Latest American League News

Semien reaches base 6 times, A's roll past Rangers 12-3

Sep. 22, 2019 1:09 AM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Marcus Semien is going to need a little bit of luck to become the first Athletics player in more than 15 years to get 200 hits. Getting into the AL MVP discussion might be a little easier for the Oakland shortstop. Semien hit his 32nd home run and reached base six times, and the A's...

Smith's sprint in 13th to lift Mariners over Orioles 7-6

Sep. 22, 2019 12:41 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Edging off second base with two outs in the 13th inning, Mallex Smith had one thought in mind as Orioles third baseman Rio Ruiz whipped the ball across the diamond. "I am definitely going to win that game," Smith said. Smith scored after Tim Lopes beat out an infield grounder, and the...

Astros' AL West title delayed with 8-4 loss to Angels

Sep. 22, 2019 12:27 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Astros starter Wade Miley couldn't break out of his recent rut on Saturday night and Houston's magic number remained stuck at one. The Astros remained just shy of their third straight AL West title, wasting a chance to clinch when Miley was hit hard in an 8-4 loss to the Los Angeles Angels...

Rogers falters, Twins allow 7 in 9th in 12-5 loss to Royals

Sep. 21, 2019 11:51 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — José Berríos and Taylor Rogers have been the Twins' most reliable pitchers and helped push Minnesota to the verge of the AL Central title. For one game, Berríos and Rogers each faltered as the Twins missed a chance to build on their division lead. Rogers got tagged during...

Lowe's homers in 11th, lifts Rays into 2nd wild card

Sep. 21, 2019 11:29 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Every win these days is extra special for the playoff-contending Tampa Bay Rays. Nate Lowe hit a two-run homer in the 11th inning and the Rays beat the Boston Red Sox 5-4 on Saturday night to move one game ahead of Cleveland for the second AL wild card. Tampa Bay won its third...

Harper's 3-run blast sends Phillies to 9-4 win over Indians

Sep. 21, 2019 11:26 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Bryce Harper crossed home and triumphantly raised his arms with a gesture usually reserved for Ohio State football celebrations. This time, it also meant something for Philadelphia's baseball hopes. Harper delivered with one those moments that have made him a superstar, connecting for a...

LEADING OFF: Verlander nears 20, Cubs skid, ex-cellent Rays

Sep. 21, 2019 11:07 PM EDT

A look at what's happening around the majors Sunday: THE BIG 2-0 Justin Verlander tries to become a 20-game winner for the second time in his career when he starts for the playoff-bound Astros at home against the Angels. He reached the mark in 2011, going 24-5 for Detroit and winning the AL MVP and Cy Young...

Anderson homers, White Sox beat Tigers 5-3

Sep. 21, 2019 10:43 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Iván Nova has had an unusual week, pitching as an opener on Wednesday and then making a more conventional start three days later. "I got a little tired at the end, but I felt really strong the whole game," Nova said after pitching five innings Saturday night for the Chicago White Sox....

Joe West ejects Yankees' Boone amid clash with rookie ump

Sep. 21, 2019 5:37 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees manager Aaron Boone clashed Saturday with another rookie umpire, and this time, veteran crew chief Joe West stepped in. Boone was ejected by West, umpiring at third base, for arguing balls and strikes during a 7-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. New York slugger Giancarlo Stanton...

Torres' hamstring MRI is negative; Yankees dodge scare

Sep. 21, 2019 5:22 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The playoff-bound Yankees dodged a September scare. An MRI of Gleyber Torres' achy right hamstring came back negative, a day after the star second baseman fell awkwardly fielding a ground ball. The team announced the results about 15 minutes before New York played the Toronto Blue Jays on...