Apr 24, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez (57) throws a pitch against the Detroit Tigers in the first inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports
April 25, 2019
Eduardo Rodriguez shined over six innings, and J.D. Martinez collected a season-high three hits to lead the Boston Red Sox to an 11-4 win over the visiting Detroit Tigers on Wednesday.
Rodriguez (2-2) struck out seven while allowing one run on two hits and three walks. He kept the Tigers hitless over his first 4 1/3 innings as the Red Sox rebounded from a doubleheader sweep on Tuesday.
After Brandon Workman struck out the side for Boston in the seventh, Matt Barnes did the same in the eighth, though Detroit had loaded the bases with two outs while down 4-1. Barnes fanned Ronny Rodriguez on three pitches to escape the jam.
The Red Sox sent 12 men to the plate and scored seven runs in the bottom of the eighth to make it a blowout. Three came home on bases-loaded walks.
Astros 7, Twins 1
Justin Verlander gave up four hits and a run over eight innings to pick up his fourth win, and Michael Brantley, Carlos Correa and Josh Reddick each homered to lead Houston to victory over visiting Minnesota.
It was the seventh straight victory for Verlander (4-0) dating back to last season. He struck out eight and didn’t walk a batter while improving to 20-9 all-time against the Twins and becoming the first Houston starter to pitch past the seventh inning this season.
Brantley, Reddick and Robinson Chirinos each had two hits for Houston, which won the series 2-1. Jorge Polanco homered for Minnesota. Kohl Stewart (0-1), recalled from Triple-A Rochester earlier in the day, took the loss.
Phillies 6, Mets 0
Vince Velasquez combined with four relievers on a six-hit shutout for visiting Philadelphia, which blew open a close game by scoring three times in the eighth inning to beat New York.
The Phillies, who were outscored 14-1 in losing the first two games of the three-game series, won for just the second time in the last seven games.
Velasquez (1-0) danced around trouble all night and had just one 1-2-3 inning, but he stranded seven baserunners in his five innings, including five in scoring position. The right-hander allowed three hits and three walks while striking out six.
Padres 1, Mariners 0
Rookie right-hander Chris Paddack allowed one hit over seven shutout innings and Ian Kinsler homered on the first pitch he saw from Felix Hernandez as San Diego defeated visiting Seattle.
Paddack and relievers Trey Wingenter and Kirby Yates combined on a two-hit shutout and retired 24 of the last 25 Mariners they faced — with the only baserunner during the stretch erased on a game-ending double play turned by rookie shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr.
Paddack (1-1) picked up his first major league win in a pitching duel with Mariners veteran Hernandez (1-2). The 6-foot-5, 23-year-old Paddack retired the last 19 Mariners he faced after working out of a bases-loaded, two-out jam in the first.
Cardinals 5, Brewers 2
Marcell Ozuna and Yadier Molina homered in a four-run fourth inning, and St. Louis completed a three-game sweep of visiting Milwaukee as the Cardinals won their fifth straight overall.
Ozuna, Paul Goldschmidt, Lane Thomas and Paul DeJong had two hits each for St. Louis. Brewers first baseman Eric Thames homered for the Brewers in the 10th meeting between these teams already this season. St. Louis right-hander Adam Wainwright (2-2) went six innings, allowing one run and four hits with three strikeouts and a walk.
Brewers starter Jhoulys Chacin (2-3) did not allow a hit through the first three innings, but he gave up back-to-back singles to Goldschmidt and DeJong to open the fourth before Ozuna lined a three-run homer over the fence in left for a 3-1 lead.
Royals 10, Rays 2
Kansas City snapped a five-game overall losing streak — and a 10-game skid against Tampa Bay — with a victory in St. Petersburg, Fla. It was the first time this season the Royals have scored 10 runs.
Adalberto Mondesi homered and had four RBIs for the Royals, who went 6-13 in a 19-day stretch without a day off. Kansas City is off Thursday.
Jakob Junis (2-2) pitched five solid innings, allowing one run on four hits with six strikeouts and two walks. But he had to leave after taking a line drive off his pitching hand to end the fifth, suffering a contusion. Blake Snell (2-2) took the loss for Tampa Bay in his first start after coming off the 10-day injured list due to a broken toe on his right foot.
Athletics 6, Rangers 5
Chad Pinder dumped a game-winning single into shallow right-center field that scored Stephen Piscotty with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, as host Oakland took advantage of a Texas defensive miscue to complete a three-game sweep.
In a game that featured five home runs — including a three-run shot by the A’s Marcus Semien in the second inning and a pair of solo shots by the Rangers’ Nomar Mazara — Oakland’s winning rally was the product of a pair of singles sandwiching a stolen base, which occurred when Texas forgot to cover second base on Piscotty’s steal attempt.
Pinder then hit the next pitch by the Rangers’ fourth pitcher, Chris Martin (0-2), for the walk-off single. A’s closer Blake Treinen (1-1), who escaped a two-on, one-out situation in the top of the ninth by inducing a double-play grounder, got the win.
Cubs 7, Dodgers 6
Javier Baez and Jason Heyward each hit three-run home runs in a six-run sixth inning, and Anthony Rizzo also doubled and drove in a run for Chicago, which won for the seventh time in eight games.
Cody Bellinger and Alex Verdugo homered for Los Angeles. The Dodgers have dropped three of four.
Cubs right-hander Brad Brach (2-0) earned the win in relief, retiring the only two batters he faced to close out the sixth inning. He replaced Cole Hamels, who gave up three runs on three hits with six walks and seven strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings. Dodgers left-hander Scott Alexander (1-1) drew the loss after giving up three runs in one-third of an inning.
Rockies 9, Nationals 5
Charlie Blackmon homered, Raimel Tapia had two doubles and three RBIs, and Colorado beat Washington in Denver as Trevor Story doubled and tripled to extend his hitting streak to 13 games, which ties his career high.
David Dahl had three hits, and Nolan Arenado drove in three runs for the Rockies. German Marquez (3-1) allowed three runs on eight hits and struck out seven over seven innings. He bounced back after pitching with an infected tooth in his previous start. Marquez had the tooth pulled.
Wade Davis got the final out for his third save. Juan Soto homered and Matt Adams had three hits for the Nationals. Jake Noll’s first career hit was an RBI double in the second inning that gave the Nationals a 1-0 lead.
Giants 4, Blue Jays 0
Left-hander Drew Pomeranz pitched six innings, Pablo Sandoval hit a home run and visiting San Francisco defeated Toronto to complete a quick two-game sweep.
Pomeranz (1-2) gave up two hits and two walks while striking out five as the Giants swept the two-game series. Two Giants relievers retired the final nine Toronto batters of the game. Toronto starter Clay Buchholz (0-1) gave up six hits and four runs in five-plus innings, striking out two and not walking a batter.
After the game, Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo told reporters that Vladimir Guerrero Jr., the top-ranked prospect in baseball, will be called up from Triple-A Buffalo to make his major league debut Friday at home against Oakland.
Braves 3, Reds 1
Mike Soroka enhanced his case to remain in the Atlanta rotation by posting his second straight strong effort to help the visiting Braves to a win over Cincinnati.
Soroka (1-1) pitched 5 2/3 innings and allowed only one run on five hits — all singles and two of those infield hits — with seven strikeouts in his first career start against the Reds. The effort helped Atlanta even the three-game series, which concludes on Thursday.
Soroka, the team’s first-round draft choice in 2015, has now worked 10 2/3 innings and allowed two runs in his two starts since being recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett.
Diamondbacks 11, Pirates 2
Ketel Marte drove in four runs with two homers as visiting Arizona beat Pittsburgh for the third straight night.
Nick Ahmed also homered, Eduardo Escobar was 3-for-4 with a triple and a double, David Peralta was 2-for-5 with two RBIs and Christian Walker was 2-for-5 with an RBI for Arizona, which has won nine in a row at PNC Park. The Diamondbacks can sweep the four-game series with a win Thursday.
Arizona starter Merrill Kelly (2-2) went seven innings, giving up two runs and six hits, with five strikeouts and two walks. Josh Bell and Jung Ho Kang homered for Pittsburgh, which has lost a season-worst four straight. Jordan Lyles (2-1) took the loss.
Orioles 4, White Sox 3
John Means pitched five strong innings, and the offense produced a series of timely hits, lifting host Baltimore to victory against Chicago.
Baltimore earned a win in the rubber game of the three-game series thanks in part to Means’ solid return to the rotation, which was prompted by the club’s doubleheader over the weekend. The left-hander, who has operated as a swingman in the early season, improved to 3-2 by showing effectiveness with his changeup, scattering one run and four hits with one walk and six strikeouts.
Mychal Givens allowed a run in the ninth but recovered to leave the potential tying run at third base and close out a two-inning save, his first of the season. Givens struck out James McCann and retired Yoan Moncada on a groundout to second base to end the game.
