Dillon Peters, recalled from Triple-A prior to the game, pitched five shutout innings as the Los Angeles Angels defeated the host Seattle Mariners 9-3 Sunday afternoon.
Mariano Rivera and fellow closer Lee Smith, starters Mike Mussina and the late Roy Halladay, and designated hitters Edgar Martinez and Harold Baines were feted on a sun-splashed day at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit his first career grand slam, a 441-foot drive toward the bushes at Comerica Park that helped the Toronto Blue Jays rally for a 7-5 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday night.
David Fletcher singled home the tiebreaking run in the ninth inning, Mike Trout followed with a three-run homer and the Los Angeles Angels took advantage of a big mistake on defense by Seattle to beat the Mariners 6-2.
It’s still a family affair for the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates. Forty years removed from the franchise’s last World Series title, the group that used the Sister Sledge song ‘We Are Family’ as its rallying cry remains close. Pitcher John Candelaria says the team did an excellent job of communicating with each other to make sure potential problems were nipped in the bud. Outfielder Dave Parker added the team was so loose it was hard to tell if it was getting ready for a barbeque or a game.
Even in the dead of winter, Cooperstown is baseball heaven, its mecca – the “soul of baseball,” as Jeff Idelson, the outgoing president of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, called it during Ken Griffey Jr.’s induction in 2016.
A heat wave that has gripped much of the country has affected many major league ballparks, where players and fans are trying to keep cool. Temperatures are soaring to near triple digits this weekend, making it tough to play baseball and to watch it, too. The sweltering conditions are expected to continue through the weekend in some spots.
Mike Leake of the Seattle Mariners lost his bid to pitch a perfect game on a leadoff single in the ninth inning by rookie Luis Rengifo, then finished off the Los Angeles Angels for a 10-0 win Friday night in Seattle.
A week after the worst start of his career, Leake almost achieved baseball immortality.
Mike Leake pitched a one-hitter as the Seattle Mariners defeated the visiting Los Angeles Angels 10-0 Friday night.
The Los Angeles Angels gave up on their $11 million investment in Matt Harvey, designating the 30-year-old right-hander for assignment. Harvey was 3-5 with a 7.09 ERA in 12 starts. He gave up six runs, seven hits and five walks over six innings in a 6-2 loss to the Houston Astros on Thursday night. Once dubbed The Dark Knight, Harvey was among baseball’s most dominant starters for a time with the New York Mets. He started the 2013 All-Star Game at Citi Field but hurt his elbow later that summer.
Left-hander Drew Smyly has agreed to a contract with the Philadelphia Phillies and is on track to start Sunday against Pittsburgh. Manager Gabe Kapler says the agreement is pending a successful physical. Right-hander Nick Pivetta is being moved to the bullpen. The 30-year-old Smyly was 1-5 with an 8.42 ERA in nine starts and four relief appearances this year for Texas, which released him in late June.
Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer won’t come off the 10-day injured list to start for Washington against Atlanta this weekend. Scherzer was given a cortisone shot this week to address inflammation in his bursa sac under his right shoulder blade.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone has been suspended for one game for his rant that followed his ejection in a doubleheader opener against Tampa Bay. MLB executive Joe Torre also says Boone has been fined. Boone was ejected in the second inning for arguing from the dugout with rookie umpire Brennan Miller, who had called a third strike on Brett Gardner. Boone was to serve the suspension in New York’s opener against Colorado. Boone says he’s “not real proud” of the language caught by microphones.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone went on a profane rant after rookie umpire Brennan Miller called Brett Gardner out on strikes in the second inning of a doubleheader opener against Tampa Bay. Miller, umpiring behind the plate for the fifth time in a major league game, called Aaron Judge out on strikes following DJ LeMahieu’s leadoff double in the first. Gardner batted in the second after Gio Urshela’s tying, two-run homer and was called out on a 1-2 pitch.
Mike DiMuro, among two father-son duos to work home plate in a major league no-hitter, is retiring after two decades as an umpire and is being replaced on the big league staff by Chad Whitson. The 51-year-old DiMuro made his major league debut in 1997 and became a fulltime member of the big league staff in 1999. Bothered by back problems in recent years, he has not worked since July 8 last year. His father, Lou, was an American League umpire from 1963-82.
The Cincinnati Reds are down to their fourth and fifth catchers after placing two more on the injured list. Curt Casali went on the 10-day injured list with a right knee sprain that manager David Bell said could keep him out for as long as a month. Casali is expected to spend two weeks wearing a brace. Kyle Farmer was placed on the seven-day concussion list after taking two foul balls off his mask in the ninth inning of Tuesday’s game against the Cubs in Chicago.
Mariano Rivera, Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina, Roy Halladay, Harold Baines and Lee Smith will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday.
The thrifty Tampa Bay Rays think they have found another hidden gem in Mike Brosseau, an undrafted infielder from Oakland University in Michigan who signed for $1,000 and bolted to the big leagues. Three weeks after his major league debut, the 25-year-old infielder has become a middle-of-the-order option for manager Kevin Cash as Tampa Bay chases the star-studded Yankees in the AL East.
Former New York Yankees reliever Mariano Rivera is awaiting his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Rivera set a record with 652 saves. He says he always wanted to do “whatever it took to win, and it worked many times.” He is the first player unanimously voted into the Hall by the writers. He is part of a Cooperstown class that also includes Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina the late Roy Halladay, Harold Baines and Lee Smith.