In order to escape a bases-loaded, nobody-out jam in the eighth inning Friday night, the Nationals pulled off a historic triple play to help seal a 4-1 victory against the Giants.
In the lead-up to Monday’s non-waiver Trade Deadline, teams can upgrade any number of ways. It doesn’t have to be as ridiculously obvious as the Cubs taking their need for lefty relief help and turning it into Aroldis Chapman.
The battle for first place in the American League East is officially on after Toronto pulled within a half-game of the Orioles on Friday night. The Blue Jays inched even closer to the top spot in the division after a 6-5 victory over Baltimore at Rogers Centre.
On a day in which they finalized a seven-player trade designed to boost their chances at ending a 12-year playoff drought, the Marlins watched the Cardinals elbow past them in the National League Wild Card race by battering starter Jose Urena. Buoyed by a six-run fifth that chased Urena from the game, the Cardinals captured their ninth win in 12 games on Friday with an 11-6 victory at Marlins Park.
Manny Machado just kept running, and his hustle paid off on the basepaths on Friday night, as the O’s infielder scored from first base on Chris Davis’ routine third-inning groundout.
Jon Lester got plenty of offensive support and didn’t need Aroldis Chapman’s 100-mph help on Friday. Jason Heyward smacked a much-needed two-run homer, David Ross added a solo shot and Anthony Rizzo hit a three-run double to power a 14-hit onslaught and lead the Cubs to a 12-1 Interleague victory over the Mariners at Wrigley Field.
The Rangers, looking for an impact starting pitcher through the trade market, have White Sox left-hander Chris Sale and Rays right-hander Chris Archer at the top of their wish list before Monday’s non-waiver Trade Deadline.
The Mariners-Cubs game on Friday was delayed in the middle of the seventh inning because of rain, with Chicago leading, 11-0.
Many potential deals are in the works as the non-waiver Trade Deadline — Monday at 4 p.m. ET — approaches. Here is a look at the latest news, reports and rumors.