MLB: Yanks Blank Mets Again
UNDATED (AP) — The New York Yankees have come away with a split of their home-and-home season series with the New York Mets by posting their second straight shutout.
Chase Whitley combined with three relievers on a three-hitter and Alfonso Soriano doubled home the game's only run in a 1-0 win over the Mets. Whitley allowed two hits over 4 2/3 innings in his major league debut, one night after Masahiro Tanaka fired a four-hit shutout.
Mets starter Jacob deGrom carried a shutout into the seventh inning of his big league debut before Soriano drove in Brian McCann. The run came after David Wright was unable to complete an inning-ending double play.
DeGrom allowed just four hits while striking out sixth over seven innings.
The Mets managed just seven hits in two games against the Yankees at Citi Field after scoring 21 runs in two games in the Bronx earlier this week.
Also in the majors:
— San Francisco fell behind 4-1 before Michael Morse smacked a two-run homer and collected three RBIs in the Giants' 6-4 comeback against Tampa Bay. Buster Posey hit a go-ahead, two-run double in the fifth inning as the Giants improved to 27-15, tops in the National League.
— Mike Trout launched a walkoff, three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to lift the Los Angeles Angels past Tampa Bay 6-5. The Rays had a 5-2 lead in the ninth until Collin Cowgill poked an RBI single and scored on Trout's eighth homer of the season.
— Johnny Cueto tossed a three-hitter and Brandon Phillips belted a three-run homer as Cincinnati blanked San Diego 5-0 in Game 1 of a day-night doubleheader. Cueto improved to 4-2 and lowered his league-leading ERA to 1.25 with his second shutout of the season.
— The Padres beat the Reds 6-1 in Game 2 as Tyson Ross allowed three hits in seven innings. Rene Rivera, Everth Cabrera and Yonder Alonso homered in San Diego's fifth victory in six games.
— Milwaukee beat Pittsburgh 4-3 on a two-run single by Khris Davis in the bottom of the ninth. Rickie Weeks and Martin Maldonado hit solo homers as the Brewers improved to 27-15, tying the Giants for the National League's best record.
— Michael Wacha pitched seven innings and hit a two-run single to lead the Cardinals' 5-3 triumph over the Chicago Cubs in St. Louis. Wacha's hit was part of a four-run second that helped the Redbirds take the rubber match of the series. He also allowed two runs and seven hits to win for the first time in his last six starts.
— Nelson Cruz smacked a two-run homer and Wei-Yin Chen pitched into the sixth inning as Baltimore topped Kansas City 2-1 to end a four-game losing streak. Chen limited the Royals to a run and seven hits over 5 1/3 innings before the Baltimore bullpen tossed perfect ball the rest of the way.
— Edwin Encarnacion homered twice and had three RBIs as Toronto doubled up Cleveland 4-2. Juan Francisco also hit a solo shot to back J.A. Happ, who limited the Indians to a run and six hits in six innings.
Cards chairman leading committee search for new commissioner
UNDATED (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. will lead the committee to find a successor to baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, who is scheduled to retire in January. The committee already has started meeting and is to identify the candidate or candidates for Major League Baseball's executive council, which is to make a recommendation to owners. Selig sidestepped whether he would remain as commissioner emeritus, saying details would be worked out in the coming months.
In other major league news:
— The Miami Marlins say ace Jose Fernandez will have Tommy John surgery Friday. The 21-year-old Fernandez is 4-2 with a 2.44 ERA after winning last season's NL Rookie of the Year award.
— Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran has been placed on the 15-day disabled list because a pain-relief injection did not ease the effects of a bone spur in his right elbow. If the elbow doesn't improve Beltran will likely need surgery, which could sideline him six to eight weeks.
— Giants right-hander Tim Hudson will miss his next start because of a strained left hip. The 38-year-old Hudson apparently injured himself during Sunday's 7-4 win against the Dodgers.
— The Oakland Athletics have acquired outfielder and first baseman Kyle Blanks from the San Diego Padres in exchange for minor league outfielder Jake Goebbert and a player to be named. The A's designated Daric Barton for assignment to make roster room for Blanks, who is expected to join the team tomorrow in Cleveland.
— The Toronto Blue Jays have put outfielder Colby Rasmus on the 15-day disabled list because of a sore right hamstring and recalled outfielder Anthony Gose from Triple-A Buffalo. Rasmus is batting .222 with nine homers and 19 RBIs.
— The Cleveland Indians have placed speedy outfielder Nyjer Morgan on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right knee suffered while running down a fly ball last night. The Indians recalled infielder Jesus Aguilar from Triple-A Columbus.
— The New York Mets have placed catcher Travis d'Arnaud on the 7-day concussion list and called up Juan Centeno from Triple-A Las Vegas. The Mets also recalled Josh Edgin from Las Vegas after designating reliever Kyle Farnsworth for assignment.
— The Tampa Bay Rays have put second baseman Ben Zobrist on the 15-day disabled list after he dislocated his left thumb in Wednesday's win at Seattle. The Rays filled the roster spot by selecting the contract of infielder Cole Figueroa from Triple-A Durham.