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Kepler ties it in 13th, wins it in 17th for Twins

Baldelli: 'That was one of the best games I've been a part of'
@dohyoungpark
3:40 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS -- The powerful Twins offense had been starved for a clutch hit in the last three games -- and they got three big ones from Max Kepler late in Tuesday night's game. By late, we mean really, really late. Hours after he initially tied the game with an eighth-inning

Teen phenom leads updated Top 100 list

@JonathanMayo
June 18, 2019

Another month and change has gone by since we last updated our Top 100 Prospects list. We’re just about at the half-way point of the 2019 Minor League season and short-season leagues have just gotten underway, so it’s a perfect time to make some tweaks to the list. This will

Blackmon's uncommon feat a Rockies first

Outfielder on a tear since returning from injured list
@JakeDRill
2:14 AM EDT

PHOENIX -- Not many players have been on a roll like Charlie Blackmon is on right now. Not even his four-time All-Star, four-time Silver Slugger-winning teammate, Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado. • VOTE NOW: 2019 Google MLB All-Star Ballot “It’s unbelievable, man,” Arenado said. “I mean, he’s probably physically worn

11 fun and (semi-plausible) trade ideas

@castrovince
1:23 AM EDT

Most of the time, this time of year, we’re here to discuss prudent, plausible and perhaps even paramount trade targets for teams in need of an in-season upgrade. But today, let’s just have some fun. Here’s a list of 11 trade candidates and teams that would create especially interesting plot

Injury updates: Scherzer, Buxton, Altuve, Judge

June 18, 2019

Here is the latest injury news from around Major League Baseball.

Rumors: Scherzer, Bumgarner, Stroman, Kendrick

7:42 AM EDT

MLB.com is keeping track of all the latest free agent and trade rumors right here.

Yamamoto continues historic start to MLB career

Right-hander shuts out Cards over 7 innings for 2nd straight start
@JoeFrisaro
12:45 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS -- Two starts into his MLB career, and Jordan Yamamoto already is making history. The 23-year-old from Kailua, Hawaii, turned in his second consecutive outing of seven scoreless innings against the Cardinals, allowing just two hits and two walks while striking out seven in the Marlins’ 6-0 victory

Judge hits first rehab HR, may rejoin Yanks Fri.

@BryanHoch
1:51 AM EDT

NEW YORK -- Aaron Judge crushed an opposite-field laser over the right-field wall for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in a Minor League rehabilitation game on Tuesday evening, and that may clinch the slugger's return to the Yankees' lineup. Yankees manager Aaron Boone said after Tuesday's 6-3 win over the Rays that "it's

VOTE NOW: All-Star primary ends Friday, 4 ET

@castrovince
June 17, 2019

Baseball’s version of the primary season is 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 Google

Leap for catch, stick to wall: JBJ does it all

2:48 AM EDT

Jackie Bradley Jr. making an amazing catch is something we've come to expect. But in Tuesday night's 4-3 loss to the Twins in Minnesota, the Red Sox center fielder went all Ken Griffey Jr. on us by making the grab on a deep fly ball by Jorge Polanco before briefly

HR streaks keep Maybin (4), Yankees (21) hot

In beating Rays, NY within 4 of franchise record for consecutive games with homer
@BryanHoch
1:26 AM EDT

NEW YORK -- Cameron Maybin's consistent refrain has been that he will not waste energy worrying about things that are out of his control, such as the security of his roster spot. The veteran outfielder prefers to let his performance speak for itself, and with each big swing, the Yankees’

Remember me? Eloy's HR sinks Cubs

@scottmerkin
12:13 AM EDT

CHICAGO -- When Eloy Jiménez was signed by the Cubs in 2013 as one of the game’s top international prospects, he dreamed of hitting a home run at Wrigley Field. On Tuesday night, he did just that. “But now I’m with the White Sox,” said Jimenez, flashing his trademark broad

Kershaw in vintage form on no-no anniversary

@kengurnick
2:44 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES -- Five years can be like forever in baseball, so appreciate how remarkable it is that Clayton Kershaw threw seven scoreless innings in a 9-0 win over the Giants on Tuesday night on the anniversary of his 15-strikeout no-hitter against the Rockies way back in 2014. None of

Scherzer breaks nose in BP; Wed. start TBD

CT scan results negative; Nationals' ace's status uncertain
@JamalCollier
June 18, 2019

WASHINGTON -- Max Scherzer suffered a broken nose on Tuesday after being struck in the face with a ball coming off his bat during a bunting drill. The diagnosis confirmed the Nationals' worst fears following the injury. Television cameras caught Scherzer bleeding and in pain after the incident, before he

Kimbrel doesn't miss a beat in 1st Triple-A outing

@MLBastian
June 18, 2019

CHICAGO -- One of the challenges that big leaguers face during Minor League assignments is the aggressive approach hitters adopt against them. Setup man Pedro Strop experienced it earlier this season. Closer Craig Kimbrel got a taste of it during a successful eight-pitch appearance for Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday. "We

Allen latest Padres rookie to dazzle in Majors

@AJCassavell
2:52 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO -- The kids are growing up so fast. When the Padres promoted Logan Allen on Tuesday afternoon, he became the sixth top-100 prospect to suit up in San Diego this season. Like the rest of them, Allen’s arrival inspired talk of the team’s bright future. • Box score

Stroman on trade speculation: 'I love Toronto'

@baseballexis
June 18, 2019

TORONTO -- It can’t be ignored. What Marcus Stroman has done on the mound for the Blue Jays this year has been the highlight of a pitching staff that is mired in injuries and inconsistencies. On Tuesday, the 28-year-old right-hander threw seven-plus solid innings in a 3-1 loss to the

A meeting, an ace and a banner win for Mets

@AnthonyDiComo
June 18, 2019

ATLANTA -- About two and a half hours prior to first pitch on Tuesday, the Mets congregated in the SunTrust Park visiting clubhouse for a team meeting. This was a different sort of meeting, weightier than manager Mickey Callaway’s usual pep talks. The Mets scheduled it hours in advance, taking

Returning from IL, Stanton shows range in RF

Montgomery stops live BP after discomfort; Severino scheduled to throw off mound
@BryanHoch
1:16 AM EDT

NEW YORK -- Giancarlo Stanton never could have imagined that the season would be more than 40 percent complete and he'd still be looking for his first home run, nor that Aaron Judge could have hit only five homers and the Yankees would reside in first place in the American

Hamels becomes 10th lefty with 2,500 K's

@MLBastian
1:15 AM EDT

CHICAGO -- Cole Hamels stood at the back of the mound, pausing for a moment as the decibel level climbed inside Wrigley Field on Tuesday night. He waited as the roar grew in intensity, finally lifting his blue cap into the air to acknowledge the warm response to a career

5 surprise teams and their Deadline strategies

@RichardJustice
June 18, 2019

The White Sox are one kind of surprise. Pretty much everyone in the game knew they were headed in the right direction. Once the decision was made to accumulate young talent and start a new chapter, general manager Rick Hahn got so much done so quickly he may have surprised

MLB responds to umpires' Machado statement

@AJCassavell
June 18, 2019

SAN DIEGO -- Major League Baseball released a statement Tuesday, strongly criticizing a tweet and a Facebook post from the MLB Umpires' Association regarding Manny Machado's recent one-game suspension. The statement read: “Manny Machado was suspended by MLB Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre, who considered all the facts and circumstances

Halos reach .500 behind Skaggs' strong night

@RhettBollinger
June 18, 2019

TORONTO -- It was the kind of outing that Tyler Skaggs has been searching for all season, and it helped the Angels reach .500 for the first time since April 15 with a 3-1 win over the Blue Jays on Tuesday night at Rogers Centre. Skaggs, who had posted a