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We’ve never seen a HR leaderboard like this

@HarriganMLB
September 24, 2021

There have been years in which multiple players reached the 60-homer plateau. There's been plenty of seasons when more players hit 40. But we’ve never seen a home run leaderboard quite like this. Here’s how the top five looked entering Friday’s action: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (TOR): 46 Salvador Perez (KC):

A first: 2 players, 4 teams, 1 day

How a suspended game led to weird baseball history
@AndrewSimonMLB
12:42 PM EDT

On July 21, Adam Duvall's Marlins faced Daniel Hudson's Nationals. Also on July 21, Duvall’s Braves faced Hudson’s Padres. Wait, what? That sounds impossible, but it’s true. And no, these two veterans are not time travelers -- at least, not really. But they did make some weird baseball history on

'Good first punch': Yanks within 1 of WC tie

Stanton, Torres go yard; Cole turns in quality start vs. rivals
12:30 AM EDT

BOSTON -- This is the most meaningful stretch of games for the 2021 Yankees, a nine-game sprint that will determine their playoff qualification. There is comfort in having it rest in their hands, as manager Aaron Boone believes. If they win most of their games, their season almost certainly will

14 wins in a row! Cards tie 1935 club record

@zachsilver
1:30 AM EDT

CHICAGO -- The game in which the 1935 Cardinals set the franchise record with their 14th consecutive victory came with Pepper Martin batting leadoff against the Boston Braves, crossing the plate twice in support of starting pitcher Paul Dean, who threw a complete game. That Gashouse Gang played just two

Giants first to 100 wins, cling to NL West lead

San Francisco launches 4 homers vs. Colorado, stays 1 game ahead of LA
@mi_guardado
2:00 AM EDT

DENVER -- For the first time since 2003, the Giants are a 100-win team, and they got there by continuing their historic onslaught of power on Friday night at Coors Field. San Francisco became the first team in the Majors to reach the century mark by slugging four home runs

Manoah, Ryu close off field & they're foodies

@KeeganMatheson
2:14 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS -- Back on May 31, Alek Manoah sat in his hotel room in Buffalo, N.Y., watching a Yankees game, laying low on his first off-day in the big leagues. Hyun Jin Ryu, the star pitcher and veteran of many off-days, was at Niagara Falls. Manoah, scrolling through Instagram, saw

Didi rewards skip's faith to inch Phils near 1st

2:26 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA -- Joe Girardi issued Didi Gregorius a vote of confidence this week. Despite the shortstop’s season-long struggles, both offensively and defensively, the Phillies’ manager said he planned to play Gregorius the rest of the season, even against left-handed pitching. First, Girardi said he values his experience in a pennant

Wander back, extends on-base streak to 40

Franco thrilled to return: 'I feel like it's like my debut'
@adamdberry
12:09 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG -- Two days after the Rays punched their ticket to the postseason, they got rookie phenom Wander Franco back for the final stretch of the regular season. Tampa Bay reinstated Franco from the 10-day injured list and optioned infielder Taylor Walls to Triple-A Durham prior to Friday night’s

Playoff watch: Division clinches imminent

2:40 AM EDT

Despite it being a quiet night for clinchers, both leagues should anticipate one this weekend, as the Rays and Brewers each have a chance to clinch their divisions as soon as Saturday. Both teams have already clinched home-field advantage for their divisions -- the Brewers having done so with their

Maddux! Fried blanks SD on 98 pitches

3:43 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO -- As Max Fried continues to live up to the great expectations that surrounded him when the Padres drafted him in 2012, he is giving the Braves exactly what is expected from a frontline starter in the heart of a pennant race. Fried dazzled yet again as he

Mullins 1st Oriole in 30-30 club: 'It's surreal'

@JoeTrezz
1:32 AM EDT

BALTIMORE -- Cedric Mullins’ surprise, superlative breakout season now also ranks historic. Not until Friday had an Oriole player hit 30 home runs and stolen 30 bases in the same season, throughout 67 years of O’s baseball in Baltimore. In that respect, Mullins now stands alone. He earned the distinction

Complete 2021 MLB postseason schedule

August 25, 2021

Major League Baseball today announced the schedule for the 2021 Postseason, which is set to open with the American League Wild Card Game presented by Hankook on ESPN on Tuesday, Oct. 5, followed by the National League Wild Card Game presented by Hankook on TBS on Wednesday, Oct. 6. Game

Here are the '21 playoff tiebreaker scenarios

September 15, 2021

Just as extra innings are sometimes required to resolve games, extra games are sometimes required to resolve regular-season races. It hasn’t happened often, even in the dual-Wild Card era in which more teams are in the late-season mathematical mix. Since Major League Baseball went to the dual-Wild Card format in

There's never been a leadoff hitter like Soler

@mike_petriello
September 24, 2021

In case you’re wondering whether it’s unusual for the Braves to be using Jorge Soler -- a player who is large and powerful, but not terribly fast or renowned for his contact or on-base skills -- atop their lineup, as they’ve been doing for the past four games, know that

In 2-month game of oddities, Tatis HR wins it

@AJCassavell
September 24, 2021

SAN DIEGO -- Technically, Fernando Tatis Jr. hit his 30th homer of the season on Friday night, bringing his total for the year to 41. Make sense? Meanwhile, Adam Duvall, who was not a Brave when this game started, homered off Daniel Hudson, who was not a Padre when this

Injuries: Greinke, Yankees, Cease, Bellinger

12:12 PM EDT

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

Rays' magic number now 2 to clinch AL East 

@adamdberry
1:28 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG -- When the Rays clinched their third straight postseason appearance on Wednesday, they opted for a relatively low-key celebration at Tropicana Field. They may not have to wait much longer for a bigger bash in the home clubhouse. The Rays’ 8-0 win over the Marlins at Tropicana Field

'It's fun': Pollock keeps NL West race tight

Former D-back homers, contributes to eye-popping outfield defense
@juanctoribio
2:14 AM EDT

PHOENIX -- With no regular season head-to-head games remaining against the Giants, the National League West will ultimately be decided by which team handles its business best against teams it’s supposed to beat. The Dodgers have feasted against the D-backs all season long and will have to continue that over

Cardinals vs. Cubs: Odds, preview, prediction

7:55 AM EDT

A version of this article originally appeared on the Action Network. For more betting insights, check outActionNetwork.com.

Fearsome Ohtani walking at historic rate

Two-way stud in elite company after walking 11 times in 3 games
2:40 AM EDT

ANAHEIM -- Shohei Ohtani tied yet another Major League record on Friday, and this one showed just how much teams are trying to avoid pitching to him down the stretch. After drawing a career-high four walks on Wednesday and three on Thursday against the first-place Astros, Ohtani drew four more

Magic No. at 2 after Yelich's eventful night

12:20 AM EDT

MILWAUKEE -- Christian Yelich’s Friday night went like this: 2-for-3 with two runs, one triple, one home run, one walk and one cut lip. The way Yelich’s season has gone -- and the way this week has been going for the Brewers -- it was a small price to pay

Each MLB franchise's longest winning streak

September 24, 2021

Few storylines are more compelling than a long winning streak, with the excitement growing higher day by day. They can’t go on forever, but they’re fun while they last. The 2021 season has brought its fair share of long winning streaks. The Astros, Brewers and Rays all put together 11

Aquino rips walk-off to seal wild Reds victory

1:16 AM EDT

CINCINNATI -- In a game the Reds badly needed to win, the hit for a victory came from a player badly in need of some success. It’s been a challenging season for outfielder Aristides Aquino, but he picked up his team with a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of

Sent to IL (neck), Greinke discusses future

Veteran open to any role in postseason; 'definitely' wants to pitch in 2022
September 24, 2021

OAKLAND -- On the day he was placed on the injured list with a sore neck, veteran right-hander Zack Greinke opened up about his future in baseball, his role on the Astros and his desire to return to Houston next year in a rare in-person interview at the Coliseum on

WC-hungry Mariners win 6th-straight game

@TheDanGuerrero
5:34 AM EDT

ANAHEIM -- Fresh off a series sweep of the A’s, the Mariners took the next step in their quest to reach the postseason against the Angels on Friday -- and it came with some late-inning drama. Up by one run and facing a bases-loaded situation in the ninth, closer Paul