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Reds call up touted prospect De La Cruz

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CINCINNATI (AP) The Cincinnati Reds are promoting 6-foot-5 shortstop Elly De La Cruz to make his major league debut against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Reds announced Tuesday that they were calling up the 21-year-old from Triple-A, giving one of the minor league's most enticing talents his first big league test.

De La Cruz takes infielder/outfielder Nick Senzel’s roster spot. Senzel was placed on the 10-day injured list because of a right knee injury. Senzel was a late scratch on Monday.


Braves recall Muñoz, acquire RHP Heller

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Braves recalled right-hander Roddery Muñoz from Triple-A Gwinnett and outrighted left-hander Lucas Luetge to Gwinnett before Tuesday night's series opener against the New York Mets.

The Braves on Tuesday also acquired right-hander Ben Heller from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for international bonus pool money. Heller, 31, who was 2-0 with a 2.59 ERA in 31 games with the New York Yankees from 2016 to 2020, was optioned to Gwinnett.


Rangers' deGrom now out until late June

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Jacob deGrom’s return for the AL West-leading Texas Rangers has been pushed back until at least late June after the two-time National League Cy Young Award winner was transferred to the 60-day injured list Monday.

DeGrom hasn’t pitched since April 28, when he exited early because of injury concerns for the second time in a span of three starts. He was placed on the 15-day IL the following day after an MRI showed inflammation in his right elbow.


Alvarez named spokeswoman of MLBPA

NEW YORK (AP) Silvia Alvarez was appointed acting communications director of the Major League Baseball Players Association on Tuesday.

Alvarez takes over from communications director Chris Dahl, who shifts to senior adviser for communications and intends to retire on Jan. 1.


Semien's streak to 24, Rangers top Cards

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Marcus Semien had already extended his majors-best hitting streak to 24 games with two hits earlier in the game. His one-out walk in the ninth inning set the Texas Rangers up for their fourth win in a row.

“Marcus, it looks like he’s having a great time. He should be with the type of baseball he’s playing,” Rangers manager Bruce Bochy said. “I enjoy watching him.”


Nola takes no-hitter into 7th, Phils win

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Aaron Nola's strikeout total was up - the Phillies' ace would tie his career-high with 12 - and so was his pitch count. As Nola delivered with two outs in the seventh inning, and a shot at baseball history still on the line, manager Rob Thomson wasn't sure just how much longer he would let the right-hander go.

“I wouldn't have chanced his health just for that,” Thomson said.


Reds' Abbott stymies Brewers, wins debut

CINCINNATI (AP) All Andrew Abbott could think about was the four walks he allowed.

Stuart Fairchild and Tyler Stephenson hit solo home runs and Abbott threw six scoreless innings in his major league debut, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 2-0 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday night.


Julks' first slam helps Astros rout Jays

TORONTO (AP) Corey Julks hit his first career grand slam, Brandon Bielak matched his career high by pitching 6 2/3 innings and the Houston Astros used a season-high 19 hits to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 11-4 Monday night.

Yordan Alvarez and Kyle Tucker hit solo homers and Jake Meyers added a two-run blast as the Astros won for the eighth time in 11 games. Houston has won 19 of 25.


Pirates extend lowly A's road skid to 15

PITTSBURGH (AP) Andrew McCutchen’s tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the eighth inning lifted Pittsburgh to a 5-4 victory over Oakland on Monday night, extending the Pirates’ win streak to six games and sending the Athletics to their record-tying 15th consecutive road loss.

The 15 straight defeats away from home matches the Athletics’ record since they moved from Kansas City in 1968. Oakland set that mark in 1986.

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