ANAHEIM, Calif.--Closers save games for their teams, sure, but also for their teammates.
So Friday, after a no-drama 1-2-3 ninth inning secured a victory for Andrew Heaney, Blake Parker admitted to feeling more than the usual sense of accomplishment.
"It was good to bounce back after Heaney's last outing," the Angels reliever said. "He pitched...Read more
ATLANTA--It was deep in the falling action when Friday turned into Saturday at SunTrust Park and Manny Machado homered in the 15th inning to send the Baltimore Orioles to an eventual 10-7 win over the Atlanta Braves.
And the wild ninth inning that preceded it made even that advantage an uncomfortable one. Two hours earlier, the Orioles (22-52) ...Read more
SAN FRANCISCO--In a game of inches, punctuality is just as critical as precision.
The San Francisco Giants were neither on time or on the mark Friday against the San Diego Padres and it cost them in a 6-2 defeat to the last-place club in the National League West.
Manager Bruce Bochy's squad unraveled in a sloppy top of the sixth inning, ...Read more
DENVER -- It wasn't Coors Field that did in Wei-Yin Chen.
While Chen gave up a towering home run to Nolan Arenado in a six-run Rockies outburst in the fourth, it was a series of Marlins misadventures (including one of his own) and small-ball baseball that led to Chen's undoing and an eventual 11-3 Colorado win.
There was a ...Read more
CLEVELAND -- Shane Bieber delivered his second consecutive gem and the Indians launched three home runs, including a grand slam by Yonder Alonso, in a 10-0 win over the Detroit Tigers Friday night at Progressive Field.
Bieber, in his third career major-league start, put together the best of the three thus far. He tossed seven scoreless innings,...Read more
HOUSTON -- Royals outfielder Rosell Herrera, claimed off waivers from the Reds earlier this month and called up to the major-league team five days ago, exceeded all expectations and came up big on Friday.
He looped an RBI triple into center field in the ninth inning off Astros reliever Ken Giles to give the Royals a lead in a 1-0 win at Minute ...Read more
MILWAUKEE -- For a club spiraling through a road trip that thudded Thursday with a heinous, mistake-strewn loss, the Cardinals returned to Miller Park with a chance to still stake a claim to this series if they found a spark of something, anything.
Jack Flaherty did even better.
He held Milwaukee to nothing.
It still wasn't enough.
Jesus ...Read more
BOSTON -- Due to the "quirks" that can be found in the schedule, situations like the same starting pitchers facing off against each other in back-to-back outings can arise during the season.
It's happened once already this season when Felix Hernandez and Tampa's Blake Snell faced each other June 3 at Safeco Field and June 9 at Tropicana Stadium...Read more
NEW YORK -- The ballpark shuddered upon impact. A visceral groan rippled through Citi Field as Cody Bellinger's sixth-inning grand slam took flight. On the ground in right field, Mets outfielder Jose Bautista stood in place and stared upward. At last the baseball landed in the second deck, a towering blast that proved the difference in a 5-2 ...Read more
MINNEAPOLIS -- If defenses could score, like they can in football, the Twins may have won Friday's game. They executed over-the-shoulder catches on the run, short-hop scoops, catch-and-throw pickups and a sensational dive-and-flip double play.
Give them plenty of style points, for sure. Just not enough runs.
One day after going down in order ...Read more
CHICAGO -- James Shields' four-run second inning -- with the Athletics getting help from the first of Yoan Moncada's two fielding errors -- was just the tip of the iceberg for Shields' struggles and the Sox's multitude of defensive problems during an 11-2 loss to the Athletics in the first game of Friday's doubleheader.
As dismal as the first ...Read more
CINCINNATI -- Kris Bryant and Jason Heyward have proven to be a winning combination in the 1-2 spots, and they were back there Friday night against the Reds at Great American Ball Park.
But the combo failed to do any damage on Friday in a 6-3 loss to the Reds.
Jose Quintana was hit hard, allowing four runs on nine hits in five innings, and the...Read more
WASHINGTON -- A few hours before the start of Friday night's game, in the quiet of an empty ballpark in the nation's capital, Phillies manager Gabe Kapler mentioned the "challenge" posed to his young team by playing seven games over the next 10 days against the two-time defending National League East champions.
The Phillies...Read more
CHICAGO -- James Shields' four-run second inning -- with the Athletics getting help from the first of Yoan Moncada's two fielding errors -- was just the tip of the iceberg for Shields' struggles and the Sox's multitude of defensive problems during an 11-2 loss to the Athletics in the first game of Friday's doubleheader that had shades of the 12-...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Orioles center fielder Adam Jones has been one of the team's few constants, at least offensively, in a wildly inconsistent season for the team as a whole. He tries not to look at it this way, but it couldn't be happening at a better time for him.
Jones entered Thursday night batting .352 with an .870 OPS and four extra-base hits ...Read more
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- They've had shoulders, elbows and ankles, an adductor and an oblique, a forearm, a knee, a wrist, a hamstring and a lumbar.
They've had strains, sprains and tears, a subluxation and an impingement and an absurdly swelled amount of inflammation.
The one thing the 2018 Los Angeles Angels haven't had, medically speaking at ...Read more
SAN FRANCISCO -- It was a familiar sight that conjured up memories of the glory days.
It was an event that even on a chilly evening brought back warm recollections, and it was the type of scene that's become all too infrequent over the last two years as far as the San Francisco Giants are concerned.
When Madison Bumgarner straps up his boots ...Read more
MILWAUKEE -- Their rotation thinned by a serious injury to a leading player and their hold on a winning record starting to loosen, the Cardinals turned to the pitcher they've expected to lead them all season for what could have been a statement game against a rival.
It couldn't have gone worse.
Then it did.
In one of the most lackluster and ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- How does a team with nothing to lose still manage to lose like this?
On Thursday night at Nationals Park, the Orioles fell 4-2 and dropped a league-high 52nd game that was made all the more puzzling in the way they almost avoided that fate.
After a returning Colby Rasmus, whose presence on the roster after an 11-week disabled ...Read more
CINCINNATI -- It was less than a month ago the Cubs were struggling and their fans were full of angst over another slow start.
Reminded of that before Thursday night's 6-2 loss to the Reds, manager Joe Maddon smiled and replied: "People are angst-filled."
The Cubs eventually came around and went into their seven-game trip to Cincinnati and Los...Read more
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