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Mock Draft: Could Bobby Witt Jr. go No. 1?

@JonathanMayo
May 23, 2019

Who will go first in the 2019 MLB Draft? Nearly all scouting directors not picking No. 1 overall believe that Oregon State catcher Adley Rutschman is the obvious best choice for the pick. And most believe he will end up being taken by Baltimore. But there’s still an alternative narrative:

Twins blast 8 homers in epic power display

Cron tallies 5 hits; Kepler bruises knee late
@dohyoungpark
May 23, 2019

ANAHEIM -- The rain in Anaheim stopped, but the Twins’ frenzied storm of home runs carried on. Jonathan Schoop and Miguel Sanó each went yard twice, while Max Kepler, Jorge Polanco, Eddie Rosario and C.J. Cron also added blasts as the Twins smashed eight homers -- seven of them estimated

Tying HR, winning hit … What can't Riley do?

@goodforball
May 23, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO -- As Thursday’s Braves-Giants game settled into extra-inning torpor, it became clear that somebody or something dynamic had to take over to finish it off. This was a job for Austin Riley, who has quickly become one of the most compelling rookies in the Major Leagues. Facing hard-throwing

Blue Jays to call up Cavan Biggio (sources)

@MannyOnMLB
May 23, 2019

The Blue Jays will call up No. 9 prospect Cavan Biggio on Friday, sources have told MLB.com. The 24-year-old infielder is the son of Hall of Fame second baseman Craig Biggio, and will join Vladimir Guerrero Jr., son of Hall of Fame outfielder Vladimir Guerrero, on Toronto's 25-man roster. In

Not so fast: 8 teams with deceiving records

@williamfleitch
May 23, 2019

We are far enough along in the season that checking out the standings is now a daily exercise. If your team is struggling, it doesn’t mean the season’s over by any stretch of the imagination … but it’s maybe time to start kicking matters into gear. Teams have roughly played

Giolito silences vaunted Astros in first shutout

@alysonfooter
an hour ago

HOUSTON -- Lucas Giolito wasn't concerned that he was going to be prematurely lifted from Thursday's game against the Astros, but he did have it in the back of his mind what he would say in the event that manager Rick Renteria decided to not let him go the distance.

Source: D-backs to promote Minors HR leader

May 23, 2019

The D-backs are on the verge of promoting prospect Kevin Cron. The first baseman is expected to meet the team in San Francisco, where he will be added to the roster for the start of a three-game series against the Giants on Friday, a baseball source told MLB.com, though the

Injury updates: Cano, Sabathia, Blackmon, Kluber

May 23, 2019

Robinson Cano, Jeff McNeil, Yoenis Cespedes, Michael Conforto and Jason Vargas, Mets Cano (left quad strain) and McNeil (left hamstring strain) were both placed on the 10-day injured list Thursday, further depleting a Mets lineup that was already without Nimmo (neck stiffness), Cespedes (fractured ankle) and Conforto (concussion). Cespedes underwent

No. 9 SD prospect Naylor expected to debut Fri.

@MannyOnMLB
May 23, 2019

The Padres are calling up No. 9 prospect Josh Naylor ahead of their series against the Blue Jays in Toronto, multiple sources told MLB.com. The 21-year-old is a native of Mississauga, Ontario, and would be in line to make his Major League debut in his home country on Friday. The

Breakthrough Series heads to Kansas City

@alysonfooter
May 23, 2019

Ballplayers from all over the country will gather this weekend in Kansas City for the annual Softball Breakthrough Series, a premier Major League Baseball showcase event that will include hands-on instruction from some of softball's biggest names. MLB and USA Softball will co-host the event, held this year at the

Is this injury-depleted contender eyeing Keuchel?

May 23, 2019

After a seven-season tenure with the Astros that included a trio of 200-inning seasons, an American League Cy Young Award in 2015 and an overall 3.66 ERA, Dallas Keuchel is now a free agent. Below, you will find a list of the latest news and rumors surrounding the left-hander.

