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This HR makes zero sense, wins game for LA

Enrique Hernandez homers off Josh Hader's 0-2 pitch, a first for both
@kengurnick
1:17 AM EDT

MILWAUKEE -- Enrique Hernández owns Madison Bumgarner. He homered three times in a pennant-clincher. He homered twice on Opening Day. He’s no fluke. But it was still something of a shock on Friday night when he lined an 0-2 fastball from the intimidating Josh Hader for a three-run homer to

Let the kids rake: Youngsters hit monster HRs

@_dadler
2:46 AM EDT

The kids aren't just playing -- they're crushing. It's not the first time, and it won't be the last, but Friday featured some huge homers from MLB's young sluggers. You won’t want to miss them. Here are the big five big flies, all from players 25 or younger. **Yoan Moncada,

Blackmon's 1st blast in '19 a walk-off shot

@harding_at_mlb
3:59 AM EDT

DENVER -- Charlie Blackmon allowed a faint smile as his first 2019 homer -- 82 at-bats in waiting -- sailed toward the back of the visiting bullpen in right-center field. Halfway down the third-base line, he chucked away his helmet and arrived at the plate with such force that teammates

For first time ever, No. 0 faces No. 0

@BryanHoch
12:48 AM EDT

NEW YORK -- Nothing from nothing leaves nothing, as the musician Billy Preston sang in 1974. But when the Yankees' Adam Ottavino faced the Royals' Terrance Gore in the seventh inning of New York's 6-2 win on Friday at Yankee Stadium, we had something -- baseball history. Both players wear

CC nears 3,000-K mark in 247th victory

Starter strikes out five over five innings of one-run ball; Gardner, Tauchman homer to lead offense
@BryanHoch
1:11 AM EDT

NEW YORK -- CC Sabathia says that he returned for one final big league season so he could appear in another World Series, not to chase round numbers. Yet as the veteran left-hander draws nearer to the 3,000-strikeout mark, the historic milestone has been occupying his thoughts with growing intensity.

Here are next offseason's top 15 free agents

@castrovince
April 19, 2019

If your plans for next winter revolved around obsessively refreshing your social media feeds for free-agency updates on Nolan Arenado, Justin Verlander, Chris Sale, Xander Bogaerts, Khris Davis, Paul Goldschmidt, Aaron Hicks, Miles Mikolas or Sonny Gray, we have some terrible, terrible news for you. However, if MLB’s Extension Extravaganza

Red Sox make statement with 3 HRs vs. Rays

Vazquez goes deep, then Betts and Moreland go back-to-back
@Sportsgal25
April 19, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG -- On Friday night, the Red Sox decided they’d had enough. Enough of the questions, the second-guessing and, most of all, the losses. And so, in the eighth inning, they made a statement. Will it be enough to send the team back on the same kind of winning

Yelich homers again, more history for the MVP

@AdamMcCalvy
1:39 AM EDT

MILWAUKEE -- Christian Yelich tied the Brewers’ record for home runs in an opening month when he belted No. 11 in the first inning of Friday's 5-3 loss to the Dodgers, and he has plenty of time to set a new mark. The Brewers have 10 more games on the

Is this the most unlikely BOMB of 2019?

Alonso's massive homer lifts Mets to win over Cards
1:42 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS -- After struggling in their last two games coming up with big hits, the Mets hoped to get a jolt from their offense as they opened a three-game series against the Cardinals on Friday night. Pete Alonso delivered. Alonso homered, collected two hits and scored twice in the

D-backs add Swihart in trade with Red Sox

Versatile switch-hitter likely to play corner-outfield, corner-infield spots
@SteveGilbertMLB
April 19, 2019

CHICAGO -- Blake Swihart may not be an ideal fit on the D-backs' roster given the way it’s currently constructed, but when given the opportunity to acquire him, the team felt it couldn’t pass it up. Swihart, who was designated for assignment by the Red Sox on Tuesday, was acquired

9 players off to hot starts we didn't see coming

@RichardJustice
April 19, 2019

We should have predicted this kind of season coming from Rays second baseman Brandon Lowe. When the Rays believe in a player enough to guarantee him $24 million despite his having played just 43 Major League games, it’s a pretty good indication he’s special. The Rays don’t miss on these

deGrom to go on IL, get MRI on 'barking' elbow

April 19, 2019

ST. LOUIS – Mets ace and reigning National League Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom will return to New York with the team on Sunday night, and then undergo an MRI exam on his elbow on Monday. General manager Brodie Van Wagenen said the club will place the right-hander on

Cards prospect hits HR in eventful 1st career AB

@LangoschMLB
1:20 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS -- Lane Thomas had finished his circle around the bases and passed through the mass of giddy teammates who were ready for his return to the dugout when he was reminded that there was one more thing left to do. The crowd, he was told, was waiting for

BP session has Ohtani eager to rejoin Angels

@RhettBollinger
April 19, 2019

ANAHEIM -- Shohei Ohtani took another step in his recovery from Tommy John surgery on Friday before the Angels' matchup with the Mariners, as he hit on the field with his teammates for the first time since undergoing the operation on Oct. 1. Ohtani, in a group with Kevan Smith

Morrison heads to Yankees on Minors deal

@BryanHoch
April 19, 2019

NEW YORK -- Logan Morrison once bristled that he -- and not the Yankees' Gary Sánchez -- should have been invited to participate in the Home Run Derby. Two years later, the Yankees may ask the veteran first baseman to take a few swings for them. The club announced on

Astros threaten club exit velocity record in rout 

@brianmctaggart
12:46 AM EDT

ARLINGTON -- The leadoff double rocketed to left field by George Springer, which registered an exit velocity of 114.2 mph, to start Friday night’s game against the Rangers was the hardest hit ball of the night for the Astros. It was a sign of things to come. The Astros bashed

Watch the Wrigley wind give Kris Bryant 2 RBIs

@MLBastian
April 19, 2019

CHICAGO -- The elements played havoc with D-backs defenders in a 5-1 win for the Cubs on Friday at Wrigley Field. With the wind blowing in at 25 mph from center -- and gusting around 40 mph -- any fly ball was going to be an adventure. And with the

For Yanks, it's decision time on Gio Gonzalez

@feinsand
12:42 AM EDT

The Yankees have a decision to make by Saturday regarding Gio Gonzalez’s future, but the pitcher made a big decision of his own as he awaits word on whether he’ll join New York’s roster. “We'll see. That's something that the front office is talking through,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said

Injury updates: deGrom, Ohtani, Andujar, Lindor

April 19, 2019

Here's a look at the latest injury news around the Majors.

Vlad Jr. on callup: 'It's out of my hands'

April 19, 2019

While Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s callup date to the Majors remains unclear, MLB Pipeline's No. 1 prospect told reporters Friday that he is feeling healthy and is focused on his current work with Triple-A Buffalo instead of looking too far ahead. “I’m not frustrated,” Guerrero said of his current time in

Beat The Freeze? B-Ham, Gore want a shot

@mattkellyMLB
April 19, 2019

The Royals have built their roster around speed this season, and two of their fastest players say they’re ready to try to beat “The Freeze” -- if the Braves’ promotional sensation is up for the challenge. “I think we should make that happen,” Royals center fielder Billy Hamilton said during

Keller, Anderson suspended for roles in fracas

@scottmerkin
April 19, 2019

DETROIT -- Royals pitcher Brad Keller was suspended five games, while White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson and manager Rick Renteria each received a one-game suspensions for their roles in the benches-clearing incident during the sixth inning of Wednesday’s 4-3 Royals victory at Guaranteed Rate Field. Keller was suspended for intentionally

Hendricks finds feel in masterful 11-K start

Righty in command of fastball, changeup over 7 scoreless innings
@MLBastian
April 19, 2019

CHICAGO -- A few hours before Kyle Hendricks took the mound on Friday afternoon, Cubs manager Joe Maddon expressed confidence in the pitcher’s ability to correct his rough start to the season. Maddon explained that it was all about feel and rhythm, and Hendricks was closing in on finding both.

Khris Davis and Oakland are a perfect match

@MartinJGallegos
April 19, 2019

OAKLAND -- The city of Oakland adopted the motto “Love Life” a few years ago. That’s exactly what Khris Davis is doing after the biggest day of his Major League career. Davis and the A’s held a press conference at the Oakland Coliseum before Friday night’s game against the Toronto