OAKLAND, Calif. -- Billy Butler has been saying all along he would hit his way back into the A's lineup, and he took a step in that direction Saturday in a 12-3 win over the Detroit Tigers.
Butler, bedeviled all year by lack of playing time and lack of performance, homered in the second inning, his first of the season, then broke a 3-3 tie with...Read more
CHICAGO -- A mental error and Kyle Hendricks' seventh and final strikeout cost him what would have been his second career shutout Saturday during the Cubs' 4-1 victory against the Phillies at Wrigley Field.
The Ivy League-educated Cubs starter coaxed Ryan Howard into swinging at strike three with Obudel Herrera straying far off third base in ...Read more
CLEVELAND -- Ubaldo Jimenez had plenty of highs and lows during his tenure with the Indians.
On Saturday, facing the Indians at Progressive Field, he didn't stay in the game long enough to have anything but a lowly outing.
The Indians took it to Jimenez early, knocking him out of the game in the second inning en route to an 11-4 win over the ...Read more
CLEVELAND -- The Indians and Michael Brantley are hoping the third attempt to work his way back from shoulder surgery will result in his being able to return to the lineup and, this time, stay in it.
The first two attempts didn't go as planned. Brantley has returned to action twice since spring training but hasn't been able to stick around, as ...Read more
Not only can Matt Harvey not win on the mound, he's about to find he can't win with the media -- any media, not just the New York media -- after not facing the notepads and cameras after a bad start.
The New York Mets right-hander didn't talk after his latest implosion Tuesday when he allowed five runs in five innings. It was the third straight...Read more
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Joey Gallo returns to Triple A Round Rock after only one pinch-hit appearance in five games with the Rangers.
So what was that all about?
Basically, manager Jeff Banister said, he wasn't going to play Gallo at any other position but third base while he was up with the club. And Gallo's tenure with the club was expected to ...Read more
Orioles right-hander Yovani Gallardo took a significant step in his return from right shoulder tendinitis, facing live hitting for the first time in more than a month as he threw a three-inning simulated game before the Orioles' game Saturday in Cleveland.
Gallardo, who last pitched April 22 in Kansas City before going on the disabled list, ...Read more
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- That escalated quickly.
Trailing by six runs entering the bottom of the ninth inning, having just watched the reigning World Series MVP leave the game with a scary injury, the Royals pulled off an epic comeback that defied all description on Saturday afternoon, beating the Chicago White Sox, 8-7, at Kauffman Stadium.
DENVER -- The Giants placed right-hander Matt Cain on the 15-day disabled list prior to Saturday's game, one day after he strained his right hamstring in the second inning of a start at Coors Field.
Chris Stratton, a former SEC Pitcher of the Year from Mississippi State, will take Cain's place on the 25-man roster and is available to pitch in ...Read more
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Back in February, PECOTA, the sabermetric system that forecasts player performance through a variety of analytical stats, projected the defending champion Royals to win only 76 games.
It was strange, to say the least, especially considering the Royals had brought back their core players from a championship team that had ...Read more
ANAHEIM, Calif.--Seven starts into the 2016 campaign, Matt Shoemaker was the American League's worst starting pitcher. The Angels sent him down to the minors, recalling him only when injuries soon made it absolutely necessary.
But, for his second consecutive start Friday night at Angel Stadium, Shoemaker dominated his opponent like one of ...Read more
PHOENIX -- When Andy Green arrived at Chase Field on Friday, he discovered a new route through a building he had frequented hundreds of times. He walked into an unfamiliar clubhouse, sat in an unfamiliar office, surveyed the field from an unfamiliar dugout.
He did not get lost. He had help.
"Mac was with me," Green said, referring to San Diego...Read more
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Two rookies making their sixth big league starts, the Detroit Tigers' Michael Fulmer and the Oakland A's Sean Manaea, matched up Friday, each man perhaps offering a glimpse of the future for his team.
Manaea pitched well enough, but Fulmer was simply terrific, throwing a one-hitter for seven innings before tiring in the ...Read more
SEATTLE--A packed Safeco Field, Felix Hernandez on the mound facing the worst team in baseball and a far-from-overpowering opposing pitcher with three starts in his big-league career.
The set up for success could not have much better for the Seattle Mariners, who had just scored 13 runs in its last game and was poised to establish itself as the...Read more
DENVER -- First, the good news: no San Francisco Giants player has missed a game because of an oblique injury this season. They haven't required use of the concussion list, either.
Last year's injuries are last year's injuries. It's the hamstring that is on trend for 2016. And it's becoming all the rage.
Matt Cain became the latest casualty in...Read more
MILWAUKEE -- Enough with the low-scoring, tight games.
That seemed to be the attitude Friday night of the Milwaukee Brewers, who spotted the Cincinnati Reds a three-run lead in the first inning yet pulled away to a 9-5 victory at Miller Park.
It was the fourth win in a row for the Brewers while the sinking-like-a-rock Reds dropped their 11th ...Read more
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Over the past few weeks, the Pirates' offense has sent more than a few starting pitchers into the locker room early.
Friday night, they added one of the American League's best to that list.
The Pirates handed Rangers starter Cole Hamels his first loss of the season in their 9-1 win Friday night. It was the Pirates' fifth ...Read more
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Danny Duffy received two ovations from the crowd of 28,508 at Kauffman Stadium in the sixth inning on Friday.
The first was to salute a magnificent beginning to his third starting assignment of the season. Duffy retired the first 16 Chicago White Sox.
The second was bathed in sympathy as he left the mound without retiring ...Read more
ATLANTA -- The opponent changed for the Braves on Friday. The rest pretty much stayed the same until the Marlins helped the Braves out with a fielding miscue and Nick Markakis took advantage.
The Braves got pretty good pitching and plenty of hits against the Marlins but few of those hits came with runners on base. They finally got a key knock ...Read more
CLEVELAND -- The Orioles came into their weekend series against the Cleveland Indians hoping a change of scenery could help erase their most frustrating series of this young season.
Having just been swept by the Houston Astros -- striking out 52 times, a major league record for a three game series -- the Orioles arrived in Cleveland, the final ...Read more