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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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Scoreboard Roundup – 8/4/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 8/4/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: San Francisco Giants 4 (61-51) – New York Mets 3 (53-59)
Baltimore Orioles 7 (63-48) – Washington Nationals 3 (60-50)
Cleveland Indians 7 (57-55) – Cincinnati Reds 1 (56-56)
New York Yankees 2 (58-53) – Detroit Tigers 1 (61-48) 
Chicago White Sox 5 (55-58) – Texas Rangers 3 (43-69) – 7 Innings
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 5 (67-44) – Los Angeles Dodgers 0 (63-50)
Oakland Athletics 3 (68-43) – Tampa Bay Rays 2 (54-58) 10 Innings
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Report: Cubs Planning to Promote INF Javier Baez

Report: Cubs Planning to Promote INF Javier Baez

iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — The Chicago Cubs are planning to promote infielder Javier Baez from Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday, according to ESPN. He’s expected to make his debut Tuesday night in Colorado.
In 104 games this season with the Cubs Triple-A affiliate, the 21-year-old Baez is batting .260 with 23 home runs and 80 RBIs. He has also scored 64 runs and swiped 16 bases.
In 2013, Baez hit .282 with 37 homers and 111 RBIs between Class A and Double-A.
The Cubs, in the midst of a rebuilding year, are 47-63.
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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 – 8/3/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 8/3/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: San Franicsco Giants 9 (60-51) – New York Mets 0 (53-58)
Cincinnati Reds 7 (56-55) – Miami Marlins 3 (54-57)
Baltimore Orioles 1 (62-48) – Seattle Mariners 0 (57-54)
Detroit Tigers 4 (61-47) – Colorado Rockies 0 (44-67)
Washington Nationals 4 (60-49) – Philadelphia Phillies 0 (49-63)
Houston Astros 6 (47-65) – Toronto Blue Jays 1 (60-53)
Cleveland Indians 4 (56-55) – Texas Rangers 3 (43-68) – 12 Innings
St. Louis Cardinals 3 (59-51) – Milwaukee Brewers 2 (61-51)
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 7 (66-44) – Tampa Bay Rays 5 (54-57)
Kansas City Royals 4 (57-53) – Oakland Athletics 2 (67-43)
Minnesota Twins 16 (50-60) – Chicago White Sox 3 (54-58)
Arizona Diamondbacks 3 (49-63) – Pittsburgh Pirates 2 (59-52) – 10 Innings
Chicago Cubs 7 (47-63) – Los Angeles Dodgers 3 (63-49)
San Diego Padres 4 (51-60) – Atlanta Braves 3 (58-54) – 10 Innings
New York Yankees 8 (57-53) – Boston Red Sox 7 (49-62)
NFL Preseason: New York Giants 17 (1-0) – Buffalo Bills 13 (0-1)
NASCAR: Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Sprint Cup race at Pocono Raceway.
Golf: Rory McIlroy won the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
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Diamondbacks Place Goldschmidt on 15-Day DL

Diamondbacks Place Goldschmidt on 15-Day DL

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(PHOENIX) — All Star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Arizona Diamondbacks Saturday with a fractured left hand.
Goldschmidt was hit by an Ernesto Frieri pitch in the ninth inning of the team’s 9-4 loss Friday to the Pittsburgh Pirates. There’s no timetable for Goldschmidt’s return.

“You always want to get back as quickly as possible and play, but you need to be safe about it, too,” Goldschmidt said. “If it’s ready and they’re going to let me, yes, I want to play, play every day, as much as I can. I’ll work hard at the rehab, and if there’s a way to speed it up as much as I can while being smart about it, I’ll do anything that they’ll allow.”
In 109 games this season, Goldschmidt is hitting .300 with 19 home runs, 69 RBIs, 75 runs scored and a .396 on-base percentage.
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Lester Wins in First Start with Oakland

