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SAN DIEGO – Manuel Margot hit a three-run home run one batter after a crucial Houston error and made a spectacular catch in right field in his former home ballpark, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Astros 4-2 Monday to take a 2-0 lead in the AL Championship Series.
SAN DIEGO – After the Houston Astros bashed the ball all over Dodger Stadium for the past week, they found it a whole lot harder to slug when they moved a couple of hours down the coast for the AL Championship Series.
Managed by universally acclaimed good guy Dusty Baker, the Houston Astros remain villains in many people’s eyes for their sign-stealing scandal three years ago.
CINCINNATI – With an eerily quiet and empty stadium plaza behind him, the tour guide tried to help people picture what they would have seen there more than 160 years earlier.
Mike Brosseau homered off Aroldis Chapman with one out in the eighth inning and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the New York Yankees 2-1 Friday night to reach the AL Championship Series for the first time in 12 seasons.
During an era when the Yankees won the World Series so routinely it was joked that rooting for them was like rooting for General Motors, their ace pitcher owned the most fitting nickname: “The Chairman of the Board.”
The University of Washington baseball program must vacate all wins from its 2018 College World Series season after the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions ruled that UW provided impermissible recruiting benefits to players’ parents.
Ramón Laureano sensed his teammates' energy dragging. They were down three runs with time running out to save their season.
MIAMI – Their T-shirts say Bottom Feeders, even though the Miami Marlins are showing they’re a different kind of fish in 2020 – the sort that rises to make a splash.
Hall of Famer Bob Gibson, the dominating St. Louis Cardinals pitcher who won seven consecutive World Series starts and set a modern standard for excellence when he finished the 1968 season with an earned run average of 1.12, has died.
LOS ANGELES – Lou Johnson, the Dodgers outfielder who hit a home run in Game 7 of the 1965 World Series and overcame a drug addiction before spending nearly four decades in the team’s community relations department, died Thursday night, the club announced Friday. He was 86.
SEATTLE – Given the difficulties of trying to finish the shortened 2020 regular season and all the restrictions required, then factoring in the lack of a coronavirus vaccine and the inability to institute universal rapid testing, it’s illogical to assume the 2021 baseball season will return to normal.
SEATTLE – Sometime around the midpoint of the truncated 60-game season, Scott Servais noticed an obvious shift in the Seattle Mariners clubhouse.
Christian Yelich and the Milwaukee Brewers got off to a ragged start this year. They never got above .500. And they dropped their last game to finish with a losing record.
OAKLAND, Calif. – Maybe it was because they actually played baseball on the final day of a 2020 regular season that at times seemed like it would never start, then later seemed like it might not finish, that it felt a little different than in years past. A feeling of accomplishment permeated, more than finality or frustration, as the Mariners wrapped up the shortest and weirdest regular season in MLB’s modern era.
In a doubleheader sweep of the Oakland A’s, where they were the visiting team in Game 1 and the home team in Game 2, the Mariners avoided a walk-off, extra-innings loss in the opening game with a 5-1 victory in eight innings. In the nightcap as the home team, but still wearing their road uniforms, the Mariners scored eight runs in the third inning and rolled to an easy 12-3 win in seven innings.
A single case of the novel coronavirus and wildfires in the Pacific Northwest might have cost the Mariners their first postseason appearance since 2001, the longest drought in the four major professional sports.
Mark Canha hit a two-out, two-run home run in the 10th inning, lifting the Oakland Athletics past the Seattle Mariners 3-1.
SEATTLE – Even with the season nearing an end, the roster churn of trying to find affordable and controllable talent that other teams walk away from never stops for the Mariners.