Rangers scratch Hamels from start with neck stiffness
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.