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Chapman elaborates on fan support message (Tuesday, August 14)
Matt Chapman's earnest appeal for a boost in support at the Coliseum is all over the internet. The more views, the better, Chapman maintains.

Gordon returns, says he'll play CF if needed (Tuesday, August 14)
Dee Gordon's bruised left shoulder is still sore and the broken big toe on his right foot still hasn't healed completely, but the Mariners speedster says this is no time to be sitting.

Jays' Jansen belts 1st career homer vs. KC (Today)
One night after making his MLB debut with a two-hit performance, Blue Jays catcher Danny Jansen added his first homer and RBI with a solo shot to left in the fourth inning against the Royals on Tuesday at Kauffman Stadium.

Giolito keeps composure in White Sox win (Tuesday, August 14)
Lucas Giolito worked out of trouble late to post his fourth straight quality road start and lead the White Sox to victory. The right-hander pitched six innings, allowing three runs on eight hits while striking out seven. Ryan LaMarre, a product of Michigan, launched his first Major League home run with friends and family in attendance. Victor Martinez knocked an opposite-field two-run double in the first inning, and Niko Goodrum made a highlight-reel catch for the Tigers in the seventh.

Romine extends career high with 8th HR of '18 (Tuesday, August 14)
Austin Romine blasted his eighth home run of the season in Tuesday night's 4-1 win at Yankee Stadium, further extending his career high.

Davis' go-ahead homer lifts O's to win over Mets (Tuesday, August 14)
Chris Davis' tiebreaking, go-ahead home run lifted the Orioles to a win over the Mets on Tuesday at Camden Yards. Andrew Cashner tossed seven strong innings for the O's, who also got homers from Tim Beckham and Adam Jones. Jason Vargas threw six solid frames in his best start of the season, but it wasn't enough for New York in the opener of a two-game set.

Twins stay hot at Target as they beat the Bucs (Tuesday, August 14)
Jorge Polanco and Jake Cave helped spark a three-run fourth, while Miguel Sano hit a two-run homer in the eighth to back starter Jake Odorizzi in a 5-2 win over Pittsburgh on Tuesday. It helped the Twins improve to 15-4 over their last 19 games at Target Field.

Pivetta's stellar start spoiled by bullpen (Today)
The next win the Phillies collect will match their total from a year ago, an impressive mark to hit in mid-August for any club, despite where it started. And at this time last year, perhaps they could've found moral victories in losses like Tuesday's 2-1 defeat to the Red Sox, where the Phillies battled baseball's best team in front of 33,081 at Citizens Bank Park.

Bochy playing it safe with Crawford post-collision (Tuesday, August 14)
Opting to remain cautious, the Giants kept shortstop Brandon Crawford out of the lineup against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday, one day after he was shaken up in a collision with left fielder Gorkys Hernandez.

Pillar's homer powers Blue Jays past Royals (Today)
Kevin Pillar hit a go-ahead two-run jack in the eighth inning, while Danny Jansen clubbed his first Major League home run to help the Blue Jays even the four-game series at one game apiece. Jorge Bonifacio's RBI double had given the Royals a lead in the seventh, while Adalberto Mondesi finished with four hits and three stolen bases.

Verlander fans 11, but Astros' offense stymied (Tuesday, August 14)
Another punchless performance by the Astros' offense at Minute Maid Park kept All-Star starter Justin Verlander still in search of career win No. 200.

Gio scuffles as Nationals fall back to .500 (Tuesday, August 14)
After losing consecutive games in heartbreaking fashion by losing late leads, the Nationals could not finish off their own late rally Tuesday night, before falling 6-4 to the Cardinals to seal a losing road trip.

J-Ram keeping heat on J.D., belts 36th homer (Tuesday, August 14)
On Tuesday night, the Reds struggled to contain Jose Ramirez, who launched a towering home run to right field off Michael Lorenzen in the sixth inning to give Cleveland a commanding 8-0 lead. The blast was the 36th of the season for Ramirez, who is now one behind MLB leader J.D. Martinez of the Red Sox.

Ward debuts at 3B, gets hit, RBI in first at-bat (Tuesday, August 14)
Taylor Ward admitted that would often fall asleep thinking about this moment. His dream finally became a reality on Tuesday, when he received his first big league callup with the Angels.

Dozier 'healthy like an ox' after allergy med scare (Tuesday, August 14)
Brian Dozier was pulled from Monday night's game because of dizziness and protocol called for an EKG test just to be sure. When that showed "irregularities," as manager Dave Roberts called them, further tests were required. After tests late Monday and early Tuesday, Dozier was given a clean bill of health and he was back at second base and in the leadoff spot Tuesday against the San Francisco Giants.

Goodrum makes spectacular diving catch (Tuesday, August 14)
Niko Goodrum took the spotlight Tuesday night against the White Sox with a mad dash from second base and a diving grab on Avisail Garcia's seventh-inning blooper.

Harper reaches 30 homers for second time (Tuesday, August 14)
Bryce Harper's second half surge continued Tuesday night, when he connected with a two-run homer that snuck just over the fence down the left-field corner for his 30th home run of the season.

DYK? Acuna's streak puts him in rare company (Tuesday, August 14)
Ronald Acuna Jr. made history Tuesday night by homering in his fifth consecutive game, with three of his six home runs in that span coming as the first batter of the contest for the Braves.

Masterful Kluber wins No. 15 as Tribe rolls (Tuesday, August 14)
The Indians tallied four runs before ace Corey Kluber even touched the ball. Jose Ramirez led the way, scoring three runs and blasting his 36th homer. Kluber rolled through the Reds' lineup, racking up seven strikeouts in seven innings of one-run ball. Preston Tucker drove in the lone Cincinnati run, plating Tucker Barnhart in the seventh. Reds starter Sal Romano struggled, giving up six runs in 1 2/3 innings.

Arenado's 30th HR helps Rox topple Verlander (Tuesday, August 14)
Nolan Arenado hit a go-ahead two-run home run against Justin Verlander to power the Rockies' 5-1 win over the Astros at Minute Maid Park on Tuesday. It was Arenado's 30th homer of the season. Colorado starter German Marquez tossed seven innings of one-run ball, while Verlander allowed two runs in six innings and struck out 11. Houston lost its ninth straight home game, having not won at Minute Maid Park since July 14. Trevor Story also homered for the Rockies, who won their fourth game in a row.

Injury updates: Paxton, Astros, Cubs, Bauer (Today)
Here's a roundup of the latest injury news across the Majors.

Angels acquire RHP Despaigne from Marlins (Tuesday, August 14)
Starved for pitching depth, the Angels acquired right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne from the Marlins on Tuesday night in exchange for cash considerations. Right-hander Dayan Diaz was designated for assignment to clear a spot for Despaigne on the 40-man roster.

Corbin stingy, D-backs maintain NL West lead (Tuesday, August 14)
Patrick Corbin pitched seven innings of three-run ball and struck out seven, and Paul Goldschmidt and Alex Avila homered to help the D-backs split the series against the Rangers with a win on Tuesday night at Globe Life Park. Corbin did not issue a walk in the outing for his third consecutive start. Jurickson Profar had a double, a triple and a pair of RBIs to lead Texas.

Happ allows 1 hit, extends success in pinstripes (Tuesday, August 14)
At a time when New York has needed solid outings from its starters, with Luis Severino struggling and CC Sabathia on the DL, J.A. Happ has more than delivered. His success in pinstripes continued on Tuesday night, when he tossed seven shutout innings of one-hit ball to lift the Yankees over the Rays. Tampa Bay's second pitcher, rookie Jalen Beeks, delivered a superb performance, with eight strikeouts in five innings, but his lone mistake -- Austin Romine's career-high eighth homer of the season -- was costly.

Gant homers, earns Cards' 7th straight victory (Tuesday, August 14)
Boosted by a home run from the previously hitless John Gant on Tuesday, the Cardinals ran their season-best winning streak to seven games with a 6-4 victory over the Nationals at Busch Stadium. Kolten Wong added a home run during his three-hit night, while Bryce Harper slugged his 30th homer of the season in defeat for Washington.

Acuna homers in 5th straight to set a record (Tuesday, August 14)
Ronald Acuna Jr. hit two of the Braves' four homers to clinch the series against the Marlins. Acuna and Charlie Culberson went deep on the first two pitches of the game, and Freddie Freeman added a game-tying shot in the sixth. J.T. Realmuto homered and drove in four for the Marlins.

Porcello's gem rewarded with win thanks to Holt (Tuesday, August 14)
Rick Porcello allowed just one run on two hits and fanned a season-high 10 batters over seven stellar innings, but playing in a National League park and his spot in the order coming up in the eighth, manager Alex Cora did the conventional thing by turning to a pinch-hitter. Brock Holt then did something that is not conventional for him, absolutely unloading for a solo homer against Phillies righty Tommy Hunter that snapped a tied ballgame and sent Boston to its MLB-leading 86th win.

Paxton hit by comebacker; X-rays negative (Today)
A sharp line drive off the upper left arm of James Paxton led to a first-inning exit for the Mariners southpaw and the first relief appearance in Felix Hernandez's career in Tuesday's game against the A's.

O's to place Jones on bereavement list (Tuesday, August 14)
Adam Jones is expected to leave the team later this week for a death in the family, and the Orioles outfielder will be placed on the bereavement list. Per MLB's rules, the bereavement list gives teams the option of adding an additional player for the three-day absence.

Shields shows durability nearing 400-start mark (Tuesday, August 14)
James Shields said he feels great physically and has shown his durability during a season that hasn't gone his way in the win-loss column.

Bostick's wild ride to making Marlins debut (Tuesday, August 14)
Newly acquired Marlins utility player Christopher Bostick has a new appreciation for the expression "timing is everything."

Rays get Bucs' No. 4 prospect to cap Archer deal (Tuesday, August 14)
The Pirates completed their blockbuster trade for Chris Archer on Tuesday, sending right-hander Shane Baz, their No. 4 prospect, to the Rays as the player to be named in the July 31 Trade Deadline deal.

Bruce begins rehab assignment, will play 1B (Tuesday, August 14)
Sidelined since June 18 due to a sore right hip, Mets outfielder Jay Bruce began a Minor League rehab assignment Tuesday with Class A St. Lucie, batting third and playing right field.

Tigers on Martin news: 'It shook up some people' (Tuesday, August 14)
The Tigers expressed the emotions they've experienced after hearing about former teammate Leonys Martin's life-threatening condition.

Votto hampered by lingering knee problems (Tuesday, August 14)
Joey Votto has been hurting since he was plunked near his right knee by a 96-mph fastball from Nationals reliever Ryan Madson on Aug. 4.

Cecil credits Carpenter, new approach in return (Tuesday, August 14)
Brett Cecil will return from the disabled list Wednesday not only encouraged by how he feels physically, but also rejuvenated by a reworked mental approach that sprouted out of a recent conversation with Chris Carpenter.

Buxton comes off Minors DL, rejoins Rochester (Tuesday, August 14)
Center fielder Byron Buxton, who has been plagued by a left wrist strain, was activated from the Minor League disabled list on Tuesday, and rejoined Triple-A Rochester.

Goldy proving too valuable a workhorse to rest (Tuesday, August 14)
Like Kirk Gibson and Chip Hale, the men who sat in his chair before him, D-backs manager Torey Lovullo meant well when he said in Spring Training that he planned on getting first baseman Paul Goldschmidt more days off in 2018. But, like Gibson and Hale, Lovullo has found that putting those words into practice is extremely difficult.

Quintana unable to keep ball in yard vs. Crew (Tuesday, August 14)
Jose Quintana had been stingy against the Brewers, holding them to five earned runs over seven starts. On Tuesday afternoon, the Cubs left-hander served up that many runs in the first three innings in a 7-0 loss at Wrigley Field.

Sternberg pleased with Rays' direction (Tuesday, August 14)
Stu Sternberg held court prior to Tuesday night's series opener at Yankee Stadium, and the overriding message from the Rays' principal owner is that he feels pretty good about the team and where it is headed.

Archer expanding arsenal with 2-seamer, curve (Tuesday, August 14)
Toward the end of his time in Tampa Bay, Chris Archer expanded his arsenal by reincorporating a two-seam fastball and adding a curveball. He brought that pitch mix to Pittsburgh along with a fastball that's averaged 94.6 mph this season, his wipeout slider and a changeup.

Arenado returns to Rockies lineup as DH (Tuesday, August 14)
Nolan Arenado's right shoulder is doing just fine. Thanks to the American League, it has time to heal.

Madson placed on DL; Solis optioned to Triple-A (Tuesday, August 14)
The Washington Nationals recalled right-handed pitcher Trevor Gott from Triple-A Syracuse and selected the contract of left-handed pitcher Tim Collins on Tuesday. Additionally, they placed right-handed pitcher Ryan Madson on the 10-day disabled list with lumbar nerve root irritation, optioned left-handed pitcher Sammy Solis to Triple-A Syracuse and transferred right-handed pitcher Erick Fedde to the 60-day disabled list.

G. Sanchez closer to return; CC may miss 1 start (Tuesday, August 14)
Gary Sanchez (groin) is inching closer to a return, while CC Sabathia (inflammation in knee) anticipates missing just one start.

Rangers to wait and see with Beltre's hamstring (Tuesday, August 14)
The Rangers are going to give third baseman Adrian Beltre a couple of days to see how he responds to treatment before deciding if he should go on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring. Beltre was not in the lineup on Tuesday after undergoing an MRI, and the Rangers are off on Wednesday. They open a four-game series with the Angels on Thursday.

White Sox rookie LaMarre hits first HR in home state (Tuesday, August 14)
Ryan LaMarre, a Michigan native, hit his first Major League home run in Detroit on Tuesday.

Breaking down Archer trade with final piece set (Tuesday, August 14)
With the news that right-hander Shane Baz is the third, and final, player going to Tampa Bay in the Chris Archer deal, we can now take a closer look at the Deadline trade that took nearly everyone by surprise.

Springer on track to be activated Friday (Tuesday, August 14)
Astros All-Star outfielder George Springer hit on the field prior to Tuesday's game against the Rockies at Minute Maid Park and is expected to be activated from the disabled list Friday. He's been out since spraining his thumb on Aug. 5.

Brandon McCarthy to retire after 2018 season (Tuesday, August 14)
Brandon McCarthy has decided to retire at the conclusion of this season. But before calling it quits, the veteran hurler will spend the next couple of weeks evaluating whether his bothersome right knee will be receptive to the mechanical adjustments he has made in an attempt to possibly boost Atlanta's bullpen during the season's final month.

Injury updates: Astros, Cubs, Bauer, Beltre (Tuesday, August 14)
Here's a roundup of the latest injury news across the Majors.

Cano to play first, bat 2nd in first game back (Tuesday, August 14)
The Mariners reinstated Robinson Cano following his 80-game suspension and optioned right-handed reliever Casey Lawrence to Triple-A Tacoma, opening the door for Cano's return to the lineup for Tuesday night's game against the A's.

Acuna leads off 3rd straight game with a HR (Tuesday, August 14)
Braves phenom Ronald Acuna Jr. one-upped himself after an incredible feat on Monday by leading off a third consecutive game with a home run on Tuesday night against the Marlins.

Braun hits 2 HRs in 1st 2 at-bats vs. Cubs (Tuesday, August 14)
It didn't take long for the Brewers to get to the Cubs' Jose Quintana on Tuesday afternoon at Wrigley Field, flipping the script on a pitcher who has dominated them throughout his career.

Bote joined 26 others who've hit ultimate slams (Tuesday, August 14)
When pinch-hitting David Bote entered the ninth inning against the Nationals on Sunday night, the rookie did the ultimate -- at least in the context of baseball vernacular.

Tracking Vlad Jr.'s quest for a .400 season (Tuesday, August 14)
As we anticipate the Major League arrival of 19-year-old phenom Vladimir Guerrero Jr., let's not allow that inevitability to mask what could be a historic Minor League campaign. Guerrero is chasing a feat that hasn't been accomplished at any level of professional baseball in 57 years: a .400 batting average over a full season.

Rays get Bucs' No. 4 prospect to cap Archer deal (Tuesday, August 14)
The Pirates completed their blockbuster trade for Chris Archer on Tuesday, sending right-hander Shane Baz, their No. 4 prospect, to the Rays as the player to be named in the July 31 Trade Deadline deal.

Brewers belt 4 HRs en route to shutout of Cubs (Tuesday, August 14)
Jhoulys Chacin struck out 10 over seven scoreless innings and Ryan Braun hit two of the Brewers' four home runs in Tuesday afternoon's 7-0 win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

Bauer to DL with stress fracture in right leg (Tuesday, August 14)
Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Tuesday afternoon with what manager Terry Francona said was a "small stress fracture" in Bauer's right fibula. Francona added that there is no timetable for the return of Bauer, a first-time All-Star in 2018 who is 12-6 with a 2.22 ERA and 214 strikeouts over 166 innings this season.

Scouts dish on Draft prospects at PG All-American (Tuesday, August 14)
The summer showcase circuit comes to a close with Sunday's Perfect Game All-American Classic.

MLB to host virtual Home Run Derby at LLWS (Tuesday, August 14)
Continuing its efforts to engage and have an impact on young audiences, Major League Baseball will once again roll out a special Home Run Derby Virtual Reality video game championship on Wednesday for the 16 teams participating in the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.

Cards activate Tyler O'Neill, option Adolis Garcia (Tuesday, August 14)
The Cardinals announced on Tuesday afternoon that they have activated rookie outfielder Tyler O'Neill from the 10-day disabled list. The team also announced that rookie outfielder Adolis García was optioned to Triple-A Memphis following Monday night's game.

Shortest players to lead their league in homers (Tuesday, August 14)
When you look at the imposing Giancarlo Stanton (6-foot-6) and Aaron Judge (6-foot-7), it makes a lot of sense that they led their respective league in homers last season. But when it comes to shows of prodigious power, don't count out the little guy.

Hector Neris recalled; J.P. Crawford optioned (Tuesday, August 14)
The Phillies recalled right-hander Hector Neris from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Tuesday, and infielder J.P. Crawford was optioned to Triple-A on Monday to make room for Neris.

Cards 'changing the narrative' on rocky season (Tuesday, August 14)
The hard part for John Mozeliak in the Summer of 2018 came a month or so ago, when he decided to fire his manager, Mike Matheny. Cardinals' president of baseball ops discusses the events leading up to that decision, St. Louis' rocky season and much more.

Swihart off DL; Red Sox designate Dan Butler (Tuesday, August 14)
Prior to Tuesday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies, the Boston Red Sox returned catcher/utility player Blake Swihart from his rehab assignment with Short-A Lowell and activated him from the 10-day disabled list. To make room for Swihart on the active roster, catcher Dan Butler was designated for assignment.

Yu nearing rehab assignment after sim game (Tuesday, August 14)
Yu Darvish threw a three-inning simulated game Tuesday at Wrigley Field, and the next step could be a Minor League rehab start.

The best outfielder you don't know enough about (Tuesday, August 14)
Harrison Bader didn't make the Opening Day roster for St. Louis, but he's made a huge impact thanks in large part to his elite outfield defense.

Braun hits 2 HRs in 1st 2 at-bats vs. Cubs (Tuesday, August 14)
It didn't take long for the Brewers to get to the Cubs' Jose Quintana on Tuesday afternoon at Wrigley Field, flipping the script on a pitcher who has dominated them throughout his career.

Astros RBI player pens 'Breaking Barriers' winner (Tuesday, August 14)
Astros RBI softball player Kayla Robinson has been named a winner of the Jackie Robinson "Breaking Barriers" Essay Contest, Major League Baseball announced on Monday. Robinson's win marks the second consecutive year that a member of the Astros RBI program has been selected as a winner of the contest.

Toronto gets pitcher Baker to complete Oh swap (Tuesday, August 14)
The Blue Jays acquired right-handed pitcher Bryan Baker from the Rockies on Tuesday as the player to be named in last month's trade that sent right-hander Seunghwan Oh to Colorado.

ROY poll leaders working on historic seasons (Tuesday, August 14)
Maybe the highest compliment to 19-year-old Nationals outfielder Juan Soto is that we've come to accept that he's just one of those special talents that comes along every so often. We understand that references to his age and lack of Minor League experience and all that other stuff do not matter. Sometimes, a guy is just different.

10 August trade candidates for contenders (Tuesday, August 14)
It has been nearly two weeks since the non-waiver Trade Deadline, but trade season is far from over. Here are 10 names to watch in the coming weeks.

Cano returns to Mariners lineup today (Tuesday, August 14)
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.

Dizzy Dozier exits; Axford has cracked fibula (Tuesday, August 14)
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.

Mets launch five home runs in Bronx (Tuesday, August 14)
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."

Giants snatch win in LA with epic 9th-inning rally (Tuesday, August 14)
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.

Crawford exits after collision with Hernandez (Monday, August 13)
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.

Mariners' streak ends as A's get to Gonzales (Tuesday, August 14)
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.

Upton's bat, glove help Angels prevail in 10 (Tuesday, August 14)
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.

Derrick Hall always has a box of caps in his car (Tuesday, August 14)
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.

Beltre reinjures hamstring against D-backs (Tuesday, August 14)
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.

Severino's second-half struggles continue in loss (Tuesday, August 14)
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.

Harper hits 29th homer, surpassing '17 total (Tuesday, August 14)
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.

Bullpen blows vintage Kershaw's dazzler (Tuesday, August 14)
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.

A's hold off M's in 9th to pad Wild Card lead (Tuesday, August 14)
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.

Zunino helping kids through Hooton Foundation (Monday, August 13)
Mariners catcher Mike Zunino is serving on the advisory board of the Taylor Hooton Foundation, a Major League-wide group that is leading efforts to promote healthy lifestyles and fight drug abuse among kids across the country.

Angels to call up third-base prospect Ward (Monday, August 13)
It won't be official until Tuesday, but third baseman Taylor Ward is finally getting his first crack at the Majors. Ward, who is ranked the Angels' No. 8 prospect by MLB Pipeline, joined the Angels on Monday at Petco Park and is expected to be activated on Tuesday. A first-round Draft pick of the Angels in 2015, Ward has emerged as an offensive force this season, batting .349 with a .977 OPS, 14 home runs and 60 RBIs in 102 games between Double-A Mobile and Triple-A Salt Lake.

Cotton, Triggs, Blackburn begin throwing (Monday, August 13)
The A's don't appear to need pitching help at the moment. But on Monday they received good news on a trio of injured starters: Jharel Cotton, Andrew Triggs and Paul Blackburn began throwing programs, manager Bob Melvin said.

Rendon helps kids through Hooton Foundation (Monday, August 13)
Anthony Rendon doesn't remember hearing much about anabolic steroids and performance-enhancing drugs in his high school health classes. That is one of the reasons he has happily served as the Nationals' player representative on the advisory board for the Taylor Hooton Foundation for the past few seasons, and why it was a no-brainer for him to do so again this year

Belt could return Tuesday; Shark throws sim game (Monday, August 13)
First baseman Brandon Belt's current absence from the Giants' lineup could end as soon as Tuesday, manager Bruce Bochy indicated Monday.

Miguel Rojas exits game with apparent ankle injury (Monday, August 13)
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.

Mets launch five home runs in Bronx (Monday, August 13)
Struggling to support Jacob deGrom for most of this season, the Mets continued their recent surge behind him Monday with five homers in an 8-5 win over the Yankees at Yankee Stadium.

Keller goes 7 strong as Royals clip Jays (Monday, August 13)
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.

Castellanos busts out with 5 hits, 5 RBIs in win (Monday, August 13)
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.

Mariners eager for Cano's Tuesday return (Monday, August 13)
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.

Folty tosses gem as Braves sweep twin bill (Monday, August 13)
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 in 4 2/3 innings. J.T. Realmuto scored the lone run for Miami and collected two hits.

Severino's second-half struggles continue in loss (Monday, August 13)
Three full weeks ago, on the day this year's Subway Series was scheduled to conclude, Aaron Boone fielded a clever question. What were the chances, Boone was asked, he planned to start Jacob deGrom when the Yankees made up their postponed game against the Mets? The non-waiver Trade Deadline just a week away at the time, rumors swirled around idea of the Mets moving deGrom, maybe even to their crosstown rivals.

With 29th HR, Harper matches 2017 total (Monday, August 13)
In the fourth inning against the Cardinals at Busch Stadium on Monday night, Bryce Harper connected with a solo home run off Miles Mikolas. The homer was Harper's 29th of the season, matching his total from all of 2017.

Ohtani throws 2nd bullpen, increases intensity (Monday, August 13)
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.

Injury updates: Sabathia, Tribe, Duffy, Prado (Monday, August 13)
Here's a roundup of the latest injury news across the Majors.

Big inning, Ramirez help Tribe overwhelm Reds (Monday, August 13)
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.

Beltre exits with apparent left leg injury (Monday, August 13)
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.

Colon wins third start vs. Cy Young pitchers (Monday, August 13)
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 two hits for the D-backs.

Marlins rookie Guerrero dials heat up to 104 (Monday, August 13)
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, a 6-1 Atlanta win. The rangy, 6-foot-8 right-hander heated up the radar gun in the seventh inning, when his fastball topped out at 104 mph. It was just the 11th time Statcast™ has shown a reading that fast, and the fastest pitch that has been thrown by Guerrero.

Cards top Nats in wild walk-off affair (Monday, August 13)
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.

Jansen needed electric shock to stabilize heart (Monday, August 13)
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.

In race for Cy Young, deGrom K's 12 Yanks in W (Monday, August 13)
As Jacob deGrom rumbles into the final stretch of his best season ever, his manager knows "he's probably going to experience something that he's never experienced before." A pitching coach during both of Corey Kluber's American League Cy Young Award seasons in Cleveland, Mickey Callaway recalls the shift in Kluber's demeanor during his final half-dozen starts those years. He figures deGrom, similarly, "is going to be in a race for something else and it's going to mean a lot to him."

Danny Jansen shares MLB debut with family in KC (Monday, August 13)
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.

Mahtook ready to seize latest opportunity (Monday, August 13)
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.

Reds promote Reed for bullpen depth (Monday, August 13)
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.

Engel's bat starting to catch up to stellar glove (Monday, August 13)
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.

Hochevar retires from Royals with no regrets (Monday, August 13)
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.

Goeddel reinstated; Dodgers option Venditte (Monday, August 13)
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.

Rosario launches first career leadoff homer (Monday, August 13)
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.

Madson's back issues a surprise to Nats' manager (Monday, August 13)
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.

J-Ram continues epic season with 35th homer (Monday, August 13)
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.

Acuna leads off both games of twin bill with HRs (Monday, August 13)
Ronald Acuna Jr. opened both games of a doubleheader against the Marlins on Monday with leadoff home runs in the first inning.

Danny Duffy placed on DL with shoulder injury (Monday, August 13)
Royals left-hander Danny Duffy, who received an anti-inflammatory injection after Saturday night's start against the Cardinals, was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Monday with a left shoulder impingement. Kansas City recalled right-hander Glenn Sparkman from Triple-A Omaha to take Duffy's place.

Prado placed on DL with left quad strain (Monday, August 13)
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.

Babe Ruth and Co. signed a ball that sold for ... (Monday, August 13)
How much would you pay for a piece of memorabilia etched with an imprint from Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson and Honus Wagner?

Myers activated from DL, likely to see time at 3B (Monday, August 13)
The Padres activated Wil Myers from the disabled list and optioned infielder Carlos Asuaje to Triple-A El Paso before Monday night's game against the Angels.

Toussaint's stellar debut spurs Braves' G1 rout (Monday, August 13)
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.

Vlad Jr. -- surprise! -- heads Prospect Team (Monday, August 13)
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.

After DL stint ends, C-Mart to pitch out of 'pen (Monday, August 13)
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.

Leonys Martin recovering from bacterial infection (Monday, August 13)
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.

CC Sabathia to DL with knee inflammation (Monday, August 13)
The Yankees placed left-hander CC Sabathia on the disabled list on Monday.

J.D., Zim slug way to Player of the Week honors (Monday, August 13)
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.

From Africa to hero, Bote's had quite a journey (Monday, August 13)
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.

Acuna continues power surge with leadoff HR (Monday, August 13)
As Ronald Acuna Jr. continues to find comfort in the leadoff spot and create early fireworks, he appears ready to provide Nationals outfielder Juan Soto some competition in the battle for the National League Rookie of the Year Award.

Maddon: A-Rod meeting didn't get 'heated' (Monday, August 13)
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.

2019 Draft prospects shine in All-American Classic (Monday, August 13)
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.

Power Rankings: No. 1 Red Sox see rivals jump (Monday, August 13)
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.

Bote joins rare list of ultimate pinch-hit slams (Monday, August 13)
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.

Here is the best game every day this week (Sunday, August 12)
Richard Justice breaks down the best games to check out this week in the MLB.

Lowrie leads way as A's close division gap (Sunday, August 12)
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 teams' bullpens struggled as 14 pitchers saw time on the mound, but Blake Treinen quelled the Angels' late rally with a perfect ninth to earn his 30th save.

Bullpen of the Week: Rays (Sunday, August 12)
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.

Each team's jersey number likely to be retired next (Sunday, August 12)
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.

This closer is on a record-setting pace (Sunday, August 12)
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.

Down to last strike, Cubs win on walk-off slam (Monday, August 13)
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.

Bauer has ankle contusion, shouldn't miss start (Sunday, August 12)
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.

Rodriguez boosts Rookie of Year talk with gem (Sunday, August 12)
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.

Galvis lifts SD with grand slam vs. former club (Sunday, August 12)
Freddy Galvis continued to torment his former club on Sunday afternoon, swatting his first career grand slam and sending the Padres to a 9-3 victory at Petco Park. In 22 at-bats against Philadelphia this season, Galvis has 10 hits. His third-inning slam was more than enough support for a dominant Joey Lucchesi, who worked six scoreless frames, allowing only two hits while striking out six.

LIVE: Perfect Game All-American Classic (Sunday, August 12)
Watch the top high school players in the Class of 2019 showcase their talents in the Perfect Game All-American Classic from Petco Park in San Diego.

Adam Engel robs his 3rd home run this week (Sunday, August 12)
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.

Rox take finale, series from LA on walk-off walk (Sunday, August 12)
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.

Pillar sparks Blue Jays with double and hustle (Sunday, August 12)
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.

Yadi's hit pushes Cards to I-70 Series sweep (Sunday, August 12)
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.

Tribe hangs on to win after Cookie dominates (Sunday, August 12)
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 win.

Goldy (2 HRs) leads power surge to top Reds (Sunday, August 12)
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.

'On right track:' Wright plays rehab game (Sunday, August 12)
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.

Didi's 'D,' HR support a splendid CC (Sunday, August 12)
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 seventh, but that's as close as they'd get en route to dropping three of the four games in the Bronx.

Swanson, Albies help Braves top Crew in thriller (Sunday, August 12)
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.

Sale K's 12, leads Sox to swift sweep of O's (Sunday, August 12)
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.

Haniger the hero as M's sweep 4 from Astros (Sunday, August 12)
Mitch Haniger's fifth double of the Mariners' four-game set in Houston sealed Seattle's extra-innings win on Sunday, giving the visitors a four-game sweep. After the Astros scored three in the eighth to take the lead, Ryon Healy sent the game to extras with a solo home run in the ninth inning, before Haniger drove in Dee Gordon for the winning run. Erasmo Ramirez threw five scoreless for Seattle, while Dallas Keuchel allowed two runs (one earned) over seven innings. Edwin Diaz notched his MLB-leading 46th save.

Bauer has ankle bruise, should make next start (Sunday, August 12)
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.

deGrom to duel Severino in Bronx makeup (Sunday, August 12)
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.

Stroman exits early due to lingering blister (Sunday, August 12)
Marcus Stroman was forced to leave Sunday afternoon's start at Rogers Centre against the Rays after five innings because of a lingering blister issue on his right middle finger.

Solarte to DL; 2 top prospects join Blue Jays (Sunday, August 12)
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.

Cardinals tab Ross with Weaver's finger injury (Sunday, August 12)
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.

Tigers officially retire Jack Morris' No. 47 (Sunday, August 12)
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.

Mariners have plan for Cano upon return (Sunday, August 12)
After playing third base for the first time for Short-Season Class A Everett on Saturday, Robinson Cano has told the Mariners he feels ready to go as he prepares for Tuesday's return from his 80-game suspension.

Sizzling Stanton belts 30th homer for Yanks (Sunday, August 12)
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.

Injury updates: Indians, Arenado, Nats, Bryant (Sunday, August 12)
Here's a roundup of the latest injury news across the Majors.

Hand contusion lands Edwin on disabled list (Sunday, August 12)
As expected, Edwin Encarnacion went on the disabled list with a contusion in his right hand on Sunday. Infielder Yandy Diaz was summoned from Triple-A Columbus.

Chapman is a star on the rise for surging A's (Sunday, August 12)
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.

The 9 times a 100-win team didn't finish first (Sunday, August 12)
The Yankees are on pace for over 100 wins this season, but they're nine games behind the Red Sox in the AL East -- who are on pace for 114 wins. looks at the other teams in Major League history that won 100-plus games but lost their league or division.

10 X-factors influencing MLB's home stretch (Friday, August 10)
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.

Williams (7 IP) deals Bucs to shutout of Giants (Sunday, August 12)
Trevor Williams handled San Francisco's lineup with ease as he fired seven shutout innings in the Pirates' 4-0 victory over the Giants at AT&T Park on Saturday. He got support for his gem in the form of a Corey Dickerson sacrifice fly and a Josh Bell three-run home run.

Greatest outfield throws in baseball history (Saturday, August 11)
One of the most awe-inspiring plays an outfielder can make is with a strong throw, whether it's doubling up a runner on the bases or, perhaps the most exciting iteration of this type of play, throwing a runner out at home plate. Over the decades there have been many tremendous throws from the outfield, and here are 10 of the best:

Phillies back in first place as bats come alive (Sunday, August 12)
The Phillies came out firing Saturday night against Padres starter Walker Lockett, and rolled their way to a 5-1 victory at Petco Park. The win put the Phillies back into sole possession of first place in NL East, as the Braves lost to the Brewers, 4-2. Riding a scoreless drought of 19 innings, the Phillies jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first. Maikel Franco smashed a solo shot in the fourth and Hernandez followed suit in the fifth, backing another strong effort from Aaron Nola.

Giants honor Bonds by retiring No. 25 (Sunday, August 12)
Barry Bonds received a new home decoration on Saturday: His number 25.

RBI Softball contenders arrive in Twin Cities (Saturday, August 11)
The Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) Softball World Series kicks off this weekend in Minneapolis-St. Paul, and eight teams will begin seeding games on Sunday as they aim to capture the 24th title in tournament history.

Austin cranks homer to lift Twins in debut (Saturday, August 11)
In his first game with the Twins on Saturday night, Tyler Austin's bat was a big difference in Minnesota's 4-3 win over the Tigers at Comerica Park. Austin's two-run homer in the 5th put the Twins ahead for good. Kyle Gibson worked seven innings of one-run ball to earn the win. Niko Goodrum homered for the second consecutive game in the ninth to pull the Tigers within a run.

Harvey does it all before Reds rally late for win (Saturday, August 11)
Matt Harvey had his best all-around outing with the Reds to help down the D-backs on Saturday. Harvey struck out seven in seven innings and added an RBI single, allowing a two-run homer to Eduardo Escobar as his lone blemish. David Peralta's solo homer in the eighth inning gave Arizona the lead, but Cincinnati responded with four runs a half-inning later.

Morrison to have season-ending hip surgery (Saturday, August 11)
Logan Morrison will undergo surgery on his left hip, ending his 2018 season and possibly putting a dent in his 2019 season. Morrison was placed on the 10-day disabled list on July 12 with a left hip impingement, an injury that had been lingering with him for most of the season, dating as far back as Spring Training.

Cardinals' bats stay hot with I-70 Series win (Saturday, August 11)
Marcell Ozuna's RBI triple fueled a four-run third inning, while Harrison Bader and Jose Martinez hit two-run homers to lead the Cardinals to an I-70 Series win. Rookie Jack Flaherty fanned nine in a strong start for his first win in the rivalry. Danny Duffy labored and was ejected, while Alcides Escobar belted a two-run homer and put on a defensive clinic for the Royals.

Holaday's walk-off double in 11th lifts Marlins (Saturday, August 11)
Bryan Holaday, the Marlins' last available position player, hit a pinch-hit double in the 11th, scoring Miguel Rojas from second, and the Marlins walked-off the Mets at Marlins Park on Saturday night. The Marlins rallied from three runs back and were backed by 6 1/3 innings of scoreless relief by the bullpen. Todd Frazier hit a three-run double in the fourth to give the Mets the early lead.

Encarnacion (biceps) headed to disabled list (Saturday, August 11)
Edwin Encarnacion flew back to Cleveland to get an MRI after experiencing left biceps discomfort in Friday's 1-0 loss to the White Sox.

Dozier, Machado team up for unreal double play (Saturday, August 11)
When the Dodgers traded for shortstop Manny Machado and second baseman Brian Dozier in July, they were looking for more than just the bats that the two brought to the club, and L.A.'s new middle infield proved that with an unreal double play on Saturday at Coors Field.

M's turn tide with 3rd straight win against Astros (Saturday, August 11)
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.

Bauer getting X-rays after comebacker hits ankle (Saturday, August 11)
Trevor Bauer was pitching another gem Saturday night against the White Sox, but he exited in the seventh inning after being hit in the right ankle by a line drive off the bat of Jose Abreu.

Vlad Jr. homers in 4th straight Triple-A game (Saturday, August 11)
The way things have been going, it's hard to imagine Blue Jays' No. 1 prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. evoking more excitement and anticipation through his Minor League performance this year than he already has. But that's exactly what's happening.

Brewers rally for W following Braun's great grab (Saturday, August 11)
While tied 1-1, two balls hit hard at Eric Thames in the third inning nearly cost the Brewers the game. Thames' first attempt was an impressive leap that knocked down a Freddie Freeman liner but likely turned it from a single to a double, and the second a ricochet that allowed Freeman to score. But things evened out, and Ryan Braun, ranging to his right for a full-extension diving catch on a two-out ball off the bat of Ender Inciarte in the seventh, ultimately saved a run and allowed the Brewers to rally in the eighth for a 4-2 victory.

Rox stun Dodgers on McMahon's walk-off HR (Saturday, August 11)
Starting in place of a sore Nolan Arenado, Ryan McMahon delivered a walk-off three-run homer in the ninth inning to send the Rockies to an electric 3-2 win over the Dodgers on Saturday night at Coors Field, nullifying seven shutout innings from L.A. rookie Walker Buehler.

J.D. slugs Sox to DH sweep with HRs 36, 37 (Saturday, August 11)
Two homers in Saturday night's 6-4 win over the Orioles -- including a go-ahead two-run shot in the eighth -- continued the legend that is J.D. Martinez's 2018 campaign. Martinez's third multi-homer game of the season extended his MLB lead in long balls to 37 and RBIs to 104, propelling him in the batting-title race behind teammate Mookie Betts. Whereas David Price and his six scoreless innings played hero in Game 1 by saving the bullpen, Martinez took on the role in Game 2.

Throw of the year? This might be it (Saturday, August 11)
A's rookie Ramon Laureano made an astounding catch in Anaheim on Saturday evening. But he outdid himself with the throw.

Blue Jays honor 25th anniversary of WS titles (Saturday, August 11)
The Blue Jays honored the 25th anniversary of the back-to-back World Series runs in the 1992 and '93. Former greats such as Tony Fernandez, Pat Hentgen, Dave Winfield, Candy Maldonado, Pat Borders, Mike Timlin and many others were all on hand.

Sobotka provides depth to young Braves 'pen (Saturday, August 11)
It is never wise to get overly excited about one appearance, especially one completed during the ninth inning of a rout. But Braves right-hander Chad Sobotka certainly made a good first impression as he closed out Friday night's 10-1 win over of the Brewers

Peralta discovers success as Royals' closer (Saturday, August 11)
If this season has taught Royals right-hander Wily Peralta anything, it's that he's found a new home in the bullpen, particularly as a closer.

Stanek, bullpen hold Blue Jays to 1 run in win (Saturday, August 11)
Lights-out pitching from a bullpen day coupled with heads-up baserunning lifted the Rays to a victory over the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on Saturday afternoon. Ryne Stanek made his 19th start of the season for the Rays, pitching 1 1/3 innings before giving way to the revolving door of bullpen arms. Jaime Schultz allowed the Blue Jays' lone run on a solo homer from Aledmys Diaz. Sam Gaviglio settled down to finish the afternoon with seven strikeouts and one earned run over 5 1/3 innings.

Miami open to more moves to add Minors depth (Saturday, August 11)
By trading Justin Bour to the Phillies on Friday for prospect McKenzie Mills, the Marlins added more depth to their system. With just under three weeks remaining until the Aug. 31 revocable waiver trade deadline, Miami remains open to making even more moves.

Myers prepares to play 3B upon return from DL (Saturday, August 11)
The Padres' worst-kept secret is a secret no longer. Wil Myers is headed to Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore for a rehab assignment on Sunday -- and he'll do so as a third baseman.

Encarnacion flies back to Cleveland for MRI (Saturday, August 11)
Edwin Encarnacion flew back to Cleveland to get an MRI after experiencing left biceps discomfort in Friday's 1-0 loss to the White Sox.

White Sox honor Hall of Famer Thome (Saturday, August 11)
Jim Thome was introduced to a thunderous ovation during a pregame ceremony at Guaranteed Rate Field on Saturday, honoring one of the game's greats.

Padres team up with YMCA as kids Play Ball (Saturday, August 11)
Dozens of children of all ages took over the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA in San Diego on Saturday to, simply, play ball. Major League Baseball and the San Diego Padres held a special Play Ball event in collaboration with the 2018 Perfect Game All-American Classic, a showcase featuring the top high school baseball players in the country.

10 teams close enough for a postseason push (Saturday, August 11)
If the A's can make up all that ground they have in less than seven weeks, can't others do the same thing? Or at least have hope that they can.

Felix embraces 'pen role but vows to start again (Saturday, August 11)
Felix Hernandez has never pitched out of the bullpen in a Major League regular-season game in his 14 years with the Mariners, but he has made three relief appearances in that span.

Arenado out with sore shoulder, can pinch-hit (Saturday, August 11)
Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado has the same level of shoulder soreness that caused him to leave Friday's game early. He didn't start on Saturday night, but he took batting practice, fielded grounders at third base and declared himself available to pinch-hit.

Zim hits 2 HRs as Nats romp vs. Lester, Cubs (Saturday, August 11)
Ryan Zimmerman hit two home runs and tied a career high with six RBIs as the Nationals trounced Jon Lester and the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Lester's struggles since the All-Star break continued, as he was tagged for all nine Washington runs (eight earned). Tanner Roark cruised through 7 2/3 innings for the Nats, striking out seven, and Daniel Murphy hit a two-run homer among three hits. Cubs slugger Anthony Rizzo cracked a third-inning single for his 1,000th career hit.

Hamilton comes out of nowhere to rob XBH (Saturday, August 11)
After Matt Harvey retired David Peralta to lead off the game, Paul Goldschmidt smashed a line drive to deep left-center field. Billy Hamilton tracked the ball down at the rear of the warning track, leaping at the last second to snag Goldschmidt's bid for extra bases before colliding with the wall.

Ohtani another step closer to returning to pitch (Saturday, August 11)
Shohei Ohtani took a small but significant step forward in his rehab on Saturday, throwing off the mound for the first time since receiving stem-cell and platelet-rich plasma injections to treat a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow on June 7.

J.D. caps 10-pitch AB with MLB-best 36th HR (Saturday, August 11)
Throw eight sliders to the most lethal hitter in baseball, and you best not miss. J.D. Martinez taught that lesson to Orioles rookie Yefry Ramirez the hard way on Saturday night. On the 10th pitch -- and eighth slider -- of a fourth-inning at-bat, Martinez blasted a middle-of-the-zone slider from Ramirez a projected 412 feet to right-center field, according to Statcast, to get the Red Sox on the board, 2-1, in Game 2 of the doubleheader.

Marisnick placed on DL; Tucker recalled (Saturday, August 11)
The Astros placed Jake Marisnick on the 10-day disabled list on Saturday, after the center fielder pulled up abruptly with a groin injury in the seventh inning of Friday's 5-2 loss to the Mariners at Minute Maid Park.

Sim game next after Stras throws 'pen session (Saturday, August 11)
Stephen Strasburg threw an extended bullpen session on Saturday afternoon, clearing his latest hurdle as he works his way back from the disabled list. As Strasburg walked off the field, he told manager Dave Martinez he felt really good during his 64-pitch bullpen session, his biggest test since landing on the DL with a pinched nerve in his neck.

Bryant pain-free after taking dry swings (Saturday, August 11)
Kris Bryant was finally allowed to pick up a bat and take some swings, and the best news for the third baseman and the Cubs is that he didn't feel any pain in his left shoulder.

Rizzo cracks single for 1,000th career hit (Saturday, August 11)
Anthony Rizzo grounded a single to right field for his 1,000th career hit in the third inning of the Cubs' game against the Nationals on Saturday at Wrigley Field. The single advanced Albert Almora Jr. to third with nobody out and Chicago trailing, 3-0.

Zim homers twice as Nats pounce on Lester (Saturday, August 11)
Ever since he returned from the disabled list, Ryan Zimmerman has been one of the Nationals' hottest hitters. That continued Saturday afternoon at Wrigley Field, where Zimmerman erupted for a pair of home runs against Cubs left-hander Jon Lester to help pace the Nationals.

Andujar's go-ahead HR lifts Yanks over Rangers (Saturday, August 11)
Miguel Andujar launched a two-run go-ahead home run to send the Yankees to victory and knot the series with the Rangers. Giancarlo Stanton also cracked his 29th homer of the season for the Yanks in the two-run first; Greg Bird notched an RBI double in the frame. Neil Walker made his first career start in right field and recorded an RBI single. The Rangers' offense came on Elvis Andrus' RBI single in the third and a bases-loaded walk and a balk in the seventh. New York starter Lance Lynn fanned eight in five innings, while Texas' Drew Hutchison went 5 1/3 frames.

Price fans season-high 10 in Game 1 DH victory (Saturday, August 11)
David Price went six innings as the Red Sox blanked the Orioles. Price struck out a season-high 10 batters and scattered five hits. Eduardo Nunez and Jackie Bradley Jr. homered in the fifth off Jimmy Yacabonis, who got the spot start. Bradley added another solo shot in the ninth.

David Wright to play in Class A game Sunday (Saturday, August 11)
David Wright is finally returning to the field. The Mets announced on Saturday that their longtime third baseman will begin a Minor League rehab assignment on Sunday with Class A Advanced St. Lucie.

Stanton makes it 4 HRs in 5 games for Yanks (Saturday, August 11)
Giancarlo Stanton has been battling left hamstring tightness since the start of the Yankees' four-game series in Boston last weekend, and manager Aaron Boone said prior to Saturday's game against the Rangers that Stanton's status has not changed.

Which Deadline deals have been most successful? (Saturday, August 11)
While less than two weeks have passed since the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, it's not too early to evaluate some of the deals that went down last month. After all, some of the players who were moved have already made a notable impact for their new teams. Here are the most successful Deadline acquisitions to this point.

Baez swinging his way to MVP-caliber season (Saturday, August 11)
You'd think that when Javier Baez finally had his breakout season, it would have come with improved plate discipline, that he'd finally stop chasing all those breaking pitches outside the zone. He hasn't done any of that, but he's been fantastic anyway. How?

Nix earns victory in Major League debut (Saturday, August 11)
The Padres rode a strong MLB debut from Jacob Nix to a 2-0 victory over the Phillies on Friday night at Petco Park, for their fourth win in their last five games. Nix started his MLB career with six scoreless innings, striking out four, walking two and yielding four hits against the National League East-leading Phillies for his first MLB win. Austin Hedges' solo homer on a 2-for-3 night led the Padres' offense.

Walker tweaks neck, sits out after 2-HR night (Saturday, August 11)
Prior to Friday's 12-7 loss, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Neil Walker would likely enter the game in a big spot off the bench, a day after his two-homer night in the series opener against the Rangers. However, he never made an appearance.

Bieber dazzles, but Tribe downed on walk-off (Saturday, August 11)
After consecutive walk-off wins, it was only fair that the Indians would lose in dramatic fashion on Friday night.

Dodgers lose on rare Rosscup hiccup (Friday, August 10)
Zac Rosscup faced three left-handed batters between the end of the sixth inning and the beginning of the seventh inning on Friday night. The fourth lefty, the Rockies' Ryan McMahon, launched a two-run homer to help lift the Rockies a to 5-4 win over the Dodgers.

Shutout drops Phils into tie for NL East lead (Saturday, August 11)
The Phillies' 2-0 loss to the Padres on Friday night at Petco Park wasn't exactly a homecoming for Zach Eflin, but the matchup against the Friars did have an air of familiarity for him. The Padres drafted Eflin with the 33rd overall pick in the 2012 Draft.

Giants break out, outlast Pirates in hit parade (Saturday, August 11)
Though Friday's 13-10 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates gave the Giants a much-needed collective triumph, the result didn't obscure Buster Posey's individual deeds. The Giants, who broke a three-game losing streak, welcomed this reminder that they could sustain a Major League offensive effort. They scored three first-inning runs, engineering the rare (for them) of amassing multiple runs at the game's outset. Ignited by Andrew McCutchen's leadoff home run, they sent nine batters to the plate in the first inning and 10 more in the third. San Francisco's 13-run outburst matched its total for its previous five games.

A's bullpen falters as Wild Card lead shrinks (Saturday, August 11)
Usually unhittable, Lou Trivino was tagged for a two-run, go-ahead homer off the bat of Justin Upton in the sixth, setting up a rather anticlimactic inning for the just-acquired Fernando Rodney. Rodney offered a clean seventh, but the A's late-inning magic betrayed them in this one, leading to a 4-3 series-opening loss to the Angels that loosened their hold on the second American League Wild Card spot.

Angels rely on long ball to rally past Athletics (Saturday, August 11)
Kole Calhoun and Justin Upton each hit two-run homers, and the bullpen pitched 3 1/3 shutout ball to help the Angels edge the Athletics, 4-3, on Friday in the series opener. Albert Pujols picked up his 1,000th hit as an Angel and became the ninth player in history to record 1,000 hits in each league. Matt Chapman and Khris Davis each homered for the A's, whose lead in the Wild Card standings shrunk to 1 1/2 games.

Pujols 9th player with 1,000 hits in each league (Saturday, August 11)
Albert Pujols reached yet another milestone on Friday. After singling for his 1,000th career hit with the Angels in the sixth inning of Friday's series opener against the A's, Pujols became the ninth player to collect 1,000 hits in each league.

McMahon's Arenado impression lifts Rockies (Saturday, August 11)
Forced into action by an injury to star third baseman Nolan Arenado, rookie Ryan McMahon delivered a two-run homer to dead center in the seventh inning to give the Rockies a 5-4 victory over the Dodgers on Friday night at Coors Field.

Injury updates: Arenado, Judge, Altuve, Jansen (Saturday, August 11)
Here's a roundup of the latest injury news across the Majors.

Mullins posts record debut, but O's drop slugfest (Friday, August 10)
The Orioles' outfield shift appears to have arrived. Baltimore selected the contract of switch-hitting center fielder Cedric Mullins, the organization's No. 9 prospect, from Triple-A Norfolk on Friday before the start of its upcoming six-game homestand at Camden Yards. In a corresponding move, veteran infielder Danny Valencia was designated for assignment.

J.P. Crawford returns from DL to modified role (Friday, August 10)
The Phillies activated J.P. Crawford from the disabled list Friday, but his role will be slightly different than it was before he was sidelined.

Sadler reflects on emotional return to mound (Friday, August 10)
The emotions didn't hit Casey Sadler until late Thursday night, after most of his teammates had left the visitor's clubhouse at AT&T Park. That was when Sadler, sitting at his locker after his first Major League appearance in 1,215 days, let his feelings out.

Myers progressing well, nearing return from DL (Friday, August 10)
Padres manager Andy Green indicated that Wil Myers could be activated from the 10-day disabled list on Monday, the first day the outfielder is eligible to return from a left foot contusion.

Goodrum, Iglesias crank HRs to pace Tigers (Friday, August 10)
The Tigers, held to eight runs on their just-finished six-game road trip, returned home with a relative breakout of runs without a lot of hits. Two-run homers from Niko Goodrum and Jose Iglesias powered Detroit to a 5-3 victory over Minnesota on Friday night at Comerica Park. Jordan Zimmermann earned the win on the mound, allowing two unearned runs in his 6 1/3 innings of work. Ervin Santana went six innings for the Twins -- his longest start of the season -- but earned the loss while allowing five earned runs.

