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    More On: new york mets Mets star’s rough day heightens lineup concern Key Met off to quick spring training start Mets reliever: I’m already in regular-season mode Secret behind Jacob deGrom defying the velocity odds Observations from the Mets’ spring training game Sunday: Whiff Machine Trevor Hildenberger, a non-roster invitee competing for a spot in the bullpen, struck out the side in the seventh inning of the Mets’ 4-4 exhibition tie with the Marlins at Clover Park on Sunday. In two innings this spring, the right-hander has struck out six. Stroman Recovers Marcus Stroman settled in after allowing two runs in the first inning. The right-hander allowed three hits over three innings with a walk. He owns a 3.60 ERA in two starts. Caught My Eye Trevor Hildenberger pitches for the Twins in 2019.Getty Images Pete Alonso went to the opposite field for a second straight day, slashing a...
    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Disappointed by Attacks From Royal Aides, Friend Says Ohio college student dies after alleged fraternity hazing incident Kelvin Gutierrez belted a go-ahead two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning as the Kansas City Royals rallied for a 4-3 victory over the host San Diego Padres on Sunday at Peoria, Ariz. © Reuters/Kim Klement MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at New York Yankees Seuly Matias stroked a run-scoring single earlier in the inning off Nick Ramirez. Gutierrez followed with the decisive blast as Kansas City improved to 6-2 this spring. San Diego's Yu Darvish made his spring debut and allowed one hit and struck out four in two scoreless innings. Trent Grisham and Eric Hosmer hit solo homers for the Padres (3-5). Yankees 4, Phillies 0 Brett Gardner belted a grand slam in the second inning as New York blanked visiting Philadelphia at Tampa, Fla....
    The Cleveland Indians have broken COVID-19 protocols for the third time in less than a year, this time costing them third baseman José Ramírez and slugger Franmil Reyes. Manager Terry Francona said Sunday the two players were sent to their Arizona homes while the Indians wait to hear from Major League Baseball when they can rejoin the team. Francona said Reyes, who had a virus-related misstep last season, and Ramirez went out to dinner on Friday following an exhibition game in Mesa against the Chicago Cubs. They reported to the team’s complex on Saturday and were immediately sent away. They did not have contact with any other players or team personnel. “The players themselves actually self-reported that they had made a mistake,” Francona said on a Zoom call. When spring training resumed last year after being stopped due to the pandemic, Reyes was forced to quarantine after the team learned...
    What’s that piece of advice Little League coaches always tell their kids — keep your eye on the ball, right? Trevor Bauer provided a new twist on that idea. Eager to challenge himself in a spring training start, the new Los Angeles Dodgers ace kept his right eye closed while pitching out of a first-inning jam Saturday in their 2-1 exhibition loss to the Padres. He even pointed to the eye as he walked off the mound. “I like making myself uncomfortable and throwing different stuff my way and trying to find a solution for it,” the NL Cy Young Award winner told Los Angeles media. “I think that’s how you improve. Find a way to make yourself uncomfortable and get comfortable with it and then do it again,” he said. After giving up a single to San Diego leadoff man Jurickson Profar and then walking Tommy Pham, Bauer...
    More On: mlb MLB star pitcher hits 100 mph in spring outing MLB team loses eight pitchers to COVID-19 protcols California to reopen Disneyland, MLB ballparks and live events Early MLB betting tips as season approaches What’s that piece of advice Little League coaches always tell their kids — keep your eye on the ball, right? Trevor Bauer provided a new twist on that idea. Eager to challenge himself in a spring training start, the new Los Angeles Dodgers ace kept his right eye closed while pitching out of a first-inning jam Saturday in their 2-1 exhibition loss to the Padres. He even pointed to the eye as he walked off the mound. “I like making myself uncomfortable and throwing different stuff my way and trying to find a solution for it,” the NL Cy Young Award winner told Los Angeles media. “I think that’s how you improve. Find...
    Rachel Lindsay Returns to Instagram with Empowering Message About Spreading Good Vibes Only 40 Legit Companies That Will Pay You To Work From Home Jacob deGrom pitched two scoreless innings in his spring debut as the New York Mets cruised to a 6-1 victory Saturday over the Houston Astros in a seven-inning game at West Palm Beach, Fla. © Reuters/Rhona Wise MLB: Washington Nationals at Miami Marlins © Reuters/Nathan Ray Seebeck MLB: New York Yankees at Pittsburgh Pirates A two-time Cy Young Award winner, deGrom gave up one hit and had three strikeouts. Former Cy Young winner Zach Greinke started for the Astros and gave up one run on two hits over one inning of work. Dominic Smith hit a home run for the Mets, while Pete Alonso and James McCann each had two hits. Abraham Toro doubled for one of Houston's three hits. Tigers 6, Orioles 5 Christin...
    By The Associated Press What’s that piece of advice Little League coaches always tell their kids -- keep your eye on the ball, right? Trevor Bauer provided a new twist on that idea. Eager to challenge himself in a spring training start, the new Los Angeles Dodgers ace kept his right eye closed while pitching out of a first-inning jam Saturday. He even pointed to the eye as he walked off the mound. “I like making myself uncomfortable and throwing different stuff my way and trying to find a solution for it,” the NL Cy Young Award winner told Los Angeles media. “I think that’s how you improve. Find a way to make yourself uncomfortable and get comfortable with it and then do it again,” he said. After giving up a single to San Diego leadoff man Jurickson Profar and then walking Tommy Pham, Bauer posted a shutout. Eye closed,...
    What’s that piece of advice Little League coaches always tell their kids — keep your eye on the ball, right? Trevor Bauer provided a new twist on that idea. Eager to challenge himself in a spring training start, the new Los Angeles Dodgers ace kept his right eye closed while pitching out of a first-inning jam Saturday. He even pointed to the eye as he walked off the mound. “I like making myself uncomfortable and throwing different stuff my way and trying to find a solution for it,” the NL Cy Young Award winner told Los Angeles media. “I think that’s how you improve. Find a way to make yourself uncomfortable and get comfortable with it and then do it again,” he said. After giving up a single to San Diego leadoff man Jurickson Profar and then walking Tommy Pham, Bauer posted a shutout. Eye closed, he retired the next...
    ENGLAND crumbled to a crushing defeat in the Fourth Test as they were brushed aside for just 135 all out in their second innings. Joe Root’s team looked shot to pieces, devoid of every last drop of confidence and technical knowledge of how to resist India’s spin bowlers. 5India sealed a thumping victory in the fourth Test and a 3-1 series victoryCredit: Getty Images - Getty 5England's batsmen were tormented by India's spinners again in AhmedabadCredit: BCCI The margin of defeat was an innings and 25 runs and India won the series 3-1. Right now, it is a wonder how England managed to win the First Test of the series. It seems a heck of a long time ago. England’s batsmen tried to be more positive and aggressive against Axar Patel and Ravi Ashwin but the result was the same - a clatter of wickets. India’s two spinners harvested five...
    By The Associated Press Shohei Ohtani figured he’d be careful in his return to the mound after two injury-spoiled seasons. A few batters in, the Los Angeles Angels’ two-way sensation reached back for a little extra -- and brought back some of the buzz that surrounded his major league debut three years ago. Ohtani reached 100 mph with his fastball and showed off his signature splitter while striking out five over 1 2/3 innings in the Angels’ 7-3 win over the Oakland Athletics on Friday. The right-hander allowed a run, three hits and two walks, struggling to command his slider but showcasing the arm strength and stuff that allowed him to dominate in the majors before Tommy John surgery in 2018. “Since this was my first game, I wasn’t planning on letting it go in the beginning, especially early in counts,” Ohtani said via translator. “As the game went on,...
    Shohei Ohtani figured he’d be careful in his return to the mound after two injury-spoiled seasons. A few batters in, the Los Angeles Angels’ two-way sensation reached back for a little extra — and brought back some of the buzz that surrounded his major league debut three years ago. Ohtani reached 100 mph with his fastball and showed off his signature splitter while striking out five over 1 2/3 innings in the Angels’ 7-3 win over the Oakland Athletics on Friday. The right-hander allowed a run, three hits and two walks, struggling to command his slider but showcasing the arm strength and stuff that allowed him to dominate in the majors before Tommy John surgery in 2018. “Since this was my first game, I wasn’t planning on letting it go in the beginning, especially early in counts,” Ohtani said via translator. “As the game went on, I felt better and...
    A ‘gobsmacking number of first-gen students aren’t applying to college Iraq militias at the center of U.S.-Iran tensions to protect Pope Francis Pete Alonso hit a grand slam in the fifth inning and the New York Mets went on to an 8-4 victory over the Washington Nationals on Thursday at Port. St. Lucie, Fla. © Reuters/Jasen Vinlove MLB: New York Mets-Workouts Brandon Nimmo and Jake Hager also hit home runs for the Mets while New York starter David Peterson threw two scoreless innings. After opting out of the 2020 season, Nationals veteran Ryan Zimmerman hit his second home run of the spring. He also had a double. Phillies 15, Yankees 0 (8 innings) Scott Kingery's first-inning home run was one of six long balls on the day for Philadelphia, which won easily at Clearwater, Fla. Six Phillies pitchers held New York to three hits. Orioles 6, Red Sox 3...
    New York Mets president Sandy Alderson says he is emphasizing offense over defense but Kevin Pillar and Albert Almora Jr. were brought in to help with their gloves. "While some of our players aren’t defensive geniuses, we think that the overall blend that we have is pretty good," Alderson said during an interview on the ESPN telecast of Thursday’s 8-4 win over Washington in Port St. Lucie, Florida. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Washington stole three bases off new Mets catcher Brian McCann, two by Víctor Robles. Brandon Nimmo was picked off by Jackson Rutledge. New York’s 32 errors were 10th among the 30 teams last year. "I totally agree with Sandy," Mets manager Luis Rojas said. "That’s one of the things that we’re working on in this camp. We talk about baserunning. We failed today in baserunning. We got picked off at first base on a...
    By The Associated Press New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone took a leave of absence from the team to get a pacemaker and intends to return to work in a few days. The Yankees said the procedure was performed Wednesday at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa, Florida, and went as expected. Boone remained hospitalized overnight. “It sounds like it’s going to be a short-term thing,” general manager Brian Cashman said. “I do applaud him for being very open and honest.” Bench coach Carlos Mendoza took over as acting manager for Wednesday night’s exhibition against Toronto in Tampa. Boone, 47, said in a statement the medical team is “confident that today’s surgery will allow me to resume all of my usual professional and personal activities and afford me a positive long-term health prognosis without having to change anything about my way of life. I look forward to getting back to work...
    The best covers of Bob Dylan songs 20 Celebs Who Tip Big — Really Big Pablo Reyes belted a three-run homer in the fourth inning to help the Milwaukee Brewers record an 8-5 eight-inning victory over the host San Diego Padres on Wednesday at Peoria, Ariz. © Reuters/Mark J. Rebilas MLB: Milwaukee Brewers at San Diego Padres Padres left-hander Blake Snell made his spring debut for his new team, striking out one and walking one during a 15-pitch inning. The 2018 American League Cy Young Award winner was acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays in the offseason. "It's definitely weird. I'm not gonna lie, but it's a good weird," Snell said of his new surroundings. "I like my teammates a lot. I got comfortable here a lot quicker than I thought I would. It's just a really cool place to be." Reyes' blast gave the Brewers a 4-0 lead...
    Eager for a fresh start with a new team, J.A. Happ needed to slow down before throwing a single pitch for the Minnesota Twins. The left-hander tested positive for COVID-19 upon reporting to spring training, putting his practice schedule on hold. Happ cleared virus protocols on Tuesday and took part in team workouts for the first time at camp in Fort Myers, Florida. The rest of the Twins played an exhibition game against Atlanta in North Port. The 38-year-old Happ, who left the New York Yankees and signed in January with the Twins for $8 million this season, acknowledged feeling anxious about making up for the lost time and “pressing a little bit” in his bullpen session. Happ said his senses of smell and taste have not yet returned, but beyond that he feels fine physically. “It is strange. I make a protein smoothie every day, and I just remember...
    By The Associated Press Eager for a fresh start with a new team, J.A. Happ needed to slow down before throwing a single pitch for the Minnesota Twins. The left-hander tested positive for COVID-19 upon reporting to spring training, putting his practice schedule on hold. Happ cleared virus protocols on Tuesday and took part in team workouts for the first time at camp in Fort Myers, Florida. The rest of the Twins played an exhibition game against Atlanta in North Port. The 38-year-old Happ, who left the New York Yankees and signed in January with the Twins for $8 million this season, acknowledged feeling anxious about making up for the lost time and “pressing a little bit” in his bullpen session. Happ said his senses of smell and taste have not yet returned, but beyond that he feels fine physically. “It is strange. I make a protein smoothie every day,...
    The Associated Press Shane Bieber’s final start last season was rough. His first one in 2021 wasn’t too much better. The AL Cy Young winner gave up four runs and didn’t make it through his scheduled two innings on Monday as the Cleveland Indians lost to the Kansas City Royals 8-6 in Goodyear, Arizona. But while he wasn’t thrilled with his outing, Bieber wasn’t disappointed either. He committed to throwing certain pitches and working on areas he’d like to improve. “There’s some positives to take away from today in learning how to shape the slider how I want to,” he said. “I started to figure it out in the second inning. I just got to look at the positives. It’s spring training. Go out there and get the next one.” Bieber led the majors in wins, ERA and strikeouts last year, completing a rare triple crown during the pandemic while...
    Shane Bieber’s final start last season was rough. His first one in 2021 wasn’t too much better. The AL Cy Young winner gave up four runs and didn’t make it through his scheduled two innings on Monday as the Cleveland Indians lost to the Kansas City Royals 8-6 in Goodyear, Arizona. But while he wasn’t thrilled with his outing, Bieber wasn’t disappointed either. He committed to throwing certain pitches and working on areas he’d like to improve. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM "There’s some positives to take away from today in learning how to shape the slider how I want to," he said. "I started to figure it out in the second inning. I just got to look at the positives. It’s spring training. Go out there and get the next one." Bieber led the majors in wins, ERA and strikeouts last year, completing a rare triple...
    In the first game of the training camp this year, Quebecian Abraham Toro was knocked out of the plate in two appearances after losing 6-1 to the Miami Marlins and the Houston Astros on Sunday. In his first appearance, a third paceman was called on strike. In his second appearance, he hit a ball into the center field. Last year Toro averaged 149 with three home runs and nine RBIs. Otto scored a point for Lopez For his part, Otto Lopez scored a point in a 6-4 Toronto Blue Jays victory over the New York Yankees. Lopez entered the game as a substitute runner and he crossed the plate. In a batting appearance, he scored at bat. Lopez was born in the Dominican Republic, but spent his teenage years in Montreal. He joined the Toronto organization in 2016. Rowdy Telles started the Blue Jays offense with a double two-run...
    New York Mets Shutout in 2-0 Opening Game Loss to the Miami Marlins By: Daniel Marcillo March 1, 2021 ShareTweetFlipRedditAs expected, pitching dominated the first spring training game for the New York Mets. All the Miami Marlins needed was a two-run home run from Jesus Aguilar to secure a 2-0, seven-inning victory. The Mets continued their 2020 tradition of leaving runners on base by going 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position. ¡Jonrón de Jesús Aguilar! pic.twitter.com/LXcb38epUf — Daniel Álvarez Montes (@DanielAlvarezEE) March 1, 2021 Brandon Nimmo led the way with two hits at the top of the order. J.D. Davis, Kevin Pillar, and Johneshwy Fargas were responsible for the other three Mets hits. Francisco Lindor also made his Mets debut but failed to record a hit in his two at-bats but recorded a nice play ranging up the middle. The...
    New York Yankees: Good news and bad news following opening game loss By: Alexander Wilson March 1, 2021 ShareTweetFlipRedditThe New York Yankees faced off against the Toronto Blue Jays in the first game of spring training on Saturday afternoon. The anticipation for baseball leading up to this contest was significant, but the Yankees dropped their first game 6-4, with the Blue Jays taking advantage of Yankee pitching throughout. Bad News: Unfortunately, starter Michael King, who the Yankees have high expectations for, allowed three hits and three earned runs in just 2.0 innings. Of course, the sample size is small, and King has plenty of time to fix his problems, but not exactly taking the developmental leaps expected of him. At 25 years old, King pitched 26.2 innings last year, earning a 7.76 ERA. A full off-season of work and preparation didn’t...
    Of the three right-handed pitching prospects the Mets acquired Wednesday night from the Toronto Blue Jays for lefty Steven Matz, two already have appeared in the majors. Here is a synopsis of each of the three players the Mets can use for added organizational depth in 2021: Sean-Reid Foley, 25 Drafted: 2014, second round Reid-Foley came through the Blue Jays organization as a starting pitcher, and the Florida native made 13 starts at the big-league level in 2018-19 with a 4.71 ERA. He fared better in five appearances out of the bullpen for Toronto in 2020, allowing one earned run on three hits over 6 2/3 innings (1.35 ERA), albeit with as many walks as strikeouts (six apiece). According to MLB.com, he throws mostly four-seam fastballs (63 percent) and sliders (41 percent), with his fastball averaging 94.4 miles per hour and topping out at 96.8 mph. Josh Winckowski; Yennsy Diaz Sean-Reid...
    The New York Mets have traded Steven Matz, and apart from the return some extra money is freed up to pay off a big pursuit. The New York Mets and Toronto Blue Jays have been two of the most active teams this offseason, often mentioned in parallel as suitors for some big names. On Wednesday night they came together on a deal, with the Mets sending left-hander Steven Matz to Toronto for three pitching prospects (Sean Reid-Foley, Yennsy Diaz, Josh Winckowski) Matz had a rough 2020 campaign, with a 9.68 ERA and 14 home runs allowed over nine starts (30.2 innings). The small sample and a weird season has to be noted, and Matz was far better in 2019 (4.21 ERA over 160.1 innings) and 2018 (3.97 ERA over 154 innings). Even last year, there were positives (10.6 K/9, a career-best 25.4 percent strikeout rate).The Mets probably aren’t worried about...
    New York Yankees: One stellar starting pitching trade target to consider By: Alexander Wilson January 20, 2021 ShareTweetFlipRedditIf you ask New York Yankees’ general manager Brian Cashman about the state of his roster, he will likely tell you they are prepared to compete for a World Series. Based on their offensive power alone, his argument would be justifiable. The Yankees recently extended DJ LeMahieu to a six-year contract, retaining their lead-off hitter and arguably one of the best offensive weapons in baseball. Their lineup is stocked full of talent, ranging from Aaron Judge to Gio Urshela. However, some positions need to be addressed, and while the starting pitching rotation seems to be well oiled, a number of their players haven’t performed in quite some time. Domingo German, who has been reinstated by the Yankees and accepted back to the clubhouse, is...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Left-hander Stephen Tarpley was claimed by the New York Mets off waivers from the Miami Marlins on Friday. The 27-year-old was 2-2 with one save and a 9.000 ERA in 11 innings over 12 games last year, striking out 11 and walking eight. He earned $208,704 in prorated pay from a salary of the $563,500 major league minimum. He was designated for assignment Sunday when the Marlins agreed to an $850,000, one-year contract with free agent left-hander Ross Detwiler. Tarpley is 3-2 with three saves and a 6.64 ERA in 43 games over three seasons with the New York Yankees (2018-19) and Miami, striking out 58 and walking 29 in 44 2/3 innings. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    The Tampa Bay Rays aren’t done dealing. Two days after trading Blake Snell to the San Diego Padres in an MLB blockbuster, the Rays are sending left-handed reliever Jose Alvarado to the Philadelphia Phillies in a three-team trade involving the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Phillies are sending left-hander Garrett Cleavinger to the Dodgers, who are dealing infielder Dillon Paulson and a player to be named later to the Rays. Alvarado, the hard-throwing 25-year-old, gave up seven runs (six earned) with 13 strikeouts in nine innings during the shortened 2020 MLB season while dealing with a shoulder issue. He had a 4.80 ERA with 39 strikeouts in 30 innings in 2019, but in 2018 had a 2.39 ERA with 80 strikeouts in 64 innings. He is arbitration-eligible. Cleavinger, 26, has just one career MLB appearance, which he made for the Phillies on Sept. 17. Paulson is a 23-year-old who hasn’t...
    More On: mlb hot stove Padres make another major trade after blockbuster move Rays trading star pitcher in cost-cutting move Bidding has begun for top MLB free agent Mets emerge as team to watch in sweepstakes for Japanese ace The Tampa Bay Rays aren’t done dealing. Two days after trading Blake Snell to the San Diego Padres in an MLB blockbuster, the Rays are sending left-handed reliever Jose Alvarado to the Philadelphia Phillies in a three-team trade involving the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Phillies are sending left-hander Garrett Cleavinger to the Dodgers, who are dealing infielder Dillon Paulson and a player to be named later to the Rays. Alvarado, the hard-throwing 25-year-old, gave up seven runs (six earned) with 13 strikeouts in nine innings during the shortened 2020 MLB season while dealing with a shoulder issue. He had a 4.80 ERA with 39 strikeouts in 30 innings in 2019,...
    New York Yankees prospect seems to have finally turned the corner By: Andres Chavez December 22, 2020 ShareTweetFlipRedditFor years, Luis Medina was one of the most promising arms in the New York Yankees‘ system. Yet, he was continually held back by a well-below average walk rate. His control problems prevented his high strikeout rate (usually higher than 9.00 K/9) from having a positive effect and from keep ascending through the ranks. The 2019 season started in a similar way for Medina: lots of strikeouts, but with a boatload of walks. In 93.0 Low-A ball innings, he had a 6.00 ERA (4.72 FIP) with an 11.13 K/9 and a 6.48 BB/9. However, in his last six turns there, he finally found some consistency with his release point and cut his walks to a 3.09 BB/9 mark. That development gained him a promotion...
    The Rangers and White Sox reminded everyone that MLB’s Winter Meetings are underway by agreeing to a late-night trade Monday. Texas reportedly will ship right-hander Lance Lynn to the White Sox in exchange for pitchers Dane Dunning and Avery Weems. The deal is pending physicals, according to The Athletic and other outlets. Neither team had announced the move as of early Tuesday. WINTER MEETINGS 2020: Five things we want to see Lynn, 33, will reunite with new White Sox manager Tony La Russa, although they last worked together almost a decade ago. Lynn came up with the Cardinals in 2011, La Russa’s final season as St. Louis’ manager. He has since developed into an effective innings-eater, and he excelled in the role the past two seasons for Texas. Sporting News grades the trade for both clubs. White Sox: B+ Chicago is poised to receive great value with this rental. Lynn will make...
    New York Mets Player Evaluations: Pitcher Franklyn Kilome By: Daniel Marcillo November 30, 2020 ShareTweetFlipRedditFranklyn Kilome made quite a few trips between the New York Mets shuttle in Queens and Brooklyn. All of his outings were long relief, and each of the four he made got continually worse. Despite the tough season, the Mets still have hope for Kilome’s future. Thats Franklyn Kilomés first major league strikeout. Long road back from 2018 Tommy John surgery to get to this point. pic.twitter.com/3CjVSrCcjc — Jacob Resnick (@Jacob_Resnick) August 2, 2020 Kilome joined the Mets roster for the first time on July 31. It only lasted for three days but made one long relief appearance against the Atlanta Braves. Kilome faired well in the outing as he worked four innings and allowed two runs while striking out five. After he went back...
    New York Mets Player Evaluations: Pitcher Corey Oswalt By: Daniel Marcillo November 27, 2020 ShareTweetFlipRedditCorey Oswalt only pitched in four games for the New York Mets during the 2020 season. It only took one bad outing to elevate his ERA to a point where it looks like he had a rough season. The only rough part of Oswalt’s season was the inability to last on the big league roster for a long period. DJ LeMahieu hits it hard in his first at-bat but Corey Oswalt gets a glove on it and knocks it down. Only two or three innings from The Machine tonight, per Aaron Boone so we’ll see if he hits a second time. Timing looks solid though which is a great sign. pic.twitter.com/sCIRPyOD4G — Max Goodman (@MaxTGoodman) July 19, 2020 Oswalt started the season on the Opening...
    Miss USA 2020 is the first Black woman to represent Mississippi Restaurants struggling to survive the pandemic have a bombshell reason to celebrate with Pfizer vaccine news The KT Wiz Look Rusty and Doomed If the KT Wiz are a team of destiny, as at least three dozen American fans have hoped, they'll fulfill it by taking a circuitous route. Down 2-0 to the Doosan Bears in a best-of-five series after yet another punchless showing at the plate, things look especially bleak. The perennial power seems destined for yet another date in the Korean Series while the plucky upstarts seem destined for the offseason and any of Suwon's finest golf courses. © Provided by The Big Lead Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images In the eternal argument of rust vs. rest, oxidation is currently winning. KBO's unique playoff structure rewards regular-season excellence with byes. But the other side of that is...
    The prototypical bullpen game completed the final leg of the Dodgers’ journey Tuesday night. Manager Dave Roberts employed Tony Gonsolin as his opener and then shuttled in six relievers to stifle the Rays in the Dodgers’ 3-1 victory in Game 6 of the World Series. Gonsolin surrendered a first-inning homer to Randy Arozarena and was removed after recording five outs. The parade of relievers followed. In all, the Dodgers received 7¹/₃ shutout innings from the bullpen — capped by Julio Urias. That unit had pitched 4¹/₃ shutout innings the previous game. Roberts had decided against starting Walker Buehler on short rest, opting to keep his co-ace on his regular turn for a potential Game 7. Only strengthening Roberts’ resolve was the fact he had Urias available from the bullpen, three days after the electric left-hander had started against the Rays. On this night, Urias pitched 2 ¹/₃ perfect innings, striking...
    After 32 years, the Dodgers’ long wait is over. With a 3-1 win over the Rays in Game 6 on Tuesday night, Los Angeles won its first World Series title since Kirk Gibson, Orel Hershiser and Tommy Lasorda led LA to an unexpected world championship over the Oakland Athletics in 1988. This time the powerhouse Dodgers were driven by Corey Seager, Mookie Betts and Clayton Kershaw, who won his elusive first title and had his spotty postseason résumé vindicated by two strong starts in Games 1 and 5 as the three-time Cy Young Award winner went 2-0 with a 2.31 ERA, striking out 14 in 11 ²/₃ innings in this World Series. The Rays jumped in front in the first inning of a do-or-die Game 6 against opener Tony Gonsolin, who gave up a run on three hits in 1 ²/₃ innings, as ALCS MVP Randy Arozarena slugged an opposite-field...
    The postseason struggles of Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw are known and brought up constantly, but he has a chance to continue to change that narrative on Sunday in Game 5 of the World Series against the Tampa Bay Rays in a pivotal Game 5. Kershaw has allowed three runs or fewer in each of his four starts in these playoffs, and is coming off a tremendous Game 1 start in which he allowed one run while striking out eight in six innings. Overall, he has logged 25 innings with just three walks, a 2.88 ERA, and 11.2 strikeouts per nine innings. Kershaw will be supported by a lineup that has led MLB in both runs and home runs in the regular season and enters Sunday with 27 home runs in 16 postseason games. It has been far from an ideal postseason for many of the Rays’ starters,...
    The postseason struggles of Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw are known and brought up constantly, but he has a chance to continue to change that narrative on Sunday in Game 5 of the World Series against the Tampa Bay Rays in a pivotal Game 5. Kershaw has allowed three runs or fewer in each of his four starts in these playoffs, and is coming off a tremendous Game 1 start in which he allowed one run while striking out eight in six innings. Overall, he has logged 25 innings with just three walks, a 2.88 ERA, and 11.2 strikeouts per nine innings. Kershaw will be supported by a lineup that has led MLB in both runs and home runs in the regular season and enters Sunday with 27 home runs in 16 postseason games. It has been far from an ideal postseason for many of the Rays’ starters, including...
    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — In his only other start this postseason, Julio Urías had an 11-0 lead before taking the mound when the Los Angeles Dodgers blew out the Atlanta Braves in Game 3 of the NL Championship Series. The left-hander finished that series with three perfect innings, the last two protecting a 4-3 lead in Game 7 and sending LA to the World Series against Tampa Bay. Now comes the next start for Urías in Game 4 of the Series on Saturday night. The 24-year-old with four wins in four postseason outings this year will face another lefty who was primarily a starter in the pandemic-shortened regular season but has more postseason appearances out of the bullpen in the Rays' Ryan Yarbrough. Urías has allowed just seven hits and two runs — one earned — in 16 postseason innings with three walks and 16 strikeouts. His 0.56 ERA leads...
    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — In his only other start this postseason, Julio Urías had an 11-0 lead before taking the mound when the Los Angeles Dodgers blew out the Atlanta Braves in Game 3 of the NL Championship Series. The left-hander finished that series with three perfect innings, the last two protecting a 4-3 lead in Game 7 and sending LA to the World Series against Tampa Bay. Now comes the next start for Urías in Game 4 of the Series on Saturday night. The 24-year-old with four wins in four postseason outings this year will face another lefty who was primarily a starter in the pandemic-shortened regular season but has more postseason appearances out of the bullpen in the Rays’ Ryan Yarbrough. Urías has allowed just seven hits and two runs — one earned — in 16 postseason innings with three walks and 16 strikeouts. His 0.56...
    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Game 7 of the National League Championship became MLB’s first winner-take-all postseason game matching rookie starters when the Los Angeles Dodgers chose Dustin May to start against the Atlanta Braves on Sunday night. The Braves had previously announced that Ian Anderson, the 22-year-old right-hander who had pitched 15 2-3 scoreless innings in his first three postseason starts, would start with them trying to get to their first World Series since 1999. Manager Dave Roberts didn’t reveal his pitching plan until Sunday, with May starting for the second time in the series. The 23 year-old right-hander from nearby Justin, Texas, threw 55 pitches over two innings in Game 5 on Friday night. Roberts said he expected Game 2 starter Tony Gonsolin and Game 3 starter Julio Urias to appear in the game at some point. Asked about the availability of three-time Cy Young Award...
    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Corey Seager homered again, Walker Buehler pitched six scoreless innings and the Los Angeles Dodgers pushed the NL Championship Series to Game 7 with a 3-1 win over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday. The Dodgers avoided elimination for the second time in less than 24 hours, and now have a winner-take-all game to try to get to their third World Series in four years. They haven’t won a championship since 1988. Max Fried took his first loss all year for the Braves, who were trying to celebrate manager Brian Snitker’s 65th birthday with the franchise’s first World Series since 1999. But the young left-hander worked into the seventh without allowing another run after LA’s three-run first. Game 7 is Sunday night, with right-hander Tony Gonsolin expected to go for the Dodgers against 22-year-old rookie right-hander Ian Anderson, who has thrown 15 2/3 scoreless innings...
    By SCHUYLER DIXON, AP Sports Writer ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Marcell Ozuna and the Atlanta Braves got a little ahead of themselves. Now they’ll have to wait at least another day for the franchise’s first World Series in 20 years. Ozuna left early on what would have been a sacrifice fly with his team leading in the third inning, and the game soon turned in Los Angeles’ favor as the Dodgers stayed alive in the NL Championship Series with a 7-3 victory in Game 5 on Friday night. The Braves still have a 3-2 series lead after a bullpen game that started well but went awry, with their top two starters lined up for the final two games. Left-hander Max Fried pitches for the NL East champions on Saturday. A night after hitting two homers in a 10-2 win, Ozuna started off the bag at third base when Dansby Swanson...
    Why these 4 counties became only in US with zero COVID cases Grocery stores prepare for a 2nd wave of pandemic panic shopping NLCS Game 5: Dodgers save their season with overpowering win vs. Braves The Los Angeles Dodgers will live to fight another day. © Provided by Yahoo! Sports Dodgers force Game 6 in NLCS after beating the Braves. (Photo by Cooper Neill/MLB Photos via Getty Images) Behind a dramatic three-run home run by catcher Will Smith — which appropriately came against Atlanta Braves reliever Will Smith — and seven strong innings from their beleaguered bullpen, the Dodgers avoided elimination with a 7-3 win in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series. Closing out the 2020 LCS has proven to be quite a task. Earlier on Friday, the Houston Astros forced a Game 7 in the ALCS after falling behind the Tampa Bay Rays 3-0. The Dodgers...
    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Marcell Ozuna and the Atlanta Braves got a little ahead of themselves. Now they’ll have to wait at least another day for the franchise’s first World Series in 20 years. Ozuna left early on what would have been a sacrifice fly with his team leading in the third inning, and the game soon turned in Los Angeles’ favor as the Dodgers stayed alive in the NL Championship Series with a 7-3 victory in Game 5 on Friday night. The Braves still have a 3-2 series lead after a bullpen game that started well but went awry, with their top two starters lined up for the final two games. Left-hander Max Fried pitches for the NL East champions on Saturday. A night after hitting two homers in a 10-2 win, Ozuna started off the bag at third base when Dansby Swanson hit a liner to...
    Chipper Jones knows what he saw out of A.J. Minter, and he liked it a lot.No Atlanta Braves legend has been more impressed by A.J. Minter than Chipper Jones. Minter was asked to make a once-in-a-lifetime start in Game 5 of the 2020 NLCS. The left-handed reliever had not made a start or opened since his days playing college ball for the Texas A&M Aggies. Well, Minter cruised through two innings before Jones tweeted this out, saying he needs to see Minter get into the third inning. Well, Jones got his wish, as Minter went three. I need Minter in the 3rd!!!!! — Chipper Jones (@RealCJ10) October 17, 2020 This is an Atlanta Braves team that wants to win the NL pennant tonightMinter’s improbable Game 5 start comes on the heels of Bryse Wilson‘s unbelievable six-inning gem in Game 4. Atlanta didn’t get one inning of work out of Game...
    ARLINGTON, Texas (KABC) -- The Dodgers have fallen into a 0-2 hole in their bid to return to the World Series, dropping Game 2 of the NLCS to the Atlanta Braves Tuesday.The 8-7 loss followed a dramatic last-minute rally that ended just short of a stunning comeback.The Dodgers trailed all game, falling as deep as 7-0 by the seventh inning. They then made a late, last-minute surge off a huge triple by Cody Bellinger with two outs left to bring the team to within a run of tying.But A.J. Pollock was thrown out at first to end the game.The team was missing ace Clayton Kershaw, who was scratched from the lineup about six hours before the first pitch in Arlington, Texas because of back spasms.Rookie Tony Gonsolin made his major league postseason debut in Kershaw's place. The right-hander hadn't pitched in a game since Sept. 26.RELATED: Braves beat Dodgers in...
    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Clayton Kershaw was scratched Tuesday from his start for the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 2 of the NL Championship Series due to back spasms, though manager Dave Roberts said the likelihood is very good their ace lefty will pitch in the series. The three-time NL Cy Young Award winner initially felt spasms after a bullpen session Saturday, three days after he went six innings to win Game 2 of the National League Division Series against San Diego. Roberts said Kershaw has felt better each day since but wasn’t ready to make the scheduled start against the Atlanta Braves. “Sunday, played some catch and just started to dissipate, got a little bit better. And then yesterday, a little bit better, even more,” Roberts said. “And then today just woke up and felt that it just wasn’t quite where he wanted to be, we wanted it to...
    Clayton Kershaw was scratched Tuesday from his start for the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 2 of the NL Championship Series due to back spasms. Right-handed rookie Tony Gonsolin will make his major league postseason debut in Kershaw's place with the Dodgers down 1-0 in the series to the Atlanta Braves. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM The Dodgers announced the decision on their longtime ace about six hours before the first pitch in Arlington, Texas. Kershaw dealt with back pain once previously during an otherwise resurgent season for the 32-year-old left-hander, a three-time NL Cy Young Award winner. After missing his opening start of the regular season with back tightness, Kershaw recovered quickly and went 6-2 with a 2.16 ERA in 10 starts as the Dodgers finished with the majors’ best record. He had 62 strikeouts in 58 1/3 innings and finished second in the NL with...
    Already trailing 1-0 to the Braves in the NLCS, the Dodgers were dealt a big blow Tuesday morning. Clayton Kershaw has been scratched from his scheduled Game 2 start because of back spasms. Right-hander Tony Gonsolin, who hasn’t pitched since Sept. 26, will take Kershaw’s place as the Braves counter with RHP Ian Anderson. Kershaw, 32, has won both of his starts in the 2020 MLB playoffs. He threw eight shutout innings with 13 strikeouts in a wild-card series clinching win over the Brewers, and he won Game 2 of the NLDS against the Padres after giving up three runs in six innings. The three-time Cy Young winner had a 2.16 ERA and 62 strikeouts in 10 regular-season starts.
    It doesn’t require a lot of squinting to notice similarities: Tall, left-handed, big curveball. Look at the Braves’ Max Fried this MLB postseason, and you may also glimpse Steve Avery. Fried has a long way to go before matching Avery’s work in the postseason, but he took another big step in that direction Monday night in Game 1 of the NLCS against the Dodgers. MORE: How the Braves can beat the Dodgers in the NLCS He held one of baseball’s top offenses to one run over six innings, a solo home run by Enrique Hernandez, and set the stage for the Braves’ 5-1 victory in Arlington. “When it comes to playoff baseball, I’m just going to go out there until they take the ball from me,” he said. “At this point it’s trying to keep your team in the game for as long as possible. Felt like I was able...
    Thanks to Gleyber Torres and Luke Voit supplying the long ball, Chad Green delivering two dominating innings of relief and extended work by Zack Britton and Aroldis Chapman, the Yankees are one game away from a second straight ALCS appearance. Thanks to a complete team effort, the Yankees beat the Rays, 5-1, in Game 4 of the ALDS on Thursday night at San Diego’s Petco Park and evened the best-of-five affair at 2-2. Game 5 is Friday night and the winner will face the surprising Astros in the best-of-seven ALCS that opens Sunday at Petco. The Astros ended the Yankees’ 2019 season by winning four of six games amid accusations they were cheating. The Yankees will start Gerrit Cole in Game 5 on three days’ rest for the first time in his career. Cole was the winner in Game 1 on Monday night, when he gave up three runs and...
    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Randy Arozarena homered for the third straight game and Kevin Kiermaier and Michael Perez also went deep for the Tampa Bay Rays, who beat the New York Yankees 8-4 Wednesday night to move within one victory of reaching the AL Championship Series for the first time in 12 years. New York slugger Giancarlo Stanton hit a two-run shot in the eighth inning to become the first player with a homer in each of his team’s first five games of a single postseason. Stanton has six homers and 13 RBIs in those five games. The Rays took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five Division Series. Game 4 is Thursday night at Petco Park, which has yielded 16 home runs in three games — nine by Tampa Bay. The Rays are looking to advance out of the ALDS for just the second time. They reached the 2008...
    Reader Mark Kosuth goes back-to-back. “Ola Stitches, Are you sequestered in your basement like the other guy running for President? You’re not in today’s paper. Highly unusual.”��… “My bad Senor! I see your column. I must have hit the bourbon hard at lunch.” The way things are going I’m sorry you found it. Better keep the sauce handy, Mark. You may need it watching the vice presidential debate. OK, let’s try again. Game 2, Marlins and Braves and a pair of young pitching studs move to the mound. Miami’s Pablo Lopez (6-4, 3.61 ERA) will make his first postseason start. Head on with Atlanta this year he made three Jekyll/Hyde starts. Shelled for seven runs over 1 ²/₃ innings but limited the Braves to two runs over the other 11 innings. Atlanta’s Ian Anderson (3-2, ERA 1.95) has a postseason start under his belt. Anderson two-hit the Reds...
    Reader Mark Kosuth goes back-to-back. “Ola Stitches, Are you sequestered in your basement like the other guy running for President? You’re not in today’s paper. Highly unusual.”��… “My bad Senor! I see your column. I must have hit the bourbon hard at lunch.” The way things are going I’m sorry you found it. Better keep the sauce handy, Mark. You may need it watching the vice presidential debate. OK, let’s try again. Game 2, Marlins and Braves and a pair of young pitching studs move to the mound. Miami’s Pablo Lopez (6-4, 3.61 ERA) will make his first postseason start. Head on with Atlanta this year he made three Jekyll/Hyde starts. Shelled for seven runs over 1 ²/₃ innings but limited the Braves to two runs over the other 11 innings. Atlanta’s Ian Anderson (3-2, ERA 1.95) has a postseason start under his belt. Anderson two-hit the Reds for...
    A Texas family sued to keep their baby on a ventilator. The hospital says the child is dead Restaurants and bars owned by celebrities MLB roundup: Springer, Astros push As to brink George Springer hit two home runs and the Houston Astros crushed their way to within one victory of their fourth consecutive American League Championship Series, beating the Oakland Athletics 5-2 at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday. © Reuters/Robert Hanashiro MLB: ALDS-Houston Astros at Oakland Athletics Martin Maldonado also hit a home run as the Astros went deep three times, one day after also hitting three homers in Game 1 of the series. Houston will look to sweep the best-of-three series on Wednesday. © Reuters/Thomas Shea MLB: NLDS-Miami Marlins at Atlanta Braves Astros starter Framber Valdez (2-0) gave up two runs on five hits over seven innings. He walked one and struck out four. Khris Davis and Chad Pinder...
    “Just as MLB managed to compress a full season into 60 games, you also have managed to squeeze a full season’s worth of losing into 60 games. LOL. Great job though. Love your stuff. ‘Bullet-proof parkas!’ ” — Joe Miegoc Thank you Joe, I think. Still swimming. The Marlins, 57-105 last year and 250-1 to win the World Series in July have made it to the round of eight. Thought they would perish playing at Wrigley, but it’s the Cubs who are “sleeping with the fishes” after round 1. Braves will pose a bigger threat for Jeter’s Fish and they will start ace Max Fried in Game 1. Max fried the Reds (and us as well), shutting them out for seven innings in Game 1. Note Cincy failed to score a single run over22 innings before heading home. Miami’s Sandy Alcantara limited the Cubbies to one run over 6...
    “Just as MLB managed to compress a full season into 60 games, you also have managed to squeeze a full season’s worth of losing into 60 games. LOL. Great job though. Love your stuff. ‘Bullet-proof parkas!’ ” — Joe Miegoc Thank you Joe, I think. Still swimming. The Marlins, 57-105 last year and 250-1 to win the World Series in July have made it to the round of eight. Thought they would perish playing at Wrigley, but it’s the Cubs who are “sleeping with the fishes” after round 1. Braves will pose a bigger threat for Jeter’s Fish and they will start ace Max Fried in Game 1. Max fried the Reds (and us as well), shutting them out for seven innings in Game 1. Note Cincy failed to score a single run over 22 innings before heading home. Miami’s Sandy Alcantara limited the Cubbies to one run over 6...
    Many figured the New York Yankees and Tampa Rays would square off at some point during the postseason, and though the venue of Petco Park in San Diego is a curveball, the two starters for Monday night’s Game 1 of the American League Division Series will be throwing gas. The Rays are going with 2018 AL Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell, who across his past four starts has gone north of five innings in each with a combined four runs surrendered. In two starts against the Yankees in 2020, Snell has worked only eight total innings with three runs allowed, but he has the benefit of being backed up by a terrific bullpen. The Rays bullpen ERA was the third-best in the MLB despite being utilized for the second-most innings of any team. The Yankees ranked 15th, though injuries and the COVID-19 absence of Aroldis Chapman certainly had something...
    A family of 7 lost their home in Washingtons wildfires. Then they all got Covid-19 Houston Chef Chris Shepherds Southern Smoke Has Raised $3,361,772 for Restaurant Workers in Need Right Now MLB roundup: As, Braves, Dodgers advance The Oakland Athletics rallied from an early deficit and used eight pitchers Thursday to post a 6-4 victory over the visiting Chicago White Sox in the decisive Game 3 of their American League wild-card series. © Reuters/Kelley L Cox MLB: Wildcard-Chicago White Sox at Oakland Athletics Oakland's first postseason series win since 2006 advances the second-seeded AL West champion into the AL Division Series against the sixth-seeded Houston Astros. The White Sox were trying to advance in the postseason for the first time since winning the 2005 World Series. © Reuters/Kelley L Cox MLB: Wildcard-Chicago White Sox at Oakland Athletics Chicago's Luis Robert opened the scoring with a 487-foot home run, the...
    The Los Angeles Dodgers' powerful lineup went mostly quiet against the Milwaukee Brewers. Still, baseball's best team in the regular season generated just enough offense and got plenty of help from the opposing pitcher. Mookie Betts had two hits and an RBI and Corey Seager homered in the Dodgers' 4-2 victory in the opener of their NL playoff Wednesday night. The eight-time NL West champion Dodgers capitalized early in a bullpen game for the Brewers and can wrap up the best-of-three series Thursday. Milwaukee — a playoff entrant despite a losing record — limped into the postseason as the No. 8 seed without its best starter and reliever, who are hurt. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM “A walk is just as good as a hit sometimes, which we showed in the first inning,” Seager said. “You don’t always have to have the big hit to score runs.”...
    By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: ___ GOING SHORT-HANDED? The Marlins are hoping center fielder Starling Marte can play through a broken bone in his left hand as they try to eliminate the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Marte was hit by a fastball in the ninth inning of Miami’s 5-1 win Wednesday, and X-rays revealed a non-displaced fracture in his fifth metacarpal -- the bone that leads into the pinkie finger. The team is optimistic and is still considering him day to day. Marte started in the opener of the best-of-three series after he was hit on the front of his helmet by a fastball during Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Yankees. “He’s been like a target almost,” manager Don Mattingly said. “But he’s been bouncing back from everything else so hopefully we get good results with everything and we’ll see where he’s...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mookie Betts had two hits and an RBI, Corey Seager homered and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2 in the opener of their NL wild-card series on Wednesday night. Corey Seager #5 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a solo homerun, to take a 4-2 lead over the Milwaukee Brewers, during game one of the National League Wild Card Series at Dodger Stadium Sept. 30. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) The eight-time West champion Dodgers capitalized early in a bullpen game for the Brewers and can wrap up the best-of-three series on Thursday. Milwaukee — a playoff entrant despite a losing record — limped into the postseason as the No. 8 seed without its best starter and reliever, who are hurt. The Dodgers took a 2-0 lead on a leadoff double by Betts and four walks by left-hander Brent Suter in the first,...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mookie Betts had two hits and an RBI, Corey Seager homered and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2 in the opener of their NL wild-card series on Wednesday night. The eight-time West champion Dodgers capitalized early in a bullpen game for the Brewers and can wrap up the best-of-three series on Thursday. Milwaukee — a playoff entrant despite a losing record — limped into the postseason as the No. 8 seed without its best starter and reliever, who are hurt. The Dodgers took a 2-0 lead on a leadoff double by Betts and four walks by left-hander Brent Suter in the first, tying for the most walks by a pitcher in a single inning in postseason history. Betts scored when Will Smith drew a four-pitch walk with the bases loaded. Seager walked and scored on AJ Pollock’s bases-loaded walk. Suter needed 32 pitches...
    California wildfires: There is still plenty of fire season left to go as firefighters struggle to contain the Glass and Zogg fires Trump says economic recovery is V-shaped, Biden says its a K. Whos right and what does it mean? MLB roundup: Astros, Rays sweep series Carlos Correa had two hits, including a homer for the go-ahead run, as the Houston Astros completed a two-game sweep of the Minnesota Twins with a 3-1 victory in their American League wild-card series on Wednesday in Minneapolis. © Reuters/Jesse Johnson MLB: Houston Astros at Minnesota Twins Kyle Tucker went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Cristian Javier pitched three no-hit innings of relief to pick up the win. Sixth-seeded Houston, which went just 29-31 in the regular-season, advanced to the AL Division Series to play the winner of the wild-card series pitting the Oakland Athletics against the Chicago White Sox series. That series...
    By DAVE CAMPBELL, AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Carlos Correa hit a two-out, tiebreaking home run in the seventh inning for the Houston Astros, who produced another stifling pitching performance and swept Minnesota with a 3-1 victory Wednesday that sent the Twins to a record 18th straight postseason loss. Nine months after Houston's rules-breaking, sign-stealing system was revealed, the Astros advanced to the Division Series in Los Angeles. As the sixth seed, they'll face the Oakland Athletics or Chicago White Sox in a best-of-five matchup starting Monday at Dodger Stadium. The Twins are 0-18 in the playoffs since winning Game 1 of their Division Series at the New York Yankees on Oct. 5, 2004, a total of seven rounds lost. Since that date, the Astros are 43-35 in postseason play, winning 10 of 15 rounds with three trips to the World Series. Kyle Tucker hit two RBI singles for...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Carlos Correa hit a two-out, tiebreaking home run in the seventh inning for the Houston Astros, who produced another stifling pitching performance and swept Minnesota with a 3-1 victory Wednesday that sent the Twins to a record 18th straight postseason loss. Nine months after Houston’s rules-breaking, sign-stealing system was revealed, the Astros advanced to the Division Series in Los Angeles. As the sixth seed, they’ll face the Oakland Athletics or Chicago White Sox in a best-of-five matchup starting Monday at Dodger Stadium. The Twins are 0-18 in the playoffs since winning Game 1 of their Division Series at the New York Yankees on Oct. 5, 2004, a total of seven rounds lost. Since that date, the Astros are 43-35 in postseason play, winning 10 of 15 rounds with three trips to the World Series. Kyle Tucker hit two RBI singles for the Astros and made a...
    There was much hype around the Reds going into the 2020 season, and though it took awhile for things to click, they come into the postseason winners of 11 of their last 14 and have their ace on the mound for Game 1 against the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday. Don’t let the 5-4 record be the only number you look at when evaluating Trevor Bauer, as he has been lights out for the Reds with a 1.73 ERA and 12.3 strikeouts per nine innings. He’s gone more than six innings in each of his past four starts with totals of four runs and four walks surrendered. Bauer will be dueling Max Fried, who has put together a terrific season for the Braves, but there are injury concerns with him. Fried ended up missing nearly two weeks in early September due to an ankle injury. Since returning from the ailment, he...
    Blue Jays pitcher Matt Shoemaker appears to disagree with the decision to take him out after just 3 innings on Tuesday. Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Matt Shoemaker was rolling along, holding the Tampa Bay Rays off the scoreboard for three innings in Game 1 of their best-of-three Wild Card series on Tuesday. But then he was pulled from the game, and the exact reason why appears to be a source of contention in the Blue Jays clubhouse. Manager Charlie Montoyo developed a plan before the game: Shoemaker, who had only pitched one game since Aug. 21, would only pitch a few innings against the Rays. Shoemaker, though, believed he could’ve gone even further and was surprised when Montoyo told him he was done for the night, according to the Toronto Star’s Gregor Chisholm. “This is postseason baseball. It’s playoff baseball. Physically, I felt great,” Shoemaker said following the game. “I wanted...
    Chris Bassitt was named the American League’s Pitcher of the Month earlier this week after he enjoyed the hottest stretch of his Major League career. Bassitt knows that won’t count for much Wednesday when makes the first big league playoff start, going against a potent Chicago White Sox lineup in Game 2 of the American League wild card round. “Take all the numbers, even take my numbers, and throw them out the window. They don’t mean a damn thing,” Bassitt said. “I don’t care what you did in the regular season. I don’t care if you batted 400, I don’t care. For me, I don’t care how good a month I had in September, it don’t mean a single thing. “If you have a bad game, you’re going home.” Bassitt threw seven shutout innings in his last start Friday vs. the Seattle Mariners. Coming into Wednesday,...
