Is it time to make Trey Lance the 49ers’ starting QB?
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — At the risk of being a prisoner of the moment, the 49ers’ training camp practice on Saturday stood out more than any other in recent memory — at least since Jimmy Garoppolo threw interceptions on five straight attempts a lifetime ago in 2019. Saturday might marked a turning point in the 49ers’ quarterback situation in the impending battle between Trey Lance and Garoppolo. If it hasn’t already begun, which is what coach Kyle Shanahan might be arguing while he refuses to publicly put wind in the rookie’s sails. Saturday was the first time Lance’s athleticism was on display ...
The Sacramento Bee
Marcus Hayes: Dave Dombrowski’s new arms are Phillies game-changers for this season and next. Who knew?
There are good reasons why Dave Dombrowski has two World Series rings and I have none. He’s a better roster builder than I am, and he’s probably a lot smarter in general. Neither very high bars to clear, but still. Where it seemed as if the Phillies had only two options at last week’s trade deadline — sell the farm for modest prospects or sell your prospects for big names — Dombrowski, in his brilliance, saw more. He moved fading pitching prospect Spencer Howard and landed veteran starter Kyle Gibson, closer Ian Kennedy, and flighty pitching prospect Hans Crouse. Instantly, Dombrowski had a ro...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Jed Hoyer is still plotting the Chicago Cubs’ offseason course — but he expects them to be competitive soon: ‘This isn’t a 2012, 2013 situation. This isn’t a long rebuild.’
DENVER — At some point, the Chicago Cubs will fully commit to a path to get the franchise back on course as a perennial postseason contender. While the next two months are largely focused on evaluating the big-league roster and configuring which pieces the Cubs envision helping next year or beyond, how president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer and the front office attack the offseason and add talent to the roster will signal their approach in retooling or rebuilding the team. “I don’t have any interest in just sort of patching things up and saying this is good enough,” Hoyer said Tuesday befo...
Giants’ Kevin Gausman shines, 3 hitters battling for playing time step up in win
PHOENIX — Even with the best record in the majors and a three-game lead in the National League West, the Giants are not immune from concerns. Since the second half began in St. Louis, a starting rotation that ranked among the league’s best before the All-Star break has given fans anxiety with short outings, inconsistent performances and struggles in the middle innings of games. In his last three starts, Giants ace Kevin Gausman had done little to alleviate the worries as the All-Star failed to complete five innings in any of those outings while losing command of one of the most effective pitch...
The Mercury News
Cardinals' attempt to steal a rally foiled as bullpen leaks, outfielders collide and Braves win, 7-4
The start was far better than the day before. The finish they booted. The Cardinals used a crafty double steal in the seventh inning to tie the game Wednesday only to give what they took all away with a long, laborious and momentarily comic eighth innings. The Atlanta Braves snapped a 4-4 tie with three runs, all of them against setup man Giovanny Gallegos, in the top of the eighth to pull away for a 7-4 victory Wednesday night at Busch Stadium. Atlanta laced Gallegos for three hits and a walk in the eighth inning as the righthander tried to hold tight to the tie. A sacrifice fly from No. 8 hi...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Kansas City Royals offense breaks out for four homers and stops slide in Chicago
When they got to two strikes, Kansas City Royals hitters had the opposing pitcher right where they wanted Wednesday night. The first five runs of the game were driven in by Royals batters with two-strike counts, including a first-inning sacrifice fly, a two-out RBI single and a pair of home runs. The Royals smacked four home runs on their way to a 9-1 win over the Chicago White Sox in the second game of the three-game series at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago. The win evened the series at one game apiece, and it set up a rubber match on Thursday night. Three of the four Royals home runs were ...
The Kansas City Star
Rhys Hoskins delivers two big hits, Matt Moore records a huge out in Phillies’ 9-5 victory over Nationals
WASHINGTON -- Wearing a tie-dye shirt and shorts before batting practice here the other day, Rhys Hoskins looked like he was getting ready for a Grateful Dead concert rather than another night in a tightly contested race for the National League East crown. But with 54 games left in this long, strange trip of a Phillies season, the slugging first baseman left no doubt about the confidence level in the clubhouse. “I know the feeling in there is that it’s there for the taking,” Hoskins said. “If we play and we can stay healthy, we feel like we’re the best team in this division and there’s no reas...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Tigers strike out season-high 18 times in 4-1 loss to Red Sox
DETROIT — Tigers rookie Casey Mize was pulling himself out of trouble inning after inning Wednesday night. Tough way to do it against a team as patient and potent as the Red Sox — and they ultimately made him pay, riding three home runs to a 4-1 win at Comerica Park. Mize was mostly unscathed through four innings. The one blemish, he left a 2-1 two-seam fastball (93 mph) out over the plate to former Tiger J.D. Martinez leading off the second inning. The result was familiar. He drove it 401 feet over the wall in right-center. The ball left his bat with an exit velocity of 109 mph. According to ...
The Detroit News
Chicago White Sox added depth and versatility to the bullpen with trade-deadline moves
The Chicago White Sox led by one in the seventh inning Friday, but the Cleveland Indians had a runner on second and the dangerous José Ramírez at the plate. Sox reliever Aaron Bummer got behind in the count 2-0 before getting two called strikes. Ramírez fouled off the next two pitches and took a ball, running the count full. After Ramírez fouled off the eighth pitch of the at-bat, Bummer won the battle on the ninth pitch, striking out Ramírez swinging on a slider. Bummer is focused on building on outings like that. “Every day that we have is an opportunity to get better and help us be in a bet...
Bob Wojnowski: Miggy Milestone March is getting fun, and Tigers riding the wave
DETROIT — Anticipation rises as the fans rise, as the numbers rise. In a Tigers season of rookie revelations and youthful spark, Miguel Cabrera is back to being the show. It’s not a sideshow, and if you thought it was, you’re an idiot (with all due respect). Cabrera is handling his chase for 500 home runs with respectful diligence, more interested in winning games than putting on a performance. Never one to court attention, he can’t help it now, and I think he’s finally appreciating it as much as the fans, who grow louder with each at-bat. Cabrera energizes the crowd and the Comerica Park crow...
The Detroit News