The bounced back from their Thursday loss to retake the lead in the AL East with a victory over . In the NL Central, Ryan Braun’s 13th-inning homer gave Milwaukee a win in St. Louis. Meanwhile out west, the took the first game against the in an NL West showdown — and that’s not it, so let’s get to it …
Zobrist’s two-run homer in the 10th gave a 3-1 victory over the and the team’s 20th victory in its last 30 games. The Rays struck out 16 times in the game, but Zobrist and both homered to score all three of Tampa Bay’s runs.
He didn’t even start, but ‘s replacement sure finished. Dominguez hit a three-run homer off to give a 5-3 victory over the Reds. It was Chapman’s first blown save in 28 chances. His last blown save was against the on June 24. He has five blown saves this season. The first two hits off Chapman were bloops, but Dominguez came through with a blast. The four hits recorded by the Astros were twice as many as Chapman had allowed in any outing this season.
Castro’s fifth-inning single was his second hit of the night and 500th of his career. He became only the 28th player in history to record 500 hits before turning 23. He finished 3 for 5 with four RBI.
It’s never good when you have three more errors than hits. Pittsburgh committed seven errors in its 12-2 loss to the Cubs while managing only four hits. The Pirates managed only one hit off starter in his six innings of work and added three of their four hits (and both runs) in the eighth inning. Meanwhile, outfielder Starling Marte committed two errors, as did second baseman . Also adding errors were catcher , first baseman and shortstop . Pittsburgh has lost 11 of its last 16, and all of a sudden a .500 finish doesn’t seem as certain as it once did. The Pirates fell to 72-65.
After retiring nine of the first 10 batters that he faced, he got into trouble in the fourth. First, he hit and walked to set up ‘s three-run homer. added a two-run homer in the inning. He then gave up another home run in the fifth, a two-run shot by .
Hendriks started his 16th career game in the big leagues on Friday and is still looking for his first win. The Australian allowed four runs on eight hits, walking three and striking out two in five innings. He didn’t figure in the decision, but he’s still searching for that first W. Only four pitchers have begun their careers with more starts without picking up a win — Bill Caudill (20 from 1979-81), Mike Mohler (20 from 1993-97), Craig Anderson (17 from 1962-64) and (17 from 2007-07).
right-hander hasn’t allowed an earned run in s they can finish in the European places.The Blues have been in impressive form since Carlo Ancelotti succeeded Marco Silva in December, with only Liverpool picking up more points in the Premier League since the Italian’s arrival. “We’re looking tohis last 37 1/3 innings going into Saturday’s game against the . Medlen has two complete games in his past four starts, and his team has won each of the last 18 games he has started.
The Yankees hope can guarantee at least a split in their series in Baltimore and a division lead when they leave town. The Yankees send their ace to the mound in the third game of the series against the upstart Orioles. Sabathia is 1-1 with a 2.53 ERA in three starts since coming off the disabled list. Former Diamondback is making his third start for Baltimore. After a disastrous debut with the Orioles, he rebounded, throwing 6 1/3 shutout innings in his second start with his new team, a victory over the last week.
sends to the mound against and the . The last time that Verlander faced the Angels, he took a no-hitter into the eighth inning last July. That game is better remembered for the feud between and Carlos Guillen.
With MLB squeezing in another wild card this season, there’seration has confirmed an approach for the national team’s general co-ordinator Edu.Various reports have claimed the 40-year-old has an accepted an offer from former club Arsenal to become their new technical director.However, Edu will wait until afte a potential nightmare situation if a tie-breaker game is needed. .
. Two of the top three — and — are currently opard will not get drawn into mind games by Jose Mourinho.That is the view held by club legend Pat Nevin.Mourinho, who is a Chelsea legend in his own right, and Lampard’s old manager, is now in charge at Tottenham.The two teams are set to face off in n big league rosters.
Since was traded from the Mariners to the Yankees, his former team is 25-17 while his new team is 20-23, .
Was Candy Cummings the first pitcher to throw a curveball, or was he just the best publicist? Cummings wrote in 1908.
Jim Rooker recalls his walk from to Pittsburgh in 1989. 
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