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Instant classic: Thames' HR in 14th downs Nats

Yelich homers in 9th and 13th for 41 on the season
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WASHINGTON -- As if Christian Yelich wasn't having a ridiculous enough season, he went a step further on Saturday night. And for good measure, the Brewers got a win in an instant classic at Nationals Park. Yelich homered in the ninth and 13th innings, and Eric Thames delivered the decisive

Hot Boone, Gardner ejected -- again -- in Bronx

Skipper ejected for arguing third-strike call; outfielder tossed for noisemaking in dugout
August 17, 2019

NEW YORK -- The "Savages" were on the loose once again during Saturday afternoon's 6-5 Yankees win over the Indians at Yankee Stadium, resulting in ejections to New York manager Aaron Boone, outfielder Brett Gardner and -- though he isn't even on the active roster -- pitcher CC Sabathia. “It

Every Little League Classic question, answered

@adamdberry and @MLBastian
August 17, 2019

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – The Pirates’ first experience at the MLB Little League Classic presented by GEICO, manager Clint Hurdle said, was “like a trip to an amusement park.” From one experience to the next, the 2017 trip was a thrill that left everyone with a smile on their face. The

We're in a golden age of young hitters

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“Let the kids play.” It’s an apt baseball slogan for 2019. The kids are playing, and in particular, they are hitting. There are rookies who have taken Major League Baseball by storm, such as the Mets’ Pete Alonso, the Astros’ Yordan Alvarez and the Padres’ Fernando Tatis Jr. There are

Aquino's HR crusade continues with 11th blast

Slugger keeps rewriting homer record books in rookie year
August 17, 2019

CINCINNATI -- In such a short time, Reds rookie Aristides Aquino’s at-bats have been appointment viewing. Not just for fans, but for teammates in the dugout and bullpen. Team personnel certainly won’t mind running out of superlatives to describe the sensation the right fielder has become, especially if he keeps

Young Red Sox fan warms Chris Davis' heart

Note from 9-year-old helped break hitless streak
August 17, 2019

BOSTON -- When 9-year-old Henry Frasca arrived at Fenway Park in April to watch the Orioles play his hometown Red Sox, he had a goal in mind. Henry is a fan of the Red Sox. He’s also a fan of seeing people happy. Henry and his family had been moved

Sale (elbow inflammation) placed on injured list

August 17, 2019

BOSTON -- The Red Sox made a jarring roster move prior to Saturday’s game against the Orioles when they placed lefty ace Chris Sale on the 10-day injured list with left elbow inflammation, retroactive to Wednesday. Righty reliever Ryan Brasier was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket to take Sale’s spot on

Braves' bullpen rises to occasion vs. Dodgers

Back-to-back homers by Donaldson, Duvall provide cushion
August 17, 2019

ATLANTA -- Challenged to face the National League’s top Cy Young Award candidate with an injury-depleted lineup and an underperforming bullpen, the Braves claimed their most timely win of the year when their maligned relief corps proved up to the challenge in a 4-3 win over the Dodgers on Saturday

Vlad Jr. to get MRI on left knee after early exit

August 17, 2019

TORONTO -- Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was removed from Saturday afternoon’s 4-3 loss to the Mariners at Rogers Centre following the second inning. The Blue Jays announced that Guerrero is dealing with left knee discomfort and he will undergo further testing. “He felt a little tweak in his knee, so we

Alonso’s clutch hitting lifts Mets late

Backing deGrom’s 7 strong innings, All-Star 1B heating back up
August 17, 2019

KANSAS CITY -- Sometimes, Mets slugger Pete Alonso said, you just need put yourself in the replay official’s hands. Alonso hoped to be credited with his 40th homer in his remarkable rookie season during the Mets’ 4-1 win on Saturday night. The blast to right field in the seventh inning

Raimel robbery: OF pulls back HR with catch!

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DENVER -- Increased playing time has allowed Rockies outfielder Raimel Tapia to make forward steps. On Saturday night, he made a literal leap. The Marlins’ Lewis Brinson thought he had a home run to straightaway center field in the fourth inning, but Tapia leaped above the center-field wall 415 feet

Cubs escape Pittsburgh with much-needed win

August 17, 2019

PITTSBURGH -- The visitors' clubhouse at PNC Park was busy Saturday evening, with equipment bags and cases being packed up and moved out. It had the feel of a conclusion to a road trip, but the Cubs have one more game to go against the Pirates. "They're on the road,

Gleyber crushes 2 of Yanks' 4 homers in win

Gregorius, LeMahieu go deep; Boone, Gardner, Sabathia ejected in wild 6th inning
August 17, 2019

NEW YORK -- As Gleyber Torres rounds the bases on a regular basis, he stops short of saying that it comes as a surprise, pointing to an intense offseason training regimen that continues to pay dividends. Yet the Yankees' new home run leader still laughs to reject any suggestion that

Ohtani comfortable throwing curves in bullpen

Two-way star says latest session 'went really well overall'
August 17, 2019

ANAHEIM -- Shohei Ohtani took another step forward in his recovery from Tommy John surgery on Saturday, as he threw curveballs in a bullpen session for the first time since undergoing the operation on Oct. 1. Ohtani, who is aiming toward pitching again in 2020, threw a 40-pitch bullpen session

Brosseau walks it off after pitchers set K mark

Rays hurlers strike out franchise-record 24 in 13-inning marathon
August 17, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays' pitching staff has been one of the best in the Majors this season, but its performance on Saturday was one of the best in franchise history, and Tampa Bay needed every bit of it. Michael Brosseau delivered the big walk-off hit in the 13th inning

Scherzer's return could be around the corner

Voth could be September callup after Minor League stint
August 17, 2019

WASHINGTON -- The atmosphere was a bit different for Max Scherzer’s second simulated game on Saturday afternoon. Nationals Park was hosting an event for the team’s season-ticket holders, who were scattered throughout the 100 level section of the stadium, as a few team broadcasters sat atop the visiting dugout answering

Yanks honor new HOFer Mo with celebration

Boone rests Judge, Sanchez on Saturday vs. Indians
August 17, 2019

NEW YORK -- Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” blared throughout Yankee Stadium on Saturday afternoon as the Yankees honored Mariano Rivera’s induction into the Hall of Fame with a pregame celebration. Rivera’s family and former manager Joe Torre were in attendance for the festivities. The ceremony began with Rivera waving to fans

Final swing decides Little League Softball HR Derby

Aubrey Clark of Johnston, Iowa, captures inaugural championship
August 17, 2019

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- When it comes to a home run derby, every swing counts. Aubrey Clark proved that on Saturday at the inaugural T-Mobile Little League Softball Home Run Derby at BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field. It took two tiebreakers, a couple of upsets and a barrage of last-swing

Every team's Players' Weekend nicknames

August 16, 2019

Players’ Weekend is back for a third year, giving big leaguers an opportunity to connect with the fans in fun and engaging ways through their jerseys and equipment. Here's a list of the nicknames MLB players have chosen to sport on their backs for the weekend of Aug. 23-25. Not

Trout plays key role in Halos’ 7th-inning rally

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ANAHEIM -- It wasn’t yet another homer, but Mike Trout came through in a big way for the Angels with a two-run, bases-loaded single as part of a four-run rally in the seventh to lift the Angels to a 6-5 win over the White Sox on Saturday night at Angel

Rodriguez sets tone as Red Sox shut out O's

Lefty sets career mark with 14th win, boosts ailing rotation
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BOSTON -- No matter if Chris Sale is out for the short term or the long term, it is vital for the Red Sox to get strong starting pitching to withstand his absence. Eduardo Rodriguez more than did his part on Saturday night at Fenway Park, firing 7 1/3 shutout

Inciarte to miss 4-6 weeks with hamstring strain

August 17, 2019

ATLANTA -- The Braves received the news they had expected on Saturday when MRI results showed Ender Inciarte will likely be sidelined for at least a month and possibly the remainder of the regular season. Inciarte is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a Grade 2 hamstring strain sustained during

Gyorko's Dodgers debut part of Sunday's intrigue

Gonsolin, May set to pitch as club weighs postseason options
August 17, 2019

ATLANTA -- Tryout camp continues for the Dodgers in Sunday’s series finale against the Braves, available live on MLB.TV at 10:20 a.m. PT. Rookie right-hander Tony Gonsolin will be recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City to start the game, rookie right-hander Dustin May will pitch in relief and veteran infielder Jedd