MIAMI--The Miami Marlins survived quite nicely without Dee Gordon.
They went 45-35 during the time the National League's reigning batting and stolen base champion was serving his 80-game drug suspension.
But they far prefer it when Gordon's in the lineup creating havoc, piling up singles and steals, scoring runs, providing Gold Glove defense, ...Read more
PITTSBURGH -- During the Washington Nationals' 6-1 win over the Pirates Saturday night, plastic sheets were pinned over lockers in the visiting clubhouse at PNC Park, and champagne chilled. The scoreboard in right field told of a barnburner at Citi Field -- the New York Mets were whittling away at a 10-run deficit -- that could crown Washington ...Read more
CHICAGO -- With each assignment, the next one more challenging than the last, rookie Alex Reyes has been measured all season by the St. Louis Cardinals for moments like Saturday.
The early relief assignments, the late-inning spots, the bases-loaded jam against an MVP candidate, and even last weekend's start against wild-card challenger San ...Read more
BALTIMORE -- Left-hander Wade Miley had lost five of his six decisions as an Oriole when he took the mound Saturday night, and his 7.55 ERA since being acquired from the Seattle Mariners certainly would not have led anyone to expect what would happen next.
Throw in the fact that he had to leave his previous start after four innings with upper ...Read more
MINNEAPOLIS -- Down a run going into their final at-bat, the Mariners had their three best hitters coming to the plate and even got a gift from the Twins.
In the end, they wandered off the field having failed to find a way to pull out a win in a 3-2 loss to the lowly Twins.
It was a bad loss for the Mariners against the worst team in baseball....Read more
LOS ANGELES--The young man bid his mother farewell. It was his first day on the job, and he had a train to catch.
He was 10 months out of college, still living with his parents. The train carried him from New York to Philadelphia, and a taxi delivered him to Shibe Park.
It was opening day, the third Tuesday of April, in 1950. In Washington, ...Read more
LOS ANGELES--It's a round number, and it's astounding: Vin Scully has called close to 10,000 Dodgers games. To ask Scully to identify his favorite call -- one call, from one of those thousands of games -- would appear to be a question best suited for one of his famously diplomatic answers. How, after all, could he pick only one?
But he did.
LOS ANGELES--The plane lands at Los Angeles International Airport, the shuttle stops at your car, the long trip is over, but everything feels a little strange until you turn on the radio and hear the voice that wraps you in a welcome.
"Hi everybody, and a very pleasant good evening to you, wherever you may be."
Now that Vin Scully is leaving, ...Read more
DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers were a strike away from extending their winning streak to six games.
But closer Francisco Rodriguez surrendered five runs with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, and the Tigers went on to lose, 7-4, to the Kansas City Royals Saturday at Comerica Park.
Paulo Orlando hit a game-tying two-run double to center off ...Read more
DETROIT -- Eric Hosmer silenced Comerica Park on Saturday afternoon, drilling a three-run homer off Tigers reliever Francisco Rodriguez in the top of the ninth inning.
The blast carried out to right-center and sent a stadium streaming to the exits as the afternoon hit downtown Detroit. The Royals snapped a four-game losing streak and remained ...Read more
LOS ANGELES--At 7:10 p.m. Friday night at Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles Dodgers starter Scott Kazmir hiked up his right leg, uncorked his body, and delivered a pitch to Yasmani Grandal. And then he turned around and waited, and eventually repeated the exercise. His warmup sessions, already extended earlier this season because of chronic first-...Read more
SAN DIEGO – Bruce Bochy almost never takes a seat in the dugout. He is forever perched forward against the rail, gaze ahead, asking one cranky knee and then the other to bear his burden.
When the San Francisco Giants reach the postseason, he is Midas with an armored truck to carry it all away. In the odd years, and in this oddest of second ...Read more
LOS ANGELES--The Los Angeles Dodgers rolled out the blue carpet for Vin Scully, literally. They rolled out the dignitaries too, and the videos, and even a symphony orchestra.
At its heart, however, the Vin Scully tribute Friday was the world's biggest thank-you card, come to life. The greatest broadcaster in baseball history came to say thank ...Read more
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Adrian Beltre hit a two-run homer in a three-run seventh Friday to help the Texas Rangers clinch the American League West with a 3-0 victory over the Oakland Athletics.
Cole Hamels (15-5) was the winning pitcher in the clincher for a second straight year. He scattered six hits in seven scoreless innings, striking seven and ...Read more
MINNEAPOLIS -- Target Field used to be Kyle Gibson's best friend. But they don't seem to get along so well anymore.
Gibson closed his fourth major league season with a 1-8 record in his home ballpark on Friday, and while he only allowed two runs in the Twins' 10-1 loss to the Mariners, it could have been worse. Byron Buxton robbed Nelson Cruz ...Read more
Miguel Sano leaned back in his chair inside the Twins clubhouse Thursday, sounding like someone ready to change.
Sano is coming off a season during which his transition to right field was a disaster. Then his return to third base was dreadful. Then he landed on the disabled list once and battled injuries two other times. And the surge at the ...Read more
MILWAUKEE -- It was a memorable Friday night for Chris Carter.
The slugging first baseman set a single-season career high for home runs and runs batted in, and also took part in his second triple play of the season as he helped the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Cincinnati Reds, 5-4, at Miller Park.
Carter drove in the first two runs for the ...Read more
PITTSBURGH -- Before the Pirates opened a three-game series against the Washington Nationals on Friday, manager Clint Hurdle was asked whether it was good to see Mark Melancon back at PNC Park. The best way it could play out, Hurdle replied, was if the Pirates didn't see Melancon at all.
There he was, though, trotting in from the visiting ...Read more
BALTIMORE -- For seven innings Friday night, it looked like the Orioles had already packed up their bats for the winter.
They had floundered for six innings against one of the most ineffective starters in the National League and appeared dead in the water against one of the losingest teams in baseball. It had reached the point that the ...Read more
MIAMI -- Freddie Freeman extended his hitting and on-base streaks and reached another milestone, Matt Wisler pitched six strong innings, and birthday boy Matt Kemp and Braves interim manager Brian Snitker got thrown out.
It was an eventful Friday night at Marlins Park, and ultimately the streaking Braves did what they've done a lot of late: ...Read more
- Vin Scully enjoys his thanksgiving in September as Dodgers pay tribute
- Braves' 3-2 comeback win against Marlins pushes streak to season-high 7 games
- Considered the greatest broadcaster ever, Scully would rather be known as a 'good man'
- Edwin Jackson pitches Padres over Giants, 7-2
- Big night for Carter as Brewers edge Reds, 5-4