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What you need to know about Vlad Jr.'s debut

12:00 AM EDT

TORONTO -- It's the beginning of a new era in Blue Jays baseball: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has arrived. One of the most hyped players in Minor League history will make his debut on the big stage Friday night against Oakland. Weeks of endless speculation, years of glowing scouting reports and

Batter fouls 10 straight 3-2 pitches and then ...

April 25, 2019

PHILADELPHIA -- Rarely does a batter who strikes out receive a loud applause from his home crowd. But not many showdowns were like the one between Marlins left-hander Caleb Smith and Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto. Former batterymates as Marlins, Smith faced Realmuto in an epic first-inning at-bat during the Marlins'

Four-man outfield works ... kind of

1:29 AM EDT

Freddie Freeman beat a four-man outfield shift, but he wasn't able to outrun Yasiel Puig's right arm. In the top of the third inning of the Reds' 4-2 victory over the Braves on Thursday night, the Reds moved second baseman Derek Dietrich to right, then shifted Puig to right-center. The

The youngest players to HR for each team

April 25, 2019

Getting to the Majors at a young age -- let alone any age -- is a feat in and of itself, but what about blasting a home run as a youngster, too? With 20-year-old Vladimir Guerrero Jr. set to make his Major League debut Friday for the Blue Jays, here’s

How these 7 phenoms fared to start their careers

Vlad Jr., MLB's No. 1 prospect, prepares for big league debut
12:00 AM EDT

Mike Trout was 19 years old and baseball’s No. 1 prospect when he made his Major League debut in 2011. His experience -- and that of other top prospects -- could be helpful in considering what we should expect from Vladimir Guerrero Jr. as he begins his Major League career

Murray makes history as a 1st-round pick again

April 25, 2019

Kyler Murray’s pro football career officially began on Thursday after he was selected with the No. 1 overall pick by the Arizona Cardinals in the NFL Draft. Murray, who was the ninth overall pick by the A’s last summer, is the first player in history to be selected during the

Bauer outduels Cole to remain perfect vs. Astros

Righty bests former college teammate with season-high eight innings
12:49 AM EDT

HOUSTON -- When Trevor Bauer walked off the mound after his last start on Saturday against the Braves, he was frustrated that his pitch count reached 120 after just 6 1/3 innings, prompting an earlier departure than he would’ve preferred. He was sure to do quite the opposite on Thursday,

Porcello puts 1 in W column for Red Sox

Lineup tweak pays dividends; rookie Chavis continues to rake
April 25, 2019

BOSTON -- For the Red Sox, snapping out of a sluggish start has basically consisted of checking items off a fix-it list. They can put the checkmark next to Rick Porcello’s name. In one solid evening of pitching on Thursday night at Fenway Park, the veteran earned his first win

Predicting Draft's top 3 picks, first 5 college arms

April 25, 2019

I don't know why this still bothers me, but it does. Kyler Murray was taken with the No. 1 overall in the NFL Draft tonight, and there are so many misconceptions about how the Athletics "bungled" the No. 9 overall choice in the MLB Draft last June when they spent

Miggy at 2,700: 3,000 is 'going to be awesome'

April 25, 2019

BOSTON -- Sixteen years later, Miguel Cabrera vividly remembers his first hit. “It was a home run. I can’t forget it,” he said. “It was a long time ago, but the feeling was so great. I was excited.” The 11th-inning walk-off blast on June 20, 2003, that lifted the Marlins

Watch Nick Williams' throw cut down a run

April 25, 2019

The Marlins topped the Phillies, 3-1, in 10 innings on Thursday night at Citizens Bank Park, despite the best efforts of Philadelphia left fielder Nick Williams. With two outs in the top of the ninth and Miguel Rojas on second base for Miami, Isaac Galloway lined a single into left

Nats to promote top prospect Kieboom

April 25, 2019

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals, dealing with injuries to multiple key infielders, will promote top prospect Carter Kieboom to the Majors ahead of Friday’s game against the Padres, two sources confirmed to on Thursday. The club has not confirmed the news, which was first reported by the Washington Post. The

Gonzales fans 9 on way to MLB-best 5th win

Mariners lefty goes 7 scoreless as bats erupt in rout of Rangers
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SEATTLE -- There’s a reason Marco Gonzales looks comfortable at T-Mobile Park and it’s not just because he’s the rare Mariner who makes his offseason home in Seattle and works out year-round at the stadium. The former Gonzaga University standout threw another gem on his home field on Thursday night,

Greinke's day at the plate vs. Pirates historic

Righty's fifth-inning triple is his fifth extra-base hit in 2019
April 25, 2019

PITTSBURGH -- Zack Greinke couldn’t help but give a little smirk as he tossed his hair back, standing up at third base after his first career triple on Thursday. And what’s not to smile about? On top of returning to vintage form with seven shutout innings against the Pirates in

Angels top Yanks thanks to unlikely RBI source

Fletcher drives in 5 to double career total in much-needed win
2:17 AM EDT

ANAHEIM -- It was a homestand filled with near-comebacks and close losses, but the Angels did their best to salvage it by coming through with a much-needed 11-5 win over the Yankees in the finale on Thursday night at Angel Stadium. David Fletcher led the way with a career-high five

Hernandez comes up big under pressure

Reliever fans side with bases loaded to bail out brilliant Castillo
2:01 AM EDT

CINCINNATI -- Heavy rain was imminent Thursday night, and Reds starting pitcher Luis Castillo just needed to get through the top of the seventh inning to keep a shutout alive. Very quickly, however, it wasn’t just a shutout that was in jeopardy for Castillo and the Reds, but the game

Steady Smith sets up Castro's heroics in 10th

12:23 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA -- Caleb Smith has made a statement in his recovery from left lat surgery last July. The 27-year-old has been the Marlins’ most consistent performer all season, and it was more of the same on Thursday night. And after Smith held the Phillies in check, Starlin Castro connected on

Cole rights ship but 'unlucky' in defeat

Former UCLA teammate Bauer outduels Houston righty
12:25 AM EDT

HOUSTON -- A couple of front-row homers were the only damage the Indians managed on Thursday night against Astros starter Gerrit Cole, who wasn’t about to let them ruin the vibe on what was otherwise a strong rebound outing from the veteran right-hander. Coming off the worst start of his

Aw Shucks! Watch Pirates OF haul back HR

April 25, 2019

Pirates left fielder JB Shuck added the latest clip to the season's highlight reel of home run robberies when he hauled back a deep drive from the D-backs' Eduardo Escobar in the seventh inning of Arizona's 5-0 win on Thursday at PNC Park. With two outs and a runner on,

Asdrubal exits in 2nd inning with tight calf

2:35 AM EDT

SEATTLE – Rangers third baseman Asdrúbal Cabrera left Thursday night’s 14-2 loss to the Mariners in the second inning with tightness in his left calf muscle. The Rangers are still evaluating the severity of the injury. “We don’t know yet,” Rangers manager Chris Woodward said. “Hopefully it’s just tightness but

Yankees acquire Maybin from Indians

2:02 AM EDT

ANAHEIM -- Cameron Maybin has already enjoyed one unforgettable day in the Bronx, collecting his first Major League hit and home run on Aug. 18, 2007, while facing Roger Clemens at the original Yankee Stadium. He's about to have the opportunity for more days in the sun. The Yankees acquired

Mariners to call up Sheffield to face Rangers

April 25, 2019

SEATTLE -- Top pitching prospect Justus Sheffield will be added to the 25-man roster on Friday and make his Mariners debut in relief of Yusei Kikuchi as the club begins its plan to limit Kikuchi’s workload in his first season in the Majors. The 22-year-old Sheffield, acquired from the Yankees

Red Sox prospects throw no-hitter for Portland

April 25, 2019

A trio of Red Sox pitching prospects combined to toss a no-hitter for Double-A Portland on Thursday.