Sale joins Red Sox-Yanks rivalry on MLB.TV

Sale joins Red Sox-Yanks rivalry on MLB.TV

Chris Sale's welcome tour around the American League East continues tonight, when the left-hander takes on the Yankees for the first time since he joined the Red Sox, streaming live on MLB.TV.

Sale helped lead the Red Sox to victories over the Rays and Blue Jays in his previous two outings while lowering his season ERA to 0.91. Now he moves on to face the Bronx Bombers, whom he's beaten four times while recording a 1.17 ERA in 10 career outings (seven starts).

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Oliver Macklin is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington D.C. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

'Tired arm' causes Syndergaard to be scratched

Harvey gets start against Braves in series finale

'Tired arm' causes Syndergaard to be scratched

NEW YORK -- The Mets have scratched Noah Syndergaard from Thursday's start against the Braves with what manager Terry Collins deemed a "tired arm." Matt Harvey will start in his place.

"We can't take a chance on this guy," Collins said.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Approach the stands? Judge rules at Fenway

Approach the stands? Judge rules at Fenway

BOSTON -- There was no time for Aaron Judge to consider self-preservation as he raced toward the right-field line on Wednesday evening, snatching Xander Bogaerts' third-inning popup in the webbing of his glove before flipping over a low wall and into an empty red seat.

Combined with a two-run homer on the first pitch he saw from reigning American League Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello, Judge's Fenway Park debut made for a 25th birthday that he won't soon forget, helping the Yankees celebrate a 3-1 victory over the Red Sox.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Arroyo, Morse HRs set up Giants' walk-off

Arroyo, Morse HRs set up Giants' walk-off

SAN FRANCISCO -- "Energy" was an oft-repeated word Wednesday night in the Giants' clubhouse after Hunter Pence hoisted a sacrifice fly to snap a 10th-inning tie and lift San Francisco to a 4-3 victory over the archrival Los Angeles Dodgers.

San Francisco loaded the bases against reliever Ross Stripling on Gorkys Hernandez's leadoff single, a walk to Conor Gillaspie and Nick Hundley's sacrifice-bunt attempt, which was ruled a fielder's choice when Los Angeles was unable to throw out Hernandez at third base. Pence worked the count full before pulling a fly to left field that was deep enough to score the game-winner.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001.

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

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Special Gift: MLB's 1st African player debuts

Special Gift: MLB's 1st African player debuts

PITTSBURGH -- Before the Pirates' 6-5 win over the Cubs on Wednesday night at PNC Park, Gift Ngoepe worried he might burst into tears the moment he had to take the field.

When Ngoepe emerged from the dugout to play second base as part of a double-switch in the fourth inning, third baseman Josh Harrison held his hand up to Ngoepe's chest, as if he was monitoring the rookie's heartbeat. After all Ngoepe had been through to get there, how could he possibly contain his emotions?

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Adam Berry has covered the Pirates for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook, read his blog and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Franco's slam helps Phils win 5th straight

Franco's slam helps Phils win 5th straight

PHILADELPHIA -- Maikel Franco swung so hard he lost his helmet in the third inning Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park.

It has happened before, just not this season.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Flaherty uses head to help O's score 2 runs

Flaherty uses head to help O's score 2 runs

BALTIMORE -- Seth Smith singled in the third inning ... and then made it all the way home in Wednesday's 5-4, 11-inning Orioles win.

"That was a deflating inning," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "No doubt about it."

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tebow finding his groove at the plate

Former NFL QB has 9 hits in past 20 at-bats to raise average to .246

Tebow finding his groove at the plate

Tim Tebow is catching fire once again.

The Columbia Fireflies outfielder went 3-for-4 with his first career triple on Wednesday afternoon and barely missed his third home run of the season when he drove a ball deep to left field in his final at-bat. The performance marked his third multihit game since Friday.

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Oliver Macklin is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington, D.C. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

LA's Seager ties Gallo for longest HR of '17

LA's Seager ties Gallo for longest HR of '17

SAN FRANCISCO -- The home run Corey Seager hit leading off the sixth inning of the Dodgers' 4-3 loss to the Giants on Wednesday night was the longest of his career, estimated by Statcast™ at 462 feet.

The homer off Johnny Cueto, which broke a scoreless tie and sparked a three-run rally, matched the Rangers' Joey Gallo for the longest estimated distance of a homer this season and was the fourth-longest for a Dodger in the Statcast™ era (Joc Pederson has the other three).

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Statcast of the Day: Paxton looks like an ace

Mariners lefty blanks Tigers for 7, relies heavily on four-seamer velocity

Statcast of the Day: Paxton looks like an ace

DETROIT -- James Paxton proved to be just what the doctor ordered for the ailing Mariners on Wednesday. For starters, he didn't need any medical help, which was a welcome change for a Seattle club that has lost Felix Hernandez, Mitch Haniger, Drew Smyly, Jean Segura and Kyle Seager for various amounts of time.

With Hernandez and Haniger going on the disabled list Wednesday, Paxton provided a bright ray of optimism with his seven brilliant innings in an 8-0 victory over the Tigers as he continued cementing his status as the Mariners' emerging ace.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Nats' big bats bring heat to chilly Colorado

Turner, Zimmerman, Murphy homer; Harper goes 4-for-4

Nats' big bats bring heat to chilly Colorado

DENVER -- The Nationals clobbered their way to another win early, defeating the Rockies, 11-4, on a chilly Wednesday night at Coors Field to win their eighth game on their current 10-game road trip, which ends with Thursday's four-game series finale. The Nationals improved to 15-6, which is tied for the best start in franchise history, accomplished in 1979 and '81 when they were the Montreal Expos.

Daniel Murphy, Trea Turner, Ryan Zimmerman and Bryce Harper each had huge nights, combining to go 12-for-19 and tally nine of the Nats' RBIs. Harper went 4-for-4 with a walk in what was his fifth career four-hit game and third of 2017. Murphy has 12 RBIs since Sunday, Zimmerman is 15-for-33 (.455) with five homers and 14 RBIs in his last nine games, and Turner is 11-for-24 with 11 RBIs and 10 runs scored in six games since coming off the disabled list with a hamstring injury.

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Daniel Kramer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @DKramer_.

Owen Perkins is a contributor to MLB.com based in Denver and covered the Nationals on Wednesday.

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Schimpf rescues Padres with 3-run homer

Schimpf rescues Padres with 3-run homer

PHOENIX -- Ryan Schimpf's three-run homer in the ninth keyed a five run-rally that led the Padres to a come-from-behind win over the D-backs, 8-5, on Wednesday night at Chase Field.

The Padres trailed, 5-3, in the ninth when Erick Aybar got the rally started with a one-out bunt single. Pinch-hitter Hector Sanchez followed with a single to left and Schimpf, who had been double-switched into the lineup in the sixth inning, hit a towering homer to right. He was 6-for-60 as he came up to the plate for that critical at-bat.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter.

Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Potential first-round NFL Draft pick Pat Mahomes II has baseball in his blood

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Potential first-round NFL Draft pick Pat Mahomes II has baseball in his blood

It's easy to see why Patrick Mahomes II might go as high as the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft on Thursday night -- he can make just about any throw look easy, even if that throw is 80 yards downfield. As his old high school coach told Sports on Earth: "God didn't make a whole lot of arms like the one he put on Patrick Mahomes."

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Mike Petriello

Patient power: Thames showing elite discipline

Brewers' first baseman offering at just 15.3 percent of non-strikes

Patient power: Thames showing elite discipline

You can probably forgive fans for looking at the stunning early-season production of Eric Thames and wondering how this is possible. How is it even remotely realistic that a 30-year-old first baseman who couldn't stick with the Blue Jays or Mariners (or the Orioles' Triple-A team) five years ago could go to the other side of the world and suddenly learn to hit like this?

As you can imagine, not all of the suggestions have been friendly ones. But the truth is, answering the question of how Thames is doing this is the easy part. It's something hitters have known is true for decades, and it's a shockingly simple strategy:

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Mike Petriello is an analyst for MLB.com and the host of the Statcast podcast. He has previously written for ESPN Insider and FanGraphs. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pujols passes Winfield for 17th on MLB RBI list

Angels veteran sits one back of Palmeiro with 1,834

Pujols passes Winfield for 17th on MLB RBI list

ANAHEIM -- Angels slugger Albert Pujols collected his 1,834th career RBI in Wednesday night's 8-5 win over the A's at Angel Stadium, moving into sole possession of 17th place on the all-time MLB list.

Pujols surpassed Dave Winfield after driving in Mike Trout with a fifth-inning single to give the Angels a 4-2 lead. Pujols is one shy of tying Rafael Palmeiro for 16th place and two shy of matching Ken Griffey Jr. for 15th.

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Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Start your own season by purchasing R.B.I. Baseball

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Start your own season by purchasing R.B.I. Baseball
R.B.I. Baseball 2017 is here, and it can be yours today.

The Corey Seager-adorned game (or Kevin Pillar if you're in Canada) is available to purchase in North America at GameStop, Best Buy, Walmart, Target and MLB.com, among other participating outlets. Globally, it's accessible as a digital download on the Xbox Marketplace, PlayStation Store and the App Store on iPhone and iPad.

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Teheran, 5-run 1st help Braves thump Mets

Teheran, 5-run 1st help Braves thump Mets

NEW YORK -- The Braves carried a six-game losing streak into Citi Field on Wednesday, while the Mets came into the night having lost four straight. Both streaks could not remain intact.

In the end, Julio Teheran's years-long mastery of the Mets trumped any more recent trends. The Braves starter held New York to two runs in 6 1/3 innings of an 8-2 victory, snapping Atlanta's funk while sending the Mets to their fifth straight defeat.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

Danny Knobler is a contributor to MLB.com based in New York and covered the Braves on Wednesday.

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Indians outpace Astros with clutch rallies

Indians outpace Astros with clutch rallies

CLEVELAND -- Michael Brantley does not look like he's missed a beat. In a 7-6 victory over the Astros at Progressive Field on Wednesday night, the Indians left fielder continued his impressive comeback with a pair of hits and three RBIs to pace the Tribe's offense.

"Getting him back in name is one thing," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "But getting him back as the player he was is pretty impressive on his part. I think the more repetition he gets, you're starting to see him get some timing. That's good."

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William Kosileski is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland.

Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

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Rua's slam caps 8-run 8th in win over Twins

Rua's slam caps 8-run 8th in win over Twins

ARLINGTON -- Ryan Rua hit his first career grand slam in an eight-run eighth inning to help cap off the Rangers' 14-3 comeback win over the Twins on Wednesday night at Globe Life Park.

Eduardo Escobar's two-run home run in the second gave Minnesota a 2-0 lead before the Rangers came back in the middle innings. Rua's grand slam and a three-run home run by Shin-Soo Choo were the final blows in the Rangers' big eighth inning.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

Dave Sessions is a contributor to MLB.com based in Texas that covered the Twins on Wednesday.

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MLB.com Columnist

Jonathan Mayo

Top 2-way talent adds intrigue to Draft class

Greene, McKay, Pratto, Haseley all potential first-rounders who excel at plate and on mound

Top 2-way talent adds intrigue to Draft class

Every Draft class has its fair share of players who both pitch and hit at the amateur level, even for top-flight Division I college programs. But it often becomes clear in the months leading up to the Draft whether teams prefer a player as a pitcher or a hitter.

In this year's class, dual talent starts right at the top. Hunter Greene would no doubt be a first-round pick as an infielder -- one with tremendous power potential and the ability to stay on the dirt. But he's separated himself as a pitcher, and he should be taken in the top few picks as a right-hander. He has the chance to become the first high school right-handed pitcher to go No. 1 overall, and it was announced on Tuesday that he would not pitch for his Notre Dame High School (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) team for the remainder of the spring in order to protect his prized arm.
 

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanMayo and Facebook, and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

On wacky night, O's win in 11 on walk-off walk

On wacky night, O's win in 11 on walk-off walk

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles kept right on rolling Wednesday night, using a walk-off walk from Seth Smith to win a marathon, 11-inning series finale, 5-4 against the Rays at Camden Yards.

Down a run, Jonathan Schoop tied the game on a sacrifice fly -- his 13th RBI of the year -- to bring up Ryan Flaherty, who drew a walk to load the bases. The next batter, Smith, received four consecutive balls from Danny Farquhar to seal the win.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.

Jeff Seidel is a contributor to MLB.com based in Baltimore.

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Harrison, Bell homer as Bucs edge Cubs

Harrison, Bell homer as Bucs edge Cubs

PITTSBURGH -- After seeing his team score five runs over the previous three days, manager Clint Hurdle decided it was time for a change atop the order. Hurdle turned to Josh Harrison, his "Tabasco sauce" leadoff man, and Harrison helped spice up the Pirates' lineup in a 6-5 win over the Cubs on Wednesday night at PNC Park.

"Put something else on there," Hurdle said before the game, "and see if we can enlighten the flavor a little bit."

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Adam Berry has covered the Pirates for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook, read his blog and listen to his podcast.

Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.

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Mariners place Felix, Haniger on 10-day DL

Pair likely out at least 2-3 weeks; Gamel, De Jong, Overton and Fien recalled

Mariners place Felix, Haniger on 10-day DL

DETROIT -- A Mariners team fighting through some early challenges took on a couple more Wednesday when ace right-hander Felix Hernandez and standout rookie right fielder Mitch Haniger were placed on the 10-day disabled list amid a flurry of roster moves, as the club brought in reinforcements.

The two were both removed in the third inning of Tuesday's 19-9 loss to the Tigers and evaluated by the team's medical staff Wednesday. They were scheduled to fly back to Seattle on Wednesday night for further tests from team doctor Ed Khalfayan on Thursday.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Soreness, weather lead to more rest for Pedroia

Soreness, weather lead to more rest for Pedroia

BOSTON -- Red Sox manager John Farrell had planned on starting Dustin Pedroia for Wednesday's opener of a rain-shortened two-game set against the Yankees, but reversed course when the second baseman woke up with some lingering soreness in his left knee and ankle.

The fact that Fenway Park withstood several more hours of rain following Tuesday's postponement didn't help matters.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Brewers pound out 14 hits in sweep of Reds

Brewers pound out 14 hits in sweep of Reds

MILWAUKEE -- The Reds finally kept Eric Thames in the yard, but the Brewers enjoyed another big day at the plate anyway, completing a three-game sweep with a 9-4 win on Wednesday at Miller Park.

Thames singled, walked twice and scored two runs -- extending to 27 his club record for runs scored in April -- before making an early exit in the eighth inning  due to a tight left hamstring. He did not hit a home run for the first time in the Brewers' seven games against the Reds this season, but Brewers shortstop Orlando Arcia did, a two-run shot in the third inning as part of a three-RBI afternoon. Catcher Jett Bandy had three hits and two RBIs.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Jesse Sanchez

Tale of the Tape: Robert vs. Moncada

Tale of the Tape: Robert vs. Moncada

The comparisons between Yoan Moncada and Luis Robert were immediate and inevitable. Stars back in Cuba and on the radar in international scouting circles for years, the teenage phenoms both burst on the scene in the United States at age 19 -- Moncada in 2014 and Robert earlier this year.

Teenagers with five tools, a track record in international competition and the potential to impact a big league club quickly don't come around very often, so it's no surprise the two have been linked.

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Jesse Sanchez, who has been writing for MLB.com since 2001, is a national reporter based in Phoenix. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Severino's work with Pedro paying dividends

Severino's work with Pedro paying dividends

BOSTON -- Luis Severino's adrenaline rushed as he dialed the prized digits, having scored Pedro Martinez's phone number from a mutual acquaintance. It was a call he had to make; if anyone knew how to consistently dominate a big league lineup, it would be the Hall of Fame right-hander.

Maybe that was the secret behind Severino's confident tempo as he whipped seven scoreless innings in the Yankees' 3-1 victory over the Red Sox on Wednesday, permitting just three hits and striking out six on the very mound where Martinez authored some of his most legendary moments.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Maybin's 3 RBIs fuel Angels' outburst vs. A's

Maybin's 3 RBIs fuel Angels' outburst vs. A's

ANAHEIM -- The Angels' struggling offense finally came to life Wednesday night and used a three-run second and a four-run seventh to fuel an 8-5 win and clinch a series victory against the A's at Angel Stadium.

The Halos entered Wednesday batting just .195 over their last 14 games, but they broke out for 14 hits and received offensive contributions from their entire lineup, with Cameron Maybin, Kole Calhoun, Albert Pujols and Jefry Marte all delivering multi-hit efforts. They have now won three consecutive games, improving to 11-12.

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Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com.

Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010.

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A toast to Phil Coyne, the Pirates' 99-year-old usher celebrating his 81st year(!) on the job

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A toast to Phil Coyne, the Pirates' 99-year-old usher celebrating his 81st year(!) on the job

Think back to when you were 18 (or imagine when you'll be 18, if you're not there yet). Maybe you had a job -- at a movie theater, or maybe a theme park? Burger restaurant? There are plenty of options in that phase of your life. 

Way back in 1936, a young man named Phil Coyne picked up a job working as an usher for the Pirates at Forbes Field. Whether he intended to at the get-go or if it "just happened," Coyne stayed with the team through the Three Rivers Stadium days and into the present, as an usher at PNC Park. Seriously.

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Anthony Castrovince

Brantley's resurgence impressive by numbers

Brantley's resurgence impressive by numbers

CLEVELAND -- The RBI double in the first bounced out of the glove of Josh Reddick, who just about 24 hours earlier had made one of the great homer-robbing catches of this young season. The two-run single in the fifth was the product of a scorched-earth grounder aided by a drawn-in infield. So the latest triumph in Michael Brantley's comeback campaign -- 2-for-4 with three RBIs in the Indians' 7-6 win over the Astros on Wednesday night at Progressive Field -- had a little luck attached, as Brantley himself would acknowledge.

"You gotta get those breaks," he said.

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Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.