Padres learn they'll host playoff series, split doubleheader, lose Lamet
SAN FRANCISCO — The San Diego Padres won the second game of a doubleheader on Trent Grisham’s walk-off home run, so that was something.Because otherwise, things are not going well for the Padres.Their brightest spot right now might be the possibility a cortisone shot takes in Mike Clevinger’s elbow and he can pitch for them in the Wild Card Series that begins Wednesday at Petco Park.Oh yeah, the Padres secured the No. 4 seed Friday night and will be the hosts for their first playoff series in 14 years.How that will go and who will be playing for them seems in doubt with every passing day.The l...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Chris Bassitt shines, and Mark Canha hits a walk-off in A's win
OAKLAND, Calif. — Chris Bassitt has the look of a pitcher that’s ready to start the postseason.And through nine innings Friday, Oakland A’s hitters looked like they could use some more time to get up to speed.But trailing by one in the 10th inning, Ramon Laureano doubled to score Nate Orf from third base. Mark Canha then followed that with a home run to right to give the A’s a wild 3-1 win over the Seattle Mariners at the Coliseum.The A’s had Orf at second base to start the 10th, and advanced him to third with a Tommy La Stella deep fly ball. Then Laureano roped a double to left field to score...
The Mercury News
Despite loss to playoff-clinching Reds, Twins on doorstop of AL Central title
MINNEAPOLIS — The out-of-town scoreboard looms over right-center field at Target Field, and Friday it relayed plenty of news, some good, some bad, for the Twins. Cleveland won in another walk-off, tightening the AL Central race and keeping the uncertainty over whether they will play next week’s wild-card playoff round at home. The White Sox lost, keeping at least a one-game width between Minnesota and its AL Central pursuers.But a few dozen feet below that scoreboard, the news was much more definitive. To its left? That’s where Mike Moustakas’ two-run homer landed in the fourth inning. To its ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Cubs hit 5 home runs, Darvish tosses 7 shutout innings in 10-0 rout of White Sox
CHICAGO — Yu Darvish shut down the Chicago White Sox for the second time this season, leading the Cubs to a 10-0 victory Friday in the City Series at Guaranteed Rate Field.Darvish allowed three hits and struck out five in seven innings as the Cubs snapped a three-game losing streak and lowered their magic number for clinching the National League Central to one.The Sox fell 1 1/2 games behind the first-place Minnesota Twins, who trailed the Cincinnati Reds 6-2 in the ninth. The Sox are tied for second with the Cleveland Indians, who rallied to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, 4-3. The Indians hold ...
Dave Hyde: Nothing's changed in series — but Celtics come alive in Game 5
Nothing’s lost.Nothing’s changed.Nothing’s really threatened by Friday night, not really, not beyond the Miami Heat missing out on their first chance to close out Boston in the Eastern Conference finals and advance to the NBA Finals.Sometimes the magic is on the other side this deep in a season. That’s all. No one from the Heat wants to frame the problems and occasional ugliness that happened in Boston’s 121-108 win quite that way.Heat coach Erik Spolestra will talk of defense after surrendering 41 points in the third quarter and of 3-point shooting that fell off the map at 6 for 32 late in th...
Heat can't close it out as Celtics come alive in 121-108 rout to move within 3-2 in East finals
It turns out both teams still have business to take care of before there can be discussion of a possible LeBron James against the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals.The Heat failed in their first opportunity to advance, falling 121-108 Friday night to the Boston Celtics in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.So there now will be a Game 6 of the series at 7:30 p.m. Sunday back at Disney’s Wide World of Sports complex, in the league’s quarantine setting amid the new coronavirus pandemic, with the Heat’s lead in the best-of-seven series reduced to 3-2.The other half of the bracket could be decided ...
Tigers can't complete comeback, fall to Royals, 3-2
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Tigers didn’t exactly get started on time in this one.It wasn’t until they were in a 3-0 hole in the seventh inning that they became engaged. But too little too late. The Royals held on for a 3-2 win Friday night at Kauffman Stadium.The Tigers were blocked for six innings by starter Brad Keller. But when the Royals gave the ball to lefty Danny Duffy in the seventh, the Tigers got a spark.Harold Castro singled (his second hit of the night) and went to third on an opposite-field double to right by Niko Goodrum. A ground out by Brandon Dixon scored Castro.With right-handed-...
The Detroit News
Second lady Karen Pence rallies with evangelicals in Michigan
HOLLAND, Mich. — Second lady Karen Pence rallied in Holland on Friday in an effort to energize the evangelical base that played a key role in elevating President Donald Trump to victory in Michigan in 2016.Pence, speaking to a crowd of around 100 supporters in a tent outside Baker Lofts in Holland, noted Trump’s role in appointing conservative judges to federal courts and the administration’s staunch position against abortion.She also noted Trump’s planned announcement of a nominee to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court, which is expected Saturday.“Tomorrow, he pl...
Detroit Free Press
Phillies lose another three-run lead in 6-4 loss to Rays
When Joey Wendle smashed a grand slam on Sept. 17, 2017, at Citizens Bank Park, it seemed like the biggest hit that the Chester County (Pa.) native could possibly get against his hometown team.But he found a way to top it Friday night.With the Phillies needing to win as many games as possible in their biggest series in nine years to keep their playoff hopes alive, Wendle delivered a two-run single in the eighth inning against closer Hector Neris to give the Tampa Bay Rays a 6-4 victory at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.The Phillies led, 4-1, in the fifth inning. But in a familiar plot ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Doubt about police in Chicago manifests itself on racial lines in monitor's survey, legal challenges over traffic stops
CHICAGO — Many Black Americans’ distrust for police, both in Chicago and around the country, has been highlighted repeatedly in 2020, most recently this week with outrage over the controversial result of an investigation into the death of Breonna Taylor in Louisville.Chicago had its own watershed moment on policing and racism with the 2014 shooting of Black teenager Laquan McDonald by a white officer later convicted of second-degree murder, touching off efforts for sweeping reform. But a recent community survey on policing that is part of that effort points to a continuing, wide racial divide ...