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Ohtani hits 37th homer as Angels rally to defeat Rockies 8-7

Ohtani hits 37th homer as Angels rally to defeat Rockies 8-7

Shohei Ohtani continued his power display Wednesday, crushing a three-run home run, and Phil Gosselin had a go-ahead RBI single in the eighth inning for the Los Angeles Angels, who rallied for an 8-7 victory over the Colorado RockiesBy DOUG PADILLA Associated PressJuly 29, 2021, 6:33 AM• 5 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleANAHEIM, Calif. — Shohei Ohtani continued his power display Wednesday, crushing a three-run home run, and Phil Gosselin had a go-ahead RBI single in the eighth inning for the Los Angeles Angels, who rallied for an 8-7 victory over the Colorado Rockies.The Angels trailed early but used a five-run fourth inning to jump ahead 6-3 and added another run in the fifth for a 7-3 advantage. The Rockies rallied with three runs in the seventh and another in the eighth to tie the game at 7-all, but Gosselin’s RBI single in the bottom of the eighth scored David Fletcher to set the final margin.Angels closer Raisel Iglesias (7-4) blew a save opportunity for the fifth time when he gave up a game-tying RBI single to Brendan Rodgers in the top of the eighth. He still earned the victory by recording five outs.The Angels won for the fifth time in their last seven games as Wednesday’s victory came without three of their better offensive performers in Mike Trout, Anthony Rendon and Jared Walsh, who are all on the injured list.“It’s interesting, it’s wonderful and when we get the whole band back together it’s gonna be fun to watch,” Angels manager Joe Maddon said. “(Ohtani) is definitely inspirational to the whole group.”Ohtani’s line-drive blast to right field off Rockies reliever Jesus Tenoco was his MLB-leading 37th of the season and his third in the last four games, including consecutive contests against the Rockies. It gave the Angels a 4-3 lead in the fourth.Justin Upton and Max Stassi also hit home runs for the Angels, who have won consecutive series and five of their last seven games. Los Angeles starter Andrew Heaney gave up three runs on four hits over six innings with three walks and eight strikeouts.Trailing 7-3, the Rockies rallied with three runs in the seventh inning on a two-run double from Raimel Tapia, while Tapia scored on a Fletcher throwing error when the Angels failed to turn a double play.Tapia had three hits for Colorado, while Trevor Story had a two-run home run in the first inning. Playing amid constant rumors as the trade deadline approaches, Story hit his 13th home run of the season, two days after he was hit on the back of the left-hand by a 97-mph fastball from Ohtani.“I felt real good tonight after I made adjustments in the batting cage,” Tapia said through a team translator. “Luckily there were some adjustments out there and I felt great.”Tinoco gave up five runs on five hits and one walk in 1 1/3 innings of work as the Rockies were forced into a bullpen game after scheduled starter Chi Chi Gonzalez was placed on the COVID-19 injured list earlier in the day. Carlos Estevez (2-3) gave up the Angels’ run in the eighth.“We were hoping that (Tinoco) could give us a little bit of a bridge to the later innings and he had a tough outing, there’s no doubt about it,” Rockies manager Bud Black said.The Angels moved one game over .500 for the third time since the All-Star break but have not been two games over since early July. The club has yet to show what it will do as the trade deadline approaches.“As a player I don’t think I have any business talking about what the front office is going to do at the trade deadline,” Ohtani said through a team translator. “But whether we sell or buy, whatever happens, I still think we have a good shot at the playoffs.”WELCOME BACKAfter trading right-handed pitching prospect Case Williams to the Cincinnati Reds last year, the Rockies got him back Wednesday in a deal that sent veteran right-hander Mychal Givens to the Reds. Colorado also received right-hander Noah Davis.Williams, who has made 12 appearances at the low Single-A level, was the Rockies’ fourth-round draft pick last year but was shipped to Cincinnati in a multi-player deal that brought right-hander Robert Stephenson to Colorado.TRAINER’S ROOMRockies: 1B C.J. Cron was not in the starting lineup Wednesday after leaving Tuesday’s game with a right groin strain. … While Gonzalez was placed on the COVID list, RHP Jhoulys Chacin was removed from the same list. The Rockies also recalled RHP Antonio Santos from Triple-A Albuquerque and selected the contract of RHP Jesus Tinoco.Angels: Walsh, who injured his side Monday, was placed on the 10-day injured list with a right intercostal strain. Matt Thaiss and Gosselin will share first-base duties, with Maddon optimistic that it will not be a long IL stint. … RHP Austin Warren had his contract purchased after RHP Andrew Wantz was optioned late Tuesday. … Trout’s recovery from a strained right calf “is changing for good on a daily basis,” according to Maddon. Trout, out since May 17, ran the bases twice last week before pausing his rehab program.UP NEXT:The Rockies continue their three-city Southern California tour on Thursday at San Diego when left-hander Kyle Freeland (1-5, 4.85 ERA) takes the mound.In the opener of a four-game home series against the Oakland Athletics, the Angels will send either Alex Cobb or Dylan Bundy to the mound, depending on how the blister on Cobb’s right index finger has progressed.

