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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 …

Former Manager Don Zimmer Passes Away At 83

Former Manager Don Zimmer Passes Away At 83

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Former major league manager, coach and player Don Zimmer passed away on Wednesday. He was 83.
“Like everyone in Major League Baseball, I am deeply saddened by the loss of my friend Don Zimmer, one of our game’s most universally beloved figures,” MLB commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement.  “A memorable contributor to Baseball for more than 60 years, Don was the kind of person you could only find in the National Pastime.”
Zimmer managed the San Diego Padres, Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers and Chicago Cubs. In 13 seasons, he compiled a record of 885-858.
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Rockies Place OF Carlos Gonzalez on 15-Day Disabled List

Rockies Place OF Carlos Gonzalez on 15-Day Disabled List

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(DENVER) — The Colorado Rockies placed outfielder Carlos Gonzalez on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday due to inflammation in his left index finger.
In 52 games this season, the 28-year-old Gonzalez is hitting .255 with eight home runs and 31 RBIs. He owns a career .296 batting average with 133 homers and 450 RBIs in 743 Major League games.
To take Gonzalez’s spot on the active roster, the Rockies recalled infielder Ryan Wheeler from Triple-A Colorado Springs.
The 25-year-old Wheeler is batting .253 with three home runs and 16 RBIs in 50 games this year with the Sky Sox.
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Hernandez Improves to 8-1 in 10-2 Drubbing of Yankees

Hernandez Improves to 8-1 in 10-2 Drubbing of Yankees

Mike Stobe/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Kyle Seager had four extra base hits while Felix Hernandez struck out eight in seven innings, pacing the Seattle Mariners to a 10-2 win over the New York Yankees. Hernandez improves to 8-1 on the season and won his …

Astros to Call Up Prospect Singleton

Astros to Call Up Prospect Singleton

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Jon Singleton has signed a five-year, $10 million deal with the Houston Astros and hasn’t had a single at-bat in the Majors. Houston’s top prospect inked the contract on Monday and will be promoted to the big clu…

Scoreboard Roundup – 6/2/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 6/2/14

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Cleveland Indians 3 (28-30) – Boston Red Sox 2 (27-30)
Miami Marlins 3 (29-28) – Tampa Bay Rays 1 (23-35)
Seattle Mariners 7 (29-28) – New York Yankees 2 (29-27)
New York Mets 11 (28-29) – Philadelphia Phillies 2 (24-31)
Milwaukee Brewers 6 (35-23) – Minnesota Twins 2 (26-29)
Kansas City Royals 6 (27-30) – St. Louis Cardinals 0 (30-28)
Los Angeles Dodgers 5 (31-28) – Chicago White Sox 2 (29-30)
Pittsburgh Pirates 10 (27-30) – San Diego Padres 3 (26-32)
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Diamondbacks Place Outfielder A.J. Pollock on the DL with Hand Injury

Diamondbacks Place Outfielder A.J. Pollock on the DL with Hand Injury

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(PHOENIX) — Just as he was starting to emerge as a breakout player in the National League, Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder A.J. Pollack will miss five to eight weeks with a fractured hand.
Pollock suffered the injury on Saturday when he was struck in the right hand by Cincinnati Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto.
“Polo was one of our hottest offensive guy,” Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. “Losing him we’re going to miss some offense. We’re going to have to look at ways to make up that difference.”
This is a tough break for the Diamondbacks and specifically Pollock. He’s been one of the hottest hitters in all of Major League Baseball in the month of May. Pollock is tied for the National League lead in triples, seventh in slugging percentage, tied for seventh in doubles, and tied for eight in extra-base hits.
The Angels are also dealing with injuries to outfielder Mark Trumbo, starting pitcher Patrick Corbin, and set-up man David Hernandez.
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Rays Place Outfielder Wil Myers on the DL with Wrist Injury

