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    TAMPA — After a disastrous night across the bay, there was good news for the Yankees. Nestor Cortes threw three simulated innings Saturday morning and came out expecting to be activated off the injured list next week and potentially pitch in the series against the Twins at the Stadium. “I still have to talk to [Aaron Boone], and he just left, so I think whenever he wants. I think my 15 days are up on Monday, if I’m not mistaken, and can come off on Tuesday. Maybe somewhere along the Minnesota series,” Cortes said. Cortes was placed on the injured list with a left groin strain retroactive to Aug. 22. He has maintained it was a slight strain and has continued throwing and even running during the IL stint. He threw 45 pitches in three simulated innings against minor league hitters at the Yankees minor league complex. He also fielded some bunts and threw to first base. Pitching coach Matt Blake, bullpen coach Mike Harkey and Boone sat in the stands to watch. Cortes was encouraged he can pick right...
    WASHINGTON — Jacob deGrom threw the 59 most-anticipated pitches of his life on Tuesday. Making his first MLB start since July 7, 2021, deGrom used those 59 pitches to complete five efficient innings. He struck out six Nationals, allowed three hits and one run while walking nobody. Unfortunately for the Mets, Stephen Nogosek followed him and gave up back-to-back home runs to Luis Garcia and Yadiel Hernandez, fueling the Nationals’ 5-1 win on the same day they traded Juan Soto. In the grand scheme of things, a Tuesday night loss to Washington doesn’t mean much. It did snap the Mets’ season-high seven-game winning streak, but with the trade deadline and deGrom’s return happening on the same day, the future is the focus. The team should ramp up deGrom’s pitch counts with each outing, given that his body cooperates. Every bone, ligament and tendon looked to be working on Tuesday, as deGrom was responsible for each of the game’s 17 hardest-thrown pitches. His first pitch of the night whizzed across the plate at 99 miles per hour, and later in that...
    MIAMI (AP) — Jon Gray pitched six innings of four-hit ball, Adolis García homered and the Texas Rangers beat the reeling Miami Marlins 8-0 on Thursday. García drove in three runs, helping Texas stop a four-game slide. Marcus Semien had two hits and reached base four times. The Marlins lost their fourth straight, and their scoreless streak reached 34 innings. They last scored in the second inning of their 2-1 loss against Philadelphia on July 15. Miami also tied a club record with its ninth consecutive game without a home run. Marlins teams in 1993 and 2019 had similar droughts. Gray (7-4) struck out five and walked two. Matt Moore, Matt Bush and Dennis Santana each got three outs, finishing the Rangers’ seven-hitter. Rangers shortstop Corey Seager rejoined the team in Miami after appearing in the All-Star Game. But he got the day off. Texas jumped in front on consecutive RBI singles by Nathaniel Lowe, Jonah Helm and García in the third. García added a two-run shot in the fifth, driving the first pitch from Miami starter Pablo López over...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Boston Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale left Sunday’s game against the New York Yankees after being hit by a line drive in the first inning. With two outs, Aaron Hicks hit a 106.6 mph line drive off Sale’s hand. The ball was deflected into center field as Gleyber Torres scored to give New York a 3-0 lead. Sale screamed out in pain, immediately ran off the field and was replaced by Hirokazu Sawamura. Sale was making his second start since returning from a fractured rib Tuesday at Tampa Bay. He threw 78 pitches in five scoreless innings and threw 24 pitches on Sunday before leaving the game. During the major league lockout, Sale broke a rib while working out on his own. Sale, who is signed through 2024 in a five-year, $145 million deal, has thrown just 48 1/3 innings for the Red Sox since the end of the 2019 season. Last season, he went 5-1 with a 3.16 ERA in nine starts in his return from Tommy John surgery. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and...
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Zack Greinke pitched five scoreless innings of three-hit ball and the Kansas City Royals slowed the Cleveland Guardians 5-1 on Sunday. A day after the Guardians got a season-high 23 hits in a 13-1 romp, Greinke (3-5) and four relievers combined on a five-hitter. Greinke struck out five and walked one in his 222nd career win. In the third inning, Greinke threw his 50,000th total pitch in the majors. Now in his 19th season, the 38-year-old righty became the 17th pitcher to reach that feat since 1988, when pitch count data became available. Justin Verlander is the only other active player to reach the mark. MJ Melendez drove in two runs and Andrew Benintendi extended his on-base streak to an AL-best 19 games. Benintendi hit an RBI single in the fifth and Melendez had a two-run single later in the inning. Kyle Isbel and Nicky Lopez also had RBI singles for the Royals. Zach Plesac (2-6) gave up three earned runs and six hits in five innings. He began the game with a 6-0 record...
