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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

Altherr's HR helps Arrieta win battle of Cy winners

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A three-run homer by Aaron Altherr in the sixth inning led the Phillies past the D-backs, 5-3, on Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park. Jake Arrieta went seven innings, allowing one earned run, while Zack Greinke struck out nine in six innings as the two former Cy Young Award winners battled.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Three homers back Bauer as Tribe tops Cubs

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The Indians keep waiting for their lineup to wake from its April slumber. On Wednesday night, there were signs of life in the form of three home runs, providing just enough support for another strong showing from Trevor Bauer. In a 4-1 victory at Progressive Field, Francisco Lindor, Edwin Encarnacion and Brandon Guyer delivered solo shots off Cubs lefty Jon Lester. With the win, Cleveland and Chicago split the quick two-game series between the 2016 World Series combatants.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Kennedy exits early with right foot contusion

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Royals right-hander Ian Kennedy left Tuesday’s game against the Brewers after three innings with a right foot contusion. X-rays were negative. He was hit in the top of the third by a line drive off the bat of Ryan Braun, which went for an RBI infield hit.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Granderson hits walk-off homer vs. Kimbrel

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The Blue Jays’ first series of the year against the Red Sox is going to be used as a measuring stick to see how they match up with arguably the top team in the American League East. Curtis Granderson and J.A. Happ made sure they passed the first test with flying colors.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Will Pence reclaim starting role upon return?

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Giants left fielder Hunter Pence tested his sprained right thumb by taking early batting practice Tuesday at AT&T Park, prompting hopes that he’ll make a smooth return to the active roster.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Yanks win 4th straight on 4 HRs, CC's command

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CC Sabathia showcased his pinpoint command over six excellent innings and the Yankees belted another four home runs as their bats continue to warm up, enjoying an 8-3 romp over the Twins on Tuesday evening at Yankee Stadium.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

DEVELOPING: Moncada single shy of cycle

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White Sox second baseman Yoan Moncada seeks MLB’s first cycle of the 2018 season. He tripled in the first, doubled in the second and homered in the fourth.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Reds break out after Schebler ends HR drought

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Scott Schebler’s two-run homer in the fifth ended a Reds homer drought dating back to April 15 and sent Cincy on its way to a 10-4 victory, halting a five-game losing streak and getting Sal Romano (6 IP) his first win of the season. Adam Duvall and Scooter Gennett added two RBIs apiece for the Reds, while Nick Markakis homered and drove in three for Atlanta.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Alonso muscles up against O's with 5th HR

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In a four-game series that has had no shortage of homers, it was only fitting that the first runs in Monday’s finale between the Indians and Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards came via the long ball. This time, it was Yonder Alonso who went deep, drilling a fastball from right-hander Kevin Gausman over the center-field wall to give Cleveland a 2-0 lead in the second inning.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Gausman pitches immaculate inning for O's

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Kevin Gausman held Cleveland to four hits over eight brilliant innings. He even had a perfect seventh, needing nine pitches to strike out Yonder Alonso, Yan Gomes and Bradley Zimmer. But it didn’t matter. Gausman’s effort went for naught as the Orioles’ offense continues to struggle at historic proportions. Baltimore was flummoxed by Tribe starter Carlos Carrasco, falling 2-1 to mark their 11th loss in 13 games.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Bryant hit in helmet, no signs of concussion

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The series finale in Colorado started on a scary note, as Kris Bryant took a pitch to the helmet in the first inning of Sunday’s finale vs. the Rockies and had to leave the game. Bryant was examined upon exiting the game and passed all tests. He has a small laceration above his left eye from his sunglasses, but he shows no signs of a concussion. He was still being evaluated after the game and will be monitored carefully as he travels with the team to Cleveland.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Belt has historic 21-pitch at-bat vs. Angels

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The Giants’ Brandon Belt owned the stage Sunday, not only for his historic 21-pitch at-bat during a 4-2 win over the Angels, but also for hitting a home run in his fourth consecutive game played.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Cubs rally after Bryant exits, hang on vs. Rox

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The Cubs wasted no time establishing momentum in Sunday’s rubber match with the Rockies, riding a four-hit, three-run rally in the first inning to a 9-7 victory. Rockies starter German Marquez was cruising through the first before a 96-mph fastball got away from him and hit Kris Bryant in the brim of his helmet. Bryant left the game, and preliminary tests showed no signs of concussion. Brandon Morrow closed the game with a nail-biter of a save, loading the bases on two hits and a two-out walk before throwing a wild pitch to Ian Desmond and getting Nolan Arenado at the plate on a reviewed play after Arenado was initially called safe.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Trout slugs MLB-best ninth home run

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Mike Trout homered for the third consecutive game on Sunday, crushing a two-run homer off reliever Cory Gearrin to put the Angels on the board in the eighth inning of their 4-2 loss in the series finale against the Giants at Angel Stadium.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Don't worry, Yankees fans: Stanton will be fine

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There was a moment in Spring Training, a month ago in Tampa, Fla., almost exactly, when Giancarlo Stanton, Yankees newbie, was telling the media that he was ready for the scrutiny he would face when he came north with his new team.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Brinson hits 3rd HR of series vs. Crew in loss

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Lewis Brinson continues to fine-tune his mechanics at the plate, but the rookie center fielder has found his home run swing at Miller Park.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog