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Harper's 500th RBI helps Max to win No. 16

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Nationals slugger Bryce Harper collected his 500th career RBI during the seventh inning of Friday night’s game against the Marlins at Nationals Park.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Springer activated from DL to face A's

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The Astros activated outfielder George Springer (left thumb sprain) from the 10-day disabled prior to Friday’s game vs. the A’s.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Johnson gets it done as Red Sox upend Rays

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Brian Johnson’s pitching style is about as flashy as his statline was on Friday night. In other words, not flashy at all. But Johnson is all about substance, and it’s been this way all season. The invaluable swingman was again there when his team needed him, pitching the Red Sox to a 7-3 victory over the Rays in the opener of a seven-game homestand.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Friday's top prospect performers

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Here’s MLB Pipeline’s roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Friday.
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Hazen weighs in on tight NL West chase

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Heading into Thursday night’s game with the Padres, the D-backs held a 1 1/2-game lead over the Rockies and Dodgers, who were tied for second in the National League West.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Lester regains form as Happ's HR enough

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Cubs lefty Jon Lester to returned to All-Star form against the Pirates on Thursday night, as he recorded a season-high-tying eight strikeouts without issuing a walk over six scoreless innings in the Cubs’ 1-0 win at PNC Park.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Acuna HBP sparks strong reaction around MLB

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Braves rookie sensation Ronald Acuna Jr. had hit eight homers in his last eight games, including five straight with a homer and three straight with a leadoff homer. But he didn’t get a chance to extend that hot streak on Wednesday after Marlins pitcher Jose Urena hit him in the elbow with a 97.5-mph fastball on his first pitch.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Ramos rips 2 2Bs, 1st 3B since '11 in debut

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Wilson Ramos was activated off the disabled list and will make his Phillies debut on Wednesday, batting sixth against the Red Sox. To make room on the roster for Ramos, catcher Andrew Knapp was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Granderson smacks 10th career grand slam

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Granderson launched his 10th career grand slam in the fourth inning on Wednesday to cap a five-run Blue Jays rally against Royals right-hander Jorge Lopez.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Gattis hits 2nd homer as Astros' bats erupt

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The Astros took out a week’s worth of offensive frustration against the Rockies on Wednesday, slamming a season-high-tying four home runs, including two by designated hitter Evan Gattis, to jump out to a 10-1 lead after five innings.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Salvy slugs HR No. 20, makes Royals history

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Royals catcher Salvador Perez joined elite company in franchise history when he belted his 20th home run of the season on Wednesday against the Blue Jays.
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Giants stay in hunt with another last-at-bat win

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The Giants pulled themselves away from ringside to record their second final-at-bat victory over the Dodgers in two days, a 2-1 decision that left the winners talking more seriously than ever about contending for a postseason spot. Alen Hanson drove in both San Francisco runs with two-out singles, including the hit that sent home the go-ahead run off Kenta Maeda with the score tied, 1-1, in the ninth.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Puig, Hundley tangle as benches clear in LA

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Those longtime antagonists, the Giants and Dodgers, renewed hostilities on Tuesday night with a benches-and-bullpens-clearing incident in the seventh inning of San Francisco’s 2-1 win at Dodger Stadium.
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Angels acquire RHP Despaigne from Marlins

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Starved for pitching depth, the Angels acquired right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne from the Marlins on Tuesday night in exchange for cash considerations. Right-hander Dayan Diaz was designated for assignment to clear a spot for Despaigne on the 40-man roster.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Paxton hit by comebacker; X-rays negative

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A sharp line drive off the upper left arm of James Paxton led to a first-inning exit for the Mariners southpaw and the first relief appearance in Felix Hernandez’s career in Tuesday’s game against the A’s.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

A's top M's, move 1 game back in AL West race

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Mike Fiers allowed two runs in six innings, and Jed Lowrie hit a tiebreaking homer in the third inning for his 100th career blast to lift the A’s past the Mariners, 3-2, on Tuesday. The A’s are now one game back of the Astros, who suffered their fifth straight loss, for the AL West lead. Robinson Cano went 1-for-4 in his first game back from his 80-game suspension for the Mariners. Felix Hernandez made his first career relief appearance after James Paxton left in the first inning after being hit on the arm by a comebacker.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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