On the heels of one of the best individual performances in franchise history, Matt Carpenter connected for another home run at Wrigley Field on Saturday. With it, Carpenter becomes the first Cardinals player in a decade to homer in five consecutive games.
Conforto stays hot with solo homer off Gray
Fresh off their Subway Series-opening win to begin the second half, the Mets jumped out ahead again Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.
Trade Talk: Familia, Red Sox, Moose, Archer
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Yanks call up No. 7 prospect Acevedo
The smile could not be wiped from Domingo Acevedo's face after stepping into the Yankees' locker room for the first time before Saturday's matinee against the Mets.
Cespedes sits; Mets monitor lingering heel issue
A day after Yoenis Cespedes returned to the Mets following a nine-and-a-half-week absence, homered, then revealed that he is battling heel issues that may require major surgery to fix, Cespedes was out of the Mets' lineup Saturday against the Yankees. Manager Mickey Callaway, who said he was unaware of Cespedes' comments regarding his heels, painted the issue as one of general soreness.
C-Mart placed on DL with oblique strain
Cardinals right-hander Carlos Martinez was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right oblique strain as part of a series of roster moves on Saturday.
Devers returns from DL stint for Red Sox
The Red Sox activated third baseman Rafael Devers from the 10-day disabled list on Saturday. To make room on the 25-man roster, the club optioned left-handed pitcher Bobby Poyner to Triple-A Pawtucket following Friday night's game.
10 problems that need to be fixed at Deadline
Manny Machado is off the board, but that doesn't mean that other contenders don't have problems to fix. Here's the 10 biggest trouble spots for teams in the race.
Tapia's slam, Arenado's 2 HRs keep Rox rolling
Raimel Tapia hit a grand slam to cap a six-run seventh inning as the Rockies held off the D-backs, 11-10, on Friday in the series opener. Nolan Arenado hit two homers for the Rockies, who won their sixth in a row. Ketel Marte had four RBIs and A.J. Pollock had five hits for the D-backs.
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Arenado blasts 2 HRs, pulls into tie for NL lead
The first ball that Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado put in play after the All-Star break went a long way, sailing over the left-field wall at Chase Field for his 24th home run to give Colorado a 2-0 lead over the D-backs on Friday.
Keuchel loses no-no in 7th, earns 4th straight W
No left-hander in Astros history has ever thrown a no-hitter. Dallas Keuchel made a serious bid to end that drought Friday night. Keuchel won his fourth consecutive start by holding the Angels to one run and two hits in 7 2/3 innings in the Astros' 3-1 victory, losing a no-hitter with two outs in the seventh inning when Justin Upton's line drive glanced off the glove of shortstop Marwin Gonzalez and was ruled a hit. Keuchel (8-8) retired 20 of the first 21 batters he faced, allowing a leadoff walk to David Fletcher in the fourth for the Angels' only baserunner through six innings.
Angels encouraged as Ohtani begins throwing
Shohei Ohtani was cleared to begin a throwing progression on Thursday, stoking optimism among the Angels that the Japanese rookie could return to pitch this season and recover his unique identity as a two-way player.
Gallo homers twice in 11-inning loss to Tribe
Joey Gallo's two home runs led a stirring comeback for the Rangers on Friday night. But the Rangers missed a golden opportunity to finish it off in the bottom of the 10th and it cost them in a 9-8 loss to the Indians in 11 innings at Globe Life Park.
LeBlanc K's 10 as M's open 2nd half with victory
For a Mariners team looking to get back on track starting the second half, Wade LeBlanc proved to be just what the doctor ordered on Friday night, as the lefty tied a career high with 10 strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings in a 3-1 victory over the White Sox at Safeco Field. LeBlanc outdueled White Sox right-hander James Shields as Seattle snapped a four-game losing streak and got back to 20 games over .500 at 59-39. The savvy southpaw allowed just four hits and one walk.
MiLBer proves king of the hill on unreal catch
Are you kidding me?
Jones, Panda power Giants to win against A's
Rediscovering the long ball Friday night, the Giants received home runs from Ryder Jones and Pablo Sandoval to support another resolute pitching performance by Dereck Rodriguez in a 5-1 Interleague victory over the Oakland A's. It marked the first time the Giants homered twice in a game since June 19, 25 games ago.
Witt Jr. shines at Under Armour All-America Game
Bobby Witt Jr. provided the final burst of offense in the American League's 8-2 win at Wrigley Field in the annual showcase game for 40 of the top high school prospects.
Machado's Dodgers debut a win for LA
And now Manny Machado can just play a baseball game. After rumors circled and a media circus ensued around Machado and his potential suitors at the All-Star Game presented by MasterCard, the four-time All-Star shortstop was officially introduced as a member of the Dodgers at Miller Park before Friday night's second-half opener versus the Brewers.
Yo returns with HR; Thor exits with 'dead arm'
Yoenis Cespedes homered in his second at-bat after missing nearly 10 weeks on the DL, and the Mets held on to secure a win for Noah Syndergaard, who worked five innings before exiting with arm fatigue. Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman each worked two frames to hold off the Yankees as trade rumors swirled around closer Jeurys Familia. After the game, the Yanks optioned starter Domingo German to Triple-A following the rookie's outing of just 3 2/3 innings.
Source: Mets working to trade Familia
The A's are working toward finalizing a trade with the Mets that would further strengthen their sturdy bullpen. Sources indicated to MLB.com on Friday evening that right-hander Jeurys Familia could soon be Oakland-bound.
J-Ram 1st to 30 HRs; Tribe downs Texas in 11
Jose Ramirez was in the middle of everything on Friday night. He ignited a comeback with an impressive home run. The All-Star third baseman made a clutch defensive play to help halt a Rangers rally. And he finally crossed the plate to push Cleveland to the win column in Friday's 9-8 extra-innings victory at Globe Life Park.
Cat shows off its sprint speed at Reds game
Good thing the crowd didn't hiss.
Moved to leadoff spot, Acuna leads Braves to win
Ronald Acuna Jr. was a triple shy of the cycle as the Braves took the second-half opener against the Nationals. Charlie Culberson also homered for Atlanta, which removed Ozzie Albies for precautionary reasons after hamstring tightness. Stephen Strasburg allowed six runs in his return from the disabled list, while Matt Adams and Trea Turner homered for Washington.
Albies likely to be out remainder of weekend
Ozzie Albies will likely miss the remainder of this weekend's series at Nationals Park, and he appears to be questionable for a two-game set that begins Monday in Miami. But the Braves second baseman was fortunate to exit Friday night's 8-5 win over the Nationals before sustaining a significant hamstring injury.
Holt day-to-day with right knee contusion
Red Sox second baseman Brock Holt left Friday's game against the Tigers after he was spiked on the right knee by Jeimer Candelario during a close play at second base.
Price spins gem to quiet Tigers in series opener
David Price threw 6 1/3 shutout innings and an RBI double from Steve Pearce provided Boston the only offense it needed during a victory over the Tigers on Friday night at Comerica Park. Price scattered just four hits, struck out five and walked one in the win. Detroit starter Matthew Boyd allowed just one run on three hits over his five innings, and struck out six.
Stras exits in 5th, has words with Max
Manager Dave Martinez called Stephen Strasburg and Max Scherzer into his office following the Nationals' 8-5 loss to the Braves on Friday night, after the two got into a heated argument in the dugout when Strasburg was removed in the fifth inning of his first start since being activated off the disabled list.
Marlins' 5-run 7th secures wild one at The Trop
Tropicana Field was treated to a pitchers' duel early, as Dan Straily and Nathan Eovaldi matched efforts in a tie game through six innings. But Derek Dietrich's second homer of the night propelled a five-run seventh inning for Miami. Mallex Smith's three-run triple in the ninth made things interesting until Daniel Robertson struck out with two runners on to end the game.
Gaviglio impresses on hill; Jays walk off
With two outs in the 10th, Aledmys Diaz, who opened the scoring with a homer in the third and led off the ninth with a double, bounced a single between short and third to score Russell Martin.
Padres GM on backstop situation following trade
After acquiring top catching prospect Fracisco Mejia, Padres general manager A.J. Preller breaks down the decisions his club faces in regards to Austin Hedges.
Zimmerman back as Nationals return to health
Injuries were a large factor in a disappointing first half for the Nationals, but they are getting close to full strength and in position -- they believe -- to make a charge toward a third straight division title.
Beltre makes valiant effort to field ... a flying bat
Never change, Adrian.
Cespedes once again has in-game jewelry issue
I can still hear you saying you would never break the chain.
Carp crushes 3 HRs as Cards rout rival Cubs
Matt Carpenter's historic day at the plate -- three homers, two doubles and seven RBIs -- lifted the Cardinals to a rout over the rival Cubs at Wrigley Field. The Cards tallied seven runs in the fourth inning, which included both of Carpenter's doubles, and Greg Garcia and Yairo Munoz added big flies after Carpenter exited the game. St. Louis starter Jack Flaherty tallied nine strikeouts in five innings, while Chicago's Jon Lester was tagged for eight runs in three-plus frames, his shortest outing of the season. Willson Contreras and Kris Bryant homered for the Cubs, who used three position players (Tommy La Stella, Victor Caratini and Ian Happ) to pitch.
Rays infielder makes terrific glove flip for an out
Blink and you'll miss it.
Belt placed on paternity leave; Jones called up
The Giants announced Friday that first baseman Brandon Belt will go on paternity leave.
Carp in rare company with 3 HRs, 2 2Bs
An afternoon that opened with Matt Carpenter tying Lou Brock in the record books ended with the Cardinals first baseman rewriting them.
Tito discusses plan for Hand, Cimber in 'pen
Former Padres teammates Brad Hand and Adam Cimber joined the Indians in Texas on Friday afternoon.
Servais signs multiyear extension with Mariners
When Jerry Dipoto agreed to a multiyear contract extension to remain the Mariners' general manager two weeks ago, he said he couldn't imagine working without manager Scott Servais as his partner. And there's a good reason for that trusted relationship.
Bailey due back Tuesday; what will rotation be?
Assuming there are no setbacks, the Reds plan to activate Homer Bailey from the disabled list for Tuesday's game vs. the Cardinals. What remains to be seen, however, is whether Bailey will be part of a five-man or six-man rotation.
For the first time ever, you can watch Ted Williams' final game in color
We've been waiting 58 years to see this.
Cano will play a lot of first base, Dipoto says
Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto continues pushing hard to bolster his club as the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches, but Seattle finds itself in the unique position of knowing it will also add an eight-time All-Star to its lineup in 25 days when Robinson Cano returns from his 80-game suspension.
Tatis Jr. may be out for season with thumb injury
Padres top prospect Fernando Tatis Jr., baseball's No. 3 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, hurt his left thumb sliding headfirst into second base on a stolen-base attempt in Double-A San Antonio's 7-4 win over Frisco on Thursday.
Cards could shake up market with Jose Martinez
When it comes to the trade market, the St. Louis Cardinals' status is very fluid. Given their hovering-around-.500 record and surprising recent managerial change, they could buy, hold or sell. If they choose to do the latter, the Cards have at least one very intriguing piece to dangle in Jose Martinez.
O's 'barreling ahead' in Britton trade talks
Zach Britton is looking like the next prominent Orioles player to be dealt, as Baltimore continues the full-scale rebuild that began with Manny Machado being sent to the Dodgers on Wednesday. Here's the latest trade news surrounding the O's closer.
CC intends to pitch next year if 'knee holds up'
CC Sabathia will celebrate his 38th birthday on Saturday. Among all starting pitchers in the Major Leagues this year, only Bartolo Colon and Rich Hill are older. But Sabathia isn't talking about retirement yet.
B.A.T. aid 'a true blessing' to recipients in PR
Former Major League outfielder Benny Ayala waited eight hours in line at the gas station just like everybody else after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico. He stood outside of his local bank for four hours for a chance to withdraw money. He experienced the food and water shortages, too.
No Machado? No problem: Good hitters abound
Looking at the talented position players who may change uniforms between now and 4 p.m. ET on July 31.
10 players whose trade stock is rising
With only less than two weeks until the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, whose stock is on the rise? Here's a look at some players who have seen their value increase.
Best Deadline ever? Story behind CC, Manny, Tex
Tex to the Halos. CC to the Crew. Mannywood. Ten years ago, the best Trade Deadline ever thrilled us all.
Ohtani cleared to start throwing progression
The Angels announced on Thursday that two-way star Shohei Ohtani is medically cleared to start a throwing progression.
Keeping track of prospects who have been traded
The Trade Deadline season kicked off with a doozy, as the highly anticipated deal sending All-Star Manny Machado to the Dodgers officially became a reality on Wednesday, the day after the All-Star Game. Deals, or at least rumors of them, will continue right up until the Deadline at 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday, July 31.
Starting lineups for today's games
Check out every lineup every day, as they are made public by the clubs. A lineup is not official until it is handed to the umpire. Additional lineups will be added as they become available.
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