Assistant Sports Editor
Los Angeles Angels pitcher Jason Vargas had a harder time controlling his preschool-age son Joshua than he did controlling the Chicago White Sox on Sunday, which is a good sign for the Angels and Joshua.
After struggling against a rookie pitcher with a bloated ERA - does that sound familiar? - and wasting scoring opportunities in the sixth and seventh innings, the Braves did something a lot of folks at soggy Turner Field probably weren't expecting Sunday.
Yoenis Cespedes has been playing in the big leagues for less than a season and a half, but his eight years' worth of experience playing in Cuba helped engineer the A's 4-3 win Sunday over Kansas City, completing a three-game sweep of the Royals.
DENVER-Giants manager Bruce Bochy leaned back in his chair and tried to explain a week's worth of terrible starting pitching. Are the Giants starters tired from the long 2012 season? Are some of them pitching hurt? Is there a crisis of confidence?
Last season, Orioles manager Buck Showalter had the base of the right-field foul pole at Camden Yards painted black in order to help discern balls in play from home runs.
In the end, the umpires got the call right.
It was 4:47 p.m. Sunday when a beaming Charlie Manuel sauntered into his team's clubhouse. He found Freddy Galvis, shook the diminutive hero's hand, and disappeared to pack for an eight-game road trip. As Galvis described his elation upon hitting an unbelievable home run that sealed a 3-2 Phillies victory to a throng of reporters, Kevin Frandsen jumped up and down to make Galvis laugh.
The San Francisco Giants' prized pitching rotation took one more pounding.
David Lough's indecision cost the Kansas City Royals.
John Lackey allowed one hit over six innings before a three-hour rain delay, Dustin Pedroia and Will Middlebrooks homered and the Boston Red Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 5-1 Sunday for their fifth straight win.
Travis Wood knew something bad was going to happen as soon as he released the high changeup with two outs and a man on base in the seventh inning.
Coming into Sunday afternoon's series finale against the Tampa Bay Rays at Camden Yards, Orioles pitchers had allowed 30 total runs in their past three games.
Cubs starter Travis Wood was thinking about one home run, and it wasn't the one he hit.
Daniel Murphy hit a go-ahead solo homer in the top of the eighth inning as the New York Mets edged the Chicago Cubs, 4-3, Sunday in the rubber match of a three-game set at Wrigley Field.
For the 15th time this season, the Marlins were limited to five hits or fewer. Unlike most of the previous 14 occasions, they made one of the hits count in Sunday's series finale against the Diamondbacks.