Which MLB team has won 7 straight games?


Which MLB team has won 7 straight games?

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SEATTLE (AP) -- In the ninth inning, Tampa Bay catcher Jose Molina broke for second base and, despite a careening slide, was safe. It was his second steal of the year and 14th in 13 major league seasons. When it's going right, it's going right. B.J. Upton hit a two-run homer and Alex Cobb pitched seven strong innings to help the Rays to their season-high seventh consecutive win, 4-1 over the Seattle Mariners on Monday night. The Rays are rolling. They have grabbed control of the wild-card race lead by winning 10 of their last 12. They again used an efficient combination Monday: Some pop, a quality start and Joel Peralta combining with Fernando Rodney to seal the win. Cobb (7-8) allowed a run and four hits. He struck out five and walked two in his fourth consecutive quality start and third consecutive win. His ERA is 1.93 over his last four outings. He threw first-pitch strikes to the first 20 hitters. "Any time my pitches are working, I'm going to have that tempo going," Cobb said. Upton provided the pop with his 13th homer of the season, a two-run shot to the upper deck in left off Seattle starter Blake Beavan that gave Tampa Bay a 3-0 lead. Upton's homer was followed by a single from Matt Joyce and a double to center by Ben Zobrist that made it 4-0. Beavan (7-7) pitched six innings, allowing eight hits and four earned runs with four strikeouts. He allowed all four runs on five hits in the third inning, and just three hits in five other scoreless innings. Typically, Beavan works off a sinking, 92-mph fastball. On Monday, he threw several off-speed pitches early. Upton hit a slider for his home run. "(He) kind of threw us for a loop the first couple innings," Upton said. Peralta took over for Cobb after the seventh. It was the fourth consecutive outing of seven innings for Cobb, which was a formula Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon didn't want to mess with. Rodney followed Peralta to record his major league-leading and career-high tying 37th save in 38 tries by pitching a scoreless ninth. He extended his club record to 22 consecutive saves. Rodney celebrates by pretending to shoot a bow and arrow into center field. Peralta, who has 28 holds, just runs off the mound without a gimmick. "Maybe a slingshot would be appropriate," Maddon said. Sam Fuld singled and stole second before Desmond Jennings' single drove him in for Tampa Bay's first run. Beavan allowed five consecutive hits during his 43-pitch third inning. He struck out Carlos Pena looking to end it. After three innings, Beavan had recorded nine outs and allowed seven hits. "The pitch to Upton is the only one I'd take back," Beavan said. Cobb retired the first eight Mariners before Brendan Ryan lined a single up the middle in the third. Cobb quickly disposed of Dustin Ackley with a grounder to second to close the inning. Eric Thames' single through the right side in the fifth scored Trayvon Robinson, who had led off with a triple, to make it 4-1. But Thames was picked off first base by Molina after a pitch in the dirt bounced straight up to him and Thames had taken a few steps toward second. Chone Figgins walked, then Ryan and Ackley grounded out to end the inning. "We were in the ballgame, but we never had that inning," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. Hard-throwing Mariners rookie reliever Carter Capps made his home debut in the seventh inning. Capps walked three and struck out one. Zobrist had three hits and Maddon said he will continue to play shortstop, where he started Monday. NOTES: Seattle C John Jaso has reached base safely in a career-high 10 consecutive games. ... Wedge said there's a "pretty good chance" 1B Mike Carp will have to go on the DL because of an injured thigh. . Seattle OF Franklin Gutierrez changed his medication in hopes that it reduces his headaches. Gutierrez exercised Monday and is scheduled to perform baseball activities Tuesday. He has been on the 15-day DL since June 29 because of a concussion. . Tampa Bay 3B Evan Longoria received a day off Monday. Maddon said nothing is wrong with Longoria, and he is expected to be back in the lineup Tuesday. . Joyce extended his career-high hitting streak to 12 games with his third-inning single.

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Reynaldo Lopez starts opposite Kevin Gausman as Nats play at Orioles

Reynaldo Lopez starts opposite Kevin Gausman as Nats play at Orioles

Nats (73-51) at Orioles (68-56) at Turner Field

Reynaldo Lopez (2-1, 4.37) has been a lifesaver for the Nationals in his last two starts with just two earned runs surrendered across 14 innings. He's helped out their ailing starting rotation and their bullpen, which has been overworked in recent weeks.

Both of those outings, though, came against the last-place Atlanta Braves. On Tuesday night, Lopez will face a much tougher test in the Baltimore Orioles. Camden Yards is not a friendly place for pitchers and Lopez again will be counted on to go deep to help the rest of the Nationals' staff.

Lopez will go opposite another talented young right-hander in Orioles starter Kevin Gausman (4-10, 4.11). A former fourth overall pick, Gausman has a 9.14 strikeout-per-nine rate this season.

First pitch: 7:05 p.m.
Radio: 106.7 The Fan
Starting pitchers: Nats - Reynaldo Lopez vs. Orioles - Kevin Gausman


CF Trea Turner
LF Jayson Werth
2B Daniel Murphy
RF Bryce Harper
3B Anthony Rendon
C Wilson Ramos
1B Ryan Zimmerman
DH Clint Robinson
SS Danny Espinosa
(RHP Reynaldo Lopez)


CF Adam Jones
LF Steve Pearce
3B Manny Machado
1B Chris Davis
RF Mark Trumbo
2B Jonathan Schoop
DH Pedro Alvarez
C Matt Wieters
SS J.J. Hardy
(RHP Kevin Gausman)


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O'Day won't be ready to come off disabled list Saturday

O'Day won't be ready to come off disabled list Saturday

BALTIMORE—Darren O’Day won’t be ready to pitch on Saturday when he’s eligible to come off the disabled list, manager Buck Showalter said. 

O’Day is on the DL with a right shoulder rotator cuff strain.

While O’Day won’t be able to pitch by Saturday, Showalter remains upbeat about him. 

“He’s getting better every day. There’s been progress every day. We’ve got a couple of days where it kind of stalled a little bit. You can tell just talking to him every day that he’s making progress,” Showalter said. 

Steve Pearce is starting in left field. Showalter says Pearce “needs to play. We’ve got a long string of right-handed pitchers, and Stevie’s a lot more than a guy against left-handed pitching. I just want to get him in the flow again.” 


Pearce missed five games with a strain in his right forearm, and hasn’t played the outfield since returning on Aug. 13. 

“We feel like his arm should be playable tonight,” Showalter said. “I just want to get him in there. Stevie’s got some things we can take advantage of. He needs to play some.” 

T.J. McFarland remains with Bowie. He allowed three runs, two of them unearned on four hits in two innings for the Baysox in Trenton on Monday night. 

McFarland pitched three scoreless innings for Gulf Coast and gave up five runs in 2 1/3 innings with Frederick in earlier rehab outings. 

The Orioles aren’t sure what the next move is.  It’s possible that he could rejoin the Orioles shortly if there’s a need in the bullpen. 

McFarland, who’s been on the disabled list with an inflamed left knee since June 30.

“They’ve contemplating what they’re going to do next,” Showalter said. “If you cut through the statistical part of it last night, they were encouraged. He made some strides.” 

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Following gold-medal performance in Rio, Katie Ledecky to throw out first pitch

Following gold-medal performance in Rio, Katie Ledecky to throw out first pitch

Bethesda native and Olympic champion Katie Ledecky is back on home soil after dominating the pools of Rio de Janeiro to the tune of five Olympic medals (four gold, one silver).

One of the first tasks the Stanford-bound swimmer to undertake now that she is back in the nation's capital is throwing out the first pitch for the Washington Nationals.

Ledecky will do the honors on Thursday when the Nationals host the Baltimore Orioles in the third game of the four-game split series.

This won't be Ledecky's first trip to the mound, however.

Ledecky had the honors of throwing out the first pitch not once, but twice before.

After winning gold at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Ledecky was welcomed back and had the honors prior to a September game against the Chicago Cubs.

Then, prior to Game 1 of thier thrilling 2014 NLDS series with the Giants, Ledecky was asked to once again throw the first pitch.