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Trevino walks off for Texas on 1st Father's Day

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Pinch-hitter Jose Trevino, with his newborn son in the stands, blooped a single into short left field to score Rougned Odor and Isiah Kiner-Falefa in the bottom of the ninth to give the Rangers a wild 13-12 victory over the Rockies on Sunday at Globe Life Park.

The never-say-die Rangers scored four in the last frame off Wade Davis, who could not find the strike zone in a game that featured 25 hits and 10 walks, including four issued by the Colorado closer.

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Pinch-hitter Jose Trevino, with his newborn son in the stands, blooped a single into short left field to score Rougned Odor and Isiah Kiner-Falefa in the bottom of the ninth to give the Rangers a wild 13-12 victory over the Rockies on Sunday at Globe Life Park.

The never-say-die Rangers scored four in the last frame off Wade Davis, who could not find the strike zone in a game that featured 25 hits and 10 walks, including four issued by the Colorado closer.

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Jesse Chavez (3-1) earned the victory in relief. Davis (0-2) suffered his fourth blown save.

John Henry is a contributor to MLB.com based in Arlington.

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Correa, Gattis boost Astros to 11th straight W

Gattis logs go-ahead single for sweep of Royals, 10-0 road trip
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KANSAS CITY -- There was star shortstop Carlos Correa igniting an eighth-inning rally with a homer, Tyler White coming off the bench in the eighth and hitting a key double on the first pitch, and a suddenly stingy relief corps slamming the door.

When you're on an incredible run like the Astros, the heroes are numerous and come from every corner of the clubhouse.

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KANSAS CITY -- There was star shortstop Carlos Correa igniting an eighth-inning rally with a homer, Tyler White coming off the bench in the eighth and hitting a key double on the first pitch, and a suddenly stingy relief corps slamming the door.

When you're on an incredible run like the Astros, the heroes are numerous and come from every corner of the clubhouse.

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Correa drove in three runs, including his game-tying leadoff homer in the eighth, and relievers Tony Sipp, Ken Giles and Hector Rondon combined to throw three hitless innings to seal the Astros' 11th consecutive win, 7-4, over the Royals on Sunday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium.

"The winning streak is great, man," Correa said. "We're on a long road trip and away from our families for 10 days; winning every single game makes it a lot better. Hopefully we can go home and keep grinding and keep playing the way we've been playing."

With the win, the Astros (48-25) completed a 10-0 road trip through Texas, Oakland and Kansas City and improved to a Major League-best 29-11 on the road. The win was only the Astros' third this season (3-21) when trailing after seven innings. They join the Indians (11-0 in 2017), A's and Mariners (both 10-0 in 2002), Braves (10-0 in 1992), Reds (12-0 in 1957) and Yankees (14-0 in 1953) as the only clubs with unbeaten road trips of 10 or more games since 1953.

Video: HOU@KC: Altuve turns athletic DP to help seal win

"This was incredible, just by the way we played and the way we completed games," manager AJ Hinch said. "Obviously, winning every game is incredible. We did it in a lot of different ways, so we want to keep the same intent and same mentality we've been playing with. It's been pretty remarkable. It's hard to put into words. It's been somebody different every night. We've had good pitching, we've played good defense, we've rallied late, we've blown guys out early."

During the streak, the Astros have outscored their opponents, 81-40, and reached double-digit hits nine times, including seven games in a row. They've scored at least six runs in seven consecutive games, matching the third-longest streak in club history.

"Nobody knows what's going to happen, you still have to hit a ball, but I take confidence in our lineup versus anybody," said designated hitter Evan Gattis, who's hitting .386 with six homers and 21 RBIs during the streak.

Video: HOU@KC: Gattis delivers go-ahead single in the 8th

Correa homered to left off reliever Brandon Maurer and Gattis (3-for-4) and Marwin Gonzalez added RBI hits off lefty Tim Hill to give Houston a 6-4 lead. Correa's sacrifice fly in the ninth gave him three RBIs. The Astros were 6-for-15 with runners in scoring position.

"When we're right, we keep coming at you and make you get your 27 outs," Hinch said. "Even when the game was getting towards the end and we know they have [closer Kelvin Herrera] at the back end, the game was starting to tilt in their favor a little bit, we had no quit in us. Correa hits the big home run and all of a sudden, the at-bats piled up on them."

