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Minor MLB Transactions: 8/14/18  

There are quite a few minor moves to cover, with Baseball America’s Matt Eddy releasing several weeks’ worth of transactions. We’ll use this post to cover the most notable ones that haven’t yet featured on MLBTR: The Angels released outfielder Ben Revere, who could perhaps be an interesting player to target for contending clubs that…

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2018-08-14 05:45:27



A's hold off M's in 9th to pad Wild Card lead  

Jed Lowrie and Matt Chapman combined for six hits and six RBIs behind a stellar Sean Manaea, but Blake Treinen had to dig deep in a three-run ninth as the A's held on for a 7-6 win over the Mariners, creating some breathing room in the American League Wild Card race, at least for 24 hours.

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2018-08-14 04:53:02



Keller goes 7 strong as Royals clip Jays  

Brad Keller went seven strong innings and Ryan O'Hearn drove in all three runs, including a go-ahead two-run homer, to lead the Royals in the series opener. Devon Travis belted his ninth homer, while Sean Reid-Foley and batterymate Danny Jansen made their Major League debuts for the Blue Jays. Jansen logged a pair of singles and threw out a runner.

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2018-08-14 04:49:26



Upton robs HR, hits blast in 10th to lift Halos  

Justin Upton robbed Eric Hosmer of a go-ahead, three-run homer in the eighth inning, then hit a two-run homer in the 10th to help the Angels beat the Padres, 6-3, on Monday in the series opener. Andrew Heaney allowed two runs in 7 1/3 innings for the Angels. Clayton Richard gave up two runs in eight innings for the Padres, who are in the middle of a 10-game homestand.

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2018-08-14 04:16:57



Big inning, Ramirez help Tribe overwhelm Reds  

Backed by another big night from Jose Ramirez -- who belted his 35th homer of the year -- the American League Central-leading Indians picked up their eighth win in 10 games in a victory over the Reds at Great American Ball Park on Tuesday. Homer Bailey and Amir Garrett coughed up seven runs in the sixth inning, which was the difference in the loss for Cincinnati.

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2018-08-14 04:10:12



Cano returns to Mariners lineup today  

After 80 days on the suspended list, Robinson Cano will rejoin the Mariners on Tuesday, and his return figures to provide a timely boost for a club fighting for its first postseason berth in 17 years.

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2018-08-14 04:08:59



In race for Cy Young, deGrom K's 12 Yanks in W  

Jacob deGrom allowed three runs (two earned) and fanned 12 Yankees over 6 2/3 innings while Amed Rosario, Jose Bautista, Todd Frazier, Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto went yard as the Mets split their season series with their crosstown rivals on Monday night at Yankee Stadium.

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2018-08-14 04:07:35



Beltre reinjures hamstring against D-backs  

Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre left Monday night's 5-3 win over the D-backs at Globe Life Park after eight innings when he appeared to strain his left hamstring.

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2018-08-14 03:39:33



Harper equals '17 HR total, but Nats' 'pen cracks  

Washington came from behind twice, including a rally to overcome an eighth-inning bullpen meltdown, before Koda Glover surrendered a walk-off home run to Paul DeJong in the ninth to hand the Nationals a 7-6 loss and their second straight crushing defeat.

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2018-08-14 03:22:03



Dizzy Dozier exits; Axford has cracked fibula  

The rough news of another late-inning defeat Monday got even worse for the Dodgers, who revealed issues to both second baseman Brian Dozier and reliever John Axford.

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2018-08-14 03:10:04



Mets launch five home runs in Bronx  

Earlier this season, following a particularly unnerving Jacob deGrom loss, Mets third baseman Todd Frazier apologized for the team's lack of offensive support. Monday, after he and his teammates broke out for a season-high five home runs in an 8-5 win over the Yankees, Frazier called deGrom an "angel, basically, for what we put him through."

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2018-08-14 03:07:29



Crawford exits after collision with Hernandez  

Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford left Monday night's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers after colliding with left fielder Gorkys Hernandez in the fourth inning.

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2018-08-14 03:05:25



Castellanos busts out with 5 hits, 5 RBIs in win  

Nicholas Castellanos broke out of a second-half slump with five hits to power a win over the White Sox. Omar Narvaez tied things up with a solo shot in the sixth, but Castellanos delivered a go-ahead two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning. Adam Engel continued his recent power surge with a long solo drive a half-inning later. Castellanos would retort, putting the finishing touches on the victory with a two-run, bases-loaded single in the eighth inning.

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2018-08-14 02:57:33



Marlins rookie Guerrero dials heat up to 104  

Marlins reliever Tayron Guerrero took his fastball to another level in Game 2 of Monday's day-night doubleheader against the Braves at SunTrust Park.

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2018-08-14 02:50:05



Mariners' streak ends as A's get to Gonzales  

Whether it's the toll of innings adding up for Marco Gonzales or just an August slump, the young Mariners lefty took his third straight loss on Monday as the A's held on for a 7-6 win in the opener of a key three-game series at the Coliseum between American League playoff challengers.

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2018-08-14 02:43:21



Belt could return Tuesday; Shark throws sim game  

First baseman Brandon Belt's current absence from the Giants' lineup could end as soon as Tuesday, manager Bruce Bochy indicated Monday.

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2018-08-14 02:42:19



Bullpen loses vintage Kershaw's dazzler  

The Dodgers' bullpen continued its struggles Monday as Scott Alexander gave up four ninth-inning runs in a 5-2 defeat to the San Francisco Giants.

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2018-08-14 02:38:50



Colon vs. Cy Young winner? Texas usually wins  

Bartolo Colon overcame a rough first inning to win his third game against a Cy Young Award winner this season, and Robinson Chirinos clobbered a three-run homer to power the offense in the Rangers' win over the D-backs on Monday at Globe Life Park. Colon allowed three runs over five innings, struck out three and walked one to best Arizona starter Zack Greinke, who allowed four runs over 6 1/3 frames. Ronald Guzman added a solo homer for Texas, and Paul Goldschmidt and A.J. Pollack each collected

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2018-08-14 02:14:47



Jansen needed electric shock to stabilize heart  

Not only did Kenley Jansen call 911 to report an irregular heartbeat last week, the Dodgers' closer said the situation required doctors in Denver to use an electrical shock in order to get his heart back into rhythm.

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2018-08-14 02:12:44



Injury updates: Dodgers, Trout, Ohtani, Sabathia  

Here's a roundup of the latest injury news across the Majors.

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2018-08-14 01:47:15



Folty tosses gem as Braves sweep twin bill  

On the first pitch of the Braves' half of the first inning, Ronald Acuna Jr. made history as the fourth player to lead off both games of a doubleheader with a home run. Atlanta's good fortune continued as Mike Foltynewicz returned to his All-Star form, hurling eight innings of one-run ball, and Freddie Freeman clobbered his first homer since July 30. Merandy Gonzalez made his first Major League start for the Marlins and showed flashes of promise, but he ended the day after giving up three runs i

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2018-08-14 01:45:23



Giants snatch win in LA with epic 9th-inning rally  

A typical Madison Bumgarner-Clayton Kershaw mound matchup on Monday quickly evolved into a typical you-never-know finish that's characteristic of the Giants-Dodgers rivalry as San Francisco scored four ninth-inning runs to secure a 5-2 triumph.

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2018-08-14 01:44:08



Severino's second-half struggles continue in loss  

On the day they placed CC Sabathia on the disabled list, the Yankees also received the shortest effort of the season from Luis Severino, whose second-half struggles continued opposite deGrom and in front of a sellout crowd of 47,233 at Yankee Stadium.

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2018-08-14 01:43:09



Carlos Martinez Will Move To Bullpen For Rest Of Season  

The Cardinals have decided to utilize righty Carlos Martinez as a reliever down the stretch, as Peter Baugh of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch was among those to report. Martinez has been sidelined with a shoulder strain. Unsurprisingly, the move is expected only to be temporary. The idea seems to be that it would simply take…

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2018-08-14 01:39:18



Ohtani throws 2nd bullpen, increases intensity  

Shohei Ohtani completed a 33-pitch bullpen session without incident on Monday. Ohtani estimated that he threw at about a 70 percent effort level, a higher intensity than his first session off the mound on Saturday.

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2018-08-14 01:22:20



Carp homers (again), then unlikely hero lifts Cards  

Paul DeJong's homer in the bottom of the ninth delivered a thrilling 7-6 win for the Cardinals against Washington on Monday night, as St. Louis rallied after trailing by two in the eighth and after their lead slipped away in the top of the ninth.

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2018-08-14 01:15:56



Derrick Hall always has a box of caps in his car  

On this week's episode of Executive Access, Arizona CEO Derrick Hall remembers his tenure as a morning talk show host in Los Angeles, explains why he always has a box of D-backs caps close by and revisits handing Zack Greinke the largest contract in franchise history.

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2018-08-14 01:14:04



Miguel Rojas exits game with apparent ankle injury  

For the second time in Monday's day-night doubleheader at SunTrust Park, the Marlins had their starting third baseman exit due to injury. Miguel Rojas was removed in the second inning of Game 2 against the Braves with an apparent left ankle or lower leg ailment.

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2018-08-14 01:04:02



Goeddel reinstated; Dodgers option Venditte  

The Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday reinstated right-handed pitcher Erik Goeddel from the 10-day disabled list and optioned switch-handed pitcher Pat Venditte to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

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2018-08-13 19:11:04



Leonys Martin Recovering From Bacterial Infection  

Indians outfielder Leonys Martin, who was recently placed on the 10-day disabled list for a then-unidentified ailment, is battling a serious bacterial infection. Club president Chris Antonetti provided the update to reporters including MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian (Twitter link). Martin is said to have faced a life-threatening situation involving “multiple organs.” Fortunately, it seems his treatment…

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2018-08-13 19:06:52



CC Sabathia to DL with knee inflammation  

After tossing six innings of one-hit ball Sunday afternoon, Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia was placed on the 10-day disabled list with right knee inflammation prior to Monday's makeup game against the Mets.

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2018-08-13 18:25:33



J.D., Zim slug way to Player of the Week honors  

Major League Baseball recognized last week's top performers Monday, naming the Red Sox's J.D. Martinez and the Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman as the American League and National League Players of the Week presented by W.B. Mason.

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2018-08-13 17:43:11



Vlad Jr. -- surprise! -- heads Prospect Team  

MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any Minor Leaguer currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible.

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2018-08-13 17:18:59



Toussaint's stellar debut spurs Braves' G1 rout  

Touki Toussaint dazzled in his big league debut and benefited from Ronald Acuna Jr.'s latest offensive outburst as the Braves cruised to a 9-1 win over the Marlins in the first game of Monday's doubleheader at SunTrust Park.

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2018-08-13 16:38:55



Rosario launches first career leadoff homer  

Struggling to support Jacob deGrom for most of this season, the Mets continued their recent surge behind him in the first inning Monday at Yankee Stadium.

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2018-08-13 15:45:37



Engel's bat starting to catch up to stellar glove  

Adam Engel's defensive prowess has been nationally profiled recently, with three home run-stealing catches since last Monday, placing him alongside other noteworthy performances for American League Player of the Week.

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2018-08-13 15:07:24



From Africa to hero, Bote's had quite a journey  

In a matter of weeks, David Bote has gone from an 18th-round Draft pick nobody knew to a Cubs hero, schmoozing with actor Bill Murray after hitting a pinch-hit walk-off grand slam.

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2018-08-13 14:31:39



Reds promote Reed for bullpen depth  

Left-handed pitcher Cody Reed has been on a very good stretch of starts for Triple-A Louisville lately -- 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA over his last four starts -- but there is no vacancy in a Reds big league rotation that is already brimming with six starters.

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2018-08-13 13:54:42



Yankees Select Contract Of George Kontos, Place CC Sabathia On DL  

4:00pm: The Yankees announced that they’ve selected Kontos’ contract and placed lefty CC Sabathia on the 10-day disabled list due to inflammation in his right knee. Jordan Montgomery, who underwent Tommy John surgery earlier this year, was moved to the 60-day DL to open a roster spot for Kontos. Additionally, the Yankees recalled Ronald Torreyes…

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2018-08-13 12:37:27



Mahtook ready to seize latest opportunity  

The 60-mile stretch of I-75 that links Detroit and Toledo has been well traveled by Mikie Mahtook this season. After Mahtook began the season in the Tigers' Opening Day lineup, the 28-year-old outfielder has been optioned to and recalled from Triple-A Toledo three times.

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2018-08-13 11:35:23



Doug Fister Shut Down For Remainder Of Season  

The knee strain that has kept Rangers right-hander Doug Fister on the disabled list since mid-June will prove to be season-ending, reports Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News (Twitter link). Fister’s knee hasn’t responded well to the rehab efforts, and he won’t pitch again in 2018. Fister, 34, signed a one-year deal worth $4MM…

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2018-08-13 10:44:26



Acuna leads off both games of twin bill with HRs  

Ronald Acuna Jr. opened both games of a doubleheader against the Marlins on Monday with leadoff home runs in the first inning.

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2018-08-13 10:44:19



Leonys Martin recovering from bacterial infection  

Indians outfielder Leonys Martin is dealing with a bacterial infection that was life threatening as of a few days ago, president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti said on Monday.

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2018-08-13 10:44:16



Braves Promote Touki Toussaint  

The Braves announced Monday that they’ve selected the contract of top pitching prospect Touki Toussaint from Triple-A Gwinnett. He’ll serve as the 26th man in today’s doubleheader and is slated to start the first game of that twin bill. Toussaint, who turned 22 in late June, ranked as the game’s No. 76 prospect on the…

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2018-08-13 10:29:11



Maddon: A-Rod meeting didn't get 'heated'  

Joe Maddon and Alex Rodriguez met Sunday before the Cubs' game against the Nationals for the first time since the former American League MVP made comments critical of Yu Darvish on the ESPN broadcast two weeks ago.

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2018-08-13 09:56:30



Madson's back issues a surprise to Nats' manager  

Even though he has been battling back issues on and off for the past few days, Ryan Madson had not informed the Nationals or manager Dave Martinez, thinking he could pitch through the pain. So Martinez was "very surprised" to learn that Madson told reporters about his back injury after Sunday's walk-off loss to the Cubs.

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2018-08-13 09:46:36



J-Ram continues epic season with 35th homer  

Given Jose Ramirez's torrid pace this season, records were bound to start falling. On Monday night, the Indians' powerful third baseman's latest home run rewrote a section of the franchise's history book.

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2018-08-13 08:54:26



Myers activated from DL, gets start at third  

The latest position change in his topsy-turvy defensive career is official: Wil Myers is a third baseman.

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2018-08-13 08:47:43



Braves Release Fernando Salas  

The Braves have released veteran right-hander Fernando Salas from their Triple-A club in Gwinnett, as was first reflected on the Triple-A International League transactions page. His tenure with the organization will last just under a month in total. Atlanta signed Salas, 33, to a minor league contract in mid-July after he’d been cut loose by…

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2018-08-13 07:56:12



Hochevar retires from Royals with no regrets  

When former Royals right-hander Luke Hochevar had thoracic outlet surgery to alleviate pain in his lower neck and shoulder area two years ago this month, he still held out hope that he would one day pitch again in the Major Leagues. But that dream ended last year when Hochevar found he was unable to throw again without pain.

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2018-08-13 06:06:42



Prado placed on DL with left quad strain  

Martin Prado is heading back to the disabled list, but this time it isn't because of a strained right hamstring. The 34-year-old third baseman strained his left quad in the Marlins' 9-1 loss to the Braves in Game 1 of Monday's day-night doubleheader at SunTrust Park.

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2018-08-13 05:34:08



Duffy lands on DL with shoulder impingement  

Royals left-hander Danny Duffy was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Monday because of an impingement in his left shoulder. Right-hander Glenn Sparkman, who was sent back to Triple-A Omaha to make room for Blaine Boyer on Sunday, was recalled and will make a start in Duffy's place on Thursday.

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2018-08-13 05:34:06



Minor MLB Transactions: 8/13/18  

Here are Monday’s minor moves from around the league… The Tigers announced today that right-hander Jacob Turner cleared waivers and was assigned outright to Triple-A Toledo. Having been outrighted in the past, the prospect-turned-journeyman will have the ability to decline that assignment in favor of free agency if he is so inclined. The 27-year-old Turner…

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2018-08-13 05:30:31



Danny Jansen shares MLB debut with family in KC  

As Blue Jays catcher Danny Jansen prepared to make his Major League debut on Monday night against the Royals, he was a man in demand. Jansen made the rounds for a series of interviews and tried to put into perspective just how special the evening at Kauffman Stadium would be for him.

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2018-08-13 04:49:32



This closer is on a record-setting pace  

Can Mariners closer Edwin Diaz catch -- and ultimately surpass -- Francisco Rodriguez in the history books for the single-season saves makr? Here are some questions and answers to help set the stage for his stretch-run chase.

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2018-08-13 04:44:58



Adam Engel robs his 3rd home run this week  

Many kids scale the fences of their backyards or local diamonds dreaming of that one moment when they pull off a perfect home run robbery. Adam Engel has experienced that thrill in the big leagues three times … in the past week.

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2018-08-13 04:37:29



MLB Weekend Roster Roundup: Encarnacion, Ramirez, Sale, Skaggs  

ROSTER MOVES BY TEAM (August 11th-August 12th) NATIONAL LEAGUE ATLANTA BRAVES | Depth Chart Promoted: RP Kolby Allard Optioned: RP Chad Bell CHICAGO CUBS | Depth Chart Activated from 10-Day DL: RP Anthony Bass Bass was outrighted off the 40-man roster. LOS ANGELES DODGERS | Depth Chart Role change: RP Kenta Maeda and RP Ross Stripling moved to bullpen. MIAMI MARLINS | Depth…

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2018-08-13 04:09:31



Blue Jays Designate Brandon Cumpton For Assignment  

The Blue Jays announced Monday that they’ve designated right-hander Brandon Cumpton for assignment. His spot on the roster will go to pitching prospect Sean Reid-Foley, whose contract has been formally selected from Triple-A Buffalo. Right-hander Danny Barnes was optioned to Buffalo to open a spot on the active roster. Cumpton, 29, made just one appearance…

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2018-08-13 03:51:02



2019 Draft prospects shine in All-American Classic  

The West squad defeated the East, 4-2, for its third straight victory in the 16th annual Perfect Game All-American Classic at Petco Park on Sunday night. The annual showcase, which features 50 of the top-ranked high school seniors in the nation, returned to Petco Park for the 10th straight year.

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2018-08-13 03:50:41



Babe Ruth and Co. signed a ball that sold for ...  

How much would you pay for a piece of memorabilia etched with an imprint from Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson and Honus Wagner?

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2018-08-13 03:34:23



Bote joins rare list of ultimate pinch-hit slams  

When David Bote hit a pinch-hit ultimate walk-off grand slam on Sunday, he joined a list of only seven players to accomplish the feat since 1925.

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2018-08-13 03:25:19



Here is the best game every day this week  

Richard Justice breaks down the best games to check out this week in the MLB.

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2018-08-13 03:24:48



Each team's jersey number likely to be retired next  

Which active players might end up with their jerseys retired? Who potentially has that immortality in their future? We take a look at the most likely active player to someday have his number retired for every team.

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2018-08-13 03:22:50



Lowrie leads way as A's close division gap  

Not long after the Mariners pulled off a four-game road sweep of the first-place Astros on Sunday, the A's overcame a late-inning scare to close out a series-clinching victory in Anaheim and pull within 2 1/2 games of the division lead. Jed Lowrie collected his 1,000th career hit with a double in the first inning and added a two-run homer, his 18th, extending his career-high. Francisco Arcia clobbered his third homer in his 11th Major League game, bringing his slugging percentage to .533. Both t

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2018-08-13 03:06:24



NL East Notes: Bruce, Soroka, Marlins  

The emergence of Brandon Nimmo has left Jay Bruce as something of an odd man out with the Mets, opines Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Sherman notes that the Mets’ outfield in 2019 and beyond is likely to include Nimmo, Michael Conforto and Yoenis Cespedes, making it more difficult for Bruce to secure…

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2018-08-13 02:51:04



After DL stint ends, C-Mart to pitch out of 'pen  

Cardinals interim manager Mike Shildt said on Monday that Carlos Martinez will pitch out of the bullpen for the rest of the season when the right-hander comes off the disabled list.

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2018-08-13 02:40:03



Bullpen of the Week: Rays  

The Rays went 4-2 last week to improve to 60-58 this season, continuing to defy the odds in large part thanks to a unique bullpen strategy and a solid performance from the relief corps. That continued with Tampa Bay's bullpen posting a 2.14 ERA over 33 2/3 innings from Aug. 6-12 to earn the MLB Bullpen of the Week presented by The Hartford honors.

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2018-08-13 02:28:28



Power Rankings: No. 1 Red Sox see rivals jump  

The Red Sox held their spot at the top of this week's Power Rankings, going 6-1 in their past two series, but the rival Yankees made strides up the list.

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2018-08-13 01:58:20



Angels Select Contract Of Osmer Morales  

The Angels have selected the contract of right-hander Osmer Morales, per a club announcement. Fellow righty Eduardo Paredes was optioned to create active roster space. Morales, 25, receives his first shot at the majors despite the fact that he’s carrying only a 6.22 ERA in 92 2/3 Triple-A frames on the season. He has long…

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2018-08-13 01:49:04



The rarest of slams makes Cubs walk-off winners  

Pitching duels are great, but so are home runs, and rookie David Bote hit one he'll never forget. Bote smacked a walk-off grand slam with two outs in the ninth inning on Sunday night to lift the Cubs to a stunning 4-3 victory over the Nationals.

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2018-08-13 01:15:55



Bauer has ankle contusion, shouldn't miss start  

The Indians received good news about Trevor Bauer's injured right ankle. X-rays were negative and Bauer, who is dealing with a bruise, will likely be able to make his next scheduled start Friday against the Orioles, manager Terry Francona said before Sunday's finale with the White Sox.

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2018-08-12 20:59:02



Minor MLB Transactions: 8/12/18  

The latest minor moves from around baseball… The Athletics announced that they’ve outrighted reliever Chris Hatcher to Triple-A Nashville after he cleared waivers. The club previously designated Hatcher for assignment on Friday to make room for just-acquired reliever Fernando Rodney. The 33-year-old Hatcher’s stay in the minors won’t be a long one, it seems, as…

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2018-08-12 20:12:11



Yadi's single sends Cardinals to I-70 sweep  

Yadier Molina logged a go-ahead two-run single after Patrick Wisdom tied it in the seventh with his first RBI in a fine Major League debut as the Cardinals swept the I-70 Series. Right-hander Tyson Ross went six solid frames in his St. Louis debut, while Royals starter Jakob Junis struck out eight over six strong innings.

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2018-08-12 20:10:47



NL Notes: Realmuto, Mets, Brewers, Dodgers  

Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto suggested last month he’d be open to discussing a contract extension with the club, but if he’s uninterested in signing a deal over the winter, “there’s a good chance” the team will trade him, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald writes. The 25-year-old Realmuto, one of the game’s elite backstops, is…

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2018-08-12 19:55:53



Didi's 'D,' HR support a splendid CC  

Didi Gregorius did his part to make sure that all of the fans in attendance at Yankee Stadium got their money's worth on Sunday afternoon. The Yankees shortstop flashed his leather in the top of the fifth and blasted a two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth that helped the Yankees to a 7-2 victory over the Rangers in the finale of the four-game set. CC Sabathia earned the win after allowing one hit in six scoreless innings. The Rangers got to the New York bullpen for a pair of runs in the seve

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2018-08-12 19:24:16



deGrom to duel Severino in Bronx makeup  

After a slight shift in the rotation, Monday's 7:05 p.m. ET contest with the Yankees is now far more significant than just a makeup game for the Mets. Jacob deGrom will take the ball in the Bronx on Monday, toeing the rubber opposite right-hander Luis Severino -- a must-see marquee pitching matchup in the 2018 Subway Series finale.

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2018-08-12 19:09:55



Goldy's 2 HRs help D-backs reclaim first place  

The D-backs belted five home runs -- including two from Paul Goldschmidt -- in a win over the Reds at Great American Ball Park on Sunday to avoid a sweep. Daniel Descalso started the power show off with a three-run homer in the first to back 6 2/3 innings from Zack Godley. Reds starter Luis Castillo retired 13 in a row at one point, but Cincinnati couldn't keep up with Arizona's attack in the finale.

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2018-08-12 18:03:40



Quick Hits: Padres, Galvis, Rangers, DeShields, Trade Deadline, Tigers  

Padres shortstop Freddy Galvis is on track to reach free agency in the offseason, but that may not happen if the team has its druthers. San Diego has “serious interest” in re-signing Galvis, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports. However, considering the Padres have an excellent shortstop prospect in 19-year-old Fernando Tatis Jr. – who has…

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2018-08-12 17:10:29



Baseball Blogs Weigh In: Eovaldi, Archer, Phillies, Rollins, A's  

This week in baseball blogs… theScore talks with Red Sox starter Nathan Eovaldi. Armchair All Americans asks how the Pirates can fix Chris Archer. PhilliesNation (links: 1, 2) interviews franchise icon Jimmy Rollins. Know Hitter writes about five potential August trade candidates. Chin Music Baseball identifies five hitters who have been successful this year in…

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2018-08-12 15:47:51



Solarte to DL; 2 top prospects join Blue Jays  

Toronto recalled catcher Dan Jansen from Triple-A Buffalo on Sunday morning when infielder Yangervis Solarte was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right oblique. Right-hander Sean Reid-Foley also unofficially joined the big league club and is expected to start Monday in Kansas City.

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2018-08-12 15:08:25



Sizzling Stanton belts 30th homer for Yanks  

Giancarlo Stanton's red-hot bat appears to show no signs of cooling down. After getting the Yankees' offense started on Saturday with a blast in the first inning, Stanton followed suit in the first inning on Sunday, launching a 112.2-mph laser to the seats in left-center to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead.

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2018-08-12 14:28:17



Marlins Acquire Chris Bostick  

The Marlins have acquired infielder Chris Bostick from the Pirates, Fancred Sports’ Jon Heyman reports (Twitter link).  Pittsburgh will receive cash considerations in the deal.

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2018-08-12 13:38:38



Sale K's 12, leads Sox to swift sweep of O's  

Chris Sale returned off the disabled list to strike out 12 in five innings to secure the sweep over the Orioles. Steve Pearce homered in the first, and Boston added one run on an error in the fourth and a pair in the ninth on a Jackie Bradley Jr. single and a Mookie Betts double. Baltimore starter Alex Cobb struck out seven in seven frames, and Trey Mancini knocked a sac fly in the eighth.

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2018-08-12 12:18:45



NL East Notes: Kintzler, Toussaint, Crawford, Arano  

It seems as if some behind-the-scenes drama contributed to the Nationals’ decision to trade Brandon Kintzler to the Cubs, Fancred Sports’ Jon Heyman writes.  GM Mike Rizzo reportedly believed Kintzler was an unnamed source in two recent stories (by Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports and Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post) that detailed internal criticisms of…

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2018-08-12 11:35:45



Tribe hangs on to win after Cookie dominates  

Melky Cabrera got the Tribe going with a three-run homer in the first, and Carlos Carrasco had plenty of support before throwing a pitch at Guaranteed Rate Field. Cleveland scored six runs in the first two frames against White Sox starter Dylan Covey, and Carrasco got off to a slow start before retiring the final 16 batters he faced. Hector Santiago tossed 3 2/3 sterling innings to preserve the Chicago bullpen, and the Sox rallied for four runs in the ninth, but Cody Allen came in to lock down a

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2018-08-12 11:33:11



Chapman is a star on the rise for surging A's  

A's third baseman Matt Chapman was positioned toward the middle of the left side of the infield, about where the shortstop would set up in a normal alignment, in a game earlier this month.

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2018-08-12 11:09:10



Injury updates: Indians, Arenado, Nats, Bryant  

Here's a roundup of the latest injury news across the Majors.

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2018-08-12 10:49:01



Tigers officially retire Jack Morris' No. 47  

The Tigers set up sparklers for Morris' walk from the dugout to the stage behind the mound at Comerica Park on Sunday, when the team celebrated Morris' induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame by retiring his No. 47.

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2018-08-12 10:02:40



Blue Jays To Promote Danny Jansen, Sean Reid-Foley  

9:01AM: The Jays have officially announced that Jansen has been promoted (via their team PR Twitter), with Solarte going on the 10-day DL with his right oblique injury. 8:05AM: The Blue Jays are expected to call up top catching prospect Danny Jansen, Sportsnet.ca’s Shi Davidi reports.  Jansen will take the roster spot of Yangervis Solarte,…

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2018-08-12 08:35:19



Pillar sparks Blue Jays with double and hustle  

Kevin Pillar hit a key pinch-hit double and later came around to score on an aggressive baserunning play that gave Toronto a lead it would not relinquish in a victory over Tampa Bay at Rogers Centre on Sunday. The Rays challenged the call at the plate, but the call stood. Toronto's Marcus Stroman allowed one run over five innings before he was forced to leave with a blister on his right middle finger. Rays starter Tyler Glasnow allowed one run in five-plus innings and struck out six.

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2018-08-12 07:30:35



'On right track:' Wright plays rehab game  

David Wright took his most significant step in his attempted comeback from injuries that have sidelined him for the better part of more than two years on Sunday, as the 35-year-old third baseman began a rehab assignment with Class A Advanced St. Lucie. Wright went 0-for-3 and played third for five innings in a road game against Clearwater.

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2018-08-12 06:53:36



10 X-factors influencing MLB's home stretch  

We've got seven weeks left in this marathon we call a baseball season, but contrary to what any pessimistic pundit tried to tell you at the start of the season, things haven't proved very predictable at all. Here are 10 big X-factors for these waning weeks of the regular season.

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2018-08-12 06:37:49



Rodriguez tosses two-hit gem to beat Pirates  

On Sunday afternoon at AT&T Park, Dereck Rodriguez bolstered his Rookie of the Year campaign, quieting the Pirates over seven innings as the Giants salvaged a series split with a 4-3 win. Rodriguez gave up just one run and scattered two hits while striking out four.

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2018-08-12 06:37:19



M's turn tide with 3rd straight win against Astros  

Kyle Seager sparked a three-run fourth inning for the Mariners, whose bullpen shut down the Astros in defense of Wade LeBlanc. Seattle continues its postseason push by moving within five games of Houston, which has dropped seven straight home games. Edwin Diaz notched his Major League-leading 45th save for the Mariners. Charlie Morton allowed three runs over six innings for the Astros.

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2018-08-12 05:56:54



West Links: Maeda, Stripling, Padres, Skaggs, Astros, Rangers  

Some items from both the NL and AL West divisions… The Dodgers are moving Kenta Maeda and Ross Stripling to the bullpen, manager Dave Roberts told reporters (including The Athletic’s Pedro Moura and the Los Angeles Times’ Andy McCullough).  The club was facing a rotation overload with Alex Wood and Hyun-Jin Ryu both coming off…

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2018-08-12 05:39:20



Cardinals tab Ross with Weaver's finger injury  

The Cardinals called on recently acquired right-hander Tyson Ross to make a spot start for Luke Weaver on Sunday against the Royals after Weaver sliced his right index finger while opening the aluminum top to a food container on Saturday night.

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2018-08-12 05:30:51



Rox take finale, series from LA on walk-off walk  

Chris Iannetta drew a bases-loaded walk from Dodgers reliever Dylan Floro with two out in the bottom of the ninth to give the Rockies a 4-3 victory to win three of four in the series. The result dropped the Dodgers into second in the National League West and kept the Rockies 1 1/2 games behind the first-place D-backs.

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2018-08-12 05:03:32



Giants honor Bonds by retiring No. 25  

Barry Bonds received a new home decoration on Saturday: His number 25.

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2018-08-12 04:59:42



Swanson, Albies help Braves top Crew in thriller  

Dansby Swanson delivered a game-tying home run and Ozzie Albies' seventh-inning leadoff shot proved decisive for the Braves as they claimed an 8-7 win over the Brewers on Sunday afternoon at SunTrust Park.

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2018-08-12 04:52:50



NL Notes: Myers, Wright, Strasburg, Phils, Ramos, Eflin  

Padres outfielder Wil Myers will play third base in a rehab game on Sunday, Dennis Lin of The Athletic tweets, and it’s “virtually certain” that he’ll start at the hot corner when he returns from a short DL stint on Monday, according to Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune. If true, it would continue…

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2018-08-12 04:51:39






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