At least three Major League Baseball teams will extend protective netting at their ballparks to prevent foul balls and broken bats from hurting spectators, a move triggered by a serious injury to a young girl at New York’s Yankee Stadium this week. The Cincinnati Reds, Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres said they would install additional netting at their ball parks in time for opening day in 2018, extending protection that is currently limited to the seats directly behind home plate to the start of the team dugouts. “We still have some details to work out, but the bottom line is expanded netting at Safeco Field is going to happen,” Mariners President Kevin Mather said in a statement.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 7:53 pm
The Chicago Cubs took complete control of the National League (NL) Central with a win over the Milwaukee Brewers in MLB on Thursday. Kris Bryant’s two-run home run off reliever Oliver Drake in the top of the 10th inning provided the winning margin as the Cubs beat the Brewers 5-3 in 10 innings. The loss could not have been more heartbreaking for the Brewers, who fought back from a 2-0 deficit to tie the game, then took the lead on an Eric Thames single in the eighth.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 5:31 am
With a postseason berth tantalizingly close, the Minnesota Twins snapped out of their mini-slump in emphatic fashion. Joe Mauer and Jorge Polanco had three hits each, and the Twins extended their lead for the American League’s second wild card by beating the Detroit Tigers 12-1 on Thursday night. Minnesota is 2 ½ games ahead of the Angels in the race for the AL’s final postseason spot.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 4:20 am
Remember when it looked like Joe Mauer had overstayed his welcome in Major League Baseball? The longtime face of the Minnesota Twins picked up his 400th career double on Thursday night with a two out laser off the wall in the 6th inning against Detroit to drive in two runs. The former MVP has been a force at the plate in Minnesota and you really can’t help but be impressed.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 2:14 am
Aaron Judge hit his AL-leading 45th home run and topped 100 RBIs; Didi Gregorius surpassed Derek Jeter for the most home runs by a Yankees shortstop; and New York beat the Minnesota Twins 11-3 Wednesday for a three-game sweep. The game was briefly halted in the fifth inning when a foul ball down the third-base line off the bat of Todd Frazier struck a young girl, who was carried out of the stands, given first aid and taken to a hospital. The protective netting at Yankee Stadium ends at the home-plate side of each dugout, and the team said in July it is “seriously exploring” extending the netting for 2018. Frazier knelt down and covered his head, and many other Yankees and Twins watched in stunned silence as the fan was helped.
Posted: September 21, 2017, 7:55 pm
BALTIMORE — Roaring from behind and then finally winning in extra innings, the Boston Red Sox did more than merely maintain their lead in the AL East. They showed their mettle, a characteristic that should come in handy during the postseason. Andrew Benintendi hit a two-run single in the 11th inning, Mookie Betts had four RBIs and Boston beat the Baltimore Orioles 10-8 Monday night for their ninth win in 12 games. Xander Bogaerts homered and scored three runs for the Red Sox, who remained three games ahead of the second-place Yankees in the AL East and reduced to four their magic number for clinching a playoff berth. Boston erased a five-run deficit with a six-run fifth inning and needed 10
Posted: September 21, 2017, 3:30 pm