Highlights of Sunday's Major League Baseball games: - - - Mets 5, Nationals 2 Curtis Granderson, Daniel Murphy and Lucas Duda all belted homers in a five-run, five-pitch sequence in the second inning as New York rolled past Washington 5-2 on Sunday. By completing a three-game sweep in front of an electrified crowd of 35,374 at Citi Field, the Mets moved into a virtual tie for first place with the Nationals in the National League East.
Move over Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees, or Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals. There's a new best rivalry in baseball. Not surprisingly, the Kansas City Royals are involved. The Royals had their issues with other clubs earlier in the season, but had been relatively quiet for a few months. All it took was Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson to re-ignite the team's competitive spirit. [ Friday Daily Fantasy contest: Turn $5 into $5K ] Donaldson was hit by a pitch in the first inning, and while that didn't immediately lead to trouble, it set the tone for the game. Donaldson did seem to exchange words with starter Edinson Volquez as he walked down to first base. The Royals continued to pitch inside to Donaldson during his next few at-bats, and he didn't take kindly to that. Donaldson had to avoid inside pitches two other times during the game. One came after Troy Tulowitzki had been hit on the wrist with a pitch. Manager John Gibbons came out to defend Donaldson following the second incident, and was ejected in the seventh. Things didn't boil over until the eighth inning, however. Aaron Sanchez hit Alcides Escobar in the leg with a pitch, and that led to the benches clearing. Blue Jays bench coach DeMarlo Hale was ejected following the incident. Volquez seemed fairly animated as the benches cleared, and it was clear he was quite unhappy with Donaldson after the contest. Edinson Volquez on Josh Donaldson: "He's a little baby. He was crying like a baby." — Andy McCullough (@McCulloughStar) August 2, 2015 Volquez wasn't willing to stop there. He continued to go in on Donaldson. More Volquez on Donaldson: "He's not Barry Bonds. He's got three years in the league." — Andy McCullough (@McCulloughStar) August 2, 2015 Volquez wasn't the only Royal to go after Donaldson, either. Reliever Ryan Madson had some things to say after the game. Ryan Madson said for Josh Donaldson "to get that upset, I don’t think he fully understands the game." — Andy McCullough (@McCulloughStar) August 2, 2015 The criticism wasn't all on the Royals side, though. Donaldson had some things to say about Volquez following the game , according to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star. From the Blue Jays’ clubhouse, Donaldson returned fire after Volquez called him a baby. He told reporters he did not want Volquez ejected from the game. He called Volquez “some pretty good hitting.” Jose Bautista also got involved. Bautista took exception to some comments by Royals manager Ned Yost. Following the game, Yost said he was happy with the way umpire Jim Wolf handled the situation. Manager Ned Yost commended the actions of umpire Jim Wolf. Wolf declined to penalize the Royals for throwing inside, but acted swiftly when Sanchez hit Escobar with a 97-mph fastball when there were two outs in the eighth. “I thought Jim Wolf did a tremendous job understanding the game, understanding what’s intentional,” Yost said. “Was it intentional on their part to hit Esky? Absolutely.” That led to Bautista firing back. Just heard #NedYost comments about the game. Lost a lot of respect for that man today. — Jose Bautista (@JoeyBats19) August 2, 2015 So, yeah, there's a lot going on here. Based on the comments on both sides, it's clear there's some hatred brewing between both clubs.
The Boston Red Sox placed right-hander Rick Porcello on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday because of a right triceps injury, nesn.com reported. The move is retroactive to July 30, one day after inflammation in Porcello's triceps developed following his last start Wednesday. Porcello allowed 10 hits and six runs (five earned) in two-plus innings and was booed by the sellout Fenway Park crowd.
James Loney knows it always feels better having a lucky hit at the right time. Asdrubal Cabrera had a game-tying RBI double and then scored on Loney's bloop single in the eighth inning, and the Tampa Bay Rays avoided a three-game sweep with a 4-3 comeback victory over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday. Loney's hit kept the Rays from falling to their fourth straight loss.
From Jacoby Ellsbury all the way down to Stephen Drew at the bottom of the lineup, the New York Yankees bashed their way to a winning road trip. Ellsbury and Mark Teixeira homered against Jeff Samardzija, and the Yankees pounded the Chicago White Sox 12-3 on Sunday. Drew added three hits and four RBIs, helping the AL East-leading Yankees close out a 6-4 trip to Minnesota, Texas and Chicago - matching a season long.
The non-waiver trade deadline has come and gone, which means the bulk of the trading activity is behind us and the majority of marquee names available have already been moved. But that doesn't mean trading season is over. Far from it, in fact. Remember that blockbuster nine-player trade from 2012 that saw the Los Angeles Dodgers acquire Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto from the Boston Red Sox. That happened on Aug. 25, making it perhaps the most notable post July 31 trade in recent memory. Will there be a post deadline deal this season that tops it? It's enitrely possible. In fact, we'll run through some players who might be good candidates to be moved. In order to happeh though, it would require any player on the 40-man roster that's involved to pass through revocable waivers. The process itself sounds complicated, but it's pretty basic in its steps. [ Play a Daily Fantasy contest for cash today!l ] When a player is placed on revocable waivers, other teams can submit a claim. If more than one team does, those in the same league as that player's team get first priority, starting with the club with the worst record on the day of the claim.
Lucchino, 69, was part of the ownership group that purchased the Red Sox in 2002. Boston won the World Series two years later, and added two more titles in 2007 and 2013. ''I have now been President/CEO of the Red Sox for 14 years,'' Lucchino said.
BOSTON (AP) -- The Red Sox have placed struggling right-hander Rick Porcello on the 15-day disabled list because of soreness in his right triceps.
The Tampa Bay Rays have decided the minors would be the best place for left-hander Matt Moore to continue his return from Tommy John surgery. Moore will go to Triple-A Durham and pitch on a regular schedule, Rays manager Kevin Cash said Sunday. Once a promising starter for the Rays, the 26-year-old Moore has struggled in his return from the April 2014 surgery.
(Adds later games) Aug 1 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights from Saturday's Major League Baseball games: - - - - Red Sox 11, Rays 7 Third baseman Travis Shaw slugged the first two home runs of his major league career and had three RBIs as the Boston Red Sox produced an 11-7 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. Shaw finished with a career-high four hits and also scored five runs, becoming the first Red Sox player to do so since Dustin Pedroia scored five times against the Texas Rangers on Aug 12, 2008. ...
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