    Judge gives temporary reprieve to TikTok, allows U.S. downloads to continue Chain restaurants in bad financial shape MLB roundup: Brewers, Astros in playoffs with losing records Harrison Bader powered the playoff-bound St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-2 win Sunday over visiting Milwaukee, but the Brewers were still the big winners as they grabbed the last spot in the National League postseason. © Reuters/Jeff Curry MLB: Milwaukee Brewers at St. Louis Cardinals Bader hit a triple, blasted a solo homer and scored twice as the fifth-seeded Cardinals will head on the road to face the fourth-seeded San Diego Padres in a National League wild-card series. © Reuters/Kevin Jairaj MLB: Houston Astros at Texas Rangers With the Philadelphia Phillies and San Francisco Giants also losing Sunday, the Brewers grabbed the No. 8 seed in the NL. Milwaukee and the American League's Houston Astros are the first teams ever to make the...
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Niko Goodrum and Austin Romine keyed a three-run first inning, and the Detroit Tigers edged the Kansas City Royals 4-3 on Saturday night. The Tigers made the third start for Kansas City right-hander Carlos Hernandez one to forget. Detroit got to Hernandez in the first inning on Goodrum’s RBI single and Romine followed with a two-run double. Willi Castro’s RBI single in the second made it 4-1. Hernandez (0-1) pitched 1 2/3 innings and allowed four runs, three earned, on seven hits. Adalberto Mondesi homered to left in the first inning to get the Royals on the board. He added an RBI double and scored on a single by Maikel Franco to cut the lead to 4-3 in the third. Matthew Boyd (3-7) pitched six innings, allowing five hits and three runs with three strikeouts for Detroit. The Tigers’ bullpen tossed...
    CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians suffered a setback in their bid to host a first-round playoff series, losing 8-0 to Joe Musgrove and the major league-worst Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday night. Musgrove (1-5) earned his first victory in a year, allowing three hits while striking out 10 in a season-high seven innings. The right-hander did not allow a run in his final two outings, striking out 21 over 13 frames. Rookie Ke’Bryan Hayes had five hits and Colin Moran drove in four runs for Pittsburgh. The Indians, who had their six-game winning streak snapped, entered Saturday one game behind AL Central leader Minnesota and fourth overall in the American League, just ahead of the division rival Chicago White Sox. All three teams are playoff-bound, with the second-place team in the division likely to grab the fourth seed, allowing it to host its entire best-of-three wild-card series. Cleveland was shut...
    Gary Sanchez says he’s not upset about potentially being benched in some games during the postseason, which both general manager Brian Cashman and manager Aaron Boone in recent days have said is a possibility. “I don’t focus on just who is behind the plate,’’ Sanchez said through an interpreter after the Yankees lost to the Marlins, 4-3, in 10 innings on Friday in The Bronx. “We’re a team and it’s important for people to understand the bottom line is winning. I’m a soldier on this team and if my name is in the lineup, I’m gonna be ready. If I’m not starting, I’m gonna be ready for when my team needs to be. Decisions are made. My responsibility is to be ready to play when the time comes.” Sanchez’s woes both at the plate and behind it have forced the Yankees to consider starting Kyle Higashioka to catch at least...
    Gary Sanchez says he’s not upset about potentially being benched in some games during the postseason, which both general manager Brian Cashman and manager Aaron Boone in recent days have said is a possibility. “I don’t focus on just who is behind the plate,’’ Sanchez said through an interpreter after the Yankees lost to the Marlins, 4-3, in 10 innings on Friday in The Bronx. “We’re a team and it’s important for people to understand the bottom line is winning. I’m a soldier on this team and if my name is in the lineup, I’m gonna be ready. If I’m not starting, I’m gonna be ready for when my team needs to be. Decisions are made. My responsibility is to be ready to play when the time comes.” Sanchez’s woes both at the plate and behind it have forced the Yankees to consider starting Kyle Higashioka to catch at least...
    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Mark Canha hit a two-out, two-run home run in the 10th inning, lifting the Oakland Athletics to a 3-1 win over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night. The Mariners had taken a 1-0 lead in the top of the 10th when pinch-runner Dee Strange-Gordon – playing in his 1,000th career game – scored on a passed ball. The A’s came back with the majors-leading sixth walkoff win. Ramon Laureano hit a two-out double to drive in Sean Murphy, who began the inning at second base. Canha followed with a deep drive on a 1-1 pitch from Joey Gerber (1-1) that cleared the fence in right. It was Canha’s second game-ending hit this season. The A’s (35-22) moved past the Minnesota Twins (35-23) in the race for the second seed in the AL. Oakland had lost three of four and five of 11. Both teams were held...
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Brad Keller threw six scoreless innings, Adalberto Mondesi had three hits and an RBI as the Kansas City Royals held off the Detroit Tigers 3-2 on Friday night. Keller (5-3) gave up four singles and struck out five in six innings. The eighth-round draft pick in 2013 closed out the season allowing one run in 33 innings pitched at home. The Royals have won three in a row. The Tigers have lost eight of nine. Mondesi was a homer away from hitting for the cycle. In his last three games, he had nine hits, six runs scored and four RBI’s. Spencer Turnbull (4-4) went five innings for the Tigers, allowing three runs, six hits and striking out five. The Tigers bullpen of Daniel Norris, Jose Cisnero and Buck Farmer worked three scoreless innings. Royals left-hander Danny Duffy was used in...
    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Christian Yelich homered, Brent Suter combined with Devin Williams and Josh Hader on a five-hitter and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-0 in the opener of a doubleheader Friday. Both teams are among the eight NL clubs still vying for four available postseason spots. Milwaukee pulled within a game of St. Louis for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams in each division advancing to the playoffs. Both are also in contention for the two NL wild cards up for grabs as they finish the season with this five-game series. Yelich’s 12th home run of the season in the third gave Milwaukee a 3-0 lead. It came three pitches after Cardinals starter Jack Flaherty (4-3) crumpled to the ground during his delivery of an 0-2 pitch. Flaherty sat for about a minute, sometimes grimacing in pain, before resuming. ...
    Last stop. Last stop. No passengers. No playoffs. No more daily COVID tests for the Mets and Nationals as both teams’ playoff chances came back negative. Appropriately, the disappointing squads will end their season together in DC. Misery loves company. Rick Porcello (1-6, 5.46 ERA) is trying to end a disastrous transition year on a good note. He limited Hotlanta to one run, three hits over seven innings last week, fanning 10. Pitched well against the Nats this year allowing three runs over 13 innings. Max Scherzer (4-4, 3.67 ERA) is attempting to finish with a winning record for the 11th straight year. Took a hard-luck loss last week. An unearned run slipped by, and he received zero run support from the Nats bats. Mets season ends in ruins again but again misery loves company and they may ruin Max’s streak. 20 units on the Mets. New York...
    Last stop. Last stop. No passengers. No playoffs. No more daily COVID tests for the Mets and Nationals as both teams’ playoff chances came back negative. Appropriately, the disappointing squads will end their season together in DC. Misery loves company. Rick Porcello (1-6, 5.46 ERA) is trying to end a disastrous transition year on a good note. He limited Hotlanta to one run, three hits over seven innings last week, fanning 10. Pitched well against the Nats this year allowing three runs over 13 innings. Max Scherzer (4-4, 3.67 ERA) is attempting to finish with a winning record for the 11th straight year. Took a hard-luck loss last week. An unearned run slipped by, and he received zero run support from the Nats bats. Mets season ends in ruins again but again misery loves company and they may ruin Max’s streak. 20 units on the Mets. New York has...
    Robinson Chirinos homered and drove in three runs, and the New York Mets beat the Washington Nationals 3-2 on Thursday night to keep their flickering postseason hopes alive. The Mets (26-31) moved within 2 1/2 games of Miami (28-28) for second place in the NL East and within 2 1/2 games of San Francisco (28-28) for the NL’s second wild card spot. David Peterson (6-2) closed his rookie season with his longest outing, going seven innings and allowing four hits and one run while striking out four. He leads New York in victories with two more than ace Jacob deGrom. Peterson is in line to become the sixth rookie ever to lead the Mets in victories and the first since Dillon Gee in 2011. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM “Hopefully, it’s not over,” Peterson said. “Hopefully, we can finish strong and see what happens. It’s been a...
    JOHN PERROTTO, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Chad Kuhl pitched seven sharp innings and Colin Moran and Bryan Reynolds had home runs among their three hits each Thursday in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 7-0 victory over the slumping Chicago Cubs. Kuhl (2-3) retired the first nine batters and had a no-hitter until Anthony Rizzo doubled to the wall in right-center with one out in the sixth inning. The right-hander finished his comeback season on a strong note. He allowed two hits, struck out five hits and gave up three walks. He sat out last season while rehabbing after Tommy John surgery. The Cubs, who clinched a postseason berth Tuesday, are stumbling toward the playoffs with five losses in six games. They have scored two or fewer runs in each of the five defeats. Chicago’s number for clinching the NL Central remained two. The Cubs’ only other hit was Jason Kipnis’ double...
    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Chad Kuhl pitched seven sharp innings and Colin Moran and Bryan Reynolds had home runs among their three hits each Thursday in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 7-0 victory over the slumping Chicago Cubs. Kuhl (2-3) retired the first nine batters and had a no-hitter until Anthony Rizzo doubled to the wall in right-center with one out in the sixth inning. The right-hander finished his comeback season on a strong note. He allowed two hits, struck out five hits and gave up three walks. He sat out last season while rehabbing after Tommy John surgery. The Cubs, who clinched a postseason berth Tuesday, are stumbling toward the playoffs with five losses in six games. They have scored two or fewer runs in each of the five defeats. Chicago’s number for clinching the NL Central remained two. The Cubs’ only other hit was Jason Kipnis’ double in the seventh. Geoff...
    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Chad Kuhl pitched seven sharp innings and Colin Moran and Bryan Reynolds had home runs among their three hits each Thursday in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 7-0 victory over the slumping Chicago Cubs. Kuhl (2-3) retired the first nine batters and had a no-hitter until Anthony Rizzo doubled to the wall in right-center with one out in the sixth inning. The right-hander finished his comeback season on a strong note. He allowed two hits, struck out five hits and gave up three walks. He sat out last season while rehabbing after Tommy John surgery. The Cubs, who clinched a postseason berth Tuesday, are stumbling toward the playoffs with five losses in six games. They have scored two or fewer runs in each of the five defeats. Chicago’s number for clinching the NL Central remained two. The Cubs’ only other hit was Jason Kipnis’ double in the seventh. Geoff...
    Can you answer these real Jeopardy! clues about celebrities? Coronavirus is driving a home renovation boom: Most popular projects, plus financing tips MLB roundup: Rays capture first division title since 2010 Randy Arozarena hit a tiebreaking two-run homer with one out in the sixth inning and added another homer in the ninth and the Tampa Bay Rays clinched the American League East Division title with an 8-5 victory over the host New York Mets Wednesday night. © Reuters/Mary Holt MLB: Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays The Rays won their third division title and first since 2010. They took over first place in the division for good on Aug. 22 and are closing in on clinching the top seed in the American League playoffs. The Rays celebrated on the field with confetti near their dugout on the third base side. © Reuters/Denny Medley MLB: St. Louis Cardinals at...
    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Adam Frazier and Ke’Bryan Hayes led off the bottom of the first inning with back-to-back homers off Kyle Hendricks, giving the Pittsburgh Pirates all the offense they’d need to slip by the playoff-bound Chicago Cubs 2-1 on Wednesday night. The Cubs clinched their fifth postseason spot in six years on Tuesday night and maintain a fairly healthy lead in the NL Central with four days left in the regular season. Still, the offense remains a bit of an issue for the Cubs. They’ve scored nine runs total while dropping four of their last five games. Frazier turned on the fourth pitch he saw from Hendricks (6-5) and sent it to the railing atop the seats in right field and Hayes continued his impressive rookie season when he followed with his fourth of the season, a lined shot to right-center field. Hendricks surrendered little else over 7 2/3...
    After a hot start, the Baltimore Orioles have faded down the stretch. But they have found a starter for the future who will be on display Wednesday night against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. In three starts and 16 innings this season, Dean Kremer has posted a 1.69 ERA, not given up a single home run, and struck out 20. More impressively, two of those outings were against the New York Yankees and the other was against the Tampa Bay Rays. He will be opposed by Boston’s Nathan Eovaldi, who has walked only six batters in eight starts covering 42¹/₃ innings. In his past three starts, he has allowed just two runs in 15 innings. The Red Sox back up Eovaldi with a bottom-five bullpen ERA, but the Orioles ’pen has been surprisingly solid, ranking eighth in the MLB entering this series. With the Orioles scoring three...
    After a hot start, the Baltimore Orioles have faded down the stretch. But they have found a starter for the future who will be on display Wednesday night against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. In three starts and 16 innings this season, Dean Kremer has posted a 1.69 ERA, not given up a single home run, and struck out 20. More impressively, two of those outings were against the New York Yankees and the other was against the Tampa Bay Rays. He will be opposed by Boston’s Nathan Eovaldi, who has walked only six batters in eight starts covering 42¹/₃ innings. In his past three starts, he has allowed just two runs in 15 innings. The Red Sox back up Eovaldi with a bottom-five bullpen ERA, but the Orioles ’pen has been surprisingly solid, ranking eighth in the MLB entering this series. With the Orioles scoring three runs...
    SEATTLE (AP) — Martin Maldonado hit a three-run home run, Framber Valdez struck out eight to set career highs for wins and strikeouts, and the Houston Astros beat the Seattle Mariners 6-1 on Tuesday night to close on their fourth straight playoff berth. Houston cut its magic number to one over the Mariners and the Los Angeles Angels for clinching second in the AL West.. The defending AL champions have five games left. Houston has won three of four, scoring more than four runs for just the second time in its last 12 games. Maldonado’s sixth homer, off reliever Brandon Brennan, highlighted a five-run sixth inning that included Michael Brantley’s tiebreaking, leadoff home run against Casey Sadler (1-2). Sadler threw a pair of wild pitches, including one that scored a run. Valdez (5-3), a 26-year-old left-hander in his third big league season, allowed one run and five hits in seven...
    PHOENIX (AP) — Carson Kelly had a three-run homer, Caleb Smith and Riley Smith combined to throw a six-hitter and the Arizona Diamondbacks rolled to a 7-0 victory over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night. David Peralta had three hits, including a double. Eduardo Escobar added two singles and Nick Ahmed had a triple for the Diamondbacks. The Rangers have a 6-23 record on the road this season. Caleb Smith had a rough start to the game, walking his first three batters to load the bases. The left-hander recovered to retire the next three batters on a popout and two strikeouts to escape without giving up a run. He cruised from that point forward, giving up one hit over four scoreless innings. The Diamondbacks acquired the 29-year-old Smith as part of a midseason trade that sent outfielder Starling Marte to the Marlins. Smith missed a large chunk of the...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Pete Alonso and the New York Mets prevented Tampa Bay from clinching the AL East crown Tuesday night, beating the Rays 5-2 behind three home runs and Seth Lugo’s bounce-back pitching performance. Robinson Canó, Alonso and newcomer Guillermo Heredia went deep for the Mets, desperately trying to stay in the National League playoff chase with five games now remaining in the regular season. New York began the day three games out of the final postseason spot, but made up a little ground when Philadelphia was swept in a doubleheader by Washington. A handful of other teams are in front of the Mets, too, though. Tampa Bay’s situation is much simpler. Already assured a playoff berth and needing just one win or a New York Yankees loss to secure their first division title in 10 years, the Rays sent 2018 AL Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell...
    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Gerrit Cole limited the Toronto to five hits over seven innings in his final preparation for the playoffs, and Aaron Hicks drove in three runs in a 12-1 rout over the Blue Jays on Tuesday night. Cole (7-3) struck out seven and walked none, inducing 11 ground-ball outs and 14 swings and misses. His one mistake was Cavan Biggio’s sole homer in the fourth. Cole finished his first season with the Yankees with a 2.84 ERA and 94 strikeouts in 73 innings after signing a $324 million, nine-year contract as a free agent with the team he rooted for growing up. He allowed three earned runs in his last 27 innings, dropping his ERA from 3.91 at the end of August after the second of three straight losses that followed 20 consecutive winning decisions. Cole’s surge coincided with the Yankees moving Kyle Higashioka behind the plate...
    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Gerrit Cole limited the Toronto to five hits over seven innings in his final preparation for the playoffs, and Aaron Hicks drove in three runs in a 12-1 rout over the Blue Jays on Tuesday night. Cole (7-3) struck out seven and walked none, inducing 11 ground-ball outs and 14 swings and misses. His one mistake was Cavan Biggio’s sole homer in the fourth. Cole finished his first season with the Yankees with a 2.84 ERA and 94 strikeouts in 73 innings after signing a $324 million, nine-year contract as a free agent with the team he rooted for growing up. He allowed three earned runs in his last 27 innings, dropping his ERA from 3.91 at the end of August after the second of three straight losses that followed 20 consecutive winning decisions. Cole’s surge coincided with the Yankees moving Kyle Higashioka behind...
    CINCINNATI (AP) — Tyrone Taylor homered, Eric Sogard doubled home the go-ahead run in the seventh inning, and Milwaukee rallied Tuesday night for a 3-2 victory over the surging Cincinnati Reds that bolstered the Brewers’ sagging playoff hopes. Facing a loss that would have dropped them to the periphery of the playoff field, Milwaukee pulled one out against Cincinnati’s bullpen. The Brewers have reached the playoffs each of the last two seasons with September surges. They’ve won four of five and are back to .500 (27-27) for the eighth time this season. They’ve yet to have a winning record. Cincinnati (28-28) wasted a chance to solidify its playoff standing and move two games over .500 for the first time in three years. The Reds opened the game in position for one of the NL’s wild card spots with the Brewers a game behind. Taylor had a solo shot off...