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Could All-Debut Team beat the best? Let's see

1:00 AM EDT

The player assembly line is always churning. And in recent years, as teams have more frequently given opportunities to young and unproven players, the player plant has been pumping out impact talent at a rate we’ve never really seen before. This brings up an interesting thought exercise: What if you

Muncy homers for LA's 11th walk-off win of '19

Roberts says 'Kenley's our closer' after righty's sixth blown save
2:55 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES -- Max Muncy has homered in five consecutive games, and has 33 on the season. His one-out home run in the bottom of the 10th inning Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium gave the Dodgers a 2-1 victory over the Blue Jays. It was the 11th walkoff win this

Down in 10th, J.D. clutch again in wild Mets win

1:43 AM EDT

NEW YORK -- It’s a common saying, that success comes at the nexus where hard work meets opportunity. It also provides an apt distillation of how J.D. Davis seized control of a tie game in the bottom of the 10th inning, hitting a walk-off single to deep left field to

Tigers top Verlander after crazy game-ending out

Lefties Norris, Alexander combine for seven innings of one-run ball
12:55 AM EDT

HOUSTON -- The Tigers' best win of the year, a 2-1 victory over the Astros on Wednesday at Minute Maid Park, involved several clutch, if not heart-stopping, moments and was stressful until the end. That's no exaggeration. Had the the last play not been perfectly executed, the game could have

Harper hushes hecklers with go-ahead 2-run HR

Phillies 1 1/2 games back of 2nd NL Wild Card after sweeping Sox
12:38 AM EDT

BOSTON -- The innings were adding up. The Phillies had scored three runs in the first frame of Tuesday's win over the Red Sox, but after four innings on Wednesday, they had yet to get back on the board. That is, until Bryce Harper stepped to the plate in the

Players' Weekend 2019: What you need to know

12:58 AM EDT

Players’ Weekend -- a time when charisma, color and creativity are celebrated with looser uniform rules -- returns this weekend across MLB. Here’s everything you need to know about the festivities in a handy FAQ format. What is Players’ Weekend? Think of it as baseball’s version of Casual Friday. As

Bryant's blast caps slugfest as Cubs retake 1st

Castellanos racks up 4 hits, hits 8th HR in 19 games with Chicago
2:15 AM EDT

CHICAGO -- Nicholas Castellanos swung a fist in the air and began jumping up and down as he rounded second base on Wednesday night. He had the perfect vantage point to watch the baseball launched by Kris Bryant disappear into the left-field bleacher seats. Bryant’s two-run shot in the eighth

Strickland 'knocked out by a bar' in gym mishap

Scherzer expected to start Thursday's series finale
August 21, 2019

PITTSBURGH -- When the barbell dropped and struck his face Tuesday, it took Hunter Strickland a minute to gain clarity on what just happened. “I had no idea. I mean, I didn’t know what happened,” Strickland said Wednesday. “Obviously, it hit me pretty good, so it kind of dazed me

These are the best college 2020 Draft prospects

12:24 AM EDT

Scouts attacked the high-end college pitching in the 2019 Draft, with some veterans calling it the worst group they had seen in decades. Texas Christian left-hander Nick Lodolo was the lone college arm selected in the top 10 picks, and West Virginia right-hander Alek Manoah was the only other taken

Injury updates: Archer, Gray, Astros, Price

12:14 AM EDT

Here is the latest injury news from around Major League Baseball.

Tigers shut down healthy Mize for rest of year

August 21, 2019

Casey Mize’s first full professional season is over. The Tigers have decided to shut down their top prospect with just under two weeks left in the season for Double-A Erie. “We've made the decision after review and talking to Casey that we're going to skip his next three starts to

Hendriks' clutch 5-out save denies Yankees

3:40 AM EDT

OAKLAND -- When Liam Hendriks pumped his right fist in the air and let out a roar after watching Aaron Judge swing through a 2-2 slider for strike three, redemption was in the air Wednesday night at the Coliseum. There was something extra going into the at-bat between Hendriks and

Moose gets loose as Crew gains on Cards

Brewers get to Waino early, save Hader in rain-shortened win
1:23 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS -- So much for the path to 27 outs. This particular Brewers victory required only 21. Mike Moustakas teed off for a three-run home run in a four-run first inning and the Brewers held on long enough for a rain-shortened, 5-3 win over the Cardinals to finish a

Here are Wednesday's 10 best prospect performances

2:45 AM EDT

Here are the 10 best performances by players on team Top 30 Prospects lists from across the Minor Leagues on Wednesday:

Skaggs' friends plan Players’ Weekend tribute

August 21, 2019

When the teams take the field for the first of three Players’ Weekend games on Friday, you’ll notice a uniform patch in memory of the late Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, who passed away unexpectedly at the age of 27 on July 1. But several players who knew Skaggs well will

Teheran, Acuna continue Miami dominance

Righty K's season-high 9; 21-year-old phenom hits 9th HR vs. Marlins in '19
12:25 AM EDT

ATLANTA -- For just the fourth time since 1913, the Braves tallied at least five runs while recording three hits or less. But to get a better sense of the many oddities that evolved during a 5-0 win over the Marlins on Wednesday night, it’s best to focus on Ronald

Verlander goes distance in 2-hitter ... and loses

Astros ace strikes out double digits for seventh straight start
1:35 AM EDT

HOUSTON -- Justin Verlander was just about perfect. Close enough to flirt with something special. Close enough to sense it was possible. This is what the Astros have come to expect from him. Two pitches got him on Wednesday night, though. In a season when he has been stung by

Homers haunt Happ as Yanks lose 3rd straight

2:38 AM EDT

OAKLAND -- If the Yankees are wondering whether J.A. Happ is worthy of consideration for their postseason starting rotation, the answer may have continued to materialize in their 6-4 loss Wednesday night to the Oakland A’s. • Box score Happ lasted three batters into the fifth inning, departing with the

Corbin cruises with arm, bat in stellar outing

August 21, 2019

PITTSBURGH -- Thursday has been the date circled in red for many Nationals fans, as they await the return of ace Max Scherzer. But the rest of Washington's rotation has flexed its collective muscle in the first three contests of a four-game series against the Pirates. That stretch of dominance

Rangers let the kids (and vets) play in walk-off

Texas youngsters get it started, veterans finish the comeback win
12:32 AM EDT

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have made a dizzying array of roster moves over the last month, bringing in an infusion of young talent. They may be relatively young and inexperienced, but the enthusiasm they have injected into the clubhouse is quite noticeable. This might make the final five weeks more

Rendon reaches 100-RBI mark for 2nd time

August 21, 2019

PITTSBURGH -- For the second time in his seven-year career, Anthony Rendon has reached the 100-RBI mark for the Nationals. Rendon reached the century mark with a two-run single in the third inning of Wednesday’s 11-1 win over the Pirates at PNC Park. It was part of a six-run rally

Strickland's injury joins list of MLB’s strangest

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August 21, 2019

Every Major Leaguer wants to avoid the disabled list, but injuries happen -- and some are far stranger than others. For every injury that happens on the field during a game, in practice or in a workout session, there's another that occurs off the field, sometimes in bizarre circumstances. And

A 6’6” shortstop? This prospect may break mold

August 21, 2019

When Rafael Cruz brought his son home from the local hospital in Nizao, D.R., the former Minor League infielder put an old leather baseball glove by the newborn’s crib. The son was going to be a ballplayer, just like his father, Rafael said. It was his destiny. And it didn’t

Giolito dances to 12 K's, 2nd career shutout

White Sox righty limits first-place Twins to three hits
August 21, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS -- Lucas Giolito looked as if he was simply having fun as the White Sox starter dismantled the Twins -- one of baseball’s top offenses -- during a 4-0 victory Wednesday afternoon at Target Field. Giolito was moving and dancing around the dugout in-between innings, maintaining his focus but