BOSTON — It sounded like October. The sharp crack as Giancarlo Stanton slammed the first pitch he saw was loud and important. The eruption from half of the sold-out crowd at Fenway as the ball flew over the Green Monster, the seats on the Monster and onto Lansdowne Street for a game-deciding grand slam in the top of the eighth was like a ...Read more
OAKLAND, Calif. — Starling Marte sent the Oakland A’s to a 2-1, walk-off victory on Saturday afternoon with an extra-base hit to score Elvis Andrus from first base. But Andrus injured himself rounding third and crumpled to the ground in agony at home plate.
Following Frankie Montas’ gem in Friday’s landslide win, Sean Manaea turned in a...Read more
PHILADELPHIA — Ranger Suárez started the season in the minors, reached the Phillies as a long reliever, pitched his way into the later innings, and was the team’s closer before moving to the starting rotation. He’s pitched in nearly every situation this season and his next role could be postseason starter.
The Phillies still have a ways ...Read more
CHICAGO — A team that began the month inviting questions about an uncertain future is finishing September by making uncanny history.
The Cardinals won their club-record 15th consecutive game by rallying to overpower and overwhelm the Cubs, 8-5, on Saturday at Wrigley Field. In 130 years of professional baseball in the National League, no ...Read more
PHOENIX — When AJ Pollock suffered a hamstring earlier this month, Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts initially feared the outfielder’s season might be over.
But since rejoining the Dodgers this week, Pollock has hardly shown any signs of rust.
A night after collecting two hits in his return to the starting lineup, Pollock stayed hot...Read more
By now, none of these things should really surprise anyone about these Seattle Mariners:
1. The Mariners won.
2. They won a one-run game.
3. And they needed an edge-of-your-seat performance from their bullpen to do it.
Paul Sewald escaped a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the ninth, and the Mariners kept pace in the American League wild-...Read more
OAKLAND, Calif. — Highlighted by Chad Pinder’s seventh-inning grand slam, the Oakland A’s finally showed some spark in a 14-2 win over their rival Houston Astros on Friday night.
While the A’s have been spiraling over the last month, Frankie Montas has only gotten stronger. Friday night, he turned in seven innings and allowed one earned...Read more
SAN DIEGO — Incredibly, the skies opened up here of all places on Friday afternoon, scrambling the Petco Park grounds crew into a rare tarp drill as the San Diego Padres prepared to resume a game that began in rainy Atlanta two months earlier, back when the bullpen was the strength of a playoff-bound team.
The baseball gods can be funny like ...Read more
DENVER — In the midst of one of the most compelling division races Major League Baseball has seen in years, it’s difficult for the participants to pause and reflect on the remarkable accomplishments taking place on a daily basis.
With pressure to stay ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West race and avoid a one-game ...Read more
MINNEAPOLIS — Bailey Ober never faced more than four batters in an inning Friday as the Twins beat Toronto, 3-1.
The rookie starter went five shutout innings with six strikeouts at Target Field in front of an announced crowd of 18,861. His one flaw was a solo home run Marcus Semien hit into the bullpen in the sixth inning, but Jorge Alcala ...Read more
PHILADELPHIA — Don’t try to make sense of what happened Friday night at Citizens Bank Park. Sometimes, even in a sport that seeks to find a metric for everything, there aren’t explanations.
Instead, cue up the video of Héctor Neris snapping his glove at a two-out grounder back to the mound and running — nay, scampering — to first ...Read more
Stayin’ alive, but still producing the second-fewest runs per game in the National League.
The Mets remained mathematically alive in the pennant race following their 5-1 loss to the Brewers on Friday night in Milwaukee. There was hardly any inspirational play from the Mets to back their manager’s continued belief they are a playoff team. ...Read more
CLEVELAND — Chicago White Sox starter Dylan Cease exited Friday’s 1-0 victory against Cleveland in the sixth inning with a bruised right triceps after being hit by Bradley Zimmer’s hard grounder back to the mound.
X-rays were negative, and Cease’s status is day to day, the Sox said. He allowed three hits and struck out nine in 5 1/3 ...Read more
DETROIT — The Detroit Tigers recorded back-to-back doubles in the seventh inning but couldn't produce a run in what turned out to be their final scoring opportunity Friday night.
Facing Kansas City Royals reliever Jake Brentz, Niko Goodrum slapped a fastball into right field. Third base coach Ramon Santiago waved Goodrum around second base, a...Read more
BALTIMORE — Cedric Mullins has made his mark in center field at Camden Yards throughout this Orioles season. Fittingly, that’s where he drove his historic home run Friday night.
The three-run blast off Texas Rangers starter Spencer Howard was Mullins’ 30th of the year, making him the first player in Orioles history with a 30-30 season. ...Read more
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Rays looked pretty good again Friday in winning a second straight game, beating the Marlins, 8-0.
Kind of like a division champion, which they could be as soon as Saturday night.
The Rays got hits early and often, with Randy Arozarena getting them started with a three-run double in the first, and a solid six-inning...Read more
BOSTON — The Yankees would like to make this weekend their last trip here of the year. Friday night Gleyber Torres and Giancarlo Stanton made that pretty clear.
In what many expect to be a preview of the American League wild-card game, the Yankees crushed Nathan Eovaldi and the Red Sox, 8-3, at Fenway Park.
It was a good start to this do-or-...Read more
CHICAGO — All the greats that have come and gone and gone to Cooperstown as Cardinals in the past eight decades never experienced anything like this.
Stan Musial did more things than any Cardinal has ever done or ever will do, and he never had a team that did this. Four of the men to manage the Cardinals in the past 60 years are in the Hall ...Read more
DETROIT — Tigers left-hander Matthew Boyd didn't necessarily get good news after talking to several prominent arm specialists across the country, but he might've got the best news he could've hoped for given the tender condition of his left forearm and elbow.
Boyd is scheduled for surgery Monday in Dallas with Dr. Keith Meister to repair the ...Read more
CHICAGO — The uncertainty of what Major League Baseball’s next collective bargaining agreement will entail leaves organizations in a holding pattern as the 2021 regular season draws to a close.
For non-playoff teams such as the Chicago Cubs, whose sights soon will fully turn to offseason mode, efforts to outline a strategy for the coming ...Read more
- Jed Hoyer says Cubs plan to be 'really active' in free agency: 'We want to do it in a thoughtful and intelligent way'
- SF Giants win their 100th game, blast four home runs as they close in on franchise records
- Rays roll past Marlins, move closer to AL East title
- Cedric Mullins secures first 30-30 season in Orioles history, but Tyler Wells' injury leads to 8-5 loss to Rangers
- Mariners survive, keep pace in wild-card race with 6-5 victory over Angels