Milwaukee Brewers offseason reviewed

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The Brewers went into the offseason with a strong team, but one on that was pitching-heavy. They spent their offseason trying to add more pop to the lineup without spending much money.

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© MARK HOFFMAN/MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL / USA TODAY NETWORK Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Rowdy Tellez (11) celebrates his home run with left fielder Andrew McCutchen (24).

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Major League Signings

  • Andrew McCutchen, OF: one year, $8.5M
  • Brad Boxberger, RP: one year, $2.5M (deal also contains 2023 club option)
  • Pedro Severino, C: one year, $1.9M
  • Trevor Gott, RP: split deal
  • Brett Sullivan, C/OF: one year deal; later traded to Padres

2022 spending: $12.9M

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Total spending: $12.9M

Options Exercised

  • OF Jackie Bradley Jr. exercised $9.5M player option; later traded to Red Sox
  • OF Avisail Garcia declined his end of $12M mutual option in favor of $2M buyout
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Trades and Claims

  • Acquired IF/OF Mike Brosseau from Rays for RP Evan Reifert
  • Acquired SP/RP J.C. Mejia from Guardians for C David Fry 
  • Acquired OF Hunter Renfroe from Red Sox for OF Jackie Bradley Jr., IF David Hamilton and IF Alex Binelas
  • Acquired C Victor Caratini and cash considerations from Padres for C/OF Brett Sullivan and OF Korry Howell
  • Acquired C Alex Jackson from Marlins for IF Hayden Cantrelle and SP Alexis Ramirez
  • Traded IF/OF Jamie Westbrook to Tigers for cash.
  • Traded OF Dustin Peterson to Phillies for cash.

Notable Minor League Signings

  • Jason Alexander, Trevor Kelley, Jonathan Davis, Rex Brothers, Abraham Almonte, David Dahl, Jonathan Singleton, Tyler White, Moises Gomez, Garrett Whitley, Jakson Reetz, Jose Urena (later selected to 40-man roster)

Extensions

  • None

Notable Losses

  • Avisail Garcia, Eduardo Escobar, Manny Pina, Jackie Bradley Jr., Brett Anderson, Hunter Strickland, Luke Maile, Daniel Vogelbach, Daniel Norris, Daniel Robertson, Colin Rea, John Axford

The Brewers had an excellent regular season in 2021, going 95-67, winning the NL Central and making the postseason for a fourth straight year. 

However, they did it in a very slanted way, dominating on the hill but not hitting much. 

The pitching staff had an ERA of 3.50, third best in the majors, trailing only the Dodgers and Giants. The rotation had a dominant front three of Corbin Burnes, Brandon Woodruff and Freddy Peralta, along with solid contributions at the back end from Eric Lauer, Adrian Houser and Brett Anderson. The bullpen featured excellent hurlers like Josh Hader, Devin Williams and Brad Boxberger.

However, the offense wasn’t nearly as impressive. The team’s overall batting line was .233/.317/.396, producing a wRC+ of 91, or 9% below average, 23rd out of the 30 teams. This uneven attack was on display in the playoffs, when the Brewers faced off against the Braves. Milwaukee eked out the first game with a 2-1 victory, thanks to six shutout innings from Corbin Burnes. But they lost the next three games by scores of 3-0, 3-0 and 5-4. It’s tough for a dominant pitching staff to carry a team with six runs of support over four games. With Avisail Garcia, Eduardo Escobar, and Manny Pina heading into free agency at season’s end, there would be work to do in the offseason just to break even.

Of course, there wasn’t going to be a mountain of money to work with, as the Brewers have never been a high payroll team. Up until a few years ago, their highest Opening Day payroll was $104M. They shot up to $123M in 2019 but then back down to $99M for 2021. (Figures from Cot’s Baseball Contracts.) The club’s president of baseball operations David Stearns has still managed to field competitive teams despite these limitations, which is why he’s attracted the attention of rival teams.

