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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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Gordon Leads Dodgers Past Braves, 6-4

Gordon Leads Dodgers Past Braves, 6-4

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) -- Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon scored four times as Los Angeles (70-53) took care of the Atlanta Braves (61-60) on Thursday, 6-4.

With L.A. leading 1-0 in the second inning, Dodgers catcher Drew Butera took the first pitch he saw from Braves starter Aaron Harang (9-7) and sent it over the left-field wall for a two-run home run. Harang allowed five earned runs on seven hits and three walks over 4 1-3 innings of work.

Robert Hernandez (7-8) kept the Braves in check across six innings, giving up just one earned run on three hits and four walks. Kenley Jansen picked up his 34th save of the season.

Braves outfielder Justin Upton left the game in the eighth with a mild left hamstring strain. The team says his status is day-to-day.

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Pedro Martinez: Bonds and Clemens are Hall of Famer’s

Pedro Martinez: Bonds and Clemens are Hall of Famer’s

Jim Rogash/Getty Images(BOSTON) -- Former MLB pitcher Pedro Martinez believes Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens should be voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Martinez, along with Clemens, Nomar Garciaparra, and broadcaster Joe Castiglione were all inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame on Thursday and spoke out about the issue.

"With all due respect to everybody that votes, I'll have to say Roger and Barry Bonds are two guys that I think had enough numbers before anything came out to actually earn a spot in the Hall of Fame," Martinez said. "I'm not quite sure 100 percent how close they will be before all the things came out, but in my heart, if you asked me before any of that, I would've said, 'Yes, 100 percent,' without looking back.

"It wasn't just the individual performances. [It was] how they dominated the time that they came up and stayed in the big leagues until those things happened. I believe they have a legit chance, and I think, with time, the voters will take into consideration what they did previously," Martinez continued.

Clemens was in attendance at the ceremony, but decided not to comment on the issue.

"I don't know if it's that important," Clemens said. "It's not going to change me as a person. I tell people I've got bits and pieces of us there now. We go visit those people and they're great to us, but it's not something I sit up and worry about every day.

"I'm far too busy to worry about something like that. I know what I did in my career and how I did it, and I did it right. I can't control what people think or people that don't look at facts."

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Rangers Send Darvish to DL

Rangers Send Darvish to DL

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) -- The Texas Rangers sent starter Yu Darvish to the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation on Wednesday.Darvish felt tightness in the elbow while playing catch Monday. The tightness did not go away on Tuesday, so Darvish skipped his bullpen session. He played catch for a little bit on Wednesday before the Rangers decided to place the three-time All Star on the DL.Darvish has been a bright spot for a struggling Rangers team this season. The 27-year-old has thrown 144 1/3 innings, compiling a 10-7 record, 3.06 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 49 walks and 182 strikeouts.The Rangers will recall left-hander Robbie Ross from Triple-A Round Rock to make Darvish's start Thursday.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 8/13/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 8/13/14

Photos.com​/Thinkstoc​k(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Boston Red Sox 5 (54-65) – Cincinnati Reds 4 (60-60)

San Francisco Giants 7 (63-57) – Chicago White Sox 1 (57-64)

Minnesota Twins 3 (54-65) – Houston Astros 1 (50-71)

Cleveland Indians 3 (60-59) – Arizona Diamondbacks 2 (51-68) Game One

Arizona Diamondbacks 1 (52-68) - Cleveland Indians 0 (60-60) -14 Innings - Game 2

San Diego Padres 5 (57-62) – Colorado Rockies 3 (46-74)

Baltimore Orioles 5 (69-50) – New York Yankees 3 (61-58)

Detroit Tigers 8 (64-54) – Pittsburgh Pirates 4 (64-56)

Atlanta Braves 3 (61-59) – Los Angeles Dodgers 2 (69-53)

St. Louis Cardinals 5 (63-56) – Miami Marlins 2 (59-61)

Washington Nationals 3 (65-53) – New York Mets 2 (57-64)

Chicago Cubs 4 (52-67) – Milwaukee Brewers 2 (66-55)

Tampa Bay Rays 10 (59-61) – Texas Rangers 1 (47-73)

Kansas City Royals 3 (65-54) – Oakland Athletics 0 (73-47) 

Seattle Mariners 2 (65-55) - Toronto Blue Jays 0 (63-59)

Los Angeles Angels 4 (70-49) - Philadelphia Phillies 3 (53-68)

 

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Rockies Starting Pitcher Brett Anderson Out for the Rest of the Season

Rockies Starting Pitcher Brett Anderson Out for the Rest of the Season

Robert Binder/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The injuries continue to pile up for the Colorado Rockies. The latest injury to hit the team is starting pitcher Brett Anderson, who will miss the remainder of the 2014 season to repair a disk in his lower back.

He will undergo surgery to fix the issue, and will sit out to rest of the year.

This a tough break for Anderson, who was enjoying success in his first season with the Rockies. He had spent the first five seasons of his career with the Oakland Athletics.

Despite his talent, Anderson has had trouble staying on the field due to health. The year 2009, his rookie season, was the only season the 26-year-old Anderson was able to make at least 30 starts. Aside from his rookie year, Anderson has never been able to make more than 19 starts in a season.

In eight starts this season, Anderson went 1-3 with a 2.91 era and a 1.32 WHIP.

Despite the injury, Anderson is expected to be ready for spring training.

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Astros’ George Springer Suffers Setback, Out Two More Weeks

Astros’ George Springer Suffers Setback, Out Two More Weeks

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Houston Astros were hoping to get back prized rookie outfielder George Springer in the near future, but after suffering a setback to his injured quadriceps, he'll miss an additional two weeks.

Springer has been out of action since July 19, but was set to return shortly. After an MRI was performed on Springer's balky left quadriceps, doctors recommended additional time to aid in its recovery. Now, his next appearance may not come until September.

After a tough start to his rookie campaign, the 24-year-old Springer emerged as one of the best power hitters in baseball before getting hurt. In a span of 59 games, Springer hit 20 home runs and was carrying the Astros offense. Overall, Springer is hitting .231 this season with 20 home runs, 50 RBIs, and an OBP of .336.

This has been another rough season for the Astros, as they sit at 50-70, which is the third-worst record in Major League Baseball.

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Orioles 3B Machado has Ligament Sprain

Orioles 3B Machado has Ligament Sprain

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) -- Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado had an MRI Tuesday revealing a ligament sprain in his right knee.

The 21-year-old Machado suffered the injury while taking a swing in the team's 11-3 loss against the New York Yankees Monday night. After Machado took the swing, he fell to the ground grabbing his knee and had to be helped off the field.

The Orioles still haven't determined whether Machado will go on the disabled list.

"I'm not going to handicap it," Orioles skipper Buck Showalter said. "I don't know yet, but just because someone goes on the DL doesn't mean that he's not going to play again this year, or he's going to have surgery or this and that." This is the second time Machado suffered an injury to a knee while in the major leagues. In October 2013, Machado had reconstructive surgery on his left knee. That procedure caused the youngster to start this season on the DL.

In 82 games this season, Machado is hitting .278 with 12 home runs, 32 RBIs and a .324 on-base percentage.

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Verlander Diagnosed with Shoulder Inflammation

Verlander Diagnosed with Shoulder Inflammation

Robert Rogers/MLB Photos via Getty Images (PITTSBURGH) -- Detroit Tigers starting pitcher, Justin Verlander, had an MRI Tuesday that revealed the former Cy Young Award winner has inflammation in his right shoulder but no major structural damage.

"Really, there was no major structural damage," Tigers skipper Brad Ausmus said. "At this point, we don't expect him to go on the DL. We're still kind of evaluating what the treatment options are, but there's a possibility he may only have to miss a start and be back with us." While it's a relief to the Tigers that Verlander hasn't suffered a major injury, it's still questionable whether he will make his scheduled start Sunday against the Mariners. Verlander felt discomfort in his shoulder while pitching against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the team's 11-6 loss Monday night. He lasted only one inning, allowing four earned runs, before being pulled. The 31-year-old Verlander is having a tough season. The former American League MVP has pitched 158 2/3 innings this season, compiling a 10-11 record, 4.76 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, 55 walks and 118 strikeouts.

Ausmus told MLB.com that he does not expect Verlander to go on the DL.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 8/12/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 8/12/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates 4 (64-55) – Detroit Tigers 2 (63-54)

Boston Red Sox 3 (53-65) – Cincinnati Reds 2 (60-59)

Los Angeles Dodgers 4 (69-52) – Atlanta Braves 2 (60-59)

Miami Marlins 3 (59-60) – St. Louis Cardinals 0 (62-56)

Washington Nationals 7 (64-53) – New York Mets 1 (57-63)

Chicago Cubs 3 (51-67) – Milwaukee Brewers 0 (66-54)

Houston Astros 10 (50-70) - Minnesota Twins 4 (53-65)

Oakland Athletics 11 (73-46) - Kansas City Royals 3 (64-54)

San Diego Padres 4 (56-62) - Colorado Rockies 1 (46-73)

Seattle Mariners 6 (64-55) - Toronto Blue Jays 3 (63-58)

Los Angeles Angels 7 (69-49) - Philadelphia Phillies 2 (53-67)

Texas Rangers 3 (47-72) - Tampa Bay Rays 2 (58-61) -14 Innings

Chicago White Sox 3 (57-63) - San Francisco Giants 2 (62-57) -10 Innings

New York Yankees (61-57) @ Baltimore Orioles (68-50)  (postponed due to rain)

Arizona Diamondbacks (51-67) @ Cleveland Indians (59-59) (postponed due to rain)

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Royals Acquire OF Josh Willingham from Twins

Royals Acquire OF Josh Willingham from Twins

Robbie Rogers/MLB Photos via Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) --  In attempt to bolster their lineup, the Kansas City Royals have acquired outfielder Josh Williingham from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for minor league pitcher Jason Adam.

