Posted: Jul 30, 2012 2:31 AM
Updated: Jul 30, 2012 2:31 AM
Feldman, Rangers blank White Sox, 2-0
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Scott Feldman tied a career high by pitching eight shutout innings in helping the Texas Rangers snap a two-game skid with a 2-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.
David Murphy had three hits, including a double, and Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz each scored a run for the Rangers.
Feldman (5-6) gave up seven hits and retired eight of the last 10 batters he faced. He was efficient, throwing only 88 pitches in matching the eight innings he has thrown on two other occasions, the last being June 2, 2010, also against the White Sox in Chicago.
Joe Nathan pitched a scoreless ninth for his 21st save.
Gavin Floyd (8-9) gave up seven hits in 6 2-3 innings. He was 4-1 with a 1.67 ERA in his previous five starts.
Texas RHP Feliz scratched from rehab start
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Rangers right-hander Neftali Feliz was scratched from his scheduled rehabilitation start Sunday at Triple-A Round Rock because of discomfort in his right elbow.
Feliz will undergo further evaluation and a timetable for his return is undetermined.
Feliz has been out of the Texas rotation for two months since being diagnosed with inflammation of the ulnar collateral ligament. He was coming off the best of three rehab starts at Round Rock, having allowed one hit in three scoreless innings Tuesday.
He was set to throw 80 pitches or five innings Sunday and perhaps rejoin the rotation as early as this week.
Astros stop team-record losing streak at 12 games
HOUSTON (AP) The Astros ended their team-record losing streak at 12 games, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-5 Sunday behind three hits and three RBIs from Marwin Gonzalez.
Hours after Houston traded third baseman Chris Johnson to Arizona the Astros' fifth deal of the month Jordan Schafer homered and drove in three runs.
Houston, a big league-worst 35-68, won for only the third time in 28 games. Lucas Harrell (8-7) allowed two runs and five hits in 5 2-3 innings, his first victory in five starts since a six-hit shutout against San Diego on June 27.
James McDonald (10-5) walked a career-high seven in five innings, allowing five runs and six hits. He has lost consecutive decisions for the first time this season and has an 8.71 ERA in his last four starts.
Astros send 3B Chris Johnson to Diamondbacks
HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Astros traded starting third baseman Chris Johnson to the Arizona Diamondbacks for two minor leaguers on Sunday.
Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow said that the Astros got infielder Bobby Borchering and outfielder Marc Krauss in the deal.
Johnson was hitting .279 with eight home runs and 41 RBIs in 92 games for the Astros this season. He has spent his entire four-year career with the Astros, hitting .274 with 26 home runs and 136 RBIs.
Borchering has hit 20 home runs and 68 RBIs combined this season in the Diamondbacks' Class A Visalia and Double-A Mobile affiliates. He was Arizona's first pick in the 2009 draft and was rated by Baseball America as the best power hitter in the D-backs organization in 2012. Krauss was hitting .283 with 15 home runs and 61 RBIs at Mobile.
Texans WR Johnson hurts groin, leaves practice
HOUSTON (AP) Houston Texans receiver Andre Johnson has left practice with a pulled groin muscle.
Coach Gary Kubiak says Johnson's injury appears minor, but it may still force Johnson to miss "a few" practices.
Johnson missed nine games last season with hamstring injuries and was sidelined from the first organized team activities in the spring after arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. The five-time Pro Bowl selection started Sunday morning's practice and pulled up during a one-on-one drill.
He watched the rest of the outdoor half of the workout with a towel wrapped around his head, then went to Reliant Stadium when the practice moved indoors.
Cowboys owner Jones feels sense of urgency
OXNARD, Calif. (AP) Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones feels a sense of urgency. He says his team has got to do better and be tougher.
In his opening news conference Sunday, a day before the first full squad workout in California, Jones said there were great challenges in a strong division. But he believes the Cowboys and their resolve are strong.
When the team arrived Saturday, veteran tight end Jason Witten said it can't be the same old story for the Cowboys. They were 8-8 last season and have won only one playoff game in the past 15 years.
Jones says such talk is a reminder to him of the glory days early in his ownership, when the Cowboys won three Super Bowl titles over a four-year period in the 1990s.