Two pitches into Saturday’s 1-0 walk-off win against the Tigers, Cleveland’s rotation was hit with a major setback.
Tribe employs MLB-record 9 pitchers in shutout
The bullpen phone rang a lot earlier than usual for the Indians on Saturday night. When bullpen coach Jason Bere answered the call in the first inning against the Tigers, manager Terry Francona had a message to deliver to his army of relievers.
Adrian Gonzalez heroically saved Clayton Kershaw from a foul ball
Consider the day saved.
Trumbo doesn’t play due to back spasms
Mark Trumbo, the Major League leader in home runs, wasn’t in the Orioles’ starting lineup for the second straight night in Saturday’s 5-2 loss to the Rays as he deals with back spasms. The slugger was available to pinch-hit, but he wasn’t used.
Brewers top Cubs with monster mashes
When Cubs manager Joe Maddon arrived at Wrigley Field on Saturday, the first thing he checked was whether the home clubhouse still smelled of champagne. All he wanted to do after that was hand the ball to Jake Arrieta, but Ryan Braun spoiled the Cubs’ day.
Donaldson (hip) returns to playing at 3B
Josh Donaldson made his return to third base on Saturday night for the first time since he missed a recent three-game series vs. the Rays because of a hip injury.
Big leaguers join Day of Play in Brooklyn
In the middle of Brooklyn’s Prospect Park on Saturday, Edgardo Alfonzo, Mickey Rivers and Andre Rienzo picked up Wiffle balls and started to pitch. The park was hosting Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play, and the three Major Leaguers were helping man MLB’s “Play Ball” booth.
Mets shut down deGrom; nerve surgery likely
Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom is likely finished for the season, and he is expected to undergo surgery to repair the ulnar nerve in his right elbow, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said on Saturday.
Starlin strains hammy; Ellsbury injures knee
The Yankees’ long odds took a pair of hits on a painful Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park, which could have the club continuing its pursuit of a postseason berth without Starlin Castro and Jacoby Ellsbury.
Turner’s 2 HRs vs. Braves can’t trim Nats’ number
Nick Markakis drove in two runs and helped the Braves defeat the Nationals, 7-3, at Turner Field on Saturday afternoon. Washington’s magic number to clinch the National League East crown remains at six games.
Murphy ties Span for single-season hits record
Second baseman Daniel Murphy put himself in the Nationals’ record books in Saturday afternoon’s 7-3 loss to the Braves at Turner Field. His double in the third inning tied Denard Span for the most hits in a season with 184.
Ace Kluber notches 3rd straight 200-inning season
The Indians’ faith in ace Corey Kluber has extended beyond the expectations of what he will provide every five days. It has reached the point where Cleveland now knows what to expect from its rotation leader every year.
Strasburg tosses briefly on flat ground
Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg is showing signs that his arm is feeling better. He was playing catch with the team’s trainer on flat ground for about five minutes on Saturday.
Alley-oop: KD gets assist from Willie Mays
The Say Hey Kid, senior first pitch advisor.
Mall of America hosting Hall of Fame Tour
The MLB Hall of Fame Tour has arrived at the Mall of America, and several former players, including Hall of Famers Andre Dawson and Bert Blyleven will be on hand to visit the exhibit, which runs through Sept. 29.
Weinstein’s new challenge: managing Israel
Jerry Weinstein is an admitted baseball lifer, always looking for a new challenge, even as he nears his 74th birthday.
Stanton returns to Marlins’ starting lineup
There was a new No. 2 hitter in the Marlins’ lineup for their series opener against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.