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  • Giants' Bumgarner out three-plus months with Grade 2 shoulder sprain
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, April 28, 2017

    San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner has been diagnosed with a Grade 2 sprain of his throwing shoulder and is expected to miss at least three months, the team announced Friday.

    • Bumgarner, who injured his shoulder in a dirt bike accident earlier this week, tentatively is scheduled to return around the All-Star break.

      Dr. Kenneth Akizuki, the team's orthopedist, led the medical process although outside specialists were consulted, csnbayarea.com reported.

      Dr. Tim McAdams, the team doctor for the NFL's San Francisco 49ers, saw Bumgarner and his test results were sent to Dr. James Andrews and Dr. Neal ElAttrache. All of the doctors agreed that Bumgarner does not need surgery.

      "That's nice to hear," Giants trainer Dave Groeschner told csnbayarea.com. "It's nice when everyone is in agreement. Now we'll put a plan in place and work on the rehab and get him back. Bum is a very conscientious person. We feel good about the fact that if we're going to ask him to do something (to rehab), he's going to do it."

      Bumgarner sustained bruised ribs and the sprained AC joint in his pitching shoulder during last Thursday's off day in Colorado. The former World Series MVP will wear a sling on his pitching arm for at least another week.

      Bumgarner never previously was on the disabled list during his eight-plus major league seasons.

      The 27-year-old said Monday he regretted the decision to ride trail bikes in the mountains outside of Denver with two family members.

      Bumgarner is 0-3 with a 3.00 ERA this season.

  • MLB notebook: Mariners' Hernandez, Haniger both out 3-4 weeks
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, April 28, 2017

    Seattle Mariners ace right-hander Felix Hernandez and promising rookie right fielder Mitch Haniger will be sidelined three to four weeks with their respective injuries, the club announced Friday.

    • Dr. Edward Khalfayan, the team's medical director, examined the pair in Seattle on Friday and diagnosed Hernandez with bursitis in his right shoulder and Haniger with a grade 2 strain of his right oblique muscle. Hernandez and Haniger were placed on the 10-day disabled list on Wednesday.

      Hernandez allowed four runs and six hits in two innings of Tuesday's 19-9 loss to the Detroit Tigers. The 2010 American League Cy Young Award winner and six-time All-Star owns a 2-2 mark with a 4.73 ERA in five starts this season.

      Haniger sustained an oblique strain after hitting a single in the third inning of Tuesday's contest. The 26-year-old is batting .338 and leads the American League in runs (20) heading into Friday's action.

      --The New York Mets placed left fielder Yoenis Cespedes on the 10-day disabled list with a hamstring injury, the team announced.

      The move comes one day after Cespedes left a game after running out a fourth-inning double against the Atlanta Braves. Cespedes just returned to the lineup on Wednesday after a previous injury to the same hamstring kept him out of the lineup for three games.

      New York recalled left-handed reliever Sean Gilmartin from Triple-A Las Vegas to fill the roster opening.

      --New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius returned from his rehab assignment and was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list. Gregorius, 27, was expected to make his season debut on Friday night against the visiting Baltimore Orioles.

      Gregorius missed the first 20 games of the season due to a right shoulder strain he suffered on March 18 during the World Baseball Classic.

      To make room on the roster, the Yankees designated infielder Pete Kozma for assignment.

  • Mariners' Hernandez, Haniger both out 3-4 weeks
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, April 28, 2017

    Seattle Mariners ace right-hander Felix Hernandez and promising rookie right fielder Mitch Haniger will be sidelined three to four weeks with their respective injuries, the club announced Friday.

    • Dr. Edward Khalfayan, the team's medical director, examined the pair in Seattle on Friday and diagnosed Hernandez with bursitis in his right shoulder and Haniger with a grade 2 strain of his right oblique muscle.

      Hernandez and Haniger were placed on the 10-day disabled list on Wednesday.

      Hernandez allowed four runs and six hits in two innings of Tuesday's 19-9 loss to the Detroit Tigers. The 2010 American League Cy Young Award winner and six-time All-Star owns a 2-2 mark with a 4.73 ERA in five starts this season.

      Haniger sustained an oblique strain after hitting a single in the third inning of Tuesday's contest. The 26-year-old is batting .338 and leads the American League in runs (20) heading into Friday's action.

  • Mets place LF Cespedes on DL, recall LHP Gilmartin
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, April 28, 2017

    The New York Mets placed left fielder Yoenis Cespedes on the 10-day disabled list with a hamstring injury, the team announced on Friday.

    • The move comes one day after Cespedes left a game while running out a fourth-inning double against the Atlanta Braves. He pulled up after rounding first base and limped into second before departing with what the club termed a strained left hamstring.

      Cespedes just returned to the lineup on Wednesday after a previous injury to the same hamstring kept him out for three games.

      Cespedes is batting .270 with six homers and 10 RBIs this season.

      New York recalled left-handed reliever Sean Gilmartin from Triple-A Las Vegas to fill the roster opening.

      Gilmartin, 26, appeared in one game earlier this for season for the Mets, pitching two-thirds of a scoreless inning. He is 3-3 with a 3.69 ERA in 65 major league appearances (two starts).

  • Yankees activate SS Gregorius from DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, April 28, 2017

    New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius returned from his rehab assignment on Friday and was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list.

    • Gregorius, 27, was expected to make his season debut on Friday night against the visiting Baltimore Orioles.

      Gregorius missed the first 20 games of the season due to a right shoulder strain he suffered during the World Baseball Classic. He was injured in a March 18 game while completing a double play for The Netherlands.

      Gregorius played his fifth and final minor league rehab game on Thursday for Class A Advanced Tampa, going 2-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base. He was 8-for-18 (.444) with a homer against Florida State League pitching.

      Ronald Torreyes was impressive while filling in for Gregorius, hitting .308 with one home run and 13 RBIs in 19 games. Torreyes will now return to a backup role at second base, third base and shortstop, and he also could see some time in the outfield.

      "It's great to get Didi back," Yankees manager Girardi said Thursday. "Obviously he played extremely well last year for us. We've been kind of fortunate because Torreyes has played so well. It's good to have him back."

      Gregorius batted .276 for New York last season, setting career highs in hits (155), doubles (32), home runs (20), RBIs (70) and extra-base hits (54).

      To make room on the roster, the Yankees designated infielder Pete Kozma for assignment.

      Kozma, 29, collected just one hit and a walk in nine at-bats over nine games. He is a career .221 hitter, with the majority of his major league time coming for the St. Louis Cardinals from 2011-15.

  • MLB notebook: Diamondbacks' Miller may need Tommy John surgery
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, April 27, 2017

    Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Shelby Miller has a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and is considering season-ending Tommy John surgery, the pitcher said Thursday.

    • Miller's MRI exam results were reviewed by three doctors this week after he experienced tightness in the elbow during Sunday's start against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Tommy John surgery would likely cause him to miss part of the 2018 season.

      The consensus from the doctors is that the ligament isn't fully torn but the 26-year-old Miller also has a flexor strain in the elbow. Failing to have surgery would also qualify as a gamble.

      Miller is 2-2 with a 4.09 ERA this season.

      --New York Mets have more injury problems, this time involving left fielder Yoenis Cespedes and pitcher Noah Syndergaard.

      Cespedes exited Thursday's game against the Atlanta Braves in the fourth inning after aggravating a left hamstring injury while rounding first base on a double.

      Syndergaard was scratched from his scheduled start and sent to see a specialist due to tightness in his right biceps. Manager Terry Collins told reporters that Syndergaard is dealing with a "tired arm" and that the 24-year-old had been bothered by discomfort since his last start a week ago against the Philadelphia Phillies.

      --The Cincinnati Reds activated former All-Star catcher Devin Mesoraco from the 10-day disabled list.

      To open the roster spot, Cincinnati sent right-handed reliever Barrett Astin to Triple-A Louisville.

      Mesoraco hasn't played yet in 2017 as he recovers from last season's shoulder and hip surgeries. Mesoraco finished a 20-day rehab stint earlier this week.

      --Relief pitcher Jason Motte, whose career went downhill following Tommy John surgery four years ago, is back in the majors with the Atlanta Braves after being called up from Triple-A Gwinnett.

      Motte, 34, pitched 5 1/3 scoreless innings with six strikeouts while allowing just two hits and one walk for Gwinnett.

      Motte tied for the league lead in saves with 42 for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2012. But he was bothered by elbow soreness during the ensuing spring training, and had Tommy John surgery in May 2013.

      --Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Aaron Sanchez is progressing from a blister issue and is expected to start Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

      Sanchez is currently on the disabled list after a blister appeared on his right middle finger. He pitched a bullpen session on Thursday and will throw another one on Friday.

      --The Seattle Mariners outrighted outfielder Leonys Martin to Triple-A Tacoma.

      The Mariners also activated Rob Whalen from the 10-day disabled list and optioned the right-hander to the Triple-A club.

      Martin, who was designated for assignment by Seattle on April 23, batted .111 with five runs scored in 15 games with the Mariners this season.

      --Boston Red Sox pitching prospect Kevin Steen was seriously injured in a car accident on Wednesday night near Fort Myers, Fla.

      Steen, 20, was taken to Lee Memorial Hospital after his SUV was hit by another vehicle that had went airborne after crossing the median on Lee Boulevard. The driver of that vehicle died at the scene, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

  • D-backs RHP Miller considering Tommy John surgery
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, April 27, 2017

    Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Shelby Miller has a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and is considering season-ending Tommy John surgery, the pitcher said Thursday.

    • Miller's MRI exam results were reviewed by three doctors this week after he experienced tightness in the elbow during Sunday's start against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Tommy John surgery would likely cause him to miss part of the 2018 season.

      "It sucks. It's not good news," Miller said. "You never want to be put in this kind of situation and never would you think that it would happen to you. It is what it is.

      "It's just one of those things that you can't really control. I'm pretty torn up about not being able to pitch for a while."

      The consensus from the doctors is that the ligament isn't fully torn but the 26-year-old Miller also has a flexor strain in the elbow. Failing to have surgery would also qualify as a gamble.

      "It's not 100 percent torn where it's automatic having to get surgery," said Miller, who was 2-2 with a 4.09 ERA this season. "It's just in that area where you don't know what the future holds for it or whether it holds up or not. I'm deciding what I'm going to do."

      Miller said the non-surgical option is a mix of rest and rehab with either platelet-rich plasma or stem-cell injections to promote healing.

      Even if Miller chooses the rest-and-rehab approach, he will likely miss the rest of the 2017 season. There also is the fear of a setback if he doesn't have surgery.

      "That's the thing, you don't want it to not work out and end up missing a lot more time," Miller said. "The biggest thing is I want to be back on the field. There's no doubt about that. I want to do that as soon as possible. But to be able to do that, is that the smartest thing to do? That's what we're looking into. Doing, I guess, a little more studying and go from there."

      The Diamondbacks transferred Miller to the 60-day disabled list on Thursday and purchased the contract of left-hander reliever T.J. McFarland from Triple-A Reno.

  • MLB roundup: Yankees sweep Red Sox
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, April 27, 2017

    BOSTON -- Masahiro Tanaka outdueled Chris Sale in a battle of aces, and the New York Yankees completed a two-game sweep of the Boston Red Sox with a 3-0 victory on Thursday night.

    • Tanaka (3-1) tossed a three-hitter to win a third consecutive start. It was the fifth complete game of his career and his first since 2015. He didn't walk anyone, and he struck out three in becoming the first Yankee to throw a complete-game shutout against Boston since Mike Mussina in 2002.

      Tanaka retired the last 14 batters, good for 15 outs, and needed 97 pitches to complete his second career shutout. New York, which started the season 1-4, is 12-3 since.

