8:17 PM EDT, Tue September 19, 2017
Sports Illustrated 6 hours ago

The Astros Are Surging Toward October And Justin Verlander Is Leading The Way

The Houston Astros scuffled through a forgettable mid-season stretch, but have rediscovered their form with the addition of Justin Verlander to their pitching rotation.
San Francisco Chronicle 19 hours ago

Raul Alcantara pitches in as A’s top Tigers

DETROIT — The A’s weren’t trying to pull a fast one on the Tigers. The effect, though, was much the same. After the Tigers spent the day expecting to face Oakland’s Jharel Cotton, he was scratched a few minutes before Monday night’s game with a strained groin. His replacement, Raul Alcantara, held Detroit scoreless for 32/3 innings to set up an 8-3 victory. “I just felt a pull in my groin, and when I tried to keep warming up, it kept grabbing at me,” Cotton said. “It was just a freak accident when I was ready to pitch.” ...
Seattle Times 21 hours ago
Mariners pitcher Emilio Pagan had a sense of urgency to make it to the majors

Mariners pitcher Emilio Pagan had a sense of urgency to make it to the majors

Reliever wanted to be in the big leagues before the birth of his first child. He achieved that goal and has been effective, with a 3.40 ERA in 29 games so far as a rookie.
Grand Rapids Press Sep 18, 2017
Justin Verlander dominant again as Houston Astros clinch AL West

Justin Verlander dominant again as Houston Astros clinch AL West

Verlander is 3-0 with his new team since being traded by the Tigers. It appears Justin Verlander is feeling right at home in Houston. After two sterling road starts for his new team, Verlander made his Minute Maid Park debut Sunday and was dominant again, allowing just one run as the Astros clinched their first American League West title. In three starts with Houston, Verlander is 3-0 with a 0.89 ERA. Just dominant. So the Astros are headed to the playoffs, and Verlander should get the ball in Game 1 of the ALDS. After a red-hot start this season, Houston...
Seattle Times Sep 17, 2017
Bright spot for 2017: Mariners found their outfield of the future

Bright spot for 2017: Mariners found their outfield of the future

Rookies Ben Gamel, Guillermo Heredia and Mitch Haniger have played well and will be a cheap outfield for the coming seasons.

Joey Wendle’s grand slam helps A’s top Phillies

PHILADELPHIA — Growing up near Philadelphia, Joey Wendle dreamed of coming to the plate and hitting a game-winning home run for the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. On Sunday, he beat his hometown team, hitting a go-ahead grand slam in the sixth inning to lift the A’s to a 6-3 win over the Phillies. “I’ve done that plenty of times in backyards, so it was certainly really fun today,” he said. He was one of three rookies to hit a home run for Oakland. With the A’s trailing 3-2 with two outs in the sixth, Wendle lined the first...
Seattle Times Sep 17, 2017
Astros celebrate AL West title after completing sweep of Mariners

Astros celebrate AL West title after completing sweep of Mariners

Justin Verlander’s strong start helps the Astros win their sixth straight against the Mariners, the latest a 7-1 drubbing.
Washington Times Sep 17, 2017

Astros clinch AL West with 7-1 win over Mariners

HOUSTON (AP) - Justin Verlander struck out 10 over seven innings in his first home start for Houston, Derek Fisher and Marwin Gonzalez homered in a big fifth inning and the Astros clinched the American League West with a 7-1 win over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday. George Springer and ...
Washington Times Sep 17, 2017

Wendle's grand slam lifts Athletics to 6-3 win over Phillies

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Joey Wendle hit a go-ahead grand slam in the sixth inning to lift the Oakland Athletics to a 6-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday. Wendle was one of three rookies to hit a home run for the Athletics. With the Athletics trailing 3-2 with two ...
Seattle Times Sep 17, 2017
Mariners at Astros: Live updates as Seattle looks to salvage a win in Houston

Mariners at Astros: Live updates as Seattle looks to salvage a win in Houston

Follow along live as the Mariners (74-75) face the first-place Astros (90-58) at Minute Maid Park in Houston.
Washington Times Sep 17, 2017

Alfaro, bullpen lead Phillies past Athletics after delay

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Jorge Alfaro homered and Philadelphia's relievers pitched six strong innings after a rain delay to lead the Phillies over the Oakland Athletics 5-2 on Saturday night. J.P. Crawford had two RBIs and Cesar Hernandez also drove in a run for the Phillies, who improved to 5-14 against ...
Washington Times Sep 17, 2017

Upton 2 HRs, Angels gain in wild-card race, beat Rangers 2-0

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Justin Upton hit two home runs, Parker Bridwell outpitched Cole Hamels and the Los Angeles Angels moved up in the AL wild-card race, beating the Texas Rangers 2-0 Saturday night. The Angels closed within one game of Minnesota, which lost to Toronto, for the second wild-card ...
Seattle Times Sep 16, 2017
Mariners drop their fifth straight game to the Astros with Saturday’s 8-6 loss

Mariners drop their fifth straight game to the Astros with Saturday’s 8-6 loss

Seattle starter Erasmo Ramirez gave up six runs in four innings pitched
Seattle Times Sep 16, 2017
Mariners at Astros: Live updates as Seattle clings to playoff hopes in Houston

Mariners at Astros: Live updates as Seattle clings to playoff hopes in Houston

Follow here for live updates and analysis as the Mariners (74-74) take on the Astros (89-58) in game two of the three-game series at Minute Maid Park.
Seattle Times Sep 16, 2017
‘The ballpark is always on my mind:’ Meet the people who make Safeco Field shine for the Mariners

‘The ballpark is always on my mind:’ Meet the people who make Safeco Field shine for the Mariners

To say head groundskeeper Bob Christofferson is dedicated to his craft is an understatement. To say he’s attentive to detail undersells how obsessive he is about the field he’s in charge of keeping perfect each and every day.

AL West Player News

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  • 1 Matt Olson

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  • 1 Jharel Cotton

    Jharel Cotton

    Athletics lose starter just before game, but still beat Tigers in series opener

  • 1 Jed Lowrie

    Jed Lowrie

    Olson, Lowrie lead Oakland to 8-3 win in Detroit (Sep 18, 2017)

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