From a visit by a MLB scout during a winter practice at the Parkland gymnasium that eventually became a long-term business relationship to a turn of good fortune at the most opportune of times to a unique MLB debut where the driver got lost on the way to the field, Kiermaier, Winkler and Wittgren — now in their late 20s and early 30s — have navigated their way from a community college in Champaign to the bright lights of MLB diamonds on a nightly basis.
Posted: September 27, 2020, 2:00 pm
The Indians suffered a setback in their bid to host a first-round playoff series, losing 8-0 to Joe Musgrove and the major league-worst Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday night. Musgrove (1-5) earned his first victory in a year, allowing three hits while striking out 10 in a season-high seven innings. The right-hander did not allow a run in his final two outings, striking out 21 over 13 frames.
Posted: September 27, 2020, 8:14 am
Pittsburgh Pirates (19-40, fifth in the NL Central) vs. Cleveland Indians (34-25, third in the AL Central) Cleveland; Sunday, 3:10 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: Pittsburgh: JT Brubaker (1-3, 4.47 ERA) Cleveland: Cal Quantrill (2-0, 2.17 ERA) LINE: Indians favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 8 runs BOTTOM LINE: Pittsburgh heads into the matchup after a strong showing by Joe Musgrove. Musgrove pitched seven innings, surrendering zero runs on three hits with 10 strikeouts against Cleveland.
Posted: September 27, 2020, 7:02 am
Jose Abreu drilled a go-ahead, bases-clearing double in the fourth inning and James McCann and Yoan Moncada homered to lift the host Chicago White Sox past the Chicago Cubs 9-5 on Saturday to snap a six-game losing streak. Despite suffering their sixth loss in seven games, the Cubs clinched the National League Central when the St. Louis Cardinals lost earlier in the night. The White Sox still could join the Cubs as division champs.
Posted: September 27, 2020, 6:30 am
Chris Morgan urges you to take the best available pitcher on today’s slate.
Posted: September 27, 2020, 5:23 am
The Indians will have one eye on the field and one eye on the scoreboard on the final day of the regular season. Cleveland suffered a setback in its bid to host a first-round playoff series and had its six-game winning streak snapped with an 8-0 loss to Joe Musgrove and the major league-worst Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday night. The Indians fell one game behind the Chicago White Sox for second place in the AL Central and were eliminated from the division title race when Minnesota beat Cincinnati.
Posted: September 27, 2020, 3:25 am
Rookie Ke’Bryan Hayes went 5-for-5 with three doubles and Colin Moran homered and drove in four runs to lift the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates to an 8-0 romp over the Cleveland Indians on Saturday. Bryan Reynolds belted a two-run homer and Jose Osuna also went deep as Pittsburgh (19-40) banged out 13 hits en route to just its sixth road win of the season, tying Texas for the fewest road wins in the majors.
Posted: September 27, 2020, 3:11 am
The Chicago White Sox couldn’t hold on to a late three-run lead Thursday and lost to the Indians 5-4 at Progressive Field in Cleveland. The Sox scored three runs in the top of the seventh to take a 4-1 lead, but the Indians answered with four in the bottom of inning on the way to completing a four-game sweep. Jose Ramirez drove in the go-ahead run with a two-run double. The Sox (34-23) lost …
Posted: September 25, 2020, 1:52 am
For the first time since 2010, the Tampa Bay Rays clinched the AL East title.
Posted: September 24, 2020, 5:32 am
Shane Bieber lowered his ERA to 1.63 in his final regular-season start, the lowest in the American League since Luis Tiant’s 1.60 for Cleveland in 1968, and Jordan Luplow hit a game-ending home run that gave the Indians a 3-2 win over Chicago on Wednesday night. The loss dropped the White Sox in second place in the AL Central at 34-22, a half-game behind Minnesota (35-22). Chicago has lost a season-high four in a row and us 1-5 on a seven-game trip.
Posted: September 24, 2020, 3:05 am
A look at what’s happening around the majors on Thursday:
Posted: September 24, 2020, 1:47 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Corey Seager had three hits, including one of Los Angeles’ four home runs, as the Dodgers clinched the National League’s top postseason seed and eighth straight West title Tuesday night with a 7-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics.
Posted: September 23, 2020, 7:38 am
Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow (4-1, 4.21 ERA) gets his final tuneup for the postseason when he faces Robinson Cano and the New York Mets at Citi Field. Glasnow and the playoff-bound Rays hope to make it a special night — they can clinch their first AL East title with a win, or a loss by the Yankees to Toronto. ”I go into it with maybe a little bit more confidence than I did last year,” Glasnow said.
Posted: September 23, 2020, 7:02 am
With one sweet swing, Jose Ramirez pushed the Cleveland Indians into the playoffs and strengthened his case for the AL MVP award. Ramirez hit a three-run homer with two outs in the 10th inning, giving Cleveland a 5-3 win over the Chicago White Sox that clinched a postseason berth Tuesday night. Ramirez’s drive to right off Jose Ruiz scored Cesar Hernandez and Francisco Lindor, setting off a wild celebration at home plate as the Indians reached the postseason for the fourth time in five years.
Posted: September 23, 2020, 3:39 am