WASHINGTON (AP) — By the time Alex Bregman took nearly 30 seconds to circle the bases, then engaged in a series of animated high-fives, pats, hugs and personalized handshakes between the plate and...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Atlanta's Charlie Culberson sustained multiple facial fractures when he was hit by a 91 mph pitch from Washington's Fernando Rodney.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Atlanta Braves celebrated another playoff berth with heavy hearts.
Ronald Acuña Jr. ignited the decisive four-run rally with the go-ahead, two-run double in the seventh...
Washington Nationals (61-55, second in the NL East) vs. New York Mets (61-56, third in the NL East)
New York; Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Nationals: Anibal Sanchez (7-6,...
WASHINGTON (AP) — With Max Scherzer on a pitch count and Washington's bullpen worn out from a doubleheader, manager Dave Martinez had a plan for how to get his staff through a game against the...
Washington Nationals (51-45, second in the NL East) vs. Atlanta Braves (59-40, first in the NL East)
Atlanta; Saturday, 7 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Nationals: Anibal Sanchez (5-6,...
ATLANTA (AP) — Josh Donaldson finally took his turn on the Atlanta Braves' list of game-ending heroes.
Donaldson's bases-loaded single off Fernando Rodney in the ninth inning lifted the...
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Starling Marte can't pinpoint why. The Pirates center fielder just knows there's something about batting with the game on the line that brings out an extra sense of...
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Boston ended a long scoreless drought with a big swing from birthday boy Blake Swihart. Mookie Betts then helped the Red Sox snap a four-game losing streak with an even more...
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — The normally gregarious Rocco Baldelli has been quite tight-lipped about his plans for the closer role, entering his first season as Minnesota's manager.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics have exercised right-hander Fernando Rodney's $5.25 million club option for 2019.
The A's announced the move on Wednesday to bring the 41-year-old Rodney back for another season.
Rodney was acquired from Minnesota on Aug. 9 for minor league pitcher Dakota Chalmers. Rodney went 1-1 with a 3.92 ERA in 22 games for the A's after saving 25 games for the Twins before the deal.
NEW YORK (AP) — Edwin Jackson is the only starting pitcher included on the Oakland Athletics' roster for their AL wild-card game against the New York Yankees.
Right-hander Liam Hendriks will be on the mound for the start of Wednesday night's game, and A's manager Bob Melvin would not say who will follow.
SEATTLE (AP) — Pinch-hitter Chris Herrmann's two-run homer in the 11th inning gave the Seattle Mariners a 10-8 win over Oakland on Tuesday night, clinching the AL West for Houston and leaving the Athletics with a wild-card matchup against the New York Yankees.
Seattle overcame an 8-5 eighth-inning deficit and dropped the A's 2½ games behind the Yankees for home-field advantage in the Oct. 3 winner-take-all matchup. Oakland had been 68-0 when leading after seven innings.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — It has been one rough year for the Kansas City Royals.
Not this night, though. This one was fun.
Salvador Perez capped Kansas City's five-run ninth inning with a game-ending grand slam, lifting the Royals to an 8-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Friday.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Luke Voit let a changeup go by for a called strike on the first pitch from Fernando Rodney in the eighth inning. When the Athletics reliever tried sneaking another changeup past him, Voit sent it soaring into the left-field stands.
The big first baseman hit a tiebreaking home run, Adeiny Hechavarria also went deep and the New York Yankees beat Oakland 5-1 on Tuesday night.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — With the September stretch run under way, the Oakland Athletics want to leave nothing to chance when it comes to their playoff hopes.
Splitting a four-game series and staying well ahead of the Seattle Mariners mattered so much with both clubs in contention.
PHOENIX (AP) — Edwin Diaz was thrilled to set a Seattle Mariners franchise record with his 49th save. He's really looking forward to the next one, though.
Maybe a little more than manager Scott Servais — who has promised to match Diaz's funky haircut when his All-Star closer reaches No. 50.
"I want to get my 50 to see the haircut," Diaz said after he closed out Seattle's 6-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night. "If I do it here on the road I will bring the barber."
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota's Target Field was the perfect place for Fernando Rodney to perform his patented post-save celebrations , when the 41-year-old right-hander leans back to pretend he's pulling a bow and shoots an imaginary arrow high into the sky.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics have acquired closer Fernando Rodney from the Minnesota Twins.
