The Baltimore Orioles' home game against the Chicago White Sox was postponed Monday night because of safety concerns after riots broke out near Camden Yards following the funeral of Freddie Gray. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred, at the stadium for a previously planned visit, said Tuesday night's game between the Orioles and White Sox could be moved - possibly to Nationals Park in Washington - if safety continued to be an issue. Rioters looted stores and threw rocks and bricks at Baltimore police about three miles from the stadium in the wake of the mysterious death of Gray. The Orioles announced the postponement about 40 minutes before gametime.
BALTIMORE (Reuters) - The Baltimore Orioles said they would postpone a Monday night game after consulting with police, on a day the city was torn by the worst rioting the United States has seen since last year's unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. (Reporting by Ian Simpson; Writing by Scott Malone; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)
Matthew Pouliot offers up his thoughts on Josh Hamilton, Alex Guerrero and a handful of closing situations in his latest tour around the league.
When the Detroit Tigers signed Joe Nathan before the 2014 season, they expected baseball's active saves leader to simply keep rolling. After a few too many bad outings, they traded for a backup plan in Joakim Soria, widely considered the top reliever on the market. Every team faces the fickle nature of relief pitching - that combination of factors that makes it difficult to predict how late-inning pitchers will perform season to season. Relievers generally aren't as consistent as starters or hitters, Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said.
Take a look around the league with Big League Stew's daily wrap up. We'll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats. New York Yankees infielder Alex Rodriguez moved a step closer to tying Willie Mays on the all-time home run list Sunday. Rodriguez belted home run No. 659 during the team's 6-4 victory over the New York Mets. Rodriguez wasted no time getting the Yankees on the board. In the bottom of the first, Rodriguez clobbered a 74 mph curveball from Jon Niese out to right for the solo shot. [ There's still time to sign up for Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball! ] He would strike again in the second inning, plating another run on an RBI double. Rodriguez finished 2 for 4, with one run scored and two RBI during the contest. Overall, it was a sloppy game for the Mets. The team made four errors, one of which led to a run. The Mets were able to capitalize against starter Nathan Eovaldi early, but were stymied by the Yankees bullpen. The Mets did not pick up a hit once Eovaldi came out of the game. The Yankees used five relievers during the contest. Outside of a Chasen Shreve walk, those relievers did not allow any base runners. Dellin Betances notched his fourth hold of the year, striking out the side in the eighth. He gave way to Andrew Miller in the ninth. Miller struck out one, picking up his seventh save of the season during the win. MAUER SHOWS OFF HIS POWER Minnesota Twins first baseman Joe Mauer doubled his extra-base hit total Sunday against the Seattle Mariners. Mauer came into the game with just two extra-base hits, but that changed quickly. Mauer smashed an RBI double in the third inning, giving the Twins a 2-0 lead. Seattle would battle back, setting the table for Mauer in the top of the 11th. With men on first and second, Mauer knocked a 75 mph curveball from Tyler Olson out to left for a two-run triple. Mauer also added a single during the contest, finishing 3 for 5 with three RBI. He's hitting .299/.392/.373 over 79 plate appearances this season. ORIOLES PICK UP 20 HITS IN BLOWOUT WIN The Baltimore Orioles demolished the Boston Red Sox on Sunday, picking up 20 hits during the 18-7 blowout. It was a historic performance for the franchise , according to Roch Kubatko of MASN. The Orioles set a club record with 18 runs against the Red Sox, the previous high 17 on Sept. 27, 1960. They hadn't totaled 18 runs in any game since beating the Indians 18-9 on April 19, 2006. The 20 hits today were the most for the Orioles against the Red Sox since April 26, 2005. The middle of the team's lineup came through in a big way for Baltimore. Adam Jones, Delmon Young, Chris Davis, Steve Pearce and Jimmy Paredes combined for 12 hits and 16 of the team's RBI. Young was particularly impressive, going 3 for 6 with five RBI during the contest. He's hitting .368 on the season. [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] Baltimore struck early, chasing Wade Miley from the game in the third inning. Miley allowed seven runs, six earned, on five hits over 2 1/3 innings. Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez attempted to get Boston back into the game late, but it wasn't enough. The two combined to go 3 for 7, with four runs scored. Sandoval and Ramirez combined for all seven of the team's RBI. With the win, the Orioles improved to 9-10. They'll take on the Chicago White Sox on Monday. ADDISON RUSSELL LEADS THE CUBS OVER CINCINNATI Chicago Cubs infielder Addison Russell hasn't gotten off to as strong a start as rookie teammate Kris Bryant, but he came up with a big hit Sunday against the Cincinnati Reds. With the bases loaded in the fourth inning, Russell knocked a bases-clearing double to center field. All three base runners would score, giving the Cubs the 5-0 lead. The team would give up two runs later in the contest, but held on for the win. Russell finished 1 for 4, with two strikeouts and three RBI. Through 22 plate appearances, Russell is hitting .136. Want to see more from Sunday's slate of games? Check out our scoreboard . More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: - - - - - - - Chris Cwik is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Chris_Cwik
Seth Trachtman breaks down Chris Archer's early dominance, Yasiel Puig's hamstring injury and more in Monday's Daily Dose.
(Adds late game) April 26 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Sunday's Major League Baseball games: - - - Orioles 18, Red Sox 7 Delmon Young had three hits and five RBIs, Bud Norris pitched into the seventh inning and Baltimore battered Boston 18-7. Chris Davis added three hits, including his fourth home run of the season and a two-run double, as the Orioles took the deciding contest of the three-game series. Jimmy Paredes tripled, doubled and singled to drive in three runs as part of Baltimore's 20-hit attack. - - - Rays 5, Blue Jays 1 Chris Archer made his fourth consecutive start without giving up an earned run and Brandon Guyer hit a home run to lift Tampa Bay.
The Baltimore Orioles are yet to win a game in which they've scored fewer than four runs, and while their concerns on the mound can't be ignored, there's another reason they haven't yet won a pitchers' duel. They'll try to carry that offense into a three-game home series with the White Sox beginning Monday night, and the Orioles might catch a break by avoiding Chris Sale and Jeff Samardzija as Chicago's top starters await word on suspension appeals. The Orioles (9-10) got five RBIs from Delmon Young, who is 13 for 29 in his last eight games. He's hit Chicago at a .333 clip, which is his best average versus any team he has at least 50 career at-bats against.
David Robertson threw the first pitch of the afternoon and the last one. Robertson got a win and a save as the White Sox won a pair of games against the Kansas City Royals. The day began with Avisail Garcia's two-out RBI single sending Chicago to a 3-2 victory in the resumption of a game suspended by rain on Friday night, and it concluded with the White Sox rallying for a 5-3 win. ''Good day when you get two wins in one day.'' The White Sox and Royals were tied at 2 when Friday night's game was suspended by rain after eight innings.
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