Phils go quietly in Series finale as bopper becomes bunter
Kyle Schwarber went from big bopper to bad bunter. One of the Philadelphia Phillies' most fearsome sluggers popped up foul on a two-strike bunt attempt with his team one inning from World Series elimination. After taking a 2-1 lead in the Fall Classic, the Phillies lost three in a row — the last a 4-1 defeat Saturday night that gave the Houston Astros the World Series title in six games.news.yahoo.com
McCullers 1st to give up 5 home runs in World Series game
Houston starter Lance McCullers Jr. became the first pitcher to allow five home runs in a World Series game, serving up long balls to Philadelphia's Bryce Harper, Alec Bohm, Brandon Marsh, Kyle Schwarber and Rhys Hoskins in the first five innings of Game 3.
Realmuto, Phillies rally past Astros in 10 to open World Series
Realmuto homered in the 10th inning and the Philadelphia Phillies, saved by right fielder Nick Castellanos’ sliding catch, rallied past the Houston Astros 6-5 Friday night in the World Series opener. Down 5-0 early against Astros ace Justin Verlander, the Phillies became the first team in 20 years to overcome a five-run deficit to win a World Series game. But the Phillies stormed back as Verlander again struggled in the World Series. The Astros fell to 0-5 in World Series openers and dropped their first game this postseason after sweeping in the AL Division Series and AL Championship Series. The surprising Phillies, who have two championships, are in the World Series for the first time since 2009.mlive.com
Ex-Tigers in World Series: 2 players, plus manager who grew up just across border
The Phillies formally named him the permanent manager and gave him a two-year contract earlier this month. There are two ex-Tigers still in the field: Game 1 starting pitcher Justin Verlander of the Astros and outfielder Nick Castellanos of the Phillies. After high school, he played one season at St. Clair Community College in nearby Huron, Michigan, before transferring to the University of Kansas. The Tigers drafted Thomson in the 32nd round in 1985 and he played four seasons of minor-league ball before moving into coaching. How he got here: The Tigers traded him to the Astros at the trade deadline in 2017 for three prospects.mlive.com
Only 3 ex-Tigers still standing in 2022 MLB playoffs
Only three former Detroit Tigers are still standing in the 2022 MLB playoffs. Justin Verlander will lead a well-rested Houston Astros club against the New York Yankees on Wednesday at 7:37 p.m. When the playoffs began, there were 12 teams and 14 ex-Tigers. San Diego Padres' Jose Azocar reacts after flying out during the third inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals in Kansas City, Mo., Friday, Aug. 26, 2022. He has a .694 OPS (95 OPS+) with just 13 homers in 558 plate appearances.mlive.com
14 ex-Tigers are in 2022 MLB playoffs: Do you remember all of them?
DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers will once again be at home when the first round of the MLB playoffs opens on Friday afternoon. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)APEugenio Suarez, Seattle MarinersPlayed for the Tigers: Signed out of Venezuela by the Tigers, Suarez was in the organization for five years before making his debut in 2014. Seattle Mariners' relief pitcher Matthew Boyd throws during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022, in Detroit. The Tigers signed him to a minor-league deal after he had been released by the San Diego Padres. Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher David Price (33) during the eighth inning of a baseball game Monday, June 27, 2022, in Denver.mlive.com
Fisher excels in debut, Canha 2 HRs, Mets rally past Phils
Mets reliever Nate Fisher pitched three scoreless innings of relief in his major league debut after working at a Nebraska bank a year ago, Mark Canha hit two homers and drove in five runs and New York rallied past the Philadelphia Phillies 10-9.
Castellanos boils over after Cubs beat Phillies 6-2 in 10
Nick Castellanos' first season in Philadelphia has been a struggle, and his frustration boiled over Saturday night. Nico Hoerner homered early and scored the tiebreaking run in a five-run 10th inning that sent the Chicago Cubs to a 6-2 victory over Castellanos and the Phillies. Castellanos was booed by many in the crowd of 38,542 during another rough night at the plate.news.yahoo.com
Tigers’ first round draft picks since 2000: Hits, misses and wait-and-see
DETROIT -- Since 2000, only three first-round picks have been drafted and developed into established big-leaguers with the Detroit Tigers: Justin Verlander (2004), Rick Porcello (2007) and Nick Castellanos (2010). 3 overall pick by the Detroit Tigers in the 2021 draft, throws out a ceremonial first pitch before the Tigers baseball game against the Chicago White Sox Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021, in Detroit. The Detroit Tigers agreed to terms Tuesday, June 30, 2020 with No. Grade: IncompleteDetroit Tigers first round draft selection outfielder Riley Greene is introduced during a news conference before a baseball game in Detroit, Friday, June 7, 2019. Detroit Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello throws against the Minnesota Twins in the first inning of a baseball game in Detroit, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014.mlive.com
Former Detroit Tigers slugger gives classic response to plate approach
Former Detroit Tiger slugger Nick Castellanos was already an internet sensation, but he added to his viral legacy Tuesday during his introductory press conference with the Philadelphia Phillies. Castellanos was drafted 44th overall in the 2010 MLB Draft by the Detroit Tigers as a prospect out of Archbishop McCarthy High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Castellanos signed a two-year deal with the Cincinnati Reds prior to the 2020 season. Castellanos won the National League Silver Slugger Award and was named to the All-MLB Second Team. ---RELATEDTigers cut final rookie pitcher left in camp, here’s who is leftTigers owner disputes report that he opposed deal with playersTigers reach deals with seven players but could face arbitration battle with TurnbullFormer Detroit Tigers first baseman becomes first active player to admit opioid usageMore Detroit Tigers coveragemlive.com
Former Tigers star Nick Castellanos signs $100 million contract with Phillies
Former Detroit Tigers hitter Nick Castellanos opted out of his contract with the Cincinnati Reds after the 2021 season, determined to test the free-agent market. After 51 games with the Cubs, Castellanos signed a five-year contract with the Reds with an opt-out clause after the 2021 season. In seven seasons with the Detroit Tigers, Castellanos hit .274 with 208 doubles, 32 triples and 104 homers in 837 games. In the 2017 season, Castellanos led the MLB in errors at third base with 17 and was moved to the outfield at the end of the season. Since the move from third base, teams have used Castellanos exclusively in the outfield or as a designated hitter.mlive.com
Half-century holdout over, DH comes to National League
It was an impressive holdout for the National League, which made it nearly 50 years staving off a full-time designated hitter rule that the American League implemented before the 1973 season. Among the most noticeable switches in MLB for the 2022 season will be that all 30 teams will use the designated hitter, eliminating pitchers hitting and changing one of the long-standing different quirks between the two leagues. No more Madison Bumgarner taking meaty cuts, no more Max Scherzer trying to end last year's 0-for-62 slump.news.yahoo.com
Justin Verlander among 14 MLB free agents to get qualifying offer
Former Detroit Tigers Justin Verlander, Robbie Ray and Nick Castellanos were among the 14 free agents that received qualifying offers from their old team before Sunday night’s deadline. The qualifying offer functions as a one-year, $18.4 million contract for the 2022 season. Teams that extend the qualifying offer will receive draft pick compensation if the player ultimately signs with another team. Some other high-profile players didn’t get the qualifying offer because they’d already been given an offer previously in their career (it can only be done once), or they were traded mid-season. Verlander must decide by Nov. 17 whether to accept or reject the Astros’ qualifying offer.mlive.com
Kershaw 1st win since June, streaking Dodgers top shaky Reds
Clayton Kershaw pitched five sharp innings for his first win since June 27, Gavin Lux and Corey Seager each hit two-run homers and the streaking Los Angeles Dodgers beat the sliding Cincinnati Reds 8-5 Sunday. Will Smith also homered as the Dodgers won for the eighth time in nine games. Kershaw (10-7) allowed one run and three hits, striking out eight without a walk.news.yahoo.com
Reds, Cards scrap at plate and outfield, Castellanos tossed
Nick Castellanos stood over and jawed at St. Louis pitcher Jake Woodford after scoring, setting off a series of scuffles between the Cincinnati Reds and Cardinals that included relievers shoving in the outfield on their way back to the bullpen.
Padres star Tatis has shoulder problem, to be re-evaluated
The Padres said Tatis had discomfort in his non-throwing left shoulder and would be re-evaluated on Wednesday. Corbin Burnes turned in 4 2/3 innings, striking out six while allowing two runs on three hits. Jon Lester allowed one run and three hits in 3 2/3 innings in his second start of the spring for Washington. He gave up five hits, hit two batters and struck out three. PADRES 5, REDS 4MacKenzie Gore worked 3 2/3 innings in his third start for San Diego, allowing two runs on three hits.
Amazin' at-bat: Mets' Guillorme draws 22-pitch walk vs Hicks
“I don’t even think I’ve had a 13 pitch at-bat in my career.”Hicks was scheduled to pitch one inning. Carlos Martínez worked four innings in the start for St. Louis, allowing two runs and five hits. Pittsburgh starter Steven Brault allowed three runs on five hits and a walk in three innings. YANKEES 5, BLUE JAYS 1New York starter Deivi García gave up one hit and an unearned run in three innings. Dean Kremer allowed a run on three hits, walked two and struck out four in the start for Baltimore.
Lester, Kluber, Hand boost free agent total to 175
Kluber gets a $1 million buyout, and the club has said it is interested in re-signing Kluber to a less expensive deal. Lester gets a $10 million buyout from the Chicago Cubs that completes a $155 million, six-year contract rather than a $25 million mutual option. Milwaukee turned down Gyorko and Sogard, a day after declining a $15 million option on 2011 NL MVP Ryan Braun. The White Sox declined a $12 million option for Encarnación and a $7 million option for González, who will receive a $500,000. Kluber gets a $1 million buyout, and the club has said it is interested in re-signing Kluber to a less expensive deal.
Reds, Braves set postseason record for scoring futility
(AP Photo/John Bazemore)ATLANTA – The Cincinnati Reds and Atlanta Braves are playing the longest scoreless game in postseason history. Wednesday's opening game of the NL wild-card series was the first in postseason history to be scoreless through 11 innings. The scoreless streak was extended through 12 innings. The teams combined for a postseason record 35 strikeouts through 12 innings, and every batter that has come to the plate has struck out at least once after the Reds' Nick Castellanos became strikeout victim No. For the postseason, baseball has set aside the new extra-innings rule it instituted for the pandemic-delayed regular season.
Reds top Twins 7-2, clinch 1st playoff spot since 2013
Mike Moustakas homered twice, Freddy Galvis hit a solo shot and the Reds clinched their first playoff spot since 2013, beating the AL Central-leading Minnesota Twins 7-2 on Friday night. “I like this team much more than I liked those teams, and I really liked those teams," Votto said. Twins: RHP Homer Bailey, who spent 12 of his 14 major league seasons with the Reds, was designated for assignment prior to the game. UP NEXTReds: RHP Luis Castillo (4-5, 2.86 ERA) will pitch on Saturday night, seeking his fifth straight win. Twins: RHP Michael Pineda (2-0, 3.18 ERA) pitches the middle game of the series.
Let's play ... 20! MLB has fullest schedule since 1974
(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)Major League Baseball had its fullest schedule in nearly a half-century Friday with 20 games set to be played, including five doubleheaders caused by postponements for weather, the coronavirus and protests of racial injustice. The last time 20 games were on the schedule was Aug. 4, 1974, when there were nine doubleheaders, the Elias Sports Bureau said. There were 12 complete games thrown that day, including nine-inning efforts by Catfish Hunter, Luis Tiant and Dave McNally. Only three of those 20 games back then took over 2 hours, 40 minutes. On Friday, the Blue Jays needed 2:42 for Torontos 8-7 win in seven innings at Fenway Park.
Former Tiger Castellanos Signs With Reds
CINCINNATI (AP) Free agent outfielder Nick Castellanos signed a $64 million, four-year deal Monday with the Reds, Cincinnatis latest big-money move to emerge from years of losing. The deal allows Castellanos to opt out and become a free agent after the 2020 or 2021 seasons. He gets salaries of $16 million in 2020, $14 million in 2021, and $16 million in 2022 and 2023. It was the fourth significant move by the Reds, among the most active teams in free agency since their sixth consecutive losing season. Cincinnati signed second baseman Mike Moustakas to a $64 million, four-year contract and added left-handed starter Wade Miley on a $15 million, two-year deal.detroit.cbslocal.com