The history of pranks in baseball is long and proud. Sometimes the pranks are simple, like attaching a bunch of matches to the back of a pitcher’s cleats. Sano had a rubber rattlesnake with him in the dugout, and was showing to other teammates when pitching coach Neil Allen came by.
WASHINGTON -- On Dec. 19, 2014, the San Diego Padres traded pitcher Joe Ross and a player to be named later -- it would be Trea Turner -- to the Washington Nationals in a three-team deal that included the Tampa Bay Rays. Since that trade, the Padres have posted a record of 160-215 while the Nationals are 208-166 after they won 3-0 Saturday as Stephen Strasburg struck out a career-high 15 batters in seven innings and the Washington staff fanned 17. As a reminder of what could have been, Ross (2-0, 5.32) makes the start Sunday against San Diego right-hander Jhoulys Chacin (4-4, 5.74) in the finale of the three-game series at Nationals Park. First-place Washington is 30-18 while last-place San Diego
CLEVELAND -- Carlos Carrasco has held Cleveland's struggling rotation together through the season's first two months. Carrasco (5-2) took a shutout into the seventh in winning his third straight decision and the Indians defeated the Oakland Athletics 5-3 on Monday. The right-hander hasn't lost since April 28 and lowered his earned run average to 2.89 for a rotation that has the highest ERA in the AL. "He hit the ground running and really hasn't slowed down," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "He's built to log innings and with his stuff he should be able to do what he's doing. I don't think that this is just a good streak for him. He can be this kind of a pitcher." Carrasco missed time in