Wednesday's roundup: Cubs hit four HRs, crush Indians 17-0
Cleveland — Kris Bryant had a grand slam and Kyle Schwarber was 4-for-5, including his first major league hit and RBI, and the Chicago Cubs hit four home runs to rout the Cleveland Indians, 17-0, on Wednesday night.
The Cubs scored seven times in the ninth inning, which ended with Indians position players Ryan Raburn and David Murphy pitching.
Schwarber, the fourth pick in last year's draft who was called up Tuesday, tripled in the second to key a six-run inning and added an RBI single in the third when the Cubs scored four times.
Schwarber hit into a double play in the fourth and singled in the seventh. He added an infield hit in the ninth.
Cleveland used seven pitchers in the first eight innings before calling on Raburn, who was given a loud ovation by the crowd of 15,572.
In the ninth, Chris Coghlan drew a four-pitch walk before Starlin Castro flied out to deep center. After Schwarber squibbed a hit to the left side of the infield, Chris Denorfia lined out to third. With a 2-0 count on David Ross, manager Terry Francona and a trainer visited Raburn on the mound. Francona pointed to left field, where Murphy was playing.
It appeared Murphy would get out of the inning when Ross hit a pop-up to shallow center. Rookie Francisco Lindor settled under the ball, but it fell behind him and he was charged with an error.
Murphy allowed a hit, walked one and hit a batter before Bryant's grand slam.
Raburn was also the last Indians' position player to pitch in a game, working a scoreless inning against Detroit, his former team, on Aug. 8, 2013. Murphy pitched a scoreless inning for Texas against Boston on June 5, 2015.
Addison Russell, another of the Cubs' highly regarded rookies, and Anthony Rizzo each hit two-run homers in the second and Denorfia, who had four RBIs, added a three-run homer in the third. Chicago sent nine men to the plate in the second and third innings.
Tsuyoshi Wada (1-1) pitched seven scoreless innings for his first win since Aug. 24, 2014.
Schwarber's stay in the majors is expected to be brief. The plan is for him to DH in interleague games at Cleveland and Minnesota this week, then go back to Triple A Iowa, where he will continue to be used as a catcher.
Schwarber, 23, hit .320 with 13 home runs and 39 RBIs in 58 games at Double A Tennessee. He caught the top of the ninth and struck out in his first at-bat Tuesday.
A-Rod nears 3,000
Alex Rodriguez singled twice to raise his career hits total to 2,997, and Michael Pineda carried a no-hit bid into the seventh inning before allowing Christian Yelich's home run in the Yankees' 2-1 win over the Marlins.
On a night when Yankees manager Joe Girardi was spared having to decide whether to lift Pineda with a high pitch count and New York benefited from an overturned call at home plate that prevented the tying run in the eighth inning, A-Rod closed in on becoming the 29th player to reach the 3,000 mark.
Rodriguez lined an RBI single to center in the first inning, singled softly to center in the fifth, walked twice to reach in all four plate appearances and also was thrown out at home plate. With New York starting an eight-game home stand, he has a good chance to get No. 3,000 at home.
The 39-year-old, back this year following a season-long drug suspension, was not in the starting lineup the previous two nights in Miami because there is no designated hitter in the NL ballpark.
Lawyer: Top Cardinals unaware of hacking
High-level executives of the Cardinals were not involved in the hacking of the Astros player personnel database, an attorney hired by St. Louis officials said Wednesday.
The Cardinals said they retained the Dowd Bennett firm to handle an internal inquiry several months before this week's disclosure that the FBI is investigating whether the team hacked into the Astros computer system that is used to track players and prospects.
"With what we have done so far, I am 100 percent confident that this does not touch upper management and does not involve people like John Mozeliak and Bill DeWitt," said Jim Martin, an attorney for the firm.
Mozeliak is the Cardinals general manager and DeWitt is the team chairman.
The FBI has declined to confirm it is investigating the Cardinals, but a person familiar with the investigation earlier said federal authorities are investigating whether members of the team were to blame for what Major League Baseball officials called a "breach" of the Astros database. There has been no indication of how many employees might be under investigation and Martin's comments were the first to suggest that any wrongdoing could be limited to the lower levels of the Cardinals organization.
The internal investigation is not finished.
"These are serious allegations that don't reflect who we are as an organization," DeWitt said. "We are committed to getting to the bottom of this matter as soon as possible, and if anyone within our organization is determined to be involved in anything inappropriate, they will be held accountable."
Around the horn
Former Reds teammates Tony Perez and Ken Griffey Sr. will be the managers for the All-Star Futures Game at Cincinnati on July 12.
Perez played for the Reds from 1964-76 during a 23-season major league career and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2000. Griffey spent 19 seasons in the major leagues and was with the Reds from 1973-81 and 1988-90.
The Futures Game is the start of three days of All-Star activities at Great American Ball Park.
... Players will wear special caps with horizontal stripes for the All-Star Game on July 14. MLB and New Era officials said each cap will have two stripes. It is patterned after the caps worn by Cincinnati's players in the 1880s and 1890s.
... The Giants have re-signed second baseman Marco Scutaro to a major league contract that pays him $6 million this year even though he may never play baseball again following back surgery. Giants officials announced they signed Scutaro, the 39-year-old MVP of the 2012 NL Championship Series, to match his previous contract through the 2015 season. He continues to rehab from the surgery near his Florida home.
... Nationals and former Tigers right-hander Doug Fister will return from the disabled list Tuesday night to face the Rays. Washington also hopes to get back center fielder Denard Span (back tightness).