    The bullpen had begun to move between innings, relievers milling about to stretch or throw weighted balls against the padded wall. But none stood on the mound to warm up in earnest, even though right-hander Tyler Wells had thrown 75 pitches, four shy of his career high, through five innings. The Orioles (21-29) have been especially cautious with Wells this season. He underwent Tommy John surgery in 2019 and missed the 2020 season because the coronavirus prompted the cancelation of the minor league season. But on Monday night at Fenway Park, the reins that have been holding Wells back for much of the campaign were loosened — not entirely, but enough to allow for the best start of his career, offering a glimmer of what could be possible come 2023, when the reins are released entirely. Wells’ display was the launching pad for Baltimore, but the bats did the rest in the 10-0 victory that sealed a five-game series win. The closer-turned-starter completed six innings for the second time this season. He turned in his longest scoreless stretch, threw a...
    After his previous start, Jordan Lyles made it clear that whenever he had the opportunity to spare the Orioles’ bullpen of an inning, he would happily claim it for himself. Thus, having thrown 106 pitches through six innings Monday night at Yankee Stadium, Lyles took the mound for the seventh. He recorded two outs before the New York lineup turned over, and when Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde left the dugout for the mound, Lyles sent him back without a pitching change. A flared Anthony Rizzo single on Lyles’ 117th pitch officially ended his night, but a day after the Orioles’ bullpen was asked to record all of Sunday’s 33 outs, Lyles went more than deep enough for Baltimore in a 6-4 victory to open their series with the Yankees. It marked only the second time in Hyde’s managerial tenure that he tasked a starter with that many pitches. Sunday’s starter, Spenser Watkins, threw only 13 before exiting with a bruised right forearm, an injury that landed him on the injured list Monday amid a collection of roster moves as Baltimore...
    DETROIT (AP) — Zach Logue pitched seven sharp innings in his second major league start and the Oakland Athletics spoiled the debut of Joey Wentz by thumping the floundering Detroit Tigers 9-0 on Wednesday. Sean Murphy and Kevin Smith each drove in two while Christian Bethancourt supplied three hits, two runs scored and an RBI for the A’s. Ramon Laureano reached base three times, scored two runs and drove in another. Oakland, which entered Detroit on a nine-game losing streak, is 3-1 in the five-game series. The Tigers have lost eight of their last nine, scoring two runs or less in each of those defeats. Logue (2-1), making his third career appearance, held Detroit to five hits, walked none and struck out six. The A’s battered Wentz for six runs on seven hits in 2 2/3 innings of his first game in the majors. Miguel Cabrera led the Tigers with three hits. Oakland scored a run in the first on Murphy’s two-out single. The A’s increased their lead to 3-0 in the second on Cristian Pache’s RBI single and...
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Gerrit Cole pitched six sharp innings, the Yankees resorted to manufacturing runs against sloppy Kansas City pitching, and New York went beat the Royals 3-0 Saturday night for its eighth straight win. Cole (2-0) allowed five hits and two walks while striking out six in another dominant start at Kauffman Stadium. The Cy Young runner-up a year ago has allowed only two earned runs in 21 1/3 innings in the pitcher-friendly ballpark. Aroldis Chapman worked a perfect ninth for his fifth save, helping the Yankees improve to 15-6 — just the fifth time since 1959 that the 27-time World Series champions have won at least 15 of their first 21 games. Normally a power-hitting team, the Yankees saw Gleyber Torres and Isiah Kiner-Falefa manage sacrifice flies off Carlos Hernandez (0-1). New York had 18 homers in its previous seven games. Hernandez walked five of the first 15 batters he faced and, at one point, had thrown more balls (37) than strikes (36). But the right-hander limited the damage against a lineup that loves to inflict...
    SAN FRANCISCO — Carlos Rodón took the mound for the first time Saturday afternoon to “Rooster,” the seminal grunge track by Alice In Chains, and fired his warm-up pitches with the top button of his jersey flapping in the breeze off the San Francisco Bay. As he walked off of it for the final time after the fifth inning, he leaped and pumped his fist and soaked in the standing ovation from fans who witnessed one of the most marvelous pitching debuts in franchise history. By the time his day was over, Rodón had struck out a dozen Marlins, more than all but two other pitchers in their first start with the Giants, and recorded swings and misses on more than a quarter of his 89 total pitches. He did all this in five innings, while allowing only one run, but came up empty in the decision as the Giants struggled almost as much to hit Marlins starter Pablo López. Gifted brilliance by Rodón, neither the Giants’ bats nor their bullpen could back it up. The Giants mounted one scoring...
    JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — At a time when many starters are throwing two innings before hitting the showers, Max Scherzer pitched five innings of one-run ball in his New York Mets spring debut. He cruised against a Miami Marlins lineup stacked with major leaguers. “He’s as advertised,” Mets manager Buck Showalter said. “He’s engaged in the competition. He’s got a consistent on button.” Scherzer, 37, took the mound focused mostly on throwing strikes. He succeeded, finding the zone with 55 of his 72 pitches. He surrendered three hits and didn’t walk anyone, while striking out five. At one point Scherzer retired nine consecutive hitters. “First time out I just wanted to come in and fill up the zone,” Scherzer said. “If you have a feel for the strike zone then you learn how to kind of pitch around the strike zone.” One of the three hits Scherzer surrendered came on Jazz Chisholm’s bunt down the third base line to lead off the game. “People bunt,” Scherzer said, “People hit. It’s part of the game.” Chisholm stole second and eventually...
    HOUSTON (AP) — José Urquidy started Eddie Rosario with strikes. Five of them in a row. Looking calm and poised a night after overamped rotation-mate Framber Valdez was chased early, Urquidy’s control gave the Astros’ bats a chance to break out, and Houston rode a four-run second inning to a 7-2 win over Atlanta on Wednesday night that tied the World Series at one game apiece. A 26-year-old right-hander from Mazatlan, Urquidy became the first Mexican pitcher to make three World Series starts. He was looking to rebound from his Game 3 loss at Boston in the AL Championship Series, when he got just five outs in a 12-3 defeat. “My last outing was for sure bad,” he said through a translator Tuesday, “but there’s good days and bad days.” This was a very good day. Urquidy started 15 of 21 batters with strikes in improving his career Series record to 2-0. He allowed two runs and six hits in five innings with seven strikeouts, throwing 55 of 74 pitches for strikes. He mixed 38 fastballs, 16 changeups (getting five...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Logan Webb struck out 10 pitching masterfully in his postseason debut, Buster Posey hit a two-run homer that held up, and the 107-win San Francisco Giants blanked the defending World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers 4-0 Friday night in the opener of their NL Division Series. Those two Giants standouts summed up this year perfectly for the NL West champs: A brilliant performance by the young right-hander supported by a veteran catcher who has shined on this big October stage so many times before. READ MORE: Robbery, Shooting Leads To LAPD Standoff With HostagesKris Bryant and Brandon Crawford also homered to back a combined five-hitter by Webb and a pair of relievers. Everybody knows this matchup between century-old rivals takes this best-of-five playoff series to another level. They finished with baseball’s two best records, the division coming down to the final day as the Dodgers wound up one game back with 106 wins, ending their run of eight consecutive West crowns. That meant Los Angeles had to get by the Cardinals in the wild-card game Wednesday...
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Logan Webb struck out 10 pitching masterfully in his postseason debut, Buster Posey hit a two-run homer that held up, and the 107-win San Francisco Giants blanked the defending World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers 4-0 Friday night in the opener of their NL Division Series. Those two Giants standouts summed up this year perfectly for the NL West champs: A brilliant performance by the young right-hander supported by a veteran catcher who has shined on this big October stage so many times before. Kris Bryant and Brandon Crawford also homered to back a combined five-hitter by Webb and a pair of relievers. Everybody knows this matchup between century-old rivals takes this best-of-five playoff series to another level. They finished with baseball’s two best records, the division coming down to the final day as the Dodgers wound up one game back with 106 wins, ending their run of eight consecutive West crowns. That meant Los Angeles had to get by the Cardinals in the wild-card game Wednesday night then fly straight to the Bay Area....
    NEW YORK (AP) — Gerrit Cole struck out Josh Donaldson with the bases loaded to end the fifth inning and got through the sixth throwing shutout ball, and the New York Yankees beat the Minnestoa Twins 7-1 Saturday for their season-high ninth straight win. Giancarlo Stanton had a two-run double during a five-run fifth and Luke Voit remained red hot as the Yankees moved to 21-5 since dropping three of four at Boston in late July. Bronx-raised Yankees infielder Andrew Velazquez hit his first career homer in the eighth inning, bringing his family in the stands to tears. The 27-year-old journeyman has been staying with his parents since being promoted from Triple-A on July 9. Tyler Wade accounted for New York’s first two runs by hitting an RBI single off Kenta Maeda (6-5) and scoring on a wild pitch with the bases loaded. Cole (12-6) dominated in his second start since a bout with a mild symptoms of COVID-19. He allowed five hits and turned in his fifth scoreless outing this season, walking one and striking out six. The right-hander...
    MIAMI (AP) – Sonny Gray pitched one-hit ball through seven scoreless innings, Tyler Naquin and Joey Votto homered in the fifth, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Miami Marlins 5-3 on Friday night. Gray (5-6) had a 7.22 ERA over his previous six starts but was efficient against Miami. He needed eight pitches in each of the first two innings, then worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the fourth, whiffing Lewis Brinson on three pitches to end the threat. READ MORE: CBS4s Brooke Shafer In Haiti Witnesses Medical Crisis In Wake Of Deadly Earthquake The right-hander retired Miami in order in five of his seven innings and exited after throwing 89 pitches. He struck out five. Naquin hit a one-out shot before right-hander Elieser Hernandez plunked Nick Castellanos, who had an RBI double in the first. Votto then blasted the next pitch 432 feet into the seats in the right-center field. Hernandez (0-1) struck out Kyle Farmer for the second out in the fifth but was done for the night. He allowed five runs and five hits through 4...
    Chattooga Lady Indians Softball Wins In Perfect Game Pitched By Wyatt Over Murray County   Wyatt Indian Senior Clara Wyatt threw a gem on Monday to lead the Lady Indians past Murray County 10-0 with the rarest of moments: The Perfect Game. Chattooga got things moving in the first inning. Ramsey Elrod’s sac fly scored one run. Chattooga  put up five runs in the fifth inning. The big bats in the inning were led by home runs by Ally Croy and Emma Howard, a single by Tori Ward, and a double by Katie Williams. Wyatt earned the win for Chattooga Lady Indians Varsity. The pitcher allowed zero hits and zero runs over five innings, striking out ten and walking zero. Natalie O’Neil took the loss for Murray County. The pitcher surrendered five runs on three hits over two innings, striking out one and walking one. Chattooga tallied two home runs on the day. Howard had a four bagger in the fifth inning. Croy had a dinger in the fifth...
    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Germán Márquez got the best of Yu Darvish on the mound and at the plate. Márquez outpitched Darvish and hit a 418-foot home run off his fellow All-Star to lead the Colorado Rockies to a 5-3 victory Saturday night against the San Diego Padres. Brendan Rodgers and Elias Díaz also homered off Darvish for the Rockies, who beat the Padres for the second straight night and have won four of their last five games against San Diego. Díaz homered leading off the fifth, his 11th. With one out, Márquez drove a 2-1 slider to a planter in front of the batter’s eye in straightaway center for a 4-2 lead. It was his second career homer and first since 2018. “I love batting,” Márquez said. “Darvish is a good pitcher, one of the best and so hitting a homer against him is amazing to me. I still can’t believe it.” Asked what was going through his mind during his trot, he said: “Nothing. Trust me, nothing. I can’t still believe it that I hit that pitch...
    Merrill Kelly threw seven solid innings, Pavin Smith and Josh Reddick homered and the Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the San Francisco Giants 5-3 on Thursday night. Arizona snapped a four-game losing streak and ended its nine-game skid against the Giants. Kelly (5-7) allowed three runs and seven hits, struck out seven and did not walk a batter. He has won his last three outings — the only three Diamondbacks wins over their past 27 games. The right-hander stopped Arizona’s 17-game slide with a victory over the Brewers and halted the club’s major league-record 24-game road losing streak with a win against San Diego. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM "Our job at the end of the day is to win," Kelly said. "That is my goal going into every game regardless of if we are on a losing streak or winning streak. My job every day is to go as deep as I can and get us a win. I definitely take pride in it." Kelly also had an RBI single in the second for his second career hit,...
    Chris Bassitt was overcome by tears after pitching the first complete game of his career, releasing his emotions after all he has endured to become a dominant pitcher for the Oakland Athletics — appreciative of all of those who helped him reach this point. At 32, the A's ace is as confident and dominant as ever in his eighth major league season. Bassitt pitched a two-hitter for his first career complete game, Sean Murphy hit a two-run single in the decisive sixth inning and the A's took advantage after Bay Area traffic kept Shohei Ohtani off the mound for a 5-0 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night. "I'm just trying to hold back tears right now. There's so many people in this organization, they have stuck by my side through so much, and I'm just so grateful, honestly," Bassitt said, pausing and repeating, "I'm grateful. There's so many people that pushed me when I was going through so much." CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Bassitt underwent Tommy John surgery in 2016 then worked to...
    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Chris Bassitt was overcome by tears after pitching the first complete game of his career, releasing his emotions after all he has endured to become a dominant pitcher for the Oakland Athletics — appreciative of all of those who helped him reach this point. Jed Lowrie #8 and Matt Chapman #26 of the Oakland Athletics celebrate after scoring on a two-run single by Sean Murphy #12 (not in photo) in the bottom of the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at RingCentral Coliseum on May 27, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) At 32, the A’s ace is as confident and dominant as ever in his eighth major league season. READ MORE: New Video: Southwest Airlines Attendant Loses 2 Teeth, In Mid-Flight Attack By Passenger Bassitt pitched a two-hitter for his first career complete game, Sean Murphy hit a two-run single in the decisive sixth inning and the A’s took advantage after Bay Area traffic kept Shohei Ohtani off the mound for a 5-0 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday...
    OAKLAND (AP) — Chris Bassitt pitched a two-hitter for his first career complete game, Sean Murphy hit a two-run single in the decisive sixth inning and the Oakland Athletics took advantage after Bay Area traffic kept Shohei Ohtani off the mound for a 5-0 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night. Bassitt (5-2) struck out nine and walked one to beat the Angels in back-to-back outings after a win Saturday in Anaheim, allowing just two runs in 7 2/3 innings. He completed this gem in 114 pitches, improving to 1-2 over five starts at home this year. READ MORE: Daughter of Famed Berkeley Moneyball Author Dies in Crash Near Truckee He allowed a one-out double in the ninth to Justin Upton then recovered to finish it in 2 hours, 59 minutes with Lou Trivino warming up in the bullpen. Matt Chapman and Elvis Andrus also had run-scoring singles while Tony Kemp added a sacrifice fly in the five-run sixth in an interesting opener to the four-game series. Everything changed quickly some 2 1/2 hours before first pitch. Ohtani...
    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Trevor Williams pitched six innings and singled twice against his former team, helping the streaking Chicago Cubs top the stumbling Pittsburgh Pirates 4-1 on Wednesday night. Chicago won for the fifth time in six games and stayed a half-game back of NL Central-leading St. Louis. David Bote hit a two-run homer for the Cubs, and Kris Bryant had three hits and two RBIs. READ MORE: Penn Hills School District Remembers Students Who Died Too Young Williams (3-2) permitted one run and three hits in his first win since April 17. He struck out seven and walked none. “He was fantastic. He was sensational,” Bote said. “That was fun to play behind. He was working quick, and the ball was zipping through the zone.” Williams allowed seven runs in 7 1/3 innings in his two previous starts against Pittsburgh this year. He spent his first five seasons with the Pirates before being released in November. After allowing a one-out triple by Ben Gamel in the first inning, Williams retired 14 batters in a row. Williams said his troubles...
    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Trevor Williams pitched six innings and singled twice against his former team, helping the streaking Chicago Cubs top the stumbling Pittsburgh Pirates 4-1 on Wednesday night. Chicago won for the fifth time in six games and stayed a half-game back of NL Central-leading St. Louis. David Bote hit a two-run homer for the Cubs, and Kris Bryant had three hits and two RBIs. READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Rain Returns Williams (3-2) permitted one run and three hits in his first win since April 17. He struck out seven and walked none. Williams allowed seven runs in 7 1/3 innings in his two previous starts against Pittsburgh this year. He spent his first five seasons with the Pirates before being released in November. After allowing a one-out triple by Ben Gamel in the first inning, Williams retired 14 batters in a row. Williams also went 2 for 3 at the plate, helping Chicago score in the second and sixth. Craig Kimbrel pitched the ninth for his 11th save of the season and No. 359 for his career, moving...
    MILWAUKEE (AP) — J.T. Brubaker struck out eight in six impressive innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates extended their recent surge by beating the Milwaukee Brewers 6-1. Colin Moran and Gregory Polanco homered for the Pirates, who have followed a six-game skid by winning five of seven. READ MORE: Family Says They Were Escorted Out Of PNC Park By Police Over Mask Dispute Adam Frazier added a two-run triple. Brubaker yielded one run and four hits, lowering his ERA to 1.76 in three starts this season. READ MORE: After Losing Job, Eric Kasperowicz Reapplies To Be Head Football Coach At Pine-Richland The right-hander didn’t walk anybody, though he did hit three batters. Adrian Houser allowed three runs in 4 1/3 innings, ending Milwaukee’s franchise-record streak of eight straight games in which its starting pitchers worked at least five innings while allowing no more than one run. MORE NEWS: DeVincent Spriggs, Man Who Accused Aaron Donald Of Assault, Offers Apology To NFL Star (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
    Jon Lester was back on a mound Thursday, wearing a Washington Nationals uniform while facing opposing batters for the first time in spring training and striking out a couple during his two innings, less than two weeks after surgery to remove a parathyroid gland. “Baseball, for me, is an escape. I come to the field, I’ve got stuff I need to do. I forget about this,” Lester said, pointing to the scar on the front of his throat, after Washington’s 3-1 victory against the New York Mets at Port St. Lucie, Florida. “You dive into that routine,” the 37-year-old left-hander said. Wearing a red Nationals No. 34 uniform, Bryce Harper’s old number, along with a green hat the day after St. Patrick’s Day, Lester allowed one run and one hit while throwing 31 pitches, 21 for strikes. He went to 0-2 counts on each of the first three Mets hitters, getting the first two out before walking J.D. Davis and giving up a first-pitch RBI double to James McCann. Then Lester pitched a 1-2-3 second inning, and that...
    Stephen Strasburg pronounced his fastball command better than it was before his carpal tunnel surgery and said his first game action in nearly seven full months essentially was the same as any Grapefruit League debut after throwing 1 2/3 innings Tuesday night against the Houston Astros. “It didn’t really feel any different than it has in past springs, so I guess, in a way, that’s a relief,” said the 2019 World Series MVP, who made just two starts and pitched only five innings in 2020. In 2019, he led the NL with 209 innings and 18 wins, then went 5-0 in the postseason — no pitcher ever had done that — while helping the Nationals win the franchise’s first championship. “This isn’t my first rodeo when it comes to injuries and stuff,” Strasburg said on a video conference with a chuckle, knowing he has made more than 10 trips to the injured list over the years and had Tommy John surgery in 2012. “So I’m kind of at a point where I’m going to go out there and give...
    MIAMI (AP) — Ryan Yarbrough and two relievers combined on a five-hitter, and AL East leader Tampa Bay won its third game in a row by beating the Miami Marlins 2-0 Friday night. Top Marlins prospect Sixto Sanchez struck out 10 in seven scoreless innings in his second major league start, but the Rays broke through against Miami’s bullpen when Yandy Diaz delivered a two-out RBI single in the eighth. Michael Perez, a late addition to the Rays lineup, added a two-out RBI single in the ninth. Both teams were back on the field to start the series on Jackie Robinson Day after declining to play games Thursday in protest against racial injustice. Yarbrough pitched 6 2/3 innings before leaving the game with a tight left groin. The left-hander lowered his ERA to 3.65 but remained winless in his past 15 starts, including seven this year. Pete Fairbanks (4-1) didn’t allow a hit in 1 1/3 innings, and Diego Castillo pitched around a two-out double and a walk in the ninth for his second save. The Rays (22-11)...
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