Willingham was hitting just .210 this season for the Twins, but the Royals were looking to add power to their lineup and were intrigued by the 35-year-old.  Just two years ago he hit 35 home runs and drove in 110 runs for Minnesota.

"Obviously the goal was to win with the Twins," Willingham said upon hearing about the trade. "Unfortunately, we weren't. Now I have a chance to go help another club and hopefully make the playoffs."

Willingham is expected to play Tuesday night when the Royals take on the Oakland Athletics at home.

The Royals hope Willingham will help the team make the playoffs for the first time since 1985, when they beat the St. Louis Cardinals to win the World Series.

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Orioles Trounce Yankees, Machado Injured

Orioles Trounce Yankees, Machado InjuredChristian Petersen/Getty Images (BALTIMORE) -- The Baltimore Orioles hammered New York in an 11-3 win at home on Saturday. However, Baltimore (68-50) may have lost third baseman Manny Machado to the disabled list. Machado exited the game in the third i...

Royals Take AL Central Lead with Win

Royals Take AL Central Lead with Win

Rich Pilling/MLB Photos via Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- Just over a week ago, Kansas City was five games behind the Detroit Tigers in the American League Central. Now, the Royals (64-53) won their eighth straight on Monday and overtook the Tigers in the division race with a 3-2 win over Oakland.

Kansas City jumped out to an early 2-0 lead after two innings, but Brandon Moss singled home a pair of runs for the Athletics (72-46) in the third to tie the game.

It remained deadlocked until Alcides Escobar singled in a run in the seventh, giving the Royals a 3-2 advantage.

Yordany Ventura out dueled Sonny Gray by allowing two runs on two hits over six innings. Gray went seven strong, giving up three runs on six hits while striking out a pair.

Kansas City was able to gain the top spot in the AL Central when Pittsburgh defeated Detroit 11-3. It marks the latest point in the season since 2003 that the Royals have been in first place.

"You want to be in first place. Our goal was to get back to first place," said Royals manager Ned Yost, who has won eight games in a row. "Now our goal is to stay in first place."

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Scoreboard Roundup – 8/11/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 8/11/14

Photos.com​/Thinkstoc​k(NEW YORK) -- MLB: New York Mets 5 (57-62) - Philadelphia Phillies 3 (53-66)

Pittsburgh Pirates 11 (63-55) – Detroit Tigers 6 (63-55)

Baltimore Orioles 11 (68-50) – New York Yankees 3 (61-57)

Los Angeles Dodgers 6 (68-52) – Atlanta Braves 2 (60-58)

Miami Marlins 6 (58-60) – St. Louis Cardinals 5 (62-55)

Kansas City Royals 3 (64-53) – Oakland Athletics 2 (72-46)

Tampa Bay Rays 7 (58-60) - Texas Rangers 0 (46-72)

Minnesota Twins 4 (53-64) - Houston Astros 2 (49-70)

Milwaukee Brewers 3 (66-53) - Chicago Cubs 1 (50-67)

Seattle Mariners 11 (63-55) - Toronto Blue Jays 1 (63-57)

San Diego Padres 4 (55-62) - Colorado Rockies 3 (46-72)

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Kershaw Wins 11th-Straight Game

Kershaw Wins 11th-Straight Game

Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images(MILWAUKEE) -- Clayton Kershaw allowed just one run on six hits in eight innings of work, picking up his 11th consecutive win in a 5-1 victory over Milwaukee. The Los Angeles (67-52) southpaw struck out six and walked two in what his manager called a "struggle".

"It was a struggle for him all day long," said manager Don Mattingly. "It felt like he was working hard but he kept battling and giving us chances."

Kershaw (14-2) tied for the league lead in wins while lowering his earned run average to a National League best 1.78. He gave up the lone run in the first inning before watching his offense help avoid a sweep at the hands of the Brewers (65-53).

Adrian Gonzalez tied things up in the top of the third on a sacrifice fly, plating Kershaw, before Matt Kemp drove in the go-ahead run in the fifth. Kershaw even helped himself out, driving in a run in the eighth on a single. 

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