Another term: Judge has MLB’s top selling jersey again

Baseball 09/28/18, 12:41

Aaron Judge again has baseball's most popular jersey.MLB says the Yankee slugger's No. 99 was the top seller for the second straight season. Judge beat out 2017 AL MVP Jose Altuve, who will be trying to repeat as a World Series champion with the Houston Astros next month.Judge and the ...

Dahl homers in 4th straight, Rockies open 1-game lead

Baseball 09/28/18, 04:03

After getting swept in Los Angeles, Colorado dropped 2½ games behind the Dodgers and had an off day before three games in Arizona. The Rockies held a team meeting."You've got two options: You can sit at your locker and cry about it, or you can flush it out and show ...

Leading off: Cards vs Cubs, Rockies-Nats highlight weekend

Baseball 09/28/18, 04:02

A look at what's happening around the majors on Friday:WRIGLEY FIELD SHOWDOWNRight-hander Kyle Hendricks (13-11) starts for the Chicago Cubs in the opener of their big season-ending series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Right-hander Adam Wainwright will be on the mound for the Cardinals. While the Cubs have clinched a ...

Astudillo drives in career-high 4 as Twins top Tigers 9-3

Baseball 09/28/18, 04:02

Willians Astudillo has quickly become a fan favorite in Minnesota. Games like the one Astudillo had Thursday only help add to the reputation of the player affectionately known as "La Tortuga."Astudillo had a career-high four RBIs, Tyler Austin added three and the Twins beat the Detroit Tigers 9-3.Astudillo, playing in ...

Cubs beat Pirates 3-0, open 1-game NL Central lead

Baseball 09/28/18, 04:02

Jon Lester felt he wasn't as sharp as usual, though the Cubs and their ace left-hander came through in the clutch.Lester combined with three relievers on a four-hitter, David Bote hit an early two-run triple and the Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-0 on Thursday night to open a one-game ...

Perez’s single in 10th gives Royals 2-1 win over Indians

Baseball 09/28/18, 04:01

Salvador Perez got the big hit, though Adalberto Mondesi may have made the biggest plays.Before Alex Gordon's walk and Perez's game-winning single in the 10th inning, the fourth walk-off RBI of his career and second in two weeks, it was Mondesi's two-out walk and two steals that set the stage ...

Rangers break through in seventh, beat Mariners 2-0

Baseball 09/28/18, 01:08

First baseman Ronald Guzman broke a tie with an RBI single in the seventh inning, and the Texas Rangers snapped a three-game losing streak with a 2-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Thursday night.Guzman hammered reliever Zach Duke's sinking fastball into the right-center gap, scoring Ryan Rua, who reached ...

Pirates expect Jung Ho Kang to return this weekend

Baseball 09/27/18, 20:35

The Pittsburgh Pirates expect infielder Jung Ho Kang to join the club Friday and be active for a season-ending season at Cincinnati in what would be his first major league appearance in two years.The 31-year-old didn't play in North America between September 2016 and June 2018 because of visa issues ...

Cubs’ Bryant out of lineup for 2nd day with bruised wrist

Baseball 09/27/18, 19:34

Cubs slugger Kris Bryant is out of the starting lineup for a second straight day with a bruised left wrist.Bryant was hit by a pitch from Pittsburgh's Chris Archer on Tuesday. Chicago manager Joe Maddon says Bryant could be available as a pinch hitter on Thursday night and as a ...

Astros-Orioles rained out; makeup doubleheader Saturday

Baseball 09/27/18, 18:56

The Houston Astros aren't going to simply go through the motions while closing out the regular season.Houston's game against the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday night was postponed by rain, meaning the Astros will squeeze in four games over the final three days, including a doubleheader on Saturday.Not a problem for ...

Russell out for rest of regular season during MLB inquiry

Baseball 09/27/18, 16:12

Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell will miss the rest of the regular season while Major League Baseball investigates domestic violence allegations from his ex-wife.MLB and the players' association have agreed to extend his administrative leave by four days through Sunday. Russell was first placed on administrative leave Sept. 21.Melisa Reidy ...

Whiff of offense: Ks top hits, lowest average since ’72

Baseball 09/27/18, 02:40

Strikeouts are likely to exceed hits over a full season for the first time in major league history. The .248 batting average has dropped to its lowest level since 1972, the year before the designated hitter. Lefty hitters have fared even worse, a .244 average that is their lowest average ...

Marquez racks up K’s, Rox rout Phils 14-0, take over lead

Baseball 09/27/18, 01:13

The start of the game could not have gone much better for German Marquez.And the end was a pleasure, too, for to the Colorado Rockies, who moved back into the NL West lead.The hard-throwing Marquez started with eight straight strikeouts to match a modern-era big league record, and the Rockies ...

Leading off: Rockies, Cubs try to improve playoff position

Baseball 09/27/18, 01:13

A look at what's happening around the majors on Thursday:ROCK 'EMColorado has won six in row, boosting its playoff position. The NL West leaders aim for a four-game sweep when they take on the Phillies at Coors Field, having outscored them 34-4 so far in the series. Antonio Senzatela (6-6, ...

Chicago Cubs clinch 4th straight postseason berth

Baseball 09/26/18, 23:52

The Chicago Cubs have clinched their fourth straight postseason berth, getting into the playoffs when Milwaukee beat St. Louis.The Cubs were still playing Pittsburgh at Wrigley Field on Wednesday when their trip to the playoffs was assured. The Brewers also locked up a playoff spot with their victory.Chicago (91-66) began ...

Tanaka struggles in Yankees’ 8-7 loss to Rays

Baseball 09/26/18, 23:22

Masahiro Tanaka gave up four runs and six hits over four-plus innings in his final start before the playoffs in the New York Yankees' 8-7 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night.New York started play with a 2 ½-game lead over Oakland to host next Wednesday's AL wild-card ...

Marquez ties modern-day MLB mark with 8 Ks to start game

Baseball 09/26/18, 22:06

Colorado Rockies right-hander German Marquez has tied a modern-day major league record with eight straight strikeouts to begin a game on his way to setting the franchise record for most Ks in a season.Marquez matched a mark Wednesday against Philadelphia that was set by Houston lefty Jim Deshaies on Sept. ...

Braves SS Swanson torn hand ligament, playoff status unclear

Baseball 09/26/18, 19:22

Atlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson has a partially torn ligament in his left hand and it's unclear if he will be available in the postseason for the NL East champions.Swanson traveled from New York to Atlanta on Wednesday to get his wrist and hand examined by team doctors. He will ...

Gregorius, Hicks could return to Yankees this weekend

Baseball 09/26/18, 18:46

New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius and center fielder Aaron Hicks could return from injuries during a regular season-ending series this weekend at Boston.Gregorius was cleared to resume baseball activities after a hand specialist examined his right wrist. Gregorius tore cartilage in the wrist during a head-first slide last weekend ...