Snell comes through as Padres beat Dodgers again
Wrapped in the always tricky proposition of the Padres trying to beat the Dodgers was Blake Snell’s latest attempt to beat back his demons on Tuesday. With the tying run at first base and a future Hall of Famer at the plate, Snell may have taken a big step toward doing both. A strikeout of Albert Pujols brought an end to five scoreless and plucky innings by Snell that led the way to a 3-2 victory over the Dodgers. It was the Padres’ second straight win over the Dodgers in front of a second straight sellout crowd at Petco Park. The Padres have won multiple series in a season against the Dodgers...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Shed Long goes long again, delivers another winning HR in Mariners’ 2-1 victory over Rockies
They can’t all be walk-off grand slams. Sometimes a solo homer will do just fine. After ending the game Sunday in grand walk-off fashion, Shed Long Jr. returned to T-Mobile Park on Tuesday and delivered the Mariners’ fifth consecutive victory and their eighth triumph in nine games. Facing right-hander Tyler Kinley with one out in the eighth inning, Long smashed a 95-mph fastball over the wall past dead center for what would be the winning homer in Seattle’s 2-1 victory over the Colorado Rockies. Given a one-run lead in the ninth, right-hander Kendall Graveman worked a 1-2-3 inning to pick up h...
The Seattle Times
Giants show off key trait of a winning team, shut out Angels behind another DeSclafani gem
ANAHEIM — Through 73 games this season, the Giants have displayed a wide variety of team strengths. They can hit for power, they typically play excellent defense and they have tremendous depth, which are some of the main reasons they lead the Dodgers and Padres in a loaded National League West. On Tuesday against the Angels, the Giants showed off another team strength and one that often separates a good team from a great one: They make opponents pay by capitalizing on mistakes. On a night when the Angels made a handful of early miscues, the Giants pounced, created separation on the scoreboard ...
The Mercury News
Oakland A’s score nine early, but Texas Rangers fight back in offensive duel
It took a game, but Elvis Andrus returned to his home of 12 years and gave his Texas fans a vintage performance. His three-hit game lofting the A’s to an early offensive explosion in their 13-6 win over the Rangers at Globe Life Park. The A’s scored nine of their runs in the first three innings and their final four in the ninth alone. But Andrus’ old team fought back. For more than a decade with the Rangers, Andrus was both a face of the franchise and pillar of consistency on both ends until a back injury sidelined him and the Rangers shipped him, Aramis Garcia and cash to Oakland for Khris Da...
The Mercury News
Joe Girardi accuses Washington’s Max Scherzer of doctoring ball as Phillies fall to Nationals, 3-2
PHILADELPHIA -- In a matter of seconds Tuesday night, Max Scherzer went from overpowering Phillies third baseman Alec Bohm with a 96-mph fastball to performing a striptease in front of the mound. All in the name of proving he wasn’t doctoring the ball. Night 2 of Major League Baseball’s crackdown on pitchers using illegal sticky substances turned cartoonish in the fourth inning of the Phillies’ 3-2 loss to the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park. Never mind that Scherzer received the now-obligatory TSA-style frisking from home-plate umpire Tim Timmons after the first and third innings. ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
The Chicago Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians 7-1 behind 3 home runs and a 4-run 6th inning to earn a series split
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs needed good mojo to close out a quick homestand as a grueling 10-game trip awaits. They got it behind another steady outing from right-hander Kyle Hendricks and an offense that finally stepped up in a 7-1 victory against the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday at Wrigley Field. For the first time in 10 games, the Cubs scored more than three runs in a game, sparked by a four-run sixth inning. The Cubs (41-33) split the two-game series. The Cubs sent nine to the plate during their scoring outburst in the sixth. Joc Pederson (two-run double), Javier Báez (RBI ground-rule doub...
Six-run inning propels Tigers past Cardinals
DETROIT — Welcome home, Tigers. Jonathan Schoop belted his team-leading 14th home run and Jake Rogers doubled, tripled and drove in three runs as the Tigers started a six-game homestand with a resounding 8-2 interleague win over the St. Louis Cardinals Tuesday night before an announced crowd of 13,492 at Comerica Park. The Tigers went 4-3 on the two-city trip to Kansas City and Anaheim and are 13-12 since May 26. Rookie Akil Baddoo, who came into the game slashing .350/.487/.500 in 25 games since May 14, contributed a double, a single and two runs. All three played key roles in the unraveling ...
The Detroit News
The Adam Duvall hot streak is an enigma, but it doesn’t usually surprise Miami’s slugger
There’s a nonzero chance that Adam Duvall, while he took practice swings in a batting cage somewhere in the bowels of Wrigley Field over the weekend, made a passing mention about how good his swing was feeling. It obviously showed on the field, where he hit two home runs in back-to-back games Friday and Saturday to help the Miami Marlins win a series against the Chicago Cubs, and what he does on the field isn’t usually too far off from his expectations on any given day. “A lot of the times, I’ll know in the cage before the game,” Duvall said. “Like, It’s coming through right today.” The Duvall...
Jeff Wilson: Breaking up is hard to do, but Texas Rangers made right move at shortstop
ARLINGTON, Texas — The relationship had become complicated. Money was involved. There was a new player, younger, and it was time to make a decision. The Texas Rangers went with Isiah Kiner-Falefa in November, moving veteran Elvis Andrus off shortstop. Then came the breakup in February, when they traded Andrus to the Oakland A’s. As a player with no-trade rights, Andrus had to agree to the deal. It was the best move for his career, a chance to play regularly and for a contending team. Kiner-Falefa is holding up his end of the deal, too. He has been an upgrade at one of the most important positi...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Padres' Fernando Tatis Jr. ’50-50' on whether he will participate in Home Run Derby
SAN DIEGO — Fernando Tatis Jr. said he will take “a couple more days” to decide whether he will participate in the Home Run Derby. “It’s 50-50 right now,” he said Tuesday afternoon. “It’s one of my dreams to come true. But at the same time, we have to be smart, see how my body is, see how the shoulder is. We’ll take it from there.” Tatis’ left shoulder popped out of its socket when he hit the ground after diving to try to field a grounder Saturday. He missed Sunday’s series finale against the Reds but returned Monday against the Dodgers and went 2 for 3 with a double, two walks and a stolen ba...
The San Diego Union-Tribune