Reds put Joey Votto back on DL with leg injury (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Tue, 2014-07-08 17:08

The Reds placed first baseman Joey Votto back on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a nagging thigh injury that is expected to limit him for the rest of the season. Catcher Brayan Pena was activated off the paternity list before a doubleheader against the Chicago Cubs. Pena will be one of the primary fill-ins at first base while Votto is gone. ''Our plan of attack will be to do everything we can to get him back to play over the course of the year,'' manager Bryan Price said.

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Sale, Morneau leading close Final Vote races

Major League Baseball - Tue, 2014-07-08 15:57
Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau and White Sox pitcher Chris Sale, two veterans who played key roles in past All-Star victories, were each leading tight races after the first 36 hours of balloting in the All-Star Game Final Vote Sponsored by Experian.
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As All-Star break nears, trade market heating up

Major League Baseball - Tue, 2014-07-08 14:00
The starting-pitching market for the 2014 non-waiver Trade Deadline saw a big piece move, but that was just a precursor to the drama that will be on full display between next week's All-Star break and the July 31 Deadline.
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Royals' Shields fans 10, shuts down Rays (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Tue, 2014-07-08 13:50

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- - Back on the mound at Tropicana Field, Kansas City's James Shields looked and felt right at home. The right-hander sparkled in his return to the stadium where he earned a living for the first seven seasons of his career, limiting the Tampa Bay Rays to three hits and striking out 10 in seven innings to help the Royals beat his former team 6-0 on Monday night. No pitcher has had more success at The Trop than Shields, who remains Tampa Bay's all-time leader in victories with 87, including a franchise-best 47 at home. ''It's definitely special to come back here,'' said Shields (9-4), who was dealt to the Royals in December 2012 as part of a seven-player trade in which Kansas City sent 2013 AL rookie of the year Wil Myers and another top young prospect, Jake Odorizzi (4-8), to Tampa Bay.

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Angels beat Blue Jays after Weaver is injured (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Tue, 2014-07-08 07:06

Jered Weaver's goal every time out is to pitch deep into the game and help ease the stress on an already taxed Los Angeles Angels bullpen. ''I play long-toss before a warm up before a start, so that's part or my repertoire,'' Shoemaker said.

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Halos win 11th straight at Big A despite losing Weaver

Major League Baseball - Tue, 2014-07-08 07:02
Hours after Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Matt Shoemaker would remain in the rotation, the 27-year-old rookie was called on for an emergency bullpen performance when Jered Weaver left with a stiff lower back and helped the Angels to a 5-2 win over the Blue Jays.
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Twins-Mariners Preview (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Tue, 2014-07-08 06:59
For as good as Felix Hernandez has been over his last four starts, there have been pitchers experiencing similar levels of success. Chris Young will try to extend his dominance Tuesday night in Seattle as the surging Mariners continue a four-game set with the Minnesota Twins. After Monday's 2-0 series-opening victory, Seattle (49-40) is an MLB-best 15-6 since the middle of June thanks in large part to a pitching staff that has an AL-leading 2.37 ERA and MLB-leading .193 opponent average during the run. The win was the Mariners' eighth in 10 home games, leveling their record at Safeco Field at 22-22.
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Blue Jays-Angels Preview (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Tue, 2014-07-08 06:57
The Los Angeles Angels are on the brink of matching the franchise's longest home winning streak and the sputtering Toronto Blue Jays seem poised to get them there. The Angels will go for their 12th straight home win Tuesday night while also trying to send the Blue Jays to their longest slide on the road in almost two years. The Angels are looking to tie the team record of 12 consecutive home wins set in 1967. They pulled closer to that mark Monday by beating Toronto 5-2 despite losing Jered Weaver after two perfect innings and 24 pitches due to tightness in his lower back.
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Adams' homer gives Cardinals 2-0 win over Pirates (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Tue, 2014-07-08 06:50

After beating the team he grew up rooting for with his first career game-winning hit, Matt Adams couldn't resist a celebratory fist pump just a few steps out of the batter's box. ''This is unbelievable,'' Adams said after his two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the St. Louis Cardinals a 2-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night in the opener of a four-game series with the NL Central rival they beat in the division series last fall. ''I don't even know what to say.'' Adams is from Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, and starred at Slippery Rock College, but the Pirates never showed any interest. Matt Carpenter drew his third walk leading off the ninth and Matt Holliday flied out before Adams hit his 10th homer on an 0-1 hanging breaking ball from Justin Wilson (2-1).

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Utley, Hamels lead Phillies over Brewers 3-2 (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Tue, 2014-07-08 06:50

This time, the little run support Cole Hamels got was enough for him and the Philadelphia Phillies to beat the slumping Milwaukee Brewers. Chase Utley hit a two-run homer, and Hamels allowed one earned run in 6 2-3 innings for his first victory in a month as the Phillies edged the Brewers 3-2 on Monday night. ''I had a little bit of trouble with trying to get ahead of these guys,'' said Hamels, who has allowed 10 earned runs in 55 2-3 innings in his last eight starts. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a perfect ninth inning for his 20th save in 22 chances.

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Singleton, Gonzalez lead Astros past Rangers 12-7 (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Tue, 2014-07-08 06:49

Jon Singleton's debut against the Texas Rangers turned out nicely for him and the Houston Astros. Singleton homered among three hits and drove in four runs, Marwin Gonzalez had a bases-loaded triple and the Astros snapped a seven-game skid with a 12-7 victory over the Rangers on Monday night. The 22-year-old rookie ended an 0-for-10 slump that had dropped his average to .168 with his second three-hit game of the season and helped boost the Astros to 4-3 this season against their Texas rival. Houston was 2-17 against the Rangers in its first season in the AL West last year.

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Iwakuma solid as Mariners top Twins 2-0 (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Tue, 2014-07-08 06:49

Hisashi Iwakuma is back on track, and that should create a serious concern for the rest of the American League. Iwakuma struck out a season-high 10 in seven strong innings, Mike Zunino and Michael Saunders hit solo home runs, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Minnesota Twins 2-0 on Monday night. Iwakuma (7-4) has not allowed an earned run to the Twins in five career starts, which spans 33 2-3 innings.

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Giants-Athletics Preview (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Tue, 2014-07-08 06:39
While the San Francisco Giants' Madison Bumgarner is headed to next week's Midsummer Classic, he hasn't looked much like an All-Star of late. After a recent lousy stretch, the Oakland Athletics' Sonny Gray appears to have found his form.
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Iwakuma whiffs 10, extends mastery of Twins

Major League Baseball - Tue, 2014-07-08 06:32
Mariners right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma continued his dominance of the Twins with seven scoreless innings on Monday as Seattle rolled to a 2-0 victory at Safeco Field.
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Padres-Rockies Preview (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Tue, 2014-07-08 06:16
After throwing his first shutout, San Diego's Tyson Ross capped a memorable week with his first All-Star nod. Now, he'll try to get back to business as the Padres continue a three-game road set against the slumping Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night. Ross (7-8, 2.93 ERA) will be San Diego's lone representative at next Tuesday's Midsummer Classic after coming into his own in his fifth big league season. "It's been an incredible journey for me." Ross also had plenty to celebrate a few days earlier after throwing a three-hitter opposite Johnny Cueto in Wednesday's 3-0 victory over Cincinnati.
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Chavez strikes out 9, A's beat Giants 5-0 (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Tue, 2014-07-08 06:15

The San Francisco Giants have dominated the baseball headlines in the Bay Area since winning the World Series in 2010 and 2012. The Oakland Athletics have swiped most the attention back after taking over the best record in the majors this summer. Jesse Chavez matched a career high with nine strikeouts in six innings, and three relievers pitched scoreless ball to lead the A's past the Giants 5-0 on Monday night for their fifth straight win. ''It's exciting to be part of the Oakland Athletics right now,'' said third baseman Josh Donaldson, one of six A's players named to the AL All-Star team.

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After scoreless duel, Cards walk off with win

Major League Baseball - Tue, 2014-07-08 06:03
Matt Adams sent the second pitch he saw in the bottom of the ninth inning of a scoreless game on Monday night 398 feet over the right-field fence, one of only three hits for the team, lifting the Cardinals to a 2-0 win over the Pirates to begin a four-game series at Busch Stadium.
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Review helps Altuve tie, then break, club mark

Major League Baseball - Tue, 2014-07-08 05:00
All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve broke Bob Watson's Astros record for hits prior to the All-Star break with 124 in Monday night's game against the Rangers, but not without a little help from instant replay.
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Chasing Braves, Mets win in 11 on Tejada's single

Major League Baseball - Tue, 2014-07-08 04:33
Monday night's walk-off, 11-inning, 4-3 win over the Braves at Citi Field represented a small but impactful step in the right direction for the Mets. Ruben Tejada delivered the game-winning single off Anthony Varvaro in the 11th, after Juan Lagares sparked the rally with a one-out double.
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Cruz hits MLB-leading 28th home run

Major League Baseball - Tue, 2014-07-08 04:31
With a two-run shot in the fourth inning of the Orioles' 8-2, 11-inning win against the Nationals on Monday, O's All-Star outfielder Nelson Cruz took the Major League lead with 28 home runs.
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