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Baseball Players Down Time and Gambling

When they aren’t on the field, many baseball players have been caught (apologies for the pun) at the table enjoying a game of poker. And who can blame them? The fast-paced game is the ideal mental workout for professional athletes, as well as a great way to blow off some steam and win some money in the meantime. Anyone can play poker and there are loads of opportunities to get stuck in both in real life and online, with sites like 888 Poker offering an excellent selection of games for both beginners and seasoned sharks. Although baseball players... 
 

Dodgers Acquire Ricky Nolasco From Marlins

The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired right-hander Ricky Nolasco from the Miami Marlins for three minor league pitchers, Steve Ames, Josh Wall and Angel Sanchez. The Dodgers also picked up an international signing bonus worth $197,000 in the deal. Nolasco, a Southern California native who can become a free agent after the season, went 5-8 with a 3.85 ERA in 18 starts for the Marlins and has a career mark of 81-72 with a 4.44 ERA. “He’s excited,”  Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said. “California guy coming back and he’s... 
 

Bryce Harper Homers in Return from DL in Nationals Win

After missing over one month with a knee injury, which originated on a collision with the right field wall at Dodger Stadium on May 13, Bryce Harper returned to action on Monday evening and picked up right where he left off. On the second pitch he saw from Milwaukee’s Yovani Gallardo, Harper jumped on a 1-0 fastball and crushed it into the visitor’s bullpen for a solo shot, giving the Nationals an early 1-0 lead and their fans an all too familiar curtain call. “I felt like I was back on opening day,” said Harper. “I... 
 

Indians Chris Perez Activated from DL, Resumes Closing Duties

The Cleveland Indians have activated Chris Perez from the 15-day disabled list after the closer missed just over a month due to a strained right rotator cuff. Perez will join the Indians in the middle of a series with the Baltimore Orioles and will retake the reigns as primary closer from Vinnie Pestano, who performed solidly in Perez’s absence. Pestano was five-for-five in save opportunities, posting a 2.45 ERA in 11.0 innings of work in his time as the fill-in closer. Prior to his shoulder injury, Perez was coming off of a three-game period... 
 

Red Sox Option Will Middlebrooks to AAA Pawtucket

The Boston Red Sox have decided that the best remedy to get third baseman Will Middlebrooks on track is some time in the minor leagues and the team optioned the 24-year-old to AAA Pawtucket today and purchased the contract of infielder Brandon Snyder. Middelbrooks has struggled in 2013 hitting .192 with a .617 OPS,  and has not played in five of the last six games. Jose Iglesias  who took over for Middlebrooks while he was on the disabled list with a lower back strain is getting the lion’s share of the playing time at third base. The surprising... 
 

Yankees Alex Rodriguez Cleared To Begin Rehab Games On July 1

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez has been given medical clearance by doctors to begin rehab games beginning July 1.  Rodriguez hasn’t played at all in 2013, having undergone surgery on his left hip in January. It was projected that he could return after the All-Star break, and that timeline seems to be accurate at this point. He would likely need 20 or so games of rehab before returning to the major leagues. Rodriguez, 37, hit .272/.353/.430 with 18 homers and 57 RBIs in 122 games last season. A-Rod also faces an investigation... 
 

D-Backs Kirk Gibson on Heath Bell: “He’s Going to be Our Closer

Some managers like to take the proactive approach when it comes to struggling closer  and sit them down to sort out their troubles, like Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell did recently with Andrew Bailey. The  Detroit Tigers had no problem letting go of old Jose Valverde who was designated for assignment late last week. Others prefer a more nurturing approach, and that’s the route that Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson has chosen closer Heath Bell. Pretty much the way it is, he’s going to be our closer,” D-backs manager... 
 

Padres Clayton Richard Likely to DL with Shoulder Injury

San Diego Padres Clayton Richard will be headed to the disabled list after feeling pain in his AC joint (down his neck and into the upper part of his chest) in Friday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Richard had only thrown two pitches (the first a ball and the second a strike to leadoff hitter Mark Ellis) before he felt discomfort in his shoulder. Padres manager Bud Black came out to meet with the southpaw, which ended with Richard being pulled from the game. Tim Stauffer came into the game in relief of Richard, pitching four innings... 
 

Report: Will Middlebrooks Could be Optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket

Will Middlebrooks, Boston Red Sox third baseman, has sat on the bench in three of the last four games, as Jose Iglesias has manned the hot corner in his place. Due to such, the Providence Journal has suggested that Middlebrooks could be optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket as means to get the young slugger back on track. However, according to Red Sox manager John Farrell, Boston has no imminent plans to option Middlebrooks. “I don’t know that we have a date marked on the calendar or that if certain things change we’ve got to make a change... 
 

Stephen Strasburg Gets Win Over Rockies, Strikes Out Nine

Washington Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg  pitched seven strong innings and struck out nine and won for the first time in the month of June as the Nats beat the Colorado Rockies 2-1. Strasburg (4-6) allowed one run on five hits for his first victory since May 31. Reliever Drew Storen worked the eighth and Rafael Soriano pitched the ninth for his 19th save as the Nationals moved one game above .500 at 37-36. Ian Desmond homered in the seventh for Washington. DJ LeMahieu  at the lone RBI for the Rockies in the third inning.  The Rockies have... 
 

Matt Garza Dominates Astros in 3-1 Win

Matt Garza turned in his best performance of 2013 allowing just one run over eight innings in a 3-1 win over the Houston Astros. Garza was coming off the start in which he threw seven shutout innings in a no decision against the Mets on Sunday. After walking the first batter in the ninth inning Kevin Gregg came on to get the final three outs and preserved the win.  Houston’s lone run came on Chris Carter‘s 15th home run of the season in the seventh-inning. Anthony Rizzo  who came into the game mired in a deep slump finished the night... 
 

Rays David Price Makes First Rehab Start

Tampa Bay Rays ace David Price made his first rehab start is going on the DL on May 16 for the High-A  Charlotte Stone Crabs. Price worked 2 2/3 innings allowing two earned runs, one earned, and two hits. Price  was projected to be out until mid to late June and barring a setback he should make two more rehab starts before returning to Tampa Bay’s  rotation  Before the All-Star break. Price, 27, is 1-4 with a 5.24 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 49 strikeouts in 55 innings this season. Last season Price was 20-5 with a 2.56 ERA, 1.10 WHIOP and 205... 
 

No Way Jose: Detroit Tigers DFA Jose Valverde

Detroit Tigers closer Jose Valverde  has been designated for assignment. Valverde has struggled mightily of late and has a 5.59 ERA over 19 1/3 innings of work. He  saved nine games for the Tigers  in 12 opportunities and the opposition has a batting average of .237 against him. In most recent appearance on Wednesday he gave up four runs and five hits in one inning of work.  The Tigers setup man Joaquin Benoit  is said to be the favorite for taking over for Valverde. Tigers manager Jim Leyland went on record saying, “If Benoit is available,... 
 

Andrew Bailey Blows Another Save – Out As Red Sox Closer

Andrew Bailey blew his third save in his last five chances and the Detroit Tigers came back to beat Boston 4-3  on a walkoff home run by Jhonny Peralta. After the game Red Sox manager John Farrell announced that Bailey has been removed from the closers role for Boston. Bailey has a 15.75 ERA in a 3.25 WHIP  in his last five outings,  He has walked five, struck out three and allowed for home runs in that span. Before his last five appearances his was ERA 1.47 and he registered 27 strikeouts, two home runs over 18 1/3 innings. The Red Sox are expected... 
 

Making Progress: Derek Jeter Takes Batting Practice in Tampa

Derek Jeter, New York Yankees captain and future hall of famer, took on-field batting practice on Wednesday for the first time since fracturing his ankle for the second time in mid-April. The Wednesday session serves as a positive step in the right direction for Jeter and the Yankees organization, as he continues to work out and strengthen his ankle at New York’s spring training complex in Tampa, Florida. Jeter took the field for the first time a week and a half ago, fielding grounders, taking swings, and completing a long toss session. Since... 
 

Dynamic Duo: Harvey, Wheeler Lead Doubleheader Sweep of Braves

New York Mets staff ace Matt Harvey and top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler delivered back-to-back impressive starts in a doubleheader on Tuesday against the Atlanta Braves, leading the Mets to victory in both contests. In game one, Harvey was electric, bringing a no-hit bid into the seventh inning before surrendering an infield single to Jason Heyward with no outs in the top of the frame. Prior to Heyward’s single, Harvey had retired 10 straight batters and struck out a season-high 13 batters heading into the eighth. However, the eighth would... 
 

Roy Oswalt Set to Make 2013 Debut with Rockies

The Colorado Rockies have officially announced that Roy Oswalt will start on Thursday against the Washington Nationals, marking the 2013 season debut for Oswalt. After signing a minor league contract with Colorado on May 2, Oswalt has been dominant in his time at Double-A Tulsa. In five starts with the Tulsa Drillers, Oswalt has posted a 3-2 record and 2.16 ERA along with a 25/7 strikeout to walk ratio in 33 1/3 innings of work. In his most recent start on June 14, Oswalt went 8 1/3 scoreless innings, surrendering five hits and striking out seven... 
 

Red Sox Clay Buchholz Placed on DL with Neck Strain

The Boston Red Sox have placed Clay Buchholz on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained trapezius muscle in his neck, retroactive to June 9. Buchholz has been nagged by the injury since his last start on June 8 and has battled health issues over the past few weeks, as he has only made two starts since May 22. Buchholz threw a bullpen session before the second game of Tuesday’s doubleheader against the Tampa Bay Rays, but was clearly not ready to start on Tuesday evening. As a result, Buchholz will make a stint on the DL and will not be... 
 

Marlins Giancarlo Stanton Homers Twice To Reach 100 In Career

Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton hit two home runs Monday night in a win over the Arizona Diamondbacks including a game-winning blast off Heath Bell in the top of the ninth. The two home runs were his 99th and 100 of his career and made him the 10th youngest player to reach 100 home runs and the ninth fastest in Major League history to do so. The Marlins only had two hits in the game but they made them count with the Stanton home runs. The outfielder struggled mightily in April, batting .227, but since returning to the lineup he has... 
 

Timetable for Rangers Colby Lewis, Alexi Ogando Still Unknown

The Texas Rangers have dealt with a solid starting rotation throughout the season, wherein the Rangers boast the fourth-best team ERA (3.70) in the American League (although much of that is due to the masterful bullpen pitching from the likes of Joe Nathan, Tanner Scheppers, and Robbie Ross). Despite a solid rotation, the fact that Alexi Ogando is currently on his second stint on the DL in the past month and workhorse Colby Lewis has yet to make his season debut are more than certainly preventing the Rangers from reaching full potential as division... 
 

Marlins Kevin Slowey Demoted to Bullpen Role

The Miami Marlins have announced the demotion of starting pitcher Kevin Slowey to the bullpen in the wake of poor outings and as means to make room for Nate Eovaldi, who will attempt to return to the starting rotation for the first time this season. After starting the first seven games of the season on a strong note, in which he posted a 1.81 ERA and 36/8 strikeout to walk ratio in 44 2/3 innings of work, Slowey has regressed tremendously in his last seven outings. Over the course of those seven starts, Slowey has posted a 1-4 record and 7.08 ERA... 
 

Tigers Anibal Sanchez, Alex Avila Placed on the 15-day Disabled List

The Detroit Tigers have placed right-hander Anibal Sanchez and catcher Alex Avila  on the 15 day disabled list. Sanchez has been battling shoulder problems and is expected to miss at least two starts. Sanchez signed a five-year $88 million deal in the off-season and is pitching to a 2.76 ERA, with a 6-5 record. Avila has a bruised left forearm the result of being hit by a pitch and is hitting  .172/.271/.288 with five home runs in 48 games. In corresponding move , the Tigers recalled outfielder Avisail Garcia and catcher Bryan Holaday. The Tigers... 
 

