In the final game of the regular season, the Nats got on the board in the first inning against Mike Clevinger and the Indians. Trea Turner singled and stole second base. After two outs, Juan Soto doubled to right field to score Turner.
In the top of the third, the Indians answered back with a solo homer from Francisco Lindor over the right field wall off Nats starter Joe Ross. It was his 32nd homer of the season. He also led off the game with a double.
In the bottom of the third, Kurt Suzuki...
The Nationals raced out to a big early lead, then held off the Indians the rest of the way for a 10-7 victory over the Indians at Nats Park.
The win guarantees the Nats home field advantage for Tuesday's National League wild card game. After starting the season 19-31, the Nats rebounded to go 72-38 (.655), and are now 92-69 with one game remaining in the regular season.
Gerardo Parra crushed his second grand slam of the season, Anthony Rendon delivered a two-run double in a nine-run second...
With a win today versus Cleveland, the Nationals will secure home field advantage for Tuesday's National League wild card game. They can also grab home field if the Rockies upend the Brewers again tonight in Denver.
Former Nats left-hander Gio GonzÃ¡lez starts for the Brewers at Colorado with first pitch set for 8:10 p.m. ET. So the Nats will know where they stand prior to that game getting underway.
The Nats are surging again at the right time, winning six in a row and eight of their last...
The Indians have won three consecutive American League Central titles on cruise control. There wasn't a need to win a critical series in the final weeks.
In 2016, Cleveland beat second-place Detroit by eight games. In 2017, the Indians beat the second-place Twins by 17 games. Last season, they finished 13 games ahead of the Twins.
Any wonder then that Indians pitcher Mike Clevinger said the final weeks of the last three seasons have felt like glorified spring training games? No intensity...
After losing the 2016 World Series in seven games and the 2017 Division Series to the Yankees in five games, the Cleveland Indians hope to take a run at a third consecutive American League Central championship.
But their biggest competition comes from the Twins, a wild card team in 2017 that has added six players, including five pitchers, two of them starters.
The White Sox and Tigers are in rebuild, although the White Sox are, unlike the Tigers, beyond the first step.
The Royals lost two key...
When the 2018 season begins, the Orioles will be afforded no time to ease into the action. The early season schedule is tough and littered with 2017 playoff teams.
Of the 15 American League teams, just five finished over .500 last year and they were all playoff teams. Cleveland won 102 games, Houston won 101 on its way to the World Series title, Boston won 93, New York won 91 and Minnesota 85.
Of their first seven series of the 2018 season, the Orioles play each of those five teams once. They...
Chris Davis snapped a 3-for-31 stretch with a homer. Jeremy Hellickson provided a quality start after his ERA was 9.51 his previous five starts. Jonathan Schoop had three hits, raised his average to .305 and drove in his 103rd run. The O's bullpen pitched two scoreless.
It didn't lead to a win though. Not against a sizzling-hot Cleveland team which seldom trails recently and hasn't lost since Aug. 23rd. Cleveland made it 18 wins in a row in beating the Orioles 3-2 last night.
The Orioles have lost three in a row and been outscored 18-3 in those games. Tonight they will try to end that streak and Cleveland's 17-game winning streak when they meet on ESPN.
The Indians are 86-56 and lead the AL Central by 12 games over Minnesota. The Tribe has run off the longest win streak in the majors since the Oakland A's won 20 straight in 2002. Cleveland is 39-16 since the All-Star break and 26-4 in its last 30 games.
The Orioles have been swept three straight six times this...
Stranger things have happened, but if Cleveland doesn't win the American League Central, it's an upset.
The Indians have gone the longest - 68 years - without winning a World Series.
Detroit has a dangerous offense. They have Justin Verlander, Jordan Zimmermann and Michael Fulmer leading their rotation. And the Tigers, despite not having a healthy Zimmermann, were in the playoff hunt until the final day of last season, when they were beaten 1-0 by Atlanta pitcher Julio Teheran.
The Cleveland Indians, who lost the World Series to the Cubs in Game 7 last season, have the scariest rotation and the deepest bullpen in the American League Central.
Who has the best chances to catch them?
Maybe the Detroit Tigers, assuming health in their rotation and growth with their young guys. Former National Jordan Zimmermann had a strong start with his new team in 2016, but neck injuries slowed him the rest of the way.
By all indications, Cleveland will run away with this...
There was a time when you could hardly score a run off the Cleveland Indians' pitching staff in this postseason. There was a time when Cleveland manager Terry Francona almost never lost a World Series game.
But that all changed the last few days as the Chicago Cubs' 108-year curse ended last night. Or more accurately early this morning. The Cubs beat the Indians 8-7 in 10 innings to win Game 7 of the World Series. They became the sixth team that was behind 3-1 in the series to win the last...
Cleveland sports fans have suffered without a major championship for years. But that's all changing.
In June, the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers won their first basketball title and now the Indians, after beating the Blue Jays for the American League pennant, are four wins away from winning their first World Series since 1948.
The Indians beat the Boston Braves in the '48 World Series with future Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Lemon winning two games. Another future Hall of Famer, Bob Feller, lost two...
Only a select few major league pitchers surpass the 200-strikeout mark each season. Max Scherzer just got there on Aug. 9, with nearly two more months to add to that total.
Scherzer hit the magical 200-strikeout number tonight with a third-inning punch-out of Indians catcher Roberto Perez. It's the fifth straight season the Nationals right-hander has done it, a feat duplicated only by Felix Hernandez, Clayton Kershaw and Justin Verlander, among active pitchers.
This is Scherzer's 24th start...
Bryce Harper's stiff neck, which forced him from the Nationals game three days ago, is still preventing the struggling slugger from playing tonight.
Harper is out of the lineup for the Nationals' series opener against the Indians, a somewhat surprising development given the way he and the team downplayed the significance of the injury when it first became public Saturday night.
"It's the same thing," manager Dusty Baker said. "We were hoping that these couple days (would help). A stiff...
Manager: Terry Francona (4th season)
Last 10 games: 5-5
Who to watch: SS Francisco Lindor (.306/.356/.450 with 13 HR, 55 RBIs), 3B Jose Ramirez (.302 /.360/.428 with 44 RBIs), 1B Mike Napoli (28 HR, 79 RBIs), RHP Josh Tomlin (11-4, 3.81 ERA), RHP Cody Allen (2.49 ERA with 20 saves)
Season series vs. Nationals: 1-1
Aug. 9: RHP Trevor Bauer vs. RHP Max Scherzer, 7:05 p.m., MASN Aug. 10: RHP Josh Tomlin vs. LHP Gio Gonzalez, 4:05 p.m., MASN
Inside the Indians:
The Cleveland Indians acquired a game-changing lefty, Andrew Miller, for their bullpen and an outfielder with a dependable bat, Brandon Guyer. The Texas Rangers picked up Jeremy Jeffress, Carlos Beltran and Jonathan Lucroy.
So as the non-waiver trade deadline rumors end and the dust settles, the Rangers and Indians are the most improved teams in baseball.
A couple of months after the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Golden State Warriors to win the NBA championship, the Indians are set to make a...