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Sun May 2019:0719-year-old outfielder Juan Soto makes Nats' debut
WASHINGTON (AP) — Outfielder Juan Soto struck out in his major league debut for the Washington Nationals, at 19 becoming the youngest player in the major leagues.He pinch hit to leading off the eighth inning Sunday and saw four pitches from Erik Goeddel in a 7-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers."I like his swing, I really do," Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. "He just missed a fastball, fouled it back."Martinez plans to insert Soto into the starting lineup at some point during a three-game series against San Diego."I'm going to look at the matchups but I definitely want him to play over the next two days," Martinez said.Soto played for three teams in the minor leagues this season and hit .362 with 14 homers and 52 RBIs."I was in shock," Soto said before the game. "I didn't think it would happen that quick but I feel pretty good."Soto became the first 19-year-old to debut since Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias in 2016 and just the second Nationals player to debut at 19 years after Bryc... [More]
Sun May 2017:1619-year-old outfielder Juan Soto makes Nats' debut
WASHINGTON (AP) — Outfielder Juan Soto made his major league debut for the Washington Nationals, at 19 becoming the youngest player in the major leagues.Soto played for three teams in the minor leagues this season and hit .362 with 14 homers and 52 RBIs. He pinch hit in the eighth inning Sunday and struck out against Erik Goeddel in a 7-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers."I was in shock," Soto said before the game. "I didn't think it would happen that quick but I feel pretty good."Soto became the first 19-year-old to debut since Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias in 2016 and just the second Nationals player to debut at 19 years after Bryce Harper, who was 19 years, 195 days in 2012."He's going to get a chance to play," manager Dave Martinez said. "I want to put him in situations where he can succeed."Washington made the move one day after Howie Kendrick tore his right Achilles tendon, an injury that ended his season. Adam Eaton and Brian Godwin are also on the disabled list.Soto started the season at Class A Hagerstown, made his debut at Class A Potomac on April 24 then moved up to Double-A Harrisburg on May 10.Right-hander Jefry Rodriguez was optioned to Harrisburg, and outfielder Moises Sierra was designated for assignment to make room for Soto, whose contract was selected from the Senators. Washington also recalled shortstop Adrian Sanchez from Syracuse.___More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
Sun May 2015:4619-year-old outfielder Juan Soto brought up to Nats
WASHINGTON (AP) — Outfielder Juan Soto was brought up by the Washington Nationals, at 19 becoming the youngest player in the major leagues.Soto played for three teams in the minor leagues this season and hit .362 with 14 homers and 52 RBIs. He was not in Sunday's lineup against the Los Angeles Dodgers."I was in shock," Soto said. "I didn't think it would happen that quick but I feel pretty good."Soto would become the first 19-year-old to debut since Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias in 2016 and just the second Nationals player to debut at 19 years after Bryce Harper, who was 19 years, 195 days in 2012."He's going to get a chance to play," manager Dave Martinez said. "I want to put him in situations where he can succeed."Washington made the move one day after Howie Kendrick tore his right Achilles tendon, an injury that ended his season. Adam Eaton and Brian Godwin are also on the disabled list.Soto started the season at Class A Hagerstown, made his debut at Class A Potomac on April 24 then moved up to Double-A Harrisburg on May 10.Right-hander Jefry Rodriguez was optioned to Harrisburg, and outfielder Moises Sierra was designated for assignment to make room for Soto, whose contract was selected from the Senators. Washington also recalled shortstop Adrian Sanchez from Syracuse.___More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
Sun May 2015:1619-year-old outfielder Juan Soto brought up to Nats
WASHINGTON (AP) — Outfielder Juan Soto was brought up by the Washington Nationals, at 19 becoming the youngest player in the major leagues.Soto played for three teams in the minor leagues this season and hit .362 with 14 homers and 52 RBIs. He was not in Sunday's lineup against the Los Angeles Dodgers."I was in shock," Soto said. "I didn't think it would happen that quick but I feel pretty good."Soto would become the youngest player to debut since Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias in 2016 and just the second Nationals player to debut at 19 years after Bryce Harper, who was 19 years, 195 days in 2012."He's going to get a chance to play," manager Dave Martinez said. "I want to put him in situations where he can succeed."Washington made the move one day after Howie Kendrick tore his right Achilles tendon, an injury that ended his season. Adam Eaton and Brian Godwin are also on the disabled list.Soto started the season at Class A Hagerstown, made his debut at Class A Potomac on April 24 then moved up to Double-A Harrisburg on May 10.Right-hander Jefry Rodriguez was optioned to Harrisburg, and outfielder Moises Sierra was designated for assignment to make room for Soto, whose contract was selected from the Senators. Washington also recalled shortstop Adrian Sanchez from Syracuse.___More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
Sat May 1920:46Nationals place Howie Kendrick on DL with Achilles injury
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Nationals have placed veteran Howie Kendrick on the 10-day disabled list with a right Achilles tendon injury.Washington made the announcement Saturday night, about three hours after Kendrick was hurt in the opener of a doubleheader against the Los Angeles Dodgers.Kendrick took an awkward step while retreating to catch a deep flyball to left field in the eighth inning of Washington's 4-1 loss. He winced as he threw the ball and then went to the ground, where a trainer examined his lower right leg. He did not put any weight on the leg and was taken off the field in a cart."It's a huge loss," teammate Bryce Harper said. "Not something you want to see, especially when we need him. I'm super bummed out."The Nationals did not specify whether Kendrick's Achilles was torn or provide any other details. Manager Dave Martinez said Kendrick would have an MRI.Kendrick was in the dugout and in uniform for the nightcap, wearing a walking boot on his right foot.Kendrick's .303 ... [More]
Sat May 1920:16Nationals place Howie Kendrick on DL with Achilles injury
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Nationals have placed veteran Howie Kendrick on the 10-day disabled list with a right Achilles tendon injury.Washington made the announcement Saturday night, about three hours after Kendrick was hurt in the opener of a doubleheader against the Los Angeles Dodgers.Kendrick took an awkward step while retreating to catch a deep flyball to left field in the eighth inning of Washington's 4-1 loss. He winced as he threw the ball and then went to the ground, where a trainer examined his lower right leg. He did not put any weight on the leg and was taken off the field in a cart."It's a huge loss," teammate Bryce Harper said. "Not something you want to see, especially when we need him. I'm super bummed out."The Nationals did not specify whether Kendrick's Achilles was torn or provide any other details. Manager Dave Martinez said Kendrick would have an MRI.Kendrick's .303 batting average leads the team, and he has steadied the Nationals' lineup in the absence of regulars ... [More]
Tue May 1502:37LEADING OFF: Dodgers seek spark in Miami, Pollock hurt
A look at what's happening around the majors today:BLAH BLAH LANDThe struggling Dodgers (16-24) hope to jumpstart their season with a series against the lowly Marlins in Miami. Of course, Los Angeles was thinking the same heading into a weekend set against last-place Cincinnati, then the Reds pushed the Dodgers around in a four-game sweep. It was the first time LA was swept over four games by a team with a .300 or worse winning percentage since the Padres did it in 1969, per the Elias Sports Bureau. Alex Wood (0-3, 3.60) tries to end the Dodgers' skid at four in a start against Wei-Yin Chen (1-2, 10.22).POLLOCK PROBLEMArizona center fielder A.J. Pollock is set to see a hand specialist after spraining his left thumb diving for a ball Monday. The slumping Diamondbacks lost their sixth straight shortly after Pollock was pulled, and they'll have a hard time getting on track without him. He leads the club with a .293 average, 44 hits, 11 home runs and 33 RBIs. An All-Star in 2015, Pollock p... [More]
Mon May 1422:46LEADING OFF: Dodgers seeks spark in Miami, Darvish returns
