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Quick Hits: Liriano, Mesa, Chisenhall  

Some items as we head into the new week… Even prior to Francisco Liriano’s gem of a start against the Mariners today, the Tigers have been getting trade inquiries about the veteran lefty, USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reports (Twitter link).  After signing a one-year, $4MM deal with Detroit last winter, Liriano earned a job in…

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2018-05-21 06:55:06



2019 Vesting Options Update  

With more than a quarter of the season in the books, it’s time to check in on some players whose status for the 2019 season could be determined by how they perform the rest of the way.  To recap, a vesting option is an option within a player’s contract that can alter the structure of…

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2018-05-21 05:14:01



Sunday's top prospect performers  

Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Sunday.

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2018-05-21 04:23:26



AL East Notes: Duquette, Orioles, Martin, Venters  

Some items from around the AL East… Orioles executive VP of baseball operations Dan Duquette said his team is “still taking a look at” whether or not to start trading veterans, as he discussed the Orioles’ status in a recent radio appearance on 670 The Score’s “Inside The Clubhouse” show (partial transcript provided by 670TheScore.com’s…

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2018-05-21 03:56:30



Speed never slumps: Each team's fastest player  

One of the great baseball maxims is "speed never slumps." Sometimes hard-hit grounders don't find a hole, sometimes line drives are right at a guy, sometimes the wind knocks down would-be homers. But speed is always there. Speed is of use everywhere, from a dribbler down the third-base line, to a ball hit into the gap, to the cascading tension of a stolen-base attempt. The game changes a little bit every year, but speed is always useful.

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2018-05-21 03:38:32



McCullers lights out as Astros win set with Tribe  

Lance McCullers Jr. went heavy with his two-seam fastball, kept his used-to-be rare changeup in his weapon wheel for another start and used his world-class curveball to buckle Indians batters as he took a perfect game into the sixth inning while leading the Astros to a 3-1 win in the series finale at Minute Maid Park.

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2018-05-21 02:56:31



Astros' rotation making case as best ever  

Houston's starting rotation is easily the best in baseball, and that's no surprise. They were expected to be. But merely saying they're the best of 2018 is hardly enough. Where will they rank among all-time rotations?

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2018-05-21 02:46:43



Tribe calls up veteran outfielder Cabrera  

The Indians added outfield depth to their roster, calling up veteran Melky Cabrera on Sunday. The 33-year-old Cabrera, who signed a Minor League contract with the Indians in late April, was slated to start in right field and bat sixth in the series finale against the Astros at Minute Maid Park.

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2018-05-21 01:49:25



Here is the best game every day this week  

We'll begin a new week with another Braves-Phillies series and end it with a Angels-Yankees pitching matchup -- Shohei Ohtani vs. Masahiro Tanaka -- that'll resonate across at least two continents. Let's run down this week's schedule and pick the best of each day. Grab your popcorn and enjoy the show.

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2018-05-21 01:24:43



Bullpen of the Week: Cubs  

The Cubs' bullpen was dominant over 25 innings pitched last week, posting a 1.80 ERA. All but three Cubs relievers finished the week unscored upon, helping the relief corps earn the Bullpen of the Week presented by The Hartford honors for the week of May 14-20.

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2018-05-21 01:08:11



MLB Weekend Roster Roundup: Cabrera, Hill, Mauer, Soto, Swanson  

ROSTER MOVES BY TEAM (May 19th-May 20th) NATIONAL LEAGUE ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS | Depth Chart Promoted: SP Clay Buchholz (contract purchased) Buchholz made his ’18 debut on Sunday in a start versus the Mets. Optioned: RP Jimmie Sherfy Transferred to 60-Day DL: RP Randall Delgado ATLANTA BRAVES | Depth Chart Activated from 10-Day DL: SS Dansby Swanson Swanson played SS and…

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2018-05-20 23:32:39



Trout handles heat, homers off 98.5 mph pitch  

Mike Trout refused to let the Angels go down quietly on Saturday, homering off a 98.5 mph fastball from Rays reliever Ryne Stanek to mark the fastest pitch he's taken deep in his career.

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2018-05-20 21:32:41



Rosario launches first two homers of season  

Amed Rosario entered Sunday's game in an 0-for-11 funk, with just three extra-base hits in his last 21 games. But he broke out with solo homers in the sixth and seventh innings of the Mets' 4-1 win over the D-backs, his first home runs since last August.

