For Jayden Clark, the opportunity to showcase her skills and learn from Olympic gold medalist Jennie Finch at the annual Softball Breakthrough Series helped the Florida prep athlete achieve her dream of playing softball in college.
Trout homers into 2nd deck -- in right field
Mike Trout belted his 16th home run of the season in the fifth inning of the Angels' series opener against the Yankees on Friday night at Yankee Stadium, leaving him tied for second in the Majors in homers.
D-backs bats come to life by Bay to halt skid
The D-backs collected 12 hits as they busted out of their offensive funk at the plate and snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 7-1 win over the A's on Friday night at Oakland Coliseum. Nick Ahmed homered in the win, as Patrick Corbin went seven innings, allowing just one run while striking out seven en route to his fifth win.
Stripling fans 10 Padres as Dodgers stay hot
Ross Stripling struck out a career-high 10 and got home runs from Matt Kemp and Enrique Hernandez as the Dodgers topped the Padres, 4-1, on Friday night at Dodger Stadium for their seventh win in their last eight games. In a losing effort, Clayton Richard turned in his fourth straight start of at least six innings for San Diego.
Paxton racks up 11 K's as Mariners nip Twins
James Paxton continued his masterful May for the Mariners on Friday, firing seven innings of one-run ball as Seattle topped the Twins, 2-1, in the series opener at Safeco Field. The big lefty held Minnesota to three hits with 11 strikeouts and no walks in a 103-pitch gem, putting his season record at 4-1 with a 3.10 ERA.
Shaw's big night keys win in extras vs. Mets
Travis Shaw drove in three runs in the Brewers' 4-3 win over the Mets at Miller Park on Friday. He homered and notched an RBI single against Noah Syndergaard before drawing a walk-off walk in the 10th inning.
Rox start homestand on high note, edge Reds
Nolan Arenado hit his ninth homer of the season, and Noel Cuevas hit a tie-breaking, pinch-hit RBI triple in the sixth as the Rockies edged the Reds 5-4 on Friday to start their nine-game homestand. Jon Gray allowed four runs in six innings, striking out eight to pick up his fifth win.
Bullpen digs in late as Blue Jays hold off Phils
Justin Smoak hit a two-run homer in a three-run fifth inning, part of five Toronto extra-base hits, and the Blue Jays held off the Phillies' late push for a 6-5 win on Friday night at Citizens Bank Park. Sam Gaviglio had a quality outing in his second start of the season, but the Blue Jays nearly coughed up a five-run lead. Ryan Tepera was able to work out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth to shut the door on the Phillies, who got home runs from starting pitcher Zach Eflin and first baseman Carlos Santana.
Friday's top prospect performers
Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Friday.
Giancarlo Stanton took over Jimmy Fallon's desk to thank New York for the welcome -- and the boos
That smile's tailor-made for TV.
Astros rout Tribe with 11 runs in final 2 innings
After a pitchers' duel between former Cy Young Award winners on Friday, the Astros finally broke through once Indians ace Corey Kluber left the game.
Local product Taylor sparks Nats to win in Miami
Michael A. Taylor homered and later hit a leadoff double in a three-run seventh inning as the Nationals won the series opener against the Marlins. Matt Adams also went deep off Jose Urena to support Max Scherzer, who gave up four runs over six innings for his Major League-leading eighth victory. Bryce Harper drove in two with a double in the decisive seventh.
Judge denies Halos twice, reaching 100.5 mph
Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge proved once again why runners may want to think twice about challenging his arm. Not just once, but twice.
Minor plays major role as Rangers even set
Mike Minor yielded four runs over six innings, but the Rangers belted three home runs to help the lefty beat his former club and even the series against the Royals. Shin-Soo Choo went deep in the first before Ronald Guzman and Nomar Mazara added two-run jacks off Eric Skoglund, who dropped to 1-5 with the loss. Mike Moustakas and Jorge Soler went deep for the Royals.
Ronald Guzman pretended to take a call after grabbing a fan's phone
New phone, who dis?
Gleyber homers in 4th straight, makes history
Gleyber Torres delivered a go-ahead blast, becoming the youngest player in AL history to homer in four consecutive games, and Aaron Judge uncorked a pair of impressive throws from right field on Friday night to help the Yankees win the series opener with the Angels. Andrew Heaney and Luis Severino both turned it over to the bullpens in the 7th inning with the game tied at 1, with Torres notching his first RBI on an infield single and the Halos' run coming on Mike Trout's 16th homer.
Yanks expect to activate Bird off DL today
Manager Aaron Boone said on Friday that the Yankees expect to activate first baseman Greg Bird off the disabled list on Saturday.
Mookie hits 17th HR, J.D. slugs 16th for Sox
In an Interleague battle of East divisional leaders, it was the Red Sox who took the first game of their three game set versus Atlanta, 6-2, by way of the long ball.
Castellanos leads Tigers' late charge to victory
The Tigers opened a 12-game homestand with the kind of comeback that they've become known for this season. Nicholas Castellanos' game-tying double and go-ahead run capped a three-run eighth inning off ex-teammate Bruce Rondon, sending Detroit to a 5-4 win over the White Sox on Friday night at Comerica Park. Tim Anderson hit his eighth homer of the year for Chicago.
Nimmo robs Yelich with terrific diving catch
Left fielder Brandon Nimmo made a diving catch to rob Christian Yelich of a hit in the bottom of the first on Friday at Miller Park. With an 18-percent catch probability, according to Statcast™ data, it was a five-star grab.
Phillies pitcher Eflin goes oppo for 1st HR
Zach Eflin took the first pitch he saw from Blue Jays starter Sam Gaviglio in the third inning, an 86-mph sinker. On the next pitch, another sinker, Eflin crushed his first career home run into the Phillies' bullpen.
Musgrove twirls 7 scoreless to win Bucs debut
Joe Musgrove, who spent two months working his way through Minor League starts, made his first start for the Pirates on Friday night at PNC Park, and delivered a gem. The right-hander fired seven scoreless innings, struck out seven, recorded his first Major League hit and scored a run as the Pirates' bats broke out late in an 8-1 win over the Cardinals. Center fielder Austin Meadows went 2-for-4 with a triple, giving him 13 hits in his first seven Major League games.
Injury updates: Cespedes, Prado, Kershaw
Here's a roundup of the latest injury news across the Majors.
Rangers evaluating Lincecum's return off DL
Veteran right-hander Tim Lincecum is eligible to come off the disabled list on Monday, but the Rangers aren't certain he'll be ready. Lincecum is on a 30-day medical rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Round Rock and that doesn't expire until June 5. The Rangers may wait until that date before making a decision.
The camera angle on Tucker Barnhart attempting a foul ball catch will make you feel like you were there
Love a good camera angle.
Kyle Crick caught Harrison Bader by surprise with a quick pitch and they both shared a laugh about it
He fooled him once.
Andrelton Simmons and Albert Pujols shared a laugh after colliding and crashing down to the mound together
Sano returns to Twins' lineup, playing first base
With an offense that has had issues finding consistent production, the Minnesota Twins got a nice boost on Friday by inserting slugger Miguel Sano back into the lineup.
First, George Springer stopped halfway to second -- and then, Evan Gattis faceplanted after a rundown
First round's finest: Best pick ever at each slot
We attempted to answer a simple question: Who is the best pick ever at each first-round slot in the MLB Draft? The names may not surprise you.
Mariners acquire Colome, Span from Rays
General manager Jerry Dipoto moved to bolster both the Mariners' bullpen and outfield depth on Friday with a two-for-two trade with the Rays, acquiring Tampa Bay closer Alex Colome, veteran center fielder Denard Span and cash for Minor League starters Andrew Moore and Tommy Romero.
Vlad Jr. goes back-to-back with Bichette
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. continued to torment Minor League pitching on Friday night as he went back-to-back with Bo Bichette for his 10th homer of the season in Double-A New Hampshire's 10-3 win over Hartford on Friday.
Kershaw could return next week; Hill 'antsy'
Clayton Kershaw will throw a simulated game on Saturday as planned, and he will have company, as another Dodgers starting pitcher itching to return, Rich Hill, will join him on the mound.
Red Sox part ways with Hanley
In a stunning move, the Red Sox designated slumping slugger Hanley Ramirez for assignment on Friday to clear a spot on the roster for second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who was activated from the disabled list.
Cespedes adds running to baseball activities
Slow to return from a strained right hip flexor, Yoenis Cespedes made significant progress Friday when he began a running progression on the field at Miller Park. Previously, Cespedes had been limited to hitting and throwing, without attempting to run on his injured leg.
Acuna, Markakis swap positions vs. Boston
Though he has experienced some recent offensive struggles, Ronald Acuna Jr. has spent the first month of his career establishing himself as one of baseball's most talented and exciting defenders. The 20-year-old phenom will spend this weekend being challenged by Fenway Park's spacious and non-symmetrical right field.
Wily Hendricks stifles SF as Cubs break out late
Kyle Hendricks dominated the Giants over seven innings, and Ben Zobrist and Kris Bryant delivered two-run hits in the seventh to lead the Cubs at Wrigley Field. San Francisco starter Derek Holland had limited Chicago to just one run through six, but he departed two batters into the pivotal seventh inning. Gorkys Hernandez homered for the Giants.
Rodon still on track after struck in head by liner
Carlos Rodon was forced to exit his Minor League appearance early after being struck by a comebacker in the third inning of a rehab start at Triple-A Charlotte. The 25-year-old lefty suffered a head laceration that required several staples, but he remains on track to make his next scheduled start for Charlotte.
Cards don't plan to place restrictions on Reyes
Cardinals officials are hesitant to commit to Alex Reyes' exact return day, though Tuesday in Milwaukee appears the most likely candidate. Reyes will not be under any pitching restrictions.
A's deal Font to Rays for Minor Leaguer
The A's traded right-handed pitcher Wilmer Font to the Rays for Minor League right-handed pitcher Peter Bayer, the club announced Friday.
Podcast: When is time right for Vlad Jr.?
MLB Pipeline's Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo, along with MLB.com's Tim McMaster, weigh in on the homer-filled big league debuts of Juan Soto, Willy Adames and Austin Meadows. The guys also discuss when the right time is for Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to make his debut. With just 10 days to go before the MLB Draft, they talk about the best tools in this year's MLB Pipeline Top 200 Draft Prospects list.
These 10 prospects will make an impact soon
Find out which prospects have the best chance of helping fantasy owners in 2018 and grab MLB's future studs now.
6 potential landing spots for Hanley
Hanley Ramirez was designated for assignment by the Red Sox on Friday, bringing his stint in Boston to a close earlier than expected. So where might Ramirez wind up? Here's a look at a half-dozen clubs that could make a play for Ramirez if (when?) he hits the open market.
Theo spikes rumors: 'Essentially zero trade talks'
Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein dismissed rumors that have linked the team to Orioles shortstop Manny Machado, saying "there are zero trade talks going on now."
MLB reveals plans for Memorial Day donations
Major League Baseball is adjusting the way it recognizes Memorial Day this season -- specifically in how it distributes charitable contributions -- in an effort to lend its financial support to those who have been directly affected by the loss of a military loved one.
These are the 10 most exciting players in MLB
Here's one man's list of baseball's 10 most exciting players. No team is represented more than once, which took some deserving players out of the running. We'll offer a hat tip to them after the Top 10 list.
Mock Draft: Callis makes picks for entire 1st round
Ten days away from the start of the Draft, here's Jim Callis' best guess as to how the first round will play out:
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