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A's torrid run has them tied atop West with Astros

Oakland starter allows 1 hit in 7 shutout innings; bats back him with season high in two-baggers
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OAKLAND -- The comeback is complete. The Oakland A's are tied for first place in the American League West. And they did it in style, with a dominant showing in all phases of the game.

An untouchable Trevor Cahill allowed only an infield hit through seven innings and the Oakland lineup battered Dallas Keuchel and the Astros' pitching staff with a season-high eight doubles as the A's seized a share of the division lead for the first time in 2018 with a 7-1 victory over Houston on Saturday at the Coliseum.

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OAKLAND -- The comeback is complete. The Oakland A's are tied for first place in the American League West. And they did it in style, with a dominant showing in all phases of the game.

An untouchable Trevor Cahill allowed only an infield hit through seven innings and the Oakland lineup battered Dallas Keuchel and the Astros' pitching staff with a season-high eight doubles as the A's seized a share of the division lead for the first time in 2018 with a 7-1 victory over Houston on Saturday at the Coliseum.

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Video: HOU@OAK: Davis plates 2 on a double to left field

"I feel like the energy that we have in the dugout and in the clubhouse, it's felt like we've been in first place for two months," catcher Josh Phegley said. "That's how I feel. Every day, we show up ready to play. We have fun, we enjoy it. We're just playing for each other and having fun playing the game of baseball."

The A's were 10 games back of the Astros on July 10 but have gone 23-8 since then to tie the defending World Series champions atop the division. Oakland is now a season-high 25 games above .500 and owns a share of the division lead outside the month of April for the first time since Aug. 25, 2014.

With first place firmly in reach of the A's after their dramatic Friday night comeback, Cahill rose to the occasion and pitched one of the finest games of his career. He allowed only a second-inning infield single to Yuli Gurriel before retiring the next 14 Astros in order.

Video: HOU@OAK: Cahill 1-hits Astros over 7 frames

"I think it was like the eighth [inning], and I saw that they only had one hit, and I was trying to think back to what it was and I couldn't remember it," Phegley said. "I really couldn't."

He struck out seven and faced only one batter over the minimum. Cahill improved to 4-0 with an 0.85 ERA in eight home starts since he rejoined the A's in April.

Cahill felt particularly good about his curveball, which induced five swinging strikes on Saturday.

"I was able to throw it for strikes early on and I wasn't trying to do too much," Cahill said. "I was able to put that extra gear on the two-strike ones for some putaway pitches."

"He dominated us," Astros manager AJ Hinch said. "He was clearly doing whatever he wanted to with the ball. He could cut it, sink it. He threw changeups. When they got the lead, he pitched pretty aggressively and we chased. He controlled the game."

• A's honor historic 2002 team before big win

The lone blemish of an otherwise spotless afternoon for the A's came on a Tony Kemp solo homer with one out in the ninth off A's reliever Yusmeiro Petit.

On the other side, Oakland's eight doubles matched the team's single-game record. Khris Davis' two-run double in the first inning off Keuchel gave the A's an early lead, and every Oakland hit after the second inning was a two-bagger, including four doubles in a three-run sixth inning that chased Keuchel.

Video: HOU@OAK: Athletics lace 3 RBI doubles in the 6th

Davis, Matt Olson, Stephen Piscotty and Phegley each knocked a pair of doubles, and Phegley drove in a season-high three runs.

Though the A's have been chasing the Astros for the last several months, there's no sense that anything will change for them now that they've, well, chased Houston down. There are still 39 games left to play, after all.

"I really don't think we're chasing anything," manager Bob Melvin said. "We're just playing. We know where we are in the standings. We're one game better than we were yesterday. I don't think there's any pause at a certain time where this team says, 'Oh, look where we are now.'"

Video: HOU@OAK: Melvin on Cahill's start, moving into 1st

SOUND SMART
The A's improved to 15-2 this season with Phegley behind the plate.

"I just think my role as a backup, I don't want it to just be [Jonathan] Lucroy's day off and I just fill in," Phegley said. "I want us to feel like I give us a good chance to win as well, and we've got a good catching tandem, and we've collectively handled the staff really well and our pitchers are doing great, so I feel like we can win every day."

Video: HOU@OAK: Phegley lines a 2-run double to left

YOU GOTTA SEE THIS
In the top of the fifth inning, Astros designated hitter Evan Gattis lifted a shallow fly ball down the right-field line that Piscotty caught on a dive that sent him sprawling into foul territory. According to Statcast™, he covered 95 feet in an opportunity time of 5.1 seconds for a three-star catch.

Video: HOU@OAK: Piscotty runs down fly ball for diving grab

MITEL REPLAY OF THE DAY
Phegley appeared to hit into a double play to end the second inning, but the A's challenged the call at first base and got it overturned, resulting in a fielder's choice. Marcus Semien popped out on the next pitch to end the inning.

Video: HOU@OAK: Phagley ruled safe at first after challenge

BLACKWOOD TO TIGERS AS PART OF FIERS DEAL
The A's announced Saturday that they sent right-handed pitcher Nolan Blackwood to the Tigers as one of two players to be named in the Aug. 6 trade that brought pitcher Mike Fiers to Oakland.

Blackwood, a 14th-round selection by the A's in the 2016 MLB Draft, was Oakland's No. 30 prospect per MLB Pipeline. The 23-year-old right-hander was 6-3 with a 4.08 ERA and nine saves in 39 relief appearances this season for Double-A Midland.

UP NEXT
The A's can clinch sole possession of first with a win on Sunday, and they'll turn to lefty Sean Manaea (11-8, 3.44 ERA) in the 1:05 p.m. PT series finale at the Coliseum against the Astros, who will counter with right-hander Justin Verlander (11-8, 2.52). Manaea is 6-2 with a 3.39 ERA since the start of June and pitched into the eighth inning against the Mariners on Monday, allowing two runs on five hits with three strikeouts.

Do-Hyoung Park is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter at @dohyoungpark.

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Special day awaits Mets, Phils in Williamsport

Former Little Leaguer Frazier: 'It's going to mean a lot to me to be there'
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WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- There are thousands of kids who funnel in and out of big league stadiums throughout the country every single day. But for one special day out of the year, the roles are temporarily reversed.

The Phillies and Mets will close out their five-game series on Sunday in Williamsport to partake in the second annual MLB Little League Classic (7:10 p.m. ET on ESPN) at BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field -- home of the Class A Short Season Williamsport Crosscutters, a Phillies affiliate -- in front of a crowd that will be predominantly Little Leaguers and their families. But before they hit the field, the Major Leaguers will spend the day with the stars of the 2018 Little League World Series.

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WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- There are thousands of kids who funnel in and out of big league stadiums throughout the country every single day. But for one special day out of the year, the roles are temporarily reversed.

The Phillies and Mets will close out their five-game series on Sunday in Williamsport to partake in the second annual MLB Little League Classic (7:10 p.m. ET on ESPN) at BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field -- home of the Class A Short Season Williamsport Crosscutters, a Phillies affiliate -- in front of a crowd that will be predominantly Little Leaguers and their families. But before they hit the field, the Major Leaguers will spend the day with the stars of the 2018 Little League World Series.

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If this year follows the precedent set in 2017, it will be a day that the players, both big and little, will never forget. Last year, players from the Pirates and Cardinals visited Howard J. Lamade and Volunteer Stadiums to watch Little Leaguers from around the world compete in the game that they all have in common.

:: Little League Classic presented by GEICO ::

After watching from the stands, intense battles in pingpong and video games broke out in the game room, while Josh Harrison got as many Little Leaguers as he could to sign his cleats to wear for that night's game. Prior to the big league game, instead of going through traditional pregame routines, Francisco Cervelli hung out with members of the Latin American team in the seats, and Tommy Pham and Carlos Martinez teamed up to buy 200 snow cones for the Little Leaguers in the stands. The Cardinals created a special bond with the team from Australia throughout the day, keeping the team's blow-up kangaroo mascot in the dugout for good luck.

From the day at the Little League complex, to many kids witnessing their first Major League game, to the bus rides with the Little Leaguers to the big leaguers sharing seats and stories in between, this was the beginning of a tradition unlike any other.

Video: Pham purchases snow cones for Little Leaguers

"One of the highlights of my career," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said last year. "I was happy to be a part of it, humbled to be a part of it."

There are similar expectations for Sunday. The day will begin when the Phillies and Mets are greeted at the airport by this year's Little Leaguers before the pros sit back and watch the Little League World Series from the stands in the early afternoon. Former USA softball gold medalist Jennie Finch is also expected be in attendance at the Little League complex, including a stop at Play Ball Park, where any fan can stop by and hone their baseball and softball skills or compete in a virtual reality home run derby competition.

Video: Morosi on athletes involved in Little League Classic

After visits to the Grove -- the area the World Series participants stay during their near two-week stint in Williamsport -- and Play Ball Park, former Little Leaguer Scott Kingery of the Phillies will be honored at Lamade Stadium before Mets Little League alumni Todd Frazier and Michael Conforto get recognized later in the afternoon.

Video: Behind the Scenes: MLB Little League Classic

"It will be fun to hang out with the kids," Conforto said. "It will be refreshing. We're getting into the middle of August, getting toward the end of the year, just a short amount of days and games. It can wear on you a little bit, so I think just having those kids around us will energize us a little bit. I just think it will be unique. It will be different than the day-in, day-out grind of the season. So I'm excited about it."

Frazier, Kingery and Conforto are three of the 54 Major Leaguers in history who once played in the Little League World Series. This will be Conforto's first trip back to Williamsport since he competed in the 2004 World Series with his team from Redmond, Wash., and Kingery's first time back since he and his twin brother made up the middle infield for his Ahwatukee All-Star team from Phoenix in '06.

Video: Morosi and Floyd preview the Little League Classic

"When I watch it, it brings back the memories of being able to play there and knowing what those kids are going through, what they're feeling," Kingery said. "It's nerve-wracking and also exciting at the same time."

Frazier took his team from Toms River, N.J., to the championship game of the Little League World Series in 1998, and he is looking forward to reliving his glory days on Sunday.

Video: Todd Frazier talks about playing in Little League WS

"It gives [the kids] something to dream for," Frazier said. "I wanted to meet as many big leaguers as I could when I was younger. The fact that they get to meet two teams, and a lot of superstars on each team, it means a lot to the kids. We're going to try to make it as special as possible for them.

"It's going to mean a lot to me to be there, to represent Little League a little bit, to show these kids, stick with your dream. You want to be a big leaguer, man? Just work your butt off to do it."

Although the afternoon will feel like a break from the everyday grind of professional baseball, the game between New York and Philadelphia in the evening is as real as any other. Former Little Leaguer Nick Pivetta will take the mound for the Phillies as the team continues to battle for the National League East division title, while Jason Vargas will get the ball for the Mets.

Each team will sport its Players' Weekend uniforms on Sunday, with Frazier using "Toddfather" as his nickname on the back, Conforto going with "Scooter" and Kingery choosing "Jetpax."

Last year, the daylong festivities ended with a handshake line on the field after the final out of Pirates and Cardinals' game was made. If this year's follows in the footsteps of last year's, the Little League Classic will once again end with a "good game."

Video: STL@PIT: Pirates, Cardinals show sportsmanship

Mandy Bell is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York.

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Cards wrest control of Wild Card spot from Crew

St. Louis has half-game lead over Brewers after 10th win in 11 games
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ST. LOUIS -- Around the time Miles Mikolas arrived at Busch Stadium to ready for his fourth season start against the Brewers on Saturday, a celebratory exit was happening back home. There, some 1,100 miles away, Mikolas' wife Lauren carried the couple's twins out of the neonatal intensive care unit and home to meet their big sister.

Overjoyed that the 33-day hospital stay for Miles Jr. and Madelyn had ended, Mikolas then pitched the Cardinals past the Brewers and into sole possession of the second National League Wild Card spot. With a 7-2 victory, St. Louis is back in postseason position for the first time since June 26 and is also a half-game behind the Phillies for the NL's top Wild Card spot.

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ST. LOUIS -- Around the time Miles Mikolas arrived at Busch Stadium to ready for his fourth season start against the Brewers on Saturday, a celebratory exit was happening back home. There, some 1,100 miles away, Mikolas' wife Lauren carried the couple's twins out of the neonatal intensive care unit and home to meet their big sister.

Overjoyed that the 33-day hospital stay for Miles Jr. and Madelyn had ended, Mikolas then pitched the Cardinals past the Brewers and into sole possession of the second National League Wild Card spot. With a 7-2 victory, St. Louis is back in postseason position for the first time since June 26 and is also a half-game behind the Phillies for the NL's top Wild Card spot.

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"I think it's good to keep those happy thoughts in your head while you're pitching," said Mikolas, who has been home just once since the twins' birth. "Sometimes you lose your focus for just a second and step off the mound and gather your thoughts to refocus. It's nice to have that my family is healthy and happy in the back of my mind. It makes me feel good."

Mikolas delivered his team-leading 17th quality start to help secure the Cardinals' seventh consecutive series win. In 30 games since Mike Shildt took over as interim manager, St. Louis has pushed past the Giants, Rockies, Dodgers and Brewers in the Wild Card standings. The Cardinals, now 14-3 in August, remain very much in the NL Central race, as well. The Cubs' lead is down to four games with six weeks to go.

"We're surging right now and we're dangerous," Mikolas said. "If you're going to get hot, this is the time to get hot."

A confluence of odd occurrences shifted momentum the Cardinals' way in the third inning. They scored three times after Yadier Molina struck out for what should have been Wade Miley's third out, but Brewers catcher Erik Kratz, who had called for a cutter, couldn't react quickly enough for the fastball that Miley delivered. It trickled to the backstop.

"That's on me," Miley said. "I have to do a better job getting the signs."

Video: MIL@STL: Molina reaches base on K to help Cards rally

Molina, who had to be tended to by a trainer earlier in the at-bat after fouling a pitch off his leg, reached on a passed ball for just the third time in his career.

"You talk about some real effort," Shildt said. "There wasn't any discouragement, any frustration. He immediately recognized the situation and was getting after it. That's big-time effort."

Tyler O'Neill followed with a bloop single that, despite a 2 percent hit probability according to Statcast™, dropped in shallow right field to plate Matt Carpenter, who scored the go-ahead run on a night when his 35-game on-base streak was snapped. (He had reached on a fielder's choice.)

Video: MIL@STL: O'Neill drops a 2-out RBI single into right

Paul DeJong then snuck a single through the Brewers' infield shift to plate two more and push the Cardinals ahead, 4-1. All three runs were unearned.

"I feel like we didn't get a lot of breaks early in the year," DeJong said. "And now I feel like we're putting pressure on guys. We're taking good at-bats. We're not striking out a lot. These are the types of things that can happen. It showed that it made a difference."

Video: MIL@STL: DeJong delivers 2-run single with bases full

It was plenty of support for Mikolas, who allowed just four baserunners after Travis Shaw tagged him for a homer to open the second inning. He became the first Cardinals pitcher in three years to reach 13 wins in the team's first 124 games.

"We count on all our starters, but Miles has been an anchor for us," Shildt said. "He's been able to separate worlds and still compete. Tough guy."

The ending was a lot less dramatic than the start, which included warnings being issued to both benches in the first inning. After Mikolas hit Lorenzo Cain in the side with an 0-1 fastball in the top of the inning, Miley threw an inside pitch to O'Neill in the bottom half of the frame that prompted a warning from home-plate umpire Cory Blaser. Brewers manager Craig Counsell was ejected after arguing Blaser's decision.

• Getting heated: Tempers flare for Cards, Crew

Video: MIL@STL: Counsell ejected after umpire warns dugouts

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Mikolas' final act: Mikolas ended his start with an emphatic fist pump after working out of trouble in the sixth. With runners in scoring position and one out, he protected a three-run lead by striking out Shaw and pinch-hitter Eric Thames. The Cardinals then rode that momentum into the bottom of the inning, where they scored twice on a triple by Harrison Bader.

"That's a big spot in the game right there," Mikolas said. "We battled hard for some of those runs, and I didn't want to let my team down."

Video: MIL@STL: Mikolas closes outing with his 7th strikeout

SOUND SMART
With Marcell Ozuna's 450-foot home run in the second inning, the Cardinals have now homered in 11 consecutive games. That's the active Major League lead and five games shy of the season high, which was set by the Phillies.

Video: MIL@STL: Ozuna launches a 450-foot homer to left

YOU GOTTA SEE THIS
Fitting for a day that the Cardinals inducted speedster Vince Coleman into their Hall of Fame, Bader showcased his fast feet once again. After reaching a sprint speed of 28.9 feet per second, according to Statcast™, while driving in two with an RBI triple, Bader made another diving catch in center. To do so, Bader covered 74 feet in 4.3 seconds, reaching a sprint speed of 29.6 feet per second.

Video: MIL@STL: Bader wheels into third with 2-run triple

"To say you expect a play to that degree is maybe unfair," Shildt said. "But he's giving us reason to expect a play like that to be made."

With a catch probability of 47 percent on the play, according to Statcast™, it ranked as Bader's eighth four-star catch of 2018. Bader is tied with Cincinnati's Billy Hamilton for the most four- and five-star plays this season. Both have 14.

"I've been making them my entire career," Bader said. "The only difference is a little more coverage on them for the public to see. Right before that at-bat, Ozuna was talking to me, another set of eyes, and I'm always listening because he has a tremendous amount of experience. He kind of had me leaning that way, so credit to him for picking that out and allowing me to go get that ball."

Video: MIL@STL: Bader covers 74 feet to make diving catch

WONG EXITS
After reaching on a single to lead off the third inning, Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong sustained an elbow contusion after he was struck by a pickoff throw from Miley. Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar moved away from the bag as Miley lifted his front foot and couldn't reach the throw. Wong exited in the fourth inning and is considered day to day.

"It just got him in a tough place, kind of a stinger," Shildt said, adding that X-rays were negative on Wong's elbow. "He had trouble gripping the ball, so clearly it was a decision to get him out today, and [we] will evaluate him for tomorrow and moving forward."

• Wong day to day with elbow contusion

Video: MIL@STL: Wong exits after being hit by throw at first

HE SAID IT
"Any catch that any center fielder can make, I think he can make it a little Bader. I told him to get a T-shirt made up that said something like that, but he's slacking on his custom T-shirt game." -- Mikolas, on Bader

UP NEXT
The Cardinals will go for their fourth three-game sweep of the season as they close out this homestand with a 1:15 p.m. CT game against the Brewers on Sunday. John Gant, who homered in a victory his last time out, will face Milwaukee right-hander Jhoulys Chacin. Gant's previous two appearances against the Brewers this season came in relief, and he allowed five runs (one earned) over four innings.

Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

St. Louis Cardinals, Miles Mikolas

deGrom lowers ERA to 1.71 in 3rd career CG

Ace fans 9, finishes gem with his 3 hardest pitches of day
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PHILADELPHIA -- Jacob deGrom stole glances at the clock, knowing if a half-hour melted into three-quarters of one, pitching coach Dave Eiland wouldn't let him continue. Outside, tens of thousands of fans were ducking for cover, as lightning and rain mingled in the Philadelphia sky. Sequestered in the visiting clubhouse, deGrom applied a heat pack to his arm, then kept it loose with a light game of catch. Every 10 minutes, Eiland checked with deGrom to make sure he still had "the look in his eyes I wanted to see."

That gaze did not soften when deGrom marched back to the Citizens Bank Park mound for the fourth inning Saturday, nor when he escaped trouble in the seventh. deGrom remained steely when Eiland asked him if he wanted to pitch the ninth and when he cranked out his three hardest fastballs of the night -- 98 mph, 99 mph, 99 mph -- to the final batter of a complete-game, 3-1 win over the Phillies.

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PHILADELPHIA -- Jacob deGrom stole glances at the clock, knowing if a half-hour melted into three-quarters of one, pitching coach Dave Eiland wouldn't let him continue. Outside, tens of thousands of fans were ducking for cover, as lightning and rain mingled in the Philadelphia sky. Sequestered in the visiting clubhouse, deGrom applied a heat pack to his arm, then kept it loose with a light game of catch. Every 10 minutes, Eiland checked with deGrom to make sure he still had "the look in his eyes I wanted to see."

That gaze did not soften when deGrom marched back to the Citizens Bank Park mound for the fourth inning Saturday, nor when he escaped trouble in the seventh. deGrom remained steely when Eiland asked him if he wanted to pitch the ninth and when he cranked out his three hardest fastballs of the night -- 98 mph, 99 mph, 99 mph -- to the final batter of a complete-game, 3-1 win over the Phillies.

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"The really good ones? The great ones like that? They smell it," Eiland said. "They smell it and they go get it."

Video: NYM@PHI: deGrom clocks his last pitch at 99.1 mph

In a season that has frequently frustrated him in spite of its excellence, deGrom was committed to finishing what he started. It would not have been outlandish to think the baseball gods were conspiring against him when, as he prepared to emerge from the dugout for the bottom of the fourth inning, the skies darkened over Southeast Pennsylvania. Next came the rain and the tarp and the groans of those who made the trip down the Jersey Turnpike, aware that the rain could spoil what, thus far, had been a banner day for the Mets' ace.

Forty-one minutes later, deGrom emerged and, after allowing a hit to Rhys Hoskins, mowed down eight Phillies in succession en route to his first complete game since last June. The win improved deGrom's personal record to 8-7, pushing him over .500 for the first time in nearly a month.

"He's unflappable," catcher Devin Mesoraco said. "Nothing seems to bother him."

Video: NYM@PHI: deGrom, McNeil star in Mets' 3-1 win

More pertinent in a Cy Young Award race that increasingly devalues the win statistic, deGrom lowered his National League-leading ERA to 1.71, racking up nine strikeouts and walking no one. A night after Max Scherzer and Aaron Nola delivered sublime outings in their bids to overtake deGrom as the NL's pace-setting pitcher, deGrom retained his ERA edge over both.

"I definitely wanted to go out there and throw the ball well," deGrom said. "But every time I take the mound, I want to put up zeros. What other guys do is out of my control."

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Much of deGrom's support, both offensively and defensively, came courtesy of Jeff McNeil. Singling and scoring off Phillies starter Jake Arrieta in the fourth inning, the Mets rookie also stole a base in the sixth, robbed Odubel Herrera of an infield hit in the fifth and tripled home a run in the seventh.

An inning later, deGrom returned to the dugout at 99 pitches, due up third in the top of the ninth. His pitching coach was there to greet him.

"I said, 'Do you want it?'" Eiland recalled of the conversation.

"Yeah, I'll finish it," deGrom replied.

"You sure you want it?" Eiland pressed. "You don't have to."

"I want to finish it," deGrom said.

Video: NYM@PHI: Flores drives in McNeil on a single to left

If a leadoff single prompted Eiland and manager Mickey Callaway to regret their decision, they exhaled when the next pitch resulted in a double play. The rain, at this point, was a distant memory, as deGrom greeted the next batter, Nick Williams, with his hardest throw of the day. He checked the scoreboard and saw 98 mph. Again, deGrom reared back, this time looking over his shoulder to see 99. One last time, deGrom delivered, hitting 99 to induce a game-ending groundout.

"At that point," deGrom said, "let it fly. Here it is. See if you can hit it."

Video: NYM@PHI: Mesoraco clubs a solo homer to left field

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Offensive insurance: Offering deGrom little support over the game's first six innings, the Mets broke out for two key insurance runs after Arrieta departed. With one out in the seventh, Mesoraco clubbed a home run to left, doubling the Mets' margin. Two batters later, Rosario singled, and McNeil followed with a triple off the base of the center-field fence.

Video: NYM@PHI: McNeil plates Rosario on triple to right

MITEL REPLAY OF THE DAY
In the bottom of the seventh inning, the Phillies mustered a pair of one-out hits off deGrom, who could not corral Amed Rosario's throw on an attempted double play. As the ball skipped past the pitcher and an unearned scored, McNeil began screaming at deGrom to retrieve it, realizing Herrera had wandered too far off first base. Eventually, deGrom did, and although Herrera was initially called safe, a manager challenge overturned the call, cutting short Philadelphia's rally.

Video: NYM@PHI: deGrom nabs Herrera at first base

SOUND SMART
Finishing the game with 204 strikeouts, deGrom eclipsed 200 for the third time in his career. The only other Mets pitchers to achieve that were Tom Seaver (nine times), Dwight Gooden (four times) and David Cone (four times).

deGrom's 1.71 ERA would be the second-lowest in franchise history over a full season, trailing only Gooden's 1.53 mark in 1985.

It would also be the sixth-lowest of any pitcher since Major League Baseball lowered the mound to its current height in 1969. Only seven qualified starters have finished with an ERA below 1.75 since that time. Five of them won the Cy Young Award that season.

Video: NYM@PHI: deGrom earns 200th K in 5th inning

YOU GOTTA SEE THIS
Working daily on his defense since coming to the Majors, McNeil demonstrated the fruits of his labors when he robbed Herrera of an infield hit in the fifth. Chasing down a ground ball up the middle, McNeil fielded it, spun and, as he lost his balance, used the last of his momentum to hit first baseman Wilmer Flores on the fly. McNeil's throw just beat Herrera, who chose to dive into first base.

"I've been working hard around the bag, being a little bit quicker," McNeil said. "It's definitely showing out there."

Video: NYM@PHI: McNeil nabs Herrera on slick sliding play

HE SAID IT
"It's the same stuff we've seen all year: his ability to go out there, get ahead, attack them with his best stuff. And when the game's on the line … he steps up and makes even better pitches." -- Callaway, on deGrom

UP NEXT
A busy Sunday awaits the Mets, who will fly from Philadelphia to Williamsport, Pa., to meet a group of Little Leaguers in the afternoon. From there, the Mets will head across town to BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field, where they will take on the Phillies in the second annual Little League Classic. Jason Vargas is scheduled to start opposite Phillies right-hander Nick Pivetta in the 7:10 p.m. ET game.

Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo, Instagram and Facebook.

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Ailing shoulder sends Sale back to DL

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BOSTON -- With the Red Sox getting ready to power through the final six weeks of what is likely to be their best regular season ever, the last thing ace Chris Sale wants to do is miss any more starts.

But a recurring bout of mild left shoulder inflammation left the Cy Young contender with no choice but to go back on the 10-day disabled list on Saturday afternoon. His DL stint is retroactive to Wednesday.

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BOSTON -- With the Red Sox getting ready to power through the final six weeks of what is likely to be their best regular season ever, the last thing ace Chris Sale wants to do is miss any more starts.

But a recurring bout of mild left shoulder inflammation left the Cy Young contender with no choice but to go back on the 10-day disabled list on Saturday afternoon. His DL stint is retroactive to Wednesday.

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Sale returns to the DL less than a week after he came off it. He missed the first two weeks of August with inflammation in his pitching shoulder, but was dominant in his return last Sunday -- holding the Orioles to one hit and striking out 12 in five scoreless frames.

 "Just a little bit more of the same [feeling in the shoulder from] the last episode we had," said Sale. "Just trying to stay on top of things and get it better."

In a corresponding roster move, Boston recalled right-hander Brandon Workman from Triple-A Pawtucket. The Red Sox have not yet named a replacement for Sale's scheduled start on Sunday against the Rays at Fenway Park but manager Alex Cora indicated it will be a bullpen-type of game, with Hector Velazquez a top candidate to be the "opener."

"I think it's a smart move," Cora said of putting Sale back on the DL. "In these situations, there's a process. Before the start, during the start and after the start. It was taking him a while after the start, and where we're at right now -- not only as an organization, but [for him] as an individual -- we have to take care of him. This guy is very important for what we're trying to accomplish, and if he needs to skip one, two, three, whatever, we're willing to do that. He'll be back. Like he said, he feels better than the last time we put him on the DL. So, he'll get his rest, he'll go through treatment, and we'll go from there."

As for Sale, one of the fiercest competitors in the game, he is just trying to stay upbeat. The Red Sox went into Saturday night's game with an 87-36 record and a 10 1/2-game lead in the American League East.

"To be honest, [this is] quite miserable for me," Sale said. "At the same time, I'm not going to sit around and pout but keep my chin up. I'm on the best team that's ever walked the planet. I've got good teammates that have my back and I appreciate that."

How concerned is Sale?

"Not very," Sale said. "I know it's kind of the same thing we had last time. A little bit less in the pain region and mobility range than last time so that's a good sign. Just keep chugging along. It's definitely less [discomfort] than it was last time. Like I said, just didn't bounce back, it wasn't really responding the way we wanted it to and, given kind of where we are, it was kind of the right call to give it some rest and stay on top of it.

"You don't want to try to play catch-up during a time like this so, like I said, obviously terrible timing, not exactly the most ideal situation."

Sale, 29, is in the midst of a Cy Young-caliber campaign -- with a 12-4 record and an American League-leading 1.97 ERA through 23 starts. He's riding a 28-inning scoreless streak, and his run of 68 consecutive innings without allowing a home run is the longest in the Majors this season.

The seven-time All-Star, now in his second season with the Red Sox, also leads the Majors in opponents' batting average (.175), opponents' OPS (.518), WHIP (0.85) and strikeouts per nine innings (13.50).

Video: BOS@BAL: Sale fans 12 over 5 frames in return from DL

In Sale's return to action last Sunday in Baltimore, there was no indication that anything was wrong with his shoulder. But when he ramped back up in the ensuing days, he felt something.

"When I started throwing again, [my shoulder] just kind of didn't respond the way we wanted it to," said Sale. "[It] didn't really bounce back the way we wanted it to. [We'll] just kind of adjust and kind of map things out and see where it takes us."

For Boston and its ace, doing well in playoffs is still the most important thing.

"Yeah, no doubt," said Sale. "We've still got a lot of season left. We don't want to overlook that. At the same time, we want to be able to kind of sprint across the finish line -- not limp into it. Like I said, [it's] bad timing, obviously. Anybody who knows me knows I'm not the biggest fan of what's going on right now, but it is what it is. You deal with it, keep your chin up, put one foot in front of the other and just keep grinding."

Without Sale, the Red Sox have a rotation of David Price, Rick Porcello, Nathan Eovaldi and Brian Johnson. Eduardo Rodriguez could be back in the near future to give the team a fifth starter until Sale gets back. Rodriguez will start a Minor League rehab assignment for Double-A Portland on Monday.

"When he comes back, he's going to be fine," Cora said of Sale. "That's how we feel. I trust our medical staff. I trust the player. And I do feel he's going to come back."

Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.

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Act of God? Nun throws amazing strike

Meet Sister Mary Jo. She doesn't mess around on the diamond.

It was Marian Catholic High School night at Guaranteed Rate Field on Saturday, and before the Royals-White Sox game began, it was her time to shine. She climbed up on the mound, ready for her ceremonial first pitch.

J.D. retakes sole possession of MLB HR lead

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BOSTON -- J.D. Martinez struck again with his power stroke for the Red Sox on Saturday night at Fenway Park, belting MLB-leading No. 38 over the home bullpen in right-center in a 5-2 victory over the Rays. The solo shot in the bottom of the third vaulted Martinez past Indians slugger Jose Ramirez for the lead.

Fenway fans will be in for a treat from Monday through Thursday, when Martinez and Ramirez play head-to-head for the first time this season.

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BOSTON -- J.D. Martinez struck again with his power stroke for the Red Sox on Saturday night at Fenway Park, belting MLB-leading No. 38 over the home bullpen in right-center in a 5-2 victory over the Rays. The solo shot in the bottom of the third vaulted Martinez past Indians slugger Jose Ramirez for the lead.

Fenway fans will be in for a treat from Monday through Thursday, when Martinez and Ramirez play head-to-head for the first time this season.

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With the Red Sox in possession of a 4-0 lead, Martinez added to it when he clocked a 96.6-mph fastball from Rays righty Tyler Glasnow a projected distance of 396 feet.

Martinez also extended his MLB lead in RBIs, to 106.

Of course, the production numbers are just part of what Martinez has meant to the Red Sox this season.

"Wow," said Red Sox lefty David Price, who got the win on Saturday. "To have 38 homers, and hitting [.333] and 100-plus RBIs, and he makes everybody better not just by being in the box, but by making the hitters before him better.

"It's pre-game, it's with his preparation, it's what he does in hitter's meetings. When he speaks, those guys listen. I really think Mookie Betts will win MVP of all of baseball and J.D. should win MVP for the Red Sox because of what he's brought to this team. It's not just the homers, the average, the RBI; he makes everybody better."

Martinez has been an absolute machine at Fenway, where he's reached base in 51 straight games, the third-longest streak ever at the venue in a single season, trailing only Ted Williams (69 games in 1941) and Joe Foy (54 games in '66).

"Yeah, a lot of people were talking about Fenway and J.D. -- like they didn't match because of the dimensions," said Red Sox manager Alex Cora. "That swing plays in any ballpark in the big leagues. I know in April he crushed a few balls to right field, but the weather didn't help out. When it's hot and humid here, the ball flies. His stroke to right center is actually perfect for this ballpark."

Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.

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It's a balk-off! Dodgers' mistake leads to M's win

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SEATTLE -- Mariners closer Edwin Diaz couldn't convert his 29th consecutive save opportunity on Saturday night, but his teammates saved the day as Dodgers reliever Dylan Floro was called for a bases-loaded walk-off balk to score Cameron Maybin for a 5-4 win in 10 innings at Safeco Field.

Mitch Haniger led off the 10th with a base hit, and Maybin followed with a fielder's choice grounder, hustling down the line to avoid the double play. Robinson Cano then beat out an infield single and Nelson Cruz walked to load the bases for Kyle Seager. Maybin flinched as Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner faked toward the bag, drawing the balk from Floro.

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SEATTLE -- Mariners closer Edwin Diaz couldn't convert his 29th consecutive save opportunity on Saturday night, but his teammates saved the day as Dodgers reliever Dylan Floro was called for a bases-loaded walk-off balk to score Cameron Maybin for a 5-4 win in 10 innings at Safeco Field.

Mitch Haniger led off the 10th with a base hit, and Maybin followed with a fielder's choice grounder, hustling down the line to avoid the double play. Robinson Cano then beat out an infield single and Nelson Cruz walked to load the bases for Kyle Seager. Maybin flinched as Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner faked toward the bag, drawing the balk from Floro.

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"I think Turner tried to deke me a little bit, so when he did his little move, I kind of jumped a little bit and it might have startled him a little," said Maybin. "However you can get 'em, you take 'em. And that was a big one."

Floro dropped his hands before backing off the rubber and then watched in dismay as the balk sent the Dodgers to another difficult defeat. Floro was tagged with a walk-off walk last week in Colorado.

"A balk-off victory. You don't see that every night at the ballpark," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "It was a crazy game, very intense. ... Good atmosphere in the ballpark. It's nice to send a lot of Dodgers fans home sad."

Video: LAD@SEA: Seager talks walk-off, offensive performance

The Mariners improved to 12-1 in extra innings, 31-16 in one-run games and have won six of their last nine overall. Seattle sits 3 1/2 games back of the A's and Astros in the American League West at 71-53 after Oakland pulled into a tie for the division lead by beating Houston on Saturday.

Diaz was 47 of 50 in save opportunities this season, but the flamethrowing 24-year-old gave up a solo homer to Max Muncy with one out in the top of the ninth. The Dodgers hit three solo shots in the final two innings to tie the game, as setup man Alex Colome saw his streak of 20 scoreless innings snapped as Turner and Cody Bellinger went deep in the eighth.

Video: LAD@SEA: Muncy ties the game with a solo home run

The Mariners have managed to come back and win the four games this year in which Diaz has blown a save opportunity and remain the only team besides Oakland to be undefeated when leading after eight innings.

"We've come back and won those games when Eddie has given up the lead. It hasn't happened very often," Servais said. "Part of that is he doesn't just fall apart, he finishes the inning and keeps it right there. You're not going to get it done every night. Muncy hits out a 98-mph fastball. It happens once in a while. But our guys put pressure on them, created opportunities and we caught a break at the end. We'll take it. That's a good club over there."

Video: Must C Crushed: Bellinger's monster home run

Seager provided the early pop for Seattle as his 20th home run of the season -- a three-run shot off Rich Hill -- staked the Mariners to a 4-1 lead in the first.

Erasmo Ramirez, making his second start since moving into Felix Hernandez's spot in the rotation, had to scramble for five innings but wound up allowing one run on three hits with four walks in a 90-pitch effort.

Ramirez (0-2, 5.49 ERA) has given up just one run in 10 innings since replacing Hernandez, who now is back in a starting role with James Paxton on the 10-day disabled list.

"I'll take it," Servais said. "To hold that club to one run through five innings, certainly the pitch count was high. But he threw the ball well in Houston and kept a very good club down tonight. Hopefully we can keep him rolling. We're going to need it. Our starting pitching is a little banged up."

Video: LAD@SEA: Ramirez K's Grandal looking in the 3rd

YOU GOTTA SEE THIS
Maybin's diving catch to rob Manny Machado helped Ramirez escape a bases-loaded jam in the second inning and rated as a four-star catch by Statcast™, with just a 38-percent catch probability as he covered 48 feet in 3.4 seconds. Ramirez got in hot water by giving up a pair of singles and hitting Turner to load the bases, but Maybin's play preserved a 4-1 lead.

"Like I always say, you have to play both sides of the ball," Maybin said. "I've had a chance to get comfortable at every outfield position and I take a lot of pride in my defense. Whenever you can save runs against a really good ballclub like that, it's big. Whatever I can do to help the team, bringing energy, playing good defense, getting back to swinging the bat well, that's my job."

Video: LAD@SEA: Maybin dives to make the catch in left

SOUND SMART
With his first-inning homer, Seager became the sixth player with 1,100 hits for the Mariners. He joins a prestigious list: Ichiro Suzuki (2,542), Edgar Martinez (2,247), Ken Griffey Jr. (1,843), Jay Buhner (1,255) and Alvin Davis (1,163). Ichiro isn't eligible yet, but the other five are all in the Mariners Hall of Fame. Seager also became the 11th third baseman in MLB history with 20 homers in seven straight seasons.

Video: LAD@SEA: Seager hammers his 20th home run of the year

HE SAID IT
"The fans can't hear it in our dugout, but Nelson Cruz has a thing, he's been doing as long as I've known Nelson. He screams "Balk!' every opportunity he can. Tonight, he finally got one. He got it right. That's Nelly's thing. He'll scream it, yell it when he's on the bases, in the dugout, even in the batter's box. Anytime a pitcher does anything that looks a little different, he starts screaming, 'Balk.' He said he called it tonight." -- Servais

Video: LAD@SEA: Servais discusses Seattle's walk-off win

"Something weird was happening out there. I didn't necessarily know what was going on, but I heard Nelly scream, 'Balk!' and there was a party after. So it was good." -- Seager, who was at the plate when the winning run scored

MITEL REPLAY OF THE DAY
The Dodgers successfully challenged a safe call on a stolen-base attempt in the third inning by Seager, who had drawn a two-out walk. After a quick review, the call was overturned, taking the Mariners out of the inning and erasing what would have been Seager's third stolen base of the season.

Video: LAD@SEA: Grandal nabs Seager after call overturned

UP NEXT
Roenis Elias (2-0, 2.88 ERA) will come off the 10-day DL and start against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw (5-5, 2.47) in Sunday's 1:10 p.m. PT series finale. Elias had three rehab outings with Triple-A Tacoma after going on the DL with a left triceps strain, allowing no runs or hits over 2 2/3 innings with three walks and four strikeouts. Because his innings have been limited, the Mariners will likely go to their bullpen early. But Elias is a former starter who is 17-21 with a 4.10 ERA in 68 big league outings, including 51 starts.

Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB.

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Former Rockies star making case for MLB return

Rockies could use right-handed bat, but no decision is imminent
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ATLANTA -- The tweet from Triple-A Albuquerque of Matt Holliday sending a home run into orbit sparked dreams for Rockies fans.

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ATLANTA -- The tweet from Triple-A Albuquerque of Matt Holliday sending a home run into orbit sparked dreams for Rockies fans.

Tweet from @ABQTopes: As promised, here is video of Matt Holliday's home run from tonight.No report on if the ball has landed quite yet. pic.twitter.com/a43V0DTgSY

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Holliday, 38, the once and possibly future Rockies power hitter, waited most of this season until signing a Minor League contract with the Rockies on July 29, with an eye toward joining the team when rosters expand on Sept. 1.

In this case, Minor League stats are meaningless in comparison to the consistency of the at-bats, and the player's health, stamina for a game and bounce-back ability. If you're into numbers, he went into Saturday hitting .370 (17-for-46) and slugging .652 over 13 games, with home runs in three of his previous eight games.

"He's checking off some boxes," Rockies manager Bud Black said. "The thing that we're happy about is the physical side. Mentally, Matt's been a longtime player. You get back up to speed real quick. That didn't take long, I'm sure. But the confidence that when he faces all sorts of pitching -- there's a difference between big league pitching and Minor League pitching, but he's been able to face a lot of different styles of pitching in Triple-A -- will continue to get him closer to coming to us."

Black said reports also say he's "moving around well" at first base and in the outfield.

It all leads to an interesting thought: Should Holliday be a candidate for a callup soon, like, say, during a six-game homestand against the Padres and the Cardinals (his team from 2009-16)?

The team is in a race for the postseason and has an outfield full of left-handed hitters. First baseman Ian Desmond, who has experience in the outfield, is the only right-handed option. No decision is imminent, and the Rockies would have to consider a major roster factor.

On Saturday, the Rockies optioned infielder Pat Valaika to Albuquerque to make room for scheduled starter Antonio Senzatela. That left Garrett Hampson as the only logical option to play shortstop should Trevor Story need a day off for rest or because of a nagging injury, or have to leave a game.

The next option at short would be catcher Tony Wolters, but that would leave Chris Iannetta as the only catcher. There are few situations that are scarier for a manager than not having a backup catcher.

There is a workaround, however.

Desmond began his career at short. He played 5 1/3 innings at the position for one game last year. And Holliday played eight games at first base last season.

Story has appeared in all but one of the team's 122 games, and started all but two.

The project continues
Last year, Valaika hit .258 overall and .328 as a pinch-hitter (19-for-58). This year, he's at .150 overall and .190 (4-for-21) as a pinch-hitter. So as has been the case at several points this year, the Rockies hope regular time at Albuquerque has his bat ready for when he is needed in the Majors.

"We wanted him playing as the Minor League season concludes," Black said. "As September comes, another right-handed bat off the bench -- we need it. Last year, he proved very capable of that. This year has been a little bit different, but we still think he's capable.

"With Hampson, he's had a lot of at-bats in Triple-A. He provides a lot of versatility, infield and outfield, plus speed. He was swinging the bat well in Triple-A."

Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter and like his Facebook page.

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Here are the nicknames for every team's players

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For the second consecutive year, Major Leaguers will put their personalities and passions on the field when Players' Weekend takes center stage during all games from Friday, Aug. 24, through Sunday, Aug. 26.

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Best Players' Weekend nicknames from every team

Here are the nicknames big leaguers will wear on their backs while sporting colorful, non-traditional uniforms featuring alternate designs inspired by youth-league uniforms:

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Angels
Jose Alvarez: "KÍKE"
Justin Anderson: "ANDO"
Francisco Arcia: "FRANKIE"
Jaime Barria: "EL PANA"
Cam Bedrosian: "BEDROCK"
Jose Briceno: "ORE"
Kole Calhoun: "KOLEMAN"
Kaleb Cowart: "PAL"
Zack Cozart: "L.A. COZ"
Jose Fernandez: "JOTAVE"
David Fletcher: "FLETCH"
Andrew Heaney: "HEANDOG"
Jake Jewell: "BOB:
Jim Johnson: "J.J."
Jefry Marte: "EL BLEY"
Alex Meyer: "BUBBA"
Keynan Middleton: "MAJOR KEY"
Shohei Ohtani: "SHOWTIME"
Blake Parker: "B-EASY"
Felix Pena: "LA BEFLA"
Albert Pujols: "THE MACHINE"
JC Ramirez: "J.C. TIME"
Noe Ramirez: "OTTO"
Garrett Richards: "G-RICH"
Rene Rivera: "MONCHO"
Hansel Robles: "EL PEÑACO"
Matt Shoemaker: "SHOE"
Andrelton Simmons: "SIMÓN"
Tyler Skaggs: "SWAGGY"
Nick Tropeano: "NITRO"
Mike Trout: "KIIIIID"
Justin Upton: "J - UP"
Blake Wood: "BLOCK-A"
Chris Young: "C Y"
Eric Young Jr.: "EYJ"
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Astros
Jose Altuve: "TUVE"
Alex Bregman: "A-BREG"
Gerrit Cole: "COLE TRAIN"
Carlos Correa: "I AM GROOT"
J.D. Davis: "JD"
Chris Devenski: "THE DRAGON"
Derek Fisher: "FISHER"
Evan Gattis: "BULL"
Marwin Gonzalez: "MARGO"
Yuli Gurriel: "LA PIÑA"
Jandel Gustave: "GUSTAVE"
Will Harris: "BILL"
Tony Kemp: "KEMPY"
Dallas Keuchel: "DAVID BURD"
Jake Marisnick: "BIG FUDGE"
Lance McCullers Jr.: "PERDOMO"
Collin McHugh: "Mu Q"
Martin Maldonado: "VALDEZ"
Brian McCann: "UNO SEIS"
Charlie Morton: "GROUND CHUCK"
Roberto Osuna: "OSUNA"
Brad Peacock: "P"
Ryan Pressly: "PRESSLY"
Josh Reddick: "RED DAWG"
Hector Rondon: "RONDY"
Tony Sipp: "SIPP"
Joe Smith: "SMITTY"
George Springer: "SPRINGER"
Max Stassi: "STASSINELLI"
Justin Verlander: "J V"
Tyler White: "WHITEY"
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Athletics
Brett Anderson: "NOON"
Paul Blackburn: "BLACKIE"
Ryan Buchter: "5 DEUCE"
Trevor Cahill: "T.C."
Mark Canha: "TOM ACE"
Matt Chapman: "CHAPPY"
Jharel Cotton: "SQUEAKY"
Khris Davis: "KD"
Jeurys Familia: "LA FAMA"
Mike Fiers: "KAI"
Daniel Gossett: "GOOSE"
Chris Hatcher: "HATCH"
Edwin Jackson: "SCOOP"
Matt Joyce: "SWEET SWINGIN'"
Shawn Kelley: "KELLEYTIME"
Ramon Laureano: "LAUREANO"
Jed Lowrie: "JEDI"
Jonathan Lucroy: "LUC"
Sean Manaea: "MANAEALATOR"
Nick Martini: "TINI"
Matt Olson: "OLY"
Emilio Pagan: "EMILIOOOOO"
Yusmeiro Petit: "YUS"
Josh Phegley: "PTBNL"
Chad Pinder: "CHI"
Stephen Piscotty: "MOMO"
Marcus Semien: "SAUCE"
Jake Smolinski: "SMO $"
Blake Treinen: "TRAIN"
Andrew Triggs: "TRIGGONOMETRY"
Lou Trivino: "SWEET LOU"
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Blue Jays
Danny Barnes: "BARNZY"
Joe Biagini: "JOE THE GREAT"
Ryan Borucki: "BORUCKI"
Tyler Clippard: "CLIP"
Aledmys Diaz: "PAPITO"
Josh Donaldson: "BRINGER OF RAIN"
Brandon Drury: "DRU"
Marco Estrada: "ESTRATOSPHERE"
Jaime Garcia: "JAIMITO"
Sam Gaviglio: "GAVIGLIO"
Ken Giles: "100 MILES GILES"
Lourdes Gurriel Jr.: "YUNITO"
Curtis Granderson: "GRANDYMAN"
Randal Grichuk: "GRICH"
Teoscar Hernandez: "OCA"
Luke Maile: "LUKEY BARRELS"
Russell Martin: "LE MUSCLE"
Kendrys Morales: "MONINA"
Jake Petricka: "PETEY"
Kevin Pillar: "KP"
Aaron Sanchez: "SANCHIZE"
Luis Santos: "EL NITO"
Justin Smoak: "MOAKEY"
Yangervis Solarte: "TUTU"
Marcus Stroman: "HDMH"
Ryan Tepera: "TEP"
Devon Travis: "D-TRAV"
Troy Tulowitzki: "TULO"
Richard Urena: "RICHI"
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Braves
Ronald Acuna Jr.: "SABANERO SOY"
Ozzie Albies: "PUCHI"
Jesse Biddle: "JB"
Brad Brach: "B-RAD"
Johan Camargo: "JC"
Shane Carle: "SHUGGA"
Rhiner Cruz: "CRUEZY"
Charlie Culberson: "CULBY"
Adam Duvall: "DUVY"
Ryan Flaherty: "FLASH"
Tyler Flowers: "MMBB"
Mike Foltynewicz: "FOLTY"
Freddie Freeman: "ANDREW"
Sam Freeman: "FREEZY"
Max Fried: "MAXIMUS"
Kevin Gausman: "GAUSY"
Ender Inciarte: "GAME ENDER"
Luke Jackson: "SKYWALKER"
Nick Markakis: "TTT"
Brandon McCarthy: "MAC"
A.J. Minter: "MINT"
Sean Newcomb: "NEWK"
Wes Parsons: "PARSONS"
Jose Ramirez: "RAMIREZ"
Anibal Sanchez: "ALEJO"
Mike Soroka: "ROCK"
Kurt Suzuki: "ZUK"
Dansby Swanson: "DANS"
Julio Teheran: "EL CABALLO DE OLAYA"
Jonny Venters: "JV"
Arodys Vizcaino: "ARODYS"
Dan Winkler: "WINK"
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Brewers
Jesus Aguilar: "EL CAUSA"
Matt Albers: "ALBIE"
Chase Anderson: "TEXAS"
Orlando Arcia: "EL NIÑO"
Jacob Barnes: "KING COBRA"
Ryan Braun: "OCHO"
Corbin Burnes: "BURNESY"
Lorenzo Cain: "LO CAIN"
Jhoulys Chacin: "LA MAKINA"
Zach Davies: "COUNS"
Nick Franklin: "NICKY"
Junior Guerra: "CABEZON"
Josh Hader: "STRICKEN"
Jeremy Jeffress: "JOTA JOTA"
Dan Jennings: "DJ"
Corey Knebel: "BIRD DOG"
Erik Kratz: "KRATZY"
Jordan Lyles: "JORDY"
Wade Miley: "MILES"
Mike Moustakas: "MOOSE"
Jimmy Nelson: "BIG SWEAT"
Freddy Peralta: "KACIKI"
Hernan Perez: "PEPPER"
Manny Pina: "PINEAPPLE"
Jonathan Schoop: "MAMBA"
Travis Shaw: "MAYOR-DDC"
Joakim Soria: "JUNIOR"
Brent Suter: "THE RAPTOR"
Eric Thames: "MR. TEE"
Stephen Vogt: "I BELIEVE"
Taylor Williams: "T. WILLY"
Christian Yelich: "YELI"
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Cardinals
Harrison Bader: "TOTS"
Matt Carpenter: "CARP"
Brett Cecil: "SQUINTS"
Paul DeJong: "PAULY"
Jack Flaherty: "FLARE"
Dexter Fowler: "DEX"
John Gant: "GANT"
Adolis Garcia: "EL BOMBI"
Greg Garcia: "GG"
Austin Gomber: "BIG G"
Luke Gregerson: "DUKE"
Jedd Gyorko: "JERK-OH"
Jordan Hicks: "HICKS"
Dakota Hudson: "DAK"
Dominic Leone: "DOMINATOR"
Carlos Martinez: "TSUNAMI"
Jose Martinez: "CAFÉ"
Mike Mayers: "MAYERS"
Miles Mikolas: "MIK"
Yadier Molina: "YADI"
Yairo Munoz: "PALITO"
Bud Norris: "BUDMAN"
Tyler O'Neill: "O'NEILL"
Marcell Ozuna: "THE BIG BEAR"
Francisco Pena: "PEÑITA"
Daniel Poncedeleon: "PONCEDELEON"
Alex Reyes: "A.REY"
Tyson Ross: "FREEWAY"
Chasen Shreve: "SHA-REEF"
Michael Wacha: "WACHAMOLE"
Adam Wainwright: "WAINO"
Luke Weaver: "DREAM"
Tyler Webb: "WEBBY"
Kolten Wong: "THE PEBBLE"
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Cubs
Albert Almora Jr.: "TICO"
Anthony Bass: "FISH"
Javier Baez: "EL MAGO"
David Bote: "BOAT"
Kris Bryant: "KB"
Victor Caratini: "VIC"
Tyler Chatwood: "CHATTY"
Jesse Chavez: "DADO"
Steve Cishek: "SPEEDPASS"
Willson Contreras: "WILLY THE BEAST"
Yu Darvish: "YU-SAN"
Brian Duensing: "DEUCE"
Carl Edwards Jr.: "STRINGBEAN SLINGER"
Cole Hamels: "HOLLYWOOD"
Justin Hancock: "HERBIE"
Ian Happ: "HAPPER"
Kyle Hendricks: "HENDO"
Jason Heyward: "J-HEY"
Brandon Kintzler: "SALT"
Tommy La Stella: "LA STELLA"
Jon Lester: "LEFTHANDER"
Brandon Morrow: "B MO"
Mike Montgomery: "MONTY"
Jose Quintana: "LELO"
Anthony Rizzo: "TONY"
Randy Rosario: "PELO FINO"
Addison Russell: "ADDY"
Kyle Schwarber: "SCHWARBS"
Drew Smyly: "SMILES"
Pedro Strop: "STROPY"
Justin Wilson: "J WILLY"
Ben Zobrist: "ZORILLA"
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D-backs
Nick Ahmed: "SLICK NICK"
Matt Andriese: "DREEZY"
Alex Avila: "PARKMAN"
Brad Boxberger: "🎁🍔"
Archie Bradley: "HOLLYWOOD"
Clay Buchholz: "BUCK"
Andrew Chafin: "THE SHERIFF"
Patrick Corbin: "CORBY"
Daniel Descalso: "SCALS"
Jake Diekman: "GUT IT OUT"
Jarrod Dyson: "ZOOMBIYA"
Eduardo Escobar: "EL DE LA PICA"
Zack Godley: "BULL"
Paul Goldschmidt: "GOLDY"
Zack Greinke: "GREINKE"
Robby Hammock: "HAMMER"
Yoshihisa Hirano: "YOSHI SAN"
Jon Jay: "305 J"
Jake Lamb: "LAMBO"
Ketel Marte: "PIKE"
Jeff Mathis: "MATTY"
T.J. McFarland: "RETURN OF THE MAC"
Shelby Miller: "MILLZY"
John Ryan Murphy: "CHOIR BOY"
David Peralta: "FREIGHT TRAIN"
A.J. Pollock: "POLLO"
Robbie Ray: "BOB"
Steven Souza Jr.: "SOUZ"
Taijuan Walker: "TAI WEEZY"
Brad Ziegler: "UNICORN"
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Dodgers
Scott Alexander: "SCOTTIE BOY"
John Axford: "AX MAN"
Pedro Baez: "LA MULA"
Austin Barnes: "SAM"
Cody Bellinger: "BELLI"
Walker Buehler: "FERRIS"
JT Chargois: "SHAG"
Tony Cingrani: "GRANI"
Brian Dozier: "BULL"
Josh Fields: "FIELDS"
Dylan Floro: "F LORO"
Erik Goeddel: "GOODY"
Yasmani Grandal: "YAZMANIAN DEVIL"
Enrique Hernandez: "KIKÉ"
Rich Hill: "D. MOUNTAIN"
Daniel Hudson: "HUDDY"
Kenley Jansen: "KENLEYFORNIA"
Matt Kemp: "MATT"
Clayton Kershaw: "KERSH"
Tom Koehler: "TK"
Manny Machado: "EL MINISTRO"
Kenta Maeda: "MAEKEN"
Max Muncy: "MUNCE"
Joc Pederson: "KING"
Yasiel Puig: "WILD HORSE"
Hyun-Jin Ryu: "MONSTER"
Zac Rosscup: "CUP"
Dennis Santana: "ANFERNEE"
Corey Seager: "SEAGS"
Ross Stripling: "CHICKEN STRIP"
Chris Taylor: "CT3"
Justin Turner: "REDTURN2"
Julio Urias: "EL CULICHI"
Chase Utley: "SILVER FOX"
Pat Venditte: "P-VITTY"
Alex Wood: "AWOOD"
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Giants
Brandon Belt: "BOB"
Ty Blach: "THE PREACHER"
Ray Black: "BLACKOUT"
Madison Bumgarner: "MAD-BUM"
Brandon Crawford: "DJ BC RAW"
Johnny Cueto: "EL JUCHO"
Chase d'Arnaud: "CHEETAH"
Sam Dyson: "PSSST"
Steven Duggar: "DUGG"
Julian Fernandez: "BILLETE"
Alen Hanson: "EL CHAMAQUITO"
Gorkys Hernandez: "CAZADOR"
Derek Holland: "LAST NAME"
Nick Hundley: "HUNDO"
Pierce Johnson: "P.J."
Derek Law: "D-LAW"
Evan Longoria: "LONGO"
Andrew McCutchen: "ZOOM"
Mark Melancon: "MEL"
Reyes Moronta: "EL TIBU"
Joe Panik: "J.P."
Hunter Pence: "UNDERPANTS"
Buster Posey: "BUSTER"
Dereck Rodriguez: "D-ROD"
Jeff Samardzija: "SHARK"
Pablo Sandoval: "PANDA"
Will Smith: "SMITTY"
Austin Slater: "MAYOR"
Hunter Strickland: "STRICK"
Andrew Suarez: "ANDY"
Tony Watson: "TONE RANGER"
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Indians
Cody Allen: "CHICKEN"
Yonder Alonso: "MR. 305"
Cody Anderson: "BIG RIG"
Trevor Bauer: "BAUER OUTAGE"
Shane Bieber: "NOT JUSTIN"
Michael Brantley: "JUNIOR"
Melky Cabrera: "MELK MAN"
Carlos Carrasco: "COOKIE"
Lonnie Chisenhall: "BIGLON"
Adam Cimber: "CIM"
Mike Clevinger: "SUNSHINE"
Rajai Davis: "RAJ"
Edwin Encarnacion: "RIVERA"
Yan Gomes: "GOMER"
Erik Gonzalez: "LA PARITA"
Nick Goody: "GOODS"
Brandon Guyer: "LA PIÑATA"
Brad Hand: "BROTEIN SHAKE"
Jason Kipnis: "DIRTBAG"
Corey Kluber: "KLUBER"
Francisco Lindor: "MR. SMILE"
Leonys Martin: "THE ASERE"
Andrew Miller: "MILLER TIME"
Tyler Naquin: "BILLY"
Dan Otero: "OT"
Oliver Perez: "OLLIE"
Jose Ramirez: "ENRIQUITO"
Roberto Perez: "BEBO"
Neil Ramirez: "RAMMER"
Danny Salazar: "SALLY"
Josh Tomlin: "SCRUBS"
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Mariners
Dan Altavilla: "BUZZY"
Chasen Bradford: "BLACK BEAR"
Robinson Cano: "NOLO"
Alex Colome: "THE HORSE"
Nelson Cruz: "BOOMSTICK"
Edwin Diaz: "SUGAR"
Zach Duke: "DUKIE"
Roenis Elias: "CUBICHE"
Marco Gonzales: "GONZO"
Dee Gordon: "VARIS"
Mitch Haniger: "MEETCH"
Ryon Healy: "BUBBA"
Felix Hernandez: "KING FELIX"
Chris Herrmann: "WORM"
Mike Leake: "SPIKE"
Wade LeBlanc: "FRENCHY"
Cameron Maybin: "SLIM"
Juan Nicasio: "ARENOSO"
James Paxton: "BIG MAPLE"
James Pazos: "PAPA PAZ"
Erasmo Ramirez: "MITO"
Andrew Romine: "ROMI"
Kyle Seager: "SEAGER"
Jean Segura: "EL MAMBO"
Denard Span: "D-SPAN"
Sam Tuivailala: "TUI"
Nick Vincent: "HUBBA HUBBA"
Adam Warren: "THE WARDEN"
Mike Zunino: "Z"
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Marlins
Brian Anderson: "ANDY"
Kyle Barraclough: "BEAR"
Lewis Brinson: "SWEET LEW"
Starlin Castro: "ALL STARLIN"
Wei-Yin Chen: "WEIGH-IN"
Adam Conley: "ACON"
Garrett Cooper: "COOPALOOP"
Derek Dietrich: "DIETZ"
Isaac Galloway: "GALLO"
Jarlin Garcia: "JARLIN THE MARLIN"
Brett Graves: "BUMP"
Javy Guerra: "JAVY"
Tayron Guerrero: "EL DE BOCACHICA"
Elieser Hernandez: "LILO"
Bryan Holaday: "HOLLY"
Pablo Lopez: "PACHÉ"
Chris O'Grady: "GRIZZ"
Martin Prado: "PRATT"
J.T. Realmuto: "REAL"
Trevor Richards: "RICHIE"
JT Riddle: "T"
Yadiel Rivera: "TIZNAO"
Miguel Rojas: "MIGGY RO"
Drew Rucinski: "RUSINSKI"
Magneuris Sierra: "MIYAGUI"
Caleb Smith: "SMITTY"
Drew Steckenrider: "STECKASAURUS"
Dan Straily: "THUNDER"
Jose Urena: "EL NUEVE"
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Mets
Tyler Bashlor: "BASH"
Jose Bautista: "JOEYBATS"
Jerry Blevins: "JER-RY JER-RY JER-RY"
Jay Bruce: "BRUUUCE"
Yoenis Cespedes: "LA POTENCIA"
Michael Conforto: "SCOOTER"
Travis d'Arnaud: "LIL d"
Jacob deGrom: "deGROM"
Phillip Evans: "BARREL"
Wilmer Flores: "CATIRE"
Todd Frazier: "TODDFATHER"
Robert Gsellman: "G-MAN"
Luis Guillorme: "LUISMI"
Austin Jackson: "A-JAX"
Juan Lagares: "ANGELO"
Seth Lugo: "QUARTERRICAN"
Steven Matz: "MATZY"
Jeff McNeil: "JT"
Devin Mesoraco: "ROCKO"
Rafael Montero: "MONTERO"
Brandon Nimmo: "NIMMS"
Corey Oswalt: "OZ"
Kevin Plawecki: "PLAW DAWG"
AJ Ramos: "JUNIOR"
Jose Reyes: "LA MELAZA"
Jacob Rhame: "RHAMROD"
T.J. Rivera: "T-BUTTA"
Amed Rosario: "EL NIÑO"
Paul Sewald: "PAULIE"
Dominic Smith: "BIG D"
Drew Smith: "SMITTY"
Anthony Swarzak: "T-SWEEZY"
Noah Syndergaard: "THOR"
Jason Vargas: "VARGY"
Bobby Wahl: "PEANUT"
Zack Wheeler: "WHEELS"
David Wright: "D-DUB"
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Nationals
Matt Adams: "BIG CITY"
Joaquin Benoit: "JACK"
Wilmer Difo: "EL DE"
Sean Doolittle: "DOC"
Adam Eaton: "SPANKY"
Erick Fedde: "FEDDECCINI"
Koda Glover: "BEAR"
Gio Gonzalez: "DOUBLE G"
Matt Grace: "GRACEY"
Bryce Harper: "MONDO"
Jeremy Hellickson: "HELLY"
Kelvin Herrera: "K 40"
Greg Holland: "HOLLY"
Howie Kendrick: "TRUCK"
Spencer Kieboom: "BOOMER"
Ryan Madson: "BLEST"
Justin Miller: "J. MILLZ"
Tommy Milone: "TOMASO"
Daniel Murphy: "MURPH"
Anthony Rendon: "ANT"
Mark Reynolds: "SHERIFF"
Tanner Roark: "T-RO"
Joe Ross: "JR"
Max Scherzer: "BLUE EYE"
Jhonatan Solano: "TATAN"
Sammy Solis: "BIG ANGUS"
Juan Soto: "JUANJO"
Wander Suero: "THE ANIMAL"
Stephen Strasburg: "STRAS"
Michael A. Taylor: "MIGGY"
Trea Turner: "TRIPLE TREA"
Matt Wieters: "MAUI"
Ryan Zimmerman: "ZIM"
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Orioles
Pedro Araujo: "EL MONTRO"
Tim Beckham: "SWAGGY"
Richard Bleier: "DICKIE B."
Dylan Bundy: "DILLY"
Cody Carroll: "CC"
Andrew Cashner: "CASH"
Miguel Castro: "VILLA HERMOSA"
Alex Cobb: "COBB"
Chris Davis: "CRUSH"
Paul Fry: "PAPA FRITA"
Craig Gentry: "GENT"
Mychal Givens: "TONY"
Donnie Hart: "D. HART"
David Hess: "HESSER"
Adam Jones: "LA GENTE"
Caleb Joseph: "CALE"
Trey Mancini: "BOOMER"
Jhan Marinez: "LA ELECTRICIDAD"
Renato Nunez: "TATO"
Jace Peterson: "PETEY"
Evan Phillips: "PHILLY"
Yefry Ramirez: "EL VARÓN"
Joey Rickard: "J-RICK"
Tanner Scott: "SCOTTIE"
Mark Trumbo: "TRUM"
Danny Valencia: "SLUGGER"
Jonathan Villar: "VILLI"
Steve Wilkerson: "BREEZE"
Mike Wright Jr.: "BIRD"
Austin Wynns "WINNIE"
Gabriel Ynoa: "EL TIGUERE"
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Padres
Carlos Asuaje: "CARL"
Colten Brewer: "BREWSKI"
Jose Castillo: "BIG DUDE"
Franchy Cordero: "CORDY"
Alex Dickerson: "DICKERSON"
A.J. Ellis: "DAD"
Robbie Erlin: "BOB"
Freddy Galvis: "TOCO"
Austin Hedges: "HEDGEY"
Eric Hosmer: "PAPO"
Phil Hughes: "PEEJ"
Travis Jankowski: "FRED"
Brett Kennedy: "KENNEDY"
Dinelson Lamet: "EL FLACO"
Eric Lauer: "GOMER"
Walker Lockett: "LOCKETT"
Joey Lucchesi: "JOEY FUEGO"
Manuel Margot: "YOANDRY"
Phil Maton: "SPIN RATE"
Wil Myers: "WIL"
Bryan Mitchell: "MITCH"
Luis Perdomo: "EL CHAMAQUITO"
Jose Pirela: "AGUILA NEGRA"
Hunter Renfroe: "FROE"
Franmil Reyes: "LA MOLE"
Clayton Richard: "CLAY CLAY"
Cory Spangenberg: "SPANGY"
Craig Stammen: "TRIG"
Robert Stock: "CRETCH"
Matt Strahm: "STRAHMY"
Christian Villanueva: "VILLA"
Trey Wingenter: "WINGENTER"
Kirby Yates: "KIRBS"
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Phillies
Jorge Alfaro: "EL OSO"
Victor Arano: "EL WEY"
Jake Arrieta: "SNAKE"
Justin Bour: "JB"
Asdrubal Cabrera: "CHIQUITÍN"
J.P. Crawford: "CRAW"
Austin Davis: "BIG FUDGE"
Enyel De Los Santos: "DE LOS SANTOS"
Seranthony Dominguez: "SIR ANTHONY"
Jerad Eickhoff: "EICK"
Zach Eflin: "EF"
Pedro Florimon: "DON RAMÓN"
Maikel Franco: "COMPA F"
Luis Garcia: "COMPA G"
Cesar Hernandez: "CESITA"
Odubel Herrera: "TORITO"
Rhys Hoskins: "BIG FELLA"
Tommy Hunter: "BIGGER FELLA"
Scott Kingery: "JETPAX"
Andrew Knapp: "KNAPP TIME"
Aaron Loup: "WOLF"
Adam Morgan: "A-MO"
Pat Neshek: "NESHEK"
Aaron Nola: "NOLS"
Roman Quinn: "ROME"
Nick Pivetta: "PIVETTA"
Wilson Ramos: "BUFFALO"
Carlos Santana: "SLAMTANA"
Vince Velasquez: "VICENTE"
Nick Williams: "NICKY DUBS"
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Pirates
Chris Archer: "FLACO FUERTE"
Josh Bell: "JB"
Francisco Cervelli: "CISCO"
Kyle Crick: "CRICKY"
Elias Diaz: "EL MARACUCHO"
Corey Dickerson: "C-DIZZLE"
Adam Frazier: "FRAZ"
David Freese: "DAVEHUMAN"
Josh Harrison: "J HAY"
Adeiny Hechavarria: "LA PANTERA UUFF"
Keone Kela: "KEY"
Chad Kuhl: "CHET"
Jordan Luplow: "LUPLOW"
Starling Marte: "TATO"
Jordy Mercer: "THE ROOK"
Colin Moran: "REDBEARD"
Joe Musgrove: "MOOSE"
Dovydas Neverauskas: "LITHUANIAN"
Ivan Nova: "SUPER NOVA"
Gregory Polanco: "EL COFFEE"
Richard Rodriguez: "PERRO FLACO"
Sean Rodriguez: "CHICH"
Casey Sadler: "SADS"
Edgar Santana: "BICEPS"
A.J. Schugel: "SCHUG"
Jameson Taillon: "JAMO"
Felipe Vazquez: "NIGHTMARE"
Trevor Williams: "PROJECT"
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Rangers
Elvis Andrus: "MERULO JR"
Tony Barnette: "BARNITEZ"
Adrian Beltre: "EL KOJA"
Matt Bush: "MATTY ICE"
Eddie Butler: "SPAGHETTI"
Willie Calhoun: "JUNE"
Robinson Chirinos: "PELO BUCHE"
Shin-Soo Choo: "추신수"
Alex Claudio: "AC"
Bartolo Colon: "MORALES"
Delino DeShields: "LIL BOP"
Doug Fister: "FIST"
Yovani Gallardo: "YO"
Joey Gallo: "PICO DE GALLO"
Cory Gearrin: "CEEGEE"
Ronald Guzman: "CEPEDA"
Ronald Herrera: "HERRERA"
Drew Hutchison: "HUTCH"
Isiah Kiner-Falefa: "IZZY"
Ariel Jurado: "BARTOLITO"
Jose Leclerc: "PICO"
Chris Martin: "C-MART"
Nomar Mazara: "BIG CHILL"
Mike Minor: "SPYKEZYLLA"
Matt Moore: "MATT MAN"
Rougned Odor: "EL TIPO"
Martin Perez: "EL DE LAS MATAS"
Jurickson Profar: "EL PATRON"
Ryan Rua: "RYNO"
Drew Robinson: "PETEY"
Carlos Tocci: "EL MUSIU"
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Rays
Willy Adames: "THE KID"
Jose Alvarado: "EL POCHO"
Jake Bauers: "JB"
Jalen Beeks: "BEEKER"
Diego Castillo: "SAMANA"
Yonny Chirinos: "YONITO"
Ji-Man Choi: "JI"
C.J. Cron: "BIG FELLA"
Jose De Leon: "PULPITO"
Matt Duffy: "DUFFMAN"
Jake Faria: "FUH-REE-UH"
Wilmer Font: "FONKY"
Tyler Glasnow: "MINI HORSE"
Carlos Gomez: "EL FINAL"
Kevin Kiermaier: "OUTLAW"
Adam Kolarek: "AK"
Vidal Nuno: "SLEEPY"
Michael Perez: "MYKII"
Tommy Pham: "PHAMTASTIC"
Daniel Robertson: "D-ROB"
Chaz Roe: "RANCH"
Sergio Romo: "EL MECHÓN"
Jaime Schultz: "SCHULTZY"
Mallex Smith: "M EFFECT"
Blake Snell: "ZILLA"
Ryne Stanek: "STANNY"
Jesus Sucre: "SOOKY"
Joey Wendle: "MENDLE"
Hunter Wood: "WOODY"
Ryan Yarbrough: "YARBITRON"
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Red Sox
Matt Barnes: "BARNACLES"
Andrew Benintendi: "BENNY"
Mookie Betts: "MOOKIE"
Xander Bogaerts: "BOGIE"
Jackie Bradley Jr.: "JBJ"
Dan Butler: "BUTLER"
Rafael Devers: "CARITA"
Nathan Eovaldi: "EVO"
Heath Hembree: "HEATER HERE"
Marco Hernandez: "MARKITO"
Brock Holt: "BROCKSTAR"
Brian Johnson: "BJ"
Joe Kelly: "JIMMY B"
Ian Kinsler: "BOOTSIE"
Craig Kimbrel: "DIRTY CRAIG"
Sandy Leon: "NOAH"
Austin Maddox: "MADD DAWG"
J.D. Martinez: "FLACO"
Mitch Moreland: "2 - BAGS"
Eduardo Nunez: "NUNIE"
Steve Pearce: "LATE LIGHTNING"
Dustin Pedroia: "PEDEY"
Drew Pomeranz: "BIG SMOOTH"
Rick Porcello: "VEINTIDÓS"
David Price: "SLIM DUNKIN"
Eduardo Rodriguez: "EL GUALO"
Chris Sale: "THE CONDUCTOR"
Carson Smith: "SMITTY"
Blake Swihart: "SWI"
Tyler Thornburg: "THORN"
Christian Vazquez: "COLO"
Hector Velazquez: "CABEZON"
Brandon Workman: "WORK"
Steven Wright: "KNUCKSIE"
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Reds
Homer Bailey: "HOMER"
Tucker Barnhart: "BARNEY"
Alex Blandino: "BLANDY"
Curt Casali: "CAS"
Luis Castillo: "LA PIEDRA"
Rookie Davis: "BILL"
Anthony DeSclafani: "DISCO"
Brandon Dixon: "B DIX"
Phillip Ervin: "MAGIC"
Amir Garrett: "AG"
Scooter Gennett: "DAL3"
Billy Hamilton: "BONE"
Matt Harvey: "HARV"
David Hernandez: "D HERN"
Dilson Herrera: "DILLY"
Jared Hughes: "ROBOT"
Raisel Iglesias: "EL CICLON"
Michael Lorenzen: "ZEN MASTER"
Keury Mella: "MANINI"
Wandy Peralta: "LA GRASA"
Jose Peraza: "EL LLANERO"
Sal Romano: "BIG SALLY"
Scott Schebler: "SHEB"
Jackson Stephens: "JACKO"
Robert Stephenson: "BOB"
Eugenio Suarez: "NICOLLE"
Preston Tucker: "TUCK"
Joey Votto: "IN FLANDERS FIELDS"
Mason Williams: "MASE"
Jesse Winker: "WINK"
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Rockies
Yency Almonte: "SHOWTIME"
Tyler Anderson: "MR. DUCK"
Nolan Arenado: "NADO"
Chad Bettis: "LETTUCE"
Charlie Blackmon: "CHUCK NAZTY"
David Dahl: "BABY DAHL"
Wade Davis: "WADER"
Ian Desmond: "DEZ"
Mike Dunn: "DUNNER"
Kyle Freeland: "TWO ONE"
Carlos Gonzalez: "CARGO"
Jon Gray: "GRAY WOLF"
Chris Iannetta: "C I"
DJ LeMahieu: "DJ"
German Marquez: "MARQUEE"
Jake McGee: "MACCHEEZ"
Ryan McMahon: "McDOOGLE"
Harrison Musgrave: "MUSKY"
Scott Oberg: "OBIE"
Seunghwan Oh: "오승환"
Adam Ottavino: "AO"
Gerardo Parra: "EL YOLO"
Chris Rusin: "RUSS"
Antonio Senzatela: "SENZE"
Bryan Shaw: "GEEK"
Trevor Story: "TREV"
Pat Valaika: "BARRELS"
Tony Wolters: "T-DUB"
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Royals
Jorge Bonifacio: "EL BONI"
Blaine Boyer: "BLAZER"
Drew Butera: "VITO"
Hunter Dozier: "DOZ"
Lucas Duda: "DUDE"
Danny Duffy: "CHILL SERGEANT"
Alcides Escobar: "MAGIC"
Heath Fillmyer: "FILLY"
Brian Flynn: "FLYNNY"
Jesse Hahn: "J HOOD"
Jason Hammel: "HAMMER"
Alex Gordon: "GORDO"
Rosell Herrera: "VARON"
Tim Hill: "HILL"
Jakob Junis: "JUNE BUG"
Nate Karns: "NATE DOGG"
Brad Keller: "B. K."
Ian Kennedy: "BUDDA"
Brandon Maurer: "MAURER POWER"
Kevin McCarthy: "MAC"
Whit Merrifield: "WHITLEY"
Adalberto Mondesi: "LA GUINEA"
Ryan O'Hearn: "BROHEARN"
Wily Peralta: "BIG WILY"
Salvador Perez: "EL NIÑO"
Brett Phillips: "MAVERICK"
Eric Skoglund: "SKOGS:
Burch Smith: "SMITTY"
Glenn Sparkman: "SPARKY"
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Tigers
Jim Adduci: "DEUCE"
Victor Alcantara: "V"
Matthew Boyd: "MATTY B"
Jeimer Candelario: "CANDY"
Miguel Cabrera: "MIGGY"
Nicholas Castellanos: "NICK"
Louis Coleman: "HAROLD"
Buck Farmer: "GEORGE"
Michael Fulmer: "THE PLUMBER"
Mike Gerber: "GERBS"
Niko Goodrum: "J.J MUMFORD"
Shane Greene: "SHANER"
Grayson Greiner: "GARY"
Blaine Hardy: "HARDY BOY"
John Hicks: "JAZZ"
Jose Iglesias: "CANDELITA"
Joe Jimenez: "JO JO"
JaCoby Jones: "JUICY J"
Artie Lewicki: :"LOU"
Francisco Liriano: "LIRI"
Victor Martinez: "PAPICHO"
James McCann: "McCANNON"
Daniel Norris: "D. NO"
Victor Reyes: "VIC"
Ronny Rodriguez: "EL FELINO"
Jacob Turner: "JET"
Drew VerHagen: "VERGY"
Alex Wilson: "WILLY"
Jordan Zimmermann: "J Z"
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Twins
Ehire Adrianza: "GUARENERO"
Tyler Austin: "TA"
Matt Belisle: "BELISLE"
Jose Berrios: "LA MAKINA"
Jason Castro: "STRO"
Jake Cave: "CAVEMAN Oliver Drake: "BUCKO"
Johnny Field: "J. FIELD"
Logan Forsythe: "LOGIE BEAR"
Mitch Garver: "GARV SAUCE"
Kyle Gibson: "GIBBY"
Robbie Grossman: "GROSSMAN"
Trevor Hildenberger: "HILDY"
Max Kepler: "RÓŻYCKI"
Matt Magill: "GOOSE"
Joe Mauer: "MAUER"
Trevor May: "LURCH"
Adalberto Mejia: "VOLADOR"
Logan Morrison: "LOMO"
Gabriel Moya: "LITTLE GUARDADO"
Jake Odorizzi: "ODO"
Michael Pineda: "BIG MIKE"
Jorge Polanco: "CHULO"
Addison Reed: "REEDER"
Fernando Rodney: "UIYA CLARA"
Eddie Rosario: "EDISITO"
Taylor Rogers: "M. ROGERS"
Miguel Sano: "BOQUETON"
Ervin Santana: "MAGIC"
Aaron Slegers: "SLEGS"
Bobby Wilson: "BEEDUB"
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White Sox
Jose Abreu: "MAL TIEMPO"
Tim Anderson: "TA7"
Luis Avilan: "AVI"
Xavier Cedeno: "X"
Dylan Covey: "COVE"
Tyler Danish: "DANISH"
Matt Davidson: "MATTY D"
Nicky Delmonico: "PUP"
Adam Engel: "MAN OF STEAL"
Danny Farquhar: "D-FARK"
Jace Fry: "FOO"
Avisail Garcia: "AVI"
Leury Garcia: "LEO"
Lucas Giolito: "BIG FOOT"
Jeanmar Gomez: "JANKO"
Miguel Gonzalez: "EL MARIACHI"
Nate Jones: "NATE'S NATION"
Ryan LaMarre: "LaMARRE"
Reynaldo Lopez: "REY"
Juan Minaya: "JUANITO"
Yoan Moncada: "YOYO"
Omar Narvaez: "NARVY"
Daniel Palka: "DP"
Carlos Rodon: "LOS"
Yolmer Sanchez: "EL DE PIÑONAL"
Hector Santiago: "BULLDOG"
James Shields: "JUEGO G"
Kevan Smith: "WEBBY"
Thyago Vieira: "NÉGS"
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Yankees
Miguel Andujar: "PAPÁ"
Dellin Betances: "EL ACIDO"
Greg Bird: "BIRD"
Zach Britton: "ANGLADA"
Aroldis Chapman: "THE MISSILE"
A.J. Cole: "AJ"
Jacoby Ellsbury: "ELLSBURY"
Clint Frazier: "EL ROJO"
Brett Gardner: "GARDNER"
Sonny Gray: "PICKLES"
Didi Gregorius: "THE KNIGHT"
Chad Green: "GREENY"
J.A. Happ: "HAPPER"
Ben Heller: "HELLER"
Aaron Hicks: "HICKSIE"
Jonathan Holder: "HOLDY"
Aaron Judge: "JUDGE"
Lance Lynn: "MIA"
Jordan Montgomery: "MONTY"
David Robertson: "D-ROB"
Austin Romine: "RO"
CC Sabathia: "DUB"
Gary Sanchez: "KRAKEN"
Luis Severino: "SEVY"
Giancarlo Stanton: "G"
Masahiro Tanaka: "TANAKA TIME"
Gleyber Torres: "GT"
Luke Voit: "LOUIS"
Neil Walker: "WALKIE"
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