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.
Villarreal victory drought goes on after draw at Valladolid
MADRID (AP) — Villarreal remained winless in 10 consecutive Spanish league matches after a 0-0 draw at 14th-place Valladolid on Friday.
The visitors, who are used to finishing much higher in the standings, stayed second from bottom with three victories from 23 games.
It was Villarreal's second straight draw since re-hiring coach Javi Calleja in place of Luis Garcia Plaza, less than two months after he was fired.
Struggling Villarreal re-hires coach it fired last year
MADRID (AP) — Villarreal has re-hired coach Javi Calleja, less than two months after it fired him.
The Spanish club said Calleja is returning to replace Luis Garcia Plaza, who was let go earlier Tuesday after winning only one of his nine matches at the helm.
Calleja was replaced by Plaza in December with Villarreal just outside the relegation zone in the Spanish league. Plaza departed with the club second-to-last in the standings, five points from safety.
Angels reach deals with last 6 arbitration-eligible players
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels have reached one-year contract agreements with all six of their remaining arbitration-eligible players.
Left-handers Tyler Skaggs and Andrew Heaney got the biggest deals, with Skaggs agreeing at $3.7 million and Heaney getting $3.4 million.
Ramirez, Tropeano agree to Angels deals, avoid arbitration
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Angels agreed to one-year contracts with right-handers JC Ramirez and Nicholas Tropeano that avoided salary arbitration.
Ramirez agreed at $1,901,000 on Thursday, a raise of $1,000. Tropeano's deal is for $1,075,000, up from $552,500 in his first year of arbitration eligibility.
After breaking through as a big-league starter in 2017, Ramirez made two starts last season and had Tommy John surgery. He could be ready to return late this season.
Phillies get lefty Alvarez from Angels for righty Garcia
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Phillies have acquired left-handed pitcher Jose Alvarez from the Los Angeles Angels for right-hander Luis Garcia.
Alvarez was 6-4 with a 2.71 ERA and one save in 76 appearances in 2018, striking out 59 in 63 innings. He allowed only three home runs to the 261 batters he faced while holding left-handed hitters to a .206 batting average and righties to a .232 mark.
The 29-year-old Alvarez is 12-18 with a 3.69 ERA over six seasons with the Tigers and Angels.
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 hit four HRs, beat Jays 8-3 for second win in eight
TORONTO (AP) — Rhys Hoskins and Carlos Santana hit back-to-back home runs, Maikel Franco and Wilson Ramos each had two-run shots and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-3 on Sunday, avoiding a three-game sweep.
Ramos had four hits. He singled in the first, doubled home a run in the second, singled in the sixth and homered off Tyler Clippard in the eighth, his 15th.
BOSTON (AP) — Blake Swihart doubled into the Red Sox bullpen to score Eduardo Nunez in the 13th inning and Boston beat the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 on Monday night to move a season-high six games ahead of the New York Yankees in the AL East.
Boston announced after the game it had acquired Ian Kinsler from the Angels to fill in for injured second baseman Dustin Pedroia.
Phillies reach deals with Hernandez, Franco, 2 others
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to a $5.1 million, one-year deal with Cesar Hernandez, avoiding arbitration with the second baseman who has led the team in batting average each of the past two seasons.
The Phillies also reached one-year agreements with third baseman Maikel Franco ($2.95 million), reliever Luis Garcia ($1.2 million) and catcher Cameron Rupp ($2.05 million). Philadelphia has no remaining players eligible for arbitration.
Teheran closing season on a strong note for Braves
ATLANTA (AP) — Julio Teheran's 2017 statistics aren't exactly glowing.
The Braves' ace has a 4.39 ERA, the highest of his career. He's likely to finish with his fewest strikeouts in five full seasons.
But Teheran is finishing the year strong. The two-time All-Star has a 2.25 ERA in his last eight starts, recovering from a dismal stretch this summer that included an Atlanta record nine straight losses at home.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Andrelton Simmons could see clearly from third base that reliever Luis Garcia's eighth-inning pitch was sailing high, and then higher still.
"It froze me for a second the way it came out of the pitcher's hand," Simmons said, "I thought, OK, it's over (catcher Cameron Rupp's) head, I've got to go. Then you see how quick the catcher kind of got to it."
Eickhoff shines, Phillies fall 3-0 to Nationals
WASHINGTON (AP) — Phillies starter Jerad Eickhoff matched Nationals ace Max Scherzer and struck out Bryce Harper swinging three straight times. When Eickhoff left, Harper struck back against Philadelphia's bullpen.
Harper hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift the Washington Nationals to a 3-0 victory over the Phillies on Saturday night.
Harper hits go-ahead 3-run HR in 8th, Nats beat Phils 3-0
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bryce Harper looked simply bewildered during his first three at-bats against the Phillies, all ending in swinging strikeouts. He came through big in his fourth plate appearance.
Harper hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift the Washington Nationals to a 3-0 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday night.