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Trea Turner Falls Triple Shy Of Second Consecutive Cycle

Apr 27, 2017 9:43 AM

Trea Turner finished a triple shy of the cycle on Wednesday, a day after he reached the accomplishment for the Washington Nationals.

"He's going to have a lot of cycles in his career. That's just who he is and type of player he is," Bryce Harper said. "He has a good chance to do that on any given night. If he played here, he'd probably do it a lot more."

Turner, 23, is hitting .326/.341/.628 in 11 games.

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Noah Syndergaard Has Yet To Walk A Batter This Season

Apr 25, 2017 8:54 AM

Noah Syndergaard has been terrific through his first four starts this season, pitching to a 1.73 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 26 innings.

The New York Mets right-hander's average fastball velocity is 99.6 mph, but it is his control that has him chasing history.

He has yet to walk a batter in 2017 and only 16 pitchers (12 starters) have opened a season with more walk-less innings.

Syndergaard is scheduled to start on Wednesday against the Atlanta Braves and with seven innings pitched without a walk, he would move into a tie for second-place on the all-time list. The leader, Pete Alexander of the Chicago Cubs, tossed 51 innings to begin the 1923 season without issuing a walk.

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Tags: New York Mets, Misc Rumor, Stats

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Mookie Betts Strikes Out For First Time In 129 PAs

Apr 20, 2017 7:41 AM

Mookie Betts struck out against Francisco Liriano of the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday, ending a streak of 129 regular season plate appearances without a punch-out dating back to last September.

The streak was the longest in Major League Baseball since Juan Pierre went 147 plate appearances without a strikeout in 2004.

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Tags: Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor, Stats

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Eric Thames Hits Sixth Home Run In Five Games

Apr 18, 2017 7:50 AM

Eric Thames continued his hot streak on Monday, hitting his sixth home run in five games.

Thames' streak ties him with Jeromy Burnitz for the franchise's mark for consecutive games with a home run.

He has seven home runs this season, his first since returning to Major League Baseball from Korea.

"You've just got to ride the wave and enjoy it," Thames said. "There's always dark times around the corner, so you've just got to take it in stride."

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Tags: Milwaukee Brewers, Misc Rumor, Stats

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Trey Mancini Ties Major League Rookie Home Run Record

Apr 17, 2017 8:13 AM

Trey Mancini went 3-for-5 with two home runs and four RBIs on Sunday afternoon, continuing a torrid start to his career.

Through the first 12 games of his career, dating back to last season, Mancini now has seven home runs and 14 RBIs. He is just the third player dating back to 1913 to go deep seven times in his first 12 career big league games, joining Trevor Story (2016) and Dino Restelli (1949).

"It's humbling to hear that, for sure. Especially with how many legends have played the game. To make your mark in any way is really neat," Mancini said. "I'm seeing the ball pretty well and I'm just trying my best. All I'm really focusing on is relaxing.

"Luckily everything else is taking care of itself. I know through the year there's going to have to be adjustments that I'll make."

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Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Misc Rumor, Stats

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Reds Off To Best Start Since 1990

Apr 13, 2017 8:13 AM

They are just nine games in, but the Cincinnati Reds are off to their best start since the 1990 season.

They are 7-2, their best start since they opened 1990 with nine straight wins. The Reds won the World Series that year.

"There's a much stronger sense of community on our team and some young guys that are seizing the opportunity," Bryan Price said. "We do have the group of young pitchers that we've been talking about the last couple of years. We're starting to see them get to the big leagues and perform. And that makes a difference."

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Jason Heyward's Changed Swing Yielding Positive Results

Apr 13, 2017 8:03 AM

Much has been made of Jason Heyward's swing and the changes he made this offseason in an effort to increase his diminished production at the plate.

Heyward had an average exit velocity of 87.4 mph in 2016, ranking 282nd among 379 qualified hitters. He slashed .230/.306/.325 in 592 plate appearances.

The Chicago Cubs began helping Heyward revamp his swing shortly after the World Series, working to lower his hands and make his bat angle more vertical.

He struggled this spring, but has seen some positive results during the first week-plus of the season. His hard contact rate is up and his average exit velocity is on the rise. The sample size is small, but Heyward is hitting .296/.367/.370 in 30 plate appearances this season.

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Joey Votto Swinging At Unusually High Rate Of Pitches

Apr 12, 2017 8:10 AM

Joey Votto is one of baseball's most patient hitters, but the Cincinnati Reds star has been swinging at a very high rate of pitches to begin the 2017 season.

Over the first week of the season, Votto has a 90.2% zone-swing rate. His career mark is just 68.5%.

Votto may be swinging more often on purpose in an effort to put the ball in play. When asked, Votto was secretive.

"You're asking me about my approach and my tactics," he said. "That's kind of personal. I wouldn't want to share the specifics when that could benefit the opposition."

Votto gifted assistant hitting coach Tony Jaramillo with a "P Double-i P" shirt, which translate to "Put It In Play," which may be a hint towards his differing approach.

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Wil Myers Records First Cycle Of 2017

Apr 11, 2017 8:49 AM

Wil Myers recorded the first cycle of both his career and the 2017 season on Monday night as the San Diego Padres defeated the Colorado Rockies 5-3.

Myers singled in the first, doubled in the third, homered in the sixth and tripled in the eighth to help the Padres win for the third time in four games.

He is just the second player to hit for the cycle in club history. Matt Kemp is the only other player to accomplish the feat with the Padres.

"Those moments don't happen very often," Andy Green said. "To see somebody get it, someone like Wil, kind of the cornerstone of your franchise, it's a lot of fun to watch."

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J.D. Martinez Upset Over Decline In Defensive Metrics

Mar 8, 2017 7:43 AM

J.D. Martinez was bothered by a decline in his defensive metrics last season.

"I was really bothered by that," Martinez said, "because I take pride in it. And for it to go down that much ... I want to really make it a point this year to go the extra mile in a sense."

Martinez was a Gold Glove finalist in 2015 when he had a .993 fielding percentage and finished third among AL outfielders with 15 assists. He had a 7.7 Ultimate Zone Rating, or 8.0 UZR per 150 games -- third among Major League right fielders -- and four Defensive Runs Saved.

Those metrics plummeted last year. His UZR dropped to minus-17.2, his Defensive Runs Saved to minus-22.

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Andrew Miller Sets Playoff Strikeout Mark For Reliever
Andrew Miller broke the Major League record for strikeouts by a relief pitcher in one postseason with 29 on Saturday night.

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Andrew Miller Sets Postseason Mark With 15th Scoreless Inning
Andrew Miller made history in Game 3 of the World Series on Friday night, extending his scoreless innings streak to 15 this month.

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Corey Kluber Sets World Series Record With 8 Ks In Three Innings
Corey Kluber tossed six shutout innings as the Indians took Game 1 of the World Series 6-0 over the Cubs.

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Postseason Home Runs Coming At Record Clip
After we saw a jump in home runs during the regular season, the spike has carried over into the playoffs.

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Jake Arrieta Homers Off Madison Bumgarner, Puts Cubs In Record Books
The Cubs became just the second team in Major League history to have two pitchers hit home runs in the same postseason series when Jake Arrieta took Madison Bumgarner deep in the second inning on Mond

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Cubs-Pirates Play To MLB's First Tie Since 2005
Rain forced the teams to stop playing in the sixth inning with the score tied 1-1 and led to a delay of nearly 90 minutes.

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Jeurys Familia Becomes First Dominican To Save 50 Games
Jeurys Familia hit a milestone on Wednesday night, becoming the first Dominican-born pitcher to notch 50 saves.

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Major Leaguers On Pace To Hit Second-Most Home Runs Ever In 2016
Major League hitters clubbed 5,392 home runs heading into Sunday's action, a pace that would surpass the second-most productive season in history when 5,528 long balls were hit in 1999.

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Gary Sanchez Fastest To 19 HRs In Major League History
Gary Sanchez has become the first player in Major League history to hit 19 home runs in his first 45 games.

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Reds Surrender Major League Record 242nd Home Run
The Reds have been bad this season and now their futility will forever be remembered.

Mike Axisa/CBS Sports

Cubs Aren't Concerned With Dip In Jake Arrieta's Velocity
Jake Arrieta has endured an up-and-down season and a loss to the Brewers continued the trend.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

David Ortiz Sets HR Record For Player Aged 40 Or Older
David Ortiz hit his 35th home run of the season on Monday night, setting a new single-season record for a player aged 40 or older.

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Orioles Flirting With All-Time Home Run Mark For Team
With an average of 1.59 home runs per game, the Orioles would finish 2016 with 258 home runs.

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Brian Dozier Becomes Fourth Second Baseman To Hit 40 HRs
Brian Dozier joins Davey Johnson, Ryne Sandberg and Rogers Hornsby on the short list.

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Dansby Swanson's First Home Run Is Inside The Park
Dansby Swanson hit the first home run of his Major League career on Tuesday night with an inside-the-park job against the Nationals.

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Cardinals Set Record With 15th Pinch-Hit Home Run
The Cardinals set a Major League record on Tuesday night with their 15th pinch-hit home run of the season.

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Mike Trout Hits Milestone With Fifth 100-Run Season
Mike Trout scored a pair of runs on Monday night to become just the second player in Major League history to score 100 runs five times before his age-25 season.

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Rays Won't Allow Chris Archer To Lose 20 Games
Mike Maroth of the Tigers (2003) was the last pitcher to lose 20 games.

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David Ortiz Ties Jimmie Fox On All-Time Home Run List
David Ortiz hit the 534th home run of his career against the Royals on Sunday night, tying him with Jimmie Foxx for 18th place on the all-time list.

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David Ortiz Becomes Oldest Player To Have 30-Home Run Season
David Ortiz became the oldest player in Major League history to hit 30 home runs in a season in the Red Sox's extra-inning loss to the Rays.

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