MLB roundup: Phillies pile up hits in narrow win

Published: Friday, May 25 2012 12:20 a.m. MDT

Philadelphia's Shane Victorino bats in a run on a fielder's choice on Thursday.

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ST. LOUIS — Shane Victorino and Freddy Galvis each drove in three runs, including Galvis' go-ahead single in the sixth inning, and the Philadelphia Philles beat the St. Louis Cardinals 10-9 on Thursday night.

Placido Polanco, Carlos Ruiz and Ty Wigginton added three hits apiece for Philadelphia, which had a season-high 18.

Jonathan Papelbon pitched the ninth for his 13th straight save.

With two outs and two on against Fernando Salas (0-3), Galvis drove in Victorino with a single and pinch-hitter Mike Fontenot singled to score Wigginton and make it 9-7.

St. Louis narrowed the margin to 9-8 with a two-out homer by David Freese. His 10th homer of the season went 463 feet and is the second longest homer in the stadium's seven-year history.

REDS 6, BRAVES 3: At Cincinnati, rookie catcher Devin Mesoraco capped a series full of homers with his first career grand slam.

The Reds completed their first four-game sweep of the Braves in Cincinnati since 1980 at Riverfront Stadium. They've won six straight, their longest winning streak since August 2010 when they started their push toward the NL Central title.

GIANTS 14, MARLINS 7: At Miami, Melky Cabrera had three hits and drove in four runs Thursday for the San Francisco Giants, who gave Ryan Vogelsong robust run support for a change.

Giancarlo Stanton drove in three runs and hit another tape-measure home run for the Marlins. They began the night with the best record in the majors since May 1, but lost their second in a row.

PADRES 11, METS 5: At New York, Will Venable hit a pair of RBI doubles and Cameron Maybin had two run-scoring singles as San Diego broke out the offense after a long rain delay.

Jesus Guzman hit a two-run double in a four-run third to help the Padres rebound from being swept in a three-game series in St. Louis. Everth Cabrera had a career-high four hits and Eric Stults (1-0) pitched five innings to earn his first win with San Diego.

American League

INDIANS 2, TIGERS 1: At Cleveland, Justin Masterson matched Justin Verlander pitch for pitch for first his career win over Detroit, and the first-place Cleveland Indians did just enough to beat the reigning AL MVP to complete a three-game sweep of the underperforming Tigers.

ANGELS 3, MARINERS 0: At Seattle, Albert Pujols had three hits, including the 450th home run of his career Dan Haren struck out a career-high 14 in tossing his sixth career complete-game shutout, and the Los Angeles Angels won their third straight game.

The Angels and Mariners met for the first of 19 games this season and Pujols, a newcomer to the AL West rivalry, made his presence known immediately. He lined a two-run shot off Seattle starter Jason Vargas (5-4) with one-out in the top of the first, and added line-drive singles in the fourth and sixth innings. It was just his third three-hit game this season.

WHITE SOX 11, TWINS 8: At Chicago, Paul Konerko and Alex Rios hit back-to-back homers and Alejandro De Aza added a grand slam to cap a six-run sixth.

A.J. Pierzynski and Dayan Viciedo also went deep as the White Sox won for the sixth time in seven games.

Yankees say they're not for sale

NEW YORK — The New York Yankees say they aren't for sale.

The Daily News reported Thursday that there were rumors in Major League Baseball and New York banking circles that the Steinbrenner family "is exploring the possibility of selling the Yankees."

Not so, says Yankees managing partner Hal Steinbrenner.

"It is pure fiction," he said. "The Yankees are not for sale. I expect that the Yankees will be in my family for many years to come."

Hal's father, George Steinbrenner, headed a group that bought the Yankees from CBS Inc. in 1973 for about $8.7 million net. The elder Steinbrenner died two years ago.

Yankees president Randy Levine also says the team is not for sale and that, "we have not told anyone or indicated to anyone that it's for sale."

Franchise values have been given new focus since the Los Angeles Dodgers sold on May 1 for $2 billion.

In order to disclose financial records to potential investors, the Yankees would need to notify the commissioner's office.

"Major League Baseball has received no indications from any representatives of the New York Yankees or anyone else that the club is for sale," the commissioner's office said in a statement.

If the Yankees ever do go on the market, one bidder to count out is Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

"I have front row tickets which cost a fortune," Bloomberg joked to reporters. "That's as much as I can afford."

ANGELS RECALL ROMINE: The Los Angeles Angels have designated for assignment reliever David Pauley and recalled infielder Andrew Romine from Triple-A Salt Lake.

The Angels made the roster moves on Thursday ahead of their series opener in Seattle.

Pauley had appeared in just four games since his contract was purchased from Salt Lake on May 7. Pauley was 0-1 with a 4.82 ERA and was deemed expendable because the Angels were carrying 13 pitchers on their roster.

Romine was hitting .312 with two homers and 17 RBIs in 40 games at Salt Lake.

FAKE-NAME CASE PITCHER GETS U.S. WAIVER: Dominican pitcher Juan Carlos Oviedo has received a waiver from the U.S. government after he used a fake name and age to play professional baseball.

A U.S. waiver of his ineligibility was required from the Department of Homeland Security under the Immigration and Nationality Act. The waiver allows him to apply a visa to travel to the U.S. and potentially rejoin the Miami Marlins.

Oviedo says he still does not have a visa from the U.S. consulate in his homeland of the Dominican Republic. He says he hopes to soon rejoin the team.

Formerly known as Leo Nunez, Oviedo has a $6 million, one-year contract with the Marlins, who have kept him on the restricted list. They signed Heath Bell to replace him as their closer in December.

Oviedo used a fake name for seven major league seasons. He says he did it when he was younger in order to play professionally.

REDS HONOR JONES: Braves third baseman Chipper Jones received a base as a memento of his final trip to Cincinnati.

The Reds honored Jones before the final game of their series on Thursday. They've used bases with Jones' name on the side in all four games. Reds third baseman Scott Rolen presented Jones with one of the bases in a frame.

GIANTS' THERIOT REINSTATED FROM DL: San Francisco Giants infielder Ryan Theriot has been activated from the disabled list after being sidelined since May 9 with a strained right elbow.

Theriot joined the Giants on Thursday for the start of their series at Miami. Infielder Charlie Culberson was optioned to Triple-A Fresno.

Theriot was batting only .179 with one extra-base hit in 56 at-bats.

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