LOS ANGELES -- After the St. Louis Cardinals had managed one run and lost in the 13th inning of Tuesday's game, that night's starter, Lance Lynn, outlined the obvious way for a starter to come away from that game with a victory.
He shouldn't have allowed a single run.
Mike Leake took note.
The Cardinals' ascendant sinkerballer faced the ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- The disdain dripped from Rich Hill's voice. He is an introspective man, but this was not self-deprecation. It was self-loathing, the only emotion he could muster after plummeting the Los Angeles Dodgers into an early deficit in a 6-1 loss to St. Louis.
"I was just terrible tonight," Hill said. "Honestly, it was embarrassing."
MILWAUKEE -- Manager Craig Counsell warned beforehand that the Toronto Blue Jays were not the same struggling team the Milwaukee Brewers swept in a two-game road series in early April.
And he was right.
The Blue Jays returned the favor Wednesday afternoon by pummeling the Brewers with a long-ball barrage to win 8-4 at Miller Park and sweep the...Read more
ATLANTA -- For Andrew McCutchen, the road to redemption was short. Left out of the starting lineup Wednesday because of a sagging batting average and little luck lately at the plate, McCutchen entered as a pinch-hitter in the 10th inning and came around to score the deciding run.
McCutchen singled off reliever Josh Collmenter, snapping an 0-for...Read more
CLEVELAND -- The Indians suffered a rare, ninth-inning loss in a rain-delayed, 4-3 defeat at the hands of the Cincinnati Reds at Progressive Field.
The Indians led 3-2 entering the ninth inning with closer Cody Allen on the mound, who entered a perfect 13 for 13 in save chances this season. That streak ended Wednesday night.
The Reds began the...Read more
HOUSTON -- This was the inning Daniel Norris was supposed to fall apart. The Detroit Tigers had seen it many times in the past.
After three solid innings, a leadoff walk. A double. A reliever warming up in the bullpen.
But this time, the young Tigers left-hander did not wilt to his weakest form. He did not try too hard. He quickly coughed up ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers revealed their rotation for this weekend's series against the Chicago Cubs: Alex Wood will start Friday, Brandon McCarthy will go Saturday and Clayton Kershaw will handle the finale.
That means that Hyun-Jin Ryu (2-5, 4.75 ERA), who has not pitched since May 18, will not make a start until Monday in St. ...Read more
CHICAGO -- To step into Wrigley Field on Wednesday night, you would not know that June was a week away. A chilled wind blew in from left field with enough force to freeze cheeks and starch the flags.
A few more swirling hot dog wrappers and it could've been Candlestick Park, green with ivy.
It was a night that favored pitchers, in theory, and ...Read more
Armageddon and the 4th Timeline: A Spiritual Odyssey through Time and EternityDon Mardak
In a world faced with violence and the potential of cataclysmic annihilation, what if the only means to save mankind existed in an alternate reality?
Armageddon and the 4th Timeline, is a fast-paced mystical fantasy with three thought-provoking themes: the war...
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Ricky Nolasco's solid outing was ruined in a span of two batters in the seventh inning on Wednesday night.
The Angels' right-hander gave up back-to-back homers to end his night in a 5-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays, continuing an issue he has faced all season.
Colby Rasmus led off the seventh with a homer, and then Steven...Read more
PHILADELPHIA -- The first pitch Wednesday was at 7:07 p.m. The first boo unleashed from the Citizens Bank Park stands was at 7:08. The game was practically over by 7:59, when Carlos Gonzalez launched a Jeremy Hellickson change-up into the seats, and Colorado raced toward a 7-2 rout of the Phillies.
The sun set soon after Gonzalez's homer. It ...Read more
BOSTON -- Sam Dyson allowed five of the seven Boston Red Sox runs in the seventh inning Wednesday, spoiling a quality start by Martin Perez in the Texas Rangers' 9-4 loss at Fenway Park.
Perez allowed one run in six innings and retired the first batter of the seventh before consecutive singles. Dyson, who had an encouraging outing Sunday, ...Read more
NEW YORK -- The Padres sustained a pair of injuries up the middle Wednesday at Citi Field. Then they doled out some damage of their own, using various parts of their field. Finally, they narrowly avoided what would have been a painful loss.
In a 6-5 victory over the New York Mets, Yangervis Solarte, Wil Myers and Hunter Renfroe delivered ...Read more
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Los Angeles Angels started well, finished poorly, and suffered a 5-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday at Tropicana Field.
With one out in the first inning, Mike Trout pounded a fastball off of the center-field wall for a double. Albert Pujols soon smashed the 597th home run of his career to left field, and the...Read more
WASHINGTON -- It's easy to place much of the blame for the Mariners' five-game losing streak on the starting pitching, which has been justifiably abysmal in four of the five losses. How bad? Seattle starters have given up a combined 30 runs in 162/3 innings pitched over the last four games.
And yet, one thing is also readily apparent following ...Read more
BOSTON -- Texas Rangers left-hander Cole Hamels said that he will continue to play catch for up to another week before ratcheting up his throwing program and getting back on a mound.
Hamels threw Wednesday for a second consecutive day after feeling no side effects from throwing Tuesday for the first time in three weeks. He will also increase ...Read more
PHOENIX -- White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana turned in his worst start of the year Wednesday afternoon at Chase Field in an 8-6 loss to the Diamondbacks.
Quintana allowed eight earned runs on eight hits with seven strikeouts over 41/3 innings, his shortest outing of the year, and the Sox again couldn't complete a rally.
The Sox went 3-7 on a...Read more
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- In the second or third inning of a start May 14, Los Angeles Angels right-hander Alex Meyer took a deep breath and felt a sharp pain in his back.
"That feels weird," he recalled thinking.
He kept pitching, felt nothing in his final innings as he dominated the Detroit Tigers, and concluded the jolt had been an aberration...Read more
BALTIMORE -- Not only are the Twins winning road games at a startling pace, but they're doing it almost sadistically, giving home teams the illusion that they're vulnerable. In the space of 45 hours at Camden Yards, the Twins rallied from a 5-0 deficit for one win, then scratched out only two runs yet captured a second.
And Wednesday's 4-3 ...Read more
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Sonny Gray, who'd been out in the wilderness for most of 2017, was back in prime form in Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Marlins.
The A's have been longing to see this Gray, who came into the game with average numbers, including a 3.97 ERA and 1-1 record after spending all of April on the disabled list with shoulder problems.
ATLANTA -- If they were going to wait out a rain delay of more than three hours, the Atlanta Braves figured they might as well come back and win. And they did, with "Big City" coming through.
After Jim Johnson blew a one-run lead in the top of the ninth and the Pittsburgh Pirates took a lead on Jordy Mercer's two-out, two-run single, the Braves...Read more