A look at what's happening around the majors on Wednesday:
Houston Astros (95-67, first in the AL West) vs. Boston Red Sox (92-70, second in the AL East)
BOSTON (AP) — Kyle Schwarber hit a grand slam — Boston’s third in two games — and the Red Sox routed the Houston Astros for the second straight time, winning 12-3 on Monday night to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven AL Championship Series.
BOSTON (AP) — Houston's pitching staff will need to adjust quickly after allowing 25 runs and 32 hits to Boston in the first three games of the AL Championship Series, a barrage that made the loss of injured Lance McCullers Jr.
BOSTON (AP) — Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodríguez walked off the mound with a six-run lead and a message for Carlos Correa and the rest of the Houston Astros:
BOSTON (AP) — Kyle Schwarber hit Boston's third grand slam in two games, a drive off José Urquidy in a six-run second, and the Red Sox took a 9-0 lead after three innings against the Houston Astros in Game 3 of the AL Championship Series on Monday night.
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston starter Luis García left Game 2 of the AL Championship Series in the second inning against the Boston Red Sox with right knee discomfort.
The rookie walked Kevin Plawecki leading off the second inning and was then visited on the mound by a trainer and pitching coach Brent Strom.
CHICAGO (AP) — Watching Kyle Schwarber launch another long home run against Gerrit Cole in a wild-card game brought back memories of the slugger's drive to Allegheny River in 2015 for Cubs president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer.
BOSTON (AP) — Xander Bogaerts and Kyle Schwarber homered off Yankees ace Gerrit Cole, and Nathan Eovaldi took a shutout into the sixth inning to help the Boston Red Sox beat New York 6-2 Tuesday night in the AL wild-card game.
BOSTON (AP) — Gerrit Cole and the New York Yankees took a winding route into the AL wild-card game, squeezing in on the final day of a tumultuous season.
As their ace pitcher flopped on the Fenway Park mound, not even an appearance by Boston heartbreaker Bucky Dent could help them advance in October.
BOSTON (AP) — As the ball sailed over the center field fence, landing 427 feet from the plate in a horde of happy Red Sox fans, Xander Bogaerts turned to the Boston dugout to flex his muscles before resuming his home run trot.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Rafael Devers and the rest of the Boston Red Sox knew going into the regular season's final day that they were in a win-and-in scenario for the playoffs.
That didn't make Devers nervous Sunday, even after his club fell behind against the Washington Nationals — and it didn't stop Boston manager Alex Cora from keeping an eye on the other relevant games.
Boston Red Sox (91-70, second in the AL East) vs. Washington Nationals (65-96, fifth in the NL East)
Washington; Sunday, 3:05 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Red Sox: Chris Sale (5-1, 2.90 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 45 strikeouts) Nationals: Joan Adon (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Boston Red Sox (88-69, third in the AL East) vs. Baltimore Orioles (51-106, fifth in the AL East)
Baltimore; Wednesday, 7:05 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Red Sox: Nathan Eovaldi (10-9, 3.83 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 188 strikeouts) Orioles: Zac Lowther (1-2, 7.66 ERA, 1.66 WHIP, 26 strikeouts)
Boston Red Sox (88-68, third in the AL East) vs. Baltimore Orioles (50-106, fifth in the AL East)
Baltimore; Tuesday, 7:05 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Red Sox: Chris Sale (5-0, 2.57 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 39 strikeouts) Orioles: Bruce Zimmermann (4-4, 4.83 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, 53 strikeouts)
New York Yankees (88-67, third in the AL East) vs. Boston Red Sox (88-67, second in the AL East)
Boston; Sunday, 7:08 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Yankees: Jordan Montgomery (6-6, 3.55 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 155 strikeouts) Red Sox: Eduardo Rodriguez (11-8, 4.97 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, 170 strikeouts)
New York Yankees (86-67, third in the AL East) vs. Boston Red Sox (88-65, second in the AL East)
Boston; Friday, 7:10 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Yankees: Gerrit Cole (15-8, 3.03 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 231 strikeouts) Red Sox: Nathan Eovaldi (10-8, 3.52 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 188 strikeouts)
CHICAGO (AP) — Leury Garcia hit a game-ending home run with two outs in the ninth inning to lift the Chicago White Sox over the Boston Red Sox 2-1 Sunday.
After Boston reliever Garrett Whitlock (8-4) struck out Eloy Jiménez and Yasmani Grandal to begin the inning, Garcia fell behind 0-2 before hitting a 98 mph fastball over the center-field fence.
Boston Red Sox (80-63, second in the AL East) vs. Chicago White Sox (81-60, first in the AL Central)
Chicago; Saturday, 7:10 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Red Sox: TBD White Sox: Dylan Cease (11-7, 3.87 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 197 strikeouts)
Boston Red Sox (80-62, second in the AL East) vs. Chicago White Sox (80-60, first in the AL Central)
Chicago; Friday, 8:10 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Red Sox: Tanner Houck (0-3, 3.26 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 62 strikeouts) White Sox: Carlos Rodon (11-5, 2.41 ERA, .97 WHIP, 168 strikeouts)
Tampa Bay Rays (87-51, first in the AL East) vs. Boston Red Sox (79-61, third in the AL East)
Boston; Tuesday, 7:10 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Rays: Drew Rasmussen (1-1, 3.38 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 63 strikeouts) Red Sox: Eduardo Rodriguez (11-7, 4.88 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, 156 strikeouts)
Tampa Bay Rays (86-51, first in the AL East) vs. Boston Red Sox (79-60, third in the AL East)
Boston; Monday, 1:10 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Rays: Ryan Yarbrough (8-4, 4.37 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 104 strikeouts) Red Sox: Chris Sale (3-0, 2.53 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 24 strikeouts)
CLEVELAND (AP) — J.D. Martinez hit a three-run homer in the 10th inning off Nick Wittgren and the Boston Red Sox beat the Cleveland Indians 5-3 on Saturday night.
Martinez, who broke out of an 0-for-20 slump with three hits, drove a 2-1 pitch into the seats in right field.
BOSTON (AP) — Twins manager Rocco Baldelli, who grew up in Rhode Island rooting for the Red Sox and played for them near the end of his career, knows better than to mess with the legend of Ted Williams in Boston.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Josh Bell and Luis García homered, and the Washington Nationals defeated the Chicago Cubs 4-3 Friday night, hours after both franchises completed trade deadline teardowns.
The cores of two recent World Series champions — Chicago in 2016, Washington in 2019 — were scattered to various contenders as both teams acknowledged the need to rebuild.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Washington Nationals completed their final trade of a dizzying sell-off, sending veteran left-hander Jon Lester to the St. Louis Cardinals at Friday's deadline.
Lester becomes the second experienced lefty to join St.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The new-look Nationals have traded right-handed reliever Daniel Hudson to the San Diego Padres in a busy day of moves for retooling Washington, acquiring right-hander Mason Thompson and shortstop Jordy Barley.
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox got All-Star slugger Kyle Schwarber from the Washington Nationals for a minor league pitcher late Thursday night.
The trade was announced after the AL East-leading Red Sox lost to Toronto 13-1 at Fenway Park.
A look at what's happening around the majors today:
PRIMED FOR PITCHERS
Mets ace Jacob deGrom, Milwaukee’s Brandon Woodruff, Texas' Kyle Gibson and the Yankees’ Gerrit Cole are among those likely to picked as All-Stars when pitchers and reserves are announced at 5:30 p.m.
A look at what's happening around the majors on Sunday:
PRIMED FOR PITCHERS
The Mets’ Jacob deGrom, Milwaukee’s Brandon Woodruff, Texas' Kyle Gibson and the Yankees’ Gerrit Cole are among those likely to picked as All-Stars when pitchers and reserves are announced at 5:30 p.m.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Kyle Schwarber limped into the Washington Nationals' dugout on Saturday with a heavy wrap poking out of the right side of his shorts.
Schwarber was in shower shoes and trying to be upbeat when meeting with reporters after being placed on the 10-day injured list because of a right hamstring strain.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Mookie Betts hit a go-ahead single during a nine-run rally in the seventh inning after Washington ace Max Scherzer departed, and the Los Angeles Dodgers surged past the Nationals 10-5 Friday night for their seventh straight win.
A look at what's happening around the majors on Saturday:
HOT, THEN HURT
After a historic June homer binge, Kyle Schwarber’s July got off to a less promising start.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Nationals star Kyle Schwarber exited early with a hamstring injury Friday night, and it was uncertain when the streaking slugger would return to the lineup.
Schwarber, who hit a franchise-record 16 home runs in June, was removed in the second inning of a 10-5 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Kyle Schwarber's power display is making history. His relationship with the Home Run Derby appears consigned to it.
After Schwarber led off the first inning with his 12th home run in 10 games to help the Washington Nationals to a 4-3 victory on Tuesday night, Schwarber said he has not been approached about participating in this year's derby on July 12 at Denver's Coors Field.
A look at what's happening around the majors on Wednesday:
Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani (3-1, 2.58 ERA) is expected to become the second player and first since Babe Ruth to start on the mound and hit in the top half of the batting order in the Bronx.
Washington’s Kyle Schwarber led off the first inning against Tampa Bay on Tuesday night with his 12th home run in 10 games, tying Albert Belle in 1995 for the most over that span since at least 1901.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington's Kyle Schwarber led off the first inning against Tampa Bay on Tuesday night with his 12th home run in 10 games, tying Albert Belle in 1995 for the most over that span since at least 1901.
A look at what's happening around the majors today:
JAKE TO BREAK?
Mets ace Jacob deGrom can set the team record for scoreless innings when he starts against the Phillies at Citi Field.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A slugfest came down to a 34-year-old pitcher trying to shut down the middle of the order for his first career save.
No problem for Paolo Espino.
Starlin Castro hit a go-ahead, two-run single off closer Hector Neris in the ninth inning, Espino got the final three outs and the Washington Nationals rallied three times to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 13-12 Wednesday.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Kyle Schwarber homered three times and tied a major league record with five in a two-game span, leading the Washington Nationals over the New York Mets 5-2 Sunday to take three of four in the series.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Kyle Schwarber homered again to snap a seventh-inning tie and drove in two runs for the Washington Nationals in their 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night.
Jon Lester pitched 5 1/3 solid innings to help the Nationals win for the third time in four games.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Kyle Schwarber became the sixth player in the history of the Washington Nationals and Montreal Expos franchise to homer in both the first and second innings, driving in four runs in a 5-0 win over the San Francisco Giants on Sunday.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Starlin Castro hit an RBI double during a two-run 11th inning and the Washington Nationals beat the AL East-leading Tampa Bay Rays 9-7 on Wednesday night.
Castro opened the 11th with his hit against Diego Castillo (2-3) and came home on a sacrifice fly by Josh Harrison to make it 9-7.
CHICAGO (AP) — Willson Contreras and the Chicago Cubs heaped praise on Jon Lester and Kyle Schwarber in their return to Wrigley Field on Monday. They even shared some of their candy.
That was about as far as they were willing to go when it came to their warm welcome for their former teammates.
NEW YORK (AP) — Taijuan Walker pitched three-hit ball over seven innings in his first win for the Mets, J.D. Davis hit a two-run homer in the first off a faltering Patrick Corbin and New York beat Washington 4-0 Sunday to take two of three in the matchup of NL East rivals.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Kyle Schwarber doubled home a run in his delayed Nationals debut, Andrew Stevenson had a pinch-hit homer and Washington beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-2 Monday night.
Schwarber, Josh Bell and Josh Harrison were in the starting lineup after being sidelined for Washington’s first six games by a coronavirus outbreak that prompted the postponement of the team’s season-opening series and left the club short-handed.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Kyle Schwarber, Josh Bell and Josh Harrison were reinstated from the injured list Monday by the Washington Nationals, making the team's roster nearly whole again after a coronavirus outbreak sidelined nine players and caused postponement of four games.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Starting pitchers Jon Lester and Patrick Corbin, closer Brad Hand and four position players expected in the lineup — left fielder Kyle Schwarber, first baseman Josh Bell, second baseman Josh Harrison and catcher Yan Gomes — were put on the 10-day injured list by the Washington Nationals on Tuesday.