Lester Wins in First Start with Oakland

Robert Rogers/MLB Photos via Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) — Jon Lester pitched 6 2/3 innings, allowing three runs, walking one while striking out three, winning his first start with the Oakland Athletics 8-3, over the Kansas City Royals Saturday.
Oakland acquired Lester (11-7) from the Boston Red Sox in a trade Thursday. That trade also included outfielder Jonny Gomes, who had two hits and two RBIs in the victory.
Oakland (67-42) trailed 1-0 when it exploded for eight runs in the fifth inning.
Royals starter Jason Vargas (8-5) takes the loss allowing seven runs in 4 1/3 innings.
Kansas City (56-53) now sits five games behind Detroit for first place in the AL Central.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 8/1/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 8/1/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: San Francisco Giants 5 (59-50) – New York Mets 1 (52-57)
Philadelphia Phillies 2 (49-61) – Washington Nationals 1 (58-49)
Baltimore Orioles 2 (61-47) – Seattle Mariners 1 (56-53)
Detroit Tigers 4 (59-47) – Colorado Rockies 2 (44-65)
Cincinnati Reds 5 (55-54) – Miami Marlins 2 (53-56)
Boston Red Sox 4 (49-60) – New York Yankees 3 (55-53)
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 5 (65-43) – Tampa Bay Rays 3 (53-56)
Houston Astros 3 (45-65) – Toronto Blue Jays 1 (60-51)
Milwaukee Brewers 7 (61-49) – St. Louis Cardinals 4 (57-51)
Chicago White Sox 10 (54-56) – Minnesota Twins 8 (48-60)
Cleveland Indians 12 (54-55) – Texas Rangers 2 (43-66)
Kansas City Royals 1 (56-52) – Oakland Athletics 0 (66-42)
Pittsburgh Pirates 9 (58-51) – Arizona Diamondbacks 4 (48-62)
San Diego Padres 10 (49-60) – Atlanta Braves 1 (58-52)
Chicago Cubs 8 (46-62) – Los Angeles Dodgers 2 (62-48)
 
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Royals’ Eric Hosmer Out 3-6 Weeks with a Broken Finger

Royals’ Eric Hosmer Out 3-6 Weeks with a Broken Finger

Rich Pilling/MLB Photos via Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) — The Kansas City Royals will be without one of their best players in a time when they’re fighting for a playoff spot as first baseman Eric Hosmer will miss the next 3-6 weeks with a stress fracture of his right hand’s third finger.
On Thursday night, Hosmer re-injured his finger on a check-swing during the team’s game against the Minnesota Twins.
“Very frustrating, bad timing,” Hosmer said.
Hosmer originally injured the finger on July 20 when he was hit by a pitch by Jon Lester, causing him to skip six of the team’s next seven games.
Hosmer struggled early on this season, but was finally showing life at the plate recently. In 104 games this season, the 24-year-old Hosmer is hitting .267 with six home runs and 46 RBIs.
The Royals sit at 55-52 and are in second place in the AL Central. With the Detroit Tigers recent acquisition of starting pitcher David Price, the Royals could use Hosmer’s bat in a lineup that ranks 18th in the Majors in runs scored.
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Marlins Land Jarred Cosart from Astros in Six-Player Deal

Marlins Land Jarred Cosart from Astros in Six-Player Deal

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(MIAMI) — Instead of selling off young prospects, this time, the Miami Marlins acquired them as they have landed starting pitcher Jarred Cosart along with two others from the Houston Astros.
In addition to Cosart, the Marlins acquired infielder-outfielder Kike Hernandez and outfielder Austin Wates for third baseman Colin Moran, outfielder Jake Marisnick, right-hander Francis Martes and a 2015 compensatory draft pick.
“Jarred Cosart will help us win more games and be a better ballclub, and hopefully that winds up with a playoff spot,” Marlins president of baseball operations Mike Hill said.
Cosart was a top-pitching prospect not too long ago, so it’s surprising the Astros decided to move on from him. In 20 starts this season, he’s 9-7 with a 4.41 ERA.
Cosart along with Hernandez are expected to join the club on Friday while Wates will be assigned to Triple-A New Orleans.
The Marlins reportedly also tried to trade for John Lackey and David Price, but were unable to land either starter.
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Phillies Place Starting Pitcher Cliff Lee on the DL

Phillies Place Starting Pitcher Cliff Lee on the DL

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The Philadelphia Phillies rough season was dealt yet another blow Thursday.  Starting pitcher Cliff Lee was placed on the disabled list after re-injuring his left elbow, and could miss the rest of the season.
In the third inning against the Washington Nationals, Lee threw one pitch to outfielder Denard Span and knew something was wrong. He walked off the field frustrated, knowing that his elbow was hurt yet again.
“The last inning, it never fully went away and it came on a little stronger the next six or seven pitches I threw,” he said. “It was there every throw and I just felt like if I kept throwing, something was going to snap, and I just wanted to make sure that didn’t happen.
Lee was making just his third start since returning from the DL for a flexor pronator strain that kept him out of action for two months.
The 35-year-old Lee went 6-7 this season with a 3.65 ERA in 13 starts. He’s earning $25 million this season.
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Athletics Acquire SP Jon Lester from Red Sox for Yoenis Cespedes

