Since laboring in his most recent start against the Washington Nationals, Cole Hamels has often been on top of his game and perhaps made himself even more desirable to other teams. The Philadelphia Phillies left-hander will seek to win a fourth consecutive start in Saturday's rematch with the Nationals while Bryce Harper will seek to extend his team's season-high win streak to seven games by furthering his power surge. Hamels (4-3, 3.24 ERA) is 4-1 with a 2.45 ERA in his six starts since a 5-2 loss at Washington on April 16 and has a 1.69 ERA in his string of three consecutive victories.
Highlights of Friday's Major League baseball games: - - Royals 5, Cardinals 0 Chris Young extended the Kansas City starters' scoreless inning streak and designated hitter Kendrys Morales drove in all the runs with two homers as the Royals beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-0. Young, who lowered his ERA to 0.78, pitched six innings and gave up six hits and two walks with two strikeouts to pick up the victory. Royals starters have not allowed a run in the past four games spanning 26 innings.
Scoring two runs with Max Scherzer on the mound is all the offense the Washington Nationals need for wins these days. Bryce Harper hit another home run and Scherzer had another dominant outing to help the Washington Nationals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 on Friday night for their sixth straight win. Ian Desmond's RBI double drove in Scherzer from first base with the go-ahead run in the sixth.
May 21 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Thursday's Major League Baseball games. - - - Tigers 6, Astros 5 (11 innings) James McCann homered to lead off the bottom of the 11th inning as the Detroit Tigers, who squandered a five-run lead, pulled out a 6-5 victory over the Houston Astros. Houston trailed 5-0 but scored three runs in the seventh, one in the eighth and got a game-tying home run from Preston Tucker, the Astros' Major-League leading 62nd of the season. The Tigers (25-17) pulled within two games of Kansas City, while Houston dropped to 27-15. ...
The San Francisco Giants ended their previous series against one of the NL's best teams without surrendering a run. Ryan Vogelsong will be tasked with maintaining the Giants' winning and shutout streaks Friday night in the opener of a four-game series with the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. The Giants (23-18) are riding high after extending their win streak to six by sweeping the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers to become the first team since Milwaukee in July 2013 to not allow a run over a three-game series.
On a day Jorge De La Rosa struggled to get anything over the plate, he became the team's career strikeouts leader. Michael McKenry hit a two-run homer and De La Rosa etched his name into the Colorado record books as the Rockies beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-3 on Thursday. De La Rosa fanned Freddy Galvis in the fourth for his 774th strikeout in a Rockies uniform, moving past good friend Ubaldo Jimenez, who now is with Baltimore.
The fire is still there, churning away somewhere inside A.J. Burnett's well-tattooed and teenage-thin body. There is an air of serenity surrounding Burnett these days. The 38-year-old is 3-1 heading into a showdown with New York Mets resurgent ace Matt Harvey on Saturday, and his 1.38 is second in the majors.
DENVER (AP) -- Left-hander Jorge De La Rosa became the Colorado Rockies' career strikeouts leader by fanning Philadelphia shortstop Freddy Galvis in the fourth inning Thursday.
Brad Johnson covers the latest in the world of closers and stolen bases.
Once a dominant closer with the Philadelphia Phillies, a telltale twinge in the right elbow that resulted in Tommy John surgery had ushered Madson toward a premature retirement. After signing with the American League champion Kansas City Royals in the offseason, Madson arrived in spring training with no guarantees. Madson has appeared in 17 games and has a 1.83 ERA, the best of the 34-year-old reliever's 10-year career.
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