Suzuki HR caps Nats’ best 9th-inning rally, beats Mets 11-10
WASHINGTON (AP) — A few cheering fans caught the attention of Nationals manager Dave Martinez as he finally began his nightly debrief with reporters.
New York brings 4-game win streak into game against Cleveland
Cleveland Indians (74-53, second in the AL Central) vs. New York Mets (66-60, third in the AL East)
New York takes 7-game win streak into matchup with Washington
Washington Nationals (61-54, second in the NL East) vs. New York Mets (60-56, third in the NL East)
New York; Saturday, 7 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Nationals: Patrick Corbin (9-5,...
Perez expected to start as Minnesota hosts New York
New York Mets (43-51, fourth in the NL East) vs. Minnesota Twins (58-35, first in the NL Central)
Minneapolis; Wednesday, 1 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Mets: Jason Vargas (3-5, 4.23...
Philadelphia to host New York Tuesday
New York Mets (10-6, first in the NL East) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (9-6, third in the NL East)
Philadelphia; Tuesday, 7 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Mets: Steven Matz (1-0, 1.65 ERA,...
Luis Avilan agrees to minor league contract with Mets
NEW YORK (AP) — Left-handed reliever Luis Avilan has agreed to a minor league contract with the New York Mets and will report to major league spring training.
The 29-year-old Venezuelan held left-handed batters to a .220 (18 for 82) average last year, when he was 2-1 with a 3.77 ERA and two saves in 70 games for the Chicago White Sox and Philadelphia.
Phillies do not tender contracts to Justin Bour, Luis Avilan
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Phillies did not tender contracts to first baseman Justin Bour and left-hander Luis Avilan, allowing the players to become free agents.
Both players were acquired in trades during the season and saw limited action in Philadelphia.
Bour hit .224 with one homer and five RBIs in 49 at-bats after batting .227 with 19 homers and 54 RBIs in 112 games for the Marlins.
Phillies get LHP Avilan from White Sox for minor leaguer
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies have acquired left-handed reliever Luis Avilan from the Chicago White Sox for minor league right-hander Felix Paulino.
Avilan has a 3.86 ERA with 14 walks, 46 strikeouts and two home runs allowed in 39 2/3 innings for the White Sox this season. Left-handed batters have a .214 batting average against Avilan.
Dodgers to pay White Sox $3M, receive $1M from Royals
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The NL champion Dodgers will send $3 million to the Chicago White Sox and receive $1 million from Kansas City as part of last week's three-team trade that sent left-handed reliever Scott Alexander from the Royals to Los Angeles.
Los Angeles agreed to give the White Sox equal installments of $1.5 million on June 1 and Sept. 1. Kansas City will pay the Dodgers $500,000 on each of those two dates.
The upcoming Australian Open women's draw won't include the defending champion. Serena Williams has withdrawn from the tournament, saying she's not ready to return to competitive tennis. Williams was pregnant with her first child when she won last year's tournament at Melbourne Park, the 23rd Grand Slam singles title of her career. She gave birth in September and played in an exhibition tournament last week. Williams indicated after her loss to French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko that she might not make it to Melbourne.
Dodgers get Alexander in 3-team trade with White Sox, Royals
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The NL champion Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired left-handed reliever Scott Alexander from Kansas City in a three-team trade that also included the Chicago White Sox.
The White Sox got veteran relievers Luis Avilan and Joakim Soria and cash. The Dodgers also obtained minor league infielder Jake Peter and the Royals added a pair of minor leaguers in the deal Thursday.
Dodgers reach $630,000, 1-year deal with Garcia, hire staff
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Right-hander Yimi Garcia and the Los Angeles Dodgers agreed to a $630,000, one-year contract that avoided salary arbitration.
The 27-year-old Garcia didn't pitch in the majors last season for the NL champions while recovering from Tommy John surgery. He earned $550,000 last season.
Garcia was among five Dodgers relievers eligible for arbitration along with Luis Avilan, Pedro Baez, Tony Cingrani and Josh Fields.
Aaron Altherr leads Phillies past slumping Dodgers 7-5
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Aaron Altherr hit a tiebreaking, two-run single in the eighth after launching a tying, two-run homer an inning earlier and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the slumping Los Angeles Dodgers 7-5 Wednesday night.
The Dodgers have lost four straight and 20 of 25. Their magic number to clinch a fifth straight NL West title remained at two, pending Arizona's game at San Diego.
Dodgers’ Hill finishes strong after tough spring
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Rich Hill had mostly lousy starts this spring, and still left every game with a similar message:
"I'm pretty much terrible every spring," he said. "I'll be fine when the season starts."
Hill pulled it all together just in time, tossing 3 2/3 scoreless innings to help the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Angels 3-1 on Friday night.
Hill had easily his best outing of the spring, holding the Angels to four hits and a walk. He struck out two.
Grandal, Wood, Avilan, Fields avoid arbitration with Dodgers
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Catcher Yasmani Grandal and pitchers Luis Avilan, Josh Fields and Alex Wood agreed Friday to one-year deals with the Los Angeles Dodgers, avoiding arbitration.
Grandal's deal is worth $5.5 million. While Wood gets $2.8 million, Avilan $1.5 million and Fields $1.05 million
Grandal’s grand slam rallies Dodgers past Rockies 7-4
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Yasmani Grandal homered twice, including a grand slam in the seventh inning, to rally the Los Angeles Dodgers past the Colorado Rockies 7-4 on Thursday night.
The victory reduced the Dodgers' magic number for clinching their record fourth consecutive NL West title to four. Their division lead remained at six games after San Francisco beat San Diego 2-1.
Luis Avilan (3-0) got the win in relief, pitching a scoreless seventh with one strikeout.
Grandal, Seager and Pederson homer as Dodgers rout D-backs
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Yasmani Grandal and Corey Seager each hit three-run home runs, Joc Pederson added a two-run shot, and the Los Angeles Dodgers routed the Arizona Diamondbacks 14-3 on Sunday.
Grandal, who went 3 for 5 with and scored three times, hit his 15th home run of the season off reliever Dominic Leone in the sixth inning.
Seager, who also had three hits, added his 18th off Steve Hathaway in the seventh, and Pederson got his 16th off Evan Marshall in the...