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Every MLB team's 'likeliest' Hall of Famer

@williamfleitch
July 21, 2019

On Sunday, six players were inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Headlining this year’s class was Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, the first player to be unanimously voted in by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Counting Rivera, 19 players have been enshrined in Cooperstown as a Yankee. New

Hall opens its doors for unforgettable '19 Class

@castrovince
July 21, 2019

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Because baseball can sometimes resemble religion and a special Sunday service was scheduled, they poured into this tiny town, and they streamed up Susquehanna Avenue in paraphernalia-wearing packs. New Yorkers donning the No. 42, teal-clad Pacific Northwesterners and folks from all points in-between came to pay homage

11 must-watch series as playoff race ramps up

@RichardJustice
July 21, 2019

Now to the really good stuff. To games that are played with what feels like a season hanging in the balance. To those late innings so tense you simply can’t sit whether you’re in the ballpark or at home. To sum up: The playoff races start now. At least this

Mo knows closing: Rivera wraps HOF ceremony

'Baseball is a team sport. You cannot do it alone. And this honor is the same thing'
@castrovince
July 21, 2019

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Well, of course, Mariano Rivera was the closer. To have him fill any other role in the National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony outside the Clark Sports Center would have been some sort of sacrilege. So just after former teammate Bernie Williams filled this picturesque summer

Where Power Rankings stand as Deadline nears

@alysonfooter
21 minutes ago

The Dodgers are running away with the National League West and they are the arguable favorites to win the NL pennant, but a wide-open Wild Card race has allowed two more teams from that division to sneak into postseason contention. One has been hanging around most of the season. The

Watch Alonso snap bat over his knee like a twig

July 21, 2019

Mets slugger Pete Alonso can make even a strikeout exciting. The All-Star first baseman wowed the crowd at Oracle Park on Sunday by snapping his bat with noticeable gusto after striking out swinging against Giants rookie Conner Menez to end the top of the third. "I was just upset because

'Impossible to say' if MadBum will be traded

@goodforball
July 21, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi continued to drop no hints about Madison Bumgarner's immediate future and whether the popular left-hander would remain with the club past the July 31 Trade Deadline. Zaidi indicated the Giants' overall fortunes could influence Bumgarner's status. If San Francisco remains

Sights and sounds from the HOF Class of 2019

July 21, 2019

Every July, baseball's greatest legends gather in Cooperstown as new members of the Hall of Fame are inducted into the sport's most hallowed institution. The Class of 2019 -- Mariano Rivera, Roy Halladay, Mike Mussina, Edgar Martinez, Lee Smith and Harold Baines -- includes the greatest closer of all time

Rumors: Castellanos, Cubs, Giants, Vazquez

July 21, 2019

MLB.com is keeping track of all the latest free agent and trade rumors right here.

Pirates GM: No plans to trade Vazquez

Huntington: '[He] will be closing next playoff games that we’re a part of'
@adamdberry
July 21, 2019

PITTSBURGH -- Neal Huntington is going to field plenty of phone calls and text messages over the next 10 days. Of course he is -- that’s his job leading up to the Trade Deadline. But even if the Pirates trade away veterans for prospects, the general manager won’t be picking

Dodgers fire on all cylinders in Buehler's gem

Dodgers righty fans 11 in 7 scoreless; Muncy, Pederson, Pollock homer
@kengurnick
July 21, 2019

LOS ANGELES -- Every Dodger appreciates playing with All-Star pitcher Walker Buehler, but A.J. Pollock is the only teammate who knows how discouraging it is to face him. With Cody Bellinger getting the day off, Pollock was one of three Dodgers to homer on Sunday in support of Buehler in

Halladay's Hall induction celebrated with grace

Widow of late pitcher 'sincere and genuine' in expressing gratitude for remarkable career
@ToddZolecki
July 21, 2019

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- It is something that crossed everybody’s mind over the past several months, but never more so than Sunday. How would Roy Halladay have felt about Sunday’s induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, which he joined posthumously alongside Mariano Rivera, Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina, Lee Smith

Smyly draws comparison to Phillies star in debut

@JakeCrouseMLB
July 21, 2019

PITTSBURGH -- Drew Smyly's debut start with Philadelphia couldn’t have gone much better, as the left-hander picked apart the Pirates’ lineup while allowing just one run over six innings in the Phillies’ 2-1, 11-inning win in the series finale at PNC Park. Manager Gabe Kapler said Smyly pitched like “a

Gausman delivers gem as Braves thump Nats

@mlbbowman
July 21, 2019

ATLANTA -- If this was a sign of what Kevin Gausman will do over the remainder of this season, then the Braves might just allow last year’s big Trade Deadline acquisition to address their current wish to strengthen their starting rotation. Mentally refreshed by the six-week rehab stint that followed

Patient and prepared, Edgar enters Hall of Fame

DH extraordinaire enshrined before family, baseball world, well-traveled Mariners fans
@gregjohnsmlb
July 21, 2019

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Edgar Martinez, who used to weigh his bats to make sure of their precision, carefully weighed his words Sunday as he accepted his induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. He also gave a quick estimate on his newest prize possession, his Hall of Fame plaque

Twins overcome taxed bullpen in walk-off win

@dohyoungpark
July 21, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins have had to make do with a shorthanded bullpen for nearly a week after three relievers were designated for assignment ahead of the July 31 Trade Deadline and the relief corps was trimmed from eight to seven on Monday, before the start of the homestand. It

Injury updates: Scherzer, Wheeler, Kluber, Yanks

July 21, 2019

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

Brantley's HRs, rookie hurler help Astros sweep

Armenteros' outing gives Houston confidence ahead of Oakland series
@brianmctaggart
July 21, 2019

HOUSTON -- It was only a week ago the Astros were in a bit of a dilemma, at least as much as the Astros can be these days. They were desperately seeking healthy and effective starting pitching at the bottom of their rotation while entering what turned out to be

Mussina proud to join 'best who ever played'

@JoeTrezz and @gregjohnsmlb
July 21, 2019

COOPERSTOWN, N,Y. -- The hallowed halls in Cooperstown gained a pillar of consistency on Sunday as Mike Mussina, one of baseball’s most dependable starters of the last few decades, took his place among the game’s all-time greats. Mussina -- a durable, cerebral Orioles and Yankees right-hander of the 1990s and

Padres' youngsters combine to down Cubs

Mejia hits key homer as Morejon, Quantrill are stingy on mound
@Russ_Dorsey1
July 21, 2019

CHICAGO -- When general manager A.J. Preller began reconstructing the Padres’ farm system several years ago, days like Sunday were what they had to be hoping for. As one of the youngest teams in the Majors, the Padres are expecting big things from their young players in pursuit of their

Soft-spoken Baines emotional on Hall induction

Family, community, teammates central to slugger's induction speech
@scottmerkin
July 21, 2019

As Harold Baines stepped to the podium Sunday after officially being inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, he delivered a message to his old friends and teammates. “You can start your stopwatch now to time how long this speech is going to be,” Baines said. “I

Trade market might boost Cubs vs. lefties

@MLBastian
July 21, 2019

CHICAGO -- Cubs manager Joe Maddon did not mince words earlier this week when discussing his offense's production against left-handed pitching this season. "We've been terrible. We have to be better," Maddon said before the weekend series against the Padres. "If you look at the overarching, overall numbers, they're not

Blackmon makes Rox history at Yankee Stadium

@ladsonbill24
July 21, 2019

NEW YORK -- Although the Rockies lost to the Yankees on Saturday afternoon, manager Bud Black saw signs of life on offense after they scored five runs in the sixth inning. Black was looking for that to carry over into Sunday’s game, and it happened as the Rockies snapped their

d'Arnaud slams door on Rays' losing streak

Catcher's first grand slam is enough support for a resurgent Snell
@juanctoribio
July 21, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG -- When the Rays acquired Travis d'Arnaud from the Dodgers for cash considerations on May 10, the thought was that the 30-year-old would give Tampa Bay some stability at catcher until Mike Zunino and Michael Perez returned from injuries. However, over the past two months, d’Arnaud has established

Angels release former All-Star Harvey

@RhettBollinger
July 21, 2019

SEATTLE -- The Angels released veteran right-hander Matt Harvey on Sunday, two days after he was designated for assignment. Harvey, who was signed to a one-year deal worth $11 million in the offseason, is now free to sign with any team. The Angels are still on the hook for his