Houston Astros beat Tampa Bay Rays 6-1 in Game 5, advance to AL Championship Series against New York Yankees
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston Astros beat Tampa Bay Rays 6-1 in Game 5, advance to AL Championship Series against New York Yankees.
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Mets say they have fired manager Mickey Callaway.
Pittsburgh Pirates announce they have fired manager Clint Hurdle
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Pirates announce they have fired manager Clint Hurdle.
Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon will not return next season
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon will not return next season.
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost to retire after season
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost to retire after season .
SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego Padres fire manager Andy Green.
Atlanta Braves clinch second straight NL East title
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Braves clinch second straight NL East title.
70 years after Babe Ruth’s death, fans still flock to grave
HAWTHORNE, N.Y. (AP) — Amid the serene graves at Gate of Heaven Cemetery sits the one where visitors leave baseballs and bats instead of bouquets, tributes to a baseball superstar who still outshines others seven decades after his death.
It's the resting place of Babe Ruth, the indelible slugger and larger-than-life personality who died Aug. 16, 1948.
Wednesday’s Sports in Brief
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Maryland interim coach Matt Canada has taken steps to ensure the Terrapins are poised to deal with the heat of summer during his practices following the death of offensive lineman Jordan McNair.
In the first workout since Maryland publicly accepted responsibility for mistakes that contributed to McNair's death, two tents were in place at the practice field to provide shade. Underneath the awnings were several fans, along with liquids and ice.
Dozier ends Dodgers’ skid with RBI in 12th against Giants
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It was looking all too familiar to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Another lead lost, another reliever buckling in a big moment.
Only this time, after San Francisco Giants outfielder Andrew McCutchen hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning to tie the game, the Dodgers did not wilt and their bullpen did not collapse.
LEADING OFF: Braves-Marlins melee, Cards soaring, Lester up
A look at what's happening around the majors today:
Rivera returns from DL, homers in 9th as Angels sweep Padres
SAN DIEGO (AP) — In his first game back from a knee injury, Rene Rivera was big trouble for his old team.
Rivera hit a go-ahead homer in the ninth inning after a long stay on the disabled list, and the Los Angeles Angels completed a three-game sweep of the San Diego Padres with a 3-2 victory Wednesday night.
Ozuna homers, Cardinals beat Nationals for 8th straight win
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Austin Gomber learned plenty about pressure during a 15-game stint in the St. Louis Cardinals' bullpen earlier this season.
The left-hander used that experience to his advantage on Wednesday night.
Gomber tossed six shutout innings in his fourth start of the year, Marcell Ozuna homered and the Cardinals won their season-high eighth straight game, 4-2 over the Washington Nationals.
Swanson fills void after Acuna’s exit as Braves top Marlins
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves and their manager had plenty of reasons to be unhappy even after completing their first four-game sweep of the Miami Marlins since 2006.
Seeing slugging rookie Ronald Acuna Jr., who had been on a home-run streak, hit by Jose Urena's first pitch led to two melees on the field and more unrest in the clubhouse.
Astros hit 5 homers to end skid with 12-1 win over Rockies
HOUSTON (AP) — Throughout their five-game losing streak, the Houston Astros failed time and again to get a big hit when they needed it.
They didn't have that problem Wednesday night.
Evan Gattis and Tyler White hit two homers each, Yuli Gurriel added a two-run shot and the Astros broke out of their offensive slump in a huge way with a 12-1 win over the Colorado Rockies to end their skid.
Granderson’s grand slam leads Jays past Royals 6-5
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Curtis Granderson held up both hands, showing 10 fingers, one for each grand slam.
Granderson ran his career grand slam total into the double digits, Marco Estrada pitched effectively into the seventh inning and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Kansas City Royals 6-5 on Wednesday night.
Rays shut down Yankees for 6-1 victory
NEW YORK (AP) — Brandon Lowe went through his first 100 minor league games this season without a clue of what a slump felt like.
Tampa Bay's 24-year-old rookie got a quick dose of it in the majors.
