Washington Nationals (14-21, fourth in the NL East) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (22-16, third in the NL Central)
Washington Nationals (14-20, fourth in the NL East) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (21-16, third in the NL Central)
Capsules of National League Central teams, listed in order of finish last year:
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels have signed pitcher Dan Jennings to a minor league contract with an invite to big league spring training.
A team-by-team look at the National League Central entering spring training, including key players each club acquired and lost, and dates of the first workout for pitchers and catchers, and the full squad:
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Scooter Gennett burned his former team in a big way Tuesday night.
Gennett hit a tiebreaking solo homer with two out in the ninth, helping the Cincinnati Reds beat Milwaukee 9-7 and prevent the Brewers from gaining ground in the National League playoff race.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — One late-inning rally wasn't enough for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Trailing and down to their final out on two occasions, the Pirates managed a 7-6 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers that gave them the first five-game sweep in the majors in nearly a dozen years.
CHICAGO (AP) — Brewers first baseman Eric Thames had surgery on his left thumb, and Milwaukee said it expects him to return in six-to-eight weeks.
Dr. Donald Sheridan operated Friday in Scottsdale, Arizona.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Junior Guerra settled in after a shaky first inning, and Eric Thames made sure the effort wasn't wasted.
Thames hit a two-run homer to back a three-hitter from Guerra and three relievers, lifting the Milwaukee Brewers over the Cincinnati Reds 2-0 on Tuesday night.
"Especially how the score ended up, I was happy to kind of help the team win on that one," Thames said. "But pitching was also good for us."
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Following a pair of extra-inning games, the Milwaukee Brewers hoped to establish a decent margin in their series finale against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Matt Albers held on to a one-run lead in the ninth inning to earn his first save for Milwaukee, retiring Kolten Wong and Dexter Fowler to strand a pair of runners, and the Brewers beat the Cardinals 3-2 Wednesday.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays have released reliever Dan Jennings, a move that enables them to avoid paying most of his $2,375,000 salary in a non-guaranteed contract.
The 30-year-old left-hander, who receives $574,597 termination pay instead of his full salary, went 3-1 with a 3.45 ERA in 77 games for the Rays and Chicago White Sox last season. He is 12-13 with a 2.90 ERA in 310 career big league appearances over six seasons with three teams.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Closer Alex Colome and All-Star designated hitter/outfielder Corey Dickerson are among seven players who agreed to one-year contracts with the Tampa Bay Rays, avoiding salary arbitration.
Infielders Matt Duffy and Brad Miller, outfielder Steven Souza, Jr., catcher Jesus Sucre and relief pitcher Dan Jennings also reached terms before Friday's deadline for players and teams to exchange proposed salaries for next season.
CHICAGO (AP) — Aaron Bummer got to know Dan Jennings while he was in spring training with the Chicago White Sox.
Now Jennings is off to Tampa Bay, and Bummer is taking his spot with the big league club.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Royals had four walk-off wins during a homestand for the first time since April 2000.
Brandon Moss hit a game-ending double off Tyler Clippard that lifted Kansas City over the White Sox 5-4 Sunday, extending Chicago's longest losing streak in four years to nine games.
SEATTLE (AP) — Jarrod Dyson needed every bit of his speed to get into scoring position. Guillermo Heredia's clutch hit allowed Dyson a chance to jog home with winning run.
Heredia's pinch-hit, two-out single in the ninth inning scored Dyson from second base to give the Seattle Mariners a 5-4 win over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday night.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — With three Garcias behind him in the outfield and Matt Davidson getting his back at the plate, Dylan Covey's big league debut was a memorable one.
Covey pitched one-run ball into the sixth inning and Davidson homered in the seventh to lift the Chicago White Sox to a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Friday night.
CHICAGO (AP) — Relief pitcher Dan Jennings agreed to a $1.4 million, one-year contract with the Chicago White Sox, and right-hander Jake Petricka struck an $825,000, one-year deal.
The agreements Thursday avoided salary arbitration.
Jennings made a career-high 64 appearances last season in his second season with the White Sox, going 4-3 with a 2.08 ERA. His 46 strikeouts matched a personal best set in 2015. Eligible for arbitration for the first time last year, he made $810,000.
CHICAGO (AP) — Carlos Rodon pitched into the seventh inning, Justin Morneau had a two-run single and Melky Cabrera drove in a run and scored twice to lead the Chicago White Sox to a 4-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday.
Jose Abreu also drove in a run to help Chicago, which took three of four in the series and has won six of eight.
Robinson Cano hit a solo homer, his 30th, and Kyle Seager had three hits for the Mariners,.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Lorenzo Cain's two-out single in the 14th inning scored Christian Colon from second base and the Kansas City Royals beat the Chicago White Sox 3-2 on Wednesday night.
Colon opened the inning with a single and Paulo Orlando sacrificed him to second. Cain laced a single to center to score Colon, ending the 4-hour, 34-minute game, the longest by the Royals this season.
Dillon Gee (4-5), the eighth Kansas City pitcher, struck out three in two...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Todd Frazier hit a three-run homer in the 10th inning and Justin Morneau had four hits to lift the Chicago White Sox over the Kansas City Royals 7-5 on Tuesday night.
Frazier is tied for the major league lead with 31 homers, and this one came on the first pitch from Kelvin Herrera (1-4) after a single by Jose Abreu and a double by Morneau.
David Robertson (3-2) blew a save in the ninth when Alcides Escobar's two-out single scored...
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Chicago White Sox got mostly outstanding pitching on Friday night. However, one wild inning cost them the game.
Pinch-hitter Joe Mauer drew a bases-loaded walk with one out in the bottom of the 12th inning to give the Minnesota Twins a 2-1 win.
Dan Jennings (4-3) hit Eddie Rosario with a full-count pitch to lead off the 12th. One out later Byron Buxton walked. Reliever Tommy Kahnle then came on and walked Brian Dozier and Mauer to push...
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Pinch-hitter Joe Mauer drew a bases-loaded walk with one out in the bottom of the 12th inning to give the Minnesota Twins a 2-1 win over the Chicago White Sox on Friday night.
Dan Jennings (4-3) hit Eddie Rosario with a full-count pitch to lead off the 12th. One out later Byron Buxton walked. Reliever Tommy Kahnle then came on and walked Brian Dozier and Mauer to push across the winning run.
Trevor May (2-2) pitched a perfect 12th inning to pick...
SEATTLE (AP) — The Chicago White Sox rediscovered their missing offense, handled the return of Seattle's pitching ace and saw Todd Frazier homer for the third time in three games. They also held a three-run lead in the seventh inning.
And, they suffered their second walk-off loss of the three-game series.
Leonys Martin hit his second home run of the day, a solo shot with one out in the 11th inning that sent Seattle over the White Sox 6-5 on Wednesday on a day the...
SEATTLE (AP) — On the day Felix Hernandez returned to the mound, Leonys Martin gave the Seattle Mariners the biggest boost.
Martin hit his second home run of the game, a solo shot with one out in the 11th inning that sent Seattle over the Chicago White Sox 6-5 on Wednesday.
"Every time you win a ballgame, it's good no matter how you win the ballgame, but this is a great feeling," Martin said.
Martin hit a two-run drive in the second inning. He then drove an...