LEADING OFF: Rangers RHP Gibson, White Sox RHP Lynn to start
Twins White Sox Baseball Chicago White Sox's Yasmani Grandal hits a three-run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Chicago, Wednesday, June 30, 2021. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) (Nam Y. Huh)A look at what’s happening around the majors Wednesday:___GRANDAL SIDELINEDThe Chicago White Sox are going to be without catcher Yasmani Grandal for four to six weeks because of a torn tendon in his left knee. STELLAR GIBSONFirst-time All-Star Kyle Gibson takes an AL-best 1.98 ERA and a 6-0 record into a Wednesday afternoon start for the Texas Rangers against the Detroit Tigers. STAR TURNWhite Sox right-hander Lance Lynn (8-3, 2.02 ERA) makes his last start before his All-Star Game trip, an outing Wednesday at Minnesota. Lynn has held opponents to a .229 average in his last five starts but is 1-2 with a 3.81 ERA over that span.wftv.com
LEADING OFF: 3 aces ailing, D'backs and O's lost on road
Bieber allowed a season-high 10 hits and threw 107 pitches over five innings Sunday in a loss to Seattle. ROAD TO NOWHEREApproaching a dubious record, the Arizona Diamondbacks try to avoid their 21st consecutive road loss when they visit the San Francisco Giants. Arizona has lost 11 straight overall, its second double-digit losing streak this season after a 13-game skid from May 17-29. Meanwhile, the Baltimore Orioles have dropped 16 in a row on the road heading into their game at Cleveland. Matt Harvey (3-7), who has lost seven of his past eight starts, faces Cal Quantrill (0-2) and the Indians.wftv.com
LEADING OFF: Alonso's big allegation, Zombro out of hospital
MLB informed teams in February that it planned to slightly deaden the baseballs for the 2021 season following a years-long surge in home runs. In 2019, 3.6% of plate appearances ended in a homer, a number that has dropped to 3.1% this year. As far as the original question was concerned, Alonso did not seem terribly concerned with what opposing pitchers might be putting on the ball. The Rays said Wednesday that he had finally been released from the hospital, saying family will remain with him in Durham to help with his recovery. Greinke (6-2, 3.38 ERA) threw a six-hitter in a 13-1 victory at Toronto on Friday for his first complete game since 2017.wftv.com
Hamilton, Abreu homer as White Sox complete sweep of Orioles
Orioles White Sox Baseball Chicago White Sox third baseman Yoan Moncada, third from left, celebrates with teammates at the end of the first baseball game of a doubleheader against the Baltimore Orioles, Saturday, May 29, 2021, in Chicago. He's the first White Sox pitcher to record two saves in a doubleheader since Bobby Jenks did it against Boston on Sept. 4, 2010. It was Hamilton's first of the season and the since he homered off the White Sox on Sept. 27, 2020, as a member of the Cubs. White Sox reliever Aaron Bummer walked the bases loaded with no outs in the sixth. White Sox: RHP Zack Burdi was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte for the 27th spot on the roster.wftv.com
Lamb, Moncada homer, White Sox beat Orioles 7-4 in Game 1
Orioles White Sox Baseball Chicago White Sox third baseman Yoan Moncada, third from left, celebrates with teammates at the end of the first baseball game of a doubleheader against the Baltimore Orioles, Saturday, May 29, 2021, in Chicago. Tim Anderson led off the first with a double for the White Sox and scored on Abreu's single to tie the game. After White Sox reliever Shawn Armstong walked Anderson in the sixth, Moncada gave the White Sox a pair of insurance runs with a two-run homer. Right-hander Lance Lynn (5-1, 1.51 ERA) is set to go for the White Sox. White Sox: The White Sox recalled RHP Zack Burdi from Triple-A Charlotte for the 27th spot on the roster.wftv.com
LEADING OFF: Padres depleted by virus, Harvey vs Mets
Yu Darvish (3-1, 2.27 ERA) and Blake Snell (1-0, 4.15) are slated to start for the Padres in the doubleheader. Harvey, now with the Orioles, returned to Citi Field with the Reds later that season but did not pitch. Third base coach Phil Nevin and first base coach Reggie Willits are away from the team after positive COVID-19 tests. Several coaches missed the game due to contact tracing, but Boone said the tracing did not include any players. “There’s a few people that we sent home just as a precaution to make sure," Boone said before the game.wftv.com
LEADING OFF: Tatis tests positive for virus, Harvey vs Mets
The Padres will be without Fernando Tatis Jr., who tested positive for COVID-19 and was one of three players the team added to the injured list Tuesday due to health and safety protocols. San Diego manager Jayce Tingler said he learned of Tatis’ positive test in a phone call late Monday night, but the star shortstop was symptom-free at the moment. BATMAN RETURNSFormer Mets ace Matt Harvey will face New York for the first time since unceremoniously splitting with the team in a 2018 trade to Cincinnati. Harvey, now with the Orioles, returned to Citi Field with the Reds later that season but did not pitch. “Harvey Day” was once appointment viewing in Queens, with fans wearing Batman attire to support the right-hander known as the Dark Knight.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.
Ohtani fans 5 in return to mound; Harper HR on 1st swing
The 2018 AL Rookie of the Year is off to a strong start this spring on both sides. PHILLIES 3, PIRATES 0Bryce Harper homered on his first swing of spring training, launching a opposite-field drive to left. Chad Kuhl made his second start for Pittsburgh, allowing two runs on three hits. Brad Keller worked three innings in the start for the Royals and allowed a run on four hits and two walks. BRAVES 4, TWINS 0 (7)Kyle Wright fared much better in his second start for Atlanta, allowing one hit in three shutout innings with two strikeouts.
Cash's bullpen blunder joins Little, others in playoff lore
Aaron Boone hit a game-ending leadoff homer in the 11th, sending New York to the World Series. 2015 WORLD SERIES GAME 5Matt Harvey and the New York Mets held a 2-0 lead, needing a win to send the Series back to Kansas City. 2016 WORLD SERIES GAME 7The Chicago Cubs led the Cleveland Indians 5-1 heading into the bottom of the fifth. 2019 WORLD SERIES GAME 7Too bad for Houston fans, the last time they saw Gerrit Cole throw, it was in the bullpen rather than on the mound. “I wasn’t going to pitch him unless we were going to win the World Series and have a lead,” Hinch said.
LEADING OFF: Cole goes for 21st in row, Tigers' Mize debuts
New York Yankees' Gerrit Cole delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, in New York. Cole hasnt lost a decision in the regular season since May 22, 2019, against the White Sox while with Houston. FRESH STRIPESThe Tigers will debut another prized pitching prospect when Casey Mize starts against the White Sox. STREAKINGCorey Seager and the Dodgers have won seven in a row and own the best record in the majors at 18-7. ... Alex Bregman and the Astros have won a season-high six straight after beating Colorado 2-1 at Muinute Maid Park.
Bauer blanks Royals, sports cheeky T-shirt in twinbill split
Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Trevor Bauer and catcher Curt Casali celebrate after game two of a baseball doubleheader against the Kansas City Royals Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020, in Kansas City, Mo. Trevor Bauer pitched seven innings of one-hit ball, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Kansas City Royals 5-0 on Wednesday night to split a doubleheader marked by strong starting pitching. In the opener of the two seven-inning games, Brad Keller didn't allow a hit until the sixth and extended his shutout streak, leading the Royals past the Reds 4-0. Bauer allowed only a single by Adalberto Mondesi in the fifth inning. After Brett Phillips lined out to right to end the game, Bauer unbuttoned his jersey to reveal a T-shirt depicting him amid a low point in his career, a meltdown during his previous visit to Kauffman Stadium last July.