WASHINGTON | The Latest: Contreras puts National League on the board

WASHINGTON — The Latest on baseball’s All-Star Game (all times local): 9:10 p.m. Willson Contreras put the National League on the board in the All-Star Game by homering off Blake Snell in the third inning. Contreras hit the first pitch from Snell just over the wall in left field to cut the American League lead … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Contreras puts National League on the board

HIROSHIMA, Japan | Acuna honored to be named National League Rookie of the Year

HIROSHIMA, Japan — Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. woke up in Japan to news he had been named National League Rookie of the Year. Acuna was a runaway choice for the award over Washington outfielder Juan Soto in a contest between 20-year-olds. “I’m just flattered, I’m so honored,” Acuna said through a translator. “My … Continue reading HIROSHIMA, Japan | Acuna honored to be named National League Rookie of the Year

ORLANDO, Fla. | Manfred: No DH or draft changes likely for 2019

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says management is focused on pace-of-game changes for 2019 and bolder ideas suggested by players such as expanding the designated hitter to the National League are too complicated to be put in place for this season. Speaking Friday at the end of an owners’ meeting, Manfred says … Continue reading ORLANDO, Fla. | Manfred: No DH or draft changes likely for 2019

DENVER | Marquez ties modern-day MLB mark with 8 Ks to start game

DENVER — Colorado Rockies right-hander German Marquez has tied a modern-day major league record with eight straight strikeouts to begin a game on his way to setting the franchise record for most Ks in a season. Marquez matched a mark Wednesday against Philadelphia that was set by Houston lefty Jim Deshaies on Sept. 23, 1986, … Continue reading DENVER | Marquez ties modern-day MLB mark with 8 Ks to start game

WASHINGTON  | The Latest: AL beats NL 8-6 in power-crazy All-Star Game

WASHINGTON  — The Latest on baseball’s All-Star Game (all times local): 11:59 p.m. Alex Bregman and George Springer hit back-to-back homers in the 10th inning, and the American League beat the National League 8-6 in a power-crazy All-Star Game. There were 10 homers on the night at Nationals Park, shattering the previous All-Star Game record … Continue reading WASHINGTON  | The Latest: AL beats NL 8-6 in power-crazy All-Star Game

Harper, Zimmerman HRs lift Nats past Cubs 6-3 to even NLDS

WASHINGTON/October 8, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — Things were looking bleak for Bryce Harper, Ryan Zimmerman and the rest of the Washington Nationals. They had accumulated one run and four hits through the first 16 innings of their NL Division Series against the Chicago Cubs. The situation was hardly ideal. Neither was the mood. “You do your … Continue reading Harper, Zimmerman HRs lift Nats past Cubs 6-3 to even NLDS

NEW YORK | Ohtani wins AL Rookie of the Year; Acuna wins NL honor

NEW YORK— Los Angeles Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani has been voted American League Rookie of the Year after becoming the first player since Babe Ruth with 10 homers and four pitching wins in the same season. Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. was an overwhelming pick for the National League honor, easily beating Washington … Continue reading NEW YORK | Ohtani wins AL Rookie of the Year; Acuna wins NL honor

NAGOYA, Japan | Japan beats MLB All-Stars 4-1 in final of exhibition series

NAGOYA, Japan — Sosuke Genda drove in three runs with a bases-clearing triple as Japan beat the MLB All-Stars 4-1 in the final of their six-game exhibition series on Thursday. Genda tripled down the right field line off MLB starter Brian Johnson, and Ryosuke Kikuchi made it 4-0 on a sacrifice fly as Japan did … Continue reading NAGOYA, Japan | Japan beats MLB All-Stars 4-1 in final of exhibition series