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Angels Acquire Second Baseman Gordon Beckham from the White Sox

Angels Acquire Second Baseman Gordon Beckham from the White Sox

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Gordon Beckham-era is over in Chicago as the White Sox have traded the second baseman to the Los Angeles Angels for a player to be named later.
“This trade, quite frankly, was more about creating an opportunity for some of our young players to come up here, get some playing time and become part of this next core of White Sox players that we have put together over the last several months and are going to continue to work on over the next several months,” White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said.
Beckham was the eighth overall pick by the White Sox back in 2008 and much was expected of him once he made his MLB debut back in 2009. Even though he’d been the team’s primary second baseman since being called up, he never quite lived up the lofty expectations placed on him.
In 739 games with the White Sox, Beckham hit just .244 with 61 home runs and a .306 on base percentage.
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Nationals Walk-Off Again, Earn 10th-Straight Win

Nationals Walk-Off Again, Earn 10th-Straight Win

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) –The Washington Nationals won for the fifth time in six games on a walk-off, this time on a throwing error, as they beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 1-0 Thursday.
The Nationals have now won 10 straight.

Denard Span scored the winning run when Anthony Rendon hit a ground ball to third baseman Jordan Pacheco. Pacheco proceeded to throw the ball past the first baseman and into the camera well. That allowed Span, who started the play on second base, to be rewarded home.                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez pitched seven innings of scoreless ball allowing four hits and three walks while striking out six, and Rafael Soriano (4-1) pitched a perfect ninth for the win.
 
Washington (73-53) become the first team since the 1986 Astros to win five games via the walk-off in a six-game span.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 8/21/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 8/21/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: New York Yankees 3 (64-61) – Houston Astros 0 (54-74)Tampa Bay Rays 1 (62-65) – Detroit Tigers 0 (68-57)Minnesota Twins 4 (56-70) – Cleveland Indians 1 (64-62)Washington Nationals 1 (73-53) – Arizona Diamondbacks 0 (53-75)Los Angeles Angels 2 (76-50) – Boston Red Sox 0 (56-71)Atlanta Braves 8 (67-61) – Cincinnati Reds 0 (61-67)
Los Angeles Dodgers 2 (72-57) – San Diego Padres 1 (59-67)Game 1: Chicago Cubs 2 (55-71) – San Francisco Giants 1 (66-59)
Game 2: San Francisco Giants 5 (67-59) – Chicago Cubs 3 (55-72)
NFL Preseason: Philadelphia Eagles 31 (1-2) – Pittsburgh Steelers 21 (1-2)
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Scoreboard Roundup – 8/20/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 8/20/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Philadelphia Phillies 4 (56-71) – Seattle Mariners 3 (68-58)
Texas Rangers 5 (49-77) – Miami Marlins 4 (63-63)
Toronto Blue Jays 9 (65-62) – Milwaukee Brewers 5 (71-56)
New York Mets 8 (60-68) – Oakland Athletics 5 (74-52)
Washington Nationals 3 (72-53) – Arizona Diamondbacks 2 (53-74)
Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (65-62) – Atlanta Braves 2 (66-61)
Detroit Tigers 6 (68-56) – Tampa Bay Rays 0 (61-65)
Colorado Rockies 5 (50-76) – Kansas City Royals 2 (70-56)
St. Louis Cardinals 7 (69-57) – Cincinnati Reds 3 (61-66)
Cleveland Indians 5 (63-61) – Minnesota Twins 0 (55-70)
Baltimore Orioles 4 (73-52) – Chicago White Sox 3 (59-68)
Los Angeles Angels 8 (75-50) – Boston Red Sox 3 (56-70)
San Francisco Giants 8 (66-58) – Chicago Cubs 3 (54-71)
Houston Astros 5 (54-73) – New York Yankees 2 (63-61)
San Diego Padres 4 (59-66) – Los Angeles Dodgers 1 (71-57)
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Cardinals Place Ellis on DL

