Latest NL Central News

Anderson pitches 6 scoreless, Brewers stretch wild-card lead

Sep. 20, 2019 11:26 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Chase Anderson pitched six scoreless innings, Trent Grisham hit a bases-loaded triple and the Milwaukee Brewers routed the Pittsburgh Pirates 10-1 Friday night to strengthen their grip on an NL wild card. Milwaukee is 8-2 since NL MVP Christian Yelich broke his right kneecap on a foul ball...

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

Sep. 20, 2019 11:11 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...

Alonso hits 50th homer; deGrom, Mets beat Reds 8-1

Sep. 20, 2019 10:36 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — Pete Alonso hit his major league-leading 50th home run, Jacob deGrom pitched shutout ball for seven innings and the New York Mets beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-1 Friday night. Amed Rosario hit a two-run homer and Jeff McNeil added a solo shot for the Mets, who opened the day 3 1/2 games...

Braves clinch 2nd straight NL East title, eliminate Giants

Sep. 20, 2019 10:13 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...

Molina, Cardinals hold off fading Cubs again, 2-1

Sep. 20, 2019 8:10 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Yadier Molina and the St. Louis Cardinals are taking charge of the NL Central by grinding out tough, ugly wins. And bouncing back after absorbing some unpleasant blows. Molina overcame a painful foul tip to get three of St. Louis' four hits, including a two-run single, and the Cardinals held...

Nats manager Martinez rejoins team after heart procedure

Sep. 20, 2019 6:25 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez has rejoined the team following a heart procedure that caused him to a miss a three-game series at St. Louis. The 54-year-old was back in the dugout Friday, four days after a cardiac catheterization. "The bottom line is I feel good to go and I'm very...

LEADING OFF: Braves set to clinch, Cubs try to regroup

Sep. 20, 2019 3:03 AM EDT

A look at what's happening around the majors today: POPPIN' Ronald Acuña Jr. and the Braves are poised to break out the bubbly, with a magic number of one to clinch their second straight NL East title. They can celebrate when Mike Foltynewicz (7-5, 4.80 ERA) starts at SunTrust Park against San Francisco. A...

Carpenter HRs vs Kimbrel, Cards bump Cubs from WC spot

Sep. 20, 2019 12:56 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs wasted no time trading blows in the first game of their crucial four-game series. Then, the Cardinals' Matt Carpenter delivered a haymaker that put the rival Cubs on the ropes. Carpenter homered in the 10th inning against Craig Kimbrel in the All-Star...

Yankees beat Angels 9-1, claim 1st AL East title since 2012

Sep. 19, 2019 11:58 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The resilient New York Yankees powered their way to the club's first AL East title since 2012, routing the Los Angeles Angels 9-1 Thursday night behind three RBIs each from old mainstay Brett Gardner and newcomer DJ LeMahieu. A day after wasting a chance to clinch first place, the...

Cain HR, Brewers fan 16, beat Padres 5-1 to improve position

Sep. 19, 2019 9:19 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Lorenzo Cain has had his share of aches and pains this season. He managed to do some damage to the San Diego Padres before departing with another ailment. Cain hit a solo home run to help lift the Brewers past the Padres 5-1 on Thursday before exiting the game...