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Sun Sep 2016:23Marlins keep up playoff push, edge Nats to open twinbillSandy AlcantaraFree Agent
Max ScherzerSPTigersFree Agent
MIAMI (AP) — Brandon Kintzler escaped a bases-loaded jam to end it and the Miami Marlins kept up their playoff push, scratching out a late unearned run off Max Scherzer to beat the Washington Nationals 2-1 Sunday to open a doubleheader. The Marlins began the day with a half-game lead over Philadelphia for second place in the NL East. The top two teams in each division are assured spots in the expanded postseason field — two extra wild-card clubs will advance, too. A two-out error by first baseman Eric Thames in the sixth inning gave Miami the go-ahead run. Washington threatened in the seventh and final inning when Luis Garcia led off with a single and pinch hitter Yadiel Hernandez followed with a ground-rule double off Kintzler. After Andrew Stevenson flied out to short right, Trea Turner hit a hard smash to Kintzler, who got Garcia out on a rundown that left runners still at second and third. Juan Soto was intentionally walked before Kintzler struck out Kurt Suzuki for his 10th sa... [More]
Sun Sep 2010:43Second City? White Sox, Cubs close in on division titlesTim AndersonFree Agent
David RossCRed SoxFree Agent
CHICAGO (AP) — Powered by the steady presence of José Abreu, the White Sox revival is roaring on the South Side. On the North Side, Yu Darvish is pitching like an ace again, and the Cubs are eyeing another October run. Chicago's major league teams are linked by more than just geography these days. They also share a most enviable position this time of year — first place. "I think that every time we take the field, we feel invincible,” White Sox rookie Luis Robert said through a translator. Sure looks that way. The playoff-bound White Sox have won 24 of 31 to rise to the top of the AL Central. Heading into Sunday's game at Cincinnati, they had a magic number of four for clinching their first division title since their last postseason appearance in 2008. Under first-year manager David Ross, the Cubs jumped out to a 13-3 start and then faltered before picking up their play as the pandemic-shortened season barreled toward the finish. They are closing in on their first NL Central cham... [More]
Sun Sep 2010:03This Date in BaseballMatt Carpenter3BCardinalsFree Agent
David OrtizDHRed SoxFree Agent
Sept. 21 1934 — Daffy Dean of the St. Louis Cardinals pitched a no-hitter against the Brooklyn Dodgers for 3-0 victory in the second game of an Ebbets Field doubleheader. Daffy’s brother Dizzy, held Brooklyn hitless until the eighth inning in the opener and won 13-0. 1947 — Boston’s Johnny Pesky had two hits in each game of a doubleheader and finished the day with 202 hits. Pesky surpassed the 200-hit mark for the third time in as many major league seasons. He is the only player to lead a league in hits in his first three seasons in the game. 1964 — Manager Gene Mauch’s first-place Phillies lost 1-0 to the Cincinnati Reds on Chico Ruiz’s steal of home in the sixth inning. It was Philadelphia’s first of 10 straight losses, a streak that cost them the NL pennant. 1970 — Oakland’s Vida Blue pitched a no-hitter in his eighth major league start, beating Minnesota 6-0. 1995 — Colorado’s John Vander Wal set a major league record with his 26th pinch-hit of the season wi... [More]
Sun Sep 2002:03LEADING OFF: Yanks on a roll, Verlander set for TJTrevor BauerSPIndiansFree Agent
José BerríosFree Agent
Madison BumgarnerSPGiantsFree Agent
Yu DarvishSPRangersFree Agent
Justin VerlanderSPTigersFree Agent
Jacob deGromSPMetsFree Agent
A look at what's happening around the majors today: ___ GONE STREAKING The Yankees can clinch their fourth consecutive postseason berth and set a new mark for supremacy in their rivalry with Boston in the finale of a series at Fenway Park. New York has won 10 straight games since ending a 5-15 slump, improving to 31-21 and ensuring their 28th consecutive winning season, second in big league history behind their 39 in a row from 1926-64. They'll lock up a playoff spot if they beat the Red Sox or if Seattle loses to San Diego. The Bronx Bombers have also beaten Boston in 12 straight meetings, matching their best run ever in the rivalry. The Yankees also won 12 straight spanning the 1952-32 seasons while Red Sox star Ted Williams was off fighting in the Korean War. SHUT DOWN Justin Verlander’s bid to rejoin the Astros for a playoff push is over. The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner says he needs Tommy John surgery, likely putting him out of action through all of next year. The 37-year... [More]
Sat Sep 1922:43White Sox beat Reds 5-0, close in on AL Central titleJose Altuve2BAstrosFree Agent
Tim AndersonFree Agent
Orlando ArciaFree Agent
Scott BarlowFree Agent
Trevor BauerSPIndiansFree Agent
Corbin BurnesFree Agent
Kole CalhounRFAngelsFree Agent
Daz CameronFree Agent
Garrett Cooper1BBrewersFree Agent
Bryan GarciaFree Agent
Kevin GausmanRPOriolesFree Agent
Eric HaaseCIndiansFree Agent
Geoff HartliebFree Agent
Adam HaseleyFree Agent
Sam HowardFree Agent
Josh JamesFree Agent
Mitch KellerFree Agent
Dallas KeuchelSPAstrosFree Agent
Andrew KnappFree Agent
Jake Lamb3BDiamondbacksFree Agent
Pablo LópezFree Agent
Starling MarteLFPiratesFree Agent
Phil MatonFree Agent
Nomar MazaraRFRangersFree Agent
Andrew McCutchenCFPiratesFree Agent
Jacob NottinghamFree Agent
José OsunaFree Agent
Enoli ParedesFree Agent
Ryan PresslyRPTwinsFree Agent
Drew RasmussenFree Agent
Josh RojasFree Agent
Miguel RojasSSDodgersFree Agent
Travis Shaw1BRed SoxFree Agent
Robert StephensonSPRedsFree Agent
Vince VelasquezFree Agent
Chad WallachFree Agent
Luke WeaverFree Agent
Devin WilliamsFree Agent
CINCINNATI (AP) — Tim Anderson hit two of Chicago’s five solo homers, and the White Sox — already guaranteed a playoff spot — took another step toward the AL Central title by overpowering the Cincinnati Reds 5-0 on Saturday night. Chicago has won eight of its last 10 games, securing at least a wild card and its first postseason appearance since 2008. José Abreu hit his fifth homer in eight games as the White Sox piled them up, including three in a row in the eighth off Robert Stephenson. Abreu has 18 homers overall. The Reds managed six hits as they had their season-high winning streak snapped at six games. Cincinnati (26-27) wasted a chance to move above .500 for the first time since its season-opening win over the Tigers. Nomar Mazara was in a 3-for-25 slump with 11 strikeouts when he connected off Trevor Bauer (4-4) in the fifth inning for his first homer. One out later, Anderson’s ninth homer made it 2-0. Bauer went seven innings and gave up five hits while throwing 10... [More]
Sat Sep 1920:52Pirates' Keller no-hitting Cardinals through six inningsTommy EdmanFree Agent
Brad MillerSSMarinersFree Agent
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Pirates rookie Mitch Keller has a no-hitter through six innings against the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday night. Keller is making his second start since missing six weeks with a strained left oblique. He walked Tommy Edman and hit Brad Miller with a pitch in the first inning, and Tyler O’Neill drew a walk in the second. Keller set down the next 14 batters. He’s thrown 84 pitches and struck out six. The 24-year-old entered the game with a 1-1 record and 5.06 ERA in three games. He was activated from the injured list Monday after being sidelined since Aug. 2. The Pirates led 2-0 as Ke’Bryan Hayes and Jose Osuna hit solo home runs off Kwang Hyun Kim. White Sox ace Lucas Giolito and Cubs journeyman Alec Mills have thrown no-hitters during this pandemic-shortened season. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Sat Sep 1920:42Padres activate Hosmer 12 days after he broke index fingerMike ClevingerFree Agent
Eric Hosmer1BRoyalsFree Agent
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Padres activated first baseman Eric Hosmer from the 10-day injured list on Saturday, just 12 days after he broke his left index finger while trying to bunt. Hosmer started and batted fifth against the Seattle Mariners. The Padres had the chance to clinch their first playoff berth in 14 seasons. The Padres also recalled right-hander Luis Patiño to start in place of Mike Clevinger, who will have his next start pushed back a few days due to right biceps tightness. To make room on the roster, catcher Francisco Mejía and right-hander Luis Perdomo were optioned to the alternate training site.
Sat Sep 1919:32LEADING OFF: Verlander set for TJ, Bumgarner seeks 1st winTrevor BauerSPIndiansFree Agent
José BerríosFree Agent
Madison BumgarnerSPGiantsFree Agent
Yu DarvishSPRangersFree Agent
Justin VerlanderSPTigersFree Agent
Jacob deGromSPMetsFree Agent
A look at what's happening around the majors Sunday: ___ SHUT DOWN Justin Verlander’s bid to rejoin the Astros for a playoff push is over. The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner says he needs Tommy John surgery, likely putting him out of action through all of next year. The 37-year-old right-hander threw to hitters on the side Wednesday for the first time since he was injured in the team’s opener on July 24. “I tried as hard as I could to come back and play this season,” Verlander said. “Unfortunately, my body just didn’t cooperate.” The Astros hold the eighth and final spot in the AL playoff race. Verlander went 21-6 with a 2.58 ERA last year, striking out a career-high 300 and throwing his third no-hitter. He pitched 223 innings, most in the majors, and then made six more starts in the postseason as the Astros reached the World Series. TRY AGAIN Madison Bumgarner makes another attempt at his first win since signing an $85 million, five-year contract in the offseason as a... [More]
Sat Sep 1914:42Astros' Verlander to have elbow surgery, miss rest of seasonJustin VerlanderSPTigersFree Agent
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of the season. The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner announced the news Saturday on his Instagram account in a 1½-minute video. “In my simulated game a couple days ago, I felt something in my elbow, and after looking at my MRI and conversing with some of the best doctors in the world, we’ve determined that Tommy John surgery is my best option,” Verlander said. He threw to hitters on Wednesday for the first time since he was injured in the team’s opener on July 24. He threw 50 pitches in the bullpen before throwing about 25 pitches to hitters in two simulated innings. “I tried as hard as I could to come back and play this season,” Verlander said. “Unfortunately, my body just didn’t cooperate.” Verlander has been on the injured list with a right forearm strain. He went 21-6 with a 2.58 ERA in 2019. “Obviously, this is not good news,” Verlander said. “However, I... [More]
Sat Sep 1914:12Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander says he needs Tommy John surgeryJustin VerlanderSPTigersFree Agent
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander says he needs Tommy John surgery.
Fri Sep 1823:13Angels' Pujols passes Mays for 5th on HR list with No. 661Albert Pujols1BAngelsFree Agent
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols passed Willie Mays for fifth place on the career home run list, hitting No. 661 on Friday night against Texas. The 40-year-old Pujols connected for a solo homer with two outs in the fifth inning. He sent Wes Benjamin's fastball on a 1-2 count over the wall in left field. Pujols has hit five homers this season. He tied Mays last Sunday at Colorado. It is only Pujols' second home run since Aug. 4. He now trails only Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755), Babe Ruth (714) and Alex Rodriguez (696). Pujols has one more season left on his contract with the Angels after this year. Benjamin was the 428th different pitcher Pujols homered against in his career. Only Bonds has homered against more pitchers (449). ___ AP Sports Writer Tim Booth in Seattle and Baseball Writer Stephen Hawkins in Texas contributed to this report. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Fri Sep 1822:52Angels slugger Albert Pujols hits 661st home run, passing Willie Mays for fifth on career listAlbert Pujols1BAngelsFree Agent
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Angels slugger Albert Pujols hits 661st home run, passing Willie Mays for fifth on career list.
Fri Sep 1810:02This Date in BaseballAlbert Pujols1BAngelsFree Agent
Alex Rodriguez3BYankeesFree Agent
Sept. 19 1925 — Ted Lyons lost his bid for a no-hitter when Bobby Veach singled with two outs in the ninth inning. The Chicago White Sox routed the Washington Senators 17-0. 1926 — The St. Louis Cardinals pounded the Philadelphia Phillies 23-3 in the first game of a doubleheader and beat them again in the nightcap, 10-2. 1949 — Ralph Kiner of the Pittsburgh Pirates became the first NL player to hit 50 home runs in two different seasons. 1955 — Ernie Banks of the Chicago Cubs set a major league record with his fifth grand slam of the season in a 12-inning, 6-5 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. 1968 — Denny McLain won his 31st game, the most in the AL since Lefty Grove’s 31 in 1931. The Detroit Tigers beat the New York Yankees 6-2 while Mickey Mantle hit his 535th and next-to-last career homer. 1973 — Frank Robinson hit his first home run in Arlington Stadium, as a member of the California Angels. It was the 32nd major league ballpark in which he had homered. 1984 — Pete R... [More]
