Stephen Strasburg had a very short stint on a terribly long day for the Washington Nationals, who are struggling with injuries to key players in their effort to repeat as World Series champions. Strasburg threw only 16 pitches before leaving with a recurring nerve issue in his right hand in the first inning of Washington's 15-3 rout of the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night. The World Series MVP declined through a team spokesman to speak with reporters after the game, but manager Dave Martinez said Strasburg would be re-evaluated Saturday.
Stephen Piscotty hit a tying grand slam in the ninth inning, Mark Canha's sacrifice fly put Oakland on top in the 10th, and the Athletics stunned the San Francisco Giants 8-7 on Friday night in the opener of the Bay Bridge Series. Oakland trailed by five in the ninth inning but rallied to win from such a deficit for the first time since July 15, 1952, according to STATS. The Giants hadn't lost after leading by five or more runs in the ninth inning or latter since June 25, 1929.
Gerrit Cole joins Roger Clemens as the only two American League pitchers to win 20 consecutive decisions.
On Sunday, the Dodgers' Mookie Betts will partner with Pull Up Neighbor to provide pandemic necessities and voter registration services in Compton.
Yordan Alvarez hit a three-run homer in his first at-bat of the season after recovering from COVID-19, connecting during a nine-run burst in the first inning that sent the Houston Astros over the Seattle Mariners 11-1 on Friday night. Alvarez was the AL Rookie of the Year last season when he hit .313 with 27 homers. Alvarez drove in four runs in his 2020 debut, including his opposite-field shot off Nestor Cortes in the first.
PHOENIX (AP) -- Merrill Kelly pitched shutout ball into the seventh inning, Kole Calhoun hit a solo homer and a run-scoring single, and the Arizona Diamondbacks pulled away late to beat the San Diego Padres 5-1 on Friday night.
Clayton Kershaw allowed one hit over seven brilliant innings, Cody Bellinger hit a pair of two-run homers and the Los Angeles Dodgers opened the Freeway Series with a 7-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night. Justin Turner had two hits and drove in a run as the surging Dodgers opened this star-studded annual interleague series with their first win over the slumping Angels since 2018. The Dodgers (14-7) also moved back into sole possession of first place in the NL West.
Alec Mills was originally slated to pitch Saturday but was bumped up to Friday because Tyler Chatwood was scratched with mid-back tightness.
Lance Lynn allowed hits to the first two batters in the first inning on the way to his first complete game in six years, Nick Solak homered, and the Texas Rangers beat the Colorado Rockies 3-2 Friday night. Lynn (3-0) gave up singles to the first batters he faced and Garrett Hampson scored from third on Nolan Arenado's groundout. Two Texas errors in the sixth led to an unearned run for Colorado.
Cody Bellinger breaks out of his slump with a pair of home runs and Clayton Kershaw allows one hit over seven innings in the Dodgers' 7-4 victory.
Christian Yelich hit a three-run homer and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the major league-leading Chicago Cubs 4-3 on Friday night. Yelich hit his fifth homer of the season off Alec Mills to right-center field, erasing Chicago's 3-1 lead in the sixth inning. Yelich didn't have much of a plan for the at-bat - the 2018 NL MVP said he felt lost at the plate all night - but somehow nailed Mills' first pitch.
Gerrit Cole posted his 20th straight regular-season win, becoming the sixth pitcher to ever reach the mark by throwing seven sharp innings to lead the New York Yankees over the Boston Red Sox 10-3 Friday night. A noted Yankees fan growing up in Southern California, Cole (4-0) allowed one run and four hits in his first taste of the storied rivalry, albeit in front of empty seats. ''It was a tight game for a while,'' Cole said.