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Dodgers Trade for Howie Kendrick, Sign Brandon McCarthy

The Los Angeles Dodgers added Howie Kendrick via trade with the Los Angeles Angels and signed free agent pitcher Brandon McCarthy to  a four year deal worth $48 million. Earlier Wednesday night the Dodgers completed a blockbuster deal with the Miami Marlins that allowed them to add pitching prospect Andrew Heaney. They then shipped Heaney to the Marlins in exchange for Kendrick. Swapping out Dee Gordon for Howie Kendrick gives the Dodgers a substantial upgrade at the second base position, at least for 2015. The 31 year-old Kendrick is in... 
 

Chicago White Sox Sign David Robertson

The Chicago White Sox have reached an agreement on a four-year deal with free agent closer David Robertson. The deal will reportedly pay Robertson $46 million. Robertson immediately becomes the teams closer who had been had not has a named closer since since Addison Reed was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks last offseason. He was paid $5,215,000 million in 2014. The Yankees made a one-year qualifying offer of $15.3 million to Robertson for 2015, ensuring them draft-pick compensation if he signs with another team. However, that pick will be... 
 

Madison Bumgarner Gem Leads Giants In Rout of Mets

San Francisco Giants lefty Madison Bumgarner twirled a two-hit gem and Hunter Pence homered twice to lead the San Francisco Giants to a 9-0 rout over the New York Mets. Bumgarner struck out 10 and walked one in his second career shutout, tossing just 94 pitches. Mets starter Bartolo Colon (10-9) was going for win No. 200 allowed six runs and eight hits in 4 2/3 innings. Pence’s two-run shot in the third was a line drive that went off the railing above the moved-in fence in left field and homered again in the ninth. Bumgarner helped his own... 
 

Felix Hernandez Dominates, Mariners Beat A’s 4-1

Felix Hernandez was on top of his game again. The Seattle Mariners starter hurled 8.1 innings against the Oakland Athletics, and the M’s moved to 4-1. After rolling through the Los Angeles Angels lineup his first time out, Hernandez mowed down the A’s Saturday. King Felix needed just 101 pitches to get through 8.1 innings, as he threw 72 of them for strikes. Jed Lowrie broke up his shutout bid, smacking a home run to right-center to lead off the 9th. Closer Fernando Rodney came on in the 9th to finish off the A’s, striking... 
 

Rays Down Blue Jays Behind Chris Archer, Evan Longoria

The Tampa Bay Rays bounced back to defeat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-2 Thurday night behind a solid pitching performance from Chris Archer and a three run home run from Evan Longoria. Archer, who signed a $25.5 million dollar, six year deal Wednesday, worked through six innings, allowing two runs. He allowed four hits and struck out seven, issuing two walks. Still, Archer wasn’t satisfied with his performance. “I fell behind way too many times, that’s not the type of pitcher I want to be.” He also added, “I think... 
 

Buehrle, Bautista, Blue Jays Too Much For Rays

ST.PETERSBURG, Fl.– Mark Buehrle pitched into the ninth inning, Jose Bautista hit two solo home runs and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays for the second straight night 3-0. The win ends a winless road series streak against Tampa Bay for Toronto. The Blue Jays have not won a road series against the Rays since 2007. From the start Buehrle was masterful, allowing just four hits and striking out 11. He allowed one walk and missed his 29th complete game by one out. It was just the second time in 430 major league starts, Buehrle has... 
 

Gio Gonzalez, Nationals Rack up Strikeouts in Win over Mets

After their pitching staff tallied 18 strikeouts in an Opening Day win over the New York Mets, the Washington Nationals managed 13 strikeouts in a 5-1 victory, shutting out the Mets over the last eight innings. Stephen Strasburg fanned ten Mets in six frames Monday, and the bullpen tallied eight more in an extra-inning win. Starter Gio Gonzalez was strong Wednesday, hurling six frames. He allowed just three hits and one run, striking out six and walking one. Gonzalez also helped his cause by smacking a solo shot off Bartolo Colon in the 5th,... 
 

Mariners Down Angels 8-3 Behind Two Home Runs from Brad Miller

The Seattle Mariners brought home another victory Tuesday night, defeating the Los Angeles Angels 8-3. Erasmo Ramirez went seven strong innings, and received more than enough offensive support. The 23 year-old Ramirez had a tough act to follow after Felix Hernandez thoroughly dominated the Angels the previous night. However, the right-hander did his best, striking out six Halos hitters, without issuing a walk. He pounded the lower half of the zone with his sinker, recording 11 ground ball outs. A two-run shot by former Mariner Raul Ibanez were... 
 

Red Sox Win Game 5 Take 3-2 World Series Lead

The Boston Red Sox have a chance to clinch a World Series title at Fenway Park for the first time since 1918 on Wednesday night. That has been made a possibility following a 3-1 victory in Game 5 on Monday evening. Boston had a tall order heading into St. Louis for Games 3 through 5, but were successful in that endeavor, besting the Cardinals (one of the strongest teams to face on the road during the regular season) at home in two of three games. Now with the final two games to be played in Boston, it will now be a tall order for the Cardinals to... 
 

Boston Red Sox Slam Cardinals for 8-1 in Game 1

For the fourth time in history, the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals will square off in baseball’s fall classic. For the third time in those matchups, the Red Sox would grab a victory in Game 1, as Boston took an easy 8-1 victory on Wednesday evening at Fenway Park. Out of the gates the Red Sox would take control of the game and would set sail on the Cardinals, besting them in all departments. The Boston offense tested Wainwright early. Each of the first six batters took the first two pitches of their respective at-bats, all of which... 
 

Boston Red Sox’ Mike Napoli Hits Big Home Run

Somebody finally scored off Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander. In the 7th inning of Game Three of the ALCS, Boston Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli drove a fastball into the seats in left center field. The home run would be the difference in the game, as the Red Sox won, 1-0. Verlander had previously pitched 21.1 scoreless innings in the 2013 playoffs with 31 strikeouts. Napoli was a strikeout victim in each of his first two at-bats, and he struck out three times in Game One. Napoli strikes out a lot. He was 4th in the AL in strikeouts... 
 

Hyun-Jin Ryu, Dodgers Shut Down Cardinals in NLCS Game 3

Hyun-Jin Ryu and the Los Angeles Dodgers bullpen shutout the St Louis Cardinals 3- 0 in game 3 of the 2013 NLCS. He became the first Dodger to pitch seven shutout innings in a postseason game since Jerry Reuss in 1981, yielding just three hits. The Dodgers still trail the Cardinals, 2 games to 1 in the best-of-seven series. The left-hander didn’t allow a Cardinals runner past second base. David Freese‘s single to right leading off the fifth was their first hit of the game. St Louis starter Adam Wainwright gave up two runs and six... 
 

Red Sox Rally Late to Even ALCS with Tigers

The Boston Red Sox rallied with four runs in the eighth inning and one more in the ninth to best the Detroit Tigers in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series 6-5. David Ortiz launched a grand slam in eight to tie the game 5-5 and Jarrod Saltalamacchia singled to left, to score Jonny Gomes for the walkout victory in the ninth. It was Ortiz’s third home run of this postseason, the 15th of his career. For the second straight night, a Tigers pitcher no-hit the Red Sox through 5+ innings of play. Max Scherzer did the honors in Game... 
 

Michael Wacha, Cardinals Take 2-0 Series Lead in NLCS

Michael Wacha pitched into the seventh, and the St Louis Cardinals bullpen combined to shutout the Los Angeles Dodgers for the second straight day and winning 1-0 Saturday for a 2-0 lead in the NL Championship Series. Relievers Randy Choate and Carlos Martinez pitched the eighth for St. Louis before turning it over to Trevor Rosenthal. The Cardinals managed only two hits off Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, but Jon Jay‘s sacrifice fly set up by Freese’s double and A.J. Ellis‘ passed ball in the fifth stood up. In... 
 

