Sanchez show continues as Yanks thump O's

Sanchez show continues as Yanks thump O's

NEW YORK -- Gary Sanchez continued a sensational opening act to his big league career on Friday, homering among his three hits and driving in four runs to help the Yankees trounce the Orioles, 14-4, at Yankee Stadium.

Sanchez's two-run homer in the fifth inning marked his 10th in his first 22 Major League games, having been recalled from the Minors earlier this month. The slugging 23-year-old also contributed a two-run double as part of a six-run second inning, in which the Yankees sent 12 men to the plate and knocked right-hander Yovani Gallardo out of the game.

Continue Reading

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007.

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.

Hot Nats bats vs. Rox help Gio to 100th win

Hot Nats bats vs. Rox help Gio to 100th win

WASHINGTON -- With two-fifths of their rotation in flux thanks to injuries to Stephen Strasburg and Joe Ross, the Nationals will lean more heavily on the veterans in their rotation to give them strong outings similar to the one left-hander Gio Gonzalez turned in to help guide them to a 8-5 victory over the Rockies on Friday night at Nationals Park.

Gonzalez picked up the 100th victory in his career after he held the Rockies to two runs on four hits in six innings with five strikeouts. He was aided by a pair of solo homers from Jayson Werth and Daniel Murphy, who drove in two runs and collected the 500th RBI of his career.

Continue Reading

Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier.

Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, listen to podcasts and like his Facebook page.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Quiet early, Tigers solve Nolasco, win 5th straight

Quiet early, Tigers solve Nolasco, win 5th straight

DETROIT -- Justin Upton's go-ahead two-run homer punctuated a sixth-inning outburst in support of Justin Verlander, sending the Tigers to their fifth consecutive win with a 4-2 victory over the Angels on Friday night at Comerica Park.

Albert Pujols' first-inning solo homer off Justin Verlander was the game's only offense for five innings despite eight baserunners in that span off Angels starter Ricky Nolasco. While Verlander settled in to retire 19 of 20 batters from the end of the first inning through the seventh, Detroit finally capitalized on Nolasco (4-12) with back-to-back doubles from Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez, followed by Upton's 17th home run of the season and his fourth of the week.

Continue Reading

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast.

Kyle Beery is a reporter for MLB.com based in Detroit and covered the Angels on Friday.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Celebrate 14 years of MLB.TV with $9.99 subscription

Landmark first video stream of big league game occurred Aug. 26, 2002

Celebrate 14 years of MLB.TV with $9.99 subscription

MLB.TV Premium is now available for a limited-time offer of just $9.99 for the rest of the year to celebrate today's 14th anniversary of the first live video stream of a Major League Baseball game, between the Rangers and Yankees on Aug. 26, 2002.

It is only fitting that the last active MLB player standing from that game -- Blue Jays reliever Joaquin Benoit -- says he is now a regular user of the leading sports technology that grew out of that landmark event in broadcasting history.

Continue Reading

Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Blue Jays associate reporter Alykhan Ravjiani contributed to this story. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

No structural damage to Benintendi's left knee

No structural damage to Benintendi's left knee

BOSTON -- Red Sox left fielder Andrew Benintendi underwent a battery of tests from team doctors on his sprained left knee and no structural damage was found, providing more hope that the club's No. 2 prospect will play again this season.

"Yeah, I'm definitely fortunate," said Benintendi. "It looked a lot worse than it actually was, so I feel pretty lucky."

Continue Reading

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.

Flores slugs slam as Mets barrage Phillies

Flores slugs slam as Mets barrage Phillies

NEW YORK -- In need of another storybook run as they look to scale the National League Wild Card standings, the Mets on Friday turned to a player best known for his flair for the dramatic. Wilmer Flores slugged his third career grand slam, Asdrubal Cabrera and Jose Reyes combined for three additional homers and Bartolo Colon cruised, leading the Mets to a 9-4 win over the Phillies at Citi Field.

The Mets temporarily moved within three games of a Wild Card berth, though they continue to trail four teams in that race.

Continue Reading

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

Joshua Needelman is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Phillies on Friday.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Behind Altuve, BTS leader approaching history

csteele12 1 correct pick shy of tying game's all-time record of 49

Behind Altuve, BTS leader approaching history

One fan is approaching Beat the Streak immortality.

User csteele12 enters Friday with 48 straight successful picks in MLB.com's flagship fantasy game, one shy of the all-time leader and nine away from topping Joe DiMaggio's hallowed 56-game hitting streak.

