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Verlander (12 K's) masterful, flirts with 3rd no-no

Astros right-hander goes 8 strong, only allows home run in 7th
@RichardJustice
17 minutes ago

HOUSTON -- Sometimes, this is what you get with a Justin Verlander start. You get a flirtation with magic. You get dominance. You get something you might just remember. This is why it’s an event every time he steps on a Major League mound. This is also why Cooperstown beckons.

Hobbled Baez delivers with walk-off pinch-hit

Hours after undergoing MRI, shortstop knocks game-winning single
an hour ago

CHICAGO -- Long before he inserted Javier Báez into a pinch-hitting spot in the ninth inning against the Phillies on Tuesday night, Cubs manager Joe Maddon wasn’t even certain his star shortstop was available. Earlier in the day, Baez had undergone an MRI on his bruised right ankle, which kept

Last time Kershaw lost? It's been awhile

@Sportsgal25
25 minutes ago

ST. PETERSBURG -- Sometime shortly after his second strikeout of the game, Clayton Kershaw was faced with a decision. He was either going to be in for a rough ride Tuesday night, or the Rays were. The decision was an easy one for the Dodgers’ ace, who went on to

Greinke becomes 37th pitcher to reach 2,500 K's

After milestone, homer saddles D-backs ace with first loss since Opening Day
@oapostrophesd
an hour ago

SAN DIEGO -- Zack Greinke reached a big career milestone on Tuesday night at Petco Park, but he also saw a personal streak end in untimely fashion. The D-backs’ right-hander recorded his 2,500th career strikeout when he fanned Franmil Reyes in the fourth. Two innings later, Greinke’s streak of 178

Injury updates: Stanton, Judge, Yelich, K. Davis

22 minutes ago

Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge, Masahiro Tanaka, Didi Gregorius, James Paxton, Dellin Betances and Troy Tulowitzki, Yankees Stanton was scratched from what would have been his second Minor League rehabilitation game with Class A Advanced Tampa on Tuesday due to tightness in his left knee. Stanton went 1-for-3 with a home

5 hitters who have reversed slow starts

@AndrewSimonMLB
an hour ago

When a player begins a season on a hot streak, it’s obvious. When that streak comes later, perhaps on the heels of a season-opening slump, it can get a bit lost. First impressions are hard to shake. That’s the situation facing these five prominent hitters. Each started slowly, falling below

10 early candidates for Comeback POY

@williamfleitch
12 minutes ago

It can feel like a bit of a dubious achievement to win a Comeback Player of the Year Award. After all, to come back from some setback, you have to have fallen back in the first place. Mike Trout isn’t winning any Comeback of the Year Awards because he’s the

Frazier fuels Yanks' 10th straight W at Camden

Sanchez hits 14th HR; German fastest Yankee to 9 wins since 1958
@BryanHoch
May 21, 2019

BALTIMORE -- Clint Frazier's first at-bat on Tuesday produced a barreled line drive that landed in the glove of left fielder Dwight Smith Jr., and as he returned to the third-base dugout, the Yankees outfielder permitted himself a chuckle. If his luck didn't improve soon, he promised hitting coach Marcus

How'd Pete's record HR stay fair? He spoke to it

Alonso sets Mets rookie mark for most homers before All-Star break
@AnthonyDiComo
May 21, 2019

NEW YORK -- As the ball traveled in an arc over the left-field foul pole, Pete Alonso hopped down the first-base line, body turned toward left, watching its flight. Afterward, Alonso would say that he knew for sure the ball was staying fair. That did not stop Alonso, in the

Frazier fires back: Eaton knows the 'history'

@AnthonyDiComo
May 21, 2019

NEW YORK -- A day after offering tight-lipped silence in response to his tiff with Nationals outfielder Adam Eaton, the Mets’ Todd Frazier fired back, alluding to an incident between the two while they were White Sox teammates in 2016. Frazier offered no details about the incident, chalking Eaton’s behavior

Stanton skips rehab game with knee tightness

@BryanHoch
May 21, 2019

BALTIMORE -- Giancarlo Stanton was scratched from what would have been his second Minor League rehabilitation game with Class A Advanced Tampa on Tuesday due to tightness in his left knee. Stanton went 1-for-3 with a home run on Monday in his first contest with the Tarpons. Speaking after the

Orioles now own this unfortunate HR record

Baltimore is now the fastest team to give up 100 homers in a season
@mattkellyMLB
May 21, 2019

The Orioles set an unfortunate record Tuesday night after becoming the fastest team in Major League history to give up 100 home runs in a season. Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier smacked his second long ball off Baltimore starter David Hess in the fifth inning of the Orioles’ 11-4 loss at

'A streaky home run hitter,' Tellez homers twice

@baseballexis
12:33 AM EDT

TORONTO -- Rowdy Tellez had only ever done it five times in his professional career before Tuesday night. The left-handed-hitting slugger sent two balls out of the park at Rogers Centre in the Blue Jays' 10-3 win over the Red Sox, driving in five runs in his first two-homer game

Pedro Baez dodges serious injury from line drive

X-rays come back negative on reliever, who has right leg contusion
@Sportsgal25
May 21, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG -- Dodgers reliever Pedro Báez survived a scare Tuesday night when X-rays came back negative after he was struck by a line drive in the seventh inning against the Rays. He was diagnosed with a right upper leg contusion, and the Dodgers will monitor daily how the injury

Sonny Gray leads Reds to MLB-high 7th shutout

Reds score 3 in 1st inning to back right-hander
12:05 AM EDT

MILWAUKEE -- Before Tuesday night, Sonny Gray’s first season in Cincinnati hadn’t exactly gone the way he, or the Reds, had hoped. Gray was winless in his first nine starts and had a 4.30 ERA. But against the Brewers, the right-hander offered a glimpse of what once made him one

Hosmer, Machado provide spark vs. Greinke

@AJCassavell
36 minutes ago

SAN DIEGO -- In the middle of their lineup, the Padres are getting what they paid for. That’s $444 million worth of production, to be exact. For most of the season, the San Diego offense has slumped. The lineup simply isn’t deep enough, and it’s been reeling from the losses

Simmons sustains Grade 3 sprain; Ohtani OK

Angels' defensive star optimistic: 'I'm not too concerned'
@RhettBollinger
May 21, 2019

ANAHEIM -- The Angels received good news and bad news on the injury front on Tuesday, as designated hitter Shohei Ohtani was back in the lineup after being hit by a 94-mph fastball on his right ring finger in Monday’s 3-1 loss, while shortstop Andrelton Simmons was diagnosed with a

Judge increasing on-field work; Tanaka cleared

@BryanHoch
May 21, 2019

BALTIMORE -- Aaron Judge once again has a bat in his hands, as the slugger's on-field activity is continuing to increase, a most welcome development for a first-place Yankees club that is attempting to build on its advantage in the American League East. Judge stood in the batter's box to

Khris Davis exits game, may go on IL

An MRI scheduled for Wednesday will determine next move
@MartinJGallegos
22 minutes ago

CLEVELAND -- Khris Davis’ return to the A’s lineup was short-lived. Davis left Tuesday night's 5-3 Oakland win over Cleveland at Progressive Field in the third inning due to lingering effects from his left hip contusion. Davis got a day off to rest on Monday, but he was back at

Christian Yelich scratched with back spasms

Shaw departs for rehab assignment; Pina (hamstring) progresses
@AdamMcCalvy
May 21, 2019

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers scratched Christian Yelich from the starting lineup on Tuesday after he experienced back spasms, marking the second time in the past three weeks that MLB’s home run leader has been sidelined by a back issue. Yelich missed part of seven games in late April and early

Perez exits game, diagnosed with concussion

Catcher was hit in the face mask with foul tip, will be evaluated further
@MandyBell02
17 minutes ago

CLEVELAND – Just as Roberto Perez’s bat seemed to be heating up, the Indians catcher is facing a bit of a setback. After getting hit in the face mask with a foul ball in the third inning of Cleveland's 5-3 loss to the A’s on Tuesday night, Perez remained in

Smith tested for concussion after foul tip, exits

@RhettBollinger
May 21, 2019

ANAHEIM -- Angels catcher Kevan Smith left Tuesday’s game in the fifth inning after taking a foul tip off his mask in the fourth inning. Smith is currently being evaluated for a possible concussion. With Twins first baseman C.J. Cron at the plate with two outs in the fifth, Smith

Rosario's running walk-off a sprint for the ages

@AnthonyDiComo
12:29 AM EDT

NEW YORK -- Amed Rosario swung down on the ball, beating it into the ground as the stopwatch clicked on. The Mets’ fastest player chucked his bat, dropped his head and sprinted. At shortstop, Trea Turner edged forward, thought better of that plan and took a healthy step back, fielding

Lynn leads Rangers with 11-K gem vs. Mariners

Guzman, Mazara, Gallo deliver at plate as Texas wins 3rd straight
@Sullivan_Ranger
an hour ago

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers had an all-encompassing win on Tuesday night, with contributions coming from offense, pitching, baserunning and errorless defense. The foundation of it all was starting pitching. Lance Lynn held the Mariners to two runs in seven innings, and the Rangers won their third straight, 5-3, at Globe