August 23, 2019
Ryu hit hard by Yanks in rare home setback

LOS ANGELES -- It’s a three-game Interleague series in August, not a best-of-seven in October. But if Friday night’s Players’ Weekend opener between the Dodgers and Yankees really is a preview of the World Series, maybe the Dodgers met their match. The Yankees overwhelmed them, 10-2, in a showdown between…

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August 23, 2019
Why home field is huge for these 3 teams

With more than a month remaining in the regular season, three teams have all but locked up division titles. Entering Saturday, the Dodgers (85-45) held a 20 1/2 game lead over the D-backs, with 100% odds of winning the National League West, according to FanGraphs. The Astros (83-47) had a…

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August 23, 2019
Didi's slam among 5 HRs as Yanks rout Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- James Paxton turned in his most dominant start of the season and the Yankees hit three homers off Hyun-Jin Ryu to send the National League Cy Young Award front-runner to an early exit, snapping their four-game skid with a 10-2 victory over the Dodgers on Friday evening…

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August 23, 2019
These 'out of it' teams could contend in '20

We instinctively (and I would say sensibly) devote the vast majority of our conversation this time of year to contenders. But right here, right now, let’s talk about some teams that are out of it now but could get in it in 2020. And when I say out of it…

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August 23, 2019
Here are Friday's 10 best prospect performances

Here are the 10 best performances by players on team Top 30 Prospects lists from across the Minor Leagues on Friday: Here are the 10 best performances by players on team Top 30 Prospects lists from across the Minor Leagues on Friday: AL East BAL, BOS, NYY, TB, TOR AL…

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August 23, 2019
J.D. racks up 7 RBIs with 2 HRs as Sox coast

SAN DIEGO -- The Red Sox were supposedly opening an eight-game road trip on Friday night when they took on the Padres. But it couldn't have felt any more like home to the visitors, who romped their way to an 11-0 victory. • Box score Petco Park was positively packed…

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August 23, 2019
Unlikely heroes step up for Braves in extras

NEW YORK -- As the Braves approached the July 31 Trade Deadline, Mike Foltynewicz was still at the Minor League level and Adeiny Hechavarria was thinking he might spend the rest of the season with the Mets. Both players combined with a recently-much improved bullpen to help the Braves claim…

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August 23, 2019
'La Makina' stumbles in sixth vs. Tigers

MINNEAPOLIS -- After serving as a model of consistency for the first four months of the season, “La Makina” has hit a jam. Jose Berrios looks to have put the mechanical issues that limited his fastball velocity behind him, but still, after the right-hander avoided traffic for five innings on…

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August 23, 2019
Unlikely heroes step up for Braves in extras

NEW YORK -- As the Braves approached the July 31 Trade Deadline, Mike Foltynewicz was still at the Minor League level and Adeiny Hechavarria was thinking he might spend the rest of the season with the Mets. Both players combined with a recently-much improved bullpen to help the Braves claim…

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August 23, 2019
'Kraken' is fastest catcher to 100 home runs

LOS ANGELES -- Within the walls of a facility where so many noteworthy accomplishments have transpired over the years, Gary Sanchez grabbed his own slice of history by leaving the yard at Dodger Stadium. Sanchez, wearing “Kraken” on his Players' Weekend jersey, slugged a third-inning home run off the Dodgers'…

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