LOS ANGELES -- The rift between Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts and outfielder Yasiel Puig widened Monday as Roberts benched Puig for the second game in a row, this time after Puig showed up late for a pregame activity.
"No one player can be bigger than the team," Roberts said before the game against San Diego. "The priority has got to...Read more
Addison Russell didn't convert a Cardinals fan when he dived into the stands and spilled his loaded nachos on him in the second inning of Monday night's game at Busch Stadium.
But Russell did make a new fan.
Andrew Gudermuth, a 21-year-old manager of Solstice Sunglasses in Chesterfield, Mo., was sitting in a front row seat down the third base ...Read more
PHILADELPHIA -- Aaron Nola reached into his glove Monday night, adjusted his grip in the fifth inning of a 3-1 loss to Washington, and delivered his final strikeout of the season. He used his curveball -- the pitch that continued to blossom this season -- for strike three. It was excellent as ever.
Monday was Nola's final start of 2017, a ...Read more
CLEVELAND -- The Twins left Detroit on Sunday after a four-game sweep of the Tigers focusing on an important topic -- fantasy football.
But while "team owners" screamed at televisions in the visitors' clubhouse at Comerica Park, third baseman Eduardo Escobar, seated at a table, wore a big grin for another reason.
The Twins have nearly crossed ...Read more
DENVER -- Two thousand and sixty-one miles from Marlins Park, where they gathered and sobbed and tried to understand a year ago, the Miami Marlins marked the first anniversary of Jose Fernandez's death at Coors Field, where they began a series Monday night against the Colorado Rockies.
Their schedule, created and released before the tragedy, ...Read more
NEW YORK -- It took Lucas Sims a little longer than anticipated to get to the majors, but Sims is starting to pitch like he belongs and he could be a legitimate contender for a spot in next year's rotation.
Sims took a four-hit shutout into the seventh inning Monday and got plenty of late offensive support as the Braves beat the Mets 9-2 in the...Read more
HOUSTON -- Five times this season, Luis Valbuena had faced Chris Devenski, and five times Devenski had struck him out, wielding his wicked changeup to great success. So, when Valbuena stepped up to face him with the bases loaded in a tied seventh inning Sunday at Minute Maid Park, he resolved to locate redemption, as long as it took. He wanted ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- As the calendar runs out on the regular season, Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts admits he has a lot of decisions to make before the playoffs begin.
He faces issues in the bullpen, is unsettled over his roster and may still juggle his postseason rotation. But one thing is already settled: Clayton Kershaw will get the ball...Read more
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Born of the working class in England, young Walter Crofter runs away from his dysfunctional family to seek fun and adventure. Becoming first mate on a trade ship, not only does Walter save the captain's life more than once, he excels at his position to find wealth, love...
SAN DIEGO -- On video, in the cage, even in the on-deck circle, there is nowhere Wil Myers hasn't turned to in a months-long search to steer out of the most frustrating skid of his career.
He may not have all the answers as a second up-and-down season in San Diego winds down.
Myers does, however, have momentum.
In an 8-4 loss to the playoff-...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- The number 40 is mentioned 146 times in the Bible, usually to represent an extended time of struggle or trial or test of faith.
This is worth mentioning because Clayton Kershaw made his 40th career start against the Giants on Sunday. Keep your locusts. Kershaw's overhand curve and deceptive delivery and 95-mph pointillism have ...Read more
MILWAUKEE -- Ben Zobrist has earned World Series rings in consecutive seasons, so he has a pretty accurate gauge of the Cubs' sense of urgency.
"It's the playoffs already for this team," Zobrist said Sunday after the Cubs shut out the Brewers 5-0 on Jose Quintana's three-hitter and reduced their magic number to clinch the National League ...Read more
CHICAGO -- Ian Kennedy pressed through a doorway and appeared in the visitors clubhouse Sunday afternoon, his right hand clutching a plate of sushi in the moments after an 8-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox.
All around him, teammates sat at tables and ate from the postgame spread inside a somber room. Kennedy had no wish to delay the inevitable....Read more
SEATTLE -- The Mariners' obituary could've been written a few days ago when they were swept by the Rangers to start the season's final homestand and extending a six-game losing streak. For all intents and purposes, the Mariners were done then.
But on a sun-drenched Sunday afternoon where the fall chill was apparent, the Mariners were ...Read more
PITTSBURGH -- In the past few seasons, September has been a time for the Pirates to position themselves for the playoffs -- or at least a possible postseason run. This year is different: The Pirates were out of contention by August, so September has been less of a chase for October than a chance to spoil others' postseason hopes and audition the...Read more
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