Twins pull within a half-game of first place with 10-inning victory over Detroit
MINNEAPOLIS — It’s that time of year again, when there’s more attention on the out-of-town scoreboard than the game in front of you.For the Twins, they were focused on the pesky Detroit Tigers, who somehow have punched above their weight class whenever they see a Minnesota uniform this season. But about 750 miles away, Cleveland was headed into extra innings against the White Sox, and losing.But in the bottom of the 10th inning, Jose Ramirez belted a three-run walkoff homer, meaning the onus was on the Twins to beat Detroit and tighten the race for the AL Central title.They did it — beating th...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Cubs clinch their 5th playoff berth in the last 6 seasons despite losing 3-2 to the Pirates on a walk-off homer
The Chicago Cubs are headed back to the postseason after a one-year absence, despite a 3-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Kevin Stallings’ walk-off home run in the ninth inning.The Philadelphia Phillies’ doubleheader sweep at the hands of the Washington Nationals, combined with the Cincinnati Reds’ loss to the Milwaukee Brewers, clinched the fifth National League playoff berth in six seasons for the Cubs — and the first for rookie manager David Ross.Jose Quintana’s return to the Cubs rotation Tuesday night at PNC Park was upstaged by what could be a pleasant problem as they assess their opt...
Braves rout Marlins, 11-1, to win NL East
ATLANTA — The Miami Marlins’ playoff hopes remain very much alive. Their slim chance to win the National League East, however, is officially over.Behind a five-RBI, two-home run night from former Marlins All-Star Marcell Ozuna and five home runs overall, the Atlanta Braves defeated the Marlins, 11-1, on Tuesday at Truist Park to clinch their third consecutive division title and 15th overall in franchise history.The Braves, at 33-22, have a five-game lead over the Marlins (28-27) with five games left in the regular season for both clubs. The best Miami could do is tie the Braves at the end of t...
White Sox suffer 5-3 loss to Indians on Jose Ramirez's 3-run homer in 10th
Jose Ramirez hit a game-ending three-run home run off Jose Ruiz in the 10th inning as the Chicago White Sox suffered a crushing 5-3 loss to the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday at Progressive Field.The Sox scored twice in the top of the 10th, but the Indians answered with four in the bottom of the inning as the Sox (34-21) lost for the fourth time in five games.Adam Engel drove in James McCann with a triple to give the Sox a 2-1 lead in the 10th. Nick Madrigal followed with an RBI single, making it 3-1.Matt Foster retired the first two batters in the bottom of the 10th. Francisco Lindor knocked in...
Phillies walked off by Nationals in demoralizing doubleheader sweep and fall out of NL playoff spot
This will be difficult to fathom for anyone who watched the Phillies melt like fondue in each of the last two Septembers. But what happened Tuesday in a doubleheader in Washington was as bad as it gets for a team that fancies itself a postseason contender.Get ready because this is ugly.By day, with Aaron Nola, after getting called out for their sloppiness by manager Joe Girardi less than 24 hours earlier, the Phillies laid an egg in a 5-1 loss to the Nationals. They mustered six hits against a pitcher who entered with a 7.17 ERA and made two errors, Bryce Harper kicking a ball around the right...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
MLB Commissioner Manfred expects fans at World Series, NLCS at Globe Life Field
Fans will be able to attend the World Series and the National League Championship Series at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, according to MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred.Manfred told USA Today’s Bob Nightengale that pending approval from Gov. Greg Abbott, fans will be in attendance. How many fans and ticket information have yet to be announced but details are expected soon. The Texas Rangers opened the 40,300-seat, retractable-roof stadium this season but have been unable to welcome fans because of the coronavirus pandemic.“We are pressing ahead to have fans in Texas,” Manfred said. “One of ...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Ugly third inning dooms Phillies, Aaron Nola in 5-1 rout by Nationals
This will be difficult to fathom for anyone who watched the Phillies melt like fondue in each of the last two Septembers. But what happened in the third inning of the opening game of Tuesday’s doubleheader might have been as bad as it gets for a team that fancies itself a postseason contender.With their best pitcher on the mound against an opponent that has nothing to play for, after a sloppy performance less than 24 hours earlier, and clinging to a half-game lead for the final wild-card berth in the National League, the Phillies gave up four runs on four hits in a rally punctuated by Bryce Ha...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
MVP Freddie Freeman? Here's how NL candidates compare
The Atlanta Braves’ Freddie Freeman, who began the regular season working his way back into peak condition from a battle with COVID-19, ends it this week as one of the leading contenders for the National League’s Most Valuable Player award.If he wins the award, he would become just the fourth Braves player to be named the league MVP since the franchise moved to Atlanta in 1966 and the first in 21 years. Dale Murphy won back-to-back MVP awards in 1982 and 1983, and Terry Pendleton and Chipper Jones won the award in 1991 and 1999, respectively.Jones weighed in on Freeman’s candidacy over the wee...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
When Giants need him at his best, Cueto gives up 7 runs in blowout loss to Rockies
SAN FRANCISCO — With another opportunity to take a step toward securing a playoff berth, the San Francisco Giants sent their Opening Day starter Johnny Cueto to the mound against a Colorado Rockies team that’s fallen out of contention.At a point in the season when the Giants needed Cueto to pitch like the ace, he turned in one of the worst starts of his five-year tenure in San Francisco.Cueto gave up seven earned runs — the most he’s allowed as a Giant — in 4 1/3 innings and failed to keep his club in the game in a 7-2 defeat to the Rockies that dropped San Francisco (26-27) a game below .500 ...
The Mercury News
Evan White delivers 3-run homer as Mariners beat Astros 6-1
SEATTLE — A hat trick seemed like an inevitability for Evan White as he flailed helplessly at a 2-0 breaking ball about 6 inches off the outside of the plate that he was certain was going to be a fastball from Lance McCullers Jr.In hockey, a hat trick – scoring three goals in one game — is an achievement to be cherished and celebrated. In baseball, it’s one of the worst failures for a hitter — a sarcastic description given for striking out three times in a game. Few things are more embarrassing. And three times to the same pitcher? Even worse.In his rookie season, White has dealt with his shar...
The Seattle Times