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Can Elly bring back the 100-steal season?

Reds phenom is turning back the clock to the hard-charging 1980s
May 19, 2024

As recently as 2022, the idea of a player challenging the long-abandoned 100-stolen base mark felt about as fanciful as humans walking on the surface of Jupiter (the planet, not the Spring Training site in Florida). Then again, the out-of-this-world talent that is Elly De La Cruz did not reach

Darvish 'masterful' in 200th win combined in MLB, NPB

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ATLANTA -- Yu Darvish has reached a pitching milestone few have. The 37-year-old right-hander was dominant in the Padres’ 9-1 victory over the Braves on Sunday night at Truist Park.

Ohtani's 'special weekend' ends with his 1st Dodgers walk-off 

May 19, 2024

LOS ANGELES -- It was quite the week for Shohei Ohtani. On Thursday, Ohtani had his first bobblehead night as a member of the Dodgers, creating massive lines outside of Dodger Stadium up to four hours before first pitch. The lines were so long that the Dodgers opened the gates

Power Rankings: Now is the time for MLB's newest No. 1 team

May 19, 2024

This was mentioned in my weekly Five Fascinations piece, but I think it’s worth asking here as well: Is this Phillies team the best team Bryce Harper will ever play on? Is this the best chance he’ll ever have to win a World Series? The Phillies, who rise to No.

Do hitters have a 2-strike approach? Data says: Yes!

Major Leaguers slow their swings by 1.6 mph in two-strike counts
May 19, 2024

On two strikes, batters swing 1.6 mph slower than they do before two strikes. They cut their fast-swing rate – that’s swings of 75 mph or harder – down from 26% to 17%. As you might expect, overall, count is a pretty strong determinant in terms of how fast a

Fall Classic that could've been leads series to watch this week

May 19, 2024

This early in the season, just about every MLB division race is wide open. As it stands now, the Dodgers and Phillies are the only teams to lead a division by more than two games. As such, every divisional series still matters at this juncture, and this week has a

Chris Sale is dominating hitters like it's 2018

May 19, 2024

Chris Sale is healthy, slinging wipeout sliders and mowing down hitters like it’s 2018 all over again. Sale finished that season at the top of the MLB mountain, coming on in relief against the Dodgers in Game 5 of the World Series and striking out the side in the ninth

All MLB.TV has to offer for half the price

May 16, 2024

You can follow your favorite players and teams on MLB.TV for just HALF the price. During the MLB.TV May Limited Time Only Sale, the All Teams Yearly package, allowing subscribers to stream every out-of-market game live or on demand, is available for just $69.99, while the Single Team package will

Setting blistering pace, Gunnar taking aim at lofty HR goals

After MLB-high 15th blast, 5th leadoff, O's SS on track to top club single-season mark
May 19, 2024

BALTIMORE -- Through 44 games of the season, Gunnar Henderson is making it clear that the Orioles’ single-season home run record could be broken before the end of 2024. The 22-year-old budding superstar may claim the Major League homer crown, too. Henderson belted his 15th homer (tied with the Astros’

Rodón grabs the reins in Yankees' 7th straight win

Lefty delivers strong start vs. original club as New York continues 'clicking on all cylinders'
May 19, 2024

NEW YORK -- Carlos Rodón reached for the baseball, gesturing toward the first-base dugout for his manager to stay put. There were two outs in the sixth inning on Sunday afternoon, and the Yankees left-hander craved one more batter, aiming to empty the tank with a strikeout. Aaron Boone nodded,

Clemens making his case with clutch hit after clutch hit

Recalled to replace an injured Turner, 28-year-old plates go-ahead runs as Phils sweep Nats
May 19, 2024

PHILADELPHIA -- One day after his clutch game-tying home run in the Phillies' comeback win on Saturday night, Kody Clemens once again provided a big knock in Sunday afternoon's 11-5 victory over the Nationals at Citizens Bank Park. But just the fact that manager Rob Thomson even sent Clemens to

Devers ties club record with HR in 5th straight game

May 19, 2024

ST. LOUIS -- Red Sox star slugger Rafael Devers has turned this week into his personal home run derby. In Sunday's 11-3 series finale win over St. Louis, Devers tied a club record by going deep for the fifth straight game. The accomplishment was done six previous times in club

Will this star rookie be traded at the Deadline?

May 19, 2024

We're keeping track of all the latest free agent and trade rumors.

It's gotta be the shoes! Tucker homers twice after 3 K's, changing cleats

May 19, 2024

HOUSTON -- No offense to Orbit, the Astros’ furry green mascot alien, but outfielder Kyle Tucker could only celebrate his birthday for so long on Sunday. Tucker took the field for the series finale against the Brewers wearing green cleats that had a picture of Orbit on the outside, a

Pasquantino, Royals show 'no brakes' in resounding sweep

1B's first MLB triple caps Royals' surge to 10 games over .500 for 1st time since 2015
May 19, 2024

KANSAS CITY -- With his uniform fully buttoned up after Saturday night’s win and feeling “like a businessman,” Vinnie Pasquantino knew he had to be ready for a big moment Sunday. He didn’t start Sunday’s series finale against A’s lefty JP Sears, but with the way Royals manager Matt Quatraro

Hicks' gutsy performance helps Giants sweep Rockies

May 19, 2024

SAN FRANCISCO -- The radar readings for Jordan Hicks on Sunday seemed to be cause for concern at first glance. But the normally hard-throwing right-hander had an explanation for his diminished velocity. A little more than an hour before first pitch, Hicks ate his pregame meal and washed it down

Díaz's closer duties 'fluid' amid recent struggles

May 19, 2024

MIAMI -- The day after manager Carlos Mendoza insisted Edwin Díaz remains the Mets’ closer, the skipper admitted that the reliever’s role will, at least for now, be more “fluid.” “This is a guy that, he'll do whatever it takes to help this team win a baseball game -- whether

Bucs' best weapon vs. Cubs: Their rotation

May 19, 2024

CHICAGO -- There has been many a time in recent years where the Pirates were quiet postgame in Wrigley Field’s visitors’ clubhouse. Not Sunday, though. Nor Thursday or Friday. In what was their biggest road series so far this season, the Pirates left Chicago with a series win, taking a

Injuries: Adolis, Cubs, Snell, Senga, Muncy, Yanks

May 19, 2024

Stay up-to-date with all the latest news on injured and recovering players from across Major League Baseball.

Bibee dazzles, Brennan walks it off with homer to sweep Twins

May 19, 2024

CLEVELAND -- Tanner Bibee stood on the mound on Sunday and watched his manager emerge from the dugout after he issued a four-pitch walk to put runners on first and second with two outs in the seventh inning. Second baseman Andrés Giménez and first baseman Josh Naylor hustled to the

D-backs team up, thrill skipper with key out at plate: 'I love that play'

May 19, 2024

PHOENIX -- It looked like disaster for the D-backs when pinch-hitter Kerry Carpenter’s ball hit the wall in center and caromed past center fielder Corbin Carroll. With two outs, Spencer Torkelson was running on contact and easily came around from first to score. Tigers third-base coach Joey Cora, known for

Nimmo and Lindor's lineup swap pays dividends in 'huge win'

May 19, 2024

MIAMI -- Booming bass echoed through the visiting clubhouse at loanDepot park on Sunday late afternoon. The Mets, at the end of a weekend that started with a shutout loss and an extra-inning walk-off defeat, were headed to the next stop on their road trip with a victory under their

Vogelbach's big day proves why he's 'an easy guy to root for'

May 19, 2024

TORONTO -- Walking from the Blue Jays’ press conference room to their clubhouse after Friday night’s loss to the Rays, a muffled “thwack… thwack… thwack…” filled the concrete hallway. Tucked deep in the left-field corner of Rogers Centre are the Blue Jays’ batting cages, which glow through a set of

Kjerstad plays hero at Triple-A with walk-off slam

May 19, 2024

Heston Kjerstad slapped an exclamation point on his return to Triple-A. MLB’s No. 22 prospect clubbed a home run off the first pitch he saw Wednesday and ended his week with an even bigger added roundtripper. Kjerstad -- who had 10 homers in the International League prior to his promotion

Soriano leads Halos in series-securing win over rival Rangers

May 19, 2024

ARLINGTON -- Given his elite stuff on the mound with a fastball that averages nearly 100 mph to go along with a devastating knuckle-curveball, it’s not exactly a shock to see right-hander José Soriano starting to figure things out as a starting pitcher. Soriano has been on an impressive run