LOS ANGELES -- There was no earthquake like the 7.1-magnitute temblor that rattled Dodger Stadium on July 5, no strange atmospheric conditions or precipitation that would affect pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu's grip or footing on the mound.
Still, something about the Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander seemed askew Friday night. A control freak who had not ...Read more
SAN FRANCISCO -- It was not as unexpected or shocking as Chris Heston's no-hitter against the New York Mets in 2015.
It was not as historically significant as Madison Bumgarner's dazzling shutout of the Mets in the 2016 National League Wild Card game.
The best start of Tyler Beede's career didn't even end with Beede earning credit for a win, ...Read more
SEATTLE -- One week after perhaps the most imperfect start of Mike Leake's career, he flirted with perfection.
Leake retired the first 24 batters he faced, Daniel Vogelbach hit a pair of three-run homers and the Seattle Mariners defeated the Los Angeles Angels 10-0 on Friday night at T-Mobile Park.
They were the same Angels that seven days ...Read more
HOUSTON -- Nomar Mazara knows the Texas Rangers need more from him.
The 24-year-old outfielder has been an everyday starter for the Rangers since he was called up in 2016. He was penciled in as a cornerstone of the offense after solid rookie and sophomore seasons.
But his production -- while shockingly consistent through his first four seasons...Read more
PITTSBURGH -- Jean Segura fouled off nine pitches Friday night in his eighth-inning at-bat before he finally put a ball in play. It was a two-out dribbler to the left of first base, appearing to be an easy inning-ender. Segura had worked for 13 pitches against Pirates reliever Kyle Crick. He was gassed.
But so was the pitcher, who had to ...Read more
CINCINNATI -- As much as the name Pete Kozma still sends shivers around Washington's beltway and Daniel Descalso claimed his October moment way back then in 2012, the joke starter Adam Wainwright would often make was their clutch roles in a monumental comeback would not have been possible without him.
The only reason the Cardinals had a six-run...Read more
MINNEAPOLIS -- Whatever has infected the Twins bullpen lately, it's shaking up the AL Central race.
The Twins saw their AL Central lead shrink to three games, the narrowest it has been since May?6, and the relief corps continues to be a big part of the reason. On Friday, after Jake Odorizzi handed over a tie score, the normally sure-armed Ryne ...Read more
BALTIMORE -- Richie Martin hasn't gotten much chance recently to run the bases, one of several Orioles who have faced elongated slumps and hitless streaks in recent weeks. So when a bounce and a bobble gave the rookie shortstop the chance to flash his speed Friday night, he hustled all the way around the bases.
Martin provided the most ...Read more
CLEVELAND -- A lot has been made of the Indians outfield this season, with much of it being sent into the complaint column.
But on Friday it was the starting outfield that powered the lineup and led the Indians to a 10-5 win over the Kansas City Royals at Progressive Field. It was the Indians' sixth win in a row after they dropped the first two...Read more
There were bloops, as in a two-run double by Leury Garcia to shallow right field in the second inning.
There was a blast, as in Yolmer Sanchez's solo home run to left in the fourth.
And there was finally another White Sox win.
The Sox snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 9-2 victory Friday against the Rays in front of 16,971 at Tropicana...Read more
DETROIT -- They saved their boos.
Those who attended Friday night's series opener between the Detroit Tigers and Toronto Blue Jays at Comerica Park did not boo Jordan Zimmermann when he was chased in the third inning, or the Tigers' offense, which was shut down again, instead canning their displeasure for the top of the sixth inning.
And among...Read more
SEATTLE -- A six-run outing Thursday night turned out to be Matt Harvey's downfall. The Los Angeles Angels designated the struggling right-handed pitcher for assignment Friday.
When the Angels signed the 30-year-old Harvey during the offseason to an $11 million, one-year contract, they were encouraged by the uptick in velocity his fastball ...Read more
CHICAGO -- Joe Maddon has been looking for more offense against left-handers, dropping Anthony Rizzo's name among several of his hitters, and Rizzo didn't take long to accommodate him.
On a sweltering Friday afternoon, the Cubs first baseman hit his fourth career grand slam with a 366-foot, third-inning blast to left-center field off Padres ...Read more
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Dark Knight, the nickname Matt Harvey earned by blowing fastballs by hitters and challenging them with nasty breaking balls as a young New York Mets ace in 2013 and 2015, returned in spirit on Thursday night.
It did not return in velocity and stuff, and that was a bit of a problem for the Los Angeles Angels right-hander, ...Read more
MINNEAPOLIS -- Eddie Rosario's pinch hit three-run home run in the seventh inning on Thursday gave the Twins a one-run lead while charging up a Target Field crowd that had been watching their team's offense sputter for the previous six innings. The Twins, after solo homers by Mitch Garver and C.J. Cron in the eighth inning, beat the Oakland ...Read more
CLEVELAND -- Arguably the best sign possible -- and perhaps what the Indians have been hoping for the most the last several months -- is beginning to come to fruition.
Jose Ramirez is heating up.
Ramirez continued his recent hot streak, belting the go-ahead home run, and led the Indians to a 6-3 win over the Detroit Tigers. Since losing the ...Read more
CINCINNATI -- It took a series of fortunate events for rookie Tommy Edman to come to the plate in the sixth inning with two outs, a tie game, and the bases loaded.
He then did what no other Cardinal had this season.
Edman's first career grand slam in the majors was also the Cardinals' first grand slam of the season -- and it catapulted them to...Read more
CHICAGO -- The White Sox losing their seventh successive game on a sweltering 100-degree day Thursday in Kansas City, Mo., was bound to make people testy.
But who would have guessed tensions would erupt, not among players in the Sox clubhouse, but between TV analyst Steve Stone and impatient fans on Twitter?
"We can't tell anyone how to feel ...Read more
PHILADELPHIA -- In retrospect, the Los Angeles Dodgers' A.J. Pollock admits, maybe he was pressing. Maybe coming to a new team and seeing so many new faces and learning a new commute and a new city and a new routine was overwhelming. Maybe that elbow infection that knocked him out for more than 10 weeks wasn't all terrible.
"Just being able to ...Read more
DENVER -- Two weeks ago, the Giants had no business looking at the National League Wild Card standings.
With two weeks until the July 31 trade deadline, the Giants' front office now has every reason to evaluate where the team stands in a playoff race that's beginning to take shape.
After winning 11 of their last 13 games, the Giants have ...Read more
- Anthony Rizzo hits a grand slam off the Padres' Eric Lauer in the Cubs' 6-5 victory
- Mike Leake gets three outs away from a perfect game as Mariners club Angels
- Sox end their 7-game losing streak behind Leury Garcia's 4-hit night in a 9-2 rout of the Rays
- Rumor not sitting well with Rangers ace Minor: 'It's almost like I signed just so they could trade me'
- After call for patience, White Sox fans fire back at 'clown show,' 'tire fire,' 'disaster'