Cardinals Place Ellis on DL

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) — Second baseman Mark Ellis was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the St. Louis Cardinals Tuesday with a left oblique strain.The move is retroactive to Aug. 15.The 37-year-old Ellis has backed up Kolten Wong for most of the second half of the season. Ellis has played in 65 games this season and is hitting .192 with no home runs, 15 runs scored, 12 RBIs, four stolen bases and a .267 on-base percentage.Cardinals skipper Mike Matheny said the team is “pretty optimistic” that Ellis will only need the minimum stay on the DL.Infielder Greg Garcia was promoted from Triple-A Memphis to take Ellis’ place.
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Reds Activate Second Baseman Brandon Phillips Off the DL

Reds Activate Second Baseman Brandon Phillips Off the DL

Jason Wise/MLB Photos via Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) — In desperate need of a shot in the arm, the struggling Cincinnati Reds have activated second-baseman Brandon Phillips off the disabled list.
Phillips had been out of action since July 11 after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb.
“I would not say he’s 100 percent like brand-new and that may not be until spring training of next year,” manager Bryan Price said. “But he’s definitely good to play.”
The Reds could certainly use Phillips back in the lineup. They’ve been slipping in the standings in recent weeks, losing eight out of their last 10 games and trailing the first-place Milwaukee Brewers by nine games in the NL Central.
Now in his eighth season with the Reds, Phillips is hitting .269 with seven home runs and 40 RBIs in 87 games this season.  He made his return to the team Monday.
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Nationals Win Third Straight Via Walk-Off

Nationals Win Third Straight Via Walk-Off

Gary Bogdon/MLB Photos via Getty Images(WASHINGTON, D.C.) — For the third consecutive game, the Washington Nationals earned a walk-off victory, this time beating Arizona on an Adam LaRoche solo home run in the 11th. The previous two walk-offs came against Pittsburgh, helping to sweep the Pirates.
“I got every bit of it, I did,” said the 34-year-old LaRoche, who hit his first career walk-off homer. “Just a crazy few days. I don’t know how we’ve gotten these walk-off situations the last few days, but we have and have been able to grind back.”
The Diamondbacks (53-72) led 3-2 going to the bottom of the eighth, thanks to a Didi Gregorious homer. Washington (70-53) followed with a pair of runs in their at-bat, taking a 4-3 lead into the ninth. Tyler Clippard came on to save the game for the Nationals but gave up a game-tying shot to David Peralta.
Both teams had chances to score in extras, none better than Arizona’s attempt in the top of the 11th. The Diamondbacks loaded the bases with nobody out, but Craig Stammen somehow worked out of it, not allowing a single run. With two outs in the bottom of the inning, LaRoche launched a pitch off Will Harris for the win. 
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Scoreboard Roundup – 8/18/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 8/18/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Chicago Cubs 4 (54-70) – New York Mets 1 (59-67)
Washington Nationals 5 (70-53) – Arizona Diamondbacks 4 (53-72) 11 Innings
Atlanta Braves 7 (65-60) – Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (64-61)
Philadelphia Phillies 4 (55-70) – Seattle Mariners 1 (67-57)
Los Angeles Angels 4 (73-50) – Boston Red Sox 2 (56-68) 
Baltimore Orioles 8 (71-52) – Chicago White Sox 2 (59-66)
Kansas City Royals 6 (69-55) – Minnesota Twins 4 (55-68)
St. Louis Cardinals 6 (67-57) – Cincinnati Reds 5 (61-64) 10 Innings
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Red Sox Make a Pair of Roster Moves

Red Sox Make a Pair of Roster Moves

iStockphoto(BOSTON) — The Boston Red Sox demoted center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. to Triple-A Pawtucket on Monday and recalled outfielder Mookie Betts.
In 112 games this season, Bradley was batting .216 with one home run and 30 RBIs.  He also scored 45 runs and swiped eight bases.
Betts, who is joining the Red Sox for the third time this season, is hitting .244 with one homer and two RBIs in 41 at-bats. In his last ten games with the PawSox, Betts was batting .386.
Bradley leads all major league outfielders with 13 assists.
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Hendricks Leads Cubs Past Mets, 4-1

Hendricks Leads Cubs Past Mets, 4-1

Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks (5-1) allowed one earned run on three hits across seven innings as Chicago (54-70) took care of the New York Mets (59-67) on Monday, 4-1.
With the game tied at one in the top of the eighth inning, Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo took a 1-1 pitch from Mets reliever Buddy Carlyle and sent it over the right field wall. Chicago would tack on two more runs in the ninth, on a two-run homer from rookie second baseman Javier Baez.
First baseman Lucas Duda put the Mets on the scoreboard first with a solo blast off of Hendricks in the fourth.
Mets starter Carlos Torres, filling in for Bartolo Colon, tossed five scoreless innings, allowing three hits while striking out six.
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Jayson Werth Sparks Nationals Rally

Jayson Werth Sparks Nationals Rally

Eliot Schechter/MLB Photos via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Jayson Werth drew a pinch-hit walk in the ninth inning and scored the tying run, before ultimately scoring the winning run in the Washington Nationals 6-5 win over Pittsburgh in 11 innings.
It was the sixth straight win for Washington (69-53) while sweeping the Pirates (64-60).
Pittsburgh led 2-1 in the seventh inning when Nationals manager Matt Williams successfully challenged a call that put Michael Taylor on first base, starting a rally. Washington went on to score three runs in that inning to take a 4-2 lead. 
However, the Pirates did not go away, scoring three runs of their own in the top of the ninth. Gregory Polanco drove in two runs off Washington closer Rafael Soriano, giving Pittsburgh a 5-4 advantage. The Nationals had another rally in them in the bottom of the inning. Asdrubal Cabrera singled off Matt Melancon to drive in Werth and force extra innings.
Werth, who missed the last give games with a sore right shoulder, came up in the bottom of the eleventh and doubled to lead things off. He advanced to third on Denard Span’s ground out before Scott Hairston’s sacrifice fly brought in the winning run.
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Rockies Sweep Doubleheader with Reds in Dramatic Fashion

Rockies Sweep Doubleheader with Reds in Dramatic Fashion

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(DENVER) — On a day where Todd Helton had his number 17 retired, the first player to receive the honor in franchise history, the Colorado Rockies swept a doubleheader against Cincinnati in dramatic fashion. Colorado (49-75) took game one by a 10-9 final before winning the nightcap 10-5.
The Rockies Trailed 9-5 heading into the bottom of the ninth in the first contest but rallied to score five runs in the inning. Aroldis Chapman walked four consecutive batters to start the inning before J.J. Hoover replaced him. Wilin Rosario’s sacrifice fly made it a 9-7 game with one out and two on. Following a Charlie Blackmon fly out, Drew Stubbs took a 1-0 pitch and hammered it to deep center for a walk-off, three-run home run against his former team. Rex Brothers (4-5) got the win while Hoover (1-9) was saddled with the loss.
Colorado’s dramatics carried over into the second game where they again came from behind. The Reds (61-63) led 5-2 at the seventh inning stretch, but the Rockies scored three runs to knot things up. They took the lead in the eighth on Corey Dickerson’s two-run double and added to it with a two-base hit from Michael Cuddyer. Cuddyer’s double was his fourth hit of the game and completed his second ever cycle.
The outfielder tripled in the first, homered in the fifth, and singled in the seventh before the eighth inning triple. Cuddyer became the seventh Rockies player ever to hit for the cycle, and the first since Carlos Gonzalez in 2010 against the Chicago Cubs. His first cycle came as a member of the Minnesota Twins against Milwaukee in 2009.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 8/17/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 8/17/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: St. Louis Cardinals 7 (66-57) – San Diego Padres 6 (58-65)
Miami Marlins 10 (62-62) – Arizona Diamondbacks 3 (53-71)
Chicago Cubs 2 (53-70) – New York Mets 1 (59-66)
Chicago White Sox 7 (59-65) – Toronto Blue Jays 5 (64-61)
New York Yankees 4 (63-59) – Tampa Bay Rays 2 (61-63)
Houston Astros 8 (52-73) – Boston Red Sox 1 (56-67)
Seattle Mariners 8 (67-56) – Detroit Tigers 1 (66-56)
Baltimore Orioles 4 (70-52) – Cleveland Indians 1 (62-61)
Texas Rangers 3 (48-76) – Los Angeles Angels 2 (72-50)
Kansas City Royals 12 (68-55) – Minnesota Twins 6 (55-67)
San Francisco Giants 5 (65-58) – Philadelphia Phillies 2 (54-70)
Milwaukee Brewers 7 (70-55) – Los Angeles Dodgers 2 (70-56)
Colorado Rockies 10 (48-75) – Cincinnati Reds 9 (61-62)
Washington Nationals 6 (69-53) – Pittsburgh Pirates 5 (64-60)
Atlanta Braves 4 (64-60) – Oakland Athletics 3 (73-51)
Colorado Rockies 10 (49-75) – Cincinnati Reds 5 (61-63)
IndyCar: Will Power won the IndyCar ABC Supply Wisconsin 250
NASCAR: Jeff Gordon won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Pure Michigan 400
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Scoreboard Roundup – 8/16/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 8/16/14

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: New York Yankees 3 (62-59) – Tampa Bay Rays 2 (61-62)
Cleveland Indians 6 (62-60) – Baltimore Orioles 0 (69-52)
New York Mets 7 (59-65) – Chicago Cubs 3 (52-70)
Miami Marlins 2 (61-62) – Arizona Diamondbacks 1 (53-70)
San Francisco Giants 6 (64-58) – Philadelphia Phillies 5 (54-69)
Washington Nationals 4 (68-52) – Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (64-59)
Atlanta Braves 4 (63-60) – Oakland Athletics 3 (73-50)
Detroit Tigers 4 (66-55) – Seattle Mariners 2 (66-56)
Toronto Blue Jays 6 (64-60) – Chicago White Sox 3 (58-65)
Los Angeles Angels 5 (72-49) – Texas Rangers 4 (47-76)
Milwaukee Brewers 3 (69-55) – Los Angeles Dodgers 2 (70-55)
Minnesota Twins 4 (55-66) – Kansas City Royals 1 (67-55)
Boston Red Sox 10 (56-66) – Houston Astros (51-73)
San Diego Padres 9 (58-64) – St. Louis Cardinals 5 (65-57)
Cincinnati Reds (61-61) – Colorado Rockies (47-75) – Postponed
NFL Preseason: New York Giants 27 (3-0) – Indianapolis Colts 26 (0-2)
Green Bay Packers 21 (1-1) – St. Louis Rams 7 (0-2)
New York Jets 25 (2-0) – Cincinnati Bengals 17 (0-2)
Baltimore Ravens 37 (2-0) – Dallas Cowboys 30 (0-2)
Miami Dolphins 20 (1-1) – Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14 (0-2)
Pittsburgh Steelers 19 (1-1) – Buffalo Bills 16 (1-2)
Houston Texans 32 (1-1) – Atlanta Falcons 7 (1-1)
Minnesota Vikings 30 (2-0) – Arizona Cardinals 28 (1-1)
NASCAR: Johnny Sauter wins the Camping World Truck Career for Veterans 200
Chris Buescher wins the Nationwide Children’s hospital 200
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Yankees’ Masahiro Tanaka Making Progress Towards Return this Season

Yankees’ Masahiro Tanaka Making Progress Towards Return this Season

Hannah Foslien/Getty Images(ST. PETERSBURG) — The New York Yankees are still holding out hope that starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka can return this season.
Tanaka was on the mound for the first time in five weeks as he threw his first bullpen session since July 9. He was placed on the DL with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament.
It was feared that Tanaka might need Tommy John Surgery at one point, but his recent progress shows he could at least avoid surgery.
“I felt very good,” said Tanaka. “I’m not going to go 100 percent on the first day of bullpens,” he said. “But I felt that I was able to throw the way I wanted to. Just the fact that I was able to get through it without any pain.” 
If Tanaka is able to return to the mound, it would likely wouldn’t be for another month. The Yankees must weigh if it is worth pushing him to return.
In his rookie season, Tanaka has gone 12-4 with a 2.51 ERA in 18 starts.
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Dodgers Ryu Heading to 15-Day DL

Dodgers Ryu Heading to 15-Day DL

Matt King/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — On Friday, the Los Angeles Dodgers announced that they have placed starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu on the 15-day disabled list with two strained muscles in his right buttock. An MRI revealed Grade 1-2 strains of the gluteus medius and piriformis muscles.
The injury occurs on Wednesday after Ryu delivered a 3-2 pitch to Atlanta’s B.J. Upton, walking the Braves outfielder. Almost immediately after delivering the pitch, the southpaw summoned Dodgers trainer Stan Conte. Los Angeles plans to replace Ryu in the rotation with Kevin Correia, whom they acquired last week from the Minnesota Twins.
Manager Don Mattingly is unsure as to when Ryu will return to the team, but is confident that he will pitch again this season. 
“We feel good about this in the sense that it’s not an elbow or a knee. It’s a muscle strain, and it’s going to heal,” said Mattingly.
Ryu was 13-6 on the season with a 3.28 earned run average at the time of the injury. The Dodgers hold a 5 1/2 game lead over San Francisco for the top spot in the South.
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Johnny Cueto First to 15 Wins

Johnny Cueto First to 15 Wins

Jason Wise/MLB Photos via Getty Images(DENVER) — Kris Negron singled home Ramon Santiago in the top of the ninth inning to give Cincinnati a 3-2 lead over Colorado, and make Johnny Cueto the first 15-game winner in the Major Leagues. Cueto (15-6) pitched a full eighth innings and is now 7-0 since his last loss back on July 2.
It did not start off well for Cueto or the Reds (61-61) as Nolan Arenado hit a solo home run in the bottom of the first to give the Rockies (47-75) an early lead. Cincinnati countered with runs in the third and fourth, taking the lead on a Santiago RBI single in the top of the fourth. That would last until Corey Dickerson doubled in the sixth to plate Justin Morneau and tie the game at 2-2.
Cueto continued to keep his team in the ballgame using a devastating combination of his cutter and four-seam fastball. The righty allowed just six hits in the outing with six strikeouts, helping the Reds snap a three-game losing streak. 
After Negron gave Cincinnati the lead in the top of the ninth, Aroldis Chapman picked up his 26th save in 28 tries. 
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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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Terry Collins Wants Matt Harvey to Back Off His Rehab

Terry Collins Wants Matt Harvey to Back Off His Rehab

Norm Hall/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — New York Mets manager Terry Collins doesn’t want rehabbing pitcher Matt Harvey to overdo it as he continues to come back from Tommy John surgery.
Harvey is the key to the Mets pitching staff moving into 2015 as the team continues to work towards their goal of getting back into the playoffs.
“No. 1, he’s a tremendous competitor,” Collins said. “That being said, he’s a bulldog at the same time. There’s no backing down with Matt Harvey — for anything. He was bound and determined to get ready. We slowed him down. It frustrated him to the max. He’s feeling good.”
Harvey has continuously said that he wants to pitch by the end of the season, but Collins believes he shouldn’t do anything to ruin 2015.
“He wants to try to get back here to help,” Collins said about Harvey. “And I explained to him, ‘I understand that. But…you have got to understand the big picture. And the big picture is 2015. So back off.’ …Now, does he get it? You’d have to ask him. I mean, I can’t answer that for him. I just trust him. I just trust him that he gets it. So we’ll see.”
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Scoreboard Roundup – 8/14/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 8/14/14

Rob Carr/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers 6 (70-53) – Atlanta Braves 4 (61-60)
Detroit Tigers 5 (65-54) – Pittsburgh Pirates 2 (64-57)
Kansas City Royals 7 (66-54) – Oakland Athletics 3 (73-48)
Milwaukee Brewers 6 (67-55) – Chicago Cubs 2 (52-68)
Miami Marlins 5 (60-61) – Arizona Diamondbacks 4 (52-69)
Boston Red Sox 9 (55-65) – Houston Astros 4 (50-72)
Washington Nationals 4 (66-53) – New York Mets 1 (57-65)
Tampa Bay Rays 6 (60-61) – Texas Rangers 3 (47-74)
St. Louis Cardinals 4 (64-56) – San Diego Padres 3 (57-63)
Colorado Rockies 7 (47-74) – Cincinnati Reds 3 (60-61)
NFL Preseason: Chicago Bears 20 (2-0) – Jacksonville Jaguars 19 (1-1)
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