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Puk undergoes TJ surgery, will miss '18 season

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A’s top prospect A.J. Puk, advised two weeks ago to undergo Tommy John surgery, went through with the procedure this week, the club announced Wednesday.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Mets win 8th straight behind 4-run 8th, Wheeler

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In his first big league start, Jarlin Garcia didn’t allow a hit in six innings, but the left-hander didn’t conserve enough pitches to work any deeper into the game. After he was lifted, Adrian Gonzalez delivered the go-ahead two-run single as the Mets rallied to a 4-1 win over the Marlins on Wednesday night to complete a three-game sweep at Marlins Park.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Ohtani hits RBI single in first DH start vs. lefty

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A night after appearing in a game as a pinch-hitter for the first time, Angels phenom Shohei Ohtani was back in the lineup as a regular for Wednesday’s contest against the Rangers in Arlington.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Red Sox's offense pours it on, routs Yankees

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The way the Red Sox figured it, the best way to warm up Fenway Park on a sub-40-degree Tuesday night was to bash a barrage of hits in their first rivalry matchup against the Yankees this season.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Lovullo gets one-game suspension

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Arizona manager Torey Lovullo was somewhere in AT&T Park for Tuesday night’s game against the Giants. He just wasn’t in the D-backs dugout, having been suspended one game by Major League Baseball for his role in Sunday’s dustup with St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Robles has hyperextended left elbow

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Nationals top prospect Victor Robles was diagnosed with a hyperextended left elbow, manager Dave Martinez announced after Tuesday’s 4-1 win over the Braves. Robles will undergo more testing on Monday after the swellilng in his elbow goes down.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Mets rally late vs. Marlins to make club history

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The Mets rallied behind a pair of Asdrubal Cabrera home runs and capitalized on a ninth-inning error. Yoenis Cespedes made Miami pay for the mistake with a two-run double that lifted New York to an 8-6 victory at Marlins Park.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Bucs' Rivero changes surname to Vazquez

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Pirates closer Felipe Rivero has changed his name to Felipe Vazquez. The club confirmed the news, which was first reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, on Monday night.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Richard unloads three-run homer vs. Rockies

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Clayton Richard ignited the Padres in the fourth inning on Monday with his first hit of the season, a three-run shot 418 feet into the right-field seats off Rockies Opening Day starter Jon Gray. The homer was part of a five-run rally that gave San Diego a 6-1 lead.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Scherzer shuts out Braves, steals 2nd in 10-K gem

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In the midst of a five-game losing streak and with a taxed bullpen after extra innings the previous night, the Nationals needed a strong outing from their starter. Enter the two-time defending National League Cy Young Award winner in Max Scherzer, who answered the call and then some with a complete game shutout to lead the Nationals to a 2-0 victory over the Braves on Monday night.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Greene whiffs 8, hits 100 mph in Dayton debut

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Hunter Greene, the Reds’ top pick in the 2017 Draft, made his 2018 debut with the Dayton Dragons in the Midwest League on Monday night a memorable one.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

A-Gon's 1st Mets homer a game-changing slam

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The Mets have shown a consistent ability early this season to respond to rallies, never trailing for long. They showcased it again in the third inning Sunday, when Adrian Gonzalez belted a grand slam off Tanner Roark to turn a two-run deficit into a 4-2 lead.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Cardinals place Sherriff (toe) on 10-day DL

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The Cardinals are down another reliever after X-rays on Ryan Sherriff’s big toe revealed a hairline fracture, landing the lefty on the 10-day disabled list Sunday.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Blue Jays ride big bats early in win vs. Rangers

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First-inning home runs by Steve Pearce and Kendrys Morales off Rangers starter Cole Hamels gave the Blue Jays a 4-0 lead, and they went on to a 7-4 victory on Sunday afternoon at Globe Life Park. The Blue Jays have won six of their last eight.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Dodgers flip script, beat Giants in extras

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This time, it was the Dodgers’ turn to capture a taut, extra-inning confrontation as Kyle Farmer’s pinch-hit double snapped a 10th-inning tie Sunday and led Los Angeles past the archrival Giants, 2-1.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Lovullo, Yadi describe what led to dustup

