Blue Jays to face White Sox on the road
Toronto Blue Jays (17-26, fourth in the AL East) vs. Chicago White Sox (20-22, third in the AL Central)
Chicago; Friday, 8 p.m. EDT
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CLEVELAND (AP) — The way things have been going, José Ramirez's deep drive figured to be swallowed by the wind.
Once it cleared the wall, the Indians could exhale.
López strikes out 14, White Sox beat Tigers 4-1
CHICAGO (AP) — Like many young pitchers, Reynaldo López sometimes struggles with confidence.
Sunday was not one of those days for the 25-year-old right-hander.
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.
White Sox, All-Star Herrera finalize $18M, 2-year contract
CHICAGO (AP) — Kelvin Herrera helped the Kansas City Royals build to a World Series championship. He sees similar potential with the Chicago White Sox.
The two-time All-Star reliever and the White Sox finalized an $18 million, two-year contract on Tuesday.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Nationals right-hander Kelvin Herrera was placed on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday with a right rotator cuff impingement, a move that further thins the back of Washington's bullpen.
The injury occurred Tuesday night in the ninth inning of a 3-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves. After allowing a two-run triple, Herrera was examined by a team trainer and left the game.
MIAMI (AP) — With back-to-back bunts, a disputed ruling and a blooper that eluded a two-man outfield, the Miami Marlins finally beat the Washington Nationals.
J.T. Realmuto capped a wild 10th inning with a none-out, bases-loaded single Saturday night, and Miami snapped a streak of eight consecutive home losses to Washington, winning 2-1.
The Marlins beat the Nationals for only the second time in the past 18 meetings.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Washington Nationals placed All-Star closer Sean Doolittle on the 10-day disabled list with left toe inflammation, optioned right-handed pitcher Jefry Rodriguez to Triple-A Syracuse and recalled right-handed pitchers Wander Suero and Austin Voth from Syracuse on Tuesday.
Doolittle, 31, hasn't pitched since July 6. The following day, he tripped over a pitching mound and first experienced discomfort in his left toe.
WASHINGTON (AP) — As compensation for losing his job as a closer, Kelvin Herrera gets to pitch for a contender.
Herrera joined the Washington Nationals on Tuesday, less than 24 hours after being traded from the last-place Kansas City Royals for three minor leaguers.
A two-time All-Star, Herrera had 14 saves and a 1.05 ERA this season. Washington already has a closer, Sean Doolittle, so Herrera will be entering the game earlier than usual for now.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Nationals closer Sean Doolittle was going through his usual routine Monday, preparing if needed for a save, when general manager Mike Rizzo sought him out.
Rizzo wanted to discuss two things: The Nationals were trading for two-time All-Star reliever Kelvin Herrera, and Doolittle was going to keep his ninth-inning job.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — From across the diamond, Kansas City closer Kelvin Herrera marveled at the oldest player in the major leagues — Texas pitcher Bartolo Colon, who turned 45 Thursday.
"I used to have pictures of him in my bedroom," Herrera recalled of his countryman, from his teenage days in the Dominican Republic. "He was my idol."
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Joey Wendle's go-ahead hit in the ninth inning gave Jonny Venters another first in his remarkable major league return.
Wendle drove in the winning run to get Venters his first victory since 2012, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Kansas City Royals 6-5 on Tuesday night.
Royals put Soria on DL, recall reliever McCarthy from minors
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals have placed reliever Joakim Soria on the disabled list with a left oblique strain and recalled right-hander Kevin McCarthy from Triple-A Omaha.
Manager Ned Yost says Soria had been dealing with stiffness in his left side for about two weeks, but had been able to pitch relatively effectively. That ended Tuesday in Oakland, when Soria surrendered four runs on four hits while getting only one out.
The Red Sox entered play Friday leading the majors with a 2.90 ERA from their bullpen — paced by the 1.48 mark of closer Craig Kimbrel (above). But is a dominant bullpen really crucial to make a run at the pennant?
Royals beat Tigers 3-1 for 7th straight victory
DETROIT (AP) — The Kansas City Royals are keeping the pressure on in the AL Central, and manager Ned Yost has no big secrets to offer about their impressive winning streak.
"There's no key to staying in it. You just keep playing good," Yost said. "If there was a key to staying in it, then we would stay in it forever. You just play good. That's all you do."
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Everything you need to know about Brandon Moss's season could be summed up by the way he greeted a pack of reporters that gathered around his locker after a crucial hit in the ninth inning helped lift the Kansas City Royals to a 4-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers.
"This is really nice," he said, "to talk to you guys about something other than sucking."
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The fortunes of Jason Hammel and the Kansas City Royals have taken similar turns this season.
Both started with high expectations, endured a miserable first month that left many fans writing them off, then found a spark somewhere along the way.
Astros score 5 in 9th to top Royals 6-1
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Lance McCullers took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and Jose Altuve hit a two-run homer in a five-run ninth as the Houston Astros beat the Kansas City Royals 6-1 on Thursday night.
Altuve's ninth home run came off Kelvin Herrera (1-2) with Josh Reddick, who walked on four pitches to lead off the inning, aboard. Herrera has yielded seven home runs in 24 1/3 innings after giving up only six in 72 innings last season.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Houston Astros scored early and late to keep up their winning ways.
Yuli Gurriel hit a three-run homer, Brian McCann had a two-run shot and the Astros beat the Kansas City Royals 7-3 on Monday night for their 11th straight win.
It's the longest winning streak in the majors this season and one shy of the Astros' record. They won 12 straight in 1999 and 2004.
Escobar, Moustakas lead Royals past Indians 5-2
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Kansas City Royals are feeling a little better after a couple successful days in Cleveland.
Alcides Escobar hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the sixth, Mike Moustakas homered and the Royals beat the Cleveland Indians 5-2 on Saturday.
Kansas City, an AL-worst 20-27 coming into the day, has won two straight this weekend against the Indians.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Danny Duffy knew his stumbling Royals desperately needed a win, so the left-hander showed up at Kauffman Stadium on Thursday night and began telling jokes and getting people laughing.
Anything to loosen them up.
Turned out Duffy had the last laugh.
He tossed seven innings of three-hit ball, Mike Moustakas hit a three-run homer and the Royals beat the New York Yankees 5-1 to avoid a three-game sweep.
Moustakas homers in 12th, Royals beat Rays 7-6
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Kansas City had lost 13 of 16 entering a four-game series at Tampa Bay.
Mike Moustakas' extra-inning homer helped the Royals win their second straight against the Rays.
Moustakas homered in the 12th inning, and Kansas City came back from a four-run deficit to beat the Tampa Bay 7-6 on Tuesday night.
"The offense just kept battling all night long," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "They had a lot of confidence that they could get back in it."
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Cleveland slugger Carlos Santana was 0 for 14 with seven strikeouts against Kansas City closer Kelvin Herrera. That abruptly ended with one swing.
Santana and Francisco Lindor hit back-to-back homers with two outs in the ninth inning off Herrera to lift the Indians to a 3-1 victory over the Royals on Saturday.