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Jared Burton posted by Twins Fan

Born June 2, 1981, Jared Burton is an MLB pitcher and plays for the Minnesota Twins. Burton started his professional baseball career when he was selected by the Oakland Athletics in 2002, in the eighth round of the draft. With the Athletics, he played for Vancouver Canadians, which is their affiliate and a Single-A team. In this team, he posted 3.58 ERA in 13 games, and had 0-4 record. In 2003, he played for the Kane County Cougars, making 15 appearances. Here he improved his record to 2-1, and 2.27 ERA. In 2004, Burton split his time, playing for Modesto A's and Arizona League Athletics. With Modesto, he had 3-2 record and 4.78 ERA, whereas with Athletics he managed 1-0 record and 4.16 ERA. Burton spent the 2005 season mainly playing for Stockton Ports, making 4-4 record, and 2.60 ERA.

In 2006 Rule 5 Draft, Burton was selected by Cincinnati Reds, and made his debut into the Major League in April 2007, when he pitched for a third of an inning and walked three. However, during the same month, he suffered a hamstring injury and was in the disabled list. During the rehab assignment, he was sent to play with Chattanooga and Louisville teams. During the season, Burton made 47 appearances and posted overall record of 4-2, and ERA of 2.51.

In November 2011, Burton joined the Minnesota Twins, signing a contract for minor league. His spring training was impressive and in 2012, he was on the roster on the opening day. In the first season with the new team, he played in 64 games and made 55 strikeouts, posted 3-2 record, and an ERA of 2.18. In 2013, he made good progress, and he finished with 71 games, with a career high of 2-9 and 3.82 ERA.

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MLB Baseball Bets and the Minnesota Twins posted by Twins Fan

MLB baseball events are proving to be quite lucrative for placing bets, and online sports book websites provide the opportunity of placing bets anytime, conveniently from home. Opening an account is very easy, and these websites are quite secure to make online transactions for depositing money into your account. Additionally they also provide various payment options, which make it easy to place various bets without much fuss. Due to advancement in Web technologies, your personal information and credit card number remains safe, without falling prey to hacking attempts. Withdrawals are also safe and secure, and you do not have to wait a long time to enjoy your winnings. 
A good knowledge about the teams and clever betting strategies can improve your winnings quite dramatically. Information pertaining to MLB baseball players and teams is available on many websites including the latest news. Various betting websites also explain various strategies that have worked for many players in the past. However, having proper knowledge about your team is a distinct advantage in placing bets. Consider the Minnesota Twins, which has small revenues, but is considered one of the major teams in MLB. The team is known for its excellent farm system, which has developed many prospects into top players. However, this system may not have delivered for the current season and has taken a major beating. The only prospect worth considering was Miguel Sano, the third baseman; however, he still lacks the required experience and discipline. 
In the minor league the new talents lived up to what was expected, and many of the prospects that were sidelined came back to form. In a surprising move during the offseason, the Twins let go of Ben Revere and Denard Span who were MLB outfielders, and acquired starting pitchers like Trevor May and Alex Meyer from Philadelphia and Washington respectively. This seems to be a smart move, as enhanced pitching depth was necessary. The team also saw the resurgence of Kyle Gibson last year, after he had missed quite a bit of the previous season due to surgery. Minnesota Twins also netted during the start of the season, Byron Buxton an excellent outfielder, and Jose Berrios, who is a right-hander. 
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Twins blowing out ChiSox, 17-4 posted by Richard Kagan

This game was ugly when the Twins scored 7 runs on seven singles in the 2ns inning.  Twins 7-3...then Sox tacked on a run to make it 7-4, and then the Sox pitchers seemed to forget how to get three outs.  10 more runs.  The Twins have battered arround more than Hurricane Isaac.  You could see the wind formation on the field.  Ouch. Continue reading "Twins blowing out ChiSox, 17-4"

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Rios' 19th Leads HR Attack vs. Blue Jays posted by Richard Kagan

Balls were flyin' out of Toronto's baseball field left and right Thursday night, as the ChiSox hit five HR's in the game, paced by Alex Rios' three-run blast.  The Sox are piling up the HR numbers and have hit 27 HR's in the last 13 games, give or take a number.  I haven't seen a Sox team with this much power in a long time.  And, tonight, Dunn, Pierzynski, or Konerko (DNP) didn't hit one.  It was Dayan Viciendo who has caught fire of late, Ramirez, Flowers, and DeWayne Wise who connected.  This isn't the go-go Sox.  This is smashmouth baseball. 