Boston Red Sox Down Rays 3-1 and Advance to ALCS

Get out the champagne goggles everyone. The Boston Red Sox will advance to their first ALCS since 2008 when they lost in seven games to the Tampa Bay Rays, who would go onto lose to the Philadelphia Phillies in the World Series. After a dramatic walk-off loss to the Rays on Monday evening, the Red Sox would look to put away the Rays for a second and final time on Tuesday evening in Tampa. This time, Boston would be able to close it out easily. The contest would get off to a quiet start, featuring five innings of scoreless baseball before the Rays... 
 

Detroit Tigers Rally to Force Game 5 Against Athletics with 8-6 Win

After jumping out to an early 1-0 series lead on Friday behind a strong effort by Max Scherzer, the Detroit Tigers would falter heading into the weekend, dropping both Games 2 and 3 to the Oakland Athletics. Facing elimination at the start of Tuesday’s match-up in Detroit, the Tigers mustered up the firepower to even the series and force a Game 5, outlasting the Athletics by a score of 8-6 in a back-and-forth contest. Oakland got out to an early lead in the first inning, scoring a run on a Jed Lowrie RBI single to left field. Lowrie would... 
 

Rays Walk-Off Win Over Red Sox Forces Game 4 in ALDS

The Tampa Bay Rays beat the Boston Red Sox with a walk-off to win Game 3 of the ALDS and force a Game 4. Jose Lobaton hit a solo home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning after Rays closer Fernando Rodney blew a save in the top of the inning. The homer breathed some life back into the Rays season . Tampa Bay took a win-or-go-home game for the fourth time in nine days. Evan Longoria‘s two-out, three-run homer in the fifth off Clay Buchholz rallied the Rays to a 3-all tie and the Rays took a lead into the ninth when Delmon... 
 

A’s Beat Tigers Withe Three Homers – Up 2-1 In ALDS

Brandon Moss, Josh Reddick and Seth Smith homered for the Oakland Athletics, who chased Anibal Sanchez in the fifth inning Monday and defeated the Tigers 6-3 for a 2-1 AL Division Series lead. Moss broke a 3-all tie in the fifth with a solo shot, and Smith’s two-run drive later in the inning ended Sanchez’s day. The A’s can close out the series Tuesday and reach the AL Championship Series for the first time since 2006 — when they were swept by the Tigers. Oakland will send rookie Dan Straily to the mound against Detroit’s Doug... 
 

Dodgers Pound Braves for 2-1 Series Lead

After falling behind early, Carl Crawford hit a three-run homer, Juan Uribe added a two-run shot and Los Angeles routed the Atlanta Braves 13-6 on Sunday night for a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five NL Division Series. Hanley Ramirez and Yasiel Puig each had three hits and scored three times on a huge night at the plate for the Dodgers, who matched a franchise record for runs in a postseason game. ”It’s 25 guys out there that we come here every day and we put in hard work on the field,” Ramirez said. ”Everything I do,... 
 

Pirates Take 2-1 Series Lead With Late Rally Over Cardinals

The Pittsburgh Pirates used back-to-back RBI singles by Pedro Alvarez and Russell Martin in the eighth inning to snap a tie and beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-3 on Sunday in Game 3 of the National League Division Series at PNC Park Josh Harrison scored on Alvarez’s tiebreaking single that staked Pittsburgh to a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five NL division series. Martin followed with a sharp RBI single against reliever Kevin Siegrist, who took over after Carlos Martinez (0-1) faltered. Carlos Beltran finished 2 for 3 with three RBIs for St... 
 

Rays Face Elimination After Red Sox Win

After the Boston Red Sox took advantage of Tampa Bay’s bad luck and bad defense to overcome an early deficit and beat the Rays 12-2 on Friday in Game 1 of the AL Division Series, Tampa Bay looked to ace David Price to change their fortunes in Game 2. It was not to be and the Red Sox roughed up Price for seven runs on nine hits in seven innings to beat Tampa Bay 7-4 and take a commanding 2-0 lead in the best of five ALDS. Boston starter John Lackey turned in 5 1/3 innings giving up four runs but made big pitches in crucial situations before... 
 