Astros starter Lance McCullers Jr. allowed four runs (two earned) and struck out nine in six innings, sending down 10 of the final 12 batters he faced, including striking out the side in the fifth inning. He said it may have been his "best stuff of the year."

Video: HOU@KC: McCullers makes an athletic barehanded play

"Overall, I felt like the team played really hard, I felt like I threw the ball really well and still gave us a chance to win," he said. "I really made one bad pitch [a two-run homer by Hunter Dozier in the third that put the Royals up, 4-2], and he hit it out of the park. That was really the day."

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The Astros have scored 135 runs in the seventh inning or later, surpassing the Cubs (132) for most in the Major Leagues.

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Gonzalez made a 95.9-mph throw from left field, according to Statcast™, to get Mike Moustakas at the plate in the third inning. Moustakas was trying to score from second on a single by Salvador Perez. The Royals challenged the call, but the call was ruled to stand.

Video: HOU@KC: Gonzalez flashes arm with 95.9-mph throw home

"I was just hoping that was an out," Gonzalez said. "I thought they were going to overturn it, but they didn't. I felt good. Any time I can help on defense, it makes you feel good."

HE SAID IT
"What he a day for him. He showed up, took his sweatshirt off, swung at the first pitch, doubled, I pinch-ran for him. What a life." -- Hinch, on White, who doubled in the eighth off the bench

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Right-hander Gerrit Cole will take the mound as the Astros return home to face the Rays at 7:10 p.m. CT on Monday at Minute Maid Park. Cole leads the American League in strikeouts per nine innings (12.49), ranks third in WHIP (0.88), fourth in ERA, second in opponents' batting average (.175) and third in opponents' OPS (.558).

Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

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Boston's homer barrage secures split in Seattle

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SEATTLE -- The drought that started midway through the game Friday night and didn't let up at all on Saturday was erased by an eruption from the Red Sox on a beautiful Sunday afternoon at Safeco Field.

After going 17 innings without a run, the Boston bats livened up on Father's Day en route to a 9-3 victory that allowed manager Alex Cora's team to salvage a four-game split against the surging Seattle Mariners.

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SEATTLE -- The drought that started midway through the game Friday night and didn't let up at all on Saturday was erased by an eruption from the Red Sox on a beautiful Sunday afternoon at Safeco Field.

After going 17 innings without a run, the Boston bats livened up on Father's Day en route to a 9-3 victory that allowed manager Alex Cora's team to salvage a four-game split against the surging Seattle Mariners.

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The big blows were homers by Rafael Devers (three-run shot), Xander Bogaerts (two-run blast) and Jackie Bradley Jr. (solo).

Not to be overlooked, however, was a nine-pitch walk by J.D. Martinez that loaded the bases with two outs in the top of the third. Mitch Moreland followed with a two-run single against Mike Leake.

Video: BOS@SEA: Moreland drives in 2 with a single to center

And Devers capped the damage in the inning when he belted one off the scoreboard façade of the second deck in right field. Devers got all of a 1-2 slider from Leake and smoked it at an exit velocity of 105.8 mph and a projected distance of 408 feet to make it 5-0, Red Sox.

With a cushion to work with, Eduardo Rodriguez (9-1, 3.59 ERA) took over the team lead in wins with his latest strong performance. This time, the lefty even pitched six innings, a plateau he had been unable to reach in six of his previous seven starts. Rodriguez limited Seattle to six hits, two runs and a walk while striking out nine.

The Red Sox are 49-24, just percentage points behind the Yankees in the American League East, heading into an off-day on Monday.

Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.

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Steven Souza Jr. roamed the Chase Field concourse in his full D-backs uniform, surprising some fans

In the final hour or so before the start of a baseball game, the stadium concourse can be a busy place. Thousands of people convening in the same general area, trying to get to their seats, find the right thing to eat, visit the team store ... everybody's moving, and the scene can resemble a bustling subway station with all the hurrying around. 

There was a surprise in the Chase Field concourse for some D-backs fans walking around on Saturday night, before Arizona lost to the Mets, 5-1 -- in the form of Steven Souza Jr.. Currently on the disabled list, Souza opted to spend some of his free time just wandering the halls like a regular fan.

Hamilton's latest catch: 'Are you kidding me?'

Reds center fielder lays out to rob Cervelli on ball with 2% catch probability
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PITTSBURGH -- When the guy who was just robbed of a hit applauds the catch, it must have been really good.

In the bottom of the first inning of the Reds' 8-6 win over the Pirates on Sunday at PNC Park, Francisco Cervelli hit a two-out drive to deep right-center field. Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton reacted quickly, sprinting toward the wall before laying out to make a diving snowcone catch on the warning track.

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PITTSBURGH -- When the guy who was just robbed of a hit applauds the catch, it must have been really good.

In the bottom of the first inning of the Reds' 8-6 win over the Pirates on Sunday at PNC Park, Francisco Cervelli hit a two-out drive to deep right-center field. Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton reacted quickly, sprinting toward the wall before laying out to make a diving snowcone catch on the warning track.

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"That has to be up there with one of my top plays," Hamilton said. "That one, I came in and I was like, 'I don't know how I caught that one. I don't even know how I got close to it.'"

According to Statcast™, the play had only a 2 percent catch probability, tied with a catch by Milwaukee's Lorenzo Cain on March 30 for lowest this season. Hamilton covered 83 feet of ground in 4.3 seconds and reached a sprint speed of 30.1 feet per second.

Reds pitcher Anthony DeSclafani was the biggest beneficiary of the superb effort. At the time, it was a scoreless game.

"He saves pitchers all the time. He's just fun to watch out there. It's like video game stuff," said DeSclafani, who was aided by Hamilton last Sunday in a win vs. St. Louis with a great throw that nailed a runner at the plate.

Video: STL@CIN: Hamilton nabs Martinez at home

Watching the play as he rounded first base, Cervelli clapped after Hamilton secured the ball for the third out. He removed his helmet and also gestured his appreciation with raised arms and a smile.

"That was unbelievable. I think that's the only person who can catch that ball. It's amazing," Cervelli said.

Hamilton was still laying on his back trying to gather himself and didn't see Cervelli's appreciation of a good catch.

"I was just so excited I made the catch and we got out of the inning with the play," Hamilton said. "[Cervelli] is one of those guys, he always gives credit where credit is due. Even when you get a nice hit or something, he'll let you know that it was a great hit."

The crowd at PNC Park also didn't seem to mind that Cervelli missed out on a hit, either: Pirates fans acknowledged the great catch with loud applause as Hamilton returned to the dugout.

"These are some great fans over here," Hamilton said. "They've always been great to me in the outfield. You can go some places where there are mean fans, like disrespectful fans. This is one stadium I can come to and enjoy myself, relax and play baseball."

Perhaps Hamilton's play energized him for the rest of the day. He was 3-for-4 with three singles, two stolen bases and three runs scored. Entering the day, he was 3-for-40 over his last 12 games with 15 strikeouts and batting .187 overall.

Video: CIN@PIT: Hamilton swipes his 12th base of 2018

"You make a play like that, you're like, 'OK, something good has got to happen.' I feel great, my body is feeling great, I just made a nice catch. I just take that happiness into the at-bat," Hamilton said. "That was an exciting catch for me coming into the at-bat, like, 'Oh yeah, let's go.' That's the boost I need."

Hamilton had one more strong defensive play in the eighth inning on Gregory Polanco's RBI double that made it 6-5. He made a perfect relay throw from right-center field to Jose Peraza, who threw to the plate to get Josh Bell and prevent the tying run from scoring.

Video: CIN@PIT: Peraza throws out Bell, review confirms

"I know once I get it out of my hands and get it to those guys, they are going to make great decisions," Hamilton said. "Peraza did a great job of getting the ball home and it was a big stop for us, to be honest with you."

Interim manager Jim Riggleman likes the consistent extra effort on defense Hamilton provides.

"We see him giving us tremendous plays regardless of whether he's struggling with the bat or not," Riggleman said.

Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Jose Ramirez fell down and did a full 360-spin on this strikeout

The future of VR technology means that one day we'll be able to see what it's like to step into the box against a Major League pitcher. Until that day, though, we'll only have this: 

Big leaguers share priceless Father's Day pics

Baseball is largely a game passed down by family; of mothers and fathers heading to the backyard and playing catch and tossing endless rounds of batting practice. So, on Sunday, plenty of Major Leaguers wanted to give thanks to dear old dad for Father's Day. 

Franco powers Phillies past Crew for series win

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MILWAUKEE -- Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco had a home run and four RBIs in Sunday's 10-9 victory over the Brewers at Miller Park.

Franco, Rhys Hoskins and Odubel Herrera each homered as the Phillies' offense bailed out Aaron Nola, who struggled for the first time in a while. Nola tied his season high by allowing four runs in 4 1/3 innings, snapping a 35-start streak of five or more innings pitched. It is just the second time this season Nola has allowed more than three runs in a game.

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MILWAUKEE -- Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco had a home run and four RBIs in Sunday's 10-9 victory over the Brewers at Miller Park.

Franco, Rhys Hoskins and Odubel Herrera each homered as the Phillies' offense bailed out Aaron Nola, who struggled for the first time in a while. Nola tied his season high by allowing four runs in 4 1/3 innings, snapping a 35-start streak of five or more innings pitched. It is just the second time this season Nola has allowed more than three runs in a game.

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But the Phillies' bullpen almost let the lead go in the ninth. Hector Neris allowed four runs, capped by Eric Thames' three-run home run, to cut the Phillies' lead to one. Jake Thompson got Christian Yelich to fly out at the warning track in center field to end the game and seal a series win.

The Phillies have won back-to-back series for the first time since April 9-15.

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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Teheran throws 6 no-hit innings in win over SD

Righty fans 11 in return from DL, exits due to cramp, high pitch count
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ATLANTA -- Following Mike Soroka's lead, Julio Teheran came off the disabled list and created the possibility of a no-hitter. It was just that kind of homestand for the Braves, who exited this homestand justifiably feeling good about the makeup of their starting rotation.

A refreshed Teheran regained normal fastball velocity and had his trusty slider working as he recorded a season-high 11 strikeouts and completed six no-hit innings to help the Braves claim a 4-1 win over the Padres on Sunday afternoon at SunTrust Park. His bid to extend his gem was denied by the combination of a high pitch count and a hamstring cramp.

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ATLANTA -- Following Mike Soroka's lead, Julio Teheran came off the disabled list and created the possibility of a no-hitter. It was just that kind of homestand for the Braves, who exited this homestand justifiably feeling good about the makeup of their starting rotation.

A refreshed Teheran regained normal fastball velocity and had his trusty slider working as he recorded a season-high 11 strikeouts and completed six no-hit innings to help the Braves claim a 4-1 win over the Padres on Sunday afternoon at SunTrust Park. His bid to extend his gem was denied by the combination of a high pitch count and a hamstring cramp.

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"I wanted to stay in, but when I got to the dugout, I was still cramping and that's not a good sign," Teheran said. "I wanted to go, especially when you're feeling good and have all your stuff."

Looking like the Teheran of old, the Braves veteran battled through command issues during a 24-pitch first inning and retired 15 straight batters before issuing consecutive one-out walks in the sixth. His right hamstring began cramping during this inning and truly bit him when he threw the last of his 95 pitches to strike out Jose Pirela.

Video: SD@ATL: Camargo drives a 2-run double to left field

As much as Teheran might have wanted to extend his effort, he didn't put up much of a fight after he limped toward the dugout and arrived still feeling the effects of the cramp. He was starting for the first time since he jammed his right thumb while batting during his June 4 start in San Diego.

"He hadn't been out there in the heat, and the first two innings he had to work pretty hard," Braves manager Brian Snitker said. "I told him, 'You're not going nine innings anyway.' He did exactly what we wanted him to do."

Atlanta's bid for a combined no-hitter was erased when right-handed reliever Shane Carle allowed Cory Spangenberg to single to center with one out in the seventh inning. Pirela produced a sacrifice fly against A.J. Minter in the eighth, but Arodys Vizcaino then escaped trouble with a scoreless ninth that ended with Nick Markakis' diving catch near the right-field line.

Video: SD@ATL: Carle loses Braves' no-hitter in the 7th

The Braves, who now have a season-high 3 1/2-game lead in the National League East race, began this 5-1 homestand with Mike Foltynewicz delivering five solid innings before exiting with right triceps tightness. Foltynewicz is lined up to start next weekend, and Soroka, who allowed one hit over 6 1/3 innings on Wednesday, will start Tuesday's game in Toronto.

With the returns of Teheran and Soroka, the Braves are feeling good about a rotation that has posted a 2.20 ERA over the past 17 games.

"It allows you to take a big step forward, getting those two guys back," Snitker said. "Both were really good. It was just really good to see the crispness on Julio's stuff again."

Video: SD@ATL: Teheran strikes out Reyes for 10th K

Teheran's command was suspect as he walked Travis Jankowski and then hit Pirela with a pitch before recording the game's second out. But the veteran hurler then proceeded to strike out each of the next six batters he faced.

"When you have your arm feeling good, you don't have anything else to worry about," Teheran said. "You just go out there and make pitches. Today, it felt like everything was working."

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Two was enough: Markakis' two-out infield single in the first inning accounted for the only hit allowed by Matt Strahm, who served as the starter in what was the Padres' latest bullpen game. Padres left-handed reliever Jose Castillo had limited opponents to one hit in 21 at-bats before allowing Tyler Flowers' single and Camargo's decisive double in the fourth.

Flowers added a two-run homer in the eighth off Brad Hand. He was forced to enter the game after Kurt Suzuki was hit in the head with Raffy Lopez's backswing to end the second inning.

Suzuki passed all necessary tests and will be available to play when the Braves return to action Tuesday.

"It was fate," Suzuki said. "I was meant to come out of that game. Flo came in and did an unbelievable job."

Video: SD@ATL: Suzuki injured by backswing and exits game

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Teheran's four-seam fastball averaged 91.4 mph, which matched last year's average. He had averaged 89.5 mph with this pitch in the 13 starts he made before going on the disabled list.

"I think the uptick in velocity definitely helps his off-speed a little more," Flowers said. "He had good feel with his changeup and slider. His curveball, not so much. But when you've got three out of four with some confidence, those are some good weapons."

Teheran threw 19 sliders, six of which induced a swinging strike and three registered a called strike. The effective combination of these pitches helped him notch his ninth career double-digit strikeout game and first since notching a career-high 12 against the Tigers on Oct. 2, 2016.

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After Spangenberg and Freddy Galvis recorded consecutive singles to begin the ninth, Vizcaino notched consecutive strikeouts. But his escape wasn't completed until Markakis denied Franmil Reyes of an extra-base hit with his game-ending diving catch. 

Video: SD@ATL: Markakis dives for stellar game-ending catch

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Soroka will experience a thrill when the Braves open a two-game series against the Blue Jays at 7:07 p.m. ET Tuesday. Soroka will be pitching in front of a number of friends and family members, who will come from his hometown of Calgary to see him start for the first time in Canada. The 20-year-old right-hander carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning of Wednesday's start against the Mets. The Blue Jays will counter with Jaime Garcia, who spent last season's first four months in Atlanta's rotation. 

Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001.

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Stratton solves LA, sends Giants home with win

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LOS ANGELES -- Ignoring his career record against Los Angeles, Chris Stratton pitched six smooth innings Sunday to lead the Giants to a 4-1 victory at Dodger Stadium.

The outcome enabled the Giants to avoid being swept in the three-game series and sealed their record for their three-city trip at 4-6.

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LOS ANGELES -- Ignoring his career record against Los Angeles, Chris Stratton pitched six smooth innings Sunday to lead the Giants to a 4-1 victory at Dodger Stadium.

The outcome enabled the Giants to avoid being swept in the three-game series and sealed their record for their three-city trip at 4-6.

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Stratton (8-4), the Giants' wins leader, entered the game with a 1-3 record and a 7.94 ERA in six games (five starts) against the Dodgers. The right-hander upgraded his performance by yielding only an unearned run on three hits and issuing one walk, helping him halt the Dodgers' five-game winning streak.

The Giants ended their streak of 11 consecutive games at Dodger Stadium in which they scored two runs or fewer, dating back to last year.

Two-run homers by Nick Hundley in the first inning and Brandon Belt in the third accounted for the Giants' scoring. Hundley's drive landed halfway up the left-field pavilion. Belt's opposite-field clout to left was his first homer since May 20, a gap that includes the 13 games he missed following his appendectomy at the beginning of June. The homers were the only hits surrendered by Dodgers starter Caleb Ferguson, who lasted five innings.

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

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Felix's son throws Father's Day first pitch

Three years ago, the Mariners celebrated Father's Day with a special ceremonial first pitch, delivered by kids of players on the roster that afternoon. One of those children was Jeremy Hernandez, Felix Hernandez's eldest son. He looked good. 

Fast-forward to the present day, and an older Lil' King Felix took the Safeco Field mound for another Father's Day pitch before the Mariners' 9-3 loss to the Red Sox on Sunday afternoon. This time, he was wearing a full Mariners uniform, just like his dad.

These 10 make up our All-Phenom Team

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He's 19 years old. Are you kidding me? This is silly. Wait, let's rephrase that: He's 19 years old, for crying out loud. Juan Soto isn't supposed to be this good this quickly. Someone should let the Nationals outfielder know the game isn't as easy as he's making it look.

It's one thing to skip Triple-A. He wouldn't be the first to do that. We've learned to live with that. This kid essentially skipped Double-A, too, unless you count eight games -- which we most certainly don't.

He's 19 years old. Are you kidding me? This is silly. Wait, let's rephrase that: He's 19 years old, for crying out loud. Juan Soto isn't supposed to be this good this quickly. Someone should let the Nationals outfielder know the game isn't as easy as he's making it look.

It's one thing to skip Triple-A. He wouldn't be the first to do that. We've learned to live with that. This kid essentially skipped Double-A, too, unless you count eight games -- which we most certainly don't.

The truth is, we should have seen this coming. Things changed about six years ago, when 19-year-old Bryce Harper stepped into the batter's box for the first time as a member of the Nationals. What he did that first season changed a lot of minds about how teams should handle player development. Harper made his Major League debut in 2012 after one full season in the Minors and token stops at Double-A and Triple-A.

He never once looked overmatched, either, en route to hitting 22 home runs with an .864 OPS in 139 games that first season. Harper was named to the National League All-Star Team and was voted the NL Rookie of the Year for 2012.

That it was Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo who made the call on Harper said plenty to those inside the game. He didn't reinvent scouting and player development during his years with the D-backs and Nationals, but he did do it better than almost anyone.

So here we are in 2018, and Rizzo and the Nationals recently made Soto the youngest player in the Major Leagues.

He's the face of a youth movement that also features two 20-year-olds -- outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. and pitcher Mike Soroka -- who have helped the Braves become one of baseball's surprise teams.

If you're 21, you've got company. In all, there have been 85 players age 23 and under who have appeared in a Major League game this season, which got us thinking about the All-Star Game and whether we could create a representative team from baseball's youngest players.

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We made 23 the cutoff, which actually made the job easy. Let's call it the All-Phenom Team:

Catcher: Chance Cisco, Orioles, 23
Catcher is the toughest position to fill because there just aren't many kid catchers. This could be the one spot on the diamond where there really is a traditional developmental timetable. That said, Cisco has gotten nice reviews from his pitchers, as his offensive game continues to come together. Incidentally, the three best young catchers are Washington's Pedro Severino, who is 24, and Philadelphia's Jorge Alfaro and the Yankees' Gary Sanchez, who are both 25.

Video: TB@BAL: Sisco cranks a solo homer to right in the 8th

First Base: Cody Bellinger, Dodgers, 23
This pick feels like cheating, since he made his debut at 21 last season, hit 39 home runs and was both a member of the NL All-Star Team and the NL Rookie of the Year. He has struggled at times this season, but seems headed for a season of 25 doubles, 25 home runs and an OPS above .800.

Video: ATL@LAD: Bellinger drills a solo home run to right

Second Base: Ozzie Albies, Braves, 21
Another easy one. He arrived last summer as a heralded 20-year-old and has basically fulfilled every promise while helping the Braves become one of baseball's surprise teams. His power is a pleasant surprise.

Video: NYM@ATL: Albies launches a grand slam for his 16th HR

Third Base: Miguel Andujar, Yankees, 23
He's one of the crown jewels of GM Brian Cashman's stunningly fast reconstruction of the Yankees' farm system. He had nine multi-hit games in April and has kept going from there.

Video: NYY@NYM: Andujar ties it with a two-run homer

Shortstop: Carlos Correa, Astros, 23
He had greatness forecast for him from the moment the Astros made him the first pick of the 2012 Draft as a 17-year-old. He was in the big leagues at 20 and has already started an All-Star Game and helped the Astros win a World Series.

Video: HOU@KC: Correa ties the game with a 455-ft. home run

Outfield: Soto, Nationals, 19
He homered in his first start and had three multi-hit games in his first eight. When he was called up, there was some question about how long he'd be around. Now, the question is if he has enough time to make the NL All-Star Team. That's the career path he's on.

Video: WSH@NYY: Soto hits 2 homers, including a 436-ft. shot

Outfield: Acuna Jr., Braves, 20
He'll be sidelined another week or so by a left knee injury suffered on May 27. That injury interrupted an electrifying start for the player MLB Pipeline ranks as the No. 1 prospect.

Video: ATL@BOS: Acuna Jr. hits a solo HR in the 9th inning

Outfield: Andrew Benintendi, Red Sox, 23
He played 151 Minor League games before the Red Sox called him up in August 2016. Now, in his second full season, he has become the impact offensive player everyone projected him to be. He has a legitimate chance to have a 30-homer, 30-stolen base season.

Video: BOS@BAL: Benintendi drives a long homer to center

Starting Pitcher: Soroka, Braves, 20
We give extra points for youth -- and while several other young pitchers were in the mix, Soroka has been as good as advertised. The Braves will monitor his workload, which could impact his availability for the postseason. But, in terms of being ready, there are no questions.

Video: NYM@ATL: Soroka flirts with no-no in return from DL

Relief Pitcher: Jordan Hicks, Cardinals, 21
He forced the Cardinals to rewrite their development plan for him when he began throwing 100-mph strikes in Spring Training. He'll someday be manager Mike Matheny's closer. For now, he has helped give the Cardinals another reliable late-inning option.

Video: STL@CIN: Hicks strikes out Suarez for the save

Honorable mention: Angels pitcher/DH Shohei Ohtani, Cardinals righty Jack Flaherty, Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers, Brewers shortstop Orlando Arcia, Dodgers lefty Walker Buehler, Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres, Padres outfielder Franchy Cordero, and White Sox second baseman Yoan Moncada.

Richard Justice has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2011. Read his columns, listen to his podcast and follow him on Twitter at @RichardJustice.

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No. 2 overall pick Bart signs for record bonus

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LOS ANGELES -- The Giants officially launched the Joey Bart era Sunday. The first order of business for the Georgia Tech catcher is to loosen up.

Bart, San Francisco's top selection in the MLB Draft earlier this month, signed for a $7.025 million bonus, according to MLB Pipeline's Jim Callis. The figure represents the largest upfront bonus ever given to a position player.

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LOS ANGELES -- The Giants officially launched the Joey Bart era Sunday. The first order of business for the Georgia Tech catcher is to loosen up.

Bart, San Francisco's top selection in the MLB Draft earlier this month, signed for a $7.025 million bonus, according to MLB Pipeline's Jim Callis. The figure represents the largest upfront bonus ever given to a position player.

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Bart's bonus wasn't disproportionately high, since his pre-Draft slot figure as the No. 2 overall pick was $7,494,600. The Giants are banking on Bart to be worth the expenditure.

History is on the Giants' side.

Their previous No. 2 overall pick, first baseman Will Clark, helped transform the franchise after he was plucked from Mississippi State in 1985. The last catcher they drafted in the first round, Florida State University product Buster Posey, played a major role in the Giants' trio of San Francisco-era World Series-winning seasons.

Video: Joey Bart on being 2nd overall pick

First things first, however. General manager Bobby Evans pointed out in a text message that Bart hasn't performed competitively since May 23. So the 6-foot-3, 225-pounder will join San Francisco's other draftees in a mini-camp at the organization's Scottsdale, Ariz., training facility. Once Bart's again game-ready, he'll join the Giants' Class A Short-Season Salem-Keizer affiliate.

Though Bart is projected as a catcher, Giants scouting director John Barr said the right-handed hitter possesses the athleticism to switch positions if necessary.

This season as a junior, Bart led the Atlantic Coast Conference in batting average (.359), finished second in slugging percentage (.632) and hits (79) and ranked among the league's top 10 in home runs (16), runs scored (55) and on-base percentage (.471). Defensively, he had a career-best .992 fielding percentage.

Bart was named the ACC Player of the Year, the first Georgia Tech player to win the award since Mark Teixeira in 2000. He was also named first team All-America and first team All-ACC, as well as ACC Defensive Player of the Year.

Including Bart, the Giants have come to terms with 23 of their first 25 selections and 29 of their first 33.

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

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Swisher still grinning & winning in Old-Timers' Day

Nick Swisher loves life. I think that's pretty obvious from how he conducted himself throughout -- and after -- his big league career. 

But even Swisher can find new, ever more ways to experience greater joy. He found that on Sunday's Yankees Old-Timers' Day. Batting against Jeff Nelson (who Swisher admitted threw it "right down the middle for me), Swisher launched an absolute blast all the way to the Yankee Stadium second deck. When he went to run the bases, he couldn't wipe the largest possible smile from his face: