After manager Ned Yost lost his cool, the Milwaukee Brewers lost more ground in the NL Central. Yost was ejected during Atlanta’s four-run rally in the seventh inning, and the Braves sent the wobbling Brewers to their fourth loss in five games, 7-4 on Sunday. The Brewers dropped 3 1/2 games behind division-leading Chicago.
A playoff berth all but clinched, Mike Mussina pitched the New York Yankees within 1 1/2 games of Boston in the AL East with a week to go. Mussina won his 250th game, backup catcher Jose Molina had three hits, three RBIs and a key tag play and Joba Chamberlain got his first career save
Carlos Zambrano got his career-best 17th win by pitching six sharp innings before leaving with cramps, and the surging Chicago Cubs expanded their NL Central lead to 3 1/2 games with an 8-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday. The Cubs, who have won 10 of 12, are off Monday before hitting the road
From shoveling snow to spraying champagne. The Cleveland Indians, who slipped and slid around April’s home opener during a freakish spring storm, capped an unforgettable season at Jacobs Field on Sunday with a sun-soaked championship. Jake Westbrook struck out a career-high nine and Grady Sizemore had four hits as the Indians, fourth-place finishers a year
Roger Clemens is being given an extra day to rest his left hamstring and was pushed back until Tuesday night in the New York Yankees’ rotation. Clemens tweaked his hamstring while running Thursday and originally was rescheduled from Sunday to Monday. Andy Pettitte will now start Monday’s series finale against Toronto on regular rest, and
Philip Humber’s first major league start will come at a critical time for the New York Mets. Humber will start Wednesday for the Mets against the Washington Nationals, a game certain to have postseason implications. The right-hander has only four appearances in his brief major league career, all of them out of the bullpen.
Brad Hawpe is providing the power for the Rockies’ late-season surge, and with a week to go has Colorado on the brink of a franchise record for wins. Not to mention a chance to make the playoffs. Hawpe drove in two runs and the Rockies matched a season-high with their seventh straight victory, closing on
Ryan Howard may be closing in on a forgettable record, but he’ll get a pass if he keeps sending the Phillies to late-season wins. Howard struck out in his first four at-bats before driving in the go-ahead run in the 10th inning Saturday night, helping Philadelphia beat the Washington Nationals 4-1 in 10 innings and
No speeches. A toast. And then it was back to work for the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox became the first team in the majors to clinch a playoff spot, rallying on ninth-inning home runs by Jason Varitek and Julio Lugo to beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 8-6 Saturday. The victory assured the
With a chance to pop champagne, the Cleveland Indians couldn’t even clinch a popup. An early misplay on Mark Ellis’ easy infield fly doomed Cleveland, Dan Haren pitched six strong innings and Jack Cust homered as the Athletics delayed the Indians from winning the AL Central with a 9-3 victory on Saturday night.
The pitching staff was spent. The hitters were exhausted. And manager Joe Torre had made enough nerve-racking decisions to last a lifetime. Then, after two long days of seemingly endless baseball, Melky Cabrera and the New York Yankees finally nudged a little closer to a playoff berth. Moments after starting a strong relay that cut
Alfonso Soriano’s slow start is long forgotten. Now that summer is turning to fall, Soriano is where he expected to be — leading the Chicago Cubs as they make a serious postseason run. Soriano hit two homers Saturday — giving him 11 this month — and the Cubs kept up their late-season power display to