Robert Gsellman was the first visitor to use the Nats' bullpen cart, as Sean Doolittle looked on carefully
"Hey! That's my cart!'
Blue Jays stun Rays with 3 homers in 7-run 9th
The Blue Jays rallied from six runs down in the bottom of the ninth inning to pull off a stunning victory over the Rays at Rogers Centre. Rowdy Tellez hit an RBI double and Danny Jansen hit a three-run shot before Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and Justin Smoak hit back-to-back homers off Sergio Romo to end the game. Tellez hit a two-run homer in the second to break the seal, but it was all Rays until the ninth, as Tommy Pham raked three hits and Tampa Bay stole four bases. The loss dropped the Rays 6 1/2 back of the A's in the Wild Card chase.
Stewart hits 1st 2 HRs in 1st 2 innings of win
Christin Stewart hit the first two home runs of his career to power the Tigers to an 11-8 win over the Royals on Thursday night at Comerica Park. Stewart hit a two-run homer in the first inning, which was followed by a Nicholas Castellanos home run on the next pitch. Stewart homered again in the second, later becoming the first Tigers rookie since 2007 to collect six RBIs in a game. Jorge Bonifacio, Brian Goodwin, Hunter Dozier and Adalberto Mondesi all homered for Kansas City.
This weekend will help set stage for October
It's the penultimate weekend of the regular season, and there's so much more to celebrate than just an awesome word like "penultimate." Here are five topics to track this weekend in MLB.
Here's why deGrom is NL's Most Valuable Player
Jacob deGrom is almost certainly going to win the National League Cy Young Award, but why stop there? He's got a seriously strong case to be considered the NL's Most Valuable Player, too. Even though it isn't likely to happen, we'll make his case.
Davidson's RBI knock in 11th bails out bullpen
Matt Davidson's two-out RBI single helped the White Sox beat the American League Central champion Indians after a game-tying, two-run rally in the eighth. Yoan Moncada collected three hits and drove in two for Chicago, which got six strong innings from James Shields. Francisco Lindor and Michael Brantley hit back-to-back homers for Cleveland.
Scherzer sets club strikeout record in Nats' loss
The way the Nationals have aligned their rotation through the rest of the season, Max Scherzer is in line to finish the year with three more starts, including Thursday night against the Mets, a chance to pad his resume as he pursues his third consecutive National League Cy Young Award.
Rays stunned by 7-run 9th, lose ground in WC
A six-run lead entering the ninth inning wasn't enough for the Rays, who allowed the Blue Jays to come all the way back before Justin Smoak's walk-off home run dealt Tampa Bay a 9-8 loss on Thursday night at Rogers Centre.
MLB's worst streaks and how they ended
Looking back through MLB history at some of the game's most infamous streaks.
Tribe experiments with Cimber in loss to Sox
With the American League Central crown already wrapped up, there are goals that the Indians want to accomplish down the stretch. One mentioned by manager Terry Francona this week was finding spots to allow sidearmer Adam Cimber to face multiple batters.
Yanks unable to stop Sox's clinching party
Giancarlo Stanton raised his arms into the air and floated around the basepaths, celebrating a grand slam that the slumping slugger sorely needed. And yet it was not enough for the Yankees, who had no choice but to plug their ears and ignore the celebration being prepared in the visiting clubhouse of their building.
Mets hit 2 homers off Scherzer, win in 12
Michael Conforto and Jay Bruce hit back-to-back home runs on Thursday, ensuring that Max Scherzer -- the only National League pitcher who still had a chance at reaching 20 wins -- would not reach that mark. His no-decision was long in the books by the time Jose Lobaton hit a 12th-inning sacrifice fly to give the Mets a 5-4 win over Washington at Nationals Park. Scherzer struck out 13 batters and set a career and club high of 290. His previous high was 284 set in 2016.
Cody Reed gets help from Gennett to earn 1st win
Cincinnati's Cody Reed got some help from Scooter Gennett to earn his first win this season on Friday. Reed tossed six scoreless frames, striking out six and walking no one in his best start of the season. Jeff Brigham countered with five innings of two-run ball, but walks shortened his outing. Two of those walks set up Gennett in the third inning for a two-run double, and the second baseman added a long two-run homer in the seventh, going 2-for-3 as he chases the National League batting title. The Marlins scored two in the eighth, but Raisel Iglesias pitched 1 1/3 innings to close out the victory.
Red Sox clinch 3rd straight AL East title
A thrilling Red Sox season, one that is all but certain to end with the most wins in club history, reached a celebratory point at the end of a wild Thursday night at Yankee Stadium. On the cusp of clinching the American League East when they arrived in the Bronx on Tuesday, the third attempt proved to be the charm for the team that is now division champs for a third straight year.
Phils' playoff chances dealt a blow by Braves
The Phillies knew they needed to sweep the Braves this week to keep their faint postseason hopes alive. They will not sweep the Braves at SunTrust Park, however, following Thursday night's 8-3 loss. The first-place Braves have a 6 1/2-game lead over the Phillies in the National League East. Even if the Phillies win nine of their remaining 10 games, they would need the Braves to finish no better than 2-7 just to force a tie. The Braves' magic number for clinching the division is four.
J.D. vying for first global Triple Crown since '56
Before the Tigers' Miguel Cabrera broke a 45-year drought in 2012, there hadn't been a Triple Crown winner since Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski pulled off the feat for the 1967 Red Sox. Now, more than a half-century later, another Boston player, J.D. Martinez, is trying to join this exclusive club.
A's amaze with 21-run eruption in rout of Angels
The A's brought out the heavy lumber on Thursday vs. the Angels, as eight starters crossed the plate at least twice in a 21-3 thumping at the Coliseum as Oakland moved closer to clinching a postseason berth.
Merrifield aims to lead AL in hits, steals in '18
Royals super-utility man Whit Merrifield has a chance to lead the American League in two offensive categories this season -- stolen bases and hits.
Braves' magic number at 4 after win over Phils
Taking advantage of the chance to move closer to a knockout blow, the Braves padded their National League East lead with Thursday night's 8-3 win over the Phillies at SunTrust Park. Kevin Gausman set the tone with a strong start, and Lucas Duda's seventh-inning RBI double proved decisive for the Braves, who now sit 6 1/2 games ahead of the second-place Phillies with nine games to play. The magic number to clinch their first division title since 2013 has been reduced to four.
Astros, Round Rock announce Triple-A affiliation
The Astros announced Thursday that they had reached a four-year agreement with the Round Rock Express to be their new Triple-A affiliate.
'Pride and joy' in Milwaukee youth field makeover
Baran Park was one of five parks across the country selected to an overhaul under a partnership between Major League Baseball and Scott's Lawn Care. With help from the Brewers Community Foundation, Journey House was selected from more than 350 organizations seeking refurbishments for their fields.
Baker Mayfield sported a jersey to support his friend Christian Yelich prior to Thursday Night Football
Stanton breaks out of slump with grand slam
While the Yankees rolled against David Price and the Red Sox on Wednesday evening, littering the scoreboard with crooked numbers from the second inning on, one of their biggest sluggers was left out of the fun.
Blake Snell negotiated his own trade with a fan: a baseball for some fresh chicken tenders
Everybody's a winner in this deal.
Angels' Arcia 1st to catch, pitch, HR in 1 game
Angels catcher Francisco Arcia made history in Thursday afternoon's 21-3 loss to the A's, becoming the first Major League player on record to catch, pitch and hit a home run in the same game.
Padres prospect Reed discusses breakout season
On this week's Pipeline Podcast, Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Tim McMaster are joined by Padres prospect Buddy Reed, who played eight sports growing up. MLB.com national reporter Jesse Sanchez also joins the podcast and talks about Cuban standout Victor Victor Mesa, who was recently declared a free agent.
Voit's homer sets two new records for Yankees
The Luke Voit Show rolls on, and the latest installment altered the history books.
Injury updates: Fulmer, A's, Nunez, Flores, Kuhl
Here's a roundup of the latest injury news across the Majors
Jeter addresses state of Marlins, plans for '19
Marlins chief executive officer Derek Jeter addressed the media on Thursday afternoon, touching on a wide range of topics that included the managerial status of Don Mattingly in 2019, All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto and the organization's interest in Cuban outfield sensation Victor Victor Mesa.
On the heels of his company's 50th anniversary, Ralph Lauren threw out the first pitch at Yankee Stadium
The Yankees and Lauren have collaborated to create a limited-edition line.
Fulmer undergoes surgery on right knee
Michael Fulmer underwent successful surgery Thursday morning on a torn meniscus in his right knee, the Tigers announced. The right-hander is expected to be ready for Spring Training.
Mike Trout's mom noticed somebody missing from an AL MVP discussion, so she weighed in
Emoji game pretty strong.
Flores shut down due to arthritis in both knees
An examination on Thursday revealed that Wilmer Flores is dealing with early onset arthritis in both knees. Flores, 27, is done for the season.
Riggleman to play regular lineup for rest of '18
Don't look for Scooter Gennett to come out of the lineup anytime soon. The second baseman is trying to become the first Reds player to lead the National League in hits since Pete Rose collected 215 hits in 1976. He's also competing for the NL batting title as well. Gennett (.317) entered the Marlins series on Thursday just two points behind Milwaukee's Christian Yelich (.319).
Trea Turner eyeing goal of playing in 162 games
It did not start the season as an intentional goal, but now that appearing in all 162 games this season is within reach, Trea Turner wants to complete the task. Turner started at shortstop Thursday night against the Mets, continuing his streak of playing in each of the Nationals' 153 games this season.
MLB works with youth to foster black leadership
Major League Baseball and the Black Executives Business Resource Group joined the Business of Sports School to foster black leadership within the sports industry and provide career development opportunities for their students by enhancing the MLB brand and giving back through community service.
Carrasco to follow Bauer Tuesday as ALDS prep
Trevor Bauer is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Friday in order to make an abbreviated start against the Red Sox, beginning the pitcher's quest to reclaim a rotation job for the American League Division Series. Barring any setbacks for Bauer (coming back from a stress fracture in his right fibula), his next outing would fall on Tuesday on the road against the White Sox. The way Cleveland's pitching schedule is aligned, Tuesday would have been Carlos Carrasco's day to start. He agreed to instead come out of the bullpen after Bauer.
Banister's future with Rangers under discussion
The Rangers' last-place finish in the American League West is likely to lead to major changes, and manager Jeff Banister could be among those in jeopardy.
'Baseball intellect' sets Javy Baez apart
Javier Baez's intelligence on the field may be hard for some MVP voters to measure. All you have to do is watch the Cubs standout to see how he takes on the role of quarterback in the infield, directing everyone -- and it doesn't matter if he's starting at second base, shortstop or third.
A's encouraged after Manaea's surgery
The A's aren't ready to rule out Sean Manaea for 2019. Encouraged by the results of his arthroscopic shoulder surgery Wednesday, the A's hope to have the left-hander back by the end of next year's campaign.
Kuhl undergoes TJ surgery, out 14-16 months
Chad Kuhl on Wednesday underwent ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction surgery on his right elbow, and the team said on Thursday that pitchers typically return to Major League competition in 14 to 16 months.
Debut Trainer Partnership showcase draws raves
The ultimate goal for international prospects is to sign with a Major League club when eligible at the age of 16, but for players like Armando Cruz, 14, who won't be eligible for 16 months, the first objective is to get noticed for all facets of his game. Mission accomplished.
10 notable streaks that could end this year
Nothing lasts forever. And these 10 things in MLB are likely over when the season ends.
9 small moves that have paid off in a big way
Every team scours the market for under-the-radar acquisitions, and in this final sprint for postseason berths, they're scattered up and down rosters.
Snell's case for AL Cy Young is very strong
Blake Snell has a 0.97 WHIP and a 6.6 bWAR to go with a 1.97 ERA, a 20-5 record and 200 strikeouts in 169 innings. Snell also happens to pitch like that in the AL, and a meat-grinder division known as the AL East. Are you kidding?
These closers saved the day at record rates
Edwin Diaz's season has been impressive not only for his dominance (2.02 ERA, 120 strikeouts) and sheer number of saves -- but also his share of his team's wins. The 24-year-old has saved exactly two-thirds of Seattle's victories, the second-highest single-season rate in MLB history.
Ranking best potential NL Wild Card matchups
What's No. 1?
Explaining tiebreaker scenarios for '18 postseason
This year we've got a wide assortment of tiebreaker possibilities to ponder in both leagues, including some truly wild ideas in the National League. The goal is to lay out the most realistic ones remaining, and how they would be settled.
1 rookie from each team who has emerged
Each year, a new group of rookies sets out to make a mark in the Major Leagues, and in 2018, many of these young players have made history with their performances. With the aid of all 30 MLB.com beat writers, here's a look at each team's best rookie this season.
Who are the top under-the-radar AFL prospects?
Jim Callis discusses under-the-radar prospects, the top farm systems in terms of pitching and more in his latest Inbox.
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.
Players set to become free agents in 2018-19 offseason
See which players are set to hit free agency during the 2018-19 offseason, including Bryce Harper and Manny Machado.
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