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There's a new No. 1 atop Power Rankings

@alysonfooter
1:00 AM EDT

Every contending team needs exceptional depth to get through a baseball season, but what the Astros are doing these days without one of their most valuable hitters is somewhat remarkable. José Altuve has been sidelined with a strained left hamstring and has not played since May 10. In his absence,

After slow start, Vlad can't stop hitting HRs

@gregorMLB
May 19, 2019

CHICAGO -- Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is starting to make up for lost time, and along the way he is making everyone forget about a slow start to his rookie season. Guerrero homered for the fourth time over his last six games in the Blue Jays’ 5-2 victory vs. the White

Yanks ride wild 6th to series W, AL East lead

@SlangsOnSports
May 19, 2019

NEW YORK -- The Yankees entered the bottom of the sixth inning tied at 5 with the Rays in a back-and-forth game that featured home runs from both sides. But the Yanks took control in the sixth, scoring seven runs on four hits in an inning that included five walks

Ryu masterful again, runs scoreless streak to 31

Dodgers lefty records first road victory in win over Reds; Bellinger cranks 17th homer
May 19, 2019

CINCINNATI -- Hyun-Jin Ryu had not won a decision this season away from Dodger Stadium, but Dodgers manager Dave Roberts knew it was just a matter of time. “He likes pitching at home,” Roberts said, prior to Sunday’s game. “But if he commands the fastball, he can pitch anywhere, even

Red Sox snap Astros' 10-game winning streak

@IanMBrowne
May 19, 2019

BOSTON -- Even on a day Chris Sale struck out 10, it wasn’t pretty. Even on a day Xander Bogaerts came up with the big hit the Red Sox needed, the offense was grinding it out more than dominating. The truth of the matter is that the Red Sox weren’t

Harper's bazaar: A weekend full of homers

Two-run blast the difference-maker in series sweep
@paul_casella
May 19, 2019

PHILADELPHIA -- After clobbering a home run over the batter's eye and onto Ashburn Alley in Saturday's win, Bryce Harper stood at his locker postgame and said, “It's not how far, it's how many.” Harper backed up that mantra on Sunday, drilling another no-doubter home run to straightaway center field

Maddon drops protest, 'though I still don't agree'

MLB informs Cubs Doolittle's delivery is legal, unlike Edwards'
May 19, 2019

WASHINGTON -- Cubs manager Joe Maddon said before Sunday’s game that the team had dropped its protest of Saturday’s 5-2 loss to the Nationals. Maddon and the Cubs were upset because Washington closer Sean Doolittle tapped his foot on the ground during his delivery in the ninth inning, which they

The toughest guy to strike out on every team

@williamfleitch
May 19, 2019

The world of baseball has embraced the strikeout in a way that is sometimes obsessive: For the second consecutive year, we’re on pace for more strikeouts than hits. Even the best hitters in baseball don’t sweat the strikeouts anymore. It’s all part of the game. This ends up making those

Injury updates: Tanaka, Paxton, Altuve, Springer

12:16 AM EDT

Masahiro Tanaka, James Paxton and Dellin Betances, Yankees A day after getting hit on the right shin by a batted ball with a 111.3-mph exit velocity from Yandy Díaz, Tanaka is feeling better. He was walking normally at Yankee Stadium ahead of the Yanks' rubber game vs. the Rays on

Cano at center of Mets' fifth straight loss

Club continues to preach patience after fifth straight loss
@cdenicola13
May 19, 2019

MIAMI -- When the Mets acquired Robinson Canó over the offseason in a blockbuster trade with the Mariners, it signaled New York's determination to return to prominence both in the National League East and postseason landscape. Five months later, the honeymoon appears to be over as Cano drew heat for

Woman is first to play in PR men's league 

Diamilette Quiles breaks barrier by taking field in doubleheader
@JesseSanchezMLB
May 19, 2019

Baseball history was going to be made, so one thousand fans piled into Utuado’s Estadio Ramon Cabanas, the modest stadium in the central part of Puerto Rico, to witness it. They came to see first baseman Diamilette Quiles, and she did not disappoint. The 33-year-old became the first woman to

The unsung skill helping Bellinger chase .400

@_dadler
8:53 AM EDT

A lot of the time, Cody Bellinger gets to jog the bases for free. He has 17 homers now. But you need more than home runs to be a .400 hitter a month and a half into the season. Bellinger has more. One key part of the package: electric speed.

Evan Longoria tells us the real reason why his bats feature Pokemon and dabbing unicorns

May 19, 2019

First thing's first: No, Evan Longoria isn't secretly super into unicorns. But his daughter, Elle, can't get enough -- which gave Evan an idea: Why not let her and her brother, Nash, pick out his bat knob decals during the 2019 season? Longoria had gone with custom knobs before (you

Puig crashes into wall on great grab, later exits

Right fielder day to day with sprained right shoulder
@m_sheldon
May 19, 2019

CINCINNATI -- One of the precious few good moments the Reds had during Sunday’s 8-3 loss to the Dodgers ended up having some negative consequences. In the top of the sixth inning, right fielder Yasiel Puig made a fantastic leaping catch in foul territory. But the impact of landing on

Hiura hits 1st HR in Crew's power-filled day

Three solo shots help Brewers end road trip with victory; Woodruff goes eight innings
@AdamMcCalvy
May 19, 2019

ATLANTA -- Keston Hiura is on the board in the big leagues, and he wasn’t the only Brewers hitter who cleared the fences to finish the season’s longest road trip with a win. Hiura, the No. 15 prospect in baseball per MLB Pipeline, hit his first Major League home run

Bieber among youngest with 15-K, 0-BB shutout

Righty throws first career shutout while fanning career-high 15
@MandyBell02
May 19, 2019

CLEVELAND -- When Shane Bieber walked off the mound at the end of the eighth inning of the Indians' 10-0 win over the Orioles on Sunday, he tried to dodge Indians pitching coach Carl Willis to avoid being told he was done for the afternoon. “Then he found me again

Hendricks survives hiccup as Cubs take series

12:18 AM EDT

WASHINGTON -- Kyle Hendricks knew he didn’t have his best stuff on Sunday night, but he still didn’t give up a hit until the fifth and survived a late Nationals charge to remain unbeaten this month as the Cubs held on for a 6-5 victory and a series win at

'One more inning': Rangers rally to win in 10

Calhoun's pinch-hit single ties it before Mazara's sac fly give Texas walk-off victory
@Sullivan_Ranger
May 19, 2019

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers easily could have been deflated on Sunday afternoon after taking a 3-2 lead into the ninth inning and letting it slip away. They trailed by one, 4-3, going into the bottom of the 10th, and Cardinals reliever Jordan Hicks was pumping fastballs across the plate at

These moments shaped baseball's record book

May 19, 2019

Arguably no other sport’s records are as hallowed as baseball’s greatest marks. Fans can easily recall exact figures from decades past and cherish the numbers that serve as reminders of some of the game’s most extraordinary moments. These are the players behind the greatest record-breaking feats of the past 100

Mariners turn tables, triumph via HR vs. Twins

Trio of homers back strong Kikuchi to 3rd win
May 19, 2019

SEATTLE -- What do you do after a team has battered you over the first three games of a series, setting their season high in runs in the process? You send out your own stopper, as the Mariners did with Yusei Kikuchi on Sunday. The left-hander continued to impress with

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

Dazzling play, Sandoval's homer lift Giants

@JakeDRill
May 19, 2019

PHOENIX -- Brandon Crawford and Pablo Sandoval have been two of the Giants’ most reliable players of the past decade. They’ve spent seven seasons as teammates, twice winning the World Series championship together. On Sunday afternoon, the 32-year-old veterans combined for one of their most impressive sequences ever. Crawford made

Duffy wins third straight as Royals avoid sweep

Angels' Calhoun: 'Today was probably the best I’ve seen him throw'
@SarahWexler32
May 19, 2019

ANAHEIM -- The Royals were in need of a strong starting pitching performance in Sunday’s series finale at Angel Stadium, and Danny Duffy gave them exactly that, leading his team to a 5-1 victory over the Angels to snap a four-game losing streak. “Today we ran into a guy who

Freeman's No. 200 pushes HR streak to 4

First baseman becomes just sixth Brave to hit 200 homers and 300 doubles; 'He’s one of the elite players'
@mlbbowman
May 19, 2019

ATLANTA -- Freddie Freeman reached a milestone and experienced a career first when he extended his recent power barrage by hitting a game-tying home run in the seventh inning of Sunday afternoon’s 3-2, 10-inning loss to the Brewers at SunTrust Park. Freeman’s solo shot off Brandon Woodruff was the 200th