Dive Hard: Souza's fantastic flop and bop

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Dive Hard: Souza's fantastic flop and bop

Everyone who has fooled around in the backyard with a glove and a ball knows the secret rule of the dive: It doesn't matter if you catch the ball, it just matters how cool the dive looks. 

The only difference between that and what Steven Souza Jr. did in the seventh inning of the Rays' 5-2 win against the Twins on Friday is that there weren't thousands of people watching us as we came up about 15 feet short. 

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D-backs tie it on 9th-inning HR, win in 10th

D-backs tie it on 9th-inning HR, win in 10th

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers got their Opening Day starter back from the disabled list but lost their manager to an ejection, lost a lead with two outs in the ninth and then lost a game, 4-2, after the D-backs scored twice in the top of the 10th inning on Friday at Miller Park.

D-backs catcher Chris Iannetta hit a solo home run in the ninth off Brewers closer Corey Knebel to force extra innings, and Chris Owings scored the go-ahead run on Wily Peralta's wild pitch in the 10th, and Jake Lamb, who homered in the fourth, provided insurance with an RBI double. The D-backs won for the 10th time in 11 games, while the Brewers lost their fifth game in a row.

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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.

Carson Mason is a reporter for MLB.com based in Milwaukee who covered the D-backs on Friday.

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Burgundy responds to Cubs' 'Anchorman' trip

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Burgundy responds to Cubs' 'Anchorman' trip

Because it's among the many things they do under manager Joe Maddon, the Cubs recently embarked on a road trip clad in outfits inspired by the 2004 comedy "Anchorman," to highly amusing results.

Their wardrobe antics caught the attention of Will Ferrell, esteemed funnyman and the titular star of "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy," and the legendary TV news man fired back with a "response" video on Friday, which you can view atop this post.

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Save 50 percent on MLB.TV this weekend

Yearly, single-team subscriptions are half off until Monday night

Save 50 percent on MLB.TV this weekend

MLB.TV will be offering 50 percent off subscriptions throughout Memorial Day weekend. MLB.TV Premium, with nearly two dozen features for subscribers to access and interact with live out-of-market Major League Baseball games at 60 frames per second on any of the more than 400 supported devices, is on sale for just $56.49. MLB.TV Single Team subscriptions are also available, on sale for $43.74.

Marlins center fielder Christian Yelich can attest to the value of MLB.TV to displaced military families. His brother Cameron has been able to follow games that way.

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com and a baseball writer since 1990. Follow him @Marathoner and read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com/blogs hub. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Scherzer K's 13, Harper HRs in win vs. SD

Scherzer K's 13, Harper HRs in win vs. SD

WASHINGTON -- As Max Scherzer stepped into the batter's box in the eighth inning, the crowd of 28,606 at Nationals Park gave him a standing ovation, an appreciation of his outstanding effort so far and a sign that he was going to get a chance to finish what he started. He delivered another stellar performance Friday night, nearly finishing off a complete game as he dominated the Padres offense for 8 2/3 innings to lead the Nats to a 5-1 victory.

Scherzer, the reigning National League Cy Young Award winner, credited a mechanical adjustment of raising his hands higher during his bullpen session this week after struggling in his last start against the Braves. It worked as he struck out a season-high 13 batters and gave up just three hits -- his only blemish coming via a homer from Ryan Schimpf in the fourth.

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

AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

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The Rally Squirrel returned to Cleveland

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The Rally Squirrel returned to Cleveland

Every good character deserves a sequel. And, just like Freddy, Jason or Michael Myers, the Cleveland Rally Squirrel has surprised everyone with its return. 

After he escaped capture following his first appearance, running into the stands, most thought he would never be seen again. They thought wrong. 

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E-Rod, Red Sox blank M's, win 5th straight

E-Rod, Red Sox blank M's, win 5th straight

BOSTON -- Unlike the New England weather, Boston's baseball team is heating up. Amid more cool and rainy conditions on Friday night at Fenway Park, the Red Sox downed the Mariners, 3-0, to run their winning streak to a season-high five games.

At 26-21, Boston is five games above .500 for the first time this season. Eduardo Rodriguez (4-1, 2.77 ERA) led the way by firing six sharp innings en route to his seventh straight quality start.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.

Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB.

