— Shohei Ohtani's latest majestic homer wasn't nearly enough to turn back the Houston Astros as they steamroll toward another AL West title.
Which up-and-comers have jumped onto Kiley McDaniel's radar in 2021?
— With a well-rested Framber Valdez on the mound turning in one of his best performances in an outstanding season, the Houston Astros really didn't need all the runs they racked up on a blowout night at the Big A.
Just days after Angels manager Joe Maddon indicated Shohei Ohtani might not pitch again this season because of a sore right arm, the two-way star was back on the mound Sunday, matching his season high in strikeouts while pitching eight innings.
— James Kaprielian pitched two-hit ball over six innings, Matt Olson hit his 36th home run and the Oakland Athletics beat the Los Angeles Angels 3-1 Saturday night.
— The Oakland Athletics committed three errors in the first two innings, stranded 10 runners through the first six and didn’t have an extra-base hit all night at the Big A.
Shohei Ohtani threw a bullpen session Friday, and his sore arm felt good enough for him to return to the mound against the A's on Sunday.
Hour 3 of the show started with Travis doing his singing, but this time to the tune of the UCLA Fight Song. Also, more chatter on the new Clippers home, The Intuit Dome, and how it will affect everything in the city of LA. Plus, Travis is already "writing off" the Indianapolis Colts upsetting the Rams in Week 2. And, "The Dump" with an update on Shohei Othani's status for the rest of the season and another "Hard Knocks."
— Alex Cobb pitched five scoreless innings, Luis Rengifo and Jose Rojas hit home runs, and the Los Angeles Angels coasted to a 9-3 win over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.
Two-way star Shohei Ohtani won't pitch Friday for the Los Angeles Angels because of a sore right arm that could sideline him as a pitcher for the rest of the season.
Angels star Mike Trout isn't expected to play the rest of the season, according to manager Joe Maddon.
Which squads are rising and falling as teams start punching their postseason tickets?
— Angels manager Joe Maddon has learned at least one thing about Brandon Marsh in the outfielder's first season in the majors.
— Joe Maddon's first game back in Chicago was similar to his final game with the Cubs: a loss.
— Lance McCullers Jr. threw six strong innings, Kyle Tucker homered and the Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Angels 3-1 on Sunday.
— Luis Rengifo homered with three RBI to lead the Los Angeles Angels to a 4-2 win over the Houston Astros on Saturday night.
— Shohei Ohtani hit his major league-leading 44th home run, but got tagged early by José Altuve, Alex Bregman and the Houston Astros in a 10-5 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night.
With teams jockeying for a limited number of spots, which squads are rising and falling?
— The San Diego Padres are beginning to get some strong starting pitching just at the right time.
'We need to win': Despite Blake Snell's great run since the beginning of August, the Padres' playoff hopes just got slimmer
With the Padres fighting for the second wild card -- they are now tied with the Reds, with the Phillies two games back and the Cardinals and Mets 3.5 games behind -- every Snell start suddenly feels like a must-win game.
— Blake Snell made another bid at a gem.
— A.J. Alexy managed to follow up his outstanding major league debut with something even better. Two starts into his career with Texas, the confident, rangy right-hander has made history by throwing 11 scoreless innings of two-hit ball.
Earned Run Average4.7423rd
On Base Percentage.30821st