Teams spend $1.4B in 1 day, then MLB locks out players
NEW YORK — (AP) — Before getting locked out, players loaded up Wednesday as big league teams unlocked their coffers for an unprecedented spending spree. It was the first time teams combined to spend over $1 billion in a single day. Players and teams alike may have feared the chaos of a limited free-agency window in the spring if the lockout goes that long. Among the other deals completed Wednesday:— RHP Marcus Stroman to the Chicago Cubs, $71 million over three years. — LHP James Paxton to Boston, $10 million over one year— RHP Corey Knebel to Philadelphia, $10 million for one year.wftv.com
After twice turning down Toronto, righty Gausman joins Jays
TORONTO — (AP) — In each of the past two offseasons, pitcher Kevin Gausman spurned free agent advances from the Toronto Blue Jays and general manager Ross Atkins. Gausman and the Blue Jays finalized a five-year, $110 million contract Wednesday. Toronto went 91-71 but missed the playoffs. Since the end of the season, AL Cy Young Award winner Robbie Ray and fellow left-hander Steven Matz have become free agents and left the Blue Jays. The Blue Jays on Wednesday confirmed the signing of right-hander Yimi Garcia to a two-year, $11 million contract.wftv.com
Scherzer, Seager get big-money deals ahead of CBA expiration
Right-hander Max Scherzer agreed to a record-setting $130 million, three-year contract with the New York Mets and shortstop Corey Seager struck a $325 million, 10-year deal with the Texas Rangers as players and teams rushed to reach agreements before an expected lockout.
Urías hits, pitches Dodgers past Giants to even NLDS series
NLDS Dodgers Giants Baseball Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias reacts during the second inning of Game 2 of a baseball National League Division Series against the San Francisco Giants Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, in San Francisco. Now, NL West runner-up Los Angeles — second place despite 106 wins — is right back in it and headed home to Chavez Ravine with a chance to ride some momentum. The 107-win Giants edged the Dodgers for the division on the final day and took the season series 10-9 but were outscored overall 80-78. Urías hit an RBI single in the second to give Los Angeles the lead, and Mookie Betts followed with a run-scoring single. TRAINER’S ROOMDodgers: Los Angeles remains hopeful of having 1B Max Muncy back in action if the Dodgers advance.wftv.com
Urías hits, pitches Dodgers past Giants to even NLDS series
Julio Urías shut down San Francisco and contributed an RBI single for his cause, Cody Bellinger and AJ Pollock delivered two-run doubles to blow it open in the sixth, and the Los Angeles Dodgers pounded the Giants 9-2 to even their NL Division Series at one game apiece.
Masterful Webb pitches Giants past Dodgers in playoff opener
APTOPIX NLDS Dodgers Giants Baseball San Francisco Giants pitcher Logan Webb reacts after striking out Los Angeles Dodgers' Trea Turner during the sixth inning of Game 1 of a baseball National League Division Series Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, in San Francisco. Just last Sunday, Webb pitched the Giants past the Padres in the regular-season finale as San Francisco clinched the club’s first division title since 2012. Kapler said Posey could play every postseason game, and why not? This marked his first postseason home run since Game 4 of the 2012 World Series at Detroit off Max Scherzer. Webb dazzled on a night San Francisco 49ers Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Steve Young led the “Beat LA!” chant before first pitch.wftv.com
Masterful Webb pitches Giants past Dodgers in playoff opener
Logan Webb struck out 10 pitching masterfully in his postseason debut, Buster Posey hit a two-run homer that held up, and the 107-win San Francisco Giants blanked the defending World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers 4-0 in the opener of their NL Division Series.
