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Wed Sep 3021:59LEADING OFF: Marlins' Marte hopes to play with broken handIan AndersonFree Agent
Starling MarteLFPiratesFree Agent
A look at what's happening around the majors Thursday: ___ GOING SHORT-HANDED? The Marlins are hoping center fielder Starling Marte can play through a broken bone in his left hand as they try to eliminate the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Marte was hit by a fastball in the ninth inning of Miami’s 5-1 win Wednesday, and X-rays revealed a non-displaced fracture in his fifth metacarpal -- the bone that leads into the pinkie finger. The team is optimistic and is still considering him day to day. Marte started in the opener of the best-of-three series after he was hit on the front of his helmet by a fastball during Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Yankees. “He’s been like a target almost,” manager Don Mattingly said. “But he’s been bouncing back from everything else so hopefully we get good results with everything and we’ll see where he’s at.” Yu Darvish starts for the NL Central champion Cubs, and rookie right-hander Sixto Sánchez get the ball for upstart Miami, whi... [More]
Wed Sep 3020:59Rangers owner hoped for Series in new park -- with his teamKyle GibsonPTwinsFree Agent
Lance LynnSPCardinalsFree Agent
Ray Davis and the Texas Rangers ownership group will host the 2020 World Series, just as they had hoped when they broke ground on a new stadium three years ago . Just not with the team they expected. Instead of a splashy debut year in the the $1.2 billion ballpark with a retractable roof, the Rangers finished an American League-worst 22-38 in the pandemic-shortened season in front of no fans. “All I can say for this year is I am embarrassed. I am embarrassed for our team. I am embarrassed for our fans and I wish it had turned out a lot differently,” Davis said Wednesday. “The fact is we have to correct what we didn’t do this year and make it better." Globe Life Field will have a national showcase when it hosts the first neutral site World Series. The ballpark also will host a National League Division Series and the NL Championship Series, with a limited number of fans allowed for the final two rounds. While disappointed about his team's record, Davis said he feels good about... [More]
Wed Sep 3020:39Braves beat Reds 1-0 in historic 13-inning postseason openerSandy AlcantaraFree Agent
Freddie Freeman1BBravesFree Agent
ATLANTA (AP) — Freddie Freeman singled home the winning run in the 13th inning, finally ending the longest scoreless duel in postseason history as the Atlanta Braves defeated the Cincinnati Reds 1-0 in the opener of their NL wild-card series on Wednesday. The East champion Braves won the first game of a postseason series for the first time since the 2001 NL Division Series and can wrap up the best-of-three series on Thursday. If they do, it will snap a record-tying streak of 10 straight playoff round losses. What began as a pitching showdown between between Cy Young contenders Trevor Bauer of the Reds and Atlanta’s Max Fried devolved into a strikeout contest. The teams combined for a postseason record 37 Ks — 21 by the Braves. After a couple of hits in the 13th against Archie Bradley, Freeman drove one into center field off Amir Garrett against a five-man infield with one out to end a game that dragged on for more than 4 1/2 hours. A four-time All-Star, Freeman produced another b... [More]
Wed Sep 3018:49September Madness: MLB stages 8 playoff games in 1 dayTrevor BauerSPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Freddie Freeman1BBravesFree Agent
Nick SenzelFree Agent
Shortly after noon in Atlanta, Nick Senzel of the Cincinnati Reds slapped the first pitch from Max Fried to right field for a single, starting a day of baseball unlike any that had come before. Eight postseason games, all set to start in a span of around 10 hours. “This is like September Madness,” Houston manager Dusty Baker said. “It’s going to be mad.” Wednesday indeed had a bit of an NCAA Tournament feel, with a smorgasbord of playoff games starting early in the afternoon and scheduled to last long into the night. For much of the 20th Century, baseball had a maximum of seven games in any single postseason. Wednesday’s schedule alone included more than that, the result of an expanded postseason for 2020 that includes 16 teams after a regular season shortened to 60 games by the coronavirus pandemic. There’s no telling when or if the sport will have a day like this again. It won’t happen this year — when the Astros beat Minnesota 3-1, they eliminated the Twins and ens... [More]
Wed Sep 3016:29Reds, Braves set postseason record for scoring futilityTrevor BauerSPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Nick Castellanos3BTigersFree Agent
Freddy Galvis2BPhilliesFree Agent
Mike Moustakas3BRoyalsFree Agent
ATLANTA (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds and Atlanta Braves are playing the longest scoreless game in postseason history. Wednesday's opening game of the NL wild-card series was the first in postseason history to be scoreless through 11 innings. The scoreless streak was extended through 12 innings. The teams combined for a postseason record 35 strikeouts through 12 innings, and every batter that has come to the plate has struck out at least once after the Reds' Nick Castellanos became strikeout victim No. 36 leading off the 13th. For the postseason, baseball has set aside the new extra-innings rule it instituted for the pandemic-delayed regular season. There is no designated runner at second base for extra innings. The Reds left the bases loaded in the 11th when Mike Moustakas struck out to end the inning. Cincinnati wasted another scoring chance in the 12th when Tyler Matzek struck out pinch-hitter Freddy Galvis, leaving runners on first and third. Trevor Bauer had 12 strikeouts through 7 2/3 innings for the Reds. Max Fried threw 7 innings, allowing six hits, for Atlanta. ___ More AP MLB: and
Wed Sep 3011:49Cubs put C Phegley, INF Vargas on playoff rosterVictor CaratiniFree Agent
David RossCBravesFree Agent
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs put catcher Josh Phegley and infielder Ildemaro Vargas on their roster for their NL wild-card series against the Miami Marlins. First-year manager David Ross had Willson Contreras and Victor Caratini in his starting lineup for Game 1 on Wednesday, so the addition of Phegley gives him a third catcher in case of injury. Left-hander Josh Osich was designated for assignment to make room for Phegley on the 40-man roster. Vargas, who was claimed off waivers from Minnesota on Sept. 5, was activated from the 10-day injured list after missing the last part of the season with a right hamstring strain. The Marlins had infielder Lewin Díaz, left-hander Braxton Garrett and right-hander Nick Neidert on their roster for their first playoff appearance since they won the World Series in 2003. Pitchers José Ureña, Nick Vincent and Dan Castrano were transferred to the team's taxi squad. Ureña broke his right forearm when he was hit by a line drive Sunday against the New York Yankees. ___ More AP MLB: and
Wed Sep 3010:49Former World Series MVP Sandoval on Braves' roster vs. RedsShogo AkiyamaFree Agent
Pablo Sandoval3BGiantsFree Agent
ATLANTA (AP) — Pablo Sandoval is on the Atlanta Braves' roster for the NL wild-card series against the Cincinnati Reds. The 2012 World Series MVP joined the Braves after being released by the San Francisco Giants a couple of weeks ago. He started at third base in the final game of the regular season, going 0 for 2 with two walks in a 9-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox. Sandoval played 33 games for the Giants, hitting .220 with one homer and six RBIs. The Braves also brought back infielder Charlie Culberson to the big league roster and released left-handed pitcher Tommy Milone, who was acquired at the trade deadline but posted a 14.90 ERA in three starts. ___ The 28-player rosters for the best-of-three series between the Reds and the Braves: CINCINNATI Pitchers (12): RH Tejay Antone, RH Trevor Bauer, RH Archie Bradley, RH Luis Castillo, LH Amir Garrett, RH Sonny Gray, RH Raisel Iglesias, RH Michael Lorenzen, RH Tyler Mahle, LH Wade Miley, RH Lucas Sims, RH Robert Stephenson Catchers (2): ... [More]
Wed Sep 3010:09This Date in BaseballBrandon CrawfordSSGiantsFree Agent
Matt HollidayLFCardinalsFree Agent
Ichiro SuzukiRF/LFYankeesFree Agent
Oct. 1 1903 — The Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Boston Red Sox, 7-3, in the first World Series game. Jimmy Sebring hit the first series home run. Deacon Phillippe was the winning pitcher and Cy Young the loser. 1932 — Babe Ruth, as legend has it, called his home run against Chicago’s Charlie Root in the fifth inning of Game 3 of the World Series, won by the New York Yankees 7-5 at Wrigley Field. Ruth and Lou Gehrig each hit two homers for the Yankees. 1946 — For the first time in major league history, a playoff series to determine a league’s championship was played between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Brooklyn Dodgers. The Cardinals took the first game 4-2 as Howie Pollet held the Dodgers to two hits, a homer and an RBI single by Howie Schultz. 1950 — The Philadelphia Phillies clinched the NL pennant on Dick Sisler’s three-run homer against Don Newcombe in a 4-1 victory over the Brooklyn Dodgers on the season’s last day. 1961 — Roger Maris ended a season of perso... [More]
Wed Sep 3002:39Curses! Postseason losses continue for long-suffering teamsJose Altuve2BAstrosFree Agent
Shane BieberFree Agent
Michael BrantleyCFIndiansFree Agent
Carlos CarrascoPIndiansFree Agent
Gerrit ColePPiratesFree Agent
Lucas GiolitoFree Agent
Jorge PolancoSSTwinsFree Agent
Sergio RomoRPGiantsFree Agent
Framber ValdezFree Agent
It was not a good start to the Major League Baseball postseason for those who don’t believe in curses. The Minnesota Twins and Oakland Athletics extended their string of postseason futility on Tuesday with losses in the openers of their respective best-of-three, wild-card series. If they don't win Game 2 on Tuesday, it's another quick trip home for two franchises that have been consistently great in the regular season, only to fall apart when the postseason arrives. Count the Cleveland Indians, too. Losers of seven straight playoff games, they're hoping to fight off elimination against the New York Yankees. Also up: The Atlanta Braves, who have lost in 10 straight postseason rounds dating to 2001. They'll host their opener against the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday. Braves manager Brian Snitker turned to humor when discussing fall futility. “I’d love to win this series," he said. "I’m not going to sacrifice a child to get it done, but I guess it just depends on what you want to m... [More]
Tue Sep 2918:48Giolito, White Sox beat A's 4-1 in wild-card round openerJose Altuve2BAstrosFree Agent
Willians AstudilloFree Agent
Michael BrantleyCFIndiansFree Agent
Alex ColoméPRaysFree Agent
Adam EngelFree Agent
Lucas GiolitoFree Agent
Yasmani GrandalCPadresFree Agent
Zack GreinkeSPAngelsFree Agent
Jesús LuzardoFree Agent
Evan MarshallPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Jorge PolancoSSTwinsFree Agent
Sergio RomoRPGiantsFree Agent
Framber ValdezFree Agent
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Lucas Giolito dazzled in his postseason debut, stymieing the Oakland Athletics through six perfect innings and sending the Chicago White Sox to a 4-1 victory in the opener of their best-of-three wild-card series Tuesday. Giolito (1-0), who pitched a no-hitter against Pittsburgh on Aug. 25, didn’t allow a baserunner to the AL West champions until Tommy La Stella’s single up the middle to start the seventh. Giolito gave up one run on two hits over seven innings, struck out eight and walked one before giving way to Evan Marshall after a stellar 100-pitch outing. Giolito got plenty of support: José Abreu hit a two-run homer and Adam Engel also connected for Chicago against Jesus Luzardo (0-1). Yasmani Grandal homered in the eighth. Alex Colome, Chicago’s third reliever, worked the ninth for a save in the 2-hour, 53-minute game. Now, Oakland must win Game 2 on Wednesday at home to avoid another early playoff exit. The A’s are in the postseason for a third s... [More]
Mon Sep 2819:38A capsule look at the Astros-Twins playoff seriesJose Altuve2BAstrosFree Agent
Yordan AlvarezFree Agent
Michael BrantleyCFIndiansFree Agent
Alex BregmanFree Agent
Byron BuxtonFree Agent
Nelson CruzRFRangersFree Agent
Josh Donaldson3BAthleticsFree Agent
Zack GreinkeSPAngelsFree Agent
Cristian JavierFree Agent
Kenta MaedaFree Agent
Lance McCullers Jr.Free Agent
Jake OdorizziSPRoyalsFree Agent
Michael PinedaPYankeesFree Agent
Ryan PresslyFree Agent
Brooks RaleySPCubsFree Agent
Taylor RogersFree Agent
Sergio RomoRPGiantsFree Agent
George SpringerOFAstrosFree Agent
Jose UrquidyFree Agent
Framber ValdezFree Agent
Justin VerlanderSPTigersFree Agent
A capsule look at the best-of-three playoff series between the Houston Astros and Minnesota Twins in Minneapolis beginning Tuesday: ___ HOUSTON ASTROS Record: 29-31. Playoff Entry: second place, AL West. Playoff Seed: No. 6. Manager: Dusty Baker (first season). Projected Rotation: RHP Zack Greinke (3-3, 4.03 ERA, 67 Ks), RHP Lance McCullers Jr. (3-3, 3.93, 56 Ks), RHP Jose Urquidy (1-1, 2.73, 17 Ks) or LHP Framber Valdez (5-3, 3.57, 76 Ks) or RHP Cristian Javier (5-2, 3.48, 54 Ks.) Top Hitters: LF Michael Brantley (.300, 5 HRs, 22 RBIs, 15 doubles), CF George Springer (.265, 14, 32), RF Kyle Tucker (.268, 9, 42). Top Relievers: RHP Ryan Pressly (1-3, 3.43 ERA, 12 saves), LHP Brooks Raley (0-1, 3.94, 1 save). Series Summary: Last year’s American League champions limp into the playoffs as the only AL team to make the postseason with a losing record after dropping three straight and four of their last five. With ace Justin Verlander out due to Tommy John surgery, the Astros look for G... [More]
Mon Sep 2815:58Column: A season like no other gets playoffs like no otherClayton KershawSPDodgersFree Agent
The playoffs are here, and there’s no better way to start than by throwing out the first ball Tuesday in Minnesota with the cheating Astros and their 29-31 record. It’s entirely possible, if not terribly likely, that the Astros could suddenly discover a way to start hitting the ball and make the World Series once again. Once there, it’s also possible they could go up against the fearsome Milwaukee Brewers, a team that hasn’t cracked the .500 mark all year. That, of course, would mean the best team in baseball would be gone before Clayton Kershaw even had a chance to properly warm up. It would also mean the Twins spent two months scraping and clawing their way to the top of the AL Central only to be sent home for losing two — count them, two — games. Welcome to the playoffs, 2020 pandemic style. Don’t get too comfortable, because by the end of the week you could be gone. Like unpredictability? How does every division winner potentially getting knocked out before the weeken... [More]
Mon Sep 2814:28Not much went right in disappointing season for DiamondbacksMadison BumgarnerSPGiantsFree Agent
Kole CalhounRFAngelsFree Agent
Zac GallenFree Agent
Junior GuerraFree Agent
Ketel MarteSSMarinersFree Agent
Starling MarteLFPiratesFree Agent
Wyatt MathisenFree Agent
Hector RondónPIndiansFree Agent
Riley SmithFree Agent
Daulton VarshoFree Agent
Christian WalkerFree Agent
PHOENIX (AP) — Madison Bumgarner was one of many reasons the Arizona Diamondbacks fell well short of expectations this season. His assessment of his own personal struggles on the mound a few weeks ago summed up the team's summer quite well. “2020 sucks,” Bumgarner said. "I'm pretty much on board with that now. Not a big fan." The Diamondbacks thought they could challenge for the NL West title this season, but instead, they were the division’s worst team. Now they’re trying to figure out what the 60-game swoon means in the long term and how much they need to reshape the roster. Arizona finished with a 25-35 record but in reality, it felt worse than that. An eight-game losing streak in the middle of the season meant the D-backs were basically out of playoff contention by September. General manager Mike Hazen turned into a seller, dealing pitchers Robbie Ray, Archie Bradley and Andrew Chafin, along with outfielder Starling Marte. It was a stunning change of course considering ho... [More]
Mon Sep 2813:28Giants just miss playoffs, losing on season's final dayBrandon CrawfordSSGiantsFree Agent
Alex DickersonFree Agent
Evan Longoria3BRaysFree Agent
Buster PoseyCGiantsFree Agent
Jeff SamardzijaSPCubsFree Agent
Pablo Sandoval3BGiantsFree Agent
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — From a false-positive coronavirus test for outfielder Alex Dickerson that postponed a pair of road games against the Padres to getting smoked out of Seattle by the West Coast wildfires — all in a six-day span — the San Francisco Giants stressed their resiliency in September. The Giants just needed one more victory to make it all matter. San Francisco went 29-31 under new manager Gabe Kapler, missing a playoff berth on the season's final day Sunday with a 5-4 loss to playoff-bound San Diego. “We did overcome a lot. I think we did a really nice job dealing with the ups and downs of the season, just the season that all the other clubs had to deal with but I think some extra difficult circumstances for our club,” Kapler said. “You want that to lead to wins. You want that to lead to the postseason. It stings that it didn’t.” The Giants haven't reached the playoffs since losing a four-game division series in 2016 to the eventual World Series champion Cub... [More]
Mon Sep 2812:08Champs to chumps: Age, injuries drop 2020 Nats to last placeStarlin CastroSSCubsFree Agent
Sean DoolittleRPAthleticsFree Agent
Adam EatonCFDiamondbacksFree Agent
Daniel HudsonSPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Howie Kendrick2BAngelsFree Agent
Carter KieboomFree Agent
Tanner RaineyFree Agent
Max ScherzerSPTigersFree Agent
Juan SotoFree Agent
Stephen StrasburgSPNationalsFree Agent
Trea TurnerFree Agent
WASHINGTON (AP) — Don’t tell Max Scherzer this year didn’t count. Yes, there were fewer than half as many games as normal. Sure, there were rules changes. All Scherzer knows is there was a Major League Baseball season played in 2020, his Washington Nationals were coming off a World Series championship, and they ended up tied for last in the NL East with a record of 26-34. “We weren’t able to replicate the success we had last year into this year. It’s just the way it goes. Everybody has a hand in it. Everybody needs to reflect upon what they did -- and didn’t -- do well and try to make those adjustments going into next year. That’s just life in the big leagues. When you don’t win, there’s going to be a lot of attention to why you didn’t win. You’re always going to have that pressure to perform,” the three-time Cy Young Award winner said. “I’m sure there’s people that are going to look at this and say, ‘Hey, it’s only 60 games.. ...’ But that’s ... [More]
Mon Sep 2803:18Despite virus-related obstacles, baseball reaches postseasonFreddie Freeman1BBravesFree Agent
Alex GordonLFRoyalsFree Agent
Aaron NolaFree Agent
Juan SotoFree Agent
Mike TroutCF/LFAngelsFree Agent
Trea TurnerFree Agent
Luke VoitFree Agent
Zack WheelerPMetsFree Agent
Brandon WoodruffFree Agent
The 2020 baseball season began with Juan Soto testing positive for COVID-19. Now, he's a 21-year-old batting champion — after beating out another player who went through his own ordeal with the coronavirus. Perhaps it was fitting. Soto finished atop the National League with a .351 average Sunday, becoming the youngest person to win the batting title in the NL. The Washington outfielder outlasted Atlanta's Freddie Freeman, who hit .341. The fact that either player was in a position for this type of accomplishment was emblematic of a regular season that felt chaotic and uncertain at times — but ultimately reached the finish line. Soto missed baseball's season opener between the Nationals and New York Yankees back in July, but he ultimately played in 47 games and was one of few bright spots as the defending champions struggled. Freeman played in all 60 games for the Braves, but only after a scary battle with COVID-19. He said he had a fever of 104.5 degrees and prayed for his life. T... [More]
Sun Sep 2710:05This Date in BaseballHomer BaileySPRedsFree Agent
John JasoCMarinersFree Agent
James Loney1BRed SoxFree Agent
Alex Rodriguez3BYankeesFree Agent
Giancarlo StantonRFMarlinsFree Agent
Sept. 28 1919 — In the shortest nine-inning game in major league history, 51 minutes, the New York Giants beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-1. 1920 — A grand jury indicted eight members of the Chicago White Sox on charges of fixing the 1919 World Series in the “Black Sox Scandal.” 1938 — Gabby Hartnett hit his famous “Homer in the Gloamin’” in the ninth inning against Mace Brown to give the Chicago Cubs a 6-5 victory, their ninth straight, at Wrigley Field. It was a key triumph en route to the Cubs’ NL pennant. 1941 — Ted Williams went 6-for-8 in a doubleheader against the Philadelphia A’s to finish the season with a .406 average. No player has batted .400 since. 1951 — Allie Reynolds pitched his second no-hitter of the season as the New York Yankees defeated the Boston Red Sox, 8-0, in the opener of a doubleheader. The Yankees clinched the AL pennant with an 11-3 victory in the nightcap. 1960 — Ted Williams homered in his final major league plate appearance, a... [More]
Sat Sep 2621:56Too little, too late: Angels, Trout miss playoffs againClayton KershawSPDodgersFree Agent
Anthony Rendon3BNationalsFree Agent
Mike TroutCF/LFAngelsFree Agent
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mike Trout is out again. Out of the postseason, that is. For the ninth time in 10 years, the Los Angeles Angels superstar will spend October on the couch. “I don’t like losing,” he said Saturday. “It’s frustrating and it sucks.” The Angels were rolling in the final weeks of the pandemic-shortened, 60-game season, winning 14 of 20 to revive their slim playoff hopes. Trout hit his first career home run off Clayton Kershaw and the Angels led the Dodgers 5-3 Friday night. They ended up blowing three leads altogether and lost 9-5 to be eliminated, even with the playoffs expanded to 16 teams. Trout is considered to be the best player of his generation. But at 29 he has just one playoff appearance to his credit, and that was way back in 2014 when the Angels got swept in the AL Division Series. “I really want to challenge our guys that this is the last time that this occurs for many years to come," manager Joe Maddon said. Expectations were high when spring ... [More]
Sat Sep 2617:35Outfielder Hunter Pence announces retirement after 14 yearsHunter PenceRFGiantsFree Agent
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Four-time All-Star outfielder Hunter Pence announced his retirement Saturday following 14 major league seasons. The 37-year-old Pence wrote on his Twitter page: “Nothing can really prepare you for this part of your career when you have to say: I am retiring from baseball. Forever thankful and Gr8ful.” Most recently he was a fan favorite for the San Francisco Giants, helping the club to a pair of World Series championships after being acquired from the Phillies at the 2012 trade deadline. A career .279 hitter, Pence had 244 home runs and 942 RBIs playing for Houston, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Texas. The Giants released him last month from a second stint with the club after Pence batted just .096 with two homers and six RBIs in 17 games. He always believed he would be back with the Giants — it just took a season-long detour with the Rangers last year for his reunion to come together. Pence reinvented his swing during 2018 with San Francisco, played wint... [More]
Sat Sep 2615:25Giants release veteran right-hander Jeff SamardzijaJeff SamardzijaSPCubsFree Agent
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco Giants released veteran right-hander Jeff Samardzija on Saturday, a day after he returned from a lengthy shoulder injury and rehab. Samardzija, an 11-game winner in 2019, was designated for assignment and placed on unconditional release waivers days before his contract was to expire. The 35-year-old pitcher signed a $90 million, five-year contract with San Francisco in December 2015, but spent much of his Giants tenure sidelined by injuries. “I usually sit on the bench for a few minutes before I get ready to go. Sitting there was definitely a little emotional. You take for granted all those times before you’ve done it,” Samardzija said of reflecting Friday. “You’re just always going to be there and you’re always going to have that opportunity. I think we all know time goes by real fast. Sitting there looking at the stadium, it’s tough. I’ve had a lot of fun here, very much enjoyed my time. It’s been a first-class organization.... [More]