Fenway sparks: Sox, Mother Nature amaze

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Fenway sparks: Sox, Mother Nature amaze

Tuesday night was a bit of a mess in Boston, as the Red Sox had to start and stop their game against the Twins multiple times due to the weather. At roughly three hours past the scheduled first pitch, they had not even completed three innings.

The happy byproduct of the rain was a plethora of beautiful pictures from Fenway Park that would look great on a postcard.

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White Sox stun Yankees on 2-out walk-off

White Sox stun Yankees on 2-out walk-off

CHICAGO -- The White Sox had one hit among their eight baserunners over the final two innings of a 4-3 win over the Yankees on Tuesday night at Guaranteed Rate Field. But that one hit was enough to produce their second walk-off victory of the season and snap a four-game losing streak.

Jose Abreu's single with two outs in the ninth set the excitement in motion by scoring pinch-runner Willy Garcia and Alen Hanson. Abreu beat Dellin Betances, who walked two and hit one to load the bases with one out. Melky Cabrera flew out to left for the inning's second out, with all three runners holding, before Abreu delivered. Abreu had a chance with the bases loaded and nobody out in the eighth against Tyler Clippard but struck out swinging.

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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.

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

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Nats run past Cubs: 4 SB's served on Trea

Statcast of the Day: Turner ties own club record set vs. Mets on June 18

Nats run past Cubs: 4 SB's served on Trea

WASHINGTON -- For the first two months of the season, Nationals shortstop Trea Turner had been hampered by a strained hamstring that landed him on the disabled list for 11 games, but it also quelled his impact on the bases in general. But Turner has started to hit his stride in June, including a record performance Tuesday night.

The Nationals stole seven bases in a 6-1 victory against the Cubs as Turner led the way with four, matching his own franchise record set less than two weeks ago.

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Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Go, Adrian! Beltre blast in 9th topples Tribe

Go, Adrian! Beltre blast in 9th topples Tribe

CLEVELAND -- Adrian Beltre's 450th home run could not have come at a better time, as the third baseman's solo shot off Indians closer Cody Allen in the top of the ninth proved to be the difference in the Rangers' 2-1 win on Tuesday at Progressive Field.

Beltre's 103-mph home run traveled a projected 401 feet per Statcast™ and broke a 1-1 tie that had held since the fifth inning. It was the second time in four days Allen had allowed a go-ahead home run, with the first coming from Twins second baseman Brian Dozier.

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William Kosileski is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland who covered the Rangers on Tuesday.

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.

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Votto making final #ASGWorthy push

Votto making final #ASGWorthy push

CINCINNATI -- Joey Votto famously promised to buy Reds teammate Zack Cozart a pet donkey if he made the National League All-Star team this year. Leading all NL shortstops in Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot voting, Cozart is days away from making Votto pay up.

Votto's 21st home run of the season provided the go-ahead runs in the Reds' 8-6 win over the Brewers on Tuesday. It might be another sign that Votto should be given the chance to ride into Miami with Cozart on that burro.

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

Joc, Kenta KO Halos, knot Freeway Series

Joc, Kenta KO Halos, knot Freeway Series

LOS ANGELES -- Kenta Maeda fired seven scoreless innings and Joc Pederson slugged a three-run homer in a four-run sixth inning as the Dodgers beat the Angels Tuesday night, 4-0, for a split of the Dodger Stadium portion of the Freeway Series, which continues Wednesday night in Anaheim.

Maeda, making a spot start after being sent to the bullpen, allowed four hits, struck out six without a walk and improved his record to 6-3. This was Maeda's best start since taking a shutout into in the ninth inning against Pittsburgh on May 10. He's 5-1 in his last eight starts.

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

Kaelen Jones is a reporter for MLB.com. He covered the Angels on Tuesday.

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Springer wows, but A's make grand splash

Springer wows, but A's make grand splash

HOUSTON -- The way their ninth-inning rally fizzled after a promising start on Tuesday night was a fitting end to a frustrating night for the Astros.

Oakland overcame a three-run homer by George Springer in the final frame, with closer Santiago Casilla inducing a key double play to end the game and help the A's to a rare win over the first-place Astros, 6-4, at Minute Maid Park.

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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.

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

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Miggy rakes, Mahtook takes as Tigers rally

Miggy rakes, Mahtook takes as Tigers rally

DETROIT -- The Tigers returned from a nightmare of a West Coast trip and regained their winning ways in the friendly surroundings of the American League Central. Miguel Cabrera's three-run homer and center fielder Mikie Mahtook's fine catch at the wall helped Justin Verlander rebound from a Royals rally in the first inning, sending Detroit to a 5-3 win on Tuesday night at Comerica Park.

The win improved the Tigers to 17-11 against AL Central opponents this season, including 3-1 against the Royals. Detroit is 17-31 outside of the division, which built the hole it's trying to escape, but Tuesday's series opener began a stretch of 20 division games in 26 contests.

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

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

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Stanton looking forward to fun of Miami Derby

Defending champ hoping to put on a show for fans

Stanton looking forward to fun of Miami Derby

MIAMI -- Giancarlo Stanton welcomes all challengers to the T-Mobile Home Run Derby, set for July 10 at Marlins Park. What the Marlins' slugger is quick to remind is that whoever commits, they should remember to have fun.

Stanton, who won the 2016 Derby in record fashion, announced on Sunday that he will defend his crown in his home park.

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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.

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Mark Feinsand

Contending clubs could execute early trades

Contending clubs could execute early trades

The first domino of the trade season fell Monday when the Rays acquired Adeiny Hechavarria from the Marlins, but things could really heat up soon -- and Billy Beane could be the one to light the fuse.

Oakland has already started shopping several players to other teams, according to a rival executive, and while Beane will have the patience to wait until July 31 to make a deal (or two or three) if necessary, the Athletics' executive vice president of baseball operations won't be shy about trading now if he thinks it's in his club's best interest.

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Mark Feinsand is an executive reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

2017 Draft: Signing and Bonus Tracker

2017 Draft: Signing and Bonus Tracker

Below is a complete breakdown of which 2017 Draft picks from the first 10 rounds agreed to terms, along with their reported bonuses and starting assignments.

Here are the bonus pools for all 30 clubs:

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Herrmann's heroics seal Arizona's 50th win

Herrmann's heroics seal Arizona's 50th win

PHOENIX -- The D-backs just keep finding new ways to win games.

Trailing by three runs after an error-filled seventh inning, Arizona reeled off its 28th comeback win of the year and topped the Cardinals, 6-5, in a 10-inning thriller that ended with Rey Fuentes scoring on Chris Herrmann's walk-off single.

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

Span-tastic: Giants walk off in 14th

Span-tastic: Giants walk off in 14th

SAN FRANCISCO -- Though the clock at AT&T Park showed midnight as Monday night's game ended, it was anything but the witching hour for the San Francisco Giants.

Denard Span's single to right field scored Gorkys Hernandez to break a 14th-inning tie Tuesday night and lift the San Francisco Giants to a 4-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies. It marked the first time since May 27-28 that the Giants won back-to-back games.

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Alex Espinoza is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Rockies on Tuesday.

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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This Japanese league closer rode in from the bullpen atop a sweet sports car

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This Japanese league closer rode in from the bullpen atop a sweet sports car

These days, big league relievers get from the bullpen to the mound using their own two legs. But it wasn't always this way: For decades, MLB teams drove pitchers onto the field in bullpen cars, which ranged from glorified golf carts to literal limousines. 

Alas, the bullpen car officially disappeared in 1995, when the Brewers retired their bullpen Harley-Davidson. Luckily for us, though, the tradition lives on across the Pacific Ocean -- where Yokohama DeNa Baystars closer Yasuaki Yamasaki enters the game atop a sports car ... while the crowd absolutely loses its mind.

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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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Lackey, Strasburg duel in DC on MLB.TV

Lackey, Strasburg duel in DC on MLB.TV

The defending World Series champion Cubs clash with the first-place Nationals when right-handers John Lackey and Stephen Strasburg duel in the District as part of a full slate of games, streaming live on MLB.TV.

The first two games of the series provided plenty of action and excitement, and the fun continues tonight as both clubs look to make waves in the National League standings.

