OAKLAND, Calif. -- It was as if the Coliseum hopped into a time machine that was set to the early 2000s. The stadium was packed, even Mount Davis, and the Oakland A's treated the raucous home crowd with a finish that sent them into a frenzy.
On a night where Mount Davis was re-opened to the public for the first time in 13 years, 56,310 fans ...Read more
SEATTLE--Has optimism been replaced by fatalism when it comes to a Felix Hernandez start?
Even when an outing starts out well like it did on Saturday night at Safeco Field, the dread/expectation of failure seems to loom with each pitch, each batter, which also happened Saturday night in an uninspiring 5-0 loss to a very bad Chicago White Sox ...Read more
MILWAUKEE -- The fastball is no longer all that fast. In a game increasingly dominated by strikeouts, Clayton Kershaw relies on a mix of pitches, the ability to throw them to a precise spot, and the cooperation of his fielders in converting batted balls into outs.
When Kershaw came off the field after his sixth and final inning Saturday, he ...Read more
CHICAGO -- Mike Montgomery found his groove after shaking off rust following a nine-day layoff, but the Cubs blew a two-run lead and fell to the Cardinals, 6-3, in the second game of Saturday's split doubleheader at Wrigley Field.
Montgomery, who said he was fatigued at the end of the first half, recovered from a shaky first two innings and ...Read more
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Catcher Salvador Perez drilled a first-inning, two-run home run and the Royals beat the Twins, 4-2, at Kauffman Stadium on Saturday night.
Perez roped the pitch into the right-field corner some 369 feet away from home plate.
One night earlier, Perez had stood on second base, hands raised above his head as Mike Moustakas ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Saturday's Braves-Nationals game was postponed because of inclement weather, the Nationals announced roughly five hours before the scheduled 7:05 p.m. start.
Sean Newcomb was set to face Gio Gonzalez in the second meeting of a three-game set. The Braves won Friday night 8-5, behind an offensive outburst from leadoff man Ronald ...Read more
CHICAGO -- Cubs manager Joe Maddon spread the work as Kris Bryant and Addison Russell were out of the starting lineup for the first game of Saturday's split doubleheader against the Cardinals at Wrigley Field.
"I didn't want to wear (Bryant) out," Maddon said of his third baseman, who returned July 11 after missing 16 games because of left ...Read more
PHILADELPHIA -- The Padres gained a night off and didn't lose a game on Saturday.
Steady rain expected throughout the evening prompted the postponement of their scheduled game against the Phillies four hours before the scheduled first pitch.
The game is set to be made up Sunday as part of a split doubleheader.
Luis Perdomo was scheduled to ...Read more
TORONTO -- On most days, an Orioles' loss can be dissected into one inning, one play or one pitch.
On Saturday afternoon, it was as simple as an overturned play at second base that led to three unearned runs off right-hander Alex Cobb in the Orioles' 4-1 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.
On that play, shortstop Tim Beckham -- ...Read more
CHICAGO -- Jose Quintana will get extra rest, giving him an 11-day break before Sunday's start against the Cardinals.
"Normal fatigue," Maddon said. "He just seemed to be fatiguing a bit -- nothing awful."
Concern over Quintana's arm was enough to push him back despite the fact that Kyle Hendricks and Jon Lester made their first starts of the ...Read more
ANAHEIM, Calif.--Tyler Skaggs had a couple problems Friday night for the Angels.
Neither of them was self-confidence.
"It's at an 11 right now," Skaggs said recently. "It's not even just a 10."
That's how good he had been of late, Skaggs allowing four earned runs over his previous 38 innings.
Even that impressive, Dallas Keuchel nearly ...Read more
SEATTLE -- Perhaps it was fitting on the day the organization announced his multiyear contract extension to keep him managing the Mariners for the foreseeable future, Scott Servais didn't have to endure another grind-it-out, one-run nail-biter of a decision.
Nope, his team spoiled him with a 3-1 victory over the White Sox instead.
The win ...Read more
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Giants have one of the highest payrolls in baseball this season as they're brushing up close to the $197 million luxury tax threshold thanks to an extensive list of bloated contracts.
But as the club started the second half in Oakland, their 5-1 win over the A's was all about money found instead of money spent.
The ...Read more
MILWAUKEE--By the time Manny Machado made the first out of his Los Angeles Dodgers career, his new team was three outs from victory, with an All-Star closer waiting to deliver. By the time Kenley Jansen did deliver, the Dodgers' giddiness in fortifying their roster with an All-Star shortstop had been tempered by the renewed realization they must...Read more
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Royals hadn't played in Kauffman Stadium in 12 days.
In fact, they hadn't played at all in four days when they arrived in Kansas City to face the Twins on Friday.
The All-Star break screeched to a halt the tottering train the Royals maneuvered through: a 5-21 end to baseball's unofficial first half. The break gave the ...Read more
TORONTO -- The new-look Orioles -- playing their first game of the post-Manny Machado era -- began the second half of the season Friday night at Rogers Centre with a late-inning rally but another frustrating loss.
They hit four home runs, including three in the final two innings, to come back from a five-run eighth-inning deficit, but lost, 8-7...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Maybe the Braves' offense really did need the All-Star break. Or just Ronald Acuna hitting leadoff.
In their first game back, the bats tagged Stephen Strasburg for six runs, and the Braves beat the Nationals 8-5 Friday at Nationals Park.
Braves manager Brian Snitker decided to hit Acuna first in the order, the latest attempt to ...Read more
PHILADELPHIA -- It took just 14 pitches in Friday night's 11-5 win for the Phillies to hear their first boos of the second half. It was the first time since 2011 that the Phils played a game after the All-Star break atop the National League East. And the night could not have started any worse.
They gave up four runs to the hapless Padres. Jorge...Read more
CHICAGO -- If the Cubs prayed for rain, give them credit. It actually worked.
Nothing else they tried Friday did.
You know it's a rough day when pinch-hitter Tommy La Stella is summoned as a pinch-pitcher, inserted in the sixth inning to save the bullpen with his mid-70s cheese. And when catcher Victor Caratini and outfielder Ian Happ close it...Read more
In his first extensive comments since his trade Wednesday to the Los Angeles Dodgers, former Orioles star Manny Machado took to Instagram to share a heartfelt letter to "my Baltimore family," including Orioles fans, teammates and management.
The shortstop was the organization's first-round pick in 2010, and spent parts of seven major league ...Read more