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2018-05-20 21:19:41



Belt's blistering week ends with winning homer  

Brandon Belt and Nick Hundley hit back-to-back home runs in the seventh inning and the San Francisco Giants rallied to beat the Colorado Rockies, 9-5, on Sunday for a split of their four-game series.

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2018-05-20 20:08:46



Martinez, Benintendi rake; E-Rod stellar vs. O's  

J.D. Martinez hit two homers to give him 15 on the season and tie him with Mookie Betts for the Major League lead in dingers, while Andrew Benintendi added a two-run shot and Eduardo Rodriguez tossed 5 2/3 scoreless innings in a win over the Orioles on Sunday.

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2018-05-20 19:33:01



Schwarber, Baez go back to back in Cincy  

In the second inning of Sunday's series finale, Cubs left fielder Kyle Schwarber sent a 1-1 changeup from Reds starter Tyler Mahle into the right-field seats with a laser shot at Great American Ball Park for a two-run home run. Moments later, shortstop Javier Baez sent a 2-1 slider out of the park for a solo shot of his own, giving Chicago a 3-1 lead.

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2018-05-20 19:08:54



Odubel's on-base streak ends at 45 in Phils loss  

Phillies center fielder Odubel Herrera's on-base streak ended at 45 games in Sunday afternoon's 5-1 loss to the Cardinals at Busch Stadium, but not without some drama.

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2018-05-20 18:57:20



Reliever Madson placed on DL with pec strain  

It seems that with each passing day, the injury list keeps growing for the Nationals. After Sunday's 7-2 loss to the Dodgers, they had to place right-hander Ryan Madson on the disabled list with a strained pectoral muscle.

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2018-05-20 18:54:08



Padres rally late to clinch series in Pittsburgh  

Despite Jordan Lyles' sudden sixth-inning implosion -- and despite the ever-reliable Kirby Yates surrendering a go-ahead run in the eighth -- the Padres squeezed out an 8-5 victory on Sunday afternoon in Pittsburgh.

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2018-05-20 18:41:59



Austin belts AL rookie-leading 7th, 8th HRs  

Tyler Austin hit his American League rookie-leading seventh and eighth home runs in Sunday's series finale against the Royals at Kauffman Stadium.

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2018-05-20 18:19:05



Lopez dominates Rangers for 1st win of 2018  

Reynaldo Lopez earned his first win of the season with eight dominant innings on Sunday against the Rangers. The White Sox right-hander allowed a season-low two hits and two walks while striking out eight. Welington Castillo hit a solo home run and Leury Garcia delivered a two-run single, as the South Siders sealed a series win over Texas. Mike Minor struck out nine for the Rangers over five innings.

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2018-05-20 17:47:35



Baseball Blogs Weigh In: Betts, Astros, Yanks, Harper, Bucs, Cards, Dodgers  

This week in baseball blogs… theScore profiles Mookie Betts and discusses the Red Sox superstar with some of his teammates. Astros County examines the outstanding work of Houston’s rotation. The K Zone researches the best ways to build a winning team. The Runner Sports believes the Yankees will make an attempt to sign Bryce Harper…

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2018-05-20 17:46:45



Heyman's Latest: Arrieta, Cain, Davis, Rays, Reds, Morales  

Some items from around baseball in the latest notes collection from FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman… The Nationals were linked to Jake Arrieta during the offseason, and Heyman reports that the team was interested in signing the righty to a contract similar to the three-year, $75MM deal Arrieta eventually got from the Phillies.  No offer was…

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2018-05-20 17:37:54



Abreu's routine leads to consistent results  

If there was a model of consistency drawn up for a Major League hitter, White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu would merit strong consideration for that prototype.

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2018-05-20 17:31:16



J.D. hits 2 dingers, tied for MLB lead with 15  

J.D. Martinez continues to be red-hot, as he belted a pair of homers in Sunday afternoon's 5-0 win against the Orioles at Fenway Park.

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2018-05-20 17:14:49



O's bang out 13 hits, but still get shut out  

The road woes continue for the Orioles, who, after dropping a 5-0 affair at Fenway Park on Sunday, fell to 1-15 over their last 16 road tilts and 4-19 overall on the road for the season.

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2018-05-20 17:10:28



3 big flies boost Dodgers in sweep of Nats  

Yasmani Grandal, Enrique Hernandez and Yasiel Puig homered, and Alex Wood earned his first win of the season as the Dodgers completed a three-game sweep of the Nationals on Sunday afternoon at Nationals Park. Joc Pederson hit an RBI double and Cody Bellinger knocked a sac fly in the ninth to provide insurance for Los Angeles, which secured the season series over Washington after winning both games of a doubleheader. The Nationals' only offense came on Trea Turner's two-run homer, while starter S

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2018-05-20 16:58:37



White Sox injury updates: Avisail, Rodon  

Avisail Garcia's return to the White Sox outfield from a strained right hamstring will likely be closer to the end of June, while Carlos Rodon's rehab continues to go well.

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2018-05-20 16:57:33



Hader's feats generating All-Star, Cy Young buzz  

Is Josh Hader pitching his way onto the National League All-Star team? What about the way-too-early NL Cy Young Award debate?

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2018-05-20 16:47:42



Hicks hits 105 mph -- twice -- on radar gun  

Jordan Hicks fired the five fastest pitches of the 2018 season during his ninth-inning matchup with Phillies outfielder Odubel Herrera, including two pitches that reached an even 105 mph, per Statcast™, en route to a strikeout

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2018-05-20 16:14:53



Wieters could return to lineup in 8 weeks  

Matt Wieters had some encouraging news prior to Sunday afternoon's game against the Dodgers. A few days after he underwent surgery to repair his left hamstring, the timetable for his return could end up being much sooner than expected.

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2018-05-20 15:43:29



Didi getting mental break in midst of slump  

Slumping Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius is getting some time off to hit the reset button. With the Royals starting two left-handers in the final two games of the weekend series, manager Aaron Boone felt it was the right time to start Ronald Torreyes at shortstop while Gregorius takes a mental and physical break as he contemplates a 1-for-42 skid at the plate.

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2018-05-20 13:53:37



Hill exits with blister after throwing 2 pitches  

Dodgers starter Rich Hill exited the first inning after only two pitches due to an apparent finger injury on his left hand in the second game of a split doubleheader Saturday against the Nationals.

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2018-05-20 13:06:34



Mariners tie it with HR in 9th, walk off in 11th  

After being handcuffed by Francisco Liriano on one hit for eight scoreless innings, the Mariners pulled out a 3-2, 11-inning win over the Tigers with some late fireworks on Sunday at Safeco Field. Dee Gordon singled off Tigers reliever Buck Farmer leading off the 11th, stole second and scored on Jean Segura's walk-off base hit down the first base line. The Mariners are 3-0 in extra-inning games this season.

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2018-05-20 12:50:31



Cabrera's pinch HR helps Mets sweep D-backs  

Asdrubal Cabrera's pinch-hit, go-ahead, two-run homer in the seventh inning lifted the Mets to a 4-1 win over the D-backs, capping their first sweep of at least three games at Citi Field since 2016. Amed Rosario followed the blast with his second homer of the game, connecting on his first two jacks this season. The late rally helped seal a win for Noah Syndergaard, who struck out seven in seven innings, and Robert Gsellman earned his first save by recording the last five outs.

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2018-05-20 12:18:56



Davis exits with right groin strain  

Khris Davis left Sunday afternoon's 9-2 win in Toronto with a right groin strain after grounding into a double play in the fourth inning.

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2018-05-20 12:03:31



Nationals Place Ryan Madson On 10-Day DL  

The Nationals announced that right-hander Ryan Madson has been placed on the 10-day DL with a pectoral muscle strain.  The placement is retroactive to May 17.  Nats manager Davey Martinez told reporters (including Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post) that Madson was feeling “a little bit better” after missing Saturday and Sunday’s games and the…

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2018-05-20 11:56:23



Yanks option Frazier to Triple-A after victory  

The Yankees optioned outfielder Clint Frazier back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Sunday following their 10-1 victory over the Royals.

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2018-05-20 11:22:23



Ohtani strikes out 9 in victory over Rays  

Shohei Ohtani delivered another brilliant pitching performance, and received enough help from his scrappy offense, to lead the Angels to a 5-2 win over the Rays at Angel Stadium, snapping the club's five-game skid. Johnny Field homered for Tampa Bay in the loss, as Sergio Romo struck out three in his second consecutive start.

