WASHINGTON -- Yangervis Solarte swung over the top of an 0-2 slider, and the disgust spread across his face. He spiked his bat to the ground. His helmet followed.
It was that kind of Friday night for the Padres, overmatched by a superior opponent, compelled to find positives amid a 5-1 loss to the Washington Nationals.
There were at least two....Read more
MIAMI -- When Mike Trout won his MVP Award in the American League in 2014, Giancarlo Stanton was making a strong run for the same distinction in the National League before a beaning ended his season early that September.
With the two sluggers meeting this weekend in a series at Marlins Park for the first time, it is a reminder of how their ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda underwent surgery Thursday to replace the pacemaker in his heart.
The procedure was confirmed by the Dodgers on Friday morning. The team added in a release that Lasorda is "doing well and looking forward to returning to Dodger Stadium."
Lasorda, 89, has been hospitalized for more than two ...Read more
LOS ANGELES--Just past 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Hyun-Jin Ryu rose from his seat inside the Los Angeles Dodgers' bullpen and climbed atop a mound. A pitcher warming up should not sound an alarm. But these are strange times for the pitching staff of the Dodgers.
Earlier in the afternoon, hours before a 7-3 victory over St. Louis, manager Dave ...Read more
Dee Gordon, antsy as always on first base, took off for second. In a matter of a few steps and even fewer seconds, he not only swiped second but also moved to third when an errant throw sailed into center.
The sequence was a productive one for Gordon on two fronts. For the Miami Marlins, he moved closer to scoring the first run of the team's ...Read more
MILWAUKEE -- Did the rebuilding Milwaukee Brewers provide their fans false hope by playing much better than expected for the first seven weeks of the season?
We are about to find out.
The Brewers are in their first real funk of the season after dropping their fourth game in a row Thursday night, 4-0, to the Arizona Diamondbacks at Miller Park....Read more
BOSTON -- Drew Pomeranz tied his career-high with 11 strikeouts in six innings Thursday, and Xander Bogaerts connected for his first homer of the season as the Boston Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers, 6-2, to complete a three-game sweep.
Elvis Andrus homered for the Rangers, and Nomar Mazara had two hits and an RBI, but two-run innings in the ...Read more
HOUSTON -- This was Justin Verlander's kind of game.
His team was trying for a split against one of the best teams in baseball. They needed a good taste in their mouths, for the late-night flight that would follow and the straight doubleheader to come after that.
They needed innings, quality innings, to beat the Astros and save the bullpen.
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Margo Williams had only a handful of stories and a few names her mother remembered from her childhood about her family's home n Asheboro, NC. Her research would soon help her to make contact with long lost relatives and a pilgrimage "home" with her mother in 1982. This story follows her ...
As an animated character, Mike Scioscia will live forever.
This is not the kind of animation you see in his face when he goes jaw to jaw with an umpire. This is the animation that made him a cartoon catcher, in a beloved episode of "The Simpsons" that first aired 25 years ago and pays him residuals to this day.
"Sometimes, I'll net 47 cents," ...Read more
NEW YORK -- The prospect of a spoiled evening loomed. It was not enough that Dinelson Lamet was scheduled to face major league hitters. An undefeated foe threatened to deprive him of the chance.
In the opposing clubhouse, the New York Mets bowed to Mother Nature. Forecasts called for thunderstorms beginning around 9 p.m. Jacob deGrom was ...Read more
CHICAGO -- It's usually not a good thing when the word "contagious" works its way through a baseball clubhouse.
For the Cubs, though, the word has gone viral in a positive way as both pitchers and hitters are using it to describe how the team's bats caught fire and helped the defending World Series champions win seven of nine games on their ...Read more
NEW YORK -- With no burdensome contracts on their roster, the Padres are not expected to be as busy this upcoming trade season as they were last summer.
Yet, with an unabashed rebuild underway, a lack of activity would come as a surprise. The Padres, who opened Thursday with the majors' worst winning percentage, are likely to consider just ...Read more
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Angels started Thursday's game without their cleanup hitter, and by the end of it they were also without their leadoff hitter.
They hope both will back by Friday.
With Albert Pujols getting the day off and sizzling leadoff hitter Cameron Maybin leaving the game because of a sore right knee, the Angels slogged ...Read more
Two Phillies players grabbed coolers filled with liquid and dumped them Thursday afternoon on Tommy Joseph because two of his swings relaxed them all. They did it. The Phillies beat the Colorado Rockies in 11 innings, 2-1, and they could blast loud music in the home clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park.
"Today," Joseph said, "was a good day."
It ...Read more
ATLANTA -- There was no sweat under the midday Georgia sun.
Right-hander Ivan Nova pitched into the ninth inning Thursday, falling two outs shy of his sixth complete game in 21 starts for the Pirates, and the team received contributions up and down the batting order as it defeated the Atlanta Braves, 9-4, to split a four-game series at SunTrust...Read more
WASHINGTON -- It wasn't the emotional and deserved criticism from their manager less than 24 hours before, questioning their intensity and effort. It wasn't seeing Scott Servais getting ejected mid-game for having issues with the typically meandering and unpredictable strike zone of home plate umpire Adam Hamari.
No, the key to the Mariners' 4-...Read more
NEW YORK -- The Royals' series finale against the New York Yankees on Thursday afternoon has been postponed because of inclement weather, the Yankees announced Thursday morning.
The game has been rescheduled for Monday, Sept. 25 at Yankee Stadium. The start time is still to be determined. The Royals lost two of three here in New York, falling ...Read more
CLEVELAND -- After causing a two-hour delay in Wednesday's game, the rain finished the job on Thursday, as the Indians' game against the Cincinnati Reds was postponed due to inclement weather.
The game has been rescheduled for July 24 at 7:10 p.m. Tickets marked for the May 25 rainout game will be valid for the July 24 make-up game. Fans who ...Read more
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."
- Homer Simpson is headed to the Baseball Hall of Fame, kicking off a yearlong 'Homer at the Bat' display
- Marlins' Gordon trying to help poor Dominican Republic communities, one stolen base at a time
- Former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda undergoes surgery to replace pacemaker
- Verlander's road woes continue as Tigers fall to Astros, 7-6
- Ryu finishes what Maeda gets started in Dodgers' win over Cards