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Giolito-Bieber was everything you imagined

@MandyBell02 and @scottmerkin
April 13, 2021

It’s so easy to get excited when two aces are slated to pitch against each other, but so rarely do the matchups live up to the hype. But on Tuesday night at Guaranteed Rate Field, Shane Bieber and Lucas Giolito did not disappoint. Giolito had thrown 101 pitches through seven

Contreras gets revenge, cranks HR in win

April 13, 2021

Willson Contreras has made it no secret that he has grown frustrated with the pile of errant pitches that have struck him this season. On Tuesday night, the Cubs' catcher got even with the Brewers by bruising a baseball. After being hit by another pitch, Contreras later launched a towering

From 8.82 ERA to Cy contender in 2 years

Two years after 8.82 ERA, righty has 20/0 K/BB in first two starts
April 13, 2021

In 2019, Corbin Burnes had the worst pitching year in Milwaukee Brewers history. One of the worst years by anyone in any team’s history, really. The kind of year that gets you a new home or a new profession. In 2020, he finished sixth in the NL Cy Young balloting.

Injuries: Myers, Hayes, Cruz, M's

April 13, 2021

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

Duvall's record-tying night leads hit parade

April 13, 2021

After another record-tying night at Truist Park, it's safe to say that Adam Duvall feels right at home in Atlanta. He matched a club record with seven RBIs as he led the Marlins to a commanding 14-8 win over the Braves. • Box score The Marlins signed Duvall, who played

Five guys on the rise in the Draft

@JimCallisMLB and @JonathanMayo
April 13, 2021

Our 2021 Draft coverage is ramping up and we’ll unveil an updated Top 150 Prospects list next week. Leading up to when the Pirates exercise the No. 1 overall pick on July 11, we’ll regularly present five-deep lists on a variety of Draft topics. We’ll start by breaking down five

Here are baseball's hottest rookies

April 13, 2021

Like anything in baseball, there are always surprises. The 2021 season brought talk of clear Rookie of the Year favorites, but once the season actually got going, there were more than a fair share of rookie standouts that didn't appear on those early lists. Consider the top three hottest rookies

Matthews nearly integrated baseball in 1905

April 13, 2021

It sounded like a done deal. Per a “person on the inside,” a newspaper report revealed that a National League team would be adding a new player “very soon.” This was no ordinary player. He was a player of, as the paper put it, “remarkable ability,” sure to “prove a

Snow can't cool bats in Sox's 7th straight win

Dalbec breaks out of slump with two RBI doubles, Devers homers in 4th straight
April 13, 2021

As the first pitch crossed the plate at Target Field on Tuesday afternoon, the temperature was a frigid 33 degrees -- the second chilliest to start a game in Red Sox history. But when you’re as hot as the Red Sox are, you can easily tune out the elements, including

Mookie makes smashing return to LA lineup

April 13, 2021

Dodgers star outfielder Mookie Betts answered any lingering questions about his ailing back in the third inning on Tuesday night with a monstrous home run to left field at Dodger Stadium. The 394-foot blast off Rockies starter Antonio Senzatela gave the Dodgers a 3-0 lead. It was Betts’ second home

Mets ride strong Stro to DH sweep of Phils

April 13, 2021

NEW YORK -- So that’s what the 2021 Mets are supposed to look like. Hampered early in April by a disjointed schedule, five postponed or suspended games, an offense that froze like a blue screen with runners in scoring position, a bullpen that struggled to finish off games, two top-of-the-order

Astros finalizing Maldonado deal (source)

April 13, 2021

HOUSTON -- The Astros are finalizing a one-year contract extension with catcher Martín Maldonado that would keep him in Houston through 2022 with a vesting option for 2023, a source told’s Mark Feinsand on Tuesday. The club has not confirmed the deal. After trading for Maldonado midseason two years

Paxton to have season-ending surgery

April 13, 2021

James Paxton is indeed headed toward season-ending surgery after receiving a second opinion on Monday on the left forearm strain that he sustained during his 2021 debut. Mariners manager Scott Servais revealed the course of action ahead of Tuesday’s doubleheader against the Orioles in Baltimore, and he wasn’t certain if

Rowdy, Palacios flex power in win over Yanks

April 13, 2021

On a night where Hyun Jin Ryu dominated the Yankees and the top of the Blue Jays’ lineup did damage, the most encouraging moment of the game was a solo home run off the bat of Rowdy Tellez. He needed it. Tellez opened the season 0-for-21 before breaking the goose

Better than Tom? Meet UCLA's Maya Brady 

Better get the trophy case ready
April 13, 2021

They'd lost their first game of the Premier Girls Fastpitch tournament and were already relegated to the loser's bracket. That meant if the Orange County Batbusters wanted to lift the trophy, they would have to win every other game that day -- including a rematch against their hated rival who

Nine times? Cards' bats erupt in 5th vs. Nats

April 13, 2021

ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals’ offense, when clicking on all cylinders, can bop with the best in the Majors, with multiple MVP candidates and a Rookie of the Year favorite among the ranks. It’s just been touch-and-go at the outset of the 2021 season. Well, it was all “go” on

Tito on racist messages to Chang: 'Idiocy'

April 13, 2021

Indians manager Terry Francona’s message in response to Yu Chang receiving racist remarks on social media was simple: “Errors are part of the game, but ignorance and racism, they shouldn’t be anywhere.” Chang took to Instagram and Twitter on Tuesday afternoon to share some of the appalling messages he received

Myers day to day (right knee inflammation)

April 13, 2021

Padres right fielder Wil Myers is day to day after aggravating the balky right knee, which has bothered him since Spring Training, during Tuesday night's 8-4 loss to the Pirates. Myers was pinch-hit for in the top of the fourth, just an inning after an awkward finish to a running

Urías caps big day with walk-off hit for split

April 13, 2021

When the Orioles optioned Pat Valaika to their alternate training site to make roster space for DJ Stewart earlier this week, it created a sizeable opportunity for rookie Ramón Urías as the lone infielder on Baltimore’s three-man bench. He’s taking advantage of it. The most glaring example came Tuesday, when

The best no-hitter follow-ups in history

April 13, 2021

When Joe Musgrove takes the mound for the Padres on Wednesday for his first start since throwing the first no-hitter in San Diego franchise history, all eyes will be on him. How will he follow up his no-hitter? We'll find out. But first, let's look back at the pitchers who

Ohtani stays hot with 431-foot HR, 3 hits

April 13, 2021

A night after becoming just the fifth player to record an exit velocity of 119 mph or higher with an absolutely crushed two-run double, Shohei Ohtani showed off both his speed and his power in a 3-2 loss to the Royals on Tuesday evening at Kauffman Stadium. Ohtani stayed hot,

Pache leaves game with groin tightness

April 13, 2021

ATLANTA -- Braves top prospect Cristian Pache exited Tuesday night’s game against the Marlins with left groin tightness. It was not apparent when Pache began feeling the discomfort. He was replaced by Ender Inciarte in center field when the fifth inning began. Pache ranks as MLB Pipeline’s No. 11 prospect.