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These 5 players have opened eyes in April

Walker, Stephenson, Fried, Polanco, Goodrum having hot starts
@mike_petriello
9:55 AM EDT

It's early enough in the season that some numbers can still feel very odd, like Mookie Betts hitting .244 and Aaron Nola posting a 6.84 ERA. Then again, the three best players in baseball so far have been Cody Bellinger, Christian Yelich, and Mike Trout. Aaron Judge has the best

Two grand slams in one inning? Won't happen again

@AndrewSimonMLB
8:22 AM EDT

Tuesday marks the 20th anniversary of the night Cardinals third baseman Fernando Tatis pummeled two grand slams in the same inning at Dodger Stadium, and even more astonishingly, did so off the same pitcher (Chan Ho Park). Nobody had hit two slams in the same inning before in a Major

Top prospect Bichette breaks hand (reports)

@SlangsOnSports
12:18 PM EDT

Bo Bichette, the Blue Jays’ No. 2 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, was diagnosed with a broken left hand according to reports by MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray of The Athletic. Bichette will get a second opinion. Bichette was hit by a pitch in the Triple-A Buffalo's

Kemp placed on IL with broken rib

@m_sheldon
an hour ago

CINCINNATI -- The Reds placed left fielder Matt Kemp on the 10-day injured list Tuesday with a broken rib. To take his place on the 25-man roster, outfielder Phillip Ervin was recalled from Triple-A Louisville. Kemp was injured during the third inning of Sunday’s 4-3 loss to the Padres when

Bellinger blossoming into bona fide superstar

@SarahWexler32
9:08 AM EDT

As part of Young Stars Week, MLB is celebrating one of the game’s most dynamic emerging talents each day from April 22-26. Up next is 23-year-old Dodgers first baseman/outfielder Cody Bellinger. After a hot first week of 2019, Dodgers color commentator Orel Hershiser made a very early declaration that Cody

After 1,347 games, Bourjos plays 2B -- and shines

@_dadler
12:10 PM EDT

Things can get weird when games go 14 innings. In the Angels' 4-3 loss against the Yankees on Monday night, that meant Peter Bourjos playing the infield for the first time in his professional career -- and making a highlight-reel play at second base. Bourjos, who had never played any

Sox may call up prospect Hernandez for G2

Return to Fenway could help JBJ; Lin able to serve as extra catcher
@IanMBrowne
1:19 PM EDT

BOSTON -- Just days after the Red Sox called up their top position-player prospect, Michael Chavis, to the Majors for the first time, Boston now appears poised to call up Darwinzon Hernandez and his electric left arm as the 26th man for Game 2 of Tuesday’s day-night doubleheader against the

These closers saved the day at record rates

Greene has saved all 10 of Tigers' wins this season
9:50 AM EDT

During Edwin Diaz's historic season last year, it felt like every time the Mariners won a game, their star closer was the last man on the mound finishing it off. And that was more or less true. Diaz saved 57 of the Mariners' 89 total wins in 2018 -- nearly

The most-anticipated debuts in MLB history

@mattkellyMLB
April 22, 2019

The baseball world is waiting with bated breath for Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s first step onto a Major League diamond, and for good reason. Guerrero, already the son of a Hall of Famer, was given a top-end 80 grade for his hitting, owns a career .331/.415/.531 slash line in the Minor

Harper ejected as Arrieta calls out 'flat' Phils

Veteran RHP critical of team's focus, slugger's argument with umpire
@ToddZolecki
1:50 AM EDT

NEW YORK –- Bryce Harper boiled. Jake Arrieta fumed. The Phillies are facing their first gut check of the season after suffering their fourth loss in five games in Monday night’s 5-1 loss to the Mets at Citi Field. There have been worse losses, including an earlier one on this

'Heart-wrenching': Bucs hope for best for Burdi

Reliever exits with right biceps/elbow injury after crumpling to mound in pain
@adamdberry
an hour ago

PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates’ clubhouse was quieter than usual after Monday night’s 12-4 loss to the D-backs at PNC Park. The somber mood had nothing to do with the final score. Reliever Nick Burdi exited Monday’s game in the eighth inning, clutching his right biceps and elbow in obvious pain

Cashman: Judge will be 'down for a while'

@BryanHoch
4:59 AM EDT

ANAHEIM -- Aaron Judge has accompanied the Yankees on their nine-game West Coast road trip, though for all intents and purposes, the star slugger is serving as a cheerleader while his teammates take on the Angels, Giants and D-backs. Speaking on WFAN, general manager Brian Cashman declined to offer a

Injury updates: Eovaldi, deGrom, Judge, Sanchez

April 22, 2019

Here's a look at the latest injury news around the Majors.

