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Here's the new Top 100 Prospects list

August 4, 2020

In an atypical year, MLB Pipeline presents an atypical update to our prospects lists. Since we posted our initial Top 100 Prospects and organizational Top 30 rankings for 2020, the coronavirus has limited baseball action to three weeks of Spring Training games, glimpses of Summer Camp action and a couple

Pujols hits No. 659, one shy of Mays

2:10 AM EDT

Angels first baseman Albert Pujols is now just one home run away from catching Hall of Famer Willie Mays’ career total of 660 blasts, as Pujols crushed a two-run shot off Mariners right-hander Justin Dunn in the first inning at T-Mobile Park on Tuesday. It was one of three homers

May breaks Internet, baffles Padres

2:21 AM EDT

On a Tuesday night when A.J. Pollock came off the bench to be a hero and Justin Turner not only took one for the team but might have fired it up doing it, the Dodgers reminded the Padres who’s in charge of the National League West -- and even a

Dad strength! Trout HRs in first AB back

1:28 AM EDT

Angels superstar Mike Trout returned to the club on Tuesday with a new role in his life -- a father for the first time. But he also did something very familiar, as he homered yet again in a 5-3 win over the Mariners. After missing four games to attend the

'Feel the love': 3 keys to Cubs' hot start

Energy accompanies full team effort in building 9-2 record
1:13 AM EDT

CHICAGO -- When the Cubs' dugout was loud and rowdy seemingly with every pitch on Opening Day, it was easy to think it was just excitement over the return of baseball. Nearly two weeks in, Chicago's players have not calmed down. In a 5-4 win over the Royals on Tuesday

Maddon: Ohtani unlikely to pitch again in '20

August 4, 2020

Angels manager Joe Maddon on Tuesday said he doesn't anticipate Shohei Ohtani pitching again this year. Ohtani has been cleared to serve as designated hitter without any restrictions, the manager said. After feeling discomfort in his throwing arm after his start Sunday against the Astros, Ohtani had an MRI exam

Star trio helps White Sox run win streak to 6

12:56 AM EDT

There’s a different feel around the 2020 White Sox, noticeable in just 11 games and especially noticeable during their 3-2 victory over the Brewers on Tuesday night at Miller Park. With one of the best offenses in all of Major League Baseball, the White Sox certainly can outhit opponents. But

Luzardo has electric 1st start; A's walk off

1:31 AM EDT

OAKLAND -- The anticipation for Jesús Luzardo’s move to the starting rotation only grew with each impressive outing he turned in for the A’s out of the bullpen since last September. That moment finally came on Tuesday night, and the left-hander lived up to the hype. Luzardo was electric in

Marlins blank O's to win in return to action

2:37 AM EDT

Sporting a revamped roster with 17 different players from Opening Day, the Marlins returned to game action on Tuesday night and picked up where they left off. After an eight-day layoff due to the spread of the coronavirus within their clubhouse, Miami rode five shutout innings from Pablo López, plus

Melanie Newman makes O's radio history

August 4, 2020

Melanie Newman had to wait a few months longer than expected to make Orioles history … and then another week. But that historic moment has come. After her debut on the airwaves was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, then again when last Tuesday’s Orioles game against the Marlins was postponed

Molina, DeJong among Cards' positive tests

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ST. LOUIS -- All-Star catcher Yadier Molina was one of the seven Cardinals players to have tested positive for COVID-19, he announced on Instagram on Tuesday. Through the team, five of Molina’s teammates also revealed that they had positive tests for COVID-19: All-Star shortstop Paul DeJong; infielders Edmundo Sosa and

Márquez uses full mix as Rox improve to 8-2

2:03 AM EDT

DENVER -- Rockies right-hander German Márquez washed away the worst memory of his career on Tuesday night -- and he did it on his terms. Using all of his pitches -- an important nugget, by the way -- Márquez fanned nine in 7 1/3 innings to lift the Rockies to

The Soto shuffle shifts to top of dugout

12:27 AM EDT

Juan Soto is back and happy to be here. The Nationals outfielder was not in the starting lineup on Tuesday after being activated from the COVID-19 injured list, but he was making his teammates smile nonetheless. After Josh Harrison launched his first home run as a National, Soto hopped up

This pitcher got a nasty new slider ... from Twitter

August 4, 2020

Here's a really cool story about pitch design in the social media age. It's the story of how a Major League pitcher learned a nasty new pitch … after the season already started ... from Twitter. Jake Diekman throws a slider. It's generally been the same slider: good down-breaking action,

Just try to follow path of May's wipeout pitch

12:30 AM EDT

Many fans were formally introduced to Dodgers top pitching prospect Dustin May when he filled in for Clayton Kershaw on Opening Night and promptly hit 100 mph. Well, here’s an update: May is still throwing pure filth. The right-hander was pumping gas to begin his Tuesday night start against the

Report: Osuna needs Tommy John surgery

August 4, 2020

HOUSTON -- Astros closer Roberto Osuna, who abruptly left Saturday’s game against the Angels in Anaheim with an arm injury, will need season-ending Tommy John surgery, according to a report by TV station KRIV-TV in Houston on Tuesday. The report said Osuna is seeking a second opinion. The Astros have

Lewis adds HR robbery to '20 highlight reel

1:48 AM EDT

SEATTLE -- Kyle Lewis has proven he can hit home runs in the Majors, and now the Mariners’ rookie center fielder added robbing long balls to his repertoire. The hot-hitting 25-year-old went up above the fence in dead center in the seventh inning Tuesday night at T-Mobile Park and pulled

Terrific trio: Fried, Acuña, Riley carry Braves

12:32 AM EDT

ATLANTA -- Max Fried looked like a frontline starter and Austin Riley drilled one of the three homers the Braves tallied while turning the page with a 10-1 win over the Blue Jays on Tuesday night at Truist Park. Distancing themselves from the blow suffered when ace Mike Soroka sustained

Slump backed by mates, Reyes returns favor

When Bieber is human, Franimal rises in 8th to rescue Tribe
August 4, 2020

Over the last few days, the Indians often referenced that their hitters have lost confidence in themselves. However, the biggest thing that’s kept slugger Franmil Reyes going is the trust his teammates have in him. When he stepped to the plate in the eighth inning with the score tied at

Nats are in a groove, and showing off moves

1:23 AM EDT

WASHINGTON -- There didn’t need to be fans in the stands for cheers to erupt at Nationals Park. The crowd, on Tuesday night, was Nats players bursting with celebration from inside and around the dugout as they hit their way to a 5-3 win over the Mets. “With the stadium

Astros send reminder: 'It's a scary lineup'

1:54 AM EDT

This was exactly what Astros manager Dusty Baker had in mind when he gave George Springer a “clear-your-mind” day off Wednesday following a dismal first six games at the plate that included only one RBI, on a solo homer the second day of the season. A rejuvenated Springer and a

Cruz doing more by doing less in historic run

August 4, 2020

MINNEAPOLIS -- Given the talent on this Twins offense, it was only a matter of time before they would put up a crooked number again at some point. It sure helps to have Nelson Cruz doing ridiculous Nelson Cruz things, too. The Twins are plenty used to the offense’s elder

Catwalk plays crucial role as Rays snap skid

August 4, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG -- Early on Tuesday night, the Rays’ offense resembled the one that scored just 14 runs during a forgettable 0-5 road trip. Tampa Bay hitters struck out five times in the first three frames, and there weren’t many deep counts against Boston starter Nathan Eovaldi. But in the

Madrigal, Encarnación depart with injuries

1:12 AM EDT

The White Sox continue to post victories, extending their winning streak to six games via a 3-2 win over the Brewers on Tuesday at Miller Park. But they also continue to lose key players to injury. On the same day left-hander Carlos Rodón was placed on the 10-day injured list