Thu Sep 1721:22White Sox clinch first postseason berth since 2008Matt BarnesSPRed SoxFree Agent
Byron BuxtonCFTwinsFree Agent
Griffin CanningFree Agent
Tyler ClippardRPNationalsFree Agent
Rafael DeversFree Agent
Josh Donaldson3BAthleticsFree Agent
Jarrod DysonCFRoyalsFree Agent
Nathan EovaldiSPMarlinsFree Agent
David FletcherFree Agent
Wilmer Flores3BMetsFree Agent
Rico GarciaFree Agent
Kendall GravemanRPBlue JaysFree Agent
Codi HeuerFree Agent
Kyle LewisFree Agent
Wandy PeraltaFree Agent
Michael PerezFree Agent
Kevin PlaweckiCMetsFree Agent
Anthony Rendon2BNationalsFree Agent
Darin Ruf1B/LFPhilliesFree Agent
Kyle Seager3BMarinersFree Agent
Mike TroutCFAngelsFree Agent
Jared WalshFree Agent
Taylor WardFree Agent
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago White Sox clinched their first postseason berth since 2008, beating the Minnesota Twins 4-3 Thursday as Eloy Jiménez hit a tiebreaking double that capped a two-run, seventh-inning rally. Chicago (33-17) opened a three-game lead over the second-place Twins (31-21) in the AL Central. The White Sox assured themselves of no worse than a wild-card berth. José Abreu homered and drove in two runs and Edwin Encarnación also homered for Chicago, which won three of four in the series. Chicago trailed 3-2 in the seventh when Abreu beat out an infield hit on a slow grounder that drove in Jarrod Dyson from third base. Jiménez followed with a go-ahead double. Codi Heuer (3-0) pitched a scoreless 1 2/3 innings, and Alex Colomé got four outs for his 12th save in 13 chances. Tyler Clippard (1-1) gave up two runs in two-thirds of an inning. Byron Buxton homered twice, giving him seven in his last nine games and 12 this season. Josh Donaldson also went deep for Minnesota... [More]
Thu Sep 1720:42Donaldson ejected for kicking dirt on plate after home runJosh Donaldson3BAthleticsFree Agent
CHICAGO (AP) — Minnesota's Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run. Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday. With Minnesota trailing 3-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo López. Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it. Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it. Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout. “We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.” ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Thu Sep 1710:31This Date in BaseballErick AybarSSAngelsFree Agent
Troy TulowitzkiSSRockiesFree Agent
Sept. 18 1908 — Bob Rhoads of the Indians pitched a no-hitter against the Boston Red Sox for a 2-1 victory in Cleveland. 1930 — New York pitcher Red Ruffing hit two home runs as the Yankees edged the St. Louis Browns 7-6 in 10 innings. 1954 — The Cleveland Indians clinched the American League pennant with a 3-2 triumph over the Detroit Tigers. 1963 — The New York Mets lost their last game at the Polo Grounds to the Philadelphia Phillies, 5-1, in front of a crowd of only 1,752. 1968 — Ray Washburn threw a 2-0 no-hitter against the San Francisco Giants at Candlestick Park, one day after the Giants’ Gaylord Perry tossed a no-hitter against Washburn’s St. Louis Cardinals. 1984 — The Detroit Tigers clinched the American League East Division with a 3-0 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers, making the Tigers the fourth team in major league history to lead from start to finish. The other three teams were the 1923 New York Giants, 1927 New York Yankees and the 1955 Brooklyn Dodger... [More]
Thu Sep 1710:04This Date in BaseballErick AybarSSAngelsFree Agent
Troy TulowitzkiSSRockiesFree Agent
Sept. 181908 — Bob Rhoads of the Indians pitched a no-hitter against the Boston Red Sox for a 2-1 victory in Cleveland.1930 — New York pitcher Red Ruffing hit two home runs as the Yankees edged the St. Louis Browns 7-6 in 10 innings.1954 — The Cleveland Indians clinched the American League pennant with a 3-2 triumph over the Detroit Tigers.1963 — The New York Mets lost their last game at the Polo Grounds to the Philadelphia Phillies, 5-1, in front of a crowd of only 1,752.1968 — Ray Washburn threw a 2-0 no-hitter against the San Francisco Giants at Candlestick Park, one day after the Giants’ Gaylord Perry tossed a no-hitter against Washburn’s St. Louis Cardinals.1984 — The Detroit Tigers clinched the American League East Division with a 3-0 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers, making the Tigers the fourth team in major league history to lead from start to finish. The other three teams were the 1923 New York Giants, 1927 New York Yankees and the 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers.1987... [More]
Wed Sep 1623:33Minnesota-Chicago White Sox RunsJosé Abreu1BWhite SoxFree Agent
Ehire AdrianzaSSGiantsFree Agent
Alex AvilaCTigersFree Agent
Byron BuxtonCFTwinsFree Agent
Nelson CruzRFOriolesFree Agent
Josh Donaldson3BAthleticsFree Agent
Lucas GiolitoFree Agent
Marwin GonzalezSSAstrosFree Agent
Yasmani GrandalCPadresFree Agent
Eloy JiménezFree Agent
Nomar MazaraRFRangersFree Agent
James McCannCTigersFree Agent
Yoán MoncadaFree Agent
Eddie Rosario2BTwinsFree Agent
Miguel SanóSSTwinsFree Agent
Twins second. Eddie Rosario homers to right field. Miguel Sano strikes out swinging. Byron Buxton flies out to deep right field to Nomar Mazara. Marwin Gonzalez walks. Ehire Adrianza grounds out to shallow infield, Lucas Giolito to Yasmani Grandal.1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 left on. Twins 1, White sox 0.Twins fourth. Eddie Rosario walks. Miguel Sano flies out to right field to Nomar Mazara. Byron Buxton homers to center field. Eddie Rosario scores. Marwin Gonzalez called out on strikes. Ehire Adrianza lines out to shallow right field to Nick Madrigal.2 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 left on. Twins 3, White sox 0.White sox fourth. Jose Abreu homers to left field. Eloy Jimenez pops out to shallow infield to Alex Avila. Yoan Moncada flies out to center field to Byron Buxton. James McCann strikes out swinging.1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 left on. Twins 3, White sox 1.Twins eighth. Josh Donaldson walks. Nelson Cruz grounds out to shallow infield, Yoan Moncada to Yasmani Grandal. Josh Donaldson to second. Eddie Rosario strikes out swinging. Miguel Sano homers to center field. Josh Donaldson scores. Byron Buxton grounds out to third base, Yoan Moncada to Yasmani Grandal.2 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 left on. Twins 5, White sox 1.
Wed Sep 1622:33Boston-Miami RunsJesús Aguilar1BIndiansFree Agent
Jorge AlfaroDHRangersFree Agent
Brian AndersonFree Agent
Xander BogaertsSSRed SoxFree Agent
Michael ChavisFree Agent
Garrett Cooper1BBrewersFree Agent
Rafael DeversFree Agent
J.D. MartinezLFTigersFree Agent
Yairo MuñozFree Agent
Sean Rodríguez1B/LFRaysFree Agent
Trevor RogersFree Agent
Miguel RojasSSDodgersFree Agent
Christian VázquezCRed SoxFree Agent
Alex VerdugoFree Agent
Marlins first. Miguel Rojas flies out to center field to Alex Verdugo. Jesus Aguilar singles to left field. Brian Anderson called out on strikes. Garrett Cooper homers to center field. Jesus Aguilar scores. Lewis Brinson grounds out to third base, Rafael Devers to Bobby Dalbec.2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 0 left on. Marlins 2, Red sox 0.Red sox third. Alex Verdugo singles to shallow center field. Rafael Devers hit by pitch. Alex Verdugo to second. Xander Bogaerts grounds out to shallow infield, Brian Anderson to Garrett Cooper. Rafael Devers to second. Alex Verdugo to third. J.D. Martinez out on a sacrifice fly to deep right field to Lewis Brinson. Rafael Devers to third. Alex Verdugo scores. Christian Vazquez walks. Yairo Munoz lines out to shallow infield, Trevor Rogers to Garrett Cooper.1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2 left on. Marlins 2, Red sox 1.Marlins third. Miguel Rojas doubles. Jesus Aguilar strikes out swinging. Brian Anderson singles to right field. Miguel Rojas scores. Garrett Coope... [More]
Wed Sep 1611:13LEADING OFF: M's-Giants shift because of fires, Hamels debutTrevor BauerSPIndiansFree Agent
Gerrit ColeSPPiratesFree Agent
Cole HamelsSPPhilliesFree Agent
Aaron JudgeFree Agent
Tanner RoarkSPNationalsFree Agent
Zack WheelerSPMetsFree Agent
Jacob deGromSPMetsFree Agent
A look at what's happening around the majors today:SHIFTED SITEThe Mariners and Giants play at Oracle Park after their two-game series in Seattle was postponed because of poor air quality caused by the West Coast wildfires. The teams will now play twice in San Francisco.Forecasters are calling for smoke to reach very unhealthy levels in Western Washington through at least Thursday. There have been smoky skies in the Bay Area, too, but the air quality has remained OK.The Mariners and Oakland split a doubleheader Monday in Seattle. The smoke level reached a level of very unhealthy on the air quality index, even with the roof closed at T-Mobile Park.“I’m a healthy 22-year-old. I shouldn’t be gasping for air or missing oxygen. I’ll leave it at that,” said Jesús Luzardo, who started the opener for the A’s.HAMELS TIMEThe wait is over for left-hander Cole Hamels, who is poised to come off the 45-day injured list and pitch for the first time as a member of the Braves.After signing... [More]
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