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11 players who've picked it up in 2nd half

Ramirez, Kershaw, Bumgarner among those to erupt since break
@RichardJustice
1:48 AM EDT

Once there was a season when Eddie Murray, a future Hall of Famer, was having a tough first half for Baltimore -- and Orioles manager Earl Weaver was delighted. “That just means he’s going to have a great second half,” Weaver said. The longtime O's skipper knew that regardless of

Paxton carves up Dodgers behind 5 HRs in rout

@BryanHoch
3:46 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES -- Try to picture an autumn evening in which James Paxton makes the long walk across the outfield from the bullpen to the dugout, assigned to set the tone in the first game of a postseason series. After the left-hander's most dominant effort of the season, the Yankees

Acuna joins 30-30 Club ... is 40-40 in reach?

@mlbbowman
2:13 AM EDT

NEW YORK -- Before extending his pursuit to record what would be just the fifth 40-homer, 40-stolen base season in MLB history, Ronald Acuña Jr. can savor the fact that he now stands as the second-youngest player to join the game’s exclusive 30-30 club. Acuna secured his membership when he

With Skaggs in mind, Flaherty hurls another gem

Win moves Cardinals into sole possession of first place in NL Central
@anne__rogers
12:52 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS -- Jack Flaherty used the first day of Players’ Weekend to honor his friend Tyler Skaggs, the Angels pitcher who died in early July. One of nine Major Leaguers who paid tribute to Skaggs, the Cardinals starter wore “LOVE YOU TY” on the back of his jersey and

'Kraken' fastest catcher, AL player to 100 homers

Sanchez celebrates Players' Weekend with milestone big fly
@BryanHoch
2:58 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES -- Within the walls of a facility where so many noteworthy accomplishments have transpired over the years, Gary Sánchez grabbed his own slice of history by leaving the yard at Dodger Stadium in a 10-2 Yankees victory. Wearing “Kraken” on his Players' Weekend jersey, Sanchez dropped to a

Take a look at best sights from Players' Weekend

@paul_casella
August 23, 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

Unbelievable loss a Phillies first since ‘03

7-run lead spoiled as 'pen rocked by Marlins
@ToddZolecki
12:52 AM EDT

MIAMI – The Phillies have suffered bad losses, but they have not suffered a loss like this in almost 16 years. They blew a seven-run lead in a 19-11 loss to the Marlins on Friday night at Marlins Park. It is the first time the Phillies blew a seven-run lead

These 'out of it' teams could contend in '20

@castrovince
1:34 AM EDT

We instinctively (and I would say sensibly) devote the vast majority of our conversation this time of year to contenders. But right here, right now, let’s talk about some teams that are out of it now but could get in it in 2020. And when I say out of it

Unlikely heroes step up for Braves in extras

@mlbbowman
1:46 AM EDT

NEW YORK -- Even if you were committed to an optimistic outlook a few weeks ago, when the Braves’ new bullpen was struggling and Mike Foltynewicz was trying to prove he belonged back at the Major League level, it would have been impossible for you to predict what transpired in

Been there, done that ... deGrom makes history

Ace becomes first ever to homer, K 13 twice in one season
@AnthonyDiComo
1:01 AM EDT

NEW YORK -- All told, Jacob deGrom needed 36 pitches to navigate an eight-batter stretch from the third through sixth innings. Beginning with Freddie Freeman and ending with Ronald Acuna Jr., deGrom struck out eight consecutive Braves on Friday en route to a 13-strikeout evening. If that seems rote, it’s

Why home field is huge for these 3 teams

@AndrewSimonMLB
1:41 AM EDT

With more than a month remaining in the regular season, three teams have all but locked up division titles. Entering Saturday, the Dodgers (85-45) held a 20 1/2 game lead over the D-backs, with 100% odds of winning the National League West, according to FanGraphs. The Astros (83-47) had a

Fewest games played to 100 career home runs

@SlangsOnSports
August 23, 2019

Reaching 100 career home runs is an achievement on its own, but doing so early in a career is even more impressive. There have been nine players in Major League history to reach the 100 mark in fewer than 400 career games, with the most recent addition to that club

Osuna, Harris provide much-needed relief in win

@brianmctaggart
1:59 AM EDT

HOUSTON -- Astros starter Gerrit Cole is anything but idle on days he’s not pitching. You can typically find him standing next to manager AJ Hinch in the home dugout at Minute Maid Park talking about pitching, sequencing and anything else that runs through his mind. In the hours before

Here are Friday's 10 best prospect performances

@wboor and @GoldenSombrero
1:33 AM EDT

Here are the 10 best performances by players on team Top 30 Prospects lists from across the Minor Leagues on Friday:

Brewers 2-hit Arizona behind hitless 'J Lyles'

Right-hander walks two; Williams allows first hit on bloop single in 7th
@AdamMcCalvy
12:59 AM EDT

MILWAUKEE -- The way Craig Counsell managed the Brewers’ 6-1 win over the D-backs on Friday, it was obvious that victories matter to him more than history at the moment. And Jordan Lyles thought that was the right call. Counsell lifted Lyles at the 99-pitch mark even though the right-hander

'Mr. Smile' HR helps Tribe gain in Central race

Indians roll behind 4-run 2nd inning to open Players' Weekend
@castrovince
August 23, 2019

CLEVELAND -- Call it “Escape from New York: The Cleveland Indians Story.” After landing around 4 a.m. ET following a long, strange trip to multiple boroughs of the Big Apple, the Tribe returned to Progressive Field on Friday and got back to its winning ways with a 4-1 victory over

J.D. racks up 7 RBIs with 2 HRs as Sox coast

E-Rod snags 15th win with 7 shutout innings, scores first career run
@IanMBrowne
3:15 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO -- The Red Sox were supposedly opening an eight-game road trip on Friday night when they took on the Padres. But it couldn't have felt any more like home to the visitors, who romped their way to an 11-0 victory. Petco Park was positively packed with Red Sox

Ryu hit hard by Yanks in rare home setback

@kengurnick
2:30 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES -- It’s a three-game Interleague series in August, not a best-of-seven in October. But if Friday night’s Players’ Weekend opener between the Dodgers and Yankees really is a preview of the World Series, the Dodgers need to up their game. The Yankees overwhelmed them, 10-2, in a showdown

Yanks loosen up for Players' Weekend in LA

@BryanHoch
August 23, 2019

LOS ANGELES -- The Yankees and the Dodgers own two of the Majors' most prestigious uniform designs, but as the titans meet for this weekend's Interleague clash at Dodger Stadium, both clubs are sporting a new look for the third annual Players' Weekend. This year's theme is monochromatic, so the

Simba pounces to make slick barehand play

August 23, 2019

In the lineup for the first time since Aug. 2, Andrelton Simmons showed he hasn't lost a step in the field. The Angels' Gold Glove shortstop -- wearing his popular nickname, "Simba," on the back of his black Players' Weekend jersey -- retired Astros outfielder George Springer leading off the

Every 30-30 season, ranked by club

August 23, 2019

The marvel of the 30-30 club is predicated on the rare combination of speed and power it takes to swipe 30 bases and bash 30 homers in the same season. The feat has been pulled off just 62 times in baseball history, most recently by Ronald Acuña Jr., who became

Aquino makes more history with 12th tater

@JakeCrouseMLB
August 23, 2019

PITTSBURGH -- When Aristides "PJ" Aquino steps to the plate, he does so tall and confidently. As the opposing pitcher readies, he brings his bat up perpendicular to the ground and stares through it, as if he’s a golfer reading the break of a green or an archer lining up

Harper on paternity list; Phils summon Franco

@ToddZolecki
August 23, 2019

MIAMI -- Bryce Harper has been looking forward to fatherhood since at least February, when he signed his 13-year contract with the Phillies. “I’m going to grow my family in this city,” Harper said. Well, Harper’s family is growing. The Phillies announced Friday afternoon that Harper has been placed on