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Chris Rowley makes his historic MLB debut, Bryce Harper takes a scary tumble, and Giancarlo Stanton rakes his 42nd home run of the year.
The Weekend Takeaway
Try as they might, the Blue Jays just can’t retain a healthy pitching staff.
underwent season-ending Bo Schultz surgery in March, Tommy John was felled by a blister on his pitching hand, Aaron Sanchez suffered a bout of right shoulder inflammation, and a comebacker spoiled Cesar Valdez ’s major-league debut with a right toe fracture. Taylor Cole Read the full article... The Dodgers give the 1912 Giants a run for their money, Jacob deGrom swipes a base, Bartolo Colon tosses a complete game, and Rob Refsnyder uses evasive maneuvers to take down the Astros.
The Weekend Takeaway
The Dodgers are sitting on the cusp of their 80th win following a masterful sweep of the Mets this weekend, and you’d need a working time machine to find a team with a better 50-game stretch behind them.
Read the full article... Adrian Beltre hits No. 3,000, Steve Pearce cracks another walk-off grand slam, and Zack Greinke stifles the Cardinals.
The Weekend Takeaway
On the eve of his 3,000th career hit,
didn’t know how his teammates would react to the milestone. Adrian Beltre Read the full article... Marwin Gonzalez steps up for the Astros, Jaime Garcia goes yard, Jon Lester attempts a perfect game, and Dee Gordon meets his nemesis.
The Weekend Takeaway
You don’t need to have followed most of the 2017 season to know that the Astros have taken the American League by storm. Their 65-33 record is second only to the 68-31 Dodgers, and they maintained a hefty 17-game lead over their AL West competitors with a 5-4 run to start the second half.
Read the full article... Nolan Arenado dismantles the Padres, Giancarlo Stanton catches up to Aaron Judge, and Carlos Beltran's glove is resurrected.
The Wednesday Takeaway
Perhaps it’s too soon to call 2017 the best season of
’s career, but it’s not unreasonable to think that Wednesday’s 18-run beatdown of the Padres was among his best single-game performances. Nolan Arenado Read the full article... Kyle Freeland pitches a two-hitter, Marcus Stroman showcases a devastating slider, Aaron Judge gears up for the Home Run Derby, and Ji-Man Choi does the splits.
The Weekend Takeaway
didn’t look like a no-hitter pitcher last Tuesday. After a shallow third-inning single vaulted the Reds to a 4-1 lead over the Rockies, manager Kyle Freeland visited his rookie starter on the mound. Bud Black Read the full article... Justin Smoak helps set a new home run record, Mike Foltynewicz toys with a no-hitter, and Orlando Arcia steals a fan's ice cream.
The Weekend Takeaway
and Chris Sale and heck, even Clayton Kershaw , make you forget it, baseballs are still traveling further and more frequently than they have before. Home runs are up, Mike Foltynewicz thanks in part to juiced balls and , and at no point was that clearer than on Friday. Aaron Judge Read the full article... The Angels balk in a run, three rookies go deep, Felix Hernandez pitches like a King, and the Orioles snap an unusual skid.
The Weekend Takeaway
Presented without comment: three peculiar sequences of action, each involving a balk, a run scored, and a split-second ruling, each more implausible than the last.
Read the full article... Jacob deGrom and Jeff Samardzija dig the long ball, Eddie Butler gets his sleeves cut off, and Orlando Arcia hits an inside-the-park home run.
The Weekend Takeaway
The designated hitter vs. pitcher hitting debate is one for the ages (well, at least the last 44 years of the ages). Until you see
set PETCO Park ablaze with Bartolo Colon his first career home run or muscle Madison Bumgarner two moonshots on Opening Day, it’s difficult to make a compelling case against the undeniable offensive bonus a polished, professional hitter brings to the lineup. Read the full article... Carlos Martinez hurls his first shutout, Aaron Judge hits the longest and fastest home runs of 2017, Max Scherzer strikes out his 2,000th batter, and Ichiro Suzuki emulates Giancarlo Stanton.
The Weekend Takeaway
Even at its best, baseball invites doubt. We question whether the Clayton Kershaws and Mike Trouts will ride their career-high numbers to Hall of Fame ballots, whether hitters can best 121.1 mph. home runs and 167.8 career
, whether perfect games will remain intact for their requisite nine innings. Part of the beauty of baseball is found in its unpredictability and variety, making the payoff that much sweeter when it finally comes around. WARP Read the full article... Edinson Volquez tosses a no-hitter, Albert Pujols enters the 600-home run club, Clayton Kershaw strikes out his 2,000th batter, and Jon Lester makes his first pickoff in two years.
The Weekend Takeaway
Pitching a no-hitter wasn’t the first thing on
’s mind when he prepared for his start on Saturday. Edinson Volquez Read the full article... Stephen Strasburg and Max Scherzer combine for 28 strikeouts, Chase Anderson flirts with a no-hitter, Aaron Judge collects his first grand slam, and Dellin Betances destroys Gary Sanchez's mitt.
The Weekend Takeaway
What’s better than one flame-throwing, run-suppressing powerhouse pitcher with an appetite for strikeouts? Two, of course.
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