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New strikeout pitches lift aces to higher gear

12:30 PM EDT

When an ace expands his repertoire, it can make the game's nastiest pitchers even nastier. That's exactly what's happening with these pitchers in 2021. Multiple big-name pitchers around the league have either introduced an entirely new pitch this season or are throwing a formerly little-used pitch a lot more than

deGrom lowers ERA to 0.56. (Not a misprint!)

Ace 'not too concerned' about flexor tendon issue
12:05 AM EDT

NEW YORK -- For Jacob deGrom, the actions were subtle: a quiet conversation with pitching coach Jeremy Hefner, a premature handshake with manager Luis Rojas, a walk down the clubhouse tunnel in the bottom of the sixth. Immediately, it was easy to consider the worst. For deGrom, a season of

'A brilliant night:' Sho doubles twice, fans 8

Two-way star brushes off foul ball off knee to help lift Halos
3:44 AM EDT

PHOENIX -- Shohei Ohtani rolled up his right pant leg and inspected his knee. He removed his shin guard, walked through the visitors’ dugout at Chase Field and retreated down the tunnel. Only minutes earlier, Ohtani fouled a 93.2 mph cutter from D-backs starter Merrill Kelly off his right knee

Trade targets? Mets could boost rotation

June 11, 2021

NEW YORK -- Recent setbacks for Carlos Carrasco and Noah Syndergaard have altered the Mets’ pitching landscape. When the Mets broke camp in March, they hoped for both of those players to be in their rotation by June. Now, both remain weeks, if not months, away. As such, rotation help

Scherzer leaves game after just 12 pitches

12:05 AM EDT

WASHINGTON -- Max Scherzer felt optimistic after exiting Friday’s start against the Giants having thrown just 12 pitches. His early departure was caused by a tweak in his groin, and an MRI showed there was inflammation but no muscle strain. “It’s really best-case scenario in terms of what the injury

When will they return? Springer, Seager, more

June 11, 2021

An unfortunate spate of injuries has impacted some of MLB's top stars. As we await their returns, here's the latest on when they could be back.

deGrom doing the unprecedented -- as hitter

1:28 AM EDT

Jacob deGrom had Citi Field rocking like it was mid-October in the Mets' 3-2 win over the Padres on Friday night. The Mets’ ace continued to mount his considerable case for the National League MVP Award with an electric performance against the Padres, striking out 10 hitters across six scoreless

Friday's top prospect performers

@TrujilloReports and @wboor
June 11, 2021

Here's a look at Friday's top Minor League performers from each team's Top 30 Prospects list:

Rumors: Márquez, Gray, Rays, Cruz

June 11, 2021 is keeping track of all the latest free agent and trade rumors right here.

Vlad Jr. hits 19th HR: 'It's just easy for him'

12:15 AM EDT

BOSTON -- Vladimir Guerrero Jr. might wake up to a maintenance bill from Fenway Park after his demolition derby on Friday night. Guerrero opened his night in the 6-5 loss to the Red Sox with a line-drive single that dented the top of the Green Monster, and Guerrero followed that

Giants' 1-0 win all thanks to home run robbery

12:40 AM EDT

Mike Tauchman did it again. For the second time this year, Tauchman made a leaping catch at the left-field wall to rob a home run, pulling back a game-tying shot from Nationals star Juan Soto in the seventh inning to help preserve a shutout for right-hander Anthony DeSclafani in a

FAQ: All you need to know about ASG ballot

June 3, 2021

The return of the Midsummer Classic after a rare year off means the return of All-Star Game voting. As was the case in 2019, Major League Baseball will use a two-phase fan-voting process, made easier with the help of Google to determine the starting position players for the All-Star Game

Andrus delivers A's MLB-best 6th walk-off W

2:45 AM EDT

OAKLAND -- Elvis Andrus couldn’t help but feel responsible as he watched a late lead over the Royals disappear for the second night in a row. His error in the seventh inning on a potential inning-ending ground ball extended the frame, giving the Royals an additional opportunity that they seized

LA's offensive fireworks back Kershaw's gem

Dodgers hit 5 HRs, score 6 in the 1st frame while ace fans 9 with no earned runs
2:51 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers hosted their first fireworks night at the ballpark since 2019 on Friday, but it was the L.A. offense that stole the show with five homers in the 12-1 win over the Rangers at Dodger Stadium. As he has most of the season, Max Muncy got

Rallying Red Sox do it again with walk-off

2:20 AM EDT

BOSTON -- Another night, another Fenway thriller. The constantly comebacking Red Sox did it again on Friday night, riding a walk-off single off the Monster by Alex Verdugo in the bottom of the ninth to a wild 6-5 victory over the Blue Jays.

Votto at heart of Reds' historic 5-HR barrage

First baseman preaches 'urgency is real' as Cincy battles in NL Central
June 11, 2021

CINCINNATI -- Of all the Reds who homered Friday night vs. the Rockies, Joey Votto appeared to enjoy his the most. In the third inning of Cincinnati's 11-5 victory at Great American Ball Park, Votto's long ball was potentially the backbreaker for Colorado. It was already a 4-0 game when

Sox hang on for 'hairy' W in extras after delay

1:01 AM EDT

DETROIT -- A little rain might have dampened Liam Hendriks’ mood on Friday night, but it sure didn’t stand in the way of the White Sox quest to command the AL Central. A 49-minute rain delay in the bottom of the ninth inning meant plenty of time for Chicago’s prized

Lowe repays trust as Rays reach 40 first

Go-ahead homer off lefty snaps slump for 2019 All-Star, lifts AL-best Tampa Bay
12:09 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG -- Brandon Lowe was the Rays’ most valuable player last season, a worthy top-10 finisher in the American League MVP voting. But when he steps up to the plate these days, he sees the same numbers you do. And for a time, he said, that pressure affected him,

'He's our guy': Yelich leads Crew to win

1:21 AM EDT

The American Family Field crowd was as loud as it had been all night in the seventh inning of the Brewers’ 7-4 win over the Pirates on Friday. The score was knotted up at two. Milwaukee pinch-hitter Daniel Robertson and first baseman Daniel Vogelbach had sandwiched walks around third baseman

Civale (11 K's, 1 hit) ties MLB lead with 9th win

12:43 AM EDT

CLEVELAND -- In his last outing, Aaron Civale didn’t have the curveball he had on Friday night. What changed? He had a front-row seat to Adam Wainwright’s seven-inning, curveball-heavy gem on Wednesday evening in St. Louis. Civale studied Wainwright from afar and took bits and pieces from that outing into

Tracking Jacob deGrom's pursuit of history

June 11, 2021

As Jacob deGrom continues his historic 2021 season, we’re keeping track of his chances at breaking three notable ERA records, as well as other fun facts and stats. First, there’s Dutch Leonard’s 0.96 mark from 1914, the lowest ERA by a qualified pitcher in a single season since earned runs

'Real pros': Weary Astros rally vs. Twins

1:29 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS -- It was difficult to say what made a larger impact for the Astros on Friday night -- the solid pitching of José Urquidy, the sweet swing of Michael Brantley or the defensive clinic put on by the left side of the infield in the eighth inning at Target