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Odor circles bases for inside-the-park homer

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Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor circled the bases with his first career inside-the-park home run in the fifth inning on Saturday night. The home run came off Astros pitcher Justin Verlander and gave the Rangers a 2-1 lead.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Hamels on Cubs: 'I feel lucky to be a part of it'

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There were boxes of new shoes stacked in his locker, a new uniform to try on, new teammates to meet and hugs from familiar faces like Jesse Chavez and Yu Darvish. Cole Hamels arrived at Busch Stadium on Saturday, and he wasn’t able to bring the Cubs luck in their 6-2 loss to the Cardinals, but the lefty was eager to pitch for the National League Central division leaders.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Soto's 13th HR ties Mantle for 6th among teens

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Nationals phenom Juan Soto continued his record-setting start to his career by swatting a solo home run into the upper deck of right field during the second inning at Marlins Park on Friday night. It was his 13th home run of the season, which matches Mickey Mantle for the sixth-most home runs by a teenager in MLB history.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Scherzer dominates Marlins on 34th birthday

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Max Scherzer turned 34 on Friday. By that point, most pitchers at least start to show signs of their age, and yet there Scherzer stood on the mound Friday night at Marlins Park, still at the top of his game and showing no signs of the effects of Father Time.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

D-backs acquire doubles machine Escobar

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The D-backs have aquired Twins infielder Eduardo Escobar, a source tells MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand. Arizona is sending outfielder Gabriel Maciel, who is the team’s No. 11-ranked prospect, right-hander Jhoan Duran (No. 19) and right fielder Ernie De La Trinidad.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

From HS to MLB: Arenado, Chapman face off

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As the Matt Chapman stepped onto the field in Denver — the same day he stepped on Colorado soil for the first time in his life — it was the first time he took the same field in the same game as Rockies superstar third baseman Nolan Arenado since the two were teammates at El Toro High School in Lake Forest, Calif.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Schoop continues tear of HRs, but O's fall

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Five times in the past six games — including once in Thursday’s 4-3 loss to the Rays — Jonathan Schoop has homered for the Orioles, continuing his torrent stretch to open the second half of the season.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Judge HBP, taken to hospital for MRI

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Aaron Judge is headed to the hospital for an MRI exam after getting hit by a pitch on his right wrist in the first inning against the Royals on Thursday night. He stayed in the game and singled in the third, but was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the fourth.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Gibson stifles Red Sox over 8 strong innings

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Twins right-hander Kyle Gibson, who remains under contract through next year but has been linked to other clubs ahead of the Trading Deadline, threw eight strong innings on a career-high 120 pitches to lift the Twins to a 2-1 win on Thursday night at Fenway Park.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Revamped 'pen backs up Gray in Yanks' win

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The acquisition of left-hander Zach Britton added depth to an already deep Yankees bullpen, giving the club reassurance if a starter would have to exit the game early. When right-hander Sonny Gray’s solid night was cut short after getting hit in the hand with a comebacker, the Yankees’ game plan was on full display. Gray tossed five stellar innings of three-hit ball, allowing just two walks and striking out five, and Britton worked a scoreless eighth inning in his Yankees debut to lead New York to a 7-2 victory over Kansas City on Thursday evening.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Garver's 5 RBIs back Santana's 2018 debut

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Mitch Garver posted a career high with five RBIs to help the Twins finish off a sweep of the Blue Jays. All four of Garver’s hits, including a home run in the sixth inning, produced at least one run. Ervin Santana allowed three runs with five strikeouts over five innings in his season debut after undergoing finger surgery. The Twins posted six runs with two outs in the 11th to run away from Toronto, including a go-ahead hit by pitch for Max Kepler.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Altuve exits game with right knee discomfort

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Astros second baseman Jose Altuve left during the fifth inning of Wednesday night’s game against the Rockies with right knee discomfort.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

J.D. hits 30 and 31 to regain MLB HR lead

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J.D. Martinez watched Jose Ramirez of the Indians take the MLB home run lead away from him right out of the All-Star break. The Red Sox slugger — who entered Tuesday with just one hit since his participation in the All-Star festivities — finally responded. Not once, but twice.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Bucs win 11th straight as bats stay hot vs. Tribe

