Author: Drew Silva

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Corey Kluber strikes out 18 batters over eight scoreless innings against the Cardinals


Some history happened Wednesday in Cleveland.

Indians right-hander Corey Kluber struck out 18 batters, walked none, and yielded just one hit over eight scoreless innings as the Tribe beat the visiting Cardinals by a score of 2-0. The first (and only) hit for St. Louis came in the top of the seventh inning, when Jhonny Peralta singled up the middle. Kluber was pulled before the ninth with a pitch count of 113.

Cody Allen finished the shutout with a perfect ninth.

Kluber entered play Wednesday with a 5.04 season ERA, but it was only a matter of time before the 2014 American League Cy Young Award winner got going. Some notes on his outing …

Giants sign Tommy Hanson to minor league contract

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From John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle comes word that the Giants have agreed to terms on a minor league contract with righty Tommy Hanson.

Hanson was considered one of the best young starting pitchers in baseball in 2009-2011, when he registered an outstanding 3.28 ERA, 1.175 WHIP, and 8.4 K/9 in 460 1/3 innings with the Braves. But he hasn’t appeared in a major league game since September 2013 and he posted dreadful numbers last season for the Triple-A affiliate of the White Sox.

Hanson, now 28 years old, is nothing more than a reclamation project for San Francisco.

Video: Michael Taylor slugs go-ahead grand slam

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Watch as Nationals outfielder Michael Taylor put Washington on top for good Wednesday afternoon with this super-clutch ninth-inning grand slam off Diamondbacks right-hander Addison Reed …

Taylor was only in the game because Bryce Harper had been ejected in the top of the seventh inning for arguing balls and strikes. Washington has now won nine of its last 11 games. Here come the Nats.

Rangers activate Mitch Moreland from disabled list

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From the Rangers’ executive vice president of communications, John Blake …

Moreland missed exactly 15 days following surgery to remove loose bodies from his left elbow. He was batting .304/.393/.457 in 16 games before landing on the disabled list despite playing through discomfort that those loose bodies were causing. Moreland will resume serving as the Rangers’ primary designated hitter.

Smolinski was able to crack the Opening Day roster with a big spring, but the 26-year-old outfielder wound up batting just .140/.290/.220 in 62 regular-season plate appearances. He’ll probably get another shot soon.