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Escape in LA: Dodgers hold on, beat Yankees

August 24, 2019

LOS ANGELES – For Kenley “Kenleyfornia” Jansen these days, there is no such thing as a routine save. He had to defuse a controversial, bases-loaded landmine in the ninth inning on Saturday to secure the Dodgers’ 2-1 win over the Yankees at Dodger Stadium. Setting aside the angst and drama

Braves use homers, hustle to again top Mets

August 24, 2019

NEW YORK -- Billy Hamilton will receive a $100,000 bonus if he tallies 15 more plate appearances this year. The Braves will view this as a bargain if the speedy outfielder continues to take full advantage of these at-bats he was not expecting to receive. Hamilton delivered his second key

7 things nobody saw coming this season

August 24, 2019

Baseball will really mess with your mind, man. Analyze it, scrutinize it, conceptualize and contextualize it all you want, but things (a whole bunch of things) are going to happen in a Major League season that nobody (and I do mean nobody) saw coming. This is a list of seven

Alonso's 41st HR ties Mets' single-season record

Judge's MLB rookie home run record (52) in reach; Mets fall to Braves
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NEW YORK -- When the Mets carried Pete Alonso on their Opening Day roster, they did so with faith that he could impact their team in a positive way. Even the staunchest optimists among them hardly could have envisioned this. Alonso tied the Mets’ franchise record with his 41st home

Yankees match record for most HRs in a month

Judge homer gives New York 58 dingers in 23 games in August
August 24, 2019

Aaron Judge's solo home run in the fourth inning of Saturday afternoon’s 2-1 loss to the Dodgers was a fine sight to see for the Yankees, for a few reasons. Judge’s 424-foot homer to center field was New York’s first hit of the game off a locked-in Tony Gonsolin, and

Watch this catch: A's OF never saw it coming

August 24, 2019

Had it all the way ... right, Stephen Piscotty? Even the A's right fielder had to be wondering how Buster Posey's line drive landed in his glove to end the bottom of the first inning against the Giants on Saturday at the Coliseum. Posey roped a liner off A's starter

Panda's season to end with Tommy John surgery

August 24, 2019

OAKLAND -- The Giants announced Saturday that Pablo Sandoval will undergo Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in the first week of September, prematurely ending a resurgent season for the 33-year-old veteran infielder. Sandoval traveled to Los Angeles on Wednesday to be evaluated by Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who recommended

Alvarez's 455-ft BP bomb damages 'El Grande'

August 24, 2019

HOUSTON -- Astros rookie slugger Yordan Alvarez has become a must-watch at-bat this season. Even during batting practice. Alvarez is believed to be the first person to strike “El Grande,” the massive scoreboard above right field, with a baseball when he did it during batting practice prior to Saturday’s game

Injury updates: J-Ram, Buxton, Ohtani, Rizzo

August 24, 2019

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

Take a look at best sights from Players' Weekend

August 24, 2019

Players' Weekend is officially underway, meaning your favorite players are taking the field with nicknames on the back of their jerseys and some other unique gear, including plenty of specially designed cleats. • Every team’s Players’ Weekend nicknames | Players' Weekend FAQ | All the nicknames, sorted

Cervelli pays quick dividends in Braves debut

Former Pirate goes 3-for-5 with 3 RBIs after joining team on Saturday
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NEW YORK -- A little more than a month after wondering if his career, or at least his days as a catcher were complete, Francisco Cervelli has found a new home with the Braves, who benefited from the immediate contributions he made in Saturday night’s 9-5 win over the Mets

Boquetón, Caveman lead Bomba Squad again

August 24, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS -- Players’ Weekend offers the chance for the athletes to show off their personalities. “Caveman” and “Boquetón” have also taken the opportunity to flex their muscles. After Jake Cave and Miguel Sanó each went deep twice in the Twins’ loss to the Tigers on Friday, their power again proved

'Jack and Dak' forming impressive young duo

Hudson throws six scoreless innings of his own vs. Rockies
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ST. LOUIS -- Dakota Hudson and Jack Flaherty have become the anchors of the Cardinals’ rotation -- and the Rockies were unlucky enough to have faced them on back-to-back days. After Flaherty’s three-hit, nine-strikeout effort in six scoreless innings on Friday, Hudson followed up with six scoreless innings of his

Clevinger leads Tribe, goes to 9-0 vs. Royals

Indians rally behind Reyes' HR after losing J-Ram to wrist injury
August 24, 2019

CLEVELAND -- In a season in which their vaunted rotation was drastically revised by injury, illness and, eventually, a major trade, the Indians have nonetheless risen to the challenge of an American League Central race. So losing a key lineup piece in Jose Ramirez, but defeating a division opponent anyway

Champ, A-Breg power Houston to series win

August 24, 2019

HOUSTON -- Michael Brantley ("Champ") hit a two-run homer and Alex Bregman ("A-Breg") socked a three-run homer to give the Astros an early lead and eventual 5-2 win over the Angels at Minute Maid Park on Saturday night, pulling Houston even with the Yankees atop the American League in the

Jason Segel texted 'Forgetting Sarah' Marshall

White Sox right-hander surprised to hear from star of 2008 comedy
August 24, 2019

CHICAGO -- Evan Marshall now has a Hollywood connection. As the White Sox reliever was sleeping Saturday morning, he received a text from Jason Segel, the star and writer of the entertaining 2008 comedy "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," from which Marshall took his “Forgetting Sarah” Players' Weekend nickname. Segel, who was

Potent offense keeps Nats rolling in win

Washington tallies fourth straight victory, 11th in past 13 games
August 24, 2019

CHICAGO -- From top to bottom, this Nationals lineup continues to be a nightmare for opposing pitchers. The Nats remained red-hot on Saturday afternoon at Wrigley Field, knocking Cubs starter José Quintana, who had not lost a contest in two months, out of the game after four innings en route

Ohtani throws 'free and easy' bullpen session

August 24, 2019

HOUSTON -- Shohei Ohtani threw an array of pitches in a 35-pitch bullpen on Saturday, testing out everything but the splitter, which he'll work on at a later time. Ohtani said he threw sliders, curveballs and fastballs, all without incident. "I ramped it up a little bit from the last

Eflin's return to his sinker helps shut down Fish

August 24, 2019

MIAMI -- Phillies right-hander Zach Eflin became a big-time pitching prospect because he threw an impressive two-seam fastball. His sinker is a big reason why the Phillies wanted him in the Jimmy Rollins trade with the Dodgers in Dec. 2014. But Eflin essentially stopped throwing the pitch last season because

Allard goes 6 1/3 scoreless for 2nd Rangers win

Calhoun, Santana hit 2-run homers in Texas' shutout victory
August 24, 2019

CHICAGO -- Rangers rookie left-hander Kolby Allard made his fifth Major League start on Saturday night and pitched like a savvy veteran well beyond the age of 22. This is what the good ones look like, no matter how long they have been in the big leagues. Allard used four

Buxton could return for White Sox series

August 24, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS -- Byron Buxton will begin a rehab assignment with Class A Cedar Rapids on Sunday and could return to the Twins during the club's upcoming road trip that begins on Tuesday in Chicago. The current plan is for Buxton to start at designated hitter on Sunday and play in

Severino's slam backs strong outing by Means

Both O's put recent struggles behind them in impressive win over Rays
August 24, 2019

BALTIMORE -- Pedro Severino dropped his bat and watched the ball sail into the Baltimore night, the weight of an opportunity lost resoundingly slipping off his shoulders. Severino had just hammered an Austin Pruitt fastball to unload the bases, one at-bat removed from rolling over on one of Pruitt’s sliders

J-Ram undergoes MRI on wrist, may land on IL

Indians third baseman sustains injury during 1st-inning AB
August 24, 2019

CLEVELAND -- The Indians were examining the severity of a right wrist injury that forced José Ramírez to leave Saturday night’s 4-2 win over the Royals in the middle of his first-inning plate appearance. Ramirez, who doubled over in pain after foul-tipping a 2-0 fastball from Glenn Sparkman, had an

Mets activate McNeil from IL, place Nido on it

NL batting leader enters game in 7th, goes 2-for-2; will start Sunday
August 24, 2019

NEW YORK -- The National League’s leading hitter is back at Citi Field for the stretch run. The Mets activated Jeff McNeil off the injured list on Saturday, after he missed the minimum 10 games due to a strained left hamstring. McNeil was not in the starting lineup for Saturday