One day after an adult baseball fan made us cringe by snatching Kyle Schwarber’s walk-off home run ball away from a pair of young Chicago Cubs fans, two young, souvenir-chasing fans in Philadelphia, helped restore our faith in humanity. Both young fans raced through the stands with the same vigor during the Phillies 7-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The goal was to chase down the fifth-inning foul ball off the bat of Los Angeles first baseman David Freese.
Posted: July 18, 2019, 5:17 am
Los Angeles Angels right-hander Noe Ramirez was suspended for three games Wednesday and fined an undisclosed amount for hitting Houston Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick with a pitch in Tuesday’s game. Angels manager Brad Ausmus was suspended for one game and also fined an undisclosed amount, according to Major League Baseball chief baseball officer Joe Torre. Ausmus was set to serve his punishment Wednesday night when the Astros and Angels were to play again.
Posted: July 18, 2019, 1:11 am
In a moment that was 523 days in the making, Yu Darvish finally earned his first win at Wrigley Field as a member of the Chicago Cubs. The veteran right-hander pitched six scoreless innings, allowing just two hits while striking out seven in the Cubs’ 5-2 victory against the Cincinnati Reds. When closer Craig Kimbrel recorded the final out, Darvish could finally celebrate his elusive Wrigley Field moment after inking a six-year, $126 million contract on Feb. 10, 2018.
Posted: July 18, 2019, 12:25 am
Kansas City Royals shortstop Adalberto Mondesi was placed on the 10-day injured list Wednesday, one day after partially dislocating his left shoulder in Tuesday’s game against the Chicago White Sox. Mondesi suffered the injury while diving for a foul popup from Chicago’s Yolmer Sanchez in the fifth inning. Mondesi has been enjoying a solid season, batting .266 with seven homers, 52 RBIs and a major league-leading 31 stolen bases in 82 games.
Posted: July 17, 2019, 10:20 pm
The right-handed Broglio became part of baseball lore after being traded by the St. Louis Cardinals to the Chicago Cubs in June of 1964. He was the key piece that the Cardinals sent in a six-player deal that netted them a young player named Lou Brock. Brock emerged with the Cardinals and was a six-time All-Star en route to being inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Posted: July 17, 2019, 8:34 pm
Bears coach Matt Nagy doesn’t want his players to turn the page on their heartbreaking playoff loss to the Eagles. Nagy said during an appearance in the booth at the Chicago Cubs’ game today that he wants his players to keep thinking about the way their season ended, and to use that to motivate them to get better. We’re a young team and we’ve tried to build this culture and let them understand how important it is that we stay together and that we learn from our mistakes.
Posted: July 17, 2019, 8:32 pm
New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman is “one million percent” planning to opt out of the final two years of his contract, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reported Wednesday. Sources told Rosenthal that Chapman, 31, will enter free agency and forfeit the final two years and $30 million of the five-year, $86 million contract he signed in December 2016. In 10 seasons with the Yankees (2016-19), Chicago Cubs (2016) and Cincinnati Reds (2010-15), Chapman has 261 saves and a 2.25 ERA with 851 strikeouts in 515 1/3 innings.
Posted: July 17, 2019, 4:04 pm
Danny Duffy will try to become the third straight Royals starter to record a career high in strikeouts as he takes the mound for Kansas City against the Chicago White Sox in the third game of a four-game series Wednesday night. For Duffy to join his mates in the run, he’d have to better his own club record of 16 strikeouts, a mark he set in 2016. Duffy (3-5, 4.64 ERA) will be starting against the White Sox for the first time this season.
Posted: July 17, 2019, 8:18 am
With a win on Tuesday night, the Pittsburgh Pirates climbed out of last place in the National League Central. The visiting Pirates will look to continue their climb in the NL Central and deepen the Cardinals’ descent Wednesday afternoon when the division rivals meet in the finale of a three-game series. Pittsburgh’s Chris Archer (3-6, 5.42 ERA) is scheduled to face St. Louis’ Daniel Ponce de Leon (1-0, 1.99) in a battle of right-handers.
Posted: July 17, 2019, 7:09 am
Yu Darvish will try to pick up his first victory in nearly three months when the Chicago Cubs host the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday afternoon in the rubber match of a three-game series. Darvish (2-4, 4.72 ERA) has not earned a win since April 27. He followed that outing with 10 straight no-decisions, which marked a franchise record, before taking a loss June 26 and then drawing two more no-decisions.
Posted: July 17, 2019, 5:27 am
Kyle Schwarber wasn’t thinking home run when he stepped to the plate in the bottom of the 10th inning Tuesday night. Schwarber hit a solo home run with one out to give the Chicago Cubs a 4-3 comeback victory over the Cincinnati Reds. The lefty slugger stroked a 1-1 pitch from closer Raisel Iglesias (2-8) into the basket in front of the left field bleachers for his 21st homer and first career game-ending hit of any kind.
Posted: July 17, 2019, 5:25 am
The Wrigley Field basket has played a huge role in this week’s Cubs-Reds series. In Monday night’s game, Cincinnati catcher Curt Casali hit a game-tying homer into the basket in the seventh inning of a game the Cubs went on to lose. Tuesday night, it was Kyle Schwarber and the Cubs who were singing the praises of one of the strangest ballpark quirks in baseball.
Posted: July 17, 2019, 5:08 am
An official MLB ball is 5 ounces of leather, yarn and rubber. Certain adults still go crazy for them, as one Chicago Cubs fan showed when his team walked off the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday. Kyle Schwarber bashed his 21st homer of the season in the 10th inning to give the Cubs a 4-3 win.
Posted: July 17, 2019, 4:53 am
Mike Montgomery and Danny Duffy are being reunited on a pitching staff for Kansas City for the first time since 2011, when they were highly regarded left-handers in the Royals’ minor league system. Montgomery was traded to Kansas City by the NL Central-leading Chicago Cubs for catcher Martin Maldonado on Monday. ”It’s awesome,” Duffy said Tuesday of Montgomery’s return to the organization.
Posted: July 17, 2019, 12:00 am
The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association announced the nominees from each team for the 2019 Heart and Hustle Award. The award “honors active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit, and traditions of the game. Voting was conducted prior to the All-Star break.
Posted: July 16, 2019, 9:39 pm