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The Pirates jumped out to an early lead on Tuesday night and rode Joe Musgrove’s strong seven-inning start to a 9-4 victory, their 11th straight win. Pittsburgh will return to Progressive Field on Wednesday afternoon carrying the club’s first 11-game winning streak since Sept. 12-22, 1996.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Alarm sounds, Cards' no-hitter vanishes in wild 7th

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A delay caused by a fire alarm created an awkward pause in Austin Gomber’s dazzling start on Wednesday, and the hopes of a no-hitter were dashed shortly after the sirens shut off.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Tanaka turns in three-hit shutout vs. Rays

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Starter Masahiro Tanaka was masterful and the New York offense was good enough to give the Yankees a 4-0 win over the Rays on Tuesday night at Tropicana Field.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Padres jump on miscues to back solid Lucchesi

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Joey Lucchesi was sharp over 5 1/3 innings on Monday night, and the Padres manufactured just enough offense for a 3-2 victory over the Mets at Citi Field. Lucchesi allowed two runs and struck out six without surrendering a walk.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Salvy pulls off no-look flip for out at first base

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Salvador Perez made just his fifth career appearance at first base for the Royals on Monday night, but he looked like a natural in the fifth inning in the series opener against the Tigers.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Hail Herrera! Dilson delivers walk-off knock

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The Reds were hitless through seven innings and trailed going into the ninth on Monday night at Great American Ballpark, but came back to win, 2-1, on Dilson Herrera’s pinch-hit, walk-off single with the bases loaded. The win snapped a four-game losing streak. Cincinnati trailed 1-0 going into the ninth inning, and was down to its last at-bat when Eugenio Suarez blasted a solo home run over the left-field wall off Cardinals closer Bud Norris.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Freeman homers to bolster MVP stock in rout

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Freddie Freeman and Dansby Swanson went deep against Jose Urena as the Braves won the opener against the Marlins. Charlie Culberson recorded a career-high four hits, while Sean Newcomb allowed one run — a Justin Bour homer — over six innings.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Poncedeleon throws 7 no-hit innings in debut

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How’s this for a debut? Cardinals right-hander Daniel Poncedeleon threw seven no-hit innings before reliever Jordan Hicks allowed the first Reds hit on a Phillip Ervin single in the eighth on Monday.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Herrera passes first test as interim closer in DC

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Kelvin Herrera worked out of a jam to secure a five-out save — his first with the Nats — and Bryce Harper starred in all facets with a homer, an assist and a steal to defeat the Braves. Max Scherzer (6 IP, 2 ER) outdueled fellow All-Star Mike Foltynewicz (5 2/3 IP, 4 ER), and the Atlanta bullpen couldn’t keep the game in reach late.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Familia gets the win in A's debut

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Jeurys Familia arrived at his new home clubhouse on Sunday for his first game with the A’s roughly an hour before first pitch against the Giants. He’ll be called upon to be the closer should they need one.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

'No disconnect' between Mets and Cespedes

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Defending the Mets’ handling of Yoenis Cespedes as he battles potentially career-altering heel issues, Mets assistant general manager John Ricco on Sunday called surgery “a last-resort thing” and a “fairly radical” treatment that may not be necessary for the team’s star outfielder.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

9 trade targets who could make big impacts

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Mets ace Jacob deGrom represents the kind of talent that teams don’t trade very often, which is why he probably won’t be dealt. He’s 30 years old and two seasons from free agency. His 1.68 ERA ranks first in the Majors, and in 19 starts, he has allowed more than three runs only once.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Greinke fans 13 as D-backs cool off Rockies

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Zack Greinke struck out a season-high 13 to help the D-backs beat the Rockies, 6-1, on Sunday, ending Colorado’s seven-game win streak. Greinke allowed one run on two hits in eight innings, his longest outing of the year. Nick Ahmed hit a two-run triple and Jeff Mathis added a two-run double for the D-backs. Ian Desmond homered for the Rockies, who are now in third place in the NL West.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

A's win Bay Bridge trophy on 2nd straight walk-off

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The Athletics won Sunday’s series finale, 6-5, against the Giants in 10 innings on a walk-off hit from Matt Chapman. Khris Davis and Matt Olson had two-home run performances, while Andrew McCutchen went deep for the Giants in defeat.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Angels thump Astros with 4 HRs, 7-run 7th

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Justin Upton started the Halos’ home run party in the third inning, Kole Calhoun and Mike Trout went deep in the seven-run seventh, and Ian Kinsler tacked on another in the eighth off Astros infielder J.D. Davis to thwart Houston’s bid at a sweep. Andrew Heaney benefited from the outburst, holding Houston to one run over six innings, as the Angels returned to .500 at the 100-game mark.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Yanks-Mets finale postponed until Aug. 13

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Sunday night’s Subway Series finale between the Yankees and Mets at Yankee Stadium has been postponed due to rain. The game will be made up on Monday, Aug. 13, at 7:05 p.m. ET.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Stras exits in 5th, has words with Max

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Even though Stephen Strasburg didn’t pitch his best during his first start since June 8 on Friday night during an 8-5 loss, Nationals fans gave him an ovation as he left Washington’s game against the Braves at Nationals Park in the fifth inning.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

J-Ram is first to 30 home runs this season

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Cleveland’s Jose Ramirez clubbed his 30th homer of the season Friday at Globe Life Park, making him the first Major Leaguer to reach 30 home runs this season. He overtook Boston’s J.D. Martinez for the MLB lead.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Machado posts multihit game in Dodgers debut

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And now Manny Machado can just play a baseball game. After rumors circled and a media circus ensued around Machado and his potential suitors at the All-Star Game presented by MasterCard, the four-time All-Star shortstop was officially introduced as a member of the Dodgers at Miller Park before Friday night’s second-half opener versus the Brewers.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Moved to leadoff spot, Acuna leads Braves to win

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Ronald Acuna Jr. was a triple shy of the cycle as the Braves took the second-half opener against the Nationals. Charlie Culberson also homered for Atlanta, which removed Ozzie Albies for precautionary reasons after hamstring tightness. Stephen Strasburg allowed six runs in his return from the disabled list, while Matt Adams and Trea Turner homered for Washington.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

D-backs unfazed with Machado in LA

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The D-backs were the Dodgers’ primary contender for the division the last time a menacing Manny went West, in 2008. That time it was Manny Ramirez. This time, Manny Machado.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Happ's homer caps game-changing 5-spot

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The Cubs totaled 30 come-from-behind wins in the first half and had their rally caps on in the fifth inning of the second-half opener on Thursday night against the Cardinals, with Ian Happ’s two-run homer leading a five-spot that gave Chicago its first lead of the game.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Yankees activate Sanchez off disabled list

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The Yankees activated catcher Gary Sanchez off the 10-day disabled list and optioned Kyle Higashioka to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Thursday night.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

O's get Futures Game star in haul for Machado

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The rumors, speculation and wondering has come to an end. The barrage of questions over. Manny Machado exited Nationals Park after the 2018 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard on Tuesday night as a member of the Orioles for the final time, with a deal between Baltimore and the Los Angeles Dodgers consummated on Wednesday night.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

The most valuable July acquisitions in history

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Manny Machado is on his way out of Baltimore, and that’s a pretty big deal. It’s extremely rare to see players of Machado’s talent level get moved in July — rare enough that it’s worth looking back through history to see when this happens and how it turned out.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

For Dodgers, ASG colored by Machado rumors

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For the Dodgers, the final score of the 2018 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard was a bit of an afterthought. Los Angeles sent three representatives to participate in Tuesday’s exhibition. But by Wednesday evening, the club boasted a fourth player from the American League’s 8-6, 10-inning win against the National League.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

VOTE NOW: Help pick who gets All-Star MVP

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Balloting is underway through the end of tonight’s Midsummer Classic for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. Fan votes help decide the winner.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Nola impresses with scoreless ASG debut

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Aaron Nola pitched the fifth inning for the National League in Tuesday night’s All-Star Game. He struck out Royals catcher Salvador Perez with the curveball that has fueled his rise. Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts met the same fate thanks to a 96 mph fastball. After Astros second baseman Jose Altuve knocked a first-pitch single, Nola got the game’s best player, Angels outfielder Mike Trout, to pop out. He threw 15 pitches.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Snell fans 3 over 1 2/3 innings in ASG debut

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It wasn’t the way Tampa Bay All-Star Blake Snell wanted his first All-Star Game pitch to go, but the Rays’ righty was able to rebound from Willson Contreras’ homer to get five outs on Tuesday night.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog