Cubs eliminated, then fall to Pirates for 8th straight loss
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Chicago Cubs felt they were in the beginning stages of a dynasty three years ago.
The Cubs ended a 108-year drought in 2016 by winning their first World Series since...
Cubs look to break 4-game losing streak against Cardinals
St. Louis Cardinals (87-67, first in the NL Central) vs. Chicago Cubs (82-72, third in the NL Central)
Chicago; Saturday, 2 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Cardinals: Dakota Hudson (16-7,...
Chicago chases series sweep against Seattle
Seattle Mariners (58-81, fifth in the AL West) vs. Chicago Cubs (74-63, second in the AL Central)
Chicago; Tuesday, 8 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Mariners: Felix Hernandez (1-4, 6.02...
Bryant homers, Cubs rally for 6-3 win over Reds
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Chicago Cubs were down, and the Cincinnati Reds had All-Star Luis Castillo on the mound.
Just when it looked as if the Cubs were in trouble, they rallied. Kris Bryant...
Happ’s slam leads Quintana, Cubs over Athletics 10-1
CHICAGO (AP) — Ian Happ and José Quintana are both locked-in right now, and that's good news for the Chicago Cubs.
Happ hit his second career grand slam, Quintana tossed two-hit ball through...
Cubs hold off A’s for wild 6-5 win
CHICAGO (AP) — Led by Javier Báez, the Chicago Cubs had enough offense Monday night to make up for the absence of Willson Contreras.
David Phelps acquired by Cubs in deal with Blue Jays
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Cubs added bullpen depth by acquiring right-hander David Phelps from Toronto for minor league righty Thomas Hatch.
As part of the trade announced Tuesday, the Blue Jays...
Toronto begins season against Detroit
Detroit Tigers (64-98, third in the AL Central in 2018) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (73-89, fourth in the AL East in 2018)
AP source: Phelps strikes $2.5M, 1-year deal with Blue Jays
NEW YORK (AP) — Right-hander David Phelps and the Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to a $2.5 million, one-year contract, a deal that could be worth $13.75 million over two seasons, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday night because the deal had not yet been announced. The contract
Mariners’ bullpen reeling after David Phelps tears UCL
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — David Phelps was ready to be a primary setup man for the Seattle Mariners ahead of closer Edwin Diaz this season. Manager Scott Servais is going to have to look elsewhere for that role now.
Phelps will have season-ending Tommy John surgery on Monday to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. He was injured on the final pitch of his most recent outing on March 17 against the Los Angeles Angels.
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Mariners reliever David Phelps will miss this season after tearing the ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching arm.
Seattle general manager Jerry Dipoto announced the diagnosis Wednesday night.
Phelps was injured on the final pitch of his previous outing March 17 against the Angels. The right-hander will have Tommy John surgery to repair his elbow, though a surgery date has not been set. The typical recovery time for that operation is 12 to 15 months.
Phelps hoping for healthy season in Mariners’ bullpen
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — When Seattle traded for reliever David Phelps last July, Mariners manager Scott Servais believed his team was adding a player that could help the team reach the postseason.
"When we acquired him, first of all, I thought it was perfect, this was the piece," Servais said Monday.
Seattle was contending for an AL wild-card spot and the talented righty added depth and experience to an overworked bullpen. Phelps helped Seattle go 6-1 in the first seven games he pitched in.
Gaither Vocal Band returns with new group, same message
DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) — The Gaither Vocal Band is coming back to Dothan Jan. 20. When it does, it will bring a group that has remained popular in Christian and gospel music for decades due to two reasons, neither of which can be understated.
"We believe what we're singing," group founder Bill Gaither said recently in an interview with the Dothan Eagle. "I'm not so sure everybody does."
Mariners reach deals with Paxton, Zunino, 3 others
SEATTLE (AP) — Left-handed starter James Paxton and catcher Mike Zunino are among five players who have agreed to one-year deals with the Seattle Mariners.
Right-handed starter Erasmo Ramirez and relievers David Phelps and Nick Vincent also agreed to deals Friday that will keep them out of arbitration. Seattle has not had a case go to arbitration since 2014.
Mariners send top prospect O’Neill to Cardinals for Gonzales
SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Mariners paid a hefty price to add a pitcher who may not be ready to help them in the playoff hunt this season.
The Mariners acquired young left-hander Marco Gonzales from the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday in exchange for top outfield prospect Tyler O'Neill, the second move to add pitching depth in as many days by Seattle. The Mariners acquired veteran reliever David Phelps from Miami on Thursday.
Mariners Noon Number: M’s make middle reliever centerpiece of trade
The Seattle Mariners added a piece to their bullpen on Thursday, trading for veteran swingman David Phelps from the Miami Marlins for a package of four minor leaguers, including outfield prospect Brayan Hernandez.
Hernandez was rated the M’s No. 6 prospect by MLB.com at the start of the season. The other three players are all right-handed pitchers. Low-grade lottery tickets.
Marlins trade RHP David Phelps to Mariners for 4 prospects
MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Marlins' highly touted bullpen has been a bust, and so the dismantling began Thursday.
A seller once again as the non-waiver trade deadline approaches, Miami sent right-hander David Phelps to the Seattle Mariners for four prospects, including highly regarded outfielder Brayan Hernandez.
Also acquired by the Marlins to shore up their weak farm system were right-handed pitching prospects Pablo Lopez, Brandon Miller and Lukas Schiraldi.
Mariners Pregame: Roster shakeups, lineups and starters
Game 97: The Seattle Mariners (48-48) host the New York Yankees (48-45) at 7:10 p.m. in the first of a four-game series at Safeco Field.
The Mariners completed a six-game road trip with a 5-1 record after beating A.L. West-leading Houston Astros 4-1 on Wednesday as James Paxton delivered another gem.
The M’s begin play on Thursday just 1 1/2 games behind the Yankees for the second wildcard spot in the American League. The Mariners are 7-3 in their last 10 games and 27-22 at Safeco Field.
Stanton homers twice to lead Marlins past Cardinals 9-6
ST. LOUIS (AP) — It's official: Giancarlo Stanton's slump was short-lived.
Stanton homered twice, recording his 22nd career multihomer game, and Marcell Ozuna and Justin Bour also hit home runs as the Miami Marlins beat the St. Louis Cardinals 9-6 on Wednesday night.
Stanton went 3 for 4 and also walked while driving in four runs as the Marlins won their second straight. He has five hits in his last two games after starting Miami's road trip in a 1-for-17 funk.
Vogt’s 2 home runs lead Brewers past Marlins 3-2
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Stephen Vogt wasted little time in making a good impression with his new team.
Claimed off waivers earlier in the week, Vogt belted two home runs and the Milwaukee Brewers held off the Miami Marlins 3-2 on Friday night.
"I'm so happy to be here, to be in first place, to play on a winning team and be pushing for a playoff run," Vogt said. "To contribute is awesome."
Vogt’s 2 home runs lead Brewers past Marlins 3-2
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Stephen Vogt, claimed off waivers earlier in the week, hit two home runs and the Milwaukee Brewers held off the Miami Marlins 3-2 on Friday night.
The game was delayed about seven minutes with the Brewers batting in the fourth after a baseball apparently thrown from the stands struck first-base umpire Joe West in the back of the head. West remained in the game.
Pirates break through late to beat Marlins 7-6
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pirates spent most of Saturday looking for a big hit to break through against the Miami Marlins.
They finally got it in the seventh, when Jordy Mercer hit a tying two-run triple and John Jaso followed with a go-ahead double, lifting Pittsburgh to a 7-6 victory.
Mercer's shot to center off reliever David Phelps (2-3) scored Andrew McCutchen and Elias Diaz, then Mercer scored on Jaso's ground-rule double to right.
Ellis lifts Marlins to 6-5 win over Diamondbacks
MIAMI (AP) — A.J. Ellis battled. And battled. And battled.
Ellis hit a tiebreaking single on the 14th pitch of an at-bat against Archie Bradley in the seventh inning, lifting the Miami Marlins over the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-5 on Sunday for their seventh win in eight games.
"I was just glad I didn't have to swing anymore," Ellis said. "My back and my obliques were getting gassed."
Phelps beats Marlins in arbitration, will make $4.6 million
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Pitcher David Phelps won his arbitration case against the Miami Marlins and will have a $4.6 million salary this season.
Arbitrators Steven Wolf, Robert Herzog and Andrew Strongin made the decision Thursday, a day after hearing arguments. The team had offered $4.325 million.
David Phelps, Marlins take salary dispute to arbitration
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Miami Marlins pitcher David Phelps has asked an arbitration panel for a raise from $2.5 million to $4.6 million.
The team argued during Wednesday's hearing that he should be paid $4,325,000. A decision by arbitrators Steven Wolf, Robert Herzog and Andrew Strongin is expected Thursday.
Marlins offer contracts to All-Stars Ozuna, Ramos
MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Marlins have offered 2017 contracts to All-Stars Marcell Ozuna and A.J. Ramos, along with their four other arbitration-eligible players.
The others are right-handers Tom Koehler and David Phelps, and infielders Adeiny Hechavarria and Derek Dietrich.
Marlins put RHP Phelps on disabled list, Esch makes debut
NEW YORK (AP) — The Miami Marlins have put pitcher David Phelps on the 15-day disabled list shortly before his scheduled start.
Phelps was supposed to pitch Wednesday night against the Mets in New York. Instead, he went on the DL because of a strained left oblique.
Jake Esch was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans to start in his major league debut. The 26-year-old righty was a combined 12-10 with a 4.31 ERA at Triple-A and Double-A.
Harrison shines in Pirates’ 3-1 loss to Marlins
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Josh Harrison extended his hitting streak to six games in impressive fashion, but it wasn't enough to get the Pittsburgh Pirates back on the winning track.
Scruggs, Phelps power Marlins to 3-1 win over Pirates
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Xavier Scruggs had a ball sitting in his locker after his milestone hit in the Miami Marlins' latest win.
That ball, which Scruggs smashed into the left-field bleachers for his first major league home run, will be given to his father. The two-run shot helped the Marlins beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-1 Saturday night for their second straight win.
Unlikely Miami power source derails Reds in 6-3 loss
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Miami Marlins were missing slugger Giancarlo Stanton, and the Cincinnati Reds still had trouble keeping them in the ballpark.
Chris Johnson drove in two runs with a homer and a double, former reliever David Phelps pitched into the sixth inning in his third start of the season and the Marlins opened the four-game series with a 6-3 victory Monday night.
Crawford’s HR helps Giants take series by beating Miami 1-0
MIAMI (AP) — Two days after Brandon Crawford battered the Miami Marlins with seven hits, he beat them with one swing.
Crawford homered in the fourth inning and the San Francisco Giants won a series for the first time since the All-Star break, beating Miami 1-0 Wednesday.
Crawford's seven hits in the opener of the three-game set tied an NL record. In the finale he put San Francisco ahead with his 11th homer leading off the fourth inning.
Rea injured in Marlins debut after trade with Padres
MIAMI (AP) — Right-hander Colin Rea injured his right elbow and left in the fourth inning of his first start with the Miami Marlins on Saturday after being acquired a day earlier from the San Diego Padres.
Rea struck out Jedd Gyorko to lead off the fourth inning, then immediately waved to the trainer. He has right elbow soreness and is considered day-to-day.
Rea pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out four.