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Royals Notes: Moustakas, Herrera, Escobar, Mondesi, Rebuild  

Now that the Royals have traded Kelvin Herrera to the Nationals in a surprisingly early deal of significance, the organization’s focus is shifting to Mike Moustakas, it seems. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports writes that Kansas City is now “looking to find takers” for the slugger, who burst out of the gates with a .301/.335/.569 slash…

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2018-06-22 05:43:28



Strickland shows remorse; Cueto set to rehab  

Hunter Strickland spoke with manager Bruce Bochy on Wednesday for the first time since the Giants' closer fractured his hand punching a door after a blown save Monday night.

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2018-06-22 04:55:08



Breakout game shows Betts back in All-Star form  

It can't be viewed as mere coincidence that the Red Sox got their offense back on track the same day Mookie Betts went 3-for-6, including a home run, in his best game since returning from the disabled list.

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2018-06-22 04:49:15



MLB Daily Roster Roundup: Crawford, Morrow, Myers, Wacha  

ROSTER MOVES BY TEAM (June 20th-June 21st) NATIONAL LEAGUE ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS | Depth Chart Promoted: RP Jake Barrett Optioned: SP Matt Koch  CHICAGO CUBS | Depth Chart Placed on 10-Day DL: RP Brandon Morrow (lower back tightness) Pedro Strop, Steve Cishek and Justin Wilson are candidates for save chances. Justin Hancock, who served as the 26th man for Tuesday’s…

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2018-06-22 04:34:50



Crew clobbers Cards, back alone atop Central  

The Brewers' boom-or-bust offense exploded in the series opener -- with the aid of four Cardinals' errors, contributing to six unearned runs. For the Crew, Manny Pina homered, and Eric Thames, Travis Shaw and Jesus Aguilar all had multi-RBI games, while Matt Carpenter stayed hot with a homer for St. Louis. Brent Suter (7 IP, 2 ER) was terrific in outdueling Carlos Martinez, who only lasted four innings as his struggles continued.

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2018-06-22 04:23:04



Soto's clutch 2-run double carries Nats over O's  

Bryce Harper led off the eighth with a two-base hit, then Juan Soto sent him and Trea Turner home with a double to propel the Nats to a series-winning victory on Thursday night at Nationals Park. Colby Rasmus struck early for the O's, homering off Max Scherzer in his first at-bat since April 6, but Mychal Givens couldn't hold for the Orioles as they dropped two of three from Washington.

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2018-06-22 04:11:55



Thursday's top prospect performers  

Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Thursday.

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2018-06-22 03:59:13



Winker hits 1st career grand slam as Reds roll  

Jesse Winker's two-out grand slam highlighted a six-run sixth inning the Reds used to take control of the game in a 6-2 win over the Cubs on Thursday at Great American Ball Park. Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks cruised through five innings before running into control trouble in the sixth. He walked three batters in the inning before getting pulled with two outs. His replacement, Randy Rosario, gave up Winker's tater and an RBI single by Billy Hamilton. Matt Harvey collected his second win of the sea

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2018-06-22 03:50:05



Sprained finger limits Trout to DH spot  

The Angels issued the following statement regarding outfielder Mike Trout and left-hander Tyler Skaggs before Thursday night's game against the Blue Jays: "Mike Trout has been diagnosed with a sprained right index finger. He is cleared to DH, and he will be evaluated in a few days to assess readiness to return to center field. Tyler Skaggs has been scratched with right hamstring tightness. At this time, he is considered day to day and will be evaluated tomorrow. We will update our plan of care w

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2018-06-22 03:24:56



Rasmus returns in big way, but O's fall late  

The Orioles always knew salvaging a series win off a Max Scherzer-led Nationals squad was going to be a tall task. And with newly-acquired reliever Kelvin Herrera and Sean Doolittle being the only two other pitchers Baltimore faced, that task grew monumental.

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2018-06-22 03:22:54



Top 100 Prospects update: 15 rise, 8 fall, 5 enter  

Our annual midsummer overhaul of MLB Pipeline's Top 100 Prospects list is still a month away. Before we get to that, we're back with our second series of tweaks.

