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
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...
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."
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
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