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Vote tightens across All-Star ballot leaderboards

Multiple positions hotly contested in latest update; Bellinger overall vote leader
@mattkellyMLB
12:39 PM EDT

Read our FAQ on this year’s revamped balloting format, which includes two phases of fan voting to determine the All-Star starters, and the ability to vote through Google Search. • VOTE NOW: Google MLB All-Star Ballot Cody Bellinger has put together one of the best two-and-a-half month starts to a

Power Rankings' Top 5 holds strong -- for now

@alysonfooter
12:14 AM EDT

The National League East isn't officially a two-team race, but for now, it's looking like it will probably come down to the Braves and Phillies slugging it out for the division crown. As the only two teams with winning records in that division, Atlanta and Philadelphia have more in common

Here is each team's most deserving All-Star

@williamfleitch
June 16, 2019

Read our FAQ on this year’s revamped balloting format, which includes two phases of fan voting to determine the All-Star starters, and the ability to vote through Google Search. Every team gets an All-Star. That’s the rule for All-Star Games, and I’d argue that's that way it should be: The

MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

@JonathanMayo
12:40 PM EDT

MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances in the Minors from the previous seven days. Any player on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible. Short-season leagues started up this past week, which will give us at MLB Pipeline an even

Cardinals promote 10-year Minors veteran

@anne__rogers
40 minutes ago

ST. LOUIS -- After playing in 838 games in the Minor Leagues, first baseman/outfielder Rangel Ravelo finally got his ticket to The Show. The Cardinals announced Monday that they had purchased the contract of Ravelo and placed infielder Yairo Munoz on the paternity list. To make room for Ravelo on

Bauer, Blackmon named Players of the Week

@SlangsOnSports
16 minutes ago

Tribe right-hander Trevor Bauer received the honor for the first time in his career while Rockies star Charlie Blackmon took home the award for the sixth time as they were named the American League and National League Players of the Week presented by W.B. Mason on Monday. • All-time winners:

9 facts about epic Padres-Rockies 92-run series

@AJCassavell
June 16, 2019

DENVER -- The Padres and Rockies split four games at Coors Field this weekend. The series had everything. And we mean everything. The two teams set a Major League record with 92 runs in a four-game set, and things certainly got wacky along the way. Here's a look at nine

Blackmon keeps raking, breaks 58-year-old mark

@harding_at_mlb
June 16, 2019

DENVER -- Rockies slugger Charlie Blackmon was torn between record-breaking feats -- like his MLB-record 15 hits in a four-game series -- and occurrences he would rather never deal with again. The 14-13 loss to the Padres -- the second time in the four-game set that the Rockies blew a

October preview? LA wins another thriller

@kengurnick
12:20 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES -- It lacks the passion and bitterness of a rivalry with the Giants, but the Dodgers and Cubs finished a four-game series Sunday indicative of division leaders that have battled for National League pennants in recent years and are on track to meet again in October. The Dodgers

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

@castrovince
2:00 PM EDT

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

Yelich hit a 2B so hard it went through the fence

Thames, Aguilar homer as Milwaukee registers 12 hits in win
@AdamMcCalvy
June 16, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO -- Add this to the legend of Christian Yelich: The day he hit a baseball so hard it went through the fence. Technically, a gap in the fence, but that spoils the story. It happened at Oracle Park on Sunday, when Yelich was denied an RBI, and the

Yanks option Frazier for Encarnacion's arrival

Boone says telling outfielder was 'tough news to deliver'
@Russ_Dorsey1
June 16, 2019

CHICAGO -- The first domino has fallen in the wake of the Edwin Encarnacion trade as the Yankees optioned outfielder Clint Frazier to Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre after Sunday’s 10-3 win over the White Sox. The move creates space on the 25-man roster for Encarnacion, who will join the team when

19 hits. 15 runs. Braves make statement in East

Donaldson homers in 3rd straight game as high-octane Atlanta routs Philadelphia
@mlbbowman
June 16, 2019

ATLANTA -- If this weekend is indicative of what Josh Donaldson might provide over the remainder of the season, the powerful Braves offense that has been wrecking pitching staffs might indeed end up being the National League’s best. Following the leads of Freddie Freeman and Austin Riley, who have been

Stanton set to return to Yankees on Tuesday

@Russ_Dorsey1
June 16, 2019

CHICAGO -- It appears that Yankees outfielder and designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton has cleared all his physical hurdles and is set to make his return to the Yankees lineup this week. The 2017 National League MVP Award Winner was in the lineup for Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre on Sunday but will

Sox sweep O's behind Devers' 458-foot HR

June 16, 2019

BALTIMORE -- With a World Series in the not-so-distant past, it’s become difficult for smaller goals to remain in focus, the Red Sox will admit. The grand one has already been accomplished by a team that’s experienced relatively little roster turnover, potentially jading the importance of a detail-oriented drive night-in

Bauer's Father's Day checklist: Shutout, sweep

@MandyBell02
June 16, 2019

DETROIT -- It’s time to add tossing a shutout to Trevor Bauer’s resume. The 28-year-old right-hander had gone the distance twice in his career before, but never had he thrown nine scoreless frames. That changed in the series finale against the Tigers on Sunday at Comerica Park, as Bauer allowed

San Diego relentless in record-shattering series

Padres stun Rockies with 2nd comeback in wild weekend
@AJCassavell
June 16, 2019

DENVER -- In one of the wildest series in baseball history, one miracle Padres comeback wasn't enough. So on Sunday afternoon, they made it two. Trailing by three in the top of the ninth inning, the Padres stormed back for four runs and a 14-13 victory over the Rockies in

Injury updates: Stanton, Thor, Altuve, Springer

12:15 AM EDT

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

Yankees' offense erupts amid roster shakeup

@Russ_Dorsey1
June 16, 2019

CHICAGO -- The Yankees have had a very eventful weekend and while they mostly made news for their most recent acquisition and the return of a superstar, on the field the team found a way to split a four-game set with the White Sox. Here are three takeaways from Sunday’s

Broken water line delays Padres-Rockies game

@harding_at_mlb
June 16, 2019

DENVER – Sunday’s Padres-Rockies game was delayed with two outs in the top of the first inning when a small flood broke out in foul ground along the right-field line. There was an issue with the main irrigation line in that area of the park, but the specific nature of

Adams hits grand slam, 3-run HR to power Nats

After split with D-backs, big test awaits as Phillies, Braves come to town
@JamalCollier
June 16, 2019

WASHINGTON -- Matt Adams homered twice and collected seven RBIs, including a grand slam launched 438 feet into center field in the eighth, to help power the Nationals to a 15-5 victory in Sunday’s series finale against the D-backs. Washington matched a season high with 15 runs to salvage a

DeJong still in New York groove with clutch HR

Cards SS boosts torrid numbers vs. Mets with go-ahead dinger in 8th
@anne__rogers
June 16, 2019

NEW YORK -- Paul DeJong doesn’t know what it is, but there’s something about facing the Mets that makes the Cardinals shortstop hit. Entering Sunday, he ranked first in slugging percentage (.788) among all Major Leaguers with 85 plate appearances against the Mets. He left slugging .807 at Citi Field.

Breakthrough Series about 'opening up equality'

Major Leaguers, former Women's National Team members participate in girls' baseball development program
June 16, 2019

VERO BEACH, Fla. -- Former MLB players Dmitri Young, Fernando Arroyo and Lou Collier have amassed a wealth of baseball knowledge over their combined 29 years of Major League experience, and they shared some of it as coaches in this weekend’s MLB Girls Baseball Breakthrough Series in Vero Beach, Fla.,

Mets lose Thor to IL (hamstring); Cano returns

@_dadler
June 16, 2019

NEW YORK -- As the Mets got one of their big names back, they lost another. New York activated Robinson Canó (left quad) from the injured list Sunday, and the second baseman went 1-for-3 with a walk and a double out of the No. 5 spot in New York's 4-3