Catcher Jeff Mathis, Rangers finalize $6.25M, 2-year deal
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Catcher Jeff Mathis and the Texas Rangers finalized a $6.25 million, two-year contract Tuesday.
Mathis, one of baseball's best defensive catchers, gets $3.25 million next season and $3 million in 2020.
Pujols has season-high 4 RBIs, Angels beat Rangers 11-7
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Albert Pujols keeps climbing up the career hits list and hurting the Texas Rangers in their home park.
Pujols drove in a season-high four runs, Shohei Ohtani hit a three-run homer and the Los Angeles Angels beat Texas 11-7 on a rainy Saturday night.
Pujols went 3 for 4 to tie 19th-century star Cap Anson for 23rd with 3,081 hits. His 633rd homer was his 16th in 59 games in Arlington.
Healy hit in 12th pushes Mariners past Rangers 4-3
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Ryon Healy let out a sigh of relief, and the Seattle Mariners regained the lead in extra innings when his hard grounder got through the left side of the Rangers infield.
LEADING OFF: Hamels to Cubs, Escobar to Diamondbacks
A look at what's happening around the majors today:
Cole Hamels goes from last place to first place when he joins the Chicago Cubs during this weekend's series at St. Louis. The Cubs got the left-hander Friday, trading pitchers Eddie Butler and Rollie Lacy and a player to be named to Texas.
Cubs get LHP Cole Hamels in trade with Rangers
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs are gambling a change of scenery and a pennant race will help Cole Hamels return to form.
The Cubs acquired the veteran left-hander from the Texas Rangers on Friday for right-hander Eddie Butler, minor league pitcher Rollie Lacy and a player to be named. The Cubs are responsible for paying Hamels $5 million.
CHICAGO (AP) — David Bote hit a tying, two-run homer off Brad Boxberger with one out in the ninth inning, Anthony Rizzo followed two pitches later with a winning home run and the Chicago Cubs overcame a five-run deficit to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-6 on Thursday.
Bote was called up when Kris Bryant was put on the disabled list because of inflammation in his left shoulder.
Eddie Butler (1-1) retired Jon Jay on a flyout that stranded two runners in the ninth. Boxberger (1-4) was the loser.
Cubs activate Lackey from disabled list
ATLANTA (AP) — John Lackey has been activated from the 10-day disabled list and will start for the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday after missing two weeks.
Lackey, seeking his first win since June 18 at Pittsburgh, was sidelined with planta fasciitis in his right foot. In 17 starts, the right-hander is 5-9 with a 5.20 ERA and 24 homers allowed, most in the NL.
Rockies beat Cubs 9-1 for 7th straight win
CHICAGO (AP) — Mark Reynolds and Charlie Blackmon homered, rookie Jeff Hoffman pitched neatly into the seventh inning and the Colorado Rockies won their seventh straight game, beating the Chicago Cubs 9-1 Saturday.
The Cubs lost their fourth in a row, dropping the World Series champions to 30-31.
Reynolds had four hits, including his 17th homer, and Nolan Arenado had a three-run double during a five-run ninth inning. The Rockies, who have the best record in the NL, improved to 24-10 on the road.
A look at what's happening all around the majors today:
LET'S PLAY TWO
The Tampa Bay Rays host Oakland in the first scheduled doubleheader in the big leagues since July 16, 2011, when the Angels visited the A's. The 2:10 p.m. EDT start will mark the second doubleheader ever at the domed Tropicana Field — the other was Sept. 30, 2004, when the Rays and Detroit Tigers made up two games postponed four weeks earlier because of Hurricane Frances.
CHICAGO (AP) — Eddie Butler sailed into the sixth inning and Mike Montgomery took over from there.
A winning plan for the Chicago Cubs — again.
Butler and Montgomery combined on a six-hitter, Kris Bryant hit a two-run homer and the Cubs beat the Miami Marlins 3-1 on Monday night for their fourth straight victory.
CHICAGO (AP) — Kris Bryant, Jason Heyward and Ben Zobrist hit solo homers, and the Chicago Cubs beat the San Francisco Giants 5-1 on Thursday for their third straight win.
Heyward went deep for the second time in three games and has a five-game hitting streak since a sprained finger in his right hand caused him to miss 12 games.
Zobrist added two singles as the Cubs took three of four games from the Giants and finished a 7-2 homestand.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Chicago Cubs were looking for a catalyst to get them back on track and found what they needed in their battery.
Catcher Willson Contreras connected twice for his first career multihomer game, Eddie Butler threw six scoreless innings in his season debut and the Cubs beat St. Louis 3-2 Friday, ending the Cardinals' six-game winning streak.
The Cubs won for just the second time in seven games.
Cubs pick up right-hander Eddie Butler in deal with Rockies
DENVER (AP) — The Chicago Cubs have acquired Eddie Butler from the Colorado Rockies for James Farris in a swap of right-handed pitchers.
As part of Wednesday's trade, the teams exchanged international bonus money slots for the signing period that starts July 2, with the Cubs getting No. 74 and the Rockies No. 28.
Butler was designated for assignment Saturday after going 6-16 with a 6.50 ERA in 36 career games with the Rockies. The 25-year-old was the 46th overall pick in the 2012 amateur draft.
Rockies slip further from pack with 11-4 loss to D’backs
PHOENIX (AP) — The Colorado Rockies' already slim postseason hopes are fading fast.
The Rockies lost 11-4 to the Diamondbacks on Tuesday night and have allowed 23 runs in two straight defeats to lowly Arizona.
The reason why is simple, says manager Walt Weiss.
"We've just got to pitch better," Weiss said.
Starter Jorge De La Rosa and reliever Eddie Butler did not pitch well, and the Diamondbacks took advantage. Jean Segura homered twice and Brandon Drury added his second homer in two nights.