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Watch El Mago's latest trick for avoiding a tag

9:30 PM EDT

Javier Báez gave us another example of why many consider him the most entertaining player in the game. Right after Anthony Rizzo homered to give the Cubs a 6-0 lead Tuesday night against the Dodgers at Wrigley, Baez tapped a soft ground ball to first baseman David Freese. It looked

Wheeler the first 100/100 pitcher in 2019

@AnthonyDiComo
9:55 PM EDT

NEW YORK -- When Zack Wheeler managed to put it all together -- to really, truly put it all together -- down the stretch last season, the result was the type of dominance long expected from the former first-round pick. At his best, Wheeler can throw five electric pitches, from

A HR robber gets taste of his own medicine

@JoeTrezz
8:00 PM EDT

BALTIMORE -- Apparently Dwight Smith Jr.’s quad is just fine. The Orioles' left fielder gave White Sox outfielder and noted home run thief Adam Engel a taste of his own medicine with a homer-robbing catch of his own on Tuesday at Camden Yards.

Quintana gets flood of support from Cubs

@Russ_Dorsey1
28 minutes ago

CHICAGO -- The Cubs offense struck early and never looked back in Tuesday’s 7-2 victory over the Dodgers, and Chicago moved above .500 (11-10) for the first time this season. The Cubs made things difficult for Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda, who threw 37 pitches in the first inning. After a

Rockies outfielder goes over the wall twice

@harding_at_mlb
10:00 PM EDT

DENVER -- Rockies left fielder Raimel Tapia went over the wall, two different ways, Tuesday night. In the second inning, Tapia homered into the bullpen in right-center for two runs off Nationals starting pitcher Patrick Corbin. It was his third straight game with a homer, although the first of those

Ponce de Leon does what Cards need in debut

@LangoschMLB
an hour ago

ST. LOUIS -- Daniel Ponce de Leon understood there was little need to unpack, not this time around. His assignment was simple: fill in for an injured Michael Wacha, contain a mighty Brewers offense and do it all knowing that regardless of the result, he’d likely not stick around for

Bregman delivers for Astros; 3 keys to win

@brianmctaggart
12 minutes ago

HOUSTON -- After falling behind in the first inning for the fourth game in a row, the Astros weren’t about to let themselves again be buried by an early deficit. Wade Miley overcome a shaky first to throw six quality innings, and Alex Bregman, George Springer and Tyler White sparked

Scherzer feels ‘lucky’ after dugout scare

Rendon out for third straight game; Noll recalled for third-base depth
@MannyOnMLB
8:27 PM EDT

DENVER -- "I'm lucky I still have just the one blue eye." What began as a humorous exchange between Max Scherzer and reporters about his close call with a foul ball that lined into the Nationals' dugout on Sunday, soon turned sobering. "The fact that [an intercostal injury] is what

Weaver's strong start helps D-backs edge Bucs

@JakeCrouseMLB
10:07 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH -- Luke Weaver is simply getting better as time marches on this season. He took another step forward with 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball against the Pirates, and David Peralta’s RBI fielder’s choice was enough cushion to help the D-backs win, 2-1.

A's receive good news on new ballpark front

@MartinJGallegos
9:44 PM EDT

OAKLAND -- The A’s reached another milestone in their progress toward a new ballpark on Tuesday. The Alameda County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to approve the term sheet between the county and the A’s, providing the possible purchase by the A’s of the county’s 50-percent interest in the Oakland

Davis goes deep as O's hammer four homers

@JoeTrezz
10:12 PM EDT

BALTIMORE -- Chris Davis recognized the pitch up and sprung, hands shooting upward from their load point right around his letters. The fastball buzzed in at 92 mph, sent from Ivan Nova with intention of beating Davis in the place his uppercut swing, for years now, has routinely been slow

Dixon's first trip to Fenway proves memorable

@jessicacamerato
an hour ago

BOSTON -- Brandon Dixon took a walk around the outfield when the Tigers arrived at Fenway Park on Monday. It was his first time at the historic ballpark, and he wanted to get a good look at the Green Monster in left field. "It's awesome," Dixon said Monday prior to

Dietrich bunt beats shift, helps beat Braves

Pinch-hitter lays one down to spark crucial 4-run rally in sixth inning
@m_sheldon
10:10 PM EDT

CINCINNATI -- A game-changing sixth-inning rally for the Reds against the Braves on Tuesday came from a unique catalyst -- a shift-busting bunt single by pinch-hitter Derek Dietrich. Even stranger was that it was one of only two hits in the inning while Cincinnati sent 10 men to the plate

Rosario is fastest to 10 HRs in Twins history

@dohyoungpark
11 minutes ago

HOUSTON -- Eddie Rosario got the Twins offense off to another fast start with a record-setting homer, but Wade Miley and the Astros’ pitching staff finally cooled off Minnesota’s bats in a 10-4 loss at Minute Maid Park on Tuesday night. With his first-inning three-run home run on Tuesday, Rosario

Rays' early surge fuels series win over Royals

Zunino homers, extends hit streak; Beeks strong in relief
@juanctoribio
20 minutes ago

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays needed to come from behind in each of their previous five games, but no comeback was necessary on Tuesday, as Tampa Bay jumped out to an early lead en route to a 5-2 series-clinching win over the Royals at Tropicana Field. Joey Wendle got the

Carrasco leaves loss with left knee discomfort

Righty bruised during collision covering first base, will have precautionary MRI
@MandyBell02
10:44 PM EDT

CLEVELAND -- The Indians have dealt with their share of injuries this year. With Mike Clevinger already on the 60-day injured list with an upper back strain, the last thing the Tribe needs is to lose another key piece of its starting rotation. After Carlos Carrasco cruised through three perfect

CC, 6 K's shy of 3,000, looks back at No. 1

@BryanHoch
10:11 PM EDT

ANAHEIM – As CC Sabathia sits upon the precipice of becoming the 17th man to join the 3,000 strikeouts club, the veteran Yankees hurler was asked to reflect upon the first whiff that he recorded in a Major League uniform. That transpired in Sabathia's big league debut on April 8,

Toronto salutes Pillar on 'emotional' return

Outfielder spent nine years in Blue Jays' organization before April 2 trade to Giants
@baseballexis
10:16 PM EDT

TORONTO -- It’s only been a few weeks since Kevin Pillar left Toronto, but his homecoming was highly anticipated by fans, friends and former teammates. It was a winning one for the Giants, as they held off a late rally from the Blue Jays to win, 7-6, at Rogers Centre.

Nimmo day to day with oblique soreness

@AnthonyDiComo
23 minutes ago

NEW YORK -- Brandon Nimmo's disjointed season continued Tuesday, when he left the Mets' 9-0 victory over the Phillies at Citi Field due to left oblique soreness. After reaching on an error in the second inning, Nimmo attempted to steal second base, but felt "a weird tweak feeling" on his

C. Martinez to return as reliever, not starter

Bader likely to be activated Wednesday; Robinson optioned, Ponce de Leon called up
@LangoschMLB
9:34 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS -- Uncertainty about how Carlos Martínez's body would respond to and recover from a starter’s workload has prompted the Cardinals to put the right-hander on a rehab path that will return him to St. Louis ready to pitch in relief. The organization came to that decision on Tuesday

Grandal, first baseman? It's happening

Catcher subs for struggling Aguilar; Saladino recalled, Houser optioned
@AdamMcCalvy
7:31 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS -- With 2018 All-Star Jesús Aguilar stuck in a slump, the Brewers tried someone new at first base on Tuesday: Yasmani Grandal. Grandal, Milwaukee’s regular catcher, didn’t take a single rep at first base in Spring Training, and had to scramble to find a mitt. But he has

Dodgers plan to have Hill start Sunday

@kengurnick
8:59 PM EDT

CHICAGO -- Rich Hill will be activated to start for the Dodgers on Sunday against the Pirates, manager Dave Roberts said Tuesday. Hill, out since straining his left knee in a March 17 Spring Training start, made an extended spring/rehab/simulated start at the club’s Camelback Ranch in Glendale facility and

These 5 players have opened eyes in April

Walker, Stephenson, Fried, Polanco, Goodrum having hot starts
@mike_petriello
9:55 AM EDT

It's early enough in the season that some numbers can still feel very odd, like Mookie Betts hitting .244 and Aaron Nola posting a 6.84 ERA. Then again, the three best players in baseball so far have been Cody Bellinger, Christian Yelich, and Mike Trout. Aaron Judge has the best

Ronny's Monster game backs Boyd at Fenway

Rodriguez goes 3-for-4 with homer; lefty tosses quality start
@jessicacamerato
6:40 PM EDT

BOSTON -- Matthew Boyd gave the Tigers another seven-inning outing for his second straight start on Tuesday afternoon in Game 1 of a doubleheader at Fenway Park. The lefty fanned three, held the the Red Sox to just three hits (a season-low for Boyd) and allowed three runs, including a