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These young stars are flying under the radar

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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).

Here's the remarkable part about all of this: Those guys are just a small percentage of the breakout players we're watching this season. That list includes Aaron NolaEdwin Diaz and Blake Snell. Some of them have flown under the radar. Either their teams aren't having great seasons or -- and maybe this is it -- it's impossible to keep track of how rapidly the game is being transformed.

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).

Here's the remarkable part about all of this: Those guys are just a small percentage of the breakout players we're watching this season. That list includes Aaron NolaEdwin Diaz and Blake Snell. Some of them have flown under the radar. Either their teams aren't having great seasons or -- and maybe this is it -- it's impossible to keep track of how rapidly the game is being transformed.

Let's consider nine under-the-radar young stars.

Johan Camargo, 3B, Braves
The Braves were connected to so many third basemen around the non-waiver Trade Deadline that it made you wonder about the 24-year-old already on their roster. When Camargo's opportunity came, he took advantage of it. He's already an elite defensive third baseman, and he entered Saturday with an .858 OPS since the All-Star break.

Video: COL@ATL: Camargo plates Freeman with a base hit

Harrison Bader, OF, Cardinals
Young players don't come with guarantees or timetables, and sometimes patience is a must. That patience has paid off for the Cardinals this month, with Bader entering Monday hitting .339 in August for one of baseball's hottest teams. He brings an element of speed that St. Louis hasn't had very often.

Video: WSH@STL: Bader belts a solo homer to left field

Victor Arano, RHP, Phillies
The Phillies' bullpen has been one of baseball's best since the All-Star break, and this 23-year-old multi-inning power pitcher is a big reason why. Arano entered Monday having allowed three earned runs in his past 22 appearances.

Video: PHI@ARI: Arano strands 2 in scoring position in 10th

Isiah Kiner-Falefa, C, Rangers
Kiner-Falefa is hitting .333 since the All-Star break and has more than proven he's going to be an an exciting part of the Rangers' rebuild. As for his permanent position, that's a bit more unclear. Texas likes Kiner-Falefa's work behind the plate, but at 5-foot-10, 176 pounds, can he withstand the wear and tear at baseball's most demanding position?

Video: SEA@TEX: Kiner-Falefa rips a game-tying single in 7th

Dereck Rodriguez, RHP, Giants
Rodriguez's right hamstring strain interrupts a tremendous rookie season. That he's the son of Hall of Fame catcher Ivan Rodriguez isn't even the best part of his story. Rodriguez was drafted by the Twins as an outfielder in 2011 and switched to pitching in '14. In 12 starts since his callup, he has allowed more than two runs twice.

Video: PIT@SF: Rodriguez tosses 7 innings of 1-run ball

Mallex Smith, OF, Rays
The Rays have used this season to help identify a core group of young players for the future. Smith is part of that group. Only three American League outfielders -- Betts, J.D. Martinez and Kole Calhoun -- have a higher Wins Above Replacement since the All-Star break. Only Martinez and Calhoun were higher in wRC+ entering the weekend.

Video: TB@NYY: Smith launches a 2-run jack to right field

Kyle Freeland, LHP, Rockies
Coors Field? No biggie. In 11 starts there this season, Freeland has a dazzling 2.22 ERA. Those numbers are indicative of how the 25-year-old left-hander has emerged as the Rockies' most consistent starter after a rookie season that prompted him to tweak his mechanics and repertoire (fewer fastballs, more changeups). He had a solid case for the National League All-Star team.

Video: COL@ATL: Freeland K's 9 over 6 dominant frames

Sean Manaea, LHP, A's
Wait, didn't Manaea throw a no-hitter in April? Doesn't that disqualify him from an "under the radar" discussion? Of course not. In his third season, Manaea has developed into the ace the A's envisioned him being when he was acquired from the Royals for Ben Zobrist in 2015. In a season in which Oakland has used 13 starting pitchers, Manaea has been the rock around which the rotation is constructed.

Video: SEA@OAK: Manaea tosses 7 2/3 innings of 2-run ball

Brandon Nimmo, OF, Mets
He belongs. That's one of the things the Mets have learned in a disappointing season. In his first full Major League season, Nimmo is among the NL outfield leaders in an assortment of categories, including WAR, wRC+ and wOBA.

Video: NYM@BAL: Nimmo tallies 5 hits, 3 RBIs vs. Orioles

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.

Power Rankings: Cards surge, Dodgers slide

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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.

The American League West and all three National League divisions are up for grabs, and the leads seemingly change hands daily. Even the Cubs, who, comparatively speaking, have a mildly stable 3 1/2-game lead, can't feel all that comfortable, given they can't seem to fully shake the second-place Brewers, while the Cardinals, as red-hot as any emerging team in the second half, may be the biggest division threat.

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.

The American League West and all three National League divisions are up for grabs, and the leads seemingly change hands daily. Even the Cubs, who, comparatively speaking, have a mildly stable 3 1/2-game lead, can't feel all that comfortable, given they can't seem to fully shake the second-place Brewers, while the Cardinals, as red-hot as any emerging team in the second half, may be the biggest division threat.

Meanwhile, who predicted the A's would be challenging the Astros in the AL West this late in the season? Not long ago, they were behind by double digits, but Oakland continues to be one of the best teams in the second half, posting a 19-8 mark since the All-Star break, making up a ton of ground on Houston, which is 11-14 over the same stretch.

Biggest jump: The Cardinals jumped six spots, from No. 14 to No. 8, which, not so coincidentally, dovetails with their emergence in both the division and Wild Card races. The Cards have won 10 or their past 12 games, outscoring opponents 73 to 31 during that stretch. Also, starting pitchers have posted a cumulative ERA just over 2.00 in those 12 games.

Biggest drop: The Dodgers dropped five spots, from No. 6 to No. 11. They won in landslide fashion on Sunday, beating the Mariners, 12-1. But lately, they've underperformed. The Dodgers have lost seven of their past 11 games dating back to Aug. 8, the day Kenley Jansen's final outing before being placed on the disabled list. Over the first 10 games without Jansen, the bullpen compiled a 5.52 ERA and blew leads or ties nine times.

Power Rankings Top 5

1. Red Sox (1 last week)
Even with their 2-0 loss to the Rays on Sunday, the Red Sox are 44-16 at Fenway Park this season, and have won 20 of their past 24 home games. The quiet day offensively resulted in the end of J.D. Martinez's home on-base streak, which peaked at 51 games Saturday. Overall, Boston has scored five or more runs a Major League-best 73 times, with a 63-10 record in those games. Outfielder Andrew Benintendi has 45 hits in his past 129 at-bats (.349), spanning 33 games.

Video: BOS@BAL: Holt, Benintendi, Betts, Martinez power Sox

2. Yankees (3)
Including their landslide win over the Blue Jays on Sunday, the Yankees are now 32 games over .500, their high-water mark of the season. J.A. Happ, acquired from the Blue Jays at the non-waiver Trade Deadline, has been fantastic as a Yankee -- he's 4-0 with a 2.23 ERA in four starts. He had a good day against his former team Sunday, allowing two runs over 5 1/3 innings with eight strikeouts.

Video: TB@NYY: Happ K's 4 over 7 scoreless innings vs. Rays

3. Astros (2)
The Astros regained the lead in the AL West race on Sunday with a win over the A's, but Houston has lost seven of its past nine, scoring a total of 18 runs in those defeats. The Astros can take comfort, however, that the band is slowly getting back together. Carlos Correa has been off the DL for about a week, and George Springer rejoined the team when it started the current road trip last Friday. Jose Altuve has departed on a rehab assignment and is due back soon.

Video: HOU@OAK: Astros blast 5 homers in a win in Oakland

4. Indians (5)
The Indians have lost only one series since the All-Star break, and though they aren't fueled by the adrenaline rush of a division race -- they're the only team in the AL Central with a winning record -- they do have a reason to play with some sense of urgency as August turns into September. Cleveland has just three more losses than Houston, and with one of the easier remaining schedules in the Majors, there is a chance the Indians could end up with a better record than the AL West champion, which would enable them to host the AL Division Series. If the postseason began today, the Astros would host the Tribe.

Video: BAL@CLE: Brantley, Cabrera power Indians in 6-run 4th

5. Cubs (4)
Ben Zobrist is sizzling, posting the best average in the Majors since the All-Star break, but others -- namely, Javier Baez and Addison Russell -- have struggled of late. But the Cubs have made up for what's lacking offensively through their pitching, which entered Saturday's game having thrown 20 consecutive scoreless innings. They followed that by holding the Pirates to two runs over the final two games of the four-game series. The Cubs are going to be on a reprieve coming up -- starting Tuesday, they'll play nine games against sub .500 teams -- the Tigers, Reds and Mets.

Video: CHC@PIT: Zobrist drives a solo homer to right

The rest of the Top 20

6. A's (7 last week)
7. Braves (10)
8. Cardinals (14)
9. D-backs (9)
10. Phillies (8)
11. Dodgers (6)
12. Mariners (11)
13. Brewers (12)
14. Rockies (17)
15. Nationals (13)
16. Rays (15)
17. Pirates (16)
18. Giants (18)
19. Angels (19)
20. Jays (NR)

Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter.

30 guys we want to see win it all

The veterans, or other inspiring players, who have yet to win a title
MLB.com @williamfleitch

One of the best subplots of the Astros' World Series championship last season was Carlos Beltran finally getting a championship ring. While Beltran wasn't a key factor for Houston, seeing the future Hall of Famer, one of the best playoff hitters of all time, win a championship in his seventh postseason was one of the more heartwarming stories in a rather heartwarming October.

Everybody loves to see a vet finally get his title. This got us to thinking: What other old-timers would we love to see win a title who haven't won one yet? Thus, 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.

One of the best subplots of the Astros' World Series championship last season was Carlos Beltran finally getting a championship ring. While Beltran wasn't a key factor for Houston, seeing the future Hall of Famer, one of the best playoff hitters of all time, win a championship in his seventh postseason was one of the more heartwarming stories in a rather heartwarming October.

Everybody loves to see a vet finally get his title. This got us to thinking: What other old-timers would we love to see win a title who haven't won one yet? Thus, 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.

AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST

Blue Jays
Russell Martin

The longtime catcher has been around so long he was drafted by the Expos. Martin has reached the postseason a whopping nine times, but he has never reached the World Series.

Video: TB@BAL: Jones belts a 3-run homer to left-center

Orioles
Adam Jones

We know Jones wants to stay in Baltimore, and he has earned that right … but it sure would be nice to see him in the Fall Classic someday.

Rays
Carlos Gomez

Gomez has played for four teams in the postseason, none of them the Rays.

Red Sox
Chris Sale

Sale's going to have a Hall of Fame case to make someday, and having a World Series title would be a handy little feather in his cap.

Yankees
Giancarlo Stanton

After all those years in Miami, a World Series feels like Stanton's due. His next postseason game will be his first.

AL CENTRAL

Indians
Rajai Davis

We'd like to see Davis get a chance to hit another Game 7 homer.

Royals
Blaine Boyer

Boyer has pitched for 12 seasons and for nine teams -- including Boston, St. Louis and Atlanta -- and he has still never appeared in a postseason game.

Tigers
Victor Martinez

Remember: Miguel Cabrera won a title in 2003 with the Marlins.

Video: MIN@KC: Mauer sets Twins' record with 415th double

Twins
Joe Mauer

A World Series is the one thing Mauer hasn't given the Twins.

White Sox
James Shields

Big Game James was much better in his 2008 World Series appearance for the Rays than he was in his 2014 World Series appearances for the Royals.

AL WEST

Angels
Mike Trout

Still waiting for that first postseason win. It looks like Trout will still be waiting this October.

Astros
Gerrit Cole

Well, everyone else has one.

Athletics
Fernando Rodney

It has been 12 years since Rodney was last in the World Series … but it sure would be fun to see a World Series game end with the bow and arrow.

Mariners
Nelson Cruz

Just remember not to put Cruz in right field during a clinching game.

Video: TEX@DET: Beltre ties Winfield with his 3,110th hit

Rangers
Adrian Beltre

The easiest pick on the board. We should call every beloved veteran trying to win a ring before he reaches the Hall of Fame "The Beltre."

NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST

Video: ATL@NYM: Markakis nets 4 hits, hits key homer in 10th

Braves
Nick Markakis

Markakis has only made the postseason once (2014) in his whole career.

Marlins
Starlin Castro

Castro left the Cubs right before they won one.

Mets
Jose Bautista

Imagine that bat flip in the World Series.

Nationals
Max Scherzer

Like Sale, Scherzer could use the Hall of Fame credentials of a championship.

Phillies
Carlos Santana

So close in 2016. All players on the '11 Rangers and '16 Indians get serious consideration for this list.

NL CENTRAL

Brewers
Ryan Braun

The 2011 season was probably supposed to be the one for Braun and the Brewers.

Cardinals
Michael Wacha

Yadier Molina, Adam Wainwright and Matt Carpenter (who was a rookie in 2011) all have rings already.

Cubs
Jesse Chavez

This 11-year vet has pitched for nine teams, but never in the postseason. Also almost everybody else on the team has a ring already.

Pirates
Ivan Nova

Nova's rookie year was right after the Yankees won their most recent title.

Video: 2018 ASG: Votto crushes solo homer in the 10th inning

Reds
Joey Votto

Is Votto going to be Beltre in four years?

AL WEST

D-backs
Brad Ziegler

The good news is that Ziegler might pitch until he's 60, giving him plenty of chances.

Video: SF@LAD: Kershaw strikes out 9 over 8 terrific frames

Dodgers
Clayton Kershaw

Kershaw's career is going to feel incomplete without one.

Giants
Andrew McCutchen

Cutch could become quite the mercenary the next few years trying to find the best place to get his ring.

Padres
A.J. Ellis

Any championship team needs the Veteran Backup Catcher.

Rockies
Nolan Arenado

The best way to get the respect often denied Rockies players is to win them a championship.

Will Leitch is a columnist for MLB.com.

The most Little League things Major Leaguers do

Sunday marked one of the most special events on the Major League calendar: the Little League Classic, bringing the Mets and Phillies to Williamsport, Pa., to hang out with the stars of the Little League World Series (and play a game of their own). From impromptu instructional clinics to as much Big Al as you could possibly handle, this year's edition did not disappoint.

But the Classic isn't the only place where Major Leaguers pay homage to their junior counterparts. They may be fully grown men at the very highest level of their profession, but really, baseball makes us all kids at heart. And so, in an effort to make the LLWS last forever, we're counting down all the ways in which the big leagues and Little League aren't so diffferent after all.

Quiz: Link player to Players' Weekend nickname

It's back. This weekend, from Aug. 25-27, Major League players will let their hair down and get a little wild to celebrate the second Players' Weekend. They'll put on colorful cleats, swing funky lumber and, best of all, wear special jerseys with nicknames printed on the back. 

Today, you have to prove how well you know your favorite players. Can you match the nickname to the player? Good luck. 

Joy of Little League Classic shared by kids, pros

MLB.com @AnthonyDiComo

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- 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."

The idea hatched earlier in the day, when the Mets' team plane did not land in time for them to catch Staten Island's latest win at the Little League World Series across town. Although Mets officials invited the Staten Island players onto Bowman Field to watch them take batting practice, the pitchers wanted to do something more.

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WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- 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."

The idea hatched earlier in the day, when the Mets' team plane did not land in time for them to catch Staten Island's latest win at the Little League World Series across town. Although Mets officials invited the Staten Island players onto Bowman Field to watch them take batting practice, the pitchers wanted to do something more.

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:: Little League Classic presented by GEICO ::

So in the second inning of the second annual MLB Little League Classic presented by Geico, which the Mets won, 8-2, the representatives from two New York City boroughs mingled.

"There might be a little Noah Syndergaard, a little Jacob deGrom running around, a little Zack Wheeler running around tonight," Syndergaard said. "You never know if you've made that kind of special moment for a kid."

Such is the magic of the Little League Classic, which for two years now has brought big leaguers to Williamsport for an afternoon that reminds them of the children they once were. Earlier in the day, a group of Phillies joined Panamanian and Japanese players on the field before a game. deGrom grabbed a microphone and interviewed a starstruck child. Rhys Hoskins and "Big Al" Delia shared their mutual love of hitting dingers.

Video: NYM@PHI: Mets' rotation sits with Little Leaguers

And all that before the Classic itself, which featured a four-run Mets rally as Syndergaard, deGrom, Matz and Wheeler sat in the stands. Afterward, players from both teams met on the infield for the traditional handshake lines that follow Little League games.

"This is what we want to do," Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. "We know it's big for baseball. We know the relationship between Little League Baseball and Major League Baseball can enhance our game and we're not going to miss that opportunity."

Video: NYM@PHI: Big Al shows off his Hoskins autograph

This was indeed what MLB had in mind when it established the Little League Classic last year, though it couldn't have anticipated the Mets and Phillies rosters featuring three former Little League World Series participants -- Scott Kingery, who appeared in the 2006 event with his team from Ahwatukee, Ariz.; Michael Conforto, who made the 2004 tournament with his club from Redmond, Wash.; and of course Todd Frazier, who became Williamsport royalty after starring in Toms River, N.J.'s 1998 run to the championship.

Little League surprised Frazier early in the afternoon with a reunion of his old teammates, who watched as he took the mound to throw out a ceremonial first pitch.

"It's crazy how the time has passed," Frazier said. "I felt like we were about to go in that dugout again and play for the championship."

Video: NYM@PHI: Frazier mic'd up, talks Little League days

Even those making their first trip to Williamsport reveled in the experience. Just as smitten as Hoskins, who chronicled his meeting with "Big Al" on social media, Mets outfielder Jose Bautista invited the 12-year-old star to take batting practice at Citi Field. Jake Arrieta enjoyed his time at the World Series so much that after his Phillies teammates bused over to Bowman Field for their own game, Arrieta drove back to the Little League complex to continue hanging with the kids.

When Kingery walked into a dugout there earlier in the day, he smiled as a Little Leaguer stopped him with a shout of, "Whoa! Scott Kingery!"

Tweet from @ScottyJetp4x: Headed to Williamsport! #LittleLeagueClassic pic.twitter.com/bFxw2LYaux

"That's crazy," the Phillies rookie said, "because I remember sitting in that dugout and thinking how cool it would have been for someone to walk in who was playing Major League Baseball."

Consider it a tradition that won't end soon. Prior to Sunday night's game, MLB announced that the Cubs and Pirates will play in the 2019 Classic at Williamsport, keeping alive for another year what so many have come to cherish.

Tweet from @Mets: Special moment! Mickey Callaway personally invited the Staten Island Little League team to @CitiField for a game, watch BP and take a tour of the clubhouse. #LLWS #LittleLeagueClassic pic.twitter.com/HrKerXE7vx

"I thought the day for me put things in perspective," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said. "You go out and watch these Little League guys have fun and play the games and do it with passion, and they're not worried about anything else. … I think we need to realize that this is still a game. Even though we have to deal with different circumstances, it's always just going to be a game. We've got to go out there and play it the right way.

Video: NYM@PHI: Mets, Phils show sportsmanship after game

Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo, Instagram and Facebook.

New York Mets

JV's 200th win has Astros back alone in 1st

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OAKLAND -- The 200th win of Justin Verlander's tremendous resume certainly won't go down as one of his best performances of his career, or even the season. Verlander overcame three Oakland homers and became tough as nails once the Astros took the lead for the second time in the fourth inning.

Even then, Verlander couldn't breathe easily until reliever Brad Peacock stranded the bases loaded in the sixth inning, striking out Mark Canha to preserve a two-run lead and help the Astros secure a much-needed 9-4 win over the A's on Sunday afternoon at Oakland Coliseum.

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OAKLAND -- The 200th win of Justin Verlander's tremendous resume certainly won't go down as one of his best performances of his career, or even the season. Verlander overcame three Oakland homers and became tough as nails once the Astros took the lead for the second time in the fourth inning.

Even then, Verlander couldn't breathe easily until reliever Brad Peacock stranded the bases loaded in the sixth inning, striking out Mark Canha to preserve a two-run lead and help the Astros secure a much-needed 9-4 win over the A's on Sunday afternoon at Oakland Coliseum.

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"A win's a win," said Verlander, who improved to 16-6 all-time against Oakland in the regular season and playoffs. "This is one of the tougher ones I've had to get this year, specifically. … These guys are a great ballclub and it was a hard-fought battle today. Our boys swung the bat and we came out on top -- an all-around great day."

Tweet from @astros: Another milestone to check off ������Congratulations, @JustinVerlander! pic.twitter.com/GLCF9MN774

Verlander (12-8) is the 114th pitcher in Major League history to reach 200 wins, joining Bartolo Colon and (247) and CC Sabathia (244) as the only active pitchers to reach the milestone. After the game, teammate Gerrit Cole gave a speech in the clubhouse recapping his career, and Verlander's teammates sprayed him with champagne.

"We don't know the way the game's changing where 200 wins historically stands anymore," Verlander said. "I think everybody understands it's a little more special than it was 20, 30, 40 years ago, but still, it's something I've taken a lot of pride in, which is just pitching, even through injuries, or whatever. Just being out there for my team -- Detroit, Houston -- it's a special moment for me. I don't even know how to put it into words. I've been through a lot, and for these guys to have them celebrate with me that way, it's pretty cool."

Video: HOU@OAK: Verlander discusses his 200th career win

The Astros won for just the second time in nine games and moved back into sole possession of first place in the American League West over the A's, who fell one game back. The Mariners are 4 1/2 games behind Houston and will host the Astros beginning Monday.

"It's a good race," Verlander said. "These guys are no fluke whatsoever. We have the toughest division in baseball, without a doubt. The three teams are going to fight and claw all the way to the finish."

Astros third baseman Alex Bregman, who hit one of Houston's season-high-tying five homers, said it "was very important" for the team to get back on track after losing the first two games of the series.

Video: HOU@OAK: Astros blast 5 homers in a win in Oakland

"We had a battle mentality and that's us," Bregman said. "That's what we do. We pass the torch to the next guy. It was very different on defense, at the dish and a really good step forward. We build off today and take the momentum from today into Seattle."

Yuli Gurriel's three-run homer in the third gave the Astros a 4-2 lead against Sean Manaea (11-9) after Verlander gave up solo homers to Matt Chapman and Khris Davis in the first. Davis hit a two-run homer in the third to tie the game.

Video: HOU@OAK: Gurriel blasts a go-ahead 3-run home run

Verlander sent down the next eight batters as the Astros took the lead on an Evan Gattis homer in the fourth and went ahead 6-4 in the fifth when Martin Maldonado tripled and scored. Maldonado and Bregman homered in the seventh for an 8-4 lead, leaving Maldonado a single shy of the cycle.

"I just loved everything about how we approached the game today -- preparation to getting into the game after being punched in the face a little bit with their two homers in the first," Astros manager AJ Hinch said. "We answered with a counter-punch and kept coming at them. … A complete game for us, which we needed at this time."

Video: HOU@OAK: Hinch discusses Verlander, important win

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Verlander was lifted from the game after giving up consecutive one-out singles in the sixth, putting runners at first and third with one out. Peacock was brought into the game to face Stephen Piscotty, who represented the go-ahead run, and struck him out. After walking Marcus Semien to load the bases, Peacock struck out Canha to end the inning and preserve the 6-4 lead.

"It was just trying to do my job," Peacock said. "I had a rough one [Saturday] and was trying to find the slider. Happily, I did. For [Verlander] to get his 200th win, it's really impressive. It's only a career I can dream about. I'm so happy for him."

Video: HOU@OAK: Peacock fans Canha to leave the bases loaded

SOUND SMART
Maldonado is the first catcher in Astros history to record a double, triple and homer in the same game, and he's the first player in club history to have a double, triple and homer from the ninth spot in the batting order.

HE SAID IT
"I asked the third-base coach if he had any oxygen for me." -- Maldonado, on his fifth-inning triple

Video: HOU@OAK: Maldonado launches a solo HR to left in 7th

UP NEXT
Cole (11-5, 2.71 ERA) gets the start for the Astros in their series opener at 9:10 p.m. CT on Monday in Seattle against the Mariners. Cole's 219 strikeouts are tied with Chris Sale for second-most in the AL, behind teammate Justin Verlander. Right-hander Felix Hernandez (8-11, 5.62 ERA) will start for Seattle.

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

Houston Astros, Yuli Gurriel, Martin Maldonado, Justin Verlander

Bucs, Cubs to match up in 2019 LL Classic

MLB.com @MannyOnMLB

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.

The game will air nationally that evening on ESPN's "Sunday Night Baseball" and ESPN Radio at 7 p.m. ET. The Little League Classic, along with the June 13 matchup between the Royals and Tigers in Omaha, Neb., will make up the inaugural GEICO Summer Series.

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.

The game will air nationally that evening on ESPN's "Sunday Night Baseball" and ESPN Radio at 7 p.m. ET. The Little League Classic, along with the June 13 matchup between the Royals and Tigers in Omaha, Neb., will make up the inaugural GEICO Summer Series.

The excitement surrounding the Little League Classic can be traced back to the PLAY BALL initiative, which is supported by Little League International, USA Baseball, USA Softball, Minor League Baseball and the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and is MLB's largest effort to encourage young people and communities to participate in baseball- or softball-related activities. PLAY BALL events have become MLB's signature youth engagement activity during the professional and amateur baseball and softball calendar, including key dates throughout the MLB offseason and into the World Series.

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"The PLAY BALL initiative is really about partnerships, like our partnership with Little League International, doing good work in this space," said MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred during Sunday's telecast of the 2018 Little League Classic between the Mets and Phillies. "It's investment. We're investing in under-served communities where kids haven't had an opportunity to play. And the owners believe, and we believe, that we're seeing return on that investment, in terms of greater interest in the game.

"It's the RBI [Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities] program, the academies, the Elite Development Invitational, all of those programs under the PLAY BALL umbrella, we think are really helping us get traction in that youth space. And remember, growing at a time when youth participation in all sports is dropping, we feel is a real accomplishment."

Video: NYM@PHI: Manfred on his playing days, LL Classic

The Pirates will make their second appearance in the Little League Classic, having also played in the inaugural game against the Cardinals in 2017. Pirates and Cubs players will attend Little League World Series games earlier in the day on Aug. 18, and players, coaches and families of the 2019 Little League World Series teams, as well as local Williamsport youth baseball and softball organizations, will fill a significant portion of the capacity at Bowman Field.

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"Players always enjoy the opportunity to share their passion and excitement for baseball with the talented young players competing in the Little League World Series," said MLBPA executive director Tony Clark. "That connection between generations of players is the lifeblood of our game."

Historic Bowman Field, in which MLB and the state of Pennsylvania invested a multi-million dollar renovation prior to the 2017 Little League Classic, opened in 1926. It is the second-oldest Minor League ballpark in the United States. More than 560 Major Leaguers, including Hall of Famers Nolan Ryan, Bill Mazeroski, Jim Rice and Jim Bunning, have worn a professional baseball uniform for Williamsport. Currently, Bowman Field is home to the Class-A Williamsport Crosscutters of the NY-Penn League.

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"The Little League Classic has been a fabulous experience for the Little League Baseball World Series teams who've had the opportunity to interact with the big leaguers and is the perfect vehicle to showcase the youthful excitement and energy that fuels the games of baseball and softball," said Little League president and CEO Stephen D. Keener. "We're really pleased that another group of 16 Little League teams from around the world will have this incredible opportunity."

Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyOnMLB.

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Chacin, Crew down Cards to move up in WC

Moustakas provides offense with two-run double off Gant
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ST. LOUIS -- It was a bad road trip for the Brewers against National League contenders Atlanta, Chicago and St. Louis. There's no way around that.

Without steady starter Jhoulys Chacin, it could have been worse.

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ST. LOUIS -- It was a bad road trip for the Brewers against National League contenders Atlanta, Chicago and St. Louis. There's no way around that.

Without steady starter Jhoulys Chacin, it could have been worse.

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Chacin delivered his second scoreless start of the trip by following last week's seven innings against the Cubs with six more zeros against the Cardinals on Sunday at Busch Stadium. With Jeremy Jeffress and Josh Hader in need of work, Chacin called it a day at 82 pitches and watched the Brewers' bullpen finish a 2-1 win, putting them back in the second NL Wild Card spot, a half-game ahead of St. Louis.

"Honestly, these guys feel like they own some part of the Brewers, and they don't," Jeffress said. "We showed them today that we're not going nowhere, we're still in second place, we're still going to fight for the race. This win felt great."

Besides reclaiming postseason position with exactly six weeks remaining in the regular season, Milwaukee pulled within 3 1/2 games of the first-place Cubs in the NL Central.

It took a nerve-wracking finish, with Jeffress and Hader both holding their breath on fly balls to the warning track in the final two innings.

"I think anything is possible now for me and the team," Chacin said. "We win on Sunday, a day game, and I finally beat the Cardinals."

He was only half-kidding. The Brewers entered the day with a 4-15 record on Sundays and 18-31 in day games, not to mention 10 straight losses in series finales. And Chacin was 0-7 with a 6.90 ERA in nine career appearances (eight starts) against the Cardinals.

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Brewers manager Craig Counsell said he didn't know about Chacin's Cardinals conundrum when the team decided to move the veteran right-hander's start up a day so he'd catch red-hot St. Louis.

"This might have been the biggest game of the season for me," Chacin said. "I didn't think I was going to pitch against the Cardinals again, but I'm glad I got a chance."

Milwaukee went 3-5 on its final three-city trip of the year, with Chacin logging two of the wins. Going back to Aug. 4, the Brewers are 4-8 and Chacin has three of those wins.

Milwaukee's offense was limited to two runs for the third straight day, but Mike Moustakas' two-strike, two-out, two-run double off Cardinals starter John Gant in the third inning was enough for Chacin. Picked up on a two-year, $15.5 million free-agent contract in December, he leads the Brewers in starts (27), innings (151) and victories (13). Among Milwaukee's starters, only Wade Miley has a better ERA than Chacin's 3.58 -- in more than 100 fewer innings.

Video: MIL@STL: Moustakas laces a 2-run double to right

Since taking a loss and a no-decision in consecutive starts against the Cardinals in early April, Chacin is 13-3 with a 3.28 ERA. That figure is skewed by two outings that saw him allow eight runs.

"He was probably better today than when he was in Chicago," said Counsell, referring to Chacin's seven-inning, 10-strikeout gem at Wrigley Field in his previous start. "There wasn't much good contact."

Video: MIL@STL: Counsell on Chacin's great outing in win

Chacin only struck out three batters, but the final one came in "an empty the tank inning," as Counsell put it, despite the right-hander's modest pitch count. Chacin punched the inside of his glove after getting Paul DeJong to chase a sinker below the strike zone to end the sixth inning with a pair of runners on base.

"He was locating," said Cardinals interim manager Mike Shildt. "He was going to both sides. He had his secondary pitches working. He was working ahead, had a nice tempo and rhythm. We just couldn't break it."

Video: MIL@STL: Chacin K's DeJong, gets out of jam in 6th

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Close call: Cardinals pinch-hitter Patrick Wisdom halved the Brewers' lead and recharged the Busch Stadium crowd with his first career homer to start the bottom of the eighth, and Matt Carpenter nearly made it back-to-back homers against Jeffress when he lifted the next pitch for a deep fly ball to center field. Lorenzo Cain caught it on the warning track, and Jeffress, pitching for only the second time in 10 days, retired the next two hitters to preserve the lead.

"The way Cain went after it, he went after it pretty confidently -- although he looked back up into the stands at one point," Counsell said. "That scared me a little bit."

Video: MIL@STL: Cain ranges back, makes the grab at the wall

Another close call: Hader, pitching for only the second time in 12 days, struck out the first two batters in the bottom of the ninth before Jedd Gyorko put a charge into a 1-0 fastball and sent it to deep right field. Keon Broxton made the game-ending catch with his back against the wall.

"I was hoping it didn't carry too much," Hader said. "But I had Keon back there, and you know how he is up against the wall. It was definitely nice to see it stay in the ballpark."

Said Counsell: "This is a park where you really have to hit it to get it. I didn't think Gyorko came out of the box like he got it, necessarily. … The thought was with all the right-handers in the [Cardinals] lineup today that J.J. did the hard work with two innings, and then Josh was able to come in, and because he's so fresh, we were going to get big velocity. He had big velocity today, for sure."

Video: MIL@STL: Broxton's tough grab helps Hader earn save

SOUND SMART
Hader's save was his 10th this season, making him the first Brewers lefty to log double-digit saves since Dan Plesac (24) in 1990. Plesac, an analyst for MLB Network, has been a guest color commentator for some Brewers games this season, most recently last week at Wrigley Field.

UP NEXT
The Brewers have won seven of 10 games against the Reds this season and match up against Cincinnati starters with ERAs of 6.33 (Homer Bailey), 5.31 (Sal Romano) and 7.94 (Robert Stephenson) in a three-game series beginning Monday at Miller Park. Chase Anderson is 4-1 with a 2.98 ERA in nine career starts against the Reds entering Monday's 7:10 p.m. CT first pitch at Miller Park. He'll be working on seven days' rest.

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy and like him on Facebook.

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Was Wheeler star of LL team? Not really

Every year, millions of kids participate in Little League baseball and softball. Obviously, most of those players will never become big leaguers, so, it stands to reason that nearly every Major Leaguer was the star of his Little League club. That wasn't Zack Wheeler's case. 

Here are the nicknames for every team's players

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For the second consecutive year, Major Leaguers will put their personalities and passions on the field when Players' Weekend takes center stage during all games from Friday, Aug. 24, through Sunday, Aug. 26.

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For the second consecutive year, Major Leaguers will put their personalities and passions on the field when Players' Weekend takes center stage during all games from Friday, Aug. 24, through Sunday, Aug. 26.

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Best Players' Weekend nicknames from every team

Here are the nicknames big leaguers will wear on their backs while sporting colorful, non-traditional uniforms featuring alternate designs inspired by youth-league uniforms:

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Angels
Jose Alvarez: "KÍKE"
Justin Anderson: "ANDO"
Francisco Arcia: "FRANKIE"
Jaime Barria: "EL PANA"
Cam Bedrosian: "BEDROCK"
Jose Briceno: "ORE"
Kole Calhoun: "KOLEMAN"
Kaleb Cowart: "PAL"
Zack Cozart: "L.A. COZ"
Jose Fernandez: "JOTAVE"
David Fletcher: "FLETCH"
Andrew Heaney: "HEANDOG"
Jake Jewell: "BOB:
Jim Johnson: "J.J."
Jefry Marte: "EL BLEY"
Alex Meyer: "BUBBA"
Keynan Middleton: "MAJOR KEY"
Shohei Ohtani: "SHOWTIME"
Blake Parker: "B-EASY"
Felix Pena: "LA BEFLA"
Albert Pujols: "THE MACHINE"
JC Ramirez: "J.C. TIME"
Noe Ramirez: "OTTO"
Garrett Richards: "G-RICH"
Rene Rivera: "MONCHO"
Hansel Robles: "EL PEÑACO"
Matt Shoemaker: "SHOE"
Andrelton Simmons: "SIMÓN"
Tyler Skaggs: "SWAGGY"
Nick Tropeano: "NITRO"
Mike Trout: "KIIIIID"
Justin Upton: "J - UP"
Blake Wood: "BLOCK-A"
Chris Young: "C Y"
Eric Young Jr.: "EYJ"
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Astros
Jose Altuve: "TUVE"
Alex Bregman: "A-BREG"
Gerrit Cole: "COLE TRAIN"
Carlos Correa: "I AM GROOT"
J.D. Davis: "JD"
Chris Devenski: "THE DRAGON"
Derek Fisher: "FISHER"
Evan Gattis: "BULL"
Marwin Gonzalez: "MARGO"
Yuli Gurriel: "LA PIÑA"
Jandel Gustave: "GUSTAVE"
Will Harris: "BILL"
Tony Kemp: "KEMPY"
Dallas Keuchel: "DAVID BURD"
Jake Marisnick: "BIG FUDGE"
Lance McCullers Jr.: "PERDOMO"
Collin McHugh: "Mu Q"
Martin Maldonado: "VALDEZ"
Brian McCann: "UNO SEIS"
Charlie Morton: "GROUND CHUCK"
Roberto Osuna: "OSUNA"
Brad Peacock: "P"
Ryan Pressly: "PRESSLY"
Josh Reddick: "RED DAWG"
Hector Rondon: "RONDY"
Tony Sipp: "SIPP"
Joe Smith: "SMITTY"
George Springer: "SPRINGER"
Max Stassi: "STASSINELLI"
Justin Verlander: "J V"
Tyler White: "WHITEY"
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Athletics
Brett Anderson: "NOON"
Paul Blackburn: "BLACKIE"
Ryan Buchter: "5 DEUCE"
Trevor Cahill: "T.C."
Mark Canha: "TOM ACE"
Matt Chapman: "CHAPPY"
Jharel Cotton: "SQUEAKY"
Khris Davis: "KD"
Jeurys Familia: "LA FAMA"
Mike Fiers: "KAI"
Daniel Gossett: "GOOSE"
Chris Hatcher: "HATCH"
Edwin Jackson: "SCOOP"
Matt Joyce: "SWEET SWINGIN'"
Shawn Kelley: "KELLEYTIME"
Ramon Laureano: "LAUREANO"
Jed Lowrie: "JEDI"
Jonathan Lucroy: "LUC"
Sean Manaea: "MANAEALATOR"
Nick Martini: "TINI"
Matt Olson: "OLY"
Emilio Pagan: "EMILIOOOOO"
Yusmeiro Petit: "YUS"
Josh Phegley: "PTBNL"
Chad Pinder: "CHI"
Stephen Piscotty: "MOMO"
Marcus Semien: "SAUCE"
Jake Smolinski: "SMO $"
Blake Treinen: "TRAIN"
Andrew Triggs: "TRIGGONOMETRY"
Lou Trivino: "SWEET LOU"
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Blue Jays
Danny Barnes: "BARNZY"
Joe Biagini: "JOE THE GREAT"
Ryan Borucki: "BORUCKI"
Tyler Clippard: "CLIP"
Aledmys Diaz: "PAPITO"
Josh Donaldson: "BRINGER OF RAIN"
Brandon Drury: "DRU"
Marco Estrada: "ESTRATOSPHERE"
Jaime Garcia: "JAIMITO"
Sam Gaviglio: "GAVIGLIO"
Ken Giles: "100 MILES GILES"
Lourdes Gurriel Jr.: "YUNITO"
Curtis Granderson: "GRANDYMAN"
Randal Grichuk: "GRICH"
Teoscar Hernandez: "OCA"
Luke Maile: "LUKEY BARRELS"
Russell Martin: "LE MUSCLE"
Kendrys Morales: "MONINA"
Jake Petricka: "PETEY"
Kevin Pillar: "KP"
Aaron Sanchez: "SANCHIZE"
Luis Santos: "EL NITO"
Justin Smoak: "MOAKEY"
Yangervis Solarte: "TUTU"
Marcus Stroman: "HDMH"
Ryan Tepera: "TEP"
Devon Travis: "D-TRAV"
Troy Tulowitzki: "TULO"
Richard Urena: "RICHI"
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Braves
Ronald Acuna Jr.: "SABANERO SOY"
Ozzie Albies: "PUCHI"
Jesse Biddle: "JB"
Brad Brach: "B-RAD"
Johan Camargo: "JC"
Shane Carle: "SHUGGA"
Rhiner Cruz: "CRUEZY"
Charlie Culberson: "CULBY"
Adam Duvall: "DUVY"
Ryan Flaherty: "FLASH"
Tyler Flowers: "MMBB"
Mike Foltynewicz: "FOLTY"
Freddie Freeman: "ANDREW"
Sam Freeman: "FREEZY"
Max Fried: "MAXIMUS"
Kevin Gausman: "GAUSY"
Ender Inciarte: "GAME ENDER"
Luke Jackson: "SKYWALKER"
Nick Markakis: "TTT"
Brandon McCarthy: "MAC"
A.J. Minter: "MINT"
Sean Newcomb: "NEWK"
Wes Parsons: "PARSONS"
Jose Ramirez: "RAMIREZ"
Anibal Sanchez: "ALEJO"
Mike Soroka: "ROCK"
Kurt Suzuki: "ZUK"
Dansby Swanson: "DANS"
Julio Teheran: "EL CABALLO DE OLAYA"
Jonny Venters: "JV"
Arodys Vizcaino: "ARODYS"
Dan Winkler: "WINK"
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Brewers
Jesus Aguilar: "EL CAUSA"
Matt Albers: "ALBIE"
Chase Anderson: "TEXAS"
Orlando Arcia: "EL NIÑO"
Jacob Barnes: "KING COBRA"
Ryan Braun: "OCHO"
Corbin Burnes: "BURNESY"
Lorenzo Cain: "LO CAIN"
Jhoulys Chacin: "LA MAKINA"
Zach Davies: "COUNS"
Nick Franklin: "NICKY"
Junior Guerra: "CABEZON"
Josh Hader: "STRICKEN"
Jeremy Jeffress: "JOTA JOTA"
Dan Jennings: "DJ"
Corey Knebel: "BIRD DOG"
Erik Kratz: "KRATZY"
Jordan Lyles: "JORDY"
Wade Miley: "MILES"
Mike Moustakas: "MOOSE"
Jimmy Nelson: "BIG SWEAT"
Freddy Peralta: "KACIKI"
Hernan Perez: "PEPPER"
Manny Pina: "PINEAPPLE"
Jonathan Schoop: "MAMBA"
Travis Shaw: "MAYOR-DDC"
Joakim Soria: "JUNIOR"
Brent Suter: "THE RAPTOR"
Eric Thames: "MR. TEE"
Stephen Vogt: "I BELIEVE"
Taylor Williams: "T. WILLY"
Christian Yelich: "YELI"
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Cardinals
Harrison Bader: "TOTS"
Matt Carpenter: "CARP"
Brett Cecil: "SQUINTS"
Paul DeJong: "PAULY"
Jack Flaherty: "FLARE"
Dexter Fowler: "DEX"
John Gant: "GANT"
Adolis Garcia: "EL BOMBI"
Greg Garcia: "GG"
Austin Gomber: "BIG G"
Luke Gregerson: "DUKE"
Jedd Gyorko: "JERK-OH"
Jordan Hicks: "HICKS"
Dakota Hudson: "DAK"
Dominic Leone: "DOMINATOR"
Carlos Martinez: "TSUNAMI"
Jose Martinez: "CAFÉ"
Mike Mayers: "MAYERS"
Miles Mikolas: "MIK"
Yadier Molina: "YADI"
Yairo Munoz: "PALITO"
Bud Norris: "BUDMAN"
Tyler O'Neill: "O'NEILL"
Marcell Ozuna: "THE BIG BEAR"
Francisco Pena: "PEÑITA"
Daniel Poncedeleon: "PONCEDELEON"
Alex Reyes: "A.REY"
Tyson Ross: "FREEWAY"
Chasen Shreve: "SHA-REEF"
Michael Wacha: "WACHAMOLE"
Adam Wainwright: "WAINO"
Luke Weaver: "DREAM"
Tyler Webb: "WEBBY"
Kolten Wong: "THE PEBBLE"
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Cubs
Albert Almora Jr.: "TICO"
Anthony Bass: "FISH"
Javier Baez: "EL MAGO"
David Bote: "BOAT"
Kris Bryant: "KB"
Victor Caratini: "VIC"
Tyler Chatwood: "CHATTY"
Jesse Chavez: "DADO"
Steve Cishek: "SPEEDPASS"
Willson Contreras: "WILLY THE BEAST"
Yu Darvish: "YU-SAN"
Brian Duensing: "DEUCE"
Carl Edwards Jr.: "STRINGBEAN SLINGER"
Cole Hamels: "HOLLYWOOD"
Justin Hancock: "HERBIE"
Ian Happ: "HAPPER"
Kyle Hendricks: "HENDO"
Jason Heyward: "J-HEY"
Brandon Kintzler: "SALT"
Tommy La Stella: "LA STELLA"
Jon Lester: "LEFTHANDER"
Brandon Morrow: "B MO"
Mike Montgomery: "MONTY"
Jose Quintana: "LELO"
Anthony Rizzo: "TONY"
Randy Rosario: "PELO FINO"
Addison Russell: "ADDY"
Kyle Schwarber: "SCHWARBS"
Drew Smyly: "SMILES"
Pedro Strop: "STROPY"
Justin Wilson: "J WILLY"
Ben Zobrist: "ZORILLA"
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D-backs
Nick Ahmed: "SLICK NICK"
Matt Andriese: "DREEZY"
Alex Avila: "PARKMAN"
Brad Boxberger: "🎁🍔"
Archie Bradley: "HOLLYWOOD"
Clay Buchholz: "BUCK"
Andrew Chafin: "THE SHERIFF"
Patrick Corbin: "CORBY"
Daniel Descalso: "SCALS"
Jake Diekman: "GUT IT OUT"
Jarrod Dyson: "ZOOMBIYA"
Eduardo Escobar: "EL DE LA PICA"
Zack Godley: "BULL"
Paul Goldschmidt: "GOLDY"
Zack Greinke: "GREINKE"
Robby Hammock: "HAMMER"
Yoshihisa Hirano: "YOSHI SAN"
Jon Jay: "305 J"
Jake Lamb: "LAMBO"
Ketel Marte: "PIKE"
Jeff Mathis: "MATTY"
T.J. McFarland: "RETURN OF THE MAC"
Shelby Miller: "MILLZY"
John Ryan Murphy: "CHOIR BOY"
David Peralta: "FREIGHT TRAIN"
A.J. Pollock: "POLLO"
Robbie Ray: "BOB"
Steven Souza Jr.: "SOUZ"
Taijuan Walker: "TAI WEEZY"
Brad Ziegler: "UNICORN"
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Dodgers
Scott Alexander: "SCOTTIE BOY"
John Axford: "AX MAN"
Pedro Baez: "LA MULA"
Austin Barnes: "SAM"
Cody Bellinger: "BELLI"
Walker Buehler: "FERRIS"
JT Chargois: "SHAG"
Tony Cingrani: "GRANI"
Brian Dozier: "BULL"
Josh Fields: "FIELDS"
Dylan Floro: "F LORO"
Erik Goeddel: "GOODY"
Yasmani Grandal: "YAZMANIAN DEVIL"
Enrique Hernandez: "KIKÉ"
Rich Hill: "D. MOUNTAIN"
Daniel Hudson: "HUDDY"
Kenley Jansen: "KENLEYFORNIA"
Matt Kemp: "MATT"
Clayton Kershaw: "KERSH"
Tom Koehler: "TK"
Manny Machado: "EL MINISTRO"
Kenta Maeda: "MAEKEN"
Max Muncy: "MUNCE"
Joc Pederson: "KING"
Yasiel Puig: "WILD HORSE"
Hyun-Jin Ryu: "MONSTER"
Zac Rosscup: "CUP"
Dennis Santana: "ANFERNEE"
Corey Seager: "SEAGS"
Ross Stripling: "CHICKEN STRIP"
Chris Taylor: "CT3"
Justin Turner: "REDTURN2"
Julio Urias: "EL CULICHI"
Chase Utley: "SILVER FOX"
Pat Venditte: "P-VITTY"
Alex Wood: "AWOOD"
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Giants
Brandon Belt: "BOB"
Ty Blach: "THE PREACHER"
Ray Black: "BLACKOUT"
Madison Bumgarner: "MAD-BUM"
Brandon Crawford: "DJ BC RAW"
Johnny Cueto: "EL JUCHO"
Chase d'Arnaud: "CHEETAH"
Sam Dyson: "PSSST"
Steven Duggar: "DUGG"
Julian Fernandez: "BILLETE"
Alen Hanson: "EL CHAMAQUITO"
Gorkys Hernandez: "CAZADOR"
Derek Holland: "LAST NAME"
Nick Hundley: "HUNDO"
Pierce Johnson: "P.J."
Derek Law: "D-LAW"
Evan Longoria: "LONGO"
Andrew McCutchen: "ZOOM"
Mark Melancon: "MEL"
Reyes Moronta: "EL TIBU"
Joe Panik: "J.P."
Hunter Pence: "UNDERPANTS"
Buster Posey: "BUSTER"
Dereck Rodriguez: "D-ROD"
Jeff Samardzija: "SHARK"
Pablo Sandoval: "PANDA"
Will Smith: "SMITTY"
Austin Slater: "MAYOR"
Hunter Strickland: "STRICK"
Andrew Suarez: "ANDY"
Tony Watson: "TONE RANGER"
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Indians
Cody Allen: "CHICKEN"
Yonder Alonso: "MR. 305"
Cody Anderson: "BIG RIG"
Trevor Bauer: "BAUER OUTAGE"
Shane Bieber: "NOT JUSTIN"
Michael Brantley: "JUNIOR"
Melky Cabrera: "MELK MAN"
Carlos Carrasco: "COOKIE"
Lonnie Chisenhall: "BIGLON"
Adam Cimber: "CIM"
Mike Clevinger: "SUNSHINE"
Rajai Davis: "RAJ"
Edwin Encarnacion: "RIVERA"
Yan Gomes: "GOMER"
Erik Gonzalez: "LA PARITA"
Nick Goody: "GOODS"
Brandon Guyer: "LA PIÑATA"
Brad Hand: "BROTEIN SHAKE"
Jason Kipnis: "DIRTBAG"
Corey Kluber: "KLUBER"
Francisco Lindor: "MR. SMILE"
Leonys Martin: "THE ASERE"
Andrew Miller: "MILLER TIME"
Tyler Naquin: "BILLY"
Dan Otero: "OT"
Oliver Perez: "OLLIE"
Jose Ramirez: "ENRIQUITO"
Roberto Perez: "BEBO"
Neil Ramirez: "RAMMER"
Danny Salazar: "SALLY"
Josh Tomlin: "SCRUBS"
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Mariners
Dan Altavilla: "BUZZY"
Chasen Bradford: "BLACK BEAR"
Robinson Cano: "NOLO"
Alex Colome: "THE HORSE"
Nelson Cruz: "BOOMSTICK"
Edwin Diaz: "SUGAR"
Zach Duke: "DUKIE"
Roenis Elias: "CUBICHE"
Marco Gonzales: "GONZO"
Dee Gordon: "VARIS"
Mitch Haniger: "MEETCH"
Ryon Healy: "BUBBA"
Felix Hernandez: "KING FELIX"
Chris Herrmann: "WORM"
Mike Leake: "SPIKE"
Wade LeBlanc: "FRENCHY"
Cameron Maybin: "SLIM"
Juan Nicasio: "ARENOSO"
James Paxton: "BIG MAPLE"
James Pazos: "PAPA PAZ"
Erasmo Ramirez: "MITO"
Andrew Romine: "ROMI"
Kyle Seager: "SEAGER"
Jean Segura: "EL MAMBO"
Denard Span: "D-SPAN"
Sam Tuivailala: "TUI"
Nick Vincent: "HUBBA HUBBA"
Adam Warren: "THE WARDEN"
Mike Zunino: "Z"
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Marlins
Brian Anderson: "ANDY"
Kyle Barraclough: "BEAR"
Lewis Brinson: "SWEET LEW"
Starlin Castro: "ALL STARLIN"
Wei-Yin Chen: "WEIGH-IN"
Adam Conley: "ACON"
Garrett Cooper: "COOPALOOP"
Derek Dietrich: "DIETZ"
Isaac Galloway: "GALLO"
Jarlin Garcia: "JARLIN THE MARLIN"
Brett Graves: "BUMP"
Javy Guerra: "JAVY"
Tayron Guerrero: "EL DE BOCACHICA"
Elieser Hernandez: "LILO"
Bryan Holaday: "HOLLY"
Pablo Lopez: "PACHÉ"
Chris O'Grady: "GRIZZ"
Martin Prado: "PRATT"
J.T. Realmuto: "REAL"
Trevor Richards: "RICHIE"
JT Riddle: "T"
Yadiel Rivera: "TIZNAO"
Miguel Rojas: "MIGGY RO"
Drew Rucinski: "RUSINSKI"
Magneuris Sierra: "MIYAGUI"
Caleb Smith: "SMITTY"
Drew Steckenrider: "STECKASAURUS"
Dan Straily: "THUNDER"
Jose Urena: "EL NUEVE"
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Mets
Tyler Bashlor: "BASH"
Jose Bautista: "JOEYBATS"
Jerry Blevins: "JER-RY JER-RY JER-RY"
Jay Bruce: "BRUUUCE"
Yoenis Cespedes: "LA POTENCIA"
Michael Conforto: "SCOOTER"
Travis d'Arnaud: "LIL d"
Jacob deGrom: "deGROM"
Phillip Evans: "BARREL"
Wilmer Flores: "CATIRE"
Todd Frazier: "TODDFATHER"
Robert Gsellman: "G-MAN"
Luis Guillorme: "LUISMI"
Austin Jackson: "A-JAX"
Juan Lagares: "ANGELO"
Seth Lugo: "QUARTERRICAN"
Steven Matz: "MATZY"
Jeff McNeil: "JT"
Devin Mesoraco: "ROCKO"
Rafael Montero: "MONTERO"
Brandon Nimmo: "NIMMS"
Corey Oswalt: "OZ"
Kevin Plawecki: "PLAW DAWG"
AJ Ramos: "JUNIOR"
Jose Reyes: "LA MELAZA"
Jacob Rhame: "RHAMROD"
T.J. Rivera: "T-BUTTA"
Amed Rosario: "EL NIÑO"
Paul Sewald: "PAULIE"
Dominic Smith: "BIG D"
Drew Smith: "SMITTY"
Anthony Swarzak: "T-SWEEZY"
Noah Syndergaard: "THOR"
Jason Vargas: "VARGY"
Bobby Wahl: "PEANUT"
Zack Wheeler: "WHEELS"
David Wright: "D-DUB"
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Nationals
Matt Adams: "BIG CITY"
Joaquin Benoit: "JACK"
Wilmer Difo: "EL DE"
Sean Doolittle: "DOC"
Adam Eaton: "SPANKY"
Erick Fedde: "FEDDECCINI"
Koda Glover: "BEAR"
Gio Gonzalez: "DOUBLE G"
Matt Grace: "GRACEY"
Bryce Harper: "MONDO"
Jeremy Hellickson: "HELLY"
Kelvin Herrera: "K 40"
Greg Holland: "HOLLY"
Howie Kendrick: "TRUCK"
Spencer Kieboom: "BOOMER"
Ryan Madson: "BLEST"
Justin Miller: "J. MILLZ"
Tommy Milone: "TOMASO"
Daniel Murphy: "MURPH"
Anthony Rendon: "ANT"
Mark Reynolds: "SHERIFF"
Tanner Roark: "T-RO"
Joe Ross: "JR"
Max Scherzer: "BLUE EYE"
Jhonatan Solano: "TATAN"
Sammy Solis: "BIG ANGUS"
Juan Soto: "JUANJO"
Wander Suero: "THE ANIMAL"
Stephen Strasburg: "STRAS"
Michael A. Taylor: "MIGGY"
Trea Turner: "TRIPLE TREA"
Matt Wieters: "MAUI"
Ryan Zimmerman: "ZIM"
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Orioles
Pedro Araujo: "EL MONTRO"
Tim Beckham: "SWAGGY"
Richard Bleier: "DICKIE B."
Dylan Bundy: "DILLY"
Cody Carroll: "CC"
Andrew Cashner: "CASH"
Miguel Castro: "VILLA HERMOSA"
Alex Cobb: "COBB"
Chris Davis: "CRUSH"
Paul Fry: "PAPA FRITA"
Craig Gentry: "GENT"
Mychal Givens: "TONY"
Donnie Hart: "D. HART"
David Hess: "HESSER"
Adam Jones: "LA GENTE"
Caleb Joseph: "CALE"
Trey Mancini: "BOOMER"
Jhan Marinez: "LA ELECTRICIDAD"
Renato Nunez: "TATO"
Jace Peterson: "PETEY"
Evan Phillips: "PHILLY"
Yefry Ramirez: "EL VARÓN"
Joey Rickard: "J-RICK"
Tanner Scott: "SCOTTIE"
Mark Trumbo: "TRUM"
Danny Valencia: "SLUGGER"
Jonathan Villar: "VILLI"
Steve Wilkerson: "BREEZE"
Mike Wright Jr.: "BIRD"
Austin Wynns "WINNIE"
Gabriel Ynoa: "EL TIGUERE"
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Padres
Carlos Asuaje: "CARL"
Colten Brewer: "BREWSKI"
Jose Castillo: "BIG DUDE"
Franchy Cordero: "CORDY"
Alex Dickerson: "DICKERSON"
A.J. Ellis: "DAD"
Robbie Erlin: "BOB"
Freddy Galvis: "TOCO"
Austin Hedges: "HEDGEY"
Eric Hosmer: "PAPO"
Phil Hughes: "PEEJ"
Travis Jankowski: "FRED"
Brett Kennedy: "KENNEDY"
Dinelson Lamet: "EL FLACO"
Eric Lauer: "GOMER"
Walker Lockett: "LOCKETT"
Joey Lucchesi: "JOEY FUEGO"
Manuel Margot: "YOANDRY"
Phil Maton: "SPIN RATE"
Wil Myers: "WIL"
Bryan Mitchell: "MITCH"
Luis Perdomo: "EL CHAMAQUITO"
Jose Pirela: "AGUILA NEGRA"
Hunter Renfroe: "FROE"
Franmil Reyes: "LA MOLE"
Clayton Richard: "CLAY CLAY"
Cory Spangenberg: "SPANGY"
Craig Stammen: "TRIG"
Robert Stock: "CRETCH"
Matt Strahm: "STRAHMY"
Christian Villanueva: "VILLA"
Trey Wingenter: "WINGENTER"
Kirby Yates: "KIRBS"
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Phillies
Jorge Alfaro: "EL OSO"
Victor Arano: "EL WEY"
Jake Arrieta: "SNAKE"
Justin Bour: "JB"
Asdrubal Cabrera: "CHIQUITÍN"
J.P. Crawford: "CRAW"
Austin Davis: "BIG FUDGE"
Enyel De Los Santos: "DE LOS SANTOS"
Seranthony Dominguez: "SIR ANTHONY"
Jerad Eickhoff: "EICK"
Zach Eflin: "EF"
Pedro Florimon: "DON RAMÓN"
Maikel Franco: "COMPA F"
Luis Garcia: "COMPA G"
Cesar Hernandez: "CESITA"
Odubel Herrera: "TORITO"
Rhys Hoskins: "BIG FELLA"
Tommy Hunter: "BIGGER FELLA"
Scott Kingery: "JETPAX"
Andrew Knapp: "KNAPP TIME"
Aaron Loup: "WOLF"
Adam Morgan: "A-MO"
Pat Neshek: "NESHEK"
Aaron Nola: "NOLS"
Roman Quinn: "ROME"
Nick Pivetta: "PIVETTA"
Wilson Ramos: "BUFFALO"
Carlos Santana: "SLAMTANA"
Vince Velasquez: "VICENTE"
Nick Williams: "NICKY DUBS"
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Pirates
Chris Archer: "FLACO FUERTE"
Josh Bell: "JB"
Francisco Cervelli: "CISCO"
Kyle Crick: "CRICKY"
Elias Diaz: "EL MARACUCHO"
Corey Dickerson: "C-DIZZLE"
Adam Frazier: "FRAZ"
David Freese: "DAVEHUMAN"
Josh Harrison: "J HAY"
Adeiny Hechavarria: "LA PANTERA UUFF"
Keone Kela: "KEY"
Chad Kuhl: "CHET"
Jordan Luplow: "LUPLOW"
Starling Marte: "TATO"
Jordy Mercer: "THE ROOK"
Colin Moran: "REDBEARD"
Joe Musgrove: "MOOSE"
Dovydas Neverauskas: "LITHUANIAN"
Ivan Nova: "SUPER NOVA"
Gregory Polanco: "EL COFFEE"
Richard Rodriguez: "PERRO FLACO"
Sean Rodriguez: "CHICH"
Casey Sadler: "SADS"
Edgar Santana: "BICEPS"
A.J. Schugel: "SCHUG"
Jameson Taillon: "JAMO"
Felipe Vazquez: "NIGHTMARE"
Trevor Williams: "PROJECT"
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Rangers
Elvis Andrus: "MERULO JR"
Tony Barnette: "BARNITEZ"
Adrian Beltre: "EL KOJA"
Matt Bush: "MATTY ICE"
Eddie Butler: "SPAGHETTI"
Willie Calhoun: "JUNE"
Robinson Chirinos: "PELO BUCHE"
Shin-Soo Choo: "추신수"
Alex Claudio: "AC"
Bartolo Colon: "MORALES"
Delino DeShields: "LIL BOP"
Doug Fister: "FIST"
Yovani Gallardo: "YO"
Joey Gallo: "PICO DE GALLO"
Cory Gearrin: "CEEGEE"
Ronald Guzman: "CEPEDA"
Ronald Herrera: "HERRERA"
Drew Hutchison: "HUTCH"
Isiah Kiner-Falefa: "IZZY"
Ariel Jurado: "BARTOLITO"
Jose Leclerc: "PICO"
Chris Martin: "C-MART"
Nomar Mazara: "BIG CHILL"
Mike Minor: "SPYKEZYLLA"
Matt Moore: "MATT MAN"
Rougned Odor: "EL TIPO"
Martin Perez: "EL DE LAS MATAS"
Jurickson Profar: "EL PATRON"
Ryan Rua: "RYNO"
Drew Robinson: "PETEY"
Carlos Tocci: "EL MUSIU"
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Rays
Willy Adames: "THE KID"
Jose Alvarado: "EL POCHO"
Jake Bauers: "JB"
Jalen Beeks: "BEEKER"
Diego Castillo: "SAMANA"
Yonny Chirinos: "YONITO"
Ji-Man Choi: "JI"
C.J. Cron: "BIG FELLA"
Jose De Leon: "PULPITO"
Matt Duffy: "DUFFMAN"
Jake Faria: "FUH-REE-UH"
Wilmer Font: "FONKY"
Tyler Glasnow: "MINI HORSE"
Carlos Gomez: "EL FINAL"
Kevin Kiermaier: "OUTLAW"
Adam Kolarek: "AK"
Vidal Nuno: "SLEEPY"
Michael Perez: "MYKII"
Tommy Pham: "PHAMTASTIC"
Daniel Robertson: "D-ROB"
Chaz Roe: "RANCH"
Sergio Romo: "EL MECHÓN"
Jaime Schultz: "SCHULTZY"
Mallex Smith: "M EFFECT"
Blake Snell: "ZILLA"
Ryne Stanek: "STANNY"
Jesus Sucre: "SOOKY"
Joey Wendle: "MENDLE"
Hunter Wood: "WOODY"
Ryan Yarbrough: "YARBITRON"
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Red Sox
Matt Barnes: "BARNACLES"
Andrew Benintendi: "BENNY"
Mookie Betts: "MOOKIE"
Xander Bogaerts: "BOGIE"
Jackie Bradley Jr.: "JBJ"
Dan Butler: "BUTLER"
Rafael Devers: "CARITA"
Nathan Eovaldi: "EVO"
Heath Hembree: "HEATER HERE"
Marco Hernandez: "MARKITO"
Brock Holt: "BROCKSTAR"
Brian Johnson: "BJ"
Joe Kelly: "JIMMY B"
Ian Kinsler: "BOOTSIE"
Craig Kimbrel: "DIRTY CRAIG"
Sandy Leon: "NOAH"
Austin Maddox: "MADD DAWG"
J.D. Martinez: "FLACO"
Mitch Moreland: "2 - BAGS"
Eduardo Nunez: "NUNIE"
Steve Pearce: "LATE LIGHTNING"
Dustin Pedroia: "PEDEY"
Drew Pomeranz: "BIG SMOOTH"
Rick Porcello: "VEINTIDÓS"
David Price: "SLIM DUNKIN"
Eduardo Rodriguez: "EL GUALO"
Chris Sale: "THE CONDUCTOR"
Carson Smith: "SMITTY"
Blake Swihart: "SWI"
Tyler Thornburg: "THORN"
Christian Vazquez: "COLO"
Hector Velazquez: "CABEZON"
Brandon Workman: "WORK"
Steven Wright: "KNUCKSIE"
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Reds
Homer Bailey: "HOMER"
Tucker Barnhart: "BARNEY"
Alex Blandino: "BLANDY"
Curt Casali: "CAS"
Luis Castillo: "LA PIEDRA"
Rookie Davis: "BILL"
Anthony DeSclafani: "DISCO"
Brandon Dixon: "B DIX"
Phillip Ervin: "MAGIC"
Amir Garrett: "AG"
Scooter Gennett: "DAL3"
Billy Hamilton: "BONE"
Matt Harvey: "HARV"
David Hernandez: "D HERN"
Dilson Herrera: "DILLY"
Jared Hughes: "ROBOT"
Raisel Iglesias: "EL CICLON"
Michael Lorenzen: "ZEN MASTER"
Keury Mella: "MANINI"
Wandy Peralta: "LA GRASA"
Jose Peraza: "EL LLANERO"
Sal Romano: "BIG SALLY"
Scott Schebler: "SHEB"
Jackson Stephens: "JACKO"
Robert Stephenson: "BOB"
Eugenio Suarez: "NICOLLE"
Preston Tucker: "TUCK"
Joey Votto: "IN FLANDERS FIELDS"
Mason Williams: "MASE"
Jesse Winker: "WINK"
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Rockies
Yency Almonte: "SHOWTIME"
Tyler Anderson: "MR. DUCK"
Nolan Arenado: "NADO"
Chad Bettis: "LETTUCE"
Charlie Blackmon: "CHUCK NAZTY"
David Dahl: "BABY DAHL"
Wade Davis: "WADER"
Ian Desmond: "DEZ"
Mike Dunn: "DUNNER"
Kyle Freeland: "TWO ONE"
Carlos Gonzalez: "CARGO"
Jon Gray: "GRAY WOLF"
Chris Iannetta: "C I"
DJ LeMahieu: "DJ"
German Marquez: "MARQUEE"
Jake McGee: "MACCHEEZ"
Ryan McMahon: "McDOOGLE"
Harrison Musgrave: "MUSKY"
Scott Oberg: "OBIE"
Seunghwan Oh: "오승환"
Adam Ottavino: "AO"
Gerardo Parra: "EL YOLO"
Chris Rusin: "RUSS"
Antonio Senzatela: "SENZE"
Bryan Shaw: "GEEK"
Trevor Story: "TREV"
Pat Valaika: "BARRELS"
Tony Wolters: "T-DUB"
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Royals
Jorge Bonifacio: "EL BONI"
Blaine Boyer: "BLAZER"
Drew Butera: "VITO"
Hunter Dozier: "DOZ"
Lucas Duda: "DUDE"
Danny Duffy: "CHILL SERGEANT"
Alcides Escobar: "MAGIC"
Heath Fillmyer: "FILLY"
Brian Flynn: "FLYNNY"
Jesse Hahn: "J HOOD"
Jason Hammel: "HAMMER"
Alex Gordon: "GORDO"
Rosell Herrera: "VARON"
Tim Hill: "HILL"
Jakob Junis: "JUNE BUG"
Nate Karns: "NATE DOGG"
Brad Keller: "B. K."
Ian Kennedy: "BUDDA"
Brandon Maurer: "MAURER POWER"
Kevin McCarthy: "MAC"
Whit Merrifield: "WHITLEY"
Adalberto Mondesi: "LA GUINEA"
Ryan O'Hearn: "BROHEARN"
Wily Peralta: "BIG WILY"
Salvador Perez: "EL NIÑO"
Brett Phillips: "MAVERICK"
Eric Skoglund: "SKOGS:
Burch Smith: "SMITTY"
Glenn Sparkman: "SPARKY"
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Tigers
Jim Adduci: "DEUCE"
Victor Alcantara: "V"
Matthew Boyd: "MATTY B"
Jeimer Candelario: "CANDY"
Miguel Cabrera: "MIGGY"
Nicholas Castellanos: "NICK"
Louis Coleman: "HAROLD"
Buck Farmer: "GEORGE"
Michael Fulmer: "THE PLUMBER"
Mike Gerber: "GERBS"
Niko Goodrum: "J.J MUMFORD"
Shane Greene: "SHANER"
Grayson Greiner: "GARY"
Blaine Hardy: "HARDY BOY"
John Hicks: "JAZZ"
Jose Iglesias: "CANDELITA"
Joe Jimenez: "JO JO"
JaCoby Jones: "JUICY J"
Artie Lewicki: :"LOU"
Francisco Liriano: "LIRI"
Victor Martinez: "PAPICHO"
James McCann: "McCANNON"
Daniel Norris: "D. NO"
Victor Reyes: "VIC"
Ronny Rodriguez: "EL FELINO"
Jacob Turner: "JET"
Drew VerHagen: "VERGY"
Alex Wilson: "WILLY"
Jordan Zimmermann: "J Z"
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Twins
Ehire Adrianza: "GUARENERO"
Tyler Austin: "TA"
Matt Belisle: "BELISLE"
Jose Berrios: "LA MAKINA"
Jason Castro: "STRO"
Jake Cave: "CAVEMAN Oliver Drake: "BUCKO"
Johnny Field: "J. FIELD"
Logan Forsythe: "LOGIE BEAR"
Mitch Garver: "GARV SAUCE"
Kyle Gibson: "GIBBY"
Robbie Grossman: "GROSSMAN"
Trevor Hildenberger: "HILDY"
Max Kepler: "RÓŻYCKI"
Matt Magill: "GOOSE"
Joe Mauer: "MAUER"
Trevor May: "LURCH"
Adalberto Mejia: "VOLADOR"
Logan Morrison: "LOMO"
Gabriel Moya: "LITTLE GUARDADO"
Jake Odorizzi: "ODO"
Michael Pineda: "BIG MIKE"
Jorge Polanco: "CHULO"
Addison Reed: "REEDER"
Fernando Rodney: "UIYA CLARA"
Eddie Rosario: "EDISITO"
Taylor Rogers: "M. ROGERS"
Miguel Sano: "BOQUETON"
Ervin Santana: "MAGIC"
Aaron Slegers: "SLEGS"
Bobby Wilson: "BEEDUB"
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White Sox
Jose Abreu: "MAL TIEMPO"
Tim Anderson: "TA7"
Luis Avilan: "AVI"
Xavier Cedeno: "X"
Dylan Covey: "COVE"
Tyler Danish: "DANISH"
Matt Davidson: "MATTY D"
Nicky Delmonico: "PUP"
Adam Engel: "MAN OF STEAL"
Danny Farquhar: "D-FARK"
Jace Fry: "FOO"
Avisail Garcia: "AVI"
Leury Garcia: "LEO"
Lucas Giolito: "BIG FOOT"
Jeanmar Gomez: "JANKO"
Miguel Gonzalez: "EL MARIACHI"
Nate Jones: "NATE'S NATION"
Ryan LaMarre: "LaMARRE"
Reynaldo Lopez: "REY"
Juan Minaya: "JUANITO"
Yoan Moncada: "YOYO"
Omar Narvaez: "NARVY"
Daniel Palka: "DP"
Carlos Rodon: "LOS"
Yolmer Sanchez: "EL DE PIÑONAL"
Hector Santiago: "BULLDOG"
James Shields: "JUEGO G"
Kevan Smith: "WEBBY"
Thyago Vieira: "NÉGS"
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Yankees
Miguel Andujar: "PAPÁ"
Dellin Betances: "EL ACIDO"
Greg Bird: "BIRD"
Zach Britton: "ANGLADA"
Aroldis Chapman: "THE MISSILE"
A.J. Cole: "AJ"
Jacoby Ellsbury: "ELLSBURY"
Clint Frazier: "EL ROJO"
Brett Gardner: "GARDNER"
Sonny Gray: "PICKLES"
Didi Gregorius: "THE KNIGHT"
Chad Green: "GREENY"
J.A. Happ: "HAPPER"
Ben Heller: "HELLER"
Aaron Hicks: "HICKSIE"
Jonathan Holder: "HOLDY"
Aaron Judge: "JUDGE"
Lance Lynn: "MIA"
Jordan Montgomery: "MONTY"
David Robertson: "D-ROB"
Austin Romine: "RO"
CC Sabathia: "DUB"
Gary Sanchez: "KRAKEN"
Luis Severino: "SEVY"
Giancarlo Stanton: "G"
Masahiro Tanaka: "TANAKA TIME"
Gleyber Torres: "GT"
Luke Voit: "LOUIS"
Neil Walker: "WALKIE"
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Gem puts Kershaw halfway to 300 career wins

Left-hander fans seven in seven innings; Turner leads offense with home run, five RBIs
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SEATTLE -- Starting pitcher victories don't have the same allure as they once did, but 150 wins are still a bunch and Clayton Kershaw hit that milestone on Sunday when the Dodgers routed the Mariners in the rubber game of their series, 12-1.

Justin Turner turned it into a blowout with a three-run homer off position player Andrew Romine in the ninth inning, giving Turner a fourth hit and five RBIs. <