Ned Yost, manager of the defending World Series-champion Kansas City Royals and the American League in the upcoming All-Star Game, has lived the home-field advantage in the last two World Series.
For one night, the ball was jumping out of Marlins Park like it was Coors Field. In fact, home runs came at a record rate. Mark Reynolds enjoyed his 23rd career multi-homer game, and his second blast, which came off Brian Ellington in the sixth inning, proved the difference in the Rockies' 5-3 win on Monday night.
An exciting day of baseball is on tap today with a full schedule of Major League games, including seven matinees and a trio of aces on the mound.
Trevor Rosenthal was in deep trouble when Yadier Molina came up with a huge play - for the closer and the St. Louis Cardinals. Molina cut down rookie Albert Almora Jr. trying to take third on a ball in the dirt in the ninth, and Rosenthal held on for the save as St. Louis stopped a five-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Monday night. Almora doubled with one out and Rosenthal hit pinch-hitter Chris Coghlan with his next pitch.
Francisco Lindor and Juan Uribe homered in a three-run eighth inning to lead the Indians to a 7-4 win over the Rays in Monday night's series opener at Progressive Field. Cleveland has won four in a row and extended its lead in the American League Central to one game over the Royals, while the Rays have lost five straight.
Erik Kratz delivered the game-winning homer off Giants ace Madison Bumgarner in the fifth inning Monday, a solo shot that barely cleared the left-field wall -- and was very nearly taken away by Angel Pagan -- and led the Pirates to a 1-0 win at PNC Park.
White Sox manager Robin Ventura initially had little advice for Zach Duke when the reliever was brought into a bases-loaded jam in the ninth inning. ''No outs, good luck,'' Ventura said he first told the lefty. Duke wriggled out of trouble Monday night and Chicago went on to beat the Boston Red Sox 3-1 in 10 innings.
Cardinals No. 3 prospect Luke Weaver looks to move to 4-0 for Double-A Springfield in a matchup against Tulsa on MiLB.TV at 8:05 p.m. ET.
Giancarlo Stanton on Monday blasted a home run in the first inning, and he continues to show signs that he is breaking out of his prolonged slump. The three-time All-Star also attached his name to some MLB history on a night the Marlins fell 5-3 to the Rockies at Marlins Park.
A World Series rematch is on tap today as the Royals make their first trip back to Citi Field, the ballpark in which they were crowned champions last fall.
Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner said that he has been encouraged by the team's recent play, and he believes that it will have a chance to reach the postseason if it can avoid injuries.
Mark Reynolds hit two home runs to help power the Colorado Rockies to a 5-3 victory over the Miami Marlins in a record-setting home run contest Monday night. Trevor Story, Nick Hundley, and Charlie Blackmon also homered for the Rockies, who salvaged the final game of a four-game series with Miami. ''It's been a weird series and that's kind of how it's gone down here historically, but we needed to win this game and found a way to do it with the long ball,'' Rockies manager Walt Weiss said.
The Pirates skidded into PNC Park early Monday morning after a tough road trip through New York and Chicago. Having lost five straight and 17 of its last 22 games, Pittsburgh was in desperate need of the strong start delivered by left-hander Jeff Locke in the Bucs' 1-0 win over Madison Bumgarner and the Giants.
In a reversal of their previous stance, the Mets are at least considering a reunion with Jose Reyes, whom the Rockies designated for assignment last week. The Mets, who continue to look for an offensive spark as they battle injuries, believe Reyes could fill a super-sub role, with significant at-bats coming at third base.
Next door was the aftermath, the fans snaked around Quicken Loans Arena waiting for their turn to plop down their hard-earned cash for a hard-earned T-shirt bearing the word "Champions." The bid to be the one who broke the so-called curse was a kind of unspoken and painfully slow-moving foot race taking place between this city's three major professional sports teams lo these many decades, and the Cavaliers won that race by winning the NBA Finals on Sunday night.
The Cleveland Indians are developing a habit of pulling out late-inning victories. Francisco Lindor and Juan Uribe provided the drama Monday night by homering in the eighth inning, and the Indians beat the Tampa Bay Rays 7-4. The Indians were coming off a three-game sweep of the Chicago White Sox that featured two walkoff wins.
Jeff Locke didn't think it made a difference who pitched. The Pittsburgh Pirates needed a win, and somebody was going to get it for them. The left-handed Locke followed consecutive horrible starts with 6 2/3 scoreless innings, Erik Kratz hit his first home run since 2014 and the Pirates beat San Francisco 1-0 on Monday night, ending the Giants' eight-game winning streak.
The Rays lost outfielder Mikie Mahtook to a fractured left hand, and there's a chance Steve Pearce could also be headed to the disabled list.
Commissioner Rob Manfred, who has stressed youth initiatives since taking office in January 2015, was honored for Major League Baseball's contributions to the Harlem Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities program on Monday night.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Washington Nationals have scratched unbeaten right-hander Stephen Strasburg with an upper back strain, spoiling his scheduled showdown with Clayton Kershaw.