CHICAGO -- Cubs manager Joe Maddon has preached the need to be patient with some of the young players on the roster, but apparently the team decided it was time to make a move regarding struggling slugger Kyle Schwarber.
Schwarber, who last year returned to action during the postseason to help the Cubs win the World Series after recovering from a knee injury he suffered in early April, was optioned to Triple-A Iowa on Thursday. He was batting .171 in 64 games.
 
 
Cubs send struggling Kyle Schwarber to Triple-A
 
A source confirmed the move, plus outfielder Jason Heyward will be placed on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to Monday, because of an abrasion on his left hand. He scraped his hand on the warning track at PNC Park on Sunday while trying to catch a foul ball.
Outfielder Mark Zagunis, who was batting .249 at Triple-A Iowa, was to be called up, along with right-hander Dylan Floro, which will give the Cubs eight relievers heading into a four-game series against the Marlins.
Schwarber batted .412 in five World Series games last year after not getting a hit in four at-bats before he tore two ligaments in his left knee in the third game of the regular season.
This month, Schwarber was 9-for-46 (.196) with four home runs, three doubles, nine RBIs and 15 strikeouts.
Carrie Muskat/MLB.com
 
The A's designated for assignment two-time All-Star catcher Stephen Vogt, possibly ending the Oakland career of one of their most tenured players.
Also Thursday morning, the A's placed third baseman Matt Chapman on the 10-day disabled list with left knee cellulitis and recalled catcher Bruce Maxwell and first baseman Matt Olson.
 
 
A's designate Stephen Vogt for assignment
 
 
The A's have 10 days to trade or release Vogt or send him to the minors, though it's possible he gets claimed on waivers too.
Vogt is one of the A's most popular players and a clubhouse leader, but has lost playing time recently to Josh Phegley.
Joe Stiglich /csnbayarea.com
 
OAKLAND, Calif. -AP- Josh Reddick homered and scored four runs, Jake Marisnick and Marwin Gonzalez each went deep and the Houston Astros beat the Oakland Athletics 12-9 on Thursday.
The major league-leading Astros completed a four-game sweep with their 10th straight victory in Oakland and their 15th win in 16 games against the A's overall. They've won 12 of their last 14 road games. Their 27-8 record away from home is the best in the majors.
 
 
Reddick's big day lifts Astros over Athletics 12-9
 
Reddick also doubled, tripled and drew a walk, and Marisnick and Gonzalez each drove in three runs.
David Paulino (2-0) struck out six and gave up three runs, seven hits and two walks. The 23-year-old rookie right-hander struck out five of his first six batters in his sixth career start.
Astros center fielder George Springer left with a left hand contusion after being struck by a fastball from Jesse Hahn (3-5) leading off the game. The ball also grazed Springer's left shoulder. Springer is tied for second in the AL with 21 home runs. His status is day-to-day.
 
ARLINGTON, Texas -AP- Carlos Gomez homered twice to drive in five runs and the Texas Rangers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 11-4 on Thursday for a split of the four-game series.
Mike Napoli and Robinson Chirinos also homered for the Rangers off Marcus Stroman (7-4).
 
 
Gomez has five homers in his six games since returning from the disabled list last week after missing a month with a right hamstring strain. His three-run shot in the third ricocheted off the left-field foul pole and put Texas up 6-0, then he added a two-run homer in the seventh off reliever Cesar Valdez.
Texas (36-36) won for the ninth time in 13 games to get back to .500 before playing 20 of its next 26 games on the road.
 
DENVER -AP- Paul Goldschmidt and Chris Owings hit three-run homers, Zack Godley threw well into the eighth inning, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Colorado Rockies 10-3 on Thursday.
Goldschmidt finished with three hits and four RBI to increase his season total to 64, tops in the majors.
Arizona took two of three in the NL West matchup and is now tied with Colorado for second place in the division behind the Dodgers. The Diamondbacks have won 12 of 14 and are a season-high 19 games above .500.
Godley gave up a home run to Charlie Blackmon to lead off the first inning, but shut down the Rockies from there.
Blackmon drew a walk in the third, then Godley erased him with a double-play ball to end the inning. He didn't allow a hit after Nolan Arenado's one-out single in the first and retired 19 of the next 20 batters before Raimel Tapia and Pat Valaika singled and doubled to lead off the eighth.
Godley (3-1) allowed three runs on four hits and struck out eight in seven-plus innings. He also helped himself with an RBI single in the eighth.
The Diamondbacks hit a Colorado rookie pitcher hard for the second straight night. Wednesday they scored 10 runs in the fourth off Jeff Hoffman, and Thursday they battered right-hander Antonio Senzatela (9-3) for nine runs in five innings.
Owings' homer in the third, his ninth, made it 5-1, and Goldschmidt hit his 18th to cap a four-run fourth to make it 9-1.
 
