A Happier and Hotter Nick Castellanos by Jay Jaffe June 3, 2021 In Tuesday’s otherwise lopsided rout by the Phillies, Nick Castellanos collected a pair of hits off Aaron Nola. With that, he extended his hitting streak to 18 games, thus surpassing his personal best and breaking a tie with Jose Altuve for the majors’
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The stars will be shining in Denver next month, but which of the game’s best players will be on display in the 91st Midsummer Classic? Balloting for the 2021 MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard launched at noon p.m. ET Thursday, giving fans an opportunity to vote for the best players in the sport. The
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Is Ryan McMahon Finally Breaking Out? by Chet Gutwein June 3, 2021 Times are tough in Denver. The biggest stories for the Rockies this year have been their trade of their best player (heavily and rightfully criticized), the resignation of Jeff Bridich, and the relocation of this season’s All-Star Game to Coors Field. Okay, that
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ATLANTA — Dansby Swanson continued to lead the charge on offense, and thanks to a couple of milestones, Atlanta’s offense came alive to secure a 5-1 victory over Washington in the series finale at Truist Park on Thursday afternoon. With Austin Riley on second in the bottom of the sixth after an RBI double, Swanson
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Daily Prospect Notes: 6/3/21 by Eric Longenhagen June 3, 2021 These are notes on prospects from lead prospect analyst Eric Longenhagen. Read previous installments here. Santiago Florez, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates Level & Affiliate: Low-A Bradenton  Age: 21   Org Rank: 36   FV: 40 Line: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 10 K
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The Red Sox are selecting the contract of right-hander Brandon Workman, manager Alex Cora announced to reporters this morning. Righty Colten Brewer is being optioned to Triple-A Worcester in a corresponding 26-man roster move. A 40-man roster move will be announced later today as well. Workman, who signed a minor league deal to return to
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ATLANTA — Braves manager Brian Snitker isn’t ruling out the possibility of adding Shane Greene to his bullpen within the next few days. “I think there’s always a chance,” Snitker said prior to Wednesday’s game against the Nationals at Truist Park. “We just need to get him to the ballpark.” After making his third scoreless
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Rick Kranitz Talks Pitching by David Laurila June 3, 2021 Rick Kranitz knows the art of pitching. Now in his third season as the pitching coach for the Atlanta Braves, he’s been tutoring hurlers for over three decades, with roughly half of those years spent at the big-league level. Prior to assuming his current position
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ATLANTA — Just when it looked like the Braves might distance themselves from the misery that has followed them most of the past week, A.J. Minter surrendered a decisive eighth-inning homer in a 5-3 loss to the Nationals on Wednesday night at Truist Park. It’s been that kind of week for the Braves, who have
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Daily Prospect Notes: 6/2/21 by Eric Longenhagen June 2, 2021 These are notes on prospects from lead prospect analyst Eric Longenhagen. Read previous installments here. Adrian Hernandez, RHP, Toronto Blue Jays Level & Affiliate: Low-A Dunedin  Age: 21   Org Rank: NR   FV: 35 Line: 3 IP (relief), 1 H, 1 BB, 0 R,
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Mariners outfielder Kyle Lewis will go for a second opinion on his injured right knee, manager Scott Servais told reporters (including Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times and Corey Brock of the Athletic). It certainly seems he’s looking at a potential extended absence, as Servais noted Lewis is “really down” about the original prognosis. The Mariners
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Another new Rookie Power Rankings, another Marlin at the top of the list. Miami left-hander Trevor Rogers climbed two places to take over the No. 1 spot in this latest edition of the RPR, replacing infielder and teammate Jazz Chisholm Jr. at the top. The most notable jumper might be one spot lower, however, in
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Twins catcher Mitch Garver exited last night’s game after taking a foul tip from the bat of Trey Mancini to the groin, and while the initial diagnosis was only a contusion, additional tests provided a more concerning outlook. Garver announced on his Instagram story that he underwent surgery after undergoing ultrasound imaging at the emergency
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MLB.com is keeping track of a Stat of the Day for the Braves this season, highlighting a unique, interesting or fun nugget from each game. June 1: Nationals 11, Braves 6 — Big bat, fleet feetRonald Acuña Jr. hit his Major League-leading 17th homer and recorded two stolen bases in a loss to the Nationals. He
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Adbert Alzolay Is in Control by Carmen Ciardiello June 2, 2021 Adbert Alzolay has been one of the few pleasant surprises for the Cubs this season. Through his first two major league stints across 2019 and ’20, he walked 15% of the batters he faced in 33.2 innings of work, most of which was in
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Nationals manager Dave Martinez and Washington’s trainer visited with right-hander Stephen Strasburg after he began Tuesday night’s game with a four-pitch walk, and despite some obvious discomfort (noted by Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post), Strasburg stayed in the game. His fastball velocity was down to the point that his four-seamer was registering as a
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ATLANTA — Stephen Strasburg made an early exit and Ronald Acuña Jr. added to his Major League-leading home run total, but instead of taking advantage of an opportunity to even their record, the Braves fumbled their way to an 11-6 loss to the Nationals on Tuesday night at Truist Park. “That game had a bad
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What’s Eating Francisco Lindor? by Ben Clemens June 1, 2021 Normally, I’d write some cutesy introduction to this article, maybe regale you with a fun anecdote from my life or make a bad joke to keep the mood light. Today, there’s no time. Francisco Lindor is hitting poorly this year, and we need to get
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This Wednesday, June 2, is Lou Gehrig Day, the day he began his consecutive games streak that would end at 2,130. (A more round number than Cal Ripken’s 2,632.) Both Gehrig’s and Ripken’s streaks seem incredibly disassociated from the game of baseball as it is played today, and really, any sport: Suffice it to say,
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