Selecting a Padres MVP between Fernando Tatis Jr. and Manny Machado is like choosing a flavor of ice cream. You can't go wrong. Chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, butter pecan and mint chocolate chip are the top-5 ice cream flavors, per Americans surveyed last year by YouGuv. Scoop me any of those five, I'm happy.
You say Jake Cronenworth deserves...Read more
OAKLAND, Calif. — They’ve been in must-win mode since embarking on this final road trip. If their improbable dream of the postseason is to be realized, the Mariners' best way to overcome the long odds against them is to win every game and then let the rest sort itself out.
When they walked on the pristine playing surface of the Oakland ...Read more
DENVER — The expectation was the Dodgers, when Clayton Kershaw and Tony Gonsolin came off the injured list earlier this month to make their rotation finally whole again, would benefit from quality starts almost every day as they chased the San Francisco Giants down the stretch.
Kershaw and Gonsolin’s health were questions but Max Scherzer, ...Read more
It was another typical Elieser Hernandez start, one where he showed enough command and knowledge of sequencing to rack up strikeouts but also showed a tendency to get hit hard.
Hernandez struck out a season-high seven batters but also gave up three home runs in the Miami Marlins’ 7-5 loss to the Washington Nationals that allowed the Nationals...Read more
NEW YORK — For seven innings, the Yankees offense sputtered in its chances to push ahead against the Rangers.
But one inning and a two-out rally was all the Yankees needed to strike and change the narrative of the game. The Yankees broke a tie game open with four runs in the eight inning and emerged with a 7-3 victory over the Rangers in ...Read more
MILWAUKEE — While division-leading Milwaukee have become the latest opponent dazed and unable to slow or even impede the Cardinals’ blitz toward October and a 14th consecutive winning season, there was beneath their rout a cold shiver of concern.
Take a breath. It involves a tarp.
A few innings after diving over a tarp to complete a catch ...Read more
PHILADELPHIA — Bryce Harper seemed almost surprised Wednesday night when he fielded the ball in right field and noticed that the potential tying run was headed home. The ball was not hit particularly hard toward Harper with two outs in the eighth inning of a 4-3 win, but the Orioles still decided to test the outfielder’s arm.
Challenge ...Read more
BOSTON — If one game ever represented the symbolic knockout punch, it might have been this one.
With each passing day, the Mets' postseason chances have become slimmer. They are mathematically alive, but everyone seemingly understands the cruel reality.
This season is all but over.
And on Wednesday, during a lengthy battering at Fenway Park...Read more
CHICAGO — Joe Ryan, assigned No. 74 as a rookie, says modesty — and his last name — prevents him from ever asking to wear No. 34 in the future. But let's not be too hasty.
Ryan had a game Wednesday that MLB all-time strikeout king Nolan Ryan, whose No. 34 is retired by three different teams, would be proud to claim, except perhaps for the...Read more
BOSTON — There are some ball clubs in late September that have already clinched a postseason berth. Those teams are gearing up to compete in the Fall Classic, with the most meaningful baseball they will play this year yet to be showcased.
The Mets are not one of those teams. They haven’t been one of those teams in half a decade. When ...Read more
Apologies for being blunt, but the Braves could still blow this. As of Wednesday morning, they led Philadelphia by three games with 11 – maybe 12 – remaining, plus Friday’s resumption of the suspended affair with San Diego. (The rainout with Colorado would be played Oct. 4, the day after the regular season is set to end, if its outcome ...Read more
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier said before Wednesday’s game he didn’t think picking up a Toronto pitching data card after a play at the plate and bringing it to the Rays dugout Monday was wrong and definitely not as big a deal as being portrayed. He said he didn’t care what the Blue Jays or others thought and ...Read more
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Rays have much more significant goals — and wilder celebrations — in mind.
But Wednesday was a good start, as they clinched a third consecutive playoff berth with a 7-1 win over the Blue Jays.
This is the seventh time in the last 14 seasons the Rays have reached the postseason, and the first time they have done...Read more
Wednesday’s Kansas City Royals game against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field was postponed because of inclement weather in Cleveland.
The game will be made up in Cleveland on Monday with first pitch scheduled for 12:10 p.m. Central time.
The Royals will also be off Thursday before they begin their series with the Tigers on Friday ...Read more
CINCINNATI — The Pirates have not lost a series since Sept. 2-5 against the Chicago Cubs. For at least another couple of days, that streak will live on.
That isn’t because the Pirates beat the Cincinnati Reds in their series finale Wednesday, though. The mini-streak continues because the teams didn’t even play.
Persistent rain showers at...Read more
DETROIT — The Tigers and White Sox will have to wait a few days to finish off this three-game series.
The finale Wednesday was postponed because of unrelenting rain. The makeup will be at 1:10 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 27, which was initially an off-day for both teams.
Paid tickets for Wednesday can be exchanged at the Comerica Par box office ...Read more
SAN DIEGO — Three hours before first pitch on Tuesday at Petco Park, Padres stars Manny Machado and Fernando Tatís Jr. stood side-by-side in front of a group of reporters and pledged to clean up San Diego’s mess.
A trendy favorite to contend for a World Series back in spring training, the Padres opened this week’s series against the ...Read more
OAKLAND, Calif. — Back in mid-January, almost a month before they even reported to Arizona for 2021 spring training, Marco Gonzales and J.P. Crawford held steadfast to their beliefs even as those around them and above tried to lower or temper their expectations for the upcoming season.
It was during the “Mariners’ Baseball Bash,” an ...Read more
MILWAUKEE — Unable to generate much offensively against Milwaukee other than a single here or a walk there, the Cardinals’ increasingly resourceful lineup had to conjure another way to find enough runs and extend one of the longest winning streaks in club history.
They stole them.
Tommy Edman stole two bases and Lars Nootbaar, a late-game ...Read more
PHILADELPHIA — In a duel of two of baseball’s worst bullpens, the better came away victorious.
With the Orioles and Philadelphia Phillies both planning to use their bullpens to cover every inning Tuesday at Citizens Bank Park, the home team evened the series with a 3-2 victory. J.T. Realmuto’s walk-off two-run triple followed an ...Read more
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