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

Two T-ball kids in Alabama combined to pull off an elusive triple play

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Two T-ball kids in Alabama combined to pull off an elusive triple play

It's never too early to make an impression in baseball. That creed even reaches down as far as T-ball.

The main purpose of T-ball is to get kids interested in the sport and to simply have fun, but awesome plays are awesome plays. Exhibit A: the Spanish Fort Toros.

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Early offense all O's need in win vs. Blue Jays

Early offense all O's need in win vs. Blue Jays

TORONTO -- Baltimore jumped out to an early lead and Toronto's bats stirred, but never fully woke, as the Orioles opened the series on Tuesday with a 3-1 win over the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.

The Orioles have been desperate for quality innings from their starting rotation lately, and Kevin Gausman gave them exactly that over his 5 1/3 frames. The right-hander allowed four hits and struck out four en route to his first scoreless outing of 2017.

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Keegan Matheson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto, and covered the Orioles Tuesday.

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

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Red Sox wait out rain to beat Twins, take 1st

Red Sox wait out rain to beat Twins, take 1st

BOSTON -- Two lengthy rain delays did nothing to dampen the Boston bats, as the Red Sox rode a steady stream of hits and a strong pitching performance by Drew Pomeranz en route to a 9-2 victory over the Twins on Tuesday night at Fenway Park.

Christian Vazquez and Chris Young both smashed towering homers over the Green Monster. Dustin Pedroia scored twice and smacked three hits. Xander Bogaerts added two hits and two runs.

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

Evan Chronis is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Twins on Tuesday.

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A little Reds fan somehow made a foul ball catch among a sea of adults

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A little Reds fan somehow made a foul ball catch among a sea of adults

Catching a souvenir at a baseball game is difficult enough -- just ask this guy. It's even harder when you're a little kid. You might have trouble seeing what's happening on the field, you're smaller than most spectators in the ballpark and you have to battle it out with those giant adult person arms if the ball is hit in your direction.

This fan, on a Joey Votto foul ball during the Reds' 8-6 win over the Brewers on Tuesday night, would qualify as small. But through a measured focus and expert route efficiency, he made an excellent snag down the left-field line.

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Richard Justice

Altuve goes from rejection to perennial All-Star

Altuve goes from rejection to perennial All-Star

HOUSTON -- Jose Altuve is about to be a five-time All-Star and the American League starter at second base for a third straight year. To him, this is still just the beginning.

"I don't think it's that hard to have one good season -- just one," Altuve said. "To come back every year and be consistent, it's tough. That's the player I want to be.

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Richard Justice has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2011. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @RichardJustice This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mahtook's amazing catch robs KC's Perez

Mahtook's amazing catch robs KC's Perez

DETROIT -- After Tigers center fielder Mikie Mahtook crashed into the wall making a catch on Salvador Perez's deep fly ball, he returned to the dugout and hugged Justin Verlander. Mahtook thought he'd owed Verlander one, after not tracking down a ball in the first inning that turned into a ground-rule double. Now they were even.

Mahtook's catch in Tuesday night's 5-3 win over the Royals was another example of a ball hit 400-plus feet that couldn't escape the deepest reaches of Comerica Park. The hard-luck dimensions have taken away would-be hits as well as any park in the Majors, tied with the Royals' Kauffman Stadium for the most outs of 400-plus feet (10).

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

Scherzer dominates on mound and at plate

Scherzer dominates on mound and at plate

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals exploited a Cubs weakness and ran wild on the basepaths Tuesday night, setting a Nats record, and tying the franchise mark, with seven stolen bases to add another dimension to their top-ranked offense.

Washington's running game combined with another strong performance from Max Scherzer led the Nats to a 6-1 victory in a matchup of the past two Cy Young Award winners in the National League.

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

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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Ichi-pro! Vet's pinch-hit finds hole, sinks Mets

Ichi-pro! Vet's pinch-hit finds hole, sinks Mets

MIAMI -- There was nothing flashy about Ichiro Suzuki's 3,051th MLB hit, other than the placement and perfect timing. The slapped pinch-hit single through the hole at short in the seventh inning drove in the go-ahead run in the Marlins' 6-3 win over the Mets on Tuesday night at Marlins Park.

