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Springer hits 23rd leadoff HR — 5th this season

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George Springer increased his Major League-leading leadoff home run total to five, and it was a doozy. Springer deposited the very first pitch of Sunday’s game — a 90-mph fastball from Rangers starter Matt Moore — onto the grassy berm in straightaway center field at Globe Life Park.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Judge's 8th-inning HR sends Yanks past Mets

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The “Baby Bombers” crossed borough lines and flexed their muscles on Saturday evening at Citi Field. Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar belted early homers before Aaron Judge cracked a go-ahead blast in the eighth inning, lifting the Yankees to a 4-3 Subway Series victory over the Mets.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Judge shows thumb is OK with big homer

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Aaron Judge had X-rays on his sore left thumb on Saturday, according to Yankees manager Aaron Boone, who said that he was relieved to hear that the tests came back clean. Judge showed the thumb wasn’t an issue in the eighth inning at Citi Field, when he hit a go-ahead solo shot to give the Yanks a 4-3 victory against the Mets. It was Judge’s 18th homer of the season.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Candelario crushes walk-off HR for Tigers in 12th

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The Tigers and Indians might not go to the wire in the American League Central, but their weekend series at Comerica Park has not been short on late-inning drama. Jeimer Candelario’s two-run homer off Cleveland closer Cody Allen ended a 12-inning marathon with a 4-2 Tigers victory on Saturday at Comerica Park. Yan Gomes and Rajai Davis homered for Cleveland, and starter Mike Clevinger threw 6 2/3 innings of two-run ball.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Red-hot Martinez, Ozuna hit back-to-back HRs

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The Cardinals wasted no time jumping on Reds starter Luis Castillo on Saturday. After Castillo whiffed the first two batters of the game, Jose Martinez and Marcell Ozuna blasted back-to-back solo home runs to spot Michael Wacha an early 2-0 lead.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Jankowski's clutch knock, Galvis' HR lift Padres

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The Padres continued their clutch hitting to even the series with the Marlins. Travis Jankowski’s two-out RBI single in the eighth proved to be the difference. Freddy Galvis homered off Dan Straily, who was hit by a comebacker in the first and was chased in the fourth. Derek Dietrich went deep off Tyson Ross, who was cruising until a three-run sixth.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Strasburg exits with injury; Nats' rally falls short

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Stephen Strasburg lasted just two innings of a 9-5 loss to the Giants at Nationals Park, where San Francisco collected five hits and scored three runs before Strasburg departed with an apparent injury.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Nimmo connects for 1st career leadoff homer

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Before Friday’s Subway Series opener, Mets players spoke about how the pomp and circumstance of the crosstown rivalry could spark them out of a nearly season-long funk. They certainly started out the right way, as Brandon Nimmo led off the bottom of the first with an upper-deck home run off Masahiro Tanaka for his first career leadoff homer.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Kipnis deals knockout punch after Bauer's gem

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In a 4-1 victory over the Tigers on Friday night at Comerica Park, Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis made Trevor Bauer’s stellar start hold up with a critical home run in the ninth inning. Cleveland was down to its last out in the frame, but Kipnis drilled a pitch from Detroit righty Shane Greene out to right-center field for a go-ahead, three-run home run. Bauer pitched eight innings of one-run ball and struck out 12, using 113 pitches. Nicholas Castellanos plated the Tigers’ lone run with a double in the first inning.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Giants swat Nats with 15 hits to take opener

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Overcoming their long-running Nationals Park jinx, the Giants rained a hail of 15 hits Friday upon Washington, with six players collecting two hits apiece in their 9-5 victory.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Fister limps off mound, exits against Astros

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Rangers starter Doug Fister left Friday night’s game against the Astros with right knee soreness after throwing one pitch in the sixth inning. He will be evaluated on Saturday.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Tigers ride big first frame to victory in Boston

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Leonys Martin launched a 2-run homer over the Green Monster to highlight a five-run first for the Tigers, who rained on Red Sox starter Jalen Beeks’ big league debut with a 7-2 victory at Fenway Park on Thursday night. Jose Iglesias had two RBIs for Detroit, and Andrew Benintendi homered in the first inning for Boston.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Span homers against Rays in return to Trop

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Denard Span wasted no time making himself feel at home again at Tropicana Field as the former Ray ripped a third-inning home run for the Mariners in Thursday’s series opener.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Leake pitches into 9th to keep Mariners rolling

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Mike Leake went eight-plus strong frames and Denard Span homered in his return to Tropicana Field as the Mariners held on in the series opener against the Rays. Seattle took a four-run lead into the ninth, but Alex Colome allowed a bases-clearing double to Johnny Field before getting the final out with Field as the potential tying run on second.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Vlad Jr. lands on DL with left knee injury

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Blue Jays’ top prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was placed on the 7-day DL with Double-A New Hampshire on Thursday as he continues to undergo evaluations following a left knee injury sustained during Wednesday’s game against Akron.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Giants walk off in 10th after Hanson's tying HR

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Brandon Crawford continued his consistent, productive hitting with an RBI single that broke a 10th-inning tie and lifted the Giants to a 5-4 triumph over the D-backs on Wednesday. Arizona left-hander Andrew Chafin retired the first two hitters he faced in the 10th before Andrew McCutchen doubled to center field. Crawford worked the count to 3-2 before slapping his hit to right field.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

BREAKING: Hall of Famer Schoendienst dies at 95

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Red Schoendienst, a Hall of Famer who played 15 of his 19 Major League seasons with the Cardinals and later managed the club from 1965-76, passed away at the age of 95 on Wednesday.
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Cobb brilliant as O's strike early to nip Mets

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This is the kind of Alex Cobb the Orioles have been waiting for. The guy Cobb said himself over and over this spring, after disappointing starts and lopsided losses, would ultimately surface.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

In spot start for Boston, Wright tames Tigers

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The spot start turned into a sparkling start for knuckleballer Steven Wright, who mowed down the Tigers with ease on Tuesday night and led the Red Sox to a 6-0 victory in the opener of a six-game homestand.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

J-Ram hits 19th HR in another Kluber gem

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Corey Kluber has earned a reputation as one of baseball’s elite strike throwers. The ace of the Indians’ rotation has taken things to another level over the past few weeks, pounding the zone with overpowering precision.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Andujar's go-ahead slam catapults Yanks to win

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Miguel Andujar played the hero on Tuesday evening, crushing his first career grand slam off Toronto reliever Seunghwan Oh in the seventh inning to help lift the Yankees to a 7-2 victory over the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Aaron Hicks added a three-run homer in the eighth as the Bombers posted their sixth win in seven games. CC Sabathia worked seven strong innings for his third win, allowing just a pair of solo homers to Teoscar Hernandez and Kevin Pillar.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Mock Draft: See how Callis, Mayo are doing

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The list below is Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo’s final attempt to project the first round of the 2018 Draft. How did they do?
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Draft: Pick-by-pick, first-round analysis

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The 2018 MLB Draft is underway in Secaucus, N.J., as the first 78 selections go off the board today. MLB.com Draft and prospect expert Jim Callis analyzes every pick from the first round.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Brewers pick HS shortstop Turang at No. 21

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Not since 1987 had the Brewers spent their top Draft pick on a shortstop, but that drought ended Monday night when the team took Brice Turang 21st overall with the first of their three selections on Day 1.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Cards draft 3B Gorman, first pick born in 2000s

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After sitting out the first round last year, the Cardinals used their top pick this year to draft Nolan Gorman, a third baseman from Sandra Day O’Connor High School in Arizona.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Sox draft HS slugger Casas with No. 26 pick

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The Red Sox went for a bat with the 26th overall pick in the 2018 Draft on Monday night, taking first baseman Triston Casas, a left-handed slugger from American Heritage (Florida) High School.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Renfroe's pinch-hit grand slam powers Padres

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Pinch-hitting with the bases loaded in the fifth inning, Hunter Renfroe demolished a 1-2 slider from Reds starter Luis Castillo. He sent it off the second level of the Western Metal Building in left field, turning a two-run Padres deficit into a two-run lead. San Diego tacked on another in the sixth, en route to a 6-3 victory at Petco Park.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

D-backs end homestand with sweep of Marlins

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Matt Koch went seven scoreless innings as the D-backs swept the Marlins and finished their homestand 5-1. David Peralta homered and Daniel Descalso drove in a pair. Dan Straily was chased in the fifth after allowing one run and walking five.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Rays hurler Snell fans first 7, tying AL mark

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Rays left-hander Blake Snell entered the history books on Sunday, striking out the first seven Mariners he faced. That tied the American League record for the most consecutive strikeouts to begin a game, held by a pair of White Sox pitchers, Joe Cowley (1986) and Carlos Rondon (2016).
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Halos ride Skaggs' gem to series win over Texas

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He had to work hard to accomplish it, but Angels lefty Tyler Skaggs fired six shutout innings, paving the way for the Angels’ 3-1 win over the Rangers at Angel Stadium. Skaggs limited Texas to four hits while walking three, striking out six. Luis Valbuena’s two-run double and Justin Upton’s solo home run helped make a winner of Skaggs, who lowered his ERA to 3.27 on the season. Righty Doug Fister recorded a quality start and Nomar Mazara hit his 14th homer in the Rangers’ losing cause.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Trout smacks 19th HR to tie for MLB lead

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Mike Trout launched his MLB-tying 19th homer of the season to get the Angels on the board in the first inning against the Rangers on Saturday.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Angels put Calhoun on DL; Hermosillo called up

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The Angels placed Kole Calhoun on the 10-day DL with a right oblique strain on Saturday, retroactive to Friday, and recalled Kaleb Cowart and Michael Hermosillo from Triple-A Salt Lake.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Yanks outlast O's, reach 20 games over .500

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Miguel Andujar and Giancarlo Stanton supplied the thunder, each cracking a two-run homer in support of Masahiro Tanaka as the Yankees weathered threatening storm clouds and reached a new season high water mark in an 8-5 victory over the Orioles on Saturday afternoon at Camden Yards.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

O's 3 HRs can't overcome sloppy D, Yankees

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Much has been made of the Orioles’ inability to score runs and — with three or fewer in 12 of 13 games entering Saturday — it was deserved. And while the offense didn’t break out by any means, it was the defense that really let Baltimore down in an 8-5 loss to the Yankees at Camden Yards.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

deGrom delivers an ace of an outing, with 13 K's

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Jacob deGrom equaled a career high with 13 strikeouts and posted his eighth straight start in which he allowed one run or fewer against the Cubs on Saturday night at Citi Field.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Strasburg bested by Folty, exits with cramp

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After being locked in a pitchers’ duel for the first six innings Friday night against the Braves, Stephen Strasburg exited in the seventh inning after stretching out his non-throwing arm on the mound.
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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.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

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.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

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.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

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.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

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.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog