Welcome to baseball's golden age of strikeouts. We can only imagine the numbers Nolan Ryan, Sandy Koufax, Tom Seaver and Bob Feller would be racking up today. Gone are the days when hitters choked up and tried somehow to keep it in play to avoid the embarrassment of a K. They're swinging from the heels now from first pitch to last.
Currently touring with her Muppets cohorts to promote their newest movie, "Muppets Most Wanted," Miss Piggy was gracious enough to lend a few moments of her time to spend in the "Express Written Consent" booth with MLB.com host Jeremy Brisiel.
San Gabriel Valley Hustle, the top-ranked ranked 12-U team in the country, didn't just win their first Nation Youth Baseball Championships tournament. They annihilated it.
Giancarlo Stanton led the Miami Marlins to a victory with his bat and his glove. Stanton hit two home runs and made a spectacular diving catch in right field to help the Marlins beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-5 on Monday night. ''He was definitely trying to take that game over not only with his bat, but with his glove,'' Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. Stanton hit a two-run homer in the first and a solo shot in the third to give him 31 on the season and five in his last five games.
Giancarlo Stanton was clutch at the plate and in the field Monday night to lead the Marlins to a 6-5 win against the visiting Cardinals.
Alcides Escobar pumped his fist. Jarrod Dyson did a backflip. Yordano Ventura outpitched Sonny Gray in a matchup of talented young starters Monday night, and Escobar drove in the go-ahead run as Kansas City beat the Oakland Athletics 3-2 to take over the AL Central lead from Detroit with its eighth consecutive victory. Our goal was to get back to first place,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said.
The Tigers have had better nights than Monday, when Justin Verlander walked off the field with the first major injury scare of his career. But don't sell this team short, even without Verlander.
Kevin Correia has been living a dream since he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers by the Minnesota Twins over the weekend. The Southern California native grew up cheering for the Dodgers, and after 344 major league games, Correia finally got to pitch for his favorite childhood team. Correia won in his debut, outpitching All-Star Julio Teheran and leading Los Angeles over the slumping Atlanta Braves 6-2 on Monday night. ''I come in and I have a locker next to the best pitcher on the planet (Clayton Kershaw).
The San Diego Padres called up one of their top prospects, outfielder Rymer Liriano, in the first major move by new general manager A.J. Preller. Monday's move had been in the works within the organization in the weeks before Preller was hired Wednesday. Liriano hit.452 (28 for 62) with 16 extra-base hits and 13 RBIs in 16 games with Triple-A El Paso. Liriano was set to start in right field and bat seventh against the Colorado Rockies on Monday night.
Orioles third baseman Manny Machado sprained his right knee taking a swing Monday night against the New York Yankees and needed help to get off the field. Batting in the third inning, Machado twisted his knee while hitting a broken-bat grounder to shortstop. He dropped in a heap in the batter's box and gripped his knee in obvious pain as Derek Jeter made the throw to first base. After a check by head trainer Richie Bancells, Machado limped off the field on the shoulders of Bancells and Baltimore manager Buck Showalter.
Mike Pullin of Rochelle came to Wrigley Field on Monday because he wanted to see Javier Baez play, but he may have made the catch of the season when he reeled in Mark Reynolds' homer.
SEATTLE (AP) -- The Seattle Mariners opted to add a position player, calling up outfielder James Jones from Triple-A Tacoma.
SEATTLE (AP) -- Left-handed starter Brad Mills was called up from Triple-A Buffalo by the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday as protection for their depleted bullpen.
The Royals bolstered their offense Monday by acquiring outfielder Josh Willingham from the Minnesota Twins, a move the long-suffering franchise hopes will help them end a playoff drought that stretches back nearly three decades. Kansas City had won seven straight games entering its series opener against Oakland, climbing into the second wild-card spot and a half-game back of AL Central-leading Detroit. The Royals have not been to the postseason since 1985, when they beat St. Louis to win the World Series. ''Obviously the goal was to win with the Twins,'' Willingham said from Houston, where the Twins were preparing to play the Astros.
New York Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda will come off the disabled list Wednesday and make his first start since his suspension for using pine tar on the mound. Pineda last pitched on April 23, when he was ejected from a game against Boston. He received a 10-game suspension from Major League Baseball for ''possessing a foreign substance on his person.'' Pineda has been on the DL since May 6 with a right shoulder muscle injury. Pineda declared himself healthy and expressed an eagerness to put the suspension behind him.
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Pirates have put star center fielder Andrew McCutchen on the 15-day disabled list because of a broken rib after waiting a week to see how it would heal.
Every lineup, every day, as they are made public by the clubs.
On a rainy day in Columbus in 2011 and nothing but time on his hands, Corey Kluber decided to have some fun with his Triple-A mound session. He fired his customary four-seam fastball, but he then started working in a two-seam sinker every few pitches. What the Indians could not have known on that afternoon was the turning point in Kluber's career had quietly arrived.
Having overcome cancer and an amputation, 10-year-old Peter Zucca has a special bond with former big leaguer Dave Dravecky.
The media gathering following Chris Sale's start on July 4 had come to a close, and the White Sox starter did not seem satisfied. Sale wasn't displeased with his outing, but rather with the line of questioning. Yes, it took reporters until the final inquiry for Sale to be able to find a spot to sneak in his word of the start.