After Oakland and Kansas City cleared the benches for the third straight game and five more Royals got ejected, Lorenzo Cain tried to put a positive spin on the day. Hit by a pitch early, Cain came back to deliver a key blow, a tying double during a three-run rally in the eighth inning that sent the Royals over Oakland 4-2 on a tense Sunday. Cain stole third after his hit and later scored on Kendrys Morales' go-ahead double. The trouble started right away when Kansas City manager Ned Yost and pitching coach Dave Eiland were ejected in the first inning after Cain was hit by a pitch from Scott Kazmir.
After a last-place finish a year ago, the Arizona Diamondbacks will take solace in any small positives to start this season. San Francisco nemesis Paul Goldschmidt hit a two-run homer to help Jeremy Hellickson get his first win for Arizona, 5-1 over the struggling Giants on Sunday. ''It was a good win, but it only counts for one,'' Goldschmidt said. ''It doesn't really matter in the long scheme of things, but any time you can get a win, it's good.'' Chris Owings added a two-run single and A.J. Pollock had three hits, scored two runs and made a run-saving diving catch for the Diamondbacks, who took three of four in San Francisco.
Posted: April 20, 2015, 12:06 am
Posted: April 19, 2015, 11:31 pm
Howie Kendrick, Scott Van Slyke and rookie Joc Pederson hit sixth-inning home runs, and the Los Angeles Dodgers stretched their winning streak to seven by beating the Colorado Rockies 7-0 Sunday. Brandon McCarthy (2-0) allowed three hits in six innings, struck out six and walked two to defeat the Rockies for the first time in five career starts. Eddie Butler (1-1) allowed two runs and six hits over five innings. All three Dodgers homers came off rookie Scott Oberg, who allowed his first five batters to reach base after relieving Butler and was charged with five runs.
Posted: April 19, 2015, 11:16 pm
CHICAGO (AP) -- A person familiar with the situation says the Chicago White Sox are calling up prized pitching prospect Carlos Rodon from Triple-A Charlotte and will have him work out of the bullpen at least for now.
Posted: April 19, 2015, 11:10 pm
With Stephen Strasburg's dominating performance and Denard Span's return to the lineup, the Washington Nationals are feeling better about themselves. Strasburg allowed a run in 7 1-3 innings and Span returned from the disabled list to spark a three-run fifth inning that helped Washington to a 4-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday. ''No offense to anybody, but it was normal, more normal today,'' Nationals manager Matt Williams said. Strasburg (1-1) struck out seven, walked two and allowed five hits in his best start of the season as the Nationals took three of four from the Phillies for their first series win.
Posted: April 19, 2015, 10:28 pm
The Baltimore Orioles lost a couple of quality hitters to free agency during the offseason. It won't matter much if Adam Jones keeps up this pace. Jones went 4 for 5 with a three-run double and two-run homer to match his career high with five RBIs, carrying the Orioles past the Boston Red Sox 8-3 on Sunday. ''I think Adam welcomes the responsibility of being a guy that his teammates and his organization count on,'' Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.
Posted: April 19, 2015, 10:19 pm
Gerrit Cole pitched six effective innings, Pedro Alvarez homered and the Pittsburgh Pirates swept Milwaukee 5-2 Sunday, leaving the Brewers with their worst start in team history. Milwaukee dropped its fifth straight game and fell to 2-10, the poorest record in the majors. Cole (2-0) improved to 9-1 in his last 10 decisions at PNC Park, and has won six straight overall. Alvarez hit his fourth homer of the season, Josh Harrison had two hits and Chris Stewart added a two-run single in the sixth off Matt Garza (1-2).
Posted: April 19, 2015, 10:13 pm
Travis d'Arnaud had his right hand in a blue cast. Jerry Blevins' left arm was in a sling. About the only thing not broken Sunday at Citi Field was the New York Mets' winning streak. Matt Harvey won his third straight start to begin his comeback season and the banged-up Mets, despite losing two important players to injuries, held off the Miami Marlins 7-6 for their eighth consecutive victory.
Posted: April 19, 2015, 10:13 pm
Yoenis Cespedes has added a bit more power to Detroit's lineup, and the guy who hits after him has taken notice. ''Kind of a tough act to follow,'' Nick Castellanos said. It's ridiculous how strong that guy is.'' Cespedes hit a grand slam and a two-run homer and Shane Greene pitched seven impressive innings in another fine start to begin the season, helping the Tigers rout the Chicago White Sox 9-1 on Sunday. It was the first major league grand slam for Cespedes, and both his home runs came off Jose Quintana.
Posted: April 19, 2015, 10:02 pm
Angels' slugger Josh Hamilton is in the process of getting divorced from his wife Katie, according to court documents filed in North Texas. The divorce petition was filed in February in Tarrant County, where Hamilton played five seasons with the Texas Rangers, the Dallas Morning News reported (http://bit.ly/1beOnj7). Hamilton has a long history of substance abuse problems and earlier this year he self-reported a relapse. In March, Katie Hamilton submitted in court a general denial to her husband's petition.
Posted: April 19, 2015, 8:06 pm