AL West News and Rumors
Led by Albert Pujols' three RBIs and a gem by Matt Shoemaker, the Angels became the first Major League team to clinch a playoff berth with an 8-1 win over the Mariners on Monday night at Angel Stadium, but both Pujols and Shoemaker left with injuries.Upvote Share Tweet
Halos excited to punch ticket, but focused on bigger goalsMLB.com 11 hours agoMike Scioscia and the Angels are not satisfied with simply making the postseason -- they want to win the American League West for the first time since 2009, lock up home-field advantage throughout the playoffs and much more beyond that.Upvote Share TweetAngels first baseman Albert Pujols left Monday night's game with a cramp in his left hamstring, but said after the 8-1 win over the Mariners that he hoped to return to the lineup on Tuesday.Upvote Share TweetESPN.com 11 hours agoDodgers outfielders Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig got into a verbal altercation in the dugout during an 11-3 win over Colorado on Monday night, a disagreement caught by the Rockies' TV cameras.Upvote Share Tweetnytimes.com 14 hours agoJose Altuve had three hits to give him 209 this season and drove in two runs, leading the Houston Astros to a 3-1 win over the Cleveland Indians on Monday night.Upvote Share TweetMLB.com 15 hours agoAstros starting pitcher Collin McHugh was forced to leave in the seventh inning of Monday's game against the Indians with a left forearm contusion after being struck by a sharp comebacker off the bat of third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall.Upvote Share Tweet
On Baseball: Clarity Emerging as Playoff Races Wind Downnytimes.com 16 hours agoThe postseason picture got less fuzzy this weekend with three teams on the verge of claiming division titles and some jockeying among the wild-card hopefuls.Upvote Share Tweet
Hamilton eyes Wednesday return after 'breakthrough' dayMLB.com 16 hours agoAngels outfielder Josh Hamilton, who hasn't played since Sept. 4 with an injured right AC joint (shoulder area) and trapezius muscle, had what manager Mike Scioscia thinks could be a "breakthrough" day Monday and could return as early as Wednesday.Upvote Share TweetUtility man Ryan Raburn's hyperextended left knee hasn't improved at all, as he received treatment to no avail prior to Monday's game against the Astros.Upvote Share Tweet
Mariners have tough road aheadThere's no denying that, of the teams contending for the American League's Wild Card spots, the Mariners have the toughest remaining road schedule, with 11 of their final 14 games away from home.Upvote Share Tweet
Mariners' road success offsets Safeco woesAs the Mariners open a critical 11-game road trip on Monday that will go a long way toward determining their playoff fate, one overhanging question looms. Why has Seattle been so much better on the road than at home this season?Upvote Share TweetWith less than two weeks remaining in the regular season, the Astros still aren't ruling out rookie outfielder George Springer getting back on the field at some point. Springer, who hasn't played since straining his left quad on July 19, has been taking…Upvote Share Tweetyahoo.com 18 hours agoLest you thought the Hunter Pence Signs joke was something that died after mid August — you know, like the Oakland Athletics' chances of winning the AL West, zing! — the bleacher meme has inspired a new parody rap video. We like parody rap videos and th…Upvote Share Tweet
For Bucs, Holdzkom can be second coming of K-RodMLB.com 22 hours agoTwelve years after the Angels procured Francisco Rodriguez virtually out of thin late-season air and rode his arm to a World Series title, the Pirates have a chance to recreate that magic with John Holdzkom: A mysterious reliever, unknown to Major Leagu…Upvote Share Tweet
Twenty-seven up and down: Evaluating Texas' position playersMLB.com Sep 15 (yesterday)The Rangers have used 27 position players on a club that is going to finish with offensive numbers that haven't been seen in Arlington in more than three decades. Some of those players are going to be with the Rangers for a long time. Some of them bette…Upvote Share Tweet
The Week Ahead: Contenders hit Crucial stretchMLB.com Sep 15 (yesterday)It's that magical time of year in baseball. Just ask the Baltimore Orioles, the Washington Nationals and the Los Angeles Angels. All three teams have such a huge division lead that their magic number is tiny. All three could clinch their division in the…Upvote Share Tweetnytimes.com Sep 15 (yesterday)Wilson Ramos hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning, and the Nationals won a ninth straight game started by Jordan Zimmermann.Upvote Share Tweet
Angels Clinch Playoff Spot With Win Over MarinersSep 15Matt Shoemaker picked up his 16th victory of the season in the Angels' 8-1 win over the Mariners.
A's Blank M'sSep 14Baseball Tonight Spotlight: Sam Fuld homered and drove in two runs in the Athletics' 4-0 win over the Mariners. Jon Lester showed why Oakland traded for him.
Angels' Winning Streak SnappedSep 14Dallas Keuchel tossed seven strong innings and the Astros snapped the Angels' 10-game winning streak with a 6-1 victory.
Trout's Big Bat Powers AngelsSep 13Mike Trout hit two home runs as the Angels defeated the Astros 5-2.
Taking Down the BestSep 16Read Peter King’s On Further Review column: ‘Football is Full of Heart’ One minute, Devon Still was preparing for his 4-year-old daughter’s dance recital. The next, the Bengals defensive tackle was at a hospital, learning that she had cancer. Here is th…
Joe Ingles of Australian national team agrees to 1-year deal with Los Ange…Sep 16Australian swingman Joe Ingles has parlayed a fine showing at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup into an NBA contract with the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Week 2 MailbagSep 16This season, The MMQB is separating Peter King’s Tuesday content into two columns—On Further Review, which usually will look at a understated but important factor or team from the weekend’s games, and the Tuesday Mailbag, where reader emails will be ans…
‘Football is Full of Heart’Sep 16The Leah Still story has come close to capturing the nation. At least the sporting nation, at a time when football desperately needs some small bit of good news. Leah, 4, is three-and-a-half months into her life-or-death fight with pediatric cancer—neur…