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Trout in rare air with 250 HRs before turning 28

Ohtani adds his 2nd homer of 2019 as Angels win series
1:59 AM EDT

ANAHEIM -- Mike Trout made his 250th career homer a memorable one in a 6-3 win over the Royals on Saturday night, as he absolutely crushed a solo homer in the first inning off Royals right-hander Jakob Junis that traveled a projected 473 feet, per Statcast. • Box score Trout,

'It was pretty cool' - Harper on MAMMOTH HR

Blast was slugger's second-longest ever recorded by Statcast
May 18, 2019

PHILADELPHIA -- A day after ending his eight-game RBI drought with a two-run double in Friday's win, Phillies slugger Bryce Harper showed with one swing that he may be ready to go on a tear. Harper jumped all over a first-pitch fastball from Rockies starter Antonio Senzatela in the first

Astros ride big 1st to 2nd 10-game streak

12:50 AM EDT

BOSTON -- The Astros are leaving little room for debate that they’re the best team in the Major Leagues, and no one can contest they’re definitely the hottest after they completed their second 10-game winning streak of the season on Saturday. The Astros came to Fenway Park and won a

Maddon disputes Doolittle toe tap, protests game

Cubs manager cites Edwards' disallowed delivery as precedent
12:08 AM EDT

WASHINGTON -- The Cubs played Saturday’s 5-2 loss to the Nationals under protest after umpires permitted Washington closer Sean Doolittle to pitch the ninth inning using a toe tap with his delivery. Cubs manager Joe Maddon emerged from the dugout on two separate occasions to raise the issue and argue

Twins hit for HR cycle, score 18 to rout Mariners

AL Central leaders 15 games over .500 for first time since 2010
3:33 AM EDT

SEATTLE -- The Twins set records and knocked on history’s door on Saturday as they surged past the Mariners to an 18-4 win, their fifth straight and 10th in their last 13 games. Miguel Sanó unleashed his first homer of 2019, Byron Buxton clubbed his second career grand slam, C.J.

The most productive team at each position

Astros, Dodgers showing unmatched depth across diamond
27 minutes ago

The quarter mark of the season offers the perfect chance for teams to take stock of which parts of their rosters are performing and which are not. And it offers us a chance to see who’s really excelling, to the point of identifying a team’s area of strength that could

Freeman lifts streaking Braves with walk-off HR

Young Braves contribute early, but veteran calls it in 10th
1:00 AM EDT

ATLANTA -- As Freddie Freeman digested the thrill he felt after his fourth career walk-off homer gave the Braves a 4-3 win over the Brewers in the 10th inning on Saturday night at SunTrust Park, he was asked if he felt any extra adrenaline as he faced Josh Hader. “I

Rays edge Yankees in 11 to retake first place

Meadows hits go-ahead home run; bullpen throws 5 scoreless innings
May 18, 2019

NEW YORK -- The Rays and Yankees found themselves in another nail-biter on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium. When it was over, it was the Rays who won the game, 2-1, in 11 innings. Tampa Bay is now a half-game ahead of New York in the American League East. The

Tanaka's wild 'assist' on sharp out forces exit

May 18, 2019

NEW YORK -- Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka unwittingly helped his own cause in the sixth inning of Saturday's 2-1 extra-innings loss to the Rays, but it came at a cost. With two outs and what would've been the tying run on second, Yandy Díaz smoked a 111.3-mph grounder off Tanaka's

Blue Jays add rare lefty knuckleballer to staff

Feierabend picks up rain-shortened loss in 1st MLB start since 2008
May 18, 2019

TORONTO -- Ryan Feierabend made history Saturday afternoon by becoming the first left-handed knuckleballer to take the mound for the Blue Jays. Feierabend allowed four runs on seven hits and a walk in a rain-shortened 4-1 loss to the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. The game was called midway

How has a year of 'the opener' changed MLB?

12:44 AM EDT

One year ago today, those ever-innovative Tampa Bay Rays changed the game again by reintroducing the concept of "the opener" to baseball. On May 19, they gave Sergio Romo his first career start, after his first 588 games came in relief. Romo struck out Zack Cozart, Mike Trout, and Justin

Braves release Venters, bring back Blevins

May 18, 2019

ATLANTA -- A week after welcoming Jonny Venters back from the injured list, Braves manager Brian Snitker dealt with the painful responsibility of having to say goodbye to the beloved left-handed reliever, who has not been able to rekindle the success he experienced during last year’s improbable return to the

Greinke slated to return Tuesday vs. Padres

May 18, 2019

PHOENIX -- Zack Greinke threw a bullpen session Saturday afternoon and experienced no issues with his abdominal muscle. “Zack’s bullpen went very good and he’s going to start for us on Tuesday,” D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. Greinke was forced to exit his start Wednesday with two outs in the

Strasburg gives 'pen a break, sparkles in 8 IP

Righty outduels Lester, who is chased early by timely hitting
1:07 AM EDT

WASHINGTON -- With their bullpen exhausted from the past two days, and ineffective for the entire season, the Nationals needed Stephen Strasburg to pick them up on Saturday night against the Cubs. And Strasburg delivered, twirling one of his best and most efficient outings of the season to lead Washington

Mets one-hit by Marlins as slump continues

Loss to Fish drops New York to season-low 4 games below .500
May 18, 2019

MIAMI -- The Mets officially hit a low point in this young season on Saturday, dropping to four games below .500 after mustering just one hit in a 2-0 loss to the Marlins at Marlins Park. After winning the opener of its current road trip in Washington, New York has

Injury updates: Tanaka, K. Davis, Eloy, J. Turner

May 18, 2019

Masahiro Tanaka, James Paxton, Didi Gregorius and Giancarlo Stanton, Yankees Tanaka exited Saturday's game against the Rays after throwing 88 pitches over six scoreless innings. With two outs in the sixth, the right-hander was hit by a 111.3-mph grounder off the bat of Yandy Diaz, who was retired after the

Bell boosts Bucs with 3rd multi-HR game in May

Reynolds, Polanco also go deep off Padres rookie Margevicius
1:55 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO -- Forget the short start. The Pirates were all about the long ball on Saturday night at Petco Park. First baseman Josh Bell slugged two home runs in the first three innings and the Bucs went deep four times overall against Padres starter Nick Margevicius en route to

Vlad Jr., Senzel headline early 'All-Rookie' squad

May 18, 2019

This is Major League Baseball’s new normal: 20-year-old Vladimir Guerrero Jr. launching home runs that are both breathtaking and not one bit surprising. No, seriously. Go back and listen to the Blue Jays' announcers make the call on the first of two that he hit Tuesday night in San Francisco.

Mahle, Reds’ bullpen combine to blank Dodgers

Hernandez, Garrett, Iglesias limit Dodgers to two hits over three innings out of 'pen
May 18, 2019

CINCINNATI -- Finally, Tyler Mahle was rewarded. Generally considered to have pitched well enough to win at least a couple of times this season, the Reds right-hander logged his first win on Saturday in a 4-0 victory over the Dodgers before a crowd of 31,156 -- the season’s second-largest showing

These Astros prospects might be next called up

Whitley, Alvarez could help Houston this summer; Pressly on historic streak; Dodgers vs. Rays the series to watch
May 18, 2019

The arrival of top prospects in the Majors has made headlines this season, with Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Eloy Jimenez, Fernando Tatis Jr. and Nick Senzel among those getting the call. This week, the Brewers promoted Keston Hiura, while the Rockies called up Brendan Rodgers. That begs the question: Who will

Bats come through in Arlington to back Hudson

May 18, 2019

ARLINGTON -- Cardinals starter Dakota Hudson has been solid overall in May, despite his team’s shortcomings, but the one challenge he hadn’t seemed able to master this season was a lineup full of left-handers. That’s exactly what the Rangers threw at Hudson on Saturday night -- they started six lefties

Marlins face off with troops via video games

May 18, 2019

MIAMI -- To help honor Armed Forces Day on Saturday, a couple of Marlins players connected with the troops via video games. Third baseman/right fielder Brian Anderson and outfielder/first baseman Peter O'Brien took part in the “Pro vs. GI Joe” initiative in the morning at Marlins Park. Anderson and O’Brien

Sano's first homer of '19 is a laser in Seattle

3:45 AM EDT

SEATTLE -- Miguel Sanó flashed the flair of his old self in Saturday's 18-4 win vs. the Mariners, crushing his first homer of 2019 in convincing fashion. The Twins’ slugging third baseman laced a 383-foot solo shot that left his bat with an exit velocity of 106.3 mph and smacked

Paxton encouraged by latest 'pen session

Gregorius set to play in extended spring; Stanton hoping to play in rehab game soon
May 18, 2019

NEW YORK -- James Paxton threw a bullpen session on Friday night as he works to return from his left knee injury. Manager Aaron Boone said Friday that the real test would be to see how Paxton felt on Saturday in the aftermath. Paxton said Saturday that he still felt