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OK then. Medhi Benatia Jersey . Now that weve got that little All-Star Game extravaganza out of the way, where were we? Oh, thats right.The Year of the Cubs was turning into the Can We Stop the Season in June, Please? The Ace of Diamonds rotation of those New York Mets was turning into a bone-spurs convention. And somehow or other, thanks to climate change or juiced baseballs or possibly even trick photography, more than 3,000 home runs had already fallen out of the sky, leaving a trail of souvenirs and wounded ERAs.So we cant wait to see where all this is leading. But first, its time to look back on what weve witnessed so far -- through the miracle of my annual midseason awards. They once again will not be presented by Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Whoopi Goldberg, Murray and Beverly Goldberg, Goldie Hawn, Paul Goldschmidt, Michael Jack Schmidt or David Hyde Pierce. In other words, Ill just have to hand the darned things out myself again. The envelopes, please!NL MVP of the half-yearClayton Kershaw, Los Angeles DodgersI have no idea how you define valuable. Probably different from how I do -- especially if youre one of those folks who is sure the only reason I didnt pick?Nolan Arenado, Kris Bryant or Matt Carpenter is because (repeat after me) Im biased, I hate your team, I have East Coast bias, I have West Coast bias, I know as much about baseball as a rhododendron, whatever. But you know how I define valuable, really? By reminding myself what the Dodgers are with Clayton Kershaw and without him. And that about settles it. When Kershaw pitches, the Dodgers have roughly the same winning percentage (.875) as the Golden State Warriors. And when anyone else pitches, they have roughly the same winning percentage (.493) as the Buffalo Sabres. So -- any more questions? Now throw in Kershaws 1.79 ERA, the greatest strikeout/walk ratio (145/9) in the history of the solar system and the lowest WHIP in the live ball era (0.73). Then factor in that his rotations ERA without him (4.38) would be pretty much indistinguishable from Pittsburghs. And cap it off with the 5.5 wins above replacement that Fangraphs says he has been worth already -- the most by any pitcher at the break since Randy Johnson (5.9) in 2000. And what does it all tell us? This man is one of the great, franchise-changing figures in any sport. Thats what. And yes, thats how I define valuable. Im crazy like that.Apologies to: Arenado, Bryant, Madison Bumgarner, Carpenter, Yoenis Cespedes, Brandon Crawford, Goldschmidt, Daniel Murphy, Anthony Rizzo, Corey Seager.AL MVP of the half-yearJose Altuve, Houston AstrosYou think its easy to make these picks? I could go with Mike Trout in every one of these columns and who could argue? I was also sure at various points I was going to hand this imaginary half-trophy to Josh Donaldson or Manny Machado, and theyve both earned it. But every time I had this debate with myself, I kept coming back to Jose Altuve, baseballs most lovable 5-foot-6 energizer. Except that 5-foot-6 dudes arent supposed to do the stuff Altuve does. Possibly because nobody of any size or shape has ever done all the stuff Altuve does. Hes outslugging Chris Davis and Bryce Harper, and hes 5-foot-6? Hes outhomering Jose Bautista, and hes 5-foot-6? Thats just crazy. But heres whats even crazier: Altuve is on pace to hit .341/.413/.542, with 25 homers, 44 doubles, 42 steals, 217 hits and more walks (75) than strikeouts (67). So how many seasons like that have there been in history -- by guys 5-foot-6, 6-foot-6, or anywhere in between? I cant find any. The young A-Rod came close once. Hanley Ramirez, Alfonso Soriano and Jimmy Rollins made it into the outskirts of that neighborhood. But this, friends, is amazing -- as in MVP amazing. Jose Altuve. Gotta love this guy.Apologies to: Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, Robinson Cano, Ian Desmond, Donaldson, Francisco Lindor, Machado, David Ortiz, Trout, Mark Trumbo.NL Least Valuable Player (LVP) of the half-yearCarl Crawford, Dodgers?I always liked Carl Crawford: good dude. And I hate to hand out LVP awards to people I like. But wow. You know how hard it is to get released when your team owes you $35 million? Might be harder than stealing 50 bases, which this man did five times. Might