Jose Barrero hits 1st two career home runs to beat Brewers

MILWAUKEE — Batting practice was optional for Reds hitters before Saturday’s game against the Brewers. But the pregame schedule had carved out extra time for young shortstop Jose Barrero and hitting coach Alan Zinter to work together, one-on-one, on the field and in the cages. “It’s incredible. To have this come up today just feels … Read more

Julio Urias has become the Dodgers’ ace

Julio Urias wasn’t even an all-star this year. Photo: AP The Dodgers have three All-Stars in their starting rotation this season, but their best arm wasn’t even part of the Midseason Classic. Clayton Kershaw, Tony Gonsolin, and Tyler Anderson (injury replacement) were LA’s pitching reps, but they weren’t the best — or most valuable — … Read more

Julio Urias has become the Dodgers’ ace

Julio Urias wasn’t even an all-star this year. Photo: AP The Dodgers have three All-Stars in their starting rotation this season, but their best arm wasn’t even part of the Midseason Classic. Clayton Kershaw, Tony Gonsolin, and Tyler Anderson (injury replacement) were LA’s pitching reps, but they weren’t the best — or most valuable — … Read more

Joe Musgrove struggles, Juan Soto shines in Padres loss

SAN DIEGO — For one afternoon, at least, the sky-high Padres came back down to earth. Since then, of course, the Trade Deadline came and went. The Padres overhauled their roster, addressing almost every flaw they needed to address. They added superstar upon superstar and won four straight games against the Rockies in the process. … Read more

Brewers lose on walk-off wild pitch in extras, swept by Pirates

PITTSBURGH — The post-Josh Hader era is not going according to plan. The Brewers absorbed another painful defeat on Thursday afternoon at PNC Park when bullpen newcomer Matt Bush let a 10th-inning lead get away in a 5-4 loss to the Pirates that completed a three-game sweep and added to Milwaukee’s draining week. After winning … Read more

Brewers acquire Trevor Rosenthal amid bullpen shakeup

And while the clubhouse was still absorbing the stunning departure of their All-Star closer on Tuesday, the Brewers were still rebuilding their bullpen at the Trade Deadline. Rosenthal, a hard-throwing right-hander with closing experience, has not pitched in the Majors since 2020. He signed with San Francisco for a prorated $4.5 million plus incentives on … Read more