MIAMI (AP) — Travis Jankowski tries to have a short memory when it comes to setbacks. That approach helped the San Diego Padres on Saturday.
An inning after striking out with a runner in scoring position, Jankowski hit a go-ahead bases-loaded single in the eighth to lift the Padres over the Miami Marlins 5-4.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Matt Szczur doesn't get many chances at the plate. So, he didn't waste his opportunity with the game on the line Wednesday night.
Szczur hit a go-ahead RBI double in the seventh inning and San Diego's bullpen pitched four scoreless innings to lift the Padres past the Washington Nationals 2-1.
Padres manager Andy Green penciled in Szczur against lefty starter Gio Gonzalez and it paid off.
WILDWOOD, N.J. (AP) — Students at Cape Trinity Catholic were surprised with a visit from Major League Baseball player Matt Szczur on Friday, but his appearance was more about service than sports.
Szczur was there for the final day of Catholic Schools Week to talk about a bone marrow donation he made while in college that helped save a toddler's life.
South Jersey Catholic schools were celebrating Catholic Schools Week - a decades-old event to highlight the benefits of a parochial education.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Shortstop Freddy Galvis was one of six players to reach agreement on one-year deals with the San Diego Padres to avoid salary arbitration.
Galvis, acquired in a trade from the Phillies last month, will make $6,825,000 in a big bump from his 2017 salary of $4,350,000. He played in all 162 games for Philadelphia last season, the first time he has done so. He batted .255 with 12 homers and 61 RBIs.
DENVER (AP) — Rockies closer Greg Holland stretched as far as he could, getting his glove on Matt Szczur as the Padres baserunner dove across the plate.
Holland got there for the tag. Just not with the baseball.
Holland dropped the ball trying to tag Szczur on Austin Hedge's squeeze bunt, allowing San Diego to finish its rally and beat Colorado 4-3 on Sunday.
"It's one of those I wish I had back because he was definitely out if the ball didn't come out of my glove," Holland said.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Cory Spangenberg had an impressive game in the San Diego Padres' 7-4 victory against the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday night, with three hits, including a homer, and three runs scored.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Travis Wood settled in quickly with the San Diego Padres.
Acquired Monday in a six-player trade with Kansas City, Wood picked up on the energy of a young team that plays hard — even if it is mired in fourth place in the NL West — and got reacquainted with former teammates with the Chicago Cubs, Clayton Richard and Matt Szczur.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After striking out in a swing at history during the ninth inning, Matt Szczur took a simpler approach in the 11th.
Szczur blooped a tiebreaking single for his fourth hit of the game after coming off the bench, and the San Diego Padres outlasted the San Francisco Giants 12-9 on Friday night.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Madison Bumgarner was back on the mound after three long months away. The San Francisco Giants left-hander was making his first start since April 19 at Kansas City. The next day, he wiped out while riding a dirt bike on a day off in Denver, spraining the AC joint in his left shoulder and suffering bruised ribs.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Pinch-hitter Matt Szczur's home run couldn't have come at a better time for Jhoulys Chacin and the San Diego Padres.
Szczur hit a go-ahead home run in the seventh inning while batting for Chacin and the Padres beat the Kansas City Royals 6-3 on Friday night to snap a five-game losing streak.
Chacin (5-5), who improved to 3-1 this season at Petco Park, had given up a tying, two-run homer to Salvador Perez in the fifth.
NEW YORK (AP) — Dinelson Lamet made a splash for the San Diego Padres on Thursday night at rain-soaked Citi Field.
For the New York Mets, the season is teetering dangerously close to becoming a wash.
Lamet overpowered the Mets in his major league debut, New York's Rafael Montero labored on short notice and the Padres held on for a 4-3 win.
CHICAGO (AP) — Matt Szczur was caught off guard when he was cut by the Chicago Cubs. He also was relieved.
CHICAGO (AP) — By the time Brandon Maurer got the ball on Friday night, his rough outing at Texas was way back in the rearview mirror.
Just a little speedbump in a long season.
Maurer worked around a leadoff single while recording his fifth save, helping the San Diego Padres to a 6-3 victory over the slumping Chicago White Sox.
DENVER (AP) — The Chicago Cubs have placed outfielder Jason Heyward on the 10-day disabled list with a sore knuckle on his right hand.
The move is retroactive to Saturday. Heyward is hitting .253 with three homers and 17 RBIs.
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs have designated reserve outfielder Matt Szczur for assignment to make room for left-hander Rob Zastryzny.
Szczur was drafted by the Cubs in 2010 and made his major league debut in 2014. He likely will attract some interest on the open market, so he could be headed out of town via trade.
Zastryzny was recalled from Triple-A Iowa. He was 0-1 with a save and a 6.88 ERA in seven relief appearances in the minors.
CHICAGO (AP) — Willson Contreras delivered in a big spot for the Chicago Cubs. With his bat and his legs.
Contreras hit a key two-run double and scored with some aggressive baserunning on Matt Szczur's infield hit, helping Chicago edge the Philadelphia Phillies 5-4 on Wednesday night.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina and most everyone else at Busch Stadium laughed at the bizarre sight — a ball somehow stuck to his chest protector , in plain view of everybody except him.
But the St. Louis star didn't think it was so funny when asked if a foreign substance helped the thing cling.
"Did I put anything on my chest protector to stick?" Molina said. "That's a dumb question."
LOS ANGELES (AP) — After striking out in his first two at-bats, Anthony Rizzo needed something to bust his slump. He found it in teammate Matt Szczur's bat.
Using the borrowed lumber, Rizzo homered and ended a postseason skid with three RBIs. The rest of the Chicago Cubs' hitters broke out equally as big in routing the Los Angeles Dodgers 10-2 on Wednesday to even the NL Championship Series at 2-all.
LOWER TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — David MacDonald, 13, didn't know what to expect when he was called from his eighth-grade class to the vice principal's office last month.
His teacher was waiting for him with a box shipped from Chicago. Inside was a game-used baseball bat signed by Cubs outfielder Matt Szczur, a Lower Cape May Regional High School graduate.
CHICAGO (AP) — The San Francisco Giants put Eduardo Nunez on their roster for the NL Division Series against the Chicago Cubs after the third baseman had been sidelined with a strained right hamstring.
Nunez, an AL All-Star this season with Minnesota, hasn't played since Sept. 25. Conor Gillaspie replaced him for the wild-card game Wednesday night and hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning of San Francisco's 3-0 win against the New York Mets.
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Reds saw this ending way too many times all season.
One strike away from finishing off the Cubs, Raisel Iglesias gave up a go-ahead double by Matt Szczur and a homer by Miguel Montero as Chicago rallied for a 7-4 victory on Sunday, ending Cincinnati's season in a fitting way.
The bullpen has let them down right from the start.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Matt Szczur doubled home two runs with two outs in the ninth inning, and Miguel Montero followed with a homer as the Chicago Cubs finished one of their most successful seasons with a flourish, beating the Cincinnati Reds 7-4 on Sunday.
With victory No. 103 in the books, the Cubs headed back to Wrigley Field for their first playoff game on Friday against the winner of the NL wild-card game.
CHICAGO (AP) — The winning rally lacked a signature hit, and that was just fine with the Chicago Cubs. To them, Wednesday's comeback was a testament to the team's collective resolve.
Matt Szczur scored on A.J. Ramos' wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth inning, capping a three-run rally that gave the Cubs a 5-4 victory and a three-game sweep of the Miami Marlins.
Chicago tied it when Ramos (1-1) walked Ben Zobrist with the bases loaded and two outs.
CHICAGO (AP) — Jeurys Familia lost control, but not the lead, and kept the Mets ahead and his consecutive save streak intact.
New York's closer escaped a bases-loaded jam with a game-ending double play after Rene Rivera drove in the tiebreaking run with two outs in the top of the ninth, lifting New York over the Chicago Cubs 2-1 on Tuesday night.
Familia walked Addison Russell and Miguel Montero to start the ninth, then Javier Baez reached on a bunt single when...
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Kris Bryant's RBI single in the eighth inning lifted the Chicago Cubs to a 6-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday.
Pinch-hitter Matt Szczur doubled to left field with one out against Pirates reliever Tony Watson (1-3). Bryant, who had three hits and reached base four times, followed with his tiebreaking hit to put the Cubs back ahead.
Chicago avoided a series sweep ended its five game losing streak. Pittsburgh lost for just the second...