Dodgers put star OF Mookie Betts on IL with hip inflammation

Dodgers put star OF Mookie Betts on IL with hip inflammation

The Los Angeles Dodgers have put All-Star right fielder Mookie Betts on the 10-day injured list with right hip inflammationBy DOUG PADILLA Associated PressJuly 25, 2021, 8:35 PM• 1 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleLOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers placed All-Star right fielder Mookie Betts on the 10-day injured list Sunday with right hip inflammation.In a corresponding move, the Dodgers activated right-hander Jimmy Nelson from the injured list after he recovered from a left lumbar strain.Betts’ IL move is retroactive to Thursday and was made just before the start of Sunday’s game against the Colorado Rockies. He last started on July 17 at Colorado and last appeared in a game Monday when he made a pinch-hit appearance against the San Francisco Giants.The Dodgers had been avoiding an IL move for Betts, initially projecting him to return on Tuesday for the start of a three-game road series against the San Francisco Giants.Betts is batting .270 this season with an .876 OPS and has 14 home runs with 40 RBIs.Nelson, who has been on the IL twice this season, is 1-1 with the Dodgers in 20 appearances and has a 2.00 ERA.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Rockies rally, win in 10th as Dodgers' bullpen woes continue

Rockies rally, win in 10th as Dodgers' bullpen woes continue

Trevor Story homered and drove in the go-ahead run in the 10th inning as the Colorado Rockies took advantage of the Dodgers’ recent bullpen woes, beating Los Angeles 9-6By DOUG PADILLA Associated PressJuly 24, 2021, 7:48 AM• 5 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleLOS ANGELES — Trevor Story homered and drove in the go-ahead run in the 10th inning as the Colorado Rockies took advantage of the Dodgers’ recent bullpen woes, beating Los Angeles 9-6 Friday night.Charlie Blackmon added a two-run homer in the 10th to help the Rockies top Los Angeles for just the third time in 11 games this season. Colorado won for the first time in four games at Dodger Stadium.Pinch-hitter Sam Hilliard’s solo home run in the ninth off Darien Nunez gave Colorado its first lead of the game at 6-5.“That was a very back and forth game as far as momentum goes, but I’m really, really proud of the guys,” Blackmon said. “There were lots of opportunities for us to shut it down, you know, not fight like we did, lots of times where statistically it didn’t look good for us, but we battled back and earned a win.”The Dodgers tied it at 6 in the bottom of the ninth on a bases-loaded walk to Justin Turner with no outs. Daniel Bard (5-5) recovered and escaped the jam by striking out Will Smith, Sheldon Neuse and AJ Pollock in succession.Lucas Gilbreath pitched a scoreless 10th inning for his first career save. The Dodgers fell to 1-10 in extra-inning games.“We have to find ways as an offense to keep adding on and extending the lead,” Turner said. “We have to do the little things defensively and take care of the baseball to protect the lead. Obviously, we haven’t done a very good job of it.”Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen has blown each of his last three save opportunities, including two consecutive on Wednesday and Thursday against the San Francisco Giants.Brusdar Graterol and Nunez were recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City before Friday’s game. Graterol was charged with two runs in the eighth before Nunez gave up Hilliard’s homer. Jansen was given the night off.The Rockies’ three runs in the 10th inning came against James Sherfy (2-1).Hilliard’s home run into the Rockies bullpen in right field was his third of the season and the third pinch-hit homer of his career. It came after Blackmon had an RBI double off Graterol in the eighth to get Colorado within a run and Ryan McMahon had a tying single off Nunez.Elias Diaz also hit a home run for the Rockies, his eighth.“We feel like we can come in and compete and beat these guys,” acting manager Mike Redmond said. “And we know we haven’t had a ton of success (against the Dodgers) the last few years but that that can change. And hopefully, as we win some of these tight games, we’ll be able to keep the streak going.”Turner added a home run for the Dodgers, while Cody Bellinger ended an 0-for-25 drought with an RBI double in the first. Bellinger left the game in the eighth inning with tightness in his left hamstring and is not expected to play Saturday.David Price went a season-high 5 2/3 innings on 74 pitches, while giving up three runs on four hits as the Dodgers lefty continued to build into a starting role after starting the season in the bullpen.“A loss is a loss but to lose them late is obviously tough,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “With what we had, we still had a chance to win the game until that 10th inning when it got away from us. Guys have to step up and get outs. It started with David, who I thought did a great job, and some guys came in and didn’t get that first hitter, which is important.”TRAINER’S ROOMRockies: RHP Peter Lambert pitched in a simulated game at Dodger Stadium. He had Tommy John surgery last year. … The Rockies are moving closer to resolution with their COVID-19 issues, as RHPs Jhoulys Chacin and Antonio Senzatela headed to Arizona to begin baseball activities. RHP Yency Almonte and OF Yonathan Daza are expected to arrive in Arizona soon. Manager Bud Black was away from the team for the last six games, while first base coach Ron Gideon is back with the team.Dodgers: RF Mookie Betts, who has not started in any of the past six games, had additional “imaging” done on his injured right hip, with nothing out of the ordinary revealed. Betts is expected to miss the weekend series with a goal of returning Monday for the start of a series at San Francisco. … INF Max Muncy went on paternity leave and returned home to Phoenix for the birth of his first child. He will miss the series against the Rockies. … SS Corey Seager, out since May 15 with a broken right hand, went through pregame agility drills but there was no update on his status.UP NEXTThe Rockies will send left-hander Kyle Freeland (1-4, 5.36 ERA) to the mound Saturday, while the Dodgers will counter with right-hander Tony Gonsolin (1-1, 2.83).———More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Dodgers tie franchise record with 8 HRs, blast D-Backs 22-1

Dodgers tie franchise record with 8 HRs, blast D-Backs 22-1

LOS ANGELES — Justin Turner and Mookie Betts hit grand slams, Albert Pujols and AJ Pollock each homered twice and the Los Angeles Dodgers matched a franchise record by connecting eight times in all, routing the Arizona Diamondbacks 22-1 on Saturday night.Cody Bellinger and Zach McKinstry also homered as the Dodgers matched a Los Angeles mark for runs, last scoring 22 in 2001 at Colorado. This was their highest-scoring game ever at Dodger Stadium, which opened in 1962.“That is a sign of a really good club that regardless of the score, we just keep trying to win pitches and not give at-bats away,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “When you do that, some good things can happen.”The Dodgers won for just the second time in their last six games. They scored in just four different innings, but broke loose in a big way — five runs in the first, four more in the second, seven runs in the seventh and six in the eighth.The 22 runs marked the most allowed in a game by the Diamondbacks.Los Angeles led 9-0 after two innings and breezed behind the pitching of Walker Buehler, who was chosen as an All-Star Game replacement Saturday.Buehler (9-1) went six scoreless innings, allowing three hits and striking out seven.“I know it was nice to have Walker come out and throw the ball well,” Roberts said. “Obviously we took a lot of good at-bats and hit a lot of balls out of the ballpark just up and down the lineup. AJ had a huge night, Justin, everyone.”The Dodgers started pulling starters out of the game in the fourth inning, starting with shortstop Chris Taylor.“It was good to get some guys off their feet early and get some other guys at-bats and just get to the next day,” Roberts said.It was yet another low point in a season full of them for the Diamondbacks. The mood was so bleak during a 17-game losing streak, another 13-game skid and a record 24-game road drought this season that this debacle was not considered rock bottom.“Nah … that ought to tell you the type of season we’ve had,” manager Torey Lovullo said. “You lose 20-plus (consecutive) games on the road, you’re fighting a 16-, 17-game losing streak, whatever that number was.“I think for me, we’re on the rise. We’re in a different spot. I think we are well beyond our worst days here,” he said.Turner, added earlier in the day to the All-Star team, hit his first career grand slam in the second inning off starter Caleb Smith (2-6). Smith never recorded an out in the second before departing, giving up nine runs on six hits with three walks while recording just three outs.Betts hit his fifth slam in the seventh. The Dodgers top the majors with nine grand slams this year.Pujols connected in the seventh and eighth, giving him 675 career home runs. His last homer came off Arizona outfielder Josh Reddick, who got the last two outs.“It was great. It’s always fun watching Albert,” Pollock said. “Every time he hits a homer, you’re watching history. The guy has been doing it for so long. He’s hit a lot of homers and every one is special.”Bellinger and Pollock hit back-to-back home runs in the first. McKinstry and Pujols went back-to-back in the seventh.The Dodgers sent eight batters to the plate in the first inning against Smith, taking a 2-0 lead on Max Muncy’s double that scored Betts and Taylor.Muncy, Taylor and Betts already had been named National League All-Stars, with Betts bowing out of Tuesday’s game because unspecified injuries.The Dodgers improved to 8-1 against the Diamondbacks this season.TRAINER’S ROOMDiamondbacks: OF Kole Calhoun, who had not played since April 27 because of a strained left hamstring, was activated from the 60-day injured list and started in right field. … INF Asdrubal Cabrera was placed on the injured list with a right hamstring strain, while INF/OF Andrew Young was recalled from Triple-A Reno.Dodgers: Betts said Saturday that an accumulation of “nagging” injuries led to his decision to pass on Tuesday’s All-Star Game. Betts still started in right field Saturday and is expected to be available for Sunday’s game. … LHP Clayton Kershaw, on the injured list with left forearm inflammation, played catch Saturday, one day after an MRI showed no serious injury.UP NEXTThe Diamondbacks will send RHP Merrill Kelly (5-7, 4.60 ERA) to the mound Sunday, while the Dodgers counter with RHP Tony Gonsolin (1-0, 2.11) in the first-half finale for both teams.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Ohtani goes into HR Derby mode as Angels rout Tigers

Ohtani goes into HR Derby mode as Angels rout Tigers

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Shohei Ohtani celebrated his appointment to next month’s All-Star Home Run Derby in fitting style, connecting twice during the Los Angeles Angels’ 11-3 win over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night.Ohtani clubbed his 20th and 21st homers of the season hours after announcing he would take part in MLB’s annual home-run spectacle July 12 at Coors Field in Denver.The first blast from Ohtani was a line drive to right field that was part of the Angels’ three-homer fifth inning. His second went the opposite way to left-center field in the eighth, helping bring the team back to the .500 mark at 35-35.“The first one was like 15 feet off the ground and the second one was a great spot for him,” Angels manager Joe Maddon said. “When he’s hitting the ball like that to left-center, you know he’s got his A-hack going on. Wonderful to watch.”Luis Rengifo and Jared Walsh also homered in the fifth, with Rengifo’s first of the season coming in his second game since he returned from Triple-A. Walsh, who has taken over as the Angels’ everyday first baseman following the early-May departure of Albert Pujols, hit his 16th.Tigers starter Jose Urena (2-7) was rocked for seven runs on seven hits with three walks over 4 1/3 innings. It was the second-consecutive start Urena gave up seven earned runs, also doing it Saturday against the Chicago White Sox.“(Urena) was OK in the beginning but he hasn’t been able to sustain it throughout and they put some really good swings on him,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said. “They beat us in every facet. It wasn’t all Jose Urena. I know he gave up some damage in his last inning but … obviously back to the drawing board for him.”This was the second game the Angels were at full capacity this season, with a crowd of just 22,734 announced.The second Ohtani homer of the game came off Tigers right-hander Joe Jimenez and gave him his fourth career multihomer game and his first this season. He entered Friday three back of the the major league lead held by the Toronto Blue Jays’ Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and the San Diego Padres’ Fernando Tatis Jr.“(Ohtani) hit a ball to the pull side, he hit a ball oppo,” Hinch said. “He’s a very dynamic hitter. It’s very must-see TV type.”Only four Angels players have ever hit 20 home runs with 10 stolen bases before the All-Star break, with Ohtani now joining Mike Trout (2014, 2018), Troy Glaus (2000) and Don Baylor (1978-79).Ohtani did not speak to reporters afterward.Angels starter Alex Cobb (5-2) gave up one run on three hits over 5 2/3 inning with two walks and eight strikeouts. The run was not earned. Cobb’s outing came after he gave up five runs in consecutive starts against the Arizona Diamondbacks and Seattle Mariners.The Angels received an RBI single from Kean Wong in the second inning and a run-scoring double from Taylor Ward in the third to take a 2-0 lead, before Rengifo, Ohtani and Walsh all went deep in the fifth for a 7-0 lead.The Tigers finally broke through off Cobb in the sixth inning when Miguel Cabrera hit an RBI double off the right-field wall. Cabrera, who has 492 career home runs, just missed tying Lou Gehrig and Fred McGriff for 28th on the career list.Ward added a two-run double in a three-run sixth inning as the Angels took a 10-1 lead, while the Tigers’ Willi Castro had an RBI single in the seventh off Angels right-hander Chris Rodriguez. The Tigers scored their final run on a Robbie Grossman ground out in the ninth.“That’s what we’re looking for,” Maddon said of the Angels’ overall offensive approach. “Of course you love the home run. Everybody does. But you also love the ball being moved and action on the bases and everything we’re clamoring for in a real baseball game again. Up and down, guys hit the ball well.”TRAINERS’ ROOMTigers: LHP Matthew Boyd was diagnosed with muscular tendonitis, according to manager A.J. Hinch, after an examination by elbow specialist Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles. Boyd will be out at least through the All-Star break before the team works on a timetable for his return. … SS Niko Goodrum left the game in the sixth inning with a finger sprain on his left hand.Angels: 3B Anthony Rendon has made some progress with a triceps injury, but he was out for a fourth consecutive game after manager Joe Maddon delayed announcing his starting lineup to get a late update on his infielder’s status.UP NEXTAfter earning his first career victory as a starter in 20 tries Sunday at Arizona, LHP Patrick Sandoval (1-2, 3.51 ERA) starts for the Angels on Saturday against the Tigers. RHP Wily Peralta (0-0, 0.00) will make his second appearance for Detroit and his first start since 2017 with the Milwaukee Brewers.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Wheeler, Hoskins lead Phillies past Kershaw, Dodgers 2-0

Wheeler, Hoskins lead Phillies past Kershaw, Dodgers 2-0

LOS ANGELES — Zack Wheeler outpitched Clayton Kershaw, and Rhys Hoskins homered early to end an 0-for-33 slump as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-0 on Wednesday night to avoid a three-game sweep.Hoskins connected in the first inning, J.T. Realmuto added an RBI double in the third and the Phillies rebounded from consecutive defeats to the Dodgers that followed a four-game winning streak.Los Angeles was shut out for the first time since Sept. 14, 2019.Wheeler (5-3) gave up five hits with four walks and six strikeouts in six innings. He has thrown 14 scoreless innings over his last two outings, after holding Atlanta without a run for eight innings last Thursday.“I didn’t have my best stuff tonight, obviously; I had four walks,” Wheeler said. “But when you don’t have your best stuff, you have to really bear down.”Kershaw (8-5) allowed two runs and eight hits in six innings, with one walk and nine strikeouts.“The at-bat quality for those guys was really good, so you have to give them a lot of credit,” Kershaw said. “They made me grind. They got my pitch count up, they fouled off a lot of pitches. Overall, I thought I had decent stuff.”Philadelphia played without second baseman Jean Segura (groin) and outfielder Bryce Harper (back), who were both injured in Tuesday night’s 5-3 loss.The Dodgers, who are missing three All-Stars in Corey Seager (hand), Max Muncy (oblique) and Cody Bellinger (hamstring), lost for just the second time in nine games.Left-hander Jose Alvarado followed Wheeler with four strikeouts over two innings. Hector Neris pitched the ninth for his 10th save.Hoskins’ 13th home run of the season came on a full-count slider from Kershaw. It was his first hit since a first-inning single against Washington on June 5.“That’s a big hit hit for us and Rhys has had a lot of those in these two-run (close) games that we play,” Philadelphia manager Joe Girardi said. “Rhys has had a lot of big homers in those games, so I’m really happy for him.”The Phillies made it 2-0 in the third when Realmuto ripped a double into right-center that scored Odubel Herrera from first base.The Dodgers loaded the bases with two outs in the first before Zach McKinstry struck out. They had two aboard in the third and two on with one out in the fifth before Matt Beaty struck out and AJ Pollock grounded out.“Wheeler, he’s got top-notch ace stuff,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “It’s 97-99 (mph) and just enough of a slider to keep you off of the fastball. … He’s a tough one. We had him early, the first two hitters get on base and we couldn’t push a run across. Then he just kind of got comfortable and made pitches when he needed to.”TO THE BRIMOn the second day of full capacity, the Dodgers drew a crowd of 52,157 to push attendance to 104,235 over their last two games. The huge turnout has come after Los Angeles drew just under 16,000 fans over its first 33 home dates amid reduced capacity.WELCOME BACKAfter playing in just 11 games since 2018 following a gruesome knee injury, Steven Souza Jr. was back in the major leagues when the Dodgers purchased the veteran’s contract from Triple-A Oklahoma City.Souza will pick up some playing time with center fielder Cody Bellinger on the injured list with a hamstring strain. Souza missed all of 2019 with the Arizona Diamondbacks, played a handful of games for the Chicago Cubs last season and was released by the Houston Astros in spring training.Thinking of retiring, Souza signed a minor league deal with the Dodgers in the spring and hit .279 with six home runs in 22 games at Triple-A before getting called up. He was in right field and batted seventh Wednesday, going 1 for 3 and getting hit by a pitch.“You know, my wife believed in me and all my family and friends believed it, but when you struggle through an injury for a couple years, and you’re just not doing what you’re used to doing, eventually you start thinking, well, maybe I just can’t do it anymore,” Souza said. “This organization put the belief back in my heart.”To make room on the roster, the Dodgers designated right-hander Nate Jones for assignment. Jones had an 8.31 ERA in eight relief appearances.TRAINER’S ROOMPhillies: Segura was placed on the 10-day injured list with a Grade 1 left groin strain that occurred in the ninth inning of Tuesday’s game. He is expected to miss at least three weeks. … Harper is day-to-day with a lower back strain and is considered probable to return Friday in the opener of a three-game series at San Francisco. Harper was injured on a strikeout Tuesday.Dodgers: All three Dodgers stars on the IL will join the team on the upcoming road trip to Arizona and San Diego. Seager, out since May 15 with a broken right hand, is expected to need a minor league rehab assignment before returning to the active roster. Muncy (oblique) and Bellinger (hamstring) are projected to return immediately to the major league team when healthy.UP NEXTPhillies: After an off day Thursday, the Phillies open a three-game series at San Francisco on Friday with right-hander Vince Velasquez (2-1, 4.25 ERA) on the mound.Dodgers: Begin a three-game series Friday at Arizona with right-hander Trevor Bauer (6-5, 2.64) set to start.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports