Roberto Hernandez allowed four home runs in 4 1/3 innings pitched as the Dodgers dropped the series opener to the Nationals, 6-4, on Monday night. L.A. is two games up on San Francisco in the NL West after the loss.
Cory Spangenberg rewarded the Padres immediately for promoting him from Double-A San Antonio on Monday. The 23-year-old first-round Draft pick in 2011 made a pair of nice defensive plays and also collected his first hit and RBIs in the Majors, all in front of his family, who traveled from Pennsylvania to see his debut.
The next manager hired by Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow figures to be the one who will be at the helm if and when the club gets back into contention in the American League West, which some team officials believe could happen by 2016.
The Phillies decided to protect their ace by pulling Cole Hamels during a no-hitter, but the lefty was still a part of history and has plenty of time to throw a no-hitter on his own.
As the Braves found themselves on the wrong end of a combined no-hitter in Monday’s 7-0 loss to the Phillies, manager Fredi Gonzalez opted to pinch-hit for Justin Upton in the ninth inning.
As fate would have it, former Philly prep star Phil Gosselin actually made the final out when he hit a soft liner that Ryan Howard gloved to complete the first combined no-hitter ever thrown by the Phillies.
Matt Joyce came up with a walk-off single with the bases loaded and one out in the 10th inning Monday, as the Rays beat the Red Sox, 4-3, at Tropicana Field.
Every no-hitter seems to have at least one memorable defensive play, and Monday’s at Turner Field proved no different. Phillies right fielder Marlon Byrd made a diving catch in the third inning that not only kept the combined no-no alive in a 7-0 victory over the Braves, but also prevented a couple runs from scoring.
After the team charter took off from Phoenix on Sunday night, D-backs manager Kirk Gibson walked to the back of the plane and shook pitcher Daniel Hudson’s hand. After two Tommy John surgeries and more than two years of rehabilitation, Hudson — along with outfielder Cody Ross — was activated from the disabled list as the rosters expanded for September.