Improved control prompts turnaround for Angels’ Santiago

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The Kansas City Royals are very much in contention with August approaching. A visit from the last-place Minnesota Twins could help them improve their position. Kansas City looks to continue its recent home success against the Twins as these AL Central rivals open a three-game set Tuesday night. Currently five games behind division-leading Detroit, the Royals (53-51) are also in the hunt for the league’s second wild-card spot.

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After starting the season 0-7, left-hander Hector Santiago is discovering the effectiveness that the Los Angeles Angels hoped he would display when they traded one of their best young players for him. Santiago permitted just one run, three hits and no walks in 5 1/3 innings while striking out three Sunday in the Angels’ 2-1 win over the Detroit Tigers. In his past seven appearances since June 22, Santiago has allowed just four walks, eight earned runs and 22 hits while amassing 26 strikeouts in 28 1/3 innings — and earning his first two victories of the season. The Angels sacrificed first baseman Mark Trumbo to acquire Santiago in a three-way deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Chicago White Sox in December.

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When Detroit reliever Willie Hernandez won the MVP in 1984, he pitched in 80 games. The current trend in bullpen management – in which the best relievers are used primarily in the ninth inning to close out victories – didn’t start until later. Now many teams take specialization a step further, assigning the closer to the ninth inning and another setup man to the eighth. ”They like their roles, they kind of know when they’ve got to get out there, they know what time they’ve got to be there, they know when to get loose and what their roles might be.” Over the course of a 162-game season, there’s something to be said for establishing a sense of routine – and limiting certain relievers to certain situations can help control workloads.

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Major league teams increased their spending on amateur draft picks 1.5 percent this year from a similar point last summer, yet the total dollars remained below the record set in 2011 before restraints were put in place Fifteen teams went over their bonus pool allotments, up from 11 last year and 10 in 2011, and will pay $2.68 million in tax. The record of $233.6 million spent on amateur draft picks was set three years ago. I don’t think that I envisioned it doing what it’s done.” This year’s total would have been higher if the Houston Astros had signed No. 1 selection Brady Aiken, a San Diego high school left-hander. While the Astros first offered a $6.5 million signing bonus, they lowered their proposal after he had a medical exam and they expressed concern about a ligament in his left elbow.

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Chris Sale credits his offensive support for helping him settle into a good rhythm on the mound. It might actually be the other way around, with Sale’s dominating starts taking pressure off the Chicago White Sox hitters. Sale tied a season high with 12 strikeouts in eight dominant innings, Alexei Ramirez hit his 10th homer, and the White Sox beat Minnesota 7-0 on Saturday night for their third straight win over the Twins. Sale (10-1) scattered five hits – all singles – and became the first White Sox starter to win 10 of his first 11 decisions in a season since Mark Buehrle in 2005.

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The San Francisco Giants acquired right-handed starting pitcher Jake Peavy from the Boston Red Sox on Saturday, according to multiple reports.

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After leading the majors with 53 homers and 138 RBIs last year, Chris Davis has struggled to follow up his huge season at the plate. Davis hit a leadoff homer in the 10th inning, Nelson Cruz also went deep and the Baltimore Orioles overcame a record-tying start by Felix Hernandez in a 2-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners. It was his 13th consecutive start with at least seven innings and no more than two runs allowed, matching Tom Seaver’s major league mark set for the New York Mets in 1971. Everyone in Seattle knows that,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.

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An impressive start from Hector Noesi was just a couple of pitches away from being something really special. Noesi allowed three hits over 7 2-3 innings, and Adam Eaton had three hits and two RBIs to lead the Chicago White Sox to a 5-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night. Alexei Ramirez added two hits and an RBI for Chicago, and Jake Petricka went one inning to earn his fifth save in six chances. ”But everything was working today.” Phil Hughes (10-7) gave up two runs and four hits and struck out four for the Twins.

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The day after the Detroit Tigers traded for Texas Rangers closer Joakim Soria, Joe Nathan made a point of showing why he is still manager Brad Ausmus’ No. 1 option in the ninth inning. Nathan struck out the side on 12 pitches to secure Max Scherzer’s 6-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series between two of the top three teams in the majors. The six-time All-Star posted his 21st save in 26 chances after Joba Chamberlain gave up a run on Josh Hamilton’s sacrifice fly in the eighth. It’s up to Brad to make decisions like that, so I’m just going to go out and compete when they allow me to.” Nick Castellanos drove in the tying and go-ahead runs with a double in the sixth inning against Garrett Richards and Scherzer won his fourth straight decision.

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