Freeman’s streak over, Braves rally past Phillies 5-2

View photosMore Atlanta Braves’ Freddie Freeman walks back to the dugout after striking out in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, in Atlanta, ending his 30-game hitting streak. The Braves won 5-2. (AP Photo/Brett Davis) ATLANTA (AP) — Freddie Freeman ‘s 30-game hitting streak ended Thursday night when he struck out in the eighth inning of a tie game. That certainly didn’t slow the Atlanta Braves as his teammates quickly scored four runs to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-2 in their final homestand in Turner Field. The longest hitting streak […]

Rain halts Michael Fulmer’s quest for AL ERA title

Baseball and bad weather do not mix. Right now, no one knows that better than Detroit Tigers rookie Michael Fulmer. A long rain delay during the Tigers’ game against the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday cost him the chance to qualify for the AL ERA title, which would have made him the first rookie to lead either league in ERA since 1976, when the Tigers’ own Mark Fidrych led the AL with a 2.34 ERA in 250.1 innings. Before his start on Wednesday, Fulmer had a 2.95 ERA — lowest in the league — and had pitched 155.2 innings, leaving […]

LEADING OFF: Ortiz plays last game at Yankee Stadium

View photosMore Seattle Mariners’ Robinson Cano (22) and Ketel Marte celebrate their 12-4 victory over the Houston Astros in a baseball game, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith) A look at what’s happening around the majors today: — David Ortiz says so long to Yankee Stadium when the AL East-champion Red Sox finish a three-game series against their longtime rivals. New York, which is trying to hold off postseason elimination, has planned a pregame ceremony, but how will Yankees fans salute the 40-year-old slugger who has tormented their team with so many clutch hits? Will […]

David Ortiz starts emotional weekend with dramatic home run

Welcome to The Walk Off, the nightly MLB recap from Big League Stew. Here we’ll look at the top performers of the night, show you a must-see highlight and rundown the scoreboard. First, we start with a game you need to know about. The weekend in Boston belongs to David Ortiz, and the man affectionately known as “Big Papi” embraced that like only he can with a dramatic go-ahead home run in the Red Sox 5-3 win against the Blue Jays . Honored before for the game for his off-the-field contributions to the community, Ortiz shined on it by […]

Cabrera’s homer gives Tigers rain-shortened win over Indians

View photosMore Detroit Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera, right, celebrates his three-run home run with Cameron Maybin as Cleveland Indians catcher Roberto Perez looks down in the fifth inning of a baseball game in Detroit, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) DETROIT (AP) — Miguel Cabrera ‘s fifth-inning homer might as well have come in the ninth. Cabrera hit a tiebreaking three-run shot moments before the game was halted for good, and the Detroit Tigers came away with a rain-shortened 6-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night, keeping pace with Baltimore in the AL wild-card race. Detroit trails […]

Red Sox clinch playoff berth despite loss to Yankees

View photosMore Mark Teixeira of the New York Yankees celebrates his game winning ninth inning grand slam home run against the Boston Red Sox (AFP Photo/Jim McIsaac) New York (AFP) – Mark Teixeira ‘s walk-off grand slam lifted the New York Yankees to a 5-3 win over Boston, but didn’t stop the Red Sox from clinching the American League East division title. The Red Sox were assured of their eighth division crown when the Baltimore Orioles defeated the Blue Jays 3-2 in Toronto. That was before Red Sox closing pitcher Craig Kimbrel took the mound in the ninth with […]

Miggy’s hitting tear a catalyst for surging Tigers

Miguel Cabrera hits two home runs against the Braves for his sixth multi-homer game of the season, keeping the Tigers in the Wild Card race "Miguel being Miguel," third baseman Nick Castellanos said after Friday’s 6-2 win over the Braves in which Cabrera hit two home runs. "It doesn’t matter if it’s Spring Training and we’re taking live BP on the back fields, or if it’s the World Series. Miggy’s Miggy, man." Friday’s game at Turner Field was a reminder that Cabrera’s in one of those stretches. The win that put the Tigers within a half-game of the Blue […]

Miggy, Norris get Tigers 1/2 GB of Wild Card

Miguel Cabrera clears the wall in center for the second time as his solo homer extends the Tigers’ lead to 4-0 in the 3rd inning ATLANTA — The Tigers rode Miguel Cabrera ‘s two home runs and Daniel Norris ‘ power fastball to within a half-game of the Blue Jays for the American League’s second Wild Card . A pair of Cabrera drives to center supported Norris’ 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball, sending Detroit to a 6-2 win over the Braves Friday night. While the Tigers’ arrival for an Interleague series on the final weekend of the regular […]

Tigers embark on crazy journey to playoffs

Ian Kinsler smacks a two-run home run to left-center field to give the Tigers a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the 3rd inning ATLANTA — The Tigers took off from Detroit on Thursday night with what could best be called an open itinerary, thanks to a slew of playoff possibilities. They also carried on a determination to enjoy the ride into October baseball. "If they don’t appreciate it," manager Brad Ausmus said, "they’re missing out." Consider the possible destinations based on how the postseason picture develops by Sunday: • They could be back at Comerica Park on Monday […]