Mark Teixeira is Headed Back to the Disabled List

The New York Yankees placed first baseman Mark Teixeira back on the 15 day disabled list general manager Brian Cashman said Monday. Teixeira was pulled from the game on Saturday at Los Angeles  at his request with a sore wrist. Later that day Teixeira headed back to New York to consult with Yankees team physicians. Teixeira received a cortisone shot and will be reevaluated next week. He was diagnosed with inflammation in his right wrist although not directly related to the issue that put him on the disabled list for the first two months of the... 
 

Rays Recall Jake Odorizzi, Alex Colome To Take Alex Cobb’s Turn In Rotation

The Tampa Bay Rays will test their organizational pitching depth this week.  Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reported that Jake Odorizzi will be recalled to start game two of Tuesday’s day-night doubleheader with the Boston Red Sox. Alex Colome will take Alex Cobb‘s turn in the rotation on Thursday. Odorizzi will be joined by former roommate Wil Myers who was recalled by Tampa Bay on Sunday and will start in right field for the Rays. Odorizzi  as made two starts for Tampa Bay this season and appeared in one game as a reliever... 
 

Torii Hunter Slugs 300th Career HR in 5-2 Tigers Victory

In a career that has spanned across 16 years with the Minnesota Twins, Los Angeles Angels, and now this season with the Detroit Tigers, Torii Hunter has solidified his name as a perennial all-star caliber player. On Sunday afternoon, Hunter added a milestone to his successful resume, slugging the 300th home run of his career against the Minnesota Twins in a 5-2 victory for the Detroit Tigers. With Austin Jackson on second base and a 2-0 count, Hunter connected on a pitch from Minnesota starter P.J. Walters that would clear the left field bleachers.... 
 

Nats Stephen Strasburg Returns in Nationals 2-0 Loss

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg returned from the 15-day DL on Sunday to face the Cleveland Indians in his first start since injuring his oblique in a May 31 start against the Atlanta Braves. Strasburg worked five innings, surrendering just one run and one hit, along with four strikeouts and four walks. Strasburg was held to just 82 pitches and was pulled after the fifth inning as precaution in avoiding a potential re-injury of his oblique or other complications. Strasburg, although allowing just one hit, did not have good... 
 

Rangers Ian Kinsler Activated, Leury Garcia back to AAA

Texas Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler has been activated from the Disabled List and bat leadoff for the Rangers in Toronto. Kinsler, no stranger  to injury has missed nearly a month with an intercostal strain and will return to face RA Dickey and the Blue Jays. The 30-year-old second baseman has stayed healthy the past two seasons, playing in 155 and 157 games after playing in 130 or less the previous four out of five seasons. In 2013, Kinsler had 7 HR and 20 RBI, with an above norm .302 BA and .389 OBP in 180 ABs. In response to reactivating... 
 

Jonathan Broxton Placed on DL, Pedro Villarreal Called Up

The Cincinnati Reds placed setup man, Jonathan Broxton, on the DL with a right elbow flexor strain. Broxton’s stint is retroactive to June 14th  and it is unclear at this time whether he will be back by his eligible return date. With the move, the Reds’ bullpen is a little thinner for the time being but Broxton had struggled of late, likely due to the injury. Cincinnati has World Series aspirations again this season and are currently 2.5 games behind the division leading Cardinals for the top record in the National League. The Reds... 
 

Orioles Kevin Gausman Optioned to Triple-A Norfolk

The Baltimore Orioles will option rookie starter Kevin Gausman to Triple-A Norfolk, following his outing against the Boston Red Sox on Thursday night, a game in which the Orioles would win 5-4 in 13 innings. The third-overall pick in the 2012 MLB Amateur Draft out of LSU, Gausman has moved quickly throughout the Baltimore organization and was the first player from last year’s first round to make his big league debut. In five starts this season, Gausman has posted an 0-3 record and 7.66 ERA, along with a 20/6 strikeout to walk ratio in 24.2... 
 