LEADING OFF: MLB win leader Urías goes for Dodgers vs Giants
Brewers Dodgers Baseball Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Julio Urias (7) throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, in Los Angeles. Urías went 20-3 with a 2.96 ERA — no one else in the majors posted more than 17 wins this season. Urías will be making his 19th postseason appearance and fourth start for the Dodgers. The 30-year-old righty was 1-1 in three starts against the Dodgers this season. IN HOT WATERMLB Network broadcaster Jim Kaat is facing criticism for a comment about White Sox infielder Yoán Moncada made during Friday’s AL Division Series game between Houston and Chicago.wftv.com
Logan Webb to start NLDS Game 1 for division champion Giants
SAN FRANCISCO — (AP) — Logan Webb will start for the San Francisco Giants in Game 1 of their NL Division Series on Friday night against the Cardinals or Dodgers. “To be able to throw the first game for the best team in the league is pretty cool,” Webb said after his bullpen session Wednesday. This has been an exciting month, two months, three months for Logan on many different levels, including what's happened in the batter's box,” Kapler said. “I do think St. Louis or Los Angeles could factor into where we decided to go for Game 3,” Kapler said. Whether Webb can top that home run he hit in front of a packed house and so many family and friends, who knows?wftv.com
Giants miss chance to clinch NL West, fall to Padres in 10th
Padres Giants Baseball San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Kevin Gausman (34) acknowledges the cheers of the crowd as he's removed for a reliever at the start of the eighth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, in San Francisco. Ross Cameron) (D. Ross Cameron)SAN FRANCISCO — (AP) — The San Francisco Giants missed a chance to clinch the NL West on their own field, falling to the San Diego Padres 3-2 when Jake Cronenworth hit an RBI double in the 10th inning Saturday. San Francisco started Saturday with a two-game lead over Los Angeles. Kris Bryant singled home Brandon Crawford in the second inning to give San Francisco an early 1-0 lead. Kervin Castro (1-1) was charged with the loss for San Francisco.wftv.com
Wade, Giants beat D-backs in 9th, hold 2-game NL West edge
Diamondbacks Giants Baseball San Francisco Giants' LaMonte Wade Jr. is congratulated by first base coach Antoan Richardson after hitting a game winning single against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the ninth inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn) (Jed Jacobsohn)SAN FRANCISCO — (AP) — LaMonte Wade Jr. singled home the winning run with one out in the ninth inning and the San Francisco Giants held their two-game lead in the NL West, beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4 on Thursday night. San Francisco closes with three games at home against San Diego. I think it's going to be pretty cool, first time I think this place is going to be packed,” Giants pitcher Kevin Gausman said. Arizona went 0-9 at San Francisco this season and is two losses from the franchise record of 111 in 2004.wftv.com
LEADING OFF: Gausman brings bat, arm for NL West-leading SF
An All-Star this year, Gausman made his latest contribution with his bat, not his arm. St. Louis has won nine in a row for the first time since 2004 to solidify its grip on the second NL wild card. He struck out Royals star Salvador Perez, who hit his 46th home run in the opener, tying Toronto's Vladimir Guerrero Jr. for the major league lead. Cincinnati brought up catcher Mark Kolozsvary from the minors on Monday, the same night right-hander Shane Baz made his major league debut for the Tampa Bay Rays against Toronto. Reliever Anthony Gose was brought up by Cleveland for his first major league stint since he was a Detroit outfielder in 2016.wftv.com
LEADING OFF: Gausman brings bat, arm for NL West-leading SF
Braves Giants Baseball San Francisco Giants' Kevin Gausman, rear, celebrates with Brandon Belt (9) after hitting a sacrifice fly that scored Brandon Crawford (35) during the 11th inning of the team's baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in San Francisco, Friday, Sept. 17, 2021. San Francisco holds a one-game edge over the Los Angeles Dodgers for the division lead. An All-Star this year, Gausman’s latest contribution came with his bat, not his arm. “Oh man, that was the coolest thing I’ve ever done in my entire career,” said Gausman, a .184 hitter this season. Urías (18-3, 2.99 ERA) is 9-0 in his last 13 starts, a big reason Los Angeles is only one game behind San Francisco in the division race.wftv.com
MLB moves bat production company from United States to China
When Major League Baseball hosted its "Field of Dreams" game in Iowa in August, it was a celebration of small-town America. But less than 100 miles away, a small town is worrying that its local economy, that's centered around baseball, is getting shut out. Kris Van Cleave traveled to Caledonia, Minnesota, where a factory partially owned by MLB is closing up shop and shipping jobs overseas.news.yahoo.com
Pinch-hitter pitcher Gausman sac fly in 11th, SF tops Braves
Braves Giants Baseball San Francisco Giants' Brandon Crawford, foreground, slides into home to score the winning run past Atlanta Braves catcher Travis d'Arnaud during the 11th inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) (Jeff Chiu)SAN FRANCISCO — (AP) — Pinch-hitting pitcher Kevin Gausman lofted a full-count, bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the 11th inning and the San Francisco Giants edged the Atlanta Braves 6-5 Friday night to increase their NL West lead. San Francisco starter Logan Webb struck out nine and didn't walk a batter, allowing two runs on six hits. The Braves had won six of the last seven in San Francisco, where they played for the first time since May 2019. Solano's shot marked the franchise-record 16th pinch-homer by San Francisco this season.wftv.com
Pinch-hitter pitcher Gausman sac fly in 11th, SF tops Braves
Kevin Gausman heard the boos when he stepped into the batter’s box, realizing right away the fans had no idea the Giants were down to their last options with no position players left. “Oh man, that was the coolest thing I’ve ever done in my entire career,” Gausman said. The Giants, saved when Donovan Solano came off the COVID-19 injured list and connected for a tying, pinch-hit home run with two outs in the ninth, moved two games ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the division race.news.yahoo.com
Duggar triples, Giants hold off Dodgers 6-4 for NL West lead
Steven Duggar hit a tiebreaking two-run triple after being called up earlier in the day, Brandon Belt homered, and the San Francisco Giants wrapped up their key weekend series against the rival Los Angeles Dodgers with a 6-4 win to take the NL West lead.
Brewers knock Giants from top spot in NL, win fourth in row
Jace Peterson hit a go-ahead single in the seventh, Lorenzo Cain homered for a second straight game and the Milwaukee Brewers knocked the San Francisco Giants out of the top spot in the National League for the first time in more than three months.
Soler's homer, Pederson's catch lift Braves over Giants 6-5
Giants Braves Baseball Atlanta Braves' Jorge Soler watches his three-run home run during the eighth inning of the team's baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, in Atlanta. Wilmer Flores led off the ninth with a homer against Braves closer Will Smith to trim Atlanta’s lead to one. Buster Posey hit a two-run homer in his return to San Francisco's lineup and the Giants led 4-2 before the Braves rallied with four runs in the seventh. After Ozzie Albies' RBI double off Tony Watson (5-4) trimmed the Giants' lead to one, Soler hit Zack Littell's first pitch over the left-field wall for a two-run lead. Celebrating with his teammates in the Braves' dugout, Soler pulled off his batting helmet to reveal a “Soler Power” headband.wftv.com
LEADING OFF: Indians changing team name to Guardians
Indians New Name Baseball A guardian rests on the Hope Memorial Bridge within site of Progressive Field, Friday, July 23, 2021, in Cleveland. The team's colors will remain the same, and the new Guardians' new logos will incorporate some of the architectural features of the bridge. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) (Tony Dejak)A look at what's happening around the majors today:___GUARDIANS OF THE GAMEAfter more than 100 years, the Cleveland Indians are getting a new name — the team will be called the Guardians next season. “I think a lot of people in the game know the name — guy that’s been around, pitching good baseball, pitching playoff baseball,” Mets manager Luis Rojas said. MLB hopes the devices will cut down on time spent by pitchers stepping off the rubber and changing signals.wftv.com
Posey comes through in return as Giants defeat Dodgers 7-2
Buster Posey and Wilmer Flores hit back-to-back homers in the first inning, Thairo Estrada had a key double in the seventh and the San Francisco Giants defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-2 in the opener of a pivotal four-game series between the NL West rivals.
Giants' Kevin Gausman allows first vs St. Louis hit in 7th
Cardinals Giants Baseball San Francisco Giants' Kevin Gausman throws against the St. Louis Cardinals during the fifth inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Monday, July 5, 2021. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn) (Jed Jacobsohn)SAN FRANCISCO — (AP) — San Francisco right-hander Kevin Gausman had his no-hit bid ended by St. Louis slugger Nolan Arenado's one-out single to left on Monday. Gausman turned an inning-ending double play getting Harrison Bader to fly out and Carpenter was caught off first. Gausman began the day with a 1.68 ERA, the lowest through 16 starts of any Giants pitcher since the team moved West in 1958. There have been seven no-hitters in the majors this season, matching the mark for most in a season since 1900.wftv.com
Giants' Gausman through 6 hitless innings vs St. Louis
Cardinals Giants Baseball San Francisco Giants' Kevin Gausman throws against the St. Louis Cardinals during the fifth inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Monday, July 5, 2021. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn) (Jed Jacobsohn)SAN FRANCISCO — (AP) — San Francisco right-hander Kevin Gausman hasn't allowed a hit through six innings against the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday, closing in on what would be the record-tying eighth no-hitter in the majors this season. Gausman turned an inning-ending double play getting Harrison Bader to fly out and Carpenter was caught off first. Gausman began the day with a 1.68 ERA, the lowest through 16 starts of any Giants pitcher since the team moved West in 1958. In addition, Arizona’s Madison Bumgarner pitched a seven-inning hitless game in a doubleheader on April 25 that is not recognized as a no-hitter by Major League Baseball.wftv.com
Road woes dragging on for Diamondbacks and Orioles
Diamondbacks Giants Baseball Arizona Diamondbacks' Carson Kelly walks back to the dugout after striking out swinging against San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Kevin Gausman during the seventh inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 17, 2021, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) (Eric Risberg)The irony is that neither Arizona nor Baltimore has the worst road record in its league. And in terms of winning percentage, the Diamondbacks (9-31) don't even have the worst road mark in their own division. But the attention right now is on Arizona, which went all of May and now over half of June without a road win. TRIVIA TIMEThe last time the Orioles won a road game was May 5 at Seattle.wftv.com
Joyless Journey: D-backs' 23rd straight road loss sets mark
Diamondbacks Giants Baseball Arizona Diamondbacks' Carson Kelly walks back to the dugout after striking out swinging against San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Kevin Gausman during the seventh inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 17, 2021, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) (Eric Risberg)SAN FRANCISCO — (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks set a major league record with their 23rd straight road loss, making dubious history in getting trounced by the San Francisco Giants 10-3 Thursday. The MLB mark felt almost inevitable after Tuesday’s collapse, which saw Arizona blow a 7-0 lead in an anguishing 9-8 loss to the Giants. Diamondbacks players periodically glanced at the center-field scoreboard throughout this blowout, helpless to stop the runaway train of despair. —-More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/mlb and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsCopyright 2021 The Associated Press.wftv.com
Fedde back from COVID-19 list, leads Nats past SF in opener
Giants Nationals Baseball Washington Nationals starting pitcher Erick Fedde delivers a pitch during the first baseball game of a doubleheader against the San Francisco Giants, Saturday, June 12, 2021, in Washington. He began the day with a 1.27 ERA, but Schwarber quickly put a dent in that impressive number. Fedde (4-4) last pitched on May 16 and was placed on the COVID-19 list three days later. He rejoined the rotation by limiting the Giants to four hits while striking out seven and walking none. The Giants got five hits and were shut out for the third time this season and first since April 12.wftv.com
LEADING OFF: Nationals check on Scherzer after early exit
Giants Nationals Baseball Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer, center, stands on the mound as a trainer comes to check on him during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Friday, June 11, 2021, in Washington. Scherzer got Giants leadoff hitter LaMonte Wade Jr. to fly out for the first out of the game. Washington manager Dave Martinez and trainer Paul Lessard went out to the mound to check on Scherzer after he threw a 96 mph fastball that made the count 3-2 on Brandon Belt. Scherzer got down and squatted, then stretched from side to side before throwing one pitch in front of Martinez and Lessard. UNBEATENRight-hander Kevin Gausman (7-0) is unbeaten in 12 starts and takes an NL-best 1.27 ERA into his outing for the San Francisco Giants at Nationals Park.wftv.com
Gausman throws 6 shutout innings, Giants hold off Dodgers
Giants Dodgers Baseball San Francisco Giants' Mauricio Dubon (1) hits a home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Sunday, May 30, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis) (Ashley Landis)LOS ANGELES — (AP) — Kevin Gausman pitched six shutout innings and Mauricio Dubón hit one of two homers off Clayton Kershaw, helping the San Francisco Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-4 on Sunday. San Francisco has the second-best record in the majors at 33-20 and is a half-game behind San Diego in the NL West. Gausman became the first San Francisco starter to win five games in May since Madison Bumgarner in 2014. UP NEXTGiants: RHP Johnny Cueto (3-1, 3.86 ERA) gets the start Monday afternoon when San Francisco hosts the Los Angeles Angels.wftv.com
Diamondbacks' Gallen has sore forearm, might miss opener
SETBACK IN THE BULLPENBlue Jays right-hander Kirby Yates will miss several weeks because of a strained muscle in his forearm. He allowed one run and five hits, striking out five without a walk. Ross Stripling struck out seven and walked none in 3 2/3 innings, but gave up three runs and five hits. Bryan Abreu, a top Astros pitching prospect who turns 24 next month, started and pitched three perfect innings, striking out four. Baltimore starter John Means allowed four hits and walked three over 3 2/3 innings, striking out three.
