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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 2-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.
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.
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.
David Ortiz's race to 500 homers keeps churning forward, and the Red Sox slugger is so close that Fenway Park already sports a banner above the Green Monster tracking his career home runs.
Ryan Raburn came through with a big double in the seventh inning and Cody Allen escaped a bases-loaded situation in the eighth as the Indians survived to secure a 4-2 victory over the Blue Jays on Monday night at Rogers Centre.
In helping the Blue Jays keep up their torrid pace this month, Edwin Encarnacion has been named the American League Player of the Week.
Red Sox slugger David Ortiz surpassed the legendary Lou Gehrig and Fred McGriff with home run No. 494 on Sunday afternoon, a towering two-run shot deep into the seats in right field at Citi Field that moved him into sole possession of 27th place on the all-time list.
Luis Severino has only made five turns through the big league rotation, but the Yankees are already impressed by how well the rookie right-hander seems to fit into their clubhouse. To put it simply, they have become convinced that he belongs.
When Starlin Castro hit a ball to right field in the eighth inning Tuesday night, he was thinking triple. That's all that was missing after the Cubs shortstop had singled in the third, doubled in the fourth and homered in the sixth.
With a bloop double to left in the seventh inning of the Mariners' game against the A's on Tuesday night, Robinson Cano became the first player in Major League history to record 30 doubles in his first 11 Major League seasons.
The Blue Jays rallied for two runs in the top of the ninth inning and stunned the Rangers with a 6-5 victory on Tuesday night. The Blue Jays, with their fourth straight win, are now 15 games over .500 for the first time since 1993 and in sole possession of the American League East lead thanks to the Yankees' loss to the Astros.
A game between a pair of Wild Card contenders was, well, wild on Tuesday night as a heated offensive battle took place in an 11-7 Twins win over the Rays at Tropicana Field.
Albert Pujols homered, Erick Aybar notched three hits and the Angels held on Tuesday night, beating the Tigers at Comerica Park, 8-7, to snap a four-game losing streak.
The Astros supported Dallas Keuchel with their largest offensive showing of the season, as Evan Gattis, Marwin Gonzalez and Carlos Gomez all homered in a 15-1 drubbing of the Yankees on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.
The last time the Pirates came to Marlins Park, Gregory Polanco announced his presence with authority. He swatted five hits in one night, ripped a game-winning homer and tortured Miami's pitching all series. It was perhaps the best Polanco has looked at the big league level -- until now, that is. Polanco started hitting in early July and hasn't stopped since. He kept raking Monday night in his return to Marlins Park, piling up four hard hits in the Pirates' 5-2 win.
No deficit is too large for the new-look Mets to overcome. No offensive benchmarks are too ostentatious. David Wright homered in his first game since April and wound up being a footnote in the Mets' 16-7 win over the Phillies on Monday, which featured a franchise record eight home runs and 15 extra-base hits at Citizens Bank Park.
The Pirates beat the Giants, 5-2, on Sunday night despite a series of physical and mental errors in the middle innings. After two fielding errors by first baseman Pedro Alvarez and a throwing error by second baseman Neil Walker gifted the Giants with two runs to trim the Bucs' lead to 3-2, homers by Andrew McCutchen in the sixth and Alvarez in the seventh restored order.
Nelson Cruz hit a two-RBI double in the third and Robinson Cano launched a two-run homer in the fifth as the Mariners hung on avoid a White Sox sweep, 8-6, Sunday afternoon at Safeco Field.