Baseball Each night we'll provide you with the nine top story lines from the day's action, beginning with the stars of the day, and look ahead to the next day's matchups.Chris Sale had himself quite a night. In his 100th career start, Sale joined Pedro Martinez as the only pitchers in history to record 10-plus strikeouts in eight straight starts. Sale pitched eight innings of one-run baseball Tuesday, striking out 12 Cardinals. Unfortunately, the ace exited with a no-decision, as the White Sox didn't win until a Tyler Flowers home run in the 11th inning. Sale also smacked his first career hit, in the third inning off Lance Lynn.Meanwhile, Dallas Keuchel flexed his muscle against the Royals. He pitched eight shutout innings with seven strikeouts, and the Astros are now one game away from a sweep against the AL-leading Royals. The Pirates beat the Tigers in 14 innings when Neil Walker doubled in Josh Harrison for the go-ahead run. Pittsburgh has won 12 of its last 18 games and is quickly climbing up the NL wild-card standings.Here are more highl
ights from Tuesday's games:Impact playersC — Robinson Chirinos, Rangers: Chirinos went 2 for 4 with a solo home runs and two runs scored.1B — Buster Posey, Giants: Posey proved why he's one of the best hitters in by going 2 for 4 with a solo home run and two runs scored. He is now batting .303 on the season.2B — Danny Espinosa, Nationals: Espinosa went 3 for 5 with two runs and an RBI. He raised his average to .259.SS — Eduardo Nunez, Twins: Nunez went 3 for 4 with two runs scored, an RBI and a stolen base. He's batting a solid .305 this season for one of the surprise teams in baseball.3B — Aramis Ramirez, Brewers: Ramirez turned back the clock in a 2-for-4 effort with three RBIs and a rare stolen base.OF — Chris Davis, Orioles: Davis went 2 for 4 with two home runs and four RBIs in his ninth career multi-homer game and second of the season.DH — David Ortiz, Red Sox: Big Papi hit a solo home run, his seventh in June, after hitting just six in the first two months of the season.SP — Mike Montgomery, Mariners: Montgomery pitched his second straight complete-game shutout in a win against the Padres. He has struck out 17 batters during that time.Key injuriesAthletics starting pitcher Sonny Gray was scratched from Tuesday's start against the Rockies due to illness.Left fielder Hanley Ramirez (hand) will return to the Red Sox's lineup Wednesday.Outfielder/first baseman Michael Morse has returned to the Marlins after tweaking a back muscle during a minor league rehab assignment.Starting pitcher Matt Cain (forearm) will return to the Giants' rotation Thursday against the Marlins.Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman (wrist) might be held out until after the All-Star break.Mets outfielder Michael Cuddyer left Tuesday's game vs. the Cubs with a sore left knee.Surprise performersGood: Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez. After collecting three more hits and another home run Tuesday against the Pirates, Martinez has 12 hits and seven home runs in his last eight games, bringing his season totals to 20 home runs and 50 RBIs.Bad: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond. The "Golden Sombrero" is not something a baseball player strives for, but it's exactly what Desmond walked away with on Tuesday. He went 0 for 4 with four strikeouts and is now hitting .222 on the season.Web gemIndians shortstop Francisco Lindor makes a great snow-cone grab:Snow cones and strong throws: http://t.co/buQHach1w5 pic.twitter.com/sbOlrbKsiy— (@) July 1, 2015Facts of the dayShelby Miller got roughed up in the first inning:Shelby Miller (ATL): allowed 4 runs in the 1st inning That ties the most he's allowed in a GAME this season— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 30, 2015Dee Gordon had help from some inept defense, but this is still impressive:Dee Gordon: 3-run inside-the-park home run His 1st career inside-the-park home run— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 1, 2015Can anyone slow down Mitch Moreland? He finished the game 2 for 3 with two home runs and four RBIs.Mitch Moreland now has back-to-back games with 2 HR 9 of his 14 home runs have come in June— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 1, 2015Danny Salazar was dealing against the Rays:Danny Salazar (CLE): 7.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER He had perfect game through 5 innings, longest bid of his career— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 1, 2015Troy Tulowitzki is quietly going about his business:Troy Tulowitzki extends hit streak to 14 games, tied for longest streak in his career 2nd longest active streak in — ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 1, 2015The Padres' Yangervis Solarte broke up Montgomery's no-hit bid with a one-out, ground-rule double in the seventh inning.Ryan Braun strikes again:Ryan Braun: 4 hits vs Phillies, his 2nd 4-hit game since the end of 2012 He had 15 before that— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 1, 2015Reactions#Angels 1B Albert Pujols on reported tension: "Whoever leaked that story, it’s really embarrassing, because we’re supposed to family here."— Mike DiGiovanna (@MikeDiGiovanna) June 30, 2015The relationship between Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto and manager Mike Scioscia has been on thin ice since 2012, but recent criticism of the coaching staff reveals an untrustworthy relationship that is extending to the players.Adam Jones laid down some signs of his own:Buck, the trend. pic.twitter.com/JWdMtUSMXd— GIFS (@GIFs) July 1, 2015The ball's supposed to go in front of the hitter:You’ve gotta frame that better. http://t.co/KOXxYZJkjB pic.twitter.com/XA1kmnhwNn— GIFS (@GIFs) July 1, 2015Off the fieldThe Rangers activated outfielder Josh Hamilton from the 15-day disabled list and optioned third baseman Joey Gallo to Triple-A Round Rock.Rays first baseman James Loney (finger) began a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with Single-A Charlotte.The Padres placed second baseman Cory Spangenberg on the 15-day DL, retroactive to June 28, with a left knee contusion.Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman (foot) went through a full workout Tuesday, hitting, fielding grounders and doing some running.John Axford has left the Rockies for personal issues, and the team will go to a closer-by-committee setup, according to The Denver Post.ScoresAmerican LeagueRangers 8, Orioles 6Indians 6, Rays 2Red Sox 4, Blue Jays 3Astros 4, Royals 0Angels 2, Yankees 1National LeagueCubs 1, Mets 0Marlins 5, Giants 3Nationals 6, Braves 1Brewers 4, Phillies 3Dodgers 6, Diamondbacks 4InterleagueWhite Sox 2, Cardinals 1, 11 inningsPirates 5, Tigers 4, 14 inningsMariners 5, Padres 0Twins 8, Reds 5Rockies 2, Athletics 1A look ahead(All times Eastern):Yankees (41-37) at Angels (41-37), 7:05 p.m.: Nathan Eovaldi (7-2, 4.81 ERA) faces Matt Shoemaker (4-6, 5.03 ERA) in a battle of two of the AL's best teams. Albert Pujols and Mike Trout comprise one of the more formidable one-two punches in baseball, but the Yankees' sluggers have more than held their own this season.Pirates (43-33) at Tigers (39-37), 7:08 p.m.: A.J. Burnett (6-3, 2.01 ERA) faces Alfredo Simon (7-4, 3.57), who has given up 12 earned runs in his last two starts, which has raised his ERA from 2.58 to 3.57. Both teams will be tired after a 14-inning game Tuesday, so this could turn into a battle of attrition.Royals (44-30) at Astros (46-34), 8:10 p.m.: Edinson Volquez (8-4, 3.18 ERA) faces Vincent Velasquez (0-0, 3.72) as the Royals attempt to avoid the sweep. Kansas City had won five of its last six heading into the series against the AL West-leading Astros.