12
Final
9
WIN
David Paulino2-05.1 IP, 5.04 ERA
LOSS
Jesse Hahn3-52.0 IP, 4.66 ERA
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
HOU 2 8 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 12 13 1
OAK 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 6 0 9 12 1
 
Houston Astros
BATTERS AB R H RBI BB SO AVG
Springer CF 0 0 0 0 0 0 .277
a- Marisnick PR-CF 4 2 1 3 0 3 .255
Reddick RF 4 4 3 1 1 1 .294
Correa SS 2 1 1 1 2 0 .303
Beltrán DH 4 1 0 1 0 2 .236
Gattis C 4 1 1 3 0 0 .267
González 2B 5 1 2 3 0 0 .312
Gurriel 1B 5 1 2 0 0 0 .280
Bregman 3B 5 0 0 0 0 1 .251
Aoki LF 5 1 3 0 0 0 .277
Totals 38 12 13 12 3 7 -
a-ran for Springer in 1st.

BATTING

2B: Reddick (14, Hahn); Correa (14, Brady); Aoki 2 (8, Hahn, Smith)
3B: Reddick (3, Brady)
HR: Marisnick (10, 2nd inning off Hahn, 2 on, 1 out); Reddick (7, 6th inning off Brady, 0 on, 0 out); González (13, 2nd inning off Hahn, 2 on, 1 out)
TB: Reddick 9; González 5; Aoki 5; Marisnick 4; Correa 2; Gurriel 2; Gattis
RBI: González 3 (40); Marisnick 3 (23); Gattis 3 (29); Beltrán (32); Reddick (25); Correa (47)
Game-winning RBI: Beltrán
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: González; Aoki; Marisnick; Correa
SF: Beltrán; Gattis; Correa
Team RISP: 3-for-13
Team LOB: 6

FIELDING

Errors: Reddick (2)
DP: (Correa-González-Gurriel)
 
Oakland Athletics
BATTERS AB R H RBI BB SO AVG
Joyce LF-RF 4 1 1 0 1 2 .227
Olson RF-1B 3 1 2 2 2 0 .167
Healy 3B 5 0 0 1 0 1 .273
K Davis DH 5 1 1 0 0 3 .241
Alonso 1B 3 0 0 0 0 1 .296
R Davis LF 2 1 1 0 0 1 .215
Pinder 2B 5 1 2 1 0 3 .238
Brugman CF 3 1 1 1 2 1 .255
Maxwell C 4 2 3 1 0 0 .304
Rosales SS 4 1 1 2 0 0 .233
Totals 38 9 12 8 5 12 -

BATTING

2B: Joyce (12, Paulino); Olson (1, Feliz); K Davis (13, Paulino); R Davis (12, Diaz); Pinder (10, Paulino); Maxwell (1, Diaz); Rosales (9, Diaz)
TB: Maxwell 4; Olson 3; Pinder 3; R Davis 2; Joyce 2; Rosales 2; K Davis 2; Brugman
RBI: Rosales 2 (21); Olson 2 (3); Maxwell (1); Pinder (25); Healy (44); Brugman (5)
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Rosales 2; Healy
GIDP: Healy
Team RISP: 5-for-13
Team LOB: 7

FIELDING

Errors: Alonso (4)
 
Houston Astros
PITCHERS IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Paulino W (2-0) 5.1 7 3 3 2 6 0 5.04
Hoyt 1.2 1 0 0 1 1 0 4.74
Diaz 0.1 3 5 5 2 1 0 12.00
Feliz 0.2 1 1 1 0 1 0 3.74
Devenski S (3) 1.0 0 0 0 0 3 0 2.53
Totals 9.0 12 9 9 5 12 0 -

PITCHING

WP: Diaz (4); Feliz (4)
Pitches-Strikes: Paulino 107-65; Hoyt 20-10; Diaz 35-19; Feliz 12-10; Devenski 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls: Paulino 7-3; Hoyt 2-1; Diaz 0-0; Feliz 1-0; Devenski 0-0
Batters Faced: Paulino 24; Hoyt 7; Diaz 6; Feliz 3; Devenski 3
Inherited Runners-Scored: Hoyt 1-1; Feliz 2-2
 
Oakland Athletics
PITCHERS IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Hahn L (3-5) 2.0 6 10 9 3 0 2 4.66
Smith 3.0 2 0 0 0 4 0 5.87
Brady 3.0 3 2 2 0 2 1 6.75
Axford 1.0 2 0 0 0 1 0 6.00
Totals 9.0 13 12 11 3 7 3 -

PITCHING

WP: Smith (1)
HBP: Springer (by Hahn)
Pitches-Strikes: Hahn 57-29; Smith 46-30; Brady 37-28; Axford 16-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls: Hahn 3-7; Smith 3-2; Brady 2-5; Axford 2-0
Batters Faced: Hahn 17; Smith 11; Brady 12; Axford 5
 
LOSS
Carlos Martínez6-6
Final
5
WIN
Aaron Nola4-5
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
STL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 4 3
PHI 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 X 5 7 1
 
St. Louis Cardinals
BATTERS AB R H RBI BB SO AVG
Carpenter 1B 3 0 0 0 1 2 .238
Pham CF 4 0 1 0 0 1 .285
Piscotty RF 4 0 1 0 0 2 .250
Gyorko 3B 3 0 0 0 1 0 .293
Molina C 4 0 1 0 0 0 .260
J Martínez LF 3 0 0 0 0 0 .271
Díaz SS 3 0 0 0 0 2 .258
DeJong 2B 3 1 1 1 0 0 .265
C Martínez P 2 0 0 0 0 1 .172
Bowman P 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
a- Garcia PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 .206
Siegrist P 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Totals 30 1 4 1 2 9 -
a-struck out for Bowman in 8th.

BATTING

HR: DeJong (4, 8th inning off Nola, 0 on, 0 out)
TB: DeJong 4; Molina; Piscotty; Pham
RBI: DeJong (10)
GIDP: Pham
Team RISP: 0-for-0
Team LOB: 4

FIELDING

Outfield Assists: Pham
Errors: Díaz (5); J Martínez (1); DeJong (2)
DP: 2 (Díaz-DeJong-Carpenter; Díaz-DeJong-Carpenter)
 
Philadelphia Phillies
BATTERS AB R H RBI BB SO AVG
Perkins RF 4 0 0 0 0 1 .182
Galvis SS 4 1 2 1 0 1 .242
Herrera CF 3 1 1 0 1 0 .256
Franco 3B 3 1 0 0 1 0 .224
Nava LF 3 0 1 0 1 1 .278
Joseph 1B 4 1 2 3 0 1 .261
García P 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Blanco 2B 3 1 1 0 0 0 .190
Rupp C 3 0 0 0 0 0 .199
Nola P 2 0 0 0 1 2 .056
Neshek P 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Stassi 1B 0 0 0 0 0 0 .194
Totals 29 5 7 4 4 6 -

BATTING

2B: Herrera (25, C Martínez)
HR: Galvis (7, 1st inning off C Martínez, 0 on, 1 out); Joseph (11, 5th inning off C Martínez, 0 on, 0 out)
TB: Galvis 5; Joseph 5; Herrera 2; Blanco; Nava
RBI: Joseph 3 (35); Galvis (29)
2-Out RBI: Joseph 2
Game-winning RBI: Galvis
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Herrera
GIDP: Franco; Perkins
Team RISP: 2-for-6
Team LOB: 4

BASERUNNING

PO: Herrera

FIELDING

Errors: Blanco (1)
DP: (Franco-Blanco-Joseph)
 
St. Louis Cardinals
PITCHERS IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
C Martínez L (6-6) 6.0 6 3 2 2 4 2 2.87
Bowman 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4.18
Siegrist 1.0 1 2 0 2 1 0 4.28
Totals 8.0 7 5 2 4 6 2 -

PITCHING

Pitches-Strikes: C Martínez 92-65; Bowman 8-6; Siegrist 17-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls: C Martínez 9-7; Bowman 2-0; Siegrist 1-1
Batters Faced: C Martínez 24; Bowman 3; Siegrist 6
 
Philadelphia Phillies
PITCHERS IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Nola W (4-5) 7.1 4 1 1 2 8 1 4.32
Neshek H (8) 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.63
García 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3.21
Totals 9.0 4 1 1 2 9 1 -

PITCHING

Pitches-Strikes: Nola 107-74; Neshek 5-2; García 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls: Nola 8-5; Neshek 1-0; García 1-1
Batters Faced: Nola 28; Neshek 1; García 3
Inherited Runners-Scored: Neshek 1-0
 
2
Final
4
LOSS
Ivan Nova7-57.0 IP, 3.06 ERA
WIN
Chase Anderson6-26.0 IP, 2.92 ERA
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
PIT 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 0
MIL 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 X 4 11 1
 
Pittsburgh Pirates
BATTERS AB R H RBI BB SO AVG
Jaso LF-RF 4 0 0 0 0 3 .229
Harrison 3B 2 1 0 0 1 1 .294
Polanco RF 4 1 2 1 0 0 .252
Maríñez P 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Bell 1B 4 0 1 1 0 1 .236
Díaz C 4 0 0 0 0 1 .276
McCutchen CF 2 0 0 0 2 0 .268
Moroff 2B 3 0 0 0 0 2 .115
Mercer SS 3 0 0 0 0 1 .279
Nova P 2 0 0 0 0 1 .032
Frazier PH-LF 1 0 1 0 0 0 .293
Totals 29 2 4 2 3 10 -

BATTING

HR: Polanco (5, 4th inning off Anderson, 0 on, 0 out)
TB: Polanco 5; Bell; Frazier
RBI: Polanco (18); Bell (32)
GIDP: Mercer
Team LOB: 4

BASERUNNING

SB: Harrison (9, 2nd base off Anderson/Bandy); Bell (2, 2nd base off Anderson/Bandy)
CS: Harrison (4, 3rd base by Anderson/Bandy)

FIELDING

DP: 2 (Harrison-Moroff-Bell; Harrison-Moroff-Bell)
 
Milwaukee Brewers
BATTERS AB R H RBI BB SO AVG
Sogard 2B 4 2 3 0 0 0 .366
Thames 1B 4 0 1 1 0 1 .253
Santana RF 3 1 1 0 1 1 .269
Shaw 3B 4 1 3 3 0 0 .298
Pérez LF 4 0 1 0 0 1 .269
Bandy C 3 0 1 0 0 0 .216
Broxton CF 3 0 0 0 1 1 .236
Arcia SS 3 0 0 0 0 0 .264
Anderson P 2 0 1 0 0 1 .161
Hughes P 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Brinson PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 .120
Barnes P 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Knebel P 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 31 4 11 4 2 5 -

BATTING

2B: Sogard 2 (12, Nova); Shaw 2 (20, Nova)
HR: Shaw (14, 1st inning off Nova, 0 on, 2 out)
TB: Shaw 8; Sogard 5; Thames; Pérez; Santana; Bandy; Anderson
RBI: Shaw 3 (51); Thames (40)
GIDP: Santana; Arcia
Team LOB: 6

BASERUNNING

SB: Pérez (7, 2nd base off Nova/Díaz)

FIELDING

DP: (Shaw-Thames)
 
Pittsburgh Pirates
PITCHERS IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Nova L (7-5) 7.0 11 4 4 2 5 1 3.06
Maríñez 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.79
Totals 8.0 11 4 4 2 5 1 -

PITCHING

WP: Nova (2)
HBP: Bandy (by Nova)
Pitches-Strikes: Nova 107-68; Maríñez 6-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls: Nova 12-5; Maríñez 2-1
Batters Faced: Nova 31; Maríñez 3
 
Milwaukee Brewers
PITCHERS IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Anderson W (6-2) 6.0 2 2 2 2 7 1 2.92
Hughes H 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3.60
Barnes H 1.0 2 0 0 0 2 0 4.04
Knebel S (12) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.96
Totals 9.0 4 2 2 3 10 1 -

PITCHING

WP: Barnes (3)
HBP: Harrison (by Anderson)
Pitches-Strikes: Anderson 89-54; Hughes 19-11; Barnes 14-10; Knebel 18-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls: Anderson 4-6; Hughes 3-0; Barnes 2-0; Knebel 0-2
Batters Faced: Anderson 22; Hughes 4; Barnes 4; Knebel 3