Steve Hummer: Braves' name change is inevitable
ATLANTA — Remember that 1995 World Series? David Justice's home run? Tom Glavine's unyielding presence on the mound? The Braves most shining moment when Marquis Grissom gloved the last fly ball, overcoming the Cleveland Guardians? OK, adjust the horizontal hold on your memory ever so slightly. Some will recall the Cleveland team bearing another nickname at the time, not that it really matters. The glory of the moment hereabouts, the everlasting significance of Atlanta's first professional championship in any of the Big Three sports, remains unchanged. On Friday, Cleveland the franchise made go...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Wild pitch gives Mariners win over A’s
SEATTLE — Has that magical mojo returned to the ballpark in the SoDo district? Well, let’s not go that far. But something is definitely going on T-Mobile Park that makes one wonder if something special might be happening with a team that continues to exceed expectations. For the second straight night, the Seattle Mariners’ winning run came when an Oakland A’s reliever couldn’t throw a pitch close enough to be caught by the catcher. With two outs and the bases loaded, A’s closer Lou Trivino had the unenviable task of facing Mitch Haniger, who had a double and two homers on the night. But Hanige...
The Seattle Times
SF Giants miss their first-half ace in loss to Pittsburgh Pirates
SAN FRANCISCO — It started with the Pittsburgh Pirates loading the bases in the first inning and ended with San Francisco Giants outfielder Mike Tauchman tossing sub-70-mph fastballs in his first career pitching appearance. One pitch into the Giants’ game Saturday against the Pirates, Kevin Gausman was already in a hole. By the time reliever John Brebbia was jogging in from the bullpen in the with one out in the fifth, the Pirates had tagged Gausman for four runs and would add two more by inning’s end. With a second subpar outing since the All-Star break, Gausman’s ERA climbed above 2.00 for t...
The Mercury News
Taijuan Walker struggles again as Mets fall to Blue Jays, 10-3
NEW YORK — After a dominant first half, Taijuan Walker has looked human for the better part of a month. It finally caught up to the Mets on Saturday night, when Walker gave up six runs in four innings and the Mets fell to the Blue Jays, 10-3. Unlike Walker’s last start, where he gave up six runs but the Mets rallied for a bizarre win, the bats couldn’t bail him out this time. The offense did manage to chase Jays starter Hyun Jin Ryu, who gave up 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings in a rare poor start against the Mets. Ryu has generally owned the Mets in his career; he came in with a 1.23 ERA against the...
New York Daily News
Tigers squander 6-run lead to Royals, lose sixth straight on road
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — This one is going to leave a mark. On a night the heat index climbed over 100 degrees, the Tigers saw a 6-0 lead go up in flames Saturday night. Powered by two long and loud three-run home runs, the Royals celebrated Alex Gordon Day at Kauffman Stadium with a rousing 9-8 win. After scoring four times in the bottom of the fifth against starter Casey Mize, the Royals scored five off reliever Kyle Funkhouser in the seventh. Carlos Santana, with two on and one out, drove a 97-mph, 3-2 sinker from Funkhouser 422 feet beyond the Royals’ bullpen in right field. The three-run shot f...
The Detroit News
Rangers fall to Astros as losing streak reaches 11 games
HOUSTON — At least they weren’t no-hit again. The Texas Rangers lost their 11th consecutive game Saturday, their longest losing streak in 39 years. The Rangers, who lost to the Houston Astros, 4-1, at Minute Maid Park, were held hitless until Isiah Kiner-Falefa’s shallow fly dropped in right-center in the eighth inning. Andy Ibanez’s solo homer in the ninth prevented the shutout. Kyle Gibson walked a career-high eight batters and took the loss despite grunting his way through six innings. Only two of the three runs he allowed were earned. The losing streak, however, reached 11 games, the third...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Cardinals can't overtake Reds as Winker powers Cincy's 5-3 victory
CINCINNATI — The steady drumbeat of offense at a ballpark prone to a little percussion proved enough for the Cincinnati Reds to stay ahead of the Cardinals even when they had that one, seemingly inevitable swing at changing the tune. The Reds piled up the chances early against rookie starter Jake Woodford and the runs later as Jesse Winker capped his three-hit game with a two-run homer in seventh. That proved pivotal as the Reds, who had runners on in seven innings and scored in three of them, outpaced the Cardinals for a 5-3 victory Saturday night at Great American Ball Park. The loss assured...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Vince Velasquez gets rocked in another short start and other observations from the Phillies’ 15-3 loss to Braves
PHILADELPHIA — Dave Dombrowski stood in front of a small handful of reporters Saturday and declared, unequivocally and with a straight face, that the Phillies will be buyers at the trade deadline in six days. A few hours later, his players made him look delusional. Vince Velasquez gave up almost as many runs (six) as he got outs (seven), a recurring theme lately for him. The offense didn’t deliver any hits with a runner in scoring position. And after another bashing of the bullpen in a 15-3 pummeling by the Atlanta Braves, manager Joe Girardi turned to infielder Ronald Torreyes to lob 60-mph p...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Jesus Aguilar’s go-ahead hit and Braxton Garrett’s career day lead Marlins past Padres, 3-2
MIAMI — Jesus Aguilar hit a go-ahead two-run single in the seventh inning to lift the Miami Marlins to a 3-2 win over the San Diego Padres on Saturday while backup starting pitcher Braxton Garrett had a career day on the mound. The Marlins are now 42-57 on the season. The Padres are 58-43. Aguilar, with the bases loaded and one out, lined a 92.3-mph sinker from Padres reliever Tim Hill to center field. Magneuris Sierra, pinch-running for Sandy Leon, scored from third. Miguel Rojas, scored from second. Aguilar was thrown out trying to get to second after Padres center fielder Trent Grisham thre...
Yankees come back for 4-3 win to stop the bleeding in Boston
BOSTON — After two devastating losses here and despite some sloppy play early, the Yankees showed some fight. They rallied in the eighth inning Saturday afternoon to pull out a 4-3 win over the Red Sox at Fenway Park. The Yankees (51-46) have now won three of the 12 games they have played against the Red Sox (60-39) this season. It was their first win at Fenway this year. They are still eight games behind Boston in the American League East, even with the win. Aroldis Chapman worked around a two-out walk and double to hold on and pick up his second save in as many appearances after going a mont...
New York Daily News