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BOSTON (AP) — Luis Severino allowed three hits in seven innings of shutout ball and Aaron Judge celebrated his 25th birthday with a two-run homer and spectacular catch, carrying the surging New York Yankees to a 3-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night in the longtime rivals’ first meeting this season.
It was the 11th win in 14 games for the Yankees after they opened the season 1-4.
Severino (2-1) struck out six and walked two, posting his third straight strong start. Dellin Betances worked a perfect eighth and Aroldis Chapman got three outs for his fifth save despite giving up a run.
AL Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello (1-3) lost his third straight start, giving up three runs — two earned — in 6 2/3 innings. He didn’t lose consecutive starts last season.
PIRATES 6, CUBS 5
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Gift Ngoepe, the first player from Africa to reach the major leagues, singled in his first plate appearance and Josh Harrison hit a leadoff homer to lead Pittsburgh past Chicago.
Ngoepe was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis and entered in the fourth inning as part of a double switch. He finished 1 for 2 with a walk. The 27-year-old South African, who signed with the Pirates in 2008, led off the fourth with a hit off Cubs ace Jon Lester (0-1). The left-hander was tagged for six runs — five earned — and 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings.
Josh Bell also homered off Lester.
Anthony Rizzo homered and drove in four runs for the Cubs, who lost for just the second time in eight games. The Pirates won for the third time in nine games.
Wade LeBlanc (1-0) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings in relief of rookie Tyler Glasnow. Tony Watson got four outs for his seventh save in as many chances.
MARINERS 8, TIGERS 0
DETROIT (AP) — James Paxton struck out nine in seven outstanding innings, and Nelson Cruz and Guillermo Heredia homered to lift Seattle over Detroit.
Paxton (3-0) allowed four hits and a walk in a dominant performance against a Tigers team that had scored 32 runs over its previous two games. It was just what the Mariners needed after losing 19-9 on Tuesday and putting right-hander Felix Hernandez on the disabled list before Wednesday’s game.
Paxton has held the opposition scoreless in four of his five starts this season. He lowered his ERA to 1.39.
Daniel Norris (1-2) allowed four runs and nine hits in four-plus innings. It was his second straight game allowing at least four earned runs after he went 21 consecutive starts yielding three or fewer.
BREWERS 9, REDS 4
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Eric Thames scored twice before leaving with an injury and Orlando Arcia homered and had three RBIs to help Milwaukee beat Cincinnati for a three-game sweep.
Ryan Braun had a two-run double and a single off Reds starter Rookie Davis (0-1). Jett Bandy had three hits and two RBIs as the Brewers improved to 6-1 against the Reds this season.
Wily Peralta (4-1) went five-plus innings for the win, allowing four runs and eight hits.
Thames, who leads the majors with 11 homers, appeared to be favoring his left hamstring as he stretched before the Reds batted in the eighth. He left the game but said afterward he was fine and will be back in the lineup Friday night against Atlanta.
Cincinnati hit four solo homers during its seventh loss in eight games. Scott Schebler went deep twice, and Joey Votto and Adam Duvall also connected.
WHITE SOX 5, ROYALS 2
CHICAGO (AP) — Avisail Garcia and Leury Garcia homered to back run-starved starter Jose Quintana, and Chicago defeated Kansas City to complete a three-game sweep.
Chicago won its fourth straight, while Kansas City dropped every game on a seven-game trip.
Quintana (1-4) got the offensive support he needed after receiving only four runs in his first four starts combined. The left-hander had a season-high 10 strikeouts in six innings. He allowed five hits and two runs — one earned.
Avisail Garcia’s two-run homer in the sixth gave the White Sox a 4-2 lead. Jose Abreu and Todd Frazier had consecutive two-out RBI doubles in the first.
Abreu left the game with a mild right hip flexor strain after flubbing a slow grounder in the fifth.
David Robertson converted his fifth save in five tries.
Nathan Karns (0-2) took the loss, allowing four runs in six innings.
INDIANS 7, ASTROS 6
CLEVELAND (AP) — Michael Brantley drove in three runs as Cleveland topped Houston.
Brantley, who played in only 11 games last season after having two operations on his left shoulder, had an RBI double in a three-run first inning and added a two-run single in the fifth.
Carlos Santana had a two-run double in the sixth for the Indians, who have won six of eight.
Trevor Bauer (2-2) allowed four runs in six innings and won his second straight start despite giving up two-run homers to Evan Gattis and Brian McCann.
Andrew Miller worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh by striking out Carlos Correa and McCann. Cody Allen got four outs for his fourth save.
Lance McCullers (2-1) gave up five runs in five innings.
NATIONALS 11, ROCKIES 4
DENVER (AP) — Trea Turner nearly hit for the cycle for a second straight night, finishing a triple shy, and Bryce Harper had four more hits to raise his batting average to .432 as Washington routed Colorado.
Turner lined one of three Washington homers, with Ryan Zimmerman and Daniel Murphy also going deep, to help the Nationals improve to 8-1 on their 10-game trip.
Tanner Roark (3-0) worked his way out of several jams and threw five solid innings.
Never quite settling in on a cool night, Tyler Chatwood (2-3) gave up five runs in five innings.
PHILLIES 7, MARLINS 4
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Maikel Franco hit his second grand slam of the month, helping Philadelphia beat Miami for its fifth straight win.
Franco connected off Wei-Yen Chen (2-1) in the third inning for a 4-2 lead. Freddy Galvis hit a solo shot for the Phillies, and Michael Saunders added a two-run homer in the eighth.
Vince Velasquez (1-2) went 6 1/3 innings for his first win since last July and lowered his ERA to 6.33.
Martin Prado homered for the Marlins.
BRAVES 8, METS 2
NEW YORK (AP) — Julio Teheran stifled the Mets into the seventh inning, Robert Gsellman staggered through a five-run first and Atlanta handed New York its fifth straight loss.
The Braves ended a six-game skid behind 6 1/3 innings of two-run ball from Teheran (2-1). The right-hander allowed four hits, four walks and a pair of sacrifice flies while striking out four. He is 4-0 with a 0.91 ERA in his last seven starts against New York dating to June 21, 2015.
The ailing Mets got Yoenis Cespedes and Travis d’Arnaud back in the lineup but still dropped their ninth in 10 games.
Gsellman (0-2) allowed his first seven batters to reach in an exasperating first inning, including one on his own throwing error. The 23-year-old rookie gave up six runs, 10 hits and three walks over four-plus innings. His ERA climbed to 6.23.
Tyler Flowers had a three-run double in the first and matched his career high with four RBIs.
ORIOLES 5, RAYS 4, 11 INNINGS
BALTIMORE (AP) — Seth Smith drew a bases-loaded walk from Danny Farquhar to force in the winning run with two outs in the 11th inning, and Baltimore rallied to beat Tampa Bay.
After the Rays scored a run in the top of the 11th, the Orioles answered against closer Alex Colome (0-1). Two singles and a walk loaded the bases for Jonathan Schoop, who hit a sacrifice fly. Ryan Flaherty walked to reload the bases, and Farquhar entered and issued a four-pitch walk to end a game that took 4 hours, 8 minutes.
Alec Asher (1-0) got the win despite giving up an RBI single to Jesus Sucre in the 11th.
Baltimore took two of three from Tampa Bay and has not lost a series this season.
Tim Beckham hit two home runs for the Rays, who rallied from an early three-run deficit to force extra innings.
RANGERS 14, TWINS 3
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Joey Gallo scored the tiebreaking run on a painful trip around the bases, Ryan Rua hit a grand slam and Texas avoided a series sweep by breaking it open late against Minnesota.
Rua’s first career slam came in the eighth inning and Shin-Soo Choo, who had already tripled in the inning, added a three-run homer to cap the eight-run outburst.
Cole Hamels (2-0) allowed three runs over 6 2/3 innings.
Gallo was hit by a pitch leading off the sixth against Taylor Rogers (1-1). The young Rangers slugger scored on a wild pitch by another reliever to make it 3-2, and was struck on the back of the right shoulder by catcher Chris Gimenez’s throw after the ball ricocheted hard off the brick backstop.
The Rangers set season highs for runs and hits (14). Leadoff man Delino DeShields reached base five times, stole two bags and scored three runs.
GIANTS 4, DODGERS 3, 10 INNINGS
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hunter Pence hit a game-winning sacrifice fly with the bases loaded in the 10th inning and San Francisco rallied to beat Los Angeles.
Christian Arroyo and pinch-hitter Michael Morse homered for the Giants (8-14), who avoided matching their worst start in San Francisco after 22 games. The Giants didn’t get their first hit until the sixth inning and trailed 3-0 in the seventh before rallying to stun their division rivals.
Gorkys Hernandez singled off reliever Ross Stripling (0-2) to open the 10th. After Hernandez stole second, Conor Gillaspie walked. Pinch-hitter Nick Hundley sacrificed, and Hernandez beat first baseman Adrian Gonzalez’s throw to third, loading the bases for Pence.
Derek Law (2-0) retired three batters for the win.
Corey Seager homered for the Dodgers, who led 3-0 before Arroyo’s two-run homer off former Giants reliever Sergio Romo in the seventh. Morse, just called up from the minors, tied it with his drive off Pedro Baez in the eighth.
PADRES 8, DIAMONDBACKS 5
PHOENIX (AP) — Ryan Schimpf hit a go-ahead, three-run homer with one out in the top of the ninth inning to rally San Diego past Arizona.
Schimpf, who entered in a double switch with San Diego down 5-3 in the sixth, began the day batting .102. In his second at-bat of the night, he took closer Fernando Rodney (1-1) into the right-field seats to give the Padres a 6-5 lead.
Yangervis Solarte added a two-run double later in the inning, and San Diego ended a four-game losing streak.
Hunter Renfroe and Erick Aybar also homered for the Padres. Ryan Buchter (1-0) won in relief and Brandon Maurer got his fourth save.
The crowd of 12,215 was the smallest for a regular-season Diamondbacks game at Chase Field.
Paul Goldschmidt had three hits and three RBIs for Arizona, tying a club record by reaching base in nine consecutive plate appearances Tuesday and Wednesday.
ANGELS 8, ATHLETICS 5
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Matt Shoemaker pitched Los Angeles past Oakland for his first win since having brain surgery after being struck in the head by a line drive last September.
Shoemaker (1-1) went five innings in his fifth start of the year. Bud Norris pitched a scoreless ninth for his third save.
Yonder Alonso and Matt Joyce homered for the Athletics.
Sean Manea (1-2) got through just two innings, allowing three runs before his night ended because of left shoulder tightness. Manea retired the first three batters he faced, then allowed three runs on four hits in the second.
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MILWAUKEE (AP) — Eric Thames hit his major league-leading 11th home run — his eighth against Cincinnati this season — and the Milwaukee Brewers cruised to a 9-1 victory over the Reds on Tuesday night.
In his first season with the Brewers, Thames capped a five-run sixth with a two-run drive off reliever Robert Stephenson.
Zach Davies (2-2) allowed six hits in five scoreless innings, lowering his ERA from 8.24 to 6.57. He stranded a pair of runners in three innings.
Oliver Drake pitched a hitless sixth and Tommy Milone allowed two hits over three innings, including Adam Duvall’s eighth-inning homer, for his second big league save, his first since August 2015.
Scott Feldman (1-2) gave up four runs, five hits and five walks in five innings.
CUBS 1, PIRATES 0
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Kyle Hendricks rediscovered his 2016 form, limiting Pittsburgh to four hits over six innings to outduel Gerrit Cole and lead Chicago to a win.
Hendricks (2-1) struck out two and walked three, and Wade Davis worked a perfect ninth for his fifth save as the Cubs won for the sixth time in seven games.
Addison Russell doubled in the second off Cole (1-3) and scored when second baseman Alen Hanson airmailed first base on a Jason Heyward grounder, the Pirates’ major league-high 20th error this season. Pittsburgh has lost six of eight.
NATIONALS 15, ROCKIES 12
DENVER (AP) — Trea Turner hit for the third cycle in Nationals history and drove in a career-high seven runs, helping Washington to a win over Colorado on a frigid night.
Turner — with a red ski mask covering his face — had a single in the first, a two-run double in the second, a two-run homer in the sixth and a bases-loaded triple in the seventh. It was the first cycle by the Nationals since Cristian Guzman on Aug. 28, 2008.
Turner’s seven RBIs are tied for second-most in a single game in Nationals history. Daniel Murphy also had a big night, tying a career best by driving in five runs.
Enny Romero (2-1) earned the win by pitching 1 1/3 scoreless innings a night after taking the loss.
German Marquez (0-1) was roughed up in his first start of the season
BLUE JAYS 6, CARDINALS 5, 11 INNINGS
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Chris Coghlan made an acrobatic, run-scoring leap over All-Star catcher Yadier Molina, and Marcus Stroman came across with the go-ahead run after pinch hitting in the 11th inning and doubling for his first major league hit in Toronto’s win over St. Louis.
With the score 2-2, Coghlan walked in the seventh and sped around the bases on Kevin Pillar’s triple in the right-field corner, which hit high off the fence over Stephen Piscotty and bounced back toward the infield.
Piscotty’s throw to the plate was slightly up the third-base line, and Molina leaned down to pick up the ball after its third hop. As Molina reached for the ball, the 31-year-old Coghan hurled himself over the catcher, somersaulted and landed on the plate with his helmet and left hand.
Jason Grilli (1-2) struck out the side in the 10th for Toronto and Ryan Tepera pitched the 11th for his first save.
Stroman scored on a throwing error by shortstop Aledmys Diaz. Miguel Socolovich (0-1) took the loss.
DODGERS 2, GIANTS 1
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Clayton Kershaw struck out seven over seven innings in another impressive performance in San Francisco’s home ballpark, and Los Angeles ended a four-game losing streak against its rival.
Kershaw (4-1) allowed six hits and one run, walking one as he improved to 11-4 in 19 outings and 18 starts in San Francisco’s waterfront ballpark.
The Dodgers, who were on the other end of a 2-1 result a night earlier, also ended a six-game skid at AT&T Park to avoid matching the franchise’s longest winless stretch in San Francisco from April 21-Sept. 28, 2015.
Lefty Ty Blach (0-1) allowed two runs and four hits in five innings making his first start in place of injured Madison Bumgarner. The ace southpaw bruised his ribs and sprained the AC joint in his pitching shoulder in a dirt bike accident last Thursday during a day off in Colorado.
TIGERS 19, MARINERS 9
DETROIT (AP) — James McCann, Justin Upton and Alex Avila homered — and that was before Detroit added nine runs in the fifth inning en route to a rout of Seattle.
Felix Hernandez (2-2) left with stiffness in his right shoulder. He allowed four runs in two innings in his shortest outing since 2015, and Seattle’s next two pitchers fared even worse. Detroit finished with 24 hits, 19 of which came in the first five innings.
Jordan Zimmermann (2-1) allowed five runs in six innings. Jean Segura, Danny Valencia and Nelson Cruz hit solo homers for Seattle, but that wasn’t nearly enough to keep up with Detroit’s offensive onslaught.
Mikie Mahtook added another home run for the Tigers in the eighth. Ian Kinsler had four hits and four runs before being lifted for a pinch hitter in the seventh.
ANGELS 2, ATHLETICS 1, 11 INNINGS
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Kole Calhoun ripped a two-out single in the 11th inning to score Danny Espinosa and send Los Angeles to a victory over Oakland.
Jesse Hahn pitched eight innings for Oakland and JC Ramirez went seven for Los Angeles as the game remained scoreless until Josh Phegley and Mike Trout hit solo homers in the 10th.
Ryan Madson (0-2) allowed singles to Espinosa and Calhoun in the 11th after Brooks Pounders (1-0) pitched a scoreless inning for the win.
ASTROS 4, INDIANS 2
CLEVELAND (AP) — Dallas Keuchel (4-0) pitched a six-hitter, allowing home runs to Austin Jackson in the third and Michael Brantley in the ninth that raised his ERA to 1.22.
Josh Reddick gave Houston a 3-1 lead with a two-run single in the fifth Josh Tomlin (1-3), then took a home run away from Jason Kipnis with a leaping catch at the center-field fence in the bottom half.
Houston is 10-2 since April 11 and leads the AL West at 14-6.
Astros second baseman Jose Altuve and outfielder Teoscar Hernandez collided in right while chasing Yan Gomes’ eighth-inning popup, which dropped for a single. Altuve banged up his left shoulder and Hernandez bruised his left leg.
RAYS 2, ORIOLES 0
BALTIMORE (AP) — Austin Pruitt combined with four relievers on a two-hitter in his first big league start. Pruitt allowed one hit in three innings, Danny Farquhar got two outs, Jumbo Diaz went 1 1/3 innings, Chase Whitley (1-0) contributed three perfect innings and Alex Colome finished for his fifth save.
Jonathan Schoop had a second-inning double and Chris Davis a fourth-inning infield single.
Wade Miley (1-1) gave up four hits and six walks in seven innings. Tim Beckham hit an RBI single and Derek Norris added a run-scoring fly ball in the fourth, when Miley walked three.
DIAMONDBACKS 9, PADRES 3
PHOENIX (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt drove in three runs to match a team record with his fourth straight multi-RBI game, Patrick Corbin struck out nine in seven innings and Arizona rolled over San Diego.
The Diamondbacks jumped on Clayton Richard (2-3) early and kept hitting to match the 2008 team for the franchise’s best home start at 10-2.
Corbin (2-3) allowed two runs and eight hits, including a solo homer by Jabari Blash in the seventh inning.
TWINS 8, RANGERS 1
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Ervin Santana delivered his fourth straight outstanding start, Miguel Sano sparked a seven-run fifth inning with a leadoff homer and Minnesota pounded Texas.
Santana (4-0) allowed a run, four hits and one walk with six strikeouts in seven innings.
Both homers came off Andrew Cashner (0-2), who labored through his four-plus innings. He matched a career high with six walks, allowed five hits, had a wild pitch and threw 92 pitches.
WHITE SOX 10, ROYALS 5
CHICAGO (AP) — Todd Frazier drove in three runs, Leury Garcia had three hits and Chicago got its second straight one-sided win over Kansas City.
Kansas City is 0-6 on a seven-game trip, its longest skid since losing eight consecutive games last June. Last in the AL Central at 7-13, the Royals are off to their worst 20-game start since opening 6-14 in 2012, when they finished 72-90.
Frazier’s sacrifice fly tied the score in the third inning, and Chicago took a 4-2 lead in the fourth against Danny Duffy (2-1) when Omar Narvaez and Garcia hit consecutive doubles, and Tim Anderson followed with an RBI single.
Dan Jennings (2-0) retired all five batters he faced to win in relief.
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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Addison Russell set a career high with four hits, Jason Heyward homered for the third time in four games and drove in four runs as the Chicago Cubs jumped on the Pittsburgh Pirates early in a 14-3 victory on Monday night.
Ben Zobrist added three RBIs for Chicago as the defending World Series champions won for the fifth time in six games. Anthony Rizzo had three hits to extend his hitting streak to 13 games. Kyle Schwarber, Kris Bryant and Miguel Montero all had two hits apiece for the Cubs.
Chicago scored four runs with two outs in the first inning off Chad Kuhl (1-2) and added five more in the second to give Brett Anderson (2-0) all the breathing room he would need.
Anderson struggled at times with his command, walking six in six innings while striking out three and allowed three runs, one earned.
ROCKIES 8, NATIONALS 4
DENVER (AP) — Charlie Blackmon hit a two-run homer in the seventh, Colorado’s lights-out bullpen threw three-plus scoreless innings and the Rockies beat Washington, ending the Nationals’ seven-game winning streak.
Trailing 4-3, Blackmon lined a hanging slider from lefty Enny Romero (1-1) into the right-field stands. It was Blackmon’s sixth homer of the season and followed a pinch-hit double from Pat Valaika — his first hit of the season.
The Rockies’ relievers came through once again after starter Tyler Anderson wore down. Carlos Estevez (2-0) got four outs and Adam Ottavino threw an effective eighth. Greg Holland pitched the ninth in a non-save situation after the Rockies added three insurance runs in the eighth. He got pinch-hitter Bryce Harper to ground out to end the game.
The Rockies’ bullpen is now 6-0 with a 2.62 ERA, which is tops in the NL.
BREWERS 11, REDS 7
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Eric Thames homered twice to raise his major league-leading total to 10, Hernan Perez added a three-run shot, Matt Garza pitched for the first time this season and the Brewers beat the Reds.
The left-handed batting Thames got just enough muscle on an 0-2 pitch from Amir Garrett (2-2) to slice an opposite-field, two-run homer in the second. He extended his home-run streak against the Reds this season to five consecutive games with a solo shot to right in the first. Perez’s three-run homer capped that inning.
Seven of Thames’ 10 major-league leading home runs have come off the Reds’ hurlers, including five in the four-game series in mid-April at Cincinnati.
Garza, who suffered a right groin strain at the end of spring training, was reinstated from the disabled list before the game. He allowed one earned run on four hits. Five relievers followed and Carlos Torres (1-2) picked up the win.
ORIOLES 6, RAYS 3
BALTIMORE (AP) — Adam Jones hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the seventh inning, Hyun Soo Kim and Jonathan Schoop also went deep, and the Orioles beat the Rays on a cold, damp night at Camden Yards.
All three home runs were off Chris Archer (2-1), who gave up five runs, six hits and five walks in 6 2/3 innings. The right-hander didn’t allow a long ball in his previous four starts this season.
Baltimore trailed 3-1 before Kim and Schoop connected on successive pitches in the sixth inning. In the seventh, Archer hit Seth Smith with a pitch, and Jones followed with a drive deep into the left-field seats.
It was the fifth win in seven games for the Orioles, whose 13-5 record is best in the American League.
TWINS 3, RANGERS 2
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Brian Dozier hit a bases-clearing double and the Twins beat Texas, ending the Rangers’ AL-best four-game winning streak.
Dozier’s two-out double in the fifth came after Martin Perez (1-3) walked the bases loaded, giving free passes to the three of the bottom four batters in the Twins lineup. Dozier had only three RBIs his first 17 games this season.
Those were the only walks and runs allowed by Perez in his six innings.
Phil Hughes (3-1) allowed two runs on six hits over six innings. The right-hander, who has won all three of his road starts this season, struck out two and walked one.
Brandon Kintzler worked the ninth for his fifth save in as many chances. The right-hander hasn’t allowed a run in his 9 1-3 innings over nine appearances.
The Rangers (9-11), the AL West champion the past two seasons, missed a chance to reach .500 for the first time this year. They were coming off a four-game series sweep against Kansas City.
WHITE SOX 12, ROYALS 1
CHICAGO (AP) — Matt Davidson had two hits and three RBIs in an eight-run sixth, Chicago’s highest-scoring inning in five years, and the White Sox routed the struggling Royals.
Miguel Gonzalez (3-0) lowered his ERA to 2.00, allowing an unearned run and two hits in eight innings.
Davidson set a career-high with three hits and tied his best with four RBIs. Melky Cabrera, Todd Frazier and Tyler Saladino drove in two runs each for the White Sox, who out-hit the Royals 15-2.
Chicago put together its high-scoring inning since a nine-run fifth against Texas on July 3, 2012. The Royals have lost five straight and scored a major league-low 47 runs.
Jason Vargas (3-1) gave up four runs — three earned — and seven hits in five innings. His ERA rose from a big league-best 0.44 to 1.40.
GIANTS 2, DODGERS 1
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Matt Cain pitched six scoreless innings to beat the Dodgers for the first time in nearly four years, and the Giants snapped a four-game losing streak with a win against Los Angeles.
Joe Panik hit a second-inning sacrifice fly off Hyun-Jin Ryu (0-4) in just the Giants’ second victory in their last eight games. Hunter Pence added a key RBI single for insurance in the seventh.
Top prospect Christian Arroyo was promoted by the Giants to be the new regular third baseman and he went 0 for 4 with three groundouts to second and a strikeout.
Cain (2-0) allowed two hits, struck out three and walked one and has been a steady presence in San Francisco’s rotation so far. He beat the Dodgers for the first time since May 5, 2013, also at AT&T Park.
Mark Melancon finished for his fourth save.
DIAMONDBACKS 7, PADRES 6
PHOENIX (AP) — Zack Greinke struck out 11 in six innings, Chris Owings hit his first career grand slam and the Diamondbacks held on to beat the Padres.
David Peralta homered and singled twice for the Diamondbacks, whose 9-2 start at home ties the best in club history.
Greinke (2-2) gave up a run on six hits, including three singles by Yangervis Solarte, with no walks and left with a 6-1 lead.
Fernando Rodney pitched a scoreless ninth for his sixth save in six tries.
Jhoulys Chacin (1-0), the winner in a 1-0 Padres victory over Greinke and Arizona last Thursday, gave up seven runs and eight hits over six innings.
Wil Myers and Austin Hedges homered for San Diego to make it a one-run game.
ANGELS 2, BLUE JAYS 1
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — With the infield playing in, Cameron Maybin broke from third on contact and scored on a close play at the plate in the fifth inning to give the Angels a victory over the Blue Jays.
Right-hander Jesse Chavez, who took the loss in Friday’s 13-inning loss to Toronto, went six innings for the Angels, holding the Blue Jays to one run on four hits. Chavez (2-3) walked four but struck out seven.
Bud Norris pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his second save.
Catcher Russell Martin’s solo home run in the fourth accounted for Toronto’s only run. It was Martin’s second of the season.
The Angels tied the score in the bottom of the fourth when a Mike Trout double turned into a triple after right-fielder Jose Bautista slipped. Albert Pujols singled to score Trout.
The Angels’ winning rally in the fifth came against Francisco Liriano (1-2).
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BALTIMORE (AP) — Dylan Bundy took a five-hitter into the eighth inning, Manny Machado homered and the surging Baltimore Orioles beat the Boston Red Sox 2-0 Friday night.
It was the seventh win in nine games for the Orioles, whose major league-best 11-4 record includes a 9-3 mark in the AL East. Bundy (3-1) struck out three, walked one and allowed six hits in seven-plus innings. The 2011 first-round draft pick lowered his ERA to 1.37 and extended his run of consecutive scoreless innings to 13. Brad Brach worked a perfect ninth for his third save — all in the past three nights.
Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia had to be helped from the field in the bottom of the eighth inning after hurting his knee. The injury occurred when Machado slid into second on a force play and appeared to unintentionally spike Pedroia in the back of the left leg.
Red Sox starter Drew Pomeranz (1-1) gave up two runs and five hits over 5 1/3 innings.
BLUE JAYS 8, ANGELS 7, 13 INNINGS
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Jose Bautista hit a three-run homer in the 13th inning, Joe Biagini escaped a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the inning and Toronto beat Los Angeles.
The Angels rallied after two Toronto errors in the 13th. Kole Calhoun drove in one run with a single, and Biagini plunked Mike Trout with the bases loaded for another. Biagini then struck out Albert Pujols and got C.J. Cron to line out to center field for his first save.
In the top of the inning, Bautista hit his first homer of the season after two-out singles from Kevin Pillar and Ezequiel Carrera against Jesse Chavez (1-3). Bautista’s homer came on a 1-1 pitch and soared out to left-center. The slugger had two hits to bring his average up to .131 this season.
Ryan Tepera (1-0) pitched three scoreless innings in the game that lasted 5 hours, 36 minutes.
CUBS 6, REDS 5, 11 INNINGS
CINCINNATI (AP) — Anthony Rizzo tied it with a two-out, three-run homer in the ninth, and Kris Bryant hit a sacrifice fly in the 11th inning, rallying the Chicago Cubs past the Cincinnati Reds.
The Cubs won for the 19th time in their last 23 games against the Reds and for the 16th time in their last 20 games at Great American Ball Park.
Bryant’s sacrifice fly off Robert Stephenson (0-1) sent the Cubs to their third straight win.
Carl Edwards Jr. (1-0) retired the side in the 10th, and Wade Davis got the three outs for his fourth save in as many chances.
ROCKIES 6, GIANTS 5
DENVER (AP) — Trevor Story hit his first career grand slam and Charlie Blackmon lined an inside-the-park homer as part of a six-run fourth inning, helping the Colorado Rockies beat Johnny Cueto and the San Francisco Giants.
It’s the first time an NL team has hit a grand slam and an inside-the-parker in the same inning since the 1950 New York Giants, according to STATS. The Boston Red Sox accomplished the feat in 2011.
Tyler Chatwood (2-2) started off shaky before finding his rhythm. He went six innings and allowed four runs. Greg Holland pitched a perfect ninth for his ninth straight save to start this season.
Cueto (3-1) struggled in the fourth when the rain picked up intensity.
NATIONALS 4, METS 3, 11 INNINGS
NEW YORK (AP) — Bryce Harper homered early, then doubled and scored the go-ahead run in the 11th inning on a bases-loaded walk by Jeurys Familia, sending the Washington Nationals over the New York Mets for their fifth straight win.
Familia came in for Josh Smoker (0-1) and again had trouble finding the strike zone, forcing home a run with a walk to Trea Turner, as the Mets lost for the sixth time in seven games. New York fell to 1-3 in extra innings early this season.
Enny Romero (1-0) got the win, and Shawn Kelley earned his third save. Jose Lobaton homered in the fifth.
INDIANS 3, WHITE SOX 0
CHICAGO (AP) — Corey Kluber pitched a three-hitter and faced two over the minimum, leading the Cleveland Indians over the Chicago White Sox.
Kluber (2-1) faced 29 batters in his fourth complete-game shutout and first since June 21, 2016, against Tampa Bay. Only one Chicago runner reached second base, and Kluber struck out nine, walked two and threw 110 pitches.
Jose Quintana (0-4) took a fifth straight loss dating to last season. The left-hander allowed three runs, five hits and three walks while striking out six in six innings.
Austin Jackson doubled and scored on a wild pitch in the third, and Brandon Guyer hit a two-run homer in the fourth — his first of the year.
CARDINALS 6, BREWERS 3
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Adam Wainwright homered and drove in four runs while getting his first victory of the season, leading the St. Louis Cardinals over the Milwaukee Brewers.
Wainwright ripped a two-run homer into the second deck in left field off Wily Peralta (3-1) to put the Cardinals up 2-1 in the third. He drove in two more runs with a single in the fourth to extend the lead to 5-1.
Wainwright (1-3) had struggled on the mound this season, but showed better command against the Brewers. He gave up two runs and six hits in five innings, recording a season-high nine strikeouts without walking a batter.
St. Louis’ Dexter Fowler left in the fifth inning with right heel bursitis. He was replaced by Stephen Piscotty.
TWINS 6, TIGERS 3
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Justin Verlander stumbled again, Miguel Cabrera left after straining his right groin and the Detroit Tigers wasted a three-run lead against the Minnesota Twins, who burst ahead when Eddie Rosario hit a three-run homer that capped a six-run sixth inning.
Cabrera had three hits but was hurt while stretching for a throw from third baseman Nicholas Castellanos to first on Brian Dozier’s inning-ending grounder in the sixth. Cabrera was replaced in the middle of the seventh.
Six days after allowing nine runs and 11 hits in four innings against Cleveland, Verlander (1-2) held the Twins to two hits in five innings and led 3-0 before walking Max Kepler, Miguel Sano and Joe Mauer starting the sixth. Robbie Grossman chased Verlander with a two-run single.
Hector Santiago (2-1) gave up three runs and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings. Brandon Kintzler got his fourth save in as many chances.
PIRATES 6, YANKEES 3
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Josh Bell hit his second home run in as many games and the Pittsburgh Pirates got to CC Sabathia early for a win over the New York Yankees.
Jordy Mercer led off with a solo shot against Sabathia (2-1) in the first and Bell followed an inning later with a two-run homer to the left field bleachers to give Pittsburgh a four-run cushion.
Juan Nicasio (1-2) pitched 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief after Tyler Glasnow faltered with two outs in the fifth. Tony Watson got out of a two-on, two-outs jam in the ninth for his fifth save as the Pirates ended a three-game losing streak.
ASTROS 6, RAYS 3
ST PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Carlos Beltran, playing three days before his 40th birthday, led off the second inning with his 423rd home run, and the Houston Astros rallied past the Tampa Bay Rays.
Beltran homered off Alex Cobb (1-2) and also singled in the fourth as the Astros won for the ninth time in 11 games. With 1,040 extra-base hits, Beltran is one behind Pete Rose for third among switch-hitters behind Eddie Murray (1,099) and Chipper Jones (1,055).
Corey Dickerson, Logan Morrison and Evan Longoria hit solo homers in the first three innings off Mike Fiers as the Rays took a 3-1 lead. Houston tied it in the fourth on RBI singles by Brian McCann and Yuli Gurriel, who had three hits each, and George Springer hit into a run-scoring forceout in the seventh for a 4-3 lead. Josh Reddick added a sacrifice fly in the ninth, and Danny Farquhar threw a run-scoring wild pitch.
Mike Feliz (1-0) pitched a perfect sixth in relief of Fiers, who allowed three runs and seven hits in five innings. Ken Giles retired the side in order in the ninth for his fourth save.
RANGERS 6, ROYALS 2
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Joey Gallo and Robinson Chirinos each homered twice to back a season-high eight innings from Cole Hamels and the Texas Rangers beat the Kansas City Royals.
Gallo’s first homer was a tiebreaking two-run shot in the second inning on a 3-0 pitch — a liner that matched teammate Carlos Gomez for the longest in the majors this season at 462 feet and was the hardest with an exit velocity of 116 mph, according to MLB’s statcast.
All four homers came against Nate Karns (0-1), facing his hometown team for the fourth time. The right-hander allowed six runs in 4 2/3 innings, losing for the first time since last June in Texas when he was with Seattle.
Hamels (1-0) retired 12 straight from the first to fifth innings.
PHILLIES 4, BRAVES 3
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jeremy Hellickson pitched seven strong innings and Cesar Hernandez had three hits and scored two runs to lead the Philadelphia Phillies over the Atlanta Braves.
Hellickson (3-0) allowed two runs and just three hits with five strikeouts and no walks. Freddy Galvis, Aaron Altherr, Tommy Joseph and Maikel Franco each drove in runs for the Phillies, who snapped a seven-game losing streak to Atlanta.
Freddie Freeman and Adonis Garcia homered for the Braves, who have dropped four straight after sweeping four games from San Diego.
Bartolo Colon (1-2) allowed four runs and 11 hits in seven innings. Hector Neris gave up a leadoff home run to Garcia in the ninth and waited out a 24-minute rain delay before recording his second save in as many tries.
PADRES 5, MARLINS 3
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Austin Hedges hit a three-run homer and Trevor Cahill pitched seven strong innings in his home debut for his hometown San Diego Padres, who beat the Miami Marlins for their third straight win.
Hedges gave the Padres a nice cushion when he homered off the front of the balcony on the fourth floor of the Western Metal Supply Co. Building in the left field corner, his fourth. It was off reliever David Phelps (2-2).
Giancarlo Stanton hit a two-run homer, his fifth, with one out in the ninth.
Cahill (1-2) who signed as a free agent on Jan. 20, held the Marlins to one run and three hits in seven innings. He allowed Marcell Ozuna’s homer into the second deck in left to tie it at 1 with one out in the second.
DIAMONDBACKS 13, DODGERS 5
PHOENIX (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt, Yasmany Tomas and Chris Iannetta each drove in two runs in a nine-run eighth inning and the Arizona Diamondbacks turned a close game into a rout of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Chris Taylor’s pinch-hit home run had put the Dodgers up 5-4 in the seventh. Taylor’s homer was the first run allowed this season by Archie Bradley (1-0), who went two innings to get the victory.
The Diamondbacks had six hits and five walks in the eighth. It was the sixth time Arizona has scored nine runs in an inning. The club record is 13.
Luis Avilan walked in the tying run in the eighth and Sergio Romo was called for a balk to bring home the go-ahead score. Ross Stripling (0-1) pitched one inning plus two batters in the loss.
ATHLETICS 3, MARINERS 1
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Yonder Alonso and Trevor Plouffe homered, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Seattle Mariners.
Sean Manaea (1-1) allowed one run and five hits over six innings, striking out six and walking three to help the A’s win their season-high fourth straight after losing four in a row.
Plouffe homered in the fifth and Alonso led off the sixth with a tiebreaking shot, with both coming off Seattle starter Hisashi Iwakuma (0-2).
Seattle fell to 1-8 on the road — a bad sign for a team that plays 17 of its first 26 games this season away from home.
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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP) —- A look at what’s happening all around the majors today:
SET THAT ALARM
The annual Patriots Day’ game at Fenway Park is always the earliest start in the majors — 11:05 a.m. on the day of the Boston Marathon. Knuckleballer Steven Wright pitches for the Red Sox against Tampa Bay lefty Blake Snell.
Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki figures to get a nice ovation when he returns to Safeco Field. Ichiro was wildly popular in Seattle after making his major league debut in 2001, and became an All-Star in his first 10 years with the Mariners. He was traded to the Yankees during the 2012 season and now, at 43, has 3,031 career hits.
ALL OR NOTHING
The Pirates are 6-6, and the math adds up — they’ve either swept or been swept in every series this season. Coming off three straight victories at Wrigley Field, Pittsburgh will try to extend its winning streak when Ivan Nova starts at St. Louis against Lance Lynn.
Red Sox star Mookie Betts hasn’t struck out this season. Not once. At 119 plate appearances, his string of contact is the longest in the majors since 2004, when Juan Pierre of the Marlins went 147 times in a row without fanning.
The Cubs have blown a save opportunity in three consecutive games for the first time since May 2000. Chicago relievers gave up 12 runs and three homers in 9 1/3 innings over the weekend against Pittsburgh. The Cubs hope to get things straightened out, starting when they host Milwaukee.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Bryce Harper hit a two-run homer in the third inning and a game-ending, three-run drive with two outs in the ninth, leading the Washington Nationals over the Philadelphia Phillies 6-4 on Sunday.
Harper’s first home run, off Jerad Eickhoff, broke a 1-1 tie. His second, the fourth walkoff homer of his big league career, overcame a 4-3 deficit against Joaquin Benoit (0-1).
Shawn Kelley (2-0) relieved with the bases loaded in the ninth and got Maikel Franco to ground into a forceout.
PIRATES 6, CUBS 1
CHICAGO (AP) — Adam Frazier homered and Pittsburgh scored six runs in the final two innings to complete a three-game sweep of the World Series champions. The Pirates went just 4-14 against the Cubs last year, including 1-8 at Wrigley Field.
Jameson Taillon (1-0) allowed an unearned run and struck out six in seven innings. Cubs starter Jon Lester pitched three-hit ball for seven innings and left with a 1-0 lead.
The Pirates scored three times in the eighth off Koji Uehara (0-1), getting the go-ahead run when pinch runner Alec Hanson slid home on Andrew McCutchen’s bases-loaded grounder. Frazier hit a three-run homer against Justin Grimm in the ninth.
YANKEES 9, CARDINALS 3
NEW YORK (AP) — Greg Bird busted out of his slump with a long home run that began a perfect night at the plate, and Michael Pineda pitched New York past staggering St. Louis for its seventh straight victory.
Aaron Hicks also hit a homer and Aaron Judge was robbed of one by a fan in the bleachers, forcing the young Yankees bopper to settle for an RBI triple. New York chased Adam Wainwright (0-3) in the fifth and finished a three-game sweep that left St. Louis at 3-9, the worst record in the National League and its poorest start since 1988.
Pineda (2-1) went seven innings in a sharp follow-up to his dominant outing last Monday, when he retired the first 20 Tampa Bay batters and struck out 11 over 7 2/3 innings for an 8-1 victory in New York’s home opener.
BRAVES 9, PADRES 2
ATLANTA (AP) — Bartolo Colon (1-1) allowed one hit over seven innings in the Atlanta home debut for the 43-year-old: Ryan Schimpf’s second-inning homer
Brandon Phillips had three hits and three RBIs as Atlanta improved to 3-0 at new SunTrust Park and extended its winning streak to four after a five-game skid.
Trevor Cahill (0-2) gave up four runs, four hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings. He was activated before the game after recovering from a back strain.
ORIOLES 11, BLUE JAYS 4
TORONTO (AP) — Trey Mancini homered twice for the second time in three games, a three-run shot off Ryan Tepera in the sixth and a solo drive off Matt Dermody in the eighth. Mancini, who finished 3 for 5 with four RBIs, matched the major league record for home runs in the first 12 games of a career with seven, joining Trevor Story and Dino Restelli.
Dylan Bundy (2-1) gave up five hits in six shutout innings
Toronto lost left-hander J.A. Happ (0-3) to a sore elbow in the fifth inning, another blow to a suddenly thin starting rotation. Before the game, the Blue Jays put right-hander Aaron Sanchez on the 10-day disabled list with a blister on his middle finger.
MARLINS 4, METS 2
MIAMI (AP) — Rookie J.T. Riddle hit a two-run homer against Addison Reed (0-1) with two outs in the ninth.
Marlins starter Dan Straily and three relievers didn’t allow a hit until Neil Walker singled with two outs in the eighth. Miami won the final three of a four-game series.
Pinch-hitter Asdrubal Cabrera tied the score in the ninth with a two-out, two-run single off David Phelps (2-1).
TIGERS 4, INDIANS 1
CLEVELAND (AP) — Matthew Boyd (2-1) allowed one run in six innings, and Alex Avila hit a two-run homer.
Carlos Carrasco (1-1) made his first appearance against Detroit since his right hand was broken by Ian Kinsler’s line drive in September. Carrasco gave up two runs, four hits and five walks in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out five, including Justin Upton three times.
