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LEADING OFF: Carpenter’s HR binge, deGrom vs Yanks at night

A look at what’s happening around the majors Sunday: POWER SURGE Matt Carpenter tries to homer in his seventh straight game when the Cardinals complete a five-game series against the rival Cubs at Wrigley Field. The teams split a day-night doubleheader Saturday and Carpenter homered in both ends — even though he didn’t start the … Continue reading LEADING OFF: Carpenter’s HR binge, deGrom vs Yanks at night

CHICAGO | Carpenter homers in 6th straight, Cards top Cubs for split

CHICAGO — Matt Carpenter homered for the sixth consecutive game and Paul DeJong hit a tiebreaking double in St. Louis’ three-run ninth inning, helping the Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 6-3 on Saturday to split their day-night doubleheader. Carpenter entered as a defensive replacement in the sixth and hit a solo drive in the seventh … Continue reading CHICAGO | Carpenter homers in 6th straight, Cards top Cubs for split

CINCINNATI | Dickerson hits 2 HRs, Pirates beat Reds for 8th straight win

CINCINNATI — Corey Dickerson hit two first-pitch home runs, rookie Nick Kingham overcame another Cincinnati rain delay to pitch six shutout innings and drive in two runs, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Reds 6-2 Saturday for their season-high eighth straight win. Dickerson homered on the first pitches he saw from Anthony DeSclafani (4-3) in … Continue reading CINCINNATI | Dickerson hits 2 HRs, Pirates beat Reds for 8th straight win

MILWAUKEE | Yelich, Brewers get to Kershaw in 4-2 win over Dodgers

MILWAUKEE — Christian Yelich hit a tying homer off Clayton Kershaw in a three-run sixth inning, and the Milwaukee Brewers snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 4-2 win Saturday night over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Brewers reliever Josh Hader struck out four in two scoreless innings during his first appearance since Hader’s racist and … Continue reading MILWAUKEE | Yelich, Brewers get to Kershaw in 4-2 win over Dodgers

ANAHEIM, Calif. | Springer’s slam, Verlander’s K’s send Astros past Halos, 7-0

ANAHEIM, Calif. — George Springer hit a grand slam while the Astros batted around in the sixth inning, and Justin Verlander ended his six-start winless streak with 11 strikeouts over six dominant innings in Houston’s 7-0 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday night. Verlander (10-5) yielded five hits while getting ample support in … Continue reading ANAHEIM, Calif. | Springer’s slam, Verlander’s K’s send Astros past Halos, 7-0

MILWAUKEE | Brewers reliever Josh Hader receives ovation back on mound

MILWAUKEE— Milwaukee Brewers reliever Josh Hader has received a warm ovation from fans in his first appearance on the mound since his years-old racist and homophobic tweets surfaced during the All-Star Game. The left-hander jogged in from the bullpen after the Brewers scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a 4-2 … Continue reading MILWAUKEE | Brewers reliever Josh Hader receives ovation back on mound

NEW YORK | Gray wins consecutive starts, Yanks hold on to beat Mets 7-6

NEW YORK — Sonny Gray won consecutive starts for the first time since the Yankees acquired him last summer, holding down a depleted Mets lineup again missing Yoenis Cespedes in a 7-6 Subway Series victory Saturday. Aaron Judge homered for the Yankees, who survived a wild ninth-inning in which closer Aroldis Chapman forced in two … Continue reading NEW YORK | Gray wins consecutive starts, Yanks hold on to beat Mets 7-6

LONDON | Warholm exploits Samba absence to win London 400 hurdles

LONDON — World champion Karsten Warholm used the absence of Qatar rival Abderrahman Samba to finally win a 400-meter hurdles at the Anniversary Games on Saturday.  And in a Norwegian record, too. Warholm was runner-up to Samba in the previous Diamond League meetings in Rome, Oslo, Stockholm, Paris, and Lausanne. But Samba preferred to try … Continue reading LONDON | Warholm exploits Samba absence to win London 400 hurdles