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Astros' Jose Altuve Named ALCS MVP

Oct 20, 2019 1:14 AM

Jose Altuve's walkoff home run sent the Houston Astros to the World Series on Saturday night and also clinched the AL Championship Series MVP for the veteran second baseman.

Altuve's two-run shot to left-center field with two outs in the ninth inning off New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman gave the Astros a 6-4 Game 6 win in Houston. Minutes later, Altuve was handed his first ALCS MVP award, a no-doubter given his ninth-inning theatrics.

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Justin Verlander Reaches 3,000 Career Ks, 300 Ks In 2019

Sep 29, 2019 12:21 AM

Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander reached a pair of milestones Saturday night, becoming the 18th major league pitcher to reach 3,000 career strikeouts and the 19th in the modern era (since 1900) to record 300 strikeouts in a season.

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Pete Alonso Breaks MLB Rookie Record With 53rd HR

Sep 29, 2019 12:18 AM

Mets slugger Pete Alonso hit his 53rd home run of the season Saturday night, breaking the MLB rookie record Yankees star Aaron Judge set in 2017.

A 24-year-old who debuted on Opening Day, Alonso launched a 93 mph fastball on a 1-2 count from Atlanta Braves right-hander Mike Foltynewicz just to the right of straightaway center field. The solo shot gave New York a 3-0 lead in the third inning, which would hold as the final score.

Tags: New York Mets, New York Yankees, Game Recap, Personal Award

Nelson Cruz Hits 400th Career HR

Sep 23, 2019 1:58 AM

Twins slugger Nelson Cruz hit his 400th career home run, becoming the 57th player in major league history to reach the mark.

Cruz connected in the fourth inning Sunday for his 40th homer of the season. He became the third player in Twins history to hit 40 home runs in a season, joining Harmon Killebrew and Brian Dozier.

"It's nice to do it in front of the fans. I think they deserve it,'' Cruz said. "They've been such a big influence for us as a team. They come up every day with that energy.''

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Yankees Salute CC Sabathia In Home Finale

Sep 23, 2019 1:27 AM

CC Sabathia wiped tears away with his hands and the top of his jersey. Honored at Yankee Stadium ahead of his retirement at season's end, his emotions came out as his wife, mother and children read tributes on a video broadcast on the center-field scoreboard.

"This is the first time I got emotional,'' Sabathia said after the Yankees' regular-season home finale Sunday against Toronto, an 8-3 victory.

Tags: New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

Gerrit Cole 18th MLB Pitcher In History With 300K's In A Season

Sep 19, 2019 2:05 AM

Houston Astros right-hander Gerrit Cole became the 18th major league pitcher since 1900 to strike out at least 300 batters in a season Wednesday night.

Cole reached the milestone by getting Shin-Soo Choo of the visiting Texas Rangers to whiff on an 89 mph changeup to end the sixth inning. It was Cole's eighth strikeout of the game.

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Giants' Bruce Bochy 11th Manager To 2,000 Wins

Sep 19, 2019 2:00 AM

The San Francisco Giants helped manager Bruce Bochy reach yet another milestone before his retirement at the end of the season.

San Francisco's 11-3 rout of the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night was Bochy's 2,000th career victory as a manager in the majors.

"I've been lucky. I've been blessed to have been doing this this long. That's what it means," Bochy said.

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Cubs' Organist Gary Pressey Retiring After 33 Years

Sep 14, 2019 7:52 PM

Gary Pressy has played the organ at Wrigley Field for 2,679 consecutive Chicago Cubs games -- and counting. That streak, however, will come to an end after this season.

The 61-year-old Pressy, who began his career with the Cubs in 1987, is retiring after this season.

"I've been there a third of a century, 33 years, and I think the cup is full," Pressy told the Chicago Tribune on Friday. "I was debating it back and forth, but I really just wanted to spend more quality time with my family. Around the All-Star break I really got to thinking about it and made my decision."

