KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ KOMU.com Baseball Baseball en-us Copyright 2017, KOMU.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Sat, 22 Jul 2017 00:07:02 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ 144 25 DeGrom wins seventh straight start, Mets top Cardinals 7-3 http://www.komu.com/news/degrom-wins-seventh-straight-start-mets-top-cardinals-7-3/ http://www.komu.com/news/degrom-wins-seventh-straight-start-mets-top-cardinals-7-3/ Baseball Wed, 19 Jul 2017 11:09:22 PM The Associated Press DeGrom wins seventh straight start, Mets top Cardinals 7-3

NEW YORK (AP) — Staked to an early lead, Jacob deGrom pitched into the seventh inning and won his career-best seventh straight start as the Mets beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-3 on Wednesday.

New York jumped on Mike Leake (6-8) for seven runs in the first two innings and cruised from there behind deGrom to snap a three-game losing streak.

DeGrom settled down after a 25-pitch first inning, allowing seven hits and striking out three.

He was pulled with two outs in the seventh after Luke Voit's double scored Greg Garcia for the Cardinals' first run.

The Mets sent eight batters to the plate in the first inning and strung together three straight run-scoring hits with two outs, capped by Wilmer Flores' RBI single.

New York added four more runs off Leake in the second, only one of them earned.

Third baseman Jedd Gyorko's throw sailed into right field on what could have been a double-play grounder by Astrubal Cabrera.

Jay Bruce followed with an RBI single and Yoenis Cespedes doubled to right to make it 5-0.

 


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Gordon's sac fly in 9th gives Royals 4-3 win over Tigers http://www.komu.com/news/gordon-s-sac-fly-in-9th-gives-royals-4-3-win-over-tigers/ http://www.komu.com/news/gordon-s-sac-fly-in-9th-gives-royals-4-3-win-over-tigers/ Baseball Wed, 19 Jul 2017 11:01:15 PM The Associated Press Gordon's sac fly in 9th gives Royals 4-3 win over Tigers

KANSAS CITY (AP) — Brandon Moss doubled off the wall in the ninth to score the tying run, and Alex Gordon drove him home with a sacrifice fly to bail out closer Kelvin Herrera and give the Kansas City Royals a 4-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night.

Moss homered in the third inning before coming through against Tigers closer Justin Wilson (3-4) in the ninth — shortly after Mikie Mahtook's two-run shot off Herrera had given Detroit the lead.

Moss went to third on the throw to the plate, and Gordon sent a fly ball to center that was just deep enough to give him his sixth career walk-off RBI and the Royals a much-needed win.

They had lost the first two games of the series and seven of eight overall.

 


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Choo Drives in Go-Ahead Run in 8th as Texas Beats Royals 1-0 http://www.komu.com/news/choo-drives-in-go-ahead-run-in-8th-as-texas-beats-royals-1-0/ http://www.komu.com/news/choo-drives-in-go-ahead-run-in-8th-as-texas-beats-royals-1-0/ Baseball Sat, 15 Jul 2017 10:43:21 PM The Associated Press Choo Drives in Go-Ahead Run in 8th as Texas Beats Royals 1-0

KANSAS CITY (AP) — Cole Hamels could have been frustrated or intimidated or annoyed by the effortless way Kansas City counterpart Danny Duffy was slicing up the Rangers lineup Saturday night.

Instead, he rather enjoyed it.

The quick innings allowed Hamels to get into a rhythm of his own, and the left-hander kept matching Duffy’s scoreless innings.

It wasn’t long after Hamels departed that Texas finally broke through, with Shin-Soo Choo flaring a lazy fly ball down the left-field line with one out in the ninth for a 1-0 victory — the Rangers’ 12th straight over the Royals.

“Duffy is a tremendous pitcher,” said Hamels, who scattered four hits and a walk with five strikeouts over 7 2/3 innings. “He was making good pitches, getting good outs, and it was up to me to go out and match him. ... It was kind of nice to be able to do that.”

Duffy (5-6) began the ninth by giving up a weak single to Jonathan Lucroy.

After pinch-runner Joey Gallo took second on a sacrifice bunt by Delino DeShields, Choo got just enough wood on Duffy’s 91st pitch to drop a fly ball in front of left fielder Alex Gordon.

“We needed to find a way to get a hit and we just didn’t. They did,” Royals manager Ned Yost said, “even though it was a jam-shot that won the game for them.”

It wasn’t quite over, though.

After Jose Leclerc (2-2) got the final out in the eighth for Texas, he walked the leadoff man in the ninth.

But Alex Claudio worked his way back from a 3-0 count to strike out Eric Hosmer, then got Salvador Perez to ground into a double play to earn his third save and second in as many nights.

“Great slow heartbeat by Claudio right there,” Rangers manager Jeff Banister said.

Most of the game shook out just as expected: an entertaining duel between talented left-handers.

Hamels rolled in on a 13 1/3-inning scoreless streak and was 3-0 in three starts against the Royals since arriving in Texas.

Duffy carried a shutout into the eighth when the teams met in April in Arlington, and he was amped up making his first home start since mid-May.

Texas was first to threaten when Mike Napoli led off the second with a triple, but Duffy set down the next three batters.

The only other hit he allowed until the eighth was a one-out single by Carlos Gomez in the fifth, and Duffy picked him off first base.

“Everything was working,” he said.

Hamels waded through far more trouble in the third inning.

He started by walking Alcides Escobar, who hadn’t earned a free pass in 115 plate appearances.

Hamels then gave up a single to Brandon Moss and a two-out single to Jorge Bonifacio, who was robbed of driving in the game’s first run when shortstop Elvis Andrus leaped up to knock down the ball.

With the bases loaded, Hamels calmly got Lorenzo Cain to ground out and end the inning.

“The guy has been doing it for a long time. It’s always fun to have matchups like that,” said Duffy, who allowed five hits and four strikeouts without a walk in 8 1/3 innings. “He did a heck of a job. They just came out on top. Somebody had to lose this game. It is what it is.”

 


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Lynn shuts down Pirates as Cardinals cruise 4-0 http://www.komu.com/news/lynn-shuts-down-pirates-as-cardinals-cruise-4-0/ http://www.komu.com/news/lynn-shuts-down-pirates-as-cardinals-cruise-4-0/ Baseball Sat, 15 Jul 2017 10:48:56 PM The Associated Press Lynn shuts down Pirates as Cardinals cruise 4-0

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Lance Lynn worked 6 1/3 innings and added a rare run-scoring double at the plate as the St. Louis Cardinals cooled off the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-0 on Saturday night.

Lynn (8-6) allowed eight hits and struck out three without issuing a walk to win his second straight start.

Lynn hasn't allowed a run in his last 13 1/3 innings of work.

Tommy Pham had three hits and an RBI for St. Louis.

Matt Carpenter went 2 for 4 with an RBI as the Cardinals sent the Pirates to just their second loss in the last eight games.

Jameson Taillon (5-3) lost for the first time in nearly a month.

The Cardinals pecked away at Taillon for four runs in five innings.

Taillon struck out five but tied a season high by allowing eight hits.

Francisco Cervelli went 2 for 4 with a double for Pirates.

Pittsburgh left nine runners on base and went 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position.

 


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Two friends make USSSA regional team on third try http://www.komu.com/news/two-friends-make-usssa-regional-team-on-third-try/ http://www.komu.com/news/two-friends-make-usssa-regional-team-on-third-try/ Baseball Mon, 10 Jul 2017 9:17:11 AM Ben Burke, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter Two friends make USSSA regional team on third try

ASHLAND - The 2017 USSSA Central Region teams feature two mid-Missouri boys with two similar paths, and a story of perserverance and friendship.

Columbia's Tyler Stine and Ashland's Carter Salter each made a Central Region U-12 team, and will compete at the 2017 USSSA All-American Showcase in Orlando, Florida in August.

Both Stine and Salter were surprised they were picked at first.

"I didn't think I was at that level yet, but I still had a good feeling I was going to make it, and when I got the call I thought I was getting pranked," Stine said.

"I was just excited, I didn't believe it at first because I had been trying for a long time," Salter said.

The story of Salter and Stine goes all the way back to when the two played in the same U-9 league.

Two years ago, both tried out to make a USSSA Central Region team, and neither of them did. The result was the same last year.

"[Not making the team] made me want to keep pushing harder and try to make it again," Salter said. "And eventually I did."

Going through the experience of trying out together the first two years helped the boys the third time around.

"Knowing each other, having someone to play catch with, that made them a little more comfortable to try out rather than just it being a bunch of strangers," Salter's dad Stacy said.

Their friendship didn't just help the two be more comfortable on the ball field. It also gave each of them a bar to reach for when working on their game.

"If you want to succeed in sports, you need to have that measuring stick that you can go 'ok, I'm right about here, but I need to be right about here, so what is that going to take'," Stine's stepdad Josh Koch said. "'I see what this guy's doing over here, he's working a couple extra hours at night, he's out in the back yard, well maybe I need to start doing that.'"

Now, the story of two friends has turned into a story of two baseball families making plans to travel to the All-American Showcase.

"To find out they both made the team this year, and us knowing them in the past, it's kind of neat to watch," Stacy Salter said.

While Stine and Salter both made the all american games, they will actually be playing on different teams.

Stine will play on the Central Region "American League" team, and Salter will be on the "National League" team.

The games run Aug. 6 through the 12th.

 


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Kershaw tosses 6-hitter, Dodgers beat Royals 5-2 for sweep http://www.komu.com/news/kershaw-tosses-6-hitter-dodgers-beat-royals-5-2-for-sweep/ http://www.komu.com/news/kershaw-tosses-6-hitter-dodgers-beat-royals-5-2-for-sweep/ Baseball Sun, 9 Jul 2017 10:06:56 PM The Associated Press Kershaw tosses 6-hitter, Dodgers beat Royals 5-2 for sweep

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clayton Kershaw tossed a six-hitter to become the majors' first 14-game winner, Justin Turner homered twice, and the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Kansas City Royals 5-2 on Sunday to complete their major league-best 10th sweep and sixth straight victory.

The streaking Dodgers head into the All-Star break owning baseball's best record of 61-29. They've won 18 of their last 19 at home, where they lead the majors with a 39-11 mark.

Kershaw (14-2) allowed two runs and six hits on 99 pitches, struck out 13 and walked none to set the Dodgers' record for most wins at the break.

The All-Star left-hander, who won't pitch in Tuesday's showcase in Miami, is 10-0 over his last 13 starts, all Los Angeles victories. He allowed a run for the first time in four outings.

Danny Duffy (5-5) gave up five runs and six hits in seven innings. He struck out nine and didn't walk anyone.


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Pham, DeJong, Voit homer as Lynn, Cardinals shutout Mets 6-0 http://www.komu.com/news/pham-dejong-voit-homer-as-lynn-cardinals-shutout-mets-6-0/ http://www.komu.com/news/pham-dejong-voit-homer-as-lynn-cardinals-shutout-mets-6-0/ Baseball Sun, 9 Jul 2017 9:59:14 PM The Associated Press Pham, DeJong, Voit homer as Lynn, Cardinals shutout Mets 6-0

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Tommy Pham, Paul DeJong and Luke Voit homered and Lance Lynn pitched seven innings of three-hit ball as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the New York Mets 6-0 on Sunday.

It was Lynn's longest outing since May 23, when he threw 123 pitches in eight scoreless innings in a 2-1 loss to Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers. Lynn's two strikeouts is a season low, but he needed just 93 pitches while facing two batters over the minimum.

Lynn (7-6) did not allow a runner past first and lowered his ERA to 3.61.

Trevor Rosenthal struck out the side in the eighth and John Brebbia pitched a scoreless ninth as the Cardinals finished a 6-4 homestand and moved into a tie with the Chicago Cubs for second place in the National League Central.

Steven Matz (2-2) gave up five runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings, his shortest outing since June 3. He struck out a season-low one.


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Dodgers beat Royals 5-4 for 60th win before All-Star break http://www.komu.com/news/dodgers-beat-royals-5-4-for-60th-win-before-all-star-break/ http://www.komu.com/news/dodgers-beat-royals-5-4-for-60th-win-before-all-star-break/ Baseball Sat, 8 Jul 2017 11:00:45 PM The Associated Press Dodgers beat Royals 5-4 for 60th win before All-Star break

LOS ANGELES (AP) — All-Star rookie Cody Bellinger drew a bases-loaded walk to force in the winning run in the 10th inning and the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers rallied to beat the Kansas City Royals 5-4 Saturday night for their fifth straight victory.

The Dodgers (60-29) reached the 60-win mark before the All-Star break for the first time since 1974.

They are just the third team in franchise history to do so since 1933, joining the 1973 and '74 squads that had 63 wins each.

Royals reliever Scott Alexander loaded the bases on consecutive walks to Chase Utley, Corey Seager and Justin Turner leading off the inning.

He was replaced by Kelvin Herrera.

With the infield drawn in, fans chanted "Cody! Cody!" as Bellinger worked a full count before walking to force in Utley.

 


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DeJong homers, has 4 hits as Wainwright, Cards beat Mets 4-1 http://www.komu.com/news/dejong-homers-has-4-hits-as-wainwright-cards-beat-mets-4-1/ http://www.komu.com/news/dejong-homers-has-4-hits-as-wainwright-cards-beat-mets-4-1/ Baseball Sat, 8 Jul 2017 6:43:29 PM The Associated Press DeJong homers, has 4 hits as Wainwright, Cards beat Mets 4-1

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Paul DeJong homered as part of a four-hit game and Adam Wainwright won his third consecutive start as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the New York Mets 4-1 on Saturday.

Wainwright (10-5) pitched 6 2/3 innings, lasting into the seventh for the third time in his last four starts.

Three of the five hits he allowed came in the seventh and he struck out seven, including the side in the sixth inning.

Seung Hwan Oh earned his 18th save in 21 chances.

Matt Bowman got Wainwright out of his seventh-inning jam and Brett Cecil pitched a scoreless eighth.

DeJong notched his first career four-hit game with three doubles to go along with the homer.

The rookie drove in two and scored twice. He is hitting .625 (10 for 16) during a five-game hitting streak.

DeJong's leadoff homer in the third gave the Cardinals a 1-0 lead.

It is the third time in DeJong's 34-game career that he has hit home runs in back-to-back days.

 


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Perez homers in 10th to give Royals 9-6 win over Mariners http://www.komu.com/news/perez-homers-in-10th-to-give-royals-9-6-win-over-mariners/ http://www.komu.com/news/perez-homers-in-10th-to-give-royals-9-6-win-over-mariners/ Baseball Fri, 7 Jul 2017 11:50:20 PM Associated Press Perez homers in 10th to give Royals 9-6 win over Mariners

SEATTLE (AP) Less than two months after sitting 10 games below .500, the Kansas City Royals are rolling into the All-Star break and on the cusp of the lead in the AL Central.

Salvador Perez hit a two-run homer in the 10th, Alex Gordon added a two-out RBI single later in the inning and the Royals completed a three-game sweep with a 9-6 win over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night.

Perez drove the second pitch from reliever James Pazos (2-2) out to right field for his 17th homer of the season, an inning that started with an error by Seattle's Robinson Cano. It was the third home run of the game for Kansas City, adding to earlier two-run shots by Mike Moustakas and Lorenzo Cain.

Kansas City won for the sixth time in seven games and handed Seattle its seventh straight loss at home. The Royals are a half-game behind Cleveland for the lead in the AL Central.

"I didn't really think about. I just knew we would find a way to do it, get back into it," Kansas City manager Ned Yost said.

Perez said he was looking for a pitch on the outside half of the plate after striking out in both the sixth and eighth innings on pitches away.

"I was looking for something out over the plate. He threw me that pitch and I didn't miss," Perez said.

Mike Minor (5-1) pitched the ninth to get the victory and Kelvin Herrera threw the 10th for his 19th save to cap a stellar performance from the Kansas City bullpen. The Royals' relievers allowed one hit and struck out four in five scoreless innings of relief.

"We felt good, the bullpen just holding the fort until we could score," Yost said.

Minor had a scare when Mike Zunino led off the ninth with a flyball to deep left field that Gordon caught one step in front of the wall. Zunino's near-miss encapsulated Seattle's night, rallying from an early 4-0 deficit only to be held scoreless for the final seven innings.

"I didn't think it was going to get that far. But then when you see it get so close, you get a little disappointed," Zunino said.

Nelson Cruz, Jean Segura and Zunino all homered off American League wins leader Jason Vargas for Seattle, but the Mariners were held scoreless after Cruz's homer leading off the third. Seattle is 2-8 in its last 10 games overall.

"It's a critical point in our season right now. It really is," Seattle manager Scott Servais said. "We haven't played well over the last 10 days or so. We've struggled and we've got to get it turned around, moving in the right direction heading into the All-Star break."

Headed to the All-Star Game for the first time, Vargas had his worst performance of the season against one of his former teams. He matched a season high by allowing six earned runs, and the three home runs equaled the number Vargas had allowed in his previous six starts combined.

Vargas was headed toward his first loss since May 22 until Cain's two-out, two-run homer in the fifth inning tied it at 6-all. Cain hit a 3-2 fastball from starter Ariel Miranda off the out-of-town scoreboard for his 11th homer of the season.

Miranda didn't look like he would make it out of the first inning after allowing a two-run double to Eric Hosmer and the two-run shot to Moustakas. Miranda quickly settled down, retiring 10 of 11 before a leadoff walk to Gordon opening the fifth. Three batters later, Miranda missed with his 3-2 pitch to Cain and lost out on his chance at an eighth win before the All-Star break.

Moustakas continued his hot stretch. He's homered in three straight games and in six of the past eight. His 25 homers are tied for the most by an AL third baseman prior to the All-Star break.

Cruz hit the 299th home run of his career despite a sore knee that turned his home run trot into glorified speed walking. It was his first long ball since June 4, snapping a string of 87 at-bats without going deep. Cruz also had an RBI groundout in the first inning.

The Royals will skip Travis Wood's turn in the rotation and have Danny Duffy start on Sunday against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the final game before the All-Star break. Duffy will be opposed by Clayton Kershaw.

 


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Harper homers twice, Scherzer dominates as Nats beat Cards http://www.komu.com/news/harper-homers-twice-scherzer-dominates-as-nats-beat-cards/ http://www.komu.com/news/harper-homers-twice-scherzer-dominates-as-nats-beat-cards/ Baseball Mon, 3 Jul 2017 1:24:38 AM The Associated Press Harper homers twice, Scherzer dominates as Nats beat Cards

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Bryce Harper homered twice against Carlos Martinez, Max Scherzer struck out 12 over seven scoreless innings and the Washington Nationals beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-2 on Sunday night.

Harper also doubled and had four RBIs to pace Washington, which snapped a three-game skid and had lost five of seven.

The Cardinals had won four straight and six of seven overall, including series victories over the Arizona Diamondbacks and Nationals.

Scherzer (10-5) allowed two hits and two walks while lowering his major league-leading ERA to 1.94. Scherzer's double-digit strikeout performance was his 10th this season and 59th of his career.

Martinez (6-7) entered the game ranked fourth in the NL in ERA but allowed five runs in five innings.


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Escobar, Royals remain hot, beat Twins 6-2 http://www.komu.com/news/escobar-royals-remain-hot-beat-twins-6-2/ http://www.komu.com/news/escobar-royals-remain-hot-beat-twins-6-2/ Baseball Mon, 3 Jul 2017 1:21:47 AM The Associated Press Escobar, Royals remain hot, beat Twins 6-2

KANSAS CITY (AP) — Alcides Escobar had two hits and two RBIs and Scott Alexander picked up his first major league victory as the Kansas City Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 6-2 on Sunday.

The Royals have won 15 of 21 games to move a game above .500 and into a tie with the Twins for second place in the American League Central.

Escobar went 7-for-16 with four extra-base hits, including a home run, with seven RBIs and scored four runs in the four-game series. He has raised his average 50 points since June 13 from .180 to .230, going 27-for-71, .380, in that 19-game span.

Travis Wood, who was making his first start since Sept. 19, 2015 while with the Chicago Cubs and 108 relief appearances, was pulled after 81 pitches and four-plus innings. Wood was removed in the fifth after facing three batters and retiring none. Brian Dozier and Robbie Grossman had RBI-singles in the inning.

Alexander (1-2) replaced Wood and induced Eduardo Escobar to ground into an inning ending double play with the bases loaded.


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Royals split doubleheader, stay a game behind Twins http://www.komu.com/news/royals-split-doubleheader-stay-a-game-behind-twins/ http://www.komu.com/news/royals-split-doubleheader-stay-a-game-behind-twins/ Baseball Sat, 1 Jul 2017 11:36:12 PM The Associated Press Royals split doubleheader, stay a game behind Twins

KANSAS CITY - Miguel Sano belted a three-run homer, Felix Jorge pitched five-plus solid innings to win his major league debut and the Minnesota Twins held off the Kansas City Royals 10-5 on Saturday night for a split of a doubleheader.

Brandon Moss, Alcides Escobar and Alex Gordon, the Royals' 7-8-9 hitters, went a combined 6-for-12 with three home runs, seven RBIs and scored six runs as the Royals rallied from a four-run deficit to beat the Twins 11-6 in the opener.

Sano continued to torment the Royals, hitting safely in all 11 games against them this season with five home runs and 24 RBIs.

Sano also homered in both games.

Eddie Rosario went 5-for-5 and scored three runs in the second game.

Rosario's single scored Kennys Vargas in a three-run ninth.

Sano hit a three-run homer in a four-run fifth off Jason Hammel (4-7) to put the Twins up 4-2.

 


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Cardinals escape with thrilling win over Nationals http://www.komu.com/news/cardinals-escape-with-thrilling-win-over-nationals/ http://www.komu.com/news/cardinals-escape-with-thrilling-win-over-nationals/ Baseball Sat, 1 Jul 2017 10:34:11 PM The Associated Press Cardinals escape with thrilling win over Nationals

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Alex Mejia's first two major league hits — including an eighth-inning home run — were the difference as the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Washington Nationals 2-1 Saturday night.

The Cardinals have won four straight and six of their last seven.

Washington, which is the only team in the National League yet to be shut out this season, has lost three straight and five of its last seven.

Michael Wacha (5-3), celebrating his 26th birthday, was coming off his best start in more than a month and tossed six scoreless innings.

He surrendered four hits, including two to Anthony Rendon, but struck out a season-high nine and walked one.

Washington left-hander Gio Gonzalez (7-3), who was coming off a loss to the Cubs, was nearly as good against an all right-handed hitting Cardinals lineup that included four rookies.

He allowed one run and two hits over seven innings, striking out nine and walking two.

 


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Grichuk, Gyorko homer, lead Cardinals over Reds 8-2 http://www.komu.com/news/grichuk-gyorko-homer-lead-cardinals-over-reds-8-2/ http://www.komu.com/news/grichuk-gyorko-homer-lead-cardinals-over-reds-8-2/ Baseball Mon, 26 Jun 2017 7:08:24 PM The Associated Press Grichuk, Gyorko homer, lead Cardinals over Reds 8-2

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Randal Grichuk and Jedd Gyorko each homered and drove in three runs, leading the St. Louis Cardinals over the Cincinnati Reds 8-2 on Monday.

It was a makeup for an April 29 game that was postponed because of severe weather.

Grichuk hit his second homer in two games since being recalled from Triple-A. The two-run drive in the fourth inning was his sixth of the season.

Michael Wacha (4-3), who began the day with an 8.17 ERA over his last seven starts, limited the Reds to one run on five hits in six innings. He struck out five and walked one.

Brandon Finnegan (1-1) was activated off the disabled list after missing more than two months because of a shoulder problem. The lefty exited in the fourth with a strained left triceps.

Finnegan gave up three runs in the first inning. He allowed three hits and four walks overall.


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Jays avoid Royal sweep in Kansas City http://www.komu.com/news/jays-avoid-royal-sweep-in-kansas-city/ http://www.komu.com/news/jays-avoid-royal-sweep-in-kansas-city/ Baseball Sun, 25 Jun 2017 9:35:25 PM Associated Press Jays avoid Royal sweep in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Back on the mound, Roberto Osuna settled into his comfort zone.

The Toronto closer struck out three in a scoreless ninth inning a day after saying he was dealing with anxiety issues, and the Blue Jays avoided a sweep by beating the Kansas City Royals 8-2 Sunday.

"I felt really good and I felt better than yesterday and the day before," Osuna said through a translator. "I'm just ready to work on that and get over it."

Jose Bautista homered and drove in a season-high four runs and Francisco Liriano earned his 100th career victory.

Osuna didn't pitch in a save situation on Friday night, and the Blue Jays' bullpen let a game get away. On Saturday, the 22-year-old reliever said he was out of sorts mentally and feeling lost.

Osuna has received an outpouring of support on social media.

"I didn't read everything, but I hear about it," he said. "I really appreciate the support of the people, but I have other stuff to think about right now. I just thank the fans for that, but I'm just trying to work on that by myself."

"I'm just trying to do my best when I go out there and I'm trying to follow directions, whatever the doctors and trainers here tell me to do. I just follow directions and hopefully it's going to get better," he said.

Osuna, who has 19 saves, returned to the mound in a non-save spot and gave up an infield single while getting the last three outs.

"If there comes a time or day he doesn't feel he could, he would let us know," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "But that's personal stuff. You guys need to stay out of that."

Bautista hit a two-run, 450-foot homer in the fifth that tied it. He walked with the bases loaded in a five-run sixth and singled home Kevin Pillar, who had three hits, in the seventh.

Bautista did a little celebration dance with Osuna after the final out.

"Hopefully he can continue to come out there when we need him," Bautista said. "It's encouraging to see him just go out and pitch well."

Liriano (4-3) allowed two runs on six hits while pitching into the seventh. He improved to 100-95 in 12 seasons with Toronto, Minnesota, the White Sox and Pittsburgh.

The Blue Jays scored five runs off relievers Scott Alexander (0-2) and Peter Moylan, who combined to face six batters and retire none. Josh Donaldson's two-run double was the key hit in the sixth.

Royals starter Jason Hammel left after five innings and 105 pitches. He gave up five hits and struck out six.

Jorge Bonifacio homered in the first for the Royals. He doubled in the fourth and scored on Eric Hosmer's single.

"You win the first two games, you're obviously disappointed you don't sweep," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "The fact we won the series is a little bit of a consolation."

After Moylan was pulled in the sixth, he had a few choice words on the way to the dugout for plate umpire John Tumpane and was ejected. Moylan had issues with Tumpane's strike zone.

"I don't know whether you noticed my reaction, but I felt a couple of them could have been called strikes in that situation," Moylan said when he walked Bautista. "A 2-2 count as opposed to a 3-1 count changes the whole at-bat and the whole game really."

The Royals will play their next seven games against AL Central opponents Detroit and Minnesota. Kansas City is 9-18 within the division. The Royals are 12-7 against AL East clubs, 11-10 against AL West and 5-2 against the National League.

Royals: LHP Danny Duffy (right oblique strain) made his first minor league rehab start Saturday for Triple-A Omaha. He allowed two runs on three hits, including a home run, struck out three and walked one. "He felt good. His stuff was good," Yost said. Duffy threw 48 pitches. His next scheduled start will be Thursday at Colorado Springs.

Blue Jays: After an off-day Monday, RHP Kevin Gausman (3-7, 6.47) will start Tuesday against visiting Baltimore.

Royals: LHP Matt Strahm (2-4, 4.80) will start Tuesday at Detroit.


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Mercer, Harrison homer in Pittsburgh's win over St. Louis http://www.komu.com/news/mercer-harrison-homer-in-pittsburgh-s-win-over-st-louis/ http://www.komu.com/news/mercer-harrison-homer-in-pittsburgh-s-win-over-st-louis/ Baseball Sat, 24 Jun 2017 9:35:29 PM The Associated Press Mercer, Harrison homer in Pittsburgh's win over St. Louis

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jordy Mercer and Josh Harrison homered and starter Gerrit Cole pitched six innings, lifting the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 7-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday night.

Cole (6-6) extended his winning streak to three games, allowing five hits and one run with five strikeouts and two walks.

In Cole's four losing starts from May 22 through June 8, he surrendered 23 runs in 19 1/3 innings. Since then, he has reeled off three solid starts. Before Saturday, he allowed just three hits and one run in seven innings in each of his previous two starts.

Pittsburgh has won four of its last six games.

Slumping St. Louis has dropped eight of its last 11. The 33-40 start for the Cardinals is their worst since 2007.


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Royals can't figure out Sale, get blown out by Red Sox http://www.komu.com/news/royals-can-t-figure-out-sale-get-blown-out-by-red-sox/ http://www.komu.com/news/royals-can-t-figure-out-sale-get-blown-out-by-red-sox/ Baseball Tue, 20 Jun 2017 11:03:05 PM The Associated Press Royals can't figure out Sale, get blown out by Red Sox

KANSAS CITY (AP) — Chris Sale shut down the Kansas City Royals while pitching into the ninth inning, and a rag-tag bunch of Boston Red Sox filling in for injured starters pounded their way to an 8-3 victory Tuesday night.

The win moved the Sox into first place in the AL East.

Sale (9-3) gave up a homer to Mike Moustakas in the second and a two-run shot to Jorge Bonifacio in the ninth before departing two outs shy of his second consecutive complete game.

He allowed four hits and fanned 10, pushing his major league-leading strikeout total to 146 this season.

More importantly, he got a win after going the distance in a 1-0 loss to Philadelphia last week.

Xander Bogaerts and Sandy Leon each drove in a pair of runs for Boston.

The Red Sox got plenty of production from a lineup missing Pablo Sandoval, Dustin Pedroia and Mitch Moreland to various injuries.

 


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Seven-run 11th fuels Cardinal's blowout win http://www.komu.com/news/seven-run-11th-fuels-cardinal-s-blowout-win/ http://www.komu.com/news/seven-run-11th-fuels-cardinal-s-blowout-win/ Baseball Tue, 20 Jun 2017 9:56:32 PM The Associated Press Seven-run 11th fuels Cardinal's blowout win

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Yadier Molina and Tommy Pham both homered in a seven-run 11th inning to help the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 8-1 Tuesday night.

Stephen Piscotty had a two-run double off Casey Fien after Edubray Ramos (0-5) started the inning with two walks.

Molina and Pham followed with homers as the Cardinals scored the most runs in one inning so far this season.

Fien gave up both homers and then a single to Chad Huffman and double to Carpenter before the pitcher was removed.

Philadelphia has now lost 12 of its last 13 games.

Kevin Siegrist (1-1) pitched one inning in relief to earn the win.

Mike Leake started the game for St. Louis and allowed one run and three hits in six innings.

Jeremy Hellickson gave up six hits and a run in seven innings.

His only blemish was a solo homer for Jedd Gyorko in the second inning.

Philadelphia scored its lone run of the game on a Maikel Franco RBI single after Leake walked the first two batters in the fourth inning.

 


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Royals' Hosmer, Perez in position for All-Star Game starts http://www.komu.com/news/royals-hosmer-perez-in-position-for-all-star-game-starts/ http://www.komu.com/news/royals-hosmer-perez-in-position-for-all-star-game-starts/ Baseball Tue, 20 Jun 2017 6:01:46 PM Reese Johnson, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Royals' Hosmer, Perez in position for All-Star Game starts

KANSAS CITY - Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer and catcher Salvador Perez led American League All-Star voting at their respective positions as of the latest update from Major League Baseball on Tuesday.

Hosmer (936,734 votes) passed both Oakland's Yonder Alonso (887,645 votes) and Detroit's Miguel Cabrera (831,289 votes) in the time since the last update was released. Batting .308 with 81 hits thus far in 2017, Hosmer leads AL first baseman in both categories. He has added eight home runs and 30 RBI in 69 games. 

Perez (1,453,088 votes) has a slim lead on Houston's Brian McCann (1,051,138 votes) and New York's Gary Sanchez (1,045,471 votes) at the catcher position. Should he make the team, it would be the fifth consecutive All-Star Game appereance for Perez. 

In last year's All-Star Game at Petco Park, Hosmer and Perez combined for all four American League RBIs in a 4-2 victory over the National League. Hosmer took home game MVP honors, becoming the Kansas City player to win the award since Bo Jackson in 1989. 

Voting for the 88th Major League Baseball All-Star Game ends on Thursday, June 29. The game will be played on Tuesday, July 11 at Marlins Park in Miami. 


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