Wednesday night's starter, Jake Faria, even joked that Lowe was nearing Stephen Vogt's major league record of 0-for-32 hitless at-bats to start a career.
Plawecki’s slam helps power Mets to 16-5 rout of Orioles
BALTIMORE (AP) — The New York Mets enjoyed a memorable night in the midst of a season that's worth forgetting.
Kevin Plawecki hit his first career grand slam during a nine-run sixth inning, Brandon Nimmo went 5 for 5 with three RBIs and the Mets breezed past the Baltimore Orioles 16-5 on Wednesday.
Wilson Ramos has 3 hits, 3 RBIs as Phillies beat Red Sox 7-4
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Wilson Ramos became an instant favorite with his new team.
Ramos had three extra-base hits and three RBIs, helping the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Boston Red Sox 7-4 on Wednesday night in his first game wearing red pinstripes.
The Phillies, who remained two games behind first-place Atlanta in the NL East, split a two-game interleague series with the major league-leading Red Sox for the second time in three weeks.
Cabrera homers, Indians’ bullpen shuts down Reds in 4-3 win
CINCINNATI (AP) — The sight of Cincinnati's Billy Hamilton speeding home with the potential tying run didn't shake up Yonder Alonso.
Cleveland's first baseman calmly fielded Joey Votto's bouncer and made a strong throw to catcher Roberto Perez, cutting down Hamilton for the first out of the ninth inning. Just like that, the Reds went from second and third with nobody out to first and second with one out, and Cleveland held on for a 4-3 win on Wednesday night.
Acuna hit by Urena’s first pitch; Braves, Marlins scuffle
ATLANTA (AP) — Ronald Acuna's chance to extend his three-game streak of leadoff homers was put on hold when the Marlins' Jose Urena hit him with his first pitch on Wednesday night, triggering a melee that led to benches and bullpens for Atlanta and Miami emptying twice.
Urena and Braves manager Brian Snitker were ejected. Snitker had angry words for the pitcher as he led the first exodus from Atlanta's dugout toward the mound.
Cardinals’ Matt Carpenter hit by pitch, leaves game
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis infielder Matt Carpenter left the Cardinals' game Wednesday night against the Washington Nationals after being hit on the hand by a pitch from Matt Grace in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Carpenter was removed as a precaution and X-rays were negative.
Nationals’ Jeremy Hellickson exits game after collision
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Washington Nationals right-hander Jeremy Hellickson was removed from Wednesday night's game in St. Louis in the fifth inning after colliding with Cardinals outfielder Harrison Bader at the plate.
Hellickson was covering home after a wild pitch. He stumbled over Bader as Bader slid home safely.
Hellickson was charged with three runs, two earned, on three hits in his 4 1/3 innings. He struck out two and walked two.
Gordon breaks scoreless tie with HR in 12th, M’s top A’s 2-0
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Dee Gordon doesn't have many home runs this season. Two to be exact. So when Seattle's light-hitting utility player muscled up in the 12th inning, he celebrated by kissing both biceps as he stood in the dugout after crossing home plate.
Brewers RHP Jimmy Nelson unlikely to return this season
CHICAGO (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers are casting doubt on Jimmy Nelson's chances of returning this season.
Nelson had shoulder surgery last September after he got hurt diving back to first after rounding the base on a single. It was a tough conclusion to a breakout year for the right-hander, who went 12-6 with a 3.49 ERA in 29 starts.
The 29-year-old Nelson has been working out, but he is running out of time.
Rizzo leads Cubs past Brewers 8-4
CHICAGO (AP) — It's purely about the math for Anthony Rizzo and the Chicago Cubs.
A three-game lead is better than a one-game advantage, and that was all that mattered Wednesday.
Rizzo homered, drove in three runs and stole two bases in his return to the cleanup spot, and Chicago beat the Milwaukee Brewers 8-4 to strengthen its hold on the NL Central.
Tempers flare as 49ers, Texans practice together
HOUSTON (AP) — There was plenty of intensity on Wednesday when the Houston Texans and San Francisco 49ers met in the first of two joint practices before this weekend's preseason game.
A little too much in fact, with Houston receiver DeAndre Hopkins and 49ers safety Jimmie Ward being kicked out of practice after getting into a scuffle on the first play of receiver drills.
Forsythe has 3 RBIs in Twins’ 6-4 win over Pirates
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Logan Forsythe may be best known by Minnesota fans as the player who replaced fan favorite Brian Dozier.
The lone major leaguer of the three players the Dodgers sent to the Upper Midwest on July 31 for the second baseman, Forsythe has filled in capably.
Forsythe had three RBIs, the Minnesota bullpen tossed 5 1/3 shutout innings and the Twins beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-4 Wednesday.
Davidson, Abreu homer as White Sox hold off Tigers, 6-5
DETROIT (AP) — The Chicago White Sox haven't had much success against the Detroit Tigers this season.
It isn't because of Jose Abreu and Matt Davidson.
On Wednesday, Abreu and Davidson each hit two-run home runs, combined for six hits and drove in five of Chicago's runs in a 6-5 win.
Abreu is hitting .336 with 17 homers in 84 games against the Tigers in his career, while Davidson is at .370 with seven homers in 23 games.
Brewers OF Braun leaves with rib cage tightness
CHICAGO (AP) — Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun has left their game against the Chicago Cubs with tightness on the right side of his rib cage.
Braun was removed for a pinch hitter in the fifth inning Wednesday at Wrigley Field. He went 0 for 2 a day after he homered twice in Milwaukee's 7-0 victory.
Hernan Perez batted for Braun and bounced into an inning-ending double play. Perez then stayed in the game in right field, and Christian Yelich moved from right to left to replace Braun.
Mariners place ace James Paxton on DL with forearm bruise
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Seattle Mariners have placed ace James Paxton on the disabled list with a forearm bruise, one day after the left-hander was struck by a line drive.
Paxton was facing the third batter in the first inning Tuesday night when Jed Lowrie lined a ball back up the middle, hitting the pitcher hard. Paxton walked toward second base in obvious pain as a team trainer and manager Scott Servais rushed onto the field.
Heisman hopeful Grier wants to lead WVU to 1st Big 12 title
Maybe Will Grier can do at West Virginia what Baker Mayfield did with Oklahoma before going to the NFL.
If the senior quarterback can mimic the spectacular season had by Mayfield, the Mountaineers would have a couple of significant firsts. They have never won a Big 12 Conference title or had a Heisman Trophy winner.
Angels mourn death of P Aaron Cox, Trout’s brother-in-law
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Aaron Cox, a former Los Angeles Angels pitching prospect and the brother-in-law of Mike Trout, has died. He was 24.
The Angels disclosed no further details Wednesday in a statement issued on behalf of Trout and his wife, Jessica Cox.
The Latest: Pro-Los Alamos group ex-head ‘sorry’ on expenses
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on questionable spending of a pro-Los Alamos agency (all times local):
The former head of an agency of New Mexico municipalities created to promote Los Alamos National Laboratory says she "demonstrated poor judgment" by asking to be reimbursed for alcohol and baseball tickets.
Puig takes swing at Hundley before Giants rally past Dodgers
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Yasiel Puig had another rumble with the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night.
Puig took a swing at Giants catcher Nick Hundley during a benches-clearing scrap in the seventh inning, then Alen Hanson hit an RBI single in the ninth to lift San Francisco over the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1 on Tuesday night.
Upton homers, drives in 3 to lift Angels past Padres 7-3
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Taylor Ward acted like it was his first day in the majors everywhere but in the batter's box.
Ward went with a pitch and hit an opposite-field RBI double in his first major league at-bat, and had two hits and reached safely three times as the Los Angeles Angels beat the San Diego Padres 7-3 on Tuesday night.
LEADING OFF: Acuna’s instant pop, Astros skid, Paxton struck
A look at what's happening around the majors today:
Atlanta rookie Ronald Acuna Jr. has homered five games in a row — at 20, he's the youngest major leaguer to do that. He's also hit leadoff home runs in three straight, connecting the last two days on the first pitch Miami threw.
Acuna later added his 19th homer with a three-run drive in the seventh inning Tuesday night.
A’s edge Mariners to pull within 1 game of 1st in AL West
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Another solid outing from Mike Fiers and Jed Lowrie's 100th career home run helped the surging Oakland Athletics move a step closer to first place in the AL West.
The Seattle Mariners, who were eight games ahead of Oakland six weeks weeks ago, are just trying to stick around in the wild-card race, a task that got a little tougher following an injury to ace James Paxton's pitching arm.
Mariners’ Cano returns from drug suspension, now playing 1B
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Robinson Cano is back in the major leagues with the Seattle Mariners after serving an 80-game drug suspension.
The eight-time All-Star has a new position — first base, for the first time — and a new spot in the batting order, too.
"It feels great to be back, especially the way the team is playing," Cano said before the game. "I'm excited. I was waiting for this moment."
Acuna hits another leadoff homer, Braves beat Marlins 10-6
ATLANTA (AP) — Ronald Acuna Jr. became the youngest player in major league history to homer in five straight games, hitting a leadoff shot on the first pitch and later adding a three-run drive to help the surging Atlanta Braves beat the Miami Marlins 10-6 on Tuesday night.
Pillar homers in 8th to lift Blue Jays over Royals 6-5
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — With Kevin Pillar down in the count 0-2 with two outs in the eighth inning, Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez went out to talk to reliever Blaine Boyer.
Whatever they discussed did not work.
Pillar hit a two-run homer on the next pitch to lift the Toronto Blue Jays over the Royals 6-5 on Tuesday night.
Puig takes swing at Hundley, both ejected as benches clear
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig took a swing at San Francisco Giants catcher Nick Hundley and both players were ejected during a benches-clearing scrap in the seventh inning Tuesday night.
Gant homers, pitches Cardinals to 6-4 win over Nationals
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Even John Gant cracked a smile.
Gant homered for his first major league hit and pitched one-run ball into the sixth inning, helping the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Washington Nationals 6-4 on Tuesday night for their season-high seventh consecutive victory.
Arenado’s 30th HR helps Rockies over Verlander, Astros 5-1
HOUSTON (AP) — Nolan Arenado hated his first career appearance at designated hitter Tuesday night.
However, the Colorado slugger couldn't be mad at his results at the plate.
Arenado and Trevor Story each went deep, German Marquez pitched well in a clash with Justin Verlander, and the Rockies beat the slumping Houston Astros 5-1.
Polanco, Sano fuel Twins in 5-2 win over Pirates
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Miguel Sano has embodied this season of disappointment for the Minnesota Twins, with his approach, health and performance all needing a reset.
Maybe all he needed was a haircut.
Jorge Polanco had two hits, scored twice and drove in two runs and Sano followed with a two-run homer, leading the Twins to a 5-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night.
Goldschmidt homers, Corbin sharp in D-backs 6-4 win at Texas
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks have scored more runs in the first inning this season than any team in baseball.
After Paul Goldschmidt's 27th homer in the first put the NL West-leaders ahead to stay, the Diamondbacks tacked on enough runs to back All-Star lefty Patrick Corbin's seven strong innings in a 6-4 victory over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night.
Happ shines for Yankees again in 4-1 win over Rays
NEW YORK (AP) — This is exactly what the New York Yankees were hoping for when they added J.A. Happ.
The veteran left-hander permitted just one soft single in seven shutout innings to win his third start in a row, pitching the Yankees past the Tampa Bay Rays 4-1 on Tuesday night.
Acuna still sizzling, homers twice in Braves’ 10-6 win
ATLANTA (AP) — Ronald Acuna Jr. had a case of jitters before he stepped in the batter's box for the first time Tuesday night.
He had homered in the leadoff spot twice in a doubleheader the day before, so even Acuna wondered if it could happen again.
"I wasn't sure I'd be able to hit another home run like that," he said through a translator. "At first I laughed a lot, but then I got nervous again."