PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies have signed infielder Logan Forsythe and right-handers Anthony Swarzak, Blake Parker and Trevor Kelley to minor league contracts with invitations to...
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Phillies have declined club options on left-hander Jason Vargas and right-handers Jared Hughes and Pat Neshek.
Vargas was 1-4 with a 5.37 ERA in 11 starts with the...
Miami Marlins (56-105, fifth in the NL East) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (81-80, fourth in the NL East)
Philadelphia Phillies (79-76, fourth in the NL East) vs. Washington Nationals (86-69, second in the NL East)
Atlanta Braves (90-56, first in the NL East) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (75-69, third in the NL East)
Chicago Cubs (64-55, first in the NL Central) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (61-58, fourth in the NL East)
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have made more changes to their ravaged bullpen, designating right-hander Blake Parker for assignment.
Minnesota Twins (54-31, first in the AL Central) vs. Oakland Athletics (47-40, second in the AL West)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Twins encountered a brief roadblock en route to another win over the Royals.
C.J. Cron homered and singled in the go-ahead run in the 10th inning, and Minnesota...
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Mitch Garver demonstrated his value to the Minnesota Twins again Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Angels. Now, Minnesota is hoping it hasn't lost its surprisingly...
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jake Odorizzi pitched seven solid innings to outduel Justin Verlander, Ehire Adrianza homered off Houston's ace and the Minnesota Twins beat the Astros 1-0 on Monday...
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jake Odorizzi punched out Yuli Gurriel looking, and the usually stoic right-hander couldn't help but clench his fist and let out a yell.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — The normally gregarious Rocco Baldelli has been quite tight-lipped about his plans for the closer role, entering his first season as Minnesota's manager.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Relief pitcher Cody Allen and the Los Angeles Angels have finalized a one-year contract for $8.5 million.
He can earn an additional $2 million in performance bonuses for games finished as part of the deal announced Sunday: $250,000 each for 35 and 40, and $500,000 apiece for 45, 50 and 55.
Allen had a career-high 4.70 ERA for Cleveland last season, going 4-6 with 27 saves in 70 games. The 30-year-old righty is the Indians' franchise leader with 149 saves.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have traded reliever John Curtiss to the Los Angeles Angels for minor league infielder Daniel Ozoria.
Curtiss pitched in 17 games for the Twins over the past two seasons, going 0-1 with a 7.20 ERA in 15 innings. He walked six and struck out 17. The right-hander was designated for assignment Monday to make room for pitcher Blake Parker.
The 18-year-old Ozoria played for two rookie-level teams last season, batting a combined .195 with 12 RBIs in 51 games.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have completed a $1.8 million, one-year contract with right-handed reliever Blake Parker, the team's first offseason addition to the bullpen.
Parker could make an additional $1.4 million in bonuses for days on the active roster: $400,000 for 130, $500,000 for 140 and $250,000 each for 150 and 160.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels nearly came through with a no-hitter in a bullpen game.
However, Blake Parker gave up Isiah Kiner-Falefa's single to right with one out in the eighth inning for Texas' first hit and the Angels held on for a 1-0 victory over the Rangers on Tuesday night.
"I left that ball up to Isiah Kiner-Falefa," Parker said. "If I get that down, it's probably a ground ball."
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Isiah Kiner-Falefa singled off Blake Parker with one out in the eighth inning, spoiling the Los Angeles Angels' bid for an unprecedented no-hitter against the Texas Rangers.
Los Angeles was closing in on the record for most pitchers used in a no-hitter. The Houston Astros set the mark with six pitchers while shutting down the Yankees in 2003. Roy Oswalt started that game but was injured in the first inning. The Mariners matched that record in 2012.
CHICAGO (AP) — Andrew Heaney began the season on the disabled list with an elbow injury. Now, the 27-year-old left-hander is on the verge of finishing with a slew of career bests.
Heaney tossed three-hit ball over seven innings and struck out a career-high 12, lifting the Los Angeles Angels over the Chicago White Sox 1-0 Sunday for a three-game sweep.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani struck out nine while throwing 7 2/3 innings of excellent six-hit ball in his seventh career start, and the Los Angeles Angels snapped their five-game skid with a 5-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday.
Martin Maldonado homered and drove in two runs, and Zack Cozart drove in two more runs on sacrifice flies as the Angels wrapped up a disappointing 11-game homestand with only four victories — including both games started by Ohtani (4-1).
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Didi Gregorius wasn't so sure about a curtain call after his 10th-inning home run. Understandable, given his New York Yankees were on the road.
A big contingent of Yankees fans in Anaheim implored him to do it, and Aaron Judge convinced him.
"It was a little weird for me," Gregorius said. "There were a lot of fans here. I didn't expect that to be honest ... (my teammates) told me to give the fans what they wanted. Especially the guy right here (Judge)."
ANAHEIM, California (AP) — Didi Gregorius hit a solo homer in the 10th inning and the New York Yankees won their seventh straight by beating the Los Angeles Angles 4-3 on Friday night after two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani left with an ankle injury.
Gregorius hit a fastball from Blake Parker (0-1) out to right, delighting a big contingent of Yankees fans at Angel Stadium. It was Gregorius' 10th homer of the season but just his first on the road, although he still took a curtain call.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Tyler Skaggs felt so good he even managed to sneak a changeup past a left-handed hitter.
"Which I never do," Skaggs said. "It was one of those things where everything was clicking tonight."
Skaggs pitched into the seventh inning, Mike Trout homered and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Oakland Athletics 2-1 on Friday despite a rocky finish for closer Blake Parker.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Reliever Blake Parker has avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $1.8 million, one-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels.
The Angels reached the deal with Parker on Thursday.
The 32-year-old Parker's deal also includes award bonuses. He gets a raise from $560,000 last season.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels have acquired right-handed reliever Felix Pena from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for cash or a player to be named later.
The Angels announced the deal Monday for Pena, who was designated for assignment by Chicago last week.
Los Angeles also designated left-hander Jason Gurka for assignment.
CHICAGO (AP) — Nicky Delmonico hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Chicago White Sox a 6-4 victory Wednesday night that eliminated the Los Angeles Angels from playoff contention.
Delmonico, who had three hits and three RBIs, lifted his ninth homer to right field on a 2-1 pitch from Blake Parker (3-3), the fifth Angels reliever, after Avisail Garcia had led off the inning with a double.
Minnesota, which lost 4-2 at Cleveland, got the second AL wild card berth.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Blake Parker ran in from the Big A bullpen with the bases loaded and nobody out in the eighth inning. The Los Angeles closer knew he probably had to pull off a six-out save to preserve a victory that the Angels really needed in their playoff chase.
Parker and the Angels haven't been in the best situations in September. They still keep getting it done.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The game kept wearing on, slowly and seemingly out of reach for the Oakland Athletics. They had lost a two-run lead and trailed by five after six innings.
The young A's were far from unnerved.
"The way the game was going, it didn't seem like it was out of reach the whole time," said Oakland's Chad Pinder. "I didn't get that vibe at all in the dugout. We just kept trying to put together good at-bats, and that's what everyone did."
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Adrian Beltre and Drew Robinson hit two-run homers and the Texas Rangers beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-2 on Saturday night.
It was the Rangers' fifth straight game with multiple homers as they moved within a game of .500. The Angels dropped to three games below .500 for the first time since May 13.
BOSTON (AP) — JC Ramirez was solid when the Los Angeles Angels needed him.
Blake Parker's ending was needed even more.
Ramirez rebounded from his shortest career start with six solid innings, Cameron Maybin doubled home a run and scored another and the Angels held off the Boston Red Sox 6-3 on Saturday night.
The Angels look for their fifth series win in their last six on Sunday.
Mitch Moreland hit a solo homer for the Red Sox, who lost for only the third time in their last 13 home games.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Andrelton Simmons as known as one of the finest defensive shortstops in the majors, though that hardly means he doesn't enjoy swinging the bat well.
The Angels shortstop enjoyed his offensive output plenty Wednesday night, drilling a two-run homer in the seventh to snap a tie game and lead Los Angeles to a 7-5 victory over the New York Yankees.
"It's nice to contribute offensively," Simmons said.
TORONTO (AP) — New York manager Joe Girardi said he walked out of Friday's post-game media session because he was upset by questions about his bullpen usage, not because the slumping Yankees lost ground in the AL wild card race and were eliminated from the AL East.
"That's a sign of some of the questions I was asked," Girardi said before Saturday's game. "There's some things I don't like. If I don't like it, I'm not going to deal with it, bottom line."