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Mon Jun 1002:43LEADING OFF: Subway Series, Freeway Series, Keuchel pitches
A look at what's happening around the majors today:START IT UPThis year's Subway Series begins at Yankee Stadium, though rain is in the forecast for the opener of the two-game set.Jason Vargas (2-3, 3.57 ERA) pitches for the Mets. The 36-year-old lefty is coming off a shutout against the Giants and has a 1.85 ERA in his last seven starts — but he's 0-7 with a 6.84 ERA vs. the Yankees. Masahiro Tanaka (3-5, 3.42 ERA) returns from the paternity list to pitch for the Yanks.Out of action is Mets second baseman Robinson Canó, who is back on the injured list with tightness in his left quadriceps and will miss the games against his former team.FREE AND EASYThe Freeway Series opens up when Dodgers lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu (9-1, 1.35 ERA) starts at Angel Stadium. Ryu has the lowest ERA among qualifying pitchers in the majors to go with a 0.77 WHIP.Angels rookie Griffin Canning (2-2, 3.52 ERA) makes his eighth career start.SMOOTH SALE-INGRed Sox lefty Chris Sale (2-7, 3.84) starts against Texas at ... [More]
Sun Jun 920:04LEADING OFF: Subway Series, Freeway Series, Keuchel pitches
A look at what's happening around the majors Monday:START IT UPThis year's Subway Series begins at Yankee Stadium, though rain is in the forecast for the opener of the two-game set.Jason Vargas (2-3, 3.57 ERA) pitches for the Mets. The 36-year-old lefty is coming off a shutout against the Giants and has a 1.85 ERA in his last seven starts — but he's 0-7 with a 6.84 ERA vs. the Yankees. Masahiro Tanaka (3-5, 3.42 ERA) returns from the paternity list to pitch for the Yanks.Out of action is Mets second baseman Robinson Canó, who is back on the injured list with tightness in his left quadriceps and will miss the games against his former team.FREE AND EASYThe Freeway Series opens up when Dodgers lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu (9-1, 1.35 ERA) starts at Angel Stadium. Ryu has the lowest ERA among qualifying pitchers in the majors to go with a 0.77 WHIP.Angels rookie Griffin Canning (2-2, 3.52 ERA) makes his eighth career start.SMOOTH SALE-INGRed Sox lefty Chris Sale (2-7, 3.84) starts against Texas at... [More]
Thu Jun 603:37Morton pushes unbeaten streak to 20 starts, Rays beat Tigers
DETROIT (AP) — Charlie Morton allowed five hits in seven innings, extending his unbeaten streak to 20 starts and leading the Tampa Bay Rays to a 4-0 win over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night.Morton (7-0) hasn't lost since Aug. 11, and only Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers, at 21 starts, has a longer active unbeaten streak. Morton struck out eight with no walks and needed just 83 pitches to complete seven innings.Austin Meadows tripled and scored on a throwing error in the third to open the scoring. Tampa Bay scored two more runs in the fifth and snapped its four-game losing streak.Spencer Turnbull (3-5) allowed three runs in five innings.METS 7, GIANTS 0NEW YORK (AP) — Jason Vargas pitched his first shutout in two years, Amed Rosario hit a three-run homer and New York won despite losing Robinson Canó hours after his return from the injured list.Michael Conforto and Adeiny Hechavarría each had a solo homer for the Mets, who ended a three-game skid with their second win in seven... [More]
Thu Jun 602:42LEADING OFF: Health scare for Carrasco, Canó injured again
A look at what's happening around the majors today:HEALTH SCAREAlready missing two members of their rotation, the Cleveland Indians are going to be without starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco indefinitely because of a recently diagnosed blood condition. The team said Carrasco had been feeling lethargic for weeks, and he is taking a leave of absence to "explore the optimal treatment and recovery options." The Indians gave no specifics on Carrasco's disorder and said any further details will be released at the discretion of him and his family. But they said in a statement they expect the right-hander back at some point this season.The 32-year-old Carrasco had been scheduled to start Wednesday against Minnesota before he was placed on the injured list. He is the third Indians starter sidelined this season. Two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber has been out for more than month with a broken right arm, and Mike Clevinger is nearing a return after being out since early April with a strain... [More]
Thu Jun 602:40Morton pushes unbeaten streak to 20 starts, Rays beat Tigers
DETROIT (AP) — Charlie Morton allowed five hits in seven innings, extending his unbeaten streak to 20 starts and leading the Tampa Bay Rays to a 4-0 win over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night.Morton (7-0) hasn't lost since Aug. 11, and only Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers, at 21 starts, has a longer active unbeaten streak. Morton struck out eight with no walks and needed just 83 pitches to complete seven innings.Austin Meadows tripled and scored on a throwing error in the third to open the scoring. Tampa Bay scored two more runs in the fifth and snapped its four-game losing streak.Spencer Turnbull (3-5) allowed three runs in five innings.METS 7, GIANTS 0NEW YORK (AP) — Jason Vargas pitched his first shutout in two years, Amed Rosario hit a three-run homer and New York won despite losing Robinson Canó hours after his return from the injured list.Michael Conforto and Adeiny Hechavarría each had a solo homer for the Mets, who ended a three-game skid with their second win in seven... [More]
Thu Jun 601:40Morton pushes unbeaten streak to 20 starts, Rays beat Tigers
DETROIT (AP) — Charlie Morton allowed five hits in seven innings, extending his unbeaten streak to 20 starts and leading the Tampa Bay Rays to a 4-0 win over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night.Morton (7-0) hasn't lost since Aug. 11, and only Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers, at 21 starts, has a longer active unbeaten streak. Morton struck out eight with no walks and needed just 83 pitches to complete seven innings.Austin Meadows tripled and scored on a throwing error in the third to open the scoring. Tampa Bay scored two more runs in the fifth and snapped its four-game losing streak.Spencer Turnbull (3-5) allowed three runs in five innings.METS 7, GIANTS 0NEW YORK (AP) — Jason Vargas pitched his first shutout in two years, Amed Rosario hit a three-run homer and New York won despite losing Robinson Canó hours after his return from the injured list.Michael Conforto and Adeiny Hechavarría each had a solo homer for the Mets, who ended a three-game skid with their second win in seven... [More]
Thu Jun 601:12LEADING OFF: Health scare for Carrasco, Canó injured again
A look at what's happening around the majors Thursday:HEALTH SCAREAlready missing two members of their rotation, the Cleveland Indians are going to be without starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco indefinitely because of a recently diagnosed blood condition. The team said Carrasco had been feeling lethargic for weeks, and he is taking a leave of absence to "explore the optimal treatment and recovery options." The Indians gave no specifics on Carrasco's disorder and said any further details will be released at the discretion of him and his family. But they said in a statement they expect the right-hander back at some point this season.The 32-year-old Carrasco had been scheduled to start Wednesday against Minnesota before he was placed on the injured list. He is the third Indians starter sidelined this season. Two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber has been out for more than month with a broken right arm, and Mike Clevinger is nearing a return after being out since early April with a str... [More]
Thu Jun 601:07Morton pushes unbeaten streak to 20 starts, Rays beat Tigers
DETROIT (AP) — Charlie Morton allowed five hits in seven innings, extending his unbeaten streak to 20 starts and leading the Tampa Bay Rays to a 4-0 win over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night.Morton (7-0) hasn't lost since Aug. 11, and only Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers, at 21 starts, has a longer active unbeaten streak. Morton struck out eight with no walks and needed just 83 pitches to complete seven innings.Austin Meadows tripled and scored on a throwing error in the third to open the scoring. Tampa Bay scored two more runs in the fifth and snapped its four-game losing streak.Spencer Turnbull (3-5) allowed three runs in five innings.METS 7, GIANTS 0NEW YORK (AP) — Jason Vargas pitched his first shutout in two years, Amed Rosario hit a three-run homer and New York won despite losing Robinson Canó hours after his return from the injured list.Michael Conforto and Adeiny Hechavarría each had a solo homer for the Mets, who ended a three-game skid with their second win in seven... [More]
Thu Jun 600:32Morton pushes unbeaten streak to 20 starts, Rays beat Tigers
DETROIT (AP) — Charlie Morton allowed five hits in seven innings, extending his unbeaten streak to 20 starts and leading the Tampa Bay Rays to a 4-0 win over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night.Morton (7-0) hasn't lost since Aug. 11, and only Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers, at 21 starts, has a longer active unbeaten streak. Morton struck out eight with no walks and needed just 83 pitches to complete seven innings.Austin Meadows tripled and scored on a throwing error in the third to open the scoring. Tampa Bay scored two more runs in the fifth and snapped its four-game losing streak.Spencer Turnbull (3-5) allowed three runs in five innings.METS 7, GIANTS 0NEW YORK (AP) — Jason Vargas pitched his first shutout in two years, Amed Rosario hit a three-run homer and New York won despite losing Robinson Canó hours after his return from the injured list.Michael Conforto and Adeiny Hechavarría each had a solo homer for the Mets, who ended a three-game skid with their second win in seven... [More]
Wed Jun 503:04LEADING OFF: Nelson back, Sale slumps, Cutch out, umps hurt
A look at what's happening around the majors today:WELCOME BACKJimmy Nelson makes his long-awaited return to a big league mound when he starts for Milwaukee against Miami at Miller Park. The right-hander hasn't pitched in the majors since Sept. 8, 2017, when he injured his pitching shoulder diving back to first after rounding the bag on a single. At the time, he was 12-6.Nelson had surgery and missed last year, when the Brewers reached the NL Championship Series. He had been set to begin a rehab assignment in late April, but that was delayed when his twin daughters were born prematurely.Now, he's back. Taking the ball on his 30th birthday, too."I'm just real anxious, excited about it," he said.Nelson is rejoining the rotation after Milwaukee put pitchers Jhoulys Chacín and Gio González on the injured list Sunday.TOUGH SELLBoston lefty Chris Sale is tied for the major league lead in losses, taking his 1-7 record into Kauffman Stadium to face the Royals. Sale ranks among the leaders wi... [More]
Tue Jun 422:20LEADING OFF: Nelson back, Sale slumps, Cutch out, umps hurt
A look at what's happening around the majors Wednesday:WELCOME BACKJimmy Nelson makes his long-awaited return to a big league mound when he starts for Milwaukee against Miami at Miller Park. The right-hander hasn't pitched in the majors since Sept. 8, 2017, when he injured his pitching shoulder diving back to first after rounding the bag on a single. At the time, he was 12-6.Nelson had surgery and missed last year, when the Brewers reached the NL Championship Series. He had been set to begin a rehab assignment in late April, but that was delayed when his twin daughters were born prematurely.Now, he's back. Taking the ball on his 30th birthday, too."I'm just real anxious, excited about it," he said.Nelson is rejoining the rotation after Milwaukee put pitchers Jhoulys Chacín and Gio González on the injured list Sunday.TOUGH SELLBoston lefty Chris Sale is tied for the major league lead in losses, taking his 1-7 record into Kauffman Stadium to face the Royals. Sale ranks among the leader... [More]
Mon Jun 303:41A team-by-team look at baseball's draft from 1996-2018
Using the search engine at Baseball-Reference.com, The Associated Press evaluated each team's draft performance from 1996 through 2018, adding up wins above replacement (WAR) figures for drafted players.For each pick, the player's career WAR was added to the appropriate total for the team, depending on whether or not the player signed with the team after being drafted. Some players had their WAR totals included multiple times, if they were drafted more than once.Stats are through May 25. Compensation picks were considered part of the first round where applicable.___ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKSTotal WAR for all drafted players: 581.8 (MLB rank: 4th)Total WAR for drafted players who signed: 440.1 (rank: 5th)Total WAR for drafted players who did not sign: 141.7Impact players (10 WAR or more) drafted: 17 (rank: tie-9th)Impact players drafted and signed: 13 (rank: 12th)Most recent impact player drafted and signed: Trevor Bauer, 2011, first round, pick No. 3 (15.2 WAR)Lowest pick for impact player d... [More]
Mon Jun 302:35Challenges and pitfalls of baseball's draft
The top draft class of the past two decades is now a mere footnote in baseball history. Its players began scattering almost immediately, and many fans probably have no idea that they were all once drafted by the same team. Plus, that team doesn't even exist anymore.In 2000, the Montreal Expos selected Cliff Lee, Grady Sizemore, Jason Bay and Russell Martin. In hindsight, it was a group that could have potentially altered the franchise's fortunes. In reality, it was another missed opportunity for baseball in Quebec.None of those four standouts ever played a game for the Expos."It's kind of just something that we have to live with," said Jim Fleming, who was the Expos' scouting director in 2000 and later went to the Marlins. "Sometimes we didn't get to keep them."A common cliche about baseball is that it's a game of failure because the best only get hits 30% of the time. Now imagine being a scouting director when the draft rolls around. Hundreds of players are chosen, but only a small nu... [More]
Fri May 3102:08LEADING OFF: Rays on a roll, Cubs vs Cards, Red Sox at Yanks
A look at what's happening around the majors today:ON A ROLLAustin Meadows and the Rays have won six games in a row heading into another matchup with major league-leading Minnesota. Meadows drove in four runs Thursday night in a 14-3 rout of the Twins. The young outfielder has multiple hits in five consecutive games, not to mention three doubles, three homers and 11 RBIs during Tampa Bay's longest winning streak since taking eight straight in August last year. Minnesota right-hander Jose Berrios (7-2, 3.20 ERA) attempts to slow the Rays after allowing 13 runs (11 earned) and 29 hits over his last three outings.ARCH ENEMIESThe Cubs and Cardinals renew their rivalry in St. Louis, with Yu Darvish (2-3, 5.40 ERA) set to pitch the series opener for first-place Chicago against 2018 All-Star Miles Mikolas (4-5, 4.76). Darvish gave up 12 hits and six runs in a season-high seven innings of an 8-6 win against Cincinnati last time out. Mikolas is 3-0 with a 1.32 ERA in six career appearances, fou... [More]
Thu May 3023:41LEADING OFF: Rays on a roll, Cubs vs Cards, Red Sox at Yanks
A look at what's happening around the majors Friday:ON A ROLLAustin Meadows and the Rays have won six games in a row heading into another matchup with major league-leading Minnesota. Meadows drove in four runs Thursday night in a 14-3 rout of the Twins. The young outfielder has multiple hits in five consecutive games, not to mention three doubles, three homers and 11 RBIs during Tampa Bay's longest winning streak since taking eight straight in August last year. Minnesota right-hander Jose Berrios (7-2, 3.20 ERA) attempts to slow the Rays after allowing 13 runs (11 earned) and 29 hits over his last three outings.ARCH ENEMIESThe Cubs and Cardinals renew their rivalry in St. Louis, with Yu Darvish (2-3, 5.40 ERA) set to pitch the series opener for first-place Chicago against 2018 All-Star Miles Mikolas (4-5, 4.76). Darvish gave up 12 hits and six runs in a season-high seven innings of an 8-6 win against Cincinnati last time out. Mikolas is 3-0 with a 1.32 ERA in six career appearances, fo... [More]
Thu May 3002:28LEADING OFF: Netting under scrutiny again, Red Sox vs Yanks
A look at what's happening around the majors today:INJURED FANProtective netting at ballparks is again under scrutiny after a young girl was struck in Houston by a foul ball. Albert Almora Jr. of the Chicago Cubs hit a line drive into the stands down the third base line and almost immediately put his hands on his head in horror. The girl who got hit was picked up by a man who appeared to be with her, and he dashed up the stairs not long after she was struck. The Astros said the fan was taken to a hospital, but did not disclose any further details. A photo taken by The Associated Press showed the girl apparently conscious and crying as she was whisked away and nearby fans looked on.Like all major league stadiums, Minute Maid Park has netting to protect fans near the field from foul balls. On the third base side in Houston, it extends to the end of the visiting team's dugout. The girl was sitting in what looked to be the third or fourth row about 10 feet past where the netting ends. Foll... [More]
Thu May 3000:07LEADING OFF: Netting under scrutiny again, Red Sox vs Yanks
A look at what's happening around the majors Thursday:INJURED FANProtective netting at ballparks is again under scrutiny after a young girl was struck in Houston by a foul ball. Albert Almora Jr. of the Chicago Cubs hit a line drive into the stands down the third base line and almost immediately put his hands on his head in horror. The girl who got hit was picked up by a man who appeared to be with her, and he dashed up the stairs not long after she was struck. The Astros said the fan was taken to a hospital, but did not disclose any further details. A photo taken by The Associated Press showed the girl apparently conscious and crying as she was whisked away and nearby fans looked on.Like all major league stadiums, Minute Maid Park has netting to protect fans near the field from foul balls. On the third base side in Houston, it extends to the end of the visiting team's dugout. The girl was sitting in what looked to be the third or fourth row about 10 feet past where the netting ends. F... [More]
Tue May 2802:03LEADING OFF: A's seek 11th straight, Plesac's nephew debuts
A look at what's happening around the majors today:POWER SURGEThe Athletics are riding the long ball to their longest winning streak in 13 years. Oakland looks for an 11th straight victory as it continues a series against the Angels. Matt Chapman has homered in three straight games, and Oakland has multiple homers in all but one of its 10 consecutive victories. The streak does have a caveat — the A's still have to complete a suspended game from May 19 at Detroit. Oakland is leading 5-3 in the seventh inning of a game that is set to resume Sept. 6.NAME GAMEThe Indians hope some fresh blood can help them turn things around. Right-hander Zach Plesac — nephew of former big league pitcher Dan Plesac — will make his major league debut at Fenway Park and try to get Cleveland just its second win in nine games. Boston won 12-5 Monday, socking it to the Indians after Oliver Pérez caused an odd stoppage when he asked for new cleats after arriving from the bullpen in the fifth inning. Bosto... [More]
Mon May 2722:33LEADING OFF: A's seek 11th straight, Plesac's nephew debuts
A look at what's happening around the majors Tuesday:POWER SURGEThe Athletics are riding the long ball to their longest winning streak in 13 years. Oakland looks for an 11th straight victory as it continues a series against the Angels. Matt Chapman has homered in three straight games, and Oakland has multiple homers in all but one of its 10 consecutive victories. The streak does have a caveat — the A's still have to complete a suspended game from May 19 at Detroit. Oakland is leading 5-3 in the seventh inning of a game that is set to resume Sept. 6.NAME GAMEThe Indians hope some fresh blood can help them turn things around. Right-hander Zach Plesac — nephew of former big league pitcher Dan Plesac — will make his major league debut at Fenway Park and try to get Cleveland just its second win in nine games. Boston won 12-5 Monday, socking it to the Indians after Oliver Pérez caused an odd stoppage when he asked for new cleats after arriving from the bullpen in the fifth inning. Bos... [More]
Sat May 2502:57Suárez hits 2-run homer in 9th as Reds beat Cubs 6-5
CHICAGO (AP) — Eugenio Suárez hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning off Cubs reliever Steve Cishek, rallying the Cincinnati Reds past Chicago 6-5 on Friday.Joey Votto drew a leadoff walk from Cishek (1-2) and Suárez hit the next pitch for his 14th home run.Yasiel Puig hit a two-run homer and an RBI single for the Reds after missing two games with a sprained right shoulder.Anthony Rizzo homered for the third straight game, and Kyle Schwarber and Kris Bryant also went deep for the NL Central-leading Cubs, who have lost three of four to the last-place Reds this season.Pinch-hitter Willson Contreras singled home Rizzo in the eighth to put Chicago ahead 5-4. Jesse Winker's double off Brad Brach in the Reds seventh tied it at 4.David Hernandez (1-2) got one out and the win. Raisel Iglesias pitched a perfect ninth for his 11th in 13 chances.PADRES 6, BLUE JAYS 3TORONTO (AP) — Hunter Renfroe hit a tiebreaking, three-run home run in the eighth inning, Greg Garcia and Austin Hedges also ... [More]
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