Texas' shaky bullpen escapes late as Rangers hold off Orioles 3-2 to open ALDS
Andrew Heaney and Dane Dunning helped Texas reach the sixth inning with a lead, and the Rangers’ maligned bullpen held on through some anxious moments for a 3-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles in Game 1 of their AL Division Series.
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.
Scherzer faces deGrom in spring game, rematch on opening day
Scherzer will make his Nationals-record sixth opening day start April 1, facing the New York Mets in Washington. The original lineup released by Washington before the game featured a designated hitter; that was revised to include Scherzer batting for himself. DeGrom struck him out, part of his 4 2/3 scoreless innings with three hits and five Ks. YANKEES 8, BLUE JAYS 3Gerritt Cole struck out eight in five innings, allowing one run in his fourth spring start for New York. BRAVES 11, RAYS 1Atlanta starter Max Fried gave up three hits and struck out five over six innings.
Rays OF Arozarena, Pirates 3B Hayes among MLB's top rookies
—INF Ke'Bryan Hayes, Pittsburgh Pirates: Hayes, 24, provided some hope for lowly Pittsburgh in September, batting .376 with five homers in 24 games. The slick-fielding son of former big league infielder Charlie Hayes was selected by the Pirates in the first round of the 2015 amateur draft. 6 pick in the 2018 amateur draft batted .291 with 23 homers over three minor league stops in 2019. —OF Ryan Mountcastle, Baltimore Orioles: Mountcastle made his major league debut on Aug. 21 and batted .333 with five homers and 23 RBIs in 35 games. Kim batted .306 with 30 homers, 109 RBIs and 23 steals for the KBO League's Kiwoom Heroes last season.
Hamels yields 3 runs in Braves debut, a 5-1 loss to Orioles
Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Cole Hamels throws a pitch to the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)BALTIMORE – Cole Hamels finally got on the mound in an Atlanta uniform, allowing three runs to the Baltimore Orioles before reaching his predetermined pitch count in the fourth inning, and the Braves struggled offensively in a 5-1 loss Wednesday night. The 36-year-old Hamels signed a one-year contract with Atlanta in December and was expected to be a major contributor in the rotation. Adding to Hamels' frustration was that he had made at least 20 starts in each of his previous 14 seasons. Snitker said Fried would have started the series finale against the Orioles if Hamels wasn't already penciled in.
Yanks beat Orioles 2-1 in 10, widen lead for playoff spot
Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Dean Kremer throws in the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)NEW YORK – Luke Voit hit a game-ending sacrifice fly leading off the 10th inning, and the New York Yankees beat Baltimore 2-1 Saturday to open a 4 1/2-game lead over the Orioles for the American League’s eighth and final playoff berth. With DJ LeMahieu starting the inning as the automatic runner on second, Hunter Harvey (0-2) bounced a wild pitch that advanced LeMahieu. LeMahieu scored without a throw. Happ lost Tuesday against Toronto despite allowing two runs in 6 1/3 innings and striking out a season-high 10.
Stewart hits 2 HRs to help Orioles beat Cole and Yankees 6-1
New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole throws during the second inning of the team's baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, in Baltimore. Cole (4-3) lost a third straight start for the first time since July 30-Aug. 10, 2018, with Houston. Cole struck out eight of the first nine batters he faced, the exception a grounder to shortstop by Ryan Mountcastle. Stewart was 0 for 17 this season before leading off with a drive over the right-field wall. Orioles: Hyde chose to wait to see how this game impacted his pitching staff before naming a starter for Sunday.