Dodgers, Kershaw Dominant In NLDS Game One

Before Game One of the NLDS matching up the Los Angels Dodgers against the Atlanta Braves one of our readers let us know that the Braves were going to beat Clayton Kershaw. Memo to reader: Don’t quit your day job. Kershaw struck out 12 during seven dominant innings, Adrian Gonzalez hit a two-run homer and the Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves 6-1 in Game 1 on Thursday night. Atlanta struck out 15 times in all. Gonzalez began to put it out of reach in the third, driving a pitch over the center-field wall for his first postseason homer, a... 
 

Cardinals Rout Pittsburgh in NLDS Opener

The St Louis Cardinals used a 7 run inning and solid pitching to rout the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-1 in game one of the NL Division Series. Carlos Beltran‘s three-run homer sparked a seven-run third inning and the St. Louis Cardinals got seven strong innings from Adam Wainwright to open a commanding 7-0 in the third. Beltran has 15 home runs, 10 doubles and 28 RBIs in 35 postseason games. He also has scored 40 runs and stolen 11 bases. The Pirates ended a 21-year postseason drought and entered their first best-of-5 division series with apparent... 
 

Alex Cobb, Rays Shut Down Indians, Advance To ALDS

Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Alex Cobb pitched 6 2/3 innings of shutout baseball and Joel Peralta, Jake McGee and Fernando Rodney combined to finish the shutout 4-0 over the Cleveland Indians in the American League Wild Card game. In two starts against Cleveland this year, Cobb gave up a combined 12 hits in 14 scoreless innings. The combined shutout was the 18th shutout of the season for the Tampa Bay pitching staff Tampa Bay will now move on to the American League Division Series against AL East rival, Boston Red Sox. Delmon Young homered in the... 
 

Martin, Byrd, Liriano Lead Pirates in WIn Over Reds

Francisco Liriano tossed seven dominant innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates powered  past Cincinnati Reds 6-2 in the NL wild-card game Tuesday night . The Pirates will now travel to St Louis to face the St Louis Cardinals in the NL Division Series. Russell Martin hit two home runs, Marlon Byrd also connected and Andrew McCutchen reached base four times for Pittsburgh. “We’re for real,” McCutchen said. “We’re definitely for real.” Cincinnati starter Johnny Cueto struggled in his third start since coming... 
 

Adam Wainwright Channels Cliff Lee, Beats Rockies with Arm, Bat

Adam Wainwright channeled his inner Cliff Lee against the Colorado Rockies, using both his arm and his bat to take down the Rockies 4-3. While his two-way performance wasn’t quite as dominant as Lee’s, it deserves recognition nonetheless. The Cardinals righthander went 7.2 strong innings in hitter-friendly Coors Field, allowing ten hits and three runs with seven strikeouts. His lone walk was surrendered to Josh Rutledge, the last hitter he faced. The boxscore doesn’t do Wainwright’s start justice. He threw 89/121 (74%)... 
 

Cliff Lee Had Himself a Game Against Marlins

If there was ever any doubt Philadelphia Phillies lefty Cliff Lee can still pitch, and he can hit a little too. On Monday night against the Miami Marlins, Lee had three hits, knocked in a career-high four runs and struck out a season-high 14 to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 12-2 win. In doing so Lee became just the second pitcher in baseball history to strike out 14 and drive in four since Dwight Gooden did it for the Mets on May 11, 1990 with 15 strikeouts. A two run bases loaded single in the third inning was followed by his first career... 
 

Orioles Chris Davis 50th Homer Leads Comeback Over Jays

Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis reached the 50-home run to lead a comeback win over the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3, snapping a three-game losing streak. Baltimore at (78-60) remains 2 1/2 games back of Tampa Bay for the second Wild Card spot. “Some guys hit some cheapies here. He doesn’t get any cheapies,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said of Davis, who is the first player to hit 50 homers since Toronto’s Jose Bautista in 2010. “We’ve really battled the last couple of days,” Davis added. “I... 
 

St. Louis Cardinals Rally for Win Over Cincinnati Reds

The St. Louis Cardinals moved into sole possession of first place in the NL Central for the first time since July 29 after Allen Craig hit his first career grand slam with two out in the seventh inning, helping the Cardinals rally for an 8-6 win over the Cincinnati Reds. Craig is now 6-for-7 with 15 RBIs in two-out, bases-loaded situations. Matt Holliday also had a long three-run homer for St. Louis Zack Cozart had two hits and three RBIs for the Reds, who dropped to 4-9 against St. Louis this season. Jay Bruce hit his 25th homer in the... 
 

Rays David Price Beats Sabathia and Yankees

David Price and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the New York Yankees for the second straight night after rallying for three runs in the sixth inning 4-2. Price pitched six strong innings and the surging Rays won for the eighth time in 10 games. “Whenever you’re pitching against a guy like CC, you give up three runs and you’re going to lose. That’s what happened,” Price said. “It was the first guy to give up that third run was going to get that loss.” Sabathia (11-11) took a 2-0 lead into the sixth before giving... 
 

Tigers Max Scherzer Outpitches Mets Matt Harvey For 19th Win

The Detroit Tigers Max Scherzer outpitched the New York Mets Matt Harvey , striking out 11 and hitting a RBI double that sent the Detroit Tigers to a 3-0 victory over the New York Mets. Scherzer (19-1) joined Rube Marquard in 1912 and Roger Clemens in 2001 as the only major league pitchers to win 19 of their first 20 decisions in a season. “I pitched well today but I didn’t pitch efficiently,” Scherzer said. “I wasn’t quite as sharp as usual, but I thought I made big pitches when I needed to and that was the... 
 

Rays Alex Cobb Gets Win Over Mariners in Return

Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Alex Cobb turned in five strong innings to record his first win in two months 7-1 over the Seattle Mariners. Cobb returned for the first time since taking a line drive off a the bat of Kansas City Royals first-baseman Eric Hosmer. Cobb (7-2) ended his night by striking out Nick Franklin on a full-count pitch with the bases loaded and two outs in the fifth. He received a standing ovation as he walked off the field. “Everybody goes through troubles,” Cobb said in a prestart interview session with reporters on... 
 

A’s Sonny Gray K’s 9 In First MLB Win

Oakland A’s right-hander Sonny Gray dominated the Houston Astros with a blistering fastball and filthy curve on the way to 5-0 with in an impressive first major league victory.  Nate Freiman hit a two-run homer and four RBI to back up the performance by Gray. The 23-year-old Gray (1-1) allowed four hits and walked one over eight innings, throwing 118 pitches in his second career start and fourth big league appearance. Gray was the drafted by the A’s in the 2011 amateur draft with the 18th pick in the first round. Oakland pulled... 
 

Alfonso Soriano, Yankees Slam Angels

Alfonso Soriano homered twice for the second straight night and drove in a career-high seven runs, giving him 13 RBIs in two games while powering the New York Yankees to an 11-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday. Soriano hit an early grand slam and became the third player to knock in at least six runs in back-to-back games since RBIs became an official statistic in 1920, according to STATS. “It’s not bad,” Soriano said, who rejoined the Yankees by a trade with the Chicago Cubs on July 26 after playing for them from 1999-2003. “It... 
 

Red Sox Stretch AL East Lead With Extra Innings Win

Shane Victorino threw a runner out at the plate in the sixth inning, then hit a two-run single in the 11th and the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-2 on Tuesday night. The win gave the Red Sox a 4-game lead in the American League East over the Tampa Bay Rays who lost for the sixth consecutive game to the Seattle Mariners and six games over the Baltimore Orioles. The New York Yankees are 9.5 games back. “Much like we’ve seen of late here, if we get down early we continue to grind, continue to be relentless at the plate,... 
 

Hyun-Jin Ryu Beats New York Mets and Matt Harvey

The Los Angeles Dodgers lead the National League West by 7 1/2 games after rookie left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu outdueled New York Mets ace Matt Harvey and improved to 22-3 in the second half and moved a season-high 19 games over .500. Ryu tossed seven innings of one-run ball, Nick Punto and A.J. Ellis each had two RBIs, and the Dodgers beat Harvey and the Mets, 4-2, at Dodger Stadium to win their seventh game in a row. The Dodgers are 39-8 over their past 47 games, the team’s best 47-game run since 1900, and the best mark for a Major League... 
 

Rangers Yu Darvish Flirts With No-Hitter, K’s 15 Astros in Win

Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish carried a perfect game into the bottom of the sixth inning and a no-hiiter into the eighth when Houston catcher Carlos Corporan ripped an outside fastball for a home run but won his 12th game of the season striking out 15. Darvish and closer Joe Nathan combined on a one hitter and the Rangers finished their 10 game road trip with a 9-1 record. Darvish retired the 17 batters he faced before walking Jonathan Villar on six pitches to break up the perfect game bid and became the first pitcher in the majors this season... 
 

Max Scherzer Wins 17th, Tigers Win 12th Straight

The Detroit Tigers won their 12th straight game and  Max Scherzer became baseball’s first 17-game winner besting the Cleveland Indians 10-3. Scherzer (17-1) allowed two runs and four hits in seven innings. Scherzer threw 100 pitches, and left with a 2.84 ERA this year. The Tigers have won 12 in a row for the first time since Sept. 2-14, 2011. Miguel Cabrera drove in three runs as the AL Central leaders completed a four-game sweep and opened a seven-game lead over the Indians. Cabrera drew a bases-loaded walk during a six-run third and... 
 

Tim Lincecum K’s 8 In 8 Shutout Innings

San Francisco Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum struck out eight batters over eight scoreless innings to lead the Giants past the Brewers 4-1. He allowed one hit over those eight innings. Brandon Belt hit a three-run homer in the first inning off Donovan Hand (0-4). And Marco Scutaro and Brandon Crawford added three hits apiece to give Lincecum more than enough support. Making the transition from a power pitcher Lincecum is establishing new identity. “I think I’m just trying to stay within myself,” Linececum said, adding... 
 

Derek Holland K’s 10 – Rangers Shutout Oakland

Derek Holland gave up four hits in eight shutout  innings, Nelson Cruz and Mitch Moreland each hit a home run and the Texas Rangers beat the Oakland Athletics 4-0 on Sunday. Adrian Beltre had two hits and drove in a run for the Rangers, who have won six of seven to move within 2½ games of the AL West Division leading Athletics. Cruz lead off the second inning with his 27th home run of the season ahead a probable suspension by MLB for his involvement in the Biogenesis PED’s scandal. A.J. Griffin (10-8) lasted 6 2/3 innings, allowing... 
 

Yunel Escobar Flashes The Leather In Rays Win

Yunel Escobar backed up a complete game win over the Boston Red Sox by Tampa Bay Rays ace David Price with a brilliant behind that back flip to start a double play in the bottom of the fourth inning. Price (5-5) needed only 97 pitches for his seventh career complete game. He struck out four and didn’t walk a batter. Since returning from a 47-day stint on the disabled list because of a triceps strain, Price is 4-1 with a 1.76 ERA in five starts. Wil Myers drove in two runs in the third and James Loney and Jose Molina each had RBI singles... 
 

Rays Matt Moore Spins Two-Hit Shutout to Start Series With Red Sox

Tampa Bay Rays lefty Matt Moore pitched a two-hut shutout to win his 14th game and beat the Boston Red Sox in game one of a four game series against the Boston. The win moved Tampa Bay within a half game of the Red Sox in the American League East. Ben Zobrist had three hits and James Loney drove in two runs for the Rays, who earned their sixth consecutive victory and won for the 18th time in 20 games. Desmond Jennings drove in the third run with a sacrifice fly in the eighth off Jose De La Torre. Moore walled one, struck out four as he scattered... 
 

Clayton Kershaw Outduels Jordan Zimmermann in 9-2 Win

Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw turned in yet another strong outing on Sunday afternoon, outdueling Washington Nationals ace Jordan Zimmermann in a 9-2 rout of the Nationals at Nationals Park. For the 17th time this season, Kershaw pitched at least seven innings, as he surrendered two runs on two hits in seven innings of work on Sunday, striking out nine and walking none. With the victory, Kershaw inproved to a 9-6 record on the season and boasts a National League-best 2.01 ERA. Kershaw also leads the league in WHIP (0.88) and sits second... 
 

Indians Justin Masterson ‘Masterful’ in 7-1 Victory

After a pair of starts that saw the Indians ace surrender eight runs and walk nine, Justin Masterson bounced back on Sunday afternoon by turning in a masterful victory, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 7-1 rout of the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Masterson took a no-hitter into the seventh inning before surrendering a bloop single to Brian Dozier to start off the inning. Dozier would come around to score on an error by Jason Kipnis, who mishandled a grounder by Joe Mauer. The lone single would be the only hit that Masterson would allow, as... 
 

Matt Harvey Outduels Cliff Lee in Dominant Win

In his first outing back since getting the starting nod at the 84th All-Star Game before his home crowd at Citi Field, New York Mets ace Matt Harvey turned in a dominant performance on Sunday afternoon against the Philadelphia Phillies, leading the Mets to a 5-0 shutout at home. After surrendering eight runs over his last two starts, Harvey buckled down on Sunday, working seven shutout innings of three-hit ball, striking out 10 batters and walking none in the process (it would be the sixth time this season that Harvey registered double-digit strikeout... 
 

Matt Moore Wins 4th Straight, Rays Shut-out White Sox

Tampa Bay Rays left-hander Matt Moore pitched into the seventh inning and won his fourth consecutive start to lead the Rays to a  3-0 win over Chris Sale and the Chicago White Sox. Moore was not selected to the American League All-Star game despite having a 12-3 record. Tampa Bay’s lone selection was infielder-outfielder Ben Zobrist. Moore (12-3), who could still become an All-Star as an injury replacement, gave up five hits, two walks and struck out six over 6 1/3 innings Tampa Bay has won seven of their last eight games to improve to... 
 

Tyler Skaggs Dominates in Return for Arizona

Arizona Diamondbacks starter Tyler Skaggs was recalled from Triple-A Reno on Friday to replace an injured Trevor Cahill, who was placed on the 15-day DL on Monday with a right hip contusion, and turned in a masterful outing against the Colorado Rockies at Chase Field. Skaggs worked eight scoreless innings, surrendering just three hits (all singles) and striking out five while walking one. The outing was arguably the best of the young southpaw’s career, as he lasted a career-long eight innings and held the Rockies scoreless for his third career... 
 

Kirk Nieuwenhuis Plates 5 Runs in Mets 12-5 Rout of Brewers

Kirk Nieuwenhuis was almost the hero in yesterday’s loss to the Diamondbacks in 15 innings, launching a solo home run in the 14th to tie the game. However, Friday was a different story, as Nieuwenhuis turned in a career performance in the Mets’ 12-5 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. Nieuwenhuis went 4-for-4 with a double and triple, while driving in a career-high five runs. The Mets’ right fielder was an offensive threat throughout the night, driving in runs in the first, second, fourth, and ninth innings. Nieuwenhuis gave the... 
 

Nelson Cruz Grand Slam Leads Rangers in 10-5 Victory

It was his only hit of the evening, but Nelson Cruz‘s grand slam in the bottom of the second inning proved to be the deciding dagger that would help propel the Texas Rangers to an eventual 10-5 rout of the Houston Astros on Friday. After an Elvis Andrus single and a pair of walks drawn by Ian Kinsler and David Murphy, Cruz stepped to the plate with two out and took a 1-2 pitch from Lucas Harrell to deep center. The slam was his record sixth at Arlington and second of the season, a season in which he has tallied 20 home runs and driven in 65... 
 

Ivan Nova K’s 11, Yankees Walk-off With Win

New York Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova struck out 11 Orioles in a spot start for Hiroki Kuroda  and the Yankees rallied for two runs in the ninth inning against Baltimore Orioles closer Jim Johnson to win 3-2. It was Johnson’s sixth blown save of the season and the Yankees fifth straight win. Vernon Wells came through in the ninth-inning with a game-winning base hit with one out in the ninth to give the Yankees a walkoff win. Nova scattered three hits over nine innings, allowing two earned runs, one walk and struck out 11 on 102 pitches,... 
 
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