The A's sent minor league right-hander Dakota Chalmers to Minnesota on Thursday to complete the deal that adds more depth to Oakland's stellar bullpen.
The 41-year-old Rodney is 3-2 with 25 saves and a 3.09 ERA in 46 relief appearances for Minnesota this season. The right-handed Rodney has 325 career saves, 17th most in baseball history.
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.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins' blueprint for 2018 included a dynamic young center fielder making great plays on defense and coming up with big hits. Of course, that role was supposed to be filled by Byron Buxton, once considered the top prospect in baseball.
Instead, the Twins are rallying around Jake Cave.
Cave hit his first career grand slam and closer Fernando Rodney survived a chaotic ninth inning as the Minnesota Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 6-5 on Sunday.
BOSTON (AP) — The Red Sox had a big offensive night washed away by rain in their series finale against the Orioles.
In their series opener against the Twins, it was Kyle Gibson who shut them down.
Mitch Garver hit a tiebreaking RBI double with two outs in the eighth inning, and Minnesota held on to beat Boston 2-1 on Thursday night.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Aaron Slegers and Jake Cave have been called up from Triple-A by the Minnesota Twins three times apiece this season, and the All-Star break is still more than one week away.
Their contributions to this struggling team on Thursday night were sure worthy of a longer stay.
CHICAGO (AP) — Max Kepler drew a two-out walk with the bases loaded in the 13th inning and the Minnesota Twins outlasted the Chicago White Sox 2-1 Thursday.
The Twins pushed across the go-ahead run after Logan Morrison doubled off left fielder Charlie Tilson's glove with two outs. Hector Santiago (2-3), the sixth White Sox reliever, intentionally walked Ehire Adrianza before walking Jake Cave and Kepler.
Alan Busenitz (2-0), the Twins' sixth reliever, pitched 1 2/3 innings for the win.
DETROIT (AP) — Miguel Cabrera ruptured his left biceps tendon Tuesday night, an injury that will sideline the slugger for the rest of the season, and the Detroit Tigers lost 6-4 to the Minnesota Twins.
The two-time AL MVP will have surgery this week, the Tigers said. Cabrera, playing his 12th game since missing 26 with a hamstring strain, exited in the third inning and underwent an MRI during the game.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Logan Morrison came through with a big hit for the injury-decimated Minnesota Twins lineup.
Morrison hit a two-run single to give Minnesota's offense a much-needed lift, and four relievers worked 3 1/3 scoreless innings in a 3-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Eddie Rosario scored from first on Mitch Garver's double in the 12th inning and the Minnesota Twins beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-3 Saturday night.
After Jefry Marte grounded out on a weak ball back to Trevor Hildenberger (1-0) with the bases loaded to end the 11th, Rosario came all the way around on Garver's ground ball down the third-base line to put the Twins back in front. Rosario, who went 2 for 4, had singled on a ground ball past Noe Ramirez (1-2).
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jake Odorizzi and the Minnesota Twins pitched their way out of a rough slide.
Odorizzi worked into the seventh inning, Mitch Garver homered and the Twins snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday.
The 28-year-old Odorizzi (2-2), who was acquired in an offseason trade with Tampa Bay, gave up one run and five hits. He had dropped each of his last two starts, allowing nine runs in 9 2/3 innings.
NEW YORK (AP) — Gary Sanchez had a moment he will remember.
Sanchez hit a three-run homer off Fernando Rodney in the ninth inning, and the New York Yankees rallied to beat the Minnesota Twins 4-3 to complete a four-game sweep and extend their winning streak to six.
"It's definitely a very exciting moment," Sanchez said through a translator. "The other special moment for me was when we made it to the playoffs last year, so this one is definitely up there."
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Told that Ichiro Suzuki wants to play until he's 50, Fernando Rodney smiled.
"He can. He feels good. He feels ready to go," the Minnesota Twins closer said. "I think he loves the game. When you love something, you can say that."
"I love the game, too. But 50 is a lot," he said.
Rodney turns 41 on Sunday and is now with his ninth team. He enters his 16th season as baseball's active leader with 300 saves.