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Best of MLB: Mets end controversial weekend with shutout loss to Marlins

Best of MLB: Mets end controversial weekend with shutout loss to Marlins

NEW YORK -- Shortly after scheduled starter Matt Harvey was suspended by the New York Mets, Giancarlo Stanton hit two more monstrous home runs off fill-in Adam Wilk that led the Miami Marlins to a 7-0 victory Sunday.

Harvey was suspended three days without pay for an undisclosed violation of team rules. General manager Sandy Alderson announced the punishment in a brief statement before the game.

Making his first start of the year while Edinson Volquez recovers from a blister problem, Jose Urena (1-0) and three relievers combined on a one-hitter as the Marlins snapped a three-game losing streak. Rene Rivera led off the sixth inning with a clean single against Urena.

Wilk (0-1) was brought up from Triple-A Las Vegas to make his first major league appearance since 2015. But the journeyman left-hander was no match for Stanton, whose 20 home runs at Citi Field are the most at any visiting ballpark by a player since 2011 .

Stanton hit a three-run homer in the first. In the third, he launched a solo shot measured at 468 feet (see full recap).

Red Sox use 10-run 9th inning to batter Twins
MINNEAPOLIS -- Sandy Leon hit a pair of two-run homers, Chris Sale struck out 10 and the Boston Red Sox romped out of town with a 17-6 victory Sunday over the Minnesota Twins fueled by a season-high five homers and finished with a 10-run ninth.

Sale (3-2) reached double-digit strikeouts for the sixth straight time, stretching his major league-leading 2017 total to 73. In 2015, he tied Pedro Martinez's major league mark by fanning at least 10 for eight starts in a row.

The lanky left-hander briefly lost the lead in a four-run fifth inning while the Twins batted around, but Leon broke the tie in the sixth with a two-out homer off Twins ace Ervin Santana (5-1) (see full recap).

Pham's HR in 14th lifts Cards over Braves
ATLANTA -- Tommy Pham hit two homers, including a two-run drive in the 14th inning, and the St. Louis Cardinals recovered after blowing a four-run lead to beat the Atlanta Braves 6-4 on Sunday and complete a three-game sweep.

Pham's long home run in the 14th off Josh Collmenter (0-1) drove in rookie Magneuris Sierra, who reached on second baseman Jace Peterson's fielding error.

Recalled from Triple-A Memphis on Friday, Pham had a career-high four hits and drove in three runs.

Freddie Freeman's 11th homer off Brett Cecil in the eighth tied the game, completing Atlanta's comeback from a 4-0 deficit.

Matt Carpenter had a first-inning homer for St. Louis. He went deep in all three games during the series, giving him seven home runs this season (see full recap).

Seager's HR in 8th propels Mariners past Rangers
SEATTLE -- Kyle Seager hit a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning and the Seattle Mariners rallied late to beat the Texas Rangers 4-3 Sunday.

Down 3-0, the Mariners scored three times in the seventh. Seager connected with one out in the eighth off Sam Dyson (0-4) for his second homer of the season.

Marc Rzepczynski (1-0) got one out for the win. Edwin Diaz worked a perfect ninth for his sixth save.

Texas starter Andrew Cashner was pulled after issuing a leadoff walk to Seager in the seventh. Reliever Jose Leclerc got two outs but issued three walks, including a bases-loaded pass to Jean Segura.

Pinch hitter Danny Valencia followed by driving in two runs with a bloop single off Alex Claudio that made it 3-all (see full recap)

Phillies reportedly interested in trade for OF Curtis Granderson

Phillies reportedly interested in trade for OF Curtis Granderson

With the Phillies still in first place in late July, Matt Klentak has said the team is likely to make a move.

The latest rumor has the Phillies improving their bench. The team has reportedly talked to the Blue Jays about veteran outfielder Curtis Granderson, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal

Though the 37-year-old is not the player he once was, he would be an upgrade over what the Phillies currently have. Struggling outfielder Aaron Altherr (.171/.290/.595) was optioned to Triple A and J.P. Crawford is still recovering from a fractured left hand. The team’s current bench consists of Jesmuel Valentin (.182), Mitch Walding (hitless in 12 big league at-bats), Trevor Plouffe and whichever catcher has the night off.

Granderson is a veteran that can give Gabe Kapler a professional at-bat, has some pop and can play all three outfield spots. He’s hitting .230/.337/.417 with nine homers and 29 RBI in 235 at-bats this season with Toronto.

It’s been reported by NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Jim Salisbury that the Blue Jays have already been scouting the Phillies’ farm system in a possible trade for Toronto starter and former Phil J.A. Happ. Perhaps Granderson could be part of a bigger trade including Happ and/or third baseman Josh Donaldson? In either case, the Blue Jays should have a head start in picking out the prospect(s) of their liking.

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