ST. LOUIS (AP) — Rookie Dylan Carlson hit two go-ahead home runs, one from each side of the plate, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-3 on Thursday.
CHICAGO (AP) — The surging St. Louis Cardinals activated right-handers Jack Flaherty and Dakota Hudson before Friday’s day-night doubleheader against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.
St. Louis is looking to extend its 12-game win streak as it closes in on an NL wild card.
NEW YORK (AP) — On the morning of the trade deadline in late July, the St. Louis Cardinals were a .500 team sitting 7 1/2 games outside a playoff spot.
Even with new slugger Nolan Arenado at third base, a season that began with big expectations appeared to be slipping away.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — J.A. Happ can finally get a good night of sleep.
The St. Louis left-hander threw 5 1/3 shutout innings in the Cardinals' 2-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday.
Nolan Arenado homered for the second game in a row and Happ combined with four other hurlers on a five-hit shutout.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Albert Pujols rewarded an adoring crowd by hitting a home run in his return to Busch Stadium, sending the Los Angeles Dodgers toward a 7-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Nick Castellanos drove in six runs with a grand slam and a two-run shot in the first two innings, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the St. Louis Cardinals 12-2 Wednesday night to split a doubleheader.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — By his own admission, J.A. Happ can get inside his head too much sometimes, particularly when the St. Louis Cardinals left-hander faces the same team over and over.
Taking on the Pittsburgh Pirates for the third time in 17 days, the 38-year-old took a deep breath, relaxed and let the guys behind him do most of the hard work.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Nolan Arenado homered for the third straight game, Tyler O’Neill hit one right after him and the St. Louis Cardinals completed an in-state sweep of the Kansas City Royals 7-2 on Sunday.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — J.A. Happ combined with a trio of relievers on a one-hitter, Tommy Edman and Paul DeJong homered early and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the skidding Pittsburgh Pirates 4-1 on Tuesday night.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals acquired left-handed pitcher J.A. Happ and cash from the Minnesota Twins for right-handed pitcher John Gant and a minor-leaguer on Friday, a deal finalized in the last hour before the trade deadline.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Ryan Jeffers and Miguel Sanó homered, leading J.A. Happ and the Minnesota Twins over the Detroit Tigers 5-3 on Thursday night.
Jeffers’ homer with one out in the fifth inning marked Minnesota’s first runner against Tigers starter Tarik Skubal.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Salvador Perez celebrated his selection for the All-Star Home Run Derby in the most appropriate way possible.
The Kansas City catcher swatted a pitch from Twins starter J.A.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Saturday’s game between the Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins was postponed with heavy rain forecast in the area for much of the day.
The game has been rescheduled as part of a split doubleheader on Sept.
SEATTLE (AP) — J.P. Crawford homered on J.A. Happ's first pitch, Shed Long Jr. hit a three-run triple an inning later and the Seattle Mariners thumped the Minnesota Twins 10-0 on Tuesday night.
Seattle starter Chris Flexen tossed eight sharp innings while striking out a career-high eight, and was backed by an early offensive outburst that plated five runs in the first two innings.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Josh Donaldson and Nelson Cruz hit two-run homers off Aroldis Chapman in the ninth inning, and the Minnesota Twins beat the New York Yankees 7-5 Thursday night to avoid a three-game sweep.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Rookie Trevor Larnach homered and Rob Refsnyder drove in two runs as the Minnesota Twins hung on to beat the Kansas City Royals 6-5 on Saturday.
Nelson Cruz had an RBI double in the first inning that drove in Josh Donaldson for a notable run — the 2 millionth scored in Major League Baseball history.
CLEVELAND (AP) — As Byron Buxton walked to the plate for his final at-bat, he didn't consider hitting for the cycle until a fan pointed out the obvious.
“I heard this little kid and he’s like, ‘All you need is a triple,’” said Buxton, who settled for his second double.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — J.A. Happ was skipped in his previous turn in Minnesota's rotation, when virus protocols prompted postponements of three straight games for the Twins.
Back on the mound after a nine-day break, the left-hander pitched like he never wanted to leave.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Twins left-hander J.A. Happ lost his bid for a no-hitter with one out in the eighth inning on Friday night against Pittsburgh, when Jacob Stallings doubled for the Pirates.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Randy Dobnak's road to the major leagues was so far off the traditional path he even chauffeured some ride-share customers along the way.
The Minnesota Twins delivered the overachieving right-hander another big-time moment on Monday, in the form of a $9.25 million, five-year contract that includes three club options and could be worth $29.75 million over eight seasons.
Capsules of American League Central teams, listed in order of finish last year:
Eager for a fresh start with a new team, J.A. Happ needed to slow down before throwing a single pitch for the Minnesota Twins.
The left-hander tested positive for COVID-19 upon reporting to spring training, putting his practice schedule on hold.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins and right-hander Matt Shoemaker finalized a one-year, $2 million contract on Friday, another experienced addition to the rotation on the first day of workouts for pitchers and catchers at spring training.
A team-by-team look at the American League Central entering spring training, including key players each club acquired and lost, and dates of the first workout for pitchers and catchers, and the full squad:
NEW YORK (AP) — Brian Cashman knows the New York Yankees are taking big risks by adding pitchers Corey Kluber and Jameson Tallion, who have combined to pitch one inning during the past two seasons, and letting go of Masahiro Tanaka.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — J.A. Happ won a World Series with Philadelphia in 2008 and returned to the final round with the Phillies the following season, but he hasn't been back since.
The Minnesota Twins were Happ's pick to try to experience anew the fall success that has often been missing since early in his career.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins and veteran starting pitcher J.A. Happ agreed Wednesday to an $8 million, one-year contract, according to a person with knowledge of the deal.
The person confirmed the agreement to The Associated Press, speaking on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced it.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Yankees exercised two option years on reliever Zack Britton worth $27 million on Friday and declined 2021 options on outfielder Brett Gardner and pitcher J.A. Happ.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Manager Kevin Cash and the Tampa Bay Rays introduced the concept of an opener to modern baseball two years ago.
With a chance to close out their AL Division Series against the Yankees on Thursday night, they were bitten by their own creation.
A capsule look at the best-of-five playoff series between the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays in San Diego beginning Monday:
CLEVELAND (AP) — Miguel Andújar was left off the New York Yankees' roster Tuesday for their first-round playoff series against Cleveland.
First baseman Mike Ford made the 28-man roster, as did left-hander Jordan Montgomery.
A capsule look at the best-of-three playoff series between the New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians in Cleveland beginning Tuesday night:
Miami Marlins (29-28, second in the NL East) vs. New York Yankees (32-25, second in the AL East)
New York; Friday, 7:05 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Miami: Sandy Alcantara (3-2, 3.12 ERA) New York: J.A.
New York Yankees (31-21, second in the AL East) vs. Boston Red Sox (19-34, fifth in the AL East)
Boston; Sunday, 1:07 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: New York: Deivi Garcia (2-1, 3.28 ERA) Boston: Tanner Houck (1-0, .00 ERA)
BOSTON (AP) — Less than two weeks removed from a slide that threatened to derail their season, the New York Yankees are on the cusp of another postseason berth.
J.A. Happ pitched eight scoreless innings, Clint Frazier hit a two-run home run and the Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 8-0 Saturday night for their 10th consecutive win.
New York Yankees (30-21, second in the AL East) vs. Boston Red Sox (19-33, fifth in the AL East)
Boston; Saturday, 7:30 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: New York: J.A. Happ (1-2, 3.96 ERA) Boston: Chris Mazza (1-1, 5.57 ERA)
NEW YORK (AP) — Gleyber Torres drove in two with a pinch-hit double with two outs in the eighth inning and the New York Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 3-1 Sunday to complete a pivotal four-game sweep.
Baltimore Orioles (20-25, fourth in the AL East) vs. New York Yankees (25-21, third in the AL East)
New York; Sunday, 1:05 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Baltimore: John Means (1-3, 6.58 ERA) New York: J.A.
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New York Yankees (21-20, third in the AL East) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (23-18, second in the AL East)
Buffalo, New York; Tuesday, 6:37 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: New York: J.A. Happ (1-1, 4.68 ERA) Toronto: Taijuan Walker (3-2, 3.26 ERA)
New York Yankees (20-15, second in the AL East) vs. New York Mets (16-21, fourth in the NL East)
Flushing, Queens; Thursday, 4:10 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: New York: J.A. Happ (1-1, 4.05 ERA) New York: Robert Gsellman (0-0, 5.19 ERA)
NEW YORK (AP) — J.A. Happ had two recent conversations with Yankees manager Aaron Boone, who bypassed the 37-year-old left-hander the previous time through New York's rotation.
Boston Red Sox (6-15, fifth in the AL East) vs. New York Yankees (14-6, first in the AL East)
New York; Sunday, 7:08 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Red Sox: Chris Mazza (0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.00 WHIP, 0 strikeouts) Yankees: J.A.
New York Yankees (3-1, third in the AL East) vs. Baltimore Orioles ( - , second in the AL East)
Baltimore; Th rsday, 7: 5 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Yankees: J.A. Happ ( - , . ERA, .
New York Yankees (2-1, second in the AL East) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (1-2, fourth in the AL East)
Philadelphia; Monday, 7:05 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Yankees: J.A. Happ (0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.00 WHIP, 0 strikeouts) Phillies: Jake Arrieta (0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.00 WHIP, 0 strikeouts)
NEW YORK (AP) — Masahiro Tanaka threw a 30-pitch bullpen session Thursday in his first mound appearance since he was struck by a line drive off the bat of New York Yankees teammate Giancarlo Stanton on July 4.
NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is unsure whether he will be able to take his first turn in the rotation as he recovers from a line drive off his head.
Tanaka was hit on the right side near the temple by Giancarlo Stanton's shot during batting practice on July 4.
NEW YORK (AP) — No fans. No music. A bullpen catcher calling balls and strikes.
Still, for one night at least, the New York Yankees played something resembling a baseball game in the Bronx.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Yankees had their Sunday brightened by Masahiro Tanaka, who came to the ballpark and seemed well a day after being hit in the head by Giancarlo Stanton’s line drive.
They’re hoping Yankee Stadium’s lights will do the same this week.