Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Sports

Ortiz homers, Red Sox hurt Jays in wild card

BOSTON — Opening his final weekend, David Ortiz lined a two-run shot into the rightfield stands to break a seventh-inning tie and help the Red Sox beat the Blue Jays 5-3 on Friday night.

Ortiz hit his 38th homer of the year and No. 541 of his career. It was extra-base hit No. 1,192, tying Ken Griffey Jr. and Rafael Palmeiro for eighth all time.

The Blue Jays fell one game behind Baltimore in the wild-card race. In Atlanta, Detroit pulled within a half-game of Toronto for the AL's final postseason berth with a 6-2 victory over the Braves.

In New York, Mark Trumbo hit his major league-leading 47th home run and the Orioles beat the Yankees 8-1 in steady rain.

RODON TIES AL MARK: White Sox left-hander Carlos Rodon tied an AL record by striking out the first seven Twins in a 7-3 victory. Joe Cowley of the White Sox also did on May 28, 1986, at Texas. The major-league record is eight by Houston's Jim Deshaies in 1986 and Jacob deGrom of the Mets in 2014.

Mets 5, Phillies 1: Jay Bruce homered for the third straight game and drove in three runs, Robert Gsellman threw six sharp innings and visiting New York clinched at least a tie for a wild-card berth.

Cubs 7, Reds 3: Ben Zobrist homered twice and had three RBIs, helping visiting Chicago improve to 14-3 against Cincinnati (outscoring the Reds by 74 runs).

Around the league

CARDINALS: Outfielder Matt Holliday (broken thumb) was activated from the disabled list and hit a pinch-hit home run against the Pirates, giving St. Louis six players with at least 20 home runs to tie the 1965 and 2003 Braves for the NL record.

CUBS: General manager Jed Hoyer and scouting and player development director Jason McLeod agreed to extensions through the 2021 season.

REDS: Manager Bryan Price agreed to a one-year contract through next season. The entire coaching staff also has been offered contracts.

Comments
Rays DFA Rob Refsnyder to make room for Kevin Kiermaier

Rays DFA Rob Refsnyder to make room for Kevin Kiermaier

The Rays made official after Monday's game that CF Kevin Kiermaier would be activated on Tuesday.And to make room on the 40- and 25 man rosters, they designated for assignment OF Rob Refsnyder.Acquired from the Indians for cash considerations just be...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Rays journal: A 4-0 lead disappears in loss at Houston

Rays journal: A 4-0 lead disappears in loss at Houston

HOUSTON — The Rays brought up several of their top prospects so they can get as much experience as possible.And Monday that included seeing how the relentless defending champion Astros worked their way back from an early four-run deficit to sco...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Devil Rays manager Lou Piniella pondered upside-down pitching in 2005

Devil Rays manager Lou Piniella pondered upside-down pitching in 2005

HOUSTON — Well before the idea of using a reliever to open games, as the Rays did against the Astros Monday for the 12th time, and then bringing in a starter was even a gleam in the eyes of the current Rays staff, former manager Lou Piniella wa...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Rays-Astros

Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Rays-Astros

RHP Ryne Stanek continues to look comfortable and confident as the game opener, retiring all five batters he faced. His six starts now cover a complete game, and he has allowed only two runs in the nine innings.OF Carlos Gomez's feelings about not li...
Updated: 4 hours ago

Sports on TV/radio for Tuesday, June 19

TODAYBaseballOrioles at Nationals7 p.m.MLBRays at Astros8 p.m.Fox Sun; 620-AMMarlins at Giants10 p.m.FSFDiamondbacks at Angels10 p.m.ESPNCollege baseball, World SeriesFlorida vs. Texas2 p.m.ESPNTexas Tech vs. Arkansas7 p.m.ESPNGolfPGA Professionals c...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Iceland World Cup Fever … catch it!

Iceland World Cup Fever … catch it!

TAMPA — Iceland isn't what it used to be. Literally. The Nordic island country is shrinking, what with global warming. Iceland's glaciers are getting smaller. If you took all that ice and laid it end to end, well, you clearly have nothing bette...
Updated: 7 hours ago
For starters: Rays at Astros, trying to stop a streaking champion

For starters: Rays at Astros, trying to stop a streaking champion

UPDATE, 6:40: Cash said he had a good talk with Hechavarria, and that he understood the situation. Cash said Hechavarria will get to play some, and when he does it will be at short. … RHP Chris Archer (abdominal strain) is slated to throw a bul...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Kevin Kiermaier set to rejoin Rays Tuesday

Kevin Kiermaier set to rejoin Rays Tuesday

CF Kevin Kiermaier is here in Houston and will work out with the Rays today, and said that if all goes well he will be activated on Tuesday.That would be a couple days ahead of his most recent timetable, which had him slated to return to Friday.Kierm...
Updated: 8 hours ago

Captain’s Corner: Tips on targeting American Red Snapper

American Red Snapper (ARS) season opened a few days ago and some types of bottom are holding bigger schools of ARS then other bottom types. The hard bottom areas that most fishermen prefer are holding large schools of ARS, but the fish have yet to m...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Barry Trotz resigns as coach of Stanley Cup-winning Capitals

Barry Trotz resigns as coach of Stanley Cup-winning Capitals

Barry Trotz abruptly stepped down as coach of the Washington Capitals on Monday after failing to agree to terms on a new contract, a stunning move that left the newly minted Stanley Cup champions without a coach with the draft later this week and wit...
Updated: 11 hours ago