Starling Marte exits Marlins’ loss with injury. The details and options moving forward
MIAMI — He was their last hope on Sunday. Miami Marlins center fielder Starling Marte, who hit a go-ahead home run in Friday’s series opener against the San Francisco Giants and who manager Don Mattingly has praised as one of their most consistent players, stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the ninth with two outs and the Marlins down a run. Two pitches into the plate appearance, he reached toward his left oblique. Mattingly wasn’t going to take any chances. Marte, despite pleas otherwise, was coming out of the game. “The one thing we didn’t want to do,” Mattingly said after the 1-0 loss...
Michael Kopech allows 1 run in 3-plus innings in his first start since 2018 as the Chicago White Sox win 5-1 to sweep the Boston Red Sox in a doubleheader
BOSTON — The Chicago White Sox needed a starter for the second game of Sunday’s split doubleheader against the Boston Red Sox. Michael Kopech was ready for the assignment. The hard-throwing right-hander allowed one run on one hit with four strikeouts and one walk in three-plus innings in his first start in 31 months, and the White Sox swept the doubleheader with a 5-1 victory in Game 2. Kopech retired the first nine batters he faced. He walked Enrique Hernández to begin the fourth, and Alex Verdugo followed with a single. Kopech exited, having thrown 41 pitches. It was Kopech’s first start sin...
Mariners finally see success against Astros, take weekend series
Even before COVID-19 protocols forced four starters — second baseman Jose Altuve, third baseman Alex Bregman, designated hitter Yordan Alvarez and catcher Martin Maldonado — and backup infielder Robel Garcia to the injured list just before the series, the 2021 version of the Houston Astros was seemingly diminished. Justin Verlander was hurt. George Springer left in free agency. And even the aging Josh Reddick, who just signed with the Diamondback, was a missed presence to the team. Wile players such as Alex De Goti, Chas McCormick, Ronnie Dawson and Taylor Jones who were largely unknown before...
The Seattle Times
Hosmer drives in three, Padres beat Dodgers in series finale
SAN DIEGO — Eric Hosmer didn’t let the rare gift from the Dodgers go to waste. His single in the eighth inning drove in two runners to give the Padres their first lead since Friday, and the Padres held on for a 5-2 victory that prevented them from being swept in the first series of the year against the team they can now legitimately claim as a rival. The Dodgers played an almost flawless three games at Petco Park, but shortstop Corey Seager’s throw wide of first base allowed lead-off hitter Jurickson Profar to reach base at the start of the eighth inning. Jake Cronenworth popped out, Fernando ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
John Collins returns from ankle sprain to help Hawks in win
Finally getting a key player back from injury helped the Hawks in more ways than one as they held off the Pacers for a 129-117 win Sunday at State Farm Arena. First, Atlanta again showed a drastically improved ability to close out tight games in the fourth quarter. Second, they move to 31-26, jumping back to the No. 4 spot in the Eastern Conference standings. They hold a tiebreaker over the Celtics, who are also 31-26. Third, they finally got fourth-year power forward John Collins back, after missing nearly three weeks with a left ankle sprain, suffered in the March 30 loss to Phoenix. Collins...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Marcus Stroman goes eight, Edwin Diaz and James McCann slam the door in Mets' win over Rockies
DENVER — The name of the game was efficiency as Marcus Stroman pitched to contact, induced ground balls and hurled eight one-run innings in his third start of the year. Stroman allowed just three hits and retired 16 of his final 18 batters in the Mets’ 2-1 win over the Rockies in the series finale at Coors Field on Sunday. Of his 90 pitches, 62 were strikes as the right-hander lowered his season ERA to 0.90. The Mets improved to 7-4 on the season after Edwin Diaz collected his second save in as many days, though not without theatrics. Diaz gave up a two-out single to Trevor Story in the ninth ...
New York Daily News
Salvador Perez strikes again as Royals win four-game series against Blue Jays at The K
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — There’s still three games left in the current homestand. If Kansas City Royals All-Star catcher Salvador Perez’s assault on the Kauffman Stadium fountains continues, they’ll have to start handing out fishing nets called “Salvy Skimmers” to collect the baseballs he deposits in the water beyond the outfield wall. Once again with the Royals and Toronto Blue Jays fighting to score, Perez stepped to the plate and changed the outlook of the day with one swing. Saturday evening, he did it with a walk-off solo home run into the fountains to give the Royals a doubleheader split. Sund...
The Kansas City Star
Tim Anderson’s 3 hits, including a leadoff home run, spark the Chicago White Sox’s 3-2 win over the Boston Red Sox in Game 1 of a doubleheader
BOSTON — Tim Anderson ignited the Chicago White Sox offense in the first game of Sunday’s split doubleheader, homering on Tanner Houck’s first pitch. Anderson went 3-for-4 to help the White Sox to a 3-2 victory against the Boston Red Sox in the seven-inning game at Fenway Park. Dallas Keuchel allowed two runs on six hits with one strikeout in five-plus innings for the victory. Anderson gave him the early lead with his ninth career leadoff home run. He’s tied for second on the team’s all-time list with Adam Eaton and Tim Raines. Ray Durham holds the team record with 20. José Abreu used his legs...
SF Giants pick up third shutout win in a week, Alex Wood leads the way before bullpen takes over
MIAMI — With a one-run lead and his starter cruising after five innings, Giants manager Gabe Kapler made the risky decision to put the game in the hands of a short-handed bullpen that had been shaky in back-to-back losses against the Marlins. Despite his closer being unavailable and several arms needing a breather, Kapler’s bullpen delivered, recording the final 12 outs of a 1-0 victory to salvage the series finale in Miami. An unearned run that scored on an Alex Dickerson RBI single in the third inning proved to be the difference for the 9-6 Giants, who have now shut out their opponents in th...
The Mercury News
Bryce Harper homer, Aaron Nola two-hitter lead Phillies to 2-0 win over Cardinals
PHILADELPHIA — Bryce Harper started 212 of 222 games in his first two years with the Phillies and the first 13 games of this season. He swings hard and plays even harder. Dialing down the intensity isn’t in his DNA. But this weekend offered an important lesson, one that might even keep Harper at peak performance as he ages: Taking an occasional day off can be for the best. After waking up Saturday with a stiff back and sitting out the Phillies’ loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, Harper returned to the lineup Sunday and cracked three hits, including a tone-setting solo home run in the first innin...
The Philadelphia Inquirer