The American League Central race that seemed on its way to becoming a joke six weeks ago, now looks like it might become one of the best races in baseball down the stretch.

The Cleveland Indians' 8-0 rout of the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday, combined with the Minnesota Twins' 3-2 loss to the New York Mets, moved the former within five games of Minnesota in the MLB's AL Central.

That is the smallest deficit the Indians have faced since they were four-and-half games back on May 19. And it is a far cry from the 11-and-half-game lead the Twins held over Cleveland on June 2.

The Indians were 29-30 at the time, but have gone 24-10 since, winning three straight games and nine of their last 11. Both the bats and arms have stepped up: Cleveland led the majors in team OPS for the month of July entering play Tuesday, and the pitching staff have yielded only 32 runs in the past 11 games.

Both components showed up in the win over the Tigers. Right-hander Zach Plesac – recalled earlier in the day from Triple-A Columbus – pitched three scoreless innings to start things off and Tyler Clippard, Nick Goody and Tyler Olson completed the shutout.

Oscar Mercado's two-run homer sparked a five-run second inning that put the Indians in front for good, and Francisco Lindor also had two RBIs.

 

Sparkman sparks shutout

Kansas City Royals right hander Glenn Sparkman pitched one of the rarest of events in MLB on Tuesday – a nine-inning, complete-game shutout. Sparkman gave up five hits and walked one while striking out eight in an 11-0 win over the Chicago White Sox.

Miami Marlins first baseman Garrett Cooper homered and had three runs scored and three RBIs in a 12-7 victory against the San Diego Padres.

Christian Yelich hit a grand slam and scored three runs as the Milwaukee Brewers eased past the Atlanta Braves 13-1.

 

Allen costly against Marlins

Padres starter Logan Allen got roughed up for seven earned runs in 2.3 innings in the loss to the Marlins.

Tampa Bay Rays DH Tommy Pham and Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Alex Avila both struck out in all four at-bats against the New York Yankees and Texas Rangers respectively on Tuesday. 

 

Inside-the-park homer!

Is there anything more anti-climactic than an inside-the-park home run where the runner is initially called out? But the Royals' Whit Merrifield clearly is safe on the slide.

Brett Gardner makes this difficult home run robbery look almost routine.

 

Tuesday's results

Philadelphia Phillies 9-8 Los Angeles Dodgers
Washington Nationals 8-1 Baltimore Orioles
New York Yankees 8-3 Tampa Bay Rays
Miami Marlins 12-7 San Diego Padres
Toronto Blue Jays 10-4 Boston Red Sox
Cleveland Indians 8-0 Detroit Tigers
Chicago Cubs 4-3 Cincinnati Reds
Arizona Diamondbacks 9-2 Texas Rangers
Milwaukee Brewers 13-1 Atlanta Braves
New York Mets 3-2 Minnesota Twins
Pittsburgh Pirates 3-1 St Louis Cardinals
Kansas City Royals 11-0 Chicago White Sox
San Francisco Giants 8-4 Colorado Rockies
Los Angeles Angels 7-2 Houston Astros
Oakland Athletics 9-2 Seattle Mariners

 

Braves at Brewers

The Braves are creating some daylight between the rest of the pack in the National League East, while the Brewers are in a dogfight in the NL Central. After a rocky start in his first two outings with the Braves, Dallas Keuchel has gone 2-1 with a 2.11 ERA and 1.08 WHIP in his last three games. Right hander Chase Anderson (4-2, 4.27 ERA) will go for the Brewers.

The Los Angeles Dodgers crushed the Philadelphia Phillies 16-2 in MLB thanks to Cody Bellinger.

After their marathon with the Boston Red Sox, the high-flying Dodgers produced a team effort on Monday as all but three players scored and all but four brought in runs.

However, Bellinger managed to steal the show after he hit two home runs to now lead MLB with 33 for the season.

What made things even sweeter? Max Muncy followed Bellinger with his 24th homer of the season in the seventh inning. By that point, the Dodgers had already put the game away.

Seven Dodgers recorded two or more hits on the night, while the Phillies struggled offensively. 

Clayton Kershaw earned the win after pitching six innings while allowing one run. He moved to 8-2 in 2019.

 

Crawford inspires demolition of Rockies

Brandon Crawford impressed in the first game of the San Francisco Giants' doubleheader, which they won 19-2 over the Colorado Rockies. He went five for six with two home runs while tying a team record with eight RBIs.

Xander Bogaerts has been successful at the plate and continued that in the Red Sox's 10-8 victory against the Toronto Blue Jays. He was three for four with an RBI and scored twice.

Travis d'Arnaud was perfect at bat. He was three for three with three homers and drove in all five runs as the Tampa Bay Rays topped the New York Yankees 5-4.

 

Alcantara struggles in Tigers loss

Victor Alcantara was stuck with the loss after the Detroit Tigers fell 8-6 to the Cleveland Indians. He pitched only 0.3 of an inning but allowed four hits and three earned runs.

Yolmer Sanchez and Charlie Tilson both went 0 for four as the Chicago White Sox lost 5-2 to the Kansas City Royals.

 

Freeman off the scoreboard

Going, going, scoreboard? Freddie Freeman hit a three-run homer that bounced off the bottom of the scoreboard in the Atlanta Braves' 4-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers.

Avisail Garcia tested the arm of Aaron Judge — and lost.

 

Monday's results

San Francisco Giants 19-2 Colorado Rockies
San Francisco Giants 2-1 Colorado Rockies
Los Angeles Dodgers 16-2 Philadelphia Phillies
Tampa Bay Rays 5-4 New York Yankees
Boston Red Sox 10-8 Toronto Blue Jays
Cleveland Indians 8-6 Detroit Tigers
Cincinnati Reds 6-3 Chicago Cubs
Atlanta Braves 4-2 Milwaukee Brewers
Kansas City Royals 5-2 Chicago White Sox
St Louis Cardinals 7-0 Pittsburgh Pirates
Los Angeles Angels 9-6 Houston Astros

 

Rays at Yankees

After the Yankees dropped the first game in the series to the second-place Rays, they are hoping to get one back on Tuesday. New York are in control of the AL East and are five games ahead of Tampa Bay. The Yankees will send CC Sabathia (5-4, 4.03 ERA) to the mound while the Rays have not yet announced their starter.

The Tampa Bay Rays were three outs away from history during their win over the Baltimore Orioles in MLB on Sunday.

Tampa Bay were close to pitching the first combined perfect game in MLB history.

The Rays used an opener against the Orioles, which was first made popular by the team. It would have been the first time multiple pitchers pulled off the feat as all 23 previous perfect games have been thrown by a single pitcher.

Ryne Stanek started the game for the Rays and pitched two innings. Ryan Yarbrough took over and threw the next six innings without allowing a baserunner. He stayed on to start the ninth, but it was there that Tampa Bay's impressive outing was sullied. 

Yarbrough allowed a single to leadoff hitter Hanser Alberto to end the team's chance at history in a 4-1 win.

"It would have been pretty sweet to finish it off like that," Stanek said, via MLB.com. "If you're the first to do something in baseball, you did something."

Baltimore went on to record three hits in the losing effort.

Austin Meadows and Mike Brosseau each hit a home run to highlight the Rays' offensive efforts.

Anthony Santander delivered the Orioles' only run with an RBI single.

Tremendous Tanaka

Masahiro Tanaka pitched six innings, allowing four hits and two earned runs while striking out five in the New York Yankees' 4-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.

Robinson Cano hit a home run in his second consecutive game as the New York Mets beat the Miami Marlins 6-2.

Rondon's error

Chicago White Sox shortstop Jose Rondon made a throwing error in an effort to start a double play in the ninth inning against the Oakland Athletics, who turned it into a scoring opportunity to win 3-2.

Tyler Mahle allowed 12 hits and six earned runs in the Cincinnati Reds' 10-9 loss to the Colorado Rockies.

 

Grand slam for Astros

The Houston Astros love grand slams. Jose Altuve hit the team's ninth slam of the season, which is the most in MLB. No other team has recorded more than five.

Atlanta Braves star Ronald Acuna Jr. took an incredible catch.

Sunday's results

Tampa Bay Rays 4-1 Baltimore Orioles
New York Yankees 4-2 Toronto Blue Jays
Philadelphia Phillies 4-3 Washington Nationals
Cleveland Indians 4-3 Minnesota Twins
New York Mets 6-2 Miami Marlins
San Francisco Giants 8-3 Milwaukee Brewers
Detroit Tigers 12-8 Kansas City Royals
St Louis Cardinals 5-2 Arizona Diamondbacks
Chicago Cubs 8-3 Pittsburgh Pirates
Houston Astros 12-4 Texas Rangers
Colorado Rockies 10-9 Cincinnati Reds
Los Angeles Angels 6-3 Seattle Mariners
Oakland Athletics 3-2 Chicago White Sox
Atlanta Braves 4-1 San Diego Padres
Los Angeles Dodgers 7-4 Boston Red Sox

 

Braves at Brewers

The Milwaukee Brewers are trying to catch up to the National League (NL) Central-leading Chicago Cubs but first have to get through the Braves. Atlanta hold the top spot in the NL East and have won seven of their past 10 games. The Brewers will send Adrian Houser (2-3, 4.01) to the mound with the hopes of jump-starting the second half of the season. The Braves will counter with Max Fried (9-4, 4.29).

The Los Angeles Dodgers crushed MLB World Series champions the Boston Red Sox 11-2 to make it a perfect 24th birthday for Cody Bellinger.

Bellinger made his own wishes come true by going two for four at the plate in Boston with two RBIs. 

He also hit a home run, which tied him with Milwaukee Brewers' Christian Yelich for the most in the league this year at 31.

Justin Turner and Max Muncy each recorded three hits in five at-bats on the night and also hit one homer apiece.

Xander Bogaerts went two for three and had a home run in Boston's losing effort.

The Dodgers are now 61-33 and sit atop the National League West, while the Red Sox are third in the American League East.

 

Syndergaard stars in Mets win

Noah Syndergaard struck out nine batters in the New York Mets' 4-2 win against the Miami Marlins.

Matt Chapman went three for four and recorded an RBI and two runs as the Oakland Athletics demolished the Chicago White Sox 13-2.

 

Harper hitless

Bryce Harper was hitless in four at-bats as the Philadelphia Phillies went down 4-3 to the Washington Nationals.

Jordan Lyles gave up seven earned runs in less than an inning as the Pittsburgh Pirates lost to the Chicago Cubs 10-4.

Miguel Cabrera was hitless in four at-bats in the Detroit Tigers' 4-1 defeat against the Kansas City Royals.

 

Buxton with the catch!

Minnesota Twins centrefielder Byron Buxton covered a lot of ground to make a stunning play in the team's 6-2 win over the Cleveland Indians.

 

Saturday's results

Toronto Blue Jays 2-1 New York Yankees
Baltimore Orioles 2-1 Tampa Bay Rays
Tampa Bay Rays 12-4 Baltimore Orioles
Chicago Cubs 10-4 Pittsburgh Pirates
Oakland Athletics 13-2 Chicago White Sox
New York Mets 4-2 Miami Marlins
Minnesota Twins 6-2 Cleveland Indians
Milwaukee Brewers 5-4 San Francisco Giants
Kansas City Royals 4-1 Detroit Tigers
St Louis Cardinals 4-2 Arizona Diamondbacks
Washington Nationals 4-3 Philadelphia Phillies
Los Angeles Dodgers 11-2 Boston Red Sox
Houston Astros 7-6 Texas Rangers
Cincinnati Reds 17-9 Colorado Rockies
Atlanta Braves 7-5 San Diego Padres
Los Angeles Angels 9-2 Seattle Mariners

 

Nationals at Phillies

Washington barely edged out Philadelphia at Citizens Bank Park on Saturday, with Harper's struggles particularly notable. The Phillies will be looking to bounce back in this rivalry.

The Tampa Bay Rays are picking up steam after thrashing the Baltimore Orioles in MLB on Friday.

The Rays topped the Orioles 16-4 at Camden Yards in their third straight win.

Tampa Bay tallied a staggering 20 hits to Baltimore's five, and first baseman Nate Lowe went four for five with a home run.

Renato Nunez was a bright spot for the Orioles, as he went two for four, hit a home run and had two RBIs.

The Rays are now 6.5 games back of the American League (AL) East-leading New York Yankees, while the 27-63 Orioles are last in the division.

Awesome Archer, Alvarez

Chris Archer struck out 10 batters in six innings as the Pittsburgh Pirates fell to the Chicago Cubs 4-3.

Yordan Alvarez hit two home runs in the Houston Astros' 9-8 loss to the Texas Rangers.

Eduardo Rodriguez mowed down 10 Los Angeles Dodgers in the Boston Red Sox's 8-1 win at Fenway Park.

 

Dyson a dud

Jarrod Dyson was hitless in four at-bats in the Arizona Diamondbacks' 4-2 victory over the St Louis Cardinals.

Evan Longoria went one for five as the San Francisco Giants took down the Milwaukee Brewers 10-7.

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. went 0 for four for the Toronto Blue Jays in their 4-0 loss to the Yankees.

 

Posey bomb

Buster Posey helped pushed the Giants into the lead with a bomb.

Friday's results

Chicago Cubs 4-3 Pittsburgh Pirates
Washington Nationals 4-0 Philadelphia Phillies
Tampa Bay Rays 16-4 Baltimore Orioles
New York Yankees 4-0 Toronto Blue Jays
Boston Red Sox 8-1 Los Angeles Dodgers
Minnesota Twins 5-3 Cleveland Indians
Miami Marlins 8-4 New York Mets
Texas Rangers 9-8 Houston Astros
San Francisco Giants 10-7 Milwaukee Brewers
Kansas City Royals 8-5 Detroit Tigers
Arizona Diamondbacks 4-2 St Louis Cardinals
Colorado Rockies 3-2 Cincinnati Reds
Los Angeles Angels 13-0 Seattle Mariners
Oakland Athletics 5-1 Chicago White Sox
Atlanta Braves 5-3 San Diego Padres

 

Astros at Rangers

These in-state rivals had a really close game on Friday, and it appears like Saturday could be another intense battle. Both sides hit well, but the Rangers were somehow able to overcome 13 strikeouts from Gerrit Cole. Houston still sit atop the AL West though.

MLB eased into the second half of the season as the Texas Rangers shut out the Houston Astros 5-0 in the lone game of the day.

The second half begins about a week earlier than normal this year as the All-Star break was moved up this season, so there is still plenty of baseball left to be played.

With a lot of baseball comes a lot of storylines and we put together five for you to watch in the second half of the campaign.

 

Will the Indians catch the Twins

It seems like an odd question to ask, especially considering how good the Minnesota Twins have been in the first half of the season and how seemingly mediocre the Cleveland Indians have been, but the storyline has flipped on its head as of late. The Indians sit five-and-a-half games back of Minnesota for top spot in the American League Central as of Thursday.

That may seem like a big lead but considering the fact the Twins led the division by more than 10 games at several points this term, that is a dangerous and a gettable number for the Indians. And, Cleveland are close to getting Corey Kluber back, Mike Clevinger is returning to form and Trevor Bauer has been more consistent of late. If Jose Ramirez figures it out, that may be all the Indians need to take this division back.

Who will win the wild-card race in the American League?

Unlike in the National League, this race matters. Any of the main teams fighting over the two wild-card spots in the American League (Tampa Bay Rays, Oakland Athletics, Indians, Boston Red Sox and Rangers) could win the World Series. OK, the Rangers are a bit of a stretch, but with that line-up and Lance Lynn and Mike Minor atop that rotation, they could certainly win a playoff series.

But in all honesty, while the Los Angeles Dodgers boast the best record in baseball, the argument could be made the next six best teams are in the AL. The Yankees are awesome, the Astros are great, the Indians still have a great rotation, the A's are pesky, the Rays horrify everyone and the Red Sox are the defending champions. The AL's best are great this year, and you can bet the current division leaders are watching the wild-card race closely to see who reaches the playoffs.

Can any team keep the Dodgers from getting to the World Series?

While the Dodgers' record could be dissected a bit (they are 23-20 on the road, Hyun-Jin Ryu is out pitching his peripherals, Clayton Kershaw is not the Cy Young winner of old and the bullpen is suspect) they are the best team in the NL. There is little disputing that.

And, apart from Los Angeles, the rest of the National League is wallowing in mediocrity as only the Atlanta Braves have more than 50 wins (there are six in the AL) and after that the next best team is five games over .500 (Nationals, 47-42). There is not exactly a lot of teams that suggest they could keep the Dodgers from getting back to the World Series for the third year in a row. Maybe the Braves could do it, but they have had to demote one of last year's All-Stars in Mike Foltynewicz and they are awfully young across the board.

There are very few teams who look like they can beat the Dodgers right now, and if we were betting, we would not put money on any of them to get past Los Angeles.

How many more home runs will Verlander give up?

Justin Verlander has been fantastic for the Astros this season holding opponents to a .168 batting average against (a career best) while allowing just 107 batters to reach base in 126.6 innings pitched.

But, the Cy Young winner has been destroyed by the long ball this year. Of the 76 hits he has allowed this season, 26 have been home runs. That is four shy of the most he has ever allowed in his career in a single season. He complained that MLB has been changing the ball to force more offense into the game this season and the homer is clearly on his mind.

Will he adjust in the second half and limit the long ball? We will find out.

Will the Mets sell?

The New York Mets are once again in an odd position of limbo as they are seven games back of the second wild-card spot, still seemingly have a solid roster that could go on a run and not a very good farm system. All of that puts them in a weird "do we sell or do we not?" position they seem to be in every year. But if the Mets do decide to sell, and we mean seriously sell, that could have an impact on the playoff races across the board.

The main factor here is Noah Syndergaard. If the Mets decide to trade him, he is instantly the best pitcher available on the market. Yes, he has not been good this season and might not be the player he was when he pitched in the World Series, but not a single pitcher has his talent and stuff and with his two years of control and ripe young age of 26, he is a highly valuable commodity. Whoever acquire him have an instant jolt to their roster. Again, if they decide to move him.

This is a big if. The Mets could very well decide to hold onto Syndergaard and they could hold onto Zack Wheeler, as well, if they so please. But if New York trade either player — or even more seriously, they trade both — the playoff race will be impacted, like Verlander to the Astros in 2017 when he helped them in their first World Series. So, this is something that has to be watched down the stretch.

The Cleveland Indians were good all-round in their 11-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds in MLB on Sunday.

The Indians excelled at the plate, notching 18 hits and four home runs. On the mound, Trevor Bauer tallied nine strikeouts in seven innings of work.

Cleveland (50-38) enter the All-Star break riding a six-game winning streak and sit 5.5 games back from the American League (AL) Central-leading Minnesota Twins.

The Reds, on the other hand, have lost two straight and are fifth in the National League (NL) Central standings, but still just 4.5 games behind the first-placed Chicago Cubs.

Awesome Aguilar

Jesus Aguilar hit two home runs in the Milwaukee Brewers' 6-5 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Jay Bruce went yard twice as the Philadelphia Phillies took down the New York Mets 8-3.

 

Santander struggles

Anthony Santander went 0-for-four at the plate in the Baltimore Orioles' 6-1 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.

Rafael Devers was held hitless in five at-bats as the Boston Red Sox topped the Detroit Tigers 6-3.

 

Arenado with a nice play

The Colorado Rockies' Nolan Arenado bare-handed a ball and made a great throw to first.

Sunday's results

Toronto Blue Jays 6-1 Baltimore Orioles
Cleveland Indians 11-1 Cincinnati Reds
Boston Red Sox 6-3 Detroit Tigers
Philadelphia Phillies 8-3 New York Mets
Tampa Bay Rays 2-1 New York Yankees
Atlanta Braves 4-3 Miami Marlins
Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 Milwaukee Brewers
Washington Nationals 5-2 Kansas City Royals
Chicago White Sox 3-1 Chicago Cubs
Houston Astros 11-10 Los Angeles Angels
Texas Rangers 4-1 Minnesota Twins
San Francisco Giants 1-0 St Louis Cardinals
Arizona Diamondbacks 5-3 Colorado Rockies
San Diego Padres 5-3 Los Angeles Dodgers
Oakland Athletics 7-4 Seattle Mariners

 

All-Star break

The All-Star break is upon us. The 2019 Home Run Derby kicks off on Monday, but fan favourite Christian Yelich was forced to pull out due to a back injury. The All-Star Game is on Tuesday before before regular-season play returns on Thursday.

The Chicago Cubs are back in first place in the MLB National League Central after edging neighbours the Chicago White Sox 6-3.

Saturday's victory over their cross-town rivals, coupled with the Milwaukee Brewers' 12-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates, put the Cubs a half-game up on Milwaukee.

Lurking just behind are the St Louis Cardinals, Pirates and Cincinnati Reds, in what is shaping up as an epic division battle.

Javier Baez had a pair of doubles and two RBIs and Kyle Schwarber knocked in two runs to key the attack, while Jon Lester allowed only one earned run in 6.3 innings to pick up his eighth win.

The Cubs spent most of May and June in first, but hit a rough spot beginning in early June that saw them lose 15 of 23 games before they beat the Pirates on July 4. Now they have won two straight games.

 

Scherzer shuts out Royals

Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer struck out 11 in seven scoreless innings in a 6-0 rout of the Kansas City Royals.

Pirates shortstop Kevin Newman homered and had four hits and three RBIs in a win over the Brewers.

Houston Astros right hander Gerrit Cole pitched seven scoreless frames, striking out nine, to pick up the win against the Los Angeles Angels, who were blanked 4-0.

 

Dietrich strikes out

Reds second baseman Derek Dietrich struck out in all four at-bats against the Cleveland Indians, who won 7-2.

 

Heaney honours Skaggs

Angels starter Andrew Heaney honoured the late Tyler Skaggs with a sweeping curveball on his first pitch against the Astros.

Travis d'Arnaud walked it off against the New York Yankees with this solo shot with two outs in the ninth as the Tampa Bay Rays triumphed 4-3.

 

 

Saturday's results

Minnesota Twins 7-4 Texas Rangers
Baltimore Orioles 8-1 Toronto Blue Jays
Pittsburgh Pirates 12-2 Milwaukee Brewers
Washington Nationals 6-0 Kansas City Royals
Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 New York Yankees
Cleveland Indians 7-2 Cincinnati Reds
Boston Red Sox 10-6 Detroit Tigers
Miami Marlins 5-4 Atlanta Braves
Houston Astros 4-0 Los Angeles Angels
Chicago Cubs 6-3 Chicago White Sox
New York Mets 6-5 Philadelphia Phillies
San Francisco Giants 8-4 St Louis Cardinals
Seattle Mariners 6-3 Oakland Athletics
San Diego Padres 3-1 Los Angeles Dodgers
Arizona Diamondbacks 4-2 Colorado Rockies

 

Rangers at Twins

The Rangers have been one of the biggest surprises of the first half, while the Twins are on a record pace for home runs. Rangers right-hander Jose Leclerc (1-2, 4.62 ERA) will make his third career start. The Twins will go with Kyle Gibson (8-4, 4.14 ERA).

The New York Yankees seem to thrive in extra innings, edging the Tampa Bay Rays in MLB on Friday.

A day after the Yankees scored five runs in the 10th inning to topple the Rays, they scored four runs in the 11th to beat Tampa Bay by an identical 8-4 score.

The Yankees had several heroes. Aaron Judge started the scoring with a solo home run in the first then hit what proved to be the game-winner with a solo shot to open the 11th off Rays reliever Ryne Stanek.

The Yankees got a big pinch-hit solo home run from Aaron Hicks to tie it at 4-4 in the eighth.

And Brett Gardner's three-run homer in the 11th gave the Yankees a much-needed cushion as the Rays loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning but failed to score.

The fact that those two extra-inning outbursts came against their closest American League (AL) East rivals makes things that much sweeter for the Yankees (57-29).

New York now lead Tampa Bay (50-39) by 8.5 games.

 

Yamamoto shines for Marlins

Miami Marlins right hander Jordan Yamamoto pitched six scoreless innings against the Atlanta Braves, allowing only two hits and striking out seven.

Josh Bell cranked his 27th home run, a three-run shot in the ninth inning, that highlighted a five-run Pittsburgh Pirates rally to send the game into extra innings against the Brewers. Milwaukee won 7-6 in 10 innings. Bell leads the majors with 84 RBIs.

 

Diaz a dud

New York Mets reliever Edwin Diaz gave up four earned runs and recorded only one out in a 7-2 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies.

 

Twins belt four homers

The Minnesota Twins thumped the Texas Rangers 15-6, hitting four home runs in the process. They now have 163 homers this season, the most ever by a team before the All-Star break.

Mike Trout is really good and he homered again.

Friday's results

Milwaukee Brewers 7-6 Pittsburgh Pirates
Kansas City Royals 7-4 Washington Nationals
Baltimore Orioles 4-1 Toronto Blue Jays
Boston Red Sox 9-6 Detroit Tigers
Philadelphia Phillies 7-2 New York Mets
New York Yankees 8-4 Tampa Bay Rays
Atlanta Braves 1-0 Miami Marlins
Los Angeles Angels 5-4 Houston Astros
Minnesota Twins 15-6 Texas Rangers
Arizona Diamondbacks 8-0 Colorado Rockies
San Diego Padres 3-2 Los Angeles Dodgers
Oakland Athletics 5-2 Seattle Mariners
St Louis Cardinals 9-4 San Francisco Giants

 

Brewers at Pirates

These two teams have their sights set on the National League (NL) Central crown – along with every other team in the crowded division. The Pirates will go with right hander Trevor Williams (3-2, 4.54 ERA), who did not allow an earned run in 19 innings and three starts against the Brewers last year. Adrian Houser (2-2, 3.26 ERA) gets the call for Milwaukee.

The Oakland Athletics sealed a series win over the Minnesota Twins in MLB on Thursday.

Oakland defeated the Twins 7-2 to take two out of three games in the series from the American League (AL) Central leaders and move to 48-40 this season.

Marcus Semien hit a grand slam to lead the Athletics to the win and Oakland, all of a sudden, are just two games back of the Tampa Bay Rays for the first wild-card spot in the AL.

Tampa Bay lost to the New York Yankees 8-4 on Thursday and have now taken losses in 10 of their past 17 games.

Meanwhile, the Athletics have won five of their past six.

After starting the year 15-21, Oakland are on the precipice of getting home-field advantage in the wild-card game.

Ramirez homers twice

Jose Ramirez went two for five with two home runs in the Cleveland Indians' 8-4 win over the Kansas City Royals.

Matthew Boyd gave up nine hits and four runs, but he recorded 16 outs, 13 of which came via the strikeout in the Detroit Tigers' 11-5 win over the Chicago White Sox.

Kris Bryant went four for five, finishing a triple shy of the cycle in the Chicago Cubs' 11-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

 

Grandal goes hitless

Yasmani Grandal went 0 for four with two strikeouts in the Milwaukee Brewers' 1-0 loss to the Cincinnati Reds.

 

Gurriel brilliance

Lourdes Gurriel made a spectacular diving play on Mookie Betts.

Thursday's results

Washington Nationals 5-2 Miami Marlins
Cleveland Indians 8-4 Kansas City Royals
Detroit Tigers 11-5 Chicago White Sox
Cincinnati Reds 1-0 Milwaukee Brewers
Chicago Cubs 11-3 Pittsburgh Pirates
Oakland Athletics 7-2 Minnesota Twins
St Louis Cardinals 5-4 Seattle Mariners
New York Yankees 8-4 Tampa Bay Rays
Boston Red Sox 8-7 Toronto Blue Jays
Atlanta Braves 12-6 Philadelphia Phillies
Texas Rangers 9-3 Los Angeles Angels
Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 San Diego Padres

 

Rockies at Diamondbacks

Both of these teams are in the National League (NL) wild-card race and this series, which is the last before the All-Star break, could go a long way in determining whether one, or both of these teams, are buyers or sellers at the trade deadline.

DJ LeMahieu has been incredible for the New York Yankees this season, but Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout is the front-runner for the MLB MVP in the American League.

Trout went two for five with two home runs and four RBIs in the Angels' 6-2 win over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday. He now leads LeMahieu in every category offensively except two — batting average and hits.

In fact, LeMahieu leads Trout significantly on those fronts, as he finished the Yankees' 5-1 win over the New York Mets with a .342 average and 110 hits for the season.

But here is the kicker, despite trailing by nearly 50 points in average, Trout is beating LeMahieu by 65 points in on-base percentage.

Trout is also topping LeMahieu in slugging, OPS, OPS+, WAR, home runs, runs scored, stolen bases and walks. He has walked 51 more times than his Yankees counterpart, which makes his numbers even more impressive.

And, for those out there who say a player who plays for a losing team cannot win an MVP, go talk to Giancarlo Stanton, whose Marlins went 77-85 in 2017 when he won the award.

Trout – a two-time AL MVP and eight-time All-Star has willed a mediocre and injured Angels team over .500.

 

Strasburg stars as Nats top Marlins

Washington Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg tossed 7.3 innings of scoreless baseball with 14 strikeouts in a 3-1 win against the Marlins.

Chicago Cubs catcher Victor Caratini homered from both sides of the plate in a 6-5 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Cincinnati Reds starter Sonny Gray struck out 12 batters in eight scoreless innings in a 3-0 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.

 

Alvarado pummelled by Orioles

Tampa Bay Rays reliever Jose Alvarado gave up five earned runs in 0.3 of an inning in a 9-6 loss to the Baltimore Orioles.

 

Arenado makes it look easy

Nolan Arenado is a cheat code. The Houston Astros, though, defeated the Colorado Rockies 4-2.

 

Wednesday's results

Chicago White Sox 7-5 Detroit Tigers
Chicago White Sox 9-6 Detroit Tigers
Washington Nationals 3-1 Miami Marlins
Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 Chicago Cubs
Toronto Blue Jays 6-3 Boston Red Sox
Baltimore Orioles 9-6 Tampa Bay Rays
New York Yankees 5-1 New York Mets
Cincinnati Reds 3-0 Milwaukee Brewers
Atlanta Braves 9-2 Philadelphia Phillies
Houston Astros 4-2 Colorado Rockies
Los Angeles Angels 6-2 Texas Rangers
Cleveland Indians 4-0 Kansas City Royals
Minnesota Twins 4-3 Oakland Athletics
San Francisco Giants 7-5 San Diego Padres
Los Angeles Dodgers 5-4 Arizona Diamondbacks
St Louis Cardinals 5-2 Seattle Mariners

 

Phillies at Braves

The Phillies need to win the rubber game of this three-game series for a couple of reasons. For one, they need to cut into Atlanta's five-and-a-half game lead in the division, and secondly, a divisional win against one of the best teams in the National League can only build confidence going forward.

The New York Yankees' impressive home-run streak came to an end in a loss to the New York Mets in MLB on Tuesday.

The team failed to hit a home run in a 4-2 loss to the Mets at Citi Field. The Yankees entered the matchup having homered in an MLB record 31 straight games.

The Yankees struck first with two runs in the second before JD Davis cut the score to 2-1 in the sixth with a solo homer.

Davis tied the game with an RBI double two innings later and Michael Conforto then put the Mets ahead for good with a two-RBI double of his own.

Mets starter Zack Wheeler allowed two runs over 6.1 innings while the bullpen, which has struggled of late, threw 2.2 innings of scoreless relief.

The Mets improved to 39-47 with the win while the Yankees dropped to 54-29.

 

Delightful Devers

Rafael Devers was four for five with two home runs and six RBIs in the Boston Red Sox's 10-6 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.

Aaron Nola threw eight shut-out innings in the Philadelphia Phillies' 2-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves.

 

Smith struggles

Dwight Smith Jr. went 0 for four with two strikeouts in the Baltimore Orioles' 6-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.

 

Reds' walk-off win

The Cincinnati Reds registered a walk-off win in an unconventional way against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Javier Baez to Anthony Rizzo is quite a combination.

Tuesday's results

Pittsburgh Pirates 5-1 Chicago Cubs
Washington Nationals 3-2 Miami Marlins
Boston Red Sox 10-6 Toronto Blue Jays
Cincinnati Reds 5-4 Milwaukee Brewers
New York Mets 4-2 New York Yankees
Tampa Bay Rays 6-3 Baltimore Orioles
Philadelphia Phillies 2-0 Atlanta Braves
Los Angeles Angels 9-4 Texas Rangers
Houston Astros 9-8 Colorado Rockies
Cleveland Indians 9-5 Kansas City Royals
Oakland Athletics 8-6 Minnesota Twins
San Francisco Giants 10-4 San Diego Padres
Seattle Mariners 5-4 St Louis Cardinals
Los Angeles Dodgers 5-4 Arizona Diamondbacks

 

Phillies at Braves

The two National League (NL) East rivals will continue their three-game series at SunTrust Park on Wednesday. Nick Pivetta (4-2, 5.63 ERA) will take the mound for Philadelphia while Atlanta will counter with Bryse Wilson (0-0, 8.31 ERA). The Braves hold a 4.5-game lead over the Phillies for first place in the NL East entering the matchup.

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