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7/1/2016 | Utility man Motter pitches in for struggling Rays 'pen

The Rays' bullpen was run dry, and facing a 10-run deficit, it wasn't worth burning another arm. Out from the dugout trotted utility infielder/outfielder Taylor Motter, who had already played six positions this season. He was going to play one more.


7/1/2016 | Desmond delivers to rescue Rangers in 10th

Ian Desmond hit an opposite-field homer off Twins reliever Fernando Abad leading off the 10th inning to give Texas a 3-2 victory in Friday night's series opener at Target Field.


7/1/2016 | Revere plays hero as Nats walk off in 14th

Ben Revere raised his right arm as he headed into second base after his game-winning double bounced off the wall in right-center field to give the Nationals a 3-2 victory over the Reds in 14 innings on Friday at Nationals Park. Revere was mobbed at second base by his teammates, including right-hander Max Scherzer, who picked him up and flung him over his shoulders for the celebration.


7/1/2016 | One pitch turned 1998 World Series

For those who played in and remember the 1998 World Series between the Padres and Yankees, it's still known as the pitch.


7/1/2016 | Souza returning from DL; Motter to Triple-A

Steven Souza Jr. will rejoin the Rays after playing just one rehab game for Class A Advanced Charlotte. The outfielder has been out with a left hip strain since June 16.


7/1/2016 | Mets hit 5 HRs at home for 1st time since '00

At 9:57 p.m. ET on Friday night, Frank Padilla thought to himself, "this is going to be the one." The Yonkers, N.Y., native was sitting in section 134 at Citi Field, and Yoenis Cespedes' 20th homer of the year was screaming toward him.


7/1/2016 | Fiers cruises as Astros blank White Sox

Coming off a road trip in which they averaged eight runs per game, the Astros let their pitching do the heavy lifting Friday night at Minute Maid Park.


7/1/2016 | Pint fires two scoreless in professional debut

Riley Pint kicked off his pro career in impressive style on Friday night, firing two scoreless innings for Rookie-level Grand Junction against Idaho Falls. The 2016 No. 4 overall Draft pick allowed one hit and struck out two of the six hitters he faced in the outing, throwing 14 of his 23 pitches for strikes.


7/1/2016 | After using Bauer in relief, Tribe reworking rotation

The Indians had been searching for innings for their relievers. Now, Cleveland is trying to solve a situation prompted by a long day for its bullpen.


7/1/2016 | D-backs enjoy visit to veterans' support house

On Friday afternoon, D-backs players Josh Collmenter and Brad Ziegler visited the MANA (Marines, Army, Navy, Air Force) House in downtown Phoenix, a peer-run organization of homeless and formerly homeless veterans offering personal, individualized basic resources, community and advocacy for all veterans.


7/1/2016 | 14-win streak shows Tribe's commitment, grit

Trevor Bauer did not leave the field. Maybe he thought he never would. The Indians' pitcher stood near the mound at Rogers Centre, his head tilted skyward, wearing an expression that conveyed both exhaustion and relief.


7/1/2016 | Nimmo crushes 3-run shot for 1st career HR

Since being recalled on Monday, Brandon Nimmo has had plenty to be happy about, but over the past two days, the seemingly always-present smile of the rookie outfielder has been a welcomed sight for the Mets faithful at Citi Field.


7/1/2016 | Beltran avoids DL but won't start this weekend

Carlos Beltran said he senses improvement with his tight right hamstring, but the Yankees outfielder is still experiencing enough discomfort that he is unlikely to appear in the lineup during this three-game Interleague series against the Padres at Petco Park.


7/1/2016 | Fulmer's 10-K gem, V-Mart's HRs lead rout of Rays

Six weeks after Michael Fulmer jumped the learning curve with seven dominant innings against the Rays, the Tigers' rookie right-hander did it again at Tropicana Field. His seven shutout innings on two hits with 10 strikeouts, along with Victor Martinez's second two-homer game this week, powered Detroit to its fourth straight victory in a 10-2 runaway over the Rays on Friday night.


7/1/2016 | Gosewisch called up; Weeks on bereavement

The D-backs placed outfielder Rickie Weeks Jr. on the bereavement list Tuesday and called up catcher Tuffy Gosewisch from Triple-A Reno to take his spot on the roster.


7/1/2016 | Inciarte exits with right groin injury

Ender Inciarte exited Friday's 7-5 12-inning loss to the Marlins before the top of the sixth inning with a right groin injury. Braves manager Brian Snitker said the outfielder is day-to-day and will have Saturday's game off.


7/1/2016 | Maurer weathers storm for first career save

he first day as the Padres' unofficial closer, Brandon Maurer was thrown into what he said was the most stressful situation he's been in during his Major League career, as he helped San Diego stave off a late Yankees rally to grab a 7-6 win.


7/1/2016 | Garcia rediscovers healthy dose of success

Jaime Garcia put the pieces together on Friday night and completed eight strong innings in the Cardinals' 7-1 victory over the Brewers. With a sinker/changeup combination that his manager described as "freakish," Garcia induced all but one of his outs in the infield.


7/1/2016 | DYK: 11 facts about Blue Jays-Indians marathon

The Indians extended their winning streak to a franchise-record 14 games in dramatic fashion Friday, outlasting the Blue Jays in a 19-inning marathon punctuated by Carlos Santana's game-winning homer. With the 2-1 victory, the first-place Tribe improved to 49-30 on the year, putting them 19 games above .500 for the first time since they finished the 2013 season with a 92-70 record. Here's a look at some facts and figures from Cleveland's wild day at Rogers Centre


7/1/2016 | Pitching in: Goins, Barney take the hill in 18th, 19th

Darwin Barney and Ryan Goins brought a whole new meaning to the term "utility men" when they both took the mound during Friday afternoon's marathon 2-1 loss to the Indians.


7/1/2016 | McCarthy to join rotation for finale vs. Rox

The Dodgers' pitching depth has been running dry the last couple of weeks, but an incoming wave of starters returning from injury could help fill the team's rotation in the near future.


7/1/2016 | Chatwood tweaks changeup during rehab

Fresh from a successful injury rehab start, Rockies right-hander Tyler Chatwood said Friday he is ready to return from a back injury.


7/1/2016 | Papi passes McCovey, Thomas, Williams in HRs

David Ortiz now has more home runs than Ted Williams. And the gregarious slugger, who is playing the final season of his illustrious career, admits it will take a while for that to sink in.


7/1/2016 | After tough stretch, Pirates enjoy a day off

The Pirates had an off-day on Thursday before opening a series vs. the A's. The break was much-needed after the team went 9-19 in June.


7/1/2016 | Rookie Contreras has 'shown he belongs'

When Willson Contreras was called up, the Cubs said at the time they didn't know if it would be a short-term or long-term assignment for the catcher. Apparently, Contreras is here to stay.




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