CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs made their 2021 “Sunday Night Baseball” debut against the Atlanta Braves, and the game was basically over before the opening cliche from ESPN analyst Alex Rodriguez.
One day after a 13-4 win over the Braves, Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks served up four home runs in a six-run first inning on the way to a 13-4 loss ...Read more
BOSTON — The Chicago White Sox needed a starter for the second game of Sunday’s split doubleheader against the Boston Red Sox.
Michael Kopech was ready for the assignment.
The hard-throwing right-hander allowed one run on one hit with four strikeouts and one walk in three-plus innings in his first start in 31 months, and the White Sox ...Read more
MIAMI — He was their last hope on Sunday. Miami Marlins center fielder Starling Marte, who hit a go-ahead home run in Friday’s series opener against the San Francisco Giants and who manager Don Mattingly has praised as one of their most consistent players, stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the ninth with two outs and the Marlins down ...Read more
SAN DIEGO — Eric Hosmer didn’t let the rare gift from the Dodgers go to waste.
His single in the eighth inning drove in two runners to give the Padres their first lead since Friday, and the Padres held on for a 5-2 victory that prevented them from being swept in the first series of the year against the team they can now legitimately claim ...Read more
Even before COVID-19 protocols forced four starters — second baseman Jose Altuve, third baseman Alex Bregman, designated hitter Yordan Alvarez and catcher Martin Maldonado — and backup infielder Robel Garcia to the injured list just before the series, the 2021 version of the Houston Astros was seemingly diminished. Justin Verlander was hurt....Read more
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — There’s still three games left in the current homestand. If Kansas City Royals All-Star catcher Salvador Perez’s assault on the Kauffman Stadium fountains continues, they’ll have to start handing out fishing nets called “Salvy Skimmers” to collect the baseballs he deposits in the water beyond the outfield wall.
DENVER — The name of the game was efficiency as Marcus Stroman pitched to contact, induced ground balls and hurled eight one-run innings in his third start of the year.
Stroman allowed just three hits and retired 16 of his final 18 batters in the Mets’ 2-1 win over the Rockies in the series finale at Coors Field on Sunday. Of his 90 pitches...Read more
MILWAUKEE — Colin Moran has developed into a legitimate and consistent power threat for the Pirates this season, his first since taking over for Josh Bell full-time at first base.
On Sunday, Moran was pretty darn clutch, too. His double in the 10th inning scored Bryan Reynolds from second base and helped the Pirates beat the Brewers, 6-5, in ...Read more
LOS ANGELES — Shohei Ohtani is scheduled to make his second pitching start of the season Tuesday against the Texas Rangers, the Angels announced. It will be Ohtani’s first time pitching in a game since April 4 because of a blister on his right middle finger.
Although the 26-year-old two-way star has excelled offensively, batting .333 with a...Read more
ANAHEIM, Calif. – Major League Baseball has postponed a third consecutive Twins game. The league announced Sunday that the Twins game at Oakland on Monday will not go on, and that a doubleheader at Oakland Coliseum possibly will be played Tuesday. That doubleheader would be a traditional one beginning at 6:30 p.m. Eastern.
The Twins completed...Read more
PHILADELPHIA — Bryce Harper started 212 of 222 games in his first two years with the Phillies and the first 13 games of this season. He swings hard and plays even harder. Dialing down the intensity isn’t in his DNA.
But this weekend offered an important lesson, one that might even keep Harper at peak performance as he ages: Taking an ...Read more
BOSTON — Tim Anderson ignited the Chicago White Sox offense in the first game of Sunday’s split doubleheader, homering on Tanner Houck’s first pitch.
Anderson went 3-for-4 to help the White Sox to a 3-2 victory against the Boston Red Sox in the seven-inning game at Fenway Park.
Dallas Keuchel allowed two runs on six hits with one ...Read more
NEW YORK — The Rays made it a clean sweep of the struggling Yankees, getting a strong five innings from Ryan Yarbrough and a huge hit from Yoshi Tsutsugo in a tense 4-2 win Sunday.
The victory was the Rays’ 15th in their past 18 regular-season games against their rabid rivals, plus they won three of five in last year’s American League ...Read more
MIAMI — With a one-run lead and his starter cruising after five innings, Giants manager Gabe Kapler made the risky decision to put the game in the hands of a short-handed bullpen that had been shaky in back-to-back losses against the Marlins.
Despite his closer being unavailable and several arms needing a breather, Kapler’s bullpen ...Read more
SEATTLE — Approach.
Perhaps no word in the baseball vernacular is used more often.
It’s often uttered when describing a hitter’s attempt to swing a round bat and squarely hit a round ball being hurled at them at rates of speed the average person can’t easily grasp.
Some version of “having an approach at the plate” or “working on...Read more
PITTSBURGH — I know all about Parkinson's disease. It ravaged my father Ray's mind and body, eventually killing him in January 2004. I know what Dave Parker is going through. The deadly illness can bring even Pittsburgh's biggest, baddest sports star to his knees.
"I have good and bad days, but mostly good days," Parker said. "I'm dealing ...Read more
SEATTLE — For all those obsessed with exploding heaters thrown in the high 90s and faster, for the radar-gun junkies that think only velocity can lead to success, Zack Greinke offered another reminder that command can still get outs and register wins, even if your fastball can’t break 90 mph.
And the Mariners, who knew this already, were ...Read more
SAN DIEGO — The difference in Round 2 of the season-long marquee bout between the Los Angele Dodgers and San Diego Padres — World Series contenders and undisguised adversaries — was manufactured by Clayton Kershaw. Not with his slider or curveball or even with his bat. But with his eyes.
The bases were loaded in the fifth inning of the ...Read more
ANAHEIM, Calif. — There will be no more baseball games at Angel Stadium this weekend.
Games scheduled for Saturday and Sunday between the Angels and Minnesota Twins were postponed after multiple positive COVID-19 tests in the Twins organization. Makeup dates for the games have yet to be determined.
In a statement, Major League Baseball said ...Read more
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Batting practice for the Twins on Saturday afternoon at Angel Stadium looked more like a sunny siesta in a park than a warmup.
Willians Astudillo gathered between first and second base with a couple of other Latin players, masked up and talking. Others lounged on the grass, heads propped on duffel bags. Manager Rocco ...Read more
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