The San Francisco Giants will send ace Madison Bumgarner to the mound Sunday afternoon as they try to complete a four-game sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks in Phoenix. The Giants have gone from one game behind the D-backs to two up on them in the National League wild-card chase. The D-backs have lost four straight games overall and are 4 1/2 games back of the second wild-card spot, with four contenders ahead of them.
The season has gotten away from the Colorado Rockies but they're trying to salvage something out of 2019 before heading into the winter. Colorado came in with expectations of contending for a postseason berth for the third straight year but a 13-33 stretch from late June through the first two games of its current six-game homestand changed those plans. The Rockies have won three straight after Saturday night's 11-3 win over the Miami Marlins and go for the sweep Sunday at Coors Field.
Sabathia expected to start as Yankees host the Indians Cleveland Indians (73-51, second in the AL Central) vs. New York Yankees (83-42, first in the AL East) New York; Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: Indians: Mike Clevinger (7-2, 3.34 ERA) Yankees: CC Sabathia (5-6, 4.78 ERA) LINE: Indians favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 10 runs BOTTOM LINE: New York and Cleveland will meet on Sunday. The Yankees are 49-19 on their home turf. The New York offense has compiled a .272 batting average as a team this season, good for third in the majors. DJ LeMahieu leads the team with a mark of .340. The Indians are 34-25 in road games. The Cleveland pitching staff as a whole has an ERA of 3.75. Shane
Los Angeles rookie right-hander Tony Gonsolin will be promoted from Triple-A to start against the host Atlanta Braves on Sunday when the two division-leading clubs complete their three-game series. Gonsolin (1-1, 3.21 ERA) will be opposed by Atlanta left-hander Max Fried (14-4, 3.78) in the final regular-season meeting between the two clubs this season. The Dodgers lead the season series 4-1, but Atlanta scored a 4-3 win on Saturday when they struck for two late home runs.
Zach Eflin couldn't make it out of the fourth inning and the offense failed to stay hot as the Phillies' winning streak ended with a 5-3 loss to the Padres Saturday. By Jim Salisbury
At the umpires — and the Cleveland Indians, too. Manager Aaron Boone, Brett Gardner and the Yankees threw another severe temper tantrum Saturday, this time in prolonged rants that brought several members of the team spilling onto the field in a 6-5 win over the Indians. "Kinda crazy, to be honest," Gardner said. Gleyber Torres hit two home runs and Didi Gregorius and DJ LeMahieu also connected for the AL East-leading Yankees. But what really fired up the crowd of 47,347 at Yankee Stadium erupted in the sixth inning after Cameron Maybin was called out on strikes by Triple-A ump Ben May. "Mayhem, I guess," observed Cleveland catcher Kevin Plawecki. For the third time in a month — each occurring
PHOENIX -- A man sitting in a seating section typically for baseball scouts had a medical issue and was given CPR in the stands behind home plate at Chase Field during Saturday's Giants-Diamondbacks game. The game was delayed briefly before the start of the third inning while emergency medical personnel attended to the man in a section of field-level seats. It wasn't clear how the man ended up on the concrete beneath his seat, but the section was cleared quickly while security workers and EMTs rushed to the man's side. The medical workers gave CPR to the man before strapping him to a long stretcher and taking him out of the seating area. Fans applauded as the man was rushed up the steps to the
CINCINNATI (AP) — Aristides Aquino keeps hitting historic home runs. Cincinnati's red-hot rookie had a three-run homer, Nick Senzel added a leadoff shot and the Reds dropped the St. Louis Cardinals back into a tie with Chicago for first place in the NL Central Division with a 6-1 victory on Saturday. With the Reds leading 2-1 in the fifth, Aquino followed two-out singles by Josh VanMeter and Freddy Galvis with a no-doubt drive to center field on Milos Mikolas' first pitch for his second homer in two nights, his 10th in his last 11 games and 11th in his 17th career games. "I was ready for the fastball, but he hung a slider," Aquino said through an interpreter. "I put a good swing on it." Aquino
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Josh Hamilton said he had forgotten how the grass looked and smelled at the home of the Texas Rangers. He hadn't been there since playing in the AL Division Series four years ago. Hamilton, the 2010 AL MVP the season the Rangers went to their first World Series, was back for the first time Saturday night for his induction into the team's hall of fame. "That was fun," the five-time All-Star said after the team showed a video filled with highlights of his five-plus seasons in Texas, including big home runs and incredible catches in the outfield. The slugger's story is well-documented, from being the first overall pick out of high school in the 1999 amateur draft by Tampa Bay,
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Mike Brosseau's pinch-hit RBI single in the 13th inning drove in Eric Sogard to give the Tampa Bay Rays a 1-0 win over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday night. Sogard doubled off Matt Hall (0-1) with two outs and Tommy Pham was intentionally walked. Brosseau, batting for pitcher Colin Poche, singled to right-center field for the Rays' first run since Wednesday, ending a streak of 29 scoreless innings. Rays pitchers struck out a franchise-record 24 batters, including 13 in 20 hitless at-bats against relievers. Six Tigers hitters struck out at least three times. Poche (3-4) got the win after striking out two of the three Tigers he faced in the 13th. The win kept the Rays
A marathon football writing session was coming to a close this past Monday when the alert came across my phone that the Astros' game against the White Sox had been rained out. Little did they know, my “sacrifice” for the night was merely a trade-off for further on down the road. Add in the MLB playoffs, and sports' fans should be set for the next few months. Give up the remote control for the rest of August and even offer to get that honey-do list out of the way.
The Salt Lake Bees used three home runs to defeat the El Paso Chihuahuas 5-4 in a PCL game Saturday night at Smith's Ballpark. Justin Bour put the Bees on the board first with a two-run shot in the first inning, and Jose Rojas hit a solo shot in the second to give Salt Lake a 3-0 lead. El Paso used an RBI-triple in the third to cut the lead to 3-1. In the fifth, Salt Lake's Taylor Ward hit a two-run homer to extend the lead 5-1. The Chihuahuas scored two runs in the sixth inning and got within a run in the ninth on a solo home run from Aderlin Rodriguez before Bees reliever Miguel Del Pozo was able to shut the door to collect his second save of the season. Salt Lake starter Nick Tropeano (3-6)
The USA Today baseball columnist talks to Jody about Aaron Boone's comments on if MLB should have a mercy rule, if the AL West could be a competitive race between the Astros and the Athletics, who should be given credit for the success of the Yankees with their surplus of injury, if MLB would do an investigation of the making of the baseballs, if the Phillies could make a run and Red Sox SP Chris Sale's recent injury scare.