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Sun Aug 1923:31Kid stuff: Mets rout Phillies 8-2 in Little League ClassicMichael ConfortoCF/LFMetsSchellackers
David Wright3BMetsFree Agent
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Jason Vargas never talks to fans from the on-deck circle, just like major league teams never line up after a game and shake hands.Put a big league game in a tiny park full of 11 and 12 year olds, though, and those kinds of customs get tossed aside.Amed Rosario had three hits and drove in three runs, and the New York Mets went from cheering on players in the Little League World Series to impressing the youngsters in an 8-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday night.Jeff McNeil added a two-run single to back Vargas (3-8) as the Mets claimed the second Little League Classic and prevented the Phillies from moving into first place in the NL East. Philadelphia dropped into a three-way tie for the top NL wild card."I had some cool interactions with the kids," Vargas said of his in-game dialogue. "They were having a great time."Carlos Santana hit a two-run homer for the Phillies, but Nick Pivetta (7-10) allowed six runs in 3 2/3 innings in Philadelphia's ... [More]
Sun Aug 1923:01Verlander wins 200th, Astros back ahead of A's with 9-4 winRonald AcunaCF/LFBravesTeam Mike
Jeff McNeil2BMetsFree Agent
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Justin Verlander pitched just well enough to earn his 200th career win and the Houston Astros hit five home runs, beating the Oakland Athletics 9-4 Sunday to avoid a sweep and retake sole possession of the AL West lead.The surging A's had won the first two games at the Coliseum to tie shaky Houston atop the division. But Yuli Gurriel hit a three-run homer in the third inning and Evan Gattis, Alex Bergman, Marwin Gonzalez and Martin Maldonado later homered for the defending World Series champions. Maldonado also tripled and doubled.Verlander (12-8) gave up four runs in 5 1/3 innings while becoming the 114th pitcher with at least 200 career wins.Oakland's Sean Manaea (11-9) was charged with six runs and nine hits in four-plus innings.DODGERS 12, MARINERS 1SEATTLE (AP) — Clayton Kershaw pitched seven sharp innings for his 150th career win, Justin Turner homered and drove in five runs, and Los Angeles routed Seattle.Kershaw (6-5) gave up four hits, struck out sev... [More]
Sun Aug 1922:41Kid stuff: Mets rout Phillies 8-2 in Little League ClassicMichael ConfortoCF/LFMetsSchellackers
Jason VargasSPMetsFree Agent
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Amed Rosario had three hits and drove in three runs, and the New York Mets went from cheering on players in the Little League World Series to impressing the youngsters in an 8-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday night.Jeff McNeil added a two-run single to back Jason Vargas (3-8) as the Mets claimed the second Little League Classic and prevented the Phillies from moving into first place in the NL East.Carlos Santana hit a two-run homer for the Phillies, but Nick Pivetta (7-10) allowed six runs in 3 2/3 innings in Philadelphia's seventh loss in 11 games.Players and families from the 16 teams competing in the nearby LLWS packed into 2,500-seat Bowman Field, the 92-year-old home of the Phillies' Class A affiliate in the New York-Penn League.The spotlight shined on New York's Todd Frazier and Michael Conforto and Philadelphia's Scott Kingery, who are among 54 players who reached the majors after playing in the LLWS."Pretty surreal because I walked i... [More]
Sun Aug 1921:01Verlander wins 200th, Astros back ahead of A's with 9-4 winRonald AcunaCF/LFBravesTeam Mike
Adam Frazier2B/LF/PHPiratesFree Agent
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Justin Verlander pitched just well enough to earn his 200th career win and the Houston Astros hit five home runs, beating the Oakland Athletics 9-4 Sunday to avoid a sweep and retake sole possession of the AL West lead.The surging A's had won the first two games at the Coliseum to tie shaky Houston atop the division. But Yuli Gurriel hit a three-run homer in the third inning and Evan Gattis, Alex Bergman, Marwin Gonzalez and Martin Maldonado later homered for the defending World Series champions. Maldonado also tripled and doubled.Verlander (12-8) gave up four runs in 5 1/3 innings while becoming the 114th pitcher with at least 200 career wins.Oakland's Sean Manaea (11-9) was charged with six runs and nine hits in four-plus innings.DODGERS 12, MARINERS 1SEATTLE (AP) — Clayton Kershaw pitched seven sharp innings for his 150th career win, Justin Turner homered and drove in five runs, and Los Angeles routed Seattle.Kershaw (6-5) gave up four hits, struck out sev... [More]
Sun Aug 1902:21Athletics beat Astros 7-1 to move into tie for AL West leadJosé Altuve2BAstrosFree Agent
Brandon Dixon1B/2B/OFRedsFree Agent
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Trevor Cahill pitched one-hit ball for seven shutout innings and the Oakland Athletics, far behind in the AL West standings earlier this summer, tied Houston for the division lead by beating the Astros 7-1 Saturday.Khris Davis, Matt Olson, Josh Phegley and Stephen Piscotty each hit two of Oakland's team record-tying eight doubles as the A's won for the sixth time in seven games. The Athletics trailed the defending World Series champion Astros by 11 1/2 games on June 24 and were still 10 out on July 10.Houston has lost seven of eight and dropped 12 of 19 since owning a six-game lead on July 24. The next day, reigning AL MVP Jose Altuve went on the disabled list, and the star second baseman is still out.Cahill (5-2) struck out seven, walked one and retired 14 straight batters during one stretch.Tony Kemp homered in the ninth for Houston's only other hit. Dallas Keuchel (9-10) gave up five runs in 5 2/3 innings.ROCKIES 5, BRAVES 3, 10 INNINGSATLANTA (AP) — Color... [More]
Sat Aug 1818:30Nationals put Hellickson on DL; Strasburg closer to returnJimmy CorderoRP/SPNationalsFree Agent
Trevor GottRPNationalsFree Agent
Jeremy HellicksonSPNationalsTeam Erik
Jefry RodriguezSPNationalsFree Agent
Stephen StrasburgSPNationalsBuchanalia
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Nationals have put Jeremy Hellickson on the 10-day disabled list with a right wrist sprain and recalled pitcher Jefry Rodriguez to start against the Miami Marlins.Washington made the moves before Saturday night's game. The Nationals also recalled pitcher Jimmy Cordero from Syracuse and optioned reliever Trevor Gott to Triple-A.Hellickson's DL stint, retroactive to Aug. 16, occurs as Washington remains without Stephen Strasburg, who's sidelined with a cervical nerve impingement. The 31-year-old Hellickson is 5-3 with a 3.57 ERA in 18 starts.Strasburg threw 40 pitches in a bullpen session Saturday. He is expected to either start Tuesday's game against the Phillies or make a rehab start in the minors.Strasburg was put on the DL retroactive to July 22."We'll talk to him (Sunday)," manager Dave Martinez said. "We don't know if it's Tuesday here, or Tuesday in a rehab stint. We don't know that. We'll figure that out tomorrow."Rodriguez, set for his fifth start with the Nationals, has a 5.84 ERA in six prior appearances.Gott is 0-2 with a 5.68 ERA in 20 games.
Fri Aug 1715:50Lower leg injury sends Reds' Votto to DL; Barnhart at 1BAristides AquinoRFRedsFree Agent
Tucker BarnhartCRedsTeam Lorin
Joey Votto1BRedsTeam Mike
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds placed first baseman Joey Votto on the 10-day disabled list Friday with a right lower leg injury.The All-Star was hit by a pitch from Ryan Madson in Washington on Aug. 4. In Cincinnati's 10 games since then, he missed four starts and two full games.Gold Glove catcher Tucker Barnhart was in the Reds' lineup for his first career start at first base for their game against San Francisco. Barnhart has made three career appearances at first base, all this season.Outfielder Aristides Aquino was recalled from Double-A Pensacola to fill Votto's roster spot. Aquino will make his major league debut.
