Lindor, Marte shine as Mets back Bassitt to win home opener
Diamondbacks Mets Baseball New York Mets' Starling Marte hits a three-run home run off Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Caleb Smith in the eighth inning of a baseball game, Friday, April 15, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) (John Minchillo)NEW YORK — (AP) — Francisco Lindor homered from both sides of the plate to back another stingy start from newcomer Chris Bassitt, and the New York Mets routed the sloppy Arizona Diamondbacks 10-3 in their home opener Friday. New York has won 11 in a row against the Diamondbacks at Citi Field, outscoring Arizona 68-21. It was an auspicious start to 2022 at Citi Field after he was often booed last year during a miserable first season with the Mets. New York starters are 6-0 this season, and the Mets improved to 40-21 in home openers — including 10-4 at Citi Field.wftv.com
Spring ahead: Pitchers and catchers report for the start of spring training on Sunday
Diamondbacks Spring Baseball Arizona Diamondbacks' Caleb Smith throws on the first day of baseball spring training, Friday, March 11, 2022, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) (Matt York)ORLANDO, Fla. — No more counterproposals. Shohei Ohtani, Aaron Judge and the rest of baseball’s biggest stars are due at spring training Sunday for the first official day of preseason training following the end of Major League Baseball’s 99-day labor lockout. Pitchers and catchers were supposed to report a month ago, but camps across the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues remained closed while players and owners squabbled over the sport’s economics. A deal was reached Thursday, and now pitchers and hitters are ramping up for four weeks of mad-dash preparations ahead of a 162-game season that starts April 7. With so little time left before opening day, big leaguers figure there will be more action in those games than fans might be accustomed to in the early days of spring training.wftv.com
Báez to Detroit, MLB teams race to finish biz before lockout
Javier Báez agreed to bring his high motor to the Motor City, while other teams around the majors raced to finish up business before Tuesday’s deadline to tender contracts and a likely roster freeze coming when baseball's collective bargaining agreement expires Wednesday.
NL East-leading Braves overcome Duvall's lost HR in victory
Braves Diamondbacks Baseball Atlanta Braves' Freddie Freeman high fives Ozzie Albies (1) after hitting a two run home run during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021, in Phoenix. Albies became the third player to reach 30 home runs for the Braves this season, joining Riley (31) and Freeman (31). Albies hit a sacrifice fly to left and Riley beat out an infield hit with Freeman advancing to third. Duvall then hit what appeared to be his 38th homer of the season. But Riley, thinking McCarthy had the ball in his glove, retreated to first base as Duvall passed him between first and second.wftv.com
Kershaw strikes out 5 in return, Dodgers beat D-backs 5-1
Diamondbacks Dodgers Baseball Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws to an Arizona Diamondbacks batter during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, Sept. 13, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) (Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES — (AP) — Clayton Kershaw struck out five in his first start since July 3 and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-1 on Monday night for their seventh straight home win. Activated from the injured list earlier in the day, Kershaw had missed 57 games with elbow inflammation. Dodgers: RHP Tony Gonsolin (2-1, 2.79) makes his second start since coming off the IL. He faces Arizona for the fourth time this season, having allowed four runs in 9 1/3 innings without a decision.wftv.com
Diamondbacks' Smith suspended 10 games for sticky substance
Phillies Diamondbacks Baseball Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Caleb Smith (31) kicks the dirt on the mound after giving up a home run to Philadelphia Phillies' Odubel Herrera, left, during the eighth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) (Ross D. Franklin)PITTSBURGH — (AP) — Arizona Diamondbacks left-hander Caleb Smith has been suspended 10 games and fined an undisclosed amount for having a foreign substance on his glove during a game last week. Smith has elected to appeal his suspension, which was scheduled to begin when the Diamondbacks played at Pittsburgh Tuesday night. All pitchers are being checked by umpires during games for illicit grip aids since the crackdown started on June 21. The left-hander is 4-8 with a 5.20 ERA this season, his second with Arizona after being traded by Miami last year.wftv.com
Darvish (back) exits early, Diamondbacks beat Padres 12-3
Padres Diamondbacks Baseball San Diego Padres starting pitcher Yu Darvish tosses the ball between pitches during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) (Ross D. Franklin)PHOENIX — (AP) — Yu Darvish left a rocky start early with lower back tightness, and the Arizona Diamondbacks took advantage to beat the San Diego Padres 12-3 on Thursday night. Pavin Smith had four RBIs and Caleb Smith pitched 5 1/3 quality innings of relief for the last-place Diamondbacks. San Diego currently holds the second NL wild-card spot. San Diego jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first after three of the first four batters reached base.wftv.com
DeSclafani dominates, Posey hurt, Giants beat D-backs 5-2
Giants Diamondbacks Baseball San Francisco Giants pitcher Anthony DeSclafani throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first inning of a baseball game, Sunday, July 4, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) (Rick Scuteri)PHOENIX — (AP) — Anthony DeSclafani threw 8 2/3 effective innings, Austin Slater and Darin Ruf both homered and the San Francisco Giants beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-2 on Sunday night for their third straight victory. There was also bad news for the Giants as All-Star catcher Buster Posey left the game with a left thumb contusion. Slater crushed a solo shot in the third inning that pushed San Francisco ahead 3-0. UP NEXTGiants: San Francisco returns home for a three-game series against St. Louis.wftv.com
Lindor, Mets rally after dugout dustup; blame vermin debate
(AP Photo/John Minchillo) (John Minchillo)NEW YORK — (AP) — Francisco Lindor blamed his apparent dugout dustup with Jeff McNeil on a runaway rodent. The story stunk like a skunk, but either way, the night ended in a New York Mets victory. Lindor gathered himself and hit a tying, two-run homer in the seventh inning, setting up the Mets' extra-innings rally to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4 Friday night. Moments later, after the inning ended, Mets players rushed into the tunnel adjacent to their dugout, sensing a commotion. Lindor went 2 for 5 and produced his second multi-hit game as a Met.wftv.com
Lindor's homer lifts Mets after dugout exchange with McNeil
(AP Photo/John Minchillo) (John Minchillo)NEW YORK — (AP) — Francisco Lindor hit a tying, two-run homer in the seventh inning after an apparently heated exchange with teammate Jeff McNeil in the dugout tunnel, and the New York Mets rallied to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4 Friday night. The blast came a half-inning after shortstop Lindor and second baseman McNeil combined to misplay a popup. After rounding the bases on his homer, Lindor exchanged fist bumps with Tomas Nido, who drew a walk to start the inning and Michael Conforto, who was waiting in the on-deck circle. Shortly after Lindor’s second homer as a Met, billionaire owner Steve Cohen tweeted: “That was BIG”. Before his homer, Lindor heard boos when he flied out in the fifth with a runner on first.wftv.com
Mad Bum gets opener for D-backs; Kluber is Yanks' No. 2
He was 2-1 with a 6.35 ERA in three spring starts, including allowing six earned runs against Cincinnati on Friday. Alec Bohm had two hits, including his fourth double. AdFreddie Freeman had two hits, including a double and his first homer — a two-run shot in the sixth. Victor Robles had three hits, including his sixth double, with an RBI, and Kyle Schwarber doubled and walked three times. Adalberto Mondesi singled and homered and Jorge Soler had two hits, including a double.
Nats reliever Harris out with blood clot in pitching arm
Harris has a blood clot in his right arm and is leaving spring training camp to be examined by a specialist, manager Dave Martinez said Friday, March 19, 2021. (Mary DeCicco/MLB Photos via AP)Washington Nationals reliever Will Harris has a blood clot in his right arm and the team doesn't expect him to be in the bullpen on opening day. Carlos Martínez struggled in his fourth start for St. Louis. DODGERS 7, RANGERS 2Julio Urías made his fourth start for Los Angeles, allowing two hits in four shutout innings, striking out three. Adrian Houser made his fourth start.
Amazin' at-bat: Mets' Guillorme draws 22-pitch walk vs Hicks
“I don’t even think I’ve had a 13 pitch at-bat in my career.”Hicks was scheduled to pitch one inning. Carlos Martínez worked four innings in the start for St. Louis, allowing two runs and five hits. Pittsburgh starter Steven Brault allowed three runs on five hits and a walk in three innings. YANKEES 5, BLUE JAYS 1New York starter Deivi García gave up one hit and an unearned run in three innings. Dean Kremer allowed a run on three hits, walked two and struck out four in the start for Baltimore.
Twins newcomer Happ back on mound after positive virus test
The two-time AL Central champion Twins are hoping Happ can give them a veteran presence at the back of their rotation. Ian Anderson pitched two scoreless innings, allowing three hits and a walk. Houston piggy-backed a pair of starters with Framber Valdez yielding McNeil's homer in the first two innings, striking out two. AdBLUE JAYS 4, PHILLIES 2 (6)Steven Matz allowed a hit in two scoreless innings, striking out three without a walk. CUBS 3, ROYALS 2 (7)Outfielder Rafael Ortega, who signed a minor league deal with Chicago after playing 34 games for Atlanta last season, hit a bases-loaded triple.
Giants spoil Bumgarner's return to SF, beat Diamondbacks 4-3
(AP Photo/Eric Risberg)SAN FRANCISCO Evan Longoria and Darin Ruf launched back-to-back home runs in the second inning and the Giants spoiled Madison Bumgarners return to San Francisco with a 4-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday night. His 119 wins are third-most in San Francisco history and his 1,794 strikeouts rank second. Joey Bart and Mauricio Dubn added consecutive RBI triples in the sixth to give San Francisco a 4-1 lead. San Francisco improved to 6-2 against the Diamondbacks this season, outscoring them 39-23. He went 2-1 with a 4.11 ERA in three starts against San Francisco last season.
Padres get Clevinger, Marlins acquire Marte at deadline
Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Mike Clevinger delivers in the first inning in a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020, in Cleveland. Mike Clevinger, Starling Marte, Archie Bradley and Todd Frazier were on the move. Baseball's pandemic-delayed trade deadline was quite a day. The contending Padres got Clevinger in a multiplayer trade with Cleveland, bolstering their rotation Monday in a rare deadline deal between contenders. The trade deadline is normally July 31, but it was pushed back when the start of the season was delayed because of the coronavirus.
Virus-stricken Marlins resume season with 18 new players
MIAMI Scrambling for replacements following a coronavirus outbreak, the Miami Marlins added a Moran, a Morin, two pitchers named Josh Smith and a former Olympic medalist in speedskating. The Marlins' revamped pitching staff includes right-hander Mike Morin and left-hander Brian Moran, and right-hander Josh A. Smith and left-hander Josh D. Smith, all recently acquired veterans. Replacements included seven newly acquired players, and 11 players from the team's alternate training site. The virus infected 21 members of the Marlins' traveling party and forced the suspension of their season July 26 after just three games. We expect to win games, Hill said.
Triumphant return for retooled Marlins, who beat Orioles 4-0
Miami Marlins catcher Francisco Cervelli, center, reacts he engages with teammates in a social distant celebration after defeating the Baltimore Orioles 4-0 during a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)BALTIMORE After enduring one final delay in their effort to return from an eight-day, coronavirus-induced hiatus, the Miami Marlins found enough power and pitching within their vastly overhauled roster to beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-0 Tuesday night. After the final out, the Marlins lined up and did air high-fives in which they didnt make contact with their hands. In this anything goes, wacky baseball season, Miami will be the home team for the final two games of this four-game series. Orioles: Alex Cobb (1-0, 2.89 ERA) gets his third start of the season, followed by Asher Wojciechowski (0-1, 7.20).