Camden Chat: Hess falters, bullpen implodes in Orioles 12-2 loss against White Sox
Orioles starter David Hess needed to find his Jeckyll again. After not allowing a hit through 6.1 innings in his first start of the year, he lost three consecutive decisions. In those loses, the "Hyde" Hess allowed seven home runs and 13 runs in only 12.2 innings.
Hess appeared to be back on track against the White Sox early Monday evening. He struck out two of the first three batters he faced, and only needed 10 pitches to retire the side in the top of the first. Seven of those pitches were strikes.
Houston Chronicle: Jazz take it to Rockets, force Game 5
Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, left, fouls Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) as he drives to the basket in the first half during Game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Monday, April 22, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
SALT LAKE CITY - The Rockets came up short in their bid to sweep the Jazz and get an extra two days rest before the second round, presumably against the Warriors.
The Rockets had found a way to win "ugly" in Game 3 on Saturday to take a 3-0 series lead. But on Monday, the result was just plain ugly as the Jazz won, 107-91.
Detroit Bad Boys: Pistons vs Bucks final score: Pistons season ends at hands of Bucks, 127-104
The 2018-19 Detroit Pistons season ended tonight at home at Little Caesars Arena against the Milwaukee Bucks, 127-104.
In half number one, Detroit showed an extra gear -- and an extra collective will, dare I say-- than we've seen. The Bucks seemed dialed-in, it was just that the Pistons were crisper, quicker, feistier, and the ball was going in the bucket a bit more than it was for the Bucks. It wasn't a fluke -- the Pistons had a lot to do with it. Detroit led 62-56 at the half.
The bench chipped in with pesky defense and timely shooting with Langston Galloway and Luke Kennard both shooting 3-of-6 from the field.
Federal Baseball: Washington Nationals drop series opener to Colorado Rockies, 7-5 in Coors Field
Jeremy Hellickson could not hold on to 2-0 or 5-2 leads, and the Washington Nationals' 'pen couldn't keep it tied at 5-5, with Wander Suero giving up a solo home run by Nolan Arenado in the seventh which put the Colorado Rockies up for good in a 7-5 win in the series opener in Coors Field.
Hellboy vs the Rockies: Jeremy Hellickson earned wins in each of his first two starts of the 2019 campaign, and before his second outing, Nationals' skipper Davey Martinez talked to reporters about what he's seen from the righty, with whom he has a long history that goes back to their time together in Tampa Bay.
DRaysBay: Rays 6, Royals 3: Contributions from everyone put the Rays back into the win column
Opening the new series against the Kansas City Royals, the Rays looked to get back into the win column against a struggling team after the Rays dropped the previous four games to divisional opponents.
Yonny Chirinos received the nod to start the game for the Rays, and in the first inning, Chirinos got touched up for a run against after a solo home run by the scorching-hot Alex Gordon.
With a run on the board for Kansas City, Royals starting pitcher Brad Keller had some comfort heading into the bottom of the first inning, but Tommy Pham wasn't going to let that lead last.
San Jose Mercury News: Giants-Blue Jays preview: Key element missing from Bruce Bochy's farewell tour
TORONTO -- When reporters gathered in manager Bruce Bochy's office following the Giants' 3-2 win on Sunday, his desk featured a sizable new decoration.
A three-liter bottle of wine featuring a picture taken off of an old baseball card from his playing days sat next Bochy, who is in the midst of his 25th and final season as a major league manager.
Nearly everyone in the room had the same idea. The bottle was surely a gift from the Pittsburgh Pirates, who wanted to acknowledge Bochy's career and his final visit to the city with a custom memento.
Athletics Nation: Game Thread #25: Athletics Vs. Rangers
Our now 11-13 Oakland A's are on the road to redemption after getting swept by the Blue Jays over the weekend. While a potential injury to Brett Anderson is of concern, right hander Chris Bassitt is back and making his season debut today after receiving a shin contusion in March. Bassitt was recalled from Las Vegas AAA when Marco Estrada was placed on the injured list. Bassitt went 2-3 with a 3.02 ERA striking out 41 in 47 inning in Oakland last year, better than his minor league stats for 2018.
CBS: Harper Angrily Confronts Ump, Phillies Fall To Mets 5-1
NEW YORK (AP) -- Bryce Harper bolted from the bench to angrily confront the plate umpire after being ejected, and it took three members of the Philadelphia Phillies to hold back the enraged slugger Monday night in a 5-1 loss to the New York Mets.
Steven Matz atoned for a dismal start last week in Philadelphia by pitching six fine innings while Jeff McNeil homered off Jake Arrieta. The Phillies have lost four of five.
The game that started 1 1/2 hours late because of rain. The wet weather certainly didn't dampen emotions as Harper became the first Phillies player ejected since pitcher Justin De Fratus in 2015.
Detroit Free Press: Detroit Tigers-Boston Red Sox series opener postponed; doubleheader Tuesday
BOSTON -- With rain pouring down this afternoon at Fenway Park and even more in the forecast throughout the night, the series opener between the Detroit Tigers and Red Sox has been postponed.
The call came just before 4 p.m.
The game will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader on Tuesday. The first game begins at 1:05 p.m. and the second game at 7:10 p.m.
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Left-hander Matthew Boyd - Monday's scheduled starter - will pitch the first game, followed by righty Spencer Turnbull.
The postponed game is the Tigers' third this season.
South Side Sox: White Sox put the hurt on Baltimore with a 12-2 win
For a while in Monday night's 12-2 trashing of the Baltimore Orioles, it seemed the Chicago White Sox offense -- though launching the ball in the air -- wouldn't get off of the ground.
It was a slow start against a bad pitcher in David Hess, even with the multiple fly outs. The first base hit for the team came in the third inning, via a single from Yolmer Sanchez. The real unfortunate thing for the Sox in the first four innings was the inability to capitalize on meatball pitches from Hess. Meanwhile, the same kind of things were happening with Manny Banuelos.
Detroit Free Press: Broomed and gloom: Pistons start strong, still swept by Bucks
Detroit -- Andre Drummond played better. Blake Griffin played hard. Reggie Jackson played well. The Pistons had a double-digit lead and played their best game of the playoff series -- and still lost by a large margin.
It's a testament to how good the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks are -- and how far the Pistons will have to come in the offseason to catch up with the new dominant team in the Eastern Conference.
The Pistons were overmatched and had an uphill climb in the series, but even their 12-point lead in the first quarter evaporated, as the Bucks wore them down and earned a 127-104 victory in Game 4 on Monday night at Little Caesars Arena.
Official Site of the Nuggets: Paul Millsap's leadership helping Denver Nuggets in first round playoff series vs. Spurs
Standing in the locker room after a 118-108 Game 3 loss to the Spurs, Paul Millsap was asked how important is it for the Nuggets is to secure a result in Game 4. The 13-year veteran didn't shy away in his reply.
"It's vital, we'll win it." Millsap said.
It wasn't as bold as Joe Namath in 1969, but for today's NBA, it was still a gutsy statement.
Although Millsap had two points and four rebounds in Game 4, his words set the impetus of Denver's 117-103 victory. It instilled a confidence and belief that perhaps wasn't as strong in the previous playoff game.
Royals Review: Keller stays in one batter too long as the Royals lose to Tampa Bay, 6-3.
Heading to the Sunshine State to take on the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Florida, the Royals looked to claim game one of a three-game set against the top team in the AL East. Unfortunately, a late inning go-ahead run proved fatal as Kansas City fell to the Rays, 6-3.
Throwing Brad Keller for the first time since his incident with Tim Anderson in Chicago last week, the 6'5 right-hander was given some early run support out of the gates. With Rays starter Yonny Chirinos recording the first two outs in the inning, he left a mistake up in the zone to red-hot Alex Gordon, who jumped all over the 3-2 pitch.
Fansided: Baltimore Orioles: What You Must Pay Attention To In White Sox Series
After going 3-4 on the road against American League East foes Boston and Tampa Bay, the Baltimore Orioles returned to Oriole Park at Camden Yards for a six-game slate against the Minnesota Twins and Chicago White Sox. The homestand didn't begin on the most positive of notes.
Baltimore dropped all three games this past weekend against the Twins and were outscored 26-15. Minnesota hitters combined for 11 home runs and 37 hits total as their sweep of the Orioles resulted in ending the weekend on top of the American League Central. However, it wasn't all bad for the Orioles.
Talking Chop: Braves look to keep it going against the Reds in Cincinnati
The Atlanta Braves will continue their road trip on Tuesday when they open up a three-game series in Cincinnati against the Reds. Atlanta comes in with a bit of momentum after winning two straight in Cleveland. The Braves began the road trip after dropping three straight at home to the Diamondbacks. A rain out in the opener forced a doubleheader on Saturday where they fell in Game 1, 8-4. They quickly fell behind 7-0 in Game 2 but rallied late with a five-run ninth to snap their losing skid with an 8-7 win. Josh Donaldson homered twice and Max Fried turned in another solid performance in the series finale on Sunday to help Atlanta take home an 11-5 win.
Pounding The Rock: Making sense of the Spurs vs. Nuggets series so far
The Nuggets and Spurs are tied after the first four games of an unpredictable series. Both teams have had flaws exposed, but neither has cracked under the postseason pressure yet. Denver had to get past its inexperience to even the series after it seemed to be slipping away. San Antonio, meanwhile, had a golden opportunity to take a commanding lead but inconsistency proved to be their undoing.
As the series enters its final stretch, both coaches are well into figuring out how to hide their team's weaknesses and highlight their strengths. Adjustments could be crucial, but neither squad wants to be the first to overreact and get away from its core principles.