Red-hot Pete Alonso belts two homers as Mets clip Marlins

Red-hot Pete Alonso belts two homers as Mets clip Marlins

MIAMI – Pete Alonso is a one-man rally these days. It’s going so well for the Mets first baseman that when he does not produce – as was the case when he popped out Saturday in the fifth inning with the bases loaded – it’s downright surprising. Leave it to Alonso to redeem himself with … Read more

Cristian Javier, Houston Astros bullpen combine for no-hitter vs. New York Yankees

Houston Astros pitcher Cristian Javier and two relievers combined for the first no-hitter against the New York Yankees in 19 years, shutting down the best team in baseball for a 3-0 victory at Yankee Stadium on Saturday. Javier (5-3), a 25-year-old right-hander without a complete game in 84 professional starts, set career highs with 13 … Read more

Freddie Freeman’s return to Atlanta as a Dodger had it all

ATLANTA – Freddie Freeman is expected to be emotional during his anticipated return to Atlanta. He wasn’t prepared for the flood of feelings – and tears – that came before his first game back as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night. A rush of them forced him to walk out of … Read more

Francisco Lindor, Buck Showalter lead Mets past Marlins

MIAMI – Buck Showalter and Francisco Lindor combined for a rare form of double trouble Friday night. First, the Mets manager won a double challenge on a double-play call in the sixth inning. Then, his star shortstop emerged to ensure it counted with a go-ahead three-run double that sent the Mets to a 5-3 victory … Read more

Emotional Freddie Freeman gets ring, ovations in return to Atlanta

ATLANTA – Freddie Freeman walked into the interview room at Truist Park on Friday afternoon and couldn’t contain his emotions. He took a deep breath, turned away from the cameras, crossed his hands above his head and walked out. “Gimme a second,” he said. “Hold on.” A few minutes later, Freeman returned and did his … Read more

Aaron Judge, Aaron Hicks propel Yankees to big comeback win

Beforehand, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said the arrival of the Astros in town the next few days would lead to “a shot-in-the-arm series.” For eight innings, though, that sounded like a shot-in-the- dark prediction. But then the Yankees brightened what has been a transcendent season. Trailing 6-3 and hitless since the first inning, they erupted … Read more

Aaron Judge states case again, lifts New York Yankees past Houston Astros on eve of arbitration hearing

NEW YORK – Aaron Judge lined up a game-winning single on the eve of his arbitration showdown, capping a four-run ninth inning that included Aaron Hicks ‘tying, three-run homer off closer Ryan Pressly in the New York Yankees’ 7- 6 victory over the Houston Astros on Thursday night. Batting with two on against Ryne Stanek, … Read more

MLB trade deadline: Ranking the top 12 position players who could be traded, and their best team fits

Earlier this week, I ranked the top starting pitchers who could be on the move before the MLB trade deadline, which built upon my big board list of the 125 players most likely to be dealt between now and Aug. 2. Now, it’s time to rank the top position players who are available, and identify … Read more

Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani strikes out career-high 13 batters in 5-0 win over Kansas City Royals

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Shohei Ohtani adheres to strict routine in nearly every aspect of his life. When his latest mound start was delayed 12 minutes by a pregame ceremony honoring the Los Angeles Angels’ 2002 World Series champions, his meticulous preparation took a hit before he even threw a pitch. A slightly bumpy beginning still … Read more