Madison Bumgarner pitched a four-hitter with 10 strikeouts and Brandon Crawford hit the first grand slam by a shortstop in postseason history as the San Francisco Giants routed the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-0 on Wednesday night in the National League wild-card game.
For every time Williams leaves those dugout steps, there are dozens of other times in which he chooses not to act. There are the substitutions he does not make, the pitching changes he ponders and forgets, the conversations he considers but does not have. “I trust,” Williams said. “Part of my job is to step aside sometimes and say, ‘Go get ‘em, fellas.’”
It’s difficult to comprehend the job Buck Showalter has done to keep Baltimore on track. Having won AL Manager of the Year in 1994 and 2004, he’s due again.
In a back-and-forth epic that lasted 4 hours, 45 minutes, the A’s lost their seventh straight winner-take-all playoff game since 2000.
Bobby Henley was drafted by the Montreal Expos in 1991 as a high school catcher from Grand Bay, Alabama, and has spent all but one season since then with the franchise in one capacity or another. But when he takes the field as Washington’s third base coach Friday, it will be his first major league playoff game.
They have no reason to believe anything will change in the playoffs, even though they will begin the AL division series against Detroit on Thursday without three former All-Stars — catcher Matt Wieters, third baseman Manny Machado and first baseman Chris Davis.
Zimmermann will take his place alongside Terrmel Sledge, Alfonso Soriano, Ryan Zimmerman and Stephen Strasburg — memorable and forgettable Washington Nationals — in Cooperstown after Sunday’s no-hit feat.
Major League Baseball on Monday announced tentative start times for the first set of American League and National League division series games.
Hinch managed the Arizona Diamondbacks from May of 2009 until July 2010, when he was fired after 31-48 start. Most recently, he worked as the vice president of professional scouting for the San Diego Padres from 2010 until August.
Gardenhire played an integral role in the franchise’s renaissance, guiding the Twins to their first of six American League Central division titles in 2002 in his first year on the job. But Gardenhire’s teams only got out of the first round of the postseason once in those six trips.
Alex Rodriguez served a season-long suspension for violations of baseball’s drug agreement and labor contract. The three-time AL MVP turns 40 on July 27.
The Nationals have scheduled a series of fast-paced, full-team workouts to stay sharp in the days leading up to Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday. “Baseball is not like riding a bike,” Manager Matt Williams said. “Rhythm and timing play a huge part.”