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The best bullpen trios in baseball

10:00 AM EDT

On Tuesday night, ESPN's David Schoenfield posited an interesting question on Twitter: Is the Tampa Bay relief combo of Jose Alvarado and Diego Castillo the best in baseball? There's certainly a strong argument for it, to be sure. The pair have yet to allow a run in 18 1/3 combined

NL outscoring AL? You read that right

Even without DH, Senior Circuit clubs own the edge
10:04 AM EDT

The designated-hitter rule has sparked debate ever since it was introduced 46 years ago, and those on both sides of the debate may be as entrenched as ever. But for those who favor pitchers getting the chance to hit in the National League, the early returns from 2019 suggest that

To flip or not to flip? Players weigh in

Anderson, Grichuk, Garrett comment after benches clear in Chicago
11:45 AM EDT

White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson, who was at the center of a benches-clearing incident Wednesday when he was drilled by a pitch two innings after flipping his bat on a home run, was not backing down from his pro-bat-flip stance Thursday. "I never looked at one of their players when

Could Keuchel boost this contender's chances?

9:34 AM EDT

After a seven-season tenure with the Astros that included a trio of 200-inning seasons, an American League Cy Young Award in 2015 and an overall 3.66 ERA, Dallas Keuchel is now a free agent. Below, you will find a list of the latest news and rumors surrounding the left-hander. Burnes

Each NL East team's secret weapon is ...

12:00 PM EDT

It will take more than sluggers, aces and closers to win the National League East this season. It will take role players and fifth starters and middle relievers, too. It might take somebody or something that nobody is expecting at all. We are talking about secret weapons, of course. It

Top 10 shortstops of the decade (so far)

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Will Leitch’s series on the Data Decade, closing out this remarkable decade in the year of baseball, runs every other week. Today we look at the 10 best shortstops of the decade. You can, in many ways, track the history of baseball over the last 40 years by its shortstops.

Wednesday's top prospect performers

@wboor and @GoldenSombrero
1:11 AM EDT

Here's a look at Wednesday's top Minor League performers from each team's Top 30 Prospects list: AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST Blue Jays: Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 3B (No. 1, MLB No. 1) -- 2-for-4, solo HR (2), 2 R, BB; Bo Bichette, SS (No. 2, MLB No. 10) -- 2-for-4, 3B, 3

Chapman's bat has caught up to his glove

A's star has been top-10 MLB slugger since 2018 ASG
9:32 AM EDT

If you’re at all familiar with A’s third baseman Matt Chapman, you know about his Gold Glove defense. Platinum Glove-worthy, in fact, for incredible plays, like Chapman’s latest gem below, that he seemingly makes at least once a week.

Yanks throw a dance party in clubhouse after win

12:53 AM EDT

NEW YORK -- Brett Gardner's go-ahead grand slam shook the rafters of Yankee Stadium, prompting what Aaron Judge described as "chaos" in the home dugout. For a Yankees club that has been waiting for something significant to celebrate, their party was only beginning. Moments after the final out of the

Giolito placed on IL; Fulmer, Cordell recalled

10:15 AM EDT

Prior to today’s game at Detroit, the Chicago White Sox placed right-handed pitcher Lucas Giolito on the 10-day injured list with a strained left hamstring and recalled outfielder Ryan Cordell and right-hander Carson Fulmer from Class AAA Charlotte. Giolito, 24, suffered the injury yesterday in the third inning of his

A first for Votto in 6,829th plate appearance

April 17, 2019

Joey Votto has done a lot of things in his distinguished 13-year career in the Majors, but the six-time All-Star first baseman did something Wednesday that was a first for him. He popped up to the first baseman. This rare event came in the eighth inning of the Reds' 3-2

Bat flip leads to benches clearing in Chicago

Royals and White Sox have differing views of Anderson's actions
April 17, 2019

CHICAGO -- White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson was hit in the backside by Royals right-hander Brad Keller’s first pitch in the bottom of the sixth inning, leading to a benches- and bullpen-clearing fracas during the Royals’ 4-3, 10-inning win at Guaranteed Rate Field on Wednesday.

Each AL East team's secret weapon is ... 

9:49 AM EDT

Most of the attention usually falls on the top stars, but every team has one or two players who fly under the radar while providing a huge boost for their respective teams. Let’s take a look at a player who could serve as a secret weapon for every team in

The Braves lost their closer -- will it lead to Kimbrel?

April 17, 2019

Closer Craig Kimbrel has compiled an impressive resume during his nine seasons in the big leagues, recording a microscopic 1.91 ERA with a 0.92 WHIP, 333 saves and a 14.7 K/9 rate. Below you will find a list of the latest news and rumors surrounding the right-hander, who remains unsigned.

Vlad Jr. continues Minors tear with monster HR

MLB Pipeline's No. 1 prospect hits 441-foot blast vs. Pawtucket
1:44 AM EDT

PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- The 441-foot home run that soared into the parking lot of McCoy Stadium on Wednesday with an exit velocity of 107 mph was another glimpse into Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s potential. It’s only a matter of when -- not if -- the No. 1 prospect in baseball, according

This feat hadn't happened in MLB since 2011

Orioles catch Kiermaier stealing twice ... in the same inning
April 17, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG -- Over the course of a 162-game season, the chances to make history are endless. Some milestones live forever; other feats get filed into the game’s annals, quirky nuggets to be unearthed again at a later date. The Orioles made the latter type of history on Tuesday night

Cole Hamels is delivering like an ace for Cubs

Hamels goes seven scoreless, and Baez gets it done with the bat again
April 17, 2019

MIAMI -- Sure, the Cubs' first sweep since last August came at the expense of a ballclub with the fewest wins in the Majors. But Wednesday's 6-0 win over the Marlins at Marlins Park kept the team trending in the right direction. "That's an easy trap. That's a Major League

A milestone slam helps Yanks sweep Sox

Gardner belts go-ahead grand slam in 7th for 100th career HR
April 17, 2019

NEW YORK -- Brett Gardner waited a dozen years for his 100th career home run, and the milestone could not have come at a better time for the Yankees. The longest-tenured Bomber cracked a seventh-inning grand slam that powered his club to a 5-3 victory over the Red Sox on

Montas, A's derail Astros' 10-game streak

2:15 AM EDT

OAKLAND -- Frankie Montas reached the Major Leagues because of his blazing fastball. His splitter might be what keeps him here for a long time. “There was a point in his career where he was on the path to do this,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “The injury sidelined him

Each NL Central team's secret weapon is ... 

9:51 AM EDT

Everyone knows the big players who must be reckoned with on the five teams in the National League Central. It’s common knowledge, for example, that Josh Hader throws gas and Christian Yelich can rake for the Brewers; that Joey Votto is prolific at reaching base and Luis Castillo has a

Each AL Central team's secret weapon is ...

10:04 AM EDT

Looking around the American League Central landscape three weeks into the 2019 season, it comes as no surprise to see strong production from some expected sources, like Trevor Bauer, Carlos Santana, Nelson Cruz and Adalberto Mondesi. But there have been several players or elements of the game that have made

Beat the Streak and win $5.6 million in 2019's flagship fantasy game is back for its 19th season
March 27, 2019

Beat the Streak presented by MGM is back for its 19th season, and you can take home $5.6 million and achieve legendary status by topping Joe DiMaggio’s hallowed 56-game hitting streak from 1941. Passing DiMaggio has been a tall task for MLB players and Beat the Streak participants alike. Over

Happ's Mark Buehrle impression is just a bit off

April 17, 2019

J.A. Happ was trying to do his best Mark Buehrle impersonation. It didn't work out that way.

Mariners’ power streak ends as skid hits 6

Swanson tosses six innings of two-hit, one-run ball in first career MLB start
April 17, 2019

SEATTLE -- Erik Swanson was good. Carlos Carrasco was better. And so it went for the Mariners on Wednesday, as they saw their losing streak reach six games with a 1-0 setback to the Indians to close out a lost homestand. Swanson dazzled in his Major League starting debut with