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June 13th, 2019
1. Major League Baseball results.
The Braves (39-29) took over sole possession of first place in the NL East and moved 10 games over .500 for the first time this season.
Evan Longoria drove in the go-ahead run with an infield single in the fifth inning after San Diego made two errors, and the San Francisco Giants held off the Padres 4-2 on Wednesday night to complete a two-game sweep.
Kevin Pillar homered for the first time in more than a month and Donovan Solano had two hits and two RBI for the Giants. Buster Posey went 1 for 4 after coming off the injured list earlier in the day.
Mike Moustakas hit a two-run homer during Milwaukee’s three-run 14th inning, and the Brewers struck out 15 times against Houston ace Justin Verlander before rallying for a 6-3 victory over the Astros on Wednesday night.
Christian Yelich started the 14th with a single against rookie Cionel Perez (1-1) for Milwaukee’s first hit since the ninth. After Ryan Braun lined out, Moustakas hit a drive to right for his 21st homer.
After loading the bases with nobody out in the eighth inning, the Detroit Tigers mustered only one run. Brandon Dixon hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly off reliever Jake Diekman that sent Detroit past the Kansas City Royals 3-2 on Wednesday night.
Seattle got another chance in the 10th inning, and Dee Gordon ran his way to the win for the Mariners. Gordon scored on one of Minnesota’s five errors, helping the Mariners beat the Twins 9-6 on Wednesday night. Seattle went 1 for 17 with runners in scoring position and left 11 on base.
The game pitted the two worst teams in the AL East, lasted more than four hours and ended in the rain before a smattering of fans.
After 12 pitchers combined to throw 374 pitches and issue 13 walks on a soggy Wednesday night.
The Toronto Blue Jays retreated to the clubhouse at Camden Yards to savor the end of a five-game losing streak.
Miami Marlins pitcher Jordan Yamamoto had just dropped down a successful suicide squeeze bunt and was on his way back to the dugout when he stopped at the plate to pick up his bat and return it to the rack, beating the batboy to the task.
Yamamoto did it all Wednesday, earning an RBI and pitching seven innings to win his major league debut, and the Marlins broke a six-game losing streak by beating the St. Louis Cardinals 9-0.
Photo: AP Photo/Matt Slocum
Merrill Kelly is pitching more like an ace than a 30-year-old rookie. Kelly tossed three-hit ball over 7 2/3 innings, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Philadelphia Phillies 2-0 on Wednesday night.
Kelly (7-6) struck out five before departing when Bryce Harper entered the game as a pinch-hitter. Andrew Chafin retired Harper on two pitches and Greg Holland finished the three-hitter, earning his 10th save in 11 tries.
Despite the bumps and bruises after four players, two on each side got hit by pitches both teams played it cool afterward.
Cole Hamels was sharp all afternoon striking out nine in seven scoreless innings, singled twice and drove in two runs to lead the Chicago Cubs past the Colorado Rockies 10-1 in a testy game on Wednesday.
Mookie Betts watched patiently as four straight pitches missed the strike zone, and the Red Sox averted disaster.
Rookie Nick Senzel and Joey Votto hit back-to-back home runs to open the game before Senzel and Jose Peraza walked away unhurt following a violent collision in the outfield as the Reds beat the Cleveland Indians 7-2 on Wednesday.
Laureano hit his first career grand slam to break an eighth-inning tie and finished with five RBI and the Athletics beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-2 on Wednesday.
2. More MLB news…
Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager is likely to be sidelined for up to six weeks after injuring his hamstring in Tuesday’s night game against the Los Angeles Angels.
The Cleveland Indians righthander Trevor Bauer‘s future in Cleveland is uncertain. Its possible that he could sent to the Minnesota Twins.
The San Diego Padres optioned 23-year-old Chris Paddack to Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore.
Michael Shapiro from Sports Illustrated writes the No. 3 prospect in baseball in 2016 per MLB Pipeline, Lucas Giolito made just seven starts in 2017, then allowed the most earned runs and most walks in all of baseball in 2018.
A 6.13 ERA in 32 starts didn’t bury Giolito in the White Sox rotation, but he entered this season desperate for a turnaround. He’s more than delivered in 2019.
Other suspects also were being pursued in the shooting, which witnesses said was carried out by two men on a motorcycle and two other groups of people in cars.
Nunez, who is friends with Ortiz and shares an agent with the former Red Sox star, told ESPN’s Marly Rivera that he spoke with Ortiz on the phone Tuesday, less than two days after the shooting at a club in Santo Domingo.