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Diaz, Grichuk activated from disabled list

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The Blue Jays will be without Josh Donaldson for at least another week, but the club received some good news on Friday afternoon with the returns of shortstop Aledmys Diaz and outfielder Randal Grichuk. Diaz and Grichuk were activated from the 10-day disabled list prior to Friday’s 5-2 loss to the Tigers. Outfielder Dwight Smith Jr. and right-hander Jake Petricka were optioned to Triple-A Buffalo to make room the active roster.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Folty outduels Stras with 11-K, 2-hit shutout

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Mike Foltynewicz dominated the Nationals in his first career complete-game shutout. He fanned 11 and allowed just two hits and a walk. Foltynewicz was matched by Stephen Strasburg until the seventh, when the Braves scored four runs, capped by Dansby Swanson’s three-run homer.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Miggy singles at three-hole in return from DL

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Miguel Cabrera was back in the Tigers’ lineup. The team activated its slugging first baseman from the 10-day disabled list on Friday and put him in his customary third spot in the batting order in Friday’s 5-2 win over the Blue Jays at Comerica Park.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Dodgers fall after Kershaw returns with 5 IP

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Clayton Kershaw returned to the mound for the first time in more than four weeks and provided almost everything Los Angeles has come to expect from him, leaving the Dodgers’ 2-1 loss to the Phillies on Thursday after five innings.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Girls baseball takes center stage in Vero Beach

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Three alumni from the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League — Maybelle “Mae” Blair, Shirley “Hustle” Burkovich and Jeneane Lesko — were on hand Thursday to help welcome 65 high school girls from around the United States and Canada for the inaugural Girls Baseball Breakthrough Series at Historic Dodgertown.
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Nola dazzles over 7 in LA, outlasts Kershaw

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Aaron Nola continued to build his reputation as a bona fide ace with a masterful performance Thursday afternoon in a 2-1 victory at Dodger Stadium. He allowed two hits, one run, one walk and struck out seven in seven innings to help the Phillies split the series.
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Quintana sets strong tone as Cubs clip Mets

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Jose Quintana fired six strong innings and Ben Zobrist opened the scoring with a two-run homer as he finished a triple shy of the cycle in the series-opening win. Seth Lugo worked four scoreless innings in his first start of the season, but the Mets’ bullpen labored in the loss. Brandon Nimmo broke up the shutout with his sixth home run.
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Lindor, J-Ram homer in same frame for Indians

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They have blossomed into one of baseball’s most prolific duos, and each night it seems like Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez keep trying to one-up each other. The more they push one another, the better it is for the Indians’ offense, as evidenced by their latest outburst on Thursday night.
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Ohtani hits 101.1 mph — fastest by SP in 2018

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Before the skies opened over Comerica Park on Wednesday night in Detroit, the story of the night was Angels starter Shohei Ohtani making his anticipated return to the mound. He did not disappoint, throwing a 101.1-mph fastball in the fifth inning to break his own record for the fastest pitch thrown by a starter this season.
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Guerra, Arcia lift Crew to 6th straight series win

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The Brewers finished a month of May in which they never lost back-to-back games while surging to the National League’s best record with a sixth straight series victory, coming from behind in the seventh inning on Wednesday for a 3-2 win over the Cardinals at Miller Park. Junior Guerra rose to the occasion, striking out seven in six shutout innings, as he faced off against the Cardinals’ top prospect Alex Reyes. The bullpen would allow two runs, and Christian Yelich provided scoring punch with two RBIs, including a monster homer in the seventh before Orlando Arcia’s game-winning single gave the Brewers the lead for good.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Marisnick aids Keuchel with clutch, diving grab

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One of the reasons the Astros are sticking with outfielder Jake Marisnick despite his offensive struggles this year is because of the kind of spectacular play he made in the first inning Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.
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Sanchez picks good time to end hitless stretch

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Gary Sanchez snapped his 0-for-19 skid at an opportune time for the Yankees, aiming a shift-beating ground ball through the right side of the infield for a two-run single in the fifth inning of Wednesday’s 5-3 win over the Astros.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Scherzer's gem, Harper's HR drive surging Nats

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Bryce Harper launched a solo home run into the stands in left field in the third inning Wednesday night against the Orioles at Camden Yards, his National League-leading 18th homer of the season.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Rizzo's HR starts rally, day after disputed slide

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Anthony Rizzo’s solo homer opened the go-ahead, three-run seventh inning as the Cubs clinched the series victory over the Pirates. Elias Diaz, who was the recipient of Rizzo’s disputed slide on Monday, went deep for the Pirates. Ben Zobrist and Kyle Schwarber added a pair of two-run shots, while Austin Meadows knocked the first homer by a lefty off Jon Lester this season.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Bumgarner slated for last rehab outing

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Quashing speculation regarding Madison Bumgarner making an imminent return to the Giants, manager Bruce Bochy said Monday that the ace left-hander will start for Class A Advanced San Jose on Thursday.
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Matz exits in 4th with apparent left finger injury

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Mets left-hander Steven Matz exited Tuesday night’s game against the Braves at SunTrust Park in the bottom of the fourth inning with an apparent injury to a finger on his pitching hand.
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Beltre 'really close' to return from disabled list

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Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre went through an extensive on-field workout on Tuesday, and manager Jeff Banister said Beltre is “really close” to returning from the disabled list.
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Indians refute report of Ramirez suspension

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In the wake of a false report from a Dominican Republic news outlet claiming that Jose Ramirez would be handed an 80-game suspension for the use of a banned substance, the All-Star third baseman met with manager Terry Francona and Chris Antonetti, the team’s president of baseball operations, on Tuesday.
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Venters gets 1st save in 7 years; Rays win in 13

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Mallex Smith drove in the lone run of the game in the 13th inning on a two-out single and the Tampa Bay Rays outlasted the Oakland Athletics 1-0 on Monday. Jonny Venters picked up his first save in seven years, and Chris Archer threw six shutout innings for the Rays. A’s righty Trevor Cahill was also stellar, not allowing a run in eight innings in his longest outing of the year.
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Indians win behind another wild 5-run rally

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A five-run inning once again fueled an Indians rally in Monday’s 9-6 win over the White Sox at Progressive Field. Edwin Encarnacion cleared the bases with two outs in the fifth on a popup that found paydirt after dropping in between three fielders in shallow right. After a Yonder Alonso RBI double, Melky Cabrera reached on a error — the White Sox third of the inning — to score Alonso and add two more runs.
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Marlins strike early; Smith sharp to open trip

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The Marlins scored four times in the first inning en route to a series-opening win over the Padres. Cameron Maybin went 3-for-4 with two RBIs against his former club, while Caleb Smith pitched into the eighth for the first time. Franmil Reyes homered for the Padres, who got only 2 2/3 innings from Eric Lauer.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Beliebe it or not, Indians to call up Bieber

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Right-hander Shane Bieber, who is the Indians’ No. 3-ranked prospect, will be called up from Triple-A Columbus on Thursday to make his big league debut against the Twins, the club announced on Monday.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Miller throwing, no Tribe return date set

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The silver lining to Andrew Miller’s latest injury setback is that it is not hindering his ability to work through a throwing program. Prior to Monday’s game against the White Sox, the Indians’ relief ace was playing catch in the outfield at Progressive Field.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Acuna injures knee, awaiting MRI results

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Ronald Acuna Jr. created some hope as he rose from the ground and walked off the field without any assistance. But as the Braves exited Sunday afternoon’s 7-1 win over the Red Sox, there was still some concern regarding the young phenom’s left knee.
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Get to know the top 20 MLB Draft prospects

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With the 2018 Draft fast approaching (June 4-6 on MLB Network and MLB.com), we take a closer look at the top prospects in this year’s class
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The next Kershaw? Buehler dominates Padres

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Walker Buehler’s starting pitching career is off to a better beginning than Clayton Kershaw’s. After his first seven starts, Kershaw was 0-2 with a 4.36 ERA. At the same point of his rookie season, Buehler is 3-1 with a 2.20 ERA. Buehler was at it again Sunday, containing the last-place Padres on four hits for seven innings in a 6-1 Dodgers win.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Draft Buzz: No. 25 prospect Vasil withdraws

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Leading up to when the first pick of the Draft, Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo will bring the latest information to everyone here in MLBPipeline.com’s Draft Buzz.
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Game of the year? CLE rallies in 9th, wins in 14th

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Once upon a time, this game was a pitchers’ duel, before the Astros scored 6 in the 8th, the Indians countered with 5 in the 9th and Greg Allen won it with a solo homer in the 14th. Evan Gattis’ 3-run homer was the big blow in Houston’s 8th inning, while Michael Brantley’s RBI single completed Cleveland’s improbable comeback in the 9th, which was started by Jose Ramirez doubling to end a 17-pitch AB. Gattis and Yonder Alonso traded solo shots in the 13th. Jose Altuve got hits in his first 4 PAs to make it 10 straight, breaking his own club record. Starters and rivals Trevor Bauer (7 1/3 IP, 13 K’s) and Gerrit Cole (7 IP, 8 K’s) were both good before turning the game over to the bullpens.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Crew's 19 hits lead to double-digit rout of Mets

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Every Brewers starting position player recorded at least one RBI, as Milwaukee took down the Mets in Game 3 of the four-game set at Miller Park on Saturday. Christian Yelich, Jesus Aguilar and Hernan Perez each had three RBIs, while Aguilar and new catcher Erik Kratz hit home runs. Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto homered for the Mets, but New York’s first four pitchers of the game allowed at least two runs each. Starter Jason Vargas allowed five over three innings, while AJ Ramos and Chris Flexen allowed three earned runs apiece in relief.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Trout swats 17th HR, 3 doubles on 5-hit night

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Angels outfielder Mike Trout put on a hitting showcase Saturday night at Yankee Stadium, crushing his 17th home run of the season to tie the Red Sox’s Mookie Betts for the MLB lead.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

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.
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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.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

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.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

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.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog