Nationals beat Twins 12-6 as AL Central race tightens
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A win by the Washington Nationals over the Minnesota Twins made the American League Central Division race a lot more interesting.
Scherzer, Nats win 9-4, stop Braves’ 9-game winning streak
ATLANTA (AP) — Nationals ace Max Scherzer felt some relief after helping Washington end a tough four-game series with a win.
"We've been playing pretty well," he said. "We lost three games....
MRI results show no major setback for Suzuki
Washington catcher Kurt Suzuki might not miss extended time after an MRI on his right elbow revealed no serious injury.
Suzuki has inflammation and still feels tingling in his arm after an...
Turner, Nationals beat Cubs 7-2 for 4th straight win
CHICAGO (AP) — Trea Turner's renewed focus on the little things is producing big results.
Turner reached base four times and scored twice, Yan Gomes and Howie Kendrick each drove in two runs...
Marte, Jones lead Diamondbacks over Nationals 7-5
PHOENIX (AP) — Ketel Marte, an All-Star for the first time in his career, continues to put on a show for Diamondbacks fans.
His inside-the-park home run was part of a three-hit Sunday...
Colorado Rockies (47-55, fifth in the NL West) vs. Washington Nationals (55-46, second in the NL East)
Miami Marlins (16-34, fifth in the NL East) vs. Washington Nationals (22-31, fourth in the NL East)
Washington; Monday, 1 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Marlins: Jose Urena (2-6, 4.30...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington's bullpen has been a problem all season. Thanks to Patrick Corbin, it wasn't needed on Saturday.
Corbin pitched a four-hitter, Yan Gomes hit a three-run double...
Padres use 6-run 10th to beat Nats 8-3, win 5th straight
WASHINGTON (AP) — Three innings after entering in a double-switch, Greg Garcia came through in a key moment for the San Diego Padres.
Garcia hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in a six-run 10th...
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The only pitcher the Washington Nationals had trouble with was an outfielder.
Jeremy Hellickson threw three-hit ball over six innings, Matt Adams drove in four runs and...
American League Central capsules
Capsules of American League Central teams, listed in order of finish last year:
Suzuki, Gomes bring stability, pop behind plate for Nats
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — As important as setting his pitching rotation, Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez will begin to determine his catching platoon when Grapefruit League games...
AL Central teams at the start of spring training
A team-by-team look at the American League Central 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: Terry Francona (seventh season).
2018: 91-71, first place, lost to Houston in Division Series.
Remodeled Indians enter ’19 season with major questions
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Indians swung a wrecking ball at their roster this offseason.
With a frugal eye on their future, the three-time defending AL Central champions slashed payroll by nearly $20 million while letting core championship players like All-Star outfielder Michael Brantley, franchise career saves leader Cody Allen, reliever Andrew Miller and others leave as free agents while trading slugger Edwin Encarnacion, catcher Yan Gomes and first baseman Yonder Alonso.
Indians agree with new catcher Kevin Plawecki at $1,137,500
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Indians avoided salary arbitration with new catcher Kevin Plawecki, who agreed to a one-year contract for $1,137,500.
Plawecki was acquired Sunday from the New York Mets. He made $557,471 last season, when he batted .201 with seven homers and a career-high 30 RBIs.
Indians get catching help, acquire Plawecki from Mets
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Indians have replenished their bare catching cupboard.
After trading top prospect Francisco Mejia and All-Star catcher Yan Gomes last year, the Indians had a void behind the plate and filled it Sunday by acquiring catcher Kevin Plawecki in a trade with the New York Mets.
Indians complete trade with Nats, get minor league infielder
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Indians have acquired infielder Andruw Monasterio from Washington to complete the trade that sent All-Star catcher Yan Gomes to the Nationals.
Cleveland dealt Gomes last month for a package that included right-hander Jefry Rodriguez, outfielder Daniel Johnston and a player to be named, who turned to be Monasterio.
- The Washington TimesCatching depth a concern for struggling NationalsSeptember 15, 2019
- The Washington TimesAnthony Rendon, Corbin pace Nats to win over BravesJuly 30, 2019
- The Washington TimesAli Krieger, World Cup star, throws a strikeJuly 25, 2019
- The Washington TimesNationals activate Anthony Rendon off injured listMay 8, 2019
- Star TribuneTwins fail to complete sweep at first-place Cleveland, fall 4-1June 17, 2018
AP Source: Nationals have agreement in principle with Adams
WASHINGTON (AP) — Free agent first baseman Matt Adams has an agreement to return to the Washington Nationals, pending a successful physical exam.
A person familiar with the deal confirmed to The Associated Press that Adams and the Nationals agreed to a $4 million, one-year contract with a mutual option for 2020. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the club had not made an announcement.
Indians trade All-Star Gomes to Nationals for prospects
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Indians traded one of their big arms — from behind the plate
Cleveland, which has discussed moving right-handers Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer and Carlos Carrasco in possible trades while restructuring its payroll, dealt All-Star catcher Yan Gomes to the Washington Nationals on Friday night.
A capsule look at the Indians-Astros playoff series
A look at the best-of-five American League Division Series between the Cleveland Indians and Houston Astros:
Schedule: (All times EDT) Game 1, Friday, at Houston, 2:05 p.m.; Game 2, Saturday, at Houston, 4:37 p.m.; Game 3, Monday, Oct. 8, at Cleveland, 1:30 p.m.; x-Game 4, Tuesday, Oct. 9, at Cleveland, 4:35 p.m.; x-Game 5, Thursday, Oct. 11, at Houston, 4:07 p.m. (All games on TBS).
Ready for redemption, Indians eyeing title this October
CLEVELAND (AP) — There was new postseason gear awaiting the Indians when they arrived at Progressive Field for an intra-squad scrimmage, one of their last workouts before things get very real.
The fresh swag included blue-and-red T-shirts emblazoned with "October Ready."
Indians All-Star C Gomes ready to play despite injured thumb
CLEVELAND (AP) — Indians All-Star catcher Yan Gomes said he'll "absolutely" play Game 1 of Cleveland's AL Division Series against Houston despite cutting his right thumb last weekend.
Gomes got hurt when he accidentally connected with the bat of Royals outfielder Alex Gordon while trying to throw out a runner Saturday in Kansas City. Gomes received two stitches, and there was doubt whether he would be ready to begin the postseason with the AL Central champions.
Mondesi’s 3-run HR lifts Royals to 9-4 win over Indians
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — After losing an inconsequential game to the Kansas City Royals, the Cleveland Indians were relieved catcher Yan Gomes' injury was not as serious as first feared.
Adalberto Mondesi hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer to lift the Kansas City Royals to a 9-4 win over the Indians on Saturday night.
Brantley single in 11th lifts Indians over Red Sox 5-4
CLEVELAND (AP) — Michael Brantley kept his cool and delivered for the Cleveland Indians.
Brantley singled in the winning run in the 11th inning, and Cleveland beat the Red Sox 5-4 on Saturday night to delay Boston's bid for a club-record 106th victory and home-field advantage throughout the postseason.
The sellout crowd of 35,095 was on its feet when Brantley came to bat, but the All-Star said he felt no pressure.
Allen makes 2 superb catches, Indians beat Red Sox 6-3
BOSTON (AP) — Center fielder Greg Allen made two superb catches to help fellow rookie Shane Bieber hold down Boston, and the Cleveland Indians beat the Red Sox 6-3 Tuesday night in a matchup of AL division leaders.
Melky Cabrera homered for the second straight game and Yan Gomes also connected for Cleveland. The Indians have won nine of 10, including the first two of the four-game series at Fenway Park.
Kluber, Indians top Porcello, Red Sox 5-4
BOSTON (AP) — Boston pitcher Rick Porcello had the wind knocked out of him after taking a hard liner to the stomach. Two pitches later, Cleveland's Greg Allen knocked the energy right out of Fenway Park.
Allen hit a go-ahead home run in the seventh inning right after Porcello was struck, Corey Kluber tied for the major league lead with his 16th win and the Indians beat the Red Sox 5-4 Monday night.
Indians pull away from Reds for 10-3 win
CINCINNATI (AP) — Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona turned to Yandy Diaz in a big spot, and he delivered.
Diaz hit a tiebreaking RBI double in Cleveland's seven-run sixth inning, helping the Indians pull away from the Cincinnati Reds for a 10-3 victory on Monday night.
Jose Ramirez hit his 35th homer in Cleveland's fifth win in six games. Ramirez, Michael Brantley and Yan Gomes had three hits apiece, and Melky Cabrera and Jason Kipnis each drove in two runs.
Rodney K’s Lindor to end Twins’ 3-2 win over Indians
CLEVELAND (AP) — Minnesota's pitching staff rebounded from a double-digit loss with a gritty win Tuesday night.
Fernando Rodney struck out Francicso Lindor with the tying run on second base in the ninth inning after Adalberto Mejia pitched one-hit ball over five innings, and the Twins beat the Cleveland Indians 3-2.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Indians catcher Yan Gomes walked to the plate Saturday night and found out he was an All-Star.
Gomes will replace Tampa Bay's Wilson Ramos in Tuesday's game in Washington D.C., giving Cleveland six All-Stars.
A look at what's happening around the majors Sunday:
Despite boasting an NL-best four All-Stars, the Braves are freefalling going into the midsummer break. Atlanta has lost 8 of 10, including the first two games of its series against Arizona, to drop out of first place in the NL East. Julio Teheran (6-6, 4.26) tries to get the Braves a victory to close out the unofficial first half against the Diamondbacks' Patrick Corbin (6-3, 3.09).
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Tampa Bay catcher Wilson Ramos will miss next week's All-Star Game after leaving Saturday's game against the Minnesota Twins with left hamstring tightness.
Named the American League's starting catcher, Ramos said he's "probably" going to face a stint on the disabled list. He injured the hamstring running to first base in the sixth inning of Tampa Bay's 19-6 win. Indians catcher Yan Gomes was named to the AL roster in Ramos' place.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Former Baltimore Orioles manager Earl Weaver said the key to winning is "pitching, fundamentals and three-run homers."
Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona can go one better: grand slams.
Yan Gomes hit a grand slam in the sixth inning and the Indians rallied to beat the Kansas City Royals 6-4 on Tuesday night.
The Indians lead the American League with eight grand slams and it was their second in two nights. Francisco Lindor hit one Monday.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Francisco Lindor had an exceptional Monday after a very good Sunday.
Lindor homered twice, including a grand slam, and finished with a career-high seven RBIs as the Cleveland Indians beat the Kansas City Royals 9-3 on Monday night.
On Sunday, he had two doubles and a solo homer in Oakland.
Lindor homered in the fourth after Yan Gomes singled and Jakob Junis hit Tyler Naquin and Rajai Davis with pitches. He added a three-run homer in the sixth to finish Junis' evening.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Shane Bieber was relaxing in the clubhouse at Triple-A Columbus on Saturday when he received an important message.
The rookie right-hander was needed in the big leagues.
Bieber capped a whirlwind few hours by pitching one-run ball into the sixth inning for his first major league win, helping the Cleveland Indians beat the Minnesota Twins 4-1 on Sunday.