Latest Justin Smoak News

Braves beat Giants 6-0, clinch 2nd straight NL East title

Sep. 20, 2019 11:51 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves clinched their second straight NL East title as Ronald Acuña Jr. hit his 41st homer in a 6-0 win over San Francisco on Friday night that eliminated the Giants from postseason contention in Bruce Bochy's last year as San Francisco manager. Acuña scored three runs...

Torres tumbles, AL East champ Yankees fall to Blue Jays 4-3

Sep. 20, 2019 11:40 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — All-Star second baseman Gleyber Torres tumbled so awkwardly , so hard, so suddenly, it prompted an audible gasp from the packed crowd at Yankee Stadium. Now the AL East champions can only wait for a prognosis as they prepare for the playoffs. Torres was hurt when his legs buckled while...

Cavan Biggio hit for cycle, just like dad Craig

Sep. 18, 2019 12:37 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Cavan Biggio hit for the cycle, just like his dad. Biggio homered in the third inning, singled in the sixth, doubled in the eighth and tripled in the ninth to boost the Toronto Blue Jays over the Baltimore Orioles 8-5 on Tuesday night. The rookie drove in four runs and scored three times....

Betances, Montgomery make season debuts in Yanks' loss

Sep. 15, 2019 5:33 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Dellin Betances made his season debut for the Yankees, strengthening an already top bullpen. Jordan Montgomery returned, too, though he likely is tuning up for next season. Betances faced two batters and struck out both Sunday in a 6-4 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays that ended a 10-game road...

Donaldson hitless in Toronto return as Jays top Braves 3-1

Aug. 27, 2019 11:29 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — When Josh Donaldson strode to the plate with the bases loaded and two out in the seventh inning, Atlanta Braves teammate Freddie Freeman figured he was about to witness something special. "I thought he was going to hit a grand slam," Freeman said. "It was the perfect setting." Instead,...

Blue Jays spoil Hernandez's return, beat Mariners 7-5

Aug. 25, 2019 2:42 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Bo Bichette had a big all-around game to help the Toronto Blue Jays in their latest win. The rookie shortstop had a solo home run in the third inning that helped tie the score, an RBI single in the seventh, and some heady baserunning to score during a four-run rally that ruined Felix...

'Like morons': Fashion reviews dim for MLB weekend uniforms

Aug. 24, 2019 9:11 PM EDT

Terry Francona took one look at Cleveland's all-black uniforms and turned into a fashionista. His review? Not good. "What's the slogan, 'Let the kids play'?" the Indians manager said. "Let the grown-ups look like morons." That was a common view across the majors and social media on Players' Weekend, when big...

Kikuchi throws 2-hitter for 1st shutout, Mariners top Jays

Aug. 18, 2019 5:05 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — After watching his team use seven pitchers Saturday, Seattle's Yusei Kikuchi wanted to give the bullpen a break. His first big league shutout fit the bill perfectly. Kikuchi needed just 96 pitches to complete a two-hitter Sunday that led the Mariners over the Toronto Blue Jays 7-0, Seattle's...

Santana homers in bottom of 9th, Indians top Red Sox 6-5

Aug. 13, 2019 2:28 AM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Carlos Santana homered leading off the ninth inning to send the Cleveland Indians to a 6-5 win over the fast-fading Boston Red Sox on Monday night and back into first-place in the AL Central. After the Red Sox tied it in the top of the inning, Santana connected on a 2-2 pitch from Marcus...

Drury hits first career grand slam, Jays rout Rangers 19-4

Aug. 12, 2019 11:25 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Held off the scoreboard Sunday in a 1-0 loss to the Yankees, the Toronto Blue Jays bounced back with their biggest offensive outburst of the season. Brandon Drury hit his first career grand slam, Justin Smoak had a two-run homer among his three extra-base hits, and the Blue Jays routed the...