just be harder than signing a seven-year, $142 million contract in Boston and then not even making it through the second year of the contract without getting asked to please relocate 3,000 miles away. It must be hard because only three players in history (Crawford, Vernon Wells and Alfonso Soriano) ever got released in the middle of a $100 million-plus contract, and Crawford had almost as many dollars left on his deal as the other two combined. But by last month, the Dodgers had seen enough. Crawford was hitting .185 with a .464 OPS and zero stolen bases. He had just been part of a bizarre play at Wrigley Field in which he struck out on a ball that skipped past catcher Miguel Montero with two outs and a runner on third, then mysteriously stood around and waited until Montero tagged him out. And as always, Crawford didnt mean to screw up. He always meant well. He had just become, basically, a disaster. The Dodgers had paid him more than 70 million bucks since August 2012 and gotten a total of 2.9 wins above replacement out of it. So they moved on. And the good news is, the guy got two lovely parting gifts out of it: (A) the $35 million worth of paychecks that were about to keep on coming and (B) this LVP award.Sighs of relief for: Erick Aybar, Dee Gordon, Jason Heyward, Ryan Howard.AL LVP of the half-yearAlex Rodriguez, New York YankeesRemember back in spring training, when A-Rod revealed, in a series of classic A-Rod-esque interviews, that he definitely planned to retire ... in two years ... unless he didnt? We should have known then that this was going to be one of those years. But hey, its A-Rod. With this guy, you never know where anything is leading, do you? Now ordinarily, I would never present an LVP award to a fellow who is already on the other side of 40. But thats only because normally a team would never go into a season actually counting on a man his age. In this case, though, Rodriguez spent last year luring the Yankees into thinking he could be a real, live, middle-of-the-order presence. And then, well, this happened: A .260 on-base percentage and .642 OPS. The messy combination of 56 strikeouts and just 10 walks. A .198 batting average against right-handers. A .161 average when he hits third. A .159/.194/.175 slash line against the portion of the population known as relief pitchers. A .200 average against pitches 95 mph and faster, with no walks. An .099 average once the count reaches two strikes, with 56 strikeouts and 10 hits. A messy 65 in the modern metric known as weighted runs created plus, which indicates he has been tied for the eighth-least-productive hitter in the American League with at least 200 plate appearances?(but one of just two in that group who isnt permitted to redeem some of that nonproduction with his glove --?Prince Fielder?is a 65 as well). So if he could roll back the clock to March, youd think hed say he definitely plans to retire ... in two weeks?Sighs of relief for: Marlon Byrd, Fielder, Pablo Sandoval, Mark Teixeira.NL Cy Young of the half-yearClayton Kershaw, DodgersI dont know how superhuman Bumgarner, Jose Fernandez, Johnny Cueto and Noah Syndergaard would have had to be for me to pick somebody else besides Kershaw for this prestigious half-honor, which he has no idea even exists (possibly because it doesnt). But great as all those men have been, they werent this great. I dont have the time or space to fully document all of Kershaws first-half awesomeness. But Ill give you a taste. His first-half WHIP (0.73) is the lowest over the first half of any season since at least 1913, according to Baseball-Reference.coms indispensable Play Index. (And the previous standard, Grover Cleveland Alexanders 0.75, had held up a while -- like since 1915.) Kershaws absurd strikeout/walk ratio (145-to-9, which comes to 16.1-to-1) also happens to rank No. 1 in all the first halves in the Play Index era. Imagine that. You know how many pitchers before him had ever reached the All-Star break with an ERA under 1.80, this many strikeouts, a strikeout rate this good and 11 wins or more? Yeah, that would be zero. And how about this: He has already ripped off six double-digit strikeout games in which he forgot to walk a single hitter. No one had ever done that before the All-Star break, either -- possibly because the record for a whole season is six (shared by Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling). And have I mentioned this man might have had the greatest month in baseball history (5-0, 0.91 ERA in May, with 65 strikeouts, 2 walks)? I could pile on more of these superlatives for the next week or so. But youre probably catching on. Cant we just change the name to the Cy Kershaw Award? It would be so much fairer to the rest of the species.Apologies to: Bumgarner, Cueto, Fernandez, Stephen Strasburg, Syndergaard.AL Cy Young of the half-yearDanny Salazar, Cleveland IndiansYou should know something. If I were trying to use this pick to make myself look all intelligent and incisive (always a challenge, I might add), I would have presented this half-honor to Chris Sale.?Why? Because he was my preseason choice to win the Cy Young. And for my own dopey selfish reasons, I enjoy being right. But Sales 14 wins aside, its just not possible to argue that he -- or anyone else -- has been more dominant in this first half than Danny Salazar. Once upon a time, a guy like Sale, who was 14-3 and averaging about a strikeout an inning at the break, would have been everyones Cy Young choice. But we dont live in that world anymore. So while were well-aware that Sale has more wins,?Steven Wright?has a slightly tinier ERA and Marco Estrada has allowed a lower opponent batting average (with massive assistance from an off-the-charts .193 BABIP), none of them can match Salazars total body of work. Hes the only pitcher in the league who ranks in the top three in ERA, strikeout rate, ERA-plus, WAR and fielding independent pitching. And as David Schoenfield so eloquently noted the other day, Sale has almost pitched himself out of this conversation, with a 4.46 ERA since May 12, while Salazar exudes the look of a true dominator who has learned how to mix his killer changeup with a 95 mph heater. And how devastating is that changeup? The league is hitting .114 against it -- with 76 swings and misses but only 14 hits. So its always fun to pick a guy who churns out cool stats like that one, not to mention the fact that he could sit at a barstool next to about 97 percent of all living Americans, and they wouldnt know him from Alberto Salazar.Apologies to: Estrada, Corey Kluber, Jose Quintana, Sale, Wright.NL Cy Yuk of the half-yearShelby Miller, Arizona DiamondbacksI believe it was either Bruce Springsteen or Heathcliff Slocumb who once said: You cant walk away from the price you pay. And Im pretty sure Shelby Miller could tell you all about that -- probably for like the next 3? hours. It isnt his fault the Diamondbacks decided to trade the No. 1 pick in the draft (Dansby Swanson), one of their best pitching prospects (Aaron Blair) and one of baseballs best defensive outfielders (Ender Inciarte) for him last winter. But holy schmoly. From the moment Miller somehow hurt himself by scraping his hand on the mound throwing a pitch in April, its been hard to remember a trade this big that turned into this huge a mess this fast. Hasnt it? Fasten your seat belt securely around your waist. Then take a look at Millers first-half numbers: 2-9, 7.14 ERA, 1.75 WHIP, just two quality starts and a .312/.386/.523/.909 opponent slash line, which mean he has basically turned every hitter he has faced into Brandon Belt. So thats not real encouraging. And nobody has a good explanation, though the usual explanations apply (velocity down, command worse, delivery a mess, confidence shot). As Americas only licensed Cy Yuk voter, Ive come to learn that some of these picks are easier than others. If youre guessing this was one of them, hey, good guess!Cys of relief for: Andrew Cashner, Jorge De La Rosa, Trevor Rosenthal, Alfredo Simon.AL Cy Yuk of the half-yearClay Buchholz, Boston Red SoxLooking for one quick lowlight that sums up what made Clay Buchholz such a compelling candidate for this much-uncoveted award? It happened back on June 21. That was the night he made his triumphant return to the Boston rotation after 25 days of bullpen purgatory and promptly allowed the first two hitters to go homer/double -- on his first two pitches. Yikes. But that night and this disappointing season just make you reflect on exactly how long the Red Sox have been dreaming on this guy. Which would be practically a decade, if youre not Googling along at home. But this is the year those