Early in the offseason, Stearns seemed to be a popular target of the Mets, as they looked to hire a new general manager or president. It was thought that there would be a chance the Brewers would let Stearns, a New York native, pursue the opportunity due to the fact that 2022 is the last year of his current contract. However, reports emerged in October that Stearns may have a vesting option for 2023. Whether that was a factor or not, the Brewers denied the Mets permission to interview Stearns for the job that eventually went to Billy Eppler. Further clarity on the contract situation came in February, when it was reported that Stearns is actually under control through 2023 but can opt out after this year if the Brewers win the National League pennant.

As the offseason began and business kicked off, the Brewers signed Trevor Gott to a split deal to bolster their relief corps. Jackie Bradley Jr. exercised his player option. Avisail Garcia declined his $12M mutual option, taking the $2M buyout and hitting free agency. The Brewers had a chance to issue a qualifying offer to Garcia but ultimately decided against it. He would later sign with the Marlins on a four-year, $53M contract, with the Brewers getting nothing in return.

In mid-November, the Brewers swung a trade, acquiring Mike Brosseau from the Rays in exchange for minor-league pitcher Evan Reifert. Brosseau had shown some potential in his first couple of seasons, hitting .284/.343/.500 over 240 plate appearances in 2019-20 while playing all over the diamond. He slid from that level in 2021, ending up with a line of .187/.266/.347, 73 wRC+. Still, the prospect cost was minimal and Brosseau hasn’t yet reached arbitration. If he can bounce back to anywhere near his earlier production, he could be a bargain. With a projected infield of Willy Adames, Luis Urias (who wound up opening the season on the injured list), Kolten Wong and Rowdy Tellez, along with a projected outfield of Christian Yelich, Lorenzo Cain, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Tyrone Taylor, Brosseau would slot into the bench/utility mix with Jace Peterson.

After Manny Pina signed with the Braves, the Brew Crew needed to find a new catcher to pair with Omar Narvaez. They settled on Pedro Severino but he was suspended for 80 games after testing positive for the performance-enhancing substance Clomiphene. With just days until Opening Day, the club quickly pivoted and acquired both Victor Caratini and Alex Jackson to improve the depth behind the plate. Caratini showed some potential with the bat when he popped 11 homers in 2019 but fell off in the following two campaigns. With a $2M arbitration salary and an additional year of team control, he’s another low-cost flier for the club.

Just before the lockout was set to kick in, the Brewers traded Bradley and a couple of prospects to the Red Sox for Hunter Renfroe. This served Milwaukee’s needs in a couple of ways. First, Bradley is making $9.5M in 2022 and had a dismal season at the plate the year before. In 2021, he hit .163/.236/.261, with his 35 wRC+ being easily the worst in baseball among hitters with at least 400 plate appearances. (Kevin Newman’s 54 was next on the list). Renfroe was arbitration-eligible and eventually settled with the Brewers at $7.65M, meaning he’ll be cheaper than Bradley and more productive with the bat. He hit .259/.315/.501 for the Red Sox last year, putting up a wRC+ of 114.

After the lockout, the club’s first move was to re-sign Brad Boxberger, returning him to a high-leverage role in the bullpen with Hader and Williams. The righty threw 64 2/3 innings in 2021, with a 3.34 ERA and 31.2% strikeout rate. Milwaukee also added veteran righty Jose Urena on a minor league deal and selected him to the big league club the next day. Urena, who can’t be optioned to the minor leagues, is on hand as a multi-inning relief option.

They then made their biggest signing of the offseason, adding 35-year-old Andrew McCutchen on a one-year, $8.5M deal. McCutchen’s days of elite outfield defense are behind him, but he can still hit. Over the past two seasons, his slash line is .232/.331/.441, 106 wRC+. But he was especially effective against lefties, with a line of .290/.402/.603 in 2020-21, producing a wRC+ of 164.

While McCutchen is still a fine player, there were plenty of younger and more productive outfield options available in free agency this winter. Kris Bryant, Nick Castellanos, Kyle Schwarber, Starling Marte, Seiya Suzuki, Jorge Soler, Mark Canha, Michael Conforto (still unsigned), Eddie Rosario and others were all available. In the end, the Brewers avoided any big or lengthy commitments, settling on an Opening Day payroll of $132M, a new franchise record but still in the bottom half of the league.

