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Is this the craziest double play ever? Maybe!

@MartinJGallegos
April 21, 2019

OAKLAND -- A's center fielder Ramón Laureano has added to his superb defensive reputation with a handful of astonishing plays this season, but Sunday's tops them all. With a runner on first and one out in the second inning of the A's series finale with the Blue Jays -- an

Belly's day: Rob HR, hit GW blast -- crush pizza?

Joc, after his own 2-HR day: 'There's not much Belly can't do'
@kengurnick
April 21, 2019

MILWAUKEE -- From somewhere underneath Cody Bellinger’s long shadow, Joc Pederson has had an unobstructed view of the amazing start of his amazing teammate. “There’s not much Belly can’t do,” Pederson said, after Pederson’s two-homer birthday took a back seat to another brilliant display of talent from Bellinger, who robbed

4 takeaways from Boston's sweep of the Rays

@Sportsgal25
April 21, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG -- On Friday, the Red Sox limped into Tampa Bay under a cloud of frustration and uncertainty. They’ll head back north toting a three-game win streak and their first series sweep of the season after a 4-3, 11-inning win on Sunday against the Rays at Tropicana Field. Gaining

Bote flies home to meet new Cub after walk-off

@MLBastian
April 21, 2019

CHICAGO -- David Bote tossed his helmet aside and took the celebratory beating from his teammates. The Cubs' infielder then did a quick on-field interview and made a quick exit from Wrigley Field. It was not clear if he sprinted out of the ballpark still wearing his dirt-stained uniform. Bote

Power Rankings: Top teams solidify positions

@alysonfooter
1:11 AM EDT

It’s still April, which means the overused trifecta of “it’s still early,” “it’s too early to panic” and “they’re off to a slow start” is not quite ready to be shoved to the back of the sock drawer just yet. It truly is much too early to glean a lot

Donaldson's 2 homers propel Braves past Tribe

@castrovince
April 21, 2019

CLEVELAND -- It would be an exaggeration to refer to Progressive Field as Josh Donaldson’s “old stomping grounds,” as he only suited up for the Indians in 16 games at the end of 2018, when he was trying to prove himself healthy and they were trying to get a late-season

Paxton accomplishes rare Yankees feat vs. KC

Southpaw joins Cone as only pitchers in club history with back-to-back 12-plus strikeout games
@feinsand
April 21, 2019

NEW YORK -- James Paxton's big night against the Red Sox earlier this week provided him with his first big Yankees moment. On Sunday, the hard-throwing left-hander put on a repeat performance. Paxton struck out 12 batters in six-plus scoreless innings in New York's 7-6, 10-inning walk-off win over the

Freeman on Bauer: 'He hasn't done his research'

Braves star reacts to curious comments from Tribe right-hander
@castrovince
April 21, 2019

CLEVELAND -- The tone was critical. The words were… complimentary? Add it all up, and Trevor Bauer’s postgame comments about the Braves’ bats after Atlanta’s comeback, 8-7 victory at Progressive Field on Saturday night were certainly curious. “It didn’t seem like they wanted to hit tonight,” said Bauer, who went

Thor homers -- give an assist to Fowler

April 21, 2019

Noah Syndergaard's fifth career homer on Sunday was a gift, but he'll take it. As Cardinals center fielder Dexter Fowler was tracking Syndergaard's fly ball in the left-center-field gap in the fourth inning, the ball dropped into and out of Fowler's glove and over the wall for a solo homer.

Injury updates: Judge, Shoemaker, Rendon, Cano

April 21, 2019

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

Need for speed: 1 flamethrower for each team

@williamfleitch
in 16 hours

Let’s not kid ourselves: the story of baseball in the year 2019 is velocity. Remember back when FOX telecasts used to show a flame going WHOOSH! every time a pitch went over 95 mph? They’d have to do that every pitch now. Pitchers throw harder now than at any time

Shoemaker (torn ACL) to miss rest of season

@goodforball
April 21, 2019

OAKLAND -- The silence in the visitors’ clubhouse at the Oakland Coliseum captured the Blue Jays’ mood. This was not a time to play the usual victory mix on the clubhouse stereo, despite Toronto’s 5-4 triumph that sealed a three-game sweep of the Oakland A’s. The Blue Jays knew that

Are Mets more likely to sign Gio than Keuchel?

April 21, 2019

After a seven-season tenure with the Astros that included a trio of 200-inning seasons, an American League Cy Young Award in 2015 and an overall 3.66 ERA, Dallas Keuchel is now a free agent. Below, you will find a list of the latest news and rumors surrounding the left-hander. Rosenthal:

This team has interest in Kimbrel -- on 1 condition

April 21, 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.

Looking back at MLB's 20-strikeout performers

April 21, 2019

A 20-strikeout game is one of baseball’s rarest feats. In Major League history, there have been 23 perfect games and 18 four-homer efforts, but only five times has a pitcher fanned 20 batters while throwing no more than nine innings. (Apologies to Tom Cheney, who struck out 21 in 16

Pederson homers not once, but twice on birthday

@kengurnick
April 21, 2019

MILWAUKEE -- Joc Pederson should wish every day was his birthday. Pederson has baseball reasons for that birthday wish. On Sunday, he celebrated his 27th birthday with a pair of home runs, a pair of singles and three runs scored in the Dodgers’ 6-5 win over Milwaukee, continuing a custom

Padres' bats come alive, Tatis extends hit streak

Lucchesi whiffs eight in 5 2/3 innings, Yates tallies 10th save
@AJCassavell
April 21, 2019

SAN DIEGO -- Fernando Tatis Jr. just won’t stop hitting. The rest of the Padres’ offense joined him on Sunday afternoon. In no uncertain terms, Tatis carried San Diego's offense during a six-game losing skid, which came to an end on Sunday. In a 4-3 victory over Cincinnati, the 20-year-old

A day of milestones as Rangers hold on for win

@Sullivan_Ranger
April 21, 2019

ARLINGTON -- Rangers pitcher Shelby Miller earned his first Major League victory in two years and Joey Gallo hit the first sacrifice fly of his career. It was a day for milestones as the Rangers held on for an 11-10 victory over the Astros on Sunday afternoon at Globe Life

Gray keeps his cool and delivers in clutch

Rox's starter continues progress by working his way out of jams
@harding_at_mlb
April 21, 2019

DENVER -- Right-hander Jon Gray allowed just one hit in six scoreless innings in Sunday’s 4-1 victory over the Phillies -- the Rockies’ sixth win in seven games -- and it amounted to an afternoon of spring cleaning at Coors Field. Three innings seemed messy until Gray tidied up: •

Judge goes on IL with 'significant' oblique strain

@feinsand
April 21, 2019

NEW YORK -- Aaron Judge became the latest Yankee to land on the injured list, and as much as the team misses its leader and biggest offensive threat, the slugger believes his club will succeed during his absence. “They’re going to be just fine,” Judge said. “Just like you guys

Romine walks it off for hodge-podge Yanks

With Judge added to crowded IL, New York rallies to win in extras
@feinsand
April 21, 2019

NEW YORK -- For the first time this season, Aaron Boone filled out his lineup card without writing Aaron Judge’s name. That couldn’t have been easy for the Yankees’ manager, but given the injury woes that have hovered over his team like a black cloud, Boone continued to keep a

Martinez continues to fill void in Cards' lineup

Shildt: 'He's willing to do it all and do it well'
April 21, 2019

ST. LOUIS -- When Cardinals outfielders Harrison Bader (hamstring) and Tyler O'Neill (right elbow) both went down with injuries last week, Jose Martinez was there to play his role. Taking over in right field after Dexter Fowler moved to center in Bader’s absence, Martinez has filled the gap in the

Smoak's bat, Giles' 7th save seal sweep of A's

@goodforball
April 21, 2019

OAKLAND -- Ken Giles recorded his seventh save by throwing a scoreless ninth inning in Toronto’s 5-4 triumph Sunday over the Oakland A’s. But the Blue Jay who truly sealed the club’s season-high fourth-straight victory was shortstop Richard Urena, who sauntered into short left-center field to snare Robbie Grossman’s popup

Opener strategy helps Halos snap losing streak

Robles tosses scoreless first, then Barria fans three in five strong frames
@RhettBollinger
April 21, 2019

ANAHEIM -- The Angels employed the opener strategy for the first time this season and it helped them end a six-game losing streak. Hansel Robles opened with a scoreless first before handing it over to Jaime Barria, who threw five strong innings in an 8-6 win over the Mariners on

Kemp diagnosed with chest wall contusion

@oapostrophesd
April 21, 2019

SAN DIEGO – Left fielder Matt Kemp exited the Reds’ 4-3 loss to the Padres on Sunday afternoon in the middle of the fourth inning, shortly after he hit the outfield wall at Petco Park in pursuit of a fly ball. Kemp was unavailable after the game, but the Reds