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What You Need to Know: Return of the Baby-Faced Assassin

Return of the Baby-Faced Assassin<p><b>The Weekend Takeaway</b><p>Manny Machado came out swinging on Friday night; that is, he grounded out in his first at-bat, …

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Tillman’s struggles put Orioles in a bad spot

BALTIMORE — The Orioles hoped some home cooking would help them get back in sync for a run at one of the American League wild-card slots, but the first series of a home-heavy three-week span did not go well.<p>After a dramatic ninth-inning comeback to win the opener, the Orioles dropped the next two …

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Behind the numbers: Yankees slugger Aaron Judge’s huge rookie season

Few players have electrified the nation this season like Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge. The 25-year-old rookie leads the American League in home …

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Cardinals and Pirates prepare to play unusual finale in first

Here are the rest of Saturday’s scores and highlights:<p><b>Cubs 4, Blue Jays 3:</b> The Blue Jays didn’t look any more comfortable at Wrigley Field on …

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Ortiz: If Pujols was too expensive for Cards, so is Stanton

It’s always easy to spend somebody else’s money, especially when it’s a pro sports team’s cash. For the most part, fans don’t care about the …

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Pujols ties Sosa for most homers by foreign-born player

(Reuters) - Albert Pujols hit the 609th home run of his career on Friday which tied him with Sammy Sosa for the most homers by a foreign-born player.<p>Dominican Republic-born Pujols hit his drive during the first inning against Baltimore on a ball that narrowly cleared the left-field fence.<p>Pujols and …

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Watch: Pujols ties Sosa for all-time HR lead among foreign-born players

Erik Williams / USA TODAY Sports<p>El Hombre es numero uno.<p>With a two-run blast off Jeremy Hellickson on Friday night at Camden Yards, the 609th of his …

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Pujols hits 609th career homer, ties Sosa 8th all-time

Albert Pujols hit his 609th career home run Friday against the Orioles. He tied Sammy Sosa for 8th all-time.

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Pujols ties Sammy Sosa on all-time list with home run No. 609

It wasn't a monster shot, but, boy, did it get out in a hurry.<p>With Ben Revere on second base and a full count, Albert Pujols laced a low line drive that just cleared the wall in left field. The home run gave the Angels a 2-0 lead in the first and moved Pujols into a tie with Sammy Sosa on the …

Machado Hits 9th-Inning Slam To Lift Orioles Past Angels 9-7

<b>BALTIMORE (AP) —</b> Manny Machado capped a three-homer night with a grand slam in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the Baltimore Orioles rallied past …

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Showalter on Machado: "You never take it for granted"

Manny Machado stood at home plate tonight and raised his bat, knowing his fly ball to center field with the bases loaded in the ninth inning would …

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Effectively Wild Episode 1098: Pham is Fam

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about their upcoming eclipse event, Jered Weaver’s retirement, a Tommy Pham tweet, and two recent examples of …

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Opposite dugout: Resurgent Angels hold second AL wild card

<b>Manager:</b> Mike Scioscia (18th season)<b>Record:</b> 62-59<b>Last 10 games:</b> 7-3<b>Who to watch:</b> CF Mike Trout (.340/.466/.679 with 23 HR, 55 RBIs), DH Albert Pujols …

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MLB Metrics 101: Worst Bang-for-Your-Buck Stars at the Quarter Pole

Even with the average player salary at $4.5 million, the 2017 season contains many reminders that most Major League Baseball players are underpaid.<p>The overpaid players, however, stick out like so many sore badly broken and horribly mangled thumbs. The Bleacher Report MLB Metrics 101 is here to weed …

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Mike Trout and the Angels are on a roll and in contention

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mike Trout glanced around the clubhouse like he didn't want to leave anyone out.<p>Shortstop Andrelton Simmons and first baseman C.J. Cron are hitting well. Parker Bridwell is pitching like an ace. Tyler Skaggs is finally healthy.<p>"There's a lot of guys stepping up," Trout said.<p>The …

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The Angels’ other star player

Mike Trout is the best player in baseball, but the Angels have benefitted from a different player becoming a star this season.The Angels have been a …

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Aaron Judge’s prodigious blast overshadows his dubious record

Yankees phenom Aaron Judge did to Citi Field what he has done to seemingly every other park: Turn it into a launching pad.<p>Judge crushed a mammoth …

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Rubbing Mud: Lineups Are Just a Social Construct by Matthew Trueblood

Are managers too afraid to make in-game bench moves?

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St. Louis Cardinals: 125 tournament round two, part two

The St. Louis Cardinals are a massive piece of baseball lore. 2017 marks the 125th year of the Cardinals existence and contain a treasure trove of …

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Albert Pujols Grounded Into History

History was made on August 4. Technically, history was made again on August 13, and it was made <i>again</i> last night. It could be made again today, and it …

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MLB Wednesday scores, highlights, news, updates: Votto falls short of on-base record

Plus the Angels stay clutch, the Mets make things interesting at third base and more from Wednesday<p>Wednesday afforded the baseball enthusiast a full schedule of MLB action, including plenty of day games. So let's jump right in ...<p>Final scores<p>Los Angeles Angels 3, Washington Nationals 2 (box …

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Gonzalez, Nationals snap Angels' streak

WASHINGTON — Gio Gonzalez allowed two hits in six scoreless innings, Howie Kendrick hit two solo home runs and the Washington Nationals snapped the …

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Giancarlo Stanton cleared waivers, and we ranked the teams that might trade for him

What’s the scarier nightmare: Stanton and Aaron Judge together, or Stanton in Coors Field?<p>Giancarlo Stanton cleared waivers, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, which removes one of the last mysteries of this particular saga. Would another team take the burden of Stanton’s entire salary, …

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Most overrated player on every MLB team

Cody Bellinger, overrated? Maybe. Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports<p>Professional sports do no not lack for overrated players and MLB is no different. …

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1 Bold Move Every MLB Contender Should Make

Luck, as they say, favors the bold.<p>As we enter baseball's summer stretch run, that truism should echo from the front offices and dugouts of every MLB contender.<p>With that in mind, let's run through each postseason hopeful and identify one bold move they should make to increase their October chances. …

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Gonzalez cruises, Kendrick homers twice in Nats’ 3-1 win

Gio Gonzalez kept dominating, Howie Kendrick kept homering and the Nationals bullpen kept finishing things off tonight during a 3-1 victory over the …

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The Team of Destiny Has a Postseason Slot!

It was our 35th comeback victory, and it was so obvious it was coming.<b>Angels</b><b> 6,</b> <b>Mariners</b><b> 3</b>It was so obvious in the making. So obvious, in fact, that …

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Three takeaways after the Mariners close out Edgar’s big day with another miserable loss

Brother…some way this was to celebrate Edgar Martinez’s career.<p>The Mariners got six strong innings Saturday night from a starting pitcher, prodigal …

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Angels again expose Mariners bullpen, rally for 6-3 victory

SEATTLE — Another late rally and another stellar performance by their bullpen have the Los Angeles Angels in position for a playoff spot in the …

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Angels storm back with 4-run 7th on way to 6-5 victory over Mariners, their 34th comeback of 2017

The Angels are unbelievable. What more can I say?<b>Angels</b><b> 6</b> <b>Mariners</b><b> 5</b>Once again, the Angels provided us with a Las Vegas-caliber magic show, with a …

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