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Best average in Majors ... but no batting title?

@SlangsOnSports
September 16, 2021

Starling Marte leads the Majors with a .321 batting average. Starling Marte will not win a batting title this year. Wait, what? Let us explain. It’s one of baseball’s most fascinating record-keeping quirks, and it involves a fun history lesson, too. Marte's situation Marte indeed leads in batting average, entering

Bryce fuels huge comeback, shuns MVP talk

Phillies erase 7-0 deficit to gain ground in NL East, Wild Card races
September 16, 2021

PHILADELPHIA -- Bryce Harper left the on-deck circle and met Phillies hitting coach Joe Dillon at the top step of the dugout in the seventh inning on Thursday night at Citizens Bank Park. Dillon handed Harper an iPad. He swiped the screen a few times as he processed the information

La Russa: No intent in Ohtani plunking

Manager, reliever Wright tossed over incident two days after Angels hit 3 White Sox
September 16, 2021

CHICAGO -- Mike Wright Jr. was the fifth of six relievers employed by the White Sox during a 9-3 loss to the Angels on Thursday afternoon at Guaranteed Rate Field. But the veteran right-hander ended up garnering the most attention.

Yankees waste Monty's career-high 12-K start

Lack of run support continues to haunt New York in walk-off loss to O's
@paige_leckie
September 16, 2021

BALTIMORE -- As the postseason nears, Yankees manager Aaron Boone is scoreboard watching. It’s impossible not to as the visiting team at Oriole Park, with the out-of-town scoreboard prominently displayed on the right-field wall across from the visitors’ dugout. Though Boone admits he’s done it “as much in April or

Postseason watch: Tight races get tighter

September 16, 2021

The race for the second National League Wild Card spot tightened up Thursday, with the Padres, Reds and Phillies all winning to inch closer to the idle Cardinals, who currently occupy the position. With their 7-4 win over the Giants in San Francisco, the Padres moved to a half-game behind

'Happy flight' after Padres beat Giants again

San Diego builds momentum heading into showdown in St. Louis
@AJCassavell
September 16, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO -- Are the Padres ... back? Well, they just beat the team with the best record in baseball twice in 24 hours, so, at the very least, it's probably OK to start dreaming about October again. • Box score One of baseball’s most perplexing teams continued its second-half

Salvy hits another Bench-mark with 45th HR 

All-Star catcher matches Reds legend for homers in a season
@anne__rogers
September 16, 2021

KANSAS CITY -- Salvador Perez's goal this season was to hit 30 home runs. He had never gotten above 27 in a season in his career and thought, with all the offseason work he went through, 30 was a reasonable goal. That mark was passed way back in August. Now,

Dodgers history seen through SooHoo's lens

@justdelossantos
September 16, 2021

Jon SooHoo was entering the great unknown. In 2020, Major League Baseball enforced strict precautionary measures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The number of people permitted to be on the field had been slashed. For SooHoo, this meant a change in perspective. SooHoo, the Dodgers team photographer, was now confined

'23 MLB All-Star Game to be held in Seattle

@DKramer_
September 16, 2021

SEATTLE -- The Midsummer Classic is returning to the Emerald City. On Thursday, the Mariners, along with Major League Baseball, announced that T-Mobile Park will host the 2023 All-Star Game, the first at the venue since ’01, when Seattle fielded eight players at MLB’s premier event to welcome a national

Mountcastle breaks Ripken's rookie HR mark

With 29th HR of ‘21, 1B passes Cal Ripken Jr. for most by a rookie in franchise history
@JoeTrezz
September 16, 2021

BALTIMORE -- Move over, Iron Man. In 67 years of Orioles baseball, no rookie has hit more home runs than Ryan Mountcastle. Mountcastle eclipsed Cal Ripken Jr.’s franchise record on Thursday, hitting his 29th of the season in Baltimore’s come-from-behind, walk-off, 3-2 win over the Yankees in 10 innings at

Here are the '21 playoff tiebreaker scenarios

September 15, 2021

Just as extra innings are sometimes required to resolve games, extra games are sometimes required to resolve regular-season races. It hasn’t happened often, even in the dual-Wild Card era in which more teams are in the late-season mathematical mix. Since Major League Baseball went to the dual-Wild Card format in

Here's how the Cards got back in the race

@HarriganMLB
September 16, 2021

After losing to the Braves on Aug. 5, the Cardinals were eight games out in the race for the second National League Wild Card spot and had just a 1.5% chance of reaching the postseason, according to FanGraphs’ playoff odds. Six weeks later, St. Louis’ odds are up to 41.5%

Complete 2021 MLB postseason schedule

August 25, 2021

Major League Baseball today announced the schedule for the 2021 Postseason, which is set to open with the American League Wild Card Game presented by Hankook on ESPN on Tuesday, Oct. 5, followed by the National League Wild Card Game presented by Hankook on TBS on Wednesday, Oct. 6. Game

VOTE: Roberto Clemente Award nominees

September 14, 2021

All 30 nominees for the 2021 Roberto Clemente Award -- one per club, including 18 first-timers -- were announced by Major League Baseball on Tuesday. Considered baseball's most prestigious individual honor for Major Leaguers, the Clemente Award annually recognizes the MLB player who best represents the game through extraordinary character,

FREE on MLB.TV: Dodgers-Reds, 7 ET

@MannyOnMLB
12:23 AM EDT

As we hit the final two weeks of the regular season, the pennant chase is at fever pitch and postseason matchups will begin to take shape. We could get a glimpse of one of those matchups when the Dodgers take on the Reds at Great American Ball Park on Friday.

The infielder who plays ... right field? 

@_dadler
12:13 AM EDT

When is a third baseman not a third baseman anymore? How far does he have to go to become something else? Across the diamond? Into the outfield? What are you when you're fielding a ground ball on the left side of the infield one play and making a catch in

Astros keep rolling, wrap series with rout

Magic number down to 10 after Houston secures series win over Texas
32 minutes ago

ARLINGTON -- Fittingly for the team whose name comes from the glory days of the Space Race, the final countdown is beginning to reverberate louder every day. The Astros’ magic number to win the American League West is down to 10 after another rout of the Rangers on Thursday at

Home, sweet dome: Rays back in a groove

Díaz's leadoff homer 'really set the tone' in series opener
@adamdberry
12:17 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG -- Coming off a long, losing road trip, the Rays were more than happy to return to Tropicana Field on Thursday. They’d dropped five of nine games on their three-city trip through Boston, Detroit and Toronto, and they lost each of their last two series. Only 10 days

'We needed this one': Reds boost WC hopes

September 16, 2021

PITTSBURGH -- The Reds have had one of the best offenses in the Majors this season, but have struggled to produce consistently as of late. Entering Thursday, Cincinnati was 25th in the Majors with 54 runs scored in the month of September. That offensive slip coincided with Cincinnati losing four

Injuries: Rays, Valdez, Trout, Ohtani

12:44 AM EDT

Stay up-to-date with all the latest news on injured and recovering players from across Major League Baseball.

A's get lift in WC chase with series win

Blackburn delivers 5-plus strong frames, bullpen helps keep Royals at bay
September 16, 2021

KANSAS CITY -- A month ago, Paul Blackburn wasn’t even on the A’s big league roster. Now, he’s being relied upon in crucial moments in the American League Wild Card chase as the team’s fifth starter. It’s been a bumpy road for the right-hander, as his first five outings came

Thursday's top prospect performers

@JordanHorrobin and @TheDanGuerrero
an hour ago

Here's a look at Thursday’s top Minor League performers from each team's Top 30 Prospects list:

Baseball's best player every year since 1969

@williamfleitch
September 15, 2021

A few weeks ago, the great baseball writer Joe Sheehan, in his must-read baseball newsletter, made the argument that Fernando Tatis Jr., with his transcendent season, limitless future and the unfortunate injury to Mike Trout, had passed Trout as the holder of the (mythical, for now anyway) Best Player In

Harper's MVP case not reliant on postseason

Girardi: 'Does the Cy Young need to be on a team that makes the playoffs? I don't think so'
September 16, 2021

PHILADELPHIA -- Bryce Harper’s 2015 Nationals missed the postseason, but he still won the NL MVP Award. There are other recent examples of players winning the MVP, despite playing on teams that failed to make the postseason: Mike Trout (2016 and ’19), Giancarlo Stanton (’17), Albert Pujols (’08), Ryan Howard

Rays 'really pleased' with Franco's progress

@adamdberry
September 16, 2021

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays returned home to Tropicana Field on Thursday to a welcome sight: rookie phenom Wander Franco hitting in the cage and working out on the field. Franco has been on the 10-day injured list since Saturday due to right hamstring tightness, but he’s making encouraging progress