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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

Bogaerts raking, joins exclusive company

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Xander Bogaerts, extra-base machine. That has a nice ring to it, and the Red Sox have enjoyed watching him start the season on a three-game tear that reached historic proportions.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Twins fall four outs shy of no-hitter in rout of O's

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The Twins launched three homers and starter Kyle Gibson didn’t allow a hit over six innings as Minnesota picked up its first win of the season, a 6-2 victory over the Orioles on Saturday night.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Angels best A's behind Cozart, Shoemaker

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Mike Trout enjoyed a three-hit day and drove in two runs, as the Angels held off the A’s to pick up an 8-3 victory behind right-hander Matt Shoemaker on Saturday afternoon at the Coliseum.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Judge smoothly handles CF; heads back to RF

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Enjoying what he called “the best view in the house” for Saturday’s 5-3 loss to the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, Aaron Judge seemed comfortable patrolling center field for the first time in a big league uniform, though the slugger is now expected to return to his regular duties in right field.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Pirates win after review overturns walk-off

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Friday’s wild Opening Day contest between the Tigers and Pirates took another crazy turn in the 10th inning, when what was initially ruled a game-winning single from JaCoby Jones became an out at home plate on replay.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Tanaka dominates Jays in Yankees' victory

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Masahiro Tanaka continued his career-long dominance of the Blue Jays by allowing one run over six strong innings in the Yankees’ 4-2 victory on Friday night at Rogers Centre.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

White Sox tie OD record with 6 HRs in rout

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Opening Day at Kauffman Stadium turned into home run derby for the visiting White Sox. Chicago tied a Major League record with six home runs on Opening Day — three by Matt Davidson — in a 14-7 victory over the Royals on Thursday.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Kershaw extends Opening Day hit streak to 3

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Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw singled leading off the bottom of the third inning Thursday, running his streak of base hits on Opening Day to three. He added another single in the fifth inning of a 1-0 loss to the Giants.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Panik gets best of Kershaw with rare homer

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It took a rarity for the Giants to score the only run of their season-opening 1-0 victory Thursday vs. the Dodgers, as Joe Panik wrapped a two-out, fifth-inning homer around the right-field foul pole off Clayton Kershaw.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Braves make Opening Day history in walk-off win

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Nick Markakis capped the Braves’ largest Opening Day comeback in modern history with a three-run walk-off homer that concluded an 8-5 win over the Phillies on Thursday afternoon at SunTrust Park.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Callaway: Hitting pitcher 8th 'made sense'

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For weeks, new Mets manager Mickey Callaway, his coaches and his analytics department have brainstormed the best Opening Day lineup possible.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Tigers' roster features mix of new faces, vets

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The Tigers’ Opening Day roster won’t be officially set until sometime Thursday morning, bumping up against Major League Baseball’s deadline. But that’s just leaving open the possibility of a last-second player move, such as a waiver claim or a trade. Barring that, the Tigers have their 25-man roster.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Padres finalize Opening Day roster

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The Padres announced their 25-man Opening Day roster on Wednesday evening. For all intents and purposes, it’ll serve as their Opening Series roster — before things are re-shuffled further next week.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Royals undecided on final bullpen spots

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The Royals still have not set their Opening Day roster and likely will take the final decisions down to the wire before Thursday’s 10:30 a.m. CT deadline.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Most strikeouts on Opening Day

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Barring health issues or unforeseen circumstances, Opening Day starts are reserved for aces only. Some hurlers come out of the gate sizzling hot, needing no more than a few Spring Training starts to get the wheels turning. Some starters exceed expectations, sitting down batter after batter on strikeout after strikeout in a rhythmic dance between pitcher and catcher.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Cards No. 7 prospect Hicks to make OD roster

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The Cardinals are promoting flame-throwing right-hander Jordan Hicks to the big leagues, sources confirmed to MLB.com’s Joe Trezza on Tuesday. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch was first to report the promotion. The club has not confirmed the move.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Walter donates $2 million to Puerto Rico relief

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The Dodgers and team owner and chairman Mark Walter announced Tuesday that they have donated $2 million to Habitat for Humanity of Puerto Rico in support of the organization’s rebuilding efforts in the wake of the destruction left by Hurricane Maria last fall.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

TJ surgery recommended for top prospect Puk

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Crushing news befell the A’s on Tuesday. Their top prospect, left-hander A.J. Puk, has been recommended for Tommy John surgery.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Slider could be key for Cashner this season

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Andrew Cashner’s latest revelation could be good news for the Baltimore Orioles. And a final tune-up could’ve been only a glimpse of what’s to follow.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

With Cubs facing Red Sox, Epstein a popular man

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Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein traveled with the team for two games against the Red Sox, before the regular season starts Thursday in Miami against the Marlins.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Guyer to make Indians' Opening Day roster

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The Indians are confident that Brandon Guyer has recovered enough from his left wrist injury to reprise his role as a complementary outfielder for the ballclub. Cleveland came to that conclusion on Monday, putting the final touch on the projected Opening Day roster.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Holland added to roster in place of Samardzija

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Left-hander Derek Holland has been added to the Giants’ 40-man roster and will pitch in place of injured starter Jeff Samardzija in the team’s rotation after being a non-roster invitee this spring.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Padres' Lamet exits start with elbow issue

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Promising right-hander Dinelson Lamet exited his start against the Mariners accompanied by a team trainer in the second inning on Sunday afternoon. No reason was given for the early exit.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

These are preseason picks for 2018 awards

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With the 2018 regular season nearly upon us, it’s a great time to take an expert poll on who will win this year’s individual awards. With so many exciting candidates in each category, how these awards races eventually shape up will be fascinating to follow.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Cherington discusses time as Red Sox GM

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On this week’s episode of the Executive Access podcast, Blue Jays VP of baseball operations Ben Cherington looks back at his beginnings as a Red Sox fan in New Hampshire to his days at Amherst College — and the two Amherst grads who would play an important role in his career.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Blach gets the nod to start Opening Day

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The Giants made it official on Sunday: Left-hander Ty Blach will start for the Giants in Thursday’s regular-season opener in Los Angeles against the reigning National League champion Dodgers.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Retooled Pirates looking to surprise in 2018

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The odds may be against them in a stacked National League Central division, but the Pirates believe they are closer to contending than most might expect.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

3 teams primed to exceed expectations in '18

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Every year sees a few teams exceed expectations. This season, these three teams could do just that. The common thread between them? Each has a rotation that may be better than many realize.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Howard Johnson resting after being hit by liner

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Howard Johnson, the Rangers’ hitting coach at Triple-A Round Rock, was hit in the face by a line drive during Saturday’s game against the Indians and taken to a local hospital.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Play Ball event draws hundreds in Quebec

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While Daniel Morgan snagged a photo and autograph from former Montreal Expos star, Ken Hill, his mother, Mia Archibald, beamed with excitement. “I was really excited, really intrigued and thought, we’re going to Quebec City,” explained Mia, who made the two-hour, forty-five minute drive up from Montreal to participate in MLB’s Play Ball event on Saturday.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

With sense of urgency, O's begin 2018 quest

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It is, in many ways, now or never for Baltimore to make a postseason run. The O’s are in make-or-break-territory this year, with big names like Adam Jones, Manny Machado — who will move to shortstop — Zach Britton and Brad Brach set to become free agents in the offseason.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

DEVELOPING: Bumgarner suffers hand fracture

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The satisfaction of breaking Spring Training camp yielded to a sickening feeling among the Giants on Friday when ace left-hander Madison Bumgarner sustained a fracture on the fifth metacarpal of his pitching hand, which he said could sideline him for at least four to six weeks.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Spring surprises: 10 things we didn't see coming

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We turn now to things we didn’t see coming this spring, which is one of the best things about Spring Training. These come in all shapes and sizes, from teams we think will be good and those we’re certain will be good.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Samardzija to miss 3 to 4 weeks of season

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Giants right-hander Jeff Samardzija is expected to miss three to four weeks of the regular season with a pectoral strain according to manager Bruce Bochy.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Ichiro struck on helmet by pitch

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The Martiners’ Ichiro Suzuki was hit in the helmet by a pitch during a Minor League game.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Conforto to make spring debut Friday as DH

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Before most Mets reported to camp for Thursday’s rare spring night game against the Nationals, Michael Conforto was making waves underneath the afternoon sun.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Kemp in good position to make Dodgers' roster

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Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said to not jump to any conclusions just because Matt Kemp was batting in Justin Turner’s third spot in Thursday night’s lineup against the Angels.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Bryce could see time in this vaunted lineup slot

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When first-year manager Dave Martinez arrived to the Nationals, he promised to be creative. On Thursday afternoon, he entertained an interesting potential lineup idea. Would he ever consider Bryce Harper hitting leadoff?
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Crew faces decision with Miley after groin tear

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With their initial MRI results in hand, Boone Logan was slated for further medical tests Thursday while the Brewers worked through contractual complications with Wade Miley. But it was clear that both left-handers are out of the running for the Brewers’ active Opening Day roster.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Who are top closer options for each club?

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Opening Day is a little more than a week away, and all eyes are on the remaining position battles in big league camps. Among those battles are competitions for closer, a role that is still undefined for many clubs.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Brantley homers in first Cactus League at-bat

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The welcoming cheers from Indians fans had barely subsided when Michael Brantley showed that his swing is in working order. In his Cactus League debut on Wednesday night vs. the Royals, the All-Star left fielder pulled the first strike he saw, sending the ball bouncing off the tin roof beyond Goodyear Ballpark’s right-field seats.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog