ST. PETERSBURG -- Jake Odorizzi carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning, but one swing of the bat from Starlin Castro changed everything.
With Brett Gardner on base after a one-out walk, the Yankees' second baseman launched a 91-mph offering for a line-drive home run that easily cleared the center-field wall, lifting the Yanks to a 2-1 victory over the Rays at Tropicana Field on Sunday.
WASHINGTON -- The Nationals continue to shine with Stephen Strasburg on the mound. The right-hander pitched six solid innings and helped Washington rout the Cardinals, 10-2, on Sunday afternoon at Nationals Park.
The Nationals have won 15 consecutive starts made by Strasburg, extending his own franchise record. Strasburg improved to 9-0 in 2016 by allowing one run on six hits with four strikeouts. The run came in the fourth inning when Brandon Moss hit a mammoth home run into the right-field upper deck to give St. Louis a 1-0 lead.
ATLANTA -- More clarity is being shed on Giancarlo Stanton's return to the starting lineup. The Marlins' right fielder is moving in the right direction, taking a few rounds of batting practice with his teammates on Sunday at Turner Field.
It's a significant step forward in Stanton's progression as he aims to return at some point during the four-game series with the Pirates, which starts at 7:10 p.m. ET on Monday at Marlins Park.
Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
CHICAGO -- Ben Zobrist continued his hot streak, smacking a three-run home run, and Miguel Montero added a solo shot that ricocheted off the right-field video board to lift the Cubs to a 7-2 victory Sunday over the Phillies at Wrigley Field for their fifth straight win.
John Lackey went seven innings and held the Phillies to four hits, including a solo home run by Tyler Goeddel in the seventh, for his second win in his past seven starts. It was the Cubs' first three-game sweep of the Phillies at Wrigley Field since July 28-30, 1995.
KANSAS CITY -- For the third straight game, the Royals lit up the beleaguered White Sox bullpen, this time posting a three-run eighth inning to wipe out a two-run deficit on their way to a 5-4 victory on Sunday at Kauffman Stadium.
The three-game series sweep of the White Sox, who blew 5-1 and 7-1 leads in the first two games, catapulted the Royals into first place in the American League Central. The Indians are one-half game back, and the White Sox are one game out.
ANAHEIM -- Angels third baseman Yunel Escobar left in the third inning of Sunday's game against the Astros with an injury to his left wrist.
Escobar moved to his left to field a hard-hit ground ball from Houston's Jake Marisnick to lead off the inning, but the ball ricocheted off his wrist area and skidded away for a base hit. After consulting with trainers, Escobar was removed from the game. He was later diagnosed with a left wrist contusion and is day to day.
NEW YORK -- Hyun-Jin Ryu won't make his scheduled Monday rehab start for Triple-A Oklahoma City because of soreness, slowing his comeback from last year's left shoulder surgery again.
Club officials indicated Ryu will back off a bit from his recent schedule, which would have had him return to the starting rotation as soon as mid-June. This would have alleviated the recent necessity of scrambling for a fifth starter, which has ranged from Ross Stripling to Mike Bolsinger to teenager Julio Urias.
MILWAUKEE -- On the same day the Boston Globe quoted one National League scout as saying Ryan Braun is "the hot name out there" on the trade market, that name was again absent from the Brewers' starting lineup. And this time, it's a new physical ailment.
A stiff neck sidelined Braun for the start of Sunday's series finale against the Reds at Miller Park, marking the eighth time in the Brewers' last 14 games that Braun was on the bench for the opening pitch.
Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
TORONTO -- Dustin Pedroia hit an RBI double in the 11th as the Red Sox avoided a series sweep with a 5-3 victory over the Blue Jays on Sunday afternoon at Rogers Centre.
The Red Sox could not hold onto a lead in the eighth inning for a second consecutive game, but unlike Saturday, it didn't come back to haunt them in the series finale. Boston improved to 2-0 in extra-inning games on the road and pushed the Blue Jays to five games back of first place in the American League East.
CLEVELAND -- Rookie Hyun Soo Kim has been an exciting offensive player since joining the Orioles, but it took until Sunday's 6-4 victory over the Indians for the Korean outfielder to finally clear the fence in the big leagues.
Kim's two-out home run off Cleveland reliever Jeff Manship in the seventh inning put Baltimore ahead for good, and helped the Orioles win the series at Progressive Field. That shot also helped Baltimore overcome a steady comeback by the Tribe, which used home runs from Carlos Santana, Mike Napoli and Jason Kipnis to erase an early deficit.
Cruz recalled from Omaha to add catching depth; Moylan optioned to Triple-A
By Jeffrey Flanagan
KANSAS CITY -- The Royals appear to have not only dodged a bullet, but moreso a howitzer.
All-Star catcher Salvador Perez, injured in a scary collision with third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert on Saturday, will not go on the disabled list. An MRI on Perez's left leg revealed no ligament damage to his knee.
Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
A-Rod focus of daughter's homework paper
By Adrian Garro |
Alex Rodriguez's daughter Ella was recently assigned a very important task at school: Write a report about her father.
Specifically, she was asked to fill out a questionnaire about her dad, and her answers were delightful enough to prompt A-Rod to share them on social media -- and poke a bit of fun at himself in the process.