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Darvish, Estrada square off on MLB.TV

Dodgers continue NLCS rematch with Cubs; Greinke returns to Milwaukee

Darvish, Estrada square off on MLB.TV

One of the game's biggest non-divisional rivalries continues today on MLB.TV, as the Rangers and Blue Jays meet north of the border.

Having met the past two postseasons -- and with some physicality in between -- these clubs convene at respective stages that they haven't been accustomed to in recent years, with the Rangers playing catchup in the American League West and the Blue Jays in last place in the AL East.

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Daniel Kramer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @DKramer_. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Superstars Trout, Giancarlo admire each other

Superstars Trout, Giancarlo admire each other

MIAMI -- Batting practice had a lot more sizzle on Friday night at Marlins Park. The must-see attractions were Giancarlo Stanton when Miami was warming up, and Mike Trout when it was the Angels' turn to hit.

For the first time since 2014, the Marlins faced the Angels, and it marked Los Angeles' first trip to Marlins Park, which opened in 2012.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Keuchel lined up to come off DL Saturday

Astros' ace out since May 16 with pinched nerve in neck

Keuchel lined up to come off DL Saturday

HOUSTON -- Astros ace Dallas Keuchel will be activated from the 10-day disabled list Saturday and start against the Orioles. Astros manager A.J. Hinch stopped short of saying for certain that Keuchel would be activated before Friday's game, but after Houston's 2-0 victory, the club announced right-hander Jordan Jankowski was being optioned to Triple-A Fresno to make room for the lefty.

Keuchel (7-0, 1.84 ERA) was placed on the disabled list following his May 16 start in Miami with a pinched nerve in his neck. He will have missed just one start (Monday against the Tigers).

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Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

deGrom's stellar start, Walker's 2 HRs lift Mets

deGrom's stellar start, Walker's 2 HRs lift Mets

PITTSBURGH -- Following one of his best starts of the season, Jacob deGrom spun yet another gem, and hometown hero Neil Walker provided the offense with two homers and four RBIs in the Mets' 8-1 win over the Pirates at PNC Park on Friday.

deGrom was masterful over 8 1/3 innings, striking out 10 and walking just one. After holding a 3.99 ERA through his first eight starts, he has given up just one run over 15 1/3 innings in his last two outings. Since his May 14 start against the Brewers, when he was tagged for four runs, he has turned a corner.

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Ben Weinrib is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland, and covered the Pirates Friday.

Bob Cohn is a reporter for MLB.com based in Pittsburgh, and covered the Mets Friday.

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Kluber sees positive results in first rehab start

Kluber sees positive results in first rehab start

CLEVELAND -- With the struggles that the Indians' starting rotation has gone through this season, it is a great sign that ace Corey Kluber pitched well in his first rehab start on Friday for Double-A Akron.

After missing more than three weeks while on the 10-day disabled list with a lower back injury, Kluber pitched five scoreless innings and got the win in the RubberDucks' 10-0 victory. On 47 pitches (33 strikes), Kluber only allowed one hit and did not issue a walk, while recording one strikeout. He set down the final 14 batters he faced.

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

A's wait out Tanaka, strike late in Bronx

A's wait out Tanaka, strike late in Bronx

NEW YORK -- Masahiro Tanaka rebounded from the worst two-start stretch of his career with a 13-strikeout performance, but Jed Lowrie drove home the tiebreaking run and Stephen Vogt slugged a two-run homer as the Athletics secured a 4-1 victory over the Yankees on Friday evening at Yankee Stadium.

Lowrie collected his third hit of the game in the eighth inning off Tyler Clippard, who had relieved Tanaka. Khris Davis added a run-scoring single later in the inning, and Vogt went deep in the ninth off Jonathan Holder, helping boost Sean Manaea (3-3) to the win.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.

Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB.

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Counsell ejected after disputed review

Thames caught advancing home on wild pitch

Counsell ejected after disputed review

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers thought they'd scored their first run in 18 innings. When they were denied, tempers flared at Miller Park on Friday.

Brewers manager Craig Counsell was ejected for the first time this season and the sixth time in his three-year managerial career after Eric Thames was called out trying to score the tying run on a wild pitch in the sixth inning of a 1-0 game against the D-backs. Counsell challenged plate umpire Jim Reynolds' initial call, which stood after a 1 minute, 59 second review.

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

Maddon wants Schwarber to ignore numbers

Maddon wants Schwarber to ignore numbers

LOS ANGELES -- The Cubs' Kyle Schwarber, who is batting .149 this month, did not start on Friday against Dodgers lefty Alex Wood, but the lefty-swinging slugger will be back in the lineup on Saturday. Manager Joe Maddon is trying to figure out a way to get Schwarber on track while helping him ignore his batting average on the scoreboard.

"My concern when a guy is struggling a little bit is you don't want him to get too many at-bats because it's hard to get yourself out of the mental or physical numerical hole," Maddon said Friday. "By not giving him as many at-bats, as he gets hot again it'll be easier to get back to [a better] number.

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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.

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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HOF to honor baseball-themed 'Simpsons' ep

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HOF to honor baseball-themed 'Simpsons' ep

On Monday, the National Baseball Hall of Fame announced what every baseball fan already knew: The lauded Simpsons episode "Homer at the Bat" is worthy of enshrinement in Cooperstown.

The Hall will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the episode on Saturday during Hall of Fame Classic Weekend. Festivities will include appearances by Wade Boggs and Ozzie Smith -- both of whom guest-starred in the episode -- at a discussion featuring members of The Simpsons team who put the episode together. 

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Travis' grand slam powers Jays past Rangers

Travis' grand slam powers Jays past Rangers

TORONTO -- Josh Donaldson and Troy Tulowitzki returned to the Blue Jays' lineup on Friday night, but it was second baseman Devon Travis who stole the show.

Travis finished 3-for-4 with a grand slam and a double in Toronto's 7-6 victory over the Rangers. In the process, he set the record for the most extra-base hits in any one month by a Blue Jays second baseman, and tied Fred Lewis for the most doubles in the month of May with 15. How good has Travis been? He opened the month batting .130, but has since hit .372 (29-for-78) with 15 RBIs and 10 multi-hit games.

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Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

Keegan Matheson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto and covered the Rangers on Friday.

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Royals rally from 4-run deficit to beat Indians

Royals rally from 4-run deficit to beat Indians

CLEVELAND -- Rookie Jorge Bonifacio lined a go-ahead two-run double off Indians reliever Andrew Miller in the eighth inning as the Royals roared back for a 6-4 win on Friday night at Progressive Field.

Brandon Moss hit a three-run homer in the fourth inning and Mike Moustakas hit a solo shot in the fifth as the Royals overcame an early four-run deficit.

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Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.

William Kosileski is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland and covered the Indians on Friday.

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Beltre inching closer to making return

Beltre inching closer to making return

TORONTO -- Adrian Beltre continued his rehab process on Friday in Surprise, Ariz., playing six innings in the field and taking six at-bats. Beltre tallied four hits, including a double, and made a pair of defensive plays at third.

This was the second of three extend spring training games that Beltre was scheduled to play in before being re-evaluated on Sunday. If he is deemed ready at that point, Beltre would have a chance to make his 2017 debut at home against the Rays when the Rangers open their eight-game homestand on Monday.

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

Marlins knock 3 homers to muscle past Angels

Marlins knock 3 homers to muscle past Angels

MIAMI -- Marlins Park, not known for being home run-friendly, proved to be a home-field advantage for the Marlins on Friday night. Giancarlo Stanton, J.T. Realmuto and Justin Bour each went deep in Miami's 8-5 victory over the Angels.

Stanton's homer was his first since May 8, and Bour stayed hot, homering for the ninth time in 14 games. Backed by early run support, Dan Straily won his second straight start, giving up three runs with six strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings. It marked the seventh time the Marlins knocked three homers in a game.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

Glenn Sattell is a contributor to MLB.com based in Miami and covered the Angels on Friday.

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Mark Feinsand

Who might bid on Harper after 2018?

Who might bid on Harper after 2018?

Having already agreed to a contract for 2018, Bryce Harper can focus exclusively on baseball for the next 17 months or so. Then the real fun begins.

Harper will earn $21.65 million next season, his final year before he heads to free agency. That's the highest salary in history for an arbitration-eligible player, which is not shocking given Harper's résumé and the fact that he's off to another stellar start in 2017.

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Mark Feinsand, an executive reporter, originally joined MLB.com as a reporter in 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Blue Jays welcome back Donaldson, Tulo

Blue Jays welcome back Donaldson, Tulo

TORONTO -- For at least one night, everything in Blue Jays land felt normal. Josh Donaldson and Troy Tulowitzki were back, the middle of the order was hitting home runs and the Rangers never seemed to have much of a chance. It was just like old times.

To some, normalcy might seem boring. To the Blue Jays, it's anything but, because after weeks of uncertainty and turmoil, the old gang is back together. Donaldson and Tulowitzki returned from the disabled list for Friday's 7-6 victory over Texas and for the first time since early April, this team has something to be excited about.

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Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Adleman deals as Reds overpower Phils

Adleman deals as Reds overpower Phils

PHILADELPHIA -- Reds right-hander Tim Adleman picked a nice time to have the best start of his career.

Adleman allowed just one hit in eight scoreless innings Friday night in a 5-2 victory over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. He walked two, struck out four and got 16 ground-ball outs. Adleman, who pitched a career-high seven innings Sept. 26 in St. Louis, allowed his only hit in the first inning, when second baseman Andres Blanco singled to center field. Adam Duvall and Scott Schebler supported him with solo homers, and Jose Peraza knocked in two with a single in the sixth. Joey Votto drove in a run in the first with a groundout.

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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.

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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Bettis hopes to clear hurdle in cancer battle

Bettis hopes to clear hurdle in cancer battle

DENVER -- Rockies right-handed pitcher Chad Bettis hopes to accelerate his return from testicular cancer if a CT scan Monday and a blood test Tuesday yield good news.

After three rounds of chemotherapy (three weeks per round), Bettis hopes to have the port through which the chemotherapy medicine was administered removed Wednesday, and once that heals, his comeback can begin in earnest.

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

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Giolito's no-no provides big confidence boost

White Sox No. 2 prospect feels good about delivery after 7-inning no-hitter for Triple-A Charlotte

Giolito's no-no provides big confidence boost

CHICAGO -- After a slow start to his first season in the White Sox organization, Lucas Giolito was looking for that moment on the mound when everything clicked.

That moment arrived on Thursday night in Game 1 of a doubleheader for Triple-A Charlotte, as the big right-hander hurlerd a seven-inning no-hitter against Syracuse. Giolito struck out three and walked three, picking up eight groundouts, against the team he pitched for last season before he was acquired from the Nationals in the Adam Eaton deal.

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Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Indians to unveil Robinson statue on Saturday

Indians to unveil Robinson statue on Saturday

CLEVELAND -- Before the Indians and the Royals play the second game of their series at Progressive Field on Saturday, the Tribe will unveil a new statue to commemorate Frank Robinson, one of the game's all-time greats and Major League Baseball's first African-American manager in 1975.

The statue will honor Robinson for being one of baseball's pioneers, as the 1982 Hall of Fame inductee spent 21 seasons as a player and over 20 seasons as a manager and coach. Robinson served as a player-manager for the Indians for two seasons beginning in '75 before he retired as a player and managed the team in '77. The statue will reside in Progressive Field's Heritage Park beyond the center-field wall.

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

Statcast of the Day: Stanton hits batter's eye

Statcast of the Day: Stanton hits batter's eye

MIAMI -- When Giancarlo Stanton connects, the Marlins' slugger can do damage in many ways. The three-time All-Star did it again on Friday night in Miami's 8-5 win over the Angels at Marlins Park.

Stanton's two-run homer in the first inning not only put his team in front to stay, but it also clanked off the batter's eye and actually left a dent on the wall.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Piscotty leaves Cards for personal matter

Piscotty leaves Cards for personal matter

DENVER -- Outfielder Stephen Piscotty left the Cardinals Friday before the start of a three-game set in Colorado to attend to a personal matter.

"We're sending Steve home to take care of some things on a personal level," manager Mike Matheny said before the series opener with the Rockies.

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Owen Perkins is a contributor to MLB.com based in Denver. He covered the Cardinals on Friday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Joe Posnanski

Trout's stunner highlights Statcast's extreme HRs

Trout's stunner highlights Statcast's extreme HRs

Everybody knows the incredible data being captured by Statcast™ is slowly but surely changing the way we watch baseball -- and even changing baseball itself. Here at MLB Advanced Media, people pore over the data day and night trying to find new insights. I have said before that it's a bit like the control room at NASA for space flight.

But it's not all slide rules and number-crunching and space talk for the Statcast™ gurus. They like to let their hair down and have some fun, too. And that's how we get a list like this, something we call "extreme home runs."

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Joe Posnanski is an executive columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.