ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels found themselves on the wrong side of three close losses to open their four-game series against the Seattle Mariners.
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Angels slugger Justin Bour looks to improve his baserunning after yet another blunder on the bags. He failed to run out...
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Justin Bour shouted, turned his head and headed back toward the bench.
He wasn't watching the ball, but Dee Gordon was watching him.
Angels sweep Brewers 4-2 for 6th straight win
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels were held to five hits Wednesday night, but the timing of those hits propelled them to their sixth straight win.
Harvey solid in debut, Angels rally to beat A’s 6-2
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Matt Harvey was one hanging curveball away from looking start-to-finish like the ace he had been with the New York Mets.
Free agent Justin Bour, Angels finalize $2.5M deal
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — First baseman Justin Bour and the Angels have finalized a $2.5 million, one-year contract, giving Los Angeles depth while Albert Pujols recovers from surgery.
Bour can earn an additional $500,000 in performance bonuses based on plate appearances under the deal announced Saturday: $125,000 each for 350, 400, 450 and 500.
Morton to Rays and a Tanner-for-Tanner trade at meetings
LAS VEGAS (AP) — An All-Star starter to the relief-reliant Rays, a Tanner-for-Tanner trade and a Scott Boras sighting. Intrigue at the winter meetings, but not much impact.
Not yet, anyway.
Charlie Morton was the top name to switch teams Wednesday, joining Tampa Bay for a $30 million, two-year deal after going 15-3 with Houston last season. Reliever Jeurys Familia returned to the New York Mets after they traded him away and first baseman Justin Bour headed to the Los Angeles Angels.
AP source: Free agent first baseman Bour, Angels reach deal
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Justin Bour is set to bring the Los Angeles Angels key depth they need until stars Albert Pujols and Shohei Ohtani are fully recovered from surgery.
The Angels and the free agent first baseman have reached a deal, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press on Wednesday night.
Bour's contract is pending a physical, the person said on condition of anonymity because nothing had been finalized.
The Latest: Free agent 1B Justin Bour headed to Angels
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on Major League Baseball's winter meetings (all times local):
A person with direct knowledge of the negotiations tells The Associated Press that free agent first baseman Justin Bour has reached agreement with the Los Angeles Angels.
The deal is pending a physical said the person, speaking on condition of anonymity because nothing had been finalized.
Phillies do not tender contracts to Justin Bour, Luis Avilan
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Phillies did not tender contracts to first baseman Justin Bour and left-hander Luis Avilan, allowing the players to become free agents.
Both players were acquired in trades during the season and saw limited action in Philadelphia.
Bour hit .224 with one homer and five RBIs in 49 at-bats after batting .227 with 19 homers and 54 RBIs in 112 games for the Marlins.
Phillies acquire 1B Bour, cash from Marlins for prospect
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The NL East-leading Philadelphia Phillies have acquired first baseman Justin Bour and cash from the Miami Marlins for a minor league pitcher.
Bour is batting .227 with 19 homers and 54 RBIs. He's expected to be a pinch-hitter in Philadelphia, where Carlos Santana is the starting first baseman in the first year of a $60 million, three-year contract.
The left-handed hitting Bour has a .347 on-base percentage. The 30-year-old hit .289 with 25 homers and 83 RBIs last season.
Murphy’s 3 RBIs leads Diamondbacks in 5-3 win
MIAMI (AP) — John Ryan Murphy had a busy day at the plate.
Murphy drove in a career-high three runs to help the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 5-3 victory over the Miami Marlins on Tuesday night.
"There wasn't a lot of runs tonight so it was nice to contribute to the ones that we did have," Murphy said.
Zack Godley (9-5) pitched five innings and allowed two runs and six hits for the Diamondbacks, who are 14-4 in their last 18 games.
Padres edge Marlins 3-2 on late error by Rojas
SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego manager Andy Green didn't expect to win quite like this.
"I never envisioned winning with someone tripping over the guy at first base," Green said. "But it got the job done."
Pinch-hitter Hunter Renfroe's infield single in the ninth inning led to two runs when third baseman Miguel Rojas followed with a throwing error, lifting the Padres to a 3-2 victory over the Miami Marlins on Wednesday night.
ATLANTA (AP) — Sean Newcomb couldn't summon the usual bite on his fastball, so he decided to just settle in and pitch.
"I didn't have my best stuff all around, I'd say, but I was able to get some fastballs in the zone, make other things work a little bit, get some weak contact," he said. "That's all I was trying to do."
MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Marlins didn't reach base until the sixth inning. They lost two runners in one ugly sequence trailing by a run. They cursed their luck when Cameron Maybin's drive into the outfield stands in the 10th went barely foul.
Shuck shines, Marlins cool off Pirates in 7-2 win
MIAMI (AP) — JB Shuck couldn't help but smile when he got to first base with his career-high fourth hit of the game.
Playing in the big leagues for the first time since 2016, Shuck tied a Marlins franchise record for hits in a debut, sparking Miami to a 7-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night.
"It was a good feeling to get back, have some good at-bats, get some hits, and it was just a loosening-up moment," Shuck said.
Lone remaining Marlins big bat, Bour embracing new role
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — There are few fixed rules regarding the Miami Marlins' early-morning spring training clubhouse schedule.
Players are free to grab an omelet, maybe take some extra swings in the batting cage and socialize.
But when "Runaround Sue" blares over the clubhouse sound system, it's time to get down to business.
Realmuto loses to Marlins in salary arbitration; Bour wins
PHOENIX (AP) — Catcher J.T. Realmuto lost his salary arbitration case against Miami and first baseman Justin Bour beat the Marlins to leave players with a 3-1 record this year.
Realmuto was given a $2.9 million salary Friday instead of his request for $3.5 million. The decision was made by arbitrators Andrew Strongin, Elizabeth Neumeier and Allen Ponak, who heard arguments Wednesday.
Adams’ 11th-inning homer lifts Braves over Marlins 10-8
ATLANTA (AP) — Christian Yelich didn't care about the Washington Nationals' NL East title. He was more concerned with another Miami last at-bat loss.
"As a team, I think you need to look within yourself and say, 'Where does it stop?' " Yelich said. "You can't make excuses. We didn't do our job. We didn't make the plays or get the hits when we needed to. That's on us."
The Latest: Aaron Judge wins the Home Run Derby
MIAMI (AP) — The Latest on the All-Star Game (all times local):
Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees has won the Home Run Derby, adding that title to his burgeoning list of rookie accomplishments.
Judge beat Miguel Sano of the Minnesota Twins 11-10 in the final at Marlins Park on Monday night. He becomes the fourth Yankees player to win the Derby after Tino Martinez in 1997, Jason Giambi in 2002 and Robinson Cano in 2011.
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Fresh off launching two more longballs in Miami's final game before the break, Giancarlo Stanton returns to Marlins Park to defend his All-Star Home Run Derby crown. No doubt, many fans want to see Stanton swing away against Yankees rookie sensation Aaron Judge for the title. The first-round matchups: Stanton vs. Gary Sanchez, Judge vs. Justin Bour, Cody Bellinger vs. Charlie Blackmon, and Mike Moustakas vs. Miguel Sano.
Marlins hold off rally in ninth, beat Giants 5-4
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Still six games under .500 and 10 ½ games out of first place, the Miami Marlins are slowly starting to gain traction one month after their season nearly spun out of control.
Another double-digit hit game from the offense and a stellar outing by a rookie pitcher are just the latest signs to make manager Don Mattingly encouraged as the All-Star break approaches.
NEW YORK (AP) — Defending champion Giancarlo Stanton will be the top seed in the Home Run Derby on Monday night at his home ballpark in Miami.
Stanton received the No. 1 seed after winning the event during All-Star week last year in San Diego. He will face New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez, the No. 8 seed, in the opening round at Marlins Park.
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.
MIAMI (AP) — The celebratory shaving cream in Marcell Ozuna's ears provided a clue: This time it was the Miami Marlins with the walk-off hit.
After blowing leads and losing on the final pitch in back-to-back weekend games, the Marlins overcame an early six-run deficit Monday night, and Ozuna singled home the winning run with two outs in the ninth inning to beat the Washington Nationals 8-7.
Straily, Bour boost Marlins’ shutout of Braves
ATLANTA (AP) — Dee Gordon isn't getting too excited about the Miami Marlins' recent success.
He vividly remembers the rough stretch last month when Miami lost 13 of 15.
"If you saw us a month ago, it wasn't pretty," Gordon said. "Now the difference is we're just playing hard and playing hard for each other."
Dan Straily pitched into the seventh inning, Christian Yelich drove in three runs and the Miami Marlins beat the Atlanta Braves 5-0 on Friday night.
ATLANTA (AP) — The Miami Marlins have reinstated first baseman Justin Bour from the 10-day disabled list after he missed eight games because of a bruised left ankle.
The move came before Friday night's game at Atlanta. Catcher Tomas Telis was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans.
Bour has hit .368 with 13 homers and 31 RBIs since April 30.