Latest David Fletcher News

Blame it on the juice: Pitchers set for homer-filled October

Oct. 1, 2019 2:46 AM EDT

Justin Verlander didn't intend to alter his pitching strategy, not after 14 seasons as a major league ace. But then the home runs stopped making sense. A long drive by Yankees slugger Aaron Judge? The Houston Astros ace can live with that. This season, though, was full of surprises. Like when spindly utility man...

Cole gets 20th win, tops AL in ERA, Ks as Astros beat Angels

Sep. 29, 2019 8:00 PM EDT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Gerrit Cole capped a special season by checking off some milestones. Cole earned his career-high 20th win, added to his major league-leading strikeout total and finished with the best ERA in the AL, wrapping up a dominant season for himself and the Houston Astros with an 8-5 victory...

A's lose to Angels, lead over Rays down to half-game

Sep. 25, 2019 2:08 AM EDT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Athletics manager Bob Melvin knew it was unlikely his team would win every game down the stretch. The particulars of Oakland's latest loss stung, though, and not just because it left them, Tampa Bay and Cleveland separated by one game in the AL wild-card race. Homer Bailey lost for...

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...

Ottavino botches throw, Yankees miss chance to clinch

Sep. 19, 2019 2:44 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — An hour after the Yankees missed a chance to clinch the AL East, reliever Adam Ottavino was back on the field with a ball and glove, standing solemnly halfway between the mound and the plate. It may still be unofficial, but the Yankees are preparing for October baseball, and New York's mad...

Yankees lose to Angels 3-2, miss chance to clinch AL East

Sep. 19, 2019 1:46 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Relief pitcher Adam Ottavino sailed a 30-foot throw home on Albert Pujols' tiebreaking chopper, and the sloppy New York Yankees lost to the Los Angeles Angels 3-2 Wednesday night with a chance to clinch the AL East. New York still would have locked down the division title with a Tampa Bay...