SAN FRANCISCO -- Bryce Harper, his hip smarting from where he had absorbed Hunter Strickland's fastball, glowered at the pitcher and pointed his bat. He took two steps, then a third, before charging the mound. He tried to fling his helmet but it slipped from his grasp and tumbled away like a grounder to second base. Then came an exchange of ...Read more
MIAMI -- Edinson Volquez is as happy-go-lucky as any player in the Miami Marlins' roster, endlessly upbeat and positive even through the team's and his own runs of poor play.
All sweaty after a routine afternoon stretch with his fellow pitchers? Smiling. Another mediocre outing in another loss? Smiling. Winless in his first nine games as a ...Read more
CLEVELAND -- The Indians celebrated Memorial Day with an artillery exhibition of sorts, pounding the Oakland A's with three home runs en route to a 5-3 win at Progressive Field.
Facing A's starter Daniel Mengden, Austin Jackson put the Indians up 1-0 with a solo home run to right field, his second of the season. An inning later, Carlos Santana ...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- From the deer knife, to the fishing rod to the bottle of Wild Turkey, the basket of "favorite things" that Hunter Renfroe's wife stocked for an annual fundraising auction is so ... well ... Hunter Renfroe.
A fastball with the bases loaded?
Even it was a bit inside, the Padres' surging rookie wasn't about to let Kyle Hendricks' ...Read more
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The player the Los Angeles Angels can least afford to lose to injury will be out for at least a month and possibly more after star center fielder Mike Trout was diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb Monday.
Trout, considered the best all-around player in baseball, jammed the thumb into the second-...Read more
DENVER -- It's a place where four-run leads give you no comfort and a one-run lead will leave you sweating out every decently hit fly ball.
Of all the venues where a lead never feels secured, Coors Field might be the most unforgiving. It feasts on starting pitchers and then treats bullpens as dessert.
So when the Mariners scored six runs in ...Read more
PITTSBURGH -- Alen Hanson was first on the scene. The second baseman drifted toward the outfield, tracking the fly ball down the right-field line, and sped up once he saw Gregory Polanco, his teammate since their days at short-season Class A State College in 2011, crumpled to the ground, holding his right ankle. Hanson put a hand on Polanco's ...Read more
CHICAGO -- White Sox manager Rick Renteria said Melky Cabrera has been focused and "as relaxed as he has ever been" lately, and the veteran showed it Monday afternoon at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Cabrera drove in four runs against the Red Sox, including the go-ahead single in the seventh, to give the White Sox a 5-4 victory in the opener of a ...Read more
Secret of the Warlock's CryptTom Hayes
Cryptic drawings, maps, strange symbols. This is what Mike Hilliard discovers as he investigates the long-dead millionaire Titus Morley. The strange symbols & drawings hover in Mike’s dreams as he rambles through the summer with Billy, a photography intern at the historical society ...
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Third baseman Adrian Beltre was activated from the 10-day disabled list Monday by the Texas Rangers and was in the lineup for the first time this season.
Beltre played Thursday through Saturday at extended spring training as the final test for his strained right calf. The Rangers took a cautious approach with him before the ...Read more
Right fielder Gregory Polanco, the Pirates' cleanup hitter, was removed from the game in the sixth inning Monday at PNC Park after running into the short fence in foul territory along the right-field line. Polanco was carted off the field, holding his right ankle.
Polanco returned from the 10-day disabled list four days ago, having recovered ...Read more
SAN FRANCISCO -- The baseball season is long. The memories of baseball players are longer.
Giants right-hander Hunter Strickland faced Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper for the first time since the 2014 NL Division Series, and it resulted in more on-field fireworks Monday afternoon.
Strickland's first pitch of the at-bat drilled ...Read more
MINNEAPOLIS -- Intermittent rains passed through Target Field on Monday, poured ferociously for a few brief minutes, then disappeared. But it never stopped raining on the Twins' bullpen.
The Twins erupted for a season-high seven runs in the fifth inning, eventually opened a six-run lead, then gave it all back during an excruciating, rain-...Read more
Royals starter Danny Duffy is expected to miss six to eight weeks after sustaining a Grade 1 plus oblique strain on Sunday afternoon in Cleveland.
The Royals placed Duffy on the 10-day disabled list on Monday afternoon. Duffy suffered the injury while covering first base and tumbling to the ground during Sunday's loss.
The Royals also ...Read more
Chris Sale knows it will be hard not to crack a few smiles when he takes the mound at Guaranteed Rate Field on Tuesday night against some of his former White Sox teammates.
That doesn't mean the Red Sox left-hander is going to take it easy on them.
"I'm still going to compete, that's for sure," Sale said. "They're still my friends, but I'm not...Read more
ST. LOUIS -- Chase Utley, Cody Bellinger and Logan Forsythe launched homers, Rich Hill gave up one run in five innings and the Dodgers bullpen shut down the Cardinals in a 5-1 victory Monday at Busch Stadium. The Dodgers have now won 10 of their last 12.
Utley and Bellinger punished Cardinals starter Mike Leake. Forsythe supplied some insurance...Read more
Orioles starter Dylan Bundy certainly didn't look like a guy who was carrying the weight of the Orioles lengthy slump on his shoulders.
The young right-hander took the mound on Memorial Day against the first-place New York Yankees and did what he's been doing all season. He delivered another quality start and the Orioles ended their seven-game ...Read more
That five-game losing streak?
It's already a distant memory for the Milwaukee Brewers, who save for a late hiccup by the bullpen put together a second consecutive inspired performance on Sunday afternoon at Miller Park.
Jimmy Nelson struck out 10 over seven innings in his strongest start of the season and Domingo Santana hit his first career ...Read more
PITTSBURGH -- The Dark Knight rose again Sunday night.
New York Mets right-hander Matt Harvey, unable to complete six innings in five consecutive starts prior to Sunday, tossed six innings of one-run baseball in the series finale against the Pirates, and the Mets offense sprang to life against rookie right-hander Tyler Glasnow to take the ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- A highly anticipated pitcher's duel between Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw and Chicago Cubs left-hander Jon Lester turned into a power-point presentation on Sunday, the teams combining to club seven home runs and neither esteemed starter lasting five innings.
The Dodgers weathered one of the worst regular-season starts of Kershaw's ...Read more
Chris Sale will pitch for the Sox again Tuesday at Guaranteed Rate Field.
But the left-hander will be on the mound representing the Red variety when he makes his first start against the White Sox, with whom he spent his first seven seasons.
Sale was traded to Boston in December for a haul of prospects, including second baseman Yoan Moncada, ...Read more
- Dodgers sweep Cubs with 9-4 win despite rough outing for Clayton Kershaw
- Matt Harvey outshines Tyler Glasnow as Mets defeat Pirates with 7-2 win
- Some White Sox players are looking forward to Chris Sale's return
- Orioles end seven-game losing streak, beat Yankees, 3-2, behind Bundy
- Pirates' Jameson Taillon back on the mound after surgery for testicular cancer