South Jersey's mystery mud is the only foreign substance allowed by MLB to doctor baseballs
PHILADELPHIA — The mud is found during low tide, shoveled from the banks of the waterway and stuffed into buckets to be brought back to a garage at the Jersey Shore. It has been harvested — which is how Jim Bintliff describes the act of digging up mud — in South Jersey for more than 80 years ever since one of Connie Mack's assistant coaches discovered it could help grip baseballs. And as Major League Baseball clamps down this month on pitchers using foreign substances to doctor balls, this mysterious mud remains the only agent approved by the league to be applied to baseballs. But where exactl...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Good times roll again as Padres power past Reds
SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Padres had been knocked down again and again throughout June. They finally punched back late Thursday night. It may have been just what they needed. Tommy Pham led off Friday’s game with a solo homer and a slumping Wil Myers added two solo shots, helping the Padres to an 8-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night in front of a crowd of 33,456 at Petco Park. The blasts arrived less than 24 hours after Eric Hosmer’s game-tying homer and Victor Caratini’s walk-off shot nullified Mark Melancon’s blown save in the top of the ninth in front of San Diego’s first sellou...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Mariners put together an impressive all-around effort to top high-riding Rays, 5-1
SEATTLE — For those who want to nitpick and find criticism in everything, including victories, the Seattle Mariners’ inability to add runs after the third inning and do more with their multitude of hits on the evening would be viable if not petty complaints. But given their opponent, who came into the series as one of the top teams in the American League and the overall execution with which the Mariners displayed over nine innings in the field, on the mound and at the plate, well, Seattle’s 5-1 home victory over the Tampa Bay Rays felt like one of their better outcomes of the 2021 season. With...
The Seattle Times
SF Giants off to best 70-game start since 1993, extend win streak to five by beating Phillies
SAN FRANCISCO — Throughout a 2021 season in which their roster has been decimated by injuries, the San Francisco Giants have prided themselves on a cliche “next man up” mentality. During a week in which the Giants stayed healthy, they applied that same mentality in a different sense. Regardless of the number of outs in an inning or the score of a game, the next man up in the Giants lineup has been a dangerous hitter. After scoring 37 runs in a four-game sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Giants extended their win streak to five games with a 5-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. Leado...
The Mercury News
Royals stop losing slide at six games with 5-3 victory over Red Sox
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Royals snapped their losing streak at six games with a series-opening 5-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox in front of an announced 29,870 at Kauffman Stadium, their largest home crowd of the season. The Royals (31-37) won at home for the first time since June 4 against the Minnesota Twins. Royals catcher Salvador Perez smashed a home run and moved into sole possession of fifth place on the franchise’s all-time home run list. His 170th homer in a Royals uniform moved him past Hal McRae. Royals shortstop Adalberto Mondesi homered in his third consecutive game, ...
The Kansas City Star
White Sox waste another strong start from Carlos Rodón, fall to Astros on walk-off double in 9th
HOUSTON — Yuli Gurriel scored from first on Yordan Alvarez’s one-out double to right in the ninth inning, giving the Houston Astros a 2-1 win against the Chicago White Sox on Friday at Minute Maid Park. Gurriel singled with one out against reliever Garrett Crochet. Alvarez followed with his game-winning hit down the right-field line for the Astros’ second straight win in the four-game series. The Sox couldn’t take advantage of another great outing by starter Carlos Rodón, who allowed one run on three hits with eight strikeouts and three walks in seven innings. The Sox took a 1-0 lead in the fi...
Adam Duvall’s two home runs power Marlins to 10-2 win over Cubs
CHICAGO — The Miami Marlins had one of their best offensive nights of the season in their 10-2 series-opening win against the Chicago Cubs on Friday at Wrigley Field. Two big swings from Adam Duvall did most of the heavy lifting. Duvall hit a pair of home runs — a third-inning grand slam and a two-run shot in the seventh — to lead the offensive onslaught. Duvall now leads the team with 14 home runs and is third in the National League with 48 RBIs, one behind teammate Jesus Aguilar and the San Diego Padres’ Fernando Tatis Jr. for the NL lead. Duvall capped a five-run third inning for the Marlin...
Mets loosen leash on Joey Lucchesi, Edwin Diaz tumbles in walk-off loss to Nationals
After spending the past month making his plea to go deeper into games, the Mets finally gave Joey Lucchesi a longer leash. On Friday night, Lucchesi for the first time this season faced an opposing lineup the third time through the order. It was a big step for Lucchesi, who last faced a hitter for the third time while pitching for the Padres in 2019. The Mets, this season, had been reluctant to let him go deeper into his outings after a rough start to the year. But now the Mets are playing a bountiful stretch of games that will force them to rely on length from their starting pitchers. Besides...
New York Daily News
Braves rout Cardinals, 9-1, prolong Martinez's unsteady starts
ATLANTA — Even through the lowest stretch of their recent losing, the Cardinals had some element of their game trying to tug them out of the mess. They just couldn’t coordinate. If they got strong pitching, the offense meandered. When the offense had life, the pitching was ejected early, or the defense stumbled. Members of the team mused about what could happen if they got the various facets of their team moving in the same direction. They did Friday. This is not what they had in mind. In loss as troubling individually as this parade of them has been collectively, the Cardinals couldn’t count ...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Tony Kemp, Matt Olson go yard as A’s win in James Kaprielian’s New York return
Tony Kemp’s three-run home run in the sixth inning was the turning point in the Oakland A’s 5-3 win over the New York Yankees on Friday night in the Bronx. It is the A’s seventh straight win. In front of Yankee Stadium crowd at 100% capacity for the first time, James Kaprielian thrived under the spotlight. Perhaps motivated to prove something against a Yankees team that traded him, Jorge Mateo and outfielder Dustin Fowler for pitcher Sonny Gray back in 2017, Kaprielian worked through minimal damage in 5 2/3 innings. Through the fifth inning, Kaprielian allowed all of two hits, but both were ho...
The Mercury News