After leaving Thursday's game with soreness, the White Sox are taking a cautious approach with pitching prospect Reynaldo Lopez. The White Sox announced on Saturday they have placed Lopez on the 10-day disabled list with a strained back and purchased the contract of pitcher Danny Farquhar from Triple-A Charlotte. White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper noticed Lopez losing both his velocity and command in the fourth inning of his start against the Texas Rangers on Thursday night which prompted a mound visit from manager Rick Renteria and head athletic trainer Herm Schneider. After initially walking back toward the dugout, White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu signaled for Renteria and Schneider to return.
SAN FRANCISCO — Apparently, Matt Moore received the memo. Although the Giants entered Friday’s action 22 games out of a National League playoff spot, manager Bruce Bochy insists the team isn’t giving up on the season, playing for pride, their devoted fans and positive momentum heading into the 2018 season. Moore (4-12) started setting the stage for a bounce back campaign at AT&T Park Friday night, putting together arguably his best start of the season, surrendering just two hits in 7 1/3 innings of work in a 10-2 Giants win over the Philadelphia Phillies. “That’s our goal, to finish strong,” Bochy said. “Whether it’s an individual player, like Matt (Moore), or us as a club, we just want to play
Nelson Cruz didn't quite know what to make of his 30th home run, which put a charge into the ninth inning of the Seattle Mariners' 7-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night. The distance of the solo blast into the upper deck was measured by MLB Statcast as 482 feet, which makes it the longest ever measured at Tropicana Field. "Cool. Do they give a prize for that?" asked Cruz, who also had two doubles and scored three runs for the Mariners in the first game of a 12-game trip. MLB Statcast has been measuring home runs only in the last three seasons. Some players doubt the validity of the measurements, and some of the Mariners had doubts whether it was even Cruz's longest homer. But catcher