      Sale (1-2, 1.19 ERA), acquired by the Red Sox in a big offseason trade of major Boston prospects, continued to be the victim of non-support. He held the game close until the Yankees scored two in the ninth. He wound up charged with three runs (two earned) on eight hits with 10 strikeouts and no walks in eight-plus innings for his fourth straight double-digit strikeout game.

      Nationals 16, Rockies 5

      DENVER -- Washington erupted for 11 runs in the seventh inning and crushed Colorado with another stunning offensive display.

      While winning the final three contests of a four-game series, the Nationals outscored the Rockies 42-21. The Colorado bullpen, which allowed 20 runs in the first 19 games, was torched for 26 runs in the past three contests.

      Adam Eaton, Bryce Harper and Daniel Murphy homered for Washington, which had 19 hits Thursday and 47 in the past three games, including seven homers. Gio Gonzalez (3-0) gave up two runs and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings.

      Cardinals 8, Blue Jays 4 (1st game, 11 innings)

      ST. LOUIS -- Matt Carpenter walloped his first career grand slam with one out in the bottom of the 11th inning to give St. Louis the victory over Toronto in the first game of a day-night doubleheader.

      Kolten Wong led off the 11th with a triple down the right-field line against Ryan Tepera. After Toronto gave intentional walks to Randal Grichuk and Dexter Fowler, Aledmys Diaz flew out to shallow left. But Carpenter unloaded on a 3-2 breaking ball from J.P. Howell.

      Toronto held a two-run lead entering the bottom of the ninth and was one out away from winning its first series of the year. But Randal Grichuk belted a two-run homer off Roberto Osuna to force extra innings.

      Cardinals 6, Blue Jays 4 (2nd game)

      ST. LOUIS -- Scoring in each of the first four innings in the nightcap of a day-night doubleheader, St. Louis finished off a sweep of Toronto.

      Dexter Fowler homered and went 3-for-4, Matt Adams and Greg Garcia each went 3-for-3, and Adam Wainwright picked up his second consecutive victory for the Cardinals. Wainwright (2-3) allowed nine hits and four runs in 6 1/3 innings, walking one and striking out four in his first outing past five innings this year.

      Blue Jays rookie right-hander Casey Lawrence (0-3) was strafed for 10 hits and six runs in five innings in his second big league start, walking three and fanning one.

      Diamondbacks 6, Padres 2

      PHOENIX -- Chris Owings hit a pair of homers, and Arizona starter Taijuan Walker kept San Diego in check.

      Owings hit solo homers in consecutive at-bats. His shot in the third inning tied the game 1-1, and his next in the fourth made it 4-1. In between, Yasmany Tomas hit a two-run blast in the fourth.

      Walker matched a career high with 11 strikeouts while allowing two runs and four hits in eight innings. J.J. Hoover pitched a scoreless ninth for Arizona, which leads Colorado by one-half game.

      Indians 4, Astros 3

      CLEVELAND -- Francisco Lindor's two-out, two-run homer in the seventh inning lifted Cleveland over Houston.

      With the Indians trailing 3-2 and Yan Gomes, who had walked, on first, Lindor pounded a 2-0 pitch from Chris Devenski (1-1) over the wall in center field. Lindor's sixth home run was estimated at 456 feet.

      Cleveland's Corey Kluber (3-1) struck out 10 in seven innings. He allowed three runs on eight hits and four walks. Bryan Shaw retired the side in order in the eighth, and Cody Allen pitched around three hits in the ninth to earn his fifth save.

      Angels 2, Athletics 1

      ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Albert Pujols and C.J. Cron drove in runs in the first inning, and starter Ricky Nolasco made it stand up as Los Angeles swept Oakland.

      Nolasco (2-2) gave up one run on three hits and two walks in 5 2/3 innings to earn his second win in a row. Blake Parker got the final out in the sixth, and David Hernandez, Jose Alvarez and Bud Norris (fourth save) combined to pitch the final three innings.

      Oakland's Kendall Graveman (2-1) made his first start since April 14, having recovered from a strained right shoulder. After a bumpy first inning, Graveman settled in and pitched well, allowing two runs and six hits without walking a batter in six innings.

      Dodgers 5, Giants 1 (10 innings)

      SAN FRANCISCO -- Chase Utley tagged up and scored on a foul out to the first baseman as part of a four-run 10th inning as Los Angeles defeated San Francisco.

      Enrique Hernandez hit a high pop fly down the right-field line, which Giants first baseman Buster Posey was able to catch after bobbling. Utley tagged and slid home safely on what was scored a sacrifice fly.

      Kenley Jansen (1-0), who pitched a scoreless ninth inning, got the win for the Dodgers. Chris Hatcher retired San Francisco in the bottom of the 10th.

      Phillies 3, Marlins 2

      PHILADELPHIA -- Starter Jeremy Hellickson and the bullpen helped Philadelphia win its sixth game in a row.

      Hellickson (4-0) outdueled Miami's Edinson Volquez (0-3) to stay undefeated. Hellickson allowed one run on seven hits and struck out only one batter against zero walks, lowering his ERA to 1.80 and his WHIP to 0.80.

      The Phillies tallied a run in the first thanks to a Dee Gordon throwing error. They scored again in the third on an Odubel Herrera RBI groundout to take a 2-0 lead.

      Mariners 2, Tigers 1

      DETROIT -- Ben Gamel smacked a go-ahead RBI single in the top of the ninth as Seattle defeated Detroit.

      Gamel knocked in Kyle Seager from second base after Seager doubled off reliever Francisco Rodriguez (1-2). Seager knocked in the Mariners' other run with a single in the sixth.

      Reliever Tony Zych (1-0) recorded his second major league win with 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief. Edwin Diaz collected his third save.

      Braves 7, Mets 5

      NEW YORK -- Kurt Suzuki's three-run homer capped a four-run fifth inning as Atlanta swept the two-game series versus New York.

      The Braves never trailed in their consecutive wins over the Mets, who finished 1-8 on their longest homestand of the first half.

      Worse yet for New York, its injury-wracked roster took two more hits when ace right-hander Noah Syndergaard was scratched hours before first pitch because of biceps tendinitis and left fielder Yoenis Cespedes exited in the fourth inning after aggravating a left hamstring injury.

  • Braves recall RHP Motte
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, April 27, 2017

    Relief pitcher Jason Motte, whose career went downhill following Tommy John surgery four years ago, is back in the majors with the Atlanta Braves after being called up from Triple-A Gwinnett on Thursday.

    • One thing that is missing is his trademark beard, because Gwinnett has a rule that forbids having facial hair.

      Motte, 34, pitched 5 1/3 scoreless innings with six strikeouts while allowing just two hits and one walk for Gwinnett.

      Braves manager Brian Snitker said he plans to use Motte in middle relief.

      The right-handed Motte was designated for assignment by the Colorado Rockies four weeks ago, and the Braves signed him and assigned him to their Triple-A club.

      Motte was one of the top closers in the National League before an elbow injury interrupted his career. He was the closer on the St. Louis Cardinals team that won the 2011 World Series and he tied for the league lead in saves with 42 in 2012.

      But he was bothered by elbow soreness during the ensuing spring training, and had Tommy John surgery in May 2013.

      He returned to action for the Cardinals in May 2014, but finished that season with a 4.68 ERA. He had an 8-1 record with a 3.91 ERA with the Chicago Cubs in 2015, but went 0-1 with a 4.94 ERA with the Rockies last season. He also had shoulder problems last season that limited his effectiveness.

      To make room for Motte, the Braves optioned catcher Anthony Recker to Gwinnett.

  • Mariners send OF Martin, RHP Whalen to Triple-A Tacoma
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, April 27, 2017

    The Seattle Mariners outrighted outfielder Leonys Martin to Triple-A Tacoma on Thursday.

    • The Mariners also activated Rob Whalen from the 10-day disabled list and optioned the right-hander to the Triple-A club on Thursday. Whalen originally was placed on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation on March 31.

      Martin, who was designated for assignment by Seattle on April 23, batted .111 with five runs scored in 15 games with the Mariners this season. The 29-year-old had been benched in favor of Jarrod Dyson as the team's starting center fielder, one year removed from batting .247 with career highs in homers (15) and RBIs (47).

      Whalen was acquired from Atlanta in a four-player deal in November after posting a 1-2 mark with a 6.57 ERA in five starts with the Braves last season.

      The 23-year-old's lone victory came in his major league debut on Aug. 3 despite allowing four runs on as many hits in five innings of an 8-4 win.

  • Mets' Cespedes injures hamstring, exits vs. Braves
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, April 27, 2017

    NEW YORK -- New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes exited Thursday's game against the Atlanta Braves in the fourth inning after aggravating a left hamstring injury while rounding first base on a double.

    • Cespedes laced an R.A. Dickey offering to deep center but hopped in pain about one-third of the way between first and second base. He was able to hobble into second base before crouching down in pain.

      Manager Terry Collins and trainer Ray Ramirez immediately came out to tend to Cespedes, who walked slowly off the field. Upon reaching the first-base line, Cespedes put his left arm around the shoulder of first base coach Tom Goodwin and relied on Goodwin and Ramirez to help him into the dugout.

      The Mets announced a few minutes later that Cespedes had sustained a left hamstring pull. It is the second hamstring injury in a week for Cespedes, who said he felt a "shock" in his hamstring while running to second base against the Philadelphia Phillies last Thursday.

      Cespedes missed the weekend series against the Washington Nationals and returned to the lineup Wednesday, following an off day on Monday and a rainout Tuesday.

      Since Cespedes was acquired on July 31, 2015, the Mets are 114-82 when he is in the lineup and 18-27 when he is not.

  • Blue Jays' Sanchez improving, in line to start Sunday
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, April 27, 2017

    Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Aaron Sanchez is progressing from a blister issue and is expected to start Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

    • Sanchez is currently on the disabled list after a blister appeared on his right middle finger. He pitched a bullpen session on Thursday and will throw another one on Friday.

      Manager John Gibbons told reporters that Sanchez will be activated to start Sunday if the Friday session goes well.

      Sanchez, 24, is 0-1 with a 4.38 ERA in two starts this season. He was an American League All-Star last season when he went 15-2 with a 3.00 ERA in 30 starts.

      Toronto also remains without left-handed starter J.A. Happ due to an elbow issue. He isn't on the club's current seven-game road trip and Gibbons doesn't yet know when last season's 20-game winner will return.

      "Happ is just in a holding pattern," Gibbons said. "He's just not ready to crank it up yet. I don't know what that means. Hopefully nothing."

      Happ is 0-3 with a 4.50 ERA this season.

  • Reds activate C Mesoraco, send RHP Astin to minors
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, April 27, 2017

    The Cincinnati Reds activated former All-Star catcher Devin Mesoraco from the 10-day disabled list on Thursday.

    • To open the roster spot, Cincinnati sent right-handed reliever Barrett Astin to Triple-A Louisville.

      Mesoraco hasn't played yet in 2017 as he recovers from last season's shoulder and hip surgeries.

      Mesoraco finished a 20-day rehab stint earlier this week.

      The 28-year-old has seen action in just 39 major league games over the past two seasons due to injuries. He batted .273 with 25 homers and 80 RBIs during his 2014 All-Star campaign.

      Astin pitched four scoreless innings for the Reds and allowed just two hits in four appearances.

  • Red Sox prospect Steen injured in crash
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, April 27, 2017

    Boston Red Sox pitching prospect Kevin Steen was seriously injured in a car accident on Wednesday night near Fort Myers, Fla.

    • Steen, 20, was taken to Lee Memorial Hospital after his SUV was hit by another vehicle that had went airborne after crossing the median on Lee Boulevard. The driver of that vehicle died at the scene, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

      Steen, who is a ninth-round selection of the 2014 amateur draft, was set to begin his fourth season with the Red Sox organization. The right-hander, who posted a 5.91 ERA last season with the Class-A Lowell Spinners, was in Florida for extended spring training.

      "The thoughts and prayers of the entire Red Sox organization are with minor league player Kevin Steen, who sustained serious injuries in a car accident in Florida (Wednesday) night. The club will update his condition at the appropriate time," the Red Sox said in a statement.

  • Mets RHP Syndergaard dealing with biceps discomfort
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, April 27, 2017

    New York Mets starter Noah Syndergaard was scratched from his scheduled start and sent to see a specialist due to tightness in his right biceps, pushing fellow right-hander Matt Harvey to the mound for Thursday's matinee with the Atlanta Braves.

    • Manager Terry Collins told reporters that Syndergaard is dealing with a "tired arm" and that the 24-year-old had been bothered by discomfort since his last start a week ago against the Philadelphia Phillies.

      "I played catch yesterday, felt great playing catch," Syndergaard told Newsday on Thursday morning. "And it just kind of stiffens up once it gets cold. I couldn't really lift my arm above my shoulder at that point."

      Robert Gsellman started Wednesday night for Syndergaard, who has posted a 1-1 mark with a 1.73 ERA and 0.88 WHIP with 30 strikeouts and no walks in 26 innings this season.

      The 28-year-old Harvey (2-0, 2.84 ERA) is moving up a day in the rotation as the Mets bid to end their five-game losing skid.

  • Mets' Syndergaard scratched as Dickey returns
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, April 27, 2017

    NEW YORK -- Mets starter Noah Syndergaard was scratched from his scheduled Thursday start and sent to see a specialist due to tightness in his right biceps, pushing right-hander Matt Harvey to the mound for New York for a matinee with the Atlanta Braves.

    • Manager Terry Collins said Thursday morning the Mets suspect Syndergaard is dealing with biceps tendinitis but will await confirmation before determining when the right-handed ace might return to the mound.

      Syndergaard has 30 strikeouts and no walks in a fast start to the season for the 24-year-old.

      The Mets will face a familiar foe.

      R.A. Dickey has never before met the players he was traded for following his National League Cy Young Award-winning season in 2012. However, the former New York Mets right-hander will share a field Thursday with at least one of the players with whom he will be forever linked.

      Dickey will make his debut at Citi Field as a visiting pitcher on Thursday when he takes the mound in the finale of an abbreviated two-game series.

      The Braves (7-12) won 8-2 on Wednesday to snap a six-game losing streak. The Mets (8-12) have lost nine of 10.

      Dickey, a knuckleballer, captivated Mets fans during an otherwise dour season in 2012, when he led the NL in victories (20) and strikeouts (230) for a 74-win team while becoming the franchise's first Cy Young Award winner since Dwight Gooden in 1985.

      "When you share a season like I did in 2012, on a team that (wasn't) competing, really, at the end, it gave everybody something to look forward to, including myself," Dickey said Wednesday afternoon. "So to be able to kind of share that connection with those guys -- the New York fan base has always treated me so great. I've always appreciated that."

      However, with Dickey nearing his 38th birthday as the 2012 season ended, and the Mets still in rebuilding mode, he realized general manager Sandy Alderson likely would try to sell high. Alderson did just that when he traded Dickey and catchers Mike Nickeas and Josh Thole to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for Syndergaard, minor league catcher Travis d'Arnaud, minor league outfielder Wuilmer Becerra and catcher John Buck.

      Dickey spent four seasons with the Blue Jays before signing as a free agent last November with the Braves, whose Opening Day utility man was Chase d'Arnaud -- Travis' older brother.

      "Of course, he brought it up that I was someone his brother was traded for," Dickey said with a grin. "We had a conversation around that. I didn't spend any time with either of them. Only follow what they've been able to do on the field. I wish them both the best."

      Harvey, 28, is 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA and 17 strikeouts this season. He beat the Braves on April 6 in a 6-2 victory, going 6 2/3 innings while throwing just 77 pitches.

      Fans at CitiField will be holding their breath waiting on Syndergaard news.

      Mets fans have fallen in love with the long-haired Syndergaard, whose fastball regularly hits 100 mph. He also occupies Dickey's old locker at the end of New York's clubhouse.

      But both Dickey and Collins would rather leave it to others to get excited about the narrative involved in the clash of the intertwined aces past and present.

      "I understand where I am and I understand that that's a story for a lot of people," Dickey said. "For me, it's kind of just a by-product of something that happened once. I'm much more concerned with turning in a quality outing."

      Said Collins with a laugh on Tuesday: "I don't think about that stuff. That's newspaper things."

      Dickey took the loss in his most recent start on April 20 despite giving up three runs on three hits and two walks while striking out three over seven innings in a 3-2 setback to the Washington Nationals. He is 2-0 with a 1.59 ERA in three games (two starts) against the Mets.

      Syndergaard could pitch as soon as Sunday, Collins said, depending on the prognosis.

      He took the loss in his most recent start, giving up five runs (three earned) on seven hits and no walks while striking out 10 over seven innings as the Mets fell to the Philadelphia Phillies 6-4 on April 20. He is 0-1 with a 3.92 ERA in four career starts against the Braves.

  • Nationals place RHP Glover on DL, recall LHP Grace
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, April 26, 2017

    The Washington Nationals placed right-hander Koda Glover on the 10-day disabled list with a left hip impingement and recalled left-hander Matt Grace from Triple-A Syracuse on Wednesday.

    • Glover is 0-1 with two saves and a 4.15 ERA in 11 relief appearances this season. He allowed two runs on two hits in an inning of work in Tuesday night's 15-12 win at Colorado.

      Grace, who joins the Nationals for his first major league assignment of the season, has a 3.60 ERA in 31 career games.

  • Brewers' Thames leaves game with tight hamstring
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, April 26, 2017

    Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Eric Thames exited Wednesday's game against Cincinnati Reds in the seventh inning with a tight left hamstring.

    • "It's not a big deal," Brewers manager Craig Counsell of Thames, who had been plagued by the injury for the past five days.

      Thames entered play on Wednesday as the major league leader in homers (11) and pushed his league-best total in runs scored to 27 after crossing the plate twice in Wednesday's 9-4 win over Cincinnati. The 30-year-old homered in each of Milwaukee's first six games versus Cincinnati before being held in the park on Wednesday.

      Thames, who is batting .370 with 19 RBIs, had a single and two walks in the afternoon contest.

      "We have an off-day (Thursday), and I'm going to take full advantage of that," Thames said.

  • MLB notebook: Mariners put Hernandez, Haniger on DL
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, April 26, 2017

    The Seattle Mariners placed ace right-hander Felix Hernandez and rookie right fielder Mitch Haniger on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday.

    • Hernandez, who is dealing with inflammation in his right shoulder, allowed four runs and six hits in two innings of Tuesday's 19-9 loss to the Detroit Tigers. The 2010 American League Cy Young Award winner and six-time All-Star owns a 2-2 mark with a 4.73 ERA in five starts this season.

      Hernandez is expected to be sidelined for at least two to three weeks, MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi reported, citing a source.

      Haniger sustained an oblique strain after hitting a single in the third inning of Tuesday's contest. The 26-year-old is batting .338 and leads the American League in runs (20) heading into Wednesday's action.

      --Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu left Wednesday's game against the Kansas City Royals with a mild right hip flexor strain sustained while attempting to backhand a ground ball in the top of the fifth inning.

      After failing to field the ball cleanly, Abreu remained on the ground before being examined by team trainers.

      Abreu, who had an RBI double in the first inning and another double in his next at-bat, was able to limp off the field. He was replaced at first base by Todd Frazier.

      Abreu, who is considered day-to-day by the team, will be re-evaluated in Detroit when the White Sox visit the Tigers this weekend.

      --Gift Ngoepe is another step closer to becoming the first African-born player to compete in Major League Baseball after the Pittsburgh Pirates recalled the infielder from Triple-A Indianapolis.

      Right-hander Dovydas Neverauskas was sent to Indianapolis to open a roster spot for the 27-year-old Ngoepe, who is from Pietersburg, South Africa. Ngoepe is being called up on the heels of David Freese sustaining a hamstring injury.

      Ngoepe, who was signed as a non-drafted free agent as an 18-year-old on Sept. 29, 2008, is batting .241 with four RBIs in 15 games this season with Indianapolis.

      The 24-year-old Neverauskas became the second Lithuanian-born player to compete in the majors in 74 years after allowing one earned run in two innings against the Chicago Cubs on Monday night.

  • MLB roundup: Severino, Yanks slow Red Sox
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, April 26, 2017

    BOSTON -- Aaron Judge socked a two-run homer, and Luis Severino tossed seven scoreless innings as the New York Yankees defeated the Boston Red Sox 3-1 on Wednesday night at Fenway Park.

    • Judge, who was celebrating his 25th birthday in his first game at Fenway Park, has a team-leading seven homers and 15 RBIs for New York. The right fielder became the third Yankees player to hit a birthday homer at Fenway and the first since Roger Maris did so on his 32nd birthday, Sept. 10, 1966.

      Severino (2-1) limited Boston to three hits and two walks while notching six strikeouts to earn his first career victory against the Red Sox. Greg Bird also drove in a run for New York.

      Reigning American League Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello (1-3) struggled with his command, walking four while allowing all three runs (two earned) on five hits in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out nine.

      Nationals 11, Rockies 4

      DENVER -- Daniel Murphy, Ryan Zimmerman and Trea Turner hit home runs to power Washington past Colorado.

      Bryce Harper went 4-for-4 with a double, a walk and an RBI in his fifth career four-hit game and second this year for the Nationals, who won for the ninth time in 10 games. After hitting for the cycle Tuesday night, Turner finished a triple shy of doing it again.

      Rockies starter Tyler Chatwood (2-3) gave up the homers to Turner and Zimmerman while working a season-low five innings. Washington has scored 26 runs on 28 hits while winning two straight from Colorado.

      Phillies 7, Marlins 4

      PHILADELPHIA -- Maikel Franco recorded his second grand slam in as many weeks and Vince Velasquez pitched a season-high 6 1/3 innings to pick up his first win of the season as Philadelphia topped Miami.

      Freddy Galvis added a solo home run and Michael Saunders hit his first homer of the season, a two-run shot in the eighth inning, as the Phillies won their fifth straight game. Velasquez enjoyed his best outing of the season, allowing three runs on six hits and throwing 68 of his 97 pitches for strikes.

      Wei-Yin Chen (2-1) took the loss for the Marlins, who received a solo home run by Martin Prado, a pair of RBIs by Adeiny Hechavarria and an RBI groundout by Christian Yelich. Miami saw its two-game win streak end.

      Indians 7, Astros 6

      CLEVELAND -- Michael Brantley had two hits and three RBIs, and Trevor Bauer struck out eight in six innings as Cleveland beat Houston.

      Bauer (2-2) gave up four runs, which came on two-run homers by Evan Gattis in the fourth inning and Brian McCann in the sixth. The Indians' Cody Allen got the last four outs for his fourth save of the season.

      Houston's Lance McCullers (2-1) allowed five runs, seven hits and three walks in five innings. The Astros' Jose Altuve did not play because of general soreness after a violent collision with teammate Teoscar Hernandez on Tuesday.

      Rangers 14, Twins 3

      ARLINGTON, Texas -- Ryan Rua clubbed his first career grand slam, Shin-Soo Choo belted a three-run homer in the same inning, and Texas blasted Minnesota.

      The Rangers, helped by an eight-run eighth inning, salvaged the finale of the three-game series after dropping the first two. Texas' Cole Hamels (2-0) made it through 6 2/3 innings and allowed three runs, seven hits and three walks.

      The Twins had a four-game winning streak against Texas snapped, but are still 7-3 against the Rangers dating back to last season. Minnesota's Hector Santiago started a day after his grandmother died, managing to get through five innings and allowed two runs while not factoring in the decision.

      Orioles 5, Rays 4 (11 innings)

      BALTIMORE -- Seth Smith drew a bases-loaded walk off Danny Farquhar with two outs in the bottom of the 11th inning to give Baltimore the victory over Tampa Bay.

      The Rays took a 4-3 lead in the 11th on a Jesus Sucre single off Alec Asher (1-0), but Jonathan Schoop's sacrifice fly tied the game in the bottom of the inning. Tampa Bay rallied from an early 3-0 deficit thanks to a pair of Tim Beckham solo homers -- his first multi-homer game -- and Brad Miller's RBI fielder's choice in the eighth.

      The Orioles wasted another strong start from Dylan Bundy, who gave up two runs on four hits in 6 1/3 innings. The Rays' Alex Cobb allowed three runs (two earned) in five innings.

      Braves 8, Mets 2

      NEW YORK -- Tyler Flowers tied a career high with four RBIs, and six Atlanta players collected at least two hits apiece in a rout of New York.

      Flowers' three-run double capped a five-run first inning. Nick Markakis recorded three hits while Flowers, Matt Kemp, Jace Peterson, Freddie Freeman and Adonis Garcia had two hits apiece as the Braves snapped a six-game losing streak.

      Robert Gsellman (0-2) took the loss after giving up six runs (five earned), 10 hits and three walks while striking out two in four innings as the Mets lost for the ninth time in 10 games. Jay Bruce reached base four times (via two hits and two walks).

      Pirates 6, Cubs 5

      PITTSBURGH -- Josh Bell's homer in the sixth inning provided the winning margin as Pittsburgh avoided being swept by Chicago.

      The game featured the major league debut of Gift Ngoepe, making him the first Africa-born player to appear in a major league game. Ngoepe, who was recalled by the Pirates from Triple-A Indianapolis earlier in the day, entered the game at second base in the fourth inning. He singled up the middle in his first at-bat in the fourth, walked in the sixth and struck out in the eighth.

      The Cubs' Jon Lester (0-1) got his first decision in his fifth start. He allowed six runs, five of them earned, on 10 hits over 5 2/3 innings, with five strikeouts and two walks.

      Angels 8, Athletics 5

      ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Cameron Maybin had his best day in a Los Angeles uniform, smacking three hits and driving in three runs as the Angels battered Oakland.

      Maybin, acquired from Detroit in the offseason to hopefully fill an offensive abyss in left field, had his first multiple-hit game since the second game of the season and his three RBIs was one more than he had all season.

      He singled in Los Angeles' first run in the second, singled again in fourth and broke the game open with a bases-loaded two-run single in the seventh. Kole Calhoun also had three hits as the Angels had 14 on the night.

      Giants 4, Dodgers 3 (10 innings)

      SAN FRANCISCO -- Hunter Pence hit a bases-loaded, walk-off sacrifice fly in the 10th inning, lifting San Francisco to a come-from-behind 4-3 victory against Los Angeles.

      Pence fell behind 0-2 to Dodgers right-hander Ross Stripling but worked a full count and sent a fly ball to left on the 10th pitch of his at-bat, driving in Gorkys Hernandez from third.

      Hernandez led off the 10th inning with a sharp single to right and stole second base. Conor Gillaspie walked, and the Giants loaded the bases when first baseman Adrian Gonzalez fielded Nick Hundley's bunt and tried to get the force at third but was late with his throw.

      Padres 8, Diamondbacks 5

      PHOENIX -- Ryan Schimpf hit a go-ahead three-run homer with one out in the ninth inning, and Yangervis Solarte capped the five-run inning with a two-run double in San Diego's victory over Arizona.

      Erick Aybar singled, stole second and took third on pinch hitter Hector Sanchez's single before Schimpf hit a 96 mph fastball from Fernando Rodney (1-1) into the right field seats for a 6-5 lead.

      Manuel Margot and Cory Spangenberg singled and pulled a double steal before Solarte's double.

      Mariners 8, Tigers 0

      DETROIT -- James Paxton cooled down Detroit with seven shutout innings as Seattle rolled.

      Paxton (3-0), who hasn't given up a run in four of his five starts, allowed four hits and a walk while striking out nine. The Tigers had scored a combined 32 runs in their previous two games, including a 19-9 win over the Mariners on Tuesday.

      Leadoff hitter Jean Segura led Seattle's offense with three hits, two runs and two RBIs. Guillermo Heredia and Nelson Cruz each supplied two-run homers for the Mariners.

      White Sox 5, Royals 2

      CHICAGO -- Avisail Garcia hit a two-run, go-ahead homer, and Jose Quintana struck out 10 as Chicago completed a three-game sweep.

      Quintana earned his first win of the season after allowing only one earned run and scattering five hits over six innings. The outing marked the eighth time in his career that Quintana (1-4) has struck out at least 10 hitters.

      Nate Karns (0-2) allowed four runs and seven hits and struck out five over six innings as Kansas City dropped its seventh straight game.

      Brewers 9, Reds 4

      MILWAUKEE -- Cincinnati's Scott Schebler hit two home runs, but Wily Peralta struck out seven batters and Milwaukee jumped on Rookie Davis early to finish off a three-game sweep.

      Davis (0-1), back for the first time since taking a pitch to the arm and landing on the disabled list April 11, allowed seven hits and a sacrifice fly to open the game -- the third of his big-league career.

      Ryan Braun tagged him for a two-run double during that first inning as part of a two-hit day. Jett Bandy led the team with three hits but Eric Thames, who has belted a major league-best 11 homers, exited the game with a tight left hamstring.

      Blue Jays at Cardinals, ppd.

      ST. LOUIS -- The scheduled game between Toronto and St. Louis was postponed because of rain forecasted throughout the afternoon and night. It will be made up Thursday as part of a day/night doubleheader.

  • Mariners place Hernandez and Haniger on disabled list
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, April 26, 2017

    The Seattle Mariners placed ace right-hander Felix Hernandez and rookie right fielder Mitch Haniger on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday.

    • Hernandez, who is dealing with inflammation in his right shoulder, allowed four runs and six hits in two innings of Tuesday's 19-9 loss to the Detroit Tigers. The 2010 American League Cy Young Award winner and six-time All-Star owns a 2-2 mark with a 4.73 ERA in five starts this season.

      Hernandez is expected to be sidelined for at least two to three weeks, MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi reported, citing a source.

      Haniger sustained an oblique strain after hitting a single in the third inning of Tuesday's contest. The 26-year-old is batting .338 and leads the American League in runs (20) heading into Wednesday's action.

  • Pirates recall INF Ngoepe from Triple-A Indianapolis
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, April 26, 2017

    Gift Ngoepe is another step closer to becoming the first African-born player to compete in Major League Baseball after the Pittsburgh Pirates recalled the infielder from Triple-A Indianapolis on Wednesday.

    • Right-hander Dovydas Neverauskas was sent to Indianapolis to open a roster spot for the 27-year-old Ngoepe, who is from Pietersburg, South Africa. Ngoepe is being called up on the heels of David Freese sustaining a hamstring injury.

      Ngoepe, who was signed as a non-drafted free agent as an 18-year-old on Sept. 29, 2008, is batting .241 with four RBIs in 15 games this season with Indianapolis.

      Ngoepe was rated by Baseball America as the "Best Defensive Infielder" in the Pirates minor league system each of the last five seasons (2013-2017). He led all qualifying International League shortstops in fielding percentage (.984) while playing with Indianapolis last year.

      The 24-year-old Neverauskas became the second Lithuanian-born player to compete in the majors in 74 years after allowing one earned run in two innings against the Chicago Cubs on Monday night

  • White Sox 1B Abreu exits game vs. Royals
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, April 26, 2017

    CHICAGO -- Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu left Wednesday's game against the Kansas City Royals with a mild right hip flexor strain sustained while attempting to backhand a ground ball in the top of the fifth inning.

    • After failing to field the ball cleanly, Abreu remained on the ground before being examined by team trainers.

      Abreu, who had an RBI double in the first inning and another double in his next at-bat, was able to limp off the field. He was replaced at first base by Todd Frazier.

      Abreu, who is considered day-to-day by the team, will be re-evaluated in Detroit when the White Sox visit the Tigers this weekend.

  • Blue Jays-Cardinals postponed due to rain
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, April 26, 2017

    The St. Louis Cardinals announced their home game against the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday night was postponed due to the continuous rain forecasted throughout the afternoon and night.

    • The two teams will make up the game at Busch Stadium on Thursday as part of a day/night split doubleheader.

      The first game will start as scheduled at 1:45 p.m. ET, with the makeup game beginning at 7:15 p.m. ET.

  • Rays look to hand Orioles first series loss
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, April 26, 2017

    BALTIMORE -- The Tampa Bay Rays can become the first team to win a series against the Baltimore Orioles this year when the teams meet in the finale of a three-game set Wednesday at Camden Yards.

    • The Rays rebounded from a loss in the series opener with a 2-0 victory on Tuesday. Tampa Bay (11-11) won for only the second time in nine road games and improved to 3-9 in Baltimore since the beginning of the 2016 season.

      "This team is playing really well right now," Rays manager Kevin Cash said about the Orioles. "For us to be able to play well with them, that's our goal to win series."

      To get the series win over the Orioles, the Rays will have to go through right-hander Dylan Bundy (3-1, 1.37 ERA).

      Bundy has been the Orioles' most dominant pitcher over the past month. In his last outing, Friday against the Boston Red Sox, Bundy pitched seven shutout innings, allowing six hits with three strikeouts and just one walk.

      The second-year starter was the Orioles' top prospect and is showing he can be the ace of the staff.

      "I don't know if it means a whole lot to me, but just more to the team," Bundy said about his solid start to the season. "Like I've said before, I always want to go six innings and just try to give my team a chance to win. I was able to do my job (against Boston)."

      Bundy, however, struggled in his short history vs. the Rays. In three appearances (two starts), he is 0-1 with an 8.10 ERA.

      The Rays will counter with Alex Cobb (1-2, 4.88 ERA). The right-hander has lost two of his past three starts and given up at least one home run in all four of his appearances this season.

      Cobb took the loss Friday against the Houston Astros when he allowed four runs on nine hits with seven strikeouts and one walk over six innings. He acknowledged there will be little margin for error against Baltimore's powerful lineup.

      "Those are established hitters one through nine," said Cobb, who is 4-1 with a 1.84 ERA in eight career appearances against the Orioles. "They are about as deep as it gets. They even have guys on the bench who can come off and do some damage. The key is going to come down to not walking people, making them put the ball in play and using our defense."

      The Rays have battled injuries throughout the season, especially in the bullpen. Cash hopes his starters can go deeper into the game to take some pressure off the relievers.

      Nonetheless, the Rays' bullpen is rising to the challenge. In the win Tuesday, Tampa Bay's relievers retired 17 consecutive batters before Orioles first baseman Chris Davis earned a two-out walk in the ninth.

      "There's no doubt we have to start getting some length from our starting pitchers," Cash said. "At the end of the day, our starters take a lot of responsibility for going deeper and they will."

      The Orioles are 6-0-1 in series so far this year. However, the Rays have proven to be a big challenge, and they have the potential to end that impressive run.

      "You've got to tip your hat to them," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.