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Sat Sep 1903:32LEADING OFF: Cubs' Mills back on mound after no-hitterIan AndersonFree Agent
Austin MeadowsCF/RFRaysFree Agent
A look at what's happening around the majors today: ___ BACK AT IT Cubs journeyman Alec Mills (5-3, 3.93) is set to pitch for the first time since his unexpected no-hitter a week ago against Milwaukee. The 28-year-old will face the Twins in just the 16th start of his big league career. Johnny Vander Meer in 1938 is the only pitcher to throw consecutive no-hitters. Mills will face Minnesota right-hander Michael Pineda (1-0, 3.57). MINUS MEADOWS The playoff-bound Rays will be missing outfielder Austin Meadows into the postseason because of a strained oblique. Meadows was hurt while taking a swing this week for the AL East leaders during a game in Baltimore Meadows is batting just .205 with four homers and 13 RBIs. Last year, he hit .291 with 33 home runs and 89 RBIs. “I don’t need to talk about how important Austin is,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said. ACE CARD Cardinals left-hander Kwang Hyun Kim starts at Milwaukee, trying to keep up his remarkable run. The 32-year-old Kim, who... [More]
Fri Sep 1823:13Angels' Pujols passes Mays for 5th on HR list with No. 661Albert Pujols1B/DHAngelsFree 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 Pujols1B/DHAngelsFree Agent
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Angels slugger Albert Pujols hits 661st home run, passing Willie Mays for fifth on career list.
Fri Sep 1822:22Reds surge into playoff contention, beat White Sox 7-1Tucker BarnhartCRedsFree Agent
Nick Castellanos3B/RFTigersFree Agent
Erick FeddeSPNationalsFree Agent
Yan GomesCNationalsFree Agent
Bryce HarperCF/RFNationalsFree Agent
Will HarrisRPAstrosFree Agent
Ryan HelsleySPCardinalsFree Agent
Tyler MahleSPRedsFree Agent
Robbie RaySPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Victor RoblesCFNationalsFree Agent
Sixto SánchezFree Agent
Andrew StevensonCF/PHNationalsFree Agent
Joey Votto1BRedsFree Agent
Trevor WilliamsSPPiratesFree Agent
Jesse WinkerLF/RFRedsFree Agent
Kolten Wong2BCardinalsFree Agent
CINCINNATI (AP) — Slumping Jesse Winker hit a three-run homer — one of four off White Sox starter Jonathan Stiever — and the Cincinnati Reds extended their surge into playoff contention with a 7-1 win Friday night for their season-high sixth victory in a row. The Reds moved to .500 (26-26) for the first time since Aug. 3. Their winning streak has them in playoff position, in second place in the NL Central behind the Cubs. The AL Central-leading White Sox clinched their first playoff berth since 2008 with a win over the Twins on Thursday night. Their momentum hit a snag as Stiever (0-1) got hit hard in his first major league road appearance. The 23-year-old right-hander allowed Winker’s shot and solo homers by Joey Votto, Nick Castellanos and Tucker Barnhart. Tyler Mahle (2-2) got his first win since Aug. 28, allowing four hits and fanning eight in 5 2/3 innings. CARDINALS 6, PIRATES 5, 1st game PITTSBURGH (AP) — Kolten Wong hit the second leadoff home run of his career, Tyle... [More]
Fri Sep 1820:42LEADING OFF: Cubs' Mills back on mound after no-hitterAustin MeadowsCF/RFRaysFree Agent
Michael PinedaSPTwinsFree Agent
A look at what's happening around the majors Saturday: ___ BACK AT IT Cubs journeyman Alec Mills (5-3, 3.93) is set to pitch for the first time since his unexpected no-hitter a week ago against Milwaukee. The 28-year-old will face the Twins in just the 16th start of his big league career. Johnny Vander Meer in 1938 is the only pitcher to throw consecutive no-hitters. Mills will face Minnesota right-hander Michael Pineda (1-0, 3.57). MINUS MEADOWS The playoff-bound Rays will be missing outfielder Austin Meadows into the postseason because of a strained oblique. Meadows was hurt while taking a swing this week for the AL East leaders during a game in Baltimore Meadows is batting just .205 with four homers and 13 RBIs. Last year, he hit .291 with 33 home runs and 89 RBIs. “I don’t need to talk about how important Austin is,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said. ACE CARD Cardinals left-hander Kwang Hyun Kim starts at Milwaukee, trying to keep up his remarkable run. The 32-year-old Kim, ... [More]
Fri Sep 1818:32Rays OF Meadows placed on injured list; could miss playoffsSean GilmartinRPOriolesFree Agent
Austin MeadowsCF/RFRaysFree Agent
Cody ReedRPRedsFree Agent
BALTIMORE (AP) — Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Austin Meadows was placed on the 10-day injured list Friday with an oblique strain that will keep him sidelined into the postseason. The injury occurred while Meadows took a swing in the opener of Thursday's doubleheader against the Orioles. The Rays won both games to earn a berth in the AL playoffs, and they'll need a deep run to get Meadows back in the lineup. “We’re going to have to play really, really well to see him at any point the rest of the season," manager Kevin Cash said. Meadows is batting .205 with four homers and 13 RBIs. Last year he hit .291 with 33 home runs and 89 RBIs, so his bat is always welcome in the Tampa Bay lineup. “I don’t need to talk about how important Austin is," Cash said. To fill the roster spot, Tampa Bay selected left-hander Sean Gilmartin from its alternate site. In order to add Gilmartin to the 40-man roster, the Rays transferred pitcher Cody Reed (left pinky irritation) to the 45-day IL, ending h... [More]
Fri Sep 1810:02This Date in BaseballAlbert Pujols1B/DHAngelsFree Agent
Alex RodriguezFree 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]
Fri Sep 1802:12LEADING OFF: Seattle hosts Padres in San Diego, Fried backByron BuxtonCFTwinsFree Agent
Dakota HudsonRP/SPCardinalsFree Agent
Sixto SánchezFree Agent
A look at what's happening around the majors today: ___ ON THE ROAD AGAIN The Mariners open a three-game series as the home team in San Diego after the set was relocated due to air quality concerns in the Seattle area. The Mariners already had two games against the Giants moved from Seattle to San Francisco this week because of unhealthy air quality from numerous West Coast wildfires. The Padres could be in position to clinch their first playoff berth since 2006 while playing as visitors in their home ballpark. CY TRY Braves right-hander Max Fried is set to return from the injured list and resume his bid for an unlikely NL Cy Young Award. Fried has been out since Sept. 6 with a left-side muscle spasm in his lumbar spine. Prior to the injury, the 26-year-old looked like a prime candidate with a 6-0 record and 1.98 ERA. Fried is the only qualified starter in the majors who hasn’t allowed a home run this season, and he could be the first starter to finish a season with zero homers all... [More]
Fri Sep 1800:42White Sox, Rays secure berths in the postseasonPete Alonso1BMetsFree Agent
Chase AndersonSPBrewersFree Agent
Sherten ApostelFree Agent
Randy ArozarenaCFCardinalsFree Agent
Matt BarnesRPRed SoxFree Agent
Mookie BettsRFRed SoxFree Agent
Shane BieberSPIndiansFree Agent
Steven BraultRP/SPPiratesFree Agent
Byron BuxtonCFTwinsFree Agent
Griffin CanningFree Agent
Robinson Canó2BMetsFree Agent
Willi Castro2BTigersFree Agent
Tyler ClippardRPBlue JaysFree Agent
Rafael Devers3BRed SoxFree Agent
Derek Dietrich1B/3B/LF/PHMarlinsFree Agent
Josh Donaldson3BBravesFree Agent
Jarrod DysonCF/LFDiamondbacksFree Agent
Tommy EdmanFree Agent
Nathan EovaldiSPRed SoxFree Agent
Pete FairbanksFree Agent
David Fletcher2B/3B/SSAngelsFree Agent
Wilmer Flores1B/2B/3B/PHMetsFree Agent
Dylan FloroRP/SPDodgersFree Agent
Rico GarciaFree Agent
Brett GardnerCF/LFYankeesFree Agent
Austin GomberSPCardinalsFree Agent
Kendall GravemanSPCubsFree Agent
Lourdes Gurriel Jr.2B/SSBlue JaysFree Agent
Bryce HarperCF/RFNationalsFree Agent
Codi HeuerFree Agent
Josh JamesSPAstrosFree Agent
DJ LeMahieu2BRockiesFree Agent
Kyle LewisFree Agent
