First baseman Ryan Howard fell a double short of the cycle Sunday afternoon at Coors Field in the Phillies' 10-9 win over the Rockies. But the Phillies hope to have his hit in the seventh inning changed from a single to a double, which would give him the belated cycle.
Temporarily emerging from their team-wide slump, the Giants scored twice in each of the first two innings Sunday and hung on for a 4-3 victory over the San Diego Padres.
Behind Josh Donaldson's three hits and yet another solid outing from Jesse Chavez, the A's completed a three-game sweep of the Houston Astros on Sunday afternoon at the O.co Coliseum.
Ryan Braun gave the Brewers a chance with another ninth-inning home run, and Khris Davis cashed in five innings later with a homer in Milwaukee's 3-2 victory over the Pirates on Sunday at PNC Park.
BOSTON (AP) -- Baltimore shortstop J. J. Hardy left Sunday night's game against the Boston Red Sox after six innings with a strained right hamstring.
Coming off an emotional series victory over an NL Central rival and 2013 playoff team, the surging Milwaukee Brewers hope to keep riding high while improving on baseball's best record. That could be difficult as the San Diego Padres send one of the league's most surprising hurlers to the mound. The Brewers seek their fourth straight win Monday night when they open a three-game series against the Padres and Andrew Cashner at Miller Park. Milwaukee (14-5) ended up with a drama-filled 3-2 victory at Pittsburgh on Sunday when Khris Davis hit a go-ahead home run in the 14th inning.
The Pittsburgh Pirates got the best of the Cincinnati Reds in last year's wild-card game, but it's Cincinnati rolling into Monday night's opener of a four-game set in Pittsburgh while the floundering Pirates are searching for answers. After suffering an 8-7 loss last Monday at home against Pittsburgh, the Reds (8-10) took the next two and have won four of five, matching their win total from their first 13 games. Cincinnati's starters have posted a 0.98 ERA in the last four victories after Homer Bailey tossed six scoreless innings in Sunday's 8-2 win over the Cubs. A number of Reds hitters are enjoying good stretches, with Joey Votto hitting .368 with 10 runs in his last 11 games after going 6 for 25 through his first seven contests.
The Chicago Cubs are the only team in baseball that's failed to win a series this season, but their next opponent could provide a prime opportunity. The Arizona Diamondbacks visit Wrigley Field on Monday night to begin a four-game set between the two worst teams in the NL. The Cubs missed out on a chance to match that over the weekend after falling 8-2 to the Reds on Sunday to drop two of three. "Today's April 20, so it does us no good hanging our heads or being negative," starting pitcher Carlos Villanueva told the team's official website.
The Pirates and Brewers exchanged blows in the third inning of their Easter Sunday series finale, resulting in the ejections of Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez and bench coach Jerry Narron, and Pirates outfielder Travis Snider.
On a day when his fastball didn't have much bite and his breaking pitches were flat, Jesse Chavez finally got the victory that had eluded him through the first two weeks of the season. Chavez combined with three relievers on a five-hitter, and Josh Donaldson drove in three runs to help Oakland beat the Houston Astros 4-1 on Sunday to complete a series sweep. That was a good pitch that I needed.'' Chavez (1-0) allowed four hits over six innings and retired seven of the final eight batters he faced after giving up a solo home run to Marwin Gonzalez in the fourth. ''I think he'll tell you he struggled with his command moreso today than any other day,'' Oakland manager Bob Melvin said.
After Adrian Gonzalez was intentionally walked ahead of him, Yasiel Puig lined a three-run homer off Josh Collmenter with two outs in the sixth inning Sunday, and the Dodgers beat the D-backs, 4-1.
The Boston Red Sox held an emotional 20-minute pregame ceremony honoring victims of the Boston Marathon bombings along with law enforcement officials, medical personnel, runners and race volunteers before Sunday night's game against the Baltimore Orioles. With canvasses of handwritten notes from each of the 50 states being held on the outfield warning track from the left field corner in front of the Green Monster around to the Pesky Pole, a number of victims came walking in from the left-field corner to a loud ovation. Just over a year ago, two bombs exploded near the finish line - less than a mile from Fenway Park, killing three and injuring over 260 others.
Ryan Braun homered in the ninth inning to tie it, then Khris Davis hit a home run in the 14th that put Milwaukee ahead for good. Yet those were hardly the big blows that attracted all the attention Sunday in the Brewers' 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez, Pirates outfielder Travis Snider and Milwaukee bench coach Jerry Narron were ejected after a shouting match quickly escalated into a punch-filled brawl in the third. ''I was just doing my job.'' The problems started when Gomez paused at the plate and flipped his bat to watch his two-out drive off Pirates starter Gerrit Cole.
Dean Anna just barely held his swing and worked a bases-loaded, full-count walk against C.J. Riefenhauser in a 12th-inning battle between a pair of rookies, forcing home the go-ahead run as the Yankees defeated the Rays, 5-1, on Sunday at Tropicana Field.
Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura succinctly and aptly described the series finale at Texas. ''It's an odd game,'' Ventura said after the 16-2 victory Sunday that ended Chicago's four-game losing streak. There was the bases-loaded triple by the fill-in leadoff hitter Marcus Semien after an intentional walk to the No. 9 batter, the strikeout that stood on a replay challenge after Alejandro De Aza insisted he was hit by the pitch, and White Sox starter Erik Johnson allowing two runs on only one hit over five innings. ''If you can go out and compete without your best stuff and your team overcomes and puts up a lot of runs, it's always a positive.'' Jose Abreu and Jordan Danks each had two-run homers while Johnson combined with three relievers on a two-hitter against the Rangers, who had won five in a row.
Homer Bailey doesn't even need to be at his best to win at Wrigley Field. Bailey pitched six scoreless innings in a friendly ballpark for his first win of the season and Jay Bruce homered and doubled as the Cincinnati Reds beat the Chicago Cubs 8-2 on Sunday. ''He hasn't been his normal dominant self, but his slider has gotten a lot better,'' Reds manager Bryan Price said. Zack Cozart hit a two-run homer for Cincinnati, which took two of three this weekend from the Cubs and has won 17 of 19 games at Wrigley Field.
After an intentional walk to Eric Young and a wild pitch by Gus Schlosser, Kirk Nieuwenhuis scored on a sac fly by Curtis Granderson to give the Mets an exciting 4-3 win over the Braves in the 14th inning on Sunday at Citi Field.
Denard Span's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted the Nationals over the Cardinals, 3-2, at Nationals Park on Sunday afternoon. The clubs split the four-game series.
Trevor Plouffe led the bats with two doubles and a triple while Phil Hughes picked up his first win with the Twins as the offense supported him nicely in Minnesota's 8-3 romp over the Royals on Sunday.
It took all afternoon before Curtis Granderson finally generated some goodwill at Citi Field. The slumping Mets newcomer hit a sacrifice fly in the 14th inning and New York outlasted the Atlanta Braves 4-3 on Sunday to prevent a three-game sweep. ''It felt really good,'' Granderson said. ''Any way to help the team win a big game.'' David Wright had four hits and New York took advantage of three early errors by Atlanta, which had won seven of eight.