Blue Jays center fielder Vernon Wells will have season-ending surgery Tuesday for a cyst and torn labrum in his left shoulder. Dr. James Andrews will operate in Birmingham, Ala. Toronto expects Wells to be ready for the start of spring training. Wells originally was to have the operation after the season, but the surgery was
Zack Greinke may have ended the debate over whether he should be a starter or reliever. Greinke struck out a career-high 10 and pitched two-hit ball for eight innings, leading the Kansas City Royals over the Chicago White Sox 3-0 Thursday. Greinke (7-6) made his sixth start since rejoining the rotation on Aug.
The Cincinnati Reds’ protest of their 7-6 loss at the Chicago Cubs this week was denied Thursday by Bob DuPuy, baseball’s chief operating officer. Chicago rallied in the ninth inning to win Monday night, and the Reds claimed Chicago manager Lou Piniella made a double switch against the rules in the sixth inning because he
Former outfielder Gabe Kapler, who spent the past season managing in the Boston Red Sox minor league system, will try to resume his playing career in the majors in 2008. “Managing was incredible for me this year,” said the 32-year-old, who managed Class A Greenville of the South Atlantic League. “I learned so much about
Scott Hairston is making the most of his home runs for the San Diego Padres. Hairston hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning Wednesday night, lifting the Padres over the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-3. The win increased San Diego’s lead in the NL wild-card race to 2 1/2 games over Philadelphia, which
Yadier Molina helped the New York Mets this time. Molina singled home the winning run with two outs in the 10th inning, giving the St. Louis Cardinals a 2-1 victory Wednesday night that stopped Philadelphia’s six-game winning streak and dropped the Phillies 2 1/2 games back of the NL East-leading Mets.
Doug Davis appears to be running out of gas. The Arizona Diamondbacks aren’t. Conor Jackson homered and Chris Snyder had three hits and three RBIs, and the Diamondbacks defeated San Francisco 6-4 on Wednesday night. Mark Reynolds added three hits and two RBIs for the Diamondbacks, who stayed one game ahead of San Diego in
Hunter Pence lost his breath on one hit and won the game with another. An inning after crashing into the right-field wall, Pence singled home the winning run in the 10th and the Houston Astros beat Milwaukee 5-4 Wednesday night, dropping the Brewers one game behind Chicago in the NL Central. Rickie Weeks hit a
Alfonso Soriano got the Cubs started with his swing and saved them with his arm Wednesday night as Chicago reclaimed first place in the NL Central with another dramatic victory. Soriano hit a leadoff home run and made a great throw to preserve a tie in the top of the eighth. The Cubs then scored
The New York Mets gathered in the infield for fist bumps and high-fives Wednesday night, and while they had celebrated 83 previous victories this season, No. 84 somehow seemed so important. Beating the Washington Nationals 8-4 behind Mike Pelfrey’s good-enough start, David Wright’s three RBIs and a hobbled Moises Alou’s three hits not only ended
Andy Pettitte got a milestone ball from Mariano Rivera and the lineup card from manager Joe Torre. The New York Yankees got another step closer to the top of the AL East. Pettitte earned his 200th win, Rivera escaped a bases-loaded jam in the ninth inning and the Yankees edged the Baltimore Orioles 2-1 Wednesday
With their lead atop the AL East getting ever smaller, the Boston Red Sox expect to learn a lot about themselves before the end of the season. The Red Sox saw their division lead cut to 1 1/2 games — their smallest edge since late April — when the Toronto Blue Jays broke through against