Nate Lowe1BRaysFree Agent
Jordan LylesRP/SPPiratesFree Agent
Casey MizeFree Agent
Brandon NimmoCF/LF/PH/RFMetsFree Agent
Wandy PeraltaRPRedsFree Agent
Kevin PlaweckiCMetsFree Agent
Gregory PolancoLF/RFPiratesFree Agent
Brooks RaleyFree Agent
Rangel RaveloFree Agent
Anthony Rendon3BNationalsFree Agent
Hunter RenfroeLF/RFPadresFree Agent
Edwin Ríos1BDodgersFree Agent
Darin RufFree Agent
Corey SeagerSSDodgersFree Agent
Kyle Seager3BMarinersFree Agent
Dominic Smith1BMetsFree Agent
Kevan SmithCAngelsFree Agent
Giancarlo StantonDH/LF/RFYankeesFree Agent
Trevor StorySSRockiesFree Agent
Masahiro TanakaSPYankeesFree Agent
Anderson TejedaFree Agent
Gleyber Torres2B/SSYankeesFree Agent
Mike TroutCFAngelsFree Agent
Julio UríasSPDodgersFree Agent
Framber ValdezRPAstrosFree Agent
Luke Voit1B/PHYankeesFree Agent
Jared WalshFree Agent
Taylor Ward3B/CAngelsFree Agent
Joey Wendle2B/3BRaysFree Agent
Justin WilsonRPCubsFree Agent
Kolten Wong2BCardinalsFree Agent
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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 and was ejected ... [More]
Thu Sep 1721:32Yankees hit 5 home runs in inning for 1st timeChase AndersonSPBrewersFree Agent
Brett GardnerCF/LFYankeesFree Agent
Aaron HicksCF/LFYankeesFree Agent
Giancarlo StantonDH/LF/RFYankeesFree Agent
Gleyber Torres2B/SSYankeesFree Agent
Luke Voit1B/PHYankeesFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — The Yankees hit five run home runs in an inning for the first time in their history. Brett Gardner, DJ LeMehieu and Luke Voit homered on consecutive pitches in the fourth inning from Toronto's Chase Anderson on Thursday night. Voit's home run was his major league-leading 20th. Aaron Hicks struck out, and Giancarlo Stanton and Gleyber Torres followed with home runs that gave the Yankees a 9-2 lead and chased Anderson. New York set a major league record with 18 homers over a three-game span. The Yankees became the seventh team to hit five home runs in an inning. They hit three consecutive homers for the first time since June 2017 at Toronto. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Thu Sep 1721:22White Sox clinch first postseason berth since 2008Matt BarnesRPRed SoxFree Agent
Byron BuxtonCFTwinsFree Agent
Griffin CanningFree Agent
Tyler ClippardRPBlue JaysFree Agent
Rafael Devers3BRed SoxFree Agent
Josh Donaldson3BBravesFree Agent
Jarrod DysonCF/LFDiamondbacksFree Agent
Nathan EovaldiSPRed SoxFree Agent
David Fletcher2B/3B/SSAngelsFree Agent
Wilmer Flores1B/2B/3B/PHMetsFree Agent
Rico GarciaFree Agent
Kendall GravemanSPCubsFree Agent
Codi HeuerFree Agent
Kyle LewisFree Agent
Wandy PeraltaRPRedsFree Agent
Michael PerezCRaysFree Agent
Kevin PlaweckiCMetsFree Agent
Anthony Rendon3BNationalsFree Agent
Darin RufFree Agent
Kyle Seager3BMarinersFree Agent
Mike TroutCFAngelsFree Agent
Jared WalshFree Agent
Taylor Ward3B/CAngelsFree 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 1720:52LEADING OFF: Seattle hosts Padres in San Diego, Fried backByron BuxtonCFTwinsFree Agent
Dakota HudsonRP/SPCardinalsFree Agent
Sixto SánchezFree Agent
A look at what's happening around the majors Friday: ___ ON THE ROAD AGAIN The Mariners open a three-game series as the home team in San Diego after the set was relocated due to air quality concerns in the Seattle area. The Mariners already had two games against the Giants moved from Seattle to San Francisco this week because of unhealthy air quality from numerous West Coast wildfires. The Padres could be in position to clinch their first playoff berth since 2006 while playing as visitors in their home ballpark. CY TRY Braves right-hander Max Fried is set to return from the injured list and resume his bid for an unlikely NL Cy Young Award. Fried has been out since Sept. 6 with a left-side muscle spasm in his lumbar spine. Prior to the injury, the 26-year-old looked like a prime candidate with a 6-0 record and 1.98 ERA. Fried is the only qualified starter in the majors who hasn’t allowed a home run this season, and he could be the first starter to finish a season with zero homers al... [More]
Thu Sep 1720:42Donaldson ejected for kicking dirt on plate after home runJosh Donaldson3BBravesFree 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 1720:22Yankees' Aaron Judge no fan of MLB bubbleAaron JudgeRFYankeesFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees manager Aaron Boone packed two large suitcases Thursday and bid adieu to his family, not knowing when he’d see them again. Right fielder Aaron Judge is packing, too, though he's not a fan of Major League Baseball's postseason arrangements. “Not a fan of the bubble. I’m not a fan of the whole setup. Like I said before, it doesn’t really reward a team for going out and winning,” Judge said. “There’s really no home-field advantage anymore.” Boone’s club embarked on a seven-game trip following its series finale against Toronto, When the team returns to the Bronx for a weekend series against Miami that finishes the regular season from Sept. 25-27, many of New York’s players and staff will check into a hotel to prepare for Major League Baseball’s postseason bubble. American League clubs still in contention for a playoff spot on Sept. 22 are required to stay in a designated hotel while at home as part of increased protocols to combat the novel c... [More]
Thu Sep 1720:12Cardinals' Hudson leaves start because of elbow tightnessAustin GomberSPCardinalsFree Agent
Dakota HudsonRP/SPCardinalsFree Agent
PITTSBURGH (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Dakota Hudson left his start Thursday night after two innings because of right elbow tightness. Hudson did not allow a run while walking two and giving up one hit against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He is 3-2 with a 2.77 ERA in eight starts this season. The Cardinals entered the night percentage points behind the Cincinnati Reds for second place in the NL Central, 5 ½ games behind the Chicago Cubs. The top two finishers in each division advance to the expanded postseason this year, along with two wild cards. Hudson was replaced by left-hander Austin Gomber with St. Louis leading 1-0. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Thu Sep 1717:02Eovaldi shuts down Marlins in 5-3 victoryJorge AlfaroCPhilliesFree Agent
Brian Anderson3B/RFMarlinsFree Agent
Matt BarnesRPRed SoxFree Agent
Jon Berti2BBlue JaysFree Agent
Ryan BrasierRPRed SoxFree Agent
Garrett Cooper1BMarlinsFree Agent
Rafael Devers3BRed SoxFree Agent
Corey DickersonDH/LFPiratesFree Agent
Nathan EovaldiSPRed SoxFree Agent
Starling MarteCF/LFPiratesFree Agent
Jordan MontgomerySPYankeesFree Agent
Kevin PlaweckiCMetsFree Agent
Miguel Rojas1B/3B/SSMarlinsFree Agent
Alex VerdugoCFDodgersFree Agent
Chad WallachCMarlinsFree Agent
MIAMI (AP) — Nathan Eovaldi pitched five shutout innings and struck out seven, and the Miami Marlins stumbled in their playoff run with a 5-3 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Thursday. Rafael Devers had a three-run homer, Kevin Plawecki hit a two-run single and Alex Verdugo had three hits for the Red Sox. Seeking its first postseason appearance since winning the 2003 World Series, Miami is second in the NL East . The Marlins fell three games behind division-leading Atlanta, which was idle. Eovaldi (3-2) didn't allow a hit until Garrett Cooper's leadoff double in the fifth. Miguel Rojas singled but Eovaldi struck out Jazz Chisholm and Chad Wallach, then retired Corey Dickerson on a groundout. A 30-year-old right-hander who was with the Marlins from 2012-14, Eovaldi was lifted after 76 pitches in his second appearance since returning Sept. 12 a stint on the injured list caused by a strained right calf. Ryan Brasier pitched a scoreless eighth, and Matt Barnes got three straight out for hi... [More]
Thu Sep 1716:42Mets' ace deGrom day-to-day with sore right hamstringJacob deGromSPMetsFree Agent
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom is day-to-day after leaving his start Wednesday night with a right hamstring spasm. Manager Luis Rojas said deGrom played catch without pain on Thursday and had “bounced back after yesterday's scary moment.” He exited after a surprisingly rough two innings that could put a wrinkle in his bid for a third straight NL Cy Young Award. The right-hander was pulled after only 40 pitches and one strikeout. He allowed three earned runs in a game for the the first time this season, pushing his ERA back over 2.00 at 2.09. “Apparently we caught it early,” Rojas said. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Thu Sep 1715:52Phils' Arrieta out for regular season with hamstring injuryJake ArrietaSPPhilliesFree Agent
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Phillies right-hander Jake Arrieta will not pitch again in the regular season because of a strained right hamstring. Arrieta (4-4, 5.08 ERA) was injured against the Mets on Tuesday night. Manager Joe Girardi said on Thursday that Arrieta could return to the rotation if the Phillies make the playoffs. The Phillies are chasing their first playoff berth since 2011. Arrieta walked off the mound of his last start, grabbing the back of his right leg, after hitting Andres Gimenez with a pitch to load the bases. Arrieta said after the game “there’s no question in my mind” he would return for the playoffs. Now, he faces the prospect that he could have made the last start of his Phillies career. The 2015 NL Cy Young Award winner is in the final season of a $75 million, three-year contract. The 34-year-old is 110-79 with a 3.76 ERA dating to 2010 with Baltimore, the Cubs and Phillies. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Thu Sep 1710:35Mets ace Jacob deGrom leaves start with hamstring spasmJacob deGromSPMetsFree Agent
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom left his start against the Philadelphia Phillies after two innings Wednesday night with a right hamstring spasm. He exited after a surprisingly rough two innings that could put a wrinkle in his bid for a third straight NL Cy Young Award. The right-hander, who struck out 12 Phillies on Sept. 6, was pulled after only 40 pitches and one strikeout. He allowed three runs, pushing his ERA back over 2.00 at 2.09, and appeared to spike a water bottle in frustration in the dugout after a brief chat with pitching coach Jeremy Hefner and trainer Brian Chicklo. Hefner visited deGrom on the mound in the second inning when he allowed all his runs. It was the first time this season he gave up three earned runs. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Thu Sep 1710:34LEADING OFF: Bieber starts, Verlander limbers up, deGrom OK?Shane BieberSPIndiansFree Agent
Robbie GrossmanDH/LF/PH/RFTwinsFree Agent
Casey MizeFree Agent
Justin VerlanderSPAstrosFree Agent
Jacob deGromSPMetsFree Agent
A look at what's happening around the majors on Thursday: NOW AND LATER Cleveland ace Shane Bieber (7-1, 1.53 ERA) tries to get the Indians headed in the right direction when they open a series at Detroit. Bieber, a top contender for the AL Cy Young Award and perhaps the best pitcher in baseball this season, was beaten 3-1 in Minnesota last week for his first loss of the year. Still, he became the fastest starting pitcher since 1900 to reach 100 strikeouts in a season, hitting the milestone in 62 1/3 innings. Bieber will face Casey Mize (0-1, 5.85 ERA), the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 amateur draft. Mize makes his sixth big league start and is looking for his first career win. JUST IN TIME? Astros ace Justin Verlander threw to hitters on Wednesday for the first time since he was injured in the team’s opener on July 24. The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner, who was out with a strained right forearm, threw 50 pitches in the bullpen before throwing about 25 pitches to hitters in tw... [More]
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