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Rays Reach .500 With Shutout Of Yankees

Rays Reach .500 With Shutout Of Yankees

Tom Szczerbowkski/Getty Images(ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.) -- Just over two months ago, the Tampa Bay Rays sat 18 games under .500 at 24-42. Now, following a 5-0 win against the New York Yankees, the Rays are back even with a 61-61 record.

"Really proud of the boys," manager Joe Maddon said. "It was not easy."

Alex Cobb certainly made it look easy for the Rays who won their third straight. The righty pitched into the eighth inning, allowing just six hits in 7 1/3 innings of work with eight strikeouts. Meanwhile, Tampa Bay plated a pair of first inning runs in the first to give Cobb a lead to use.

The Rays become just the fourth team ever to get back to .500 after being 18 games under earlier. Back in 2004, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays also completed the feat, as did the 2006 Florida Marlins and 1899 Louisville Colonels. 

"It started with Joe and not letting us believe that we were that team," Cobb said. "It's mind-boggling that we went through the stretch we did, but we're back on track now."

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Orioles Trounce Yankees, Machado Injured

Orioles Trounce Yankees, Machado InjuredChristian Petersen/Getty Images (BALTIMORE) -- The Baltimore Orioles hammered New York in an 11-3 win at home on Saturday. However, Baltimore (68-50) may have lost third baseman Manny Machado to the disabled list. Machado exited the game in the third i...

Royals Take AL Central Lead with Win

Royals Take AL Central Lead with Win

Rich Pilling/MLB Photos via Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- Just over a week ago, Kansas City was five games behind the Detroit Tigers in the American League Central. Now, the Royals (64-53) won their eighth straight on Monday and overtook the Tigers in the division race with a 3-2 win over Oakland.

Kansas City jumped out to an early 2-0 lead after two innings, but Brandon Moss singled home a pair of runs for the Athletics (72-46) in the third to tie the game.

It remained deadlocked until Alcides Escobar singled in a run in the seventh, giving the Royals a 3-2 advantage.

Yordany Ventura out dueled Sonny Gray by allowing two runs on two hits over six innings. Gray went seven strong, giving up three runs on six hits while striking out a pair.

Kansas City was able to gain the top spot in the AL Central when Pittsburgh defeated Detroit 11-3. It marks the latest point in the season since 2003 that the Royals have been in first place.

"You want to be in first place. Our goal was to get back to first place," said Royals manager Ned Yost, who has won eight games in a row. "Now our goal is to stay in first place."

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Kershaw Wins 11th-Straight Game

Kershaw Wins 11th-Straight Game

Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images(MILWAUKEE) -- Clayton Kershaw allowed just one run on six hits in eight innings of work, picking up his 11th consecutive win in a 5-1 victory over Milwaukee. The Los Angeles (67-52) southpaw struck out six and walked two in what his manager called a "struggle".

"It was a struggle for him all day long," said manager Don Mattingly. "It felt like he was working hard but he kept battling and giving us chances."

Kershaw (14-2) tied for the league lead in wins while lowering his earned run average to a National League best 1.78. He gave up the lone run in the first inning before watching his offense help avoid a sweep at the hands of the Brewers (65-53).

Adrian Gonzalez tied things up in the top of the third on a sacrifice fly, plating Kershaw, before Matt Kemp drove in the go-ahead run in the fifth. Kershaw even helped himself out, driving in a run in the eighth on a single. 

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Blue Jays Win MLB’s Second-Straight 19-Inning Game

Blue Jays Win MLB’s Second-Straight 19-Inning Game

Robert Rogers/MLB Photos via Getty Images(TORONTO) -- One day after the Los Angeles Angels beat the Boston Red Sox in 19 innings, the Toronto Blue Jays got a walk-off single from Jose Bautista in the bottom of the 19th to down Detroit, 6-5 on Sunday. It is the first time in MLB history that two 19 inning games have been played on consecutive days. 

The 6-hour, 37-minute marathon saw the Blue Jays (63-56) comeback from an early 5-0 deficit to earn a series win over the Tigers (63-52). Detroit jumped on starting pitcher Mark Buerhle, knocking him out of the game in the fourth after Ian Kinsler's ground rule double drove in Austin Romine for the fifth run of the day.

Toronto's bullpen then took over and held off the Tigers long enough for the comeback. Dioner Navarro opened the scoring with a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth before Jose Reyes and Melky Cabrera hit consecutive singles in the seventh to cut the lead to 5-4.

Reyes added another RBI in the ninth, scoring Anthony Gose to tie the game and send it into extra innings. Both teams' bullpens were able to work in and out of trouble in the 12 extra frames before Munenori Kawasaki started the 19th with a single.

Reyes then reached after Ian Kinsler couldn't handle a throw from pitcher Rick Porcello on a bunt attempt. Cabrera was then intentionally walked to load the bases with nobody out, setting up Bautista's heroics. It is only the second walk-off hit of Bautista's career.

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Angels Top Red Sox in 19 Innings

Angels Top Red Sox in 19 Innings

Rob Carr/Getty Images(ANAHEIM) -- In the longest game of the season to date, Albert Pujols sent the home crowd home happy with a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 19th as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim defeated Boston 5-4 early Sunday morning.

The game took a total of 6-hours and 31-minutes with 558 pitches being thrown by nine different arms. The Angels (68-48) had stranded 16 batters through the first 18 innings before the solo shot from Pujols. 

"I had the opportunity twice to give the team the lead and I didn't come through, but you just need to stay positive all the time and look for a pitch to hit," said Pujols. "I did, and I put my best swing of the second half on it."

Pujols originally gave his team the lead with a two-run double in the bottom of the first before the Red Sox (51-65) scored three runs in the seventh to take the lead. Los Angeles knotted the score in the bottom of the eighth on Mike Trout's solo homer.

Boston plated the go-ahead run in the top of the 14th on a David Ortiz sacrifice fly but the Angels loaded the bases with nobody out in the home half of the inning. Trout again provided the tying run with a fielder's choice, helping to set up Pujols' heroics.

"A game like this can hopefully turn things around for us. And if that's the case, it's worth it to play 19 innings," Pujols said.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 8/8/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 8/8/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Tampa Bay Rays 4 (56-59) - Chicago Cubs 3 (49-64) 10 Innings

Baltimore Orioles 12 (66-49) - St. Louis Cardinals 2 (61-53)

New York Mets 5 (55-61) - Philadelphia Phillies 4 (52-64)

Pittsburgh Pirates 2 (62-53) - San Diego Padres 1 (52-62)

Miami Marlins 2 (56-59) - Cincinnati Reds 1 (59-57)

Detroit Tigers 5 (63-50) - Toronto Blue Jays 4 (61-56)

New York Yankees 10 (61-54) - Cleveland Indians 6 (57-59) 

Kansas City Royals 4 (61-53) - San Francisco Giants 2 (62-54)

Milwaukee Brewers 9 (64-52) - Los Angeles Dodgers 3 (66-51)

Atlanta Braves 7 (59-56) - Washington Nationals 6 (62-52)

Houston Astros 4 (48-68) - Texas Rangers 3 (45-70)

Arizona Diamondbacks 5 (50-66) - Colorado Rockies 3 (45-70)

Oakland Athletics 6 (71-44) - Minnesota Twins 5 (51-63)

Seattle Mariners 4 (61-54) - Chicago White Sox 1 (55-62)

Boston Red Sox 4 (51-64) - Los Angeles Angels 2 (67-48)

NFL Preseason: Atlanta Falcons 16 (1-0) - Miami Dolphins 10 (0-1)

Jacksonville Jaguars 16 (1-0) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10 (0-1)

Buffalo Bills 20 (1-0) - Carolina Panthers 18 (0-1)

Minnesota Vikings 10 (1-0) - Oakland Raiders 6 (0-1)

New Orleans Saints 26 (1-0) - St. Louis Rams 24 (0-1) 

Chicago Bears 34 (1-0) - Philadelphia Eagles 28 (0-1)

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Sources: McCutchen Headed to DL

Sources: McCutchen Headed to DL

David Carlson/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Pittsburgh Pirates could be losing star center fielder Andrew McCutchen for a month. The team is expected to place the outfielder on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday, but sources say McCutchen could be out for at least three weeks due to an oblique injury.

The injury came in the eighth inning of Sunday's contest with Arizona. After hitting a sacrifice fly in the eighth, McCutchen grabbed his left side while jogging to first but needed help entering the dugout.

