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
NEW YORK -- The Padres sustained a pair of injuries up the middle Wednesday at Citi Field. Then they doled out some damage of their own, using various parts of their field. Finally, they narrowly avoided what would have been a painful loss.
In a 6-5 victory over the New York Mets, Yangervis Solarte, Wil Myers and Hunter Renfroe delivered ...Read more
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Los Angeles Angels started well, finished poorly, and suffered a 5-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday at Tropicana Field.
With one out in the first inning, Mike Trout pounded a fastball off of the center-field wall for a double. Albert Pujols soon smashed the 597th home run of his career to left field, and the...Read more
WASHINGTON -- It's easy to place much of the blame for the Mariners' five-game losing streak on the starting pitching, which has been justifiably abysmal in four of the five losses. How bad? Seattle starters have given up a combined 30 runs in 162/3 innings pitched over the last four games.
And yet, one thing is also readily apparent following ...Read more
BOSTON -- Texas Rangers left-hander Cole Hamels said that he will continue to play catch for up to another week before ratcheting up his throwing program and getting back on a mound.
Hamels threw Wednesday for a second consecutive day after feeling no side effects from throwing Tuesday for the first time in three weeks. He will also increase ...Read more
PHOENIX -- White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana turned in his worst start of the year Wednesday afternoon at Chase Field in an 8-6 loss to the Diamondbacks.
Quintana allowed eight earned runs on eight hits with seven strikeouts over 41/3 innings, his shortest outing of the year, and the Sox again couldn't complete a rally.
The Sox went 3-7 on a...Read more
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- In the second or third inning of a start May 14, Los Angeles Angels right-hander Alex Meyer took a deep breath and felt a sharp pain in his back.
"That feels weird," he recalled thinking.
He kept pitching, felt nothing in his final innings as he dominated the Detroit Tigers, and concluded the jolt had been an aberration...Read more
BALTIMORE -- Not only are the Twins winning road games at a startling pace, but they're doing it almost sadistically, giving home teams the illusion that they're vulnerable. In the space of 45 hours at Camden Yards, the Twins rallied from a 5-0 deficit for one win, then scratched out only two runs yet captured a second.
And Wednesday's 4-3 ...Read more
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Sonny Gray, who'd been out in the wilderness for most of 2017, was back in prime form in Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Marlins.
The A's have been longing to see this Gray, who came into the game with average numbers, including a 3.97 ERA and 1-1 record after spending all of April on the disabled list with shoulder problems.
ATLANTA -- If they were going to wait out a rain delay of more than three hours, the Atlanta Braves figured they might as well come back and win. And they did, with "Big City" coming through.
After Jim Johnson blew a one-run lead in the top of the ninth and the Pittsburgh Pirates took a lead on Jordy Mercer's two-out, two-run single, the Braves...Read more
LOS ANGELES--The collision brought a hush to Dodger Stadium, a ballpark still reeling from a ninth-inning hiccup that spoiled Clayton Kershaw's bid for his first shutout of 2017. An inning later, three innings before Logan Forsythe hit a walkoff RBI double to usher in a 2-1 victory over St. Louis, the left elbow of Yasiel Puig bashed into the ...Read more
OAKLAND, Calif.--The Oakland A's injury problems had seemed to be getting better, but that took a turn for the worse Tuesday in an 11-9 loss to the Miami Marlins.
Starting pitcher Jesse Hahn had to come out of the game in the third inning because of what the club called a right triceps strain.
First baseman Yonder Alonso had to be lifted after...Read more
PHOENIX--The Chicago White Sox removed rookie pitcher Dylan Covey in the middle of an Arizona Diamondbacks at-bat because of left oblique soreness in Tuesday night's 5-4 loss at Chase Field.
After throwing a strike to Paul Goldschmidt with one out in the third, Covey called a conference on the mound and then walked off the field with trainer ...Read more
MILWAUKEE -- Almost two months into the season, Jimmy Nelson is still struggling to find his footing.
The right-hander followed up a solid start in San Diego with an off-night Tuesday at Miller Park, and the Milwaukee Brewers dropped a 4-3 interleague matchup to the Toronto Blue Jays.
Toronto scored twice in the second inning and twice in the ...Read more
HOUSTON -- Alex Wilson got what he wanted.
He had it in his glove, a groundball that would turn into a double play, which would thwart a Houston Astros rally and send the upstart Tigers back at the plate.
It was in the bottom of the seventh inning on Tuesday night. It came off the bat of George Springer. A hard-hit ball right into Wilson's ...Read more
CHICAGO -- Cubs manager Joe Maddon remains immune to suggestions regarding his daily lineup and his preference for resting players.
"The difference with our group regarding constructing a lineup daily is a lot of teams may have bench players who they really don't want to play," Maddon said. "We have bench players who (we) really want to play. ...Read more
PHILADELPHIA -- Ty Kelly popped up in the sixth inning of an 8-2 loss to Colorado on Tuesday night and smashed his bat into pieces before returning to the Phillies dugout.
It was the perfect symbolism for the team's current dreadful stretch. The Phillies have lost 16 of their 20 games this month, allowing eight runs or more in seven of those ...Read more
Members of Willie Stargell's family, including several children and grandchildren, are angered by his widow's decision to auction some of the Hall of Famer's possessions.
Memorabilia for the auction, which begins Wednesday, is being donated by Willie Stargell's second wife, Margaret Weller-Stargell. But Dolores Stargell, who was married to the ...Read more