Tue Aug 1418:44Brewers acquire righty Thompson from PhilliesAlec AsherRP/SPBrewersFree Agent
CHICAGO (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers have acquired once-promising pitching prospect Jake Thompson from the Philadelphia Phillies for cash considerations and optioned him to Triple-A Colorado Springs.The 24-year-old right-hander is 7-8 with a 4.87 ERA in 18 starts and 30 appearances since debuting with Philadelphia in 2016. He was drafted in the second round by Detroit in 2012.The Brewers also designated right-hander Alec Asher for assignment on Tuesday.___For more AP baseball coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
Mon Aug 1319:34Broxton back for Brewers; Barnes, Wilkerson optionedJacob BarnesRPBrewersFree Agent
Keon BroxtonCFBrewersFree Agent
Aaron WilkersonRP/SPBrewersFree Agent
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers have recalled outfielder Keon Broxton from Triple-A Colorado Springs and optioned relievers Jacob Barnes and Aaron Wilkerson to their top minor-league affiliate.The Brewers, who were off Monday, plan to make another roster move before their game Tuesday at the Chicago Cubs.The slick-fielding Broxton has a .185 average with two homers and six RBIs in 25 games at the big-league level. He was hitting .254 with 10 homers and 37 RBIs at Colorado Springs.The right handed-throwing Barnes and Wilkerson are the latest relievers to be shuttled back to the minors from a bullpen that has had some trouble recently holding on to late-inning leads.___More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Mon Aug 1314:44Braves call up RHP Toussaint to make big league debutKolby AllardRP/SPBravesFree Agent
Mike SorokaSPBravesTeam Lorin
Touki ToussaintSPBravesFree Agent
ATLANTA (AP) — Touki Toussaint has been called up by the Atlanta Braves to make his major league debut in Game 1 of a doubleheader against the Miami Marlins.The 22-year-old right-hander is the latest top pitching prospect to debut for the Braves this season. Toussaint follows Mike Soroka and Kolby Allard, who were both 20 when promoted to Atlanta.Toussaint is 2-0 with a 2.01 ERA in five starts for Triple-A Gwinnett. He began the season at Double-A Mississippi, posting a record of 4-6 with a 2.93 ERA in 16 starts.Toussaint was designated at Atlanta's 26th player for the doubleheader. He becomes the 12th player to start for the Braves this season, tied for the most in the National League with San Diego and New York.A first-round pick by Arizona, Toussaint was acquired in 2015 in one of several deals the Braves used to rebuild their farm system.___For more AP baseball coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
Mon Aug 1312:14Braves call up RHP Toussaint to make big league debutKolby AllardRP/SPBravesFree Agent
Mike SorokaSPBravesTeam Lorin
Touki ToussaintSPBravesFree Agent
ATLANTA (AP) — Touki Toussaint has been called up by the Atlanta Braves to make his major league debut in Game 1 of a doubleheader against the Miami Marlins.The 22-year-old right-hander is the latest top pitching prospect to debut for the Braves this season. Toussaint follows Mike Soroka and Kolby Allard, who were both 20 when promoted to Atlanta.Toussaint is 2-0 with a 2.01 ERA in five starts for Triple-A Gwinnett. He began the season at Double-A Mississippi, posting a record of 4-6 with a 2.93 ERA in 16 starts.Toussaint was designated at Atlanta's 26th player for the doubleheader. He becomes the 12th player to start for the Braves this season, tied for the most in the National League with San Diego and New York.A first-round pick by Arizona, Toussaint was acquired in 2015 in one of several deals the Braves used to rebuild their farm system.___For more AP baseball coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
Sun Aug 1220:44Mets' Wright starts rehab assignment in minors, goes 0 for 3David Wright3BMetsFree Agent
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — New York Mets third baseman David Wright played his first game in almost a year Sunday, going 0 for 3 to start a minor league rehabilitation assignment.Wright struck out twice and flied out for St. Lucie in the Class A Florida State League. The seven-time All-Star played five innings in the field and didn't get a grounder during a 4-1 loss to Clearwater.The 35-year-old Wright has been beset by back, neck and shoulder trouble in recent seasons. His last game in the major leagues was May 27, 2016 — he had a brief stint in the minors last August before being shut down.The Mets captain is hoping to play again in the majors this year."I wouldn't be out here in 95-degree sunny Florida dripping sweat if I didn't think I could make it back," he told reporters."What I've kind of come to realize, these last two months of this baseball-rehab stuff, is that I certainly need off days periodically," he said. "We're going to look at that when we start scheduling for the next week or so."
