Rangers scratch Hamels from start with neck stiff­ness

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - SPORTS -

CHICAGO » The Texas Rangers scratched left-han­der Cole Hamels from Thurs­day’s start against the Chicago White Sox due to neck stiff­ness.

Hamels said he woke up Wed­nes­day with a stiff neck and it kept get­ting worse. He could barely sit on the Rangers’ plane ride from Seat­tle to Chicago.

“Some­times in ho­tels it hap­pens, I guess,” he said. “Every­thing comes down to tim­ing. If this hap­pened the day af­ter we could get through it and get to the next game. Some­thing that hap­pens right be­fore your start, there’s not enough time to be able to get right and go out there and give your team six, seven in­nings and a hun­dred pitches with­out some­thing re­ally dis­as­trous happening.”

The 34-year-old Hamels is 2-4 with a 3.48 ERA in nine starts. WHITE SOX 4, RANGERS 2 » Wel­ing­ton Castillo hit a tiebreak­ing tworun sin­gle in Chicago’s four-run eighth, help­ing the White Sox beat Texas in the opener of a four-game se­ries be­tween two of the worst teams in the AL. RED SOX 6, ORI­OLES 2 » David Price took a shutout into the ninth in­ning and held Bal­ti­more to five hits in his first com­plete game this sea­son, lead­ing Bos­ton past the Ori­oles. BL;UE JAYS 10, ATH­LET­ICS 5 » Matt Ol­son hit a three-run home run, Khris Davis and Matt Chap­man added two-run shots, and Oak­land beat Toronto. DODGERS 7, MAR­LINS 0 » Justin Turner tied a career high with five RBIs and Kenta Maeda pitched eight sharp in­nings to help Los Angeles snap a six-game los­ing streak by beat­ing Mi­ami. PI­RATES 5, PADRES 4 » Gre­gory Polanco led off the sev­enth in­ning with a dou­ble and scored the goa­head run on an er­ror, lead­ing Pitts­burgh over San Diego for the Pi­rates’ eighth win in nine games.

Braves place Soroka on DL

AT­LANTA » Braves rookie Mike Soroka says tight­ness in the back of his right shoul­der is not a big con­cern, even though he’s been placed on the dis­abled list for the first time in his four-year pro career.

Soroka, the ma­jor leagues’ youngest pitcher at 20, told man­ager Brian Snitker on Wed­nes­day that he wasn’t feel­ing 100 per­cent.

At­lanta placed him on the 10-day dis­abled list with a shoul­der strain only hours be­fore what would’ve been his fourth career start.

Nats’ Wi­eters has surgery

WASHINGTON » The Washington Na­tion­als say catcher Matt Wi­eters had an oper­a­tion on his left ham­string.

He is bat­ting .231 with three homers and seven RBIs in only 65 at-bats this sea­son.

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