For openers, Avalanche too much for Blues
The Blues are used to the underdog role by now. Just ask Brayden Schenn. “Obviously people are writing us off, but in our locker room we believe in ourselves,” Schenn said Monday afternoon. The absence of leading scorer David Perron — he remains on the NHL COVID list — only adds to that the “writing.” But by now they’ve had so many injuries (and now) COVID-19 issues, they’ve developed a type of herd immunity. Just ask coach Craig Berube. “Yeah, I think there’s a lot of character on this team,” he said. No Perron? No Vince Dunn? No Jake Walman? No problem. At least that was the Blues’ intention...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Yu Darvish, Padres’ big 3 pound Rockies for 4th straight win
The Padres’ top three continued to do their part to make sure the team thrived while playing without its other big three. And Yu Darvish did his part to give the bullpen a rest, throwing seven scoreless innings in a 7-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Monday at Petco Park. The trio of Trent Grisham, Manny Machado and Jake Cronenworth did the bulk of the work in putting up three runs in the first inning to get the Padres on their way to their fourth straight victory and sixth in seven games. Grisham led off the bottom of the first with a triple to right-center field, and Machado followed b...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Nick Madrigal’s 1st career homer and Danny Mendick’s grand slam highlight the Chicago White Sox’s 16-4 pummeling of the Minnesota Twins
MINNEAPOLIS — Nick Madrigal hit the first home run of his major-league career as the Chicago White Sox pummeled the Minnesota Twins 16-4 on Monday at Target Field. Madrigal lined a 1-2 J.A. Happ fastball over the wall in left-center in the third inning for a solo home run. He went 3-for-5 with a walk and two RBIs as the Sox opened the three-game series in impressive fashion. Danny Mendick added a grand slam in the fifth. The Sox had 18 hits. Madrigal, Mendick and Yermín Mercedes provided the power for a team missing its home run leader, José Abreu. The first baseman is expected to miss the ent...
Jon Lester and Kyle Schwarber return to Wrigley Field in the Chicago Cubs’ 7-3 win over the Washington Nationals
CHICAGO — Chicago Cubs manager David Ross let out a boisterous laugh when he heard the question. How strange is it game-planning against former Cub and close friend-turned-opposing pitcher Jon Lester? “It’s extremely, extremely awkward,” a smiling Ross said before Monday’s game versus the Washington Nationals, which the Cubs went on to win 7-3. Ross called it business as usual in going over every detail about Lester and how to take advantage of him, just as the Cubs would for any starting pitcher they face. Lester’s six seasons in Chicago (2015-20) didn’t change that approach, regardless of ho...
Gerrit Cole makes history but Yankees lose second straight to Rangers
It was a gorgeous first inning for the Yankees, as Gerrit Cole made history by striking out the side and three singles produced a 1-0 lead over the Rangers. From there, it wasn’t so pretty. Cole broke the four-day-old MLB record for most consecutive strikeouts with a walk at 61, but he was catching too much of the plate Monday night. He gave up five runs on five hits, including two homers, and the Yankees lost 5-2 to the Rangers. When Joey Gallo walked to break Cole’s record streak, ball four skipped past Kyle Higashioka and Gallo sprinted to first base before tripping on the bag and wiping ou...
New York Daily News
Early home runs provide big cushion, SF Giants survive another bullpen scare to beat Reds
When the Giants take the field, the only thing more concerning than a big deficit seems to be a big lead. Seriously. Wilmer Flores, Mike Yastrzemski and Mauricio Dubón each hit home runs while starter Logan Webb tossed six shutout innings, but the Giants still played a nail-biter and needed to use their best reliever, Tyler Rogers, to close out a too-close-for-comfort 6-3 win over the Reds. A Giants club that’s lost four games it has led after six innings and is 0-6 in games that have been tied after seven dealt with more bullpen issues on Monday as lefty Jarlín García gave up a run in the sev...
The Mercury News
Tom Krasovic: Still early — but deep Padres have out-Dodgered the Dodgers
What the all-hands-on-deck Padres have pulled off lately, winning games without several of their top players, surfaced a turn-of-the-century vibe. Recent victories recalled the still-astounding 14-game winning streak the 1999 Padres pulled off minus Kevin Brown, Steve Finley, Ken Caminiti and Greg Vaughn (who’d departed months earlier) but also Tony Gwynn, who sat out 12 of the 14 wins, and catcher Carlos Hernandez, whose Achilles’ tendon ruptured that spring. “The 14-game winning streak’s one of the darn weirdest things I’ve ever witnessed in baseball, and I really mean that,” former hitting ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Sources: Luke Walton will return for third season as head coach of Sacramento Kings
Kings general manager Monte McNair could have opted for change. Instead, he chose continuity. McNair informed coach Luke Walton on Monday he will be back for a third season in Sacramento, multiple sources told The Sacramento Bee, confirming a report from James Ham of NBC Sports California. Walton addressed uncertainty over his future last week as another difficult season was coming to an end. Sources said Walton had been given no assurances from the organization at that point, but Walton said he was confident he would return and looked forward to continuing his work with players such as De’Aar...
The Sacramento Bee
Kansas City Royals’ Ervin Santana glad to keep pitching, even in a very different role
Kansas City Royals pitcher Ervin Santana has enjoyed a long career in professional baseball. He has thrown more than 2,000 innings. He has pitched in both the American League and National League. He has pitched in the postseason. Santana, 38, signed his first professional contract as an international free agent with Los Angeles Angels less than six months after Royals prospect Bobby Witt Jr. was born. Yet this season has been an entirely new experience for the right-hander. He made the transition to the bullpen at a point where some pitchers are making the transition to rocking chairs or their...
The Kansas City Star
Scott Fowler: For Hornets to beat Pacers in NBA play-in tournament, Terry must become ‘Scary’ again
The Charlotte Hornets’ chance to win at Indiana Tuesday night in the first game of the NBA play-in tournament seem very poor. Charlotte went 0-5 over the past eight days to stagger into this sports purgatory — not the playoffs, exactly, but not the regular season, either. How do the Hornets pull off an unlikely win in a do-or-die scenario Tuesday night? I’ve got two words for you: Scary Terry. Wait, did you think I was going to say LaMelo Ball? It’s great that LaMelo has returned from his wrist injury, and he’s good for several highlights in every game. But at this moment, Terry Rozier is Char...
The Charlotte Observer