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Newcomb hit in head by 102 mph liner, exits

@mlbbowman
11 minutes ago

ATLANTA -- Braves left-hander Sean Newcomb exited under his own power after being hit in the head with a J.T. Realmuto line drive during the third inning of Saturday night’s game against the Phillies at SunTrust Park. Newcomb was hit in the back of the head as he turned and

5 games. 4 homers. History for Astros phenom

Rookie leads balanced attack by young Houston lineup to back Valdez's sterling start
@brianmctaggart
37 minutes ago

HOUSTON -- The Astros keep on winning. And rookie sensation Yordan Alvarez keeps on hitting homers. Alvarez became only the fourth player in Major League history to slug at least four home runs in his first five career games when he took Blue Jays starter Clayton Richard deep in the

Alonso's 23rd HR hits facing of 3rd deck

458-foot homer marks longest for rookie slugger this season
@AnthonyDiComo
17 minutes ago

NEW YORK -- Pete Alonso added another highlight to his banner rookie season on Saturday, hitting the Mets’ longest home run of the year off the facing of the third deck at Citi Field. Statcast projected the ball’s distance at 458 feet, the longest of Alonso’s career and the longest

Who needs what as Trade Deadline approaches?

@castrovince
1:54 AM EDT

With the July 31 Trade Deadline a little more than six weeks away, earnest dealing dialogue has begun in the industry. The teams on the fringes of the playoff race have to make that difficult determination of how aggressively they should pursue a potential one-and-done Wild Card entry, but the

Another strong Sale Day does the trick vs. O's

7:27 PM EDT

BALTIMORE -- He’s never going to tell you this outright, and for good reason, but Chris Sale loves pitching against the Orioles -- especially when it’s at Camden Yards. And it has nothing to do with the crab cakes. The lefty ace did not turn in a performance that quite

Hendricks to IL with shoulder inflammation

@MLBastian
6:19 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES -- Cubs manager Joe Maddon said on Friday night that starter Kyle Hendricks was having trouble finishing his pitches in a rough outing against the Dodgers. One day later, an explanation was revealed by the ballclub. Prior to Saturday's game in L.A., the Cubs placed Hendricks on the

Yastrzemski lays out for final out in Giants' win

7:30 PM EDT

Will Smith got the save, but give credit to Mike Yastrzemski. With Saturday's game on the line in the bottom of the ninth, the Giants left fielder made a tremendous diving catch to secure San Francisco's 8-7 win over the Brewers at Oracle Park. Smith fanned the first two batters

Ever seen an intentional balk? You have now

@mattkellyMLB
1:44 PM EDT

When a closer comes in for a ninth-inning save, he really has one job: Protect the lead, at all costs. Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen kept that singular goal in mind Friday night when he executed a rare strategy by intentionally balking a baserunner. The move, first brought to light by

Bumgarner solid vs. potential trade match

Giants rally against Brewers to win 4th straight
@mi_guardado
7:49 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO -- Count the Brewers among the contending teams who are likely to be linked to Giants ace Madison Bumgarner in the weeks leading up to the July 31 Trade Deadline. Milwaukee got a first-hand look at Bumgarner in the Giants’ 8-7 comeback win on Saturday afternoon at Oracle

VOTE NOW! There's a new way to pick All-Stars

@castrovince
June 12, 2019

Baseball’s version of the primary season is now upon us, and the sport’s answer to Election Day is not far behind. And in incorporating shades of the political process, the 2019 Google MLB All-Star Ballot brings major change to the selection system for All-Star Game starters. • VOTE NOW: 2019

Ruth jersey auctions for record $5.64 million

@SlangsOnSports
3:40 PM EDT

A Babe Ruth jersey sold for $5.64 million in an auction, according to Hunt Auctions. That quantity is a record for a sports memorabilia item, breaking the prior record of $4.4 million, which was also for a Ruth jersey that sold in 2012. The jersey is thought to be from

Vlad Jr. out of lineup, but should return soon

Rookie was hit by pitch on left hand Friday; Kingham joins bullpen
@alysonfooter
7:09 PM EDT

HOUSTON -- Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was not in the lineup on Saturday after suffering a left hand contusion during the series opener in Houston, but he gave the Blue Jays reason for optimism when he took a round of batting practice in the cage seemingly without issue. The third baseman

Marte leads power surge with 2 homers in win

@SteveGilbertMLB
7:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON -- The D-backs hit five home runs, including a pair by Ketel Marte, to beat the Nationals, 10-3, on Saturday afternoon at Nationals Park. Adam Jones, Christian Walker and Kevin Cron each added home runs for the D-backs, who have won eight of their last 10 games, 10 of

Good grief! Pitcher loses cap on sharp liner

6:48 PM EDT

If you're Framber Valdez, you have to take your hat off to Alex Bregman ... literally. Eric Sogard, leading off for the Blue Jays in Saturday's 7-2 Astros win, smacked an 89 mph liner back up the box against Valdez. The force of Sogard's hit knocked off Valdez's cap, somewhat

After Girls Breakthrough Series, new path awaits

New Jersey baseball player plans to serve her country by joining Navy
5:18 PM EDT

VERO BEACH, Fla. -- As part of the second annual MLB Girls Baseball Breakthrough Series, 65 of the world’s best players visited Marlins Park on Saturday for a Career Chat with female Miami Marlins' front-office employees. In addition to the Career Chat, they’ll also watch the game between the Marlins

Gallo expected to move back to left upon return

@Sullivan_Ranger
7:19 PM EDT

CINCINNATI -- Rangers outfielder Joey Gallo, on the injured list with a strained left oblique muscle, is scheduled to fly to Arizona on Monday to begin more rehab work and is hoping to be activated in the next 7-10 days. His return could mean the end of his time in

2 surprising facts about Jay Bruce's '19 season

Phillies slugger has added more speed than any player
@mike_petriello
1:48 AM EDT

Jay Bruce is an interesting player these days, for reasons you know and reasons you may not. He's interesting because after more than a decade in the Cincinnati organization, he's been traded four times in the last three years, including from Seattle to Philadelphia less than two weeks ago. He's

Mets acquire righty Brooks Pounders from Tribe

3:17 PM EDT

The Mets on Saturday announced that the club has acquired right-handed pitcher Brooks Pounders from the Cleveland Indians for cash considerations. Pounders will be added to the Major League roster tonight. In a corresponding move, right-handed pitcher Tim Peterson was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse. Pounders will wear No. 46. Pounders,

Father's love of game carried O's Nunez to bigs

@JoeTrezz
3:12 PM EDT

BALTIMORE -- Three decades ago, long before his son would emerge into one of the Majors’ breakout sluggers, Renato Nunez Sr. had his own baseball dream derailed. This was in the mid-1980s in baseball-crazed Valencia, Venezuela, a city that would become a pipeline of sorts for big league talent in

Angels designate Cody Allen for assignment

@Sportsgal25
12:33 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG -- Cody Allen seemed to sense his chances to turn his season around were waning on Friday night, but he may not have known the end would come so quickly. The Angels designated the veteran reliever for assignment Saturday morning, recalling righty Taylor Cole from Triple-A to fill

Halos write different ending to the same story

@Sportsgal25
5:14 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG -- It was hard to choose between what was more impressive about the Angels’ win on Saturday afternoon: That they took down a seasoned vet during his best stretch, or that a largely untested freshman would actually emerge as the king of the hill. That the Halos sent

Rox option top prospect Rodgers, recall Tinoco

@harding_at_mlb
7:27 PM EDT

DENVER -- The first Major League stint for infielder Brendan Rodgers, the Rockies’ top prospect, per MLB Pipeline, ended Saturday, partly because of a bullpen shortage but also because the numbers said it was time. The 12-inning mess Friday night, a 16-12 loss to the Padres, forced the Rockies to

Astros to play it safe with Marisnick's knee

Outfielder dealing with soreness, but had clean MRI; Altuve, McHugh on track to return soon
@brianmctaggart
3:27 PM EDT

HOUSTON -- Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick is likely out for a few days after leaving Friday’s win over the Blue Jays with left knee pain. Marisnick slipped while making a throw from the outfield during the game and later looked uncomfortable running out a ground ball, prompting manager AJ Hinch