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D-backs manager Torey Lovullo doesn’t deny using the vulgar word that set Yadier Molina off and sparked a benches-clearing incident Sunday at Busch Stadium. But Lovullo said Molina misread his intent, which was not personal. Either way, tempers flared in near-freezing conditions early in Arizona’s 4-1 win over the Cardinals.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Minor masterpiece: Rangers' lefty quiets Jays

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After two years on the mend and a transition year in the bullpen, the Rangers’ Mike Minor resembled his old self Saturday night in a commanding six-inning performance against the Blue Jays, allowing one earned run on two hits and striking out seven.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Astros walk off in 10th on infield popup

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The Astros finally got a hit with a runner in scoring position against the Padres. It turned out to be the game-winner.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

McCutchen racks up hits against Dodgers

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Andrew McCutchen hit safely in five of his first six at-bats, drove in a run and scored another Saturday as the Giants played the Dodgers at AT&T Park.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Suarez drives in 5, gets to Bucs 'pen in Reds win

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Down by four runs after two innings, Eugenio Suarez almost single-handedly helped the Reds storm past the Pirates on Saturday night for their second win of the season, a 7-4 victory at PNC Park.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Braves' bats keep rolling, spoil Rockies' opener

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Neither bitter cold nor spitting snow could slow Dansby Swanson and the high-scoring Braves on Friday. Swanson finished a home run shy of the cycle as the Braves dominated the Rockies’ Coors Field opener, 8-3. Ozzie Albies homered in the first and even starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy added a two-run fifth-inning double, while Carlos Gonzalez opened his 10th season playing home games at Coors with a first-inning RBI triple and his first homer of the year.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Perdomo bounces back in big way vs. champs

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Luis Perdomo’s first start ended with questions surrounding his status in the Padres’ rotation. The young right-hander responded in a big way against the defending champs on Friday night.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Moore struggles with command in short outing

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Rangers starter Matt Moore recorded just 10 outs before being pulled in Friday’s game against the Blue Jays, as the lefty has pitched only 7 1/3 innings combined in his first two starts with Texas.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Ohtani DHing tonight against the A's

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Shohei Ohtani, who made his fourth start at designated hitter on Friday night against the A’s, has shown a propensity for making adjustments during his brief time in the Majors.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Thames' homer snaps Crew's scoreless streak

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The Brewers finally found the solution to their 22-inning scoreless streak: Hand a bat to Josh Hader. The long-haired, loose-armed reliever who entered the game in the fourth inning singled off Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks for his first Major League hit leading off the bottom of the fifth. He trotted home when Eric Thames came through two batters later with a tying, two-run home run.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Jones' homer in big 7th sends O's past Yanks

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Center fielder Adam Jones hit his team-leading third homer on Thursday night and it was a big one, giving the Orioles a seventh-inning lead en route to a 5-2 win over the Yankees.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Tebow homers on 1st pitch he sees in Double-A

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In his first Double-A at-bat Thursday — on the very first pitch he saw for Binghamton in the first inning — Tim Tebow launched a three-run homer to give his team a 5-0 lead.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Judge homers off O's for 12th time in career

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Aaron Judge’s domination of Orioles pitching has carried over into the new season. The slugger cleared the right-field wall in the sixth inning on Thursday for his second homer of the year, a solo blast off Andrew Cashner that snapped a scoreless tie.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Twins' 3 HRs include Garver's first in Majors

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Mitch Garver’s first career homer, a solo shot in the seventh inning after Miguel Sano tied the game with a two-run homer in the sixth, helped lift the Twins to a 4-2 win over the Mariners in the Target Field opener on a chilly Thursday afternoon that saw a game-time temperature of 38 degrees.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

In return from DL, Waino goes 3 2/3 innings

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One late April day in the not-too-distant future, Adam Wainwright will celebrate the Cardinals’ home opener in something other than spikes.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Panda makes splash for homer-happy Giants

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Any time the power-challenged Giants hit home runs, it’s cause for celebration among their fans. But when Pablo Sandoval gets a hold of one, it’s especially meaningful.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Cutch's 3-star catch keeps Mariners at bay

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Andrew McCutchen reminded observers that he’s a multidimensional performer who the Giants acquired not just for his ability to produce runs, but also to prevent them.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Twins come alive in 6th to hand Bucs first loss

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With snow swirling around PNC Park, Logan Morrison’s first hit of the season helped spark a four-run rally in the sixth inning of the Twins’ 7-3 win over the Pirates on Wednesday night at PNC Park.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Stoneman Douglas victorious at Marlins Park

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As Marjory Stoneman Douglas and Coral Springs gathered between the pitcher’s mound and second base following the National Anthem to shake hands and pose for photographs on Wednesday at Marlins Park, it was clear this wasn’t your regular high school baseball game.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Robinson opening Rangers' eyes in center field

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Defense is paramount in center field for the Rangers. That’s why Drew Robinson opened some eyes in Monday night’s 2-1 loss to the A’s, when he threw out Jonathan Lucroy trying to score from second on a single in the fifth inning.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Carlos Gomez robs homer with leaping grab

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On a cold damp afternoon-turned-evening, Carlos Gomez went to the right-field wall in the sixth inning and made a classic catch, leaping and reaching over the wall to rob Tyler Wade of a home run to keep the Rays-Yankees game tied at 4.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Correa hits inside-the-park HR in return to action

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Carlos Correa’s bruised toe is feeling just fine. Correa, who left Monday’s home opener against the Orioles after two innings when he aggravated a bruised left big toe, streaked around the bases in his first at-bat Tuesday against the Orioles and scored easily with the Astros’ first inside-the-park home run in 3 1/2 years.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Reds skipping Reed's turn due to rainout

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Tuesday’s game between the Reds and Cubs has been postponed because of rain. The teams will play a split doubleheader on Saturday, May 19 at 1:10 p.m. and 7:10 p.m. ET.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Gonzales works deep to win season debut

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Marco Gonzales, one of the big questions in the Mariners’ rotation this offseason, passed his first test with flying colors Tuesday as the 26-year-old lefty limited the Giants to three runs over 6 1/3 innings in the Mariners’ 6-4 victory at AT&T Park.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Jays top White Sox with 3rd straight late rally

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The Blue Jays rallied late for the third consecutive day to a steal a victory away from the opposition. The latest heroics took place on Monday night when Russell Martin hit a two-run homer in the seventh to put Toronto ahead of the White Sox as it went on to win, 4-2.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Banner day: Astros celebrate title with Houston

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The unveiling of the 2017 World Series championship banner was the highlight of a 30-minute celebration Monday commemorating the first title in Houston baseball history.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Donaldson hits 1st HR, motions to Sox dugout

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Josh Donaldson delivered his first home run of the season on Monday night, and then made sure the White Sox dugout heard all about it.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

It's early, but Astros have the talent to repeat

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Some of the Astros wear T-shirts that spell out the goal: “Back to back.” Subtle? No. Neither is the quest. “We know the last time a team did it-it’s the Yankees,” manager AJ Hinch said.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Sho time! Ohtani dazzles in mound debut

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Three days after making his MLB debut as the Angels’ designated hitter on Opening Day, Shohei Ohtani picked up his first win as a pitcher by allowing three runs over six innings in the Angels’ 7-4 victory over the A’s.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Alert baserunning helps Dodgers score run

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The Dodgers out-executed the Giants on a rundown play in the fourth inning for the first run of their game Sunday night.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Bucs take Game 2 of twin bill to sweep Tigers

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After a pair of close contests at Comerica Park, the Pirates completed a season-opening three-game series sweep of the Tigers with only slightly less drama. Josh Harrison hit a two-run homer and fell a triple shy of the cycle in leading Pittsburgh to an 8-6 win Sunday evening.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Chapman's 1st homer a 3-run shot off Ohtani

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A’s third baseman Matt Chapman greeted Japanese phenom Shohei Ohtani with a three-run homer on Sunday, sending an 83-mph slider over the left-center-field wall in the second inning of the Angels’ top prospect’s Major League pitching debut.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Eaton stays hot as Nats finish sweep of Reds

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One of the areas the Nationals wanted to emphasize coming into this season is starting off fast, scoring first so they can force the opposing team to adjust. To that end, it would be difficult to script a better way for the start of their 2018 season to begin. Thanks in part to a hot start from leadoff hitter Adam Eaton in his first games back from a torn left ACL, Washington has started the season with a 3-0 record after completing a three-game sweep of Cincinnati with a 6-5 victory Sunday.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog