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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols surpassed Babe Ruth for fifth place in baseball history with his 1,993rd career RBI. Pujols passed the Babe in the ninth inning on Saturday night with a solo homer to center field off Anthony Swarzak, though the Angels lost to the Seattle Mariners 6-5. Earlier, Pujols
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Cleveland Indians prospect Will Benson hit four home runs for Class-A Lake County on Thursday night. He’s the first minor leaguer to hit four homers in a game since 2014, when Yankees prospect Mike Ford hit four for Class-A Charleston and Diamondbacks prospect Jon Griffin also accomplished the feat for Mobile in Double-A. Benson opened
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New York Mets announcer Ron Darling’s surgery to remove a chest mass “went well,” his SNY colleague Gary Cohen said during the Mets-Phillies broadcast on Tuesday. On Saturday, Darling, a longtime SNY analyst, said he had a “large mass in my chest” and that he hoped to return to the broadcast booth in May. The
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Friday started with bad injury news for the New York Yankees. It ended with the same. An MRI revealed that reliever Dellin Betances has a bone spur causing inflammation in his right shoulder, general manager Brian Cashman said. The right-hander will receive a cortisone shot Saturday and will be shut down for three weeks, and
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There were some thoughts heading into the 2019 season that we had seen the best of Jose Altuve. The consensus view after a 2018 season in which he .316 with 13 home runs and still finished 13th in the MVP voting: Still an excellent player, but probably no longer an MVP candidate. Nobody on ESPN’s
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The Orioles’ Chris Davis has taken futility to new levels, going 49 consecutive at-bats without a hit. Davis is 0-for-28 with 15 strikeouts this season after going hitless in his final 21 at-bats of the 2018 campaign. Most consecutive ABs without a hit among position players:• 2018-19 Chris Davis, 49 (and counting)• 2010-11 Eugenio Velez,
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MILWAUKEE — The Chicago Cubs offense insulated themselves from any potential bullpen meltdowns by scoring early and late in the team’s 14-8 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday, snapping a six game losing skid in the process. It would be an understatement to say the Cubs needed the victory. “In the infamous words of
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The start of baseball season means it’s time for predictions, but we asked our writers to take it a step further heading into Opening Day. The assignment was simple: Find two bets you would make for the 2019 MLB season, with one thing you are certain will happen and a long shot you think could
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Los Angeles Angels left fielder Justin Upton, the man entrusted with batting behind Mike Trout, is expected to miss up to three months because of a turf toe injury. Upton suffered a hyper extension of his left big toe during what initially seemed like a minor collision with the outfield wall at Angel Stadium on
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Whether you are a die-hard fan who has been counting down the days until the new season begins or someone who waits until Opening Day arrives to get excited, the return of baseball is something to celebrate. We’ve enlisted ESPN.com’s Bradford Doolittle, Sam Miller, Jeff Passan and David Schoenfield to provide an Opening Day prediction,
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MESA, Ariz. — Steve Pearce‘s status for Opening Day with the Boston Red Sox remains uncertain because of a left calf injury. The 2018 World Series MVP left an exhibition game last weekend due to discomfort. Boston manager Alex Cora said Pearce has had plenty of at-bats in minor league games, so he’s feeling good
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GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Corey Kluber will start on Opening Day for the Cleveland Indians for the fifth consecutive season, matching a franchise record. The two-time American League Cy Young Award winner was given the nod Saturday by manager Terry Francona. Stan Coveleski is the only other Cleveland pitcher to start five straight openers. Bob Feller
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Los Angeles Angels manager Brad Ausmus likes to have his regulars play nine innings at least once in a spring training game and on Thursday, it was Mike Trout‘s turn against the Arizona Diamondbacks. “He’s making all that money, he needs to play nine,” Ausmus said. Mike Trout and the Angels announced
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The Houston Astros and right-handed reliever Ryan Pressly have agreed to terms on a two-year contract extension worth $17.5 million, a source told ESPN’s Jeff Passan. The deal will buy out two years of free agency for Pressly, whom the Astros acquired in July from the Minnesota Twins for two prospects: right-hander Jorge Alcala and
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GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Los Angeles Dodgers have promoted Brandon Gomes to vice president and assistant general manager, continuing the former major leaguer’s climb up the front-office ranks. The 34-year-old former pitcher had been serving as director of player development since 2016. He joined the Dodgers’ front office after a five-year career with the Tampa
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