Niko Goodrum, Miguel Cabrera, C.J. Cron and Jeimer Candelario all hit home runs in the first inning against Pittsburgh's Derek Holland as the Detroit Tigers drilled the Pirates 11-5 on Saturday. Detroit sent four of Holland's first 11 pitches over the fence at PNC Park to propel the Tigers to another big offensive outburst against reeling Pittsburgh.
Alex Verdugo has some big shoes to fill after trading places with Mookie Betts. Just don't tell that to Alex Verdugo.
Fresh off a game-finishing hit, Marcus Semien gave the Oakland Athletics a fast start. Semien homered in the first after hitting a walkoff single to end a 13-inning win 15 hours earlier, and the A's beat the Houston Astros 3-1 on Saturday for their eighth straight victory. The pitching's been very consistent, it's almost surprising when we give up runs,'' Semien said.
The Cleveland Indians have the best starting rotation in baseball. And those starters have dominated everyone, including the White Sox. If the South Siders want to live up to their own high expectations, they'll have to figure out a way to solve them.
Jeff Samardzija was placed on the 10-day IL on Saturday, and it's possible he has thrown his last pitch as a Giant.
Spencer Howard is coming. Here's what makes him such an exciting pitching prospect with ace-like potential for the Phillies. By Corey Seidman
Zach Plesac tossed six strong innings and the Cleveland Indians snapped a scoring drought with a six-run fourth in a 7-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Saturday. The Indians had been blanked for 13 innings before Franmil Reyes and Jordan Luplow each hit a two-run homer in the fourth. Luplow was 0 for 21 with a walk this season before homering.
The entire three-game series between Chicago and St. Louis at Busch Stadium was postponed after two more Cardinals players and a staff member tested positive for COVID-19.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Gerrit Cole came within one strike of earning his 20th straight regular-season win before getting pulled, and the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 8-4 Saturday in the opener of a seven-inning doubleheader.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Jeff Samardjiza has been placed on the 10-day injured list by the San Francisco Giants due to right shoulder impingement.
Pitching coach Bryan Price discussed the importance of the Phillies' "second layer" of relievers stepping up, especially with so many doubleheaders on tap. By Corey Seidman
With 16 players and staff positive for COVID-19, the Cardinals' season hangs by a thread. The Cubs might have sidestepped direct exposure by a matter of a few hours, a few reliable tests, and luck. Which means by extension, if not by definition, the league's season also hangs by a thread.