The first pitch Ken Giles threw in the Majors — a fastball that clocked in at 100 mph, according to the scoreboard in right field — was met with rapturous applause from the Citizens Bank Park crowd. His second offering — a 98-mph fastball — drew sarcastic boos. And so it was quickly established.
While some fantasy owners are anticipating the arrival of Minor Leaguers after Sept. 1, smart owners will scour their waiver wire for safer options who can help right away. This is not the time of the season for speculative additions. Instead, owners should be focused on adding reliable producers who will back up their star assets during the final weeks of the season.
Speculation is coming at a rapid rate, but there is one constant about Giancarlo Stanton’s stance when it comes to questions about his future. The Marlins slugger is dealing in the here and now. Anything else must wait.
Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu said he felt no pain while throwing a two-inning simulated game on Wednesday and could return to the starting rotation on Sunday or Monday.
AUG. 27, 4:51pm: The Astros are highly unlikely to be afforded any chance to sign Aiken, a source tells Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle. The source also expressed the belief that Selig must have been referring to Nix. Given the present state of confusion, it should be noted that Aiken could at least theoretically be seeking to receive some accommodation from the league that would not be directly tied to Houston’s own rights, obligations, and interests moving forward.
Baseball players break in their gloves using all sorts of methods, and some are more conventional that others. Just ask Mariners ace Felix Hernandez, who likes to break in his new gloves by heating them in the microwave.
Behind a five-run fourth inning and seven shutout innings from Matt Shoemaker, the Angels bounced back to beat the Marlins, 8-2, on Tuesday night at Angel Stadium.
Tyson Ross extended his franchise record streak of consecutive quality starts to 13 as the Padres defeated the Brewers, 4-1, on Tuesday Petco Park.
The National League West-leading Dodgers won back-to-back replay reviews in a six-run fourth inning and coasted to a 9-5 win over the D-backs at Chase Field on Tuesday night.
After Danny Duffy logged 6 2/3 solid frames, Alex Gordon’s two-run homer gave the Royals a 2-1 walk-off win over the Twins on Tuesday night.