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Brewers being 'conservative' with Braun's calf

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Ryan Braun continues to be hampered by a sore right calf and was held out of the starting lineup on Saturday against the Pirates for the second consecutive game.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

5-run 1st key as Rockies hang on to top Mets

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There’s nothing wrong with home runs. The Rockies hit plenty of them, and they added to their National League-leading total with two more in an 8-7 win over the Mets on Friday at Citi Field.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Giants plate six in 2nd, take opener in Atlanta

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After his offense erupted for six runs in the second inning, Giants right-hander Chris Stratton settled in and kept a hot Atlanta lineup at bay as San Francisco cruised to a 9-4 win over the Braves on Friday in front of a sellout crowd at SunTrust Park. Stratton allowed three runs on six hits with six strikeouts and two walks against the Braves, snapping their five-game win streak.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Rangers have familiar tie with DFA'd Harvey

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If the Rangers are looking for recommendations on pitcher Matt Harvey, who was designated for assignment Friday afternoon, they will get a strong, positive one from assistant pitching coach Dan Warthen.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Jones homers in 1,500th game with Orioles

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On Friday, Adam Jones became the eighth player in Orioles history to play in his 1,500th game for the franchise, joining the likes of Cal Ripken Jr., Brooks Robinson and Mark Belanger.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Melvin reflects on his time managing Ichiro

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Oakland manager Bob Melvin called Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki the “most committed player that I’ve ever had.” And Melvin should know — he had a front-row seat to watch vintage Ichiro for two remarkable seasons in Seattle in 2003 and 2004.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Donaldson has big day in return to lineup

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Josh Donaldson is officially back. The Blue Jays’ three-time All-Star returned to the lineup in style Thursday, hammering a game-tying two-run home run in his fourth at-bat in the Blue Jays’ 13-11 win over the Indians in Game 1 of a doubleheader at Progressive Field.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Ichiro's top moments during his illustrious career

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In his 18 seasons in the Majors, Ichiro Suzuki has provided a flood of highlight-reel material for fans across the globe. Though the 44-year-old isn’t considering himself officially retired yet, here are his Top 10 MLB moments:
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Dodgers ride big 8th, end D-backs' series streak

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The Dodgers have dealt with their fair share of unfortunate circumstances this season, but on Thursday they saw a few breaks go their way during a four-run eighth inning that helped them defeat the D-backs, 5-2, and salvage a series split at Chase Field. The split ended Arizona’s streak of consecutive series won at nine.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Bryce's 1st career leadoff HR sets tone in win

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After having success batting Bryce Harper in the leadoff spot on Tuesday, the Nationals decided to try it again for Wednesday night’s game against the Pirates. Harper promptly responded, swatting his first career leadoff home run, which set the pace for another big night for the Nats’ offense in a 9-3 victory at Nationals Park, their fourth win in a row. Matt Adams homered for the third time in two games, and Stephen Strasburg struck out 11 over seven strong innings of work. Ivan Nova struggled for the Bucs, allowing eight runs (five earned) on 11 hits over 4 2/3 frames.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Miley solid in debut as Crew closes out sweep

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Christian Yelich homered and Wade Miley allowed one run on three hits in six solid innings in his season debut, lifting the Brewers to a 3-1 victory over the Reds and a three-game sweep at Great American Ball Park.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Stanton homers in first 2 at-bats vs. Astros

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Maybe these are the blasts that get Giancarlo Stanton’s bat going. The Yankees certainly hope so. The slugger belted line-drive homers in each of his first two at-bats against the Astros on Wednesday, connecting for an opposite-field two-run shot off Dallas Keuchel in the first inning and adding a solo home run into the left-field Crawford Boxes in the fourth for a 3-0 Yankees lead.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Newcomb's gem carries Braves to top of East

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Sean Newcomb pitched a gem on Wednesday night at Citi Field, tossing seven brilliant innings and helping the Braves blank the Mets, 7-0. Atlanta now finds itself in first place, a half-game ahead of New York in the National League East.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Nola strolls over 7 1/3 as Phils blank Marlins

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Aaron Nola pitched like an ace for the Phillies, allowing only four hits over 7 1/3 scoreless innings with seven K’s to snap Miami’s four-game winning streak. Cesar Hernandez hit the fifth leadoff homer of his career to get things going for the Phillies’ offense against Jose Urena, who allowed two runs (one earned) over seven innings.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

D-backs trade 2 pitchers to complete Souza deal

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The D-backs sent right-hander Sam McWilliams and lefty Colin Poche to the Rays on Tuesday to complete the three-team Steven Souza Jr. trade from Feb. 20.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Chirinos (forearm) to DL; Rays recall Yarbrough

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Yonny Chirinos was placed on the 10-day DL with a right forearm strain, retroactive to Sunday. Ryan Yarbrough was recalled from Triple-A Durham and joined the team in Detroit.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

New-look Nats lineup peels off 12 runs in rout

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A shuffling of the batting offer sparked the Nationals’ offense to a 12-2 victory against the Pirates on Tuesday night. Harper broke out of his slump with a three-run homer in the fifth, Matt Adams notched his first multi-homer game with Washington and Wilmer Difo collected a solo homer to back a strong performance from Max Scherzer. Corey Dickerson supplied the only offense for the Bucs, as Pittsburgh starter Chad Kuhl allowed four home runs over 4 2/3 innings to take the loss.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Pollock homers off Kershaw to tie for MLB lead

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A.J. Pollock continues to punish Dodgers pitching as the D-backs outfielder homered for the fourth time in two games with a solo shot to lead off the second inning. The homer was the 10th of the year for Pollock, who is now tied for the Major League lead.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Clutch Ramirez lifts Bauer (11 K's) in tight win

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Following a decision by manager Terry Francona to leave starter Trevor Bauer in the game in the seventh, things nearly unraveled on the Indians, but a late push by the offense powered a 7-5 victory over the Rangers at Progressive Field. Jose Ramirez delivered two run-scoring hits within a five-run outburst over the seventh and eighth innings, helping Cleveland pick up a win in the opener of their three-game series. The Rangers went ahead in the eighth and put the tying run on in the ninth, but Joey Gallo struck out to end the game.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Hader's 8-K save sends Brewers past Reds

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The Brewers broke out of their offensive slump and Crew lefty Josh Hader struck out eight over 2 2/3 innings to pick up his fourth save in a 6-5 victory over the Reds on Monday night at Great American Ball Park.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Straily rusty, but Marlins' bats, gloves save day

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Dan Straily’s anticipated return gives the Marlins another established starter. But in his season debut, it was the right-hander’s supporting cast that stepped up in an 8-4 win over the Phillies on Monday at Marlins Park. Showing signs of rust, Straily labored through four innings, allowing four runs on six hits, but in the series opener, the defense and a four-RBI night from Brian Anderson helped the Miami win their season-high third straight game.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Bryant's triple sparks rally in Farrell's 1st win

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Kris Bryant led off the sixth inning with a triple — his first knock since being hit in the head by a pitch — and scored on Anthony Rizzo’s groundout, and the Cubs extended their win streak to five. Luke Farrell picked up his first big league victory after pitching 1 1/3 scoreless relief innings. Kyle Freeland delivered his second straight quality start and Noel Cuevas collected three hits for the Rockies, who have lost three in a row.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Rays ride Faria's career gem, late HRs to win

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The Rays spoiled the start of a brief homestand for Detroit, with Jake Faria giving Tampa Bay a sparkling start that was backed up by resounding home runs in the ninth inning. The Tigers threatened in the ninth with two runs and two bases-loaded situations, but the Rays held on long enough to take the series opener, 3-2. Jordan Zimmermann threw seven scoreless innings for Detroit.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Kingham takes perfecto into 7th, wins debut

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In his big league debut, Pirates rookie right-hander Nick Kingham was perfect through 6 2/3 innings before Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong broke it up with a single in the Pirates’ 5-0 win Sunday. Kingham struck out nine and won his first Major League start, which came eight years after he was drafted.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Matz to miss start with back stiffness

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Mets starter Steven Matz is dealing with stiffness in his back and wil not make his next scheduled start on Tuesday. Matz, who has dealt with a similar injury in the past, felt the issue on Saturday and did not throw his regular bullpen as a result.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Mets rout Padres; Yo exits with thumb injury

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Adrian Gonzalez punished one of his former teams on Sunday, driving in five runs as the Mets pounded the Padres 14-2 in the finale of a three-game series at Petco Park. Back-to-back five-run innings in which the Mets batted around also contributed to the sound victory. However, Yoenis Cespedes left the game with a left thumb injury in the 4th inning, suffered when he slid headfirst into third base as part of a double steal.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

These 20 rookies had the best debuts in history

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Nick Kingham’s first foray into the Majors instantly ranked among the best debuts in Pirates history, and indeed deserves to be mentioned among the all-time best debuts in MLB history. Here’s a look at some of the most memorable and dominant debuts made on a Major League diamond.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Sanchez launches 7th HR to get Yanks going

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Gary Sanchez continues to be an extra-base-hit machine for the Yankees, connecting on a mammoth home run in the fourth inning of Sunday’s series finale against the Angels.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Yanks post 5-spots in first 2 innings vs. Angels

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The Yankees’ bid for an eighth consecutive victory got off to a promising start on Saturday evening, as the most productive lineup in the Majors batted around and staked Masahiro Tanaka to a five-run lead before he set foot on the mound at Angel Stadium, then it duplicated the effort with another five-spot in the second.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Ramos exits game, day to day with sore groin

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It seems that the only thing that could tame the red-hot bat of Wilson Ramos was the injury bug. The Rays’ catcher was in the midst of another big day at the plate in Tampa Bay’s 12-6 win Saturday over the Red Sox at Fenway Park, but after picking up his third hit of the day, he left with a sore groing. He was taken out as a precaution and is day to day,
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Chen sharp in first start since last May

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For going almost a year without making a big league start, Wei-Yin Chen didn’t show any signs of rust on Saturday night. In fact, the left-hander was efficient and sharp in the Marlins’ 4-1 victory over the Rockies at Marlins Park.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Panda pitching alert! Sandoval fires perfect 9th

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Giants-Dodgers baseball is serious business, but Pablo Sandoval’s joyful spirit gave one of sport’s most intense rivalries perhaps its funniest moment ever. Sandoval, a third baseman by trade, pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning for the Giants in their 15-6 loss Saturday to the Dodgers.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Rays win 8th straight behind 18-hit, 4-HR attack

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It was a battle of big hits between the American League’s best team and the hottest team in baseball Saturday at Fenway Park. In the end, the hot-handed Rays’ late flurry of shots allowed them to stand victorious over the Red Sox, 12-6. The Rays cranked out 18 hits and four home runs, though their first was of the unconventional kind, as Denard Span hustled out an odd-hop single in center to plate himself and Wilson Ramos with an inside-the-park home run. Ramos, Carlos Gomez and Johnny Field would also homer.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Indians' 5 solo homers back Kluber in win

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There are nights when only a handful of runs are sufficient in supporting an outing by Indians starter Corey Kluber. On Friday night, the Tribe hitters launched a quintet of home runs that backed their ace and withstood a late rally by Seattle. Five different players cleared the fence for Cleveland in a 6-5 victory over the Mariners at Progressive Field.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Play Ball event a hit at Springfield College

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When a member of Springfield College’s baseball team tossed a foam ball to Julian Suggs, the fourth-grader cranked the ball over the heads of his classmates.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Acuna stays hot as Teheran exits early in loss

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The Braves jumped out to a three-run lead Friday night against the Phillies. The lead was short-lived, and so was Julio Teheran’s start. Teheran was pulled after three innings and 43 pitches due to tightness in his right trapezius. The Braves bullpen gave up three runs to the Phillies in a 7-3 loss.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Gordon (leg) exits for precautionary reasons

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Mariners center fielder Dee Gordon was removed from Friday night’s game against the Indians in the seventh inning for “precautionary reasons” after an apparent left leg injury in the previous frame.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

J.D.'s big swing, catch carry Red Sox over Jays

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When the Red Sox needed a big swing on Thursday night at Rogers Centre, J.D. Martinez provided it. And earlier in the game, when they needed a big catch on a fly ball to deep right, Martinez also came through.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

White Sox go deep five times in six frames

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The White Sox pounded five homers off Royals starter Jakob Junis through the opening six innings on Thursday night. On Opening Day at Kauffman, Chicago hit six homers — including three by Matt Davidson.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Schwarber goes low for homer against Brewers

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Kyle Schwarber snapped a scoreless tie in the sixth inning Thursday with his seventh home run of the season and his third in his past three games to give the Cubs and starter Kyle Hendricks a 1-0 lead over the Brewers.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

These are the 100 best prospects in the 2018 Draft

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Scouting staffs are still criss-crossing the country, gathering as much information as possible to line up their Draft boards. MLB Pipeline’s new Draft Top 100 prospects list reflects the latest opinions of the scouting industry. It’s based on talent and perceived ceiling, not where players are expected to be selected (that will come with several mock drafts in the coming weeks).
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Seager's 3-hit day, clutch 2B give Mariners win

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Kyle Seager capped a 3-for-4 day with a tiebreaking double in the 8th to give the Mariners a victory at Progressive Field. James Paxton (6 IP, 10 K’s, 2 ER) outdueled Mike Clevinger (6-plus IP, 4 ER), but the Indians rallied from a 4-0 deficit behind Yonder Alonso’s two-run homer before Seager provided the deciding blow, setting up Edwin Diaz for his MLB-best 11th save.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Mookie mashes 2 homers, ends 3-game skid

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It was Mookie Betts who got the Red Sox off to a roaring start on this road trip with his big bat. So it’s only fitting that as the three-city journey starts to wind down, it was Betts who lifted his team off the mat from a three-game losing streak.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

D-backs-Phils only on Facebook Thursday

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Thursday’s D-backs-Phillies digital-only broadcast will air live in the United States exclusively on Facebook.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Albies, Acuna, Camargo push Braves past Reds

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Ronald Acuna Jr. might have drawn most of the attention Wednesday night as he made his much-anticipated Major League debut. But the heralded prospect was not the only young Braves player who created excitement during a 5-4 comeback win over the Reds at Great American Ball Park.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog