Yankees sweep, beat Red Sox 6-3 to take AL wild-card lead
Yankees Red Sox Baseball New York Yankees' Joey Gallo misses the catch on a fly ball hit by Boston Red Sox's Kyle Schwarber allowing Alex Verdugo to score during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, in Boston. The Yankees, who arrived in Boston trailing the Red Sox by two games, leave it with a one-game lead in the race to host the Oct. 5 AL wild-card game. The Red Sox had a second chance to retire Judge when he tipped a 1-2 pitch, but catcher Christian Vazquez couldn't control it. The Red Sox said the alarm was caused by a faulty sprinkler head. Red Sox: Have Monday off before beginning their season-ending road trip with LHP Chris Sale (5-0, 2.57 ERA) facing the Orioles.wftv.com
LEADING OFF: Ohtani returns to mound, Jays' Berríos vs Twins
Ohtani was scratched from a scheduled start Friday because of the discomfort but threw a 30-pitch bullpen instead and came out feeling encouraged. Ohtani is 9-2 with a 3.36 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP in 21 pitching starts this season for the Angels. Drafted by the Twins in 2012, Berríos was 55-43 over six seasons before the deal, including 7-5 with a 3.48 ERA this season. He’s been just as good for the Jays, going 4-3 with a 3.31 ERA over nine starts since the trade. Wade Miley (12-6, 3.09 ERA) starts against Los Angeles lefty Clayton Kershaw (9-7, 3.33 ERA).wftv.com
Yanks toss it away in 9th, fall to Hays, Orioles 3-2 in 10th
Yankees reliever Clay Holmes threw a wild pitch with two outs in the ninth inning that let the tying run score, then Austin Hays chopped an RBI single in the 10th that lifted the Baltimore Orioles to a 3-2 win and dropped New York back in the AL wild-card race.
O's rally against Chapman, win after nearly no-hitting Yanks
Orioles Yankees Baseball Baltimore Orioles' Cedric Mullins dives home to score a run against the New York Yankees during the seventh inning of a baseball game on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021, in New York. Ryan Mountcastle struck out against Chapman (5-4) leading off but reached via wild pitch. His 31st homer scored DJ LeMahieu, who led off the inning with New York's second hit, a 58 mph tapper that hugged the third-base line. New York hit six balls over 96 mph in the first four innings, including two by Aaron Judge. The right-hander struck out Urías to end the fifth, then struck out the side in the sixth.wftv.com
Yankees' win streak ends at 13; Montas leads A's to 3-2 win
Yankees Athletics Baseball New York Yankees' Anthony Rizzo reacts after striking out against the Oakland Athletics during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) (Jeff Chiu)OAKLAND, Calif. — (AP) — The New York Yankees' 13-game winning streak ended as Frankie Montas pitched seven shutout innings and the Oakland Athletics held on for a 3-2 victory Saturday. The Yankees' string was their best since a 13-game streak in September 1961 fueled by Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris. After the balk call against Cortes, Randazzo and the pitcher got into a brief, heated discussion near the Yankees dugout. Then in the bottom of the frame, Randazzo ejected A’s manager Bob Melvin after replay upheld an inning-ending double play by the Yankees.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.
