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MVP Poll: Historic hitters beginning to run away

Trout, Bellinger's incredible seasons make them award favorites
@RichardJustice
1:20 AM EDT

The Angels' Mike Trout and Dodgers' Cody Bellinger remain comfortably atop the latest polls for the American League and National League Most Valuable Player Awards as the season nears its halfway point. Trout and Bellinger each received 30 of 34 first-place votes in their respective leagues when MLB.com reporters were

Rumors: Bumgarner, Stroman, Kendrick, Frazier

16 minutes ago

MLB.com is keeping track of all the latest free agent and trade rumors right here.

David Ortiz's condition upgraded to 'good'

@mattkellyMLB
44 minutes ago

Retired Red Sox star David Ortiz's condition was upgraded to "good" as he recovers from the bullet wound he suffered June 9 in the Dominican Republic. Ortiz’s wife, Tiffany, shared the latest update on the beloved slugger on Tuesday. Ortiz was previously in guarded condition. “This morning, David’s condition was

After delayed start, Ohtani putting up All-Star stats

Surging slugger leads pack of bubble candidates on the ballot
@mattkellyMLB
10:20 AM EDT

It’s OK if, only for a moment, you forgot just how good Shohei Ohtani is at the plate. He missed the entire first month working his way back from Tommy John surgery, and sputtered in fits and starts to a below-league-average .250/.330/.363 line in May. The overreactions were building. Had

Every contender should trade for this guy

@mike_petriello
12:47 AM EDT

Here's a brief list of things that seem to be included in so many different articles about hitters breaking out that they almost seem to be routine at this point. Generally, you'll read that a hitter is... • Striking out less • Hitting the ball harder • Hitting fewer grounders

Homer or nothing? Yanks swinging for October

@MikeLupica
10:49 AM EDT

There is still nothing more fun than watching the Yankees be the Yankees and make the kind of splashy move they made this week for Edwin Encarnacion. In the season after they hit more home runs than any team ever had, the Yankees have added even more home runs, as

The 5 most intriguing relievers on the market

Statcast breaks down bullpen aces who could be on the move
@mattkellyMLB
9:21 AM EDT

Relievers are the bread, eggs and milk of trade season, and with the August waiver deadline eliminated, contenders could stock up their bullpens earlier than ever. But what options are out there? The short samples sizes found in 20 to 30 relief appearances can yield some misleading ERAs. So let’s

Vote tightens across All-Star ballot leaderboards

Multiple positions hotly contested in latest update; Bellinger overall vote leader
@mattkellyMLB
9:39 AM 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

Bunting for a hit isn't limited to singles

June 17, 2019

When it comes to bunting, you have your three classics. The sacrifice bunt, to advance a runner (or runners) up a base. The squeeze bunt, to try to score the runner from third. And there's bunting for a hit, which generally involves the batter squaring around late in the hopes

Injury updates: Thor, Pence, Altuve, Stanton

12:28 AM EDT

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

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

@castrovince
June 17, 2019

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

Phils? Mets? Nobody can stop Braves right now

High-powered offense reminiscent of record-setting 2003 Atlanta club
@mlbbowman
12:55 AM EDT

ATLANTA -- A little less than halfway through this season, the powerful Braves have created reason to be compared to their 2003 club, which possessed the most potent lineup in franchise history. “They had some guys that could bang and with that pitching staff, they made it tough for the

Tanaka extends mastery over Rays with shutout

LeMahieu, Maybin go deep in support of right-hander's 10-K gem
@BryanHoch
June 17, 2019

NEW YORK -- As the tentacles of his organization rifle through every other big league roster in hopes of stabilizing the rotation, Masahiro Tanaka offered a convincing reminder of why the Yankees should be able to trust him in a big-game situation. Tanaka continued his season-long mastery of the Rays

Cardinals promote 10-year Minors veteran

@LangoschMLB
1:38 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS -- After playing 838 games over parts of 10 seasons in the Minors, first baseman/outfielder Rangel Ravelo finally earned his call to the Majors. The Cardinals purchased Ravelo’s contract on Monday while also moving Yairo Munoz to the paternity list. Ravelo learned of the assignment on Sunday, calling

Edwin: Being a Yankee 'is going to be fun'

@BryanHoch
12:13 AM EDT

NEW YORK -- Giancarlo Stanton will be back in the Majors on Tuesday, with Aaron Judge not far behind. Even with that power on the way, the Yankees installed the American League's leading home run hitter into their lineup on Monday, welcoming Edwin Encarnacion for his first swings in pinstripes.

PDP League gets underway in Florida

June 17, 2019

BRADENTON, Fla. -- “Your attitude will determine your altitude.” Eighty of the best rising high school seniors in the country were greeted at the inaugural Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP) League on Monday by former big leaguer and current MLB Network analyst Harold Reynolds, who stressed the importance of leagues like

Yanks GM actively monitoring pitching market

@BryanHoch
June 17, 2019

NEW YORK -- There are approximately six weeks remaining for the Yankees to identify the best available target(s) on the pitching market, and general manager Brian Cashman said on Monday that he has been blowing up the cell phones of most opposing GMs. Though the acquisition of slugger Edwin Encarnacion

Porcello K's 8, bullpen solid in shutout

@IanMBrowne
12:49 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS -- After a taxing few days in the bullpen, the Red Sox needed a big performance from their starter on Monday night at Target Field to kick off an important three-game series against one of the top teams in Major League Baseball. It was the perfect circumstance for Rick

Lucchesi delivers as Padres blank Brewers

@AJCassavell
2:24 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO -- For seven innings, they perched themselves on the bench that overlooks the left-center-field wall at Petco Park. Occasionally, the group of Padres relievers stirred. But only to stand, stretch and sit right back down. It wasn’t until there was one out in the seventh that any of

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

Santana right in thick of Rangers' win over Tribe

Utility man belts 2-run homer, scores on WP in series opener
@Sullivan_Ranger
12:30 AM EDT

ARLINGTON -- Rangers manager Chris Woodward said Danny Santana was his “pick to click” before Monday night’s game against the Indians. That was a bold prediction considering Santana was starting in right field for only the second time this season. But the Rangers were in a pinch since Hunter Pence

Angels welcome Upton back with homer spree

@RhettBollinger
June 17, 2019

TORONTO -- The Angels got a key piece back in their lineup on Monday with the return of Justin Upton, and they made the most of it with four homers, including a solo shot from Upton on the first pitch he saw on the season, in a 10-5 win over

Carpenter, Mikolas show what they're capable of

Cardinals will need sustained efforts from third baseman, hurler to contend
@LangoschMLB
12:28 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS -- They were supposed to be anchors -- Miles Mikolas for a rotation dotted with preseason questions and Matt Carpenter atop a lineup teeming with potential. But much like a club that has stumbled its way into mid-June, neither player has yet hit his stride. Monday served as

D-backs pick Henry twirls shutout in CWS

June 17, 2019

D-backs Draft pick Tommy Henry was dominant Monday to push Michigan to within a game of the 2019 College World Series finals. Henry, the No. 74 overall selection in this month’s MLB Draft, pitched a three-hit shutout, striking out 10 batters as the Wolverines defeated Florida State, 2-0. Michigan can

Snitker hopes Keuchel can debut Friday vs. Nats

@mlbbowman
June 17, 2019

ATLANTA -- Braves manager Brian Snitker confirmed he hopes Dallas Keuchel will make his season debut in Friday night’s game at Nationals Park. But the team will wait another day or two before committing to this plan. “We’re taking it a day at a time right now, but everything is