The Phillies’ Bryce Harper is a hero in Philly and a villain on the road. He likes it that way.
Bryce Harper leaned on the rail of the dugout as the Phillies played out the final innings of a loss in Atlanta earlier this season. He had been heckled all weekend -- as he usually is wherever the Phillies travel -- and one fan was tossing a few more barbs. “You’ll never be as good as Ah-coon-ah,” the fan shouted. “As hard as you try. You’ll never be as good as him.” That was enough. Harper turned around, locked eyes with the heckler, and fired back. He told the fan how to properly say Ronald Acuña Jr.’s last name -- “ah-CUHN-ya”-- and used his hand to motion a tilde mark. A front-row seat ca...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Paul Sullivan: Chicago Cubs are in the spotlight after Anthony Rizzo and Jason Heyward reveal their decisions not to get vaccinated
Chicago Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks believes the media eventually will get back inside major-league clubhouses to interview players, even as many have grown comfortable in a media-free environment since the pandemic led to the ban during 2020 spring training. “You know how we are,” Hendricks said last week in San Diego. “We’d make adjustments to whatever comes our way. When you guys are in there, we know and we adjust to it. When you’re not, we’ve adjusted a little bit and just do our thing.” But for now, players are able to pick and choose when — and if — they’re available, not having to worr...
Coby White’s injury makes adding a point guard an even higher offseason priority for the Chicago Bulls
Addressing the point guard position was already likely near the top of the Chicago Bulls’ offseason to-do list — and that was before the surprising news late last week that Coby White required surgery on his left shoulder. After injuring his shoulder during basketball activities away from the team, which resulted in a torn labrum according to NBC Sports Chicago, White is scheduled to be reevaluated in four months, around mid-October. His recovery could take as long as six months. That puts White’s availability to start the season on time in jeopardy and intensifies the pressure on the Bulls th...
2nd time charm as Jake Bauers goes deep for 1st homer with Mariners to win it 4-3
This time, Jake Bauers had just enough distance. After almost hitting the go-ahead home run in the fifth inning, only to see it caught at the center-field wall, Bauers hit his first homer as a member of the Mariners, just over the wall and out of the reach of Minnesota’s Nick Gordon in the eighth inning. The solo blast proved to be the difference in Seattle’s 4-3 victory over the Twins. The Mariners got solid relief work as JT Chargois, Paul Sewald and Drew Steckenrider combined to pitch the final four innings scoreless, allowing Seattle to come back from an early 3-1 deficit. When Major Leagu...
The Seattle Times
Scary moment for Chad Pinder casts a pall over big win against division foe Angels
The Oakland A’s needed every bit of a five-run big inning to secure their 8-5 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night. The Angels out-hit the A’s 14-8 and threatened in a handful of innings against the A’s bullpen. The big inning saw the A’s bat around against Angels starter Dylan Bundy and reliever James Hoyt. The third inning started off with Mark Canha getting hit by a pitch and Tony Kemp doubling him home and Matt Olson hitting a sacrifice fly to score Kemp. Jed Lowrie and Matt Chapman extended the inning with a walk and a double, respectively, and Mitch Moreland scored both with a...
The Mercury News
Brandon Crawford puts Giants on his back again, hits go-ahead homer in win over Diamondbacks
The Diamondbacks arrived at Oracle Park on Monday due for a road victory while the Giants returned to their waterfront digs following a frustrating trip to the east coast that culminated with the club scoring three runs in four games against the Washington Nationals. The circumstances were ripe for the D’backs to snap a 19-game losing streak against a Giants team coming off a cross-country flight, but once again, Gabe Kapler’s club had its best player put the offense on his back. With a go-ahead, two-run home run in the fifth inning, shortstop Brandon Crawford continued his remarkable start to...
The Mercury News
Tigers lose Boyd early but pound out 10 runs in rout of Royals
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It seemed funny earlier in the day. When the Tigers activated Michael Fulmer from the injured list Monday, and optioned infielder Isaac Paredes back to Toledo, they had 11 relievers on the active roster. Eleven. And just two extra position players. Then starter Matthew Boyd had to leave the game in the third inning Monday night and the move looked prescient. With Boyd gone early, it became the Tigers' fourth bullpen game in five days. The bullpen had eaten up 28.1 innings over the four previous games and now had to cover another 6.2. All arms on deck. Eight relievers followe...
The Detroit News
Cardinals break tie in eighth, beat Marlins 4-2
ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals, who had won only one game in each of the preceding two weeks, got a jump on this week Monday night. Having lost nine of their past 10 and 11 of 13, the Cardinals engaged in a back-and-forth with the Miami Marlins, finally prevailing 4-2 in a battle of bullpens before a paid house of 24,281 at Busch Stadium After Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright, weakening only in the third, held the Marlins to two runs over six innings, Genesis Cabrera, Giovanny Gallegos and Alex Reyes, who gained his 17th save in 17 tries, shut down the Marlins for an inning apiece. The Marlins’ b...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Padres shut down by another starting pitcher in loss to Rockies
DENVER — Dinelson Lamet’s slider went still in the mile-high air, which happens to many pitchers who visit here. The Coors Field effect did not extend to Padres hitters until after they had been dominated yet again by a starting pitcher. Austin Gomber pitched eight shutout innings for the first time in 29 career starts, and the damage the Padres did against Daniel Bard in the ninth left them just short in a 3-2 loss Monday night. This was Gomber’s third start against the Padres this season and the third time their bats have been essentially useless against him. Playing a team that was 16 games...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Chicago Cubs’ 5-game winning streak is snapped with a 5-2 loss to the New York Mets
NEW YORK — Everything fell apart for Chicago Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta in the fourth inning Monday night at Citi Field. Too many pitches were balls out of his hand, and a scoreless game quickly turned into a three-run advantage for the New York Mets. The Cubs couldn’t get going against Mets starter David Peterson and saw their five-game winning streak snapped with a 5-2 loss. Arrieta almost got through the fourth without damage. But with two outs and a runner on first, the next four Mets reached to bring home three runs off Arrieta. Dominic Smith’s solo homer in the fifth and Brandon Drur...