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Homer-happy Cubs down Phils behind Lester
MLB.com Updated 13 hours ago
The young and the old showed off their home run swings as 24-year-old sluggers Jorge Soler and Kris Bryant each hit a solo shot and veteran David Ross belted a three-run blast to power the Cubs to a 6-2 victory over the Phillies on Friday at rainy Wrigl…Share Tweet
nytimes.com 7 hours agoClint Hurdle and his Pittsburgh players and coaches tipped their caps as a show of respect toward Jeff Banister before the Texas manager's first game against the organization he called home for 29 years.Share Tweet
Brewers Win 9-5 to Hand Reds Their 11th Straight Lossnytimes.com 7 hours agoSteady veteran Aaron Hill sticks with the same approach at the plate for the Milwaukee Brewers, regardless of the opponent, or whether he's on streaking or slumping.Share TweetHitting his 100th home run special for David Ross, CubsShare Tweet
Piscotty, Cardinals Slam Scherzer, Nationals 6-2nytimes.com 10 hours agoAs Jaime Garcia rediscovered his winning form, pitching counterpart Max Scherzer lost the strike zone and then the game by allowing yet another home run.Share TweetMLB.com 16 hours agoSecond baseman Rougned Odor's eight-game suspension has been reduced by one game to seven, and Odor will begin serving the suspension on Friday night, when the Rangers open a three-game series with the Pirates at Globe Life Park.Share Tweet
Bryant dusts off first-base mitt as Rizzo restsMLB.com 18 hours agoThe Cubs' Anthony Rizzo got a "mini All-Star break" while Kris Bryant got a chance to break in his first baseman's glove on Friday.Share Tweet
Ankle injury proves to be short-lived for FrancoMLB.com 18 hours agoMaikel Franco's prediction was right. The Phillies' third baseman said his right ankle is doing great, and he was in Friday's lineup against the Cubs just as he said he would be after exiting Wednesday's 8-5 win against the Tigers.Share TweetBryce Harper and Danny Espinosa each socked home runs Thursday night as the Washington Nationals beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 2-1.Read more...Share Tweet
Braves make tough decision to option KellyMLB.com May 27 (yesterday)After the Braves burned through the bullpen through the first nine innings of Wednesday's 13-inning loss to the Brewers, Casey Kelly accepted the task of pitching the final four innings. Unfortunately for Kelly, this unexpected development provided the …Share Tweet
Brewers dampen Braves' spirits with sweepMLB.com May 27 (yesterday)Ryan Braun and Jonathan Villar homered as the Brewers added to the Braves' home woes and completed their first three-game series sweep of the season with Thursday night's 6-2 win at Turner Field.Share Tweet
Mike Leake restores order, but a loss is a loss for CardinalsMike Leake restores order, but a loss is a loss for CardinalsShare Tweetyahoo.com May 26 (yesterday)Prior to Thursday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper was probably pretty frustrated with his recent performance. The 23-year-old came into the contest hitting just .194 during the month of May, and had only…Share Tweet
Harper busts homer slump with monster shotMLB.com May 26 (yesterday)Call it the Big Bang Theory. Everybody knew Bryce Harper's home run drought wouldn't last much longer, and it ended with quite a bang during Thursday's 2-1 victory over the Cardinals.Share TweetArizona Diamondbacks Chief Baseball Officer Tony La Russa hasn’t managed a baseball game in more than four seasons, but he’s still willing to go to extraordinary lengths to defend his record in the job. La Russa entered the broadcast booth of the Pittsb…Share Tweetnytimes.com May 26 (yesterday)Josh Harrison came off the bench to hit a two-out, two-run double in the sixth inning to help the Pittsburgh Pirates defeat the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-3 on Thursday.Share Tweet
Pirates' Vogelsong out of hospital, visits ballparkPirates' Vogelsong out of hospital, visits ballparkShare Tweet
Even in a deep funk, Cardinals pitchers insist on accountabilityEven in a deep funk, Cardinals pitchers insist on accountabilityShare TweetAfter facing the Braves' entire bullpen and the guy who had been scheduled to start on Saturday, the Brewers claimed a 3-2 victory courtesy of Jonathan Villar's go-ahead single in the 13th inning on Wednesday night at Turner Field.Share Tweet
Brewers' win in extras took shape in key 8thMLB.com May 26 (2 days ago)There's no sport that's more stat-driven than baseball and that can lead to all kinds of number craziness. The Brewers' 3-2 win in 13 innings over the Braves on Wednesday night at Turner Field certainly fit the crazy quotient. The eighth inning alone wi…Share Tweet
Freese, Bucs rally past D-backs with big 5thMLB.com May 26 (2 days ago)A day after showcasing their lineup's full potential, the Pirates displayed their resilience. David Freese's two-run homer punctuated a four-run fifth inning as the Bucs stormed back to beat the D-backs, 5-4, on Wednesday night at PNC Park.Share TweetThe Los Angeles Dodgers finished a three-game sweep of the last-place Cincinnati Reds and extended their winning streak to a season-high four games.Share Tweet
The Art Of Pitch-FramingMar 21Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy explains the finer points of pitch-framing
Miguel Montero Excited For New RotationMar 20Cubs catcher Miguel Montero is ready to work with the new rotation for the team and explains what needs to be worked on in spring training.
Epstein's 'Mission Impossible'Mar 8William Rhoden explains how Theo Epstein went from the Boston Red Sox's "boy wonder" to undertaking an impossible mission as the president of baseball operations for the Chicago Cubs.
Lester Impressive In First Cubs OutingMar 6Jon Lester got his Cubs career underway with his first appearance on the mound in a spring training game.