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2018-05-20 10:50:51



D-backs shuffle the deck, call up Buchholz  

The Arizona Diamondbacks selected the contract of RHP Clay Buchholz from Triple-A Reno and optioned RHP Jimmie Sherfy to Reno following last night's game. To make room on the 40-man roster for Buchholz, the D-backs transferred RHP Randall Delgado (strained left oblique) to the 60-day disabled list.

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2018-05-20 10:49:58



Astros place Fisher on 10-day DL, recall Davis  

The Astros placed outfielder Derek Fisher on the 10-day disabled list on Sunday with gastrointestinal discomfort, retroactive to Saturday. In a corresponding move prior to the series finale against the Indians, the club recalled J.D. Davis from Triple-A Fresno to replace Fisher on the 25-man roster.

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2018-05-20 10:40:56



Gray pitches Yanks to 8th straight series win  

Sonny Gray turned in his best outing of the year by allowing just four hits over eight innings and Tyler Austin launched a pair of two-run homers to lift the Yankees to their eighth straight series win. Austin leads all American League rookies with eight homers as Miguel Andujar and Austin Romine also went deep for the Yanks. Royals starter Eric Skoglund went just five innings in his worst start of the season.

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2018-05-20 10:40:05



Nationals call up Soto, youngest player in MLB  

Juan Soto has completed a meteoric rise through the Nationals' system. After beginning the season at Class A Hagerstown and skyrocketing through two different promotions, Soto was promoted to the Majors on Sunday.

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2018-05-20 10:17:09



Flaherty dominates with 13 K's in win vs. Phils  

Jack Flaherty's first career win came courtesy of 7 2/3 dominant innings against the Phillies, against whom he struck out 13. Tyler O'Neill homered for the second time in two days, fill-in shortstop Greg Garcia drove in two runs, and the Cardinals earned a split of this four-game series with a 5-1 win. Rhys Hoskins homered in the fourth to represent Philadelphia's lone run.

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2018-05-20 09:30:16



Athletics Claim Carlos Ramirez From Blue Jays  

The Athletics have claimed right-hander Carlos Ramirez off waivers from the Blue Jays, per an announcement from Oakland. Oakland will be the second organization for the 27-year-old Ramirez, who had been with the Blue Jays since 2009. Ramirez started off as an outfield prospect with the Jays before moving to the mound in 2014. He…

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2018-05-20 08:57:27



Jarlin 'overthinking' during recent struggles  

Throw out of the bullpen or go back to the Minor Leagues? Those are the options the Marlins have set for Jarlin Garcia, who is being groomed long term to start, but for now is throwing in long relief.

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2018-05-20 08:49:08



Vlad Jr.'s latest heroics: 4-for-4, walk-off HR  

Blue Jays prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. put on a show on Sunday in the first game of Double-A New Hampshire's doubleheader against the Binghamton Rumble Ponies.

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2018-05-20 08:30:29



Pitching Notes: Hill, Duffy, Cards, Rays  

Dodgers left-hander Rich Hill is likely to miss “significant time” after slicing open a blister during his start Saturday, Pedro Moura of The Athletic tweets. "This is as bad as I've seen it," manager Dave Roberts said of Hill’s long-running blister issues. Roberts added that the 38-year-old Hill will require a rehab assignment before returning…

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2018-05-20 08:28:59



Braves release Bautista; Camargo to play third  

The Braves ended the Jose Bautista experiment when the veteran third baseman was released before Sunday afternoon's game against the Marlins.

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2018-05-20 08:04:38



J-Hay activated from DL; Kingham to Triple-A  

The Pirates activated second baseman Josh Harrison from the disabled list before Sunday's series finale against the Padres. Nick Kingham, who recorded a quality start in a 6-2 loss on Saturday, was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis.

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2018-05-20 08:04:35



NL Notes: Russell, Kershaw, Reds, Mets  

There has been speculation about the Cubs pursuing Orioles shortstop Manny Machado in a deal that could cost the North Siders their current shortstop, Addison Russell. But Russell told Patrick Mooney of The Athletic (subscription required) and other reporters Saturday that he’s not sweating those rumors. "As far as the trade rumors, if it happens,…

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2018-05-20 07:32:34



Brinson punctuates 6-run inning in grand fashion  

A big reason the Marlins are showing patience with Lewis Brinson came in the fourth inning of Sunday's 10-9 loss to the Braves at SunTrust Park.

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2018-05-20 06:50:30



Braves Release Jose Bautista  

The Braves have released third baseman Jose Bautista, Mark Bowman of MLB.com tweets. In a corresponding move, the club recalled right-hander Lucas Sims from Triple-A to fill its vacant roster spot. The Bautista experiment was a short-lived one for Atlanta, which signed the former superstar to a minor league deal on April 18. The move…

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2018-05-20 06:44:43



Camargo fuels Braves' offense in win vs. Miami  

With Dansby Swanson back from the disabled list on Saturday night, Johan Camargo moved back over to the hot corner and fueled the Braves to an 8-1 win over the Marlins. The versatile switch-hitter delivered a game-tying single during the decisive four-run fifth and capped his two-hit night with an RBI double in the seventh.

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2018-05-20 05:58:15



Nationals To Promote Juan Soto  

The Nationals will promote outfield prospect Juan Soto, Byron Kerr of MASNsports.com tweets. Soto will join the Nats on Sunday, Kerr adds. Given that Washington’s 40-man roster is at capacity, it’ll need to make a corresponding move to create a spot for Soto. The 19-year-old Soto is one of the game’s most exciting prospects and…

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2018-05-20 05:42:53



Romo to start 2nd straight game ... vs. Ohtani  

It took Sergio Romo 11 years in the Majors to get his first big league start. His second comes with a much shorter wait. The Rays right-hander, who started Saturday night and pitched a scoreless inning in Tampa Bay's 5-3 victory over the Angels, will be on the bump to begin Sunday's finale against the Halos. The opposing pitcher? Rookie sensation Shohei Ohtani.

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2018-05-20 05:09:36



Nationals to call up No. 2 prospect Soto  

The Nationals will call up 19-year-old outfield prospect Juan Soto, a source told MLB.com. Soto is the second-ranked prospect in the Washington organization and No. 15 in all of baseball.

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2018-05-20 04:33:26



Angels Select Jose Briceno  

1:55pm: Rivera’s going to the DL with knee inflammation, per Fletcher, who adds that the Angels have transferred reliever Keynan Middleton to the 60-day DL to open up a 40-man spot for Briceno. Middleton’s set to undergo Tommy John surgery. 1:15pm: The Angels have selected catcher Jose Briceno from Triple-A, Jeff Fletcher of the Southern…

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2018-05-20 04:21:08



Kendrick to miss season with Achilles injury  

Howie Kendrick suffered a ruptured Achilles during Game 1 of the Nationals' doubleheader vs. the Dodgers and will miss the rest of the season.

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2018-05-20 04:12:39



Richard dominates Bucs in another quality start  

Padres starter Clayton Richard was spectacular during a 6-2 win on Saturday night in Pittsburgh, working 7 1/3 innings of two-run ball. He held the Pirates scoreless for seven innings using just 67 pitches to do so, before hitting trouble in the eighth. Jordy Mercer and Sean Rodriguez drove in runs for Pittsburgh in the loss.

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2018-05-20 04:11:46



Meadows crushes no-doubter for 1st MLB HR  

Austin Meadows ripped a two-run shot to center field off Padres right-hander Jordan Lyles in the sixth inning Sunday afternoon at PNC Park, and shortstop Jordy Mercer followed with a game-tying solo shot to left on Lyles' next pitch.

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2018-05-20 04:08:08



Scherzer strikes out 13 to surpass 100 for year  

Sean Doolittle has been nearly automatic since the Nationals acquired him last summer, but he gave up a two-run double in the ninth inning to Matt Kemp on Saturday night as the Dodgers stole a 5-4 come-from-behind victory in the nightcap of this split doubleheader at Nationals Park.

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2018-05-20 04:07:29



Indians Select Melky Cabrera, Designate Alexi Ogando  

4:36pm: The Indians have indeed optioned Marshall, Hoynes reports. Additionally, the club has designated reliever Alexi Ogando for assignment. Ogando signed a minor league accord with the Indians during the offseason and ended up cracking their roster earlier this month. However, the 34-year-old only made one appearance – a disastrous May 4 outing against the…

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2018-05-20 03:59:35



Paxton goes the distance in victory over Tigers  

James Paxton didn't have no-hit stuff, but the Mariners lefty had more than enough to stifle the Tigers on Saturday night as his teammates provided plenty of hits -- and some pretty good glove work -- in a 7-2 victory at Safeco Field.

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2018-05-20 03:39:30



Haniger somersaults into stands on foul grab  

Mitch Haniger made one of the best catches so far this season in the fifth inning of Saturday's game against the Tigers, tumbling over the short fence down the right-field line to haul in a foul ball by Jose Iglesias.

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2018-05-20 03:35:06



Happ hits 14,000th homer in Cubs history  

In the top half of the fourth inning in Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader, Cubs' left fielder Ian Happ drove a first-pitch fastball from Reds starter Sal Romano into the right-field bleachers. The solo shot from Happ was his seventh of the season and the 14,000th home run in Cubs history.

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2018-05-20 03:30:54



Quintana dominates, Cubs coast in G2 shutout  

Jose Quintana pitched seven dominant innings and got plenty of offensive help as the Cubs cruised to a 10-0 victory over the Reds in Game 2 of Saturday's day-night doubleheader at Great American Ball Park. After the Reds won Game 1 in walk-off fashion, Quintana allowed just one hit, with seven K's, and Ian Happ hit his second homer of the day -- the Cubs' 14,000th as a franchise -- in the Chicago rout. Jason Heyward added a three-run triple and Anthony Rizzo a two-run double off Reds starter Sal

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2018-05-20 03:19:50



Here are the 10 biggest surprises this season  

This season has more than its fair share of surprises, but these are the 10 biggest so far in 2018.

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2018-05-20 03:16:47



Erlin gets tuneup in advance of Monday's start  

With the Padres ahead by four runs in the ninth inning Saturday night, Robbie Erlin, who hadn't pitched since Monday, faced three Pirates hitters and retired them all. He's slated to start Monday in Washington in place of the ailing Joey Lucchesi.

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2018-05-20 03:13:42



Central Notes: Cardinals, Brewers, Bucs, Royals  

Greg Holland’s short tenure with the Cardinals took another disastrous turn Saturday when the once-dominant reliever got the loss against the Phillies, who scored twice on him in 2/3 of an inning. Holland, whom the Cards guaranteed $14MM after he went through spring training unemployed, has now pitched to a sky-high 7.30 ERA with astoundingly…

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2018-05-20 03:05:22



Swanson caps 6-run 9th as Braves walk-off vs. Fish  

The Braves rallied from six runs down against the Marlins and walked off, 10-9, in the ninth on Sunday on Dansby Swanson's two-run single, his first hit since coming off the disabled list.

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2018-05-20 02:56:27



Rockies leaning on younger players for bench  

It used to be the key bench player was a long-in-the-tooth veteran who could fall back on many at-bats past when he received the few chances late in a game. The Rockies, like many teams who have re-evaluated how they spend resources, are breaking bench players into the Majors by hoping the sprinkling of starts prepare them to make a difference late in a game.

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2018-05-20 02:53:15



Mookie's MLB-best 15th HR propels Red Sox  

Perhaps Mookie Betts will cool off at some point this season. But it hasn't happened yet. The right fielder continued his season-long tear when he belted his 15th homer of the season, a two-run shot over the Green Monster that snapped a 1-1 tie with one out in the fifth.

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2018-05-20 02:48:53



Hill exits with blister after throwing 2 pitches  

Dodgers starter Rich Hill exited the first inning after only two pitches due to an apparent finger injury on his left hand in the second game of a split doubleheader Saturday against the Nationals.

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2018-05-20 02:47:12



Three homers back Darvish's first Cubs win  

Yu Darvish threw six strong innings to lift Chicago over the Reds, 6-1, in the series finale Sunday at Great American Ball Park. In doing so, Darvish earned his first win in a Cubs uniform, allowing two hits and one run while striking out seven. He was backed by three homers, as Kyle Schwarber and Javier Baez smacked back-to-back homers in the second inning and Ben Zobrist added a solo shot in the fifth. Reds starter Tyler Mahle gave up all three home runs and now has allowed a National League-h

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2018-05-20 02:44:32



Top prospect Reyes fans 13 in rehab start  

Cardinals top prospect Alex Reyes looked dominant once again in his third rehab start, striking out 13 across 7 2/3 shutout innings for Double-A Springfield on Saturday. Now 15 months removed from Tommy John surgery, Reyes is yet to allow a run across three rehab starts. He's struck out 31 batters in 16 innings.

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2018-05-20 02:32:56



Palka's 2-run triple lifts White Sox to win  

Nicky Delmonico's broken hand, sustained Friday night, put the White Sox in a bind. Regular starting right fielder Avisail Garcia strained his right hamstring April 23, and Delmonico's absence only emphasizes the need for the other Chicago outfielders to contribute. The White Sox gave Daniel Palka the first opportunity to do so Saturday night, with manager Rick Renteria slotting him into right and batting him fifth. Palka cashed in against the Rangers, driving home the go-ahead runs in Chicago's

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2018-05-20 02:28:14



Cafardo's Latest: Peavy, Abreu, Moose, Braves, Fish, BoSox, Rangers  

Free-agent right-hander Jake Peavy was reportedly going to throw in a scouting showcase around May 1, but that hasn’t happened yet, the soon-to-be 37-year-old tells Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. Nevertheless, Peavy is still aiming to return to the majors, where he last pitched in 2016 with the Giants. “In the next three weeks…

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2018-05-20 02:18:12



Cruz sits out series finale with sore elbow  

Nelson Cruz's stop-and-start season was back on hold Sunday as the Mariners designated hitter sat out the series finale against the Tigers with a sore elbow after getting hit by a pitch in Saturday's 7-2 win.

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2018-05-20 02:03:02



Minor MLB Transactions: 5/19/18  

The latest minor moves from around baseball: The Yankees have brought back right-hander David Hale on a minor league contract, according to a team announcement. Hale, who will report to Triple-A, has now signed three separate minors deals with the club since January. He saw action with the Yankees under each of his previous two…

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2018-05-20 01:54:30



AL Injury Notes: A. Garcia, K. Davis, Bird, Astros  

White Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia likely won’t return to game action until the end of June, the team announced. Garcia, who has been out since April 24 with a strained right hamstring, underwent an MRI “that revealed improvement but the continued presence of a grade 2 strain,” per the club. On the heels of…

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2018-05-20 01:53:26



DeSclafani pitches 5 innings in rehab start  

Reds pitcher Anthony DeSclafani made his second rehab start with Double-A Pensacola on Saturday, tossing five innings while allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits. The right-hander struck out eight and walked one in a 76-pitch outing.

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2018-05-20 01:49:57



Reliever Romo to start 2nd straight game today  

Romo got his first start after 588 career relief appearances and pitched one pristine inning against the Angels on Saturday night. The 11-year veteran struck out the side, a trio of batters which included two-time MVP Mike Trout.

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2018-05-20 01:31:27



Cards hope rest day will help warm Ozuna's bat  

Little has gone right for Marcell Ozuna at the plate or in the field during his first seven weeks in St. Louis, the reigning National League All-Star now hitting .234/.275/.316 through 41 games. He's hitless in his last 22 at-bats over a five-game span in which he's left 21 runners on base.

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2018-05-20 01:30:27



Kenley saves the day twice in DH sweep in DC  

Pinch-hitter Matt Kemp delivered a two-run double in the ninth and Kenley Jansen collected his second save of the day as the Dodgers rallied to finish off a doubleheader sweep in Washington and spoil a strong effort from Max Scherzer. The Nats' ace racked up 13 strikeouts over seven innings, becoming the fastest in MLB history to 100 K's in a season. Dodgers starter Rich Hill was forced to exit with a finger blister after two pitches.

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2018-05-20 01:16:02



Mesoraco, Flores rally Mets to walk-off victory  

The Mets finally have a winning streak. The Force is with them. Wilmer Flores lofted a sacrifice fly to left field with none out in the ninth to give the Mets a 5-4 walk-off victory over the D-backs on Saturday on Star Wars Night at Citi Field. It is the first time the club has won consecutive games since April 13. Michael Conforto and Devin Mesoraco clubbed two-run homers for the Mets, while Paul Goldschmidt and John Ryan Murphy went deep for Arizona.

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2018-05-20 01:05:04



Injury Notes: Kendrick, Bumgarner, Mauer, Moore, Souza, Cuthbert  

Things got even worse for the Nationals today; Howie Kendrick appeared to sustain a serious injury while chasing down a Max Muncy fly ball. Kendrick was carted off the field, and was seen pointing to his ankle area. Jamal Collier of MLB.com reports that he’s off to get an MRI. The Nationals are already dealing with injuries…

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2018-05-19 21:49:19



NL West Notes: Dodgers, Sandoval, Padres, Buchholz  

With the Dodgers trying to stay under the $197MM competitive-balance tax threshold and unsure if they’ll contend this year, they’re not in position to act aggressively on the trade market, says FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal (video link). Given that the athletic Cody Bellinger may be a better fit in center field than at first base,…

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2018-05-19 19:33:16



Kendrick placed on DL with right leg injury  

The Nationals placed perhaps their most consistent hitter this season on the 10-day disabled list, hours after Howie Kendrick was carted off the field with an injury to his right leg in Saturday's first game of a doubleheader against the Dodgers.

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2018-05-19 18:36:23



East Notes: Rays, Nats, T. Frazier, Phillies  

The Rays, who have employed some outside-the-box thinking with regards to their rotation this season, will turn to veteran reliever Sergio Romo for his first career start Saturday. The 35-year-old right-hander will take the hill against the Angels’ formidable offense after beginning his MLB tenure with 588 straight appearances out of the bullpen. Unsurprisingly, there’s…

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2018-05-19 18:15:56



Mauer lands on disabled list with neck strain  

The Twins were hopeful first baseman Joe Mauer would be able to avoid the 10-day disabled list with his neck strain suffered on May 12, but he was ultimately placed on the DL before Saturday's game against the Brewers. Outfielder Jake Cave was called up from Triple-A Rochester to take Mauer's place on the roster.

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2018-05-19 17:14:40



Reds prevail in G1 on walk-off walk in 11th  

Billy Hamilton drew a bases-loaded walk in the 11th inning to secure the Reds' walk-off win over the Cubs in Game 1 of a day-night doubleheader at Great American Ball Park. Eugenio Suarez and Scooter Gennett each drove in two runs for Cincinnati, but Chicago sent it to extras with an eighth-inning rally on Ian Happ's solo homer and Anthony Rizzo's RBI double. Kris Bryant and Kyle Hendricks -- who K'd six but yielded four runs (three earned) in five frames -- also notched RBI doubles for the Cubs

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2018-05-19 15:53:18



Nationals Place Howie Kendrick On DL  

The Nationals have placed infielder/outfielder Howie Kendrick on the disabled list with a right Achilles injury, per a team announcement. His roster spot will go to right-hander Jefry Rodriguez, whom the Nats recalled from Double-A Harrisburg. The severity of Kendrick’s injury isn’t yet known, though both the location of the problem and the fact that…

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2018-05-19 15:26:13



Kluber 1st in AL to 7 wins with gem vs. Astros  

Saturday's first inning was full of fireworks. Houston left-hander Dallas Keuchel coughed up three runs on three doubles and a home run to Michael Brantley as the Indians used eight batters to submerge the Astros in a 3-0 hole before they ever took a swing.

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2018-05-19 14:28:22



Stripling fans career-high 9 in Game 1 DH win  

Ross Stripling struck out a career-high nine batters as the Dodgers took Game 1 of a split doubleheader. Max Muncy drove in a pair for the Dodgers, who have won two in a row after snapping a six-game skid. Tanner Roark went seven innings and threw a season-high 117 pitches for the Nationals, who lost Howie Kendrick to a lower right leg injury.

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2018-05-19 14:27:08



Crawford paces win with HR, 4 RBIs vs. Rox  

Brandon Crawford continued his torrid May hitting, going 3-for-5 with four RBIs on Saturday to lead the Giants to a 9-4 victory over the Colorado Rockies at AT&T Park.

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2018-05-19 14:11:54



Seeing is believing: Bryce rocking glasses  

Bryce Harper wore glasses in right field and during his first at-bat of Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Dodgers at Nationals Park.

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2018-05-19 13:04:22



Hicks joins Mantle with inside-the-park HR  

Aaron Hicks circled the bases in the third inning with an inside-the-park home run for the Yankees in Saturday night's game against the Royals at Kauffman Stadium.

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2018-05-19 12:29:37



Dodgers activate reliever Cingrani from DL  

The Dodgers on Saturday reinstated left-handed reliever Tony Cingrani (left shoulder inflammation) from the 10-day disabled list and optioned left-handed pitcher Adam Liberatore to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

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2018-05-19 11:13:26



Homer pushes Odubel's on-base streak to 45  

Phillies center fielder Odubel Herrera extended his on-base streak to 45 games in style on Saturday, belting a two-run homer to right field to give Philadelphia a 3-0 lead over the Cardinals in the third.

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2018-05-19 11:02:34






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