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2018-06-22 03:01:32



Avila comes alive as D-backs beat Pirates  

The D-backs jumped out to an early eight-run lead over the Pirates, powering a 9-3 win in Pittsburgh. Ketel Marte and Alex Avila hit two-run home runs in the first and third innings, respectively, to highlight the quick outburst. Zack Godley delivered a quality start, allowing two earned runs on four hits while striking out five batters over six innings. Pirates starter Chad Kuhl went two-plus innings, allowing eight runs on eight hits.

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2018-06-22 02:48:40



Jays' Sanchez exits after 1 IP with finger injury  

Blue Jays right-hander Aaron Sanchez was removed from Thursday's start against the Angels after one inning because of a contusion on his right index finger.

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2018-06-22 02:04:04



1,000 games in, Trout remains peerless  

On Thursday night, Mike Trout played the 1,000th game of his brilliant MLB career. Since debuting with the Angels in 2011 at 19 years old, Trout has crafted one of the greatest peaks in baseball history -- and he's still finding ways to get better.

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2018-06-22 01:52:58



Bumgarner goes 8 scoreless, dominates Padres  

Madison Bumgarner dominated in the Giants' win over the Padres in Thursday's series opener at AT&T Park. The left-hander earned his first win of the season by tossing eight scoreless innings, allowing three hits and striking out eight. Bumgarner also contributed an RBI. The Giants tacked on two runs in the eighth after the departure of Padres starter Tyson Ross, who tossed seven innings of one-run ball.

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2018-06-22 01:38:35



Trout's 1,000th game: 3 BB, 2 R, 1 Angels win  

Mike Trout continued his hot June stretch, drawing three walks and scoring two runs in his 1,000th career MLB game and the Angels rode three home runs to an 8-5 series-opening win over the Blue Jays at Angel Stadium. Trout has reached base safely in 18 of his last 21 plate appearances.

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2018-06-22 01:34:24



deGrom watch, Phils-Nats series top weekend  

Summer's here, and the time is right for watching baseball from your seat. The races are real, the halfway point is approaching and these are five topics worth tracking as we head into the weekend.

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2018-06-22 01:05:21



D-backs' Miller to make TJ return next week  

Shelby Miller's long road back from Tommy John surgery will add a chapter Monday when he is activated off the 60-day disabled list to start against the Marlins in Miami.

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2018-06-21 20:16:26



Big Papi, Torii to manage Futures teams  

Fan favorites David Ortiz and Torii Hunter will emerge from retirement to manage the World Team and U.S. Team, respectively, in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on July 15 at Nationals Park.

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2018-06-21 19:49:19



Weather disrupts Cubs' starting rotation, 'pen  

The uncertainty of the weather has delayed the Cubs from looking beyond Friday to set their rotation. Jose Quintana will start Friday's game, but Saturday and Sunday are currently listed as TBD.

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2018-06-21 19:46:05



Carpenter hits leadoff shot for 4th HR in 5 games  

A big part of the Cardinals' recent slide has been how they continued to find themselves in early deficits. St. Louis played from behind in each of the past three games in Philadelphia, surrendering first-inning runs in each contest.

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2018-06-21 19:37:21



Entering 1,000th game, Trout remains peerless  

On Thursday night, Mike Trout will play the 1,000th game of his brilliant MLB career. Since debuting with the Angels in 2011 at 19 years old, Trout has crafted one of the greatest peaks in baseball history -- and he's still finding ways to get better.

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2018-06-21 18:53:48



MLBTR Chat Transcript: Beltre, Boyd, Realmuto, Reds, More  

Click here to read a transcript of today’s chat with host Jeff Todd.

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2018-06-21 18:38:47



Reds Select Kyle Crockett, Option Wandy Peralta, Release Tony Cruz  

The Reds announced a series of roster moves Thursday, most notably selecting the contract of left-handed reliever Kyle Crockett and optioning fellow southpaw Wandy Peralta to Triple-A Louisville in his place. Cincinnati opened a spot on the 40-man roster for Crockett by releasing Triple-A catcher Tony Cruz. Additionally, the Reds placed Scott Schebler on the…

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2018-06-21 18:35:30



Acuna to begin rehab assignment at Triple-A  

Ronald Acuna Jr. will take another step toward rejoining Atlanta's lineup when he begins a Minor League rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett on Friday.

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2018-06-21 18:20:02



Cardinals Place Michael Wacha On 10-Day DL  

The Cardinals announced that they have placed righty Michael Wacha on the 10-day DL, as had been expected. He’s dealing with a left oblique strain. Fellow righty John Gant will come up to take his place on the active roster. For the time being, Gant may move into the pen, though the Cards will ultimately…

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2018-06-21 17:17:08



Sprained finger limits Trout to DH spot  

The Angels issued the following statement regarding outfielder Mike Trout and left-hander Tyler Skaggs before Thursday night's game against the Blue Jays: "Mike Trout has been diagnosed with a sprained right index finger. He is cleared to DH, and he will be evaluated in a few days to assess readiness to return to center field. Tyler Skaggs has been scratched with right hamstring tightness. At this time, he is considered day to day and will be evaluated tomorrow. We will update our plan of care w

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2018-06-21 14:30:30



Rasmus returns, homers off Scherzer in first AB  

Colby Rasmus didn't wait long to show the Orioles what he can do.

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2018-06-21 13:50:20



2018 Amateur Draft Signings: 6/21/18  

We’ll use this post to cover the day’s notable draft deals. The rankings referenced come courtesy America and ESPN's Keith Law; Fangraphs and MLB.com scouting reports are available to the public free of charge, while the others require subscriptions. The Red Sox announced a variety of signings, including that of second-rounder Nick Decker. A New Jersey high-school outfielder…

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2018-06-21 13:20:02



Most pressing questions facing AL East teams  

The decision-makers for each team are entering the busy season, and their phones should be buzzing with possibilities. The non-waiver Trade Deadline is July 31, and the buyers and sellers are crystal clear in the American League East.

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2018-06-21 12:57:54



Trout or Altuve? Maybe there's room for both  

As historic and wonderful and wonderfully watchable as Mike Trout is, we have seen baseball models like this before, all the way back to the young Mickey Mantle. But we've never seen anybody quite like the 5-foot-6 Jose Altuve.

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2018-06-21 12:34:06



Padres To Activate Wil Myers, Option Franmil Reyes  

The Padres are set to activate first baseman/outfielder Wil Myers from the DL, per Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune (via Twitter). His return was suggested on Twitter yesterday by James Clark of the East Village Times, who reported that the team will option Franmil Reyes in a corresponding roster move. Myers has been…

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2018-06-21 12:20:12



Nexen Heroes Sign Erick Hacker, Release Esmil Rogers  

Korea’s Nexen Heroes have announced that they signed right-hander Eric Hacker, as Jee-ho Yoo of Yonhap News reports (h/t to Dan Kurtz of MyKBO.net, on Twitter). Hacker receives a $300K contract. The move was made after righty Esmil Rogers went down with a broken finger. By releasing him, the club opened another spot for a foreign player.…

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2018-06-21 11:45:26



Pedro Alvarez Accepts Outright Assignment  

The Orioles announced Thursday that corner infielder/designated hitter Pedro Alvarez has cleared waivers and been sent outright to Triple-A Norfolk. The veteran Alvarez would’ve had the right to reject that assignment in favor of free agency, though Dan Connolly of BaltimoreBaseball.com tweets that he has accepted the assignment and will remain in the organization. Alvarez,…

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2018-06-21 10:33:29



Escobar HBP, day to day with bruised elbow  

Eduardo Escobar left Thursday's 9-2 loss to the Red Sox in the fourth inning with a right elbow contusion and is listed as day to day.

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2018-06-21 10:17:57



24 hours of games underway in Alaska  

Major League Baseball is celebrating the 113th Midnight Sun Game with 24 hours of Play Ball events for this year's game in Fairbanks, Alaska.

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2018-06-21 09:39:15



Most pressing questions for NL East clubs  

Shifting powers within the National League East have created a new dynamic as the non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches, with more potential buyers than sellers dotting the landscape.

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2018-06-21 08:48:16



Adrian Beltre Drawing Trade Interest  

Both the Phillies and Indians have varying levels of interest in Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre, reports Jon Morosi of MLB.com. Philadelphia’s interest is portrayed a bit more strongly in the report, whereas Morosi writes that “[a]t least some within the Indians organization would like to acquire Beltre,” who is familiar with skipper Terry Francona…

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2018-06-21 08:43:31



Rosario dealing with right shoulder soreness  

Twins left fielder Eddie Rosario was scratched from Thursday's lineup vs. the Red Sox due to soreness in his right shoulder.

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2018-06-21 08:29:33



Yanks bust out early, hold on for 50th victory  

Backed by homers from Aaron Judge and Miguel Andujar and another stellar performance by the bullpen, the Yankees completed their ninth sweep of the year, a feat they accomplished 10 times in the 2017 season. The Yanks have now won 17 of their past 21 games.

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2018-06-21 08:25:01



Rangers Notes: Choo, Beltre, Diekman, Mendez  

The Rangers would be willing to pay down some of Shin-Soo Choo’s remaining salary in a trade, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports in his latest notes column. Heyman writes that the Rangers would do so “for the right take,” though it seems difficult to imagine the Rangers being especially picky in any Choo negotiations.…

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2018-06-21 08:02:02



Al Leiter's son shines at Tourney of Stars  

Anyone who watched Al Leiter pitch during his 19-year big league career, or on MLB Network as an analyst, knows the left-hander is a nervous energy kind of guy. Watching his son Jack go through the summer showcase circuit, it's easy to imagine, is not a soothing experience.

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2018-06-21 07:39:12



Rejuvenated Kemp to lead LA in Showcase game  

Matt Kemp got hurt last year, then he got heavy, then he got the heave-ho to a team that didn't want him. This is not the normal path to an All-Star berth and Comeback Player of the Year Award, but that's where Kemp is headed with the Dodgers, who face the Mets on Friday night in the MLB Network Showcase game.

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2018-06-21 07:24:58



Royals, Tigers to play game in Omaha in '19  

The Kansas City Royals and the Detroit Tigers will play a regular season game in Omaha, Nebraska on Thursday, June 13, 2019. Honoring Omaha's baseball tradition, the first Major League game ever held in Nebraska will be televised nationally by ESPN and will be played at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha two days before the start of the College World Series.

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2018-06-21 06:25:16



Arenado's 5 RBIs power Rockies over Mets  

Nolan Arenado homered for the third straight game and hit an RBI double, plating five runs in all, to lead the Rockies over the Mets at Coors Field. Todd Frazier homered in the first and Brandon Nimmo hit an RBI single for New York, but the Mets grounded into five double plays, a record for both clubs in a nine-inning game.

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2018-06-21 05:44:03



Jay Bruce Diagnosed With Hip Strain  

Though the Mets tried to avoid it, they finally were forced to place outfielder Jay Bruce on the 10-day DL. It turns out that he was dealing with more than just soreness; Tim Britton of The Athletic was among those to tweet that imaging revealed a strain in Bruce’s right hip. Skipper Mickey Callaway did not reveal…

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2018-06-21 05:23:46



Straily, Mattingly suspended for Posey HBP  

Marlins pitcher Dan Straily has received a five-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for intentionally throwing a pitch at Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants, while warnings were in place for both teams, in the bottom of the second inning of Tuesday night's game at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

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2018-06-21 05:21:59



Rangers' hyphenated battery powers sweep  

Austin Bibens-Dirkx logged 6 2/3 strong innings and Rougned Odor belted an insurance home run as the Rangers swept the Royals for their fifth straight win. Shin-Soo Choo scored the game's first run after extending his on-base streak to 34 games. Mike Moustakas made things interesting in the ninth with his 14th home run for Kansas City, which has lost nine in a row.

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2018-06-21 04:50:52



Rockies homer thrice to overcome shaky pitching  

Rookie Ryan McMahon produced an effortless swing for his game-turning, three-run homer in the Rockies' wild 10-8 victory over the Mets on Wednesday night at Coors Field. The pinch-hit shot off Robert Gsellman with two down in the bottom of the fifth gave the Rockies a 9-8 lead, after a pitching meltdown in the top of the inning that undid some early offense, including a Nolan Arenado solo shot. Charlie Blackmon's leadoff shot in the sixth made the lead surprisingly safe, given earlier events.

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2018-06-21 04:41:51



Pirates' finale vs. Brewers postponed by rain  

The game, which would have pitted Pittsburgh right-hander Chad Kuhl against Milwaukee lefty Brent Suter, will be made up at a later date to be determined.

