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  • @Brewers • 27m

    Fansided: Milwaukee Brewers: Best players in the Rookie League?

    Do your remember who was played at the Rookie League level for the Milwaukee Brewers in 2018? Brice Turang and Aaron Ashby. Yesterday's draft picks often become today's top prospects, and it wouldn't be a huge shock to see a few guys on this year's Rookie League roster make an impact soon.

    Rookie League rosters are usually filled with guys who just finished high school, international free agents making their stateside debuts, and guys working their way back from injuries. The previous sentence actually sounds a lot like the 2019 Rocky Mountain Vibes.

    The Milwaukee Brewers Rookie League affiliate finished 32-43 in their first season in existence, but they still had a few impressive performances.

    Do your remember who was played at the Rookie League level for the Milwaukee Brewers in 2018? Brice Turang and Aaron Ashby. Yesterday's draft picks often become today's top prospects, and it wouldn't be a huge shock to see a few guys on this year's Rookie League roster make an impact soon.

    Rookie League rosters are usually filled with guys who just finished high school, international free agents making their stateside debuts, and guys working their way back from injuries. The previous sentence actually sounds a lot like the 2019 Rocky Mountain Vibes.

    The Milwaukee Brewers Rookie League affiliate finished 32-43 in their first season in existence, but they still had a few impressive performances.

  • @Marlins • 27m
    MLB

    CBS Miami: Snakebitten Marlins Lose 5-4 To Diamondbacks

    PHOENIX (AP) -- A bullpen blowup put the Arizona Diamondbacks in a tough spot Tuesday night.

    A next-day bounce back keeps their slim NL wild-card hopes alive.

    Mike Leake worked effectively through traffic into the seventh inning, Domingo Leyba had two RBIs and the Diamondbacks rebounded from an ugly loss to beat the Miami Marlins 5-4 on Wednesday.

    "After a really tough night last night where you're kind of ground down, the guys came out today, quick turnaround, and executed the game plan and won a baseball game," Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said.

    Arizona had dropped to 5 1/2 games back in the NL wild-card race after a bullpen blowup led to a 12-6 loss to Miami Tuesday night.

    PHOENIX (AP) -- A bullpen blowup put the Arizona Diamondbacks in a tough spot Tuesday night.

    A next-day bounce back keeps their slim NL wild-card hopes alive.

    Mike Leake worked effectively through traffic into the seventh inning, Domingo Leyba had two RBIs and the Diamondbacks rebounded from an ugly loss to beat the Miami Marlins 5-4 on Wednesday.

    "After a really tough night last night where you're kind of ground down, the guys came out today, quick turnaround, and executed the game plan and won a baseball game," Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said.

    Arizona had dropped to 5 1/2 games back in the NL wild-card race after a bullpen blowup led to a 12-6 loss to Miami Tuesday night.

  • @Dodgers • 27m

    Dodger Blue: Joc Pederson: Postseason-Hopeful Mets & Rays Provide Extra Motivation, But Dodgers Have Own Focus

    Having clinched the National League West at one of the earliest points in franchise history, the Los Angeles Dodgers were left with roughly three weeks to prepare for what will be their seventh consecutive trip to the postseason.

    Among the Dodgers' remaining goals in the regular season include solidifying home-field advantage throughout the World Series. They have already done so for the NL Division Series and are closing in on wrapping up the best record in the NL, boasting a five-game lead over the Atlanta Braves with 10 to play.

    Other priorities for the Dodgers are simply staying healthy and keeping sharp.

    Having clinched the National League West at one of the earliest points in franchise history, the Los Angeles Dodgers were left with roughly three weeks to prepare for what will be their seventh consecutive trip to the postseason.

    Among the Dodgers' remaining goals in the regular season include solidifying home-field advantage throughout the World Series. They have already done so for the NL Division Series and are closing in on wrapping up the best record in the NL, boasting a five-game lead over the Atlanta Braves with 10 to play.

    Other priorities for the Dodgers are simply staying healthy and keeping sharp.

  • @Angels • 29m

    Halos Heaven: Luis Rengifo done for season with hamate fracture

    I was waiting for this news all day. Not that I wanted to be right about the diagnosis, but I'd much rather hear a firm diagnosis than day to day, or he thinks he can play, etc. Rengifo isn't the first player to fracture his hamate on a swing and he won't be the last.

    Luis Rengifo has a left hamate fracture, the Angels say. His season is, of course, over.

    -- Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) September 18, 2019

    In case you are wondering what the hamate bone is:

    If you are keeping track, here is the list of season ending injuries:

    Luis Rengifo, fracture hamate bone
    Mike Trout, Morton's Neuroma
    Shohei Ohtani, bipartite patella
    Justin Upton, patella tendinitis
    Max Stassi, oblique
    Cam Bedrosian, forearm strain
    Griffin Canning, elbow inflammation
    Felix Pena, torn ACL
    Tommy La Stella, tiba fracture
    Zack Cozart, shoulder surgery

    This team would have been lucky to have a .

    I was waiting for this news all day. Not that I wanted to be right about the diagnosis, but I'd much rather hear a firm diagnosis than day to day, or he thinks he can play, etc. Rengifo isn't the first player to fracture his hamate on a swing and he won't be the last.

    Luis Rengifo has a left hamate fracture, the Angels say. His season is, of course, over.

    -- Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) September 18, 2019

    In case you are wondering what the hamate bone is:

    If you are keeping track, here is the list of season ending injuries:

    Luis Rengifo, fracture hamate bone
    Mike Trout, Morton's Neuroma
    Shohei Ohtani, bipartite patella
    Justin Upton, patella tendinitis
    Max Stassi, oblique
    Cam Bedrosian, forearm strain
    Griffin Canning, elbow inflammation
    Felix Pena, torn ACL
    Tommy La Stella, tiba fracture
    Zack Cozart, shoulder surgery

    This team would have been lucky to have a .

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  • @Royals • 30m

    Fansided: Kansas City Royals: Does Dayton Moore deserve an extension?

    Prior to Dayton Moore taking over the General Manager position for the Kansas City Royals, Allard Baird held the position since June 2000. Under Baird, the team traded away key players in Jermaine Dye, Carlos Beltran, and Johnny Damon, all who went on to become prominent players in the league and winning a World Series with a team not named the Royals.

    After a slow start to the 2006 season, Baird was out as GM and Moore was in. The Royals under team owner David Glass had never been as interested in the international free agent prospects prior to Moore taking over.

    Prior to Dayton Moore taking over the General Manager position for the Kansas City Royals, Allard Baird held the position since June 2000. Under Baird, the team traded away key players in Jermaine Dye, Carlos Beltran, and Johnny Damon, all who went on to become prominent players in the league and winning a World Series with a team not named the Royals.

    After a slow start to the 2006 season, Baird was out as GM and Moore was in. The Royals under team owner David Glass had never been as interested in the international free agent prospects prior to Moore taking over.

  • @astros • 32m

    The Crawfish Boxes: Astros sweep Rangers. Take 2nd game 3-2

    For the second straight night, a member of one of the best pitching tandems in all baseball history overcame poor run support to get the Astros even closer to a playoff berth.

    Tonight Gerrit Cole completed eight innings, allowed just two runs with six hits and a walk, and fanned ten Mall Cops. He surpassed 300 strikeouts, the only pitcher in the majors to break that threshold, and the first Astro since Mike Scott in 1986.

    Cole has thrown seven games in a row with 10 Ks or more, and a total of 19 for the season.

    For the second straight night, a member of one of the best pitching tandems in all baseball history overcame poor run support to get the Astros even closer to a playoff berth.

    Tonight Gerrit Cole completed eight innings, allowed just two runs with six hits and a walk, and fanned ten Mall Cops. He surpassed 300 strikeouts, the only pitcher in the majors to break that threshold, and the first Astro since Mike Scott in 1986.

    Cole has thrown seven games in a row with 10 Ks or more, and a total of 19 for the season.

  • @tigers • 33m

    Fansided: Detroit Tigers lose 16th straight game to Cleveland this season

    The Detroit Tigers just haven't been able to get it done against Cleveland this year. Their lost tonight extends their losing streak to the Indians to 16. At least in this game, the Tigers can say they didn't lose in nine and were able to force extra innings before losing two to one.

    Detroit's pitching was on point tonight. Spencer Turnbull made one of his best starts of the season, going for five innings and only giving up one run with eight strikeouts. This was a more than welcome outing, given his struggles over the year.

    The Detroit Tigers just haven't been able to get it done against Cleveland this year. Their lost tonight extends their losing streak to the Indians to 16. At least in this game, the Tigers can say they didn't lose in nine and were able to force extra innings before losing two to one.

    Detroit's pitching was on point tonight. Spencer Turnbull made one of his best starts of the season, going for five innings and only giving up one run with eight strikeouts. This was a more than welcome outing, given his struggles over the year.

  • @Rockies • 33m
    MLB

    Denver Post: Rockies blow ninth-inning lead; right-hander Jeff Hoffman turns in solid start vs. Mets

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    As any moviegoer knows, coming attractions can be misleading. The same goes for September baseball for losing teams like the Rockies.

    In their 7-4 loss to the Mets Wednesday afternoon, Colorado flashed some enticing potential, but ultimately, the same old bugaboo reared its ugly head. Namely, the bullpen's inability to put a game away. In other words, it was a bad 2019 sequel.

    Colorado led 4-3 entering the ninth but New York scored four runs on three walks and three hits off reliever Jairo Diaz and Joe Harvey. The key hits were delivered by pinch hitter J.

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    As any moviegoer knows, coming attractions can be misleading. The same goes for September baseball for losing teams like the Rockies.

    In their 7-4 loss to the Mets Wednesday afternoon, Colorado flashed some enticing potential, but ultimately, the same old bugaboo reared its ugly head. Namely, the bullpen's inability to put a game away. In other words, it was a bad 2019 sequel.

    Colorado led 4-3 entering the ninth but New York scored four runs on three walks and three hits off reliever Jairo Diaz and Joe Harvey. The key hits were delivered by pinch hitter J.

  • @Indians • 35m
    MLB

    NEO Sports Insiders: Indians Overcome the Tigers in 10 Innings 2-1; Move to 17-1 Against Detroit in 2019

    CLEVELAND - With each game feeling like a postseason affair, the Indians got a huge lift from one of their trade deadline players in the 10th inning Wednesday night to pull out another big win.

    That player was former Reds outfielder Yasiel Puig, who drove in the winning run with a shot off the wall in right on the first pitch with the bases loaded to send the Tribe to a 2-1 win over the Tigers.

    The victory puts the Indians at 89-63 on the season, a season-high 26 games over .500. It was also their 7th walkoff victory of the season, the last coming on the 12th of August when Carlos Santana homered against the Red Sox for the win.

    CLEVELAND - With each game feeling like a postseason affair, the Indians got a huge lift from one of their trade deadline players in the 10th inning Wednesday night to pull out another big win.

    That player was former Reds outfielder Yasiel Puig, who drove in the winning run with a shot off the wall in right on the first pitch with the bases loaded to send the Tribe to a 2-1 win over the Tigers.

    The victory puts the Indians at 89-63 on the season, a season-high 26 games over .500. It was also their 7th walkoff victory of the season, the last coming on the 12th of August when Carlos Santana homered against the Red Sox for the win.

  • @Reds • 35m
    MLB

    Redleg Nation: Jose Iglesias puts the Reds up, Raisel Iglesias closes out win over Cubs

    It was the Iglesias and Iglesias show late on Wednesday night in Chicago. Jose gave the Reds a lead in the 10th inning and Raisel came in for the bottom of the inning to close the game out and seal the win.

    The Offense

    There wasn't a lot of offense in this game as neither team scored in the first three innings. But in the top of the 4th inning the Reds got on the board with a 409-foot home run from Eugenio Suarez. His 48th homer of the season was a solo shot that put Cincinnati up 1-0.

    It was the Iglesias and Iglesias show late on Wednesday night in Chicago. Jose gave the Reds a lead in the 10th inning and Raisel came in for the bottom of the inning to close the game out and seal the win.

    The Offense

    There wasn't a lot of offense in this game as neither team scored in the first three innings. But in the top of the 4th inning the Reds got on the board with a 409-foot home run from Eugenio Suarez. His 48th homer of the season was a solo shot that put Cincinnati up 1-0.

  • @Cubs • 40m

    Cubs Insider: Chicago Cubs Lineup (9/14/19): Rizzo Leads Off, Zobrist at 2B, Hoerner SS, Hendricks on Bump

    What kind of encore to the Cubs have in store after yesterday's explosion? A win would push them past that much-maligned PECOTA projection, so that would be a good start.

    Anthony Rizzo knows a little something about good starts and he'll be in the leadoff spot again for this one. Nicholas Castellanos is second in right, Kris Bryant bats and plays third, Kyle Schwarber is in left, and Willson Contreras is behind the plate. Ben Zobrist plays second, Jason Heyward is in center, and Nico Hoerner is at short.

    They're facing 25-year-old rookie James Marvel, who's making just the second start of his MLB career.

    What kind of encore to the Cubs have in store after yesterday's explosion? A win would push them past that much-maligned PECOTA projection, so that would be a good start.

    Anthony Rizzo knows a little something about good starts and he'll be in the leadoff spot again for this one. Nicholas Castellanos is second in right, Kris Bryant bats and plays third, Kyle Schwarber is in left, and Willson Contreras is behind the plate. Ben Zobrist plays second, Jason Heyward is in center, and Nico Hoerner is at short.

    They're facing 25-year-old rookie James Marvel, who's making just the second start of his MLB career.

  • @RedSox • 41m

    The Joy of Sox: G151: Giants 11, Red Sox 3

    Rafael Devers broke up Jeff Samardzija's no-hit bid with two outs in the sixth inning by hitting his 30th home run of the season, a line drive to right. It was the hardest hit ball of the game, by either team, with an exit velocity of 111.1 mph.

    (Devers's groundout to third in the fourth inning was the second-hardest hit ball of the night (110.5).)

    Devers and Xander Bogaerts are the first teammates in major league history with 30+ homers and 50+ doubles each in the same season (Devers 30/50; Bogaerts 31/50).

    Devers is the 11th player in major league history with 30+ home runs, 100+ RBI, and 100+ runs scored in a single season before turning 23.

    Rafael Devers broke up Jeff Samardzija's no-hit bid with two outs in the sixth inning by hitting his 30th home run of the season, a line drive to right. It was the hardest hit ball of the game, by either team, with an exit velocity of 111.1 mph.

    (Devers's groundout to third in the fourth inning was the second-hardest hit ball of the night (110.5).)

    Devers and Xander Bogaerts are the first teammates in major league history with 30+ homers and 50+ doubles each in the same season (Devers 30/50; Bogaerts 31/50).

    Devers is the 11th player in major league history with 30+ home runs, 100+ RBI, and 100+ runs scored in a single season before turning 23.

  • @Braves • 47m

    Yahoo! Sports: MLB Postseason Picture: Astros clinch playoff berth with 100th win of season

    It's September, so the baseball games matter a little more. That's why every day between now and the start of the postseason we'll keep you updated on baseball's postseason picture.

    The Houston Astros checked off two boxes with one win on Wednesday.

    By defeating the Texas Rangers, 3-2, the Astros became the first team to reach 100 wins in MLB this season. More importantly, they guaranteed themselves a spot in the postseason.

    It's the third straight season Houston has reached the century mark in victories. It will also be their straight postseason appearance.

    It's September, so the baseball games matter a little more. That's why every day between now and the start of the postseason we'll keep you updated on baseball's postseason picture.

    The Houston Astros checked off two boxes with one win on Wednesday.

    By defeating the Texas Rangers, 3-2, the Astros became the first team to reach 100 wins in MLB this season. More importantly, they guaranteed themselves a spot in the postseason.

    It's the third straight season Houston has reached the century mark in victories. It will also be their straight postseason appearance.

  • @MLB • 52m

    Bleacher Report: Astros' Gerrit Cole Becomes 18th Player in MLB History with 300-Strikeout Season

    Welcome to the history books, Gerrit Cole.

    The Houston Astros right-hander became just the 18th pitcher in Major League Baseball history to notch 300 strikeouts in a season during Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Texas Rangers, per ESPN.com. He struck out 10 batters while allowing just two earned runs and six hits in eight innings of work.

    The 300th strikeout came in the sixth inning when he retired Shin-Soo Choo for his eighth punch-out of the game.

    This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

    Welcome to the history books, Gerrit Cole.

    The Houston Astros right-hander became just the 18th pitcher in Major League Baseball history to notch 300 strikeouts in a season during Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Texas Rangers, per ESPN.com. He struck out 10 batters while allowing just two earned runs and six hits in eight innings of work.

    The 300th strikeout came in the sixth inning when he retired Shin-Soo Choo for his eighth punch-out of the game.

    This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

  • @Nationals • 2h

    Washington Times: Kendrick's offensive tear impresses younger Nationals teammates

    Howie Kendrick admits he is too old and banged up physically to be an everyday player in the major leagues.

    But the Washington Nationals veteran is more than qualified to keep hitting -- and he has done that with amazing success this season.

    The 36-year-old utilityman has hit ..444 in a 30-game stretch through Wednesday's 5-1 loss to the Cardinals in St. Louis. The stretch includes after a three-hit performance in a win against the Cardinals on Tuesday and two more hits on Wednesday.

    "Howie, again. It is great to see," Nationals bench coach Chip Hale said.

    Howie Kendrick admits he is too old and banged up physically to be an everyday player in the major leagues.

    But the Washington Nationals veteran is more than qualified to keep hitting -- and he has done that with amazing success this season.

    The 36-year-old utilityman has hit ..444 in a 30-game stretch through Wednesday's 5-1 loss to the Cardinals in St. Louis. The stretch includes after a three-hit performance in a win against the Cardinals on Tuesday and two more hits on Wednesday.

    "Howie, again. It is great to see," Nationals bench coach Chip Hale said.

  • @Cardinals • 2h

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Wieters' two-run homer ends Scherzer's day with Cards ahead 5-1

    "He's fresh, ready to go," manager Mike Shildt said. "He's getting his at-bats. I'm sure not as many as he'd like. But he's getting at-bats off the bench. His last three, four at-bats have been favorable and he looks good and in a good place. Last night he got a good swing on that fastball. He's in a good place and ready to get out there and play."

    "Numbers are interesting because they do matter," Shildt said. "I can't say we don't look at them. We also realize they come from different places. He could have lined out eight times.

    "He's fresh, ready to go," manager Mike Shildt said. "He's getting his at-bats. I'm sure not as many as he'd like. But he's getting at-bats off the bench. His last three, four at-bats have been favorable and he looks good and in a good place. Last night he got a good swing on that fastball. He's in a good place and ready to get out there and play."

    "Numbers are interesting because they do matter," Shildt said. "I can't say we don't look at them. We also realize they come from different places. He could have lined out eight times.

  • @Mariners • 2h

    The Seattle Times: Mariners' rookie sensation Kyle Lewis goes opposite field for his fifth homer in eight games

    PITTSBURGH -- No rookie has any business hitting that pitch that way that hard.

    But the Mariners' Kyle Lewis says he's always had natural opposite-field power, and he showed it off once again Wednesday night.

    With an inside-out swing, Lewis hit a 91-mph inside sinker 383 feet over PNC Park's out-of-town scoreboard in right field, his fifth home run in his eighth major-league game.

    The ball rocketed off Lewis' bat at 102.1 mph, and all 10 of his major-league hits have registered off his barrel at at least 100 mph.

    Lewis had 11 home runs in 122 games for Class AA Arkansas this season.

    PITTSBURGH -- No rookie has any business hitting that pitch that way that hard.

    But the Mariners' Kyle Lewis says he's always had natural opposite-field power, and he showed it off once again Wednesday night.

    With an inside-out swing, Lewis hit a 91-mph inside sinker 383 feet over PNC Park's out-of-town scoreboard in right field, his fifth home run in his eighth major-league game.

    The ball rocketed off Lewis' bat at 102.1 mph, and all 10 of his major-league hits have registered off his barrel at at least 100 mph.

    Lewis had 11 home runs in 122 games for Class AA Arkansas this season.

  • @SFGiants • 2h

    CSN Bay Area: Three reasons why Giants fans should follow 2019 Arizona Fall League

    The 2019 Minor League Baseball season ended with a bang for the Giants as the Sacramento River Cats won the Triple-A National Championship on Tuesday night.

    One day later, a new season begins for some of the best prospects in baseball. The 2019 Arizona Fall League begins Wednesday night with seven Giants minor leaguers -- pitchers Tristan Beck, Tyler Schimpf and Bryce Tucker, catcher Joey Bart, second baseman Jalen Miller and outfielders Jacob Heyward and Heliot Ramos -- playing for the Scottsdale Scorpions.

    With the Giants' season dwindling down, fans should lock in on baseball in the desert.

    The 2019 Minor League Baseball season ended with a bang for the Giants as the Sacramento River Cats won the Triple-A National Championship on Tuesday night.

    One day later, a new season begins for some of the best prospects in baseball. The 2019 Arizona Fall League begins Wednesday night with seven Giants minor leaguers -- pitchers Tristan Beck, Tyler Schimpf and Bryce Tucker, catcher Joey Bart, second baseman Jalen Miller and outfielders Jacob Heyward and Heliot Ramos -- playing for the Scottsdale Scorpions.

    With the Giants' season dwindling down, fans should lock in on baseball in the desert.

  • @Pirates • 2h

    Bucs Dugout: Bucs Lose Fifth in a Row at the Hands of Mariners, 4-1

    The Pittsburgh Pirates celebrated Roberto Clemente Day on Wednesday night, but the Great One's number painted on the infield grass wasn't enough to snap their losing skid. In fact, the Bucs were almost blanked for the second night in a row on their way to a 4-1 defeat at the hands of the Seattle Mariners.

    The M's started the scoring in the top of the second inning when the eighth hitter Dylan Moore hit a two-out double to left field. It scored two runners, giving Seattle an early 2-0 lead.

    Right-handed starter Justin Dunn fared better in his second career start than his first, making it through two scoreless innings.

    The Pittsburgh Pirates celebrated Roberto Clemente Day on Wednesday night, but the Great One's number painted on the infield grass wasn't enough to snap their losing skid. In fact, the Bucs were almost blanked for the second night in a row on their way to a 4-1 defeat at the hands of the Seattle Mariners.

    The M's started the scoring in the top of the second inning when the eighth hitter Dylan Moore hit a two-out double to left field. It scored two runners, giving Seattle an early 2-0 lead.

    Right-handed starter Justin Dunn fared better in his second career start than his first, making it through two scoreless innings.

  • @Phillies • 2h

    Fansided: Phillies Zach Eflin pushing to keep his job in 2020

    Going into the 2019 season the Phillies went all-in on Zach Eflin, Nick Pivetta, and Vince Velasquez to round out the rotation. For the most part, all three have disappointed and been relegated to the bullpen at one time or another.

    Of the three, Eflin has at least shown some improvement late in the year to keep his starting job in 2020, even if it's as the number four or five starter.

    According to ESPN, Eflin has made a big change in his pitch selection, which has led to much better results.

    Going into the 2019 season the Phillies went all-in on Zach Eflin, Nick Pivetta, and Vince Velasquez to round out the rotation. For the most part, all three have disappointed and been relegated to the bullpen at one time or another.

    Of the three, Eflin has at least shown some improvement late in the year to keep his starting job in 2020, even if it's as the number four or five starter.

    According to ESPN, Eflin has made a big change in his pitch selection, which has led to much better results.