ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Cleveland Indians have put All-Star second baseman Jason Kipnis on the 15-day disabled list because of chronic inflammation in his right shoulder.

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Already in the thick of the wild-card race, the Texas Rangers also have a chance to become a factor in the AL West. Giving the ball to Colby Lewis in the opener of this Lone Star Series is a good way to start. Lewis looks to continue his dominance of the division-leading Houston Astros on Monday night.

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(Adds later games) Aug 1 (The Sports Xchange) – Highlights from Saturday's Major League Baseball games: – - – - Red Sox 11, Rays 7 Third baseman Travis Shaw slugged the first two home runs of his major league career and had three RBIs as the Boston Red Sox produced an 11-7 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. Shaw finished with a career-high four hits and also scored five runs, becoming the first Red Sox player to do so since Dustin Pedroia scored five times against the Texas Rangers on Aug 12, 2008. …

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(The Sports Xchange) – Left-hander Clayton Kershaw extended his streak of consecutive scoreless innings to 37 while leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday in front of 52,979 at Dodger Stadium. Kershaw (9-6) retired the final 14 batters he faced, permitted only two hits and a walk and finished with seven strikeouts in eight innings. The left-hander took the mound in the top of the ninth inning to an ovation, but was replaced by right-handed closer Kenley Jansen when C.J. Cron was announced as a pinch hitter.

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Right-hander Dan Haren has been acquired by the Chicago Cubs from the Miami Marlins. As part of Friday’s deal, Miami is sending cash to the Cubs to cover part of Haren’s $11 million salary. Haren was 7-7 with a 3.42 ERA in a team-best 21 starts for the Marlins this season.

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Bill Stoneman decided the Los Angeles Angels shouldn’t give up too much of their future to improve this season’s title chances down the playoff stretch. Stoneman wasn’t swayed even when Los Angeles (55-46) was swept in a three-game series by the Houston Astros, who nudged past the Angels into the AL West lead. The Angels acquired Shane Victorino, David Murphy and David DeJesus in three separate trades for minor leaguers in recent days.

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Take a look around the league with Big League Stew’s daily wrap up. We’ll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats. The Carlos Gomez trade wasn’t the biggest thing to happen to the Houston Astros on Thursday. The club also celebrated a 3-0 win over the division-rival Los Angeles Angels. [ Friday Daily Fantasy contest: Turn $5 into $5K ] The win was significant for a number of reasons. Not only did the Astros complete the sweep of Los Angeles, but they did so on a walk-off home run. With the game tied in the bottom of the ninth, Jose Alvarez was brought on to take things into extras. It didn’t work out for him. Alvarez sandwiched a walk between two outs before he was lifted from the game for Fernando Salas. Salas promptly gave up a single, putting men on first and second for Jason Castro. On the fourth pitch of the at-bat, Castro belted a three-run walk-off home run out to right center field.  After the game, Castro said the dinger was probably the biggest hit of his career.  Jason Castro calls #Astros walkoff HR biggest hit of his life — Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) July 31, 2015 With the win, Houston improved to 58-45 on the year. The team holds a two-game lead over the Angels in the American League West. SOX STOP SOX’S STREAK The Chicago White Sox win streak has come to an end. The club couldn’t make it eight in a row, losing 8-2 against the Boston Red Sox on Thursday. Surprisingly, it was ace Chris Sale who struggled during the contest. Sale allowed seven runs on 12 hits over five innings. He struck out seven and walked one. Following the game, Sale put the loss on his shoulders. Sale: “We have 24 guys in here that didn’t deserve tonight. I should have been better.” — Scott Merkin (@scottmerkin) July 31, 2015 Sale was hit in the ankle with a line drive early in the game, but he didn’t blame that incident for his struggles. He admitted that it hurt to get hit, but said he didn’t think it was enough to alter his mechanics during the start. [ Follow our trade deadline tracker for the latest MLB news and rumors. ] With the loss, the White Sox fall to 49-51 on the year. Though the winning streak is over, the club is still expected to buy at the trade deadline. HAMILTON WALKS IT OFF The New York Yankees had a tough time stopping Josh Hamilton on Thursday. Hamilton picked up the walk-off hit during the Texas Rangers’ 7-6 win over New York. The Yankees did all they could to neutralize Hamilton, making sure he faced lefties during the contest. That didn’t really matter. Hamilton managed to strike in the first inning, smacking a three-run homer against CC Sabathia.  He was held in check until the ninth, when Andrew Miller attempted to take on the slugger. With the game tied, and the bases loaded, all Hamilton needed to do was smack a single to pick up the victory. He was able to come through. On the third pitch of the at-bat, Hamilton sent a single to right field, ending the game. Hamilton was so excited after his big hit that he decided to celebrate with the Rangers’ mascot. @Lana @TBrownYahoo they shared a moment. pic.twitter.com/S53ffOkLWi — Ray Cartwright (@RayCartwright) July 31, 2015 With the win, the Rangers improved to 49-52 on the season. PAPELBON GETS THE SAVE The Washington Nationals new closer might be OK. Jonathan Papelbon was tested his first time out, but still managed to preserve a 1-0 victory over the Miami Marlins on Thursday. He was tested, of course. The one run lead didn’t leave Papelbon with a huge margin for error. In the end, it didn’t matter. Papelbon tossed a perfect inning of work against the division rival Marlins. He got Ichiro Suzuki on a weak groundout, Christian Yelich on a lineout to second and struck out Michael Morse to end the game.  Though Drew Storen is no longer the closer, Papelbon came away impressed with Storen’s scoreless eighth inning performance.  It appears the two are going to be good friends.  Jonathan Papelbon: “I was in the shower with Storen, I said ‘can you show me that slider grip tomorrow?’ He was really, really good.” — Chris Johnson (@masnCJ) July 30, 2015 With the win, Washington improved to 54-46 on the season. Want to see more from Thursday’s slate of games? Check out our  scoreboard . More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Chris Cwik is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at christophercwik@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Chris_Cwik

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HOUSTON (AP) — Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout returned to the lineup on Thursday night against the Houston Astros after missing two games because of an injured left wrist.

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Take a look around the league with Big League Stew’s daily wrap up. We’ll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats. The Toronto Blue Jays stunned the baseball world when they acquired All-Star Troy Tulowitzki from the Colorado Rockies on Monday night.  On Wednesday, shock turned to awe, as Tulowitzki put on an offensive display that reinforced his position as baseball’s top all around shortstop. With cheers raining down at every mention of his name, Tulowitzki whipped the 27,060 in attendance at Rogers Centre into a frenzy in the third inning with a blistering two-run homer off Philadelphia’s Jerome Williams.  The home run actually snapped an 0-for-21 streak for Tulowitzki at the plate, which was the longest hitless stretch of his career.  [ Friday Daily Fantasy contest: Turn $5 into $5K ] That was just the beginning though, as Tulowitzki followed with a pair of doubles and scored two more runs to pace Toronto’s 8-2 victory.    It’s also interesting to note that Tulowitzki started a game in the leadoff spot for the first time in his 10-year career. He didn’t seem to mind at all, and now the Blue Jays already ultra-dangerous offense has an entirely new dimension of destruction.    Speaking of which, Tulowitzki was one of seven Blue Jays to record a multi-hit game. Overall, they collected 16.  The happiest man in the ballpark was Blue Jays RA Dickey, who along with Mark Buehrle, Drew Hutchinson and others will benefit nicely from Tulowitzki’s addition on both sides of the field.  ASTROS BEAT ANGELS, TAKE OVER FIRST PLACE The western division races are shaping up to be the most interesting down the stretch. Entering play on Wednesday, there was a chance for both divisions to have a new sole leader by the end of the night.  How did it play out? Very well if you’re a Houston Astros fan. The Astros separated themseleves from the Los Angeles Angels to reclaim sole possession of first place for the first time since the All-Star break.  On this night, the Astros rode the right arm of rookie right-hander Lance McCullers. The 21-year-old pitched seven innings of one-run ball to notch his fifth victory and lower his season ERA to 2.48. McCuller is quickly moving himself into the AL Rookie of the Year conversation along with teammate Carlos Correa, who was 1-for-4 in the game.  Preston Tucker and Jon Singleton each connected for solo homers, with Singleton later adding an RBI single. All of those runs would be important as Los Angeles threatened in the ninth. Albert Pujols connected for his 30th homer during the mini-rally, but Luke Gregorson was able to close the door after allowing a pair of runs.  The Astros have won each of the first two games in the series and will go for the sweep on Thursday with newly-acquired Scott Kazmir on the hill. The Angels will counter with Matt Shoemaker. Meanwhile, in the NL West, the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants were both victorious, meaning the Dodgers will maintain their half-game lead.  JON LESTER CARVES UP ROCKIES FOR 14 STRIKEOUTS Chicago Cubs ace Jon Lester provided a silver lining to an otherwise gloomy home stand against the Philadelphia Phillies and Colorado Rockies. In Wednesday’s 3-2 victory, Lester pitched eight dominant innings, allowing just two runs on five hits while striking out a season-high 14. In doing so, Lester became the first Cubs pitcher to strike out 14 in a game since Mark Prior had 16 on Sept. 30, 2004. But it’s not a first for Lester. Jon Lester is only the 23rd LHP to have multiple 14+ SO games. Also holy cow, Randy Johnson! http://t.co/o3qFLlHZFR pic.twitter.com/zJAdwdMDzE — Baseball Reference (@baseball_ref) July 29, 2015 Of course, Kerry Wood struck out 20 against the Houston Astros back on May 6, 1998. That’s the team record. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Sign up and join a league today! ] Lester was striking them out early and often, racking up seven in the first three innings. Closer Hector Rondon added two strikeouts during his scoreless ninth inning, bringing the total to 16. Offensively, Chicago did its damage early. Dexter Fowler led off the first inning with his 10th home run of the season. Anthony Rizzo then ended his 17-game homerless streak with a two-run shot in the third. It was his 17th long ball of the season, and it proved to be the difference as Chicago wrapped up the 2-4 home stand. INDIANS OUTBURST SNAPS SIX-GAME LOSING SKID The Cleveland Indians don’t have much to sell, but they also don’t have much to look forward to after their six-game losing streak dropped them to 16 games behind Kansas City in the AL Central. On Wednesday, the Indians finally put that streak behind them while at least making a marginal gain on the Royals, winning 12-1 at Progressive Field. Cleveland did some serious damage against Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie, breaking through for single runs in the first and second, before launching three home runs in their six-run sixth. Giovanny Urshela and Michael Brantley book ended the inning with solo homers. In between, rookie Francisco Lindor provided the knockout punch with a three-run shot. Cleveland scored four more in the eighth, capped by Yan Gomes two-run homer. Meanwhile, the reigning American League Cy Young winner Corey Kluber was on cruise control for Cleveland. He ended up going the distance, allowing just a single run in the ninth. Kluber allowed five hits while striking out six. He lowered his season ERA to 3.44, but picked up only his sixth victory. Want to see more from Wednesday’s slate of games? Check out our scoreboard . More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! 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BOSTON (AP) — Boston Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval was taken out of Wednesday night's game against the Chicago White Sox because he was dehydrated.

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