Pirates A.J. Burnett Placed on DL with Strained Right Calf

The Pittsburgh Pirates placed staff ace A.J. Burnett on the 15-day disabled list on Thursday evening due to a strained right calf muscle, an injury that Burnett disclosed to Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle on Wednesday. Since the injury was announced, Pittsburgh has not disclosed how the strain came about. Due to a lack of information on the severity of the strain, Burnett’s timetable for a return to the rotation is still unknown. A minor calf strain may require a healing time of around two weeks, while a more serious strain may require up... 
 

Adam Wainwright Outduels Matt Harvey for 10th Win

The National League’s two best starting pitchers were masterful on Thursday afternoon, as St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright outdueled New York Mets ace Matt Harvey in 2-1 victory for his 10th victory of the season, the first to reach double digits in victories in either league this season. For the fifth straight game, Wainwright pitched into the seventh inning, wherein he went seven scoreless on Thursday, surrendering just four hits and striking out six batters and walking two. One particular aspect of his game this season has been his... 
 

Rockies Troy Tulowitzki Has Broken Rib – Headed for DL

Troy Tulowitzki was diagnosed with a broken rib in his right side after an MRI on Thursday night and will be headed to the disabled list. Tulowitzki left Thursday’s game with Washington in the eighth inning after diving for a ground ball. Earlier today we reported that Carlos Gonzalez had taken a foul ball off the bat of Jordan Pacheco and left the same game.  Dexter Fowler was hit on the right ring finger and suffered a swollen knuckle. Both Gonzalez and Fowler should be fine and not miss much time. Tulowitzki is another story however... 
 

Stephen Strasburg Appears Set for Return to Rotation

After throwing a bullpen session with no apparent issues or setbacks on Thursday afternoon, the Washington Nationals are confident (barring any discomfort over the weekend) that Stephen Strasburg will be able to return to the starting rotation on Sunday for a start against the Cleveland Indians. Strasburg threw 56 pitches in a simulated game on Tuesday, from which he disclosed that he felt no tightness in his oblique and was comfortable throughout the entire session. Following his May 31 start against the Atlanta Braves, in which he lasted only... 
 

Rangers Matt Harrison Out Until September With Back Surgery

The Texas Rangers starting pitcher Matt Harrison is now projected to rejoin the Rangers sometime in September following two surgeries on his back to repair a herniated disk. The Rangers will start Harrison on a throwing program this Monday, wherein he is expected to throw on flat ground for about four to six weeks. At that point, he will be able to begin throwing off of a mound, which will take at least one month for Harrison to regain his form and endurance as a member of the starting rotation. After undergoing surgery to repair a herniated disk,... 
 

Rangers Ian Kinsler to Start Rehab Assignment

Texas Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler has been cleared to start a rehab assignment with Double-A Frisco on Thursday. After getting the clearance to play from team physician Dr. Keith Meister following a full batting practice and fielding session on Wednesday, Kinsler will DH in his first game for Frisco, followed by games on Friday and Saturday at second base. Barring any setbacks, Kinsler is slated to rejoin the Rangers on either Sunday or Monday in time for a four-game series against the Oakland Athletics. Kinsler was placed on the 15-day DL... 
 

Red Sox Jon Lester is Healthy – Just “Terrible”

Boston Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester gave up three home runs, seven walks in seven runs in 4 2/3 innings of work last night against the Tampa Bay Rays  at Tropicana Field. Lester is mired in a five start slump and is 0-3  with a 6.90 ERA over 30 innings. Lester opened the season 6-0 with a 2.72 ERA,  so it comes as no surprise when Lester offered up a self-evaluation after the Red Sox loss. “Just terrible,” he said before adding, “unacceptable” and finally, “horse-(expletive).”  He went on, when asked if health was an issue Lester... 
 

Athletics Yoenis Cespedes Day-to-Day with Hamstring Tightness

Oakland Athletics left fielder Yoenis Cespedes left Tuesday’s game against the New York Yankees with tightness in his left hamstring, a decision made by the Athletics as a precautionary measure so as not to risk the chance of welcoming further injury to the young slugger. Cespedes will be considered day-to-day and will not be placed on the disabled list. The Athletics will most likely place the outfielder in the DH spot for the next few games to rest his hamstring and relax any tightness that could escalate to serious injury. Cespedes spent... 
 

Nats Reliever Henry Rodriguez Acquired by Chicago Cubs

The Chicago Cubs acquired Washington Nationals reliever Henry Rodriguez in exchange for pitcher Ian Dickson on Tuesday. In 17 appearances this season, Rodriguez posted a 4.00 ERA and an alarming 11/16 strikeout to walk ratio in 18.0 innings of relief. Rodriguez was designated for assignment last week by the Nationals, but his 100 MPH fastball certainly attracted an interested Chicago club that has dealt with an inconsistent bullpen this season. In return, the Nationals received right-hander Ian Dickson, a 35th round draft pick in the 2011 MLB Amateur... 
 

Cardinals Michael Wacha Records First MLB Win Against Mets

St. Louis Cardinals rookie Michael Wacha was able to record his first big league victory in his third start despite allowing a home run to Omar Quintanilla, a sacrifice fly to Marlon Byrd, and walking three batters all in the first inning, Wacha settled down after a rocky first inning to complete six innings,  and the Cardinals beat the New York Mets 9-2. He did not allow another run nor did he record another walk after the first inning. Officially, Wacha’s performance is considered a quality start, but he will have to have to be more... 
 

Pirates Future Ace Gerrit Cole Dazzles in MLB Debut

The first-overall pick in the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates, Gerrit Cole, dazzled in his major league debut on Tuesday night, living up to the hype that has followed the top pitching prospect throughout his career at UCLA and the Pirates minor league system. After receiving his big league call-up from Triple-A Indianapolis earlier in the day, Cole joined the club in Pittsburgh for his debut against the San Francisco Giants, a debut that would result in his first career victory. Cole went 6 1/3 strong innings, surrendering two... 
 

Giants Pablo Sandoval Likely Headed for 15 Day DL

According to Andrew Baggarly a CSN Bay Area contributor, San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval will  be placed on the 15 day DL. Sandoval was diagnosed with a strain of the left foot following an MRI on Sunday. Sandoval is hitting .289 with 8 HR and 37 RBIs this year, aggravated the strain in the game in Arizona on Saturday. Expected to see most of the playing time at third, in Sandoval’s absence, is Joaquin Arias, who is  hitting .220 with no home runs and 5 RBIs in 44 games, with 65 plate appearances this season. According... 
 

Miami Marlins Giancarlo Stanton Reactivated from DL

The Miami Marlins have activated Giancarlo Stanton from the 15-day DL, who has been out since late-April with an injured hamstring, and will return to the lineup in Monday night’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers. Stanton may have been able to return at a sooner date if not for a bout with sore knees two weeks ago, which held back his rehab activities. Miami has had a miserable season in which they currently boast the worst record in the major leagues at 18-44, good enough for fifth in the NL East standings. The Marlins have struggled offensively... 
 

Reds Tony Cingrani Called Up to Start Tuesday

The Cincinnati Reds have made it official, Tony Cingrani will be called-up from Triple-A Louisville to make his first start on Tuesday since being optioned to Louisville on May 18. In his six starts since getting his first call-up on April 18, Cingrani was solid for the Reds, posting a 2-0 record and 3.27 ERA, along with a solid 41/9 strikeout to walk ratio in 33.0 innings of work. However, whether or not his success in the big leagues would have continued is a matter of debate, as he relied heavily on one plus pitch, his fastball. A short stint... 
 

Dodgers Yasiel Puig Named NL Player of Week

Los Angeles Dodgers rookie sensation Yasiel Puig was named the National League Player of the Week on Monday after a phenomenal first week in the big leagues. In his first seven games this season, Puig has batted .464 (13-for-28) with four home runs and 10 RBI along with a strong OBP/SLG/OPS line of .483/.964/1.447. After receiving his big league call-up from Double-A Chattanooga last Monday, Puig has taken the baseball world by storm, becoming the first Dodger since 1900 to register 13 hits in his first seven games in the major leagues. Puig is... 
 

Red Sox Will Middlebrooks Reactivated, Pedro Ciriaco DFA’d

Boston Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks has been reactivated from the disabled list and will return to the starting lineup in Monday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays. Middlebrooks was placed on the 15-day DL two weeks ago with a lower back strain and has appeared in five games for Triple-A Pawtucket, in which he batted .294 with two home runs and six RBI. Prior to landing on the DL, Middlebrooks was having a mediocre season at best, batting a paltry .201 with eight home runs and 21 RBI, as well as a .234 OBP in 46 games. With... 
 

Jarrod Saltalamacchia Slugs 2 Homers as Red Sox Pound Angels

The Boston Red Sox have been cruising as of late, building upon their recent dominance with a 10-5 victory against the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday afternoon. Leading the way for Boston was Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who has served as the starting catcher for the Red Sox for the past three seasons. Saltalamacchia belted two home runs on the afternoon, a 427-foot bomb to center field in the sixth inning, followed by a three-run blast to center once again in the seventh, giving Boston a 10-3 lead at the time. Saltalammachia finished the game 2-for-4... 
 

Nationals Jordan Zimmermann Dazzles in 7-0 Victory over Twins

Jordan Zimmermann turned in a dominant performance for the Washington Nationals on Sunday afternoon, leading the way in a 7-0 shutout victory over the Minnesota Twins. Zimmermann went seven scoreless innings, surrendering just two hits and striking out eight batters while walking two. The Washington starter garnered his ninth victory of the season, improving to a 9-3 record and 2.00 ERA, along with a strong 61/13 strikeout to walk ratio in 94.2 innings of work. Zimmermann has blossomed into one of the best starting pitchers in the National League... 
 

Andy Pettitte Gets 250th Career Win Over Mariners

New York Yankees left-hander Andy Pettitte  allowed three hits over 7 1-3 innings to earn his 250th career victory, leading the Yankees to a 3-1 win over the Seattle Mariners  and in doing so becomes the 47th pitcher in major league history to reach that win total. For Pettitte  the day was special for more than just his pitching. Pettitte’s son Josh Pettitte, a right-hand pitcher for Deer Park (Texas) High School, was drafted by the Yankees in the 37th round in the Major League Baseball draft. He has  a scholarship offer from Baylor,... 
 

Adam Wainwright Wins 9th, Freese, Carpenter Extend Hitting Streaks

The St. Louis Cardinals entered Great American Ballpark tonight with a three game lead over the rival Cincinnati Reds in the National League Central. With staff ace, Adam Wainwright, on the mound, the team was confident in their chances of extending their lead to four games. That is exactly what they did–winning the game 9-2. Wainwright competed well tonight against the division rival. He was able to scatter seven hits over seven innings while allowing just two earned runs. He compiled seven strikeouts to just one walk–improving his... 
 

Chris Archer, Rays Bullpen Throttle Orioles

Tampa Bay Rays starter Chris Archer  turned in seven strong innings allowing two hits and one run and Desmond Jennings is a two run homer in the bottom of the seventh to lead Tampa Bay over the Baltimore Orioles 2-1. Joel Peralta  pitched a scoreless eighth inning and Fernando Rodney recorded his 13th save of the season striking out two in the ninth to preserve the win. Archer (1-1) limited the Orioles to Manny Machado‘s third-inning RBI single and Ryan Flaherty‘s fifth-inning double in his second start of the season. Archer began... 
 
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