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Each club's best Players' Weekend nickname

@williamfleitch
12:00 AM EDT

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

'We like to walk off': Enrique joins LA's party

Utility man the hero on his bobblehead night as Dodgers sweep
@kengurnick
an hour ago

LOS ANGELES -- Over and over again it ends with a walk-off win and Gatorade shower. On Thursday night at Dodger Stadium, it was Enrique Hernández turn, on his bobblehead night, no less, and he gave the simple explanation. “We like to walk off,” Hernandez said after he followed Corey

Thor extends dominance as Mets sweep Tribe

Lights-out in 2nd half, righty notches win in rain-shortened shutout
@SlangsOnSports
2:00 AM EDT

NEW YORK -- Noah Syndergaard has been getting on track at the right time for the Mets, and that continued in Thursday night’s rain-shortened 2-0 win over the Indians at Citi Field. Syndergaard entered with a 1.65 ERA in his previous four starts. With a scoreless six-inning effort -- cut

Acuña's walk-off hit 'fitting ending' vs. Fish 

All-Star posts 1.103 OPS as Braves finish 15-4 vs. Miami in 2019
@mlbbowman
12:15 AM EDT

ATLANTA -- Given the tremendous success Ronald Acuña Jr. has had against the Marlins, this seemed to be a fitting finish to his season against them. But the Braves' outfielder thought there actually might have been a better way to say goodbye. “I definitely think it was an appropriate way

Roark leads A's to statement sweep of Yankees

Right-hander has 2.63 ERA in 4 starts since trade to Oakland
@MartinJGallegos
32 minutes ago

OAKLAND -- The question surrounding the A’s entering their current nine-game homestand was about how they would be able to hold up in the playoff race with such a daunting stretch of games. Surely they’d be glad just to stay afloat against the Astros and Yankees, who hold the top

Judge's cleats signed by all 217 LLWS players

Yankees slugger to wear shoes during Players' Weekend
@goodforball
August 22, 2019

OAKLAND -- Good thing Aaron Judge wears size 17 cleats. Otherwise, the Yankee outfielder might not have succeeded in creating his Players’ Weekend tribute to youngsters in general and Little Leaguers in particular. The signatures of all 217 Little League World Series participants will be emblazoned onto the shoes that

Cole's return a smasher: 12 K's, 7 shutout IP

@brianmctaggart
1:39 AM EDT

HOUSTON -- The Astros had suffered a hard-to-swallow loss the night before, so no one was in the mood to answer for another one. Gerrit Cole did his part by dominating the Tigers for seven innings Thursday night, and Alex Bregman and Michael Brantley powered an offense that was missing

For hot Nats, Max's return 'icing on the cake'

Scherzer goes four innings of one-run ball in first start off IL
@JakeCrouseMLB
12:34 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH -- It was an odd sight. Max Scherzer entered the dugout after recording a 1-2-3 fourth inning, but he didn’t reappear to start the fifth, nor was he spotted arguing hard in favor of staying in. It’s a new reality right now for Scherzer, who returned from the injured

Back in leadoff, Fowler fuels playoff push

Outfielder homers vs. Rox, leads Cardinals with 15 RBIs in August
@anne__rogers
August 22, 2019

ST. LOUIS -- Yadier Molina knew Dexter Fowler was about to hit a home run before even Fowler -- or anyone else at Busch Stadium on Thursday night -- knew. In the bottom of the seventh inning, right as Rockies reliever Yency Almonte released his pitch, Molina shot both hands

The adjustment Jansen needs to make

@AndrewSimonMLB
1:01 AM EDT

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts issued a vote of confidence in Kenley Jansen on Wednesday night. “Kenley’s our closer,” Roberts said, after Max Muncy’s 10th-inning home run walked off the Blue Jays at Dodger Stadium, letting Jansen off the hook for his sixth blown save in 32 chances, thanks to a

Will Robert be September callup for White Sox?

Hahn bases promotions on what's best for player, organization
@scottmerkin
August 22, 2019

CHICAGO -- White Sox general manager Rick Hahn recently saw Luis Robert, ranked as the No. 5 prospect overall in baseball by MLB Pipeline, just miss winning a steak by hitting a home run off the bull in left field for Triple-A Charlotte in Durham, N.C. “I think the ball

Players' Weekend 2019: What you need to know

@castrovince
August 22, 2019

Players’ Weekend -- a time when charisma, color and creativity are celebrated with looser uniform rules -- returns this weekend across MLB. Here’s everything you need to know about the festivities in a handy FAQ format.

Injury updates: Lowe, Eloy, Winker, Stroman

August 22, 2019

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

Orioles set record for homers allowed in season

@JoeTrezz
1:32 AM EDT

BALTIMORE -- Given the ground-floor state of the Orioles' rebuild, and the way baseballs have flown out of the park all across Major League Baseball this season, Baltimore has spent much of the summer brushing up against unfortunate homer history. Those two forces came to a head Thursday, when the

Here are Thursday's 10 best prospect performances

@wboor
1:40 AM EDT

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

Pirates release Cervelli, next stop Atlanta?

@mattkellyMLB
August 22, 2019

PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates on Thursday requested unconditional release waivers for veteran catcher Francisco Cervelli, giving him a chance to join a club contending for the postseason. Cervelli may soon find a fit in Atlanta. The Braves are nearing a deal with Cervelli, according to a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette report, but

Brantley challenging for AL batting title, again

@SlangsOnSports
12:38 AM EDT

Now in his 11th season in the Majors, Michael Brantley has certainly developed a reputation as a steady hitter. Reliability has been the name of the game with him -- when healthy -- pretty much since 2014. In that span, Brantley is hitting above.300 with an OPS above .850, and

Adames motivated by critical DM during delay

@zachsilver
an hour ago

BALTIMORE -- As the clock neared 8:45 p.m. ET on Thursday and the Rays' 5-2 victory over the Orioles entered a two-hour, 16-minute rain delay, Willy Adames sulked his way back into the visiting clubhouse at Oriole Park, hoping to forget his performance to that point. True, he had homered

After 2-week wait, Red Sox win in 12 minutes

@IanMBrowne
August 22, 2019

BOSTON -- That didn’t take long. But it sure was fun while it lasted. In a Fenway day unlike any other that preceded it, Brock Holt got the Red Sox a walk-off single to left on Thursday to complete a 5-4 victory over the Royals in 10 innings in the

Cubs sweep Giants behind Hendricks' gem

@MLBastian
August 22, 2019

CHICAGO -- After Scooter Gennett swung through an elevated fastball for a strikeout to end the fifth inning on Thursday afternoon, Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks turned right and walked to the dugout without reacting. No fist pump. No celebratory shout. Just a workmanlike stroll back to the bench. That was,

Moncada's return includes 'trip' around the bases

White Sox slugger hits 21st homer, then falls during later at-bat
@scottmerkin
12:11 AM EDT

CHICAGO -- Focusing on Yoán Moncada's two hits, including his 21st home run, in the White Sox 6-1 victory over the Rangers on Thursday night at Guaranteed Rate seems almost unnecessary. During Moncada’s breakout campaign this season, line drives clearing the right-field fence with a 112 mph exit velocity, per

Vlad Jr. part of exciting wave of young stars

@KeeganMatheson
August 22, 2019

In the second Young Stars Week of the 2019 season, MLB is celebrating some of the game’s most dynamic emerging talents each day from Aug. 19-23. Today the spotlight is on 20-year-old Vladimir Guerrero Jr. TORONTO -- Back in Spring Training, before Vladimir Guerrero Jr. arrived in Toronto and brought

Yanks 'punched in the mouth' in Oakland series

NY drops 4th straight despite Gleyber's 2-homer, 4-for-4 night
@goodforball
17 minutes ago

OAKLAND -- The moment finally came Thursday night. Here were the Yankees at their sharpest. Unfortunately for the Bronx Bombers, this event did not occur until manager Aaron Boone’s media briefing following the Yankees’ 5-3 loss Thursday to the A’s, who completed a three-game series sweep. • Box score Summarizing

Rain-shortened loss ends Tribe's tough NY trip

@MandyBell02
an hour ago

NEW YORK -- After sitting through three hours and four minutes of rain delays and getting swept at Citi Field, the Indians were ready to escape New York in the wee hours of Friday morning after a 2-0 rain-shortened loss to the Mets. The Indians entered August knowing the daunting