The Philadelphia Phillies defeated the New York Mets on Tuesday y the score of 6-0. Cole Hamels scattered six hits and struck out eight in eight innings to pick up his sixth win of the season. Chase Utley provided the big blow with a grand slam home run in the seventh inning. The Phillies, who improved to 47-60 on the season, were without right fielder Marlon Byrd, who was out with a sore foot.
The Tampa Bay Rays entered Tuesday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers with a 52-54 record, fourth in the American League East. The Rays have been solid on the mound, ranked 11th in the Major Leagues in ERA, but have been hindered by injuries and are just 17th in the Major Leagues in runs scored. There is some good news on the injury front regarding outfielder Wil Myers, who is scheduled to take his first batting practice since breaking his wrist.
The San Francisco Giants fell to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday by the score of 5-0. The loss dropped the Giants to 57-49, two games back of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West. The Giants are still being carried by a pitching staff that is seventh in the Major Leagues in ERA. There is concern on the status of Matt Cain, who is slow in his recovery from elbow problems. The result of a consultation with Dr. James Andrews could determine his fate for the rest of the season.
The Colorado Rockies have struggled to a 43-62 record so far this season, last in the National League West. The pitching staff has let the Rockies down with a dismal 4.98 ERA, 30th in the Major Leagues. The offense has been a bright spot, particularly All Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who is leading the league in hitting. But Tulowitzki has been out with a hip flexor injury, which was treated on Monday with needle therapy.
Toronto Blue Jays (57-50) first baseman Adam Lind
played a simulated game yesterday, July 28th in Florida. According to a tweet from Barry Davis, Lind
felt good at the plate but his broken foot is still causing pain when he tries
The San Francisco Giants fell to two games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West with a 5-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday. At 20th in the Major Leagues in runs scored, the Giants will need to increase offensive production in order to keep pace with the Dodgers in the division. One player who could provide a spark is outfielder Angel Pagan, who could go on a rehab assignment and return to the Giants soon.
Tampa Bay Rays catcher Ryan Hanigan is doing better and eyeing rehab games this week. He would like to rejoin the Rays on Friday after fully recovering from a oblique injury as reported by Marc Topkin.
The red-hot Los Angeles Angels are about to regain one of their best pitchers as Alden Gonzalez, the team's beat writer from MLB.com, reported C.J. Wilson has completed his rehab and is ready to pitch in the rotation.
New York Mets lefty reliever Dana Eveland left Monday night's 7-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies in the ninth inning after being hit in the elbow by a comebacker off the bat of Ben Revere (video here and below). According to Adam Rubin of ESPNNY.com, X-rays were negative. Righty Vic Black came in with two on and one out to retire the side.
Oakland Athletics outfielder Craig Gentry has been placed on the 15-day DL after suffering a broken hand. CSN's Joe Stiglich tweeted that Gentry has been diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture and hopes to miss just a couple of weeks:
As the Pittsburgh Pirates work towards getting back to the top of the National League Central, they got some very encouraging news from AAA Indianapolis. Ace Gerrit Cole looked spectacular during his scoreless five inning rehab outing with the Indians.
The Houston Astros entered Monday night's game with a record of 42-63, fourth in the American League West. Although near the bottom of the Major Leagues in both runs scored and staff ERA, the Astros have shown some improvement over last year's dismal 51-111 record. One player who the Astros' organization hopes will be a major contributor down the road is Class-A shortstop Carlos Correa, who is currently recovering from ankle surgery. Although he's improving, Correa will not be playing in the Arizona Fall League.
Washington Nationals right fielder Jayson Werthtwisted his right ankle as he was thrown out at second base attempting to stretch a single into a double in the seventh inning of Monday night's 7-6 loss to the Miami Marlins (video here and below). Werth, who had gone 2 for 3 with a walk and an RBI, was replaced in the bottom of the seventh by Nate McLouth. According to James Wagner of the Washington Post, manager Matt Williams said after the game that Werth expects to play Tuesday.
In the midst of a pennant race, the Baltimore Orioles received some positive news in regards to starter Ubaldo Jimenez who is set to make a rehab start for their Triple-A affiliate Tuesday, according to an article by Aaron Gleeman of NBCSports.com .
San Francisco Giants center fielder Angel Pagan could begin a Minor League rehab assignment this week and return to the big club before or soon into the Giants' next road trip, which begins on Friday, August 1. In addition, first baseman Brandon Belt is showing signs of progress from his concussion on July 19, and second baseman Joe Panik has recovered from his ankle sprain and will play Monday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.