ATLANTA -- The slog to this season's finish line matched a Canadian right-hander against a Brazilian left-hander, both with ERAs above 6.00, but one rookie had a little more to prove than the other. Nick Pivetta has endured a beating. He has vowed it will transform him into a better player. The Phillies believe in Pivetta's fortitude, and that ...Read more
BALTIMORE -- The Orioles haven't had much of a September, but they wrapped up their home schedule with a 9-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday before 23,424 at Camden Yards.
J.J. Hardy delivered a tie-breaking two-run home run in the fourth inning and the O's prevailed even though scheduled starter Dylan Bundy had to be scratched before...Read more
DETROIT -- It was the first of what could be a few memorable achievements for the Twins this week.
Right-hander Jose Berrios was dominant early and the offense was a constant threat as the Twins whipped the Tigers 10-4 to complete a sweep of the four-game series and, with an 82-74 record, guarantee a winning season.
And that's nothing to take ...Read more
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Just as Seren Smith Wheelwright walked to the microphone to sing the national anthem, Bruce Maxwell, his back facing the crowd and his face toward the flag out in left field, dropped down to a knee on the Coliseum dirt. He covered the left side of his chest with the classic A's green and gold hat held in his right hand. To his...Read more
MILWAUKEE -- Seemingly stuck in a nightmarish version of baseball Groundhog Day, the Milwaukee Brewers finally turned the table on the Chicago Cubs.
Travis Shaw averted a third consecutive 10-inning loss to the Cubs on Saturday afternoon at Miller Park, slugging a two-run homer off Chicago closer Wade Davis.
The Brewers tied the game in the ...Read more
HOUSTON -- The Major League Baseball season is a beast, a monstrosity unlike anything else in sports. For at least eight months, there is almost always a game the next day. That truth offers unceasing opportunities to avenge defeat, constant chances to spoil victory and, at the end, a particular sense of torment.
After their sixth straight loss...Read more
CHICAGO -- Eighteen days ago, Alex Gordon finished 0 for 4 in a blowout loss in Detroit. His batting average sank to .196, matching its low point since July 19. His slugging percentage was a dreadful .282. He owned just five home runs in more than five months.
To have a starting left fielder performing at such an offensive level represented a ...Read more
ATLANTA -- Johan Camargo's stock soared earlier this season, and the Braves rookie provided another reminder why Saturday night.
Camargo's two-out, two-run pinch-hit double in the eighth inning lifted the Braves to a 4-2 win against the Phillies in the penultimate home game of the season at SunTrust Park.
Julio Teheran pitched seven solid ...Read more
An Act of WarMichael K. McMahan
When Lt. Travis Kelly kills a North Vietnamese officer near the Cambodian border in 1969, he tries hard to put the incident--and the rest of the Vietnam War--behind him. But like so many of Travis's experience in the war, this one comes continues to haunt him decades ...
DETROIT -- If the Twins will be playing deep into the postseason, surely they can expect to face starting pitchers that tie them up for most of the game.
That happened Saturday night against the last-place Tigers, when left-hander Matt Boyd gave up a fluke run to the first batter of the game, then nearly shut down the Twins from there.
But the...Read more
BALTIMORE -- Before their biggest home crowd in a month at Camden Yards, the Orioles played out an array of inevitable outcomes Saturday night that combine to explain plenty about their lost 2017 season.
With a 9-6 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays before an announced 42,802 fans Saturday, combined with a Minnesota Twins win, the Orioles were ...Read more
PITTSBURGH -- In short, it was the worst of 160 starts in Lance Lynn's big-league career. And it scarcely could have come at a worse time.
The St. Louis Cardinals' righthander failed to last the first inning Saturday night as the Pittsburgh Pirates laid into him for eight runs and then played out an 11-6 victory, costing the Cardinals position ...Read more
OAKLAND, Calif. -- There's hitters going on hot streaks to begin their careers and then there's what Matt Olson has accomplished, which is now just ridiculous.
Olson blasted yet another home run in Friday's 4-1 victory over the Texas Rangers in front of 13,848 fans at the Coliseum. The two-run bomb came in the second inning off an 0-2 pitch ...Read more
LOS ANGELES--The Los Angeles Dodgers finally popped the champagne corks on their National League West title Friday. And not a moment too soon for manager Dave Roberts, who has looked like a man who needed a stiff drink for a couple of weeks now.
Roberts' team is limping toward the postseason with a battered bullpen, a couple of banged-up ...Read more
SEATTLE--The team that had lost six consecutive games and looked lifeless meets the team that had won 27 of 28 games and looked unstoppable.
Of course, the Seattle Mariners, a team with a pulse near flatline, and on the verge of mathematical elimination beats the hottest team in baseball, the Cleveland Indians, ...Read more
SAN DIEGO--Jordan Lyles was perfect through four innings Friday at Petco Park. Considering it was his fourth start of the season, and given how the first three had gone, it was an unexpected development.
An untimely interruption would mar a largely positive appearance for the San Diego Padres right-hander. Nolan Arenado clubbed a deep drive ...Read more
CHICAGO -- Mike Moustakas dropped his bat to the dirt and shrugged his shoulders, his feet still planted in the dirt of the batter's box. He pulled his helmet off his head and looked out toward the outfield at Guaranteed Rate Park.
It was the top of the fifth inning on Friday, and Moustakas had just ripped a baseball toward first base with ...Read more
ATLANTA -- The last time the Braves opened a game with six consecutive hits, they went on to win a World Series. That was 1995, when they did the six-hit first-inning thing on Opening Day against the Giants.
The Braves pulled off the feat Friday night in a 7-2 win against the Phillies at SunTrust Park, where Kurt Suzuki had his third two-homer ...Read more
HOUSTON -- This is nearly it. The Angels' postseason dreams can sustain no more body blows. They lost again on Friday night, fell another game out of the wild-card race, and are on the verge of elimination, not mathematically but practically.
Houston beat them, 3-0, before 34,127 enthused fans at Minute Maid Park. In a virtual postseason ...Read more
Derek Jeter doesn't even own the Marlins yet, but he already has informed the team that he plans to fire two special assistants who are in Baseball's Hall of Fame (Andre Dawson and Tony Perez), the manager who led them to the 2003 World Series championship (Jack McKeon) and the player known as Mr. Marlin (Jeff Conine), according to two MLB ...Read more
BALTIMORE -- It remains to be seen whether Ubaldo Jimenez gets another chance to make a good last impression in the waning days of his four-year career in Baltimore, but Friday night's performance against the Tampa Bay Rays certainly didn't qualify.
Jimenez pitched a perfect first inning and then allowed six runs on eight hits before he could ...Read more
- Royals beat White Sox 8-2, and Alex Gordon is starting to shows signs of life
- Angels lose sixth in a row, dimming fading wild-card hopes
- A's blank Rangers, 1-0, after Maxwell takes a knee for anthem
- Camargo's two-run double in 8th lifts Braves past Phillies
- Brewers defeat Cubs on Shaw's two-run, walk-off home run in 10th inning