Even Francisco Liriano was the beneficiary of the Chicago onslaught.  Liriano pitched over 6 innings to come away with his first Sox win since being traded by the Twins a few weeks ago.  It was the first time the Sox had won a series in Toronto since the Bronze Age.  That means a long time.  Hey, I'll say it now, Alex Rios is my candidate for AL Comeback Player of the Year.  He is hitting the ball so well and driving in runs.  He is having a great season at the plate.  When he hits, the Sox usually win.  He has over .530 slugging %, not bad for a player whom many thought had seen his bettter days.  If the Sox do advance to the playoffs, Rios will be a big reason why.  Hopefully he can keep doing it.

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Sox nip Twins 4-3 posted by Richard Kagan

White Sox new acquistion, Francisco Liriano pitched against his former team, the Minnesota Twins and didn't get the decision, going 6 strong innings fanning five.  The Sox tied up the game in the 8th and A.J. Perzynski blasted a 2 run HR in the top of the 9th inning to take a 4-2 lead.  Addison Reed came in and gave a up a run and was able to close the door on the Twins.   So the Sox get a road win.  At this time of the season, a road win is a big win.  And, if you want to be a contender, you have to play well on the road.  Hey, the White Sox are becoming road warriors.Continue reading "Sox nip Twins 4-3"

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The Cubs Are Not Good posted by Richard Kagan

Yippee, The Chicago Cubs beat the Minnesota Twins 8-2 behind the solid right arm of Ryan Dempster (2-3), who may be on the trading block.  Dempster bolstered his status with an excellent outing, his second win in a row.  I have been a long-time cubs fans.  I was there for Don Cardwell's no-hitter in the second game of a DH.  I fell asleep and missed most of the game, as a child.  I was more alert for Kenny Holtzman's gem vs. the Atlanta Braves in 1969, when the Cubs looked so good.  I was sure they were going to win the pennant.  But....stuff happens, if you're a Cubs fan.

What still surprises me is that 32,000 fans come of the park every home game if the weather is decent.  The Cubs draw well over 2.5 million.  In a good season, it could be 2.8 million.  In this tiny ballpark in Wrigleyville...The fans still come out and root for the Cubbies.  Who are as lovable as ever, even if they are on pace to lose 100 games this season.  And, that is not a laughing matter.  How do you get paid, and get up in the morning and come to the park?

The Cubs were picked by most baseball experts to finish 4th or 5th in the division.  Unfortunately, they make the Pittsburgh Pirates look good.  Manager Dale Sveum looks like he is on an out of control train in that Denzel Washington thriller.  That train threatened to cause disruption all over the landscape.  It's a stretch to say this team could win 4 or 5 games in a row.  They don't have the players to do that.  And, coming from a fan, that is a sad thing to say.

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Twins Sign Jason Marquis to 1-Year Deal posted by Jeff Ponder

The Minnesota Twins are looking to improve their dismal starting rotation numbers in 2012.

Last season, the Twins starters combined to post the third-worst ERA (4.64), while also striking out just 617 batters in 961 innings-pitched.

The Twins have outsourced to fix this problem, signing veteran right-hander Jason Marquis to a one-year, $3 million contract. 

Marquis, 33, posted an 8-5 record with a 3.95 ERA as a member of the Washington Nationals last season.  He was then sent to the Arizona Diamondbacks on July 30, where he was 0-1, posting a 9.53 ERA in just three starts.  Marquis missed the last month and a half of the 2011 season with a broken right fibula after being hit by a line drive. 

Marquis was a National League All-Star in 2009 as a member of the Colorado Rockies.  His best season came in 2004 when he posted a 15-7 record and recorded a 3.71 ERA as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Marquis has a career .455 ERA in 12 MLB seasons.  He has played for the Braves, Cardinals, Cubs, Rockies, Nationals and Diamondbacks.

The righty will likely be the fourth or fifth starter as lefthander Brian Duensing is expected to be in the bullpen to start the season.

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Almost Perfect Game for Stewart posted by Richard Kagan

Chicago White Sox pitcher Zach Stewart threw a 1-hitter in blanking the Minnesota Twins, 4-0 in the second game of a day-night doubleheader.  Stewart retired the first 21 batters he faced, a perfect game for 7 innings, until Danny Valencia hit a double to lead off the 8th inning for the Twins.  Stewart kept his composure and retired the next six hitters he faced for a 1 hitter in a terrific outing tonight.  Stewart was almost unhittable.  Where was that pitching in the Detroit series?

The White Sox got lambasted vs. Detroit and looked out-classed by a better team.  Then their pitching comes together and this team looks pretty good.  Stewart (2-3) struck out 9 and walked none in his first career complete game.  His effort was almost historic.  And, it was a night he won't forget. 

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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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Bluegrass and Arkansas 2011 posted by Johnny Matheis

Major preps for the Derby, one with a huge favorite, the other with many who could vie for the role.




11 JW BLUE 20-1 Overlooked, but has the best forward move, and worth a shot. If the favorite is truly class, the favorite will take it, but a fourth of the time this one will win this race, so worth a shot.

4 THE FACTOR 7-5 Anything higher is betable, anything lower is an underlay, but the obvious class here.

1A ALTERNATION 6-1 Solid, but reaching the boundaries of his endurance, as 49er is a sprint breeder

1 CALEB'S POSSE 6-1 Solid as other part of entry

9 ARCHARCHARCH 10-1 One of many who look solid for part

2 NEHRO 10-1 My pick in Rebel had his shot, and is still solid.

3 ELITE ALEX 20-1 another in the group of "solids" that are hard to seperate 

6 SWAY AWAY 15-1 actually ran better than I thought he would at underlay price last out. Finishes out the contenders

7 TRUMAN'S COMMANDER 30-1 Zito is one of the best, but this would be a surprise 

8 DANCE CITY 20-1 worth a look as it is fourth lifetime start for hard trainer

5 BRETHREN 30-1 would be a surprise 

12 SARATOGA RED 20-1 Never know when Lukas has one ready

10 J P'S GUSTO 30-1 Outgunned here.

BETS: WPS on 11: Exacta box on 1-4-11, Trifecta Box on 1-4-9-11, Superfecta Box on 1-2-4-9-11, Superfecta Wheel 4,11 with 4,11 with 1,2,3,6,9 with 1,2,3,6,7,9.

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The Walk Off: Madison Bumgarner does it all in win against Cubs (Big League Stew)

Welcome to The Walk Off, the nightly MLB recap from Big League Stew. Here we'll look at the top performers of the night, show you a must-see highlight and rundown the scoreboard. First, we start with a game you need to know about.   Eight players took the field behind San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner on Sunday, but he was the only one who mattered. Bumgarner did everything during a 1-0 win against the Chicago Cubs. [ Join a Yahoo Daily Fantasy Baseball contest now ] Bumgarner was masterful against a tough Cubs offense, limiting the club to just three hits over 7 2/3 scoreless innings. Bumgarner walked two and struck out six during the outing.  That wasn't all. Bumgarner also contributed with the bat. In the bottom of the fifth inning, Bumgarner drove in a run on a double against Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks. It wound up being the only run of the game. Bumgarner was the sole reason for the Giants win. It didn't look like things would be that easy early. Bumgarner actually loaded the bases in the first inning after hitting a batter, giving up a single and issuing a walk. With the bases loaded, Bumgarner managed to strike out Addison Russell on a 3-2 fastball.  From there, he mostly cruised. David Ross would single in the second, but then the Cubs failed to muster anything offensively. At one point, Bumgarner set down 16 straight Cubs hitters. With the win, Bumgarner improved to 6-2 on the year.  TOP PERFORMERS   David Ortiz: Is Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz sure he wants to retire? The 40-year-old turned in another fantastic game Sunday against the Cleveland Indians. Ortiz was a perfect 4-for-4 during the 5-2 win. He finished a triple shy of the cycle, belting a single, two doubles and his 11th home run of the season. Ortiz also walked in his only other plate appearance, reaching base all five times he stepped to the plate. He's hitting .329 during his final season. [Elsewhere: Yasiel Puig's base-running blunder drew the ire of one teammate ] Cole Hamels: Yu Darvish's return may have been the big news for the Texas Rangers, but Cole Hamels stole some of Darvish's spotlight Sunday against the Houston Astros. Hamels gave up two runs, one earned, over eight strong innings. He allowed five hits and two walks during the contest. Hamels also managed 11 strikeouts. With the 9-2 victory , Hamels improved to a perfect 5-0 on the season. Carlos Perez: No Mike Trout, no problem. The Los Angeles Angels exploded for 10 runs against the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday, mostly without their star outfielder. Catcher Carlos Perez picked up the slack after Trout left the game, going 3-for-5, with two singles and a home run. Perez finished the 10-2 win with one run scored and five RBI. MUST-SEE HIGHLIGHT   Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar deserves a cape to go with his uniform . He was up to his usual antics Sunday against the Minnesota Twins, laying out for another diving catch on what looked to be a sure extra base hit off the bat of Brian Dozier. Pillar's grab kept the Twins off the board, allowing the Blue Jays to pull off the eventual 3-1 victory . THE REST OF THE SCOREBOARD   Tigers 9, Rays 4: Jordan Zimmermann and Miguel Cabrera lifted the Tigers early, but both eventually left the contest due to injuries.  Mariners 5, Reds 4: Leonys Martin went 4-for-5 at the plate, while Robinson Cano drove in two runs in the victory. Mets 3, Brewers 1: Noah Syndergaard struck out 11 Brewers over seven innings. Michael Conforto added his eighth home run of thr season in the win. Nationals 8, Marlins 2: Anthony Rendon smacked a double and a triple, and drove in three runs, helping Max Scherzer pick up his fifth win of the season. Phillies 5, Braves 0: Jerad Eickhoff tossed seven scoreless innings and Maikel Franco drove in two during the win. White Sox 3, Royals 2: Melky Cabrera delivered a two-run single in the bottom of the fifth, keeping the Royals from completing the sweep. Diamondbacks 7, Cardinals 2: Zack Greinke allowed just one run over eight strong innings. He struck out seven and gave up one walk to earn his fifth victory of the year. Yankees 5, Athletics 4: Michael Pineda picked up a quality start over six solid innings. Then, the Yankees three-headed monster preserved the lead, giving New York its fifth win in a row.  Dodgers 9, Padres 5: Ross Stripling picked up the win in the 17th inning while coming on in relief. Yasiel Puig knocked in a go-ahead two-run single in the top of the frame and Stripling held on in the bottom of the 17th for the win. Rockies, Phillies: PPD:  This game has been postponed. It will be made up Monday, May 23 at 12:35 p.m. ET. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: The StewPod: A baseball podcast by Yahoo Sports Subscribe via iTunes or via RSS feed - - - - - - - Chris Cwik is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Chris_Cwik [read full article]

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Bautista, Donaldson homers propel Blue Jays over Twins 3-1 (The Associated Press)

Trying to spark an offense that hasn't met its immense expectations, the Toronto Blue Jays stacked the top of their lineup the past four games with their three main power threats. Jose Bautista and Josh Donaldson started the game with back-to-back home runs off Phil Hughes in a three-run first inning, and Marcus Stroman bounced back from his worst major league start to lead the Blue Jays over the Minnesota Twins 3-1. Bautista homered on the fourth pitch from Hughes (1-7), his 14th home run in 21 career games at Target Field. [read full article]

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The Walk Off: Angels chase Kenta Maeda early in win versus Dodgers (Big League Stew)

Welcome to The Walk Off, the nightly MLB recap from Big League Stew. Here we'll look at the top performers of the night, show you a must-see highlight and rundown the scoreboard. First, we start with a game you need to know about.   Though it's only been eight starts, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda has looked pretty strong during his rookie season. While his fastball isn't overwhelming, Maeda has been able to pitch smart and mix pitches well to keep teams off balance during at-bats. [ Join a Yahoo Daily Fantasy Baseball contest now ] That wasn't the case Monday against the Los Angeles Angels. Maeda was tagged by the Angels for four runs in just four innings, giving him the shortest outing of his young major-league career.  All of the damage came in the third inning. Maeda allowed a leadoff double to Carlos Perez to open the frame. Perez would come around to score on a one-out single by Gregorio Petit after a Matt Shoemaker groundout.  With a man on first, Maeda gave up a single to Yunel Escobar, and then walked Kole Calhoun to load the bases for Mike Trout. Unsurprisingly, Trout delivered, knocking a two-run single that gave the Angels a 3-2 lead. Albert Pujols followed that up with a run-scoring single of his own, ruining any chance at a quality start for Maeda.  Maeda didn't carry those struggles with him the following inning. He worked around a one-out walk, striking out the side during the frame.  Despite that rebound, manager Dave Roberts opted to pinch-hit for Maeda with the lead down to just one run in the bottom of the fourth. Initially, it looked like the right move, as Enrique Hernandez singled, but he was stranded on base following a Chase Utley ground out. The Dodgers would come close to completing their comeback a couple times, but eventually fell to the Angels 7-6. After picking up three wins in his first four attempts, Maeda has now lost three of his past four starts. TOP PERFORMERS Ian Kinsler: Kinsler managed to pick up two hits before the first inning ended during the Detroit Tigers' 10-8 win over the Minnesota Twins. After leading off the game with a home run, Kinsler delivered an RBI double later in the frame. His contributions helped the Tigers get out to an 8-0 lead. They would eventually blow that lead, but fought back to win 10-8 . Kinsler finished 3-for-5, with two runs scored and two RBI. Sean Manaea: Manaea's promotion to the Oakland Athletics came with a fair amount of excitement, but he didn't deliver on that promise until Monday's game against the Texas Rangers. In his fourth career start, Manaea picked up his first career win. The big lefty allowed one run on four hits over 6 2/3 innings. He walked just one and struck out three during the 3-1 victory. [Elsewhere: Stephen A. Smith challenged former ESPN colleague Curt Schilling to a debate ] Jake Lamb: Lamb's breakout season with the Arizona Diamondbacks continued Tuesday against the New York Yankees. While a number of D-Backs did damage, Lamb's bat spoke the loudest. The 25-year-old went 3-for-4, with a home run and a double, during the 12-2 win . He scored one run and drove in three during the contest. MUST-SEE HIGHLIGHT Manaea's first win didn't come without some help from his defense. In the sixth inning, outfielder Billy Burns was there to ensure the Rangers remained off the board against his rookie pitcher. With two outs, rookie Nomar Mazara hit a line flare out to shallow center. Burns, who was playing deeper, came charging in and dove at the last second in order to make the catch. The play ended the inning, and earned Burns a round of applause from his pitcher. THE REST OF THE SCOREBOARD Indians 15, Reds 6: Yan Gomes and Marlon Byrd homered during the rout as Cleveland managed seven runs against Reds starter John Lamb. Marlins 5, Phillies 3: Adam Conley allowed just one run over six hits, while Marcell Ozuna extended his hitting streak to 16 games with a first-inning home run. Pirates 8, Braves 5: Matt Joyce filled in admirably for Starling Marte, going 3-for-4, with a home run in the win. Rays 13, Blue Jays 2: Jays starter J.A. Happ was tagged for eight earned runs in just two innings. He picked up his first loss of the season, falling to 5-1. Red Sox, Royals: PPD: This game was postponed and will be made up as part of a double-header Wednesday. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: - - - - - - - Chris Cwik is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Chris_Cwik [read full article]

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Orioles-Twins Preview (The Associated Press)

In what's looking more and more like a lost season, the Minnesota Twins are turning their attention to the future. Jose Berrios will be back in the spotlight Tuesday night against the Baltimore Orioles in the promising rookie's follow-up to his first major league win. Owner of the worst record in the AL and having lost nine of 10, Minnesota (8-23) hopes it can find a silver lining in a talented young core that includes Berrios (1-1, 6.75 ERA), the organization's top pitching prospect. [read full article]

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The Walk Off: Steven Wright tosses complete game against Yankees (Big League Stew)

Welcome to The Walk Off, the nightly MLB recap from Big League Stew. Here we'll look at the top performers of the night, show you a must-see highlight and rundown the scoreboard. First, we start with a game you need to know about.   Boston Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright's early season performance might not be a fluke. With knuckleballers, it's always tough to tell.  [ Join a Yahoo Daily Fantasy Baseball contest now ] But if Sunday's start is any indication, Wright may have earned himself a much longer stay in the Red Sox's rotation moving forward. The right-hander absolutely shut down the division-rival New York Yankees, holding them to just one run on three hits during a complete-game. The start was nearly much more impressive until outfielder Brett Gardner played spoiler. Wright had a shutout heading into the ninth, and even managed to pick up two outs before Gardner clubbed a solo home run to right field. While the hit ruined any chance at a complete-game shutout, and a possible Maddux  (a complete-game shutout while throwing fewer than 100 pitches), Wright rebounded to strike out Ronald Torreyes to end the game. He had to settle for the complete-game three-hitter, which isn't a bad consolation prize. Through six starts, Wright has compiled a 1.52 ERA, with 38 strikeouts in 41 1/3 innings. Only three pitchers have a lower ERA than the knuckleballer right now. The complete list of pitchers in MLB who have a lower ERA than Steven Wright: Jordan Zimmermann Jake Arrieta Jose Quintana That’s it. — Joon Lee (@iamjoonlee) May 9, 2016 Following the contest, manager John Farrell was asked whether Wright would keep his spot in the rotation once the Red Sox get their injured pitchers back. Farrell on Wright's spot in the rotation: "His pitching is speaking loud and clear." — Tim Britton (@TimBritton) May 9, 2016 With the 5-1 win , the Red Sox improved to 18-13 on the season. TOP PERFORMERS Manny Machado: Machado led the charge in the Baltimore Orioles' 11-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics. He aided in the team's comeback early, smashing a two-run homer in the first inning. With things already out of hand late, Machado added to the Orioles lead, hitting a grand slam in the eighth. He finished 2-for-4, with two runs scored and six RBI. Machado is now hitting .350. Ross Stripling: Stripling continues to surprise for the Los Angeles Dodgers. On Sunday, he was able to hold the vaunted Toronto Blue Jays offense to just one run over six innings in the 4-2 win . Stripling gave up just one hit, did not issue any walks and struck out six. He lowered his ERA to 3.82 with the performance.  [Elsewhere: Bartolo Colon's home run is already featured on a baseball card ] David Ortiz: Steven Wright may have grabbed the headlines, but Ortiz was fantastic in the Red Sox's 5-1 win over the Yankees. Ortiz went 2-for-4, with two home runs. The first came against Luis Severino in the first inning. In the fourth, he was able to repeat the task. Both were solo shots. Ortiz is hitting .308 with nine home runs in what is supposed to be his final season. Jose Quintana: Chicago White Sox starter Jose Quintana is looking to shed the underrated tag this season. Quintana turned in another strong performance Sunday, this time at the expense of the Minnesota Twins. He tossed seven innings, giving up one run on six hits. Quintana issued one walk and struck out five in the 3-1 win . He has a 1.38 ERA through seven starts.  MUST-SEE HIGHLIGHT   The Chicago Cubs employed some interesting strategic moves during Sunday's game against the Washington Nationals, but eventually it all worked out. The Cubs walked Bryce Harper six times, including three intentional walks, just so he wouldn't hurt them . Ultimately, it was a success. Harper only scored once in the contest, and that allowed the Cubs to come back and send things to extras. Once there, Javy Baez came through in the 13th. With Blake Treinen on the mound, Baez smacked a walk-off solo home run to left center, giving the Cubs the 4-3 victory .  THE REST OF THE SCOREBOARD Indians 5, Royals 4: Though he gave up four runs over six innings, Josh Tomlin improved to 5-0 after the Indians jumped over Royals starter Edinson Volquez. Volquez was charged with all five runs in the 5-4 loss. Rangers 8, Tigers 3: Justin Verlander tossed seven scoreless innings, but the Tigers bullpen imploded, giving up all eight runs in the final two innings. Rangers catcher Bobby Wilson hit a grand slam in the eighth, breaking open the game for Texas. Brewers 5, Reds 4: Jonathan Lucroy homered in the eighth inning to give the Brewers a one-run lead. Jeremy Jeffress turned in a scoreless ninth to pick up his eighth save.  Phillies 6, Marlins 5: Rookie Tyler Goeddel doubled in the eighth to tie things at five, and was driven in by Andrés Blanco later in the frame to score the eventual game-winning run. Diamondbacks 5, Braves 3: Chris Herrmann's second home run of the game was the game-winner for the D-Backs. He finished the day 2-for-5, with two runs scored and three RBI. Astros 5, Mariners 1: Collin McHugh gave up just one run over seven innings while the Astros tagged Hisashi Iwakuma for three runs and chased him after five. Pirates 10, Cardinals 5: Gregory Polanco and John Jaso homered, giving Gerrit Cole his third win of the season. Rays 3, Angels 1: Brad Miller and Curt Casali each hit a home run, which was all Rays pitcher Matt Andriese needed to pick up the win. Rockies 2, Giants 0: Eddie Butler held the Giants scoreless over six innings. Nolan Arenado picked up three hits during the contest, raising his average to .320. Mets 4, Padres 3: Matt Harvey allowed two runs and struck out 10 over six innings. Yoenis Cespedes clubbed his 11th home run in the win. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: The StewPod: A baseball podcast by Yahoo Sports Subscribe via iTunes or via RSS feed - - - - - - - Chris Cwik is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Chris_Cwik [read full article]

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