LEADING OFF: Red Sox-Yanks twinbill, Cabrera tries for 500
Angels Yankees Baseball New York Yankees' Joey Gallo hits a home run against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, Aug. 16, 2021, in New York. ONE AWAYFollowing an off day, Miguel Cabrera takes another swing at career homer No. 500 when the Detroit Tigers face Dylan Bundy (2-9, 6.17 ERA) and the Los Angeles Angels at home. Burnes tied a major league record by striking out 10 straight batters in his last start against the Chicago Cubs. “If he was throwing the ball really dominant, we would have never had this opportunity,” Padres manager Jayce Tingler said.wftv.com
Cole sharp in return from COVID-19, Yanks top Angels 2-1
Angels Yankees Baseball New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole throws against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, Aug. 16, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Noah K. Murray) (Noah K. Murray)NEW YORK — (AP) — Gerrit Cole pitched two-hit ball into the sixth inning and struck out nine in his return from the COVID-19 injured list, Joey Gallo hit a two-run homer and the New York Yankees beat the Los Angeles Angels 2-1 Monday night. Cole (11-6) went 5 2/3 innings, the only damage against him coming on Justin Upton’s homer in the first. Shohei Ohtani was 0 for 4 after homering three times in three games at Yankee Stadium during the Angels' previous visit. Yankees: RHP Brooks Kriske was sent down to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.wftv.com
Gallo homers twice, Judge goes deep again, Yanks top ChiSox
Yankees White Sox Baseball New York Yankees' Joey Gallo runs the bases after hitting a two-run home run off Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Liam Hendriks during the 10th inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021, in Chicago. Gallo followed with a towering shot to right as New York tagged All-Star closer Liam Hendriks (7-3) for the second straight game. Judge had three hits two nights after the slugger cracked two homers and drove in five runs in Iowa. The Field of Dreams game featured eight homers, including Anderson’s two-run shot off Zack Britton in the ninth. “You could see clearly that both teams are putting a lot of importance on competing and winning the game," White Sox manager Tony La Russa said.wftv.com
Heim hits walk-off HR again, Rangers rally past Mariners 4-3
Mariners Rangers Baseball Texas Rangers designated hitter Jonah Heim is greeted by teammates at home plate after hitting the game-winning home run in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners Sunday, Aug.1, 2021, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Louis DeLuca) (Louis DeLuca)ARLINGTON, Texas — (AP) — Jonah Heim hit his second walk-off homer in as many games right after a tying, two-run shot from Andy Ibánez in the ninth inning, and the Texas Rangers rallied again to beat the Seattle Mariners 4-3 on Sunday. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Heim is the first Texas player with walk-off homers in consecutive games and the first rookie to do it in the majors. The Rangers won for just the third time in 17 games while the Mariners finished 5-5 on a 10-game stretch against AL West rivals. Rangers: RHP Dane Dunning (4-7, 4.20) is set for Monday's opener of a four-game series at home against the Los Angeles Angels.wftv.com
Not left out: Yankees get big lefty bats with Gallo, Rizzo
Hours after announcing their trade to acquire All-Star slugger Joey Gallo from Texas, the playoff-chasing Yankees worked out a deal for longtime Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo on Thursday. The Yankees got Rizzo and cash for two minor leaguers, right-hander Alexander Vizcaíno and outfielder Kevin Alcántara. While he was a Gold Glove-winning right fielder for Texas, Boone envisions Gallo playing a lot in left for the Yankees, who have Aaron Judge as their regular right fielder. Popular in the clubhouse and with Cubs fans, Rizzo didn’t play in a 7-4 loss at home to Cincinnati on Thursday. Both Rizzo and Gallo are both left-handed hitters, which the Yankees had seeking to add to a lineup that was predominantly right-handed.wftv.com
Yankees get Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo, cash for 2 minor leaguers
Reds Cubs Baseball Chicago Cubs' Anthony Rizzo sits on the bench during a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds Thursday, July 29, 2021, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) (Charles Rex Arbogast)The New York Yankees acquired Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo and cash for two minor leaguers Thursday in their second major trade this week for desperately needed left-handed bats. The swap came ahead of the Major League Baseball trade deadline Friday at 4 p.m. Popular in the clubhouse and with Cubs fans, Rizzo didn't play in a 7-4 loss at home to Cincinnati on Thursday. Rizzo began his career with San Diego in 2011, then went to the Cubs in 2012.wftv.com
AP source: Yanks acquire Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo
Reds Cubs Baseball Chicago Cubs' Anthony Rizzo sits on the bench during a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds Thursday, July 29, 2021, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) (Charles Rex Arbogast)The New York Yankees have acquired Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo and cash in a trade for prospects, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Thursday. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because there was no official announcement. The swap came a day before the Major League Baseball trade deadline, and was the Yankees' second major move this week. New York began the day fourth in the AL wild-card chase for two spots and then lost 14-0 at Tampa Bay.wftv.com
Left turn: Boone says Yankees 'a lot better' with Gallo
(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) (Carlos Osorio)ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — (AP) — All-Star slugger Joey Gallo's trade to the New York Yankees from the Texas Rangers was completed Thursday, giving the heavily right-handed Yankees a much-needed powerful lefty bat. New York acquired Gallo, left-hander Joely Rodriguez and cash from the Texas Rangers for minor league right-hander Glenn Otto and infielders Ezequiel Duran, Trevor Hauver and Josh Smith. “I think we’re a lot better today,” Boone said before the Yankees played Tampa Bay. While he has played right field for Texas, Boone envisions Bruce playing a lot in left for the Yankees, who have Aaron Judge as their regular right fielder. Duran, 22, hit .290 with 15 doubles, six triples, 12 homers and 48 RBIs this season in 67 games with High-A Hudson Valley.wftv.com
Manager Aaron Boone says Yankees 'a lot better' with Gallo
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — (AP) — New York manager Aaron Boone on Thursday confirmed that the Yankees have acquired All-Star slugger Joey Gallo from the Texas Rangers. Gallo gives the heavily right-handed Yankees a much-needed powerful lefty bat. “I think we’re a lot better today,” Boone said before the Yankees played Tampa Bay. While he has played right field for Texas, Boone envisions Bruce playing a lot in left for the Yankees, who have Aaron Judge as their regular right fielder. “We’re excited to add an All-Star,” Boone said.wftv.com
LEADING OFF: Gallo preps for Yanks, Nats dealing with COVID
Rangers Tigers Baseball Texas Rangers designated hitter Joey Gallo is greeted in the dugout after scoring during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Thursday, July 22, 2021, in Detroit. The New York Yankees made Wednesday’s biggest splash, reaching a deal to get All-Star slugger Joey Gallo from the Texas Rangers. Turner was among the four players who tested positive. Manager Dave Martinez said all but one of those who tested positive have been vaccinated. The Cardinals announced he had a bruised forearm and is day to day.wftv.com
AP source: Yanks reach deal to get slugger Gallo from Texas
Diamondbacks Rangers Baseball Texas Rangers' Joey Gallo, left, celebrates with third base coach Tony Beasley (27) after hitting a three-run home run off of Arizona Diamondbacks' Taylor Widener during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Tuesday, July 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) (Tony Gutierrez)The New York Yankees have reached a deal to get All-Star slugger Joey Gallo from the Texas Rangers, a person familiar with the trade told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday night because the deal has not yet been announced and was subject to approval of medical records of the players involved. Gallo, 27, would give the heavily right-handed Yankees a much-needed power lefty bat. While he has played right field for Texas, he presumably would play left for the Yankees, who have Aaron Judge as their regular right fielder.wftv.com
Astros lose combo no-hit try in 8th; Rangers' skid hits 11
Rangers Astros Baseball Houston Astros starting pitcher Framber Valdez winds up during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Texas Rangers on Saturday, July 24, 2021, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke) (Michael Wyke)HOUSTON — (AP) — Framber Valdez and the Houston bullpen took a no-hit try into the eighth inning and Astros sent the Texas Rangers to their season-worst 11th straight loss, 4-1 on Saturday night. A half-hour or so before the Astros' bid was broken up, Patrick Sandoval of the Angels lost his no-hit try with one out in the ninth inning at Minnesota. Yordan Alvarez homered in the seventh and Carlos Correa added two RBIs for the Astros, who won their 60th game. UP NEXTZack Greinke (9-3, 3.58 ERA) will start for Houston on Sunday when the Astros try to complete the sweep.wftv.com
The Latest: Rockies' Story upsets Gallo, advances at Derby
All Star Home Run Derby Baseball National League's Trevor Story, of the Colorado Rockies, hits during the first round of the MLB All Star baseball Home Run Derby, Monday, July 12, 2021, in Denver. (AP Photo/Matt York) (Matt York)DENVER — (AP) — The Latest on the Home Run Derby (all times local):6:55 p.m. Hometown favorite Trevor Story hit a 518-foot homer as the Colorado Rockies shortstop upset second-seeded Joey Gallo in the first round of the Home Run Derby. This is the second Home Run Derby held at Coors Field, with Ken Griffey Jr. winning in 1998. The top-seeded Shohei Ohtani warmed up for Monday night’s Home Run Derby in Denver by hitting one into the third deck in batting practice.wftv.com
A player and coach's journey from chemotherapy to HR Derby
Athletics Rangers Baseball Texas Rangers third base coach Tony Beasley acknowledges cheers from fans during the second inning of the team's baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Arlington, Texas, Friday, July 9, 2021. Fans cheered after an in-house announcement advising that Beasley would be throwing to Joey Gallo during the All-Star home run derby. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) (Tony Gutierrez)ARLINGTON, Texas — (AP) — Texas Rangers All-Star slugger Joey Gallo has never forgotten that day he spent during spring training five years ago with Tony Beasley — a nearly four-hour chemotherapy session to treat the coach's cancer. Between treatments that year, the deeply faithful Beasley remained upbeat and was around the team as much as he could. But he was in camp that spring and accepted an invitation to accompany Beasley to a chemotherapy session.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.
