>>Sox Crush Angels
Chris Sale was back in All-Star form, and Avisail Garcia homered twice to drive in four runs as the Chicago White Sox beat the Los Angeles Angels 8-2.
Tyler Flowers added a solo shot to back Sale (10-7), who rebounded with a gem after allowing 14 earned runs and 18 hits in 10 1-3 innings while losing his previous two outings. The lanky left-hander didn't allow a run - or more than one baserunner in an inning - until Johnny Giavotella drove in two with a double in the seventh.
Sale returned for the eighth but was replaced by Nate Jones with one out after hitting Kole Calhoun with a pitch. Sale was charged with two runs and five hits. He struck out seven.
Angels starter Matt Shoemaker (5-8) had thrown 19 consecutive scoreless innings before Melky Cabrera's sacrifice fly to the warning track drove in Adam Eaton to put Chicago ahead 1-0 in the first.
Shoemaker hadn't allowed a run in his last three starts, but was tagged for seven on nine hits in 5 2-3 innings in this one as Los Angeles dropped its seventh straight on the road.
Garcia had his third career multihomer game to reach 11 for the season, and his three-run drive was the big blow as the White Sox sent nine hitters to the plate and pulled away with a four-run sixth. The right fielder has four home runs in his last six games after connecting for just two in his previous 48.
Sale set the tone as he allowed no more than a single baserunner in any of the first six innings - including a 13-pitch walk to Mike Trout in the fourth.
Sale retired the Angels 1-2-3 twice, and Chris Iannetta grounded into a double play in the fifth after Giavotella's leadoff single.
The Angels failed to score while Shoemaker was on the mound for the third straight game. He won the first during his 19-inning scoreless run, but got no-decisions in the next two outings as the Angels lost 3-0 at Houston and 2-0 at home to Cleveland.
Kansas City 4
NY Mets 4
LA Dodgers 3
San Diego 2
>>McCutchen Named Player of the Week
Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates has been named National League Player of the Week for the week of August 3rd-9th. The announcement was made earlier today on MLB Network.
McCutchen led qualifying Major League hitters with a .563 batting average, a 1.063 slugging percentage, and a .652 on-base percentage last week, while tying for fifth with eight RBI. The five-time NL All-Star had seven runs scored for the week, which was tied for second among NL hitters.
Other noteworthy performances last week included Matt Carpenter of the St. Louis Cardinals, Nick Markakis , Chicago Cubs rookie Kyle Schwarber , and Jake Arrieta, and Washington's Ryan Zimmerman.
>>Blue Jays Price, Donaldson AL Co-Players of the Week
Third baseman Josh Donaldson and starting pitcher David Price of the Toronto Blue Jays have been named the American League Co-Players of the Week for the period ending August 9th. The announcement was made earlier today on MLB Network.
Donaldson batted .385 (10-for-26) with nine runs scored, two doubles, five home runs and eight RBI over seven games, while Price went 2-0 with a 0.60 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 15.0 innings pitched in his first two starts as a Blue Jay.
This marks Price's first career weekly honor and Donaldson's third, last winning earlier this season for the period ending May 31st. Among his AL counterparts, Donaldson finished the week first in home runs, runs scored, total bases (27) and extra-base hits (7), second in slugging percentage (1.038), tied for second in RBI, tied for fourth in walks (5) and tied for fifth in on-base percentage (.484).
Price completed the period first in innings pitched, tied for first in wins and strikeouts, and tied for fourth in ERA.
Price, who was acquired at the trade deadline from the Detroit Tigers, was equally impressive in his debut week for Toronto. In his first start with the Blue Jays against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field, the five-time AL All-Star spun 8.0 innings of one-run ball and registered 11 strikeouts.
Other noteworthy performances last week included their Toronto teammate Edwin Encarnacion, Seattle's Nelson Cruz, Michael Brantley of the Cleveland Indians, Chris Davis of the Baltimore Orioles, Chris Bassitt of the Oakland A's, and Ian Kinsler of the Detroit Tigers.