Braves hit the road against the Phillies in division play
Atlanta Braves (91-56, first in the NL East) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (75-70, fourth in the NL East)
Phillies visit the Mets after Smyly’s strong showing
Philadelphia Phillies (73-68, third in the NL East) vs. New York Mets (72-69, fourth in the NL East)
Smyly goes 7; Phillies grind down Stroman, Mets defense, 5-0
NEW YORK (AP) — The Phillies and Mets are short on time in the NL wild-card chase — and their fans are surely short on patience, too.
A night after Philadelphia's bullpen walked home the...
Slumping Phillies look to end 3-game slide against Mets
Philadelphia Phillies (72-68, fourth in the NL East) vs. New York Mets (72-68, third in the NL East)
Hoskins powers Phillies past Aquino, Reds 7-1
CINCINNATI (AP) — Aristides Aquino broke another one of Rhys Hoskins' records. Hoskins more than paid him back.
The Philadelphia first baseman drove in three runs with two homers and Bryce...
Phillies face the Reds after Eflin’s solid showing
Philadelphia Phillies (70-65, third in the NL East) vs. Cincinnati Reds (64-73, fourth in the NL Central)
Harper, Dickerson help Phillies beat Boston 5-2
BOSTON (AP) — The Fenway fans were letting Bryce Harper have it, calling the Phillies' $330 million man "overrated" and other insults that Philadelphia manager Gabe Kapler couldn't bring himself...
Phillies visit Boston, aim to build on Nola’s strong showing
Philadelphia Phillies (65-60, fourth in the NL East) vs. Boston Red Sox (67-60, third in the NL East)
Boston; Wednesday, 7 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Phillies: Drew Smyly (2-6, 7.09...
Phillies host Cubs, aim to build on Nola’s strong outing
Chicago Cubs (64-56, second in the NL Central) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (62-58, third in the NL East)
7 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Cubs: Yu Darvish (4-6, 4.43 ERA) Phillies: Drew...
Philadelphia Phillies (59-56, fourth in the NL East) vs. San Francisco Giants (57-59, third in the NL West)
; Friday, 10:15 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Phillies: Drew Smyly (2-6, 7.01...
Chicago White Sox (47-61, third in the AL Central) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (58-52, second in the AL East)
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Left-hander Drew Smyly finalized his contract with Philadelphia and was set to start against Pittsburgh on Sunday in his Phillies debut.
Drew Smyly agrees with Phillies, pending physical
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Left-hander Drew Smyly has agreed to a contract with the Philadelphia Phillies and is on track to start Sunday against Pittsburgh.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Shelby Miller has been designated for assignment by the Texas Rangers, becoming the second veteran pitcher in less than two weeks dropped by the team.
Rangers 3B Cabrera returns from 3-game suspension
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Texas Rangers third baseman Asdrúbal Cabrera returned to the starting lineup Friday night against Tampa Bay after serving a three-game suspension for hitting an umpire...
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Drew Smyly struck out the last batter he faced for the Texas Rangers. That came right after the veteran left-hander, who already had lost his spot in the starting rotation,...
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Jose Ramirez went into the upper deck for his first home run in more than a month. The Cleveland Indians later got a trio of long balls unlike any they have had in nearly...
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Khris Davis benefited from comfortable hitting surroundings despite playing halfway across the country from his home ballpark.
Oakland Athletics (32-33, third in the AL West) vs. Texas Rangers (34-29, second in the AL West)
Baltimore Orioles (19-41, fifth in the AL East) vs. Texas Rangers (30-28, second in the AL West)
Baltimore Orioles (18-41, fifth in the AL East) vs. Texas Rangers (30-27, second in the AL West)
Texas Rangers (26-26, third in the AL West) vs. Seattle Mariners (24-33, fifth in the AL West)
Seattle; Wednesday, 3 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Rangers: Drew Smyly (1-3, 6.15 ERA,...
Texas Rangers (25-23, second in the AL West) vs. Los Angeles Angels (22-28, fourth in the AL West)
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Drew Smyly has had a long road back from Tommy John elbow surgery, and the Texas left-hander put together a quality start on Friday night that helped earn him his first win...
Texas Rangers (24-23, second in the AL West) vs. Los Angeles Angels (22-27, fourth in the AL West)
St. Louis to visit Texas Sunday
St. Louis Cardinals (24-22, fourth in the NL Central) vs. Texas Rangers (20-23, fourth in the NL West)
Rangers look to end 3-game losing streak
Texas Rangers (17-20, fifth in the AL West) vs. Houston Astros (25-15, first in the AL West)
Houston; Sunday, 2 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Texas enters the matchup as losers of their last...
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Rougned Odor, Asdrúbal Cabrera and Drew Smyly all found reasons to exhale.
Odor and Cabrera each homered and combined for seven RBIs, Smyly came off the injured list...
Drew Smyly sidelined by nerve tightness in pitching arm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Texas Rangers placed left-hander Drew Smyly on the 10-day injured list Tuesday because of nerve tightness in his pitching arm, pausing his return from elbow surgery that...
Houston Astros (13-6, first in the AL West) vs. Texas Rangers (10-8, third in the AL West)
Arlington, Texas; Saturday, 8 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Astros: Gerrit Cole (1-2, 3.24...
Texas takes 4-game win streak into matchup with Houston
Houston Astros (12-6, first in the AL West) vs. Texas Rangers (10-7, third in the AL West)
Arlington, Texas; Friday, 8 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Astros: Justin Verlander (2-0, 3.52...
Fiers scheduled to start for Oakland at Texas
Oakland Athletics (9-8, fourth in the AL West) vs. Texas Rangers (6-6, fifth in the AL West)
Arlington, Texas; Friday, 8 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Athletics: Mike Fiers (2-1, 5.94...
Trout’s grand slam powers Angels past Rangers, 5-1
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Any pitcher who wants a prayer of retiring Mike Trout should throw high fastballs, at least according to the old conventional wisdom on the star slugger.
Smyly expected to start for Texas at Los Angeles
Texas Rangers (5-3, second in the AL West) vs. Los Angeles Angels (2-6, fifth in the AL West)
Houston Astros (103-59, first in the AL West in 2018) vs. Texas Rangers (67-95, fifth in the AL West in 2018)
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Texas Rangers left-hander Drew Smyly has seen enough of the spring training practice fields for a while. That can happen when a pitcher misses two major league seasons following...
Cubs exercise option on Hamels, trade Smyly to Texas
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs exercised their $20 million option on Cole Hamels on Friday, solidifying their rotation for next year, and traded fellow left-hander Drew Smyly to the Texas Rangers.
Cubs’ left-hander Drew Smyly has 13-pitch rehab stint
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Left-hander Drew Smyly, who signed a two-year, $10 million contract with the Chicago Cubs before the season after Tommy John surgery, said he felt good in a rehab start that included him striking out all three batters he faced.
National League Central capsules
Capsules of National League Central teams, listed in order of finish last year:
2017: 92-70, first place, lost to Dodgers in NLCS.
Manager: Joe Maddon (fourth season).
He's Here: RHP Yu Darvish, RHP Brandon Morrow, RHP Tyler Chatwood, RHP Steve Cishek, LHP Drew Smyly, C Chris Gimenez.
He's Outta Here: RHP Wade Davis, C Alex Avila, C Rene Rivera.
NL Central teams at the start of 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:
Manager: Joe Maddon (fourth season).
2017: 92-70, first place, lost to Dodgers in NLCS.
Training Town: Mesa, Arizona.
Park: Sloan Park.
First Workout: Feb. 14/19.
He's Here: RHP Brandon Morrow, RHP Tyler Chatwood, RHP Steve Cishek, LHP Drew Smyly.
Orioles star Machado could move _ new position, or new team
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Baltimore Orioles star Manny Machado could be on the move.
To a new position — or a new team.
Big names emerged in trade talk Tuesday, with Machado, New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey and Detroit pitcher Michael Fulmer heating up the winter meetings.
And no surprise, the busy New York Yankees are looming, looking to boost a ballclub getting more formidable by the day.
For the moment, no deals for that trio of All-Stars.
Romine agrees to $1.05 million deal with Mariners
SEATTLE (AP) — Utilityman Andrew Romine and the Seattle Mariners have agreed to a $1.05 million, one-year contract for the 2018 season, while the club chose not to tender contracts to pitchers Drew Smyly and Shae Simmons.
Seattle made the roster moves Friday while tendering contracts to 27 players on its major league roster. Romine was claimed off waivers by Seattle on Nov. 2. Romine appeared in 124 games last season for the Tigers. Most of his time was spent in the infield.
Sapakoff: Why Dabo is worth two million BBQ meals and almost as much as Drew Smyly
Pity the poor sap that replaces Dabo Swinney, likely to be the hardest person to follow in the history of Palmetto State college athletics. He is the only active major college football coach to win a national championship and take his school’s brand beyond precedent.
Alabama had Bear Bryant, Florida State had Bobby Bowden, Ohio State had Woody Hayes.
Mariners lose lefty Drew Smyly to Tommy John surgery
SEATTLE (AP) — Drew Smyly was the centerpiece to one of Seattle's many offseason moves by general manager Jerry Dipoto. He was a priority acquisition as a proven lefty for the rotation the Mariners believed would thrive pitching at Safeco Field.
Smyly will end his first season in Seattle never having thrown a pitch during the regular season. The Mariners announced Wednesday that Smyly will need Tommy John surgery after being diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament.
SEATTLE (AP) — Ariel Miranda's tough spring training seems like a long time ago right now.
Miranda pitched a four-hitter for his first career complete game, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Tampa Bay Rays 7-1 on Sunday to sweep their weekend series.
Miranda (6-2) struck out a career-high nine and walked one. The Cuban left-hander is 5-0 with a 3.47 ERA over his last eight starts.
Seattle Mariners stalwarts Jean Segura and Nelson Cruz combined for three at-bats before they both had to leave due to injury in Thursday’s 6-3 loss to the Colorado Rockies at Safeco Field.
Segura left in the fourth inning after he injured his left ankle on a hard slide into second base. Cruz had been hit in the left hand the previous inning, stayed in the game, but then did not come out for his plate appearance in the fifth, replaced by Boog Powell.
TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays got another home run from Jose Bautista. The Seattle Mariners lost another starting pitcher to an injury.
So it was more of the same for each team.
Bautista hit a three-run shot and Kendrys Morales also went deep, helping Toronto beat Seattle 7-2 on Saturday for its sixth win in seven games.
The Mariners promoted right-hander Ryan Weber from Triple-A Tacoma to start against the Blue Jays, and he left after 3 2/3 innings with a sore shoulder.
TORONTO (AP) — Right-hander Ryan Weber lasted less than four innings in his season debut with Seattle before becoming the latest Mariners' pitcher to sustain an injury.
Selected from Triple-A Tacoma to start against the Blue Jays on Saturday, Weber left because of tightness in his shoulder after 3 2/3 innings.
SEATTLE (AP) — Mariners left-hander James Paxton was placed on the 10-day disabled list Friday with a left forearm strain, another blow for Seattle's already short-handed starting rotation.
The Mariners believe the injury is minor and Paxton will only miss two or three starts. But Paxton is the third pitcher from the projected starting rotation at the beginning of spring training to find himself on the disabled list, joining Drew Smyly (60-day DL) and Felix Hernandez (10-day DL).
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Seattle Mariners starter Drew Smyly will begin the season on the disabled list and could be out for up to two months because of a strained elbow.
Smyly likely will miss six to eight weeks with a flex strain in his left elbow, a big blow after the Mariners' roster seemed set for the start of the regular season. Smyly will rehab the injury and surgery is not expected, but he and the club are seeking additional information about how to handle the recovery.