On Saturday, the Rangers suffered their second consecutive loss in Cleveland, ending the game with a 2-1 defeat. As a result, Texas now trails the Houston Astros by a half-game for the leading position in the American League West, while maintaining just a one-game advantage over the third-place Seattle Mariners. Furthermore, the Rangers' road record has slipped to 37-36, raising concerns about the possibility of them being swept in a series for the first time since their three consecutive losses to the Astros from July 31 to August 2.
Merely a month ago, the Cleveland Guardians, trailing by only one game in the AL Central, made a surprising choice. They opted to trade their standout pitcher, Aaron Civale, to Tampa Bay. They parted with power hitter Josh Bell, sending him to the Miami Marlins. Additionally, they dealt Amed Rosario to the Los Angeles Dodgers. These decisions left the Guardians players greatly discontented, prompting President Chris Antonetti and GM Mike Chernoff to swiftly travel to Houston the next morning in an attempt to assuage their frustrations.
It's the kind of stuff that childhood sports dreams are made of. Brothers Bo Naylor and Josh Naylor not only achieved their dream of making it to the big leagues, but they also find themselves playing together on the same team. Bo, a rookie catcher, represents the Cleveland Guardians, while Josh, a seasoned first baseman, is in his fifth year. In an incredible display on Friday, both brothers hit home runs in the same inning. Bo initiated the scoring against the Rangers with a powerful two-run blast in the top of the third inning, off the pitching of Jon Gray. The remarkable 435-foot hit sailed over the right-field stands, marking Bo's second career home run in MLB. Just a few batters later, Bo extended Cleveland's lead with another two-run shot. This time, he sent the ball soaring off Gray's pitch and into the stands, precisely inside the right-field foul pole.
Utterly embarrassed in the first game out of the break
Guardians Unveil 2024 Regular Season Schedule, Beginning with Road Games The Guardians of Cleveland have officially revealed their 2024 regular season schedule on Thursday, marking the team's 124th year as a founding member of the American League and their 31st season at Progressive Field. For the second consecutive year, Cleveland will kick off their season away from home, facing off against the Athletics, Mariners, and Twins in a challenging 10-game series that starts on March 28 in Oakland. The Guardians' much-anticipated home opener is scheduled for April 8, where they will go head-to-head against the White Sox. The initial homestand for Cleveland will feature exciting matchups against the White Sox and the New York Yankees. Additionally, interleague play will bring notable encounters with Francisco Lindor and the New York Mets (May 20-22), the Washington Nationals (May 31-June 2), the San Francisco Giants (July 5-7), the San Diego Padres (July 19-21), the Arizona Diamondbacks (August 5-7), the Chicago Cubs (August 12-14), the Pittsburgh Pirates (August 30-September 1), and the Cincinnati Reds (September 24-25).
The NFL is redoubling its efforts to reinforce the league's gambling policy to players in the wake of a rash of recent violations. All rookies will now be required to attend mandatory education sessions, and a group of league officials is making in-person visits to team facilities to emphasize and clarify what activities are prohibited amid the rapid proliferation of sports gambling.
The 2023 Men's College World Series is underway. The eight-team tournament to determine the NCAA Division-I champion kicked off Friday and the first elimination game of the CWS is set for Sunday. The original field of 64 NCAA Tournament teams has been whittled down to eight with Wake Forest, Florida, LSU, Virginia, TCU, Stanford, Tennessee and Oral Roberts battling for the college baseball crown. The 2023 College World Series finals will be held from June 24-26.
The stunning details of museum heists that emerged late last week revealed the arrests of nine people and the ongoing hunt for a tenth man in connection with the loss of millions of dollars worth of items from the careers of several late, great athletes. Yogi Berra’s championship rings, Roger Maris’ MVP award and Hickok belt, a Christy Mathewson jersey and contracts and title belts from legendary boxers of long ago all mysteriously vanished after they were stolen. It turns out many of them were destroyed.