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Rollins Sets Phillies Hit Record

Rollins Sets Phillies Hit Record

Mitchell Leff/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA, Pa.) — Jimmy Rollins went 1-for-4 for the Phillies in a 7-3 win over the Chicago Cubs at home. His one hit, however, broke Mike Schmidt’s franchise record for hits in a career of 2,234.
The game was briefly delayed in the fifth for a brief celebration that Schmidt participated in. A Hall of Famer, Schmidt retrieved the bat for Rollins before delivering it to him at first, along with a hug and a high-five.
“I told him, `Congrats, it couldn’t happen to a better guy,” Schmidt said later in the game. “I’m glad I was here. My heart is pounding.”
Rollins received a standing ovation in each of his at-bats, but grounded out and lined out in his first two attempts at the record. The shortstop would later score in the fifth on Dominic Brown’s three-run homer that put the game out of reach.
Chase Utley also homered as Philly won their fourth game in five tries. Schmidt’s record had stood since 1989 before Rollins took it over.
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Kenny Lofton Misses Competition

Kenny Lofton Misses Competition

Rob Carr/ Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Former MLB outfielder Kenny Lofton spent 17 years in the league and still misses the competition after retiring in 2007.
Lofton finished his career with a .299 batting average, 622 stolen bases, and 2,428 hits.
“I love to compete and that’s the tough part,” Lofton told ABC Sports Radio on Friday.  “I’m trying to pick up golf now to try and have some competition with something.”
Lofton played for 12 teams during his 17-year run and made six All-Star teams.
“Coming from a college basketball player to end up playing 17 years in the big leagues, that’s something that I never would have dreamed of,” Lofton said of his biggest accomplishment. 
The 47-year-old would jump at the right opportunity to get back into the game he loves in the right coaching situation.
“I would love to,” Lofton said.  “If I have some people who would actually listen, I would want to do something like that.”
“A lot of kids think they know it all and that’s the problem I have,” Lofton continued.  “Coaching and managing would be tough, but as long as you can get some young kids that would listen, I wouldn’t mind doing it.”
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Mariners Recall Jesus Montero

Mariners Recall Jesus Montero

Jason Wise/MLB Photos via Getty Images(SEATTLE) — Jesus Montero is returning to the MLB following a 50-game suspension after being connected to baseball’s Biogenesis performance-enhancing drug investigation.
The Mariners recalled Montero on Thursday and manager Lloyd McClendon said they will use him against left-handers and as a designated hitter.
“I feel great to be here. I feel like I’ve earned it,” Montero said. “I feel like I learned something. Now I want to be here forever.”
McClendon feels that Montero deserves another shot and believes he’s learned from his past mistakes.
“I think he’s trying to get things back together. He’s been working hard and he’s actually been swinging the bat better than the numbers indicated down there,” McClendon said. “For me he was the logical choice. …It made sense to bring this young man and give him an opportunity.”
The former top prospect was hitting .270 with eight homers and 15 doubles at Triple-A.
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Scherzer Gets First Complete Game Shutout in Tigers Win

Scherzer Gets First Complete Game Shutout in Tigers Win

David Banks/Getty Images(CHICAGO, Ill.) — In baseball’s modern era (since 1900), no starting pitcher had gone longer than Detroit’s Max Scherzer before tossing their first complete game. On Thursday night that drought ended as the righty struck out eight batters and scattered three hits in a 4-0 win over the White Sox.
“I was finally able to go nine and finish the deal, so it’s good feeling,” said Scherzer, who made his 179th career start on Thursday.
The Tigers (34-28) provided enough offense for the 2013 Cy Young winner. Victor Martinez put Detroit on top 1-0 in the fifth inning with his 16th home run of the season. Miguel Cabrera later drove in two runs with an infield single in the eighth before Bryan Holaday singled in another run.
It was billed as a matchup of aces with Scherzer dueling opposite Chicago’s Chris Sale. Despite 10 strike outs from the White Sox (33-34) starter, his offense could do nothing against Scherzer.
“I was surprised when I found out that he had no complete games,” said Tigers manager Brad Ausmus. “But he wanted this one for sure. He was on his game tonight.”
Scherzer turned in a much needed effort, giving up 20 runs in his last four starts. The six-year hurler tossed nine innings on other time in his career, a ten inning 2-1 loss to Minnesota in 2010.
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Mets’ Matt Harvey Concedes He Likely Won’t Pitch this Season

Mets’ Matt Harvey Concedes He Likely Won’t Pitch this Season

Norm Hall/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — After a breakout 2013 campaign that was cut short because of Tommy John surgery, New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey will likely not pitch during the 2014 season.
The Cy Young candidate expected to come back late this season, but he realizes it likely won’t happen.
“I’m always going to be on board with what they have to say,” Harvey said. “I can only do so much, and speak my two cents. As a competitor, I’m always going to want to get out there, but I can’t write myself out there and set up my own program, so whatever they have set up is obviously the way we’re going to go.”
Harvey made 26 starts for the Mets last season and emerged as one of the best pitchers in all of baseball. He wound up going 12-10 with a 2.39 ERA. He also struck out 191 batters in 178.1 innings pitched.
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Nationals’ Catcher Wilson Ramos Placed on the DL

Nationals’ Catcher Wilson Ramos Placed on the DL

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Despite his immense talent, Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos just can’t stay healthy. The team has placed him on the disabled list with a right hamstring injury.
Ramos hurt his right hamstring Tuesday night after stretching out a double in the ninth inning against the San Francisco Giants. He initially thought the injury wasn’t serious.
According to manager Matt Williams, a recent MRI on Ramos’ hamstring showed a Grade-1 hamstring strain.
The team is hopeful that Ramos will be able to return to the lineup once he’s eligible to come off the disabled list.
Ramos has had a lot of trouble staying healthy during his five-year career in Major League Baseball. At 26, Ramos has played over 100 games in a season just once. He missed 84 games this past season, 137 games in 2012, and 49 games in 2011.
Jose Lobaton is expected to start in Ramos’ place, while the team has also called up catcher Sandy Leon from Triple-A Syracuse.
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Liriano Placed on DL with Oblique Injury

Liriano Placed on DL with Oblique Injury

Paul Spinelli/ MLB Photos via Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) — Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Francisco Liriano was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday due to a strained left oblique. The 30-year-old Liriano suffered the injury in Tuesday’s game versus the Chicago Cubs. He felt discomfort while throwing a pitch in the fourth inning and was removed from the game. Liriano, who is the reigning National League Comeback Player of the Year, has started 14 games this season, pitching 72 1/3 innings, striking out 77 and walking 36 while compiling a 1-6 record with a 4.60 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP. Right-handed reliever Stolmy Pimentel was activated off the DL to take Liriano’s roster spot.
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Rockies’ Outfielder Michael Cuddyer Out 6-8 Weeks with Shoulder Injury

Rockies’ Outfielder Michael Cuddyer Out 6-8 Weeks with Shoulder Injury

Jason Wise/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Another week, another injury for the Colorado Rockies. This time, outfielder Michael Cuddyer lands on the shelf again as he’ll miss the next 6-8 weeks with a non-displaced fracture in his left shoulder socket.
Cuddyer suffered the injury last Thursday when diving for a ball at third base.
The team was trying the 35-year-old Cuddyer at third base after Nolan Arenado’s injury.
This latest injury will likely keep Cuddyer out of action until August. He’s already been on the disabled list this season with a strained left hamstring.
Despite his talent, Cuddyer has struggled to stay healthy during his time with the Rockies. He missed 61 games in 2012, 32 games in 2013, and he’s played in just 31 games this season for Colorado.
Last season, Cuddyer won the National League Batting Title after he batted .331 with 20 home runs and 84 RBIs. This season, Cuddyer is batting .317.
Among the other Rockies on the disabled list are Arenado, Carlos Gonzalez and Jordan Lyles.
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Chisenhall Hits Three Homers, Drives in Nine in Indians Win

Chisenhall Hits Three Homers, Drives in Nine in Indians Win

Rick Yeatts/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) — Lonnie Chisenhall went 5-for-5 with three home runs and tied a team record with nine runs batted in, helping to power the Cleveland Indians to a 17-7 win against Texas.
According to Major League Baseball, it is the first time since RBI was made a statistic in 1920 that a player had that exact state line.
Chisenhall began his historic day with a simple base hit in the first inning that gave the Indians (33-31) a 2-0 lead. He followed it up in the second inning with at two-run blast, upping his personal RBI total to three. Cleveland led 8-1 after two innings, chasing Rangers (31-33) starter Nick Martinez.
In the fourth, Chisenhall belted his second two-run homer of the game to give his squad a 12-4 advantage. He later doubled home a run in the sixth before lacing a three-run shot just inside the right field foul pole for his fifth hit, making it a 17-6 ball game.
“I know a day like today is kind of a once-in-a-lifetime thing,” said Chisenhall. “I’m enjoying it as much as I can. I don’t know the history of it, who’s done it in the past.”
Chris James was the only other player in Indians history to drive in nine runs in a single game when he did it on May 4, 1991 in a 20-6 win over Oakland. Chisenhall becomes the first MLB player, and fourth overall, since Fred Lynn in 1975 to get five hits, three homers and nine RBI in a single game.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 6/9/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 6/9/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NHL Stanley Cup Final: Los Angeles Kings 3 – New York Rangers 0 (Kings lead series, 3-0.)
MLB: Seattle Mariners 3 (34-29) – Tampa Bay Rays 0 (24-41)
Baltimore Orioles 4 (32-30) – Boston Red Sox 0 (28-35)
Pittsburgh Pirates 6 (30-33) – Chicago Cubs 2 (25-36)
Toronto Blue Jays 5 (39-26) – Minnesota Twins 4 (29-33)
Los Angeles Dodgers 6 (34-31) – Cincinnati Reds 2 (29-33)
Cleveland Indians 17 (33-31) – Texas Rangers 7 (31-33)
Chicago White Sox 6 (32-33) – Detroit Tigers 5 (33-27)
Atlanta Braves 3 (33-29) – Colorado Rockies 1 (29-34)
Houston Astros 4 (29-36) – Arizona Diamondbacks 3 (28-38)
Washington Nationals 9 (33-29) – San Francisco Giants 2 (42-22)
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 4 (35-28) – Oakland Athletics 1 (39-25)
New York Yankees (31-31) – Kansas City Royals (31-32) Postponed due to rain
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Rangers Place 1B Mitch Moreland on DL

Rangers Place 1B Mitch Moreland on DL

Sarah Glenn/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) — The Texas Rangers placed first baseman Mitch Moreland on the disabled list on Sunday.  
Moreland, who was batting .246 with just two homers this season, is expected to undergo ankle surgery on Wednesday and will likely miss three months.
“It’s to the point where I’m hurting the team, hurting myself trying to go out there and make something happen,” Moreland said of his injury. “There’s no lower half. I’m doing everything I can and trying to battle through it, but it’s to the point where it’s affecting me trying to go out and play. It’s hurting pretty bad.”
“The surgery, I tried to fight it off until the end of the year,” he continued. “I knew I was going to have to have surgery. They told me you can do everything you can to try to get to the end of the year. I can’t do it any more. I’m going to try to get back healthy and get ready to go.”
Donnie Murphy, who is hitting .220 with 11 RBI’s, will take Moreland’s spot on the roster.
“He’s done everything he could have done,” general manager Jon Daniels said of Moreland. “He’s fought through it, but it’s become apparent it’s limiting him.”
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Ortiz Homer Lifts Red Sox Past Tigers

Ortiz Homer Lifts Red Sox Past Tigers

Duane Burleson/Getty Images(DETROIT, Mich.) — David Ortiz launched a three-run home run to right field in the top of the ninth as the Boston Red Sox came from behind to defeat the Detroit Tigers 5-3 on Sunday night. The win snapped a five game losing streak for Boston (28-34), and was the team’s first win against Detroit (33-26) this season.
The Red Sox took the initial lead on a Dustin Pedroia sacrifice fly in the third before Detroit answered with runs in the third and fourth innings. Victor Martinez doubled home Miguel Cabrera to give the Tigers a 2-1 advantage in the fourth. 
Both starting pitchers were able to keep their team in the game as it approached the late innings. Detroit’s Anibal Sanchez went six innings before turning things over to the bullpen while John Lackey (7-4) tossed eight frames allowing just two earned runs.
After Mike Napoli homered in his return from the disabled list to tie things up, Eugenio Suarez laced his second RBI single of the night to left to give Detroit a 3-2 lead after eight innings. Boston had a chance to take the lead in the seventh when Brock Holt tripled to begin the inning, however Phil Coke was able to reitre the side, including inducing a deep flyout off the bat of Ortiz.
Joba Chamberlain (1-3) pitched the ninth in favor of struggling closer Joe Nathan, who threw 32 pitches the previous night. Holt again started the rally with a leadoff single before Pedroia worked a one out walk. Then, with Napoli looming on-deck, Ortiz blasted his 14th homer of the year, giving Boston the lead. Koji Uehara threw a perfect bottom of the ninth to earn his 12th save of the season.
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S.D. Padres Select Johnny Manziel In MLB Draft

S.D. Padres Select Johnny Manziel In MLB Draft

iStockphoto(NEW YORK) — The San Diego Padres selected former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel with the 837rd overall pick in the 2014 Major League Baseball draft on Saturday.
“Big thank you to the @Padres and @padresmikedee for selecting me in the MLB draft,” Manziel tweeted. “What a great day!”
The 2013 Heisman Trophy winner was listed as a shortstop for the Aggies, but never played for them because of his football commitment. He lasted played on the diamond when he attended Tivy High School in Kerrville, Texas.
In last month’s NFL draft, the Cleveland Browns took Manziel with the 22nd overall pick. 
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Trout Hits Grand Slam as Angels Rally in 8th

Trout Hits Grand Slam as Angels Rally in 8th

Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images(ANAHEIM, Calif.) — The Los Angeles Angels trailed 5-0 when they came to bat in the bottom of the eighth inning. When the final out of the inning was recorded, Mike Trout had hit a game-tying grand slam and Erik Aybar drove in the go-ahead run in a 6-5 win over the Chicago White Sox.
“I was just [using a] two-strike approach,” said Trout. “I wasn’t trying to hit a home run, but it went out.”
It was the 12th homer of the year for Trout and chased White Sox (31-32) starting pitcher Chris Sale, who had shutout the Angels (33-28) through seven innings, from the game. Aybar, who led off the eighth with a double, singled home Josh Hamilton a few batters later to give Los Angeles the lead.
Ernesto Frieri came on in the top of the ninth and picked up his ninth save of the year by setting down Chicago in order. Hamilton finished the day with three hits while Aybar added a pair for the Angles.
“We needed a victory like this,” Trout said. “We never stopped fighting, had great at-bats, put some things together and we came out and got the W.”
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Scoreboard Roundup – 6/7/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 6/7/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NHL Stanley Cup Final: Los Angeles Kings 5 – New York Rangers 4   2OT  (Kings lead series, 2-0)
MLB: St. Louis Cardinals 5 (32-31) – Toronto Blue Jays 0 (38-25)
Minnesota Twins 8 (29-31) – Houston Astros 0 (27-36)
Cleveland Indians 8 (31-31) – Texas Rangers 3 (31-31)
Seattle Mariners 7 (32-29) – Tampa Bay Rays 4 (24-39)
Colorado Rockies 5 (29-32) – Los Angeles Dodgers 4 (32-31) 10 Innings
Cincinnati Reds 6 (28-32) – Philadelphia Phillies 5 (25-35)
Milwaukee Brewers 9 (37-26) – Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (29-32)
Chicago Cubs 5 (25-34) – Miami Marlins 2 (32-30)
Baltimore Orioles 6 (31-29) – Oakland Athletics 3 (38-24)
Kansas City Royals 8 (30-32) – New York Yankees 4 (31-30)
Detroit Tigers 8 (33-25) – Boston Red Sox 6 (27-34)
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 6 (33-28) – Chicago White Sox 5 (31-32)
San Francisco Giants 5 (41-21) – New York Mets 4 (28-34)
Arizona Diamondbacks 4 (27-37) – Atlanta Braves 3 (32-28)
San Diego Padres 4 (28-34) – Washington Nationals 3 (31-29) 11 Innings
Horse Racing: Tonalist wins the 146th Belmont Stakes. California Chrome finishes in a tie for 4th.
IndyCar: Ed Carpenter wins the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway
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Padres Place 2B Jedd Gyorko on 15-Day DL

Padres Place 2B Jedd Gyorko on 15-Day DL

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(SAN DIEGO) — The San Diego Padres placed second baseman Jedd Gyorko on the 15-day disabled list with plantar fasciitis in his left foot on Friday.
Gyorko was brought up last season and signed a $35-million, six-year contract extension in April.
“It felt like there’s stabbing in the heel,” Gyorko said on Friday. “That feeling of walking on needles a little bit. … Every time you move you can feel it. It’s one of the worst pains I’ve felt in my life.”
Gyorko was batting .162 with five homers, 24 RBI’s, and had just a .213 on base percentage.
“Jedd’s a guy that never goes in the training room, he’s kind of old-school like that,” Padres manager Bud Black said. “When you see his name on the training room board it catches you by surprise.”
Last season, the 25-year-old Gyorko led the team with 23 home runs in 125 games. 
“This might be a good time for him to take a step back,” Black said. “And when he does come back … Some things he and [hitting coach] Phil [Plantier] have been working on, especially lately, might be put into effect in a Minor League game so it can carry over to a big league game.”
Left-hander Eric Stults was activated from the bereavement list and will take Gyorko’s spot on the roster and start against the Washington Nationals on Sunday.
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Johan Santana Tears Achilles in Comeback Bid

Johan Santana Tears Achilles in Comeback Bid

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(BALTIMORE, Md.) — Johan Santana has gone from of the games more dominant pitchers, to one of baseball’s more tragic stories. After being struck by a line drive and stumbling to field the ball in extended spring training, it was revealed that Santana suffered a torn Achilles tendon.
The injury is the latest in a string of devastating blows over the past couple seasons. A two-time Cy Young winner, Santana signed a minor league contract with the Baltimore Orioles in March after undergoing his second shoulder surgery in as many years.
“The skills are there. He’s been able to rehab his arm, but now he’s got another challenge,” said Orioles vice president of baseball operations. “He was pitching well. The last time out he had his velocity and he was able to back-door his slider.  After (Friday), he was going to come up and join the major league team, and we were going to continue the rehab in (Double-A) Bowie.”
The 35-year-old had his contract purchased from Triple-A Norfolk and was placed on the major league disabled list on Monday. Santana has not pitched in the Majors since 2012 while with the New York Mets. 
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Tampa Bay Loses 10th Straight Game

Tampa Bay Loses 10th Straight Game

Brian Blanco/Getty Images(ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.) — Rookie Jacob Reamulto drove in three runs in his Major League debut, helping Miami down Tampa Bay 11-6 on Thursday night. The Marlins completed a four-game sweep of the Rays who have now lost 10 consecutive games.
Tampa Bay took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when James Loney drove in David DeJesus with a sacrifice fly.
From there it was all Miami, scoring three runs in both the fourth and sixth to hold a 6-3 advantage.
Reamulto’s first career hit came in the fourth when he broke a 1-1 tie with a two-RBI single. He added a second hit in the sixth, giving the Marlins a 5-3 advantage.
The Rays fought their way back to within one run, utilizing a pair of run scoring hits from Matt Joyce and Jerry Sands in the bottom of the second. However, a Giancarlo Stanton two-run blast in the seventh helped put the game out of reach. Marcell Ozuna added a two-run homer in the ninth for the final margin.
Despite striking out eight batters without a walk, Jake Odorizzi took the loss giving up four runs in just five innings of work. Miami’s Jacob Turner got the win, tossing five and one-third innings and giving up five runs on eight hits.
Tampa Bay has lost 10 in a row with their last win coming against the Boston Red Sox on May 25, the last of a three game sweep. The Rays hold the worst record in MLB, sitting at 23-38, and are 14 games out of first place in the AL East.
“This team’s too good for that,” said Rays manager Joe Maddon. “There’s too much talent on this team to go through this particular moment. I’m really not into the blame game. We’re all culpable when it doesn’t go well. I mean that sincerely. It’s a good ballclub. These are good baseball players.”
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Astros Select Aiken with Top Pick

Astros Select Aiken with Top Pick

Rich Schultz/Getty Images(SECAUCUS, N.J.) — The Houston Astros drafted Brady Aiken with the number one overall pick in the MLB First-Year Player Draft on Thursday. Aiken, a high schooler from California, becomes just the third prep school pitcher ever taken with the top pick.
The 17-year-old southpaw, recruited by UCLA, has great command of three pitches including a fastball that tops out at 97 mph. A soon-to-be graduate of Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego, Aiken is the first high school lefty taken in the first five picks since 2002 when Baltimore drafted Adam Loewen with the fourth overall pick.
Houston became the first team ever to have three consecutive number one picks. The Miami Marlins selected high schooler Tyler Kolek, marking the first time two high school pitchers were taken with the top two picks in draft history. 
In total, 20 pitchers were drafted in the first round, tying the record set in 2001. The Chicago White Sox selected pitcher Carlos Rodon with the third overall pick. First baseman Kyle Schwarber was the first position player taken, drafted by the Chicago Cubs with the fourth selection, while Minnesota took shortstop Nick Gordon, rounding out the top five picks.
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Rockies Pitcher Jordan Lyles Breaks Hand, Placed on the Disabled List

Rockies Pitcher Jordan Lyles Breaks Hand, Placed on the Disabled List

Rob Carr/Getty Images(DENVER) — The injuries continue to pile up for the Colorado Rockies. Starting pitcher Jordan Lyles is out indefinitely after breaking his left hand.
Lyles suffered the injury Wednesday night in the first inning when he attempted …

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