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7 things nobody saw coming this season

@castrovince
August 24, 2019

Baseball will really mess with your mind, man. Analyze it, scrutinize it, conceptualize and contextualize it all you want, but things (a whole bunch of things) are going to happen in a Major League season that nobody (and I do mean nobody) saw coming. This is a list of seven

Jose Ramirez to IL with fractured hamate bone

Indians third baseman sustains injury during 1st-inning AB
@castrovince
9:50 AM EDT

CLEVELAND -- The Indians examined the severity of a right wrist injury that forced José Ramírez to leave Saturday night’s 4-2 win over the Royals in the middle of his first-inning plate appearance and determined Sunday morning that he needed to be placed on the 10-day injured list with a

Muncy’s ‘soccer flop’ halts Yanks' comeback bit

@BryanHoch
August 24, 2019

LOS ANGELES -- With eight innings in the books, the Yankees' offensive attack had been boiled down to a single Aaron Judge swing. That appeared to be turning in the ninth, with closer Kenley Jansen pinned into a one-out jam, focusing his attention on the runners dancing from first and

Piscotty loses ball in sun, makes no-look grab

1:17 AM EDT

Had it all the way ... right, Stephen Piscotty? Even the A's right fielder had to be wondering how Buster Posey's line drive landed in his glove to end the bottom of the first inning against the Giants on Saturday at the Coliseum. Posey roped a liner off A's starter

Hamilton's hustle helps Braves win 7th straight

New arrival plays a key role in two weekend wins, at plate and on bases
@mlbbowman
12:57 AM EDT

NEW YORK -- Billy Hamilton will receive a $100,000 bonus if he tallies 15 more plate appearances this year. The Braves will view this as a bargain if the speedy outfielder continues to take full advantage of these at-bats he was not expecting to receive. Hamilton delivered his second key

Panda's season to end with Tommy John surgery

@mi_guardado
August 24, 2019

OAKLAND -- The Giants announced Saturday that Pablo Sandoval will undergo Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in the first week of September, prematurely ending a resurgent season for the 33-year-old veteran infielder. Sandoval traveled to Los Angeles on Wednesday to be evaluated by Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who recommended

Alvarez's 455-ft BP bomb damages 'El Grande'

@brianmctaggart
12:59 AM EDT

HOUSTON -- Astros rookie slugger Yordan Alvarez has become a must-watch at-bat this season. Even during batting practice. Alvarez is believed to be the first person to strike “El Grande,” the massive scoreboard above right field, with a baseball when he did it during batting practice prior to Saturday’s game

Alonso's 41st HR ties Mets' single-season record

Slugger has five weeks to challenge Judge's MLB rookie home run record (52)
@AnthonyDiComo
2:31 AM EDT

NEW YORK -- The bat model was a Dove Tail PA20, nicknamed “Haley’s Comet” as an ode to Pete Alonso’s fiancée. Alonso initially used it during his dramatic win over Vladimir Guerrero Jr. in the Home Run Derby last month. He brought it back Saturday for Players’ Weekend after breaking

Injury updates: J-Ram, Buxton, Ohtani, Rizzo

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Here is the latest injury news from around Major League Baseball.

Escape in LA: Dodgers hold on, beat Yankees

@kengurnick
August 24, 2019

LOS ANGELES – For Kenley “Kenleyfornia” Jansen these days, there is no such thing as a routine save. He had to defuse a controversial, bases-loaded landmine in the ninth inning on Saturday to secure the Dodgers’ 2-1 win over the Yankees at Dodger Stadium. Setting aside the angst and drama

Yankees match record for most HRs in a month

Judge homer gives New York 58 dingers in 23 games in August
August 24, 2019

Aaron Judge's solo home run in the fourth inning of Saturday afternoon’s 2-1 loss to the Dodgers was a fine sight to see for the Yankees, for a few reasons. Judge’s 424-foot homer to center field was New York’s first hit of the game off a locked-in Tony Gonsolin, and

How the Rays quietly built a great team

Development of rare finds fuels Tampa Bay's run to the postseason
@RichardJustice
12:20 AM EDT

To appreciate the Rays, let’s begin with this: What do they know that others don’t? That’s a question every team should be asking itself with Tampa Bay on a 95-win pace despite baseball’s lowest payroll. Never mind the money part of it. That’s yesterday’s news. The Rays don’t pay much

'BH' delivers the big hit as Red Sox edge Padres

@IanMBrowne
1:59 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO -- Sometimes it takes a go-ahead homer in the top of the ninth to highlight just how invaluable Brock Holt is to the Red Sox. Holt, wearing "BH" on his jersey for Players' Weekend, teed off on a 93-mph fastball on the inner, lower half of the plate

'I Believe' the Giants pulled off an 8-run 8th

@mi_guardado
3:26 AM EDT

OAKLAND -- The Giants’ biggest inning of the year began innocuously. With the Giants trailing by two, Stephen Vogt led off the eighth inning by lifting a flyout to center field. Eight batters, six hits, one walk and one wild pitch later, Vogt stepped up to the plate for his

A-Breg sets new high for HRs, has a fan in Trout

@brianmctaggart
12:39 AM EDT

HOUSTON -- The respect runs deep between Alex Bregman and Mike Trout. They’ve become fast friends and respected opponents, and make sure to catch up when the Angels and Astros play each other to talk about life, baseball and, of course, fantasy football. Trout, the Angels’ do-everything center fielder, appears

Here are Saturday's 10 best prospect performances

@wboor
1:39 AM EDT

Here are the 10 best performances by players on team Top 30 Prospects lists from across the Minor Leagues on Saturday:

Take a look at best sights from Players' Weekend

@paul_casella
August 24, 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 | All the nicknames, sorted

'Jack and Dak' forming impressive young duo

Hudson throws six scoreless innings of his own vs. Rockies
@anne__rogers
12:13 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS -- Dakota Hudson and Jack Flaherty have become the anchors of the Cardinals’ rotation -- and the Rockies were unlucky enough to have faced them on back-to-back days. After Flaherty’s three-hit, nine-strikeout effort in six scoreless innings on Friday, Hudson followed up with six scoreless innings of his

Cervelli pays quick dividends in Braves debut

Former Pirate goes 3-for-5 with 3 RBIs after joining team on Saturday
@mlbbowman
12:19 AM EDT

NEW YORK -- A little more than a month after wondering if his career, or at least his days as a catcher were complete, Francisco Cervelli has found a new home with the Braves, who benefited from the immediate contributions he made in Saturday night’s 9-5 win over the Mets

Boquetón, Caveman lead Bomba Squad again

@dohyoungpark
12:33 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS -- Players’ Weekend offers the chance for the athletes to show off their personalities. “Caveman” and “Boquetón” have also taken the opportunity to flex their muscles. After Jake Cave and Miguel Sanó each went deep twice in the Twins’ loss to the Tigers on Friday, their power again proved

Potent offense keeps Nats rolling in win

Washington tallies fourth straight victory, 11th in past 13 games
@JamalCollier
August 24, 2019

CHICAGO -- From top to bottom, this Nationals lineup continues to be a nightmare for opposing pitchers. The Nats remained red-hot on Saturday afternoon at Wrigley Field, knocking Cubs starter José Quintana, who had not lost a contest in two months, out of the game after four innings en route

Jason Segel texted 'Forgetting Sarah' Marshall

White Sox right-hander surprised to hear from star of 2008 comedy
@scottmerkin
August 24, 2019

CHICAGO -- Evan Marshall now has a Hollywood connection. As the White Sox reliever was sleeping Saturday morning, he received a text from Jason Segel, the star and writer of the entertaining 2008 comedy "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," from which Marshall took his “Forgetting Sarah” Players' Weekend nickname. Segel, who was

Bo flirts with cycle as Blue Jays snap skid

Rookie contributes to Toronto's 4-run eighth and nabs runner at home
@KeeganMatheson
1:55 AM EDT

SEATTLE -- Bo Bichette has a knack for looking like a veteran at the plate, even against an all-time great who’s been pitching in the Major Leagues since Bichette was 7. The story on Saturday night in Seattle -- before the Blue Jays stormed back to win, 7-5 -- was

Clevinger leads Tribe, goes to 9-0 vs. Royals

Indians rally behind Reyes' HR after losing J-Ram to injury
@castrovince
1:00 AM EDT

CLEVELAND -- In a season in which their vaunted rotation was drastically revised by injury, illness and, eventually, a major trade, the Indians have nonetheless risen to the challenge of an American League Central race. So losing a key lineup piece in Jose Ramirez, but defeating a division opponent anyway