TORONTO -- Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz was scratched from the lineup about 30 minutes before Sunday's game against the Blue Jays due to lingering soreness in his left foot after being hit by a pitch on Saturday.
Boston's star slugger is day to day. The Red Sox play next on Monday afternoon in Baltimore for the start of a four-game series.
Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Yankees, Senators play to rain-shortened tie
By Doug Miller
WASHINGTON, May 29, 1941 -- There were a few interesting developments at Griffith Stadium on Thursday afternoon, but none of those involved the Yankees winning or losing their game against the Washington Senators.
The weather was perhaps the most intriguing, and it was ultimately the cause of the 2 to 2 tie. The Yankees had a five-run sixth inning washed away and the hapless Senators were facing an 11th consecutive defeat. Neither event happened when the game was called in a bit of a rarity on the Major League schedule.
WASHINGTON -- Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta suffered a minor setback to his rehab when he cut his right thumb opening a box Saturday and required three stitches. Saturday was Peralta's birthday, but Cardinals manager Mike Matheny did not know whether Peralta was opening a birthday present.
Peralta has been out since March with a torn ligament in his thumb. He is currently on a rehab stint at Double-A Springfield, and St. Louis had planned to advance him to Triple-A Memphis before activating him. Matheny said the setback will keep him out three or four days.
ST. PETERSBURG -- Michael Pineda will have at least one more chance to turn his troubled season around. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that no changes have been discussed to the rotation, with Pineda set to take the ball for Thursday's makeup game against the Tigers in Detroit.
"We still believe in Michael," Girardi said. "It's some minor adjustments that Michael needs to make. Yesterday he was not able to get the ball to the first-base side. That's something you have to be able to do against right-handed-hitting lineups.
Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
CLEVELAND -- It is possible that Carlos Carrasco's next start will be with the Indians, but manager Terry Francona is not ready to make that kind of proclamation.
Francona said on Sunday morning the reports were good from Carrasco's four-inning rehab appearance on Saturday with Double-A Akron. The manager now plans on meeting with Chris Antonetti, the team's president of baseball operations, pitching coach Mickey Callaway and Cleveland's medical staff to discuss the next step for the sidelined pitcher.
Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
NEW YORK -- Chase Utley has heard a chorus of boos in each of his at-bats this series and was the target of an errant 99-mph fastball in the third inning from Mets starter Noah Syndergaard, apparent retaliation for Utley's takeout slide on former Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada in Game 2 of the 2015 National League Division Series.
The Dodgers' second baseman, though, has responded with big hit after big hit. A day after hitting a game-tying three-run double in the top of the ninth, Utley crushed a first-pitch changeup from Logan Verrett for a homer in the sixth to get Los Angeles on the board and followed that with a grand slam in seventh to power the Dodgers to a 9-1 victory over the Mets at Citi Field on Saturday.
WASHINGTON -- Cardinals right-hander Mike Leake said he considers Nationals manager Dusty Baker a mentor. Leake said it's tough to put into words how he feels about Baker. Leake played for Baker with the Reds from 2010-13.
A year after being the eighth overall pick in the 2009 Draft, selected by the Reds, Leake was a member of Baker's rotation.
Bill Ladson has covered the Nationals/Expos for MLB.com since 2002 and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
KANSAS CITY -- Rookie Brett Eibner lashed a single to right off White Sox reliever Tommy Kahnle, scoring Drew Butera to cap an incredible seven-run rally in the ninth and give the Royals an 8-7 walk-off win on Saturday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium.
Eibner made his Major League debut on Friday in a come-from-behind win. Kansas City knocked Chicago from its perch atop the American League Central as both now sit a half-game back of first-place Cleveland. The White Sox had held the top spot since April 22 and their largest lead was five games.
T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
SEATTLE -- Over a 21-year Major League playing career that covered 10,835 at-bats, along with 16 years as a manager or coach, Twins manager Paul Molitor said he had never seen a play quite like the one that preserved the Twins 6-5 victory over the Mariners on Friday night.
"Not to end the game," he said. "A lot of it blurs together over about four decades I guess, but to record a double play where there's not a force in order like that in a situation where the tying run's 90 feet away, it's just a bizarre ending. We haven't caught a lot of breaks, and we caught one there at the end tonight for sure."
MILWAUKEE -- The Reds will activate pitcher Jon Moscot from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday to start vs. the Rockies. For the four-game series at Colorado, the rotation will feature Dan Straily on Monday, followed by Moscot, John Lamb on Wednesday and Alfredo Simon.
Moscot is taking the spot that belonged to rookie Daniel Wright for one start. Wright was in the bullpen for Sunday's game vs. the Brewers.
Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Read his blog, Mark My Word, follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
NEW YORK -- A few strides closer to home plate than where he started, a streak of blond hair matted to his forehead, Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard turned his palms upward and stared. Inside, there was "a whirlwind of emotion." Outside, Syndergaard's face was granite, his hands the only evidence of a problem.
By the time Syndergaard stepped off the field, Mets manager Terry Collins had long since bolted past him, craning his neck upward to yammer at home-plate umpire Adam Hamari. Collins was livid; Hamari had ejected Syndergaard without warning in the third inning of the Mets' 9-1 loss to the Dodgers, after a 99-mph fastball whizzed behind second baseman Chase Utley. With Syndergaard and Collins both in the clubhouse, Utley later homered twice to tear open a wound not quite healed in seven months.
Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.