Nothing goes together quite like baseball and America. Don't believe us? Just ask Bryce Harper, who stepped to the plate during the Nats' July 4th matchup with the Giants rocking some highly patriotic lumber that we can only assume was harvested from a forest using nothing but freedom and was then transported to Nationals Park on the backs of bald eagles.
BOSTON -- Although he's not quite known for his fleetness of foot, Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval still has a penchant for flashing moments of highlight-reel defense at the hot corner. In Saturday' 6-1 win vs. the Astros, he added another quality play to the list at Fenway Park.
In the fourth inning, outfielder Preston Tucker led off the inning by hitting a popup into foul territory along the edge of the Houston dugout. Sandoval tracked the ball, reached over the railing and tumbled into the dugout, but he held on to make an impressive catch for the out.
Alec Shirkey is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Giants use CF to try to pick off Harper
By Gemma Kaneko |
During Saturday's game against the Nationals, the Giants experimented with a rather unique pick-off move. Bryce Harper had a bit of a lead off second base, so they tried to get him out … using center fielder Gregor Blanco.
For something as odd as this to work, it would require Blanco to sneak into the infield as smoothly as a ninja cat. However, that's not quite what happened.
All-Star starters unveiled Sunday, full roster Monday
Watch selection shows on ESPN; Final Vote to get underway Monday
By Mark Newman
It was historic because it happened exclusively online. It was personal because it decided the fate of your favorite players. It was intense because you argued a lot. And it was teamwork because you helped shatter a Major League Baseball record.
After 65 consecutive days of relentless fan voting to determine starting positions players for the 86th All-Star Game on July 14 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, the largest All-Star balloting program in sports closed at 11:59 p.m. ET Thursday.
It's the time of year when division races become clearer, the Trade Deadline looms and the baseball world prepares to descend upon one lucky city that has been selected to play host to one of Major League Baseball's jewel events -- the All-Star Game.
With the All-Star Game, comes All-Star confusion -- not about the game itself, but the rosters, and how exactly they're configured.
NEW YORK -- The Yankees and Rays were tied at 2 in the ninth when Ramon Flores laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance pinch-runner Jose Pirela to third. But reliever Brad Boxberger's errant throw to first base allowed Pirela to come sliding into home as the Yanks topped the Rays, 3-2, on Saturday at Yankee Stadium with their second straight walk-off victory.
Yankees starter Michael Pineda and Rays starter Nathan Karns both registered 10 strikeouts and allowed five hits each in a pitchers' duel.
DETROIT -- For the first time in his career, Miguel Cabrera is headed to the disabled list. The American League's hitting leader and two-time Most Valuable Player Award winner went on the 15-day DL on Saturday morning with a left calf strain sustained on the basepaths in Friday night's 8-6 victory over the Blue Jays.
An MRI taken on the calf revealed a Grade 3 calf strain -- including tearing of muscle fibers -- which is expected to keep Cabrera out for around six weeks. The Tigers were expecting to get an additional opinion from Dr. Robert Anderson, the specialist who performed surgery last fall on Cabrera's left ankle and foot.
Quicken Loans sweepstakes offers chance to win mortgage payment valued at up to $1,500
By Austin Laymance
Aggressive baserunning by the Astros on Friday capped a four-run 10th inning in a 12-8 win over the Red Sox, but it could pay even greater dividends for a lucky fan, thanks to the Quicken Loans "Steal A Home" program.
Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Look out! Pigeon attacks Kiermaier after hit
By Ben Cosman |
The Rays and Yankees were deadlocked, 3-3, in the top of the 12th inning. With two runners on, Kevin Kiermaier hit an RBI single to center field. He stood at first base, basking in what at the time was the go-ahead run (the Yankees walked off in the bottom of the inning) and was removing his shin guard when, suddenly, A PIGEON FLEW AT HIS FACE.
ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals added an extra arm to the bullpen on Saturday, summoning reliever Mitch Harris from Triple-A and clearing a roster spot for him by optioning infielder Greg Garcia to Memphis.
The move, which represents the Cardinals' third player transaction in as many days, leaves the club with a four-man bench and an eight-man bullpen.
Everyone loves free baseball. When games stretch into the wee hours of the night, traffic is easier leaving the ballpark, the likelihood that you get to witness an incredible finish increases and you get plenty of opportunities to "aww" at parents holding their sleeping kids who couldn't quite make it past their bedtime.
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
WASHINGTON -- The Nationals displayed their own set of fireworks in the batter's box and defeated the Giants, 9-3, in Saturday's Independence Day matinee at Nationals Park.
Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner was on the mound when the Nationals scored three runs in the first inning on homers by Michael Taylor and Bryce Harper. By the time Bumgarner left the game, he had allowed six runs over five-plus innings.
NEW YORK -- Brian McCann sent a walk-off three-run homer over the right-field fence in the 12th inning to push the Yankees past the Rays, 7-5, on Friday night at Yankee Stadium. It was the Yankees' first walk-off win of the year.
"That would have been an extremely tough game to lose, and I give our guys a ton of credit," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.
With the season reaching the midway point this weekend, the Cardinals find themselves not only sitting atop the National League Central, six games in front of the second-place Pirates, but they're the only big league team on pace to win 100 games.
zaaaaaaATracy Ringolsby is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
2015 Draft: Signing and Bonus Tracker
Here's a complete breakdown of which 2015 Draft picks from the first 10 rounds have agreed to terms, along with their reported bonuses and starting assignments. The list will be updated through the July 17 signing deadline.
And we salute a completely scrambled playoff picture, the promise of a chaotic non-waiver Trade Deadline and a September that has the potential to be the best ever. On this day of celebration and thanks, we're reminded there has never been a better time to be a baseball fan.
BOSTON -- There's not much 20-year-old rookie phenom Carlos Correa can do anymore to surprise anyone, especially Astros manager A.J. Hinch and his teammates.
Correa continues to try to push the barrier of remarkable feats, though, and did so again in Friday's 12-8 win over the Red Sox at Fenway Park when he bashed a temporary go-ahead home run in the eighth inning before driving in the game-winning run with an RBI single in the 10th.
By Jeffrey Flanagan and Rhett Bollinger
KANSAS CITY -- Lorenzo Cain scored from third on an infield dribbler off the bat of Jarrod Dyson with one out in the 10th inning as the Royals earned a 3-2 walk-off win over the Twins on Friday night before 38,868 fans at Kauffman Stadium.
Cain led off the 10th with a double and went to third with one out on a wild pitch. Dyson then hit a chopper to first baseman Joe Mauer off pitcher Aaron Thompson. Mauer fired home, but the tag was late as Cain slid in headfirst to give Kansas City its first walk-off win of the season and first since last year's victory over the A's in the American League Wild Card Game.
Yankees reliever expects to pitch in at least one Minor League game
By Alden Woods
NEW YORK -- When he finally awakened following Friday's night's extra-innings win, Yankees reliever Andrew Miller headed to Yankee Stadium to throw long toss and a 30-pitch bullpen session Saturday morning, the latest step in his rehab from a strained left flexor muscle.
"All things considered, how early it was after a late night, I'll take it, happy with it," Miller said. "Physically, I felt good."
Toronto's Ezequiel Carrera had a noteworthy performance, both in left field and at the plate. His throwing miscues on consecutive plays extended Detroit's big fourth inning. And, following a seven-pitch battle with Sanchez in the eighth, Carrera lined a single into left field to break up the no-hit bid with one out.
Trevor Bauer imitates teammates' stances to draw a BB
By Ben Cosman |
Trevor Bauer's third plate appearance during Friday's game against the Pirates looked awfully familiar. Either the Indians' batters were telepathically controlling their pitcher from the dugout, or Bauer decided to show off a few very accurate impressions at the plate.
WASHINGTON -- Left-hander Gio Gonzalez and right-hander Jake Peavy found themselves in a pitchers' duel Friday night at Nationals Park. When it was over, Gonzalez won the battle as the Nationals edged the Giants, 2-1.
After the Giants took a 1-0 lead in the seventh inning on a Buster Posey home run, the Nationals answered back in the bottom of the inning, thanks to a two-run homer by Clint Robinson.