Ninth-inning walk seals sweep for Yankees

Torres, Sanchez spark rally off the bench; Tanaka goes six one-run innings
@BryanHoch
May 23, 2019

BALTIMORE -- Given their scorching success, there were more than a few eyebrows raised when the Yankees posted a lineup card on Thursday that lacked both Gleyber Torres and Gary Sánchez, who have already combined to mash 19 dingers off Baltimore's homer-prone pitching staff. The decision to rest the stars

Realmuto hits HR out of Wrigley to spark Phils

@Russ_Dorsey1
May 23, 2019

CHICAGO -- The Phillies have aspirations of making a deep run in October. To do that, they’re going to be tested in the toughest of situations, and this week's four-game series against the Cubs provided one of their best tests yet. The Phillies had to cover 106 outs in the

Yarbrough reminds Rays of potential

Lefty backed by 4 homers, including Kiermaier's inside-the-parker
May 23, 2019

CLEVELAND -- Prior to Thursday’s game, Rays manager Kevin Cash noted that the organization hadn’t forgotten how productive and important Ryan Yarbrough was last year. In fact, the Rays were eager to see if the success the left-hander had recently found at Triple-A Durham would carry over into his second

Nats' frustrations boil over in Martinez's ejection

Club swept by Mets, drops fifth straight to fall 12 games under .500
@JamalCollier
May 23, 2019

NEW YORK -- Dave Martinez kicked the dirt in front of home plate and slammed his hat to the ground, prompting home-plate umpire Bruce Dreckman to begin walking away from him and toward the Mets’ dugout. Martinez was not done, however, following Dreckman toward the dugout, screaming and pointing to

Here's the latest 2019 Draft buzz

@JimCallisMLB and @JonathanMayo
May 23, 2019

Leading up to when Commissioner Rob Manfred announces the Baltimore Orioles' No. 1 overall pick shortly after 7 p.m. ET on Monday, June 3, Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo will be working the phones, texting and emailing decision-makers in the scouting industry. Along the way, they hear a lot of

After losing shoe earlier, Gomez hits clutch HR

Outfielder belts go-ahead 3-run shot in 8th to help Mets sweep Nats
@AnthonyDiComo
May 23, 2019

NEW YORK -- Carlos Gómez took the long way to the Mets, signing with them as a teenager, debuting in 2007 and playing for five other teams before making his way back to the organization on a Minor League deal this spring. By that time, the Mets were nearly done

6 possible trade fits for Anthony Rendon

@feinsand
May 23, 2019

When the Bryce Harper free-agent saga finally concluded and the Nationals’ longtime face of the franchise had slipped into his Phillies uniform, one thing became universally assumed around baseball circles: Washington would sign Anthony Rendon to a contract extension. Rendon, who will be eligible for free agency this offseason, appeared

Vintage Bumgarner struts stuff vs. Braves 

Giants' bats falter late in 13-inning loss to Atlanta
@mi_guardado
May 23, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO -- The trade rumors and speculation surrounding Giants ace Madison Bumgarner will only intensify as the season inches closer to the July 31 Trade Deadline. One of the teams that is likely to be linked to Bumgarner is the Braves, who got an up close look at what

Kluber has cast removed after X-rays results

Two-time Cy Young Award winner to be re-evaluated in 2 weeks
@MandyBell02
May 23, 2019

CLEVELAND -- Just three weeks after fracturing the ulna bone in his right forearm, Corey Kluber had his cast removed on Thursday. According to X-rays performed ahead of the Indians' series opener against the Rays, the bone in Kluber's pitching arm is healing to the point where he no longer

Tribe loses Mercado (hip), then game to Rays

Rookie LF initially remained in game after collision but was later pulled
@MandyBell02
May 23, 2019

CLEVELAND -- The Indians have made it clear that they want to give their young talent a chance to help their team win, and a large part of that revolves around Oscar Mercado. The last thing the Tribe needs is for the 24-year-old outfielder to be sidelined with an injury,

Blackmon exits with right calf injury

Rockies uncertain about outfielder's status for opener vs. Orioles
@harding_at_mlb
May 23, 2019

PITTSBURGH -- Right fielder Charlie Blackmon, one of the National League’s most consistent hitters this season, left Thursday’s 14-6 loss to the Pirates after four innings with a right calf injury. It’s not clear if he’ll be available for Friday night’s game against the Orioles. Blackmon, who has hit safely

Elias eyes Orioles' 'largest' int'l signing period

O's executive VP and GM has made international market a priority
@JoeTrezz
May 23, 2019

BALTIMORE -- Since inheriting the biggest bundle of international bonus money in the Majors, the Orioles new front office spent much of the past few months using it as a bargaining chip, trading the pool space to supplement their big league roster and stock their farm system with necessary depth.

Red Sox find strong start, win from bullpen

Pearce blasts first home run of season
May 23, 2019

TORONTO -- The Boston Red Sox got more than they could have asked for in Thursday’s series finale from starting pitcher Ryan Weber, who smoothly weaved his way through the Blue Jays’ lineup to set up the 8-2 win. Weber had made three relief appearances since joining the Red Sox