Bradford returns after two weeks on IL

@gregjohnsmlb
2:52 PM EDT

Mariners reliever Chasen Bradford was reinstated from the 10-day injured list and fellow right-hander Ruben Alaniz was optioned back to Triple-A Tacoma as Seattle moved to bolster its bullpen prior to the start of its two-game Interleague series with San Diego on Tuesday. Bradford had been on the IL since

These are some of baseball's craziest double plays

9:46 AM EDT

Although double plays are commonplace during baseball games, many are far from common. Just look at what happened in Oakland this past Sunday, when fans were treated to one of the most incredible defensive sequences in recent memory. It’s a play that needs to be seen to be believed, and

Gardenhire moves Candelario back to leadoff

Struggling Harrison batting seventh to find rhythm
@jessicacamerato
1:07 PM EDT

BOSTON -- The Tigers’ lineup looked different on Tuesday for Game 1 of the doubleheader against the Red Sox. Second baseman Josh Harrison moved to seventh in the order, and third baseman Jeimer Candelario batted leadoff. Harrison had hit first in each of his 18 games this season, but he

Beat the Streak and win $5.6 million in 2019

MLB.com's flagship fantasy game is back for its 19th season
March 27, 2019

Beat the Streak presented by MGM is back for its 19th season, and you can take home $5.6 million and achieve legendary status by topping Joe DiMaggio’s hallowed 56-game hitting streak from 1941. Passing DiMaggio has been a tall task for MLB players and Beat the Streak participants alike. Over

Nolan homers for 1K, then ends game

@harding_at_mlb
April 22, 2019

DENVER -- Nolan Arenado insisted he had no idea the next hit would make him the ninth player in Rockies history to reach 1,000. He just knew it was a big moment. Arenado’s milestone came on a Statcast-projected 419-foot home run in the seventh inning that put the Rockies ahead

Urshela can't be stopped by Angels

@BryanHoch
4:34 AM EDT

ANAHEIM -- The Yankees were well-acquainted with Gio Urshela’s reputation as a slick defender, but on the day that the veteran arrived to begin this unexpected opportunity with the Yankees, he cryptically suggested he had made significant changes at the plate. Pressed for details, he promised his performance would soon

This team has interest in Kimbrel -- on 1 condition

April 22, 2019

Closer Craig Kimbrel has compiled an impressive resume during his nine seasons in the big leagues, recording a microscopic 1.91 ERA with a 0.92 WHIP, 333 saves and a 14.7 K/9 rate. Below you will find a list of the latest news and rumors surrounding the right-hander, who remains unsigned.

Zunino channels new 'dad strength' for 1st HR

@juanctoribio
April 22, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG -- After welcoming the birth of his first child, Rhett Michael Zunino, on Friday night, Mike Zunino returned to the Rays lineup Monday and was interested to see if he would benefit from the "dad strength" that some of his teammates have raved about. “It’ll be nice to

Matz pulls 180 with dominant start vs. Phillies

Mental conditioning helps lefty shed previous outing: 'He wiped the slate clean'
@AnthonyDiComo
1:11 AM EDT

NEW YORK -- For Steven Matz , the days between starts were routine. Briefly, Matz watched video of his last outing, an eight-run blowup in Philadelphia in which he didn't record an out. He noticed the obvious -- he was leaving balls up in the zone -- and moved on.

Polanco does it again as Twins fend off Astros

Shortstop homers, racks up 4 RBIs in second 4-hit game of season
@dohyoungpark
1:47 AM EDT

HOUSTON -- However you measure it -- batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage -- Monday night's game between the Twins and Astros featured a clash of two of the top three offenses in the American League. Led by four hits and a late homer from Jorge Polanco, the Twins' bats