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What To Watch For As The Pitching Landscape Evolves  

Back in 2016, Terry Francona’s usage of Indians left-hander Andrew Miller was revolutionary, and the way he deployed his best relief pitcher, particularly during the postseason, has since had a profound impact on the way MLB teams have used their bullpens. The Andrew Miller Effect changed the game of baseball, and was a fascinating story…

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2018-05-27 05:21:30



Saturday's top prospect performers  

Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Saturday.

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2018-05-27 04:55:11



Rookie HR leader Villanueva hits 2 to sink LA  

Rookie slugger Christian Villanueva hit his 13th and 14th homers and A.J. Ellis and Freddy Galvis also homered as the Padres evened the series with a 7-5 win on Saturday night at Dodger Stadium. Chris Taylor and Justin Turner went deep for the Dodgers, who lost for just the second time in their last nine games.

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2018-05-27 04:53:44



Fired-up Altuve homers as part of 4-for-4 night  

After a rocky second inning for the Astros on Saturday, Jose Altuve was fired up. Unhappy about Lance McCullers Jr. expressing his emotion following an error, he confronted the young starter in the dugout. Moments later, he channeled that energy into a go-ahead two-run homer in the third inning to give Houston a 2-1 lead over the Indians.

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2018-05-27 04:40:45



Kershaw, Hill pitch in simulated game  

Clayton Kershaw faced four teammates in a controlled four-inning game on Saturday, the first time he had pitched to batters since May 1.

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2018-05-27 04:21:04



Indians smack 4 homers, hold off pesky Astros  

Four home runs were just enough to support a shaky start by Carlos Carrasco and lift the struggling Indians past the Astros at Progressive Field on Saturday, 8-6. Yonder Alonso and Jason Kipnis went deep in the fourth, and Edwin Encarnacion added a shot of his own in the fifth that knocked Houston starter Lance McCullers from the game. Michael Brantley got in on the derby with a solo shot in the seventh. Jose Altuve had a big night for the Astros, falling a double short of a cycle on a four-hit,

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2018-05-27 04:15:34



Trout's 5-for-5 fantasy night buries Yankees  

Mike Trout was in MVP form at Yankee Stadium, racking up a career-high five hits and 11 total bases, and homering for the third straight game to tie for the MLB lead with 17. Angels catcher Jose Briceno collected two hits in his big league debut, including a two-run homer in the seventh. Jaime Barria, who was recalled from Triple-A before the game, worked five innings for the win despite allowing home runs to Brett Gardner, Aaron Judge and Austin Romine.

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2018-05-27 04:07:06



West Notes: Pence, Ohtani, D-backs, Hill, A's  

It’s possible Giants outfielder Hunter Pence has played his last game with the team, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports California observes. The Giants have to make a decision on Pence’s future within the next six days, when his minor league rehab assignment will end. In the event San Francisco releases Pence, who helped the club…

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2018-05-27 03:50:47



Crawford homers, flashes leather in victory  

Brandon Crawford continued a magical May with a two-run homer as the Giants evened the series with the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Gorkys Hernandez went 3-for-5 with two runs from the leadoff spot and Brandon Belt drove in a pair for the Giants, who chased Jose Quintana after 4 1/3 innings. Kyle Schwarber and Javier Baez homered for the Cubs.

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2018-05-27 03:43:30



Breakthrough Series panel inspires attendees  

As part of the Softball Breakthrough Series, a panel of four women from the Los Angeles Dodgers organization discussed the challenges they've faced on the job and how gender played a role.

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2018-05-27 02:55:32



Angels catcher Briceno homers in MLB debut  

Angels rookie catcher Jose Briceno had a memorable MLB debut on Saturday night, launching his first career home run in the seventh inning of an 11-4 win over the Yankees.

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2018-05-27 02:53:36



Reds pull Houdini act in 9th; Gennett goes 5-for-5  

The Reds escaped a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the ninth to edge the Rockies, 6-5 on Saturday. Billy Hamilton tripled in the tying run in the seventh and scored the go-ahead run to help the Reds win a wild one at Coors Field.

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2018-05-27 02:22:28



Trade Notes: Machado, Phils, Cubs, Yanks, Rays, Padres, M's, Tribe  

Orioles shortstop Manny Machado seems like a good bet to end up on the move this year, though it’s not “anywhere close” to happening, Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com reports. The Orioles aren’t “actively shopping” Machado right now, and they’re content to keep the soon-to-be free agent until closer to the July 31 non-waiver deadline, Kubatko…

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2018-05-27 02:05:47



Buxton day to day after crashing into wall  

Twins center fielder Byron Buxton was removed from Saturday night's 12-inning, 4-3 loss to the Mariners at Safeco Field in the sixth inning after coming within feet of stealing a two-run home run from designated hitter Nelson Cruz. The Twins later announced that Buxton, who had a small laceration above his eye, showed no signs of a concussion and is day to day.

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2018-05-27 02:03:18



Mariners eager to add Colome, Span to mix  

Alex Colome flew to Seattle on Saturday and the closer will be available in the bullpen for Sunday's series finale against the Twins, while Denard Span finished up some family business and is expected to arrive in time to play left field in Monday afternoon's series opener with the Rangers.

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2018-05-27 01:52:42



Bumgarner confident after dominant rehab start  

Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner declared himself fit to return to the big leagues sooner than expected if needed following his first rehab start since pinkie surgery.

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2018-05-27 01:48:58



Mariners walk off on Zunino's 12th-inning homer  

Mike Zunino's two-out homer off Twins reliever Matt Magill in the 12th inning lifted the Mariners to a 4-3 win and their fourth walk-off of the season Saturday night at Safeco Field. It was the Mariners' club record-tying sixth straight one-run game. Nelson Cruz ended a rare power drought with a two-run homer in the sixth inning to give Seattle a 3-2 lead before Minnesota tied it on an RBI single by Eduardo Escobar off reliever James Pazos in the eighth.

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2018-05-27 01:43:55



Dodgers get outmuscled by Padres  

Chris Taylor and Justin Turner homered as the Dodgers flashed an offense more like the one that pushed them into the World Series last year, leaving starter Alex Wood to stand up and take responsibility for Saturday night's 7-5 defeat to the San Diego Padres.

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2018-05-27 01:37:29



Central Notes: Meadows, Reds, Cards, Miggy  

When the Pirates promoted outfield prospect Austin Meadows on May 18, the plan was for him to quickly return to the minors, manager Clint Hurdle told Elizabeth Bloom of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and other reporters Saturday. However, Meadows’ “performance was eye-catching," according to Hurdle, which convinced the team to keep him around when it activated…

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2018-05-26 22:53:33



Skoglund hits DL with UCL sprain; Stout recalled  

Royals left-handed pitcher Eric Stout was recalled from Triple-A Omaha and will be available for Saturday's game against the Rangers at 3:15 p.m. ET. In a corresponding move, left-hander Eric Skoglund was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a left UCL sprain/valgus extension overload.

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2018-05-26 20:49:09



Gardner, Judge open with back-to-back jacks  

After falling behind to the Angels in the top of the first, Brett Gardner and Aaron Judge quickly answered with back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the inning to give the Yankees a 2-1 lead Saturday night.

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2018-05-26 20:35:58



Cole-Bauer duel has history, recent and deep  

When Trevor Bauer used his Twitter account to insinuate -- purposely or otherwise -- that his former UCLA teammate Gerrit Cole and other Astros pitchers were using pine tar to improve their spin rates, you didn't have to look too deep into the schedule to see the potential for a Bauer vs. Houston or even a Bauer vs. Cole matchup.

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2018-05-26 19:25:22



Cubs add Gimenez, send down Caratini  

The Cubs announced on Saturday they had selected catcher Chris Gimenez from Triple-A Iowa and optioned catcher Victor Caratini to Iowa.

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2018-05-26 19:13:22



Indians Place Andrew Miller On 10-Day DL  

According to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com, Indians lefty Andrew Miller is headed back to the DL with right knee inflammation. It’s the same knee issue that caused him problems last year, which is surely incredibly disheartening news to a Cleveland ballclub whose bullpen situation just seems to keep getting worse. For the time being, the…

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2018-05-26 17:36:47



Cards top prospect Reyes returning to bigs Wed.  

Cardinals No. 1 prospect Alex Reyes, the No. 17 prospect overall, according to MLB Pipeline, will make his season debut on Wednesday against the Brewers in Milwaukee, the team announced. The 23-year-old right-hander hasn't pitched in a Major League game since Sept. 29, 2016, after undergoing Tommy John surgery following that season.

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2018-05-26 17:23:28



Drake designated for assignment; Taylor up  

The Indians designated relief pitcher Oliver Drake for assignment and recalled right-hander Ben Taylor from Triple-A Columbus on Saturday.

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2018-05-26 15:24:53



Rox recall prospect McMahon to play second  

The Rockies have recalled infielder Ryan McMahon, the club's second-ranked prospect by MLB Pipeline and inserted him into Saturday's lineup for their game against the Reds at Coors Field.

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2018-05-26 15:08:23



Mengden dominates D-backs with shutout  

Daniel Mengden pitched a shutout on Saturday, shutting down the D-backs as the A's evened up the series at the Oakland Coliseum with a 3-0 win. Matt Joyce, Matt Olson and Chad Pinder provided the A's offense on the day, with all three hitting solo homers. Clay Buchholz made his second start with the D-backs and allowed just one run in his second consecutive outing.

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2018-05-26 15:02:57



Choo makes history with walk-off HR for Texas  

Shin-Soo Choo hit a leadoff home run in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Rangers a 4-3 victory over the Royals on Saturday afternoon at Globe Life Park. The Rangers were down three at one point before rallying for their fourth victory in the last five games.

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2018-05-26 14:56:46



Nationals rally late after Roark's strong start  

Tanner Roark is no stranger to lack of run support. In his last three starts, the Nationals had scored a combined total of three runs. That trend continued on Saturday afternoon, but the Nationals eventually punished Marlins closer Brad Ziegler for three runs in the ninth inning for a 4-1 win over the Marlins.

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2018-05-26 14:29:26



With Colome gone, Rays' closing situation 'fluid'  

Now that Alex Colome has been traded to the Mariners, the question is: Who will close for the Rays?

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2018-05-26 14:04:18



Injury Notes: Gomez, Sanchez, Marte, Bird, Prado  

Rays outfielder Carlos Gomez has been activated from the 10-day disabled list; he’d been sidelined since May 16th with a strained groin. The injury was thought to be minor at the time, and the fact that Gomez missed only the ten-day minimum leaves little room to doubt his health at this time. That doesn’t mean his…

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2018-05-26 13:59:17



Behind Nola, pinch-hit HR, Phils take over 1st  

Aaron Nola rebounded from his worst start of the season to deliver what the Phillies have come to expect from their young ace in a dominant 2-1 win over the Blue Jays Saturday evening at Citizens Bank Park. Nola tired in the seventh inning, after a rain delay kept him away from action for roughly 22 minutes, and on his 113th pitch, he lost both the no-hitter and the lead. Nick Williams reclaimed the lead with yet another pinch-hit home run, his third of the season, to lead off the eighth.

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2018-05-26 12:53:49



Tribe's Miller returns to DL with knee ailment  

The Indians have placed left-hander Andrew Miller on the 10-day DL due to right knee inflammation, the same knee that caused the reliever problems last year.

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2018-05-26 12:40:33



Machado out of lineup to rework swing  

On Saturday, slumping second baseman Dixon Machado was out of Detroit's lineup for a second consecutive game as hitting coach Lloyd McClendon tries to rework Machado's swing.

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2018-05-26 12:36:16



Gohara may be best utilized out of Braves' bullpen  

The Braves have not decided how Luiz Gohara will be utilized when he returns from the bereavement list. But as the latter stages of Friday night's 6-2 loss to the Red Sox elapsed, there was further reason to believe the big southpaw might be best utilized as a reliever.

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2018-05-26 11:47:24



Britton 'definitely' ready to move forward in rehab  

All-Star closer Zach Britton took a big step toward his return on Saturday, throwing a two-inning simulated game prior to the O's contest against the Rays. Britton is slated to begin a rehab assignment next week, likely for Triple-A Norfolk on Wednesday, as the lefty has passed all his initial tests in a return from offseason right Achilles surgery.

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2018-05-26 11:30:55



MLB's 15 best under-22 duos of all time  

How unusual is it for a club to possess two everyday players south of 22 who make elite contributions in a single season?

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2018-05-26 11:29:42



Indians Designate Oliver Drake, Recall Ben Taylor  

Ryan Lewis of the Akron Beacon Journal tweets that the Indians have designated right-handed reliever Oliver Drake for assignment and recalled fellow righty Ben Taylor from Triple-A to take his roster spot. Drake was charged with six earned runs in last night’s game against the Astros. It’s the latest turn in the revolving door that’s…

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2018-05-26 10:58:37



Cubs Place Yu Darvish On DL  

Cubs starter Yu Darvish is headed to the disabled list (retroactive to May 23) with right tricep tendinitis, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic tweets. The club has recalled lefty Randy Rosario from Triple-A Iowa in a corresponding move, and righty Tyler Chatwood will start in Darvish’s place Sunday. This is already the second DL placement…

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2018-05-26 10:37:43



Pedroia makes presence felt in 2018 debut  

Dustin Pedroia was back for the start of his 13th season with the Red Sox on Saturday, and the Fenway faithful gave him a warm welcome with a loud, standing ovation in his first at-bat in Boston's eventual 8-6 win over Atlanta.

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2018-05-26 08:49:56



Cubs put Darvish on DL with triceps tendinitis  

The Cubs put Yu Darvish on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to May 23, with right triceps tendinitis. Left-hander Randy Rosario was summoned from Triple-A Iowa.

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2018-05-26 08:32:27



Quick Hits: Colon, Bibens-Dirkx, Odor, Rangers, Anthopoulos, Bae  

Timeless right-hander Bartolo Colon celebrated his 45th birthday this week, so he’ll soon become just the 18th player in major league history to pitch in the majors beyond that benchmark. Colon is also the oldest to hurl a pitch since Jamie Moyer back in 2012. Value metrics are divided on his effectiveness so far this…

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2018-05-26 07:32:16



Meadows sticks with Bucs as Marte returns  

The Pirates will get a big boost to their offense as outfielder Starling Marte was activated from the 10-day disabled list on Saturday.

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2018-05-26 07:28:18



Pirates Activate Starling Marte, Option Jose Osuna  

After reporting earlier today that Starling Marte could be activated from the DL if he felt good upon arrival to PNC Park, Adam Berry of MLB.com tweets that Marte has indeed been reinstated, with the Pirates optioning first base/outfield type Jose Osuna to the minors. The quick DL stint for Marte is obviously best-case scenario…

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2018-05-26 07:03:48



Bullpen dominates, Rays strike early to best O's  

Ryne Stanek started with 1 2/3 perfect innings, including three strikeouts, before Anthony Banda took over to toss 6 1/3 dominant frames as the Rays bested the Orioles, 5-1, at Tropicana Field. The Rays struck early, scoring two in the first and extending the lead on C.J. Cron's two-run double in the second. Andrew Cashner struggled for the O's, allowing 11 hits and five earned runs over five-plus innings of work to take his sixth loss of the season.

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2018-05-26 07:01:03



Martin makes first career start at shortstop  

Catcher Russell Martin will make his first career start at shortstop when the Blue Jays take on the Phillies today in Philadelphia.

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2018-05-26 06:27:27



With Prado on DL, Marlins add Riddle to roster  

For the first time since last July, JT Riddle is back in the big leagues. The Marlins on Saturday morning recalled the 26-year-old shortstop from Triple-A New Orleans. Adding Riddle was the corresponding move as third baseman Martin Prado was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain.

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2018-05-26 05:45:03



Candelario stays hot, but Tigers hurt by HRs  

In his second game back from the disabled list, third baseman Jeimer Candelario hit two home runs in his first two at-bats, and starter Francisco Liriano struck out a season-high eight hitters, but the White Sox homered four times to win, 8-4, on Saturday at Comerica Park.

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2018-05-26 05:33:06



Russell Martin starting at SS today for Jays  

Catcher Russell Martin will make his first career start at shortstop when the Blue Jays take on the Phillies today in Philadelphia.

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2018-05-26 05:28:09



Yankees activate Bird, option Torreyes  

The Yankees returned from rehab and reinstated first baseman Greg Bird from the 10-day disabled list on Saturday.

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2018-05-26 05:17:21



Flaherty sharp in Cards' win, makes case to stay  

The largest of a considerable number of questions looming over the Cardinals heads is something of an existential one, its answer not yet required but on the forefront all the same. Moreso than how to best streamline its stop-and-go lineup or rebuild its balky bridge to the ninth, a starting rotation decision weighs most heavily on club officials' minds.

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2018-05-26 05:06:46



Crew's 19 hits lead to double-digit rout of Mets  

Every Brewers starting position player recorded at least one RBI, as Milwaukee took down the Mets in Game 3 of the four-game set at Miller Park on Saturday. Christian Yelich, Jesus Aguilar and Hernan Perez each had three RBIs, while Aguilar and new catcher Erik Kratz hit home runs. Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto homered for the Mets, but New York's first four pitchers of the game allowed at least two runs each. Starter Jason Vargas allowed five over three innings, while AJ Ramos and Chris Fl

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2018-05-26 04:52:53



Bullpen digs in late as Blue Jays hold off Phils  

Justin Smoak hit a two-run homer in a three-run fifth inning, part of five Toronto extra-base hits, and the Blue Jays held off the Phillies' late push for a 6-5 win on Friday night at Citizens Bank Park. Sam Gaviglio had a quality outing in his second start of the season, but the Blue Jays nearly coughed up a five-run lead. Ryan Tepera was able to work out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth to shut the door on the Phillies, who got home runs from starting pitcher Zach Eflin and first baseman Car

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2018-05-26 04:49:19



Fowler day to day after being hit on right knee  

After spending a month as perhaps baseball's most bruised and battered team, the Cardinals appeared to be getting healthier heading into this weekend series against the Pirates. But they lost two more key veterans Saturday, placing Greg Holland on the disabled list prior to first pitch before Dexter Fowler exited in the fourth, when the right fielder was hit with a pitch on the right knee.

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2018-05-26 04:44:12



Vlad Jr. goes back-to-back with Bichette  

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. continued to torment Minor League pitching on Friday night as he went back-to-back with Bo Bichette for his 10th homer of the season in Double-A New Hampshire's 10-3 win over Hartford on Friday.

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2018-05-26 04:33:28



Former stars soak in HOF Classic experience  

The unofficial start to the summer season kicked off with the annual Hall of Fame Classic held at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, N.Y., on Saturday. Fans lined up to see some of their favorite retired MLB players join together for a seven-inning affair on the baseball diamond. Each MLB team had a representative in the game. Also, several Hall of Famers like Rollie Fingers, Goose Gossage, Eddie Murray, Gaylord Perry, Tim Raines and Ozzie Smith showed up at the birthplace of baseball at Doubleday

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2018-05-26 04:26:41



Sano returns to Twins' lineup, playing first base  

With an offense that has had issues finding consistent production, the Minnesota Twins got a nice boost on Friday by inserting slugger Miguel Sano back into the lineup.

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2018-05-26 04:20:09



Cardinals Activate Tyler Lyons, Carson Kelly; Place Greg Holland On DL  

The Cardinals have made several injury-related moves, activating lefty reliever Tyler Lyons and catcher Carson Kelly while simultaneously moving righty reliever Greg Holland to the 10-day DL. The club also optioned catcher Steven Baron to Triple-A Memphis in a related move. There’s no word yet as to the nature of Holland’s injury, though he’s certainly…

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2018-05-26 04:14:26



Rox start homestand on high note, edge Reds  

Nolan Arenado hit his ninth homer of the season, and Noel Cuevas hit a tie-breaking, pinch-hit RBI triple in the sixth as the Rockies edged the Reds 5-4 on Friday to start their nine-game homestand. Jon Gray allowed four runs in six innings, striking out eight to pick up his fifth win.

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2018-05-26 04:03:29



D-backs bats come to life by Bay to halt skid  

The D-backs collected 12 hits as they busted out of their offensive funk at the plate and snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 7-1 win over the A's on Friday night at Oakland Coliseum. Nick Ahmed homered in the win, as Patrick Corbin went seven innings, allowing just one run while striking out seven en route to his fifth win.

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2018-05-26 04:02:27



Twins Release Brock Stassi  

The Twins have released first baseman/outfielder Brock Stassi, per Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press (via Twitter). His roster spot at Triple-A Rochester will got to just-acquired slugger Chris Carter. Stassi, 28, crafted a nice story when he earned a roster spot out of camp with the Phillies last year. But he failed to succeed…

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2018-05-26 03:55:11



Anderson leads homer-heavy barrage vs. Tigers  

The Tigers struck early against White Sox starter Hector Santiago, but it was the Chicago offense that clobbered Detroit pitching, hitting four home runs during an 8-4 win on Saturday at Comerica Park. Tim Anderson homered twice for the White Sox, and Jeimer Candelario hit two home runs for the Tigers.

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2018-05-26 03:44:25



Panik could return next week after rehab games  

The Giants welcomed a positive development amid their daily delivery of injury-related news on Saturday, when the ballclub and second baseman Joe Panik announced that he will start a Minor League injury rehabilitation assignment on Monday with Triple-A Sacramento.

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2018-05-26 03:39:50



Benintendi, Moreland power Red Sox past Braves  

Andrew Benintendi finished a double shy of the cycle and drove in three runs, while Mitch Moreland drove in a pair, as the Red Sox beat the Braves, 8-6, on Saturday at Fenway Park.

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2018-05-26 03:32:21



Gleyber homers in 4th straight, makes history  

Gleyber Torres delivered a go-ahead blast, becoming the youngest player in AL history to homer in four consecutive games, and Aaron Judge uncorked a pair of impressive throws from right field on Friday night to help the Yankees win the series opener with the Angels. Andrew Heaney and Luis Severino both turned it over to the bullpens in the 7th inning with the game tied at 1, with Torres notching his first RBI on an infield single and the Halos' run coming on Mike Trout's 16th homer.

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2018-05-26 03:21:14



Cubs Designate Efren Navarro, Select Chris Gimenez  

The Cubs have designated outfielder Efren Navarro for assignment, tweets Carrie Muskat of MLB.com. In his stead, the club has selected the contract of catcher Chris Gimenez. Fellow catcher Victor Caratini has been optioned to Triple-A Iowa in a related move. The move probably isn’t related to the performance of Caratini (though he’s hardly lighting…

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2018-05-26 03:08:22



Castellanos leads Tigers' late charge to victory  

The Tigers opened a 12-game homestand with the kind of comeback that they've become known for this season. Nicholas Castellanos' game-tying double and go-ahead run capped a three-run eighth inning off ex-teammate Bruce Rondon, sending Detroit to a 5-4 win over the White Sox on Friday night at Comerica Park. Tim Anderson hit his eighth homer of the year for Chicago.

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2018-05-26 03:02:06



Shaw's big night keys win in extras vs. Mets  

Travis Shaw drove in three runs in the Brewers' 4-3 win over the Mets at Miller Park on Friday. He homered and notched an RBI single against Noah Syndergaard before drawing a walk-off walk in the 10th inning.

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2018-05-26 02:49:03



NL Injury Notes: Kershaw, Bucs, Panik, Mets  

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw said Saturday that he’ll be ready to rejoin their rotation in five days, though it’ll be up to the team whether that happens, according to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times. Kershaw’s four-inning simulated game on Saturday went well enough that he may be able to avoid a rehab assignment,…

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2018-05-26 02:45:33



Paxton racks up 11 K's as Mariners nip Twins  

James Paxton continued his masterful May for the Mariners on Friday, firing seven innings of one-run ball as Seattle topped the Twins, 2-1, in the series opener at Safeco Field. The big lefty held Minnesota to three hits with 11 strikeouts and no walks in a 103-pitch gem, putting his season record at 4-1 with a 3.10 ERA.

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2018-05-26 02:42:41



First round's finest: Best pick ever at each slot  

We attempted to answer a simple question: Who is the best pick ever at each first-round slot in the MLB Draft? The names may not surprise you.

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2018-05-26 02:42:17



Musgrove twirls 7 scoreless to win Bucs debut  

Joe Musgrove, who spent two months working his way through Minor League starts, made his first start for the Pirates on Friday night at PNC Park, and delivered a gem. The right-hander fired seven scoreless innings, struck out seven, recorded his first Major League hit and scored a run as the Pirates' bats broke out late in an 8-1 win over the Cardinals. Center fielder Austin Meadows went 2-for-4 with a triple, giving him 13 hits in his first seven Major League games.

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2018-05-26 02:41:36



Kingery honing details at SS with Crawford out  

After starting at short just six times through April, Scott Kingery has started six of the last seven games at the position. It's been an adjustment from the utility role Kingery had assumed after signing a long-term contract at the end of Spring Training and beginning the season in the big leagues.

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2018-05-26 02:32:26



Trout homers into 2nd deck -- in right field  

Mike Trout belted his 16th home run of the season in the fifth inning of the Angels' series opener against the Yankees on Friday night at Yankee Stadium, leaving him tied for second in the Majors in homers.

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2018-05-26 02:28:26



Finch provides guidance at Breakthrough Series  

For Jayden Clark, the opportunity to showcase her skills and learn from Olympic gold medalist Jennie Finch at the annual Softball Breakthrough Series helped the Florida prep athlete achieve her dream of playing softball in college.

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2018-05-26 02:24:35



Ohtani on track to pitch in Detroit series  

The Angels' plans for inserting Shohei Ohtani back into the rotation have begun to emerge, as the two-way phenom threw a light bullpen session at Yankee Stadium on Saturday afternoon, putting him on track to potentially pitch Wednesday in Detroit.

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2018-05-26 02:23:40



Judge denies Halos twice, reaching 100.5 mph  

Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge proved once again why runners may want to think twice about challenging his arm. Not just once, but twice.

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2018-05-26 02:13:59



Cards put Holland on DL; Lyons, Kelly return  

The Cardinals activated catcher Carson Kelly and LHP Tyler Lyons off the 10-day disabled list, placed right-handed pitcher Greg Holland on the 10-day disabled list with a right hip impingement and optioned catcher Steven Baron to Triple-A Memphis.

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2018-05-26 01:55:33



Mookie hits 17th HR, J.D. slugs 16th for Sox  

In an Interleague battle of East divisional leaders, it was the Red Sox who took the first game of their three game set versus Atlanta, 6-2, by way of the long ball.

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2018-05-26 01:49:33



Astros rout Tribe with 11 runs in final 2 innings  

After a pitchers' duel between former Cy Young Award winners on Friday, the Astros finally broke through once Indians ace Corey Kluber left the game.

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2018-05-26 01:48:43



Nimmo robs Yelich with terrific diving catch  

Left fielder Brandon Nimmo made a diving catch to rob Christian Yelich of a hit in the bottom of the first on Friday at Miller Park. With an 18-percent catch probability, according to Statcast™ data, it was a five-star grab.

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2018-05-26 01:48:16



Friday's top prospect performers  

Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Friday.

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2018-05-26 01:35:35



Minor plays major role as Rangers even set  

Mike Minor yielded four runs over six innings, but the Rangers belted three home runs to help the lefty beat his former club and even the series against the Royals. Shin-Soo Choo went deep in the first before Ronald Guzman and Nomar Mazara added two-run jacks off Eric Skoglund, who dropped to 1-5 with the loss. Mike Moustakas and Jorge Soler went deep for the Royals.

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2018-05-26 01:25:29



Local product Taylor sparks Nats to win in Miami  

Michael A. Taylor homered and later hit a leadoff double in a three-run seventh inning as the Nationals won the series opener against the Marlins. Matt Adams also went deep off Jose Urena to support Max Scherzer, who gave up four runs over six innings for his Major League-leading eighth victory. Bryce Harper drove in two with a double in the decisive seventh.

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2018-05-26 01:24:31



Stripling fans 10 Padres as Dodgers stay hot  

Ross Stripling struck out a career-high 10 and got home runs from Matt Kemp and Enrique Hernandez as the Dodgers topped the Padres, 4-1, on Friday night at Dodger Stadium for their seventh win in their last eight games. In a losing effort, Clayton Richard turned in his fourth straight start of at least six innings for San Diego.

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2018-05-26 01:14:57



Gomez comes off DL, Font added to roster  

The Rays activated outfielder Carlos Gomez from the disabled list and added right-hander Wilmer Font to their 25-man roster on Saturday.

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2018-05-26 01:08:31



Injury Notes: Prado, Murphy/Goodwin, DeJong, Casilla, Trumbo, More  

It seems that Marlins infielder Martin Prado has suffered a rather significant left hamstring injury, as Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports. The 34-year-old has endured a run of significant problems with his hamstring muscles in the past year or so. Details aren’t yet known, but it certainly sounds as if Prado will be sidelined for…

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2018-05-26 01:06:10



Rangers evaluating Lincecum's return off DL  

Veteran right-hander Tim Lincecum is eligible to come off the disabled list on Monday, but the Rangers aren't certain he'll be ready. Lincecum is on a 30-day medical rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Round Rock and that doesn't expire until June 5. The Rangers may wait until that date before making a decision.

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2018-05-25 20:53:34



Moreland, Swihart to receive more playing time  

In the wake of the Red Sox designating Hanley Ramirez for assignment on Friday, the door has now opened for the likes of Mitch Moreland and Blake Swihart to garner more playing time for the club.

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2018-05-25 20:50:20



Kershaw could return next week; Hill 'antsy'  

Clayton Kershaw will throw a simulated game on Saturday as planned, and he will have company, as another Dodgers starting pitcher itching to return, Rich Hill, will join him on the mound.

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2018-05-25 20:38:16



Phillies pitcher Eflin goes oppo for 1st HR  

Zach Eflin took the first pitch he saw from Blue Jays starter Sam Gaviglio in the third inning, an 86-mph sinker. On the next pitch, another sinker, Eflin crushed his first career home run into the Phillies' bullpen.

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2018-05-25 19:15:30



Pirates Designate George Kontos  

The Pirates have designated righty George Kontos for assignment, the club announced. His roster spot was needed for the activation of fellow right-hander Joe Musgrove from the DL. Kontos, 32, had turned in a nice showing last year upon arriving in mid-season, and has generally produced excellent earned-run averages in the majors. But his peripherals…

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2018-05-25 18:42:05



Judge denies Angels run with 100.5 mph rocket  

Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge proved once again why runners may want to think twice about challenging his arm.

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2018-05-25 18:14:29



Wily Hendricks stifles SF as Cubs break out late  

Kyle Hendricks dominated the Giants over seven innings, and Ben Zobrist and Kris Bryant delivered two-run hits in the seventh to lead the Cubs at Wrigley Field. San Francisco starter Derek Holland had limited Chicago to just one run through six, but he departed two batters into the pivotal seventh inning. Gorkys Hernandez homered for the Giants.

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2018-05-25 16:29:06



6 potential landing spots for Hanley  

Hanley Ramirez was designated for assignment by the Red Sox on Friday, bringing his stint in Boston to a close earlier than expected. So where might Ramirez wind up? Here's a look at a half-dozen clubs that could make a play for Ramirez if (when?) he hits the open market.

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2018-05-25 16:26:49



MLB reveals plans for Memorial Day donations  

Major League Baseball is adjusting the way it recognizes Memorial Day this season -- specifically in how it distributes charitable contributions -- in an effort to lend its financial support to those who have been directly affected by the loss of a military loved one.

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2018-05-25 14:55:39



Theo spikes rumors: 'Essentially zero trade talks'  

Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein dismissed rumors that have linked the team to Orioles shortstop Manny Machado, saying "there are zero trade talks going on now."

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2018-05-25 14:02:02



Rene Rivera Undergoes Knee Surgery  

Angels catcher Rene Rivera has undergone surgery to repair a torn meniscus, the club announced (h/t Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register, on Twitter). He’s expected to miss four to six weeks of action. Rivera inked a one-year, $2.8MM deal with the Halos over the winter. Long valued for his glovework, he has been…

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2018-05-25 13:49:23



Cespedes adds running to baseball activities  

Slow to return from a strained right hip flexor, Yoenis Cespedes made significant progress Friday when he began a running progression on the field at Miller Park. Previously, Cespedes had been limited to hitting and throwing, without attempting to run on his injured leg.

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2018-05-25 13:43:41






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