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'Choking back tears,' Appel makes long-awaited debut

Nine years later, former No. 1 pick carves path as reliever and pitches scoreless 9th
June 29, 2022

PHILADELPHIA -- Mark Appel could have wept. He had so many thoughts running through his mind as he walked off the mound in the ninth inning Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park. Nine long years, pressures, expectations, injuries, walking away, coming back, not knowing what it might lead to, but

Ohtani piles up 11 strikeouts to cap epic month

3:11 AM EDT

ANAHEIM -- Two-way star Shohei Ohtani has been in a groove both offensively and on the mound this month, and he continued his run of dominance in Wednesday's 4-1 victory over the White Sox at Angel Stadium. Ohtani struck out 11 over 5 2/3 shutout innings to extend his scoreless

Red Sox, Blue Jays benches clear after HBP

Toronto players fired up after Pivetta goes up-and-in on club's star catcher
12:30 AM EDT

TORONTO -- Tensions nearly boiled over between the Red Sox and Blue Jays early in Wednesday’s series finale at Rogers Centre as both dugouts and bullpens emptied in the bottom of the third inning. Boston starter Nick Pivetta hit Alejandro Kirk with a fastball, which didn’t look terribly controversial at

The best Trade Deadline name for each position

12:19 AM EDT

The Trade Deadline is less than five weeks away, and while only seven teams find themselves facing double-digit deficits in the postseason races, a number of contenders are already looking for ways to bolster their rosters for the second half of the season. As always, pitching figures to dominate the

Top spots change hands in Cy Young poll

12:18 AM EDT

The results are in, and’s third Cy Young Award poll of 2022 is a Florida-centric affair. Not only did first place change hands in both the American League and National League from our second poll (taken three weeks ago), but both new leaders come from teams in the Sunshine

An epic walk-off, a headbutt and a skipper left to ice his neck

12:34 AM EDT

CLEVELAND -- Josh Naylor had one goal when he stepped up to the plate with his team down one run and a runner on third in the bottom of the 10th inning: Hit a home run. He didn’t want to hit a game-tying single. He didn’t want to pass the

Bucs score because Nats didn't get ... a fourth out?

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June 29, 2022

WASHINGTON -- While there are three outs every half-inning, the fourth out rule was enacted during the fifth frame of an 8-7 Pirates win over the Nationals on Wednesday afternoon at Nationals Park. With Hoy Park on second base and Jack Suwinski on third with one out, Nats reliever reliever

'Some kind of special': J-Rod flexes with upper-deck blast

June 29, 2022

SEATTLE -- The stamp he left on this week’s series has Julio Rodríguez in a strong position to win consecutive AL Rookie of the Month Awards, perhaps quietly leading to stronger All-Star consideration as voting heats up. But it’s the looming possibility of a two-game suspension that has heightened the

Scherzer ready for return after 2nd rehab start

June 29, 2022

Max Scherzer is "good to go." Scherzer, who has been out with a strained left oblique since mid-May, made his second rehab start with Double-A Binghamton on Wednesday, tossing 4 2/3 innings and 80 pitches against Hartford. After the game, Scherzer told reporters that he doesn’t expect to make any

Freeman sets tone with first-inning home run

Dodgers' offense perks up as Smith, Bellinger also go deep vs. Rox
2:20 AM EDT

DENVER -- After scoring just four runs at Coors Field while losing the first two games of the three-game set, the Dodgers wasted no time filling in the scoreboard with crooked numbers in Wednesday night’s finale. They scored four runs in the first two innings en route to an 8-4

Plenty of fight left in Sox for 20-win June

Verdugo's clutch hits, Strahm's gritty relief work foil Blue Jays in finale
2:05 AM EDT

TORONTO -- The beauty of baseball is that an agonizing loss one night can be avenged with a thoroughly-satisfying win the next. And for the Red Sox, a 6-5, nail-biting victory over the Blue Jays in 10 innings on Wednesday was the definition of a grind-it-out performance on the heels

NEW: Top 250 Draft Prospects list

June 29, 2022

Teams are starting to line up their boards with the July 17-19 Draft getting closer, and we're doing the same at MLB Pipeline. We've expanded to a Draft Top 250, while also revising our previous rankings and reports. The first seven players are the same from our last update a

'I'm an old man': Greinke flashes wisdom in milestone start

June 29, 2022

KANSAS CITY -- After the 90 mph fastball that Zack Greinke threw to Josh Smith in the top of the fifth inning on Wednesday afternoon ever so slightly missed its spot up and away, Greinke got ready to deliver the next pitch -- and then stepped off the mound to

Alcantara throws complete game in Marlins' comeback win

1:34 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS -- There sat Marlins ace Sandy Alcantara at the end of the dugout bench, a towel wrapped around his neck, his intense stare willing a rally out of his teammates. All Alcantara ever wants is a chance to pitch nine innings. On Wednesday night, it didn’t look like

'Boom, boom, boom': Yanks set June HR record in sweep of A's

June 29, 2022

NEW YORK -- There were three runs on the scoreboard after the top of the first inning on Wednesday afternoon, but to hear Aaron Judge describe it, there was no panic in pinstripes. How could there be? These Yankees have, after all, cemented a reputation as kings of the comeback

How to watch Rays vs. Blue Jays FREE on YouTube

1:40 AM EDT

The MLB Game of the Week Live on YouTube is streamed live, for free, to fans around the world in 182 countries. Thursday's matchup features Rays outfielder Randy Arozarena, the 2021 American League Rookie of the Year, and Blue Jays slugger Vladimir Guerrero Jr., last year's AL MVP runner-up. First

3 years after 1st start, Wright 'a totally different guy'

Righty showcases development and confidence in return to Philadelphia
12:00 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA -- A little more than three years after being rushed into the national spotlight, Kyle Wright returned to Citizens Bank Park and displayed the value of both patience and proper development. Wright started living up to great expectations this year, and he extended his success while helping the Braves

Sadly for Báez, there's no such thing as bat interference

June 29, 2022

When he's on, watching Javier Báez play defense is one of the true joys of baseball. The Tigers shortstop is already legendary for his grace, athleticism and baseball IQ, regularly turning would-be hits into outs with highlight-reel tags, throws, catches and dives. Yet those special traits weren't enough to turn

'Vintage Clev' on display, dominates D-backs

June 29, 2022

PHOENIX -- When Mike Clevinger walked off the field for the final time Wednesday afternoon, he experienced a different-yet-familiar feeling. This wasn’t the Clevinger of 2021 who never stepped onto a mound. It wasn’t even the Clevinger of April or May from this year, when the Padres right-hander struggled to

Another Morel moment: 97.3 mph throw marvels teammates

1:42 AM EDT

CHICAGO -- Justin Steele had the perfect vantage point as he hustled to back up the plate. From foul territory, the Cubs pitcher watched rookie Christopher Morel unleash a furious throw from center field in the fourth inning on Wednesday night. "That was pretty sick," Steele said after Chicago's 8-3

Jonathan Davis goes full Superman on this amazing flying catch

June 29, 2022

ST. PETERSBURG -- Spectacular … and scary. Those were the words Brewers manager Craig Counsell used to describe Wednesday afternoon’s catch for the ages by center fielder Jonathan Davis, who was removed from the 5-3 win against the Rays after his head slammed into the Tropicana Field wall following a

Astros ride 'swing of emotions' to sweep in road trip finale

After scary collision, Castro's clutch HR seals JV's MLB-leading 10th win
June 29, 2022

NEW YORK -- For a few minutes, it looked as if Wednesday may have been the darkest of days for the Astros. Their powerful slugger, Yordan Alvarez, lay motionless on the Citi Field grass, and next to him was rookie shortstop Jeremy Peña, who was also shaken up after a

Cora: Sox's vaccination status 'going to change' by September

June 29, 2022

TORONTO -- For reasons beyond baseball, the Red Sox endured their most scrutinized loss of the season on Tuesday. With closer Tanner Houck on the restricted list due to not being vaccinated against COVID-19, Boston’s short-handed bullpen allowed four straight Toronto batters to reach in a 6-5, walk-off loss. On