ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Angels have proved they can hang with the American League's best teams. What's still unclear is whether they have enough assembled talent to beat them.
They played another tight, tenuous game against the current class of baseball, and again fell short.
They lost to the Cleveland Indians 6-5 Wednesday night ...Read more
SEATTLE -- Rougned Odor launched a grand slam Wednesday during the Texas Rangers' seven-run fourth inning, and Andrew Cashner allowed three runs in six innings in an 8-6 victory over the Seattle Mariners.
The grand slam was Odor's 30th homer of the season. It came in a sloppy inning for the Mariners behind Felix Hernandez, who was perfect for ...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- Triple-A El Paso's season ended Sunday. Several players who helped fuel the San Diego Padres affiliate's playoff run unpacked their bags Monday in downtown San Diego.
On Wednesday, a trio of them participated in a slugfest that made Petco Park feel more like El Paso's Southwest University Park. Nine swings produced a home run, ...Read more
PITTSBURGH -- The Milwaukee Brewers will enter the 2018 season facing raised expectations but without the player generally regarded as their top starting pitcher for an undetermined amount of time.
Right-hander Jimmy Nelson had the partially torn anterior labrum in his pitching shoulder repaired on Tuesday by well-known surgeon Neal ElAttrache ...Read more
HOUSTON -- White Sox second baseman Yoan Moncada hit a two-run homer off Astros right-hander Brad Peacock in the fourth inning Wednesday night, but the Sox managed just three more hits after that in a 4-3 loss to the Astros at Minute Maid Park.
Peacock threw three perfect innings to open the game before Yolmer Sanchez led off the fourth with a ...Read more
PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates scored six runs Wednesday, more than in their previous five games combined.
They needed them all.
Adam Frazier smacked a walk-off home run off Brewers closer Corey Knebel in the ninth inning as the Pirates snapped a seven-game skid with a 6-4 win over the Milwaukee Brewers at PNC Park. The Pirates (69-84) had lost 12 ...Read more
ATLANTA -- On a night when the Braves had five rookies in the starting lineup, a graybeard catcher put one of the youngsters, starter Lucas Sims, in position to pick up his third major league win. But that was before one of the ugliest bullpen meltdown in the recent history of a team that's had far more than its share of such incidents.
Arodys ...Read more
BALTIMORE -- The Orioles went toe to toe with the first-place Boston Red Sox on Monday and Tuesday night, but Wednesday's series finale at Camden Yards always figured to be a mismatch.
And it was.
What else could anyone have expected from a game that featured struggling left-hander Wade Miley and Cy Young Award candidate Chris Sale? Miley got ...Read more
The Empty PulpitSandra Arrants
Fourteen year old Sherman Thompson has stumbled upon the body of his pastor. Laid out, dead, on the front lawn of the parsonage, Reverend Archibald Temple had a voice of thunder that has been rendered silent forever. Sherman and his sister Grace are determined to find out who killed him and ...
PHILADELPHIA -- Aaron Altherr stood five feet from the on-deck circle on Wednesday night and watched as Brandon Morrow fired his warm-up pitches. The crowd at Citizens Bank Park buzzed as an eventual 7-5 Phillies win over the Dodgers began to brew. The bases were loaded. And it was Altherr who the Dodgers elected to face.
He had homered earlier...Read more
TORONTO -- Nothing like a historic homer and a blowout victory to ease the frustration of a long road trip.
Third baseman Mike Moustakas clubbed his 37th homer of the season, breaking Steve Balboni's franchise record, and rookie starter Jakob Junis yielded two earned runs in 61/3 innings as the Royals clobbered the Blue Jays 15-5 on Wednesday ...Read more
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Cubs saw their season-high seven-game winning streak snapped Wednesday night as the Rays scored three runs in the second inning and added three more in the fifth to cruise to an 8-1 victory at Tropicana Field. Jon Lester didn't strike out a batter in 41/3 innings and was tagged for eight hits.
At the plate
The Cubs ...Read more
CINCINNATI -- Amazing what a two-game winning streak will do at this time of year, especially in the bunched-up race for the postseason.
While staying in lockstep behind the Milwaukee Brewers, the Cardinals advanced on the NL wild-card race with an emphatic 9-2 victory Wednesday night against Cincinnati at Great American Ball Park. The engines ...Read more
The Padres on Wednesday announced a two-year contract extension for left-hander Clayton Richard. Financial terms of the deal, which keeps Richard under contract through 2019, were not immediately disclosed.
Richard, 34, had been due for free agency after signing a one-year deal last December. In his first full season as a starter since 2012, he...Read more
SEATTLE -- The offseason is only 12 days away for two-thirds of the teams in Major League Baseball, which means the also-rans will get a head start on their winter planning if they choose to take it.
Most of the teams who plan on making a run at Shohei Ohtani, contender or pretender, have already started their legwork on the next big thing out ...Read more
MIAMI -- Don Mattingly wasn't sure what to expect from Justin Bour upon the first baseman's return this month, and Bour himself had no way of knowing for sure either. After five-plus weeks on the disabled list with a strained oblique, and only a handful of minor league games to help get his timing back, what production could Bour reasonably ...Read more
DETROIT -- Anibal Sanchez said it dawned on him after he exited the game that it may have been the last time he pitched at Comerica Park as a Detroit Tiger. He also made it clear he doesn't want that to be the case.
"I would love to (come back)," Sanchez said Wednesday afternoon. "But I don't got control of that. I said that before."
Sanchez ...Read more
PHILADELPHIA -- After losing Tuesday night for the fourth time in three weeks, Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Pedro Baez informed manager Dave Roberts that he could pitch Wednesday. Roberts made a counter offer.
"I asked him to sit with me in the dugout for the next couple days," Roberts said before his team faced the Philadelphia Phillies at ...Read more
ANAHEIM, Calif.--This is what awaits them. If the Angels are to complete their quest and qualify for the postseason, they will have to win games like this one.
They will have to best front-line starters, bullpens brimming with hard throwers, lineups swollen with power and speed. If they can get past the Oct. 3 wild-card game, they will have to ...Read more
SAN FRANCISCO -- On the night major league baseball broke its all-time record for home runs in a season, the San Francisco Giants did something out of character.
They contributed to the total.
But it wasn't Hunter Pence's go-ahead, two-run homer in the fifth inning that beat the Rockies 4-3 on Tuesday night.
After Colorado tied the score ...Read more
SEATTLE--On a night when a win seemed more important than vital, a baserunning mistake killed their chances to take a lead and their best reliever gave up two runs in the eighth inning to send them to defeat.
In the effort to subdue off the slow crawl toward mathematical elimination with each passing day, the Mariners obviously needed to win on...Read more