Mets shuffle leaky bullpen, sign 1st-round draft pick
NEW YORK (AP) — Desperate for help in a failing bullpen, the New York Mets acquired reliever Brooks Pounders from the Cleveland Indians for cash on Saturday.
Mets give retention bonuses to 6, assuring depth
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Mets said they'll give $100,000 retention bonuses to six players at spring training with minor league contracts, assuring depth by keeping outfielders Carlos Gomez,...
Hector Santiago agrees to minor league contract with Mets
NEW YORK (AP) — Left-hander Hector Santiago has agreed to a minor league contract with the New York Mets.
Santiago would get a $2 million salary in the major leagues and $150,000 in the minors if added to the 40-man roster as part of the deal announced Tuesday. He would be able to earn $500,000 in performance bonuses: $100,000 each for five, 10, 15, 20 and 25 starts.
Davidson’s 11th-inning single sends Sox past Indians 5-4
CLEVELAND (AP) — Matt Davidson hit a run-scoring single with two out in the 11th inning to lift the White Sox to a 5-4 win over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday night, Chicago's first victory at Progressive Field this season.
The White Sox were outscored 58-19 in dropping their first eight games in Cleveland, including a 4-1 loss on Wednesday when Jason Kipnis hit a grand slam in the ninth.
White Sox erase 6-run deficit, rally for 7-6 win over Royals
CHICAGO (AP) — For many struggling teams, a large early deficit results in a lackluster effort the rest of the way.
The Chicago White Sox, though, keep battling.
Omar Narvaez homered and drove in the go-ahead run with a single, Chicago relievers tossed seven scoreless innings and the White Sox rallied from a six-run deficit for a 7-6 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday.
Avisail Garcia and Tim Anderson also homered for Chicago, which has won four of five.
Palka homers in 9th, White Sox sweep Rays 8-7
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Daniel Palka hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the ninth inning and the Chicago White Sox completed their first three-game sweep in a year by beating the Tampa Bay Rays 8-7 on Sunday.
It was Chicago's first three-game sweep since Aug. 8-10, 2017 against Houston. The White Sox's last three-game road sweep occurred April 25-27, 2016 at Toronto.
Palka had struck out in each of his first four at-bats before connecting on his 17th homer off Diego Castillo (2-2) with two outs.
Moncada’s double in 10th lifts White Sox over Rays 3-2
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Thanks to Yoan Moncada, the Chicago White Sox didn't waste a strong outing by Lucas Giolito.
Moncada hit a go-ahead double in the 10th inning, lifting the White Sox over the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 on Friday night.
Nicky Delmonico had a two-out double in the 10th off Jose Alvarado (1-4) and was replaced by pinch-runner Adam Engel. Tim Anderson was intentionally walked, and Moncada hit a liner over left fielder Jake Bauers.
Four Minnesota Twins who represented Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic are working with the team to organize a goodwill drive after Hurricane Maria devastated the island.
"Puerto Rico is destroyed," first baseman Kennys Vargas said. "A lot of people lost everything. We're trying to do something up here with the guys to get them food and water to stay alive."
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have placed left-handed pitcher Hector Santiago on the 10-day disabled list because of upper back pain.
The Twins made the move Wednesday, and right-handed reliever Alan Busenitz was recalled from Triple-A Rochester to take Santiago's place on the roster. Busenitz was just sent down Saturday.
Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez’ all-around big game includes first home run of the season
Christian Vazquez has been having himself a fine all-around season. At the plate, the catcher has been swinging a steady bat, but he has had no pop.
Until last night.
Vazquez’ two-run home run in the second inning last night at Fenway Park gave the Red Sox the first runs of a twice-rain-delayed game that they won, 9-2, against the Minnesota Twins.
Carrasco shines, Encarnacion homers, Indians beat Twins 8-1
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The surprising Minnesota Twins have had at least a share of first place in the AL Central since May 11. However, their lack of starting pitching depth might be starting to show.
Carlos Carrasco pitched one-hit ball into the sixth inning, Jose Ramirez had three hits and Edwin Encarnacion homered as the Cleveland Indians beat the pitching-thin Twins 8-1 Friday night.
Springer hits 2 HRs vs Twins; Astros get 7th straight win
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — George Springer reached base in all six plate appearances and hit two of Houston's season-high six home runs to lead the Astros to their seventh straight victory, 17-6 over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday.
Carlos Correa, Alex Bregman, Evan Gattis and Marwin Gonzalez also went deep for the Astros, who scored 40 runs in the three games to set a franchise record for runs in a series of any length. They had 19 hits on Wednesday and 37 in the series.
Longoria and Morrison homer in 15th, Rays outlast Twins 8-6
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — In a game featuring 17 pitchers and 553 pitches, the Tampa Bay Rays and Minnesota Twins fittingly had to resort to previously scheduled starting pitchers to resolve the outcome.
Evan Longoria and Logan Morrison hit back-to-back homers off Hector Santiago in the 15th inning as Tampa Bay outlasted the Twins 8-6 on Sunday following a ninth-inning comeback by the Rays that extended the game to extra frames.
Santiago beats former team, Twins top White Sox 7-2
CHICAGO (AP) — Hector Santiago expected his phone to be buzzing after this one.
The left-hander beat his former team once again, Byron Buxton tied a career high with three hits and the Minnesota Twins beat the Chicago White Sox 7-2 on Tuesday night.
Vargas ties career high with 5 RBIs, Twins beat A’s 7-4
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — After a break to mourn her death, Hector Santiago honored his grandmother with special shoes and a winning start upon his return to Minnesota.
Kennys Vargas and the rest of the Twins provided plenty of support.
Twins score 6 in 7th to beat Royals 9-1
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins were halfway through the first month of the season before they picked up their second win last year, a putrid start that weighed on their shoulders for the rest of a miserable season.
A fresh start has done wonders for the Twins and slugger Miguel Sano.
Eduardo Escobar homered and drove in four runs and Sano added a bases-loaded triple to lead the Minnesota Twins to a 9-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday.
Projected record: 76-86Projected run differential: -53The Twins lost their most games since 1949 last season, so there really is nowhere to go but up. The projection systems foresee a sizable step up, thanks mostly to a maturing young core headlined by Miguel Sano, Byron Buxton and Max Kepler. Brian Dozier has emerged as a legitimate All-Star, and the addition of Jason Castro should be an upgrade from Kurt Suzuki.The Twins' pitching was a mess last year, but Ervin Santana and Hector Santiago are at least serviceable, while Phil Hughes can't have any worse injury luck than he did in 2016. Expect Jose Berrios to take a step forward in what will be his second crack at the Majors.
Twins agree to deals with Gibson, Santiago, Kintzler
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins agreed to one-year contracts with starting pitchers Kyle Gibson and Hector Santiago, reliever Ryan Pressly and closer Brandon Kintzler on Friday while avoiding arbitration with their four remaining eligible players.
Santiago agreed to a one-year, $8 million deal, Gibson got $2.9 million and Kintzler got $2,925,000. Pressly also agreed to a one-year deal for $1,175,000.
Buxton homers, Shields gets 19th loss; Twins beat White Sox
CHICAGO (AP) — Far removed from the playoff races, James Shields was trying to avoid his 19th defeat this season while facing the 103-loss Minnesota Twins.
It resulted in a rare night of smiles for Minnesota while confusion surrounded White Sox manager Robin Ventura's future.
Byron Buxton and Jorge Polanco each hit a two-run home run to send Shields to a major league high-tying 19th loss, and the Twins beat Chicago 6-0 on Saturday night.
Twins lose 100th game for second time in team history
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins are guaranteed the worst record in baseball.
Max Kepler homered and Robbie Grossman had three hits, but Minnesota lost 4-3 to Seattle on Sunday for its 100th loss. This is the second time in team history the Twins have had triple-digit losses: The 1982 squad finished 60-102.
"It's going to stare at you all winter long," said manager Paul Molitor.
At 56-100, the Twins are 7 1/2 games behind Atlanta at the bottom of the majors with six games to play.
Santiago’s pitching, Dozier’s hit lifts Twins over Tigers
DETROIT (AP) — The Minnesota Twins are finally seeing the Hector Santiago they expected when they acquired him from the Los Angeles Angels at the trade deadline.
Santiago held the Detroit Tigers to one run in 5 2/3 innings on Thursday as the Twins earned a split of the four-game series with a 5-1 win.
"Hector had to dance out of trouble a few times, but he did a nice job," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "If he pitches like this, his spot with us next year will take care of itself."
Santiago winless with 10.89 ERA in 4 Twins starts
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Hector Santiago and Ian Kennedy are two pitchers going in opposite directions.
Alex Gordon homered twice and doubled, Kennedy pitched eight sharp innings and the Royals extended their winning streak to seven games, beating the Minnesota Twins 10-0 Saturday night.
While Kennedy has an 0.79 ERA in his past five starts, Santiago has had problems keeping the ball in the park and finding a win since joining the Twins.
Santiago loses home debut with Twins, 7-5 to Astros
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — This wasn't the way Hector Santiago wanted to start out with his new team.
Acquired by Minnesota from the Los Angeles Angels at the Aug. 1 trade deadline, Santiago lost in his Twins debut last week. His first outing at his new home ballpark didn't go much better.
Santiago gave up five runs — four earned — in 5 1/3 innings Tuesday night as the Twins were beaten 7-5 by the Houston Astros. The left-hander is 0-2 with Minnesota after going 10-4...
Indians use home runs to finally defeat Twins 9-2
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians looked like a first-place team Thursday.
Carlos Santana hit a three-run homer, Francisco Lindor added a two-run shot and the AL Central leaders salvaged the finale of a four-game series with Minnesota 9-2.
The Indians were outscored 35-16 by the last-place Twins in the first three games. Cleveland is 5-8 against Minnesota and 26-8 against the rest of the division.
"They were the best team in baseball these past three...
Henning: Tigers opt to postpone dealing till winter
Detroit — Here were some of the players a stream of big-league, playoff-chasing teams chewed on during the past week when general managers' phones burned at about the same temperature as your outdoor deck grill sears just before you throw on the chicken:
Jeremy Hellickson. Hector Santiago. Rich Hill. Jake Odorizzi. Chris Archer. Jonathan Lucroy. Jace Peterson. Edinson Volquez. Steve Pearce.
The Tigers aren't mentioning names because players and teams are sensitive...
Final: Jefry Marte, Jett Bandy homer to spark Angels’ 5-4 victory over A’s
ANAHEIM - If the Angels' youth movement began at Monday's trade deadline, it only gained momentum Tuesday night.
Neither of the young pitchers acquired when the Angels shipped out veterans Hector Santiago and Joe Smith have joined the parent club, but the resident young players helped deliver a 5-4 win over the Oakland Athletics.
Rookie catcher Jett Bandy tied the score with a two-run home run in the fifth inning and 25-year-old Dominican Jefry Marte's three-run...
Mike Scioscia: Angels not waving white flag on 2016 season
ANAHEIM - Ricky Nolasco happily reported to the Angels on Tuesday. But it was the pitcher acquired from the Minnesota Twins who didn't join the major league club who Manager Mike Scioscia was raving about.
Alex Meyer, 26, a 2011 first-round draft pick, is the reason Scioscia said he believes trading away steady starting pitcher Hector Santiago was worth it.
"This pitcher absolutely has as much upside as any pitcher in the game today," Scioscia said of Meyer. "He...
Tigers sniff around but decide to stay the course
Detroit – Prudence prevailed.
Tigers general manager Al Avila did at the trade deadline exactly what he suggested all along that he might do – nothing.
Well, that's not exactly true. He worked the phones right up until the 4 p.m. deadline. The Tigers were in on three starting pitchers – Oakland's Rich Hill, Philadelphia's Jeremy Hellickson and Los Angeles Angels' Hector Santiago.
But in the end, as Avila predicted, to acquire those players would have...
Twins send Nolasco, Meyer to Angels in swap for Santiago
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have acquired starting pitcher Hector Santiago a minor leaguer from the Los Angeles Angels for right-handers Ricky Nolasco and Alex Meyer and cash.
The deal was done Monday before the non-waiver deadline. Santiago, an All-Star last season, is 10-4 with a 4.25 ERA in 22 starts while making $5 million this year and eligible for free agency after the 2017 season. The Angels also sent Double-A reliever Alan Busenitz to the...
Pujols hits 2-run HR to help Angels beat Red Sox 5-2
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Hector Santiago was happy to overlook his rough stretch as long as the Los Angeles Angels got the win.
Santiago labored through five innings, throwing a season-high 119 pitches with six walks, and it was good enough as the Angels beat the Boston Red Sox 5-2 Saturday night.
"A phenomenal start," Santiago said. "We got the W. Who cares about the rest?"
After giving up a pair of runs in the first, including a leadoff homer to Mookie...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — By the time Ian Kennedy made the necessary adjustments, the Kansas City Royals were down four runs.
Albert Pujols drove in four runs, Hector Santiago won his fifth consecutive start and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Royals 6-2 on Monday night.
The Angels batted around in a four-run first against Kennedy. The inning included four hits, two walks and a sacrifice fly.
"It was all mechanical," Kennedy said. "I was not throwing good...
Pujols drives in 4, Angels beat Royals 6-2
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Albert Pujols drove in four runs, Hector Santiago won his fifth consecutive start and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Kansas City Royals 6-2 on Monday night.
Pujols drove in two with a bases-loaded single during a four-run first, then added RBI singles in the seventh and ninth innings. He leads the majors with 26 RBIs in July, including 16 in his past eight games.
The Angels batted around in the first, which also included Daniel Nava's...
Santiago blanks former team again, Angels beat White Sox 7-0
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — If the Los Angeles Angels trade Hector Santiago before the Aug. 1 deadline, they might want to consider shipping him to a National League team they rarely play.
Just ask the Chicago White Sox.
Santiago threw seven innings of five-hit ball against his former club, and the Angels beat Chicago 7-0 on Friday night.
It was the second time this season Santiago blanked the White Sox 7-0. He has tossed 14 spotless innings against them, but...
Struggling Rays match worst 22-game stretch in club history
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays can't get to the All-Star break fast enough.
The team lost for the 19th time in 22 games on Thursday, falling 5-1 to the Los Angeles Angels, who had dropped 12 of 14 before taking three of four from the Rays and leaving town with their longest winning streak in nearly two months.
"We're not going to look back. I think we've been very honest and upfront that we are frustrated," manager Kevin Cash said. "We're not...