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Rangers' deGrom now out until late June

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Jacob deGrom’s return for the AL West-leading Texas Rangers has been pushed back until at least late June after the two-time National League Cy Young Award winner was transferred to the 60-day injured list Monday.

DeGrom hasn’t pitched since April 28, when he exited early because of injury concerns for the second time in a span of three starts. He was placed on the 15-day IL the following day after an MRI showed inflammation in his right elbow.

General manager Chris Young said deGrom “hasn’t improved maybe as quickly as we had hoped” after five bullpen sessions since going on the IL. Another MRI and additional testing are now planned for the 34-year-old right-hander the Rangers signed to a $185 million, five-year contract last December.


Semien's streak to 24, Rangers top Cards

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Marcus Semien had already extended his majors-best hitting streak to 24 games with two hits earlier in the game. His one-out walk in the ninth inning set the Texas Rangers up for their fourth win in a row.

“Marcus, it looks like he’s having a great time. He should be with the type of baseball he’s playing,” Rangers manager Bruce Bochy said. “I enjoy watching him.”


Rays' McClanahan beats BoSox for 9th win

BOSTON (AP) Rays slugger Luke Raley hit a deep fly ball toward the 420-foot marker in the center field triangle - the deepest part of Fenway Park. Kiké Hernandez tracked it, leapt and reached over the fence to snare it.

An inning later, Alex Verdugo drifted toward the right field stands, where the short wall juts out away from home pate beyond the Pesky Pole. Brushing off a fan in the front row, he gloved Francisco Mejía's potential home run to preserve a scoreless tie.


Nola takes no-hitter into 7th, Phils win

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Aaron Nola's strikeout total was up - the Phillies' ace would tie his career-high with 12 - and so was his pitch count. As Nola delivered with two outs in the seventh inning, and a shot at baseball history still on the line, manager Rob Thomson wasn't sure just how much longer he would let the right-hander go.

“I wouldn't have chanced his health just for that,” Thomson said.


Reds' Abbott stymies Brewers, wins debut

CINCINNATI (AP) All Andrew Abbott could think about was the four walks he allowed.

Stuart Fairchild and Tyler Stephenson hit solo home runs and Abbott threw six scoreless innings in his major league debut, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 2-0 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday night.


Pirates extend lowly A's road skid to 15

PITTSBURGH (AP) Andrew McCutchen’s tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the eighth inning lifted Pittsburgh to a 5-4 victory over Oakland on Monday night, extending the Pirates’ win streak to six games and sending the Athletics to their record-tying 15th consecutive road loss.

The 15 straight defeats away from home matches the Athletics’ record since they moved from Kansas City in 1968. Oakland set that mark in 1986.


Sanchez, Snell lift Padres over Cubs

SAN DIEGO (AP) Gary Sánchez hit a two-run home run and Blake Snell and three relievers combined on a four-hitter for the San Diego Padres, who beat the Chicago Cubs 5-0 Monday night to salvage a split of a four-game series.

Manny Machado had three hits, scored twice and made a sensational play at third base in his fourth game back from a stint on the injured list with a fractured left hand.


Braves send recovering Soroka to minors

ATLANTA (AP) Atlanta right-hander Michael Soroka, who posted an 8.38 ERA in two starts in his comeback from two right Achilles tendon tears, was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on Monday.

The move came after Soroka allowed five runs and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings in Atlanta's 8-5 win at Arizona on Sunday. All of Soroka's runs allowed came with two outs. After the game, he said: “That's not quite me.”


Pujols hired as assistant to Manfred

NEW YORK (AP) Albert Pujols was hired Monday by Major League Baseball as a special assistant to Commissioner Rob Manfred.

The retired slugger will consult on issues related to his native Dominican Republic, among other areas. He also will start work Tuesday as an MLB Network analyst.

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