Alex Rodriguez won't be around in the next two weeks to help the New York Yankees attempt to get out of last place in the AL East. Rodriguez was placed on the 15-day list Wednesday with a strained right hamstring. The injury occurred Tuesday night while Rodriguez was running out a grounder in the fifth inning of a 4-1 loss to the Orioles.
Stephen Strasburg likes to time his journey from the bullpen to the dugout before a game to minimize the time he has to sit on the bench before getting in the game. The Nationals scored six times off Kris Medlen in the first inning, taking advantage of three errors and a slew of hits before Strasburg ever got on the mound. Washington proceeded to rout Kansas City 13-2 and take the rubber-game of their three-game interleague set.
The Chicago Cubs are threatening to run away with the NL Central. Ben Zobrist hit a three-run home run, Anthony Rizzo also connected and Jon Lester worked out of a pair of jams to lead the Cubs over the second-place Pittsburgh Pirates 6-2 Wednesday for a three-game sweep. With its seventh win in eight games, Chicago improved to a major league-best 20-6.
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Mike Trout had an RBI triple and sparked a four-run eighth inning with a solo homer, and the Los Angeles Angels avoided a three-game sweep by beating the Milwaukee Brewers 7-3 on Thursday.
Matz and the Mets dispatched the lowly Atlanta Braves 8-0 in a tidy 2 hours, 28 minutes Wednesday to win six straight series for the first time in almost a decade. The 24-year-old lefty allowed two hits over 7 2/3 innings, and Lucas Duda had two of New York's four home runs. Matz (4-1) has a 0.67 ERA over his last four outings, allowing no runs in three of them.
Two days off did not slow down Zack Cozart. Cozart's third home run of the season capped a three-homer, five-run second inning, and the Cincinnati Reds beat Jake Peavy for the first time in a 7-4 win over the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday. Brandon Phillips and Eugenio Suarez also hit second-inning home runs, Adam Duvall added a solo shot for the Reds, and Dan Straily (1-1) overcame solo homers by Brandon Belt and Conor Gillaspie for his first major league win since April 10, 2014, with Oakland.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Braves right fielder Nick Markakis has left the team because of a family emergency, manager Fredi Gonzalez said before Wednesday afternoon's game against the Mets.
Jose Quintana supplied the pitching, Jose Abreu took care of the offense and the defense was there all night long. The White Sox said goodbye to a longtime teammate, and then went right back to work. Quintana pitched eight crisp innings for his third straight win, and AL-leading Chicago cooled off the Boston Red Sox with a 4-1 victory on Tuesday.
Pablo Sandoval's rocky second season with the Boston Red Sox was cut short by shoulder surgery on Tuesday. Sandoval had a torn labrum repaired by Dr. James Andrews in Florida, and the estimated recovery time for the slugger is six months. Sandoval left San Francisco for a $95 million, five-year contract with Boston in November 2014.