Mon Aug 20 2018 04:26:29 GMT+0000 (UTC) - If not for the electric orange caps atop their heads, one might have missed the men who shuffled into the sixth row behind home plate at BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field on Sunday, taking their seats among a group of Little Leaguers from Staten Island. Scheduled off from work, Jacob deGrom, Zack Wheeler, Steven Matz and Noah Syndergaard instead took in a ballgame on what Syndergaard called "a beautiful night for baseball" in "the farmlands of Pennsylvania."
Mon Aug 20 2018 00:58:21 GMT+0000 (UTC) - The 200th win of Justin Verlander's tremendous career secured a much-needed 9-4 win for the Astros over the A's on Sunday afternoon at the Coliseum. Yuli Gurriel drilled the first of five Houston homers, after Verlander gave up solo homers to Matt Chapman and Khris Davis in the first. Davis hit a two-run homer in the third to tie the game. The Astros took the lead on an Evan Gattis homer in the fourth and went ahead in the fifth when Martin Maldonado tripled and scored. Maldonado and Alex Bregman homered in the seventh, leaving Maldonado a single shy of the cycle.
Mon Aug 20 2018 01:21:28 GMT+0000 (UTC) - Major League Baseball, the Major League Baseball Players Association and Little League International jointly announced the date and participants for the 2019 MLB Little League Classic presented by GEICO on Sunday night. The Cubs and Pirates will play in the third annual event, which will take place on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019, at Historic Bowman Field in Williamsport, Pa.
Sun Aug 19 2018 22:59:39 GMT+0000 (UTC) - After dropping three straight games, Jhoulys Chacin helped get the Brewers back on track in a finale win over the Cardinals on Sunday. Chacin threw six scoreless innings, while Mike Moustakas drove in both Brewers runs with a double in the third inning. The victory puts Milwaukee a half-game ahead of the Cardinals in the race for the second National League Wild Card spot. John Gant allowed two runs over 4 1/3 innings for St. Louis.
Mon Aug 20 2018 01:00:06 GMT+0000 (UTC) - Clayton Kershaw hit the career 150 win milestone on Sunday when the Dodgers routed the Mariners in the rubber game of their series, 12-1. Justin Turner had four hits and five RBIs, three of which came on a three-run homer in the ninth inning. Enrique Hernandez also homered and had three RBIs.
Mon Aug 20 2018 02:33:07 GMT+0000 (UTC) - D.I.Y. kings, these guys.
Mon Aug 20 2018 00:22:07 GMT+0000 (UTC) - It may have landed in the press box.
Mon Aug 20 2018 00:23:27 GMT+0000 (UTC) - X-rays taken on the left wrist of Manny Machado came back negative after the shortstop was hit by a pitch Sunday in the ninth inning of the Dodgers' 12-1 victory over the Mariners. "I'm good, guys," he said.
Mon Aug 20 2018 03:51:17 GMT+0000 (UTC) - The Oakland Athletics have been on such an improbable journey the last two months that virtually anything seems possible at this point. So is this the week the A's take control of the American League West? Let's check out the best game each day.
Mon Aug 20 2018 04:10:24 GMT+0000 (UTC) - The Rays used their "opener" strategy twice in five games from from Aug. 13-19, but despite the non-traditional usage, Tampa Bay's bullpen just keeps getting the job done whenever it's called upon. The Rays' relief corps pitched to a 2.23 ERA in a Major League-high 32 1/3 innings as Tampa Bay was named the MLB Bullpen of the Week presented by The Hartford for the second consecutive week.
Thu Aug 09 2018 19:34:25 GMT+0000 (UTC) - For the second consecutive year, Major Leaguers will put their personalities and passions on the field when Players' Weekend takes center stage during all games from Friday, Aug. 24, through Sunday, Aug. 26. Here are the nicknames big leaguers will wear on their backs while sporting colorful, non-traditional uniforms featuring alternate designs inspired by youth-league uniforms:
Sun Aug 19 2018 23:25:27 GMT+0000 (UTC) - German Marquez held the Braves to two runs over seven strong innings while Trevor Story and DJ LeMahieu homered as the Rockies picked up their first four-game series sweep in Atlanta with a win over Anibal Sanchez. Colorado, which is just a half-game out of first place in the NL West, also completed a record-tying stretch of 46 games against plus-.500 teams, winning 30 of those matchups.
Mon Aug 20 2018 02:36:54 GMT+0000 (UTC) - As Todd Frazier walked to the mound on Sunday at the Little League World Series' Howard J. Lamade Stadium, members of the 1998 Toms River, N.J., championship team approached him. Before Frazier arrived in Williamsport, he knew a few of his old teammates would be here. He did not expect the entire team would be reunited, with some old friends he hadn't seen in nearly two decades on hand.
Mon Aug 20 2018 01:35:08 GMT+0000 (UTC) - An immaculate inning by reliever Zac Rosscup sealed the Dodgers' 12-1 win over the Mariners on Sunday at Safeco Field. Rosscup got swinging strikeouts of Kyle Seager, Ryon Healy and Cameron Maybin.
Sun Aug 19 2018 21:59:40 GMT+0000 (UTC) - Yu Darvish's Minor League rehab start with Class A South Bend was cut short on Sunday after he completed just one inning and threw 19 pitches (10 strikes).
Mon Aug 20 2018 00:22:00 GMT+0000 (UTC) - There's something you don't see every day.
Sun Aug 19 2018 19:45:09 GMT+0000 (UTC) - Now he can homer in style.
Sun Aug 19 2018 22:49:54 GMT+0000 (UTC) - The White Sox are calling up right-hander Michael Kopech, the team's No. 2 prospect and No. 13 overall in MLB. He is scheduled to debut on Tuesday against the Twins.
Mon Aug 20 2018 00:45:49 GMT+0000 (UTC) - A.J. Pollock was the hero for the D-backs as his ninth-inning homer off Kirby Yates proved to be the difference. The D-backs trailed 3-2 before Daniel Descalso tied the game with a homer to right in the eighth inning. Renfroe got the Padres on the board in the first with a two-run homer and gave San Diego a 3-2 advantage with a two-out, RBI-single in the sixth.
Sun Aug 19 2018 23:32:56 GMT+0000 (UTC) - Greg Bird launched a grand slam and Miguel Andujar and Didi Gregorius added RBI singles in the Yankees' six-run first inning, en route to a sweep of the Blue Jays. They also tallied four runs in the sixth inning, including Giancarlo Stanton's RBI single and Kyle Higashioka's two-run single. J.A. Happ fanned eight in 5 1/3 innings against his former team, while Toronto starter Ryan Borucki was unable to finish the first inning, yielding six runs in 2/3 of an inning. Randal Grichuk and Kendys Morales went deep for the Jays.
Sun Aug 19 2018 23:11:18 GMT+0000 (UTC) - Look for 'Big Al' at Citi Field soon, hopefully.
Sun Aug 19 2018 23:58:46 GMT+0000 (UTC) - Adam Frazier's two-out homer on a 3-0 offering clinched the extra-innings win. Jameson Taillon allowed just a Kyle Schwarber homer over six innings before the bullpen worked five scoreless frames. Jose Quintana permitted one run over five-plus innings. Pittsburgh earned the series split despite scoring just five total runs.
Mon Aug 20 2018 04:03:31 GMT+0000 (UTC) - Led by Amed Rosario's three RBIs, a Mets team that sports MLB's lowest run total in home games capped a five-city road trip with an 8-2 win over the Phillies in the second annual MLB Little League Classic presented by Geico in Williamsport, Pa., pushing its road output to an NL-best 5.23 runs per game.
Sun Aug 19 2018 22:25:32 GMT+0000 (UTC) - The Marlins unleashed an offensive onslaught in the finale, banging out 17 hits to back Jose Urena's complete-game two-hitter. Starlin Castro had five hits, J.T. Realmuto and JT Riddle drove in three runs each and Isaac Galloway hit his first MLB homer, as every Miami player reached base. The majority of the damage came against Gio Gonzalez (4 2/3 IP, 8 ER), but Tommy Milone didn't fare much better, allowing three homers in four innings.
Sun Aug 19 2018 16:41:24 GMT+0000 (UTC) - Indians outfielder Leonys Martin is scheduled to be released from Cleveland Clinic on Sunday, following a battle with a serious bacterial infection that was life-threatening a week ago.
Sun Aug 19 2018 21:55:26 GMT+0000 (UTC) - The Indians cruised to an 8-0 victory at Progressive Field on Sunday over the Orioles, backed by a six-run fourth inning and six scoreless innings on the hill from Mike Clevinger. Melky Cabrera hit his fourth career grand slam to pace the Cleveland offense. Cedric Mullins and Chris Davis collected multi-hit days for the Orioles.
Sun Aug 19 2018 17:41:03 GMT+0000 (UTC) - With a crucial series against the Phillies beginning next week, the Nationals have aligned their rotation for their three best starting pitchers to be on the mound for that series, including Stephen Strasburg, who will return from the disabled list on Wednesday.
Mon Aug 20 2018 00:56:25 GMT+0000 (UTC) - Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor delivered the decisive blow in Sunday's series finale against the Angels. Odor's three-run shot off reliever Noe Ramirez in the seventh inning helped give the Rangers a 4-2 win at Globe Life Park. Odor went deep for the 15th time this season.
Sun Aug 19 2018 19:45:00 GMT+0000 (UTC) - Like so many other fans who travel to Williamsport, Pa., in the middle of August, Jennie Finch can now cross visiting the Little League World Series off her bucket list.
Tue Apr 17 2018 14:46:08 GMT+0000 (UTC) - Time to start swinging for $5.6 million! It's easy to play: Get a hit, and your streak continues. If not, try again the next day.
Sun Aug 19 2018 23:40:58 GMT+0000 (UTC) - Already without Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez, and with Giancarlo Stanton playing through hamstring pain, the Yankees are likely to endure another injury to a key player. The club is preparing for the possibility of being without Didi Gregorius for a time after the shortstop suffered a bruised left heel in Sunday afternoon's 10-2 win over the Blue Jays.
Sun Aug 19 2018 23:03:55 GMT+0000 (UTC) - A seven-run bottom of the third paced Cincinnati to a 17-hit day and three-game series sweep of San Francisco on Sunday at Great American Ball Park. Twelve Reds came to bat in the third. Scooter Gennett hit a two-run triple, and Eugenio Suarez followed with a two-run homer, his 27th. Reds starter Luis Castillo allowed three runs (one earned) and six hits over 6 2/3 innings with no walks and nine strikeouts.
Sun Aug 19 2018 23:36:17 GMT+0000 (UTC) - Eddie Rosario lifted a solo home run in the eighth inning on an 0-2 pitch to lead the Twins to victory. Max Kepler and Jake Cave added solo shots of their own, both coming in the fourth inning. Jake Odorizzi was strong through five innings but exited in the sixth inning with the bases loaded. He was charged with four runs on four hits while striking out seven over five-plus innings. Jim Adduci notched a three-hit game for the Tigers, knocking in two runs.
Sun Aug 19 2018 20:33:30 GMT+0000 (UTC) - He's a natural coach.
Sun Aug 19 2018 22:14:39 GMT+0000 (UTC) - Jalen Beeks was sensational against his former club on Sunday afternoon, firing four scoreless innings to lead the Rays to a 2-0 win over the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Joey Wendle and C.J. Cron homered for Tampa Bay, while Sergio Romo notched his 100th career save.
Sun Aug 19 2018 14:07:47 GMT+0000 (UTC) - The ace of the Yankees staff, Luis Severino, threw 100 pitches on Saturday, didn't make it to the sixth inning and got his 16th win anyway.
Sun Aug 19 2018 19:52:31 GMT+0000 (UTC) - The clock is ticking, but the Dodgers think there's still time for Julio Urias to have an impact on the 2018 season.
Sun Aug 19 2018 19:22:18 GMT+0000 (UTC) - A's outfielder Matt Joyce, who has missed more than 50 games during the span of two separate DL stints, has finally been cleared for a Minor League rehab assignment.
Sun Aug 19 2018 19:00:24 GMT+0000 (UTC) - The memories come flooding back whenever Jonathan Schoop sees the Little League World Series on a clubhouse television. Maybe there's a lesson there, too.
Sun Aug 19 2018 19:54:59 GMT+0000 (UTC) - In the span of about a month, the Padres' bullpen has been overhauled from finesse to firepower.
Sun Aug 19 2018 23:55:56 GMT+0000 (UTC) - Left-hander Roenis Elias was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma to start Sunday's game against the Dodgers, but the Mariners also recalled right-handed reliever Chasen Bradford and optioned lefty James Pazos to Tacoma in another bullpen shift.
Sun Aug 19 2018 23:34:42 GMT+0000 (UTC) - Shortly after feeling his mechanics click during a side session at Busch Stadium on Saturday afternoon, Luke Weaver learned that his next opportunity to take that adjustment into a game setting will come in a new role.
Sun Aug 19 2018 23:19:28 GMT+0000 (UTC) - Hoping a cortisone shot would alleviate the pain in his fractured left wrist, Aaron Judge planned to swing a bat this weekend, in some fashion. Doing so would've marked a tangible step in his return to the Yankees lineup for the slugger who has been sidelined since July 27. But that did not happen. Judge revealed after Sunday afternoon's 10-2 win over the Blue Jays that he's still yet to transition to hitting drills, citing "a little bit of pain" that's prohibited him from doing so.
Sun Aug 19 2018 00:41:41 GMT+0000 (UTC) - Can a team sign Sister Mary Jo for the stretch run?
Sun Aug 19 2018 21:05:44 GMT+0000 (UTC) - The Blue Jays officially placed right-hander Marcus Stroman on the 10-day disabled list prior to Sunday afternoon's 10-2 loss to the Yankees.