Yanks' Sanchez fastest ever to 11 HRs

Yanks' Sanchez fastest ever to 11 HRs

NEW YORK -- Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez enjoyed his first career curtain call after becoming the fastest player in Major League history to reach 11 home runs, doing so in his 23rd career game on Saturday in the Yankees' 13-5 win against the Orioles at Yankee Stadium.

Sanchez connected for an opposite-field blast off Baltimore starter Dylan Bundy in the fourth inning, clearing the wall in right-center field and giving the Yankees a 5-2 lead at the time. Statcast™ measured Sanchez's homer at 370 feet.

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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.

Pedroia's 11 hits in a row a near-record

Red Sox second baseman goes 11-for-11 before grounding into double play

Pedroia's 11 hits in a row a near-record

BOSTON -- The streak of excellence by Dustin Pedroia over the last three days was nearly historic, and the Red Sox couldn't help but get a little caught up in the excitement.

When Pedroia stepped to the plate in the bottom of the eighth inning of Saturday's 8-3 victory over the Royals, he had belted hits in 11 straight at-bats and reached base in 12 straight plate appearances.

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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.

More-grand: Rangers slam Tribe to back Griffin

More-grand: Rangers slam Tribe to back Griffin

ARLINGTON -- The American League's top two teams expected some back and forth in their series this week, but trading blowouts was probably not what the Rangers and Indians had in mind. On Saturday night, A.J. Griffin's strong start and a big first inning helped Texas pull off a 7-0 romp over the Tribe at Globe Life Park.

"I think A.J. capitalized when he got the lead and did what he needed to do with the back-to-front, up-to-down game to keep hitters off-balance," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "More than anything else, it was getting ahead and staying ahead."

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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.

Ryan Posner is a reporter for MLB.com based in Texas and covered the Rangers on Saturday.

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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.

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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.

New York punches ticket to LLWS Final

Led by Mancini, Mid-Atlantic knocks out Tennessee in U.S. Championship

New York punches ticket to LLWS Final

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- The final four teams remaining in this year's Little League World Series entered battle on Saturday with a spot in the world championship game on the line. The U.S. Championship game featured a dominant pitching performance as New York ousted Tennessee to advance to the final. In the earlier game, South Korea beat Panama in the International title game, also behind strong work on the mound.

Saturday, Aug. 27
Game 28

Mid-Atlantic 4, Southeast 2

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Mike McCormick is an editorial director for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rising Yanks seek 5th straight W on MLB.TV

Lester takes on Dodgers in LA; Bumgarner seeks more success vs. Braves

Rising Yanks seek 5th straight W on MLB.TV

With a little more than a month left in the regular season, the American League Wild Card race is wide open.

The Yankees are making considerable noise among the seven teams vying for the two playoff spots. Fueled by breakout rookie Gary Sanchez's power surge, New York is trending upward, having won four straight games to reach a season-high six games over .500.

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

Dodgers chase Hammel early, reward Urias

Dodgers chase Hammel early, reward Urias

LOS ANGELES -- Starter Julio Urias recovered from a shaky beginning and fellow rookie Corey Seager slugged a record-setting home run Saturday as the Dodgers held on to edge the Cubs, 3-2, in a battle of first-place teams.

"To go to Chicago [May 30-June 2] and lose three of four, then to perform well and go toe-to-toe with a team that has been very good all year, I think sends a message to our guys, as well as those guys in that clubhouse," said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts.

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

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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V-Mart, J.D., Ausmus, Joyner ejected in 4-inning span

V-Mart, J.D., Ausmus, Joyner ejected in 4-inning span

DETROIT -- James McCann reached to his shoe tops to take off his shin guard, believing he had drawn a second-inning walk on a full-count pitch, when home-plate umpire Mike Everitt called him out on strikes. McCann kept quiet as he walked back to the dugout. It was one of the few peaceful moments of the Tigers' 3-2 loss to the Angels Saturday night.

By game's end, Victor Martinez, J.D. Martinez, manager Brad Ausmus and hitting coach Wally Joyner all were in the clubhouse, ejected by Everitt for arguing balls and strikes. The flareups overshadowed the end of Detroit's five-game winning streak.

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

Cole to miss Monday start with elbow issue

Right-hander flying to Los Angeles to have pitching elbow examined

Cole to miss Monday start with elbow issue

MILWAUKEE -- Gerrit Cole will not make his scheduled start Monday in Chicago in order to seek a second opinion on his right elbow, Pirates general manager Neal Huntington announced after Saturday's 9-6 win over the Brewers.

Steven Brault will be recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis to pitch Monday against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

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Andrew Gruman is a contributor to MLB.com based in Milwaukee. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Upton Jr. makes most of try gone awry

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Upton Jr. makes most of try gone awry

While the idea of running as hard as you can in hopes of something good happening might sound terrible to a non-athlete, if you are someone whose job title is "professional sports person," it's a good idea.

Case in point: Melvin Upton Jr.

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CarGo adds name to list of 200-HR sluggers

Rockies outfielder ends 1-for-21 slump with two-run blast in 11th inning

CarGo adds name to list of 200-HR sluggers

WASHINGTON -- Rockies right fielder Carlos Gonzalez ended his slump in milestone style.

With Colorado already up two runs on Charlie Blackmon's 11th-inning home run, Gonzalez added another two-run shot -- his 200th career homer -- in the Rockies' 9-4 victory over the Nationals on Saturday afternoon.

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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, listen to podcasts and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

David Ortiz hit a magical disappearing baseball

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David Ortiz hit a magical disappearing baseball

David Ortiz very well may be magic. Between his penchant for clutch homers, his ability to hit homers powered by selfies or the fact that he's leading the league in OPS at the age of 40, the DH likely has a diploma from the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. 

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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.

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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.

Folty's stellar start drops Giants two games back

Folty's stellar start drops Giants two games back

SAN FRANCISCO -- Matt Kemp launched a three-run home run deep over the center-field fence and Mike Foltynewicz continued his mastery of the Giants this year as the Braves halted San Francisco's brief winning streak with a 3-1 victory Saturday.

"It always feels good to put your team up, especially coming in here," Kemp said. "It's good to quiet the crowd a little bit. They get riled up when they're up. But if you can get on the board and get them down, they'll back off you a little bit. Folty pitched an excellent game. We gave as many runs as he needed and he did his thing."

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Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001.

Justin Wise is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area.

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Johnson's slam breaks Citi Field HR record

Pinch-hit, bases-loaded dinger was one of four Mets homers in rout of Phils

Johnson's slam breaks Citi Field HR record

NEW YORK -- The vibe around the Mets, Yoenis Cespedes said, is starting to feel a lot like it did the last two months of 2015. There are a few reasons: Desire. Motivation. An unwillingness to give up.

The Cuban slugger might be right, but the Mets are also borrowing a formula from last season: Hitting home runs in bunches. After mashing four homers in a 12-1 win over the Phillies on Saturday night, the Mets have won six of their past seven and are within 2 1/2 games of the National League's second Wild Card spot.

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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.

Peavy placed on 15-day disabled list

Suarez recalled from Triple-A Sacramento, gets start vs. Braves

Peavy placed on 15-day disabled list

SAN FRANCISCO -- Expected to start in place of Matt Cain, Jake Peavy was put on the 15-day disabled list Saturday because of a lower back strain. Albert Suarez was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento and started in the Giants' 3-1 loss to the Braves.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy did not know the cause of Peavy's injury, but said before Saturday's game that the right-hander's back "flared up" on him while the team was in Los Angeles.

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Justin Wise is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Belt hopes to return quickly from neck stiffness

Belt hopes to return quickly from neck stiffness

SAN FRANCISCO -- Brandon Belt was scratched from the Giants' starting lineup Saturday because of neck stiffness. The first baseman pinch-hit during the club's 3-1 loss to the Braves, but said he isn't sure what his status is moving forward.

Belt said his neck "locked up" on him Thursday night when he turned over in his sleep. He felt good enough to play through the pain Friday and went 2-for-4 with two RBIs. But Belt said he couldn't even take a full swing while warming up Saturday.

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Justin Wise is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

'The Grove' a place for LLWS players to bond

Dormitories bring different cultures together through many activities

'The Grove' a place for LLWS players to bond

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Players from the 16 Little League World Series teams around the globe stay in Williamsport for nearly two weeks. While they get plenty of time on the field, and on television, they build some of their best memories in "The Grove," the dormitories adjacent to Lamade Stadium, far away from cameras and boisterous fans.

"The Grove" is a quiet and private place where kids from different cultures and various countries enjoy bonding together through activities like cafeteria meals, swimming and ping-pong.

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Mike McCormick is an editorial director for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Duffy's dominant streak hits bump in road

After run of 10 straight winning decisions ends, lefty looks ahead

Duffy's dominant streak hits bump in road

BOSTON -- It was bound to happen. Royals left-hander Danny Duffy, so brilliant for so long, was bound to throw a clunker.

And that clunker came Saturday night at Fenway Park as Duffy and the Royals fell, 8-3, snapping Duffy's 10-game winning streak.

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Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Groome, Gonsalves among top prospect performers Saturday

Top Red Sox pitcher impresses in second start; Twins' No. 3 continues hot streak

Groome, Gonsalves among top prospect performers Saturday

It hasn't taken Jason Groome long to reward the Red Sox for rolling the dice on him with the No. 12 overall pick in the 2016 Draft.

Making his second professional start on Saturday, Groome, No. 35 on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, allowed one earned run and struck out five of the nine hitters he faced in two innings for Boston's Gulf Coast League affiliate in a contest against the Twins'.

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

Brewers reliever Tyler Cravy ended his personal offensive drought with a second-deck moonshot

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Brewers reliever Tyler Cravy ended his personal offensive drought with a second-deck moonshot

Tyler Cravy is a pitcher -- a reliever and occasional starter for the Brewers, specifically. Relievers don't generally get a ton of chances to go to the plate and take their hacks as hitters, but once in a while they do. 

Entering Saturday night's game with the Pirates at Miller Park, Cravy hadn't done much at the dish as a big leaguer: He'd gone 0-for-10 in his young career, in fact. Relieving Jimmy Nelson, Cravy faced Jeff Locke in the fourth inning and picked up his first career hit in grand fashion with this Statcast™-measured 409-foot shot.

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Mixed reviews for Reyes' starting debut

Mixed reviews for Reyes' starting debut

ST. LOUIS -- Both his future potential and present limitations were on display Saturday, as Alex Reyes stepped into the rotation for an ill Mike Leake and made the first of what the organization expects will be many starts in a Cardinals uniform.

Reyes covered the first 4 2/3 innings in an eventual 3-2 loss to the A's that kept the Cardinals from securing their first home Interleague series win of the season. His fastball, per usual, hit as high as 100 mph on the radar gun, and he complemented it with a heavy dose of changeups.

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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.

Kershaw to test back in simulated game

Ace will face hitters on Tuesday as he continues recovery from disk herniation

Kershaw to test back in simulated game

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw will take the next step in his recovery from a herniated disk in his lower back on Tuesday, facing hitters in a simulated game setting.

Kershaw reached 60 pitches in a bullpen session Friday, and he was playing catch at Dodger Stadium on Saturday with no problems. Manager Dave Roberts did not say where Kershaw would face the hitters, as the ace could go on the team's road trip to Colorado or stay in Los Angeles.

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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.

Pipeline preview: De Leon looks to rack up more K's

Pipeline preview: De Leon looks to rack up more K's

Here's a look at top prospects to watch in Sunday's Minor League action:

Hitter to watch: Bryan Reynolds (Giants' No. 4), Augusta at Rome (2 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

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

Bregman, Gurriel help Astros gain in WC race

Bregman, Gurriel help Astros gain in WC race

HOUSTON -- The Astros rode a hot night from the bats and another quality outing from Dallas Keuchel to gain in the American League Wild Card race and secure their first series win over the Rays since 2008 with a 6-2 victory on Saturday night at Minute Maid Park.

Houston had 12 hits, including a two-run homer by rookie sensation Alex Bregman and four doubles -- three of which produced runs -- while taking advantage of a bumpy night from Rays starter Blake Snell, who lasted only three-plus innings before leaving with a bruised lower left leg.

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

Jordan Ray is a reporter for MLB.com based in Houston.

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Seager sets Dodgers shortstop homer record

Seager sets Dodgers shortstop homer record

LOS ANGELES -- Corey Seager continued his assault on the Dodgers' record books, setting the single-season franchise record for home runs by a shortstop with 23 in Saturday's 3-2 win over the Cubs.

Facing Jason Hammel in the first inning, Seager clubbed a 401-foot shot to center to tie the game. The Cubs had scored a run off fellow rookie Julio Urias in the top of the first. In another testament to a power stroke that has established Seager as one of the game's young stars, he said he wasn't looking for a home run with the swing.

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Trio of Tigers in position to pounce on lefty

Trio of Tigers in position to pounce on lefty

Welcome to DraftKings fantasy baseball, the Official Daily Fantasy Game of Major League Baseball.

The players listed below are in position to provide difference-making stats for DraftKings participants on Sunday.

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Fred Zinkie is the lead fantasy baseball writer for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FredZinkieMLB This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Nick Buss got some 'Angels in the Outfield' help on this foul-turned-fair chopper

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Nick Buss got some 'Angels in the Outfield' help on this foul-turned-fair chopper

Back in the early days of baseball, when rules were all kinds of wacky, Ross Barnes made a name for himself as the king of the "fair-foul hit." Using the then-legal ability to hit a ball fair, only to watch it later roll foul -- even in the infield -- the shortstop and second baseman won three batting titles in a career that spanned from 1871-81. 

While that rule may no longer exist, the Angels' Nick Buss paid homage to Barnes with an inverse version of the hit in the Angels' 3-2 victory over the Tigers on Saturday. In the top of the eighth, Buss pounded Alex Wilson's offering directly into the dirt outside the box.

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Montero to start Monday in place of deGrom

Montero to start Monday in place of deGrom

NEW YORK -- Rafael Montero, who was scratched from his scheduled start for Double-A Binghamton on Saturday, will be recalled to start Monday's series opener against the Marlins in place of Jacob deGrom, the Mets announced.

Montero, who allowed three runs over 2 1/3 innings of relief in his previous stint with the Mets in April, struggled mightily in Triple-A this season, posting a 4-6 record with a 7.20 ERA in 16 starts that led to a reassignment to Binghamton on July 14. Since that move, though, the right-hander has performed well, going 4-2 with a 1.70 ERA while holding opponents to a .195 batting average in eight starts.

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Troy Provost-Heron 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.

Gary Sanchez can hit anything, even John Sterling's back in the broadcast booth

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Gary Sanchez can hit anything, even John Sterling's back in the broadcast booth

Something you should know about Yankees rookie catcher Gary Sanchez: He hits anything and everything.

There's plenty of evidence. He's hitting .400/.467/.900 this season, and he's hit 11 home runs faster than anyone in history. But when we say Sanchez can hit anything, we mostly mean John Sterling's back in the broadcast booth at Yankee Stadium.

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