Schwarber hits 2 of Phils' 5 HRs to salvage split with Nats
Kyle Schwarber has hit two of Philadelphia’s five homers in the first four innings to help the Phillies get a much-needed win as they try to end an 11-year playoff drought, salvaging a split of a day-night doubleheader with an 8-2 victory over the Washington Nationals in a rainy Game 2.
Kirby starts with record 24 straight strikes; Nats top M's
Seattle right-hander George Kirby set a major league record by throwing 24 straight strikes to start the game and fellow Mariners rookie Julio Rodriguez reached a new level, but Ildemaro Vargas hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning that lifted the Washington Nationals to a 3-1 win.
LEADING OFF: Opening day! Guardians debut, Ohtani and Braves
Cubs veteran Kyle Hendricks is set to deliver the first pitch of the season against Corbin Burnes and Milwaukee at Wrigley Field just past 2:20 p.m. EDT, the first of seven games still on the calendar amid rainy forecasts across the country.
Nats new bopper Cruz makes immediate impact with pitcher tip
Nelson Cruz quickly showed the Washington Nationals he could bring more than a booming bat to his new team. After standing in the batter’s box as Erick Fedde threw a live bullpen, Cruz approached right-hander with a message: He was tipping his pitches. “I saw something before he threw me the last pitch,” Cruz said Thursday.news.yahoo.com
In hot MLB market, patience takes a backseat to action
Patience is often rewarded for both free agents and general managers during most Major League Baseball offseasons. As expected, free agents are flying off the market and trades are getting done at a breakneck pace following MLB's 99-day lockout that froze the league's transactions for more than three months. “It’s like drinking out of a firehose,” said Andrew Friedman, the president of baseball operations for the Dodgers.news.yahoo.com
Lessons from last winter: Giants crushed the offseason, while Twins spent money but got worse.
But that’s what happened, as the Twins went 73-89 to finish in last place in the Central. A lot went wrong in Minnesota in 2021, and it’s unfair to blame it all on their free-agent whiffs. Maybe the Twins had really lousy luck last winter, and the Giants did really well. Ultimately, the Giants and Twins show that, even in the analytics era, there’s a lot of unpredictability about what happens in any given season. The money spent by any given team this winter could help them reach the playoffs.mlive.com
Cabrera 9 hits in row, Schoop, Tigers win; Rays' Franco hurt
Miguel Cabrera got his ninth straight hit before the string ended, Jonathan Schoop launched a grand slam and the Detroit Tigers beat the Tampa Bay Rays 10-4 Friday night. Rays rookie shortstop Wander Franco extended his on-base streak to 39 games, then left in the first inning with tightness in his right hamstring. “We'll know more, but hopefully we caught it early enough,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said.news.yahoo.com
Giolito fires back at Donaldson, White Sox beat Twins 7-6
Lucas Giolito lobbed an expletive-laced response in Josh Donaldson’s direction after the slugger appeared to yell “Not sticky anymore,” after a first-inning homer, overshadowing Gavin Sheets’ successful debut for the White Sox in a 7-6 victory over the Twins.
Grand slam is latest chapter in Akil Baddoo’s incredible story
The legend surrounding the Detroit Tigers’ 22-year-old rookie outfielder added another chapter on Monday afternoon at an unlikely moment. There were two outs in the ninth inning and the Tigers were losing 15-2 when Baddoo launched a grand slam home run into the left field bullpen. It's only @AkilBaddoo's second game and he has his first career grand slam. pic.twitter.com/OAw210QawQ — Detroit Tigers (@tigers) April 5, 2021“I’m just loving that all my hard work is finally paying off,” Baddoo said. “It was a lot of hard work and I’ve been through a lot the last two years not playing,” Baddoo said.mlive.com
Tigers’ pitchers battered by Nelson Cruz in 15-6 loss to Twins
DETROIT -- Nelson Cruz hit two home runs, including a grand slam, and Detroit Tigers pitchers walked 11 batters and threw 215 pitches in a 15-6 loss to the Minnesota Twins Monday at Comerica Park. Starting pitcher Jose Ureña lasted just three innings, giving up six runs (five earned) in his Tigers’ debut. So, having been robbed of his grand slam, Cruz proceeded to hit an even more impressive grand slam on the very next pitch. pic.twitter.com/tqrye0fLiT — Detroit Tigers (@tigers) April 5, 2021The Tigers scored five runs in the bottom of the ninth on a solo home run by Victor Reyes and, incredibly, a grand slam by rookie Akil Baddoo. Up next: The Tigers (2-2) and Twins (3-1) meet at 1:10 p.m. on Tuesday.mlive.com
Twins Take Over First In AL Central With 7-6 Win Over Tigers
Jake Cave hit a pair of home runs, Kenta Maeda finished off his regular season with another strong start and the Minnesota Twins beat the Detroit Tigers 7-6 on Wednesday night to take over sole possession of the AL Central lead for the first time since late August. That’s best-case scenario, so that’s what we’re doing these last few games.”Maeda (6-1) allowed three runs and four hits in six innings with nine strikeouts. “Just generally happy to be starting in the postseason and also at the same time really honored,” Maeda said through a translator. Cabrera hit another three-run homer with two outs in the ninth off Sergio Romo, his ninth home run this season. Maeda is lined up to start the first game next week, followed by José Berríos and Michael Pineda.detroit.cbslocal.com
Twins Top Tigers 5-4 In The 10th
Keep this thing going,'” said Byron Buxton, who also homered along with Mitch Garver for the Twins. Minnesota (34-22) has all four remaining games at home, where the Twins have the best record in baseball at 22-5. The teams split their 10-game season series. Then after Rosario stole second base, Kepler put another blooper in just the right place to give the Twins another dramatic win. Twins: RHP Kenta Maeda (5-1, 2.52 ERA) will take the mound for the two-game series finale, his last of 11 regular-season starts.detroit.cbslocal.com