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Whenever Jeurys Familia notches a new saves milestone, Mets manager Terry Collins likes to tell the story of his ascension to the closer's role. Collins tells the tale as if it happened decades ago. In reality, it has been 17 months.
After another milestone moment on Tuesday night, David Ortiz made a statement.
The milestones just keep coming for Albert Pujols, who registered his 14th season of at least 30 homers with a solo shot in the second inning of Saturday's game against the Blue Jays.
When David Ortiz smashed a solo homer to center in the bottom of the eighth inning on Thursday night to pass Mickey Mantle with career homer No. 537, it seemed like it would be a nice milestone moment in a tough loss to the Yankees. Instead, it was the hit manager John Farrell and many teammates credited with turning the night around and leading to the dramatics that would follow in a wild, 7-5 win at Fenway Park.
David Ortiz's swan song season involves meeting, greeting, tying and passing many Hall of Famers on their respective Major League all-time lists.
For his 30th home run of the season, Adrian Beltre went to his signature move. He finished his swing on one knee, and the result was his hardest hit ball of the season, according to Statcast™, to get the Rangers on the board against the Astros on Tuesday night.
The Commissioner's Office and the MLB Players Association jointly announced on Monday that they will partner with the United States government to focus on education in the Dominican Republic.
The stage was set for David Ortiz in perhaps his favorite road ballpark, and against the pitcher whom he had already tagged for one of his most memorable home runs.
Albert Pujols' solo home run Saturday was the 587th of storied career, which broke a tie with Hall of Famer Frank Robinson and gave Pujols sole possession of ninth of Major League Baseball's list of all-time home run leaders. He added another home run in the second inning, giving him 588 home runs.
Terry Collins still thinks back to when Jenrry Mejia initially suffered an injury last season, later losing his job due to a PED suspension. The Mets' manager recalls approaching Jeurys Familia to ask him, "Can you do this?" "He said, 'Yes,'" Collins recalled Wednesday, after Familia nailed down his 44th save in a 5-2 win over the Marlins, setting the Mets' single-season franchise record.
Angels designated hitter Albert Pujols hit his 586th career home run in the first inning on Monday night against the Reds, tying Frank Robinson for ninth place in Major League history.
Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz continues to pound the baseball in his final Major League season, joining legends as he does it. The slugger roped career homer No. 534 on Sunday night to tie Hall of Famer Jimmie Foxx for 18th on the all-time list.
After three scoreless inning for both teams, the Dominican Republic Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) team busted open Tuesday's game against Cleveland Baseball Federation RBI, the defending champions, with a four-run fourth inning, ultimately claiming the RBI World Series softball title with a 5-3 win.
Jose Bautista became the 10th active player to reach the 300-homer plateau in Tuesday's 2-1 win with a solo shot off Astros right-hander Lance McCullers that gave the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead in the third inning. The blast was like many of his previous home runs, a no-doubter to left.
Red Sox slugger David Ortiz had squared off against former 2013 World Series teammate Jake Peavy only once before going deep Tuesday. In his second at-bat, Big Papi hit his longest home run of the year.
It was a nondescript night in July, the middle of a three-game series pinning two teams on opposite ends of the standings, but Albert Pujols reminded the Rangers of October.
Angels designated hitter Albert Pujols passed Hall of Fame slugger Harmon Killebrew for 11th on the all-time home run list Saturday night at Angel Stadium, knocking career home run No. 574 off of Oakland left-hander Dillon Overton in the bottom of the fifth inning of the 7-3 loss.
Travis d'Arnaud joked that he owes James Loney "dinner for like a week," so imagine how Jeurys Familia feels. The closer was in the ninth inning of a two-run game on Friday, seeking to set a Mets franchise record for consecutive save conversions to start a season.
Albert Pujols hit a two-run home run off Rangers starter Derek Holland, and the Angels took the opener of a three-game series with a 2-0 victory on Monday night.
It can now be said that only Ted Williams hit more home runs for the Red Sox than David Ortiz. Ortiz unloaded for his 453rd homer with Boston, a towering solo shot to right-center in the fourth inning at Yankee Stadium on Sunday night.
Don't blame the Astros if they never want to pitch to Robinson Cano again. The Mariners' second baseman continued torturing Houston by going 4-for-5 with two home runs on Saturday night -- including a game-winning shot in the 10th inning of a 3-2 victory at Minute Maid Park.
It's undeniable: even Cooperstown sees Bartolo Colon's first career homer as a legitimate slice of history.
When Bartolo Colon tied Pedro Martinez last month for the second-most wins ever among Dominican-born pitchers, Martinez reached out via mutual friends on Twitter to congratulate him. "Of course I don't have Twitter," Colon said, laughing, as if the idea of a 42-year-old on social media seemed preposterous.
Johnny Cueto made sure that his 100th career victory was 100 percent his. Cueto dominated the Giants' 1-0 victory Tuesday over the San Diego Padres at AT&T Park, from striking out the side in the third and seventh innings to pitching out of jams in the first, fourth and fifth.
Albert Pujols passed Reggie Jackson for 13th on the All-time home run list with his 564th career home run on Monday. Then he added another home run, for No. 565.
Albert Pujols broke out of the longest slump of his career in a big way on Sunday, smashing a first-inning, two-run homer to tie Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson for 13th on the all-time list.
Wearing sunglasses to block out the late-afternoon light and a red hoodie under his uniform to stay warm, David Ortiz whipped his bat through the zone and kicked off his final Major League season in grand fashion in the top of the ninth inning on Tuesday.
The Pirates have agreed to terms with outfielder Gregory Polanco on a five-year contract extension that includes two club options, the team announced Tuesday.
Jeurys Familia heard the whispers during Spring Training, just as he did a year ago. His velocity was down. Perhaps he was hurt. Perhaps what the Royals did to him last October -- inducing blown saves in all three of his World Series opportunities -- was just the beginning. But Familia knew all along that after throwing a career-high 92 2/3 innings from April through October, he was simply saving his best stuff for the season. All of which he proved in short order on Tuesday, closing out the Mets' 2-0 win over the Royals with a breezy ninth inning at Kauffman Stadium.
David Ortiz, the beloved and gregarious slugger who helped guide the Red Sox to their first World Series championship since 1918 plus two more, will retire at the end of the 2016 season. Ortiz revealed his plans in a two-minute, 26-second video on The Players Tribune website.
Pedro Martinez was trying to get a few last winks of sleep on Sunday morning when he came up with what turned out to be the final, brilliant pitch for his Hall of Fame induction speech. Just as the roaring crowd thought Martinez had hit all the high points, he reached back for the perfect ending to the day and the weekend.
Jeurys Familia spent 2015 climbing rungs, first up the Mets' depth chart and then its historical leaderboard. His season-long ascension from intriguing back-end piece to ninth-inning necessity reached its statistical pinnacle Sunday, when Familia tied the Mets' single-season saves record by locking down New York's 1-0 win in the regular-season finale against Washington.
After a big milestone weekend, David Ortiz has been named the American League Player of the Week.
David Ortiz hit two home runs on Saturday night, making him the 27th player in the history of Major League Baseball with 500 career home runs.
Bartolo Colon pitched strong into the seventh inning and drove in one of the three fourth-inning runs the Mets tallied while strengthening their division lead with a 7-2 win over the Braves on Thursday night at Turner Field.
After nearly a week spent nursing a right quadriceps injury, Mariners slugger Nelson Cruz didn't hesitate to resume crushing baseballs in his return to the lineup Thursday against the Rangers.
Albert Pujols hit the tiebreaking single through the middle of the Dodgers' drawn-in infield off Pedro Baez in the eighth inning on Wednesday night, lifting the Angels to a much-needed 3-2 win in the Freeway Series finale.
Rookie Miguel Sano crushed a pinch-hit home run to left field with two out in the 12th inning to help the Twins earn a 3-2 rubber-game win over the Royals on Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium.
David Ortiz hit a laser beam to center for career homer No. 498 on Wednesday night, a three-run shot against Blue Jays right-hander Drew Hutchison, in the Red Sox's 10-4 victory at Fenway Park.
Over the Orioles' recent three-week stretch, there hasn't been a lot to feel good about. But while the offense has come in spurts, the O's rotation finally got some reprieve Wednesday night from Ubaldo Jimenez.
Starlin Castro's goal at the start of every season is to play 162 games, but he lost that opportunity when Cubs manager Joe Maddon decided to bench the shortstop Aug. 7. Castro didn't pout or complain, and he has responded by playing his best baseball, and that could be key in the Cubs' push for the postseason.
How locked in during his pregame routine was Royals right-hander Edinson Volquez? So locked in that he forgot to get his wife tickets to the game, a 4-2 victory over the Twins on Tuesday night.
Francisco Liriano did it all for the Pirates in a 7-3 win over the Reds at Great American Ball Park on Tuesday night.
The Rangers gained a game on the first-place Astros with their eighth shutout of the season in a 3-0 victory over the Mariners on Monday afternoon at Safeco Field. The Rangers are back to within two games of the Astros in the American League West, while the Mariners had a five-game winning streak snapped.
September stalwart Gerrit Cole and Pittsburgh native Neil Walker teamed up before a late offensive eruption sealed a 7-1 Pirates win over the Cardinals on Sunday night, keeping the Pirates' hearts beating strong in the National League Central race.
Red Sox slugger David Ortiz hit career home run No. 497 in the first inning of Sunday's 6-2 win, a two-run shot over the right-field wall at Fenway off Phillies rookie Jerad Eickhoff. With the blast, Ortiz became the fourth player in club history to hit 200 homers at Fenway. He joined Ted Williams (248), Carl Yastrzemski (237) and Jim Rice (208). Ortiz later exited with right calf tightness.
Jose Bautista, Troy Tulowitzki and Kevin Pillar homered, while the Blue Jays had every player in their starting lineup record at least one hit en route to a lopsided 10-4 victory over the Orioles on Sunday afternoon at Rogers Centre. The win kept Toronto 1 1/2 games ahead of the Yankees in the American League East.
Home runs are coming in bunches for the Mets, and on Saturday night, Bartolo Colon, who posted New York's first shutout of the season, was the beneficiary. Travis d'Arnaud and Wilmer Flores went back-to-back and Juan Lagares tacked on another shot in the Mets' 7-0 victory over the Marlins at Marlins Park.
After fouling off three straight 0-2 pitches from Houston closer Luke Gregerson in the ninth inning, Eddie Rosario laced a two-out, two-RBI triple just out of a diving George Springer's reach to push the two go-ahead runs across and give the Twins a 3-2 victory against the Astros on Saturday at Minute Maid Park.
The up-and-down second half for Alfredo Simon took a decided upswing Saturday night with seven scoreless innings on two hits, allowing an early Detroit surge off Cleveland starter Danny Salazar stand for a 6-0 Tigers win over the Indians at Comerica Park.