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Wheeler the first 100/100 pitcher in 2019

Hard-throwing righty hits first career HR at 101.4 mph exit velocity
12:30 AM EDT

NEW YORK -- For a Major League batter, hitting a ball at least 100 mph is a relatively common feat. For a pitcher, less so, though 13 of them have managed it this season. Throwing a ball at least 100 mph? While more common than ever, it's still a rare

Watch El Mago's latest trick for avoiding a tag

12:10 AM EDT

Javier Báez gave us another example of why many consider him the most entertaining player in the game. Right after Anthony Rizzo homered to give the Cubs a six-run lead in Tuesday night's 7-2 victory over the Dodgers at Wrigley Field, Baez tapped a soft ground ball to first baseman

Ford's 1st HR with Yanks a long time coming

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ANAHEIM – Mike Ford played in 561 games over seven seasons in the Yankees' farm system before finally receiving a promotion to The Show. As he rounded the bases for his first Major League home run in Tuesday's 7-5 win, it was surely worth the wait. The 26-year-old Ford belted

Let's bounce: Hedges' homer gets glove assist

Padres catcher also makes airborne throw for out
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SAN DIEGO -- Austin Hedges hit the longest homer of his career earlier this month in Arizona. He hit the highest exit-velo homer of his career against the Reds on Sunday. On Tuesday night against Seattle, Hedges hit strangest homer of his career in a 6-3 win over the Mariners.

8 below-the-radar rookies grabbing our attention

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You’ve heard a lot about Pete Alonso and Fernando Tatis Jr., and justifiably so. Both of them have greatness written all over them. You may have been tracking Victor Robles and Eloy Jimenez before they made their Major League debuts, and like the rest of us, you’ll be thrilled when

Scherzer feels ‘lucky’ after dugout scare

Rendon out for third straight game; Noll recalled for third-base depth
April 23, 2019

DENVER -- "I'm lucky I still have just the one blue eye." What began as a humorous exchange between Max Scherzer and reporters about his close call with a foul ball that lined into the Nationals' dugout on Sunday, soon turned sobering. "The fact that [an intercostal injury] is what

A HR robber gets taste of his own medicine

an hour ago

BALTIMORE -- Dwight Smith Jr. has seen the highlights, because who in baseball hasn’t. Adam Engel robbing Greg Bird of a home run in Chicago. Adam Engel going airborne to snatch one away from future teammate Yonder Alonso. Adam Engel going over the wall and coming down with the ball,

Rockies outfielder goes over the wall twice

April 23, 2019

DENVER -- Raimel Tapia couldn’t prevent a 6-3 loss to the Nationals on Tuesday night -- just the Rockies’ second defeat in the last nine games -- but he went over the wall trying, in two different ways. In the second inning, Tapia homered into the bullpen in right-center for

Ponce de Leon does what Cards need in debut

12:33 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS -- Daniel Ponce de Leon understood there was little need to unpack, not this time around. His assignment was simple: fill in for an injured Michael Wacha, contain a mighty Brewers offense and do it all knowing that regardless of the result, he’d likely not stick around for

An ode to Wainwright: Bastion of bygone era

Right-handed veteran still getting outs at age 37
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The 1999 Kevin Costner baseball movie For the Love of the Game might not necessarily be known as one of the greatest sports films ever made, but it does get one fundamental truth right about sports (not to mention the wisdom of casting John C. Reilly as a catcher): There

Bregman delivers for Astros; 3 keys to win

12:50 AM EDT

HOUSTON -- After falling behind in the first inning for the fourth game in a row, the Astros weren’t about to let themselves again be buried by an early deficit. Wade Miley overcome a shaky first to throw six quality innings, and Alex Bregman, George Springer and Tyler White sparked

Quintana gets flood of support from Cubs

April 23, 2019

CHICAGO -- The Cubs offense struck early and never looked back in Tuesday’s 7-2 victory over the Dodgers, and Chicago moved above .500 (11-10) for the first time this season. The Cubs made things difficult for Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda, who threw 37 pitches in the first inning. After a

These pitchers threw a no-hitter ... and lost

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As you probably know, throwing a no-hitter is usually a good way to set your team up for success and a win. To wit: There have been 299 nine-inning no-hitters in Major League history, including combined no-hitters, and the team to throw the no-hitter has won all but two of

Run on this catcher at your own risk

April 25, 2019

J.T. Realmuto has begun his yearly dominance of the catcher pop time leaderboards. Always one of the fastest arms in the league behind the plate, Realmuto is showcasing that elite tool for his new team. In the past week alone, the Phillies backstop has recorded four of MLB's five fastest

Weaver impresses D-backs in pitchers' duel

Lovullo likes 'horsepower' in fastball, and 'a little swagger' even more
12:47 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH -- For the first couple of innings in the D-backs’ 2-1 win on Tuesday night, it looked like Luke Weaver might be taking a step back from his steady progression so far this season. The Pirates worked Weaver for 38 pitches through two innings, tagging him for a pair

Davis goes deep as O's hammer four homers

Lefty's first 2019 long ball at Camden Yards leads rout of White Sox
12:48 AM EDT

BALTIMORE -- Chris Davis recognized the pitch up and sprung, hands shooting upward from their load point right around his letters. The fastball buzzed in at 92 mph, sent from Ivan Nova with intention of beating Davis in the place his uppercut swing, for years now, has routinely been slow

Rosario enters Twins record books with 10th HR

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HOUSTON -- When Rocco Baldelli was first thinking about his lineup for Tuesday night’s game, there was actually discussion about giving Eddie Rosario the day off, but Rosario was having none of that. "I wanted to try to play the best team in the Major Leagues,” Rosario said. “I want

Rays' early surge fuels series win over Royals

Zunino homers, extends hit streak; Beeks strong in relief
April 23, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays needed to come from behind in each of their previous five games, but no comeback was necessary on Tuesday, as Tampa Bay jumped out to an early lead en route to a 5-2 series-clinching win over the Royals at Tropicana Field. Joey Wendle got the

Franmil goes deep twice against Mariners

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SAN DIEGO -- It was always just a matter of time. Even if his results haven't been great, Franmil Reyes has been scorching the baseball all season. On Tuesday night, he broke through in a big way. The Padres' slugger notched the second multi-homer game of his career in a

Everybody gets a hit as A's rake, break out bats

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OAKLAND -- When the A’s were at their best in their 97-win season last year, most of that success came from a deep lineup that provided contributions throughout the order. Consider Tuesday night’s 11-5 victory over the Rangers at Oakland Coliseum a vintage performance. Every A’s hitter in the starting

Robles wears out Rox in batter’s box, basepaths 

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DENVER -- Victor Robles started the season hot at the plate, hitting .308/.386/.692 with four doubles, a triple and three home runs through 11 games. But in the 10 games that followed, the 21-year-old center fielder’s bat cooled off considerably; he slashed just .229/.229/.286 with two extra-base hits in that

Carrasco leaves loss with left knee discomfort

Righty bruised during collision covering first base, will have precautionary MRI
April 23, 2019

CLEVELAND -- The Indians have dealt with their share of injuries this year. With Mike Clevinger already on the 60-day injured list with an upper back strain, the last thing the Tribe needs is to lose another key piece of its starting rotation. After Carlos Carrasco cruised through three perfect

Dixon's first trip to Fenway proves memorable

12:50 AM EDT

BOSTON -- Brandon Dixon took a walk around the outfield when the Tigers arrived at Fenway Park on Monday. It was his first time at the historic ballpark, and he wanted to get a good look at the Green Monster in left field. "It's awesome," Dixon said prior to Monday's