Cleveland went 14-4 against Detroit last year as it won the AL Central. The Indians have lost seven of nine after an opening three-game sweep of Texas.
BREWERS 4, REDS 2
CINCINNATI (AP) — Ryan Braun hit a go-ahead, two-run homer, and Eric Thames added a solo shot for his fifth home run of the series as Milwaukee won for the fifth time in in six games.
Sal Romano (0-1) started in place of injured Rookie Davis and lasted three innings in his major league debut. The 23-year-old right-hander allowed four walks, three hits and three runs.
Left-hander Brandon Finnegan became the fourth Reds starting pitcher to go on the disabled list and is expected to miss at least a month because of a strained left shoulder.
Wily Peralta (3-0) gave up two runs, three hits and three walks in six innings. Neftali Feliz struck out two in a perfect ninth for his fourth save.
RED SOX 7, RAYS 5
BOSTON (AP) — Mitch Moreland hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the seventh off left-hander Xavier Cedeno after Boston, trailing 5-4, loading the bases against Danny Farquhar (0-1),
Pablo Sandoval had a two-run homer for the Red Sox, who won their second straight after losing five of eight.
Joe Kelly (2-0) allowed one hit in 2 2/3 scoreless innings, and Craig Kimbrel struck out two in a perfect ninth for his fifth save.
ROYALS 1, ANGELS 0
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Alcides Escobar hit an RBI single in the ninth off Cam Bedrosian after Salvador Perez’s leading single against Blake Parker (0-1),
Kelvin Herrera (1-0) threw an eight-pitch flawless ninth after Ian Kennedy pitched two-hit ball and struck out 10 over eight innings.
Kansas City has won four straight, the Los Angeles has lost five in a row.
ROCKIES 4, GIANTS 3
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Rookie Antonio Senzatela (2-0) settled down after a rough first inning, holding San Francisco scoreless on four hits over the next six to win his second straight start.
Charlie Blackmon led off the game with a homer, and Nolan Arenado celebrated his 26th birthday with a two-run double to cap a three-run first as the Rockies took three of four in the series.
Senzatela allowed three runs and seven hits in seven innings, and Greg Holland pitched a perfect ninth for his seventh straight save this season.
Jeff Samardzija (0-3) struck out eight while allowing four runs in seven innings.
WHITE SOX 3, TWINS 1
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Avisail Garcia had a career-high four hits, including an opposite-field, two-run homer to right off Ryan Pressly (0-2) in the 10th inning.
Nate Jones (1-0) struck out two in a perfect ninth, and David Robertson fanned his first two batters in a 1-2-3 10th for his third save in as many chances.
Brian Dozier hit an inside-the-park home run for the Twins.
DIAMONDBACKS 3, DODGERS 1
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Taijuan Walker (2-1) struck out seven and allowed a run and four hits over five innings.
Los Angeles starter Rich Hill (1-1) was activated from the disabled list before this start after missing time with a blister on his left middle finger, but he re-aggravated the blister and made it only three innings and 54 pitches before leaving. The left-hander allowed two runs, five hits and two walks and struck out two.
Chris Iannetta hit a solo homer off Hill in the third inning, and five batters later, Hill walked Jake Lamb with the bases loaded for a 2-0 Arizona lead. Paul Goldschmidt singled in another run in the seventh inning.
Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth for his fourth save.
MARINERS 8, RANGERS 7
SEATTLE (AP) — Nelson Cruz singled in the tiebreaking run to cap a two-run, ninth-inning rally, and Seattle overcame a 6-1 deficit to complete a three-game sweep.
Nomar Mazara gave Texas a 7-6 lead when he led off the ninth against Edwin Diaz (1-1) with his fourth homer.
Mitch Haniger walked against Sam Dyson (0-3) with the bases loaded and Cruz hit a sharp bases-loaded grounder up the middle. While Elvis Andrus snagged the ball with a dive, the shortstop’s off-balance glove flip to second was off line.
Seattle rebounded on Haniger’s three-run homer in the third, Danny Valencia’s RBI single in the sixth and Guillermo Heredia homer opening the seventh. Haniger preserved the tie in the eighth with a leaping catch at the top of the wall in right-center to rob Joey Gallo of a potential two-run homer.
Shin-Soo Choo had a three-run homer in the second and two-run double in the third.
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ATLANTA (AP) — Ender Inciarte hit the first home run in baseball’s newest stadium, local product Nick Markakis drove in the first two runs and the Atlanta Braves beat the San Diego Padres 5-2 Friday night in the regular-season debut for SunTrust Park.
Before a sellout crowd of 41,149 that included former President Jimmy Carter, Commissioner Rob Manfred and one-time home run king Hank Aaron, the Braves won their second straight game after a 1-6 start.
Julio Teheran (1-0) was a bit wild but lasted six innings. He gave up both San Diego runs, working around four walks and two hit batters. Jim Johnson worked the ninth for his second save.
Markakis, who grew up in nearby Woodstock, put the Braves ahead in the first with a two-run double off Jhoulys Chacin (1-2). Inciarte gave Atlanta some breathing room in the sixth with a two-run shot to right.
DODGERS 7, DIAMONDBACKS 1
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clayton Kershaw outpitched former teammate Zack Greinke, leading Dodgers to the win.
Kershaw (2-1) allowed four hits, struck out eight and walked one in 8 1/3 innings. The left-hander lost his bid for a shutout when Chris Owings doubled in a run in the ninth.
Greinke (1-1), who left Los Angeles for a big free-agent deal with Arizona after the 2015 season, lasted just five innings. He was charged with five runs and 10 hits.
Andrew Toles hit a two-run homer for Los Angeles in the eighth.
MARINERS 2, RANGERS 1
SEATTLE (AP) — Felix Hernandez pitched 7 1/3 innings for Seattle, and Mitch Haniger settled for a clutch RBI single instead of an apparent home run.
With the score tied at 1 in the seventh, Haniger hit a drive that appeared to clear the left-field wall for a three-run homer, before bouncing back into the field of play.
After an umpire review of more than two minutes, the call was overturned, giving Haniger a single off Jose Leclerc (0-1), scoring Jarrod Dyson to put Seattle up 2-1.
Hernandez (1-1) allowed one run and six hits. Edwin Diaz pitched the ninth, stranding the tying run at third for his second save.
YANKEES 4, CARDINALS 3
NEW YORK (AP) — Masahiro Tanaka pitched into the seventh inning, Aroldis Chapman escaped his own jam for his third save in three days and the Yankees earned their fifth straight win.
Chapman allowed a two-out walk to Randal Grichuk and a double to pinch-hitter Jose Martinez before Dexter Fowler — the closer’s teammate on the World Series champion Cubs last year — grounded out to second.
Tanaka (1-1) entered with an 11.74 ERA over his first two starts, but he recovered nicely after Matt Carpenter’s two-run homer in the first. The Japanese right-hander was charged with three runs and five hits in 6 1/3 innings.
Starlin Castro and Austin Romine homered for New York, which is 4-0 to begin its nine-game homestand.
Michael Wacha (1-1) struck out eight for struggling St. Louis but allowed two homers and four runs over six innings.
ORIOLES 6, BLUE JAYS 4
TORONTO (AP) — Home plate umpire Dale Scott sustained a concussion when he was hit in the face mask by a foul tip from Baltimore slugger Mark Trumbo, casting a shadow over the Orioles’ victory.
Scott recoiled after the ball struck the bottom of his mask and staggered backward before going down on one knee in the eighth inning. Once his neck was immobilized on a spinal board, Scott was lifted onto a cart and driven off the field.
The Blue Jays relayed information from Major League Baseball that Scott would miss the rest of the series.
J.J. Hardy hit a two-run homer for Baltimore, and Chris Davis, Jonathan Schoop, and Seth Smith also connected. Wade Miley (1-0) pitched six innings for the win, and Zach Britton got three outs for his fifth save.
Toronto has dropped seven in a row, extending its franchise-worst start. Blue Jays ace Aaron Sanchez (0-1) allowed five runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings.
GIANTS 8, ROCKIES 2
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Johnny Cueto pitched seven effective innings for San Francisco, and Brandon Crawford and Chris Marrero homered.
Cueto (3-0) allowed two runs and six hits while winning his third straight start to begin the season. The right-hander struck out six and walked one.
The Giants jumped in front on Marrero’s first career homer in the second, a drive to left off Tyler Anderson (1-2) after Eduardo Nunez walked with two out.
Anderson lasted just four innings. The left-hander allowed four runs and five hits, and also was charged with two balks — matching a franchise record.
RAYS 10, RED SOX 5
BOSTON (AP) — Logan Morrison hit a grand slam for Tampa Bay and Shane Peterson homered in his first big league at-bat since 2015, two of the career-high four homers allowed by Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello.
Chris Archer (2-0) gave up one run in 5 2/3 innings, ending his 11-game losing streak against the Red Sox.
Brad Miller and Steven Souza Jr. also homered for the Rays, who were coming off losing three straight at Yankee Stadium.
Mookie Betts had four hits for the Red Sox. Porcello (1-1) gave up eight runs in 4 1/3 innings, halting the majors’ longest active streak of pitching at least six innings at 20 games.
MARLINS 3, METS 2
MIAMI (AP) — J.T. Realmuto hit a game-ending RBI double with two out in the ninth inning, and the Marlins snapped the Mets’ five-game win streak.
The Marlins avoided extra innings after a 16-inning loss to the Mets on Thursday.
New York’s Noah Syndergaard allowed two runs, one earned, in six innings, and his ERA soared to 0.95. Syndergaard struck out four and still hasn’t walked a batter in 19 innings this season.
Miguel Rojas had three hits for Miami and walked to lead off the ninth against Josh Edgin (0-1). Realmuto hit a 3-2 pitch into the right-center field gap, and Rojas scored without a play.
A.J. Ramos (1-1), Miami’s sixth pitcher, worked around a walk in a scoreless ninth.
TIGERS 7, INDIANS 6
CLEVELAND (AP) — Miguel Cabrera hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning after being brushed back in the first, and the Tigers handed the Indians their sixth loss in seven games.
Tensions mounted three batters into the game when Cabrera yelled and gestured at the Indians dugout after an inside pitch from Trevor Bauer. Cabrera shouted at the dugout again when the inning ended, resulting in warnings to both teams.
Cabrera responded in the fifth, lining a 1-1 pitch from Bauer (0-2) into the right-field seats to give Detroit a 4-0 lead.
Alex Avila added a two-run homer in the sixth for Detroit, which played its first night game of the season.
Daniel Norris (1-1) allowed two hits in six scoreless innings. Francisco Rodriguez allowed pinch-hitter Lonnie Chisenhall’s grand slam in the ninth, but struck out Austin Jackson for his fourth save.
ASTROS 7, ATHLETICS 2
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Nori Aoki homered and drove in two runs to help Houston to its third straight win.
Brian McCann drove in three runs for Houston, and Dallas Keuchel (2-0) pitched seven crisp innings.
Khris Davis homered — his fifth of the season — in his first at-bat for the A’s, who lost their second straight.
Oakland starter Kendall Graveman pitched five innings of one-run ball. Ryan Madsen (0-1) got the loss.
ROYALS 7, ANGELS 1
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Danny Duffy pitched seven innings for Kansas City, and Mike Moustakas hit a two-run homer.
Duffy (2-0) gave up a run on a Mike Trout first-inning single, but retired 15 of the last 16 batters he faced. He improved to 8-0 in his past 16 Kauffman Stadium starts.
Salvador Perez also homered, his fifth of the season, and drove in two runs for Kansas City.
JC Ramirez (2-1), making his first start in the majors after 111 relief appearances, allowed five runs in five innings for Los Angeles.
WHITE SOX 2, TWINS 1
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Dylan Covey allowed one run while pitching into the sixth inning of his big league debut and Matt Davidson hit a solo home run in the seventh, lifting the White Sox to the road win.
Covey walked three and struck out one in 5 1-3 innings. Davidson’s third homer of the year reached the upper deck in right field off Ryan Pressly (0-1), and David Robertson picked up his second save.
Dan Jennings (1-0) pitched one inning of scoreless relief.
The start of the game was held up 36 minutes by rain. Steady showers fell again in the second and third innings, but the teams were able to keep playing through it.
BREWERS 10, REDS 4
CINCINNATI (AP) — Eric Thames homered for the second straight night and drove in three runs, helping Milwaukee to its fourth straight victory.
Thames’ third home run of the season capped Milwaukee’s four-run sixth inning against a Cincinnati bullpen that went into the game with a National League-best 1.13 ERA. Blake Wood (0-1) allowed three hits and three runs, including Jonathan Villar’s tiebreaking double off the glove of right fielder Patrick Kivlehan. Thames followed with a two-run shot into the right field seats off left-hander Wandy Peralta.
Zack Cozart hit a two-run homer in the second inning and Joey Votto added a solo shot in the third to give the Reds a 3-0 lead against Tommy Milone (1-0), who allowed three runs and six hits in five innings with no walks.
PIRATES 4, CUBS 2
CHICAGO (AP) — David Freese and Francisco Cervelli each drove in two runs, and the Pirates stopped a four-game skid.
Pittsburgh right-hander Gerrit Cole (1-1) allowed two runs in six innings, striking out five. The Cubs loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth inning before Tony Watson retired Ben Zobrist on a bouncer to shortstop for his third save.
Freese doubled twice and scored two runs. The 33-year-old third baseman has reached safely in 12 of his last 15 plate appearances.
The Pirates trailed 2-1 in the sixth when Freese hit a tying single and Cervelli had a two-run double.
Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks (1-1) pitched five-plus innings and was charged with three runs and six hits. He allowed just one run during three wins against Pittsburgh last year.
NATIONALS 3, PHILLIES 2, 10 innings
WASHINGTON (AP) — Daniel Murphy hit a game-ending RBI double, sending Washington to the win.
Bryce Harper opened the 10th with a single off Jeanmar Gomez. Murphy then hit an opposite-field double to left on his bobblehead day, and Harper came around to easily beat the throw.
The Phillies lost their fourth in a row. They took two of three from the Nationals in Philadelphia last weekend.
Shawn Kelley (1-0) pitched a perfect 10th inning. Gomez (1-1), who was removed from the closer’s role this week after filling it last season, threw a scoreless ninth before Washington broke through.
Murphy extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a third-inning single.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Mike Leake outpitched 2016 NL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer, Stephen Piscotty homered and had five RBIs, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Washington Nationals 6-1 on Wednesday to avoid a three-game sweep.
Leake (1-1) gave up four hits, struck out seven and walked none over seven shutout innings. The right-hander allowed hits to the first two batters, then picked off a runner before getting 19 straight outs. The streak ended when Daniel Murphy singled with two outs in the seventh.
By that time, St. Louis had taken a 3-0 lead against Scherzer, who yielded only one earned run. He did, however, throw three wild pitches — two in the third inning — after tossing only two all last year while going 20-7.
Scherzer (1-1) allowed three runs and four hits in six innings. He struck out 10, the 50th time in his career he reached double figures in strikeouts.
WHITE SOX 2, INDIANS 1
CLEVELAND (AP) — Derek Holland held Cleveland hitless until the sixth inning and late fill-in Matt Davidson had a two-run single for Chicago.
Holland (1-1) gave up a leadoff double to Francisco Lindor in the sixth. The White Sox lefty struck out four, walked four and threw 101 pitches in six innings.
Holland is 4-0 with a 1.02 ERA in five starts at Progressive Field. He is 6-1 with a 2.35 ERA in 10 career starts against Cleveland.
David Robertson pitched the ninth for his first save.
Davidson was added to the lineup when third baseman Todd Frazier was scratched with flu-like symptoms.
Danny Salazar (0-1) went six innings and struck out 11, matching a career high.
YANKEES 8, RAYS 4
NEW YORK (AP) — Jordan Montgomery showed power and poise in his major league debut after allowing Rickie Weeks’ two-run homer in the first inning, and New York rallied past sloppy Tampa Bay to get back to .500.
New York’s Brett Gardner and Weeks both left the game after a collision at first base in the sixth inning. Both fell to the field as Chase Headley came home with the go-ahead run.
Gardner was diagnosed with a bruised jaw and strained neck, and Weeks with neck and right shoulder soreness.
New York rebounded from a 3-0, fifth-inning deficit and won its third straight after a 1-4 start. Aaron Judge homered for the third straight game, a long drive to center, and had three RBIs. Errors by shortstop Tim Beckham and Cedeno led to four unearned runs.
Bryan Mitchell (1-0) got the win in relief of Montgomery, who struck out seven in 4 2/3 innings. Aroldis Chapman earned his first save.
Jumbo Diaz (0-1) took the loss.
TIGERS 5, TWINS 3
DETROIT (AP) — Andrew Romine hit his first career grand slam and Detroit rallied from an early three-run deficit to beat Minnesota.
The Tigers trailed 3-0 before scoring five runs in the fourth inning, with Romine delivering the key blow.
Michael Fulmer (1-0) allowed three runs and four hits in six innings, striking out seven. Detroit’s maligned bullpen pitched three hitless innings, with Alex Wilson working the final two for his third career save and first this season.
Detroit has won five of six to take sole possession of first place in the AL Central.
Kyle Gibson (0-1) gave up five runs and four hits in four innings. Brian Dozier led off the game with a homer and Joe Mauer added a two-run single in the third for the Twins, but that was their final hit.
The Tigers have homered in their first eight games for the first time in franchise history.
PADRES 6, ROCKIES 0
DENVER (AP) — Zach Lee and four relievers combined on a three-hitter, Ryan Schimpf homered as part of a four-run first inning and San Diego blanked Colorado.
Lee (1-0) earned his first major league win in his second career start. The other one came on July 25, 2015, with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The righty was filling in for Luis Perdomo, who went on the disabled list before the game with shoulder inflammation.
Lee allowed two hits in 5 1/3 innings before the Padres’ bullpen completed the first shutout of the Rockies at Coors Field since July 2015.
It was a rough first inning for Denver native Kyle Freeland (1-1), who allowed an RBI double to Wil Myers, a run-scoring single to Yangervis Solarte and a two-run homer to Schimpf.
REDS 9, PIRATES 2
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Reds rookie Amir Garrett threw another gem, taking a shutout into the seventh inning and leading Cincinnati over Pittsburgh for a three-game sweep.
Garrett (2-0), the former St. John’s basketball player, blanked the Pirates until David Freese hit a two-run homer.
Garrett gave up five hits, walked none and struck out five in 6 2/3 innings. In his major league debut last week, the 24-year-old lefty pitched six scoreless innings to win at St. Louis.
Cincinnati has won seven of eight since losing to the Phillies on opening day.
Jose Peraza, Eugenio Suarez and Tucker Barnhart each had three of the 15 hits for the Reds, who didn’t homer for the first time this season.
Peraza had a two-run double to cap a four-run fourth against Ivan Nova (1-1).
The Pirates were outscored 21-5 in the series and were hitless in 23 at-bats with runners in scoring position.
METS 5, PHILLIES 4
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Zack Wheeler earned his first win in 2 1/2 years, Michael Conforto hit a solo homer and New York held off Philadelphia to complete a three-game sweep.
Yoenis Cespedes and Asdrubal Cabrera each drove in two runs for the Mets. Wheeler (1-1) left with a shutout intact but was charged with three runs and four hits over 5 2/3 innings. The right-hander missed the last two seasons following Tommy John surgery and had not won since Sept. 19, 2014, against Atlanta.
Wheeler was pulled with a 5-0 lead and the bases loaded in the sixth. Maikel Franco hit the first pitch from Hansel Robles for a grand slam that cut it to 5-4.
Robles and Jerry Blevins combined to get four outs. Fernando Salas worked the eighth and Addison Reed finished for his third save.
Phillies starter Vince Velasquez (0-2) allowed five runs and five hits in five innings.
BREWERS 2, BLUE JAYS 0
TORONTO (AP) — Chase Anderson and two relievers combined on a four-hitter, Jonathan Villar homered and Milwaukee handed Toronto its fifth straight loss.
The last-place Blue Jays are off to the worst start in team history at 1-7.
Anderson (1-0) allowed three hits in seven innings. He walked two and struck out seven. Corey Knebel pitched the eighth and Neftali Feliz finished for his third save.
Domingo Santana doubled in the second and scored on a two-out double by Keon Broxton. Villar hit a leadoff drive in the sixth, his third home run this season.
Marcus Stroman (1-1) pitched a complete game for the Blue Jays, allowing seven hits.
BRAVES 5, MARLINS 4
MIAMI (AP) — Ender Inciarte hit two home runs and Tyler Flowers had a go-ahead single in the ninth inning to help Atlanta break a five-game losing streak by rallying past Miami.
Giancarlo Stanton hit a pair of two-run homers for the Marlins, his first of the year. Freddie Freeman hit his third homer for the Braves.
The Braves went 2-6 on a season-opening trip before heading home to open their new ballpark Friday. They can only hope for the kind of success they’ve had at Marlins Park, where they’re 32-15.
Atlanta also hopes for a glitch-free day at SunTrust Park in the opener against San Diego. The retractable roof at Marlins Park couldn’t prevent a 27-minute delay in the fourth inning during a thunderstorm, which caused several banks of lights to go out.
Brandon Phillips walked in the ninth against A.J. Ramos (0-1), advanced on a two-out wild pitch and came home on Flowers’ sharp single.
Arodys Vizcaino (1-0) pitched a scoreless eighth, and Jim Johnson worked a perfect ninth for the Braves’ first save of the year.
DODGERS 2, CUBS 0
CHICAGO (AP) — Brandon McCarthy pitched four-hit ball over six innings, Andrew Toles hit his first leadoff homer and Los Angeles blanked Chicago after the Cubs received their championship rings.
The Cubs put the finishing touches on a celebration that started when they beat Cleveland in Game 7 last November to win the World Series for the first time since 1908. They raised the banner Monday night and got 14-karat white gold rings with a total of 214 diamonds in a ceremony Wednesday that drew more roars from the fans at Wrigley Field.
But once the game started, there wasn’t much to cheer.
Toles gave the Dodgers a quick lead against John Lackey (1-1), who permitted a run and four hits over six innings. Los Angeles added an insurance run in the ninth on a throwing error by catcher Willson Contreras.
McCarthy (2-0), coming off a strong start to beat San Diego, struck out four and walked three. Kenley Jansen worked the ninth for his second save.
ORIOLES 12, RED SOX 5
BOSTON (AP) — Trey Mancini hit two of Baltimore’s five home runs, all in the first three innings against Boston.
A night after the Red Sox put up eight runs, the Orioles returned the favor against knuckleballer Steven Wright by tagging him for six in a first inning that included back-to-back homers from Mancini and Jonathan Schoop. Adam Jones and Chris Davis each added a solo shot in the second.
Mancini hit his second home run in the third, marking the first multihomer game of his career. He finished with four RBIs.
Wright (0-1) lasted just 1 1/3 innings, allowing eight runs and eight hits.
Mychal Givens (2-0) won in relief of Ubaldo Jimenez.
ATHLETICS 8, ROYALS 3
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Andrew Triggs pitched six shutout innings, Jed Lowrie drove in three runs and Oakland defeated Kansas City.
Triggs (2-0) scattered four hits and a walk, striking out three. It was the former Royals farmhand’s second solid start this season, having allowed one unearned run over 5 1/3 innings against the Angels.
Triggs combined with Ryan Dull to extend Kansas City’s scoreless streak to 19 innings before Lorenzo Cain and Eric Hosmer drove in runs against reliever Liam Hendricks in the eighth. Raul Mondesi homered in the ninth.
The A’s have won eight in a row over the Royals, six of those coming at Kauffman Stadium — and most of them in romps. Oakland has outscored the Royals 53-15 in the games played in Kansas City.
Jason Hammel (0-1) gave up four runs and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings.
RANGERS 8, ANGELS 3
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Joey Gallo hit a go-ahead, two-run triple in the fifth, and Texas prevented a third straight late-inning comeback by Los Angeles.
Mike Napoli, Elvis Andrus and Carlos Gomez homered for the Rangers, and A.J. Griffin (1-0) pitched six innings of four-hit ball to pick up his first victory in six starts dating to last September.
A trio of Texas relievers doused the Angels’ hopes for a third consecutive victory featuring a rally from a multi-run deficit in the ninth inning.
Mike Trout homered for the Angels, beaten at home for the first time this season after four straight wins. Los Angeles (6-3) lost for just the second time since opening day.
Jesse Chavez (1-1) yielded five runs and five hits before getting chased in the fifth inning in the latest struggle for the Angels’ starting rotation.
ASTROS 10, MARINERS 5
SEATTLE (AP) — Jose Altuve hit three singles and drew two walks, helping Houston overcome an early five-run deficit against Seattle.
Four relievers combined for five scoreless innings after Astros starter Mike Fiers got knocked around. Tony Sipp, Brad Peacock (2-0), Luke Gregerson and Jandel Gustave allowed just three hits.
Carlos Beltran drove in three runs for Houston, which trailed 5-0 after three innings.
The Astros scored three times in the seventh off Dan Altavilla (1-1) for a 6-5 lead, with Alex Bregman’s RBI double putting them ahead.
Mike Freeman and Taylor Motter homered for the Mariners.
GIANTS 6, DIAMONDBACKS 2
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Matt Cain allowed one run over five-plus innings for his first win since last August in San Francisco’s victory against Arizona.
Denard Span had two hits and drove in the go-ahead run in the fifth off Diamondbacks starter Shelby Miller (1-1). Jarrett Parker added a two-run triple to help the Giants win a series for the first time this season.
Cain (1-0) overcame a shaky start and retired 10 of 11 during one stretch. The former Giants ace struck out six before leaving after giving up a leadoff double and a walk to open the sixth. Cory Gearin struck out three straight batters to end the inning.
Cain also helped himself at the plate when he doubled and scored on Span’s single in the fifth.
Jake Lamb went 3 for 4 with a walk to extend his hitting streak to nine games for Arizona.
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Yoenis Cespedes hit three of New York’s seven homers to back Matt Harvey, and the Mets beat the Philadelphia Phillies 14-4 Tuesday night.
Harvey (2-0) left with tightness in his left hamstring after allowing two runs and five hits and striking out six in 5 2/3 innings.
Phillies starter Clay Buchholz (0-1) also exited because of an injury, a strained right forearm. He gave up six runs and eight hits in 2 1/3 innings.
Lucas Duda hit two homers and Asdrubal Cabrera and Travis d’Arnaud also went deep for New York, which has 46 homers in its last 21 games at Citizens Bank Park.
Cespedes fell down on a wild swing on the first pitch he saw, then hit a three-run homer to straightaway center field off Buchholz in the first inning. He connected to deep left in the fourth off Adam Morgan and drove another one way out to left in the fifth against Morgan.
INDIANS 2, WHITE SOX 1, 10 INNINGS
CLEVELAND (AP) — Michael Brantley doubled home Francisco Lindor with two outs in the 10th inning as Cleveland celebrated its 2016 AL championship and then beat Chicago in its home opener.
Brantley could only watch and cheer for his teammates last October during their postseason run after undergoing two surgeries on his right shoulder. But he’s healthy now, and after playing in just 11 games last season, Brantley made the most of his first home game since May 10 with his game-winning hit.
Lindor walked with two outs off Tommy Kahnle (0-1) before Brantley sliced a 3-2 pitch down the left-field line. Lindor was running on the pitch and scored easily while Brantley danced around second base before being mobbed by his teammates.
It was the dramatic ending the Indians didn’t get in their last home game, a 10-inning loss to the Chicago Cubs in Game 7 of the World Series. Cleveland led the majors with 11 walk-off wins last season.
Bryan Shaw (1-0), who took the loss when the Cubs won their first title in 108 years, got the win.
MARLINS 8, BRAVES 4
MIAMI (AP) — A gray cat went scrambling for cover in the Marlins Park outfield midway through Miami’s home opener, and no wonder, given the barrage off Marcell Ozuna’s bat.
Ozuna homered twice and had a career-high six RBIs to help Miami beat Atlanta.
Announced attendance was 36,519, and that didn’t include a cat that ran onto the field midway through the game. It scurried along the outfield warning track, ran away from right fielder Giancarlo Stanton, crawled up the center field wall and then appeared to get stuck in the animatronic home run sculpture.
Marlins president David Samson said if Ozuna had hit a third homer, the sculpture would not have been activated for fear of harming the cat.
Dan Straily (1-1) allowed three runs, two earned, in five innings for his first victory since joining Miami.
Bartolo Colon (0-1) allowed six runs in four innings.
ANGELS 6, RANGERS 5, 10 INNINGS
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Carlos Perez’s squeeze bunt in the 10th inning capped another comeback for Los Angeles, which scored three times in the ninth before going on to beat Texas.
The Rangers led 5-0 through six innings.
With runners on the corners and one out, Perez set down a perfect bunt that hugged the inside grass and died without going foul.
The Angels had rallied to score seven runs in the ninth in the previous game on Sunday to beat the Mariners.
The Angels’ ninth-inning comeback Tuesday came off Rangers’ closer Sam Dyson. Down 5-2 going into the inning, the Angels got a solo home run from Danny Espinoza, back-to-back doubles by Yunel Escobar and Mike Trout, and a run-scoring single from Albert Pujols to tie it.
Trout then robbed Mike Napoli of a home run to lead off the 10th.
Cam Bedrosian (1-0) got the win with an inning of relief and Jeremy Jeffress (0-1) was stuck with the loss.
RED SOX 8, ORIOLES 1
BOSTON (AP) — Drew Pomeranz struck out six in his season debut, Dustin Pedroia drove in four runs and Boston beat Baltimore.
Christian Vazquez added a two-run triple in the eighth, capping off a 4-for-4 game, as the Red Sox tagged Baltimore pitchers for 15 hits and had back-to-back three-run innings in the seventh and eighth to blow the game open.
Pomeranz, who opened the season on the disabled list with a strained left forearm, took a shutout into the seventh inning. He held Baltimore to four hits and one run in six innings and picked up his first win at Fenway Park.
Pablo Sandoval had a sacrifice fly in the second and Pedroia had one in the fifth off Dylan Bundy (1-1), who was strong through the first six innings. Bundy pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowing three runs and seven hits.
TIGERS 2, TWINS 1
DETROIT (AP) — Matthew Boyd allowed one hit in six outstanding innings and James McCann homered in the fifth to lift Detroit over Minnesota.
Boyd (1-1) took a no-hitter into the sixth before Robbie Grossman broke it up by lining a clean single to left field with two out. The Detroit left-hander struck out six and walked two before turning the game over to the bullpen. Tigers relievers have struggled so far this season, but they were able to close this game out.
Francisco Rodriguez allowed a run in the ninth but recovered for his third save in four chances. Pinch-hitter Max Kepler hit a popup with two on to end it.
Hector Santiago (1-1) allowed only three hits in 6 1/3 innings, but one of them was a two-run shot by McCann.
NATIONALS 8, CARDINALS 3
WASHINGTON (AP) — Daniel Murphy homered, doubled twice and tied career highs with five RBIs and four hits and Washington defeated St. Louis.
Matt Wieters and Jayson Werth also hit solo shots to help Washington earn a second home series victory.
Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez (1-0) allowed two runs — one earned — over seven innings. He allowed six hits before retiring his last 11 batters.
Lance Lynn (0-1) allowed six runs — four earned — and five hits and four walks over five innings.
ROCKIES 3, PADRES 2
DENVER (AP) — Nolan Arenado hit a go-ahead homer in the seventh, Antonio Senzatela threw seven sharp innings for his first major league win and Colorado beat San Diego.
Arenado lined a fastball from reliever Miguel Diaz (1-1) to right for his third homer. Carlos Gonzalez and Charlie Blackmon also hit solo shots to help Colorado knot the three-game series with San Diego at a game apiece. The Rockies have a chance to win their third straight series to start the season, a feat only accomplished in team history by the 1995 squad.
Senzatela (1-0) and his blazing fastball made things difficult for the Padres. He allowed two runs while striking out five. The Rockies’ reliable bullpen took it from there, with Greg Holland working his way around a leadoff walk in the ninth to earn his fifth save.
DIAMONDBACKS 4, GIANTS 3
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Robbie Ray pitched shutout ball into the seventh inning despite some control issues, Jake Lamb hit a bases-loaded triple and Arizona beat San Francisco.
Chris Iannetta added an RBI single, and A.J. Pollock singled, scored and made a stellar play in center field to rob Aaron Hill of extra bases in the third.
Arizona improved to 7-2, matching its best start in franchise history.
Ray (1-0) settled in after pitching out of a pair of early jams and overcame matching his career high of five walks. The lefty struck out eight and allowed four hits over 6 2/3 innings.
Fernando Rodney struck out pinch-hitter Brandon Crawford with the tying run at second to end the game. Rodney allowed two runs but earned his third save.
Jeff Samardzija (0-2) allowed three runs in 6 2/3 innings.
ASTROS 7, MARINERS 5
SEATTLE (AP) — George Springer hit his fourth leadoff home run of the season, Evan Gattis had a bases-loaded pinch-hit double and Houston beat Seattle.
Seattle reliever James Pazos gave up hits to all four Houston batters he faced in the sixth inning — including Gattis’ double and a run-scoring single by Alex Bregman — as the Astros scored four runs to take the lead for good.
Joe Musgrove (1-0) pitched into the sixth inning, giving up three runs and seven hits for Houston.
Ariel Miranda (0-1) allowed four runs and seven hits.
REDS 6, PIRATES 2
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Scooter Gennett homered for the second straight night and finished with three hits, helping Cincinnati overcome the early departure of injured starter Rookie Davis to beat Pittsburgh for its sixth win in seven games.
Davis, a rookie right-hander, left in the fifth inning with a bruised right forearm after being struck by a pitch from Pittsburgh’s Jameson Taillon. He worked four innings in his second major league start, allowing a run, two hits and four walks while striking out three.
Drew Storen (1-0) pitched the sixth for the win and Raisel Iglesias closed up shop for his third save. Juan Nicasio (0-1) allowed a run in the seventh for Pittsburgh.
BREWERS 4, BLUE JAYS 3
TORONTO (AP) — Keon Broxton and Domingo Santana hit solo home runs, Wily Peralta pitched six innings for his second victory in two starts and Milwaukee handed slumping Toronto its sixth straight home opening loss.
Troy Tulowitzki went 2 for 3 with 3 RBIs but the last-place Blue Jays fell to 1-6, the worst start in franchise history. Three of Toronto’s six losses have been one-run decisions.
Peralta (2-0) allowed three runs and five hits. He walked four and struck out seven. Neftali Feliz finished for his second save.
Both Milwaukee homers came off left-hander J.A. Happ (0-2), who gave up four runs and nine hits in 4 2/3 innings.
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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP) —- A look at what’s happening all around the majors today:
The Indians play their first game in Cleveland since losing an epic Game 7 to the Chicago Cubs in the World Series last season. Most of the baseball world remembers the Cubs ending their 108-year title drought, but the memories aren’t so positive for the Indians. “It still hurts,” star shortstop Francisco Lindor said last week. “It’s tough. But we’ve got to turn the page.” They’ll try to do that behind Carlos Carrasco (1-0, 3.18 ERA) while facing James Shields (1-0, 1.69) and Chicago’s other team, the White Sox.
Giants star Buster Posey will likely sit out a day but was doing well after being struck in the helmet by a 94 mph fastball Monday. Posey will be re-evaluated before a game against Arizona, but San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said the catcher is “doing good” following the scary moment. “It’s one of the worst sounds you can hear in baseball, the ball hitting the helmet,” Bochy said. “It’s a scary moment. There’s been a lot of damage to hitters hit in the head.”
The flu-ridden Red Sox return to Boston still trying to kick the bug that’s ailed the club during the first week of the season. The home clubhouse at Fenway Park was fumigated and disinfected ahead of this homestand after Mookie Betts, Hanley Ramirez, Robbie Ross and even broadcaster Dave O’Brien have been sidelined by illness. Drew Pomeranz (left forearm flexor strain) comes off the disabled list to make his first start of the season for Boston against Baltimore’s Dylan Bundy (1-0, 1.29 ERA).
OUT OF THE GATE
After a day the surprising Minnesota Twins try to maintain the momentum of a 5-1 start when they visit the Detroit Tigers. Meanwhile, the Toronto Blue Jays attempt to regroup from a 1-5 start when they play their home opener against Milwaukee.
Trying to shake off his slow start, new Cardinals leadoff man Dexter Fowler faces Washington Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez. Fowler is 10 for 20 with a home run and four extra-base hits against Gonzalez in his career.
The Nationals placed Trea Turner on the disabled list Monday with a strained right hamstring, but manager Dusty Baker was thrilled to only lose the shortstop for 10 days instead of 15 thanks to an offseason rule change. The minimum DL stay was shortened to 10 days for non-concussion-related injuries as part of the new collective bargaining agreement. “I think baseball did one of the best things they’ve done in a long time,” Baker said.
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CHICAGO (AP) — Anthony Rizzo hit a game-winning single off closer Kenley Jansen in the ninth inning, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 on Monday night after raising a World Series championship banner for the first time at Wrigley Field.
Pinch-hitter Jon Jay started the decisive rally with a leadoff single against Sergio Romo (0-1). With two outs and Jay on third, Rizzo sliced a 1-1 pitch from Jansen into left field for his first RBI this season.
Wade Davis (1-0) pitched a scoreless inning for his first win with the Cubs, who blew a 2-0 lead before a dramatic victory in their rain-delayed home opener.
Rizzo also heard wild cheers earlier in the night when he started the 2016 flag toward the top of a pole in right-center before handing the reins over to his smiling teammates. Rizzo then emerged from under the bleachers with the championship trophy, drawing another big ovation from the sellout crowd of 41,166.
Before November’s epic Game 7 win in Cleveland, the Cubs had not won the World Series since 1908. They moved into Wrigley eight years later, making Monday’s celebration the first of its kind at the cozy neighborhood ballpark.
GIANTS 4, DIAMONDBACKS 1
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Buster Posey was doing well after being struck in the helmet by a 94 mph fastball in the first inning, a frightening moment during San Francisco’s victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks in its home opener.
Posey will be re-evaluated Tuesday but was doing fine, according to manager Bruce Bochy. The star catcher is likely to sit out Tuesday’s game.
Taijuan Walker’s 0-1 fastball with two outs in the first inning sent Posey immediately to ground. Athletic trainer Dave Groeschner sprinted toward the plate and Bochy was right behind. Posey got up on his own but exited the game.
Bochy said if Posey weren’t a catcher, he might have been OK to stay in the game, but the Giants weren’t taking any chances with the 2012 NL MVP and 2010 NL Rookie of the Year.
Walker (1-1) was booed at the conclusion of the inning, when he came up to bat and at every other opportunity by the AT&T Park sellout crowd of 42,129. Home run king Barry Bonds was among those in attendance.
Matt Moore (1-1) struck out five in eight impressive innings. Mark Melancon got his second save.
TIGERS 2, RED SOX 1
DETROIT (AP) — Justin Verlander and Chris Sale dominated in a matchup of ace pitchers before Nicholas Castellanos singled in the go-ahead run off Sale in the eighth inning, lifting Detroit over Boston.
Verlander gave up an unearned run, three hits and two walks while striking out four over seven innings. Justin Wilson (1-0) struck out one and walked one in the eighth and Francisco Rodriguez struck out two and allowed a hit in the ninth, earning his second save in three chances.
Sale (0-1) struck out 10 and gave up two runs and five hits over 7 2/3 innings.
Ian Kinsler homered off Sale in the sixth.
The Red Sox scored their only run in the second inning after Castellanos’ fielding error loaded the bases with no outs.
YANKEES 8, RAYS 1
NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Pineda retired his first 20 batters before Evan Longoria lined a double down the left-field line, and he wound up pitching two-hit ball over 7 2/3 innings in New York’s home opener.
Pineda (1-1) dominated like the pitcher the Yankees have always hoped he would become. He struck out 11, walked none and threw 67 of 93 pitches for strikes. Tampa Bay’s Logan Morrison homered with one out in the eighth, a ball that hit off the top of the wall in right-center and deflected off a fan before bouncing back onto the field. A video review was needed to determine it was a home run.
Alex Cobb (1-1) allowed five runs in 7 1/3 innings.
PADRES 5, ROCKIES 3
DENVER (AP) — Wil Myers hit a leadoff triple in the eighth inning to complete the first cycle of his career and send San Diego past Colorado.
Myers singled in the first, doubled in the third and homered in the sixth to help the Padres win for the third time in four games. Matt Kemp had the only other cycle in San Diego history on Aug. 14, 2015, also at Coors Field.
Hunter Renfroe homered for the Padres, a two-run shot off Tyler Chatwood (0-2).
Miguel Diaz (1-0) and five other pitchers combined to keep Colorado in check.
DJ LeMahieu and Mark Reynolds homered for the Rockies.
MARINERS 6, ASTROS 0
SEATTLE (AP) — James Paxton shut down Houston for the second time in a week, pitching seven innings of four-hit ball and leading Seattle to a win in its home opener.
The Mariners rebounded nicely from Sunday’s ugly ninth-inning meltdown against the Angels when they gave up seven runs and lost 10-9. Paxton (1-0) was a big reason why, keeping Houston’s offense silent long enough for Seattle’s bats to wake up and finally convert with runners in scoring position. Paxton struck out eight and walked two while pitching in Seattle’s home opener for the second time in his career.
Charlie Morton (0-1) allowed three runs and seven hits and struck out six.
ATHLETICS 2, ROYALS 0
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Khris Davis hit a two-run homer, Jharel Cotton shut down Kansas City’s anemic offense and Oakland held on to spoil the Royals’ home opener.
Cotton (1-1) gave up a single in the first and another in the sixth, but otherwise befuddled a Royals lineup that hasn’t shown much punch. He walked three and struck out six over seven innings.
Sean Doolittle ran into trouble in the ninth, putting runners on the corners with two outs. He bounced back to strike out Brandon Moss for his first save, helping the A’s beat the Royals for the seventh consecutive time.
Davis provided all the offense Oakland needed when he followed a leadoff single by Ryon Healy with his fourth homer of the year. The shot to right on a 3-0 pitch from Ian Kennedy (0-2) barely scraped the wall.
NATIONALS 14, CARDINALS 6
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bryce Harper tied a career high with four hits and reached base in all six plate appearances as Washington routed St. Louis.
Harper drove in three runs during his first four-hit game since April 17, 2013.
Stephen Drew, Adam Eaton and Ryan Zimmerman each had three of Washington’s 19 hits, and the Nationals overcame four errors. They broke open the game in a seven-run eighth inning.
Tanner Roark (2-0) allowed five runs — three earned — over five innings.
Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright (0-2) gave up six runs and 11 hits in four-plus innings.
METS 4, PHILLIES 3
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jay Bruce homered twice, including the tiebreaking shot in a testy eighth inning to lead New York over Philadelphia.
Recently bumped up to the cleanup spot, Bruce put the Mets in front 4-2 with a towering, two-run drive off his own digital image on the videoboard in right field. He connected on a 1-2 pitch from left-hander Joely Rodriguez, giving Bruce four homers this season and three in the past two days after many expected New York to trade him last winter.
Tempers flared two batters earlier when Phillies reliever Edubray Ramos (0-1) threw a first-pitch fastball over Asdrubal Cabrera’s head — perhaps seeking revenge for Cabrera’s two-handed bat flip after hitting a game-winning homer against Ramos last Sept. 22 as the Mets were chasing a playoff berth.
Players on both teams stayed in the dugout but Phillies manager Pete Mackanin was ejected by plate umpire Allan Porter, apparently for questioning Porter’s warning to both sides following the pitch.
Addison Reed allowed Brock Stassi’s solo homer in the ninth but recovered to earn his second save. Stassi’s drive was his first major league hit.
Jerry Blevins (1-0) got two outs for the Mets, aided by a fine defensive play from catcher Travis d’Arnaud and Cabrera at shortstop.
REDS 7, PIRATES 1
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Eugenio Suarez and Scooter Gennett homered, and Cincinnati took advantage of wild Pittsburgh starter Tyler Glasnow.
Making his season debut, Glasnow (0-1) failed to make it out of the second inning. The right-hander walked five — including four straight in the first — and left after throwing just 35 of his 64 pitches for strikes.
Billy Hamilton had two of the Reds’ eight hits and added a pair of stolen bases. Michael Lorenzen (1-0) worked three shutout innings in relief of erratic starter Brandon Finnegan. Cincinnati’s bullpen retired 21 straight to end the game.
The Pirates managed only four hits and stranded eight, going 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position.
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MILWAUKEE (AP) — Ryan Braun scored from third base on a wild pitch in the 11th inning to give the Milwaukee Brewers a 2-1 win over the Chicago Cubs on Friday night.
Reliever Mike Montgomery (0-2) worked an 0-2 count on Manny Pina with one out before throwing a changeup that bounced past catcher Willson Contreras to the backstop. Contreras’ throw home to Montgomery was late, and the Brewers celebrated by mobbing Braun at the plate.
Braun led off the inning with a single before moving to third after Jesus Aguilar walked and Jett Bandy was hit by a pitch.
Jared Hughes (1-0) pitched 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief. The right-hander got a 4-6-3 double play to end a threat in the 10th after the Cubs put runners at first and second with one out.
PIRATES 5, BRAVES 4
PITTSBURGH (AP) — David Freese and Francisco Cervelli hit back-to-back home runs and the Pittsburgh Pirates won their home opener in snow flurries, beating the Atlanta Braves.
Freese and Cervelli went deep off reliever Josh Collmenter leading off the fifth inning. That gave Ivan Nova the cushion he would need at PNC Park, where the game time temperature was 37 degrees.
Nova (1-0) allowed just an unearned run over six innings in his first start since signing a three-year deal in the offseason to stay with the Pirates, who acquired him from the New York Yankees last summer. Tony Watson worked the ninth for his first save. Mike Foltynewicz (0-1) walked three in 3 2/3 innings to end a five-game winning streak dating to last season.
TIGERS 6, RED SOX 5
DETROIT (AP) — JaCoby Jones capped a wild eighth inning with a bases-loaded walk, and the Detroit Tigers outlasted the flu-bitten Boston Red Sox to win their ninth straight home opener.
Red Sox stars Hanley Ramirez and Mookie Betts were ill and out of the lineup. Boston also was without shortstop Xander Bogaerts and reliever Matt Barnes, who are on the bereavement list.
The Tigers blew a 4-0 lead in the eighth, when Pablo Sandoval gave the Red Sox the lead with a three-run homer off Francisco Rodriguez (1-0).
But what the Detroit bullpen had squandered, the Boston relievers quickly gave back.
Heath Hembree (0-1) walked two batters, and Mikie Mahtook followed with a tying double off Robby Scott. Joe Kelly then allowed walks to James McCann and Jones, forcing in the final run. The Red Sox put runners on second and third in the ninth against Rodriguez, but Chris Young popped out to end it.
PADRES 7, GIANTS 6
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Rookie Manuel Margot hit his first two big league homers and Yangervis Solarte had a go-ahead two-run double in the seventh inning, helping San Diego beat San Francisco in the Padres’ home opener.
Solarte’s double to the gap in right-center gave the Padres the lead again after the Giants had gone up 5-4 on Brandon Belt’s first career grand slam with no outs in the sixth. Solarte had three hits and four RBIs.
San Francisco’s bullpen troubles continued when George Kontos (0-1) walked Travis Jankowski opening the seventh and allowed a single to Wil Myers before Solarte doubled them in. Solarte advanced on a fly out and scored on Austin Hedges’ sacrifice bunt to make it 7-5. That run came in handy because Belt homered again, off Ryan Buchter, to straightaway center with two outs in the eighth.
Jose Torres (1-0) pitched a perfect seventh for his first big league win. Brandon Maurer pitched a perfect ninth for his first save.
ORIOLES 6, YANKEES 5
BALTIMORE (AP) — Manny Machado and Seth Smith homered, and the Baltimore Orioles rallied from a four-run deficit to beat the New York Yankees.
Machado hit a three-run drive in the fifth inning to make it 5-4, and Smith completed the comeback in the seventh with a two-run shot off Tyler Clippard (0-1).
Donnie Hart (1-0) earned his first major league victory by getting the final out in the New York seventh. Brad Brach struck out the side in the eighth and Zach Britton got three straight outs for his second save. After sweeping Toronto in their opening series, the Orioles are 3-0 and alone atop the AL East.
Matt Holliday homered and had three RBIs for New York, Gary Sanchez hit a two-run drive and Brett Gardner had three hits and scored three runs.
ROCKIES 2, DODGERS 1
DENVER (AP) — Kyle Freeland allowed one run in six solid innings in his major league debut, leading hometown Colorado past Los Angeles.
The Denver native became the first starting pitcher to make his big league debut in his team’s home opener in the state in which he was born since 1966. Freeland (1-0) gave up four hits with a pair of walks and struck out six, including the first batter he faced, Logan Forsythe.
Colorado’s bullpen again came up big as Carlos Estevez and Scott Oberg each threw a scoreless inning before Jake McGee struck out the side in the ninth for his first save of the season. Hyun-Jin Ryu (0-1) was the loser.
NATIONALS 7, PHILLIES 6
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bryce Harper, Daniel Murphy and Jayson Werth hit homers to back Max Scherzer and Washington held on to spoil Philadelphia’s home opener.
Scherzer (1-0) allowed two runs and four hits, striking out seven in 6 2/3 innings. The NL Cy Young winner waited until the fourth game to pitch after a broken knuckle set him back in spring training.
Aaron Altherr hit a two-run homer off Sammy Solis in the seventh to get the Phillies to 7-4 and Freddy Galvis hit a two-run shot off Blake Treinen in the ninth. Vince Velasquez (0-1) struck out 10, but allowed four runs in four innings.
MARLINS 7, METS 2
NEW YORK (AP) — Zack Wheeler lasted just four innings in his return from Tommy John surgery, giving up Derek Dietrich’s go-ahead, two-run triple and Christian Yelich’s two-run homer in the New York Mets’ loss to the Miami Marlins.
Making his first big league appearance in three years, the 26-year-old right-hander started strongly and was given a lead when Curtis Granderson singled in a run in the first against Wei-Yin Chen. Then, Wheeler’s adrenaline appeared to dissipate on a raw night with the temperature in the 40s. The Marlins took a 3-1 lead in the second, and Yelich broke open the game in the third when he drove a pitch off the right-field foul pole, his fourth straight game at Citi Field with a home run.
Chen (1-0) reached on an infield single in the fourth, ending an 0-for-51 slump at the start of his career, the fourth-longest for players who debuted in 1900 or later, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Wheeler (0-1) allowed five runs, six hits and one walk with four strikeouts, throwing 54 of 80 pitches for strikes.
RAYS 10, BLUE JAYS 8
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Evan Longoria homered during a five-run first inning against wild Francisco Liriano and the Tampa Bay Rays went on to outscore the Toronto Blue Jays.
Liriano faced only eight batters, walking four and giving up three hits before getting pulled. The Blue Jays rallied for a 7-6 lead, but Tampa Bay overtook them by scoring three times in the sixth inning, two on a double by Steven Souza Jr. Brad Miller and Derek Norris also drove in two runs each for the Rays.
Xavier Cedeno (1-0) won despite giving up a bases-loaded walk to Troy Tulowitzki that put the Blue Jays ahead in the sixth. Alex Colome got four outs to earn his third save
J.P. Howell (0-1) took the loss.
RANGERS 10, ATHLETICS 5
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Nomar Mazara hit his first grand slam and had a career-high six RBIs to lead the Texas Rangers over the Oakland Athletics for their first victory of the season.
Mazara is hitting .588 through four games, including 3 for 5 in this one. Rougned Odor hit his third homer of the season and had two hits. Texas was swept by Cleveland in its three-game opening series, also at home.
Alex Claudio (1-0) replaced starter A.J. Griffin in the fourth inning and held the A’s to one hit over 3 2/3 scoreless innings. Griffin left with scrapes on his pitching palm and both knees after he slid on the warning track near the Oakland dugout trying to field an overthrow by Mazara from right field.
Raul Alcantara (0-1) allowed eight runs and four hits — including both homers — over two innings. He also hit a batter in his sixth big league start.
ROYALS 5, ASTROS 1
HOUSTON (AP) — Jason Vargas got his first win in nearly two years and the Kansas City Royals beat the Houston Astros.
Kansas City got its first victory of the season after being swept at Minnesota in its first three games.
Vargas (1-0) returned from Tommy John surgery last September and earned his first victory Friday since June 8, 2015. He held Houston to a run and six hits and struck out six over six innings. The Royals entered 1 for 14 on the season with runners in scoring position then went 3 for 15 Friday, stranding 10 runners.
Mike Fiers (0-1) allowed two runs in six innings.
TWINS 3, WHITE SOX 1
CHICAGO (AP) — Phil Hughes pitched six strong innings for his first win in almost a year and the Minnesota Twins beat the Chicago White Sox for their first 4-0 start since 1987.
Miguel Sano hit a go-ahead RBI double in the sixth, and Chris Gimenez added an RBI double in the seventh for the Twins, who led the majors with 103 losses last season after opening 0-9.
Hughes (1-0) made his first start since June 9, 2016, and allowed one run and five hits. The right-hander’s season was cut short last year after he suffered a broken bone above his left knee and underwent surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome. Hughes last won in a rain-shortened game on April 18, 2016, against Milwaukee.
Tyler Duffey pitched two scoreless innings of relief, and Brandon Kintzler pitched a scoreless ninth for his second save.
Derek Holland (0-1) took the loss in his White Sox debut.
REDS 2, CARDINALS 0
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Amir Garrett pitched two-hit ball for six innings to win his major league debut, a sharp start for the former St. John’s basketball player as the Cincinnati Reds beat the St. Louis Cardinals.
Garrett struck out four, walked two and needed only 78 pitches to record 18 outs. The 6-foot-5 lefty played two seasons of hoops for St. John’s while already a Reds minor leaguer.
Michael Lorenzen and Raisel Iglesias combined for three innings of hitless relief. Iglesias went two innings to earn his second save.
Joey Votto hit an RBI double off Mike Leake (0-1), who went eight innings. Scott Schebler homered in the ninth.
DIAMONDBACKS 7, INDIANS 3
PHOENIX (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt doubled in two during a five-run fifth inning and the Arizona Diamondbacks rallied from three down to beat the Cleveland Indians.
The Diamondbacks have come from behind in each of their four victories this season, three of those comebacks from three runs down. The Indians lost their first game after a three-game sweep at Texas earlier in the week.
Arizona got four runs in the fifth off Josh Tomlin (0-1) after a single and hit batter. Tomlin struck out the next two batters, but Goldschmidt lined a double into left-center field to give the Diamondbacks a 4-3 lead over the defending AL champions. Jake Lamb, who had two hits and scored twice, delivered an RBI single, ending Tomlin’s night, and Yasmany Tomas greeted reliever Dan Otero with a double down the left-field line.
Shelby Miller (1-0) allowed three runs in 5 1/3 innings.
ANGELS 5, MARINERS 1
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Cameron Maybin and Kole Calhoun homered, and Jesse Chavez (1-0) pitched five-hit ball into the sixth inning of the Los Angeles Angels’ victory over the Seattle Mariners.
Mike Trout drove in the first run amid numerous “M-V-P!” chants as the Angels snapped a four-game skid in home openers.
Nelson Cruz drove in the only run for the Mariners, who dropped to 1-4 on their season-opening road trip. Yovani Gallardo (0-1) yielded eight hits and three runs over five innings in his debut for Seattle.
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — In a most sticky situation, Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina couldn’t find a ball that clung to his chest protector and the Chicago Cubs turned the bizarre play into a late rally, beating St. Louis 6-4 on Thursday.
The Cardinals led 4-2 in the seventh inning when things became kooky at Busch Stadium.
Pinch-hitter Matt Szczur led off by striking out on a pitch from Brett Cecil that skipped in the dirt. The ball bounced into Molina’s protector and appeared to get trapped by a sticky substance.
Molina kept looking around for the ball, and didn’t find it until Szczur safely made it to first base. The Gold Glove catcher could only smile and fans in sellout crowd laughed — really, who’d ever seen such a thing?
Catchers sometimes put pine tar somewhere on their uniforms, often around the shin guards, to help give them a better grip.
Once Szczur reached on what was scored as a wild pitch, the Cardinals lost their grip on this game.
After a walk, Kyle Schwarber hit a go-ahead, three-run homer. The Cubs added another run later in the inning against Cecil (0-1).
The World Series champions won two in a row after losing to the Cards on opening night.
John Lackey (1-0) threw six solid innings against his former team and new Cubs closer Wade Davis got his second save. Addison Russell drove in a pair of runs on groundouts for Chicago.
REDS 7, PHILLIES 4
CINCINNATI (AP) — Relief pitcher Michael Lorenzen connected for a pinch-hit homer that put Cincinnati ahead and the Reds overcame a rough major league debut by Rookie Davis to beat Philadelphia.
Adam Duvall also homered as the Reds rallied from an early three-run deficit to take the opening series, winning two of three.
Lorenzen’s solo homer — the second of his career — off Adam Morgan (0-1) put the Reds ahead 5-4 in the sixth inning. Manager Bryan Price used the reliever because he’s working with a short-handed bench.
Cody Reed (1-0) got his first major league win by escaping threats in each of his two innings. Drew Storen pitched the ninth for his first save.
The Phillies blew a 4-1 lead set up by Daniel Nava’s two homers off Davis.
METS 6, BRAVES 2
NEW YORK (AP) — Matt Harvey dominated with a fastball in the mid-90 mph range and uncommon efficiency in his return from major surgery, beating Atlanta and giving New York hope his injury woes are behind him.
Travis d’Arnaud hit a two-run double and Wilmer Flores a two-run homer against Jaime Garcia (0-1), who made his Atlanta debut after eight seasons with St. Louis.
Harvey (1-0) walked off the mound to a standing ovation, far different from his previous appearance on July 4, when he was chased in the fourth inning and stared at the field from the dugout, a white towel draped over his left shoulder, a despondent look on his face.
With the Mets in Harvey’s favored blue jerseys for the first time this season, he allowed three hits in 6 2/3 innings, leaving after Matt Kemp’s second solo home run. Harvey threw 55 of 73 pitches for strikes, fanned four and walked none.
DODGERS 10, PADRES 2
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Yasiel Puig homered twice to help Los Angeles rout San Diego.
Puig was 2 for 3 with two walks, two runs, four RBIs and a stolen base.
Puig hit a two-run homer to left off the first pitch from Jered Weaver (0-1) in the second inning. The Cuban star homered off Weaver again in his next at-bat in the fourth inning, belting another two-run shot to left field to give the Dodgers a four-run lead.
Brandon McCarthy (1-0) allowed just two runs on four hits in six innings.
Weaver, who grew up in the Los Angeles area and played at Long Beach State, pitched in a different uniform for the first time in his career after spending 11 years with the Angels. He allowed four earned runs on five hits in five innings.
Wil Myers hit a two-run home run to right field off McCarthy in the sixth.
TWINS 5, ROYALS 3
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jason Castro and Jorge Polanco hit consecutive RBI doubles in the seventh inning, and Minnesota dented Kansas City’s bullpen again to sweep the season-opening series.
After dropping their first nine games last season on the way to a major league-most 103 losses, the Twins are 3-0 for the first time since 2007. The Royals have their first 0-3 start since 2001.
Salvador Perez and Mike Moustakas homered off Twins starter Kyle Gibson to take Jason Hammel off the hook in his Royals debut, but new reliever Mike Minor (0-1) let the Twins take the lead again.
Taylor Rogers (1-0) worked the seventh for the victory, and Brandon Kintzler pitched a perfect ninth for his first save. Twins relievers have logged 10 scoreless innings, three games into the season.
MARLINS 4, NATIONALS 3, 10 INNINGS
WASHINGTON (AP) — Justin Bour doubled in the go-ahead run with two outs in the 10th inning after the Marlins erased two leads against a shaky Nationals bullpen, and Miami earned its first win of the season.
In a game delayed by rain for more than an hour both at the start and in the middle of the sixth, Bour sent a shot off Joe Blanton (0-1) down the left field line. That brought home J.T. Realmuto, whose single in the 10th was his third hit of the game, including a two-run homer in the eighth that made it 2-all.
David Phelps (1-1) earned the win with a scoreless ninth inning. A.J. Ramos, Miami’s sixth pitcher, worked the 10th to earn his first save. He put two men on with one out, then retired Ryan Zimmerman and Anthony Rendon to end it.
MARINERS 4, ASTROS 2
HOUSTON (AP) — Jarrod Dyson hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the ninth inning and Jean Segura drove in a run later in the inning to lift Seattle over Houston.
The game was tied at 2 entering the ninth before Danny Valencia walked with one out and Carlos Ruiz was plunked by Ken Giles (0-1). They were replaced by pinch-runners Taylor Motter and Guillermo Heredia before Dyson’s fly ball landed between left fielder Nori Aoki and center fielder Jake Marisnick to allow Motter to score and put Seattle on top.
Segura singled with two outs to send Heredia home for an insurance run that made it 4-2.
Dan Altavilla (1-0) pitched a scoreless eighth for the win and Edwin Diaz struck out two in a perfect ninth for his first save.
BLUE JAYS 5, RAYS 2
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Kendrys Morales hit his fourth career grand slam, Marcus Stroman pitched 6 1/3 effective innings and Toronto beat Tampa Bay.
Morales homered off Blake Snell (0-1) in the third. Stroman (1-0), the MVP of last month’s World Baseball Classic, allowed one run and six hits in his 2017 debut.
Snell gave up five runs and four hits in 6 2/3 innings. The lefty struck out five and walked five.
Darwin Barney had a one-out single in the third, and Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista both drew two-out walks before Morales sent an 0-1 pitch into left-center field seats for a 4-0 lead.
Jason Grilli came in for Joe Smith with two on and one out in the ninth and threw a run-scoring wild pitch before getting his first save.
DIAMONDBACKS 9, GIANTS 3
PHOENIX (AP) — Jake Lamb hit a three-run homer and Arizona won a four-game series over San Francisco at Chase Field for the first time in nine years.
The Diamondbacks needed seven tries to win a home series in 2016 but are 3-1 for the first time since 2013 under first-year manager Torey Lovullo. And they did it against the Giants, who won nine of 10 in the desert last season.
Arizona’s David Peralta and Paul Goldschmidt hit solo homers off Jeff Samardzija (0-1), and Peralta and A.J. Pollock each had two RBIs.
Jorge De La Rosa (1-0) got one out and walked two after replacing Robbie Ray in the sixth inning.
ROCKIES 2, BREWERS 1
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Nolan Arenado and Mark Reynolds homered and Antonio Senzatela pitched five strong innings in his major league debut to help Colorado beat Milwaukee.
Arenado homered off Neftali Feliz (0-1) leading off the ninth. Former Brewer Reynolds led off the third against starter Chase Anderson with his second home run of the season.
The Rockies won three of four games in the season-opening series.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis tied it in the seventh with a solo homer off reliever Adam Ottavino.
Mike Dunn (1-0) picked up the win with 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. Greg Holland finished for his third save in three chances.
WHITE SOX 11, TIGERS 2
CHICAGO (AP) — Matt Davidson had his first career triple and first home run with Chicago.
Geovany Soto, the catcher who joined the White Sox as a free agent this offseason, added his first two home runs for Chicago to help give Rick Renteria his first victory as the team’s manager.
James Shields (1-0) threw 5 1/3 innings, allowing two hits and striking out five. Shields allowed Tyler Collins’ solo homer in the second inning to open the scoring, but the Tigers managed only four hits.
Soto’s three-run home run in the third made it 5-1 and chased Detroit starter Matthew Boyd (0-1).
ATHLETICS 5, ANGELS 1
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Andrew Triggs pitched into the sixth inning for his second major league win, Ryon Healy homered to cap a four-run third and Oakland beat Los Angeles for an opening four-game split.
Triggs (1-0) allowed an unearned run, four hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings. The right-hander gave up Albert Pujols’ RBI groundout in the third and left after consecutive singles in the sixth.
Liam Hendricks, Santiago Casilla and Sean Doolitte combined for hitless relief.
Tyler Skaggs (0-1) had gotten a victory in his first start each season from 2013-16 but that streak came to an end. He gave up five runs, five hits and three walks in 5 1-3 innings.
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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Carlos Santana led off with a home run, Carlos Carrasco struck out seven in his first start since breaking a bone in his right hand and the Cleveland Indians held on for a 4-3 victory over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night.
Carrasco missed the playoffs for the AL champion Indians after getting struck on his hand by a line drive last September, and then had some elbow discomfort this spring. The right-hander limited Texas to two runs and four hits in 5 2/3 innings.
Cody Allen allowed consecutive doubles by Nomar Mazara and Mike Napoli starting a 25-pitch ninth inning before striking out Rougned Odor, pinch-hitter Jurickson Profar and Joey Gallo for his second save. Allen struck out the side in the opener around a triple by Elvis Andrus.
Cleveland won the first two games to clinch the opening series against two-time defending AL West champions.
Gallo hit a two-run homer for Texas, and Martin Perez pitched six innings of three-run ball.
GIANTS 8, DIAMONDBACKS 4
PHOENIX (AP) — Gorkys Hernandez drove in four runs and San Francisco bounced back from blowing a save in its season-opening loss.
Johnny Cueto went five innings for the win, despite giving up home runs to Jake Lamb and Paul Goldschmidt. Lamb’s two-run shot splashed down in the Chase Field swimming pool.
Cueto allowed four runs and six hits, struck out five and walked two.
After new closer Mark Melancon blew a save in Sunday’s 6-5 defeat, four Giants relievers combined to allow one hit over four scoreless innings.
Diamondbacks starter Patrick Corbin was lifted for a pinch hitter after throwing 87 pitches in four innings. He gave up three runs and seven hits.
PADRES 4, DODGERS 0
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clayton Richard pitched eight impressive innings, Yangervis Solarte homered and San Diego turned four double plays.
The Dodgers were limited to five hits after pounding out 14 in a 14-3 rout Monday, when they set a franchise record for opening day by socking four home runs.
Corey Seager, last season’s NL Rookie of the Year, went 0 for 4 with a strikeout and hit into two double plays for Los Angeles. Kenta Maeda gave up three runs in five innings.
The Padres had 11 hits after being held to five by Clayton Kershaw and Chris Hatcher on Monday.
CUBS 2, CARDINALS 1
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Albert Almora Jr. robbed Matt Adams of a home run and Javier Baez made a terrific sliding stop on Kolten Wong’s game-ending grounder, sending Jake Arrieta and the Cubs to their first win of the season.
It looked as if the Cardinals had tied the game in the seventh, but Almora tracked Adams’ deep fly ball to the wall and hauled it in with a leaping grab at the top of the fence in center.
St. Louis had a runner on first in the ninth when Baez went into short right field to take a hit away from Wong. The Cardinals challenged the bang-bang play, but the call stood.
Arrieta pitched six innings of one-run ball, helping the World Series champions bounce back from a wild loss on opening day. Wade Davis worked the ninth for his first save with the Cubs.
Adam Wainwright allowed two runs and three hits in five innings for St. Louis, which lost Stephen Piscotty to a head contusion in the fifth.
YANKEES 5, RAYS 0
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — CC Sabathia was sharp in his first start, Ronald Torreyes and Chase Headley homered and the Yankees earned their first victory this season.
Opening his 17th major league season, the 36-year-old Sabathia allowed three singles in five innings. Five relievers finished the five-hitter.
Most of the offense was supplied by the bottom of the batting order. The 5-foot-8 Torreyes, in the lineup because of a shoulder injury to Didi Gregorius and batting ninth, hit New York’s first home run this season, a two-run drive off Jake Odorizzi in the third that drove in 6-foot-7 Aaron Judge.
Odorizzi was charged with four runs and seven hits in six innings.
ANGELS 7, ATHLETICS 6
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Danny Espinosa hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning to rally the Angels to the win.
The late comeback came on a night when Angels pitcher Matt Shoemaker made his first appearance since being struck in the head by a line drive off Kyle Seager’s bat in Seattle last September. Shoemaker returned seven months to the day after an injury that forced him to have surgery to stop bleeding in his brain.
Shoemaker allowed solo home runs to Jed Lowrie and Ryon Healy in five innings of four-hit ball.
Espinosa drove an 0-2 slider from Ryan Dull (0-1) over the fence in right-center.
Andrew Bailey pitched a scoreless eighth for the win. Cam Bedrosian closed for his second career save and first this season.
ASTROS 2, MARINERS 1
HOUSTON (AP) — Brian McCann and Marwin Gonzalez homered to back a solid start by Lance McCullers and help the Astros to the win.
McCann’s homer off Hisashi Iwakuma put Houston up 1-0 in the third inning, and Gonzalez broke a 1-all tie with his solo shot to left-center in the sixth.
McCullers, slowed by injuries for chunks of last season, allowed one run and struck out seven in six innings. Ken Giles got three outs for his second save.
Danny Valencia had two hits and drove in a run, the Mariners’ only one in two games against the Astros.
ROCKIES 6, BREWERS 5
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Greg Holland earned his second save in two days with Colorado, and Gerardo Parra hit a three-run double.
Holland tossed a perfect ninth for the Rockies, who have opened the season with 8 1/3 scoreless innings from their bullpen. The former Royals reliever is back on the mound after missing the 2016 season following Tommy John surgery.
Parra and Mark Reynolds, a pair of former Brewers, look comfortable back in Milwaukee. Parra’s bases-loaded double made it 4-1 in the third. Reynolds, who is playing first base with Ian Desmond sidelined by a broken left hand, added an RBI double in the fifth.
Ryan Braun homered and doubled for the Brewers. Zach Davies allowed six runs in 4 1/3 innings.
Tyler Anderson (1-0) struck out eight and allowed five runs in 5 2/3 innings for the Rockies.
TIGERS 6, WHITE SOX 3
CHICAGO (AP) — Justin Verlander struck out 10 to match the most by a Detroit pitcher on opening day since Mickey Lolich in 1970, and the Tigers backed him with three home runs.
JaCoby Jones, Nick Castellanos and Ian Kinsler connected against Jose Quintana, and the Tigers sent Rick Renteria to a loss in his debut as White Sox manager. It was Jones’ first career homer.
Verlander gave up two runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings. Francisco Rodriguez relieved with two on in the ninth and retired three straight batters for the save.
Quintana, a first-time All-Star in 2016 and the subject of trade rumors, allowed six runs and five hits in 5 1/3 innings.
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Randal Grichuk hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning and a game-ending RBI single in the ninth, helping the St. Louis Cardinals top the Chicago Cubs 4-3 in a wild prime-time opener on Sunday night.
Jose Martinez sparked the winning rally with a pinch-hit double against Mike Montgomery, who closed out Chicago’s World Series championship in November. Yadier Molina then was awarded the first no-pitch intentional walk in major league history, part of baseball’s offseason rule changes designed to speed up the game.
With two outs and the bases loaded, Grichuk lined a 1-1 pitch into the gap in left-center for his second career game-ending hit. He was mobbed as he rounded first in the rain, and what was left of a sellout crowd of 47,566 cheered wildly.
The Cardinals appeared set for a tidy 3-0 win before the Cubs rallied in the ninth. Ben Zobrist was hit by a pitch from Seung-hwan Oh and Jason Heyward singled before Willson Contreras hit a drive to left for a tying homer.
DIAMONDBACKS 6, GIANTS 5
PHOENIX (AP) — Madison Bumgarner hit two homers but the Arizona Diamondbacks scored twice with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning off new San Francisco closer Mark Melancon to beat the Giants in a wild season opener.
Derailed by a dreadful bullpen last year, the Giants started this season the same way — even after trying to solve the problem by bringing in Melancon on a $62 million, four-year contract. They wasted a record-breaking performance by Bumgarner, who retired his first 16 batters and became the first major league pitcher to hit two home runs on opening day.
Arizona got a double and three singles after Melancon (0-1) retired his first two hitters in the ninth. A.J. Pollock singled in the tying run and Chris Owings dumped a base hit into right field to end it.
New Diamondbacks closer Fernando Rodney (1-0) gave up a run in a shaky ninth but got the victory.
San Francisco took a 5-4 lead when Joe Panik led off the ninth with a triple and scored on pinch-hitter Conor Gillaspie’s sacrifice fly.
Bumgarner struck out 11 with no walks in seven innings. He gave up three runs and became the first Giants pitcher to go deep twice in one game since Jim Gott in 1985.
RAYS 7, YANKEES 3
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Chris Archer pitched seven solid innings and Tampa Bay won the first game of the major league season, roughing up New York ace Masahiro Tanaka.
Evan Longoria and Logan Morrison homered and drove in three runs apiece before a sellout crowd of 31,042 at Tropicana Field on opening day. Tanaka (0-1), who had baseball’s best ERA in spring training, was tagged for a career-worst seven earned runs in 2 2/3 innings.
A first-time All-Star in 2015 who lost an AL-leading 19 times last season, Archer (1-0) limited New York to two runs and seven hits. He narrowly escaped a bases-loaded jam and turned a five-run lead over to a revamped bullpen.
Alex Colome replaced rookie Austin Pruitt with the bases loaded in the ninth, yielding a sacrifice fly to pinch-hitter Chris Carter before finishing for a save.
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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP) —- A look at what’s happening all around the majors today:
Chris Archer is set to throw the first pitch of the 2017 season when Tampa Bay hosts the Yankees at Tropicana Field. An All-Star in 2015, Archer wound up with 19 losses last year, tied with James Shields for most in the majors. Masahiro Tanaka pitches for New York — he’s 6-0 with a 2.82 ERA in eight career starts vs. the Rays.
San Francisco lefty Madison Bumgarner faces Arizona ace Zack Greinke in Phoenix. It’s familiar territory for the Giants — their spring training complex is only a few miles away. Greinke is hoping for a better start than last year’s opener, when Colorado tagged him for seven runs in four innings.
The Chicago Cubs begin a season as World Series champions for the first time since 1909. Jon Lester starts for the Cubs when they take on Carlos Martinez and the St. Louis Cardinals in a night game at Busch Stadium. The Cubs will see a familiar face in the opposing dugout — Dexter Fowler, the center field and leadoff man who helped them win the World Series last year, signed with St. Louis in the offseason.
YES TO YADIER?
The Cardinals and All-Star catcher Yadier Molina are trying to work out a new contract, and there’s a chance it could be done before the opener. Molina wants to have a new deal in place before the first pitch, or he plans to look into free agency after the season. A three-year contract could be worth $55 million or more to the 34-year-old Gold Glover.
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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP / USA Today) —- A look at what’s happening today at the baseball winter meetings in Oxon Hill, Maryland:
It was a good week for several top closers, with Aroldis Chapman and Mark Melancon getting rich deals and Wade Davis winding up with the World Series champion Cubs. As teams pack up and leave the D.C. area, star reliever Kenley Jansen is still on the free agent market. Who knows — last season, the Yankees employed Chapman, Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances in the same bullpen. Would they ever consider a trio of Chapman, Betances and Jansen?
Chris Sale, Matt Holliday and Ian Desmond are among several players who switched clubs, and they could become crowd favorites in their new homes. It might be a tougher road for Adam Eaton. The Nationals paid a steep price to get the high-energy outfielder from the White Sox — three young and talented pitchers — and Washington fans are likely to keep grousing this week about whether he’s worth it.
GETTING DRAFTY IN HERE
The Rule 5 draft finishes baseball’s annual gathering as teams see whether they want to pluck mostly anyone left off 40-man rosters. Odubel Herrera of the Phillies and Delino DeShields of the Rangers were recent examples of players picked up that way. Before them, future home run champ Jose Bautista, MVP Josh Hamilton and Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana were Rule 5ers. Teams like the Red Sox that have deep, set rosters often lose a minor leaguer or two in this draft.
There were 158 free agents that hit the market this winter.
Who signed, for how much, who left and where they went. This chart will be updated throughout the offseason. (Player in italics have agreed to a deal.)
BALTIMORE (10) — DH Pedro Alvarez; OF Michael Bourn; LHP Brian Duensing; RHP Tommy Hunter; RHP Logan Ondrusek; 1B Steve Pearce; OF Nolan Reimold; OF Drew Stubbs; OF Mark Trumbo; C Matt Wieters.
Departed: Pearce to Toronto.
BOSTON (5) — C Ryan Hanigan; 3B Aaron Hill; RHP Junichi Tazawa; RHP Koji Uehara; RHP Brad Ziegler.
Signed: 1B/DH Mitch Moreland (1-yr., $5.5M).
CHI. WHITE SOX (4) — RHP Matt Albers; C Alex Avila; OF Austin Jackson; DH Justin Morneau.
CLEVELAND (4) — OF Marlon Byrd; OF Coco Crisp; OF Rajai Davis; 1B Mike Napoli.
DETROIT (3) — SS Erick Aybar; 3B Casey McGehee; C Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
HOUSTON (4) — C Jason Castro; RHP Doug Fister; OF Colby Rasmus; 3B Luis Valbuena.
Signed: RHP Charlie Morton (2-yr. $14M), OF Josh Reddick (4-yr., $52M), OF Carlos Beltran (1-yr., $16M)
Departed: Castro to Minnesota.
KANSAS CITY (6) — C Drew Butera; RHP Luke Hochevar; RHP Kris Medlen; DH Kendrys Morales; RHP Peter Moylan; RHP Edinson Volquez.
Re-signed: Butera (2-yr., $3.5M)
Departed: Morales to Toronto.
L.A. ANGELS (6) — RHP Andrew Bailey, RHP Jhoulys Chacin; RHP Tim Lincecum; C Geovany Soto; RHP Jered Weaver; LHP Chris Wilson.
Signed: RHP Jesse Chavez (1-yr., $5.75M).
Re-signed: Bailey (1-yr., $1M).
MINNESOTA (1) — C Kurt Suzuki.
Signed: C Jason Castro (3-yr., $24.5M).
N.Y. YANKEES (2) — OF Billy Butler; 1B Mark Teixeira.
Signed: OF/1B Matt Holliday (1-yr., $13M).
OAKLAND (2) — LHP Ross Detwiler; OF Sam Fuld.
Signed: OF Matt Joyce (2-yr., $11M).
SEATTLE (5) — OF Franklin Gutierrez; C Chris Iannetta; 1B Dae-ho Lee; 1B Adam Lind; RHP Drew Storen.
Signed: LHP Marc Rzepczynski (2-yr., $11.5M).
TAMPA BAY (3) — RHP Kevin Jepsen; 1B Logan Morisson; SS Alexei Ramirez.
TEXAS (6) — OF Carlos Beltran; OF Ian Desmond; OF Carlos Gomez; LHP Derek Holland; RHP Colby Lewis; 1B Mitch Moreland.
Signed: RHP Andrew Cashner (1-yr., $10M).
Re-signed: Gomez (1-yr., $11.5M).
Departed: Beltran to Houston; Moreland to Boston; Desmond to Colorado.
TORONTO (9) — OF Jose Bautista; RHP Joaquin Benoit; LHP Brett Cecil; RHP R.A. Dickey; DH Edwin Encarnacion; RHP Scott Feldman; RHP Gavin Floyd; C Dioner Navarro; OF Michael Saunders.
Signed: DH Kendrys Morales (3-yr. $33M); 1B Steve Pearce (2-yr., $12.5M).
Departed: Benoit to Philadelphia.
Departed: Dickey to Atlanta; Cecil to St. Louis.
ARIZONA (2) — RHP Daniel Hudson; OF Rickie Weeks.
Signed: RHP Fernando Rodney (1-yr. $2.75M).
ATLANTA (3) — OF Emilio Bonifacio; LHP Eric O’Flaherty; C A.J. Pierzynski.
CHI. CUBS (9) — RHP Trevor Cahill; LHP Aroldis Chapman; OF Chris Coghlan; OF Dexter Fowler; RHP Jason Hammel; 2B/3B Munenori Kawasaki; C David Ross; RHP Joe Smith; LHP Travis Wood.
Signed: OF Jon Jay (1-yr., $8M).
CINCINNATI (2) — RHP Ross Ohlendorf; RHP Alfredo Simon.
COLORADO (6) — LHP Jorge De La Rosa; INF Daniel Descalso; C Nick Hundley; LHP Boone Logan; OF Ryan Raburn; 1B Mark Reynolds.
Signed: OF Ian Desmond (5-yr, $70M).
L.A. DODGERS (9) — LHP Brett Anderson; RHP Joe Blanton; RHP Jesse Chavez; LHP Rich Hill; LHP J.P. Howell; RHP Kenley Jansen; OF Josh Reddick; 3B Justin Turner; 2B Chase Utley.
Re-signed: Hill (3-yr., $48M)l
Departed: Chavez to L.A. Angels, Reddick to Houston.
MIAMI (7) — RHP Andrew Cashner; LHP Mike Dunn; OF Jeff Francoeur; 1B/3B Chris Johnson; C Jeff Mathis; RHP Dustin McGowan; RHP Fernando Rodney.
Signed: RHP Edinson Volquez (2-yr., $22M).
Departed: Cashner to Texas, Rodney to Arizona.
MILWAUKEE (2) — RHP Blaine Boyer; LHP Chris Capuano.
N.Y. METS (9) — LHP Jerry Blevins; OF Yoenis Cespedes; RHP Bartolo Colon; OF Alejandro De Aza; 2B/3B Kelly Johnson; 1B James Loney; LHP Jon Niese; RHP Fernando Salas; 2B Neil Walker.
Accepted qualifying offer: Walker (1-yr. $17.2M).
Re-signed: Cespedes (4-yr., $110M).
Departed: Colon to Atlanta.
PHILADELPHIA (7) — 3B Andres Blanco; OF Peter Bourjos; C A.J. Ellis; RHP Jeremy Hellickson; RHP David Hernandez; 1B Ryan Howard; RHP Charlie Morton.
Accepted qualifying offer: Hellickson (1-yr. $17.2M).
Signed: RHP Joaquin Benoit (1-yr., $7.5M).
Departed: Morton to Houston.
PITTSBURGH (5) — RHP Neftali Feliz; OF Matt Joyce; RHP Ivan Nova; INF Sean Rodriguez; RHP Ryan Vogelsong.
Departed: Joyce to Oakland, Rodriguez to Atlanta.
ST. LOUIS (4) — OF Matt Holliday; 1B/OF Brandon Moss; RHP Jordan Walden; RHP Jerome Williams.
Signed: LHP Brett Cecil (4-yr., $30M).
Departed: Holliday to Yankees
SAN DIEGO (6) — RHP Edwin Jackson; OF Jon Jay; RHP Brandon Morrow; LHP Clayton Richard; 3B Adam Rosales; RHP Carlos Villanueva.
Departed: Jay to Chi. Cubs.
SAN FRANCISCO (8) — 2B Gordon Beckham; OF Gregor Blanco; RHP Santiago Casilla; LHP Javier Lopez; RHP Joe Nathan; OF Angel Pagan; RHP Jake Peavy; RHP Sergio Romo.
Signed: RHP Mark Melancon (4-yr., $62M).
WASHINGTON (9) — RHP Matt Belisle; LHP Sean Burnett; 2B Stephen Drew; OF Chris Heisey; RHP Mat Latos; RHP Mark Melancon; RHP Yusmeiro Petit; C Wilson Ramos; LHP Marc Rzepczynski.
Departed: Rzepczynski to Seattle.
Re-signed: Heisey (1-yr. $1.4M).
Departed: Melancon to San Francisco.
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NEW YORK (AP) — Max Scherzer celebrated aboard a boat off the British Virgin Islands, doused by college pals on a floating party.
Rick Porcello enjoyed the moment at his parents’ home in New Jersey, surrounded by family, friends and a few bottles of wine.
As for Justin Verlander, well, fuming supermodel Kate Upton brought the heat for her fiance.
Rotation mates for five seasons in Detroit, the three right-handers topped the Cy Young Award talk Wednesday: Scherzer easily won the NL prize, Porcello edged out Verlander for the AL honor.
“That’s just the weird thing about these,” said Scherzer, who ruled the majors with 284 strikeouts and topped the NL with 20 wins for Washington. “It’s the voting.”
Porcello led baseball with 22 wins for Boston, and had a 3.15 ERA.
Porcello won despite getting just eight of the 30 first-place votes from members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America — this was the first time the AL Cy winner didn’t get the most firsts.
Verlander went 16-9 with a 2.40 ERA while leading the AL in strikeouts and other categories. He got 14 first-place votes, but didn’t draw as much support across the board — he was left off two ballots, too.
Overall, Porcello won 137-132 in the second-closest vote since 1970 (Verlander lost by four points to David Price in 2012).
Voters list their five picks in order. A first-place vote is worth seven points, four for second, three for third, two for fourth and one for fifth. Verlander needed to pick up five more points to match Porcello.
Upton fired off three tweets, one of them rather saucy, telling Porcello “you didn’t win.”
Asked whether he was bothered by the brouhaha, Porcello simply said, “No, I honestly don’t care.”
“I’m not the one who made the decision,” he said on a conference call.
Porcello got a $100,000 bonus for winning the Cy. Verlander, who won the 2011 award, would’ve gotten $500,000 for this win.
Porcello bounced back from going 9-15 in his first season with the Red Sox, finishing 22-4 for the AL East champs.
He shared this last win of 2016 with those who “never wavered” in their support, admitting, “It was hard not to start bawling and crying.”
Cleveland’s Corey Kluber was third and got three first-place votes. Baltimore reliever Zach Britton, who went 47 for 47 on save chances with a 0.54 ERA, had five first-place votes and was fourth.
Scherzer breezed, drawing 25 first-place votes to beat out Chicago Cubs teammates Jon Lester and Kyle Hendricks.
Scherzer became the sixth pitcher to earn the Cy Young in both leagues. After earning the AL honor in 2013 with the Tigers, Scherzer joined Roger Clemens, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, Gaylord Perry and Roy Halladay as winners in both leagues.
This award, Scherzer said, meant even more than the first one.
“It just verifies everything I try to achieve,” he said.
Scherzer posted a record-tying 20-strikeout performance for the NL East champion Nationals, a year after he threw two no-hitters in his first season with Washington.
“I want to find a way to be better,” he said.
Scherzer is the first pitcher from a Washington franchise to win a Cy Young. The award was first presented in 1956.
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw got three first-place votes and finished fifth. Jose Fernandez, the Miami star killed in a boating accident in September, was seventh.
The final major postseason awards will be presented Thursday when the MVP honors are announced.
Cubs slugger Kris Bryant, Washington’s Daniel Murphy and newly presented Rookie of the Year Corey Seager of the Dodgers are up for the NL award. Mike Trout of the Angels, Mookie Betts of the Red Sox and Jose Altuve of the Astros are the AL contestants.
NEW YORK (AP) — Long before they were honored for guiding teams with depleted rosters to first-place finishes, Dave Roberts and Terry Francona were forever linked.
Fans in Boston and beyond will always remember that signature stolen base.
It was Roberts’ daring swipe as a pinch-runner in the bottom of the ninth inning that helped the Red Sox — managed by Francona — rally from the brink of being swept in the 2004 AL Championship Series and sped them toward ending their 86-year World Series curse.
Francona went on to win two titles with Boston, and on Tuesday he earned his second AL Manager of the Year award with Cleveland.
But what if Roberts had been thrown out, could that have altered a path that might someday land Francona in the Hall of Fame?
“The truth of it is, it probably would’ve been completely different,” Francona said on a conference call.
“There’s always a Dave Roberts-being-out from being the other way,” he said.
The 44-year-old Roberts won the NL Manager of the Year honor in his first season as a skipper, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to the NL West crown.
Roberts and Francona each won handily. The voting figures to be much closer Wednesday for the Cy Young awards.
Boston’s Rick Porcello (majors-leading 22 wins), Detroit’s Justin Verlander (league-high 254 strikeouts, best wins above replacement for pitchers by baseballreference.com) and Cleveland’s Corey Kluber (second among pitchers in WAR) are up for the AL prize.
Chicago Cubs teammates Kyle Hendricks (majors-best 2.13 ERA, 16-8) and Jon Lester (2.44, 19-5) and Washington’s Max Scherzer (20-7, majors-most 284 strikeouts) are competing for the NL honor.
Roberts didn’t bat in the 2004 postseason and didn’t even play in the World Series sweep over St. Louis. But to just “play a small part” in his only season in Boston was rewarding, and he still retains lessons taught by Francona.
Being unselfish and playing “for the right reasons … the game honors you,” he said.
Known for that one slide into second base, Roberts certainly had to scramble this season.
The Dodgers put 28 different players on the disabled list, more than any team in the last 30 years. An injury to ace Clayton Kershaw was among the reasons they employed a franchise record-tying 55 players, including 31 pitchers.
Among the Dodgers who managed to stay healthy: shortstop Corey Seager, chosen NL Rookie of the Year on Monday.
Roberts said he was particularly proud of “the way our guys battled adversity all year.”
Roberts made a record 606 pitching changes while going 91-71. Twice, he pulled pitchers in the late innings when they were throwing no-hitters, trying to protect their arms from overuse.
In the postseason, Roberts took a creative approach to his bullpen. He used Kershaw against Washington in the deciding Game 5 of the Division Series, then brought in closer Kenley Jansen early while taking a 2-1 lead over the Cubs in the NLCS.
Members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America voted at the end of the regular season.
Roberts got 16 first-place votes to top Joe Maddon, whose Cubs won the World Series. Maddon, who earned the award last year, was picked first on eight ballots.
Washington’s Dusty Baker was third and got four firsts. Terry Collins of the New York Mets had the other two firsts.
Roberts was the lone NL manager chosen on every ballot. This marked the third straight year a first-time manager has been honored, following Texas’ Jeff Banister and Washington’s Matt Williams.
The 57-year-old Francona guided the Indians to the AL Central title at 94-67. They overtook the defending champion Royals and high-spending Tigers despite losing starters Danny Salazar and Carlos Carrasco, All-Star outfielder Michael Brantley and catcher Yan Gomes to injuries and outfielders Marlon Byrd and Abraham Almonte to drug suspensions.
Cleveland came close to winning its first World Series title since 1948, but the Cubs rallied from a 3-1 deficit.
“It was an unbelievably satisfying year,” Francona said.
It’s already been a busy offseason for him, too. The Indians picked up options for his contract in 2019 and 2020, then he had a right hip replacement operation.
Francona drew 22 first-place votes and was the only manager chosen on all 30 ballots.
Banister was second and got four firsts. Baltimore’s Buck Showalter, who was third, and Boston’s John Farrell both drew a pair of firsts.
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CLEVELAND (AP) — This is why Ben Zobrist came back home. And this is why manager Joe Maddon wanted him so badly.
The Cubs needed a veteran in the clubhouse to teach their seemingly endless supply of budding young stars, someone who’d been there. Who’d done that. Who cared little about curses or droughts. Who knew what Maddon wanted and how to translate it.
Zobrist, fresh off a World Series title with the Kansas City Royals, was searching for a place to spend the final years of a consistently fine career. What better place to do it than a 2-hour drive from where he grew up in central Illinois?
And there he was early Thursday morning, standing in the batter’s box in the top of the 10th inning in Game 7, facing a two-strike count with two runners on. Then the 35-year-old switch-hitter did something that may have encapsulated everything Maddon loves about him.
Zobrist shortened his swing. He fouled off one pitch to stay alive. The next provided the biggest blow in Chicago’s season-long bout with the weight of its own history, a double inside third base that scored pinch-runner Albert Almora Jr. with the go-ahead run in an 8-7 win that gave the Cubs their first championship since 1908 and earned Zobrist the World Series MVP award.
“It’s a team game and I can’t believe I get the opportunity to hold this trophy,” he said.
Cleveland reliever Bryan Shaw intentionally walked Chicago slugger Anthony Rizzo to get to Zobrist, who entered the game hitting .391 in the Series but had gone hitless in four at-bats. Shaw quickly got ahead 1-2 before Zobrist — batting left-handed — poked a foul ball down the third base line past a diving Jose Ramirez. The next pitch was more of the same. In a situation where some of his teammates would have swung for the outer reaches of Progressive Field, Zobrist settled for making contact.
The normally understated Zobrist pointed toward the sky after his 10th and final hit of the series as the blue-clad fans who spent hundreds if not thousands of dollars to turn portions of the Indians’ home field into an eastern suburb of Wrigleyville roared once more.
“I know he threw a pretty hard cutter,” Zobrist said. “I just barely hung in there and fortunately he put one just close enough to the plate where I could slap it down the line.”
By the time Zobrist went to the dugout to fetch his glove and ran back out to his spot in left field, the lead was two. Barely 10 minutes later, Zobrist was sprinting to join the dogpile in the infield after Kris Bryant threw to good friend Anthony Rizzo at first for the final out, the second time in as many years Zobrist found himself awash in the joy.
Last fall he helped the Kansas City Royals beat the New York Mets in five Series games. When he went looking for a job, there was really only one place to go: Chicago.
“Ben is a winning baseball player,” Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein said the day Zobrist signed a four-year, $56 million deal last December. “His offense, his defense, his baserunning. He’s been one of the more valuable players in the game for a long time.”
One who also came to Wrigley Field without an ego. Maddon moved the player he cultivated a close relationship with while the two were in Tampa Bay around like a kid with a new toy. Zobrist played primarily at second base but also spent time in left and right field. Always without complaint. Always with the greater goal in mind.
A goal that was realized after Cleveland’s Rajai Davis tied the score with a stunning two-run homer off Chicago closer Aroldis Chapman in the eighth. After the ninth inning ended, there was a 17-minute rain delay. And then the Indians dared Zobrist to be the difference.
Just as he has whenever the Cubs called on him this season, he was.
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CLEVELAND (AP) — Kris Bryant started to smile even before he fielded the ball. And with his throw to first for the final out, the agonizing wait ’til next year was over at last.
No more Billy Goat, no more Bartman, no more black-cat curses.
For a legion of fans who waited a lifetime, fly that W: Your Chicago Cubs are World Series champions.
Ending more than a century of flops, futility and frustration, the Cubs won their first title since 1908, outlasting the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in 10 innings of a Game 7 thriller early Thursday.
They even had to endure an extra-inning rain delay to end the drought.
“It happened. It happened. Chicago, it happened,” first baseman Anthony Rizzo said after gloving the ball for the final out. “We did it. We’re world champions. I tell ya, we’re world champions. I can’t believe it.”
Rizzo put that final ball in his pocket as the Cubs piled up in the middle of the diamond, David Ross got carried off the field by his teammates and Bill Murray partied in the clubhouse.
And the whole time, blue-clad fans who traveled from Wrigley Field filled nearly the entire lower deck behind the Chicago dugout at Progressive Field, singing “Go, Cubs, Go!” in rain. They held up those white flags with the large blue “W” on a night many of their forebears had waited for in vain.
Lovable losers for generations, the Cubs nearly let this one get away, too. All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman blew a 6-3 lead with two outs in the eighth when Rajai Davis hit a tying, two-run homer.
But the Cubs, after tormenting their fans one more time, came right back after a 17-minute rain delay before the top of the 10th.
Series MVP Ben Zobrist hit an RBI double and Miguel Montero singled home a run to make it 8-6. Davis delivered an RBI single with two outs in the bottom half, but Mike Montgomery closed it out at 12:47 a.m., and the celebration was on.
“I think about so many millions of people giving so much love and support to this team for so many years,” said owner Tom Ricketts, whose family bought the team in 2009.
Manager Joe Maddon’s team halted the longest stretch without a title in baseball, becoming the first club to overcome a 3-1 Series deficit since the 1985 Kansas City Royals.
“This is an epic game. It’s epic. I can’t believe we were able to do it — 108 years in the making,” Zobrist said. “We did it.”
“They never quit, either,” Zobrist said. “They kept coming at us.”
Cleveland was trying to win its first crown since 1948, but manager Terry Francona’s club lost the last two games at home.
World Series favorites since spring training, Chicago led the majors with 103 wins this season.
The Cubs then ended more than a century of misery for their loyal fans — barely. Bryant, one of Chicago’s young stars, began to celebrate even before fielding a grounder by Michael Martinez to third base and throwing it across to Rizzo for the last out.
“It’s the best rain delay of all-time,” Rizzo said.
Zobrist got a Series-high 10 hits, a year after he helped the Royals win the championship. Zobrist was among the players brought to the Cubs by Theo Epstein, the baseball guru who added another crown to his collection. He also assembled the Red Sox team that broke Boston’s 86-year drought by winning in 2004.
From Curse of the Bambino to the Billy Goat Curse, he ended another jinx.
“We don’t need a plane to fly home,” Epstein said. “It’s fitting it’s got to be done with one of the best games of all time.”
Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward had called a meeting during the rain delay, talking to his teammates in the weight room.
“I just had to remind everybody who we are, what we’ve overcome to get here,” he said.
While Cubs fans hugged with delight, there was only despair for the Indians, who now have gone longer than anyone without a crown. In the Indians’ previous World Series appearance, they were a double-play grounder from winning the 1997 title before losing Game 7 in 11 innings to the Marlins.
“It’s going to hurt. It hurts because we care, but they need to walk with their head held high because they left nothing on the field,” Francona said.
Earlier this year, LeBron James and the Cavaliers ended Cleveland’s 52-year championship drought by overcoming a 3-1 deficit to beat Golden State for the NBA title. James and teammates were in a suite, rooting hard, as the Indians absorbed the same blow as the Warriors.
After defeating San Francisco and the Los Angeles Dodgers in the playoffs, Chicago became the first team to earn a title by winning Games 6 and 7 on the road since the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates.
Dexter Fowler homered on Corey Kluber’s fourth pitch of the game, and 23-year-old Javier Baez and the 39-year-old Ross — set to now retire — also went deep for the Cubs, who led 5-1 in the fifth inning and 6-3 in the eighth.
Chapman wound up with the win, and Montgomery got one out for his first save in the majors.
Bryan Shaw, who gave up a leadoff single to Kyle Schwarber in the 10th, took the loss in just the fourth Game 7 that went to extra innings.
Albert Almora Jr., pinch-running for Schwarber, alertly took second on Bryant’s long fly to center. Rizzo was intentionally walked, and Zobrist slapped an opposite-field double past diving third baseman Jose Ramirez. Montero singled to make it a two-run lead.
Then in the bottom half, Carl Edwards Jr. struck out Mike Napoli, Ramirez grounded out, Brandon Guyer walked and Davis hit an RBI single. Montgomery took over, and helped set off a wild celebration on Chicago’s North Side.
Even a dedicated White Sox fan could appreciate the victory.
“It happened: @Cubs win World Series. That’s change even this South Sider can believe in. Want to come to the White House before I leave?” President Barack Obama tweeted.
Twenty-one other teams had won the World Series since the Cubs last were champions. They reached the top again on the 39,466th day after Orval Overall’s three-hit shutout won the 1908 finale at Detroit in a game that took 1 hour, 24 minutes — this latest Game 7 lasted 4:24, not including the rain delay.
Back then, Theodore Roosevelt was president, New Mexico, Arizona, Alaska and Hawaii were not yet states, and the first Ford Model T car was two weeks old.
The Cubs were last champions when Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers and Frank Chance won consecutive titles in 1907-08, until now the only ones in team history. The Cubbies had not even reached the Series since 1945.
This one was for Ernie Banks, Ferguson Jenkins, Ron Santo and Billy Williams, who never reached the postseason.
For Gabby Hartnett, Ryne Sandberg and Greg Maddux, whose October runs fell short.
For Lee Elia and the “nickle-dime people” who spent so many wind-swept afternoons in the Friendly Confines watching loss after loss.
For Bill Veeck, who planted ivy vines against Wrigley Field’s outfield walls.
For William Sianis, the Billy Goat Tavern owner said to have proclaimed when he was asked to leave Wrigley with his pet during the ’45 Series: “Them Cubs, they ain’t gonna win no more.”
For Steve Bartman, whose life was upended when he tried to catch a foul ball as the Cubs came apart in the 2003 playoffs.
And for Harry Caray, who promised viewers after the 1991 finale that “sure as God made green apples, someday the Chicago Cubs are going to be in the World Series.”
Maddon, hired before the 2015 season, won his first Series title after establishing a loose clubhouse that featured at times Warren the pink flamingo, Simon the magician and the motto: “Try not to suck.”
“It was just an epic battle,” Zobrist said. “Just blow for blow, everybody playing their heart out. The Indians never gave up, either, and I can’t believe we’re finally standing, after 108 years, finally able to hoist the trophy.”
This was the first World Series in which no starting pitcher got at least one out in the seventh inning, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The only other in which no starter finished at least seven innings was in 2002, when San Francisco’s Russ Ortiz threw 6 1/3 innings in Game 6.
Cleveland’s spring training opener is scheduled for Feb. 26 against the Cubs in Mesa, Arizona.
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CLEVELAND (AP) — One more game. For everything.
Either a 108-year World Series championship drought will come to an end, or another that’s lasted 68 years.
Hysteria for one fan base, more heartbreak for the other.
Cubs vs. Indians in a winner-take-all Game 7.
As it should be.
“It’s just correct and apt that we’d go seven games,” Chicago manager Joe Maddon said.
Addison Russell hit a grand slam and tied a Series record with six RBIs, and Chicago took advantage of a huge early misplay in Cleveland’s outfield as the Cubs, their offense finally revving, throttled the Indians 9-3 on Tuesday night in Game 6 to push this tense tug-of-war between baseball’s two longest title drought holders to the limit.
The biggest, most nerve-wracking day lies ahead.
“This is kind of fitting for these two franchises. This is storybook,” Cubs catcher David Ross said. “They’ll make movies about this one day.”
Indians ace Corey Kluber, dominant while winning Games 1 and 4, starts again on short rest Wednesday night at home against big league ERA leader Kyle Hendricks.
Cleveland’s hopes will rest with their best pitcher, the one guy they’ve been able to count on all season.
“We knew it wasn’t going to be easy,” said Jason Kipnis, who homered and had three hits. “We knew they’ve got a great ballclub over there. They were lined up with their three-headed monster of a pitching staff. We’re still very confident.”
Kris Bryant homered to spark a three-run first inning, Russell hit the first Series slam in 11 years and Jake Arrieta worked into the sixth as the Cubs, down 3-1 back at Wrigley Field, are now rolling. One more win at Progressive Field would bring their first championship since 1908.
The Indians, trying for their first title since 1948, missed a second shot at closing out the Cubs. Cleveland is now forced to play another Game 7 after losing in 11 innings to the Florida Marlins in 1997 in its last trip to the Series.
Not wanting to take any chances despite a comfortable late lead, Maddon used atomic-armed Aroldis Chapman for one out in the seventh, the eighth and one batter in the ninth. The lefty, who got the final eight outs in Game 5, threw just 20 pitches and will be on call for the season’s final game when both managers won’t hesitate to use any arm they’ve got.
The Cubbies, shut out twice earlier in this Series, brought their clubbies to Cleveland. Bryant had four hits and Anthony Rizzo added three, including a two-run homer.
They hammered Josh Tomlin, who couldn’t get out of the third inning and didn’t get any help from his outfield in the first. The right-hander, who was so effective in Game 3 at Wrigley Field, pitched on short rest for the second time in his career but wasn’t the problem as much as his location.
Everything seemed to be lined up for a massive downtown street party in Cleveland.
On a 71-degree November night, fans came hoping to witness the first championship win at home by a Cleveland team since the Browns took the NFL title in 1964 by shutting out the Baltimore Colts.
With Eddie Robinson — the last living member from that ’48 title team — in attendance, and LeBron James and the NBA champion Cavaliers coming over from Quicken Loans Arena after they beat Houston, Cleveland was poised to have a night to remember like the one just 134 days ago in June when the Cavs ended the city’s 52-year championship dry spell.
The Cubs blew through those plans like a wicked wind off Lake Michigan.
Arrieta wasn’t dominant, but he didn’t have to be. Staked to the early lead, he held the Indians without a hit until the fourth when Kipnis doubled leading off and scored on Mike Napoli’s single.
Arrieta worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the fourth, and gave up a homer to Kipnis in the fifth but struck out nine.
Maddon came to get him in the sixth, the right-hander got several pats on the back from Chicago’s infielders and Cubs fans saluted him with a standing ovation.
Tomlin was one strike from getting out of the first unscathed when everything fell apart.
He had Bryant down 0-2 when he hung a waist-high curveball that Chicago’s third baseman, who came in just 2 for 17 in the Series but had homered in Game 5, cracked nearly halfway up the bleachers in left field, a 433-foot shot that sent a shockwave through standing-room-only Progressive Field.
There was a bigger one to come.
Rizzo and Ben Zobrist followed with singles before Tomlin got Russell to hit what appeared to be a routine out. However, right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall and rookie center fielder Tyler Naquin, unable to hear each other over the roaring crowd, looked at each other and let the ball drop onto the grass for a double.
While they scrambled to recover it, Rizzo scored easily and Zobrist beat a relay throw to the plate, bowling over Indians catcher Roberto Perez as a sizeable contingent of Cubs screamed with delight.
“It was just loud at there,” Naquin said. “It was kind of one of those in-betweeners. Lonnie got a good break, I got a break, it’s just one of those deals. In the moment, me being the center fielder, I need to take charge on that. That’s my mistake.”
Although it was early, with Arrieta on the mound, Chicago’s lead felt more like 30-0 than 3-0.
Russell, who dressed up like a Ninja turtle on Halloween, then put a fright into Indians fans with his shot to deep left-center.
With two on, Indians reliever Dan Otero placed a 2-0 pitch over the heart of the plate to Russell, who launched it over the wall spent much of his home-run trot howling.
The Cubs were loud all night, and with one more win they’ll be champions.
“I hope it’s not difficult to sleep. It’s every kid’s dream. It all comes down to Game 7,” Russell said.
Bryant and Rizzo became the first 3-4 hitters to combine for seven hits in a Series game. … Kipnis went 3 for 4 with a single, double and home run. He has two in this Series, joining Willie Stargell and Roy Campanella as the only players to accomplish that. … Cleveland’s pitchers have 59 strikeouts, tied for the fourth most in Series history. The 2001 Yankees had 70.
The Cubs and Indians each have 0-2 records in Game 7. Chicago lost the 1945 World Series to Detroit and the 2003 NLCS to Florida, both at Wrigley. … Along with the ’97 Series loss, the Indians dropped the 2007 ALCS at Boston. . The Series has gone the distance three times in six years. San Francisco defeated Kansas City in the last seven-gamer in 2014. . Home teams are 18-19 all-time in Game 7.
ME AND THE MICK
At 22, Russell became the second-youngest player to hit a grand slam in the World Series. Yankees legend Mickey Mantle was 21 when he hit one on Oct. 4, 1953 against Brooklyn. Russell is the first Cubs to player to connect for a slam in the Series.
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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP) —- What to watch for tonight in Game 6 of the World Series:
The Cleveland Indians can win their first championship since 1948 with a victory over the visiting Chicago Cubs. The city is primed to party, too, after Cleveland fans missed out on hosting this year’s biggest sports events so far. LeBron James and the Cavaliers completed their NBA Finals comeback on the road, beating Golden State in Game 7 for Cleveland’s first major pro sports title in 52 years. The Indians clinched the AL Central crown at Detroit, won the Division Series in Boston and the AL Championship Series at Toronto. “It would be nice to actually do one in front of the home crowds,” second baseman Jason Kipnis said.
Trailing 3-2 in the Series, the Cubs need a win to force a decisive seventh game Wednesday night. They’ll turn to 2015 NL Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta in Game 6, while the Indians counter with Josh Tomlin, a back-end starter working on short rest.
Inconsistent throughout his postseason career, Arrieta took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning of his Game 2 win last Wednesday. He’ll have five days between starts, one more than normal.
Tomlin, meanwhile, will be on only three days’ rest since throwing 58 pitches over 4 2/3 smooth innings during Cleveland’s 1-0 victory in Game 3. After losing his rotation spot while slumping in August, the 32-year-old righty has stepped up in the absence of injured Indians starters Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar this postseason, going 2-0 with a 1.76 ERA in three starts.
Even with Kris Bryant hitting a home run in Game 5, the Cubs are still waiting for some of their big bats to break loose. They’ve totaled just 10 runs so far in the World Series — that’s their worst production for any five-game stretch this season.
Bryant, a leading contender for NL MVP, and Javier Baez, co-MVP of the NL Championship Series, are a combined 5 for 38 (.132) with 16 strikeouts and only one RBI.
Much has been made about Kyle Schwarber returning to Chicago’s lineup, but the switch back to American League rules in Cleveland also allows the Indians to start sharp-eyed slugger Carlos Santana in his regular role as designated hitter again. During the three games at Wrigley Field, Santana made one start at first base and two in left field, a position he had not played since 2012. “I was really proud of him,” Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. “I’ll be glad that we can DH somebody, though.”
Derek Jeter became baseball’s first “Mr. November” when he hit a World Series home run in the 10th inning to win Game 4 at Yankee Stadium in 2001. He connected moments after the clock struck midnight in the majors’ first game that stretched into November.
This is the fifth season that’s going past October. Last year, the Royals clinched their crown by beating the Mets 7-2 in 12 innings in Game 5 on Nov. 1.
The latest action came on Nov. 4 — the Diamondbacks rallied past the Yankees in Game 7 in 2001, then the Yanks beat the Phillies in Game 6 in 2009.
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CHICAGO (AP) — They have waited 108 years for a championship. So with this World Series on the verge of slipping away, the Chicago Cubs could not wait any longer.
Manager Joe Maddon summoned closer Aroldis Chapman from the bullpen in the seventh inning for the first eight-out save of his big league career, a desperate move in a dire situation with the Cubs needing to hold off the Cleveland Indians in Game 5.
As nervous fans fretted at Wrigley Field, the big Cuban left-hander fired his 100 mph heat over and over, preserving a 3-2 win Sunday night that cut Cleveland’s Series lead to 3-2.
“I didn’t expect to come in so early, but I mentally prepared myself,” Chapman said through a translator. “I was ready to come in at a moment’s notice.”
The crowd of 41,711 erupted when Jose Ramirez, who had homered earlier, foul tipped a 101 mph offering at the outside corner into the glove of catcher Willson Contreras for the final out.
A white flag with a blue “W” was raised atop Wrigley Field after a Series win for the first time since Oct. 8, 1945, in Game 6 over Detroit. Fans stayed long after the final out and sang “Sweet Home Chicago” as Cubs returned to the field for media interviews.
“High anxiety,” first baseman Anthony Rizzo said. “A lot of deep breaths. Every pitch gets bigger and bigger as the game goes on. It’s unbelievable. Great win here. We sent these fans off with a win. Now we have to go to Cleveland and win.”
Chicago, which led the majors this year with 103 regular-season wins, will try to extend its season again Tuesday night when Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta faces Josh Tomlin. The Cubs are trying to become the first club to overcome a 3-1 Series deficit since the 1985 Kansas City Royals and the first to do it by winning Games 6 and 7 on the road since the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates.
Seeking its first title since 1948, Cleveland is in search of its third-ever title and has won the championship at home just once, in 1920. Over 67,000 showed up at Progressive Field just to watch the three road games on the video board.
“It’s going to be crazy. It’s going to be nuts,” first baseman Mike Napoli said. “They’re going to be pretty fired up, and they’re going to get us going.”
Chapman, obtained from the Yankees in July, hadn’t pitched in the seventh inning since 2012. He took a chug of water from a plastic bottle on the left-field bullpen mound when Maddon called him in with a runner on.
“That was a big ask, and he answered,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “That was impressive.”
Of Chapman’s 42 pitches, 15 flew in at 100 mph or faster.
“It’s something you can’t normally do during the season without beating somebody up too badly,” Maddon said. . “But I talked to Chappy before the game. He was aware of being ready in the seventh inning. So we had that all in play.”
Chapman struck out four , raising his total to eight over five innings in three Series appearances.
“This guy’s used to just getting three outs,” Cubs starter Jon Lester said. “He was fired up. We were all fired up to get through that.”
With the crowd at the Friendly Confines desperate, Kris Bryant homered to start a three-run burst in the fourth off Trevor Bauer that gave Lester a 3-1 lead. The Indians nicked Lester for a run in the sixth, and Carl Edwards Jr. took over to begin the seventh with a 3-2 edge.
Chapman came in with a runner on second and one out and retired Roberto Perez on an inning-ending groundout with two on as fans screamed. After Rajai Davis stole second and third in the eighth, Francisco Lindor took a 101 mph pitch at the knees for an inning-ending called third strike , then stood in the batter’s box for nearly 20 seconds in anger and frustration.
Chapman finished with a 1-2-3 ninth. He threw 35 fastballs, six sliders and one changeup.
Lester, the Game 1 loser, improved to 4-1 in Series play by allowing two runs and six hits .
Ramirez homered in the second to put the Indians ahead, and Cleveland closed within a run in the sixth when Davis singled, stole second scored on a two-out single by Lindor , who is hitting .421 in the Series.
Bauer, his pinkie seemingly healed from a cut sustained while playing with a toy drone during the AL Championship Series, dropped to 0-2 in the Series, giving up three runs and six hits in four innings .
After a pair of relatively balmy autumn nights on the North Side, the temperature dropped to 50 degrees at game time and a 10 mph win added chill. Maddon wore a Cubs ski hat with a blue pompom rather than a baseball cap.
Bryant, in a 1-for-15 slide, led off the fourth by driving a fastball into the left-field bleachers , where a fan in the first row dropped it.
Rizzo sent the next pitch off the ivy on the right-field wall for a double, admiring its flight before hustling, took third on Ben Zobrist’s single and came home with the go-ahead run when Addison Russell reached out and topped a pitch down the third-base line for an infield single.
Jason Heyward took a called third strike, slumping Javier Baez dropped a bunt down the third-base line for a single that loaded the bases and Ross, a 39-year-old making perhaps his final big league start, hit a sacrifice fly for a 3-1 lead.
“We’re writing our own history. We’re making history. Why stop?” Russell said. “This is entertaining to us. It’s fun, and we live for this.”
Ross allowed Santana’s second-inning foul pop to glance off his glove and Rizzo batted the ball in the air with his bare hand, then gloved it . It was similar to Game 6 in 1980, when Philadelphia first baseman Pete Rose grabbed Frank White’s foul pop after it nicked off catcher Bob Boone.
This was the last game with the bullpens in foul territory at Wrigley, where new pens under the bleachers are to open next season. Zobrist had to climb the mound to catch Kipnis’ seventh-inning fly.
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CHICAGO (AP) — One more win and baseball fans everywhere might finally believe in these Cleveland Indians.
That’s all it will take for Corey Kluber & Co. to clinch this World Series.
Kluber pitched six sparkling innings on short rest for his second victory this week and the Indians beat the Chicago Cubs 7-2 Saturday night, taking a 3-1 lead and nearing their first championship since 1948.
Trevor Bauer gets the ball Sunday night when the visiting Indians try for the franchise’s third World Series title against Jon Lester and the faltering Cubs.
“I think we like the position we’re in, but the task isn’t done yet,” Kluber said. “We still have one more game to win, and we’re going to show up tomorrow and play with the same sense of urgency we’ve played with until this point. We don’t want to let them build up any momentum and let them get back in the series.”
Still, not bad for a team that seemed like an underdog all year long.
The Indians topped the defending champion Royals and star-studded Tigers for the AL Central title, then came the postseason. No one thought they would beat Big Papi and Boston, outslug Toronto or ever end their drought before the charmed Cubs, who led the majors with 103 wins.
Well, look who is on the brink of hoisting the hardware.
“We’ve got one more to get and it’s probably going to be the hardest victory of the year, but this is a special night for me and this team to take the first two here,” said Kipnis, who grew up a Cubs fan on the north side of Chicago.
Kipnis had three hits and scored two runs as Cleveland moved to 10-2 in this postseason. Francisco Lindor contributed an RBI single, helping Francona improve to 11-1 in the World Series.
The Indians now will try to bring another crown to Cleveland, adding to the one LeBron James and the Cavaliers earned earlier this year.
“We have a ways to go. We’re not done,” Francona said.
Dexter Fowler doubled and scored in the first for the Cubs, and then homered against Andrew Miller in the eighth. Fowler’s drive to left-center was the first homer for Chicago in the World Series since Phil Cavaretta connected in Game 1 in 1945 and the first run allowed by Miller during his dominant postseason.
In between Fowler’s two hits, the Cubs came up empty every time they had a chance to put any pressure on Cleveland.
“So we made mistakes. Absolutely, we made mistakes tonight,” manager Joe Maddon said. “That was part of it. But then again, we just have to do more offensively to give ourselves a chance.”
The Indians won for the second straight day at Wrigley — those two wins matched the Cubs’ entire total of World Series victories in more than a century of playing at their famed ballpark.
“They’re obviously doing something right, taking advantage of our mistakes and my mistakes,” Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant said.
Pitching on three days’ rest for the second time, Kluber allowed five hits, struck out six and walked one. The steady, stoic right-hander, who struck out nine in a dominant performance in Game 1, improved to 4-1 with a 0.89 ERA in five playoff starts this year.
Francona put Santana at first after starting him in left in Game 3, and Mike Napoli was out of the starting lineup for the time in the playoffs. And just like the rest of October, the decision worked out quite well for the Indians.
Santana led off the second with a drive to right against John Lackey, tying it at 1. Santana’s third homer of the playoffs silenced the crowd of 41,706, and the Indians seized the momentum from there.
Two throwing errors on Bryant, including one on Kluber’s infield single, led to an unearned run that put Cleveland ahead to stay. Kipnis connected for his second playoff homer in the seventh, pointing to his friends and family in the stands after powering the Indians to a 7-1 lead.
“We’re mortals. We’re baseball players. It’s what we live for,” Kipnis said. “At this kind of stage it’s what we all dream about.”
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Kluber’s 0.89 ERA is the second-lowest for a single postseason for pitchers with at least 30 innings. Burt Hooton allowed three earned runs in 33 playoff innings for the 1981 Dodgers. Kluber is tied with Orel Hershiser (1995) for the Indians record for most strikeouts in a single postseason with 35.
“Just an unreal job by Kluber on three days’ rest,” Lindor said.
Cubs right fielder Jason Heyward made his first start of the World Series and responded with two hits. The 27-year-old Heyward, who signed a $184 million, eight-year contract with Chicago last winter, was just 2 for 31 in 12 playoff games coming into the night.
Indians: Bauer lasted just 3 2/3 innings in Game 2, allowing two runs and six hits. The right-hander had a career-best 12 wins during the regular season, but is 0-1 with a 5.00 ERA in three playoff starts.
Cubs: Lester dropped to 3-1 with a 1.35 ERA in four career World Series starts when he allowed three runs in 5 2/3 innings in the opener Tuesday night. The left-hander was the co-MVP of the NL Championship Series, going 1-0 with a 1.38 ERA in two starts against the Dodgers.
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CHICAGO (AP) — Cody Allen, Andrew Miller and the Cleveland Indians crashed a Wrigley Field party 71 years in the making.
Leave it to that sensational bullpen to silence the Chicago Cubs and their revved-up fans.
Allen escaped a ninth-inning jam and the Indians set a major league record with their fifth shutout this postseason, holding off the Cubs 1-0 Friday night for a 2-1 lead in the World Series.
“As fun of a game as it was to be a part of, that was agonizing because we used so many guys,” Indians manager Terry Francona said.
Pinch-hitter Coco Crisp delivered an RBI single in the seventh off Carl Edwards Jr. And that was all Cleveland needed to win the first Series game at Wrigley since 1945.
The crowd began forming beyond the ivy-covered walls in the early morning, all pumped for the big day. And fans, some who paid thousands of dollars to pack the seats and nearby rooftops, were roaring after a two-out error by first baseman Mike Napoli helped Chicago put runners on second and third in the ninth.
Allen quieted the neighborhood ballpark, striking out co-NL Championship Series MVP Javier Baez to end it.
“We know we’re going to have our hands full to beat these guys, and tonight was a good example,” Francona said. “I mean, that was as close a ballgame as you’re ever going to find, and we found a way to manage to win that game.”
Indians starter Josh Tomlin went 4 2/3 innings with his dad Jerry watching from the stands in a wheelchair just two months after circulatory malformation left him paralyzed from the chest down. Miller, Bryan Shaw and Allen took over.
The Cubs have been blanked four times in the last eight games this postseason. Their first 1-0 loss in the World Series since Babe Ruth and the Boston Red Sox beat them in 1918 came on a night when the wind was blowing out.
“I actually told Miller we were going to win 1-0 tonight,” Napoli said. “Everything you saw on the TV was the wind was blowing out and there’s going to be a bunch of runs scored. … I turned to him and was like, ‘We’re going to win 1-0 tonight.'”
Cleveland now has a chance to take a commanding 3-1 lead with ace Corey Kluber starting Game 4 on short rest Saturday and coming off a dominant performance in the opener. John Lackey pitches for Chicago.
Not since they dropped Game 7 against Detroit in 1945 had the Cubs hosted a World Series game. The last time they won one? That was two days earlier when they beat the Tigers in 12 innings.
Decades of disappointment and curses gave way to a major league-leading 103 wins and hope for the Cubs that their first championship since 1908 is on the way.
But just as they did against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLCS, they will have to rally from a 2-1 deficit if they are finally going to win it all.
“We have seen good pitching,” manager Joe Maddon said. “The one component of our team that’s going to blossom over the next couple years is the offensive side. I think what you’re seeing on defense and arm strengths and baserunning abilities, that’s going to be pretty much static. But the part that’s going to keep getting better is what we’re doing at the plate. So this is a great experience for us.”
Miller got the final out for Tomlin in the fifth, stranding a runner at second. The ALCS MVP then struck out Dexter Fowler, Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo in the sixth.
Shaw worked the seventh and exited after Fowler singled with two out in the eighth. Allen fanned Bryant to end the inning.
Rizzo opened the ninth with a single and took second on a one-out grounder. Jason Heyward followed with a grounder that Napoli misplayed, but at least the big guy kept the ball in front of him and kept the tying run from scoring.
Heyward stole second without a throw before Allen fanned Baez for this sixth save this postseason.
Two more wins and the Indians will claim the first championship since 1948. The Cubs still need three more for the first crown in 108 years.
“It’s just good chemistry over here and our guys kept their poise,” Crisp said. “Our pitching did a great job, their pitching did a great job over there and that’s what type of series this is going to be, it seems like.”
It was quite a scene in and around the ballpark, one generations of long-suffering Cubs fans had never witnessed.
They started flooding the streets surrounding Wrigley hours before the gates opened. By mid-afternoon, the blocks outside the 102-year-old ballpark were a sea of blue.
Fans carried “W” signs and took selfies near the famed marquee and statues of the late Harry Caray, Ernie Banks and Ron Santo, cherished figures in Cubs lore who would have loved nothing more than to be part of this.
There were red roses near the feet of all three. There were also four green apples on Caray’s statue — three on top of the base and one in his left hand — in a fitting tribute. After all, the famed broadcaster promised after the final game in 1991: “Sure as God made green apples, someday, the Chicago Cubs are going to be in the World Series — and maybe sooner than we think.”
But this just wasn’t Chicago’s night.
The Cubs’ Kyle Hendricks, dominant in the clinching NLCS victory over Los Angeles, exited with the bases loaded in the fifth after he hit Chicago-area product Jason Kipnis.
Justin Grimm then got Francisco Lindor to ground into 4-6-3 double play and gave a huge pump of the right fist as the crowd roared.
Francona took a risk and had Carlos Santana start in left field with no designated hitter because he wanted to keep the switch-hitting slugger in the lineup.
Santana has played catcher, third and first base in his career. But he had only played one other time in left — and that was for four innings in 2012.
This made Santana the first player since 1931 to get his first career start at a position in a World Series game, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
MURRAY ON THE MIC
Actor and comedian Bill Murray led the crowd in a rousing version of “Take Me Out To The Ball Game” during the seventh-inning stretch.
Murray, a huge Cubs fan, reminded the crowd of 41,703 that it was the last chance to buy beer, and then said they were there to win games rather than drink. He then sang “Take Me Out To The Ball Game” as the cartoon character Daffy Duck.
Indians: Kluber (3-1, 0.74 ERA) will be working on three days’ rest after pitching the Indians to a 6-0 win in Game 1. The 2014 AL Cy Young Award winner has thrown scoreless ball in three of his four starts this postseason.
Cubs: Lackey (0-0, 5.63) has not pitched since Game 4 of the NLCS and will be going on nine days’ rest.