Keller scheduled to start for Royals at Braves
Kansas City Royals (38-64, fourth in the AL Central) vs. Atlanta Braves (60-42, first in the AL East)
Atlanta; Wednesday, 7 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Royals: Brad Keller (6-9, 4.18...
ATLANTA (AP) — Lucas Duda and the Kansas City Royals have endured a miserable season.
A rare meeting against the Atlanta Braves provided a glimmer of joy.
NEW YORK (AP) — Atlanta Braves reliever Anthony Swarzak was placed on the 10-day injured list Sunday with inflammation in his pitching shoulder, a significant blow to the bullpen for the NL East...
ATLANTA (AP) — The Braves have added veteran help for their patchwork bullpen by acquiring right-hander Anthony Swarzak from Seattle for left-hander Jesse Biddle and right-hander Arodys...
Seattle Mariners (18-16, second in the AL West) vs. Cleveland Indians (17-13, second in the AL Central)
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Indians needed something good to happen after watching their ace go down. Tyler Naquin came through for Cleveland.
Naquin's pinch-hit single with two outs in the ninth...
Angels look to stop 4-game losing streak
Seattle Mariners (14-8, second in the AL West) vs. Los Angeles Angels (8-11, fifth in the AL West)
SEATTLE (AP) — Marco Gonzales and Scott Servais had a little argument after the eighth inning. Gonzales, Seattle's No. 1 left-hander, wanted to finish what he started. As his manager, Servais...
Mets get Cano, Diaz and cash from Mariners in 7-player trade
NEW YORK (AP) — Aiming for an instant upgrade after two failing seasons, the New York Mets and their rookie general manager turned to a most familiar face.
The Mets made a splash — that much was certain — when they acquired eight-time All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano and major league saves leader Edwin Diaz from the Seattle Mariners in a seven-player trade Monday.
Wright thinks he will be cleared to rejoin Mets this year
NEW YORK (AP) — Mets captain David Wright believes he will return to the New York Mets this season.
The 35-year-old third baseman participated in a simulated game before Saturday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies. He faced Anthony Swarzak and Tim Peterson and hit an opposite-field homer to right-center off Peterson for his only hit.
Wright has not played in a major league game since May 27, 2016, because of neck, back and shoulder injuries that required surgery.
Mets 3B David Wright set for simulated game in comeback try
NEW YORK (AP) — David Wright is scheduled to participate in a simulated game Saturday at Citi Field, the next step for the New York Mets' captain as he tries to make a major league comeback from neck, back and shoulder injuries.
The third baseman hasn't played in the big leagues since May 2016. He batted a combined .171 (7 for 41) with one double in 10 games for Class A St. Lucie and two with Triple-A Las Vegas last month before his rehab assignment expired on the final day of August.
TORONTO (AP) — In line for his first win in more than two months, Zack Wheeler had to watch as the New York Mets bullpen turned a five-run lead into a two-run deficit.
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. hit a tiebreaking two-run home run in the eighth inning and the Toronto Blue Jays rallied to beat the struggling Mets 8-6 on Tuesday night.
"Wheeler threw a gem," said Mets reliever Anthony Swarzak, who allowed three runs. "We should have won this game."
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Mets have activated third baseman Todd Frazier and reliever Anthony Swarzak from the disabled list.
The Mets made the moves before playing Baltimore on Tuesday night. Frazier was in the starting lineup, batting fourth.
Frazier was hitting .237 with five home runs and 21 RBIs. He had been on the disabled list since May 8 with a strained left hamstring.
ATLANTA (AP) — The New York Mets have been reeling, and first-year manager Mickey Callaway is looking for a way out.
Almost nothing has gone right since New York won its fourth straight game on May 21. It began Wednesday's game against the Atlanta Braves having lost seven of nine and in danger of falling under .500 for the first time this season.
"We've hit rock bottom the last few days and we have to come out of it," Callaway said.
NEW YORK (AP) — On the same day the Mets put new reliever Anthony Swarzak on the disabled list, All-Star outfielder Michael Conforto sounded confident about returning to the lineup in a matter of days.
Swarzak was placed on the 10-day DL after straining a muscle on his left side in his second appearance with New York. The team recalled right-hander Hansel Robles from Triple-A Las Vegas before Tuesday night's game against Philadelphia.
NEW YORK (AP) — New York Mets reliever Anthony Swarzak has been placed on the 10-day disabled list because of a strained left oblique muscle.
The 32-year-old right-hander left Saturday's game against St. Louis and said he'd never felt soreness in that area before.
New York recalled right-hander Hansel Robles from Triple-A Las Vegas on Tuesday. The 27-year-old was 7-5 with a 4.92 ERA in 46 relief appearances last year.
Matz struggles as injuries mount for Mets
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Even before Steven Matz had a shaky spring training debut, it had been another bumpy day for the New York Mets.
Eager to put last season's rash of injuries behind them, the Mets have instead been slowed by various ailments this month under new manager Mickey Callaway.
The Mets said Tuesday that slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes was out of action because of mild shoulder soreness. The team also said ace Jacob deGrom was feeling stiffness in his lower back.
Mets get bargains, like savvy shoppers at a season closeout
NEW YORK (AP) — Todd Frazier stood a few feet away, wearing the No. 21 Mets jersey of Cleon Jones, Carlos Delgado and Lucas Duda. New York general manager Sandy Alderson smiled.
In a depressed free-agent market, Alderson added the third baseman to New York's offseason haul with a $17 million, two-year contract. For a commitment of just $72 million, the Mets brought in Frazier, outfielder Jay Bruce and reliever Anthony Swarzak while retaining shortstop Jose Reyes.
Mets add Lobaton, finalize $14M, 2-year deal with Swarzak
NEW YORK (AP) — The Mets added catcher Jose Lobaton, who will try to earn a roster spot in spring training, and finalized their $14 million, two-year contract with reliever Anthony Swarzak on Friday.
Lobaton will report to big league spring training and compete with Kevin Plawecki for a backup job behind Travis d'Arnaud. Lobaton would get a $1.25 million, one-year contract if added to the 40-man roster.
AP source: Reliever Swarzak, Mets agree to $14M, 2-year deal
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Free-agent reliever Anthony Swarzak is reuniting with Mickey Callaway, the new manager of the New York Mets.
The 32-year-old right-hander and the Mets have agreed to a $14 million, two-year contract, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday at the winter meetings because the agreement has not been announced and is subject to successful physical.
Santana homers, Brewers keep pace in NL Central with 1-0 win
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The zeroes keep piling up for Brewers' pitchers. So are the wins.
Chase Anderson had eight strikeouts in six innings, Domingo Santana homered and the Milwaukee Brewers shut out the Pittsburgh Pirates for the second straight day, 1-0 on Tuesday night.
The Brewers won for the ninth time in 11 games, keeping pace in the NL Central and wild-card races. It was the 12th shutout of the season for the Brewers, tied for the second-most in the NL.
Brewers beat Cubs 3-1 for sweep, close within 2 games
CHICAGO (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers needed to sweep the Chicago Cubs, and they did.
Travis Shaw hit a two-run homer, Zach Davies earned his major league-best 17th win and the Brewers beat Chicago 3-1 Sunday to close within two games of the NL Central leaders.
Suter’s strong outing lifts Brewers past Cubs 2-1
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Brent Suter tossed seven scoreless innings and the Milwaukee Brewer slipped past the Chicago Cubs 2-1 on Friday night to move within one-half game of first place in the National League Central.
Suter (2-1) limited the Cubs to four hits. He struck out five and walked one in a career-long outing.
Milwaukee pushed across a run in the second on Manny Pina's run-scoring groundout.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers bolstered their bullpen on Wednesday, acquiring reliever Anthony Swarzak in a trade with the Chicago White Sox.
The 31-year-old Swarzak is 4-3 with a career-low 2.23 ERA in 41 games this year. The right-hander got four outs for his first career save in Chicago's 3-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Monday.
The Brewers are fighting with the Cubs for the NL Central lead.
The MLB trade deadline is fast approaching, and we already have some significant fantasy baseball players affected by the moves. Not only is there a new batter for the Yankees, but a new closer has emerged, while a Rockies hitter is mashing (surprise, surprise) and a Red Sox hitter is struggling. All of them are in this week's Cheers, Tears and Fears.
Cruz homers as Mariners edge White Sox 4-3
CHICAGO (AP) — Nelson Cruz's balky right knee looked just fine while he jogged around the bases.
Cruz and Kyle Seager homered, and the sloppy Seattle Mariners beat the Chicago White Sox 4-3 on Saturday night for their third straight victory.
NEW YORK — As young and resilient as these new Yankees are, this loss will be a true test of their stress level.
You can’t blame them if they’re as shellshocked as the Stadium crowd of 41,874 was Tuesday night.
Ahead by six, in a big part because rookie catcher Gary Sanchez hit two home runs and drove in four runs, the Yankees were numb as Toronto hit four home runs — two by ex-Bomber Russell Martin — to wrestle an 12-6 win from the jaws of defeat.
San Francisco Giants Regain Winning Ways, Beat New York Yankees in 12 Innings
NEW YORK -- There are must-win games to avoid elimination. There are must-win games to restore sanity.
And there are must-win games that might save a clubhouse from becoming a powder keg. Giants manager Bruce Bochy barked in anger after an inattentive Angel Pagan failed to score on a wild pitch in the 11th inning Saturday at Yankee Stadium. It was the kind of mistake that cannot happen for a team that is not getting clutch hits or finding any breaks.
NEW YORK – Nathan Eovaldi’s return to the rotation went smoothly until Tuesday night’s sixth inning, when he required help.
And that aid wasn’t coming from any of the Big Three in the Yankees’ bullpen.
Carrying a 4.70 ERA over his first 12 appearances in pinstripes, veteran right-hander Anthony Swarzak came to the rescue in a 7-1 win against the first-place Orioles at Yankee Stadium before 31,192 fans.