Frankie Montas exits start vs. Mariners with shoulder tightness

SEATTLE — The buzz surrounding Frankie Montas as one of baseball’s most sought-after pitchers ahead of the Aug. 2 Trade Deadline has only heightened with each start. However, an early exit on Sunday now leaves his immediate future in question. On a cold Seattle afternoon with heavy rainfall in the surrounding area at the first … Read more

Framber Valdez, Houston Astros author ‘special’ day, striking out 20 in win over Los Angeles Angels

HOUSTON — Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout finished 0-for-11 with nine strikeouts in a three-game series and Los Angeles hitters fanned 20 times, equaling a major league record, as the Houston Astros won 4-2 for a sweep on Sunday. Rookie Jeremy Pena homered twice, capped by a two-run drive with two outs in the … Read more

California agency clears way for Oakland Athletics’ $12B ballpark plan

SAN FRANCISCO — A California agency on Thursday has cleared the way for the Oakland Athletics to continue planning a $12 billion waterfront ballpark project. The San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission voted 23 to 2 to reclassify a 56-acre terminal at the Port of Oakland as a mixed-use area where a new ballpark … Read more

Shohei Ohtani strikes out 11, extends scoreless innings streak

Shohei Ohtani strikes out 11, extends scoreless innings streak n”,”providerName”:”Twitter”,”providerUrl”:”https://twitter.com”,”type”:”rich”,”width”:550,”__typename”:”ExternalEmbedContent”},”$ROOT_QUERY.getForgeContentBySlug({“locale”:”en-us”,”slug”:”shohei-ohtani-strikes-out-11-extends-scoreless-innings-streak”,”type”:”story”}).parts.5″:{“data”:{“type”:”id”,”generated”:true,”id”:”$ROOT_QUERY.getForgeContentBySlug({“locale”:”en-us”,”slug”:”shohei-ohtani-strikes-out-11-extends-scoreless-innings-streak”,”type”:”story”}).parts.5.data”,”typename”:”ExternalEmbedContent”},”type”:”oembed”,”__typename”:”ExternalEmbed”},”$ROOT_QUERY.getForgeContentBySlug({“locale”:”en-us”,”slug”:”shohei-ohtani-strikes-out-11-extends-scoreless-innings-streak”,”type”:”story”}).parts.6″:{“content”:”Ohtani hasn’t allowed a run in three straight starts and has struck out 30 batters in that stretch. Only nine pitchers have accomplished that feat since 2000, and if that’s not impressive enough, Ohtani has also incredibly hit four homers at the plate over that span.”,”type”:”markdown”,”__typename”:”Markdown”},”$ROOT_QUERY.getForgeContentBySlug({“locale”:”en-us”,”slug”:”shohei-ohtani-strikes-out-11-extends-scoreless-innings-streak”,”type”:”story”}).parts.7″:{“content”:”The … Read more

Freddie Freeman’s lingering free agency saga is rife with tears, anger and blame

We’re all suckers for it. The departed free agent returns to where he started. Fans shower him with affection. Tears are shed, hugs exchanged. The passage of time makes the bittersweet moment less bitter, more sweet. That’s what you thought you were seeing when Freddie Freeman returned last weekend to Atlanta, right? Well, we know … Read more

Jacob deGrom, Max Scherzer Mets returns can’t come soon enough

The Mets have done a remarkable job of surviving for 75 games. They played terrific ball right out of the chute, and they were enabled by the rest of the NL East enjoying an extended siesta during April and May. It was an excellent combination that allowed them a nice, big lead, afforded them to … Read more