PHOENIX (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals left Arizona feeling a little bit better about themselves, thanks to a late-inning surge by the offense and another strong outing from Miles Mikolas.
The Cardinals scored seven times in the seventh and eighth innings to beat Arizona 8-4 on Wednesday night. After coming to town on a four-game losing streak and off a three-game sweep at the hands of Atlanta, St. Louis took two of three from the first-place Diamondbacks.
PHOENIX (AP) — The shift has become an extremely important part of defense in the major leagues. Matt Adams showed how silly it can look when it doesn't work.
With the shift on against the left-handed slugger, Adams hit one the opposite way — right where the shortstop would be in a normal defensive alignment — to drive in the go-ahead run in the 11th inning in the Washington Nationals' 2-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday night.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Angels manager Mike Scioscia had no idea he called upon an American League-record 12 pitchers to win on Labor Day.
"Both teams or us?" he asked. "If I had needed a couple more innings, we would have used probably 13 or 14. Hopefully not too often."
Instead of extending the game Monday, Kole Calhoun delivered with a two-run triple in the 11th inning as the Angels outlasted the Oakland Athletics 11-9.
OAKLAND, California (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels employed an American League-record 12 pitchers on Labor Day, and Kole Calhoun hit a two-run triple in the 11th inning to beat the Oakland Athletics 11-9.
Fernando Salas (1-0), the ninth Angels pitcher, tossed a perfect 10th for the victory on Monday. Keynan Middleton came in as the third pitcher of the 11th and got his third career save as the Angels tried to move up in the wild-card race. The A's have lost seven in a row.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Ryan Raburn drove in the game-winning run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth as the Washington Nationals survived another bullpen collapse for a 3-2 victory over the New York Mets on Monday night.
Curtis Granderson tied the game with a two-out, two-run homer off Nationals reliever Matt Albers (4-1). Granderson's heroics came after Michael Taylor's two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth broke a scoreless tie.
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — While Mets reliever Rafael Montero keeps pushing hard to make the club's final roster out of spring training, one vital piece of the bullpen returned to the New York's clubhouse on Sunday as Fernando Salas arrived for the second time in camp.
Salas reported in February, did his work and left to pitch for Team Mexico in the World Baseball Classic before ever appearing in a spring training game for the Mets.
NEW YORK (AP) — Reliever Fernando Salas and the New York Mets have finalized a $3 million, one-year contract.
The deal had been agreed to Feb. 3 pending a successful physical and was completed Wednesday.
Salas can earn an additional $350,000 in performance bonuses base: $50,000 each for 40, 45, 50, 55, 65, 70 and 75 relief appearances.
The Mets traded pitcher Gabriel Ynoa to the Baltimore Orioles for cash, clearing a roster spot for New York to finalize its contract with reliever Fernando Salas.
NEW YORK (AP) — Aiming to fill out their bullpen, the New York Mets are set to bring back a pair of important pieces from last year's playoff team.
Free-agent relievers Jerry Blevins and Fernando Salas have agreed to contract terms with the Mets, according to a person with knowledge of the deals. The person spoke Friday night on condition of anonymity because the agreements were pending physicals and had not been announced.
NEW YORK (AP) — San Francisco infielder Eduardo Nunez was left off the roster for Tuesday night's NL wild-card game against the New York Mets, and the Giants opted to go with 11 pitchers.
Madison Bumgarner starts for the Giants, and manager Bruce Bochy has 10 bullpen options: right-handers Santiago Casilla, Johnny Cueto, George Kontos, Derek Law, Sergio Romo, Jeff Samardzija and Hunter Strickland, and left-handers Javier Lopez, Steven Okert and Will Smith.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Tanner Roark pitched seven scoreless innings and Wilson Ramos homered in the seventh inning for the game's only run as the Washington Nationals beat the New York Mets 1-0 on Wednesday.
With one out in the seventh, Ramos hit his 21st home run deep over the center-field wall on the first pitch from Fernando Salas (0-1). The Nationals have won five of six.
Roark (15-8) allowed three hits with seven strikeouts and four walks, one intentional.
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Mets acquired right-hander Fernando Salas from the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night in a trade for minor league right-hander Erik Manoah.
To make room on the 40-man roster, the Mets placed outfielder Justin Ruggiano on the 60-day disabled list. Earlier Wednesday, the Mets traded minor league catcher Nevin Ashley to Texas for cash considerations.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Albert Pujols has proved time and time again that he can come through when teams decide to pitch around Mike Trout.
He did it again Thursday night.
Pujols drove in two runs, Yunel Escobar had three hits and scored twice, and the Los Angeles Angels held off a late rally and beat the Mariners 6-4.
After Trout was intentionally walked by reliever Nick Vincent in the eighth, Pujols delivered a two-run double to push the Angels' lead to 5-2.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Cliff Pennington hit a go-ahead triple in the eighth inning, Albert Pujols slugged his 22nd home run and the Los Angeles Angels came back twice to beat the Seattle Mariners 7-6 on Tuesday night and end an 11-game losing streak.