Harper, Schwarber HR as Wheeler, Phils top Pads to open NLCS
Bryce Harper homered again, Kyle Schwarber hit a jaw-dropping, 488-foot drive and Zack Wheeler was brilliant in throwing one-hit ball for seven innings to lead the Philadelphia Phillies over the San Diego Padres 2-0 in the opening game of the all-wild card NL Championship Series.
Padres pull out 5-3 victory over Dodgers, tie NLDS 1-all
Manny Machado homered early and added an RBI double off Clayton Kershaw, and Jurickson Profar singled home the go-ahead run in the sixth inning as the San Diego Padres beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3 to even their NL Division Series at a game apiece.
Buster Posey's 18th homer helps Giants to ninth straight win
Buster Posey homered in the first inning and scored the go-ahead run on an error in the third, and the San Francisco Giants beat the San Diego Padres 6-1 for their ninth straight victory a day after becoming the first team in the big leagues to clinch a playoff berth.
Padres' Snell exits start vs Dodgers with apparent injury
San Diego Padres starter Blake Snell left a game Sunday with an apparent injury in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Snell retired his first two batters on popups to left field. It was a significant blow to the Padres, who are fighting for the second NL wild card.news.yahoo.com
Snell pulled after 7 no-hit innings, Padres beat D-backs 3-0
Blake Snell threw seven hitless innings before being pulled for a reliever, and San Diego lost its bid for a combined no-hitter in the eighth inning when Arizona’s David Peralta dropped a bloop single into shallow left field in the Padres' 3-0 win.
Snell pulled, San Diego's no-hit bid ends in 8th vs D-backs
The San Diego Padres had their no-hit bid broken up in the eighth inning on Tuesday night when Arizona's David Peralta had a bloop single fall into shallow left field. Left-hander Blake Snell pitched the first seven innings and was dominant, but needed 107 pitches to get through the Diamondbacks lineup. Padres manager Jayce Tingler decided to put right-hander Pierce Johnson into the game to start the eighth.news.yahoo.com
Players call MLB economic proposal `extremely disappointing'
We made a proposal to the union that is completely consistent with the economic realities facing our sport, MLB said in a statement. During that session, MLB gave the union a presentation claiming billions of dollars of anticipated losses and held off making a proposal for two weeks. Under MLBs proposal, the playoffs would expand from 10 teams to 14 and players would receive more money if the postseason is played. Many players and union leadership have said the March 26 agreement would stand and no additional salary should be given up. As protection to teams against a lost postseason, salaries could be deferred with interest.
Rays chase Verlander early, beat Astros 4-1 to even ALDS
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Tampa Bay Rays never doubted themselves, even with Justin Verlander looking to end their season. Willy Adames homered and made a sensational relay throw from shortstop, and the Rays chased Verlander early in beating the Houston Astros 4-1 Tuesday night to even their AL Division Series at two games apiece. "We've got some momentum going for us and we plan on taking it back to Houston," Tampa Bay center fielder Kevin Kiermaier said. Verlander, whose eight career ALDS victories are a major league record, yielded three runs in the first. The Rays helped themselves by playing stellar defense, especially with the Astros threatening to cut into their three-run deficit in the fourth.
Cole fans 15, Bregman homers as Astros top Rays 3-1
Cole, 5-0 with a 1.07 ERA in six starts last month, set an Astros postseason record with 15 strikeouts in 7 2/3 scoreless innings to win his franchise-record 17th straight decision. Kevin Kiemaier doubled with two outs in the eighth and Cole was lifted after putting on Willy Adames with Cole's first walk. The Rays cut the lead to 3-1 when Avisal Garcia grounded into a forceout that scored Meadows. UP NEXTFormer Astro Charlie Morton, who got the win in the Rays wild-card victory, will start against Zack Greinke. Morton pitched for the Astros from 2017-18 and played a big role in their 2017 World Series title.
Astros aces amped to face Rays in AL Division Series
Houston will start Justin Verlander in Game 1 of the AL Division Series against Tampa Bay on Friday, followed by Gerrit Cole on Saturday night in Game 2 and Zack Greinke in Monday's Game 3. Despite their penchant for openers, the Rays will go with three true starters in the first three games of this series. Tyler Glasnow will start Game 1, 2018 AL Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell gets Game 2 and Charlie Morton, who got the win in their wild-card game against Oakland Wednesday night, will start Game 3. Some things to know about the ALDS between the Rays and Astros:CORREA READY TO GOHouston shortstop Carlos Correa is healthy and will start Game 1. And in the meeting with the team, Cash was amused by the introduction Hinch gave him.