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Rockies' Freeland hopes to reverse trend vs. D-backs

Colorado Rockies left-hander Kyle Freeland has started three games against the Arizona Diamondbacks this season. Freeland (3-10, 7.09 ERA) will get one more chance Tuesday night in Phoenix in the second game of a three-game series. Freeland's struggles against the D-backs mirror his 2019 season

Pineda hopes to put Twins back on track vs. White Sox

After their four-game winning streak was snapped by the Chicago White Sox in the series opener Monday, the American League Central-leading Minnesota Twins will turn to right-hander Michael Pineda in Game 2 of the three-game series on Tuesday night in Minneapolis. Pineda (8-5, 4.20 ERA), who missed the

8/19/19 MLB.com FastCast
8/19/19 MLB.com FastCast

Dakota Hudson led the Cardinals' one-hit shutout with 6 2/3 no-hit innings, plus the Nationals make it 62 runs in their last five games

Rangers to go young in doubleheader vs. Angels

The Texas Rangers have a treasure trove of young left-handers trying to break into the major leagues. The Rangers rallied from an early 7-1 deficit to send the game to extra innings and win 8-7 in the 11th. Brock Burke is set to make his major-league debut in the opener of the doubleheader, a makeup

LEADING OFF: Mets manager Callaway faces former Indians boss
LEADING OFF: Mets manager Callaway faces former Indians boss

Mets manager Mickey Callaway was the Indians' pitching coach under skipper Terry Francona before getting the top job in New York. Cleveland begins the second leg of a weeklong visit to New York City after splitting a four-game series at Yankee Stadium last weekend.

Cardinals look to maintain hold on Brewers

The St. Louis Cardinals will try to maintain their upper hand on the visiting Milwaukee Brewers as their three-game series continues Tuesday night at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals won their fifth consecutive game against the Brewers on Monday night to remain atop the National League Central. Dakota

Home run robbers get praise - and swag for spectacular plays
Home run robbers get praise - and swag for spectacular plays

It was late in the 2015 season when Baltimore's Manny Machado smoked a pitch from Tampa Bay's Chris Archer into center field at Camden Yards. Kevin Kiermaier sprinted to the wall, turned and leaped high above it before reaching back and snatching the ball . Archer, now with Pittsburgh, was

8/19/19 MLB.com FastCast
8/19/19 MLB.com FastCast

Dakota Hudson led the Cardinals' one-hit shutout with 6 2/3 no-hit innings, plus the Nationals make it 62 runs in their last five games

Royals look for another solid effort vs. Orioles

The Kansas City Royals were able to put everything together in the first game of their three-game series against the host Baltimore Orioles on Monday night. Now, the Royals want to see if they can do it again when the two teams meet again Tuesday. In the series opener, the Royals did not get a hit

Angels back in Texas after Skaggs
Angels back in Texas after Skaggs' death, Rangers rally, 8-7

The Los Angeles Angels let a six-run lead get away and lost 8-7 in 11 innings Monday night in their first time back in Texas since pitcher Tyler Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room before the start of a series against the Rangers last month. Isiah Kiner-Falefa brought home the winning run with a

Gurriel has 2 RBIs, helps Astros over Tigers 5-4
Gurriel has 2 RBIs, helps Astros over Tigers 5-4

The Houston Astros allowed 14 hits on Monday night against the Detroit Tigers. Yuli Gurriel had two hits and drove in two runs as the Astros built a lead with a big first inning and held on for the 5-4 victory. The Astros jumped on Detroit starter Edwin Jackson (3-6) for four runs in the first inning

Recap: STL 3, MIL 0
Recap: STL 3, MIL 0

8/19/19: 3 Cardinals combine to 1-hit Brewers

Nationals continue onslaught with 4 HRs, pound Pirates 13-0
Nationals continue onslaught with 4 HRs, pound Pirates 13-0

The Nationals are on a hot streak at the plate that defies explanation. ''If anyone knew the answer to that, they could write a book and make millions of dollars,'' Adam Eaton said. The onslaught continued Monday night when Asdrubal Cabrera hit the last of Washington's four home

Francisco Mejía homers, Padres beat Bauer and Reds 3-2
Francisco Mejía homers, Padres beat Bauer and Reds 3-2

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Francisco Mejia moved San Diego closer to the club record for homers Monday night with his solo shot off the foul pole, Manny Machado had another big hit off Trevor Bauer, and the Padres held on for a 3-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

Lopez, Dini HRs carry Royals past skidding Orioles 5-4
Lopez, Dini HRs carry Royals past skidding Orioles 5-4

Nicky Lopez and Nick Dini homered on successive pitches in the seventh inning and the Kansas City Royals stretched Baltimore's latest losing streak to eight games, defeating the Orioles 5-4 Monday night. Kansas City (45-80) won for only the sixth time in its last 22 games, and Baltimore (39-86)

Grandal breaks up Cards
Grandal breaks up Cards' bid for combined no-hitter in 8th

Yasmani Grandal has ended the St. Louis Cardinals' bid for a combined no-hitter against the Milwaukee Brewers with a two-out double in the eighth inning. Dakota Hudson went the first 6 2/3 innings for the Cardinals but was pulled after throwing 111 pitches Monday night. Giovanny Gallegos entered

Heineman
Heineman's 2-run double to left

Scott Heineman tucks a two-run double into the left-field corner, pulling the Rangers within three runs in the bottom of the 5th inning

Cardinals
Cardinals' bullpen loses combined no-hit bid with two outs in the eighth inning

After Dakota Hudson tossed 6 2/3 no-hit innings against the Brewers, the Cardinals' bullpen lost it with two outs in the eighth.

Cubs option INF Bote to Triple-A Iowa
Cubs option INF Bote to Triple-A Iowa

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Cubs have optioned infielder David Bote to Triple-A Iowa.

Red Sox shut down Sale for rest of season
Red Sox shut down Sale for rest of season

Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale is receiving treatment for inflammation in his elbow that will shut him down for the rest of the regular season, another blow to the defending World Series champions whose postseason hopes appear all but dashed. Orthopedist Dr. James Andrews gave Sale an injection of platelet-rich

Dodgers' Kershaw looks to stay in rhythm vs. Blue Jays

Clayton Kershaw is coming off one of his best performances of the season and Cody Bellinger is on a roll while taking over the major league lead for home runs, yet the Los Angeles Dodgers will be trying to shake off a rare series defeat when they play host to the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday. A motivated

Robles
Robles' 2-run homer

Victor Robles crushes a two-run home run over the wall in left field, scoring Adam Eaton to pad the Nationals' lead to 7-4 in the 9th inning

Twins
Twins' Cruz activated, will play through ruptured tendon

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Twins slugger Nelson Cruz was reinstated from the injured list on Monday after the minimum 10-day stay and will play through a ruptured tendon in his left wrist.

Chris Sale likely done for remainder of regular season
Chris Sale likely done for remainder of regular season

Red Sox starter Chris Sale is likely done for the regular season -- and also likely the playoffs -- after receiving a platelet-rich plasma injection in his left elbow.

Nationals plan to activate Scherzer from IL on Thursday
Nationals plan to activate Scherzer from IL on Thursday

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer is expected to come off the injured list to start Thursday against Pittsburgh.

Braves claims speedy OF Billy Hamilton off waivers
Braves claims speedy OF Billy Hamilton off waivers

ATLANTA (AP) -- The Braves have claimed outfielder Billy Hamilton off waivers from the Kansas City Royals to bolster their injury-plagued roster.

Braves claim Billy Hamilton off waivers from Royals
Braves claim Billy Hamilton off waivers from Royals

The Braves claimed speedy outfielder Billy Hamilton off waivers from the Royals on Monday.

Cloud over Red Sox clears a bit ahead of series vs. Phillies

The Boston Red Sox are riding the high of a five-game winning streak, and they potentially got some good news as they enter their two-game series against the visiting Philadelphia Philllies on Tuesday. ESPN's Jeff Passan reported Monday afternoon that noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews examined

Goose Gossage, Pete Rose and "unwatchable baseball"
Goose Gossage, Pete Rose and "unwatchable baseball"

When Goose Gossage and Pete Rose make valid points, something's wrong.

Would a Mercy Rule Be a Good Idea for MLB?
Would a Mercy Rule Be a Good Idea for MLB?

After the New York Yankees lost 19-5 to the Cleveland Indians last week, Yankees manager Aaron Boone suggested that he would support a mercy rule to inhibit the possibility of position players pitching. SI Now hosts Robin Lundberg and Amy Campbell de

Who Has the Edge in the NL Central
Who Has the Edge in the NL Central's Three-Team Race?

The NL Central is the only division with at least one team within two games of first place, and it has two teams that close. It's setting up to be a three-team race for the division title, so how will the it be decided over the next 40 games?

Matt Chapman Is the Face of Yet Another Second-Half Surge by the A
Matt Chapman Is the Face of Yet Another Second-Half Surge by the A's

Matt Chapman is among the headliners in one of the deepest talent pools baseball has ever seen at third base. That's good news for the A's, who are on another remarkable run in the second half of this season.

And That Happened: Sunday
And That Happened: Sunday's Scores and Highlights

Only a Gatorade bath can cool off the red-hot Rafael Devers right now.

Harper
Harper's slam could be prelude to wild NL playoff race

Bryce Harper's game-ending grand slam and sprint around the bases gave a jolt to the Philadelphia Phillies and could be the prelude to a fascinating National League playoff scramble. As thrilling as the win was for the Phillies , the 7-5 final Thursday night was a kick in the gut for the Chicago

Gallen, Diamondbacks brace for streaking Rockies

The Colorado Rockies will try to maintain a long-overdue hot streak when they open a three-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night in Phoenix. The Rockies have won four in a row following a three-game sweep against the visiting Miami Marlins over the weekend. The Rockies continued

Twins hope to stay hot against White Sox

Right-hander Kyle Gibson gets the start Monday night as the Minnesota Twins open a six-game homestand against the Chicago White Sox at Target Field in Minneapolis. The Twins finished a productive 5-1 road trip to Milwaukee and Texas with the team's first-ever four-game sweep of the Rangers in Arlington

Skid snapped, Astros open homestand vs. Tigers

Houston third baseman Alex Bregman was the first to acknowledge that the Astros' 4-1 win at Oakland on Sunday provided a welcome respite from their five-game losing skid, yet there remains work ahead in terms of reaching goals immediate and long term. The Astros stretched their lead over the Athletics

Reeling Rangers open series against Angels

After getting swept at home in a four-game series by the Minnesota Twins for the first time in team history, Texas pitcher Lance Lynn was asked how the Rangers, losers of 10 of their last 12 games, move forward. "There's one on the schedule tomorrow," Lynn replied. The Rangers, who have

Brewers visit Cards for critical divisional series

The National League Central race intensifies when the St. Louis Cardinals host the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday night in the opener of a three-game series at Busch Stadium. The Brewers (two games back), Cardinals and Chicago Cubs (tied for first) are bunched within two games of each other atop the division

Rays seek success at home against Mariners

Tropicana Field hasn't exactly been the friendliest of confines for the Tampa Bay Rays this season. The Rays have posted back-to-back walk-off wins at home, the latter a 5-4 decision Sunday against the Detroit Tigers on Ji-Man Choi's two-run, bases-loaded single with one out in the bottom of

Red-hot Nationals turn attention to Pirates

The Washington Nationals and Pittsburgh Pirates might have to temper or at least channel some emotion as they open a four-game series Monday in Pittsburgh. Washington, which is 9-3 in its past 12 games and chasing a National League wild-card spot, has had a few recent wild affairs. Wednesday, the Nationals

Bauer looks to bounce back as Reds host Padres

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer can't help but feel eager to get back on the mound after his disastrous last start. Cincinnati has lost six of its last eight games and will turn to its prized trade deadline acquisition to start a three-game series off on the right foot against the visiting

Orioles aim to stop skid in home series vs. Royals

The Kansas City Royals head to Baltimore to start a three-game series where two teams that struggled over the weekend hope to make things better. The Orioles, in the first year of their rebuilding process, have had problems all season. The Red Sox came away with a 13-7 victory and ran Baltimore'

Recap: CHC 7, PIT 1
Recap: CHC 7, PIT 1

8/18/19: Homers lift Cubs in Little League Classic

CG: MIN@TEX - 8/18/19
CG: MIN@TEX - 8/18/19

Condensed Game: Jorge Polanco laced a go-ahead, three-run triple in the 8th inning to lift the Twins over the Rangers, 6-3

Greinke gets 200th win, pitches Astros past A
Greinke gets 200th win, pitches Astros past A's 4-1

After earning his 200th win, Zack Greinke hopes he's on his way to even bigger achievements with the Houston Astros this season. Greinke reached the milestone with seven smooth innings Sunday, pitching the first-place Astros past the Oakland Athletics 4-1 to avoid a four-game sweep. Alex Bregman

Hampson
Hampson's single in 10th rallies Rockies past Marlins, 7-6

Garrett Hampson didn't think about being a hero. Hampson hit a bases-loaded single in the bottom of the 10th inning, and the Rockies rallied to beat the Miami Marlins 7-6 on Sunday, completing a three-game sweep. Nolan Arenado homered twice for Colorado, which has won four straight and swept a

D-backs avoid sweep, top Giants in Bochy
D-backs avoid sweep, top Giants in Bochy's Arizona farewell

Wilmer Flores and David Peralta homered, Merrill Kelly held the San Francisco Giants to one run in 5 2/3 innings, and the Arizona Diamondbacks avoided a four-game series sweep with a 6-1 victory Sunday. Kelly (9-12) struck out five and allowed six hits in his first win at home since June 2. Madison

Ohtani, 3 other Angels homer in 9-2 win over White Sox
Ohtani, 3 other Angels homer in 9-2 win over White Sox

Griffin Canning had never been caught by fellow rookie Anthony Bemboom. Canning had perhaps the best start of his career, going seven innings and allowing just one run, and Bemboom hit his first homer in the majors to lead the Los Angeles Angels to a 9-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox. Shohei Ohtani

Alonso breaks NL rookie HR record, Mets crown Royals 11-5
Alonso breaks NL rookie HR record, Mets crown Royals 11-5

Pete Alonso wasn't even sure he was going to make the New York Mets' opening day roster, so even he never could have imagined the incredible season he's having. The burly first baseman hit his 40th home run to break the National League rookie record, capping a late outburst by the New York

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