Dominant DeSclafani deals Reds past D-backs (Friday, August 10)
Anthony DeSclafani fanned a season-high nine in seven-plus shutout innings, outdueling Clay Buchholz and leading the Reds to a series-opening victory over the D-backs. Eugenio Suarez's sac fly and Billy Hamilton's suicide squeeze, which Buchholz committed an error on, accounted for all three Cincinnati runs, setting up Raisel Iglesias for his 22nd save.

Wheeler's streak ends as Mets thump Fish (Saturday, August 11)
Zack Wheeler allowed four hits, including a two-run homer to Miguel Rojas that ended the right-hander's scoreless-innings streak, as the Mets opened their four-city road trip with a win. Austin Jackson stayed hot, collecting three hits to bring his slash line to .438/.486/.688 since joining New York on July 27. Rafael Ortega, who scored on Rojas' home run, appeared in his first big league game since 2016 after being called up because of the Justin Bour trade. Wheeler struck out eight and won his fifth consecutive start.

Munoz exits vs. Royals with right wrist sprain (Friday, August 10)
Yairo Munoz had to exit Friday's game in the middle of his sixth-inning at-bat due to a right wrist sprain.

Finch headlines Women in Sports event (Friday, August 10)
Softball legend Jennie Finch headlined Saturday's Game Changers: Women in Sports event that featured a discussion and Q&A session for young women.

Late surge unable to extend streak for Tanaka (Friday, August 10)
Masahiro Tanaka had been undefeated in his last 14 starts entering Friday's game against the Rangers, but for the first time in nearly four months, the Yankees starter recorded a loss.

Marisnick backs Cole with incredible diving grab (Friday, August 10)
Gerrit Cole, eyes wide open, threw up his arms in astonishment. Cole placed his glove atop his bright orange hat and rested his hands on it, shocked that Jake Marisnick saved his outing from blowing up on Friday at Minute Maid Park.

Buchholz outdueled as D-backs fall in Cincy (Saturday, August 11)
Clay Buchholz pitched well again for the D-backs on Friday, but he stumbled in the later innings as Arizona fell, 3-0, to the Reds at Great American Ball Park.

Rodney hinting at new celebration with A's (Friday, August 10)
Fernando Rodney's many quirks are well documented -- among them, of course, his sideways, flat-billed cap, and an imaginary arrow he shoots skyward when he locks down a save. But he may have something newfangled in the works. The A's newest bullpen addition, readying for a reversal in roles, with saves likely to be reserved for Oakland closer Blake Treinen, wouldn't reveal what he has in mind upon arriving in Anaheim on Friday.

Snell pulled after 5 perfect frames in Rays' win (Saturday, August 11)
Blake Snell pitched five perfect innings to help the Rays take the series opener in Toronto. Snell, in his second outing since a DL stint in July, struck out six but was lifted after 47 pitches due to an innings limit. Michael Perez hit his first career home run in the third inning, and Ji-Man Choi hit a solo shot in the sixth. Marco Estrada allowed five runs on five hits and struck out six.

Cards cruise to victory in 1-70 Series opener (Friday, August 10)
Showcasing the more balanced offensive approach that has blossomed under the instruction of new hitting coaches, the Cardinals toppled the Royals, 7-0, to open their I-70 Interleague Series at Kauffman Stadium on Friday.

Arenado exits with sore right shoulder (Saturday, August 11)
Rockies All-Star third baseman Nolan Arenado left Friday night's game against the Dodgers in the fifth inning with a right shoulder soreness.

Chapman (16), Davis (33) homer in first inning (Friday, August 10)
The red-hot A's, freshly removed from an off-day in Orange County, wasted no time getting back into action, jumping out to a 3-0 lead over the Angels courtesy of first-inning homers from Matt Chapman and Khris Davis.

Palka's HR the only run as White Sox top Tribe (Friday, August 10)
Carlos Rodon matched his career high with eight shutout innings and Daniel Palka led off the ninth with a walk-off home run to lead the White Sox to victory against the Indians on Friday night at Guaranteed Rate Field. Rodon scattered four hits, struck out five and walked two in the win. Cleveland starter Shane Bieber struck out eight over 6 2/3 scoreless frames, allowed three hits and walked two.

Guzman first rookie to hit 3 HRs vs. Yankees (Friday, August 10)
Ronald Guzman's parents and two brothers picked a great night to fly in from the Dominican Republic and watch him play. The Rangers' rookie first baseman put on a show for his family and made some history in the process. Guzman led a big night for the Rangers' offense by hitting three home runs -- a first by a rookie against the Yankees -- in a 12-7 victory on Friday in the Bronx.

Gausman beats contending Crew for 1st Braves victory (Friday, August 10)
Two weeks after providing the appearance they might be fading, the Braves stand at the front of the National League Wild Card race and within a game of the division-leading Phillies.

Haniger's bat keys Mariners' win over Astros (Friday, August 10)
Nelson Cruz's two-run double sparked a three-run eighth inning on Friday, as the Mariners' new-look lineup won a second straight game against the Astros. Mike Leake tossed a quality start over six innings for Seattle, while Gerrit Cole allowed two runs in his first seven innings and two in the eighth. Houston reliever Ryan Pressly gave up Cruz's double, which helped the Mariners keep pace in the American League Wild Card race.

Red Sox post 19 runs in slugfest win over O's (Friday, August 10)
Trailing by five runs through three innings, the Red Sox didn't let up, posting 19 runs in a slugfest win over the Orioles on Friday night at Camden Yards. Despite the loss, the O's had a strong offensive night, sparked early by two separate RBI hits by Cedric Mullins in his big league debut. But Boston's 14 runs in the final four frames overwhelmed Baltimore's pitching, which gave up 10 walks and nine extra-base hits in the loss.

Tigers sign Zach McAllister, add to bullpen mix (Friday, August 10)
The Tigers have seen plenty of Zach McAllister over the years, more than any other opponent. Now, they're no longer opponents. As McAllister looked for a landing spot to rebound after being released by the Indians, the Tigers -- who have been relatively quiet in pursuing veteran pitchers off the wire this season -- jumped at the chance to add the 30-year-old right-hander.

Reds to keep rolling with 6-man rotation for now (Friday, August 10)
After some deliberation between interim manager Jim Riggleman and the leaders of the baseball-operations department, the Reds have decided to stick with the six-man rotation for at least one more week. The club has used six starters for two weeks already.

Tampa beats Philly in Junior RBI World Series (Friday, August 10)
Dontavious Johnson's run-scoring triple in the bottom of the sixth set off a five-run outburst that helped Tampa top Phillies RBI, 5-3, in dramatic fashion to win the junior division title of the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) World Series at Siebert Field on the University of Minnesota campus.

Mets considering 6-man rotation when Matz returns (Friday, August 10)
Could a six-man rotation be in the works for the Mets? Manager Mickey Callaway says it's something that's being heavily considered.

DeShields (concussion) on track for Sunday (Friday, August 10)
The Rangers are hoping to have Delino DeShields off the disabled list on Sunday once he completes all the concussion protocol procedures.

Jansen could be sidelined at least a month (Friday, August 10)
Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen was hospitalized with an irregular heartbeat prior to Thursday night's 8-5 win over the Rockies, and after initial tests, he flew back to Los Angeles to have his own cardiologist run tests.

Toussaint being considered for spot start (Friday, August 10)
As soon as Touki Toussaint was scratched from Friday night's start with Triple-A Gwinnett, Braves fans gained further reason to eagerly anticipate his Major League debut.

Struggling Davis finds 'easy fixes' on video (Friday, August 10)
Rockies closer Wade Davis believes the issues that led to his giving up two ninth-inning home runs in Thursday's night's 8-5 loss to the Dodgers are "pretty easy fixes" that take hard work.

Bulldog, Big Foot eager for Players' Weekend (Friday, August 10)
If Hector Santiago had his druthers, Swiss Army Knife would have been the name on the back of his jersey for Players' Weekend from Aug. 24 to Aug. 26.

Injured Cardinals progressing toward returns (Friday, August 10)
Outfielder Tyler O'Neill (groin inflammation) joined relievers Brett Cecil (right foot inflammation) and Dominic Leone (right arm nerve irritation) in Memphis on Friday to begin a rehab assignment with the Triple-A club. O'Neill is expected to play in games through Monday, after which time he'll be eligible to come off the 10-day disabled list.

E-Rod progressing, throws batting practice (Friday, August 10)
When Eduardo Rodriguez sprained his right ankle July 14 against the Blue Jays, Red Sox manager Alex Cora had one word for it -- ugly. Friday, after Rodriguez threw live on-field batting practice before a four-game series against the Orioles at Camden Yards, Cora had a new word for his starter: electric.

Gibbons not sure if he's 'interested' in rebuild (Friday, August 10)
As speculation continues to circulate about his future, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons admitted on Friday afternoon that if Toronto is about to embark on a total rebuild he might not be "interested" in sticking around.

Mullins hits RBI double in debut; Jones to RF (Friday, August 10)
The Orioles' outfield shift appears to have arrived. Baltimore selected the contract of switch-hitting center fielder Cedric Mullins, the organization's No. 9 prospect, from Triple-A Norfolk on Friday before the start of its upcoming six-game homestand at Camden Yards. In a corresponding move, veteran infielder Danny Valencia was designated for assignment.

Soria to DL; Crew going with 'pen by committee (Friday, August 10)
With Thursday night's meltdown being the tip of what's been a rough stretch for Corey Knebel, the Brewers opted to temporarily remove him from the closer's role.

Goldy's lack of stolen-base attempts by design (Friday, August 10)
Paul Goldschmidt has been one of the better basestealing first basemen in baseball the last couple of years, but he has not used that particular skill as much this season. Goldschmidt has stolen at least 15 bases in five of his six full seasons in the Major Leagues, but he has only stolen four on seven attempts in 114 games so far this year.

Molitor set for closer by committee post-Rodney (Friday, August 10)
Manager Paul Molitor said that he talked with the pitchers Friday and told them he will "most likely" go with the hot hand when it comes to closing situations, but he also suggested that not being a contender will allow for more looks at different pitchers.

Tribe mantra: 'Take care of business today' (Friday, August 10)
The gap separating the Indians from the rest of the American League Central Division may be in double-digits, but manager Terry Francona certainly doesn't want his players to approach their business like they are running away with anything.

Servais describes Felix's role in Mariners' 'pen (Friday, August 10)
Felix Hernandez's role in the Mariners' bullpen hasn't been firmly defined yet, but manager Scott Servais said the 32-year-old right-hander will be given time to adjust to the quicker warmup needed and won't be brought into the middle of innings right off the bat.

Yanks, Chapman not concerned by velocity dip (Friday, August 10)
Although the Yankees took the series opener against the Rangers, 7-3, on Thursday night, a shaky appearance from Aroldis Chapman raised questions of whether the closer was still battling pain in his left knee, but the team does not seem to be worried.

Altuve to run, test injured knee over weekend (Friday, August 10)
Second baseman Jose Altuve (right knee soreness) will not return from the 10-day disabled list during the Astros' six-game homestand against the Mariners and Rockies this week, manager AJ Hinch said, again extending the first career DL stint for the reigning American League Most Valuable Player.

White Sox win Senior RBI World Series title (Friday, August 10)
Chicago White Sox RBI teammates Kendal Ewell and Angel Cantelo have been locked in a head-to-head competition of who can drive the ball furthest each game all season.

Boxberger to make history on Players' Weekend (Friday, August 10)
Brad Boxberger will make history in a couple of weeks in a unique way. The D-backs pitcher will be the first player to wear an emoji on his uniform during Major League Baseball's second-annual Players' Weekend on Aug. 24-26.

Snell goes 5 perfect, pulled on innings limit (Friday, August 10)
Blake Snell retired all 15 Blue Jays batters he faced Friday night at Rogers Centre, but was pulled prior to the sixth inning after throwing 47 pitches.

Beltre passes Chipper; Guzman homers twice (Friday, August 10)
Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre passed Hall of Famer Chipper Jones on the all-time home run list and Ronald Guzman homered twice off Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka on Friday night as Texas built a 6-1 lead at Yankee Stadium.

Carpenter slugs NL-leading 32nd home run (Friday, August 10)
Matt Carpenter helped open the Cardinals' Interleague Series in Kansas City with his league-leading 32nd home run, a two-run blast to highlight the team's five-run second inning. With the homer, Carpenter has reached base safely in 28 consecutive games and now gone deep in six of seven games on the Cardinals' current road trip.

Correa set to return tonight after 6 weeks out (Friday, August 10)
Astros shortstop Carlos Correa was activated from the 10-day disabled list before Friday's game against the Mariners at Minute Maid Park, marking an end to his long stint on the shelf while plenty of Astros remain on it.

Animated Maddon tossed after interference call (Friday, August 10)
Cubs manager Joe Maddon was ejected in the seventh inning of Chicago's game vs. the Nationals on Friday after Willson Contreras was ruled out on a offensive interference call. The game was tied, 2-2, at the time of the ejection.

Cubs thwart no-no, edge Nats in NLDS rematch (Friday, August 10)
Anthony Rizzo delivered twice without swinging his bat on Friday afternoon, including a bases-loaded walk in the seventh inning that led to the Cubs' go-ahead run in a 3-2 victory over the Nationals. Unfortunately for Cubs manager Joe Maddon, he didn't get to see the last at-bat after being ejected.

