CHICAGO – Slugger Kris Bryant exited with a bruised left wrist, Mike Montgomery got hit hard over four-plus innings and the Chicago Cubs stumbled again in their playoff run with a 6-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night. The Cubs missed a chance to clinch a franchise-record fourth straight trip to the postseason for the second time in as many nights. And their lead in the NL Central over Milwaukee shrunk to a half game, with the Brewers beating St. Louis 12-4. Chicago needed a win plus a loss by Colorado to Philadelphia to secure a playoff spot and extend a run that includes a drought-ending World Series championship in 2016. But the Cubs lost for the fourth time in sixth games while the Rockies won 10-3. Bryant got struck by a pitch from Chris Archer (3-3) in the fourth inning and was replaced at third base in the sixth by Ian Happ, who had pinch hit in the fifth. Montgomery (5-6) gave up five runs and seven hits, and the Cubs got shut out for the 11th time this … [Read more...] about Bryant hurt, Cubs lose to Pirates, again miss clinch
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The Boston Red Sox won their first game in four in fortunate circumstances with a fielding error gifting the side an 8-7 win over the Miami Marlins.Boston, currently leading the American League East, conceded five runs in the eighth as the Marlins took a 6-4 lead.But the Red Sox rallied through a Jackie Bradley single which tied up the game at 6-6 and took the win when shortstop JT Riddle's throw went wide of first base to allow JD Martinez to reach home for the walk-off victory.The Tampa Bay Rays saw their eight-game winning streak come to a close at the hands of the Atlanta Braves 9-5.The Braves had two four-run innings, including one in the eighth where Adam Duvall got the tie-breaking score when he beat a throw to the plate.The win, coupled with the Philadelphia Phillies 5-4 loss to the Washington Nationals, gives the Braves a 4.5-game lead at the top of the National League East.Elsewhere, the New York Yankees kept pace with Boston with a 5-4 win over the Chicago White Sox, the … [Read more...] about Fielding error gives Boston Red Sox win over the Miami Marlins
AP Updated 7:35 p.m. UTC Aug 26, 2018 A look at what's happening around the majors today: BREAK OUT THE BROOMS The surprising Rays go for their eighth straight victory when they try to become the first team to sweep Boston in a series this season. Tampa Bay is a season-high eight games over .500 at 69-61 and has allowed three or fewer runs in seven consecutive games. All-Star lefty Blake Snell (15-5, 2.07 ERA) pitches against former teammate Nathan Eovaldi (5-5) in the finale of the three-game set. "He really helped me with my work ethic and led by example," said Snell, who is 2-0 with a 0.95 ERA in three starts against Boston this year. "He's very special." Eovaldi is 2-1 with a 2.89 ERA in five starts for the major league-leading Red Sox since being acquired from the Rays on July 25. Boston (90-41) has lost five of seven. "We've been good on getaway days and day games," Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. "It would be a good day to put everything together, finish strong and turn the … [Read more...] about LEADING OFF: Streaking Rays try to hand Red Sox 1st sweep
Bob Nightengale USA TODAY Published 5:00 p.m. UTC Jul 9, 2018 PHOENIX — Just six months ago All-Star reliever Brad Hand signed a contract extension that changed his life, providing financial security to his family, becoming an integral cog of the San Diego Padres’ future. Well, with one week before the All-Star Game, Hand has no idea where his future will take him, wondering whether he’ll still be wearing a Padres uniform by the time he's honored as an All-Star on July 17. And if not, will his new employers be the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees or the defending World Series champion Houston Astros? Hand is among a handful of All-Stars who could be actually be wearing a generic jersey by game time on July 17. He joins shortstop Manny Machado of the Baltimore Orioles, catcher Wilson Ramos of the Tampa Bay Rays, starter J.A. Happ of the Toronto Blue Jays, second baseman Scooter Gennett of the Cincinnati Reds and first baseman Jose Abreu of the Chicago … [Read more...] about Will Manny Machado, Brad Hand and others get traded before All-Star Game?
Scott Boeck USA TODAY Published 12:12 p.m. UTC Jul 9, 2018 The first half of the Major League Baseball season was dominated by a trio of American League powerhouses, and that was reflected in rosters for the 89th All-Star Game that were revealed on Sunday. The East-leading Boston Red Sox and defending World Series champion Houston Astros each placed five players on the AL squad, while the similarly dominant New York Yankees have four representatives - including a young star not yet three months into his career. While there are still plenty of moving parts as players are replaced due to injury and other circumstances before the July 17 game at Washington's Nationals Park, here are the starters and reserves named (statistics through Saturday): American League starters C Wilson Ramos, RaysAppearance: Second. Age: 30Why he's an All-Star: Ramos, the former National who tore his ACL a week before the 2016 NL Division Series, returns to Washington as an … [Read more...] about MLB All-Star Game rosters: Red Sox, Astros, Yankees dominate AL; upstart Braves get 4 NL stars