Thu Aug 918:53Rockies reinstate left-handed reliever Chris RusinYency AlmonteRP/SPRockiesFree Agent
Chris RusinRPRockiesFree Agent
DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Rockies reinstated lefty Chris Rusin from the 10-day disabled list after the reliever missed time with plantar fasciitis.Rusin went on the DL on July 24. He also missed time earlier this season with a strained intercostal muscle.The 31-year-old is 0-2 with a 6.81 ERA in 35 appearances this season. Rusin made a career-high 60 appearances in 2017 and posted a 2.65 ERA.To make room on the roster, the Rockies optioned right-hander Yency Almonte to Triple-A Albuquerque. Almonte had a 1.00 ERA in seven games spanning two stints with Colorado since he made his major league debut on June 21.___More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Tue Aug 722:42Braves split doubleheader with NationalsKolby AllardRP/SPBravesFree Agent
Tim Beckham3B/SSOriolesFree Agent
Jesse BiddleRPBravesFree Agent
Ray BlackRPGiantsFree Agent
Miguel CastroRP/SPOriolesFree Agent
Alex CobbSPOriolesFree Agent
Freddie Freeman1BBravesSchellackers
Marwin González1B/2B/LF/SSAstrosFree Agent
Bryce HarperCF/RFNationalsTeam Lorin
Kelvin HerreraRPNationalsSchellackers
Ender InciarteCFBravesBallbusters
Trey Mancini1B/LFOriolesFree Agent
Nick MarkakisRFBravesSalt City Sox
A.J. MinterRPBravesSalt City Sox
Jefry RodriguezSPNationalsFree Agent
Sergio RomoRP/SPRaysFree Agent
Héctor RondónRPAstrosFree Agent
Max ScherzerSPNationalsBallbusters
Joe SmithRPAstrosFree Agent
Trea TurnerSSNationalsTeam Lorin
Ryan Zimmerman1BNationalsBallbusters
WASHINGTON (AP) — Ender Inciarte snapped a ninth-inning tie with a two-run triple, and the Atlanta Braves beat the Washington Nationals 3-1 Tuesday night to earn a doubleheader split.In the opener, Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman hit consecutive homers to spark a four-run fourth inning that carried Washington to an 8-3 victory.Seeking to blunt the momentum of the surging Nationals, Atlanta shook off a strong pitching performance by Max Scherzer before striking against the Washington bullpen in the second game.Freddie Freeman and Nick Markakis singled off Kelvin Herrera (1-2) before Inciarte hit a liner down the first-base line. That was the final pitch thrown by Herrera, who left after a visit from Washington's trainer.Jesse Biddle (3-0) pitched 1 2/3 innings and A.J. Minter got three outs for his ninth save.In the first game, Zimmerman and Trea Turner had three hits apiece and Harper added two hits and two RBIs. Jefry Rodriguez (1-1) allowed one run in five innings in his first majo... [More]
Tue Aug 718:02Brewers put RHP Matt Albers on DL, add RHP Jordan LylesMatt AlbersRPBrewersFree Agent
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers have put right-hander Matt Albers on the 10-day disabled list because of a strained left hamstring.The Brewers made the move Tuesday. Right-hander Jordan Lyles, claimed off waivers Sunday from San Diego, was added to the roster.Albers was 3-1 with a 1.08 ERA in his first 21 appearances this season, but later went on the disabled list with a strained shoulder. He missed 40 games, and has allowed 10 runs in 1 2/3 innings spanning four outings since he's returned, including four home runs.
Tue Aug 716:42Harper, Zimmerman HRs send Nats past Braves 8-3 in 1st gameKolby AllardRP/SPBravesFree Agent
Charlie Culberson2B/3B/LF/PHBravesSith Lords
Adam DuvallLF/PHBravesTeam Mike
Kevin GausmanSPBravesTeam Jim
Bryce HarperCF/RFNationalsTeam Lorin
Greg HollandRPNationalsFree Agent
Ender InciarteCFBravesBallbusters
Nick MarkakisRFBravesSalt City Sox
Sean NewcombSPBravesTeam Jim
Anthony Rendón3BNationalsBuchanalia
Jefry RodriguezSPNationalsFree Agent
Max ScherzerSPNationalsBallbusters
Juan SotoLF/RFNationalsTeam Lorin
Trea TurnerSSNationalsTeam Lorin
Ryan Zimmerman1BNationalsBallbusters
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman hit consecutive homers to spark a four-run fourth inning, and the surging Washington Nationals beat the Atlanta Braves 8-3 Tuesday in the opener of a split doubleheader.Rookie right-hander Jefry Rodriguez (1-1) allowed one run and three hits in five innings to earn his first major victory. He also got his first big league hit and scored a run.Washington has won nine of 12 to move four games over .500 (58-54) for the first time since June 29. The Nationals are chasing first-place Philadelphia and Atlanta in the NL East.Charlie Culberson homered for the Braves, and Nick Markakis contributed two hits and an RBI.Harper led off the fourth with his 27th home run, and Zimmerman followed a drive far over the center-field wall for a 2-1 lead. After Rodriguez doubled with two outs, Trea Turner and Juan Soto hit RBI singles.All the damage came against 20-year-old Kolby Allard (1-1), recalled from the minors to be the 26th man in the doubleheader... [More]
Tue Aug 713:22Nationals sign veteran reliever Holland for stretch runJimmy CorderoRP/SPNationalsFree Agent
Greg HollandRPNationalsFree Agent
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Nationals hope veteran reliever Greg Holland can return to form and use his postseason experience to help Washington make a playoff run of its own.Holland has appeared in 12 postseason games, including the 2014 World Series with Kansas City. That, along with his 186 career saves, was more important to Washington than the 7.92 ERA he had with St. Louis before being designated for assignment on July 27.A day after the right-hander worked out with Washington, the Nationals announced his signing on Tuesday before facing the Atlanta Braves in a split doubleheader."He's a veteran guy that's been around and pitched in high-level situations, pitched a World Series," Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. "If he's healthy, and we think he is, he's going to help us."A three-time All-Star with 186 career saves, Holland initially will be used in the sixth or seventh innings by the Nationals."He knows how to get outs in big situations. That's what we like about him," Martinez... [More]
Tue Aug 712:32Nationals sign veteran reliever Holland for stretch runGreg HollandRPNationalsFree Agent
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals have signed the free agent reliever Greg Holland, who they hope can regain his effectiveness and provide leadership in the clubhouse.Holland was 0-2 with a 7.92 ERA in 32 games with St. Louis before being designated for assignment on July 27.After the right-hander worked out with Washington on Monday, the Nationals announced his signing on Tuesday before facing the Atlanta Braves in a split doubleheader.Nationals manager Dave Martinez says he's "a veteran guy that's been around and pitched in high-level situations, pitching a World Series. We think he's going to help us."A three-time All-Star with 186 career saves, Holland initially will be used in the sixth or seventh innings. Holland calls being with Washington "kind of a fresh start."Washington started the day in third place in the NL East, 5½ games behind division-leading Philadelphia.___More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Tue Aug 702:32Taillon, Bettis face off after bonding over cancer battlesChad BettisSPRockiesFree Agent
Jon LesterSPCubsDoppelganger
Anthony Rizzo1BCubsTeam Jim
DENVER (AP) — The starters for Tuesday's game between Pittsburgh and Colorado reads like this: Jameson Taillon vs. Chad Bettis.A more accurate description: Two starters bouncing back from testicular cancer."Both healthy. Both in the big leagues," the Pirates' Taillon said. "Life's good."The Rockies' Bettis underwent surgery in November 2016 for testicular cancer and continued cancer treatments through that spring and into last season. So when Taillon had surgery to treat testicular cancer on May 8, 2017, he had an instant line of support."Baseball is a brotherhood. When something happens to our own, everyone comes together — even more so when there are two people going through the same thing," the 26-year-old Taillon said. "It made sense to reach out to each other and give our well-wishes and see if there's anything we could offer up to each other."I just felt like if I needed anything or had a question, I was very comfortable going to ask him about any part of the process."Taillon... [More]
Tue Aug 702:12LEADING OFF: Trout sits, Taillon and Betts meet post-cancerChad BettisSPRockiesFree Agent
Robinson Canó2BMarinersFree Agent
Bartolo ColónSPRangersFree Agent
J.A. HappSPYankeesFree Agent
Félix HernándezRP/SPMarinersFree Agent
Sean NewcombSPBravesTeam Jim
Jefry RodriguezSPNationalsFree Agent
Max ScherzerSPNationalsBallbusters
Mike TroutCFAngelsFree Agent
A look at what's happening around the majors today:BLUE BIRTHDAYMike Trout is likely to sit out the Angels' game against Detroit because of a sore right wrist, depriving Los Angeles' fans of what's become an annual treat: Seeing Trout do incredible things on his birthday. Trout will turn 27 on Tuesday, and he has a history of throwing celebrations for himself. He has homered on his birthday four times in his first six full big-league seasons. He did it at the Big A last season, homering and also getting his 1,000th career hit. Trout received a cortisone injection on his wrist Monday, and the Angels are hopeful he can return to the lineup on the weekend. He missed his fifth straight game Monday.PITCHING PALSPittsburgh's Jameson Taillon and Colorado's Chad Bettis will pitch in a game featuring two starters bouncing back from testicular cancer. Bettis underwent surgery in November 2016 for testicular cancer and continued cancer treatments through that spring and into last season. So when ... [More]
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