After hitting an RBI double and scoring a run in Saturday
night’s game against the Miami Marlins, Brandon Belt left because of dizziness, the Giants announced. It was thought that he left due to back stiffness.
The Boston Red Sox defeated the Kansas City Royals on Friday by the score of 5-4. The win improved the Red Sox to 44-52 on the season. Although only 24th in the Major Leagues in runs scored, the Red Sox should be adding a spark to the lineup, as veteran outfielder Shane Victorino has been activated from the disabled list.
The San Francisco Giants clubbed the Miami Marlins on Friday by the score of 9-1. The win kept the Giants in a first-place tie with the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West. At 19th in the league in runs scored, the Giants are relying on a pitching staff that is near the top of the Major Leagues in ERA at 3.38. There is some concern about one key component of the staff, as Matt Cain has been pitching with a sore elbow. The Giants will need him to be healthy and effective to keep up with the Dodgers in the division.
This season the injury bug has constantly attacked the Cincinnati Reds. Almost daily a new player joins the list of the walking wounded. According to Reds beat writer, Jon Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, three players appear to be on the comeback trail.
The Miami Marlins had a rough start to the second half of the season, losing to the San Francisco Giants on Friday by the score of 9-1. The loss dropped the Marlins to 44-51, eight and a half games back in the National League East. There was some good and bad news on the injury front, as Kevin Gregg was placed on the disabled list, while A.J. Ramos was activated.
After last night's victory against against the Washington Nationals it appeared that the Milwaukee Brewers were shaking things up with the back end of the bullpen as Rob Wooten and Zach Duke were called on to pitch in the eighth inning instead of reliever, Will Smith. But that is not the case, according to Brewers' beat writer, Adam McCalvy, Smith was unavailable due to back spasms.
The San Francisco Giants remained in a tie for first place in the National League West with the Los Angeles Dodgers following a 9-1 win over the Miami Marlins on Friday. Madison Bumgarner pitched six innings to get his 11th win of the season. Pablo Sandoval and Brandon Crawford each homered for the Giants, who were without Marco Scutaro, due to a stiff neck.
The San Diego Padres began the second half of the season with a 5-4 loss to the New York Mets. The loss dropped the Padres to 41-53, twelve games out in the National League West. The Padres, who are 30th in the league in scoring, were without first baseman Tommy Medica in the starting lineup, due to a groin injury. Jake Goebbert was in the lineup for Medica and went 0-for-3 with a run scored.
The Atlanta Braves began the second half of the season with a 6-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday. The win improved the Braves to 53-43, first in the National League East. The Braves pounded A.J. Burnett for six runs and 10 hits, in five innings. Ervin Santana pitched six innings to pick up his eighth win of the season. The Braves were again with catcher Evan Gattis, but Gattis is inching closer to returning following his rehab game on Friday.
The Los Angeles Dodgers lost to the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday by the score of 3-2. The loss dropped the Dodgers to 54-44 on the season, tied for first with the San Francisco Giants in the National League West. On the injury front, Justin Turner was activated and entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning. Batting for Chris Perez, Turner grounded out to second base.
The Colorado Rockies look to put a dismal 40-55 first half in their rear view mirror as they begin a three game series tonight against the Pittsburgh Pirates. An offense that is third in the league in runs scored has not been able to overcome a pitching staff with a woeful 5.07 ERA. The Rockies will be shorthanded tonight offensively, as first baseman Justin Morneau will miss the game due to a stiff neck.
Francisco Giants outfielder and leadoff hitter Angel Pagan will not see the
field for the big league club until after July, Bochy said to Steve Berman of Bay Area Sports Guy. Pagan has been
dealing with lower back issues that include nerve problems and side soreness.
The Minnesota Twins begin the second half of the season tonight at home against the Tampa Bay Rays. At 44-50, the Twins need to quickly play better baseball to get back into the American League Central race. The first positive for the Twins came early, with the news that Danny Santana has been activated from the disabled list. Santana could be the spark at the top of the lineup the Twins need as they start the second half.
In an expected move, New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia will have season-ending surgery on July 23 on his right knee.
Fortunately, it is not the microfracture surgery that could have possibly ended his career but, rather, a simpler cleaning out of his knee. Mark Feinsand of New York Daily News made the announcement Friday afternoon.
Seattle Mariners pitching prospect Taijuan Walker was supposed to return to the big club on Tuesday, but he will have to wait a bit longer. Walker had his start for Triple-A Tacoma delayed one night. Instead of starting Thursday, he will pitch for Tacoma Friday, pushing his return date to at least next Wednesday, maybe longer. In addition, right hander Blake Beavan started his own rehab assignment Monday, but he will move up to Tacoma Friday.
Chicago Cubs right handed reliever Kyuji Fujikawa, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery performed in June 2013, threw a scoreless inning Thursday for Single-A Kane County, walking one and striking out two, as reported by the Kane County Cougars, who won the game with a 10-inning shutout over the Lansing Lugnuts.