Stephen Strasburg couldn't deny he experienced a different vibe in his latest start compared to all others this season. Strasburg remained undefeated and struck out seven over six innings in his first start since signing a seven-year, $175 million deal, and the Washington Nationals defeated the Miami Marlins 6-4 in the opener of Saturday's day-night doubleheader. Strasburg (6-0) allowed three runs and five hits for his second victory over the Marlins this season.
A pair of injured Dodgers pitchers are nearing returns to the rotation, with Hyun-Jin Ryu (left shoulder) starting a rehab assignment on Sunday and Brandon McCarthy (right elbow) just a simulated game away from joining him.
David Ortiz tied the game in the ninth and won it in the 11th on Saturday, carrying the Red Sox to a 6-5 win over the Astros.
The San Diego Padres have recalled reliever Leonel Campos from Triple-A El Paso, fortifying the pitching staff following the right hamstring injury to starter Andrew Cashner. The Padres made the move before the game Saturday against the Milwaukee Brewers, which Cashner was supposed to start. Cashner was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Friday.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi unwrapped his new bullpen toy Saturday and unleashed it on the Chicago White Sox. Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman combined for eight strikeouts and scoreless relief as New York used its three big arms in the same game for the first time to secure a 2-1 victory. Ivan Nova pitched neatly into the sixth inning to give New York's ailing rotation a much-needed boost.
Nationals star Bryce Harper has dropped his appeal and will serve a one-game suspension in the second game of the day-night doubleheader Saturday against Miami. The reigning NL MVP was suspended and fined Wednesday by Major League Baseball for his behavior following an ejection in Monday's 5-4 win over Detroit. During the bottom of the ninth inning of that win, Harper was in the dugout when he was ejected by plate umpire Brian Knight after Nationals batter Danny Espinosa was called out on strikes.
Jake Arrieta continued his hot streak, striking out 11 and giving up three hits over eight innings in the Cubs' 8-2 victory over the Pirates on a chilly Saturday at Wrigley Field. Anthony Rizzo smacked a three-run homer and Addison Russell added a two-run shot for the Cubs, who now have won Arrieta's last 21 starts, extending a franchise record.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Logan Forsythe was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday after tests revealed a hairline fracture of his left shoulder blade.
The Rays took a different approach in the annual National PLAY Campaign stop at Tropicana Field this year. Usually the event centers around a ballgame played on an MLB diamond. This year became an in-depth tour behind the scenes of a Major League team.
Shane Prusak was wide-eyed as some of his favorite Red Sox players paraded around in foul ground greeting fans at Fenway Park before Saturday's game against the Astros
Michael Brantley's right shoulder needs more rest. Indians manager Terry Francona said Brantley will visit Dr. Craig Morgan on Tuesday in Wilmington, Delaware. Francona said imaging tests taken Friday didn't reveal any new damage and Brantley will see Morgan, who performed surgery on him in November, to see what should be done next.
The Yankees may finally have an explanation for Luis Severino's sophomore slump. Forced to leave his start in the third inning on Friday, the hurler has been diagnosed with a mild strain of his right triceps, which will necessitate a stint on the 15-day disabled list.
In the wake of Luis Severino's arm injury, the New York Yankees made a flurry of roster moves to reinforce their pitching staff. Right-handers Chad Green and Conor Mullee were called up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and added to the bullpen before Saturday's game against the Chicago White Sox. Rookie catcher Gary Sanchez was optioned back to Triple-A, and Severino was placed on the 15-day disabled list, interrupting his dreadful sophomore season.
Chris Sale became the fourth White Sox starter in franchise history to win each of his first eight starts in a season, joining Eddie Cicotte (12, 1919), John Whitehead (eight, 1935) and Jon Garland (eight, 2005) with Friday's complete-game effort in a 7-1 win against the Yankees.
Michael Brantley knows he is too valuable to the Indians to push through any lingering issues with his surgically-repaired right shoulder and risk a setback. The left fielder alerted the team that he was not bouncing back well after games. Prior to their game against the Twins on Saturday, the Indians placed Brantley on the 15-day disabled list due to inflammation in his shoulder, which was operated on in November.
Top Astros prospect Alex Bregman said Saturday he felt "very comfortable" after playing his first game at third base as a professional in the first game of a doubleheader Friday for Double-A Corpus Christi. Bregman was selected No. 2 overall in last year's Draft out of LSU as a shortstop and played short until getting the start at third on Friday.
Yankees right-hander Luis Severino exited in the third inning of his start Friday night, and he was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a mild strain in his right triceps.
Catcher Miguel Montero was activated from the disabled list Saturday, and he was in the Cubs' starting lineup.
Miguel Montero was activated from the 15-day disabled list on Saturday, putting three catchers on the roster for the Chicago Cubs. ''I feel good, surprisingly,'' Montero said. To make room on the roster, outfielder Ryan Kalish was designated for assignment.