Trout, Ohtani guide Angels in Boston

BOSTON – Shohei Ohtani hit a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning and the Los Angeles Angels rallied to beat the Boston Red Sox 6-5 on Sunday night from a four-game losing streak.

Boston closer Matt Barnes (1-1) retired the first two batters he faced in the ninth inning before allowing a single by Mike Trout.

Ohtani followed up with his 12th homer of the season, tying it for the major league lead, barely cleared by Poste Pesky in the bottom of right field. It was Ohtani’s second home run in the series and incidentally snapped Boston’s streak to three straight wins.

Cuban Raisel Iglesias (2-2) pitched an eighth scoreless inning to score the victory and Mike Mayers added his second save of the season.

A two-run single by Drew Butera capped a four-score second inning off starter Nathan Eovaldi that put the Angels up 4-0.

Rafael Devers hit a three-run homer and Kevin Plawecki added his first home run in a four-touchdown fifth inning as Boston led 5-4.

Eovaldi gave up four runs and struck out six in five innings. Colombian José Quintana started for Los Angeles in a three-run performance in 4 1/3 innings, with seven strikeouts and no walks.

For the Angels, Cuban José Iglesias 3-0 with scored.

For the Red Sox, Devers 4-1 with one run scored and three RBIs. The Panamanian Jonathan Araúz 4-2 with scored and RBI. Venezuelan Marwin González 4-1 with scored.


Verdugo gives HR and Boston tunes Angels

BOSTON – Alex Verdugo celebrated his 25th birthday by hitting a solo home run in his first inning to guide the Boston Red Sox into a 9-0 rout of the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday.

Xander Bogaerts also contributed a home run, with which he produced three runs to leave the meeting practically defined.

Rafael Devers added a solo homer, compatriot Franchy Cordero drove in a pair of runs via two doubles and Bobby Dalbec hit a two-run double for the Red Sox (25-16), who scored their third win and matched his best mark of the season, placing nine games above .500.

Shohei Ohtani, the Japanese star of the Angels, had a bad day. He was retired after hitting a single and making a mistake on the trails. In his next three at-bats, he struck out.

Venezuelan Martín Pérez (1-2) worked six innings during which he limited the Angels to three singles. He struck out five and walked away four.

Three relievers combined in the task of four hits.

Mexico’s Verdugo snapped a streak that went 14-0 when he found a fastball from Dylan Bundy (0-5) and dropped the ball into the Boston bullpen.

For the Angels, Cuban José Iglesias 4-0.

For the Red Sox, the Venezuelan Marwin González 5-0. The Mexican Verdugo 4-2 with two runs scored and one RBI. The Panamanian Jonathan Araúz 1-0. The Dominicans Devers 3-2 with two runs scored and one RBI, Cordero 4-2 with two RBIs. Puerto Rican Christian Vázquez 4-0.


Bryant’s HR catapulted Cubs in Detroit

DETROIT – Kris Bryant hit a two-run homer in the third inning and the Chicago Cubs won a 4-2 victory over the Tigers on Friday, ending Detroit’s four-game winning streak.

Jake Arrieta (4-3) faced as few batters as possible until the bottom of the sixth inning, when Detroit’s Jake Rogers and Robbie Grossman hit back-to-back home runs with two outs. Those were the only runs for the Tigers, who entered the game with the second-worst record in the majors, just a few percentage points above Minnesota.

Tarik Skubal (0-6) took the loss after allowing four touchdowns and eight hits in six innings.

Joc Pederson had three hits for the Cubs, who snapped a three-game losing streak.

Arrieta allowed two singles and walked in the first five innings, but each of those runners on base were removed with a double play. He left the mound in the sixth episode. Three Chicago relievers pitched one-inning ball each.

Craig Kimbrel struck out all three batters he faced in the ninth for his seventh save in eight chances.

For the Cubs, Willson Contreras 5-1 with a run scored. Puerto Rican Javier Báez 3-1 with an RBI.

For the Tigers, Venezuelans Miguel Cabrera 3-0; Harold Castro 3-0. Dominican Nomar Mazara 2-1.


ESPN extends contract with MLB until 2028

The World Leader in Sports will continue to have the best baseball in the world until 2028.

The Walt Disney Company, ESPN and the Major League Baseball (MLB) commissioner’s office announced Thursday that they have reached a seven-year extension for an exclusive set of all-star baseball events. The new pact will start in 2022 and runs until 2028.

ESPN and MLB signed their first rights agreement in 1989, which began with the 1990 season.

The announcement was made by MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred and James Pitaro, president of ESPN and Disney Sports Content.

“ESPN has been one of MLB’s oldest and most important partners. This extension continues the evolution of our relationship with a focus on utilizing ESPN’s extensive assets to highlight key matchups throughout the year,” said Manfred.

“With reach through broadcast, cable, streaming, and social media, ESPN is able to bring MLB action to our broad fan base across multiple platforms. As the way fans consume baseball continues to change, this partnership provides more opportunities for fans to engage with our content and we are excited to introduce those new opportunities, “added the commissioner.

“ESPN’s longstanding relationship with Major League Baseball has been an engine of innovation for three decades. This agreement solidifies the ubiquitous presence of baseball on ESPN platforms, including ESPN +,” said Pitaro.

“The shocking collection of exclusive content, including the Sunday Night Game, which has been the MLB flagship series for over 30 years, will be amplified by the surrounding rights we have to make these live events even We thank Commissioner Manfred and the MLB owners for their partnership and commitment as we collectively discover new ways to serve fans, “added ESPN’s chief executive.

As part of the new agreement, ESPN will exclusively televise 30 regular season games a year, including 25 editions of the Sunday Night Game, the MLB national game of the week, and the Little League Classic. Also, ESPN will exclusively televise five additional games each season, including the national opening day broadcast.

Additionally, ESPN will continue to host the Home Run Derby as part of its cross-platform coverage of the All-Star Game. For each of its live events, ESPN will receive the rights to produce alternate presentations on its platforms, as well as the opportunity to simultaneously broadcast all ESPN and ABC game broadcasts on the ESPN + digital platform.

ESPN will exclusively televise the entire MLB Wild Card Series beginning in 2022, if the event expands. Last year, ESPN produced and broadcast seven of the eight first-round series, in an extended format for a shortened season. If the current format of two Wild Card games per league is maintained, then ESPN will continue to exclusively televise one of the two games and receive eight exclusive additional broadcasts of regular season games each year.


In addition to new live event simulcast rights, ESPN has obtained the rights to create new MLB content for ESPN +, including studio-based programming and game highlights. The streaming service will also continue to televise a Major League Baseball game, subject to local blackout restrictions, nearly every day of the regular season, as well as select coverage of spring training.

ESPN has maintained its extensive Spanish and audio broadcasting rights under this new agreement. ESPN Radio will continue to broadcast nationally the highest-profile events in MLB, including the World Series and the entire MLB Postseason, All-Star Game, Opening Day and Sunday Night Baseball.

ESPN will also continue its strong Spanish-language broadcast rights package for ESPN Deportes, including live events and studio coverage during the regular season and postseason.

This deal will augment ESPN’s extensive collection of featured rights for all of its MLB news and information platforms and digital shows like BBTN Live. Additionally, Baseball Tonight will continue to serve as ESPN’s premier pre-event program for its high-profile, season-long live event package.

Baseball Tonight will air before Opening Night, Sunday Night Baseball, Home Run Derby, MLB Little League Classic, Wild Card and will feature content for the MLB All-Star Game and Postseason.

In addition to ESPN’s regular season and postseason packages, he has the rights to nationally televise up to 10 spring training games each year. These transmissions will coexist in local markets.