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Chris Sale wasn't exactly his dominant self Sunday afternoon at Target Field, but he did continue to rack up the strikeouts.

The Boston Red Sox left-hander allowed four runs off four hits over six innings against the Minnesota Twins while striking out 10 en route to his third win of the season.

It marked the sixth consecutive start this season that Sale has reached double-digit strikeouts, joining Hall of Fame starters Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, and Nolan Ryan as the only pitchers with six-plus-game streaks of at least 10 strikeouts, according to MLB Stat of the Day.

Sale leads the majors with 73 strikeouts in 51 2/3 innings - 20 more strikeouts than the next-highest pitcher. He's scheduled to make his next start Friday against the Tampa Bay Rays, a team he struck out 12 times last month.

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Don't panic, New York Mets fans, Tim Tebow isn't giving up on his baseball career quite yet.

The 29-year-old has signed a multi-year contract extension to remain with ESPN and will continue to work for SEC Network as part of its travelling pregame show, the network announced on Monday, according to Sports Illustrated.

"Over the last three years ESPN and the SEC Nation crew have become like family," Tebow said in a statement. "I love the passion that SEC fans bring to our set every Saturday morning and I look forward to continuing to share my own love of the game with fans on ESPN and SEC Network."

Tebow joined ESPN as a college football analyst in December 2013 while he was still playing in the NFL with the New England Patriots. Comparable to then, Tebow will still be allowed to pursue his baseball career and remain with both networks.

The former Heisman Trophy winner was signed to a minor-league deal by the Mets in late 2016. After making a few appearances with the club in spring training, Tebow was demoted to the Single-A Columbia Fireflies.

He's hit .242/.330/.363 in 26 games this season, including two home runs and nine RBIs.

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A pair of clutch first baseman have been named MLB's Players of the Week.

Los Angeles Dodgers rookie Cody Bellinger and Oakland Athletics veteran Yonder Alonso were handed the honors Monday.

The 21-year-old Bellinger has started his career with a bang, hitting a combined .357/.413/.786 with five home runs and 14 RBIs in his first 11 games. He recently became the first Dodgers player in the modern era (1900-present) to hit five home runs in his first 11 games.

Alonso, meanwhile, is hitting .311/.386/.667 and is fourth in the American League with 24 RBIs and a 1.053 OPS. The 30-year-old, who has clubbed nine home runs thus far, has already tied his previous career high, which was set in 2012.

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The Toronto Blue Jays will be without yet another key player as catcher Russell Martin will head to the 10-day disabled list with nerve inflammation in his left shoulder, the team announced Monday, according to Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com.

Martin joins Josh Donaldson, Troy Tulowitzki, J.A. Happ, and Aaron Sanchez as impact players currently on the disabled list.

The DL stint comes as a surprise, as Martin had started and played all of Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays. According to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet, Martin had been dealing with a nerve issue in his shoulder since spring, and it was made worse by a recent collision with Rays shortstop Tim Beckham. Martin did, however, get the day off for Saturday's contest, as newcomer Luke Maile started for Toronto behind the plate.

As a corresponding move, the Blue Jays called up 26-year-old catcher Mike Ohlman from Triple-A Buffalo. In 23 games at Triple-A this year, Ohlman has slashed an impressive .246/.388/.594.

Martin started the season on a 0-for-20 stretch, but posted favorable on-base numbers during the slump and seemed to be squaring up the ball much better of late. Over the last two weeks, he was slashing .276/.447/.517 with two home runs and a 175 wRC+.

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NEW YORK - Matt Harvey is to rejoin the New York Mets' rotation Friday at Milwaukee after serving a three-day suspension for not showing up at Citi Field for a game last weekend.

Mets manager Terry Collins made the announcement Monday, a day after the team announced the discipline for the 28-year-old pitcher.

Collins says Harvey will return to the Mets on Tuesday and it is up to the pitcher whether to address teammates as a group or individually.

The suspension is costing Harvey $84,016 of his $5,125,000 salary. Collins says he expects Harvey's agent, Scott Boras, to challenge the discipline.

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The Minnesota Twins traded utility man Danny Santana to the Atlanta Braves on Monday for left-hander Kevin Chapman and cash considerations.

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ANAHEIM, Calif. - An MRI exam on Mike Trout's tight left hamstring shows no damage or problems, Los Angeles Angels general manager Billy Eppler says.

Trout got the exam after sitting out for the third time in four games Sunday.

The Angels requested the MRI to "have a thumbprint moving forward" on the two-time AL MVP's leg, Eppler said Monday, and the images came back "clean and normal."

The Angels open a three-game series at Oakland on Monday.

Trout missed only three games in each of the past two seasons. He hasn't missed more than five games in a season since his AL Rookie of the Year campaign in 2012, which he began in the minor leagues.

Trout was the AL's player of the month for April after batting .364 with 18 RBIs.

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Ryan Howard won't get a chance to appear in the majors this season with the Atlanta Braves, as the club announced Monday it has released the former MVP from his minor-league deal.

After spending 13 seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies from 2004-16, Howard's option for the 2017 season was declined by the Phillies, and the 2005 Rookie of the Year entered free agency for the first time.

He signed a minor-league deal with the Braves in April, but has hit just .184/.238/.263 in 38 at-bats at Triple-A.

Earlier this week, Howard, despite his struggles in the minor leagues, said he wasn't thinking of retirement despite entering his age-37 season.

"There's more in the tank," he said at the time. "If you walk away, don't walk away with something still left in the tank. Then you're wondering like, 'Man, what could I have done?' When I'm done playing, I want to leave it all out on the field."

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The Pittsburgh Pirates announced that right-hander Jameson Taillon underwent surgery Monday morning at the Allegheny General Hospital for suspected testicular cancer.
"We have told Jameson that our only priority is his health and well-being," Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said. "His teammates, our coaches, baseball staff and entire organization will support him in his recovery in every possible way and we will keep him in our thoughts and prayers."
Taillon alerted the team's medical staff to an abnormality and was placed on the disabled Saturday with groin discomfort.
The Pirates did not reveal a timeline for his return, and said the recommended treatment plan is pending further testing.
The 25-year-old was the second overall pick in the 2010 draft behind Bryce Harper, and is in his second major-league season. He's gone 2-1 with a 3.31 ERA and 1.33 WHIP across six starts this year.

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The Chicago Cubs traded outfielder Matt Szczur to the San Diego Padres on Monday in exchange for minor-league pitcher Justin Hancock, the Cubs announced.

Szczur was designated for assignment Saturday in order to make room for left-handed reliever Rob Zastryzny.

Drafted by the Cubs in 2010, Szczur made his major-league debut in 2014. The 27-year-old was hitting .211/.273/.263 with one double and four strikeouts in 23 plate appearances this season, while appearing in all three outfield positions.

The 26-year-old Hancock pitched in Double-A San Antonio for the Padres this season. The right-hander owns a 6.23 ERA and 1.85 WHIP over 13 innings of relief, along with 11 strikeouts.

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A Rookie of the Year award, five World Series titles (one of which earned him MVP honors), and 14 All-Star nominations: There wasn't much missing in Derek Jeter's illustrious major-league career.

He just wishes he remembered it all.

In a sit-down interview with YES Network scheduled to air after the New York Yankees' Monday tilt against the Cincinnati Reds, the former captain of the Bronx Bombers admitted he wished he had actively chronicled his entire career as it happened in a journal, something he only remembered to do in his final season.

"I really haven’t (reflected on my career). I really haven't sat back and reflected. Someone asked me recently, do I have any regrets in my career? My last season, I kept a journal; every day I'd write something in there," Jeter said, according to the New York Post's Brian Lewis.

"The one regret I do have is that I wish I would've done that my entire career, because there are so many things that you forget. Still to this day I haven't looked at it. It's locked up and I haven't looked. I'm going to be a father soon, so I'm sure one day when I sit down with my kid - or kids, if there's multiple - I'll get a chance to reflect and maybe brag like my dad used to do when I was younger."

Jeter's former employers will likely give him a moment to reflect back this upcoming weekend, as the Yankees will hold a pregame ceremony Sunday to retire Mr. November's No. 2 and award him a plaque at Yankee Stadium's iconic Monument Park.

And though the 42-year-old officially stepped away from the game in 2014, that feeling of being able to don the pinstripes at home will never escape him.

"You find other things to focus on, you have other dreams and aspirations, but yeah, I'm enjoying myself," Jeter said. "But nothing will ever replace the feeling you have of playing at Yankee Stadium, playing for the Yankees."

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When Matt Harvey returns from his three-game suspension Tuesday, his manager Terry Collins expects him to come armed with an apology.

"We'll have a discussion and one thing he needs to do is, he needs to address some guys," Collins said, according to Abbey Mastracco of NJ.com. "He can do it in a group, which is the easiest thing, I always think, or if he wants to do it individually he can do that. I'm just going to leave it to where he's the most comfortable. As I said, we need to gets this thing behind us so however he wants to go about it, he can do that and I'll sign off on that."

Harvey was issued his suspension on the weekend for violating club rules after he failed to show up for Saturday's game. The right-hander had reportedly gone golfing earlier in the day and developed a migraine, but did not inform club officials that he would not be coming to the ballpark until after he was supposed to arrive.


In order to send a message that his absence wouldn't be tolerated, the Mets skipped Harvey's start Sunday and sent him home.

"We have a policy here," Collins said, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com. "I thought it was the right thing to do. I know it's dramatic, but I think any team in baseball would have probably reacted very similarly. And it wasn't just Matt Harvey. Anybody in that room that misses a day and nobody knows about it, we've got to do the same thing."

Harvey is scheduled to start Friday in Milwaukee against the Brewers.

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MIAMI - Cardinals ace Carlos Martinez drove in four runs, compensating for the two homers he gave up to Marcell Ozuna and leading St. Louis over the Miami Marlins 9-4 Monday night for their season-best fourth straight win.

Martinez (2-3) came into the game hitless this year. He hit a two-out, three-run double off Adam Conley in the second inning and singled home a run in the fourth.

Martinez struck out seven in six innings. Miguel Socolovich pitched three innings to earn his first career save.

Miami's Giancarlo Stanton hit his 11th homer in the ninth, his third shot in two days. Ozuna also has 11 homers.

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Call in the cavalry, or at least the midseason back-of-the-rotation version of cavalry that 33-year-old veteran Doug Fister represents, as he is reportedly close to signing a deal, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

A National League club is most likely, Heyman reports, and names the Arizona Diamondbacks as a leading candidate.

The report builds on Chris Cotillo's of SB Nation on Monday, that named - among the Diamondbacks - the Toronto Blue Jays, New York Mets, and Los Angeles Angels. Heyman added that the Mets appear to be out of the Fister hunt, and that the free-agent pitcher has had offers from American League teams but likely prefers the senior circuit.

The Diamondbacks recently lost Shelby Miller to Tommy John surgery, but still have the best starting staff in the major leagues by WAR. With a top-four still seemingly set with Zack Greinke, Taijuan Walker, Robbie Ray, and Patrick Corbin, the Diamondbacks could strengthen their case by adding Fister as opposed to handing more spot starts to Braden Shipley and Zack Godley.

Fister has spent two of his eight seasons in the National League, both with the Washington Nationals. After posting a 3.10 ERA over 267 innings in those seasons and finishing eighth in Cy Young voting one year, Fister went to the Houston Astros where he put up a 4.64 ERA in the 2016 campaign.

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After undergoing surgery Monday morning for suspected testicular cancer, Jameson Taillon has a cast of MLB players offering their support that includes fellow cancer survivors John Kruk, Mike Lowell, as well as teammate Andrew Lambo.

Kruk, who played 1,200 games in the big leagues and has also worked as a baseball analyst for ESPN, told Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that he was texting Colorado Rockies pitcher Chad Bettis - who is undergoing chemotherapy for testicular cancer - when he heard the news about Taillon.

Kruk was diagnosed with testicular cancer during spring training in 1994. The former Philadelphia Phillies legend, along with Mike Lowell, is mulling over a charity golf tournament to raise money and awareness.

Lowell spent parts of 13 seasons with the Yankees, Marlins, and Red Sox. The four-time All-Star was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 1999 and missed two months of the season undergoing treatment.

Andrew Lambo, Taillon's former teammate, also spoke with Biertempfel about his past experience coming back from the same illness.

"It's all about the mindset," the current Oakland Athletics' minor leaguer said. "I know Jameson, so I know he's thinking, 'I'm going to kick this thing's ass and move on.' I know that kid's got a lot of heart and he's got a lot of brass. He's going to do it."

Lambo got to know Taillon while rehabbing back from his own cancer treatments in 2013. At the time, Taillon was also on the mend, rehabbing from Tommy John surgery.

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