SAN DIEGO - The Nationals lost another home-grown superstar and the Angels have another superstar in their lineup.
And it looks as though there are going to be plenty of 13-11 games next season in Anaheim.
Anthony Rendon, a free-agent third baseman whose late-inning postseason heroics helped the Nationals win the World Series, has signed a seven-year, $245 million contract with the Los Angeles Angels.
Last offseason, the Nationals lost outfielder Bryce Harper, who signed a $330 million contract...
ANAHEIM, Calif. - It was a big ask of right-hander Mychal Givens. But the Orioles turned to him in the last of the ninth today to hold a 4-4 tie. Givens finished last night's win, getting four outs and throwing 30 pitches.
He was right back out there this afternoon trying to put up a zero and send this game to extra innings. The O's were seeking their first four-game road sweep since Aug. 22-25, 2011, at Minnesota.
Givens got Andrelton Simmons to ground out. But third baseman Matt Thaiss, the...
The Orioles and Los Angeles Angels remain hopeful that they will play baseball today at Camden Yards, but rain has been falling through the day and the game will not start on time.
Shortly after 12 p.m. today the O's posted this via their Twitter account - "RAIN UPDATE: We are starting today's game vs. the Angels in a delay. We remain optimistic to be able to play baseball this afternoon. We are continuing to monitor weather reports and will share updates as we receive them."
Prepare yourself: The baseball offseason is here, and that means a never-ending stream of speculation about trades and free agent signings.
John Schuerholz, former general manager of the Atlanta Braves, used to accuse reporters of blowing even the tiniest tidbit of conversation out of proportion. "Reporters take a kernel of popcorn and turn it into a large bag immediately," he said.
In case you haven't heard, Bryce Harper and Manny Machado are the two biggest names on the free agent market....
Manager: Mike Scioscia (19th season)
Last 10 games: 3-7
Who to watch: CF Mike Trout (.320 with 23 HR, 91 hits); SS Andrelton Simmons (.313 with 36 RBIs, 82 hits); LF Justin Upton (17 HR, 44 RBIs); 1B Albert Pujols (12 HR, 74 hits); LHP Tyler Skaggs (6-5, 2.69 ERA); RHP Blake Parker (9 saves, 3.29 ERA)
Season series vs. Orioles: 3-0
June 29: RHP Felix PeÃ±a (0-0) vs. RHP David Hess (2-4), 7:05 p.m., MASNJune 30: LHP Tyler Skaggs (6-5) vs. RHP Andrew Cashner...
Who says rebuilding lasts forever? It only seems to be the case.
The Astros, who had 100-loss seasons each year from 2011 to 2013, won their first World Series last season. This season, they are the favorite to win the American League West. And they could be the first team since the 1999-2000 New York Yankees to win consecutive World Series.
In the rest of the AL West, the stories are the same. The Mariners, Angels, Athletics and Rangers have potent lineups, but rotation questions.
The American League wild card race is bizarre, flawed or mediocre - whatever you choose to call it.
In most seasons, teams struggling to stay above .500 would be long gone out of the race. Not this year.
Here is what makes the AL wild card race so wild:
* The Twins, who lost 103 games in 2016, are contenders even with a rotation that includes Bartolo Colon, Aaron Slegers, Dillion Gee and Tim Melville. Colon is 44 and looks like a sportswriter. Slegers has made one big league start, Gee 23 in...
Michael A. Taylor got hit in face on a foul tip and then made one of the more amazing diving catches in the Nationals' 3-2 setback Wednesday to the Angels.
All in a day's work for the center fielder, who is just returning from an oblique injury.
In the sixth, Taylor got hit with a foul tip that bounced close to home plate and then back up near his right eye. After being dazed for a moment, he returned to the batter's box and completed the at-bat.
"I really didn't see it coming," Taylor...
The Angels had one more big hit than the Nationals did on Wednesday, and that was enough to take away a 3-2 getaway day win.
Ryan Zimmerman smacked a two-run shot to set the tone for the Nats early, but that was all the offense they could muster as Ricky Nolasco pitched 5 2/3 innings and three relievers held the Nats to four hits and no runs the rest of the way.
Even with the loss, the Nats ended up winning two out of three series for the homestand. Zimmerman likes that and said Nolasco...
The Nationals jumped on Angels starter Ricky Nolasco in the first inning. With one out, Wilmer Difo singled. He now has a career-high 11-game hitting streak. Difo then stole second. After a groundout by Daniel Murphy, Ryan Zimmerman slammed his 28th homer of the season. The two-run shot over the left-center field wall put the Nats up 2-0.
The Nats are 50-16 (.758) this season when scoring first.
This is the second time in Zimmerman's career he has hit 28 homers in a season. He hit a...
One reason the Nationals defeated the Angels in the series opener was their ability to prevent Mike Trout from launching a game-changing hit. He did have a scorching single up the middle in the Angels' best chance to score in the sixth, but Gio Gonzalez did a nice job of working out of the difficult situation and keep them off the board. The Nationals ended up with a 3-1 win.
Howie Kendrick, who crushed two homers for the Nats, knows from experience how good Trout is, and it starts with the...
Nationals president of baseball operations and general manager Mike Rizzo loved the value he received in acquiring a veteran hitter like Howie Kendrick. He is a player who can also defend multiple positions and has extensive playoff experience.
Rizzo knew Kendrick was an important insurance policy for his injured starting left fielder Jayson Werth (left foot contusion) when he went after Kendrick. He also knew Kendrick could play in the infield and help offset injuries to shortstops Trea Turner...
Howie Kendrick got a measure of revenge against his former team with a solo homer over the left-center field wall, just out of reach of left fielder Cameron Maybin, helping the Nationals to a 1-0 lead over the Angels in the third. It was his fifth homer of the season and in the same area as his dramatic walk-off grand slam on Sunday night.
It also marked Kendrick's 100th career homer. Wilmer Difo followed with a single. He now has a 10-game hit streak, the longest of his career. Daniel Murphy...
Manager: Mike Scioscia (18th season)
Last 10 games: 7-3
Who to watch: CF Mike Trout (.341, 23 HR, 55 RBIs), DH Albert Pujols (17 HR), SS Andrelton Simmons (.301, 55 RBIs, 17 SB), LF Cameron Maybin (25 SB), RHP Bud Norris (18 saves)
Season series vs. Nationals: 1-1
Aug. 15: LHP Tyler Skaggs vs. LHP Gio Gonzalez, 7:05 p.m., MASN Aug. 16: RHP Ricky Nolasco vs. RHP Tanner Roark, 1:05 p.m., MASN
Inside the Angels:
The Angels have hovered around .500 for most of the...
ANAHEIM, Calif. - When this road trip started on Monday night, the Orioles got an uplifting win. Manny Machado hit a grand slam in the seventh, Dylan Bundy fanned 10 and the Orioles beat the Los Angeles Angels 6-2.
But not a lot went right after that.
The O's bats were shut down by former Oriole Parker Bridwell last night, and today the Orioles were held to four hits in a 5-1 loss. That is three runs and 12 hits the last two days as they lose the first series on the three-city West Coast road...
ANAHEIM, Calif. - It was a series where the Orioles didn't get much offense and the trend continued this afternoon against a pitcher making his second major league start. The Orioles lost 5-1 in front of 36,202 to the Los Angeles Angels to drop the series after winning Monday's series opener.
It's a disappointing end to a series that began with promise when Manny Machado's seventh-inning grand slam provided a 6-2 lead and win Monday night. But over the series' last two games, the Orioles...
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Mark Trumbo is back in the Orioles lineup today for the first time since July 29. He was on the 10-day disabled list with a right rib cage strain.
Over 103 games, Trumbo is batting .238/.300/.405 with 17 doubles, 17 homers, 50 RBIs and an OPS of .706. He is batting fifth as the designated hitter and struck out swinging his first time up in the second inning.
"It feels really good (to be back)," Trumbo said this morning in the visiting clubhouse. "Really excited to get back...
With less than two months to go, there's not a lot of drama in the National League races.
The Nationals most likely will play either the Cubs, Brewers or surging Cardinals in the Division Series, while the Dodgers will play the winner of the projected Diamondbacks-Rockies wild card game.
The American League is more complex. Teams are bunched and a .500 record keeps a team thinking October.
The Orioles are contenders even though they were seven games under on July 16.
The Orioles' schedule...