DETROIT (AP) — Mike Montgomery finally got Kansas City a win, 11 years after being drafted by the Royals.
The 30-year-old Montgomery struck out a career-high 12 in seven innings as the...
HOUSTON (AP) — Despite not having his best pitch, Wade Miley found a way to get another win on a night on which he got a boost by a huge offensive night by the Houston Astros.
HOUSTON (AP) — Seconds after Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow pulled off perhaps the most shocking deal of this trade deadline to bring Zack Greinke to an already stacked Astros rotation he...
It took 108 years for the Cubs to end their championship drought, so the final play of that 2016 World Series won't be forgotten any time soon.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Mike Montgomery and Danny Duffy are being reunited on a pitching staff for Kansas City for the first time since 2011, when they were highly regarded left-handers in the...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Martin Maldonado was as shocked as anyone by his tiebreaking homer in the seventh inning.
"No, I thought it was a pop up," Maldonado said. "I've hit balls better than...
Detroit Tigers (28-57, fifth in the AL Central) vs. Kansas City Royals (30-61, fourth in the AL Central)
Cleveland Indians (47-38, second in the AL Central) vs. Kansas City Royals (29-58, fifth in the AL Central)
Cleveland Indians (46-38, second in the AL Central) vs. Kansas City Royals (29-57, fifth in the AL Central)
PITCHING PROBABLES: Indians: Mike Clevinger (1-2, 5.89 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 31...
Kansas City Royals (28-55, fifth in the AL Central) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (31-52, fourth in the AL East)
Toronto; Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Royals: Brad Keller (3-9, 4.32...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Royals have been waiting to catch a few breaks. They got one Sunday.
Whit Merrifield got a fortunate hop on an RBI single in the 10th inning, and the Kansas City...
DETROIT (AP) — Shane Greene has been part of almost every victory this season for the Detroit Tigers.
The right-hander allowed a home run in the ninth inning against Kansas City on Friday...
CHICAGO (AP) — Fiercely energetic Tim Anderson spiked his bat to celebrate a home run and Kansas City's Brad Keller responded by drilling him with a fastball, setting off a benches-clearing fracas...
CHICAGO (AP) — White Sox youngster Tim Anderson was drilled by a fastball two innings after emphatically spiking his bat to celebrate a home run, sparking a benches-clearing fracas with the Kansas...
Capsules of American League West teams, listed in order of finish last year:
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals have finalized a $2.5 million, one-year deal with Martin Maldonado, giving them a veteran catcher after losing Salvador Perez to a season-ending...
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals agreed to a $2.5 million, one-year deal with Martin Maldonado on Saturday, giving them a veteran catcher after losing Salvador Perez to a...
A team-by-team look at the American League West entering spring training, including key players each club acquired and lost, and dates of the first workout for pitchers and catchers, and the full squad:
Manager: AJ Hinch (fifth season).
2018: 103-59, first place, lost to Boston in ALCS.
Training Town: West Palm Beach, Florida.
Park: Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.
First Workout: Feb. 14/18.
He's Here: OF Michael Brantley, C Robinson Chirinos, LHP Wade Miley, INF Aledmys Diaz.
HOUSTON (AP) — Robinson Chirinos and the Astros have finalized a $5.75 million, one-year contract, giving catching-thin Houston another option behind the plate.
The 34-year-old spent the past six seasons with the Texas Rangers and hit .222 this year while setting career bests with 18 homers and 65 RBIs in 113 games. His .757 OPS was second among AL catchers.
He had a $2.25 million salary, and the Rangers declined a $4.5 million option that had a $100,000 buyout.
HOUSTON (AP) — It's October and George Springer, Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman are all hitting home runs once again, helping the Houston Astros to a postseason win.
A year after launching a World Series-record 15 homers in winning their first championship, the Astros picked up right where they left off, hitting four home runs to power past the Cleveland Indians 7-2 Friday in Game 1 of the AL Division Series.
SEATTLE (AP) — Martin Maldonado and Tyler White helped the Astros build an eight-run lead, and Houston's bullpen made it hold after a little scare in the sixth inning.
Maldonado and White each homered and had three hits, Roberto Osuna got his first save with Houston and the Astros beat the Seattle Mariners 10-7 on Wednesday.
The Astros led 9-1 before the Mariners got one back in the fifth and added five more in the sixth, all off starter Charlie Morton (13-3).
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Justin Verlander pitched just well enough to earn his 200th career win and the Houston Astros hit five home runs, beating the Oakland Athletics 9-4 Sunday to avoid a sweep and retake sole possession of the AL West lead.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Once they got behind closed doors in the clubhouse, the Houston Astros showered Justin Verlander with champagne.
No, it wasn't for helping them avoid a sweep at the Coliseum. But that was a nice benefit, too.
Verlander pitched just well enough to earn his 200th career win and the Astros hit five home runs, beating the Oakland Athletics 9-4 Sunday to retake sole possession of the AL West lead.
NEW YORK (AP) — When baseball stars on expiring contracts get traded in July, there's usually no need to find long-term housing.
Infielders Manny Machado, Mike Moustakas and Brian Dozier; starting pitchers Cole Hamels, J.A. Happ and Nathan Eovaldi; catcher Martin Maldonado; and closer Zach Britton are among the players dealt ahead of this week's deadline for trades without waivers. All could be eligible for free agency after the World Series.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Free-agent catcher Rene Rivera and the Los Angeles Angels have agreed to a $2.8 million, one-year contract.
Rivera has played for six teams over nine seasons in a major league career that began with Seattle. He split last season between the New York Mets and Chicago Cubs, batting .252 with 10 homers and 35 RBIs in 74 games.
The 34-year-old Rivera has a strong arm behind the plate, throwing out 36.8 percent of attempted base-stealers.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels are a game behind Minnesota for the second AL wild card. That's not the only reason C.J. Cron was so excited about his two home runs.
Mike Trout promised Cron season tickets to the Phoenix Suns if he ended his power outage by going deep twice, and Cron did just that as the Angels beat the Oakland Athletics 8-2 on Tuesday night.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Andrew Heaney didn't need much time to get back in a groove, and it's just soon enough for the Los Angeles Angels and their postseason push.
Heaney struck out a career-high 10, Martin Maldonado had three hits and scored twice and the Angels beat the Oakland Athletics 3-1 on Monday night.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels are finally getting the offensive production they've craved all season.
Mike Trout, C.J. Cron and Kaleb Cowart all homered in a seven-run third inning, JC Ramirez pitched eight strong innings and the Angels defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 7-0 Wednesday night.
It was the fifth consecutive game the Angels scored at least six runs.
TORONTO (AP) — Troy Scribner's major league debut was already done by the time the nerves set in. When they did, it was because his first shot at a victory was on the line.
Scribner (1-0) pitched three innings, Cliff Pennington drove in the tiebreaking run with a sacrifice fly in the ninth and the Los Angeles Angels rallied to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-5 on Saturday.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — After a brief absence with a hamstring issue, Mike Trout undoubtedly has his legs under him.
Trout homered for the fourth consecutive game, helping the Los Angeles Angels top the Chicago White Sox 5-3 on Monday night.
The Angels scored each of their runs via the long ball. Kole Calhoun hit a three-run homer to right in the fifth inning, and Trout followed with a drive to left. Martin Maldonado homered in the seventh inning.
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Andrew Susac, Manny Pina and Jett Bandy are competing to become the Milwaukee Brewers' starting catcher, with one behind the plate and at designated hitter most days during spring training.
"I think they've all done a really nice job of accepting that challenge, accepting the workload that's going to be on them, accepting their responsibility, and understanding that they are the players that are really connected the most to all of our roster," manager Craig Counsell said.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels have avoided salary arbitration this year, reaching deals new second baseman Danny Espinosa and four other players Friday.
The Angels also settled on one-year contracts with right fielder Kole Calhoun, catcher Martin Maldonado and right-handed starters Garrett Richards and Matt Shoemaker.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers acquired Jett Bandy from the Angels on Tuesday and Martin Maldonado is headed back to Los Angeles in an exchange of defensive-minded catchers.
The Brewers also sent minor league pitcher Drew Gagnon to Los Angeles in the deal.
CHICAGO (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers faced the Chicago Cubs' best on Sunday and came away with a series victory over the NL Central champions.
Wily Peralta pitched six innings of one-run ball and Milwaukee scored twice against MLB ERA leader Kyle Hendricks while beating the Chicago Cubs 3-1 on Sunday.
Tyler Thornburg struck out Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo with two on to earn his 11th save in 16 chances.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Brewers quickly solved Jason Hammel on Tuesday night.
Jonathan Villar homered to start a five-run first inning, and the Brewers cooled off the Chicago Cubs with a 12-5 victory.
"We haven't had a first inning like that," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "He's been tough against us. You get to him before they get in that rhythm and take advantage of it."
MILWAUKEE (AP) — An ill-timed curveball spoiled the major league debut of Arizona Diamondbacks pitching prospect Braden Shipley.
With his team trailing by one run in the sixth inning Monday night, Shipley threw a breaking pitch that Milwaukee Brewers backup catcher Martin Maldonado belted for a three-run homer, ending the right-hander's outing.
"I was just trying to get something that would induce a groundball," Shipley said. "I'd been locating my curveball well...
MILWAUKEE (AP) — For a team that leads the major leagues in stolen bases, the Milwaukee Brewers looked pretty powerful at the plate Monday night.
"I think we were kind of due for a night like that," manager Craig Counsell said.
Martin Maldonado hit a three-run homer and Milwaukee went deep four times, spoiling the major league debut of Arizona pitching prospect Braden Shipley in a 7-2 victory over the Diamondbacks.