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
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
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
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
Kyle Schwarber hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift the Chicago Cubs to a 4-3 win over the visiting Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night. Robel Garcia and Kris Bryant also homered for Chicago, which rallied from a 3-0 deficit in the first inning. Anthony Rizzo finished 2-for-3 with a double.
Posted: July 17, 2019, 4:01 am
In the blink of an eye, Homer Bailey went from being 20 1/2 games out of a playoff spot to being tied for the second American League Wild Card position. The 33-year-old right-hander was traded from Kansas City to Oakland on Sunday as the A’s officially began their trade deadline maneuvering. “To go to (a team) like this, it’s definitely an energy boost,” Bailey said.
Posted: July 17, 2019, 1:43 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