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'Kraken' fastest catcher, AL player to 100 homers

Sanchez celebrates Players' Weekend with milestone big fly
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LOS ANGELES -- Within the walls of a facility where so many noteworthy accomplishments have transpired over the years, Gary Sánchez grabbed his own slice of history by leaving the yard at Dodger Stadium. Sanchez, wearing “Kraken” on his Players' Weekend jersey, slugged a third-inning home run off the Dodgers'

Acuna the second-youngest in 30-30 Club

August 23, 2019

NEW YORK -- Before extending his pursuit to record what would be just the fifth 40-homer, 40-stolen base season in MLB history, Ronald Acuña Jr. can savor the fact he now stands as the second-youngest player to join the game’s exclusive 30-30 club. Acuna secured his membership when he stole

With Skaggs in mind, Flaherty hurls another gem

Win moves Cardinals into sole possession of first place in NL Central
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ST. LOUIS -- Jack Flaherty used the first day of Players’ Weekend to honor his friend Tyler Skaggs, the Angels pitcher who died in early July. One of nine Major Leaguers who paid tribute to Skaggs, the Cardinals starter wore “LOVE YOU TY” on the back of his jersey and

Unbelievable loss a Phillies first since ‘03

7-run lead spoiled as 'pen rocked by Marlins
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MIAMI – The Phillies have suffered bad losses, but they have not suffered a loss like this in almost 16 years. They blew a seven-run lead in a 19-11 loss to the Marlins on Friday night at Marlins Park. It is the first time the Phillies blew a seven-run lead

Unlikely heroes step up for Braves in extras

August 23, 2019

NEW YORK -- As the Braves approached the July 31 Trade Deadline, Mike Foltynewicz was still at the Minor League level and Adeiny Hechavarria was thinking he might spend the rest of the season with the Mets. Both players combined with a recently-much improved bullpen to help the Braves claim

Take a look at best sights from Players' Weekend

August 23, 2019

Players' Weekend is officially underway, meaning your favorite players are taking the field with nicknames on the back of their jerseys and some other unique gear, including plenty of specially designed cleats. • Every team’s Players’ Weekend nicknames | Players' Weekend FAQ Here's a look at some of the best

Do-it-all deGrom makes history with HR, 13 K's

Mets unable to match his magic in tough 14-inning loss to Braves
August 23, 2019

NEW YORK -- Jacob deGrom may have given the Mets another signature performance on Friday, but it lasted only half the game. The other half ended in disappointment for the Mets, who dropped a 2-1 contest to the Braves in 14 innings at Citi Field. That took some of the

Fewest games played to 100 career home runs

August 23, 2019

Reaching 100 career home runs is an achievement on its own, but doing so early in a career is even more impressive. There have been nine players in Major League history to reach the 100 mark in fewer than 400 career games, with the most recent addition to that club

La Pina homers to help Greinke remain perfect

August 23, 2019

HOUSTON -- Yuli Gurriel hit a tie-breaking homer in the fifth inning and Zack Greinke improved to 4-0 in four starts since being traded to the Astros to lead Houston to a 5-4 win over the Angels on Friday night at Minute Maid Park. Gurriel hit a two-run, two-out homer

Each club's best Players' Weekend nickname

August 23, 2019

It’s Players' Weekend! And for many, the true fun of this annual event is in the names on the back of the uniforms. Baseball player culture has often discouraged (arguably to the game’s detriment) players from showing their true personalities, so this weekend gives them that opportunity. It lets you

Simba pounces to make slick barehand play

August 23, 2019

In the lineup for the first time since Aug. 2, Andrelton Simmons showed he hasn't lost a step in the field. The Angels' Gold Glove shortstop -- wearing his popular nickname, "Simba," on the back of his black Players' Weekend jersey -- retired Astros outfielder George Springer leading off the

Brewers 2-hit Arizona behind hitless 'J Lyles'

Right-hander walks two; Williams allows first hit on bloop single in 7th
August 23, 2019

MILWAUKEE -- The way Craig Counsell managed the Brewers’ 6-1 win over the D-backs on Friday, it was obvious that victories matter to him more than history at the moment. Counsell lifted starter Jordan Lyles at the 99-pitch mark even though the right-hander had a no-hitter in the works and

'Mr. Smile' HR helps Tribe gain in Central race

Indians roll behind 4-run 2nd inning to open Players' Weekend
August 23, 2019

CLEVELAND -- Call it “Escape from New York: The Cleveland Indians Story.” After landing around 4 a.m. ET following a long, strange trip to multiple boroughs of the Big Apple, the Tribe returned to Progressive Field on Friday and got back to its winning ways with a 4-1 victory over

Every 30-30 season, ranked by club

August 23, 2019

The marvel of the 30-30 club is predicated on the rare combination of speed and power it takes to swipe 30 bases and bash 30 homers in the same season. The feat has been pulled off just 62 times in baseball history, most recently by Ronald Acuña Jr., who became

Aquino makes more history with 12th tater

August 23, 2019

PITTSBURGH -- When Aristides "PJ" Aquino steps to the plate, he does so tall and confidently. As the opposing pitcher readies, he brings his bat up perpendicular to the ground and stares through it, as if he’s a golfer reading the break of a green or an archer lining up

Yanks loosen up for Players' Weekend in LA

August 23, 2019

LOS ANGELES -- The Yankees and the Dodgers own two of the Majors' most prestigious uniform designs, but as the titans meet for this weekend's Interleague clash at Dodger Stadium, both clubs are sporting a new look for the third annual Players' Weekend. This year's theme is monochromatic, so the

Harper on paternity list; Phils summon Franco

August 23, 2019

MIAMI -- Bryce Harper has been looking forward to fatherhood since at least February, when he signed his 13-year contract with the Phillies. “I’m going to grow my family in this city,” Harper said. Well, Harper’s family is growing. The Phillies announced Friday afternoon that Harper has been placed on

May gives Dodgers a 6-man rotation, for now

August 23, 2019

LOS ANGELES -- Rookie Dustin May will be a starting pitcher again on Monday when the Dodgers open a three-game series in San Diego. May will give the Dodgers a six-man rotation temporarily as they ration innings during a stretch of 16 consecutive days of action. Because of that, May

Tatis: 'I'm not going to change my game at all'

Padres phenom sidelined with third injury in past 14 months
August 23, 2019

SAN DIEGO -- Fernando Tatis Jr. -- when he's on the field -- is already one of baseball’s most dynamic players. But the Padres' 20-year-old phenom has now been sidelined three times in the past 14 months with injuries that have forced him to miss significant time. That leaves the

Meadows treats dad to grand old time

First career slam caps seven-run second to back impressive Richards
August 23, 2019

BALTIMORE -- Kenny Meadows sat in his Georgia home on Thursday night and made a last-minute decision to take a trip up to Baltimore. He was merely looking to catch another one of his son Austin’s games and enjoy some father-son bonding. During late August baseball, those chances arise only

'La Makina' stumbles in sixth vs. Tigers

August 23, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS -- After serving as a model of consistency for the first four months of the season, “La Makina” has hit a jam. Jose Berrios looks to have put the mechanical issues that limited his fastball velocity behind him, but still, after the right-hander avoided traffic for five innings on

Price to throw sim game in Denver before return

Red Sox lefty likely on track for next weekend against Angels
August 23, 2019

SAN DIEGO -- David Price is still in play to make his return to the rotation in Southern California. However, it's not going to be San Diego this weekend. A day after Price threw his third bullpen session within the span of a week at Fenway Park, manager Alex Cora

Marlins scoff at 7-run deficit, set park record

Diaz, Castro (2), Berti club homers in comeback win
August 23, 2019

MIAMI -- At Triple-A New Orleans this year, Isan Diaz raised his profile by appearing in the Sirius XM Futures Game and belting 26 home runs. But since being promoted to the big leagues on Aug. 5, the 23-year-old second-base prospect has had his struggles at the plate and in

Nicasio exits with right shoulder soreness

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MIAMI -- Phillies right-hander Juan Nicasio left Friday night’s game after throwing only two pitches in the third inning of Philadelphia's 19-11 loss at Marlins Park as a precautionary measure because of soreness in his right shoulder. Niasio replaced Phillies starter Vince Velasquez, who allowed seven runs in the third