Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:52:50 GMTCOLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Tim Tebow had his best week in the minors, showing some consistency at the plate last week with two multi-hit games for the Columbia Fireflies.The 2007 Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL quarterback is in his first season with
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:45:57 GMTMets OF Michael Conforto had three hits Sunday, including a solo home run off Max Scherzer, during the team's 6-3 loss to the Nationals. "Fastball out over the plate, that's kind of in my zone," Conforto said of the pitch from Scherzer. "I want to be able to elevate that ball and hit it the other way. I was ready for it, that's what I was looking for in that situation." Conforto has started the last four games in the outfield, thanks in part to injuries to Yoenis Cespedes, Lucas Duda, and Wilmer Flores. In that time, he's batting .467 with a two home runs, two RBI and a .529 OBP in 15 at-bats.Apr 21, 2017; Conforto (30) rounds third base after hitting a solo home run. Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 07:26:19 GMTThe Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants are both in last place, and that's not even their biggest problem at the moment. They will both have to overcome some significant adversity to contend for the postseason this year after losing two of the National League's top players this past week. Pittsburgh will be without outfielder Starling Marte, who was suspended 80 games because of a positive drug test, and San Francisco ace Madison Bumgarner was injured in a dirt bike crash . A slow start at this stage of the season isn't the end of the world, but the Pirates (8-10) and Giants (6-13) will now be missing key players. "We get the angst. We get the concern. Unfortunately, in a small market,
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:43:01 GMTDusty Baker talked this weekend about the importance of playing good baseball on the road, and so far this season the Nationals are doing just that. Heading into Sunday nights series finale of the three-game set with the Washington Nationals in Citi Field, the New York Mets had dropped three straight and seven of eighth overall as they dealt with a number of injuries that left their roster depleted. Mets skipper Terry Collins addressed the recent struggles, which followed a five-game winning streak, after the 3-1 loss to the Nationals on Saturday afternoon, which saw his team held to just two hits by Gio Gonzalez, three relievers, and, the Mets manager noted, the Nats defense.
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:12:31 GMTThe Phillies on Monday placed right-hander Aaron Nola on the 10-day DL with a lower back strain. "Aaron experienced soreness in his lower back during his start on Thursday (against the Mets)," GM Matt Klentak said in a statement. Nick Pivetta, off to a dazzling start at Triple A and the focus of this week's Future Phillies Report, seems like the logical choice to replace Nola in the rotation.
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 05:56:56 GMTThe two teams with the best records in the National League will tangle when the Colorado Rockies and Washington Nationals begin a four-game series Monday at Coors Field. The Rockies (13-6) are coming off a three-game home sweep of the San Francisco Giants and have won six of their past seven games. The Nationals (13-5) have won seven straight, matching their longest winning streak of last season.
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:40:00 GMTYoenis Cespedes, the best hitter on the market, quickly signed with the New York Mets for four years at $110 million. In the offseason prior to 2008, Andruw Jones was coming off a season in which he hit .222 with 26 home runs and 94 RBI in 154 games for the Atlanta Braves. The Los Angeles Dodgers gave him a two-year contract worth roughly $36 million.
Sun, 23 Apr 2017 20:43:01 GMTTrea Turner came off the 10-Day DL on Friday night and made his return to the lineup on Saturday. Dusty Baker seems more convinced Turners hamstring is better now... Dusty Baker penciled Trea Turner in in the No. 2 spot in Turners return to the starting lineup on Saturday, (after Turner drew a big, bases-loaded walk in a pinch hit at bat late in extra innings on Friday night, forcing in the winning run Washingtons 4-3 win over the New York Mets).
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 03:51:00 GMTThere are numerous connections between Donald Trump and the world of sports. Since we’re sure you’re dying to know which organizations get The Donald’s blood boiling, we’re happy to oblige, by taking a look at five of Trump’s favorite sports teams. 1. It’d be easy to suggest that The Donald is only a fan of the Bronx Bombers because former Yankees outfielder Paul O’Neil — among other athletes — endorsed him for president, but that’s not the case at all.
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:20:50 GMTThe shorthanded Mets, who have lost eight of their last nine games, were swept by the Nationals over the weekend to fall to 8-11 on the season. Yoenis Cespedes, who has been out since exiting Thursday night's game due to a hamstring issue, was on deck to pinch hit Sunday night when the game ended. Terry Collins said he's hopeful Cespedes will return to the lineup on Tuesday. If Cespedes is unable to return, the Mets will have the option of back-dating a potential 10-day DL stint. Wilmer Flores, who has a knee infection and spent the weekend in the hospital getting IV fluids, and Lucas Duda (hyperextended elbow) are on the 10-day disabled list. Utility infielder T.J. Rivera and left-handed pitcher Sean
Sun, 23 Apr 2017 14:43:01 GMTGio had a solid outing, the bullpen was (again?!) nails, and Turner got right back into it.Image courtesy Fangraphs.(What do these graphs and percentages mean?)Its still April: Gio Gonzalez (+27.1%) gives up a single run in 6 13 IP with 6 Ks and 3 walks
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 03:13:01 GMTDaniel Murphy and Ryan Zimmerman combined for six RBIs with a pair of home runs and Max Scherzer went eight innings as the Washington Nationals swept the New York Mets with a 6-3 victory. Home runs set the tone early in this one, and they would remain the theme all evening Sunday as the Washington Nationals beat the New York Mets 6-3 to sweep the first series of the season between the two NL East heavyweights. Daniel Murphys first at-bat came in the top of the first inning with the bases loaded and he took full advantage, hitting a grand slam to continue his dominance over his former team.
Sun, 23 Apr 2017 15:30:12 GMTMurphy spoiled you guys, Dusty Baker told reporters before Daniel Murphy broke out of a mini-slump with a two-hit game on Saturday in New York. Daniel Murphy finished the 2016 campaign, his first with Washington after signing a 3-year/$37.5M free agent deal with the Nationals in January of 2016, 31 for 75 (.413/.444/.773) with six doubles and seven home runs in 19 games against the New York Mets, who drafted the now-32-year-old infielder in the 13th Round of the 2006 Draft and developed him over seven major league seasons. Murphy left via free agency after declining a qualifying offer from New York.
Sun, 23 Apr 2017 22:45:00 GMTThe Mets have lost eight of their last nine games, including four in a row, and are now three games below .500 for the first time in more than a year. They are off today, during which they can rest and replay images in their mind of being swept this past weekend by the Nationals. Have fun, guys... As for me, I'm trapped between being frustrated and knowing there are still 143 games left to play this season. It may feel like it's ending, but we still need to cross off Memorial Day, multiple west coast trips, three series in DC, the All-Star break, trade deadline, the dog days of summer and Labor Day before getting a chance to play meaningful games in September for the third straight season.