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In '19 debut, Upton homers on first pitch he sees

@RhettBollinger
40 minutes ago

TORONTO -- Angels left fielder Justin Upton returned to the lineup to make his season debut against the Blue Jays on Monday after missing nearly two months with left turf toe, suffered on March 24. He wasted no time making an impact, as he homered on the first pitch he

Vote tightens across All-Star ballot leaderboards

Multiple positions hotly contested in latest update; Bellinger overall vote leader
@mattkellyMLB
12:39 PM EDT

Read our FAQ on this year’s revamped balloting format, which includes two phases of fan voting to determine the All-Star starters, and the ability to vote through Google Search. • VOTE NOW: Google MLB All-Star Ballot Cody Bellinger has put together one of the best two-and-a-half month starts to a

Snitker hopes Keuchel can debut Friday vs. Nats

@mlbbowman
6:45 PM EDT

ATLANTA -- Braves manager Brian Snitker confirmed he hopes Dallas Keuchel will make his season debut in Friday night’s game at Nationals Park. But the team will wait another day or two before committing to this plan. “We’re taking it a day at a time right now, but everything is

Edwin: Being a Yankee 'is going to be fun'

@BryanHoch
6:28 PM EDT

NEW YORK -- A Yankees lineup that is preparing to welcome back Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton during this homestand grew even more fearsome on Monday, as Edwin Encarnacion -- the American League’s leading home run hitter -- prepared to take his first swings in pinstripes. The 36-year-old Encarnacion was

Cardinals promote 10-year Minors veteran

@anne__rogers
2:37 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS -- After playing in 838 games in the Minor Leagues, first baseman/outfielder Rangel Ravelo finally got his ticket to The Show. The Cardinals announced Monday that they had purchased the contract of Ravelo and placed infielder Yairo Munoz on the paternity list. To make room for Ravelo on

Machado appeals 1-game suspension

@AJCassavell
9 minutes ago

SAN DIEGO -- Padres third baseman Manny Machado will appeal the one-game suspension he received for his actions during his ejection on Saturday night in Colorado. Major League Baseball announced the suspension and a fine for Machado on Monday, "for aggressively arguing and making contact with umpire Bill Welke." That's

Cashman actively monitoring pitching market

@BryanHoch
27 minutes ago

NEW YORK -- There are approximately six weeks remaining for the Yankees to identify the best available target(s) on the pitching market, and general manager Brian Cashman said on Monday that he has been blowing up the cell phones of most opposing GMs. Though the acquisition of slugger Edwin Encarnacion

PDP League gets underway in Florida

32 minutes ago

BRADENTON, Fla. -- “Your attitude will determine your altitude.” Players were greeted Monday by former player and current MLB Network analyst Harold Reynolds, who stressed the importance of leagues like this for up and coming players. “They’re getting to the big leagues so much faster now, when you’re looking at

Tribe moves Kluber to 60-day IL; Clevinger back

5:22 PM EDT

The Indians activated right-hander Mike Clevinger for his start on Monday night against the Rangers. In corresponding moves, Cleveland optioned left-hander Josh Smith to Triple-A Columbus and moved right-hander Corey Kluber to the 60-day IL. Kluber was struck in the right forearm by a 102.2 mph line drive in Miami

VOTE NOW: All-Star primary ends Friday, 4 ET

@castrovince
2:00 PM EDT

Baseball’s version of the primary season is upon us, and the sport’s answer to Election Day is not far behind. And in incorporating shades of the political process, the 2019 Google MLB All-Star Ballot brings major change to the selection system for All-Star Game starters. • VOTE NOW: 2019 Google

Calhoun activated as Pence hits injured list

@Sullivan_Ranger
6:59 PM EDT

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have placed outfielder Hunter Pence on the 10-day injured list with a strained right groin muscle and activated Willie Calhoun. Pence was placed on the IL after undergoing an MRI on Monday that revealed the strain. Calhoun was in the starting lineup on Monday night against

Power Rankings' Top 5 holds strong -- for now

@alysonfooter
12:14 AM EDT

The National League East isn't officially a two-team race, but for now, it's looking like it will probably come down to the Braves and Phillies slugging it out for the division crown. As the only two teams with winning records in that division, Atlanta and Philadelphia have more in common

Here is each team's most deserving All-Star

@williamfleitch
June 16, 2019

Read our FAQ on this year’s revamped balloting format, which includes two phases of fan voting to determine the All-Star starters, and the ability to vote through Google Search. Every team gets an All-Star. That’s the rule for All-Star Games, and I’d argue that's that way it should be: The

Velasquez likely to get nod vs. Marlins on Friday

Herrera's absence extended through July 1; Quinn activated from IL
@ToddZolecki
7:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON -- The Phillies have no clear answers for a fifth starter, but they could be leaning toward Vince Velasquez again for Friday night’s series opener against the Marlins at Citizens Bank Park. “There’s at least some sentiment that Vince can still be our starter every time through the rotation,”

MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

@JonathanMayo
12:40 PM EDT

MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances in the Minors from the previous seven days. Any player on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible. Short-season leagues started up this past week, which will give us at MLB Pipeline an even

Nationals sign top Draft pick Rutledge

5:51 PM EDT

The Nationals agreed to terms with first-round pick Jackson Rutledge, who was the No. 17 overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the slot-value pick for the 17th pick was $3.61 million. Per MLB Pipeline’s scouting report: the 20-year old right-hander is

Mets say Thor has 'low-grade' hamstring strain

@AnthonyDiComo
7:06 PM EDT

ATLANTA -- Walking around SunTrust Park on Monday without a noticeable limp, Noah Syndergaard played catch and went through a series of agility drills -- his first action since straining his right hamstring Saturday against the Cardinals. Syndergaard declared himself in “tip-top” shape but did not comment further, and Mets

Sources: Another top SD prospect set for debut

Left-hander Allen ranked No. 5 in San Diego's system, No. 61 overall
@AJCassavell
4:00 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres have put their bright future on full display this season. The youngest rotation in baseball will get even younger on Tuesday night. Left-hander Logan Allen will be promoted to make his debut in Tuesday's game against the Brewers, according to team sources. Allen is the

Robles mimics Superman for Play of the Week

@mattkellyMLB
3:19 PM EDT

Victor Robles’ speed and athleticism has lived up to preseason billing, and his latest show-stopping catch against the White Sox on Tuesday was named MLB’s Play of the Week presented by W.B. Mason. Washington trailed Chicago, 5-2, in Game 2 of the clubs’ series on the South Side when White

Bauer, Blackmon named Players of the Week

@SlangsOnSports
3:02 PM EDT

Tribe right-hander Trevor Bauer received the honor for the first time in his career while Rockies star Charlie Blackmon took home the award for the sixth time as they were named the American League and National League Players of the Week presented by W.B. Mason on Monday. • All-time winners:

Reunion starts 10th anniversary of HOPE Week

@_dadler
6:05 PM EDT

NEW YORK -- Ten years ago, CC Sabathia, Johnny Damon and Nick Swisher walked into the mailroom at Ahmuty, Demers and McManus. They were there to surprise Ranjit Seal and Melvin Williams, two employees with developmental disabilities who worked at the Manhattan law firm. It was the Yankees' very first

9 facts about epic Padres-Rockies 92-run series

@AJCassavell
June 16, 2019

DENVER -- The Padres and Rockies split four games at Coors Field this weekend. The series had everything. And we mean everything. The two teams set a Major League record with 92 runs in a four-game set, and things certainly got wacky along the way. Here's a look at nine

Blackmon keeps raking, breaks 58-year-old mark

@harding_at_mlb
June 16, 2019

DENVER -- Rockies slugger Charlie Blackmon was torn between record-breaking feats -- like his MLB-record 15 hits in a four-game series -- and occurrences he would rather never deal with again. The 14-13 loss to the Padres -- the second time in the four-game set that the Rockies blew a