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Austin Gomber spins eight dominant innings with four strikeouts as Rockies beat Padres, 3-2


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Austin Gomber spins eight dominant innings with four strikeouts as Rockies beat Padres, 3-2

Austin Gomber threw eight innings, striking out four and giving up no runs as the Colorado Rockies defeated the San Diego Padres, 3-2. CJ Cron homered for Colorado. Trent Grisham’s two-run shot in the ninth inning was too little, too late for San Diego.

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Anthony DeSclafani strikes out eight in complete-game shutout as Giants beat Nationals, 1-0


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Anthony DeSclafani strikes out eight in complete-game shutout as Giants beat Nationals, 1-0

Anthony DeSclafani recorded eight strikeouts and surrendered just two hits in a complete game, 1-0 victory for the San Francisco giants over the Washington Nationals. Buster Posey’s solo home run was all the Giants needed offensively.

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Patrick Wisdom continues historic start with another homer as Cubs beat Padres, 7-1


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Patrick Wisdom continues historic start with another homer as Cubs beat Padres, 7-1

Chicago Cubs infielder Patrick Wisdom hit his eighth home run of the season in just his first 36 at bats with the team, the first player to ever accomplish that feat. Anthony Rizzo went deep as well in Chicago’s 7-1 win over the San Diego Padres.

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Dodgers’ 13-0 lead nearly evaporates, but they hold on to beat rival Angels, 14-11


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Dodgers’ 13-0 lead nearly evaporates, but they hold on to beat rival Angels, 14-11

Many Los Angeles Dodgers starters were out of the game by the sixth inning as L.A. trotted out to a 13-0 lead over the Los Angeles Angels. However, the Angels staged a dramatic rally to cut the final deficit to 14-11 before eventually falling short.

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Athletics make Tyler Glasnow pay for control issues, beat Rays, 6-3


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Athletics make Tyler Glasnow pay for control issues, beat Rays, 6-3

Tampa Bay Rays starter Tyler Glasnow struck out 11, but walked four and gave up three earned runs in 5.2 innings as the Oakland Athletics held on to win on Saturday afternoon, 6-3. Seth Brown and Austin Allen went deep for Oakland in the victory.

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DeBrincat, Blackhawks rally to beat Blue Jackets 4-3

 
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Alex DeBrincat had a goal and an assist, Kevin Lankinen stopped 23 shots and the Chicago Blackhawks rallied from an early two-goal deficit to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 on Saturday night.

Carl Soderberg, Wyatt Kalynuk and Dylan Strome also scored for the Blackhawks, who had dropped five of the last seven while battling Nashville and Dallas for the fourth playoff spot in the Central Division.

Michael Del Zotto, Cam Atkinson and Patrik Laine had goals for Columbus, and Elvis Merzlikins made 24 saves. The Blue Jackets have lost two straight and nine of the last 11.

Earlier in the day, Columbus traded one of the team’s longest-tenured players, defenseman David Savard, to Tampa Bay for draft choices.

The Blue Jackets started strong and then faded.

Del Zotto connected on a shot from the blue line 1:03 into the game, and two minutes later Atkinson tapped in a goal off a nice feed from Jack Roslovic from the right wall to put Columbus up 2-0.

“We just weren’t ready to play,” DeBrincat said. “We were getting beat off the wall, missing checks. That’s pretty much what was said in the time out, just wake up a bit. I think we did a good job of scoring a few there and winning the game.”

DeBrincat scored on a one-timer from the right circle in the final seconds of a power play at 10:13 of the first. Then Soderberg tied it when he lifted a short shot over Merzlikins’ shoulder late in the first.

Chicago grabbed the lead early in the second when the puck barely trickled over the goal line as Columbus’ Kevin Stenlund dug at it trying to clear, with rookie Kalynuk getting credit for his first NHL goal. Strome tallied late in the second.

With an empty net on the other end, Laine made it 4-3 with 49 seconds left in the game but time ran out for Columbus.

“I don’t think we played hard enough through the middle part of that game,” Columbus coach John Tortorella said. “Found our way in the third period.”

SHORT-HANDED

The Blue Jackets were without forward Boone Jenner and defenseman Zach Werenski because of recent injuries. Injured center Riley Nash was traded to Toronto on Friday for a seventh-round draft pick in 2022.

DE HAAN HURT

Chicago defenseman Calvin de Haan suffered a hip pointer and did not play in the third period. “I don’t think it’s long term but we’ll have to see how he is the next couple of days,” Chicago coach Jeremy Colliton said.

HE’LL TAKE IT

The 23-year-old Kalynuk’s first NHL goal was in question briefly while officials reviewed video to make sure the puck crossed the line. Then it withstood a review after the Blue Jackets challenged the play for goaltender interference.

“Obviously, not how I could’ve imagined it,” he said. “I think even after it was reviewed, I saw it a few times and I didn’t think it was even close. But the ref must’ve gotten a good view of it from behind the net. It’s something you dream of. I know my mom and dad and grandma Betty are smiling back home so it feels good, for sure.”

HE SAID IT

“It wasn’t pretty, but we don’t care if it’s pretty,” Colliton said. “We need the points.

FAREWELL TO FOLIGNO?

Captain Nick Foligno was scratched and may have played his last game as a Blue Jacket. Foligno was reported to have an upper-body injury but could possibly be traded before Monday’s deadline. The 33-year-old Foligno, who will be an unrestricted free agent after the season, has played 599 games for Columbus since being traded from Ottawa in 2012.

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The teams wrap up a two-game series Monday in Columbus.



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Reyes homers twice, Plesac strong as Indians beat Tigers

CLEVELAND (AP) — Franmil Reyes homered twice and Zach Plesac pitched seven dominant innings after getting an early lead to give the Cleveland Indians a 4-1 win Friday night over the Detroit Tigers, who scratched starter Julio Teheran just before the first pitch.

Reyes hit a two-run homer in the first off emergency starter Derek Holland (0-1) and added a 446-foot solo shot in the sixth to make it 4-0.

Plesac (1-1) pitched scoreless ball, allowing just three singles while improving to 3-1 in five career starts against the Tigers. He’s given up three earned runs in 30 2/3 innings to Detroit.

The Tigers avoided being shut out when Wilson Ramos homered off Bryan Shaw in the eighth.

Emmanuel Clase worked the ninth for his first save with Cleveland and the second of his career. He got one with Texas in 2019.

Detroit was forced to make the pregame pitching change after Teheran complained of tightness in his right triceps while warming up. The right-hander beat the Indians in his debut for the Tigers last week, allowing one run and four hits in five innings.

But when he felt discomfort while warming up in the Progressive Field bullpen, the team wasn’t taking any chances.

It was the first road game for first-year Tigers manager A.J. Hinch after Detroit played its first six at Comerica Park.

Reyes’ 409-foot liner into the left-field bleachers gave the Indians a 3-0 lead in the first, which began with the announcement that Teheran wouldn’t be pitching.

Holland, who made five starts for Pittsburgh last season, gave up a pair of singles and a fielder’s choice RBI to Eddie Rosario before Reyes connected for his second homer, providing Plesac with a welcomed three-run cushion.

In the sixth, Reyes ripped a 2-2 pitch from Fulmer over the wall in center and into some still blooming trees inside Heritage Park.

MIGGY WATCH

Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera went 0 for 4.

He entered the series one hit shy of tying Jesse Burkett (2,870) for 46th place in MLB history, and four hits behind Babe Ruth (2,873) for 45th.

TIGER TALE

Rookie Akil Baddoo didn’t add another chapter to his story-book start, going 0 for 2 with a walk.

Detroit’s 22-year-old rookie homered on the first pitch in his first major-league at-bat and connected for a grand slam in his second game. On Thursday, he entered as a pinch-runner in the eighth and delivered a walk-off RBI single in the 10th.

According to Elias Sports Bureau, Baddoo is the first player since 1900 to begin his career with multiple homers, including a grand slam, in his first three games.

FLAMETHROWER

Clase threw nine pitches over 100 mph in his appearance Wednesday against Kansas City. In just two games, the right-hander had already thrown more triple-digit pitches (18) than all Cleveland pitchers combined since 2008.

FAST COMPANY

Indians manager Terry Francona believes there’s numerous reasons for pitchers throwing harder than in the past, and one is today’s pitches are recorded when the ball leaves the pitcher’s hand.

“I don’t want to be the old guy that’s like ‘They don’t throw like when I (played)’,” he said. “I’d be willing to go out on a limb and say if Nolan Ryan was pitching today, he would be one of the hardest throwers. He’d take your breath away. Literally.”

Francona faced the Hall of Famer 42 times in his career.

“I don’t think that was in his speech,” Francona joked without mentioning he batted .225 (9 of 40) against Ryan.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Tigers: Pitching coach Chris Fetter rejoined the team after testing positive for COVID-19. Hinch said Fetter took some playful ribbing from players on the trip to Cleveland, but added everyone is happy to have him back.

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Indians RHP Aaron Civale (1-0) starts against Tarik Skubal (0-0) for the second time in a week. Civale allowed just two hits in seven innings in beating Detroit on April 4. Skubal pitched into the sixth, and left with a lead but Cleveland scored seven runs off Tigers relievers.



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Widener, Diamondbacks beat Padres 3-1 to avoid 4-game sweep

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Rookie Taylor Widener flustered San Diego’s potent offense for six scoreless innings to win his first big league start and David Peralta hit a two-run triple for the Arizona Diamondbacks, who beat the Padres 3-1 Sunday to avoid a four-game sweep.

Widener (1-0) held the Padres to three hits while striking out five and walking three.

It was Widener’s first start after making 12 relief appearances during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season. He made his big league debut on July 25 with 1 2/3 scoreless innings in Arizona’s 5-1 loss to the Padres at Petco Park.

The Padres avoided a shutout when Fernando Tatis Jr. hit his first homer of the season with two outs in the ninth, off Chris Devenski, who got the save.

Widener got the start after Zac Gellen hurt his right forearm late in spring training. He got ahead of Padres’ batters and went the longest of any Diamondbacks starter so far.

“Anytime you can get a win it feels pretty good, so especially with it being my first time starting it feels really good to get the win,” he said.

Widener said he wasn’t nervous starting.

“When I was warming up I was looking in the stands and I was so excited to see people again that I didn’t really think about anything besides just how happy I was to hear people screaming again,” he said.

Widener was hit on the right leg by Jake Cronenworth‘s comebacker with one out in the first but stayed in the game and got out of the inning on five pitches.

He worked his way out of a jam in the second, when the Padres had runners on the corners with no outs. He struck out Wil Myers and Luis Campusano before intentionally walking Jurickson Profar to get to Padres starter Chris Paddack, who took a called third strike.

Five Arizona relievers combined to hold San Diego to three hits and one run in the final three innings. After Joakim Soria issued consecutive two-out walks in the eighth and then left with an injury, Kevin Ginkel came on and struck out Campusano to get out of the jam. Ginkel played at El Capitan High in suburban Lakeside.

Widener “went out and just put us on his back and gave us six scoreless innings,” manager Torey Lovullo said.

“It was exactly what been talking about having our starters do,” the manager added. “We haven’t gotten a lot of length out of our starters. For him to step up and do what he did after losing the first three games of the season, that’s not an easy chore. Typically young pitchers put a little bit too much pressure on themselves and they might not execute as precisely as he did today. For him to block all that out and go out and make pitches the way he did, it was a solid day for him.”

Paddack (0-1) had a frustrating season debut. He gave up three runs, two earned, on four hits in four innings, struck out three and walked three. Paddack was San Diego’s opener day starter in 2020 but struggled and is now No. 4 in the rotation behind newcomers Yu Darvish, Blake Snell and Joe Musgrove.

Paddack got into trouble early and needed 28 pitches to get through the first. He allowed a one-out walk to Ketel Marte and a single to Christian Walker before Peralta tripled to right.