Continue Reading

Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Jones exits O's game with left hamstring strain

Jones exits O's game with left hamstring strain

NEW YORK -- Orioles center fielder Adam Jones left Friday's 14-4 loss to the Yankees in the second inning with a left hamstring strain.

Jones was removed on Thursday night in the ninth inning for what the Os' deemed a hamstring cramp. Manager Buck Showalter said Friday afternoon that Jones had tested his hammy prior to putting him in the starting lineup.

Continue Reading

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.

Blue Jays acquire Navarro from White Sox

Catcher played for Toronto from 2014-15; Minor League pitcher Turner sent to Chicago

Blue Jays acquire Navarro from White Sox

TORONTO -- Dioner Navarro is returning to the place he called home for the past two seasons.

The Blue Jays acquired the veteran catcher from the White Sox on Friday in exchange for left-handed pitching prospect Colton Turner, reuniting Navarro with the club he played for from 2014-15.

Continue Reading

Alykhan Ravjiani is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

To the races: MLB postseason schedule announced

AL Wild Card Game opens playoffs on Oct. 4; World Series begins Oct. 25

To the races: MLB postseason schedule announced

Major League Baseball announced its 2016 postseason schedule on Tuesday, opening with the American League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser on TBS on Tuesday, Oct. 4, and followed by the National League equivalent on ESPN one night later. The 112th World Series on FOX will begin on Tuesday, Oct. 25, in an AL city to be determined.

While the 10 participants and eventual matchups are gradually being determined, the full postseason schedule can be found at MLB.com/postseason.

Continue Reading

Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ruiz joins Dodgers, 'ready to play in October'

Ruiz joins Dodgers, 'ready to play in October'

LOS ANGELES -- One could say parallel careers intersected on Thursday, when the Dodgers acquired Carlos Ruiz for A.J. Ellis and a Minor Leaguer.

The two catchers shared humble origins as Ruiz first signed with the Phillies for $8,000 in 1998, while Ellis was drafted in the 18th round of the 2003 Draft. Both fought their ways to the Majors and instilled themselves as fan favorites. And, until Thursday, both had known only one team.

Continue Reading

Jack Baer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rays set to release Jennings on Saturday

Rays set to release Jennings on Saturday

HOUSTON -- The Rays plan to release outfielder Desmond Jennings on Saturday.

"It was time, best for him, best for us going forward," manager Kevin Cash said before Friday's series opener against the Astros. "Wish him the best with his career going forward. It was just unfortunate it didn't work out. Couldn't quite get him on the field as much as we'd have liked. We had to make a decision."

Continue Reading

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com and covers the Rays. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mets decide to skip deGrom's next start

New York feels ace right-hander's issues are mechanical

Mets decide to skip deGrom's next start

NEW YORK -- Concerned about Jacob deGrom's consecutive poor starts, the Mets spent this week digging into the Trackman technology available to them at ballparks around the country, hoping to spot the root cause of their ace's struggles. Coming away convinced that deGrom's issues are mechanical, not health-related, the team will spend the next 10 days attempting to fix them.

As such, deGrom will miss his next start in an attempt to rediscover the form that made him a National League Cy Young candidate as recently as mid-August.

Continue Reading

Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Lucroy, Indians move on from near trade

All-Star catcher facing Tribe this series for first time since vetoing deal

Lucroy, Indians move on from near trade

ARLINGTON -- After Jonathan Lucroy reached second base in the second inning on Thursday night, Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor said something to the Rangers catcher before patting him on the back. If Cleveland fans thought Lindor had any harsh words for Lucroy, they were wrong.

"He's cool," Lindor said on Friday afternoon. "I've known his brother and his dad since I was a little kid, because I played against his brother and with his brother when I came to the States. So, it's always cool when you see a familiar face."

Continue Reading

Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pirates' playoff run receiving boost from Cutch

Former NL MVP squaring ball up again, driving it to right, center

Pirates' playoff run receiving boost from Cutch

MILWAUKEE -- As the Pirates gear up for a playoff push, they may be getting a return to form from Andrew McCutchen.

If Thursday's game against the Brewers was any indication, the Pirates could be getting the McCutchen of the past seven years. McCutchen homered and laced two singles to the right side of second base, including his 10th-inning game-winning hit 105.6 mph off the bat, according to Statcast™.

Continue Reading

Curt Hogg is a reporter for MLB.com based in Milwaukee. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ross, Maddon enjoy Scully's company in LA

'He was really kind and gracious,' Cubs manager says of Dodgers broadcaster

Ross, Maddon enjoy Scully's company in LA

LOS ANGELES -- David Ross got his brownies and joined Cubs manager Joe Maddon for a private audience with legendary Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully on Friday.

Ross and Maddon presented Scully with a No. 67 from the Wrigley Field scoreboard as well as a Dodgers flag that flew at the Cubs' home ballpark. Maddon also included some T-shirts that the Cubs players are wearing this season with some of the manager's sayings, including "Respect 90," "Do Simple Better," and "The Process is Fearless" in Japanese.

Continue Reading

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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Reyes, Cabrera go back to back to start game

Second time in club history Mets have hit consecutive dingers to open contest

Reyes, Cabrera go back to back to start game

NEW YORK -- Healthy again, Jose Reyes has begun wreaking havoc atop the Mets' lineup. He's even making history in the process.

Reyes and Asdrubal Cabrera opened the bottom of the first inning of the Mets' 9-4 win on Friday with back-to-back homers off Phillies starter Adam Morgan, marking just the second time in franchise history the Mets have opened a game with consecutive dingers. Reyes was also involved in the previous instance, going back to back with Ruben Gotay on July 12, 2007.

Continue Reading

Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pollock returns to D-backs to face Reds

D-backs outfielder has been out all season with fractured elbow

Pollock returns to D-backs to face Reds

PHOENIX -- When A.J. Pollock was in the press conference room at Chase Field nearly five months ago, there was uncertainty about whether the D-backs center fielder would play this season. He had seen X-rays of his fractured right elbow and surgery was imminent.

Before Friday's game against the Reds, Pollock was back in that same room, addressing the media after being activated from the 60-day disabled list This time, with the entire rehab process behind him, he was all smiles, ready to play on a Major League field for the first time this season

Continue Reading

Jake Rill is a reporter for MLB.com based in Phoenix. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rays were rooting for Moore in no-hitter bid

Former Tampa Bay starter goes 8 2/3 innings before yielding single

Rays were rooting for Moore in no-hitter bid

HOUSTON -- Former Rays starter Matt Moore was one out shy of pitching a no-hitter for the Giants against the Dodgers on Thursday night before Corey Seager singled to break up the bid.

The left-hander had plenty of fans in the Rays' clubhouse, including shortstop Matt Duffy, who was the main player acquired by Tampa Bay in the non-waiver Trade Deadline deal with San Francisco.

Continue Reading

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com and covers the Rays. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Uecker, Feherty chat for Golf Channel show

Longtime Brewers broadcaster shares memorable stories Tuesday at 9 p.m. CT

Uecker, Feherty chat for Golf Channel show

MILWAUKEE -- Here's a "useful shot," to borrow one of golf analyst David Feherty's signature phrases: Two of sports' best storytellers, sitting side-by-side for a laughter-filled chat about two of America's favorite pastimes.

Brewers broadcaster Bob Uecker will join the "Feherty" show Tuesday at 9 p.m. CT on Golf Channel. Their discussion, which Uecker says spanned about four hours earlier this year, includes some of Uecker's greatest hits, from Johnny Carson bestowing him the nickname "Mr. Baseball," to Bud Selig green-lighting Uecker's participation in the career-changing Miller Lite commercials, to the roots of Uecker's radio career.

Continue Reading

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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gurriel logs 1st hit at home in return vs. Rays

Gurriel logs 1st hit at home in return vs. Rays

HOUSTON -- Hampered by a hamstring injury during his first road trip as a Major Leaguer, Yulieski Gurriel returned to the Astros' lineup on Friday for his home debut against the Rays.

Gurriel went 1-for-3 as the designated hitter in the series opener in only his second start since being called up on Sunday. After logging a single in the seventh inning for his first hit at Minute Maid Park, Gurriel was lifted for pinch-runner Tony Kemp. Gurriel had gone hitless since a notching a single in his MLB debut against the Orioles on Sunday.

Continue Reading

Jordan Ray is a reporter for MLB.com based in Houston. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Could Dodgers' rotation soon call on De Leon?

Urias, Maeda set to start Saturday, Monday, respectively

Could Dodgers' rotation soon call on De Leon?

LOS ANGELES -- With the Dodgers' starting rotation being decided on a day-to-day basis, manager Dave Roberts on Friday announced that Julio Urias would start Saturday against the Cubs, and Urias just might be followed on Sunday by Jose De Leon in his Major League debut.

And in an unusual move, the Dodgers optioned No. 1 starter Kenta Maeda to the Rookie-level Arizona League, whose season ends Sunday, allowing Maeda to be recalled to pitch Monday for the Dodgers in Denver.

Continue Reading

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.

Tribe won't 'run away from' Tomlin in rotation

Right-hander winless in August after 9-1 start to season

Tribe won't 'run away from' Tomlin in rotation

ARLINGTON -- The Indians do not have any plans to shake up their rotation. Prior to Friday night's game against the Rangers, manager Terry Francona indicated that Josh Tomlin would make his next scheduled start as planned, even after another rough performance Thursday.

"We're going to pitch him," Francona said. "There's a chance at some point we rest him. We might do it with everybody. Who knows? But, it's kind of like [setup man Bryan] Shaw. You don't just run away from guys when they're having a tough time. He's got 11 wins. He's had a tough stretch here, but I don't think you run away from guys like that.

Continue Reading

Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Frank Howard thrilled to join Nats' ring of honor

Frank Howard thrilled to join Nats' ring of honor

WASHINGTON -- To say Frank Howard was the happiest man at Nationals Park is an understatement. A few minutes before they played the Rockies on Friday night, the Nationals put Howard's name in the ring of honor, located on the right-field facade near the foul pole. Howard's name sits next to Jackie Robinson and former Nats manager Frank Robinson.

"I'm not one to live in the past, but I'll tell you what -- any time you have a chance to be on Frank and Jackie Robinson's team, it's a real thrill for me," Howard said. "It's nice when someone says, 'Welcome to the ring of honor.'"

Continue Reading

Bill Ladson has covered the Nationals/Expos for MLB.com since 2002 and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Kershaw: Ellis trade 'tremendous subtraction'

'It's not going to be easy,' Dodgers ace says of batterymate's absence

Kershaw: Ellis trade 'tremendous subtraction'

LOS ANGELES -- Because life goes on, Clayton Kershaw threw a 60-pitch bullpen session on Friday and said he would face hitters next week. He also spoke for the first time about the trade of good friend and batterymate A.J. Ellis.

"It's been a rough couple of days," said Kershaw. "Just a really abrupt ending. A.J. kind of described it as a car wreck. This might have been our last season together, but we've been saying that for four years and it keeps working out. We realize what a huge blessing it was to have that time. But you see each other every day all season and you take it for granted a little bit."

Continue Reading

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.

MLB.com Columnist

Jonathan Mayo

Top 2016 draftees who can contribute in bigs soon

Top 2016 draftees who can contribute in bigs soon

It used to be that Major League teams wouldn't feel any impact from a Draft class for a few years. That's changed lately, particularly in the past couple of years.

In 2015, '14 first-round picks Kyle Schwarber and Michael Conforto not only made it up to the Cubs and Mets, they both played a large role in their team's push to the playoffs. Carlos Rodon and Aaron Nola were two pitchers who made large contributions to their team's, albeit not in playoff contention, in their first full season as well.

Continue Reading

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.

Howard stands as final Phillie from 2008 club

Veteran slugger last member of championship team still with Philadelphia

Howard stands as final Phillie from 2008 club

NEW YORK -- Not much remains from the Phillies' 2008 World Series team. Chase Utley? Gone. Jimmy Rollins? Gone. So are Cole Hamels, Brad Lidge and Jayson Werth. Don't forget about manager Charlie Manuel, either.

Now, with Carlos Ruiz's trade to the Dodgers on Thursday, only one player from Philadelphia's magical season is left: Ryan Howard.

Continue Reading

Joshua Needelman is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

MLB.com Columnist

Anthony Castrovince

Sizing up MLB's dark-horse award candidates

Hendricks, Duffy state Cy Young Award cases; Seager, Ortiz in MVP Award mix

Sizing up MLB's dark-horse award candidates

Now that Zach Britton finally took the bold step of giving up an earned run this week, we can probably pump the brakes on the "a reliever might win the Cy Young Award!" chatter.

But there are still plenty of interesting award-related storylines up for discussion as we storm into the final month of the season. Here are a handful:

Continue Reading

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.

Tour brings pieces of Cooperstown to St. Louis

Ozzie, Edmonds on hand for grand opening of Hall of Fame showcase's latest stop

Tour brings pieces of Cooperstown to St. Louis

ST. LOUIS -- The trip from Cooperstown, N.Y., to Busch Stadium is almost 1,000 miles, but Major League Baseball is making that distance a lot shorter in the coming weeks.

The Hall of Fame Tour will take root in the parking lot at Ballpark Village from Friday through Sept. 11 on one of six stops this year as the experience of Cooperstown is brought to the fans. The traveling showcase includes five mobile exhibit galleries containing artifacts such as Jackie Robinson's cap from the 1955 World Series and Babe Ruth's 714th home run ball.

Continue Reading

Nick Krueger is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Louis. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.