The exit velocity of the RBI single was a mere 87.8 mph, and according to Statcast™, the hit probability was just 29 percent. To the Marlins, the single was highly impactful because it helped them take the series opener against the Mets at a time both clubs are looking to track toward the .500 mark and into contention.

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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.

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

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Newcomb continues to dazzle Snitker

Braves rookie fans eight in first win, fourth consecutive quality start

Newcomb continues to dazzle Snitker

SAN DIEGO -- When Sean Newcomb made his Major League debut earlier this month, Braves manager Brian Snitker playfully said the impressive prospect might have spent this season's first two months "in the wrong league."

Three starts later, Newcomb has done nothing to weaken the belief he belongs at the big league level and has the capability to be a legitimate front-line starter in Atlanta for many years to come. The 24-year-old southpaw found himself with a sparkling 1.48 ERA and his first career win after he recorded eight strikeouts and completed six-plus scoreless innings in Tuesday's 3-0 win over the Padres at Petco Park.

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Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Oh's stormy June continues in Arizona

Oh's stormy June continues in Arizona

PHOENIX -- It was late last June when Trevor Rosenthal's ninth-inning implosion in Seattle prompted the Cardinals to make a change in the closer's role. Now a calendar year after handing that job to Seung Hwan Oh, it's Oh who has let the ninth inning become a trouble spot once again.

Oh's struggles to lock down wins continued on Tuesday when he squandered a one-run lead in a game the Cardinals would lose, 6-5, in 10 innings to the D-backs. It was his third blown save of the year and the fifth time in eight appearances that Oh had allowed at least one run.

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Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB, like her Facebook page Jenifer Langosch for Cardinals.com and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Myers' near-homer ruled a double

Padres best chance to score thwarted by replay call

Myers' near-homer ruled a double

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres came inches short of scoring Tuesday night. Ask manager Andy Green, and it was an interpretation of the rules that kept them off the board.

In the first inning of San Diego's 3-0 loss to the Braves, Padres first baseman Wil Myers smoked a Sean Newcomb pitch to Petco Park's right-center-field wall, where the ball bounced off the top of the thick padding and back into the field of play. Myers, initially in his home run trot, sprinted safely into second before confusion began as umpires ruled the hit wasn't a home run.

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Nathan Ruiz is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Springer dazzles with sick four-star catch

Springer dazzles with sick four-star catch

HOUSTON -- Nothing hit into the gaps is safe in Houston as long as George Springer is around.

The Astros' high-flying outfielder, who's destined for his first All-Star Game appearance, showed why he's one of the best defensive outfielders in the AL in the third inning of Tuesday's 6-4 loss when ran down a Jaycob Brugman fly ball in the gap and made a spectacular diving catch.

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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.

For Angels, no looking back at halfway point

Bullpen, aggressive baserunning key to club remaining above .500

For Angels, no looking back at halfway point

LOS ANGELES -- With their 81st game of the season under their belt, the Angels have completed half of their season and stand at 41-40 following a 4-0 loss to the Dodgers on Tuesday night. The club has played much of its season with a pitching staff hampered by injuries to both starters and relievers alike.

Nonetheless, as manager Mike Scioscia says, the Angels have kept their heads above water and have hovered within at least two games of the .500 mark since April 25. They finished Tuesday one game back of an American League Wild Card spot.

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Kaelen Jones 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.

Franco's stellar offense, defense lead Phils

Third baseman homered, made diving play in Tuesday's win

Franco's stellar offense, defense lead Phils

SEATTLE -- Occasionally, Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco shows flashes of the player he can be. And it excites manager Pete Mackanin.

Take the Phillies' 8-2 win over the Mariners on Tuesday, for example: Franco notched Philadelphia's first hit by roping a double to right field, hit a go-ahead solo home run off James Paxton in the seventh and made a diving stop on a hard-hit grounder from Jean Segura down the third-base line and completed the throw to save at least a run and retain the Phillies' lead.

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Josh Horton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle and covered the Phillies on Tuesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.