Josh Rojas walked to open the third and eventually scored on Tatis’ wild throw, the shortstop’s fifth error this season.

Marte had a sensational series, going 9 for 16 with 3 runs scored and three RBIs. He had four hits in an 8-7 opening day loss on Friday.

SHAKY TATIS

Tatis made two errors. He had only three in 57 games last year after committing 18 in 83 games as a rookie in 2019. Tatis signed a $340 million, 14-year contract on Feb. 22, the longest deal in baseball history.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Diamondbacks: Lovullo said is showing signs of a strained left calf and will return to Phoenix for tests. … Walker was back in the lineup at first base with a black eye after coming out of Saturday night’s game when Rojas’ throw from shortstop bounced and hit him on his left cheek.

UP NEXT

Diamondbacks: RHP Luke Weaver (1-9, 6.58 ERA in 2020) is scheduled to make his season debut Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game series at Colorado, which will counter with Germán Márquez (0-0, 2.25).

Padres: LHP Adrian Morejon (2-2, 4.66 in 2020) is scheduled to make his season debut Monday night in the opener of a three-game series against San Francisco, which will counter with RHP Anthony DeSclafani (1-2, 7.22 in 2020 with Cincinnati).



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Wennberg scores 3 as Panthers beat Blue Jackets 5-2

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Alex Wennberg had his first career hat trick as the Florida Panthers beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-2 on Saturday night.

MacKenzie Weegar and Frank Vatrano each had a goal and an assist, and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 44 shots to help the Panthers win their season-high fifth straight.

In his first game back after a six-game absence, Panthers’ No. 1 center Aleksander Barkov tallied the primary assist on Weegar’s goal.

Florida honored Bobrovsky for his 500th NHL game – played Feb. 10, 2020, in Philadelphia – in a pregame ceremony, and the Russian goalie improved to 5-1-1 against his former club.

Oliver Bjorkstrand and Zach Werenski scored for Columbus. Elvis Merzlikins made 22 saves through two periods but was replaced by Joonas Korpisalo, who stopped 12 shots in the third.

After a scoreless first period, Barkov found himself right in the middle of a hard-working cycle in the second and sent a slick pass through the slot to Weegar at 3:57.

Signed as a free agent after playing six seasons in Columbus, Wennberg scored 52 seconds later by finishing a 2-on-1 pass from Vatrano.

Then he added his second of the night from the left circle at 8:47 for a 3-0 lead.

In the third, Bjorkstrand’s putback cut it to 3-1 at 2:46, but Vatrano regained the three-goal margin at 10:54 with a rebound tally on Owen Tippett’s breakaway.

After Werenski scored, Wennberg complete the hat trick into an empty-net for his 11th with 7 seconds left.

SIGNED … AND PLAYING

The Panthers signed defenseman Matt Kiersted out of the University of North Dakota on Thursday and put him on the ice Saturday.

Kiersted, 22, was one of seven defensemen in the lineup as coach Joel Quenneville opted to use just 11 forwards. The lefty shot logged 12:47of ice time and blocked a team-high four shots in his NHL debut.

SCRATCHED

Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella has openly criticized the play of Jack Roslovic – acquired from Winnipeg with Patrik Laine on Jan. 23 – over the past few games and decided to make the Columbus native a healthy scratch in the team’s first game in South Florida.

Roslovic, 24, has six goals and 16 assists in 31 games for his hometown club.

BRIEF STAY

The Panthers made a trade Friday afternoon, sending forward Vinnie Hinostroza to his hometown Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for minor-league forward Brad Morrison.

A native of the western Chicago suburb of Bartlett, the 27-year-old Hinostroza failed to register a point in nine games in his first season with the Panthers, primarily skating on the fourth line.

Morrison, 24, has appeared in nine total games in stints in the AHL and ECHL this season.

NUMBERS GAME

In their 20th home game this season, the Panthers had 4,375 fans in attendance.

UP NEXT

The two clubs will conclude their two-game set on Sunday.



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