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Judge crushes No. 6; now fastest to 62

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 14:42:41 EDT

Aaron Judge crushed a two-run homer in the third inning of Saturday's game against the Blue Jays, pushing the Yankees to an early lead against Marcus Stroman and the Blue Jays.



Optimism abounds for these 10 surprise teams

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 10:00:39 EDT

Are we enjoying watching the Braves and Phillies and Pirates play baseball? All that youth and energy and winning is wildly entertaining. Suddenly, possibilities abound. That's what happens with teams that aren't quite sure how good they are. As they begin to win, confidence grows, and suddenly these teams are capable of upending postseason races.



How did Lourdes Gurriel's teammates prank him?

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 13:35:00 EDT

How did Lourdes Gurriel's teammates prank him?



Felix & Beltre: Up to their old tricks

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 12:06:03 EDT

Felix & Beltre: Up to their old tricks



Pham slowly recovering from groin tightness

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 15:10:22 EDT

The tightness in his right groin not dissipated, Tommy Pham was out of the lineup Saturday for the second time in three days. Manager Mike Matheny said Pham could be available off the bench, as he was Thursday.



You'll never guess who hit 2018's longest HR

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 03:37:40 EDT

Franchy Cordero blasted a 489-foot solo shot -- the longest in the Major Leagues this year -- off the center-field scoreboard at Chase Field. It put the Padres up 1-0 in the fourth inning.



Matt Kemp is in the best shape of his life (he really is)

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 10:00:00 EDT

Matt Kemp claimed he'd lost 40 pounds prior to camp this year, but plenty of players claim that they're in much-improved shape. It usually doesn't matter, but does it for Kemp? Only one player has increased his Statcast speed more than Kemp has.



Drury working to alleviate migraine issue

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 13:20:35 EDT

Brandon Drury was on the Yankee Stadium infield early on Saturday morning, his spikes digging into the dirt as he repeatedly rounded first base under the watch of the coaching staff. Sidelined with severe migraines that have caused blurred vision, those simple steps represented progress as he aims to resume playing in games.



The hottest starts in MLB history

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 06:00:00 EDT

MLB.com looks at the teams who put together historically great opening runs. From the 1955 Dodgers to the '84 Tigers to the '98 Yankees, this list is full of some of the best teams to ever step onto a baseball diamond. They were often led by some of the game's most iconic players, from Ted Williams to Rickey Henderson to Ichiro Suzuki. Here are the hottest starts in Major League history.



Farquhar stable but critical after hemorrhage

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 15:37:20 EDT

Tests have revealed that Chicago White Sox pitcher Danny Farquhar suffered a brain hemorrhage during the sixth inning of Friday night's game, and additional overnight testing at RUSH University Medical Center revealed that a ruptured aneurysm caused the brain bleed.



Castellanos tags Duffy for his first 2018 homer

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 14:20:12 EDT

Like the weather in Detroit, Nicholas Castellanos' bat might be heating up after a relatively chilly start. The Tigers right fielder, who hit 26 home runs in his breakout 2017 season, hit his first home run of this season Saturday when he took a Danny Duffy slider deep to left.



Knee injury keeps Mancini off the field

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 13:04:59 EDT

Orioles left fielder Trey Mancini was not in Saturday's lineup and is expected to be sidelined a few days after exiting Friday's 3-1 win with a right knee injury. Mancini, who had a brace on Saturday afternoon, said a CT scan was negative for any serious damage and he doesn't expect to be a disabled list candidate.



Padres lose no-hitter in 8th, win game in 9th

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 03:00:19 EDT

Tyson Ross took a no-hitter into the eighth, but couldn't get the third out to send it to the ninth. The Padres scored three runs in the ninth on their way to a 4-1 victory in the series opener.



Yo gets winning hit; wants to golf again

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 01:56:53 EDT

A slumping Yoenis Cespedes hit the go-ahead RBI single through the right side of the infield and Asdrubal Cabrera followed with an RBI knock of his own in the 12th inning on Friday, leading the Mets to a 5-3 win over the Braves at SunTrust Park. Early on, Ozzie Albies homered off a 99.6-mph fastball from Noah Syndergaard to set a Statcast record for the Braves.



