LOS ANGELES -- For the first time in his major-league career, a decade-long period of stable excellence, Kenley Jansen was booed at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday. The fans, after years and years of cascading the closer with cheers, flipped their tone when they watched Jansen surrender a go-ahead home run to Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Rowdy ...Read more
ST. LOUIS -- Marcel Ozuna, Paul DeJong and Dexter Fowler hit two-run homers as the Cardinals came from behind Thursday night to knock off the Colorado Rockies 6-5 before a crowd of 36,465 at Busch Stadium.
Fowler's blast in the seventh provided the winning margin for the Cardinals in the first of four games between the teams.
Ozuna hit a two-...Read more
ATLANTA -- One dark chapter of the Miami Marlins' season has come to an end.
With Thursday's 3-2, walk-off loss, the Marlins have finished their season series with the National League East-leading Atlanta Braves.
And it was mostly a season series to forget.
Just how bad was the Marlins' 19-game slate with the Braves this year?
--The 4-15 ...Read more
CHICAGO -- With a chill in the air and September around the corner, the White Sox came home Thursday to begin a seven-game stand against the Rangers and Twins.
Yoan Moncada returned to the lineup after missing three weeks with a hamstring injury, and he homered and doubled to spark the Sox to a 6-1 win over the Rangers before a crowd of 18,563....Read more
BALTIMORE -- Nobody can say they didn't see this coming.
The Orioles have been on pace for months to shatter the major league record for home runs allowed in a single season, so the third-inning homer that Asher Wojciechowski gave up to Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Austin Meadows -- the 259th surrendered by the O's pitching staff -- was largely a ...Read more
ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals righthander Adam Wainwright had handled the Milwaukee Brewers better than almost any other team he had faced at 16-8 (he is 10-1 against Colorado). And his career earned-run average of 2.33 against the Brewers ranked second to none other than Roger Clemens.
But the Brewers nearly doubled that ERA in one fateful first ...Read more
HOUSTON -- Griffin Canning's debut season is over. The Los Angeles Angels decided Thursday to sideline their promising rookie pitcher after an MRI exam revealed mild inflammation in his right elbow.
Canning, 23, was on the injured list earlier this month for the same ailment. The team does not believe the structural integrity of his elbow is in...Read more
As the Angels prepare to negotiate a potential new lease with the city of Anaheim, the team would like to make one thing perfectly clear: The team name will remain the Los Angeles Angels.
In 2005, two years after he bought the team then known as the Anaheim Angels, owner Arte Moreno changed the name. The city of Anaheim sued and lost, and the ...Read more
CHICAGO -- The Cubs on Thursday presented Bruce Bochy with a Wrigley Field scoreboard panel with his jersey number 15 inscribed as a farewell gift. Bochy is retiring after 25 years as a major-league manager, including the last 13 with the Giants.
Bochy told Bruce Levine of WSCR-AM 670 that he hoped managers would be compensated in line with ...Read more
CHICAGO -- The Cubs extended their winning streak to five games Thursday and remained in sole possession of first place in the National League Central, holding on for a 1-0 victory against the Giants at Wrigley Field.
Kyle Hendricks limited the Giants to three hits in seven innings as the Cubs improved to 44-19 at home. Hendricks' 1.79 ERA in ...Read more
CHICAGO -- It isn't nearly as nasty as the 2004 Cubs feud with broadcaster Steve Stone, but by modern-day standards it is a rare occurrence.
Cubs right-hander Yu Darvish defended his pitch selection Wednesday night after the team's 12-11 victory against the Giants, answering criticism from NBC Sports Chicago pre- and postgame host David Kaplan....Read more
The Houston Astros blocked a Detroit Free Press reporter from attending Justin Verlander's postgame media session on Wednesday night, violating Baseball Writers' Association of America protocol and the MLB collective bargaining agreement.
The Astros blocked Free Press writer Anthony Fenech at Verlander's request, according to Gene Dias, Astros ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- Boos accompanied Kenley Jansen's every step back to the dugout. For the sixth time this season, the Dodgers closer had blown a save opportunity. Once again, the home fans let him have it.
During last week's trip, when he tossed two scoreless appearances in nonsave opportunities, it looked as if Jansen had turned a corner after ...Read more
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland A's took game two and a series win from the New York Yankees, 6-4, on Wednesday night.
Most notably, top A's prospect A.J. Puk made his Major League debut in the eighth inning with the A's ahead by two runs. A little off on his control, Puk was clearly a little hopped up on debut adrenaline. His fastball topped ...Read more
CHICAGO -- Nicholas Castellanos produced the first four-hit game of his short but impressive Cubs tenure.
And after Castellanos led off the eighth with an infield single, Kris Bryant made sure to capitalize.
Bryant's two-run home run vaulted the Cubs to a zany 12-11 victory Wednesday night over the Giants that extended their winning streak to ...Read more
ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals managed to cut into Milwaukee's early lead Wednesday night, but they didn't get their final two at-bats due to rain and the game was called after 7 1/2 innings, giving the Brewers a 5-3 win at Busch Stadium.
Milwaukee scored four runs in the first inning. The game went into a delay at 9:40 and was officially called at...Read more
ARLINGTON, Texas -- A warning to those pining to see Rougned Odor riding the pine: Nick Solak did not become the Texas Rangers' second baseman Wednesday.
Oh, he was their second baseman in the finale of a four-game series against the Los Angeles Angels, and Odor was on the bench for only the second time since the All-Star break.
Odor will ...Read more
BOSTON -- Drew Smyly said it two weeks ago, when Bryce Harper hit two home runs to power a Phillies victory in San Francisco. And he repeated it last week, after Harper stunned the Chicago Cubs with a walk-off grand slam.
When Harper comes to the plate, Smyly says, it's almost expected that he will do something special.
Cue the fifth inning ...Read more
ATLANTA -- Caleb Smith's highlight performance on Wednesday came in the batter's box, not on the mound. The Miami Marlins' left-handed hitter roped a pair of doubles in his two at-bats, the first to left field in the third and the second to right field with one out in the fifth.
He had little support otherwise, though, and coughed up a pair of ...Read more
BALTIMORE -- A season full of records the Orioles would rather not set continued Wednesday night when Kansas City Royals second baseman Whit Merrifield homered in the third inning off right-hander Aaron Brooks, moving them into a tie with the 2016 Cincinnati Reds for the most home runs allowed in a season at 258.
Merrifield's home run, which ...Read more
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