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Nolan homers for 1K, then calls game

@harding_at_mlb
12:07 AM EDT

DENVER -- Why simply increase the numbers, Nolan Arenado figures, when you can make them count. Arenado became the ninth player in Rockies history to reach the 1,000-hit plateau with a home run that gave Colorado the lead in its seventh victory in eight games, a 7-5 win over the

Harper ejected as Arrieta calls out 'flat' Phils

Veteran RHP critical of team's focus, slugger's argument with umpire
@ToddZolecki
8 minutes ago

NEW YORK –- Bryce Harper boiled. Jake Arrieta fumed. The Phillies are facing their first gut check of the season after suffering their fourth loss in five games in Monday night’s 5-1 loss to the Mets at Citi Field. There have been worse losses, including an earlier one on this

Cashman: Judge will be 'down for a while'

Loaisiga to return to rotation vs. Angels; Sanchez could be activated Wednesday
@BryanHoch
April 22, 2019

ANAHEIM -- Aaron Judge has accompanied the Yankees on their nine-game West Coast road trip, though for all intents and purposes, the star slugger is serving as a cheerleader while his teammates take on the Angels, Giants and D-backs. Speaking on WFAN, general manager Brian Cashman declined to offer a

Matz pulls 180 with dominant start vs. Phillies

Mental conditioning helps lefty shed previous outing: 'He wiped the slate clean'
@AnthonyDiComo
an hour ago

NEW YORK -- For Steven Matz , the days between starts were routine. Briefly, Matz watched video of his last outing, an eight-run blowup in Philadelphia in which he didn't record an out. He noticed the obvious -- he was leaving balls up in the zone -- and moved on.

The most-anticipated debuts in MLB history

@mattkellyMLB
April 22, 2019

The baseball world is waiting with bated breath for Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s first step onto a Major League diamond, and for good reason. Guerrero, already the son of a Hall of Famer, was given a top-end 80 grade for his hitting, owns a career .331/.415/.531 slash line in the Minor

Zunino channels new 'dad strength' for 1st HR

@juanctoribio
April 22, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG -- After welcoming the birth of his first child, Rhett Michael Zunino, on Friday night, Mike Zunino returned to the Rays lineup Monday and was interested to see if he would benefit from the "dad strength" that some of his teammates have raved about. “It’ll be nice to

'Heart-wrenching': Bucs hope for best for Burdi

Reliever exits with right biceps/elbow injury after crumpling to mound in pain
@adamdberry
12:50 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates’ clubhouse was quieter than usual after Monday night’s 12-4 loss to the D-backs at PNC Park. The somber mood had nothing to do with the final score. Reliever Nick Burdi exited Monday’s game in the eighth inning, clutching his right biceps and elbow in obvious pain

Polanco does it again as Twins fend off Astros

Shortstop homers, racks up 4 RBIs in second 4-hit game of season
@dohyoungpark
11 minutes ago

HOUSTON -- However you measure it -- batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage -- Monday night's game between the Twins and Astros featured a clash of two of the top three offenses in the American League. Led by four hits and a late homer from Jorge Polanco, the Twins' bats

Fowler's 1st HR, 4 hits key rout of Brewers

Outfielder drives in four, including a pair in seven-run seventh inning
12:49 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals outfielder Dexter Fowler entered Spring Training with a new outlook and a healthy body. And now he’s getting new results. On Monday, Fowler continued to rebound from the worst season of his professional career, bashing his first home run of the season as part of a

Abreu leads White Sox breakout in Baltimore

Slugger raps 3 hits, drives in 5 as Sox set season highs in runs and hits
April 22, 2019

BALTIMORE -- May is just around the corner. You can tell by José Abreu's swings. Often a slow starter, the two-time All-Star slugger appears to be warming up from his latest sluggish April after driving in five runs in the White Sox 12-2 win over the Orioles on Monday night

Bassitt's '19 debut was exactly what A's needed

@MartinJGallegos
31 minutes ago

OAKLAND -- The A’s were in dire need of a strong outing from one of their starting pitchers, and Chris Bassitt delivered. Making his 2019 debut in place of Marco Estrada, who is currently sidelined with a lumbar strain, Bassitt was sharp as he shut down the Rangers over five

For D-backs, rallies are better late than never

Arizona scores 7 runs in 7th inning to come back and beat Bucs
@JakeCrouseMLB
12:40 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH -- The D-backs are struggling to find success off starters, but that hasn’t hindered their ability to score at all. This year, when the going gets late, the bats get going. They continued to find ways to rally in the dark on Monday night, lifting off for seven runs

Surgery for Eovaldi, out 4-6 weeks (source)

Right-hander to have loose bodies removed from right elbow
@IanMBrowne
April 22, 2019

BOSTON -- Red Sox right-hander Nathan Eovaldi has elected for arthroscopic surgery to address loose bodies in his right elbow, and he could pitch again in four to six weeks, a source told MLB.com. Eovaldi will have surgery on Tuesday morning. It is the same procedure Eovaldi had in March

Is Chapman MLB's top fireballer? Not anymore

@_dadler
April 22, 2019

Jordan Hicks is throwing unparalleled fire right now. The Cardinals' 22-year-old reliever has by far the fastest fastball in the Majors in 2019. And he dialed it up to his highest level of the season in Sunday's series finale against the Mets. Hicks' game-ending strikeout of Juan Lagares: a sinker

This team has interest in Kimbrel -- on 1 condition

April 22, 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.

Injury updates: Eovaldi, deGrom, Judge, Sanchez

April 22, 2019

Here's a look at the latest injury news around the Majors.

Two teams gained 9 spots in Power Rankings

@alysonfooter
April 22, 2019

It’s still April, which means the overused trifecta of “it’s still early,” “it’s too early to panic” and “they’re off to a slow start” is not quite ready to be shoved to the back of the sock drawer just yet. It truly is much too early to glean a lot

Gio available after Yanks grant lefty's release

@BryanHoch
April 22, 2019

ANAHEIM -- Gio Gonzalez arrived in the Yankees' Spring Training clubhouse on March 19 representing insurance for their rotation, but as a contractual opt-out date approached this past Saturday, it was clear that the club would not be promoting the veteran left-hander to its big league staff. Two days after

Pence returns to Bay Area for series against A's

@goodforball
April 22, 2019

OAKLAND -- Now 36 years old and coming off a tough season, Hunter Pence knew he had to overhaul his technique to remain in the Major Leagues. Pence is here now -- more specifically, he was at the Oakland Coliseum with the Rangers in Monday’s opener of a three-game series.

9 players ‘on pace’ for insane seasons

@RichardJustice
April 22, 2019

We’re not predicting Christian Yelich is going to hit 92 home runs or that Shane Greene is going to save 81 games or that Tyler Glasnow is going to go 29-0. As for Byron Buxton racking up 102 doubles, why not? That one seems strangely possible. We’re simply saying that

Marwin warmly welcomed in return to Houston

Astros pay tribute to Gonzalez's key role in 2017 championship
@dohyoungpark and @brianmctaggart
April 22, 2019

HOUSTON -- The drive from his home to Minute Maid Park on Monday afternoon brought Marwin Gonzalez a great sense of familiarity. The route to the visitors' clubhouse, however, came with a few strange turns. What finally made Gonzalez feel at home was the reception he received once inside. Gonzalez,

deGrom OK after 'pen session, in line for Friday

Frazier activated; Cano, Rosario out of lineup; Wilson to injured list
@AnthonyDiComo
12:33 AM EDT

NEW YORK -- A welcome sight greeted the Mets on Monday, when Jacob deGrom trudged through the rain to complete a 30-pitch bullpen session at Citi Field. As he walked off the field, deGrom grinned and remarked that he “felt good.” A team source said deGrom is scheduled to throw