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Updated, AP Sources: A’s get Samardzija, Hammel from Cubs PDF Print E-mail
Written by ANTONIO GONZALEZ, AP Sports Writer   
Friday, 04 July 2014 23:50
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — One of baseball’s best rotations is about to get even better.
The Oakland Athletics have an agreement in place to acquire right-handers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Chicago Cubs for three top prospects in a surprising trade for the team with the best record in the majors, two people with knowledge of the deal said Friday night.
The people, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal was still pending, said the A’s will send top prospect and shortstop Addison Russell, outfielder Billy McKinney and pitcher Dan Straily to the Cubs. An official announcement is expected Saturday.
The trade is a rare move under general manager Billy Beane in which Oakland — one of baseball’s most frugal franchises — is parting with talented young prospects for proven players to chase a World Series title. The A’s are a major league-best 53-33 after beating the Toronto Blue Jays 1-0 in 12 innings Friday but have come up short in the playoffs recently.
Last Updated on Saturday, 05 July 2014 00:34
Updated, Kahne nips Smith at Daytona finish line PDF Print E-mail
Written by JENNA FRYER, AP Auto Racing Writer   
Friday, 04 July 2014 23:26
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — From his perch atop Regan Smith’s pit box, team owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. had a clear view of the Daytona International Speedway finish line.
He thought he was about to watch Smith win as his driver pulled away from the pack on the final lap Friday night in the Nationwide Series race. Then Kasey Kahne came charging through the outside lane, pulled alongside Smith and nipped him at the finish line.
No worries for Earnhardt: Kahne also was in one of JR Motorsports’ Chevrolets.   
“I was just glad that it was one of our cars when I saw somebody flying by on the top,” Earnhardt said. “When I got a glimpse of it, I was happy to see it was (Kahne.)
It was Kahne’s first Nationwide victory since a 2007 win at Bristol while driving for Ray Evernham.
He hoped to translate it into another victory Saturday night in the Sprint Cup Series as Kahne looks for his first win of the season. Kahne is the only driver of the four Hendrick Motorsports drivers yet to win this season.
“This will carry. I haven’t won in a while. To win in anything is good,” Kahne said. “When I first came into this series in ‘02, I struggled to pick up stock cars. I’d go and race my sprint car and could still win in sprint car races and I’d come back feeling like I could win. ... I’d run 15th or 20th, but I still felt way better coming back into that race after running my sprint car. Any momentum is good momentum.”
Last Updated on Friday, 04 July 2014 23:55
Updated Midnight, Tomlin roughed up in Indians' 7-1 loss PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Associated Press   
Friday, 04 July 2014 22:17
CLEVELAND (AP) — One start after the best outing of his career, Josh Tomlin tumbled back to reality.
Tomlin (5-6) gave up five runs and 10 hits in 5 2-3 innings, including a three-run homer to Mike Moustakas in the sixth, and the Cleveland Indians fell to Kansas City 7-1 on Friday night.
Tomlin was coming off a one-hit, no-walk, 11-strikeout performance against Seattle, but couldn’t find his groove against the Royals.
“I thought he pitched better than his line score,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “Obviously the three-run homer kind of skews it a little bit. (Trailing) 2-0 isn’t where we want to be but you give yourself a fighting chance. And then the home run really spread it out.”
Moustakas’ home run ended any realistic chance the Indians had against rookie right-hander Yordano Ventura, who took a shutout into the ninth.
“It was just a cutter that caught too much of the plate,” Tomlin said. “It was something I wasn’t trying to do but every now and then you make mistakes and when you do, a big-league hitter is supposed to capitalize on it and that’s what he did.”
Tomlin retired the first 12 hitters against the Mariners before allowing a leadoff single to Kyle Seager in the fifth, Seattle’s only baserunner. Tomlin’s gem marked the sixth time an Indians pitcher recorded 11 strikeouts with no walks in a shutout over the past 100 years.
It was also only the third time since 2002 that a pitcher has recorded a one-hit shutout with at least 11 strikeouts and no walks.
Tomlin held the Royals to two runs through five inning, but Moustakas’ two-out homer knocked him from the game.
“That blow kind of took the wind out of us a little bit,” Tomlin.
Last Updated on Saturday, 05 July 2014 00:00
Updated 12:10 a.m., Ausmus downplays HBPs in Tigers’ 6-3 loss to Rays PDF Print E-mail
Written by NOAH TRISTER, AP Baseball Writer   
Friday, 04 July 2014 22:32
DETROIT (AP) — Tigers manager Brad Ausmus insists there were no guilty parties after three players were hit by pitches in Detroit’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays.
“I never thought there was any malice on either side,” he said.
The Tigers lost 6-3 on Friday night, and Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon wasn’t around for the end after his sixth-inning ejection. Maddon was upset when both benches were warned after Rays starter Alex Cobb hit Detroit’s Ian Kinsler with an offspeed pitch.
Last year, Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello was suspended five games for throwing at Tampa Bay’s Ben Zobrist. On Friday, Cobb hit Victor Martinez in the fourth, Detroit’s Drew Smyly hit Evan Longoria in the sixth, and then Kinsler was hit to lead off the bottom of the sixth.
“I didn’t think Cobb meant to hit Victor, I didn’t think Smyly meant to hit Longoria, and I didn’t think Cobb meant to hit Kinsler,” Ausmus said. “No one tried to hit anyone.”
Maddon said he felt the Tigers intentionally hit Longoria, but he said the Rays weren’t throwing at Kinsler immediately afterward.
“We hit Victor, yes. Totally accident, he pulls a fastball. Then they intentionally hit Longo,” Maddon said. “We’re not going to reciprocate right there. We’re not, it’s over. We’re good. But then this whole other thing ensues.”
Plate umpire Quinn Wolcott warned both benches. Maddon took a few steps out of the dugout, and second base umpire Greg Gibson seemed to motion to him to stay back. Maddon continued arguing from a distance, and after being tossed, Maddon approached Gibson and kept arguing before finally leaving.
It was Maddon’s third ejection of the year and 35th of his career.
Last Updated on Saturday, 05 July 2014 00:09
Updated, Simon’s pitching key as Reds snap slump PDF Print E-mail
Written by GARY SCHATZ, Associated Press   
Friday, 04 July 2014 22:17
CINCINNATI (AP) — Two unexpected heroes keyed the Cincinnati Reds’ move to catch the division leaders.
Alfredo Simon moved into a tie for the National League lead with his 11th win and Billy Hamilton homered as the Reds snapped a three-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night.
Simon was a replacement in the rotation for Mat Latos, who missed the first two months of the season. The right-hander has never thrown more than 115 2-3 innings in his career. He has 110 with 77 games left in the season,
“Every time I go out, I just try to do my best,” the 33-year old said. “I keep trying to put zeroes on the board. I’ve never had 11 wins before but my arm is like a 20-year old.”
Before a crowd of 42,120, Cincinnati’s fifth sellout of the season, Simon helped the Reds take a 2-0 lead in the third inning. He lined a single with one out, and Hamilton followed on the next pitch with a 344-foot home run into the visitors’ bullpen down the right field line. It was the fifth of the season for June’s National League Rookie of the Month.
Hamilton hit just six homers at Triple-A Louisville last season, his first full season as a switch hitter.
Last Updated on Friday, 04 July 2014 23:16
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