White Sox still waiting for Manny Machado
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Chicago White Sox opened spring training still waiting for Manny Machado.
"We'll just see when it happens," first baseman Yonder Alonso, Machado's brother-in-law, said Wednesday.
Machado, among the offseason's top free agents, still hasn't agreed to a deal. Alonso spoke with the All-Star infielder on Tuesday.
Outfielder Jon Jay, White Sox finalize $4M, 1-year contract
CHICAGO (AP) — Jon Jay sees the rebuilding Chicago White Sox poised for big things with promising young players. He's looking forward to being a part of it.
"It's a great organization, a great city," he said.
The free agent outfielder and the White Sox finalized a $4 million, one-year contract on Thursday.
The 33-year-old played for Kansas City and Arizona last season, batting .268 with three homers and 40 RBIs in 143 games. He also made at least 24 starts at each spot in the outfield.
Blue Jays are leaving Las Vegas with Elvis
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays are leaving Las Vegas with Elvis.
Right-hander Elvis Luciano was selected by the Blue Jays from the Kansas City Royals on Thursday with the ninth pick of the winter meeting draft of unprotected players.
Jay triples in 8th, D-backs top Astros 4-2, races tighten
HOUSTON (AP) — In a stretch where the Arizona Diamondbacks feel like things haven't been going their way, a lucky break on Friday night helped them to a much-needed win.
Pinch-hitter Jon Jay's tiebreaking triple in the eighth inning sent them past the Houston Astros 4-2, tightening a pair of playoff races.
The AL West-leading Astros had their edge cut by Oakland to 2 ½ games. Arizona moved within three games of St. Louis and Los Angeles for the second NL wild-card spot.
Dbacks walk off on throwing error by Angels’ Bedrosian
PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks played small ball looking for the winning run in the ninth inning, and the Los Angeles Angels couldn't defend it.
Angels pitcher Cam Bedrosian threw wildly after fielding a sacrifice bunt attempt in the bottom of the ninth, allowing Jon Jay to score and the Diamondbacks to beat Los Angeles 5-4 on Tuesday night.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Jon Jay is getting into a more of a groove in his second month with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Jay hit a go-ahead, two-run double down the right-field line in the eighth inning and finished with three hits and three RBIs to lead the Diamondbacks to a 9-4 victory over the San Diego Padres on Saturday night.
Obtained from Kansas City on June 8, Jay has come out of a slump that started in late June and extended into July.
CHICAGO (AP) — David Bote hit a tying, two-run homer off Brad Boxberger with one out in the ninth inning, Anthony Rizzo followed two pitches later with a winning home run and the Chicago Cubs overcame a five-run deficit to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-6 on Thursday.
Bote was called up when Kris Bryant was put on the disabled list because of inflammation in his left shoulder.
Eddie Butler (1-1) retired Jon Jay on a flyout that stranded two runners in the ninth. Boxberger (1-4) was the loser.
CHICAGO (AP) — Clay Buchholz took another step in mounting a career comeback.
Buchholz pitched effectively into the seventh inning in his return from the disabled list, Steven Souza Jr. had three hits and an RBI and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Chicago Cubs 5-1 on Tuesday night for their third straight win.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — It was a strange sight after a big hit.
Ketel Marte's two-out single in the 13th inning led the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night. But, right after his go-ahead hit, Marte slammed his helmet down in frustration so hard that the sound could be heard all the way to the top of the ballpark. The second baseman was angry about being caught in a rundown to make the final out of the inning.
Marte, Avila power Diamondbacks over Pirates 9-3
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks didn't waste any time breaking this game open.
Ketel Marte and Alex Avila each hit two-run homers and the Diamondbacks scored eight runs in the first three innings to power their way to a 9-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday night.
"We just did a good job of being aggressive in the zone," Arizona center fielder Jon Jay said. "You saw guys put some good barrels on balls and we were ready to hit right from the start."
PHOENIX (AP) — For the first time in nearly two months, the New York Mets have won two in a row.
And they did it with style.
"The way we won," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said, "is probably more significant than just getting a back-to-back win."
Brandon Nimmo and Asdrubal Cabrera homered off Brad Boxberger in a four-run ninth inning and the Mets rallied to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-3 on Sunday.
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's offense, so awful in May, is on a scoring binge in June — and Jon Jay joined the party Tuesday night.
Jay got his first three hits for Arizona, including a three-run homer, and the Diamondbacks won their fifth game in a row with a sloppy 13-8 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
"I can't stress enough how good this group is and how they've welcomed me and made me feel super comfortable," he said. "I'm super excited and looking forward to the summer."
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks acquired outfielder Jon Jay in a trade with the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday in exchange for two minor league pitchers.
With two outfielders on the DL, the 33-year-old Jay gives Arizona an experienced outfielder they desperately need.
A.J. Pollock is out with a fractured thumb, and Steven Souza Jr., with a right pectoral strain.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Mike Moustakas helped the Kansas City Royals take a nine-run lead in the second inning. They nearly gave it all away.
Moustakas homered, doubled and drove in four runs in the first two innings, Jorge Soler went 4 for 5 with a home run, but the Royals nearly blew the big lead before holding on for a 11-8 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night.
Royals score 3 in 10th inning to down Cards 5-2
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Drew Butera doesn't get much playing time.
But the Kansas City Royals backup catcher made the most of his opportunity on Wednesday.
Butera had a two-run single in the 10th inning and the Royals earned a 5-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.
Butera's RBIs were his first since May 2. Jon Jay followed with an RBI single as the Royals won their first series since taking three of four from Detroit May 3-6.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Andrew Miller returned Friday night, but the tough times for the Cleveland Indians' bullpen aren't over.
The reliever, activated from the disabled list before the game, gave up Salvador Perez's two-run homer in the seventh inning and the Kansas City Royals rallied for a 10-9 win.
"I did a really poor job with one pitch and I paid for it," Miller said.
BALTIMORE (AP) — Dylan Bundy had a difficult time on the mound and an easy explanation for his horrid, record-setting performance.
"I was leaving pitches right down the middle and they were hitting them over the fence," the right-hander said, matter-of-factly.
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BALTIMORE (AP) — The Kansas City Royals have taken a 10-run, first-inning lead over the Baltimore Orioles after hitting four homers before making an out.
The brunt of the Royals' outburst at Camden Yards came against Dylan Bundy, who yielded seven runs without retiring a single batter.
After Jon Jay hit a leadoff single, Jorge Soler, Mike Moustakas and Salvador Perez connected in succession.
Gomes powers Indians to 3-1 win over Royals
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland catcher Yan Gomes beat everyone with one big swing. The wind, the record-cold temperatures and Kansas City.
Gomes hit a tiebreaking two-run homer off Brandon Maurer in the ninth inning, lifting the Indians to a 3-1 win over the Royals in the coldest game in Progressive Field history.
A capsule look at the Cubs-Dodgers playoff series
A look at the best-of-seven National League Championship Series between the Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers:
A capsule look at the Cubs-Nationals playoff series
A look at the best-of-five National League Division Series between the Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals:
Schedule: (All times EDT) Game 1, Friday, at Washington, 7:31 p.m.; Game 2, Saturday, at Washington, 5:38 p.m.; Game 3, Monday, Oct. 9, at Chicago, TBA; x-Game 4, Tuesday, Oct. 10, at Chicago, TBA; x-Game 5, Thursday, Oct. 12, at Washington. (All games on TBS).
CHICAGO - The Chicago Cubs had a division rival lose on a ball that got away from the catcher on Wednesday night. Then, about an hour later, the Cubs increased their NL Central lead the same way. Javier Baez scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth to cap a wild 7-6 win over the Cincinnati Reds, in which the Cubs almost squandered a grand slam by Anthony Rizzo in the first inning and another strong start by John Lackey because of three home runs allowed by the bullpen. Baez opened...
Rizzo slams, Cubs top Reds on wild pitch, 7-6
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs had a division rival lose on a ball that got away from the catcher on Wednesday night.
Then, about an hour later, the Cubs increased their NL Central lead the same way.
Javier Baez scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth to cap a wild 7-6 win over the Cincinnati Reds, in which the Cubs almost squandered a grand slam by Anthony Rizzo in the first inning and another strong start by John Lackey because of three home runs allowed by the bullpen.
Homers by Bryant, Rizzo power Cubs to 15-5 rout of Reds
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs waited all season for a hot streak from NL MVP Kris Bryant. Now that he's on one, they want it to last a while.
"My history with him is when he gets it, it stays there," manager Joe Maddon said.
Bryant and Anthony Rizzo hit back-to-back homers to cap a five-run fourth inning, and the Cubs continued their recent dominance of the Cincinnati Reds with a 15-5 victory Monday night.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Buster Posey twice watched plays he was part of go to replay, first on a three-run homer that held up and then a stolen base. A rare stolen base for San Francisco's catcher, who now has five to move within one of his career high set last season.
He matched teammate Denard Span's five stolen bases.
"I told Span I'm tied with him now so he needs to step it up," Posey said.
Contreras, Avila homers lead Cubs over Nationals 7-4
CHICAGO (AP) — Although it was supposed to be a day off for Willson Contreras, the Cubs regular catcher was in the lineup playing left field on Saturday.
As far as manager Joe Maddon is concerned, Contreras can rest when he's not red hot at the plate.
Contreras homered and drove in three runs, Alex Avila homered for his first hit with the Cubs and Chicago beat the Washington Nationals 7-4 to even the series between division leaders.
Contreras, Avila homers lead Cubs over Nationals 7-4
CHICAGO (AP) — Willson Contreras homered and drove in three runs, Alex Avila homered for his first hit with the Cubs and Chicago beat the Washington Nationals 7-4 on Saturday to even the series between division leaders.
Kris Bryant and Jon Jay each added a run-scoring hit as the Cubs snapped a three-game losing streak.
Bryce Harper hit his 28th homer and threw out a runner at third base for the Nationals.
CHICAGO (AP) — Jon Jay connected for his third career pinch-hit homer and Ian Happ hit a tiebreaking, two-run single an inning later, helping the Chicago Cubs rally for a 7-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday.
Cubs rally for 7-3 win over Rays
CHICAGO (AP) — For most of the day, it looked like another frustrating loss for the Chicago Cubs.
Then Jon Jay came to the plate
Jay connected for his third career pinch-hit homer and Ian Happ hit a tiebreaking two-run single an inning later, helping the Cubs rally for a 7-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Chicago Cubs caught a break this week when NL MVP Kris Bryant avoided serious injury, suffering only a sprained right ankle.
With shortstop Trea Turner, the Washington Nationals were not nearly as lucky.
Oh, and that bullpen is still troublesome, too.
Jon Jay hit a go-ahead two-run double during a three-run ninth-inning rally against Blake Treinen, lifting the Cubs over the Nationals 5-4 on Thursday.
CHICAGO (AP) — Ian Happ's first home run wound up in the street, and his second drew a curtain call from the screaming crowd.
Not a bad night for the prized rookie, and it turned out well for the Cubs, too.
Happ hit two homers, pinch hitter Jon Jay drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh with a single and Chicago beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-6 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.
Rizzo homers twice as Cubs beat Giants 5-4
CHICAGO (AP) — Anthony Rizzo provided more power for the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night, and they needed every bit of it when their perfect closer nearly let an easy opportunity slip away.
Rizzo homered twice, Kyle Hendricks tossed seven strong innings and the Cubs hung on to beat the San Francisco Giants 5-4 after closer Wade Davis gave up a two-run homer in the ninth inning.
NL MVP Kris Bryant returns to Cubs lineup
CHICAGO (AP) — Cubs star Kris Bryant is back in the starting lineup after missing three games with an illness.
Bryant got the start in right field for the opener of a three-game series against Cincinnati. The NL MVP is batting .299 with seven homers and 18 RBIs in 34 games.
Manager Joe Maddon also says outfielder Jon Jay is available, and second baseman Ben Zobrist could have played, but he wants to be cautious with him. Jay and Zobrist have been dealing with back issues.