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Tue Sep 2223:34LEADING OFF: Glasnow, Rays try to win AL East, Bieber readyTrevor BauerSPRedsFree Agent
Tyler GlasnowSPRaysFree Agent
A look at what's happening around the majors on Wednesday: RAYS THE BANNER Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow (4-1, 4.21 ERA) gets his final tuneup for the postseason when he faces Robinson Canó and the New York Mets at Citi Field. Glasnow and the playoff-bound Rays hope to make it a special night -- they can clinch their first AL East title with a win, or a loss by the Yankees to Toronto. “I go into it with maybe a little bit more confidence than I did last year,” Glasnow said. “Just an exciting time.” Glasnow is pegged to start the second game of Tampa Bay’s best-of-three, first-round playoff series next week, manager Kevin Cash said. Blake Snell is lined up for the opener, and Charlie Morton would pitch a potential Game 3. All three would have two extra days of rest. “I feel good,” Glasnow said. “It definitely is starting to feel more like, in a rhythm.” Glasnow is 4-0 in his last five starts. TUNEUP TIME Cleveland ace Shane Bieber (8-1, 1.74 ERA) had his start pushe... [More]
Tue Sep 2222:44Indians clinch postseason berth; Braves claim NL East titleBrett AndersonSPBrewersFree Agent
Aaron HicksCFYankeesFree Agent
CLEVELAND (AP) — José Ramírez pushed the Cleveland Indians into the playoffs with one swing and strengthened his case for the AL MVP award. Ramírez hit a three-run homer with two outs in the 10th inning, giving Cleveland a 5-3 win over the Chicago White Sox that clinched a postseason berth Tuesday night. Ramírez’s drive to right off José Ruiz scored César Hernández and Francisco Lindor, setting off a wild celebration at home plate as the Indians reached the postseason for the fourth time in five years. Lindor had pulled Cleveland within one on a two-out double that plated Roberto Perez, who began the inning on second base. After Matt Foster (5-1) walked Hernández, Ruiz entered and gave up the game-ending drive. BRAVES 11, MARLINS 1 ATLANTA (AP) — Bryse Wilson pitched five scoreless innings, Marcell Ozuna drove in five runs with four hits that included two homers and Atlanta clinched its third straight NL East title. Atlanta hit five homers, including drives by Dansby Swan... [More]
Tue Sep 2220:04Angels SS Andrelton Simmons opts out of final 5 gamesDavid Fletcher2BAngelsFree Agent
Andrelton SimmonsSSAngelsFree Agent
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shortstop Andrelton Simmons has opted out of the remainder of the Los Angeles Angels' season. The Angels announced the four-time Gold Glove-winning shortstop's decision Tuesday before they faced the San Diego Padres. Los Angeles (24-31) is still technically in the playoff race with five games left in the regular season, and Simmons clearly caught the Angels by surprise, although the club said it respected his decision. The 31-year-old Simmons, who can be a free agent this winter, is finishing his fifth year with the Angels. After spraining his ankle in late July and missing 22 games, Simmons is currently batting .297 with 10 RBIs while playing his usual stellar defense, albeit with four errors in 30 games. “At this time, I feel this is the best decision for me and my family,” Simmons said in a statement. “We don't know what the future holds, but we would like to sincerely thank the Angels organization and Angels fans for welcoming and making us feel at ho... [More]
Tue Sep 2218:44Mariners' Moore placed on concussion list, out for seasonBrandon BielakSPAstrosFree Agent
Jake FraleyCFMarinersFree Agent
SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Mariners second baseman Dylan Moore’s season is over after he was placed on the seven-day concussion list Tuesday. Moore was hit in the head for the second time in a week, taking a 92 mph fastball from Houston Astros reliever Brandon Bielak off the helmet in a 6-1 win over Houston on Monday night. Moore remained in the game, but began to feel effects afterward, Mariners manager Scott Servais said. Moore also briefly stayed in the game after taking a 99 mph pitch to the head from San Francisco Giants reliever Sam Coonrod last Wednesday. He was pulled before taking the field the next inning. Moore returned to the lineup the next day. Ty France will take Moore’s place at second base and the Mariners called up outfielder Jake Fraley to take his roster spot against the Astros on Tuesday night. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Tue Sep 2217:33Twins reinstate Bailey from injured list to start vs. TigersLuis Arraez2BTwinsFree Agent
Homer BaileySPTwinsFree Agent
Jake OdorizziSPTwinsFree Agent
Brent RookerRFTwinsFree Agent
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins reinstated right-hander Homer Bailey from the 45-day injured list on Tuesday so he could start their series opener against Detroit. Bailey made just one start with his new team before getting hurt, picking up the victory by logging five innings in Minnesota's home opener on July 28 against St. Louis. The 34-year-old missed the next 51 games with right biceps tendinitis. He signed a one-year, $7 million contract with the Twins, and his salary was prorated once the coronavirus pandemic prompted an abbreviated 60-game schedule. The Twins have used the injured list 16 times this season, covering 13 different players, but Bailey's activation leaves only right-hander Jake Odorizzi, second baseman Luis Arraez and outfielder Brent Rooker still sidelined. Rooker is done for the season because of a broken forearm, but Odorizzi (finger blister) and Arraez (knee tendinitis) are expected to be available next week once the postseason starts. Arraez suffered a minor ankle sprain on Monday at the team's alternate training site. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Tue Sep 2200:03Athletics clinch first AL West title since 2013Mike FiersSPAthleticsFree Agent
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics clinched their first AL West title since 2013 on Monday night with an assist from the rival Houston Astros. Houston lost 6-1 to the Seattle Mariners, ending its three-year reign as division champion. The A's were off Monday before opening an interleague series at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday. Since last season ended, the slugging A's have emphasized the need to win the division given they won 97 games each of the last two years and lost the AL Wild Card game. Oakland is in the playoffs for a third straight year and the sixth time in nine seasons. A's right-hander Mike Fiers was the whistleblower in the Astros' offseason sign-stealing scandal when he publicly called out his former club for cheating in an article published by The Athletic in November. Houston won a majors-best 107 games last season and brought in veteran manager Dusty Baker to lead the way in 2020. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Mon Sep 2122:53Indians beat White Sox 7-4, inch closer to playoff berthNick AndersonRPRaysFree Agent
Dylan BundySPAngelsFree Agent
Victor CaratiniCCubsFree Agent
Curt CasaliCRedsFree Agent
Luis CastilloSPRedsFree Agent
Aaron CivaleSPIndiansFree Agent
Derek DietrichLFRedsFree Agent
Pete FairbanksRPRaysFree Agent
Josh FlemingFree Agent
Jace FryRPWhite SoxFree Agent
Kyle GibsonSPRangersFree Agent
Jedd Gyorko3BDodgersFree Agent
Brad HandRPIndiansFree Agent
Bryce HarperRFPhilliesFree Agent
James KarinchakRPIndiansFree Agent
Isiah Kiner-FalefaCRangersFree Agent
Jon LesterSPCubsFree Agent
Nate Lowe1BRaysFree Agent
Mike MayersRPAngelsFree Agent
Mike Moustakas2BRedsFree Agent
Roman QuinnLFPhilliesFree Agent
Drew RasmussenFree Agent
Carlos SantanaDHIndiansFree Agent
Kyle SchwarberLFCubsFree Agent
Max StassiCAngelsFree Agent
Jared Walsh1BAngelsFree Agent
Zack WheelerSPPhilliesFree Agent
Nick WittgrenRPIndiansFree Agent
Brandon WoodruffSPBrewersFree Agent
Jacob deGromSPMetsFree Agent
CLEVELAND (AP) — Carlos Santana’s two-run homer snapped a tie and José Ramírez homered again as the Cleveland Indians moved closer to clinching a playoff berth — and delayed Chicago’s likely AL Central title — with a 7-4 win over the White Sox on Monday night. The Indians cut their magic number to one and would lock up one of the eight postseason spots if Seattle loses to Houston later Monday. After the White Sox scored four times in the fifth inning against Aaron Civale (4-5), Santana came to the plate in the bottom half. With Ramirez on first after a one-out walk, Santana pulled a 2-1 sinker from Jace Fry (0-1) over the left-field wall and into the empty bleachers to make it 6-4. Nick Wittgren struck out the side in the seventh and James Karinchak worked the eighth before Brad Hand pitched the ninth for his 14th save in 14 tries. Eloy Jiménez hit his 14th homer of the season for the White Sox.. ANGELS 8, RANGERS 5 ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Jared Walsh hit his first career... [More]
Mon Sep 2120:43LEADING OFF: Indians' Bieber, Yankees' Cole take the moundShane BieberSPIndiansFree Agent
Corbin BurnesSPBrewersFree Agent
Gerrit ColeSPYankeesFree Agent
Aaron NolaSPPhilliesFree Agent
Tanner RoarkSPBlue JaysFree Agent
A look at what’s happening around the majors Tuesday: HEADED TO AWARDS Cleveland’s Shane Bieber (8-1, 1.74 ERA) likely will make his final regular-season start when he faces the Chicago White Sox and Reynaldo López (1-2, 5.40 ERA). Bieber narrowly leads Milwaukee’s Corbin Burnes (1.77) for the major league ERA title. LAST LUNEUP Gerrit Cole (6-3, 3.00 ERA) makes his final regular-season start in his first season for the New York Yankees, taking the mound against Toronto’s Tanner Roark (2-2, 6.41 ERA) in Buffalo, New York. BEATING UP ON CHAMPS Aaron Nola (5-3, 2.92 ERA) starts for Philadelphia in a doubleheader opener against Washington, which goes with Austin Voth (0-5, 7.17 ERA). Nola is 2-0 with a 1.20 ERA against the World Series champions this season. Voth has not won since last Sept. 27 against Cleveland. QUINTANA GETS A START José Quintana is back in time to help the Chicago Cubs’ playoff push, scheduled to start against Pittsburgh in his first big league start since last Sept. 26. Quintana has been limited to a pair of relief appearances due to issues with his left thumb and a lat problem. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Mon Sep 2118:43Royals' Soler comes off injured list for season's final weekKelvin Gutierrez3BRoyalsFree Agent
Jorge SolerDHRoyalsFree Agent
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Royals reinstated outfielder Jorge Soler from the injured list and optioned infielder Kelvin Gutierrez on Monday before starting their final homestand with three games against the St. Louis Cardinals. Soler was hopeful that he could return for the final week of the season after hurting his oblique. The slugger has failed to match his breakout 2019 season, when he played all 162 games and hit a club-record 48 homers, but has still hit .235 with eight homers and 22 RBIs for a club that is in rebuilding mode. He was the designated hitter and batting cleanup on Monday night. Gutierrez had one hit in 12 at-bats over four games this season. He had appeared in 20 games last season, hitting .260 while showing some versatility on defense. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Mon Sep 2118:13Jays closer Giles to undergo elbow surgery, out for seasonKen GilesRPBlue JaysFree Agent
Julian MerryweatherSPBlue JaysFree Agent
Roberto OsunaRPAstrosFree Agent
Gary SánchezCYankeesFree Agent
Matt ShoemakerSPBlue JaysFree Agent
Toronto Blue Jays closer Ken Giles will have Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, likely causing him to miss all of 2021 and impacting the deal he will receive as a free agent this offseason. A right-hander who turned 30 on Sunday, Giles is 0-0 with a 9.82 ERA and one save in four appearances this season. He left a July 26 game at Tampa Bay because of forearm soreness and was placed on the injured list the next day. He returned with one inning against the New York Mets on Sept. 11, pitched one inning at the New York Yankees on Sept. 15, then went back on the injured list the following day. Manager Charlie Montoyo said Giles decided Monday to go ahead with the surgery. “He was a great clubhouse leader. He was awesome. I love the guy,? Montoyo said. “When he was on the mound, when he was healthy, he was one of the best relievers in baseball.” Giles earned $3,555,556 as a prorated share of his $9.6 million salary this season. He was 2-3 with a 1.87 ERA in 53 games last year, savin... [More]
Mon Sep 2117:33Yankees celebrate playoff berth with hotel lobby toastGerrit ColeSPYankeesFree Agent
DJ LeMahieu2BYankeesFree Agent
The New York Yankees found an unusual place to celebrate clinching a playoff berth in an atypical season. After losing at Boston on Sunday, the Yankees headed to Buffalo, New York, for the start of a series against Toronto, and New York's berth in the expanded 16-team playoffs was clinched when Seattle lost at San Diego later in the day. When the Yankees arrived at The Westin Buffalo, they gathered with masks on for a toast. “We had a glass of champagne together at the hotel lobby, and acknowledged we still have things to accomplish,” New York ace Gerrit Cole said Monday before the four-game series against the Blue Jays. New York won 10 straight games before Sunday's loss, their longest winning streak since 2012. The Yankees are headed to the playoffs for the 22nd time in 26 seasons as they seek their first title since 2009. “I’m just proud of the fact that we’re back to the dance in what’s been a challenging and crazy year for everyone involved,” manager Aaron Boone said... [More]
Sun Sep 2010:43Second City? White Sox, Cubs close in on division titlesTim AndersonSSWhite SoxFree Agent
Yu DarvishSPCubsFree Agent
Lucas GiolitoSPWhite SoxFree Agent
Ian HappCFCubsFree Agent
Jason HeywardRFCubsFree Agent
Alec MillsSPCubsFree Agent
Anthony Rizzo1BCubsFree Agent
Luis RobertCFWhite SoxFree Agent
David RossFree 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]
Sat Sep 1922:43White Sox beat Reds 5-0, close in on AL Central titleJose Altuve2BAstrosFree Agent
Tim AndersonSSWhite SoxFree Agent
Orlando ArciaSSBrewersFree Agent
Scott BarlowSPRoyalsFree Agent
Trevor BauerSPRedsFree Agent
Corbin BurnesSPBrewersFree Agent
Kole CalhounRFDiamondbacksFree Agent
Daz CameronCFTigersFree Agent
Garrett Cooper1BMarlinsFree Agent
Bryan GarciaRPTigersFree Agent
Kevin GausmanSPGiantsFree Agent
Eric HaaseCIndiansFree Agent
Geoff HartliebSPPiratesFree Agent
Adam HaseleyCFPhilliesFree Agent
Sam HowardSPPiratesFree Agent
Josh JamesSPAstrosFree Agent
Mitch KellerSPPiratesFree Agent
Dallas KeuchelSPWhite SoxFree Agent
Andrew KnappCPhilliesFree Agent
Jake Lamb1BDiamondbacksFree Agent
Pablo LópezSPMarlinsFree Agent
Starling MarteCFPiratesFree Agent
Phil MatonRPIndiansFree Agent
Nomar MazaraRFWhite SoxFree Agent
Andrew McCutchenRFPhilliesFree Agent
Jacob NottinghamCBrewersFree Agent
José Osuna1B/LFPiratesFree Agent
Enoli ParedesSPAstrosFree Agent
Ryan PresslyRPAstrosFree Agent
Drew RasmussenFree Agent
Josh Rojas3BDiamondbacksFree Agent
Miguel RojasSSMarlinsFree Agent
Travis Shaw3BBlue JaysFree Agent
Robert StephensonRPRedsFree Agent
Vince VelasquezSPPhilliesFree Agent
Chad WallachCMarlinsFree Agent
Luke WeaverSPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Devin WilliamsSPBrewersFree 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 1920:42Padres activate Hosmer 12 days after he broke index fingerMike ClevingerSPIndiansFree Agent
Eric Hosmer1BPadresFree Agent
Luis PerdomoSPPadresFree 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 1914:42Astros' Verlander to have elbow surgery, miss rest of seasonJustin VerlanderSPAstrosFree 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 VerlanderSPAstrosFree Agent
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander says he needs Tommy John surgery.
Sat Sep 1910:02This Date in BaseballLourdes Gurriel Jr.2BBlue JaysFree Agent
Danny JansenCBlue JaysFree Agent
Kendrys MoralesDHYankeesFree Agent
Alex RodriguezFree Agent
Francisco RodríguezRPPhilliesFree Agent
Chris SaleSPRed SoxFree Agent
Justin Smoak1BBrewersFree Agent
Rowdy Tellez1BBlue JaysFree Agent
Richard UreñaSSBlue JaysFree Agent
Sept. 20 1902 — Chicago’s Jim Callaghan tossed the White Sox’s first no-hitter, beating Detroit 2-0. 1907 — Pittsburgh’s Nicholas Maddox became the first Pirates pitcher to throw a no-hitter by defeating the Brooklyn Superbas, 2-1, at Exposition Park. Pirates player-manager Fred Clarke had the only two hits of the game, both off Elmer Stricklett. All three runs in the game were unearned. Brooklyn scored its run in the fourth, thanks to errors by Maddox and shortstop Honus Wagner. Maddox made a high throw over first baseman Harry Swacina’s head, allowing Emil Batch to reach base. Batch scored when Wagner threw away Al Burch’s ground ball. 1908 — Frank Smith of the Chicago White Sox threw his second career no-hitter for a 1-0 victory over the Philadelphia Athletics. 1912 — The Detroit Tigers snapped Joe Wood’s 16-game win streak with a 6-4 win over the Boston Red Sox. 1924 — Grover Cleveland Alexander won his 300th game as the Chicago Cubs beat the New York Giants 7... [More]
Fri Sep 1823:13Angels' Pujols passes Mays for 5th on HR list with No. 661Albert PujolsDHAngelsFree 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 PujolsDHAngelsFree Agent
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Angels slugger Albert Pujols hits 661st home run, passing Willie Mays for fifth on career list.
Fri Sep 1820:42LEADING OFF: Cubs' Mills back on mound after no-hitterAustin MeadowsRFRaysFree 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]
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