Bogaerts spring debut after shoulder woe, Tatis HR in return
On that one, we are probably on the same page.”RED SOX 8, RAYS 2Garrett Richards struck out seven in four scoreless innings for Boston. ATHLETICS 5, PADRES 4Fernando Tatis Jr. led off the game with his second spring home run, a smashing return after missing six days with a non-virus bug. The 30-year-old left has pitched four scoreless innings this spring. BREWERS 8, CUBS 3 (7)Brandon Woodruff made his second start for Milwaukee, allowing five hits in two scoreless innings. BRAVES 8, TWINS 5Michael Pineda, who last pitched a full season in 2016, made his first spring start for Minnesota.
Fungo golf for Giants pitchers; fans for MLB spring games
(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Right-hander Kevin Gausman’s impressive day at spring training had nothing to do with any of the usual statistics, like strikeouts or innings pitched. Batting practice for San Francisco's pitchers took on a non-traditional look Thursday at Scottsdale Stadium in Arizona. But the stands won't be empty — or full — when the Giants host their spring training opener Sunday. Scottsdale Stadium will have the lowest capacity at 9%, which is about 1,000 fans for Giants home games. Spectators at Scottsdale Stadium may get to see Gausman throw his lively fastball, but not a look at his Fungo golf skills.
Stroman, Gausman take $18.9M; Springer, LeMahieu reject
Gausman and Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman accepted $18.9 million qualifying offers Wednesday, Nov. 11, receiving one-year deals to stay with their teams rather than test what they could get in free agency. Qualifying offers began after the 2012 season, and only 10 of 96 offers have been accepted. Stroman was acquired by the Mets from Toronto in July 2019 for left-hander Anthony Kay and minor league right-hander Simeon Woods Richardson. Gausman has a 50-66 record and 4.26 ERA in nine seasons with Baltimore, Atlanta and San Francisco. Tomlin gets a $1 million salary next season, and the deal includes a $1.25 million club option with a $250,000 buyout.
Springer, LeMahieu, Realmuto among 6 given qualifying offers
Springer, New York Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu and Philadelphia catcher J.T. Realmuto were among just six free agents who received $18.9 million qualifying offers on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, from their former teams. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)NEW YORK – Houston outfielder George Springer, New York Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu and Philadelphia catcher J.T. Realmuto were among just six free agents who received $18.9 million qualifying offers on Sunday from their former teams. Arizona exercised a $4.25 million option on pitcher Merrill Kelly rather than pay a $500,000 buyout, and Baltiore exercised a $3.5 million option on shortstop José Iglesias rather than pay a $500,000 buyout.
Donovan Solano slugs Giants past Dodgers in 11th inning 10-8
Los Angeles Dodgers' Max Muncy, right, celebrates with Justin Turner, second from left, and A.J. Sam Selman (1-0) recorded the final out in the top of the 11th for the victory. Justin Turner began on second base in the 10th inning and scored the go-ahead run on Bart's wild throw past third immediately after a passed ball. The Dodgers flew late in the day to the Bay Area to give players time for treatment or optional workouts. ... RHP Jeff Samardzija, sidelined by inflammation in his throwing shoulder, is throwing on flat ground and is scheduled for his first bullpen Wednesday.
Piscotty slam ties it in ninth, A's beat Giants 8-7 in 10th
San Francisco Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto works against the Oakland Athletics in the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)SAN FRANCISCO Stephen Piscotty hit a tying grand slam in the ninth inning, Mark Canha's sacrifice fly put Oakland on top in the 10th, and the Athletics stunned the San Francisco Giants 8-7 on Friday night in the opener of the Bay Bridge Series. Oakland trailed by five in the ninth inning but rallied to win from such a deficit for the first time since July 15, 1952, according to STATS. The Giants hadn't lost after leading by five or more runs in the ninth inning or latter since June 25, 1929. The ball carried on a rare hot evening in San Francisco, where first-pitch temperature reached 85 degrees.
Giants rally on Yastrzemski's 2nd HR, walk off with 7-6 win
San Francisco Giants' Mike Yastrzemski watches his game-ending solo home run against the San Diego Padres during the ninth inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Wednesday, July 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)SAN FRANCISCO Mike Yastrzemski homered twice, the second a towering solo shot into McCovey Cove in the ninth inning, lifting the San Francisco Giants past the San Diego Padres 7-6 on Wednesday night. Our players have actually talked about it this team is full of fighters, San Francisco manager Gabe Kapler said. After Tyler Rogers (1-1) worked the ninth, Yastrzemski homered off Matt Strahm (0-1) in the bottom of the inning to give San Francisco the walkoff victory. RHP Kevin Gausman (0-0, 4.50) will make his first start for San Francisco.