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Gerrit Cole Celebrates Birthday With 15-K Performance

Sep 8, 2019 10:33 PM

Gerrit Cole celebrated his 29th birthday by allowing one hit with 15 strikeouts in a season-high eight innings, and the Astros routed Felix Hernandez and the Mariners 21-1 on Sunday to complete a four-game sweep.

Cole (16-5) won his 12th straight decision and joined Pedro Martinez as the only pitchers in major league history with 14 or more strikeouts in three straight games. Cole leads the major league with a career-high 281 strikeouts, and his 2.73 ERA in second in the AL behind the 2.52 for teammate Justin Verlander.

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Carlos Carrasco Makes Return From Leukemia

Sep 1, 2019 5:35 PM

Carlos Carrasco made his return to the mound from leukemia Sunday and the Indians pitcher was applauded by both teams in a touching scene during Tampa Bay's 8-2 victory that completed a three-game sweep.

The right-hander entered in the seventh inning for his first major league appearance since being diagnosed with a treatable form of leukemia in June. He received a standing ovation from the Tropicana Field crowd, and players from both sides cheered while standing in front of their respective dugouts.

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Justin Verlander Pitches Third Career No-Hitter

A's To Retire Dave Stewart's No. 34 Next Season

Gary Sanchez Fastest To 100 HRs In AL History

Rivera, Halladay, Smith, Mussina, Martinez, Baines Join HOF
A crowd estimated at 55,000 attended the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Sunday.

Jayson Stark Accepts HOF Spink Award
Jayson Stark received the HOF Award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing on Saturday afternoon.

Pete Alonso's HR Sets Mets Rookie RBI Mark
Mets rookie Pete Alonso hit his 33rd home run in a 11-4 win over the Giants on Saturday afternoon in San Francisco.

Real-Life Crash Davis Retires After Walk-Off HR
Triple-A Reno Aces' Cody Decker retired as the active home run leader in the minor leagues.

Pete Alonso Sets NL Rookie RBI Record Before The Break
Mets rookie Pete Alonso hit his 30th home run Sunday, driving in two runs, to set the mark.

MLB Invites CC Sabathia To All-Star Game
CC Sabathia will be participating in events associated with next week's All-Star Game in Cleveland.

Pete Alonso Tops Darrryl Strawberry's Rookie HR Record
Pete Alonso hit his 27th home run of the season on Sunday to set the franchise rookie record.


Albert Pujols Gets Curtain Call After HR
Albert Pujols homered in the seventh inning Saturday off Cardinals starter Dakota Hudson.

Pete Alonso Sets NL Rookie Record With 26th HR
Mets rookie Pete Alonso has set the NL rookie record for most home runs before the All-Star Game.

Twins Retire Joe Mauer's No. 7
An emotional Joe Mauer has his No. 7 jersey retired on Saturday night.

Edwin Encarnacion Reaches 400 Career HRs
The M's Edwin Encarnacion hit two homers on Sunday to become the third active player with 400 homers.

Astros Prospect Yordan Alvarez Hits HR In First Game
Yordan Alvarez hit a home run in the second at-bat of his MLB debut on Sunday.

Rangers Retire Adrian Beltre's No. 29 Jersey
Adrian Beltre spent the last eight of his 21 major league seasons with the Rangers.

Josh Bell's 94 Total Bases Most In May Since Willie Mays In '58
Josh Bell's 94 total bases is the most by any player in any month in the Pirates' 138-year history.

Blue Jays Rookie Cavan Biggio Gets First MLB Hit, HR
Rookie second baseman Cavan Biggio recorded his first three MLB hits on Sunday.

Christian Yelich's HR Ties Record For Most Before May 1
Christian Yelich hit his 14th home run on Saturday night as the Brewers beat the Mets by the score of 8-6.

Pujols Passes Ruth For Fifth Place On All-Time RBI List
Albert Pujols passed Babe Ruth in the ninth inning on Saturday night with his 1,993rd career RBI.