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Scott Atchison posted by Indians Fan

Born March 29, 1976, Scott Atchison is pitcher for Cleveland Indians since January 2014. Atchison played college baseball initially, and was named All-Western Athletic Conference and All-Southwest Conference. He started his professional baseball career in May 1999, when he signed with the Seattle Mariners, and started playing minor league. In July 2004, he made his MLB debut, and spent the two seasons of 2004 and 2005 playing both major and minor league for Mariners. However, the 2006 season, he played only the minor league. Atchison has a range of 90 to 93 mph for four-seam fastball, and his speed is in the 70s for the curveball. Occasionally he can also throw changeup for left-handed batters.

In 2007, Atchison joined the San Francisco Giants and played 22 games. However, by the end of the season he had become a free agent when he refused Giants assignment to Fresno Grizzlies. At the end of 2007, he signed a contract to play minor league with the Boston Red Sox. However, he was soon released, and his contract was sold to the Hanshin Tigers by Red Sox. Again in December 2009, Atchison as back with the Red Sox when he signed a contract with them that was full of incentives. Due to injuries, he was on the disabled list from July to September 2012, and by November, he had become a free agent.  

In January 2013, Scott Atchison signed a contract with New York Mets to play minor league, but he remained on the disabled list. In June, he was activated, as his help was needed in the bullpen. He remained non-tendered, which made him a free agent in December 2013. In January 2014, Atchison has signed a deal with the Cleveland Indians for playing minor league, and in August, he has signed an extension for a year with an option to play for the team.

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Hit Parade On for ChiSox posted by Richard Kagan

Well, I've been waiting for this.  Finally, the Sox broke out with the hits and out-slugged and swept the Division leading Cleveland Indians.  Today's score was 12-6.  Yesterday's tally was 14-7.  Did Jay Cutler throw a TD pass?

The Sox have hit the tar out of the ball.  Today's hit total was 15.  Saturday it was 17.  Paul Konerko is on a 13 game hitting streak.  He hit his 11th HR to break a 4--4 tie and sent the Sox rolling to its 5th win in a row.  The Sox are now a half-game behind the Indians.  Hitting doesn't win Division titles, but it brings fans to the park, and it is exciting.  Plus it makes up for mediocre pitching.  Yesterday Jake Peavy didn't have his best stuff but he got the win.  Today Gavin Floyd was rocked early but lasted 5 frames to notch his 4th win of the season.  Konerko is currently batting .399 for the year, the leader in the majors.  Someone please recognize him as an outstanding White Sox who is playing himself onto the AL All-star team.  A couple of solid weeks of play and he will clinch it.  But that's a month away. 

Alex Rios and Dayan Viciendo have both really hit the ball well.  Viciendo looks like Carlos Lee, and hits like a young Manny Ramirez.  He has a great upside and can knock the ball.  It's good to see guys getting hits, and driving in runs.  Adam Dunn has 15 HR's, 4 more than last season's total.  Dunn, who seems to either hit a HR or strike out, at least is hitting the ball fair.  It would be nice to see him hit a few singles to add to his profile.  The Sox don't need another Dave Kingman in their lineup. He was a power hitter who either hit a blast or KO'd.  The Sox have this potential.  They have hitters.  They can score runs. This hot streak will eventually fade.  The staring pitching needs to come around. 

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Sox Still Alive After Seattle Sweep posted by Richard Kagan

There is good news an bad news if you are a long-time Chicago White Sox fan.  The good news, the White Sox moved into 2nd place ahead of the Cleveland Indians by a half game when the Sox won and the Indians lost on Sunday.  Now, the bad news, the Sox face Minnesota Twins, who have the Sox's number in recent years.  The last time they played, the Sox swept the Twins in Minnesota.  The Twins will be seeking to return the favor.

The ChicSox got strong piching from Gavid Floyd who pitched into the 8th inning and left the game with a 9-2 lead.  Chicago got that lead courtesy of Dayan Viciendo's three-run blast, his first home runs as a member of the Sox.  Ty Flowers, the backup catcher to A.J. Pryzienski, hit his first grand slam over the walll in left field.  Chicago scored 6 runs in the inning to take a commanding 9-0 lead.  When you get good pitching and a productive offense, you will win games.  The problem is can the White Sox get enough run production against good teams? 

If they can, this may be a memorable September run.  If not, start looking for golf dates.  The Sox trail Detroit by 6 games and will face them 6 timed before the season ends.

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Shin-Soo Choo: one of a kind posted by David

Shin-Soo Choo likely earned an exemption from South Korea’s two-year military service requirement, as his country won this year’s just-completed Asian Games.  Led by none other than Choo, who hit .571 (8-for-14) with three home runs, six walks, eight runs scored and 11 RBIs during the tournament, South Korea defeated Taiwan, 9-3, in the final game earlier today.

In addition to becoming the first Asian to join the 20-20 club in 2009, Choo is the first player in Indians franchise history (bear in mind the Tribe is more than a century old) to hit .300 with 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases in consecutive seasons.  Joe Carter, who played in Cleveland for six years, accomplished the feat in 1986 and even went 30-30 the next season, but saw his average fall from .302 to .264.  Roberto Alomar almost did it three years in a row (1999-2001 – coincidentally his only seasons with the Indians), but fell one home run short in 2000 – the middle year of the would-be-streak.

Besides his offensive production, Choo also led all American League rightfielders with 14 assists this past season.  Shin-Soo Choo not having to miss two years in the prime of his career is Good for Ball.

And then there were 10

The last 16 postseasons have featured eight teams with a chance to be crowned World Series champions, but 2012 could be the first year with four rounds of playoff ball.  (Game 163 – sometimes called a one-game playoff – counts as part of the regular season, so there have never been more than three rounds of postseason play in the Big Leagues.)  How could this be?  Bud Selig announced this week a proposal to expand the playoffs to 10 teams – three division winners and TWO Wild Card teams in each league.  It is rumored that the extra round – played between the two Wild Card teams – would be either a best-of-three series or a one-game winner-take-all.

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Sox get Spanked posted by Joe Franciosa, Jr.

Well, when I was looking at the pitching matchup the other day, I really thought Wednesday's game against the Indians was a guarenteed win. Hah! I don't know if Masterson was bitter about facing his old team ( though I kinda doubt that, since he always speaks glowingly of the Sox organization when he's interviewed about them)...or if it was a matter of probability and Masterson simply had to win a game sooner or later. Much in the same manner that Buckholz was due for a rough outing (if 3 runs over 7 innings can be considered rough)...

Clay didn't have his best stuff. That was obvious in the first inning. Still, he had a quality outing, and if the offense could have picked him up then this was still a game the Sox could have won. That all went out the window when a man with the most...uh, interesting name in the Major Leagues took the mound.

Enter: Boof Bonser.

 Boof, the only games I've seen you pitch were in the Metrodome with the Twins, and you weren't a particularly impressive pitcher then. If you've been brought to the Sox bull pen to eat up innings in which the game is already lost, Fine. However, being down 0-3 in the 8th is hardly a foregone conclusion. Boof proceeds to load bases, give up many runs, and the final score is 11-0.

 Now this obviously wasn't all Boof's fault. The offense forgot there was a game last night. Stacking the lineup with lefty's against Masterson did not work out.

 All things considered. Good for Masterson. He was great in the middle relief role here in Boston, and its unfortunate that he was traded to a team in the rebuilding phase, and asked to assume a role he was unfamiliar with. I'm glad he finally got a win, I'm just sorry it came against the Sox. Masterson, best of luck to you.

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State of the (Cleveland Sports) Union Address posted by Brad VanFossan

State of the (Cleveland Sports) Union Address

Cleveland Indians Edition

By Brad VanFossan

Dear Cleveland Indians,

I have assessed the performance of your ball club both on and off the field over the past few years. You seemed to have your stuff together for awhile there, but even being the Indians in name, it is not ok for your ownership and front office to continue to blow smoke up your fans hind ends.

Your acts of frugalness are similar to those of other elder statesmen who have held this office. They took a little extra cash to their grave, but not a World Series ring. I think you get my drift Mr. Dolan. Your continued signings of stiffs, oops, no disrespect to said elder statesmen, but your continued signings of the likes of Jason Johnson, David Dellucci, Trot Nixon, Jake Westbrook, and Travis Hafner show a sign of fiscal irresponsibility that only the national debt could also stake claim to. The monies saved from making smarter business decisions could all have been put in a kitty to help fairly compensate the likes of Carsten Charles Sabathia, Clifton Lee, and Victor Martinez.

You have alienated your fan base to the point that they would rather drive to Youngstown and watch Elton John in concert. Heck, they would rather watch him in concert on HBO then tune into STO. Another problem we found, yes this list was almost as long as Mike Brown’s face Monday night, but I digress. Another problem with your ball club, Mr. Dolan, and Mr. Shapiro (and by the way Mr. Shapiro, I thought you played a good role as the main character in the new Nightmare on Elm St.), you own the network your games are broadcasted on. Most of your employers are afraid to criticize your horrendous decisions, and yes, even you Mr. Drennan, although you do more than most, you still walk a fine line.

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Oh, what a night! posted by David

As if Ubaldo Jimenez’s no-hitter was not enough excitement for one day, the Mets and Cardinals took part in a marathon contest, playing a 20-inning game Saturday in St. Louis.  If that does not…, the most remarkable part of the monumental occasion was that the two teams went scoreless through the first 18 frames!  That’s like back-to-back shutouts being thrown by both teams!  In a game that took nearly seven hours and featured an astounding 18 pitchers (two of whom were actually position players that Cardinals manager Tony La Russa sent to the hill), three Met hitters – Jose Reyes, Jason Bay, and Jeff Francoeur – went a combined 0 for 21.  That is an ugly line in the box score for three of the team’s four best offensive players.

How ‘bout that?

How about Roy Halladay?  In his first four starts, Halladay is 4-0 with a 0.82 ERA and a 0.879 WHIP.  He has thrown two complete games – including one shutout – and in 33 innings pitched, has struck out 28 while walking three.  The ace of the Philadelphia pitching staff has more wins than walks, and has collected as many hits (three) in the batter’s box as he has allowed earned runs.  With a strong team playing behind him, Halladay has a real chance to become baseball’s first 25-game winner since Bob Welch, who in 1990 won 27 of his 35 starts.

How about Jorge Cantu?  The Marlins infielder had a hit and an RBI in the first 10 games of 2010 to set a new record to begin a season.  It is worth noting that Cantu also collected a hit and RBI in the last four games he played in 2009 and dating back to last year, he has a 20-game hitting streak.  Cantu’s consistency has helped Florida to a 9-7 record thus far – just a game and a half behind the division-leading Phillies.  To put into perspective how impressive Cantu’s hit-and-RBI streak is, consider this: during Joe Dimaggio’s 56-game hitting streak in 1941, the longest RBI streak he put together was seven consecutive games; in fact, The Yankee Clipper even went seven games straight

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The most promising time of the year posted by David

Today’s post is brought to you from Toledo, Ohio.  With Spring Training wrapping up in just over a week, every team has reason to be hopeful that this will be their year.  Though it is widely accepted that exhibition games are meaningless, the Giants should feel good about their 18-7 record this spring, and the Indians are certainly pleased that they have won 13 of their first 19 games.  The reigning World Series champion Yankees, meanwhile, can shake off their 9-12 record as rustiness.  It may not have the excitement of October, but April is when everyone’s glass is half full; no one has ground to make up or nagging injuries to play through.  Every team has a share of first place, and that’s what makes it the most promising time of the year.

How ‘bout that?

How about Joe Nathan?  Coming off a strong 2009 (47 saves, 2.10 E.R.A and 0.932 WHIP), the Twins closer will miss the entire season following Tommy John surgery.  The back end of the Twins bullpen is now up for grabs, and the AL Central is anyone’s for the taking.  Three different teams (Twins, White Sox, and Indians) have won the division the last three years, and each of the last two has been decided by a one-game playoff.  Detroit and Chicago, the Twins’ main competition in 2009, will benefit most from Minnesota’s loss.

How about John Smoltz?  The veteran right-hander will begin the season in the broadcast booth rather than on the mound, working as a color analyst for TBS.  Smoltz did some commentating back in 2008 while on Atlanta’s Disabled List.  If Smoltz is truly finished as a player, he combines with former teammates (and fellow retirees) Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine for 873 career wins and 154 saves.  Not surprisingly, both Maddux and Glavine will remain in the game in some capacity, the former serving as an assistant to Cubs GM Jim Hendry, and the latter as a special assistant to Braves President John Schuerholz.

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Next stop in my baseball career – the Toledo Mud Hens! posted by David

In my life I have attended many more major league games than minor league ones, but 2010 will be a chance for me to experience the minors like never before.  I will be working in media relations for the Toledo Mud Hens of the International League.  The Mud Hens are the Triple-A affiliate of the Tigers and play at Fifth Third Field, just an hour from Detroit, which means that Tigers on rehab assignments will likely make cameo appearances throughout the season.

Those who have worn the Mud Hen uniform include Hall of Famers Kirby Puckett (the team was affiliated with the Twins from 1978 through 1986) and manager Casey Stengel, as well as longtime Tigers Travis Fryman and Kirk Gibson, and active players Curtis Granderson of the Yankees and Carlos Peña of the Red Sox.  Scott Sizemore, who will replace Placido Polanco as Detroit’s 2nd baseman this season, spent the better part of 2009 in Toledo.

Toledo, Ohio is a place I had never been until recently, but I am very happy to become a part of the Mud Hens staff and thrilled to work a full season in professional baseball.

Two more notable retirements

The 2009-2010 offseason has already seen the end of the brilliant careers of Randy Johnson, Tom Glavine, and Frank Thomas, but two other players with solid resumes announced their retirements this past week.

Nomar Garciaparra played for the Red Sox, Cubs, Dodgers, and Athletics, collected 1,747 hits, 229 home runs, 95 stolen bases, and a batting line of .313/.361/.521, and made six-time All-Star teams.  He was unanimously selected as the 1997 American League Rookie of the Year, and won back-to-back batting titles with very impressive averages – .357 and .372 – in 1999 and 2000.  In those years, Garciaparra also set career OPS highs at 1.022 (second to Manny Ramirez in the AL) and 1.033.  In seven postseason series, he hit .321 with seven home runs.  Nomar guaranteed himself a spot in the record books on May 10, 1999, when he became the 11th player in major league history to hit two grand slams in a single game.

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Golden Effort Falls Just Short posted by Brad VanFossan

A Golden Effort Falls Just Short By Brad VanFossan I know it’s more than just a hockey game when my 63 year old father is looking forward to watching, and has been watching most of the hockey games during this Olympics. I know it’s more than just a game when patrons at bars ask to turn the hockey game on, both the men’s and women’s games, as I have seen happen over the last couple weeks. This is about reliving nostalgia for those who were around for the 1980 Gold Medal team‘s “Miracle“ run. And it’s about wanting to experience that same feeling for those of us who were too young or weren’t around then. This is the kind of thing the brings generations of sons and fathers together creating memories that become part of family lore. More importantly, this is a message to the world that hockey isn’t a secondary sport in the United States anymore, but one we can excel at, and even be the best.  It’s almost time for the opening face off, winning twice on enemy territory won’t be easy, but I think if anyone can, it’s this group of relentless young men. No matter what the outcome, they will put forth an effort to be proud of.My in game thoughts from the penalty box: -In the first U.S./Canada match up the U.S. was able to score first, taking the crowd out of things for a bit, today Canada scored first, it’s the first time the U.S. has trailed all Olympics. -Jonathan Toews goal was off of a rebound, not too much cause for concern yet. The U.S. is still playing pretty well, theyContinue reading "Golden Effort Falls Just Short"

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Jason Kipnis' ninth-inning homer leads Indians past the Rangers (Big League Stew)

Take a look around the league with Big League Stew's daily wrap up. We'll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats. Two of baseball's most disappointing teams took the field together on Saturday night and actually produced the most entertaining game of the day. The Cleveland Indians and Texas Rangers went back-and-forth from the beginning, each scoring at least one in the first seven half innings. The Rangers finally took the lead and control with a three-run fifth inning, but that eventually slipped away when Cleveland scored three of their own in the ninth to secure a 10-8 victory. There were several key hits in a game that saw 27 total, but none were bigger than Jason Kipnis' two-run go-ahead homer in the ninth off Neftali Feliz. That was the difference maker to which the Rangers had no answer. By the same token, the game might have been over if not for Brett Hayes hard take out slide at second, which prevented a game-ending double play one batter earlier. For Kipnis, the home run completed his fifth three-hit game in Cleveland's last seven. He's on a nine-game hitting streak overall. Lonnie Chisenhall also had three hits, while three other Indians had two. For the Rangers, seven different batters drove in one run. Shin-soo Choo, Thomas Field and Robinson Chirinos each homered. Somewhat surprisingly, Cody Allen pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for the save. It was only the second 1-2-3 inning in the game and the first for Indians pitching. CUBS EXTEND WINNING STREAK TO SIX The Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field have been especially accommodating for the Chicago Cubs this week. After sweeping a four-game series from the New York Mets, the Cubs are on the verge of completing a three-game sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates after winning 4-1 on Saturday. That makes it a perfect 6-0 home standso far, and a perfect 6-0 record since the new bleachers opening in left field. A big bounce for the Cubs considering they'd lost seven of their previous nine, including four of six to the Milwaukee Brewers. Saturday's game didn't have nearly as much drama as Friday's, which ended in the 12th inning when Gregory Polanco fell down chasing a fly ball. Jon Lester is a big reason for that, as he limited Pittsburgh to one run while scattering nine hits in seven innings. He struck out seven and walked one. Considering how depleted both bullpens were following Friday's marathon, that was a much needed start for Chicago. Even still, they were forced to call on usual starter Travis Wood for the ninth inning save attempt. It was Wood's first relief appearance since 2011 with Cincinnati, and he handled it flawlessly, retiring all three batters on fly balls. Offensively, Kris Bryant reached base four more times. It's the fifth time he's done that already this season, which is one behind teammate Anthony Rizzo and Miami's Dee Gordon for the MLB lead. [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] HUNTER PENCE RETURNS WITH A BANG The San Francisco Giants welcomed back outfielder Hunter Pence with open arms on Saturday. Pence was forced to miss the team's first 38 games while recovering from a fractured left forearm, but he looked like he hadn't missed a beat, finishing with two hits, a walk and three runs scored in the Giants 11-2 victory. Pence was in the middle of three multi-run innings for the Giants. He doubled and scored in their two-run third inning. He singled and scored in their two-run fourth. One frame later, he walked and scored again as San Francisco blew the game wide open. It wasn't all Pence's doing, of course. Brandon Crawford had three hits, including a grand slam, with six RBIs. Brandon Belt also had three hits including a homer. With that said though, Pence was definitely a catalyst, and as long as he's healthy will remain as such for an offense that desperately needs one. RED SOX KNOCK KING FELIX OFF HIS THRONE Temporarily, we should add. On the rare occasion when Felix Hernandez struggles, one can safely bet he'll bounce back in the next one. But the next one is the next one. The one on Saturday was not so good by Felix's standards, as he allowed four runs, seven hits and four walks over six innings of a 4-2 loss to Boston. Hernandez was bitten by the long ball early. Pablo Sandoval unloaded a solo shot in the second. In the third, David Ortiz ended a string of 64 at-bats without a home run with a solo shot of his own. That streak traced all the way back to April 24.  For Hernandez, it's the second straight outing he's allowed two home runs. That's after allowing just two in his first six starts combined. The four walks were also a season high. Hernandez falls to 6-1 on the season.  For Boston, Rick Porcello matched Hernandez early and finisher stronger, lasting 6 2/3 innings. He allowed just two runs on five hits and walked two. He's 4-2 and the Red Sox are back to one game under .500 at 18-19.   More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: - - - - - - - Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813 [read full article]

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Matt Carpenter's late home run leads Cardinals to victory (Big League Stew)

Take a look around the league with Big League Stew's daily wrap up. We'll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats. St. Louis Cardinals infielder Matt Carpenter refuses to cool down at the plate. The 29-year-old struck again Thursday against the Indians, hitting a two-run homer in the eighth inning.  Up to that point, both sides had been engaged in quite the pitcher's duel. Michael Wacha gave St. Louis five solid innings, giving up one run on five hits. He struck out seven and walked two during the outing. He was matched by Trevor Bauer, who allowed one run over 7 1/3 innings. Bauer struck out 10 and walked three.  Trouble began right after Bauer was removed from the contest. With one out in the eighth, Bauer walked Peter Bourjos. Since he had already thrown 110 pitches, Bauer was taken out at that point. Marc Rzepczynski then came on to face Carpenter. On the fourth pitch of the at-bat, Carpenter belted a two-run shot to center, giving the Cardinals the lead.  Seth Maness and Trevor Rosenthal would keep the Cleveland Indians off the board in the eighth and ninth innings, giving St. Louis the victory. With the win, the club improved to 24-10 on the year. Through 30 games, Carpenter is hitting .322/.387/.612. He's hit 15 doubles and six home runs this season. HOUSTON BLASTS BLUE JAYS BULLPEN The Houston Astros pulled off a late come back Thursday against the Toronto Blue Jays. With the club trailing 4-2 in the bottom of the seventh, Houston started to claw their way back into the contest.  The fun started once Blue Jays starter Drew Hutchison had been lifted from the game. Hutchison had been off to a rough start this season, but got back on track against the Astros. He allowed two runs on five hits over six innings. Hutchison struck out nine during the contest. After throwing 98 pitches, Hutchison did not come out to start the seventh inning. He was replaced by Aaron Loup. Loup's issues began immediately. He allowed a single and a walk against the first two hitters he faced. The next hitter, Preston Tucker, brought in one of those runs with a double. Loup then allowed the tying run to cross the plate, giving up another double to Jonathan Villar. He was removed from the game at that point. Roberto Osuna attempted to clean up the situation, but his teammates managed to let him down. After getting a quick out, the Astros ordered an intentional walk of Jose Altuve. Altuve attempted to steal second, which led to a throwing error from catcher Josh Thole. One run scored on the play, giving the Astros the lead. Osuna would strike out the next two hitters, but the damage had already been done. With the 6-4 win, the Astros improved to 22-13. They lead the American League West by 4.5 games. CARGO'S LATE BLAST ENDS ROCKIES LOSING STREAK The Colorado Rockies' losing streak has come to an end. After dropping 11 straight games, Colorado managed a win Thursday against the Los Angeles Dodgers. It was not without some drama, however. The Rockies entered the ninth inning trailing 4-2. Yimi Garcia took the mound for Los Angeles looking for the save, but couldn't get the job done. Garcia alternated between singles and strikeouts against the first four batters he faced during the inning. With two on and two outs, Carlos Gonzalez stepped the plate with a chance to put the team ahead. Coming into the contest, Gonzalez was hitting just .188, so he was definitely due for a big hit. He would deliver. On the fourth pitch of the at-bat, Gonzalez smashed a 94 mph fastball out to right for the go-ahead three-run shot. John Axford would keep the Dodgers off the board in the bottom half of the inning, giving the Rockies the 5-4 victory.  Gonzalez finished 1 for 3, with two runs and three RBI. He walked in his other two plate appearances. Following Thursday's game, he's now hitting .192 on the season. RAYS CONTINUE WINNING WAYS The Tampa Bay Rays won their third straight contest Thursday against the New York Yankees.  Catcher Rene Rivera played a big role, driving in four runs during the contest. The team also received a strong pitching performance by Erasmo Ramirez. Ramirez tossed five scoreless innings, giving up just one hit. With the win, Tampa Bay improved to four games over .500. It's been a while since the Rays have been in this position. #Rays improve to 4 games above .500 for the first time since Game 163 in 2013, move within 1.0 game of NYY for 1st in the AL East. #RaysUp — Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) May 15, 2015 After Ramirez left the contest, the team relied on rookie Matt Andriese to pick up the rare four-inning save. Andriese was being stretched out in case he needs to start down the road.  Tampa Bay is attempting to get by after losing both Alex Cobb and Drew Smyly to season-ending surgeries in the past week. If the club is worried about those injuries, it hasn't shown up in their play just yet. With the victory, the club improved to 20-16 on the year. Want to see more from Thursday's slate of games? Check out  our scoreboard . [read full article]

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Baseball-Highlights of Thursday's MLB games (Reuters)

(Adds late games) May 7 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Thursday's Major League Baseball games. - - - Royals 7, Indians 4 Eric Hosmer hit a three-run homer and Mike Moustakas went 3-for-4, walked and scored two runs as the Kansas City Royals beat the Cleveland Indians 7-4. Hosmer homered in the first inning against right-hander Corey Kluber (0-5), who was yanked after giving up five runs, seven hits, two walks and a hit batter in 5 2/3 innings, with his ERA climbing to 5.04. Carlos Santana homered in the top of the seventh for the Indians (10-17). Kansas City moved to 18-10. ... [read full article]

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