The 2013 National League MVP is hitting .311 with 17 homers and 67 RBI's this year.

McCutchen has never been on the disabled list in his career. Since reaching the Majors in 2009, he has missed a grand total of 25 games. The Pirates are currently one-and-a-half games behind division leading Milwaukee and half a game back of the second wild-card spot.

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Giants Pitcher Cain to Have Season Ending Surgery

Giants Pitcher Cain to Have Season Ending Surgery

Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain will undergo season ending surgery next Monday, manager Bruce Bochy said on Monday. The procedure will remove bone chips and spurs from the righty's throwing elbow.

Giants orthopedist Dr. Ken Akizuki will perform the surgery in San Francisco. Cain, 29, also sought the opinions of Dr. James Andrews and New York Mets medical director Dr. David Altchek. All recommended surgery which has an expected recovery time of three months.

Cain was just 2-7 in 2014 with a 4.18 earned run average in 15 starts after pitching more than 200 innings every year from 2007-2012. The righty did not comment after San Francisco's 4-3 win over the Mets on Monday.

"It's been frustrating for Matt," said Bochy. "He's been battling this for a while. It's time. He could keep trying to push it, but it's inevitable, it looks like. So we're going to have this done and have him ready for Spring Training."

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Kluber Dominates in Indians Win

Kluber Dominates in Indians Win

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- Corey Kluber continued an impressive stretch by pitching into the eighth inning of a 7-1 Cleveland Indians win over Cincinnati on Monday. Kluber allowed just one run in 7 1/3 innings, scattering six hits for his fifth straight win.

"Klubes has pitched to the point where, heck yeah, you better play with confidence," said Indians manager Terry Francona. "He's one of the best pitchers in the league."

Cleveland (57-55) provided more than enough offense for Kluber, who has not lost since June 30. The big blow came on a Lonnie Chisenhall three-run home run in the fourth, making it 4-0. Yan Gomes later added a two-run blast of his own in the eighth inning.

Kluber also struck out seven in the victory and walked just two batters. He also upped his scoreless innings streak to 17 before a Brayan Pena RBI double in the eighth ended that run. It was Cleveland's fourth consecutive win.

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Lackey Wins Debut for Cardinals

Lackey Wins Debut for Cardinals

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) -- John Lackey allowed two runs in seven innings while the Cardinals offense rallied late to help the righty earn his first win in a St. Louis uniform, 3-2 over Milwaukee.

Lackey (1-0) made his Cardinals debut after being traded to St. Louis from Boston at the trade deadline.

The Brewers jumped out to a quick lead on an Aramis Ramirez single in the first inning before Mark Reynolds launched a solo home run in the top of the second. Lackey would settle down and enter into a pitchers duel with Matt Garza. Milwaukee's starter cruised through his first six innings before tweaking his left oblique and exiting the game for a pinch-hitter in the seventh. 

Garza's bullpen let him down in the bottom of the seventh when Matt Holliday homered off Zach Duke to start the rally. AJ Pierzynski later singled home a run to tie the game at 2-2 ahead of an Oscar Taveras double that plated Jhonny Peralta for the go-ahead run. 

Trever Rosenthal closed the door for St. Louis for his Major League-leading 34th save. Jeremy Jeffress (0-1) took the loss for Milwaukee.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/25/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/25/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Chicago Cubs 7 (42-59) - St. Louis Cardinals 6 (54-48)

New York Yankees 6 (54-48) - Toronto Blue Jays 4 (54-50)

Tampa Bay Rays 6 (50-53) - Boston Red Sox 4 (47-56)

Washington Nationals 4 (56-44) - Cincinnati Reds 1 (51-51)

Philadelphia Philles 9 (45-58) - Arizona Diamondbacks 5 (44-59)

San Diego Padres 5 (46-56) - Atlanta Braves 2 (55-48)

Texas Rangers 4 (41-62) - Oakland Athletics 1 (63-39)

Chicago White Sox 9 (50-54) - Minnesota Twins 5 (46-56)

New York Mets 3 (49-54) - Milwaukee Brewers 2 (58-46)

Kansas City Royals 6 (52-50) - Cleveland Indians 4 (51-52)

Miami Marlins 2 (49-53) - Houston Astros 0 (42-61)

Colorado Rockies 8 (42-60) - Pittsburgh Pirates 1 (54-48)

Los Angeles Angels 2 (61-41) - Detroit Tigers 1 (57-43)

Baltimore Orioles 2 (57-45) - Seattle Mariners 1 (53-50) - 10 Innings

Los Angeles Dodgers 8 (57-47) - San Francisco Giants 1 (57-46)

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Dan Uggla Signs with Giants

Dan Uggla Signs with Giants

Tony Firriolo/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Just three days after being released by the Atlanta Braves, Dan Uggla signed a minor-league contract with the San Francisco Giants on Monday. The second baseman reported to Triple-A Fresno upon signing the deal.

"This is a chance for us to take a look at him and evaluate him, and a chance for him to go down and get his timing and get some playing time," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy. "At some point we're going to have to make a call. I can't say he's going to be up here in the next few days, no. He needs some playing time right now."

A three-time All-Star, Uggla was in his fourth season with Atlanta, but was hitting an abysmal .162 with just 10 RBI and two home runs in 48 games. The 34-year-old struck out 495 times in 451 games with the Braves from 2011-13 while also putting together a franchise record 33-game hitting streak.

Uggla underwent eye surgery last summer and was left off the Braves postseason roster before being reinserted in Spring Training.

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Angels Walk-Off for 30th Comeback Win

Angels Walk-Off for 30th Comeback Win

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(ANAHEIM, Calif.) -- The Los Angeles Angels scored two runs off former teammate Fernando Rodney to walk-off against Seattle (52-46) for the second time in three days.

The 6-5 victory was the 30th time this season that the Angels (59-38) have come from behind to get a win.

What made the win a little more intriguing was the back-and-forth between the Angels and their old closer. Rodney, who entered the game with one out in the eighth, used his trademark "bow-and-arrow" celebration after Kole Calhoun flew out to end the inning.

That stirred up the LA dugout as Albert Pujols doubled to score Mike Trout and tie the game off of Rodney. The two then traded arrows before Grant Green singled home the winning run, handing Rodney the loss.

"That's his thing," Pujols said of the celebration. "I've known Rodney for 15 years, so we go way back. And every time I see him, I tell him I'm going to do that to him if I get a big hit against him."

Rodney said after the game that he was directing the arrow towards the Angels fans who booed up him upon entering the game. The 12-year veteran spent two seasons with Los Angeles and was just 17-for-28 in save opportunities. 

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Red Sox Sweep Royals Behind Lester’s Gem

Red Sox Sweep Royals Behind Lester’s Gem

Lisa Blumenfield/Getty Images(BOSTON) -- Jon Lester tossed eight shutout innings, striking out eight batters in a 6-0 Red Sox win over Kansas City on Sunday. The win was the fourth in a row for Boston (46-52), giving them a sweep over the Royals (48-49) at Fenway Park.

The Boston ace dominated, allowing no earned runs for the third time in four starts.

Throughout the 2014 season, the talk about Lester off the field has been surrounding his impending free agency. The southpaw can become a free agent at the end of the season and has been pitching without negotiating a new contract during the year. In his last seven starts, Lester is 4-0 with a 0.85 earned run average.

"You've got to take each one as an individual," Lester said. "If I'm out there thinking about what I did last time, I'm not worried about the right things."

His offense gave Lester more than enough run support, beginning in the first with an RBI groundout from Dustin Pedroia. Daniel Nava drove in three runs on the day, including a two-run double in the third. The game was blown open in the fourth after David Ross' two-run home run made it a 5-0 Red Sox lead.

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Indians Sweep Detroit in Doubleheader

Indians Sweep Detroit in Doubleheader

Jason Miller/Getty Images(DETROIT) -- The Cleveland Indians swept a doubleheader in Detroit on Saturday, closing to within 4 1/2 games of the division leading Tigers. The Indians (50-47) opened the day with a 6-2 win before downing Detroit (53-41) 5-2 in the nightcap.

Game One's story was the impressive pitching performance of Corey Kluber. The righty pitched into the ninth inning, striking out 10 batters. He came within one out of his second complete game before Bryan Shaw relieved him to finish things out.

The big offensive blow came in the fifth inning with three run-scoring hits to put Cleveland up 3-0. Another run came across in the sixth before the Indians tacked on two more in the ninth. 

Game Two was not so easy for the Indians, taking a tied game into the final inning of regulation. Chris Dickerson hit a pair of solo home runs to put Cleveland up 2-1 after six frames before Austin Jackson's RBI triple in the seventh tied things up.

The Indians then loaded the bases in the top of the ninth against Joe Nathan. Carlos Santana took advantage with a bases clearing double to right-center. Cody Allen finished things off in the bottom half for his 13th save.

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Donaldson Hits Three-Run Walk-Off HR to Power A’s Past Orioles

Donaldson Hits Three-Run Walk-Off HR to Power A’s Past Orioles

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- Josh Donaldson hit a three-run, walk-off home run to give the Oakland Athletics a 5-4 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

The walk-off was the 28-year-old Donaldson's fifth of his career.

"I enjoy those moments," Donaldson said. "It's one of those things where you've got to try to relish the opportunity, and anytime I can step up to the plate with an at-bat to help our team win the game or win the game right there, I feel better about it."

The Athletics (60-36) now lead the Angels by 1 1/2 games in the AL West.

Meanwhile, The Orioles (52-43) still have a four game lead over the Blue Jays and Yankees in the AL East.

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Astros Can’t Strike Deal With Top Pick

Astros Can’t Strike Deal With Top Pick

Rich Schultz/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- For just the third time in history, the top pick in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft goes unsigned. The Houston Astros failed to reach a deal with left-handed pitcher Brady Aiken before Friday's deadline.

The high school southpaw was originally offered a $6.5 million signing bonus, but sources say that offer was lowered when concerns about Aiken's elbow ligament rose. Aiken was the third high school pitcher ever to be taken number one overall and was the first high school lefty to go in the top five since 2002.

The MLB players association has said the union is working with Aiken to explore all possible options, as well as looking into the way Houston handled negotiations with fifth-round pick Jacob Nix.

"Today, two young men should be one step closer to realizing their dreams of becoming Major League ballplayers," Tony Clark, head of the MLBPA said in a statement. "Because of the actions of the Houston Astros, they are not. The MLBPA, the players and their advisers are exploring all legal options."

The Astros have maintained that no wrongdoing occurred in the negotiations and that Aiken's deal was "extremely fair considering all the factors involved in this case."

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Sabathia to Have Season-Ending Surgery

Sabathia to Have Season-Ending Surgery

Hannah Foslien/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The injury news continues to get worse for the New York Yankees. General Manager Brian Cashman announced on Friday that the pitcher is set to have season-ending surgery on his right knee.

The southpaw will have arthroscopic debridement surgery in hopes of returning for the 2015 season. The procedure is an alternative to microfracture surgery, but could still be in play if the first surgery does not go as planned. 

"He tried the rehab side of it, and obviously that didn't work," Cashman said of the decision for Sabathia to go under the knife. "If he had three different options, that was the least. Now, we are on the middle side of this thing, the cleanup of the knee, and hopefully that is good enough."

Sabathia is one of four starting pitchers the Yankees have lost to injury in 2014 since Opening Day. Ivan Nova is already out for the year with Tohmmy John surgery, while Masahiro Tanaka and Michael Pineda are hopeful to return. Sabathia 304 with a 5.28 earned run average at the time of his injury.

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Houston Street Dealt to Angels

Houston Street Dealt to Angels

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Los Angeles Angels executed a deal on Friday that will help them attempt to keep pace in the increasingly competitive AL West, acquiring closer Houston Street from San Diego as part of a six player deal. 

The Padres will receive four prospects in return while also sending minor league pitcher Trevor Gott. Second baseman Taylor Lindsey, pitchers R.J. Alvarez and Elliot Morris, along with shortstop Jose Rondon were packaged together by the Angels. The deal is still pending a physical.

Currently holding a 1.09 earned run average with 24 saves, Street is fifth on the career saves list among active pitchers. 

Street will join and Angels team that sits two games behind the Oakland Athletics, who hold the best record in baseball. In his tenth year, the closer has converted 258 saves and holds a career 2.87 ERA. The righty began his career in Oakland, pitching four years for the Athletics.

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