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2018-06-21 04:07:35



Hot market for hot corner: Machado leads buzz  

How intriguing is the trade market for third basemen right now? Along with Manny Machado, one future Hall of Famer (Adrian Beltre) and two recent All-Stars (Mike Moustakas and Josh Donaldson) are available at third base. All four are free agents after the season, increasing the chances that trades will occur.

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2018-06-21 03:59:20



How Bauer, Clevinger forged a funky friendship  

Mike Clevinger compared their relationship to that of brothers. In many ways, Trevor Bauer and Clevinger are nothing alike, but there is a competitive fire that unites them and has helped forge a friendship that would seem improbable on the surface.

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2018-06-21 03:40:55



Sanchez, Stanton HRs power Yanks' walk-off win  

Gary Sanchez completed the comeback with a mammoth game-tying blast in the eighth and Giancarlo Stanton celebrated his first signature moment in pinstripes with a walk-off shot in the ninth, enveloped by his teammates at home plate as the Yankees celebrated a memorable 7-5 victory over the Mariners on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium.

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2018-06-21 02:59:57



Davis set to return to O's lineup vs. Braves  

Slumping slugger Chris Davis is expected to return to the Orioles lineup for Friday's series opener in Atlanta.

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2018-06-21 02:44:29



All-Star leader Altuve caps Astros' 3 straight HRs  

When All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve stepped to the plate in the sixth inning of Wednesday night's 5-1 win over the Rays, the sellout crowd at Minute Maid Park was still buzzing from the last two batters' homers.

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2018-06-21 02:41:37



Even with splint on finger, Thor 'throwing rockets'  

Although Noah Syndergaard began a throwing progression off flat ground this week, he did so with a modified splint on his index finger. Syndergaard said that while he is not ready to begin pitching off a mound, doctors may clear him to throw without the splint when they examine him later this week in New York.

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2018-06-21 02:35:42



'Signature moment!' Stanton hits epic walk-off HR  

When Giancarlo Stanton agreed to be traded to the Yankees last winter, to play on the big stage that suiting up in pinstripes entails, it was for nights like Wednesday, when Stanton crushed a walk-off homer that carried the Yankees to a 7-5 victory over the Mariners.

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2018-06-21 02:33:57



Anthopoulos On Braves' Deadline Approach  

Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos had an interesting chat with David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in an appearance on the latter’s Truth, Lies & Sacrifice Flies Podcast. It’s essential listening for Braves fans, but we’ll highlight a few notes of broader consequence here. On the subject of the upcoming trade deadline, Anthopoulos emphasized that the team is…

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2018-06-21 02:28:03



Wacha lands on DL with oblique strain  

The Cardinals placed right-handed pitcher Michael Wacha on the 10-day disabled list (left oblique strain) and recalled right-handed pitcher John Gant from Triple-A Memphis on Thursday.

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2018-06-21 02:19:23



A case for Realmuto as MLB's best catcher  

J.T. Realmuto has baseball's best pop time and best caught stealing percentage, is faster than any other catcher, and is out-hitting all other catchers. He might just be the best catcher in the game.

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2018-06-21 02:17:58



Mets To Select Drew Smith, Kevin Kaczmarski  

The Mets announced following today’s game that they’ve optioned righties Paul Sewald and Chris Flexen to Triple-A Las Vegas. While the team said that corresponding moves won’t be announced until tomorrow, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports that the organization will select the contracts of right-handed reliever Drew Smith and outfielder Kevin Kaczmarski (Twitter link). Kaczmarski…

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2018-06-21 02:15:01



Astros hit 4 HRs, become 1st in MLB to 50 wins  

The defending World Series-champion Astros became the first team in the Majors to reach 50 wins behind four solo homers, including three consecutive shots in the sixth inning, and six innings of one-run ball from Charlie Morton in a win over the Rays. Jose Altuve homered twice, while George Springer and Alex Bregman also went deep, all coming off Rays starter Nathan Eovaldi.

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2018-06-21 01:51:51



White Sox Release Michael Saunders  

The White Sox have released outfielder Michael Saunders, per an announcement from their top affiliate. Top prospect Eloy Jimenez was promoted to Triple-A Charlotte, among other roster moves. Saunders, 31, has struggled to gain traction this year after a miserable 2017 season. Through 51 plate appearances in the White Sox organization, he managed only a…

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2018-06-21 01:47:49



Betts, Benintendi boost Boston to 50th win  

Rick Porcello put on a pitching clinic (seven shutout innings, three baserunners) at Target Field while leading Boston to a 9-2 victory over the Twins to salvage the finale of a three-game series and finish a 10-game road trip through three different time zones with a 6-4 mark. It was yet another happy flight for the Red Sox, who improved to 15-3 on getaway days this season.

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2018-06-21 01:34:47



NBA Draft Day At HoopsRumors.com  

It’s draft day in the NBA, and the Suns are expected to officially make Arizona center Deandre Ayton the first overall pick in a matter of hours. However, after the No. 1 selection, there’s uncertainty about which direction many lottery teams are leaning, with rumors circulating about the possibility of clubs trading up or down…

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2018-06-21 01:24:02



Trumbo's HR, bullpen lift O's over Nats  

Led by Mark Trumbo's two-run homer and four scoreless innings from Andrew Cashner, the Orioles prevailed 3-0 in a soggy, marathon night that snapped a six-game losing streak to the Nationals. Danny Valencia drove in the insurance run with a sacrifice fly in the sixth, and the O's bullpen combined for seven strikeouts over five innings. Gio Gonzalez looked strong in his four innings, but he left after the delay.

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2018-06-21 01:21:12



Kepler's HR off Price the difference in Twins' win  

Max Kepler jumped all over David Price's vaunted changeup for a go-ahead two-run homer and helped push the Twins to a 4-1 win over the Red Sox at Target Field on Wednesday. Kepler turned on Price's 1-2 changeup in the bottom of the fourth and sent it a projected 384 feet, per Statcast, into the right-field bleachers to give Minnesota a 3-1 lead it would not surrender. Kepler also made a five-star diving catch in the eighth inning, while the Red Sox went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position.

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2018-06-21 01:06:01



MLBTR Chat Transcript: Hand, Iglesias, Machado, Realmuto  

Click here to view the transcript for MLBTR Chat With Jason Martinez: June 20, 2018

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2018-06-20 21:10:58



Dickerson on family medical emergency leave  

The Pirates placed outfielder Corey Dickerson on the family medical emergency leave list on Wednesday ahead of their game against the Brewers in Pittsburgh.

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2018-06-20 20:38:16



Yankees mourn death of pitching guru Connors  

Billy Connors, a longtime pitching coach and executive who pitched for the Cubs and Mets, died on Monday. He was 76.

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2018-06-20 20:33:49



MLB, Rise Against Hunger team up for needy  

One thing we know: Major League Baseball cares about people around the world. On Wednesday afternoon, MLB and Rise Against Hunger hosted a food packaging event in the MLB building on Park Avenue.

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2018-06-20 20:28:26



Darvish (triceps) impresses in simulated game  

The Cubs were encouraged by Yu Darvish's outing in a simulated game Wednesday, and the right-hander may need just one rehab start before he's ready to return to the rotation.

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2018-06-20 19:14:22



Utley's activation from DL pushed to Friday  

Chase Utley's activation by the Dodgers was pushed back until Friday in the wake of bullpen usage during Tuesday's doubleheader.

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2018-06-20 18:48:25



Franchy Cordero Considering Elbow Surgery  

Padres outfielder Franchy Cordero has been diagnosed with a bone spur in his right elbow following an MRI, tweets AJ Cassavell of MLB.com Cordero is currently mulling whether to attempt a rest/rehab route or to undergo surgery that would keep him out for a substantial period of time. Dennis Lin of The Athletic pegs the…

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2018-06-20 18:29:02



Trade Chatter: Machado, Tepera, Braves, Padres  

The Diamondbacks have once again checked in with the Orioles on Manny Machado, primarily as a matter of due diligence, tweets Jon Morosi of MLB.com. There’s little surprise there, given that the Snakes were oft-linked to Machado in the offseason and were reportedly one of the more interested parties in obtaining his services. Beyond that,…

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2018-06-20 18:26:49



Belt, Giants back Holland with 5-run inning  

Derek Holland spent the first six innings Wednesday just trying to keep the Giants close, then saw his work rewarded with San Francisco erupting for five runs in the sixth en route to a 6-5 win over the Marlins at AT&T Park. Brandon Belt went 3-for-4 with an RBI double, and Gorkys Hernandez singled in two after a 14-pitch at-bat that chased Jose Urena. Holland allowed three runs in six-plus innings.

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2018-06-20 16:52:09



Amateur Draft Signings: 6/20/18  

Previously reported near-agreements for Angels first-rounder Jordyn Adams and Cubs first-rounder Nico Hoerner have now become official, according to a pair of reports from Jim Callis of MLB.com and Jon Heyman of FanRag Sport (Twitter links). Adams will take home a $4.1MM bonus that tops his slot value by roughly $700K, while Hoerner receives the…

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2018-06-20 16:29:19



Ichiro in the Derby? Good one, skipper  

Mariners manager Scott Servais was just having fun, suggesting on a SiriusXM MLB Network Radio show on Wednesday that Ichiro Suzuki should take part in the Home Run Derby at next month's All-Star Game festivities at Nationals Park in Washington.

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2018-06-20 15:36:53



Braun misses finale due to thumb procedure  

Ryan Braun missed the Brewers' series finale against the Pirates on Wednesday while undergoing cryotherapy on his troublesome right thumb in Los Angeles, a procedure he's occasionally undergone since 2014 to relieve nerve pain.

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2018-06-20 15:27:01



Helped by D, Lester in charge as Cubs blank LA  

Backed by several sharp defensive plays and Kyle Schwarber's second homer in as many games, Jon Lester fired seven solid innings as the Cubs shut out the Dodgers, 4-0, at Wrigley Field. Jason Heyward threw a runner out at the plate and Albert Almora Jr. and Javier Baez made diving plays as the Dodgers scored just five runs in losing two games of the three-game set, their first series loss since mid-May. Javier Baez paced the Cubs' 12-hit attack with two doubles and a triple.

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2018-06-20 14:19:30



Nats hopeful Harper will break out of slump  

As one of the worst slumps of Bryce Harper's career continues, the Nationals continue to have confidence their superstar slugger is on the verge of a breakout.

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2018-06-20 14:09:41



Taylor exits with left hamstring tightness  

Chris Taylor was removed in the sixth inning for precautionary reasons Wednesday due to a tight left hamstring, although he insisted that with a scheduled day off Thursday, he expects to be back in the lineup Friday when the Dodgers open a series in New York against the Mets.

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2018-06-20 13:39:25



Duffy thriving after missing entire 2017 season  

Matt Duffy entered Wednesday night's game against the Astros with the sixth-highest batting average in the American League at .317, which is quite a marvel after he missed all of 2017 with a heel injury.

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2018-06-20 13:26:24



Heyward's strong throw completes fantastic DP  

He ended up with a bloody nose, but Cubs catcher Willson Contreras still held on to the ball, completing a stellar double play in the third inning of Chicago's 4-0 win over the Dodgers on Wednesday.

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2018-06-20 13:21:57



Brian Anderson, Brandon Nimmo Hire CAA Sports  

A pair of increasingly promising young NL East players have hired CAA Sports to represent them. Marlins third baseman/corner outfielder Brian Anderson and Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo are each now repped by CAA, per Jon Heyman of Fan Rag (via Twitter) and Joel Sherman of the New York Post (via Twitter). Anderson, 25, has made the most of…

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2018-06-20 13:07:49



Cordero mulling options on bone spur in elbow  

The injury bug has bit the Padres once more this season, as outfielder Franchy Cordero will be out for an indefinite time period after an MRI revealed a bone spur in his right elbow.

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2018-06-20 12:29:39



A's recall Bash Bros. with power display in SD  

The A's blasted back-to-back homers in consecutive innings for the first time since the Bash Brothers' heyday of 1997 to take the finale in San Diego. Franklin Barreto, Josh Phegley, Mark Canha and Matt Olson provided the thunder, backing an excellent start from Frankie Montas (6 2/3 IP, 1 ER), and Jed Lowrie added a two-run shot in the eighth. Joey Lucchesi lasted just 1 2/3 innings in his return from the DL, and while Christian Villanueva hit his first homer this month, the Padres couldn't muc

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2018-06-20 12:17:44



Overlooked players making strong ASG cases  

Each week, the top five vote-getters for the All-Star Game at each position (top 15 in the outfield) are announced, and it's always interesting to see which names are, or are not, getting traction. And of course, it's unavoidable that every year there are guys who aren't even listed on the ballot, but are making strong All-Star cases.

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2018-06-20 10:36:42



Short excels on Day 2 of Tournament of Stars  

In the midst of non-stop evaluations, both by USA Baseball staff and scouts, there's also a team competition at the Tournament of Stars. And while it's not at the top of priority lists for all in attendance, it's pretty clear the players on the four teams, the Brave, United, Free and Pride, want to play in the gold medal game on Saturday.

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2018-06-20 10:28:59



Minute Maid Park a surprising pitcher's haven  

Houston's Minute Maid Park is well-known for the Crawford Boxes that can turn soft fly balls into home runs. But contrary to the park's perception, it's not really a hitter's park at all. For the past few years, it's been something of a pitcher's haven.

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2018-06-20 10:18:11



Cubs sign top Draft pick Hoerner  

The Cubs have finalized an agreement with first-round Draft pick Nico Hoerner. According to MLB Pipleline's Jim Callis, the Stanford shortstop will receive $2.724 million, which is the full slot value.

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2018-06-20 09:45:38



NL West Notes: Pollock, Miller, Hand, Kershaw, Cingrani  

Diamondbacks center fielder A.J. Pollock is not healing quite as quickly as might have been hoped, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports, though there has been some progress made. Given that he still hasn’t been cleared to swing, and will need some time on rehab assignment thereafter, it seems reasonable now to expect that…

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2018-06-20 09:42:36



Marlins Release Severino Gonzalez, Sean Burnett  

The Marlins have released right-hander Severino Gonzalez and veteran left-hander Sean Burnett from their Triple-A affiliate in New Orleans, as first tweeted by the club’s Triple-A broadcaster, Tim Grubbs. Gonzalez, 25, spent a day on the Marlins’ active roster in early April after having his contract selected from New Orleans, but his addition was purely…

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2018-06-20 09:22:05



Minor MLB Transactions: 6/20/18  

We’ll use this post to track the latest minor moves … The Angels announced yesterday that righty Oliver Drake was outrighted to Triple-A after clearing waivers. Drake received multiple opportunities this year, seeing action with three clubs, but ended up being designated for assignment by each of them when he simply could not produce results to…

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2018-06-20 09:01:55



Wacha strains left oblique, set for MRI Thursday  

Right-hander Michael Wacha, who has anchored the Cardinals' rotation this season, exited his start on Wednesday afternoon against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park with a left oblique strain.

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2018-06-20 09:01:49



BREAKING: Cubs place closer Morrow on DL  

The Cubs placed closer Brandon Morrow on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to June 17 because of tightness in his back and will keep Justin Hancock on the roster. Hancock was the 26th man added for Tuesday's doubleheader.

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2018-06-20 08:12:03



Buxton's toe feeling good in rehab games  

Twins center fielder Byron Buxton has been making good progress with his fractured left toe while on his rehab assignment with Triple-A Rochester, manager Paul Molitor said Wednesday.

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2018-06-20 07:33:51



Tony Kemp selling 'Hugs for Homers' shirts for charity  

Astros infielder/outfielder Tony Kemp has taken his "Hugs for Homers" campaign to new levels by helping get T-shirts made that depict him in the arms of slugger Evan Gattis.

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2018-06-20 07:27:20



Blue Jays hang on after Happ's strong start  

J.A. Happ delivered 8 1/3 strong innings, striking out eight, to lead the Blue Jays to a victory over the Braves. Kendrys Morales homered in the first inning -- his fourth birthday big fly -- while Randal Grichuk recorded an RBI double and Aledmys Diaz added a sac fly in the fourth. Yangervis Solarte's RBI single in the seventh, however, was the game-winner, as the Braves rallied for two runs in the ninth inning on singles from Kurt Suzuki and Ender Inciarte. Suzuki and Peter Bourjos also hit so

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2018-06-20 07:16:22



Martin Perez nearly ready for rehab assignment  

Rangers left-hander Martin Perez threw approximately 75 pitches without any issues on Wednesday and he is hoping to be sent out on a rehab assignment on Monday.

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2018-06-20 07:11:50






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