SEATTLE – This is Bailey Ober's team now.
OK, not in a literal sense, but if the Twins are going to accomplish anything of value during this lost 16-games-back season, it's probably going to have to be development of young players. And nowhere do they need that development more than their starting rotation.
Enter Ober, a 25-year-old rookie ...Read more
After scoring just three runs in a frustrating four-game series at Nationals Park over the weekend, the Giants faced lingering questions about their lineup and whether it was missing too many key contributors to keep the club in first place.
Three days later, Giants hitters couldn’t be happier to be back at Oracle Park. Seriously.
A ballpark...Read more
NEW YORK — The good vibes at Citi Field tangibly turned to dread.
Jacob deGrom exited his start with right shoulder soreness, the Mets announced, after three perfect innings in the Amazin’s 6-3 win over the Cubs on Wednesday night. His early departure came on the heels of his last troubling outing, when he left after six innings on Friday ...Read more
A player advocacy group this week called for the Orioles and other organizations to provide more support for members of their minor league systems, claiming that some members of Baltimore’s Double-A roster were considering sleeping in their cars after the club ceased paying for housing.
Executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias ...Read more
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Gary Sanchez had not caught Gerrit Cole since opening day. The Yankee ace had made it clear that he preferred backup catcher Kyle Higashioka last year and it carried over to this season. So, even with his offense making small steps toward a turnaround, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said he didn’t really think about having his ...Read more
In perhaps the most emblematic example of their defensive struggles during this latest rough stretch, the Orioles found themselves in a deficit they attempted to but couldn’t overcome thanks to a single that followed an error and ended with the batter at third base.
Amid an 8-7 loss Wednesday night in Cleveland that marked Baltimore’s 18th ...Read more
NEW YORK — The good vibes at Citi Field tangibly turned to dread.
Jacob deGrom exited his start with right shoulder soreness, the Mets announced, after three perfect innings against the Cubs on Wednesday night. His early departure came on the heels of his last troubling outing, when he left after six innings against the Padres with right ...Read more
Recently, the Yankees have been extremely forthcoming about the team being flat-out bad.
Seemingly, every Aaron Boone press conference and soundbite includes some mention of frustration or the need to unlock the team. Players are self aware about the fact that they need to start winning games yesterday, today, and tomorrow, rather than framing ...Read more
OAKLAND, Calif. – Even without having Ramón Laureano at their disposal over the last two-plus weeks, the A’s offense was rounding into form.
Now that Laureano is back and the A’s are close to full strength again, their lineup looks downright scary.
The A’s used six singles and a walk to score six runs in the sixth inning to help beat ...Read more
WASHINGTON — The not-so-proud losers of 10 in a row, the Pirates needed this like they would PNC Park to fill with water and float away or the 2021 MLB draft to be inexplicably pushed to next summer.
One-run game. Seventh inning. Josh Bell at the plate. The former Pirate had been quiet for much of this series but cranked a four-seam fastball ...Read more
DENVER — On the final day of a dismal trip, the Padres found a new but familiar way to lose.
This one was a little different than so many of the losses in what is now going on three weeks of bad baseball by what was previously a good team. The Padres got hits Wednesday. They even slugged.
But home runs by Fernando Tatis Jr., Trent Grisham ...Read more
After a rough couple days with Monday’s injury to top starter Tyler Glasnow and Tuesday’s shutout loss, the Rays had something to feel good about Wednesday in Chicago as they battled back from a five-run, fifth-inning deficit to tie the White Sox in the eighth and send the game into extra innings.
But the ending left them frustrated, an 8-7...Read more
The White Sox might not need to do any heavy lifting by the trade deadline with Eloy Jiménez on the comeback trail and only one team to beat in the American League Central.
But with the Sox going to 100% capacity at Guaranteed Rate Field on their next homestand and the most interest in the team in more than a decade, they probably owe it to ...Read more
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The last time the Tigers swept a series in Kansas City, Justin Verlander, Drew Smyly and Rick Porcello were chucking. That was in 2014.
It’s happened again, seven years later, this time with a couple of rookies taking lead on the mound. After Casey Mize subdued the Royals Tuesday night, lefty Tarik Skubal both finessed ...Read more
PITTSBURGH — As always with cheating baseball players, things have become very complicated.
See if you can follow along.
This happened Tuesday:
Tampa Bay Rays star pitcher Tyler Glasnow — name ring a bell? — sort of admitted to cheating, hinted that he doesn't cheat as badly as others, urged Major League Baseball to allow pitchers to ...Read more
ST. LOUIS — Johan Oviedo still hasn’t won a major league start for the Cardinals although his seventh start this year and 12th overall had a strong scent of victory to it. The 23-year-old right-hander didn’t allow a run, or even a walk, in seven innings against the Miami Marlins Wednesday afternoon at Busch Stadium.
There was one glitch. ...Read more
FORT WORTH, Texas — The American League’s 2015 Manager of the Year can’t get a job, or even a sniff.
“There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t miss it,” former Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister said in a recent phone interview. “The tough part is the lack of communication with anybody in the game. I want to help. That’s ...Read more
The Oakland A’s beat the Los Angeles Angels 6-4 on Tuesday night at the Coliseum.
Like he does in most starts, Frankie Montas looked unconquerable in the first and second innings, firing 99 mph fastballs and sinkers. They key to Montas’ success comes when he sustains that dominance a couple times through the opposing order.
Montas went ...Read more
For the past two games at T-Mobile Park, a person with no background knowledge of this season would be hard pressed to pick the team that was projected to win more than 90 games and its division this season vs. the rebuilding team projected to win around 70 games and finish fourth in its division.
And this is not to disparage computer ...Read more
The Braves’ furious comeback Tuesday night was spoiled by Alex Verdugo’s three-run homer in the eighth. It resulted in a 10-8 loss to the Red Sox to open the Braves’ six-game homestand.
Here are five takeaways from Tuesday:
1. Verdugo sank the Braves with one two-out swing. Chris Martin, who for most of the year had been Mr. Reliability,...Read more
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