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Rays SS Taylor Walls says gesture wasn't meant as Trump endorsement and he likely won't do it again

Rays SS Taylor Walls says gesture wasn't meant as Trump endorsement and he likely won't do it again

Ian Harrison, Associated Press  |  Posted July 23 - 5:44 p.m.  |  Save Story

Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Taylor Walls said Tuesday that his Donald Trump-inspired celebration of a hit Sunday was not intended as an endorsement of the Republican presidential candidate and added he was unlikely to do it again. Walls pumped his fist and shouted "Fight! Fight! Fight!" after hitting a double against the New York Yankees on Sunday, mimicking Trump's reaction after a bullet hit his ear during a campaign event in Pennsylvania on July 13. The fifth-inning double off right-hander Marcus Stroman was Walls' first hit since the shooting.
Mariners place Julio Rodríguez, J.P. Crawford on 10-day injured list; Ty France cut

Mariners place Julio Rodríguez, J.P. Crawford on 10-day injured list; Ty France cut

Tim Booth, Associated Press  |  Posted July 23 - 5:18 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Seattle Mariners placed center fielder Julio Rodríguez on the 10-day injured list as his right ankle injury hasn't responded to treatment as quickly as the team had hoped. Rodríguez wasn't the only significant loss for Seattle as shortstop J.P. Crawford joined him on the injured list after sustaining a hairline fracture in his right pinky finger after getting hit by a pitch in Monday's game. The two injuries are major blows to a Seattle that has seen a 10-game lead in the AL West disappear in barely a month after going 9-18 since June 19. Along with the injuries, Seattle designated for assignment first baseman Ty France.
Mets put Scott on injured list with sprained elbow ligament; Senga set for season debut Friday

Mets put Scott on injured list with sprained elbow ligament; Senga set for season debut Friday

Mike Fitzpatrick, Associated Press  |  Posted July 23 - 4:40 p.m.  |  Save Story

Mets rookie Christian Scott has been placed on the 15-day injured list with a sprained ligament in his right elbow, sidelining New York's top pitching prospect indefinitely. Scott is 0-3 with a 4.56 ERA in nine major league starts since making his debut May 4 with an impressive performance at Tampa Bay. He mentioned his elbow was aching following Sunday's outing in Miami, and he underwent an MRI on Tuesday when the Mets returned home. Scott was put on the IL with a sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow, and left-hander Alex Young was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse. New York manager Carlos Mendoza says Scott will be examined by multiple doctors before it's determined how much time he could miss.
Sports on TV for Wednesday, July 24

Sports on TV for Wednesday, July 24

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Teoscar Hernández has 3 hits, drives in 3 runs as Dodgers defeat Giants 3-2 for 4th straight win

Teoscar Hernández has 3 hits, drives in 3 runs as Dodgers defeat Giants 3-2 for 4th straight win

Joe Reedy, Associated Press  |  Updated July 23 - 12:00 a.m.  |  Save Story

Teoscar Hernández had three hits and three RBIs, including a go-ahead single in the eighth inning, and the Los Angeles Dodgers extended their winning streak to four games by beating the San Francisco Giants 3-2. Tyler Fitzgerald became the first Giants player to homer in four straight games since Brandon Belt did it twice in 2018. Fitzgerald connected on an elevated sinker from Ryan Yarbrough to tie it 2-all in the seventh. River Ryan allowed one unearned run over 5 1/3 innings in his major league debut for the Dodgers. The 23-year-old right-hander, acquired from San Diego in a 2022 trade, gave up four hits with three walks and two strikeouts.
J.P. Crawford has hairline fracture in pinky after taking HBP in first inning

J.P. Crawford has hairline fracture in pinky after taking HBP in first inning

Shane Lantz, Associated Press  |  Posted July 22 - 11:53 p.m.  |  Save Story

Mariners SS J.P. Crawford is likely headed for a stint on the injured list after suffering a hairline fracture in his right pinky in Seattle's 3-1 Monday night loss to the Los Angeles Angels. Crawford left the game after he was hit on the right hand by an 86-mile per hour changeup from Angels starter Tyler Anderson. After being attended to by the Mariners training staff, Crawford finished running the bases, and scored the Mariners' only run on Cal Raleigh's single. However, Crawford was replaced by Dylan Moore at shortstop in the top of the second inning, with Luke Raley taking over for Moore at first base.
Tovar's single in 12th gives Rockies 9-8 win, extending Red Sox skid to 4

Tovar's single in 12th gives Rockies 9-8 win, extending Red Sox skid to 4

Jack Magruder, Associated Press  |  Updated July 22 - 11:32 p.m.  |  Save Story

Ezequiel Tovar singled home the winning run with the bases loaded and two outs in the 12th inning to give the Colorado Rockies a 9-8 victory over Boston, handing the Red Sox their fourth straight defeat since the All-Star break. Jake Cave singled to drive in Brendan Rodgers with the tying run with no outs in the 12th off rookie Bailey Horn, who was making his fifth major league appearance. Tovar had three hits and Charlie Blackmon homered to help the last-place Rockies win for the fourth time in five games. Wilyer Abreu's two-out RBI single in the top of the 12th gave Boston an 8-7 lead. Red Sox manager Alex Cora was ejected after the 11th inning.
Jo Adell drives in go-ahead run in ninth as Angels beat Mariners 3-1

Jo Adell drives in go-ahead run in ninth as Angels beat Mariners 3-1

Shane Lantz, Associated Press  |  Updated July 22 - 11:30 p.m.  |  Save Story

Jo Adell drove in the go-ahead run with a two-out single in the ninth inning, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Seattle Mariners 3-1. Adell's base hit to center against reliever Trent Thornton scored Brandon Drury. Center fielder Victor Robles' throw to the plate went wide and ricocheted away from catcher Cal Raleigh for an error, allowing Zach Neto to score from first base to make it a two-run game. Mariners starter Bryce Miller worked seven scoreless innings, allowing three hits, but the Angels tied the game in the eighth on Taylor Ward's sacrifice fly.
Hogan Harris and 3 Athletics relievers combine to blank Astros 4-0

Hogan Harris and 3 Athletics relievers combine to blank Astros 4-0

Michael Wagaman, Associated Press  |  Updated July 22 - 11:07 p.m.  |  Save Story

Hogan Harris and three relievers combined on an eight-hit shutout, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Houston Astros 4-0. Harris allowed seven hits in 6 2/3 innings and matched his career high of seven strikeouts. The win was his first since June 18. JJ Bleday had three hits while Lawrence Butler and Max Schuemann added two apiece to pace the A's to their second win in eight games against the Astros. Houston starter Spencer Arrighetti took the loss.
Bobby Witt Jr. homers, triples and doubles in the Royals' 10-4 win over the Diamondbacks

Bobby Witt Jr. homers, triples and doubles in the Royals' 10-4 win over the Diamondbacks

Karl Zinke, Associated Press  |  Updated July 22 - 10:56 p.m.  |  Save Story

Bobby Witt Jr. fell a single short of the cycle, Salvador Perez and Hunter Renfroe also homered, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 10-4 on Monday night for their fourth straight victory. Witt tripled in the first inning, doubled in the third and drilled a three-run homer to deep left-center in the fourth to get the hard part out of the way. He needed a single for the first cycle by a Royals player since George Brett in 1990 but was hit by a pitch and flew out to right in his final two at-bats.
Twins top Phillies 7-2, after Ober rebounds from Harper's early 2-run homer to finish 7 innings

Twins top Phillies 7-2, after Ober rebounds from Harper's early 2-run homer to finish 7 innings

Dave Campbell, Associated Press  |  Updated July 22 - 10:54 p.m.  |  Save Story

Minnesota starter Bailey Ober rebounded from Bryce Harper's two-run homer for Philadelphia in the first to settle in for seven innings, and the Twins beat the Phillies 7-2. Ober threw only 83 pitches and retired 17 of his last 18 batters. The 6-foot-9 right-hander gave up four hits and one walk and improved to 4-1 with a 2.23 ERA in his last six starts. His record for the season is 9-5. Phillies starter Ranger Suárez fell to 10-5. He lost his fourth straight decision and failed to finish the sixth inning for the third time in his last four starts.
Wyatt Langford hits game-ending single for Rangers in 4-3 win over White Sox in 10 innings

Wyatt Langford hits game-ending single for Rangers in 4-3 win over White Sox in 10 innings

Stephen Hawkins, Associated Press  |  Updated July 22 - 10:05 p.m.  |  Save Story

Texas rookie Wyatt Langford hit a game-ending RBI single in the 10th inning, after scoring the tying run in the ninth, as the Rangers rallied to beat the Chicago White Sox 4-3. Leody Taveras opened the Texas 10th on Monday night with a sacrifice bunt that moved pinch-runner Travis Jankowski to third. After a strikeout and two intentional walks loaded the bases, Langford hit a drive that ricocheted off the base of the wall in left. The 27-75 White Sox have lost eight in a row. They had gone ahead on Paul DeJong's solo homer in the ninth before their bullpen's MLB-high 25th blown save. Taveras and Marcus Semien homered for Texas.
Ian Happ homers, 6 Cubs pitchers cobble together 3-1 win over Brewers

Ian Happ homers, 6 Cubs pitchers cobble together 3-1 win over Brewers

Matt Carlson, Associated Press  |  Updated July 22 - 9:54 p.m.  |  Save Story

Ian Happ lined a solo homer, six Chicago pitchers cobbled together a five-hitter and the Cubs beat the Milwaukee Brewers 3-1. Michael Busch and Dansby Swanson each had two hits as the Cubs twice escaped based-loaded jams to end NL Central-leading Milwaukee's three-game winning streak. Willy Adames' team-leading 16th home run got the Brewers on the board in the eighth. Garrett Mitchell had two hits, and William Contreras and Joey Ortiz doubled for the Brewers, who failed to cash in on six walks from Chicago starter Javier Assad. Reliever Drew Smyly got five outs for the win.
Lindor's 2 homers lead Mets to 6-4 win over Marlins and split of 4-game series

Lindor's 2 homers lead Mets to 6-4 win over Marlins and split of 4-game series

The Associated Press  |  Updated July 22 - 8:59 p.m.  |  Save Story

Francisco Lindor homered twice, Jeff McNeil also went deep and the New York Mets beat the Miami Marlins 6-4. McNeil had three RBIs for the Mets, who split the four-game series against the National League's worst team. New York is 5-5 versus Miami this season. Mets starter David Peterson permitted two runs and six hits in five innings. Miami scored once in the ninth against Edwin Díaz, but he retired Jake Burger on a popup with runners at second and third for his 12th save. Josh Bell and Bryan De La Cruz homered for the Marlins.
2024 Major League Baseball Signing Bonuses

2024 Major League Baseball Signing Bonuses

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 22 - 8:45 p.m.  |  Save Story

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Hunter Greene gives up 2 hits in 7 scoreless innings as Reds run to 4-1 win over Lopez, Braves

Hunter Greene gives up 2 hits in 7 scoreless innings as Reds run to 4-1 win over Lopez, Braves

Charles Odum, Associated Press  |  Updated July 22 - 8:39 p.m.  |  Save Story

Hunter Greene allowed only two hits in seven scoreless innings, Will Benson homered and the Cincinnati Reds took advantage of their speed to beat Reynaldo López and the Atlanta Braves 4-1. Greene had seven strikeouts in his first start since taking the loss in the All-Star Game. The right-hander has allowed a combined two runs in his last four starts. The Reds ended a four-game losing streak and dealt the Braves their third straight loss. Cincinnati stole four bases and leads the majors with 143.
Tarik Skubal solid for 7 innings, Justyn-Henry Malloy homers as Tigers beat scuffling Guardians 8-2

Tarik Skubal solid for 7 innings, Justyn-Henry Malloy homers as Tigers beat scuffling Guardians 8-2

Tom Withers, Associated Press  |  Updated July 22 - 8:16 p.m.  |  Save Story

Tarik Skubal pitched seven innings while continuing to be mentioned in trade rumors and Justyn-Henry Malloy hit a two-run homer, leading the Detroit Tigers to an 8-2 win over the scuffling Cleveland Guardians. Skubal gave up a career-high 10 hits, but just one run as the All-Star worked out of several jams. The left-hander has been linked to potential trades with several contenders ahead of the July 30 deadline. Malloy homered in the first inning off Carlos Carrasco as the Tigers, who are 12-5 in July, beat the AL-Central leaders for the fourth time in five games. Cleveland has dropped three straight and is just 2-7 since July 10.
Gonzales hits go-ahead single in 8th, Keller allows 1 run in 7 innings as Pirates beat Cardinals 2-1

Gonzales hits go-ahead single in 8th, Keller allows 1 run in 7 innings as Pirates beat Cardinals 2-1

Wes Crosby, Associated Press  |  Updated July 22 - 8:11 p.m.  |  Save Story

Nick Gonzales hit a go-ahead RBI single in the eighth inning after Mitch Keller allowed one run in the first seven, and the Pittsburgh Pirates won for the seventh time in eight games, 2-1 over the St. Louis Cardinals. Bryan Reynolds led off the eighth with a single to left before advancing to second on a wild pitch. With one out, Gonzales sneaked a slow dribbler off John King through the right side of the infield. Keller gave up six hits in seven innings, striking out three and walking two. Aroldis Chapman pitched a perfect eighth for the win in this matchup of NL wild card contenders.
Juan Soto hits 2 of Yankees' 5 homers in 9-1 rout of Rays

Juan Soto hits 2 of Yankees' 5 homers in 9-1 rout of Rays

Larry Fleisher, Associated Press  |  Updated July 22 - 8:05 p.m.  |  Save Story

Juan Soto hit two of the Yankees' five home runs and New York salvaged a four-game series split with a 9-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. Soto went 11 for 18 in the series, including a four-hit game on Friday. DJ LeMahieu, Austin Wells and Anthony Volpe also homered as the Yankees tied a season high by hitting five homers for the second time this season. Carlos Rodón earned his first win since June 10. He allowed one run and two hits and struck out 10 in seven innings.
Cubs looking to 2025 and beyond at trade deadline, Hoyer says

Cubs looking to 2025 and beyond at trade deadline, Hoyer says

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 22 - 7:58 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Cubs likely won't be making any moves at the trade deadline in an attempt to position the team for a playoff run this year. That's according to president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer. Chicago entered Monday night's game against Milwaukee at 48-53 and trailing several teams in the NL wild card standings, and Hoyer said 2025 was his priority when considering potential deals. He says 2024 "probably won't be our focus unless things change dramatically." The Cubs rank near the bottom of Major League Baseball in batting average and slugging.
Dodgers lefty James Paxton designated for assignment as River Ryan makes his major league debut

Dodgers lefty James Paxton designated for assignment as River Ryan makes his major league debut

Joe Reedy, Associated Press  |  Posted July 22 - 7:49 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Los Angeles Dodgers have made a surprising change to their evolving rotation. James Paxton was designated for assignment to make room for River Ryan on the 40-man roster. Ryan made his major league debut Monday night against San Francisco, becoming the 14th pitcher to start for the Dodgers this season. Paxton was tied with Gavin Stone and Tyler Glasnow for most starts on the team with 18. The veteran left-hander was 8-2 with a 4.43 ERA. The 35-year-old Paxton signed a $7 million, one-year contract during the offseason. He allowed two runs over five innings in Sunday's 9-6 victory against Boston.
Angels star Mike Trout is set to begin a rehab assignment

Angels star Mike Trout is set to begin a rehab assignment

Shane Lantz, Associated Press  |  Posted July 22 - 6:37 p.m.  |  Save Story

Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout is set to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Salt Lake City on Tuesday night. The 32-year-old Trout has been sidelined since April 29 with a torn meniscus in his left knee. He had surgery on May 3. Trout is a three-time MVP and 10-time All-Star, but his playing time has been limited by injuries for the past several years. Trout took batting practice this past weekend at the Angels' spring training facility in Tempe, Arizona. He is batting .220 with 10 homers this season.
Mariners Julio Rodriguez has MRI on right ankle a day after crashing into outfield fence

Mariners Julio Rodriguez has MRI on right ankle a day after crashing into outfield fence

Shane Lantz, Associated Press  |  Posted July 22 - 6:12 p.m.  |  Save Story

Seattle Mariners center fielder Julio Rodríguez was out of the starting lineup on Monday after leaving Sunday's game in the sixth inning with a sprained right ankle, and was still considered "day to day." Rodríguez underwent an MRI early Monday afternoon and the team is awaiting results. Rodríguez injured his right ankle on Sunday when he jumped for a long drive hit by Houston Astros slugger Yordan Alvarez and crashed into the wall.
Rockies' German Marquez returns to IL after first start since Tommy John surgery

Rockies' German Marquez returns to IL after first start since Tommy John surgery

Jack Magruder, Associated Press  |  Posted July 22 - 5:29 p.m.  |  Save Story

Colorado Rockies right-hander German Marquez has been placed on the 15-day injured list Monday with right elbow inflammation. Monday's move comes eight days after Marquez made his first major league start since Tommy John surgery. Marquez had the elbow operation on May 12, 2023. He returned on July 14, when he started and allowed three runs in four innings in the Rockies' 8-5 win over the New York Mets. After the All-Star break, Marquez felt tightness in his forearm during a bullpen session. Manager Bud Black says he hopes Marquez will be back in a couple of weeks.
Mariners first baseman Ty France surprised to find out he's been put on waivers

Mariners first baseman Ty France surprised to find out he's been put on waivers

Shane Lantz, Associated Press  |  Posted July 22 - 5:28 p.m.  |  Save Story

Seattle first baseman Ty France was surprised to find out Monday he had been put on waivers by the Mariners. The Mariners placed France on irrevocable outright waivers Sunday. The 30-year-old is in the midst of a tough season at the plate, hitting .223 with eight home runs and 31 RBIs in 88 games. He has a .312 on-base percentage and a slugging percentage of .350. France is still on the Mariners' active roster for their game against the Angels. He was not in the starting lineup, but could play if needed.
Braves recall Nacho Alvarez Jr., sign veteran Whit Merrifield following Albies' wrist injury

Braves recall Nacho Alvarez Jr., sign veteran Whit Merrifield following Albies' wrist injury

Charles Odum, Associated Press  |  Updated July 22 - 3:24 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Atlanta Braves made two moves to replace injured second baseman Ozzie Albies, recalling infielder Nacho Alvarez Jr. from Triple-A Gwinnett and signing veteran Whit Merrifield. The Braves said after Sunday's 6-2 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals that Albies is expected to miss about eight weeks with a fractured left wrist. Albies was placed on the 10-day injured list on Monday. The Braves optioned outfielder Eli White to Triple-A Gwinnett following Sunday's game. To make room on the 40-man roster for Merrifield, outfielder Forrest Wall was designated for assignment.
Sports on TV for Tuesday, July 23

Sports on TV for Tuesday, July 23

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After Soto's departure, San Diego's record looks similar to last year

After Soto's departure, San Diego's record looks similar to last year

Noah Trister, Associated Press  |  Posted July 22 - 3:55 a.m.  |  Save Story

Juan Soto has come and gone. The San Diego Padres don't seem to have changed much. The Padres were 12 games over .500 in August 2022 when they acquired Soto in a blockbuster deal with the Washington Nationals. They finished that year a distant second to the Dodgers in the NL West, but then they beat Los Angeles in the playoffs and made the NL Championship Series. Then last year, San Diego finished a disappointing 82-80 despite plenty of production from Soto. The Padres traded him to the Yankees in the offseason, and now they're in pretty much the same spot. The Padres are 52-50 after Sunday's win over Cleveland.
Red Sox closer Kenley Jansen to miss series in Colorado due to health issues

Red Sox closer Kenley Jansen to miss series in Colorado due to health issues

Joe Reedy, Associated Press  |  Posted July 21 - 10:04 p.m.  |  Save Story

Boston Red Sox closer Kenley Jansen will not be with the team during its series in Colorado due to health issues. Jansen said after Sunday's 9-6 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers that doctors had to "shock his heart back into rhythm" after three previous trips to Colorado. The most recent time was 2022, when Jansen was with the Atlanta Braves. It also happened in 2012 and '18 when he pitched for the Dodgers.
Ohtani's 473-foot drive leads 6-homer onslaught for Dodgers in 9-6 win over Red Sox

Ohtani's 473-foot drive leads 6-homer onslaught for Dodgers in 9-6 win over Red Sox

Joe Reedy, Associated Press  |  Updated July 21 - 9:42 p.m.  |  Save Story

Shohei Ohtani hit a 473-foot home run and the Los Angeles Dodgers went deep six times in a 9-6 victory over the Boston Red Sox. Freddie Freeman, Teoscar Hernández, Gavin Lux, Austin Barnes and Jason Heyward also connected as Los Angeles swept the three-game series. It was the 25th time the Dodgers launched at least six homers in a game and first since 2022 against Kansas City. Five came off Boston starter Kutter Crawford. Jarren Duran, the MVP of last Tuesday's All-Star Game, homered and drove in four runs for the Red Sox, who fell a game behind the Royals for the final AL wild card. James Paxton allowed three runs and struck out seven in five innings for the win. Daniel Hudson earned his sixth save.
Ohtani hits 473-foot homer that clears bleachers at Dodger Stadium

Ohtani hits 473-foot homer that clears bleachers at Dodger Stadium

Joe Reedy, Associated Press  |  Updated July 21 - 9:22 p.m.  |  Save Story

Shohei Ohtani made his 30th home run in Dodger blue a memorable one. The superstar slugger drove a cutter from Boston pitcher Kutter Crawford 473 feet over the bleachers at Dodger Stadium during the fifth inning of Sunday's game against the Red Sox. According to fans in the area, the ball sailed between the pavilion roof and an advertisement sign in right-center field, but it cleared the concourse and landed on the walkway in the ballpark plaza. Ohtani just missed becoming the second Dodgers player and sixth overall to clear the pavilion roof and hit a ball out of Dodger Stadium, which opened in 1962. Los Angeles slugger Mike Piazza did it on Sept. 21, 1997, against the Colorado Rockies.
Beltré, Helton, Mauer and Leyland inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame

Beltré, Helton, Mauer and Leyland inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame

Kenny Lacy Jr., Associated Press  |  Updated July 21 - 8:47 p.m.  |  Save Story

Adrian Beltré, Joe Mauer, Todd Helton and Jim Leyland have been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Beltré led this year's class with 95.1% of the Baseball Writers' Association of America vote in his first year on the ballot. Helton followed with 79.7% of the vote in his sixth year of eligibility and Mauer received 76.1% of the BBWAA vote in his first year. Leyland was elected by the Contemporary Baseball Era Committee.
Angels rally against Oakland bullpen in final scheduled visit to Coliseum, beat A's 8-5

Angels rally against Oakland bullpen in final scheduled visit to Coliseum, beat A's 8-5

Janie Mccauley, Associated Press  |  Updated July 21 - 7:31 p.m.  |  Save Story

Kevin Pillar hit a two-run double in the eighth as Los Angeles rallied against Oakland's bullpen, and the Angels beat the Athletics 8-5 in likely their final game ever at the Coliseum. Logan O'Hoppe singled to start the decisive inning. Pinch-hitter Nolan Schanuel had an RBI single and Jo Adell drew a bases-loaded walk from Lucas Erceg as the Angels came back to snap a franchise-long eight-game losing streak at the Coliseum dating back to early last season. The A's will relocate to Sacramento for at least the next three years ahead of their planned move to Las Vegas.
Ron Washington gifted ball by Kevin Pillar from the final out of the Angels' final Coliseum visit

Ron Washington gifted ball by Kevin Pillar from the final out of the Angels' final Coliseum visit

Janie Mccauley, Associated Press  |  Posted July 21 - 7:17 p.m.  |  Save Story

Kevin Pillar made sure manager Ron Washington received the ball after making the final out in center field. It would certainly be a meaningful souvenir from the Los Angeles Angels' last scheduled visit to Oakland. And Pillar knew he had to gift it to Washington, the longtime Athletics' third base and infield coach who still feels so fondly about the franchise and city. Washington's club rallied to beat the A's 8-5 at the Coliseum, where Oakland is playing its final season before at least three years scheduled for Sacramento ahead of a planned move to Las Vegas in 2028.
Mariners star Julio Rodríguez day-to-day with sprained ankle after crashing into outfield fence

Mariners star Julio Rodríguez day-to-day with sprained ankle after crashing into outfield fence

Shane Lantz, Associated Press  |  Updated July 21 - 7:12 p.m.  |  Save Story

Seattle Mariners star Julio Rodríguez is day-to-day with a sprained right ankle after crashing into the center-field fence while trying to catch a long drive hit by Houston Astros slugger Yordan Alvarez. Rodríguez grabbed his ankle in pain and remained on the ground for a few minutes before walking off the field with athletic trainer Taylor Bennett and manager Scott Servais in the sixth inning. The two-time All-Star and 2022 AL Rookie of the Year was replaced in center field by Victor Robles, who shifted over from right. The initial X-rays on Rodríguez's ankle were negative, according to Servais, and the 23-year-old outfielder will likely undergo an MRI before returning to the lineup. Alvarez ended up with an RBI triple and hit for the cycle in Seattle's 6-4 victory.
Giants manager Bob Melvin ejected before 1st pitch of game at Colorado

Giants manager Bob Melvin ejected before 1st pitch of game at Colorado

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 21 - 6:36 p.m.  |  Save Story

San Francisco Giants manager Bob Melvin wasn't around for the finish Sunday as his team defeated the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. He didn't even make it to the start, for that matter. In an unusual scene, Melvin was ejected before the first pitch after he and bench coach Ryan Christensen delivered the lineup card to home plate umpire Alex MacKay. Following the Giants' 3-2 victory, Melvin said he just "talked too much" and his ejection wasn't planned or choreographed. He said "umpiring's a hard job" and he "probably went too far." San Francisco was coming off a 4-3 loss to the Rockies on Saturday night and a 7-3 loss on Friday.
Astros designated hitter Yordan Alvarez hits for cycle against Mariners

Astros designated hitter Yordan Alvarez hits for cycle against Mariners

Shane Lantz, Associated Press  |  Updated July 21 - 6:25 p.m.  |  Save Story

Astros designated hitter Yordan Alvarez hit for the cycle against the Seattle Mariners on Sunday, becoming the 10th player in Houston history to accomplish the feat. Alvarez singled in the first inning, hit his 20th homer of the season off Mariners starter Bryan Woo in the fourth, added a run-scoring triple to center field in the sixth off Taylor Saucedo and completed the cycle with a double down the right field line in the eighth against Gregory Santos. Alvarez finished 4 for 4 with two RBIs and two runs scored in the Astros' 6-4 loss to Seattle.
Raley hits three-run homer to help Mariners overcome injury to Rodriguez and beat Astros 6-4

Raley hits three-run homer to help Mariners overcome injury to Rodriguez and beat Astros 6-4

Shane Lantz, Associated Press  |  Updated July 21 - 6:20 p.m.  |  Save Story

Luke Raley hit a three-run homer, Bryan Woo pitched 5 2/3 solid innings and the Seattle Mariners overcame an injury to Julio Rodriguez to beat the Houston Astros 6-4 on Sunday. Rodríguez left the game with two outs in the sixth inning after he leapt for a flyball and appeared to twist his right ankle against the pad of the center field fence on a triple by Yordan Alvarez, who hit for the cycle. Rodriguez grabbed at his ankle in pain and stayed on the ground for several minutes before walking off the field with manager Scott Servais and trainer Taylor Bennett. Rodríguez was replaced in center field by Victor Robles.
Braves 2B Ozzie Albies expected to miss about 8 weeks with broken wrist

Braves 2B Ozzie Albies expected to miss about 8 weeks with broken wrist

The Associated Press  |  Updated July 21 - 5:49 p.m.  |  Save Story

Atlanta Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies broke his left wrist late in Sunday's loss to the St. Louis Cardinals and is expected to miss about eight weeks. Albies got hurt trying to catch a throw when Michael Siani stole second in the ninth inning. The three-time All-Star was replaced at second base by Zack Short. Following their 6-2 defeat, the Braves announced X-rays revealed a left wrist fracture and Albies is expected to be sidelined for approximately eight weeks. Albies is hitting .255 with eight home runs and 46 RBIs, almost exclusively from the No. 2 spot in the batting order. It's another major blow to Atlanta's lineup, after reigning NL MVP Ronald Acuña Jr. went down with a season-ending knee injury in May.
Yoshinobu Yamamoto hopeful of returning to Dodgers' rotation despite not having a timeline

Yoshinobu Yamamoto hopeful of returning to Dodgers' rotation despite not having a timeline

Joe Reedy, Associated Press  |  Posted July 21 - 5:22 p.m.  |  Save Story

Dodgers right-hander Yoshinobu Yamamoto is hopeful of returning this season, even though there isn't a timeline on when that might happen. Yamamoto was transferred to the 60-day injured list last week, meaning he can't return until mid-August at the earliest. The pregame comments were the first time Yamamoto has met with the media since he went on the IL on June 16 with a strained rotator cuff. The injury was initially described as triceps tightness before the strain was diagnosed. Yamamoto said he isn't feeling any pain or discomfort in his shoulder. He will play catch on Monday and stretch it out close to 200 feet. If that goes well, manager Dave Roberts is hopeful Yamamoto could resume his throwing program.
Sports on TV for Monday, July 22

Sports on TV for Monday, July 22

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Burleson, Goldschmidt hit home runs in Cardinals' 6-2 win over Braves

Burleson, Goldschmidt hit home runs in Cardinals' 6-2 win over Braves

Bill Trocchi, Associated Press  |  Updated July 21 - 5:02 p.m.  |  Save Story

Paul Goldschmidt hit one of four Cardinals home runs after getting dropped in the order and St. Louis knocked off the Atlanta Braves 6-2 to win the weekend series. Cardinals designated hitter Alec Burleson had two RBIs, giving him 21 in 16 games in July. He has an RBI in six straight games, which is one shy of the Cardinals record. Lars Nootbaar and Willson Contreras also hit solo home runs on Sunday. Jarred Kelenic hit a home run for the Braves.
Palacios, Arozarena, Siri, Caballero help Rays overcome Judge's 35th homer and beat Yankees 6-4

Palacios, Arozarena, Siri, Caballero help Rays overcome Judge's 35th homer and beat Yankees 6-4

The Associated Press  |  Updated July 21 - 5:00 p.m.  |  Save Story

Richie Palacios led off the game against Marcus Stroman with the first of Tampa Bay's four home runs, Jose Siri took a half-minute trot after his longball and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the New York Yankees 6-4. Randy Arozarena hit his third home run in two days and José Caballero also went deep as the Rays hit four homers for the second straight day. After the Rays opened a 5-0 lead, Aaron Judge hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning off Jason Adam, a 444-foot drive to left field. Judge leads the major leagues with 35 homers and 89 RBIs.
Chisholm's go-ahead homer lifts Marlins to 4-2 win over Mets

Chisholm's go-ahead homer lifts Marlins to 4-2 win over Mets

The Associated Press  |  Updated July 21 - 4:35 p.m.  |  Save Story

Jazz Chisholm Jr. hit a three-run homer, Jake Burger also went deep and the Miami Marlins beat the New York Mets 4-2. Vidal Bruján had his second career three-hit game for the National League-worst Marlins, who are 5-4 against the NL East rival Mets this season. Declan Cronin threw 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief against his hometown team to earn the win. A.J. Puk and Calvin Faucher blanked the Mets for an inning apiece before Tanner Scott closed with a perfect ninth for his 16th save. Miami's Nick Fortes committed three throwing errors, a first by a catcher in club history. The Mets struck out 14 times and went 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position.
Jorge Soler hits MLB season-best 478-foot HR, Birdsong strikes out 12 as Giants beat Rockies 3-2

Jorge Soler hits MLB season-best 478-foot HR, Birdsong strikes out 12 as Giants beat Rockies 3-2

Michael Kelly, Associated Press  |  Updated July 21 - 4:34 p.m.  |  Save Story

Jorge Soler led off the game with the longest home run in the majors this season, a 478-foot shot to center, rookie Hayden Birdsong struck out a career-high 12 batters, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 3-2. Birdsong, making his fifth career start, didn't allow a hit until Brendan Rodgers' two-out, two-run homer in the fourth inning. He walked one in six innings and finished with the most strikeouts in a game for the Giants this season. Camilo Doval got the final three outs for his 18th save.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone ejected for 5th time this season as Rays beat New York 6-4

Yankees manager Aaron Boone ejected for 5th time this season as Rays beat New York 6-4

Ronald Blum, Associated Press  |  Updated July 21 - 4:33 p.m.  |  Save Story

The New York Yankees' Aaron Boone was ejected for the major league-high fifth time this season and the 38th time in his managing career when plate umpire Edwin Jiménez tossed him for arguing during a game against the Tampa Bay Rays. Boone was ejected before the start of the seventh inning Sunday for arguing from the dugout after slumping Alex Verdugo was called out on a full-count fastball from Colin Poche that appeared to be low. Verdugo repeatedly complained after the call in the bottom of the sixth. New York was trailing 3-0 at the time.
Dodgers activate outfielder Jason Heyward from injured list and send James Outman back to minors

Dodgers activate outfielder Jason Heyward from injured list and send James Outman back to minors

Joe Reedy, Associated Press  |  Posted July 21 - 4:14 p.m.  |  Save Story

Dodgers outfielder Jason Heyward has been reinstated from the injured list. Heyward was set to start in right field and bat seventh as Los Angeles wrapped up a weekend series against the Boston Red Sox. The 34-year-old Heyward was placed on the injured list July 5 with a left knee bone bruise. He has a .203 batting average with four home runs and 20 RBIs in 42 games this season. To open a roster spot for Heyward, outfielder James Outman was optioned back to Triple-A Oklahoma City. Outman finished third in 2023 NL Rookie of the Year voting but was hitting just .153 with three homers and a .508 OPS in 45 major league games this season.
Hoerner's bases-loaded walk in the 10th gives the Cubs a 2-1 victory over the Diamondbacks

Hoerner's bases-loaded walk in the 10th gives the Cubs a 2-1 victory over the Diamondbacks

Gavin Dorsey, Associated Press  |  Updated July 21 - 4:12 p.m.  |  Save Story

Nico Hoerner doubled and scored the tying run in the ninth inning, then walked with the bases loaded in the 10th to give the Chicago Cubs a 2-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday. Chicago entered the ninth with just one hit before Hoerner sparked the late rally as the Cubs avoided the sweep. Cubs All-Star pitcher Shota Imanaga had a career-high 10 strikeouts and gave up two hits over seven innings, including a home run to Eugenio Suárez. The Cubs prevailed after Brandon Pfaadt's dominant day on the mound. The Arizona ace struck out seven and allowed just one hit.
Rhys Hoskins' go-ahead homer in 8th lifts Brewers over Twins, 8-7

Rhys Hoskins' go-ahead homer in 8th lifts Brewers over Twins, 8-7

Tyler Mason, Associated Press  |  Updated July 21 - 4:09 p.m.  |  Save Story

Rhys Hoskins hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the eighth inning and rookie Jackson Chourio homered and drove in three runs to lift the Milwaukee Brewers to a two-game sweep of the Minnesota Twins with an 8-7 win at Target Field. With the game tied 5-all, Hoskins took Twins reliever Griffin Jax deep to left for his 15th home run of the season. The Brewers' bats helped starter Aaron Civale overcome a rough outing. In his third start with the Brewers since being acquired via trade, Civale allowed five earned runs in 4 1/3 innings.
Heim homers, Heaney solid as Rangers beat Orioles 3-2 to avoid sweep

Heim homers, Heaney solid as Rangers beat Orioles 3-2 to avoid sweep

Schuyler Dixon, Associated Press  |  Updated July 21 - 4:04 p.m.  |  Save Story

Jonah Heim hit a three-run homer, Andrew Heaney pitched two-hit ball over five scoreless innings and the Texas Rangers beat the Baltimore Orioles 3-2 to avoid a three-game sweep. Texas held on after Anthony Santander closed the gap with his 27th home run and third of the series, a two-run shot in the eighth inning. The Rangers finished the season 2-5 against the Orioles after sweeping them in the AL Division Series last year on the way to their first World Series title. Baltimore won three of four at home in late June. Texas salvaged the finale in that series as well.
Seth Lugo retires 14 straight in 1st career complete game, Royals beat White Sox 4-1

Seth Lugo retires 14 straight in 1st career complete game, Royals beat White Sox 4-1

Marc Bowman, Associated Press  |  Updated July 21 - 3:58 p.m.  |  Save Story

Seth Lugo retired 14 straight batters in his first career complete game as the Kansas City Royals rallied past the Chicago White Sox for a 4-1 win and series sweep. Lugo surrendered one run while striking out six. He allowed an infield hit to Tommy Pham leading off the game Sunday before retiring the next 14 batters. In the eighth, Hunter Renfroe's single scored Bobby Witt Jr. to break a 1-1 tie as the Royals collected five hits, scoring three runs against reliever John Brebbia. Chicago's bullpen leads the majors with 24 blown saves and 33 losses.
Dreams of contention for Elly De La Cruz and the Reds take a hit with a sweep at Washington

Dreams of contention for Elly De La Cruz and the Reds take a hit with a sweep at Washington

Ben Nuckols, Associated Press  |  Posted July 21 - 3:45 p.m.  |  Save Story

Elly De La Cruz predicted before the second half of the season began that the Cincinnati Reds were going to make the playoffs and "win it all." That optimistic goal became even more of a long shot on Sunday, when the still-rebuilding Washington Nationals completed a three-game sweep of the visiting Reds. The Reds came out of the break three games under .500 but only three games out of the final NL wild card spot. They fell to 47-53 during their lost weekend at Washington, four games out of the wild card and last in the NL Central. Manager David Bell says the Reds still have "so much to play for."
Springer hits 2 homers and Clement gets tiebreaking hit as Blue Jays beat Tigers 5-4 to avoid sweep

Springer hits 2 homers and Clement gets tiebreaking hit as Blue Jays beat Tigers 5-4 to avoid sweep

Ian Harrison, Associated Press  |  Updated July 21 - 3:33 p.m.  |  Save Story

George Springer hit two home runs, including the 58th leadoff shot of his career, and the Toronto Blue Jays avoided a three-game sweep by beating the Detroit Tigers 5-4. Ernie Clement delivered a tiebreaking single in the sixth inning and Toronto outfielder Daulton Varsho made a sensational leaping catch at the wall with two runners on to preserve the one-run lead in the eighth. Springer went 3 for 4 with three RBIs and Clement reached base three times as the Blue Jays won for the second time in seven meetings with Detroit this season. Justyn-Henry Malloy hit his first career grand slam off Blue Jays right-hander Kevin Gausman, but the Tigers couldn't extend a four-game winning streak.
Michael King and two relievers toss 2-hitter as Padres edge the Guardians 2-1

Michael King and two relievers toss 2-hitter as Padres edge the Guardians 2-1

Brian Dulik, Associated Press  |  Updated July 21 - 3:27 p.m.  |  Save Story

Michael King did not allow a hit until the seventh inning and Kyle Higashioka had a two-run double and the San Diego Padres beat the American League Central-leading Cleveland Guardians 2-1. King's bid for the second no-hitter in franchise history ended when Angel Martínez led off the seventh with a single to center. The right-hander was acquired from the Yankees in the blockbuster deal that sent Juan Soto to New York on Dec. 7, 2023. King worked seven innings, giving up one run and two hits with six strikeouts. Jeremiah Estrada followed King, while Robert Suarez recorded the final four outs for his 23rd save and completed the two-hitter.
Rookie James Wood's 3-run homer gives the Nationals a 5-2 win and a 3-game sweep of the Reds

Rookie James Wood's 3-run homer gives the Nationals a 5-2 win and a 3-game sweep of the Reds

Ben Nuckols, Associated Press  |  Updated July 21 - 3:21 p.m.  |  Save Story

James Wood hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer with two outs in the eighth inning, and the Washington Nationals completed a three-game sweep of the Cincinnati Reds with a 5-2 victory. Wood, a 21-year-old rookie and the Nationals' top prospect, sent a first-pitch fastball from Justin Wilson 405 feet the opposite way to left field. His second homer since his debut on July 1 gave the Nationals their fifth win in six games. The rebuilding Nationals drew even in the standings with Cincinnati, which began the second half hoping to make a playoff push. The Reds have lost four straight and fell into last place in the NL Central.
Tyler Phillips tosses six scoreless innings and Phillies avoid sweep with 6-0 win over Pirates

Tyler Phillips tosses six scoreless innings and Phillies avoid sweep with 6-0 win over Pirates

Wes Crosby, Associated Press  |  Updated July 21 - 3:13 p.m.  |  Save Story

Rookie Tyler Phillips gave up four hits in six innings, and the Philadelphia Phillies avoided a three-game sweep with a 6-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Phillips struck out three and walked one. It was the right-hander's third game and second start since being called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on July 5. The Phillies, who had lost three straight and four of their last five games, ended the Pirates' winning streak at six. Pittsburgh was shut out for the seventh time this season.
Padres' Michael King has no-hit bid broken up in 7th inning on single by Guardians' Angel Martinez

Padres' Michael King has no-hit bid broken up in 7th inning on single by Guardians' Angel Martinez

Brian Dulik, Associated Press  |  Updated July 21 - 1:45 p.m.  |  Save Story

Guardians rookie Angel Martinez blooped a single to center in the seventh inning to break up a no-hit bid by San Diego's Michael King. Bidding to throw just the second no-hitter in team history, King dominated Cleveland's hitters through six innings before Martínez, who walked in the fourth, dropped his soft single into center. The Guardians, who got just one hit on Saturday, trail 2-1. Joe Musgrove pitched San Diego's only no-hitter in 2021.
LeMahieu sits with average down to .177, less than half the .364 when he earned second batting title

LeMahieu sits with average down to .177, less than half the .364 when he earned second batting title

Ronald Blum, Associated Press  |  Updated July 21 - 11:52 a.m.  |  Save Story

DJ LeMahieu's batting average is down to .177, less than half his .364 when earning his second batting title in 2020. Hitless in 17 at-bats, LeMahieu was out of the New York Yankees' starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays. Fans booed him in recent days. A three-time All-Star, LeMahieu turned 36 on July 13. He broke his right foot when he fouled off a pitch during a spring training game this past March 16, delaying his season debut until May 28 and has three doubles, no homers and 11 RBIs in 124 at-bats.
Rays pitcher Ryan Pepiot hospitalized with knee infection

Rays pitcher Ryan Pepiot hospitalized with knee infection

Ronald Blum, Associated Press  |  Posted July 21 - 10:48 a.m.  |  Save Story

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Ryan Pepiot was hospitalized for a knee infection and will miss his scheduled start at Toronto on Tuesday. Pepiot was placed on the 15-day injured list retroactive to Friday, and right-hander Tyler Zuber was recalled from Triple-A Durham and in position to make his first big league appearance in three years. Pepiot was admitted to Columbia University Medical Center for treatment of his right knee. A 26-year-old right-hander, Pepiot is 6-5 with a 3.92 ERA in 17 starts. He was acquired from the Dodgers as part of the trade that sent Tyler Glasnow to Los Angeles.
Braves place Max Fried on 15-day injured list with forearm issue

Braves place Max Fried on 15-day injured list with forearm issue

Bill Trocchi, Associated Press  |  Updated July 21 - 9:54 a.m.  |  Save Story

Atlanta Braves All-Star left-hander Max Fried has placed on the 15-day injured list with forearm neuritis, a nerve inflammation. The move is retroactive to Thursday. Fried has made 18 starts this season and has been a critical member of the Braves' rotation along with Chris Sale and Reynaldo López. Manager Brian Snitker said Fried initially felt something getting loose before Tuesday's All-Star Game. Fried pitched the second inning, throwing 10 pitches and allowing one walk. He still felt something was off when he came to the ballpark on Friday, and he had an MRI that revealed the neuritis. He will not throw until he is asymptomatic.