Indians 6, Marlins 2
Jose Ramirez homered and drove in four runs as host Cleveland snapped a three-game losing skid by beating Miami as Jake Bauers and Francisco Lindor each had an RBI single before Ramirez ripped a two-run double to cap a four-run eighth inning.
After Miami’s Martin Prado belted a solo homer to forge a tie at 2 with two outs in the eighth inning, Cleveland went to work against reliever Adam Conley (0-3) in the bottom of the frame.
Carlos Gonzalez worked a lead-off walk and advanced to second on Jason Kipnis’ single to center field. Bauers followed two batters later by slapping a low fastball through the shift and into left field to plate Gonzalez to give the Indians a 3-2 lead.
–Field Level Media
Apr 13, 2019; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes former running back Ezekiel Elliott (right) during the first half of the Spring Game at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports
April 24, 2019
The Dallas Cowboys exercised the fifth-year option on running back Ezekiel Elliott’s contract, keeping him in place through the 2020 season.
Elliott is set to make $3.85 million in 2019. He figures to receive around $10 million in the option season though the Cowboys have stated they intend to negotiate a rich extension with him.
Elliott led the NFL with 1,434 rushing yards last season and also had a career-high 77 receptions for 567 yards.
Elliott has rushed for 4,048 yards and 28 touchdowns in 40 games over three seasons.
–The San Francisco 49ers exercised the fifth-year contract option on Pro Bowl defensive tackle DeForest Buckner.
Buckner is in line to receive around $12 million in 2020. The two sides have been working on a long-term contract extension that could get hammered out prior to the 2019 campaign.
Buckner posted a career-best 12 sacks last season while accumulating 67 tackles. He has 201 stops, 21 sacks and three fumble recoveries in 47 NFL games.
–The Atlanta Falcons announced via Twitter that they picked up the fifth-year option of safety Keanu Neal.
Neal suffered a season-ending knee injury in the 2018 season opener. The 2017 Pro Bowl selection has 220 tackles, eight forced fumbles and one interception in 31 games.
–The New Orleans Saints have exercised the fifth-year option on defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins, according to multiple reports.
Rankins is recovering from a torn Achilles tendon suffered in January’s playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles. He had a career-best eight sacks last season and has 14 sacks and 86 tackles in 41 NFL games.
–The Cincinnati Bengals exercised the fifth-year option on cornerback William Jackson.
Jackson had 41 tackles last season. He has 66 tackles and one interception in 31 career games.
–Field Level Media
The U.S. Capitol building is seen through flowers in Washington, U.S., April 23, 2019. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
April 24, 2019
By Ann Saphir and Trevor Hunnicutt
SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Stephen Moore, the economic commentator that U.S. President Donald Trump has said he will nominate to the Federal Reserve Board, is drawing new fire from top Democrats for his comments denigrating, among other targets, women and the Midwest.
But Republicans, whose 53 to 47 majority in the U.S. Senate gives them the final say on whether Moore’s pending nomination is confirmed, have not weighed in since news surfaced this week documenting Moore’s long history of sexist remarks, some of which he says were made jokingly.
As a Fed governor, Moore would have a say on setting interest rates for the world’s biggest economy. Some economists and Democratic lawmakers have questioned his competence, citing his support for tying policy decisions to commodity prices and his fluctuating views on rates. This week though, it is his comments about gender and geography that are drawing criticism.
“What are the implications of a society in which women earn more than men? We don’t really know, but it could be disruptive to family stability,” Moore wrote in one column in 2014.
In 2000, he opined that “women tennis pros don’t really want equal pay for equal work. They want equal pay for inferior work.” The New York Times among others has documented many other instances where he expressed similar viewpoints.
It’s just added evidence that Moore is unfit for the Fed job, vice chair of the joint economic committee Carolyn Maloney told Reuters.
“Those include his reckless tendency to politicize the Fed as well as his bizarre and sexist comments about women in sports that came to light this week,” she said.
Republicans, she said, “should also take note that Moore has said capitalism is more important than democracy. That’s a dangerous comment that further confirms my belief that Moore shouldn’t be allowed on the Fed Board.”
Maloney earlier this month sent a letter urging Republican Senator Mike Crapo and Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown to oppose Moore’s nomination. Crapo and Brown are the chair and vice chair, respectively, of the Senate banking committee, which would be Moore’s first stop in any confirmation hearings.
Senators Elizabeth Warren and Charles Schumer, both Democrats, have also publicly criticized Moore as well as businessman Herman Cain, who withdrew his name from consideration for the Fed this week amid mounting objections. Cain said he stopped the process because he realized the job would mean a pay cut and would prevent him from pursuing his current business and speaking gigs.
The Senate banking panel’s 13 Republican members, contacted by Reuters about their views on Moore’s suitability for the Fed role after his derisive commentary about women came to light, all either did not respond or declined to comment.
But Brown on Wednesday blasted Moore for comments he made in 2014 calling cities in the Midwest, including Cincinnati, the “armpits of America.” Brown demanded an apology.
“It would be your job to carefully consider monetary and regulatory policies that support communities throughout the country — even those you apparently consider beneath you,” Brown wrote in a letter to Moore. “Based on your bias against communities across the heartland of our country, it’s clear that you lack the judgment to make important decisions in their best interest.”
On Wednesday, Moore told Reuters his earlier remarks on women were not in accord with his current views.
“I DO regret writing that column 17 years ago and it does not reflect my feelings today,” he said, referencing a column on his dim view of women’s participation in the game of basketball.
His views on the Midwest also had improved, now that Trump is in office.
“I’m writing a column about Ohio right now as a matter of fact. Trump is making Ohio great again. It’s a wonderful renaissance. Was just in Cleveland a few weeks ago and the vitality is back.”
(Reporting by Ann Saphir and Trevor Hunnicutt; Editing by Andrea Ricci)
Apr 21, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; Atlanta Braves third baseman Josh Donaldson (20) hits a home run during the first inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
April 22, 2019
Josh Donaldson homered in his first two at-bats, and Max Fried tossed 6 1/3 strong innings as the visiting Atlanta Braves breezed to an 11-5 rout of the Cleveland Indians on Sunday night.
Donaldson drove in four runs, while Freddie Freeman had a pair of RBI singles to highlight his three-hit performance.
Ozzie Albies had a two-run single and joined Freeman in scoring twice for the Braves, who saw each member of the starting lineup record at least one of the team’s 16 hits.
Donaldson provided the fireworks by depositing a 1-1 slider from starter Shane Bieber (2-1) over the wall in center field for a solo homer in the first inning. The 2015 American League Most Valuable Player wasn’t done, launching a 1-2 fastball from Bieber deep into the bleachers in left field for a three-run shot in the second inning.
Rangers 11, Astros 10
Joey Gallo capped a prolific weekend with his third consecutive multi-hit game, and host Texas claimed the rubber match of its three-game series with Houston.
After slugging home runs in each of the first two games, Gallo finished 2-for-3 with five RBIs and delivered a two-run triple that ignited Texas’ three-run first inning against Astros right-hander Collin McHugh.
Gallo also hit a sacrifice fly in the Rangers’ four-run third inning and, after the Astros chased Texas right-hander Shelby Miller with a five-run sixth, Gallo added a run-scoring single in the bottom of the sixth.
Cubs 2, Diamondbacks 1
David Bote ripped a game-ending single to right-center field in the bottom of the ninth inning to score Javier Baez and lift Chicago to a 2-1 victory over visiting Arizona.
Teammates mobbed Bote near first base after the hit, which gave the Cubs a series win and marked their fifth victory in the past six games. Baez finished 2-for-3 with a double, a triple, an RBI and the game-winning run.
Baez set the stage for the dramatic win when he led off the ninth with a double down the right field line. He advanced to third base after Diamondbacks right fielder Adam Jones bobbled the ball in the grass.
Yankees 7, Royals 6 (10)
Austin Romine hit a game-winning single with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning as host New York beat Kansas City.
Mike Tauchman and Gio Urshela opened the inning by drawing walks from Jake Diekman (0-1), who was replaced by Ian Kennedy. After the runners were sacrificed to second and third by pinch hitter Thairo Estrada, Romine won by lifting a fly ball over center fielder Billy Hamilton’s head.
Before the wild sequences of the late innings, the Yankees carried a 5-0 lead into the eighth behind the dominance of left-hander James Paxton and a three-run homer by Clint Frazier. Kansas City scored six in the eighth before Romine’s RBI single in the bottom of the eighth tied it.
Dodgers 6, Brewers 5
Cody Bellinger belted his 11th home run with two out in the top of ninth inning to lift Los Angeles to a 6-5 road win over Milwaukee.
Bellinger went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs, hitting the game-winner off Milwaukee reliever Josh Hader (0-2). He also robbed Christian Yelich of a homer at the wall in the eighth inning. Kenley Jansen (2-0) pitched 1 1/3 innings and struck out the side in the ninth to earn the win.
Yelich, who leads the majors in homers with 13 and is one shy of tying Albert Pujols and Alex Rodriguez for the most home runs (14) before May 1, went 0-for-2 with two walks.
Red Sox 4, Rays 3 (11)
Christian Vazquez hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the top of the 11th inning as Boston edged host Tampa Bay.
Rafael Devers began the 11th with a bloop single, and Michael Chavis, making his first major league start, followed with a walk. After a Jackie Bradley Jr. bunt advanced both runners, Vazquez lofted a deep fly to center to drive in the game-winning run.
The Red Sox rallied against Rays reliever Jose Alvarado (0-2) for the second straight game.
Cardinals 6, Mets 4
Paul Goldschmidt delivered a two-run single among his two hits as host St. Louis topped New York.
Dexter Fowler and Marcell Ozuna each had a run-scoring double and Kolten Wong added an RBI single for the Cardinals, who have scored at least four runs in each game during their 7-1 surge at home.
Dakota Hudson (1-1) overcame three solo homers and five hits total in five innings to record his first career win as a starter.
Blue Jays 5, Athletics 4
Justin Smoak hit his second home run in two days as Toronto completed a three-game sweep of host Oakland.
Brandon Drury capped a big series with a double and a single for the Blue Jays, who completed a 6-1 trip that began with three wins in four games at Minnesota.
The A’s have lost five of six.
Padres 4, Reds 3
Austin Hedges homered to help host San Diego defeat Cincinnati and avoid a four-game sweep.
The Padres had five straight hits and six in the inning against Reds starter and loser Tyler Mahle (0-2), who allowed four runs on seven hits with nine strikeouts in six innings. Mahle retired the last 10 Padres he faced.
Left-hander Joey Lucchesi (3-2) allowed one run on five hits and two walks with eight strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings to earn the win.
Angels 8, Mariners 6
Los Angeles clubbed four homers and held off visiting Seattle for the first time in six tries this season.
Tommy La Stella hit two homers, and Brian Goodwin and Kevan Smith each hit one for Los Angeles. In all, the Angels had 11 hits, including two doubles by Mike Trout.
Mariners starter Mike Leake (2-2), who yielded three homers, allowed four runs on six hits and two walks in six innings.
Nationals 5, Marlins 0
Stephen Strasburg pitched eight scoreless innings, and Ryan Zimmerman slugged two homers as Washington won at Miami.
The last-place Marlins failed to get their first three-game sweep since September of 2017 but still won their first series this year.
Strasburg (2-1) improved to 18-7 in his career against Miami. He passed Gio Gonzalez as the Nationals’ career leader in innings pitched.
Rockies 4, Phillies 1
Jon Gray pitched six shutout innings, and Colorado beat visiting Philadelphia.
Tony Wolters had two hits, including a two-run double for the Rockies, who have won six of seven.
Colorado’s Charlie Blackmon had a triple and two singles to finish 10-for-18 in the series.
Twins 4, Orioles 3
Willians Astudillo drove in two runs, and starter Kyle Gibson threw six solid innings as visiting Minnesota defeated Baltimore.
Astudillo had an RBI double plus a sacrifice fly as the Twins took a 2-0 lead in the first inning and never trailed. The victory let Minnesota complete a sweep of the three-game weekend series in Baltimore.
Gibson (1-0) gave up two runs on five hits in six innings.
Giants 3, Pirates 2
Buster Posey’s three-run home run in the fifth inning lifted visiting San Francisco over Pittsburgh, ending a four-game skid.
San Francisco starter Dereck Rodriguez (3-2) gave up two runs and three hits in 5 2/3 innings, with one walk and four strikeouts. He also singled and scored a run.
Josh Bell hit a two-run homer for Pittsburgh.
Tigers 4, White Sox 3
Daniel Norris tossed five scoreless innings in his first start this season, Gordon Beckham hit a solo homer and host Detroit edged Chicago.
Norris (1-0) allowed two hits and struck out six. Shane Greene recorded his 10th save by getting the last three outs, including two strikeouts.
White Sox starter Reynaldo Lopez (1-3) gave up three runs (two earned) and seven hits in six innings while striking out eight.
–Field Level Media
A woman from the Cincinnati, Ohio area lost her job and was separated from her children for a week after she was mistakenly jailed by police, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported over the weekend.
Ashley Foster was arrested in the presence of her two young children in a parking lot earlier this month by Hamilton County deputies for trafficking heroin.
Foster told the Enquirer that the police officers “showed me the computer, everything they had in front of them, it was my ID, my picture, my birthday, my Social Security number, but it was not my address.”
She was held in custody for five days before she was transferred to nearby Brown County, where the charges were issued. Afterwards, an officer interviewed her and realized she was not the suspect.
The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office said it is usual procedure that when a person is found in another county from which the warrrant is issued, they are held for three business days until they can be transferred. However, in Foster’s case, her detention was extended due to the weekend.
The Sheriff’s Office said they also tried to contact family to pick up the children immediately after her arrest, but child protective services took them into custody when no one was available.
Child protective services said her children were then placed in the custody of their fathers soon thereafter.
Brown County Prosecutor Zac Corbin told the Enquirer that during the drug trafficking investigation, “the real Ashley Foster and a co-defendent had taken off” and that then, for some unknown reason, an arrest warrant was “filed on the wrong person.”
Corbin said that as soon as the mistake was realized, the charges against Foster were dropped.
Source: NewsMax America
Apr 20, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Mike Tauchman (39) is greeted by right fielder Aaron Judge (99) after hitting a three run home run in the fourth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
April 21, 2019
Aaron Judge homered in the first inning but exited five innings later with a left oblique injury as the New York Yankees rolled to a 9-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.
After hitting a single in the sixth with his team up 6-1, Judge appeared to feel something as he swung and ran gingerly to first base. After trainer Steve Donahue checked him over, Judge exited the game and was replaced by Tyler Wade.
Speaking to reporters after the game, manager Aaron Boone said that Judge was getting an MRI exam. Asked if Judge could avoid a trip to the injured list, Boone replied, “Probably not. No.”
Masahiro Tanaka (2-1) surrendered a homer to Whit Merrifield in the sixth among the four hits he gave up, but rebounded from a sub-par outing Sunday against the Chicago White Sox with seven strong innings. Judge and Clint Frazier homered in the opening two innings off Royals starter Heath Fillmyer (0-1), and Mike Tauchman and DJ LeMahieu hit New York’s first set of back-to-back homers this season in the fourth.
Brewers 5, Dodgers 0
Christian Yelich hit two more home runs — giving him eight in his last six games and a league-best 13 on the season — as host Milwaukee ended a three-game losing streak with a convincing victory over Los Angeles.
Yelich went deep in both the third and sixth innings against Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu (2-1). Ryan Braun also hit a home run for the Brewers, who had lost their last three games against the Dodgers going back to a series at Los Angeles last weekend.
The high-powered Dodgers offense was held to just two hits in the game and just one hit over five innings against Brewers spot starter Chase Anderson (2-0).
Indians 8, Braves 4 (Game 1)
Max Moroff belted a solo homer in the fourth inning and added an RBI single as part of a six-run fifth as host Cleveland doubled-up Atlanta in the opener of their doubleheader.
Carlos Santana had a run-scoring single among his three hits for the Indians, while Moroff, Greg Allen, Tyler Naquin, Leonys Martin and Jason Kipnis each drove in a run in a fifth inning that saw Cleveland send 11 batters to the plate and score all six runs with two outs.
Corey Kluber (2-2) bounced back after giving up six runs in two of his previous three starts, going seven innings and giving up four runs on five hits and two walks while striking out eight. Braves starter Julio Teheran (2-2) gave up five runs in 4 2/3 innings.
Braves 8, Indians 7 (Game 2)
Ronald Acuna Jr. ripped a two-run double to cap a five-run uprising in the ninth inning and Atlanta salvaged a split of the doubleheader and spoiled the season debut of Francisco Lindor.
With the Braves trailing 7-3, Ozzie Albies ripped a two-out, two-run single down the first-base line in the ninth. Adam Cimber (1-1) issued his third walk of the inning before departing in favor of Tyler Olson, who walked Freddie Freeman with the bases loaded to bring Atlanta within one. The late uprising made a winner out of Luke Jackson (2-0), who retired the side in the eighth inning.
Lindor batted in the leadoff position and went 1-for-5 and scored a run — part of the Indians’ five-run spurt in the second inning. The three-time All-Star shortstop was activated prior to the doubleheader after being sidelined since the end of spring training with an ankle injury.
Red Sox 6, Rays 5
Boston’s Andrew Benintendi hit a grand slam and drove in the game-winning run with a ninth-inning sacrifice fly to lead Boston to a win over host Tampa Bay — despite the Rays setting a team record with four triples in the game.
The Rays had runners on first and second with two outs in the bottom half of the ninth, but Boston catcher Christian Vazquez picked off Tommy Pham at first base to end the game.
Reliever Matt Barnes (2-0) earned the win, Ryan Brasier recorded his fifth save and Mookie Betts had two hits for the Red Sox, who won their second straight. Jose Alvarado (0-1) took the loss as the Rays lost their third in a row.
Phillies 8, Rockies 5
Bryce Harper and Andrew McCutchen homered, Phil Gosselin drove in three runs with a double, and Philadelphia topped Colorado in Denver.
Aaron Nola (2-0) struck out nine in 5 2/3 innings for the win, giving up nine hits and walking one while surrendering three runs. Hector Neris got the last five outs for his third save.
Charlie Blackmon homered and fell a double short of the cycle and Raimel Tapia also went deep for the Rockies, who had their five-game winning streak snapped. Antonio Senzatela (1-1) gave up four runs on seven hits in six innings. He struck out three and walked one.
Pirates 3, Giants 1 (5 inn.)
Cole Tucker hit a go-ahead two-run home run in his major league debut as Pittsburgh extended its winning streak to five games with a rain-shortened win over visiting San Francisco. The game was called after a 3-hour, 8-minute delay.
In just his third at-bat in the big leagues, Tucker crushed a 2-2 pitch against Giants left-hander Derek Holland (1-3) onto the grass berm beyond the center field wall. The blast, into a stiff breeze, came in the bottom of the fifth, minutes before the infield was covered because of an arriving rainstorm.
The Giants’ Steven Duggar had tied the game 1-1 in the top of the fifth on an RBI single against Pirates starter Jameson Taillon (1-2). San Francisco lost its fourth consecutive game and fell for the fifth time in its past six contests.
Cardinals 10, Mets 2
Miles Mikolas gave up two runs in eight innings and drove in two runs with a second-inning single to help host St. Louis rout New York.
Mikolas (2-1), who led the National League with 18 wins last season, allowed four hits, struck out four and walked two on 100 pitches. Jose Martinez had three hits and three RBIs, Yadier Molina had two hits and two RBIs, and Paul DeJong had two hits and two runs for the Cardinals in the second game of the three-game series.
Mets right-hander Chris Flexen (0-1) was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse to start in place of Jacob deGrom, who was placed on the 10-day injured list on Friday with elbow discomfort. He had had an easy first inning, but gave up three runs in the second and two more in the third.
Rangers 9, Astros 4
Texas knocked two-time All-Star Gerrit Cole out of the game after 4 1/3 innings and rolled to a win over in-state rival Houston in Arlington, Texas.
The Rangers scored five runs in the first inning as Cole (1-3) gave up nine runs (eight earned) and nine hits, striking out eight and walking three in what he told reporters was, “probably the worst (start) of my career.”
Danny Santana had three hits and Joey Gallo had two — including his eighth home run of the season — for the Rangers, who got four shutout innings from starter Adrian Sampson before he struggled in the fifth and left the game two outs shy of qualifying for his first major league win. Shawn Kelley (3-0) got the final two outs in the fifth and pitched a scoreless sixth to earn the victory.
Diamondbacks 6, Cubs 0
Eduardo Escobar, David Peralta and John Ryan Murphy each homered, and Arizona got a solid outing from starter Zack Greinke to top host Chicago.
Christian Walker added a career-high four hits and scored a run for Arizona, which earned its fifth win in the past six games. Chicago’s four-game winning streak came to an end as Greinke (3-1) pitched six innings to register his first career victory at Wrigley Field. Diamondbacks right-hander Taylor Clarke earned a three-inning save in his major league debut.
Cubs right-hander Yu Darvish (1-3) gave up three runs — including back-to-back solo homers in the first — on five hits in five innings. He walked three and fanned seven.
Marlins 9, Nationals 3
Miami clinched its first series win of the season, beating three-time Cy Young winner Max Scherzer and visiting Washington.
Besides the loss, there was more bad news for Washington as third baseman Anthony Rendon left the game after he was hit on his left elbow by a 95 mph fastball thrown by Marlins starter Jose Urena (1-3). Rendon went 0-for-1, ending the majors’ longest active hit streak at 17 games.
Scherzer (1-3) gave up 11 hits — one short off his career worst — and seven runs, six earned. He struck out nine and walked none.
Twins 6, Orioles 5 (Game 1)
Eddie Rosario hit two home runs for the second consecutive game and Byron Buxton had a two-run double to lead visiting Minnesota past Baltimore in the first game of a doubleheader.
Rosario, who also reached over the fence at the 364-foot sign in left-center field to rob Chris Davis of a leadoff home run in the sixth, became just the third Twins player to have back-to-back multi-homer games, joining Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett (1987) and Don Mincher (1963). His eight home runs are the most by a Minnesota player in the first 17 games of the season, breaking a tie with Tony Oliva, who had seven in 1966.
Jose Berrios (3-1) gave up four runs, including three home runs, on eight hits over six innings to improve to 4-0 all-time against the Orioles. He walked three and struck out five. Reliever Jimmy Yacabonis (1-1) took the loss, giving up three runs on two hits and a hit batter while recording only two outs in the sixth inning.
Twins 16, Orioles 7 (Game 2)
Rosario hit another home run and Minnesota tied a franchise record with eight home runs to complete the doubleheader sweep with an easy win in the nightcap.
Mitch Garver (five RBIs), Nelson Cruz (four hits, four runs scored) and Jonathan Schoop (four RBIs) each hit two home runs, while C.J. Cron also homered. Rosario’s five home runs over three games tied the Twins’ franchise mark for any three-game span — originally set by Harmon Killebrew (Sept. 21-22, 1963) and later tied by Brian Dozier (Sept. 4-6, 2016).
Martin Perez (2-0) picked up the win for the Twins, giving up four runs on six hits and a walk over six innings while striking out two. Alex Cobb (0-1), making his first start since coming off the injured list after a bout of back spasms, tied his career high by allowing nine runs on 10 hits in 2 2/3 innings.
Blue Jays 10, Athletics 1
Rowdy Tellez and Brandon Drury hit back-to-back home runs in a five-run fourth inning as Toronto overcame an injury to starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker to thump host Oakland.
Even though he left after three innings with a knee injury, Shoemaker teamed with Sam Gaviglio (2-0) and Elvis Luciano on a six-hitter for Toronto’s second consecutive win of the series. Mike Fiers (2-2) took the loss for the A’s, who also were beaten 5-1 by the Blue Jays in the opener of the three-game set on Friday night.
The blowout ended with former Blue Jays slugger Kendrys Morales making his second career relief appearance. Facing his old teammates, he gave up one run on a single, two walks, a hit batter and a sacrifice fly in his one inning.
Reds 4, Padres 2
Right-hander Luis Castillo held slumping San Diego to one run on four hits over six innings as visiting Cincinnati won for the third straight time at Petco Park.
The Padres have lost six in a row and five straight at home. They are down to.500 after an 11-5 start to the season.
Castillo (2-1) recorded nine of the Reds’ 14 strikeouts on the night while issuing one walk. Right-hander Raisel Iglesias struck out the side in the ninth to pick up his fourth save. The Reds scored three runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks in five innings against left-handed Padres starter Eric Lauer (2-3).
Mariners 6, Angels 5
Seattle hit four home runs, giving the Mariners 11 in the first three games of the series, and again beat Los Angeles in Anaheim, Calif. The Angels have lost six in a row overall and all five games against Seattle this season.
Mariners center fielder Mitch Haniger homered off Trevor Cahill (1-2) to lead off the game, and Edwin Encarnacion, Domingo Santana and Daniel Vogelbach also homered in the game — giving the team 53 thus far. Seattle has homered in all but one of 24 games this season.
The Angels’ offense, however, kept them in the game, getting 10 hits against Mariners starter Yusei Kikuchi (1-1), who went five innings and allowed four runs to get the victory. Albert Pujols hit an RBI double and solo home run as he tied and then passed Babe Ruth on the career RBIs list. Pujols is now fifth in MLB history with 1,993. Next up is Lou Gehrig at No. 4 with 1,995.
White Sox at Tigers, ppd.
Chicago’s scheduled game at Detroit was rained out and will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Aug. 6.
–Field Level Media
Mar 13, 2019; Norman, OK, USA; Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray participates in positional workouts during pro day at the Everest Indoor Training Center at the University of Oklahoma. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
April 20, 2019
Unlike the 2018 NFL Draft, when the Cleveland Browns kept us guessing until practically draft night, the first overall pick seems to have been preordained for months.
There remain whispers about whether ownership is on board, and as long as the Arizona Cardinals still have Josh Rosen on their roster, we can’t be absolutely certain first-year coach Kliff Kingsbury will draft his former high school recruit, Kyler Murray, with the top pick.
But for now, there’s no reason to expect a late surprise – on that would set off an entirely different chain of events. Even with Murray penciled in at No. 1, it’s anybody’s guess where the other top quarterbacks wind up.
1. Arizona Cardinals: QB Kyler Murray, Oklahoma
The importance of Murray’s mobility in Kingsbury’s offense is overstated, but if you’re going to hire an offensive coach, why not let him pick his quarterback?
2. San Francisco 49ers: DE Nick Bosa, Ohio State
Acquiring Dee Ford won’t change the 49ers’ approach here — Bosa is a perfect complement, as a bigger, powerful end who can win outside and inside as a rusher while also stopping the run.
3. New York Jets: DT Ed Oliver, Houston
The Jets desperately wish to trade down, and most have Quinnen Williams or Josh Allen here if they stay, but don’t rule out roll the dice on Oliver’s unique athleticism.
4. Oakland Raiders: DT Quinnen Williams, Alabama
Josh Allen or Devin White could be in play here, but Williams is the best player on the board. A potential shocker cannot be ruled out: Drew Lock.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: LB Devin White, LSU
With Josh Allen still available, this is tricky. While the Bucs need more edge rush, Todd Bowles’ scheme creates pressure via blitzes, and White is a classic modern-day linebacker who can blitz, cover and play the run.
6. New York Giants: OLB Josh Allen, Kentucky
Dave Gettleman is never shy about taking the best player available, glaring hole at quarterback be damned.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars: OT Jawaan Taylor, Florida
T.J. Hockenson would be an option, but Taylor makes too much sense. He fills the Jags’ hole at right tackle perfectly, as a mauler who excels in a power run game.
8. Detroit Lions: TE T.J. Hockenson, Iowa
Rashan Gary or Montez Sweat could make sense, but Matt Patricia’s defense doesn’t prioritize edge rushers. Instead, the Lions grab a two-way tight end after nearly trading for Rob Gronkowski last year.
9. Buffalo Bills: DE Rashan Gary, Michigan
The Bills addressed a bunch of spots in free agency so they could take the top player on their board. They might hope Hockenson is still there, but with him gone, they grab one of the draft’s best athletes.
10. Denver Broncos: QB Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State
Many believe the Broncos are targeting a second- or third-tier quarterback to develop behind Joe Flacco. Would Haskins slipping to No. 10 change their mind?
11. Cincinnati Bengals: QB Drew Lock, Missouri
This would be bold for a notably conservative organization, but if Zac Taylor wants to pick his QB, it’s hard to argue against him. Devin Bush would be in play if it’s not a QB.
12. Green Bay Packers: OL Jonah Williams, Alabama
The Packers added Billy Turner in free agency, but Williams could be an upgrade at left guard over Lane Taylor while serving as insurance and the successor to oft-injured right tackle Bryan Bulaga.
13. Miami Dolphins: OT Andre Dillard, Washington State
Miami let Ja’Wuan James walk and hasn’t replaced him, so Dillard (or Williams or Cody Ford) could fill the hole at right tackle. Clelin Ferrell would also be a perfect fit in Brian Flores’ defense.
14. Atlanta Falcons: DT Christian Wilkins, Clemson
Wilkins would slot in next to fellow Clemson product Grady Jarrett inside as a disruptive penetrator with terrific character.
15. Washington Redskins: DE Montez Sweat, Mississippi State
With some concerned about his heart issue, Sweat slides a tad, and Washington nabs a dynamic rusher opposite Ryan Kerrigan.
16. Carolina Panthers: DE Brian Burns, Florida State
Julius Peppers is finally retired, and Bruce Irvin isn’t the answer. Burns can threaten early as a situational rusher while adding power to be a full-time starter down the line.
17. New York Giants (from Cleveland): QB Daniel Jones, Duke
If the Giants don’t love any of the top quarterbacks but — as believed — like Jones, it would be sensible to wait and see if he reaches No. 17.
18. Minnesota Vikings: OL Chris Lindstrom, Boston College
The Vikings might prefer a left tackle — which would bump Riley Reiff to left guard — but with Williams and Dillard gone, they take perhaps the draft’s best interior lineman.
19. Tennessee Titans: WR Marquise Brown, Oklahoma
The Titans’ offense needs an injection of speed, and nobody in this draft has more of it than Brown. Lindstrom would also be in consideration if available.
20. Pittsburgh Steelers: LB Devin Bush, Michigan
Bush could land closer to the top 10, but if he slips this far, Pittsburgh should pounce. The Steelers have needed speed at inside linebacker since Ryan Shazier’s injury.
21. Seattle Seahawks: DE Clelin Ferrell, Clemson
The Seahawks likely hope to trade down, as is their norm in Round 1, but more help on the edge makes sense with Frank Clark’s future unclear.
22. Baltimore Ravens: C Erik McCoy, Texas A&M
A solid, scheme-versatile pivot, McCoy might fit the Ravens better than Garrett Bradbury, who played in a predominant outside-zone scheme at NC State.
23. Houston Texans: CB Byron Murphy, Washington
With Taylor, Dillard and Williams gone, Houston opts to wait on offensive tackle and reinforce a weakened secondary instead.
24. Oakland Raiders (from Chicago): TE Noah Fant, Iowa
While the Raiders need more reinforcements on defense, Jared Cook’s departure leaves the team with no receiving threat at tight end. Jon Gruden can’t help himself.
25. Philadelphia Eagles: C Garrett Bradbury, NC State
If Bradbury reaches 25, I love this pick. He would provide insurance for Brandon Brooks (torn Achilles) at right guard and eventually take over at the pivot when Jason Kelce retires.
26. Indianapolis Colts: WR D.K. Metcalf, Mississippi
Metcalf has a wide range of possible landing spots, but his combination of size and speed would make sense for Indy if he gets this far.
27. Oakland Raiders (from Dallas): CB DeAndre Baker, Georgia
I could see Gruden gambling on Jeffery Simmons, but since the Raiders already nabbed a defensive tackle in Quinnen Williams, they opt for a cornerback here.
28. Los Angeles Chargers: DT Dexter Lawrence, Clemson
The Chargers re-signed Brandon Mebane, but he’s 34 and got only a two-year deal. Lawrence would immediately fortify the run defense, with pocket-pushing potential down the line.
29. Kansas City Chiefs: CB Greedy Williams, LSU
Don’t be shocked if they pick a wideout, but with the value not lining up here, the Chiefs add much-needed help to the secondary.
30. Green Bay Packers (from New Orleans): DB Darnell Savage, Maryland
A late riser, Savage can play all over the place — single-high, two-deep, in the box or over the slot — making him a perfect fit in Mike Pettine’s scheme.
31. Los Angeles Rams: OL Cody Ford, Oklahoma
L.A. lost interior linemen Rodger Saffold and John Sullivan and has yet to replace them. Ford would compete at left guard, perhaps starting from Day 1.
32. New England Patriots: TE Irv Smith Jr., Alabama
Smith is a better blocker on the move than inline, so the offense would require some adaptation, but he’s a dangerous receiver who thrives after the catch, which is critical in Josh McDaniels’ horizontal passing game.
–David DeChant, Field Level Media
Apr 19, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Enrique Hernandez (14) follows through on a swing for a three-run home run during the eighth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
April 20, 2019
Enrique Hernandez hit a three-run home run with two outs in the eighth inning and the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers extended their winning streak to six games with a 5-3 victory Friday over the Milwaukee Brewers.
Hernandez connected on an 0-2 pitch against Brewers All-Star closer Josh Hader (0-1) to break a 2-2 tie and score A.J. Pollock and David Freese, both of whom walked. It was Hernandez’s fifth home run of the season.
Christian Yelich hit a home run for the second consecutive game and for the sixth time in five games as the Brewers lost their third consecutive game overall and their third consecutive against the Dodgers since Sunday. Milwaukee’s Eric Thames hit his third home run in the eighth.
Pedro Baez (1-1) recorded two outs in the seventh inning to pick up the victory. Kenley Jansen pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his seventh save and his third in three days.
Yankees 6, Royals 2
CC Sabathia allowed an unearned run in five innings and Brett Gardner hit a two-run homer as New York beat Kansas City at Yankee Stadium.
After throwing 62 pitches in his return from cardiac surgery and a knee injury in his season debut Saturday against the Chicago White Sox, Sabathia (1-0) was stretched out further this time and delivered an 86-pitch outing. He worked around four walks and held the Royals to three hits while getting five strikeouts for his 247th career win.
Gardner provided the Yankees with a 2-1 lead when he blasted 2-0 fastball from Kansas City starter Jakob Junis (1-2) over the right-center field fence in the third. Mike Tauchman also homered in the fifth as the Yankees won for the third time in four games despite committing three errors.
Rockies 4, Phillies 3 (12 innings)
Charlie Blackmon hit a two-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the 12th inning as Colorado rallied to beat Philadelphia in Denver.
Bryce Harper had five hits and Rhys Hoskins and Maikel Franco had three hits apiece for the Phillies, who saw two players leave with injuries — Andrew McCutchen was hurt on a swing in the second inning and shortstop Scott Kingery suffered a right hamstring injury running to first in his third at-bat.
The Phillies took a 3-2 lead on Harper’s RBI double in the top of the 12th off Chad Bettis (1-2) but Colorado came back against Juan Nicasio (0-1). Tony Wolters drew a one-out walk and after Raimel Tapia popped out, Blackmon hit a 1-2 fastball into the Philadelphia bullpen to end it.
Astros 7, Rangers 2
Justin Verlander worked seven strong innings and was backed by an offense that produced seven extra-base hits as Houston claimed the opener of its three-game series with Texas at Globe Life Park in Arlington.
Verlander (3-0) gave up his first hit with two outs in the fourth inning and carried a shutout into the sixth. He surrendered a leadoff home run to Rangers second baseman Danny Santana in that frame but recovered to complete his outing with flair, getting three successive called strikes against Texas center fielder Delino DeShields.
The Astros got off to a rousing start against Rangers left-hander Drew Smyly (0-2), with George Springer (double), Jose Altuve (home run) and Alex Bregman (home run) reaching in succession to open the game. When Altuve added an RBI single in the second, Houston led 4-0 and cruised from there.
Cubs 5, Diamondbacks 1
Kyle Hendricks pitched seven scoreless innings and struck out 11 as Chicago snapped visiting Arizona’s four-game winning streak on a cold, blustery Friday afternoon.
Hendricks (1-3) gave up three hits and walked two. Steve Cishek pitched the eighth to run the Cubs’ scoreless innings streak to 31 before the Diamondbacks rallied off Brad Brach in the ninth.
Arizona starter Merrill Kelly (1-2) worked around two walks in a 33-pitch first inning and was almost out of a no-out, bases-loaded jam in the second when Kris Bryant hit what normally would have been a lazy fly behind second base. But the wind took over and second baseman Wilmer Flores stumbled while chasing the ball, which fell into shallow right field for a two-run double.
Pirates 4, Giants 1
Right-hander Jordan Lyles pitched six four-hit, scoreless innings before leaving because of a hand injury, and Pittsburgh earned a fourth consecutive win, beating visiting San Francisco.
Lyles (2-0), Pittsburgh’s fifth starter and part of a rotation that led the National League entering the night with a collective 2.09 ERA, struck out six and walked one. He lowered his ERA to 0.53. Lyles left after an inning-ending double-play comebacker by Joe Panik in the sixth grazed his pitching hand as he instinctively ducked and raised his hands. He was being evaluated for a contusion. The Pirates also lost center fielder Starling Marte and shortstop Erik Gonzalez when they collided while chasing a fly ball in the eighth.
Giants starter Madison Bumgarner (1-3) gave up four first-inning runs before settling down to go another five innings. He allowed six hits and one walk while striking out seven.
Marlins 3, Nationals 2
Miami ended its 24-inning scoreless streak early in the game and went on to defeat Washington at Marlins Park, ending a four-game losing streak and winning for just the third time in its last 16 contests.
Left-hander Caleb Smith (2-0) earned the victory, giving up one run on five hits without walking a batter while striking out eight in six innings. He has 29 strikeouts in 23 innings this year.
Washington’s Anibal Sanchez — who made his major league debut with the Marlins in 2006 and had a no-hitter in six-plus seasons with the franchise — took the loss to fall to 0-2. He allowed five hits, four walks and three runs in 5 1/3 innings. He also struck out six.
Mets 5, Cardinals 4
Wilson Ramos and J.D. Davis had back-to-back RBI hits in the first inning for visiting New York, which never trailed but needed to survive a late comeback by St. Louis to end a two-game losing streak. The Cardinals have lost three of four.
St. Louis starter Adam Wainwright (1-2) retired the first two batters of the game before giving up a double to Robinson Cano, who had a season-high three hits. Michael Conforto walked, after which Ramos singled home Cano before Davis doubled to score Conforto.
Seth Lugo (1-0), the first of five Mets relievers, earned the win despite allowing two runs in two innings. Edwin Diaz allowed a pair of baserunners before retiring Molina on a lineout to close out his seventh save. The two runs Lugo gave up came off the bat of pinch hitter Lane Thomas, who hit a two-run homer in his first big league plate appearance.
Reds 3, Padres 2 (11 innings)
Derek Dietrich hit a two-run homer off Craig Stammen with one out in the 11th inning to lead Cincinnati past host San Diego and hand the Padres their fifth straight loss after an 11-5 start to the season. The Reds scored a second straight win following four consecutive defeats.
Right-handed reliever Jared Hughes (2-0) pitched one scoreless inning for the win, and Michael Lorenzen recorded his first save. Stammen (2-1) took the loss after yielding two runs (one earned) in two innings.
Dietrich’s homer followed a pitching duel between starters Anthony DeSclafani of Cincinnati and Matt Strahm of San Diego, each of whom gave up a solo home run and only two hits.
Red Sox 6, Rays 4
Mookie Betts and Mitch Moreland hit back-to-back home runs to break an eighth-inning tie as Boston beat Tampa Bay in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Betts, critical of himself earlier this week for his poor play to begin the season, went deep to dead center to lead off the eighth for a 5-4 lead, and Moreland followed with a blast to right-center as Boston snapped a three-game losing streak, with Brandon Workman (1-1) getting the win in relief.
The Rays lost for just the third time in their past 11 games. Diego Castillo (0-2), who served up both eighth-inning homers to the only two batters he faced, took the loss.
White Sox 7, Tigers 3
Yoan Moncada homered, scored twice and drove in two runs, Carlos Rodon pitched six strong innings, and Chicago topped host Detroit.
Moncada hit his sixth homer this season, a solo shot in the first inning. Leury Garcia and Jose Abreu also drove in two runs apiece, while Ryan Cordell scored twice. Rodon (3-2) held the Tigers to one run on three hits, walking three and striking struck out six.
Tigers starter Jordan Zimmermann (0-3) allowed five runs on six hits in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out four and walked four against the White Sox, who were without shortstop Tim Anderson and manager Rick Renteria as they served one-game league suspensions for their conduct during a benches-clearing incident against Kansas City on Wednesday.
Mariners 5, Angels 3
Tim Beckham and Omar Narvaez hit back-to-back solo homers in the ninth inning to lift Seattle over host Los Angeles for the second straight night.
As they did on Thursday, the Mariners broke a tie in the ninth off Angels reliever Cody Allen (0-2) and spoiled a late-game comeback by Los Angeles. The Angels rallied from a 10-2 deficit in the seventh inning of the series opener on Thursday, tied the score in the eighth, but lost 11-10.
Mike Trout hit a two-run homer off Mariners starter Marco Gonzales in the eighth on Friday to tie the score at 3-3, ending Gonzales’ bid to become the first 5-0 pitcher in the majors. Zac Rosscup (2-0) got the final two outs of the eighth, and Roenis Elias pitched the ninth for his fourth save.
Blue Jays 5, A’s 1
Danny Jansen highlighted a four-run second inning with a two-RBI double and right-hander Marcus Stroman pitched into the ninth for his first win of the season as Toronto rolled over host Oakland in the opener of a three-game series.
Brandon Drury took A’s starter Aaron Brooks (2-2) deep for his first home run of the season, helping Toronto win for the fourth time in five games on their seven-game trip. Stroman (1-3), who had watched the Blue Jays score a total of six runs in his first four starts, got an early boost from the four-run second.
Stroman was dominant in his eight-plus innings, allowing one run and six hits. He walked two and struck out six.
Twins at Orioles, ppd.
Minnesota’s scheduled game at Baltimore was rained out. The contest will be made up as part of a doubleheader Saturday.
Braves at Indians, ppd.
Atlanta’s scheduled game at Cleveland was rained out. The contest will be made up as part of a doubleheader Saturday.
–Field Level Media
Apr 17, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics third baseman Matt Chapman (26) rounds the bases on a solo home run against the Houston Astros during the sixth inning at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
April 18, 2019
Matt Chapman broke a sixth-inning tie with a home run Wednesday night, helping the host Oakland Athletics snap the Houston Astros’ 10-game winning streak with a 2-1 victory.
Frankie Montas (3-1) gave up one run and three hits in 6 1/3 innings, and the Oakland bullpen got the final eight outs as the A’s beat the Astros for the first time in five tries this season to split the two-game series.
Wade Miley (1-2), who took a 5-1 career record against the A’s to the mound, was the hard-luck loser, allowing two runs on just four hits in six innings.