Milwaukee didn’t need to do much on the pitching side of things. Burnes, Woodruff, Peralta, Lauer and Houser all remained under club control. Top prospect Aaron Ashby is ready to replace Anderson — who hit free agency — as the top depth option for the starting staff. Milwaukee brought Boxberger back and never seemed to seriously consider dealing Hader even as his arbitration price continued to rise. The Brew Crew’s elite arms are back.

On the other side of the ball, Garcia, Escobar, Pina, Daniel Vogelbach (whom the club non-tendered) and Jackie Bradley Jr. have been replaced by Renfroe, McCutchen, Brosseau and Caratini. Whether those moves have improved the offense enough can be debated. What would certainly help is if some of the holdovers could have better results. Christian Yelich was mediocre in the past two seasons when compared to his 2018-19 peak. Lorenzo Cain had three mostly lost years from 2019-21. Keston Hiura has failed to deliver since his exciting 2019 debut. The Brewers enter 2022 as a pitching-oriented team, but their chances of making a deep playoff run would be greatly enhanced if they can coax returns to form from some of those players.

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The greatest postseason moment for every MLB team

Every fall brings the chance of a magical moment that will be forever associated with baseball lore. However, for every team, fanbase, and generation, there are a handful of postseason events that stand shoulders above the rest. Here is a look at the memorable or noteworthy moment for each MLB franchise in their playoff history.

Arizona Diamondbacks: Luis Gonzalez’ World Series Walk-off, 2001

With the Yankees at the peak of their turn of the century dynasty and a few outs away from a fourth-consecutive World Series title, upstart Diamondbacks –in just their fourth year of existence— didn’t seem like a truly credible foe to stop their run. But they came out fighting and pushed the series the distance. With the game tied up in the bottom of the ninth of Game 7, Gonzalez put an end to their run, when he connected for a single in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 7 against postseason immortal Mariano Rivera –causing the only blown save of his 43 playoff opportunities— and bring home Arizona’s lone World Series title.

Atlanta Braves: Cabrera and Bream Become Unlikely Heroes, 1992

In Game 7 of the 1992 NLCS, backup catcher Francisco Cabrera became one of the most unlikely heroes in postseason history. With two outs –and two strikes— in the bottom of the ninth inning vs the Pirates, Cabrera lined a single into left field which caught Pirates left fielder Barry Bonds in an awkward spot, that scored two runs (including a famously lumbering Sid Bream) to end the series and send Atlanta to the World Series. It remains the first and only time in postseason history a team was one out away from elimination in a winner-to-take-all game that was won on the last pitch.

Baltimore Orioles: Hoover’s Iconic Play, 1970

One of the most iconic defensive plays in history came during the 1970 World Series when Brooks Robinson further cemented his standing as the greatest defensive third baseman ever. While Robinson hit .429 in the series, he is best remembered for when he broke to his right to field a hit down the line by Lee May, backhanded the catch while leaping into foul territory, spun, and made a leaping one-hop throw to beat May in Game 1.

Boston Red Sox: Carlton Fisk Waves One Fair, 1975

The Red Sox entered Game 6 of the 1975 World Series on the brink of elimination and found themselves down three runs heading into the 8th inning, before a three-run homer by Bernie Carbo sent things into extra innings. In the bottom of the 12th inning, Carlton Fisk launched a high drive down the left-field line towards the Green Monster. Meanwhile, Fisk famously seemed to will the ball to stay fair, waving his arms while hopping down the first baseline until the ball bounced off the foul pole and extended the series to Game 7.

Chicago Cubs: Cubs get the Goat off their back, 2016

A World Series run that was 108 years the making was capped in a tense fashion, that included an unlikely game-tying homer from Rajai Davis in the bottom of the ninth for the Indians, which was compounded by a rain delay before extra innings could start in Game 7. But when play resumed, Ben Zobrist doubled to put the Cubs up by one, followed by a Miguel Montero single that brought in the difference-making run (as the Indians scored again in the bottom of the 10th). But the Cubs endured to finally get the Billy Goat’s curse off theirs –and four generations of their fans— collective backs.

Chicago White Sox: Scott Podsednik’s World Series Walk-off, 2005

The most notable event in the postseason history of the White Sox came via the Black Sox scandal of 1919. However, the most triumphant one came via the unlikely bat of Scott Podsednik, who connected for a walk-off homer in Game 2, to put the Sox up two games to none over the Houston Astros. The home run was especially rare, as Podsednik had not homered in 591 plate appearances on the year until this moment.

Cincinnati Reds: Tony Perez Clears ‘The Monster’, 1975

In the decisive Game 7 of the 1975 World Series, the Reds found themselves down 3-0 in the sixth inning. This was until Perez connected for a two-run homer against Bill Lee, who tried to sneak his famous eephus pitch past Perez. Perez’s game-tying blast cleared Fenway’s Green Monster, landing on Landsdown Street behind it. While hits from Pete Rose and Joe Morgan clinched the comeback, it was the seismic blast from Perez that changed the tide –and ultimately the outcome— of the series.

Cleveland Indians: Eddie Murray’s World Series Walk-off, 1995

Game 3 of the 1995 World Series was the first such game hosted in Cleveland in 41 years, and it did not disappoint. Although Murray had only two hits in 19 at-bats in the series, he made his second one count. In the bottom of the 11th inning, the veteran DH singled against Braves closer Alejandro Pena to give the Indians their first World Series win since Game 6 of the 1948 Fall Classic.

Colorado Rockies: A truly wild, Wild Card Play-in game, 2007

While not truly a postseason moment in the true sense of it, the winner-takes-all showdown between the Padres and Rockies was one of the tensest –and controversial— ends to a high stakes game in history. In the 13th inning, Matt Holliday connected for a game-tying triple, before being brought home on a sacrifice fly. However, a collision at the plate between Holliday and Padres catcher Michael Barrett left it unclear if Holliday actually touched the plate. A delayed call from the umpire ultimately called Holliday safe and sent the Rockies to their first postseason appearance, which ultimately reached the World Series.

Detroit Tigers: Magglio Ordonez seals the sweep, 2006

The 2006 Tigers wasted little time in disposing of the Oakland Athletics, defeating them in a clean sweep to move on to the World Series to face the St. Louis Cardinals. Yet in the ninth inning of Game 4 in Detroit, Ordonez brought the series to a definitive end, crushing a three-run, walk-off homer against A’s closer Huston Street. It was the eighth, series-ending homer in postseason history at the time.

Houston Astros: Alex Bregman ends a wild Game 5, 2017

One of the wildest, back-and-forth World Series games in history, the Astros and Dodgers combined for a World Series record seven home runs and had six game-tying home runs during the 13-12 slugfest. Over the course of the five-hour affair, the Astros became the only team in World Series history to twice come back from two, three-run deficits in one game. But despite the light show that proceeded it, it was a single by Alex Bregman in the bottom of the 10th inning that ended the final game of the season hosted at Minute Maid Park.

Kansas City Royals: Salvador Perez sends KC back to the postseason, 2014

KC’s consecutive trips to the World Series began with one of the great Wild Card play-in games of all time between the Royals and A’s. Oakland had a lead of 7-3, before the Royals roared back to tie it in the bottom of the 9th. There were no more runs until Oakland scored again in the top of the 12th inning. However, the Royals fought back once again, with a Christian Colon infield single tying the game before Perez connected for a walk-off single that sent KC back into the postseason for the first time since 1985 and solidified them as a true team of destiny.

Los Ángeles Angels: Scott Spezio cues a World Series ‘rally’, 2002

It was only right in the year of the Rally Monkey, an unlikely hero would provide an all-time series-shifting moment. Facing elimination in Game 6 of the 2002 World Series, the Angels were down 5-0 entering the bottom of the seventh inning. The tide changed quickly in the Halos favor, however, starting with a three-run homer from Spiezio. The Angels would score three more runs in the eighth to seal a 6-5 victory, before taking Game 7 and capturing their first and only World Series title.

Los Angeles Dodgers: Kirk Gibson’s heroic homer, 1988

One of the most iconic images in MLB history is that of a hobbled Gibson, fist-pumping his way around the bases after delivering a pinch-hit, walk-off home run in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series. With the game on the line against the game’s top closer in Dennis Eckersley, Gibson fought back from an 0-2 count to hit a game-winning slider over the right-field wall. It proved to be the only at-bat for Gibson, who had won NL MVP on the year but was hobbled with injuries in both legs.

Miami Marlins: Edgar Renteria’s World Series walk-off, 1997

In a World Series that alternated wins throughout, it is fitting that it came down to the very last moment to sort out. With two outs in the bottom of the 11th inning, the 21-year-old Renteria slapped a bases-loaded single that barely made it through the infield to score Craig Counsell and capture the World Series to the upstart Marlins. At the time, the Marlins were the youngest franchise –four seasons— to capture a World Series in MLB history.

Milwaukee Brewers: Nyjer Morgan’s NLDS dramatics, 2011

Morgan, who was better known by his eccentric alter ego of “Tony Plush”, was a sparkplug for the Brewers as they mounted their first postseason run since 1982. On the heels of a base hit and subsequent stolen base by Carlos Gomez, he was the right man in the right spot, as they looked to take down the Arizona Diamondbacks. Accordingly, Morgan laced a single into centerfield, scoring Gomez and sending the Brewers to their first NLCS in franchise history.

Minnesota Twins: Kirby Puckett’s homer forces Game 7, 1991

Down 3-2 and in extra innings against the Atlanta Braves, Puckett led off the 11th inning with a screaming line drive into left-center that cleared the plexiglass outfield wall of the Metrodome to keep the Twins alive and force a Game 7. Making the moment all the more memorable, Puckett’s jubilant dash around the bases was joined by the original “We’ll see you tomorrow night” call from the legendary Jack Buck, completing one of the most exciting walk-offs in World Series history.

Oakland Athletics: Eckersley seals a seismic Sweep, 1989

The “Battle by the Bay” series between the Oakland A’s and San Francisco Giants is best remembered for the 7.1 level earthquake that interrupted the series of 10 days as the area rallied. Once able to move past that harrowing incident, the A’s made short work of their area rivals, sweeping the Giants in four games. The final out of the series was a particularly exciting one, as a Brett Butler drive bounded past a diving Mark McGwire, but was fielded by Tony Phillips and tossed a covering Dennis Eckersley, who barely beat Butler to the bag.

New York Mets: The Miracle Mets pull of the unthinkable, 1969

Due respects to the Bill Buckner mishap that helped turn Mookie Wilson into a legend in 1986, but the ‘Amazins’ remain just that. The 1969 Mets remain not only the biggest underdog champions in MLB history but in all of sports. In their eighth season and one year removed from an 89-loss campaign, the Mets were the breakout sensation of the year, winning 102 games, capturing their first playoff berth, and stunningly and soundly defeating the Baltimore Orioles in five games.

New York Yankees: Don Larsen’s perfect game, 1956

There had been 53 World Series that proceeded it, and there have been 65 years since, but Larsen’s perfect day on the mound in Game 2 of the 1956 World Series remains one of a kind. Not even a full-time starter with the Yankees during the season, Larsen’s perfect day against the Brooklyn Dodgers saw him shut down a lineup with five future Hall of Famers in the process. It remains one of two postseason no-hitters in history and the only postseason perfect game.

Philadelphia Phillies: Roy Halladay’s no-hit playoff debut, 2010

After failing to reach the postseason in the first 12 years of his career with the Toronto Blue Jays, Halladay had the greatest postseason debut of all time. On the heels of a 21-win, Cy Young Award-winning National League debut with the Phillies, Doc threw a 104-pitch, no-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds in Game 1 of the NLDS, and finished one walk shy of a perfect game. It was the first postseason no-hitter in 54 years.

Pittsburgh Pirates: Bill Mazeroski’s ends the World Series with a bang, 1960

In what could be argued as the greatest postseason moment of all time, Mazeroski’s big moment remains as amazing for its outcome as it is for who was responsible for it. A light-hitting second baseman who was more renowned for his amazing glovework, Mazeroski’s connected for a solo home run to lead off the ninth inning for the first –and only— Game 7 walk-off homer in MLB history. It capped a comeback win for the Pirates that saw the club score six runs over the final two innings to capture the pennant against the Yankees.

San Diego Padres: Tony Gwynn’s ‘Bad Hop’ double, 1984

Of the many, many line drives that Gwynn connected for, over a brilliant career that saw him collect 3,141 hits, it was a freak outcome that provided this memorable moment. The Padres had erased a two-game deficit in the NLCS against the Chicago Cubs, entering a decisive Game 5. In the seventh inning, Gwynn hit a drive towards that suddenly bounded over the head of Cubs second baseman Ryne Sandberg, scoring Tim Flannery to tie the game. Gwynn would be brought around to score on the next at-bat, sealing the comeback for the Padres –and continuing the long-term misery for the Cubs.

San Francisco Giants: Willie Mays and ‘The Catch’, 1954

Mays’ legendary catch in the depths of the endless centerfield confines of the Polo Grounds in Game 1 of the 1954 World Series remains has ascended to mythical status. In the eighth inning of a 2-2 game and the Cleveland Indians had runners on first and second base, Vic Wertz smashed a drive into deep centerfield. Amazingly, Mays –who was playing shallow centerfield to protect against the runner scoring from second— broke into a dead sprint and caught the ball over his shoulder, on the warning track of wall with a distance of 483 feet away. What makes the legend of the snag grow even further is there is no continuous footage of it in existence.

Seattle Mariners: Edgar Martinez, Ken Griffey Jr and ‘The Double’, 1995

Better known simply as ‘The Double’ in Seattle circles, the greatest play in Mariners history came at the peak of the rise of the franchise. Down by one run in the winner-take-all Game 5 of the ALCS, Edgar Martinez came to the plate with Joey Cora on third and Ken Griffey Jr on first. Martinez laced a hit down the left-field line, easily scoring Cora, but on a dead sprint, Griffey scored from first as well, ending the series and clinching the first playoff series win in franchise history.

St. Louis Cardinals: David Freese’s hometown heroics, 2006

In a storyline better fit for Hollywood than Missouri, St. Louis-native Freese provided not one, but two of the greatest postseason moments in history – in a span of three innings. With the Cardinals down to their last out, Freese connected for a game-tying triple off the right-field wall. Two innings later, after both teams had again swapped comebacks, Freese ended the game with a solo home run into centerfield, instantly etching himself at the forefront of Cardinals postseason lore.

Tampa Bay Rays: Randy Arozarena takes over October, 2020

Although he wasn’t called up to the Majors until over halfway through the season, Arozarena had become the most dangerous hitter in the league by October. He stunningly connected for 10 home runs –with at least three in each series – setting a new single-season record for homers in one postseason. Along the way, he hit .358 and set five all-time postseason records. To close out a thrilling Game 4, he rallied to score the winning run, after falling coming around third base.

Texas Rangers: Neftali Feliz closes out first AL Pennant, 2010

In 2010, the Rangers were yet to reach their first World Series in their 38th-year of existence. However, with the eventual Rookie of the Year on the mound in Feliz to close things out, they finally got over the hump. Feliz froze former Ranger Alex Rodriguez with a knee-buckling curve in Game 6 of the ALCS, to send home the Yankees and send Texas to the Series. It would be the first of two consecutive trips to the Fall Classic for this oft-overlooked incarnation of the Rangers.

Toronto Blue Jays: Joe Carter’s World Series walk-off, 1993

Up 3-2 in the series and ahead 5-1 in the seventh inning of Game 6, the Jays seemed to be cruising towards a World Series title. That was until the Phillies exploded for a five-run seventh inning and carried a 6-5 lead into the bottom of the ninth. But following a Paul Molitor single, Carter stepped to the plate and lined a shot that barely cleared the left-field wall, but closed out the comeback and delivered the first international championship in major North American pro sports history. It also was the first series-ending walk-off home run in 32 years.

Washington Nationals: Howie Kendrick NLDS Grand Slam, 2019

For years, the Nationals had been tortured by the NLDS, having made four unsuccessful trips to entry-level of the postseason in a span of eight years. But in the top of the 10th inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Kendrick finally freed the Nationals from their playoff prison. Following a walk to Adam Eaton and a ground-rule double by Anthony Rendon, Juan Soto was intentionally walked to get to Kendrick. The veteran utility man responded by sending the second pitch of the at-bat into the stands for a game-clinching grand slam and sent the Nats to in motion on a run that ended in them raising a World Series title.

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Tienvoudig winnaar Nadal krijgt weer last van zijn voet en verliest in Rome

Rafael Nadal is donderdag al in de derde ronde van het Masters-toernooi in Rome uitgeschakeld. De titelverdediger had in zijn partij tegen de Canadees Denis Shapovalov een voetblessure en ging in drie sets onderuit. Read more »

Hearn pitches 1-hit ball for 5 innings, Texas beats Royals

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Taylor Hearn allowed only one hit in five scoreless innings, Brad Miller homered and the Texas Rangers defeated the Kansas City Royals 3-1 on Thursday night. ... Read more »

NFL schedule release winners, losers: Who got toughest breaks on 2022 slate?

The powerful AFC West is a big winner for the 2022 season, with 19 appearances in prime-time games. But the Seahawks and Santa Claus land among the losers. Read more »

Overton gets 1st win, Reds beat Pirates 4-0 for 1st shutout

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Connor Overton got his first major league win and combined with two relievers on a four-hitter for the Cincinnati Reds’ first shutout of the season, a 4-0 ... Read more »

Andrew Benintendi, Royals go to arbitration: $8.5M vs $7.3M

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Outfielder Andrew Benintendi went to arbitration with the Kansas City Royals on Thursday, asking for $8.5 million instead of the team’s $7.3 million offer. A decision ... Read more »

Arsenal at risk of wasting Mikel Arteta progress as Tottenham expose fallibility

Arsenal’s Emile Smith Rowe, Mohamed Elneny and Granit Xhaka look dejected (Action Images via Reuters) It was in the 19th minute, as Tottenham Hotspur’s backline made their first steps into ... Read more »

Tottenham vs Arsenal player ratings as Harry Kane and Son Heung-min boost top four hopes

Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane celebrates scoring their second goal (Action Images via Reuters) Harry Kane struck twice as Tottenham thrashed 10-man Arsenal 3-0 following Rob Holding’s red card to boost ... Read more »

Tienvoudig winnaar Nadal laat zich verrassen door Shapovalov in Rome

Rafael Nadal is donderdag verrassend uitgeschakeld op het Masters-toernooi in Rome. De titelverdediger ging in de derde ronde onderuit tegen de Canadees Denis Shapovalov. Read more »

Rays snap 3-game skid, hold off Angels 4-2 in 10 innings

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — When the Tampa Bay Rays came back to Angel Stadium the day after going hitless in a 12-0 loss, they had to face Shohei Ohtani. The ... Read more »

Altuve, Tucker HR, Astros swamp Twins to complete suspension

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jose Altuve homered, doubled and drove in three runs as the Houston Astros piled on when play resumed, beating the Minnesota Twins 11-3 Thursday in the completion ... Read more »

Van Gerwen vrijwel zeker van play-offs Premier League na simpele zege op Wright

Michael van Gerwen is zo goed als zeker van deelname aan de play-offs van de Premier League Darts. De drievoudig wereldkampioen won donderdag overtuigend van Peter Wright in zijn openingspartij van de veertiende speelronde in Sheffield. Read more »

Pete Rose explains why he's 'happy' his hometown Cincinnati Bengals lost the Super Bowl

Pete Rose, who sees himself as an ambassador for the Cincinnati Reds, defended team owner Bob Castellini amid the club getting off to one of the worst starts in Major ... Read more »

The biggest north London derby in a decade will decide Arsenal and Tottenham's future

In the build-up to Thursday, Antonio Conte has been “super animated”, seeking to ensure his players are ready to rampage into this one. He has used a few little techniques ... Read more »

Crawford homers, Giants beat Rockies for 10th straight time

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Brandon Crawford homered, leading Alex Cobb and the San Francisco Giants past Colorado 7-1 Wednesday for their 10th straight win over the Rockies. Crawford drove in ... Read more »

Djokovic eenvoudig langs Wawrinka in Rome, Swiatek boekt 25e zege op rij

Novak Djokovic heeft zich donderdag probleemloos geplaatst voor de kwartfinales van het Masters-toernooi in Rome. De nummer één van de wereld was veel te sterk voor Stan Wawrinka. Ook Alexander Zverev en Stéfanos Tsitsipás schaarden zich bij de laatste acht. Bij de vrouwen boekte Iga Swiatek haar 25e zege op rij. Read more »

Guardians hit with COVID-19 outbreak, manager Francona out

CHICAGO (AP) — The Cleveland Guardians are dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak that has sidelined manager Terry Francona and several of the team’s coaches, leading to the postponement of Wednesday’s ... Read more »

Guardians-White Sox game postponed due to multiple positive COVID-19 tests

Multiple positive tests for COVID-19 within the Cleveland organization forced the postponement of the Guardians game against the Chicago White Sox scheduled for 2:10 p.m. Wednesday at Guaranteed Rate Field. ... Read more »

Wolves vs Man City LIVE: Premier League result and final score as Kevin De Bruyne nets four

✕ Close Pep: ‘Final final against Wolves massively, massively important’ Kevin De Bruyne scored four goals as Manchester City restored a three-point lead at the Premier League summit with a ... Read more »

Renners maken zich op voor massasprint in zesde etappe

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Manchester United's academy is winning again – so why not play the kids against Crystal Palace?

Alejandro Garnacho lifts the FA Youth Cup trophy after victory over Forest on Wednesday (Manchester United/Getty) If there is something of an end-of-term feel around Manchester United at the moment, ... Read more »

Logue pitches gem in 2nd start, A's pound Tigers 9-0

DETROIT (AP) — Zach Logue pitched seven sharp innings in his second major league start and the Oakland Athletics spoiled the debut of Joey Wentz by thumping the floundering Detroit ... Read more »

LEADING OFF: Francona, Guardians hit with virus outbreak

A look at what’s happening around the majors on Thursday: ___ ON GUARD The Cleveland Guardians are dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak that has sidelined manager Terry Francona and several ... Read more »

Yelich hits for record-tying 3rd cycle, but Reds beat Brews

CINCINNATI (AP) — Christian Yelich hit for a record-tying third cycle — all of them against Cincinnati — but the Milwaukee Brewers’ rally fell short in the ninth inning in ... Read more »

Rivas' key hit vs hometown Padres lifts Cubs to 7-5 win

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Alfonso Rivas hit a tiebreaking two-run single against his hometown team in the eighth inning, and the banged-up Chicago Cubs beat the San Diego Padres 7-5 ... Read more »

Erik ten Hag meets Man Utd director to begin planning for next season

Erik ten Hag oversaw Ajax’s title win on Wednesday (Peter Dejong/AP) (AP) New Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag held a planning meeting with football director John Murtough in Amsterdam ... Read more »

Blind trots op titel Ajax: 'We hebben nooit getwijfeld of we het zouden halen'

Daley Blind is trots op het veroveren van de 36e landstitel met Ajax. De Amsterdammers verzekerden zich woensdag dankzij een eenvoudige thuiszege op sc Heerenveen (5-0) van het kampioenschap. Read more »

Ajax sweep to 5-0 win against Heerenveen to seal Eredivisie title

Ajax head coach Erik ten Hag celebrates with captain Dusan Tadic. Photo: ANP/Olaf Kraak Ajax have wrapped up their 36th Eredivisie title by cantering to a 5-0 home win against ... Read more »

Van Polen in zak en as na degradatie PEC: 'We moeten onze excuses aanbieden'

Bram van Polen zit er helemaal doorheen nu de degradatie van PEC Zwolle een voldongen feit is. De aanvoerder heeft na de fatale 2-0-nederlaag bij Sparta Rotterdam van woensdagavond vooral te doen met de supporters en de medewerkers van de club. Read more »