A last-minute change in his arm action had Justin Verlander feeling like old times. Verlander pitched into the seventh inning, Torii Hunter and Austin Jackson homered and the Detroit Tigers opened their interleague series in Arizona by beating the Diamondbacks 4-3 on Monday night. Verlander said he ”came across a couple of pictures,” one from earlier in his career and one from this season. The results, Verlander said, were immediate and carried over into the game, when he held Arizona hitless through the first three innings.

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DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers have gotten a good return on their short-term investment in right-hander Joba Chamberlain.

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Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo made a remarkable catch, tumbling into the photo well to snag a foul ball. Josh Collmenter threw seven sharp innings, David Peralta drove in a pair of runs and the Diamondbacks beat the Cubs 3-2 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep. The only run Collmenter allowed was Rizzo’s 23rd home run of the season, matching his total for all of last year. ”With a lot of lefties in the lineup I was able to pitch in really well, got a lot of popups and ground balls and the defense made some great plays.” David Peralta had a run-scoring double to tie it, then came home from third on Rizzo’s camera well plunge.

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Brandon McCarthy’s home debut for the New York Yankees was exactly what the team was looking for when they acquired him from the Arizona Diamondbacks on July 6 . In six strong innings, McCarthy allowed one run on six hits while striking out nine as the Yankees cruised to a 7-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds . 
Overall, that had to be a thrilling day and experience for the 31-year-old right-hander. Unfortunately, his wife, Amanda McCarthy, had a less than memorable experience. On her drive to the Stadium for the early Saturday afternoon game, she got caught up in New York City traffic and apparently missed out on some of the action.
Here’s her unfortunate tale as told through her always hilarious tweets and an Instragram photo.
Never driving to the ballpark again… Lesson learned — Amanda McCarthy (@Mrs_McCarthy32) July 19, 2014
Hey, wasn’t this Zack Greinke’s idea for beating traffic in Los Angeles?
How much would it cost to rent a helicopter to parachute me in every 5 days? — Amanda McCarthy (@Mrs_McCarthy32) July 19, 2014
This Instagram photo was simply captioned with “Baseball.”

Hi @mlb Amanda here, can you postpone the Yankees game today? I am stuck on the Deegan again. Thanks! Xoxo — Amanda McCarthy (@Mrs_McCarthy32) July 19, 2014
Unfortunately, MLB was not receptive to this idea. But it sounds like she did get some sound advice from experienced Yankees’ fans.
Telling me to take the subway is like telling me there is a new stadium.. I know guys, I know.. — Amanda McCarthy (@Mrs_McCarthy32) July 19, 2014
We live and we learn. But here’s some good news: She got to the ballpark just in time to see Derek Jeter come to the plate.
Shut up… Derek’s song is biggie? I knew he was cool. — Amanda McCarthy (@Mrs_McCarthy32) July 19, 2014
And all was not lost.
Loving the pinstripes.. Loving the cloudy weather, such a perfect day to sit outside and watch a game — Amanda McCarthy (@Mrs_McCarthy32) July 19, 2014
As for how Brandon McCarthy reacted when he heard of his wife’s plight.

”If everybody isn’t apprised of what she’s doing every few minutes, God knows what would happen,” he said.

Zing!
But hey, if there was ever a day when McCarthy could afford to deliver a zinger, Saturday was it. He had his first Yankees win under his belt, and he’s starting to see much better results overall after a slow to the season. Over his past four starts, he’s 3-0 with a 1.78 ERA. In his first 16 starts, he was 1-10 with a 5.38 ERA.
A big difference, though McCarthy says he doesn’t feel any different on the hill.

”Actually, that was the frustrating part about the beginning part of the season is, I felt sharp,” McCarthy said. ”I felt like everything was where I wanted it to be, I just wasn’t doing everything I needed to to get the best out of it. So I felt like I’ve thrown better this year than any year in the past, it’s just the results haven’t followed.”

The Yankees aren’t worried about the first 16 anyway. They just want to see more of what McCarthy provided on Saturday.
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Miguel Montero hit a go-ahead, three-run double in the fifth and Paul Goldschmidt added a two-run homer, leading the Diamondbacks to a 9-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs. Goldschmidt went 3 for 3 with three runs batted in. ”When you’re scoring multiple runs on at-bats, that’s ideal,” Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. Wade Miley (6-6) went seven innings, allowing three runs and seven hits, striking out seven with one walk.

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The Chicago Cubs made the percentage play by bringing in left-hander Zac Rosscup to face Arizona shortstop Didi Gregorius in the sixth inning. This time, Gregorius made them pay. Gregorius singled in the tiebreaking run with two outs in a three-run sixth inning to lift the Diamondbacks to a 5-4 victory at Chase Field on Friday night, only his third hit against a left-hander this season. “I’ve been so-called struggling against lefties,” said Gregorius, a left-handed hitter.

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(Adds late games) July 18 (The Sports Xchange) – Highlights of Friday’s Major League Baseball Games – - Red Sox 5, Royals 4 Rookie third baseman Xander Bogaerts and pinch-hitter Jonny Gomes both hammered two-run homers in the sixth inning as Boston charged from behind for a 5-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals. Outfielder Brock Holt drove in the other Boston run with a second-inning single. – - Yankees 4, Reds 3 Jacoby Ellsbury hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning to help the New York Yankees to a 4-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. …

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Such is the case this year for three of the game’s top prospects, Minnesota Twins outfielder Byron Buxton, Baltimore Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy and Kansas City Royals right-hander Kyle Zimmer. Bundy, who underwent Tommy John surgery in June 2013, is just five starts into his comeback in the low minors. Due to biceps and lat injuries, Zimmer is still awaiting his 2014 minor league debut. While those three are working their way back, numerous other minor-leaguers are enjoying breakout seasons that will lead to major league call-ups.

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After staking themselves to a sizable divisional lead, the San Francisco Giants open the season’s second half in second place. The Miami Marlins come out of the All-Star break trying to salvage a season that started in promising fashion. The Giants hope Friday night’s road matchup with the Marlins and Nathan Eovaldi – who they’ve dominated in the past – helps them get back on track. San Francisco (52-43) enjoyed a 9 1/2-game lead over the Dodgers on June 8, but has gone an NL-worst 10-22 since.

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As trade talks heat up ahead of baseball’s July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, the biggest name available will be a left-handed starting pitcher — and another lefty ace could join him on the market.

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