Tampa Bay Rays (30-19, second in the AL East) vs. Cleveland Indians (26-25, second in the AL Central)
Cleveland; Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Rays: Ryne Stanek (0-1, 3.38...
Tampa Bay Rays (29-19, second in the AL East) vs. Cleveland Indians (26-24, second in the AL Central)
Cleveland Indians (20-18, second in the AL Central) vs. Oakland Athletics (19-22, fourth in the AL West)
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The A's have had an entertaining homestand, with three walkoff wins and the majors' first no-hitter this season in a five-day span.
Gregorius hurt; A’s wait; Phils, Pirates, D-Backs out
NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius has torn cartilage in his right wrist and is unsure whether he will be able to play in the AL wild-card game on Oct. 3.
Gregorius, who has 27 homers and 86 RBIs, got injured Saturday when he slid headfirst on Aaron Hicks' 11th-inning double to score the run that clinched a postseason berth for New York, which disclosed the injury after a 6-3 loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday.
Bad day in the Bronx: Didi hurt, Yankees lose to lowly O’s
NEW YORK (AP) — The Yankees' Didi Gregorius tore cartilage in his right wrist while scoring the run that clinched a wild card berth for New York, manager Aaron Boone said after his team wasted a three-run lead in a 6-3 loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday.
Judge, Chapman work out, could return to Yankees this week
NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees slugger Aaron Judge had 11 at-bats in a simulated game and New York closer Aroldis Chapman threw 22 pitches, perhaps the last steps before both are cleared to return to full action.
The team said Judge faced right-handers A.J. Cole and Chance Adams along with minor league left-hander Phillip Diehl at Yankee Stadium on Monday. Judge is recovering from a broken right wrist, sustained when he was hit by a pitch from Kansas City's Jakob Junis on July 26.
Lynn’s solid outing helps Yankees beat White Sox
CHICAGO (AP) — Lance Lynn pitched two-hit ball into the eighth inning in his first start with New York, and the Yankees rebounded from their tough weekend in Boston by beating the Chicago White Sox 7-0 on Monday.
Lynn provided a big boost for New York after it dropped a season-high five straight games, including a four-game sweep by the major league-leading Red Sox. The series concluded with Aroldis Chapman blowing a save opportunity in a 10-inning loss at Fenway Park late Sunday night.
Yankees reinstated AJ Cole from 10-day DL
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees have reinstated right-handed pitcher A.J. Cole from the 10-day disabled list.
Cole completed a brief, two-game rehabilitation stint with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and missed nearly two weeks with a left neck strain.
Acquired from the Washington Nationals for cash considerations on April 23, the 26-year old reliever has struck out 15 and allowed just one earned run over 13 innings with the Yankees.
Yankees acquire RHP A.J. Cole from Nationals for cash
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees have acquired pitcher A.J. Cole from the Washington Nationals, hoping the once-promising righty can find his rhythm in a new place.
The Yankees got Cole for $75,000, a move they announced Monday night following a 14-1 win over Minnesota. Right-hander David Hale was designated for assignment after pitching two scoreless innings to finish off the rout.
The 26-year-old Cole was cut by the Nationals on Friday. He was 1-1 with a 13.06 ERA in four games.
The Nationals drafted right-handed pitcher A.J. Cole out of high school in 2010, eventually traded him to Oakland and then got him back from the A's in another deal.
But the Nationals' infatuation with the Florida native appears to be over, as he was designated for assignment prior to Friday's game against the Dodgers in Los Angeles.
Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy had knee surgery in October and has yet to play in a major league game this season.
Catcher Matt Wieters went on the disabled list April 2 and outfielder Adam Eaton followed nine days later. Starting pitcher A.J. Cole made just two starts before veteran Jeremy Hellickson was slated to take his spot in the rotation Monday night in New York, when the slumping Nationals were set to begin a three-game series against the division-leading Mets.
A.J. Cole walked purposely off the pitcher's mound and glanced briefly at the Nationals bullpen, holding his glove in his right hand as he approached the first-base dugout.
The Washington right-hander accepted congratulations from coaches and teammates with one out in the top of the sixth inning Wednesday afternoon, his day finished after allowing a walk to Nationals nemesis Freddie Freeman.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Washington Nationals' competition for the fifth starter spot could run beyond opening day.
The Nationals signed eight-year veteran Jeremy Hellickson to a minor league contract over the weekend, adding him to the mix that already included A.J. Cole and Erick Fedde. He would get a $2 million, one-year deal if added to the 40-man roster and the chance to earn $4 million in performance bonuses.
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. Nationals right-handed pitcher A.J. Cole missed his start on Monday in Lakeland against the Tigers due to a stomach bug.
But Washington manager Dave Martinez said Tuesday the right-hander from Florida is not out of the running for the No. 5 spot in the rotation.
Cole, 25, is in the mix along with fellow right-handers Erick Fedde and veteran Edwin Jackson, who went three innings in place of Cole against Detroit and gave up one earned run in a 5-4 win.
Taylor homers to lead Nationals past Phillies
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A delay in Bryce Harper's return to the lineup was about the only thing that went wrong for the Washington Nationals on Monday night.
Michael Taylor homered, A.J. Cole allowed one run while pitching into the sixth inning and the Nationals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 3-1.
Ryan Zimmerman doubled and Jayson Werth drove in the other run for the NL East champion Nationals, who extended their franchise record with 50 road wins.
Nationals send Fedde to DL; recall Cole, Severino
MIAMI (AP) — The Washington Nationals placed right-hander Erick Fedde on the 10-day disabled list on Monday, a move that allowed them to recall right-hander A.J. Cole from Triple-A Syracuse.
Cole was starting for the NL East leaders in Miami on Monday night.
The Nationals also recalled catcher Pedro Severino from Syracuse, his fifth recall of the season. He's 3 for 11 in nine appearances with the Nationals this season.
LEADING OFF: Scherzer vs. Giants, Kuechel vs. Rangers
A look at what's happening all around the majors Sunday:
Stanton hit MLB-leading 38th HR as Marlins down Nats 7-3
WASHINGTON (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton admitted he primarily got by on his athleticism during his first seven seasons in the pros. This year, the Marlins' slugger became a student of the game and he's teaching opposing pitchers one long ball lesson after another.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ryan Zimmerman's only struggle with his torrid stretch this season has been finding the words to describe the feeling when every swing is seemingly a hit.
Let manager Dusty Baker try and find an apt comparison.
"That's Bonds-like," he said.
Zimmerman homered, drove in three runs and the dominant slugger in baseball led the Washington Nationals to a 6-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday night.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals optioned Joe Ross to Syracuse on Tuesday after the right-hander struggled in three straight starts.
Washington filled the roster spot by recalling righty A.J. Cole from the Triple-A team.
Ross gave up 15 runs and 20 hits in 15 2/3 innings since his recall from the minors on April 19. He yielded five runs and seven hits over four innings to the New York Mets on Sunday.
Marlins tame Harper, Nationals for 7-4 win
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bryce Harper returned to the lineup, but neither his bat nor spot starter A.J. Cole helped the Washington Nationals in their pursuit of home-field advantage opening the playoffs.
Christian Yelich homered and Dee Gordon's infield single in the sixth inning scored the go-ahead run as the Miami Marlins beat the NL East champion Nationals 6-4 on Friday night.
Nationals’ Cole suspended 5 games for throwing at Kang
NEW YORK (AP) — Washington Nationals pitcher A.J. Cole has been suspended for five games and fined for throwing a pitch near the head of Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Jung Ho Kang on Saturday.
Cole appealed the punishment announced by Major League Baseball on Tuesday.
Cole is 1-2 with a 5.09 ERA in seven starts this season for the NL East champion Nationals. The 24-year-old right-hander is a long shot to make Washington's postseason roster.
Pirates fall again, playoff hopes dim with loss to Nats
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A season that's spiraled away from the Pittsburgh Pirates spilled into frustration Sunday.
On the edge of elimination from the playoff race with a 10-7 loss to Washington, the Pirates got into a bench-clearing skirmish after Nationals star Bryce Harper injured his left thumb trying to avoid a fake tag by third baseman Jung Ho Kang.
The Pirates are five games behind in the NL wild-card race with a week left.
One inning costs Cole in Nationals’ 4-1 loss to Braves
WASHINGTON (AP) — With Stephen Strasburg joining Joe Ross as sidelined members of the Washington Nationals' starting rotation, the team's young prospects like A.J. Cole are filling the void.
Cole's latest effort was done in by one bad inning as he surrendered two third-inning homers in Washington's 4-1 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday night.
Harper, Nats win 4th in row, steal it from Syndergaard, Mets
NEW YORK (AP) — Bryce Harper, Trea Turner and the Washington Nationals stole this one from Noah Syndergaard.
Harper hit two doubles and became the latest player to swipe a base against Syndergaard, helping A.J. Cole post his first major league win as the Nationals beat the New York Mets 4-1 Friday night.
Washington won its fourth in a row and increased its NL East bulge over the wild card-contending Mets to 10 1/2 games.
Blackmon homers twice as Rockies beat Nats 9-4 in 11 innings
WASHINGTON (AP) — Charlie Blackmon hit two home runs, including the go-ahead shot in the 11th inning, as the Colorado Rockies beat the Washington Nationals 9-4 Saturday to snap a four-game losing streak.
NL MVP Bryce Harper was ejected in the 10th inning after getting called out on strikes. The Nationals star yelled at plate umpire Mike Winters from close range and threw his helmet to the ground after being tossed.
Nationals fall to Orioles 4-3, ruining Cole’s debut
BALTIMORE (AP) — There was only one thing missing from A.J. Cole's first outing of 2016: a victory.
Summoned from the minors to fill in for scheduled starter Stephen Strasburg, Cole allowed five hits over seven innings Monday night in the Washington Nationals' 4-3 loss to the Baltimore Orioles.
Cole (0-1) struck out eight and walked two in his season debut. Although he gave up four runs, the right-hander went deep into the game against a power-hitting contender.