Mike Trout to DL with right wrist inflammation (Friday, August 10)
The Angels will have to carry on without Mike Trout for longer than they had hoped. Trout was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Friday with right wrist inflammation, retroactive to Aug. 6.

Martinez returns to Wrigley: 'I've learned a lot' (Friday, August 10)
Dave Martinez made his Major League debut here, played with the Cubs for four seasons and returned as a bench coach to help guide them to their first World Series championship in more than a century. Along the way, Martinez began imagining what it would be like to one day become a manager.

Votto honors WWI poem for Players' Weekend (Thursday, August 9)
Sometimes when the rest of Major League Baseball zigs, Reds first baseman Joey Votto prefers to zag. Votto has often taken his own unique approach to things, and his choice for a Players' Weekend nickname underscored it.

Judge optimistic about injured wrist, Yankees (Friday, August 10)
Though an initial estimate of three weeks for Aaron Judge to resume facing pitchers in games appears to have been overly optimistic, the Yankees slugger believes that his injured right wrist will heal in plenty of time for him to impact his club's pursuit of a postseason spot.

Phillies acquire slugger Bour from Marlins (Friday, August 10)
The Phillies acquired first baseman Justin Bour and cash considerations from the Marlins on Friday in exchange for an unnamed Minor League pitcher, sources confirmed to

Cubs sign De La Rosa; Darvish to 60-day DL (Friday, August 10)
Left-hander Jorge De La Rosa was signed by the Cubs on Friday after the D-backs released him earlier this week.

Jose Ramirez closing in on historic season (Friday, August 10)
Any day now, Jose Ramirez could end MLB's 30-30 drought. And that's just one of the impressive feats that the Indians' third baseman is working toward with his unusual combination of power and speed.

This franchise icon can't strike out Father Time (Friday, August 10)
Nothing in baseball -- nothing in sports -- makes your insides feel quite as hollow as watching a great player grow old before your very eyes. And yet, that's a huge part of the game.

Which contenders have toughest schedules? (Friday, August 10)
Not all stretch runs are created equal, and the schedule could ultimately become a factor in determining who makes the postseason and who is left out.

Kenley Jansen to be sidelined about a month (Friday, August 10)
Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen was hospitalized with an irregular heartbeat prior to Thursday night's 8-5 win over the Rockies, and after initial tests, he flew back to Los Angeles to have his own cardiologist run tests.

LIVE: Watch RBI World Series finals (Friday, August 10)
Watch the RBI Baseball World Series, featuring the Junior Championship (Philadelphia vs. Tampa), followed by the Senior Championship (Arizona vs. Chicago) from the University of Minnesota.

Lawrence, Rumbelow recalled; Tuivailala to DL (Friday, August 10)
General manager Jerry Dipoto did juggle the team's pitching staff heading into Thursday's opener of a four-game series, recalling right-handers Casey Lawrence and Nick Rumbelow from Triple-A Tacoma.

Bucs hit three HRs, roll over Giants (Friday, August 10)
After a surprisingly smooth trip to Coors Field, the Pirates' pitching staff rolled over the Giants lineup in an 10-5 victory on Thursday night at AT&T Park. Right-hander Ivan Nova allowed only three hits and two walks over six innings. Richard Rodriguez, Dovydas Neverauskas and Casey Sadler finished the job as the Pirates won for the 20th time in their last 29 games.

DYK? Facts about Betts' first career cycle (Friday, August 10)
Just when it seemed Mookie Betts' 2018 season couldn't get any better, the Red Sox star defied expectations again. Betts singled, tripled, doubled and then homered Thursday in the Red Sox's 8-5 loss to the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, notching the first cycle of the MLB season.

Nats' test vs. Cubs highlights pivotal weekend (Friday, August 10)
They call these the dog days of summer and of the MLB season, but that's only bad if you're one of those strange people who doesn't like dogs. Here are five compelling plot points for you -- or your dog -- to chew on this weekend in MLB.

LA hits 5 HRs, including 2 in 9th; moves into 1st (Friday, August 10)
Chris Taylor hit a tie-breaking leadoff home run in the ninth, one of five Dodgers long balls on the night, to help power an 8-5 win over the Rockies at Coors Field on Thursday. Brian Dozier hit a two-run homer to pad the lead in the ninth as Los Angeles moved into a tie for first place in the National League West. Joc Pederson, Max Muncy and Cody Bellinger also homered for the Dodgers. Chris Iannetta hit a three-run home run for the Rockies. Both starters, Los Angeles' Ross Stripling and Colorado's Tyler Anderson, tossed six innings of one-run ball.

Injury updates: Harper, Jansen, Astros, Judge (Friday, August 10)
Here's a roundup of the latest injury news across the Majors.

Jansen hospitalized with irregular heartbeat (Friday, August 10)
Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen was hospitalized with an irregular heartbeat prior to Thursday night's 8-5 win over the Rockies, and after initial tests, he flew back to Los Angeles to have his own cardiologist run tests.

Giants injury updates: Samardzija, Belt, Hundley (Thursday, August 9)
Jeff Samardzija was all smiles before Thursday's series opener against the Pirates after throwing a 40-pitch bullpen session split into two 20-pitch halves. He said he felt great, and assuming that feeling holds through the weekend, he can see his way clear to getting back into the rotation.

Contreras champions importance of hydration (Thursday, August 9)
Contreras' goal on Thursday, aside from preparing for the upcoming series, was to help educate coaches, athletes and parents about the importance of hydration as he participated in the Gatorade Beat the Heat program.

Sizzling Grichuk homers, states case in victory (Thursday, August 9)
Randal Grichuk and Teoscar Hernandez went deep as the Blue Jays beat the Red Sox. Mookie Betts homered to complete his first cycle in the ninth, and J.D. Martinez hit his MLB-leading 35th home run. Ryan Borucki picked up the win after giving up four runs in five innings, while Rick Porcello was chased in the fifth after surrendering Grichuk's homer.

Chirinos a sweet relief for Rays in 1st MLB win (Thursday, August 9)
Jake Bauers had three RBIs, Ji-Man Choi hit his second home run with the Rays, Yonny Chirinos picked up his first Major League win and Tampa Bay moved to one game above .500 on Thursday night with a victory against the Orioles at Tropicana Field. Chirinos earned the win after holding Baltimore to one run during five innings of relief. Renato Nunez homered for the O's, and Joey Rickard finished 2-for-3 with a two-run triple.

Diaz and Bell crush back-to-back HRs in SF (Thursday, August 9)
Elias Diaz and Josh Bell powered the Pirates to an early lead against the Giants on Thursday night at AT&T Park. Diaz and Bell hit back-to-back home runs on consecutive pitches from San Francisco left-hander Andrew Suarez in the second inning, putting Pittsburgh ahead by three runs.

Stanton adds to legend with laser HR (Thursday, August 9)
Giancarlo Stanton's name has been ubiquitous with Statcast™, and on Thursday, the Yankees' slugger made some batted ball history again. Stanton connected on his fifth-inning home run with a scorching 121.7 mph exit velocity to send the ball a projected 449 feet, surpassing his teammate, Aaron Judge, for the hardest home run Statcast™ has tracked from any player since it launched in 2015.

Correa set to return Friday after 6 weeks out (Friday, August 10)
Astros shortstop Carlos Correa said he expects to be activated from the 10-day disabled list before Friday's game against the Mariners at Minute Maid Park, marking an end to his long stint on the shelf while plenty of Astros remain on it.

Chicago tops Philly, heads to RBI Series final (Thursday, August 9)
As David Barboza warmed up in the bullpen before Thursday's game, Chicago White Sox RBI's pitching coach, Vince Davis, watched his starting pitcher snap off a few curveballs before heading right back to the dugout. That was all he needed to see. "His curveball is going to be disgusting today," Davis reported back to Chicago head coach Marcus Rodgers.

Players who have hit for the cycle (Thursday, August 9)
Getting four knocks in one day is memorable for even the best hitters. But getting a hit of each kind -- a single, double, triple and homer -- in the same game? That's something special.

Archer tips hat to Cutch by changing his number (Thursday, August 9)
When Chris Archer joined the Pirates, he changed his jersey number from 22 to 24 out of respect for the last man to wear 22 in Pittsburgh. After hearing about Archer's comments, Andrew McCutchen said the respect goes both ways.

Verlander ejected after allowing 6 runs in loss (Friday, August 10)
Astros starter Justin Verlander was ejected from Thursday night's game against the Mariners at Minute Maid Park after allowing a season-high six runs in two innings.

Felix will move to Mariners' bullpen (Friday, August 10)
Mariners manager Scott Servais announced after Thursday's 8-6 win over the Astros that Felix Hernandez will make his next appearance on the mound in relief.

Trade Talk: Rodney, Donaldson, Beltre, Liriano (Thursday, August 9)
The July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline has come and gone, but the transaction wire could stay hot ahead of Aug. 31.

Machado notches 1,000th career hit (Thursday, August 9)
Manny Machado singled in two of his first three at-bats on Thursday night in Denver to reach 1,000 hits in his career.

Mariners make history with 1st-inning cycle (Thursday, August 9)
Mitch Haniger, Denard Span, Jean Segura and Nelson Cruz hit for the cycle in reverse order to start the Mariners' win against Justin Verlander and the Astros. Verlander allowed six runs over two innings before he was ejected after the top of the second. Haniger, Span and Segura each finished a hit shy of the cycle and had at least three hits. Marwin Gonzalez and Tony Kemp each drove in two for Houston.

Stanton sets velo mark as Yanks hit 5 HRs in W (Thursday, August 9)
Giancarlo Stanton set a Statcast mark with his 28th home run, and Neil Walker homered from both sides of the plate for the first time in his career as the Yankees hit five homers -- four off rookie starter Ariel Jurado -- for a series-opening victory over the Rangers, extending their win streak to four games. J.A. Happ tossed a quality start, fanning nine, in his return from the disabled list.

A's acquire reliever Rodney from Twins (Thursday, August 9)
The A's acquired right-handed reliever Fernando Rodney from the Twins for Minor League right-hander Dakota Chalmers on Thursday night.

Betts homers to complete cycle in Toronto (Thursday, August 9)
The electrifying Mookie Betts produced his first career cycle on Thursday night at Rogers Centre, but it wasn't enough for the Red Sox, who took an 8-5 loss to the Blue Jays.

Mariners unsure if Felix makes next start (Thursday, August 9)
General manager Jerry Dipoto juggled the Mariners' pitching staff heading into Thursday's start of a four-game series against the Astros, recalling right-handers Casey Lawrence and Nick Rumbelow from Triple-A Tacoma.

Jays prospect Pannone gets first MLB callup (Thursday, August 9)
The Blue Jays called up Thomas Pannone, their 28th-ranked prospect per MLB Pipeline, prior to Thursday night's series finale against the Red Sox.

Judge still not swinging; Sanchez set to run (Thursday, August 9)
Aaron Judge is continuing to experience discomfort in his fractured right wrist and has been unable to resume swinging a bat, according to Yankees manager Aaron Boone, who indicated that the outfielder will need longer than an initial estimate of three weeks to return to game action.

Struggling to find mechanics, Pomeranz to 'pen (Thursday, August 9)
Red Sox lefty Drew Pomeranz, who has been in a fight to find his mechanics all season, has been moved to the bullpen, manager Alex Cora announced on Thursday.

Why so stoic after HR off Felix? Beltre answers (Thursday, August 9)
Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre received a text from Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez after Tuesday's game. Beltre hit a home run off him in the Rangers' 11-4 victory, and Hernandez wanted to know what was up with Beltre's stoic response.

Remy's absence will be felt in Red Sox booth (Thursday, August 9)
No matter who joins him in the NESN broadcast booth for the rest of this Red Sox season now that his partner Jerry Remy goes off to fight cancer again, Dave O'Brien says it will still feel as if there is an empty seat somewhere in that booth. And so much more than that.

Correa expects to return from DL on Friday (Thursday, August 9)
Astros shortstop Carlos Correa said he expects to be activated from the 10-day disabled list before Friday's game against the Mariners at Minute Maid Park, marking an end to his long stint on the shelf while plenty of Astros remain on it.

These prospects could help contenders down the stretch (Thursday, August 9)
Which of this year's contenders have prospects who could help in the final two months of the regular season and the playoffs? We rank the 10 best options, considering both talent and opportunity:

First 4 Mariners hit for cycle off Verlander in 1st (Thursday, August 9)
Mitch Haniger had never before led off a game in his Major League career, let alone hit a leadoff home run off Justin Verlander.

Betts collects hits in 1st 3 ABs, HR shy of cycle (Thursday, August 9)
Mookie Betts gave himself a good workout in the early innings on Thursday night at Rogers Centre.

Blink and it's gone: Stanton sets HR velo mark (Thursday, August 9)
After a seven-game stint on the road, the Yankees brought their offensive power back to the Bronx.

Lawrence, Rumbelow return to Mariners' staff (Thursday, August 9)
General manager Jerry Dipoto juggled the Mariners' pitching staff heading into Thursday's start of a four-game series against the Astros, recalling right-handers Casey Lawrence and Nick Rumbelow from Triple-A Tacoma.

Gio paves way as Nats earn split with Braves (Thursday, August 9)
Gio Gonzalez went seven strong innings to earn his first win since May 28 as the Nationals beat the Braves, 6-3, in Thursday afternoon's finale at Nationals Park. Michael A. Taylor homered for Washington, which earned a split of the four-game series. Nick Markakis and Ronald Acuna Jr. went deep for Atlanta.

Tribe walks off Twins for second straight game (Thursday, August 9)
Greg Allen, who was called up from Triple-A before the game, was the catalyst for a ninth-inning rally that lifted the Indians to a walk-off win over the Twins at Progressive Field. The center fielder led off with a single against reliever Addison Reed, stole second base, reached third on a grounder and then sprinted home on a single to right by Michael Brantley. It marked the Indians' second walk-off win in a row. Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco hit his first homer, a three-run shot off Corey Kluber that tied the game at 4.

All you need to know about Players' Weekend (Thursday, August 9)
"The Knight," "Big Fella," and "The Machine" are a few of the nicknames that will appear on the back of MLB uniforms during Players' Weekend presented by Valspar Stain. The event returns for its second year for all games scheduled from Aug. 24-26, it was announced today by Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association.

Renfroe's go-ahead slam in 9th stuns Brewers (Thursday, August 9)
Playing time was scarce for Hunter Renfroe early this season, but he played every day on the Padres' seven-game trip through Chicago and Milwaukee. Boy, did he make the most of that opportunity. Renfroe capped a torrid week with his biggest swing yet -- a go-ahead grand slam in the ninth inning on Thursday afternoon as the Padres rallied for an 8-4 victory over the Brewers at Miller Park.

2018 Players' Weekend nicknames (Thursday, August 9)
For the second consecutive year, Major Leaguers will put their personalities and passions on the field when Players' Weekend takes center stage during all games from Friday, Aug. 24, through Sunday, Aug. 26. Here are the nicknames big leaguers will wear on their backs while sporting colorful, non-traditional uniforms featuring alternate designs inspired by youth-league uniforms:

Slegers shut down with shoulder discomfort (Thursday, August 9)
The Twins' starting pitching depth took a hit on Thursday, as right-hander Aaron Slegers was pulled off his rehab assignment after experiencing shoulder discomfort during a bullpen session.

These prospects could enter Top 100 in 2019 (Thursday, August 9)
Jim Callis answers questions about future Top 100 prospects, top shortstops in the upcoming 2019 Draft, and Yankees prospect Deivi Garcia.

Rox rotation: From MLB worst to best month ever (Thursday, August 9)
The Rockies just had their best-ever pitching month with a 3.16 July ERA, even though they don't stand out in strikeouts or walks. How are they doing it? By preventing barrels, the most dangerous contact in the game, unlike any other team.

JV credits Kate Upton with saving his career (Thursday, August 9)
Justin Verlander's continued ageless dominance this season at the forefront of the best pitching staff in baseball was far from assured, as revealed in a feature by Bleacher Report, which documented Verlander's struggles with an elusive injury and depression, and the role that his wife, Kate Upton, played in saving his career.

Anibal exits after taking liner off left calf (Thursday, August 9)
Braves starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez completed just two innings before exiting Thursday afternoon's finale against the Nationals at Nationals Park with a left calf contusion.

Tribe places Martin on DL, recalls Allen (Thursday, August 9)
The Indians announced Thursday morning -- before the Tribe's series finale with the Twins -- that Martin was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a "non-baseball condition." To accommodate the 25-man roster, outfielder Greg Allen was recalled from Triple-A Columbus.

Who's next to reach 3,000 hits? Who's in line? (Thursday, August 9)
We are the 3,000-hit wind tunnel right now. On Aug. 4, 33 years ago, Rod Carew got his hit. On Aug. 6, 1999, Tony Gwynn got his 3,000th, and the next day Wade Boggs got his. Ichiro Suzuki knocked out No. 3,000 on Aug. 7, 2016. If you want to get 3,000 hits, this is the week to do it.

HBP aftereffects: Bryce Harper out of lineup (Thursday, August 9)
Bryce Harper has been scratched from the Nationals' lineup for Thursday's game against the Braves. Harper was hit by a pitch on the leg on Wednesday night and was still sore after the game.

How deGrom compares to unlucky ERA champs (Wednesday, August 8)
Jacob deGrom has the best ERA in the Major Leagues, but a losing record. How does his season compare to other ERA leaders through MLB history? Here are the 10 lowest win totals by a qualified starter who led his league in ERA.

A's edge LA late, reward Fiers' strong debut (Thursday, August 9)
Four perfect innings spelled out the beginning of Mike Fiers' A's tenure. The right-hander hardly played shy when introducing himself to the Coliseum crowd, striking out eight of his first 12 batters. Then the Dodgers got a hit. Yasmani Grandal's home run christened the fifth inning, simultaneously erasing Fiers' bid at a perfect game and a shutout. The A's won, anyway. A two-out rally against Clayton Kershaw in the fourth inning helped facilitate a 3-2 victory, allowing the A's to split this two-game Interleague set and gain a game on the Mariners for the second American League Wild Card spot.

Soto surprised by first career ejection (Thursday, August 9)
Nationals phenom Juan Soto could not recall ever being thrown out of a game in his life. So, he was surprised when he was ejected for arguing balls and strikes in the sixth inning of Wednesday night's 8-3 loss to the Braves, especially considering he had not seen a pitch that inning.

Braves-Nationals only on Facebook today (Thursday, August 9)
Facebook's digital-only live stream will continue this afternoon as the Braves and Nationals wrap up their four-game series in Washington.

Crew goes back-to-back-to-back, hits 5 HRs in win (Thursday, August 9)
Jesus Aguilar, Travis Shaw and Eric Thames hit back-to-back-to-back home runs in the first inning, and the Brewers were only getting started. Orlando Arcia and Christian Yelich also went deep in an 8-4 win over the Padres on Wednesday, giving the Brewers a season-high five homers in a bounce-back victory at Miller Park.

Mancini hits game-winner as O's survive errors (Wednesday, August 8)
Trey Mancini's two-run double in the ninth inning helped the Orioles push past the Rays. Tim Beckham and Adam Jones started the scoring for the O's with solo home runs on back-to-back pitches in the first inning, and Mark Trumbo added his own solo shot in the fourth. Andrew Cashner allowed three runs (one earned) on four hits over seven innings in a quality start. Recent Rays acquisition Jalen Beeks pitched five innings of one-run ball in relief, striking out three.

Too many starters? LA faces 'tough decisions' (Wednesday, August 8)
Like having too much money, there's no such thing as having too many starting pitchers, but that's where the Dodgers are heading.

Fillmyer undaunted by powerhouse Cubs (Wednesday, August 8)
The National League's best offense was no match for Heath Fillmyer on Wednesday night. In just his fifth career start, Fillmyer powered the Royals to a 9-0 victory over the Cubs at Kauffman Stadium with seven scoreless innings in which he allowed just three hits.

Cubs stymied by rookie as Quintana takes loss (Wednesday, August 8)
Jose Quintana served up a two-run double to .182-hitting Drew Butera in the second inning and a three-run homer to Adalberto Mondesi in the seventh in the Royals' 9-0 win over the Cubs on Wednesday night. That's all Fillmyer needed. The right-hander, making his fifth big league start, stymied the Cubs, walking two and serving up three hits over seven innings for his first win.

Jeter: Marlins hope to retain Realmuto long term (Wednesday, August 8)
J.T. Realmuto has established himself as one of the top catchers in the game, and the Marlins are hopeful of keeping their All-Star catcher around for the foreseeable future.

Uganda RBI finds support far from home (Wednesday, August 8)
With the weight of their country on their shoulders, playing baseball in the RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) World Series has been the least of Uganda RBI's worries for the past two weeks.

Harper homers, Soto ejected before next AB (Wednesday, August 8)
Moments after Bryce Harper launched his 28th home run of the season, Juan Soto was ejected by home-plate umpire Greg Gibson before he even saw a pitch during his at-bat in the sixth inning.

Carpenter homers for 5th time in 6 games in win (Wednesday, August 8)
Matt Carpenter hit his fifth home run in six games as the Cardinals won their fourth straight series. Carpenter's National League-leading 31st homer was his second go-ahead shot in as many nights. Yadier Molina also went deep against Marlins rookie Trevor Richards, who was chased in the sixth after giving up three runs and striking out seven. John Gant allowed just one run over six innings for the win.

Crew goes back-to-back-to-back, hits 5 HRs in win (Wednesday, August 8)
Jesus Aguilar, Travis Shaw and Eric Thames hit back-to-back-to-back home runs in the first inning, and the Brewers were only getting started. Orlando Arcia and Christian Yelich also went deep in an 8-4 win over the Padres on Wednesday, giving the Brewers a season-high five homers in a bounce-back victory at Miller Park.

Acuna burns Nats with 452-ft. HR, robbery (Wednesday, August 8)
Braves phenom Ronald Acuna Jr. stole the show in the fourth inning, smashing a 452-foot jack for Atlanta's longest home run of the year before bringing one back off the bat of Matt Adams in the bottom half of the frame. Tyler Flowers also homered in the fourth, a 448-foot blast, which followed Charlie Culberson's three-run shot in the second inning, as the Braves pulled within a half-game of the first-place Phillies in the NL East. Bryce Harper homered in the sixth, and rookie Juan Soto was ejected by the home-plate umpire as he prepared for his at-bat before the next pitch was thrown.

Resurgent Sevy gets 15th win as Yanks sweep (Wednesday, August 8)
Entering Wednesday, Luis Severino had hit a rough patch. The young ace was mired in his worst stretch of the season, a five-start span in which he had an 8.28 ERA and could not complete six innings. But Severino put that behind him with seven solid innings in New York's finale with the White Sox, pitching the Yankees to a 7-3 win and a series sweep.

Red Sox offense runs wild on Blue Jays (Wednesday, August 8)
J.D. Martinez had three hits, Xander Bogaerts had three RBIs, eight of nine starters collected a hit and the Red Sox cruised to victory against the Blue Jays on Wednesday night at Rogers Centre, becoming just the seventh American League team in history to win at least 81 of its first 115 games. Randal Grichuk had a three-run homer for Toronto, and Teoscar Hernandez added a two-run shot in the loss.

Lindor's walk-off HR caps Tribe's dramatic win (Wednesday, August 8)
Francisco Lindor put an exclamation point on the Indians' 5-2 nailbiter of a win over the Twins with a walk-off three-run homer to right field in the bottom of the ninth, a half-inning after Minnesota tied it at 2 on Miguel Sano's solo homer. The homer was Lindor's 29th, four shy of his career high, set last season. Mike Clevinger took a no-decision after throwing seven strong innings, allowing just one run.

Mejia (wrist strain) could make next start (Wednesday, August 8)
After further examination on Wednesday, left-hander Adalberto Mejia's strained left wrist suffered in Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Indians wasn't deemed serious, and there's a chance he could make his next scheduled start on Sunday against the Tigers.

Grissom Jr. stands out at RBI World Series (Wednesday, August 8)
One of the earliest memories Marquis Grissom Jr. has is sitting in the Giants clubhouse and listening to Barry Bonds talk to him about hitting.

Glover rejoins Nats' bullpen; Madson to close (Wednesday, August 8)
Koda Glover meditated and prayed almost every day, hoping he could recover from his right shoulder tendinitis and escape the Nationals' Spring Training facility in West Palm Beach, Fla., where he was rehabbing for more than a year.

Phils blanked, unable to back uneven Velasquez (Wednesday, August 8)
Vince Velasquez's moneymaker is his four-seam fastball. It is one of the better fastballs in baseball. It can be unhittable. But Velasquez attacked the D-backs differently on Wednesday afternoon in a 6-0 loss at Chase Field. He threw fewer four-seam fastballs and more two-seam fastballs -- and in the end, it didn't matter. Even if he had executed his plan perfectly, the Phillies mustered only four hits against Arizona left-hander Patrick Corbin, who struck out nine batters in 7 1/3 scoreless innings.

Bonds reinvigorated Magowan's early Giants (Wednesday, August 8)
Saturday's festivities at AT&T Park commemmorating the retirement of Barry Bonds' jersey number 25 prove the adage that timing really is everything. Peter Magowan likely would agree.

Guyer could see more time in center for Indians (Wednesday, August 8)
The last time Brandon Guyer appeared in center field for a Major League team, the outfielder had yet to wear a Cleveland Indians jersey.

Allard, Toussaint options for Braves' spot start (Wednesday, August 8)
With their pitching depth diminished by Max Fried's latest injury and concerns about Kolby Allard's readiness, the Braves will once again begin using a five-man starting rotation. But they will likely need to promote at least one of their prospects to start a game in Monday's doubleheader against the Marlins.

Yoan seeking to regain comfort, aggressiveness (Wednesday, August 8)
Yoan Moncada's even-keeled demeanor doesn't change in good times or bad, which will help him handle his current offensive downturn and others in the future. Presently, he's fighting to regain that comfortable fit at the plate.

Slumping Schoop aims to 'step up my game' (Wednesday, August 8)
Manny Machado has texted him in the past day or so. So have other former Orioles teammates, like Adam Jones and Tim Beckham. Orioles coaches have reached out, too. They all say essentially the same thing to help Jonathan Schoop cope with an unproductive start to his Brewers career.

Devers returns from DL, readies for stretch run (Wednesday, August 8)
The Red Sox returned third baseman Rafael Devers from his rehab assignment with Short-A Lowell and activated him from the 10-day disabled list on Wednesday. To make room for Devers on the 25-man roster, infielder Tony Renda was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket following Tuesday night's game.

Waino: 'Whatever's in store for me, I'll be ready' (Wednesday, August 8)
One step closer to possibly returning to the mound, maybe for the last time in a Cardinals uniform, Adam Wainwright did something Wednesday he said he wasn't going to do. He addressed his future.

Pair of Orioles homer on back-to-back pitches (Wednesday, August 8)
Tim Beckham and Adam Jones homered on back-to-back pitches for the Orioles in the first inning of Wednesday night's game against the Rays.

Remembering Bonds' 5 biggest Giants homers (Wednesday, August 8)
Here's a collection of five home runs that ranked among the biggest Barry Bonds hit with the Giants. Anybody could pick five different homers and compile a list that's just as definitive. That would be legitimate, since Bonds hit so many to choose from.

Aroldis skipped on Tuesday for rest, not injury (Wednesday, August 8)
When Aaron Boone turned to Zach Britton in the 10th inning on Tuesday, there was concern that Aroldis Chapman was hurt, but the closer simply needed some extra rest after throwing 39 pitches on Sunday.

Injury updates: Trout, Darvish, Votto, Nationals (Wednesday, August 8)
Here's a roundup of the latest injury news across the Majors.

Trio of timely HRs helps Angels cruise to sweep (Wednesday, August 8)
Behind a trio of home runs and a scoreless start from rookie Jaime Barria, the Angels polished off a three-game sweep of the Tigers with a win in Wednesday afternoon's series finale at Angel Stadium. Kole Calhoun hit a leadoff homer, and Justin Upton and Albert Pujols went back-to-back to support the Halos, who received 3 1/3 perfect frames from their bullpen. The Tigers couldn't find any offense to back Blaine Hardy, who allowed five earned runs over five frames.

D-backs' bats light up to back lights-out Corbin (Wednesday, August 8)
Patrick Corbin tossed 7 1/3 scoreless innings, striking out nine, en route to the D-backs' series win over the Phillies. The offense broke out for 13 hits, including four from left fielder David Peralta, who also drove in two. Third baseman Eduardo Escobar added three RBIs, including a two-run double. Phils right fielder Nick Williams made a leaping catch to rob A.J. Pollock of a big fly and prevent Arizona from scoring more. Philly starter Vince Velasquez struggled over four innings, yielding four runs.

Archer grinds out first win with Pirates at Coors (Wednesday, August 8)
Chris Archer edged out his counterpart German Marquez to win a tight contest for the Pirates at Coors Field. Archer grinded through five innings without his best stuff, allowing a two-run homer to David Dahl to mark his only blemish. Marquez came out slow, allowing four hits and two runs in the opening frame, but he went on to finish with 10 strikeouts -- including an immaculate fourth -- in six innings. The Rockies had the tying runner on third with two outs in the eighth inning, but Adam Frazier's diving play robbed Chris Iannetta to end the threat.

Sizzling Carpenter homers for 5th time in 6 games (Wednesday, August 8)
Down in the Miami heat, Matt Carpenter isn't cooling off.

Acuna hits 452-foot blast, brings one back (Wednesday, August 8)
Ronald Acuna Jr. extended the Braves' power surge with one of the longest home runs the team has hit over the past four seasons and then showed his ability to deny the thrill of hitting a homer.

Stanton snaps early tie with 1st slam as Yank (Wednesday, August 8)
The Yankees erased an early two-run deficit against the White Sox on Wednesday night and took charge on Giancarlo Stanton's second-inning grand slam, the sixth of his career, which snapped a 2-2 tie and lent support to Luis Severino. Stanton's homer was his 27th of the season.

Aguilar, Shaw, Thames go back-to-back-to-back (Wednesday, August 8)
A pair of first-inning home runs in Tuesday's series opener against the Padres didn't do the job, so on Wednesday, the Brewers hit three.

Tuivailala injures Achilles tendon in rundown (Wednesday, August 8)
Mariners reliever Sam Tuivailala, who had been acquired from the Cardinals in a trade less than two weeks ago, strained his right Achilles tendon during a rundown in the sixth inning of Wednesday afternoon's 11-7 loss against the Rangers and had to be helped off the field.

10 fantasy waiver-wire options for Week 19 (Wednesday, August 8)
Need an injury replacement or looking for baseball's next hidden gem? Then consider these players now.

Twins top prospect Lewis joins Pipeline Podcast (Wednesday, August 8)
On this week's Pipeline Podcast, Twins top prospect Royce Lewis joins Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Tim McMaster to discuss Twins baseball, adjusting to the Minor Leagues, playing shortstop and more. Callis, Mayo and McMaster also check in on 2018 draftees off to hot starts in their pro careers, talk about the best prospects traded over the past five year and take a look at the summer showcase circuit.

Gallo hits HRs Nos. 30, 31; Gallardo sharp in win (Wednesday, August 8)
Rangers outfielder Joey Gallo launched two home runs and recorded four RBIs off Mariners starter Marco Gonzales in Wednesday afternoon's series finale at Globe Life Park.

Darvish ramps up rehab, throws sim game (Wednesday, August 8)
Yu Darvish threw about 31 pitches over two "innings" in a sim game on Wednesday at Kauffman Stadium, another step in the rehab process for the right-hander.

deGrom lowers ERA to 1.77 with 10-K gem (Wednesday, August 8)
Jacob deGrom fanned 10 over 6 stellar frames to lower his MLB-best ERA to 1.77, while Brandon Nimmo and Austin Jackson contributed three hits and three RBIs apiece as the Mets blanked the Reds, 8-0, in Wednesday afternoon's rubber game at Citi Field.

Marquez tosses immaculate inning vs. Bucs (Wednesday, August 8)
Rockies right-hander German Marquez pulled off a rare immaculate inning -- three straight strikeouts, on three pitches apiece for a total of nine -- in the fourth inning against the Pirates on Wednesday afternoon at Coors Field.

Williams leaps to rob Pollock of homer (Wednesday, August 8)
Phillies right fielder Nick Williams robbed A.J. Pollock of a home run with a jumping catch at the right-field wall in the fifth inning on Wednesday afternoon at Chase Field.

Ramirez likely needs another rehab outing (Wednesday, August 8)
If the Mariners are going to replace a struggling Felix Hernandez in the rotation for his Sunday start in Houston, it appears Erasmo Ramirez won't be an option, as manager Scott Servais said Wednesday that the right-hander likely will need another Minor League rehab outing this week.

Jackie's legacy lives on at RBI World Series (Wednesday, August 8)
For Ron Hayward, it's all about the kids.

Mazara (thumb) to begin rehab on Thursday (Wednesday, August 8)
Rangers outfielder Nomar Mazara is headed to Triple-A Round Rock to begin a rehab assignment on Thursday against Omaha.

Reds hope to have Votto back on Friday (Wednesday, August 8)
When the Reds return home and open a series against the D-backs on Friday, they will be hoping that Joey Votto's knee has improved enough to start. The first baseman, who doesn't miss consecutive games from the lineup often, was unable to start again Wednesday vs. the Mets because of a right knee contusion.

2018 Arizona Fall League schedule unveiled (Wednesday, August 8)
The 2018 Arizona Fall League schedule features six teams comprised of many of Major League Baseball's top prospects from every organization.

Best and worst of last offseason's one-year deals (Wednesday, August 8)
It's an old baseball offseason axiom: There is no such thing as a bad one-year contract.

Herrera placed on DL with shoulder injury (Wednesday, August 8)
A day after Kelvin Herrera exited Tuesday's 3-1 loss to the Braves, the Nationals placed the reliever on the 10-day disabled list with a right rotator cuff impingement. The club recalled right-hander Koda Glover from Triple-A Syracuse on Wednesday to take Herrera's place on the roster.

'Life on the road' has deeper meaning for Drake (Wednesday, August 8)
The nomadic existence of the ballplayer on the Major League roster bubble is an oft-told tale. But never in the game's history has a player lived it quite like Oliver "All Over" Drake. He's been everywhere, man, a Johnny Cash song brought to big league life. And his patient partner has been there for every turn in Oliver's Odyssey.

Providing perspective on Yankees' plight (Wednesday, August 8)
There are only two kinds of Yankee fans right now, in light of what happened to their team at Fenway Park last weekend, when the Yankees turned into the Mets.

Braves voice Simpson apologizes to Nationals (Wednesday, August 8)
Braves announcer Joe Simpson found himself issuing another apology after he irritated the Nationals by questioning the validity of Juan Soto's age during the broadcast of the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader at Nationals Park.

Lindor hits 28th HR, but Tribe's rally falls short (Wednesday, August 8)
During a two-hour, 10-minute rain delay Tuesday night at Progressive Field, the only thing the Indians could do was wait while the storm loomed over the shores of Lake Erie. Tribe hitters were forced to wait even longer for a chance at any offensive breakthrough against Twins starting pitcher Adalberto Mejia. The left-hander dominated Cleveland's bats across five shutout innings, surrendering a hit and allowing three baserunners to help lead the Twins to a 3-2 win against the Indians.

Garver's HR all Mejia needs as Twins top Tribe (Wednesday, August 8)
Mitch Garver's three-run homer in the 2nd was all Minnesota and Adalberto Mejia needed in a game delayed two hours and 10 minutes by rain. Mejia (5 shutout IP) outdueled Carlos Carrasco (6 1/3 IP, 3 ER). Francisco Lindor homered in the 8th to start a rally for Cleveland, but it fell short as the Twins evened the series at 1.

Greinke goes 7 strong, but late rally falls short (Wednesday, August 8)
This time there would be no comeback. The Phillies made sure of that. The D-backs wasted a solid outing from Zack Greinke and allowed four runs in the eighth as they fell, 5-2, to the Phillies on Tuesday night.

Padres plan to promote righty Nix this weekend (Wednesday, August 8)
The Padres' second-half youth movement is in full-swing, and it appears right-hander Jacob Nix will be the next to move up to the big leagues.

Phils beat D-backs behind Pivetta, 4-run 8th (Wednesday, August 8)
Phillies right-hander Nick Pivetta seems to be getting on a roll again. He pitched six scoreless innings Tuesday night in a 5-2 victory over the D-backs at Chase Field. Pivetta allowed five hits and one walk and struck out six. He has allowed two runs in 12 innings in his last two starts. Nick Williams homered in the third inning to give the Phillies an early 1-0 lead. The Phillies scored four insurance runs in the eighth inning. The first-place Phillies maintained a 1 1/2-game lead over the Braves in the National League East.

Only on Facebook: Gonzales faces Rangers (Wednesday, August 8)
MLB's digital-only national broadcasts continue this week with today's Mariners-Rangers contest at Globe Life Park, which will stream live in the United States exclusively on Facebook beginning at 2 p.m. ET.

Taillon goes distance for win at Coors (Wednesday, August 8)
Jameson Taillon became the first National League pitcher to throw two complete games this season, hurling a spellbinding nine-inning gem and holding the explosive Rockies in a 10-2 Pirates victory.

Hill's solid Oakland return puts LA back in first (Wednesday, August 8)
Rich Hill, facing the A's for the first time since they traded him to the Dodgers two years ago, held Oakland to a Khris Davis two-run homer over 5 1/3 innings, and the bullpen finished the job as Los Angeles won Tuesday night's Interleague series opener and moved back into first place in the NL West.

Here's a 2018 surprise for all 30 MLB teams (Wednesday, August 8)
This isn't about what we expected to happen. This is about the things that have surprised or stood out. Some of it is players. Some of it is teams. All in all, it's a reminder that baseball seasons never play out the way we think, and that's the beauty of the thing.

Andujar lifts Yanks as Gray locks down ChiSox (Wednesday, August 8)
Miguel Andujar came through not once, but twice for the Yankees. After leading off the seventh inning with his 15th homer of the season to tie Tuesday's game vs. the White Sox, Andujar drove in the game-winning run with an RBI single in the 13th as New York took down Chicago, 4-3, at Guaranteed Rate Field. Former starter Sonny Gray picked up the win in relief, pitching three scoreless innings in extras.

Ohtani may not be pitching, but he's mashing (Wednesday, August 8)
Shohei Ohtani is still working his way back to the mound for the Angels, but he continues to find ways to make an impact with his bat in the interim. Ohtani's three-run home run off right-hander Jacob Turner sparked a seven-run first inning that helped spur the Angels to an 11-5 victory over the Tigers on Tuesday night at Angel Stadium.

Adames hits first career walk-off HR for Rays (Wednesday, August 8)
Recenly acquired Tyler Glasnow showed his potential firepower, and Willy Adames provided the game-winning run with a walk-off homer Tuesday night as the Rays beat the O's, 4-3.

Braves split with Nats behind Inciarte's heroics (Wednesday, August 8)
In the nightcap of Tuesday's doubleheader, Sean Newcomb and Max Scherzer dueled, each counting a solo home run as the only blemish on a strong start. Jesse Biddle carried most of the Braves' bullpen load, tossing 1 2/3 perfect innings and recording four strikeouts. Atlanta struck the winning blow in the ninth inning when Freddie Freeman and Nick Markakis rapped a pair of singles to set up Ender Inciarte's game-winning triple. Ryan Zimmerman continued his hot streak from Game 1, finishing the doubleheader 6-for-8 with three doubles, while Juan Soto clubbed homer No. 14 to pass Mickey Mantle on the list of homers by teenagers.

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