Indians 1, Mariners 0
Carlos Carrasco pitched seven scoreless innings as Cleveland completed a three-game sweep of host Seattle. Jake Bauers hit a solo homer to account for the game’s lone run.
Carrasco (2-2), who allowed six runs in two of his first three starts of the season and entered the game with a 12.60 ERA, showed the form that helped him win 35 games over the past two seasons with the Indians.
Carrasco allowed only three hits, walked two and struck out 12.
Dodgers 3, Reds 2
A.J. Pollock interrupted a pitchers’ duel with a three-run home run, and Los Angeles finished off a three-game series sweep with a victory over visiting Cincinnati.
With Reds starter Sonny Gray locked in a scoreless showdown with Dodgers starter Walker Buehler, Pollock came through in the sixth inning as Los Angeles tied the major league record for consecutive games with a home run at home.
The Dodgers have hit at least one home run in 32 consecutive games going back to last season, matching the mark set by the Colorado Rockies in 1999.
Phillies 3, Mets 2
Jake Arrieta pitched eight-plus solid innings, Scott Kingery and Cesar Hernandez each homered, and host Philadelphia defeated New York.
J.T. Realmuto had two hits for the Phillies, who played without shortstop Jean Segura due to a strained left hamstring.
Arrieta (3-1) allowed six hits and two runs and induced the Mets into 12 ground-ball outs. He walked two and struck out three. Hector Neris earned the shaky save despite allowing an RBI single and hitting Wilson Ramos. Neris struck out Keon Broxton swinging on a 3-2 count with the bases loaded in the ninth.
Cardinals 6, Brewers 3
Paul DeJong matched his career high with four hits, and visiting St. Louis avoided a three-game sweep with a win against Milwaukee.
Michael Wacha (1-0) improved to 6-0 in his career against the Brewers, allowing two runs and five hits in six innings, striking out seven and walking one.
Marcell Ozuna hit his fifth home run in the past four games. Matt Carpenter also homered, while Kolten Wong had three hits and Matt Wieters had two hits and two RBIs for the Cardinals.
Diamondbacks 3, Braves 2 (10 innings)
Adam Jones walked with the bases loaded and Arizona exploited the struggling Atlanta bullpen for the second straight night. The winning rally came against Jesse Biddle (0-1), whose throwing error allowed Tim Locastro to reach second base with one out. Biddle walked Jarrod Dyson, coaxed Eduardo Escobar into a lineout and then walked David Peralta.
Greg Holland pitched a scoreless 10th inning, striking out two, to earn his fourth save and extend his scoreless streak to 11 innings. Archie Bradley (1-1) pitched two scoreless innings and earned the win.
Brewers starter Corbin Burnes (0-2) had allowed three home runs in each of his first three starts this season and gave up two more before leaving after 3 1/3 innings. He yielded five runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out three.
Yankees 5, Red Sox 3
Brett Gardner hit a grand slam off Ryan Brasier with one out in the seventh inning, and New York rallied past Boston to complete a two-game sweep at Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees loaded the bases on two walks and a single by Clint Frazier against Brandon Workman (0-1).
It was Gardner’s 100th career homer and fourth career grand slam. It was his first grand slam since June 30, 2017, in Houston off James Hoyt.
Cubs 6, Marlins 0
Cole Hamels pitched seven scoreless innings to lead Chicago to a shutout win at Miami.
All six Cubs runs scored on two-out, opposite-field hits as Chicago completed a three-game sweep. Daniel Descalso went 2-for-3 with three RBIs, and Javier Baez went 2-for-4 and homered for the second straight game.
Hamels (3-0) allowed just three hits — all singles — and no walks, striking out eight and lowering his ERA to 2.77. He got 11 groundouts.
Nationals 9, Giants 6
Juan Soto and Howie Kendrick hit homers in the first inning, and Matt Adams and Kurt Suzuki went deep in the seventh as Washington held on to beat visiting San Francisco.
Adams hit a three-run homer off Travis Bergen to give his team a 7-2 lead in the seventh. Two batters later, Suzuki went deep with a two-run shot.
The Giants erupted for four runs in the ninth as Gerardo Parra and Steven Duggar hit two-run homers to make it 9-6 off reliever Austen Williams with no outs. That brought on Kyle Barraclough, who retired the only batter he faced before closer Sean Doolittle got the final two outs after allowing a double to Buster Posey and a walk to Brandon Belt.
Pirates 3, Tigers 2 (10 innings)
Colin Moran knocked in the go-ahead run in the 10th, and Pittsburgh edged host Detroit for the second consecutive night.
Josh Bell was the only other Pirate to record an RBI. Nick Burdi (2-1) pitched an inning of scoreless relief to notch the victory. Felipe Vazquez got the last three outs to pick up his fifth save.
Pirates starter Trevor Williams allowed two runs on six hits and a walk while striking out five in six innings. Detroit’s Spencer Turnbull only gave up an unearned run in six innings while limiting Pittsburgh to two hits and two walks. He fanned five. Ronny Rodriguez and John Hicks drove in the runs for the Tigers, who have dropped five straight.
Rays 8, Orioles 1
Brandon Lowe, Ji-Man Choi and Yandy Diaz each homered as Tampa Bay defeated visiting Baltimore.
The Rays have taken the first two games of this series and have belted four homers so far. Lowe’s homer was the big one in this contest, a three-run shot off Baltimore starter David Hess, and it gave the Rays a 3-0 lead in the first inning.
Five Tampa Bay players finished with at least two hits as the Rays banged out 13 overall, nine for extra bases.
Rangers 5, Angels 4
Shin-Soo Choo had two hits, including a two-run triple in the decisive fifth inning to lead Texas past visiting Los Angeles. Choo, who raised his batting average to .345, was instrumental in Texas sweeping the three-game series.
Rangers starter Lance Lynn (2-1) worked out of trouble early and minimized damage before exiting with two outs in the sixth inning. Lynn allowed just two runs on seven hits and three walks. He struck out two.
Rangers closer Jose Leclerc notched his fifth save, although he made it adventurous. Entering with a 5-3 lead, he loaded the bases with no outs on a David Fletcher double, a walk to Kole Calhoun and a Mike Trout hit-by-pitch. Leclerc dodged disaster, allowing only a fielder’s choice RBI to Andrelton Simmons between striking out Justin Bour looking and Brian Goodwin swinging.
Royals 4, White Sox 3 (10 innings)
Hunter Dozier homered to lead off the 10th inning, and visiting Kansas City posted a victory over Chicago in a game that featured a benches-clearing melee.
After his RBI single in the seventh gave Kansas City a 3-2 lead, Dozier launched a 2-0 inside fastball from Nate Jones (0-1) over the wall in left field for his fifth homer of the season.
Chicago’s Tim Anderson punctuated his two-run homer off Kansas City starter Brad Keller in the fourth inning by emphatically tossing his bat. Keller drilled Anderson in the backside on the first pitch to lead off the sixth inning, resulting in both benches and bullpens rushing the field. Keller, Anderson, White Sox manager Rick Renteria and Royals bench coach Dale Sveum were ejected
Twins 4, Blue Jays 1
Nelson Cruz went 2-for-3 with a walk and two RBIs, and Jake Odorizzi allowed just one run over 5 2/3 innings as Minnesota beat Toronto in Minneapolis.
Odorizzi (1-2) allowed six hits and one walk while striking out six. Blake Parker retired all three batters he faced in the ninth, including two by strikeouts, to pick up his fourth save.
Jorge Polanco went 2-for-3 with a walk and scored two runs, raising his average to .429, and Marwin Gonzalez also went 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI for the Twins. Freddy Galvis went 2-for-4 with a run for Toronto.
–Field Level Media
Apr 16, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Dillon Peters (52) reacts to giving up a two run home run to Texas Rangers center fielder Joey Gallo (13) during the sixth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
April 17, 2019
James Paxton struck out 12 and pitched eight dominant innings of two-hit ball to outpitch Chris Sale, and the host New York Yankees rolled to an 8-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night.
Paxton (2-2) delivered his best showing as a Yankee by thriving in the first meeting between the rivals since the Red Sox won Games 3 and 4 of the American League Division Series last October.
Clint Frazier, Mike Tauchman and Gleyber Torres homered for the Yankees, who scored their most runs in a home game this season. Frazier hit a solo homer off Sale (0-4) to start the fourth after the Yankees built a 2-0 lead on RBI singles by DJ LeMahieu and Luke Voit in the third.
Tauchman had an RBI double off Sale in the fourth and then slugged a three-run homer off Erasmo Ramirez in the sixth. After Tauchman’s first career homer, Torres made it 8-0 by opening the seventh with his fourth homer of the season.
Pirates 5, Tigers 3 (10 innings)
Starling Marte hit a two-out, two-run homer in the 10th and Pittsburgh topped host Detroit. Marte’s homer was his second this season and Jung Ho Kang also hit his second homer, a two-run shot in the fourth.
Pinch hitter Jason Martin led off the 10th with a single. Reliever Shane Greene retired the next two batters before Marte jumped on a slider and launched it over the left-center wall. Greene (0-1) hadn’t allowed a run this season before Marte’s long ball.
Keone Kela (1-0) picked up the win despite giving up a ninth-inning run. Nick Kingham recorded his first save by getting the last three outs.
Phillies 14, Mets 3
Scott Kingery and J.T. Realmuto each had three hits and five RBIs as host Philadelphia built a 10-run lead in the first inning and cruised over New York as Mets starter Steven Matz (1-1) faced the first eight batters without recording an out and was lifted for Drew Gagnon.
Kingery hit a three-run home run and set a career high for RBIs. He entered the night with no RBIs through 17 at-bats this year. Realmuto added a solo homer, and Maikel Franco also had a three-run homer.
Phillies starter Nick Pivetta (2-1) tossed five innings and gave up seven hits and three runs. Jerad Eickhoff picked up a rare four-inning save, allowing no runs on three hits.
Astros 9, Athletics 1
George Springer hit the sixth pitch of the game for a home run, Alex Bregman belted a grand slam, and Collin McHugh threw six shutout innings, sending visiting Houston past Oakland for a 10th straight win.
Josh Reddick also homered among three hits against his former team, helping the Astros win for the fourth straight time on their eight-game trip.
Houston made it 4-0 when Springer drew a bases-loaded walk with one out. Marco Estrada (0-2) was pulled at that point, and reliever Liam Hendriks struck out Jose Altuve to get within one out of escaping the jam. However, Bregman followed with his second career grand slam, increasing the Houston lead to 8-0.
Diamondbacks 9, Braves 6
Christian Walker had three hits, including the go-ahead homer in the ninth inning, to help visiting Arizona beat Atlanta as Walker was 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs.
Walker, playing first base while Jake Lamb is out with a strained left calf, led off the ninth with a long, majestic homer, his fifth. It came against Atlanta reliever A.J. Minter (0-2) and put Arizona ahead to stay.
Adam Jones followed by doubling in two insurance runs against Jacob Webb, who was making his major league debut for the Braves. Yoshihisa Hirano (1-1), who worked 1 1/3 scoreless innings, was the winner. Greg Holland got the save, his third.
Dodgers 6, Reds 1
Joc Pederson homered for the third game in a row, and Alex Verdugo drove in three runs as Los Angeles continued to get back to its winning ways with a victory over visiting Cincinnati.
Pederson’s second-inning home run came one night after he crushed the first game-ending home run of his career in a victory over the Reds. The Dodgers extended their winning streak to three games following a six-game losing streak.
Joey Votto, in his second career game in the leadoff spot, had an RBI double as the Reds lost for the third time in their first four games of a nine-game trip that included two “home” games in Monterrey, Mexico. Yasiel Puig was 0-for-4 and Matt Kemp was 1-for-4 a day after the former Dodgers each had two hits.
Cubs 4, Marlins 0
Jose Quintana pitched seven scoreless innings, and Javier Baez blasted an opposite-field, 439-foot home run as Chicago defeated host Miami as Quintana (2-1) allowed six hits and no walks, striking out seven and extending his scoreless streak to 14 innings.
Against Miami, Quintana threw first-pitch strikes to 21 of 27 batters. He retired nine straight hitters from the first to the fourth innings, and he had an 8-6 groundball-to-fly-out ratio. He also picked up 15 swing-and-miss strikes.
Baez, who is hitting .314, went 3-for-4, including two singles and his fifth homer of the season. Miami starter Pablo Lopez (1-3) lost his third straight start, allowing five hits, one walk and two runs in five innings. He struck out six.
Blue Jays 6, Twins 5
Teoscar Hernandez broke a tie with a two-out, bases-loaded single in the seventh inning and then combined to throw out the potential game-tying run for the final out of the game as Toronto held on in Minneapolis.
It was the second straight game in which Hernandez had the game-winning hit for the Blue Jays, as he belted a three-run home run in the eighth inning on Monday night to rally Toronto to a 5-3 victory.
Aaron Sanchez (2-1) pitched six innings for the win, allowing four runs on four hits and four walks while striking out five. Ken Giles picked up his fifth save despite allowing a run in the ninth.
Rays 4, Orioles 2
Avisail Garcia hit a two-run homer that gave Tampa Bay the lead for good and finished with three RBIs as they defeated visiting Baltimore, winning for the seventh time in eight games while the Orioles lost for the sixth time in eight games.
Garcia’s homer came off Baltimore starter Dylan Bundy (0-2) in the fourth inning as Tampa Bay rallied from an early 2-0 deficit. He added an RBI single in the eighth inning.
Tampa Bay right-hander Tyler Glasnow (4-0) struggled over the first three innings, giving up two runs, but then settled down and didn’t yield another run in his seven-inning stint.
Indians 4, Mariners 2
Shane Bieber pitched six strong innings as Cleveland defeated host Seattle, sending the Mariners to their fifth consecutive loss.
Indians leadoff hitter Leonys Martin, a former Mariner, went 3-for-5 with a run-scoring double.
Seattle right-hander Mike Leake (2-1) had a quality start but couldn’t quite match Bieber. Leake allowed two runs on eight hits in six innings. Bieber (2-0) allowed one run on four hits, with three walks and five strikeouts.
Giants 7, Nationals 3
Evan Longoria, Steven Duggar and Brandon Belt hit homers off Stephen Strasburg as light-hitting San Francisco beat host Washington. Nationals manager Dave Martinez was ejected in the fifth for arguing with home plate umpire Tony Randazzo after several of his players took called third strikes.
The Giants entered the game last in the National League with a team batting average of .199 and they now have 13 homers. Longoria and Duggar homered in the fifth for a 3-1 lead and Belt hit a solo shot in the sixth to make it 4-1.
Gerardo Parra had an RBI double in the seventh and some sloppy fielding by the Nationals led to a run-scoring infield single by Joe Panik for a 6-1 advantage in the seventh. The Giants took a 7-3 lead in the eighth on an RBI single by Kevin Pillar off struggling reliever Trevor Rosenthal.
White Sox 5, Royals 1
Yoan Moncada homered twice, and Reynaldo Lopez pitched six effective innings for his first win of the season as host Chicago stopped Kansas City.
Lopez (1-2), who entered the game with a 12.15 ERA, permitted five hits and a run in his 104-pitch stint. He issued two walks and struck out five. Four relievers obtained the final nine outs as Chicago won for the fourth time in five games and clinched a victory in the three-game series that concludes Wednesday.
Jorge Lopez (0-2) fanned 10 and walked two over six innings for Kansas City, but he couldn’t keep the ball in the yard, allowing three homers among his eight hits. Lopez was touched for four runs.
Rangers 5, Angels 0
Joey Gallo and Asdrubal Cabrera provided the power and right-hander Mike Minor (2-1) threw a three-hit shutout as Texas shut down Los Angeles in Arlington, Texas.
Gallo welcomed Angels reliever Dillon Peters in the sixth inning by crushing his second pitch, a low fastball right in Gallo’s sweet spot, 439 feet into the right-field bleachers for a five-run cushion.
In the fourth, Gallo helped to spoil the first start for Angels right-hander Jaime Barria (1-1), who was promoted to the big leagues Monday. Barria got two quick outs to start the inning and had Gallo down in the count, 1-2. But Gallo held off on three straight sliders to work a walk and set up Cabrera. He sent a deep fly to right that Kole Calhoun nearly snagged at the wall, but the ball bounced off his glove and out for Cabrera’s sixth home run and a 3-0 Texas lead.
Rockies 8, Padres 2
Nolan Arenado homered in a third straight game, and Jon Gray continued his mastery of San Diego as visiting Colorado completed a two-game series sweep.
Arenado’s two-run homer in the first, which followed a single by Garrett Hampson, produced the first runs scored by the Rockies in the first inning this season. Colorado would score five runs in the first three innings against Padres left-handed rookie Nick Margevicius (1-2).
Meanwhile, Gray (1-3) didn’t allow a hit until Wil Myers led off the bottom of the fifth with his second homer in as many nights and his fifth of the season.
Brewers 8, Cardinals 4
Brandon Woodruff threw 5 2/3 innings and doubled home two runs for Milwaukee against visiting St. Louis as Woodruff (2-1) allowed two runs and seven hits while striking out six and walking two.
He also improved to 5-for-7 at the plate this season, and the Milwaukee pitching staff is 12-for-31 overall.
Christian Yelich also continued to make big contributions for Milwaukee, especially against the Cardinals. Yelich went 2-for-5 with a three-run homer, improving to 11-for-21 in six games against St. Louis this season with eight home runs and 18 RBIs.
–Field Level Media