Sept 23 (The Sports Xchange) – Highlights of Friday’s Major League Baseball games:
Dodgers 4, Giants 2
Rookie Cody Bellinger hit his 39th homer as the Los Angeles Dodgers clinched their fifth straight NL West
Posted: September 23, 2017, 7:09 am
Yankees starter RHP Masahiro Tanaka had an uncharacteristic start as the Blue Jays tacked on eight to win the first game of the three-game series, 8-1, in Toronto. Box score With the game tied 1-1 in the bottom of the third, Teoscar Hernandez broke it with a solo homer to left center to take the lead. The next inning, former Yankee Russell Martin stretched the lead with a two-run shot to left. The final blow was in the bottom of the sixth, when the No. 9 hitter Ryan Goins launched a grand slam to right center field that ended, not only Tanaka’s night, but the Yankees hopes to victory. The only run the Yankees put on the board came from Aaron Judge, who hit his 46th on the season in his
Posted: September 23, 2017, 2:30 am
Since I last checked in on the playoff picture, the probability of pandemonium in both the American and National Leagues has been reduced significantly. Boston’s magic number to clinch is eight, but they own neither the tiebreaker (the Yankees won the season series 11–8) nor the easier remaining schedule. The Yankees don’t have any remaining games against teams .500 or better as they sandwich a pair of three-game series against the 71–82 Blue Jays (in Toronto this weekend, and at home for the final one) around a makeup game against the Royals (75–77) and then three against the Rays (74–79), all at home.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 5:08 pm
Rookie right-hander Sal Romano will carry some extra motivation to the mound on Friday night when he and the Cincinnati Reds face the Boston Red Sox in the opener of a three-game series at Great American Ball Park. Romano is focused on winning a game for the Reds and helping further solidify his spot in the rotation for 2018. Romano’s beloved Bronx Bombers trail the Red Sox by three games in the American League East standings.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 6:44 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
BOSTON Red Sox chairman Tom Werner doesnt seem to be the biggest fan of the the Yankees, MLB disciplinarian Joe Torre, and players who cant take criticism from broadcasters. In a spot Thursday with WEEI, Werner made clear David Prices handling of Dennis Eckersley was unprofessional. Boston is a tough place to play, Werner said on WEEIs Ordway, Merlonia and Fauria.
Posted: September 21, 2017, 9:08 pm
A young girl hit in the face by a line drive off the bat of New York Yankees third baseman Todd Frazier during Wednesday’s Yankees-Minnesota Twins game has sparked reconsideration of a longstanding legal controversy: to what extent should teams be legally responsible for foul ball injuries? Courts have long recognized the so-called “Baseball Rule,” which imposes a limited duty on the part of teams to protect fans from foul ball injuries. Although courts have not always described the duty in consistent ways, the general takeaway is that teams must provide protective screening to fans seated in a “zone of danger.” This zone includes seats behind and near home plate.
Posted: September 21, 2017, 8:38 pm
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
The Hurricane Harvey relief efforts and fund-raising by Houston Texas star J.J. Watt showed us just how much of an impact pro athletes can have as humanitarians. Now that Puerto Rico has been — as news reports say — “absolutely obliterated” by Hurricane
Posted: September 21, 2017, 6:37 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
A court in the Dominican Republic has sentenced former major league?outfielder Raul Mondesi to eight years in prison for corruption and mishandling of public funds while serving as mayor of his hometown, San Cristobal. Mondesi, the 1994 National League Rookie of the Year while with the Los Angeles Dodgers, had been under house arrest since February while awaiting trial.? The three-judge panel also fined Mondesi the equivalent of $1.27 million for defrauding more than $6 million during his time as mayor from 2010 to 2016. Three of Mondesi’s staff members also were sentenced. Mondesi will be prohibited from holding any public office in the country for 10 years. Mondesi, 46, had a 13-year career
Posted: September 21, 2017, 3:26 pm
Sure, the second wild card in the American League is a mess, and kind of an embarrassing one, even. However, we did get some kind of progress in the postseason chase on Wednesday, as the Red Sox finished off their sweep of the Orioles while the Angels lost to the Indians. This officially clinched a postseason spot of some kind for Boston, and that’s a positive if you’re the Red Sox or one of their fans, because there is still no guarantee they’re going to win the AL East. The Yankees also won on Wednesday, defeating the Twins — the team that holds the second wild card as of this writing — keeping pace with the Sox. New York is three games back of Boston, and have hovered around that mark for
Posted: September 21, 2017, 1:25 pm