Andy Pettitte tossed a gem, Jason Giambi provided the power and the New York Yankees got back on track with an efficient win over Detroit. Pettitte pitched eight fantastic innings to win his fourth straight start and Giambi homered twice, sending New York to a 6-1 victory over the Tigers on Friday night.
The Milwaukee Brewers haven’t quit — it just looks that way. Bronson Arroyo and the Cincinnati Reds knocked slumping and error-prone Milwaukee out of first place in the NL Central, beating the Brewers 8-3 Friday night. The Brewers (62-60) lost their season-high fifth straight at home, falling a half-game behind the Chicago Cubs (62-59), who
Jacque Jones has heard it all. Boos, catcalls and on Friday the cheers from a powerful ovation at Wrigley Field. Benched earlier this season and nearly traded, Jones made a great catch and hit a two-run homer to lead a 2-1 Cubs’ victory Friday that ended the St. Louis Cardinals’ five-game winning streak and pushed
Tom Glavine got win No. 301. Matt Chico got sent to the minors. Two finesse pitchers who wear No. 47 faced each other Friday night, and the visiting veteran was more at home than the home team’s rookie. Facing a franchise he has beaten more than any other, Glavine allowed one run over seven innings
Francisco Rodriguez blew the save and earned a victory. Eric Gagne had no such consolation. Boston scored four in the eighth to take the lead against Rodriguez, only to see Gagne give it back in the ninth on Friday night when the Los Angeles Angels rallied to beat the Red Sox 7-5 and split a
Paul Byrd gave up plenty of hits — just none when they mattered. Byrd yielded eight hits but continually got out of jams, and the Cleveland Indians scored two runs early before holding on to beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 2-1 Friday night. Byrd (11-5) gave up one run in six innings, striking out
Brandon Webb isn’t one of those guys who claims ignorance about his stats. He knows as well as anyone just how long he’s gone without giving up a run, and what he needs to do to reach an amazing milestone. Well, here’s the latest update: He’s two shutouts away from Orel Hershiser. Webb tossed a
Carlos Zambrano’s long wait paid off. The Chicago Cubs’ talented and emotional ace agreed Friday to a $91.5 million, five-year contract extension that features a 2013 option that could make the deal worth $110.75 million over six seasons. Zambrano skipped a shot at free agency and its lucrative payday to stay with the only club
The Boston Red Sox put backup catcher Doug Mirabelli on the 15-day disabled list after he strained his right calf in the first game of Friday’s doubleheader, the biggest in a series of moves to bolster the team for the pennant race. Outfielder Wily Mo Pena was traded to the Washington Nationals for a player
In a bold move during a tense pennant race, the Detroit Tigers called up touted prospect Cameron Maybin on Friday and cut slumping outfielder Craig Monroe, a key member of their World Series team last season. The 20-year-old Maybin, with only six games of experience at Double-A, was set to make his major league debut
The Chicago Cubs and Carlos Zambrano finally have a deal. The ace right-hander agreed Friday to a five-year, $91.5 million contract extension to stay with the only team he’s been with his entire career. The deal includes a vesting option for a sixth season. Zambrano could have tested the free agent market and perhaps gotten
With a bright-eyed smile stretched across his rosy face, Jason Giambi bounced around the field during batting practice and posed for photos with fans. The New York Yankees slugger had plenty to be happy about Thursday. Giambi escaped punishment from commissioner Bud Selig because of his charitable work and cooperation with baseball’s steroids investigator.