Baseball roundup: Nats stretch win streak to 8; Rangers place Napoli on 15-day DL

Published: Saturday, Aug. 11 2012 11:00 p.m. MDT

RANGERS 2, TIGERS 1: At Arlington, Texas, rookie Mike Olt's pinch-hit RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning scored Nelson Cruz with the winning run.

ROYALS 7, ORIOLES 3: At Baltimore, Alex Gordon hit two of Kansas City's four home runs, Luis Mendoza took a shutout into the seventh inning after the start of the game was delayed by rain for more than three hours.

ARLINGTON, Texas — The Texas Rangers have placed catcher Mike Napoli on the 15-day disabled list with a left quadriceps strain.

The Rangers also have recalled catcher Luis Martinez from Triple-A Round Rock to replace Napoli on the roster. The moves were announced before their game Saturday night against the Detroit Tigers.

Napoli started in his first All-Star game back in July and is hitting .223 with 17 home runs and 40 RBIs.

VOTTO GETS KNEE CLEANED UP: Reds first baseman Joey Votto returned to Cincinnati to have cartilage removed from his surgically repaired left knee.

Manager Dusty Baker said Saturday that Votto felt soreness in his knee after participating in a sliding drill. Votto underwent a 6-minute procedure Friday night.

If rehab goes well, Votto is expected to return to the Reds in about 10 days.

The 2010 NL MVP had arthroscopic surgery to repair torn cartilage on July 17 after getting injured sliding into third base.

SABATHIA LANDS ON DL: CC Sabathia was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with inflammation and pain in his left elbow, the New York Yankees ace's second trip to the DL this season.

Neither a corresponding roster move, nor a starter for Monday's game against Texas, has been announced. The move is retroactive to Aug. 9.

The Yankees have agreed to a contract with free agent Derek Lowe and are planning to finalize the deal and activate him Monday.

BLOOMQUIST ON DL WITH BAD BACK: The Arizona Diamondbacks have placed infielder Willie Bloomquist on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Thursday, because of a strained lower back.

The team also designated Mike Zagurski for assignment, a day after the left-hander gave up four runs in the ninth inning of Arizona's 9-1 loss to Washington.

To fill the roster, the Diamondbacks brought up a pair of players from Triple-A Reno. The team recalled right-handed reliever Bryan Shaw and selected the contract of middle infielder Jake Elmore.

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