CHICAGO -- White Sox catcher Welington Castillo was suspended 80 games without pay on Thursday for violation of baseball's drug testing rules.
MLB said Castillo tested positive for Erythropoietin (EPO), a performance-enhancing substance.
"I was recently notified by Major League Baseball that I had tested positive for EPO, a substance that is ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- Kenta Maeda balled his right hand into a fist and hopped off the mound. A scream escaped his lungs after he executed his 97th pitch of the evening, a well-placed changeup that resulted in his 10th strikeout, ended the top of the sixth inning and erased a threat from the Colorado Rockies in a 3-0 Los Angeles Dodgers victory. Maeda ...Read more
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Seattle Mariners got a brilliant start and the minimal amount of run support needed to pick up a victory.
Marco Gonzales delivered the best outing of his career against the Oakland A's in a 1-0 win Wednesday night.
The young left-hander pitched seven shutout innings, allowing just two hits with two walks and six ...Read more
TORONTO -- The Los Angeles Angels have had trouble hitting of late.
But they had no problem walking Wednesday -- walking their way right out of their hitting slump.
After three consecutive walks with one out in the ninth inning, Shohei Ohtani and Andrelton Simmons each produced the sort of hit the Angels have been lacking.
Their consecutive ...Read more
CHICAGO -- Reports that White Sox catcher Welington Castillo will be suspended for 80 games for using a performance-enhancing drug put a damper on an 11-1 win against the Orioles on Wednesday.
Dominican journalist Americo Celado S. first reported that Major League Baseball planned to hand down an suspension on Thursday for "steroid use." The ...Read more
CHICAGO -- The Cubs avoided being no-hit Wednesday night when Anthony Rizzo led off the seventh inning with a double off Adam Plutko, but they couldn't muster much else in a 1-0 loss that completed a two-game sweep by the Indians at Wrigley Field.
Willson Contreras followed Rizzo's hit with an infield single, but the Cubs failed to score as ...Read more
PHILADELPHIA -- Big games? Jake Arrieta has pitched in more than a few.
Arrieta started the National League wild-card game in 2015 and tossed a five-hit shutout for the Chicago Cubs. A year later, with the Sons of Theo Epstein facing elimination, Arrieta took the ball in Game 6 of the World Series and beat the Cleveland Indians. And he kept the...Read more
NEW YORK -- All Don Mattingly wanted was for the Marlins just to "hang in there" as long as they could against Jacob deGrom.
Mattingly got his wish.
The Marlins hung in, and then they won.
Trailing 1-0 entering the ninth, the Marlins came up with two runs off Mets closer Jeurys Familia to pull off the 2-1 comeback win and take the series.
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Jurickson Profar cleared the bases with go-ahead double in the sixth inning, and Ronald Guzman swatted a three-run homer in the fourth as the Texas Rangers overcame deficits of four and five runs to beat the New York Yankees, 12-10, on Wednesday at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas.
The Yankees led 4-0 after three innings ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Nationals pitcher Erick Fedde let go of a changeup that stayed a little too elevated and a little more over the middle of the plate than he wanted.
The ball shot high enough and hard enough off Christian Villanueva's bat that Fedde sank to a squat on the front of the mound as he rotated his body to watch it fly.
The wind, blowing...Read more
PHILADELPHIA -- Much like the Braves are building around young pillars Ronald Acuna and Ozzie Albies, the Phillies are orchestrating their future around Rhys Hoskins and Scott Kingery.
And the difference at the top of the National League East so far is one pairing's success against the other's growing pains.
Hoskins burst onto the scene in ...Read more
ST. LOUIS -- Royals backup catcher Drew Butera had barely moved his bat in four pitches.
Cardinals reliever Bud Norris had pumped him three straight 94 mph fastballs that came in just too low for a strike, then offered a sinker that hit the middle of the zone.
With a teammate standing at every base, the Cardinals infield drawn in, and no outs ...Read more
HOUSTON -- A day after suffering at the hands of the second-best pitcher in the American League, the Giants squared off against the only player posting better numbers than Houston's Gerrit Cole.
Their matchup with Justin Verlander didn't end well either.
After winning two in a row to end a seven-game homestand, the Giants lost to the defending...Read more
MINNEAPOLIS -- Maybe another road trip is just what the Twins need.
Perhaps the weather this time of year in Seattle will cure for their scoring ills. Later on, there will be opportunities in Kansas City that could lead to run-scoring success against the Royals.
And, maybe, Miguel Sano will appear sometime over the next week or so, healthy and...Read more
LOS ANGELES--Yasiel Puig took four steps out of the batter's box, flipped his bat behind him and started his home-run trot on a ball that left his bat at 109 mph and traveled 421 feet into Dodger Stadium's left-field pavilion in the sixth inning Tuesday night.
Yes, this one was worth admiring.
Puig's vicious swing on a Bryan Shaw hanging ...Read more
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland A's had their four-game victory streak snapped when Seattle's Jean Segura beat the relay throw to the plate, scoring the game-winning run on Guillermo Heredia's double to right-center field in the 10th inning on Tuesday night.
Even after the 3-2 loss, there was no decision on the night's overriding topic: An ...Read more
TORONTO -- Their offense still stumbling in the darkness, the Angels' latest loss was aided when a little too much light was cast upon their defense.
Right fielder Chris Young's inability to secure a potential third-out fly ball in the first inning helped lead to four unearned runs as they fell to Toronto 5-3.
The Angels have lost six of seven...Read more
ST. LOUIS -- For weeks, Royals starting pitchers have struggled to both give manager Ned Yost length and their offense a chance to breathe.
They've dug themselves into early ruts, allowing 19 first-inning runs through 20 games in May after allowing just 16 first-inning runs in the first 28 games of the season. They've often labored just to get ...Read more
MINNEAPOLIS -- Lance Lynn came through on his end, leaving it up to the offense to capitalize on his best outing as a Twin.
And with a splash of runs in the fifth inning, a struggling lineup provided support for their scuffling pitcher. And it allowed the Twins to beat the Tigers, 6-0, at Target Field.
The big inning sets the Twins up for a ...Read more
HOUSTON -- Madison Bumgarner faced hitters at Minute Maid Park on Tuesday, but he did not face the Houston Astros.
While Bumgarner took another crucial step in his lengthy rehab process, his absence from the Giants starting rotation remains a glaring issue for a team that clearly missed its ace in an 11-2 loss.
The defending World Series ...Read more
- Samardzija's command off the mark, Giants swept in two games by Astros
- Kenta Maeda's strikeouts have Dodgers in striking distance
- Angels come out on top of Blue Jays after dramatic ninth inning
- Reports of Welington Castillo's impending PED suspension overshadow White Sox's 11-1 win over Orioles
- Royals beat Cardinals in 10 innings, secure first road series victory of season