American League Central capsules
Capsules of American League Central teams, listed in order of finish last year:
CLEVELAND (AP) — Carlos Santana's TV bashing days should be over.
Back with Cleveland after spending one year in Philadelphia, where he ended some teammates' obsession with the popular video...
DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — Charlie Montoyo thought he would be taking a hard line against video games in his first year as Toronto Blue Jays manager.
Brewery apologizes for beer sharing name with Hindu deity
SALEM, Va. (AP) — A Virginia brewery has apologized for a beer that shares its name with a Hindu deity.
Olde Salem Brewing Company said in a statement to WSLS-TV that it was making a musical...
Indians catcher Perez set to make most of opportunity
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Roberto Perez waited for his turn and vows to make the most of his big chance.
Perez figures to get plenty of time behind the plate for the Cleveland Indians after the AL Central champions traded All-Star Yan Gomes to Washington.
The 30-year-old Perez is eager to get going.
"I'm very excited," he said. "It was something I've always wanted. I knew Yan was the guy but now that I have the opportunity, I'm going to take advantage of it."
Injured All-Star SS Lindor arrives at Indians spring complex
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Injured shortstop Francisco Lindor arrived at the Cleveland Indians spring training complex Thursday, exactly six weeks before their season opener.
The three-time All-Star strained his right calf while working out recently in Florida. The team said last week the injury would keep one of baseball's best all-around players out seven to nine weeks. He won't be on the field for the start of camp.
AL Central teams at the start of spring training
A team-by-team look at the American League Central entering spring training, including key players each club acquired and lost, and dates of the first workout for pitchers and catchers, and the full squad:
Manager: Terry Francona (seventh season).
2018: 91-71, first place, lost to Houston in Division Series.
Encarnacion to Mariners, Santana to Indians in 3-team trade
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto was in a hospital, making a trade from a bed.
Cleveland counterpart Chris Antonetti was boarding a plane headed back home, trying to finalize the deal before the flight pulled away from the gate.
They managed to complete the swap as the winter meetings came to an end. Carlos Santana was sent back to Cleveland, where he was an Indians fan favorite. Edwin Encarnacion is headed to Seattle — no telling how long he'll stick there.
Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto pulls off trade from hospital bed
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto was released from a hospital Thursday, hours after completing a trade from his bed during the baseball winter meetings.
He had begun feeling ill earlier in the week.
The team said Dipoto was driven to an area hospital by Mariners officials Wednesday "out of an abundance of caution." Dipoto made improvements into Thursday and was released later in the day, the team said. He was expected to fly home to Seattle on Friday.
Encarnacion, Santana go, 3-team trade wraps winter meetings
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Carlos Santana and Jeurys Familia found friendly landing spots, Edwin Encarnacion took off for a more uncertain future. Joe Kelly joined the team he helped beat in the World Series, the Milwaukee Brewers boosted their imposing bullpen.
The winter meetings wrapped up Thursday with a three-team trade involving Cleveland, Seattle and Tampa Bay, plus a couple more relievers reached free-agent deals.
Phils get star SS Segura from Seattle for Santana, Crawford
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies acquired two-time All-Star shortstop Jean Segura from the Seattle Mariners for veteran slugger Carlos Santana and infielder J.P. Crawford on Monday.
The Phillies also get left-hander James Pazos and righty Juan Nicasio in the trade.
"Shortstop was an area we didn't get a lot of production," Phillies general manager Matt Klentak said. "Segura moves the needle for us as far as win expectancy."
Japan rallies to beat MLB All-Stars 5-3 to lead series 3-1
HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) — Ryosuke Kikuchi drove in the go-ahead run on a squeeze bunt in a four-run ninth inning as Japan beat the MLB All-Stars 5-3 Tuesday and took a 3-1 lead in their six-game exhibition series.
Yanagita’s HR off Yates lift Japan over MLB in tour opener
TOKYO (AP) — Yuki Yanagita hit a game-ending, two-run home run off Kirby Yates in the ninth inning, and Japan beat the MLB All-Stars 7-6 Friday in the opener of a six-game exhibition series.
Juan Soto, Carlos Santana and Amed Rosario homered to build a 6-4 lead.
Legendary Chicago blues guitarist Otis Rush dies at 84
CHICAGO (AP) — Legendary Chicago blues guitarist Otis Rush, whose passionate, jazz-tinged music influenced artists from Carlos Santana and Eric Clapton to the rock band Led Zeppelin, died Saturday at the age of 84, his longtime manager said.
Rush succumbed to complications from a stroke he suffered in 2003, manager Rick Bates said.
Hoskins, Nola lead Phillies to 4-3 win over Mets
NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Nola and the Phillies needed a big hit. Rhys Hoskins came through at just the right time.
A slumping Hoskins launched a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning to make Nola a winner, and Philadelphia edged the New York Mets 4-3 on Friday night.
"Rhys' homer was huge. Man, was that enormous," Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. "It injected a lot of life, it injected a lot of enthusiasm into the dugout."
Santana HR jump-starts Phils, beat Miami 9-4 to end skid
MIAMI (AP) — Strobe party lights flashed from the far end of the Philadelphia Phillies' postgame clubhouse, and a large beer cooler stood in the middle of the room as manager Gabe Kapler stepped outside for a conversation.
"It's a little loud in there right now," he said.
The sound was one big sigh of relief from the Phillies.
Santana, Bautista lead Phillies past Nationals
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Phillies added veteran Jose Bautista for his potent bat, but it's the confidence he displayed on Wednesday night that might help even more.
Bautista had the go-ahead RBI single in the seventh inning to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to an 8-6 victory over the Washington Nationals.
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Morales homers in 7th straight game as Jays fall to Phillies
TORONTO (AP) — Kendrys Morales became the seventh player in major league history to homer in at least seven consecutive games, going deep in the third inning of the Toronto Blue Jays' 8-3 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.
Morales hit a two-run shot off Vince Velasquez, his 21st homer of the season. He has a chance to equal the major league record of homers in eight consecutive games, shared by Ken Griffey Jr., Dale Long and Don Mattingly.
Phillies hit four HRs, beat Jays 8-3 for second win in eight
TORONTO (AP) — Rhys Hoskins and Carlos Santana hit back-to-back home runs, Maikel Franco and Wilson Ramos each had two-run shots and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-3 on Sunday, avoiding a three-game sweep.
Ramos had four hits. He singled in the first, doubled home a run in the second, singled in the sixth and homered off Tyler Clippard in the eighth, his 15th.
Phillies acquire 1B Bour, cash from Marlins for prospect
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The NL East-leading Philadelphia Phillies have acquired first baseman Justin Bour and cash from the Miami Marlins for a minor league pitcher.
Bour is batting .227 with 19 homers and 54 RBIs. He's expected to be a pinch-hitter in Philadelphia, where Carlos Santana is the starting first baseman in the first year of a $60 million, three-year contract.
The left-handed hitting Bour has a .347 on-base percentage. The 30-year-old hit .289 with 25 homers and 83 RBIs last season.
Santana, Eflin lead Phillies past Marlins
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — To some, the Phillies' worst-to-first turnaround may be surprising. Not to Zach Eflin, though.
Eflin allowed three runs in eight strong innings and Carlos Santana had three hits, including one of Philadelphia's four homers, to lead the surging Phillies to an 8-3 victory over the Miami Marlins on Saturday night.
Franco’s 3-run homer lifts Phils over Marlins 5-2
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Maikel Franco launched a towering drive, watched the ball clear the left-field wall and flipped his bat high in the air backward before his jubilant trot around the bases.
Franco's three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth lifted the Phillies to a 5-2 victory over the Miami Marlins on Thursday night and kept Philadelphia a half-game ahead of Atlanta in the NL East.
BOSTON (AP) — Ending a four-game skid seemed barely a footnote for the Philadelphia Phillies.
They felt like they accomplished much more, beating the Red Sox 3-1 Tuesday night and leaving town with a split in two games against the team with the best record in the majors.
"We went toe-to-toe with them both games and came out on top tonight," said Rhys Hoskins, who went 1 for 3 and scored twice for the Phillies.
Phillies’ 7-homer binge produces 9-4 win over Reds
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies are having so much fun right now that Nick Williams compared them to kids at recess.
Williams, Rhys Hoskins and Maikel Franco each hit two of Philadelphia's record-tying seven home runs, and the Phillies overpowered the Cincinnati Reds 9-4 on Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series.
Carlos Santana added a two-run homer as the NL East leaders tied the franchise record for home runs in a game, set on Sept. 8, 1998, against the Mets.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — With one of the club's icons taking perhaps his final bow in Philadelphia, it was easy to recall the Phillies' recent glory years. A new era of celebration may be near.
Scott Kingery homered and Carlos Santana hit a three-run triple in Philadelphia's five-run fifth inning, leading the Phillies to a 7-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday.
Santana leads Phillies to comeback win over Padres
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The surprising Philadelphia Phillies took a circuitous route to their latest victory.
Carlos Santana homered and drove in four, Cesar Hernandez had a two-run double and the Phillies overcame a four-run first-inning deficit to beat the San Diego Padres 11-5 on Friday night.
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MIAMI (AP) — The Marlins' rally in the fifth lasted so long Phillies first baseman Carlos Santana headed for the dugout after the second out, thinking the inning was over.
Instead Miami scored four more runs.
Brian Anderson hit a three-run homer in Miami's eight-run fifth, sending the Marlins to a 10-5 victory over Philadelphia on Sunday.
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Phillies top Pirates, 3-2 for sixth straight win
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies won another one-run game to extend their winning streak to six games.
Nick Williams, Scott Kingery and Jorge Alfaro drove in runs on consecutive at-bats in the seventh inning to help Philadelphia win 3-2 on Saturday.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Nationals broke out of their offensive funk in a big way.
Juan Soto hit two of Washington's seven home runs, finishing with four hits and five RBIs, and the Nationals routed the Philadelphia Phillies 17-7 on Friday night.
Anthony Rendon, Trea Turner, Bryce Harper, Brian Goodwin and Mark Reynolds also homered for the Nationals, who set a season high for homers. Washington hadn't homered while losing its last three, getting outscored 16-3 in those defeats.
Franco has 4 hits as Phillies defeat Nationals 5-3
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nicked in the first inning, Aaron Nola figured he'd be fine if could find his form.
He did, and the Philadelphia Phillies took advantage.
Maikel Franco went 4 for 4, Carlos Santana homered and the Phillies defeated the Washington Nationals 5-3 on Saturday.
"The way (we've) been swinging lately, I just felt like if I kept putting up zeros and battling out there they were going to come through and score some more runs," Nola said.
Carpenter leads Cardinals past Phillies 7-6
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Matt Carpenter had a hunch a fastball was coming. When the pitch arrived, he delivered.
Carpenter hit a tiebreaking solo homer with two out in the ninth, helping the St. Louis Cardinals edge the Philadelphia Phillies 7-6 on Tuesday night.
Carpenter also had a tying two-run double in St. Louis' four-run seventh. Tommy Pham homered and singled for the Cardinals, and Kolten Wong also went deep.
Odubel Herrera and Carlos Santana connected for the Phillies.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Aaron Altherr got his first lucky break in a while.
Left fielder Marcell Ozuna dived for and missed Altherr's two-run double with two outs in the 10th inning, allowing the Philadelphia Phillies to rally for a 6-5 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday night.
Altherr had been hitless in his last 12 at-bats and 1 for 20 before the hit.
"The way things have been going, I thought he was going to catch it," Altherr said. "Thankfully he dove for it and it got by."
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers placed right-hander Kenta Maeda and infielder Chase Utley on the 10-day disabled list on Wednesday.
Maeda was diagnosed with a mild left hip strain while Utley has a sprained left thumb. Right-hander Carlos Santana and ambidextrous pitcher Pat Venditte were recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Wednesday.
Jake Arrieta aces up, Phillies beat Braves 4-0
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jake Arrieta aced up.
Arrieta struck out seven in 6 2/3 sharp innings, Carlos Santana's swinging-bunt broke a scoreless tie and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves 4-0 on Wednesday night.
The Phillies took two of three to win their first series against the NL East-leading Braves in four tries and closed within a half-game of first place.
Velasquez helps Phillies down Cardinals 6-2
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Vince Velasquez attributes his recent resurgence to something in his head, not his arm.
The Philadelphia right-hander pitched shutout ball into the seventh inning, and Carlos Santana and Pedro Florimon each hit home runs in the Phillies' 6-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night.
Velasquez (4-4) gave up five hits in 6 1/3 innings, struck out five and walked two in recording his third straight win.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — New York Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom lasted only one inning in his return from the disabled list despite not allowing a hit or a run.
DeGrom needed 45 pitches to get through the first, which included 20 foul balls by Philadelphia. The pitches were his most ever in an inning.
New York said he was removed from Sunday's start as a precaution because of the length of the inning and the 59-minute rain delay that preceded it.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Vince Velasquez bent over, his hands on his knees, as another home run sailed over his head. But somehow, what looked like a lost afternoon for the Philadelphia Phillies turned into another win.
The San Francisco Giants took a 3-0 lead in the second inning before the Velasquez regrouped, beginning a string of five straight strikeouts.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Carlos Santana's line drives are starting to find open ground.
Santana had three hits and five RBIs, Nick Pivetta struck out seven in five scoreless innings and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the San Francisco Giants 11-3 Wednesday night.
The Phillies, who are 20-11 since a 1-4 start, will try to sweep the four-game series Thursday afternoon.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Once he got ahead, Aaron Nola had an easy time finishing off hitters.
Nola struck out a career-high 12 batters in seven stellar innings, Odubel Herrera had two hits to extend his career-best on-base streak to 37 games, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the San Francisco Giants 4-2 on Tuesday night.
Herrera powers Phillies past Giants 11-0
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — It was another nice night for Odubel Herrera. The rest of Philadelphia's lineup looked pretty good, too.
Herrera homered twice and drove in five runs, helping Zach Eflin and the Phillies rout the San Francisco Giants 11-0 on Monday.
Carlos Santana and Cesar Hernandez also connected for Philadelphia, which had dropped six of eight. Santana drove in four runs, and Hernandez had two RBIs.
Catching up: Judge’s grab, Tanaka, Bird lift Yanks in Game 3
NEW YORK (AP) — Good thing for Masahiro Tanaka and the Yankees that Aaron Judge is 6-foot-7.
Judge reached high and prevented a home run to save Tanaka's seven-inning gem, Greg Bird homered off relief ace Andrew Miller, and New York edged the Cleveland Indians 1-0 Sunday night in Game 3 to extend their AL Division Series.
"He was brilliant," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said about Tanaka. "He gave us everything we needed."