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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.
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.
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.
David Ortiz notched more milestones on Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park while at the same time closing in on another one.
The Brewers had to wait a full day to play this game, originally scheduled for Friday night. They sat through another rain delay on Saturday night, this one about 90 minutes, but by the time it was over, they had extended their winning streak to six games with a 7-3 victory over the Reds at Great American Ball Park.
A five-run sixth inning and Elian Herrera's eighth-inning solo shot helped the Brewers overcome another shaky start from Matt Garza as they beat the Reds, 8-6, in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Great American Ball Park.
Jose Bautista homered in the first and added an RBI double in the third as the Blue Jays tagged O's rookie starter for three runs over four innings. With lefty David Price on the mound for Toronto, that was more than enough run support in a 5-1 victory.
Seeking to chip away at the Cardinals' division lead and assert themselves as still serious contenders in the National League Central, the Pirates opened a three-game series in St. Louis with a 9-3 statement win on Friday night behind another sensational start from J.A. Happ.
Following each of his previous five big league starts, Luis Severino had asked those holding television cameras to wait while he searched for a teammate to translate his postgame interviews, reluctant to make a mistake as he continues to work on his English. Severino waved off that offer on Friday.
Rookie Cheslor Cuthbert homered and had four RBIs, Kendrys Morales and Lorenzo Cain each homered and had three RBIs, and right-hander Yordano Ventura matched a career-high with 11 strikeouts as the Royals pummeled the Tigers in a 12-1 win on Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium.
Albert Pujols' second-inning homer against the electric Sonny Gray, a key blow in a 9-4 win over the A's, gave him 555 career home runs, tying him with countryman Manny Ramirez for 14th on the all-time list. It gave him 35 this year, joining only three others -- Alex Rodriguez, Mike Schmidt and Willie Mays -- to reach 35-plus homers 10 times within their first 15 seasons. And it put him on pace for 42, a number he hasn't reached since 2010.
Twins third baseman/designated hitter Miguel Sano has been named the American League Rookie of the Month.
Rookie left-hander Adam Conley minimized damage over five innings, giving up three runs, and Marcell Ozuna provided some insurance with a two-run homer in the Marlins' 7-3 win over the Braves on Wednesday afternoon at Turner Field.
Miguel Sano and Eduardo Escobar each had three hits and helped the Twins rally late in an 8-6 win over the White Sox on Tuesday night at Target Field.
Stephen Drew drove in two runs and Brett Gardner homered as the Yankees spoiled Rick Porcello's 13-strikeout performance with a 3-1 victory over the Red Sox on Tuesday at Fenway Park.
Suddenly the Mets' hottest pitcher, Bartolo Colon delivered eight shutout innings Monday in a 3-1 Mets win over the Phillies at Citi Field, running his streak of scoreless innings to 16 and -- for good measure -- rapping out his career-high seventh hit.