ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Joe Smith can be feisty, a trait you want in a reliever with a lively but not overpowering 88-mph fastball. An attack mentality, a refusal to give in to hitters and an unwavering confidence in his stuff have helped mold the sidearm-throwing right-hander into one of baseball's best set-up men.
So it was no surprise when Smith ...Read more
MILWAUKEE -- After facing the likes of Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke the previous two games, the Milwaukee Brewers took out their offensive frustrations on Joe Wieland.
Breaking through for five first-inning runs, the Brewers held on Wednesday night for a 6-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers at Miller Park, their second ...Read more
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Cleveland Indians supplemented four runs in the first two innings with a four-run seventh inning and defeated the Kansas City Royals, 10-3, on the road Wednesday night.
Facing left-hander Danny Duffy, the Indians took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first thanks to a wild pitch. In the third, the scoring was their own doing...Read more
MINNEAPOLIS -- You can only have one first major league at-bat, and Eddie Rosario could not have trumpeted his arrival any louder.
With his family in the stands and fans curious to see if he's the real deal, Rosario took a rip at the first pitch he saw from Oakland left-hander Scott Kazmir. It landed in the left-field stands for a home run -- ...Read more
ST. LOUIS -- All things must pass, including winning streaks. The Cardinals couldn't sneak up again on the Chicago Cubs, falling 6-5 Wednesday at Busch Stadium.
Coming from behind to win their last five, the Cardinals almost did it again, putting the tying run at third with one out in the ninth. But the magic ran out.
The loss ended the ...Read more
CHICAGO -- Avisail Garcia hit the go-ahead RBI single off Tigers reliever Joba Chamberlain to give the White Sox a 7-6 comeback victory over the Tigers on Wednesday night at U.S. Cellular Field. Melky Cabrera hit a game-tying, three-run homer to fuel the comeback.
At the plate
Sox third baseman Conor Gillaspie ended a team home-run drought ...Read more
ATLANTA -- Three and a half weeks. That's how long it had been since the Braves won consecutive games.
They ended the drought with a 7-5 victory against the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night at Turner Field. Rookie pitcher Mike Foltynewicz did his part with his arm and bat before the Braves withstood some shaky relief and came away with ...Read more
PITTSBURGH -- It didn't matter that Gerrit Cole did not pitch his best game Wednesday night. The Pirates' inability to produce runs continued and they lost to the Cincinnati Reds, 3-0, at PNC Park.
Against Reds starter Mike Leake and closer Aroldis Chapman, the Pirates had seven hits. They have scored five total runs during their five-game ...Read more
MINNEAPOLIS -- The surprise isn't that Coco Crisp is back and in the A's starting lineup in left field Wednesday.
It's that the A's chose to send down veteran Craig Gentry, in the midst of a season-long slump, and keep rookie outfielder Billy Burns.
Gentry had a .086 batting average in Oakland's first 28 games after starting the season hitless...Read more
White Sox right-hander Jeff Samardzija has dropped his appeal and will begin serving a five-game suspension Wednesday night when the Sox take on the Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field.
Samardzija was suspended for his role in the Sox's brawl with the Royals on April 23. He starts the suspension after earning his second victory of the season Tuesday ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Tom Koehler says it doesn't matter who the opposing pitcher is when he takes the mound for the Marlins.
So he wasn't fixated on facing the Nationals' $210 million right-hander, Max Scherzer, in the matinee series finale Wednesday at Nationals Park.
The one National that Koehler most needed to focus on was clean-up hitter Bryce ...Read more
CHICAGO -- Detroit Tigers starter Justin Verlander has been given clearance to "resume a throwing progression designed to return him to full competition," the Tigers announced Wednesday.
Verlander's MRI results from Monday were reviewed by Dr. Tony Romeo. He has been out since March with strained triceps. This was his third MRI exam.
MILWAUKEE -- There were two strikes in the count when Zack Greinke gripped his bat, dug in the batter's box and checked his swing. The call was close, so Brewers' catcher Martin Maldonado pointed to the first-base umpire for an appeal.
So did Greinke.
Typically, a hitter facing a potential third-strike call doesn't like to aid its arrival, but...Read more
ANAHEIM, Calif.--The floor around his locker was smeared with shaving cream, the remnants of a wild post-game celebration that began with a flash mob of teammates crushing him at home plate and continued in the Angel Stadium clubhouse.
Who knows where Carlos Perez's career will take him from here, or where it will end up, but say this for the ...Read more
SAN FRANCISCO--Pitcher Ryan Vogelsong had his best outing of the season Tuesday night against the San Diego Padres, and perhaps the same can be said for Brandon Crawford.
Vogelsong pitched seven shutout innings for his first victory of the season, and Crawford had his third multihit day in six games as the San Francisco Giants cruised to a 6-0 ...Read more
MINNEAPOLIS -- Starter Jesse Chavez followed the script and got deep into Tuesday's start against the Twins, and closer Tyler Clippard rewrote the script by getting Oakland's final five outs of a 2-1 win over Minnesota Tuesday night.
Chavez allowed just four base runners in the first seven innings, but a throwing error by first baseman Ike ...Read more
Jason Vargas' 15th pitch was an 89-mph fast ball that caught too much of the plate and all of Michael Brantley's bat barrel. The ball disappeared into the right-field seats and another discouraging outing loomed.
But the home run proved to be Vargas' only mistake. He surrendered one more hit before leaving after the sixth inning of the Royals' ...Read more
CHICAGO -- The White Sox scored four runs in the third inning against Tigers right-hander Shane Greene on the way to a 5-2 victory Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field. Conor Gillaspie hit a two-run triple to highlight the spurt.
At the plate
After missing three games with the flu, Sox center fielder Adam Eaton led off the Sox first with a ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Mat Latos First Victory Watch is mercifully over.
The Broward County (Fla.) native, in his sixth attempt, finally notched the elusive first win with his hometown team.
Latos limited the Nationals to one run and two hits in 61/3 innings, and the bullpen rebounded from a failed effort the previous night to close out a 2-1 victory ...Read more
ATLANTA -- On a night when Shelby Miller pitched a three-hit shutout in the first complete game of the season for the Braves and continued to assert himself as the true ace of the staff this season, he shared the stage with another, far-less heralded offseason acquisition.
Kelly Johnson, who arrived at spring training as a 33-year-old non-...Read more