ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Michael Wacha will replace Justin Masterson in the St. Louis Cardinals' rotation on Thursday and make his first start since mid-June.
Justin Verlander wants to keep his private life just that - private. The Tigers' star pitcher commented for the first time Tuesday after nude photos of him and model girlfriend Kate Upton were allegedly hacked from an online account and posted on the Internet. Verlander, who initially declined comment on the situation, spoke to reporters before Detroit played the Indians. The focus for me is on the Detroit Tigers.
The Houston Astros are looking toward the future, and they decided there is no time like the present to get going on that. Entering the final month of a dismal season, the Astros fired manager Bo Porter on Monday, saying the dismissal had less to do with the team's 59-79 record than the need for ''new direction'' and a ''united message throughout the entire organization.'' This season can't be saved, but there was no point in wasting any time in the big, upcoming rebuilding process. Porter, in his second season with the Astros, was replaced by interim manager Tom Lawless, who worked in Houston's minor league system. Bench coach Dave Trembley also was let go.
The biggest number for Cole Hamels after six innings wasn't the zero in the hits allowed column but the 108 pitches thrown by the Philadelphia Phillies' starter. Hamels and three Phillies relievers combined on the season's fourth no-hitter, blanking the Atlanta Braves 7-0 on Monday and giving a last-place team a rare reason to rejoice. Relievers Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon each pitched a perfect inning to close out the 11th combined no-hitter in big league history. ''It's a little more dramatic to be able to see that you're trying to play the cards as best you can against the lineup.'' Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg knew Hamels was tired and ready to come out of the game.
Tough to catch the Kansas City Royals when they are leading after six innings. Greg Holland leads one of the majors' best bullpens. Ventura pitched into the seventh inning and three relievers shut the door in a 4-3 victory over the Texas Rangers on Monday night. ''With Ventura throwing the ball so well, it allowed to get us into the seventh inning with our big three spot with a lead,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Gio Gonzalez picked a good time to earn his first victory for Washington in the second half, coming against a talented Dodgers lineup the Nationals could see in the postseason.
David Price would like to forget everything about Aug. 27, maybe the ugliest game of his career. Price bounced back from an alarming start and Miguel Cabrera homered twice, hitting one of Detroit's three homers off Cleveland's Corey Kluber, as the Tigers rolled to a 12-1 win on Monday to slow the Indians' climb in the standings. ''That left a bad taste in my mouth.'' Cabrera hit a two-run homer in the first inning off Kluber (13-9) and Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez connected for consecutive shots in the third off Cleveland's ace. ''His bat's not broken.'' Rookie Tyler Collins hit his first major league homer, a three-run shot in the ninth, as the Tigers pounded out a season-high 20 hits.