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1 possible Deadline upgrade for every team

August 6, 2020

The season is barely two weeks old, yet the Trade Deadline (Aug. 31 at 4 p.m. ET) is rapidly approaching. Teams around baseball have already been forced to deal with health issues -- both related to COVID-19 as well as traditional injuries -- that have forced them to adjust on

BIZARRE inside-the-park HR for Yelich

1:14 AM EDT

Christian Yelich was looking for something, anything, to snap his early-season slump. Maybe Thursday’s unexpected sprint around the bases was just the thing. The Brewers slugger hit one of the strangest home runs you’ll see, an inside-the-parker that looked like a relatively lazy fly ball off the bat but turned

MLB announces scheduling updates

August 6, 2020

Major League Baseball on Thursday announced several scheduling updates following the postponement of recent games as a result of positive tests for COVID-19. With the following rescheduled games, all postponed contests are now scheduled to be completed prior to the end of the 2020 season.

Markakis delivers epic walk-off in 1st '20 start

After electing not to play, Braves' leader is back in big way
August 6, 2020

ATLANTA -- Exactly one month after electing not to play this season due to concerns over the coronavirus, Nick Markakis hit a walk-off home run that gave the Braves a 4-3 win over the Blue Jays on Thursday night at Truist Park. Welcome to 2020. “You never know what’s going

Left off lineup card, Jays pitcher ineligible

August 6, 2020

The Blue Jays had an unexpected wrench thrown into their bullpen plans in Thursday's 4-3 walk-off loss in Atlanta when Jacob Waguespack came out to warm up for the sixth inning. Waguespack was ruled ineligible by home-plate umpire Alan Porter because his name was left off the lineup card, and

Ohtani returns from injury in a big way

August 6, 2020

Shohei Ohtani proved that the injury that will keep him from pitching in 2020 doesn’t affect his hitting, as he connected on a solo homer in his first at-bat since being diagnosed with a strain of the flexor pronator mass in his right forearm. Ohtani backed a complete game from

Mattingly's 282nd win most in Marlins history

12:33 AM EDT

The Marlins keep finding ways to push forward, no matter what’s in front of them. They pulled through an eight-day hiatus, when their season was paused due to a COVID-19 outbreak. And with a revamped roster, they completed a four-game sweep of the Orioles on Thursday night at Camden Yards.

The top prospects in 2022 will be ...

@GoldenSombrero and @JimCallisMLB and @JonathanMayo
August 4, 2020

This week marked the arrival of MLB Pipeline’s midseason update of our Top 100 Prospects list, as well as every team’s Top 30 list. But unlike previous years, in which we exercised free range in adjusting our midseason lists, this year’s re-rank focused solely on adding 2020 Draft picks. We

D-backs win 1st series on Calhoun's walk-off

12:18 AM EDT

For the second night in a row it was Kole Calhoun who sparked a D-backs win. On Wednesday night, it was the veteran outfielder’s inside-the-park homer that catalyzed a nine-run rally. On Thursday, his two-run double down the right-field line gave the D-backs a 5-4 walk-off win over the Astros

Injury updates: Springer, Thornton, Chirinos

12:38 AM EDT

Stay up-to-date with all the latest news on injured players from across Major League Baseball.

Sánchez's HR extends Yanks' record streak

Late rally comes up short after Montgomery struggles
August 6, 2020

Gary Sánchez showed signs of snapping his early-season skid, helping the Yankees extend their season-opening franchise record by homering in a 12th consecutive game, but their late surge stalled in a 5-4 loss to the Phillies on Thursday evening at Citizens Bank Park. Sánchez launched a two-run homer in the

For 11 teams, 60-game sprint got harder

August 6, 2020

We’ve taken to calling this shortened 2020 season a “60-game sprint,” and quite a few clubs that were widely projected/expected to contend for a playoff spot have stumbled out of the blocks. Fortunately for them, an expanded postseason format -- in which second place in a division is good enough

5 surprise teams demanding your attention 

Who doesn't want to root for an underdog?
August 6, 2020

The season is just two weeks old and we’re already in the midst of a pennant race. That’s what happens when the pandemic forced Major League Baseball into a shortened 60-game sprint, giving each game nearly the same importance of a three-game series in a regular 162-game season. With the

Neris, Realmuto stifle Yanks; 'Don't give in'

August 6, 2020

PHILADELPHIA -- Héctor Neris’ 1-2 splitter to Aaron Judge tumbled to home plate in the eighth inning Thursday night at Citizens Bank Park. It dropped below the strike zone. Judge swung and missed. It was a big moment in the Phillies’ 5-4 victory over the Yankees. Big because Judge represented

Never-quit lineup gives Rox 4th series win

August 6, 2020

DENVER -- With the new MLB rule forcing pitchers to face a minimum of three batters under most circumstances, the Rockies’ lineup can leave opposing teams and managers with maximum stress. Giants skipper Gabe Kapler had to deal with plenty of that on Thursday afternoon. After Giants left-handed starter Tyler

Powerful A's sweep series with small ball

August 6, 2020

OAKLAND -- Home runs have fueled much of the A’s early-season success. But it was a rare showing of small ball that provided a key run in Thursday’s 6-4 win over the Rangers.

'We're here': Tribe puts up 10 runs in seventh

August 6, 2020

CLEVELAND -- After Franmil Reyes hit the deciding two-run homer in the eighth inning against the Reds on Tuesday, he was asked whether one hit can spark a domino effect for the offense going forward. The slugger promptly responded, “Of course!” Though the team had to wait a few days,

Springer day to day with right wrist strain

12:29 AM EDT

Astros All-Star center fielder George Springer left Thursday’s 5-4 walk-off loss to the D-backs with a right wrist strain. His status is day to day. Springer, the catalyst atop Houston’s lineup, made a diving catch while running forward to rob D-backs designated hitter Andy Young of a hit in the

Bucs all smiles after Newman's latest walk-off

August 6, 2020

PITTSBURGH -- With runners on second and third and one out in the ninth inning Thursday afternoon at PNC Park, Kevin Newman chopped a pinch-hit single up the middle. Twins center fielder Byron Buxton raced in to retrieve the ball, but by the time he reached it, it was too

Longest team home run streaks to start a season

August 6, 2020

It’s always good to get off to a strong start from the power perspective at the beginning of a new season. Sometimes that means hitting home runs early and often. There have been 10 teams to homer in at least 12 straight games to start a season. The record is

'That was incredible': KC erupts for 13 runs

Offense gives huge cushion for Keller's scoreless 2020 debut
1:07 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY -- Finally. The Royals’ mostly dormant offense in 2020 awoke on Thursday night with a fair share of pent-up anger. The unsuspecting victim was the Cubs’ pitching staff as every Kansas City hitter reached base at least once en route to a 13-2 victory at Kauffman Stadium. The

Pearson takes step with in-game adjustments

12:32 AM EDT

Nate Pearson battled the zone at times in Thursday’s 4-3 walk-off loss in Atlanta, but his second Major League start offered some revealing hints of what’s to come from the Blue Jays’ No. 1 prospect. Pearson allowed more runs (three) than hits (two) over five innings, with three walks and

MLB starting pitcher power rankings

August 6, 2020

Baseball has so many great aces. But who's the best of the best right now? It's time for the first MLB starting pitcher power rankings of 2020. A panel of experts ranked their top 10 starting pitchers across the Major Leagues right now. This is about ranking the best

5 keys for Tigers in return to action

August 6, 2020

DETROIT -- The Tigers, who haven’t played a game since last Sunday, get back to work on Friday night against a Pirates squad that lost seven in a row before rallying in the ninth inning to beat the Twins on Thursday at PNC Park. It’s an interesting matchup after what