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5 HRs, Holmes seal Bucs' doubleheader sweep

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Clay Holmes earned his first big league win with six scoreless innings, while the Pirates hit five solo home runs to seal a doubleheader sweep against the Brewers. Brent Suter allowed one run over five innings for Milwaukee, which has dropped five straight and scored one run between the two games on Saturday. Jordan Luplow homered twice for the Pirates, who have won five straight games and are within two games of .500.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

O's shut out Rangers with Brooks in the house

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Maybe it was the presence of Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson, whose unveiling — as the club’s new special adviser — caused quite the ovation at Camden Yards. The last-place O’s didn’t quite throw it back to their World Series glory days, but they did overcome a major obstacle Saturday night: finally coming up with the big hit.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Salvy replacing Ramos as AL's starting catcher

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The Royals announced Saturday that Salvador Perez will replace Wilson Ramos as the American League’s starting catcher in Tuesday’s MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Complete HR Derby and All-Star rosters

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MLB’s top talents and the next generation of stars are ready to take the spotlight in the nation’s capital. First up is Sunday’s SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game (MLB Network & MLB.com, 4 p.m. ET), then it’s two of baseball’s most iconic events: Monday’s T-Mobile Home Run Derby (8 p.m., ESPN) and the main event, Tuesday’s 89th MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard (7:30 p.m ET, FOX).
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Panda harbors dream of playing all 9 positions

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If anyone is ever to play all nine positions in a game for the Giants, it would be Pablo Sandoval. He’s already pitched and caught, and manager Bruce Bochy is sure he wouldn’t mind playing the other positions. In fact, he has talked to Sandoval about it.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Thor goes 5 strong, hits RBI 1B in winning return

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Noah Syndergaard’s return in a 4-2 win over the Nationals on Friday at Citi Field offered the Mets a glimpse of what they had been missing. Far from his dominant best, Syndergaard shook off seven weeks of rust in allowing one run in five innings, lowering his ERA to 2.97.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Kingham, Bucs roll past Crew for 3rd straight win

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The Pirates brought a complete game on Friday night as they beat the Brewers, 7-3, at PNC Park. Rookie Nick Kingham delivered another solid start, and Josh Bell smashed a career-high-tying four hits as the Bucs strung together impressive at-bats.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Arrieta shuts down Marlins in dominant win

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After a tumultuous June, Jake Arrieta confirmed Friday that he has found his groove in the month of July. The former Cy Young Award winner was stellar, allowing three hits in seven scoreless frames, keeping Miami’s hitters off balance all night long and leading the Phillies to a shutout win at Marlins Park, 2-0.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Mozeliak defends Cardinals' clubhouse culture

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Following a succession of stories that portrayed the Cardinals’ clubhouse as contentious and disconnected, president of baseball operations John Mozeliak defended the clubhouse culture on Friday, saying that he believes players still find the organization as “a very desirable place to be.”
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Max wraps his first half with 12th win for Nats

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Backed by two home runs from Anthony Rendon and a crucial two-run insurance shot from Bryce Harper, Max Scherzer allowed three runs and struck out five Mets to notch his 12th win, tied for tops in the NL.
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Richards opts to undergo Tommy John surgery

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Garrett Richards may have thrown his final pitch for the Angels. The 30-year-old right-hander said Thursday that he has decided to undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery to repair the damaged ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing elbow.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Taillon fans 10 as Mercer wrecks Crew

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Jameson Taillon racked up a career-high 10 strikeouts over six strong innings, Jordy Mercer had three hits and four RBIs, and All-Star closer Felipe Vazquez stifled a bases-loaded rally in the ninth as the Pirates took the opener of this five-game series. The lone run against Taillon came on Jesus Aguilar’s NL-leading 24th homer, a day after he was named an NL All-Star and the top seed in the Home Run Derby.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Mancini, Peterson go back to back vs. Phillies

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The Orioles homered on back-to-back pitches in the bottom of the seventh inning on Thursday night, with Trey Mancini and Jace Peterson combining to bring the O’s within a run of the Phillies.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

J-Ram's 2nd homer (No. 27) caps 9-run frame

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Jose Ramirez has been auditioning for the Home Run Derby ever since finding out he earned a spot in the American League’s starting lineup for the upcoming All-Star Game.
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Bryant returns from DL, launches 2-run homer

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Kris Bryant returned to the Cubs’ starting lineup on Wednesday afternoon at AT&T Park, playing third base and hitting third. He launched a two-run homer in the fifth inning off Giants starter Johnny Cueto.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

BREAKING: Hometown fave Harper joined by 7 in Derby

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Bryce Harper of the Nationals headlines the eight participants in this year’s T-Mobile Home Run Derby in Washington, and he’ll be joined by the Brewers’ Jesus Aguilar, the Phillies’ Rhys Hoskins, the Braves’ Freddie Freeman, the Dodgers’ Max Muncy, the Astros’ Alex Bregman and two Cubs, Javier Baez and Kyle Schwarber.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Bird's slam gives Yanks 1st-half homer record

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Greg Bird’s first career slam on Wednesday was also a record-setting blast for the Yankees. It was the 152nd blast of the first half for the Bombers, breaking the 1999 Mariners’ record. Tyler Wade then launched his first career home run in the sixth inning before Austin Romine blasted his sixth long ball of the season, extending the Yanks’ record to 154.
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Mets walk off on Nimmo HR after deGrom gem

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A walk-off pinch-hit three-run home run by lovable Brandon Nimmo in the bottom of the 10th gave Mets ace Jacob deGrom something to smile about after another spectacular outing in Wednesday night’s 3-0 win over the Phillies at Citi Field.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Franco keeps raking out of 8-hole with 3-run HR

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Maikel Franco is making his case since Phillies manager Gabe Kapler dropped him to the No. 8 spot in the lineup and as the front office considers upgrades on the left side of the infield.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

O's walk off after Manny's 2 game-tying HRs

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Manny Machado keeps making headlines. Machado, the subject of trade rumors that took an interesting turn Monday when he was linked to the Yankees, hit a game-tying homer in the fifth inning of Tuesday’s game against New York. Then he did it again in the seventh.
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Reds roar back with 7 in 9th to top Tribe

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There wasn’t anything Joey Votto could do against Indians starter Trevor Bauer. Despite an 0-for-4 showing against the right-hander, the All-Star first baseman got the last laugh Tuesday at Progressive Field. Votto ripped a 3-2 fastball to the right-center-field alley to clear the bases, which gave the Reds (41-51) the lead after an improbable seven-run comeback in the ninth inning to beat the Indians, 7-4.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

McCutchen supports Belt with help from Drake

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Sporting a “Belt the Ballot” T-shirt for Brandon Belt’s Final Vote push, Andrew McCutchen delivered a 37-second rendition of the dance routine which accompanies Drake’s “In My Feelings.”
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Benches clear at PNC after Eaton-Cervelli flap

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The Pirates and Nationals cleared their dugouts and bullpens during the sixth inning of Monday night’s 6-3 Pirates win at PNC Park following an apparent disagreement between right fielder Adam Eaton and catcher Francisco Cervelli.
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Molina replaces Posey on NL All-Star team

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Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina was added to the National League squad Monday for the 89th All-Star Game presented by Mastercard.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

J.D. belts MLB-best 28th dinger to power Sox

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J.D. Martinez decided not to let the Rangers hang around anymore on Monday night at Fenway Park.

The All-Star slugger mashed a three-run homer to left-center for his MLB-leading 28th of the season in the bottom of the eighth to power the rolling Red Sox to a 5-0 win.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Walk-off king Flores does it again for Mets

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A walk-off home run by Wilmer Flores in the 10th inning gave the Mets a 4-3 win over the Phillies in Game 1 of a doubleheader against the Phillies on Monday night at Citi Field.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Ailing hip to keep Posey out of All-Star Game

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Giants catcher Buster Posey, who was named to his sixth Midsummer Classic on Sunday night, will miss next week’s MLB All-Star Game to rest his injured right hip, manager Bruce Bochy announced before Monday night’s game against the Cubs.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Puig homers, later exits injured

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Yasiel Puig, who had slugged a three-run homer in the second inning, left Sunday night’s Dodgers-Angels game in the fifth inning after he appeared to suffer a rib cage injury on a swing.
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Mikolas' amazing return earns All-Star nod

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Major League Baseball announced Sunday that Mikolas will serve on the National League’s pitching staff for the July 17 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard at Nationals Park. There he will join the game’s elite as the Cardinals’ lone representative, though Matt Carpenter could join him via the Final Vote.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Healy drives in 5 as Mariners cool off Rockies

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Ryon Healy broke out of an 0-for-13 slump by driving in five runs, including a three-run homer that helped the Mariners beat the Rockies, 6-4, on Sunday. Edwin Diaz wrapped up the win by notching his Major League-leading 35th save. Charlie Blackmon, Carlos Gonzalez and Trevor Story each homered for the Rockies, whose five-game winning streak came to an end.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Ohtani delivers pinch-hit go-ahead homer

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Out of the lineup for the Freeway Series finale, Shohei Ohtani still found a way to make an impact. The Angels’ two-way star hit a pinch-hit go-ahead home run to lead off the seventh inning against the Dodgers at Angel Stadium.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Kemp's improbable first half leads to ASG start

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Matt Kemp revived his career, Kenley Jansen saved his season and the Dodgers’ duo has been rewarded with berths in the 2018 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard, MLB announced on Sunday.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Yanks jump on Happ early, cruise past Jays

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Brett Gardner and Aaron Judge opened the game with back-to-back homers and the Yankees chased J.A. Happ early, thumping the potential trade target in an 8-5 victory over the Blue Jays on Saturday afternoon at Rogers Centre. Happ allowed six runs and recorded just eight outs, while Luis Severino embraced the early cushion and tossed five innings of three-run ball to secure his Major League-leading 14th victory of the season.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Clutch Cuevas powers Rox to 5th straight win

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Noel Cuevas hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer in the seventh off James Paxton to help the Rockies beat the Mariners, 5-1, for their fifth consecutive win. Kyle Freeland allowed one run in five innings for the Rockies, who have won eight of nine. Paxton struck out nine in seven innings and Jean Segura homered for the Mariners, whose string of three straight series wins came to an end.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Trout crushes his 1st HR of July, 25th of season

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Mike Trout crushed his 25th home run of the season off Ross Stripling in the sixth inning of the Angels’ game against the Dodgers on Saturday at Angel Stadium.
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Gray shaky again as Yanks fall in Toronto

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Sonny Gray issued a harsh self-assessment following his previous effort, when he stated that the Yankees are the best team in the sport except for the days on which he pitches. The righty stomped back to the clubhouse on Friday realizing his search for better results must continue, having absorbed another early knockout. Gray was pounded for five runs, including a three-run Justin Smoak homer, and turned the game over to the bullpen after just two innings as the Blue Jays handed New York a 5-2 defeat on Friday evening at Rogers Centre.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Reynolds lifts Nats with pinch walk-off HR

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The follow-up performance to the biggest comeback victory in Nationals history? A walk-off home run from pinch-hitter Mark Reynolds to beat the Marlins, 3-2, on Friday night.
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Acuna exits game after running out single in 7th

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Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. exited immediately after recording an infield single during the seventh inning of Friday night’s game against the Brewers at Miller Park.
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Cardinals activate DeJong, option Gomber

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After months of cobbling together an infield minus two of their up-the-middle stalwarts, the Cardinals’ alignment returned to full strength Friday. The club activated shortstop Paul DeJong, who had been sidelined for seven weeks with a broken left hand, prior to the second of a four-game set against the Giants.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Smoak makes All-Star case, keys win over NY

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Justin Smoak isn’t generating any All-Star buzz, but maybe he should be. The 31-year-old isn’t having the same kind of year he had in 2017, when he broke out by hitting 38 home runs with a .270 batting average, but he’s still been one of the best first basemen in the American League this season. He launched a three-run shot, his 12th home run of ’18, to cap a five-run second inning and lift the Blue Jays to a 6-2 win over the Yankees on Friday night at Rogers Centre.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Turner's slam, 8 RBIs fuel Nats' huge comeback

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The Nationals rallied from a nine-run deficit to come all the way back and take a lead in the sixth inning after Trea Turner hit his first career grand slam to put the Nats ahead 10-9 against the Marlins on Thursday.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Dodgers' top '18 pick chooses college over pros

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J.T. Ginn, the Dodgers’ first-round selection (30th overall) in last month’s MLB Draft, posted a message on Twitter on Thursday indicating he has decided not to sign with Los Angeles and instead will pursue collegiate baseball at Mississippi State University.
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Padres give Margot green light on basepaths

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Manuel Margot is one of the fastest players in baseball. He’s one of the Padres’ best all-around athletes and a tireless worker. It should follow, then, that the speedy center fielder would be a serviceable basestealer. He’s been anything but.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Crew preys on Braves' miscues for 4 early runs

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One day after Milwaukee tallied all three runs via solo homers — in the series finale against the Twins, the Brewers generated four early runs over the first two innings without going deep on Braves left-hander Max Fried.
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Haniger scratched with bruised right knee

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Outfielder Mitch Haniger was scratched from the Mariners’ lineup about 90 minutes before Thursday’s series finale against the Angels with a bruised right knee.
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Orf carried out for curtain call after first homer

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Nate Orf recorded his first big league hit in memorable fashion Wednesday against the Twins, belting a 2-2 curveball from Jose Berrios just over the wall in the left-field corner for a home run at Miller Park.
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Mets ride 5-run 5th, Lugo's relief in Toronto

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Todd Frazier homered to spark a five-run outburst in the fifth, chasing Blue Jays ace Marcus Stroman, while Seth Lugo delivered three effective innings in relief for the Mets as they split a two-game Interleague set at Rogers Centre. Kendrys Morales homered and doubled on a 3-for-4 night to lead Toronto’s offense.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog