It’ll be Giolito and Keuchel for White Sox vs. A’s; after that is anyone’s guess

Reynaldo Lopez, second from right, leaves the mound after being pulled by White Sox manager Rick Renteria during the second inning of a game against the Cubs in Chicago, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) | AP Photos White Sox bullpen will play key role in Wild Card series Dylan Cease didn’t have […]

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Ryan Dempster doing more than just pitching in for Cubs’ Marquee Sports Network

Ryan Dempster’s “Off the Mound” debuted in 2018 at the Vic Theatre in the vein of a late-night talk show. He also has hosted it at the Cubs Convention (above in 2020). It debuted on TV in February with the launch of Marquee Sports Network. | John “Nunu” Zomot Initially part of a rotation of […]

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Dodgers are unusually subdued after quietly clinching a postseason berth

There was no dogpile on the mound. There was no champagne in the clubhouse. At first, not everyone in the Dodgers’ dugout even realized what they’d accomplished. In the latest strange chapter of this unfamiliar season, much of the team initially was unaware they’d clinched a postseason berth with Wednesday’s 7-5 win over the San […]

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Joe Kelly pouty face mural painted near Dodger Stadium just in time for Astros series

Joe Kelly won’t be on the mound this weekend to torment Carlos Correa and the rest of the Houston Astros. The Dodgers relief pitcher is on the injured list because of shoulder inflammation. And even if he unexpectedly is activated between now and Saturday, Kelly has to serve his five-game suspension for his actions the […]

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Julio Urías has no first-inning jitters in smooth outing vs. Diamondbacks

Julio Urías took the mound Tuesday night knowing his spot in the Dodgers’ starting rotation was secure for the foreseeable future. The Dodgers traded Ross Stripling to the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday and directed Alex Wood to the bullpen Tuesday because they believe they have five other better choices to start games. Urías is […]

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Angels lineup vs. Houston Astros: Patrick Sandoval looks to get back on track

The Angels send young left-hander Patrick Sandoval to the mound Monday for the start of four-game series against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Sandoval, 23, is looking for a bounce-back performance. He has given up 10 runs, nine earned in his last 10 innings. In his most recent outing, he struggled to generate […]

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This You Gotta See: Cubs back at it, White Sox hit the road, Blackhawks get dreaded Knights

Kyle Hendricks on the mound in Cleveland? Have we seen that before? | Photo by Gene J. Puskar-Pool/Getty Images Despite being shut down for most of a week, the Cubs — 10-3 — can get back to the business of kicking tail and taking names. Or trying to. The Cubs haven’t won a game since […]

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Shohei Ohtani’s return to the mound turns into a disaster as Angels fall to Athletics

Shohei Ohtani didn’t record an out in the two-way star’s long-awaited return to the mound for the Angels, allowing the first six Oakland batters to reach base before his day was done in a 6-4 loss to the Athletics on Sunday. The right-hander from Japan gave up Marcus Semien’s leadoff single and three straight walks […]

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Angels lineup: Shohei Ohtani returns to the mound in game No. 3 vs. Athletics

OAKLAND — On the day he returns to the mound for the first time in nearly two years, Angels pitcher Shohei Ohtani will be supported Sunday by a lineup missing Anthony Rendon and Albert Pujols. Rendon is still dealing with a sore oblique muscle. Pujols, 40, simply received the day off after playing two games in 24 […]

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Yankees’ Masahiro Tanaka alert after being hit in head by line drive

With Masahiro Tanaka crumpled motionless on the mound, Aaron Judge repeatedly waved behind home plate and scolded a video journalist for taking images. This wasn’t a scene anyone wanted to see at Yankee Stadium. Tanaka was alert and sent to a hospital after being hit in the head by a line drive off the bat […]

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Cubs coach Tommy Hottovy hit hard — physically and emotionally — by coronavirus ordeal

Tommy Hottovy during a mound visit with Alec Mills and Willson Contreras last season. | Getty Hottovy shared details Wednesday of being isolated in a spare bedroom at home for 30 days. The more he relived the experience — especially as related to his wife and young children — the more the tears came. Cubs […]

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Mets’ Seth Lugo returns to mound after fracturing his toe

PORT ST. LUCIE — Seth Lugo was back on a mound Saturday and looking forward to a normal spring training. “All the pitches were there, executing and locating,” said the Mets right-hander, who had been limited to playing catch in recent days after fracturing his left pinky toe. Lugo threw without padding in his shoe. […]

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