LOS ANGELES -- Clayton Kershaw is 27, and already it is difficult to find something he has not done in his career.
Most valuable player? Got one. Cy Young? Got three. Best earned-run average in the major leagues? Four years running.
Lead the major leagues in strikeouts? That would be new.
So here he comes, atop that leaderboard after his ...Read more
MILWAUKEE -- A struggling Milwaukee Brewers starting rotation received a much-needed boost from Taylor Jungmann on Friday night.
The rookie pitched six shutout innings, giving the Brewers their first quality start in nine games as they beat the similarly struggling Cincinnati Reds, 5-0, at Miller Park.
Jungmann (8-5) allowed three hits and ...Read more
CLEVELAND -- Los Angeles Angels Manager Mike Scioscia gave his critics plenty of ammunition Friday night, pulling starter Andrew Heaney after six scoreless innings, only to have rookie reliever Trevor Gott give up three seventh-inning runs in a 3-1 loss to the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field.
Upon further review, the move was not overly ...Read more
SAN FRANCISCO -- The St. Louis Cardinals stole an opportunity to tie Friday's game.
It's the opportunities they gave away that cost them.
What otherwise was a taut game laced with October fervor between two familiar October foes turned often against the Cardinals because of an error here or a walk there. The Cardinals committed three errors in...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- It's time for Dodger baseball without Vin Scully? Not yet, to the relief and gratitude of Los Angeles.
Scully, the Dodgers' Hall of Fame broadcaster, announced Friday he would return in 2016. The season will be his 67th as the voice of the Dodgers.
The team revealed his decision on the video board at Dodger Stadium, to a raucous...Read more
MINNEAPOLIS -- Kyle Gibson, the enigmatic Twins right-hander, unhittable in May but shaky in August, turned in his first scoreless outing since the All-Star break on Friday, helping the Twins open a weeklong homestand with a 3-0 victory over the Houston Astros.
But while the scoreboard was clean, Gibson's ledger wasn't. The Astros put runners ...Read more
CHICAGO -- The Mariners went 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position and stranded plenty of runners on base -- 10 to be exact -- and still managed to pull out a 2-0 win over the White Sox on Friday night at U.S. Cellular Field.
Taijuan Walker (10-7) got the win. He worked 62/3 shutout innings, giving up just three hits and striking out six.
PHILADELPHIA -- After a long week, Pete Mackanin was ready to tackle the weekend with vigor when he arrived to the ballpark on Friday.
"I woke up in a good mood this morning," the manager said, "because the Mets left."
The Mets had indeed left town Thursday night and the Padres, a team his Phillies swept in San Diego three weeks earlier, had ...Read more
CLEVELAND -- The Indians began a key three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels Friday night, one of the leading teams in the crowded American League wild-card race.
Although it seemed to take most of the night for the Indians' offense to show up, it finally did to support starting pitcher Trevor Bauer in a 3-1 win at Progressive Field.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- As a video package showed highlights from the first nine seasons of his big league career, Ben Zobrist stood a few feet behind home plate at Tropicana Field and felt the tug of dueling poles, his past and his present jousting for his attention hours before a 3-2 Royals victory.
In the dugout to his left stood his new ...Read more
PITTSBURGH -- Gregory Polanco kept the Pirates level by throwing out Colorado Rockies speedster Jose Reyes, the would-be go-ahead run, at the plate in the eighth inning Friday night at PNC Park, then helped cap a 5-3 win with an RBI single in the home half of the frame.
After Josh Harrison knocked in the deciding run with a two-out, pinch-hit ...Read more
TORONTO -- Left-handed starter Matt Boyd fell to 0-3 this season at Rogers Centre.
Boyd, a former Toronto Blue Jays prospect who came to the Detroit Tigers as part of the David Price trade on July 30, gave up five runs on seven hits and three walks over six innings with four strikeouts Friday. Three of the seven hits were home runs -- one each ...Read more
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers acquired lefty ace Cole Hamels at the July 31 trade deadline not so much for this year's pennant push but for the three-plus years left on his contract.
It's an added benefit to the Rangers that he's helping to further push the Orioles out of pennant contention.
Of course, the Orioles are doing a solid job of ...Read more
TORONTO -- The wide smile was the first thing noticeable, then the Toronto Blue Jays cap.
David Price, who was traded from the Detroit Tigers to the Blue Jays just before the July 31 trade deadline, visited the visiting clubhouse at Rogers Centre Friday afternoon before the opening game of the series.
"Miss you, man," Tigers pitcher Alfredo ...Read more
Miguel Sano was in the Twins' lineup at third base for Friday night's game with Houston. Then manager Paul Molitor talked with the rookie slugger, and now he's got the night off.
Sano revealed that he's experiencing tightness in his right hamstring, and while he believes he can play anyway, his manager is leery of risking Sano's health.
"You ...Read more
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- A day after Royals closer Greg Holland gave up two runs in his first appearance in five days, manager Ned Yost indicated Holland is still batting stiffness in his right elbow.
The condition manifested in reduced velocity, with his fastball clocking as low as 90 mph, at the start of his outing against Baltimore. Holland ...Read more
CHICAGO -- With the Mariners headed for yet another losing season -- the fifth during his tenure -- general manager Jack Zduriencik was relieved of his duties Friday morning.
Team president Kevin Mather flew to Chicago where the Mariners are playing for the weekend and met with Zduriencik to deliver the news.
"It was obviously a difficult ...Read more
PHOENIX -- Knowing that closer Trevor Rosenthal was going to be absent from the team for this weekend's series, St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny probably handled the eighth inning on Thursday a tad differently than he might have.
He didn't use shutdown eighth-inning man Kevin Siegrist to protect a two-run lead against the Arizona ...Read more
CHICAGO -- Jose Abreu and Trayce Thompson each hit RBI doubles in the third inning to help the White Sox to a 4-2 victory against the Mariners on Thursday at U.S. Cellular Field. The Sox scored four runs off left-hander Roenis Elias in the first five innings to win for the third time against the Mariners this year.
At the plate
Adam Eaton ...Read more
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Twins on Thursday ended their 10-game road trip the same way they opened it, with a loss. But it was everything that happened in between that allowed them to return to the Twin Cities feeling good about themselves.
Tampa Bay rallied from a two-run deficit to beat the Twins 5-4 and salvage one game of the three-game ...Read more