPhillies: RHP Zach Eflin went on the IL with mid-back tightness and will miss his scheduled start Saturday. He's not expected to be out long. ... RHP Victor Arano (right elbow) is 2-3 months from returning after having his elbow scoped Tuesday.Dodgers: 3B Justin Turner (right hamstring tightness) missed his second straight game, althoug h he worked out on the field during batting practice.MISSING SKIPPERRoberts missed the game to attend his son's high school graduation. Cole Roberts played shortstop and second base at private Santa Fe Christian School in Solana Beach, north of San Diego. He has committed to Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles. The elder Roberts also celebrated his 47th birthday Friday.SHORTEST HOMERSeager's homer - his fifth in May after just two in the first two months of the season - was the shortest of the Dodgers' four at 371 feet. That trailed Pederson (445), Hernandez (432) and Muncy (394). ''They all count,'' Seager said. ''I'm feeling better at the plate.'' FANS IN THE STANDSThe announced attendance of 54,307 was the largest regular-season crowd at Dodger Stadium since 2012 and the team's sixth sellout of the season.UP NEXTPhillies: They had yet to name a starter for Saturday night after putting RH Zach Eflin on the IL with mid-back ti ghtness.Dodgers: LH Clayton Kershaw (5-0, 3.46) will be facing Harper, who is 2 for 21 with 13 strikeouts against him.---More MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/-Sports

MLB Game Recap: Houston Astros (3) vs. Oakland Athletics (2) - 5/31/2019

MLB Game Recap: Houston Astros (3) vs. Oakland Athletics (2) - Date: 5/31/2019 Fisher's homer leads Astros past Athletics 3-2OAKLAND, Calif. With several key stars sidelined by injuries, the Houston Astros relied on some lesser-known fill-ins who were in the minors just a week ago.Derek Fisher hit a tiebreaking homer to lead off the eighth inning after pinch-runner Myles Straw and defensive replacement Jack Mayfield made key plays in the seventh to help the short-handed Astros rallied for a 3-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Friday night.''They're doing everything they can to make good impressions,'' manager A. J. Hinch said. ''They're really happy to be in the big leagues. Top Rated Sports Handicappers. There's a lot of talent in this organization. We built that depth. It's coming in handy now.'' The Astros trai led the A's 2-0 heading into the seventh inning on a night they were missing injured stars Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and George Springer. But Josh Reddick started the comeback with a solo homer and Tony Kemp tied the game with a double.That set the stage for Fisher, who sent a drive out to center field against Lou Trivino (2-2) on the first pitch of the eighth to hand the A's their third straight loss following a 10-game winning streak.''I knew I hit it hard,'' Fisher said. ''I know Ramon (Laureano) tends to pull some crazy plays out of nowhere. Sports Handicapper Picks. Thankfully the ball didn't find a glove, and even better, it went over the wall.'' Hector Rondon (3-1) pitched out of a jam in the seventh with help from a diving stop at shortstop by Mayfield that held Laureano at third base with the infield drawn in. Roberto Osuna pitched the ninth for his 16th save in 17 chances.Brad Peacock allowed just one run in his previous four starts and pitched around a little bit of trouble in the first two innings. But the A's got to him in the third, ending a stretch of 14 straight scoreless innings.Robbie Grossman hit an opposite-field single away from the shift with one out and Chapman followed with a no-doubt shot to left field on a 0-2 fastball right down middle. Best Sports Picks of the Day. The A's didn't manage anything else against Peacock, who allowed two runs and five hits in six innings.Houston then tied it in the seventh against Mike Fiers. Josh Reddick snapped an 0-for-15 rut with a solo homer with one out to make it 2-1 and Fiers was replaced by Lou Trevino after issuing a two-out walk to Tyler White. Kemp then hit a drive to left that Grossman took a bad angle on, sending Straw home on an RBI double that tied the game.''We're not worried, but the se games, we've got to lock down, especially late in the game against a team like that,'' Fiers said. ''We can't give them too much. It's a tight game. If we want to win the division, we have to win these games.'' TRAINER'S ROOMAstros: Correa reported to the ballpark in Houston, but is unable to do any work since cracking rib earlier this week. Correa said he was injured while getting a massage at his home Tuesday. He released a video on the YouTube channel of his fiancee, Daniella Rodriguez, on Friday, detailing how the injury occurred and thanking fans for their support. ... Altuve (left hamstring) took grounders before the game; INF Aledmys Diaz (hamstring) and Springer (hamstring) both ran and took some swings; and RHP Joe Smith (Achilles) threw a 20-pitch live BP session at West Palm Beach.Athletics: OF Khris Davis (left hip) took BP before the game and could be activated as soon as Saturday. ''I think there's a chance ,'' manager Bob Melvin said. ''We want to make sure he's not sore tomorrow and feels as good as he did today.'' ROUGH PATCHOne game after allowing five runs in the 11th inning of a loss to the Angels, Trivino gave up the late lead to the Astros when he couldn't keep the lead in the seventh. Melvin isn't worried about one of his most trusted relievers.''Just a couple balls in the middle of the plate,'' he said. ''He's still throwing hard, still getting good movement, just maybe not precise on the location of where he's throwing.'' UP NEXTJustin Verlander (8-2, 2.38 ERA), who is tied for second in the majors in wins, gets the start in the middle game of the series for Houston against Brett Anderson (6-3, 3.86 ERA).--More MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/-Sports

MLB Game Recap: New York Mets (5) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (4) - 5/31/2019

MLB Game Recap: New York Mets (5) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (4) - Date: 5/31/2019 G�mez helps Mets top slumping Diamondbacks 5-4PHOENIX When New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway went to Carlos Gomez, he delivered. Same for Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman.Gomez snapped a tie with a pinch-hit double during New York's bizarre two-run eighth inning, sending the Mets to a 5-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night.Lugo and Gsellman each got three outs after Zack Wheeler (5-3) allowed four runs in seven innings. Gsellman recorded his first save of the season.''Grateful for the opportunity, and got the job done,'' Gsellman said.Lugo and Gsellman got the call because primary setup man Jeurys Familia and closer Edwin Diaz needed a day off.''Taking care of our players and putting them in a good spot is always something that we're going to think about, as well as winning,'' Callaway said .''Thank goodness Wheeler stepped up and went seven for us. Now, we're caught up. We felt like if we had pitched them today, we would be trying to catch up for another week. Lugo and Gsellman stepped up big time and got the job done.'' Adeiny Hechavarria had two hits and two RBIs for New York, and Wilson Ramos and Todd Frazier each had two hits.Arizona lost its fifth straight game, matching a season high. Christian Walker and Ketel Marte homered, but the Diamondbacks were unable to hold on after taking a 4-3 lead.Frazier and Hechavarria sparked New York's winning rally with consecutive two-out singles off Matt Andriese (3-4), putting runners on first and third.Pinch hitter J. D. Davis then hit a chopper toward the mound that bounced off Andriese's glove as he reached up. Second baseman Marte could not handle the ball cleanly as the tying run scored.Gomez followed with a grounder inside the bag at third that drove in Hechavarria, but the ball boy s tationed down the line - Arizona uses seniors dubbed ''Golden Glovers'' - fielded the ball thinking it was foul, and Davis was not permitted to score.''It doesn't matter if you start the game or not, you have to be ready,'' Gomez said.The Diamondbacks trailed 3-1 before scoring three times in the sixth.Marte opened the inning with his 13th homer. Adam Jones singled with one out, and Walker connected for a 447-foot drive into the second deck of the left field bleachers. Walker finished with three hits and two RBIs after going 4 for 34 on Arizona's 10-game trip that ended Thursday.''Another grinding loss,'' Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said. ''I can't put my finger on exactly why it was happening. We put ourselves in a good position to win this game. We just couldn't execute and close the deal.'' The Mets scored three runs in the second inning, during which play was halted for several minutes when plate umpire Jim Wolf was forced to leave after being struck by a foul ball in the mask.Michael Conforto led off with a walk against Jon Duplantier in the pitcher's first major league start. Ramos singled before Wolf left during Frazier's at-bat. When play resumed, Frazier dumped an RBI single into center and Hechavarria doubled to center for a 3-0 lead.Duplantier permitted six hits and threw 77 pitches in five innings. He was on a pitch count after topping out at 65 in his last start at Triple-A Reno.PIZZA RAT GOES WESTThe celebrated New York subway pizza rat made a guest appearance in the Diamondbacks' ''Legends Race,'' which features big-headed likenesses of Randy Johnson, Luis Gonzalez, Mark Grace and Matt Williams racing from right field to the third base dugout after the fifth inning.The group stopped for a piece of pizza placed on the track, and the costumed rat darted in from the Mets' bullpen and grabbed the slice.A 14-second video o f a rat dragging a piece of pizza down subway stairs taken in 2015 went viral on Facebook and Twitter, and the short-season Class A Staten Island Yankees have embraced it, too.The Staten Island team will rebrand itself as the Staten Island Pizza Rats for seven home games this season. Handicapper Return on Investment. The Pizza Rats logo will be on the left chest, with a ''Pizza Rats Chef'' logo on the left sleeve.WORTH WATCHINGMatt Kemp went 1 for 6 while serving as the designated hitter at Triple-A Syracuse on Friday. It was the first game for the veteran outfielder since signing a minor league deal with the Mets on May 24.TRAINER'S ROOMMets: 2B Robinson Cano (left quadriceps strain) took batting practice and fielded ground balls. He is eligible to return from the injured list Sunday. ''We still have to see how he recovers every day, but I think the near future is possible,'' Ca llaway said.Diamondbacks: OF David Peralta (right shoulder) had a cortisone shot in his AC joint earlier this week and took batting practice Friday. If he recovers well, he is expected to play in an extended spring training game Saturday. ... 1B/3B Jake Lamb (left quadriceps strain) ran on the infield dirt, hit and threw. He is expected to begin a rehab assignment next week.UP NEXTMets: RHP Jacob deGrom (3-5, 3.71 ERA) has won once in his last nine outings despite four quality starts in that stretch. Since opening the season with 24 strikeouts in 13 scoreless innings over two starts, deGrom has a 4.68 ERA.Diamondbacks: RHP Zack Greinke (6-2, 2.78 ERA) leads the majors with 11 quality starts, all coming after he gave up seven runs and four homers in a loss to the Dodgers in the season opener March 28. He is 5-1 in his career against the Mets.---More MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/-Sports

MLB Game Recap: Toronto Blue Jays (6) vs. Colorado Rockies (13) - 5/31/2019

MLB Game Recap: Toronto Blue Jays (6) vs. Colorado Rockies (13) - Date: 5/31/2019 Trevor Story homers twice, Rockies rout Blue Jays 13-6DENVER Trevor Story hit a pair of two-run homers as part of a career-high seven-RBI night and the Colorado Rockies beat the slumping Toronto Blue Jays 13-6 on Friday for their sixth straight win.It was his 13th career multi-homer game. Story also had a three-run double, walked and scored four times. Nolan Arenado added three hits, including two doubles, and three RBIs. Arenado batted .425 in May.Rockies starter German Marquez (6-2) proved just as difficult at the plate as on the mound. He lined two singles in extending his hitting streak to five games, which is the longest by a Rockies pitcher since Mike Hampton hit safely in eight straight in 2002.On the mound, Marquez allowed two runs and struck out seven over seven efficient innings.For a change, Colorado didn't have to fret down the stre tch after jumping out to an early 10-2 lead. Professional Sports Handicappers. The Rockies have four walk-off wins in going 7-1 so far on this season-high, 10-game homestand.Edwin Jackson (0-3) absorbed a majority of the damage. Free Sports Picks Twitter. The veteran right-hander tied a career high by allowing 10 earned runs in lasting just 2 1/3 innings. Jackson remains winless in four starts with his 14th different team after being acquired in a trade with Oakland on May 11.Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit a solo homer in the eighth during a four-run inning. Randal Grichuk had a solo shot in the second for the Blue Jays, who've dropped eight of their last nine games.TRAINER'S ROOMBlue Jays: RHP Aaron Sanchez is on track to start Sunday. He's been dealing with fingernail/blister issues. ... 1B Justin Smoak was given a rest day.Rockies: OF Charlie Blackmon (right calf strain) is returning to some baseball activities, including the batting cage. ''We've got to get to the point where he feels comfortable ramping up the intensity of running,'' manager Bud Black said. ... RHP Wade Davis (strained oblique) threw a side session Friday.FAMILIAR AREABlue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo spent two seasons with the Denver Zephyrs during his minor league playing days, hitting 12 homers in 1991. Good Return on Investment. The team moved to New Orleans after the `92 season as the Rockies arrived in town.''I remember that as a hitter when I played for the Zephyrs, I hit home runs here,'' Montoyo cracked.THIS & THATRockies lefty Kyle Freeland was sent to Triple-A Albuquerque to work on his mechanics. Freeland is 2-6 with a 7.13 ERA this season. He finished fourth in NL Cy Young Award voting last season. ... Rockies RHP Jesus Tinoco made his major league debut in the ninth after being recalled from Triple-A.UP NEXTBlue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman (3-6, 2.74 ERA) gets his first taste of Coors Field on Saturday. The Rockies will throw righty Jon Gray (4-4, 4.52).---More MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/-Sports

MLB Game Recap: Cleveland Indians (1) vs. Chicago White Sox (6) - 5/31/2019

MLB Game Recap: Cleveland Indians (1) vs. Chicago White Sox (6) - Date: 5/31/2019 Dylan Covey helps White Sox beat sloppy Indians 6-1CHICAGO Dylan Covey pitched six effective innings for his first win since August, and the Chicago White Sox beat the sloppy Cleveland Indians 6-1 Friday for their season-high fifth straight win.Charlie Tilson hit a two-run double to get Chicago's offense rolling. Soccer Predictions. Tilson, Yoan Moncada, Yonder Alonso and Yolmer Sanchez each had two hits.The win moved the White Sox into a second-place tie in the AL Central with Cleveland.The Indians committed four errors. Four of Chicago's six runs against slumping Cleveland starter Trevor Bauer were unearned.Covey (1-4) settled down after allowing a leadoff homer to Francisco Lindor. Make Money Betting Sports.&n bsp;The right-hander scattered eight hits and ended a personal six-game losing streak.Josh Osich and Juan Minaya followed with three innings of one-hit relief.Bauer (4-5) allowed nine hits and struck out eight in seven innings, but shaky fielding doomed the right-hander. An All-Star in 2018, Bauer dropped to 0-4 in six May starts with a 5.75 ERA.Covey, by contrast, was helped by crisp defense.Eloy Jimenez made a leaping catch of Mike Freeman's fly on the left-field warning track to lead off the third. Jose Abreu speared Greg Allen's liner near first and then dove back and caught Jake Bauers off the bag for an unassisted double play in the fourth.Lindor's drive to right-center was the 15th leadoff homer of his career.Tilson's ground-rule double with two outs in the third bounced just inside the left-field line and into the stands, giving Chicago a 2-1 lead.The White Sox added three runs, including two unearned, in the fourth.Bauer struck out Moncada with the b ases loaded and none out. Abreu followed with a drive to the warning track in straightaway center for a sacrifice fly.Alonso's grounder to the right side should have been the third out, but it glanced off Carlos Santana's glove for an error that allowed two more runs to score.Chicago tacked on another unearned run in the sixth, set up when Tim Anderson reached on Freeman's throwing error.FIRST HITWhite Sox catcher Seby Zavala's bloop to right in the fourth fell in for his first major league hit. Zavala was recalled from Triple-A last Saturday after Welington Castillo went on the injured list with concussion symptoms.TRAINER'S ROOMIndians: RHP Mike Clevinger (strained upper back muscle) is expected to throw a simulated game at the Indians' training facility in Arizona on Saturday. ... OF Tyler Naquin (left calf strain) is continuing his rehab assignment with Triple-A Columbus and expected to play on Saturday at Durham. ... Manager Terry Francona said O F Bradley Zimmer (right shoulder surgery in July 2018), played at Goodyear on Friday and will be re-evaluated on Saturday. NBA Handicappers. The 26-year-old Zimmer could be ready to move to Triple-A in the next phase of his rehab.White Sox: Castillo (concussion symptoms) is eligible to return on Saturday, and manager Rick Renteria said he would be re-evaluated on Friday. Castillo took a foul ball off his helmet last Friday in Minnesota.UP NEXTIndians right-hander Jefry Rodriguez (1-5, 4.99 ERA) faces White Sox right-hander Ivan Nova (3-4, 6.52 ERA) on Saturday afternoon. Rodriguez has been hit hard in losing his last three starts, allowing 14 earned runs over 15 innings for an 8.40 ERA over the span. Nova allowed one run in five innings in a no-decision in his previous start.---More MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/-Sports

MLB Game Recap: Kansas City Royals (2) vs. Texas Rangers (6) - 5/31/2019

MLB Game Recap: Kansas City Royals (2) vs. Texas Rangers (6) - Date: 5/31/2019 Gallo's 1st career grand slam leads Rangers past Royals 6-2ARLINGTON, Texas Joey Gallo's first career grand slam capped a six-run, sixth inning outburst as the Texas Rangers rallied past the Kansas City Royals 6-2 Friday night.Gallo's home run, his team leading 16th of the season, sailed 457 feet and landed in the second seating area beyond the center-field wall.Ariel Jurado (2-2) won for the first time in three major league starts this season. Jurado allowed two runs on five hits and three walks. MLB Handicappers. The second-year right-hander, who was recalled from Triple-A Nashville on April 26, had career highs in strikeouts (six) and pitches (101).Danny Duffy (3-2) lost for the first time since April 26. Carrying a two-hit shutout into the sixth inning, Duffy allowed all six ru ns, six hits and two walks - both in the sixth.Jesse Chavez, the first of three Texas relievers, worked a 1-2-3 seventh inning. He ran his scoreless streak to 17 1/3 innings in May, a franchise record for one month.Texas loaded the bases in the sixth inning on outfield singles by Shin-Soo Choo and Elvis Andrus and a chopper hit between third base and the mound by Hunter Pence. Duffy fielded Pence's grounder, but his throw to first base was late.Duffy walked Nomar Mazara with the bases loaded to tie the score 2-2. Gallo then launched a 1-1 fastball to end a six-game homerless streak, which matched his longest this season.Cheslor Cuthbert homered in his first major league at-bat of the season, and Alex Gordon tripled-in Kansas City's other run. Cuthbert, who earlier Friday had his contract selected from Triple-A Omaha, hit an opposite-field homer that just cleared the right-field wall in the second.Gordon's triple in the fifth inning turned around centerfielder Gal lo and struck about midway up the wall in straightaway center, scoring Adalberto Mondesi. In the third inning, Gallo broke in on a fly ball hit by Whit Merrifield that went over his head for a triple.The Royals lead the majors with 24 triples.Mondesi had his major league-leading 19th stolen base. Hockey Picks. That gave the Royals a major league-leading 53.PRE-GAME MOVESTo make room for Cuthbert, the Royals designated INF-OF Chris Owings for assignment. Good Return on Investment. The Rangers selected the contract of RHP David Carpenter from Nashville and optioned OF Zack Granite to Nashville.TRAINER'S ROOMRoyals: OF Hunter Dozier (right thorax tightness) is day to day, leaving Thursday's game in the fifth inning and sitting out Friday.Rangers: OF Willie Calhoun (left quad strain) will begin on-field work on Saturday.UP NEXTRoyals: RHP H omer Bailey (4-5, 5.79), having joined the Royals this winter following 12 seasons with the Cincinnati Reds, will make his Globe Life Park debut on Saturday.Rangers: RHP Lance Lynn (6-3, 4.67) has lowered his ERA from 6.51 over his last six starts, going 4-2.---More MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/-Sports

MLB Game Recap: Washington Nationals (3) vs. Cincinnati Reds (9) - 5/31/2019

MLB Game Recap: Washington Nationals (3) vs. Cincinnati Reds (9) - Date: 5/31/2019 Casali homers off Corbin, Reds beat Nationals 9-3CINCINNATI Few teams handle Patrick Corbin's slider with such aplomb. From the outset, Curt Casali and the Cincinnati Reds knew what they were doing.Casali hit a three-run homer off Corbin, who had one of the worst starts of his career, and Cincinnati beat Washington 9-3 Friday night to end the Nationals' streak of eight straight wins at Great American Ball Park.The Reds made quick work of one of the majors' best pitchers.Corbin (5-3) gave up eight runs - one shy of his career high - in 2 2/3 innings. Sports Picks for Today. The Reds piled up 11 hits, matching the most the left-hander had allowed in a game. He retired only eight of his 20 batters.''It happened so quick,'' said Corbin, who trailed 5-0 after only 21 pitches.Corbin was coming off one of his best performances, a four-hitter for his second career shutout against the Marlins on Saturday. His feared slider was a little off from the outset, and the Reds piled up six singles and Casali's homer in a 30-pitch first inning.''That was a great first inning,'' Reds manager David Bell said. ''It was really a good offensive night for the entire team.'' Casali's homer was his first this season off a regular pitcher. He also connected off Cubs catcher Victor Caratini during a 10-2 win at Wrigley Field on May 26. Casali added a single and an RBI double as the Reds piled up 15 hits.''I've been waiting for a swing like that for a long time,'' Casali said. ''Getting that big early spot was nice.'' Corbin hadn't allowed so many runs since he also gave up eight on Sept. 8, 2017, during a 10-6 loss to San Diego. It's only the fifth time in his career that he has allowed eight or more runs.''He threw some sliders they weren't chasing,'' Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. ''Their approach was really good. Winning Sports Picks Who You Should Follow. They didn't try to do too much.'' Reds right-hander Tyler Mahle (2-5) gave up three runs in five innings, including Juan Soto's 10th homer. Soto has hit safely in a career-high 14 straight games.Cincinnati's Joey Votto returned after missing three games with a tight right hamstring and had three hits . Eugenio Suarez was back in the lineup after getting hit on the left hand by Clay Holmes' pitch on Wednesday.DOMINATIONThe Nationals are 16-5 against the Reds since 2016.WORST OF TIMESCorbin gave up a career-high nine runs during a 9-5 loss at Philadelphia on Aug. 25, 2013.RARE, YOUNG COMPANYSoto's 14-game hitting streak is the longest by a player younger than 21 since M anny Machado also put together a 14-game hitting streak in 2013. Soto turns 21 in October. He had a single, double and homer on Friday.MAY POWERThe Reds hit 45 homers in May, one shy of their club record for the month from 2007.BREAKING OUTThe Reds were last in the NL in hitting with a .207 team batting average in early May. Professional Handicappers. They've scored eight or more runs in four of their last six games.REDS MOVESThe Reds claimed right-hander R. J. Alaniz off waivers from the Mariners and optioned him to Triple-A Louisville. Left-handed reliever Zach Duke was reinstated from the 10-day injured list after recovering from a strained right calf. Right-handed reliever Robert Stephenson went on the injured list with a strained neck.TRAINER'S ROOMNationals: Reliever Trevor Rosenthal will throw in the bullpen on Saturday, take two days off and throw again. He has been sidelined by a vira l infection since April 26.Reds: Left-handed starter Alex Wood will resume throwing in the bullpen next week. He has been on the injured list since spring training with a back injury. ... Infielder Alex Blandino will begin a rehab assignment at Louisville on Monday. He is recovering from reconstructive surgery on his right knee last July.UP NEXTNationals: Erick Fedde (1-0) makes his third start of the season and the first of his career against the Reds.Reds: Tanner Roark (4-3) makes his first start against the Nationals, who traded him to the Reds in December. Roark hasn't allowed a homer in 35 1/3 innings since April 24, the second-longest such streak of his career.---More MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/-Sports

MLB Game Recap: Boston Red Sox (1) vs. New York Yankees (4) - 5/31/2019

MLB Game Recap: Boston Red Sox (1) vs. New York Yankees (4) - Date: 5/31/2019 LeMahieu leads Happ, surging Yankees past Red Sox 4-1NEW YORK DJ LeMahieu homered and hit an RBI double off the wall against Chris Sale, sending the surging New York Yankees to a 4-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Friday night.Aaron Hicks broke a third-inning tie with a two-run single, and J. A. Happ (5-3) pitched well against Boston again to win his fourth consecutive decision overall. New York got four shutout innings from its deep and dominant bullpen, handing the defending World Series champions their third loss in a row.Despite a rash of injuries, the Yankees hold a 1 1/2-game lead in the AL East over Tampa Bay - and a widening gap on the Red Sox. New York has won all three meetings between the longtime rivals this season, beating Sale (1-7) twice and outscoring Boston 17-4.Rafael Devers homered early for the third-place Red Sox, who fell 8 1/ 2 games back in the division. Profitable Handicappers. That's the furthest they've been behind the Yankees since finishing the 2015 season nine games in the dust.New York has won nine of 11 overall and is 31-10 since a 6-9 start.Sale found his fastball after an April 16 loss at Yankee Stadium left him 0-4 in four starts. He allowed only 12 earned runs in his next seven outings and entered this one with a whopping 56 strikeouts in May.But after the teams were rained out the previous night, Sale was touched up for four runs and seven hits in six innings Friday, pounding his fist into his glove in frustration after LeMahieu's opposite-field homer cleared the right-center fence in the fifth. Sports Experts. The left-hander struck out 10 for a sixth double-digit strikeout game in his past eight starts.A pumped-up LeMahieu also doubled off the right-c enter wall in the third, driving in New York's first run following singles by Gio Urshela and Brett Gardner.The 30-year-old Sale, who signed a $160 million, six-year contract in March, leads the majors in losses. He came in with a 1.87 ERA in 18 regular-season games (15 starts) against the Yankees, the lowest mark against the team in the Live Ball Era for any pitcher with at least 100 innings versus New York.Happ gave up one run and three hits in five innings, improving to 9-4 against Boston.Adam Ottavino, Tommy Kahnle, Zack Britton and Aroldis Chapman each worked an inning to finish the five-hitter. Chapman struck out two in a perfect ninth for his 16th save.TRAINER'S ROOMRed Sox: RHP Nathan Eovaldi threw 22 pitches to teammates Brock Holt and Michael Chavis in a simulated game, the first hitters Eovaldi has faced since April 23 surgery to remove a loose body from his right elbow. His next step will be determined Saturday. ... 1B Steve Pearce, the 2018 World Series MVP, was pulled in the second inning with back spasms and replaced by Chavis. ... LHP Eduardo Rodriguez was available out of the bullpen after being rescheduled to start Tuesday in Kansas City. Prior to Thursday night's rainout, Rodriguez (5-3, 5.04 ERA) was slated to start Friday. But the Red Sox pushed back Sale into that spot.Yankees: CC Sabathia (right knee inflammation) is set to come off the injured list and start the series finale Sunday night against LHP David Price. ... RHP Dellin Betances (right shoulder impingement) played long toss and said his arm felt good following Thursday's bullpen. His third bullpen is scheduled for Sunday and if that goes well, the next step could be facing hitters. ... Didi Gregorius (Tommy John surgery) went 0 for 5 and played all nine innings at shortstop in a rehab game with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. ... OF Giancarlo Stanton, sidelined since March 31, is getting close to facing pitching and starting a rehab assignment, ma nager Aaron Boone said. ... RF Aaron Judge (left oblique strain) worked out in the outfield again and is hitting off a tee. ''Definitely has started the ramp up, but not hitting full bore in the cage yet,'' Boone said. ''But he's letting it go a little bit and everything's gone well with that.'' Judge has been out since April 21.UP NEXTRed Sox: RHP Rick Porcello (4-4, 4.41 ERA) is 4-1 with a 2.94 ERA in his last eight starts, and Boston has won seven of them. Football Predictions. The 2016 AL Cy Young Award winner, from nearby New Jersey, is 10-8 with a 3.11 ERA in 22 games versus the Yankees. He went 2-0 with a 2.31 ERA in four starts against them last year - and also won a playoff series clincher at Yankee Stadium.Yankees: RHP Domingo German (9-1, 3.43) leads the majors in wins. He won six straight starts before getting tagged for a career-high seven runs and n ine hits, including four homers, over five innings Sunday in a no-decision at Kansas City.---More MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/-Sports

MLB Game Recap: Detroit Tigers (8) vs. Atlanta Braves (2) - 5/31/2019

MLB Game Recap: Detroit Tigers (8) vs. Atlanta Braves (2) - Date: 5/31/2019 Goodrum's 2 homers, 5 hits lead Tigers past Braves 8-2ATLANTA Niko Goodrum was an unlikely offensive force.To do it before the home folks made it even sweeter.Coming into the night batting just .208, Goodrum homered twice and had a career-high five hits to lead the Detroit Tigers to an 8-2 rout of the Atlanta Braves on Friday.Nicholas Castellanos and Grayson Greiner also went deep for the Tigers. Spencer Turnbull pitched into the seventh inning, allowing just five hits and one earned run in dealing the Braves their third straight loss at SunTrust Park.But this night belonged to Goodrum, who had a large contingent cheering him on. He is a native of suburban Fayetteville, less than 40 miles south of the Braves' stadium, and this was his first time playing in Atlanta.''I haven't played in front of the majority of them since high school,& #39;' Goodrum said. ''To come out there and perform like that, I'm sure they had a good time. It's pretty cool.'' How cool?According to , Goodrum was the first player to have five hits while playing for the first time in his home state since Ohio-born Pete Susko did so for the Washington Senators at Cleveland in 1934.''Playing in front of your family is always good,'' Goodrum said. ''Some of us can't do that because we don't come to Atlanta a lot.'' Goodrum launched a 419-foot drive that nearly went into the Chop House restaurant above the right-field seats in the third inning. He hit another almost as far in the eighth for the second two-homer game of his career, the other coming against Cleveland on May 14, 2018.A triple would've given him the cycle.''I knew I had a home run, a double and a single,'' he said with a chuckle. ''I'll take it.'' Goodrum finished 5 for 5 to raise his average to .230. He scored four times and also collected a run-scoring single in a three-run fifth that blew the game open.Greiner homered in the second, and Castellanos added a two-run shot that capped a fifth that was sparked by JaCoby Jones' leadoff triple. He got his left foot to the bag just ahead of Josh Donaldson's tag on the knee - a call that was challenged by the Braves but upheld after a video review.Buck Farmer came on in the seventh when the Braves loaded the bases against Turnbull (3-4) with no outs. Atlanta got a run on Brian McCann's sacrifice fly and reloaded the bases when Ozzie Albies reached on an infield single that deflected off Farmer's glove. But the Tigers reliever escaped the jam when pinch hitter Charlie Culberson grounded into an inning-ending double play.After two straight strong starts, Atlanta's Mike Foltynewicz (1-4) had another rough night. His slider was dominating at times - he struck out eight - but too man y mistakes up in the zone doomed the right-hander.That's a familiar theme. Of the 31 runs Foltynewicz has given up this season, 19 have scored on homers.''It was weird,'' said Foltynewicz, who surrendered seven hits and five runs in five innings. ''I thought I threw the ball pretty well, but the score says otherwise.'' Atlanta has been outscored 22-6 in its last two defeats.MORE RARE TERRITORYGoodrum was the first Detroit player to post at least five hits, four runs and three RBIs in a game since Carlos Pena on May 27, 2004.DEFENSIVE LSESThe Braves had a rough inning defensively in the seventh.Reliever Jerry Blevins made a terrible throw to first on an attempted pickoff, and Donaldson was charged with the second error of the inning when he failed to come up with a chopper down the third-base line.The Tigers wound up scoring twice, including an unearned run, to push their lead to 7-1.TRAINER'S ROOMTigers: 1B Miguel Cabrera left in the s ixth inning with right knee soreness and was listed as day to day. He said the knee has been bothering him the last three games, but it swelled up against the Braves. ''We'll see how I'm feeling tomorrow and go from there,'' Cabrera said.Braves: OF Ender Inciarte isn't close to returning to the active roster. ''He hasn't started his baseball stuff yet,'' manager Brian Snitker said. ''He needs to come in a few days in a row feeling pretty good, amp up his running and things like that before we see him swinging a bat.'' Inciarte has been on the injured list since May 15 with a lumbar strain.UP NEXTAtlanta right-hander Mike Soroka (5-1) will look to continue his brilliant start to the season when he faces Detroit lefty Daniel Norris (2-3, 4.18 ERA) on Saturday afternoon. Soroka has yet to allow more than one earned run in any of his eight starts and comes in with a minuscule 1.07 ERA. He is just a few innings shy of qualifying for the lowest ERA in the majors.---Follow Paul Newberry on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pnewberry1963 His work can be found at https://apnews.com/search/paul%20newberry---For more baseball coverage: https://apnews.com/apf-Baseball and https://twitter.com/-Sports

MLB Game Recap: Minnesota Twins (5) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (3) - 5/31/2019

MLB Game Recap: Minnesota Twins (5) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (3) - Date: 5/31/2019 MLB-best Twins rally, beat Rays 5-3 in matchup of hot teamsST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Eddie Rosario hit a tiebreaking two-run single off Adam Kolarek in the ninth inning after a pair of batters were hit by pitches, and the Minnesota Twins beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-3 Friday night in a matchup of two of the major leagues' hottest teams.Minnesota, a big league-best 38-18, overcame a 3-1 fifth-inning deficit and won for the 13th time in 16 games. Sports Monitor. The Twins opened a season-high 10 1/2-game in the AL Central. Sports Tipsters. They have scored three or more runs in 24 straight games, matching the Minnesota record for a single season, set in 2006.Jose Berrios and Taylor Rogers (2-1) combined on a four-hitter and stopped a six-gam e winning streak by the Rays (35-20), their longest since last August. Point Shaving. Tampa Bay won the series opener 14-3 and had allowed three runs or fewer in its previous nine games.Helped by $7.11 tickets, the Rays drew 14,375 to Tropicana Field after three straight days of crowds ranging from 5,786 to 8,076.Castillo (1-4) hit Jonathan Schoop on the left shoulder with a slider leading off the ninth. Schoop was sacrificed to second and took third on a groundout, and Polanco was intentionally walked, and Castillo hit Astudillo on the left arm with a slider on a 1-2 count.Kolarek, a left-hander, relieved to face the left-handed hitting Rosario, and Rosario grounded an opposite-field single to left, past the spot vacated when third baseman Christian Arroyo shifted toward shortstop.Rogers (2-1) retired his first six batters, allowed Daniel Robertson's two-out single in the ninth, then retired Mike Zunino on a g roundout.Berrios struck out eight in 6 2/3 innings, allowing three runs and three hits.Rays opener Ryne Stanek gave up one run in two innings.Astudillo had an RBI single in the first, but Kevin Kiermaier's two-run homer in the second put the Rays ahead. Austin Meadows stole home in the third when with runners at the corners and two outs, Willy Adames got caught in a rundown while Meadows dashed home. The throw from Schoop at second was in the dirt and got away from Astudillo at the plate.Astudillo was thrown out at the plate by Kiermaier while trying to score on C. J. Cron's two-out double to center.SHORT BENCHTampa Bay played with C Travis d'Arnaud as the only healthy backup. Outfielders Tommy Pham (right leg cramp) and Avisail Garcia (overall body soreness/hamstrings) were limited to pinch hitting.TRAINER'S ROOMTwins: Polanco was at DH after missing Thursday's game due to illness.Rays: C Zunino (strained left quadriceps) was reinstated from the 10-day I L and C Erik Kratz was designated for assignment. ... INF Yandy Diaz (bruised left hand) was sent to extended spring training. ... INF Matt Duffy, out all season with a strained left hamstring, said a specialist he saw this week found no structural damage. Duffy could resume jogging Monday.UP NEXTRHP Kyle Gibson (5-2, 4.08) is to start Saturday for the Twins and RHP Yonny Chirinos (6-1. 2.91) for the Rays.---More MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/-Sports

MLB Game Recap: Milwaukee Brewers (4) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (9) - 5/31/2019

MLB Game Recap: Milwaukee Brewers (4) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (9) - Date: 5/31/2019 Bell caps historic month in style, Pirates top Brewers 9-4PITTSBURGH Josh Bell spent some time in the seats above the Clemente Wall in right field at PNC Park on Friday night, carefully folding a handful of gold T-shirts with the phrase ''Bellieve'' on them over the chairs as part of a promotion that is doubling as an All-Star Game push for the scorching Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman.The 26-year-old stressed, however, that he only laid out a couple of shirts. Sports Handicappers. Three maybe. Four, tops. NBC Sports Picks. Team employees handed out the rest. Bell had other things to do pregame, namely sticking to the routine that helped him put together one of the most remarkable months in the franchise's lo ng history.Bell had two of Pittsburgh's 13 hits - all singles - in Pittsburgh's 9-4 victory over Milwaukee on Friday night. Bell hit .389 in May with 12 home runs, 12 doubles and 31 RBIs. His 94 total bases during the month are the most by any Pirate in any month ever. Heady territory considering Pittsburgh started playing baseball a century - and then some - before Bell was born.''I feel like I'm just riding the wave,'' Bell said.One that doesn't appear close to cresting.Bell's total base mark broke Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner's record of 92 set in June, 1947. Bell is also one of only three players in National League history to have 12 home runs and 12 doubles in the same month, joining Hall of Famers Frank Robinson and Hank Aaron.''He pushes himself,'' Pittsburgh pitcher Chris Archer (2-5) said of Bell after picking up his first victory since April 7. ''If he gets out, he's mad. He's hitting .340 and he& #39;s angry that he's got out, which continues to keep him motivated. He's not content. We've got four months left in the season and I expect to see big things from him going forward.'' Bell didn't provide any big blasts Friday night, but contributed to a flood of small ones as the Pirates jumped on struggling Milwaukee starter Jhoulys Chacin to win for just the fourth time in 11 games. Starling Marte had three hits and scored three times and Kevin Newman went 2 for 5 with two RBIs to extend his hitting streak to a career-best 10 games.SHAKY CHACINChacin (3-7) fell to 1-7 in his last 10 starts when his command abandoned him in the third inning. Winning Sports Gambling. The 11-year-veteran walked four batters in the frame, three of them with the bases loaded, including a five-pitch walk to Archer that pushed Pittsburgh's lead to 5-1. Freddy Peralta replaced Chacin and Newman delivered a l iner to left field that allowed Colin Moran and Adam Frazier to score and push Pittsburgh's advantage to 7-1.Chacin - a 15-game winner last season for a team that reached the National League Championship Series - saw his ERA balloon to 5.74 after being charged with seven runs in 2 2/3 innings, with two strikeouts. His four walks marked a season high and he threw just 40 of his 76 pitches for strikes.''I just lost my focus in that inning,'' Chacin said. ''That never happened to me before, walking guys with the bases loaded like that. I need to start to do a better job if I want to keep pitching.'' Something that might not be guaranteed. Asked if Chacin might need a break, Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said only: ''We've got to figure out how to get him pitching the way he's capable of.'' ARCHER REBOUNDSArcher came in winless since early April, a stretch that's watched the centerpiece of a deal that sent Tyler Glasnow and Austin Meadows to Tampa Bay search for answers. He seemed to find some in a bullpen session in Cincinnati while throwing to Jacob Stallings. Stallings encouraged Archer to rely more on his fastball, and Archer responded by striking out seven with two walks in seven innings. He gave up a solo home run to Jesus Aguilar in the third and a three-run shot to Keston Hiura in the fourth but settled down afterward.''I'm going to stay relentless,'' Archer said. ''I've been doing this a long time. I'm not going to let (a slump) define me.'' TRAINER'S ROOMBrewers: C Manny Pina (right hamstring discomfort) is expected to rejoin Milwaukee over the weekend.Pirates: RHP Jordan Lyles (left hamstring discomfort) will start Sunday's series finale. ... RHP Keone Kela will be shut down for 10 days after the right shoulder discomfort that sent him to the injured list popped back up during a rehab assignment.UP NEXTBrewers: Brandon W oodruff (7-1, 3.22 ERA) will look for his seventh straight win on Saturday. Woodruff limited the Phillies to one run in eight innings last Sunday.Pirates: Nick Kingham (1-1, 8.28) hasn't won a game as a starter since last July, but will get the nod on Saturday.---More MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/-Sports

MLB Game Recap: San Francisco Giants (6) vs. Baltimore Orioles (9) - 5/31/2019

MLB Game Recap: San Francisco Giants (6) vs. Baltimore Orioles (9) - Date: 5/31/2019 Dwight Smith hits 1st grand slam, Orioles beat Giants 9-6BALTIMORE Former major leaguer Dwight Smith Sr. rose to his feet and emphatically pumped his fist as the ball cleared the center field fence. His son not only ignited the home crowd, he also paved the way for one of the biggest wins of the season for the Baltimore Orioles.Dwight Smith Jr.'s first career grand slam capped a six-run outburst in the first inning and the Orioles outslugged the San Francisco Giants 9-6 Friday night.''I feel like every time he is around I do something,'' the younger Smith said. ''He's a good luck charm. He was acting like he was at a football game tonight. It was pretty funny to watch on the big screen.'' The teams met at Camden Yards for the first time since 2004.Trey Mancini and Renato Nunez also homered for the Orioles, who overcame a five-run, first-inning deficit and improved to 8-21 at home.Nunez has homered in seven of his last 11 games and has a team-leading 14 homers this season.Jonathan Villar had two hits and scored twice. Selections. The Orioles second baseman is 13 for 39 (.333) with four doubles, two home runs and six RBIs in the last 11 games.''It's been a rough couple of months,'' Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. ''We've had so many tough losses. For us to be able to come back and take a serious blow in the top of the first to stay with it and stay in the game and continue to take good at-bats and stay together in the dugout, I thought it was just awesome.'' Mike Yastrzemski, who was traded by Baltimore on March 23 after he was reassigned to minor league camp, homered and tripled in his first two at-bats for San Francisco, which has lost eight of nine.''A great day by the kid,'' Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. ''He's done a nice job out in the outfield, swinging the bat. He got us going there in that first inning, then leads off with a home run to give us life again.'' The Giants charged to a 5-0 lead off Andrew Cashner (6-2) in the first inning. Yastrzemski, Buster Posey and Steven Duggar had RBI singles and Brandon Crawford drove a run in with a sacrifice fly.The Orioles countered with six runs, highlighted by Smith's grand slam, in the bottom half off Drew Pomeranz (1-6).Cashner and Pomeranz combined for 90 pitches in the opening inning. It was the first time that two teams scored at least five runs in the first inning since July 6, 2012, (Yankees and Red Sox), according to LLC.After Yastrzemski tied the game 6-6 with a solo homer in the second, the Orioles regained the lead in the bottom half on a two-run homer by Mancini that ended the night for Pomeranz.The Giants left-hander tied a career-high by allowing eight runs on six hits. Pomeranz's ERA rose from 6.45 to 8.08.Cashner didn't allow another run after the first and lasted five innings, with a season-high 109 pitches. He allowed six runs and eight hits with five walks.''It was probably one of my worst starts of my career,'' Cashner said. ''I just kept telling myself to get through the fifth, try to save the bullpen as much as I can no matter how many runs you give up.'' Nunez homered off Sam Dyson in the seventh inning to make the score 9-6.The Orioles' bullpen took over, with Paul Fry and Mychal Givens combining for 2 1/3 scoreless innings before Richard Bleier got the last five outs and picked up his second save.MLB DRAFTThe Orioles hold the first overall pick in this year's Major League Baseball draft that begins Monday by virtue of their 47-115 record last season. Baltimore first-year general manager Mike Elias said the team has narrowed the potential No. 1 pick t o four players. Gambling Profit. The consensus top prospects are Oregon State catcher Adley Rutschman, Texas high school shortstop Bobby Witt Jr., Cal first baseman Andrew Vaughn and Georgia high school shortstop C. J. Abrams. ''Nothing's really changed. Soccer Handicappers. The draft is still three days away and we have a lot of time,'' Elias said. ... The Giants have the 10th overall selection.TRAINER'S ROOMOrioles: OF Mark Trumbo (knee surgery) had his third rehab assignment for Double-A Bowie. He went 2 for 4 with a strikeout and run.UP NEXTGiants: Shaun Anderson (0-1, 4.80 ERA) will make his fourth major-league start. He allowed six runs (four earned) and nine hits over five innings in his last outing May 26 against Arizona.Orioles: David Hess (1-6, 6.71 ERA) has not won since carrying a no-hitter into the seventh inning April 1 against Toronto. He has given up a league-leading 18 homers over 11 appearances.---More MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/-Sports

MLB Game Preview: New York Mets vs. Arizona Diamondbacks - 5/31/2019 - 9:40 PM EST

MLB Game Preview: New York Mets vs. Arizona Diamondbacks - Date: 5/31/2019 Diamondbacks turn to touted rookie in opener with MetsFLMThe Arizona Diamondbacks, who return home with a four-game losing streak and sit below .500 for the first time in six weeks, will turn to a rookie pitcher making his first start.Arizona will bring up 24-year-old right-hander Jon Duplantier, considered the franchise's top pitching prospect, from Triple-A Reno to open a three-game series against the New York Mets in Phoenix on Friday night.This will be Duplantier's fourth call-up of the season. He has pitched five times in relief, posting a 1-0 record and 2.25 ERA over 12 innings. He has allowed eight hits, striking out 12 and walking five."Super excited for that opportunity for him," said manager Torey Lovullo, whose team is coming off being swept in a four-game series at the Colorado Rockies. "He's been throwing the ball ext remely well for us." The Diamondbacks, who are below .500 (28-29) for the first time since being 8-9 on April 16, are down two starters in their rotation. Zack Godley has been demoted to the bullpen because of ineffectiveness, and Luke Weaver is on the 10-day injured list with a right forearm strain.Duplantier has been starting at Reno, throwing 60 pitches on May 18 and 65 pitches last Friday.He will face a Mets lineup anchored by slugging first baseman Pete Alonso, who has one more chance to set the major league rookie record for home runs before June. He has 19, tied with Mark McGwire, including 10 in May to establish a franchise rookie record for most in any month."He's very talented, and he works, and he's prepared," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said on MLB.com. "He's out there early, hitting off the high-velo machine in early hitting ... he's prepared, and has talent, and has confidence." New York will start right-hander Zack Whe eler (4-3, 4.63 ERA), who has gone at least seven innings in six of his past eight starts. He has thrown at least six innings in nine consecutive starts.Wheeler, who has 78 strikeouts in 70 innings, has thrown 94 pitches or more in all 11 starts this season.He is 2-1 with a 2.30 ERA in five career starts against Arizona, including a no-decision last season when he allowed two runs on three hits in six innings in Phoenix on June 17.The Mets started their seven-game western road trip by losing three of four games at the Los Angeles Dodgers, including a 2-0 shutout on Thursday night. New York has lost eight of its past nine road games.With Duplantier possibly not going deep into the game, New York will be hoping to take advantage of a struggling Arizona bullpen. Football Picks. Two of the Diamondbacks' four losses in Colorado came via walk-offs. Lovullo is searching for late-inning help, in part because set-up man Archie Bradley (4.63 ERA, 1.89 WHIP) hasn't been able to hold the job."Certainly, guys need to step up," Lovullo said Thursday. "We believe in that group down there. We're not going to have anybody else. Sports Handicapper Records. There is not going to be any shining star standing outside of our clubhouse tomorrow. It's them. I'm going to rely on them, and they know that." --Field Level Media

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MLB Game Preview: Minnesota Twins vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 5/31/2019 - 7:10 PM EST

MLB Game Preview: Minnesota Twins vs. Tampa Bay Rays - Date: 5/31/2019 Twins hope to regroup against red-hot RaysFLMDespite suffering their worst loss of the season in Thursday night's opening game of a four-game series with Tampa Bay, the Minnesota Twins still have the best record in the American League. A major reason for that has been the team's ability to bounce back from a loss.The Twins are an impressive 14-3 following a defeat so far this season. On Friday night in St. Petersburg, Fla., they'll try to quickly put behind an ugly 14-3 loss to the Rays that saw Tampa Bay tally a season high in runs while piling up 16 hits, including at least one by each starter in the lineup.It was not quite the way Minnesota manager Rocco Baldelli, a longtime player and coach with the Rays, who made him the sixth overall pick of the 2000 MLB Draft, envisioned his return to Tropicana Field with his new club."Our guys certainly don't seem to bring things back to the ballpark from the day before," Baldelli said. "The good general confidence shows up every day. But whether the previous game goes well or doesn't, our group comes in the same way. Handicapper Directory. They come in ready to play the following day. Free Sports Picks. That's what we've come to expect from ourselves, and I think that's what we'll see tomorrow." Jose Berrios (7-2, 3.20 ERA) will start for the Twins while Ryne Stanek (0-1, 2.97) will be used as an opener for the Rays.Berrios has struggled in his career against Tampa Bay, compiling a 0-2 record and 8.44 ERA in three career starts. He also is 0-2 with an 8.10 ERA in two starts at Tropicana Field.The Rays come in with a season-best six game winning streak. A major reason for that has been the hitting of outfielder Austi n Meadows, who is on a seven-game hitting streak, batting .500 with four doubles, three home runs and 11 RBIs during the span.Meadows started Thursday night's rout of the Twins with a three-run double and finished with two hits and four RBIs."I'm just seeing the ball well," said Meadows, who is batting .361 with 12 homers and 35 RBIs in 38 games. "That's the only way I can put it really. ... Sports Betting Profit. Things are going well. Just going up there and being aggressive, swinging at my pitches in the zone. That's the biggest thing." Rays manager Kevin Cash is impressed with Meadows' approach."He just sees everything really well," Cash said. "You don't see him expand out of the zone very often and when he gets it in the zone he's getting it on the barrel (of the bat). Obviously, the sign of a good hitter that's playing great right now." C ash waited until after the game to announce that the hard-throwing Stanek will make his 16th start in 24 games on Friday night. Stanek has faced the Twins four times in his career, including once as a starter, and is 0-0 with a 3.86 ERA.The Rays got some good news on the injury front after the game. Outfielder Tommy Pham, who had two hits but left limping after scoring during the team's five-run fourth, suffered what the team called a lower right leg cramp. An MRI came back negative."It feels better," Pham told the Tampa Bay Times. "I guess I need to drink more water and stop drinking soda. Good news from the MRI, but I guess we'll see how I feel (Friday)." --Field Level Media

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MLB Game Preview: Philadelphia Phillies vs. Los Angeles Dodgers - 5/31/2019 - 10:10 PM EST

MLB Game Preview: Philadelphia Phillies vs. Los Angeles Dodgers - Date: 5/31/2019 Dodgers greet Phillies in battle of frontrunnersFLMThe regular season is barely one-third complete, but it's not too early to wonder if this weekend's series between the Philadelphia Phillies and Los Angeles Dodgers is a potential playoff preview.The top two teams in the National League will face off Friday in the opener of a three-game series when the Dodgers host the Phillies. Right-hander Kenta Maeda (6-2, 3.67 ERA) is scheduled to take the mound for Los Angeles against Philadelphia right-hander Jake Arrieta (5-4, 3.60).Both teams are coming off series wins, though the Phillies missed a chance at completing a three-game sweep of the visiting St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday afternoon, when the Cardinals earned a 5-3 win. Documented Handicappers. The host Dodge rs edged the New York Mets, 2-0, later Thursday night to win for the third time in the four-game set.The two-time defending NL champion Dodgers, who have the best record in the game at 38-19, displayed their dangerous, well-rounded nature in beating the Mets.After outscoring New York 21-20 in the first three games of the series and mounting middle- and late-inning comebacks Monday and Wednesday -- the Dodgers scored four runs in the ninth to win the latter game, 9-8 -- Los Angeles relied on ace Hyun-Jin Ryu and closer Kenley Jansen on Thursday. Ryu tossed 7 2/3 scoreless innings to lower his baseball-best ERA to 1.48 before Jansen earned his second multi-inning save of the week. Jansen got the final five outs in Monday's 9-5 victory."I think that each night, it's the focus to win a baseball game, and you look at how the offense has played and picked up the pitchers at times and other times the pitchers pick up our offense," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said afterward. "To win three of four against a team I think is starting to be on the come -- those guys have good pitching and they're starting to play better baseball -- for us to win a series like that, three out of four, we've got another good club coming in now." The series against the Dodgers comes near the end of a pivotal stretch against early-season contenders for the Phillies, who lead the NL East by three games over the Atlanta Braves but haven't reached the playoffs or had a winning season since 2011.The Phillies are in the midst of a 23-game stretch against the Dodgers, the NL Central-leading Chicago Cubs, the wild card-leading Milwaukee Brewers as well as three teams who will all enter Friday within a game of .500, the Colorado Rockies, St. Louis Cardinals and San Diego Padres. Philadelphia is 10-7 thus far and will complete the stretch by visiting the Padres next Monday through Wednesday."It's definitely a test for us, but I don' t think we have to play with any pressure," Phillies second baseman Cesar Hernandez told reporters through an interpreter following Thursday's loss. "You go there and you see that they're in first place, like us. Down the road, if we stay in first place and they stay in first place, you know that eventually we're going to play each other in a bigger scenario." Maeda won his third straight start on Sunday, when he came off the injured list and allowed three runs over five innings as the Dodgers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, 11-7. Free Sports Picks. The 31-year-old was sidelined for 10 days with a left thigh injury.Arrieta earned the win in his most recent start last Saturday when he gave up two runs over eight innings as the Phillies beat the Brewers, 7-2. It was the second time this season Arrieta has tossed eight innings.Maeda is 3-1 with a 4.55 ERA in six career starts against the Philli es. Arrieta is 3-3 with a 3.07 ERA in seven regular season starts against the Dodgers, whom he victimized for his first career no-hitter in a 2-0 win for the Cubs on Aug. 30, 2015.--Field Level Media

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MLB Game Preview: Houston Astros vs. Oakland Athletics - 5/31/2019 - 10:07 PM EST

MLB Game Preview: Houston Astros vs. Oakland Athletics - Date: 5/31/2019 Peacock, Fiers set for rematch as Astros visit A'sFLMThe Oakland Athletics hope to trim more from their American League West deficit when they host the first-place Houston Astros in a three-game series that begins Friday night.The A's trailed the Astros by 9 1/2 games two weeks ago before winning 10 in a row. Sports Handicap. They lost their last two games to the Los Angeles Angels and currently stand 7 1/2 back of Houston, the defending division champ.Three games of the deficit can be directly attributed to five earlier meetings with the Astros. Houston won the first four, including a three-game sweep at home, before the A's salvaged a split of their two-game home series.Both of those series were in April.The Astros dominated the season series 12-7 last year but will have to go without at least two key players -- George Springer (hamstring) and Carlos Correa (fractured rib) -- in this series. Jose Altuve (hamstring), who also has been on the injured list, is questionable.Correa missed the three-game series against the Chicago Cubs earlier this week after, he maintains, he sustained his rib injury while getting a massage."I'm extremely disappointed about not being on the field with my teammates," he said in a statement this week. "To sustain an injury in such an unusual way makes it even more frustrating." Playing short-handed didn't negatively impact the Astros on their just completed homestand, one in which they took two of three from both the Boston Red Sox and the Chicago Cubs in the past week.Rookie shortstop Jack Mayfield was summoned from Triple-A and responded with his first big-league hit, a double, in Houston's Monday win over the Cubs.The A's also have been without one of their big guns -- Khris Davis (oblique st rain) -- in recent games. But it wasn't a lack of power that prevented Oakland from adding to its 10-game winning streak in the losses to the Angels on Tuesday and Wednesday.The A's got homers from seven different players, nine total, while being outscored 23-19 in the three-game set against Los Angeles."Our offense had a good game today. I know I didn't help anyone out there," noted reliever Lou Trivino, who gave up five runs in the 11th inning of a 12-7 loss Wednesday. "This loss is on me." The series opener features a pitching rematch from a 9-8 Astros home win on April 7. Neither starter got a decision in that game.Houston's Brad Peacock (5-2, 3.19 ERA) worked five innings that day, allowing five runs and seven hits. He is 3-6 in his career against the A's with a 4.45 ERA in 25 games, including 14 starts.Robbie Grossman homered off him in the earlier meeting.The A's will counter with ace Mike Fiers (4-3, 5.00 ERA), who usually saves his best for home games, where he is 4-2 with a 3.78 ERA this season.He was bombed for a three-run home run by Aledmys Diaz in a five-run first inning in the Houston outing, then was pulled after allowing six runs on seven hits in 1 2/3 innings.Fiers is 1-2 with a 7.32 ERA in four career starts against the Astros, for whom he played three seasons earlier in his career.--Field Level Media

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MLB Game Preview: Miami Marlins vs. San Diego Padres - 5/31/2019 - 10:10 PM EST

MLB Game Preview: Miami Marlins vs. San Diego Padres - Date: 5/31/2019 Padres open long homestand against MarlinsFLMThe San Diego Padres find themselves at the crossroads of opportunity over the next 10 days.Starting Friday -- with the first of three games against the lowly Miami Marlins -- the Padres play 10 straight at home in their longest homestand of the season at Petco Park. All 10 games are against teams from the National League East, with the Phillies and Nationals following the Marlins into San Diego.It seems like a perfect opportunity for the Padres to get hot. Profitable Sports Handicappers. The only problem is that the Padres are only 14-14 at home this season.Coming off a 3-3 trip to Toronto and the Yankees, the Padres have played better on the road than at home. Sports Handicap. The Padres were 31-5 0 at Petco Park last season."We have to start winning at home," Padres manager Andy Green said during the Padres' last homestand.The timing could be perfect for the Padres to start protecting their well-manicured home turf. Miami is 8-17 on the road this season. Washington is 11-17. Philadelphia is one game above .500.The Marlins could have one other disadvantage Friday night. Neil Walker, who easily leads the Marlins in batting average (.299) and on-base percentage (.376), left Miami's game Thursday afternoon against the Giants in Miami with a right quad strain and could be headed for the injured list."We don't know how severe Walker's injury is," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said after Thursday's game. "The way he kind of pulls up tells you it's going to be a little bit." The Padres will open their fifth homestand of the season Friday night in a match of left-handers.Joey Lucchesi (3-3, 4.25 ERA) will start for the Pad res against Caleb Smith (3-2, 3.05) of the Marlins.Lucchesi will be facing the Marlins for the first time in his career. Smith will be facing the Padres for the third time.Lucchesi, who originally was scheduled to pitch Wednesday at Yankee Stadium on four days' rest for the first time this season, was moved back to Friday night's start.Answering a challenge from Green to pitch deeper into games, Lucchesi has pitched into the seventh in each of his last two starts after doing it only once in his first eight starts this season. Over his last three outings, Lucchesi has allowed six runs on 11 hits and two walks with 21 strikeouts in 19 innings for a 2.84 ERA and a 0.684 WHIP."He's been pitching ahead in the count," said Green. "His stuff plays. He just needs to be aggressive early in the count." The Padres are 5-5 in Lucchesi's first 10 starts this season. In his two-season career, Lucchesi is 8-6 in 21 starts at Petco Park with a 3.55 ERA, a 1.257 WHIP and a .248 opponents' batting average. He has 116 strikeouts in 109 career innings at Petco Park.Smith is also making his 11th start. He has a 0.964 WHIP to go with the 3.05 ERA -- allowing 19 runs on 38 hits and 16 walks with 72 strikeouts in 56 innings.He is 2-0 with a 0.73 ERA, a 0.892 WHIP and a .186 opponents' batting average in his two previous career starts against the Padres. He is 1-0 at Petco Park, allowing a run on four hits and a walk with four strikeouts in seven innings.--Field Level Media

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MLB Game Preview: Toronto Blue Jays vs. Colorado Rockies - 5/31/2019 - 8:40 PM EST

MLB Game Preview: Toronto Blue Jays vs. Colorado Rockies - Date: 5/31/2019 Rockies look to stay hot as Blue Jays arriveFLMThe Toronto Blue Jays understandably will be focused on facing German Marquez when the Colorado Rockies right-hander takes the mound on Friday night.The visiting Blue Jays also should be thinking about how to pitch him when he steps to the plate.Marquez has been Colorado's best pitcher this season, going 5-2 with a 3.56 ERA, but he has been a pretty good hitter, too, especially in May. Marquez is hitting .444 in his four starts in the month and has nine RBIs, which is the most by a pitcher in one month in 46 years.He had three RBIs in Sunday's win over Baltimore, including a two-run triple that gave the Rockies a 5-1 lead in the fifth inning. Leading Handicappers. They won in a walk-off in the ninth inning, long after Marquez was lifted, but a fter the game his teammates praised his hitting technique."His head barely moves," third baseman Nolan Arenado said. "It never moves. It looks like he has all this movement but his head never moves. As hitters, you watch that." The Rockies' hitters have been doing well on their own. Sports Handicapper Scams. They have won five straight after a four-game sweep of Arizona and have won four of their last seven home games in their last at-bat.It's likely Toronto's starter on Friday, Edwin Jackson, will be more concerned with Arenado and a few other Colorado hitters when the teams start a three-game interleague series. Jackson is a seasoned veteran who has pitched for 14 franchises -- a league record he set two weeks ago when he made his debut with Toronto. In his 17-year career, has faced the Rockies plenty of times but this will be his first as a member of the Blue Jays.Jackso n (0-2, 9.00) is 2-4 in 15 career games -- 12 of them starts -- against Colorado and has compiled a 9.63 ERA. Seven of those games and six of his starts against the Rockies have come at Coors Field, where he has yet to record a victory. He is 0-3 with a 12.71 ERA in Denver.Jackson has made just three starts since being acquired from Oakland on May 11 and he will be asked to slow down a Colorado team that is 6-1 on its 10-game homestand. Hockey Predictions. The Blue Jays are heading in the opposite direction. They have lost three in a row and eight of their last 10.They had an off day Thursday following a loss in extra innings to Tampa Bay. Toronto had 11 runners left on base and was 2-for-16 with runners in scoring position, a struggle that has plagued the Blue Jays all season."We're just not there right now, but we're going to get there," manager Charlie Montoyo said after the loss to t he Rays. "We've had our chances, but it's kind of been like that the whole time. Sooner or later, we're going to get (timely runs). I've seen it. When you become good, those runs come in and you don't leave runners on base." --Field Level Media

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MLB Game Preview: Cleveland Indians vs. Chicago White Sox - 5/31/2019 - 8:10 PM EST

MLB Game Preview: Cleveland Indians vs. Chicago White Sox - Date: 5/31/2019 White Sox look to extend win streak against IndiansFLMContending for the American League Central Division title may still be a tall order at this stage of the Chicago White Sox rebuild, but plenty of milestones and guideposts continue to loom along the way.The White Sox can creep closer to one of them on Friday as they continue a four-game series against the visiting Cleveland Indians.Chicago is just one game behind the Indians for second place, a standings perch the club hasn't occupied since the first 10 days of the 2018 season."We're getting better at adjusting, talking to each other, figuring things out," White Sox right-hander Lucas Giolito said. "And the goal is to be able to compete at the level we know we can every series." The White Sox have won each of their first four games to begin a seven-game homestand, beginning w ith a three-game sweep of the division foe Kansas City Royals.White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson added fuel to the rivalry by saying that his disdain for the club is "going to be a forever beef for me." Chicago manager Rick Renteria didn't seem to mind Anderson's passion."Timmy is a competitor," Renteria said. "And he's making no bones about, we're trying to win ballgames, we're trying to get better. ... We need a little bit of that fire. And that's a kind of an edge that hopefully will put us over the top." So bring on the Royals -- and everyone else, for that matter."We don't like the Royals, the Indians, we don't like anybody that's not a White Sock, so let's make that clear," Renteria said. "Anybody that's not a White Sock, we don't like." While the White Sox have won six of their past 11 games, the Indians are traveling in the opposite direction, losing eight of 12.Veteran ri ght-hander Trevor Bauer (4-4, 3.19 ERA) will aim to help Cleveland reverse its recent course. Bauer has endured a trying May, going 0-3 with a 6.52 ERA in five starts. World's Best Handicapper. The White Sox started Bauer on his rough course, reaching him for eight runs -- seven earned -- on 10 hits in a home victory on May 6.Bauer yielded two home runs in that game and has allowed 10 in 76 2/3 innings this season. His career record against the White Sox is 8-4 with a 3.65 ERA in 19 games (17 starts)."His stuff is phenomenal, he's just not throwing it where he wants to," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "He's not commanding. He's just not throwing it to where he wants to enough." Right-hander Dylan Covey (0-4, 5.47) is set to get the call for Chicago, which is 1-4 in his five starts this season. Covey, who has shuttled between Chicago and Triple-A Charlotte in 2019, pitched six innings in his most recent outing against the Minnesota Twins and allowed each of his four runs in the third inning, punctuated by a three-run home run off the bat of Eddie Rosario.In nine career games (six starts) against Cleveland, Covey is 1-3 with a 4.24 ERA.Indians first baseman Carlos Santana enters Friday with a .320 average, five home runs and 15 RBIs in his past 15 games."I think every opponent picks out a guy or two and say we don't want him to beat us," Francona said. "And Carlos is an obvious choice with the way he's been swinging the bat (overall)." --Field Level Media

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MLB Game Preview: Kansas City Royals vs. Texas Rangers - 5/31/2019 - 8:05 PM EST

MLB Game Preview: Kansas City Royals vs. Texas Rangers - Date: 5/31/2019 Royals seek second straight win over RangersFLMThe Kansas City Royals routinely have found themselves under the thumb of the Texas Rangers since the start of the 2016 season.After losing 19 of 24 such encounters prior to this series, the Royals will bid to win the first two contests of the four-game set on Friday when the clubs reconvene in Arlington, Texas.Adalberto Mondesi homered to highlight his fifth three-hit performance of the season in Kansas City's 4-2 win over Texas on Thursday. Make Money Betting Sports. The 23-year-old has 20 hits, nine RBIs and 10 runs scored in his last 15 games."Lately I've been swinging so hard, so right now, I'm just focused on putting the ball in play," Mondesi said. "... I've been working on that every day." Jorge Soler homered for the second time in as many days and fourth in nine outings when he belted a three-run homer in the sixth inning. Soler's homer extended his career-high total this season to 14.Soler and Mondesi will look to continue their strong play at the plate versus Texas right-hander Ariel Jurado (1-2, 2.28 ERA), who acquitted himself well in his last outing. Jurado allowed two runs on six hits in 6 1/3 innings of a no-decision against the Los Angeles Angels.The 23-year-old Jurado struggled in his lone career encounter with Kansas City, permitting two runs on four hits in 2 1/3 innings of a no-decision on May 14.Jurado will have two special people in the crowd as his parents are making their first trek from Panama to the United States."It's a cool story," Rangers manager Chris Woodward said. "They've never been to the United States, get to see him pitch (on Friday)." Joey Gallo's two-out walk in the fourth inning allowed him to reach base in 31 of his last 37 games, but the 25-year-old isn't getting ahead of himself."It's still one-third of the season, still a lot left, but I feel like I've made a lot of adjustments to be a better overall hitter," Gallo said, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "It's definitely been an enjoyable season so far for me personally, so hopefully keep that going." Shin-Soo Choo belted his sixth homer in 13 games and the 199th of his career in the series opener heading into Friday's tilt versus Kansas City left-hander Danny Duffy (3-1, 3.12 ERA), against whom he is 4-for-13 in his career.Duffy will attempt to rebound after seeing his three-start winning streak come to an end in his last outing. He yielded four runs (one earned) on five hits in six innings of a no-decision against the New York Yankees on Sunday.The 30-year-old Duffy improved to 3-2 with a 3.33 ERA in eight career starts versus Texas on May 14 despite surrendering four runs on seven hits in five innings of an 11-5 win.Duffy has struggled against Asdrubal Cabrera (5-for-15) and Gallo (3-for-9) in small sample sizes.The availability of Kansas City's Hunter Dozier for the rest of the series is in question after he exited the opener with right side thorax tightness."Dozier is going to need a day or maybe even two, and that might affect my plans with Nicky Lopez and Mondesi getting days off," Royals manager Ned Yost said.--Field Level Media

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MLB Game Preview: Detroit Tigers vs. Atlanta Braves - 5/31/2019 - 7:20 PM EST

MLB Game Preview: Detroit Tigers vs. Atlanta Braves - Date: 5/31/2019 Tigers make first visit to Atlanta's SunTrust ParkFLMA pair of prized rookies will face each other on Friday when the Atlanta Braves host the Detroit Tigers in the opener of a three-game interleague series.The Braves boast outfielder Austin Riley, who is batting .375 with seven home runs and 20 RBIs in 14 games since being promoted from Triple-A Gwinnett. He will be tested by Detroit right-hander Spencer Turnbull, who has been impressive in his first 11 starts this season.Turnbull (2-4, 2.97 ERA) will have Atlanta righty Mike Foltynewicz (1-3, 5.67) as his mound opponent.The Braves most recently were swept by the visiting Washington Nationals in a two-game series. Top Rated Sports Services. The Tigers took the final two in a three-game road series against the Baltimore Orioles earlier this week.Riley was the bright spot for the Braves on Wednesday in a 14-4 loss to Washington. He was the only Atlanta player with multiple hits, and one of them was his first career grand slam.The 22-year-old Memphis native needs three homers in his next three games to match the major league record for the fastest to double-digit long balls. Rhys Hoskins hit 10 home runs in 17 games for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2017.Riley said of his early success with the Braves, "It's cool to be part of a great franchise and the guys who have come through here. I think it's something I'll look back on in the next 10 to 15 years and appreciate." Turnbull lost his most recent start against the New York Mets because of one poorly played inning. A misplayed fly ball, a strategically placed bunt against an infield shift and a three-run homer by Adeiny Hechavarria helped send the Tigers to a 4-3 defeat. Sports Picks Today. T urnbull pitched seven innings, gave up four runs and struck out eight."I thought he threw the ball great," Detroit catcher John Hicks said. "We would like to get that fourth inning back." Turnbull was the team's second-round draft choice out of the University of Alabama in 2014. He appeared in four games, three starts, in 2018 and went 0-2 with a 6.06 ERA. He has blossomed this season and become a fixture in the rotation.Turnbull has pitched well in May but has nothing to show for it. In five starts this month, he has a 3.45 ERA and 31 strikeouts in 28 2/3 innings, resulting in two losses and three no-decisions. Sports Monitor. Turnbull, who has never faced the Braves, is 2-2 with a 3.14 ERA in five road starts this year.Foltynewicz has put together strong back-to-back starts, indicating the veteran right-hander may be close to returning to the form that made him an All-Star last season.In 1 2 combined innings against the Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals, Foltynewicz allowed three runs, two earned, with 10 strikeouts and no walks. He lowered his ERA from 8.02 on May 14 to 5.67."It looked like the old Folty," Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said after the St. Louis game last Friday. "I told him, 'You're getting back to where you were.' That's good to see." The Tigers will be visiting SunTrust Park for the first time. Detroit last came to Atlanta in 2016, when the Tigers played the Braves in the final series hosted at Turner Field.--Field Level Media

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MLB Game Preview: Milwaukee Brewers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 5/31/2019 - 7:05 PM EST

MLB Game Preview: Milwaukee Brewers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - Date: 5/31/2019 Brewers aim to keep momentum going vs. PiratesFLMThe Milwaukee Brewers don't need Christian Yelich to hit homers to win. After all, Yelich didn't add to his total of 21 on Thursday. Instead, he watched his teammates hit four homers in a series-opening 11-5 win over the host Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park.The Brewers haven't had the best of luck on the road but used that power to move to 14-14 away from home going into Friday's second game of a four-game set.The Brewers rode their power and 18 hits to a win the first meeting of the season with the Pirates. Milwaukee has 96 homers collectively.Pittsburgh has given up 12 homers in its past eight games and, not coincidentally, is 2-6."We're working a lot of different areas for improvement," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said after his team had the tying run at the plate three time s Thursday.Friday, Milwaukee right-hander Jhoulys Chacin (3-6, 4.88 ERA) is scheduled to face Pittsburgh righty Chris Archer (1-5, 5.75 ERA), a matchup of struggling starters.Chacin is 0-3 with a 4.50 ERA over his past three starts, including a 7-2 loss Saturday against Philadelphia when he gave up four runs and seven hits -- including two homers -- in five innings, with six strikeouts and three walks.A silver lining to that outing was Chacin reaching 1,000 career strikeouts.Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell indicated Chacin's performance this season, while passable, has yet to reach the level the Brewers have seen before and need."I don't think Jhoulys has clicked it all in," Counsell said. "I think he's pitched really well the last six starts. ... Really, to me, that's the starter's job -- to keep your team in the game -- and he's really good at that."He's done his job. He's kept us in games. Soccer Predictions. That's what we're asking. Profitable Handicappers. Then you (hopefully) get into a stretch where it starts clicking, and it carries the load." Chacin is 2-6 with a 4.21 ERA in 12 career starts against the Pirates. Last year, he was 0-3 with a 3.03 ERA in six starts.Archer has been one of four Pittsburgh starters to spend time on the injured list, but he hasn't been one of the Pittsburgh starters to pick up the slack with others out, primarily because of control issues.He is 0-5 over his past six starts, including 0-3 since he returned from the IL (right thumb irritation). He has coughed up six homers over his past five games.Sunday, Archer gave up four runs and six hits in five innings, with six walks and three strikeouts, in an 11-7 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.He acknowledged his struggles and predicted an imminent turnaround.&quo t;It's been four starts that I haven't pitched to my capability whatsoever," Archer said. "My next one could be a great one, and it will be a great one. It will be better than (Sunday)." Archer hasn't delivered a quality start since April 13. He needed 105 pitches for his five innings against Los Angeles."He's working hard to get outs, and his fastball command has been just off enough that it's extended counts," Hurdle said.Archer is 0-2 with a 6.60 ERA in three career starts against Milwaukee.--Field Level Media

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MLB Game Preview: Washington Nationals vs. Cincinnati Reds - 5/31/2019 - 7:10 PM EST

MLB Game Preview: Washington Nationals vs. Cincinnati Reds - Date: 5/31/2019 Hot-hitting Nationals open series at CincinnatiFLMThe Washington Nationals ignited their offense as a means to alter their fortunes on the heels of a season-worst, five-game losing skid.After erupting for 47 runs en route to winning five of their last six contests, the Nationals look to continue their scoring ways on Friday when they open a three-game road series against the Cincinnati Reds."We had guys injured, we had guys come back. We had guys that played that needed to just play games," Washington manager Dave Martinez said following the Nationals' 14-4 win over the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday. "And now things are starting to click a little bit and they're starting to play. Our lineup's got some length now, and we're starting to extend some innings." Juan Soto had an RBI single and a solo home run Wednesday to exten d his hitting streak to a career-best 13 games, during which he is batting a robust .449 (22-for-49) with three homers, 13 RBIs and 13 runs.Soto told reporters that he is inching his way back to his 2018 form."Really close, really close," the 20-year-old left fielder said. "I need a little bit more, but I'm really close to (last year). I feel amazing." While Soto is in the midst of a career-high run, Cincinnati's Derek Dietrich is having a career season. Handicapper Return on Investment. The 29-year-old infielder followed up his trio of two-run homers on Tuesday with two more hits and an RBI on Wednesday in the Reds' 7-2 setback to the Pittsburgh Pirates.Nationals left-hander Patrick Corbin (5-2, 2.85 ERA) will be charged with keeping Dietrich in check when he takes the mound on Friday.Corbin enters the contest with momentum, as he improved to 3-1 in his past four starts on Saturday by recording his second career shutout in a 5-0 romp over Miami. He scattered four hits, walked one and struck out five against the Marlins.The 29-year-old is 2-3 with a 3.74 ERA in nine career appearances (eight starts) versus Cincinnati. In his most recent meeting with the Reds, on May 30, 2018, he allowed a season-high six runs on eight hits in six innings during a 7-4 setback.Eugenio Suarez (6-for-13, homer) and Jose Peraza (5-for-12) have fared well versus Corbin. Joey Votto is just 4-for-19 with five strikeouts against the hurler.Suarez hopes to be in the lineup for the series opener after he was plunked on the left hand in the eighth inning on Wednesday. Winning Sports Handicappers. Tensions rose when Suarez elected to take a few steps toward the mound."I don't know if they are going to hit me on purpose. Sports Picks for Today. That's w hy I walked up to him and asked him if he hit me on purpose," said Suarez, a 27-year-old Venezuelan. "He said, 'No. Definitely not.' I just said I wanted to make sure because I don't like that pitch up and in, right on my face. He said, 'No.'"The catcher (Elias Diaz) told me, too, in Spanish -- he's from Venezuela -- 'No, we don't want to hit you.' I just said, 'I wanted to make sure because that hurt.' Thank God my hand feels good. No break. Just a contusion. I hope to be all right for Friday." Reds right-hander Tyler Mahle (1-5, 4.15 ERA) looks to rebound after allowing three homers and a season-high six runs in his last start -- a no-decision at the Chicago Cubs on Saturday.In his lone career start against the Nationals, Mahle also yielded six runs in 1 2/3 innings at Washington on Aug. 2, 2018.--Field Level Media

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