Jered Weaver didn’t pitch as long as Roy Halladay did — just better. Weaver threw six scoreless innings and the Los Angeles Angels got RBI singles from Vladimir Guerrero, Maicer Izturis and Orlando Cabrera to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 3-0 Friday night. “It kind of raises your level of intensity going up against a
Sean Marshall is enjoying his first pennant race. Thanks to him, the Chicago Cubs opened up a little daylight between themselves and Milwaukee in the NL Central. Marshall gave up one run in six innings, Jacque Jones had four hits and the Cubs defeated Arizona 6-2 on Friday night in a showdown of NL division
John Smoltz handled one of the teams that has given him the most trouble over the years, helping the Atlanta Braves end a three-game losing streak. Smoltz worked eight innings for the second straight start and Mark Teixeira drove in his 29th run in 22 games with the Braves in a 7-2 victory over the
David Ortiz was ready to go home, so he went into his hurry-up offense. Big Papi homered in the fourth and fifth innings, both times on the first pitches he saw, as the Boston Red Sox routed the Chicago White Sox 10-1 Friday night to take both ends of a split doubleheader. “I just wanted
Outstanding performances by Oliver Perez and David Wright put the New York Mets in position to win. This time, their shaky bullpen held on. Perez outpitched Los Angeles Dodgers ace Brad Penny, and the Mets got a dazzling all-around effort from Wright in a 5-2 victory Friday night that helped increase their NL East lead
Passing Cy Young didn’t faze Greg Maddux. Moving ahead of his older brother was a bit more exciting. Maddux became the first pitcher to win 10 games in 20 consecutive seasons, tossing seven solid innings in the San Diego Padres’ 14-3 rout of the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night. Milton Bradley hit a pair of
David Wells slipped a crisp, blue Dodgers cap onto his shaved head and wiggled into a baggy pair of baseball pants. Then he dashed up the runway to throw a quick bullpen session. Boomer is back in the pennant race — and he doesn’t have much time to prepare for his first start with Los
The Atlanta Braves cut ties with struggling closer Bob Wickman on Friday, designating him for assignment. The move came a day after Wickman surrendered a game-winning two-run home run to the Reds’ Adam Dunn. Wickman is 3-3 with a 3.92 ERA and 20 saves in 26 chances. Manager Bobby Cox did not reveal his new
Justin Morneau ended a career-long home run drought and Jason Kubel homered and drove in three runs, sparking a late rally that carried Johan Santana and the Minnesota Twins past the Baltimore Orioles 7-4 on Friday night. Minnesota trailed 4-0 in the seventh inning before coming back to hand Baltimore its fourth straight loss.
James Shields carried a shutout into the ninth inning and Tampa Bay ended Oakland’s five-game winning streak, pounding the Athletics 12-2 Friday night. Shields (10-8) gave up nine hits and struck out eight, walking one and working out of jams in the third and sixth innings. The only runs he allowed came with one out
Brad Thompson, struggling with command and his temper since being moved out of the St. Louis Cardinals’ rotation, was demoted to Triple-A Memphis on Friday. Todd Wellemeyer was activated from the 15-day disabled list from a sprained right elbow, and will assume Thompson’s role as a right-handed reliever.
David Wells made it official Friday, signing with the Los Angeles Dodgers for the rest of the season. Wells’ agent, Gregg Clifton, said late Thursday the parties had reached a tentative agreement and the 44-year-old left-hander would pitch Sunday night against the Mets in New York. The Dodgers made room for Wells by designating right-hander