Rays Place Outfielder Wil Myers on the DL with Wrist Injury

Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Tampa Bay Rays continue to suffer blow after blow. The latest has the team placing outfielder Wil Myers on the disabled list with a sprained right wrist.
Myers suffered that injury on Friday after he collided with center fielder Desmond Jennings on Boston Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski’s walk-off triple in the 10th inning.
It is unknown if Myers will need more time to heal the injury once the 15 days are up.
This is just the latest set-back for the 23-year-old Myers, who was last year’s American League Rookie of the Year. Myers is hitting just .227 this season with five home runs and 25 RBIs in 53 games.
Replacing Myers in the lineup will be outfielder Jerry Sands, who hasn’t played in the Major Leagues since 2012 when he was a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Various injuries have taken their toll on the Rays early this season. The team sits at 23-34, which puts them in fourth place in the American League East.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 6/1/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 6/1/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NHL Playoffs – Eastern Conference Finals: Los Angeles Kings 5 – Chicago Blackhawks 4 OT (Kings win series, 4-3)
MLB: Toronto Blue Jays 4 (34-24) – Kansas City Royals 0 (26-30)
Atlanta Braves 4 (31-25) – Miami Marlins 2 (28-28)
Minnesota Twins 7 (26-28) – New York Yankees 2 (29-26)
Cleveland Indians 6 (27-30) – Colorado Rockies 4 (28-28)
Chicago White Sox 4 (29-29) – San Diego Padres 1 (26-31)
Milwaukee Brewers 9 (34-23) – Chicago Cubs 0 (20-34)
Texas Rangers 2 (29-28) – Washington Nationals 0 (27-28)
Boston Red Sox 4 (27-29) – Tampa Bay Rays 0 (23-34)
New York Mets 4 (27-29) – Philadelphia Phillies 3 (24-30) – 11 Innings
San Francisco Giants 8 (37-20) – St. Louis Cardinals 0 (30-27)
Baltimore Orioles 9 (28-27) – Houston Astros 4 (24-34)
Seattle Mariners 4 (28-28) – Detroit Tigers 0 (31-22)
Oakland Athletics 6 (35-22) – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3 (30-26)
Cincinatti Reds 4 (26-29) – Arizona Diamondbacks 3 (23-36)
Pittsburgh Pirates 5 (26-30) – Los Angeles Dodgers 3 (30-28)
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Jimmie Johnson won his second consecutive race and took home the checkered flag at Dover International Speedway.
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Blue Jays Shut Out Royals, 4-0, Buehrle Wins 10th

Blue Jays Shut Out Royals, 4-0, Buehrle Wins 10th

BananaStock/Thinkstock(TORONTO) — Mark Buehrle improved to 10-1 after the Blue Jays (34-24) silenced the Kansas City Royals (26-30), 4-0 on Sunday.
Buehrle pitched eight innings and allowed six hits, one walk and three strikeouts.
“It was one of those games where I could have gotten my butt handed to me,” said Buehrle, who has now won six straight decisions. “I was making mistakes and they weren’t making me pay for it.”
The Blue Jays homered twice in the victory and Edwin Encarnacion’s 19th homer of the year in the bottom of the eighth gave Aaron Loup a four-run cushion in the ninth.  
“Today he was as good as he’s been all year,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said of Buehrle’s performance. “He topped off a nice homestand for us.”
Toronto is now 18-13 at home and Buehrle became the MLB’s first ten-game winner.
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Ramirez, Cespedes Power Teams to Victory

Ramirez, Cespedes Power Teams to Victory

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A night of offensive outbursts in Major League Baseball were highlighted by a pair of five RBI performances from Oakland’s Yoenis Cespedes and Los Angeles’ Hanley Ramirez. Ramirez belted two home runs in the Dodgers (30-27) 12-2 rout of Pittsburgh while Cespedes sparked a six-run seventh as the Athletics (34-22) knocked off the Angels 11-3.
For Ramirez, his offense started early with a single in the bottom of the first that scored Andre Either. He did the same thing in the third, giving Los Angeles a 3-0 advantage. In his next at-bat, Ramirez launched a two run shot to center that scored Yasiel Puig and gave the Dodgers an 8-1 lead. His final RBI came on a solo homer in the bottom of the sixth that brought the final score to 12-2.
All five of Cespedes’ RBI’s came in the seventh and eighth innings as Oakland had to come from behind to get the win. The Athletics entered the bottom of the seventh trailing 3-1 but Cespedes stepped to the plate with a tie score and two runners on. The outfielder tripled to right center, giving Oakland a 5-3 lead over the Angels. He added to his total with three run blast in the bottom of the eighth.
The Athletics hold the American League’s best record, leading the AL West, while the Dodgers sit six and a half games back of National League leader San Francisco.
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Cardinals’ Taveras Homers in Debut

Cardinals’ Taveras Homers in Debut

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS, Mo.) — The highly anticipated debut of Cardinals’ prospect Oscar Taveras did not disappoint the St. Louis crowd. In his second at-bat in the Major League’s, Tavares homered to right for the first hit of his career as the Cardinals went on to beat San Francisco, 2-0.
“What a great day for him, one I’m sure he’ll never forget, and neither will we,” said St. Louis manager Mike Matheny. “For him to come up and do it in that situation, it’s kind of mind-boggling.”
Tavares was ranked the number two prospect in all of baseball prior to being called up on Saturday. The 21-year old was hitting .325 with seven home runs and 40 RBI’s in 49 games at Triple-A Memphis.
“Everybody knows it’s gone,” Taveras said of his first big league hit. “That was a good swing right there. I’m so happy right now.”
Michael Wacha pitched six shutout innings for the Cardinals, scattering three hits and striking out seven. There was a 51-minute rain delay in the seventh that ended Wacha’s outing.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 5/31/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 5/31/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NBA Playoffs: Western Conference Finals: San Antonio Spurs 112 – Oklahoma City Thunder 107 – Overtime (Spurs Win Series, 4-2)
MLB: Toronto Blue Jays 12 (33-24) – Kansas City Royals 2 (26-29)
Washington Nationals 10 (27-27) – Texas Rangers 2 (28-28)
New York Yankees 3 (29-25) – Minnesota Twins 1 (25-28)
San Diego Padres 4 (26-30) – Chicago White Sox 2 (28-29)
Cleveland Indians 7 (26-30) – Colorado Rockies 6 (28-27)
St. Louis Cardinals 2 (30-26) – San Francisco Giants 0 (36-20)
Baltimore Orioles 4 (27-27) – Houston Astros 1 (24-33)
Chicago Cubs 8 (20-33) – Milwaukee Brewers 0 (33-23)
Atlanta Braves 9 (30-25) – Miami Marlins 5 (28-27)
New York Mets 5 (26-29) – Philadelphia Phillies 4 (24-29) – 14 Innings
Boston Red Sox 7 (26-29) – Tampa Bay Rays 1 (23-33)
Los Angeles Dodgers 12 (30-27) – Pittsburgh Pirates 2 (25-30)
Oakland Athletics 11 (34-22) – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3 (30-25)
Cincinnati Reds 5 (25-29) – Arizona Diamondbacks 0 (23-35)
Seattle Mariners 3 (27-28) – Detroit Tigers 2 (31-21)
NASCAR: Kyle Busch won the Nationwide race at Dover.
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Cardinals Call up Prospect Oscar Taveras

Cardinals Call up Prospect Oscar Taveras

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) — The St. Louis Cardinals are ready to see what outfielder Oscar Taveras can do in the big leagues as the team has called up their top prospect and will make his Major League debut Saturday against the San Francisco Giants.
Taveras has been widely regarded as one of the top minor league prospects in all of baseball.
Still just 21-years-old Taveras has hit in nearly every level of the minor leagues. In 49 games this season for Triple-A Memphis, Taveras hit .325 with seven home runs and 40 RBIs.
In six minor leauge seasons, Taveras is a career .321 hitter. The Cardinals are hoping he could help boost the team’s offense, as they are just 19th in the Majors in runs scored.
“It made sense in two ways,” Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said. “One, let Matt Adams heal, and two, it’s an opportunity to give Oscar some playing time and not have to worry about the balance of power and worry about who’s playing and who’s not.”
Taveras was signed by the Cardinals back in 2008 out of the Dominican Republic.
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Four Red Sox Ejected in Walk-Off Win

Four Red Sox Ejected in Walk-Off Win

Winslow Townson/Getty Images(BOSTON, Mass.) — A.J. Pierzynski hit a walk-off triple in the bottom of the tenth inning as the Boston Red Sox rallied to beat Tampa Bay, 4-3, on Friday night. The game included four ejections, all against the Red Sox (25-29), and a pair of benches clearing scuffles.
It all began in the bottom of the first inning when David Price plunked David Ortiz on the first pitch. That prompted warnings to be issued to be both teams and for Boston manager John Farrell to be ejected. Price later hit Mike Carp in the forth, clearing the dugouts for the first time. When Price did not get tossed for hitting his second batter of the game, bench coach and interim manager Torey Lovullo expressed his displeasure by throwing his hat to the ground.
Red Sox starter Brandon Workman retaliated by throwing behind Tampa Bay’s (23-32) Evan Longoria in the sixth. Both Workman and then-manager Brian Butterfield to also be ejected, making hitting coach Greg Colbrunn the fourth skipper of the day.
“When we have four people ejected and also have three people hit by pitches, and they have none, that’s a hard one to figure out,” said Farrell.
Boston would get the last laugh though. Trailing 2-0 in the fifth, Ortiz laced an RBI single to left before Xander Bogaerts doubled home the tying run in the seventh. It would remain scoreless until the tenth when Jonny Gomes walked ahead of Pierzynski’s game-winning hit. It was the Red Sox fifth straight win after losing 10 in a row.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 5/30/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 5/30/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NBA Playoffs: Eastern Conference Finals: Miami Heat 117 – Indiana Pacers 92 (Heat win series, 4-2)
NHL Playoffs: Western Conference Finals: Chicago Blackhawks 4 – Los Angeles Kings 3 (Series Tied, 3-3)
MLB: Washington Nationals 9 (26-27) – Texas Rangers 2 (28-27)
Atlanta Braves 3 (29-25) – Miami Marlins 2 (28-26)
Minnesota Twins 6 (25-27) – New York Yankees 1 (28-25)
Kansas City Royals 6 (26-28) – Toronto Blue Jays 1 (32-24)
Cleveland Indians 5 (25-30) – Colorado Rockies 2 (28-26)
Milwaukee Brewers 11 (33-22) – Chicago Cubs 5 (19-33) 
San Diego Padres 4 (25-30) – Chicago White Sox 1 (28-28)
Boston Red Sox 3 (25-29) – Tampa Bay Rays 2 (23-32) – 10 Innings
Houston Astros 2 (24-32) – Baltimore Orioles 1 (26-27) 
San Francisco Giants 9 (36-19) – St. Louis Cardinals 4 (29-26)
Philadelphia Phillies 6 (24-28) – New York Mets 5 (25-29) – 14 Innings
San Francisco Giants 9 (36-19) – St. Louis Cardinals 4 (29-26)
Cincinnati Reds 6 (24-29) – Arizona Diamondbacks 4 (23-34)
Detroit Tigers 6 (31-20) – Seattle Mariners 3 (26-28)
Oakland Athletics 9 (33-22) – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 5 (30-24)
Pittsburgh Pirates 2 (25-29) – Los Angeles Dodgers 1 (29-27)
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Giants Expect Starting Pitcher Matt Cain Back on Saturday

Giants Expect Starting Pitcher Matt Cain Back on Saturday

Jason O. Watson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The first place San Francisco Giants will receive a boost to their team this weekend as starting pitcher Matt Cain is expected to be back in the rotation this Saturday against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Cain has been out of action since May 21, when he felt a twinge in his leg while throwing a pitch in the third inning.
The team put Cain through a bullpen issue on Wednesday, and determined he was good to go.
“He’s fine, no issues there,” manager Bruce Bochy told reporters.
The 29-year-old Cain was in the midst of a bounce-back season after he struggled mightily in 2013. He had arguably the worst season of his career, but was one of the team’s best pitchers prior.
In eight starts this season, Cain is 1-3 with a 3.66 ERA. He is in his tenth season in the Majors, all with the Giants.
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Ortiz Held Out of Starting Lineup Due to Sore Right Calf

Ortiz Held Out of Starting Lineup Due to Sore Right Calf

Scott Cunningham/Getty Images(BOSTON) — Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz was scratched from the team’s starting lineup Thursday against the Atlanta Braves due to right calf soreness.
                                                                         

Ortiz did enter the game in the eighth inning as a pinch-hitter and was intentionally walked, but then was replaced by a pinch-runner.
                                                                                            The 38-year-old Ortiz has been dealing with calf issues throughout the season and he missed last Saturday’s game due to his calf.
                                                                                                                                       

“After two full days at first base (in Atlanta) and another at DH last night, it was best to hold him out tonight,” Red Sox skipper John Farrell said. “This is precautionary, just want to not put him at risk any further.”
Ortiz is hitting .270, with 12 home runs, 30 RBIs and a .372 on-base percentage this season.
                           

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Orioles Bringing Along Johan Santana Slowly

Orioles Bringing Along Johan Santana Slowly

Eliot J. Schechter/MLB Photos(NEW YORK) — The Baltimore Orioles could use a boost in the starting pitching department, which is why they’re carefully bringing along former All-Star starting pitcher Johan Santana so he can help them during the stretch run.
Santana has been pitching in the minor leagues to get healthy and fine tune his game so he can get back to the Major Leagues. The team plans on having Santana join the team sometime in mid-June.
The team is hoping to start Santana at Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk in early-June. If all goes well, the team will call him up to the Majors.
“Ideally, the last outing would be six innings if the other club would cooperate,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “If these three options work out, he’d be an option for us. It’s one thing being able to get through it, it’s another thing to evaluate whether it will work up here.”
The 35-year-old Santana is working his way back from shoulder surgery. He has also dealt with various injuries since 2010.
Overall, he’s gone 139-78 with a 3.20 ERA during his 12-year career.
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