The Orioles entered Friday night’s game against the Astros riding high following one impressive four-game sweep against the Texas Rangers. However as soon as this game began, it became clear that the Astros are most definitely not the Rangers. The best team in the American League entered the night with a 63-32 record for good reason, and they showcased why they’re World Series favorites on this night. Below, the details of an eight-inning one-sided affair and one wild ninth inning that saw the Birds almost eek out a Friday night win. The recap The Astros made a statement on offense early courtesy of some command troubles from Ubaldo Jimenez, the night's starter. A Carlos Beltran RBI single scored
The Texas Rangers have started reaching out to teams potentially interested in acquiring star pitcher Yu Darvish, gathering information on what sort of return they could receive if they decide to trade him before the July 31 deadline, major league sources told Yahoo Sports on Thursday. In the midst of a wicked slump that dropped them to 45-50 and behind five other teams for the second American League wild card, the Rangers are not committed to dealing Darvish, the 30-year-old right-hander who immediately would become the market’s most coveted asset. At the same time, rival executives believe the Rangers are nearing the point where their struggles could force them to strongly consider doing so.
Paul DeJong hit a tiebreaking two-run double in St. Louis' nine-run eighth inning, and the Cardinals cooled off the Chicago Cubs with an 11-4 victory on Friday. Chicago carried a 3-2 lead into the eighth, looking for its seventh consecutive win. Carl Edwards Jr. (3-2) was pulled after the first three batters reached.