Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire: Pickups who could help you rocket up the standings
We have just under three weeks remaining in the fantasy regular season, but there are still plenty of players on the waiver wire who could help fantasy teams skyrocket up the standings or secure playoff wins in head-to-head leagues. Brendan Donovan (1B/2B/3B/SS/OF, St. Louis Cardinals, 32%)Donovan is the perfect weekend rental for any fantasy team, as he qualifies at nearly every position. Fantasy managers in deeper leagues should try to have some shares of the Giants' offense during that series. But the right-hander has high-end potential next week for a pair of outstanding matchups against the lowly Marlins and Pirates. With a career 3.16 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP, Leclerc might be just good enough to hold the job.wftv.com
White Sox pound 5 homers, rock 1st-place Guardians 8-2
Andrus connected in the fifth inning off Gaddis (0-2), who became the first Cleveland pitcher to allow five homers in a game since Luis Tiant in 1969. Lance Lynn (7-5) limited the Guardians to two run and six hits in 6 1/3 innings. Sheets and Vaughn connected for consecutive homers in the second off the 24-year-old Gaddis, who was making his second major league start. UP NEXTWhite Sox: RHP Lucas Giolito (10-9, 5.18 ERA), 4-0 in his last seven starts, will start the series opener in Detroit on Friday against RHP Matt Manning (2-2, 3.73). Guardians: RHP Triston McKenzie (10-11, 3.05) will start Friday's opener against the Twins, who have not yet announced their starter.wftv.com
Bregman 2 HRs, 2 doubles, 6 RBIs, Astros trample Chisox 21-5
CHICAGO — (AP) — Alex Bregman hit two homers and two doubles, driving in a career-high six runs and powering the Houston Astros past the Chicago White Sox 21-5 Thursday. Houston's run total tied for the second most in team history — the Astros scored 23 against Baltimore in 2019. The Astros wound up with 25 hits as Bregman, Kyle Tucker and Christian Vazquez tied career highs with four each. White Sox second baseman Josh Harrison pitched the ninth inning and allowed four runs and six hits in his third mound appearance of the season. Giolito has allowed 15 runs on 15 hits in two starts against the Astros this season.wftv.com
A's, Irvin beat Astros 4-2 for 1st series sweep of season
Astros Athletics Baseball Oakland Athletics' Elvis Andrus, left, celebrates with Skye Bolt after the Athletics defeated the Houston Astros in a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, July 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) (Jeff Chiu)OAKLAND, Calif. — (AP) — Cole Irvin allowed four hits over seven innings and the Oakland Athletics beat Houston Astros 4-2 on Wednesday for their first winning sweep in 32 series this season. Oakland, an AL-worst 38-63, won three in a row from AL West-leading Houston (64-35) and has won six of its last eight against the Astros. Houston was swept in a series for the first time since last Sept. 24-26, also at Oakland. While Irvin is 4-2 with a 1.73 ERA at home, he is 2-5 with a 4.79 ERA on the road.wftv.com
A's hold off Bosox, avoid sweep for just 2nd win in 15 games
Athletics Red Sox Baseball Oakland Athletics players, from left, Tony Kemp (5), Chad Pinder, and Elvis Andrus (17) celebrate after defeating the Boston Red Sox in a baseball game at Fenway Park, Thursday, June 16, 2022, in Boston. The Red Sox, who had won 11 of 13, left eight runners on in the first four innings and 13 overall. Leading 4-1 in the eighth, Oakland third baseman Jonah Bride made a two-out throwing error that let a run score. Red Sox: Devers was hit on the right elbow by a fastball from A.J. The 30-year-old Wacha spent his first seven seasons with the Cardinals, including 2013 when they lost the World Series to Boston.wftv.com
Brown slam helps A's beat Guardians 10-5, stop 10-game skid
Athletics Guardians Baseball Oakland Athletics' Seth Brown (15) and Elvis Andrus (17) celebrate a win over the Cleveland Guardians in a baseball game, Saturday, June 11, 2022, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane) (Ron Schwane)CLEVELAND — (AP) — Seth Brown hit a grand slam to cap a five-run seventh inning, and the Oakland Athletics stopped a 10-game losing streak — their longest in 11 years — by defeating the Cleveland Indians 10-5 on Saturday. Oakland right fielder Ramón Laureano appeared to make an emotional speech before the rally, screaming in the dugout. UP NEXTAthletics: LHP Cole Irvin (2-2, 3.00 ERA) allowed one run over six innings against the Guardians in Oakland on April 30. Guardians: RHP Cal Quantrill (3-3, 3.56 ERA) has won his last two starts, pitching into the seventh inning against Kansas City and Texas.wftv.com
Tigers find road to success at home, beat A's 6-0, end skid
The Detroit Tigers were the visiting team in their own ballpark in the opener of a unique doubleheader caused by Major League Baseball’s lockout, ending a 27-inning scoreless streak and a six-game skid with a 6-0 victory over the reeling Oakland Athletics.
Andrus breaks leg scoring winning run for A's, goes on IL
(AP Photo/John Hefti) (John Hefti)OAKLAND, Calif. — (AP) — Oakland Athletics shortstop Elvis Andrus was put on the 10-day injured list Sunday, a day after breaking his left leg while scoring the winning run against the Houston Astros. The A’s also placed infielder Jed Lowrie on the IL with a sprained right hand. The Athletics' 2-1 win kept them in the AL wild-card race. A’s trainer Nick Paparesta noted that Andrus had been hit in the same leg earlier in the game and had other minor injuries in his left leg. “Pound for pound this kid brings it every day.wftv.com
LEADING OFF: Cards seek sweet 16, Yanks-Red Sox for WC lead
Cardinals Cubs Baseball St. Louis Cardinals outfielders Lars Nootbaar, right, and Harrison Bader (48) celebrate after defeating the Chicago Cubs 8-5 in a baseball game Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021, in Chicago. Bader went 4 for 4 with a home run as the Cardinals beat the Cubs 8-5 Saturday. The Cardinals date their history to 1892, when they were known as the Browns and joined the National League. Stanton also had three hits and a three-run homer Friday night to help the Yankees win the series opener. Freddy Peralta (9-5, 2.65 ERA) faces New York, which has lost four in a row and 12 of 15.wftv.com
Judge's single sends Yankees past A's for 12th straight win
Aaron Judge hit a tiebreaking single with two outs in the ninth inning, Giancarlo Stanton homered for the third consecutive game and the New York Yankees beat the Oakland Athletics 7-6 for their 12th straight victory and longest winning streak in nearly 60 years.
Khris Davis DFA'd by Rangers, who want look at young players
Rangers Rockies Baseball Texas Rangers' Khris Davis connects for a two-run home run off Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Jordan Sheffield in the seventh inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 3, 2021, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski)ARLINGTON, Texas — (AP) — Khris Davis was designated for assignment Tuesday by the slumping Texas Rangers, a move more about the young team's standing than the struggles of the veteran slugger. Texas got the 33-year-old Davis, who has a $16.75 million salary this season, when longtime starting shortstop Elvis Andrus was traded to Oakland in February. General manager Chris Young and manager Chris Woodward both said the team needs to find out about its young players, and there will now be more opportunities to do that. Davis started 13 games, 11 as DH and two in left field, while Calhoun made 23 of his previous 40 starts in left.wftv.com
The Latest: Oakland Athletics going to full capacity June 29
Mariners Athletics Baseball Oakland Athletics shortstop Elvis Andrus, left, celebrates with center fielder Ramon Laureano after the Athletics defeated the Seattle Mariners in a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, May 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) (Jeff Chiu)The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Oakland Athletics will return to full capacity at the Oakland Coliseum starting with a June 29 game against Texas. Only Texas among the 30 major league teams began the season at 100% after fans weren’t permitted during the shortened 2020 regular season because of the coronavirus pandemic. Others making the move to full capacity in-season are Arizona (May 25), Boston (May 29), Baltimore (June 1), Cincinnati (June 2). In addition, the New York Yankees and Mets were allowed by New York State to go to 100% capacity starting last weekend, but only for sections with vaccinated fans.wftv.com
Luzardo follows Manaea's stellar start, A's beat Twins twice
Matt Olson hit a grand slam, Mitch Moreland homered twice to back Sean Manaea’s shutout, then Jesús Luzardo followed with his own Game 2 gem as the Oakland Athletics swept a doubleheader against the depleted Minnesota Twins, 7-0 and 1-0 to run their winning streak to 10 games.
Yanks star Stanton off to strong start after smashing finish
Trevor Williams went five innings in his fourth start, allowing a run on three hits. Austin Gomber made his fourth start for Colorado, allowing two runs on three hits, striking out four in 4 1/3 innings. Dylan Cease made his second start, allowing three hits and three walks in 3 2/3 scoreless innings. Matthew Boyd made his fourth start, allowing one run on four hits and a walk in four innings, striking out five. Tyler Anderson went five innings in his fourth start for Pittsburgh, giving up one run on two hits.
Spring games begin with fans, new faces, moment for Mancini
AdJazz Chisholm of the Marlins and Adam Haseley of the Phillies did even better — they led off games with home runs. Mancini took off his helmet to acknowledge a standing ovation that included the fans, the Orioles and the Pirates. Marco Gonzales made his first spring start for Seattle, allowing two hits and an unearned run in two innings. Center fielder Trent Grisham, coming off his first Gold Glove last season, doubled and scored a run for San Diego. Top prospect Jeter Downs had a two-run home run and RBI single, while Michael Chavis hit a solo shot.
Elvis leaving Texas: Rangers deal Andrus to A's for DH Davis
FILE - In this March 11, 2020, file photo, Texas Rangers' Elvis Andrus tosses a ball before a spring training baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in Surprise, Ariz. The Rangers traded Andrus to the Oakland Athletics on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021. Texas sent the 32-year-old Andrus, catcher Aramis Garcia and $13.5 million to the A's for designated hitter Khris Davis, catcher Jonah Heim and right-hander Dane Acker. Young is still the team’s career leader and Andrus is second on the list for games played, at-bats and triples. Davis hit .271 with 15 doubles, 32 homers and 80 RBIs in 79 career games against Texas.
Dodgers set NL homer mark for month at 57, beat Rangers 7-2
(AP Photo/Roger Steinman)ARLINGTON, Texas Cody Bellinger and the Los Angeles Dodgers set the National League record for home runs in a month. Bellinger's two-run homer gave the Dodgers 57 long balls in August after solo shots from Corey Seager and Will Smith, and LA beat the Texas Rangers 7-2 on Sunday. They now have 12 straight series victories to start the season tied for the fifth-best season-opening run since 1969. The 1990 Cincinnati Reds have the record with 17 straight series wins to start the year. ... 2B Rougned Odor missed his sixth straight game with a right eye infection.
4-base error on ball over fence helps Rangers top Angels 7-3
(AP Photo/Ray Carlin)ARLINGTON, Texas Los Angeles Angels right fielder Jo Adell was charged with a rare four-base error when a fly ball from Texas' Nick Solak popped out of the rookie's glove and flew the few remaining feet over the fence in the Rangers' 7-3 win Sunday. Elias said it wasn't aware of any precedent for a four-base error on a ball that went over the fence. Isiah Kiner-Falefa put the Rangers in front in the third with a two-out double that scored Rob Refsnyder from first. He is 1-0 with a 2.92 ERA in two starts against the A's, both during his nine seasons with Atlanta. Rangers: RHP Kyle Gibson (0-1, 2.45 ERA) starts the opener of a three-game home series against Seattle.
Bard wins in 1st MLB game since '13, Rockies beat Texas 3-2
Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story (27) makes the tag on Texas Rangers' Elvis Andrus (1) who was attempting to steal in the fourth inning of a baseball game Saturday, July 25, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)ARLINGTON, Texas Daniel Bard won in his first major league game in more than seven years, pitching 1 1-3 scoreless innings in relief for the Colorado Rockies in a 3-2 win over the Texas Rangers on Saturday. A first-round pick by the Boston Red Sox in 2006, Bard made his big league debut three years later. The Rangers left 12 runners on base, including multiple runners in the fifth through eighth innings. LHP Kyle Freeland, who was 3-11 last season, pitches for Colorado.