American League

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Royals Stay Perfect, Advance to World Series

Kansas City sweeps Baltimore, is 8-0 this postseason

(Newser) - Crown these Royals the American League champions. After nearly three decades spent trying to return to the playoffs, Kansas City is taking its perfect postseason ride all the way to the World Series. With more dominant defense, an opportunistic offense that plated two runs in the first inning, and a... More »

National League Trounces American League

Ends 13-year All-Star drought

(Newser) - "Enough was enough," said St. Louis' Adam Wainwright. Indeed. The National League captured its first Midsummer Classic since 1996 with a 3-1 victory last night. Brian McCann earned MVP honors with a three-run double in the seventh inning, and right fielder Marlon Byrd alertly threw out David Ortiz... More »

A-Rod, Yanks Top Angels in 13th

Slugger comes through with clutch homer in chilly Game 2

(Newser) - Alex Rodriguez is putting all those playoff failures behind him, and the LA Angels are turning the AL championship series into a defensive debacle. Coming through under pressure once again, Rodriguez hit a tying homer in the 11th inning and the New York Yankees edged Los Angeles 4-3 last night... More »

Crawford, Bullpen Lead AL to 4-3 All-Star Win

(Newser) - Carl Crawford's glove and one of the great bullpens in All-Star history helped save the American League's winning streak last night at the new Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Crawford pulled back a home run with a leaping grab an inning before Curtis Granderson tripled and scored the tiebreaking run... More »

Halladay, Lincecum Will Start MLB All-Star Game

(Newser) - Tim Lincecum and Roy Halladay were selected today as the starting pitchers for tomorrow night's All-Star game in St. Louis. Lincecum, last year's National League Cy Young Award winner, is 10-2 with a 2.33 ERA for the San Francisco Giants; he got the nod from NL manager Charlie Manuel.... More »

Cubs' Soto, Rays' Longoria Named Top Rookies

Both win easily, with Tampa star a unanimous choice in AL

(Newser) - Chicago Cubs catcher Geovany Soto and Tampa Bay third baseman Evan Longoria were named the rookies of the year today in the National and American leagues, respectively. Soto, 25, was voted an All-Star Game starter and finished the season with a .285 batting average, 23 home runs, and 86 RBI,... More »

Tube 2, Boobs 0 in Weekend Sports Viewing Snafus

Technical issues keep baseball playoff, NFL game off air long enough to drive fans nuts

(Newser) - Power problems had fans hoping to catch the baseball playoffs and the NFL on TV this weekend howling, the AP reports, with a malfunction at TBS headquarters keeping the first 20 minutes of Tampa Bay’s Game 6 loss to visiting Boston off the airwaves Saturday. Yesterday, balloons snagged a... More »

Red Sox In, Yankees Out

(Newser) - The World Series champs are back in the playoffs. The Red Sox clinched at least a wild-card berth with a 5-4 win over Cleveland tonight, the Boston Globe reports. The victory officially eliminates the Yankees from playoff contention and ends their streak of 13 consecutive appearances. The Red Sox can... More »

The Rays Are Winning. So Buy A Ticket, Tampa!

When even a pennant race for heretofore-hapless team can't fill seats, there's trouble

(Newser) - The Tampa Bay Rays have the best record in the American League, but you wouldn’t know it from the turnout at Tropicana Field, John Romano writes in the St. Petersburg Times. Even a heretofore-hapless franchise contending for the first time ever fills just a third of the seats. “... More »

AL Wins 15-Inning Marathon

American League prevails 4-3

(Newser) - Michael Young's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 15th gave the American League a 4-3 victory in a marathon All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium. Justin Morneau slid under the tag with the winning run to end the game after 4 hours and 40 minutes. Neither team had any pitchers... More »

Why the AL Rules Baseball

DH rule, new stadiums, better drafting all contribute to AL dominance

(Newser) - The American League is just flat out better than the National League, writes Darren Everson in the Wall Street Journal. The AL has had a lock on All-Star games for a decade, has won 11 of the last 16 World Series, and it dominates interleague play. Why the disparity? Everson... More »

Newest MLB Division: AL Pacific?

The time may be right for Japanese expansion teams

(Newser) - With the help of modern air travel, Major League Baseball should seriously consider expanding across the Pacific, writes Jim Caple for ESPN. Such a move could be both profitable and intriguing, and keep Japan from hemorrhaging its best talent. Though, as Red Sox manager Terry Francona points out, "Saying... More »

Lester Throws No-Hitter

24-year-old Red Sox lefty and cancer survivor beats KC Royals

(Newser) - Jon Lester can now add pitching a no-hitter to his already amazing list of accomplishments. The 24-year-old lefty, who survived cancer to pitch the clincher of Boston's 2007 World Series victory, shut down Kansas City 7-0 Monday night for the first no-hitter in the majors this season. "Really, words... More »

Jones Misses Hanging Out in Clubhouse

Pitcher says today's players arrive early and leave right after game

(Newser) - Major League clubhouses are not what they used to be, reports Detroit Tigers reliever Todd Jones on his blog for the Sporting News. Years ago, players used to arrive late and leave even later after games, sometimes hanging out together til 3 in the morning. Now players arrive way earlier... More »

Brown's 4 RBI Power A's Past Rangers

Texas' five-game winning streak goes by the boards

(Newser) - Emil Brown hit a three-run homer and drove in four runs to help the Oakland Athletics beat Texas 12-6, ending the Rangers' season-best five-game winning streak Sunday. Frank Thomas drove in two runs to give him 1,695 RBIs, tying him with Cal Ripken for 21st all-time, while Mark Ellis... More »

Bannister Pitches Royals Past O's

KC ends 12-game losing streak against Baltimore

(Newser) - Brian Bannister allowed two singles in eight innings and Kansas City beat Baltimore 4-0 Sunday to end its 12-game skid against the Orioles. Bannister struck out five and walked two to end a personal four-game losing streak. He did not allow a runner to reach second. Joakim Soria tossed a... More »

Quentin Helps Hot White Sox Beat Mariners

He and Anderson homer, combine for 5 RBIs in big second

(Newser) - Brian Anderson and Carlos Quentin each homered and combined for five RBIs in the second inning to lead the Chicago White Sox to an 8-4 victory over the slumping Seattle Mariners last night. Javier Vazquez (4-3) allowed six hits and four runs in 5 2/3 innings as the White Sox... More »

Millar Blast Beats Royals

Three-run homer gives Baltimore 12 straight wins over Kansas City

(Newser) - Kevin Millar hit a three-run homer and finished with three hits to help the Baltimore Orioles beat Kansas City 6-5 last night on a rainy night for their 12th straight victory over the Royals. Millar, who entered hitting just .186 in his previous 15 games, homered just inside the left-field... More »

Bradley Lifts Rangers Past A's

Shutout streak ends at 33, but Texas wins fifth straight

(Newser) - Milton Bradley homered and drove in three runs as the Texas Rangers beat the Oakland Athletics 6-4 tonight for their fifth straight win, despite having their shutout streak end at 33 innings. Texas pitchers had posted three shutouts in a row and the scoreless streak was the second-longest in franchise... More »

Dice-K, 4 Homers Carry Red Sox to Win

Bottom of lineup is major source of power against the Twins

(Newser) - The Boston Red Sox got an unexpected power surge from the bottom of their lineup to help Daisuke Matsuzaka remain undefeated with a 5-2 victory over Minnesota on Saturday. Coco Crisp and Jed Lowrie hit back-to-back homers to lead off the seventh inning and Matsuzaka (6-0) gave up two runs... More »

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