ST. LOUIS -- Chris Sale, the pitcher, made history during the White Sox 2-1 victory over the Cardinals in 11 innings Tuesday night at Busch Stadium by joining Pedro Martinez as the only hurlers in Major League history to strike out 10-plus in eight straight games.
MIAMI -- With his blazing speed, Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon was considered the most likely Miami player to log an inside-the-park home run at Marlins Park. On Tuesday night, the projection came true.
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ANAHEIM -- Jerry Dipoto appears to be close to stepping down as the Angels' general manager, industry sources told MLB.com on Tuesday, one day after a FoxSports.com report detailed friction between the front office and coaching staff.
"It's possible," said the source, who couldn't speak on the matter publicly.
SAN DIEGO -- Since being called up four weeks ago to fill in for the injured James Paxton, rookie southpaw Mike Montgomery has opened eyes for the Mariners. But the 25-year-old took it to another level on Tuesday as he allowed just one hit and threw his second straight shutout, this one a 5-0 blanking of the Padres at Petco Park.
After a breakout 2014 season, Jose Altuve is having another fantastic year. He leads the league in steals, is third among second baseman in hits and fourth in runs. He also does things like this sometimes because he wants to and he's a professional baseball player and you can't do anything about it.
ANAHEIM -- Albert Pujols tied the Angels' record for most home runs in a month with his 13th long ball in June Tuesday night. The home run was the front end of back-to-back jacks by Pujols and Erick Aybar leading off the sixth inning of the Angels' 2-1 victory over the Yankees at Angel Stadium.
Come on, Astros fans. Get out to Minute Maid Park and cast those votes. You could get a free Chick-fil-A sandwich if enough of you vote at the game or, should you prefer to cast the maximum 35 votes for Jose Altuve in the privacy of your home, you could win a $1,000 shopping spree with the reigning batting champ.
ATLANTA -- It did not take the Nationals long to extend their dominance of the Braves and halt the struggles they have had against Shelby Miller. A four-run first inning provided Jordan Zimmermann more than enough support as he led Washington to a 6-1 win on Tuesday night at Turner Field.
MIAMI -- Buster Posey maintained the run production that has distinguished his June performance, though he added another dimension to his dynamic offense Tuesday in the Giants' 5-3 loss to the Miami Marlins.
Jim Harbaugh takes his first pitches very seriously
By Matt Monagan |
Jim Harbaugh, new head football coach at Michigan, threw out the ceremonial first pitch before Tuesday's Pirates-Tigers game at Comerica Park. And while most first pitches are pretty easygoing and jovial, Harbaugh, who's been known for his intensity at baseball games in the past, was not messing around.
Turn-of-the-millennium Pedro Martinez wasn't just great. He was jaw-dropping, appointment-viewing, wait-what-am-I-looking-at great. From 1999-2001, he was the best pitcher on the planet, and arguably one of the best the game has ever seen -- seriously, in '99, he was striking out over 13 batters per nine innings (!!), peaking at an absurd league-record eight consecutive games with double-digit Ks. He was basically Aroldis Chapman reincarnated as a 5'11 starter, and it was unlike anything in baseball history.
Until Chris Sale, that is. As you may have heard, Sale has been showing no regard for batter welfare recently, and his most recent victim was the Cardinals in St. Louis on Tuesday. No one was spared.
Nick Suss is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
2015 Draft: Signing and Bonus Tracker
Here's a complete breakdown of which 2015 Draft picks from the first 10 rounds have agreed to terms, along with their reported bonuses and starting assignments. The list will be updated through the July 17 signing deadline.
Porcello eyes return to win column; familiar foes to square off in Atlanta
By Joey Nowak
July is here, and with it comes an opportunity for players to start fresh with a new month, or to show that a previous good month wasn't a fluke. The dog days of summer are when teams try to separate themselves from the pack and head down the home stretch.
The 5-foot-11 right-hander gave up just two hits and two walks against four strikeouts in seven shutout innings as the Cards defeated Daytona, 5-1. Kaminsky, 21, has been incredibly consistent over his past six outings, giving up four earned runs in 37 total innings. He's 3-1 in that span and 6-4 on the year with a 2.14 ERA.
NEW YORK -- The Cubs evidently didn't need to increase their offensive output very much to end their losing streak, as one run was enough in their 1-0 win over the Mets on Tuesday at Citi Field. The Mets remained punchless themselves despite the return of infielder Daniel Murphy.
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Right-hander flirts with no-hitter during 7 2/3 strong innings vs. Rays
By Troy Provost-Heron
ST. PETERSBURG -- Danny Salazar was quick to proclaim his outing in the Indians' 6-2 victory over the Rays Tuesday the best start of his season, but he was equally as quick to give some of that credit to his teammate Cody Anderson.
CINCINNATI -- The Twins had never faced Reds rookie starter Anthony DeSclafani before, but they clearly did a good job with their advanced reconnaissance. Minnesota scattered 15 hits in the game, including 11 off of DeSclafani, before holding on for a messy 8-5 victory Tuesday that evened the three-game series ahead of Wednesday's matinee finale at Great American Ball Park.
Outfielder still feels injury, but isn't bothered by it in 2-for-4 first game back
By Connor Smolensky
BALTIMORE -- The Rangers reinstated outfielder Josh Hamilton from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday and optioned third baseman/outfielder Joey Gallo to Triple-A Round Rock. Hamilton batted fifth and played left field in Tuesday's 8-6 win over the Orioles.