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Addison Russell doubled twice and knocked in four runs as the Cubs beat the Nationals 9-8 on Thursday to advance to the NLCS.

The Cubs won a wild game despite being outhomered 2-0, outhit 14-9 and outwalked 9-6. Russell woke up tonight after going 2-for-13 with no RBI in the first four games against the Nationals. It was his first four-RBI game since way back on April 19.
Fri, Oct 13, 2017 01:06:00 AM

Dylan Covey was brilliant in Saturday's 5-0 win over the Mariners, hurling 8 1/3 innings of scoreless baseball while surrendering just two hits.

Dee Gordon and Jean Segura managed singles off of Covey, but otherwise he had the Mariners completely off balance in Saturday's gem of a performance. The 26-year-old right-hander struck out five and walked two on the evening, exiting stage left with one out in the ninth inning after throwing 105 pitches (66 strikes). To say that this outing played against recent form for Covey is an understatement -- he had been rocked for at least four runs in each of his prior five starts. He's still pitching to an ugly 4.95 ERA and 1.49 WHIP on the year, but at the very least, Saturday's strong showing might have afforded him a slightly longer leash in the short term. He'll attempt to build on this performance when he hits the road against the Angels for his next scheduled outing.
Jul 22 - 1:17 AM

Yonder Alonso went 2-for-5 with a pair of home runs and three total RBI in Saturday's 16-3 win over the Rangers.

Four runs had already touched home when Alonso stepped to the plate with two outs in the fifth inning to square off with Austin Bibins-Dirkx, who had just come in in relief of Bartolo Colon. He proceeded to cap the inning with a loud exclamation point, cracking a two-run home run to push the Indians out to a 6-0 advantage on the scoreboard. He would follow that up with another home run -- this one a solo shot -- in the seventh inning. In his inaugural season wearing an Indians uniform, Alonso is slashing .261/.329/.453 with 15 home runs and 56 RBI in 87 games played. He's not quite hitting up to the standards of the 100-game sample he posted with the A's prior to being traded to the Mariners last season, but his overall body of work for the campaign is starting to come together respectably.
Jul 22 - 1:01 AM

Matt Carpenter homered for a sixth consecutive contest in Saturday's 6-3 win over the Cubs in the second game of a doubleheader.

Carpenter not only kept his long ball streak alive, he did so on the slimmest of margins, striking for his seventh-inning home run as a pinch-hitter. That was his second big moment on Saturday, as he had earlier clocked a solo home run in the first game of the doubleheader. Six games is the longest homer streak in franchise history, while Carpenter's now set the club record with each of his last 12 hits going for extra bases. Mark McGwire held the previous such record, which he forged back in 2001. Over the duration of his current home run streak, Carpenter has raised his batting line from .260/.370/.510 to .277/.386/.593. In terms of his counting stats, the slugger has gone yard 25 times and driven in 53 runs over the course of 329 at-bats.
Jul 21 - 11:40 PM

Anthony Rizzo went 4-for-5 with an RBI single in Saturday's 6-3 loss to the Cardinals in the second game of a doubleheader.

Rizzo was responsible for over half of the Cubbies' hit total on the evening. None of the team's hits went for extra bases. The slugger was a happy beneficiary of Saturday's doubleheader, reaching base a whopping eight times between the two games (including three walks in the first game). On the whole this season, Rizzo is hitting .258/.359/.426 with 12 home runs and 63 RBI put in over the course of 86 games played. While four hits are nice any way you slice it, he's going to need to pick up the power pace if he's to make it five consecutive seasons of at least 30 home runs.
Jul 21 - 11:30 PM

George Springer hit a grand slam as part of a five-run sixth inning, and the Astros blanked the Angels 7-0 on Saturday.

Springer caught a hanging Noe Ramirez slider and drove it out to left-center for his fifth career grand slam. The homer was his 16th of the year. Though not on a pace to match or best his monster 2017 season, the 28-year-old is having a finely productive season at the dish again in 2018, batting .249/.335/.421 with 51 RBI, 67 runs scored and six steals atop the Astros lineup.
Jul 21 - 11:27 PM

Corey Dickerson hit a pair of home runs -- his third game in a row with at least one, giving him four in his last three games -- to lead the Pirates to a 6-2 win over the Reds on Saturday.

Dickerson opened the scoring with a solo shot out to the grass in center field in the third inning, and he got Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani again in the fifth for another one-run blast. Dickerson also stole a base in the game, giving him a surprising six steals in 88 games. The homers -- 10 overall, now -- are less surprising, as is his stout .307/.341/.493 line through Saturday's contest.
Jul 21 - 11:06 PM

Justin Turner (hip) told reporters that he expects to start Sunday's game against the Brewers.

Turner hadn't seen game action since July 12 before he pinch-hit in Saturday's contest, striking out in his only at-bat. The cameo was a promising development, though, as is the news that he feels ready to go in Sunday's finale. Turner is hitting .256/.353/.390 in 49 games in which he's been healthy enough to appear.
Jul 21 - 10:52 PM

Justin Verlander struck out 11 Angels over six scoreless innings in a win Saturday.

Verlander scattered five hits and two walks, recording his highest single-game strikeout total since ... his last time out, when he fanned 12. That's been a common theme for Verlander, who now has 183 strikeouts on the year, second-most in the American League behind only Red Sox ace Chris Sale. He doesn't trail Sale or anyone else in innings pitched, ERA or WHIP, leading the league in all three categories, and the win improved Verlander to 10-5 with a 2.19 ERA and 0.85 WHIP through 22 starts overall. He'll next square off with the Rangers next weekend.
Jul 21 - 10:39 PM

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports the Orioles would like to deal reliever Zach Britton by early next week.

In the wake of Kelvin Herrera and, more recently, Brad Hand and Jeurys Familia being dealt, talks for Britton have "ramped up," Crasnick said. The Astros, Cubs and Dodgers are the three teams being mentioned most often, with the Yankees, Red Sox, Giants, Phillies and Braves also seeing their names attached to the southpaw in recent days. Britton, for his part, has been better in the last few weeks, not having been scored upon since June 27. He's got a 3.45 ERA and 1.34 WHIP overall.
Jul 21 - 8:37 PM

Nate Jones (arm) suffered a setback during his rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte and will be shut down for two weeks.

That's certainly disappointing news for the right-hander, who appeared close to returning to the White Sox. Sox manager Rick Renteria said he does expect Jones to pitch again in 2018 despite the news, but there's obviously no timetable for a return at this point. Jones has been on the shelf since hitting the DL on June 13 with a pronator muscle strain in his right arm.
Jul 21 - 8:22 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic says the Rays are drawing "significant interest" in starter Chris Archer.

Rosenthal notes, though, that Archer, who has made just two (underwhelming) starts since coming off the disabled list for an abdominal strain, would "almost certainly need to show that he has returned to form in his final two starts before the deadline" for a team to give up what the Rays would surely want in return for the starter. Archer is under team control for three more years after this season, further increasing his appeal. As things are now, the right-hander has a 4.29 ERA and 1.38 WHIP in 15 starts.
Jul 21 - 7:36 PM




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