A look at what's happening around the majors Tuesday:BLAH BLAH LANDThe struggling Dodgers (16-24) hope to jumpstart their season with a series against the lowly Marlins in Miami. Of course, Los Angeles was thinking the same heading into a weekend set against last-place Cincinnati, then the Reds pushed the Dodgers around in a four-game sweep. It was the first time LA was swept over four games by a team with a .300 or worse winning percentage since the Padres did it in 1969, per the Elias Sports Bureau. Alex Wood (0-3, 3.60) tries to end the Dodgers' skid at four in a start against Wei-Yin Chen (1-2, 10.22).YU GOOD?Yu Darvish pitches against the Braves aiming for his first victory since signing a $126 million, six-year contract with the Cubs in the offseason. Darvish (0-3, 6.00 ERA) is returning from the disabled list after fighting off a virus and hasn't pitched since allowing three homers and six runs in a loss to Colorado on May 2. The teams are playing in Atlanta a day after a 6-5 Br... [More]
Mon May 1422:17LEADING OFF: Dodgers seeks spark in Miami, Darvish returns
A look at what's happening around the majors Tuesday:BLAH BLAH LANDThe struggling Dodgers (16-24) hope to jumpstart their season with a series against the lowly Marlins in Miami. Of course, Los Angeles was thinking the same heading into a weekend set against last-place Cincinnati, then the Reds pushed the Dodgers around in a four-game sweep. It was the first time LA was swept over four games by a team with a .300 or worse winning percentage since the Padres did it in 1969, per the Elias Sports Bureau. Alex Wood (0-3, 3.60) tries to end the Dodgers' skid at four in a start against Wei-Yin Chen (1-2, 10.22).YU GOOD?Yu Darvish pitches against the Braves aiming for his first victory since signing a $126 million, six-year contract with the Cubs in the offseason. Darvish (0-3, 6.00 ERA) is returning from the disabled list after fighting off a virus and hasn't pitched since allowing three homers and six runs in a loss to Colorado on May 2. The teams are playing in Atlanta a day after a 6-5 Br... [More]
Mon May 1416:31Cano breaks hand when hit by pitch, many need surgery
DETROIT (AP) — Robinson Cano broke his right hand when hit by a pitch from left-hander Blaine Hardy in the third inning of the Seattle Mariners' 5-4 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Sunday.The Seattle star, who has played in at least 150 in 11 straight years, said he might need surgery.Jose Iglesias hit a game-ending single off Juan Nicasio (1-2), and Niko Goodrum homered and had three hits for the Tigers.Shane Greene (2-2) pitched a scoreless ninth. Seattle lost a road series for the first time all season.ANGELS 2, TWINS 1ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani struck out 11 while pitching three-hit ball into the seventh inning, and Zack Cozart got a walk-off RBI single.Ohtani allowed one run and three hits over 6 1/3 innings in his sixth big league start, leaving with a 2-1 lead after Logan Morrison's walk. Joe Mauer hit a tying single off Cam Bedrosian.Chris Young was hit by a pitch from Zach Duke (2-2) leading off the ninth, Martin Maldonado sacrificed and Cozart singled to left. Bla... [More]
Mon May 1400:26Cano breaks hand when hit by pitch, many need surgery
DETROIT (AP) — Robinson Cano broke his right hand when hit by a pitch from left-hander Blaine Hardy in the third inning of the Seattle Mariners' 5-4 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Sunday.The Seattle star, who has played in at least 150 in 11 straight years, said he might need surgery.Jose Iglesias hit a game-ending single off Juan Nicasio (1-2), and Niko Goodrum homered and had three hits for the Tigers.Shane Greene (2-2) pitched a scoreless ninth. Seattle lost a road series for the first time all season.ANGELS 2, TWINS 1ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani struck out 11 while pitching three-hit ball into the seventh inning, and Zack Cozart got a walk-off RBI single.Ohtani allowed one run and three hits over 6 1/3 innings in his sixth big league start, leaving with a 2-1 lead after Logan Morrison's walk. Joe Mauer hit a tying single off Cam Bedrosian.Chris Young was hit by a pitch from Zach Duke (2-2) leading off the ninth, Martin Maldonado sacrificed and Cozart singled to left. Bla... [More]
Sun May 1309:46This Date in Baseball
Compiled By PAUL MONTELLAMay 141913 — Washington's Walter Johnson gave up a run in the fourth inning against the St. Louis Browns to end his streak of 56 scoreless innings. The Senators won 10-5.1914 — Jim Scott of the Chicago White Sox pitched nine innings of no-hit ball against the Washington Senators, but lost 1-0 after giving up two hits in the 10th inning.1920 — Walter Johnson of the Washington Senators recorded his 300th victory with a 9-8 win over the Detroit Tigers.1927 — Chicago pitcher Guy Bush went the distance for the Cubs in a 7-2 18-inning win over Boston. Charlie Robertson of the Braves almost matched the feat, leaving with one out in the 18th.1950 — Pittsburgh first baseman Johnny Hopp hit two home runs and four singles in six at-bats, leading the Pirates to a 16-9 victory over the Cubs in the second game of a doubleheader at Chicago.1965 — Carl Yastrzemski of Boston hit for the cycle and added another home run for five RBIs in a 12-8 10-inning loss to the D... [More]
Sun May 1302:36Morton strikes out 14 as Astros beat Rangers 6-1
HOUSTON (AP) — Charlie Morton struck out a career-high 14 in seven innings and Evan Gattis, Brian McCann and Carlos Correa homered, leading the Houston Astros to a 6-1 win over the Texas Rangers on Saturday night.Morton (5-0) yielded four hits and a run while lowering his ERA to 2.03. He also extended his career-long winning streak to eight games dating to last season.McCann made it 2-1 Astros with a solo drive in the fourth. Gattis added another solo shot in the fifth, and Correa's two-run homer extended Houston's lead to 5-1 in the eighth.Texas starter Doug Fister (1-4) allowed four hits and three runs in 6 1/3 innings for his fourth straight loss.YANKEES 7, ATHLETICS 6, 11 INNINGSNEW YORK (AP) — Left fielder Brett Gardner threw out Matt Olson at the plate with the help of a replay reversal, and the Yankees beat the Athletics on Neil Walker's run-scoring single in the 11th inning.Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman walked three straight batters around a wild pitch starting the ninth. ... [More]
Sun May 1302:16Morton strikes out 14 as Astros beat Rangers 6-1
HOUSTON (AP) — Charlie Morton struck out a career-high 14 in seven innings and Evan Gattis, Brian McCann and Carlos Correa homered, leading the Houston Astros to a 6-1 win over the Texas Rangers on Saturday night.Morton (5-0) yielded four hits and a run while lowering his ERA to 2.03. He also extended his career-long winning streak to eight games dating to last season.McCann made it 2-1 Astros with a solo drive in the fourth. Gattis added another solo shot in the fifth, and Correa's two-run homer extended Houston's lead to 5-1 in the eighth.Texas starter Doug Fister (1-4) allowed four hits and three runs in 6 1/3 innings for his fourth straight loss.YANKEES 7, ATHLETICS 6, 11 INNINGSNEW YORK (AP) — Left fielder Brett Gardner threw out Matt Olson at the plate with the help of a replay reversal, and the Yankees beat the Athletics on Neil Walker's run-scoring single in the 11th inning.Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman walked three straight batters around a wild pitch starting the ninth. ... [More]
Sat May 1223:46Morton strikes out 14 as Astros beat Rangers 6-1
HOUSTON (AP) — Charlie Morton struck out a career-high 14 in seven innings and Evan Gattis, Brian McCann and Carlos Correa homered, leading the Houston Astros to a 6-1 win over the Texas Rangers on Saturday night.Morton (5-0) yielded four hits and a run while lowering his ERA to 2.03. He also extended his career-long winning streak to eight games dating to last season.McCann made it 2-1 Astros with a solo drive in the fourth. Gattis added another solo shot in the fifth, and Correa's two-run homer extended Houston's lead to 5-1 in the eighth.Texas starter Doug Fister (1-4) allowed four hits and three runs in 6 1/3 innings for his fourth straight loss.YANKEES 7, ATHLETICS 6, 11 INNINGSNEW YORK (AP) — Left fielder Brett Gardner threw out Matt Olson at the plate with the help of a replay reversal, and the Yankees beat the Athletics on Neil Walker's run-scoring single in the 11th inning.Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman walked three straight batters around a wild pitch starting the ninth. ... [More]
Sat May 1221:06Yankees rally for 7-6 win over Athletics
NEW YORK (AP) — Left fielder Brett Gardner threw out Matt Olson at the plate with the help of a replay reversal, and the New York Yankees beat the Oakland Athletics 7-6 Saturday on Neil Walker's run-scoring single in the 11th inning.Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman walked three straight batters around a wild pitch starting the ninth. After visits to the mound by both pitching coach Larry Rothschild and a trainer to check on a cracked fingernail, Chapman struck out Mark Canha, and pinch-hitter Jonathan Lucroy followed with a fly ball to left.Gardner's one-hop throw to the plate was slightly to the first-base side, and Gary Sanchez had to try for a sweep tag at the sliding Olson. Plate umpire James Hoye made an emphatic safe call, but the Yankees asked for a video review and replays appeared to show Sanchez's mitt just glancing Olson's jersey.New York stopped a two-game losing streak that followed its 17-1 run. A.J. Cole (2-1) pitched two innings for his first win with the Yankees.Chris ... [More]
Fri May 1101:55Out of uniform and not managing, Baker relishes watching son
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Darren Baker walks through the California dugout shortly before first pitch, finds his famous father in the last row of the stands, smiles and points. Dusty Baker nods and gives his college freshman son and second baseman the peace sign.Then Darren is off to play another game, his dad now watching him regularly at last after all those years of Baker managing in the major leagues and bouncing around the country.He lost his job with Washington after last season, even after the Nationals won a second straight NL East title.It has been a blessing of sorts for Baker."I haven't been home to see the hills green in Sacramento here in a long time," Baker said. "The hills are always brown when I come home. It's pretty cool, it's real cool."He never forgets to remind himself of his good fortune, even during the down times in a big league baseball career spanning a half-century. Sure, he still wants to manage — and go out on his own terms when the time comes. Preferably... [More]
Sat May 515:06Nationals 3B Rendon back from DL, batting 2nd vs. Phillies
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals have reinstated third baseman Anthony Rendon from the 10-day disabled list and optioned infielder Adrian Sanchez to Triple-A Syracuse.Rendon was in Saturday's lineup against the Phillies, batting second behind Bryce Harper.Rendon missed 19 games with what the team called a contusion to his big toe after fouling a pitch off his foot on April 13.Manager Dave Martinez said Rendon will wear protective padding over the toe.The 27-year-old Rendon appeared in two minor league rehab games with Class A Potomac, going 5 for 8 (.625). Before his injury, he hit .286 with a home run and 4 RBIs in 14 games.The 27-year-old Sanchez appeared in five games for Washington, hitting .214 with one RBI.___For more AP baseball coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
Sat May 500:06Bryce Harper hit two more homers from the leadoff spot
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bryce Harper hit two more homers from the leadoff spot and the Washington Nationals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-3 Friday night for their sixth straight win.Harper opened the Washington first by lining a fastball from Nick Pivetta (1-2) to the opposite field in left. With a runner on first in the third inning, Harper crushed a changeup 473 feet to dead center for his 12th homer this season — including four games from the leadoff slot.Gio Gonzalez (4-2) allowed two hits in five scoreless innings.YANKEES 7, INDIANS 6NEW YORK (AP) — Rookie Miguel Andujar flared an RBI single off Cody Allen with two outs in the ninth and New York, after blowing 5-0 and 6-5 leads, won for the 13th time in 14 games.Gleyber Torres, at 21, became the youngest Yankees player to hit a home run since John Ellis in 1969. Aaron Judge homered, doubled and drew a bases-loaded walk in the eighth that put the Yankees ahead 6-5. Cleveland tied it in the ninth, scoring on the second wild pitch... [More]
Thu May 301:56Betts homers 3 times as Red Sox beat Royals 5-4
BOSTON (AP) — Mookie Betts belted three solo homers and J.D. Martinez also went deep, powering the Boston Red Sox to a 5-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday.It was the fourth three-homer game for the 25-year-old Betts, snapping a tie with Hall of Famer Ted Williams for most three-homer games in franchise history.AL East-leading Boston won for the third time in four games after losing 7-6 in 13 innings on Tuesday night.Cheslor Cuthbert homered for Kansas City, and Drew Butera had a two-run double. Danny Duffy (0-4) was tagged for five runs and 10 hits in 6 2/3 innings.Drew Pomeranz (1-1) worked six innings for the win and Craig Kimbrel struck out the side in the ninth for his eighth save.YANKEES 4, ASTROS 0HOUSTON (AP) — Luis Severino pitched a five-hitter and struck out 10 for his first career complete game while Giancarlo Stanton homered twice and drove in all four runs for New York.The Yankees have beaten Houston by the exact same 4-0 score for tow straight days.Se... [More]
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