dreams have turned to pure Cy Yukkery -- and in a season in which it feels as if his team has never needed him more, too. Did you know the Red Sox are 3-10 when Buchholz starts (a .231 winning percentage that ranks last in baseball among men who have started that many games), but theyre 18 games over .500 (46-28) when anyone else starts? Did you know that, according to Baseball Reference, this fellow has subtracted more win probability than any starting pitcher in baseball? Thats hard to do, right? Did you know his 5.91 ERA would rank as the worst in the history of his esteemed franchise if he keeps this up? True story. Now toss in his 6.05 fielding independent pitching, which is the worst in the league among pitchers with 80-plus innings, and his three quality starts in 13 starts and what do you have? You have the stuff that Cy Yuks are made of. What else?Cys of relief for: Ubaldo Jimenez, Mat Latos, Anibal Sanchez, Yordano Ventura.Special bi-leagual mention to: James Shields.NL rookie of the half-yearCorey Seager, DodgersRemember way back in, oh, April, when it looked as if Corey Seager might not even be the best rookie shortstop in the National League (because we were so hypnotized by the prodigious starts by?Aledmys Diaz?and Trevor Story)? Um, never mind. Even in a rarified time for young shortstops, one thing weve learned over the past couple of months is that the guy who handles that gig at Chavez Ravine is special. But he also happens to be headed for possibly the greatest season by a rookie shortstop in the history of rookie shortstops. If he keeps mashing at his current rate, we would be looking at a fellow with an .879 OPS, 31 homers and 76 extra-base hits, which would be the most home runs ever by a rookie shortstop (topping Nomar Garciaparras 30). And the most extra-base hits ever by an NL rookie shortstop (topping Hanley Ramirezs 74). And the highest OPS by any rookie shortstop who ever lived (beating out Nomars .875). So that kind of caught my attention. Then there was Seagers just-halted 19-game hitting streak. You know who never had a streak that long while playing short? Oh, only Cal Ripken and?Ernie Banks -- whoever they are. But the most impressive part of Seagers first half is that he goes about it all with such a been-there, done-that look, you could easily forget hes 22. He has become the best player on a team with a $235 million payroll. And he ranks sixth in the National League in wins above replacement. Now all he has to do is take over the lead in WAR in his own family -- over brother?Kyle?-- and hell really have something to brag about.Apologies to: Diaz, Steven Matz, Kenta Maeda, Seung Hwan Oh, Story.AL rookie of the half-yearMichael Fulmer, Detroit TigersTook me a long time to figure this one out. In Texas, the Rangers dazzling 20-year-old right fielder, Nomar Mazara, is going to be a star. And this was his award to lose for a long time. But then Michael Fulmer (aka the guy the Mets traded to get Yoenis Cespedes) decided it was about time he turned himself into Bob Gibson. Starting with his May 21 start against Tampa Bay, Fulmer has made nine starts. He has given up a total of four earned runs in those nine starts. Four. Just to put that in perspective, over the same period of time, ESPN Stats & Information counts 261 instances in which a pitcher has allowed four earned runs in an inning. And Fulmer has allowed four in seven weeks. Meanwhile, never, in any of those nine starts, has he given up more than one earned run. So how many starting pitchers in the past century have ever had a streak of nine straight starts with one or nada earned runs allowed in their first season in the big leagues? That would be none, of course. And how would you like to guess the only nonrookie pitcher ever to have a longer streak than that in any single season in the live ball era? That would be -- right you are -- Bob Gibson himself, with 11 in a row in that 1968 season that made him a legend. I dont know if were watching the birth of a legend when we watch Fulmer do his thing. But with his mix of mid-90s fastball, power slider and disappearing changeup, we might at least be watching the birth of a young Josh Beckett.Apologies to: Ryan Dull, Dae-Ho Lee, Mazara, Tyler Naquin, Whit Merrifield.NL manager of the half-yearDusty Baker, Washington NationalsIts pretty crazy to look in the rear-view mirror now and remember that Dusty Baker wasnt even the Nationals first choice for this job. But Bud Blacks negotiation malfunction turned into Bakers ultimate opportunity. And these days, it almost feels as if it were meant to turn out this way. Sometimes all a man needs is the right situation at the right moment in time. And for Baker, thats precisely what this was. What his team needed was exactly what Baker does best: a manager who connects with people, vacuums all the tension out of the room and lets his best players do what they do. But if youve watched closely, youve also noticed something else. This man has evolved with the times. Hell never write a book on modern metrics. But if youve been waiting for a nightly parade of left-on-left, right-on-right bullpen matchups -- whether the data merits it or not -- we havent seen that. If youve been waiting for Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg to throw 138 pitches every time out, we havent seen that, either. (Only Tanner Roark has crossed his 120-pitch threshold all year, as a matter of fact.) So as always, there are a bunch of compelling choices for this award. But none has been a better fit than the star of Mr. Baker Goes to Washington.Apologies to: Bruce Bochy, Joe Maddon, Pete Mackanin.AL manager of the half-yearBuck Showalter, Baltimore OriolesA mere three months ago, 31 of us ESPN baseball geniuses made our always-astute predictions for this season. And looking back on those picks, its actually shocking how many teams we were right about. (Who knew!) But how many of us believed back then, in the core of our souls, that the Orioles were getting ready to win the AL East? Oops. That would be none of us. So when I make my manager of the year picks in a season like this -- in which Terry Francona and Jeff Banister are just as deserving -- I dont know how else Im supposed to separate one man from a great pack. But heres to Buck Showalter, a human being who always seems to be operating a step ahead of the rest of us -- not just in baseball but in thinking through life on this planet. Im not sure what other manager would have looked at Adam Jones, a man with the second-lowest walk rate of any active hitter with 5,000 plate appearances (and 27th-lowest since 1900!), and said: Lets make him the leadoff hitter. Thatll get him going. But, of course, that worked. And you sure dont see a whole lot of managers who can conduct the bullpen orchestra as artistically as Showalter does, every day of every year. Never overworking anyone, no matter how tempting. Working around his almost total lack of left-handed setup help. And still finding a way to win with one of baseballs shakiest rotations. You just dont meet many managers with such a complete feel for every player on his roster and every moment that confronts him. So its hard to imagine finding this team in first place without him.Apologies to: Francona, Banister, A.J. Hinch. Mario Lemina Juventus Jersey . 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PHOENIX -- Pinch-hitter Tyler Goeddel hit a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning and the Philadelphia Phillies completed their first sweep at Chase Field in 10 years with a 9-8 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday.The Diamondbacks went up 7-4 in the seventh inning on Paul Goldschmidts two-run double, but the Phillies rallied with four runs in the eighth to go up 8-7.Jean Segura tied it in the bottom half on an infield single, but the Diamondbacks allowed Jeanmar Gomez (3-2) to escape a jam in the ninth.Peter Bourjos, who earlier had a two-run homer, hit a two-out single off Silvino Bracho (0-2) in the 10th and moved to third on Cody Asches single. Goeddel followed with a line drive to right for the go-ahead run.Brett Oberholtzer worked around a single in the 10th for his first save.YANKEES 9, RANGERS 7NEW YORK -- Brian McCann hit a tying, three-run homer off Sam Dyson, Didi Gregorius capped a six-run ninth inning with his two-run shot and the New York Yankees rallied past Texas.Down 7-2 and in danger of falling 10 games behind AL East-leading Baltimore, the Yankees began their comeback when McCann homered off Cesar Ramos in the eighth.Rob Refsnyder singled off Matt Bush leading off the ninth, Jacoby Ellsbury singled and Dyson (1-2) relieved.Brett Gardner singled and Refsnyder came home when center fielder Ian Desmond bobbled the ball for an error. After Alex Rodriguez lined out, McCann homered into the right-field bleachers, Starlin Castro walked and Gregorius lined the ball into the right-field seats for his first career game-ending homer.Luis Cessa (1-0) allowed one run in three innings for his first big league win.CUBS 9, REDS 2CINCINNATI -- Anthony Rizzo legged out his first inside-the-park homer -- another unusual moment in a series full of oddities -- and Chicago finished a three-game sweep to get back on solid footing after a rough week.The Cubs went 1-6 last week, hurt by an injury-depleted lineup and a balky bullpen. With thousands of Cubs fans in the stands at Great American Ball Park for each game, they pulled off an invigorating sweep.Rizzo drove in three runs in the first inning off left-hander Cody Reed (0-2) with the Cubs first inside-the-park homer since 2011, when Tony Campana circled the bases against Cincinnati. Left fielder Adam Duvall cut in front of center fielder Billy Hamilton but couldnt get to the ball, which deflected off Hamiltons face. He was examined and left the game.Kyle Hendricks (6-6) gave up Duvalls 22nd homer and went 6 2/3 innings. He also drove in a run with a squeeze bunt.ASTROS 10, ANGELS 4ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Jose Altuve went 4 for 5 and scored four runs to help Houston complete a three-game sweep.It was the second time Houston has swept Los Angeles in the last two weeks. The Astros finished the six games with 37 runs. It was also Houstons eighth straight win over their AL West rivals, extending the longest winning streak against Los Angeles in franchise history.Houston has gone 35-20 since May 1, the third-best mark in the AL in that span.Altuve, who extended his career-high on-base streak to 32 games, was a home run shy of the cycle and finished the series 8 for 14 with two RBI and six runs.Dallas Keuchel (5-9) limited the Angels to three runs and six hits over six innings to win his second straight decision.Jered Weaver (6-7) pitched into the sixth inning but left after giving up a one-out solo home run to George Springer.NATIONALS 4, METS 2WASHINGTON -- Daniel Murphy homered twice, tormenting his former team yet again, and Washington completed a three-game sweep of the New York Mets.Max Scherzer (9-5) cruised against New Yorks sputtering offense, allowing two hits with 10 strikeouts over 7 1/3 innings. He retired 18 in a row before Brandon Nimmos single in the eighth and finished with at least 10 strikeouts for the fourth straight game.Murphy homered off Logan Verrett (3-5) in the second for a 1-0 lead and golfed a two-run drive in the eighth. He matched his career high with 14 homers and helped Washington win its fourth in a row.The Mets went 23 innings without scoring before James Loneys two-run homer in the ninth off Shawn Kelley.RAYS 4, RED SOX 0ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Matt Moore pitched seven spotless innings and Brandon Guyer homered and drove in two runs in his return from a three-week stint on the disabled list to lead Tampa Bay.Moore (4-5) allowed three singles, walked two and struck out five to outpitch David Price (8-5), the former Rays ace who fell to 1/3 in five career starts against his old team.Guyer, who missed 23 games with a left hamstring strain, led off the second inning with his seventh homer. He doubled down the left-field line to make it 4-1 in the third.Moore, meanwhile, held the Red Sox hitless until Christian Vazquez singled leading off the sixth. Mookie Betts and Xander Bogaerts followed with hits to load the bases with one out, but David Ortiz popped up and Hanley Ramirez hit a routine fly that ended the threat. Andrea Barzagli Jersey. LUE JAYS 5, ROCKIES 3DENVER -- Aaron Sanchez allowed one run in eight innings and Josh Donaldson homered to lead Toronto.Sanchez (8-1) allowed six hits, struck out three and walked two in extending his unbeaten streak to 12 games.The Blue Jays won their first series ever in Denver and their first overall since June 13-16, against the Philadelphia Phillies.Roberto Osuna gave up RBI doubles to Mark Reynolds and Daniel Descalso and put the tying run in scoring position with one out in the ninth. He hit Charlie Blackmon to load the bases before he struck out Cristhian Adames to end the game.Tyler Anderson (0-2) allowed the homer to Donaldson with two outs in the third inning and an RBI single to Troy Tulowitzki two batters later to give Toronto a 3-0 lead.ORIOLES 12, PADRES 6SAN DIEGO -- Mark Trumbo hit his major league-leading 23rd homer and drove in four runs as AL East-leading Baltimore won its seventh straight.The Orioles tied the 1996 Oakland As for the most homers in June, 55. Overall, the Orioles lead the majors with 124.The Orioles hit four home runs in sweeping the two-game series, including three in Tuesday nights 11-7 win.Trumbo hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning and a two-run double in the ninth. Manny Machado had two hits and three RBI, and pitcher Yovani Gallardo (3-1) singled twice and scored a run.Christian Friedrich (4-3) allowed six runs, four earned, and five hits in five innings.TIGERS 10, MARLINS 3DETROIT -- Miguel Cabrera hit one of Detroits three homers to lead the Tigers past Miami.Cabrera hit his 18th homer of the season in the fourth inning, tying Billy Williams at No. 48 on baseballs career list with 426.Steven Moya and Jarrod Saltalamacchia cleared the fence in consecutive at-bats in the fifth, giving Detroit an 8-2 lead.Marlins reliever Dustin McGowan gave up all three homers, matching a career high.The Tigers built a cushion right away with a four-run first, getting two runs on Victor Martinezs single off Tom Koehler.Daniel Norris (1-0) struck out a career-high eight and gave up two runs on eight hits and a walk over five innings.Koehler (6-7) allowed five runs and eight hits in three innings.INDIANS 3, BRAVES 0ATLANTA -- Danny Salazar threw seven innings, Lonnie Chisenhall hit his second homer of the series and Cleveland won its 12th straight.Cleveland swept its fourth straight series to extend the majors longest winning streak this season.The Indians need one more win to match the longest winning streaks in franchise history. They won 13 straight in 1942 and 1951. They had another 12-game streak in 1922.Jason Kipnis broke a scoreless tie with a two-run single in the fifth.Salazar (10-3) was dominant, allowing five hits with no walks and eight strikeouts. He lowered the ALs second-best ERA to 2.22 while winning his sixth straight start.Braves right-hander Joel De La Cruz (0-1), recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett for his major league debut, allowed three runs in six innings.BREWERS 7, DODGERS 0MILWAUKEE -- Junior Guerra allowed two hits over eight innings, Ryan Braun hit a two-run homer and a two-run double and Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit a two-run shot to help Milwaukee spoil Brock Stewarts major league debut.Brauns two-run homer off Chris Hatcher in the seventh inning gave Guerra some extra cushion, but the 31-year-old rookie right-hander didnt need it.Guerra (5-1) allowed Corey Seagers double in the first and Yasiel Puigs single in the fifth. After he walked Adrian Gonzalez in the first, Guerra retired 21 of the next 23 batters, striking out seven.Guerra received a no-decision at Dodger Stadium on June 16 in his previous start against the Dodgers. He allowed five runs and five hits over 5 1/3 innings then.Stewart (0-1) retired the side in order in the first, but the Brewers scored five times on six hits in the second. The 24-year-old right-hander regrouped and held the Brewers scoreless for the next three innings. He struck out seven and walked two, throwing 95 pitches.WHITE SOX 9, TWINS 6CHICAGO -- James Shields broke out of a slump with 6 2/3 innings against one of baseballs worst lineups, helping Chicago beat Minnesota.Shields (3-9) allowed one run and eight hits in his first win since he tossed seven scoreless innings for San Diego at Milwaukee on May 12. The right-hander got hit hard after he was acquired by Chicago in a trade June 4, going 0-2 with a 15.80 ERA in his first four starts.Todd Frazier, Brett Lawrie and Tyler Saladino homered for the White Sox, who improved to 7-1 against the Twins after losing 4-0 in the series opener on Tuesday. Saladino and Tim Anderson each had two hits and two RBI.Ricky Nolasco (3-6) was charged with seven runs and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings in his second straight loss.Nate Jones got one out for his second save. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '