National League East capsules
Capsules of National League East teams, listed in order of finish last year:
Duda, Rosales invited by Twins to spring training
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have agreed to minor league contracts with first baseman Lucas Duda and journeyman infielder Adam Rosales.
The Twins announced Saturday that Duda and Rosales had been invited to big league spring training.
Duda hit a combined .241 with 14 home runs and 50 RBIs for Kansas City and Atlanta last season. The 33-year-old is a career .242 hitter with 152 homers in nine seasons, including 30 home runs for the New York Mets and Tampa Bay in 2017.
NL East teams at the start of spring training
A team-by-team look at the National League East 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: Brian Snitker (fourth season).
2018: 90-72, first place, lost to Dodgers in Division Series.
Training Town: Kissimmee, Florida.
Park: Champion Stadium.
First Workout: Feb. 16/21.
He's Here: 3B Josh Donaldson, C Brian McCann, C Raffy Lopez, pitching coach Rick Kranitz.
Royals send 1B Duda to Braves for cash considerations
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals traded slugging first baseman Lucas Duda to the Atlanta Braves for cash considerations after their game against Detroit on Wednesday.
Duda signed a $3.5 million, one-year deal to take over for departed first baseman Eric Hosmer this season. But despite showing flashes of his prodigious power, Duda's hit just .242 with 13 homers and 48 RBIs while appeared in 87 games, making his trade somewhat imminent.
Fillmyer, Royals send Indians to 4th straight loss, 7-1
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Manager Terry Francona thinks the Indians are a bit tired as they slog their way through August with a big lead in the AL Central.
Corey Kluber says fatigue is no excuse.
Kansas City rookie Heath Fillmyer pitched six strong innings, Lucas Duda homered and the last-place Royals battered Kluber to send Cleveland to its fourth straight loss, 7-1 on Saturday night.
Royals beat Blue Jays 6-2 after long delay to split series
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — While the Kansas City Royals overcame the weather, Toronto Blue Jays starter Sam Gaviglio was unable to overcome a fourth-inning balk.
Lucas Duda homered, Rosell Herrera had three hits and the Royals beat the Blue Jays 6-2 after a long rain delay Thursday night to split their four-game series.
Duda drives in 3, Royals hold on to beat Twins 6-5
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Minnesota Twins used an extra outfielder to try to stop Lucas Duda, but could not position their right fielder deep enough in the sixth inning.
Duda homered and drove in three runs, Danny Duffy earned his first home win in 11 months and the Kansas City Royals held on for a 6-5 victory over the Twins on Friday night.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — It was hot on the field, and Jordan Zimmermann had been sick for two days. And still the Royals were no match for the Tigers right-hander.
Zimmermann allowed two hits over five scoreless innings, Nicholas Castellanos had three extra-base hits and Detroit beat Kansas City 3-2 on Saturday.
Zimmermann (2-0) improved to 4-0 with a 1.48 ERA in seven appearances, including six starts, against the Royals. This shut-down performance came while battling flu-like symptoms.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Ned Yost was happy to see Jorge Soler's pitch recognition sharpen, slugging first baseman Lucas Duda produce some timely hits and Alex Gordon's long-awaited breakout continue for at least another day.
For once, the Royals manager had plenty of reasons to praise his offense.
Royals end 5-game skid, beat White Sox 5-2 to split DH
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Salvador Perez and the Kansas City Royals had the last word with Tim Anderson.
Eric Skoglund overcame a leadoff homer by Anderson that led to a bench-clearing incident, pitching Kansas City past the Chicago White Sox 5-2 to end the Royals' five-game losing streak and give them a split of the day-night doubleheader Saturday.
Anderson celebrated as he rounded the bases and Royals catcher Perez said something to him as he crossed the plate.
CLEVELAND (AP) — The temperature was 32 degrees, the lowest for the start of a game in the 25-year history of Progressive Field, when starter Cleveland Mike Clevinger threw the first pitch to Kansas City's Jon Jay on Sunday.
The previous record was 33 degrees for games against Toronto on April 5 and April 7, 1996.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Trevor Bauer felt the rules beat him before the Royals did.
Bauer allowed Lucas Duda's homer on his first pitch in the seventh inning for the game's only run and Ian Kennedy pitched six shutout innings, leading Kansas City to a 1-0 win over the Cleveland Indians on Saturday in frigid, football-like weather conditions.
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Lucas Duda's arm was challenged by Eric Hosmer, who made a delayed dash home on the high throw to score the tying run in the ninth inning of what turned out to be the finale of the Kansas City Royals' five-game win over the New York Mets in the 2015 World Series.
Revamped Rays have new look in 2018 after 4 losing seasons
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays will have a new look in 2018.
A lingering question entering spring training is to what extent.
Evan Longoria is gone. So are Alex Cobb, Logan Morrison and Lucas Duda.
Jake Odorizzi, and maybe even two-time All-Star Chris Archer or closer Alex Colome, could be on the way out, too, with the budget-minded team committed to trimming payroll while also trying to remain competitive in the tough AL East.
Odorizzi allows 1 hit in Rays’ 2-1 win over Twins
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Jake Odorizzi had his best start of the season Tuesday night, and the tiny crowd at Tropicana Field showed its appreciation after the Tampa Bay Rays right-hander took a no-hitter into the seventh inning of a 2-1 win over the Minnesota Twins.
Duda, Ramos homer as Rays snap offensive funk, beat Jays 6-4
TORONTO (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays finally had reason to smile after snapping out of a historically poor offensive stretch.
Lucas Duda hit a two-run homer, Wilson Ramos added a solo shot and the Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-4 on Tuesday night, halting a four-game skid.
"We needed that win," manager Kevin Cash said. "Once we got some runs, there was a looseness going on. We're all aware of what we've gone through over the last 10 games."
Veteran-shedding Mets deal Neil Walker to Brewers
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Mets traded infielder Neil Walker to the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday, the latest veteran dealt by out-of-contention New York as it pivots toward 2018.
New York gets a player to be named and will pay the Brewers cash to cover a portion of the $4,041,530 remaining in Walker's $17.2 million salary. He can become a free agent after the World Series.
NEW YORK (AP) — Brett Gardner hit a tiebreaking single in the ninth inning, and the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-4 on Saturday for their sixth straight victory.
Chase Headley started the New York ninth with a leadoff walk against Brad Boxberger (2-3). Pinch-runner Jacoby Ellsbury stole second and Todd Frazier was hit by a pitch. After Ronald Torreyes' single loaded the bases, Boxberger was replaced by Dan Jennings.
NEW YORK (AP) — An exhausting, cross-country trip for Lucas Duda ended with a trot around the bases.
Traded from the New York Mets to Tampa Bay, he joined his new club Friday at Yankee Stadium. Hours later, Duda homered off Masahiro Tanaka to account for the Rays' only run in a 6-1 loss to the Yankees.
"I'm pretty tired after a long day, but overall I feel great," Duda said. "I just want to contribute."
Mariners Pregame: Roster roulette, another trade; lineups and starters
Game 104: Seattle Mariners (51-52) vs. New York Mets (47-53) at 7:10 p.m. at Safeco Field.
The Mariners were off on Thursday after completing a three-game series with the Boston Red Sox with a 4-0 loss at the hands of Chris Sale.
Mets deal Duda to Rays as veteran dispersal begins
NEW YORK (AP) — The out-of-contention Mets started their veteran dispersal by trading first baseman Lucas Duda to the Tampa Bay Rays for minor league pitcher Drew Smith.
Expected to contend for an NL East title, the Mets started Thursday night 47-52, 13 1/2 games behind first-place Washington and nine games out of a wild-card berth.
NEW YORK (AP) — For Oakland rookies Matt Chapman and Daniel Gossett, these are the days to learn and grow. For Jay Bruce and several Mets veterans, they'll soon discover if it's time to stay or go.
Chapman quickly atoned for a baserunning blunder by hitting a tiebreaking home run in the seventh inning Sunday that sent the Athletics to a 3-2 victory, ending New York's four-game winning streak.
NEW YORK (AP) — Maybe the Mets still have a chance to make that playoff charge. They certainly think so, and it's showing on the field.
Wilmer Flores hit a solo home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning and New York rallied from an early five-run deficit to beat the Oakland Athletics 6-5 on Saturday night for its fourth consecutive victory.
NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Conforto was the Mets' only All-Star earlier this month. He's certainly playing like one.
Conforto hit a pair of two-run homers and Jerry Blevins rescued the bullpen with a five-out save as New York held off the Oakland Athletics 7-5 on Friday night for its third straight victory.
"It's not completely foreign to me to stay down in between innings," Blevins said. "We set up a game plan and I just tried to rest, get ready."
NEW YORK (AP) — Paul DeJong homered against the New York Mets for the fourth straight game and Adam Wainwright hit an RBI double while winning his fourth consecutive start, sending the St. Louis Cardinals to a 6-3 victory Monday night.
With runners at the corners in the bottom of the ninth inning, slugger Yoenis Cespedes grounded into a game-ending double play on a 3-0 pitch from Brett Cecil.
NEW YORK (AP) — Jay Bruce and the rest of the Mets knew they needed to come out of the All-Star break with a bang.
That's exactly what they've done.
Bruce and pitcher Seth Lugo homered during an early burst that sent New York past Colorado 9-3 on Saturday night for its second straight blowout of the reeling Rockies.
Cespedes, Duda power Mets over Giants 11-4
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Once they took the field, a little bit of controversy didn't seem the bother the New York Mets.
On a day when unhappy veteran shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera asked to be traded, the slumping Mets broke out their bats.
Yoenis Cespedes had three hits including a two-run homer and Lucas Duda had three hits including a solo blast as the New York Mets defeated the San Francisco Giants 11-4 on Friday night.
Mets 2B Neil Walker leaves game with leg injury
NEW YORK (AP) — Mets second baseman Neil Walker injured his left leg Wednesday night, the latest ailment to befall a New York team hampered by a long list of health problems the past two seasons.
NEW YORK (AP) — Curtis Granderson opened a five-run eighth inning with his 300th homer, a tiebreaking shot that helped the New York Mets rally past the Chicago Cubs for a 9-4 victory Wednesday night.
Injury replacement Lucas Duda added a three-run homer off Hector Rondon, and T.J. Rivera capped the outburst with an RBI single for his third hit.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — New York Mets closer Jeurys Familia had surgery Friday after being diagnosed with a blood clot near his right armpit, an injury that general manager Sandy Alderson said will sideline the reliever for several months.
The Mets put Familia on the 10-day disabled list before their game Friday against the Milwaukee Brewers and said it was not certain whether the reliever will return this season. They activated first baseman Lucas Duda from the DL.
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Mets' season of high expectations took another serious hit Thursday when All-Star closer Jeurys Familia was diagnosed with a blood clot in his pitching shoulder that might require surgery.
The arterial clot will be examined Friday in St. Louis by Dr. Robert Thompson, who treated starter Matt Harvey last year for thoracic outlet syndrome, the Mets said in a statement.
A look at what's happening all around the majors today:
Two of the top pitchers in the American League this season square off when Chris Sale (2-2, 1.38 ERA) and the Boston Red Sox face Ervin Santana (5-0, 0.66) and the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Sale has 63 strikeouts and eight walks while allowing only 26 hits in 45 2/3 innings. Santana has been even more stingy, giving up just 16 hits in 41 innings.
A look at what's happening all around the majors Sunday: