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Porcello puts 1 in W column for Red Sox

30 minutes ago

BOSTON -- For the Red Sox, snapping out of a sluggish start has basically consisted of checking items off a fix-it list. They can put the checkmark next to Rick Porcello’s name. In one solid evening of pitching on Thursday night at Fenway Park, the veteran earned his first win

Four-man outfield works ... kind of

7:35 PM EDT

Freddie Freeman beat a four-man outfield shift, but he wasn't able to outrun Yasiel Puig's right arm. In the top of the third on Thursday, the Reds moved second baseman Derek Dietrich to right, then shifted Puig to right-center. The Braves' first baseman laced a single off right-hander Luis Castillo

Batter fouls 10 straight 3-2 pitches and then ...

8:06 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA -- Rarely does a batter who strikes out receive a loud applause from his home crowd. But not many showdowns were like the one between Marlins left-hander Caleb Smith and Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto. Former batterymates as Marlins, Smith faced Realmuto in an epic first-inning at-bat at Citizens Bank

What you need to know about Vlad Jr.'s debut

5:02 PM EDT

TORONTO -- It's the beginning of a new era in Blue Jays baseball: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has arrived. One of the most hyped players in Minor League history will make his debut on the big stage Friday night against Oakland. Weeks of endless speculation, years of glowing scouting reports and

Murray makes history as a 1st-round pick again

8:33 PM EDT

Kyler Murray’s pro football career officially began on Thursday after he was selected with the No. 1 overall pick by the Arizona Cardinals in the NFL Draft. Murray, who was the ninth overall pick by the A’s last summer, is the first player in history to be selected during the

Predicting Draft's top 3 picks, first 5 college arms

8:35 PM EDT

I don't know why this still bothers me, but it does. Kyler Murray was taken with the No. 1 overall in the NFL Draft tonight, and there are so many misconceptions about how the Athletics "bungled" the No. 9 overall choice in the MLB Draft last June when they spent

Miggy at 2,700: 3,000 is 'going to be awesome'

7:31 PM EDT

BOSTON -- Sixteen years later, Miguel Cabrera vividly remembers his first hit. “It was a home run. I can’t forget it,” he said. “It was a long time ago, but the feeling was so great. I was excited.” The 11th-inning walk-off blast on June 20, 2003, that lifted the Marlins

Nats to promote top prospect Kieboom

8:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals, dealing with injuries to multiple key infielders, will promote top prospect Carter Kieboom to the Majors ahead of Friday’s game against the Padres, two sources confirmed to on Thursday. The club has not confirmed the news, which was first reported by the Washington Post. The

Yankees acquire Maybin from Indians

9:13 PM EDT

ANAHEIM -- Cameron Maybin has already enjoyed one unforgettable day in the Bronx, collecting his first Major League hit and home run on Aug. 18, 2007, while facing Roger Clemens at the original Yankee Stadium. He's about to have the opportunity for more days in the sun. The Yankees acquired

Mariners to call up Sheffield to face Rangers

8:55 PM EDT

SEATTLE -- Top pitching prospect Justus Sheffield will be added to the 25-man roster on Friday and make his Mariners debut in relief of Yusei Kikuchi as the club begins its plan to limit Kikuchi’s workload in his first season in the Majors. The 22-year-old Sheffield, acquired from the Yankees

Red Sox prospects throw no-hitter for Portland

40 minutes ago

A trio of Red Sox pitching prospects combined to toss a no-hitter for Double-A Portland on Thursday.

Trout: I want to see LeBron play baseball

We polled MLB players: Which stars of other sports could play baseball?
10:37 AM EDT

On Thursday night, would-be A’s prospect Kyler Murray and soon-to-be professional quarterback will become the first athlete in history to be drafted in the first round of both the MLB and NFL Drafts. The Arizona Cardinals might even select him at No. 1 overall. Wherever Murray’s football career goes from

Greinke's day at the plate vs. Pirates historic

Righty's fifth-inning triple is his fifth extra-base hit in 2019
6:07 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH -- Zack Greinke couldn’t help but give a little smirk as he tossed his hair back, standing up at third base after his first career triple on Thursday. And what’s not to smile about? On top of returning to vintage form with seven shutout innings against the Pirates in

Aw Shucks! Watch Pirates OF haul back HR

7:34 PM EDT

Pirates left fielder JB Shuck added the latest clip to the season's highlight reel of home run robberies when he hauled back a deep drive from the D-backs' Eduardo Escobar in the seventh inning of Arizona's 5-0 win on Thursday at PNC Park. With two outs and a runner on,

The 5 slowest HR trots on record

Since Statcast began tracking in 2015
2:51 PM EDT

Sometimes, the satisfaction with hitting a home run comes with marveling in the moment. "As a human, when you hit a ball that far, it's hard not to stop and watch where it lands," Indians outfielder Carlos Gonzalez once said. Hitting homers isn't easy, which is why it's probably no

Wainwrights complete long journey to adopt son

'I’ve got a little boy now to call my own. It’s so special,' says Wainwright of baby Caleb
5:16 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS -- There was so much about that Sunday afternoon, April 7, that seemed significant. The Cardinals had just notched their first home win of the season, and Adam Wainwright, amid questions about his age and ability, had turned back the clock with the sort of performance that reassured

Stripling shows value as starter, will stay ready

LA pitcher goes 4 2/3 scoreless, but gets relegated to bullpen for Hill's return
7:27 PM EDT

CHICAGO -- Ever been transferred from the job you always wanted to one you hoped was left behind? Ross Stripling just was. The Dodgers hung on to beat the Cubs, 2-1, on Thursday to avoid a series sweep. Stripling has been the Dodgers’ most consistent starting pitcher to date, but

Don't buy the win-loss records of these teams

11:01 AM EDT

We are far along enough in the season that checking out the standings isn’t an exercise in absurdity. If your team is in last place, it doesn’t mean the season’s over by any stretch of the imagination … but it’s maybe time to start kicking matters into gear. Teams have

Foul ball is hole-in-one in umpire's pocket

6:06 PM EDT

Willson Contreras' foul ball went where? Leading off the bottom of the ninth, the Cubs' catcher fouled Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen's cutter off catcher Rocky Gale's left shoulder pad and right into home-plate umpire Lance Barksdale's right pocket. Barksdale calmly took it out and handed the ball back to Gale.

Rhame suspended 2 games for pitch near Rhys

5:56 PM EDT

NEW YORK -- Mets reliever Jacob Rhame has been suspended two games and fined an undisclosed amount for "intentionally throwing a pitch in the area of the head of Rhys Hoskins," according to a Major League Baseball release. If Rhame does not appeal, his suspension will begin Friday in the

Brantley reunites with former club in Houston

7:46 PM EDT

HOUSTON -- Michael Brantley, who played the first 10 years of his career with the Indians and helped them reach the World Series in 2016, said on Thursday prior to facing the Tribe for the first time in his career that his former franchise will always hold a special place

Senzel: No timetable for big league promotion

Gennett walking in clubhouse; Wood throwing bullpen sessions
6:39 PM EDT

CINCINNATI -- The highly anticipated first big league promotion of baseball’s No. 1 prospect, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., is happening when he joins the Blue Jays on Friday. Reds fans have been just as antsy to see the Reds' No. 1 prospect -- and No. 5 overall -- Nick Senzel reach

Price start moved to go back to back with Sale

6:37 PM EDT

BOSTON -- Red Sox manager Alex Cora has made a slight tweak to his rotation that will allow his two aces to pitch on back-to-back days going forward. David Price, who had been scheduled to open the weekend series against the Rays on Friday night, will pitch Saturday instead. Chris