Red Sox now 17-2, thanks to Moreland's slam

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 01:25:05 EDT

Unfazed by the spotlight of their historic start, the Red Sox continued their march into the record books with a 7-3 win in Oakland in Friday night's series opener behind a three-run homer from Jackie Bradley Jr. and a Mitch Moreland grand slam. The Red Sox improved to 17-2, becoming the fifth team in the live-ball era to win 17 of its first 19 games, and the first to do so since the 1987 Brewers.



Scherzer fans 9, outduels Kershaw in LA

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 02:50:51 EDT

Max Scherzer outdueled Clayton Kershaw in a matchup between three-time Cy Young Award winners, with Bryce Harper leading a two-run first inning to give the Nationals' ace a lead he would not relinquish. Scherzer held the Dodgers to one run on four hits with nine strikeouts over six innings, while Kershaw went seven, allowing four runs on nine hits.



Verlander, Astros back in first place

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 01:45:35 EDT

Justin Verlander tossed six scoreless innings to win his 10th consecutive regular-season decision and George Springer drove in four runs to lead the Astros to their fourth consecutive victory, 10-0, over the White Sox in the series opener Friday at Guaranteed Rate Field.



Stanton puts emphatic end to homerless drought

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 00:49:53 EDT

Giancarlo Stanton gave his new fans something to cheer about early in the Yankees' 8-5 loss to the Blue Jays on Friday night, snapping a 50 at-bat homerless drought with a two-run drive to right field off starter Marco Estrada.



Red-hot Baez fuels Cubs' 7-run 6th, rout of Rox

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 03:11:02 EDT

Javier Baez collected four hits and four RBIs, and the Cubs broke open a close game with a seven-run outburst in the sixth inning en route to a 16-5 win over the Rockies in the series opener at Coors Field on Friday night.



Play Beat the Streak for a chance at $5.6 million

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 10:46:08 EDT

Time to start swinging for $5.6 million! It's easy to play: Get a hit, and your streak continues. If not, try again the next day.



Ronald Torreyes hit a single even though he wasn't holding the bat when it hit the ball

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 23:13:02 EDT

Torreyes gets a hit without using his hands



Hungry? MLB FoodFest is every fan's dream

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 01:30:12 EDT

Mariano Rivera was among the celebrities in attendance at Opening Night of the MLB FoodFest, a weekend-long event on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan that features one signature concession item from each of the league's 30 teams.



Tigers make young fan's day with ASG tickets

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 22:55:39 EDT

Kyle Van Houten thought he was headed to Comerica Park to catch a Friday night game with his parents. He had no idea Michael Fulmer would be receiving his ceremonial first pitch, or that nearly two dozen family and friends would be with him for it.



The Pirates turned a wild double play by catching two runners stealing on one play

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 00:54:46 EDT

The Pirates turned a wild double play



Hernandez, Solarte, Gurriel Jr. lift Jays over Yanks

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 00:07:34 EDT

Toronto's offense stole the show again on Friday night as Teoscar Hernandez and Yangervis Solarte each homered while Lourdes Gurriel Jr. drove in three runs during his Major League debut.



Wacha in the park: Righty masterful vs. Reds

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 00:53:12 EDT

Cardinals right-hander Michael Wacha continued his dominance of the Reds with 6 2/3 strong innings to help St. Louis to a 4-2 win on Friday night at Busch Stadium. Wacha improved to 10-1 lifetime in 16 starts against Cincinnati. Yadier Molina had a two-run double in the first inning to highlight a three-run outburst for the Cardinals, who have won six of seven.



Ohtani bounces back with 2 hits after 3-K game

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 03:02:07 EDT

After going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in Thursday's loss to the Red Sox, Shohei Ohtani delivered a two-out single to center field off right-hander Jeff Samardzija in the second inning of Friday's series opener between the Angels and Giants at Angel Stadium. He added another single in the ninth.



Injury updates: Britton, Mancini, Pence, Owings

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 00:40:27 EDT

Here's a roundup of the latest injury news across the Majors.



Trout crushes AL-leading seventh homer

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 02:25:32 EDT

Mike Trout launched his American League-leading seventh home run of the season in the eighth inning of the Angels' series opener against the Giants on Friday night at Angel Stadium.



10 eye-popping facts from Red Sox's historic start

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 02:58:51 EDT

The Red Sox improved to 16-2 with Thursday night's win over the Angels. Here are 10 impressive facts and figures from their historic start to the season.



Brewers go 3B, HR, HR on 3 pitches in victory

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 01:33:42 EDT

On three pitches in the fourth inning, Christian Yelich tripled and Ryan Braun and Travis Shaw hit back-to-back home runs. The five-run frame powered the Brewers to a fourth straight win, which was Jhoulys Chacin's first for the club. Trevor Richards struggled for Miami, allowing five earned runs over 3 2/3 innings while walking six.



Bryce Harper is so pumped about the Golden Knights' playoff run that he put their logo on his bat

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 23:15:36 EDT

Bryce Harper puts Golden Knights logo on bat knob



Friday's top prospect performers

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 01:32:50 EDT

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



Kershaw drops duel with Nats' Scherzer

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 02:38:05 EDT

Two of the best pitchers of their generation dueled at Dodger Stadium on Friday night, with Max Scherzer and the Nationals besting Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers, 5-2.



Giants erupt at plate as Samardzija wins debut

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 02:45:15 EDT

The Giants used a fresh face and a night with the designated hitter to get the kind of offense they have been yearning for in an 8-1 victory Friday over the Angels. In his first game with the Giants this season, after replacing an injured Hunter Pence (thumb) on the roster, Mac Williamson blistered a two-run home run to get things rolling in a six-run fifth inning.



Bundy dazzles vs. Tribe with 9-K gem

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 23:41:13 EDT

Dylan Bundy struck out nine and held the Indians to one run over six innings to pick up his first win of the season and help the O's snap a six-game skid with a series-opening 3-1 win over the Indians at Camden Yards. Manny Machado hit his sixth homer of the season while Trevor Bauer, who allowed the long ball, fanned six over seven solid innings.



Mariners erupt with 4-run 9th to end slide

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 01:05:52 EDT

Jean Segura's two-run double fueled the Mariners' go-ahead rally, an inning after Mitch Haniger tied things up with a solo homer in the season series opener between these AL West rivals. Before the late fireworks, Felix Hernandez and Mike Minor each worked 5 1/3 innings in a defensive-minded affair at Globe Life Park.



Ross' near no-no just latest close call for SD

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 01:07:48 EDT

The Padres are still awaiting the first no-hitter in franchise history, after Tyson Ross' brilliant effort Friday night in Arizona. Ross carried a no-hitter into the eighth and lost it only when Christian Walker lifted a deep fly ball to center field that cleared the glove of Franchy Cordero for a double.



D-backs honor former GM with 'Kevin's Tower'

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 00:52:42 EDT

The enduring legacy of Kevin "KT" Towers was immortalized on Friday by the D-backs as managing general partner Ken Kendrick was joined by team president & CEO Derrick Hall and Towers' widow, Kelley, to permanently name the suite in which he used to sit as "Kevin's Tower."



Hustling Span helps Rays walk off in 10th

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 00:51:15 EDT

The Rays never quit Friday night, and the reward came via an 8-7 walk-off win over the Twins at Tropicana Field. But it wasn't your everyday walk-off win. Denard Span beat out a two-out ground ball to first base, and pinch-runner Johnny Field raced home from second with the winning run. Rays players rushed from the dugout onto the field to celebrate, only to have to wait until an official review confirmed that they had in fact won. The Rays saw a 6-2 lead disappear in the eighth thanks to Eddie Rosario's grand slam off Sergio Romo. Max Kepler then homered off Ryan Yarbrough in the top of the ninth to give the Twins a one-run lead.



Rosario socks 3rd career grand slam

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 01:38:46 EDT

Twins left fielder Eddie Rosario said he was sitting on a slider. He guessed correctly and it produced one of the biggest hits of his career. Rosario collected a two-out, two-strike, game-tying grand slam off Rays reliever Sergio Romo. However, it eventually became a footnote in the Rays' 8-7 victory in 10 innings at Tropicana Field.



Buehler? Dodgers need a replacement for Hill

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 20:48:13 EDT

Manager Dave Roberts wasn't ready to name Walker Buehler, Brock Stewart or anybody else to replace Rich Hill as Monday night's starting pitcher for the Dodgers against the Marlins at Dodger Stadium.



Dozier's hitting streak at 14 to start season

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 01:21:34 EDT

Twins second baseman Brian Dozier has hit safely in all 14 of the Twins' games this year (and 21 games overall, dating to the close of last season). He extended the streak with a sharp sixth-inning single to left field against the Rays on Friday night at Tropicana Field, finishing 2-for-5 on the night.



X-rays negative on Arcia's right ankle

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 01:42:42 EDT

Brewers shortstop Orlando Arcia was helped to the dugout by a member of Milwaukee's athletic training staff after rolling his right ankle Friday night in the eighth inning of an 8-0 win over the Marlins at Miller Park.



Springer's Little League HR caps 5-run frame

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 23:46:46 EDT

Houston broke through against the White Sox on Friday night with a five-run fourth inning, highlighted by an inside-the-park home run from George Springer, who began the play with a two-run double to left.



Suspension over, Arenado homers in 1st AB

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 00:48:16 EDT

Having watched way more baseball than he wanted to during a five-game suspension, Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado swatted the first pitch he saw from Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks for a two-run homer Friday night.



Nats' aggressive approach sets the tone

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 02:53:28 EDT

The Nationals entered Friday night's marquee matchup with Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw looking to be aggressive at the plate. Three pitches in, they put a run on the board to back Max Scherzer and helped give them an early edge in a 5-2 victory.



Machado belts 6th HR, shows off slick defense

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 23:13:55 EDT

Red-hot Manny Machado extended his team lead in homers to six, going deep for the third time in two games with a fourth-inning solo blast in Friday's 3-1 win over the Indians.



The D-backs let Matt Koch leave the dugout a little too early and it led to a very awkward moment

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 23:53:40 EDT

D-backs pulled a prank on Matt Koch



Hernandez scores winning run on Herrera's triple

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 00:37:06 EDT

Cesar Hernandez and Odubel Herrera combined for the big hits Friday night in a 2-1 victory over the Pirates at Citizens Bank Park. Leading off the eighth, Hernandez ripped a double to right field and scored on Herrera's one-out triple. The Phillies improved to 7-1 at home.



Royals break through in G2 with rally in 9th

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 22:40:08 EDT

Trailing by one run entering the ninth inning, the Royals got a bloop RBI single by Abraham Almonte to tie it, then took the lead when Tigers first baseman Niko Goodrum botched a routine grounder by Jon Jay, and overthrew the pitcher covering the bag, allowing Alcides Escobar to score in Game 2 of the doubleheader. JaCoby Jones, the walk-off hero in Game 1, had put Detroit in front with a sacrifice fly in the seventh. Jakob Junis went eight strong innings in a no-decision for Kansas City, which snapped a nine-game skid.



'Happy to get the call,' Lourdes has 3 RBIs in debut

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 00:39:41 EDT

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. became the fourth player in Blue Jays history to record at least three RBIs in his Major League debut. He finished 2-for-5 with a pair of singles and played a big role in the Blue Jays' 8-5 victory over the Yankees on Friday night.



Athletic Suzuki makes diving tag at home

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 01:55:17 EDT

Braves catcher Kurt Suzuki displayed his athleticism as he made a run-saving, diving tag during the sixth inning of Friday night's 5-3 loss to the Mets in 12 innings at SunTrust Park.



On one play, the Pirates infield swarmed in on a popup, and Jordy Mercer gave us a somersault

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 22:17:18 EDT

Pirates infielders swarmed in on an infield fly



Barria called up to start series finale Sunday

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 21:48:10 EDT

In need of a sixth starter to accommodate Shohei Ohtani's once-a-week pitching schedule, the Angels will call up pitching prospect Jaime Barria to start against the Giants on Sunday, manager Mike Scioscia announced Friday.



Albies homers off Thor, but Braves lose in 12

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 01:50:10 EDT

Sean Newcomb matched Noah Syndergaard, despite not having his best stuff. Ozzie Albies added to his early surge in thunderous fashion. But the positive developments didn't necessarily negate the sting that was felt when the Braves dropped a 5-3, 12-inning loss to the Mets shortly after Josh Ravin grazed fellow reliever Robert Gsellman with a pitch on Friday night at SunTrust Park.



LoMo hits 1st Twins HR in return to The Trop

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 02:18:49 EDT

Designated hitter Logan Morrison was Friday night's homecoming king, picking a perfect spot to hit his first home run for the Twins. He launched a solo shot into the right-field bleachers in the second inning of an 8-7 loss to the Rays at Tropicana Field, where he played for the Rays during the 2016-17 seasons.



Mancini day to day with knee injury

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 22:45:02 EDT

Orioles left fielder Trey Mancini exited Friday night's 3-1 win over the Indians in the top of the eighth inning with a right knee injury and is day to day.



Thome has plenty to say about Hoskins' swing

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 21:26:24 EDT

Rhys Hoskins hopped onto MLB Network late Thursday night to talk about the Phillies, but unexpectedly found himself watching the monitor in front of him as Jim Thome dissected his swing.



Dodgers organist Dieter Ruehle played 'Wake Me Up' in memory of Avicii, who died at age 28

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 20:52:09 EDT

Dodgers organist honors Avicii with 'Wake Me Up'



Odubel Herrera faked a swing not once, but twice before taking a pitch

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 21:17:21 EDT

Herrera fakes swing twice before taking a pitch



Mets have yet to decide on struggling Harvey

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 02:07:37 EDT

A day after Matt Harvey submitted his worst start of the young season, declaring afterward that he is "a starting pitcher" and declining to answer if he would accept a Minor League assignment, the Mets spent significant time on Friday discussing what to do with him.



Boston righty Wright exits rehab start with stiff back

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 21:05:39 EDT

Veteran knuckleballer Steven Wright, who is recovering from left knee surgery that he underwent in May, was removed from his first rehab start for Triple-A Pawtucket Friday night after experiencing stiffness in his back.



Royals rookie Hill thriving after beating cancer

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 19:10:20 EDT

Royals rookie left-hander Tim Hill looked in the mirror and hardly recognized himself. A skeleton, he thought. He needed to take a photo, perhaps just to remind himself one day of this trying time in his life. It was the fall of 2015, and Hill was near completion of eight months of chemotherapy. Incredibly, he had lost 70 pounds during the treatment. He stood 6-foot-1, 150 pounds.



Tigers walk off in 10th on JaCoby's 1st homer

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 17:59:36 EDT

JaCoby Jones powered the Tigers to their fourth straight win with a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th inning, sending Detroit to a 3-2 victory over the Royals on Friday afternoon to open a day-night doubleheader at Comerica Park. He also recorded an RBI double and starter Michael Fulmer delivered seven strong frames, while Kansas City's Jason Hammel went nine. Mike Moustakas extended his hit streak to 11 games with a solo homer, and Jon Jay drove in the Royals' other run on a single.



The Texas A&M baseball team had way too much fun during a postgame interview

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 19:12:32 EDT

Texas A&M catcher cool under prank pressure



Giants place Pence on DL with sprained thumb

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 22:42:12 EDT

The Giants placed outfielder Hunter Pence on the 10-day disabled list with a right thumb sprain before Friday's game against the Angels, recalling outfielder Mac Williamson from Triple-A Sacramento to take Pence's roster spot.



Buck on Betts: 'Best right fielder I've ever seen'

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 08:09:17 EDT

Mookie Betts is not included nearly often enough in the conversation about the best young players in the deepest and best crop of young players in all of baseball history.



Here are 7 future managerial candidates

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 10:38:28 EDT

As we saw this past winter, teams are routinely looking for the next big thing, with five of the six new managers -- Aaron Boone, Mickey Callaway, Alex Cora, Gabe Kapler and Dave Martinez -- all landing their first managerial jobs this season. Here are seven candidates that could find themselves in contention for a managerial job in the coming months.



Zunino makes season debut after DL stint

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 00:21:43 EDT

Opening Day came three weeks late for Mike Zunino, who had a strong spring but was injured just one day before the season began. The Mariners' primary catcher was activated from the disabled list Friday and in the lineup against the Rangers.



MLB legends comprise exclusive 3,000-hit club

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 11:45:24 EDT

MLB.com looks at each of the members of Major League Baseball's 3,000-hit club.



This is the most entertaining pitcher-hitter rivalry

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 01:50:46 EDT

Among the many thousands of possible batter-pitcher matchups, there may not be a more entertaining one than Adrian Beltre vs. Felix Hernandez. Merely calling it a matchup feels insufficient. It's a friendly rivalry between former teammates, a battle of wits between two intense competitors, and frequently, a comedy act surpassing any between-innings mascot hijinks.