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MLB Power Rankings: Which AL team is our new No. 1?

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Ten weeks into the MLB season, we have the fourth No. 1 team of the 2021 campaign atop our MLB Power Rankings. Which American League team is playing well enough to bump the San Diego Padres from the top spot? Which National League club managed to pass the Padres in......

Cole Stares Down Donaldson After Pair of Strikeouts

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Sticky stuff or not, take a seat All eyes were on the Gerrit Cole–Josh Donaldson matchup in Wednesday night’s Yankees–Twins game. Donaldson took aim at Cole when discussing MLB’s ongoing “sticky stuff” scandal on Saturday, insinuating that Cole was among the pitchers benefiting from the use of illegal foreign substances.......

Cole K’s Donaldson twice after spin-rate talk

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Gerrit Cole posted the highest average fastball velocity of any start in his career and twice struck out Josh Donaldson on Wednesday, downplaying additional motivation but acknowledging his performance against Donaldson was “probably a bit of the moment.” Source ESPN: Click here for more and to sign up To Return......

Yanks’ Cole evasive about foreign substance use

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Amid a Major League Baseball crackdown on pitcher-friendly foreign substances, New York Yankees ace Gerrit Cole struggled to give an answer when asked Tuesday whether he has ever used a particular sticky paste called Spider Tack while on the mound. “I don’t [long pause] … I don’t know … I......

Roundtable: Biggest Disappointments of MLB Season

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SI – For more and to sign up click here SI Staff While the first third of the 2021 season has featured plenty of excitement, pleasant surprises and no-hitters, it has also brought disappointment. Teams we thought were great have fallen flat, and star players have struggled. Sports Illustrated‘s baseball......

MLB Power Rankings: Who opens June as our No. 1 team?

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We’re already two months into the 2021 MLB season, and the standings are starting to come into focus with teams already 50-plus games into their schedules. What does that mean for our first MLB Power Rankings of June? Well, for starters, there’s plenty of movement at the top, including a......

Rob Refsnyder Gave Us an All-Time Great Sports Blooper

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Twins’ Donaldson scores majors’ 2 millionth run

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Josh Donaldson of the Minnesota Twins scored the 2 millionth run in major league history Saturday, trotting home in the first inning on a ground-rule double by Nelson Cruz against the Kansas City Royals. The Elias Sports Bureau confirmed Donaldson touched the plate for the milestone mark. The former American......

MLB Power Rankings: There’s a new No. 1 team on our list … who is it?

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After a two-week run at the top by the Chicago White Sox, a new team has overtaken the AL Central leaders for the No. 1 spot in our MLB Power Rankings this week. Will the Los Angeles Dodgers regain their place there after looking more like the team we expected......

2021 MLB draft: Mock drafts, rankings, order and analysis

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The 2021 MLB draft is less than two months away, with this year’s event scheduled to be held July 11-13 in conjunction with Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game festivities. The Pittsburgh Pirates have the No. 1 pick, followed by the Texas Rangers, Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles.......

Twins’ Duffey Suspended After Pitch Behind Mercedes

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Wilton Jackson MLB announced Thursday that Twins relief pitcher Tyler Duffey will serve a three-game suspension and pay a fine after throwing a pitch behind Yermín Mercedes on Tuesday night.  In addition to Duffey, Twins manager Rocco Baldelli was fined and......

MLB Power Rankings Week 7: Can anyone catch the White Sox at the top?

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The Chicago White Sox haven’t slowed down one bit since taking over our No. 1 spot in Week 6, but they are hardly the only team playing well heading into this edition of our MLB Power Rankings. How high did strong stretches from the San Diego Padres, Houston Astros and......

Want to Fix the Unwritten-Rules Mess? Let Teams Give Up

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Michael Rosenberg Baseball is a game of outs—or put another way, it’s about getting the other team off your lawn. So we should not be surprised when grumpy old baseball folks scream about unwritten rules being broken. It happened this......

Tony La Russa Clueless for Choosing Unwritten Rules

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Robin Lundberg Baseball’s unwritten rules remain that way because if you actually wrote them out, you’d see how stupid they are. And Tony La Russa just sided with them over his own player. Good job skip. Think about this…La Russa......

MLB Bets for Wednesday, May 19: Take Cleveland as Public Backs Angels and Ohtani

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Roy Larking Have you signed up to become an SI PRO subscriber this baseball season? Your membership gives you access to betting information and plays in real time through our Discord chat, so you never miss an opportunity to get......

La Russa ‘Didn’t Have a Problem’ With Twins’ Beanball Attempt

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Twins’ Tyler Duffey Tossed for Pitch Behind Mercedes

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Wilton Jackson Twins relief pitcher Tyler Duffey was ejected from Tuesday’s game against the White Sox after he threw a pitch behind Yermín Mercedes’s legs. In the seventh inning, with the White Sox up 4-2, Duffey threw the pitch behind......

La Russa: Mercedes ‘clueless’ for his 3-0 swing

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White Sox manager Tony La Russa expressed disappointment in Yermin Mercedes after his designated hitter swung at a 3-0 pitch in the ninth inning of a game Chicago was leading 15-4 over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night. He smashed the 47 mph pitch over the center-field fence for his......

Yermín Mercedes Breaks Unwritten Rule to Crush Awesome Homer

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MLB Bets for Monday, May 17: Double Down on White Sox at Plus-Value

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