Athletics Acquire SP Jon Lester from Red Sox for Yoenis Cespedes

Robert Rogers/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) –  The Oakland Athletics have acquired starting pitcher Jon Lester, outfielder Jonny Gomes, and cash considerations from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and a 2015 competitive balance pick.
The Red Sox were dangling Lester for several days leading up to Thursday’s 4 p.m. ET non-waiver trade deadline. 
Several teams were believed to be interested in the two-time World Series champion, including the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Baltimore Orioles. In the end, it was the Athletics who swooped in and gave the Red Sox an offer they couldn’t refuse.
The 30-year-old Lester will be a free agent after the season. 
He will join a strong rotation in Oakland that already includes All-Stars Jeff Samardzija and Scott Kazmir, along with youngster Sonny Gray.
Cespedes, 28, is a two-time reigning Home Run Derby champion who has 17 homers and 56 RBIs this season.  He will provide the Red Sox with a big bat in the middle of their lineup.
Gomes is hitting .234 with 6 home runs and 32 RBIs in 2014.
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Cubs Acquire Pitcher Felix Doubront from the Red Sox

Cubs Acquire Pitcher Felix Doubront from the Red Sox

Sarah Glenn/Getty Images(BOSTON) — Pitcher Felix Doubront seemed to be in need of change, and the Boston Red Sox are granting him that as they’ve traded him to the Chicago Cubs for a low-level prospect after the Rule 5 draft.
While Doubront had little regular success recently, he did pitch very well for the team during their run to a World Series Championship last season in which he posted a 1.29 ERA in 7.0 innings.
“He has performed well for us over a period of time,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said of Doubront. “And it can’t be understated the importance of his relief appearances last year in the World Series. Those were two pivotal outings by him and he did a great job.”
Splitting time as a reliever and starter this season, Doubront struggled mightily. In 17 appearances, he’s 2-4 with a 6.07 ERA and a 1.60 WHIP.
Right-hander Brandon Workman was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket to take Doubront’s spot on the 25-man roster.
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Matt Kemp Leads the Dodgers Past the Braves 3-2 in 10 Innings

Matt Kemp Leads the Dodgers Past the Braves 3-2 in 10 Innings

Christian Peterson/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — As trade rumors get hotter, so has the bat of Matt Kemp.
The Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder hit another home run Wednesday night and also had the game winning hit in the bottom of the ninth inning to give his team a 3-2 win over the Atlanta Braves.
Kemp’s name has been the subject of numerous trade rumors, but the talks have seemed to fuel his production at the plate.
“It’s a great feeling knowing you helped the team win a game,” he said. “We’re pretty confident every day. It feels good to be in position to score a run or take that extra base. I’m not as fast as I want to be, but it’s coming.”
Over the last 10 games, Kemp has raised his batting average from .265 to .288 and is starting to revert back to his All-Star form.
With the win, the Dodgers now hold a three game lead over the San Francisco Giants for first place in the NL West; the Braves now trail the Washington Nationals by 1.5 games in the NL East.
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Behind Corey Kluber’s Shutout, Indians Top Mariners 2-0

Behind Corey Kluber’s Shutout, Indians Top Mariners 2-0

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) — Now that Justin Masterson is out of town, the Cleveland Indians have found their new staff ace. Cory Kluber held the Seattle Mariners to just three hits in nine innings of work in the team’s 2-0 win over the Mariners.
Kluber out-dueled Mariners ace Felix Hernandez, striking out eight batters over nine innings, lowering his ERA to 2.61 on the season.
“Obviously, it’s a challenge going up against one of the best pitchers in the game,” Kluber said. “We all look forward to challenges, so it’s nice to come out on top.”
The only offense in the game came in the 5th inning when Indians catcher Yan Gomes hit an RBI double off Herndandez to score Lonnie Chisenhall and Nick Swisher.
In only his second full season as a starting pitcher, Kluber has emerged as one of the best pitchers in the American League. He ranks in the top 10 in the American League in wins, innings, strikeouts, ERA, and WHIP.
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Cardinals Acquire SP Justin Masterson from Indians

Cardinals Acquire SP Justin Masterson from Indians

Sarah Glenn/Getty Images(NEW YORK) –  In an attempt to bolster their starting rotation, the St. Louis Cardinals have acquired right-hander Justin Masterson from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for minor league outfielder James Ramsey.
Masterson is 4-6 with a 5.51 ERA this season for Cleveland.  He will be a free agent this winter.  Masterson has struggled with a knee injury recently and was placed on the disabled list July 8.  He has yet to be activated.
The 29-year-old right-hander made the All-Star team last season when he went 14-10 with three shutouts.  He finished his career in Cleveland with a 48-61 record.
Ramsey, 24, was the 23rd overall pick in the 2012 draft out of Florida State.  In 235 minor league games, he’s a .266 hitter with a .368 on base percentage.
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Cardinals Reward Cornerback Patrick Peterson with Five-Year Extension

Cardinals Reward Cornerback Patrick Peterson with Five-Year Extension

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Defensive playmakers are becoming a premium in the NFL and the Cardinals are taking care of their own as they’ve rewarded cornerback Patrick Peterson with a five-year extension worth $70 million with $48 million guaranteed.
“Happy to announce my 5 year extension with @AZCARDINALS ! $70M and $48M Guaranteed!! #AZCardinals #P2Nation #YearOfTheCardinal,” Peterson tweeted Tuesday night.
Petterson is now the highest-paid cornerback in the NFL in terms of total money. He beats out the Browns’ Joe Hadden, who got $68 million earlier this offseason.
Petterson was the fifth overall pick in the 2011 Draft, and has been everything the Cardinals hoped they’d be getting. He’s made three Pro Bowls and is a two-time NFL All Pro. He’s considered one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL and is also an explosive returner, and sometimes mixes in with the team on offense. Since his rookie season, Petterson is third in the NFL in interceptions with 12.
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Dodgers Announcer Vin Scully Will Return in 2015

Dodgers Announcer Vin Scully Will Return in 2015

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — One of legendary voices in all of sports is coming back as the Los Angeles Dodgers announced on Tuesday night that announcer Vin Scully will return in 2015.
The Dodgers broke the news to their fans on the videoboard and in its TV broadcast during the second inning of their game against the Atlanta Braves.
It will be the 86-year-old Scully’s 66th season announcing for the team.
“It is very difficult to say goodbye,” Scully said in a statement. “God willing, I will be back next year. Over the years, I have been blessed to have so many friends, including those that sit in the stands and listen as well as those at home, who listen and watch. It is just too hard to say goodbye to all these friends. Naturally, there will come a time, when I will have to say goodbye, but I’ve soul-searched, and this is not the time.”
Scully has been the team’s play-by-play man since 1950, and took over as the primary voice of the team in 1953.
He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1982.
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Cubs Top Rockies 4-3 in 16-Inning Marathon

Cubs Top Rockies 4-3 in 16-Inning Marathon

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — In a wild game that neither team will likely forget for a while, the Chicago Cubs defeated the Colorado Rockies 4-3 in 16 innings.
Emilio Bonafacio’s home run in the bottom of the 4th inning tied the game 4-4, …

Athletics Rally Past Astros in the 9th Inning

Athletics Rally Past Astros in the 9th Inning

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(HOUSTON) — The Oakland Athletics have proved once again why they very well may be the best team in all of Major League Baseball. On Tuesday night, Oakland scored six runs in the ninth inning to rally back and defeat the Houston Astros, 7-4.
Trailing 4-1 in the ninth inning, the Athletics were able to get the best of closer Chad Qualls.
Alberto Callaspo started the rally as he single home both Derek Norris and Josh Reddick. Yoenis Cespedes proceeded to tie the game with an RBI single.
With the game tied at 4, Brandon Moss was the hero as he singled home Jed Lowrie, giving Oakland a 5-4 lead.
“It had not been a very good day until that last at-bat,” Moss said. “I was just trying to battle, stay on the ball a little bit. Get on base any way I could. If I got a good pitch to hit, hit it hard.”
Josh Donaldson gave the team some insurance runs as he later doubled home Yoenis Cespedes and Moss.
The Athletics are now 66-40, and have the best record in all of Major League Baseball.
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