Gallo's early power surge brings hope for big 2021 season
The 27-year-old says his power surge through the first two weeks of exhibition games is for real. He's had a good start with seven hits in his first 14 at-bats, including three homers and three doubles. He's shown dominant stuff at different points throughout his career and struck out a career-high 235 batters in 2019. The 24-year-old has been a top prospect for several years and hit .350 with nine homers in 2019 at Triple-A Albuquerque. The durable right-hander pitched an MLB-high 84 innings for the Rangers last season and had a 6-3 record with a 3.32 ERA.
Now in Chisox 'pen, Kopech makes debut after 2020 opt-out
TWINS 1, ORIOLES 0 (7 INNINGS)Minnesota ace Kenta Maeda allowed one hit in three innings, striking out four in his second start. Baltimore's Dean Kremer fared better in his second start, allowing a hit and a walk in three scoreless innings. Deivi García pitched three shutout innings in his second start for the Yankees. Nick Pivetta made his second start for Boston, allowing a run on three hits with three strikeouts in three innings. Alex Wood worked two innings in the start for San Francisco and gave up a home run to Omar Narvaez.
Indians minus Ramírez, Reyes after they break virus protocol
New York starter Jordan Montgomery gave up two hits in three scoreless innings. Brubaker allowed two hits over two scoreless innings and Chase De Jong followed with two shutout innings. MARLINS 4, METS 4Miami starter Pablo Lopez gave up a hit and a walk over three scoreless innings. German Marquez scattered three hits and a walk over three scoreless innings for Colorado. Kansas City starter Jakob Junis pitched three innings and gave up one hit, a leadoff homer to Trent Grisham.
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.
Arenado, Gordon each win 8th Gold Glove; Betts gets 5th
Arenado won his eighth consecutive Gold Glove on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)ST. LOUIS – Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado won his eighth consecutive Gold Glove and right fielder Mookie Betts snared his fifth in a row on Tuesday, his first with the World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers after four with Boston. Kansas City Royals left fielder Alex Gordon also won his eighth Gold Glove — and fourth straight — in his final major league season. They were joined by seven first-time winners, including Indians second baseman César Hernández. Arenado and Robert earned $9,259, prorated portions of $25,000, and O’Neill earned $3,704, a prorated portion of $10,000.
World Series notes: Wood's role in LA, Adames hugging Mookie
(AP Photo/Eric Gay)ARLINGTON, Texas – Alex Wood has experience starting in the World Series for the Dodgers. The lefty was the sixth of seven Dodgers pitchers in a planned bullpen game, a 6-4 loss Wednesday night that evened the World Series at a game each. He threw the final two innings of Game 7 won by Houston, then made three relief appearances in the 2018 World Series soon before getting traded. “I came here for one reason and one reason only, and that was to win a World Series. MEETING MOOKIETampa Bay shortstop Willy Adames and Dodgers right fielder Mookie Betts hugged when they met at second base during the World Series opener.
Astros clinch final AL playoff spot despite loss to Rangers
The Astros (29-29) just had to wait a couple of extra hours to wrap up second place in the AL West, which became official with the Angels' 9-5 loss. Now Houston can start planning for a wild-card matchup that could be against Oakland, which ended a three-year run atop the AL West for the defending AL champion. Nick Solak matched Bregman’s sacrifice fly to get the last-place Rangers even in the bottom of the 10th. STANDOUT TEXAS ROOKIERookie catcher Sam Huff homered twice, his second and third, for the first two Rangers runs. UP NEXTThe Astros were waiting for the LA outcome to decide who would start the third game in the four-game series to finish the regular season.
LEADING OFF: Trade deadline, A's sidelined by COVID-19
Rangers slugger Joey Gallo and Diamondbacks center fielder Starling Marte might also be trade targets. Chicago is tied with Cleveland for the division lead, while the Twins are 1 games back after losing five straight. Houston is scheduled to open a three-game series against Texas beginning Tuesday at Minute Maid Park. UNDEFEATEDWith four weeks left in this pandemic-shortened season, a pair of leading Cy Young Award contenders are on the mound against last-place teams. Shane Bieber (6-0, 1.35 ERA), with 75 strikeouts and nine walks in 46 2/3 innings this season, starts for Cleveland at Kansas City.
Rangers prefer new home over Arizona for 2nd spring training
The Texas Rangers would prefer to stay home in their new ballpark whenever it is time to get back to spring training. Spring training has been on hold more than two months ago because of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)The Texas Rangers would prefer to stay home in their new ballpark instead of returning to Arizona whenever it is time to get back to spring training. Spring training has been on hold more than two months ago because of the coronavirus pandemic, also delaying the start of the regular season. Being in Texas instead of Arizona would eliminate the close proximity to some other teams to play additional spring training games before the season.