Defenses and pitchers love having two outs. Each pitch that follows can send them strolling to the dugout and hand a game back to the hitters responsible for winning it.
Freddie Freeman’s fourth-inning leadoff homer Wednesday made him the fifth player in more than a century of Braves history to hit at least 12 home runs in his team’s first 31 games.
Carlos Correa's two-run double, the first of his two extra-base hits on the day, keyed a three-run fifth inning and lifted the Astros to a 4-2 win over the Braves on Wednesday.
Alex Bregman was not satisfied with his unremarkable April. The opening month seems to quickly be fading as a distant memory given the 10-game hit streak he carried into Wednesday's game against the Braves.
Sure, we tend to overhype a four-game series like the one the Astros and Yankees are about to play in the Bronx beginning Thursday night. Nothing wrong with that.
Being a baseball fan sometimes feel like just rooting for laundry, as Jerry Seinfeld once derisively put it. The routine heartbreak of watching your favorite players leave your favorite team and wear alien uniforms is an agonizing rite of passage.
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Manny Ramirez is playing for the Kochi Fighting Dogs, and he can still take pitchers the opposite way.
Wednesday’s Say Hey, Baseball looks at Ryan Howard’s release, Bartolo Colon being impressively old, and the natural conclusion of the Matt Harvey saga.
Although he has enjoyed seeing so many of his former teammates, Matt Wieters would rather get past the fact that the Orioles are his former team, and instead focus on the fact that they had beaten the Nationals the past two nights. That was his biggest takeaway after his two-run walk-off single in the ninth inning completed a 7-6 comeback victory for the Nats on Wednesday night at Nationals Park.
So much has happened this season already in New York baseball, on both sides of town, more winning from the Yankees on the field, more drama from the Mets off it.
The Mets entered the 2017 season expecting to battle the Nationals for the National League East title. Coming off a wild card appearance and an 87-win season, New York was returning with all their everyday starters while getting several key players back from injuries.