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Mets mashing away in the Bronx

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Struggling to support Jacob deGrom for most of this season, the Mets continued their recent surge behind him Monday with five homers at Yankee Stadium.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

With 29th HR, Harper matches 2017 total

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In the fourth inning against the Cardinals at Busch Stadium on Monday night, Bryce Harper connected with a solo home run off Miles Mikolas. The homer was Harper’s 29th of the season, matching his total from all of 2017.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Mariners eager for Cano's Tuesday return

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After 80 days on the suspended list, Robinson Cano will rejoin the Mariners on Tuesday, and his return figures to provide a timely boost for a club fighting for its first postseason berth in 17 years.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Rendon helps kids through Hooton Foundation

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Anthony Rendon doesn’t remember hearing much about anabolic steroids and performance-enhancing drugs in his high school health classes. That is one of the reasons he has happily served as the Nationals’ player representative on the advisory board for the Taylor Hooton Foundation for the past few seasons, and why it was a no-brainer for him to do so again this year
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Each team's jersey number likely to be retired next

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Which active players might end up with their jerseys retired? Who potentially has that immortality in their future? We take a look at the most likely active player to someday have his number retired for every team.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Lowrie leads way as A's close division gap

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Not long after the Mariners pulled off a four-game road sweep of the first-place Astros on Sunday, the A’s overcame a late-inning scare to close out a series-clinching victory in Anaheim and pull within 2 1/2 games of the division lead. Jed Lowrie collected his 1,000th career hit with a double in the first inning and added a two-run homer, his 18th, extending his career-high. Francisco Arcia clobbered his third homer in his 11th Major League game, bringing his slugging percentage to .533. Both teams’ bullpens struggled as 14 pitchers saw time on the mound, but Blake Treinen quelled the Angels’ late rally with a perfect ninth to earn his 30th save.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Rodriguez boosts Rookie of Year talk with gem

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On Sunday afternoon at AT&T Park, Dereck Rodriguez bolstered his Rookie of the Year campaign, quieting the Pirates over seven innings as the Giants salvaged a series split with a 4-3 win. Rodriguez gave up just one run and scattered two hits while striking out four.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Adam Engel robs his 3rd home run this week

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Many kids scale the fences of their backyards or local diamonds dreaming of that one moment when they pull off a perfect home run robbery. Adam Engel has experienced that thrill in the big leagues three times … in the past week.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Hand contusion lands Edwin on disabled list

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As expected, Edwin Encarnacion went on the disabled list with a contusion in his right hand on Sunday. Infielder Yandy Diaz was summoned from Triple-A Columbus.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

M's turn tide with 3rd straight win against Astros

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Kyle Seager sparked a three-run fourth inning for the Mariners, whose bullpen shut down the Astros in defense of Wade LeBlanc. Seattle continues its postseason push by moving within five games of Houston, which has dropped seven straight home games. Edwin Diaz notched his Major League-leading 45th save for the Mariners. Charlie Morton allowed three runs over six innings for the Astros.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Brewers rally for W following Braun's great grab

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While tied 1-1, two balls hit hard at Eric Thames in the third inning nearly cost the Brewers the game. Thames’ first attempt was an impressive leap that knocked down a Freddie Freeman liner but likely turned it from a single to a double, and the second a ricochet that allowed Freeman to score. But things evened out, and Ryan Braun, ranging to his right for a full-extension diving catch on a two-out ball off the bat of Ender Inciarte in the seventh, ultimately saved a run and allowed the Brewers to rally in the eighth for a 4-2 victory.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Bauer exits in 7th after comebacker hits leg

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Trevor Bauer was pitching another gem Saturday night against the White Sox, but he exited in the seventh inning after being hit in the leg by a line drive off the bat of Jose Abreu.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Austin cranks homer to lift Twins in debut

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In his first game with the Twins on Saturday night, Tyler Austin’s bat was a big difference in Minnesota’s 4-3 win over the Tigers at Comerica Park. Austin’s two-run homer in the 5th put the Twins ahead for good. Kyle Gibson worked seven innings of one-run ball to earn the win. Niko Goodrum homered for the second consecutive game in the ninth to pull the Tigers within a run.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Rizzo on 1,000th career hit: 'Very special'

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Anthony Rizzo grounded a single to right field for his 1,000th career hit in the third inning of the Cubs’ game against the Nationals on Saturday at Wrigley Field. The single advanced Albert Almora Jr. to third with nobody out and Chicago trailing, 3-0.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Buchholz outdueled as D-backs fall in Cincy

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Clay Buchholz pitched well again for the D-backs on Friday, but he stumbled in the later innings as Arizona fell, 3-0, to the Reds at Great American Ball Park.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Wheeler's streak ends as Mets thump Fish

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Zack Wheeler gave Mets manager Mickey Callaway no reason to worry early on, starting his outing with six scoreless innings. On his 102nd pitch of the night, however, Wheeler surrendered a two-out, two-run home run to Miguel Rojas, ending his scoreless-innings streak at 22 2/3 — it was the longest active streak in the National League.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Goodrum, Iglesias crank HRs to pace Tigers

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The Tigers, held to eight runs on their just-finished six-game road trip, returned home with a relative breakout of runs without a lot of hits. Two-run homers from Niko Goodrum and Jose Iglesias powered Detroit to a 5-3 victory over Minnesota on Friday night at Comerica Park. Jordan Zimmermann earned the win on the mound, allowing two unearned runs in his 6 1/3 innings of work. Ervin Santana went six innings for the Twins — his longest start of the season — but earned the loss while allowing five earned runs.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Dominant DeSclafani deals Reds past D-backs

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Anthony DeSclafani fanned a season-high nine in seven-plus shutout innings, outdueling Clay Buchholz and leading the Reds to a series-opening victory over the D-backs. Eugenio Suarez’s sac fly and Billy Hamilton’s suicide squeeze, which Buchholz committed an error on, accounted for all three Cincinnati runs, setting up Raisel Iglesias for his 22nd save.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Snell pulled after 5 perfect frames in Rays' win

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Blake Snell retired all 15 batters he faced until he was pulled after the fifth inning, but the Rays’ offense put the game away with a 7-0 victory over the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on Friday night.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Verlander ejected after allowing 6 runs vs. M's

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Astros starter Justin Verlander was ejected from Thursday night’s game against the Mariners at Minute Maid Park after allowing a season-high six runs in two innings.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

A's acquire reliever Rodney from Twins

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The A’s acquired right-handed reliever Fernando Rodney from the Twins for Minor League right-hander Dakota Chalmers on Thursday night.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Grichuk, Hernandez homer to capture finale

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Randal Grichuk and Teoscar Hernandez went deep as the Blue Jays beat the Red Sox. Mookie Betts homered to complete his first cycle in the ninth, and J.D. Martinez hit his MLB-leading 35th home run. Ryan Borucki picked up the win after giving up four runs in five innings, while Rick Porcello was chased in the fifth after surrendering Grichuk’s homer.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Rays draw from Bauers' power in series win

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Jake Bauers had three RBIs, Ji-Man Choi hit his second home run with the Rays, Yonny Chirinos picked up his first Major League win and Tampa Bay moved to one game above .500 on Thursday night with a victory against the Orioles at Tropicana Field. Chirinos earned the win after holding Baltimore to one run during five innings of relief. Renato Nunez homered for the O’s, and Joey Rickard finished 2-for-3 with a two-run triple.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Players who have hit for the cycle

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Getting four knocks in one day is memorable for even the best hitters. But getting a hit of each kind — a single, double, triple and homer — in the same game? That’s something special.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Carpenter homers for 5th time in 6 games in win

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Matt Carpenter hit his fifth home run in six games as the Cardinals won their fourth straight series. Carpenter’s National League-leading 31st homer was his second go-ahead shot in as many nights. Yadier Molina also went deep against Marlins rookie Trevor Richards, who was chased in the sixth after giving up three runs and striking out seven. John Gant allowed just one run over six innings for the win.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Phils blanked, unable to back uneven Velasquez

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Vince Velasquez’s moneymaker is his four-seam fastball. It is one of the better fastballs in baseball. It can be unhittable. But Velasquez attacked the D-backs differently on Wednesday afternoon in a 6-0 loss at Chase Field. He threw fewer four-seam fastballs and more two-seam fastballs — and in the end, it didn’t matter. Even if he had executed his plan perfectly, the Phillies mustered only four hits against Arizona left-hander Patrick Corbin, who struck out nine batters in 7 1/3 scoreless innings.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Jeter: Marlins hope to retain Realmuto long term

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J.T. Realmuto has established himself as one of the top catchers in the game, and the Marlins are hopeful of keeping their All-Star catcher around for the foreseeable future.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Harper homers, Soto ejected before next AB

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Moments after Bryce Harper launched his 28th home run of the season, Juan Soto was ejected by home-plate umpire Greg Gibson before he even saw a pitch during his at-bat in the sixth inning.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Stanton snaps early tie with 1st slam as Yank

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The Yankees erased an early two-run deficit against the White Sox on Wednesday night and took charge on Giancarlo Stanton’s second-inning grand slam, the sixth of his career, which snapped a 2-2 tie and lent support to Luis Severino. Stanton’s homer was his 27th of the season.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Dodgers still see Seager as SS despite injuries

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Manager Dave Roberts said the Dodgers are not planning to move Corey Seager to a different infield position, even though the 24-year-old shortstop has undergone surgeries for major tears in his right elbow and left hip over the past three months.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Fiers starts for A's Wed.; Kelley joins bullpen

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Newly acquired pitchers Mike Fiers and Shawn Kelley joined the A’s in Oakland on Tuesday. Fiers will make his A’s debut with a start against the Dodgers on Wednesday. Kelley was available in the bullpen on Tuesday.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Braves nip Nats behind Inciarte's late heroics

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Tuesday’s doubleheader began inauspiciously for the Braves. But when given a chance to test their mettle against Max Scherzer in the nightcap, they hung tough behind Sean Newcomb’s strong start and claimed a 3-1 win courtesy of Ender Inciarte’s two-run triple in the ninth.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Rangers tee off, hit three homers vs. Felix

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The Rangers launched three home runs against Felix Hernandez to build a commanding lead in Tuesday’s game against the Mariners at Globe Life Park.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Check out the hang time on this HR robbery

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Adam Engel kept a 2-0 deficit from turning into a 5-0 game when the White Sox center fielder robbed the Yankees’ Greg Bird of a three-run homer with a spectacular catch with one out in the fourth inning on Monday night at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

McNeil stays hot as Mets, Thor hold off Reds

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Speaking about his young second baseman a few hours before Monday’s 6-4 win over the Reds, Mets manager Mickey Callaway noted, in rather stark terms, that Jeff McNeil’s performance down the stretch may determine whether the team looks to replace him during the offseason.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Springer to DL with thumb sprain

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The Astros placed All-Star outfielder George Springer on the 10-day disabled list with a sprained left thumb, an injury he suffered Sunday at Dodger Stadium. To take Springer’s spot on the 25-man active roster, they recalled outfielder Derek Fisher from Triple-A Fresno on Monday.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Baez makes diving play at 3B, hits 25th HR

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Javier Baez made his 11th start at third base on Monday night for the Cubs, subbing for Kris Bryant, who is sidelined with a sore left shoulder, and he made a diving stop of Jorge Bonifacio’s hard-hit grounder in the Royals’ half of the second inning. Baez then scrambled to his feet in time to throw out Bonifacio at first.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Chen stays dominant at home as Fish snap skid

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Wei-Yin Chen went 5 2/3 scoreless innings as the Marlins edged the Cardinals in the series opener. Chen lowered his home ERA to 1.94 after limiting the Cardinals to one hit. Starlin Castro homered off Luke Weaver, who was the tough-luck loser despite going six innings. Closer Kyle Barraclough’s struggles continued in the ninth, but Javy Guerra got a double play with the bases loaded to end the game. Marcell Ozuna collected three hits in his return to Miami.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Arenado's HR in 11th takes down Brewers

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Nolan Arenado hit his 29th home run in the 11th inning to help the Rockies beat the Brewers and tie Matt Carpenter for the National League lead. Adam Ottavino allowed three runs in the ninth inning as Milwaukee rallied to tie the game. Jon Gray threw eight innings of one-run ball, while Trevor Story hit a three-run home run for Colorado. Wade Miley allowed three runs over five innings for Milwaukee, which got home runs from Travis Shaw and Mike Moustakas.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Longoria leads Giants to finish winning trip

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Evan Longoria’s bases-empty homer with one out in the eighth inning Sunday broke a tie and helped the Giants salvage a split of the four-game series against the D-backs with a 3-2 victory at Chase Field.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Gordon not in lineup for finale with Blue Jays

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Dee Gordon will be out of the lineup again on Sunday as he continued to feel soreness after twisting his ankle in Thursday’s 7-3 loss to the Blue Jays
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

A's land reliever Kelley from Nationals

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The A’s acquired right-handed reliever Shawn Kelley and cash considerations from the Nationals for international slot money on Sunday.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

He's a keeper: Wheeler fans 9, stifles Braves

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Zack Wheeler delivered seven excellent innings with nine strikeouts and held Atlanta to three hits after the Mets decided to keep the ascendant right-hander at the non-waiver Trade Deadline. Rookie infielder Jeff McNeil paced New York’s offense with four hits, and the Mets handed Deadline acquisition Kevin Gausman — who allowed three runs over five-plus innings — a loss in his Braves debut.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Kluber tosses Maddux, blanks Halos on 3 hits

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Leonys Martin’s 6th-inning homer was Cleveland’s first hit, and Corey Kluber didn’t need more help, throwing a dominant complete-game shutout. The Tribe tacked on anyway after breaking through against Angels starter Felix Pena, who allowed two runs in 5 1/3 innings after a tough outing last time. But Kluber, the two-time Cy Young Award winner, was back at his best after subpar starts in his past two turns at home, finishing off a “Maddux” in 98 pitches, with seven strikeouts.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Harper exits inning after HBP on right leg

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Bryce Harper was removed in the seventh inning of the nightcap of Saturday’s doubleheader against the Reds, a half-inning after he was hit just below the right kneecap with an errant pitch.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Ohtani's career night (4 hits, 2 HRs) sparks win

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It’s no secret Shohei Ohtani has been struggling to generate consistent offense as of late, but the rookie phenom has continued to hit well against the Indians with his first career multihomer game.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Dealing Velasquez stymies Marlins in victory

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Vince Velasquez went 6 1/3 scoreless innings and scored a run, as the Phillies have taken the first two games in the series. Seranthony Dominguez recorded a four-out save. Trevor Richards allowed just one run over five innings for the Marlins.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog