St. Louis visits Chicago, looks to build on Flaherty’s strong outing
St. Louis Cardinals (86-67, first in the NL Central) vs. Chicago Cubs (82-71, third in the NL Central)
Chicago; Friday, 2 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Cardinals: Michael Wacha (6-7,...
Frazier, Bell help rally Pirates past Cardinals 9-4
PITTSBURGH (AP) — St. Louis' bullpen is a big reason why it leads the NL Central.
It just didn't work so well Friday night.
Adam Frazier capped Pittsburgh's six-run seventh inning with...
Hudson, Cards take no-hit bid into 8th and blank Brewers 3-0
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Only when Dakota Hudson reached the dugout after being removed from the game did he realize something was different.
"Guys were giving me hugs instead of handshakes," the...
Grandal breaks up Cards’ bid for combined no-hitter in 8th
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Yasmani Grandal has ended the St. Louis Cardinals' bid for a combined no-hitter against the Milwaukee Brewers with a two-out double in the eighth inning.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — As the Los Angeles Dodgers' oldest player, Russell Martin figures he has an extra appreciation for this club's remarkable string of impossibly dramatic victories at Chavez...
Houston Astros (66-39, first in the AL West) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (56-47, first in the AL Central)
Arizona Diamondbacks (47-45, second in the NL West) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (44-45, third in the NL Central)
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Marlins outfielder JT Riddle wiped out two months of frustration with one swing of the bat.
Riddle hit a two-run homer in the 11th inning, Zac Gallen was effective in his...
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Ozzie Albies was not about to back down.
The Atlanta infielder finished a 10-pitch at-bat by singling in the tying run in the ninth inning to kick-start the Braves to a 4-3,...
Atlanta Braves (29-24, second in the NL East) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (26-25, fourth in the NL Central)
Gyorko homers as Cardinals rally past Braves 6-3
ST. LOUIS (AP) — This time, the St. Louis Cardinals made a couple of big plays down the stretch.
Hasn't happened very much in May.
Pinch hitter Jedd Gyorko connected for a three-run...
Pittsburgh Pirates (18-17, fourth in the NL Central) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (22-17, third in the NL Central)
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Trevor Williams didn't have his prettiest outing, but he'll take it.
Adam Frazier opened the game with a homer, Starling Marte drove in the game-winner and Williams allowed...
Wacha, Cardinals cool off Yelich, beat Brewers 6-3
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Michael Wacha effectively cooled off NL MVP Christian Yelich, and the St. Louis Cardinals finally broke through against the reigning division champs.
Molina, Goldschmidt power Cardinals past Dodgers 4-0
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Cardinals manager Mike Shildt praised Marcell Ozuna for his effort.
It definitely was a memorable performance.
Ozuna misplayed Kiké Hernández's drive in the eighth...
PHOENIX (AP) — Carson Kelly drilled a single into the left field corner, scoring Nick Ahmed with two outs in the ninth inning to lift the Arizona Diamondbacks over the struggling Boston Red Sox...
Padres rally for 6-4 win against Miller, Cardinals
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Austin Hedges loves the depth of San Diego's lineup.
Hedges and Manny Machado each hit a two-run homer off Andrew Miller in the eighth inning, helping the Padres beat the...
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American League Central capsules
Capsules of American League Central teams, listed in order of finish last year:
John Mozeliak watched how the St. Louis Cardinals were galvanized following a managerial change midway through last season, then made a spirited run toward the playoffs that came up just...
Indians reloading bullpen after down season, departures
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Dan Otero is a man of words. Not just because the steady reliever fills out crossword puzzles, but because he chooses words carefully, as in politely noting the operative...
Cardinals newcomer Miller feels for unsigned free agents
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — All-Star reliever Andrew Miller wonders whether, by signing Manny Machado, the San Diego Padres are becoming the new face of "Moneyball."
Remodeled Indians enter ’19 season with major questions
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Indians swung a wrecking ball at their roster this offseason.
With a frugal eye on their future, the three-time defending AL Central champions slashed payroll by nearly $20 million while letting core championship players like All-Star outfielder Michael Brantley, franchise career saves leader Cody Allen, reliever Andrew Miller and others leave as free agents while trading slugger Edwin Encarnacion, catcher Yan Gomes and first baseman Yonder Alonso.
Perez stays with Indians, agrees to $2.5M, 1-year deal
CLEVELAND (AP) — Left-handed reliever Oliver Perez is staying with the Cleveland Indians, agreeing to a $2.75 million, one-year contract.
Perez's deal, announced Friday, includes a $2.75 million team option for 2020 that would become guaranteed if he pitches in 55 games this year. The 2020 salary would become guaranteed at $3 million if he pitches in 60 games this year.
Cards hope a healthy Miller reverses recent relief trend
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals hope a healthy Andrew Miller can help reverse their recent luck with new relievers.
Coming off a series of injuries, Miller got a two-year deal with the Cardinals last month. Recent relief signings haven't worked out too well for St. Louis — Brett Cecil, Luke Gregerson and Greg Holland weren't able to replicate their past success.
Cardinals reach $25M, 2-year deal with Andrew Miller
ST. LOUIS (AP) — When healthy, Andrew Miller has been one of baseball's top relievers. The St. Louis Cardinals are banking on a return to form.
Miller agreed to a $25 million, two-year deal with St. Louis that includes a club option and performance bonuses that could make it worth $36 million over three seasons.
Miller stumbles, Indians fall into 2-0 ALDS hole vs Astros
HOUSTON (AP) — Two Octobers after sparking a reliever revolution, Andrew Miller came up empty.
Miller failed to get an out in relief of starter Carlos Carrasco, allowing a go-ahead double to Marwin Gonzalez as the Cleveland Indians lost to Houston 3-1 Saturday and fell into a 2-0 AL Division Series deficit.
"I wasn't good," Miller said. "I wasn't effective."
Justus Sheffield brought up to Yankees, could make debut
NEW YORK (AP) — Left-hander Justus Sheffield was put on the roster by the New York Yankees and could make his major league debut this week.
The 22-year-old Sheffield was 6-4 with a 2.56 ERA in 15 starts and five relief appearances for Triple-A Scranton Wilkes/Barre this year after going 1-2 with a 2.25 ERA in five starts for Double-A Trenton. New York moved him to the bullpen in late August as preparation for a possible callup as a reliever.
Indians’ Central clinching stalled with 5-4 loss to Tigers
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Indians' sprint to another division title has turned into a crawl.
Andrew Miller gave up two RBI doubles in the seventh inning as Cleveland's march to a third straight AL Central championship was slowed by the Detroit Tigers, who beat the Indians 5-4 on Friday night to end a 10-game losing streak at Progressive Field.
AL Central-leading Indians get Miller back, Donaldson next
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The AL Central-leading Cleveland Indians got star reliever Andrew Miller back Monday and plan to put former AL MVP third baseman Josh Donaldson in the starting lineup Tuesday.
Miller has been out since late August with a left shoulder injury, the latest setback in a rough season for the two-time All-Star. Miller has a 3.38 ERA in 24 innings, though he pitched better in August before his shoulder flared up.
The Indians made the move before playing at Tampa Bay.
Indians’ Miller back on disabled list with shoulder issue
CLEVELAND (AP) — Andrew Miller's start-and-stop season has been disrupted again.
The Cleveland Indians placed the invaluable reliever on the 10-day disabled list with shoulder soreness, an injury the AL Central leaders hope gets better in time for the postseason.
Manager Terry Francona said Miller complained about his shoulder Tuesday and, after consulting with the team's medical staff, received a cortisone injection.
Indians activate Miller from DL, designate McAllister
CLEVELAND (AP) — Andrew Miller has watched every game for two months. He's now ready to help the Cleveland Indians accomplish something special.
Miller was activated Friday after being out because of inflammation in his right knee. The left-hander, who was on the 60-day disabled list, has been sidelined since May 26. Miller also missed time earlier in the season with a strained left hamstring.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Right-hander Shane Bieber was recalled by Cleveland from Triple-A Columbus to start against Pittsburgh on Tuesday night.
Infielder Yandy Diaz was optioned to Columbus to make room for Bieber, who is 5-1 with a 3.53 ERA in seven starts this season for the Indians.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — With an eye on October and beyond, the AL Central-leading Cleveland Indians scooped up All-Star closer Brad Hand and fellow reliever Adam Cimber from the rebuilding San Diego Padres in exchange for switch-hitting catching prospect Francisco Mejia.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Indians manager Terry Francona trusted Corey Kluber to keep the Yankees from scoring.
At this point, he has no better option.
Kluber gave up a go-ahead double to Aaron Hicks with one out in the eighth inning as New York scored late against Cleveland's ace and downed the Indians 7-4 on Thursday night in the Yankees' first visit to Progressive Field since last year's AL playoffs.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Indians reliever Andrew Miller threw off the mound Wednesday at Progressive Field, a major stride in his recovery from knee inflammation.
"Really well," manager Terry Francona said describing Miller's workout, which was closely observed by pitching coach Carl Willis. "I think every time he throws, he takes a step in the right direction."
CLEVELAND (AP) — Andrew Miller won't help the Indians until after the All-Star break.
The excellent late-inning reliever, who pushed Cleveland through the postseason in 2016, has made progress with his right knee injury but will not be activated until later this month. Miller has been sidelined with inflammation in his knee since May 26, and his comeback recently stalled.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland Indians left-hander Andrew Miller won't throw off a mound for 10 days and the team says there's no timetable for when its ace reliever will return while he continues to deal with a sore right knee.
Miller has been on the 10-day disabled list since May 26. Manager Terry Francona said Saturday that Miller will play catch and work on strengthening his knee. Miller was on the DL twice last season with patella tendinitis.
CHICAGO (AP) — Cleveland Indians star reliever Andrew Miller is just about ready to start facing live batters.
Manager Terry Francona says the two-time All-Star had his "best" bullpen session Monday since he was placed on the 10-day disabled list in late May because of inflammation in his left knee. He will likely throw another one Wednesday and could start facing some hitters once the team opens a nine-game homestand on Friday.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Andrew Miller can start a throwing program as the Indians' All-Star reliever battles inflammation in his right knee.
Miller, who is on the disabled list for the third time in the past year because of soreness in his knee, visited a specialist in New York on Tuesday. The club said Dr. David Altchek confirmed a previous diagnosis and the left-hander can "begin a gradual progression back to mound activity."
CLEVELAND (AP) — Indians pitcher Andrew Miller visited a specialist in New York on Tuesday to have his injured left knee examined.
Miller, a dominant presence in Cleveland's bullpen since being acquired in 2016, was examined by New York Mets medical director Dr. David Altchek at the Hospital For Special Surgery.
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians' beleaguered bullpen suffered another jolt when Andrew Miller went on the disabled list Saturday.
A few hours later. the relievers played a major role in an 8-6 win over the Houston Astros.
Zach McAllister, Tyler Olson, Dan Otero and Cody Allen combined to allow one run over the final 3 1/3 innings to make four homers hold up.
"That's a big pick-me-up right there," said Allen, who pitched a perfect ninth for his eighth save. "That was a game we really needed."
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland Indians reliever Andrew Miller is back on the 10-day disabled list, this time with inflammation in his right knee, and there's no timetable for his return.
The AL Central-leading Indians made the move Saturday, a day after the lefty gave up three runs and got just two outs in an 11-2 loss to Houston.
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Houston Astros kicked off a late rally Friday night against relief ace Andrew Miller, then put their entire offensive arsenal on display.
Jose Altuve tied it with a two-run double off Miller in the eighth and then scored the go-ahead run on Marwin Gonzalez's squeeze bunt, and the Astros scored 11 times in the final two innings to beat the Cleveland Indians 11-2.
Plutko, Miller pitch Indians past Cubs 1-0
CHICAGO (AP) — Adam Plutko was nervous. Not about making his second major league start, really. It was all about stepping to the plate.
Once that was over, everything fell into place.
Plutko carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning and Andrew Miller provided stellar relief work, helping the Cleveland Indians beat the Chicago Cubs 1-0 on Wednesday night.
Two years ago, the Cleveland bullpen led the way when the Indians overcame significant injuries in their starting rotation and won the American League pennant.
Now, the fickle nature of relief pitching is holding the AL Central favorites back.
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Catching up: Judge’s grab, Tanaka, Bird lift Yanks in Game 3
NEW YORK (AP) — Good thing for Masahiro Tanaka and the Yankees that Aaron Judge is 6-foot-7.
Judge reached high and prevented a home run to save Tanaka's seven-inning gem, Greg Bird homered off relief ace Andrew Miller, and New York edged the Cleveland Indians 1-0 Sunday night in Game 3 to extend their AL Division Series.
"He was brilliant," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said about Tanaka. "He gave us everything we needed."
Bauer power: Indians baffle Judge, Yanks 4-0 in ALDS opener
CLEVELAND (AP) — Trevor Bauer made Aaron Judge look silly, and made his manager look like a genius.
One year after nearly costing the Indians a trip to the World Series, Bauer helped them take the first step back.