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Betts slugs MLB-leading 17th homer vs. Braves

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In the fourth inning of Friday night’s game versus Atlanta, J.D. Martinez clubbed his 16th home run of the season to pull even with teammate Mookie Betts for the Major League lead.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Trout homers into 2nd deck — in right field

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Mike Trout belted his 16th home run of the season in the fifth inning of the Angels’ series opener against the Yankees on Friday night at Yankee Stadium, tying the Red Sox’s Mookie Betts for most in the Majors.
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Musgrove twirls 7 scoreless to win Bucs debut

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Earlier this week, Joe Musgrove began to feel the nervous energy. He’d spent two months working his way through Minor League starts and wishing he could help his new teammates. He waited a long time to make his first impression. The time finally came Friday night at PNC Park, and Musgrove delivered a gem. The right-hander fired seven scoreless innings, struck out seven, recorded his first Major League hit and scored a run in the Pirates’ 8-1 win over the Cardinals.
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Nimmo hits for cycle — in 24 hours

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Brandon Nimmo hit for the cycle. Sort of. Nimmo opened Thursday’s game against the Brewers with a double and a triple in his first two at-bats, after homering and singling in his final two at-bats Wednesday against the Marlins.
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Rays' offense clicks to back stellar Snell

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On a night when the offense broke loose, Blake Snell grabbed the spotlight in the Rays’ 6-3 win over the Red Sox on Thursday night at Tropicana Field, fanning eight in six scoreless innings. The Red Sox made things interesting in the ninth, scoring a pair of runs, but the Rays fended off the rally.
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Brantley extends hit streak to 13 with 2-run 1B

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After striking out against Astros starter Charlie Morton in the first inning of the Tribe’s 8-2 loss, Michael Brantley had a different approach his next time up to keep his hit streak alive. The Indians outfielder was able to send a two-run single up the middle during his second at-bat to give the Tribe a 2-0 lead in the third inning, extending his hitting streak to 13 games — the longest active streak in the Majors.
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Bregman, Marisnick power Astros' win with HRs

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After falling into an early hole, the Astros were able to power their way back against the Indians on Thursday at Progressive Field. Perhaps the team’s hottest hitter — Alex Bregman — and the newest player to the active roster — Jake Marisnick — clubbed three-run homers in back-to-back innings to help Houston pull away en route to an 8-2 win in the series opener.
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Garcia exits after stealing 3rd base in 5th

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Leury Garcia left Wednesday’s game against the Orioles at Guaranteed Rate Field in the fifth inning after apparently injuring his right leg stealing third base.
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deGrom takes NL ERA lead, but 'pen blows win

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arlier this month, Mets pitching coach Dave Eiland created a minor stir when he called out Noah Syndergaard’s relative lack of big league accomplishments, in quotes that appeared in the New York Post. Eiland’s contention was that at age 25, for all the hype that surrounds him, Syndergaard remains an unfinished product. When asked Wednesday if that same line of thinking applies to Jacob deGrom, Mets manager Mickey Callaway offered a full-throated disagreement.
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Marlins stun Mets with 9th-inning rally

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The Marlins had trouble scoring at Citi Field on Wednesday night, at least until the ninth inning. They scored two runs off Mets closer Jeurys Familia to steal a 2-1 win over New York
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Sun makes for adventurous day for Harper

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Bryce Harper battled the sun for the entire game in right, including a tough play at the wall on Christian Villanueva’s two-run double, which ended up as the difference in the game.
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Arrieta's gem has Phils within a half-game of 1st

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Jake Arrieta struck out seven in 6 2/3 scoreless innings in one of his best starts of the season, and the Phillies won their first series against the first-place Braves in four tries this season to move within a half-game of first place in the National League East.
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Faria, Ramos exit in third with injuries

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The Rays’ battery got wiped out in the third inning of Tuesday night’s 4-2 loss vs. the Red Sox at Tropicana Field due to injuries.
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Marlins crack Mets behind Smith's stellar start

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What a difference a week makes for Marlins left-hander Caleb Smith. In his last start against the Dodgers on May 17, Smith didn’t have command of his pitches and lasted three innings and allowed four runs.
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Meadows' early success is mind over matter

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For all the excitement and expectations surrounding his Major League debut, nerves haven’t been an issue for Austin Meadows. Neither has big league pitching.
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Sale K's 9, dominates Rays for fifth victory

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Chris Sale had his lethal fastball and putaway slider working in concert on Tuesday night at Tropicana Field, flustering the Rays and leading the Red Sox to a 4-2 victory in the opener of a three-game series.
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Tim Collins returns to Majors for first time since '14

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When left-hander Tim Collins found out he was coming back to the Majors for the first time since 2014, he admitted his reaction was not what he expected. The feeling was surreal, even arriving in the Nationals’ clubhouse for Monday’s game against the Padres.
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Kershaw's return date coming into focus

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Clayton Kershaw could be less than two weeks away from returning to the Dodgers’ rotation, based on a tentative timeline manager Dave Roberts provided on Monday.
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Brewers hit 3 HRs off Greinke to down D-backs

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The Brewers didn’t muster much against Zack Greinke when they faced him last week in Phoenix, but Travis Shaw & Co. powered their way to a win in Monday’s rematch at Miller Park.
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Romo rolls while starting second day in a row

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It took Sergio Romo 11 years in the Majors to get his first big league start. And he got his second one on Sunday. Romo faced off against rookie sensation Shohei Ohtani in the series finale.
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Belt's blistering week ends with winning homer

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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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Ohtani improves to 4-1 with 9-K gem

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

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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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Hicks joins Mantle with inside-the-park HR

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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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Quintana dominates, Cubs coast to G2 shutout

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Jose Quintana pitched seven scoreless 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.
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Yelich's HR, Hader's K's take down Twins

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Christian Yelich hit a go-ahead solo home run in the eighth inning that gave the Brewers their second straight win over the Twins. Jesus Aguilar hit his third home run of the series for Milwaukee, while Josh Hader notched the final seven outs, striking out six. Freddy Peralta struggled in his second big league start, allowing four runs while walking five over four-plus innings. Fernando Romero allowed four runs (three earned) over five innings for Minnesota, while Jake Cave notched his first big league hit, a two-run home run in the fourth inning off Peralta.
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Mookie's MLB-best 15th HR propels Red Sox

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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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Crawford's 4 RBIs lead 17-hit effort to top Rox

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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. Crawford led a balanced attack featuring 17 hits. Andrew McCutchen and Brandon Belt joined Crawford and three other Giants in recording multi-hit efforts. Chris Stratton tossed five innings, allowing three earned runs, and even chipped in with his first career RBI.
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Mauer exits game vs. Brewers in 5th inning

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Twins first baseman Joe Mauer exited Friday’s game against the Brewers in the fifth inning, as Logan Morrison served as a pinch-hitter for him against lefty Brent Suter.
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Hosmer stays hot, creates winning run vs. Bucs

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Eric Hosmer went 2-for-3 with two doubles and scored the winning run in a tight contest at PNC Park. Tyson Ross (6 IP, 2 ER) outdueled Ivan Nova (6 IP, 3 runs, 2 ER), and Brad Hand put out a bases-loaded fire in the 8th before finishing his 13th save. Pirates No. 2 prospect Austin Meadows slapped two singles in his debut and stole his first base.
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Meadows records 1st hits, steal in MLB debut

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The news became real to Austin Meadows on Thursday night, when he received a text message from Kimera Bartee. The Pirates’ first-base coach told Meadows that the time had come, that he was coming to Pittsburgh to help a first-place team continue to win games.
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Delmonico fractures hand on HBP, out 4-6 weeks

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Nicky Delmonico left Friday’s game against the Rangers in the second inning after the White Sox left fielder was drilled by a 1-2, two-out pitch from Matt Moore. The White Sox announced that Delmonico fractured the third metacarpil in his right hand and is expected to miss 4 to 6 weeks.
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Straily (7 IP) returns to form, blanks Braves

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Dan Straily went a season-high seven innings as the Marlins beat the first-place Braves. J.T. Realmuto and Starlin Castro knocked consecutive RBI extra-base hits in the sixth off Matt Wisler, who made a spot start for Atlanta.
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Surging Bucs edge Padres for 3rd straight win

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Pittsburgh keeps finding ways to win. A fielding error would prove to be the difference in the Pirates’ 5-4 victory over the Padres at PNC Park on Thursday. Pittsburgh entered with the fewest strikeouts in the National League, and a Christian Villanueva gaffe is a representation of the success the Pirates have had when they put the ball in play. They’ve now won three straight, and eight of their last nine games, and are alone in first place in the National League Central.
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Braves-Cubs finale PPD; makeup Aug. 30

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Heavy rainfall led the Braves to postpone Thursday night’s game against the Cubs at SunTrust Park. The game will be made up on Aug. 30 at 7:35 p.m. ET.
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Martin comes to ex-teammate Cano's defense

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Leonys Martin said he’s talked to Robinson Cano and that he believes in his friend and former teammate. Martin, the Tigers’ center fielder, says there’s no way the Mariners’ superstar second baseman masked performance-enhancing drugs with a diuretic Cano said was prescribed by a doctor in the Dominican Republic. Major League Baseball suspended Cano 80 games on Tuesday.
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Khris' clout keeps pace with HR, RBI leaders

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Khris Davis put the Athletics ahead on Thursday at Rogers Centre with his 13th home run of the season, a two-run shot to the opposite field in the third inning.
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Almora shows off hops with catch at wall

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Cubs center fielder Albert Almora Jr. robbed Braves catcher Tyler Flowers with a leaping catch at the wall in the bottom of the second inning of Wednesday’s 4-1 loss in Atlanta.
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Acuna, Albies lead Braves' big 8th to beat Cubs

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Ozzie Albies has found great success as a catalyst and Ronald Acuna Jr. has taken full advantage of his recent opportunities to deliver in the clutch. The close friends, who are MLB’s two youngest position players, fueled the eighth-inning charge that provided the Braves a 4-1 win over the Cubs Wednesday night at SunTrust Park. Albies opened the bottom of the eighth with a triple — his Major League-leading 30th extra-base hit — and scored when Acuna followed with a go-ahead single to left field off Carl Edwards Jr.
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Dingers, ace end Boston's two-game slide vs. A's

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If the early power from Chris Sale (nine strikeouts in five innings) and J.D. Martinez (two-run rocket in the first) wasn’t enough for the Red Sox to put away the pesky Oakland Athletics on Wednesday night, a towering three-run shot by Xander Bogaerts helped do the job.
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Realmuto torments Dodgers again, lifts Marlins

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J.T. Realmuto has hit safely in all 21 career games he’s faced the Dodgers. The 27-year-old catcher’s lone hit on Wednesday night proved to be the difference.
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Gattis' homer backs Verlander early in Anaheim

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Evan Gattis drilled a 389-foot homer to put the Astros up, 2-0, in the second inning against the Angels at Angel Stadium on Wednesday. It was his third home run in his last five games.
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Beltre returns to DL with strained hamstring

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Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre faces an increasingly uncertain future after going on the disabled list Tuesday for the second time this season with a strained left hamstring.
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Prado goes airborne to catch bunt attempt

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Marlins third baseman Martin Prado sacrificed his body in the fifth inning on Tuesday night against the Dodgers and took a sacrifice bunt away from Alex Wood at Marlins Park.
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Bucs back dominant Williams to beat White Sox

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Adam Frazier’s home run sparked a four-run first inning, and Josh Bell had four RBIs for the Pirates. Trevor Williams continued his strong start to the season with seven innings to lead Pittsburgh to its Major League-leading seventh shutout of the season. Reynaldo Lopez lasted just two-plus innings, allowing six runs in his shortest start for the White Sox.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog