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Pirates’ Starting Pitcher Gerrit Cole Heading to the Disabled List

Pirates’ Starting Pitcher Gerrit Cole Heading to the Disabled List

Justin A. Keller/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole is heading to the 15-day disabled list after the team announced he’s being shut down with right lat soreness thanks to right shoulder fatigue.
Cole had to be removed from his start against the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday in just his second appearance since coming off the disabled list on June 28.
“It’s very frustrating,” Cole told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “The bullpen just didn’t go well. I wasn’t myself. If you can’t be yourself in a bullpen, how can you do it when you pitch (in a game)? It’s hard enough to get through the Cardinals’ lineup when you’re feeling good.”
The 23-year-old Cole is in his first full season in the Majors after he was the 1st overall pick by the team during the 2011 Draft. In 14 starts this season, Cole is 7-4 with a 3.78 ERA with 78 strikeouts in 85.2 innings pitched.
Brandon Cumpton will be called up to take Cole’s place in the starting rotation.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/7/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/7/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Baltimore Orioles 8 (49-40) – Washington Nationals 2 (48-40) 11 Innings
New York Mets 4 (40-49) – Atlanta Braves 3 (49-40) 11 Innings
Cincinnati Reds 9 (46-42) – Chicago Cubs 3 (38-49)
Chicago White Sox 4 (43-47) – Boston Red Sox 0 (39-50)
Kansas City Royals 6 (46-42) – Tampa Bay Rays 0 (41-51)
New York Yankees 5 (45-43) – Cleveland Indians 3 (43-45)
Houston Astros 12 (37-54) – Texas Rangers 7 (38-51)
Seattle Mariners 2 (49-40) – Minnesota Twins 0 (39-49)
Arizona Diamondbacks 9 (38-53) – Miami Marlins 1 (43-46)
San Diego Padres 6 (40-49) – Colorado Rockies 1 (37-53)
St. Louis Cardinals 2 (48-42) – Pittsburgh Pirates 0 (47-42)
Philadelphia Phillies 3 (38-51) – Milwaukee Brewers 2 (52-38)
Oakland Athletics 5 (56-33) – San Francisco Giants 0 (49-40)
Los Angeles Angels 5 (52-36) – Toronto Blue Jays 2 (47-44)
 
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Yankees Designate Outfielder Alfonso Soriano for Assignment

Yankees Designate Outfielder Alfonso Soriano for Assignment

Jm McIsaac/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) — Alfonso Soriano’s second tenure with the New York Yankees has come to an end as the team has designated the veteran outfielder for assignment.
“We designated Soriano, which is extremely difficult because he’s bee…

Blue Jays First Baseman Edwin Encarnacion Out Two Weeks

Blue Jays First Baseman Edwin Encarnacion Out Two Weeks

Robert Rogers/MLB Photos via Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif) — One of the hottest hitters in baseball will have to sit out the next couple weeks. Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion will be out of action due to a quad strain.
Encarnacion no…

MLB All-Star Teams Announced

MLB All-Star Teams Announced

Major League Baseball(NEW YORK) — The 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star teams were announced on Sunday night. Toronto’s Jose Bautista was the leading vote-getter among all players, garnering 5.6 million fan votes.
Joining Bautista in the starting lineup for the American League are Miguel Cabrera (Detroit), Robinson Cano (Seattle), Josh Donaldson (Oakland), Derek Jeter (New York), Nelson Cruz (Baltimore), Adam Jones (Baltimore), Mike Trout (Baltimore)  and Matt Wieters (Baltimore). Boston’s John Farrell will be the manager after leading the Red Sox to the World Series last year.
Baltimore led the AL with three starters voted into the lineup. Wieters, who is injured and cannot play, was replaced by Kansas City’s Salvador Perez. The Athletics boast the best record in the bigs and lead every team with six total selections. Other notables on the AL squad include pitchers Yu Darvish (Texas) and Masahiro Tanaka (New York) along with Yoenis Cespedes (Oakland) and Victor Martinez (Detroit).
The National League will be led by Yadier Molina (St. Louis) and Chase Utley (Philadelphia), each of whom will be making their sixth appearance in the midsummer classic. Paul Goldschmidt (Arizona), Aramis Ramirez (Milwaukee), Troy Tulowitzki (Colorado), Andrew McCutchen (Pittsburgh), Carlos Gomez (Milwaukee) and Yasiel Puig (Los Angeles) were also voted into the starting lineup.
Former Chicago Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija was voted a member of the NL squad but will not be allowed to pitch after being traded to Oakland. His spot was filled by Atlanta’s Julio Teheran. The Dodgers Clayton Kershaw and St. Louis’ Adam Wainwright headline the pitching staff for manager Mike Matheny.
The MLB All-Star Game will take place at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minn. on Tues., July 15.
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Atheltics Option Tommy Milone to Triple-A

Atheltics Option Tommy Milone to Triple-A

Robert Binder/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) –The Oakland Athletics have so much starting pitching depth now after their recent blockbuster trade, they’ve optioned Tommy Milone to Triple-A Sacramento.
Milone by no means has had a poor season for the Athletics. In 16 starts for Oakland this season, Milone went 6-3 with a 3.55 ERA.
Most teams would love to have a starter with a 3.55 ERA, but the Athletics simply have no place for him in their starting rotation.
Over the weekend, the A’s went out and traded some of their top prospects to the Chicago Cubs for starting pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel, both of whom have performed better thsi season.
“He was shocked,”Athletics manager Bob Melvin said when he told Milone the news.
Despite the demotion, Milone is expected to rejoin the team at some point this season.
The Athletics now have one of the best starting rotations in all of Major League Baseball, and also lead the league in runs scored.
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Rockies Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki Wants to Play for a Contender

Rockies Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki Wants to Play for a Contender

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is in the midst of an MVP caliber season. In his prime, Tulowitzki has expressed his desire to play for a contending team, whether that’s with the Rockies or not.
Entering Sunday, Tulowitzki leads the National League in batting average at .350 and is second in home runs at 18.
Now in his ninth season, Tulowitzki doesn’t want to become like his former teammate, Todd Helton.
“In Todd Helton, there’s someone who’s easy to look at his career here and how it played out. I have the utmost respect for Todd, but at the same time, I don’t want to be the next in line as somebody who was here for a long time and didn’t have a chance to win every single year,” said Tulowitzki. “He played in a couple postseason games and went to one World Series. But that’s not me. I want to be somewhere where there’s a chance to be in the playoffs every single year.”
Tulowitzki has spent his entire career with the Rockies.
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Cruz Leads Orioles in DH Split with Boston

Cruz Leads Orioles in DH Split with Boston

Jim Rogash/Getty Images(BOSTON) — After Jonathan Herrera’s walk-off, pinch-hit single gave the Boston Red Sox a 3-2 win in Game One of a doubleheader, Nelson Cruz went 5-for-5 to lead Baltimore to a 7-4 win in the nightcap on Saturday. Cruz finished the second game mere inches from the cycle, being tagged out trying to stretch a double into a triple.
The Red Sox (39-48) took the first game on the strength of Jon Lester’s impressive pitching. The southpaw tossed eight innings, giving up two unearned runs, while striking out seven in a no-decision. He was matched by Miguel Gonzalez, who struck out six in eight innings. Johnny Gomes beat out an infield single to lead off the ninth. He was sacrificed to second by David Ross before scoring on Herrera’s broken bat looper to right.
In the nightcap, the Orioles (47-40) jumped out to a 2-0 lead thanks to Nick Hundley’s fourth inning homer. Boston tied things up on Stephen Drew’s second homer of the day before adding two more in the home half. Baltimore would then score five unanswered runs en route to a split. Cruz homered in the fifth after doubling and lacing a single in his previous two at-bats. His infield single in the sixth chased Red Sox starter John Lackey. Cruz’s fifth hit of the night came in the eighth with a double to left-center but he was thrown out trying to leg it into a triple.
“I had to try and see what happened,” Cruz said, smiling. “I don’t remember the last time I hit a triple.”
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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/5/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/5/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — World Cup: Quarterfinals:  Argentina 1 – Belgium 0
Netherlands 0 (4) – 0 (3) Costa Rica Penalty Kicks
MLB: Boston Red Sox 3 (39-47) – Baltimore Orioles 2 (46-40) – Game 1
Baltimore Orioles 7 (47-40) – Boston Red Sox 4 (39-48) – Game 2
Minnesota Twins 2 (39-47) – New York Yankees 1 (43-43) 11 Innings
Miami Marlins 6 (42-45) – St. Louis Cardinals 5 (47-41)
Milwaukee Brewers 1 (52-36) – Cincinnati Reds 0 (44-42)
Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (46-41) – Philadelphia Phillies 2 (37-50)
Seattle Mariners 3 (48-39) – Chicago White Sox 2 (41-47) 14 Innings
Atlanta Braves 10 (49-38) – Arizona Diamondbacks 4 (36-53)
Tampa Bay Rays 7 (40-50) – Detroit Tigers 2 (48-36)
Washington Nationals 13 (47-39) – Chicago Cubs 0 (38-47)
Colorado Rockies 8 (37-51) – Los Angeles Dodgers 7 (50-40)
Cleveland Indians 7 (42-44) – Kansas City Royals 3 (45-41)
Texas Rangers 5 (38-49) – New York Mets 3 (38-49)
San Francisco Giants 5 (48-39) – San Diego Padres 3 (39-48) 10 Innings
Oakland Athletics 5 (54-33) – Toronto Blue Jays 1 (47-42)
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 11 (50-36) – Houston Astrps 5 (36-53)
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway: Postponed to Sunday at 11 a.m.
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Cardinals Pitcher Jaime Garcia Out the Rest of the Season

Cardinals Pitcher Jaime Garcia Out the Rest of the Season

Bob Levey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Despite his best efforts to stay on the field this season, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Dispatch is reporting that St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jaime Garica will undergo thoracic outlet surgery and will miss the remainder of the season.
Garica has been one of the Cardinals more reliable pitchers during his career, but has battled injuries the past two seasons that have limited him to just 16 starts.
He made just nine seasons last season because he underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum. He finally returned this May and made seven starts this season where he went 3-1 with a 4.12 ERA
For his career, the 27-year-old Garcia has a career 3.50 era to go along with a record of 42-26.
This injury could put Garica’s future with the Cardinals in jeopardy if he can’t come back fully healthy next season. He’s owed $9.25 million next season, but he has club options for 2016 and 2017.
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Kershaw’s Scoreless Streak up to 36 innings

Kershaw’s Scoreless Streak up to 36 innings

Dustin Bradford/Getty Images(DENVER, Colo.) — Clayton Kershaw continued his torrid performance on the mound by throwing eight shutout innings on Friday night in Colorado. The southpaw has now extended his career-high scoreless innings streak to 36 in a row.
“You don’t ever want to give up a run,” Kershaw casually said. “I guess that’s the goal.”
The Dodger ace gave up just two hits in a 9-0 rout of the Rockies. He was supplied with more than enough offense as Los Angeles score three runs in the first inning. Yasiel Puig opened the scoring with a two-run homer in the first. 
Kershaw last allowed in the third inning at Arizona on June 13. The Major League record, 59 consecutive scoreless inning,  is held by former Dodger Orel Hershiser. Of the 36 scoreless innings tossed by Kershaw, he has thrown 17 of those frames against the Rockies. 
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Cubs Send Samardzija at Oakland

Cubs Send Samardzija at Oakland

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Chicago Cubs continued to revamp their farm system while the Oakland Athletics may have cemented their spot as a World Series favorite. On Friday night, the Cubs dealt starting pitchers Jason Hammel and Jeff Samardzija to Oakland for a trio of prospects and a player to be named later.
Samardzija is 2-7 on the year with a 2.83 earned run average. Hammel, who pitched the Cubs to a win on Friday night, has a 2.98 ERA and a 7-5 overall record. The 29-year-old Samardzija still has one year of arbitration to go before being eligible to become a free agent. Hammel’s contract expires at the end of this season. 
To complete the deal, the Athletics (53-33) gave up three of their top prospects along with a future consideration. Addison Russell, the 2012 first-round pick by Oakland, is ranked as the third best prospect in all of minor league baseball by Keith Law. Billy McKinney is hitting .241 on the year with 10 homers and 33 RBI while pitcher Dan Straily were also part of the trade.
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Yankees’ C.C. Sabathia Suffers Injury Setback

Yankees’ C.C. Sabathia Suffers Injury Setback

Hannah Foslien/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) — The New York Yankees were hoping to get back starting pitcher C.C. Sabathia in the near future, but now his return to the team is in question after he recently woke up with inflammation in his right knee.
Sabathia struggled Wednesday night in his outting for Double-A Trenton. An MRI the next day revelaed the inflammation, and the team has decided to shut him down.
“We’re waiting to see what the next step is,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “Can’t tell you how long he’s going to be shut down. He said nothing during the game about it, he woke up today, and that’s the report I got. Today it was swollen, similar to what he’s experienced before.”
Aside from rookie starter Masahiro Tanaka, the Yankees starting pitcher has been a major issue all season. Not counting Tanaka, the Yankees’ starters have a 4.62 ERA on the season.
Even when he was on the mound earlier this season, Sabathia has struggled to resemble the All-Star pitcher fans have been used to seeing. In eight starts this season, Sabathia is 3-4 with a 5.28 ERA.
The Yankees are 23-26 since Sabathia’s last start
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Tanaka Picks Up 12th Win for Yankees

Tanaka Picks Up 12th Win for Yankees

Hannah Foslien/Getty Images (MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.) — Carlos Beltran hit a go-ahead three-run home run in the fifth, helping Masahiro Tanaka win his Major League best 12th game of the season. The homer also allowed the Yankees to snap a season-long five-game losing streak.
New York (42-42) trailed 2-0 after four innings before the Beltran blast. Zelous Wheeler followed with a solo shot to make it a 4-2 lead over Minnesota. That allowed Tanaka (12-3) more than enough help to get the victory. The rookie right hander finished the game going seven innings allowing four runs on nine hits while striking out three.
Former Yankee Phil Hughes (8-5) took the loss by allowing all seven runs on eight hits in six and one-third innings. The Twins (38-46) were able to get within a run on a Kendrys Morales ground out in the sixth but could not push the tying run across. 
Tanaka set a New York rookie record for wins prior to the All-Star break. David Robertson picked up his 19th save of the season by striking out the side in the ninth.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/2/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/2/14

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(NEW YORK) — MLB: Toronto Blue Jays 7 (47-39) – Milwaukee Brewers 4 (51-35)
Tampa Bay Rays 6 (38-49) – New York Yankees 3 (41-42)
Detroit Tigers 9 (47-34) – Oakland Athletics 3 (51-33)
Kansas City Royals 4 (44-40) – Minnesota Twins 0 (38-45)
Seattle Mariners 5 (47-38) – Houston Astros 2 (36-50)
Cleveland Indians 5 (41-43) – Los Angeles Dodgers 4 (48-39)
San Diego Padres 3 (38-47) – Cincinnati Reds 0 (43-41)
Washington Nationals 4 (46-38) – Colorado Rockies 3 (36-49)
Pittsburgh Pirates 5 (44-40) – Arizona Diamondbacks 1 (35-51)
Atlanta Braves 3 (47-38) – New York Mets 1 (37-48)
Miami Marlins 5 (41-43) – Philadelphia Phillies 0 (36-48)
Chicago White Sox 3 (40-46) – Los Angeles Angels 2 (47-36)
Chicago Cubs 16 (37-46) – Boston Red Sox 9 (38-47)
Baltimore Orioles 6 (45-39) – Texas Rangers 4 (37-47)
Saint Louis Cardinals 2 (45-40) – San Francisco Giants 0 (47-37)
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Padres & OF Seth Smith Agree To 2-Year Contract Extension

Padres & OF Seth Smith Agree To 2-Year Contract Extension

iStockphoto(SAN DIEGO) — The San Diego Padres and outfielder Seth Smith have agreed to a two-year contract extension, the club announced on Wednesday. The deal is worth $13 million, according to ESPN, with a club option for the 2017 season worth $7 million.
In 72 games this season with San Diego, Smith is batting .281 with 18 doubles, four triples, nine home runs, 25 RBIs and 33 runs scored. The Padres acquired the 31-year-old from the Oakland Athletics this past off-season for righthanded pitcher Luke Gregerson.
In eight major league seasons with the Colorado Rockies (2007-11), A’s (2012-13) and Padres (2014), Smith has hit .266 with 82 homers and 298 RBIs.
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Braves Place Catcher Evan Gattis on the DL

Braves Place Catcher Evan Gattis on the DL

Tony Firriolo/MLB Photos via Getty Images(ATLANTA) — The Atlanta Braves will be without one of their best power hitters for the next couple weeks as the team placed catcher Evan Gattis on the 15-day disabled list after a recent MRI revealed a bulging …

Scoreboard Roundup – 6/30/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 6/30/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — World Cup: France 2 – Nigeria 0 
Germany 2 – Algeria 1
MLB: Chicago White Sox – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim – Postponed
Washington Nationals 7 (44-38) – Colorado Rockies 3 (36-47)
Baltimore Orioles 7 (43-39) – Texas Rangers 1 (37-45)
Chicago Cubs 2 (35-46) – Boston Red Sox 0 (38-45)
Detroit Tigers 5 (45-34) – Oakland Athletics 4 (51-31)
Atlanta Braves 5 (45-38) – New York Mets 3 (37-46)
Seattle Mariners 10 (45-38) – Houston Astros 4 (36-48) 
Kansas City Royals 6 (43-39) – Minnesota Twins 1 (37-44)
Tampa Bay Rays 4 (36-49) – New York Yankees 3 (41-40) – 12 Innings
San Diego Padres 1 (36-47) – Cincinnati Reds 0 (43-39)
Los Angeles Dodgers 1 (48-37) – Cleveland Indians 0 (39-43)
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Giants Remove Sergio Romo as Team’s Closer

Giants Remove Sergio Romo as Team’s Closer

Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Seemingly overnight, San Francisco Giants reliever Sergio Romo went from one of baseball’s best closers to unusable as the team has removed him from the closer’s role.
Romo has 22 saves this season, the seventh-most in all of Major League Baseball, but he’s been a shell of himself as of late.
He’s blown three out of his last five appearances and isn’t the same pitcher the team had grown accustomed to seeing. His ERA on May 9 was 1.65, since then his ERA has been 9.00.
“Sometimes you’ve got to change,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy told the San Francisco Chronicle. “If you keep doing the same thing over and over, sometimes it’s good for a player to back off a little bit, let him breathe and get back on track. He’s done such a great job. As a group, we’ve hit a bump in the road. As individuals, a lot of us have and hiccups.”
Bochy also told the paper that Santiago Casilla and Jeremy Affeldt will likely share closing duties for now.
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Kershaw Fans 13 in Dodger Win

Kershaw Fans 13 in Dodger Win

Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Following his first career no-hitter, Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw continued his month of dominance with a 13 strikeout performance as Los Angeles defeated St. Louis 6-0 on Sunday afternoon. With seven shutout innings, Kershaw extended his career-best scoreless inning streak to 28 straight.
The Dodgers (47-37) provided more than enough offense for their stellar southpaw, scoring twice in the fourth before Andre Ethier’s three-run homer in the fifth made it 6-0. St. Louis (44-39) struggled to muster much, if any, contact against Kershaw; they were held to just six hits in the loss.
Kershaw (9-2) dominated from the start, never allowing a runner to reach third base. The lefty also struck out at least one batter in each of his seven frames, walking just two. His night was capped by striking out Jon Jay and Matt Carpenter to end the seventh inning. The two-time Cy Young winner finishes June with a 6-0 mark and a 0.62 earned run average.
Los Angeles also moved into a virtual tie with San Francisco (46-36) atop the NL West standings. The Dodgers have won 12 of their last 16 games and were 9.5 games out of first just three weeks ago.
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