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Sights & sounds from Hall of Fame induction day

12 minutes ago

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

6 iconic players joining Hall of Fame today

@castrovince
12:00 AM EDT

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- The great victories will be felt, as will one great loss. In the vast field, there will be the tens of thousands of baseball fans braving the heat and the threat of rain. On the stage will be five men, the Class of 2019, whose realized dreams

8 matches for teams in need of bullpen boost

@SlangsOnSports
12:50 AM EDT

For any team to succeed, a reliable bullpen is pretty much a must. We’ve seen the importance of a strong bullpen, especially in recent postseasons. There have been teams that have had a bullpen perform better in the postseason than it did in the regular season, but in general, if

Baez busts out no-look tag magic in the 9th

July 20, 2019

Few players can make the act of applying a tag as exciting as Javier Báez. And few moments were as key as the one Baez found himself in on Saturday at Wrigley Field, when he made a stupendous no-look tag to erase the would-be tying run on a stolen-base attempt

Vlad Jr. launches his first career grand slam

July 20, 2019

DETROIT -- The past few weeks of Blue Jays baseball have begged for a Vlad moment. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit a modest cold patch -- one of the first of his entire pro career -- but time and again, he’s come up to the plate with runners on base and

Kiermaier (thumb) to IL, but no surgery required

@juanctoribio
10:11 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG -- Kevin Kiermaier left Saturday’s 2-1, 11-inning loss to the White Sox at Tropicana Field with a sprained left thumb after sliding head-first into first base in the eighth inning. He was placed on the 10-day injured list on Sunday, though the Rays said surgery would not be

7 teams that should go get Greinke

@AndrewSimonMLB
July 20, 2019

At 35 years old and more than halfway into the six-year contract he signed with the D-backs prior to the 2016 season, Zack Greinke remains a force. And as the July 31 Trade Deadline approaches, he should be drawing a lot of interest, if he is available. Yes, Greinke’s fastball

Who taught Doc the cutter? Only the best to do it

Cutter grip ball, once shared with late pitcher, among items in New Inductees exhibit
@castrovince
12:00 AM EDT

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Among the more than 40,000 three-dimensional artifacts in the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, one stands out as profoundly poignant on this induction weekend. It’s a baseball with two fingers and a thumb traced in blue ink over the curved red seams and white horsehide,

Rumors: Boyd, Rays, Greene, Nats

1:06 AM EDT

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

Yankees continue monitoring SP market

July 20, 2019

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

Hall of Fame FAQ: What to know about induction

@castrovince
11 minutes ago

Enshrinement awaits the six-member Class of 2019 when the National Baseball Hall of Fame holds its annual induction ceremony today. Mariano Rivera, Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina, Lee Smith, Harold Baines and the late Roy Halladay will be saluted this afternoon in Cooperstown, N.Y., with their bronze plaques unveiled before their

Red Sox rebound, romp behind JBJ's 2 HRs

12:09 AM EDT

BALTIMORE -- The Red Sox slinked back into the visitors’ clubhouse Friday after what they called their worst loss of the season -- a nine-run defeat at the hands of the last-place Orioles -- changed back into their street clothes and somberly reflected upon the manner in which they dropped

Can Jays get 'Archer-like package' for Stroman?

July 20, 2019

MLB.com is keeping track of all the latest news and trade rumors surrounding impending free agent Marcus Stroman right here.

Yankees score 11 runs ... without a homer in win

Bronx Bombers improve to 14-0-1 in their last 15 home series
July 20, 2019

NEW YORK -- It’s no secret that the Yankees’ high-powered offense has relied on the long ball. They are fifth in the Majors with 162 home runs -- their highest total through 97 games in club history -- and they have homered in all but 14 games this season, posting

Injury updates: Voit, Max, Kiermaier, Alexander

July 20, 2019

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

Take a bow! Beaty gets curtain call for clutch HR

@kengurnick
2:08 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES -- After another ridiculously clutch moment, this one pulling out a 10-6 win over the Marlins that almost got away, rookie Matt Beaty finally found a moment he wasn’t prepared for: a curtain call. But if he keeps this up, he’ll get more practice. His tiebreaking three-run home

Avisail hits Rays' AL East champs banner on HR

July 20, 2019

There have been a lot of home runs hit in the Majors this season. What's one way to make yours stand out? Well, if you're Avisail Garcia, you launch one so hard and so far that it hits the banner celebrating the Rays' 2008 AL East title team out in

Mussina, Mo to bookend HOF induction today

Former teammates will open, close in Cooperstown
@gregjohnsmlb
12:00 AM EDT

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- For Mike Mussina, the situation seems obvious. With six speeches scheduled for the National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony, what makes more sense than for him to go first and his old teammate, Mariano Rivera, to wrap things up at the end? Rivera was Mussina's closer

Moustakas' 8th-inning blast propels Brewers

Milwaukee takes half-game lead in race for 2nd Wild Card spot
@JakeDRill
12:55 AM EDT

PHOENIX -- At the 100-game mark of the Brewers’ season, manager Craig Counsell hasn’t seen his team “clicking on all cylinders” yet. But maybe they’re just now getting rolling. Mike Moustakas hit a go-ahead, three-run homer to power the Crew to an 8-3 victory over the D-backs on Saturday night

Edgar's long journey to Hall set to conclude

Mariners icon set for Cooperstown induction on Sunday
@gregjohnsmlb
July 20, 2019

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- For Edgar Martinez, this moment has been 10 years in the making. Or 36 years, really, from the time he broke into professional baseball as a shy 20-year-old at Class A Short Season in Bellingham, Wash. But the reality is finally sinking in for Martinez. He’ll finally

Rutschman homers in his professional debut

@JoeTrezz
July 20, 2019

BALTIMORE -- One game in, Adley Rutschman's pro career is already off and rolling. And in a big way. Nearly seven weeks after the Orioles made him their second No. 1 overall pick in franchise history, Rutschman homered while making his professional debut for one of the club's Gulf Coast

HOF inductee Smith's key to his success? Sleep

@ToddZolecki
July 20, 2019

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- It took Lee Smith a long time to get to Cooperstown, but he is savoring the experience now that he is here. “All the work paid off,” he said. Smith, 61, smiled and laughed easily Saturday afternoon at the Clark Sports Center, just outside of town and

Alonso sets Mets' rookie RBI record on 3-run HR

@AnthonyDiComo
July 20, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO -- Earlier this week, Mickey Callaway was speaking to Todd Frazier about his 2015 Home Run Derby experience when Frazier mentioned how much that event sapped him, physically. In the days following the Derby, Frazier went 0-for-10 before warming at the plate later in July. With that conversation

Spotlight on Baines as he enters Hall today

@gregjohnsmlb
12:59 AM EDT

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- For Harold Baines, the spotlight that comes with being inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame is definitely not his favorite part of the process. After posing for pictures with the other four living members of the 2019 class for a huge throng of photographers on