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    PHOENIX — Some 400 miles of distance, a different ballpark and a downgrade in competition from the first-place Dodgers to last-place D-backs wasn’t enough for the Giants to shed their slow start to the second half. Held hitless for more than half the game Monday, the Giants dropped the opener of this three-game series with Arizona, 7-0, leaving them winless in five games since the All-Star break. The five-game losing streak — their fourth of at least that long this season — has dropped them back to .500, all but negating their 7-2 stretch to finish the first half. The Giants couldn’t muster a hit — or a base runner — off D-backs starter Merrill Kelly until the sixth, when Luis González led off with a double that just cleared the first-base bag. That failed to spark the bats, though, as he was doubled off second base two batters later, and two bunt singles amounted to their only other offense Monday night. Brandon Belt’s 403-foot fly out to end the seventh was the Giants’ hardest- and furthest-hit ball of the...
    The Atlanta Braves lost in heartbreaking fashion to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night, in part thanks to their own volition.  Atlanta held a 6-2 lead in the top of the sixth inning, but with 3.5 more innings (plus extras) of baseball left, no lead was safe. The Braves found this out the hard way. It’s been a tough year for the reigning champs. The offense has yet to come alive, while a slew of injuries to their pitching staff (as has been the case across baseball) has left Atlanta scrambling. Meanwhile, former franchise icon Freddie Freeman is enjoying his time with the NL West-leading Dodgers. Tuesday’s loss to Arizona was more of the same — flashes of brilliance turned late-inning doom due to some curious decisions, and not just by Brian Snitker. Diamondbacks walk off the BravesAtlanta reliever Brett Stephens recorded just one out in the bottom of the tenth. But two base hits in quick succession erased the Braves’ one-run lead, and instead turned optimism into dread faster than you can say ‘Battery’ with a southern draw. The...
    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Alfonso Rivas hit a tiebreaking two-run single against his hometown team in the eighth inning, and the banged-up Chicago Cubs beat the San Diego Padres 7-5 on Wednesday. Rivas, who grew up in Chula Vista and went to La Jolla Country Day, came up with the bases loaded and singled to center off Luis Garcia (0-2). Rivas hit a two-run homer in Tuesday night’s 5-4 loss that bounced out of the glove of rookie center fielder Jose Azocar and went over the fence. One-time Padres pitcher Rowan Wick got a six-out save, striking out Manny Machado to end the eighth with a runner on second. It was his second save in as many chances. Chicago took two of three in the series after arriving in San Diego with a five-game losing streak. The Padres announced during the game that manager Bob Melvin had prostate surgery and is expected to make a full recovery. Melvin said Tuesday that he hoped to miss only the first six games of the Padres’ forthcoming nine-game road trip. San...
    Yankees third-base coach Phil Nevin made a terrible mistake in the American League Wild Card game, and the Red Sox will surely thank him postgame. Credit the Sox outfield for a tremendous relay to home plate, but this is on the third-base coach alone. Giancarlo Stanton hit another near-home run, his second of the game, with Aaron Judge at first base. Judge should have been held at third base, but instead of playing it safe with just one out in the inning, Nevin opted to send his star player, leaving him out to dry. WHAT A RELAY pic.twitter.com/ZT3XU7Gykq — Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) October 6, 2021 The Kiké Hernandez-Xander Bogaerts-Kevin Plawecki relay worked like a charm. Who is the Yankees third base coach?By no means is Phil Nevin bad at his job, but he’s catching heat on social media for sending Judge. Nevin ought to have known better, as Judge was halfway between second and third base when that ball neared the infield. Judge is not Billy Hamilton. At this point, though, one has to wonder why the Red Sox...
    By Michael Hurley, CBS Boston BOSTON (CBS) — About a month ago, Alex Verdugo launched a bomb into right field in the eighth inning of a game against Toronto, giving his team the lead. After connecting on that one, Verdugo slowly waltzed up the first base line, admiring his clutch delivery. READ MORE: Cam Newtons Return Should Make For A Fascinating Day Of Practice On Thursday With a bat flip, a couple of celebratory hops, and some messaging to his dugout, it took Verdugo a solid 10 seconds to get to first base. After the game, Verdugo admitted that he was thankful the ball cleared the fence, thus avoiding a terrifically embarrassing moment. “Yeah, I hit it, and I’m not gonna lie, I said to the guys, if that wasn’t going out, that would’ve been one of the most embarrassing moments ever,” Verdugo said that night. “You know, because right off the bat, I felt like I got that one good enough, I felt like I barreled it, and the right launch angle, everything. So if that didn’t go, I would’ve...
    With the team’s bench failing to provide much offensive production of late and utility man Mauricio Dubón in a slump at the plate, the Giants have opted to shake up their roster. The club announced Tuesday that Dubón has been optioned to Triple-A Sacramento while infielder Thairo Estrada was recalled to fill his roster spot. Dubón hasn’t spent a day in Triple-A since the 2019 season, but the Giants chose to demote him as the versatile right-handed hitter was batting .205 with a .577 OPS in June. The Honduras native entered the season with lofty expectations after becoming the Giants’ primary center fielder during the second half of the 2020 season, but lost playing time in the outfield after Steven Duggar emerged as the Giants’ top option in center this year. The Giants have used Dubón at third base, shortstop and second base this season, but Estrada is capable of playing all of those positions and was worthy of a call-up as he’s hit .385 with a 1.057 OPS at Triple-A Sacramento this season. Estrada spent...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Taijuan Walker struck out a career-high 12, Pete Alonso drove in three runs and the surging New York Mets threw out the potential tying run at the plate in the ninth inning of a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night. Walker (6-2) allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings, and he walked none for the third time. Walker had struck out 11 seven times previously, all before he had Tommy John surgery on April 25, 2018. After signing a $23 million, three-year contract with the Mets as a free agent, Walker has a 2.12 ERA, and the Mets are unbeaten in his six home starts. READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Full Sun Wednesday Javier Báez put the Cubs ahead 2-0 in the third with his 15th home run, driving a sinker to the opposite field in right-center. Alonso hit a two-run single in the bottom half and a sacrifice fly in the fifth. Seth Lugo got six outs for his first save since returning on June 2 from elbow surgery, and the...
    Taijuan Walker struck out a career-high 12, Pete Alonso drove in three runs and the surging New York Mets threw out the potential tying run at the plate in the ninth inning of a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night. Walker (6-2) allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings, and he walked none for the third time. Walker had struck out 11 seven times previously, all before he had Tommy John surgery on April 25, 2018. After signing a $23 million, three-year contract with the Mets as a free agent, Walker has a 2.12 ERA, and the Mets are unbeaten in his six home starts. Javier Báez put the Cubs ahead 2-0 in the third with his 15th home run, driving a sinker to the opposite field in right-center. Alonso hit a two-run single in the bottom half and a sacrifice fly in the fifth. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Seth Lugo got six outs for his first save since returning on June 2 from elbow surgery, and the NL East-leading Mets...
    Jávier Báez hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning to break a scoreless tie and propel the Chicago Cubs to a 2-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday night. Báez hit an 0-1 slider from Alex Reyes (2-1) 417 feet onto the center field batter’s eye for his 11th home run of the season. It was just the second earned run allowed by Reyes in 25 innings this season. "I was sitting on the curveball a few times during Wainwright and I feel like they knew it, so I didn't get that pitch," Báez said, referring to Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright. "The guy (Reyes) who throws the hardest is different." Craig Kimbrel (1-2) recorded the final four outs to improve Chicago's record to 4-4 in extra inning contests. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM "Guys fought to the end," Cubs manager David Ross said. "It's kind of been the character of this group, continuing to not give up, continuing having their at-bats, and good things happen." Wainwright did not earn a decision despite allowing just...
    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jávier Báez hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning to break a scoreless tie and propel the Chicago Cubs to a 2-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday night. Báez hit the second pitch he saw from Alex Reyes (2-1) 417 feet onto the center field batter’s eye for his 11th home run of the season. It was just the second earned run allowed by Reyes in 25 innings this season. READ MORE: Crowds Are Turning Out In Chicago Again, But COVID-19 Vaccination Rate Remains Unsteady Craig Kimbrel (1-2) recorded the final four outs to improve Chicago’s record to 4-4 in extra inning contests. Adam Wainwright did not earn a decision despite allowing just one hit and one walk with seven strikeouts in eight innings. Zach Davies had three strikeouts in five scoreless innings, allowing four hits and three walks. He was removed for a pinch hitter after throwing 75 pitches. Nolan Arenado hit a sacrifice fly to lead off the bottom of the 10th on a night St. Louis went 0 for...
    Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Jean Segura pulled a backyard move to try and stop a base hit from being recorded on Thursday.  Leave it to Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Jean Segura to bring a big smile to your face this Thursday. In a showdown with the Washington Nationals, Segura was manning his spot at second base ready to make head-turning plays. Well he did just that, but not in the way we thought he would. On a ground ball up the middle Segura, rather than lay out full extension for it, decided to throw his mitt at the ball instead to try and prevent it from reaching the outfield. Seriously, we’re not making this up. Jean Segura really threw his glove at the ball to try to stop this base hit ???? (via @Cut4)pic.twitter.com/4yfyA0icRN — Yahoo Sports MLB (@MLByahoosports) May 13, 2021 Jean Segura throwing his mitt to try and prevent a base hit is pricelessWhat in the world was Segura thinking here? This is truly the kind of play boys and girls would try and pull off in grade...
    With two seasons of struggles continuing into this season, Matt Carpenter is not long for his spot in the St. Louis Cardinals’ lineup. From his first full season in the big leagues in 2012 through a 36-home run season in 2018, Matt Carpenter was an above average offensive player with multi-position utility. He struggled in 2019, then reached a real low in the shortened 2020 campaign (.186 average, .640 OPS in 50 games). The Cardinals trade for Nolan Arenado moved Carpenter off his starting spot at third base, and into a utility role if he didn’t beat out Tommy Edman for the starting job at second base in spring training. No matter what, it’s safe to say the Cardinals wouldn’t mind scrubbing Carpenter’s $18.5 million for this year from their books. Carpenter has started 10 games at second base so far this season, and one at first base. In nine of those 11 games he has been removed defensively. He’s also not hitting, with a .077 batting average (3-for-39), one home run, four RBI and a .367 OPS over 47...
    The 25 best prison movies of all time Turning 60? Ask Yourself These 4 Important Questions Cincinnati is trying to shoehorn third baseman Eugenio Suarez into playing shortstop to create more offense. They learned on Opening Day why it may not work. View the original article to see embedded media.Welcome to the first installment of The Opener, where every weekday morning you’ll get a fresh, topical column to start your day from one of SI.com’s MLB writers. At a time when fewer balls are put in play than ever, Major League Baseball’s oldest franchise is conducting a thoroughly modern baseball experiment: How much does defense really matter? Over the last two offseasons, the Cincinnati Reds have bolstered their offense by worrying less and less about their fielding. They signed Nick Castellanos, one of the worst defensive outfielders in baseball, and third baseman Mike Moustakas to play second base because they are both productive hitters. They figured they could limit the exposure of Moustakas’s lack of range because of all their defensive shifts, and that Castellanos’s poor outfield play wouldn’t...
    DENVER (AP) — In the estimation of Ryan McMahon, Nolan Arenado may just be the best third baseman ever. McMahon’s upcoming assignment: Replace him. The Colorado Rockies’ versatile infielder is in line to get the first crack at filling in for Arenado, an eight-time Gold Glove winner and five-time All-Star who was recently traded to St. Louis. That’s one tough act to follow. “My goal is just going to be to go out there and be the best version of myself,” said the 26-year-old McMahon, a career .237 hitter with 38 homers. “Nolan is going to go down as probably one of the best third basemen, if not the best, to ever play this game. All I can do is go out there and try to be the best version of myself and try to help this team.” Although McMahon’s played all over the infield for the Rockies, he grew up in California as a third baseman. He’s the frontrunner to earn the job, with Brendan Rodgers, Chris Owings, Josh Fuentes (Arenado’s cousin) and Colton Welker also in the...
    Two years ago, there was no qualifying offer for DJ LeMahieu to consider. He was coming off a decent, if unspectacular, season with the Rockies and was mentioned in the same category with another free agent infielder at the time, Jed Lowrie. Lowrie ended up signing a two-year, $20 million deal with the Mets and hardly got on the field, while LeMahieu went to the Yankees for two years and $24 million and blossomed into one of the game’s premier hitters. The Yankees’ pursuit of LeMahieu out of Colorado surprised some, since they had Gleyber Torres at second base, but it turned out to be exactly what the Yankees needed. If they want to keep him in The Bronx, the Yankees will almost certainly face tougher competition this time around. The 32-year-old LeMahieu has until Wednesday to decide whether to accept the $18.9 million qualifying offer from the Yankees or become a free agent, and it’s widely expected he’ll reject the offer. The next day, LeMahieu will find out if he’s the AL MVP. He’s one of three finalists,...
    Two years ago, there was no qualifying offer for DJ LeMahieu to consider. He was coming off a decent, if unspectacular, season with the Rockies and was mentioned in the same category with another free agent infielder at the time, Jed Lowrie. Lowrie ended up signing a two-year, $20 million deal with the Mets and hardly got on the field, while LeMahieu went to the Yankees for two years and $24 million and blossomed into one of the game’s premier hitters. The Yankees’ pursuit of LeMahieu out of Colorado surprised some, since they had Gleyber Torres at second base, but it turned out to be exactly what the Yankees needed. If they want to keep him in The Bronx, the Yankees will almost certainly face tougher competition this time around. The 32-year-old LeMahieu has until Wednesday to decide whether to accept the $18.9 million qualifying offer from the Yankees or become a free agent, and it’s widely expected he’ll reject the offer. The next day, LeMahieu will find out if he’s the AL MVP. He’s one of three finalists, along...
    Base cam gave us a great shot of Jose Altuve getting thrown out at second base You hate to see Jose Altuve get thrown out at second base and get caught on base cam. If you can put a camera inside of a football pylon, why wouldn’t you put a camera inside of a second base bag? There are so many advantages to having this angle readily available to the viewing public, but we know the sole reason it was created: To capture Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve get gunned out on a strike ’em out, throw ’em out play by a country mile. Top of the 1st ends with a strikeem out throwem out as Altuve is caught stealing. pic.twitter.com/Em1K9vDqY8 — FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) October 16, 2020 *This* is why we have these new cameras Watching Jose Altuve get thrown out again pic.twitter.com/IG5JYaXVHK — 2020 Astros Shame Tour (@AsteriskTour) October 16, 2020 So many bad things are happening to Jose Altuve between first and second base.Whether he is impersonating Chuck Knoblauch throwing the ball to first base...
    SEATTLE (AP) — Marco Gonzales threw eight shutout innings, Evan White broke the game open with a three-run homer in the seventh and the Seattle Mariners beat the Houston Astros 6-1 on Monday night. Seattle’s victory clinched the AL West title for Oakland, ending Houston’s three-year run atop the division. The win also improved Seattle’s slim hopes of catching the Astros for second place in the division and a guaranteed playoff spot. The Mariners are three games behind Houston with six remaining. It was just the third win for Seattle in its past 27 meetings with Houston over the last two seasons. Houston starter Lance McCullers Jr. didn’t allow a hit until Tim Lopes’ one-out double in the sixth — but things quickly unraveled for him in the seventh. Ty France had an RBI double and McCullers’ night ended when White turned on a hanging 2-2 curveball and lined it over the left-field wall for his seventh home run and a 4-0 lead. Seattle added two more off reliever Brandon Bielak in the eighth on Kyle Seager’s...
    Finally, a happy flight. There’s a good chance the A’s will descend out of blue skies — finally — upon return to the Bay Area. It will be a welcome sight after the arduous road trip they’ve endured that had them in Seattle’s unhealthy air and into Denver’s thin air, in-and-out of three different time zones to play four games in under 72 hours. They can breathe again. And a scrappy 3-1 win over the Colorado Rockies Wednesday afternoon could provide a bit of satisfaction after the all that trouble. Mike Fiers was excellent in his start, finding ways to generate soft contact consistently on a fastball that averaged 87 mph. He was generating a fair amount of swings and misses, his fastball velocity averaging 87 mph. He allowed one run on a Raimel Tapia single in the third inning. Rockies hitters broke 100 mph exit velocities off Fiers just three times, twice for hits. Other than that, with thin air that can carry any ball over the fences, Fiers kept the Rockies within the park. As...
    This is what it sounds like when bats die. One night after wasting a rare river of runs, the Yankees morphed into hitters who used soaked editions of the N.Y. Post for bats against the Blue Jays on Tuesday night. J.A. Happ provided a cure for the ills that have infected the Yankees across the past two-plus weeks, but one mistake in the second inning to Jonathan Davis was enough for the left-hander to absorb a 2-1 loss at Sahlen Field in Buffalo. It was the third time in four games the Yankees were held to one run. The 21-21 Yankees suffered a fifth straight loss and the 15th in 20 games. It also dropped them three games back of the Blue Jays in the race for second place in the AL East. The loss came after Brian Cashman told his free-falling club that he still believed in it during full-squad meeting the GM called. A dejected Gary Sanchez walks to the dugout after grounding out in the second inning of the Yankees’ 2-1 loss to the Blue Jays.AP Happ’s...
    This is what it sounds like when bats die. One night after wasting a rare river of runs, the Yankees morphed into hitters who used soaked editions of the N.Y. Post for bats against the Blue Jays on Tuesday night. J.A. Happ provided a cure for the ills that have infected the Yankees across the past two-plus weeks, but one mistake in the second inning to Jonathan Davis was enough for the left-hander to absorb a 2-1 loss at Sahlen Field in Buffalo. It was the third time in four games the Yankees were held to one run. The 21-21 Yankees suffered a fifth straight loss and the 15th in 20 games. It also dropped them three games back of the Blue Jays in the race for second place in the AL East. The loss came after Brian Cashman told his free-falling club that he still believed in it during full-squad meeting the GM called. A dejected Gary Sanchez walks to the dugout after grounding out in the second inning of the Yankees’ 2-1 loss to the Blue Jays.AP Happ’s...
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