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DEVELOPING: Moncada single shy of cycle

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White Sox second baseman Yoan Moncada seeks MLB’s first cycle of the 2018 season. He tripled in the first, doubled in the second and homered in the fourth.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Reds break out after Schebler ends HR drought

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Scott Schebler’s two-run homer in the fifth ended a Reds homer drought dating back to April 15 and sent Cincy on its way to a 10-4 victory, halting a five-game losing streak and getting Sal Romano (6 IP) his first win of the season. Adam Duvall and Scooter Gennett added two RBIs apiece for the Reds, while Nick Markakis homered and drove in three for Atlanta.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Alonso muscles up against O's with 5th HR

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In a four-game series that has had no shortage of homers, it was only fitting that the first runs in Monday’s finale between the Indians and Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards came via the long ball. This time, it was Yonder Alonso who went deep, drilling a fastball from right-hander Kevin Gausman over the center-field wall to give Cleveland a 2-0 lead in the second inning.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Gausman pitches immaculate inning for O's

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Kevin Gausman held Cleveland to four hits over eight brilliant innings. He even had a perfect seventh, needing nine pitches to strike out Yonder Alonso, Yan Gomes and Bradley Zimmer. But it didn’t matter. Gausman’s effort went for naught as the Orioles’ offense continues to struggle at historic proportions. Baltimore was flummoxed by Tribe starter Carlos Carrasco, falling 2-1 to mark their 11th loss in 13 games.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Bryant hit in helmet, no signs of concussion

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The series finale in Colorado started on a scary note, as Kris Bryant took a pitch to the helmet in the first inning of Sunday’s finale vs. the Rockies and had to leave the game. Bryant was examined upon exiting the game and passed all tests. He has a small laceration above his left eye from his sunglasses, but he shows no signs of a concussion. He was still being evaluated after the game and will be monitored carefully as he travels with the team to Cleveland.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Belt has historic 21-pitch at-bat vs. Angels

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The Giants’ Brandon Belt owned the stage Sunday, not only for his historic 21-pitch at-bat during a 4-2 win over the Angels, but also for hitting a home run in his fourth consecutive game played.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Cubs rally after Bryant exits, hang on vs. Rox

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The Cubs wasted no time establishing momentum in Sunday’s rubber match with the Rockies, riding a four-hit, three-run rally in the first inning to a 9-7 victory. Rockies starter German Marquez was cruising through the first before a 96-mph fastball got away from him and hit Kris Bryant in the brim of his helmet. Bryant left the game, and preliminary tests showed no signs of concussion. Brandon Morrow closed the game with a nail-biter of a save, loading the bases on two hits and a two-out walk before throwing a wild pitch to Ian Desmond and getting Nolan Arenado at the plate on a reviewed play after Arenado was initially called safe.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Trout slugs MLB-best ninth home run

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Mike Trout homered for the third consecutive game on Sunday, crushing a two-run homer off reliever Cory Gearrin to put the Angels on the board in the eighth inning of their 4-2 loss in the series finale against the Giants at Angel Stadium.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Don't worry, Yankees fans: Stanton will be fine

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There was a moment in Spring Training, a month ago in Tampa, Fla., almost exactly, when Giancarlo Stanton, Yankees newbie, was telling the media that he was ready for the scrutiny he would face when he came north with his new team.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Brinson hits 3rd HR of series vs. Crew in loss

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Lewis Brinson continues to fine-tune his mechanics at the plate, but the rookie center fielder has found his home run swing at Miller Park.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Reddick hits 2nd slam of April, adds a solo shot

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Astros outfielder Josh Reddick became the first player in franchise history to hit two grand slams in April when he clubbed his team-leading fifth homer of the year in the second inning Saturday. He was only getting started.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Snell cruises, Cron erupts as Rays take series

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Blake Snell gave the Rays his third consecutive quality start and C.J. Cron fueled the offense with a pair of two-run homers during a 10-1, series-clinching win over the Twins on Saturday night at Tropicana Field. Twins second baseman Brian Dozier extended his hitting streak to 15 games in the first inning, tying a club record for the longest hitting streak to start a season.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Belt's 2-run homer nearly robbed by Trout

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Brandon Belt will gladly take Saturday’s second-inning home run against the Angels. Belt’s drive to right-center field reached the top of the wall just as Angels center fielder Mike Trout arrived. Trout appeared to time his jump perfectly, but the ball squirted from his glove and hit the auxiliary scoreboard on the other side of the wall before bouncing back onto the field of play.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Stanton puts emphatic end to homerless drought

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Giancarlo Stanton gave his new fans something to cheer about on Friday, snapping a 50 at-bat homerless drought with a two-run drive to right field off the Blue Jays’ Marco Estrada.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Giants place Pence on DL with sprained thumb

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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.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Royals break through in G2 with rally in 9th

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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 the Tigers 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.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Hernandez, Solarte, Gurriel Jr. lift Jays over Yanks

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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.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Arrieta fans 10 in dominant 7 innings vs. Bucs

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Jake Arrieta dominated the Pirates Thursday night at Citizens Bank Park. He allowed one hit and two walks in seven scoreless innings, striking out 10 as the Phillies won, 7-0.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Pomeranz set for return to Red Sox rotation

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The Red Sox will add to their strong rotation Friday, when Drew Pomeranz returns to a staff that already has some of the best left-handers in the Majors.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Yo's slam caps Mets' 9-run 8th, comeback win

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Coming into this week’s series against the Nationals, the Mets held a distinct and relatively unfamiliar edge over their National League East rivals. Their six-game NL East lead spoke volumes about their hot start, giving them an opportunity to press their advantage against the two-time defending division champions.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Dodgers place Hill on DL, call up Liberatore

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The Los Angeles Dodgers today recalled left-handed reliever Adam Liberatore from Triple-A Oklahoma City and placed left-hander Rich Hill (left third digit inflammation) on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to April 15.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Moncada's 1st career slam highlights big effort

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On Tuesday night, White Sox second baseman Yoan Moncada homered and reached base three times, showing promising signs that he might be breaking out of his prolonged slump to start the season. Less than 24 hours later, Moncada belted a grand slam off A’s starter Andrew Triggs in the second inning for his second hit of the afternoon and second homer in as many days to give Chicago an early 6-1 lead.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Halos still optimistic Ohtani will make next start

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One day after Shohei Ohtani exited his start against the Red Sox with a blister on his right hand, the Angels remained optimistic that the 23-year-old two-way phenom will be able to make his next start on the mound.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Red Sox RHP Wright set to make first rehab start

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Red Sox starter Steven Wright will move on to the next phase in his recovery from surgery to repair his left knee when he takes the mound Friday for a rehab outing at Triple-A Pawtucket.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Realmuto hits 3-run homer in season debut

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Reinstated from the disabled list hours before first pitch, J.T. Realmuto smacked a three-run, opposite-field homer off Masahiro Tanaka in the fifth inning as the Marlins beat the Yankees, 9-1, at Yankee Stadium.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

BREAKING: Betts leads off with HR off Ohtani

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A relieved Mookie Betts returned to the leadoff spot in the Red Sox lineup Tuesday, three days after a foot injury caused him to get precautionary X-rays.
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Jarlin makes history, leading Miami's rout of Yanks

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After 10 innings covering six days, Jarlin Garcia finally allowed a hit as a starter. The Marlins’ left-hander, making his second Major League start, had kept his opponents out of the hit column before Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar’s one-out double in the fifth inning on Tuesday night.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Kiner-Falefa backs Moore's winning Trop return

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Isiah Kiner-Falefa’s four hits and stellar defense and Shin-Soo Choo’s mammoth home run helped make Matt Moore (7 IP, 1 unearned run) a winner in his first start as a visitor to Tropicana Field as the Rangers defeated the Rays on Tuesday night.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Mesoraco leaves game with bruised wrist

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Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco left Tuesday’s game vs. the Brewers in the sixth inning due to oa bruised right wrist. X-rays were negative.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Teheran (9 K's) helps cool Phillies in opener

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Julio Teheran proved he can find some comfort at home and Ozzie Albies continued to be a valuable catalyst as the Braves snapped the Phillies’ six-game winning streak with Monday night’s 2-1 win at SunTrust Park.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Severino dominates, Didi homers twice in rout

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Didi Gregorius homered twice and Aaron Judge visited the right-field seats in support of Luis Severino’s dominant effort, as the Yankees rolled past the Marlins, 12-1, on Monday evening at Yankee Stadium.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Profar in concussion protocol after hard slide

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Rangers shortstop Jurickson Profar is being evaluated in Major League Baseball’s concussion protocol after getting upended by a baserunner and landing on the right side of his face during Monday’s 8-4 loss against the Rays.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Duffy exits early with right hamstring tightness

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Matt Duffy had to leave Monday’s 8-4 victory against the Rangers with right hamstring tightness. The Rays announced that he is day to day and will be re-evaluated tomorrow.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Castillo impressive, strikes out 8 Brewers

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Luis Castillo already had three starts this season, but Monday vs. the Brewers marked the return of the electric pitcher the Reds coveted so much as a rookie in 2017. With a changeup that helped pile up swings and misses, Castillo struck out eight over 6 2/3 innings at Miller Park.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Forsythe hits DL with shoulder inflammation

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The Dodgers placed infielder Logan Forsythe on the 10-day disabled list on Sunday with right shoulder inflammation and recalled infielder Breyvic Valera from Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Lucchesi fans 9, looks at home in Majors

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The Padres’ rotation of the future still has all five of its places available. Four starts into his big league career, Joey Lucchesi is making a rather impressive case for one of those spots.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

C-Mart dominant with 11 Ks; Cards sweep Reds

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Carlon Martinez’s 11 strikeouts highlighted a 3-2 win over the Reds that capped a four-game sweep and sent St. Louis to Chicago on a bit of a roll headed into its first series of the year against the Cubs.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Kershaw K's 12 as LA ends skid vs. D-backs

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Through six innings on Sunday against the D-backs at Dodger Stadium, Clayton Kershaw had 12 strikeouts, the 59th time in his career he has reached double-digit strikeouts in a start. Chris Taylor had three RBIs, including a two-run homer, while Yasiel Puig added a two-run single. Paul Goldschmidt provided the offensive highlight for the D-backs with his fourth home run.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Anderson, Brewers put end to Mets' win streak

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Chase Anderson has been the exception, and he remained so against the Mets, denying baseball’s hottest team a hit until the fifth inning and pitching into the seventh in a 5-1 Brewers win. Jonathan Villar and Jett Bandy homered off the Mets’ Matt Harvey and Orlando Arcia added another home run in the ninth to snap New York’s nine-game winning streak.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Gurriel's first HR highlights Astros' 5-run 4th

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Yuli Gurriel, who made his season debut in Friday’s win, crushed his first home run of the season on Saturday against the Rangers with a laser into the left-field seats in the fourth inning. The three-run shot put the Astros ahead, 5-0.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Bucs scrounge up W with pair of 9th-inning bunts

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For the second consecutive night, Pittsburgh’s hot-hitting lineup was neutralized by Marlins pitching. So the Bucs resorted to two bunt singles in the ninth inning to produce the game’s only run in a 1-0 win over the Fish.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Albies begins huge day with leadoff homer

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Ozzie Albies had not seen snow before this road trip began, but over the past week, the Braves’ second baseman has certainly not been hampered by wintry conditions.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Grandy's JRD cleats to honor Jackie, Doby

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Curtis Granderson has an annual tradition of wearing specialty cleats for Jackie Robinson Day to honor baseball’s trailblazing icon. He’s doing something similar this year, but with a little bit of a twist.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Rendon exits early as Nats' bats sputter vs. Rox

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Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon exited Friday night’s game against the Rockies in the seventh inning, an unusual substitution with the team trailing by a run. No explanation was provided for why Rendon was subbed from the game early.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

CarGo's HR, sac fly enough for Rox in DC

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Before Carlos Gonzalez sent Tanner Roark’s changeup deep into the D.C. night, dropping his bat and admiring his handiwork, no Rockies player had recorded a hit Friday at Nationals Park. Gonzalez changed that with two outs in the top of the fourth. His 439-foot shot to center field put the Rockies on the board, and then two innings later his sacrifice fly scored DJ LeMahieu. In a game devoid of much hitting, Gonzalez provided all of Colorado’s offense in a 2-1 win over the Nationals.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog