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How the A's launched their way into contention  

The A's are the story of the baseball year, partially due to their bullpen and defense, but also because of their powerful slugging offense. Oakland has the highest average launch angle in the bigs, and that's by design, not by accident.

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2018-08-21 10:31:13



Didi Gregorius goes on DL with bruised heel  

The Yankees placed shortstop Didi Gregorius on the 10-day disabled list with a left heel contusion on Tuesday and recalled first baseman Luke Voit from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

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2018-08-21 08:13:16



Bryce Harper, Matt Adams Reportedly Claimed On Revocable Trade Waivers  

Nationals sluggers Bryce Harper and Matt Adams were claimed by unidentified organizations on revocable trade waivers, according to Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post (Twitter link). They join fellow left-handed hitting Nats veteran Daniel Murphy as pending free agents who were not able to make it through the waiver wire. The fact that teams were…

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2018-08-21 07:43:03



5 teams that could play spoiler down stretch  

Even teams that have fallen out of the postseason race have plenty to play for down the stretch.

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2018-08-21 07:06:47



Giants Reportedly Place Andrew McCutchen On Revocable Trade Waivers  

The Giants have placed outfielder Andrew McCutchen on revocable trade waivers, Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic reports on Twitter. Those in need of a refresher on how dealmaking works during the month of August should follow this link. In terms of timing, it’s not entirely clear exactly when McCutchen hit the waiver wire. If the placement…

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2018-08-21 05:53:50



Cards spoil Jansen's return, win on 2-HR 9th  

Jedd Gyorko and Matt Carpenter gave Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen a rude welcome back, as the pair's back-to-back solo homers in the ninth inning delivered the Cardinals a 5-3 win over the Dodgers on Monday. The victory gives the Cardinals a big win to open their road trip out west, and puts them just 3 1/2 games behind the Cubs for the National League Central lead, the closest they've been to the division lead since June 12. Carpenter's homer was his 34th of the season, extending his National Le

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2018-08-21 04:59:32



Beltre rests hamstring, discusses future  

Third baseman Adrian Beltre is focused on getting his left hamstring healthy and being on the field for the Rangers. Any decision about retirement will come in the offseason, Beltre said Monday.

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2018-08-21 04:46:57



Top prospect finds home in Indians system  

Native New Yorker George Valera was mad when his family uprooted him and went to the Dominican Republic. But now the outfielder is back in the United States, thriving with the Indians as their No. 5 prospect.

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2018-08-21 04:36:08



This pitch bounced, but Dee Gordon hit it anyway  

A pitch in the dirt? No problem for Mariners second baseman Dee Gordon.

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2018-08-21 04:35:56



Surging Carp now hot on Freeman's tail in NL MVP race  

Matt Carpenter's summer surge has muddled the NL MVP race, while Mookie Betts has a comfortable lead on the AL side in the latest poll of MLB.com's BBWAA members.

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2018-08-21 04:32:51



Chargois exits vs. Cards with neck discomfort  

Dodgers reliever JT Chargois was removed from Monday night's 5-3 loss to the Cardinals after facing one batter because of neck discomfort.

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2018-08-21 04:15:50



Laureano's first 2 HRs help A's back into 1st  

Mike Fiers delivered seven innings of one-hit ball and Ramon Laureano hit two of the A's four homers, as Oakland hammered the Rangers to reclaim a share of first place in the AL West. Khris Davis -- wearing a jersey signed by a Make-A-Wish child before the game -- hit his 37th homer of the year, and Stephen Piscotty also went deep for the A's, who put up seven runs against old friend Bartolo Colon.

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2018-08-21 03:59:47



Daniel Murphy Reportedly Claimed On Revocable Trade Waivers  

An unknown team has claimed Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy on revocable trade waivers, per Joel Sherman of the New York Post. The identity of the claiming team is not known, though Sherman notes that the veteran did not make it to the Yankees on the wire. Murphy was reportedly placed on waivers on Friday. That means…

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2018-08-21 03:55:11



Dodgers fall to Cards in Jansen's rocky return  

All-Star closer Kenley Jansen returned to the mound with a regular heartbeat but an irregular result on Monday night. Jansen allowed back-to-back home runs two pitches apart to Jedd Gyorko and Matt Carpenter leading off the ninth inning and took the loss as the Dodgers were shocked by the Cardinals, 5-3, slipping 2 1/2 games out of first place in the National League West, their largest deficit since July 1.

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2018-08-21 03:45:11



Staked to early lead, Porcello allows 3 homers  

It started out so promising for the Red Sox on Monday night, as they went on the early attack against one of the best pitchers in baseball in Corey Kluber. Meanwhile, Rick Porcello was carving up the Indians and seemed primed to make an early lead stand up.

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2018-08-21 03:43:03



Felix passes Pettitte on all-time strikeouts list  

Mariners right-hander Felix Hernandez continued his journey up the all-time strikeouts list on Monday night against the Astros, but this time with a little extra drama.

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2018-08-21 03:31:40



Cano's homer helps Seattle gain in AL West  

In his sixth game back, Robinson Cano broke a dry spell with a go-ahead three-run home run in the eighth inning as the Mariners pulled to 3 1/2 games back of the first-place Astros and A's in the American League West standings. Mitch Haniger's RBI single in the sixth tied it at 4 before Cano's heroics. Marwin Gonzalez logged three hits, including his 12th homer, and was a triple shy of the cycle for Houston.

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2018-08-21 03:29:19



Chapman's skills draw high praise from Beltre  

Consider Adrian Beltre among a growing contingent of Matt Chapman fans. The Rangers third baseman and future Hall of Famer offered extensive praise of Chapman, the A's star defender at the hot corner, before their teams squared off in Monday's series opener at the Coliseum.

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2018-08-21 03:20:58



Leury Garcia exits with left hamstring strain  

White Sox outfielder Leury Garcia exited Monday's game vs. the Twins with a left hamstring strain. He will be reevaluated when the team returns to Chicago on Tuesday.

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2018-08-21 03:01:59



Archer (left leg discomfort) exits as precaution  

Pirates right-hander Chris Archer was removed from Monday night's 1-0 loss to the Braves at PNC Park after four innings as a precaution due to left leg discomfort.

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2018-08-21 02:57:20



Polanco robs hit with 3rd career 9-3 putout  

Making his Major League debut in Monday night's 1-0 Braves win over the Pirates at PNC Park, 20-year-old Atlanta right-hander Bryse Wilson thought he had his first career hit in the fourth inning. Gregory Polanco properly welcomed the young pitcher to the big leagues.

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2018-08-21 02:22:59



Shaw finds right bat for 2-run HR to beat Reds  

After breaking his bat earlier in the at-bat, Travis Shaw hit a two-run home run off Homer Bailey in the sixth inning to give the Brewers a lead they wouldn't relinquish. Christian Yelich hit his 20th homer in the fifth for Milwaukee, which got six strong innings from Chase Anderson. The Reds homered twice off Anderson, who didn't have to pitch out of the stretch as he only allowed the two homers and didn't walk a batter. Josh Hader threw two scoreless innings to set up Jeremy Jeffress' save.

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2018-08-21 02:12:42



Giants win in 13th on Mets' defensive blunder  

Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good. The Giants were stymied by Mets starter Zack Wheeler until Alen Hanson's bloop fell for an RBI double in the seventh, and San Francisco pulled ahead when two Mets fielders collided and dropped Brandon Crawford's routine popup in short left field with two on and two outs in the 13th inning. Wheeler struck out 10 for the first time since 2014, but his six-start win streak was snapped.

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2018-08-21 02:06:30



Rays pitching extends scoreless streak in win  

One run goes a long way when a team pitches like the Rays have been lately. The Rays defeated the Royals 1-0 Monday night at Tropicana Field. In the process, the Rays' staff moved their consecutive-scoreless-innings streak to 23. They were last scored on by the Red Sox in the third inning Saturday night.

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2018-08-21 02:02:09



Morales' 2 homers power Blue Jays past O's  

Kendrys Morales hit two homers to power a Blue Jays win over the Orioles at Rogers Centre Monday. Morales' second blast in the fifth inning was a no-doubter and drove in three runs to give Toronto a four-run cushion. Baltimore scored two runs -- including a Renato Nunez solo home run -- a half-inning later, but the Blue Jays' bullpen allowed no further damage.

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2018-08-21 01:58:51



Astros slip late vs. M's, fall into 1st place tie  

The Astros fell back into a first-place tie on Monday night with a 7-4 loss to the Mariners, who are closing in on the American League West leaders. Robinson Cano hit a go-ahead three-run homer off Collin McHugh in the eighth inning to send Seattle to its fifth consecutive win over Houston in the past two weeks.

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2018-08-21 01:55:52



Allen's clutch homer powers Tribe past Red Sox  

Greg Allen sent a pitch from Red Sox starter Rick Porcello to the only part of the ballpark that has a zero-percent catch probability. In a 5-4 victory over the Red Sox, Allen's two-run home run into the Indians' bullpen in right-center field completed a comeback that helped overcome some early troubles by ace Corey Kluber, giving Cleveland its 13th win in 16 games.

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2018-08-21 01:49:58



Daniel Murphy reportedly claimed off waivers  

Feeling better and swinging the bat the way fans are accustomed to seeing him swing, Daniel Murphy could be on the verge of swapping uniforms for the stretch run.

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2018-08-21 01:35:42



Molina's record start streak ends at 27 in LA  

Yadier Molina's record start streak has come to an end. Cardinals manager Mike Shildt opted to start Francisco Pena behind the plate on Monday night at Dodger Stadium, ending Molina's streak of consecutive starts at a remarkable 27 games, an MLB record for catchers over age 35.

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2018-08-21 01:27:14



Yankees Place Didi Gregorius On 10-Day DL  

The Yankees announced today that they have placed shortstop Didi Gregorius on the 10-day disabled list. He’ll be replaced for the time being by first baseman Luke Voit. Gregorius has been diagnosed with a heel contusion. He suffered the injury in a collision at first base on Sunday. It’s still not clear how long Gregorious…

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2018-08-21 01:26:58



This HR can be considered a 'signature' moment  

After taking time to chat with kids from the Make-A-Wish Foundation prior to Monday's game, Khris Davis was asked by one of them if they could sign the A's slugger jersey. Davis then hammered homer No. 37 in the third inning.

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2018-08-21 01:24:38



Ender's sick throw helps Baby Brave make history  

Bryse Wilson (20 years, 243 days old) became the youngest pitcher on record to win his MLB debut in a 1-0 game, thanks in part to Ender Inciarte, whose perfect throw to the plate nabbed Adeiny Hechavarria, ending the seventh and preserving a lead that helped Atlanta snap a four-game skid. Pirates starter Chris Archer's early exit due to left leg discomfort was precautionary.

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2018-08-21 01:13:56



Players Clearing Revocable Waivers: Smoak, Cron, Flores, Duda  

The end of August is in sight, which means that final player transaction jockeying is taking place. To this point, we haven’t heard of many players to have cleared waivers, but the details of the process are rarely revealed as they unfold. August maneuvering involves multi-factor strategies that play out largely in the dark; that…

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2018-08-21 01:13:30



Sale 'in good spirits,' but no timetable for return  

The Red Sox haven't initiated a throwing program yet for ace Chris Sale, who is on the disabled list for the second time in the span of a month with mild inflammation in his left shoulder. But there is some progress being made behind the scenes.

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2018-08-21 01:08:59



Davidson, bats awaken in Giolito's strong start  

The White Sox bested the Twins' No. 5 prospect Stephen Gonsalves as Chicago scored four runs in the starters' 1 1/3 innings. Matt Davidson collected three RBIs and his 18th home run of the season, and Jose Abreu chipped in two RBIs and a double. White Sox starter Lucas Giolito provided six solid innings, allowing three runs while striking out six. Jake Cave and Max Kepler homered for the Twins, but the offense was unable to climb back from the early deficit.

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2018-08-21 01:04:09



MLBTR Poll: Potential Landing Spots For Andrew McCutchen  

With the Giants slipping to a distant fourth place in the NL West, the team’s decision to place veteran outfielder Andrew McCutchen on waivers yesterday may be the starting point of at least a light, late-August sell-off. Though the San Francisco organization obviously could still pull McCutchen back — particularly in the seemingly unlikely event…

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2018-08-21 01:01:57



O's place Trumbo on DL with knee inflammation  

The Orioles placed designated hitter Mark Trumbo on the disabled list with right knee inflammation on Monday. The club also reinstated outfielder Adam Jones from the bereavement list and recalled outfielder John Andreoli from Triple-A Norfolk.

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2018-08-20 20:51:20



Fast-rising Wilson gets call for big league debut  

Bryse Wilson's fast rise through the Braves' system accelerated again when the team announced that he was being promoted from Triple-A Gwinnett to start Monday night's game against the Pirates at PNC Park.

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2018-08-20 19:11:07



Phillips' 'Maverick' nickname not linked to 'Top Gun'  

When Players' Weekend rolls around starting Friday, Royals outfielder Brett Phillips will have "Maverick" on the back of his jersey. "Everyone thinks it's because of 'Top Gun' and the character in that," Phillips said, "but it's not."

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2018-08-20 19:05:35



Springer out of Astros' lineup tonight  

Astros outfielder George Springer was scratched from the starting lineup for Houston's series opener vs. the Mariners in Seattle on Monday due to left quad soreness. He is still available to potentially pinch-hit or play later in the game.

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2018-08-20 18:52:43



Prospect Team: Look out for Friars' Urias  

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances in the Minors from the previous week. Any player on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible.

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2018-08-20 18:16:46



O's tap into international market for D.R. OF  

The Orioles on Monday announced they have come to terms on a deal with international outfield prospect Isaac Bellony, a 16-year-old out of the Dominican Republic. Bellony, who was born in the Virgin Islands, signed for $220,000, per MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez.

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2018-08-20 18:10:13



Suter rejoins Crew after Tommy John surgery  

He won't be able to help a starting rotation that has sagged since the non-waiver Trade Deadline, but Brent Suter returned to the Brewers on Monday for the first time since Tommy John surgery with a plan to provide as much moral support as he can muster.

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2018-08-20 17:53:02



Mullins living up to nickname with Orioles  

Cedric Mullins has certainly been entertaining in his first few games with the Orioles, batting .387 in nine games, but his Players' Weekend nickname "The Entertainer" comes from comedian Cedric the Entertainer.

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2018-08-20 17:34:20



International Signings: Orioles, Dodgers  

Here are a few recent international signings of note: The Orioles announced today that they’ve signed outfielder Isaac Bellony. He’ll receive a $220K bonus, per Steve Melewski of MASNsports.com (via Twitter). Bellony, originally born in the U.S. Virgin Islands, was signed out of the Dominican Republic. Baltimore GM Dan Duquette describes him as “a young,…

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2018-08-20 15:48:01



Acuna, Castellanos earn Player of Week honors  

Major League Baseball recognized last week's top performers Monday, naming the Braves' Ronald Acuna Jr. and the Tigers' Nicholas Castellanos as the Players of the Week presented by W.B. Mason in the National League and the American League.

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2018-08-20 15:47:49



Sale 'in good spirits,' but no timetable for return  

The Red Sox haven't initiated a throwing program yet for ace Chris Sale, who is on the disabled list for the second time in the span of a month with mild inflammation in his left shoulder. But there is some progress being made behind the scenes.

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2018-08-20 15:16:04



Hinch: Altuve set to return Tuesday  

All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve will be activated from the disabled list Tuesday as the first-pace Astros take on the Mariners in Seattle.

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2018-08-20 14:16:16



Injury Notes: Jansen, Nimmo, Trumbo, Twins, Giants  

It seems the Dodgers will activate closer Kenley Jansen for tonight’s game, the relief ace tells reporters including MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick (Twitter links). That’s certainly good news for a club that has struggled to wrap up games in the late innings without him. More importantly, it seems as if there’s ongoing cause for optimism that Jansen will not be…

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2018-08-20 14:14:13



AL Central Notes: Kopech, Eloy, Twins, Tigers  

White Sox fans will get a long-awaited first look at top pitching prospect Michael Kopech on Tuesday, and GM Rick Hahn spoke to the media today about the decision to bring the prized righty to the Majors (links to Twitter via James Fegan of The Athletic, Daryl Van-Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times and Scott Merkin…

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2018-08-20 13:10:55



Peraza explains recent increase in power  

After hitting a home run on Saturday and Sunday vs. the Giants, Reds shortstop Jose Peraza extended his career-high total to eight for the season. Teammates in the clubhouse expressed surprised by his flash of power this season, as has Peraza.

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2018-08-20 11:57:10



White Sox manager sent to hospital after feeling light-headed  

White Sox manager Rick Renteria was feeling light-headed prior to Monday's game vs. the Twins and was taken to a local hospital for precautionary reasons, the White Sox announced.

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2018-08-20 11:49:33



2017-18 Rule 5 Draft Update  

At this point of the season, it’s reasonable to expect the remaining Rule 5 players who are on big league rosters to hold those spots for the remainder of the season. That doesn’t mean that each has necessarily impressed to the point where he’s viewed as a viable long-term option, but with rosters set to…

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2018-08-20 11:37:34



Quick Hits: Contender Schedules, Pazos, Weaver, Mets, Giants  

With several divisions throughout Major League Baseball still up for grabs and numerous contenders still in the hunt for the Wild Card, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports runs through the strength of the rest-of-season schedule for each of the 14 teams with realistic hopes of securing a postseason bid. The Diamondbacks draw the unwelcome distinction of…

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2018-08-20 10:22:22



These young stars are flying under the radar  

We know all about Ronald Acuna Jr. and Ozzie Albies. We know about Matt Chapman, Juan Soto and Alex Bregman, too. At least once a day we're reminded how cool it is to be a baseball fan at a time when the game's best player is 27 (Mike Trout) and his closest competitor is 25 (Mookie Betts).

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2018-08-20 09:10:36



Segura, Gamel back for series vs. Astros  

With the American League West-leading Astros in town for a three-game series, the Mariners made several roster moves prior to Monday's opener.

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2018-08-20 09:04:01



Injury updates: Ohtani, Judge, Sale, Tribe  

Here's a roundup of the latest injury news across the Majors.

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2018-08-20 08:40:11



Braves Select Bryse Wilson, Designate Ryan Flaherty, Outright Chad Bell  

The Braves have selected the contract of right-hander Bryse Wilson from Triple-A Gwinnett, tweets David O’Brien of The Athletic. The Braves have since announced that he’ll start tonight’s game in place of Kevin Gausman, who, along with the rest of the Atlanta rotation, has had his start pushed back a day (Twitter link via O’Brien).…

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2018-08-20 08:05:20



Power Rankings: Cards surge, Dodgers slide  

If we've learned anything the first 4 1/2 months of the season, it's that the races that have yet to be decided are both plentiful and intriguing, and the final six weeks -- with an emphasis on the last two -- are setting up to be wildly entertaining.

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2018-08-20 07:50:37



30 guys we want to see win it all  

This week at The Thirty, we take a look at the Carlos Beltran on each time: The veteran, or just inspiring story, who you'd most like to see win that elusive championship. Obviously, there's not much hope for some of these guys; the Orioles have already been eliminated, after all. But you never know. These are the players who never got a title … but someday should.

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2018-08-20 07:03:29



Red Sox offense strikes early against Kluber  

The heavy-hitting Red Sox made an early statement on Monday night at Fenway Park that they can handle even the elite pitchers.

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2018-08-20 06:41:39



MLB Daily Roster Roundup: Sale, Santana, Strickland, Stroman  

ROSTER MOVES BY TEAM (August 18th-August 19th) NATIONAL LEAGUE ATLANTA BRAVES | Depth Chart Activated from 10-Day DL: RP Sam Freeman Optioned: RP Kolby Allard COLORADO ROCKIES | Depth Chart Activated from 10-Day DL: SP Antonio Senzatela Optioned: INF Pat Valaika NEW YORK METS | Depth Chart Promoted: 1B/OF Dominic Smith  Smith was the 26th man for Sunday’s Little League Classic…

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2018-08-20 05:19:52



Jansen coming off DL, available to close  

Dodgers All-Star closer Kenley Jansen will be activated off the disabled list on Monday after his latest heart scare, saying he won't be "babied" as he pitches the rest of the season, but also "90 percent" sure he will require a second offseason surgical procedure to resolve an irregular heartbeat.

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2018-08-20 05:06:50



Rosario's 3 RBIs pace Mets in LL Classic  

Led by Amed Rosario's three RBIs, a Mets team that sports MLB's lowest run total in home games capped a five-city road trip with an 8-2 win over the Phillies in the second annual MLB Little League Classic presented by Geico in Williamsport, Pa., pushing its road output to an NL-best 5.23 runs per game.

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2018-08-20 04:17:29



Bucs, Cubs to match up in 2019 LL Classic  

Major League Baseball, the Major League Baseball Players Association and Little League International jointly announced the date and participants for the 2019 MLB Little League Classic presented by GEICO on Sunday night. The Cubs and Pirates will play in the third annual event, which will take place on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019, at Historic Bowman Field in Williamsport, Pa.

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2018-08-20 04:14:53



White Sox content to keep Jimenez at Triple-A  

Michael Kopech officially arrives behind mammoth anticipation and excitement with the White Sox on Tuesday, which means the focus now turns to a potential callup for outfielder Eloy Jimenez.

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2018-08-20 04:07:01



Ohtani pitches successful sim game  

Shohei Ohtani took another significant step back toward returning to a Major League mound Monday by throwing a simulated game at the Angels' facility in Tempe, Ariz. The team told reporters that Ohtani's throwing session went smoothly.

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2018-08-20 04:03:42



Tito impressed with Cora, Red Sox's success  

Indians manager Terry Francona, who made his first visit of the season to Fenway Park on Monday, had a front-row seat for two of the best Red Sox teams of all time in 2004 and '07.

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2018-08-20 03:37:44



NL Notes: Dodgers, Cards, Weaver, Bucs, Newman  

The latest on a few National League teams… The Dodgers are “setting a high bar” on potential reliever acquisitions this month, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal says (video link). In the end, though, Rosenthal doesn’t expect the Dodgers to make any trades for outside bullpen aid, noting that closer Kenley Jansen (on the DL since Aug.…

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2018-08-20 03:36:39



Joy of Little League Classic shared by kids, pros  

If not for the electric orange caps atop their heads, one might have missed the men who shuffled into the sixth row behind home plate at BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field on Sunday, taking their seats among a group of Little Leaguers from Staten Island. Scheduled off from work, Jacob deGrom, Zack Wheeler, Steven Matz and Noah Syndergaard instead took in a ballgame on what Syndergaard called "a beautiful night for baseball" in "the farmlands of Pennsylvania."

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2018-08-20 03:10:15



These are the best games each day this week  

The Oakland Athletics have been on such an improbable journey the last two months that virtually anything seems possible at this point. So is this the week the A's take control of the American League West? Let's check out the best game each day.

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2018-08-20 02:04:29



White Sox excited to see Kopech in action  

As Triple-A Charlotte pitching coach Steve McCatty joined Monday morning's White Sox conference call, he was informed that most, if not all, questions would focus on Michael Kopech. "That's what this is about?" said McCatty, in perfect deadpan.

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2018-08-20 02:02:55



Robertson hopes to return before end of season  

Daniel Robertson has a cast on his left hand, but he hasn't given up on the idea of playing before the end of the season. Robertson has been on the disabled list (left-thumb surgery) since Aug. 4.

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2018-08-20 01:51:15



With Edwin returning, Diaz meets with Tito  

Yandy Diaz wanted to meet with Indians manager Terry Francona to discuss the writing on the wall. With Edwin Encarnacion closing in on a return from the disabled list, Diaz could once again be approaching a return to Triple-A Columbus.

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2018-08-20 01:41:25



Bullpen of the Week: Rays  

The Rays used their "opener" strategy twice in five games from from Aug. 13-19, but despite the non-traditional usage, Tampa Bay's bullpen just keeps getting the job done whenever it's called upon. The Rays' relief corps pitched to a 2.23 ERA in a Major League-high 32 1/3 innings as Tampa Bay was named the MLB Bullpen of the Week presented by The Hartford for the second consecutive week.

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2018-08-20 01:38:30



Rosscup seals LA's win with immaculate inning  

An immaculate inning by reliever Zac Rosscup sealed the Dodgers' 12-1 win over the Mariners on Sunday at Safeco Field. Rosscup got swinging strikeouts of Kyle Seager, Ryon Healy and Cameron Maybin.

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2018-08-20 01:17:08



Beeks paves way as Rays blank Sox in finale  

Jalen Beeks was sensational against his former club on Sunday afternoon, firing four scoreless innings to lead the Rays to a 2-0 win over the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Joey Wendle and C.J. Cron homered for Tampa Bay, while Sergio Romo notched his 100th career save.

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2018-08-19 20:19:39



Marlins rap 17 hits; Urena (CG) gives up just two  

The Marlins unleashed an offensive onslaught in the finale, banging out 17 hits to back Jose Urena's complete-game two-hitter. Starlin Castro had five hits, J.T. Realmuto and JT Riddle drove in three runs each and Isaac Galloway hit his first MLB homer, as every Miami player reached base. The majority of the damage came against Gio Gonzalez (4 2/3 IP, 8 ER), but Tommy Milone didn't fare much better, allowing three homers in four innings.

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2018-08-19 19:59:12



Gem puts Kershaw halfway to 300 career wins  

Clayton Kershaw hit the career 150 win milestone on Sunday when the Dodgers routed the Mariners in the rubber game of their series, 12-1. Justin Turner had four hits and five RBIs, three of which came on a three-run homer in the ninth inning. Enrique Hernandez also homered and had three RBIs.

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2018-08-19 19:50:32



Suarez hits 27th HR as Reds sweep Giants  

A seven-run bottom of the third paced Cincinnati to a 17-hit day and three-game series sweep of San Francisco on Sunday at Great American Ball Park. Twelve Reds came to bat in the third. Scooter Gennett hit a two-run triple, and Eugenio Suarez followed with a two-run homer, his 27th. Reds starter Luis Castillo allowed three runs (one earned) and six hits over 6 2/3 innings with no walks and nine strikeouts.

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2018-08-19 19:05:31



Marquez sends Rockies to historic sweep  

German Marquez held the Braves to two runs over seven strong innings while Trevor Story and DJ LeMahieu homered as the Rockies picked up their first four-game series sweep in Atlanta with a win over Anibal Sanchez. Colorado, which is just a half-game out of first place in the NL West, also completed a record-tying stretch of 46 games against plus-.500 teams, winning 30 of those matchups.

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2018-08-19 17:40:52



Flamethrowing, K-artist prospect getting callup  

The White Sox are calling up right-hander Michael Kopech, the team's No. 2 prospect and No. 13 overall in MLB. He is scheduled to debut on Tuesday against the Twins.

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2018-08-19 17:16:54



Bruised left heel could land Didi on DL  

Already without Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez, and with Giancarlo Stanton playing through hamstring pain, the Yankees are likely to endure another injury to a key player. The club is preparing for the possibility of being without Didi Gregorius for a time after the shortstop suffered a bruised left heel in Sunday afternoon's 10-2 win over the Blue Jays.

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2018-08-19 17:13:37



Twins To Recall Stephen Gonsalves  

The Twins announced that left-hander Stephen Gonsalves will come up from Triple-A Rochester on Monday to make his major league debut with a start against the White Sox. To make room for Gonsalves, the Twins optioned right-hander Tyler Duffey to Rochester. Gonsalves, whom the Twins chose in the fourth round of the 2013 draft, has…

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2018-08-19 16:37:59



Pollock plays hero for D-backs with 9th-inning HR  

A.J. Pollock was the hero for the D-backs as his ninth-inning homer off Kirby Yates proved to be the difference. The D-backs trailed 3-2 before Daniel Descalso tied the game with a homer to right in the eighth inning. Renfroe got the Padres on the board in the first with a two-run homer and gave San Diego a 3-2 advantage with a two-out, RBI-single in the sixth.

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2018-08-19 16:02:53



Fastball firepower lifting new-look bullpen  

In the span of about a month, the Padres' bullpen has been overhauled from finesse to firepower.

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2018-08-19 15:49:55



Machado hit on left wrist, but X-rays negative  

X-rays taken on the left wrist of Manny Machado came back negative after the shortstop was hit by a pitch Sunday in the ninth inning of the Dodgers' 12-1 victory over the Mariners. "I'm good, guys," he said.

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2018-08-19 15:04:06



Stroman on DL; Pannone, Shafer brought up  

The Blue Jays officially placed right-hander Marcus Stroman on the 10-day disabled list prior to Sunday afternoon's 10-2 loss to the Yankees.

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2018-08-19 14:38:10



Yu Darvish Suffers Setback  

Cubs right-hander Yu Darvish hasn’t taken a major league mound since May 20, which may prove to be his final outing of the season. Darvish, who has been on the shelf for three months because of triceps and elbow injuries, left his Single-A rehab start on Sunday after throwing just one inning, Matthew Martell of…

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2018-08-19 14:17:30



Twins place Santana on DL with finger injury  

The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have placed right-handed pitcher Ervin Santana on the 10-day disabled list with reoccurring symptoms related to his original injury to his third finger MCP joint on his right hand.

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2018-08-19 13:38:18



Weaver moved to 'pen; Poncedeleon to start  

Shortly after feeling his mechanics click during a side session at Busch Stadium on Saturday afternoon, Luke Weaver learned that his next opportunity to take that adjustment into a game setting will come in a new role.

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2018-08-19 12:55:01



Strasburg to come off DL, start in key series  

Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg will be activated off the DL on Wednesday and start vs. the Phillies.

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2018-08-19 12:47:15



4:30 ET: Little League Virtual HR Derby on ESPN  

Kids from 16 teams spanning the globe took part in a Virtual HR Derby tournament. Get a glimpse of the action during a special highlight recap on ESPN at 4:30 p.m. ET.

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2018-08-19 12:44:08



Heyman's Latest: Mets, Alderson, Didi, Gallo  

While Mets owner Fred Wilpon would reportedly prefer to hire a general manager from a more traditional scouting background, Fancred Sports’ Jon Heyman hears that team COO Jeff Wilpon could prefer a GM in the younger, analytics-based mold.  Essentially, the Mets’ search is still in its very early stages, so it isn’t clear what type…

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2018-08-19 12:07:19



Yu requests MRI after rehab start cut short  

Yu Darvish's Minor League rehab start with Class A South Bend was cut short on Sunday after he completed just one inning and threw 19 pitches (10 strikes).

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2018-08-19 11:54:02



Indians: Martin heading home from hospital  

Indians outfielder Leonys Martin is scheduled to be released from Cleveland Clinic on Sunday, following a battle with a serious bacterial infection that was life-threatening a week ago.

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2018-08-19 11:53:54



'Toddfather' sparks big 2nd for Mets in LL Classic  

A change in venue did not result in a change of fortunes for the Mets' suddenly scalding offense, which raced out to a 4-0 lead off Phillies right-hander Nick Pivetta in the second inning on Sunday at BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field in second annual MLB Little League Classic presented by Geico.

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2018-08-19 10:38:47



Chacin, Crew down Cards to move up in WC  

After dropping three straight games, Jhoulys Chacin helped get the Brewers back on track in a finale win over the Cardinals on Sunday. Chacin threw six scoreless innings, while Mike Moustakas drove in both Brewers runs with a double in the third inning. The victory puts Milwaukee a half-game ahead of the Cardinals in the race for the second National League Wild Card spot. John Gant allowed two runs over 4 1/3 innings for St. Louis.

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2018-08-19 09:50:53



Joyce cleared to begin rehab assignment  

A's outfielder Matt Joyce, who has missed more than 50 games during the span of two separate DL stints, has finally been cleared for a Minor League rehab assignment.

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2018-08-19 09:03:53



Bird's slam, Happ's focus lead Yanks to sweep  

Greg Bird launched a grand slam and Miguel Andujar and Didi Gregorius added RBI singles in the Yankees' six-run first inning, en route to a sweep of the Blue Jays. They also tallied four runs in the sixth inning, including Giancarlo Stanton's RBI single and Kyle Higashioka's two-run single. J.A. Happ fanned eight in 5 1/3 innings against his former team, while Toronto starter Ryan Borucki was unable to finish the first inning, yielding six runs in 2/3 of an inning. Randal Grichuk and Kendys Mora

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2018-08-19 08:49:57






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