After 4-Run First, Yankees Complete a Sweep of the Mariners

Aaron Judge and Miguel Andujar hit two-run homers off James Paxton in the first inning that sent the Yankees over the Seattle Mariners, 4-3, on Thursday for a three-game sweep. Luis Severino and the Yankees improved the best record in the majors to 50-22. They have won four in a row and 17 of 21. Seattle has lost a season-high four straight. New York launched eight homers in the sweep and tops baseball with 122 long balls. Giancarlo Stanton homered in the first two games of the series and almost…

Michael Wacha of St. Louis Cardinals to disabled list

The St. Louis Cardinals placed right-hander Michael Wacha on the 10-day disabled list on Thursday with a left oblique strain. Wacha exited his start Wednesday against the Philadelphia Phillies in the bottom of the fourth inning after 75 pitches. He gave up three runs, one earned, in 3⅔ innings. He’s 8-2 with a 3.20 ERA in 15 starts for the Cardinals this season. In another move, the Cardinals recalled right-hander John Gant from Triple-A Memphis. Source link

Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich rewarding Brewers for bold offseason splash

Milwaukee Brewers general manager David Stearns put the stamp on the signature day of his young tenure in late January, when he acquired Christian Yelich in a trade with the Miami Marlins and signed Lorenzo Cain to a five-year, $80 million free-agent deal in the span of a few hours. Stearns didn’t have to wait until the season opener — or even the Cactus League opener — to recognize the impact the two players might have on organizational and box-seat morale. The same three teams are at the top, but…

Giancarlo Stanton of New York Yankees hits walk-off home run against Seattle Mariners

NEW YORK — It took nearly half the season to do it, but Giancarlo Stanton finally had his first iconic moment at Yankee Stadium. With two outs and a runner on in the bottom of a tied ninth inning Wednesday night, the New York Yankees designated hitter swung at an 84.7 mph slider that he didn’t miss. “I mean,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone later said, chuckling, “that ball was killed.” Blasted with a 117.9 mph exit velocity, Stanton connected on a no-doubt-about-it walk-off home run that sent the Yankees home…

Homers by Arenado, Blackmon, McMahon Rally Rockies Past Mets

DENVER — Ryan McMahon turned a small adjustment into a big return for the Colorado Rockies. McMahon tweaked his swing early in the afternoon and then hit a go-ahead, three-run homer to help rally the Rockies past the New York Mets 10-8 on Wednesday night. Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon also went deep, and Colorado’s struggling bullpen shut the door in the late innings. “You need a bullpen to do what ours did tonight from the sixth on — put up zeros,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “That’s the expectation,…

Jose Altuve’s brilliance being taken for granted

Jose Altuve is the reigning American League MVP, he leads the majors with a .343 batting average, the Houston Astros are having a terrific season … and yet we’ve hardly talked about him and that seems a little weird. After all, the man is a baseball treasure and we should always remind ourselves of that. Altuve went 3-for-4 with two home runs off Nathan Eovaldi in the Astros’ 5-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday. Here’s the first one, and it reminded me of an old-school swing by…

Gleyber Torres of New York Yankees says no Home Run Derby for him

There won’t be another New York Yankees rookie lighting up the Home Run Derby this year. Rookie phenom Gleyber Torres told the New York Post Wednesday that if he was asked to compete in the Derby, he’d take a pass. “I’m not a home-run hitter,” the Yankees 21-year-old second baseman told the paper. “I’m a contact hitter.” That’s not what the numbers say. On Tuesday, Torres hit his 14th career home run in his 50th game. Teammate Aaron Judge, last year’s Home Run Derby winner as a rookie, also had…

With Walk-Off Homer, Giancarlo Stanton Finally Gets His Moment at Yankee Stadium

For eight innings Wednesday night, Giancarlo Stanton was having another night to forget. Although he had singled in his second at-bat of the night, he had also struck out twice with runners on base. The second time it happened, with a runner on first and the Yankees trailing the Seattle Mariners by 5-3 in the seventh inning, the Yankee Stadium crowd reacted more with indifference than vitriol, almost as if the result had been expected. It seemed, at the time, as though the Yankees had squandered their last real chance…

Chicago Cubs are National League team to beat

CHICAGO — Teams don’t establish themselves as “the team to beat” on the basis of a regular-season series in baseball, especially one that unfolds over two chilly weekdays in the middle of June. Still, after a series pitting the past two National League pennant winners against each other, this seems like as good a time as any to point out that the Chicago Cubs are the Senior Circuit’s team to beat. They’ve wrested that mantle from the preseason favorite Los Angeles Dodgers, whom the Cubs beat 4-0 on Wednesday. The…

Billy Connors, longtime member of New York Yankees, dies

NEW YORK — Billy Connors, a longtime Yankees executive and pitching coach, died on Saturday. He was 76. Connors was a fixture around the Yankees for many years, first joining the club at the end of the 1988 season. The next year, he began three stints as Yankees pitching coach. In addition to serving in that role in 1989-90, he also worked in that capacity in 1994-95 and 2000. Yankees rookie phenom Gleyber Torres said Wednesday that if he was asked to compete in the Home Run Derby, he’d pass.…